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Tuesday, 16 January

00:51

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

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Wooli Rd, Tucabia, NSW 2462
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: MVA/Transport
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 16 Jan 2018 04:47

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Monday, 15 January

22:32

M1 reopens after fatal tanker explosion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

SYDNEY   [AAP]

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

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

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

The male tanker driver was found dead at the scene, while the driver of the car was treated for minor burns and the third was uninjured.

The dead driver has not been formally identified, police said Tuesday.

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

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

About 15 hectares of bushland was burnt.

The Gwydir Highway has also reopened after a fatal truck crash yesterday at Jackadgery.

The post M1 reopens after fatal tanker explosion appeared first on Echonetdaily.

22:31

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Gwydir Hwy, Jackadgery "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Gwydir Hwy, Jackadgery, NSW 2460
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: MVA/Transport
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 15 Jan 2018 15:21

22:19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

22:01

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

1897 - NSW took over the government of Norfolk Island.

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

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

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

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

21:45

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Not testing for impairment

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

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

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

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

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

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

War on drugs

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

When a magistrate cant tell whether a person...

20:35

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

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

17:53

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

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

Source: RemedyTip

 

Physical Causes

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

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

...

17:09

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

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

Ajit Doval. Credit: PTI

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

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

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

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

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

Indias most powerful security bureaucrat, Doval was appointed by Modi in May 2014 and is only answerable to the prime minister. Doval is among the few to constantly have the ear of a prime minister who has c...

17:08

2018 Panic Cycle Year "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

JV

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

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

15:45

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

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

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

15:18

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

Phillip J. Watt, Contributor
Waking Times

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

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

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

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

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

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

14:51

SUNDAY SAFARI WITH MK & TOUCH SENSITIVE "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

8pm 12am, 28 January at the Beach Hotel

Its officially 2018 and now that youve had some time to dust off the hangovers after our epic Sunday Safari NYE Festival, its time to get back into party mode as we say a big gday to the Australia Day long weekend!

We wanted to start the year with a bang, so put your dancing shoes on and get ready to call in sick. As we present to you the biggest line up ever assembled at the Beach Hotel.

Australian taste maker Touch Sensitive will be slapping the bass, stopping in on his exclusive tour run for his debut album Lay It Down. Marc Kinchen aka MK is house music royalty and one of the worlds most in demand DJ/producers. Marc is a go to remixer for Lana Del Ray, Disclosure, Diplo and more, with his iconic remixes My Head Is A Jungle & See Right Through two of the greatest ever made.

As always, make a move or miss out. This isnt a matter of if it sells out but when. Early bird tickets sold out well in advance of MK being added to line up, its also our second last party of summer 17/18 and we would hate to see our favourite locals and regulars miss out on tickets.

General admission tickets are $25 available at www.sundaysafari.com.au

Keep update with set times etc by attending the facebook event page.

The post SUNDAY SAFARI WITH MK & TOUCH SENSITIVE appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

14:16

Forecasting a dangerous present and devastating future for Australia "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



Background warming associated with anthropogenic climate change has seen Australian annual mean temperature increase by approximately 1.1 C since 1910. Most of this warming has occurred since 1950. [Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Annual Climate Statement 2017

Bloomberg, 10 January 2018:

The road-melting heatwave that made Sydney the hottest place on Earth at the weekend may just be a taste of things to come. 

Temperatures in Australia are set to rise until around 2050 due to greenhouse gas emissions already in the atmosphere, according to the countrys weather bureau

Australia is one country where you really can see the signal of global warming, Karl Braganza, the Bureau of Meteorologys head of climate monitoring, told reporters on a call. Weve locked the degree of warming in until mid-century and that means its likely that one of the next strong El Nino events in the coming decade or two will set a...

14:15

The American Resistance has many faces and these are just some of them (19) "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Successful resistance at state level.....

Chicago Tribune, 4 December 2018:
President Donald Trump has signed an executive order disbanding his voter fraud commission.
A White House statement is blaming the decision on numerous states that have refused to provide voter information to the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.
White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says that, "Rather than engage in endless legal battles at taxpayer expense," Trump has signed an order to dissolve the commission and asked the Department of Homeland Security to determine the administration's next steps.
Critics saw the commission as part of a conservative campaign to strip minority voters and poor people from the voter rolls, and to justify unfounded claims made by Trump that voter fraud cost him the popular vote in 2016.
...

13:35

Deutsche Bank: A Global Bank for Oligarchs American & Russian, Part 2 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

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

See Part I here.


On March 10, 2017, US Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), the ranking Democratic member on the House Committee on Financial Service, wrote a letter to US Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX), the committees Republican chairman. In it, she requested that the committee conduct a formal assessment of the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation into Deutsche Banks Russian money laundering schemes.

This assessment would include a review of Attorney General Jeff Sessionss role in continuing the investigation. It would also involve determining the nature of Russian money laundering, including who participated in the arrangement, and whether violations of US law beyond failure to maintain anti-money-laundering (AML) controls may have occurred.

Waters made note of the various civil fines issued against Deutsche (covered in Part I). She called attention to the media reports that indicate the DOJ is investigating the matter, but then went on to express concern with the integrity of this criminal probe and whether senior bank officials will be held accountable given the presidents ongoing conflicts of interest with Deutsche Bank.

The letter further goes on to note that the suspicious ties between President (Donald) Trumps inner circle and the Russian government raise concerns that the Department may fail to implicate those who benefitted from Deutsche Banks trading scheme.

Waterss letter also reminds the chairman of Trump and his companies estimated $360 million in outstanding loans from Deutsche Bank. It raises the question of whether t...

13:15

Will The Obama Administration Ever Be Brought To Justice Over Its Iran Scandals? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

When the jaw-dropping details of the Obama administrations alleged decision to spike Project Cassandra emerged late last yearquashing a multi-agency investigation of a cars-for-cocaine terrorist financing schemeit raised questions about just how far Team Obama was willing to go in appeasing Iran to pursue its nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

As dumbfounding as it may have been for the Obama administration to supposedly knowingly permit a multi-billion-dollar terrorist-subsidizing drug ring to operate on U.S. soil so as not to scuttle Iran deal negotiations, 2018 began with the conclusion of a high-profile court case illuminating illicit Iranian financing schemes executed during the Obama years of even greater magnitude. The Obama administrations related actions raise questions regarding its tolerance for Irans flouting of laws during Iran deal negotiations, without any apparent consequence. These questions demand answers.

Paying Jihadis in Violation of U.S. Laws

A former U.S. Treasury official and current senior vice president at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), Jonathan Schanzer, with his colleagues extensively researched and briefed federal officials on these Iranian activities. He explores the case in a gripping article in The Atlantic aptly titled The Biggest Sanctions-Evasion Scheme in Recent History.

The trial focused on sanctions-busting schemes crafted by gold-trading Iranian-Turkish national Reza Zarrab that not only lined the pockets of Zarrab and high-ranking Turkish politicos with millions of dollars, but filled the Khomeinist Iranian regimes coffers with potentially upwards of $100 billion, both as the United States ratcheted up sanctions in the run-up to Iran deal negotiations and contemporaneous with the negotiations themselves.

As Schanzer reports, Zarrab

helped Iran evade sanctions with the help of Turkish banks in 2013 and 2014, yielding Iran an estimated $13 billion [via a sanctions-violating Iran...

11:59

Prayer and Meditation for Tuesday, January 16, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Tuesday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 312

Reading 1 1 SM 16:1-13

The LORD said to Samuel:
How long will you grieve for Saul,
whom I have rejected as king of Israel?
Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way.
I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem,
for I have chosen my king from among his sons.
But Samuel replied:
How can I go?
Saul will hear of it and kill me.
To this the LORD answered:
Take a heifer along and say,
I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.
Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I myself will tell you what to do;
you are to anoint for me the one I point out to you.

Samuel did as the LORD had commanded him.
When he entered Bethlehem,
the elders of the city came trembling to meet him and inquired,
Is your visit peaceful, O seer?
He replied:
Yes! I have come to sacrifice to the LORD.
So cleanse yourselves and join me today for the banquet.
He also had Jesse and his sons cleanse themselves
and invited them to the sacrifice.
As they came, he looked at Eliab and thought,
Surely the LORDs anointed is here before him.
But the LORD said to Samuel:
Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature,
because I have rejected him.
Not as man sees does God see,
because he sees the appearance
but the LORD looks into the heart.
Then Jesse called Abinadab and presented him before Samuel,
who said, The LORD has not chosen him.
Next Jesse presented Shammah, but Samuel said,
The LORD has not chosen this one either.
In the same way Jesse presented seven sons before Samuel,
but Samuel said to Jesse,
The LORD has not chosen any one of these.
Then Samuel asked Jesse,
Are these all the sons you have?
Jesse replied,
...

10:56

In Iran, protesters suicides are stirring anger and calls for accountability "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image may contain: one or more people

By THOMAS ERDBRINK

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TEHRAN, Iran Two of the detained young men killed themselves, and another was a terrorist who died in a clash with security forces, Irans government officials have declared with finality. But in an extraordinary display of audacity, many Iranians, including a number of lawmakers and a top entertainment star, have assailed such conclusions.

The three young men were among more than two dozen Iranians who died in the wave of anti-government protests that swept the country a few weeks ago, the most serious unrest to confront the Islamic republics political-religious hierarchy in nearly a decade.

The personal stories that have since emerged of the three have struck a nerve among many Iranians, who see glaring contradictions to the official accounts of the facts.

Their push for further investigation, including a parliamentary demand for an inquiry into the prison deaths, suggests that while the protests have largely subsided, the fallout in Iran may be just beginning.

This news of so-called suicides is making people angry; they demand answers, said Farshad Ghorbanpour, an analyst close to the government of President Hassan Rouhani.

It is unclear whether the anger signals a potent new complication for Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who as Irans supreme leader was a target of some of the protests, which began over economic grievances and quickly broadened.

But the willingness by members of mainstream Iranian society to publicly repudiate the narrative of the top judicial authorities is unusual in this country of 80 million, where such behavior can be risky and invite retribution.

Irans judicial authorities, in an update on Sunday about the aftermath of the protests and government response, said a total of 25 people had died and nearly 4,000 had been arrested. They also said that hundreds had been released, including 500 in Tehran.

The national prosecutor, Gholam Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, told a news conference in Tehran that none of the bullets found in those killed had matched types used by Irans law enforcement officers and military. Those who died in detention, he said, had committed suicide.

Presi...

10:22

Sydney unemployment heading to record lows? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

My work featured in today's SMH here...(or click image).

10:00

Who and What Will AI Serve? US and China Give Very Different Answers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Beijing (MPN Artificial Intelligence is a frighteningly powerful new tool and weapon. Who and what will it serve? In the U.S., tech giants Facebook, Google, and Amazon and their corporate agendas; in China, the needs of the public and the economy. These two models should be thought through now.

Speaking to a group of students in September, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a bold proclamation. Artificial intelligence is the future, he said, stating that this is a fact not only for Russia but for all humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.

Chinese Tech Show
Image: Wikimedia Commons

This single quote from Putin was cast in an ominous light by Western media, even leading SpaceX founder and the most recognizable critic of Artificial Intelligence (AI)  Elon Musk to warn that the race for AI superiority at a national level may be the most likely cause of a potential world war. While the Western media may want their consumers to believe that this was the latest development in the tactics used in Russian aggression and the next logical step from the dreaded ...

09:30

Q&A: How do climate models work? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In the first article of a week-long series focused on climate modelling, Carbon Brief explains in detail how scientists use computers to understand our changing climate

The use of computer models runs right through the heart of climate science.

From helping scientists unravel cycles of ice ages hundreds of thousands of years ago to making projections for this century or the next, models are an essential tool for understanding the Earths climate.

But what is a climate model? What does it look like? What does it actually do? These are all questions that anyone outside the world of climate science might reasonably ask.

Carbon Brief has spoken to a range of climate scientists in order to answer these questions and more. What follows is an in-depth Q&A on climate models and how scientists use them. You can use the links below to navigate to a specific question.

09:29

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Waterfall Way, Hernani "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Waterfall Way, Hernani, NSW 2453
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 15 Jan 2018 16:03

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Blue Luben Cl, Korora "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 10 Blue Luben Cl, Korora, NSW 2450
COUNCIL AREA: Coffs Harbour
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Fire and Rescue NSW
UPDATED: 15 Jan 2018 19:16

08:45

Man arrested after Mbah credit union break-in "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man has been charged after police allege he attempted to break into a credit union at Murwillumbah today.

During the early hours, (Monday 15 January 2018), security responded to an alarm at a credit union in Murwillumbah Street. As they arrived they noticed a number of cladding planks had been removed from the building and contacted police.

As police were driving to the scene they noticed a man walking nearby. He was searched and a number of items were allegedly located on him, including housebreaking implements. Police attempted to arrest the man and a violent struggle ensued.

The man was eventually handcuffed and during the scuffle it is alleged a police officer was bitten.

The man was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station and charged with break and inter with intent x 2, assault police, resist arrest, have face blackened/disguised with intent, possess safebreaking implements, possess housebreaking implements, malicious damage and eight warrants for break and enter offences in 2015.

The man was refused bail to appear in Tweed Heads Local Court tomorrow (Tuesday 16 January 2018).

The officer was treated for a minor injury.

The post Man arrested after Mbah credit union break-in appeared first on Echonetdaily.

08:30

BCDiploma soon deployed by Avenir Sant Afrique Service to reach out 1 billion Africans "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 In order to ensure the quality of training, BCDiploma and Avenir Sant Afrique (ASA) in cooperation with African training institutions, are partnering to set up an innovative certification and authentication tool for diplomas.

From 2018, Avenir Sant Afrique will deploy BCDiploma in Niger and sub-Saharan Africa.

This service will enable Africa to provide a recognized level of education and training to its 2 billion people predicted for 2040. By that date, Africa will represent 1 out of 5 workers on the planet and will be a global growth driver with an average growth rate of 6% per year.

Avenir Sant Afrique was founded by African and French health professionals.
Thanks to digital technology and managerial innovation, ASA facilitates and improves access to healthcare in Africa by establishing:
           Connected health cells of orientation and prevention (CSCOP);
           A personalized medical follow-up thanks to the integrated health record (DSI);
           An interoperable information system;
           A connected network of health professionals and facilities.

Avenir Sant Afrique, an approved player and privileged partner of the public authorities, manufacturers, laboratories and equipment manufacturers in Niger and many sub-Saharan countries, has decided to deploy BCDiploma in the following fields:
           Health professionals certification process (faculties, schools and training institutes);
           Approved data certification.

BCdiploma

Vincent Tossa, CEO of Avenir Sant Afrique: The convergence with BCDiploma will facilitate our recruitment process and ensure the quality of our staff. This will enable us to: show a high-performance level of patient orientation, improve the health system level in African countries and restore confidence in the global health system.

Luc Jarry-Lacombe, CEO of BCDiploma: The synergies between Avenir Sant Afrique and BCDiploma are huge: Avenir Sant Afrique has understood from the outset that BCDiploma answers the question of a certification service with sustainable, large-scale, reliable and cost-controlled deployment. Above all, Avenir Sant Afrique decided to use BCDiploma not only for certifications of medical staff...

07:47

LONE GOAT GALLERY LINDY LYNCH UPCYCLED "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A SURVEY OF WORKS BY LINDY LYNCH 2005 2018

19 JANUARY 20 FEBRUARY 2018 OPENING 6 8PM FRIDAY 19 JANUARY

Lindy Lynch is at the cutting edge, the grindstone and all the rest of a very modern Artists technique & trade. Sometimes in a playful harmonious manner, and other times with a driven, highly focused and manic intent. Buzz Sands. Breamlea, Victoria. January 2018.

In a post-pop, post-op, post-punk, post-hipster world, Art Sensation Lindy Lynch is both retroand visionary. Lindys work spans Outsider, Folk-art & Craftwork all the way to Abstract Expressionism, Cubism, Psychedelia & beyond.

Lindy creates shape and form from discarded, disused & disassembled materials and products; found objects in abundance amid a commercial, consumer, throwaway world not just to re-emergebut to be reborn & reassembled, beautiful and objectified in the inimitable Lindy Lynch style. Buzz Sands.

l never throw anything away.

The materials l use are all recycled or reclaimed goods. The mediums range from bamboo blinds, chairs and bed heads, rusted metal, nails and screws, driftwood, shells, rope from the beach, matches, paper, cardboard, plastics and electrical wire.

My art takes form from the materials l have collected and the sorting gives me the inspiration to create. From piles of discarded junk into pieces of art. Turning something old into something new and reducing landfill gives me great pleasure . Lindy Lynch. Mullumbimby Creek. 2018

T...

07:00

What Happens When You Use Blockchain to Fix the Food Industry "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Trust in companies is currently at an all-time low because of the constant pressure to lower costs in order to increase margins. To combat this, many companies are looking for ways to increase the level of trust their customers have in them. One way theyve thought of doing this is by using technology to document the flow of goods through their supply chain.

Trust as a pain point

As a customer, a constant worry when making any purchase is that the good will be counterfeit, or not up to the standard one expects when making said purchase. Until now, companies had to rely on the strength of their brand to build this trust in their supply chain. When customers buy Armani clothes or Jimmy Choo shoes, they are assuming that the good is representative of what should be expected from the brand.

But what if there were another way to verify the quality of the end product without needing to make your customer blindly trust in your brand? The answer comes from the power of Blockchain technology to identify and track your goods through the entire supply chain. When you have multiple parties participating, such as the manufacturer, distributor, retailer and the consumer, it helps to have a digitized method of building consensus in a supply chain.

Your food is an asset too

Although not as valuable an asset, these ideas can also be applied in the context of food safety. Food safety has long been an issue in China, and this extends around the world. Contamination is a major worry as death or illness can result from improper handling of food. It is not always possible to verify the quality of the original goods and most of the current processes are executed by manpower, which can be tampered with.

For regulators, this makes things much easier to track and measure than any of the previously offered solutions. There would then be a method of tracking the status of each product in the supply chain and transactions could more easily be monitored. Companies will love this because they can measure the upstream and downstream effect of any modifications they make to their supply chain, and consumers will be grateful for a method by which they can establish a trust in the system.

How would this system work?

The general framework of the system would be to have information tracking occur all through the supply chain, which would then result i...

06:09

Greenhouses Gases Are a Product of Civilization for Thousands of Years "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Do you believe we are going into an ice age?

ANSWER: No. At best we return to a mini-ice age and stop there hopefully. There are those who argue that a decline in solar activity, which they cannot deny, will not be enough to offset the human created Global Warming. There are so many things wrong with the Global Warming theories it is even hard to figure out where to begin. Long before the Industrial Revolution, the assumption was that our planets atmosphere was still untainted by human-made pollutants for it was somehow pristine. That assumption is dead wrong, but nobody wants to challenge it because if there were periods of human air pollution before, then perhaps their theory that this will destroy the planet and we will all burn to a crisp, as Christine Legard said, is nonsense.

All one has to do is read the contemporary accounts from ancient Rome. The residents of ancient Rome suffered from pollution that was primarily caused by burning wood to cook and stay warm rather than fossil fuels. There was a great smoke cloud they wrote about called gravioris caeli (heavy heaven). Others referred to it as infamis aer (infamous air). Complaints about this infamis aer and its effects can be found in classical writings. No sooner had I left behind the oppressive atmosphere of the city [Rome] and that reek of smoking cookers which pour out, along with clouds of ashes, all the poisonous fumes theyve accumulated in their interiors whenever theyre started up, than I noticed the change in my condition, wrote in 61AD Seneca the Younge...

06:09

How Will Interest Rates Double in Europe from Here "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Marty

 Thanks for all your guidance and help in navigating these markets. You mention rates are going up soon in Europe but how can the ECB achieve this when they are still implementing QE. I work in the European HY market and the technicals are horrible as so much money is flooding in chasing yield driving up leverage and deteriorating lending conditions. If rates do go up soon can we expect a spectacular unwinding of the HY bond market that has ground so tight due to CSPP?

Thanks so much, keep up the amazing work.

NS

ANSWER: Central banks can only control short-term rates for brief periods of time. They cannot control the long-end. The problem the ECB has is by backing off of QE, it will require private buyers to replace them, which will not happen at negative to low rates. The interest rates will be set by the private sector not the ECB. The QE program has degenerated from an economic stimulus to simply life-support for member states. The stimulus never made it past the governments and we have nearly 10 years of QE that has just failed completely. Once the government have to turn back to private buyers, that is when you will see rates rise sharply to try to sell new debt.

05:48

Chet Raymo, The Seat of the Soul "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Seat of the Soul 
by Chet Raymo

"It was not my first visit. I had been there once before to talk with the great man, to the Castle of Cloux, near Amboise, in the valley of the Loire. He had been living there since 1516, at the invitation of Francis I, king of France. He was 67 years old, bundled up in a thick fur wrap by a roaring fire. His face showed age but not infirmity. Long white hair fell about his shoulders. White beard. Thick, downswept brows shaded his eyes like awnings. A strong nose. And of course the mouth, serious yet generous, not unlike the mouth of the Christ he had painted on the wall of the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.

The king likes to surround himself with luminaries - artists, poets, philosophers, talented people of all sorts. Leonardo's reputation, of course, is known throughout Europe. It was inevitable that the king would draw him to France. A prize of war? So be it.

The last time I visited we talked about his paintings, only three of which had followed him to France. This time I wanted to hear about his anatomical studies. I had heard he had hundreds of drawings, recording the meticulous dissection of cadavers. "Might I see them?" I asked. Kindly, he aquiesced, and asked his young apprentice and friend, Count Francesco Melzi, to fetch several thick portfolios. As I carefully turned the sheets, I was stunned. Never had I seen such detailed representations of the human frame. Bones, muscles, tissues. Heart, lungs, stomach, liver. "From life?" I asked, forgetting myself. "From death," he replied with a slight smile. "Not so may years ago I had the privilege of working with Marcantonio della Torre, professor of anatomy at the University of Pavia. He gave me access to corpses."

As the thickly-annotated sheets slipped through my fingers I realized I was looking at something marvelous, a marriage of art and science.
...

05:30

Various roles "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

TAFE NSW South Region

05:11

Beachgoers urged to take care in powerful swell "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The lifesaving community has urged North Coast beachgoers to be cautious around the water this week as powerful swells prompted agencies to issue warnings about the hazardous surf conditions.

A powerful swell, peaking at more than 3.5 metres is expected to continue to build throughout Monday with the Far North Coast set to bear the brunt of the conditions, particularly on the incoming tide.

Similar conditions have been forecast for Tuesday with the entire coastline from Eden through to the NSW-Queensland border likely to experience the challenging swell.

Southern facing and open beaches are likely to be most heavily impacted.

NSW Lifesaving manager Matt du Plessis is urging the public to be aware of the conditions and to only swim at a patrolled location.

Unfortunately we have seen a number of tragic incidents at our beaches during the festive season and with the warmer weather the beach is still just as inviting ever.

Please take note of the safety warnings and if you have any doubt whatsoever about your ability to handle the water its better not to go in, said Mr du Plessis.

Lifesavers are using this opportunity to reiterate key safety messages.

The red and yellow flags are there for a reason and we urge you to make that effort to swim there. Weve had several instances of people being pulled from rips over summer so please take those few extra seconds to evaluate the conditions and to talk to the lifesaver or lifeguard on duty, Mr du Plessis said.

Additionally rock fishers in particular should be aware of a 13-second period swell so they need to be extra vigilant when getting on and off exposed platforms.

It is believed that these conditions will last until at least Thursday before gradually easing as the weekend approaches, though that can quickly change as forecast models are refined.

General Safety Tips during Hazardous Surf Conditions: 

  • Avoid rock fishing and water activities on exposed beaches/rock-shelves
  • Only swim at patrolled beaches, between the red & yellow flags. See the Beachsafe website for patrolled locations/times
  • Check the official Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecast before undertaking rock fishing and water activities
  • Boaties should seek advice from Marine Rescue NSW and always wear a lifejacket
  • If you witness an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero police

The post...

04:01

A Melt Up is Coming For US Stocks "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

  • All eyes turn to BHP and RIO this week
  • Why the shorts and sceptics need to get taken out for a blow-off top to happen
  • Plus, a common crypto question answered

US stocks got another big lift after we closed down for the week last Friday. The Dow put on over 200 points.

Thats enough to give Aussie stocks a boost in early trade this morning. The question is whether the rally can keep going.

All eyes will be on BHP and RIO. Their production reports are due this week. Things are looking primed to surprise to the upside.

In December, iron ore, coking coal, copper and oil traded at prices that were way higher than most forecast.

These production reports will guide analysts into their final estimates for dividends and full year profit.

A wildcard or two could come from an unexpected asset sale

A bullish signal for the US market
long term

Still, I cant help but feel the markets run over December has mostly priced in this good news.

However, the Aussie market could keep coasting off the momentum and strength coming out of the US.

Things are indeed looking bullish on that front. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that US investors are abandoning their defensive hedges.

Put options instruments that move into profit when the market goes down are falling away as investors cut the expense and opportunity cost of holding them.

It shows the fear of a big collapse in US stocks is no longer a major one.

You could argue that US stocks could see a sharper selloff if something happens to spook the market because of this.

Maybe in the short term. If youre a long-term investor, its not something to lose sleep over. The dips will be bought up, if you ask me.

If were to get what I expect a final melt up in stocks around the world, the short sellers and sceptics have to get taken out. Markets can only rise into a true major peak when theres no one left to buy.

Thats one reason I dont see the run in bitcoin finishing anytime soon. Theres still a lot of demand that can pour into this market from all over the world.

One of the worlds biggest exchanges is called Binance. Last week, Chief Executive Officer Zhao Changpeng told Bloomberg that Binance is adding a couple of million....

01:17

Lake Ainsworth battle heats up "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Preserving Lake Ainsworth protesters, Don Opie and Helen Fay-Kimber. Photo Jeff Dawson

Hot weather saw some several hundred protesters angrily press their point with Ballina Mayor David Wright that Lake Ainsworths eastern road should remain open, at a rally on Saturday (January 13).

But the mayor declined to change his position, and that of the council as a whole, that the road should be closed to benefit the ecology of the lake and a pedestrian precinct created on the eastern shore.

The group Preserving Lake Ainsworth Inc (PLA), who say 460 people signed on with them objecting to the road closure, argue that a large number of car parking spaces will be lost as a result of the plan and that council is looking at introducing paid parking elsewhere around the lake.

But the mayor has stated that the council has no plans for paid parking in the vicinity of the lake.

00:20

Chairman of Americans for Peace Now says Israeli Jews will never accept Palestinians as equals "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Jim Klutznick, the chairman of the liberal Zionist group Americans for Peace Now (and a political player in Chicago and an early Obama supporter), yesterday dismissed the idea of a one-state outcome in Israel and Palestine because Israelis will never accept Palestinians as equals. Klutznick responded to Palestinian pollster Khalil Shikaki, who said during a Peace Now podcast, that the "major driver" for Palestinian youth today is "democracy and equal rights," not what has driven Palestinian politics for the last 50 years, the desire for sovereignty. Shikaki said these young Palestinians see a Palestinian state as a, a delusion, and b, just another "corrupt inefficient authoritarian state," so they dream of equal rights with Jews in one state. Klutznick dismissed the idea: You brought up the word democracy. And I just wanted to make this observation... particularly as it relates to your youth who are interested in civil rights and democracy. It seems to me that democracy is the common thread between either of these two versions. The difference is that you will not get civil rights under one state. And the only answer here is an independent and sovereign state for the Palestinian people where democracy will have a chance to flourish within the context of Palestinian democracy. Because I don't believe it will ever happen in one state, with Israel never allowing there to be civil rights for everybody and an equal vote.

00:12

Nimbin to host medical cannabis workshop without Dr Pot "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Medical cannabis information is now available on a Federal Government website but the actual product remains difficult to source.

There will be one familiar face missing when the Nimbin Hemp Embassy hosts another medicinal cannabis workshop next weekend.

Dr Andrew Katelaris. (picture supplied)

Andrew Katelaris, also known as Dr Pot, has been a regular at the workshops but remains in jail after being arrested on 5 December following an appearance on television.

His court hearing is set down for November 5 and he has a bail hearing on January 24.
Hemp Embassy president Michael Balderstone said Mr Katelaris had attended every MEDICAN workshop at Nimbin, and pretty much every Mardi Grass in the past 25 years.

But after being arrested last year, he was refused bail because in the past he had refused to not continue helping people with cannabis, especially epileptic children.

Nevertheless, Mr Balderstone said the MEDICAN workshop would still feature a number of doctors, as well as visitors from America.

Three Aussies who have spent years in California learning the art of extracting the medicinal oil from the Cannabis plant will demonstrate (with legal herbs) and talk about their experiences in the legal medical Cannabis world of North America over both days this coming weekend, Mr Balderstone said.

Everyone who is keenly interested in this subject is urged to attend as its a rare opportunity for first hand conversation on a new science that is fast changing the face of health in some American states.

I am totally confident tha...

00:08

Why I have decided not to grow Kale this year. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


I am just a bit over Kale.

We are bombarded through the media with a constant dialogue on the benefits of, and recipes for this vegetable, but frankly I do not like it.

Give me a plate of steamed Broccoli any day.

I have been growing Kale for the past 5 or 6 years, being caught up in the you must grow and eat this fabulous vegetable hype that has  occurred over the last ten years.

I have eaten it in countless ways- salads, chips, stir-fries, sauted and juiced- both at home and in restaurants and still come to the same conclusion I dont really like it I can eat it but is it worth eating something you dont really enjoy. To me the answer is NO.

If you take any notice of modern media, it is almost implied that you are being remiss in your culinary responsibilities if you do not serve it up to your family as it is reputed to be the most nutritious of the cabbage (Brassicaceae) family.
And to be truthful, according to any nutritional analysis I can find, weight for weight, this is correct.
Here is a comprehensive nutritional analysis from a fairly reputable source; https://skipthepie.org/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/kale-raw/compared-to/broccoli-raw/

I would be the first to agree that the Brassicaceae family have nutritional benefits not found in many vegetables so agree we should be eating more of these plants.

However, having weighed 100 grams of Kale and 100 grams of Broccoli (see picture below) you need a lot less Broccoli then Kale to get the same amount of nutrition.

I can easily eat 200grams of Broccoli every day, effectively getting the same or more nutritional benefits of 100grams of Kale, but would struggle to eat 100grams of Kale every day.

Thus, if I am looking at trying to maintain effective levels of consumption of th...

00:05

Has govt breached its own shark-net disentanglement plan? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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

Following the declaration last week by a NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) official that contractors would not attend shark nets at Ballina to release an entangled ray, Sea Shepherd Australia and Humane Society International claim the department could be in breach of its own management plans.

Sea Shepherd Australias spokesperson Allyson Jennings said the group had sought preliminary legal advice which indicated that NSW DPI may have breached their management and fauna disentanglement plans one or more times.

This is unacceptable behaviour by the NSW Government who clearly cannot be trusted to administer its own plans and follow the legislation, she said.

Ms Jennings added the group would be seeking to take the matter further.

Jessica Morris, a marine scientist with Humane Society International, said the latest data showed harmless sharks, rays and turtles are being needlessly killed, and now the news [is] that DPI may be contravening their management plans, and could be in breach of NSW legislation.

We think its time our government recognises the trial as the huge failure it is.

Shark attacks are not the norm they are traumatic but they are rare, and we need to realise that nets are doing more harm than good. We cannot afford to lose any more of these animals due to a fear and falsehood about sharks, Ms Morris said.

Sea Shepherd has suggested that leaving any live animal to die in the shark nets creates an increased risk of human-shark interactions as passing marine predators such as sharks will seek the animal as a free meal.

It is time the NSW Government stops providing the communities of northern NSW a false sense of security. There are non-lethal options available to be implemented right now at these beaches. Ocean users deserve better protection than this farcical trial and our marine life does not deserve to die. Ms Jennings said.

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00:00

A Pint of Purpose "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Orkney Tourist Board strongly advises not going to Orkney to see the Northern Lights. It admits that yes, you can see the Northern Lights in Orkney, but if youre visiting purely to do so, youll most likely end up disappointed.

So here I am, in Orkney, for no reason other than to see the Northern Lights and yes, Im disappointed. Thanks to the unyielding presence of clouds, the closest thing Ive seen to stars is the local cover band on New Years Eve who, credit where credits due, were phenomenal.

A prominent Scottish lecturer with a particular interest in Orkney described the climate as the most vile under Heaven, and it wasnt for dramatic effect. With this knowledge, youre probably asking, like every other person, why I came to Orkney, and the answer is I couldnt afford Iceland. I cant afford to be in Scotland either, to be perfectly honest, so Im making the most of it, leaving Orkney and heading to the Scottish highlands in a couple of days.

I tell this to Martin, who is staying in the same hostel.

Now let me see, Martin says. Youll arrive Thursday, so thatd be curry night. Youll be there Friday too, and thats fish n chip night and thats even better. Tuesday is steak night, Wednesday is chicken night, and you already know Thursday is curry night. Youll get a pint with your meal too, all for under six quid.

Martin is taking me through the weekly menu at Wetherspoons, a chain of UK pubs known for cheap booze. I last visited one in 2012 and watched a girl vomit in the mens bathroom. I wasnt there specifically to watch a girl vomit; it was just a byproduct of the aforementioned prices. Say what you will about Wetherspoons, theyre surprisingly progressive with their policy on gender-neutral toilets, however unofficial it is.

They call it club night, they do. Now Tuesday, thats steak club. Wednesday is chicken club. Thursday is curry club and then Friday

I cut him off. Fish n chips club?

Aye, it is too, he says, but we call it Fish Friday my favourite.

Martin has visited either 700 or 701 Wetherspoons in his 72 years and plans on having a drink at them all. I Google how many there are, and it turns out that in 2015 a British woman, Mags Thomson, already completed this questionable feat. Shed drunk at 980 establishments by the time shed finished and, statistically speaking, shouldve vomited in at least 452 mens bath...

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23:51

Financial Times Blasts New York Mayor De Blasios Climate Stunts "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Guest essay by Eric Worrall The Financial Times asks, if De Blasio is so hot on tackling climate change, why does he ride in a SUV every day when he visits the gym? New Yorks easy answers on climate change Fixing infrastructure would be better for the city, and the planet JANUARY 13, 2018 6

23:42

Mystery of the South Lismore Duck Pond monster "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Duck Pond at South Lismore. (Darren Coyne)

It may not be as glamorous as the Loch Ness monster but South Lismore locals reckon they have their own  mysterious monster living in the Duck Pond.

A number of witnesses have reported seeing what they believe to be a juvenile bull shark swimming about in the relatively shallow pond at the western end of the reserve.

The Duck Pond is not connected to nearby Leycester Creek, so if the reports prove accurate, the shark would either have found itself stuck in the pond following the flood last year, or been placed there by a cheeky fisher person.

A juvenile bull shark caught near the Lismore Rowing Club last week. (Scott Bendall, Facebook)

Noreen Colley, owner of the Duck Pond cafe in Union Street, said she was beside the pond last week when she noticed a wake in the water.

A short time later there was a commotion and a number of ibis took off, however Noreen maintains there was one less ibis than before.

I saw what appeared to be a fin gliding through the water and the shark looked to be about four foot long, she told Echonetdaily.

We watched it for quite some time.

The sighting was confirmed by her grandson Riley.

During a subsequent search in the area, this reporter and others also spotted something making a wake as it moved about the shallow waters.

Overgrown vegetation alongside the pond made a closer inspection impractical however the three intrepid shark hunters were sure they spotted what appeared to be the wake of a something as it moved about in the shallow water.

South Lismore Duck Pond Landcare secretary Mark Bailey said National Parks and Wildlife Service would be notified to find the best course of action if indeed it was a bull shark.

The Duck Pond reserve is a popular area for peopl...

23:37

Byron parking officers out in force over holidays "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Read the fine print: Council signage at Venture Park, Brunswick Heads, on the basis of which parking fines have been issued. Photo Grant Nettleton

The holiday period was busy for Byron Shire Councils enforcement team with 11 staff working early and finishing late.

Some 200 fines were handed out for illegal camping and another 900 for parking-related issues.

Shannon Burt, the councils director of sustainable environment and economy, said there were no holidays for the enforcement team, who responded to ongoing concerns from our community about illegal campers and their behaviour and to let these people know that setting up vans and camping on beaches and in residential streets is not okay any time of the year.

In all, 1,119 infringement notices for a range of offences, including illegal camping and parking, were issued over the Christmas-New Year break.

Ms Burt said the team worked across all the public holidays, starting at 3am and finishing at midnight, to send the message to illegal campers that they need to pay to stay.

Enforcement staff wrote 218 infringement notices for illegal camping.

They issued a further 901 penalties for other offences including parking fines, which also take in  people setting up their vans and sleeping in their cars in no parking areas.

Of those parking fines, 124 were at Seven Mile Beach Road at Broken Head,.

While we welcome holiday makers to the Byron Shire and hope they enjoy their stay, there is no place here for people who think they are entitled to park and camp wherever they like, Ms Burt said.

She added that residents and visitors who are paying for their accommodation do not want to see tents on our beaches or in car parks and people setting up their vans in residential streets.

Despite it being peak season there were still reasonably priced sites at some caravan parks in the Byron Shire so it is clear that the people who were camping illegally were doing so because they wanted free accommodation close to the beach, she said.

Many of the complaints we get are from residents who are tired of illegal campers and Im confident they were pleased to see our Enforcement Officers out and about over the...

22:55

THE AUSTRALIAN reports on Queenslands long drought (not a mention of climate change) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Farmers in distress as devastating drought enters its sixth year  The Australian, January 15, 2018, RICK MORTON, Social Affairs reporter, Sydney @SquigglyRick

Almost five years after drought was last officially declared in Queensland, two-thirds of the state, or 120 million hectares, is in the grip of a dry so long and grinding that many who can afford to have forgotten it even exists.

At the end of last year, 35 council are...

22:49

Australias extreme heat here to stay. #ClimateChange #StopAdani #Auspol jpratt27 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

How Australias extreme heat might be here to stay By Adam Morton Hobart A section of highway connecting Sydney and Melbourne started to melt. DRIVERS were being urged to take caution while heading towards Melbourne on the Hume Highway. A stretch of the road began to melt at Broadford in hot weather on Friday afternoon. []

via Australias extreme heat here to stay. #ClimateChange #StopAdani #Auspol jpratt27

22:46

Five Ways Schools Destroy Childrens Freedom (And What To Do About It) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Jennifer Lade

Parenting for Freedom article series: This is the fourth in a series of articles that analyzes how freedom-loving people can align their parenting with their political philosophy, and how doing so will allow ideas about personal liberty to carry on to the next generation.

If youre a freedom-loving parent, youre probably doing all you can to give your children autonomy in their own lives. Youre treating them well in the present. But youre also looking to the long-term goals of raising self-reliant adults who desire freedom for themselves and others. When your kids are with you, you treat them with respect and love.

But what other influence is undermining your message?

The answer: institutionalized schooling.

By their very design, schools restrict the freedoms of individuals to encourage conformity and obedience. Our public school model has its origin in Prussia, the defunct German kingdom that promoted universal schooling beginning in the late 17th century. The goal was not education, but social engineering. Dr. Peter Gray, a research professor of psychology at Boston College, wrote in his book, Free to Learn:

The primary educational concern of leaders in government and industry was not to make people literate, but to gain control over what people read, what they thought, and how they behaved. Secular leaders in education promoted the idea that if the state controlled the schools, and if children were required by law to attend those schools, then the state could shape each new generation of citizens into ideal patriots and workers. (p. 60)

Throughout the 19th century, countries across Europe enacted compulsory education in state-run institutions. In America, it all started in my home state of Massachusetts with Horace Mann. In 1852 he led the charge to require attendance in free community schools for all...

22:35

Greens to push Australia Day date change "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Greens are pushing to change the date of Australia Day ceremonies. Photo Australia Day website

The Greens are actively throwing their support behind the campaign to change the date of Australia Day.

Greens councillors across the country who launch local campaigns to move the January 26 date have been told they can count on the full support and resources of the national party.

All Australians want a day on which we can come together and to celebrate our wonderfully diverse, open and free society but January 26 is not that day, Greens leader Richard Di Natale told Fairfax Media on Sunday.

Its time that we stop papering over an issue that for 200 years has been so divisive and painful for so many of our citizens.

Indigenous leaders have been pushing for the change in recent years, saying January 26 marks the date the First Fleet landed in Sydney Cove in 1788, marking the beginning of British colonisation.

However, there is a great deal of resistance from different quarters to the move, including from the Turnbull government.

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22:27

Byron Bay man stole credit card from backpacker "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Byron Bay man has been arrested after allegedly stealing a credit card from a backpacker and going on a spending spree.

The card was stolen at a Byron Bay Beach on December 8 and police allege over the next few days the credit card was used at numerous supermarkets to purchase food, drinks and cigarettes valued at $493.33.

Following an investigation, a 35-year-old man from Byron Bay was arrested on January 8.

He has been charged with dishonestly obtain property by deception and bailed to appear before Byron Bay Local Court January 18.

Punch-up after drinks stolen from supermarket

About 3.20pm on Tuesday, January 9, it is alleged a 30-year-old female from Woy Woy entered a Byron bay supermarket where it is alleged she was seen to steal drink items to the value of $10.00.

Three different staff members were outside and it is alleged she punched two of them, causing no physical injury, and spat in the face of another before walking off with the stolen property.

About 4pm the next day (January 10) police located the female in a park in Byron Bay. She was arrested and charged with shoplifting and assault.

She was bailed to appear before Byron Bay Local Court February 1.

 

 

 

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22:14

Biker hospitalised after Tweed smash "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Westpac Helicopter doctors attended to a man who came off his motorbike on Tweed Valley Way on Sunday (January 14).

The Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter attended a motorbike accident on the Tweed Valley Way, near Murwillumbah, on Sunday afternoon (January 14).

Reports from the scene state that the male motorcyclist was ejected from the bike and suffered leg fractures.

The helicopters critical care medical team along with local NSW Ambulance paramedics treated and stabilised the male rider who was subsequently transported to the Tweed Hospital in a stable condition.

The post Biker hospitalised after Tweed smash appeared first on Echonetdaily.

22:09

Men charged with intimidating and assaulting police "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Two men have been charged over altercations with police in separate parts of the Tweed over the weekend.

About 2.00am on Saturday the (January 13) police were called to Murwillumbah unit complex after complaints of a male causing trouble.

On arrival police sighted a 36-year-old man from Murwillumbah, who began screaming at them.

The man allegedly threatened to stab officers and police say he approached them in such an aggressive manner they were forced to use OC spray to avoid being assaulted.

He was taken to Tweed Heads Police Station where it is alleged the man spat all over the dock walls. The man was charged with intimidating police officers, behaving in an offensive manner and causing malicious damage.

He was refused bail to appear before Tweed Heads Local Court on January 15.

Police assault & drug possession

About 3.45am on Friday (January 12) police were called to a park in Tweed Heads after complaints that noisy people in the area were keeping residents awake.

When they approached a parked car, the occupants immediately became aggressive towards police.

A 29-year-old male Terranora began thrashing his arms around and allegedly pulled a plastic resealable bag from his pants and threw it onto the ground. The man was eventually detained and he and the car searched.

Police allegedly found over 30 grams of cannabis and 15 grams of MDMA.

The Terranora man was charged with assaulting officer in execution of duty, possessing a prohibited drug and supplying a prohibited drug.

While police were struggling with the Terranora man it is alleged a 29-year male from Tweed Heads West intervened and pulled police away from the other man.

He has been charged with resiting an officer in execution of duty and assaulting police in execution of duty.

Both men were bailed to appear before the Tweed Heads Local Court February 5.

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22:05

Western Civilization VS Sh%$tholes Race & How to Save the West "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The mainstream hypocrites are in an uproar because Trump referred to some countries as sh&%holes, while simultaneously they call fly over country and the south even worse. In this video I castigate the Alt Media and Alt Right for not offering anything beyond biological determinism, which has built NO civilization. Civlizations are built on theology, philosophy, race and/or ethnos, as well as other aspects of culture, like language.

The means to save civilization is found first in repairing the altar, not the throne. Only Orthodoxy has the entire *worldview* necessary as well as the social and cultural answers and power western, atheist man craves and lacks. The Byzantine symphonia model and the balance of the one and the many, grounded in the faith of our common millennia of Church Fathers has the answers simply look at their Cathedrals.

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22:00

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

1790 - The Bounty mutineers saw a light on and thought they pop in to Pitcairn Island. Somehow I think they've overstayed their welcome of late...

1809 - Bennelongs brother-in-law, Gnung-a Gnung-a Murremurgan, was found dead behind the Dry Store (present Sirius Park, off Bridge Street). His children and his brother Old Phillip face a spear ordeal.

1820 - Joseph Hainey, Richard Simonds, Charles Graham, Joseph Ashmore, William Aubray, James Lunt and Wright Morris absented themselves from their respective employments at Newcastle. Constables and other required to use their utmost exertion in apprehending and lodging them in custody.

1822 -  One hundred Aborigines, some from Jervis Bay to the south, greeted Governor Macquarie at David Allans Farm at Red Point, near Port Kembla. Many of them called him by name.


1824 - Robert Grant was Hanged at Sydney for returning from Port Macquarie in defiance of his commuted sentence. Originally condemned to death in 1822 for horse theft.

1831 - Edward Bowen, Hugh Duffy and Patrick Feeney were Hanged at Sydney for burglary and putting in fear in the house of John Town, Upper Hunter (Goulburn River).

1834 - Nine convicts were shot dead in an insurrection on Norfolk Island in unsuccessful attempt by convicts to overpower guards. Those who took part in the mutiny included: Robert Douglas, Henry Drummond, James Bell, John Butler, James Brady, Patrick Glenny, Michael Anderson, Lawrence Duggan, William Groves, Henry Knowles, John Geeson, William McCullough, William Murphy, Christopher Quin, Joseph Snell, William Reilly, Charles Doran, Philip Eaton, John Hall, Thomas Freshwater, John Pritchard, Robert Ryan, John Toms, Buchanan Wilson.

1838 - The Hobart Town Police Report of this day stated that a convict, Caroline Sye "complained of her husband, a Chinaman, for ill-usage, which she failed to prove; and as she insisted she would not live with him, she was allowed to retire to the factory on probation, and on receiving a good report to be favored with a country residence."

1839 - The first US Consul in Sydney, J.H. Williams, took up office.

1845 - The first issue of the Portland Bay Examiner was up for grabs.

1848 - Correspondence to Constable Ledgerwood- Complaints having been made by Mr. Child of Hexham to the effect that great irregularities and gross breaches of the licensing act are practised at the Half Way Public House kept by James  Hannell and the same are allowed to pass unchecked and unobserved. You are required to exercise a more strict superintendence over the House in question and to use your best exertions to put a stop to the nuisance chiefly complained of -ie allowing servants to be idle and drunk on the premises and Sunday trading with liquor.

1861 - Thomas Clancy was Han...

21:51

French media: It's "beautiful" to be invaded by migrants "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sicily has borne much of the brunt of the large wave of migrants coming into Italy. But despite this, the mayor of Palermo has declared his love for migrants saying that the future of Italy is "Google and Ali the immigrant". Mayor of Palermo Leoluca Orlando declared his love for newly arrived migrants from Africa, most of them coming into the country illegally claiming to be asylum seekers, in a largely pro-migrant article published by French centre-left newspaper Libration. "If you ask me how many immigrants there are in Palermo, I do not answer 60, 70, or 80,000. Anyone who arrives in Palermo is a Palermo," Orlando said. "The future has two names: Google and Ali the immigrant. Google expresses the virtual connection and Palermo is today the best wired and computerised city in the entire Mediterranean. Ali the migrant represents the human connection. We want to be a welcoming and modern city," he added. Around a million people have arrived in Italy in the last three years from Africa. Although the number arriving has considerably declined after the Italian government enacted stricter rules of conduct on pro-migrant NGO ships, many migrants remain in Italy.

21:40

(Video) Enlighten Up -- The Red Pill, Rabbit Holes, Hollywood & Waking Up from the Dream "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"



Published on Jan 14, 2018

Released: Nov 9, 2017
Have you ever experienced a moment in time when everything you thought to be true was crumbling into a pile of false lies? Michael, Lisa, and Nicole are going to share with you which parts of their worlds came crumbling down and could be described as their 'red pill moment'.

But what happens when you drop into that rabbit hole to see where it leads you? How far can it take you? Should you come up for air? Should you bring people with you? Is it better to perhaps live in ignorance or 'blue pill bliss'?

And what is happening to Hollywood? How deep does that rabbit hole go?

Waking up from the dream can be a traumatic event and usually drops us into a real life nightmare. Join us for episode 021 and see what happens on the other side!

If youre enjoying the show, please subscribe in iTunes and write us a review! This is what helps us stand out from the crowd and help people find a refreshing spin on spirituality with a great blend of credible advice and entertainment.

To learn more about who we are you can visit us at www.enlightenup.us and if you have any questions you would like answered on our show please send them in to info@enlightenup.us or to our twitter account @EnlightenUpUs

And don't forget to follow us on Instagram, FB, Twitter, and Youtube for show updates as well as upcoming short videos from us.

21:17

Russians think their biggest enemies are US, Ukraine, EU "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Two thirds of Russians believe their country has enemies in the international arena, with the US, Ukraine and the EU topping the list, a fresh survey by independent pollster Levada Center has revealed. According to research conducted in early December, 66 percent of respondents considered that Russia has enemies, while 21 percent believed that the country exists in a peaceful international environment. Levada Center has been carrying out similar surveys for the last 23 years. The highest result in response to this question was recorded at the beginning of the Ukrainian conflict in 2014, when 84 percent of those surveyed said that Russia had enemies. When asked to specifically name Russia's foreign enemies, the majority of respondents - 68 percent - singled out the US, which is no surprise as relations between Moscow and Washington are at their lowest in decades over accusations of election meddling, the imposition of sanctions, and other issues. Second-placed Ukraine was far behind the US on the enemy list on 29 percent, followed by the European Union on 14 percent. Poland, the Baltic states and other former Soviet republics, Germany and the UK were also among the answers.

20:48

Artefacts dating back to Ice Age found by villagers near Thirsk, UK "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

VILLAGERS are going public on an astonishing range of historic finds, discovered during a massive archaeological exploration. Volunteers have found more than 2,500 artefacts - many going back thousands of years to the last Ice Age - which give tempting glimpses into the history of the tiny community of Thornton-le-Street. The village between Northallerton and Thirsk is at the centre of a 98,000 heritage Lottery Fund project exploring Roads into the Past. On Saturday, February 10 organisers will hold an open day, when there will be displays and talks on some of the artefacts uncovered so far, with experts on hand to answer questions.

20:15

Recipe: Green Vegetable Bake. "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The half demolished Bake
I am always looking for recipes that utilise our abundant garden greens. The accompanying picture looks unappetising but the leftovers were refridgerated


 1. Collect your greens and any other vegetables. I prefer to use tomatoes in a salad rather than a bake but I use any of the following in a mix of greens :

Small chokoes  pumpkin leaves, Katuk Okinawa Spinach, Ceylon Spinach, spinach silver beet or beet leaves Surinam Spinach Brazil Spinach  sweet potato leaves  some chili or capsicum leaves capsicum various herbs spring onions Moringa leaves and flowers cooked Chaya Spinach Tree leaves cooked Warrigal Greens mustard rocket zucchini 

2. Rinse well if required.

3. Fry some garlic and onion in oil (I prefer olive oil but coconut oil also works) .

4. In a 'kitchen whizz' chop a layer of hard vegetables such as pumpkin and carrot with the cooked onion and garlic. Add an egg or two and some cream or a little milk or yoghurt. Season. Also add some tasty cheese or feta cheese.

5. Layer the chopped vegetables in an oiled or buttered oven proof dish.

6.  'Whizz"/chop the green vegetables along with some seasoning,  eggs and a little milk or cream and add as another layer to the ovenproof dish. Keep the amounts of liquids small because the greens generate plenty of liquid. If you like you can just mix everything into one layer.

7. Bake for close to an hour in a moderate oven until dry on top.

8. Optional: Top with cheese (feta, tasty or parmesan) and bake for another 5 minutes.

9. Serve warm or cold with a salad.

See also:

Eat your Pumpkin leaves and links to vegetable recipes using indigenous plants

20:10

In which Craig becomes a Samira Ahmed-style snowflake... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Me

Today's Radio 4 Profile of Oprah Winfrey, presented by the accomplished John Peel impersonator Mark Coles (one of those people who always sounds as if they're being sarcastic even when they aren't being sarcastic), featured the following anecdote: 
Mark Coles: And there were plenty more says Sandra Pinckney, who shared a flat with Oprah Winfrey for a while. 
Sandra Pinckney: Oh my God, her dates! I mean, this one night she was going out. It was a Friday night. She said, "Sandra, when he comes don't say one word to me!", and I said, "What are you talking about?". So the doorbell rings and I'm waiting for her to answer the door. She's nowhere to be found. I answered the door  and [laughing] here's this guy. I mean, with all respect to short people, I mean, he was short and he was very funny-looking. And [laughing] so I said, "Oh! Well, come in and let me just get Oprah. She's ready. She's somewhere. Just hold on". I looked into my room, the closet, her room, the bathroom. And then I heard something in her closet. I opened the closet door [laughing] and there she is sitting in the dirty clothes hamper, hysterical, tears running down her eyes cos she knew what this guy looked like, and she knew what I was thinking.
Well, I have to say, as a short, funny-looking man myself, I found that anecdote grossly offensive and am appalled at the BBC for broadcasting it. 

I will be writing to Newswatch, Feedback and Points of View and tweeting about it endlessly for the next five years until Mark Coles, Sandra and Oprah are sent to join Toby Young...

19:24

Mike Rowe schools a woman who labels him an anti-education, science doubting, ultra-right wing conservative. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This is great. Mike Rowe, of Dirty Jobs does a weekly podcast/Facebook posting called How I Heard It.  His Off the Wall segments are always enlightening, because, Rowe dishes out some of his characteristic common sense by answering a question or comment from a fan, or in some cases, someone who isnt a fan at

19:17

Collected evidence that DOJ and FBI colluded with Fusion GPS on "Operation Trump" "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Following the released transcript of Fusion-GPS Co-Founder Glenn Simpson's testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee by Senator Dianne Feinstein, several media outlets have begun questioning the relationship between the FBI investigators, Glenn Simpson and dossier author Christopher Steele. What we have discovered highlights the answer to those relationship questions; and also answers a host of other questions, including: Did the FBI pay Christopher Steele? Yes, but now how media has stated. Was the FBI connected to the creation of the Steele Dossier? Yes, but again, not the way the media is currently outlining. The motive within the FBI/DOJ surveillance of the 2016 campaign of Donald Trump is simple. However, to understand how they did it - the story becomes more complex. Some key background understanding is necessary.

19:04

On Being a Social Justice and Peace Activist "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Browsing the Internet, one can find a deluge of entries on social justice and peace activists, but very little about their own introspections on how they see and feel themselves as activists.

Seeking to fill at least partially that void I aim to explore in this article what it is like to be an activist in America for social justice and peace. I will do this in four ways.

First, since this journal is read by activists with varying levels and types of activity I will ask them about their activism. How would you answer the following questions?

Your Activist Self Checklist

a) Type and Degree of Feelings

Minor (e.g., anguish, ashamed of America, disgust, guilt for not doing more)?

Moderate (e.g., despair, determination, hopelessness, resignation)?

Intense (e.g., alienation, anger, burnout, paranoia, suicidal)?

Unusual (e.g., pride in fighting the corpocracy)?

b) Activities:

Armchair Activist? Street Activist? Activist Elsewhere? Professional Activist?

Percentage Yearly Time Spent on Activism:

Minimal (25% or less)?

Moderate (More than 25%)?

Extensive (50% or more)?

c) Experiences and Degree of Hardship:

Minor (e.g., inconvenience)?

Moderate (e.g., inclement weather, harassment)?

Extensive (e.g., physical confrontation, injury, detainment, trial, prison)?

Anyone higher on the scale for all three categories could be considered in my opinion a supreme patriot who is suffering a lot for that patriotism in its purest sense (i.e. not my country right or wrong, but, my country, please do no wrong). I should think such a patriot would feel a sense of pride mixed with other feelings.

Second, I will tell you about myself as I see myself. My score for the last few decades would waver between minor and moderate. Except for once participating several years ago in a protest at the local office of a U.S. Representative, all my activism has been from afar, sitting unharmed and comfortable at my computer desk (my family calls it the cave where I disappear to grumble and write). That one time was so pathetic it was disgusting. I had responded to an e-mail from the NGO, Move On.org Political Action Team requesting that I join with others in my community to protest outside the local office of said politician who was on recess. A few of us showed up holding signs (I had made my own). He never came out to hear us or talk to us because he was either not there or hiding....

17:59

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

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Lot 2 Moonee Beach Rd, Moonee Beach, 2450
COUNCIL AREA: Coffs Harbour
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Fire Alarm
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 15 Jan 2018 03:44

17:39

Philippines: Easier, more beneficial for Congress to amend the restrictive economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution than to change the entire form of government Many of us do not have a full grasp of federalism, "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 

The senators stressed they are open to amending the Constitution, including its political provisions, and were only pointing out the complexity of changing the form of government as well as the many questions from the public that need to be answered by federalism advocates. Philstar.com/File Photo

Paolo Romero (The Philippine Star) January 15, 2018 12:01am

MANILA, Philippines It would be easier for Congress to amend the restrictive economic provisions of the 1987 Constitution than to rewrite major sections in the Charter that may require extending the term of officials so the country may shift to a federal system, senators said yesterday.

Senate Majority Leader Vicente Sotto III and Sen. Francis Pangilinan, chairman of the Senate committee on constitutional amendments, made the remarks as the panel prepared to conduct a hearing on Wednesday on various Charter change (Cha-cha) bills.

The senators stressed they are open to amending the Constitution, including its political provisions, and were only pointing out the complexity of changing the form of government as well as the many questions from the public that need to be answered by federalism advocates.

Sotto said relaxing the restrictive economic provisions to attract foreign investments was easy using a formula whereby the phrase unless otherwise provided by law is simply included in the provisions.

The phrase, Sotto said, does not pave the way for a rewrite of the Constitution, but allows Congress to make amendments to give the country some flexibility or take advantage of economic opportunities whenever they arise.

Prudence dictates that federalism will require a long debate because many of us do not have a full grasp of federalism, Sotto told radio station dzBB.

He said Speaker Pantaleon Alvarezs timetable of holding a plebiscite for the proposed amended Constitution to coincide with the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections this May can be doable if only the economic provisions will be touched.

We cant pr...

16:35

The Euro on Yearly Models Let the Crazy Times Roll "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Reviewing the private blog, at the end of 2016 on December 31 you wrote When it comes to the Euro, the Major Yearly Bearish Reversal lies at 10365 and the intraday low for 2016 was 10352 closing the year at 10513. This too warns that we may not be ready to meltdown just yet. You called for the Euro rally into the German elections but it did not reach the 125 and stopped at 120. Then for the close of 2017 you wrote on the private blog: On our Yearly Models, we have had THREE Directional Change targets all back-to-back from 2017 to 2019. From a technical perspective, we achieved an outside reversals to the upside in the Euro making 2017 the low but closing above the 2016 high. We never quite reached our target in the 125 level, so it appears we still have time to do this here in the coming New Year. You also wrote: The year-end signals we achieve in the Euro for the closing of 2017 will be significant for the overall tone of what is to come reflecting how fast things will develop. Our models are reflecting a sharp rise in volatility in 2018 as well.

My question is this. With three yearly directional changes from 17 to 19, I assume this means choppiness. Your volatility models show a sharp rise in 2018 as well. Do you think we can really reach the 128 or 135-140 level by March?

HS

ANSWER: In order to create the greatest amount of chaos, you always have to swing to extremes. If we are going to really create total havoc that will bring down the monetary system as we head into 2021 and force some sort of a new Bretton Woods, the only way to do that is a dollar rally. A dollar decline means sovereign debts issued by other nations in dollars will be devalued encouraging them to issue more. The way to break the system is only a dollar rally which forced Roosevelt to devalue the dollar back in 1934 and it forced the Plaza Accord in 1985 that gave birth to the G5. The US always wants a lower dollar to reduce the trade deficit. This is Trumps policy as well. The market will NOT be that forgiving.

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15:42

Addressing Monumental Frustrations "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Mariana Trench jellyfish discovered in 2016
During the process to nominate the Mariana Trench Marine National Monument as a National Marine Sanctuary overlay, three issues repeatedly popped up during discussions I had with the community. Some community members disapproved of the Antiquities Act to protect federal resources, many found frustration with the lack of promised benefits accruing, and there was concern and confusion about how the military interacted with the monument. There were of course other questions that arose, but these three issues came up time and time again.

I discussed these three issues at great length with many people. I learned a lot from these discussions, both in terms of information that was shared with me, and questions that were asked that I then helped find the answers to. I think its important that these discussions continue, and want to put some of these ideas down on paper so that others can read about it and make up their own mind.

But first, Id like to provide some history on the monument for context. To paraphrase Maui from the Disney film Moana, we can only know where we are by knowing where weve been. That will help us see where we are going.

Background
It has been more than 10 years since we began advocating for the protection of the waters surrounding some of the Northern Islands in the Marianas. It has been a lengthy journey with steps and missteps made along the way. In the beginning we advocated for protecting the waters far north of all of the inhabited islands, while now much of the focus is on the Mariana Trench.

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14:23

Raped & Murdered Girl, 8, Becomes Political Pawn "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 

Riots have erupted over the rape and murder of 8-year-old Zainab Ansara (inset)Riots have erupted over the rape and murder of 8-year-old Zainab Ansara (inset) (Photo: Video screenshot)

The horrific tragedy of Zainab Ansari, an eight-year-old girl who was raped and murdered in Kasur, Pakistan, has the attention of the whole world. Its heartbreaking and gut-wrenching to read the news and see her parents sorrow.

Recently, 10 other girls have been sexually assaulted in a similar way in Kasur, while law enforcement have been impotent. These are only the reported cases because many go unreported for fear.

True, there are riots and protests all over Pakistan about Zainabs brutal attack. Two have died and others wounded, but there are some key questions that have yet to be answered.

Why is it that law enforcement have not taken any action until now when there have been previous cases of sexual assault? The reason these cases were hushed up is because rich and powerful feudal landlords may have been involved, so the assaults were pushed under the table. In some cases, money was given to the family, or they were threatened to stay silent.

No one has been caught and convicted, because if that happens, it will start a chain reaction in which the so-called gentry will be stripped naked and dishonored. The lives and honor of the young victims are no match for the powerful and political.

Zainabs murder is symptomatic of a much larger problem that is not being addressed. Children in Pakistan are vulnerable to religious schools and extremist organizations. Madrassas are mushrooming all over the country with little or no accountability about who is running them and what is being taught. There are no statistics about child molestation, rape, sodomy and battering all of which are rampant.

There is no secular education, let alone sex education, which the religious clergy are deadly against. All mullahs have issued fatwas that sex education is vulgar. In a patriarchal and misogynist society, young...

14:16

Remember the man who spent millions unsuccessfully seeding clouds and more money chasing the myth that NSW coastal rivers could be turned inland? "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



Well, Mr. Turnbull as Australian Prime Minister returned to his favourite pastime last year - spending other peoples money on dubious water projects - and is holding fast to yet another hare-brained proposal, Snowy 2.0.

Financial Review, 4 January 2018:

Nine months ago Snowy Hydro, the electricity generator and retailer owned by the Commonwealth, Victoria and NSW governments, announced that it would be carrying out a feasibility study into a massive expansion of the Snowy hydro generation system to add 2000 megawatts of pumped hydro generation capacity. Snowy Hydro's announcement of the feasibility study followed an earlier announcement from the Prime Minister that Snowy 2.0 was expected to cost $2 billion.

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14:15

As Australian Treasurer goes all gung-ho on planned company tax cuts it is wise to consider just what the country's international tax ranking is right now "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


While Federal Treasurer and Liberal MP for Cook Scott Morrison is waxing lyrical about Trumps tax cuts in the US and those Turnbull Government planned company tax cuts, it might be a good idea to see where Australia is positioned with regard to its international tax ranking.

According to the US Tax Foundation's Center for Federal Tax Policy Australia has an overall ranking as the 7th best among OECD countries and 25th out of a field of 35 when it comes to company tax rates.

Even with current changes to the US tax system it is hard to see the US suddenly coming from 30th place to 6th place or better and so become more competitive than Australia already when it comes to taxation generally.


Country
Overall Rank
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13:40

The Rush to the Euro with QE Ending? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; You have been calling for the dollar to decline against the Euro and it should test the 125 level. Do you see the dollar continuing to decline which then breaks the back of Europe with deflation and then everything flips?

WK

ANSWER: Last year was an outside reversal to the upside meaning it made a new low since 2008 reaching 10341 and then closed above the 2016 high. That confirmed we should see a lower dollar in 2018 and our target in the 125 level has been slow in coming. There is no reversal of fortune without a closing above 140. Our minimum target was 12570 with the next forming at 12890. Thereafter, we reach the major resistance in the 135-140 zone. The technical resistance begins just shy of 124.

The Euro is rallying because the ECB is seen to be abandoning its QE program which has failed. The rush to the Euro is the assumption that with higher rates, at last money will come home. We still have a minefield of political issues. Creditors are dissatisfied with the lack of austerity in Greece as well as Italy. Our critical turning point remains March 2018.

The crisis yet to unfold is will there be buyers of European debt to take up what the ECB has been buying? This is part of our forecast with rising rates and the more they rise the worse the budget will get. There is just no way out of this crisis without serious reform. So people rushing into the Euro thinking this is a turn-around long-term for the dollar will be shown that the old saying fools rush in where...

13:34

Prayer and Meditation for Monday, January 15, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 311

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Jesus Appears to the Disciples After the Resurrection by Imre Morocz

Reading 1 1 SM 15:16-23

Samuel said to Saul:
Stop! Let me tell you what the LORD said to me last night.
Saul replied, Speak!
Samuel then said: Though little in your own esteem,
are you not leader of the tribes of Israel?
The LORD anointed you king of Israel and sent you on a mission, saying,
Go and put the sinful Amalekites under a ban of destruction.
Fight against them until you have exterminated them.
Why then have you disobeyed the LORD?
You have pounced on the spoil, thus displeasing the LORD.
Saul answered Samuel: I did indeed obey the LORD
and fulfill the mission on which the LORD sent me.
I have brought back Agag, and I have destroyed Amalek under the ban.
But from the spoil the men took sheep and oxen,
the best of what had been banned,
to sacrifice to the LORD their God in Gilgal.
But Samuel said:
Does the LORD so delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
as in obedience to the command of the LORD?
Obedience is better than sacrifice,
and submission than the fat of rams.
For a sin like divination is rebellion,
and presumption is the crime of idolatry.
Because you have rejected the command of the LORD,
he, too, has rejected you as ruler.

Responsorial Psalm  PS 50:8-9, 16BC-17, 21 AND 23

R. (23b) To the upright I will show the saving power of God.
Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you,
for your burnt offerings are before me always.
I take from your house no bullock,
no goats out of your fo...

12:01

Gilad Atzmon and Islam "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Introduction GA: In the following book review Jay Knott suggests that  Being in Time scores a very high mark on many fronts, however, the text fails to attack Muslims and Islam. In the last two decades I have been accused of many things but this is the first time I am criticised  for 'not being an Islamophobe.' I have met Knott before and I think that regardless of the peculiar premise of this text,  it deserves attention. 

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Gilad Atzmon and Islam

Book Review by Jay Knott

A review of Being In Time a post-political manifesto, Gilad Atzmon, Skyscraper Publications, 2017

There is just one point where I have encountered a difficulty  Russell to Frege, 1902.

I introduced a talk by Gilad Atzmon, and organised a reading group to discuss his first book, The Wandering Who?, about Jewish identity politics. We had many criticisms of it.

The new book is much broader, and better. I have only one major criticism. This article is about that criticism, but though as a result its mostly negative, I actually think this book is a major contribution to understanding the times we live in. It explains Donald Trump, Brexit, the left, identity politics, political correctness, and especially, US support for Jewish supremacy in the Middle East. It is undogmatic, finding inputs from a wide range of sources. Atzmon even manages to get something useful out of the book The Bell Curve while rejecting its central premise, IQ. I mostly agreed with much of Being in Time.

But chapter four, United Against Unity, woke me up with a jolt.

But what about Hammed, a metal worker from Birmingham? Hammed identifies as a Muslim can he join a Left demonstration against the War in Syria? Its a good question and the answer is not immediately obvious because its no secret that many of those who subscribe to progressive and liberal ideologies and especially activists...

11:38

Trump Administration plan sees deterrence in new nuclear firepower "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

WASHINGTON (AP) With Russia in mind, the Trump administration is aiming to develop new nuclear firepower that it says will make it easier to deter threats to European allies.

The plan, not yet approved by President Donald Trump, is intended to make nuclear conflict less likely. Critics argue it would do the opposite.

The proposal is spelled out in a policy document, known officially as a nuclear posture review, that puts the U.S. in a generally more aggressive nuclear stance. It is the first review of its kind since 2010 and is among several studies of security strategy undertaken since Trump took office.

In many ways it reaffirms the nuclear policy of President Barack Obama, including his commitment to replace all key elements of the nuclear arsenal with new, more modern weapons over the coming two decades.

It says the U.S. will adhere to existing arms control agreements, while expressing doubt about prospects for any new such pacts. The Trump nuclear doctrine is expected to be published in early February, followed by a related policy on the role and development of U.S. defenses against ballistic missiles.

Where the Trump doctrine splits from Obamas approach is in ending his push to reduce the role of nuclear weapons in U.S. defense policy. Like Obama, Trump would consider using nuclear weapons only in extreme circumstances, while maintaining a degree of ambiguity about what that means. But Trump sees a fuller deterrent role for these weapons, as reflected in the plan to develop new capabilities to counter Russia in Europe.

The Huffington Post published online a draft of the nuclear policy report Thursday, and The Associated Press independently obtained a copy Friday. Asked for commen...

09:41

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09:13

The thirty-eight minutes in which Hawaii thought Trump had finally pushed North Korea too far "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


The New Yorker, 13 January 2018:

Residents of Hawaii received this warning on their smartphone screens 
Saturday morning from the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency.
Photograph Caleb Jones / AP

A little after 8 a.m. today, Hawaii standard time, an alert was sent to cell phones in Hawaii: ballistic missile threat inbound to hawaii. seek immediate shelter. this is not a drill...

02:31

The gang crisis our leaders help create "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

What is it about the African gang crisis that's so disturbingly familiar?

In case you haven't been paying attention, Melbourne is supposedly in the grip of a crime wave. Not on the basis of statistics, which show arson, property damage, burglary and theft down (sexual offences and robbery are up), but on the basis of a series of front page articles over summer in the Herald Sun and also The Australian about African gangs, most of them South Sudanese.

Victoria's opposition wants to recall Parliament.

Federal minister Greg Hunt, whose day job is Health Minister and who last year had to apologise to the Supreme Court for calling it soft, says African gang crime is "out of control". Prime Minister Turnbull says he is alarmed by "growing gang violence". And Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says people are scared to go out to restaurants "because they are followed home by these gangs".

It's feeding on itself. A nationalist group says it's planning a rally on Sunday in order to "take a stand on the streets". African Australians are being harassed and worse by vigilantes who are suddenly emboldened. Police say a Daily Mail photographer helped create the latest "flare-up" by taking close-up photos of a group of Africans socialising.

"The teenagers had been doing nothing of public interest prior to the photographer's decision to move in," a memo reported by The Guardian says. The Mail labelled the scuffle that it helped create "the latest gang flare-up" and boasted that its pictures were "exclusive".

It is familiar because it happened in Sydney with Lebanese Muslim youths (remember the Cronulla riots?) and before that with "Asian gangs" in Cabramatta. In Adelaide a decade ago it was the "Gang of 49". There never was a Gang of 49, but The Advertiser coined the term to describe 49 mainly Aboriginal youths the police said they were looking for.

The catchphrase had incredibly unfortunate consequences. Former police say it created gangs. Dispossessed, often homeless, y...

02:15

Coal is now the biggest threat to energy security "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Worried the electricity system won't keep up over summer? Worry about coal. Seriously.

One of the four giant units at Victoria's ageing Loy Yang A power station broke down on Tuesday night at 11.05, taking out 230 megawatts, and then at 1.10 on Wednesday morning after being partially restarted, taking out what by then was 161 megawatts.

When demand soared during Sunday's heatwave, the Eraring plant on Lake Macquarie in NSW lost 275 megawatts. A few minutes later, Loy Yang A lost 264 megawatts.

On New Year's Day, unit 1 of Millmerran in Queensland stalled, taking out 156 megawatts. On December 28, unit 2 of Tarong in Queensland stalled, taking out 314 megawatts. On Boxing Day, unit 4 at Loy Yang stalled, taking out 528 megawatts. On Christmas Day, unit 1 at Gladstone stalled, taking out 230 megawatts, then unit 1 at the Tallawarra gas plant in NSW, taking out 187 megawatts. And so on, back to the start of summer.

When unit 3 at Loy Yang shut down without warning on December 14 taking out 560 megawatts and imperilling the entire system, the new Tesla battery 1000 kilometres away in South Australia sprang into action ahead of the coal-fired power station that was contracted to restore stability. It proved to be "dispatchable" in a way coal-fired power stations are not.

Age, heat and the steady encroachment of renewables are destroying the only advantages coal-fired power stations ever had.

When Treasurer Scott Morrison stood up in Federal Parliament and waved around a lump of coal in a stunt unworthy of his office, he said coal was an important part of ensuring a "more certain" energy future.

But he was speaking about the past.

Coal-fired power stations didn't used to get critically hot as often as they do now. The February 2017 heatwave that took out 2438 megawatts in one day in NSW might have once been a once-in-500-year event. Now it's a once-in-50-year event and perhaps soon a once-in-five-year event. The calculations are by the Australia Institute's Mark Ogge and Hannah Aulby in a study of the risks to energy security entitled Can't Stand the Heat. Ogge is the person who has been keeping a record of power station outages.

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02:09

What a job? Move to NSW "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

It's the easiest to find a job since the mining boom.

The latest count from the Bureau of Statistics shows there were a record 216,000 job vacancies in November and 661,400 Australians out of work, the lowest total since 2012.

The ratio of 3.1 means there were roughly three job seekers for each vacant job, a step up from November 2016 when there were 3.7.

In NSW, the state with the best odds, there were only 2.2 job seekers for each vacant job, one of the lowest ratios ever recorded. A year earlier there were 2.7.

While Victoria has recorded the biggest improvement, the odds remain nowhere near as good as in NSW. There were 3.1 unemployed Victorians trying to get each vacant job in November, down from 4.2 a year earlier.

In Queensland the odds improved from 4.5 per vacant job to 3.9, in South Australia from 6.1 to 5.7, in Western Australia from 4.7 to 4.3 and in Tasmania from 7.9 to 5.7.

In the Northern Territory the odds remained little changed at about two unemployed per vacancy, and in the Australian Capital Territory they slid from 1.6 to just 1.3. But the ACT figures are unrealistic because they are biased downwards by the number of ACT workers living outside of the territory and the number who come from interstate for jobs.

The better odds in every state reflect both a surge in the number of vacancies, from 69,000 to 81,500 in NSW, and from 45,400 to 57,500 in Victoria, and also a drop in the number of Australians identifying as unemployed.

A near-record 383,300 more Australians have found work in the past 12 months, almost all of them full-time.

Construction vacancies have ju...

02:05

Why Treasury told Turnbull about negative gearing "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Malcolm Turnbull knew or ought to have known that the claims he made about Labor's housing policy during the election were likely to be wrong.

The Treasury pointed it out in the lead-up to the campaign.

Ramping up his rhetoric in order to win the election, Turnbull said Labor's plan would "devalue every home, every property, in Australia".

It would "smash up home values", "pull the rug out from under the property sector".

It was "a big sledgehammer" aimed at the property prices.

Except that the Treasury didn't think so, and had spelled out its reasoning in a memo delivered to treasurer Scott Morrison as Turnbull was sharpening his lines.

Far from disowning the memo, the Treasury has spent much of the past two years arguing that its contents reflected its genuinely-held opinion.

Fighting to prevent its release to the ABC under the Freedom of Information Act, it told the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner that publication would harm its "ability to provide candid and confidential advice to ministers in the future".

Here is that candid and confidential advice. Labor wanted to limit negative gearing to newly-built homes. Losses from investments in other homes and shares could still be deducted from income, but only from investment income. Existing investments would be unaffected. And the capital gains from those investments would be taxed more heavily, at three-quarters rather than half the income tax rate.

Treasury said the changes would have a "relatively modest" effect on prices.

Returns for investors would fall. But owner-occupiers, unaffected by the changes, would be "likely to limit the extent to which is an impact on prices".

"Overall, price changes are likely to be small, though the composition of ownership may shift away from domestic investors," the candid assessment concluded.

Labor's policy, or cut-down versions of it, has been supported by the Property Council, the Business Council, the head of the Abbott government's Commission of Audit, the head of its review of the financial system, the Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe, the Institute of Company Directors, and the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia.

Treasury, but not Turnbull, thou...

02:01

Bob Avakian: "Why do people come here from all over the world?" "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In the face of the white supremacist attacks by Donald Trump on immigrants from Haiti, Africa, El Salvador and elsewhere, this clip from a talk by Bob Avakian answers the question "Why do people come here from all over the world?"

01:54

Deutsche Probe Brings Action from US Rep. Maxine Waters "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

President Trump held a joint Press Conference on Wednesday with Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway. This was the first opportunity for the press to query the President about the size of his nuclear button, or the recent reality show he put on at the White House with congressional leaders over DACA, meant to demonstrate his stable genius, and also answer questions about a rumored Robert Mueller interrogation.

I was wondering just what her excellency must have thought, when the press pretty much ignored her while President Trump repeated a multitude of denials with regard to any collusion with Russia.

In Norway, the prime minister and cabinet are collectively accountable for their policies and actions to the monarch, to the Storting (parliament of Norway), to their political party and ultimately the electorate. In practice, since it is nearly impossible for a government to stay in office against the will of the Storting, the prime minister is primarily answerable to the Storting. If the prime minister loses the confidence of the Storting, he or she must resign.

While I was pondering her Excellencys musings, I received an email from a representative of Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), an estimable member of the American Storting. Waters is a ranking member of the congressional committee monitoring the Department of Justice and Treasurys long-term investigation of Deutsche Banks Russian money laundering, known as mirror trades.

Rep. Waters had apparently read the WhoWhatWhy article I wrote on Deutsche Bank and wanted to inform me that her office had written to Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin and requested that he recuse himself from any oversight of that investigation, and anything else relative to President Donald J. Trump and his businesses. Waters also wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, demanding to know the current status of the mirror trades investigation.

While she was at it, she wrote to the current CEO of Deutsche Bank demanding all documents related to Trump and the Trump Organizations interactions with Deutsche Bank. And she asked whether Deutsche Bank had laundered any money for Trump as Steve Bannon, one of Trumps erstwhile advisers, reportedly told Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

Waters, ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, has been exploring the ties betwee...

00:57

"What Life Expected From Us..." "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

"It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life - daily and hourly. Our answer must consist, not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual...

There is also purpose in life which is almost barren of both creation and enjoyment and which admits of but one possibility of high moral behavior: namely, in man's attitude to his existence, an existence restricted by external forces. When a man finds that it is his destiny to suffer, he will have to accept his suffering as his task. He will have to acknowledge the fact that even in suffering he is unique and alone in the universe. No one can relieve him of his suffering or suffer in his place. His unique opportunity lies in the way in which he bears his burden...

What matters, therefore, is not the meaning of life in general, but rather the specific meaning of a person's life at a given moment...

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way...

Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible."
- Viktor E. Frankl, "Man's Search for Meaning"
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00:22

Western Civilization VS Sh%$tholes Race & How to Save the West Jay Dyer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The mainstream hypocrites are in an uproar because Trump referred to some countries as sh&%holes, while simultaneously they call fly over country and the south even worse. In this video I castigate the Alt Media and Alt Right for not offering anything beyond biological determinism, which has built NO civilization. Civlizations are built on theology, philosophy, race and/or ethnos, as well as other aspects of culture, like language.

The means to save civilization is found first in repairing the altar, not the throne. Only Orthodoxy has the entire *worldview* necessary as well as the social and cultural answers and power western, atheist man craves and lacks. The Byzantine symphonia model and the balance of the one and the many, grounded in the faith of our common millennia of Church Fathers has the answers simply look at their Cathedrals.

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00:19

Fiona Reilly: Tuning Into Your Own Vibration "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Tuning Into Your Own Vibration

by Fiona Reilly; Wake Up World

Source: Rise Earth

There is such liberation and joy in finding ones own vibration and unleashing it fully in the world. Can you think of a time when you were in touch with and living true to you? A time when you were in your strength and power. What does it feel like? Strong, free, vibrant, playful, joyful, liberating, empowering these are some of the words that come to mind. Yet for many of us, remaining in touch with our own vibe is a challenge. The world is full of distraction and its easy to be pulled out into something other than our own truth and beingness.

In our current world there are so many influences that try to make us like everyone else. Ingrained social conditioning places much emphasis on doing and success is often based on things such as material gain and power. From an early age we are given roles that may not necessarily be in our best interest. We are encouraged to behave well, study hard, find a good job and make lots of money and so forth Society doesnt place much value on being, expressing or creativity just for the sake of it. Our own unique expression and vibration is not widely respected.

However, the full expression of our selves is so inspiring, fulfilling and worthwhile. We dont need others to tell us how to be or what to do, inside we have all our own answers. When we surrender and let go of any external demands, we can find true love and joy. Sometimes there is the temptation to look to the outer world to provide us with solutions and to be a source of our peace and happiness.



We may find being true to our own vibe difficult because of insecurities or lack of self....

00:00

KPN Shows Support for NEO by Hosting a Consensus Node in Their Data Center "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

No one can deny cryptocurrency is about much more than just Bitcoin. That is a positive development, as Bitcoin is not perfect. Nor does it have all of the answers to our problems either. It is a good currency at times, but right now, its not in the best of shapes. As a result, mainstream companies are slowly showing an interest in other currencies. KPN, for example, has decided to host a dedicated NEO consensus node in their data center. An interesting decision by the Dutch telco.

There is an interesting future ahead for all currencies that are not Bitcoin. Especially those which offer something entirely different from established currencies. NEO is similar to Ethereum in some ways, yet completely different in other aspects. So far, this altcoin has seen great success throughout 2017. It seems that powerful trend will continue into early 2018. Especially when they have some big announcements to make in the coming months.

KPN Sees Merit in NEO and the Smart Economy

One of those announcements has to do with KPN. Most people know this company because its one of the largest Dutch telecommunications companies to date. Surprisingly, KPN decided to hop on the NEO bandwagon. More specifically, the company will host an NEO consensus node within their data center. That in itself is a rather surprising development. Then again, the giant has shown an interest in NEO and the smart economy before. It seems they are only now putting their plans into action, which can have some interesting consequences.

One could argue this news has no major impact. At the same time, the telco giant purposefully chose this altcoin over all other cryptocurrencies on the market. They are seemingly not interested in Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin or XR. Instead, they want to support NEO and become a part of the smart economy. It is an interesting development which will have major consequences. What those consequences might be, is anybodys guess right now. It is a ma...

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23:14

Is your smartphone making you unhappy? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

(Journalists Resource) Theres abundant speculation that our smartphones make us less happy. Twitter: saps your attention. Facebook: fills you with FOMO. Email: your boss is barking directives again.

A new paper in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology finds science behind the speculation. The researchers, from the University of British Columbia and the University of Virginia, conduct two experiments that show smartphone distractions reduce how much we enjoy one thing repeatedly shown to make humans happy: face-to-face social interactions.

In the first, 304 participants each had dinner with a small group of friends or family. Half were told to keep their smartphone handy for a questionnaire, which would arrive by text, about the meal. Half were asked to turn their phones to silent and stash them away, instructed that they would receive questions later by paper. After the meal, all participants answered questions about how much they enjoyed their social interactions, how connected they felt, how distracted or bored. Lastly, participants reported how much they used their mobile phones; this response was compared with video footage of the meal (participants consented to being recorded, but didnt know why they were being videotaped). This part of the study found that:

  • Participants who used their phones known as the phone condition reported significantly lower interest and enjoyment than those in the phoneless condition.
  • Participants in the phone condition reported feeling more distracted and slightly more bored.
  • We found that phone use had a small negative effect on well-being.

In the second experiment, the researchers surveyed 123 American public-university students by text message five times a day at random for a week, asking them how they were feeling and what they had been doing for the last 15 minutes. Over 41 percent of responses occurred while participants were interacting with someone face-to-face. While using their smartphones, these people reported feeling:

  • more distracted and more bored;
  • less interested in their int...

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