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Friday, 15 December

23:29

How Christmas Baptizes Norse Mythology Into Powerful Christian Archetypes "IndyWatch Feed National"

Every Christmas we all take a tree that otherwise doesnt die and we kill it. Then we place it inside our homes and cover it with a bunch of chintzy nonsense. As Jim Gaffigan says, this sounds like the actions of a drunk man.

In his Christmas tree bit, a wife wonders why theres a pine tree in the living room, and Jim answers with slurred speech saying that theyre gonna decorate it, for Jesus. Indeed, that is exactly why we have Christmas trees: Not drunk people, but Jesus the Messiah.

The Christmas tree is a perfect symbol of Christian theology. It depicts the complete good news of Christ. But to see this we need to understand what the tree means and where it comes from. Lets look at the trees origins. That begins with Norse mythology.

The Tree Upon Which the World Hangs

Norse mythology centers upon a tree. This is not exactly novel. Trees are sacred in almost every culture and religion to varying degrees. This makes sense for several reasons: trees represent immortality because they can live for thousands upon thousands of years. They also are often a source of life either by their fruit or the shade they provide, or because humans have learned how to craft almost anything from their flesh.

But the tree at the center of Norse mythology is unique. It is called Yggdrasil. Modern people tend to think of and depict it as a gigantic ash tree where the nine realms of gods, elves, dwarfs, etc. sit in the branches and roots. Ancient Norse people wouldve probably seen these renditions and known what was meant, but to them the tree didnt actually exist in that way at all. Yggdrasil was existence itself. The world itself was the tree.

By world, I dont mean earth. Earth was a realmMidgard, or, as J.R.R. Tolkien called it, middle earth. Our realm of Midgard was small within the world of this cosmic tree.

The cosmic tree was most clearly seen and understood only after the sun went down. Then the universe is laid bare before mans eyes. In a world without city lights, the naked eye can see the universe of stars that surrounds us in shocking detail. Billions of stars explode across the night sky like a Jackson Pollock painting.

In the middle of all that splendor was the Bifrost, what we call the Milky Way. Weve discovered this white path through the night sky is actually an arm of our spiral galaxy. But to the Norse the Bifrost was a bridge between Asgard and Midgard. Asgard was the home of the Aesir, the greatest Norse gods, Odin of course being their chief.

So what does Yggdrasil mean? It is often translated as Odins horse. But that is actually a theological interpretation of the true meaning of the word. The word literally means The Awesome Ones Gallows. To say it is Odins horse is therefore not false.

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23:12

The Antifascists (2017) "IndyWatch Feed National"

The documentary film The Antifascists has now had a public release on YouTube. It is highly-recommended watching. See also : antifascism on film (February 21, 2017) /// The Far Right and Antifa, Making Contact [podcast], December 13, 2017 /// The Continue reading

23:12

Interstate Banking & Changes to the Federal Reserve "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: 

Hi Marty,
You say, The one-size-fits-all policy of central banks with regard to interest rates pits East v West in both Canada and the United States. Farmers, oil producers, and miners are forced to pay higher interest rates when their economies are declining because of speculative booms in Toronto or New York.
I can see how regional Central Banks could have supplied different stimulus in different regions back in the time of the Feds formation when the mediums of communication were not what they are today, but how would that work now. With the ability, today to borrow money electronically from where ever it is cheapest, wouldnt people in the high-interest regions simply borrow in the regions where the money was cheapest defeating that strategy?
Regards,
F

 

ANSWER: About 70% of small business are routinely turned down for business loans. The small farmers, miners, and oil producers cannot simply borrow from the cheapest source. I myself always found banks calling me asking if wanted to borrow money when things were great and I never needed it. If you are watching your business model decline, nobody will lend to a ship taking on even a little water. There is a huge difference between a consumer loan on credit cards and a small business.

 

Consumers already pay interest rates set by a bank which are usually covering various regions. It is true, after the collapse of 9,000 banks with the Great Depression, thereafter banks were prohibited from Interstate Banking. Indeed, Interstate Banking allowing banks across state lines became widespread in the mid-1980s, when state legislatures passed legislation that allowed bank holding companies to acquire out-of-state banks on a reciprocal basis with other states. I had been on the board of a regional bank in the early 1980s. After Interstate Banking was allowed, a New York bank came down and put in a bid for Capital State Bank. It was sold and everyone cashed-in on their shares.

 

The main point is that there remain regional lending problems. The banks will lend to a market that is booming and will shun away from the regions in trouble. Today, a major bank in New York goes down and it impacts the ent...

23:11

Parliament House of Lords Dental Health: Children:Written question - HL3911 "IndyWatch Feed National"


Q Asked by Lord Turnberg
Asked on: 05 December 2017
Department of Health
Dental Health: ChildrenHL3911

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the incidence of childhood dental decay in (1) those regions where the water supply is fluoridated, and (2) those where it is not.


A Answered by: Lord O'Shaughnessy
Answered on: 14 December 2017

Public Health Englands Water fluoridation Health monitoring report for England 2014 compared a range of dental and non-dental health indicators in fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas.

The report concluded that, when deprivation and ethnicity were taken into account, five year-old children in areas with a fluoridated water supply were 28% less likely to have tooth decay than those in non-fluoridated areas, and 12 year-old children in areas with a fluoridated water supply were 21% less likely to have had tooth decay in permanent teeth than children living in non-fluoridated areas. A copy of Water fluoridation Health monitoring report for England 2014 is attached.
Water fluoridation (PDF Document, 1.5 MB)



Who would believe them after their involvement  in the Southampton fluoridation scheme debacle.

This video shows how they manipulate reviews if they don't agree with the findings. Now a bit old as SHA's no longer exist. It's the council who have to ask for a feasibility study.



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22:41

MACKAY SHOCKING: Alleged drunk driver rolls car "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 15, 2017 at 01:33PM ,

SHOCKING: Alleged drunk driver rolls car

December 15, 2017 at 01:33PM ,

It will be alleged the man returned a reading of .207% more than four times the legal limit. He was served with a notice to appear for driving under the influence of liquor and will front Mackay Magistrates Court on January 18. Mackay Police will aim crack down on drink drivers this weekend after a horror

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22:41

MACKAY Police preparing to target drink drivers again this weekend "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 15, 2017 at 10:45AM ,

Police preparing to target drink drivers again this weekend

December 15, 2017 at 10:45AM ,

He will appear in the Mackay Magistrates Court to have the matter heard on January 15, 2018. Being caught drink driving by the police is not the worst possible outcome causing an injury or worse to another motorist, passenger or yourself as a result of drink driving is the worst possible outcome.

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MACKAY Mackay bus masturbators chances not looking too flash "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 15, 2017 at 05:30PM ,

Mackay bus masturbators chances not looking too flash

December 15, 2017 at 05:30PM ,

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20:13

North Korea Is Not Just a Nuclear Problem but Also a Complex Security Challenge "IndyWatch Feed National"

Washington and Seoul need to engage with Pyongyang, Beijing and Moscow to explore how a deal can be worked out.

It may be too late to reverse North Koreas nuclear status. Credit: Reuters

Anyone who claims to have an answer to North Koreas nuclear problem has been misinformed. A premeditated nuclear attack is unlikely from any side. Rather, the risk of war lies in the possibility of miscommunication, misperception and miscalculation that could see the cycle of provocation and escalation spin out of control.

The Korean War ended in 1953 with a ceasefire but not peace agreement. The 38th parallel is heavily militarised, barbed wire-fenced, mined and patrolled. Over six decades of demonising, isolating and sanctioning, the Kim dynasty-led regime has perpetuated a stalemate at escalating levels of insecurity. North Korea conducts another nuclear test, possibly more powerful than before. Or a longer-range missile test. US and UN impose additional or tougher sanctions. US and North Korea exchange more threats. The stalemate continues, but with heightened sense of insecurity on all sides.

North Koreas ambition to acquire an intercontinental nuclearised capability has had four components, three of which have been realised. First, it has been making bombs. According to revised US intelligence assessments, it may have as many as 60 bombs. Second, test...

20:07

Israel PM faces new questions in graft probe "IndyWatch Feed National"

AFP

AFP | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses hundreds of right-wing activists who gathered in Tel Aviv on August 9, 2017 in a show of support for him against persistent corruption allegations

JERUSALEM (AFP)  

Fraud squad detectives questioned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his Jerusalem residence on Friday, the seventh time in a nearly year-long corruption probe, reports said.

Public radio and two privately-owned TV channels said that investigators arrived at the house shortly before 9:00 am (0700 GMT).

Police policy is not to comment until the days questioning has been completed.

The radio said an investigation into suspicions Netanyahu received luxury gifts from wealthy supporters, including Israeli businessman and Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan and Australian tycoon James Packer, was nearing completion.

This is likely to be his last interrogation, on the gifts case, it said.

After that the police intend to wrap up the case within a short time.

The Maariv newspaper reported that detectives believed they had sufficient evidence to pass the file to the state prosecutor.

The police are still deliberating whether to attribute to Netanyahu the offence of bribe-taking or receiving benefits, Maariv said.

The prime minister was first questioned on January 2.

Investigations are expected to continue in a second case in which police suspect that Netanyahu sought a secret pact for favourable coverage with the publisher of the top-selling Yediot Aharonot newspaper.

The alleged scheme, not believed to have been finalised, would have seen Netanyahu receive favourable coverage in return for helping curb Yediots competitor, the pro-Netanyahu freesheet Israel Hayom.

Netanyahu has consistently denied any wrongdoing, and says he has been the target of a smear campaign by political opponents.


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20:00

Parents Reveal Being Hit and Bit by Aggressive Autistic Sons and Daughters "IndyWatch Feed National"

Carly and John Sutherland at the legislature in Halifax, November 30, 2017

by Mary W Maxwell

The Age of Autism website has been running for many years. Two of its main these are the search for pharmaceutical responsibility for autism, and helpful support for families.

One seldom hears the worst of the worst at that particular website, although you can read between the lines when a Dad says In all these years we have never once gone to a restaurant as a family.

However, on December 8, 2017, ageofautism.com published Violent Aggression and Autism: The Hidden Shame, Secret, Cover Up. Rather than printing it here I will print...

19:55

"Weekly News Wrap-Up 12/15/17" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Weekly News Wrap-Up 12/15/17"
By Greg Hunters USAWatchdog.com 

"Looks like the GOP finally defeated its own candidate for Senator in the Alabama Special Election. The GOP could not stop Moore in the primary after spending $32 million, but it teamed up with Democrats and got Moore defeated. Moore is not conceding, and plenty of people are saying there was voter fraud. Its a long shot that Moore could force a recount, but even so, a last minute court decision in Alabama allowed paper ballots to be destroyed after a winner was declared. Some say that will make a recount next to impossible. Congratulations Mitch McConnell, you got a Democrat elected in a 60/40 Red state.

Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is being charged with running a totally biased investigation against Donald Trump by members of Congress. Some say he should be fired. There is still no evidence of Russian collusion but plenty of evidence that the same people that exonerated Hillary Clinton for multiple crimes are now going after Donald Trump. I am referring to the DOJ and FBI investigators. On top of that, the Justice Department will not answer questions that it used a totally false so-called dossier bought an...

19:01

14 of the Most Dangerous Roads in the World "IndyWatch Feed National"

Adrenaline is so strong that none of us understands it. Jerry Lewis

When you are told to close your eyes and picture a road trip, you are probably envisioning coffee stops and upbeat music while cruising down an endless highway. There is, however, a whole different side to road trips if youre looking for your next opportunity for an adrenaline rush. Trade in your reasonable speed limits and highway road stops for hairpin bends, trips through war zones and dramatic mountain drops with these fascinating destinations.

Check out 14 of the most dangerous roads across the globe:

#1 Hana, Hawaii

This incredibly narrow and scenic road located on the island of Maui is a high-risk location for landslides, which means that its often closed to travellers.

Source: Mashable

 

#2 Eshima Ohashi Bridge, Japan

Designed to allow clearance for even the largest of ships, this trip would resemble a rollercoaster more than a trip over a mere bridge.

Source: Metro

 

#3 Eyre Highway, Australia

Unlike the other roads on the list, this road isnt dangerous due to incredible heights or risks of landslides, however, it is responsible for an incredibly high number of accidents. Why? It is so monotonous that drivers regularly fall asleep.

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19:00

There May Be Just Enough Healthy Coral Left to Save the Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed National"





First, the meme that all that damage is caused by temperature change is rubbish and an exercise in misdirection.  The most probable cause is agricultural run off which has been heavy in nitrogen for the past several generations.  As well that run off will be in the surface waters most likely to affect reefs.

The switch out to organic agriculture will  allow these reefs to completely reverse and stage a total recovery.
 
In the meantime we have this nonsense to put up with in order to hide the true culprit..


There May Be Just Enough Healthy Coral Left to Save the Great Barrier Reef 

Australian scientists see a way back from the mass bleaching events brought on by climate change.
Jackie Flynn MogensenNov. 28, 2017 2:00 PM 

http://www.motherjones.com/environment/2017/11/there-may-be-just-enough-healthy-coral-left-to-save-the-great-barrier-reef/# 

The Great Barrier Reef is called great for a reason. As the worlds largest reef system, its half the size of Texas, home to about 10 percent of the oceans fish species, and generates billions of tourism dollars annually. Plus, its damn beau...

18:52

Atlanta, GA: Update on Food Not Bombs Repression "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post Atlanta, GA: Update on Food Not Bombs Repression appeared first on It's Going Down.

Early this morning, we came to court ready to face criminal charges for feeding the homeless without a permit. Many people came out and we shared food, clothes, and hygiene supplies right in front of the courthouse.

City representatives refused to show up. They were too ashamed to even face us in their own court. The bogus charge was dismissed without so much as a hearing. This confirms that the crackdown was never about the law, it has always been nothing more than a campaign of intimidation designed to bully homeless people and those who aid them. Already, officials are researching other ordinances they can use to repress us.

The real solution is ordinary people working together to help each other, and fighting against the gentrification agenda of the city elites. We will continue doing our part, and we call on everyone to join in however they can.

We are outraged that the City is trying to avoid this issue. Officials must answer for persecuting us, but they know they cant. They can hide from a court case, but they cant hide from the poor people who face constant harassment by their cops. They cant hide from the homeless people who they evicted from the Peachtree & Pine shelter. The City wants to pretend they are the solution to poverty and homelessness in Atlanta, but they are the cause.

The real solution is ordinary people working together to help each other, and fighting against the gentrification agenda of the city elites. We will continue doing our part, and we call on everyone to join in however they can.

18:49

Significant radiation dose received by Lucas Heights worker in nuclear accident "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Radioactive liquid spills on worker at Lucas Heights nuclear reactor in Sydney http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/national/radioactive-liquid-spills-on-worker-at-lucas-heights-nuclear-reactor-in-sydney/news-story/a14c71d0d093ddad94d39f5ea614359f, Peter Jean, Political Reporter, The Advertiser, December 14, 2017 A WORKER received a significant radiation dose when a vial of radioactive liquid spilt onto their hands in the most serious recorded safety incident to ever occur at Sydneys Lucas Heights nuclear reactor.

The Advertiser can reveal the accident occurred on August 22 when a vial of the nuclear medicine product Molybdenum-99 was dropped when its cap was being removed during a quality-control test. The incident was rated severe by regulators and has led to changes in safety procedures.

Molybdenum-99 is produced by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation at Lucas Heights, below, for use in cancer and heart disease scans.

ANSTO Health general manager Mark Moore said the analyst has a slightly elevated risk of developing skin cancer after the liquid spilt on their hands.

The analyst was working in a shielded fume cupboard that, in normal operation, limits a dose received, but the dropping of the vial resulted in the radiation dose, Mr Moore said.

Our employee remains at work and is currently performing alternative quality assessment work in the nuclear medicine field.

Mr Moore said the staff member had burn-like symptoms, including blistering and reddening of the skin.

While ANSTO is still waiting to be adv...

18:32

How Sydney could become a zero-carbon city "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sydneys closer to being a zero-carboncity than you think, The Conversation, Rob Roggema
Professor of Sustainable Urban Environments, University of Technology Sydney December 15, 2017
, You live in one of the sunniest countries in the world. You might want to use that solar advantage and harvest all this free energy. Knowing that solar panels are rapidly becoming cheaper and have become feasible even in less sunny places like the UK, this should be a no-brainer.

Despite this, the Australian government has taken a step backwards at a time when we should be thinking 30 years ahead.

Can we do it differently? Yes, we can! My ongoing research on sustainable urbanism makes it clear that if we use the available renewable resources in the Sydney region we do not need any fossil resource any more. We can become zero-carbon. (With Louisa King and Andy Van den Dobbelsteen, I have prepared a forthcoming paper, Towards Zero-Carbon Metropolitan Regions: The Example of Sydney, in the journal SASBE.)

Enough solar power for every household

Abundant solar energy is available in the Sydney metropolitan area. If 25% of the houses each installed 35 square metres of solar panels, this could deliver all the energy for the citys households.

We conservatively estimate a total yield of 195kWh/m2 of PV panel placed on roofs or other horizontal surfaces. The potential area of all Sydney council precincts suited for PV is estimated at around 385km2  a quarter of the entire roof surface.

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18:27

SOTT FOCUS: Putin Schools Journalists and Western Politicians in Annual Q&A Marathon "IndyWatch Feed National"

Russian President Vladimir Putin held his annual marathon press conference today. Over 1,600 journalists were accredited for the event, which ended up lasting just under four hours. The entire ritual just demonstrates how far Russia still has to go before it becomes a full-fledged Western democracy. In a real democracy, leaders only take pre-approved soft-ball questions from a select group of hand-picked journalists and then read their answers from teleprompters. Tough or unexpected questions are either ignored or given a pat answer devoid of any real information. After 20 minutes or so, that's a wrap. Under no circumstances are leaders to field countless questions from a range of sources, and extemporaneously provide detailed answers on a wide range of subjects. Sound about right? Actually, the reason Western leaders don't do such things is because they're simply incapable of it. They don't have a command of all the facts and figures. They know their 'policy positions' are just slogans and sound bites made up for public consumption, so their answers are never in-depth or backed up by anything of substance. And they know the justification for the 'party line' is based on a foundation of deceit and lies, so they can't give adequate space for facts or other points of view. When you're following a script, you can't be spontaneous. Putin, on the other hand, can do so because he's something all his Western 'colleagues' are not: a real leader. What follows are some of the highlights of today's Q&A. Check back for updates as they come. Here's the full video, if you have 4 hours to spare:

18:27

SOTT FOCUS: SOTT Earth Changes Summary - November 2017: Extreme Weather, Planetary Upheaval, Meteor Fireballs "IndyWatch Feed National"

From fireballs to floods to unseasonable snow in both hemispheres of our planet, this past November saw many meteorological records broken. After an unusually strong X-class solar flare and unusual solar activity back in September - possibly related to a series of powerful earthquakes above 7.0M in New Caledonia and Mexico - last month was marked by three powerful earthquakes that caused widespread damage - in Iraq/Iran, Chile and South Korea. Meanwhile, volcanic activity seems to have reached a seasonal peak (yes, soon we'll have to start talking about 'volcano season'). These increased geological phenomena, and the official predictions of an increase in earthquake activity in 2018 due to the slow-down of Earth's rotation, have left affected people with a feeling of dread. Droughts also worsened in Portugal and Spain last month, while sheets of rain fell in South America, Australia, and in most parts of Asia. All this at a time when meteorologists are finding themselves having to use the term 'atmospheric phenomena' because 'rainfall' just doesn't cut it anymore. Trumpet sounds and portents in the sky were seen as harbingers of changing times in the past, from the social and political arena, to significant cosmic events. So fasten your seat belts folks, because it seems that things are going to get rough. Check it out below, and watch it in full screen!

18:22

NNTT Tennant Creek Pastoral Lease "IndyWatch Feed National"


National Native Title Tribunal File DC2017/003 available here entered on the Register 24/11/2017.

The attachments are as follows :-
Register extract available here
Attachment A - Map of Area available here
Schedule A - Native Title Claim Group Description available here

 
This claim is interesting in the amount of detail provided in the Claim Group Description. Searches of the CIFHS web site will produce a large amount of information about those mentioned in the Claim Group list plus further information on other descendants.

17:48

Substratum answers censorship call "IndyWatch Feed National"

Web censorship is on the rise, according to research by Freedom on the Net, two-thirds of all internet users live in countries where criticism of the government, military, or ruling family is subject to censorship. The World Economic Forum reported that global internet freedom declined in 2016 for the sixth consecutive year, 2017 is likely to be even worse.

Internet freedom in the US was dealt a huge blow yesterday when the Federal Communications Commission voted to rescind regulations governing companies that provide broadband services to consumers. This essentially gives broadband providers in the US the power to control what they serve to their customers, and more importantly what they block.

These net neutrality regulations were originally introduced by the Democrats under the previous administration. Trumps administration evidently does not approve of a free and unfettered internet so has decided to unravel the regulations that gave net neutrality lawfulness. The rules prevented internet service providers from blocking content, throttling access speeds and enforcing paid prioritization upon their customers. Once through US broad band companies would have a green light to discriminate and manipulate your internet traffic according to one Democrat on the FCC panel. Top ISPs such as Comcast, Verizon, AT&T, Charter and CenturyLink will have more freedom to control what they allow their users to see on the internet. According to Wikipedia these top five US providers have almost 80 million subscribers combined.

As America moves to join many of the Middle Eastern and Asian nations that regularly and actively censor the internet we need to look towards the blockchain for a solution. It just so happens that a recent ICO provides a token that does just that.

Substratum provides a method of serving decentralized web content via a range of operating systems and browsers without the need for technical knowledge of crypto currencies and blockchains. Their websites states:

Information wants to be free, not locked down by censorship or net neutrality laws. Substratum provides tools anyone can use to help keep the internet accessible through decentralization. We support an equal, fair, and open internet.

By installing a Substratum node participants will get rewarded with the crypto currency for serving content to others living in countries that filter the web. Traders reacted to the news quickly and SUB price jumped from $0.36 to a record top of $0.50 within a couple of hours. A small correction brought prices back down to $0.40 but they soon began to ratchet....

17:06

Credlin: Give us a debate and vote on Australias population - Article by Leith van Onselen "IndyWatch Feed National"

Chief of Staff to former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Peta Credlin, is the latest to question Australias mass immigration program, which flooded NSW (read Sydney) and VIC (read Melbourne) with a record 185,500 net overseas migrants (combined) in the year to June, further crush-loading our two biggest cities. This article was first published on Macrobusiness at https://www.macrobusiness.com.au/2017/12/peta-credlin-give-us-national-debate-vote-australias-population/ on December 15 2017.

By Leith van Onselen

Chief of Staff to former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, Peta Credlin, is the latest to question Australias mass immigration program, which flooded NSW (read Sydney) and VIC (read Melbourne) with a record 185,500 net overseas migrants (combined) in the year to June, further crush-loading our two biggest cities:


Last night, Ms Credlin delivered a detailed monologue on Sky News calling for immigration levels to be normalised back to their historical average, as well as demanding that our federal politicians give Australians a national debate and vote on Australias future population size.

While the whole video is well worth watching, heres a few key quotes:

Overcrowded streets, busy roads, nowhere to park, over development, unaffordable housing, cramped schools, and in the words of many locals, far too many highrises. These were the concerns raised today [in Bennelong], and they are all code for population growth

What I can...

17:00

PERTH Lloyd Rayney wins epic defamation fight against WA Government over Corryn Rayneys death "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Lloyd Rayney wins epic defamation fight against WA Government over Corryn Rayneys death .

December 15, 2017 at 12:01PM .

Lloyd Rayney was not in court for the judgment because he was representing a client in the nearby Perth Magistrates Court, where he left without making any comment. Lloyd Rayney in a blue suit walks in front of a cafe as media crews film Photo: Lloyd Rayney was not present in the court to hear his

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17:00

The Weekend Quiz December 16-17, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blogs I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. Although we are told that a country is running a small current account deficit and that the private domestic sector is saving overall, we are unable to draw any conclusions about the state of the fiscal balance until we know the relative magnitudes of the other balances.



2. While a currency-issuing government does not have to issue bonds to match its deficit spending, one of the advantages of raising debt from the private sector is that it provides a boost to private wealth.



3. Fiscal austerity aims to reduce the stock of net government spending by reducing spending and/or increasing taxes.


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16:23

Have cryptoassets created $0.5 trillion in social value? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vitalik Buterin poses that question, do read his whole storm. Here are the last three tweets:

How many Venezuelans have actually been protected by us from hyperinflation?

How much actual usage of micropayment channels is there actually in reality?

The answer to all of these questions is definitely not zero, and in some cases its quite significant. But not enough to say its $0.5T levels of significant. Not enough.

Let me set aside the question of enabling grey or black market activities, and let us put aside the bubbly component of these assets, which may or may not be real.  Id like to focus on the underlying fundamentals.

Furthermore, crypto-assets have not consumed half a trillion in social costs, though Id like to see the electricity bill.  So mine is the concrete question: insofar as crypto-assets have served as hedges and stores of value, is that social value or just a private return at some offsetting rent-seeking-based social cost?

Stores of value

Lets say I build a warehouse and store some furniture in it, because I am moving and I dont want to throw out the sofa but need to keep it somewhere for a month.  The gains from storing that furniture can be captured by standard cost-benefit methods, and few would doubt that is a legitimate private and also social efficiency.  I am carrying sitting capacity into the future.

With crypto-assets, I am carrying wealth more generally into the future.  The person who most wants that payoff structure for the wealth carry will end up owning the crypto-asset.

Do I hold and carry forward that wealth at the expense of other people?  Is creating a crypto-asset, in welfare terms, a bit like being a counterfeiter and thus rent-transferring and wasteful?  Or is it more like storing a sofa while moving house?

Or is the crypto-asset more like an insurance contract, and thus again wealth-enhancing?  I see it as performing a mix of the store of value and insurance functions.

If the crypto-asset is rent-seeking (the electricity cost aside), exactly whose purchasing power is diminished?  Presumably the Bitcoin and Ether millionaires spend more of their money and drive prices up for others.  But it seems that is a pecuniary externality, not a real social cost of the kind that would justify a judgment of socially wasteful rent-seeking.

Maybe it makes more sense to view the crypto-assets as a new kind of insurance contract: if some of my othe...

16:23

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16:09

Australia gives Parking Ticket to Man in His Own Driveway "IndyWatch Feed National"

Once upon a time, police aspired to protect society. Today, police, in general, are more interested in harassing the public to raise money for the government. In Australia, a man was given a parking ticket in his own driveway. The incident has gone viral in Australia and the government claims his car partially blocked the sidewalk.

I had friends who were police decades ago. Something has changed. They were never vindictive and nasty. Today, you literally take you like in your hands just being pulled over by a cop. Every encounter I have had that never ended with any ticket I have found the police starts with an attitude and the assumption everyone is up to something.

15:42

Mammal long thought extinct in NSW resurfaces in State's west "IndyWatch Feed National"

A Crest-tailed Mulgara, a small carnivorous marsupial known only from fossilised bone fragments and presumed extinct in NSW for more than century, has been discovered in Sturt National Park north-west of Tibooburra.

A team from the UNSW Sydney Wild Deserts project made the unexpected discovery during recent scientific monitoring.

UNSW scientist and Wild Deserts ecologist Dr Rebecca West, said it was particularly exciting to find a Crest-tailed Mulgara alive for the first time in NSW.

The Crest-tailed Mulgara was once widely distributed across sandy desert environments in inland Australia, but declined due to the effects of rabbits, cats and foxes.
The species weighs around 150 grams and has pale blonde fur and a thick tail with a distinctive black crest, Dr West said.

"The discovery comes at a great time," said UNSW scientist and Wild Deserts project co-ordinator Reece Pedler.

Next year we are due to begin introduced predator and rabbit eradication from a large area, which will no doubt help the Mulgara, Mr Pedler said.

The Wild Deserts project is contributing to the NSW Governments Saving our Species conservation program (SOS), said National Parks and wildlife Service area manager Jaymie Norris. The aim of this project is to return mammal species not seen in their natural habitat for over 90 years in Sturt National Park. Rabbits, cats and foxes will be eradicated from two 20-square-kilometre fenced exclosures in Sturt National Park, before locally extinct mammals are reintroduced."

"Reintroduced native mammal species will include greater bilby, burrowing bettong, western quoll and western barred bandicoot, Mr Norris said.

The Wild Deserts project is a partnership between UNSW and Ecological Horizons, in collaboration with Taronga Conservation Society Australia. Wild Deserts has been contracted by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage to restore and promote desert...

15:26

Australia ratifies torture prevention treaty, but must accept scrutiny of offshore facilities on Manus and Nauru "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Government has ratified an important UN torture prevention treaty. The Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture (OPCAT) is a mechanism established to prevent cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment in places of detention.

Ratification of the OPCAT will enable the Commonwealth Ombudsman to establish a network of independent inspectors who will have unprecedented access to prisons and some other places of detention. But the impact will be limited by the Australian Governments denial of these obligations to Australias offshore facilities on Manus Island and Nauru. 

"The announcement is an important step in the right direction because governments have maintained an out of sight, out of mind approach to prisons for too long," said Ruth Barson, HRLC Director of Legal Advocacy.

"Abuse thrives behind closed doors. While independent scrutiny of prisons is essential to expose current abuses, such as prolonged solitary confinement and degrading strip searches, the onus will be on governments to implement the inspectors' recommendations and put an end to mistreatment."

As part of ratification, the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture will undertake periodic visits of Australian detention facilities. Ms Barson said international scrutiny is important to ensure Australian governments commit to stopping cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment both in word and deed. 

"Exposing mistreatment is one thing, but stopping it is another. Deaths in custody and Don Dale type abuse are what happen when governments fail to heed the advice of experts and instead turn a blind eye to mistreatment," said Ms Barson. 

When announcing its intention to ratify OPCAT in February the Australian Government made clear that it will not accept any obligations for transparency, oversight or monitoring to extend to its offshore facilities on Manus and Nauru, where 2000 refugees have been held for the last four and a half years. 

Daniel Webb, HRLC Director of Legal Advocacy, said the Australian Government cant just pick and choose which facilities its happy to have scrutinised.

"The whole purpose of this treaty is to prevent abuse through transparency. It defeats that purpose if our Government can just decide to keep its deepest darkest sites of misery and suffering deliberately shielded from scrutiny," said Mr Webb.

Mr Webb said the timing of the ratification  coming just ahead of Australia formally commencing its term on the Human Rights Council  showed that the Australian Government recognised the need to improve its own human rights performance prior to taking up a seat on the worlds highest human rights authority. 

"Our Government knows it needs to get its house in order if it wants to command respect and cred...

15:13

After liberalism: a response to Safe White Spaces "IndyWatch Feed National"

There has been recent noise around whiteness in the arts in Australia, Melbourne in particular, due in part to Andy Butlers article Safe White Spaces. Some of us have been talking about this for some time, but now it feels different, on account of the voices being heard and the opinions being seriously considered. This might be the demographic reckoning that is starting to happen as a consequence of the end of the White Australia Policy.

14:39

McCain eyes exit from Senate amid 'stress' from growing Trump dossier scandal "IndyWatch Feed National"

John McCain is reportedly preparing to pull back from the U.S. Senate, according to Beltway insiders who say new demands to answer for his role in either underwriting or promoting the Trump phony dossier are stressing the Arizona senator's fragile health. It is not clear whether McCain plans to outright retire from the Senate or simply focus on his Stage IV cancer treatments away from Washington, D.C. but many GOP insiders believe McCain's last days in the Senate are close. Likely, McCain will not return after the Christmas break, many folks have privately confided. McCain has been away for the Senate all week, missing votes and debate about a number of topics including tax cuts. This is not the fist time McCain has sought medical treatment after his role in recent anti-Trump scandals have heated up.

14:37

Across Borders "IndyWatch Feed National"

I moved to Edinburgh after university. Before that, I had efficiently drilled myself down into a hole: wallowing about and wondering why I hadnt felt fulfilled by graduating, by achieving something.

When I finished university, I didnt feel like I had gained a degree; I felt like I had just suddenly lost university. The thing that I had centred my life around had been taken away, and I needed a new axis to spin around. Time to begin a new life.

I tried throwing myself into a relationship, abandoning one sinking ship for another. Unfortunately, relationships require an equilibrium, not some rudderless vagabond looking for someone to orbit around. What I did have was a sticker in my passport that would let me live in the UK for two years. Move to Edinburgh, gravitate in that direction, build your life around that for a while, I thought

Edinburgh is a city of hills, its bends and bows covered up by cobblestones, its closes and alleys infested with pubs. There was something energising about the deadline of this life here you get two years here in Edinburgh. Youre free of everything outside of this city: no career, no expectations, no past regrets, no future stresses youre just in Edinburgh, and that is good enough.

What is Christian up to?
Hes in Edinburgh.
Good enough.

Because my life didnt reach beyond the citys grips, it made everything simpler. Earn some money to live, to travel, make some friends, enjoy yourself, dont feel guilty for existing without a motive. It was calming not living too far ahead of myself.

I fell in love in Edinburgh. I didnt need to fall in love; it wasnt on a checklist, it just approached me. I was able to experience it rather than try and just impose it on someone. Suddenly, that two years in Edinburgh didnt feel freeing as it had before: it was a countdown to a different life.

Shes from Mexico. A ball of positivity, she could talk troubled waters into smooth sailing.

Weve lived in four different countries in the two years since leaving Scotland: all the experiences and opportunities weve been granted during which have been incredible, and the ability to share them with someone I truly love and fucking cherish is magical. But these worldwide experiences come as a byproduct of a larger goal to be able to start a life somewhere together. To be able to find one place in which we can exist, not jumping from pla...

14:33

FW: Available Now: NSQHS Standards (second edition) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The NSQHS Standards (second edition) are now available.

The second edition of the NSQHS Standards addresses gaps identified in the first edition, including mental health and cognitive impairment, health literacy, end-of-life care, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. It also updates the evidence for actions, consolidates and streamlines standards and actions to make them clearer and easier to implement.

Health service organisations will be assessed to the second edition of the NSQHS Standards from January 2019.

The Commission's National Model Clinical Governance Framework is also available now. Building on the NSQHS Standards, the Framework provides information about corporate and clinical governance, and roles and responsibilities for people within a health service organisation.

The Commission has developed a range of other resources to support implementation of the NSQHS Standards.

For more information on the second edition and related resources please contact the National Standards team on 1800 304 056 or accreditation@safetyandquality.gov.au

14:00

Cartoon science - Global warming will weaken winds in the Northern Hemisphere, but speed them up downunder! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Now they tell us! Climate warming to weaken wind power in northern hemisphere, increase in Australia: study After building 341,000 wind turbines, mostly in the Northern Hemisphere, now climate modelers reveal that winds will decrease in the Northern Hemisphere! Warming temperatures caused by climate change are set to weaken wind energy in the northern hemisphere, a study shows, lessening the amount of wind power produced for wind farms. However the southern hemisphere would see a boost in wind, which could potentially turn north-eastern Australia into an attractive investment for energy companies. Rush, invest your money now. The theory called polar amplification has the success rate of a coin toss. Buy a wind farm in NE Australia! Luckily wind speeds are not also influenced by cloud cover, jet streams, oceans currents, forest growth, atmospheric tides, solar factors, magnetic fields, ozone levels, cosmic rays, or butterflies. Otherwise this study might be inadequate, uninformed guesswork being used to inform investment decisions!Key points: Atmosphere instability which creates wind changing in northern hemisphere North-east Australia could become an attractive investment for energy companies At present there is only one operational wind farm in Queensland

13:57

Habitat Byron Bay "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Habitat Byron Bay launches with the opening of new restaurant
Barrio Eatery and Bar and a collection of Byron Bays most creative lifestyle businesses including; St Agni, Zulu and Zephyr, Pampa, The Bare Road, Byron Bay Hanging Chairs, Tigmi Trading and Our Corner Store under the umbrella of Habitat Home & Habitat Women.

Created as a hub for like-minded people and businesses to come together, Habitat Byron Bay has been specifically designed as a space for people to live and work in a socially and environmentally progressive environment.

Conceived by Byron Bay local Brandon Saul, the idea behind Habitat is to create a modern village lifestyle by building a variety of different commercial and housing options to suit passion-based businesses who value a sense of community.

Brandon explains; People are striving to achieve a good work/life balance. Habitat is simply a reflection of this trend which is in keeping with the Byron lifestyle. Its also for those amongst us that want to lead a more sustainable, balanced lifestyle without having to compromise on creature comforts or style.

In keeping with this ethos, Habitat has curated some of Byron Bays best design led brands across, furniture, homewares and fashion in a series of collective pop-up retail spaces to launch the precinct.

Two collective pop-up retailers, Habitat Home and Habitat Woman, will run throughout the summer and features over 40 local brands across the two stores, including Zulu and Zephyr, St Agni, The Bare Road, Annukka, Saint Helena, Tigmi Trading, Pampa, Byron Bay Hanging Chairs, The Dharma Door and Our Corner Store, along with handcrafted furniture and wares by the likes of Martin Johnston and JD Lee and many more.

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13:15

Why Your Intuition May Be the Highest Form of Intelligence "IndyWatch Feed National"

Christina Sarich, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Our intuition develops when we are babies, long before are indoctrinated into Newtonian physics which largely prohibits us from understanding the quantum world. Ironically, one of our first intellectual abilities intuition may be one of the greatest forms of intelligence we will ever experience in a grown-up world.

In the quantum world, there are no positions nor speed. These are classical, mechanical terms for a world that doesnt really exist. Yet, as tiny babies we understand how things work without having a clear grasp of certain intellectual realities.

Psychologists Susan Hespos from Northwestern University, and Renee Baillargeon of University of Illinois found that this physical intuition kicks in as early as two and a half months, and other scientists think that intuition is probably present from birth.

Gerd Gigerenzer, a director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, argues that intuition is less about suddenly knowing the right answer and more about instinctively understanding what information is unimportant and can thus be discarded, but even if we have intuition even at birth, one could argue that we have yet to develop the intellectual capacity to learn which information can be discarded.

Yet innate notions, plus elaborations born from watching and interacting with the world, add up to a sort of nave physics that we all grasp before having a single physics lesson.

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11:54

Things that Couldn't Happen--But DID! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dr. John Alexander returns to Dreamland with mind-opening stories of his adventures into the unknown. Formerly head of the US Army's famed non-lethal weapons program, John has traveled the world in search of answers to the mysteries of such things as mediumship, out-of-body movement and near death experiences.

11:54

The World Bank will stop fossil fuel financing after 2019 "IndyWatch Feed National"

This article by Patrick Caughill, (Futurism 13 December 2017) responds to the decision just made by the World Bank to divest from the fossil fuel industry. This is a significant win by campaigners trying to bring about change and a recognition that fossil fuels is a dying industry.

In a move sure to be celebrated by opponents of fossil fuel-based energy, the World Bank has just made a huge announcement at the One Planet summit called by French President Emmanuel Macron.

The bank, which provides loans to developing countries to foster economic growth, announced on December 12 that it will no longer offer financial support for oil and gas exploration after 2019.

During the summit, the bank released a statement saying it will no longer finance upstream oil and gas, citing a need to change in a rapidly changing world.

In 2015, the bank previously vowed to have 28 percent of its portfolio dedicated to climate action by 2020. The banks latest statement on fossil fuel financing suggests that it is on course to achieve that goal.

This is yet another blow to the fossil fuel energy industry, and a seemingly significant win for environmental advocates.

The economics surrounding the energy sector are increasingly making it more attractive for entities to switch to renewable energy.

Across the world, it has become cheaper to build new renewable energy installations than to operate and maintain existing coal power plants.

The World Banks plan does lay out a caveat for exceptional circumstances, saying that they will consider financing upstream gas in the poorest countries where there is a clear benefit in terms of energy access for the poor and the project fits within the countries Paris Agreement commitments.

The Paris agreement is a major factor in the decision.

The One Earth summit was planned on the two-year anniversary of the historic agreement, which was looking uncertain after the President of the United States, one of the major financial and influential member nations, decided to withdraw.

Even so, the agreement looks to be thriving, even in the US, which may reach the goals laid out in Paris against all odds.

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11:46

Drug Dealers Selling Berocca for $300 a tab "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

HangoverMan

Chemists are taking advantage of todays spike in Christmas-party hangovers by charging dull-eyed customers up to $300 for a single tablet of Berocca.

One office worker who has yet to go to bed after enjoying a few beers at his Christmas party, which began yesterday morning and continued on into the afternoon, evening and then morning again, said he was being exploited by his local pharmacy.

Theyre the worst type of drug dealers, the bloody-nosed man said. But with my only other option being cutting my head off to dull the pain, I had to pay up.

Another office workers who overdid things by a Penrith mile said he refused to pay his legal drug dealer for the mild relief.

Im just going to keep drinking and never stop, he said. That way Ill never have a hangover again.

Shares in Berocca tablets are set to rival the rise of cryptocurrency Bitcoin, according to early reports.


11:44

Meet the Organisers (Part 2) Anna Boddenberg "IndyWatch Feed National"

Meet organiser and board member Anna Boddenberg, including what she is looking forward to coming up in Earthworker!

11:19

Webb Dock battle is a front line in a bigger war to reshape Australian workplaces "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

As the battle on Melbournes Webb dock over rights at work continues, the International Transport Workers Federation (ITF) has released a report, which shows that the company calling the shots, has a record of using methods that have embroiled it in industrial disputes around the world.

International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI) is operating at Webb Dock, through its subsidiary, Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT).

Paddy Crumlin, the President of the ITF said, ICTSI has imported its anti-worker business model, which has led to protracted disputes and protests around the world, to the Victoria International Container Terminal (VICT) terminal at Webb Dock.

ICTSIs insistence on bringing its anti-worker business model to Australia is being met with the resistance you would expect from workers unions, politicians and the local community with an industrial dispute on the cusp of entering its third week with no end in sight.

No matter where you look across ICTSIs global network, there is industrial trouble because the company insists on running an anti-worker, union busting agenda, and no-one wants that at the expense of decent pay, conditions and job security.

Weve seen ongoing dramas in Madagascar, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea and the cancer has now spread to Australia. Everyone is awake to ICTSIs destructive ways and wont cop it anymore.

Paddy Crumlin added that VICT publicly alleged that it was illegal for them to employ this worker and that his application for a MSIC card was rejected twice. VICTs claims are categorically false and this worker was granted a MSIC card on the 8th of December.

ICTSI is deliberately running smokescreens and we need to focus on the facts. Management deceptively created the cause of this dispute. This dockworker was targeted for being a union delegate, and sacked after trying to raise legitimate concerns with management regarding the bullying and intimidation of workers.

It is the broken promises related to permanency and rates of pay, managements disregard for worker safety by attempting to override safety officers and experienced dockworkers, and the targeting of MUA members that led to this dispute.

Despite a great deal of disinformation being put through the media, the reality of this dispute is starting to get though. Proof of this is the growing community support for th...

10:47

Sod turned on $1.6m hockey centre in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Construction of a new hockey centre will create 76 construction jobs.

Page MP Kevin Hogan has today turned the first sod on the new $1.6 million Far North Coast Regional Hockey Centre upgrade and expansion project in Goonellabah.

This is great news for our community and cements our reputation as the sporting capital of regional NSW, he said.

Upgrading and expanding the existing hockey complex will deliver a new state-of-the-art pitch with lighting, seating, player spaces, official and technical officers spaces, toilets and covered playing preparation areas.

The project will create 76 construction jobs and 16 permanent jobs.

With the upgrade of Oakes Oval already underway, this additional $1.6 million investment will attract sports players from many codes to Lismore and their supporters, which will be great for our local motels, restaurants and cafes.

The work is expected to be completed early next year, in plenty of time for Lismore to host the 2018 Mens Masters Australian Hockey Championships later in the year when 1800 players and spectators are expected to converge on the Northern Rivers.

The project is jointly funded by the Federal Government ($764,478), Far North Coast Hockey Incorporated ($550,000), Lismore City Council ($33,000) and private donors ($181,478). In-kind contributions were also provided by Far North Coast Hockey Incorporated ($66,340).

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10:41

IMO DSS INVITED HON UCHE ONYEAGUCHA BY 11AM 14 DEC. 2017 TO ANSWER TO ROCHAS PETITION "IndyWatch Feed National"

REASONS FOR HIS INVITATION 1. Hon Onyeagucha accused of opposing Rochas mindless and illegal destruction/demolition of private property without compensation. More

10:01

Holiday letting a detriment to Byron community "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Submissions to the short term holiday letting in NSW Options Paper closed on October 31.

The Holiday Rental Industry Association (HRIA) and Holiday Let Organisation (HLO Byron) made a joint submission.

The following statement was made in their submission: It is evident that the activity of providing short-term residential accommodation has always been, and is generally, a legal activity in dwellings that have residential development consent.

No evidence was supplied to support this ludicrous statement as there isnt any evidence.

In sharp contrast to this ludicrous statement was the response by the legal advisor to the HRIA. He was subjected to intense questioning by Victorian MPs at the public hearing into short stay accommodation on March 24.

Under oath, he said that holiday letting was illegal in NSW. His response can be found in Hansard.

Their submission conveniently failed to present the numerous legal cases in NSW that show the illegality of holiday letting.

This includes the benchmark Dobrohotoff vs Bennic (May 2013) Land and Environment Court case. Justice Pepper said that the illegal holiday letting offended NSW planning law.

The Byron community has seen a massive increase in illegal holiday lets during the past four years. This has been to the detriment of our community.

At the June 22 meeting Council repealed the moratorium on prosecution of illegal holiday letting. Council staff said that they were preparing cases for prosecution.

We look forward in the very near future to seeing a positive outcome to these prosecutions.

Doug Luke, co-ordinator, Victims Of Holiday Letting

 

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09:59

Accused Bourke St driver to face court "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dimitrious Gargasoulas

A man charged over the deaths of six people during Melbournes Bourke Street rampage is due to face court.

Dimitrious Gargasoulas, 27, is expected to appear before Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday for a committal mention.

The prosecution and his defence team are expected to advise the court how the case will proceed amid concerns about Gargasoulas fitness to stand trial.Gargasoulas is facing six counts of murder and 28 charges of attempted murder after a car mowed down pedestrians in Melbourne on January 20.

He is accused of driving through the Melbourne CBD, deliberately striking pedestrians around Bourke and Queen streets as the area teemed with lunchtime crowds, before he was shot and wounded by police.

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09:48

Two juveniles in court following police pursuit "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Two 17-year-old boys will appear in the Lismore Childrens Court today after leading police on a series of pursuits in Lismore yesterday morning.

The two juveniles were finally arrested after the stolen vehicle they were in crashed into an unmarked police car near the intersection at Pleasant Street, Goonellabah.

The drama began about 7.30am when police noticed the stolen Isuzu D-Max on Ballina Street, Lismore.

A pursuit began but police terminated because of public safety concerns.

About 8.45am the stolen car crashed into the police car. No-one was injured.

The two boys were arrested and taken to Lismore police station.

The boy who was driving failed a breath analysis, returning a reading of 0.092. He was charged with steal motor vehicle, take and drive conveyance, police pursuit Skyes Law, mid range PCA, and resist arrest.

The other boy was charged with steal motor vehicle, be carried in conveyance, and resist arrest.

 

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09:38

Bangalow to have parking time trial instead of paid parking "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron council has decided not to proceed with paid parking at Bangalow.

Byron Shire Council has announced it will not be implementing paid parking in Bangalow on 1 January 2018.

Instead new parking time limits will be introduced in the Bangalow CBD and monitored for 12 months.

Acting general manager Mark Arnold said councillors had voted not to implement paid parking in January next year saying they wanted to see the results of a 12-month trial of the impact of changes to parking time limits.

Todays vote replaces the previous resolution made at the meeting in August 2017, he said.

The decision to conduct a trial followed a rally last Saturday organised by the Bungalow Chamber of Commerce, and supported by Greens MP Tamara Smith.

Ms Smith had urged the council to conduct a trial instead of introducing paid parking, and it seems that the message got through to councillors.

The resolution from yesterdays meeting will see one hour parking in Byron Street and part of Station Street and two hour parking in the remainder of Station Street for a period of 12 months. These parking time limits will be reviewed during the trial.

Mr Arnold said the council would employ a range of measures during 2018 including number plate recognition technology to monitor parking demands, the length of time people are staying and the number of infringements incurred by people staying over the time limit.

He said the information would  allow the council to determine where the majority of people parking in Bangalow were from, for example from Queensland, or other parts of NSW such as the Northern Rivers region.

This information will be used to see if the changes to time limits have improved the turnover of parking in Bangalow over a 12-month period, he said.

Any future time limit changes or additional traffic management strategies, such as pay parking, will be informed by the results of the trial.

After 12-months a report containing the findings from the trial will be prepared for the consideration of the council.

New signs with information about the parking times will be installed in early 2018.

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09:17

Fight against Tweed water mining on par with CSG "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The location of water extraction and or bottling facilities throughout the Tweed. Image Tweed Shire Council

By Luis Feliu

Campaigners against controversial water mining in the Tweed Valley have vowed to continue their fight to ban all commercial extraction and bottling operations in the wake of  Tweed Shire Councils vote last week reinstating a prohibition on the activity.

The Tweed Water Alliance says the decision is an enormous win for Tweed residents and the flood of water mining applications will now drop to a trickle.

But the group admits the state government has to ratify the move to include the ban in Tweeds local environment plan, and fears two major proposals being assessed and causing concern, at Dungay and Uki, could be left out of the prohibition.

Council has sought legal advice over liability if the two development applications are included in the ban.

Tweed Water Alliance spokesman Jeremy Tager said they should be rejected, and whatever expenses council incurs in refusing these applications will be far less than the cost of these developments proceeding.

These costs, Mr Tager said, included road safety, damaged roads, loss of amenity and the potential collapse of groundwater reserves.

Residents will realise there is no public benefit, he said.

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09:12

Think You Can Hide Capital Gains in Alt-Coins? Think Again "IndyWatch Feed National"

Those Bitcoin investors in the US who think theyre outsmarting the IRS by trading funds to other digital currencies rather than back to dollars could be in for a nasty surprise. Under GOP tax bill that is due to be voted upon next week, law makers will draw a distinction limiting like-kind exchanges to real estate.

Its been argued by some that using Bitcoin or any other digital currency to purchase a different crypto should be treated the same as a 1031 exchange. This allows taxpayers to exchange one type of asset to another without it being deemed a taxable event. Since the IRS considers Bitcoin as property rather than currency, it was thought that digital currencies could be considered as like assets.

Evan Fox, the tax manager at New York accounting firm Berdon gave his opinion on the matter to CNBC:

Some people think, Im taking my bitcoin, which the IRS has deemed to be property, swapping it for another property and doing it for investment reasons, so it sounds like it could be a 1031 exchange I think its a stretch.

However, under the new bill, any debate will be rendered moot. It explicitly limits 1031 exchanges to real estate. This gives an answer to all those accountancy professionals who have struggled to advise clients invested in Bitcoin and other cryptos because of the law lagging behind technological innovation.

For now, people cashing out or trading digital currencies in the States should beware. Other investments will often trigger the a brokerage to send a Form 1099 automatically which also goes directly to the IRS, alerting them to your trading. These forms are used to record losses and gains. However, its important to remember that the absence of such a document does not mean that taxes are not owed. This makes it necessary to self-report.

Its also worth noting that the IRS have up to three years to conduct an audit. It could be as late as 2020 that your 2017 tax return is brought into question. Fox warned that penalties and interest might face those who do not correctly report their cryptocurrency gains.

He summed up the situation pretty clearly for CNBCs readers considering risking not reporting crypto trading gains:

If you put money into the cryptocurrency space, and you decide to buy [another digital asset], and you one day monetize it and show up with a $2 million house, the IRS is not stupid.

The taxation expert concluded by suggesting that the number of returns this year...

09:03

Casino father to stand trial over allegedly grooming 15 year-old girl for sex "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Casino father who allegedly tried to groom a 15 year-old girl for sex using social media from his marital home will stand trial in the District Court next year.

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

The 30 year-old father is charged with using a carriage service to solicit child pornography, using a carriage service to send indecent material to a person under 16 years and using a carriage service to groom a person under 16 years-old for sex.

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

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

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

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

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

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

This week the court heard the evidence against Mr Benn, including an electronic exhibit which an expert will give evidence about, had been served on the defence.

Mr Benn is yet to enter a plea to any of the charges.

Magistrate David Heilpern adjourned Mr Benns matters until February 5, when he will appear before the Lismore District Court to be arraigned to stand trial.

He remains on strict conditional bail until that date.

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09:01

Lismore man to stand trial over alleged indecent assault of 13 year-old girl "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Lismore man will stand trial in the District Court next year over the alleged aggravated indecent assault of a 13 year-old girl.

David Roger Adam Orams appeared in Lismore Local Court on Wednesday.

The 32 year-old is charged with two counts of aggravated indecent assault in company, indecently assaulting a person under 16 years-old, and three counts of possessing child abuse material.

The three counts of indecent assault related to incidents which allegedly occurred between June 1, 2015 and February 28, 2016.

When police conducted a search of his residence, court documents revealed officers seized three hard drives they allege contained child abuse material and $12,000 in cash, suspected of being stolen.

Mr Orams also stands accused of failing to comply with his reporting obligations while on bail and having goods in his custody suspected of being stolen.

Following an investigation by detectives, Mr Orams was arrested on November 8, 2016, along with a co-offender, who cant be named for legal reasons.

He was initially refused bail, but when conditional bail was granted, police allege he failed to comply with the bail by not reporting to police, so bail was revoked.

The court previously heard the matters were set down for a hearing in the local court starting November 1.

On Wednesday, Magistrate David Heilpern ordered Mr Orams to appear in the Lismore District Court on May 7, 2018, where he will be arraigned to stand trial.

Mr Orams remains behind bars until that date.

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08:54

Appointed Board Member: Finance "IndyWatch Feed National"

Engineers without Borders Australia

08:36

Opportunity Knocks and SophiaTX is Answering the Door "IndyWatch Feed National"

SophiaTX, considered the Ultimate Blockchain for Business, just entered the final round of a very successful Token Generation Event (Dec. 7 17), where they have already raised well over $11 Million USD. The unique, purpose-built blockchain platform and marketplace were designed from the ground up for the specific purpose of integrating enterprise applications such as ERP, SCM, and CRM systems into a collaborative environment across multiple enterprises and industries.

SophiaTX is ready to show off what it can do for businesses on a global scale. They just opened pre-registration for Early Adoption Program which will launch in early 2018. The program is aimed at both individuals (enterprise applications experts, consultants, and architects) and organizations.

The early adoption program offers exclusive, membership only access to SophiaTX technology, the use of a testnet platform, detailed use case description for implementation, and learning opportunities for businesses regardless the size small or large. Interested parties can subscribe to the early adoption program on the SophiaTX website. As a small sample of SophiaTX potential, the company has outlined a use case which they affirmed, by way of fully functional proof of concept.

 Blockchain E-invoice Data Exchange / One-to-One Document Exchange

Extensive research of todays business models and practices found that more than 90% of all invoices worldwide are still processed manually (via mail, print, email, and other manual methods) which consume valuable time, resources and increase the costs.

The volume for e-invoices will achieve at least 36 billion worldwide with annual growth rates of 10-20% by the end of 2017. The estimated size of the e-invoicing market is 3.3 Billion Euro for 2017, and is expected to grow to 16.1 Billion Euro in the year 2024.

The main problems with traditional e-invoicing is that it remains cumbersome in adoption, is relatively expensive to implement and is rather limited to a selected type of document. This is where blockchain technology offers faster adoption and a true, peer-to-peer information exchange of relatively unlimited types of documentation. said Jaroslav Kacina, SophiaTX CEO.

SophiaTX takes the process multiple steps further by inputting the e-invoice...

08:19

State Department walks back Tillerson's signal for talks with N. Korea "IndyWatch Feed National"

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert appeared to walk back statements by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson calling for negotiations with North Korea. Nauert said Pyongyang would have to suspend weapons tests before talks could take place. "We're ready to talk anytime they'd like to talk," Tillerson said on Tuesday, during a question-and-answer session at the Atlantic Council in Washington, DC. "We are ready to have the first meeting without preconditions. Let's just meet." On Wednesday, Nauert said that Tillerson's comments were not an announcement of a shift in US policy. North Korea would have to suspend its weapons program before any talks could talk place, "and we certainly haven't seen that right now," she said. Tillerson had signaled that the Trump administration was ready to negotiate without demanding North Korea abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles programs. "It's not realistic to say we are only going to talk if you come to the table ready to give up your program," he said. "They have too much invested in it."

08:00

December 15 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"



1807 - John Macarthur defied Atkins' arrest warrant over the Parramatta affair by giving a written refusal to comply to the issuing officer.

1810 - Shocked at the horrendous architectural styles of combining wattle and daub with tree houses Governor Lachlan Macquarie introduced a building code into the New South Wales colony.

1829 - Thomas Peel rocked up at the Swan River colony with 300 settlers. They were, however, too late to be eligible for the land grant for his colonisation scheme.

1852 - 1921 A lot of boring as batshit legal mumbo jumbo legislation was being twittered about the corridores of various parliaments throughout the Island of Oz.
I culled them to prevent you all from nodding off into your coffee.

1852 - Colonial Secretary Sir John Pakington authorises NSW Vic SA & Tas to draft new separate constitutions providing for an elected lower house and a nominated upper house.

1875 - A Bill in NSW Parliament granting married women the right to own property was rejected on the grounds that 'it would undo the God-founded institution of matrimony'.
Pfft!

1877 - Eleven year old Albert Thomas Burless had his leg severely bitten by a shark ( leg was later surgically amputated) whilst bathing at Peacock Point, Balmain, Sydney.

1882 - The first female union in the Land of Oz was formed when female tailoresses tossed their collective thimbles out the window and created The Victorian Tailoresses Union.

1891 - Rabbits were declared to be in plague proportions across Australia. Estimate of numbers was 100 per acre of outback Australia.

1897 - Laws were enacted in Queensland to prohibit Aboriginal people accessing liquor and opium. The 1897 Protection of Aborigines and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act was to affect Indigenous rights in Queensland for much of the 20th Century.

1900 - HMS Royal Arthur delivered the goods when it off-loaded the first Governor-General of Oz, Earl of Hopetoun, in Sydney.
Who proceeded to commit The Hopetoun Blunder and we shall never speak of this unfortunate event in his presence again.....
Hopetoun's error in calling on Lyne to form a government became known as the "Hopetoun Blunder", and it marked the beginning of what many historians consider to be his unsuccessful term as Governor-General.

1904 - The Arbitration Court established.
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07:06

Las Vegas Unsettling Details Emerge "IndyWatch Feed National"

We Are Change

In this video, Luke Rudkowski of WeAreChange gives you the latest breaking news on the unfolding events in Las Vegas, a media critic of Wapo making fun of Instagram star Dan Bilzerian, new YouTube search policies and important unanswered questions.

You can watch this video on DTube here.

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06:53

Donald Trump would win another presidential election, says Joe Hockey "IndyWatch Feed National"

President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trumps motorcade drives down Pennsylvania Avenue towards the inauguration ceremony

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06:45

Record high immigration to Sydney & Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Immigration ramps up

The natural increase in Australia's population slowed a bit over the 2017 financial year as the number of deaths increased. 

However net immigration from overseas boomed by +27 per cent from +193,000 to 245,500, so you can comprehensively chalk that one up as a good call for this blog page (a year ago much of the idle talk of was population growth dropping because of a slowing economy). 

Australia is the planet's sixth largest country so this isn't such a big deal in itself, but the concentration of the immigration will raise a few eyebrows, as we shall see below. 


Over the financial year Australia's population grew by +388,100 or +1.6 per cent to 24.6 million by the end of June 2017. 


The Aussie population will pass the 25 million landmark in 2018.

The MEL-SYD magnet

Net overseas migration into the two most populous states rose to the highest level on record. 

New South Wales (+98,600) and Victoria (+86,800) accounted for the great bulk of immigration, with new arrivals overwhelmingly clustering into the capital cities of Greater Sydney and Melbourne respectively. 

Immigration into Queensland is also picking up the pace, from a cyclical nadir of +18,300 over t...

06:44

Crime trends in the Clarence Valley October 2007 to September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


In the ten years between October 2007 and September 2017 crime trends in the Clarence Valley Local Government Area have remained numerically and statistically small in 5 crime categories covering murder and violent robbery.

While crime trends remain stable in 6 crime categories (assault unrelated to domestic violence, sexual assault & other sexual offences, stealing from a car and stealing from a store ) and fallen in another 4 crime categories (stealing motor vehicles and break, enter dwellings & non-dwellings and malicious damage).

Crime trends have only risen in 2 out of 17 commonly listed crime categories over these ten years Fraud up 10.5 per cent & Assault Domestic Violence Related up 3.6 per cent.


October 2007 to September 2017
Fraud, Clarence Valley Local Government Area
Statistically significant Upward trend over the 120 month period.
The average annual percentage change was: 10.5%

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06:24

Lobster With Pepsi Can Tattoo Embodies Fears About Ocean Waste: Here Are 5 More Examples "IndyWatch Feed National"

By , EcoWatch

Its safe to say that lobsters arent a budding new demographic for soda companies.

So why did a lobster recently caught in the waters off Grand Manan, New Brunswick, have part of a Pepsi logo tattooed on its claw?

Thats a question that baffled Karissa Lindstrand, the fisherman who spotted the uncanny image during a lobster haul, according to the Guardian. Lindstrand happens to drink up to a dozen Pepsi sodas a day, but she was struck by the images unusual dimensions.

It was pixelated, she told the Guardian, and far too big to be seen on a soda cantheoretically debunking claims that the lobster grew up in a can. Shes not the only one to question how the logo got there. Since the image went viral, its sparked a debate on how a lobster became an unwitting mascot of a soda giant, the Guardian noted.

Lindstrand, for example, thinks that ink from a piece of paper somehow fused to the lobsters claw.

One thing, however, is clear to everyoneplastic pollution in the worlds oceans has reached a crisis level.

Each year, an estimated eight million metric tons of plastic enter the oceans each year, which is like emptying a garbage truck of plastic into an ocean every minute.

This pollution affects marine life in a number of ways,...

06:06

Googles Street View To Capture The Migration Of Millions Of Crabs On Christmas Island "IndyWatch Feed National"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Every year, millions of crabs scuttle across Australias Christmas Island. They do so as part of their annual migration which can sometimes last up to 18 days. This year, the rarely-witnessed migration will be documented, thanks to Google and Alasdair Grigg from Parks Australia.

As Mashable...

06:01

Sydney Fox & Dingo Rescue "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

https://www.chuffed.org/project/sydneyfoxanddingorescue MerJa Media http://merjamedia.com.au

06:01

4 Surprising Reasons Cops Want Marijuana To Be Legalized "IndyWatch Feed National"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

On my first day visiting Reef Dispensaries in Las Vegas, Nevada, I had the opportunity to chat with a former police chief and present-day security guard for the company. As a journalist, I couldnt help but ask what he and other guards thought about the long-waged War on Drugs in the United States. His answer both surprised and elated me.

As the unnamed veteran gave commands to his K9 partner, he explained that he and other police officers had long-concluded that the criminalization of marijuana is uncalled for. He said in his 15+ years on the police force, he never once saw a violent offense result from a user of marijuana.

Because of this, he said, cannabis in all of its forms needs to be decriminalized across the nation. We continued to talk about the various ways it could stimulate the economy, help heal peoples various ails, and, possibly, even contribute to a raising of consciousness.

The conversation was enlightening, to say the least. It confirmed my personal beliefs that most police officers arent the bad guys, as many Americans have come to believe. Rather, they are just attempting to do their job, which is outlined by the federal government....

05:49

Australian Government Announce 20 Year Prison Sentences For Whistleblowers "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian government has announced mandatory prison sentences of 20 years for whistleblowers who disclose classified information to the public. The new law could see government and intelligence officials and even journalists face [...]

05:41

The Three Most Important Facts About Psychiatric Drugs "IndyWatch Feed National"

A few days ago, psychologist and educator Michael Corrigan was a guest on my radio show and he brought up some questions about how to communicate with people about psychiatric drugs. Specifically, he asked, What are the three most important things for anyone to know about psychiatric drugs? Here is my answer:

Psychiatric drugs are neurotoxins. They poison the brain, injuring brain cells and causing severe biochemical imbalances and potential biological chaos. Because drug companies design them to cross the blood brain barrier and to impair specific neurotransmitter systems, every psychiatric drug is a potent neurotoxin. They cannot fix biochemical imbalances because there are no biochemical imbalances in the brains of troubled, suffering people; and more specifically because they are tailored in the lab to disrupt brain function and not to fix it. As neurotoxins, they are bad for the brain with the first dose. They can cause tragic harm, such as suicide and violence early in treatment, and tend to cause brain damage and apathy after longer exposure.

Psychiatric drugs work by harming your brain and mind (the brain-disabling principle). Like any form of brain injury, some psychiatric drugs can cause temporary highs; but all cause emotional blunting and loss of touch with oneself and others. They make people care less about their own lives and the lives others. They cause these effects by infiltrating the entire brain, diminishing the overall function, including in the super-sensitive basal ganglia, limbic system, temporal lobe and frontal lobe.

Psychiatric drugs will hide their harmful effects from you (medication spellbinding). Most people who use alcohol, marijuana, cocaine or narcotics are the last to know how much they are being harmed or harming others while under the influence. Some people insist these neurotoxins are helpful when the main long-term effect consists of diminished awareness, sensitivity or feeling. The same is especially true of psychiatric drugs, because drug companies tailor them to target and disrupt major neurotransmitter systems like dopamine and serotonin. People taking psychiatric drugs often underestimate the harm and overestimate any good effects. This is medication spellbinding.

These three principles of neuropharmacologyneurotoxicity, brain-disabling effects, and medication spellbindingare the starting point for understanding how psychiatric drugs actually affect the brain and mind, and why to avoid them, whenever possible.

To worsen the problem of exposure to psychiatric drugs, all of them can cause withdrawal symptoms. Some are frankly addictive, like the stimulants given to children for ADHD and the tranquilizers given for anxiety...

05:30

The Power of Growing Incrementally (a series) "IndyWatch Feed National"

At a recent Curbside Chat presentation, I had someone ask me who the critics of Strong Towns are. Who hears this compelling narrative and disagrees with it? It was a question meant to understand the social context in which our movement fits. Whose ox is gored? My answer touched a little bit on the resistance of professionals to ideas that threaten their livelihood as well as the natural resistance of people living on the outskirts of a community to believe the extent to which their lifestyle is subsidized.

Really, though, the major pushback we've experienced this year is around the issues of incrementalism. A core belief that our movement embodies is the need to work incrementally. The first four principles of a Strong Towns approach relate directly or indirectly to working incrementally. We say that a Strong Towns approach:

  • Relies on small, incremental investments (little bets) instead of large, transformative projects,
  • Emphasizes resiliency of result over efficiency of execution,
  • Is designed to adapt to feedback,
  • Is inspired by bottom-up action (chaotic but smart) and not top-down systems (orderly but dumb),
  • Seeks to conduct as much of life as possible at a personal scale, and
  • Is obsessive about accounting for its revenues, expenses, assets and long term liabilities (do the math).

I would simplify the tension down to this: If you think you are smart enough to know the answer, you don't like the constraint of working incrementally. If you think you are smart enough to have the right course of action figured out, you are not going to want someone telling you to take baby steps. If you have a grand vision for reshaping all that is wrong with the world and all you need is for the policy people and the funding people and those ignorant masses known as voters to wise up and support it, you're not going to be a big fan of the Strong Towns approach.

We experience this a lot when it comes to transit. Chuck, it's obvious we need this  [insert transit mega-project]  and it just can't be done incrementally. You clearly just don't get transit! The assertion is (1) here's what I see as obvious and (2) you must be dumb for not seeing it. Often times these people love our critique of highway mega-projects and then get really mad at us when we apply the same thinking to their pet project.

Another area of conflict is housing policy, particularly affordable housing. There is a mindset that suggests that affordable housing issues are a one-dimensional supply problem. Increase the supply and it solves the problem. If the only way we can increase the supply is to build towers on sites...

04:28

Ultra-Nationalists Crashed Documentary Festival in Russia "IndyWatch Feed National"

(HRW)  This past weekend, a group of Russian ultra-nationalists threatened a documentary filmmaker at a Moscow film festival, disrupting the screening of her film, Flight of a Bullet, about the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Shot in August 2014, the film chronicles Ukraines volunteer military battalion, Aidar, which fought against Russia-backed separatists. Members of Aidar were reportedly responsible for arbitrary detentions, enforced disappearances, and acts of torture during the war. The film doesnt hide this: it includes footage of Aidar fighters physically and verbally abusing a civilian they suspected of supporting the separatists.

The screenings were scheduled for December 9 and 10 as part of Artdocfest, a prominent documentary film festival in Moscow. The director, Beata Bubenec, told me that during the December 9 screening, three people approached her and the festival director, Vitaly Mansky, protesting that Aidar fighters had killed and abused pro-Russian civilians and screening a film about them in Russia was inappropriate. They warned a second screening would cause serious problems. Bubenec said that the men threatened her, so Mansky asked her not to attend the next day.

On December 10, when the screening began, several people jumped on the stage, screaming the film was fascist. Others, some in camouflage, sprayed pungent gas around the room. One person there told me that audience members were tearing up and covering their noses and mouths with scarves and handkerchiefs to protect against the powerful smell. Fearing that the gas could cause respiratory problems, the organizers stopped the screening and ordered an evacuation.

There were over 50 assailants. The police arrived and led them out of the room, but released most of them in the cinemas hallway and outside. As a well-known film critic noted, [police officers] look calmly at the camouflaged men wreaking havoc. According to media reports, police eventually detained...

04:09

Las Vegas police seek to keep 14 search warrants pertaining to the massacre sealed "IndyWatch Feed National"

If there are no living defendants being investigated then why all of the secrecy?

(INTELLIHUB) The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department is seeking to keep 14 search warrants pertaining to the October 1 massacre sealed as news agencies and the general public demand answers.

Its unclear why the authorities want to keep those warrants hidden, Fox Newss Tucker Carlson reported. At least officially there are no living defendants being investigated in that case so it doesnt make a lot of sense.

Carlson plans to provide an update on the matter Friday on his show Tucker Carlson Tonight.

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03:57

Satellites images reveal Afghanistan's lost empires "IndyWatch Feed National"

For archaeologists, Afghanistan is virtually off-limits for fieldwork, as Taliban forces battle the Kabul government in far-flung provinces and security remains tenuous even in the capital. Yet U.S. and Afghan researchers are now finding thousands of never-before-cataloged ancient sites in the country, which for more than a millennium served as a crucial crossroads linking East and West. The discoveries promise to expand scholars' view of long-vanished empires while giving the battered nation a desperately needed chance to protect its trove of cultural heritage. In a collaboration funded by the U.S. Department of State, archaeologists are analyzing commercial satellite data, along with U.S. spy satellite and military drone images, which offer a fine-grained view of remote sites that are too dangerous for researchers to visit. At a meeting here last month of the American Schools of Oriental Research, team members said they have more than tripled the number of published archaeological features in Afghanistan, to more than 4500. The discoveries range from caravanserais, huge complexes designed to house travelers and built from the early centuries B.C.E. until the 19th century, to networks of ancient canals invisible from the ground. Meanwhile, octogenarian archaeologists are emerging from retirement to add information from decades-old fieldwork to the site inventory. "The capability to explore a relatively little known region efficiently and safely is really exciting," said David Thomas, an archaeologist at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, who has done remote sensing work in Afghanistan but is not a member of the mapping team. "I'd expect tens of thousands of archaeological sites to be discovered. Only when these sites are recorded can they be studied and protected."

03:30

Chinese Political Donations to the Libs in Tasmania? Naaaaaaah ... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

All this fuss over Dastyari and Huang Xiangmo merely exemplifies the power of the Murdoch Press which never mentions this Chinese businessmans connections with Tasmania Cameron in Comments: Secondly, this article allowed me to bask yet again in the golden moment of Nikolics defeat at the 2016 election. What a divine moment of natural justice it was, for the man who believed that the way forward was to threaten constituents who didnt agree with him, who treated many of them with nothing more than blatant contempt, and who was nothing more, at the end of the day, than a pathetic schoolyard bully. Having said all that, I would mind hearing his answers to the questions posed by Mr Hawkins. Itll never happen, but it would be verrrry interesting.

03:09

"Power Is Not A Means; It Is An End..." "IndyWatch Feed National"

Now I will tell you the answer to my question. It is this. The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in power, pure power. What pure power means you will understand presently. We are different from the oligarchies of the past in that we know what we are doing. All the others, even those who resembled ourselves, were cowards and hypocrites. The German Nazis and the Russian Communists came very close to us in their methods, but they never had the courage to recognize their own motives. They pretended, perhaps they even believed, that they had seized power unwillingly and for a limited time, and that just around the corner there lay a paradise where human beings would be free and equal. We are not like that. We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship. The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now you begin to understand me.  
- George Orwell, "1984"

03:00

VIDEO: Putin Q&A 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

For those who missed it, here are all 3+ hours of Russian president Putins 2017 live Q&A with the words press. This year he took questions from Russian mainstream media, from opposition outlets such as Echo Moscow and from western media agencies. Whatever the shortcomings of the Russian political system may be, we have to remind ourselves that their head of state is prepared to spend several hours answering unscripted questions from potentially hostile journalists. None of our western leaders is prepared to undertake anything even approaching that amount of personal and political risk. Filed under: latest, multipolar world, Russia

02:53

How Government Agents Troll Online to Divide and Confuse "IndyWatch Feed National"

How Government Agents Troll Online to Divide and Confuse
by TDB

The real story of online deception isnt about the Russians. Sure, the Russians certainly have their own programs to disrupt and steer online discourse. But how quickly the public has forgotten about the U.S. governments own internet troll program.

Edward Snowden leaked documents used by the Five Eyes alliance of governments. The United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Australiabasically Oceania from 1984get together to spy on each others citizens. Thats how they cleverly get around laws against spying on their own citizens. The leaked documents included a presentation about how government agents should disrupt online discourse.
There is a lot of overlap between these tactics, and often more than one are used simultaneously. For example, there has been a big pu...

02:18

China summons Australias ambassador over influence row "IndyWatch Feed National"

China and Australia have traded claims of undue political influence and racial prejudice. Opposition politicians in Australia have accused Prime Minister Turnbull of jeopardizing the countrys biggest trade relationship.

Australian flag at China's Great Hall of People (Getty Images/F. Li)

Australias Ambassador to China was summoned to a meeting as the Foreign Affairs ministry, officials confirmed Thursday, following a diplomatic dispute in which Canberra accused Beijing of undue influence in Australian politics.

Australia recently began a crackdown on foreign donations to political causes. Announcing the measures, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull singled out China for its unprecedented and increasingly sophisticated attempts to influence the political process in his country.

Read moreAustralian publisher pulls book amid China backlash fears

Fears of Chinas influence were revived in recent weeks after it emerged that Senator Sam Dastyari, who had previously defended China in disputes over the South China Sea, had warned a Chinese businessman that his phone was being tapped by intelligence agencies. He was later forced to step down over his ties to Chinese officials.

Australien Politiker Sam Dastyari in Canberra (picture-alliance/AP Photo/M. Tsikas)

Former Senator Sam Dastyari

Beijing then accused Turnbull of prejudice. The opposition Labor Party said that the government was showing anti-China bias that could jeopardize trade relations.

Turnbull responded by saying that the opposition was using the situation for leverage ahead of a key by-election on Sunday that will determine the prime ministers political future.

China accused Australia of raci.....

01:46

The Big Brother Future "IndyWatch Feed National"

US Meddling in Venezuela? (Jeff C.)

The State Department pays a think tank nearly $1 million to work with Venezuelan opposition.

We Need to Talk About Honduras (Dan)

Honduras recent presidential election has ended in violence. Security forces and protesters have continued to clash while the too-close-to-count result is still being debated. At the moment, 14 people have been reported killed. Now the US, which has long financially supported the incumbent Juan Orlando Hernandez and his security forces, is at a crossroads.

Arizonas Private Border Wall Fail (Steve)

Arizona tried to build a private border wall through crowdfunding. It failed miserably.

Ajit Pais Cringe-worthy Promo Video on Net Neutrality Repeal (Jimmy)

The author writes, In a video with the conservative site Daily Callers Benny Johnson the dude who got fired from BuzzFeed for plagiarizing Yahoo Answers [FCC Chairman] Pai urged the country to understand that even if he succeeds in his plan to let ISPs strangle the rest of the internet to death, theyll let us continue to take selfies and other stupid bullsh**.

Mesmerizing, Mysterious Murmurations  (Milicent)

You should stop whatever you are doing and witness this phenomenon. Watch it, listen to it, open up and let it flow in and around you and carry you away.

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00:36

London Grenfell Tower disaster, after six months "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 14 June 20217 video from London, England is called Rania Ibrahims Snapchat/Facebook. Live from inside the Grenfell Tower London fire. WITH SUBTITLES.

By Ann Czernik in England:

Grenfell six months on we will remember them

Thursday 14th December 2014

With the great and the good attending a memorial service for Grenfell at St Pauls Cathedral today, ANN CZERNIK remembers the victims

OF all the stories about the Grenfell Tower fire disaster, it is the social media post of the last moments of a young mother of two that returns to my thoughts repeatedly.

I do not know why Rania Ibrahim and her children died that day, trapped on the 24th floor of a poorly constructed London tower block with a single fire exit. One day, I hope that there will be answers to the many questions that Grenfell raises for our society.

On June 14 2017, the day of the fire, I awoke unusually early. The midsummer sun streamed through my bedroom window and, as I lay gazing up at the clear blue sky, there was no inkling of what was about to come.

Little did I know that, six months on, I would be writing about the death of a woman Id never met with pain in my heart and tears in my eyes.

That morning, I checked my phone as usual and found frantic messages from a friend living near the tower who had posted pictures of the inferno. I switched on the news and gasped at the scene playing across my screen.

It was 5am and all I could think was that the building had failed to contain an outbreak of fire as it should have done. It was the only explanation for a blaze of that magnitude. What was puzzling was the speed at which it developed.

In the weeks that followed, I, like many other journalists, worked on various aspects of the investigation in mai...

00:16

About that political influence on domestic affairs on the part of foreign powers, Prime Minister Turnbull..... "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"



He went on to excoriate the Labor Party in parliament last week with regard to its contacts with Chinese nationals.

This week the primary subject of Turnbull's verbal attacks announced his resignation from the Australian Parliament.

However, this week also brings news from Western Australia which demonstrates just how hypocritical is the prime ministers political posturing.

Via @kimbakit

Then came this...

00:15

"Inequality is neither a personal choice nor a national tragedy. It is a choice governments make" "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Chief executive of the St Vincent de Paul Society national council Dr John Falzon, writing in The Guardian on 13 December 2017:

In 1952 a Catholic newspaper in Ireland proclaimed: The welfare state is diluted socialism and socialism is disguised communism.

Extreme? Yes. Dated? No. When you listen to the dying declarations of the spear-carriers for neoliberalism, its hard not to hear the same alarmist codswallop.

The logic goes like this: being unemployed and poor is bad because people choose to be unemployed or poor. If you receive income support, it is because you are unemployed and poor. Therefore, receiving income support is bad. Therefore, removing income support is good. Coincidentally, this means more money for the rich and less for the poor.

Social services minister Christian Porters recent National Press Club address was replete with denunciations of the politics of envy associated with redistributionist policies, as well as the morally unacceptable nature of social expenditure because it means placing a debt burden on the children of today to pay off as the adults of tomorrow.

These are old tropes. Joe Hockey used them regularly when he was treasurer. The intergenerational framework is always going to be a useful means of distracting from the uncomfortable reality of class inequality in the current generation.

A false divide is constructed between those who have a job (and pay taxes) and those who dont....

Thursday, 14 December

23:46

Christmas cheer for RBA! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Merry Christmas, Phil Lowe!

Well, that was a sensational Labour Force result, with employment up by a massive +61,600 in November, including +41,900 full time jobs, making for 14 gains on the bounce and the best monthly result in a couple of years. 


The trend growth in employment tore up to +3.1 per cent, or +371,000 jobs, which is the highest annual employment growth ever recorded on that measure - and better still this has overwhelmingly been driven by full time jobs (about four-fifths of the increase).


Total hours worked were a fairly punchy +4 per cent higher over the year, or +3.4 per cent higher over the year in trend terms. 


Full employment for NSW

There was a tremendous surge in total employment in New South Wales (+28,500) and Victoria (+32,900) in the month of November, with employment ballooning in those two states by +120,000 and +110,000 respectively over the year. 

Queensland also added more than +95,000 jobs over the year, albeit only about half of those positions full-time. 
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23:30

Israeli PM Netanyahu Says Bitcoin Is Rising as Banks Are Destined to Disappear "IndyWatch Feed National"

Israeli Leader Says Bitcoin Is Rising as Banks Are Destined to Disappear

With the meteoric rise in the value of bitcoin this year and the media cacophony around it, its a surprise that not all world leaders have spoken about the subject yet. One political figure that we can now rest assure is keeping an eye on bitcoin is Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Also Read: Israeli Regulator Wont Allow Bitcoin Firms to Be Included in Stock Indices

Israeli Leader Says Bitcoin Is Rising as Banks Are Destined to DisappearSitting down with reporters to an off the cuff Q&A at the Israeli parliaments diner, the PM was asked for his advice whether an individual should invest in bitcoin or not. He answered: So first of all, why cant you also sell money? Why not? Its the same. The reason you cant sell money is that you are very worried and want a mediating party to handle the risks. Prevent theft, all that stuff. Thats why banks exists. Are banks doomed to eventually disappear? The answer is yes! Should this be done tomorrow and shoul...

23:07

Free and Open Indo-Pacific Remains U.S. Goal "IndyWatch Feed National"

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WASHINGTON: The US has elevated its engagement with India as part of its effort of a free and open Indo-Pacific, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has said amid Chinas increasing assertiveness in the region.

The US for long has been favouring a larger role for India in the Indo-Pacific region to pursue common interests in the strategically key area.

As part of the free and open Indo-Pacific, we have elevated our engagement with India, Tillerson said.

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Rex Tillerson

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Weve long had a trilateral relationship in the Indo- Pacific between Japan, Australia, and the US, and were now working towards whether this will become a quad relationship to include India because of the importance of Indias rising economy as well and I think shared national security concerns that we have with India, he said.

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On Americas relationship with China, he said the administration now have a very active mechanism in which it can put complex issues on the table.

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And we have differences, such as the South China Sea and Chinas building of structures, militarisation of these structures, and how that affects our allies in the region as well in terms of free and open trade, he said.

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China claims almost all of the South China Sea but Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have counter claims over the waterway.

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The Indo-Pacific includes South Asia and the Indian Ocean.
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As weve said to the Chinese, we hope we can find a way to freeze this particular activity. Whether we can reverse, it remains to seen. But it is not acceptable to us that these islands continue to be developed, and certainly not for military purposes, Tillerson said.
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In Southeast Asia, we put forth a policy here not too long ago of a free and open Indo-Pacific, and this was built on the back of some of our views about Chinas One Belt, One Road policy. Chinas One Belt, One Road, we understand, is a policy they have to continue their economic development, and our policies do not seek to contain Chinas economic development, Tillerson s...

23:07

Court Case Reveals DCs Metro Canceled All Religious Ads In Fear Of Terrorism "IndyWatch Feed National"

My November 30 article covering a lawsuit against Washington DCs transit system began: Keep the cash in Christmas. That was the message the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington received from the D.C. Metropolitan Transit Authority when the archdiocese attempted to buy ad space on Metro buses for its Find The Perfect Gift campaign.

In the lawsuit, the archdiocese argued that by refusing its ads, Metro violated the churchs First Amendment and due process rights, and the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. At the time, the archdioceses case seemed a pretty clear example of anti-religious animus and viewpoint discrimination. However, two happenings in the last week cast new light on Metros advertising guidelines that ban political and religious displays, and its use of those rules to reject the Catholic archdioceses Find The Perfect Gift campaign.

First, on Friday, when federal district court judge Amy Berman Jackson denied the archdiocese a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction, she detailed the rationale underlying Metros decision to ban political and religious advertisements, writing:

The [Metro] Assistant General Manager for Customer Service, Communications, and Marketing also averred that she heard from the Metro Transit Police Department and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that running certain issue-oriented ads could pose security risks on trains and buses. One of the factors that spurred [Metro] to close its advertising forum was the submission of an ad featuring a cartoon depiction of the Prophet Mohammad. Drawing the Prophet Mohammed is highly offensive to Muslims, and [Metro] was aware that the ad was drawn at a contest where two gunmen were killed in an attempt to prevent the event.

But why then also ban the Find The Perfect Gift campaign adan advertisement that does not disparage? From a legal perspective, the answer flows from First Amendment jurisprudence, which grants governmental officials the right to control access to a nonpublic or limited forum, such as advertisement displays on government property, based on the subject to be discussed as long as: the lines drawn are reasonable given the purpose of the forum involved, they do not favor one viewpoint over another, and they are consistently applied.

Had Metro opened the limited forum of bus advertisements to the subject of religion, it could not then discriminate based on the content of the proposed ad. In fact, the archdioceses strongest argument for reversal stems from Metro allowing advertisements t...

22:55

Bearded dragon in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

13 December 2017

On this episode of Breaking Trail, Coyote finally catches one lizard he has always been after, the Bearded Dragon! One of Australias most iconic lizard species the Bearded Dragon is world-famous for its incredibly spiky appearance and popularity in the world of herpetology.


22:35

Western Refugee Policies Are One Endless Evian Conference "IndyWatch Feed National"

By David Swanson, December 14, 2017, Lets Try Democracy.

Evian is not just a bottled water company. And the town of vian-les-Baines in France on the south shore of Lake Geneva is not just a location for luxury hotels. Its also the location where, in July 1938, the first international effort was ever made (or feigned) to alleviate a refugee crisis.

The crisis was the Nazi treatment of Jews. The representatives of 32 nations and 63 organizations (plus some 200 journalists covering the event) were well aware of the Nazis desire to expel all Jews from Germany and Austria, and somewhat aware that the fate that awaited them if not expelled was death. The decision of the conference was essentially to leave the Jews to their fate. (Only Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic increased their immigration quotas.) The decision to abandon the Jews was driven primarily by anti-Semitism, which was widespread among the diplomats in attendance and among the publics they represented.

These nations were represented at the vian Conference: Australia, the Argentine Republic, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, United Kingdom, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Ireland, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Sweden, Switzerland, the United States, Uruguay, and Venezuela. Italy refused to attend.

Australian delegate T. W. White said, without asking the native people of Australia: as we have no real racial problem, we are not desirous of importing one.

The dictator of the Dominican Republic viewed Jews as racially desirable, as bringing whiteness to a land with many people of African descent. Land was set aside for 100,000 Jews, but fewer than 1,000 ever arrived.

In The Jewish Trail of Tears The Evian Conference of July 1938, Dennis Ross Laffer concludes that the conference was set up to fail and put on for show. Certainly it was proposed by and chaired by a representative of U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt who chose not to make any seri...

22:00

What To Say When Youre Asked What Is Your Current Salary? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Here are a few strategic ways to dodge (or kind of answer) the question without sounding shady or defensive.

Youve finally decided to take the leap and apply for that job that you really want. You made it through the interview stage, and so far you and the hiring manager are hitting it off. They seem interested in hiring you, but then the dreaded question comes: How much are you making in your current position?

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21:55

Federal Reserve Chair: Fed Doesnt Really Play Any Regulatory Role in Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

Federal Reserve Chair: Fed Doesnt Really Play Any Regulatory Role in Bitcoin

Following her next-to-last Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, outgoing Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairwoman Janet Yellen gave a final scheduled press conference 13 December 2017 in Washington, DC. In a growing sign of its influence, once again bitcoin was introduced as a topic for consideration at the highest levels of finance. No fewer than three times did cryptocurrencies make their way into the discussion: regulatory policy, prospects of a Fed Coin, and bitcoins threat to financial stability.

Also read: Only Big Broker Offering CME Bitcoin Futures Allows Whales to Short

Fed Chair Says Bitcoin Very Small

The first woman Chair of the globes most powerful central bank, Janet Yellen took what amounted to a gushing victory lap in her final scheduled press conference. Reporters paused in questions to thank her. Some even asked her about future efforts to diversify the field of economics to include more women and minorities. Its good to go out on top, for sure.

CNBCs Steve Liesman posed the expected, wanting to know the Chairs thoughts on equity valuations at historic highs. Before he allowed her to answer, he asked: Maybe as a sign as to whats been going on with valuations, this cryptocurrency called bitcoin keeps going up every day, um, wh...

21:46

Rainbow Chan - The Cardigans "Lovefool" Cover "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Download track for FREE here - http://get.siloarts.net/track/lovefool-the-cardigans-cover A cover of The Cardigans' "Lovefool" by Sydney musician, Rainbow Chan. Filmed by e c h o (soundcloud.com/thedreamecho) rainbowchan.com.au rainbowchan.bandcamp.com soundcloud.com/rainbowchanmusic

21:34

Gunnedah: The Fluoride Action Network hosts an anti-fluoride information session "IndyWatch Feed National"

COMMUNITY members gathered at the Gunnedah Services and Bowling Club for an anti-fluoride workshop on Wednesday evening.

Fluoride Action Networks Meriyln Haines hosted the workshop, which followed a closed workshop given to Gunnedah Shire Council earlier that afternoon.

The community workshop comes on the back of a pro-fluoride council workshop hosted by the Australian Dental Association (ADA) late last month.

The workshops come in the lead up to the next council meeting next Wednesday.

At the meeting, councilors will hear a report complied by NSW health centered on the publics feedback regarding water fluoridation.

Mrs Haines said the workshops were well received.

We gave our views and we were asked some good questions, Mrs Haines said.

The questions from councilors were very considered in-depth questions.

Mrs Haines said there is still time for people against water fluoridation to lobby councillors.

I guess people can continue to put pressure on councillors, she said.

Its their community, if they dont want it they should have a say.

The Fluoride Action Network leader said she was not sure when council would make a final decision regarding water fluoridation.

Im not sure when the decision will come down, she said.

I feel like NSW Health are trying to push this forward and get council to reach a decision in December,  but council need to consider whos community is this and who is dictating the agenda.

Gunnedah Shire mayor Jamie Chaffey said he was glad Mrs Haines accepted councils invitation to host the workshop.

I am pleased the chair of the Fluoride Action Network accepted my invitation to adress councillors yesterday, Cr Chaffey said.

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21:22

Bega Valley Shire fluoride survey underway "IndyWatch Feed National"

Bega Valley Shire Council has confirmed a NSW Health-funded survey gauging the communitys views on the addition of fluoride to drinking water has begun.

Respondents are being asked if they agree with adding fluoride to the public drinking water supply to try to prevent tooth decay?

The survey, sent to residents above 18 years old, asks for either a yes, no, dont know and refused response to what Councillor Cathy Griff has called a loaded question lacking in balance.

After learning of the question being asked in the survey, fluoridation opponent Rob Slazenger of Bermagui said its an outrage and that anyone with an understanding of survey methodology could see an agenda in the phrasing.

Cr Griff, who raised the motion to hold the survey, said she felt the concern over fluoride safety and its presence in toothpaste should have been added to the survey question.

The survey is being conducted by the Australian National Universitys Social Research Centre, and also asks for the respondents postcode.

The phone survey began on Tuesday and runs for one week.

One respondent said they missed a call on Tuesday, and by Thursday had not received a callback despite leaving a voice message on the 1800 number provided.

*Original article online at http://www.begadistrictnews.com.au/story/5121721/shire-fluoride-survey-underway/

20:35

A Tale of Two Trials: Bundy Ranch and Pentagon Papers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Let us take a contemporaneous yet parallel walk through both trials.

 

A Tale of Two Trials: Bundy Ranch and Pentagon Papers

A Tale of Two Trials: Bundy Ranch and Pentagon Papers

by Elias Alias

(TMM) In following the Bundy trial in Las Vegas, I have revisited a story I first read in 2002. That story is about a trial which happened in 1973. That trial gained world-wide press coverage and shocked the powerful elite in the Nixon Administration. That trial seems to me today to be the perfect precedent to bring to the attention of Judge Navarro, who is presiding over the Bundy trial(s).

I noticed this past week, early in December 2017, that the defendants were finally allowed pre-trial release so they could be with their families during the remainder of the trial.  The defendants were granted pre-trial release only after it was revealed in court in early December 2017, that the FBI report on the defendants from well over a year ago had indicated that the defendants were not dangerous and were not a threat. That report had not been provided to Judge Navarro until just now.

The defendants had been held in prison for almost two years without bail, deprived of a speedy trial, and in some cases tormented while incarcerated. The prosecution had assured the court that these defendants were a threat to society and should not be allowed bail.  But that became exposed as false once the initial FBI report was discovered. In and of itself, that circumstance poses the question why would the prosecution knowingly deceive the courts? To answer that question I must ask the reader to indulge me as I lay in a bit more background.

It is my estimation that the prosecution is hell-bent on persecuting, as well as prosecuting, the defendants because the prosecution works for the government, and because the government is still reeling from its resounding defeat at Bundy Ranch in southern Nevada on April 12, 2014.  The prosecutions bias is obvious and abundant. Ill show below why I say that here.

The prosecution is under tremendous pressure to win convictions and long-term prison sentences for our cowboys because if the cowboys get away with standing up to authority, the U.S. government itself will be embarrassed by its...

20:29

Tasmanian Tigers Were in Trouble Even Before Humans Came to Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

A new study of the genes of a long-dead Tasmanian tiger suggest the animals numbers were dwindling since about 70,000 years ago. But this doesnt change the fact that humans drove it into extinction.

A thylacine with a distended pouch at Adelaide Zoo, 1889. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

A thylacine with a distended pouch at Adelaide Zoo, 1889. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The Tasmanian tiger or thylacine looked like a dog, had stripes like a tiger and carried its young in a pouch like a kangaroo. This strange creature went extinct in the early 20th century. The last thylacine died in captivity at Hobart Zoo, Tasmania, in 1936, just a few years after humans had hunted it to extinction in the wild.

But now, researchers sequenced the DNA of a century-old preserved specimen and found the thylacines suffered from poor genetic diversity. This, it seems, left them vulnerable to many diseases long before humans even arrived in Australia.

The thylacine was a top marsupial predator found across Australia and Tasmania. Weighing about 30 kg, it looked very similar to a wolf or the Australian dingo. Populations started dwindling on mainland Australia and disappeared completely about 3,000 years ago, leaving thelast remaining group in Tasmania. In 1888, the Tasmanian government put a bounty on the thylacines head because it was believed to attack sheep, threatening farmers livelihoods. The thylacines were killed indiscriminately, with the last known animal in the wild murdered in 1930.

Its genetically closest living relative is deb...

20:04

Advance Australia Where? "IndyWatch Feed National"

An Australian speaker reveals the absurdity of same sex marriage.

Same-sex marriage what marriage is really about? Do we have the authority to define it anyway we want or does it define us? Read More

20:00

Israeli TV: Saudi Arabia, Egypt Gave Trump Green Light on Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tel Aviv (MEMO Israels News 10 said Saudi Arabia and Egypt gave US President Donald Trump the go-ahead to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to the occupied city.

The channel said the Arab parties reactions and condemnations are not genuine and are misleading.

us human rights resolution unOfficial White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

Israeli journalist and head of the Arab desk at the news channel, Zvi Yehezkeli stressed that the announcement could not have been made without coordination between Trump and his regional allies.

I am not sure about the Arab countries reactions to this resolution, Yehezkeli said, adding that the responses issued so far were not serious.

Related: Updated: The World Responds to Trumps Jerusalem Decision

On Wednesday, the US President Donald Trump announced his decision to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israels new capital adding that the American embassy would be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

World leaders, from Europe to the Middle East to Australia, slammed the decision as a unilate...

19:22

China summons Australian envoy over political meddling allegations Allegations full of prejudice against China could jeopardize bilateral trade "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Colin Packham

SYDNEY (Reuters) China summoned Australias ambassador to lodge a complaint last week over Canberras allegation that Beijing had sought to interfere in Australian politics, a source familiar with the diplomatic action told Reuters on Thursday.

Relations between Australia and China became strained in recent weeks after Canberra said it would ban foreign political donations as part of a crackdown aimed at preventing external influence in domestic politics, sharpening the focus on Chinas soft power.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull singled out China as he said foreign powers were making unprecedented and increasingly sophisticated attempts to influence the political process in Australia.

In response, China summoned Ambassador Jan Adams to a meeting at the Chinese Ministry for Foreign Affairs on December 8 to lodge a complaint, the source said.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang confirmed the ministry had an important discussion with the Australian ambassador.

The Australian side should be very clear about Chinas position on the relevant issue, Lu told a daily news briefing, without elaborating.

Chinas Foreign Ministry said last week Turnbulls allegations were full of prejudice against China, were baseless and poisoned the atmosphere of China-Australia relations.

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Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull unveiled new anti-interference laws on Dec 5 where he expressly referred to concerns about Chinas influence.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Turnbulls allegations have been criticized by Australias opposition Labor Party as showing an anti-China bias that could jeopardize bilateral trade.

China, which is easily Australias biggest trading partner, bought A$93 billion ($70 b...

19:01

This space intentionally left blank. "IndyWatch Feed National"

This space has intentionally been left blank. If I could have stomached it - I would have placed GILLARD's self-serving ABC 730 interview re the selective Royal Commission into some but not other child abuse. I might also have reported GILLARD's 5 months on the board of CVS lane. But...

18:45

Australia adds to money laundering claims against Commonwealth Bank "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australias financial crimes watchdog has accused Commonwealth Bank of Australia of failing to comply with anti-money laundering laws. (Reuters)

MELBOURNE: Australias financial crimes watchdog has added more than 100 new claims against the Commonwealt...

18:00

Or It Didnt Happen "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

FICTION, IN SYDNEY

Or It Didnt Happen is all about fiction. And this season its all about Sydneys live fiction scene. Sydney has a range of live nights for non-fiction narratives, a bunch of huge poetry scenes, and a small but vibrant scene in live fiction nights.

This season, were bringing you three of them: starting Saturday, December 16th.

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Episode 1: Studio Stories

Studio Stories is a live story night in Parramatta, run by writer Felicity Castagna. It focuses on stories by western Sydney writers, including authors from Sweatshop, West Words and the Finishing School. In this episode, were going to be hearing from Studio Stories authors Tamar Chnorhokian, Chad Jared Modernel and Ben Muir.

Studio Stories is run every couple of months at Parramatta Artists Studios. Follow them on Facebook to keep up with their events in 2018.

Check back here on Saturday to hear the Studio Stories episode

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17:59

Australia became a British 'possession' on 28 April 1770 "IndyWatch Feed National"

From the book of the title:

NEW SOUTH WALES - The Mother State, issued by the Intelligence Department, 1906.

Captain Cook, accompanied by Joseph Banks and Dr. Solander landed at Kurnell ... and took possession (i.e. no treaty or barter, therefore 'stolen' or under occupation) of the country in the name of King George III.


The book is available for download (478p, 59MB) at:
https://ia801404.us.archive.org/0/items/newsouthwalesmot00news/newsouthwalesmot00news.pdf

17:28

TORA TAKE THE STAGE FOR A FREE SHOW! "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tora at the Byron Bay Brewery, Saturday 22nd December, 8pm Free Entry

Byron born 4-piece electronic act Tora formed in 2013. With their fusing plush layered production and instrumentation, as well as their graceful vocals, they have won hearts all over the world!

Releasing their self-titled debut EP, and following in 2014 with another successful EP in Eat The Sun, Toras soulful electronic music has had them compared to seminal artists such as Radiohead and James Blake. Tora (Origin; Greek, meaning Now) have kept up a continual progression since their inception, dropping an array of singles and collabora-tions, all whilst building a rapidly growing global listenership.

Tora have performed at Glastonbury, Falls Festival, Splendour In The Grass, The Great Escape UK and Canadian Music Week. They have also toured both in Australia and inter-nationally with artists such as RUFUS, Miami Horror and SAFIA.

Tora will take the stage at Byron Bay Brewery this Saturday 22nd for an intimate and free show! Support on the night will be by Merryn Jeann and Keen Mak.

The post TORA TAKE THE STAGE FOR A FREE SHOW! appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

17:12

7 Ways to Free Your Spirit and Rid Your Life of Negative Energy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sure, we all feel down in the dumps from time to time, this is normal but if you are down more than you are up, something is wrong. If you dont know how to stay positive, it might be time for you to learn.

There are actually several different things you can do to neutralize negativity and turn it into something positive and useful. You see, by accepting and changing you can move forward much quicker. When you stop resisting everything begins to fall right into place.

7 Ways to Get Rid of Lingering Negative Energy:

1. Meditate

Meditation will always be the top of my list when it comes to ridding yourself of negative energy. Meditate for at least 20 minutes a day. Let go of anything that you have been holding onto that does not serve you anymore.

2. Walk away

Sometimes in life, we get ourselves in situations where walking away is the best answer. Although it will be hard to do so sometimes, it is for the best. Dont hold onto someone or something for too long.

3. Go outside and clear your mind

If you cannot clear your mind get outside and go for a walk. This works for me every single time. I feel the most at peace when I am outside barefoot watching the stars.

4. Focus on the positive

Think about all of the positive things in your life. Really let the happiness and gratefulness take over your mind. You have tons to be proud of.

5. Take a nap or a break

If you need a break take one, and if you need a nap take one. No one is stopping you. In this life, there are few things we have to actually do. Be true to yourself and dont let things become overwhelming.

6. Talk things out

If there are negative emotions between you and someone else then there is also negative energy following you around. When you can talk it out, it is best to do so. Dont just let things end on such a bad note that you cant even look one another in the eye.

7. Be creative

Creativity is something we all have whether we notice it or not. Find something you like to do and do it. Let this hobby bring a new sens...

17:03

How will Trump Admin policy rollbacks impact efforts to combat climate change? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Given that Donald Trump tweeted in 2012 that he believes concern about global warming is the result of a ploy by China to make American manufacturing less competitive, and then in a 2014 tweet explicitly called global warming a hoax, it was no surprise when his administration moved aggressively to undo the climate actions taken by former President Barack Obama. Trump began exploring ways to pull the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement before he was even sworn into office, and announced on June 1, 2017 that he was officially pursuing withdrawal from the pact signed and ratified by Obama. The soonest any country can formally withdraw is four years after the Paris Agreement went into effect, or 2020 but Trump made it clear at the G20 summit in July that the US would immediately cease any effort to honor the emissions reduction plan (known as a nationally determined contribution or NDC) that the Obama Administration committed to in ratifying the accord. Under Trump, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking to repeal the Clean Power Plan, a key component of Obamas climate legacy that sets limits on greenhouse gas emissions from electricity generation, and has gutted numerous other rules and regulations aimed at drawing down emissions, reducing our use of fossil fuels, and otherwise protecting the environment. So what impact will this climate action rollback have? A new analysis from the World Resources Institute (WRI) seeks to answer that question by looking at seven different

16:01

Trading v Socrates "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Marty; All of these Robo trading plans are simply a flat model. Socrates is forecasting short and long-term rather than just trading a flat model. Am I correct?

PT, Canada

ANSWER: Correct. The approach to modeling is traditionally flat. It will take one market and attempt to create a buy/sell model on that market exclusively to the exclusion of all other markets. This is the reason these flat models will blow up even such things as the Black & Scholls, which won the Noble Prize before it created the Long-Term Capital Management (LTCM) collapse in 1998. That is the subject of the book titled  When Genius Failed.

The flat model approach is a disaster. They will work for a while and then blow up BECAUSE they are incapable of grasping the wildcard contagion that comes from outside that single market. That is what happened in the LTCM collapse. The illiquidity in the collapse of the Russian market led to the selling of all other markets to raise cash to cover losses in Russian bonds.

There are plenty of people who are soliciting money claiming they have mastered our model. That is absolute nonsense because they are interjecting their own OPINION and that will be a guaranteed loss down the road. This requires NO OPINION and the fact that someone will try to supplement by writing reports on markets shows they are basing their trading on their own opinion of WHAT they think the market will do.

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16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.00004 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 2.25 AUD
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Australian Government Wants To Punish Whistleblowers And Journalists Who Leak Classified Documents With Up To 20 Years In Prison "IndyWatch Feed National"

Whistleblowing stories have become something of a commonplace, as a stream of Techdirt posts attests. Some leaks offer massive revelations, like the documents released by Chelsea Manning, or Edward Snowden. Others are smaller scale, but expose unsuspected activities that powerful people were trying to keep in the shadows. Here, for example, is a recent leak published in the Guardian about big companies spying on law-abiding organizations that dare to disagree with them

15:42

Down and Out in the Future "IndyWatch Feed National"

Knightscope's crime-fighting robot already deployed in San Francisco to deter the homeless from forming tent cities.

15:28

A story of second-hand clothes "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Nice jacket, Dylan, I said to my first-year-university-student grandson as he picked me up in the first week of summer at Canberra Airport where the outside temperature was a sizzling 12.5 degrees. How much was it?

Dylan: I got it for five bucks at the Salvos.

Me: Well done.

Dylan: Mum is so jealous she is going there to see what she can find.

And then I recalled my own impoverished university days 47 years ago and needing a dinner suit to go to an up-coming ball.

As the son of an Anglican clergyman, I could not contemplate even hiring one, let alone buying. So I went to the Salvos and bought a dinner suit for 50 cents (about $5 in todays money).

Better than that, it was excellently tailored and in a middle-of-the-ground style, so as the lapels of new fashionable dinner suits got narrower and then double-breasted and then wider, mine never looked much out of place, so I kept wearing it for more than 30 years. What a bargain!

The charities do a splendid job recycling clothes. A lot are sent overseas, particularly to Third World countries which do not have their own textile industries, such a Papua New Guinea.

I recalled being in Mount Hagen in the New Guinea Highlands once and overhearing an Australian say to a local who was wearing, from memory, the T-shirt of a Sydney bowls club, Good on you, mate, Im a member there. Its a good club, isnt it?

He clearly did not realise that the T-shirt had been imported by a charity second-hand and that the local had never been to Australia, let alone his bowls club.

That was 2003, Later I went to the very remote Kosomary River, a tributary of Sepik River, where I asked if I could have a paddle on a dugout canoe. Only if you give us your T-shirt if you fall out, I was told.

Me: Okay.

(It was a Canberra Times Fun Run T-shirt, as it happens)

Now, a dugout with a wooden paddle is a very different proposition from my light-weight plastic kayak and carbon-fibre paddle in Australia. But never mind. Ill never know how I got the thing out into the current and safely back to shore. But I got some loud cheers from the locals, so and I gave the canoe owner the Canberra Times T-shirt anyway.

I hope no visiting Australian finds him and says something like, The Canberra Times event is a good fun run, isnt it? What was your time?

While I was recalling this, it suddenly dawned on me, about eight weeks too late. And I should have...

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Chairman and Two VPs of TEPCO Will Stand Trial for the Death of 44 People in Fukushima Meltdowns "IndyWatch Feed National"

(EnviroNews World News) The Chairman, and two Vice Presidents of the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) will stand trial for the death of 44 people who were killed in the ensuing melee following the March 11, 2011 triple nuclear reactor meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in eastern Japan.

The men will make their first appearance in court on June 30, 2017, answering for what are the only criminal charges so far, in an ongoing nightmare that has become arguably the worst manmade environmental catastrophe the world has ever seen.

Former TEPCO chairman, Tsunehisa Katsumata, 77, alongside former Vice Presidents Sakae Muto, 66, and Ichiro Takekuro, 71 were charged with professional negligence resulting in death and injury, in February of 2016. The trio will appear before the Tokyo District Court, after all three entered a plea of innocent at the arraignment.

We hope the trial will shed light on the responsibility for this accident. The accident hasnt been resolved. There is nuclear waste from the cleanup efforts everywhere in Fukushima, and there are still many unresolved problems, said Ruiko Muto, who leads the group that advocated for the trial, to The Japan Times.


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14:57

SSM MEANS WIDESPREAD AND COMPULSORY GAY SEX ED AND GENDER FLUID THEORY: ACADEMIC "IndyWatch Feed National"

Concerns that children would be taught radical LGBTIQ sex and gender fluid theory were dismissed as lies and red herrings during the marriage postal survey, but now a leading academic says same-sex marriage means it should be mandated. Read More

14:52

2RRR at Ryde Councils Carols on The Common: SUNDAY 17 DECEMBER 2017!!! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

2RRR will be at RYDE COUNCILs CAROLS on THE COMMON SUNDAY 17 DECEMBER 2017  CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT FIREWORKS RIDES FOOD TRUCKS

FROM 5:30 PM 9:30 PM Join us for an authentic carols experience at Sydneys second largest Christmas carols in the heart of Ryde. Kicking off at 5:30pm and running through the night is the Carols on the Common performance, featuring all your favourite classic carols with the best performers from all over Sydney. To close out the night, the whole family will be treated to an awe-inspiring firework display.

Come in early to experience our amusement activities and keep the kids entertained with the giant slide, or dodgem cars and dozens of other rides. Food vendors and a sausage sizzle will be serving throughout the night. Limited parking is available on-site with a gold coin donation.

Money raised on the night goes to worthy causes such as ROMAC an organisation bringing sick and ill children from nations all over the world for life changing surgery in Australia. With your help we can raise over $10 000 this year for ROMAC alone.

VENUE: NORTH RYDE COMMONS, CNR WICKS & TWIN ROAD, NORTH RYDE

14:38

MACKAY Twists in investigation into Karen Ristevskis death "IndyWatch Feed National"

MACKAY December 13, 2017 at 06:26PM ,

Twists in investigation into Karen Ristevskis death

December 13, 2017 at 06:26PM ,

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14:38

MACKAY Update: Armed robbery charge, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Update: Armed robbery charge, Mackay

December 14, 2017 at 07:33AM ,

He was charged with armed robbery, enter premises and commit indictable offence, possession of dangerous drugs and possessing utensils and is due to appear in Mackay Magistrates Court today (December 14). If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information

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13:59

AG George Brandis's website promoting wedding stationery printer - and indeterminate/intersex/unspecified brides/grooms/partners "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the marriage section of the website of Commonwealth Attorney General Senator The Honourable George Brandis QC. There you'll find a link to a heap of new marriage stationery and forms. https://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Marriage/Pages/Forms.aspx This page has information on the following: Marriage equality Marriage forms Marriage forms consultation Forms for download...

13:50

Nervous Start to Christmas Party as Colleagues Wonder who has Cocaine "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

WhiteXmas

Its been a nerve-shattering start to an office Christmas party today as colleagues begin guessing and probing each other to discover who has a bag of white Christmas.

One staffer said he was living on an edge harder than anything Aerosmith ever sang about.

I had to have about 70 or so schoons of port before the event even started to sand down the corners a bit, he said. I started with joking-yet-deadly-serious quips about whose nose was thirsty, but I ended up just straight out asking do you have some cocaine for me to smell with my nose?.

Staffers who came packing bagged heat said the tension was even worse for them.

About 12 people followed every time I went to the bathroom attempting to get a nose bite, one man said. It was like when the fish are on, and you have to hide behind a rock to bait your hook.

Management of the company said it would try to avoid the tension next year by bumping the Kris Kringle limit to $300 and hoping everyone gets the idea of what to buy each other.


13:49

A Very Surry Hills Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Join us in celebrating a very Surry Hills Christmas!

The City of Sydney is organising an eventful day for all residents and people in the area. The Shannon Reserve is being taken over on Thursday 14th of December to initiate an outdoor Christmassy pop-up. Shannon Reserve is located in Crown Street, Surry Hills, between Foveaux and Collins Street. This iconic reserve dates back to 1793, when Joseph Foveaux of the NSW Corps named this land grant Surry Hills Farm.

 

This special day offers the opportunity for people to both have a fantastic Christmas celebration day-out with the family and a wide source of history. The City of Sydney has taken part in having workshops for everyone to use, to make their own very special personalised Christmas decorations to either give or show in their own home.

Another exciting tale is the chance to come down and bring your kids for a photo with Surry Hills Santa. You will also receive a complimentary gift wrapping for purchases made in the Surry Hills Village area on the day between 9am and 5pm. Last but not least, The City of Sydney Council has live entertainment and artwork from Jeff McCann.

This is a day that cannot be missed, for all family and friends. Hope to see you there!

For further information please visit sydneychristmas.com.au

What: Xmas in Surry Hills

When: Saturday 16 December from 9am to 5pm

Where: Shannon Reserve Crown St Surry Hill

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13:18

The bloodiest campfire story: reading The War Nerd Iliad "IndyWatch Feed National"

Translation is more than just carrying a text from language to language; its also a passage from audience to audience. To its Greek listeners, the Iliad didnt need footnotes or endnotes. It wasnt literature or a status marker for taste and education. It was popular entertainment, put on at boozy gatherings by MCs whose talent could get them free drinks. That mood is hard to recapture now, even if a translators philology is faultless.

13:11

Nimbin Holiday Club 2017/18 Summer Program "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Nimbin Holiday Club

        Summer Program

Dear friends,

We are operating from the Nimbin Community School, in the Community Centre and on excursion days please meet us in the Nimbin Central School car park at 9am.

Day runs between 9am and 3pm.  The program runs for children aged 5 12.  Please read the dates and venues below carefully and book to avoid disappointment.  To book phone NNIC on 66891692 (between 10 am and 4 pm) or you can text or call Kylie on 0487576281.  Please note that the basic fee is $12 per day and more on excursion days. Parents must sign consent forms for any excursions.

Please ensure that your child wears appropriate clothing, covered shoes, brings a hat, swimmers and a towel.  Please bring adequate food and drinks.

 

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Date

Program

Cost

Friday 22nd December

The Pitts family circus workshop

The Pitt family circus is coming to visit us and teach us some tricks

Circus Workshop

$20

Thursday 4th January

Nimbin Community School, Park and Pool

Art/Craft, DVDs, Games, Music and more

Library craft

$12

Friday 5th January

Excursion Lismore Tenpin Bowling and pool

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12:59

World Beyond War Hawkes Bay "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Hawkes Bay, New Zealand/Aotearoa, chapter of World Beyond War is being organized by Liz Remmerswaal Hughes, who wants your help.

Contact her below.

Liz Remmerswaal Hughes is a mother, journalist, environmentalist activist and former politician, having served six years on the Hawkes Bay Regional Council.

The daughter and granddaughter of soldiers, who fought other peoples wars in far flung places,she never got over wars stupidity and became a pacifist.Liz is an active Quaker and currently co Vice-President of the Womens International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) Aotearoa/New Zealand. She has strong links with the Australian peace movement and the Swords into Ploughshares group.

Liz prefers a creative and community approach to peacemaking, starting from within, and has enjoyed such activities as biking to the gates of the Pine Gap American military spy base in Alice Springs, Australia, planting an olive tree for peace in the Peace Palace in the Hague on the centenary of Anzac, singing peace songs outside military bases and making tea parties beside warships during the NZ Navys 75th birthday,

In 2017 she was awarded the Sonia Davies Peace Award which enabled her to study Peace Literacy with the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation in Santa Barbara , attend the Wilpf triennial Congress in Chicago, and a workshop on Peace and Conscience in Ann Arbor.

Liz lives lives with her husband on a wild and stony beach on the East Coast of the North Island.
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12:18

The New Social Order: Keaton Jones And The Viral Bullying Video "IndyWatch Feed National"

Social media is good for a lot of things, mob rule and destroying reputations chief among them writes Michael Brull.

A few days ago, a video of a crying boy in the United States went viral. The 11-year-old boy, Keaton Jones, had been bullied at school, and his mother recorded his tearful reaction. Why do they bully? Whats the point of it, he wondered. They poured milk on him, put ham down his clothes, and threw bread at him. He was deeply upset, and the video took off on the internet.

The first reactions on Twitter were of people saying how their hearts went out to Keaton. Then an endless series of GIFs, as people discussed rolling up to the school to confront the bullies. These included GIFs of women smiling and brandishing knives, and GIFs of Negan from Walking Dead walking around with his notorious baseball bat.

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Soon celebrities got in on the action. An endless array of big names publicly offered their sympathy and affection to Keaton, and offered various types of meet-ups. Professional footballers said theyd meet up, and their agents announced Keatons new bodyguards. A superhero actor invited him to the premiere of his movie, a celebrity actress invited him to be her date to the premiere of the new Pitch Perfect movie. Justin Bieber called Keaton a hero to his over 90 million followers on Instagram. Dana White, the owner of Ultimate Fighting Championship, invited Keaton to UFC headquarters to hang out.

Aside from all the celebrities reaching out, a person who didnt know the family started a crowd funder to support Keaton. It raised almost $60 000 in a few days.

The mother who filmed her son crying couldnt have anticipated the enormous reaction to her video. No-one can really predict what will go viral, and the fact that so many things do shouldnt obscure the fact that the vast majority of things never get any real traction. At the time of writing, her video has been viewed an estimated 20 million times. Tweets and Instagram posts in support of Keaton have been viewed, liked and retweeted mi...

11:04

Coastal sedimentary facies and foraminiferal biofacies of the st kilda formation at port gawler south australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Coastal sedimentary facies and foraminiferal biofacies of the st kilda formation at port gawler south australia

10:51

Child abuse inquiry sits for the last time "IndyWatch Feed National"

Supplied image of Justice Peter McClellan AM (left) addressing the public hearing into the nature, cause and impact of sexual abuse (Case Study 57) during the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual The commission has held private sessions with more than 6500 survivors and will hear from another 2000 people up until the time it hands over its final report in December. AAP Image/Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Jeremy Piper

The thousands of abuse survivors who came forward to give evidence of their suffering are being acknowledged for their strength and courage ahead of the final hearing of a royal commission.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold the half-hour sitting in Sydney on Thursday mark the end of the $500 million five-year inquiry set up under the Gillard Labor federal government.

The stories have been harrowing, the injustice has been shameful, Labor Opposition leader Bill Shorten in a statement.

We are committed to ensuring these brave men and women receive proper redress.

The commission is expected to call for widespread reforms to protect children from sexual abuse in the community.

The final report will be handed to Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove on Friday and is expected to be tabled in parliament before being publicly released.

The commission has already called for significant reforms in areas such as the criminal and civil justice systems, as well as measures to make institutions safer for children.

However, the final report is expected to field further recommendations.

Commission chair Justice Peter McClellan has warned the sexual abuse of children is not just a problem of the distant past.

Many cases presented to the inquiry occurred in a range of institutions in the last 10 to 15 years.

We heard in private sessions from children as young as seven years of age who had been recently abused, he said last month.

In some case studies into schools, the abuse was so recent that the abused children are still attending school.

The commission heard directly f...

10:48

Opioid use rising in rural areas: study "IndyWatch Feed National"

Use of the potentially-addictive painkillers oxycodone and fentanyl is rising in regional Australia, the latest analysis of drugs in the nations wastewater system shows.

The analysis of 54 wastewater sites by the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission found that while methylamphetamine, commonly known as ice, remains Australias most commonly used illegal drug, prescription opioid use in regional areas is outstripping that in capital cities.

Consumption of oxycodone in regional sites was well above capital city levels, with the regional national average being almost double that of the capital cities, the commission said in its third national wastewater drug monitoring program report released on Thursday.

Regional Queensland and parts of Tasmania and Victoria had the highest overall users of oxycodone, while in capital cities the highest usage rates were in South Australia and Tasmania.

Usage patterns for fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that is up to 100 times more potent than morphine, were similar, with regional centres in almost every state recording values well above the national average.

Except for a few sites, regional consumption was substantially higher than capital city areas, the report said.

Medical experts have expressed concern in recent months that more Australians are becoming addicted to pharmaceutical opioid painkillers, following in the footsteps of America which is in the grip of of an opioid epidemic that has caused tens of thousands of fatal overdoses.

The federal government announced last year that painkillers containing codeine will no longer be available over the counter from 2018, in response to growing concerns about addiction.

The commissions report noted that while oxycodone and fentanyl are legally prescribed by doctors for intense pain, they do have abuse potential.

In terms of illicit drugs, the report found ice usage has plateaued in the past year, while cocaine and ecstasy use appears to be on the decline, possibly thanks to big drug busts by police in 2017.

Ice remains the most common illegal drug in capital cities and regional sites, with South Australia and Western Australia having the highest usage rates, while NSW and the ACT recorded small overall increases in usage.

However, use of ice in Queensland and Western Australia has begun to fall from their historical highs in October 2016.NSW recorded the highest amounts of cocaine and ecstasy use.

Unlike methylamphetamine, capital city areas on average had higher cocaine use than regional centres, the report said.

Heroin was also included in the commissions analysis for the first time, with usage rates highest in Victoria and the ACT.

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10:38

Its not over yet! Stop Adani Tweed keep up pressure "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The sold out Regent Cinema launched the Stop Adani Tweed campaign in Murwillumbah on Sunday. Photo supplied.

The Stop Adani Tweed campaign launch at the Regent Cinema in Murwillumbah on Sunday hosted by the Caldera Environment Centre was sold out.

The crowd was filled with young and old who realise how important it is to keep the pressure up to stop the opening of the Adani coal mine.

The primary message was not to stop the pressure, local campaign supporter Janice Best told Echonetdaily.

It is really important to remember that even though the banks are pulling out we need to be vigilant because it is not over yet. Even though things appear to be moving in a positive direction.

There are now Stop Adani groups in Byron, Lismore and Tweed, whose aim is to gain community support for the Northern Rivers to be declared an Adani-free zone. They have joined over 2 million people worldwide to oppose one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions which is driving climate change.

Keynote speakers Tony Barry and Mandy Nolan shared their insights into the the effects that the opening of the Adani cola mine would have on the Galilee Basin and the broader impacts on the Great Barrier Reef and climate change. Narrated by Queensland-born actor Michael Caton, the documentary Guarding the Galilee was screened to a packed house and shone a spotlight on the battle to stop the biggest coal mine in Australian history, Adanis Carmichael project.

10:30

#Australia: Song for #Elijah "IndyWatch Feed National"

This song was released on December 8 2017 and is a dedication to Elijah Doughty from Kalgoorlie, WA (Australian territory). Who is Elijah? Elijah was killed when a car struck the motorbike he was riding in August last year. The driver was going 67 km per hour when he hit Elijah who rolled or tumbled under the vehicle.

 

Originally published by Autonomous Action Radio.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of  these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Australia: Song for Elijah

This song was released on December 8 2017 and is a dedication to Elijah Doughty from Kalgoorlie, WA (Australian territory). Who is Elijah? Elijah was killed when a car struck the motorbike he was riding in August last year. The driver was going 67 km per hour when he hit Elijah who rolled or tumbled under the vehicle.

The driver whose name has been suppressed probably for his own safety admitted to driving too closely to the boy but says he hit him because the motorbike veered in front of the car.

The chase began because the motorbike Elijah was riding was stolen from him the previous day. However, there is no evidence Elijah had stolen the bike.

Elijah died from multiple fatal injuries.

Racial tensions in Kalgoorlie erupted after the incident.

A day after the boy was killed a protest occurred outside the Kalgoorlie Courthouse.

Approximately 200 people, some armed with rocks and bottles, broke down the gates of the court and surrounded police; who used pepper spray and riot shields in response.

Twelve police officers were injured during the disorder, with one requiring stitches, while several demonstrators were arrested. Five police cars and a local business were damaged.

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10:28

Campaigners want drones to protect from sharks "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Dean Jefferys leads a paddle out near Lennox Head recently. (supplied)

Marine conservationists have welcomed a Senate inquiry recommendation to remove shark nets from NSW beaches.

They are also calling for an increased use of drones with alarm systems to provide real-time protection for beach users.

Marine campaigner, Dean Jefferys, who is skipper of the conservation yacht Migaloo 2, said the recommendation to remove nets, when implemented, would mean that thousands of marine creatures, many of them endangered, would not drown in ineffective shark nets.

It also means that more effective non lethal shark control measures will be put in place, making the oceans safer for everyone rather than people mistakenly thinking these short, shallow nets provide protection, he said.

Im glad this myth has finally been well and truly busted by deep inquiry at the top level.

Now it is up to Government to implement these recommendations and put in place real processes that will make people safer and at the same time ensure marine lives are protected.

The manipulation of statistics has also been exposed in this enquiry. The old story that the DPI and proponents of shark nets say there has only been one death at a netted beach from Newcastle to Wollongong.

What they dont tell you in their reckless and irresponsible use of statistics is that there have been 47 unwanted shark encounters at these netted beaches or that surf lifesavers also patrol and observe these beaches and give warnings.

The resent shark encounter at shark netted, Avoca beach in November however could have been avoided if the surf club had a drone in the air as the shark encounter happened right in front of the shark tower but the tower wasnt high enough to see the shark.

Every surf club in Australia should have a drone fitted with an alarm system, with their nippers getting the appropriate training to use them.

Live streaming of the flights could be sent live to the surf life saving websites in NSW and QLD.

This is real time protection that works and what the government should be spending its money on and not wasting money perpetuating the shark net fallacy.

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10:18

Is Dr Richard Days New System a Form of Cryptocurrency? "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Dr Richard Day

by Dee McLachlan

In 2014 we published an article in Gumshoe called, Everything Is In Place And Nobody Can Stop Us Now Dr Day 1969 Lecture. It was originally published on rense.com and is a transcript of Dr Lawrence Dunegans recollections of a lecture he attended on March 20, 1969 at a meeting of the Pittsburgh Pediatric Society. This is what Dunegan recalled of Dr Days comments on Financial Control:

One statement was, Inflation is infinite. You can put an infinite number of zeros after any number and put the decimals points wherever you want, as an indication that inflation is a tool of the controllers.

It w...

10:14

Jen Cloher is heading out on an Australian tour in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In conjunction with the legendary Australian songwriters jaunt at Golden Plains festival, Jen Cloher will be gracing the stages of venues around the country with a string of headline shows.

The tour is in support of Jens sublime self-titled album released this year, the won the coveted crown of The Brags album of the year.  Cloher announced that These will be some of my only band shows in 2018 so make snapping up tickets and heading out a priority to witness the masterful songcraft and somber lyricism in the flesh.

Check out the ticketing and dates below.

Friday, 16th March
Rosemount Hotel, Perth
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 17th March
The Zoo, Brisbane
Tickets: Official Website

Thursday, 22nd March
Theatre Royal, Castlemaine
Tickets: Official Website

Friday, 23rd March
Anglesea Memorial Hall, Anglesea
Tickets: Official Website

Saturday, 24th March
The Croxton, Melbourne
Tickets: Official Website

Thursday, 29th March
The Lansdowne, Sydney
Tickets: Official Website

10:05

Island Quarry death inquest winds up amid complaints "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The Island Quarry near Byron Bay.

By Jim Beatson

The inquest into the death of 20-year- old Melbourne man, Brendan Vickery, ended yesterday with a number of unresolved disputes, and complaints of delays raised by the deceaseds family and their legal counsel.

Seven are ofcritical importance.

First, the family legal counsel queried the tardiness of Island Quarry Reserve Trust to take precautionary measures such as fencing and signage.

In November 2011 by Dr Robert Davies, network director for emergency departments at four hospital sites across the Northern Rivers reported nine serious injuries including six spinal fractures, at least four were multiple
fractures.

Some two and half years passed before the 1.8 m safety fence was constructed along the Ewingsdale Road side of the dangerous quarry site. This was completed just three weeks after Brendan Vickerys death.

The Island Quarry Reserve Trusts Barrister, Mr Raeburn, insisted that the delay was outside the control of the IQ Quarry Trust President, Shane Rennie.

A discussion about the lack of more safety signage was left incomplete.

Medical staff mentioned an important deterrent: signs explicitly listing known injuries that occurred at the site.

A counter argument was put by several interviewees that such signs would instead be seen as an exciting challenge by young people visiting the site.

Supervision of the site was revealed to be irregular. Baz Laow, a self-described WOOFA, was given the role by Shane Rennie. Laow did not live at the site and was there only on average two days a week (Wednesdays and Thursdays).

He was not there on weekends, when the numbers of visitors in Byron Bay are often high.
The cause of death remains unverified. The pathologist, Dr Brian Beer performed the external examination on the body and said he based his decision, of death by drowning on the balance of probability.

Barrister David Evenden, representing Brendan Vickerys parents, challenged this pathology report, saying without a full autopsy, medical experience alone would suggest possible additional causes.

Despite a request by Brendans mother, Tracie McDew, for a full autopsy, her request was never passed on beyond the police officer in charge of the investigation....

10:01

Enhancing Your Connection to the Divine "IndyWatch Feed National"

December 14th, 2017 By Jeff Street Guest writer for Wake Up World Recently a reader of my blog asked me to talk more about how to strengthen ones connection to the Divine ones higher self, spirit guides, and spiritual family. Although I dont claim to have all the answers, I decided to share my thoughts on []

10:01

Dangerous Coolamon Scenic Dr finally sees action "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

New line markings on Coolamon Scenic Drive. Photo Athony Stante

Twenty-three crashes in five years, an average of 1,362 vehicles per day and an independent road safety audit that found various intolerable risks on the 11.3km stretch of road between Goonengerry Road and the Pacific Highway has finally seen some action.

Local resident Anthony Stante, who was a project manager on the Ballina Bypass upgrade from 2007-11, was relieved to wake up on Tuesday, December 12 and discover that the recommended line marking finally in having been carried out.

Mr Stante had put his concerns on the safety of Coolamon Scenic Drive to council three-and-a-half years ago in late 2014 and the local traffic committee had agreed to do things to make it safer, he said.

Increased traffic with no fix

In the mean-time Council agreed to signpost an extension of Tourist Route 28 from the old highway right the way along bringing even more tourists to our substandard local road making it even more dangerous.

However, the traffic committee stated that council may need to seek out further funding options, or advise of further funding options, for the review and changes to signage and line marking.

Mr Stante told Echonetdaily that he gained a copy of the independent road safety audit through an FOI enquiry to council that recently found various intolerable risks which must be addressed including line-marking, curve signage and guideposts.

09:53

How to Speed Up Healing Time to Get Rid of Scabs Faster "IndyWatch Feed National"

Scabs can form when the skins outer layer gets damaged by cuts or grazes and bleeds. Although scabs are unsightly, they are an important part of the healing process. Scabs form a hard crust over the wound to protect the wound from germs and infection and help speed up healing. You should not try to get rid of a scab too quickly by picking at it, as this can cause permanent scarring and damage to your skin. However, natural ingredients like coconut oil, tea tree oil, and honey can help to get rid of scabs faster.

The fastest way to heal a scab on your face, arms, legs, or another part of your body is to keep the area moist and well hydrated. For example, regularly applying a natural healing ointment like aloe vera can help to get rid of scabs on the face caused by acne or pimples. If a scab forms over a grazed elbow or knee then regularly applying coconut oil helps to quickly heal the scab and prevent the hardened crust from cracking.

In this article, you will find out how to heal a scab fast using natural home remedies. You will also learn about the best way to care for wounds to prevent scabs forming in the first place. This article also answers many frequently asked questions regarding the best ways of quickly getting rid of scabs.

How Scabs are Involved in Wound Healing

Scabs assist with wound healing by helping to prevent bleeding and infection in an open wound. Crusty scabs consist of blood and serum that harden over a wound.

According to the journal PLoS Biology, scabs help to repair damaged or injured skin. Within 15 minutes after a wound beginning to bleed, a dark clot or plug forms over the wound to prevent further bleeding and this hardens into a scab. The scab contains proteins and cells that help heal the skin and accelerate wound healing.1

This helps to explain why you shouldnt pick at a scab to try and remove it. Doctors say that removing a scab too early also removes important healing cells that are needed for the skin to heal properly.1

How to Get Rid of Scabs Faster and Speed Up Wound Healing

It will take time and patience to completely remove a scab without picking at it and damaging your skin. Here are some of the best home remedies to help speed up the healing time and say goodbye to unsightly scabs.

Warm chamomile compress to get rid of scabs faster

Regularly applying a warm chamomile compress can help to make a scab go away faster by keeping it moist.

Chamomile is a well-known herb that has both soothing and healing properties. The journal Molecular Medicine Reports reported on a study that...

09:50

Unaccompanied learner driver allegedly on a cocktail of drugs and alcohol "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Learner driver was drunk and drug affected when pulled over by police.

An unaccompanied learner driver was allegedly under the influence of a cocktail of illegal drugs and alcohol when he was pulled over near Nimbin in April.

Offices patrolling Kyogle Road at Mount Burrell, about 8.10 am on April 12 spotted Ryan Squire allegedly driving erratically and he was pulled over.

When police approached and spoke to  Mr Squire, officers formed the opinion he was affected by drugs and possibly alcohol.

Enquiries by police revealed the 23 year-old was the holder of a learners permit and should have had a fully licensed supervising driver beside him.

A search of his car by police allegedly uncovered two small amounts of methamphetamine and heroin weighing less than one gram and a number of oxycodone tablets in the vehicle.

Mr Squire was arrested and taken to Nimbin police station where he underwent blood tests to determine what substances were in his system.

When test results were returned revealing Mr Squire had a cocktail of morphine, methamphetamine and diazepam, plus alcohol in his system, he was charged by police.

Mr Squire, who told police his address was the Nimbin Rocks Retreat at Goolmangar, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs, being a learner driver not accompanied by a licensed driver and three counts of possessing a prohibited drug.

He was granted conditional bail and appeared at Lismore Local Court on November 20, where he represented himself.

On that day, Mr Squire entered guilty pleas to the three counts of possessing a prohibited drug and being an unaccompanied learner driver.

On Monday, Mr Squire again appeared at Lismore Local Court and was represented by Legal Aid.

Magistrate David Heilpern ordered Mr Squire to be assessed for the Magistrates Early Referral into Treatment MERIT rehabilitation program.

He adjourned Mr Squires matters until January 15, when he is required to enter a plea to the charge of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

Mr Squire remains free on conditional bail until that date.

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09:46

Elderly Tweed man gets bond over fatal motorcycle crash at Numinbah "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

An elderly man from the Tweed Shire who pleaded not guilty to his involvement in a crash which killed a 22 year-old has been placed on a suspended jail sentence.

Edwin Patrick Jessop was driving his white 1994 Toyota Hilux ute home after renewing its registration about 10.15 am on October 24 when he came to the intersection of Numinbah Road and Couchy Creek Road.

Agreed police facts before the court stated Mr Jessop, who was 87 at the time of the crash, turned into the t-intersection, across the path of motorcyclist Dann Jenkins.

The 22 year-old, who was riding his red and black Suzuki GSXR motorcycle, with a number of other motorcyclists, swerved to the left of Mr Jessops ute but collided with the passenger door and the rear tray.

Mr Jenkins helmet struck the tray of the ute before he was thrown onto the road, witnesses told police.

Mr Jessop continued across the intersection and stopped immediately, then a number of motorcycle riders stopped and Mr Jenkins was found dead at the scene.

A post mortem examination confirmed Mr Jenkins cause of death was a closed head injury.

Blood tests conducted on Mr Jenkins revealed he had no alcohol or drugs in his blood at the time of the incident.

Following the crash, Mr Jessop was taken to Murwillumbah Hospital for mandatory testing, which returned negative results for both alcohol and drugs.

The court heard Mr Jessop underwent testing in July 2016 as a condition of continuing to hold a drivers licence.

The testing revealed Mr Jessops vision meets standards and he meets the medical criteria for an unconditional licence.

Hours after the crash, Mr Jessop told police he did not see the motorcycle at the intersection.

I got half way around and bang, Mr Jessop told police.

Mr Jessop was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, negligent driving occasioning death and not giving way to a vehicle while turning right into a terminating road.

On September 19 in Lismore Local Court he entered a not guilty plea to the charge of dangerous driving occasioning death.

When his solicitor lodged a document with the court waiving his right to a committal hearing, Mr Jessops matters were adjourned for arraignment in the District Court on November 1.

At Lismore District Court in November, the charge of dangerous driving occasioning death against Mr Jessop was dropped by the prosecution and his remaining matters were adjourned to the Local Court for sentencing.

On Monday, Mr Benn appeared in Lismore Local Court where he was placed on a nine moth suspended sentence by Magistrate David Heilpern.

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09:42

"Mu" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Mu"
by Stephen H. Segal

"A strange game. The only winning move is not to play." 
- Joshua, "War Games"

"There is a word, a concept, in Zen Buddhism that doesn't quite translate perfectly into the English language: Mu. Mu is the response given by a Zen monk to a question that cannot be meaningfully answered. It suggest that the question's premises are not real, that there is a state of emptiness that lies beyond yes and no, that the asker should unask the question - indeed, that anyone who would ask such a question in the first place might well to question his entire perspective on life.

Though the word was never uttered in the 1984's seminal teen-computer-hacker-political-thriller "War Games", the idea lies at the heart of the conflict that fuels the movie: a new Pentagon supercomputer that controls the nation's nuclear codes is caught up in a relentl...

09:33

Leaked FBI Texts Reveal Insurance Policy to Prevent Trump Presidency "IndyWatch Feed National"

(ZHE)  The lead FBI official at the heart of the rapidly unraveling Trump-Russia probe sent a text message to his FBI mistress last year which discusses some sort of insurance policy against Donald Trump becoming president.

I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andys office that theres no way he [Trump] gets elected  but Im afraid we cant take that risk. writes FBI counterintelligence officer Peter Strzok to FBI lawyer Lisa Page, with whom he was having an extramarital affair while spearheading both the Clinton email inquiry and the early Trump-Russia probe, adding Its like a life insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before youre 40.

Clearly Lisa Page thought there was no way Trump would win during a conversation in then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabes office, yet Strzok clearly states to Page that he cant take that risk in the unlikely event Trump was elected, and that an insurance policy of some type existed to presumably undermine Trump. If this is the case, it would constitute an active measure taken by the FBI against one candidate for US President, while aiding the other. 

The text message which references an insurance policy is all the more controversial when you consider another exchange in which Peter Strzok says I am riled up. Trump is a f*cking idiot, is unable to provide a coherrent answer, and I CANT PULL AWAY, WHAY THE F*CK HAPPENED TO OUR COUNTRY (redacted)??!?!

Page responds I dont know, But well get it back.

09:24

Challenges to the Contemporary World Order "IndyWatch Feed National"

A guest post by Thomas Pepinsky, is Associate Professor of Government at Cornell University and Stefanie Walter,  Full Professor for International Relations and Political Economy at the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich.

Many observers of contemporary global politics conclude that the present moment represents one of the most unsettled times in global politics since the fall of the Berlin Wall. Shock events such as the Brexit vote, the continued success of radical right populists in continental Europe, the continuing Eurozone crisis, and the unprecedented foreign relations of the Trump presidency all point to a global liberal order under stress. Scholars of comparative and international politics and political economy are now asking questions that would have seemed far-fetched only years ago: how durable is liberal internationalism and the North Atlantic alliance? Will mercantilism replace neoliberalism? Can central bank and supranational economic institutions perform the functions required of them? 

Ten leading political scientists who specialize in international and comparative political economy have written answers to these questions in essays (linked in the text below and available on the workshop blog site) that address the changing political and economic landscape in the contemporary era and its implications for political science and international relations. Taken together, they identify three broad themes regarding the challenges that face both our political world, and political scientists seeking to understand these challenges to the contemporary global order.

A first theme is that we are living in a world characterized by what we term a new complex interdependence. As a result, to understand domestic and often even local politics requires a greater appreciation of the interactions between local, national, and systemic forces. That such interdependence across scales and political units exists is an old theme in international and comparative political economy, but we need to renew our focus on the specific mechanisms that take politics across national borders, and the new forms of interdependence that have emerged in recent years. This is particularly important because rising interdependence on the one hand and domestic politicization of international cooperation on the other has put governments between a rock and a hard place.
Frank Schimmelfennig argues that these dilemmas are particularly pronounced in Europe, where integration has achieved unprecedented levels and where governments face calls to both integrate further and to reallocate EU compet...

09:15

How a Brand New Technology is Going to Change the World of Banking "IndyWatch Feed National"

In first world countries, it is natural to assume everyone has a bank account. The banks are omnipresent and can be found nearly everywhere there are consumers. Because of this, we dont really take the time to think about what a potential substitute for the banking system would be if they werent present in a certain space.

So whats the most likely alternative to going to a bank or ATM to do your banking? Using your mobile phones. The GSMA released a report in February of 2017 that forecasted the number of unique individuals subscribing to mobile services would reach 5 billion by the end of 2017. That represents more than 70% of the population and outlines a huge target market.

With the number of bank accounts that have active means of payment around 1.2 billion, there is a clear opportunity for mobile service providers who are capable of facilitating payments.

Matter of Necessity

Most people use banks because they need to, not because they want to. Banks are the socially acceptable way to store and invest money, and people naturally gravitate towards the easiest solutions.

Banks currently provide this easiest solution, but if someone figured out how to move this solution to be housed purely on mobile devices, a lot of users would follow. Most of Western civilization is tethered to their phones these days, and they are also resistant against going to the bank when there is an easier solution in the palm of their hands.

Banks know this and have tried to shift as much of their services to online banking and mobile banking as possible. This is a priority for them, but at the same time, it takes away their competitive advantage of having invested large quantities of money in their physical infrastructure. In short, the move to mobile creates an even playing field for future players.

Bringing New Users to Market

So if we only have 1.2 billion of the 5 billion current phone users able to use banking, how can we bring these new users to market? The answer is shockingly simple. Everyone already prefers to deal through their phones, and these people all have mobile phones.

The real trick is determining how to facilitate the payments made through phones. Right now there is no company people are willing t...

08:41

US State Dept.'s Nauert dodges questions on stripping of RT credentials "IndyWatch Feed National"

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert has brushed off a question from RT about the withdrawal of its Congress credentials, and whether this contradicts her past vow that registration as a foreign agent would not impede the broadcaster's ability to report. Nauert fell short of providing a clear answer to RT's Sameera Khan on whether the State Department still stands by its word that forcing RT America to comply with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) was a formality that would not create hurdles for RT's work in the US. "I think that press credentials might have been revoked by Congress, and not necessarily the members of Congress but rather the Association of Reporters that handles who gets to come and cover Congress," Nauert said, deflecting the question. Instead, she played the 'Russia card', dubbing the RT correspondent a "representative of the Russian government" whose mere presence at the briefing should serve as sufficient proof of Washington's utmost respect for the freedom of press. "They can get Russian 'news,' if you will," she generously conceded - complete with air quotes.

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