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Friday, 15 September

01:35

North Coast shark nets evade scientific scrutiny "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Mobula Ray caught in a shark net off Shelly Beach. Photo contributed

A Mobula Ray caught in a shark net off Shelly Beach. Photo contributed

An environmental group has accused the Federal Environment minister of invoking a rarely-used national interest exemption when shark nets were installed on the north coast last year.

And the group says Josh Frydenberg has once again ignored science by his decision not to include shark culling programs in a list of priority nominations he wants his scientific committee to assess for their impact on threatened species.

Humane Society International head of campaigns Nicola Beynon said her group had nominated shark nets and drumlines for listing as a Key Threatening Process (KTP) under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act).

But when Mr Frydenberg announced his final list of things to be examined by the committee, shark nets and drumlines were not included.

Lethal shark nets and drumlines are killing threatened species in significant numbers warranting urgent scientific assessment, Ms Beynon said.

There have been 23 critically endangered grey nurse sharks killed in NSW nets in the last five years alone.
This is not the first time the Minister has allowed shark nets to evade proper scientific scrutiny. Last year the Minister invoked a rarely used national interest exemption so that the installation of lethal shark nets on the NSW North Coast did not have to undergo usual environmental impact assessment processes. Humane Society International considered that an abuse of the exemption.

Now, with the enormous public controversy and concern over the impact of lethal shark nets and drumlines, it would have been appropriate for the Minister to respond by referring them to the Threatened Species Scientific Committee for priority scientific assessment..

The NSW Shark Meshing Program is already recognised as a Key Threatening Process under NSW threatened species laws for its impact on the critically endangered grey nurse shark. The criteria for listing a key threat under Commonwealth law is very similar and would include consideration of the impact of culling programs in both NSW and Queensland.

Shark culling programs in Q...

01:26

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: 1381 Coaldale Rd Coaldale "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: 1381 Coaldale Rd Coaldale
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 1 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 15 Sep 2017 02:49

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

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: 699 Bellingen Rd, Missabotti, NSW 2449
COUNCIL AREA: Nambucca
STATUS: Being controlled
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 11 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 14 Sep 2017 20:20

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Mount Browne Rd, Karangi "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Mount Browne Rd, Karangi, NSW 2450
COUNCIL AREA: Coffs Harbour
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 14 Sep 2017 16:40

01:14

Sustainable and futuristic home designs on show "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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Nina Bishops passive solar home.

Four sustainable and cleverly-designed homes and gardens around the northern rivers will be open to the public this weekend as part of Sustainable House Day.

Sustainable House Day, a national event that showcases sustainable building materials, household goods and practices that can be used in everyday home and lifestyle, was established in 2001.

This year, two events celebrate the event in the northern rivers, the open homes day on Sunday, 17 September, and the Living for the Future Home Expo tomorrow (Saturday, 16 September) at the Seagulls Club in Tweed Heads West.

As part of this annual open-home showcase, the four open-day homeowners will share their stories and tips to create sustainable homes that are comfortable to live in, cheaper to run and better for the environment.

Sustainable House Day co-ordinator Andia Cally said the event was invaluable for anyone looking for practical, sustainable solutions and information on what works, what doesnt, and how to transition toward greener living.

Included in this years showcase is Michael Leungs six-star energy rated family home, SkyFarm, recently featured in Sanctuary magazine: Michael Leung and his company Balanced Earth won this years Energy Efficient Building Award at the Master Builder Awards in NSW for another hempcrete-designed home in Possum Creek.

Leung and his partners used a blend of recycled timber, natural paints and finishes, and hempcrete rendered with non-toxic lime and clay to create a breathable, termite resistant, non-toxic home in Mullumbimby that has great thermal properties and is brimming with character, Ms Cally said.

Also in Mullumbimby, Andrew Wadsworth will open his hemp house at Tallowwoods Estate. Designed by Jaye Irving from Barefoot Sustainable Design, the three-bedroom house features the best of passive solar design and sustainable building materials made by local hemp builder Xylosinuous.

Also on display will be the recently added studio and permaculture gardens.

Over on Brushbox Drive in Mullumbimby, Nina Bishop will be ho...

00:51

Feds give $2m for new flood-proof Byrrill Creek bridge "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byrryll Creek bridge south of Uki has been reopened to traffic, after council salvaged much its frame for a temporary repair. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Byrryll Creek bridge south of Uki was reopened to traffic after the March floods which washed it away, but council salvaged much its frame for temporary repair. Photo Tweed Shire Council

Tweed Shire Council has welcomed more than $2 million in federal funding to help build a new bridge across Byrrill Creek  to replace one damaged in the march flood.

The new bridge will replace a temporary one-lane timber bridge washed away by this years big flood which council staff managed to salvage in part and rebuild.

Tweed mayor Katie Milne welcomed the news saying council had wanted to replace the timber bridge for many years, and now with the federal funding contributing half the cost of $4.35 million, we can get on with providing this upgraded link for the community.

The announcement was made yesterday by Nationals Senator John Williams and involved funding from the Australian governments Bridges Renewal Program.

The timber bridge fording Byrrill Creek at Terragon was washed away in the 30 March floods. Not only did the bridge lose its deck, but parts of the abutments also went downstream.

Within weeks, council purchased additional bridge girders and recovered sufficient quantities of the washed-away bridge to build a temporary one-lane structure to restore access for the residents of Byrrill Creek and Cedar Creek roads.

Council then applied for funding under Round Three of the Bridges Renewal Program, knowing the temporary bridge also would be prone to flooding and a more permanent solution was needed for the residents who use this bridge every day, Cr Milne said.

The new concrete bridge will be two metres higher and will be designed to allow floods to go over the deck without damaging the structure.

It will be built downstream of the existing timber bridge and construction will start around 2019.

The bridge will be 40-metres long, have an 8.2-metre-wide deck (two standard-width traffic lanes plus shoulders) and traffic barriers on either side.

The alignment of both approaches to the bridge will be improved.

Council&#8217...

00:31

Byron snake catcher racks up 10,000 serpents "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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George the Snakeman has relocated thousands of deadly eastern brown snakes, many of them from Byron Bays CBD. Photo www.byronsnakepatrol.com

By Rod Stevens

When George Ellis rescued a carpet python from the road and tucked it inside his jacket in 1996, he never imagined he would wrangle thousands of highly venomous reptiles and respond to 10,000 phone calls for assistance.

This Tuesday marked the 10,000th call out milestone for the 65-year-old Byron Bay based snake catcher, who saved a family of Guinea Pigs from being a carpet pythons lunch at Bottlebrush Crescent, Suffolk Park.

But Mr Ellis would never have relocated a reptile if he didnt visit renowned snake catcher Russ Maslen for advice after capturing his first carpet python, only to learn he had retired.

Concerned about who would serve the community and help out elderly people with snake issues, after training and mentoring from Mr Maslen, Mr Ellis responded to his first call out on November 8, 1996.

His task, to relocate the worlds second most venomous snake, an eastern brown, from a property at McAuleys Lane, Mullumbimby.

I still remember that call, there were three brown snakes there, Mr Ellis said.

Since that baptism of fire, for almost 21 years, Mr Ellis has relocated more than 10,000 snakes from around the Byron shire.

Often when I am called out I find there are two snakes that need to be relocated, he said.

Delving into his records reveals Mr Ellis has caught various species of snakes that measure a total of almost 15km in length, on more than 6,000 days, including almost 4,000 eastern brown snakes.

All of the snakes Mr Ellis catches are relocated locally, in a safe spot, close to where they were caught.

With its restaurants and cafes attracting a favoured food for eastern browns, rodents, Byron Bays CBD is a hot spot for the deadly serpents.

The busiest area for brown snakes is the Byron Bay CBD and in descending order Jonson, Marvell, Lawson, Fletcher and Middleton streets and Gillmore Crescent, Mr Ellis said.

The Byron Bay CBD and the greater Byron area has more than...

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Thursday, 14 September

23:10

Support after suicide group starting in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A support after suicide group will be starting up in Lismore from late September to mid-December. Photo supplied.

A support after suicide group will be starting up in Lismore from late September to mid-December. Photo supplied.

Lifelines Northern Rivers centre will be offering a Support After Suicide group in Lismore from late September to mid-December this year. They are encouraging people of adult age who have experienced the loss of someone close to them through suicide to contact Lifelines Lismore office if they are interested in being part of such a group. Anybody interested in joining will have an opportunity to discuss their situation and get more information about the group during an individual conversation with the group facilitator before the start of the program.

The aim of the group is to help people bereaved by suicide to work through their grief, to manage their emotions and to better cope with everyday life by sharing, listening and giving mutual support in an understanding, safe and confidential environment. Complex feelings that may emerge following the sudden and traumatic suicide of someone close to you can include sadness, guilt, fear, relief, confusion, rejection and isolation; it is often felt that only someone who has gone through a similar experience can fully understand the depth of emotions felt by family and friends.

The group will be led by a trained facilitator with significant experience in working with groups of this kind, additionally the group will also be supported by another trained counsellor. The group will meet on Saturday mornings at Lifelines Conway St. Counselling Centre in Lismore.

These workshops have received financial support from Lismore City Councils Community Grants Program.

 For further information call Jan Fedley on 6622 4133 or email mso.lifeline@lis.net.au

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23:00

Byron Bay FC V Lismore Thistles "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Bay FC V Lismore Thistles. Photo supplied.

Byron Bay FC V Lismore Thistles. Photo supplied.

The Northern Hotel Rams Reserves reserved their place in next Saturdays Football Far North Coast Grand Finals with a thumping 4-0 win over Lismore Thistles at the Rec Grounds on the weekend.

Despite completely outclassing the young Lismore crew from the opening whistle, it took the Rams until the last minutes of the first half to find the net. After countless runs on the Thistles goal, a neat side foot cross from Herick Schuenemann to WIll Ennis and an unstoppable finish from the Golden Boot finally broke the drought.

Fifteen minutes into the second set, Toms do Prado Coelho finished a sweet flanking combination with a curling, long range strike into the top right corner to give the Rams a2-0 lead. With 15 to go, Jono Pierce made a flanking run and drove another long ball from out wide that skimmed the inside of the far post, rolled back across goal and  finally turned into the net to make it 3-0. With three minutes on the clock Pierce snapped a cross to his brother Nolan on the penalty spot. Nlans shot was deflected by the keeper onto the feet of Sam Owens who buried goal four for the Rams.

The win sends the Reserve Grade Rams into their fifth consecutive Grand Final, joining the Prems and the Byron Second Division in triple header.

With Oakes Oval being renovated, this years Grand Finals will be held at Lismore Workers Richars Oval Next door to Lismore Square. The Seconds meet Lennox Head at 11am, the Reserves take on Rovers at 3pm and the Premiers do battle with fiery neighbours Bangalow Bluedogs at 5pm.

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22:12

Hollows As Homes "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Local Landcare Coordinator Jason Richardson has been visiting schools in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area to promote the role of tree hollows as habitat.

Did you know that it takes around 300 years for nature to provide a home for an owl? Its even longer for possums.

There are no animals that are able to create tree hollows, such as the woodpecker in North America, so hollow creation is a slow process that relies on fungus to eat away at the tree.

In urban and agricultural areas throughout Australia, hollow-bearing trees are in decline.

In New South Wales, species that rely on tree hollows for shelter and nesting include at least 46 mammals, 81 birds, 31 reptiles and 16 frogs.

Forty of these species are listed as threatened with extinction in New South Wales and the loss of hollows has been listed as a key threatening process.

As part of Landcares visits primary school students learned how contested hollows can be, particularly in urban settings where hollows can be considered a public risk.

Jason spoke of his experience observing ringneck parrots intimidate grass parrots from returning to their nest.

The children were fascinated to handle the skull of a grass parrot chick.

The students then had an opportunity to assess school grounds and the surrounding area for hollows and observe local bird life using binoculars.

16:16

Australian governments continue to trip over their own hypocrisy "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Crikey.com.au, 4 September 2017:

The forests of the Amazon basin are often referred to as the lungs of the Earth, nurturing life through rich, tropical biodiversity. Although often overlooked, its equally fitting to consider the jungles of the Asia-Pacific as the Earths heart. After all, they contain 20% of the worlds plant and animal species, and by some measurements make up six of the worlds 25 biodiversity hotspots. Australia adds to the variety, with its wealth of native vegetation. Each one of these areas is unique and plays an integral part in the worlds interrelated ecological systems.

The positive news is that the international community recognises them as such. Last month marks the one-year anniversary of the Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit in Brunei-Darussalam, an initiative set up in 2014 to discuss the...

16:06

Were Firing Trillion Watt Lasers Into The Sky: Top Scientist Admits To Weather Modification On CBS "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In the aftermath of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Jose brewing in the Atlantic, many people are looking for answers as to the increasingly volatile weather being witnessed. And while climate change is one potential cause, there are other lesser known activities that could potentially be playing a role []

15:50

Thursday, 14 September 2017 - 11:50pm "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

More silliness:

FEDERAL Member for Page Kevin Hogan took to social media to explain why he voted in favour of banning full facial coverings at the Nationals conference in Canberra last Sunday.

"It was to ban full facial coverings in certain public places. Many countries have already done this, including Germany, France and Belgium, to name a few, Mr Hogan wrote on Facebook.

15:19

If Psychiatrists Took Truth Serum, What Would They Say? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Do you know a psychiatrist/pediatrician who has treated half the kids in your town for ADHD for the past 20 years? Is there now a heroin epidemic in your town? If so, you may want to talk to him or her about his/her possible role in it. Before you do, you should know that psychiatrists dont use the same language that others do the meaning of what they say isnt always so clear. I can translate psychiatrist speak, since practicing within the field for over 30 years enabled me to gain easier insight than most people into understanding what their words really mean. Here are 13 examples:

If a psychiatrist says: Your son has a brain disease called ADHD. Its like having a Ferrari with bicycle brakes, he/she really means: Your son is perfectly fine; he just hasnt been raised yet. Its me who is sick. I suffer from EDHD (Ethical-Deficit Hypersedativity Disorder). I only told you that because a mechanic just told me that my Ferrari has CNSD (Car Not Starting Disorder), so I need money for a new one.

When psychiatrists say: We now know that childrens emotional/behavioral problems are not due to anything parents do or do not do, they really mean: We now know that we can make more money by lying and telling parents what they want to hear than by telling them the truth.

When a psychiatrist says: Your kid has a brain hard-wiring defect which impairs his/her ability to learn how to manage his/her temper/impulses, it really means: Of course your child can learn to alter his/her behavior; even simple animals like mollusks can. You shouldnt trust me so much.

When psychiatrists say: Kids with ADHD do better in school once they are treated, they really mean: We have managed to change Americas school motto from: If at first you dont succeed, try, try again to If at first you dont succeed, give up and get accommodations such as: Fewer correct answers may be required in order to achieve a test grade if a child is disabled by ADHD.

When psychiatrists say: ADHD symptoms will greatly improve with medication, and the earlier treatment begins, the better the outcome, they really mean: Weve succeeded in tricking parents into replacing child-raising with sedation from age six on, and are trying to get them to begin even earlier. We hope to someday tell pregnant moms whose babies kick a lot: Your fetus has ADHD.

When psychiatrists say: We now know that ADHD persists to adulthood, they really mean: We now know that treating ADHD effectively creates lifelong clients, since kids who are shot with daily tranquilizer darts never really mature; their wildness returns each time they awaken from it.

When psychiatrists say: You have a chemica...

15:15

Watch As No-Nonsense Dad Calmly Shuts Down Daughters Temper Tantrum "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

When it come to parenting, there are often are no easy answers. Most parents say theyve learned the best parenting techniques that work for them by trial and error. They learn as they go along. While one approach might not work for every parent, one dad found an effective way to handle his daughters tantrums []

13:46

This Apple fanboy set up camp outside Apple store to be the first one to buy iPhone X "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This man in Australia has been camping outside Apple Store for 10 days, wants to be the first to buy new iPhone X

Apple fanboys have a reputation for being very, very loyal to Apple and iPhone. But do Apple fanboys really just buy anything Apple sells or they just make noise? Do they sing the praise of anything and everything Apple does?

Apparently, the answer to all the above questions is yes. Over the years since Apple introduced its first iPhone, we have had news of Apple fanboys doing amazing things to get their hands on the latest Apple product and 2017 September is no different.

This years Apple iPhone X launch saw one such Apple fanboy, Mazen Kourouche from Australia. Mazen owns a YouTube channel which has videos of various Apple products. This year as Tim Cook was launching iPhone X (pronounced iPhone Ten) in Cupertino, Mazen was doing something absolutely unbelievable. Mazen has been perched outside Sydneys flagship Apple store for a whopping 10 days to lay his hands on the new iPhone when it goes on sale on September 22 in Australia.

Mazens craziness about laying his hands on the new Apple iPhone 8 or iPhone X can be deduced from the fact that he refused $50,000 to give his perch to another Apple fanboy. Yes, Mazen refused $50,000 to give his seat in the line outside Apple Flagship Store in Sydney as he wants to ensure that he is the first customer not only in Sydney but in the world to buy the newly launched iPhone

What is more, Mazen has been live streaming his stay outside the Apple Flagship store on his YouTube channel.  He is also being helped by two of his friends who are making sure that Kourouche doesnt lose his spot as the first customer in line.

Yes, likes of Mazen do exist. Such is their love for Apple products that Samsung built a marketing campaign that portrayed iPhone users as mindless idiots. There is even a phrase Apple sheep used for Apple fanboys by Android users. Even Merriam-Webster got in on the action earlier this year when it used Apple fans as an example to illustrate the definition of the word sheeple.

We wish Mazen the Sheeple best of luck for his endeavor.

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13:26

Reminder: Susan Rice Lied About Her Role In The Obama Admin Unmasking Scandal "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

On March 22, Rep. Devin Nunes made his ham-fisted disclosure that the Obama administration had conducted incidental surveillance collection and unmasking of Trump administration officials. It was a revelation that ignited widespread criticism from nearly every corner of Washington

I have seen intelligence reports that clearly show that the president-elect and his team were, I guess, at least monitored, the House intelligence chairman said at the time. It looks to me like it was all legally collected, but it was essentially a lot of information on the president-elect and his transition team and what they were doing. Nunes went on to claim that the information was spread across a number of agencies and had little or no apparent intelligence value.

Perhaps Nunes reasons were partisan. Perhaps his framing was exaggerated. Well see. But if CNNs reporting is correct, everything Nunes claimed that day was basically true. Which is a lot more than we can say for others.

On the same day, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice was interviewed by PBSs Judy Woodruff and asked to respond to Nunes accusation that she had unmasked those Trump officials in the waning days of the Obama administration. Here is the exchange:

Woodruff: Weve been following a disclosure by the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, that in essence, during the final days of the Obama administration, during the transition, after President Trump had been elected, that he and the people around him may have been caught up in surveillance of foreign individuals in that their identities may have been disclosed. Do you know anything about this?

Rice: I know nothing about this. I was surprised to see reports from Chairman Nunes on that count today.

As we now know, Rice wasnt surprised. At all. Wednesday, CNN reported that Obamas former national security adviser told House investigators that she had unmasked those senior Trump officials in an effort to understand why the crown prince of the United Arab Emirates was in New York late...

12:47

Burning Seed "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"



Only a bit over a week away now!

12:37

How Much US Aid Pledged to Syrian Kids Didnt Arrive? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Schoolgirls just outside Damascus, SyriaSchoolgirls just outside Damascus, Syria (Photo: SAMEER AL-DOUMY / AFP / Getty Images)

 

Millions of dollars of aid money bound for Syrian child refugees has vanished, says Human Rights Watch (HRW).

A large chunk of that is likely to be from American taxpayers and others in the West.

The money, pledged in 2016, was bound for schoolchildren living in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey, but much of it never arrived, came late or remains untraceable because of poor reporting practices.

What is not clear from HRWs 55-page report is whether the donor states paid out the money in full or whether some of the cash simply disappeared en route.

More than half-a-million children had no schooling last year in large part because there was insufficient money available to pay for their education.

The US Agency for International Development reported that it provided development aid of US$248 million for education in Jordan, but its own aid tracking database only accounted for US$82 million, and a Jordanian government database listed only US$13 million received for education from the US in 2016, the HRW report states.

And that is just one example.

Human Rights Watch suggests much of the money pledged is simply not paid but also points to the lack of cohesive accounting of the entire system, including governments, aid agencies and others.

Despite global concern about Syrian refugee children, it is still impossible to find answers to basic questions about whether their key educational needs are being met, said Simon Rau, Mercator, a fellow at HRW. Donors should fix the transparency deficit that is undercutting their own support for Syrian chil...

12:18

Four plot structures "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I. The Babadook
II. The Big Lebowski
III. Thelma and Louise
IV. Barton Fink

11:42

Is it OK? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

My friend Alex posted this chart on Facebook and asked if the RU OK? suicide prevention campaign might be ineffective.

The RU OK? day has been running since 2009 and the chart doesn't seem to make a conclusive link.

However there are plenty of studies that show copycat suicides are a phenomena.

Does talking about suicide contribute to it?

09:38

"Nothing Pains Some People..." "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 "Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. 
There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. 
Nothing pains some people more than having to think."
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

09:12

Canada - Moncton council to decide on whether to restore water fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

MONCTON, N.B. Despite pleas from dentists to restore fluoride to the water supply in Moncton, N.B., at least one city councillor says he'll vote against it when council meets to make a decision next week.

Moncton ended fluoride use in 2011, and local dentist Suzanne Drapeau-McNally says she has seen a dramatic increase in tooth decay among young children ever since.
"Children who previously had no cavities, all of a sudden come in and have a higher number of decays," Drapeau-McNally said.
Moncton city council was supposed to make a decision this spring, but Coun. Shawn Crossman asked that the decision be delayed until Sept. 18 to gather more information.
Crossman said he spent the last seven months reading studies and listening to the public, and hasn't seen any evidence to prove that fluoride prevents tooth decay.
"There's nothing there that says fluoride is stopping tooth decay, absolutely nothing," he said.
"There's a much bigger picture here. Sugar is a factor, what do our diets look like, what is the person's overall health? There are other factors that contribute. Fluoride is not going to solve everybody's problems."

Crossman said in fact he has seen information that fluoride can be harmful to very young children.
Drapeau-McNally said fluoride is a natural element that protects tooth enamel against the acids that cause tooth decay, and she's seen no studies to show negative impact of 0.7 parts per million of fluoride in public water supplies.
"We have public health across the world and none have found evidence that community water fluoridation is harmful to health," Drapeau-McNally said.
"I remain solid that the scientific studies show the results are conclusive it is a win situation to add fluoride to our Moncton water," she said.
Last year, New Brunswick's chief medical officer of health and the New Brunswick Dental Society's board both came out in support of fluoridation.
"The value of water fluoridation should not be underestimated. The studies are clear and unequivocal and the benefits of fluoridation are well documented for all individuals in the community regardless of age, education, or socio-economic status," they wrote in a joint statement.

While federal and provincial governments set guidelines for fluoridation, the decision to use fluoride is left up to municipalities.
Brantford, Ont., became the first Canadian community to add fluoride in 1945, and many others followed. Health Canada reported in 2009, the last time it counted, that about 45 per cent of the population was drinking fluoridated water.
Big cities including Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa, Halifax and Winnipeg fluoridate. Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver don't, along with Waterloo and Windsor in southern Ontario.
City council in Saint John, N.B., voted against fluoride....

09:00

3,700-year-old Babylonian tablet rewrites the history of maths "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another take on this important artifact which also confirms my own speculations. What is described is a practical trig for builders in the form of useful ratios.

Recall that the lack of the zero made the use of ratios mandatory.  Thus such a trig table was inevitable.

 all good stuff.  At least it shows us a little of how it was all done.  I haveactually reconstructed much of all this but it is nioce to see confirmation.



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3,700-year-old Babylonian tablet rewrites the history of maths - and shows the Greeks did not develop trigonometry

The tablet is broken and probably had more rows, experts believe Credit: UNSW 

Sarah Knapton, Scie...

08:56

Evidence of volcanic eruptions under Antarctic Ice "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In August, researchers at Edinburgh University announced that frigid West Antarctica is home to at least 138 volcanoes, all concealed within an ice sheet that's up to two kilometers thick in some places! The finding left Robert Bingham, one of the study's authors, with an urgent question. "The big question is: how active are these volcanoes? That is something we need to determine as quickly as possible," he told The Guardian. "If one of these volcanoes were to erupt it could further destabilise west Antarctica's ice sheets. Anything that causes the melting of ice - which an eruption certainly would - is likely to speed up the flow of ice into the sea." Luckily, Bingham didn't need to wait long for an answer. A team of scientists from New Mexico Tech, Dartmouth College, and Vermont Technical College has uncovered evidence of volcanic eruptions in ice cores taken from the West Antarctic ice sheet (WAIS). A paper describing their findings has just been published in Scientific Reports.

08:05

STONE & WOOD ARE CRUISING THE COAST "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Were packing up the beer truck and cruising South.

This spring as the weather heats up, were taking Clyde (our trusty beer truck) on an East coast road trip from Byron to Sydney. Dropping in on coastal towns along the way, well be spreading good vibes and putting on a few Karma Kegs for the locals

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Clydes set to attend over 10 epic events from 20 September 27 October. Kicking off the tour in Yamba, hell be rolling into towns for tap takeovers, a few festivals, beer dinners, frothy catch-ups and one grand finale at this years Sydney Beer Week (more details to be announced).

Clyde Event Vibes

Come and escape the grind, gather a crew and join Clyde as he cruises the coast! With the promise of cruisey live tunes, delicious tucker, cold frothies and a few Karma Kegs to support local charities, join us as we welcome the warmer months

KEEN TO CRUISE WITH US? Check our website for TOUR DATES & DETAILS

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08:00

The Internet Is The Next Frontier In Making The World Accessible To All "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

As the Trump administration and Congress push to limit the Americans with Disabilities Act, others are pushing to expand the acts provisions to the entire web.

Passed 27 years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act mandates equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. Title III of the ADA specifically mandates that all public and private institutions and spaces render themselves accessible to those with sensory, cognitive, and physical limitationsthink of Braille on store signs, sound-enabled walk signals, on-ramps carved into sidewalks. But over the past year and a half, a string of lawsuits filed on behalf of people with disabilities against companies indicates that one crucial space has been bypassed in effectively interpreting the purpose of the ADA: the internet.

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07:59

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Cuba Says Good Health in Bad Weather
Instructions for the National Health Service were clear: ensure the necessary conditions to continue providing medical services across the entire country, and protect material resources in hospitals and healthcare institutions

Lisandra Farias Acosta | lisandra@granma.cu
September 13, 2017 13:09:19

Firefighters working to clear water from the basement area of the Ameijeiras Hospital. Photo: Nuria Barbosa

Its just after 6pm on September 11, and theres an unusual sense of calm at the normally busy Hermanos Ameijeiras Hospital.

There are currently no patients at the health center, located only a short distance from Havanas waterfront Malecon.

The Ameijeiras, hard hit by Irma, has been completely evacuated.

Its difficult to picture the reception area empty, except for one staff member at her work station graciously answering every phone call; explaining to the population why the hospital is closed, telling them to call back for updates.

I hope she knows that we have come to report on how one of the countrys principal health institutions is coping after Hurricane Irma. She stops answering calls for a moment to tells us that in the 19 years she has worked at the hospital, she has never experienced a situation like this before, and much less one that has caused the center to close. This is a first.

According to damage reports by the Ministry of Public Health, the basement of the building is flooded with one meter 20 centimeters of contaminated water, too much to pump out and affecting nuclear medicine, radiotherapy, clinical-laboratory, x-ray and out-patient surgery services.

The record level of sea water, caused by storm surges the principal cause of damage, even more than the wind to have penetrated the hospital since it was founded, was one meter 12 centimeters. But Irma surpassed all predictions. According to our most recent estimates, there is currently one meter 50 centimeters of water. The basement area is still completely flooded, and the polyclinics are practically inaccessible, stated Dr. Rigoberto Garca Gmez, deputy director of teaching and research at the Hermanos A...

07:58

Premiere: Pastel shades and declarations of love in Felix Lushs Juliette video "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Photo by Alex Wall

Since his time in Bearhug and Claire & the Cops, Felix Lushs bedroom-pop has recieved big love. With his new material, he continues to take us into an 80s synth pop dreamworld. This is on full display in his new video for Juliette, which were stoked to be premiering here.

Returning after his 2016 debut EP State of Mind, this wonderfully romantic synth jam sees Felix Lush get sentimental with a mega-sweet ode to his love for IRL girlfriend and the songs namesake.

Of the new track, he says:

The song is my love song dedication to my girlfriend. Sometimes I think people are worried about being outright about love but its important to tell that special someone how much they mean. Juliette is for every dorky kid out there who just wants to tell their partner how much they mean to them.

*heart eyes*

Featuring Felix Lush together with Juliette herself, the accompanying video, directed by Courtney Brookes, is a pastel-filled visual delight. It flicks us through channels featuring other, slick looking familiar faces of local music, including Hamish Dobinson of Flowertruck, David Gauci of Death Bells and Spike Vincent. This is put together with darling couple montages and florals out of some kind of candy coloured daydream.

We definitely feel the love, and think you will too.

Felix Lush is on the road supporting The Creases in Melbourne and Sydney and is set to tour with I Know Leopard and These New South Whales. Check out the video and tour details below.

WHO: The Creases with Felix Lush
WHERE: The Lair at The Metro Theatre Sydney
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07:06

German Hyperinflation & What They Do Not Teach in School "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Dear Marty

Following your blog is a good way to counter the propaganda in our society.

Today you stated:

This was the fate of the hyperinflation in Germany. It was NOT the Quantity of Money theory, it was the fact that there was a 1918 Communist Revolution in Germany where they had even asked the Communist Russians to take over Germany. It was the collapse in CONFIDENCE that led to the hyperinflation.

Living in the UK, with German friends, I do not know any person who is aware of this and they would not believe that Germany nearly became communist if I told them. This is not taught at school anywhere.

Can you point me to some literature or other sources where we can find out more about what happened with the communists in Germany and elsewhere in Europe? I know they are making a resurgence at present (Think the EU!)

Thanks for all you do

SP

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ANSWER: Curious. I know that in Germany they do not really teach the details of the rise of Hitler. But he was the ultimate reaction to the events of the 1920s. There is a good book on the subject, but it is in German ...

07:01

The Bank that was Small Enough to Jail "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Marty; there is another documentary on the Abacus Bank and how they were singled out and charged for the 2007-2009 crash. While they said this was a tiny banks for immigrants that was too  Small Enough to Jail, I found this offensive that they said it was the first bank to be indicted since 1991. Not even Matt Taibbi ever would report on your case and your film was blocked in the USA because it opened the door to political intervention into Russia by the banksters. I believe HSBC and Republic Bank were charged criminally in your case so there was another bank charged after 1991 but nobody will report it. Am I correct? Has Steve Jame or Matt Taibbi  ever contacted you?

ANSWER: As far as I am aware, neither Matt Taibbi  nor Steve Jame ever contacted me. You have to look at what and how the government prosecuted the bank in my case. The bank did not plead guilty, it was the holding company that owned the bank Republic New York Corporation. Then they steered the case to the only Federal Judge who was blind Richard Casey (who died shortl...

06:30

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Stockyard Creek Rd, Coaldale "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Lot 14 Stockyard Creek Rd, Coaldale, NSW 2460
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 14 Sep 2017 13:12

05:53

Dear Jamie Dimon: Predict the Crash that Takes Down Your Produces-Nothing, Parasitic Bank and We'll Listen to your Bitcoin "Prediction" "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This is the begging-for-the-overthrow-of-a-corrupt-status-quo economy we have thanks to the Federal Reserve giving the J.P. Morgans and Jamie Dimons of the world the means to skim and scam the bottom 95%.
Dear Jamie Dimon: quick quiz: which words/phrases are associated with you and your employer, J.P. Morgan? Looting, pillage, rapacious, exploitive, only saved from collapse by massive intervention by the Federal Reserve, the source of rising wealth inequality, crony capitalism, privatized profits-socialized losses, low interest rates = gift from savers to banks, bloviating overpaid C.E.O., propaganda favoring the financial elite, tool of the top .01%, destroyer of democracy, financial fraud goes unpunished, free money for financiers, debt-serfdom, produces nothing of value to society or the bottom 99.5%.
Jamie, if you answered "all of them," you're correct. The only reason you have a soapbox from which you can bloviate is the central bank (Federal Reserve) saved you and your neofeudal looting machine (bank) from well-deserved oblivion in 2008-09, and the unprecedented, co-ordinated campaign by global central banks to buy trillions of dollars of bonds and stocks.
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05:34

Chinny Charge sold out "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mt Chincogan seen up close from a hot air balloon. Photo Ziggi Browning

Mt Chincogan seen up close from a hot air balloon. Photo Ziggi Browning

For the first time in 16 years the Chinny Charge is on again!

This Saturday September 16, 500 people will be running and walking up Mount Chincogan to win prizes or in many cases just to enjoy the view.

While places are now fully booked, those running are reminded that there are to be no dogs or smoking on the mountain.

The race will start at the Mullumbimby Memorial Petria Thomas Swimming Pool at 2pm. It will be started  by race winner Colin Creighton, who won the  second Chinny Charge in bare feet with four stitches in his big toe in 1967.

After doing the mountain dash, the keenest of runners will charge back into town and cross the finishing line at the Mullumbimby Post Office.

Dont forget you can confirm your place in the race from 12 noon at the Mullumbimby Swimming Pool.

If you would like to win a $200 prize from Mullumbimby IGA you can try and guess the winning time. Fill out the form (on page 10) and make your best guess.

Pop your entry into the box at the IGA and the Mullumbimby Newsagents. The entry box will move to the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club on the day. You will be able to submit your guess up until the beginning of the race.

Special effort

Do you know anyone who is running the race who deserves recognition for special effort and encouragement of others? If you do, or if you are in or watching the race and notice anyone who does something that makes you think they should get recognition for their actions, then let the organisers know.

You can give them suggestions in writing at the table where the race begins or where the race ends.

Kevin Moran Memorial

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05:00

Monsantos GMO Harm and Corruption is Abominable "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The decision to eat or not eat GMOs is only a small reason behind why I vehemently support the labeling of genetically modified foods and hold deep contempt for the biotech industry as a whole.

Monsanto and the rest of the land rapers have desecrated the islands of Oahu and Molokai so far. I recently spoke with friends on the island of Kauai who have expressed grave concern.

People there are getting sick and many believe that their sickness is being caused by impacts of growing GMOs.

Yet, when asking Monsanto and the like to disclose what chemicals and in what quantities they are spraying, their answers are vague, if at all.


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04:06

earthcore in the park nsw crew takeovers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Our first earthcore in the park 2017 NSW crew stage takeover announcements are in!

boss bass

Introducing Boss Bass who will be hosting the Basscore 2017 in the NSW Courtyard! Best known for their 5 year strong monthly Chinese Laundry Friday night residency, Boss Bass have hosted some of the biggest and best names in the business.
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hypnotic events

Known for their large scale indoor events and previously unattainable lineups, Hypnotic Events follow on from Zac Slades highly successful brand Sydney Trance offering the Sydney club scene a taste of psychedelic music, lifestyle & culture.
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04:04

Say Hello to the Collective Shaman (Hint: You Are Part of It) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The role of the Shaman in the original peoples is to resolve issues of the tribe that other members were unable to rectify themselves. They heal, they influence, they transform, otherwise known as the art of magic. Traditional and contemporary shamans do this by consciously venturing into the non-physical realm a practice called journeying to dance with the spirits of their ancestors and their land to find answers to their current affairs, and assist the energetic rivers to flow in more desired directions.

Entire cultures progressively lost their connection to themselves, each other and nature, as well as their personal exploration of esoterica. The war on metaphysics advanced. A philosophical disease called materialism took a toxic grip after industrialisation, consumerism and the technological explosion saturated peoples minds and hearts with predominately mundane and destructive conceptions of reality.

Communities were now highly fragmented and the majority of people were sucked into urbanised enslavement.

But then the internet was created. An unprecedented moment occurred in humanitys (known) history where information was being shared instantaneously to all areas of our planet, resulting with a significant amplification of cross-cultural ideas and behaviours.

A human culture, not an ethnic or regional one, was being birthed (or simply remembered).

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03:52

Pushing the audience: the Sydney Underground Film Festival "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

SUFF seeks to program independent international and local films that wont make it to a cinema. But this does not mean that they are all low-budget, lo-fi or unheard of. Weve had films from Cannes, weve had films from Berlin and South By Southwest these are films that have played at major world festivals its not the sideshow part of the film festival. Here, they are marginalised.

03:42

Sydney Fringe Festival 2017 Interview with Betty Grumble "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Performance Artist Betty Grumble joined Bibi & The Big Blue to talk about her recent tour of International Fringe Festivals around The Globe. They also discuss the wider Global Community in relation to Australia; our development as a modern society reflecting and practicing equality & a Fair Go for All Citizens Betty & Bibi touch on the contrasts in our local societywhere the old conservative ideas are currently reflecting a fear of change.

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03:12

Last chance to catch the SWELL "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Fifty sculptures line the beautiful stretch of beach at Currumbin on the Gold Coast until September 17. The SWELL sculpture festival is celebrating its fifteenth year as it transforms the golden sands of Currumbin Beach into a dazzling landscape of interactive and inspiring public art amid a carnival atmosphere of live entertainment, street food, artist talks and masterclasses for all ages.

There are up to 50 Australian and international artists who are displaying thought-provoking works plotted along a 1km stretch of coastline, highlighting a range of social, environmental and contemporary issues.

Sculptures by local artists Alison Allcock, Jeanette Krohn, Gabriel Rosita and Lance Season form an important part of the exhibition.

Make sure you take the chance to head up the coast and feast your eyes on these fantastic works.

02:49

EPA stops logging at Limpinwood for inspection "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The koala, now named Paris, that has survived the Limpinwood logging is now being cared for by Friends of the Koala (FoK). A second koala is also being cared for ny FoK after being found on a property near Boormans Road. Photo supplied.

The koala, now named Paris, that has survived the Limpinwood logging is now being cared for by Friends of the Koala (FoK). A second koala is also being cared for by FoK after being found on a property near Boormans Road. Photo supplied.

Tweed Shire Council has found unauthorised clearing in the Environmental Protection Zone in Limpinwood by landowner, Hewittville Holdings.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) have confirmed with Echonetdaily that they have asked the landholder to cease logging operations on the property, said an EPA spokesperson.

The EPA has become aware of recent allegations about the harvesting operation, and will be conducting a joint site inspection with Tweed shire council as soon as it can be organised.

Locals had raised the alarm in early September and Tweed shire council then unanimously supported action to ask the EPA and state government to investigate the site on September 7.

Concerns were raised about logging in environmental protection zones, specifically in relation to koala habitat trees being felled, previous unauthorised works by the landholder creating significant environmental damage and noise and dust impact on neighbours from the logging trucks.

The EPA has stated that they have been monitoring the operation since it started and it has included three site visits since May 2017.

Site inspection

The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) inspected the property on September 9 and documented logging and roading within the 7(d) Environmental Zone and roading and tree removal within the 7(l) Environmental Zone. Extensive operations had occurred within the 7(d) zone and they were still active, they said in a statement to...

02:38

Lismore flies the rainbow flag in support of equality "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lismore City Councillors Darlene Cook and Elly Bird with marriage equality supporters (l-r) Nora Vidler-Blanksby, Suzie St Julian, Kristy McNeil, Rosemary Bourne and Maura Chambers. (supplied)

Lismore City Councillors Darlene Cook and Elly Bird with marriage equality supporters (l-r) Nora Vidler-Blanksby, Suzie St Julian, Kristy McNeil, Rosemary Bourne and Maura Chambers. (supplied)

The Lismore City Council has this morning raised the rainbow flag in support of marriage equality while an unauthorised rainbow crossing has appeared in Nimbin.

The council decided at its 13 June meeting to raise a flag as part of a broader resolution on marriage equality that included lobbying Federal MPs and political parties.

The raising of the flag comes as Australians wait for their postal survey on the issue.

Councillor Darlene Cook, who moved the motion, said raising the rainbow flag was an important gesture.

As we head into the yes/no campaign for marriage equality and the postal survey, there is no better time for our LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Intersex)
community to know that Council supports their fight for equal rights in our society, Cr Cook said.

This is a clear statement that Council embraces our LGBTQI community and believes they should have the right to marry who they wish. This debate is a no-brainer. Love is love.

A rainbow crossing has appeared in the main street of Nimbin.

A rainbow crossing has appeared in the main street of Nimbin.

The flag-raising resolution followed earlier attempts by Greens councillor Adam Guise to have a rainbow pedestrian crossing installed somewhere in the CBD.

But that motion failed as the state authorities claimed that such a crossing could be a traffic hazard.

Obviously that note was not passed on to the residents of Nimbin.

Sometime this week, someone has created a rainbow crossing in the main street of Nimbin, which proudly proclaims One Love.

 

The po...

02:24

Interview with Montreal Antifascist Organizer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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MTL Counter-info sent some questions to some people involved in ongoing anti-fascist activities, in an effort to address common misconceptions about these struggles. This is what they had to say.

Can you tell me about antifascist organizing in Montreal and what its role is, especially now?

Antifascist activism has a long history in Montreal, going back to the 1980s. Prior to 2017, though, things had been relatively quiet for a number of years, most activity not occurring in the public eye.

Following the racist massacre in Quebec City on January 27, the far right has been emboldened. They have been taking to the streets and organizing in an unprecedented fashion. As a result of which, many of us have begun organizing along explicitly antifascist lines.

The role of antifascism is to expose and neutralize the threat posed by the far right. It is to support communities and individuals targeted by the far right. Ultimately, it is to join with and support those fighting against the root causes of the far right, which in the Canadian context are racism, patriarchy, colonialism, and capitalism.

Why is it important to be fighting fascism now?

Since six people were murdered and nineteen seriously injured by a racist gunman in Quebec City earlier this year, the far right has stepped out of the shadows and is trying to gain legitimacy as a political force in Quebec society. This is part of a broader trend that reached a milestone when Donald Trump was elected, and that we see playing out throughout the historically racist countries in Europe and North America, as the economic crisis is provoking an avalanche of white racism.

The thing is, the answers the fascists provide scapegoating immigrants, Jews, people of color simply divert attention away from the real cause of the problems people are facing, namely an unfair economic system and increasing austerity.

History shows that if we dont fight effectively against the far right, people end up dying. The stakes are high, and we dont intend to sit idly by as things get worse.

What are common misconceptions of Antifa?

The politically ignorant believe we are the reason behind the rise of the far-Right. A quick look at what happened first should set the record straight on that one.

The far right believes we are secretly paid by George Soros or by the g...

02:20

10th Mullum Music Festival "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Ten years ago the first Mullum Music Festival pioneered a very different type of music event. No gates. No big headlines. No VIP areas. Basically a No hassle festival. A festival where artists and performers mingled, where shows are held in halls, clubs and pubs rather than tents, and instead of driving hours to park in a field and trudge on site, patrons became enmeshed in the spirit of a vibrant village. It worked.

Its not just about one act, but rather all the performers says Festival Director Glenn Wright. Mullum Music Festival is about the experience. Everyone knows that. Its all about the people. All of the people. Everyday People!

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This year the Festival tips its hat to the line up ten years on by including many of the artists who were on the first bill. Its a Festival Homecoming with patrons Suzannah Espie, Mama Kin and Harry James Angus all returning to perform along with Tinpan Orange, Jojo Smith, Liz Stringer, Hussy Hicks, Oka and a swag of acts everyone has grown to love.

In the decade since its inception Mullum has a reputation for booking new acts. Many of these acts have gone on to play bigger stages all over the world. Like NZ artist Marlon Williams who has been selling out shows throughout the US, UK & Europe and returns for this years program with his beloved Yarra Benders.

With big headlines like Jon Cleary the funkiest of the funkiest (I mean hes from Funky town New Orleans) bringing his Absolute Gentlemen, a four-piece riot of gospel harmonies and foundation rocking grooves.

Perhaps nothing typifies the unconventional joy of the program more than All Our Exes Live in Texas. A festival favourite, these four songwriters with four unique voices return to deliver their four-part indie slice of folk heaven.

Canadian singer-songwriter Frazey Ford brings her smooth, opulent and electric voice to our 10th Mullum Music Festival, Mama Kin Spender feeds the soul when she delivers heart stopping ballads and percussive beats, this time around in collaboration with Melbourne musician Spender. From tender to brooding, the...

02:13

Union threatens boycott of Lismore Base Hospital ward openings "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lismore Base Hospital. (file pic)

Lismore Base Hospital. (file pic)

A health union has threatened to boycott the opening of two wards at the Lismore Base Hospital unless staffing levels are increased.

The Health Services Union is demanding that an extra thirteen hospital positions are created, including security people, wards people and X-ray operators.

Greens MP Dawn Walker has raised the issue of staffing at the Lismore Base Hospital in state parliament following safety concerns raised by the union.

Its appalling that the NSW Government is failing to listen to concerns about excessive staff workloads at Lismore Base Hospital, which is risking patient care, stretching the capacity of hospital staff and jeopardizing the opening of new wards at the Hospital, Ms Walker, who is the health spokesperson for her party, said.

When I questioned the Government over staffing at Lismore Base Hospital on Wednesday, they failed to even answer the question. Yet we know that under-resourcing of hospital staff is an ongoing problem at Lismore Base Hospital.

Only last month mental health nursing staff were forced to consider closing beds due to major concerns over patient safety following planned cuts to clinical nursing staff levels.

The Lismore Base Hospital redevelopment should position the Hospital as a state-of-the art facility for the North Coast, but the Liberal-National Government seem determined not to resource it adequately.

The Government and Northern NSW Local Health District must consult with the Health Services Union, NSW Nurses and Midwives Association and other bodies over staffing levels so patient care isnt compromised..

 

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01:44

Local asbestos program nominated for award "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Photo Jeanie McKillop, Coordinator of North East Waste and and Tash Morton, North East Waste project co-ordinator. Photo supplied.

Photo Jeanie McKillop, Coordinator of North East Waste and Tash Morton, North East Waste project co-ordinator. Photo supplied.

The increase in DIY household renovations has highlights the importance of how to identify asbestos. It was the increasing quantity of asbestos that was unknowingly being taken to waste facilities in the northern rivers that lead to the development of the North East Wastes Household Asbestos Testing Program. Delivered to six local councils the program is now a finalist in this years Local Government NSW Excellence in Environment Awards.

Home owners undertaking their own renovations were turning up at the landfill unaware that the materials they had removed contained asbestos. This was not only a posing a health risk for the home owners but also the staff at the waste facility who sort the waste, said Tash Morton, the North East Waste project co-ordinator.

The asbestos testing program was an extension of the Household Asbestos Disposal Kit program that was initiated in 2015 to assist householders with disposing of small quantities of asbestos safely. Both programs are now run by Byron, Ballina, Lismore, Kyogle, Clarence Valley and Richmond Valley Councils.

Residents are provided with a mask and sample bags, instructions and a pre-paid satchel to post their samples to the asbestos testing company. The results of the test are then emailed to the resident with information.

The program is the first of its kind in Australia being run by Local Government Im incredibly proud of the work Tash has done and happy to be recognised for our initiative, says North East Waste coordinator, Jeanie Mckillop.

For further information on where to pick up the household asbestos testing or disposal kits contact your local Council or visit the council websites. You can also contact joanne@newaste.org.au

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01:41

Sydney Has The Second Most Unaffordable Housing In The World "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Australian Governments Panadol and rest approach to the growing housing affordability crisis will do nothing to ease the headache, writes Greg Budworth.

Each year Demographia publishes housing affordability data from over 400 cities across the world using a measurement called the median multiple (sometimes called the price-to-income ratio.) The median multiple is derived by dividing the median house price in a particular city by the median household income for the same area. For example, a median multiple of four means that a median priced dwelling costs four times the median household income.

Demographias analysis suggests a median multiple of three or less is a sign of a healthy market. A median multiple of between three and five meanwhile, means the market is moderately unaffordable and a score of more than five means housing is severely unaffordable.

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While Demographia doesnt distinguish between scores above five, one could argue for a new category extremely unaffordable that would be applied beyond a score of seven or eight. Using this measurement, the most unaffordable housing market in the world is Hong Kong with a median multiple of 18.

Second on the list is Sydney at 12, followed by Vancouver at 10.5 and Auckland at 10. Melbourne is tied with San Jose with a median multiple of 9.5.

How did it come to this? After all, for most of the last century, the average Australian home could be had for roughly three to four times the average income. Clearly something has changed, but what?

Last week saw the release of a report the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) about how to fix the housing crisis crippling Australias cities. The report, like many before it, contained a series of thoroughly worthy recommendations, but will achieve very little given the absence of a national housing strategy within which its proposals can be prioritised and measured.

Sydney from the air. (IMAGE: Chris Graham, New Matilda)Sydney from the air. (IMAGE: Chris Graham, New Matilda)

Its critical we get this right because the lack of affordable housing in our major capitals is fuelling a social and economic dislocation that risks undermining their reason for existence.

The reason cities create value, and the reason so many of us choose to live in them, is be........

01:35

Turnbull Government's Australian Building and Construction Commissioner resigns ahead of court sentancing contravening the Fair Work Act "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


It appears that the Abbott and Turnbull federal governments chosen anti-union attack dog has feet of clay.
This is what the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) has to say about its agency head as late as 12 September 2017:
Nigel Hadgkiss, APM, became the Australian Building and Construction Commissioner on 2 December 2016 with the re-establishment of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC).  Nigel has held a number of high-profile roles in both state and federal government agencies with a focus on both law enforcement and construction industry regulation, including:
Director Fair Work Building & Construction (FWBC);
Director, Construction Code Compliance, Victorian Department of Treasury and Finance;
Executive Director, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions NSW;
Deputy Commissioner, ABCC;
Director, Building Industry Taskforce;
National Director of Intelligence, Australian Crime Commission; and
...

01:34

Alleged Lismore stalker was jailed for assaulting two females "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Lismore man who was arrested last week for allegedly stalking three women who live in the vicinity of Lismore Shopping Square has been previously jailed for assaulting two women.

Shane Andrew Mitchell did not appear in Lismore Local Court this week via videolink from prison but was represented by solicitor Tom Trembath.
The 35-year-old is charged with three counts of stalking and intimidation and five counts of entering enclosed lands without a lawful excuse.
His alleged stalking began on September 4, when he was reported stalking a Lismore woman between 8.45 pm and 9.45 pm.
Three days later it is alleged Mr Mitchell was stalking another Lismore woman at her home between 7.45 pm and 8 pm.
Then on September 9, Mr Mitchell allegedly entered a Dalziel Street property without the consent of the two women and a man who lived there.
From 10 pm until about 10.50 pm it is alleged Mr Mitchell stalked another woman at the Dalziel Street residence.
When the woman called police, they attended and Mr Mitchell was arrested and taken to Lismore police station where he was charged and refused bail.
In refusing bail police cited Mr Mitchells lengthy criminal history.
The accused has previous charges for entering the homes of females he does not know and committing assault upon these women, police wrote when refusing Mr Mitchell bail.
He has been sentenced to a fixed term of imprisonment for assaulting young women on two separate occasions in 2016.
The risk to the community is too great, police wrote.
This week Magistrate David Heilpern heard Mr Mitchell was seeking a section 33 assessment under the Mental Health (Forensic Provisions) Act 1990.
He adjourned Mr Mitchells matters until September 19 when he is expected to appear in court via videolink.

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01:25

Casino father who allegedly groomed 15-year-old girl for sex remains on bail "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A 30-year-old Casino man is charged with using a carriage service to groom a person under 16 for sex. (File pic)

A 30-year-old Casino man is charged with using a carriage service to groom a person under 16 for sex. (File pic)

Expert computer evidence will be given against a married Casino father who allegedly used social media to groom a 15-year-old girl for sex from his home.

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

The 30-year-old father is charged with using a carriage service to groom a person under 16 years for sex.

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

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

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

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

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

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

This week Magistrate David Heilpern heard police were waiting for an electronic exhibit to be prepared and expert evidence to be given on the case.

Mr Heilpern ordered the brief of evidence to be served on the defence by October 23 and adjourned Mr Benns matters until November 13.

He was excused from appearing at court on the next occasion by Magistrate Heilpern if legally represented.

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01:17

Wardell woman nabbed by find my phone app "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Wardell woman was arrested for stealing after one of the victims used the find my phone app to track down their stolen iPhone.

Police will allege that the 21-year-old woman broken into two vehicles at the Wardell Caravan Park and stole property in the early hours of September 12.

A short time later the woman broke into a cabin which was occupied by a sleeping victim. It is alleged that the woman has stolen an iphone and other property.

Police said the victim had a find my phone app installed on the stolen phone, and was able to tell police where the phone was.

Ballina police then executed a search warrant at a Wardell address where they located the 21-year-old and the stolen property.

The 21 year old was charged with aggravated break, enter and steal, and two counts of steal from motor vehicle. Bail was refused.

Police said if the victim did not have a phone finder app installed on her phone police may not have been able to make the arrest and return the stolen property.

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01:01

States hesitant about sex abuse redress "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A framework is being developed for a national redress scheme for victims of institutional sex abuse.

A framework is being developed for a national redress scheme for victims of institutional sex abuse.

The federal government admits some states might not sign up to a national compensation scheme for victims of institutional sex abuse.

The states are concerned about what a royal commission estimates is $613m worth of funder-of-last-resort costs after institutions cease to exist.

Im fairly confident that it will be an overarching majority of states and territories, but were still in a slightly grinding process of negotiating that outcome, Social Services Minister Christian Porter told ABC radio on Thursday.

He said it was the single, most complicated legal issue hed ever dealt with, and a second draft of the proposed legislation would be distributed shortly.

Im very confident that we will have a lot of the states opting in, Mr Porter said.

The Commonwealth doesnt have the legal power to compel the states or affected institutions to take part in the scheme.

But it can compel the ACT and the Northern Territory.

NSW is refusing to commit to the scheme, opting to wait for details about costs and how the system will work. Queensland and Victoria want more information.

Mr Porter, who is meeting with institutions on Friday to discuss their concerns about compensation, said the scheme was being designed to benefit victims.

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00:34

UN deeply concerned by Rohingya crisis "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Rohingya refugee women queue for breakfast at their temporary camp in Kuala Cangkoi, North Aceh, Indonesia. Photo EPA/Hotli Simanjuntak

Rohingya refugee women queue for breakfast at their temporary camp in Kuala Cangkoi, North Aceh, Indonesia. Photo EPA/Hotli Simanjuntak

The United Nations Security Council says its deeply concerned about violence in Myanmars Rakhine state, where about 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have been forced to flee to Bangladesh.

In a statement on Wednesday, the 15-member council expressed concern about reports of excessive violence during the security operations and called for immediate steps to end the violence in Rakhine, de-escalate the situation, re-establish law and order, ensure the protection of civilians.

British UN Ambassador Matthew Rycroft said it was the first time in nine years the council had agreed a statement on Myanmar.Earlier UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called the humanitarian situation in Myanmar catastrophic and called on all countries to do what they could to supply aid.

Pressure has been mounting on Myanmar to end violence that has sent about 370,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing to Bangladesh, with the United States calling for protection of civilians and Bangladesh urging safe zones to enable refugees to go home.

Asked if the situation could be described as ethnic cleansing, Guterres replied: Well I would answer your question with another question: When one-third of the Rohingya population had to flee the country, could you find a better word to describe it?

The secretary-general also said he has spoken to Aung San Suu Kyi, Myanmars national leader, several times.

Suu Kyi cancelled a trip to the upcoming UN General Assembly to deal with the crisis, her office said on Wednesday.

The government of Myanmar, also known as Burma, says its security forces are fighting Rohingya militants behind a surge of violence in Rakhine state that began on August 25, and they are doing all they can to avoid harming civilians.

The government says about 400 people have been killed in the fighting, the latest in the western state.

On Wednesday Myanmars presidential spokesman Zaw Htay said 176 villages...

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23:28

John Keel's alien questionnaire "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Comment: For background see Skinner's previous reports here: John Keel's Long Island File: Gin Rummy, an Alien Baby, and Passwords As it turns out, Apol was not replaced by Rubin, but remained in contact with Jaye Paro. (Nor was Rubin completely out of the picture; he does show up later.) In August, John started sending Apol/Paro questionnaires, which were duly returned, with answers scrawled in red pencil. John kept his correspondence with Apol in a separate file; I posted about it here. The first of these questionnaires now follows in the Long Island file; John noted Apol's answers on a carbon, since the originals are very faint. 1967 ufology is now often obscure, so here are some notes: John defined the 3rd Eye that Apol mentions as a group of "hostile or malevolent ultraterrestrials"; "Project B" was one of his pamphlets, reprinting an article from Flying Saucer Review. The list of possible contactees includes confessed contactees (Adamski, Schmidt, Childers, Menger, Renaud, Derenberger, Kiehl, Kittredge) as well as writers (Trevor James Constable, McGraw, Fuller, Michel, Davis) and a number of generals (Eisenhower, Marshall, MacArthur, Vandenburg). Otis T. Carr promoted free energy devices and tried to build a saucer, but didn't claim contact. "Long John" Nebel had a radio talk show that often featured contactees, but never claimed contact either. Donald Estrella was a friend of John's; he's mentioned in The Mothman Prophecies. Lee Childers lived in Detroit, and called himself Prince Neosom. Joao Freitas de Guimaraes had a UFO experience in Brazil in 1958; it was similar to Menger's stories. Aim Michel wrote a book called Flying Saucers and the Straight-Line Mystery. Isabel Davis was a member of Civilian Saucer Intelligence. Gloria Lee was another contactee, who died after a long fast in 1962. The questionnaire is eight pages; the first four pages follow...

23:21

Baby Great White Shark Washes Onto Shore And People Know Just What To Do "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In the past, when sharks have washed onto the beach, it hasnt always ended well for the animals. Selfie-obsessed people have been known to drag them onto the sand to pose with them in front of cameras, which often kills the sharks. But when a juvenile great white shark washed onto a popular beach earlier this week in Sydney, Australia, beachgoers knew exactly the right thing to do.

After finding the male great white shark (estimated to be 2 or 3 years old) flopping around on the sand, people contacted Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, a conservation center that rescues and rehabilitates ocean animals. A rescue team quickly arrived to help the distressed shark.

Sharks cant breathe without swimming, so getting the shark back into water was of the utmost importance. At the same time, the team needed to make sure the shark wasnt injured or sick, so they didnt want to put him right back into the ocean. Instead, they moved him into a nearby ocean pool, which was filled with natural seawater.
 

Credit: Nick Dawkins

Rob Townsend, the life sciences manager at Manly Sea Life Sanctuary, started calling the shark Fluffy as a joke but soon everyone was doing it. That was me just chatting to some kids on the side of the pool and it just stuck, Townsend told The Dodo.

Credit: Nick Dawkins

While Fluffy swam around the sea pool, Townsend made sure a diver was always there to babysit him.

White sharks prefer the open oceans and do not do well within the confines of captivity, which is why you dont usually see white sharks in aquariums, Townsend said. We needed the divers to guide him away from the walls so he didnt further injure himself....

22:52

EU turning up the heat on Poland "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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The European Commission has taken a new step in its action against Poland over the rule of law in the country.

On Tuesday (12 September), the EU executive decided to send a so-called reasoned opinion to the Polish government.

This is the second step in an infringement procedure that the commission launched in July over a reform of the judiciary.

The commission said that the law, which was introduced in July, is discriminatory because it sets different retirement ages for men and women respectively 65 and 60. It said the measure was contrary to the EU treaty and a directive on gender equality in employment.

It also said it was concerned by a provision that gives the Polish justice minister the power to extend the mandate of judges who have reached retirement age, and to dismiss and appoint court presidents.

Polands government answered the commission at the end of August, but its reply hasnt been considered satisfactory.

If the Polish government fails to address the commissions renewed concerns within a month, the commission will have the right to bring the case to the EU Court of Justice.

The reform in question was part of a set of laws that put the Polish justice system under the control of the government.

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22:50

Riverview calls on Ottawa to study fluoride in drinking water "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Riverview town council is following Dieppes lead, and calling on the federal government to do a comprehensive study on water fluoridation.

Both Riverview and Dieppe purchase their water from the City of Moncton, which removed fluoride five years ago.

Its been a controversial decision, and dentists in the area are now calling for a return to fluoridated water.

Moncton council is expected to vote Monday on whether to continue the moratorium on fluoride.

Riverview Mayor Ann Seamans said the decision rests with the City of Moncton, but her council is asking for a study by Ottawa to give municipalities some direction.

?It is a concern for some people, so we are asking for the study so that we would actually know the pros and cons of putting fluoride in the water, she told Information Morning Moncton.

Moncton sought study

In 2007, Health Canada assembled experts to investigate the health effects of fluoride in drinking water. The panel reported the next year that below a specific concentration, there was a suitable tradeoff between the dental health benefits of fewer cavities and the risk of dental fluorosis, a condition that appears as mottled enamel.

But the prevalence of mild and very mild fluorosis was not a concern from a health perspective, the panel said.

The panel didnt find evidence of a link between fluoride and other issues, such as cancer, intelligence, bone fracture immunotoxicity, reproductive and developmental toxicity, genotoxicity and neurotoxicity.

Three years later, when Moncton was about to phase out fluoride from the water supply, the city asked the provincial Health Department to complete a study of its own on water fluoridation.

At the time, the province refused and said, the benefits of fluoridation are well-documented for all individuals in the community regardless of age, education, or socioeconomic status.

Whether to fluoridate water in Canada is left to municipalities.

Sees both sides

Seamans, the Riverview mayor, said she has heard from people on both sides of the fluoride debate, and their arguments sounded great.

You can have all the studies you want and you can look at both sides, but we do not have the expertise as a municipal government to make that decision, she said.

Seamans said Riverview will accept whatever decision Moncton council makes on Monday, but she urged other New Brunswick municipalities to join the call for a federal study that would look at both the positive and negative aspects o...

22:42

Moncton council to decide on whether to restore water fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

MONCTON, N.B. Despite pleas from dentists to restore fluoride to the water supply in Moncton, N.B., at least one city councillor says hell vote against it when council meets to make a decision next week.

Moncton ended fluoride use in 2011, and local dentist Suzanne Drapeau-McNally says she has seen a dramatic increase in tooth decay among young children ever since.

Children who previously had no cavities, all of a sudden come in and have a higher number of decays, Drapeau-McNally said.

Moncton city council was supposed to make a decision this spring, but Coun. Shawn Crossman asked that the decision be delayed until Sept. 18 to gather more information.

Crossman said he spent the last seven months reading studies and listening to the public, and hasnt seen any evidence to prove that fluoride prevents tooth decay.

Theres nothing there that says fluoride is stopping tooth decay, absolutely nothing, he said.

Theres a much bigger picture here. Sugar is a factor, what do our diets look like, what is the persons overall health? There are other factors that contribute. Fluoride is not going to solve everybodys problems.

Crossman said in fact he has seen information that fluoride can be harmful to very young children.

Drapeau-McNally said fluoride is a natural element that protects tooth enamel against the acids that cause tooth decay, and shes seen no studies to show negative impact of 0.7 parts per million of fluoride in public water supplies.

We have public health across the world and none have found evidence that community water fluoridation is harmful to health, Drapeau-McNally said.

I remain solid that the scientific studies show the results are conclusive it is a win situation to add fluoride to our Moncton water, she said.

Last year, New Brunswicks chief medical officer of health and the New Brunswick Dental Societys board both came out in support of fluoridation.

The value of water fluoridation should not be underestimated. The studies are clear and unequivocal and the benefits of fluoridation are well documented for all individuals in the community regardless of age, education, or socio-economic status, they wrote in a joint statement.

While federal and provincial governments set guidelines for fluoridation, the decision to use fluoride is left up to municipalities.

Brantford, Ont., became the first Canadian community to add fluoride in 1945, and many others followed. Health Canada reported in 2009, the last time it counted, that about 45 per cent of the population was drinking flu...

22:31

Cosmic Disclosure with Corey Goode and David Wilcock -- New Financial System, Chinese Dragon Families and Ascension "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Cosmic Disclosure: Viewer Questions 10: Ascension Concerns and End Times Madness

Season 8, Episode 6



I love your questions and answer episodes. I am confused about one thing, though. I have heard Corey on other programs state that the Chinese will be, for lack of a better word, in charge of a new currency for 100 years.

If we are to have this cosmic event between 2017 and 2023, which I thought was our Ascension, why are we worried about anything after that? Won't Mother Earth shed these negative beings as she ascends?

Corey: There are various groups that have different agendas and plans, and they're prosecuting those plans, you know, the way they would as if they were going to win.

If these energetic things occur, or some of these other things occur that I've been told recently about non-terrestrials making themselves known to people in small groups, then I don't see their agenda being able to come to fruition.

David: So the Chinese, the basis of their idea of wanting a 100-year financial system comes from what?

Corey: It comes from the negotiations that have occurred between the Alliance and the Cabal. They said the West had its 100 years. They want their 100 years to run the financial system.

David: So you're equating the Chinese with the Alliance in some way?

Corey: Yes. Well, the Chinese are a large part of the Alliance, and they're the ones that have been predetermined to take over that financial system, or lead it.

David: So let's just be clear on what is the Chinese plan? Are they wanting to do exactly what the Federal Reserve did? Are they wanting to enslave us?

Corey: It would be a different type of Babylonian slave system, money magic system, of course, as long as there is a financial system, but it's suppose to be a fairer system that is fairer globally, and is based on gross domestic product and other things, other than how much wealth one country has accumulated and using that wealth against other countries.

David: Do the Chinese feel that they have been unfairly pigeonholed into a more poor level? And is that part of what they want to do, is to even the playing field?

Corey: That's the entire reason that the Alliance formed. It was to fight against this Western Cabal that had basically taken over the financial system and most of the infrastructure of this planet.

David: So do you think that the Chinese would preferentially boost the economies of countries like Southeast Asia, Africa, places that have...

22:29

Australian Aborigines Carry DNA of Unknown Human Species "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Australian aborigines carry the DNA of an unknown human species

By Ivan

New research has revealed fascinating details about Aboriginal Australians and Pacific Islanders, who according to experts, carry genetic material of an unknown human species.

The new research suggests people from Papua New Guinea and northeast Australia have traces of DNA belonging to an unidentified, extinct human species.

Apparently, there is still much that geneticists and scientists do not understand about this crucial moment in human history, and it seems that research on the subject is raising more questions than answers.

In 2016, researchers at Harvard Medical School published the findings of a comprehensive study of the human genome of all areas of the world and discovered something astounding about the Australian aboriginal population.

They appear to have genetic markers that indicate they are descendants of a yet unidentified human species.

Were missing a population, or were misunderstanding something about the relationships, Ryan Bohlender, a statistical geneticist at the University of Texas, told Tina Hesman Saey at Science News.

Bohlender and his colleagues have been researching the amount of extinct hominid DNA that modern humans still carry today. To the surprise of many, they say theyve found discrepancies in previous studies that suggest our mingling with Neanderthals and Denisovans isnt the entire evolutionary story.



Who this unknown group is we dont know.

Its believed that between 100,000 and 60,000 years ago, our ancestors migrated out of Africa...

21:12

Iraqi Parliament Preemptively Declares Kurdish Referendum Invalid "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Iraq (GPA)  The Iraqi parliament voted Tuesday to preemptively declare the planned Kurdish independence referendum as invalid.

The referendum which would create an independent Kurdish state in northern Iraq is slated for the 25th of this month. The claimed legitimacy of the referendum has been a growing source of confusion as the date approaches but now it seems the Iraqi parliament has decided to answer these questions by preemptively rejecting any vote.

The resolution passed by a majority vote in parliament listed the Kurdish referendum as a threat to the civil peace and regional security. The parliamentary bill also stated that the referendum lacks a constitutional basis and thus it is considered unconstitutional.

The resolution also allows the Iraqi Prime Minister to use any means necessary to uphold the official borders of Iraq and maintain order. Kurdish Members of Parliament left the session but whether they voted or not wouldnt have made a difference.

The vote is opposed by all of Iraqs neighbors who also deal with Kurdish separatists (Turkey, Iran, and Syria), but even western powers led by the US have urged the Iraqi Kurds to at least postpone the vote. The largest worry of every group is that, should the Kurds vote to secede, a new war could start between Baghdad and Erbil.

Kurdistan means the land of Kurds. Originally this designated a region of Western Iran. This map extends the concept to cover the greater region with any significant Kurdish population and encompases parts of the territories of Iran, Iraq, Syria, and Turkey.
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20:57

11 Questions on the 16th Anniversary of the 9-11 Tragedy; Plus a Bonus Question "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

On he 16th anniversary of the World Trade Center bombing, many unanswered questions remain. Here are 11 of them plus a Bonus Question.

20:45

Experts Now Believe That Depression Could Be a Physical Illness Caused By Inflammation "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In a 2011 data report, the CDC stated that 11% of the American population over the age of 12 were taking antidepressant medication, and over 60% of these patients had been taking their medication for 2 years or longer. While many medical professionals have accepted that antidepressants are the pharmaceutical answer to the disease, others are now pointing to evidence that there may be another explanation.

Traditionally medical professionals have accepted the theory that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance. Specifically, a deficiency in the monoamine neurotransmitters in the body, which, in turn, leads to decreased levels of both norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain. The antidepressants that are prescribed work to alleviate this imbalance.

Chris Kresser explains, stating, The idea that depression and other mental health conditions are caused by an imbalance of chemicals (particularly serotonin and norepinephrine) in the brain is so deeply ingrained in our collective psyche that it seems almost sacrilegious to question it.

Of course, Big Pharma has played a role in perpetuating this idea. Antidepressant drugs, which are based on the chemical imbalance theory, represent a $10 billion-dollar market in the U.S. alone, Kresser explains, they are the second-most prescribed medications (after cholesterol-lowering drugs). Doctors wrote a staggering 254 million prescriptions for antidepressants in 2010.

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There is, however, a growing amount of evidence that points at the connection between depression and inflammation, revealing that inflammation may actually play a role in the development of depression. A 2016 study published in The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry focused on better understanding the role that inflammation may play, examining the data of a total of 14,275 patients using the Patient Health Questionnaire to screen for depression alongside test results from blood samples they had drawn.

The study found that...

18:57

Silly College Kids, Voting Is Not For You! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Ann Coulter, who is part of a trifecta of evil speakers, will be at Berkeley this month, but right now, Ms. Coulter thinks its fine to rant away about how college students should not be able to vote.

On yesterdays episode of the Howie Carr Show, Coulter vented about The Washington Posts debunk of claims that massive voter fraud is taking place in New Hampshire; the Post found that many of the alleged fraud cases were actually out-of-state college students from casting legal ballots in New Hampshire.

Coulter first explained to Carr that she didnt think students should be voting in states where they attend college if they dont establish permanent residency in that state, but then said that it would be  outrageous for a college student to change her residency to her college town.

Oh right, you cant manage to refute the WPs finding, and you cant manage any reasonable response, so the answer is college kids shouldnt be able to vote! they are too stupid brainwashed! So, Ms. Coulter, why do you think its worth your time speaking at colleges, if its not an attempt to radicalize young people into being mindless ragebigots? That is the point, right? After all, you and Bannon and Yiannopoulos arent going to Berkeley to whip up a nice froth of hate just to be followed by a hey, kidding! youre too young and dumb to matter, thanks for the money, bye.

On the social level, where humans in general lag way behind in forward movement, things tend to get better with each new generation. Each new generation tends to be more thoughtful, more mindful, more accepting, and more involved in whats happening in their various worlds. Me, I think thats a good thing. Us older folks, we have to be careful our brains dont rust shut while we werent listening. Its important to keep our brains and our viewpoints exercised, and I would never once consider stripping young adults of their right to vote, ffs, thats barbaric. And damn stupid. Not to say it cant be a challenge, listening to young people, but yknow, you need to remember that enthusiasm you had long ago before life pounded you into the ground a thousand times.

Coulter then...

18:52

Can You Really Decaffeinate Your Own Tea? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Heather CallaghanEditor

I just bought a bulk box of green tea then promptly decided to quit caffeine. As the hurricane talk swirled, did the idea of being without caffeine bother you? Personally, the idea of being that dependent on a chemical annoys me, so I wanted out.

I know we and other health websites tout the benefits of coffee and tea, but if you think about it, its weird that we promote these things, but simultaneously dose ourselves with a drug called caffeine. A drug that is hard on the kidneys, changes our brain, deflates our immune system and dehydrates us! Additionally, caffeine affects blood pressure, central nervous system, REM and its dependency can cause mood swings.

Its not all bad! I just didnt like being grumpy until I got my hit.

Caffeine is incredibly difficult to nip. In fact, if you get a sense of impending doom and despair, you might want to ask yourself when you last had caffeine.

So, Can you Decaffeinate Your Own Tea?

Short answer: No, but, yes!

T...

18:01

Scott Adams: When to trust the experts (climate and otherwise) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Our duo of hurricanes, Harvey and Irma, have elevated the perceived risks of climate change in a lot of people's minds. Are these disasters, and the record heat in many places, a sign of climate warming already out of control? The quick answer is maybe, but climate scientists will need a lot more data and probably a few more years to know whether we are seeing a blip or a trend. From a persuasion perspective, the fascinating thing to me is that the climate science "sides" have reversed because of the storms. And here I am only talking about non-scientists on social media. Last winter I saw climate skeptics (or deniers in some cases) proclaiming climate change a hoax because it was cold outside. The scientists and pro-climate-change folks mocked those poor souls for not understanding the difference between anecdotal evidence and science. You can't determine a long term trend by looking out the window, say all scientists. And if you think you can, you're being a big dope who doesn't know the first thing about science. If you don't understand that anecdotal data in isolation is generally useless to scientists, you don't understand anything about science. A year ago, that described a lot of climate skeptics who were looking out their windows, seeing snow, and declaring climate change a hoax. But that was last year. This week the sides reversed. Now I keep seeing climate alarmists on social media looking at the hurricanes and declaring them strong evidence of climate change. They might be right. But if they are, it is by coincidence and not by science. Scientists say it is too early to tell. So now we have a bizarre situation in which the pro-science side is disagreeing with the scientists on their own side. That's what confirmation bias gets you. Both sides see anecdotal evidence as real. Both sides think they respect and understand the basics of science. Both sides are wrong.

17:03

The Meaning Of 911 Sixteen Years After "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 The Meaning Of 911 Sixteen Years After | 911-remembering | 911 Truth False Flags Sleuth Journal US News

None so deaf as those that will not hear. None so blind as those that will not see.

Matthew Henry

What kind of an American are you? Will you mourn the dead or will you celebrate the government as protector of national security? For thoughtful and historically balanced realists the correct reaction is that the last remnants of the Republic collapsed with the twin towers and burned with the response from the Pentagon fire. Most docile and obedient subjects of the despotic regime that has morphed into outright tyranny still believe the official report from The National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, provides the definitive details on the 911 investigation.

Sixteen years later, fewer and fewer people reflect on what actually occurred and the profound significance that transformed the country into a permanent belligerent in international affairs and a domestic police state. With the passage of The Patriot Act and The National Defense Authorization Act, the fundamental principles of our constitutional republic were betrayed to the very core of the bone marrow and essence of the nation.

Still, there is another reaction with the passage of the years. As the population becomes more detached to reality and people become immersed into a culture of trivia, self-absorption and detraction; the entire society moves even further into a fatal resignation that government is all powerful and cannot be challenged.

The simple question begs a different answer. Is America s...

16:16

Are banks and insurance companies misusing personal health information and medical files? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


After an insured has made a claim against their policy, the insurer obtains access to and reviews the insureds medical records. PIAC has seen instances of insurers obtaining an insureds complete medical history, including from doctors that treated the insured during childhood, before deciding a claim.

PIAC has found that insurers often rely on matters discovered during the review of the insureds medical records to allege that the insured has breached their duty of disclosure.

Often the conclusions drawn by the insurer from the insureds medical record about their experiences of mental health are inconsistent with the insureds medical record and the opinions of their treating medical practitioners.

PIAC has represented individuals who have had a policy avoided because the insurer has relied on medical records to impute a medical condition that either did not exist or that the insured did not know existed at the time of applying for insurance.

In PIACs experience, it appears that consumers are being disadvantaged by the reforms to the remedies available to insurers (as set out above), or at the very least, are not seeing any benefits flowing from the increased flexibility. [Public Interest Advocacy Centre, 18 November 2016]


On 14 September 2016, the Senate referred an inquiry into the life insurance industry to the Joint...

16:14

When the walls of your home come crumbling down "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In East Jerusalem, entire families have their homes demolished and are thrown into the street. Just a few miles away, Israelis live without having to worry about losing everything they have.

By Sahar Vardi

An Israeli bulldozer demolishes a home in Ras al-Amud, East Jerusalem, September 13, 2017. (B'Tselem)

An Israeli bulldozer demolishes a home in Ras al-Amud, East Jerusalem, September 13, 2017. (BTselem)

Two children in uniform came down from the second floor to say hello to us before our ride left. With broken Arabic I asked the older one, who was all smiles, what his name is and his age. He is four, his younger brother is three.

I tried to ask the younger one for his name, but he only stared at me. His mother tried to convince him to answer me, but all he could say was I just want my home. And thats it. Thats all the three year old had to say. He wants his home.

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Hours before, at 4:30 a.m., I woke up in my West Jerusalem home. At some point I found myself staring at the kitchen while trying to fight my desire to go back to bed and make up hours of lost sleep.

Suddenly I noticed how many objects make up my kitchen. Not only furniture, but hanging cups, magnets on the refrigerator, memories, smells, millions of colors and shapes that create the feeling I wait for every time I come home from a lon...

15:07

How to Teach Your Kids About Zoos "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

We owe our children honest answers about the morality of animal captivity

14:53

History Shows That America Is on the Verge of Genocide "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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The 20th Century was the bloodiest century in the history of mankind. Tens of milions of people died in world wars and tens of millions of people died by the hand of their government. This begs the question:  Which is more deadly to its people, death by government or death by war?  The answer may surprise  threat ofmany.

In order to answer this question, we must first define our terms. There are four terms that researchers must be concerned with when trying to assess the threat of lethality of government to its own people.

 Genocide: among other things, the killing of people by a government because of their indelible group membership (race, ethnicity, religion, language).

Politicide: the murder of any person or people by a government because of their politics or for political purposes.

Mass Murder: the indiscriminate killing of any person or people by a government.

Democide: The murder of any person or people by a government, including genocide, politicide, and mass murder.

This article is primarily concerned with what we now call Democide or death by government.

20th Century Murders Carried Out by Government

Thomas Jefferson once said that the Second Amendment was necessary , not because we had to worry about invasion from the British or the French, but because the people had more to fear from its government than it did from invading armies. In fact, Jefferson not only said the biggest threat to the welfare and security of its citizens was its own government, but that the people better be armed because they would have to overthrow their government about every 20 years.

Political regimes and/or governments, have brutaly murdered nearly 170,000,000 of their own citizens in the 20th century. Th...

14:15

Black Girls Code turned down money from Uber and got a bigger donation from GM "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Uber who? Black Girls Code made headlines a few months ago by boldly turning down a $125,000 donation from Uber, because they thought it was a PR stunt meant to distract people from Ubers dismal track record on diversity issues. While it may have been a publicity move, it was still a lot of money for a Continue reading Black Girls Code turned down money from Uber and got a bigger donation from GM

Uber who? Black Girls Code made headlines a few months ago by boldly turning down a $125,000 donation from Uber, because they thought it was a PR stunt meant to distract people from Ubers dismal track record on diversity issues. While it may have been a publicity move, it was still a lot of money for a bootstrapping nonprofit to turn down. Now, the organization can live by their moral code and teach girls to code, too. General Motors has stepped up with a $225,000 donation for the group, according to Blavity. They will also partner with General Motors to launch a branch in Detroit and hopefully inspire a few young girls to follow in GM CEO Mary Barras footsteps or, perhaps, start their own Uber rival.

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13:40

CSIRO MEMBERSHIP OF MINERALS COUNCIL INAPPROPRIATE - THE AUSTRALIA INSTITUTE "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In a media release on September 6 the Australia Institute revealed that Australia's peak scientific body the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation) was paying $10,000 a year for associate membership of the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA), a mining lobby group known for its campaigns against effective action on climate change.

The Minerals Council has been on the fringe of the climate and energy debate in Australia, opposing policies that would tackle emissions effectively, Executive Director of The Australia Institute, Ben Oquist said.
 

It defies commons sense that the CSIRO, an organisation that researches climate change and develops renewable technology, gives money to a lobby group that campaigns against effective climate policy and against policies that would increase renewable energy.

One of MCAs main functions is to lobby to change government policy. In its 2013 annual report the MCA boasts it was at the forefront of the debates over the carbon and mining taxes; and their abolition (expected after July 2014) will be in no small part due to the councils determined advocacy on both issues.

The MCA lobbies against renewable energy policy, such as the Renewable Energy Target and more recently the Clean Energy Target as recommended by Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel.

The Minerals Council has also been involved in recent attempts to hobble the advo...

13:26

The Virginia Governors Race May Decide The 2020 Presidential Election "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Ed Gillespie is the Republican nominee for Virginias 2018 governor race. Gillespie narrowly lost his race for senator in 2014 by 0.14 percent, and was tied with Democrat Ralph Northam in a recent Washington Post poll.

As the GOP currently has a record 34 governors in office, the outcome of Virginias raceapart from bragging rights for the winners partywould not upset the balance of power. The most important political development would be a major swing against the GOP in the concomitant congressional elections and the governors races in New Jersey and Virginia.

But history informs us that in mid-terms, the party that won the presidency nearly always has a substantial swing against it. It seems a result of the inevitably disappointed hopes of some voters, and perhaps a reluctance to give too much power to the party in office.

Its also been true in the past that such setbacks for a president may have no effect on their second-term prospects: President Obama suffered massive congressional setbacks, but achieved a comfortable second-term election win.

Taking all of that into consideration, how could Virginias race for the governors mansion to have a crucial effect on the 2020 presidential election?

The Bill To End Virginias Winner Take All System

The answer is in a bill that was put forward in the Virginia House of Representatives, one that would end Virginias winner take all electoral vote system:

A bill to end Virginias winner take all system of awarding Electoral College votes was approved by a House subcommittee.

The electoral votes should be divided among presidential candidates based on how many of Virginias 11 congressional districts they win, the subcommittee of the House Privileges and Elections Committee decided on a 5-2, party-line vote.

HB 1425, sponsored by Del. Mark Cole, R-Fredericksburg, would give Virginias remaining two electoral votes to the winner of the states popular vote.

This system is used in Maine and Nebraska and is known as the congressional district system. Under the system, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would have received six of Virginias 13 Electoral College votes, even though Democrat Hillary Clinton carried the state last fall.

As this map from 270toWins Gaming The Electoral College article shows, such a change in Virginias Electoral College votes would, on 2016 voting, have produced a Dem 7 GOP 6 split.

...

13:25

16 Years Later, Why Are We So Uneasy About 9/11? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I didnt plan to write anything for the anniversary of 9/11 this year, because I figure were at the point where we save the extended analysis for round-number anniversaries. Its something I care about deeply, as longtime readers know, but they will also know that I have written a great deal about that attack and about the War on Terror over the years. Unfortunately, I didnt think there was much new to say about it this year. But maybe thatthe lack of any real closure or any progress toward itis news in itself, and people are beginning to notice it.

So I was a bit surprised to see how many other people seemed compelled to write and talk about 9/11 on its 16th anniversary, and how unsettled everyone seems to feel about itmore so than I expected. Tom Nichols, for example, asks if we are defeating ourselves. Hint: if were still asking that question 16 years later, the answer is probably Yes.

Maybe this sense of increased unease is just subjective; I dont know any rigorous way of measuring it. But I suspect that part of the reason is because this is the first anniversary of September 11 to fall in the era of Donald Trump. No, I dont mean this as a reflexive dig at his competence as a leader. There is a much deeper meaning to it, which has two parts.

The first is what David Harsanyi has pointed out: after an astonishingly brief period of national unity and bipartisanship after September 11, were at each others throats more than ever. The political debate got vicious, bitter, and personal in the later Bush years, it got worse under Obama, and Trumps electionfrom the chest-thumping arrogance of his supporters to the hysterical resistance fantasies of his detractorshas somehow managed to make it much, much worse.

More deeply, however, I suspect people are beginning to sense that this is the first 9/11 anniversary where neither political party really cares all that much about its meaning and legacynot enough to do any serious thinking about the long-term answer to the threat of Islamic terrorism.

Obama tended to define his approach to the War on Terror by a desire to be the opposite of George W. Bush. He clearly wanted to wash his hands of everything Bush did, but in practice he mostly ended up halfheartedly ratifying Bush-era policies: we stayed in Afghanistan, we kept on using drones, the Guantanamo prison camp was never closed. I used to call his policy Bush without conviction. His only major depar............

13:25

Designated Survivor Argues Right-Wingers Are More Dangerous Than Islamists. Preposterous "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

What Does ABCs Designated Survivor have in common with the Anti-Defamation Leagues recent report on right-wing terror groups? Answer: both go to extreme lengths to minimize the threat of Islamist violence and magnify what the ADL calls right-wing terrorism.

Last May, as DS wrapped up its first season, ADL issued a new report on right-wing terrorism. Entitled A Dark & Constant Rage, the report explores the danger these extremists have posed since 1993. The result makes a compelling case that extremist ideologues are a grave threat to the American public. In focusing attention on this danger, the ADL has performed a valuable public service.

Yet the report goes off the rails in its tendentious comparison of the danger posed by right-wingerscomprising adherents of several distinct ideologies, including white supremacist, anti-government, anti-abortion, and anti-Muslim extremiststo that posed by radical Islamic terror, and assertion that right-wing extremists pose an equally serious threat of terror compared to homegrown Islamist terror.

Watch Out for Those Limited-Government Types

DS offers a similar vision of how many people in America today view threats of political violence from right-wing and Islamist extremists. The shows main character, Tom Kirkman, succeeds from Housing and Urban Development secretary to the presidency after the U.S. government is decapitated by an attack on the capitol.

As Kirkman begins assembling a new government, the nations intelligence apparatus fingers an Arab terrorist group for the attack. Kirkman naturally feels pressure to retaliate, but resists until receiving proof in a taped admission by the groups leader. He fires the new chairman of the joint-chiefs-of-staff for insubordinately ordering a retaliatory strike before Kirkman had authorized it.

It gets worse for the military. Eventually, Kirkman learns the Arab terrorist had nothing to do with the attack besides being paid to take the fall. The real conspirators are right-wingers led by former military personnel. They will stop at nothing to put one of their own in the White House.

Michigans National Guard defies Kirkmans federalization order, insisting his presidency is illegitimate. The show repeatedly depicts the police negatively, whereas American Muslims are portrayed only as innocent victims. In Washington, police stop Kirkmans Muslim speechwriter on the street and question him, apparently for the crime of looking Muslim. In Michigan, the governor orders police to arbitrarily detain Muslims for questioning, without warrants, and a...

13:25

New Study Highlights Why At-Home Abortions Are Dangerous To Women "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The last year saw a new trend in abortion advocacy: Promoting DIY abortions. Several womens (and fashion!) magazines hyped illegal black-market chemical abortionsa dangerous fad, as I have detailed.

Regardless, abortion experts also took up the mantle, with one of the leaders in the field, Dr. Grossman, co-authoring an article in the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology laying out a research agenda to move the sale of abortion pills (Mifeprex and misoprostol) over-the-counter. In an op-ed for The Guardian, Grossman explained his research explores Whether the drugs used in medication abortion meet the criteria of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for over-the-counter sale? His conclusion? The answer is a qualified yes, although more research is needed.

In promoting DIY abortions, both the fashionistas and the physicians stress the supposed safety of chemical abortions and the presumption that women are smart, sentient beings who can follow directions, take medication as prescribed, and seek care when needed. Of course, the first assumptionthat a chemical abortion is safeignores the life-destroying impact of the drugs on the baby in utero. But now a just-published study in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology refutes, albeit inadvertently, the second proposition, establishing instead that nearly 20 percent of women undergoing a chemical abortion ignore the explicit directions their abortion provider gave.

I say inadvertently because that was neither the objective nor the intent of the research study. Rather, authors Ushama D. Upadhyay and Karen R. Meckstroth sought to examine the relationship between the distance traveled for an abortion and whether women who sought follow-up care returned to the original abortion provider or to an emergency room.

Many Women Dont Follow Doctors Orders

In this study, the team culled California Medicaid records and discovered that of the women who sought medical treatment following an abortion, those who traveled 100 miles or more for an abortion had higher odds of seeking follow-up care at an em...

12:12

Is the Brain Really Necessary? The Answer Seems to be a No-Brainer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

August 30, 2017 By 

CAT scan image (left side) of the water filled skull of a French civil servant. Despite the lack of brain matter, this man is able to function in life.

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11:31

Why I am voting Yes in the SSM postal survey (but wont be telling anyone else how to vote) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

It probably wont surprise anyone who knows me well that Ill be voting Yes in the Same Sex Marriage postal survey. After all, Im a small-l liberal, non-religious legal academic with many friends in same-sex relationships. Im the stereotypical Yes voter. But I have become increasingly concerned that the Yes vote will not win, despite the fact that the majority of my friends on Facebook have rainbow profile pictures. It seems my instinct is correct, according to an article earlier this week in the Canberra Times:

Support for same-sex marriage has crashed ahead of the Turnbull governments postal survey, and only two-thirds of voters are inclined to take part, according to the latest polling from same-sex marriage advocates.

At the start of a two-month campaign, the confidential research provided to Fairfax Media shows support for a no vote has risen, as has the number of people who say they dont know how they will vote.

And alarmingly for yes campaigners, turnout could be very low, with just 65 per cent of voters rating themselves as very likely to participate  falling to 58 per cent among those aged 18 to 34.

On the other hand, my pessimism may be unwarranted, according to a later poll:

The yes side on same-sex marriage is headed for a resounding victory with seven out of 10 definite voters backing a change to the law, a Fairfax/Ipsos poll has found.

Some 65 per cent of respondents rated themselves certain to take part in the voluntary postal survey, and of those 70 per cent said they would vote yes.

If youre not Australian, you may be wondering why we have a postal survey on same-sex marriage at all: the short answer is that it was an election promise by the Coalition, and after they couldnt get a Bill for a compulsory plebiscite vote past the Senate, they opted for a survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. I think its been, from start to finish, a derogation of Parliamentary authority the whole point of representative democracy is that our representatives vote for us. As my two older kids said, If we can vote on this issue, why cant we vote on other issues? Why do they need our opinion on this? Good question, kids.

In this post, Ill outline why I am voting Yes. However, I dont intend to tell others how they should vote thats a matter for them...

10:49

African conservation revenue ntourism alone is not the answer; Calvin Cottar on leasing land and NGO revenue "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Conservation Imperative

 

Thank you Calvin Harold Cottar for your insight. (cut and paste below)

Ah. Tourism is being proposed as the solution to Botswana neighbors to let elephants stay in those countries instead of squeezing into Botswana thereby causing human wildlife conflicts which presumably can only end inwhat ? ..killing people, eating crops, human wildlife conflict, political agitation, compromise etc etc.

The tricky thing with tourism is that (1) the tourism industry already has an existing set of beneficiaries (state tax, selling chain etc etc) who will not be keen to suddenly share their dividends /profits, and that (2) tourism always naturally uses only tiny proportion of any ecosystem / protected areas they invest in They have no interest in being far from the best big name areas, to have massive transport costs and head aches, or indeed getting involved in communities. They exist only to make profit for their shareholders.

Unless the tourism industry is willing to relocate to the harsher , drier, tsetse fly ridden hinterlands that elephants love but tourists dont ; then Mike is in my humble opinion barking up the wrong tree with this hope that tourism is the solution.

We have to think out of the box to secure elephant habitat in Bots let alone the other countries, and it can only come from the wildlife itself having value and for the landowners to be able to access this value for it to become their primary resource for improved livelihood incomes.

Without this happening, it is inevitable that Botswanas elephants will further compress, destroy their habitat and exact increasingly high costs on the poor rural people, and the government will eventually have no choice but remove elephant numbers. When this time of crisis arrives, the question will be : will the Botswana government be brave enough to admit they are going to have to remove elephants? or will they let this removal go covert and hidden so they dont have to lose face from their hard current position and risk losing goodwill and donor support from the non african urban populations of the western world who are increasingly intolerant of the facts of life (that the death of every animal is inevitable?)

Because there is another narrative with elephants you should know much of the poaching of elephant in the countries surrounding Bots as well as in east africa is by poor rural people taking matters into their own hands exactly because government policies dont meet their development needs (wildlife costs are just too high to sustain); local government officers almost have no choice but look away. And sometimes, they say screw it and get involved themselves to feed t...

09:50

Your Brain on Fear "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Yoda, from the Star Wars movies Yoda, from the Star Wars movies (Photo: Ron Wurzer / Getty Images)

 

Islamophobia is an interesting word because it doesnt mean hatred of Muslims, it means fear of Muslims. Fear and hatred are of course closely interlinked, with Yoda himself succinctly explaining:

Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.

Fear of Muslims in general, rather than justified fear of political Islamism, can lead to discriminatory behavior. It also shuts down the ability to see nuanced answers to complex problems. This is why is it is so important to draw the distinction between criticism of political Islam and animus against Muslims in general.

But Islamophobia as a threat in itself has also been a bogeyman. The idea that non-Muslims hate Muslims and are out to get them is consistently pushed by Islamist-linked organizations like the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and their non-Muslim supporters like the Southern Poverty Law Center. These groups and others like them encourage Muslims in the West to see all criticism of Islamist ideas, or attempts to meaningfully engage with issues of extremism, as tainted with bigotry and as a personal attack.

Fear shuts down the ability of different groups to talk practically about solutions to our problems.

So what is fear and how does it impact the debate on Islamism?

 

The Biological Response

When a person encounters something they regard as a threat the body responds physically by flooding the system with the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Psychologist Daniel Goleman termed this an amygdala hijack, referring to the part of the...

09:45

How Wealthsimple Got Oscar-Winning Director Errol Morris To Talk About Money Problems "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The brands new campaign, with Morris-directed ads, features everyday people talking money. But then they got the director to answer some questions.

Who wouldnt want money advice from Woody Harrelson? Or Anthony Bourdain, Rachel Bloom, Mario Batali, or Kevin Bacon? Okay, maybe not advice per se, but engaging and interesting conversations about dealing with money that actually makes the lives and decisions of these well-known people relatable to the rest of us. This is what Wealthsimples Money Diaries series has been doing for the last few years, using celebrity names to get people talking about money and money management in a different, more open, way.

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09:43

Three arrested over sexual assaults at Banora Pt and Byron Bay "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Police have arrested three men in two separate sexual assault cases, one of which allegedly took place in Byron Bay in July and the other at Banora Point earlier this month.

Two men were today charged with sex offences at Tweed Heads Police station relating to the incident at a Banora Point address on September 1.

Tweed Heads Detectives have been investigating the matter since the 26-year-old female victim from Banora Point contacted police immediately after the incident.

A 27-year-old  Terranora man was charged with sexual assault without consent while a 27-year-old   Banora Point man was charged with sexual assault without consent and indecent assault.

Both have been given conditional bail to appear at Tweed Heads court on September 25.

Bail conditions and Apprehended Violence Order have been issued to protect the victim.

A 27-year-old   Tweed Heads man was charged today with two counts of sexual
assault of a 26-year-old Manly woman at a tourist park in Byron Bay reported on July 7.

The man has also been granted conditional bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on September 25.

 

 

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09:42

National Geographic Uses Gaza Footage in Hell on Earth Syria Hoax "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

21st Century Wire says

Delusions, carefully implanted, are difficult to correct. Joost Merloo, The Rape of the Mind. Few nations have had such a depth and variety of propaganda constructs lined up against them, as Syria. As each lie is exposed, another one is brought forth by the deep state Machiavellis. The imprinting of public perception with each new lie is achieved by a series of fake narratives that are never retracted, but allowed to remain embedded in the individuals subconscious..to be exhumed by the next nonchalant falsehood. 

On April 5, 2017, National Geographic released a preview of its film, Hell on Earth: The Fall Of Syria And The Rise of ISIS, by filmmaker Sebastian Junger and producing partner Nick Quested. WATCH: 

The following article was written by Paul Larudee for TruePublica: 

The film itself debuted on April 26, 2017, at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York and on the National Geographic channel on June 11.  Junger and Quested persuaded NG to release the preview early, following the suspected chemical attacks in Syria on April 4.

There are, unfortunately, several problems with the footage in both the preview and the film, as well as with the claims made by the filmmakers and National Geographic.  The most glaring of these is that the opening scene of the trailer is a total fraud.

The scene shows a missile destroying a residential building with a thunderous explosion.  Imposed over the footage are the words, ALEPPO, SYRIA.  The clear implication is that the missile is part of a Russian or Syrian Air Force attack in the battle for Aleppo.

But how would the videographer have known where to position the camera in preparation for such an attack?  Surprisingly, there is a logical answer to this question, because there are in fact circumstances where victims are told in advance the location and time of a missile strike

Such a location is Gaza, and the time is when Israeli soldiers call the...

09:27

North Coast TAFE student wins state award "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

North Coast TAFE award winner Liam Muldoon on the job. Photo supplied

North Coast TAFE award winner Liam Muldoon on the job. Photo supplied

Liam Muldoon, from Cumbalum was named 2017 NSW Vocational Student of the Year at the 2017 NSW State Training Awards held last week at Sydney Town Hall.

The award was in recognition of his studies in Automotive Mechanical Diagnosis at TAFE NSW North Coast and on-the-job training with Gold Fields Australia in Western Australia.

Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW, Ben Franklin  congratulated Liam on the taking out the major award.

Liam is currently working as a fly-in-fly-out technician at the Agnew Mine site some 1,000 kilometres north-east of Perth, said Mr Franklin.

Liams job is to constantly identify industry changes that require further training and his studies have given him a unique skill set thats highly sought after by employers, said Mr Franklin.

Liam said he was also passionate about training young apprentices.

The skills Ive gained from TAFE have set me on a very successful career path, Liam said.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Skills John Barilaro said the vocational education and training (VET) offered in NSW was the critical first step to a stronger economic future for our regions, our state and the nation as a whole,.

VET is a great way for people of all ages to access skills and knowledge to open doors to vibrant, rewarding careers in a variety of industry sectors, Mr Barilaro said.

Liams success is typical of the fantastic outcomes that can be achieved through VET and I wish him all the best when he goes on to represent NSW at the Australian Training Awards in Canberra in November, Mr Barilaro said.

For more information go to  www.training.nsw.gov.au/training_awards or https://vet.nsw.gov.au.

 

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08:34

BBC WS acknowledges inaccurate claim in history show "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Last month we noted that listeners to an edition of the BBC World Service programme The History Hour had been told by its presenter Max Pearson that:

Just the phrase tension in the Middle East has become shorthand for referencing the decades of mistrust between Jews and Arabs following the creation of the State of Israel, carved as it was out of land which had belonged to the Palestinians. Giving the Jewish people of the world a homeland was supposed to be the answer to one problem but it created another. [emphasis added]

Along with a member of the public, BBC Watch submitted a complaint regarding that inaccurate and materially misleading statement and has now received the following reply:

Thank you for getting in touch and your complaint about an edition of History in which you claim that the presenter m...

07:41

Trashing of 95 ha of Endangered Rainforest must be Prosecuted "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The North East Forest Alliance has requested the Minister for the Environment, Gabrielle Upton, to ensure that action is taken against the Forestry Corporation for roading and logging 95 hectares of the Endangered Ecological Communities 'Lowland Rainforest' and 'Grey Box-Grey Gum Wet Sclerophyll Forest' in Cherry Tree State Forest*, given that 21 months after being told of the breaches the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has failed to take regulatory action.

07:09

Global Warming & Storms "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

While some of the news coverage was interjecting global warming as the cause of the storm, in fact it tends to work in the opposite direction. This has been a sharply declining period of temperature. I wrote about how this was the year without an Arctic Summer.  This has been the coldest summer in Europe and even in the States on the East Coast during August to early September. I went to visit family in August and had to buy a coat in New Jersey. In Australia there has been the coldest night on record in New South Wales. The warm water colliding with cooler air tends to make for bigger storms.

One of the major news stations was attributing Miami sinking into the water to Global Warming claiming this was PROOF of rising sea levels.  Pictured here is Wildwood New Jersey which was famous in the 60s with Bobby Rydells song. I use to go there as a kid. The piers were once upon a time actually in the water. You could go on a pier and fish.

The beach has risen so much in Wildwood it is well beyond the piers today. Is this PROOF that sea levels are falling? No! So the fact that Miami is sinking is by NO MEANS PROOF of Global Warming and rising seal levels. The sea coast rises and falls with every storm, which change the under water topography offshore. Ever since Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey, there are parts of Long Beach Island that now flood in a rain storm because the underwater typography has changed.

It is NOT Global Warming that is to blame for Miami sinking. It is the simple fact that the beaches always change. I have lived on the beach for probably 30 years. It is like watching a movie out your window. It is constantly changing. The sand rises and fall...

07:02

The Coming One World Currency "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Dear Marty,

I sure would appreciate any thoughts you have on rumors making the rounds that the International Monetary Fund has tipped its hand, in part via its June 2017 Fintech and Financial Services: Initial Considerations IMF Discussion Note, and intends to replace the US Dollar as the global reserve currency as early as January 2018 (probably later) with its decades-old Special Drawing Rights by converting the foreign-exchange reserve assets into a global currency using Distributed Ledger (Blockchain) technology.

It is only a matter of time until US hegemony built upon its reserve currency status (as well as other factors) goes the way of T. Rex. And, I have long believed that, while DLT (Distributed Ledger technology) is not going away, that it will be the IMF/Central Banks/Sovereigns who will end up creating their own horse in this reserve currency race that will win based upon global legislation and regulation but 2018 is right around the corner.

GH

ANSWER: No. This is really rubbish. I cant believe how many people are writing in asking about this subject matter. What makes the dollar the reserve currency is the...

07:00

Google Apocalypse Looms Large "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Dr. Mercola

I've written about the dangers of monopolies within the drug and agricultural industries on numerous occasions, but Google is perhaps one of the greatest  monopolies that ever existed on the planet. The reason why I've decided to address Google here is because the technology giant is injecting itself ever deeper into our day-to-day lives, from childhood education to patented meat substitutes1,2 and health care, and with its internet monopoly and personal information tracking and sharing,

Google poses a very unique threat. Anyone concerned about their health and food and their ability to obtain truthful information about both needs to understand the role Google plays, and whose side Google is really on.

Starting with the issue of health care, the company recently partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and is getting deeper into the drug promotion business with its launch of a depression self-assessment quiz.3,4 Just like WebMD before it, this test funnels you toward a drug solution. No matter how you answered WebMD's questions, you were diagnosed as being at risk for major depression and urged to discuss treatment with your doctor.

That test, it turns out, was sponsored by drugmaker Eli Lilly, maker of the antidepressant Cymbalta. Now, any time you use the search term "clinical depression" in the Google mobile search engine, you will find a link to a page to "check if you're clinically depressed." The quiz is part of the Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHG-9), "a clinically validated screening questionnaire" according to MedicalXpress.5

Beware of 'Patient's Rights Groups' Working on Behalf of Drug Makers

While it may se...

06:22

BenzoBookReview.com "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

BenzoBookReview.com provides a list of books on benzodiazepine withdrawal, including both memoirs and guide books, along with reviews and summaries of each book. All of the books are available for purchase on the site. The site is intended for benzodiazepine sufferers and their families, doctors, psychologists, psychotherapists, drug counselors, and all professionals seeking answers to the epidemic of tranquilizer addiction.

06:00

Gatekeeper of DC society Sally Quinn comes out as occultist, used hex to kill people "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

You and I, meaning Normal People, we look at our Thought Leaders, our Media and Cultural Overlords, our Ruling Class, and oftentimes wonder how they can be so venal and dishonest in pursuit of what they want - and what they want most of all is control over the lives of us Normal People, those of us who do not want to control anyone. We just want to be left alone. How many times have we asked, How do they live with themselves? All the lies they tell, the innocent people they destroy, the fake news they publish, the character assassination, the stoking of racial conflict, the hate campaigns, the advocating of violence, the unending cultural bigotry against those of us just minding our own business... How do they sleep at night? Maybe, thanks to the dribs and drabs that have bubbled up over the past year, we are starting to have that question answered. The latest revelation surrounds Sally Quinn, the surviving widow of Ben Bradlee, the Washington Post's powerful executive editor from 1968 to 1991, who then served as the paper's vice president until his death in 2014.

05:46

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

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Dingo Creek Rd, Upper Orara, NSW 2450
COUNCIL AREA: Coffs Harbour
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: MVA/Transport
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 13 Sep 2017 13:10

03:33

Political activist Adam Kokesh bids his farewell to YouTube "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Its been a good run

(INTELLIHUB) Political activist Adam Kokesh bid his farewell to YouTube on Monday when he told his subscribers that YouTube is not what it used to be.

The outspoken Californian said that it is sad to see what YouTube has turned into and said that its not the free spirited platform that it once was.

The AdamKokesh channel officially has over 65 million views and over 70 million unofficially, according to Kokesh, who said some of his videos were taken down or deleted.

It went from being the Internets answer to mainstream media that was an open platform that anybody could get on and could compete and youve ruined that, he said. But then Google bought YouTube.

Kokesh is best known his show Adam vs. the Man and for racking a shell into the chamber of a shotgun on a public street in the District of Columbia.

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03:11

RACQ LifeFlight Aero Medical Bizjets Pop into Central Queensland Airports "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Over the last couple of days, a pair of RACQ LifeFlight aero medical bizjets have been noted calling into various CQ Airports on different medical evacuation flights.

Late on Tuesday 5 September, LifeFlight's LearJet 45 bizjet VH-CXJ "Ambulance 452" was noted visiting Mackay Airport on a med-evac flight from and back to Townsville.

Also very late on Tuesday 5 September, LifeFlight's Cessna 680 Citation Sovereign bizjet VH-VPL "Ambulance 680" was noted calling into Rockhampton Airport, arriving from the Gold Coast.

VH-VPL at Rockhampton Airport recently  (File photo)

In the wee small hours of Wednesday 6 September, VH-VPL then departed Rocky for Brisbane.

Then late on Thursday 7 September, VH-CXJ was back in CQ arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville.  It then departed to Moranbah Airport before departing there to Brisbane, touching down very early on Friday 8 September.  It then returned to Townsville.

Of interest, fellow LifeFlight LearJet 45 VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" is presently at Sydney (possibly) undertaking planned maintenance.

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman  

02:51

Pair who aided Ballina shark attack victim awarded for bravery "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Two men have received bravery awards for coming to the rescue of 41-year-old surfer, Tadashi Nakahara, who was killed by a shark at Ballina last year. (supplied)

Two men have received bravery awards for coming to the rescue of 41-year-old surfer, Tadashi Nakahara, who was killed by a shark at Ballina last year. (supplied)

Two north coast residents have been recognised in this years bravery awards for going to the rescue of shark-attack victim Tadashi Nakahara in the surf at Shelley Beach last year.

A further three received a group citation for coming to the rescue of two farmers caught in floods near Lismore.

Dr Hugh Giles, of East Ballina, received the Star of Courage for his efforts to help Mr Nakahara swim to the safety of nearby Speeds Reef, despite the presence of the shark.

Matthew Meadows, also of East Ballina, was awarded a Bravery Medal for his efforts to help save Mr Nakahara,

Mr Meadows also paddled out and took the injured man from Dr Giles and began to move Mr Nakahara towards the shore.

Other surfers then re-entered the water and helped to bring him ashore but Mr Nakahara subsequently died as a result of his injuries.

Group citation for flood rescue

Three members of the Lismore SES received a citation for rescuing two farmers caught in floodwaters in June last year.

Paul Barry, Snr Const John Stirling and Leading Snr Const Amanda Vidler boarded a flood boat, and began looking for the two men in the treacherous water.

On locating the men in the fading light they could see that both were close to exhaustion and the fast flowing water was now at chest height. The younger man was holding onto the older man, who was a non-swimmer, to prevent him from being swept away.

One of the members remained with the younger man while the older was loaded into the flood boat and taken to safety. By this time the water was lapping the faces of the SES member and the younger man.

The boat returned and the men were pulled aboard and transported to higher ground and safety.

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02:29

Lismore council says no to $90m shopping square plan "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The proposed expansion of the Lismore Square Shopping Centre has been rejected by a majority of councillors.

The proposed expansion of the Lismore Square Shopping Centre has been rejected by a majority of councillors.

The Lismore City Council has rejected a $90 million proposal to expand the Lismore Square Shopping Square in a move described by Page MP Kevin Hogan as woeful.

But already its understood that Cr Gianpiero Battista is preparing a recisission motion, meaning that the issue will come back before the council at the next meeting.

Mr Hogan said the massive investment would have been beneficial for the city as it recovers from the March flood.

We are still recovering and rebuilding from the flood and we had an investor who wanted to put $90 million in our city which would have created many jobs, Mr Hogan said.

If we want to maintain our status of a regional capital we need to have investments like this one. This would have attracted more shoppers to our town and the CBD.

This is not, an either or, we need a healthy CBD and shopping centre.

Many leave our region, and indeed drive through it to the Gold Coast for the shopping centre experience.

The $90 million expansion was going to better link the CBD to the Square.

This is going to cost us jobs and hold back Lismore.

A majority of Lismore councillors didnt see it that way, with Crs Gianpiero Battista, Neil Marks, Darlene Cook, Bill Moorhouse and Isaac Smith voting for the motion, while Crs Nancy Casson, Adam Guise, Vanessa Ekins, Eddie Lloyd, Greg Bennett and Elly Bird voted against.

The major concerns raised were the loss of parklands as the proposal would require about 4 hectares of parkland earmarked for the Lismore Park proposal. Also, an expanded Shopping Square would place further pressure on the CBD, which is struggling to recover from the flood.

McGonaghys managing director, Gary McConaghy told the council that engineering issues meant it would not be feasible to expand the shopping centre upwards.

Leading the charge agains the proposal, Cr Eddie Lloyd said it would be heartless to expand the square at the expense of the CBD.

Cr...

01:46

Bluegrass @ Yullis for September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Golden Whistler This month bluegrass and old time duo Golden Whistler return to Bluegrass @ Yullis stage, bringing their wonderful music to Sydneys most intimate performance space. Bluegrass @ Yullis will take place at Yullis in Sydney next Wednesday 20th September. As always the night kicks off at 6pm with an all-in []

01:26

The human faces of Byrons housing crisis "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Kien Hannah and her family. Photo Jeff Dawson

Kien Hannah and her family. Photo Jeff Dawson

Paul Bibby

For three weeks Kien Hannah and her family made a little cluster of mattresses and cuddly toys their home.

Unable to find a landlord or real estate agent willing to take them on as tenants, the 30-year-old, her partner, and their two little girls moved from place to place and tried to stay positive.

Ocea kept asking Do I have a bed, Mummy?, Ms Hannah says of her cherubic three-year-old.

I think she missed that security of having a place that was hers.

Finally, after months of trawling through real estate listings, they found a house to rent in Mullumbimby just a stones throw from where their old house had been.

I am just so relieved that finally weve got somewhere, you know? Ms Hannah says.

The local mum is just one of hundreds struggling to find a home in the Byron Shire as soaring rents and inadequate housing supply force thousands into hardship and, in some cases, homelessness.

But it doesnt have to be that way.

As locals try desperately to squeeze into the painfully tight rental market, thousands of bedrooms and whole houses across the shire that could be used as homes lie empty.

Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) show that there were 2,057 empty dwellings in the Byron Shire on census night.

Thats 15.3 per cent of the regions housing.

A further 2,300 dwellings are being underused, with one or two people living in a house that has two, three or four unoccupied bedrooms.

The statistics, from the 2016 Census, also show that the average number of people per household in Byron is 13 per cent smaller than the national average and that we have significantly more underused housing than most of the country....

01:06

Dangerous conditions spark NSW fire bans "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Photo Flickr/bertknot

Photo Flickr/bertknot

Total fire bans are in place across large swathes of northern and eastern NSW as hot and windy conditions keep firefighters on alert.

The Rural Fire Service (RFS) has declared four regions as having a severe fire danger on Wednesday including Greater Sydney Region, Greater Hunter, North Coast and North Western regions.

Temperatures in the mid-30s combined with strong north-westerly winds mean conditions will be challenging, RFS Inspector Ben Shepherd told AAP.

Winds are forecast to reach 40-50km/h with gusts up to 70km/h.

More than 70 fires are burning across the state, with 20 of them uncontained, and we will be monitoring all of them, Insp Shepherd said.

More than 100 firefighters fought a fire in Sydneys northern suburb of Beacon Hill on Tuesday afternoon and hope to strengthen containment lines ahead of Wednesday.

The fire threatened dozens of properties but crews managed to keep it at bay with the help of water-bombing aircraft.

As the fire season kicks into gear, all NSW residents are being urged to clean up and maintain their properties and have a fire plan in place.

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00:59

Hillary Clinton just accused Trump  over collusion with Russia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Hillary Clinton has made little secret that she blames lots and lots of things not named Hillary Clinton for her 2016 loss. And amid a publicity tour for her just-released book in which she re-litigates many of them she just made her most serious claim to date.

USA Todays Susan Page, in an interview published late Monday night, asked Clinton whether she thought Trump associates colluded with Russia. And Clinton broke with many in her party by offering a pretty unvarnished answer in the affirmative.

There certainly was communication, and there certainly was an understanding of some sort, Clinton says at first, choosing her words carefully.

Page writes that she pressed further, asking directly about whether Trump associates colluded with Russia.

Im convinced of it, Clinton said.

Witch hunt, fake news, phony: Trumps defenses against the Russia probe
President Trump has repeatedly lashed out with insults to defend himself as the Russia investigation unfolds. Here are some of his go-to attacks. (Video: Jenny Starrs/Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

As is often the case with Clinton, she seemed to want to not-quite-say what she was actually saying. She talked about Trumps ties to Russian money and the fact that Vladimir Putin wanted Trump to win. She talked about ho...

00:55

China banks fear US North Korea sanctions "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Chinas big banks have been quietly but surely weaning themselves off North Korean money.

This is not particularly about their troublesome neighbour. It is because of a fear of US repercussions.

Bank branches near the North Korean border have told the BBC theyve been instructed not to open any new accounts for that countrys citizens and businesses.

This is not part of any United Nations sanctions regime.

It is an attempt to head off further US measures targeting Chinese banks which are accused of doing sanctions-busting business with North Korea.

Quite apart from the UN, the US Treasury has its own sanctions regime blacklisting companies and people who are said to have assisted Pyongyang in developing nuclear weapons.

Once a person or a company is placed on the American list of prohibited entities, US (and even foreign) companies can face strict penalties within the US for having dealings with them.

Conduit

Chinas financial institutions have been accused of laundering funds used to facilitate North Korean intercontinental ballistic missile and nuclear warhead development.

The government in Pyongyang is said to use front companies to move money around the world via Chinese banks.

For this reason, officials in Washington DC have been threatening to place major Chinese banks on the black list: international sanctions against these enormous institutions could cause global economic shockwaves.

So the US fired a warning shot.

In recent months, the relatively small Bank of Dandong was blacklisted.

Announcing that Americans would be barred from doing business with it, the US Treasury said: The Bank of Dandong acts as a conduit for North Korea to access the US and international financial systems, including by facilitating millions of dollars of transactions for companies involved in North Koreas WMD and ballistic missile programs.

Central bank order

Chinas big banks could not afford to face similar moves.

Staff from at least seven branches from the Bank of China and the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China have confirmed to the BBC that new North Korean bank accounts will not be opened.

They said this process had started months ago.

One ICBC bank worker said that this had followed an order from the countrys central bank, the Peoples Bank Of China.

Telephone and faxed requests for information on this to the PBOC went unanswered.

Bag of money

...

00:42

Limpinwood logging destroying koala habitat "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The koala that has survived the Limpinwood logging is now being cared for by Friends of the Koala. Photo supplied.

The koala that has survived the Limpinwood logging is now being cared for by Friends of the Koala. Photo supplied.

Limpinwood residents have been raising concerns regarding the logging that has commenced on over 800 acres of highly significant native forest that is affecting koalas. The land is owned by Hewittville Holdings and is believed to be part of a private native forestry plan with the EPA.

Neighbours are worried for wildlife as koala distress calls have been heard since logging began, said Scott Sledge, spokesperson for the Northern Rivers Guardians.   

A koala has been found on an adjacent property that hasnt had koalas in the last 25 years. It is suspected the koala fled the tree felling operations and there are signs of possible injury.

Unanimous vote

Tweed Shire Council voted unanimously on the mayoral minute calling for the state government to do a compliance audit of the operation in regard to environmental and cultural heritage values, and give serious consideration to revoking this logging licence.

Some of the land has large stands of koala habitat and part of it is listed as an Environmental Protection Zone.

Dailan Pugh of the North East Forest Alliance said, the Tweed LEP 2000 shows a significant part of the property is Zoned 7 (d) Environmental Protection (Scenic/Escarpment) and 7(l) Environmental Protection (Habitat), logging of these areas is only allowed with consent of Council. 

In a letter to Liberal MP Gabrielle Upton, Tweed mayor Katie Milne highlighted that the landowner has previously undertaken extensive unauthorised works on two separate occasions, bulldozing vegetation on Crown Land to both the northern and southern accesses of the property without consent, and causing serious environmental damage on both occasions

We would like to request that the state government finds a way to end this inappropriate logging operation, such as by...

00:36

Byron Councillor wins court case against Council "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Shire Councillor Alan Hunter. Photo Hans Lovejoy

Byron Shire Councillor Alan Hunter. Photo Hans Lovejoy

Councillor Alan Hunter has won a court case against the very council he was elected to, perhaps ending a protracted battle with his neighbours over his desire to operate a self-storage facility at the end of a short rural road in Myocum. 

The DA (development application) for three farm buildings and 12 self-storage units as self-storage premises was previously rejected by Council; the units were relocated from a road transport terminal, which was initially approved in the previous Council term.  

Council had refused the recent application owing to traffic and parking, effluent disposal, flooding, character and zone objectives, insufficient and inadequate information, precedent and public interest. 

After the National Party-aligned councillor failed to reach a conciliation with general manager Ken Gainger, he challenged the decision in the Land and Environment court. 

Hunter v Byron Shire Council [2017] NSWLEC 1495 was decided on September 8 by Commissioner Graham Brown.

Affected resident Rebecca Chaffer told The Echo that the lesson learned is that the whole process is pretty much geared to supporting developers. The next time I buy a home it will be in a residential area to ensure my amenity.

She added, Although we are happy that the approval is subject to conditions that will improve the safety of the road and ensure the business only operates during the week.

No basis to refuse

Expert reports were presented to the court in the areas of flooding, town planning and traffic, with the conclusion that there was no basis to refuse the application from their respective areas of expertise.

Yet Councils legal representative A Seton submitted to the court that notwithstanding the agreement of the experts, the court should refuse the application on the basis of the evidence of the residents who live alon...

00:04

Paid parking mooted for Brunswick Heads "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Shire Council has raised the prospect of parking meters in Brunswick Heads. File photo

Byron Shire Council has raised the prospect of parking meters in Brunswick Heads. File photo

With visitors to Brunswick Heads and Mullumbimby on the increase, Byron Shire Council says it is considering ways of improving the turnover and efficiency of parking spaces.

Byron Shire Council general manager Ken Gainger says while paid parking in Mullumbimby is not being considered, Council does think there could be significant long-term benefits for the Brunswick Heads community if the scheme were introduced there.

He said, This is not an issue that is going to go away so Council has developed draft parking-management strategies for both towns.

Long parking limits near shops decrease the availability of parking and this is not to the advantage of local businesses, he said.

For example, in Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads, more than 60 per cent of parking in the town centres is all-day parking which doesnt leave that many parking options on a busy day, Mr Gainger said.

Possible $900k

Brunswick Heads is a popular tourist destination, particularly on the weekends, and Council also wants to get residents and business owners opinions on the possible introduction of pay parking in the town, he said.

Councils estimates show more than $900,000 a year could be raised through paid parking, says Gainger, which would be used specifically for projects in Brunswick Heads.

He added that locals permits for Byron Bay could be extended to Brunswick Heads should it go ahead.

The towns parking-management strategies will be placed on exhibition for public comment in mid-September.

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Tuesday, 12 September

23:29

Schoolies volunteer call out "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Schoolies HUB co-ordinator Nicqui Yazdi with some of key volunteers who will help ensure a safe schoolies in November: James Wright, Ethan Berry and Kevin Stickl. Photo Jeff Old Time Zoolie Dawson

Schoolies HUB co-ordinator Nicqui Yazdi with some of key volunteers who will help ensure a safe schoolies in November: James Wright, Ethan Berry and Kevin Stickl.
Photo Jeff Old Time Zoolie Dawson

An essential service that helps thousands of school leavers celebrate safely in Byron Bay is the Byron Schoolies Safety Response, headed by BUDDI youth worker Nicqui Yazdi.

With the yearly preparations underway for when schoolies arrive in a little more than two months, Yazdi is appealing for volunteers to step up and help make the event a safe and memorable one.

The HUB, located on Main Beach, will be open 24/7 for the duration of Schoolies from November 17 till December 4.

Yazdi says, The aim is to find 100 local volunteers who would like to give some of their time to the HUB.

As always, we aim to train new Schoolies HUB volunteers in first aid; however, this year the funding is extremely tight and as yet we have not received anywhere near enough funding to make training a reality.

In the absence of enough funding, Yazdi is inviting local businesses to get behind the efforts of these volunteers and donate cash to assist with this initiative.

Volunteers moving out of Byron Bay

Yazdi says its been a challenge to recruit new people in recent times owing to many of the regular volunteers moving out of Byron Bay.

The high rents and unaffordable housing have pushed many volunteers out of town, she says, and adds that she hopes volunteers car pool if they live outside the town.

Yazdi says, We are looking for volunteers of all ages, but would like to encourage more young people between 18 and 24 to join us this year. It is a wonderful way to gain volunteering experience and BUDDI are launching...

23:26

The ripple effect moves out from Byron "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Jacqui Boyett with Chris Klemens at Global Ripple op shop in the Byron Industrial Estate. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Jacqui Boyett with Chris Klemens at Global Ripple op shop in the Byron Industrial Estate. Photo Jeff Dawson.

It began when Jacqui Boyett was living on a remote Fijian Island in 2012 and realised that she could really help the people where she was living.

From our stay there I realised that they needed a lot of help. I set up a charity and started fundraising, said Jacqui.

My initial thought was to just fix their teeth to remove their current pain, it only cost $30 per person. But then I realised the problems were much deeper than tooth decay. Many of the villagers were sent away from the hospital and were not able to receive our help because they suffered from diabetes. Some people even had their legs cut off in serious cases. 

So we organised a health program and had it delivered to the village and the school to bring awareness of healthy eating and sugar consumption. Since then we have helped remove rotten teeth from people suffering from chronic tooth ache.

Global Ripple continue to support the village of Gunu in Fiji and have organised a ferry that will transport goods to the mainland for sale as well as people needing medical help.

The boat had its first trip to the village last week. It will enable the villagers to sell their goods to make money for  food and other supplies. It will also help the six neighbouring villages, in total approximately 1000 people will benefit from this boat.

Nepal earthquake

Following the Nepal earthquake in 2015 they raised $5,000 and were able to build temporary shelters fro 180 people in one of the worst hit villages. We jumped on a plane and walked for days to get to the remote village that was hit the worst.  Hundreds of families left sleeping under tarps as their homes had been destroyed.  We managed to buy the materials to construct temporary shelters to get them through t...

22:55

School swags go to the homeless "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

From left to right in front are Evie Boschma-Wagner, Jesse Bravington and Skye Waters. Behind them are Kim Shelly from the Mullum Neighbourhood Centre and class 4/5 teacher Sharon Buckley. Photo Jeff Swaggering Since 1986 Dawson

From left to right in front are Evie Boschma-Wagner, Jesse Bravington and Skye Waters. Behind them are Kim Shelly from the Mullum Neighbourhood Centre and class 4/5 teacher Sharon Buckley. Photo Jeff Swaggering Since 1986 Dawson

Children at Ocean Shores Public School have donated six swags to the Mullumbimby Neighbourhood Centre, which will go to homeless people in the area.

The idea came from year four and five students in 4/5B at the school after talking about homelessness in the local area. Teacher Sharon Buckley told The Echo, The children decided that we could have a pyjama day to raise money for them. I already knew about Street Swags, so I suggested to the children we could raise money to purchase swags. They loved the idea.

Two class representatives, Evie Boschma-Wagner and Jesse Bravington, presented the idea to the principal Martin Gill, who thought it was a great idea too the class then designed posters and talked at the assembly to promote the event.

The whole school became involved, including the teachers who wore pyjamas on the day as well, said Ms Buckley.

I am very proud of how hard the students in my class worked promoting the event and of how the school and community supported the initiative.

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22:34

Palm Island Mayor compares Australia Day with the Jewish Holocaust | Welcome To Country "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Palm Island Mayor compares Australia Day with the Jewish Holocaust | Welcome To Country: The final question asked by Councillor Lacey was, Do the Jewish celebrate the Holocaust? To which he answered, No, they remember the sad part of it. This was published in the Courier Mail almost four weeks ago in an article titled: Australia Day date: Brisbane has no plans to change, says Graham Quirk.

Do you see what is happening here? This is yet another case of mainstream media trying to manipulate the national conversation. When an Indigenous person says what the Palm Island mayor said, the story stops dead in its tracks. The media only want to portray the Australia Day debate as coming solely from lefties and green groups etc.

The media also loves to find the odd blackfulla who loves Australia day as well. Im sure you would have heard about those stories right? Well if you want to throw a spanner in the works of mainstream media manipulation, you can help us out by sharing this story. Lets keep the true conversation going from the original source.

22:18

Real Neat Blog Award, congratulations to 14 nominees! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Real Neat Blog Award

Late in 2014, I made this new award: the Real Neat Blog Award. There are so many bloggers whose blogs deserve more attention. So, I will try to do something about that

It is the first award that I ever made. I did some computer graphics years ago, before I started blogging; but my computer drawing had become rusty

The rules of the Real Neat Blog Award are: (feel free not to act upon them if you dont have time; or dont accept awards; etc.):

1. Put the award logo on your blog.

2. Answer 7 questions asked by the person who nominated you.

3. Thank the people who nominated you, linking to their b...

21:53

Hillsong. What is wrong with Hillsong? Part 7. Hillsongs founder the pedophile Frank Houston Why Frank Houston was able so easily to sexually abuse hundreds of little boys in New Zealand in the 1940s to 1970s "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong a lifelong secret child sex abuser with his son Brian the current head pastor of Hillsong not a real pastor both wolf pastors

 

In a previous article in this series, I mentioned that the first time I saw Frank Houston, the pedophile founder of Hillsong, was in 1976 at Don Cosbys Christian Life Centre in Wellington, New Zealand.

And Ive outlined how, in the 1960s to 1970s, Frank Houston went on a secret pedophile spree in Australia, New Zealand and other parts of the world, like Chile and Sri Lanka, where he travelled as a leading Assemblies of God (AOG) Christian pastor and evangelist doing evangelistic crossed and taking Christian meetings. From the 1960s, Frank Houston established himself as a lauded Assemblies of God evangelist with miracles of healing- faith, positivity, and talk of healings and miracles were Frank Houstons signatures.

Yet all this time from the 1960s to 1970s, and earlier from the 1930s, and later in Sydney Australia from 1977, the secret pedophile Frank Houston continued his secret homosexual and pedophile activities.

It is frightening to think of the number of little boys Frank Houston sexually abused in Australia, New Zealand, and in vulnerable Third World countries like Chile and Sri Lanka in the 1960s to 1970s.

From 1965 to 1977, Frank...

21:51

Match wildlife to a hollow "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Tree hollows are valued as habitat for many Australian birds, reptiles and animals.

Recently I've visited Riverina primary schools to raise awareness for the role of hollows.

It surprised me to learn that it can take 300 years to make a home for an owl.

21:47

Sow what? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

English can be tricky when similar sounding words mean different things.

So I was curious when I read this headline and wondered if agricultural fashion had become an area of academic research?

No, it's a a typo and illustrates the need for subeditors.

Sowing seeds is planting them and often used as a metaphor, like the quote from the article here shows.

21:09

Kommersant reports Putin to make November announcement of his participation in 2018 presidential race "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Russian leader Vladimir Putin will announce his participation in the 2018 presidential race in November of this year, becoming a technically independent candidate in late December or early January, according to Kommersant. The influential business daily quoted two unnamed sources close to the Russian presidential administration and one inside source as saying that several special meetings dedicated to the upcoming presidential polls were held last week and it was decided that Vladimir Putin's nomination as presidential candidate will be spread over two stages. Starting in November the first stage will, according to the sources, involve Putin agreeing to run for a new term. The announcement will be made during a televised event similar to the annual one at which the president answers various questions from the public.

20:50

Game of chicken "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Noticed the personalised number plate on this Steggles van at the lights.

20:43

Iraqi Parliament Preemptively Declares Kurdish Referendum Invalid "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Baghdad (GPA The Iraqi parliament voted today to preemptively declare the planned Kurdish independence referendum as invalid.

The referendum which would create an independent Kurdish state in northern Iraq is slated for the 25th of this month. The claimed legitimacy of the referendum has been a growing source of confusion as the date approaches but now it seems the Iraqi parliament has decided to answer these questions by preemptively rejecting any vote.

The resolution passed by a majority vote in parliament listed the Kurdish referendum as a threat to the civil peace and regional security. The parliamentary bill also stated that the referendum lacks a constitutional basis and thus it is considered unconstitutional.

Iraqi Kurd border crossing
Image: Flickr CC William John Gauthier

The resolution also allows the Iraqi Prime Minister to use any means necessary to uphold the official borders of Iraq and maintain order. Kurdish Members of Parliament left the session but whether they voted or not wouldnt have made a difference.

The vote is opposed by all of Iraqs neighbors who also deal with Kurdish separatists (Turkey, Iran, and Syria), but even western powers led by the US have urged the Iraqi Kurds to at least postpone the vote. The largest worry of every group is that, should the Kurds vote to secede, a new war could start between Baghdad and Erbil.

Even some Kurds in the region oppose independence, worrying that the referendum is an attempted power grab by the current government in Kurdistan. These Kurds worry about a war imposed on them by the current leaders and also already face internal...

20:25

Irony: JP Morgans Jamie Dimon Calls Bitcoin A Fraud "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Surprised by the sudden air pocket below bitcoin? Curious if this was caused by some new, unconfirmed Chinese crackdown on bitcoin traders, exchanges, and other money laundered? No, the answer is Jamie Dimon, who in a angry outburst during the same conference in which he preannounced JPMs 20% trading revenue drop, lashed  out at the crypto currency, calling it a fraud, worse than tulip bulbs, says it wont end well and will eventually blow up, and that any trader trading bitcoin will be fired for being stupid.

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20:02

Homeschool Mom Receives Visit from the State Over Field Trip "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Great Solar Eclipse of 2017 was met with a variety of responses by schools across the country. Some announced they would close for the day for fear that the children under their care would accidentally look at the sun and encounter eye damage. Others remained open out of fear that children would not be safe at home by themselves during the great event.

Either way, educators of all types saw the eclipse as a great learning opportunity, and many encouraged families to go out and view it together if the children were not in school.

One family from Kentucky did just that and got in trouble with the local school district for their action.

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19:49

Just go away already! Former president Obama keeps stirring the political pot "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Obama rapid response team quickly swung into action against the latest Republican move on immigration last week. The new policy was "wrong." It was "self-defeating." It was "cruel." It wasn't "required legally," but was "a political decision." Only two things were unusual about this strong Democratic pushback: Barack Obama was no longer in office at the time - and yet all the above responses came from the former president himself. If the 2016 presidential election seems like a never-ending contest, with vanquished Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton constantly relitigating the campaign and criticizing the man who ultimately bested her, the tug-of-war between President Trump and his immediate predecessor has been just as intense. "He is like our president-in-exile," joked a Democratic operative who requested anonymity to speak candidly about the former president. "His profile makes sense, because while we Democrats and really the whole country owe President Obama a lot, he does have some things to answer for in terms of our current situation" with Republicans controlling both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue.

18:58

Producer of Vaxxed film banned from Australia - and how the Australian press is lying about it "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Polly Tommey, producer of the famous documentary, Vaxxed (trailer), has been banned from Australia. If that sounds quite insane-it is. Vaxxed has been screening across the world. It is an explosive revelation about egregious fraud at the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The film focuses on the 2014 public confession of a long-time researcher at the CDC, William Thompson. Thompson admits that he and his colleagues committed a crime, by manipulating data to give the MMR vaccine a free pass, "proving" it had no connection to autism - when in fact, as Thompson states, the vaccine does raise the risk of autism in children. Here are a few statements from the The Sydney Morning Herald's report, headlined: "Anti-vaccination advocate 'banned from Australia' after documentary tour." "The producer Polly Tommey behind a controversial anti-vaccination film which has been touring Australia has been banned from returning to the country for three years, she claims."

18:32

Big Ag nightmare: The many ways that factory farming contaminates our land and water "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Water pollution is a growing problem, and nonorganic farming activities - both on land and in water - are significant contributors. In addition to farming chemicals such as nitrates, which pose a serious threat to water quality, there's the issue of drug-resistant bacteria. As reported by the Center for Public Integrity,1 water testing in Kewaunee County, Wisconsin, has revealed coliform bacteria "at levels too dangerous to drink." Drug-resistant bacteria are a direct result of antibiotic overuse, especially in livestock, and recent investigations reveal antibiotic-resistant genes are being spread across the globe via animal feed - especially feed made from fish meal. Turns out aquaculture, which has been touted as a sustainable alternative to overfishing, is just as environmentally devastating as land-based farms. The answer to these serious and interconnected dilemmas is to transition over to regenerative and biodynamic farming, both of which go above and beyond organic methods. We also need to come up with more sustainable solutions for fish, as fish farms are turning out to be no less of an environmental nightmare than land-based factory farms. The recent escape of hundreds of thousands of non-native Atlantic salmon into the Pacific is just the latest testament to the environmental harm aquafarms do.

18:03

Yes, Hillary, The Media Did Help Trump Win. So Did You "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Former Democratic Party presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is back doing what she does best: selling books. What Happened, her newest, doesnt feature a question mark. It has answers. Hillary blames the FBI. She blames sexism and fake news. She blames the godforsaken Electoral College and the deep currents of resentment running through society.

She also, ironically, blames Bernie Sanders for out-promising her at every turn. She probably blames clandestine Russian mind-control laser beams for persuading tens of millions of Americans that she was nothing more than a calculating, deceptive, and insipid career politician.

And she blames the media. Political journalists, writes Hillary, cant bear to face their own role in helping elect Trump. Now, hearing a Democrat argue that the institutional media wasnt accommodating enough in helping her win an election is, I admit, a bit jarring. Support from journalists is so embedded in the Democratic Partys strategy that any negative coverage even something as unavoidable as writing about an unprecedented FBI investigation into a leading presidential candidate must be quashed.

Yet Clintons claim happens to contain a morsel of truth, if not in the way she intended. When supporting Trump seemed advantageous, the media not only left-leaning outlets like CNN or the Washington Post, but ratings-chasers like Joe Scarborough did much help lift the fortunes of the soon-to-be president. This was obvious to anyone observing coverage of the primaries, but for those who need confirmation, The Kennedy Schools Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy conducted a study that found that during the year 2015, major news outlets covered Donald Trump in a way that was unusual given his low initial polling numbers a high volume of media coverage preceded Trumps rise in the polls.

A big chunk of this coverage, the report found, was positive in tone. Of course, as soon as Trump won, that tone would drastically change. It was curious happenstance, but somehow the preponderance of ugly stories regarding Trumps past only began pouring forth after he captured the nomination. The man hadnt changed at all. The coverage did.

While all this is true, the problem is that Hillary and her advisers were part of the same effort. The variety of candidates is a positive here, and many of the lesser known can serve as a cudgel to move the more established candidates further to the right, one Clinton campaign agenda item noted. ...

18:00

This Startup Adds Digital Citizenship To School Curriculums "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Now that every kid is on social media, maybe its time schools start teaching how to treat others on those services.

One day last year, about 30 fifth graders at Seldens Landing Elementary School in Virginia were issued tablets and asked to answer questions about cyber-bullying. They started with the statement: Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you. Next, the kids had to take a poll: Is that really true or false?

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17:26

16th anniversary of 9/11 brings new development on WTC Building 7 collapse "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Dr. Leroy Hulsey, a distinguished engineering authority presented his team's preliminary report report on the collapse of World Trade Center Building 7. The report is preliminary in the sense that it awaits peer-review, that is, examination by other experts. The team's research is more extensive than the modeling provided by NIST and includes a thorough examination of NIST's approach. Dr. Hulsey's team concludes that Building 7 did not come down due to fire. Here is the link to his presentation: Collapse of World Trade Center Building 7 - presentation by Leroy Hulsey (lecture starts at 3:40) Being a Georgia Tech graduate I can follow the gist of Dr. Hulsey's presentation. It is a difficult explanation to follow as engineering science is challenging to explain. Moreover, engineers are accustomed to talking to other engineers, not to the general public. At the Georgia Tech of my day, and perhaps still, the administration was determined to produce articulate engineers. Our English courses were writing courses. The English Department took the position that just as one engineering mistake could cause a bridge or building to fail, one spelling or grammatical mistake produced the grade of F on the assignment. (Yes, I know, with all of my typos how did I pass? The answer is that our papers were hand written.) We were also encouraged to join Toastmasters so that we would be capable of standing up before an audience and making a presentation. What I am saying is that Dr. Hulsey is in the difficult position of having to address an audience consisting of professionals and non-professionals, and he probably has limited experience in addressing non-professionals.

16:52

The Dark Side to Positive Thinking, According to a Brazilian Shaman "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Some of the greatest minds in personal growth and the world of self-help have built their empire on the power of positive thinking. In his book How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie shares this well known and accepted concept. The idea is that you can change your life and influence your future simply by changing the way that you are thinking. Think positive, invite positive energies, focus on the negative and invite the negative into your life.

While the concept isnt entirely poorly aimed, as it does help those who practice this technique to stay positive and motivated, Ruda Iande, a naturopathic therapist and shaman points out that it isnt the all encompassing solution that many of these programs paint it to be. You can think nothing but positive thoughts for days on end, however, the universe will not somehow materialize a future that you are not actively working towards achieving. It is not a realistic approach.

Source: Primal Source

 

As Iande states, There are just two problems here: 1) its exhausting and 2) its ineffective.

The question is, does the problem really lie with the concept of positive thinking, or the way in which people choose to apply this technique to their lives. Iande believes that there are 3 important points to keep in mind when applying the power of positive thinking in your life:

 

  1. Dont Ignore Your True Feelings

While you may believe that positive thinking is the answer, it is important not to get caught up in a tunnel vision, forgetting about your true feelings in life. In order to maintain your emotional and mental health, you need to have a plan in place to handle the negative emotions that come up throughout your experience. Living in a world where you focus solely on positive feelings can actually be harmful.

Iande explained, Living inside this bubble might feel good in the short-term, but in time the bubble will burst. Thats because every time you force yourself to be positive, negativity grows within. You can deny or repress the negative thoughts and emotions, but they dont go way. ...

16:39

Jemele Hills Tweets Are Bad, But Her ESPN Show Is Even Worse "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Last night ESPNs 6 PM Sportscenter host Jemele Hill chose the 16thAnniversary of 9/11 to go off on the fitness of Donald Trumps white supremacy in a series of tweets responding to randos on the internet. Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists. Trump is the most ignorant offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period. The height of white privilege is to be able to ignore his white supremacy because its of no threat to you. Well, its a threat to me. Donald Trump is a bigot. Glad you could live with voting for him. I couldnt, because I care about more than just myself. He is unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were not white, he never would have been elected. You can see the full roster of tweets here.  Apparently it was inspired by an argument about Kid Rock, connected to a protest of his performance at the Red Wings new arena. Surely that will stop him.

I asked Jemele to show her work and name the white supremacists Trumps surrounded himself with.  She didnt answer but her followers did, citing Steve Bannon, Seb Gorka, Stephen Miller, Jeff Sessions, Kris Kobach, and the Trump family themselves. So thats two guys who are gone, the top Jewish staffer working in the White House, a former Republican Senator, a former Republican Secretary of State in Kansas, and a family of wealthy lifelong New York Democrats. Thats your indication of deep-seated white supremacy at the White House? These are the guys in white hoods carrying torches? And how exactly are they a threat to you?

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16:10

In Protest of Gentrification, Sydney Residents Turn Towers into Light Displays "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Photos of towers at the Waterloo Estate in Sydney, illuminated for the #WeLiveHere2017 campaign (photo by Nic Walker, all images courtesy #WeLiveHere2017)

Residents at a 1970s public housing estate in Sydney are fighting gentrification in a simple yet striking display that asserts the presence of their community to the entire city. Every night, hundreds of residents living in soaring towers at the Waterloo estate are turning on colorful lights in their windows to illuminate the buildings. The gesture is part of a major campaign to oppose a New South Wales government plan to raze and redevelop the 40-acre estate into a mixture of private and public housing a project that would relocate at least 3,600 people and create a high level of dwelling density thats unprecedented in the country.

A resident of the Waterloo Estate participating in the #WeLiveHere2017 campaign (photo by Nic Walker)

Launched last week, #WeLiveHere2017 represents two years of planning by Waterloo residents and local activists that began soon after the state government announced its redevelopment plans. The illuminated towers, known as Matavaia and Turanga, were chos...

14:29

Today in OpenGov: Connecting government "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In today's overview of open government news, we look at the key role that open data will play as American communities work to rebuild following the devastation of hurricane's Irma and Harvey. We also share new research on fake news, global approaches to facts and information, and tech-powered civic engagement. 

Read on for all that, plus much more from Washington, DC, around the United States, and across the globe. 

states and cities


 
  • What types of state and local open data are most popular? "To start to answer these questions, we analyzed the text descriptions of open datasets from 141 cities and state governments across the country a total of 21,000 individual open datasets and scored them based on views and downloads to figure out which types of data are most popular." The top ten, according to this analysis by Sunlight Open Cities Fellow Nathan Zencey, include  crime reports, campaign and election data, construction and permitting information, and much more. (Sunlight Foundation)
  • Open data is key to robust disaster recovery efforts. "For public officials to effectively steer a recovery process and for citizens to trust in the effort, reliable, transparent information will be essential. Leaders and the public need a shared understanding of the scale and extent of the damage and which households, businesses and neighborhoods have been affected. This is not a one-time effort. Data must be collected and issued regularly over months and years to match the duration of the rebuilding effort." (Governing)
  • New tool using crowdsourced data to track pollution in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. "After Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, a nonprofit organization that uses satellite imagery to monitor the environment ...

14:17

OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #559 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Read Online Newsletter | #559 | What's On this WeekWelcome to Newsletter | #559 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 12th September 2017 to Monday 18th September 2017 63rd Tesselaar Tulip Festival Be amazed by the beauty of a million Tulips across 25 acres of farmland in the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. September 15th - September 17th - Turkish Weekend September 18th - September 21st - Over the Rainbow Week September 22nd - September 24th - Dutch Weekend September 25th - September 28th - Children's Week #1 September 29th - October 1st - Food, Wine & Jazz Weekend October 2nd - October 5th - Children's Week #2 October 6th - October 8th - Irish Weekend Tesselaar Tulip Festival 2017 Fringe Festival 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } 14 Sept 1 Oct | Victoria's most vibrant independent arts showcase, developing, championing and celebrating the independent arts. Fringe Festival | 400 events @ 160+ Venues Animaga Expo .nobrtable br { display: none } 16 Sep - 17 Sep 2017 | Cosplay Competition, Karaoke, Video Gaming, Card Gaming, Drawing Tuition, Mecha workshop, Maid Cafe, and more. Animaga Expo 2017 | Royal Exhibition Building 2017 Pirate Market .nobrtable br { display: none } Melbourne's annual Pirate Market returns for its 6th triumphant year, in joyful celebration of International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Saturday 16th September 2017 - Pirate Market @ 24 Moons (Northcote) Oktoberfest at Southgate .nobrtable br { display: none } Hophaus brings Munich to Melbourne for Oktoberfest 2017 so dig out your lederhosen and dirndl & come down for the fun at Hophaus at Southgate. Saturday 16 September until Sunday 22 October 2017 Hoptoberfest | Hophaus | Book Online Dancing In The Street A Tribute to Motown .nobrtable br { display: none } This high-energy Motown tribute brings the hits of Mary Wells, Stevie Wonder, The Supremes and all of Motowns superstars. Saturday 23rd September 2017 | Satellite Lounge (Wheelers Hill) Dancing In The Street | Buy Tickets Elvis ~ A Mega Star .nobrtable br { display: none } A live show starring Marcus Jackson, Australia's newest crowned Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist champion. Saturday 23 Sept | Elvis ~ A Mega Star | Club Italia (Sunshine) Call MTA Events for Bookings & Enquiries: 0417 729 167 | Hurry On This Week .nobrtable br { display: none } Israeli Film Festival, Australian Citizenship Day, Coburg Drive-In Food Truck Festival, Escape Week, Fetish Expo, Geelong v Sydney Swans, LEGO Friends at Harbour Town, Theatresports 2017, NRL Telstra Premiership Finals Series View Event Details Markets This Weekend .nobrtable br { display: none } Check Out these markets Wellbeing Market | Scoresby, Langwarrin Makers Market, Boutique Design Market - Preston, Cheeky Monkey Market | Caroline Springs, All for Kids Market | Preston, Bohemian Bul...

13:33

Amazon reviews of Hillary Clintons book show American polarization in one handy chart "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Hillary Clintons new book What Happened looks back at the 2016 presidential election and tries to answer, er, what happened. In the bookwhich is already selling like crazy on AmazonClinton talks about the impact of Bernie Sanderss grassroots campaign, Donald Trumps creepy debate behavior, and what she considers to be her biggest mistake during the election. The Continue reading Amazon reviews of Hillary Clintons book show American polarization in one handy chart

Hillary Clintons new book What Happened looks back at the 2016 presidential election and tries to answer, er, what happened. In the bookwhich is already selling like crazy on AmazonClinton talks about the impact of Bernie Sanderss grassroots campaign, Donald Trumps creepy debate behavior, and what she considers to be her biggest mistake during the election.

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