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Thursday, 21 September

00:54

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Clarence Way, Baryulgil "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: 7181 Clarence Way, Baryulgil, NSW 2460
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 1 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 20 Sep 2017 22:41

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Dinjerra Rd, Glenugie "bellingen IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: 566 Dinjerra Rd, Glenugie, NSW 2460
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 3 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 20 Sep 2017 19:21

00:45

NSW to consider assisted dying laws "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

NSW Nationals MP Trevor Khan, who is introducing assisted dying legislation into the state parliament. Photo NSW Nationals

NSW Nationals MP Trevor Khan, who is introducing assisted dying legislation into the state parliament. Photo NSW Nationals

SYDNEY  [AAP]

Terminally ill NSW residents aged over 25 would be able to end their own lives with medical help under legislation bound for state parliament.

Nationals MP Trevor Khan is one of the key figures behind a cross-party voluntary assisted dying bill to be introduced on Thursday.

Mr Khans motivation is a personal one, having watched his father die after suffering a stroke.

I thought what he went through isnt necessarily what others should have to go through, Mr Khan told AAP on Wednesday.

A raft of safeguards have been added to the bill after a public consultation received 72 substantive submissions.

Some of those safeguards include an external assisted death panel to review all cases put forward, as well as the requirement of a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist to oversee the process to prevent elder abuse.

In the face-to-face forums we have held the primary concern received is that the bill doesnt go far enough, Mr Khan told AAP.

This is nothing like the European model, what we are proposing is much more conservative.

But its better to get 70 per cent of something than a mouthful of ashes.

Various state and national public polls reflect strong community support for an appropriate assisted dying bill but several key politicians will not support the legislation.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian continues to oppose the bill, describing voluntary euthanasia as a difficult issue.

I personally havent been able to bring myself around to supporting the bill, Ms Berejiklian told reporters on Wednesday.

Victorian MPs are also debating voluntary assisted dying legislation, which would apply to adults with a terminal illness and life expectancy of less than 12 months.

Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the legislation, introduced to the states parliament on Wednesday, contained strict and guidelines and strong p...

00:07

Theres no time like show time "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Murwillumbah Showground, now open for use by recreational vehicles for overnight camping.

Murwillumbah Showground. Photo supplied.

Its gearing up for show time in Murwillumbah and this year the annual show will run for the 117th time.

Organised by the Tweed River Agricultural Society board members and volunteers, preparations for the event to be held on the first weekend in November are well underway.

Its now all systems go for Peita Gardiman who has just been appointed secretary Peita stepped up to fill this  very important role at a late stage in the organisation of the annual show.

Ms Gardiman is pulling out all the stops to make this years Murwillumbah Show something to remember and is working hard to keep the show tradition alive in the years to come.

Its such a great day out for the whole family, she said. Its a fixture in everyones calendar. Its a wonderful feel and celebration of farming, the countryside and outdoor life. I think thats why people love it.

Peita says the show movement is one she is pleased to be involved with. I thank the people who invited me to become a part of the Murwillumbah Show. Being involved with a show with this much history gives you a feeling of achievement and satisfaction in creating something for someone elses enjoyment. I would recommend everyone to become involved in the Show.

Show society President Allan Campbell welcomed Ms Gardimans enthusiasm and says the show is looking at combining the traditional elements we all know and love with new exciting exhibits and headline entertainment. We want to keep people coming back time and time again for many more years to come.

After two successive years of financial losses the Agricultural Society has only sufficient funds for the coming 2017 show. To ensure the ongoing viability of the event the Society is introducing a gate fee this year to be sustainable and to p...

00:00

Winners for local sustainable building "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Zephyr Leung won first prize in the under 16 category. Photo supplied.

Zephyr Leung won first prize in the under 16 category. Photo supplied.

Seagulls Club played host to Councils Living for the Future Home Expo which included the announcement of the winners for the 2017 regional Sustainable House Day Build It Local design competition awards and view the design entries on display.

Organisers we very happy with the entries and several prizes were awarded in four categories, Professional, Community, Peoples Choice and a Young Designers prize.

This years winner of the $1000 Red Neds Professional Category with a Build it Local theme, which challenged designers to use local materials and labour, was Brisbane and Ballina based architects Aardvarc.

Aardvarc designer Leah Brown said the competition was an opportunity to take design a step further beyond standard practice, and into a realm of unknown possibilities.

This annual event opens an opportunity each year for us to think about how we live and what we really do need to live, minimising our footprint in the process. Designers having to think outside the box creates a pathway for sustainable change to follow.

Children, mum, dads and local governments follow with interest hoping for new ways to promote a more sustainable lifestyle.

Aardvarcs winning design focused on upcycling the Murwillumbahs industrial materials to create a sustainable housing project. Inspired by abandoned sugarcane wagons from the disused Murwillumbah Rail, the house focuses on climatic adaptability with a proposal for a moving roof.

Judges Michael Leung, Zana Wright, Ben Grant and David C Harris all felt it was an awesome use of local/recycled materials, which give the design a real sense of place.

The Judges also have plenty of  praise for second place winner Jaye Irvings Hemp House, which featured at the Open Homes Day on Sunday saying it was a wonderful design and great use of material.

The winner of the $500 Enova Community Category Daniel Stewart wasnt able to make it on the day but was thrilled to have won. The judges agreed that his design captured used a lot of crea...

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Wednesday, 20 September

22:46

'City'-like area constructed by octopuses discovered in Australian bay "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The discovery of an underwater city built by octopuses, dubbed Octlantis, has led researchers to conclude the mysterious mollusks aren't the loners we thought they were. Octopuses have long been thought solitary creatures, with mating typically the only meeting between the two sexes. The creatures always go their separate ways afterward. However in Jervis Bay, off the coast of New South Wales, Australia, researchers recently discovered a 'city' built by octopuses on rocky outcrops using piles of old shells.

22:17

Mother Demands Answers After Son, 8, Put in Restraints and Injected on First Day of School "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A Toronto-area mother is searching for answers after she says her son was taken to a hospital alone in the back of a police car, placed in restraints and injected with a sedative because he was acting out on the first day of school.

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22:17

7 Ways to Take Care of Yourself When You Are in A Dysfunctional Relationship "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Dysfunctional relationships can make life a lot more difficult than it has to be. In the modern day society, we are forced to have many different relationships through work, school, and our personal lives!

Society has forced us antisocial introverts into forming relationships and dealing with other people on the regular. Typically when one hears of a dysfunctional relationship they are thinking of an intimate one or with family members. However, dysfunctional relationships can take on many forms! You know that coworker that is always giving you hell for no reason? Exactly. We all know life would be easier without them in our ear, but we dont really get to pick and choose everyone we have in our lives. However, there are many different tips on managing a dysfunctional relationship.

1. Dont Enable Them

One of the easiest ways to take back control of a dysfunctional relationship is by not enabling them. If you have an alcoholic family member that is causing you grief it would be a much better idea not to leave your wine out in front of them. If a boss is always picking on you then assess the issues of your own job description and nothing more.

2. Try to Understand

Everything we do is a chain reaction from a reaction we had to something else. Everyone does everything for a reason, even if they arent positive things. If you have a dysfunctional relationship with someone try to tap into their own issues. Figure out what is provoking your boss to pick on you.

3. Dont Feed It

When that person starts doing acts that cause even more tension between the two of you simply refuse to feed into it. When they start bickering at you do not bicker back. Two wrongs dont make a right.

4. Be Realistic

When dealing with an extremely stressful dysfunctional relationship your brain will start to try and find possible solutions. It looks for any possible outcome to escape the grief of the relationship. Dont let yourself make answers and solutions for the other person. Dont expect them to automatically change. This mindset will cause you to become confused.

5. Empathize

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21:54

Brian Houston of Hillsongs sisters Beverly Houston and Maureen Bradshaw comment on my blog-site "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The writer Donald Elley

The writer Donald Elley

 

The following comments were made by Beverly Houston and Maureen Bradshaw, Pastor Frank Houston the founder of Hillsongs older daughters, on this blog site on 18 and 19 September 2014.

These comments were made just prior to Brian Houston and other Hillsong and Australian Christian Churches (ACC) leaders appearing at the Royal Commission into Institutional Respines to Child Sexual Abuse in Sydney Australia in October 2014.

The Australian Christian Churches (ACC) was called the Australian Assemblies of God (AOG) until 2007, when Brian Houston renamed and reincorporated it. The Royal Commission accused Brian of doing this to try to evade paying any compensation to the boy sex abuse victims of his father Frank Houston, the lifelong secret pedophile founder of Hillsong.

 

Maureen Bradshaws comment on 18 September 2014 about my article, Pastor Frank Houston. part 1. Franks Houston...

20:54

Why didn't Florida's power company do more to prepare for Irma? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Four days after Irma, millions of Floridians are still stuck without power in the sweltering summer heat. Those outages have now killed eight elderly people trapped in a Hollywood nursing home without air conditioning, due to circumstances that FPL was warned about at least two days before the tragedy. Many of those powerless residents are now asking hard questions of the area's power monopoly, which has spent millions of dollars fighting policies that would have strengthened the grid in the event of a major storm like Irma and, more broadly, stemmed the carbon-fueled climate change likely fueling monster storms. "I am one of the many that has now been without power for more than two days as a result of Hurricane Irma," Elise McKenna, a West Palm Beach resident, told New Times via email. "My confusion came when so many of us lost power during the early hours of the storm that basically avoided us. We've been told time and time again that rate increases were to help prepare us for future storms." McKenna is far from alone. FPL's workers on the ground seem to be doing all they can to fix downed lines and restore power to homes, and they deserve huge credit for working around the clock in awful conditions. But the company's corporate and government-relations wings have serious questions to answer this week after quashing regulations that could have made the energy grid stronger at a slight expense to FPL's billion-dollar bottom line.

20:36

How Graham-Cassidys Funding Formula Gives Washington Unprecedented Power "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The past several days have seen competing analyses over the block-grant funding formula proposed in health-care legislation by Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA). The bills sponsors have one set of spreadsheets showing the potential allocation of funds to states under their plan, the liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has another, and consultants at Avalere (funded in this case by the liberal Center for American Progress) have a third analysis quantifying which states would gain or lose under the bills funding formula.

So whos right? Which states will end up the proverbial winners and losers under the Graham-Cassidy bill? The answer is simple: Nope.

Policy-makers arguing over minute intricacies of the funding formula miss the fact that the bill gives the executive virtually unlimited discretion to change that funding formula. Whether the statutory formula benefits a given state could well matter less than what federal bureaucrats want to do to tilt the formula in favor of, or against, that state.

While the bills proponents claim the legislation will increase state authority, in reality the bill gives unelected bureaucrats the power to distribute nearly $1.2 trillion in taxpayer dollars unilaterally. In so doing, the bill concentrates rather than diminishes Washingtons powerand could set the course for the mother of all backroom deals to pass the legislation.

A Complicated Spending Formula

To start with, the bill repeals Obamacares Medicaid expansion and exchange subsidies, effective in January 2020. It then replaces those two programs with a block grant totaling $1.176 trillion from 2020 through 2026. All else equal, this set of actions would disadvantage states that expanded Medicaid, because the Medicaid expansion money currently being received by 31 states (plus the District of Columbia) would be re-distributed among all 50 states.

From there the formula gets more complicated. (You can read the sponsors description of it here.) The bill attempts to equalize per-person funding among all states by 2026, with funds tied to a states number of individuals with incomes between 50 percent and 138 percent of the poverty level.

The bill would adjust the funding formula to reflect both risk adjustment and actuarial valuein laymens terms, it would work to ensure tha...

20:10

Experts Say People Who Talk to Themselves Arent Weird They Are Actually Smarter! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

There is a stigma in todays society that suggests that talking to oneself is actually a sign of mental instability. The action is often portrayed in movies and television as the act of a serial killer or psychopath, someone who is ultimately dangerous, unstable and should be locked up for the safety of all those around them. New research suggests, however, that this couldnt be further from the truth.

Lets start by admitting it we have all talked to ourselves at one time or another. It could be in the process of completing a DIY project, walking through the steps that need to be completed or simply expressing frustration out loud when things in life appear to be going a little off from what we were hoping.

Daniel Swingley at the University of Wisconsin and Gary Lupyan at the University of Pennsylvania set out to better understand this habit and the implications that it has on our mental state in a recent study. The two asked participants to identify a number of familiar objects in illustrations, including items like a balloon, a guitar, and a purse. The first time through the exercise the instructors were delivered as a written message, asking them to locate an object while they were timed. The second time they were asked to repeat the item that they were searching for over and over out loud as they were looking.

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The results provided insight into the way that talking to ourselves can actually improve upon our overall mental performance. In the study, the authors wrote, speaking the name of the target immediately prior to the search display made search significant faster and more accurate.

They then took this information and decided to further test their theory, sending the participants to the grocery store in search of specific items. This second leg of the study turned up the same results, with the participants finding the item that they seek faster and more accurately when they were repeating the item out loud to themselves while browsing the aisles of the store.

Experts speculate that this experience occurs due to the fact that speaking to ourselves allows us to view the situation objectively. We are stepping outside of the situation and removing the distractions that would normally hinder our ability to think through our actions. Ethan Kross, a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan explains, Language provides us with this tool to gain distance from our own experiences...

18:45

Homeless Man Finds 40K, Youll Never Guess What He Does With It "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

If you came across a backpack stuffed with $40,000, what would you do with it? For Glen James, a homeless man in Boston, the answer was simple. James is a resident of a Boston-area homeless shelter. On Saturday, Sept. 4, under the canopy at the T.J. Maxx store in the nearby town of Dorchester, James []

18:45

Whens The Best Age To Get Married, According To Science? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

If you ask friends, family, or a random stranger when the best time to get married is, youll get a range of answers, ranging from right now to never. Really, if marriage is on the mind, you should get it done whenever you and your partner want but what does science have to say []

18:40

Lee Harvey Oswald CIA Files, Ordered For Oct Release, Gone Missing "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Some things never change. Just as concerned citizens searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy, believe they are getting closer to the truth, the lawless [...]

16:21

FBI Seeks to Question A Minor in Western North Carolina "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

from Its Going Down

On September 8, 2017, an FBI agent attempted to visit a comrade in western North Carolina. They visited a house, and the person there stepped outside to talk to the agent, who repeatedly asked if the comrade in question lived there. The person at the house did not engage with those questions, and instead insisted on a card from the agent that a lawyer could call later. The agent said it was regarding a case being handled by another office.

This comes at a time when anarchists have been standing up to a grand jury and other FBI harassment across the state of North Carolina. The person who the FBI agent was seeking secured legal representation. On September 13, 2017, their lawyer called a number the agent wrote down, and the FBI specified that they were actually looking to speak with the persons child, a minor. The FBI said that they were seeking the original person because a legal guardian had to be present for the agent to talk to the minor. During that call the agent stated she wanted to ask about graffiti on a car related to a case being investigated by the FBI Field Office in Raleigh, NC. The minor in question has now secured legal representation. Nobody above is speaking to the FBI.

We cannot just hope that harassment like this stops. Get educated on how to protect yourself if the FBI shows up. If you are approached by the FBI, refuse to answer their questions. Know your rights! Please read If An Agent Knocks for more information. We cannot let them intimidate us and raise fear and distrust.

If An Agent Knocks: https://ccrjustice.org/if-agent-knocks-booklet

[Earth First! Newswire editors note: The FBI appears to have taken a special interest in North Carolina activists lately. See this article and the articles it links to for more information.]

16:16

Cashless Welfare Card: a denizen of Mount Olympus pontificates on the ignorant masses below "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


This was Dr Jeremy Sammut (left) from the Centre for Independent Studies giving his views on the ignorant underclass, Friday, 8 September 2017:

Its a libertarian fantasy that the problem of welfare dependence can be addressed without using the power of the state to compel responsible personal behaviour.

State compulsion, for example, is essential to enforce mutual obligation requirements and force the unemployed to actively seek a job, instead of continuing to loaf on the dole.

My research on the nations child protection crisis has sharply revealed the social damage wreaked by unrestricted welfare and parental bad behaviour among an underclass of dysfunctional families.

I therefore have no problem with the idea that welfare recipients could be compelled to take better care of children by being forced to spend their benefits on food and other essentials, rather than on drink, drugs, and gambling.

This is how we should view the debate about the federal governments plan to expand the trial of the cashless welfare card as a means of addressing the intergenerational transfer of dysfunction and dependence within families.

In philosophical terms, the cashless welfare card is an example of ...

16:15

Singing the heavens, singing the land, singing the lore, singing the people and their history - weaving memory "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


And those of us whose forebears stumbled off a handful of British boats in 1788 are still trying and often failing to understand this rich, enduring culture.......

The Monthly, September 2017:

Epic of Gilgamesh is Googles answer to what is the oldest known literature. Unknown scribes in the city of Ur picked the poem out in cuneiform letters some 4500 years ago. These clay tablets preserved an older oral tradition, but that part of the story is usually left out. Instead, the Mesopotamian epic fits easily into that cartoonish diagram of the Ascent of Man, where civilisation means writing, a sequence of metals and a procession of capitals: Memphis, Babylon, Athens, Rome.

Compare this lineage to the ceremonial songs of Aboriginal Australia. Their absolute vintage is unknowable, but the best estimates run to at least 12,000 years old. At this distance in time, the study of literature needs not just linguists but geologists. There are songlines that accurately describe landscape features (like now-disappeared islands) from the end of the Pleistocene epoch. Their provenance may stretch even further back, all the way into the last ice age. They are also alive. The last person to hear Epic of Gilgamesh declaimed in her native culture died millennia ago. Songlines that may have been born 30,000 years ago are being sung right now.

Read the full article here.

15:46

La La Land: Morgan Freeman and Hollywood demand that Trump 'tell us the truth' about "Russian election interference" "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Veteran actor Morgan Freeman appeared in a political video published Monday, in which he demanded President Donald Trump speak directly to the American people about the extent of Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election. While insisting that the Kremlin's election interference is "no movie script," Morgan said, "we need our president to speak directly to us and tell us the truth." Comment: Trump already did tell the truth. That Morgan Freeman and many others don't accept the answer is the problem. They can't help but continue to hate on Trump (and Russia) and believe the lies told to them by the incredibly propagandistic and deceptive US media. "We need him to sit behind the desk in the Oval Office and say, 'My fellow Americans. During this past election, we cam under attack by the Russian government," Freeman demands Trump to say, adding, 'I've called on Congress and out intelligence community to use every resource available to conduct a thorough investigation to determine exactly how this happened.'"

15:23

Bega Valley: Fluoridation vote deferred as opponents make fresh plea "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Council has chosen to defer the vote on whether to fluoridate its water supplies after hearing passionate presentations supported by community members in the gallery at the council meeting Wednesday.

All presentations referenced the possibility of council referring the decision to NSW Health with speakers reminding council that it should be councillors own decision.

It was a point not lost on councillor Russell Fitzpatrick who said he felt no obligation to transfer the matter to NSW Health.

I totally agree its a decision of this council. No way should there be an abrogation of our authority on this matter, Cr Fitzpatrick said to applause from the floor.

Director transport and utilities Terry Dodd mentioned the voluminous nature of material presented.

Given the number of comments it would be unreasonable to try and digest these today, Mr Dodds said and asked for time to review them before the matter came back to council.

There are four water supply systems in the Bega Valley Shire, Tantawanglo-Kiah, Brogo-Bermagui, Bemboka and Bega-Tathra. Fluoride has been added to the Bega-Tathra water supply system since 1963 and council has looked at adding fluoride to the Tantawanglo-Kiah and Brogo-Bermagui water supplies.

The fluoridation question has been the source of much concern by the community and there has been a concerted effort by anti-fluoride campaigners during the public submission period. Council received a total of 332 valid submissions and of these 86 per cent were against fluoridation. This represents about one per cent of the 29,000 people, to whom council supplies water.

The 14 per cent that supported fluoridation mostly cited dental health benefits. Submissions against fluoridation cited a number of reasons including fluoride being toxic, being against mass medication, being against forced medication, not believing that fluoride reduces tooth decay and not wanting chemicals added to drinking water.

*Original article online at http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/4938047/fluoridation-vote-deferred-as-opponents-make-fresh-plea/?cs=509

14:30

What Amit Shahs Testimony in the Maya Kodnani Trial Means "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Manoj Mitta, author of The Fiction of Fact-finding: Modi and Godhra, and Siddharth Varadarajan discuss Amit Shahs testimony in defence of Maya Kodnani, and the 2002 riots.

Siddharth Vardarajan: Welcome to this Facebook live video at The Wire with Manoj Mitta, author of The Fiction of Fact-finding: Modi and Godhra. Mittas is arguably one of the most comprehensive books to emerge out of the 2002 Gujarat massacre. It is unique because it comes at the end of the process of investigation and prosecution and is essentially a critique of the special investigative teams efforts in probing the Gujarat violence in general, and in particular the manner in which it discharged its duty on the task of ascertaining whether the then chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, along with 60 plus other political and state officials, had a case to answer for when it came to their alleged complicity in the 2002 violence.

The immediate peg for our discussion is the testimony that Amit Shah, the BJP president, gave on September 18 in the trial court for the Naroda Gam massacre case. This was testimony he was asked to give as a defence witness for Maya Kodnani who, at the time of 2002 massacre, was simply a BJP leader. She was elevated to cabinet by Narendra Modi in 2007. Even though there were allegations in the previous five years of her involvement in the Naroda Patiya massacre for which she has since been convicted and Naroda Gam, Modi took her in and she resigned only after she was convicted by the trial court in the Naroda Patiya massacre for playing a central role in directing the mobs and being part of the conspiracy to massacre over 90 people. She was sent to jail and she is out on bail right now. The issue at hand is her alleged involvement in the Naroda Gam case. She had earlier complained to the court that she had been unable to reach Amit Shah, and finally Shah was summoned and then he appeared. There he corroborated her claim, that at two moments in the morning, around 8 to half past 8 and at 11 am, Amit Shah corroborated her claim that she was in the first instance in the assembly building and in the second instance in the hospital with her. Some eyewitnesses say she was at Naroda Gam around those times. So Manoj, start by giving us your assessment  about the significance of Shahs testimony in the context of what she has been saying and in the context of the Naroda Gam case itself.

Manoj Mitta: As you said this is something that happened rather belatedly and since it is in the run up to the Gujarat elections, it has raised eyebrows. It trigg...

13:14

13 Questions About The Wiretapping Of Paul Manafort "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Mondays CNN exclusive detailing that former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was wiretapped by the government is a bombshell that raises many questions about the motives and method of such surveillance.

We know that Manafort has reportedly been the focus of Robert Muellers investigation for some time, including details of a dawn raid reported in the New York Times. What is less clear is the exact nature of this wiretap, the time period that it was running on Manafort, the justification by which it was restarted after a reported gap, and the identities of othersincluding potentially the then-president-electcaught up during this surveillance period by the government.

Yesterday, Manaforts spokesman released the following statement:

If true, it is a felony to reveal the existence of a FISA warrant, regardless of the fact that no charges ever emerged. The U.S Department of Justices Inspector General should immediately conduct an investigation into these leaks and to examine the motivations behind a previous Administrations effort to surveil a political opponent. Mr. Manafort requests that the Department of Justice release any intercepts involving him and any non-Americans so interested parties can come to the same conclusion as the DOJ there is nothing there.

Now lets be clear about what this doesnt mean: if the institutional firewalls function as intended, being surveilled by the FBI and being surveilled directly by the Obama administration are different things. This does not confirm a wiretap of Trump as the presidents now-infamous tweet read. But as weve seen with the case of Susan Rices potentially unjustified unmasking of Trump transition officials, thats something where skepticism is certainly warranted.

Here, though, are 13 questions that I have, given the CNN report and others that have emerged about this surveillance of Manafort, in no particular order. I believe these questions deserve to be answered, in front of Congress or in the public square:

1. When, exactly, was Paul Manafort wiretapped by the government?

2. Did the wiretap cease when Manafort became Trumps campaign chairman in March 2016, and did it resume after he ceased to have this role in August 2016, or did it overlap?

3. Was the FBI wiretap steady in the months before March 2016, before he had any official affiliation with the Trump campaign, during which time he was reportedly talking regularly with Trump and living in Trump Tower?

4. Given that Manafort lived there, did the wireta...

13:13

Ben Shapiro Is Wrong About Prosecuting Women Who Get Abortions "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A young, self-identified liberal woman presented this question to Ben Shapiro during the Q&A following his much anticipated speech at the University of California at Berkeley last Thursday: Do you believe women who get abortions even when their lives or the childs life isnt in danger, should be put on trial for murder?

No, I think abortionists should be put on trial, Shapiro replied.

I dont think that women should be put on trial for a couple different reasons. One is, I dont think it is effective in deterring abortion for women to be put on trial for the killing of the unborn. The second reason is because unfortunately I think that we as a society have gotten to such a point that an entire generation have been indoctrinated to believe that a baby is a polyp and so when they remove it, Im not sure theres the necessary mens rea, the criminal intent necessary for prosecution. The typical pro life position is that the women is a victim in abortion nearly as much as the baby is. There is an entire abortion industry that is geared toward teaching women that babies are not babies and that getting a baby aborted is in fact a betterment of their life. So no, I am not in favor of prosecuting women for abortions.

The student pressed the issue, saying that some women do have intent.

Youd really have to show me a case of a woman who went [into the abortion clinic] and said, I know this is a baby, cut its brains out, Shapiro answered. Like, if thats happening, that is infanticide. Shapiro then presented the hypothetical of a mother of a one-day-old infant who asked for it to be killed. Wouldnt you put her on trial? he asked.

Shapiro may have a point that prosecution wouldnt be an effective deterrent, but deterrence is not the main reason we prosecute. We seek justice for the victims, and that should remain the chief goal of the courts. The pursuit of justice is worthwhile in itself, and I would argue, a moral imperative.

Pro-Lifers Cognitive Dissonance

His second reason is also extremely weak, and it gets to the heart of a deep-rooted hypocrisy within the mainstream prolife movement. Shapiro says these women dont have the mens rea (Latin for guilty mind), or intent, that the prosecution must demonstrate beyond reasonable doubt. Is that really the case? Most states use the Model Penal Code to determine mens rea. Its first classification of intent is acting purposely where the defendant had an underlying conscious object to act.

Obviously, if abortion were to be legally categorized as murder, a mother who orders the hit on her preborn child fits this definition of intent. A mino...

12:00

marigold fable | a birth story "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

On one of our final days in Bali last year I was preparing to have a massage and wondered why the masseuse didnt want me lying on my front. But you have baby, she said, gesturing to my belly. No, I replied. She looked perplexed but let me lie down and as I looked through the hole in the massage table I saw a ring of marigolds around an Om symbol and, for the very first time, felt a presence within me.

There she was.

Two whole weeks later a pregnancy test confirmed what that intuitive Balinese woman already knew.

For someone who has preached the importance of faith in the body and power in the mind to hundreds of pregnant women over the years, I journeyed towards Marigolds birth anxious and fearful.

My previous birth, with Percy, was positive but, at times, traumatic. He was born healthy and I recovered quickly and without complications. And yet for the first six months of his life I soothed a very traumatised baby who would only settle in my arms and whimpered like he was scared. I didnt discuss it much at the time because I simply thought I had an unsettled baby. But in retrospect we were both recovering from a frightening experience; one that he would soon forget and one that stayed at the forefront of my mind.

I opted to birth at the local hospital as opposed to the low-risk birth centre I had previously chosen. I knew that I would feel more grounded and secure if medical back-up was close by. Instead of requesting a particular midwife I made the conscious decision to let the universe decide for me it felt like the right thing to do.

At 11weeks I answered the phone and heard Sues voice. And there she was, delivered to me, and just what I needed.

She asked about my previous birth and listened to me wail as all the fear that lay just below the surface bubbled up and overpermission to release. So began a conversation that would continue throughout my pregnancy and right up to the day before birth; my fear soothed by considered and encouraging words.

Apart from low iron levels, I relished in a smooth, enjoyable pregnancy. My belly continued to grow as I went about mothering three children and as the weeks ticked by I reminded myself to savour it allthis would be my last pregnancy and I didnt want to wish it away.

On Mothers Day I had the most vivid dream...

12:00

Is your state road system broke? Then hit up the Prius drivers! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Last week, the Missouri Department of Transportation announced they were considering a proposal to raise the plate registration costs on fuel efficient vehicles. To many people, this move might seem, frankly, a little insane, and more than a little regressive. If we subscribe to the basic economic principle that societies should leverage taxes and fees to make things we want to see less of more expensive for people to buy, and things we want to see more of less expensive, whats the logic behind taxing the odd Tesla or Prius or even just a fuel-efficient Toyota?

If what we want are safe roads that we can afford to repair, why on earth would we incentivize drivers to buy gas guzzling vehicleswhich skew towards the heaviest vehicles most capable of causing extensive road damagerather than light, fuel efficient vehicles that might help keep that pavement intact for longer?

The answer, of course, is because Missouri doesnt really want to maintain their roadsor at least, they might say they do, but their actions and policies speak otherwise. What Missouri wants is what most states in America want: endless growth in the form of endless road construction.

For context for those who live outside the state, Missouri has the 7th largest number of highway miles in the nation and the 46th lowest revenue per mile for maintenance, mostly because our largest source of funding depends on a bottom-of-the-barrel gas tax of just 17 cents per gallon. Thats an amount, by the way, that hasnt been increased since 1996. Again, context: I am in my thirties now. This is what I was reading in 1996. It was a simpler time.

Last year, Missouris DOT released a Citizens Guide to Transportation Funding to explain all of this to people like you and me. He...

11:31

Donald Trump UN speech: Typical rhetoric raises tensions with North Korea and Iran Presidential rhetoric scholars evaluate "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In his first UN address, US President Donald Trump has mocked North Koreas leader and threatened to totally destroy his country. He also took aim at Iran, but left one key question open. Michael Knigge reports.

US President Donald Trump addresses the 72nd Annual UN General Assembly in New York (Getty Images/AFP/T.A. Clary)

When President Donald Trump is on the speakers roster, the audience can be pretty sure it will get a solid dose of his famous rhetoric and manner regardless of the location and the nature of the address.

And Trumps much anticipated maiden speech at the United Nations General Assembly in New Yorkdid not disappoint. The president delivered several lines of what can only be described as typical Trumpisms.

The one that will likely be quoted most is calling North Koreas leader rocket man, like he had done previously in one of his Twitter tirades. He further asserted that Kim Jong Un was on a suicide mission. Trump also threatened to totally destroy North Korea if it continued with its nuclear arms development.

In a manner not common for a US president, he went on to tell the assembled global leaders that some parts of the world are going to hell.

I have not heard a president referring to a foreign leader with a phrase like rocket man, said Mary Stuckey, a presidential rhetoric scholar at Pennsylvania State University. This is concerning, she noted, especially since it was said in conjunction with a threat to annihilate North Korea at the main body devoted to international cooperation, the United Nations.

Out of place

It was indecorous on Twitter and it is even more out of place in the UN General Assembly, said Jennifer Mercieca, who studies presidential rhetoric at Texas A&M University.

Whats more, noted Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center and a presidential rhetoric exper....

10:50

What do you do for a crust? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Among the trees of Matong State Forest are areas with cryptogamic crust.

This is a specialised community of cyanobacteria, mosses, and lichens.

It works to improve soil stability, as well as offering increased resistance to wind and water erosion.

Crusts are often a feature of arid and semi-arid areas, where their sponge-y texture might also catch seed from nearby plants.

They have adapted to severe growing conditions but can easily be disturbed.

Disruption of the crusts brings decreased organism diversity, soil nutrients and stability.

Full recovery of crust from disturbance is a slow process, particularly for mosses and lichens.

Visual recovery can be complete in as little as one to five years, given average climate conditions.

However, recovering crust thickness can take up to 50 years, and mosses and lichens can take up to 250 years to recover.

09:05

Help Dave get his guns back "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


David Dunstan is a farmer from the NSW town of Bungowannah.

At 3:30am on Thursday 14th September, a man armed with a knife and piece of wood knocked on his back door.

David grabbed his unloaded 22 rifle to confront him - aware that the man had earlier confronted one if his neighbours who scared him off with a hockey stick. Dave managed to convince the man to sit in his car and drive him to the police station, while his wife called the police.

The police met David halfway down his driveway and placed his unwelcome guest under arrest.

The problem is, the police paid David another visit later in the morning to take his guns off him!

We've been working with David to try and see what can be done.  So we're starting this campaign to help him hire a lawyer who specialises in NSW firearms legislation to get his guns back.

We'd like to go further - we reckon he should be compensated for the loss of his firearms, not for his benefit, but to make a stand against this type of treatment by NSW Police.

So please help our campaign to help David get the legal representation he needs - and score a win on behalf of all shooters.
Help spread the word!

08:36

Entirely New Communication Channels Conducting Light Found in the Brain "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Over the past Century of scientific study of the brain, it was discovered that mammalian brains produce a type of faint light, known as biophotons.

First observed in rats, the biophotons appear within the visible spectrum very faintly, ranging from near-infrared to the violet end of the spectrum (between 200 and 1,300 nanometers.)

To this day, scientists dont know what they do, and that touches on the reality that science itself is never going to be the one, overarching way of analysis that is going to provide us with the answers to the nature of our existence.

While the scientific method (true science, not the dogma of science), is an essential method of distinguishing reality from illusion, there comes a point in a scientific analysis where it is time to enter the realm of the spiritual, of the potential, while recognizing that the conclusions drawn may not be as 100% tangible as a conclusion reached through the scientific method.

Scientists recently published a paper suggesting that the biophotons produced by the brain may actually be part of another optical communication system. It is unknown what this biophoton communication system would do, or what thoughts, feelings, or things it might communicate.

The paper is titled Are there optical communication channels in the brain?, and you can find it at Cornell University library at this link.

According to Big Think:

The team wanted to know whether or not there existed an infrastructure over which light could travel from one place to another in the brain across the distances required, focusing on myelinated axons. Axons are the fibers that carry a neurons electrical signal outward; myelinated axons are covered in myelin, a fatty substance that electrically insulates the axon.

The scientists modeled axons, calculating how light would react as the fibers lost or gained thickness in the biophoton, or bent. They modeled how they might absorb myelin coating, or how theyd behave when crossing each other.

They concluded that light conduction across the myelinated axons is in fact possible.

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08:33

The Ultimate Way to Cure Anxiety: Why are We All Addicted to Something? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Why are we all addicted to something? Why do human beings in our culture have this nagging, constant insatiability? What are we searching for, why do we feel like we are lacking, and why do we seem to be constantly trying to cure ourselves of restlessness, boredom, or anxiety?

I dont know the answer to that question one hundred percent, but I have some theories currently, with the level I am at in understanding this issue myself. This question is the type that you ask yourself over the course of your entire life: the answer is ever-changing, growing as a person personally learns how to be happy in life without seeking so many external things.

As children, we are always searching for some kind of gratification. In children it can be observed that the more entertainment they are given, the more candy, television, toys, ect, the less satisfied they are with what they have. Children want more when they have more, and in places where children dont have many things, they seem to have less insatiability.

However, which child is actually happier or more at peace? A child with almost nothing, or a child with any indulgence they want? Its a complicated question, and the answer probably lies somewhere in-between.

Adults are absolutely no different from children in this respect, and sometimes they are worse: especially the way people live today.

Adults seek long-term, extremely taxing, ambitious pleasures that are often unattainable. When accomplished, these things often dont actually made the adult happy. For example, a person might aspire to make $100,000 a year, have a nice car, a nice house, ect.

But when they get all the material pleasures they want, they meet the grim realization that it doesnt feel any different: and now, theyre probably dependent on spending all their time slaving away for money to maintain that lifestyle that isnt as satisfying as previously thought in the first place.

When I was younger and had to be homeless at the age of 17, I noticed I was just as happy if not happier while not having a home as I was when I did: I called this phenomena the Euphoria Shelf: feeling as happy as I did without a home, as I did with one, despite the discomfort of having to camp outside and struggle to support myself.

Heres another thing: people are suffering from anxiety, depression, and other terms we give to the feelings we have. People rely on substances and pleasures every day to get themselves through doing jobs they dont like for a living, to come home and barely enjoy the small amount of time they have left.

People drink coffee and many are severely dependent on it, using it to work their day jobs and to function in life generally when it is a much more unsafe habit than they ever realize.

Cannabis...

08:07

5 Spiritual Facts That Scientists Are Finally Able to Understand "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

We all try to come up with the best most realistic answers to why reality is the way it is, but sometimes the answers dont have to be so clear. There are some things that can be explained much easier than others and there is nothing wrong with not knowing to an extent.

Of course, we have been learning so much throughout the years that now lots of things we used to consider unreal or even outlandish are normal. Below you will find a list of things in regards to spirituality that have not been understood on such a deep level until now. We can only hope that as time progresses things will become more clear, and all the while we will understand that nothing is ever certain. Some things were not meant to be understood by everyone.

5 Spiritual Truths That We Are Finally Beginning to Understand:

1. We can create a reality for ourselves through thought.

If you know anything about the Law of Attraction then this should be easy to understand, Thought power is the key to making the reality that you want for yourself. This whole world we live in is a reflection of your inner world and thoughts. If you learn to control your thoughts you can make a world that fits you perfectly.

You see, if you are realistic in this and work hard while controlling your thoughts you will be able to attract all of the things you want in life.

2. Ascension does not involve going anywhere.

Ascension is not about leaving the planet or even getting out of bed (of course, I recommend getting out of bed). It is a conscious choice to engage in evolution. You see when we focus on being aware and convert to this state of being we reach a higher vibrational frequency. For a more in-depth explanation of ascension check out the video below.

Video Via. Spirit Science.

3. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.

While we do live in these physical bodies they are not who we are. We are energy, life is not what it seems. There is so much more buried away. While we do not have a full scientific explanation for this sort of thing right now this is becoming easier to understand.

4. Our souls never die.

People die all the time and lots of them are either brought back or come back. If you take the time to look over what these people experienced in their time while being...

07:09

Enlightenment or Just Waking Up? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION:  I have a couple of questions for Martins blog if of any interest;

1. Did the challenges of the justice system in his case over those years contribute towards some kind of enlightenment? What I am asking is have you reached the state of enlightened?

2. Do your models envisage a large uptake of the Socrates service to a point where it actually effects the market? I cant help but feel that only certain people that have been searching will actually be able to accept the concepts, kind of dyslexic qualities. Ive tried to steer loved ones towards some of the concepts but cant even keep them on topic for a few sentences. There is a lot of resistance.

Much appreciated,

JC

ANSWER: I can saw that probably like most, I assumed what was taking place in the legal system was at least ethical. I confess I did not look closely. Once entangled in their web, you suddenly see that those attracted to such a profession are usually the worst bullies you will remember from high school. They are typically angry at the world and view everyones success but theirs is the result of some corruption. So it is always get even for their own short-comings.

They will also NEVER admit a mistake because it would ruin their personal career. There is so much evidence in so many cases that innocent people are knowingly put to death to save the career of a prosecutor. Even the famous trial of the Rosenburgs for being spies, the prosecutors charged his wife knowing she was not involved to put pressure on him. They then lie to juries and withhold evidence so the jury found her guilty, the judge sentenced her to death, and the prosecutor celebrated with a good night out on the town. Those in that trial were as guilty as any murderer.

I would say if you call it enlightenment waking up and viewing just how corrupt the legal process is, then yes it was the completion of my educate. It is now apart of me and I would not change that. As far as being given the strength to stand up, everyone has a different threshold where the breaking point is reached. They would put me into the hole locked down all the time where most suicides take place. Of course they then pronounce the person was guilty and had remorse so that was the reason for the suicide. The typical cover your a...

07:04

Cycle of Knowledge "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Hello,

I am a French Astrophysicist and I end up watching with great interest a TV story about Martin Armstrong. As a scientist I am really curious and keen to build new connection between our way of describing the Universe and the bias introduced by our own vision and history. Hence I was wondering if the algorithm that Martin has developed was ever tested on human knowledge discovery or if this is something that could be interesting to do.

Kind Regards,

IA

ANSWER: Absolutely. There is cycle to knowledge that I have also encountered and found fascinating. We reach period of knowledge and then we seem to lose it all and reboot. Society before the Dark Age knew the Earth was round and not flat.  For example, if we look at the ancient Greeks, the knew the Earth was round and not flat. They burned people like Giordano Bruno (15481600) alive at the stake for claiming the world was round and it revolved around the sun instead of the other way around. The Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322 BC) argued in his writings that the Earth was spherical, because of the circular shadow it cast on the Moon, during a lunar eclipse. Another reason was that some stars visible from Egypt are not seen further north. Aristotle wrote:

 The evidence of the senses further corroborates this. How else would eclipses of the moon show segments shaped as we see them? As it is, the shapes which the moon itself each month shows are of every kind straight, gibbous, and concave but in eclipses the outline is always curved: and, since it is...

07:03

Dark Age v Renaissance "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Hi Martin,

Thank you for everything that you do.  Concerning the post, The Long-Term Cycle of Monetary Crisis, you describe the corruption of power that leads to monetary crisis and the subsequent reform: the thread that repeats throughout history.

I was wondering if you could contrast this with the periods of history where there is a renaissance/age of enlightenment, and the common tread there (is it the people revolting, which is the only way that corruption of power is defeated?).

Many Thanks Again,

Danny

ANSWER: Oh yes. This is part of the Cycle of Civilization but now you are at the 309+ year level where major change begins to appear. The big one comes on the Sixth Wave of the 309.6 Year level. This is the only reason I do what I do. I have written many times that when this wave peaks in 2032, when we come to a crossroads. We either regress contracting into authoritarianism, then break-up into a fragmented feudal type system of local tribes basically, or we can perhaps crash and burn, but then see the light and we make a major technological leap forward.

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06:12

Fast flying and youth combine to cause concussion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

During the next few months many juvenile birds of prey begin dispersing to make their own way in the world and as these teenagers venture forth, mistakes are made that result in injuries.

Concussion seems to be a common thread as a result of flying and judgement errors or perhaps just being in the wrong place at the wrong time. These high speed flyers then come into contact with both human and natural structures with a force that can have serious consequences. In just the last few weeks one of our specialist raptor carers in the south of the state has had two juvenile Boobook owls, a juvenile Nankeen kestrel and a female Brown falcon in care, all suffering concussion!

This spectacular adult female Brown Falcon, was one recent patient.

Rodney, saw her collide with a structure and fall to the ground so as he was working nearby he kept an eye on her to see if she would recover and take off.

After watching for some time and seeing her starting to be attacked by the local magpie flock and still unable to fly away he decided he had to intervene.

Normally we do not advise people to approach birds of prey as they can be large and feisty birds. In this instance the location was very remote and she was very docile as a result of the concussion, so Rodney was able to safely and gently contain the falcon. He then drove a considerable distance to meet up with Shelly our local, trained raptor carer.

Luckily for her x-rays, observation and flight checks cleared her of any injury and she appeared back to full strength so the decision was made to get her quickly back to the wild. At this time of year she may still have had chicks in a nest.

Although both sexes of this species share incubation of the eggs and both care for the young, it is the female who performs the bulk of these duties while the male supplies most of the food.

The long drive was made back to where she was rescued and after initially trying to exit from the rear of the cage, Shelly reports she was soon airborne and another of our special native raptors was successfully released.

These falcons are known to live for up to 18 years in the wild so we hope she has a second chance at a long life back in the wild.

06:00

Why the Battles Against Liberalism, Globalism and the New World Order Are All Related "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Do you love liberty and freedom? If you ask that question to people randomly on the street, you are going to get the same answer over and over again. 

Everyone wants liberty and freedom, but what they dont understand is that there is an inverse relationship between the size of government and the amount of liberty and freedom that we get to enjoy.

Every time a new law, rule or regulation is established, our liberties and our freedoms are restricted in some way. So the bigger government becomes, the less liberty and freedom we actually have.

On the federal level, there are now literally hundreds of thousands of laws, rules and regulations.


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05:40

Survey of Health Care, Australia, 2016 [AIHW - ABS] "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

4343.0 Survey of Health Care, Australia, 2016

The publication presents national-level results from the Survey of Health Care 2016 (Survey). The Survey explored experiences of coordination and continuity of care by people aged 45 and over who had at least one GP visit in the 12 months prior to selection of the survey sample. It covers health status, access and appropriateness of care, plus demographic information for reporting on equity measures.

The Survey was funded by the AIHW and conducted by the ABS. It was designed to provide robust samples for each of the 31 Primary Health Network (PHN) areas and new information for the primary care sector to improve patients' experiences and outcomes. While the forthcoming publication presents national-level results, in 2018 the AIHW will release a series of publications with results by PHN area.

Media release: Over 45s report positive experiences with Australia's health care system.

Download publication: 4343.0 - Survey of Health Care, Australia, 2016.

04:31

Radical Islamic Terrorists: The Best Bad Guys Money Can Buy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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radical Islamic terrorists

Youre told radical Islamic terrorists are the root of all evil in the world. But have you taken the time to peel back the layers? You may be surprised

Radical Islamic Terrorists

are everywhere, it seems. Theyre all over Syria and Iraq. Theyre in Libya and Nigeria too. They attacked the former Soviet Union from Afghanistan and modern day Russia from Chechnya. Weve seen them in the Philippines. They attacked an Australian cafe in Sydney, so we were told. Recently theyve been in Myanmar (Burma). Theyve infiltrated Europe and are behind various attacks in London, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona, so we were told. Theyre even in China (Uyghur/Xinjiang). And of course, they paid a grand visit to the US on 9/11 in 2001, right? Radical Islamic terrorists have scary beards, chant strange incantations and strike on every populated continent, so arent they the real bad guys in the world? Well you may think that, but there is far more than meets the eye here.

03:23

Bruns Terrace Park POM tabled Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lifelong Brunswick Heads local Darcy O'Meara walks among the historic cypress pines planted by WWI veterans in the southern section of The Terrace, which have been heavily pruned over the years much to locals' concern. Byron Shire Council is now undertaking a study of the park.

Lifelong Brunswick Heads local Darcy OMeara walks among the historic cypress pines planted by WWI veterans in the southern section of The Terrace, which have been heavily pruned over the years much to locals concern. Byron Shire Council is now undertaking a study of the park.

Formalising management for one of the three holiday parks in Brunswick Heads will be up for discussion at this Thursdays Council meeting.

While NSW Crown Holiday Parks Trust (NSWCHPT) operate all three Brunswick Heads holiday parks and 35 across NSW councillors are required to give their consent to the plans.

Staff have recommended in the agenda that councillors place conditions on the Terrace Park in Brunswick Heads as a way of going forward for the state-run NSWCHPT to lodge an approval to operate with Council for the Terrace Reserve Holiday Park. 

The current Terrace Reserve Holiday Park map presented within Councils extra agenda suggests 7m foreshore setbacks to the operational boundary.

Cabins rejigged

The plan also proposes reducing the 98 powered/unpowered camping sites to 66 but increasing southern camping from 29 to 38 sites.

Increasing cabins from 10 to 22 is also proposed, along with maintaining the level of permanent residents at 27.

Staff suggest that the contentious southern Cypress Pine precinct, known to have been planted as a memorial to locals who fought in WWI, should be restricted to short-term camping sites with no permanent residents or cabins to be relocated to the area. 

Camping practices in Southern Cypress Pine Precinct will observe and protect structural root zones of the Cypress Pines. 

Staff also suggest that remaining permanent residents will be relocated to the north western precinct. 

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03:18

NSW govt puts holiday-letting policy on hold "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Paying for touristsThe NSW planning department have deferred Byrons holiday-letting strategy until the government releases its own options paper on the issue.

According to a letter sent to Councils general manager (GM) Ken Gainger by the department on May 16 this year, that paper is to be released in the near future.

Councils push for action comes from the absence of a statewide strategy to address holiday letting; a proposal by Council for its own short-term rental accommodation (STRA) policy was tabled in 2014.

Planning Services executive director (regions) Stephen Murray said in the letter which is contained within the upcoming September 21 Council agenda that the-yet-to-be-released paper follows a parliamentary inquiry into short-term holiday-letting strategy.

Mr Murray said that while the issue is important for Council and the Byron community it is equally important across many other parts of NSW and therefore any regulatory provisions must be carefully considered and consistent across the state.   

At this Thursdays Council meeting, Greens Cr Michael Lyon will call on fellow councillors to not proceed to enable Council time to reconsider and resubmit a more detailed and well-thought-through planning proposal following the outcome of the state governments consideration of the Short Term Holiday Letting in NSW options paper.

He writes in the agenda, As our experience thus far in attempting to regulate STRA through our planning instrument shows, this is a landscape that is constantly shifting. With the NSW governments release of their options paper and therefore imminent decision on a potentially statewide approach to regulating STRA, it does not make sense to continue with our planning proposal in its current form when we do not know how it may interact with the NSW governments finalised approach.

It is noted that an option to continue with the current situation, that is with the power for individual councils to choose how to best regulate STRA in their local government areas, including the ability to amend their own LEPs as they see fit with the support of the minister for planning, is absent from the options paper.

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03:12

Echo beginnings: Tales from the Magic Beanstalk "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

In the early days when The Echo crew enjoyed a stint in Brunswick Heads and experimented with printing the paper themselves. Photo John McCormick, 1988.

In the early days when The Echo crew enjoyed a stint in Brunswick Heads and experimented with printing the paper themselves. Photo John McCormick, 1988.

Thirty-one years have passed since Nicholas Shand dreamed up this newspaper and collected a band of similar dreamers to help him make it real.

In those 31 years The Echo has grown, like a magic beanstalk, far taller than we ever imagined, and it is now one of the primary institutions of Byron Shire.

Being an institution is a bit of a challenge for a paper that has always adopted a larrikin tone, opposes authority and the status quo, and stands firmly left of centre. But The Echo is more than just a radical voice to counter the arrogance of wealth and power; it is a long-lived experiment in community building, and lately an example of how to disprove predictions of the death of newspapers.

Indeed, more like a giant figtree than a beanstalk, it is rooted in the essence of what makes Byron Shire different from anywhere else, and it both encapsulates and reflects that essence. Nowadays many kinds of vegetation grow among these roots, other publications which you can choose to read and which advertisers can choose to support. Some may be ephemeral weeds that will perish at the slightest change of weather, but some may have the potential to grow and affect the Shire in their turn as The Echo has done.

Given that newcomers are constantly arriving and discovering the local media jungle, a little history might serve to separate the weeds from the natives.

This will be an occasional series, written from the perspective of the newspapers longest-serving drudge, David Lovejoy.

The pointy end of Nicholas Shand in the early days of The Brunswick Valley Echo.

The pointy end of Nicholas Shand...

02:57

Rev. 12 Sign With Laura Walker of the Oracle Report "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Tonight on Phoenix Rising Radio: Laura Walker of the Oracle Report! Topic: The Revelation 12 sign Sep. 23rd Plus MORE! Tuesday, September 19, 2017 We will discuss September 23, Trumps chart, and a look ahead, among other things! The power of will and freewill will be in full force this month. Much will be answered

02:36

Paulines a roll model for future surfers "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Pauline Menczer. Photo Tree Faerie.

Pauline Menczer is a great roll model for all junior surfers. Photo Tree Faerie.

Eve Jeffery

Its not easy being a world champion. It pretty much means putting everything else in your life on hold until that goal is achieved. There are always a lot of sacrifices along the way, a lot of things you could have done, but didnt, in the pursuit of one goal.

Thats why there arent many of them. You could probably count the world champions living in the Byron Shire on one hand. Maybe even one finger.

A Byron Shire lass for over 20 years and now based in Bruns, Pauline Menczer has won 28 major surfing tournaments she has three Bells bells, has won Hawaii three times, as well as wins in Brazil, France, Japan and Portugal, to name a few.

Pauline volunteers with the Byron Bay indigenous surf school Burra Jurra and is a member of the Lennox All Girls club. Photo Tree Faerie.

Pauline volunteers with the Byron Bay indigenous surf school Burra Jurra and is a member of the Lennox All Girls club. Photo Tree Faerie.

She also has three world titles  World Amateur 1988, World Pro in 1993 and World Qualifying Series in 2002. You could safely say Paulines a pretty good surfer....

02:05

Tweed Council looks at prosecution over Limpinwood logging "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Hewittville Holdings had no consent for the logging or roading within these Environmental Protection Zones near Limpinwood. Photo supplied.

Hewittville Holdings had no consent for the logging or roading within these Environmental Protection Zones near Limpinwood. Photo supplied.

Tweed Shire Council and the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) undertook a joint inspection yesterday of the south eastern area of a logging operation near Limpinwood. The operation, that is part of a private native forestry agreement, has recently come under fire for unauthorised logging and roading.

An EPA spokesperson said: The EPA identified some issues which will need to be further investigated.  The landowner has agreed to cease logging on the property for the short term while matters are further looked into.

Prosecution

A report to the Tweed Shire Council meeting this Thursday will recommend that Council engage solicitors to provide preferred options for prosecution and   to pursue a stop work court order, said Tweed Shire mayor, Katie Milne.

I will be asking that the State Government urgently revoke this logging licence due to the serious and repeated offences in this highly sensitive area.

The area where logging and roading has taken place is in a key regional wildlife corridor between two World Heritage Areas Wollumbin, Mt Warning and The Border Ranges. Around a kilometre of clearing for significant roadworks and logging has been undertaken in this protected area.

Irreplaceable

The National Parks and Wildlife Service website describes World Heritage Areas as irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration  places of such value that the international community has agreed they must be conserved for all time.

As well as concerns for threatened species and World Heritage values, there are major concerns for the potential of extensive sediment loads entering waterways, and the safety and stability of the works due to the po...

01:55

Ballina Boat Harbour rehab done "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

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Ballina Boat Harbour. Photo supplied.

Dredging of the Ballina boat harbour was carried out prior to Christmas 2016 to ensure better boat access to Fishery Creek. The bagged sediment was dried and has now been removed

Parliamentary Secretary for Northern NSW Ben Franklin says the original dredging work involved the removal of more than 26,500 cubic metres of sediment 17,670 from Ballina Boat Harbour and 8,850 cubic metres from Fishery Creek.

The sediment removed was dried on-site in large bags and have now been disposed, said Mr Franklin. The site has been levelled, rehabilitated and sprayed with a mixture of grass seeds to restore the area.

The dredging and sediment removal work was funded under the NSW Governments Dredging of Priority Waterways on the North Coast.

This project supports the local and regional economies by maintaining safe navigation for our commercial and recreational boaters operating out of the harbour.

 

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01:12

Shark nets, drones and drum lines beach safety the focus "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Shark in the ocean. Photo supplied.

Shark in the ocean. Photo supplied.

Staying safe in the water as the weather heats up and the school holidays start is important to keep at the top of your mind. Rivers as well as the ocean can have strong currents and snags that are dangers to swimmers  though rivers generally have less sharks.

From September 23 a helicopter and drones will be taking to the skies on the NSW north and mid north coasts, as aerial surveillance and further drone trials get underway in time for school holidays. It will also see the launch of the new patrol season for NSW surf life saving who will be back on the beaches every weekend and public holiday through to April 25, 2018.

Shark spotting

Spring and school holidays are here, and now that the weather is a little warmer we expect locals and holiday makers to flock to this States beautiful beaches these school holidays, said NSW Department of Primary Industries, Sarah Fairfull.

Helicopters will fly daily, weather permitting, from Point Danger (Tweed Heads) to South Ballina, Wooli to Sawtell, Nambucca Heads to Port Macquarie and Crowdy Head to Birubi during the school holidays.

Sharks are a natural part of our environment, however a better awareness and understanding of sharks and their behaviour can help everyone enjoy the beach and reduce their risk of a shark encounter these school holidays, continued Ms Fairfull.

Drones fitted with a siren to alert swimmers and surfers if a shark is spotted nearby, will be flying every half hour each morning of the holidays at Byron Bay, Lennox Head, Lighthouse Beach Ballina and Evans Head. Check out drone vision here.  

A network of 21 VR4G listening stations, which provide real time shark alerts to beachgoers when a tagged shark swims within 500m. Aerial surveillance sightings and tagged shark information is automatically sent out via the Sharksmart App and on @NSWSharkSmart on Twitter.

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01:01

The UN wants to focus on people - but is more 'peace diplomacy' the answer? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The UN has called for a surge in 'peace diplomacy'. With UNGA 72 under way, Mareike Schomerus asks, what is 'peace diplomacy' and is it the answer?

00:56

More Thoughts on Trumps UN Declaration of War Against Iran and North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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More Thoughts on Trumps UN Declaration of War Against Iran and North Korea

Paul Craig Roberts

Trumps UN speech makes it clear that Trumps presidency, in terms of his campaign promise to remove Washington from the policeman of the world role, exit the Middle East, and repair the damaged relations with Russia, is over. The CIA and the military/security complex are in full control of the US government. Trump has accepted his captivity and his assigned role as the enforcer of Washingtons hegemony over every other country. Washington uber alles is the only foreign policy that Washington pursues.

At the UN Trump actually threatened to wipe North Korea off of the face of the earth. He added to this threat threats against Venezuela (http://stephenlendman.org/2017/09/trump-threatens-venezuela/) and Iran. He demonized these countries as rogue states, but it is Washington that is playing that role. Washington has destroyed in whole or part eight countries in the young 21st century and has 3 to 5 more in its crosshairs.

One question is: why did not the UN audience shout Trump down, a man standing before them telling obvious lies? The answer, of course, is money. The US taxpayers pay roughly one-quarter of the UNs annual budget, leaving the other 130+ countries a light load. Washington is succeeding in driving the world to Armageddon, because the worlds leaders prefer money to truth, to justice, to survival. The UN diplomats see in their cooperation with Washington the opportunity to make money by sharing in the Wests exploitation of their own countries.

Washington, absorbed in its effort to destroy Syria, left it to its Saudi Arabian puppet to destroy Yemen. The Saudi autocracy, a major sponsor with the US of terrorism, has done a good job, thanks to US supplying the weapons and to the US refueling the Saudi attack airplanes. This totally gratuitous war has helped to maximize the profits of the American military/security complex, a collection of evil never before present on the face of the earth. UNICEF reports that one million Yemeni children will be the victims of American compassion of which Trump bragged in the CIAs UN speech.

One wonders if the Russians and Chinese are so absorbed in getting rich like Americas One Percent that they are unaware that they are on the list of countries to be eliminated for not accepting Washingtons hegemony. Really, where was the Russian government when Washington overthrew the Ukranian government? It was at a sports event. And I call Americans insouciant. Where was the Russian government? How could it have not known?

To be frank. T...

00:47

Mullum High students get the groove on for charity "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mullum High year 12 students collecting donations for Brunswick Rescue Squad in the mina street of Mullumbimby, Photo Aslan Shand.

Mullum High year 12 students collecting donations for Brunswick Rescue Squad in the main street of Mullumbimby, Photo Aslan Shand.

Out in force collecting for their annual charity year 12 students from Mullumbimby High School have hit the streets with flare this morning now that classes are at an end.

They have chosen the Brunswick Rescue Squad as their charity this year.

The tradition has been going for as long as many locals can remember and each Wednesday after their classes have finished forever the students hit the streets collecting for their nominated charity.

Tomorrow will see them more formal attire as they have their presentations a the High School before they knuckle down for their last few weeks of study before the HSC exams begin in earnest on October 16.

Good luck to everyone as they head into the home stretch of the future of their lives.

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00:46

Entire Volume of CIA Files On Lee Harvey Oswald, Set To Be Released In October, Has Gone Missing "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The official narrative, that a lone former Marine named Harvey Oswald assassinated him, is widely disputed. All available documents from all government entities are required by the Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act []

00:16

Putting the bite on bitou "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bitou Bush. Photo Wikipedia.

Bitou Bush. Photo Wikipedia.

Chrysanthemoides monilifera or as its know to its friends, Bitou Bush, is native to South Africa, but the subspecies rotundata has manage naturalise itself along our coast and its not really welcome.

In an effort to eliminate Bitou, Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare volunteers plan to  host a day of Bitou Bush weeding with Shearwater primary students on Friday.

The event, coordinated by class 5 teacher Julie Marx, is part of the school celebration of the Spring Equinox.

The growing awareness of the devastation to our coasts by our desire to live and holiday by the sea was brought into the schools consciousness during Professional Development earlier this year, says Marx. This developed into a theme for our winter festival and now, with the spring equinox we would like the opportunity to bring the children to the dunes with a clearer picture of how we can support our precious coastline.

This also completes the head, heart and hands cycle, giving the individual a deeper understanding and relationship with this aspect of their past, present and future.

The group of up to 130 students and teachers will gather at Torakina Beach and walk down to the chemical free dune care site south of the Brunswick Surf Club.

Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare project co-ordinator Nadia de Souza Pietramale says they are now working on the far south boundary of the site, where it joins Tyagarah Nature Reserve. There is less than one acre of Bitou Bush primary work to be completed, she says. There were more than 12 acres when we started.

Although it is a bit of a walk, it is amazing how much the volunteers have achieved in the last seven years and the high standard of the work.

The shape of the frontal dune has changed and Coastal Spinifex now catches the sand after storms where once the Bitou Bush formed higher dunes which were often eroded badly by storm waves.

Nadia says that s...

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23:56

Your Rights When Approached by Police at Music Festivals "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The hot weather is starting to kick in and with it, the festival season is upon us. Thousands of revellers are gearing up to take in their favourite live music acts, get down to some old skool beats, or spend the weekend partying at a bush doof. But as

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23:50

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

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Pacific Hwy, Grafton, NSW 2460
COUNCIL AREA: Clarence Valley
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Fire and Rescue NSW
UPDATED: 20 Sep 2017 00:20

23:30

Conscientious objector loophole scrapped for child immunisation "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The federal government's 'no jab no pay' laws take effect from Friday (March 18). Photo Shutterstock

The state government have closed the loophole for conscientious objectors. Photo Shutterstock

With the conscientious objector option now scrapped for parents who refuse to immunise their preschool-aged children, how will it affect the northern rivers region, an area known to have the lowest immunisation rates in NSW?    

Last Wednesday, the Public Health Amendment (Review) Bill 2017 passed in NSW parliament, closing the conscientious objector option and forcing all parents to have children immunised for preschool.

Specifically it targets principals of childcare facilities who enrol a child without a vaccination certificate or medical exemption. Fines of $5,500 apply. It follows the 2015 no-jab noplay policy which the then Abbott government rolled out across the nation.

Labors Walt Secord spoke to the changes in parliament.

He said, In 2014/15, the Byron Shire rate was 61 per cent, the Mullumbimby rate was 46.7 per cent, and Murwillumbah rate was 76 per cent. These are at dangerous levels. Across the northern NSW local health district, the vaccination rates for children under the age of two is just 84.9 per cent. That is the worst local health district in the state.

According to www.immunise.health.gov.au, the national immunisation program funds vaccines to prevent diphtheria, haemophilus influenza type B (hib), hepatitis A, hepatitis B, human papillomavirus (HPV), influenza (flu), measles, meningococcal, mumps, pertussis (whooping cough), pneumococcal, poliomyelitis (polio), rotavirus, rubella (German measles), tetanus (lockjaw) and varicella (chickenpox).

Throughout a childs early life, a program schedule by the government outlines when those vaccines are administered. At birth, hepatitis B is recommended, followed by bundled vaccines at the ages of two, four, six, 12 and 18 months. Another round of shots is recommended at age four.

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22:49

Murdoch media gets it wrong on renewable energy and Saudi Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Australians story linking excessive renewable energy subsidies to the Moree solar farm, a rich Saudi playboy and the singer Rihanna is very interesting. It is also hopelessly wrong (at least on the renewables bit).

via Murdoch misleads readers about renewable subsidies and Saudi playboys RenewEconomy


22:27

Keeseekoose First Nation elders spark RCMP investigation into band council "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Flag of the Keeseekoose First Nation in Saskatchewan.

APTN National News, September 19, 2017

The RCMP has confirmed to APTN National News that it has launched an investigation on Keeseekoose First Nation in Saskatchewan after two elders came forward providing a stack of financial documents.

The investigation is in the early stages said Sgt. Rob Laurent of the RCMPs Yorkton detachment.

We do have an investigation that is ongoing, said Laurent.

Laurent confirmed the investigation is based on complaints made from elders and the documents they provided.

Elders Frances Musqua, 70, and Seraphine Straightnose, 71, met with Laurent Aug. 21 and provided him with over 150 pages of financial documents, including receipts and records of large cheques connected the bands co-manager Edwin Chalupiak and his Regina-based companies Dynamic Management Solutions and Chalupiak and Associates, as well as the bands director of operations Chris Lafontaine.

Chalupiak and Lafontaine have refused to answer questions from APTN citing confidentiality but Chalupiak said the...

21:45

How (Not) to Run a Modern Society on Renewable Energy ... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

For people who may be perplexed by the current energy debate (and who isnt?) here is a nice educational article that goes back to basics and explains what is in store for us as we try to transform society to run on dilute energy forms The Conversation: How better data would improve the electricity market The Australian Electricity Regulator is investigating whether wholesale electricity generators in New South Wales are bidding in good faith in the electricity market. Good faith means price changes are the result of real problems, such as weather or machinery failure, rather than market manipulation. The reason the regulator doesnt already know the answer to this question is that the market is opaque the data are not easily workable for analysis. In our ongoing research into the electricity market we have run into the same problem. Weve only been able to make headway by applying big data tools. Although not bidding in good faith isnt illegal in the Australian electricity market, it is reminiscent of fradulent bidding in United States Treasury bond markets in the 1990s. We can learn from how this scandal was dealt with brokerage firms were required to provide data that could be clearly monitored. This increased transparency and led to lower costs EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ... A pumped hydro bonanza for Tasmania ... ? Most of it wont happen. Heres why Its a state election year, and what better than to announce a brave new, multi billion pumped-hydro phantasmagorical bonanza for the state. Fifteen dams, two new Basslinks, Tasmania the national hero. The sort of grand vision that can get governments elected Examiner: Media leak to be investigated by Tasmanian Parliaments Privileges Committee Mercury: MLC Ivan Dean delays motion to refer leaks to Parliamentary Privileges Committee

21:12

Who's the world's leading eco-vandal? It's Angela Merkel | George Monbiot "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Ignore her reputation for supporting green initiatives. The German chancellor's record on environmental policy has been a disasterWhich living person has done most to destroy the natural world and the future wellbeing of humanity? Donald Trump will soon be the correct answer, when the full force of his havoc has been felt. But for now I would place another name in the frame: Angela Merkel. Related: Germany won't lead the free world. It barely looks beyond its own borders | Natalie [...]

20:52

Moncton votes to keep fluoride out of water "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Eight months of lengthy discussions came to an end on Monday night when Moncton city council voted to stick to the status quo of not adding fluoride to the municipalitys water.

In 2011, after a contentious debate, Moncton council voted to suspend adding fluoride to the citys water for five years.

At the time, council asked the provincial Department of Health and the New Brunswick Dental Society to conduct a study on the benefits and risks of water fluoridation, which neither group did.

After a meeting with speakers representing both sides of the fluoride debate in June this year, and soliciting input from the public, staff recommended the city continue to not add fluoride to the Great Moncton water supply unless directed by the federal or provincial governments to do so.

Fluoridation has been widely studied and, if the fluoride doesnt exceed a particular level, is a tool endorsed by both higher levels of government for reducing tooth decay.

Coun. Pierre Boudreau moved the motion Monday night, expressing concern the city may be held legally responsible if any dangers were ever found to be associated with water fluoridation.

We should err on the side of caution, said Boudreau.

Boudreau said an expert report should be provided by the provincial government before council approves reinstating fluoride into the citys water. Coun. Shawn Crossman seconded the motion.

Mayor Dawn Arnold weighed in, saying the city had a responsibility to be thorough.

We need to be able to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are doing no harm if we were to introduce this and thats a tough one to make, said Arnold.

[There] are simply too many questions and a lack of consistent scientific consensusis worrisome to me.

Fluoride supporters disappointed

After the meeting, Dentist, vocal fluoride supporter and Vice President of the New Brunswick Dental Society Susan Drapeau-McNally said if council refuses to protect the teeth of the citys disadvantaged citizens through fluoride, then it should start working on another way to bring dental hygiene to people who cant afford it.

I am very disappointed, said Drapea...

20:01

Turkish President Erdogan slams US for 'arming terrorists' after Washington cancels $1.2mn Turkey weapons deal "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has responded to Washington's decision to pull out of a $1.2 million arms deal for his security guards, accusing the White House of instead choosing to supply weapons to terrorists in Syria. In an interview with PBS on Monday, Erdogan referred to Syrian Kurds as "terrorists," saying "we need to fight these terrorists with the United States." "And when we are not able to acquire those weapons from the United States, why are you giving those weapons to terrorists? It's a question that we ask our friends in the United States. And when these questions are not answered, we're feeling sorry, as the strategic partners to the US," he continued. Erdogan was referring to Washington's decision to arm Syrian Kurds fighting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), a step which the White House believes is key to seizing the last major IS stronghold of Raqqa.

Turkish President Erdogan slams US for 'arming terrorists' after Washington cancels $1.2mn Turkey weapons deal "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has responded to Washington's decision to pull out of a $1.2 million arms deal for his security guards, accusing the White House of instead choosing to supply weapons to terrorists in Syria. In an interview with PBS on Monday, Erdogan referred to Syrian Kurds as "terrorists," saying "we need to fight these terrorists with the United States." "And when we are not able to acquire those weapons from the United States, why are you giving those weapons to terrorists? It's a question that we ask our friends in the United States. And when these questions are not answered, we're feeling sorry, as the strategic partners to the US," he continued. Erdogan was referring to Washington's decision to arm Syrian Kurds fighting Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), a step which the White House believes is key to seizing the last major IS stronghold of Raqqa.

20:01

Journalists Ask South Koreans Who Scares Them Most- Trump Of Kim Jong Un: Here Is Their Answer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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19:48

FBI Seeks To Question A Minor in Western North Carolina "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The post FBI Seeks To Question A Minor in Western North Carolina appeared first on It's Going Down.

On September 8, 2017, an FBI agent attempted to visit a comrade in western North Carolina. They visited a house, and the person there stepped outside to talk to the agent, who repeatedly asked if the comrade in question lived there. The person at the house did not engage with those questions, and instead insisted on a card from the agent that a lawyer could call later. The agent said it was regarding a case being handled by another office.

This comes at a time when anarchists have been standing up to a grand jury and other FBI harassment across the state of North Carolina. The person who the FBI agent was seeking secured legal representation. On September 13, 2017, their lawyer called a number the agent wrote down, and the FBI specified that they were actually looking to speak with the persons child, a minor. The FBI said that they were seeking the original person because a legal guardian had to be present for the agent to talk to the minor. During that call the agent stated she wanted to ask about graffiti on a car related to a case being investigated by the FBI Field Office in Raleigh, NC. The minor in question has now secured legal representation. Nobody above is speaking to the FBI.

We cannot just hope that harassment like this stops. Get educated on how to protect yourself if the FBI shows up. If you are approached by the FBI, refuse to answer their questions. Know your rights! Please read If An Agent Knocks for more information. We cannot let them intimidate us and raise fear and distrust.

If An Agent Knocks: https://ccrjustice.org/if-agent-knocks-booklet

 

18:59

Please. Education is not a horserace. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Ive mentioned before that I dont use the classroom to proselytize atheism. I have a job to do, and that is to help the students learn biology, and thats all I care about that they graduate after a few years and understand the concepts and can apply them, and if can do that while believing in Jesus or Allah, thats just fine.

Theres another thing I dont do, and that is penalize them for their health or situation. Youve got clinical depression or your grandmother died or you had a nasty break-up with your romantic friend? Ill make what accommodations I can, because I want you to get through all of that and learn biology. Thats all I can judge you on, is your mastery of the material, but I will welcome any changes that can help you out.

But all too often I run into non-academics (and sometimes even academics) who dont understand this basic idea, that were supposed to help our students learn. So someone like Margaret Wente can write drivel like Why treat university students like fragile flowers?

The first answer is that we dont. We have standards that have to be met in order to pass a course, and theyre not be free of mental health concerns or have a stable family life or be rich enough that you dont have to work part-time. If you have an illness that makes mastering the course material difficult for you, that doesnt mean you get a free pass; it means you should talk to me and Ill do what I can to give you the opportunity to learn it in spite of your handicap. My job is to make all the flowers blossom, not to make half of them wither if they need a little extra watering.

However, there are things that Wente objects to.

Today, any proper university has registered therapy dogs to cheer you up. If exams have you down, drop in for a lick and a cuddle and youll feel better in no time. And if youre too depressed because of Grandma, no problem. The disability office will provide you with a private room and extra time to write your final. Your professor never even needs to know.

Today, colleges and universities are highly concerned with the mental well-being of their students. Student distress, were told, is at an all-time high. Its the pressure. The competition. Social media. Career anxiety. Long commutes. Money worries. Cyberbullying.

Therapy dogs are bad? Why? I want a therapy puppy to visit when grading gets me down! I suspect students learn better when theyre less stressed. All I care about, remember, is student learning.

I have students who take their exams at our office of student learning. We have students with agor...

17:41

Blockchain Powered AI Doctors to Revolutionize Medicine "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Doc.ai's AI-based doctors, through masses of information on the Blockchain, will be able to have natural language conversations with patients, and provide medical answers.

17:02

An Empire of Chaos: The Real Reason the US is in Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Donald Trump is sending more troops to Afghanistan, continuing the USA's longest war. CEO Michael Silver, of the American Elements corporation, wrote a short op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, urging for the extraction of the country's mineral resources. Afghanistan remains unstable. Many questions must be asked. The one on many minds is "Why is the USA in Afghanistan?" Terrorism? Minerals? Or Something Else? The USA has been occupying Afghanistan since 2001. Why? Both supporters and opponents of US Afghan policy give murky answers. Supporters of US efforts say they are in the country to fight terrorism and help the country rebuild and move toward democracy. Opponents of the occupation say the USA is seeking to control its rare minerals such as neodymium, indium, gallium, and lanthanum which are essential in making computer chips.

16:16

"You're an absolute disgrace" Coalition and One Nation senators "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Independent Senator for Tasmania Jacqui Lambie on the floor of the Australian Senate, 14 September 2017.

Senate Hansard,  12 September 2017:
Senator LAMBIE (Tasmania) (13:56): The government wants One Nation support for this package so badly that it has agreed to invite a razor gang into the books of the ABC. And it wants Nick Xenophon's support for the package so badly that it has agreed not to embarrass him into being forced to vote in support of One Nation's proposal. But make no mistake, voting for this bill means voting for One Nation's deal. I know that, One Nation knows that and you can bet your last dollar that Nick Xenophon and his team know that, too. As for what the details are, we still don't know. The government won't tell us and they won't tell us. All we know is that it commits the government to review the ABC and ask if it is reducing the profitability of its commercial rivals. Guess what? The job of the ABC isn't to make money for its commercial rivals. Its job is to guarantee all Australians have access to news, programming and information that affects their lives, no matter where they live or how wealthy they are. The deal the government has made isn't designed to improve the ABC; it is designed to defund it. It's a deal to set up a rigged kangaroo court that is de...

16:15

Australian society in 2017: national gaol population hits record high "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



Australias jail population has hit a record high of more than 41,200 prisoners, as a 20-year surge in incarceration rates shows no sign of waning.

The daily average of full-time prisoners in custody rose 7% to 41,204 over the year to the June quarter, according to figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics on Monday.

That represented a 133% leap in prisoner numbers since the June quarter of 1997, meaning the national jail population grew at more than four times the rate of the overall population over the last two decades.

The cost of running prisons in Australia is likely to have hit around $3bn a year, based on Productivity Commission figures.

Inmates on remand awaiting court sentences (11%) and women (10%) were the fastest-growing groups of prisoners over the last year.

Indigenous prisoner numbers rose 7% in line with the overall increase but they remain grossly overrepresented in jail, making up 2% of the general population but 28% of the prison population.

According to the ABS ...

16:11

Catalan Mayors Exercise Right to Remain Silent in Referendum Questioning "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

BARCELONA The first of hundreds of Catalan mayors summoned to answer questions on why they have backed a banned Oct. 1 referendum on independence from Spain appeared before the state prosecutor on Tuesday amid cheers and chants from supporters.

The first three mayors to declare exercised their right to remain silent, the Association of Municipalities for Independence (AMI) said.

Years of separatist feeling in the industrial northeastern region will come to a head in less than two weeks as the fiercely pro-independence regional government calls a referendum on splitting from Spain.

Madrid has declared the referendum illegal and the Constitutional Court has suspended the vote that was approved by the regional government earlier this month.

So far, 745 of 948 municipal leaders have said they will provide venues for the referendum.

Voting is not a crime, said Marc Solsona, mayor of the town of Mollerussa, one of nearly 750 mayors facing charges of civil disobedience, abuse of office and misuse of public funds, as he left the state prosecutors office in Barcelona.

Im just the mayor and I have to serve my people. I am committed to the people being able to vote on Oct. 1 in accordance with the law passed by the Catalan parliament and what happens to me is not important, he said.

Solsona smiled, kissed and gripped hands with dozens of clapping supporters gathered outside the state prosecutors office as he entered to chants of You are not alone

We consider ourselves privileged to have a mayor who represents the townspeople above any other interests political or fin...

15:57

Entire Volume of CIA Files on Lee Harvey Oswald, Set to be Released in October, Has Gone Missing "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The official narrative, that a lone former Marine named Harvey Oswald assassinated him, is widely disputed.

15:54

How to Find Out Whos Tracking You Through Your Smartphone "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[alltechbuzzWhatever the work we do, our first priority is Safety. Safety states that the condition of being protected from harm or other non-desirable outcomes.

Everyone and everything in this world need Safety. Even our Smartphones we use. We all just use Smartphones to play games , chat, call, etc but do we really care about the threats that our phone receive?

Dont panic. We are here to help in this case. With the help of just a few short-codes, you can find out more about the settings of your phone and work out whether or not your messages and information are protected and whether youre being tracked.

We gathered together some of the most useful and important codes for Smartphones here.

CODE-1: *#21#

Discover the settings for your call forwarding. Youll see whether you have voice, data, fax, SMS, sync, async, packetaccess , and pad access call forwarding enabled or disabled.

This code will let you find whether your calls, messages, and data are being diverted. The status of the diversions that are taking place along with the number the information is being transferred to will be displayed on your phone screen.

CODE-2: *#62#

Just like the previous, except for no-service rather than no-answer situations.

This code will let you find where calls, messages, and data are being redirected to from your phone. The chances are that your voice calls are being redirected to one of your cell phone operators numbers.

CODE-3: ##002#

This USSD code deactivates all call forwardings with one single command.

This code can be used to switch off all the redirections from your phone. Its a good idea to use this before you have to use roaming. In this case, money wont be taken from your account for calls that are redirected by default to your voice mail.

CODE-4: *#06#

IMEI is the unique identifier for your cell phone hardware. Together with your SIM information, it identifies you to the provider network.

This code helps you find your IMEI (International Mobile Equipment Identifier). This code also helps you find your phone if someone steals it. When the phone with a particular IMEI is switched on, the location of the phone will automatically convey to the network operator even after you insert...

15:49

Entire Volume of CIA Files On Lee Harvey Oswald, Set to Be Released in October, Has Gone Missing "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Jack Burns Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The official narrative, that a lone former Marine named Harvey Oswald assassinated him, is widely disputed. All available documents from all government entities are required by the Kennedy Assassination []

15:23

Coal mining devastates villages and cultural heritage in Australias Hunter Valley "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In Australias Hunter Valley the coal mining industry is devastating local villages and precious Aboriginal heritage, and three people who have been campaigning against mine expansion in the area face possible seven-year jail sentences under New South Wales new anti-protest legislation.

The valley is a stunningly beautiful area that is one of Australias main wine-producing regions, with a viticultural history dating back to the early 1800s, but the local town of Mudgee now has three coal mines on its doorstep Wilpinjong, Moolarben, and Ulan and one more mine is planned at nearby Bylong.

The local landscape is now dominated by mine pits and mining infrastructure. The ecosystem has been irreparably damaged, local wildlife have lost vital habitat, and the owners of Wilpinjong have run roughshod over local peoples lives and livelihoods.

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15:17

Mean dwelling price rises to $679,100 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Dwelling stock rises to $6.7 trillion

Four times per year we get the unbridled pleasure of the official residential property price indexes. 

Here, then, is a 60-second overview of the June 2017 quarter figures. 

The total value of Australia's dwelling stock rose by +$631 billion or +10.4 per cent to $6.72 trillion in FY2017.

That now represents a +53 per cent increase from the $4.4 trillion recorded at the end of 2011. 

I'd take the data series back further, but it only begins in Q3 of that calendar year. 


The annual stock value gains were mainly driven by the two most populous states, with New South Wales (+$336 billion) and Victoria (+$215 billion) accounting for some 87 per cent of the total increase. 


Detached houses have outperformed attached dwellings on average since 2003, reflecting rising land values and a relative scarcity of this dwelling type in the thriving, landlocked suburbs of Sydney and Melbourne.

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15:15

BREAKING: Light has been stored as sound for the first time "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The future of computing depends on it.

By Fiona MacDonald

For the first time ever, scientists have stored light-based information as sound waves on a computer chip something the researchers compare to capturing lightning as thunder.

Light-based or photonic computers have the potential to run at least 20 times faster than your laptop, not to mention the fact that they wont produce heat or suck up energy like existing devices.

This is because they, in theory, would process data in the form of photons instead of electrons.

We say in theory, because, despite companies such as IBM and Intel pursuing light-based computing, the transition is easier said than done.

Coding information into photons is easy enough we already do that when we send information via optical fibre.

But finding a way for a computer chip to be able to retrieve and process information stored in photons is tough for the one thing that makes light so appealing: its too damn fast for existing microchips to read.

This is why light-based information that flies across internet cables is currently converted into slow electrons. But a better alternative would be to slow down the light and convert it into sound.

And thats exactly what researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia have now done.

The information in our chip in acoustic form travels at a velocity five orders of magnitude slower than in the optical domain, said project supervisor Birgit Stiller.

It is like the difference between thunder and lightning.

15:03

Octlantis is a Just-Discovered Underwater City Engineered by Octopuses "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Gloomy octopusesalso known as common Sydney octopuses, or octopus tetricushave long had a reputation for being loners. Marine biologists once thought they inhabited the subtropical waters off eastern Australia and northern New Zealand in solitude, meeting only to mate, once a year. But now there's proof these cephalopods sometimes hang out in small cities.

In Jervis Bay, off Eastern Australia, researchers recently spotted 15 gloomy octopuses congregating, communicating, dwelling together, and even evicting each other from dens at a site the scientists named "Octlantis." The international team of marine biologists, led by professor David Scheel of Alaska Pacific University, filmed these creatures exhibiting complex social behaviors that contradict the received wisdom that these cephalopods are loners. Their study was published in the journal Marine and Freshwater Behavior and Physiology (paywall).

The discovery was a surprise, Scheel told Quartz. "These behaviors are the product of natural selection, and may be remarkably similar to vertebrate complex social behavior. This suggests that when the right conditions occur, evolution may produce very similar outcomes in diverse groups of organisms."

Octopus cities suck.


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15:00

How Virtual Reality Could Help You Fall In Love "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Fall in Love VR, for the Oculus Rift, shows how integrating natural-language processing in virtual reality can create a sense of real intimacy.

In 2015, The New York Times caused quite a stir by publishing The 36 Questions That Lead To Love, based on work by the psychologist Arthur Aron. The main idea was that people would have to be incredibly vulnerable to ask and answer such questionsand doing so could quickly build intimacy.

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13:23

After Self-Reflection, Journalists Discover Theyve Been Too Critical Of Democrats "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Journalism is in crisis. After some much-needed self-examination, however, reporters are finally beginning to figure out why many Americans are souring on their industry: Theyve been too critical of the Democratic Party.

The trend was evident in 2016, when media outlets decided to focus on Hillary Clintons corruption, favor trading, and subsequent cover-up attempts. As any journalism professor could tell you, the purpose of reporting is to answer basic questions, like Who? What? When? Where? Why? And does this story help bolster the chances of the Democratic Partys candidate or not?

So sayeth self-styled journalism ethicist Jay Rosen, and other theorists of the trade like Jeff Jarvis. There was too much reporting going on, they argue. Democracy dies in excessive transparency, apparently. Who is at fault for the election of Donald Trump, they ask, as if Clinton had been predestined to wear her crown. And did journalists do enough to propel history in the proper direction?

There is plenty of data available on this question. Its difficult to believe this now, but at one point a number of top media outlets considered the first-ever FBI investigation of a major presidential candidate in the history of the republic to be somewhat newsworthy. So they proceeded to cover the candidates many lies, her purging of somewhere around 30,000 pieces of evidence, and the FBIs shes-so-freaking-guilty-but-not-guilty verdict. And when authorities uncovered a computer that should have been in the possession of the FBI but was instead accessible to the sex-addicted husband of a top Hillary aide, they reported that, as well. This should have all been ignored.

On numerous occasions during her book tour, Clinton argued that the press didnt do its job which is to say, help her get elected. Considering the sycophantic coverage afforded her and her fo...

13:23

After My Husbands Death, Im Learning To Steward The Light He Left Behind "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

When you lose someone, you go through a lot of metaphors. Our vocabulary falters in the face of death.

Today is the two-year anniversary of the death of my husband, Jake. It took me about a year to come up with something that felt like it made sense of what I was feeling.

In the weeks after Jake died, letters and cards flooded in from friends and strangers alike. With each cards arrival, Id edge open the envelope in a stunned sort of sadness. I sat over the rough-hewn, wooden dining room table wed picked out together just months before he died, cross-legged and pregnant, poring over sometimes dozens of notes a day.

And with every envelope, Id have a glimmer of hope, that somehow, someway, this one would have an answer inside. I knew at the time it was irrational, but I couldnt stop. The hope was too tantalizing. Maybe this was the onethis card would explain everything! This letter would give me the reason our lives had been so utterly shattered in an instant. But the fact is those words, no matter how well-meaning and wise, couldnt tell me that. Even Scripture could only reassure, not really explain in the way humans want but cant have.

The reasons for Jakes death are not apparent. Luckily, the reasons for continuing to live are. But I searched for a way to say what I was feeling.

I love the idea of the divine spark. It crosses a lot of cultures and religions, the idea that you carry a bit of the Creator inside you, that it animates your life.

Jakes life always brings to mind a spark and then some. Jakes soul, to me, was a bonfire. He was here and he was in your face and he was warm and bright. He roared with enthusiasm at the beginning, even the hope of something new, sometimes a little too much. His glow was infectious, throwing sparks into the night air, silhouetted against a dark sky before they landed on everyone in his vicinity. He mellowed to embers as the night wore on, usually over a glass of bourbon or a beer.

I lived seven years of my life looking into a bonfire. I warmed my hands and found comfort in its flame. There were times when I damn near burnt myself or got a giant waft of smoke at exactly the wrong time.  Because thats life. And thats fire. Its not all smores and sweetness.

Everyone whos loved someone knows that light and warmth. Everyone whos lost someone knows the feeling when it goes dark and cold one day.

When that happens at any time, its jarring. When it happens without warning, even more.

The light went out. This fire Id stood next to for seven years just went out, like a flood light on a switch. Boom. Imagine staring into a fire, and then suddenly turning 180 degrees to survey the woods behind you. I couldnt see. I was standing in what otherwise was my life, and I...

13:23

What American Schools Should And Should Not Learn From China "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

We Americans have tried many things to improve U.S. education outcomes, including out-spending many nations. Yet, according to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), which ranks global education systems by assessing 15-year-old students reading, mathematics, and science literacy every three years, American students end up in the middle of the pack with little improvement year after year.

Students from East Asia, such as Singapore, mainland China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong dominate the top 10 in all three subjects, especially on math and science (theres an ongoing debate whether the PISA result is rigged). Since the East Asia region is dominated by people with Chinese-style education systems, does this mean Chinese schools are superior to American schools?

Some people think so. Since Amy Chua published her book Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, many Americans look to Chinese culture for answers to save American education. Lenora Chu, an American who lived in China with two children, took it a step further. In her recent book and an accompanying essay that appeared recently in The Wall Street Journal, she argues that what American students need are Chinese schools.

Heres What Chinese Schools Have Done Well

When I went through the K-12 education system in China, teachers always expected each one of us to give our best effort. They never talked about learning being fun. Instead, they emphasized the merit of hard work. Thus, they do not dumb down the content to ensure that kids at the bottom of the class understand. Instead, they did everything they could to ensure the content was challenging even for the best in the class. They instill the belief in every student that anyone who works hard and devotes enough time will eventually get it.

Chinese teachers set high expectations for their students partly because a teachers compensation is closely tied to his or her students academic performance. While in America teachers unions have repeatedly repelled or undermined efforts to implement performance-based compensation for teachers, Chinese teachers accept such a compensation structure as a no-brainer. Good Chinese teachers receive handsome performance bonuses and special allowances. They are also highly sought-after by private tutoring companies, which offer to double or triple teachers incomes outside their regular school hours.

Chinese parents also set high expectations for students. My parents ma...

13:04

The Largest Glaciers in the Rocky Mountains are Melting Faster "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Research on top of the Dinwoody Glacier

SCIENCE The Rockies largest glaciers are melting with little fanfare

From an Article by Benjamin Storrow, E & E News, September 13, 2017

WIND RIVER RANGE, Wyo. Here at the roof of the Continental Divide, one of the Rocky Mountains largest glaciers is in retreat.

A new world is emerging in the wake of the receding ice. In a vast, glacially carved basin, where towering spires of granite dominate the skyline, a small colony of stunted Engelmann spruce has taken up residence in a pile of rocky debris, some 500 feet above the tree line. Bees flit among the yellow mountain asters dotting the boulder field at the glaciers base. Grass grows along a stream where there was, until recently, only snow and ice.

Its a different place today, Darran Wells, an outdoor education professor at Central Wyoming College, observed from a research camp near the base of the Dinwoody Glacier on a recent evening. A regular visitor to the glacier over the last two decades, Wells offered a succinct take on its evolution over his nightly meal, a dehydrated serving of shepards potato stew with beef.

Every year, more grass, less snow, he said.

The largest concentration of glaciers in the American Rocky Mountains are melting, unseen, in this remote corner of Wyoming. More than 100 glaciers cover about 10,000 acres in the Wind River Range, according to a recent study by researchers at Portland State University. No American mountain range outside Alaska and Washington is covered in more ice.

The Wind River glaciers remain some of the least understood ice sheets in North America. Researchers dont have a firm grasp on the amount of water locked away in the alpine ice, and estimates of how much they contribute to local streams vary widely.

Answering those questions requires penetrating a rugged wilderness nearly the size of Rhode Island and climbing to elevations between 11,000 feet and 13,800 feet, where the glaciers hug the crest of the Continental Divide.

Today, a growing number of scientists are pushing into the backcountry to understand these icy reservoirs. Their concern: The Wind River glaciers are retreating just when Wyoming needs them most.

If you havent had proximity to these glaciers,....

13:00

The Secret Meanings Behind Four Of The Most Common Interview Questions "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

These common questions may feel clichd, but theres a reason why recruiters keep asking them.

Some interview questions lead to eye rolls by just thinking about them: Where do you see yourself in five years? Whats your biggest weakness? When youre preparing for a job interview, it can be hard to know how to avoid giving trite answers to these equally trite questions. But one solution is simply to know what hiring managers and recruiters are actually trying to learn by asking them in the first place. So Fast Company hit up a few experts to find out.

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12:36

SSM: NSW Premier breaks ranks with Armenian church ahead of same-sex marriage survey "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian has broken ranks with her ethnic church and declared she will be voting Yes in the same-sex marriage postal survey.

Speaking at an event in Sydney, Ms Berejiklian described same-sex marriage as a no brainer and one of the most important human rights issues of our time.

The position has put her at odds with her Armenian Apostolic Church, which claims same-sex marriage would pave the way for radical gay sex education programs to be taught in schools.

Ms Berejiklian, who was born in Australia to Armenian immigrants, is a regular attender of church events and has been to several this year.

Article below

NSW Premier Ms Berejilkian, a single women, who I dont think is a lesbian more an old-maid workaholic says same-sex marriage is a no brainer and one of the most important human rights issues of our time.

So Ms Gladys (quaint old-fashioned name for an old-fashioned gal) Berejilkian has decided:

1. same sex marriage is a no-brainer

2. same sex marriage is one of the most important human rights issues in our time.

Bravo Gladys Why dont you try reading the Holy Bible your Armenian Church believes in yes, the Holy Bible which expressly forbids homosexuality and lesbianism.

Gladys havent you read Romans chapter one, Revelation 22 and Leviticus?

Gladys havent you understood Genesis 1-3 and how God created male and female to form a family and populate the earth?

Gladys have you swallowed the rainbow pill so bad that the same-sex marriage delusion has gone straight to your head, and now you can no longer see Biblical truths?

ABC News Australia

SSM: NSW Premier breaks ranks with Armenian church ahead of same-sex marriage survey

19 September 2017

 

12:33

China a Different Breed of Government "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Why do you say China will replace the West when their government is still the communist party?

ANSWER: China is no more communist than Donald Trump. There is a cycle of life through which we all pass including governments. China revolted against communism. The government may retain that name, but they are no communist in that sense of the word.

I have explained before that Russian communism was concerned about what you thought where as China adopted the tall poppy policy. If Stalin thought you would be a threat to his power you were killed. In China, you could think what you wanted provided you did not step up publicly.

China is not at the same place in the cycle of life as we see in Europe and America. Therefore, China is on the rise and will replace the West which is burdened with socialism they cannot possibly afford.  China learned its lessons and is moving forward despite the name of the government party.

If things got worse in the West, I would apply to China for political asylums.

12:00

Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne Answers Jamie Dimons Bitcoin Criticism "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne responds to Dimons criticism, recalls traditional banking fears.

11:57

Win a double gold pass to this years Australian Music Week "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydneys own Australian Music Week, the annual three-day live music and entertainment industry conference, is back for 2017 and weve got a double pass to give away.

Organisers have unveiled the first 30 showcasing artists for the November event, as well as its lineup of industry speakers, including Bluesfests Peter Noble, author Stuart Coupe and Seventh Street Medias Luke Girgis.

Meanwhile, showcasing acts include William Crighton, Letters To Lions, Tia Gostelow, Gawurra, Tenderfoot and many more, so therell be plenty to keep you busy as AMW 2017 takes over venues around Cronulla Beach from Wednesday November 1 Friday November 3.

This year, Australian Music Week has also launched The AMW / 301 Music Prize a new award designed to help kick start an emerging artists career, proudly supported by AMW, 301 Studios, MGM, The Right Profile, APRA, Tone Deaf, The Brag, The Industry Observer, AU Review, Leadbelly and Hi Fi Days Festival.

With so much going on, were giving away a gold double conference pass valid for the welcome party, conference sessions, networking events and live show venues, and all you need to do to win is enter your email address below winners will be contacted by September 30 via email.

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11:27

Support the Bloomington ABC Anarchist Prisoner War Fund "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Donate here: https://www.fundedjustice.com/abcbloomington

Since October 2015, Bloomington Anarchist Black Cross has been providing consistent  monthly funds to anarchist prisoners throughout the United States via our Anarchist Prisoner War Fund. We are now asking for help keeping this project going strong into the future.

We have specifically chosen comrades who were receiving very little money or support from the outside, who have no familial support, or who were otherwise in need of monetary aid. These funds have been essential when some comrades did stints in solitary due to activities surrounding the September 9th prison strike, aiding their survival in the most oppressive conditions. We also emphasize support for rebellious prisoners who have maintained the struggle behind the walls. We want to make it clear to our comrades in prison and those taking action on the outside that they can continue to struggle without fear of abandonment if they are caught.

Currently, we provide $40 each month to five anarchist prisoners:

  • Michael Kimble, a gay, Black anarchist and long-time prison rebel imprisoned for the self-defense killing of a racist homophobe.
  • Sean Swain, an anarchist prison rebel in Ohio.
  • Eric King, an anarchist doing 10 years for attempting to firebomb a Congressmans office in solidarity with the Ferguson rebellion.
  • Jennifer Gann, an anarchist trans woman and long-time prison rebel in California.
  • Andy H., a local anarchist comrade in prison for assaulting a cop.
  • In addition, we have sent substantial amounts of money to other comrades and projects on a temporary basis: Casey Brezik, the Cleveland 4, Marius Mason, prison rebels facing repression for organizing and revolt, an anarchist social space in Malaysia in need of repairs after a fire, and imprisoned fighters of other social struggles.

Thus far, we have raised this ourselves through fundraising, e...

09:28

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

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 2400 Kalang Rd, Kalang, NSW 2454
COUNCIL AREA: Bellingen
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Flood/Storm/Tree Down
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 19 Sep 2017 16:25

09:25

Canada - Moncton City Council Says No To Fluoridated Drinking Water "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

After months of consultation, Moncton City Council is rejecting the advice of many health organizations and keeping fluoride out of municipal water.
Councillor Paulette Theriault said as a grandmother, she was not comfortable with her grandchildren drinking water with fluoride in it.

New Brunswick Dental Society Vice President Dr. Suzanne Drapeau McNally had a fiery response.
"If they're serious, we want decay to stop, so let's talk and not put the blame on someone else," says Dr. Drapeau McNally. "I'm gonna be a grandmother just like Paulette Theriault, and those kids, it is safe for them to have fluoride."
Dr. Nicole Brien is a dentist specializing in children, and she is also disappointed in the decision.
"I have seen a difference since the fluoride has been removed from the water, and not just the number of cavities I see, but also in how quickly the teeth deteriorate," says Dr. Brien.
Dr. Drapeau McNally questioned whether the City was truly serious about improving the dental health of residents.
"Well, do something about it," says exclaims. "[Council] has been saving $125,000 per year, this is five years, where has this money gone, or what have you done to help?"
Mayor Dawn Arnold said without knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that fluoride was harmless she couldn't support adding it back into the municipal water supply.

The motion to keep the status quo and leave fluoride out of municipal drinking water was passed 7 - 3 with Councillor Paul Pellerin absent.

Councillors Susan Edgett, Rob McKee, and Greg Turner voted to reintroduce fluoride, while Councillors Paulette Theriault, Shawn Crossman, Pierre Boudreau, Blair Lawrence, Charles Leger, and Bryan Butler, as well as Mayor Dawn Arnold all voted to keep fluoride out.

09:18

14 Scientifically Proven Ways to Become Less Miserable, Starting Now "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Happiness is a journey Not a destination.

  • Ben Sweetland

True happiness in life is something that we all hope to accomplish, although the definition of happiness differs from person to person. For some, it may refer to happiness in their career, for others happiness at home. Ultimately, however, each of us would like to experience happiness in our day to day lives.

Source: Spiked

There are two types of happiness that we may experience in our lives, that which we have no control over and that which we can promote and improve upon. Some of us experience happiness relative to the seasons and the weather, with conditions like Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), while others are impacted by events in their life outside of their control. There are, however, a number of ways we can invite positive energies and happiness into our lives on a daily basis.

Try these 14 strategies to improve the happiness in your life:

Dont Be Afraid to Ask for Help

It is okay to admit that you dont have the answers to every situation in life. It isnt reasonable to believe that you will know everything, you are, after all, only human. Rather than trying to handle everything on your own embrace the fact that you may know someone who is able to help provide you with the knowledge and experience that you require. Reach out to friends/family and ask for help, you cant expect people to know you need their assistance if you dont tell them.

Give Yourself Permission to Be Happy

If there is one thing that is psychologically holding you back from experiencing happiness in your life, it is yourself! If you allow yourself to dwell on feelings of guilt, remorse and self-doubt then you are denying yourself the opportunity to experience the more positive moments. Instead, let go of the past, focus on the present and welcome the feelings of joy that will come from it. Tell yourself that you are allowed to be happy!

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08:06

The rise and rise of the New England Writers' Centre "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Under the energetic leadership of writer Sophie Masson, (web site here), the New England Writers' Centre (NEWC) appears to be going from strength to strength.

It's only a few years'ago that the Centre lost its State Government funding.and was forced to let its full time director go. I joined the Board at the time and remember the feeling of gloom that surrounded the Centre's future. It was hard to be positive.

I am no longer a Board member, but I was there during the beginning of the transformation period that has now made the Centre such a force, This was helped by renewed State funding achieved with local member Adam Marshall's support, but this was only possible because the Centre itself was transforming under Sophie's leadership.

Inland Armidale lacks the sex appeal and reach now attached to Byron Bay. With time, economic and social change its prominence has shrunk from the the putative capital of our own New England state to the point that it is sometimes described as just a country town. And yet, somehow, the city survives as a unique university, educational and administrative centre.

Armidale has always been a writers' hub. Relative to its size, the current population is around 23,000, Armidale has more writers than any place in Australia. It has its own tradition, its own writer schools such as the Armidale poets who form part of the broader web of the New England literary tradition. You won't find this tradition referenced in literary writing with its metro focus, but it exists. Armidale is not alone here, of course. The writers of the Northern rivers are also neglected. I think that you would find the same in North Queensland or the Riverina..

The thing that the NEWC does, I think, par excellence, is that it links local writers into the broader networks required to have a chance in the competitive world of literature. There was a period in the dark days when the NEWC focus narrowed to just Armidale. Now the Centre is again extending its reach beyond the city.

Even though I am no longer a Board member, I am just so proud of what the Centre has achieved in recent years.  Well done to...

07:46

Actual Headlines Found On Mainstream "Fake News" Publications "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The following headlines were found on mainstream 'Fake News' outlets:

  • "Woman complains Hobby Lobbys raw cotton decor is racially insensitive "
  • "Toys R Us might file for bankruptcy right before everyone starts holiday shopping"
  • "St. Louis police investigate claim that officer called Black Lives Matter domestic terrorists"
  • "St. Louis seeks a new police chief; some chanting required"
  • "Armed LGBT student shot dead by Georgia police"
  • "Family Wants Answers After Georgia Tech Police Kill LGBTQ Campus Leader"
  • "Hundreds of Rohingya Villages in Flames"

07:06

New Zealand & the Hunt for Taxes "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION:  Hi Martin,

Firstly I appreciate your insight into world events. I dont see anyone else coming even close to what you do.

In New Zealand we are facing an election and taxation is a big topic. Labour on the left has appointed a new, young, female leader who has wide appeal. She is hedging on Labours taxation policy but its known they favour capital gains taxes business, property, inheritance, you name it. I saw an article that Illinois is experiencing massive flight of wealth due to taxes. Will people run out of options for places to go or is the world in general headed towards mass taxation?

Thanks for your time.

PJ

ANSWER: Yes,  Jacinda Ardern is a desperate attempt to raise Marxism to its former glory. The Labour Party fell to below 30% in the polls so they put a young girl up front to gain votes. It is also true that Illinois is a complete disaster. I wrote about how they should just dissolve the state because they cannot even go bankrupt on their government pensions. It is true that every five minutes someone leaves Illinois. The most recent poll revealed that 47% of people in Illinois wanted to leave the state. Property values will collapse in Illinois because there is a mass exodus and no buyers unless they are oblivious to what is taking place. This is how Rome fell from a population of 1 million to 15,000. People just walked away from their property.

Marxism has destroyed the world economy and caused the deaths of countless millions of people all for a theory that has never worked. We are facing the darkest hours in this collapse of socialism. Make no mistake, there are plenty of people who have been brainwashed to believe it is the rich causing this rather than the greed of politicians. It is the government pensions in Illinois that has destroyed the State. They prefer to say the rich do not pay their fair share but government always needs more and more. So that share never ends until it reaches 100%.

This w...

06:00

In Florida its Illegal to Power Your Home with Solar PanelsThanks to Lobbying "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

With roughly 1.5 million Floridians initially without electricity from the damage inflicted on Floridas energy infrastructure, many in the Sunshine State are now questioning why its so difficult for people to utilize solar energy. The simple answer is that one of the major electrical suppliers in the state Florida Power and Light (FPL) has utilized a massive lobbying campaign, directed at state lawmakers, to create legal barriers to disallow people from powering their own homes with solar panels without being subject to power companies.

05:53

Dan Dicks On The False Left Right Paradigm And How Unity Is NOT The Answer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

There is an agenda to unite the world into one and we have reached a fork in the road and the choice between being free and being a slave is up to you. The current state of the left right divide in America and in nearly every democratic nation has been orchestrated by design through a divide and conquer tactic...but what's the solution if a one world global order is their endgame? In this video Dan Dicks of Press For Truth was invited to speak at Anarchapulco 2017 the world's largest anarchist/voluntarist conference in Acapulco Mexico where he outlined his case for how the individual can and must take precedence over the group in the face of the agenda for a new world order.

05:06

Lindi Ortega Announces Australian Tour Dates "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Lindi Ortega Canadian alt-country songstress Lindi Ortega has announced plans to return to Australia this November with a series of East Coast shows. Having already been announced on the Mullum Music Festival and Queenscliff Music Festival, Ortega has now revealed shows in Sydney and Melbourne. Lindi Ortega will be touring her latest []

05:01

5 intentions for spring "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I like intentions better than plans; they definitely suit the unpredictability of motherhood.

While I have intended to write here for the past fortnight, it hasnt come to fruition. The early days with baby are busy, yes, but theyre also slow and rather uneventful. Theres feeding and washing and cooking and cuddling and coffee drinking and housework and.thats about all. But all those things manage to take up most of my day which leaves little time to write and even littler to write about.

But this week, thanks to warmer weather (bare feet!), wisteria growing in abundance on the side gate and the imminent school holidays, Ive been looking forward to the next few months and thinking about whats to come. And instead of venturing deep into spring with scattered thoughts and cleaning ideals I thought Id create some intentions instead.

  • return to my frugal mindset : Ive got the best excuse for lapsing on the frugality of late but just this past week Ive craved the routine of meal planning. And honestly, it really does make my days smoother if I dont have to umm and ahh about what to cooking during witching hour. And yes, it really does eliminate food wastage and reduce the grocery bill. So many positives!
  • sort through the childrens clothes : this is such a mammoth job thats heady with nostalgia. Lets not even talk about my dilemma over the newborn clothes that Marigold has outgrown Im at a loss with what to do with them. Alas, I have been sorting, rearranging the hand-me-down boxes and listing pre-loved clothes for sale. If you do like buying second-hand, you must check out Oh For Lovers and Fighters, too.
  • read 10 pages a day : I did this last year and I always, without fail, read more than 10 pages. Ive just started Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and next on the list is Lab Girl. Its a soothing way to while away the breastfeeding sessions.
  • tend to the garden : which, in my case, is a bunch of terracotta pots that are currently looking sad and neglected. We havent had any significant rainfall in months so everything is scarily dry. But I need my herbs and greens for summer salads so its an essential task that must be done!
  • walk, walk, walk : I dont have a double pram so Ive been a litt...

04:21

Wilderness man Les Southwell dead at 88 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Les Southwell, left, with Dave Noble of Sydney discuss wilderness photography in the Labyrinth near Lake St Clair, Tasmania, 2008. Photo courtesy John Robens.

Les Southwell, left, with Dave Noble of Sydney discuss wilderness photography in the Labyrinth near Lake St Clair, Tasmania, 2008. Photo courtesy John Robens.

Jenny Weber

Les Southwell, a towering figure of last century wilderness travel and photography in Tasmania and Victoria, has been found dead in the Victorian alps. He had been separated from companions and was sitting outside his tent near snowy Mt Bogong when he died, aged 88.

Les Southwell, a Melbourne engineer, was one of the most remarkable wilderness walkers in Tasmania in the high age of wild country adventure last century. He first came to Tasmania in the early 1960s and, via the original Lake Pedder, walked to Federation Peak, the most remote mountain in Australia. Consequently, in scores more trips, he bush-bashed into other remote places including Pokana Cirque, Lake Curley, the Denison Range and Gordon Splits, former Greens leader Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

Les was a vigorous advocate for saving the Franklin and Gordon rivers from damming.

Les Southwells 1983 book The Mountains of Paradise: the Wilderness of South-west Tasmania is a classic of Australian wilderness photography. His depictions of Lake Pedder National Park are now national treasures. Until the end, Les was a crusty advocate for restoring Lake Pedder, Mr Brown said.

Victorian environmentalist Karen Alexander OA said that Les had a very long dedication to conservation, from the Lake Pedder campaign to Fraser Island, the subject of his first book, and the Franklin.

He saw the value of photography to convey the good message about wild places, like Peter Dombrovskis and Olegas Truchanas who also died in the wild. Les kept the campaign for Tasmanias South-west wilderness alive in Melbourne after the loss of Lake Pedder, paving the way for saving the Franklin. As a civil engineer, Les had argued strongly for alternative solutions to the flooding of Lake Pedder, Ms Alexander said.

Half a century ago Les observed that for Tasmanian politicians the idea of the wilderness experience seemed incomprehensible and they often seemed hostile to the very notion, Bob Brown said.

Nowadays wilderness is arguably Tasmanias greatest tourism drawcard, thanks to advoca...

04:06

Correspondence with gov: PM&C, DSS "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Over the weekend I began trying to nail down what the actual process is for a community to decide to enter into a trial of the cashless debit card. I need to know this kind of detail in order to provide an informed submission to the Inquiry into the Social Services Legislation (Cashless Debit Card) Bill 2017 which is due on Sept 29.

Through my research, I was provided with a link to the MOU signed by representatives of Ceduna area and discovered that PM&C had signed the MOU on behalf of government. I thought this was an interesting detail as I had not been aware that PM&C was involved in any way in cashless welfare so I wrote to PM&C to ask them about their role. Yesterday I got a reply not from PM&C but from DSS. PM&C are obviously not willing to explain their role in debit card trials.

I find the lack of willingness of anyone in government to provide any information about cashless welfare to be contrary to democratic decision making. How can people who may potentially be effected by the roll out of cashless welfare establish the pros and cons of the policy when the information is so tightly controlled that we do not receive timely information or information that clearly answers our questions?

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Hi Rosie,

The Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet have sent your enquiry to the Department of Social Services (DSS).

DSS Media has forwarded it to cashlessdebitcard@dss.gov.au for re...

04:04

Entire volume of CIA files on Lee Harvey Oswald, set for October release, has mysteriously 'gone missing' "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Volume 5 of the CIA's Lee Harvey Oswald 7-volume collection, may never be turned over, even though the law requires it to take place by October 26th of this year. Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The official narrative, that a lone former Marine named Harvey Oswald assassinated him, is widely disputed. All available documents from all government entities are required by the Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 to be released on October 26th of 2017. But if history repeats itself, the Central Intelligence Agency may not release an entire volume of documents on Oswald, known as "volume 5." As Sputnik reports, the release in July of 3,810 CIA and FBI documents on the assassination by the Assassination Records Review Board threw up a number of revelations that JFK researchers have hungrily devoured and enthusiastically publicized. For instance, the mayor of Dallas at the time of Kennedy's assassination, Earle Cabell, was a CIA asset in the 1950s, and his brother, Charles Cabell, a high-ranking CIA official until 1962. The release in October has been highly anticipated by those seeking answers. However, thanks to a deliberate fudging of records, or a conveniently timed clerical error, an entire volume may never see the light of day.

03:59

Bluesfests first artist announcement for 2018 is their biggest ever "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Bluesfests first artist announcement for 2018 is their biggest ever. Robert Plant and The Sensational Space Shifters return to thrill audiences with their much loved music. 2018 is the 50 year celebration of Led Zeppelins first ever performance. This milestone event will be celebrated at Bluesfest when they perform a number of Led Zeppelin classics. International superstar Lionel Richie will bring his full arena spectacular to Byron Bay this Easter. Local legends The John Butler Trio and Tash Sultana head up the Australian contingent, and CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers and The New Power Generation will bring the funk during their electric, high-energy sets.

Bluesfest director Peter Noble comments on the announcement:

Well here it is, the first of our announcements for Bluesfest 2018, and what an announcement it is! Lionel Richie, Robert Plant, The New Power Generation, CHIC featuring Nile Rodgers, Jose Gonzalez, First Aid Kit plus two of Australias greatest artists The John Butler Trio and Tash Sultana, who is on fire right now.

There is lots more from Morcheeba, the amazing Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real! Eric Gales and the California Honeydrops returning by popular demand from the last festival. We have lots of Blues in this announcement too and we are just getting started. We are going to have a great festival in 2018! Hope to see you there.

Music lovers from across Australia will visit the beautiful Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm, just outside Byron Bay over the Easter long weekend (Thursday 29 th March to Monday 2 nd of April 2018) for the 29 th Annual Bluesfest. During the Festival they will enjoy 12 hours of music each day on multiple stages, incredible food and market stalls and on site
camping in a range of accommodation options.

THE 2017 ARTIST DAILY PLAYING SCHEDULE IS AVAILABLE ON BLUESFEST.COM.AU

Festival and Camping tickets are now on sale through...

03:07

Beach Hotel in Byron sold to investment company "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Aerial view of Byron Bay's Beach Hotel, which is for sale for $75 million. Photo supplied

Aerial view of Byron Bays Beach Hotel, which has sold for an estimated $70 million. Photo supplied

The Beach Hotel in Byron Bay is once again changing hands with The Australian reporting that it has sold for $70 million.

Impact Investment Group, a Melbourne based firm, has confirmed to Echonetdaily that they are expecting that contracts for settlement will be exchanged in around six months some time in February 2018.

We have a strong network in Byron Bay and will be working with the current tenants, said a Spokesperson for Impact Investment Group.

The community can take confidence that working with the community is something that Impact Investment has done and will continue to do.

Its an iconic and much loved hotel. We are really excited about the possibilities to rejuvenate the hotel.

According to their website their mission is to shift capital towards investments that blend financial returns with deep social and environmental impact, and to lead by example in using all of our resources to create the world we want to live in.

The Australian reported that Impact Investment is a private equity firm believed to be backed by the wealthy Liberman family that has more than $400 million in funds under management. Investors include wealthy individuals, families, institutional investors, corporations and foundations.

Amusingly the owner, racing car driver, Max Twigg, had a week earlier denied to The Australian that he was selling the hotel stating that, I am a happy owner, I have been for ten years.

Echonetdaily contacted The Beach Hotel but no comment will be available on the sale until General Manager, Elke van Haandel, returns from her overseas trip in late September.

The post...

03:00

Guns Confiscated From Farmer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

David Dunstan, (From Herald Sun)

by Dee McLachlan

There was a fair amount of crime in South Africa when I lived there, and house break-ins were common. My aunt and uncle woke up one night as an intruder was about to bludgeon them over their heads. My uncle jumped up, naked, and grabbing an non-working antique rifle, chased the intruder out.

My parents friends were not so lucky. Hearing a noise downstairs, the elderly husband armed himself with a pistol, and went down stairs to investigate. It didnt end well. He was overpowered by the group of intruders and shot dead with his own gun.

The Farmer in Albury

Last Thursday, around midnight, a resident of Splitters Creek (in New South Wales) heard a noise. Arming himself with a hockey stick, he confronted an 18-year-old rummaging through cupboards in the kitchen. The lad was armed with a knife but facing the hockey stick, he fled.

Then at about 3.30...

02:36

FixedIt: alleged death threats and stalking are not a declaration of love "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Illawarra Mercury reported on a man accused of threatening to cut his ex-partners throat after she reported him to police for allegedly stalking and harassing her in breach of an AVO.

This case has not yet been heard in court so this is not about his guilt or innocence, it is about how the charges against him are reported.

According to the article, the man is accused of following her, turning up at her house and following her to a hotel. She reported him to police and says she then received 32 phone calls from an unknown number. She answered one of the calls, and alleges that the accused yelled at her for calling police and said Im getting locked up for nine months so Im going to make it worthwhileIm going to cut your throat.

These allegations are not a declaration of love. Declaring love for someone is not a crime and no one can be charged for doing so. There were six charges including contravening an AVO and stalking, all of which are serious crimes, not romatic acts.

He has pled not guilty to all charges.

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02:27

Change the world one action at a time "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Repower Byron Shire Launch took place at Nina Bishop's house on Sunday, September 17 during Sustainable House Day. Photo supplied.

Repower Byron Shire Launch took place at Nina Bishops house on Sunday, September 17 during Sustainable House Day. Photo supplied.

Have you been wondering how to take action on climate change and reduce your carbon footprint? Repower Byron Shire, launched on Sunday 17 September, is helping the Byron Shire community do just that.

ENOVA, Zero Emissions Byron and COREM have come together with Byron Shire Council to encourage people in the shire to achieve 100 per cent renewable energy use.

Two streets have been selected, one in Mullumbimby and one in Byron Bay that will be run pilot program beginning in late September that hopes to see the entire street reduce its carbon footprint by transitioning to renewables.

These locals have already embraced the concept and street champions have been identified. Once we have had a chance to see how the program can run practically on a small scale, it will be launched into the wider community, says Byron Shire councilor Jeanette Martin.

Repower Byron Shire Launch From left Ben Franklin, Renewable Energy Secretary, Dave Rawlins, COREM, Sandi Middleton, Enova Community Cr Jeanette Martin, Byron Shire Council and Tiffany Harrison, Zero Emissions Byron. Photo supplied.

Repower Byron Shire Launch
From left Ben Franklin, Renewable Energy Secretary, Dave Rawlins, COREM, Sandi Middleton, Enova Community Cr Jeanette Martin, Byron Shire Council and Tiffany Harrison, Zero Emissions Byron. Photo supplied.

The campaign will focus on three st...

02:20

Ballina Ocean pool design being considered "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The latest concept design for the proposed ocean pool at Ballina's Shelly Beach. Image supplied

The latest concept design for the proposed ocean pool at Ballinas Shelly Beach. Image supplied

The prospect of swimming in a shark-free ocean pool at Shelly Beach has moved a step closer after the engineering design brief for the Ballina Ocean Pool was sent out to a number of consultants recently.

The assessment will look at the coastal processes involved in the construction and operation of the pool, including the impacts of wave action on the pool, possible changes to sediment movement in the area, water quality inside the pool, wave overtopping behaviour and pool flushing.

Ballina Deputy Mayor and committee member Jeff Johnson said the purpose of the report is to provide an understanding of the performance and behaviour of an ocean pool at Shelly Beach and the impact, if any, on the ocean processes nearby.

This will help in the assessment of how well an ocean pool at Shelly Beach will work and will influence the final design chosen, Mr Johnson said.

The Ballina Ocean Pool Committee has been putting this brief together for some time now and it is the culmination of lots of preliminary research, he added.

Other reports underway include an assessment of the marine ecology on the Shelly Beach rock shelf and whether the pool can provide an enhanced environment for the existing flora and fauna, said Cr Johnson.

These studies are being undertaken by Professor Peter Harrison and the Marine Ecology Department at Southern Cross University.

Our intention all along was to design an ocean pool that is interactive with the ocean and has minimal ongoing maintenance. Those two elements will form a key part in the final design, Cr Johnson said.

Local structural engineer and Ballina Ocean Pool Committee member, Peter Lucena has been working on the design brief in conjunction with internationally renowned coastal engineer, Doug Lord, who has been providing assistance on a voluntary basis. Hes an expert in his field and has also held senior government positions and been on numerous advisory panels.

Its a real boost for our committee to have that expertise onboard to help e...

02:05

Tamara to take police petition to Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

amara Smith receives the Alstonville community petition from Rod Clavan (left) outside the Alstonville Newsagency. Photo supplied

amara Smith receives the Alstonville community petition from Rod Clavan (left) outside the Alstonville Newsagency. Photo supplied

Greens MP for Ballina Tamara Smith met with Alstonville community representatives over the weekend to receive their petition for police officers to be stationed permanently at Alstonville.

Ive met with members of the community, our new permanent Alstonville police officer Sean Daley and Inspector Bill McKenna to discuss the impacts of youth crime in Alstonville, she said.

An elderly resident was terrified during a recent robbery and as far as Im concerned we need a zero tolerance on crime in our peaceful village and the police agree. This has gone well beyond vandalism and graffiti.

Thankfully we now have a dedicated police presence and hopefully before Christmas the second officer will be appointed and take up residence in the station, said Ms Smith.

I will present this petition to the NSW Parliament this week. I am thankful to the business owners and community members who have signed the petition. It will bring attention to the fact that NSW Police are hamstrung by their human resources policies which do not allow them to replace officers who are on sick leave, maternity leave or other long term leave.

Our police are taking the issue of youth crime in Alstonville seriously. Once again I ask anyone who feels unsafe or in danger to please call 000 and they will be responded to, said Ms Smith.

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02:04

Festival extension approved at Parklands "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Falls Festival Byron Bay 2016-17. The 2017-18 event will not be able to operate at the North Byron Parklands site unless the operators receive an extension to their trial. Photo David Lowe

Falls Festival Byron Bay 2016-17. The 2017-18. Photo David Lowe

North Byron Parklands, home to Falls Festival and Splendour in the Grass, has been granted a 20-month extension to its five-year trial by the independent Planning Assessment Commission (PAC).

The original five year trial period ended on December 31, 2017, leaving two days of the Falls Festival without permission to go ahed.

The approval now means that the Byron leg of the Falls Music and Arts Festival 2017/2018, Splendour in the Grass 2018, Falls 2018/2019 and Splendour 2019 will go ahead at North Byron Parklands, organisers said.

Other than the extension of time, there were no additional changes sought in the application.

North Byron Parklands general manager Mat Morris said, The decision provides certainty, not only for the two world class festivals held at this site, but for hundreds of local businesses and individuals who generate income from these events. The decision also reflects the ongoing improvements to performance across a range of key areas such as traffic and noise.

Community association unhappy

However, the South Golden Beach Community Association vice-president, Denise Nessel said, The PAC ignored major concerns about ecological and social impacts, accepting Parklands claims that the events have only a negligible effect on the sensitive ecological area and that they are appropriately managing all the social impacts.

The PAC appears to have spent minimal time reviewing the detailed submissions sent by objectors. The quick decision strongly suggests that they had made up their minds to approve the extension before the public hearing.

Land swap

North Byron Parklands is now in the process of putting together its final application to become a permanent music, arts and community events...

01:50

Murdered Sydney mum grew up in Byron Bay "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Much loved hairdresser and former Byron Bay resident Lanell Latta has been murdered at her home on Sydney's northern beaches. Photo Facebook

Much loved hairdresser and former Byron Bay resident Lanell Latta has been murdered at her home on Sydneys northern beaches. Photo Facebook

A former Byron Bay resident who was stabbed to death at her home on Sydneys northern beaches is being remembered as ethereal, funny, kind and gentle, by those close to her.

Lanell Latta, 50, was found dead at a house on Marine Parade in Avalon on Monday morning.

Ms Latta grew up in Byron Bay before moving to the home in Avalon, which she reportedly rented from supermodel Gemma Ward.

Her 25-year-old son was arrested in nearby Ruskin Rowe and taken to Manly Police Station for questioning.

He was charged with her murder as well as assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He has been refused bail to appear at Manly Local Court on Tuesday.

Friends and family of the hairdresser have taken to social media to express their grief, saying they were speechless and heartbroken.

The world has lost a beautiful soul in Lanell she was taken from us way too early, in tragic circumstances, and Im sure all of us who knew her will miss her dearly, one friend wrote.

What a loss my beautiful friend ethereal, funny, kind and gentle. I have wonderful memories of you, and I wish you eternal peace now that you are home, another wrote.

AAP

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01:35

Hooting & Howling Comes to the Melbourne Fringe "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Julia Johnson Following on from a successful debut in Sydney last year, playwright and performer Phil Spencer (Story Club) and indie-folk singer Julia Johnson will be bringing their Hooting & Howling show to the Melbourne Fringe this week. Hooting & Howling mixes stand-up comedy, storytelling and live music to explore the supernatural []

01:20

Jedediah Bila asks Hillary Clinton a tough question on The View - "resigns" just days later "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Jedediah Bila shocked audiences when she departed The View on Monday - and according to a source, this sudden departure may have something to do with Hillary Clinton. Clinton was on the show last Wednesday promoting her book What Happened, with conservative Bila calling her "tone deaf" and asking the former presidential candidate a tough question. "To be fair, it hasn't just been Republicans who have taken issue with the writing of this book. Some Democrats have come out as well," Bila said to Clinton. "Former campaign surrogates of yours, former fundraisers and said, 'This book puts us in the past and we wanna move forward, we wanna figure out where to take this party, how to succeed in the future. And this places us in the past.' How do you respond to Democrats also coming out in criticism of you writing this?" "I think they first should read the book," Clinton answered.

00:51

Community input sought on Casino to Mbah rails "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

NRRAG at the Murwillumbah station. Photo supplied.

NRRAG at the Murwillumbah station. Photo supplied.

The question of community input into if, and how the train or rail trail should proceed is being questioned by Tweed Shire Council mayor Katie Milne at the next council meeting on September 21 in Tweed Heads.

I have a notice of motion on this Council agenda regarding my concerns about whether the community as a whole has had much involvement or input into this very expensive project, said mayor Milne.

The Greens mayor will then also be speaking at an open public forum about the rail corridor from Casino to Murwillumbah, to be held at the Murwillumbah Community Centre from  6pm on Monday September 25.

Beth Shelly from the Northern Rivers Railway Action Group (NRRG) said, We are not aware of any consultations that have taken place with the community and there are issues that many people are not aware of and this is an opportunity to share this information.

Other speakers who will address the forum include  NSW Greens transport spokesperson Dr Mehreen Faruqi and  Northern Rivers Railway Action Group member Geoff Reid.

Come along and grab the opportunity to discuss real public transport options for the future. An eight train a day commuter rail service that extends to the Tweed and Gold Coast is the big picture for this region. Connecting cycleways with rail and buses to develop an integrated plan to get cars off the road will cut transport emissions and deliver real transport and ecotourism outcomes for all people, continued Shelley.

We are totally supportive of having both the rail trail and the train. In Victoria there are areas where they have rail trails beside the trains that works well.

Dr Mehreen Faruqi says, I would like to talk about the shambles that is transport planning from this government as well as the need for a sustainable...

00:27

John McAfee Admits Bitcoin Is A Total Scam "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In a recent CNBC interview, John McAfee inadvertently explained why Bitcoin is a total scam doomed to fail within the next 12 months.  In answering Jamie Dimons claims that Bitcoin is a fraud, McAfee [...]

00:21

Lismore among top 10 for rooftop solar in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

How Lismore compares: one of the top 10 postcodes in Australia for renewables. Source Clean Energy Regulator

How Lismore compares: one of the top 10 postcodes in Australia for renewables. Source Clean Energy Regulator

More than 11,000 households and small businesses in Lismore have made the switch to renewable energy, making it the postcode with tenth most solar panels in the country.

Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme postcode data released yesterday by the Clean Energy Regulator reflects a geographically diverse spread of installations, particularly in suburban, regional and rural areas of Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia.

The postcodes of Bundaberg (Qld), Werribee and Hoppers Crossing (Vic) have accumulated the highest number of small-scale renewable energy installations since the scheme began in 2001, each reaching around 17,000 installations as at 1 September 2017.

Lismore Community Solar Project 's solar farm on the roof of the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre. Photo courtesy Rainbow Power Company.

Lismore Community Solar Project s solar farm on the roof of the Goonellabah Sports & Aquatic Centre. Photo courtesy Rainbow Power Company.

In fact, over the last 10 years, 23 per cent more Australians have embraced rooftop solar. Thats one in five homes and businesses now generating their own renewable energy and reducing carbon emissions through rooftop solar.

Last month, Australia hit a milestone of 6,000 megawatt capacity across 2.8 million small-scale installations of renewable energy systems such as solar PV systems, solar water heaters and air source heat pumps. Thats enough to power 1.8 million homes.

How to participate

The Small-scale Renewable Energy Scheme provides incentives for households and businesses to install small-scale power generation or reduce electricity use through energy efficient hot water systems. It works by creating a market for renewable energy certificates. For m...

00:08

Tweed marriage equality banner erected "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The marriage equality banner being erected near Twin Towns in Tweed Heads. Photo AME

The marriage equality banner being erected near Twin Towns in Tweed Heads. Photo AME

Today commuters in Tweed will be greeted by an eight-metre long banner in support of the YES vote for Marriage Equality.

Tweed Equality Campaign spokesperson Peter Waters said, Our message is that LGBTI Australians live, work and participate in regional and rural areas. We are your neighbours, friends, employees, employers and customers.

When Tweed locals drive through town they will be reminded that this is not a faraway campaign in the big cities, but that we are asking for their support as locals. We believe that our gay and lesbian community members, family, friends and neighbours should have the same opportunity to marry as everyone else.

Cam Hogan, the North Coast Equality Campaign spokesperson, added, Were encouraging everyone to open their mail today, tick YES and send it back as soon as they can. We hope that the banner reminds people driving home tonight how it important it is that they vote now, and vote YES.

This postal survey is about one thing only, and that is giving every Australian the right to marry the person they love.

We want this banner to show LGBTI people across Tweed that they are not alone during this challenging time and encourage everyone to vote YES.

Tweed residents can support the YES Campaign for Marriage Equality by:

  1. Pledging their YES vote
  2. Host a calling party!
  3. ......

Monday, 18 September

23:57

Mich. Teacher Violently Drags Black 6th-Grader Out of His Seat After He Declines to Stand for the Pledge of Allegiance "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Source: The Root

Everybody is all about freedom of speech and expression until a black person (hey, Colin Kaepernick; hey, Jemele Hill) decides to exercise his or her right to do so. And in this particular case, a black sixth-grader out of Michigan says he was assaulted by his homeroom teacher all because he was exercising his rights and declined to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Stone Chaney, who attends East Middle School in Farmington Hills, Mich., told ClickOnDetroit that his teacher violently dragged him out of his chair and attempted to force him to stand for the pledge, leaving the young man confused and unwilling to return to that school.

The teacher consultant comes up behind me and snatches me out of my chair violently, Stone told the news site. I was so confused. I didnt know what was going on.

Note that Stone referred to the individual in question as the teacher consultant. That means that the person who allegedly thought it was all right to snatch a child out of his seat trains other teachers. One would wonder what kind of training those other teachers are receiving.

Except I can tell you exactly what, because Stone claims that the very next day after the initial incident, another teacher yelled at him for remaining seated during the pledge.

Stone is very adamant about not standing, saying that he does not pledge to a flag.

I dont stand because I dont pledge to a flag, the precocious child explained. I pledge to God and family.

Stones parents are still looking for answers as to how the incident, which occurred Sept. 7., could have unfolded the way it did. His father addressed the district directly at its last board meeting, defending his sons right to do what...

23:48

Why The Battles Against Liberalism, Globalism And The New World Order Are All Related "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Do you love liberty and freedom? If you ask that question to people randomly on the street, you are going to get the same answer over and over again. Everyone wants liberty and freedom, but what they dont understand is that there is an inverse relationship between the size of government and the amount of liberty and freedom that we get to enjoy. Every time a new law, rule or regulation is established, our liberties and our freedoms are restricted in some way. So the bigger government becomes, the less liberty and freedom we actually have.

On the federal level, there are now literally hundreds of thousands of laws, rules and regulations. And when you throw in the state and local levels, the total number of laws, rules and regulations governing all of our lives is in the millions. This is something that we learned about in law school, and it always stuck with me.

Of course we cant do away with government entirely, because then we would have anarchy. For example, we dont want the freedom to run around murdering one another at random. So it is very good to have laws against murder.

But in general, our founders intended for this to be a nation where government was limited and where our freedoms and liberties were maximized.

Sadly, what we have today is radically different from what our founders intended. Government has just gotten bigger and bigger over time, and this is true on the federal, state and local levels. And the bigger government gets, the more oppressive it tends to become. North Korea, Soviet Russia and Nazi Germany are three examples of what can happen when big government spins wildly out of control.

As I run for Congress, this is something that I am working very hard to educate people about. I am running on a pro-liberty platform, and that means that I want to try to restore the constitutional balance that our founders originally intended. In order to do that, we need to dramatically shrink the size of our federal government, and doing so would mean much more liberty and freedom for us all.

But you should see...

23:47

Govt faces fresh calls for sugar tax "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The federal government is facing fresh calls to introduce a sugar tax. Photo Orin Zebest flickr.com/photos/orinrobertjohn

The federal government is facing fresh calls to introduce a sugar tax. Photo Orin Zebest flickr.com/photos/orinrobertjohn

SYDNEY  [AAP]

The federal government is facing fresh calls to introduce a sugar tax as part of a plan drawn up by a coalition of health and community groups which want urgent action to tackle Australias obesity problem.

The eight-point plan includes a 20 per cent tax on sugary drinks, restrictions on TV junk food ads, the establishment of a national obesity taskforce, and mandatory health star ratings for food packaging by mid 2019.

The plan has been drawn up by a group of 34 leading health and community groups led by the Obesity Policy Coalition and includes the Cancer Council, Heart Foundation, several universities and Nutrition Australia.

Obesity Policy Coalition executive manager Jane Martin said while 63 per cent of Australian adults and 27 per cent of children were either overweight or obese, there is still no national strategy addressing the issue.

It just doesnt make sense, she said on Tuesday.

Without action, the costs of obesity and poor diet to society will only continue to spiral upwards.

The policies we have set out to tackle obesity therefore aim to not only reduce morbidity and mortality, but also improve wellbeing, bring vital benefits to the economy and set Australians up for a healthier future.

The OPC estimates that the annual cost of overweight and obesity in Australia between 2011 and 2012 was about $8.6 billion in direct and indirect costs including GP services, hospital care, absenteeism and government subsidies.

Ms Martin said kids were being bombarded with ads for junk food and high-sugar drinks that are cheaper than water.

Many so called healthy foods were also being laden with sugar and saturated fat.

Making a healthy choice has never been more difficult, she said.

Professor of epidemiology and equity in public health at Deakin University, Anna Peeters, said the government could no longer afford to do not...

23:38

Q&A: panellists spar over coal as energy debate dominates "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Doctor says respiratory and cardiovascular implications of coal should be top of Australia's energy debate and warns Adani mine threatens health of millions The health implications of coal-fired power should be a main concern in Australia's debate over energy generation, doctors have argued. Speaking on the ABC's Q&A program, the chair of Doctors for the Environment New South Wales, Dr John Van Der Kallen, asked panellists why health was not a primary consideration in the discussion over [...]

23:06

Weve turned our unis into aimless money-grubbing exploiters of students "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Perhaps not everyone will agree with everything Ross Gittins (Economics Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald 17 September 2017) has to say in this article about cuts to university funding in Australia. Nevertheless, he raises some very important points that should be noted by all of us.

Of the many stuff-ups during the now-finished era of economic reform, one of the worst is the unending backdoor privatisation of Australias universities, which began under the Hawke-Keating government and continues in the Senate as we speak.

This is not so much neoliberalism as a folly of the smaller-government brigade, since the ultimate goal for the past 30 years has been no more profound than to push university funding off the federal budget.

The first of the budget-relieving measures was the least objectionable: introducing the Higher Education Contribution Scheme, requiring students  who gain significant private benefits from their degrees  to bear just some of the cost of those degrees, under a deferred loan-repayment scheme carefully designed to ensure it did nothing to deter students from poor families.

Likewise, allowing unis to admit suitably qualified overseas students provided they paid full freight was unobjectionable in principle.

The Howard governments scheme allowing less qualified local students to be admitted provided they paid a premium was problematic, as the academics say, and soon abandoned.

The problem is that continuing cuts in government grants to unis have kept a protracted squeeze on uni finances, prompting vice-chancellors to become obsessed with money-raising.

teaching staff to go easy on fee-paying overseas students who dont reach accepted standards of learning, form unhealthy relationships with business interests, and accept soft power grants from foreign governments and their nationals without asking awkward questions.

They pressure academics not so much to do more research as to win more research funding from the government. Interesting to compare the hours spent preparing grant applications with the hours actually doing research.

John Howard continued the Hawke-Keating push on universities.

To motivate the researchers, those who bring in the big bucks are rewarded by being allowed to pay casuals to do their teaching for them. (This after the vice-chancellors have argued straight-faced what a crime it would be for students to be taught by someone who wasnt at the forefront of their sub-sub research speciality.)

The unis second greatest crime is the appalling way they treat those of their brightest students foolish enough to aspire to an academic career. Those who arent part-timers are kept on serial short-term contracts, leaving them open to exploitation by a...

23:00

Entire Volume of CIA Files On Lee Harvey Oswald, Set to Be Released in October, Has Gone Missing "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Volume 5 of the CIAs Lee Harvey Oswald 7-volume collection, may never be turned over, even though the law requires it to take place by October 26th of this year.

By Jack Burns

Countless concerned individuals are still searching for answers surrounding the mysterious death of the 35th president of the United States, John F. Kennedy. The official narrative, that a lone former Marine named Harvey Oswald assassinated him, is widely disputed.

All available documents from all government entities are required by the Kennedy Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 to be released on October 26th of 2017. But if history repeats itself, the Central Intelligence Agency may not release an entire volume of documents on Oswald, known as volume 5.

As Sputnik reports, the release in July of 3,810 CIA and FBI documents on the assassination by the Assassination Records Review Board threw up a number of revelations that JFK researchers have hungrily devoured and enthusiastically publicized. For instance, the mayor of Dallas at the time of Kennedys assassination, Earle Cabell, was a CIA asset in the 1950s, and his brother, Charles Cabell, a high-ranking CIA official until 1962.

The release in October has been highly anticipated by those seeking answers. However, thanks to a deliberate fudging or records, or a conveniently timed clerical error, an entire volume may never see the light of day.

Inside Langley Air Force Bases CIA Headquarters is an office known as the Office of Security. The Office of Security maintains its own top-secret archives known as the Office of Security Archival Holdings and is a separate archive from the agencys more frequently used facility located in Alexandria, VA known as the Agency Archival Record Center.

As late as 1977, the entire 7-volume collection of documents was intact, having been checked out by Russ Holmes in the Office of General Counsel and noted the 7-volume series was all together, not missing any volumes. But when the CIA was asked to turn over the volume of documents on Oswald, the hitman in the assassination, it seems the agency stonewalled a bit, like a shell game according to independent investigator...

22:40

Book Review: Hillary Clintons Revisionist History Of 2016 Campaign Is Bourgeois Indulgence "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Hillary Clintons book on her presidential campaign is a quintessential piece of bourgeois indulgence. Much like autobiographical works that have come before, this book is inseparable from the larger trajectory of the political class once their time in the media spotlight wanes.

Politicians get paid handsomely to publish an insider magnum opus, pulling the curtain away, revealing their humanitytheir legislative struggles, the toll political life has on their families, and what they often allege the public fails to see, like their personality outside of office.

The former Democratic presidential nominee was given a $14 million advance for her previous book, Hard Choices, and while theres been no confirmation as to how much What Happened received, one can presume, based on the pattern of Clinton book deals, that it was somewhere in the millions.

Ideological differences aside, What Happened is not worth the binding with which holds the nearly 600 pages together, let alone millions of dollars.

It mixes varying personal episodes with political fiction, creating its own historical revisionism that will go unchallenged by those who saw in Clinton every childhood dream of a Madame President. This explains, in part, why any and all criticism of What Happened is met with aversion, as though a career politician should not be made to answer for the material consequences of her years as a government official or prominent public figure.

Clinton attempts to reclaim the characterization that she is flawed, asserting that everyones flawed. Thats the nature of human beings. But our mistakes alone shouldnt define us.

Her mistakes, which stretch far beyond the general election, are not deconstructed in a manner that sheds light on what happened but serve as a way in which Clinton can further blame other people, such as the political climate and anything but the nature of her own decisions.

For example, in the chapter Change Makers, Clinton complains that during the primaries activists used the 1994 Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, signed by then President Bill Clinton, and which she supported, to force her into taking personal responsibility:

[T]hese activists didnt want to talk about developing a policy agenda. One was singularly focused on getting me to accept personal responsibility for having supported policies, especially the crime bill that my husband signed in 1994, which he claimed created a culture of mass incarcerationI thought these activists were right that it was time for public of...

22:02

Neuroscientist Studies Dog Emotions with MRI, Concludes Dogs are People, Too "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This article is shared with permission from our friends at ZME Science. Most dog owners will tell you that their pets are awesome, and if you ask them if they think their dog loves them, most of the time youll be met with a positive answer. But do dogs feel love or...

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21:54

The Seeds of Anti-Capitalist Revolt Found in Everyday Resistance: A Review of Guerrillas of Desire "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The post The Seeds of Anti-Capitalist Revolt Found in Everyday Resistance: A Review of Guerrillas of Desire appeared first on It's Going Down.

Originally published by the Institute for Anarchist Studies.

Back when I first began selling my labor for a wage in the wasteland of suburbias strip malls, I can recall the tedium of stocking shelves, summoning up insincere courtesy in the face of entitled customers and obnoxious bosses, comparing the stacks of money counted at the end of the day with the totals on our paychecks, and feigning adherence to whatever motivational faade management cooked up to mask the reality of our exploitation.

Yet I also remember, much more vividly and fondly, the latent and occasionally eruptive defiance among my co-workers. This included the constant collective complaining about the job, taking more and longer-than-approved breaks, working as little as possible, fudging time sheets, stealing, and the intermittent screaming matches with the boss in the middle of the store. Underpinning all these actions was an unspoken but broadly understood code of silence when it came to such transgressions and, when appropriate, expressions of support for them.

At the time, I didnt think much about this, it was just how things happened and Ive encountered similar experiences to varying degrees in every workplace since. Our actions werent guided by a political framework nor was there any attempt to organize them in a directed manner. It was more a spontaneous, innate reaction to experiencing the coercion of capitalism. I had cause to reflect upon this anew while reading Kevin Van Meters new book, Guerrillas of Desire: Notes on Everyday Resistance and Organizing to Make a Revolution Possible, published by AK Press and the Institute for Anarchist Studies.

In the preface, Van Meter observes that the question motivating him is not What is to be done? but How do people become what they are? Throughout the course of the book he seeks to provide an answer by locating power in the resistance of workers, apart from any political ideology or organization. Whether and how that inherently anti-capitalist refusal of work develops into revolt or rebellion are the questions he compellingly urges us to reflect and act upon.

To reach that point, Guerrillas of Desire ambitiously takes on multiple tasks that feed into and build....

21:24

John McAfee accidentally just revealed why Bitcoin is a total fraud: Behold the logic of artificial work "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

(Natural News) In a recent CNBC interview thats being widely touted by self-deluded Bitcoin promoters as some kind of smack down of JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, Bitcoin advocate John McAfee accidentally admitted why Bitcoin is a total fraud thats doomed to fail.

In answering Jamie Dimons recent declaration that Bitcoin is a fraud, McAfee replied: (see the video at The Daily Sheeple)

However, sir you called Bitcoin a fraud. Im a Bitcoin miner. We create Bitcoins. It costs over one thousand dollars per coin to create a Bitcoin. What does it cost to create a U.S. dollar? Which one is the fraud? Because [the dollar] costs whatever the paper costs, but it costs me and other miners over a thousand dollars per coin its called proof of work.

Behold the logic of artificial work: How John McAfee just embraced Paul Krugmans ditch digging fable

The problem with John McAfees explanation, of course, is that it admits Bitcoins can only be created through the practice of computational wheel spinning operations where the difficulty and duration of such wheel spinning is artificially made needlessly complex by the Bitcoin algorithm. In a world where Bitcoins used to be created for less than one pennys worth of computational work, a single Bitcoin now requires over US$1,000 worth of artificial work to be achieved. A rational person must ask McAfee, Why did Bitcoins used to cost just a penny to create, and now they cost a thousand dollars? The 100,000 X increase in complexity for generating a Bitcoin, it turns out, is an artificial work algorithm known as computational difficulty in mining.

This admission should be shocking to all Bitcoin holders for the simple reason that if Bitcoin drops below $1,000, mining now becomes unprofitable, rendering a very large part of the entire Bitcoin mining infrastructure instantly obsolete. The only thing keeping Bitcoin mining profitable right now is the bubble pricing of Bitcoin itself, and because all bubbles eventually burst, Bitcoin mining will sooner or later reach a point where its not worth the investment of hardware, electricity and time. (Theres also the 21 million coin limit thats rapidly approaching, by the way, which will spell the end of Bitcoin mining as it is conducted today.)

Furthermore, the artificial work aspect of Bitcoin mining and its artificial computational complexity is the digital equivalent of paying people to dig ditches and fill them in again while claiming the activity boosts economic output. This idea, believe it or not, is the classic economic paradox routinely p...

21:21

(Video) The GoldFish Report No. 130 -- Country Roads w/ Winston Shrout: DNA Repair & Fiscal Time "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"



Published on Sep 15, 2017

On The GoldFish Report No .130 - Winston Answers viewers questions about the St. Germaine Affirmation and DNA Repair that will help humans with Ascension. Winston also travels down the private and public road that explains Fiscal Time and Calendar time and how the discrepancy in time between the two require a reconciliation and what the consequences mean if you don't. He further explains that due to the size the sheer number of commerce transactions on this planet that electronic currency is inevitable and is on our door step.

21:15

US Fires Latest Shot In China Trade War: Warns Beijing Is Threat To Worlds Trading System "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Zero Hedge

Its been at least a few weeks since the topic of trade war with China dominated the news flow, so moments ago U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer decided to poke that particular wound, in during a speech in Washington said that Chinas coordinated effort to create national champions and distort markets is a threat to the worlds trading system.

Some headlines from his speech, via Reuters:

  • USTR LIGHTHIZER SAYS THERE IS A GROWING FEELING AMONG VOTERS THAT GLOBAL TRADING SYSTEM NOT FAIR TO U.S. WORKERS
  • USTR LIGHTHIZER SAYS WE WILL HAVE CHANGE IN TRADE POLICY
  • USTR LIGHTHIZER SAYS U.S. CAN COMPETE IF CONDITIONS ARE FAIR
  • USTR LIGHTHIZER SAYS HE AND TRUMP BELIEVE U.S. SHOULD BE MORE PROACTIVE IN TRADE POLICY, DEMAND RECIPROCITY
  • USTR LIGHTHIZER SAYS HE AND TRUMP BELIEVE THAT TRADE DEFICITS MATTER
  • USTR LIGHTHIZER SAYS SCALE OF CHINAS EFFORT TO SUBSIDIZE INDUSTRIES IS A THREAT TO WORLD TRADING SYSTEM
  • USTR LIGHTHIZER SAYS 301 PROBE INTO CHINAS INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY PRACTICES COULD LEAD TO WTO CASES

Bloomberg provides some further details, quoting the US trade rep as saying that WTO isnt equipped to deal with the problem, and the U.S. must find other ways to defend our workers, companies and economic system. As a result, Lighthizer says we will have change on trade policy, a statement that certainly did not come from the Goldman circle of close Trump advisors.

He also said that the real policy difference is not over whether we want efficient markets, but how do we get them adding that the US must be proactive, as years of talking about the problems havent worked and that we must demand reciprocity.

Finally, the US trade rep said that he agrees with President Trump that trade deficits matter and that he agrees macroeconomic factors have an impact on trade deficits, but terms of trade also matter.

In light of what Bank of America just said, namely that the fate of the ongoing game of chicken between the US and North Korea rests in the hands of China, and that any potential provocations by the US could result in a volatile outcome

If Chinas willingness to give more ground ma...

20:30

The Equifax Hack Is The Most Disastrous Data Breach In History Because Now Hackers Have The Credit Information Of 143 Million Americans "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Michael Snyder

Talk about a nightmare.  It is being reported that criminals were able to hack into Equifax and make off with the credit information of 143 million Americans.  We are talking about names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth, home addresses and even drivers license numbers.  If this data breach was an earthquake, we would be talking about a magnitude-10.0 on the identity theft scale.  We have never seen anything like this before, and to say that this will be disastrous for the credit industry would be a massive understatement.

What really disturbed me about this story is that this hack reportedly occurred between mid-May and July of this year

Credit monitoring company Equifax has been hit by a high-tech heist that exposed the Social Security numbers and other sensitive information about 143 million Americans. Now the unwitting victims have to worry about the threat of having their identities stolen.

The Atlanta-based company, one of three major U.S. credit bureaus, said Thursday that criminals exploited a U.S. website application to access files between mid-May and July of this year.

So why didnt we learn about this until September?

Somebody out there really needs to answer that question for us.

And even though the 143 million number is being thrown around constantly, according to USA Today we may never know the true number of victims

When asked if theres a way to quantify how many people have been harmed, John Ulzheimer, a credit expert and former employee at Equifax and credit score firm FICO, said: Theres no way to know, and there may never be a way to know.

Personally, I dont see how Equifax can possibly survive after this.  Their stock price is already crashing, and now it has come out that they had put a music major in charge of data security

When Congress hauls in Equifax CEO Richard Smi...

19:32

Stomach growls and bowels sounds: What's normal and what's not "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Your body lets you know every day, in a variety of ways, that it is alive and well. One such way is the familiar growl of your stomach, which, to most of us, signals hunger. But, are all those rumbles and noises actually coming from your stomach? Are they really a sign you need to eat? The answer to both questions is a resounding "No." I'll take this opportunity to remind you about what's really going on when you feel and hear a rumble in your belly. Is All That Noise Coming From Your Stomach? You may not realize stomach growling actually originates as muscular activity in both your stomach and your small intestine. To better understand what causes it, let's take a closer look at how your body digests the foods and beverages you consume. As you probably know, one of the primary components of your digestive system is a long hollow tube called the esophagus, which runs from the back of your mouth all the way to your anus. Your esophagus connects with all of your various organs along your gastrointestinal tract, such as your gallbladder, liver, pancreas and stomach, as well as your small and large intestines (also referred to as your bowels). The walls of your esophagus are primarily composed of layers of smooth muscle, which are squeezed and contracted as a means of digesting and propelling food through your body. This process is called peristalsis. As peristalsis does its work, the food and beverages you consume are steadily being moved along from your stomach to your anus.

Stomach growls and bowel sounds: What's normal and what's not? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Your body lets you know every day, in a variety of ways, that it is alive and well. One such way is the familiar growl of your stomach, which, to most of us, signals hunger. But, are all those rumbles and noises actually coming from your stomach? Are they really a sign you need to eat? The answer to both questions is a resounding "No." I'll take this opportunity to remind you about what's really going on when you feel and hear a rumble in your belly. Is All That Noise Coming From Your Stomach? You may not realize stomach growling actually originates as muscular activity in both your stomach and your small intestine. To better understand what causes it, let's take a closer look at how your body digests the foods and beverages you consume. As you probably know, one of the primary components of your digestive system is a long hollow tube called the esophagus, which runs from the back of your mouth all the way to your anus. Your esophagus connects with all of your various organs along your gastrointestinal tract, such as your gallbladder, liver, pancreas and stomach, as well as your small and large intestines (also referred to as your bowels). The walls of your esophagus are primarily composed of layers of smooth muscle, which are squeezed and contracted as a means of digesting and propelling food through your body. This process is called peristalsis. As peristalsis does its work, the food and beverages you consume are steadily being moved along from your stomach to your anus.

19:32

Your Vaccine Companys President Led Biowarfare Program & Experiments on Americans "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Did you know that your vaccines were made by a corporation whose president led the US biological warfare program? This video explains.

Merck and Co created the HPV vaccine Gardasil, the MMR vaccine, and others.

During the middle of World War II, George W. Merck, president of pharmaceutical company Merck and Co was in charge of the War Research Service, the biological warfare division of the Federal Security Agency in the US military.

George W. Merck secretly led the biological warfare agency during the same years he was the president of Merck and Co.

His trusting customers had no idea he was in charge of a secret biowarfare program: they only saw his face on the cover of Time Magazine, as he was lauded as some kind of hero for health.

His War Research Service was in charge of Ft. Detrick, in Maryland. Academic institutions participated in the War Research Service: the same prestigious colleges that promoted eugenics for decades leading up to World War II, such as Harvard and Stanford.

Ft. Detrick was a mad science center, and it produced biological warfare experiments on Americans. It produced the plan to spray San Francisco with the infertility causing bacteria Serratia marcescens.

Their techniques were improved with the aid of paperclipped Nazi scientist Kurt Blome. Kurt Blome was brought to the US from Germany to advise biowarfare experts at Ft. Detrick. He had a history of experimenting on victims with the dreadful Black Death, or Bubonic Plague.

In the very beginning of these biowarfare efforts at Ft. Detrick, that would lead to the spraying of San Francisco, George W. Merck was there.

George retired from Merck and Co in 1953, years after his retirement from biowarfare. Immediately following his departure, Merck manufactured Eli Lillys polio vaccine, which was found to be contaminated with the cancer causing virus SV40.

Today, Mercks HPV vaccine Gardasil has injured and killed thousands.

Those who wonder about the malicious intent of mandatory vaccination have been searching for answers: this history is sure to open to door to a lot of answers about why Mercks vaccines are killing people today.

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19:25

Exorcisms in bulk: Most in-demand exorcist in Italy performs group demon removals "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

"[There are] six, seven or eight possessed people here at the moment." Is it cheaper to get your exorcisms in bulk? Is it better? Where would one go to have more than one demon cast out at a time? The answer to the last question and possibly the others can be found in Palermo, Sicily, at the parish of an elderly priest whose fame as the result of a recent documentary has made him the most in-demand exorcist in Sicily, especially since he deals in quantity. "I am talking to you, Satan, Prince of Darkness. I curse you, I chase you out of my life."

18:42

The Key Question at the U.N.: What Does North Korea Want? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The answer will determine whether its even possible to push the country off the nuclear path at this point

In this undated picture released Saturday by North Koreas state-controlled news agency, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the launch of the strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location.
In this undated picture released Saturday by North Koreas state-controlled news agency, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects the launch of the strategic ballistic rocket Hwasong-12 at an undisclosed location. PHOTO: KCNA/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

As President Donald Trump and other world leaders gather at the United Nations this week, a lot of important questions hang in the air, but none more important than this one: What does North Korea want?

That is, what is North Koreas real goal in its relentless, reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons as well as missiles that can carry them as far as the United States? The answer will determine whether its even possible to push the country off....

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