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Saturday, 14 October


Donald Trumps war in Africa, war on Iran? "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video from the USA says about itself:

Decertifying Iran Deal, Trump Escalates His War

13 October 2017

President Trumps de-certification of the Iran nuclear deal and targeting of the Revolutionary Guard is a dangerous escalation, says Reza Marashi of the National Iranian American Council.

Why is the US at war in West Africa? The October 4 killings of four US Green Berets in Niger has provided a rare glimpse into far-reaching American military operations which have been conducted almost entirely in secret: here.

US President Donald Trump vowed Friday that he will use his presidential powers to blow up the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran unless it is amended to Washingtons satisfaction: here.

Trumps aggressive course of action against Iran has provoked a strong reaction in Berlin, where German politicians and media figures are openly discussing a break with the US: here.

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Smash your goals with the 40% rule "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Marathon, not a sprint

I mentioned in one of my books that about a decade ago my wife and I decided to give up on socialising for six months to train for the Sydney Marathon.

The idea was to save some money for a deposit on a Sydney flat, and to push ourselves physically to get fitter and healthier. 

We gave up boozing and late Friday nights for half a year, and began running around Centennial Park on weekend mornings instead. 

If you've ever run the Sydney Marathon you'll know that the first and last part of the course are great.

Early on, there's the uplifting crossing of the infamous Sydney Harbour Bridge to keep you motivated, and then the cheering crowds as you fairly skip down Oxford Street (including the random heckling from the 'excitable' Kings Cross nightclub stragglers...ha!). 

The course gets horribly hard, though, particularly in the second half, where there's a nasty incline as the course swings disconcertingly away from the city finish line and up the ugly tarmac of the City-West Link. 

There are no friends in the crowd on that part of the course - and there's no Sydney Opera House to spur you on - just a dreadful stretch of upwards-sloping highway. 

Digging deep

It was just before the half way mark that my wife exclaimed in anguish that she wouldn't make it due the pain in her knees, as we did the loop around the familiar Centennial Park.

Heather is a tough cookie - much tougher than me, certainly, if that means anything - and she doesn't complain about pain easily. 

In fact, she later had to have an operation on her ailing knees, as all the training and the full 26-mile course itself to...


Trucks loaded with hardwood timber from the Democratic Republic of Congo parked at Katima Mulilo. (Credit: John Grobler) "IndyWatch Feed National"



Felling Namibias Ancient Giants

  • Published: Friday, 13 October 2017 16:07
    • Written by John Grobler


Ancient hardwood trees in Namibias Caprivi State Forest are being poached by a controversial Chinese businessman whos exploiting legal loopholes the government wont close.

Felled trees in the Caprivi State Forest. (Credit: John Grobler)Felled trees in the Caprivi State Forest. (Credit: John Grobler)

For about 12 kilometers west from the Namibian town of Katima Mulilo, along an old smugglers track that runs along the Zambian border, hundreds of teak and rosewood trees lie grey and dead. Their felled trunks ooze red resin, much like the blood of the elephants that once inhabited this stretch of state forest before the poachers came.

And just like with the demand for ivory, its a Chinese trend the current craze for redwood or hongmu furniture as a status symbol that has ignited a logging rush thats devastating sub-Saharan Africas remaining hardwood forests.

Here in Caprivi State Forest, the trees are being cut down by crews working for Xuecheng Hou, a controversial Chinese businessman with prior criminal convictions, who, along with his associates, has been involved in the illegal wildlife products trade. He is currently facing several criminal charges in Namibia for alleged dealing in wildlife contraband. When the hardwood teak and rosewood trees are cut down, the local Mafwe tribe and the Namibian government will get a few dollars per tree, and the wood will sell for thousands in China.

Meanwhile, rather than stopping the wholesale deforestation of a national forest, the government has left the land in a vague legal limbo that has made it easier for the plunder to continue. The Director of Forestry gave vague and often contradictory answers to reporters, and no one seems committed to stop the clearcutting.


A loud crack sent a shudder through the Caprivi State Forest, heralding the fall of another giant.

Three days of covert observation by a journalist from Oxpeckers, an OCCRP partner that specializes in investigating environmental crime, es...


PERTH Docker Johnsons assault trial starts "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Docker Johnsons assault trial starts .

October 13, 2017 at 03:44PM .

father of three who has played 231 AFL matches, has pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm in the Perth Magistrates Court. He had .


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: australia, crime, perth


Goodbye James Harding "IndyWatch Feed National"

What is there to say about the imminent departure of James Harding as BBC Head of News? Well, I've got nothing to say, so I'll refer you on to News-watch's David Keighley who provides a short audit of Mr Harding's 'achievements'

Apparently the names most likely to replace him are all BBC insiders. They include: Jonathan Munro, Gavin Allen, Fran Unsworth, Jay Hunt, Peter Barron, Ian Katz and Amol Rajan.


Science Has Finally Confirmed Life After Death! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Humans have been around for some thousands of years, and as an advanced species, we have figured out most of the things weve always wanted to, especially today. But theres one thing thats lingered for all eternity until now!

The most sought after answer that people have searched for since the beginning of time is what happens when we all die. Where do you we, and who put us here? Well, life after death has been a mystery until now! A recent study discovered that life after death is confirmed.

This large scale study consisted of more than 2,000 people. Before this groundbreaking study, scientists have always assumed brain activity is completely shut down thirty seconds after the heart stops pumping blood through it. Researchers believed that awareness stopped with it, but the shocking findings of this british study has shown that people experience an out of body experience after being pronounced dead before being brought back to life.

The study was conducted by the University of Southampton. It was published in the journal, Resuscitation. The researchers gave insight into how people experience awareness up to three minutes after you die. Lead researcher, Dr. Sam Parnia states, Contrary to perception, death is not a specific moment but a potentially reversible process that occurs after any severe illness or accident causing the lungs, brain, and heart to cease functioning.

Sam parnia interviewed 2,060 patients from Austria, the United States, and united Kingdom who had suffered cardiac arrest before. Approximately 40% of the patients said awareness continued after being pronounced dead!

One participant was a 57 year old man and he was astonishingly able to describe his after death experience in extremely specific detail. Its actually rather eerie. Dr. Sam Parnia says, This is significant, since it has often been assumed that experiences in relation to death are likely hallucinations or illusions occurring either before the heart stops or after the heart has been successfully restarted, but not an experience corresponding with real events when the heart isnt beating.



The words and actions of Jesus. Part 60. The tares are the sins of the wicked one "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Parable of the Tares Explained

36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.

37 He answered and said to them: He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man.38 The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. 39 The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. 40 Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. 41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, 42 and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

Matthew 13:36-43

In context of Matthew chapter 13

New King James Version (NKJV)

The Parable of the Sower

13 On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore.

Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: Behold, a sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them. But others fell on good...


Part 2 - Slater and Gordon's confidential legal advice from Geoff Masel of Philips Fox on $67,000 cheque from slush fund "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is a Slater and Gordon file note written by the late Geoff Shaw Shaw reveals Masel's legal advice in this paragraph: The requirements of a Solicitor's Trust Account Receipt at the time were clear - Slater and Gordon was required to report "from whom the money was received" (which...


Repairs force Burgh pool closure "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

helensburgh pool

Helensburgh Pool. Photo:

HELENSBURGH Pool will be closed for two weeks from October 29 to undertake urgent repairs.

Recent investigations at the pool have identified the water supply line has failed.

This means the water in the pool is not circulating as it should be and has required manual treatment by pool staff to make the water clean and safe for swimming.

Wollongong City Council will close the pool from Sunday October 29 for about two weeks while the line is repaired.

Councils Acting Director of Community Services Kylee Cowgill said a specialist inspected the line this week and identified a problem that required urgent repair.

While we regret this has occurred at the start of the swim season, these works should mean the pool is fully operational again well before summer begins, she said.

Our staff are contacting stakeholders who use the pool on a regular basis for swim coaching and other activities and we will be doing everything we can to assist them.

The community is encouraged to use the supervised pool at Thirroul or one of our many rock pools or beaches during the closure.



The Weekend Quiz October 14-15, 2017 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

If the current account (on balance of payments) is in deficit and household saving increases as a proportion of disposable income then the government could still run a surplus without a decline in output and income occurring.

The answer is True.

This question tests ones basic understanding of the sectoral balances that can be derived from the National Accounts. The secret to getting the correct answer is to realise that the household saving ratio is not the overall sectoral balance for the private domestic sector.

In other words, if you just compared the household saving ratio with the external deficit and the fiscal balance you would be leaving an essential component of the private domestic balance out private capital formation (investment).

To refresh your memory the balances are derived as follows. The basic income-expenditure model in macroeconomics can be viewed in (at least) two ways: (a) from the perspective of the sources of spending; and (b) from the perspective of the uses of the income produced. Bringing these two perspectives (of the same thing) together generates the sectoral balances.

From the sources perspective we write:

(1) GDP = C + I + G + (X M)

which says that total national income (GDP) is the sum of total final consumption spending (C), total private investment (I), total government spending (G) and net exports (X M).

Expression (1) tells us that total income in the economy per period will be exactly equal to total spending from all sources of expenditure.

We also have to acknowledge that financial balances of the sectors are impacted by net government taxes (T) which includes all tax revenue minus total transfer and interest payments (the latter are not counted independently in the expenditure Expression (1)).

Further, as noted above the trade account is only one aspect of the financial flows between the domestic economy and the external sector. we have to include net external income flows (FNI).

Adding in the net external income flows (FNI) to Expression (2) for GDP we get the familiar g...


Revealed - Slater and Gordon's confidential legal advice from Geoff Masel of Philips Fox on $67,000 cheque from slush fund "IndyWatch Feed National"

Slater and Gordon - you missed one, you'll find it published here in Part Two of this post. First the background and context. 11 October 2012 - Ralph Blewitt, publicly disclosed serious indictable offence re power of attorney - transcript here 12 October 2012 - PM Gillard asked for her...


The Wounded Case of Leonard Peltier "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pine Ridge

[Editors Note: This article is taken from]

Leonard Peltier, a Native American. was convicted for the deaths of two FBI agents who died during a 1975 shoot-out on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. He has been in prison for over 29 years.

Peltiers imprisonment is considered by Amnesty International, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, National Congress of American Indians, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Rev. Jesse Jackson, among many others, to be a political prisoner who should be immediately released.

The Wounded Knee occupation of 1973 marked the beginning of a three-year period of political violence on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. The tribal chairman hire...


Opening the Door to the Future Machine Learning "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Hello Martin Question for you

I want to start to learn AI. I can only trust you and hence want to ask you what should be my 1st steps in learning AI in the right way. I have seen a lot of garbage AI in the hedge fund world that claims to be AI but is not AI at all.

Socrates I feel is state of the art and I do trust you as a global authority on this issue.

Can you pls guide me?

ANSWER: Well this is not easy. For a language, you can start with Python. You will need to grasp Multivariate Calculus as well as Linear Algebra. You will also need to look into probability theory and statistical inference. Then you can take a basic machine learning course. Its a lot. But this is the way to open the door to the future.


Nobiletin may have potential for the prevention of obesity-related metabolic diseases. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  J Med Food. 2017 Sep ;20(9):873-881. PMID: 28892456 Abstract Title:  Nobiletin Attenuates the Inflammatory Response Through Heme Oxygenase-1 Induction in the Crosstalk Between Adipocytes and Macrophages. Abstract:  Crosstalk between adipocytes and macrophages has been suggested to play a crucial role in metabolic disorders such as obesity, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of nobiletin on the interaction between adipocytes and macrophages. The results showed that nobiletin significantly and dose-dependently inhibited the secretion of inflammatory mediators, such as nitric oxide (NO), tumor necrosis factor (TNF-), and monocyte chemoattractant protein (MCP)-1, in a coculture of adipocytes and macrophages. The expression of adipogenic transcription factors, including peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPAR) and CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein (C/EBP), in differentiated 3T3-L1 cells cocultured in transwell system was blocked by nobiletin. Nobiletin also downregulated the expression of inducible NO synthase in cocultured differentiated RAW264.7 cells. Furthermore, heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1) was significantly induced by nobiletin treatment in both cell types, and small interfering (si)RNA-mediated knockdown of HO-1 significantly recovered the inhibitory effects of nobiletin on the NO production in cocultured cells. These results suggest that nobiletin exerts anti-inflammatory effects on the crosstalk between adipocytes and macrophages by inducing HO-1. Nobiletin may have potential for the prevention of obesity-related metabolic diseases.

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Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
0.0001 BTC = 0.75 AUD


Berberine could inhibit the chemotherapy-induced repopulation of ovarian cancer cells. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Cell Prolif. 2017 Oct 8. Epub 2017 Oct 8. PMID: 28990249 Abstract Title:  Berberine inhibits the chemotherapy-induced repopulation by suppressing the arachidonic acid metabolic pathway and phosphorylation of FAK in ovarian cancer. Abstract:  OBJECTIVES: Cytotoxic chemotherapy is an effective and traditional treatment of ovarian cancer. However, chemotherapy-induced apoptosis may also trigger and ultimately accelerate the repopulation of the small number of adjacent surviving cells. This study mainly focused on the tumour cell repopulation caused by chemotherapy in ovarian cancer and the adjunctive/synergistic effect of Berberine on the prevention of tumour repopulation.MATERIALS AND METHODS: The transwell system was used to mimic the co-culture of surviving ovarian cancer cells in the microenvironment of cytotoxic chemotherapy-treated dying cells. Tumour cell proliferation was observed by crystal violet staining. AA and PGE2 levels were measured by ELISA, and changes of protein expression were analysed by Western blot.RESULTS: Chemotherapy drug VP16 treatment triggered AA pathway, leading to the elevated PGE2 level, and ultimately enhanced the repopulation of ovarian cancer cells. Berberine can block the caspase 3-iPLA2 -AA-COX-2-PGE2 pathway by inhibiting the expression of iPLA2 and COX-2. Berberine can also reverse the increased phosphorylation of FAK caused by abnormal PGE2 level and thus reverse the repopulation of ovarian cancer cells after VP16 treatment.CONCLUSIONS: Our observation suggested that Berberine could inhibit the chemotherapy-induced repopulation of ovarian cancer cells by suppressing the AA pathway and phosphorylation of FAK. And these findings implicated a novel combined use of Berberine and chemotherapeutics, which might prevent ovarian cancer recurrence by abrogating early tumour repopulation.

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Echoes of the Spanish Civil War? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Puigdemont's political twist could invoke a lethal response from Madrid: suspension of Catalonia's government Call it theatre of the absurd - with a lethal subtext. Under pressure from all corners - even Donald Tusk, president of the EU Council - in his fateful date with destiny Carles Puigdemont, President of Catalonia, came up with some last-minute judo dialectics. He issued a non-denial denial Unilateral Declaration of Independence from Spain. What was declared was immediately suspended; the Republic of Catalonia lasted for six seconds. The deft political gambit left Madrid predictably bewildered. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, a.k.a. nano-Franco, issued an ultimatum; you have five days to say if you declared independence or not. Independent of the answer, Madrid's nuclear option remains on the cards; infamous article 155 of the Constitution, which calls for the suspension of Catalonia's government and parliament from six to 12 months.


Fucoidan could dose-dependently inhibit cell viability and proliferation of DU-145 cells. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  BMC Complement Altern Med. 2017 Aug 1 ;17(1):378. Epub 2017 Aug 1. PMID: 28764703 Abstract Title:  Anti-tumor and anti-angiogenic effects of Fucoidan on prostate cancer: possible JAK-STAT3 pathway. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men in the United States. Fucoidan is a bioactive polysaccharide extracted mainly from algae. The aim of this study was to investigate anti-tumor and anti-angiogenic effects of fucoidan in both cell-based assays and mouse xenograft model, as well as to clarify possible role of JAK-STAT3 pathway in the protection.METHODS: DU-145 human prostate cancer cells were treated with 100-1000 g/mL of fucoidan. Cell viability, proliferation, migration and tube formation were studied using MTT, EdU, Transwell and Matrigel assays, respectively. Athymic nude mice were subcutaneously injected with DU-145 cells to induce xenograft model, and treated by oral gavage with 20 mg/kg of fucoidan for 28 days. Tumor volume and weight were recorded. Vascular density in tumor tissue was determined by hemoglobin assay and endothelium biomarker analysis. Protein expression and phosphorylation of JAK and STAT3 were determined by Western blot. Activation of gene promoters was investigated by chromatin Immunoprecipitation.RESULTS: Fucoidan could dose-dependently inhibit cell viability and proliferation of DU-145 cells. Besides, fucoidan also inhibited cell migration in Transwell and tube formation in Matrigel. In animal study, 28-day treatment of fucoidan significantly hindered the tumor growth and inhibited angiogenesis, with decreased hemoglobin content and reduced mRNA expression of CD31 and CD105 in tumor tissue. Furthermore, phosphorylated JAK and STAT3 in tumor tissue were both reduced after fucoidan treatment, and promoter activation of STAT3-regulated genes, such as VEGF, Bcl-xL and Cyclin D1, was also significantly reduced after treatment.CONCLUSIONS: All these findings provided novel complementary and alternative strategies to treat prostate cancer.

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The Las Vegas Mass Shooting More to the Story Than Weve Been Told "IndyWatch Feed National"

Although many are still stunned in the aftermath of the Route 91 Festival tragedy a series of  unanswered questions persist following what has been described by media as the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

The motive for


More on Gun Control & the Recent Firearms Amnesty. "IndyWatch Feed National"

We are seeing the use of terms such as "Illegal", "Arsenals" "guns off the streets" & other sensationalising terms. So who made these guns illegal in the first place? Our government. Some guns being handed in now date back to WW2. All these thousands of "Illegal Guns" have supposedly been "on our streets" since WW2 & we only had one mass shooting which was in Tasmania!!! Don't you think this sounds a little odd?

Now we are hearing about private "arsenals", not collections or ownership but arsenals. Well if these private "arsenals" are such a risk, considered so dangerous, how come we have not had mass shootings like they have had in America? The confiscation of law abiding gun owner's guns after the Port Arthur shooting did nothing to stop crime, because these guns BELONGED to law abiding gun owners. But now you might as well put a poster out front of every Australian home declaring "This House Not Protected With Firearms"!!! Now we are seeing regular home invasions, AND you can face charges if you try to defend yourself or your family. Australian women are attacked & assaulted every 2 minutes in Australia & all the government did was to cut funding to women's help centers!!!

Surely we should have the right to defend ourselves & our families from harm? Yet in Australia it is illegal to purchase or carry ANYTHING for use in self defence, no guns, no pepper sprays, no tasers, not even marking paint!



Small-scale solar cutting $billions from electricity bills "IndyWatch Feed Nsw", Cole Latimer, 14 Oct 17,

Small-scale solar systems have cut wholesale electricity costs by up to half in the past 12 months, a study has shown.

The report by consulting firm Energy Synapse, commissioned by a community-based organisation Solar Citizens Australia, found solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in NSW had saved consumers up to $2.2 billion from May 2016 to April 2017

During this period, small solar PV systems are estimated to have generated 1540 gigawatt hours of power within the state.

The report says the volume-weighted average price of wholesale electricity would have been between $29 and $44 per megawatt hour higher than the actual average price for the period of $88 per megawatt hour.

The study found that small-scale solar had the largest impact during February, when record heatwaves were experienced, reducing the volume-weighted average price of wholesale electricity by between $119 and $258 per megawatt hour.

There has been a massive increase in renewable energy investment and construction this year. New solar energy generation has grown by 50 per cent globally, according to a report by the International Energy Agency. The IEAs Renewables 2017 report says 165 gigawatts of new energy came online from renewables as a whole including solar, wind and hydro power....


MCCC objects to Whitehaven Get out of Jail Free noise modification "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The MCCC has lodged its objection with the Department of Planning re the Whitehaven Mod 4. The FULL Submission can be downloaded here. The MCCC was very clear in the covering letter to the Planning Secretary.

The Maules Creek Community Council objects to the Mod 4 Environmental Assessment from Whitehaven Coal to remove a specific requirement for continuous environmental noise improvement by maintaining or reducing mining equipment sound power.

Five years on from the original determination the proponent has returned to the planning system to water down its noise conditions based on the dubious assertion that it has a strong record of compliance. Nothing could be further from the truth on noise.

The proponent provides no evidence of why they should be allowed to remove this requirement by the Planning Assessment Commission (PAC) to enforce continuous environmental noise performance improvement by maintaining or reducing sound power.

The other coal mines operating in the area carry the same conditions in their approvals due to the commitment of the government at the time to have consistent regulation in the Maules Creek area. We see no reason to alter that position.

In general, the planning approval has failed to protect vulnerable families from the impacts of noise in the district. Farmers inside the zone of affectation are stranded, dealing with a belligerent and powerful company, while those outside the zone have uncovered a pattern of non-compliance.

We believe that this proposal in Mod 4 to remove noise conditions has a negative flow on for the cumulative noise from mining in our area and for planning integrity across the state. We strongly recommend that Mod 4 is rejected.



You Are My Slave: Ga. Mom Furious After White Student Targets Son During Schools Civil War Day "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: The Root A Kennesaw, Ga., mother is demanding answers after a white student called her son a slave during the schools Civil War Day last month. According to the Associated Press, Big Shanty Intermediate []


Oral accounts of Aboriginal Australians referenced red giants "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian Aborigines probably observed the cyclical changes in the brightness of pulsating red giant stars such as Antares, Betelgeuse, and Aldebaran. They integrated their observations into their oral traditions - cultural narratives that served as a system of laws, social rules, and general knowledge transmission. European astronomers realized that red giants changed in brightness in 1596, when David Fabricius registered the variability of the star Mira. Johannes Hevelius went on to calculate the amplitude and periodicity of Mira's changes in 1662. But the oral traditions of Australian Aborigines could go much further back in time: they have inhabited the fifth continent for more than 65,000 years. Research examining oral tradition for geological events, such as volcanic eruptions or meteorite impacts, have shown that such oral traditions can survive for thousands of years. Duane Hamacher (Monash University and University of Southern Queensland, Australia), found new references to variable stars after reinterpreting the accounts of 19th- and 20th-century anthropologists and ethnologists, who recorded some of the Aboriginal oral traditions. His results are being published in a new study in the Australian Journal of Anthropology. According to Hamacher, anthropologists sometimes misinterpreted Aboriginal accounts in the past, wrongfully assuming them to refer to planets in the solar system rather than stars. "Many anthropologists had limited training in astronomy, so misidentifications, conflated terminology, and errors were not uncommon," Hamacher says. "Mars and Antares are often mixed up because of their comparable brightness and occasional close proximity." Hamacher found two oral traditions that referenced the variable stars Betelgeuse, Antares and Aldebaran. Their changes in brightness carried important weight in the narratives and helped encode certain social rules, such as signaling to the tribe when to celebrate initiation rituals. This is the first clear evidence of indigenous peoples observing and recording stellar variation in oral traditions. The only widely accepted record of a pulsating variable comes from an Egyptian papyrus called the Cairo calendar, which predicted good and bad luck periods throughout the year, dated around 1200 B.C. A statistical analysis of those periods revealed that they followed the variation of the eclipsing binary star Algol.


Yes, Robot Lawyers Are Now A Thing "IndyWatch Feed National"

(ANTIMEDIA) Beijing, China  In China, where artificial intelligence (AI) is gradually being integrated into the court system, the latest development is a robot that helps litigants with legal advice. Xiaofa, the state-run China Daily reported Friday, is 1.46 meters tall, can move its head and hands, and speaks in a childs voice.

Xiaofa explains complicated legal terms in everyday language to help the public better understand legal definitions, said Du Xiangyang, the founder of the company that designed the machine. We used a childs voice to ease the tense emotions of litigants who come here for help.

On the screen on the Xiaofas chest, answers to over 40,000 litigation questions and 30,000 legal issueswill appear for those seeking advice, China Daily reports. Legal professionals tested the machine before it debuted in a Beijing court on Thursday.

Ma Laike, deputy head of Beijing No. 1 Intermediate Peoples Court, says incorporating artificial intelligence into the legal system will decrease the cost of litigation, save trial resources and improve the efficiency of justice.

Xiaofa isnt the first AI to make an appearance in a Chinese court, and it certainly wont be the last, as China Daily explained in its Friday article:

The Supreme Peoples Court has ordered Chinese courts at all levels to build technology-friendly systems for lawsuits and explore the use of big data and AI to help judges and litigants search documents and resolve cases.

Last October, the country unveiled Faxiaotao, a robot that helps people determine if they have a lawsuit. If the robot determines they do have a legal issue, it also helps them find the right attorney. Jiang Youyi, who is in charge of Faxiaotaos technology, used copyright infringement as an example in describing the machines function.

Within a few minutes, the robot verifies whether there is an actionable unfair competition dispute and tells the inquirer who the three best specialist lawyers are to handle the case, he told China Daily.

On the criminal side of things, the Telegraph......


Yellowstone Eruption: More Quickly, not Sooner "IndyWatch Feed National"

Arrgh. Three days ago, a New York Times article reported: Yellowstones last supereruption occurred 631,000 years ago. And its not the planets only buried supervolcano. Scientists suspect that a supereruption scars the planet every 100,000 years, causing many to ask when we can next expect such an explosive planet-changing event. To answer that question, scientists


early-life exposure to BPA may increase adiposity and circulating lipid levels in rodents. "IndyWatch Feed National"

PMID:  Environ Health Perspect. 2017 Oct 5 ;125(10):106001. Epub 2017 Oct 5. PMID: 28982642 Abstract Title:  Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Early-Life Exposure to Bisphenol A and Obesity-Related Outcomes in Rodents. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Early-life exposure to bisphenol A (BPA) has been implicated to play a role in the development of obesity.OBJECTIVE: A systematic review with meta-analyses of experimental rodent studies was conducted to answer the following question: does early-life exposure to BPA affect the obesity-related outcomes body weight, fat (pad) weight, and circulating and tissue levels of triglycerides, free fatty acids (FFA), and leptin?METHODS: The methodology was prespecified in a rigorous protocol using the Systematic Review Centre for Laboratory Animal Experimentation (SYRCLE) approach. Using PubMed and EMBASE, we identified 61 articles that met the inclusion criteria. The risk of bias and the methodological quality of these articles were assessed using the SYRCLE Risk of Bias tool, and a confidence-rating methodology was used to score the quality of evidence. Meta-analyses were performed using random effect models and standardized mean differences (SMDs), or, where possible, mean differences (MDs) were calculated.RESULTS: Overall summary estimates indicated significant positive associations between BPA and fat weight [SMD=0.67 (95% CI: 0.53, 0.81)], triglycerides [SMD=0.97 (95% CI: 0.53, 1.40)], and FFA [SMD=0.86 (95% CI: 0.50, 1.22)], and a nonsignificant positive association with leptin levels [MD=0.37 (95% CI: -0.14, 0.87)] and a significant negative association with body weight were estimated [MD=-0.22 (95% CI: -0.37, -0.06)]. Subgroup analyses revealed stronger positive associations for most outcome measures in males and at doses below the current U.S. reference dose of 50g/kg/d compared with doses above the reference dose. It should be noted that there was substantial heterogeneity across studies for all outcomes assessed and that there was insufficient information to assess risk of bias for most studies.CONCLUSIONS: Findings from our systematic review suggest that early-life exposure to BPA may increase adiposity and circulating lipid levels in rodents.

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Las Vegas Shooting Mystery: Injured Security Guard Disappears Ahead Of Planned Interviews, What Is Going On? "IndyWatch Feed National"


In yet another mysterious circumstance surrounding the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas, supposed hero security guard Jesus Campos literally disappeared ahead of a series of planned interviews on Thursday.

Campos, the Mandalay Bay security guard who police claim was shot by Stephen Paddock just moments before the shooting, had planned to break his silence in at least five different television interviews but was no where to be found after the media had gathered to speak to him.

We were in a room and we came out and he was gone, the union president told the media, according to a report by ABC News Stephanie Wash. Campos is represented by the International Union, Security, Police and Fire Professionals of America, which did not respond to requests for comment from Fox News earlier this week, reported Fox News.

At the time of this writing, Campos whereabouts remain unknown which is obviously a startling development especially when you consider that he was supposed to fill in many of the open questions surrounding the largest mass shooting in American history.

Paul Joseph Watson noted:

Campos was set to fill in the blanks on many unanswered questions surrounding how the event played out.

He was at the center of controversy after law enforcement issued a dramatic shift in the timeline of the Vegas narrative, initially claiming Campos was a hero for disrupting Paddock 10 minutes after he unloaded gunfire onto a crowd of 20,000 country music concertgoers.

However, one week later police revealed Campos did not interrupt Paddocks rampage, and instead was shot as he approached the shooters 32nd-story room a full six minutes before the shooting began.

On Tuesday, an MGM Resorts International representative said the organization, which owns Mandalay Bay,...


Are Government Nutrition Recommendations Killing Us? "IndyWatch Feed National"



A brand new study suggests the answer may be yes.

The study, published in The Lancet, is the first major study to look at all-cause mortality and cardiovascular disease and nutrition. Here are just two of the major takeaways

  • High carb diets are killing many of us around the world. The study tracked over 135,000 people aged between 35 and 70 from 18 countries; those on a low fat/high carb diet had an increased risk of early death compared to those on a lower carb/higher fat diet.
  • Raw and cooked vegetables are not created equal. Broadly speaking, the study showed that consumption of raw vegetables was more protective against cardiovascular disease than cooked vegetables. As our colleagues at ANH-International point out, many phytochemicals, vitamins, and other nutrients are heat-sensitive and may be damaged by heat.

These findings, particularly on fat versus carbs, echo our criticisms of the governments Dietary Guidelines for Americans that were released in 2016. Those guidelines encourage Americans to reduce consumption of saturated fat, based on the outdated notion that fat leads to heart disease.

Dont wait until 2020 when the US government next updates its Dietary Guidelines. History tells us the revised guidelines wont change much. Pressure from Big Food, Big Ag, Big Biotech and their revolving doors with the USDA, NIH and FDA will likely still override the state-of-the-art of nutritional science. 

The bottom line is that government should not be in charge of doling out nutrition advice. As th...


MACKAY Daily Mercury "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Were the ones that have to live here: Heiltsuk still feel impact of fuel spill "IndyWatch Feed National"


The Nathan E Stewart tug boat as it sinks in October, 2016.

1 year after Nathan E. Stewart sank off Bella Bella, First Nation says clam beds still contaminated

By Bethany Lindsay, CBC News, October 13, 2017

A year after a sinking tug spilled thousands of litres of fuel into the waters off Bella Bella, B.C., members of the Heiltsuk First Nation say their valuable clam beds are still contaminated.

The Kirby Corporations Nathan E. Stewart spilled an estimated 110,000 litres of diesel and another 2,000 litres of lubricants after it ran aground in the Seaforth Channel on Oct. 13, 2016.

The spill sent contaminants into Gale Pass, a significant Heiltsuk harvesting site for manila clam and other shellfish. The clam beds earn up to $150,000 in income every year for the community.

The impact to our community has been devastating, Chief Marilyn Slett told CBC News. Right now there are still a lot of uncertain questions, unanswered questions around the safety of the harvesting of our resources around the incident area.

The area around the spill was closed...


Bluesfest nominated for two huge awards "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Late last week, Bluesfest 2017 was nominated for two major awards. The first nomination is for the NSW Tourism Awards in the Major Festival and Events Category. This is the festivals 8th nomination for the award.

The second is for Best Overseas Festival in the UK Festival Awards. Bluesfest is nominated with international heavyweights including Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Lollapalooza Berlin and Roskilde Festival. Australians can vote for Bluesfest to win this illustrious award here.

It was a big week for the festival, with a limited number of single day festival tickets put on sale, due to overwhelming demand. With only one announcement so far, the individual days already feature an incredible line up of artists and theres more to come.


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


Another Major Disaster Hits The U.S. A Massive Firestorm Is Burning Tens Of Thousands Of Acres In Northern California "IndyWatch Feed National"

Another Major Disaster Hits The U.S. A Massive Firestorm Is Burning Tens Of Thousands Of Acres In Northern California | fire | Environment Special Interests US News

The nation is still reeling from a series of major disasters in recent weeks, and now another one has hit us.  At this moment, an enormous firestorm is consuming tens of thousands of acres in eight counties in northern California. Wind gusts of up to 50 mph are rapidly driving 15 large wildfires across Napa, Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Yuba, Nevada, Calaveras and Butte counties, and the devastation that is taking place is being described as like Armageddon.  Ultimately, it looks like this is going to be one of the worst months for wildfires in the history of the state, and all of this comes on the heels of Hurricane HarveyHurricane Irma and the Las Vegas shooting.  Ever since late August, it seems like all hell has broken loose in America.

So far at least 1,500 structures have been destroyed, at least 20,000 people have been evacuated and at least 73,000 acres have been burned.  The smell of smoke has reached San Jose, Oakland and San Francisco, and California Governor Jerry Brown has officially declared a state of emergency.

If these wildfires were just consuming isolated parts of northern California, this wouldnt be such a big story.  The reason why this crisis is getting so much attention from the national media is because some of these fires are raging...


Ethical dilemma: Australian cops secretly ran one of world's largest child pornography sites for almost a year to catch pedophiles "IndyWatch Feed National"

Reports about Australian police having secretly administered one of the world's largest child pornography sites have caused vivid reactions on social media. An undercover operation that was led by Argos, a special unit of the Australian police in Queensland specializing in combating pedophilia, has led to numerous arrests worldwide. The operation's main goal was to identify and catch potential rapists. It had led to "significant rescues of children globally," the Argos commander, Insp Jon Rouse, was quoted by The Guardian as saying.


UN: Japan Violated Human Rights, Fukushima Evacuees Abandoned Fukushima 311 Watchdogs "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Why should people, especially women and children, have to live in places where the radiation level is 20 times the international limit? Sonoda said. The government hasnt given us an answer. Mitsuko Sonodas aunt harvesting rice in her village, which is outside the mandatory evacuation zone, before the disaster. Fukushima evacuee to tell UN that []

via UN: Japan Violated Human Rights, Fukushima Evacuees Abandoned Fukushima 311 Watchdogs


Australian police believe missing woman killed and eaten by crocodile after finding clothing and human remains near riverbank "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian police believe a missing pensioner was killed and eaten by a crocodile, after finding her clothes and walking stick on a riverbank close to the residential home where she was living. Police and wildlife officers in Port Douglas, north of Cairns in Queensland, are setting traps for a large crocodile which they believe ate a pensioner who wandered off by herself from a residential care facility. Anne Cameron, 79, was last seen at the residential home in Port Douglas, north of Cairns, on Tuesday afternoon. Believed to be a dementia sufferer, police think she left the premises after becoming disorientated. The emergency services have found clothing and a walking stick with Cameron's name on it close to a crocodile-infested creek. They also found some human remains further away and are awaiting the results of forensic tests.


RCMP, Tobique in showdown over medicinal marijuana "IndyWatch Feed National"

tribal-releaf-marijuana-dispensary-tobique-first-nationby Tom Fennario, APTN National News, October 12, 2017

Maliseet in New Brunswick and the RCMP are at odds over whether the community of Tobique has the lawful ability to sell medicinal marijuana.

The issue came to a head on Oct. 5 when officers raided the offices of Tribal ReLeaf, a medicinal cannabis dispensary on Tobique First Nation.

This is a constitutional infringement on a First Nation, plain and simple, said Gerald Bear, director of Tribal ReLeaf.

The RCMP took an undisclosed amount of marijuana as well as two computers.

Several Releaf employees were served notices to appear in court, which were later rescinded after Tobique Chief Ross Perley arrived on scene an...


3 Key Ways To Foster Creativity In Yourself "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

Creativity isnt a talent, its a skill that you can build through daily practices. Much of the blame for a lack of creativity, and therefore innovation, can be traced to our educational systems. Teachers in the classroom are interested in correct answers, this often promotes rote learning and suppresses creative thinking. If you want to be more successful, there are many things you can do to help get your creative juices flowing. Here are three ways to foster creativity in yourself:

Practice Openness

Openness is one of the five big personality traits. Practicing openness can help motivate you to consider new ideas, concepts and experiences. Creative people tend to be quite open. In order to foster creativity you have to embrace, rather than resist, new ideas and experiences. If you are able to open yourself up to new prospects, it will help you to develop new ways of thinking.

Ask New Questions

If you want to get creative and approach problems or situations differently, you have to ask new questions. In order to solve a problem, most creative people try and ask as many questions as possible, the more varied questions they ask, the more creative ideas they spark.

Most people self-edit, killing potentially creative ideas because were afraid that our bosses or peers will see us fail. We stick to safe solutions or suggestions. We hang back, allowing others to take risks. David & Tom Kelley (Creative Confidence)

Get into th...


Hacked: Sensitive data on Aussi F-35s and newest spy jets "IndyWatch Feed National"

Some 30 gigabytes of defense-related data covering fifth-generation F-35 fighter jets as well as Australia's newest warships and spy planes has been stolen by a mystery hacker, local media reports citing a top cyber intelligence official. The hacker, nicknamed "Alf" after the 'Home and Away' character played by Ray Meagher, breached a defense contractor's database containing 30GB of files on some of the West's most secretive and modern military programs, an official of the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD), the government's main cyber intelligence agency, said on Wednesday, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. The story was initially reported by a freelance journalist nicknamed Stilgherrian and published on the website Michael Clarke, an ASD incident response manager, told an information security conference in Sydney the perpetrators hacked into a small aerospace engineering company with about 50 employees, in July 2016. He said the company "had a significant amount of data stolen ... and most of that data was defense-related." Some of the files related to the US International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), which control the transfer of military-use technology and verify defense exports. Describing the breach, the official claimed it was "extensive and extreme," ABC reports.


Guy Quits His Job And Travels Around In A Van With His Cat Instead "IndyWatch Feed National"

Two and a half years ago, Rich East was feeling stuck and bored with his life. Hed been at the same job for 10 years, and while he loved the company, he realized he needed more. He decided to quit his job and travel around Australia in a van and resolved to bring his cat Willow with him. 

East adopted Willow five years ago, and theyve been best friends ever since. When he decided to drop everything and live life on the road, he knew he had to bring Willow with him, and luckily, Willow has been loving every moment of it. 

Credit: Instagram/vancatmeow

Willow enjoys exploring all the different places we go, but to be honest she would be happy wherever, East told The Dodo. My favorite part about traveling with Willow is seeing the world through her eyes. It slows me down and makes me enjoy the moment more. I really love the time we spend in the evenings exploring. 

Credit: Instagram/vancatmeow

East and Willow have traveled to every state in Australia, and have spent every night since they embarked on their journey in their camper van. One might think that a van wouldnt be enough space for a cat, but Willow absolutely loves their home on the road, and has made every inch of it her own, from Easts bed

Credit: Instagram/vancatmeow

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Madrid to Suspend Catalan Autonomy? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Madrid to Suspend Catalan Autonomy? | spain-prime-minister | Special Interests World News

Spains Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy gives a press conference after a crisis cabinet meeting at the Moncloa Palace on Oct. 11 in Madrid.
[image: AFP]

Following Catalan President Carles Puigdemonts tiptoeing toward independence from Spain on Tuesday declaring, then suspending it, hoping for talks with Madrid to try resolving differences Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy inched toward suspending the regions autonomy.

If he invokes Article 155 of Spains constitution, a flagrant international law violation, Madrid will usurp control over Catalonias regional government deepening crisis conditions, not easing things.

After a Wednesday cabinet meeting in Madrid, Rajoy demanded Puigdemont clarify his position on independence., saying:

The cabinet has agreed to require formally to the Catalan government to confirm whether it has declared or not independence.

Puigdemonts answer will determine future events in the next few days. (Clarity is) necessary when activating Article 155 of the constitution. In this way we want to offer certainty to the citizens.

Deputy PM Soraya Saenz de Santamaria added (n)either Mr. Puigdemont nor anybody else can claimto impose mediation. Any dialogue between democrats (sic) has to take place within the law.

Ahead of the October 1 referendum, Puigdemont said hed declare independent within 48 hours of a yes vote. Ten days later, uncertainty left many Catalans angry.

Crisis conditions are deeper than any time since the Francisco Franco dictatorship ended in 1975. A political one replaced it under Rajoy, compounded by years of economic crisis conditions.

Official unemployment exceeds 17%, youth unemployment near 40%. Underemployment affects millions more Spanish workers.

Madrid is highly unlikely to be willing to engage in meaningful talks let alone agree to or compromise on Catalan independe...


A dialogue about the Football Lads Alliance "IndyWatch Feed National"

Please put aside whose video this is, and who was asking the questions, and the crude editing of parts of the video (which may have made the BBC reporter sound more defensive than he actually was and which leaves open the troubling questions, 'Is this what he said in full?' and 'Is he being fairly presented?') and just focus on what the BBC reporter said in answer to the questions put to him (especially in the unedited later bit of the video):

YouTube interviewer: When you describe this crowd, how are you going to describe them in your news report?
BBC reporter: Er, well, we're going to call them...well, you've've labelled yourself as an 'anti-extremist movement'...
YouTube interviewer: When your news report comes out on this will you mention the word 'far-right'?
BBC reporter: If people label it as such then we have to reflect that, yes.
YouTube interviewer: No, you should report and reflect what you've met and seen today. Have you seen far-right demonstrators?
BBC reporter: If people label it as such...
YouTube interviewer: If I label you as 'a nonce' would you report that you're a nonce? What you do is word-association - which is what all the media do against ordinary people. These are ordinary people who have come out to demonstrate. You will do word-association of 'racism' and 'far-right'. You've got ordinary people who are demonstrating against terrorism and you...every time the mainstream brand them, and it's not fair. It's not right. And you know that because you're on this demonstration.
BBC reporter: I'm sure you know where those labels come from. You have calls for tighter immigration. That is a right-wing rhetoric.
YouTube interviewer: So calls for tighter immigration against Islamic terrorism is 'a right-wing rhetoric'? In fact the Labour Party talk about controls on immigration. Everyone does. What do you mean 'a right-wing rhetoric'? How it that 'right-wing rhetoric'?
BBC reporter: Well, but people would say that. That is by...
YouTube interviewer: So because this group talks about terrori...


Episode-2099- Expert Council Q&A for 10-13-17 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tweet Today its Friday so its time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at with TSPC Expert in the subject line. Today the expert council answers questions on plants, cooking, heating, vehicles, knives, investing, elder care and more. In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air. I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but cant always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between. To get more information on our Expert Council visit our Meet the Expert Council Page to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise. Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss Setting up a mist system for plant propagation Nick Ferguson Choosing the right cookware Chef Keith Snow Rocket mass heater updates Paul Wheaton Trouble shooting ABS brake systems Charles Sanville Heat treating knife blades Patrick Roehrman Aiming for cash equivalency in a 401K John Pugliano Tiny houses, electricity and helping the elderly Steven Harris and Jack Resources for todays show Join the Members Brigade Join Our Forum The Year 62 Walking To Freedom TSP Gear support TSP when you shop on Online Grandaddys Gun Club Bullhead Fishing Information Mist System Components from Nick Ferguson Any Road George Harrison Websites of the Expert Council Members MT Knives Humble Mechanic Living Free in Tennessee Harvest Eating Old Grouch Military Surplus Permaculture Classroom A Bee Friendly Company Investable Wealth NW Edible Primal Power Whole Systems Design Doom and Bloom Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one mans opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air. Join the MSB Today Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced? Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here. `


Should you take out a loan to travel? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Should you take out a loan to travel? | aircraft-505126_960_720 | News And Opinions

Thats not an easy question to answer, and it largely depends on who you ask. Travelling with debt can be a good thing if its good debt, or even if its bad debt, as long as you have an ongoing income stream to help pay it off. One option for travelling when you dont have the money to hand is to take out a personal loan, but this option isnt for everyone.

Proponents of taking out a travel loan typically have a seize the day attitude. For them, the time to do things is now, and the time to pay the piper is tomorrow. But what if you cant pay the piper? Your trip could be tainted by the debt load with which youve saddled yourself. However, if you know yourself and know that you can be responsible enough to pay off your debt quickly, it may not be such a bad idea to seize the opportunity to travel (when youre young, for example, before you have the responsibilities of a marriage and kids).

If you are going to take out a personal loan such as those offered by Buddy Loans for travel purposes, there are a few guidelines you should stick to. If you dont think you can, its probably best to opt for the route of saving up your money to travel.

The first thing to remember is to not over-borrow. Just because you can borrow x amount of money doesnt mean you should. Only borrow what you reasonably need for your trip, and cut corners where you can. It doesnt make sense to go first-class all the way when you could save money and borrow less, leaving you with less debt to manage when you get home.

Its also smart to leave home knowing how you are going to pay off your debt and how long it its going to take you to repay it. Be sure you know how you are going to be able to repay your debt, travel, and still be able to afford to live when you get home. Wit...


Instagram Introducing Polls in Stories "IndyWatch Feed National"

Instagram Introducing Polls in Stories | twitter-facebook-instagram | News And Opinions

Instagram stories are where people share their videos and photos on this social network, which disappear automatically after 24 hours. They have added a new feature for marketers to communicate with their followers.

The businesses can use a pool system to ask questions of their audience in real time. So, that their audience can share their thoughts about the asked questions and marketers can use their audience answer for the promotion of their business.

The answers to the poll questions will be available after 24 hours, just like the story and the marketers will be able to see results of every option and know who have participated in the pool.

The new tool will be available for the consumers to help them choose one option from two. Like what to have dinner and what to wear, Instagram added in a blog post.

In June, Instagram announced that they have over 250 million stories from their users. Those a third are industries, Facebooks Global Head of Sales Carolyn Everson shared to CNBC. However, the story feature got live on Instagram in August 2016.

Being the owner of the business, you can have your own Instagram profile. However, they can pay for advertising for the platform. Instagram added the ads features to stories this January. That allows the marketers to put their ads in a 5-second photo and 15-second video in the user story content.

Today, Instagram is running over 2 million advertisers, where the video is growing popularity. The stats show 80 percent of users spent time on watching advertisement videos on Instagram stories.

In September 2017, the platform stated that they have over 800 million monthly active users, up from 700 million were in April 2017 and 500 million of them are using Instagram daily.

New Creative Tools

Possible you will see two new tools to make your s...


Hotel Worker Warned Hotel Before Las Vegas Shooter Opened Fire On Crowd "IndyWatch Feed National"

With every passing day, the revelations about last weeks massacre in Las Vegas seem to bring more questions than they do answers. The week began with authorities upsetting the entire previously understood timeline of the shooting by reporting the incredible fact that mass killer Stephen Paddock had actually wounded a hotel security guard six minutes before he []


Trump Will "Decertify" the Iran Nuclear Deal. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trumps speech regarding this topic has just ended- I'll likely add it in later.
Reports suggest that Israel's Netanyahu has suddenly gone quiet. What more is there for him to say? - He got what he/Israel had wanted. The results he/Israel desired. 
I'm certainly he, and Israel's political class/military are all smuggly satisfied!

Consider the bias in the article- As of now there isn't a lot of coverage regarding this 'decertification'
On Friday, U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to announce that he is decertifying the nuclear deal with Iran. In what is already a diplomatic process overloaded with obscure jargon the agreement's full title is the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which can mean anything decertification is a relatively obscure feature. It was a requirement originally imposed by the Republican Congress that every 90 days, the administration certify that the JCPOA is in the United States' national interest and it is therefore still committed to it.

Since his inauguration, Trump has already certified the deal twice, but this time he is expected to act otherwise and announce that Iran has acted against the spirit of the deal and that the U.S. no longer sees it in its interest to honor it.
Will decertification kill the Iran deal?
The short answer is no. By U.S. law the Iran deal is neither a formal treaty nor an executive agreement but a non-binding political commitment. It would take actual action to break the deal. The agreement will not be invalidated if the Trump administration says it is no longer in favor or committed to it. 
Trump is not expected to announce concrete new steps against Iran on Thursday so for now, decertification is no more than an expression of intent. Furthermore, the U.S. is just one of eight signatories of the deal along with Russia, China, Britain, Germany, France, the European Union and of course Iran. The remaining seven signatories who are still in favor of the deal could continue without the U.S.
Can Trump kill the deal?


Trillion-Ton Icebergs and Record Stock Prices "IndyWatch Feed National"

The strange happenstance of record-breaking stock markets and record-breaking icebergs is something to behold and wonder, what the hell is going on in the world? Is there a relationship between high stock prices and crashing, splintering icebergs? Probably, yes.

In point of fact, as capitalisms grand experiment of neoliberal tendencies (privatization/commoditization of everything in sight, let free markets reign supreme) progresses and registers enormous stock market profits, Antarctica splitters apart ever faster in lock step. In bizarre fashion, high stocks equate to faster loss of major ice icons, the Arctic-to-Patagonia-to-Antarctica, a worldwide phenomena. Is the linkage mere coincidence?

In short, does unfettered capitalism bring forth trillion-ton icebergs?

The answer is Yes! Indubitably without a doubt, unfettered capitalism, colloquially known as neoliberalism, impacts tremendous losses of classical bodies of ice. Indeed, the connection is stronger than mere coincidence. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was 2,000 when Dr. James Hanson testified before the Senate in 1988:

Today Dr. James E. Hansen of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration told a Congressional committee that it was 99 percent certain that the warming trend was not a natural variation but was caused by a buildup of carbon dioxide and other artificial gases in the atmosphere.1

Today, with the DJIA up 10-fold at 22,000 global warming/ice loss tracks along with its own records. According to Earth Observatory, NASA: How is Todays Warming Different from the Past? In the past century alone, the temperature has climbed roughly ten (10) times faster than the average rate of ice-age-recovery warming. Thus, the strangest of coincidences as both the Dow Jones Industrial Average and global warming are up 10-fold, although it took the climate more time. Still, hands down, its an all-time paleoclimate record for climate change. What used to happen in 5,000 years now only takes decades.

After all, the planet is handicapped, a big lumbering spinning terrestrial sphere that travels 584,000,000 miles per year around the Sun. Whereas, by way of comparison, high frequency algorithmic automated traders plop down residence within blocks of the New York Stock Exchange to gain an edge over other high frequency traders, accounting for roughly 50% of all stock trading (absurdity upon absurdity w/o economic benefit) like rigged slot machines.

Forget s...


Dog From Viral Cart-Pulling Video Is Finally Safe "IndyWatch Feed National"

In an upsetting video, a man beats a tiny dog with a whip, forcing the dog to pull her in a cart across a busy city street. When the terrified dog flattens to the ground, the man beats her again to make her keep moving.

When this video went viral earlier this year, it sparked outrage in the animal-loving community so much so that a few individuals decided to do something about it, and found a way to rescue the dog.

Related VideoAfter watching the video several times, team members from PETA Asia identified the chain store in the background, and they contacted the headquarters.

Within an hour, we heard back about the specific location, a PETA Asia researcher, who asked to be identified as Miss Guo, told The Dodo. It was amazing, really. We then rushed to that particular branch. At the scene, we asked a guy if he knew the man and where we could find him, and he suggested the area where the man lived. When we got close, someone took us to his apartment.

Credit: PETA Asia

When Guo and a few colleagues knocked on the mans door, no one answered. But they didnt give up they kept knocking and waiting. They also spoke to neighbors, who told them that the man didnt just have one dog, but two.

Guo and the others decided that they werent going to leave without the dogs but they were anxious as they waited to confront the man.

We were a few floors up in a random building in an unfamiliar area, waiting for a man we knew beats the hell out of dogs, so we had no idea what would happen or how he would react when we confronted him, Guo said. We were terrified.


Some serious questions on the Las Vegas shooting that need to be addressed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nearly 2 weeks after the Las Vegas Shooting, there are a number of questions that need to be addressed, many of which stem from comments made by police. Nearly 2 weeks after the Las Vegas Shooting, which has been called the "deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history," there are still a number of unanswered questions, and the answers law enforcement have provided have only served to complicate the situation and add new conflict to the narrative. Here are 7 major questions from the shooting that need to be addressed:


Questions to ask yourself that can change your life "IndyWatch Feed National"

When things aren't going quite the way you'd like them to, it's often the result of not asking yourself the right questions. Some questions are hard to confront because you're afraid you won't get the answer you want, others because you really don't want to know the answer. But the best things in life don't come easily, and turning away from life's toughest questions is a sure path to mediocrity. I believe that Socrates said it best: "The unexamined life isn't worth living." Socrates' observation also applies to business. When Eric Schmidt was CEO of Google, he famously said, "We run this company on questions, not answers." Life, like business, runs on questions, not answers. Let's take a closer look at some of the tough questions we should be asking ourselves regularly.


Are rich people meaner? While trying to find out, two teams find errors in each others work "IndyWatch Feed National"

Is having money linked to bad behavior? A high profile paper published in 2012 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) set out to answer that question and found that yes, the more money people have, the more likely they are to lie, cheat, and steal. And the greedier they are, []

The post Are rich people meaner? While trying to find out, two teams find errors in each others work appeared first on Retraction Watch.


Political Tweets of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Quotes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Homosexuality was decriminalised in NSW in 1984. The first state or territory to take homosexuality out of the criminal code was South Australia in 1975 and the last was Tasmania in 1997. [Julie McCrossin writing on ABC News, 23 September 2017]

There are around 3,000 reported snakebites each year in Australia, resulting in 500 hospital admissions and an average of two fatalities. [The Flying Doctor Service, 5 October 2017]

In the first few months of 2017, more than 440,000 Australians have donated to a GoFundMe, demonstrating the staggering increase of people engaging with social fundraising across the country.  [The Northern Star, 3 October 2017]

Friday, 13 October


Midnight Rambling 6: Creation Light Energy & Parallel Universes "IndyWatch Feed National"


Creation Light Energy and Parallel Universes - Part 2

By Karma Zarenzi

*This is a Q&A with a guide or my higher self. This is translation process, and may not be accurate. Or maybe I just made all this up. LOL* I dont know anything about cell biology, and only basics of biology. I only know a bit about Quantum Physics. You decide what resonates with you and what doesnt. Much Love.

So, I see this beautiful light on the ceiling, that I never noticed there before, and it reminded me of the cell light creation energy reading we started. I would love to learn more. This light shows sort of texture as mentioned before. I dont remember any texture in cells from high school biology (many years ago LOL), so I ask the Spirit or Akash for more info about it.

My question is, the texture-like creation light energy in cells you referencedis it a wave of potentiality that is absorbed?

GUIDE: In a way, except no (smiling), because it always exists, unlike other waves of potentiality that only exist until they are observed. This creation light energy of potentiality cannot be destroyed with observation, since it cannot be observed with eyes or a microscope. It is detectable, but not with any currently known technology.

ME: Is it the plasma plane?

GUIDE: No answer.

ME: Is it in another dimensional plane?

GUIDE: Yes, basically, you co...


California Shouldnt Make It Easier For HIV-Positive People Like Me To Give Blood And Have Risky Sex "IndyWatch Feed National"

California recently passed a law that reduces the criminal charges related to knowingly exposing someone to HIV without consent. It demonstrates the power of narrative over reason. Scott Weiner, a Democratic state senator of California who co-wrote the law, penned an article defending his decision. It provides us with an in-depth look at how progressives not only view the law but the morality and ethics of disclosure.

He states, Last week, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB 239, a bill I co-authored to modernize Californias HIV criminal statutes by treating HIV *exactly* the same as other serious and deadly diseases such as Ebola, SARS, hepatitis C, and tuberculosis: as a misdemeanor. Under current California law, only HIV is treated as a felony, and you dont have to infect anyoneor even create a risk of infectionto be guilty and go to state prison.

By modernize he means the law better reflects the liberal notion of what he describes. HIV is just another disease, no worse or more destructive than any other. It also assumes the issue at hand is infection rather than disclosure or consent. He is not alone in this thinking. The LGBT advocacy group Human Rights Campaign has advocated for the removal of HIV disclosure laws for quite some time. Zack Ford of ThinkProgress has devoted many pages and even an advocacy video titled Criminalizing HIV Doesnt Do Anything to Help Anyone pushing this same narrative. All parties sincerely believe they are defending innocent people from discrimination and stigma and that the issue is criminality itself.

Can Someone Consent Without Knowing the Details?

Progressives tend to understand illegal to be contingent on social or identity status. As Weiner argues, Whos being prosecuted? An awful lot of women, particularly African American women and transgender women. Women constitute about 12% of HIV-positive people in California, but they account for 43% of prosecutions under these laws.

The majority of these women engage in sex work. As the Los Angeles Times reported on a University of California School of Law study, The vast majority of convictions were in prostitution solicitation incidents in which it is unknown whether any contact beyond a conversation or an exchange of money was initiated, the researchers said.

The message is that the law disproportionately affects vulnerable populationsAfrican-American women and transwomen. This alone is reason enough to find the law unjust regardless of th...


NASA Re-Runs and Rob Re-Joins "IndyWatch Feed National"

In this episode, Josh and Walt breakdown some of this weeks headalines From NASAs regurgitation of decades long story of a mysterious, new planet, to Harvey Weinseins harrassment clause. Rob, from Australia, re-joins The Ironworx to give his unique perspective from the bottom of the ball. This weeks show is full of personal sories,


Old and busted: Hacker klauen US-Geheimnisse via Kaspersky.New ... "IndyWatch Feed National"

Old and busted: Hacker klauen US-Geheimnisse via Kaspersky.

New hotness: Hacker klauen US-Geheimnisse via australischem Defense-Contractor. Das geilste Detail steht beim Guardian gar nicht drin, nur bei Paywall-WSJ, aber man kann es gerade so sehen in den ersten Zeilen:

Using the simple combinations of login names and passwords admin; admin and guest; guest and exploiting a vulnerability in the companys help-desk portal, the attacker roved the firms network for four months.


Scalias All the Way Down "IndyWatch Feed National"

While the press goes wild over tweets, Trump is remaking the federal judiciary.

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Ask most Republicans to identify Donald Trumps biggest triumph to date, and the answer comes quick: Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. Thats the cramped view.

The media remains so caught up with the presidents tweets that it has missed Mr. Trumps project to transform the rest of the federal judiciary. The president is stocking the courts with a class of brilliant young textualists bearing little relation to even their Reagan or Bush predecessors. Mr. Trumps nastygrams to Bob Corker will be a distant memory next week. Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barretts influence on the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could still be going strong 40 years from now.

Mr. Trump has now nominated nearly 60 judges, filling more vacancies than Barack Obama did in his entire first year. There are another 160 court openings, allowing Mr. Trump to flip or further consolidate conservative majorities on the circuit courts that have the final say on 99% of federal legal disputes.

This project is the work of Mr. Trump, White House Counsel Don McGahn and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Every new president cares about the judiciary, but no administration in memory has approached appointments with more purpose than this team.

Mr. Trump makes the decisions, though hes taking cues from Mr. McGahn and his team. The Bushies preferred a committee approach: Dozens of advisers hunted for the least controversial nominee with the smallest paper trail. That helped get picks past a Senate filibuster, but it led to bland choices, or to ideological surprises like retired Justice David Souter.

Harry Reids 2013 decision to blow up the filibuster for judicial nominees has freed the Trump White House from having to worry about a Democratic veto during confirmation. Mr. McGahns team (loaded wit...


The Dalai Lama Has Revealed His Theory About the Las Vegas Shooting "IndyWatch Feed National"

Carey Wedler, Anti Media
Waking Times

Despite authorities inability thus far to discover a motive in Stephen Paddocks brutal murder of 59 people in Las Vegas last weekend, the Dalai Lama recently commented on why the attack occurred.

While speaking in India at the Tsuglagkhang temple in Thekchen Chling, Dharamsala, on Tuesday, the Buddhist leader discussed the fundamental problems currently plaguing humanity.

He argued that education focuses on materialistic values and sensory pleasures in the external world, and as a result, people pay less attention to their inner world, to peace of mind and to morality.

One result is that we face problems largely of our own making, he said. Because of a lack of compassion wars break out and we witness unthinkable killing.

He declined to distinguish between governments and individuals, citing the tendency toward violence both are displaying:

We pursue trade in weapons whose sole purpose is to harm and kill. Look at what happened in Las Vegas yesterday where nearly 60 people were killed and more than 500 were hurt.

The Dalai Lama added that [i]n other places poor sanitation and a shortage of food mean children are dying of starvation.

He suggested this is ultimately caused by negative emotions like anger and hatred:

Anger and hatred, seeing our brother and sister human beings in terms of us and them, limit our outlook and lead to the bullying, exploitation and killing we learn about in the news.

He also spoke out shortly after the gruesome massacre in Paris in 2015, suggesting thoughts and prayers alone will not solve humanitys problems.

We cannot solve this problem only through prayers, he...


PERTH Fremantle Dockers star Michael Johnson was defending wife in kebab shop fight, court hears "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Fremantle Dockers star Michael Johnson was defending wife in kebab shop fight, court hears .

October 13, 2017 at 03:51PM .

The Fremantle Dockers defender is on trial in the Perth Magistrates Court charged with assault occasioning bodily harm, after hitting Tim Bowen in the .


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PERTH Docker Johnsons assault trial starts "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Docker Johnsons assault trial starts .

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CCTV footage was played in the Perth Magistrates Court showing an aggressive Johnson throwing punches and his wife abusing the men as he faces .


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What does baseload power actually mean? And do we need it ? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Base load power: The dinosaur in the energy debate ANALYSISABC Science, By environment reporter Nick Kilvert, 12 Oct 17,  Base load power is a term were hearing a lot in discussions about our energy future. But what does it mean, and is it really relevant?

Because wind and solar are intermittent, the argument goes, we need a constant power source chugging away in the background to cover supply when the sun goes down and the wind stops.

Key points:

The base load concept is misinterpreted and outdated
Demand varies hugely and energy production needs to be responsive
Hydro can be used to balance intermittent solar and wind

But energy researchers say the term is a dinosaur that has been misunderstood, and that it no longer applies to our dynamic energy market.

What is base load power?
Coal-fired power stations can take days to fire up from cold to full capacity and when demand slumps during off-peak periods, shutting down isnt an option.

So when these power plants were being built in Australia, a market solution was created, says Professor Anthony Vassallo, Chair of Sustainable Energy Development at the University of Sydney.

In the 70s, to stop them from having to turn off overnight, the regulators and the operators offered very, very-low-cost electricity for consumers to run their hot-water systems, which in turn sustained the base load on the power station, he says.

[Base load] refers to the minimum level of output that these big power generators could go to, before they turned off.

But today, as more and more renewables such as wind are feeding the grid, coal-fired power stations are often forced to pay to keep their turbines running when demand drops.

Coal-fired power stations have been forced to pay to keep supplying to the grid.
(ABC News)

At night when wind in some areas is generating a lot [of power], its the coal-fired stations that dont get dispatched and the price can drop negative below zero dollars and so the big [coal] generators end up having to pay for people to take their electricity, Professor Vassallo says.

If not base load, then what?......


Farmer wants a revolution: 'How is this not genocide?' "IndyWatch Feed National"

The agricultural revolution is coming and it is in fact happening.  The knowledge is out there and the new generation is awake.  What we need accelerated is the proper integration of modernity with as much traditional knowledge as exists and as much more as we can discover.  This not a tall order becaus every acre of land on earth will one day have its human custodian.

That is our human destiny.  It will take a hundred billion of us at least to do it all right.

The land has so much more to give than just another bale of wool.  His land has begun to do much better and atmospheric water gathering could support a host of other vegetation.  Recall Central Australia used to be a huge rain forest as little as 13,000 years ago...
Farmer wants a revolution: 'How is this not genocide?' ...


Richard Branson Explains Why We Need to End the War On Drugs Now, And How to Do It "IndyWatch Feed National"

The world is seemingly bereft of honest and wisdom-filled leadership, and in this void, voices from outside the halls of politics can shed much-needed insight onto social issues. Take the war on drugs, for example, an admittedly racist government program which has caused untold suffering and devastation around the world since its inception in 1971.

No one in power seems willing to give this issue the attention it deserves, and not even a so-called progressive president like Barack Obama will admit that the drug war is an affront to human rights and a colossal boondoggle. No matter how many people die each year in the illegal drug trade, no matter how many family homes are raided by SWAT teams, and no matter how many people are locked in tax-payer funded cages, the war presses on and the damage mounts.

When someone in a position of prestige does make a point of publicly speaking out about the war on drugs, it adds more visibility to this serious issue, and billionaire Richard Branson, a man who clearly understands the economics of money and power in our world, recently made some strong comments about the need to end the drug war.

Speaking on a recent episode of the Tim Ferris show, Branson was asked in the final minutes of the interview if he had any additional comments, and he used the time to make an important statement. They had previously been talking about the negative effects of drinking alcohol, and Branson shifted the discussion toward drugs, quickly pointing out the damage being cause by drug war.

He mentioned the need for more humane treatment of addicts, and the successes that Portugal has seen in addressing their opioid epidemic, Branson said:

Take the war on drugs. This things been going on now for fifty years. As a businessman, I would have closed down the war on drugs forty-nine years ago. Its been an abject failure. And yet governments continue to perpetuate this war on drugs which has resulted in  hundreds of thousands of people being put in prison, and hundreds of thousands of casualties. Its resulted in, you know, $390 billion a year going  to the underworld, and yet there is a simple answer and that is if you treat drugs as a health problem not  a criminal problem, and you help people with drug problems. Countries that do that are getting on top of it.

And we as business leaders are trying to educate governments into seeing, you know, opening their eyes and saying look,...


The Weekend Quiz October 14-15, 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. If the current account (on balance of payments) is in deficit and household saving increases as a proportion of disposable income then the government could still run a surplus without a decline in output and income occurring.

2. Quantitative easing tries to stimulate economic activity by reducing long-term investment rates whereas deficit spending adds to aggregate demand via tax cuts or direct public spending. Both policy effort add reserves to the banking system in different ways and involve an increase in the net financial assets held by the non-government sector.

3. Politics aside, the US central bank could still increase interest rates even if the US government instructed it to directly purchase treasury debt to facilitate the national governments fiscal deficit.


Dwelling construction powers on "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Construction holding up

Although lower than a year ago, dwelling commencements were very solid in the June 2017 quarter at just under 53,000 on a seasonally adjusted basis. 

About 219,000 new dwellings were commenced in the financial year.

Completions tracked at a very similar level.


Developers in Sydney are now chewing their way through the backlog.

At the end of June there were still more than 150,000 attached dwellings under construction.

It looks as though by the end of 2017, the apartment construction pipeline will largely be a Sydney phenomenon.



Whos Who in the Mullum Zoo "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Mullum Music Festival offers the music lover a chance to get schooled up in some of the newest, grooviest, or sometimes glorious but still undiscovered music buzzing around the planet. So who are the top 5 picks?

Too Many Zoos bring the blast of the horns out of New York, in a genre they self define as brass house. Finding their mojo busking in the Subway, the trio who feature Matt Doe on Trumpet, David Park on drums and Leo Pellegrino on baritone sax, went viral on YouTube with one of their subway performances when a passerby filmed them. It was this and perhaps the dance moves of Pellegrino that had them selected as backup for Beyoncs CMA Awards performance in Nashville last year as well as collaborating on her latest album Lemonade. See them live at Mullum and discover just why their electrifying, genre-defying musical and visual mastery captured almost a million fans instantly.

Brit rock duo Z-Star Delta feature front woman Zee Machete on drums and acoustic guitar, and guitar prodigy Sebastien Heinz. The two are hypnotic bewitching raspy blue tones, big acoustic guitars, swampy hooves, all laced with Sebs dark desert slide,
syne blues guitars and synth. From acoustic and sublime to high-octane rock.
Just in time for their return to Mullum Festival comes news of their debut double-side single release and Glastonbury performance.



Long saga of engine troubles likely to end dominance of Airbus A380 "IndyWatch Feed National"

The once-glittering future of the Airbus A380 superjumbo is looking shaky after a third significant engine failure forced an Air France flight to make an emergency landing last weekend.

A similar incident occurred in 2010 on a Qantas A380 flight from Singapore to Sydney, and a less serious engine malfunction caused another Qantas A380 Los Angeles-Melbourne flight to turn back in May of this year.

To make matters worse, Airbus suffered a massive blow in December with the announcement that it was forced to postpone deliveries of 12 A380s to its biggest customer, Emirates, over the next two years due to an issue with its Rolls Royce engines.

Just days later, the company announced than an order of 100 planes to Iran Air did not include a single A380, with the airline opting instead for smaller models.

When the superjumbo was first unveiled in 2005, it was hailed as the beginning of a new era in long-haul air travel: not only the largest, but the greenest and quietest aircraft in the world.

But orders, having fluctuated over time, have since been on a sharp decline, and bigger, it would appear, is not always better when it comes to ferrying an ever-increasing number of passengers through the skies.

So could this latest Airbus A380 mishap be the final nail in the coffin?

What happened to the Air France flight?

Last Saturday during an Air France flight from Paris to Los Angeles, passengers reported hearing a loud bang followed by vibrations that shook the cabin for 20 minutes.

One passenger, Daniel McNeely, said those in window seats claimed the entire engine exploded in a giant fireball.

The crumpled engine of the Air France A380 superjumbo

By the time the A380 landed at a Canadian military airfield in Goose Bay, Newfoundland, the cowling covering one of the planes four engines had been completely torn off.

American manufacturer Engine Alliance, which supplied the engine on this particular Air France jet, said it was working with investigative authorities to assess the cause of the failure. French investigation authority BEA today confirmed that the engines main fan and inlet had become detached.

None of the 520 people aboard the double-decker airliner were injured.

Previous incidents

Air Frances forced landing revived memories of engine damage to a Qantas A380 this time running a Rolls-Royce engine shortly after takeoff from Singapore in 2010.......


The Political Turf War in Europe and why Britain is Considering Joining NAFTA "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Marty; There is talk that Britain will join NAFTA rather than the EU. Does that make sense? What do you think?

ANSWER: The EU is in a death spiral. Every law they pass is to preserve their own power not for the good of the people or Europe. Once again, the government solution always runs counter-trend to the Free Markets setting the stage for the next crisis. The EU banking rules allow them to just seize everything and shareholders get zero. This is what they did when Spains Banco Santander bought rival Banco Popular for 1. The bank which was valued in the collapse at 1.6 billion yet it was sold for 1. Now, banks are finding it extremely hard to raise new share capital. That will only result in more bank seizures. Hello! It would be nice to have someone in government with common sense.

Britain should run away from the EU and slam the door shut and then nailed it to be sure. The British should abandon the EU altogether and undeniably join the NAFTA trade agreement. If they do not, Britain will find itself being dragged down with the sinking ship.

A free trade agreement with the USA would be a slap in the face for the EU and even that will never cause the EU to look in the mirror. Like Hillary, they will blame everyone other than themselves.



Education Computer Science is Still Mostly Self-Taught "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: Hi Mr. Armstrong,

I am 19 and just started college at Georgia Tech. Im a fan of your blog and greatly respect you and your team. I want to ask your opinion in regards to choosing a major in the modern university system. I applied a business major and received a ~$30k scholarship (distributed over 4 years) to study business here. Upon arriving, I have realized that I do have an interest in computer science and feel it may be more useful than a management degree. If I did switch to CS, I would lose my business scholarship, but Georgia does have in-state merit scholarships so while the switch wouldnt require student loans, Im still losing a good deal. My question: What is your opinion in regards to my situation? Im aware of the debates about the modern education system and its shortcomings, but I feel I might as well get something out of my time here! What is your opinion on CS degrees? I could always minor in CS, but it is obviously not as comprehensive and in-depth as a major. Georgia Tech is very well ranked for CS. I know you are very busy and that this may stray from your normal questions, but I would greatly appreciate any advice!
Thank you for all you do!

ANSWER: You definitely do not want student loans. Those in the CS field are more often than not self-taught. Stay with the business that will not cost you anything and take CS on the side to get familiar. Degrees in CS are not really required in many roles since so much is not taught in school.



Centrelink told me I didnt have to report "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
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Friday, 24 February 2017
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November 2013
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Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

During the time frame they say the debt was accumulated, I was not required to report my income. This was while I was a at university.
I recieved a letter stating that I did not have to report to recieve youth allowance and I received payments without having to declare anything.
4 years later they are now telling me I must pay the money back. I EARN $400 A WEEK because I have relocated with a small business and am starting from scratch.
I have been accused of everything under the sun by them to try and blame me. I did everything as I knew I was supposed to. I have taken it to the AAT and am now waiting on a result.



The Ugly Canadian is on the March: Trudeau is its New Face "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Ugly Canadian is on the march but now with a much prettier face at the helm. Across the planet Canadian mining companies are in conflict with local communities and usually have the Trudeau governments support.

A slew of disputes have arisen at Canadian run mines in recent weeks:

Last week in northern central Mexico, community members blockaded the main access road to Goldcorps Penasquito mine. They are protesting against the Vancouver-based company for using and contaminating their water without providing alternative sources.

In Northern Ireland two weeks ago, police forced activists out of a Cookstown hotel after they tried to confront representatives from Dalradian Resources. Community groups worry the Toronto firms proposed gold and silver mine will damage the Owenkillew River Special Area of Conservation.

Last weekend, an Argentinian senator denounced Blue Sky Uraniums exploration in the Patagonia region. Magdalena Odarda said residents living near the planned mine fear the Vancouver companys operations will harm their health.

On Wednesday more than 40 US congresspeople (as well as the states Governor) criticized the removal of restrictions on mining in Alaskas Bristol Bay region, home to half the worlds sockeye salmon production. In May Northern Dynasty CEO Thomas Collier met the new head of the US Environmental Protection Agency to ask for the lifting of restrictions on its Pebble Mine, which is expected to destroy the regions salmon fishery. In a bid to gain government permission to move forward on the project, the Vancouver firm appointed a former chief of staff at the US Department of the Interior as its new CEO.

At the end of September hundreds of families were displa...


Fat Cop "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its been a long time since we caught up with our favorite Puerto Rican Montreal based anarchist Franklin Lopz. Since 2007 weve been playing him stuff and working with him so it was about time we got him on the show. We talk about his trip to Puerto Rico (hes now there) and what the future holds for Sub.Media.

As always we report on police violence and misconduct with BAD COP NO DONUT and we have our #antifa report with the help of Queen Antyfa.

Since a lot of the world is unaware of Australias harsh treatment of refugees again we broadcast the voice of a refugee in the Manus Island detention center and give a round up of whats happening.




The USA Liberty Act "IndyWatch Feed National"

A double round o Freedom Fries for everyone! Via: Register: The US Senate Judiciary Committee has unveiled its answer to a controversial spying program run by the NSA and used by the FBI to fish for crime leads. Unsurprisingly, the proposed legislation [PDF] reauthorizes Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) which []


Why North Korea Wants Nuke Deterrence "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Western media has been awash in speculation as to why, about a year ago, North Koreas crazy leadership suddenly launched a crash program to vastly improve its ballistic missile capabilities. That question has now been answered. In September 2016, North Korean cyber-defense forces hacked into South Korean military computers and downloaded 235 gigabytes of Continue reading "Why North Korea Wants Nuke Deterrence"

The post Why North Korea Wants Nuke Deterrence appeared first on Original.


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed National"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
0.0001 BTC = 0.70 AUD

7 Major Questions from the Las Vegas Shooting that Need to be Addressed Right Now "IndyWatch Feed National"

Nearly 2 weeks after the Las Vegas Shooting, which has been called the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, there are still a number of unanswered questions, and the answers law enforcement have provided have only served to complicate the situation and add new conflict to the narrative.

The USA Liberty Act "IndyWatch Feed National"

The US Senate Judiciary Committee has unveiled its answer to a controversial spying program run by the NSA and used by the FBI to fish for crime leads. Unsurprisingly, the proposed legislation [PDF] reauthorizes Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) which allows American snoops to scour communications for information on specific foreign targets.

Hacked - The Secret Pictures Of Trump's Australian Sexlife "IndyWatch Feed National"

Headlines lie to catch attention. Only few read beyond them. They will miss the facts, and the falsehood of the headlines. It is a dangerous development.


Protectors of Public Lands, Victoria update on 2017 activities and forthcoming AGM "IndyWatch Feed National"

It has been a difficult year for PPL Vic following the death of our longstanding Secretary, founder and driving force, Julianne Bell at the end of January, 2017. Notwithstanding this huge loss, we have continued the good work of PPLVic. See inside for details.

The PPLVic Committee has met 3 times this year and committee members have continued to work on issues in relation to public lands issues as outlined below:

1. Riversdale Park

Our current focus on this issue is a continuation of previous work. PPLVic maintains that a proposed cycle route in Riversdale Park threatens the amenity and safety of the park due to the considerable changes foreshadowed, including the bisection of the path for commuter cycling as well as removal of 7 trees and loss of 2 areas of parkland east and west. Anna Carina and Jill Quirk had a meeting with local state MP, John Pesutto, regarding this issue. He was sympathetic and said he intended lobbying with both local council and with the Minister involved for a better outcome.

2. PPLVic supported the Residents Against Mordialloc Freeway (RAMF)

PPLVic supported the Residents Against Mordialloc Freeway (RAMF) in their request for an EES for Peninsula Link extension in view of the projects impingement on local wetlands. We have just learned that the group has been successful in obtaining an EES for the project.

3. West Gate Tunnel Proposal.

4. PPL Vics involvement relates to the proposed Melbourne Planning Scheme Amendment C281 applying to freeway apartment construction proximate to Royal....


Bad News After What Was Just Found On Shooters Hotel Room Video And Who He Was Caught Paying "IndyWatch Feed National"

Details surrounding the Las Vegas shooter have been shrouded in secrecy over the last two days. The country has been waiting for answers as to how a seemingly average older man, who blended into society, died in infamy Sunday night after committing the largest shooting our country has ever seen. He wasnt known for having []


As an honest person who "did the right thing" I'm finding it very stressful "IndyWatch Feed National"

Debt amount: 
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Monday, 11 September 2017
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July 2011 to April 2012
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I did some part time work during the financial year of 2011/2012 (Aug-Dec 2011 then March 2012).
They say my reported earnings are different to what they have and what the ATO have.

I NEVER tried to deceive them in any way and reported my earnings as accurately as possible when I had to. AND checked regularly that it was OK for me to continue working.

I ESPECIALLY ASKED when I was asked to work another 3 weeks in March 2012 and they said it was fine to continue.
As an ho...


VicRoads mulch wildlife on Mornington Peninsula -AWPC intervention "IndyWatch Feed National"

VicRoads doesn't really respect wildlife corridors and rarely includes wildlife crossings in its vast expensive highways, despite its Fauna Sensitive Road Design Guidelines. The excuse seems to be that they are too expensive. However VicRoads is costing us all more than money. And last week it sent a giant mulcher to mow down forests of trees which had been planted along the Mornington Peninsula median strips as a climate change mitigation measure by previous regimes.

Notwithstanding VicRoads' "Updated VicRoads Tree Policy, 20 January 2017", the corporation hasn't really changed its mechanistic values:

"The updated policy offers increased scope to consider existing trees, not just new plantings, and consideration during planning and development instead of only responding to new proposals. Mr Wall said historically, VicRoads has been seen by the community as prioritising roads, safety and movement over trees and the wider environment."

And went on to confirm that they would continue to prioritise roads over trees.

If VicRoads puts its roadbuilding above the wider environment, on which we all depend, it is plainly out of control, operating within a grandiose belief system that road-builders are more important than anything else.

Recently they announced:

"Were upgrading the Mornington Peninsula Freeway between Mount Martha and Rosebud to improve safety as part of Victorias Road Safety Strategy & Action Plan, Towards Zero 2016-2020 [...]



New report and web report: Mental Health Services [AIHW] "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has released a report and web report:

Mental health services-in brief report and Mental Health Services in Australia web report

Mental health services: in brief 2017 provides an overview of data about the national response of the health and welfare system to the mental health care needs of Australians.

Sections that are being updated in the online Mental Health Services Australia pages are
* Mental health services provided by general practitioners
* Mental health service provided in emergency departments
* Community mental health care
* Residential mental health care
* Overnight admitted mental health care
* Same day admitted mental health care
* Restrictive practices

Media release: Access to mental health services through Medicare on the rise with almost 1 in 10 Australians accessing government-subsidised services.

Download report: Mental health services-in brief

Download web report: Mental Health Services in Australia.


Sue Neill-Fraser and a Petition of Mercy for Martin Bryant "IndyWatch Feed National"

(L) Vanessa Goodwin  (R) Sue Neill-Fraser

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Last Australia day (January 26, 2017), I went to Launceston to host a poetry reading in the park. Hardly anyone showed up, so I was able to talk to folks about the Sue Neill-Fraser case. One person said to me in a whisper The police did it, and it concerns drugs. I had no ability to follow up on that, and do not know the whisperers name.

Today I looked up the Neill-Fraser case and was surprised to see that the name of Tassies current attorney-general is Matthew Groom (son of Ray Groom). You may recall that Ray Groom stepped down as premier (inexplicably) just before the Port Arthur mass...


Why North Korea Wants Nuke Deterrence "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Nicolas J S Davies | Consortium News | October 12, 2017 The Western media has been awash in speculation as to why, about a year ago, North Koreas crazy leadership suddenly launched a crash program to vastly improve its ballistic missile capabilities. That question has now been answered. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. In September []


Big Batteries and Teslas Lithium Strategic Gambit "IndyWatch Feed National"

Featured image: Elon Musk (Source: @elonmusk / Twitter)

At the end of last month, Tesla boss Elon Musk held a party in South Australias mid-north. It seemed premature, but Musk was typically confident. Construction on what will be the


Remarkable exploitation: backpackers & housing crises "IndyWatch Feed National"

Queenstowns economy and population have been exploding for years. Houses outside of the centre are being built quickly in an attempt to meet the demands of this growing population. Even with this construction boom, real estate prices have skyrocketed over the past few years. The roughly 35,000-person town is on pace to be the most expensive place to live in the entire country if its not already. Thats even more expensive than Auckland, New Zealands global metropolis, or Wellington, the nations capital.


Celeste Carnegie: We need more Indigenous Australians in the tech space "IndyWatch Feed National"

Photograph: Supplied Photograph: Supplied Share this Post I have always enjoyed trying new things and figuring out what works best. I am a tech savvy youth. Im proud to say that my first position in the tech space was when I became my mothers own personal in-house (her house) IT officer. Honestly, I had no idea what I was doing. I ...


Small Business Ombudsman: "High energy costs slash small business investment" "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman has expressed dismay that politicians continue to argue over energy policy while small businesses suffer.
Ombudsman Kate Carnell said the latest East & Partners SME survey* of 1280 businesses showed 70 per cent would reduce investment in capital expenditure because of higher energy prices.

The survey shows that:
39.5 per cent of SMEs would scale back in the short term (long-term capex unchanged);
20.8 per cent would scale back in the long term (short-term capex unchanged); and
9.9 per cent would scale back capital expenditure in the short and long term.
Ms Carnell said that despite evidence of spiralling energy costs and reduced business confidence, politicians had not provided investment certainty.

In particular, she criticised State Governments for failing to agree with a national approach.

The ACCC has revealed the impact of gas exploration bans on supply and distribution in Victoria and New South Wales, but these governments continue to shift the blame elsewhere, she said.

The Labor states talk about going alone on a clean energy target, which is putting politics ahead of the national interest.

Meanwhile, businesses in South Australia may have to use dirty diesel generators to keep the lights on over summer.

The Finkel Report provided a roadmap to repair the long-term damage of failed policies.

All parties and all governments should endorse the report, remove bans on gas exploration and adopt a bipartisan approach to provide investment certainty.

The danger with continued political bickering is that businesses will go to the wall, jobs will move offshore and be lost and consumers will feel even greater pain.

* The energy question was asked as part of the East & Partners SME Transaction Banking survey, which examines and forecasts demand for transaction banking product lines and service offerings within Australias Small to Medium Enterprise (SME) segment (A$1-20 million turnover per annum).

Inflated cost of land, housing, water should....


Black man attacked by white supremacists in Charlottesville faces felony charge "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following by Ian Shapira and Derek Hawkins  (The Washington Post 11 September 2017)  outlines a disturbing story where An African American physically attacked by a group of racists, finds that he is charged by a magistrate for beating them up.

The black man beaten in a Charlottesville parking garage by white supremacists after a Unite the Right rally has been charged with a crime in connection with the incident, even as police arrested a third person accused of kicking him to the ground and pummeling him.

A local magistrate issued an arrest warrant Monday for DeAndre Harris on a felony charge of unlawful wounding after a man, identified by Harriss attorney as Harold Ray Crews, reported that he was injured by the 20-year-old during the August brawl. Crews, who describes himself as a Southern Nationalist and an attorney on Twitter, did not return phone calls seeking comment.

The magistrates charge against Harris, who suffered a spinal injury and a head laceration that required 10 stitches, came less than 48 hours after a second rally by white supremacists and white nationalists in Charlottesville and caught the citys police department by surprise.

We were not expecting this. We were expecting to do our own investigation into the mans allegations, said Detective Sgt. Jake Via, who is supervising the parking garage case.

But alleged crime victims can go to magistrates for warrants after theyve filed police reports.

Harriss attorney, S. Lee Merritt, denounced the charge and said it was orchestrated by the League of the South, an organization labeled by the Southern Poverty Law Centre as a hate group. Crews, who runs the groups North Carolina chapter, was not injured in any way by Harris, Merritt said.

We find it highly offensive and upsetting, Merritt said, but whats more jarring is that hes been charged with the same crime as the men who attacked him.

The brutal attack, which occurred in a garage next to police department headquarters, was captured in a video that went viral in the days after the rally. The confrontation has come to symbolize the racial hatred that was unleashed in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, when white supremacists, Klan members and neo-Nazis clashed with counterprotesters. The violence left one counter protester,...


Plea to regions MPs and mayors to address child-poverty crisis "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Some 731,300 children or 17.4 per cent of all children in Australia are living in poverty. Photo: Shutterstock

North coasts state and federal MPs and local councillors are being urged to do something about the regions child-poverty crisis, with an estimated 20,000 children living in poverty.

With the regions higher-than-state-average child-poverty rate of 20 per cent, the north coasts peak community service organisations have launched a letter-writing campaign to elected representatives outlining the extent of the problem and urging them to act.

The campaign marks the start of Anti-Poverty Week (15-21 October).

St Vincent de Paul Society and Social Futures are working together to throw the spotlight on what they say is a largely hidden problem of children living in households where poverty is entrenched and disadvantage causes an ever-present risk of homelessness.

The effort to break the cycle of child poverty supports an ongoing campaign by the NCOSS, highlighting that one in seven of the states children live in households below the poverty line.

Statistics reveal that every local government area on the north coast has a child poverty rate of about 20 per cent, which is higher than the NSW average[1].

NCOSS says children and young people who experience poverty and disadvantage are more likely to have health and behavioural problems, experience housing and food insecurity, and fall behind at school.

The organisation says these childhood experiences have an impact across the entire life course, shaping their employment prospects, their health outcomes and wellbeing.

In the letter, MPs and mayors have been called on to:

  • Help children from vulnerable families get the healthiest start during the first two years of life
  • Encourage increased investment in early childhood education and care so that all children experience a quality early education from the age of three.
  • Ensure children and young people have healthy food by supporting schools in specific locations to provide breakfasts and other healthy food initiatives
  • Support programs that ensure children and young people are connected to their families and communities
  • Enable children, young people and their families to access affordable housing

St Vincent de Paul Society North Coast president,Yvonne Wynen said that nearly three...


Man tried to set fire to church in Lismore CBD "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A 61-year-old man has been charged with damaging a property by fire after trying to set a church alight in the Lismore CBD.

Police allege the Loftville man set a bin alight in Eggins Lane, Lismore, around 10.15pm last night.

Once the flames had gone down he has returned and set the bin on fire again.

He has then moved the bin, which was still on fire, to the rear doors of the Church of the Hub building, causing the doors to catch on fire.

The NSW Fire  Brigade arrived and extinguished the fire.

Police attended soon after and arrested the 61-year-old.

Back at the police station, the man smeared blood over a call.

He was charged with Damage Property By Fire and Destroy Property. He will appear in Lismore Local Court next month.

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Artist completes mural for Lismore Regional Gallery "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Bundjalung artist Luke Close has transformed a carpark wall at the entry to the new Lismore Regional Gallery space on Keen Street into a vibrant mural depicting a rainforest and Whian Whian Falls.

Whian Whian flows into Rocky Creek Dam, which is the water source for the region and a gathering place. Its always been communal, Mr Close said.

The new mural at the Lismore Regional Gallery.

The new mural at the Lismore Regional Gallery.

Mr Close took almost four weeks to complete the mural, which was commissioned by the new gallery to draw visitors from Keen Street into the new precinct.

Its a sexy new gallery and I love it I want this artwork to be contemporary, post-modern and sexy to go with it, he said.

I feel like this is great for my professional development and helps springboard me into the Indigenous arts community on a national level.

Gallery director Brett Adlington said the mural was commissioned as part of the carpark upgrade.

As part of the gallery project we upgraded the carpark off Keen Street and there was this bland wall which was crying out for a mural, he said.

In consultation with our Aboriginal Advisory Group and Public Art Reference Group, we called for expressions of interest from local artists and Luke was selected.

We were looking for something that is colourful and eye-catching as well as being a reminder that we acknowledge and respect the Bundjalung people, the traditional owners of the land on which the gallery is situated, Brett added.

Lukes work certainly fits that brief.

The new gallery will be officially opened by Page MP Kevin Hogan on 28 October at 5.30pm.

The above video was shot by Paul Duck Connelly of OneLoneDuckMedia.


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IMF acknowledges fall in wages growth but offers no solution "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The International Monetary Funds (IMF) latest economic outlook report, notes that industrialised economies are experiencing slow wage growth and Australia is at the head of the pack.

Under the heading Seeking sustainable growth: short-term recovery, long-term challenges, the latest report has downsized its prediction for Australias economic growth to 2.2 percent this year. The unemployment rate, even by the underestimating measure used,  is expected to stay the same over the coming period.

The focus is on the absence of wages growth. The IMF suggests that the reasons are higher unemployment, the rise in underemployment, declining productivity growth and what is defined as lower inflation expectations in general, but not so much for Australia.

While the connection with a lower inflation expectation is unclear at best and may be taken with a pinch of salt, what is undeniable, is that underemployment is a major driver. The IMF is right to suggest this and has a point, to an extent at least, in pointing to an association between wages and underemployment.

This is no mystery to most Australians, who do not need an IMF report to tell them this is the way it is.

To an extent was mentioned, because the IMF overlooks the simple reality that underemployment, or the casualisation of labour by another name, is really a form of unemployment.  So, when viewed in this context, the relationship between wages and unemployment remains the same, except that that it has changed the way it looks.

The IMF report wrongly holds that the old nexus between unemployment and wage rates no longer holds. The problem  is that is that the agency is locked into a world view, backed by economic theory that has limited connection to the real world, which blocks the capacity to adapt to anything else.

What is important is not the number of jobs on the books, but the number of hours worked, along with the relative positions of the employer and employee to exert their interests. The report does recognise the that the average number of hours worked is falling in Australia and other industrialised countries. the problem is that is goes no further.

Unacknowledged, is the failure of  more than three decades of neol...


The Las Vegas Mass Shooting More to the Story Than Weve Been Told "IndyWatch Feed National"

Shawn Helton
21st Century Wire

Although many are still stunned in the aftermath of the Route 91 Festival tragedy a series of  unanswered questions persist following what has been described by media as the deadliest mass shooting in modern US history.

The motive for the Las Vegas mass shooting crime still remains unclear.

MANDALAY MAYHEM Theres been a host of unexplained anomalies in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino shooting massacre. (Photo illustration 21WIREs Shawn Helton)

The Imprint of Mass Tragedy

The recent mass shooting involving the Las Vegas Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, marks the return of heavily politicized mass shootings in America. Although America has seen a host of smaller, less sensationalized mass shootings throughout the course of 2017, including the bizarre Fort Lauderdale Airport Shooting, this latest high-profile calamity has resuscitated the trauma inducing imagery so prevalent in the post-9/11 War On Terror era. Likewise, because its unlikely aspects, combined with the sheer spectacle of the drama one might surmise that this Las Vegas event is akin to something like the 9/11 of Mass Shootings.

Over the past several years, 21WIRE has chronicled many bizarre shootings and mass casualty incidents that have rippled across America and Europe. These events have become a new kind of ritualized crimescape that has injected the masses with a host of socio-political concerns over race, religion, gun reform and security, while obscuring and obfuscating the forensic reality of the crimes themselves.

As weve stated before, all too often theres a heavy emphasis on the theatrical stage-like persona of any alleged attacker or killer being touted as hard evidence. This aspect of the narrative also clouds the alleged modis operandi and can later be presented in...


Toddler's evidence in court helps put child abuser behind bars "IndyWatch Feed National"

A two-year-old girl has become the youngest person to give evidence in a British criminal case, leading to a man being jailed for 10 years for sexual abuse. The girl spoke to a specialist child abuse police officer answering simple "who," "what" and "where" questions, and pointing to parts of the body on a paper figure.


A very theatrical expedition "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"


Photo: John McCormick

Over the last two years the Mullumbimby Drill Hall Theatre has been collaborating with Everyman Theatre in Cardiff, Wales, to create their production of  Do Not Go Gentle. Greg Aitken of the Drill Hall Theatre shares how this unlikely internationally informed production came to be!

Greg, how did the Drill Hall Theatre Company develop a relationship with Cardiff?

The Welsh theatre director Ray Thomas and his wife, the production manager Kath Thomas, have family in Mullumbimby. Ray devised  An Evening With Dylan Thomas  for small venues as a cafe style show. In 1973 I had played small roles in a pro-am production of Dylan Thomass  Under Milk Wood where James Condon played the First and Second Voices. Others who have played the First Voice are Richard Burton, Anthony Hopkins and Dylan Thomas himself. So I said to Ray that if you are performing extracts from  Under Milk Wood  and I agree to produce your show for the Drill Hall if I may I play the First Voice. It was clearly artistic blackmail on my part. Anyway Ray agreed; he thought I might be a good producer. The show was a success and while my First Voice does not rank with the abovementioned it was a privilege to perform.

How did you collaborate on this show?

The initial collaboration was at The Middle Pub after the final performance of the Dylan Thomas piece. Near the end of the party Kath Thomas suggested that the theatre company they were involved with in Cardiff, Everyman, and the Drill Hall should mount a co-production together. With that split second of inspiration that comes to a streaker I said, Yes!. The following day I gave Ray a copy of the Australian playwright Patricia Corneliuss  Do Not Go Gentle.  The title is borrowed from Dylan Thomass poem of the same name and the story is of a group of senior citizens who think they are characters in Scott of the Antarctics 191012 expedition to be first to the South Pole. Scotts expedition even began in Cardiff. Ray loved the play and thus our creative expedition began.

What was the experience like for the actors?

The two companies worked separately under Rays direction. He and Kath came to Mullumbimby twice over the two years to cast and rehe...


Tweed cops seize stolen goods during firearm search "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Tools, generators, industrial equipment and a vehicle, suspected of being stolen, were seized by police at a property at Kielvale near Murwillumbah yesterday afternoon.

Tweed police discovered the haul on the property on Palmvale Road while searching for firearms, as the property owner is in custody for unrelated  matters.

The investigation was led by Tweed Heads detectives and helped by members of Tweed/Bryon Target Action Group .

They identified a stolen Holden Commodore Senator, as well as the other gear.

The property owner was charged in relation to an outstanding warrant and refused bail and appeared at Tweed Heads Local Court yesterday.

Police have urged anyone who can assist with information to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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Bishop rebukes Abbotts climate sniping "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop. (AFP Photo/Kena Betancur)

Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop. (AFP Photo/Kena Betancur)

Deputy Liberal Leader Julie Bishop has slapped down Tony Abbotts changing opinions on climate change, while insisting the federal government is focused on delivering Australians affordable and reliable energy.

Ms Bishop, who is in South Korea for security talks, said the views Mr Abbott aired during a speech to climate sceptics in London this week were vastly different to those espoused while he was prime minister.

It is up to him to explain the differences between his opinion then and his opinion now, she told the ABC on Thursday night.

Mr Abbott supported the Paris Climate Agreement while he was prime minister, set national emissions targets and established the Renewable Energy Target.

He is entitled to change his mind, but I am sure that is why there is a deal of interest in what he has to say, Ms Bishop said.

But the important thing is the governments position and under Prime Minister (Malcolm) Turnbull we are working hard to come up with a plan that delivers affordable and reliable energy that will meet our international obligations.

The foreign minister baulked at questions about whether Mr Abbotts constant undermining of the Turnbull government could cost the coalition the next election, or whether he ought be expelled.

Former liberal leader John Hewson has urged Mr Turnbull to call out his predecessor, especially over energy policy.

Mr Turnbull should draw a line in the sand in adopting a progressive clean energy target in the full knowledge that Mr Abbott would fight back, he said.

Dr Hewson thinks Mr Abbott would make a bit of noise and a few that would back him, but ultimately voters would appreciate the prime minister standing up for his beliefs.

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Lawyers fight for asylum seekers in strife "IndyWatch Feed National"

A file photo of Myanmar refugees lining up at the Chinese border. Source:

A file photo of Myanmar refugees lining up at the Chinese border. Source:

Refugee lawyers have vowed to fight for 71 asylum seekers whose welfare payments have been cut off after they missed a deadline to lodge claims for Australias protection.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton gave roughly 7000 asylum seekers who arrived by boat a non-negotiable October 1 deadline to lodge it or leave.

The 71 automatically from now on theyre cut off from receiving government benefits throughout the community, he told 2GB radio on Thursday.

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre chief executive Kon Karapanagiotidis said his lawyers and others would contest the legality of removing the right to seek asylum from the 71 people involved.

What if one of them is a single mother from Mynamar who couldnt apply because she couldnt leave her kids to come to a legal appointment, he said.

How can you have blanket decision on the 71 people without considering each case? The government should be required to review and facilitate legal assistance for the 71 so their claims are assessed.

Mr Dutton has instructed his department to put extra resources into processing the 7400-odd claims lodged.

Well go through and process those claims and once weve done that we meet our international obligations, he said.

Where people have been found not to be a refugee after their lodgement has been assessed then we can start deporting people from Australia.

Asylum Seeker Resource Centre acting principal lawyer Noosheen Mogadam said the fight was not over.

These are mothers, fathers, and young children. Many were scared to come forward to lodge protection claims, given Australias ever changing refugee policies and laws and the uncertainty in process, she said.

After the minsters delegates make these decisions, we will try to assist those unfairly refused to access the court. We will fight for the rule of law for those most vulnerable in our society.

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Richard Branson bets on Hyperloop One "IndyWatch Feed National"

British billionaire Richard Branson has placed another bet on the future with an investment in Hyperloop One, which is developing super high-speed transportation systems.

He has joined the board of Hyperloop One, with the company saying Bransons Virgin Group would take the company global and it would rebrand itself as Virgin Hyperloop One in the near future.

Hyperloop One develops pods that will transport passenger and mixed-use cargo at speeds of 402 kilometres an hour.The pod lifts above a track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances because of low aerodynamic drag.

The company did not disclose the size of the investment.Hyperloop One was originally conceptualised by Elon Musk. In July, Musk said he had received verbal approval to start building the systems that would link New York and Washington, cutting travel time to about half an hour.

Last month, Hyperloop One raised $US85 million ($A109 million) in new funding, bringing the total financing raised to $US245 million since it was founded in 2014.

Hyperloop Ones co-founders, executive chairman Shervin Pishevar and president of engineering Josh Giegel, have previously worked at Virgin Galactic.

Virgin Galactic, Bransons space company, was in 2016 granted an operating licence to fly its passenger rocketship with the worlds first paying space tourists once final safety tests are completed.

Virgin Hyperloop One will be all-electric and the team is working on ensuing it is a responsible and sustainable form of transport, Virgin Group said in a statement.

Hyperloop One is also working on projects in the Middle East, Europe, India and Canada, according to the statement.

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You'd think turning men into women was ADF's top priority - $1M on sex changes - bullets for training a bit harder to come by "IndyWatch Feed National"

So much fuss and drama over 27 people! This FOI release from Defence is hundreds of pages long. The amount of command time, money, minister and staff time, training time - the list goes on and on and on - is simply frightening. And all for 27 people. We're...


What is the Byron way? How to make clothes-optional beaches safe "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Attendees at Byron's inaugural Nude Olympics on Saturday (October 7) 'blowing the whistle on sexual assault.' Photo supplied

Attendees at Byrons inaugural Nude Olympics on Saturday (October 7) blowing the whistle on sexual assault. Photo supplied

Aslan Shand

Sexual intimidation, assault and rape are totally unacceptable on beaches or anywhere else. Being naked doesnt lead to sexual perversion. However, the isolated location and lack of proper safety measures has led to residents, council members and other members of the community to question the decision to create a clothes-optional beach in 1998 from Grays Lane in Tyagarah for 1.3km towards Byron Bay. 

Creating a safe clothes-optional beach is the responsibility not only of Byron Shire Council, the police and National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) but also the community.

In response to Wayne Pendobnys comment on Echonetdaily that banning a perfectly natural pastime is not the Byron way Byron Councillor Paul Spooner has said that he doesnt think keeping your head in the sand and ignoring sexual assault on our public beaches is a very Byron way either. 

The reality is that both comments are equally valid. Byron Shire can not afford to stick its head in the sand, but neither should it be forced to let go of a fine tradition of nudity and its clothes-optional beach that many locals have fought long and hard for over the years. 

The big qu...


FixedIt: A woman is dead. A man is accused of killing her. Police allege domestic violence. "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you had to guess what this article is about from the Fox News headline you could easily think some guy ran over a random womans foot. And the mention of strip club parking lot adds a salacious element that could easily play into asking for trouble myths about women.

Its nearly impossible to tell from this headline that a woman is dead and police allege her boyfriend knocked her down with his car and then killed her by drivng over her. Her two and three year old children were watching from a nearby car, which he also allegedly rammed.

The reporter did a good job. Whoever wrote the headline did them a disservice and a far greater one to the victim and her children.

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H.R. McMaster calls 9/11 a mass murder attack, makes no mention of Islamic jihad terrorism "IndyWatch Feed National"

The issue is this: is the U.S. going to confront, and formulate ways to blunt the influence of, the motivating ideology behind jihad terrorism, or is it going to continue to ignore and deny that ideology, and pretend that jihad terrorism comes from something else? The answer to that question could well determine whether the []


Double Trouble ... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

When it comes to addressing the planets climate change issues, the world is in desperate need of inspiring leadership, techno-innovation and political impetus, but for some inexplicable reason we are experiencing some of the most retrograde theatrics by prominent loons ever.  As the earth warms up, these deluded confidantes seem to be in a constant state of denial, and continue to preach that there is no case to answer, stating life may actually be better in some ways. Greens climate change and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt called Mr Abbott a dangerous fool who could be simply ignored were it not for his ability to dictate Malcolm Turnbulls climate policy


Why North Korea Wants Nuke Deterrence "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi shortly before he was murdered on Oct. 20, 2011.

Ousted Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi shortly before he was killed on Oct. 20, 2011.

by Nicolas J S Davies, October 12, 2017

From Consortium News 

The Western media has been awash in speculation as to why, about a year ago, North Koreas crazy leadership suddenly launched a crash program to vastly improve its ballistic missile capabilities. That question has now been answered.

In September 2016, North Korean cyber-defense forces hacked into South Korean military computers and downloaded 235 gigabytes of documents. The BBC has revealed that the documents included detailed U.S. plans to assassinate North Koreas president, Kim Jong Un, and launch an all-out war on North Korea. The BBCs main source for this story is Rhee Cheol-Hee, a member of the Defense Committee of the South Korean National Assembly.

These plans for aggressive war have actually been long in the making. In 2003, the U.S. scrapped an agreement signed in 1994 under which North Korea suspended its nuclear program and the U.S. agreed to build two light water reactors in North Korea. The two countries also agreed to a step-by-step normalization of relations. Even after the U.S. scrapped the 1994 Agreed Framework in 2003, North Korea did not restart work on the two reactors frozen under that agreement, which could by now be producing enough plutonium to make several nuclear weapons every year.

However, since 2002-03, when President George W. Bush included North Korea in his axis of evil, withdrew from the Agreed Framework, and launched an invasion of Iraq over bogus WMD claims, North Korea once again began enriching uranium and making steady progress toward developing nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles to deliver them.

By 2016, the North Koreans also were...


WATCH: Aviation Biofuels What ICAOs Proposals Really Means "IndyWatch Feed National"

On 6th October, Biofuelwatch published its report Aviation biofuels: How ICAO and industry plans for sustainable alternative aviation fuels could lead to planes flying on palm oil.

During this webinar, report author Almuth Ernsting will present the key findings of the investigation into aviation biofuels developments and future prospects, and will be available to answer questions. The report is being launched ahead of a High-Level Conference by the International Civil Aviation Organisation, ICAO, about Alternative Fuels for Aviation, namely biofuels.

The ICAO Secretariat has proposed a vision which would see 32% of global jet fuel made form biofuels by 2040, and 50% by 2050. Questions discussed in the report include:

How would the proposed ICAO vision compare and interact with existing biofuel markets, which are largely for road transport?
What types of aviation biofuels are technically and economically feasible? Could aviation biofuels be produced on a large scale without palm oil?
Could sustainability and greenhouse gas standards, which are being discussed by ICAO, prevent serious negative impacts on forests, climate and communities from biofuel expansion for aviation?
If biofuels are not the answer, then how can greenhouse gas emissions from aviation be reduced?
The report is available at It was produced with support from Heinrich-Boell Foundation. For more details, including about the webinar, please email

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12 Signs Your Energy is Being Drained By Those Close to You "IndyWatch Feed National"

We all need energy, without it, we would not be able to exist in this world. Is your energy protected properly?

We all know the dangers of energy vampires but are we really taking them as seriously as we should be? Energy vampires, for those who do not know, are people who drain the energy from others. They are unable to move through life without taking energy from those around them. These people often have some sort of emotional issue that drains them to a point where feeding off of others is necessary whether they realize they are doing it or not.

Energy vampires can be anyone. They can be friends, family, coworkers, children, or ANYONE else. If you are doing any of the following things then you are being depleted of your energy and putting yourself at risk of having an energy vampire attach his or herself to you. Take a look at the list below and STOP doing these things if you are.

12 Signs Your Energy is Being Drained By Those Close to You:

1. You are trying too hard to fit in.

When we try to fit in we are letting these vampires gain power over us. We want so much to fit in that we give up things we shouldnt. This leaves us wide open for the vampires to come in and suck us dry.

2. You are letting people put too much burden on you.

You are letting people put too much of their trouble on you. You are your own person and should not be dealing with the bullshit of another person. You dont always have to say yes, sometimes no is the best answer.

3. You feel drained when you are around a specific person.

You really feel like this person is sucking the life out of you. Even phone calls are exhausting. You should listen to your intuition on this one.

4. You allow drama in your life.

When we allow drama in our lives we are creating a breeding ground for toxic individuals. Gossiping may seem fun from time to time but it is not harmless. Be careful of the things you say.

5. You are having sex with someone you do not love or someone who does not love you.

Allowing someone to drain you physically and emotionally in this way will do damage to your energy big time. Do not be a doormat for anyone. Letting someone use you in this way will only leave you open for more damage.

6. You are feeling guilty for not living up to the expectat...


Lacher am Rande fr die konomen unter euch:In the ... "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Lacher am Rande fr die konomen unter euch:

In the Fox interview, Trump also gave a convoluted answer about economic policy, when trying to connect the surge in the stock market since his election to the growing federal debt, which recently eclipsed $20 trillion.

The country we took it over and owed over $20 trillion," Trump said. "As you know, the last eight years, they borrowed more than it did in the whole history of our country. So they borrowed more than $10 trillion, right? And yet, we picked up $5.2 trillion just in the stock market. So you could say, in one sense, we're really increasing values. And maybe in a sense we're reducing debt. But we're very honored by it. And we're very, very happy.

Das ist so ein Schenkelklopfer, dass die Washington Post sich gentigt sieht, das lieber nochmal explizit zu erklren:
The stock market and federal debt levels are not connected.

Erinnert ihr euch, wie sie sagten, der Trump ist Geschftsmann, der kennt sich mit Wirtschaft aus? *gacker*


HyperBit is the Official Worldwide Distributor for the BW-L21 Scrypt ASIC "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you remember a while ago we have talked about the 550 MHS BW-L21 Litecoin (Scrypt) ASIC Miner as an interesting alternative to Bitmains AntMiner L3+ Scrypt ASICs. Unfortunately back then these were hard to order as there was a minimum order quantity of 100 units and not an easy and straightforward way to order them. This is apparently about to change as the manufacturer of the devices Biwang Electronic Commerce Co. (BW) has appointed the Australian company Block Assets Limited trading as HyperBit as their Worldwide Retail Distributor for the L21 ASIC miner. So finally some competition for BitMain in the home mining segment and more options for the small miners to get back into the Litecoin mining

You can currently order the 550 MHS BW-L21 Litecoin ASIC miner from HyperBit at a price of $2690 USD in single unit quantities and get it delivered worldwide with a shipping set to start on 30th of November for the current batch of miners. The L21 is apparently the current leader in terms of performance Litecoin Application Specific Integrated Circuit (ASIC) miner on the market with 550 MHS hashrate and with just 900W of power usage. It is not clear what the situation with the power supply is at this point however, is there one included (no mention), but a PSU does appear on one of the product photos. Most likely you would need to buy the PSU separately, one that does provide at least 1000W of power and comes equipped with at least 6x 6-pin PCI-E power connectors. Do note that all orders are being shipped directly from the manufacturers location Shenzhen, China.

BW-L21 Scrypt ASIC Specifications:
Hash rate: 550MH/s (+- 10%)
Power consumption: 900W (+- 10%)
Cooling: 2pcs @ 3000 RPM
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Trump meets with Kissinger again in White House "IndyWatch Feed National"

Henry Kissinger, a former secretary of state and a national security adviser under Presidents Nixon and Ford, met with President Trump Tuesday in the Oval Office, the second time the two have publicly convened since the inauguration. Trump told reporters that Kissinger is a "man of immense talent, experience and knowledge." He also reiterated that he has confidence in current Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, who called the president a "moron," according to a recent NBC News report. Trump said in a Forbes interview that he could beat Tillerson on an IQ test, but he refused to answer any questions about it when asked in the Oval Office. Asked if he undercut Tillerson in a recent tweet when the president said the secretary's diplomatic efforts in North Korea were useless, Trump said, "I did not undercut anybody. I don't believe in undercutting anybody." "Henry Kissinger has been a friend of mine," Trump said. "I've liked him. I've respected him. But we've been friends for a long time, long before my emergence into the world of politics, which has not been too long."


Hacked - The Secret Pictures Of Trump's Australian Sex Life "IndyWatch Feed National"

Headlines lie to catch attention. Only few read beyond them. They will miss the facts, and the falsehood of the headlines. It is a dangerous development. Here is an Australian example of current headline writing: Top secret information about Australias...


'In the Spider Web of the Secret Services': New book on how the CIA killed its own politicians and operatives during the cold war "IndyWatch Feed National"

German investigative journalist Patrik Baab and former Pentagon adviser Robert Harkavy have released a bombshell book, revealing the links between the murders of Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme, West German politician Uwe Barschel and former CIA director William Colby. Baab told Sputnik what their groundbreaking research has uncovered. Baab and Harkavy's book, 'In the Spider Web of the Secret Services: Why Were Olaf Palme, Uwe Barschel and William Colby Murdered?', takes aim at the CIA's suspected involvement in the officials' deaths. Based on secret documents from seven different intelligence agencies, conversations with former agents, toxicology reports, and consultations with experts, the book seeks answers to long-standing questions about who was responsible for what have become among the most high profile political death and suspected suicide cases of the 20th century. Speaking to Sputnik Deutschland, Baab, a renowned television journalist in his native Germany, said that there was a common thread tying all three of the officials' deaths together.


The 5 Languages of Love: How to Win At Relationships "IndyWatch Feed National"

Real love This kind of love is emotional in nature but not obsessional. It is a love that unites reason and emotion. It involves an act of the will and requires discipline, and it recognizes the need for personal growth.

  • Gary Chapman

As a society, we are always on the search for the secret to a happy, healthy relationship that one key to making everything work and allowing both partners to feel happy, fulfilled and appreciated at all times.

We spend much of our time watching the happy, smiling couples on TV wondering why that doesnt seem to translate as easily to the real world. In an effort to improve upon our relationship we search the self-help section of our local library or turn to Google in an effort to take in the advice of relationship experts from around the world.

Putting our best foot forward, we actively attempt to convey our love and respect for our partner through our words and actions only to find that they dont seem to be hearing what we are trying to say. According to author and marriage counselor Gary Chapman, this may be due to the fact that we are talking in a different language than that which our partner is able to hear and comprehend.

Source: Huffington Post


Think about it this way Imagine that you have started a relationship with an amazing individual, maybe a good friend set you up knowing that you would be a great match, or you met in some star-crossed chance meeting, instantly connecting. You start your relationship and in the beginning, everything is great. You are in the lovey-dovey new love state where you see one another in only the best of light.

As your relationship continues to grow and develop, however, you suddenly notice that when your partner is speaking to you they are speaking a foreign language that you are completely unfamiliar with. You attempt to answer them in English, asking them to explain what they are trying to say to you, but their reply once again comes in this foreign tongue. It wont be long before this major roadblock in your communication will cause some serious issues in the relationship!

Expressions of love work in much the same way. As Chapman explains in his book The 5 Love Languages: The Secret to Love that Lasts, the way in which we express our love and respect for our partner actually falls into any one of five different emotional love languages. While love as a whole is a mixture of the five, e...


How The Military-Industrial Complex Preys On Troops "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hawks on Capitol Hill and in the U.S. military routinely justify increases in the Defense Departments already munificent budget by arguing that yet more money is needed to support the troops. If youre already nodding in agreement, let me explain just where a huge chunk of the Pentagon budget hundreds of billions of dollars really goes. Keep in mind that its your money were talking about.

The answer couldnt be more straightforward: it goes directly to private corporations and much of it is then wasted on useless overhead, fat executive salaries, and startling (yet commonplace) cost overruns on weapons systems and other military hardware that, in the end, wont even perform as promised. Too often the result isweapons that arent needed at prices we cant afford. If anyone truly wanted to help the troops, loosening the corporate grip on the Pentagon budget would be an excellent place to start.

The numbers are staggering. In fiscal year 2016, the Pentagon issued $304 billion in contract awards to corporations nearly half of the departments $600 billion-plus budget for that year. And keep in mind that not all contractors are created equal. According to the Federal Procurement Data Systems top 100 contractors report for 2016, the biggest beneficiaries by a country mile were Lockheed Martin ($36.2 billion), Boeing ($24.3 billion), Raytheon ($12.8 billion), General Dynamics ($12.7 billion), and Northrop Grumman ($10.7 billion). Together, these five firms gobbled up nearly $100 billion of your tax dollars, about one-third of all the Pentagons contract awards in 2016.

And remember: the Pentagon buys more than just weapons. Health care companies like Humana ($3.6 billion), United Health Group ($2.9 billion), and Health Net ($2.6 billion) cash in as well, and theyre joined by, among others, pharmaceutical companies like McKesson ($2.7 billion) and universities deeply involved in military-industrial complex research like MIT ($1 billion) and Johns Hopkins ($902 million).

The real question is: How much of this money actually promotes the defense of the country and how much is essentially a subsidy to weapons makers and other corporations more focused on their bottom lines than giving the taxpayers value for their money?


Modernizing the Military-Industrial Complex



Nemo fish threatened by global warming "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video is about orange-fin clownfish, aka orange-fin anemonefish.

Ocellaris clownfish became famous by the film Finding Nemo.

However, this species, and its clownfish (or anemonefish) relatives are now threatened by global warming. Though the fish themselves can stand warmer ocean water, the sea anemones on which they depend cannot.

As shown by research about orange-fin anemonefish (Amphiprion chrysopterus) in Moorea, French Polynesia; from Nature:

Cascading effects of thermally-induced anemone bleaching on associated anemonefish hormonal stress response and reproduction

10 October 2017


Organisms can behaviorally, physiologically, and morphologically adjust to environmental variation via integrative hormonal mechanisms, ultimately allowing animals to cope with environmental change. The stress response to environmental and social changes commonly promotes survival at the expense of reproduction. However, despite climate change impacts on population declines and diversity loss, few studies have attributed hormonal stress responses, or their regulatory effects, to climate change in the wild. Here, we report hormonal and fitness responses of individual wild fish to a recent large-scale sea warming event that caused widespread bleaching on coral reefs.

This 14-month monitoring study shows a strong correlation between anemone bleaching (zooxanthellae loss), anemonefish stress response, and reproductive hormones that decreased fecundity by 73%. These findings suggest that hormone stress responses play a crucial role in changes to population demography following climate change and plasticity in hormonal responsiveness may be a key mechanism enabling individual acclimation to climate change.



The Lord is good: Indiana Mans Answer For Why He Caged And Molested 14-Year-Old Daughter "IndyWatch Feed National"

The parents of a 14-year-old Indiana girl have been arrested for keeping her locked in a cage every night for a month. They deprived her of food and water and sexually molested her while locked in the []

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