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MACKAY More than 320g of ice seized by police "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Arnold Di Carlo, 41, of Sarina faced Mackay Magistrates Court on a series of drug charges yesterday . He was denied bail and remanded in custody. He will face court again on March 7. Two others will face charges at a later date. Snr Sgt Tucker said it was a significant seizure, especially for Mackay.

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Thursday, 04 January


86 stars get official names "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 11 December 2017 video is called International Astronomical Union approves 86 new star names from around the world.

By Mariah Quintanilla, 9:00am, January 2, 2018:

86 stars get official names

Choices reflect international community

In December, astronomers and space enthusiasts received an early present: 86 newly official star names.

Such designations are often derived from Arabic, Greek or Latin origins. But the new monikers also draw inspiration from ancient mythologies and historical star names from indigenous cultures around the world, including in China, Australia and southern Africa. The star names were officially recognized by the International Astronomical Union, which oversees the naming of objects in space, and announced on December 11. Here are some of the names we thought shined the brightest.


Constellation: Scorpius
According to South African lore, the indigenous Khoikhoi people nicknamed the pair of stars just before the end of the scorpions tail xami di mura, meaning eyes of the lion.


Constellation: Draco
Fafnir is a dwarf from Norse mythology who became a dragon to guard his treasure. He was slain by the hero Sigurd.


Constellation: Scorpius
Pipirima is named for a pair of fraternal twins, the boy Pipiri and his sister Rehua, from a Tahitian legend. When their parents didnt share a meal of fish one night, the two kids ran away. As the parents came closer to finding them, the twins climbed onto the back of a passing stag beetle and were carried into the sky.


Constellation: Ursa Major
Chalawan, a villainous crocodile king from a Thai folktale, lived in an underwater cave. A man named Krai Thong fell in love with one of Chalawans two wives and killed the crocodile king.


Constellation: Eridanus
Ran, a Norse goddess of the sea, created peril by capturing sailors in her net.


Constellation: Canis Major
In stories from Australias aboriginal people, Unurgunite has two wives, which are represented by stars on either side of the named star. Whe...


Screenings "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Screenwave International Film Festival

  • Wed, Jan 10, 201810:00 AM  Thu, Jan 25, 201811:00 AM
  • Jetty Theatre (map)

There will be two screenings of The Last Goldfish in Bellingen and in Coffs Harbour.

Thu 18 Jan at 2:30 PM  Jetty Memorial Theatre

Fri 19 Jan at 3:30 PM Bellingen Memorial Hall


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PERTH Drunk man kicked off Perth plane "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Drunk man kicked off Perth plane .

January 04, 2018 at 07:00PM .

A man has been removed from a Brisbane-bound flight and charged with drunk and disorderly behaviour and trespass after he refused to leave Perth Airport. The 45-year-old was escorted off a plane on Wednesday after airport staff notified Australian Federal Police (AFP) about a disturbance. Police say .


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PERTH Abusive, drunk man removed from Perth flight and charged "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Abusive, drunk man removed from Perth flight and charged .

January 04, 2018 at 05:18PM .

During this peak holiday travel season, with many families travelling, the AFP is urging people to consider their alcohol intake, consider their fellow travellers and consider if their behaviour is appropriate. The man was bailed and will next appear at the Perth Magistrates Court on January 23. .


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U.S. military warns against getting hopes up over North Korean overture "IndyWatch Feed National"



SEOUL (Reuters) The head of U.S. forces in South Korea warned on Thursday against raising hopes over North Koreas peace overture amid a war of words between the United States and the reclusive North over its nuclear and missile programs.

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In a New Year address, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was open to dialogue with U.S. ally South Korea and could send a delegation to the Winter Olympics to be held in the South in February.

Kim also warned that he would push ahead with mass producing nuclear warheads, pursuing a weapons program in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions.

In response, Seoul on Tuesday proposed high-level talks at a border village and on Wednesday, the two Koreas reopened a border hotline that had been closed since February 2016.

We must keep our expectations at the appropriate level, the chief of United States Forces Korea (USFK), Vincent Brooks, was quoted by Yonhap news agency as saying in an address to a university in Seoul.

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Kim Jong-un shows new style, January 1, 2018. Reuters photo

U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un have exchanged a series of bellicose comments in recent months, raising alarm across the world, with Trump at times dismissing the prospect of a diplomatic solution to a crisis in which North Korea has threatened to destroy the United States, Japan and South Korea.

Trump has mocked Kim as Little Rocket Man and again ridiculed him on Twitter this week, raising some eyebrows at home.

Will someone from his depleted and food starved regime please inform him that I too have a Nuclear Button, but....


Hot Off The Press: British Anti Witch-Hunt Group expelled half its supporters "IndyWatch Feed National"

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By Gilad Atzmon

When you think that British 'Left' has reached rock bottom you wake up to learn that this political comedy act has no limits.

We learned today that the anti witch-hunt labour group LAW (Labour Against the Witch-hunt ) has expelled half of its members over anti-Semitism.

Times of Israel reports today that LAW has cut ties to Socialist Fight because of the views of its members. Socialist Fight is accused of being supportive of controversial Israeli-born author Gilad Atzmon.

Needless to mention that I am thrilled by all of that. I enjoy being supported by proper radical left groups; people who adhere to universal principles of equality and human brotherhood. Despite the fact that in my entire life, I have never been a member of any political body or party, I can clearly see that my writing is now making a change.

If you are wondering what it is that I am saying that pushes LAW leaders Jackie Walker and Tony Greenstein, two self identified (political) Jews, over the edge, to the point that they themselves have decided to act, in the open, as witch hunters, I will provide a brief answer.

I argue that if Israel defines itself as a Jewish State we must ask who are the Jews, what is Jewishness and what is Judaism. We should then proceed and  examine Israeli politics and Jewish lobbying in the light of the above questions. I basically argue that Zionism is just one symptom of Jewish choseness. I actually identify the exact same exceptionalist tendencies in Jewish Left and in particular in Walker and Greensteins political act. To add to my sins, I am also responsible for the popular adage by now, we are all Palestinians. Like the Palestinians we are not allowed to articulate the true nature of our oppression.  

No one could articulate this observation better than Jackie Walker and Tony Gr...


Ex-British PM Tony Blair ups calls for Labour to back Brexit U-turn "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former UK Prime Minister Blair has warned British voters time is running out to stop Brexit. An overwhelming majority of Labour members although not their leaders or many voters share his wish for a Brexit reversal.

A bumper stickers shows the letters GB inside the European flag (Getty Images/M. Cardy)

Tony Blairs evaluation of the opposition Labour Partys Brexit strategy was set out in an article published on Thursday on his Institute for Global Change website in which he called for the party to join the fight to keep the UK from leaving the European Union.

Blair said Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wants to have his cake and eat it on Brexit.

Read more: UK to abide by EU rules in Brexit transition, with no voice

Labours position is confusing, Blair said, adding it would be far better if the Labour Party made the case that leaving isnt and never was the answer.

Make Brexit the Tory [ruling, Conservative Party] Brexit, Blair said. Make them own it 100 percent. If Labour continues to go along with Brexit and insists on leaving the Single Market, the handmaiden of Brexit will have been the timidity of Labour.


How Anti-Fascists Won the Battles of Berkeley : 2017 in the Bay and Beyond: A Play-by-Play Analysis "IndyWatch Feed National"

Black Bloc in Berkeley, August 27, 2017.

The perilous politics of militant anti-fascism defined 2017 for the anarchist movement in the United States. The story in the Bay Area mirrors that of the country at large. Its a narrative full of tragedies, setbacks, and repression, ultimately concluding with a fragile victory. Yet there was no guarantee it would turn out this way: only a few months ago, it seemed likely we would be starting 2018 amid the nightmare of a rapidly metastasizing fascist street movement. What can anti-fascists around the world learn from what happened in Berkeley? To answer this question, we have to back up and tell the story in full.

Fascists chose Berkeley, California as the center stage for their attempt to get a movement off the ground. The advantage shifted back and forth between fascists and anti-fascists as both sides maneuvered to draw more allies into the fight. Riding on the coattails of Trumps campaign and exploiting the blind spots of liberal free speech politics, fascists gained momentum until anti-fascists were able to use these victories against them, drawing together an unprecedented mobilization. As we begin a new year, anti-fascist networks in the Bay Area are stronger than ever. Participants in anti-fascist struggle enjoy a hard-earned legitimacy in the eyes of many activists and communities targeted by the far right. By contrast, the far-right movement that gained strength throughout 2016 and the first half of 2017 has imploded. For the time being, the popular mobilization they sought to manifest has been thwarted. The events in the Bay Area offer an instructive example of the threat posed by contemporary far-right coalition buildingand how we can defend our communities against it.

2016: A New Era Begins

Clashes escalate outside a Trump Rally in San Jose on June 2, 2016.

The clashes between far-right forces and anti-fascists that gripped Berkeley for much of 2017 were the climax of a sequence of events that began a year earlier. On February 27, 2016, Klansmen in the Southern California city of Anaheim stabbed three anti-racists who were protesting a Ku Klux Klan rally against illegal immigration and Muslims. The rhetoric of the Klan echoed the same vulgar nationalism that the Trump campaign was broadcasting. Under the banner of the alt-right, many white supremacist and fascist groups began to use the campaign as an umbrella under which to mobilize and recruit. They aimed to build an ideologically diverse social movem...


Perth turns the corner "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Quite a bit of talk this week about Sydney property prices correcting in 2018.

Maybe in some of the western and south-western markets it's already happened quite a bit, but I'm not all convinced that we'll see anything too dramatic in the prime location markets. 

We'll get the latest jobs vacancies figures next week, but at the last count the ABS reported vacancies in New South Wales exploding to by far the highest level ever recorded. 

With a Sydney unemployment rate already in a multi-year decline towards 4 per cent, it's not like we'll be seeing too many forced sellers this year. 

Listings always decline in December, of course, but SQM Research's stock figures hinted at the first signs of Sydney vendors pulling up the ladder, with listings suddenly dropping 15 per cent lower from a month earlier. 

Over the past year listings declined in Melbourne (again), a gradually improving Perth, and an incredibly tight Hobart market, where listings dived 28.4 per cent lower. 

Listings were higher year-on-year in the other five capital city markets.

Melbourne's median asking price rose to above $1 million for houses, reported SQM Research.



Police Arrest and Charge Four Right-Wing MILO Supporters With Assault in Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed National"

Above : Patriot Blue & Co having a laff after The Three Stooges got convicted for inciting hatred for Muslims (L to R : George Jameson (Party For Freedom)*, Christoper Shortis (Australia First Party)**, Neil Erikson, Blair Cottrell (The Lads Continue reading


Australia to Allow Medicinal Cannabis Exports to Capture Lucrative Market "IndyWatch Feed National"

Medical cannabis crop in Australia (Representative image). Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Sydney: Australia said on Thursday it planned to become the fourth country in the world to legalise medicinal marijuana exports in a bid to score a piece of the estimated $55 billion global market.

Cannabis cultivation in Australia is still relatively small, as recreational use remains illegal. But the government hopes domestic medicinal use, legalised last year, and exports will rapidly boost production.

Our goal is very clear: to give farmers and producers the best shot at being the worlds number one exporter of medicinal cannabis, health minister Greg Hunt told reporters in Melbourne.

Shares in the more than a dozen Australian...


Daredevil virtuoso concert pianist turned bush pilot David Tong killed in Papua New Guinea mountain crash "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Daredevil virtuoso concert pianist turned bush pilot David Tong killed in Papua New Guinea mountain crash

4 January 2017

David Tong, a child prodigy who became a concert pianist before turning his back on music to become a commercial pilot, has died after his plane crashed into a remote Papua New Guinea mountainside, aged 34.

He had been piloting a Britten Norman Islander between Derim and Lae, across some of the countrys most rugged terrain in Morobe province, when the plane crashed into dense jungle on December 23.

Tong survived the impact and was able to contact authorities with his mobile phone, but by the time searchers could get in to the area three days later he had died.

Fellow PNG pilot Michael Butler said the circumstances of Tongs death are what all pilots dread.

I very much feel sorry for the...


7 Signs Your Relationship Is Not Meant to Last "IndyWatch Feed National"

Sure, we all want our relationships to be made to last but the truth is, some of them arent. Sometimes we pick the wrong partners and waste far too much of our time on them.

If you are having second thoughts about your relationship then you are most likely in the wrong kind of relationship. While it is normal to think about the what ifs you should know in your heart whether someone is right for you or not. When we are in the wrong kind of relationship and know it we should do something about it. It is far easier to cut ties early on rather than holding on to something that is not there.

7 Signs Youre Relationship Is Not Meant to Last:

1. You do not see eye to eye.

When you cant compromise in a relationship you dont have much of one. Seeing eye to eye is important at least sometimes. You cant argue 24/7 and expect things to work.

2. You struggle to communicate properly.

When you cant talk things through you cant do much of anything. In a relationship, if you dont have communication things will never work. You need to be able to walk away and cool down before the other person gets too worked up.

3. You find yourself always questioning the relationship.

When you are constantly wondering why you are with this person you need to take the time to answer that question for yourself. Only you know the answer. If you dont want to be with this person anymore, dont be with them.

4. You just dont click.

If you just dont click no matter how hard you try then you need to cut ties and move on. There is nothing good about forcing your heart to be in something it really doesnt want to be in. This causes you and your partner too much pain in the long run.

5. You dont feel like your partner is there for you in the ways he or she should be.

If your partner is not meeting your emotional needs then there is a very serious problem in your relationship. You need to be able to feel comforted and safe with your partner. If he or she cannot provide you with that then you need to move on.

6. You have to be careful about what you say in front of this person.

If your partner has you walking on eggshells there is a very real problem in your relationship. Your partner needs to accept and love you for who you are. You should be able to be yourself one hundred percent with your partner.......


Maules Creek groundwater levels on the decline "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Groundwater levels are on the decline in Maules Creek. The graph (above) of the Green Gully groundwater monitoring station (GW967138.1.1) shows a decline in levels since mid 2016 with the short term graph below showing a 20 cm decline in the last 30 days with the station recording .5 C warmer groundwater.

Anecdotal evidence is that a number of bores in the district are starting to run low and some residents are seeking alternate supplies or cleaning out their bores to improve flow.

While fluctuations in the water table are normal the current situation is of concern because the district is not even in drought.

In fact the BOM historical rainfall data shows 923.6 mm fell at Mt Kaputar for 2017, with 320 mm falling in the final three months. This is only 4 mm below the annual average rainfall of 927.2, and the Oct Dec 2017 total was 16 mm above the long term average of 301 mm. (Averages here)

At Elfin Crossing the groun...


Live from New York - Jason Goodman, Charles Ortel and me! Clinton Foundation Australian frauds "IndyWatch Feed National"

More details soon - a special Thursday one and a half hour edition of Sunday with Charles. Broadcast live at 10AM Thursday New York time.


Housing Begins to Crash Australia New Zealand London "IndyWatch Feed National"

Property values are starting to crash hard in Sydney Australia, New Zealand, and London. Politicians are simply idiots. They all targeted foreigners buying property as the leading cause for the rise in housing prices. What they failed to grasp is that people spend more money when they THINK they have equity in their home. Whenever housing starts to decline, so does consumer spending and guess what you get the economi9c downturn. Dah!


Update: Accused DJ killer to remain behind bars "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Local DJ Chris Bradley. (Facebook)


NSW DJ Chris Bradley was allegedly punched in the head by a young kickboxer with a short fuse before he dropped to the ground and died at a party on Christmas Day.
One witness to the alleged attack at Byron Bay told police the blows sounded unlike anything Ive ever heard before, the NSW Supreme Court heard on Thursday.
Accused attacker Javen ONeill has since been charged with the murder of 28-year-old Mr Bradley who was also known as Dad Bod.ONeill, 24, will remain in custody after prosecutors successfully sought a detention application despite efforts by his lawyer to suggest another possible cause of death.
Prosecutor Jason Rafeeq told the court ONeill was a trained Muay Thai kickboxer with an underlying short fuse and three witnesses, including his girlfriend, said they saw him punch Mr Bradley before he collapsed.
The DJ died as a consequence of blunt-force trauma, according to forensic pathologist Professor Timothy Lyons, who performed the post-mortem examination.
But ONeills lawyer, Dennis Miralis, questioned whether illicit drugs Mr Bradley reportedly consumed that night could have contributed to his death.
The lawyer also argued there were issues with the reliability of witnesses who admitted taking drugs.
Mr Miralis said ONeills actions after Mr Bradley collapsed suggested he didnt have any intent to murder or cause serious injury.
He said ONeill tried to resuscitate the DJ, saying come on, you can do it, and later asked paramedics if Mr Bradley could have died from a punch.
However, Justice David Davies said that based on the evidence before him, the Crowns case was reasonably strong.
The judge said there was evidence ONeill had anger management issues, was known to binge on alcohol and drugs, and could offend if released on bail.
One witness told police the accused was a beautiful soul but he has another side to him...


Neve's new canvas "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Yesterday I noticed this strange design on my daughter's ankle

She began drawing a wristwatch on her arm last year and has been branching out onto other limbs with various images and logos.

This one wasn't obvious to me but I later heard her explain that it's a diamond.

"Everyone needs their diamond in the rough," she said.

The way she said it made it sound like the rough was a place, either mental or physical.

So I began imagining it like 'sleeping rough' to mean outdoors.

Like one might paint a diamond on their ankle when camping to avoid mosquito bites.

Anyway, I'm going to encourage Neve to consider a career as a tattooist.


The Ultimate Purpose of Meditation and the Answer to Human Suffering "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: Waking Times | by Anna Hunt

Samadhi Part 1: Maya the Illusion of the Self is the first installment in a series by filmmaker Daniel Schmidt. In this visually-stunning film, Schmidt attempts to articulate to the viewer the meaning of samadhi. He also examines how we are the cause of and, through samadhi, the solution to all of our suffering.

The word Samadhi is the representation of a human mystical state that is the root of all spirituality and self inquiry. Often, it is the state that many correlate with the ultimate purpose of meditation.

The Illusion of the Self

Humanity has forgotten about samadhi, and then forgot that it forgot about it. In its place, Maya, the illusion of the self, has evolved. Humans no longer view themselves as spiritual beings. They do not take the time to explore their inner world, or care to understand their true reason for existence. Instead, they are wrapped up in their daily lives and distracted by the outer world.

As a result, we have put all kinds of limitations on ourselves. We do no view ourselves as miraculous creations. Instead, we are wrapped up in the ego construct, unconsciously wired by humanity's history and cultural conditioning. We define our existence our "being" by our actions and thoughts. Yet most often, worldly desires and fears drive these actions and thoughts.

Purpose of Meditation

Because of the illusion of the self, many live in suffering. Even people living seemingly perfect lives often find themselves questioning life's purpose. Many fall into depression or find...


Consciousness and the Nature of Reality -- Mind Over Matter "IndyWatch Feed National"

Source: | by Jeff Street

As always, my articles are simply my perspective that I offer in the spirit of discovery and empowerment take what resonates and leave the rest.

Reality is not what it appears the ancients knew it, pioneering physicists of the early 20th century knew it, and current leading edge scientists are proving it all is mind.

The Big Questions and The Modern Scientific Worldview

Throughout the ages, Mankind has been trying to answer the big questions What is the nature of existence and reality, what are we, and why are we here? In our current age, with the ascendance of the ideology of scientific materialism, we have a strong tendency to reject anything that doesn't fit our materialistic paradigm and label it as "mystical". We have become mesmerized by the material world. Materialism and consumerism run rampant in our society. Lured by the apparent success of the reductionist method that we have used to analyze and understand our world, we have come to view the universe as purely a physical system, working something like a great machine, and with matter being the fundamental substance of reality.

The day science begins to study non-physical phenomena, it will make more progress in one decade than in all the previous centuries of its existence.

Our scientific analytical methods have certainly been successful and have led us to understand the inner workings of matter well enough to create many useful technologies. But these successes have erroneously led us to conclude that our materialistic view of the universe must be correct and reject other ideas as "mystical" and backward.

The materialistic paradigm persists in the popular and scientific thought despite plenty of evidence that it is indeed not true. The Theory of Relativity and Quantum P...


Tracking The Seven Sisters "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Last year I had an idea to photograph the stars one morning and noticed a clump of stars to the north. 

My partner saw this picture Id taken and identified them as the Peliedes.

She later directed me to an article that discussed how in various parts of the world these were known for being a group of women fleeing the Orion group of stars, which were viewed in places as a man but elsewhere as a bear.

It was fascinating to learn a similar story seemed to be told all around the world about the same cluster of stars.

So when the National Museum of Australia started promoting their Songlines exhibition, I was curious to learn how various Australian Aboriginal groups shared similar stories.

The exhibition builds on the stories from the lands of the Anangu, Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara and Ngaanyatjarra peoples, which cover three deserts in an area of 600,000sq km.

The story of the Seven Sisters fleeing a shape-shifting male character varies in different parts of the continent but there is a unifying theme in recognising the threat men pose for women and girls.

In some versions the male Wati Nyiru tries to ingratiate himself to the women but is unable to control his lustful impulses. For example, in one telling the penis has other ideas and tries to interest the women by pretending to be a carpet python so they will eat him.

Other parts of the story vary in the details of which waterholes the women dug in their travels, or where the water course becomes hidden. In this way the story serves to instruct on how to survive in the outback.

In some places some women are interested in the man pursuing them, elsewhere they are frightened. In some stories they trick him and at least one t...


Sanctioned Abuse: The Australian Governments Abhorrent Treatment Of Refugee Children "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australia. Where the gritty ambition of vivacious travelers fashioned this nation upon its bewitching red dirt, has delivered dishonor to its deepest roots. When we smother refugees with hate, we smother ourselves and everything that we are with it as well. Australian culture is as broad, varied and enriched with color as its landscape. As []

The post Sanctioned Abuse: The Australian Governments Abhorrent Treatment Of Refugee Children appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.


Schappelle Corby Has Already Ruined 2018: The Great Tweets Of @MarqueLawyers, Part II "IndyWatch Feed National"

One of the really nice things about the festive season is holidays. Unless you work at New Matilda, in which case you dont get them.

One of the really bad things about the festive season is holidays, because if you work for Marque Lawyers (the firm that helps keep New Matilda out of prison, along with UTS law guru Geoff Holland) you do get holidays.

And that means that Marques official Twitter account goes quiet for a while. And thats obviously bad for humanity.

On the better news front, Marque is back at work twittering, and the good folk from the Worlds Most Unconventional, unConservative Law Firm have started 2018 at the pace they ended 2017 furiously.

Schapelle Corby and Peter Dutton come in for a special mention, along with Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.

Over to Marque and follow them if you arent already champagne comedy mixed with dripping sarcasm combined with sober legal advice!


Stock market records mid-week loss "IndyWatch Feed National"

Trading activities on the floor of the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) yesterday closed downswing as the overall market performance indices dropped by 0.20 per cent. Transactions on the stock market had the previous day opened the 2018 trading year on the positive trajectory. However, at the close of trading yesterday, the All-Share Index dropped by 77.51 basis points or 0.20 per cent to close at 38,187.28 index points as against 38,264.79 recorded the previous day, while the market capitalisation of equities depreciated by N28 billion from N13.589 trillion the previous...

The post Stock market records mid-week loss appeared first on Newtelegraph.


"The Wall, the Sound and the Fury: And Not Much Else" "IndyWatch Feed National"

"The Wall, the Sound and the Fury: And Not Much Else"
by Fred Reed

"Some of the prototypes. Though I am not a construction engineer, it seems to me that 2,000 miles of any of these is more of a job than their proponents are telling us.

With regard to Mr. Trumps  Border Wall, I am skeptical. Now, I freely concede that I am not an authority on Border Walls. In fact, I have never built a Border Wall. This may surprise readers. Yet it is true. So all that follows is in the nature of speculation. Be warned.

Still, though I may be horrifically wrong, and different numbers can be obtained by assuming different types of wall, I suggest that the following represent the kinds of questions that need to be answered. Further, it should be incumbent on those promoting the Wall to produce prices and times that make sense.

All right, Mr. Trump has eight prototypes, but they run to 30 feet high, made of concrete, and go six feet underground to prevent tunneling. According to rumo...


I USED TO BE IN A GANG!: When is a gang not a gang? "IndyWatch Feed National"

With mainstream media and the Federal Government leading a racist moral panic about African gangs apparently tormenting wide sections of Australian society, True Crime News Weekly correspondent Gary Johnston shares his experiences of growing up with youth gangs on the mean streets of Glasgow and wonders why some groups of young men become gangs. *

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Fireworks to open the Brunswick Woodchop Festival "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

The annual Fish n Chips Festival and Woodchop Carnival will be taking place again this year with the festival getting off to an exciting start on January 13 with a great bonanza of fireworks for all the family at Brunswick Heads Banner Park.

Locals and visitors alike are invited to come and enjoy four days of woodchopping excitement between the January 18 and 20. The chips will be flying with womens, mens and childrens competitions taking place.

Running since 1961

The festival started in 1961 and will be running for its 58th consecutive year with the strong support of volunteers and the help of the McGregors Family Carnival.

At the time the Fish n Chip festival started it reflected two of the major industries in the area. Fishing boats crossed one of the most dangerous bars in Australia on a daily basis while the chips were still flying from the logging of the red cedars that were then floated down the river to be traded from Brunswick.

Chips fly as Brad de Losa slams into a 300 ml m tanding block. The Annual Brunswick Heads Woodchop Carnival, got under way yesterday and the action will continue until Saturday night.

Champion choppers

This year three of the world championship, five man Chopperoo team that competed at the Stihl Timbersports World Championship will be seen competing at Brunswick. Brad de Losa, Mitchell Argent and Brayden Meyer will be making it look like cutting through an whopping great log is as easy as slicing through cheese.

Brad de Losa finishing second overall in the individual events at the world championships after being beaten by New Zealand based axeman Jason Wynyard who won his ninth world championship...


Why So Cold? Climate Change May Be Part of the Answer "IndyWatch Feed National"

Studies suggest that one factor could be warming in the Arctic, which allows more frigid air to escape southward.


Why Melania looks sad, and other stories "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Honestly, you couldnt make this up!

You dont have to treat it as the truth, the post-truth, or anything except the truth. Just jump on this runaway train and enjoy the ride.

Here are just a few of Wolffs revelations.

Stranger than fiction


Few people who knew Trump had illusions about him. That was his appeal: He was what he was. Twinkle in his eye, larceny in his soul. Everybody in his rich-guy social circle knew about his wide-ranging ignorance.


Pivoting from Trump himself, Bannon plunged on with the Trump agenda. Day one were moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem. Netanyahus all-in. Sheldon Adelson, the casino billionaire and far-right Israel defender  is all-in. We know where were heading on this Let Jordan take the West Bank, let Egypt take Gaza. Let them deal with it. Or sink trying.


Bannon said hed tried to push John Bolton, the famously hawkish diplomat, for the job as national-security adviser. Bolton was an Ailes favorite, too. Hes a bomb thrower, said Ailes (former head of Fox News). And a strange little fucker. But you need him. Who else is good on Israel? Flynn is a little nutty on Iran. Tillerson just knows oil. Boltons mustache...


(Anti) Social Media/Facebook Ripping Apart The Fabric of Society "IndyWatch Feed National"


 A former Facebook executive criticized the company he once worked for and social media as a whole, saying it is "ripping apart the social fabric" in societies around the world, CBS San Francisco reports. Chamath Palihapitiya, who previously served as Facebook's vice president for user growth, expressed "tremendous guilt" and urged people to take a "hard break" from social media during a talk at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
"I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works," said Palihapitiya, who left the social media giant in 2011 and now heads The Social+Capital Partnership, a venture capital fund.
"No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth," he went on to say.
Palihapitiya said the problem is not just isolated to Russia-backed ads and the 2016 presidential election, which led officials from Facebook, Twitter and Google to answer questions in Congress. The former Facebook executive cited an incident in India where innocent people were lynched after hoax messages about kidnappings were shared on WhatsApp.

"I just don't use these tools anymore, I haven't for years. It's created with a huge tension with my friends, it's created a huge tension in my social circles," Palihapitiya said. "If you look at my Facebook feed, I probably posted two times in the last seven years."
Palihapitiya also said that his children "aren't allowed to use this s**t."
Last month, former Facebook president Sean Parker criticized the social networking giant, saying it is "exploiting a vulnerability in human society."
"It literally changes your relationship with society, with each other. It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways. God only knows what it...


Media Hype, Imaginary Hobgoblins: Malcolm And Peters Politics Of Moral Panic "IndyWatch Feed National"

The media driven, politically exploited furore over African crime gangs leads Ben Debney to wonder out loud who Australians should really be scared of.

The whole aim of practical politics, wrote the famed US journalist H. L. Mencken in 1921, is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.

Lacking both policies and the usual hobgoblins with which to menace the public as the war of terror has wound down and the boats have stopped, the federal Tories, long time stalwarts of this truism, have revealed their conspicuous illiberalism in the new year by launching a moral panic over African youth gangs in Melbourne.

The ball began rolling on this panic in the last few weeks of 2017, when News Corp ran a number of articles (Call for action against rioting African mob; Plea to Turnbull to smash the gangs) engaging in what researchers into moral panics in sociology call the production of deviance.

Deviance in this sense refers to the result of having the power to interpret the meaning of words self-interestedly and impose those interpretations on public discourse, rather than characteristics of anyone so labelled. Every imaginary hobgoblin is, in one form or another, a deviant.

Rupert MurdochMedia magnate, Rupert Murdoch.

Few on the planet have greater power to produce deviance, and so to manufacture hysteria though moral panic, than the neo-feudal corporate aristocrat Rupert Murdoch. Malcolm Turnbull, knowing how quickly the same mechanisms can be used against him (and how much Murdoch hates him already, having ousted his favourite pet), fell sharply into line, alleging in his first press conference for the year growing gang violence and lawlessness in Victoria. In this moral panicking, he is thus merely on script in deference to those who wield true power in society.

Such violence, Turnbull claimed, was a failure of political leadership and determination on the part of the Andrews government the underlying pretence being that he knows anything about either himself. The tendency to establish pretences is another aspect of moral panicking, that of crisis leve...


How Hypnosis Could Cure Us of Our Deepest, Darkest Fears "IndyWatch Feed National"

Have you ever stopped to really consider the wide assortment of fears and phobias that exist in todays society? From zombies to public speaking, clowns to heights there appears to be a fear for nearly anything that you can think of.

Dont believe me? Theres even a technical term for the fear of phobias. Thats right, phobophobia is defined as the fear of phobia(s) and, more specifically, of the internal sensations associated with that phobia and anxiety. These fears can range from a mere inconvenience to completely debilitating, impacting every area of your life and interfering with your ability to function normally.

Recently Chapman University initiated a nationwide survey, asking Americans just what strikes fear deep in their hearts. Participants were asked their level of fear relating to approximately 80 different possible fears ranging from the government to natural disasters. The researchers then compiled the data and came up with a list of the top fears in the United States which included some interesting and eye-opening answers, such as corrupt government officials, pollution of drinking water, high medical bills and air pollution.

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While the answers of the Chapman University Survey on American Fears were bigger concerns, focusing largely on politics and worldwide pollution, many Americans share fears that hit much closer to home. It is estimated that 25 million Americans share a fear of flying, or aerophobia, while trypanophobia, or a fear of needles can have a significant impact on your ability to obtain necessary, life-saving health care. Acknowledging the potential impact that these fears can have on our life and well-being, experts have devoted time, energy and funding into better understanding the cause and treatment of various fears, phobias and anxiety.



18 Of The Best Melbourne Eateries Where Gangs Of African Youths Probably Wont Kill You "IndyWatch Feed National"

African Youth Crime Gangs are out of control in Melbourne. People are being slaughtered. And then eaten alive, after theyve been slaughtered. And then re-animated and slaughtered again. Its that bad.

Only the bravest journalists from the Herald Sun and The Age are venturing out into the carnage to bring you the exclusives and promote a civil public debate about Vicious African Youth Crime Gangs. Which are out of control. And killing white Melburnians. Everywhere. All the time.

Anyhoo, New Matilda hit Melbourne town to find out the best places to eat where you wont get stabbed or maimed or killed. Turns out the safest place to eat, amidst the chaos and panic, is at an African restaurant. Because Terrifying Vicious African Youth Crime Gangs dont attack African restaurants. Because apart from being violent, Brutal Terrifying Vicious Alien Vampire African Youth Crime Gangs are also racist.

So, in no particular order, heres 18 Melbourne African restaurants where you can safely dine (and support, while this fucking shameful debate plays itself out) with props to Trip Advisor and of course Peter Dutton and Malcolm Turnbull, whove done more to promote fine African dining than any fascists before them.

Morrocan Soup Bar | 183 St Georges Rd, Fitzroy | Moroccan, African, Vegetarian

The Abyssinian | 277 Racecourse Rd, Kensington | African Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

Little Africa | 358 Victoria Street, Melbourne | African Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly

Polepole Bar & Kitchen | 1/267 Little Collins St, Melbourne | African, Vegetarian Friendly

Sabas Ethiopian Restaurant | 328 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy | African Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

New Somali Kitchen | 284 Racecourse Rd, Flemington | African, Middle Eastern, Halal

Savanna African Restaurant & Caf | 7 Johnston St, Collingwood | African Ethiopian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options

Konjo Ethiopian Restaurant | 20 Smith St, Collingwood | African

Nyalas African Restaurant | 356 Brunswick St, Fitzroy | African Ethiopian



Australian Government denies our right to armed self defence. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Cyril Watson says he was threatened with a screwdriver and a knife.Picture: 7 News.
In Australia we are denied the legal right to armed self defence, no guns, no capsicum spray & no tasers. People are getting raped, bashed, robbed & killed every day, & yet our government expects us to defend ourselves with our fists!!!
What is it going to take to make the majority of Australians stand up for other Australians & say enough is enough?! 


Police crack down on youth gangs in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Lismore police are targeting trouble-making youths around Lismore shopping centres.

Lismore police have begun cracking down on the anti-social behaviour of young people around Lismore Square Shopping Centre following numerous complaints.

Police this morning have issued a warning saying they are aware of the identity all the people responsible causing issues at the square, and anyone who breached a banning order can expect to be arrested and charged.

Yesterday police laid five charges of enter inclosed lands without lawful excuse on some local juveniles.

Just recently in a post to one of the more popular social media sites on Facebook, one person posted to the little shits that hang around the square and/or the parents of those kids.

Parents get your god damned kids in order. Theyre a disgrace and so are you for letting them act like they do.

I just read a story about a bunch of kids on scooters who attacked an old lady. If that was your kid, youre double the disgrace

Im sick of seeing and hearing them at the square, and Im sure most of the community is too. Theyre gonna get hit by a car and no oh my poor baby will be held in sympathy because weve all had plenty of time to see how ridiculously stupid they are.

Police said they had been working with the management of the shopping square over the last few weeks to addresss the issue of anti-social behaviour.

As a result several offenders have been identified and served with banning notices.

Shopkeepers around Lismores CBD also have been complaining of groups of young people riding at dangerous speeds on the footpaths.

Police said they would continue to carry out uniformed and plain-clothes patrols in all the local shopping centres so people could shop and work in peace.






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Kremlin Watch: Papadopoulos, Fusion GPS, and Fake Americans "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Last Jedi was excellent. My scribbled notes may turn into a blog post at some point, but until then I need another pick-me-up. And what better cheer is there than foreign governments messing with US politics, amirite?

Return Of The FBI

It looks like weve got our answer to why the FBI was looking into Trump, and it involves booze and Australians.

During a night of heavy drinking at an upscale London bar in May 2016, George Papadopoulos, a young foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign, made a startling revelation to Australias top diplomat in Britain: Russia had political dirt on Hillary Clinton. About three weeks earlier, Mr. Papadopoulos had been told that Moscow had thousands of emails that would embarrass Mrs. Clinton, apparently stolen in an effort to try to damage her campaign. []

The hacking and the revelation that a member of the Trump campaign may have had inside information about it were driving factors that led the F.B.I. to open an investigation in July 2016 into Russias attempts to disrupt the election and whether any of President Trumps associates conspired.

Bravo on this one, New York Times. It also swats down the coffee boy line about Papadopoulos.

He was hardly central to the daily running of the Trump campaign, yet Mr. Papadopoulos continuously found ways to make himself useful to senior Trump advisers. In September 2016, with the United Nations General Assembly approaching and stories circulating that Mrs. Clinton was going to meet with Mr. Sisi, the Egyptian president, Mr. Papadopoulos sent a message to Stephen K. Bannon, the campaigns chief executive, offering to broker a similar meeting for Mr. Trump.

After days of scheduling discussions, the meeting was set and Mr. Papadopoulos sent a list of talking points to Mr. Bannon, according to people familiar with those interactions. Asked about his contacts with Mr. Papadopoulos, Mr. Bannon declined to comment.

Theres also proposals to write neutral opinion pieces in favour of Trump, taking advantage of his access. Well worth the read.



Learner rider found to be over the limit in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A 41-year-old Lismore man who raced away from police on his motorbike was found to be under the influence of alcohol, and on a learners permit.

Police allege they driving through the roundabout at Ballina and Wyrallah and Ballina road in an unmarked vehicle when they were overtaken on the near side by a motorbike at  4:38pm yesterday.

While driving through the roundabout the rider lifted the front wheel of the motorbike off the road.

Police gave pursuit and indicated for the rider to pull over but he accelerated away, locking up a wheel on the intersection of Brewster and Ewing Streets.

On Ewing street the rider had to break harshly to avoid a collision with another vehicle.

Police terminated the pursuit because of the danger presented by the riders actions.

A few minutes later police were advised that the motorbike had crashed on the intersection of Magellan and Hampton Streets.

The rider ran off but returned to watch the bike being removed by a tow truck, and was identified by police.

The rider, a 41 year old Lismore man, was placed under arrest and failed a roadside breath test.

Checks on his licence revealed he was on a Learners riders licence.

At Lismore Police Station he provided an alcohol reading more than three times the legal limit for an unrestricted rider.

The 41 year old was charged with Police Pursuit, Drive Manner Dangerous and High Range PCA 2nd Offence.

His licence was also suspended. He will appear in Lismore Local Court later this month.

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The Wall, the Sound and the Fury: And Not Much Else "IndyWatch Feed National"

Some of the prototypes.  Though I am not a construction engineer, it seems to me that 2,000 miles of any of these is more of a job than their proponents are telling us.

With regard to Mr. Trumps  Border Wall, I am skeptical. Now, I freely concede that I am not an authority on Border Walls. In fact, I have never built a Border Wall. This may surprise readers. Yet it is true. So all that follows is in the nature of speculation. Be warned.

Still, though I may be horrifically wrong, and different numbers can be obtained by assuming different types of wall, I suggest that the following represent the kinds of questions that need to be answered. Further, it should be incumbent on those promoting the Wall to produce prices and times that make sense.

All right, Mr. Trump has eight prototypes, but they run to 30 feet high, made of concrete, and go six feet underground to prevent tunneling. According to rumor among the border authorities, some go considerably deeper, and some prototypes are made of other materials. Here we will assume a hypothetical concrete wall thirty feet high and six feet deep.   In other words, thirty-six feet in vertical dimension.

Let us assume a thickness of six inches. Much less would be insecure, one supposes. We will ignore rebar. Actually, a glance at the photograph shows that, of whatever they be made, they are more than six inches thick, but we will ignore this.

The volume of concrete in the entire wall would thus be 2,000 miles x 5280 ft / mile x 36 ft x .5 ft, or 190,080,000 cubic feet.

Now, the wall presumably will have to be built in prefab sections at a remote factory or factories, and trucked to the Wall site on flatbed eighteen-wheelers. Donkeys would seem inadequate, helicopters excessive. Fabricating each section in situ  with some sort of traveling factory, requiring the trucking in of phenomenal amounts of concrete (or metal or whatever the Wall was made of), would be crazy even by the standards of federal contracting.

To be carried on a standard semi rig, sections could be no more than 8.5 feet wide. Each section would measure 36 ft. x .5 ft. x 8.5 ft, or or 153 cubic feet. Since concrete weights 145 pounds per cubic foot, the section would weigh 22,185 lbs.



Abbott on warpath over energy: Labor "IndyWatch Feed National"

Former prime minister Tony Abbott. AAP Image/Mick Tsikas

Federal Labor says Tony Abbott is on the warpath, and might sink the Turnbull governments proposed national energy guarantee policy.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is reportedly facing a backlash in government ranks from conservative MPs including the man he replaced in the top job, over his energy policy.

Mr Abbott has declared he doesnt support granting Australian businesses access to overseas carbon credits, describing it as a carbon tax under a different name.

Acting opposition leader Tanya Plibersek said its only three days into the new year and the Liberal Party was at war with itself over climate change action.

Who knows what the future of the national energy guarantee is If Tony Abbott is on the warpath again? she told reporters.

Theres one thing you can guarantee for sure is Malcolm Turnbull going underwater.

The national energy guarantee would involve energy retailers delivering a set level of ready-to-use power in each state to shore up reliability, while also being compelled to meet a lower emissions target.

Australian Industry Group chief executive Innes Willox said business had been advocating for access to international credits as a cost-effective way to achieve Australias commitments under the Paris climate change agreement.

It makes absolutely no sense to rule out this option by insisting that our commitments can only be fulfilled within our borders, Mr Willox said in a statement.

The Mineral Council of Australia also echoed the same view.Australias target under the Paris agreement is to reduce emissions to 26-28 per cent on 2005 levels by 2030 across the entire economy.

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A Message to Russian Hackers A Letter from Anarchist Prisoner Sean Swain "IndyWatch Feed National"


Sean Swain is an anarchist prisoner serving time in Lebanon Correctional Institute in Lebanon, Ohio.  He is currently running for Ohio Governor.  You can read his work at


Im currently running for Ohio Governor from prison. My campaign pledge is to abolish the State of Ohio, recognizing the Treaty of Greenville that set aside this area as unceded Indian Territory. I plan to invite the First Nations back, hand them the national guard armaments, declare the State of Ohio officially abolished, and prepare for the U.S. invasion.
No. Really.
I wont get too into the theoretical here, but true liberation can only be undertaken in conjunction with a campaign of anti-colonization. You cant speak of liberation while standing in someone elses yard.
Thats the short version.
Anyhow, it occurred to me that my election and the abolition of the State of Ohio may interest others beyond the borders of Ohio and perhaps beyond the borders of the U...


AMA calls for tougher rules for drivers "IndyWatch Feed National"

Learner drivers and those on their P plates should lose their licence for a year if caught texting or using their mobile phones while on the road, Australias peak medical body says.

The Australian Medical Association made the call as it released its first ever position paper on road safety in which it outlined a raft of measures for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists.

It said laws covering the use of mobile phones and electronic devices in cars should be strictly enforced, with a zero tolerance approach introduced for P-plate and L-plate drivers who should lose their licences for up to a year if caught using them.

AMA president Dr Michael Gannon said mobile telephones and electronic devices, including navigational devices, were distractions for drivers and a major cause of accidents, trauma, and death.

We want to change the culture and mentality about using mobile devices in cars, he said in a statement on Thursday.

Your drivers licence is a privilege, not a right.

Drivers who breach the road rules are putting themselves and others at risk, and must face meaningful sanctions.

The release of the AMAs position paper on road safety comes after a horror few weeks on the nations roads, with 66 people having lost their lives in road crashes during the holiday period so far.

The paper also includes calls for politicians to consider introducing laws targeting driver fatigue, one of the top three contributors to Australias road toll, in a similar fashion to those aimed at drink drivers.

The AMA also wants national standards introduced educating young people about road rules and for assessing older people to test whether they should still be driving.

Dr Gannon said young people should start having formal lessons early on in their lives about road rules and the responsibilities of pedestrians, who face a host of safety risks while using headphones, earpieces and mobile devices.

He also backed joint guidelines issued by Austroads and the National Transport Commission on how older people should be assessed to see if they are still fit to drive.

All states and territories must adopt uniform criteria for assessing the functional ability of older drivers, as the discrepancies between jurisdictions are problematic, Dr Gannon said.

Doctors should be providing advice on when to retire from driving. This may require medical examinations or assessments of drivers beyond a specified age.

The AMAs position paper says that by making drivers more responsible and more aware of their behaviour and its consequences, along with the availability of safer vehicles, the number of preventable road fatalities and injuries should fall....


Seaweed Could Save the Earth with Biodegradable Edible Packaging "IndyWatch Feed National"

Biodegradable Edible Packaging Seaweed

By Heather CallaghanEditor

Thanks to an Indonesian company with a penchant to clean up the world

The plastic pollution crisis is so bad, that its actually coming back to haunt us in the form of plastic nanoparticles now in our tap water. Its simply ridiculous to keep churning out petro-chemical waste products that have no outlet and no ability to breakdown.

For the person who wants a world without plastic waste, every hour of every day must be panic-inducing. Before you get to work youve been exposed to phthalates from your shampoo, bottled water, feminine products and perhaps fast food wrapping. Whats worse, none of those packages/wraps will breakdown, but they will kill off the ecology. And theres just no reason for it

Maybe biodegradable edible packaging created from marine vegetation was the answer right under the sea.

Laughing Squid reports:



Seaplane wreckage recovery set to start "IndyWatch Feed National"

A seaplane that crashed into a river north of Sydney on New Years Eve, killing all six people aboard, had reportedly been rebuilt after another fatal crash in the 1990s.

NSW police will attempt to recover the Sydney Seaplanes DHC-2 Beaver from the Hawkesbury River on Thursday in an operation that started at dawn and will run into the afternoon.

Experienced pilot Gareth Morgan died along with high-profile UK businessman Richard Cousins, his two adult sons Edward and William, his fiancee Emma Bowden and her 11-year-old daughter Heather when the plane plunged into Jerusalem Bay on December 31.

The cause of the crash is still unclear but Fairfax Media on Thursday reported the plane was previously involved in another fatal crash in 1996.

It was being used as a crop duster when it cartwheeled and crashed at Armidale, with the pilot killed and the plane destroyed, according to an Australian Transport Safety Bureau report cited by Fairfax.

The aircraft was rebuilt and has since been owned by several businesses including, most recently, Sydney Seaplanes.

Seaplanes Pilots Association vice-president Kevin Bowe told Fairfax that crashed planes were completely overhauled before re-use so they were as good as or better than new.

Aviation expert Neil Hansford on Thursday said the fuselage was probably the only original part left on the aircraft.

The engine on this particular aircraft has to come off every 1200 hours and this operator was pulling it off at 1100 and its basically return to new, he told ABC Radio.

Authorities on Thursday are expected to use a floating crane to recover the plane, is resting on its roof in about 15 metres of water, according to All Waterfront Constructions operations director Chris Kemp.Mr Kemp, who will work to recover the aircraft, said two slings would be lowered and passed through the aircrafts cabin by police divers.

Then well be lifting the whole lot up and placing it on the barge, he told AAP.

One of the wings is pretty badly damaged and bent over on the plane itself, so well be pulling that back down and lashing it to the plane, Mr Kemp said.

The ATSB is working to determine why the seaplane went down.

One possibility is the plane stalled.Aircraft maintenance engineer Michael Greenhill told AAP on Wednesday that while it was not mandatory in Australia for Beaver planes to have stall warnings installed, most did.

A stall is when the airflow over the aircrafts wing becomes insufficient enough to produce lift, Mr Greenhill said.

A Canadian report, published in September 2017, recommended the warning system be mandatory on all Beavers.



Birds and dinosaurs breathing "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

6 August 2014

Dinosaurs evolved over millions of years into the modern birds we see today! How did such large creatures become so small? Trace is here to tell you the answer.

From the University of Bonn in Germany:

Birds and dinosaurs: High-performance breathing in bones

Origin of unique respiratory system of birds and dinosaurs

January 3, 2018

Summary: Dinosaurs are far from extinct, but dominate as birds still most regions of the globe. Part of this huge success is due to the evolution of air sacs, which are crucial for the high efficiency of their respiratory system. Scientists have analyzed the structure of bones that are in contact with air sacs and found both in extinct and extant species a hitherto unknown type of bony tissue.

The respiratory organs of vertebrates exhibit a tremendous degree of diversity, but the lung-air sac system of birds is truly unique among extant species, says Dr. Markus Lambertz from the Institute for Zoology at the University of Bonn in Germany. Air sacs are bellows-like protrusions of the lung, and their volume changes cause the air flow in the separate gas exchanger. This functional separation is crucial for the exceptional efficiency of this respiratory system, but air sacs can do more: they can invade bones, a process called pneumatization.

Pneumatized bones are very light, because they are filled with air instead of the more heavy marrow, which was not only important for active flight, but also for the evolution of gigantism in sauropod dinosaurs. Through the presence of the resulting pneumatic cavities, it has long been known that air sac-like structures predate the origin of birds, since they were found both in t...


Choosing an Ombudsman: Revelations from the 1987 NSW Cabinet Papers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The choice for New South Wales Ombudsman in 1987 came down to a senior Departmental head and a solicitor with a familiar name in Labor circles; the latter promising a less contested relationship between the government and the Ombudsmans Office after years of strife between the two.

Cabinet papers for the NSW Government, recently released under the 30 year rule still applicable in NSW, offer an insight into the appointment of David Landa as NSWs third Ombudsman.

While the selection panel narrowed the eventual choice to Landa, a prominent solicitor with strong Labor connections, and Trevor Haines, the then Secretary of the Attorney-Generals Department, an impressive shortlist was interviewed, with gender and (relative) youth no bar to inclusion.

However, reducing the eventual choice to Landa and Haines seemingly reflected a desire to create a more harmonious relationship between government and watchdog than existed during the term of George Masterman, QC, who held the post between 1981 and 1987.

While Premier Barrie Unsworth made the recommendation to Cabinet on 15 December 1987, he was acting on the advice of a selection committee, headed by Gerry Gleeson, the all powerful head of the Premiers Department. Also on the panel were Ken Robson, the auditor general; Helen Gamble, the chair of the NSW Law Reform Commission; and, controversially, John Ducker, the long time Labor power broker and former head of the NSW Labor Council, in his capacity as Chairman of the Public Service Board.

Gleeson had famously warned former Premier Neville Wran in 1981 that he would come to regret the appointment of the fiercely independent and strong willed Masterman as Ombudsman. With Ministerial conduct beyond the remit of the Ombudsman, Wran and his ministers were rarely directly challenged by the office, and indeed (at least early in Mastermans term) reportedly valued it as instrumental in achieving public service reform. In a caucus meeting in 1982, when challenged by a backbencher to do something about the Ombudsman, Wran reportedly replied: He is there to be a burr in the saddle of the Government, not to make life easy for us.

But nevertheless, with a growing focus on corruption, the relationship between Ombudsman and government had grown tense largely over the issue of police complaints. The Ombudsmans civilian oversight of police would be bitterly contested by police, the Police Association and police ministers through the Wran-Unsworth and Greiner-Fahey governments. These tensions were never really resolved until the reforms of post-Wood Royal Commission era.

In 1984, Masterman also controversially expressed concerns about...


Its 2018 And The No Jab No Play Propaganda Machine Rolls On "IndyWatch Feed National"


 Note: The deception, lies, propaganda, nonsense, fear mongering & hate campaign against healthy Australian families rolls on into 2018.

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January 4 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1688 - Billy Boy Sooki-La-La Dampi-Pants (better known in serious history blogs as William Dampier) rocked up on the shore of King Sound in Westralia and pronounced the Aboriginal People as,
"The miserablest people in the world."
Giving him the royal birdie down the tunnels of history is the fact he's remembered best for his wankerish grasp of the English language and that his pithy evaluation delayed the colonialisation of Oz for a century.

1798 - The first land sale in Australia took place in the area now known as Bankstown. And I bet they were getting blood from a stone...just like today.

1802 - Lt John Murray was a bright lad, a chap who knew his onions and used his God-given grey matter between his ears so he knew exactly what he was eyeballing when he was at the opening to Port Phillip Bay....., Snodgrass, it wasn't the secret door to Narnia....wrong, Cedric Longbottom, it was not the hidden back passage to your fathers wine cellar....yes, finally, Crispin, you pulled your finger out of the dyke (sorry, Ma'am) and got a leg over in class!
It was, in fact, the entrance to Port Phillip Bay he'd found.

1804 - Lieut-Col. David Collins examined the site of Launceston, but, being a picky bugger, he decided to continue on to the River Derwent.

1808 - Not a great day for Lieutenant John Putland, son-in-law of Governor Bligh, who died on this day of tuberculosis  at Government House and was buried in the grounds of Government House.
Then he got shifted all over the shop; next he was buried in a vault at old St Phillip's on Church Hill, but later relocated to Town Hall burial ground, then later relocated to St Stephens (headstone remains in present St Phillip's). Mary Putland had intended to have the body sent back to England, but was prevented by the outbreak of the rebellion.

1810 - SToday saw Gov Lachlan Macquarie stamp his foot and get Roolly Cross with those naughty mischievous monkeys playing at the Rum Rebellion in the NSW Corps who had deposed Macquarie's predecessor poor old Gov Bligh; Lachlan cancelled all the land grants, bequests and trials, then dismissed all the trouble makers from authority.
He was cleaning out his closet.

1812 - They were all cock-a-hoop at the Notice of arrival of the ship Speedwell at Sydney filled to the gunwales with Shoalhaven cedar.

1814 - Things were looking up for Thomas West when he received a conditional pardon today in consideration of his general good conduct and character for sobriety and industry and in having erected a water mill for the grinding of grain at Barcom Glen within t...


Nix the single market! Britain could join despised TPP instead "IndyWatch Feed National"

Britain could join the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to kick-start exports after Brexit. If the unusual move goes ahead, the UK would be the first member without borders on the Pacific Ocean or South China Sea. The proposal is being developed by Liam Fox's Department for International Trade. The group lost the United States, its largest member, when President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement last year. The 11 remaining members, which include Japan, Canada and Australia, agreed in November to continue with a successor deal. Trade minister Greg Hands told the Financial Times there is no geographical restriction on Britain joining trade groups. "Nothing is excluded in all of this," he said. "With these kind of plurilateral relationships, there doesn't have to be any geographical restriction."


GMs delegation powers questioned "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Hans Lovejoy

Byron Shire Council general manager Ken Gainger. Photo supplied

A councillor decision at the September 21, 2017 meeting that updated the general managers (GM) delegated powers has been questioned by longtime council critic Fast Buck$ aka John Anderson.

He says the general manager (GM) now has power over any elected councillor, or at the very least the same powers since the delegations were adopted recently.

Staff described changes in the September report as  minor changes to the GMs delegations, which they claim were in line with recent amendments to the Local Government Act 1993 [LGA]

Mr Buck$ questioned whether such a change was minor given the previous GMs 2016 delegation policy only confers power to exercise any function of the council which is excluded from the councils power of delegation pursuant to s377 of the LGA. 

The newly adopted delegations in September list a long schedule of conditions and limitations over three pages and adheres to GMs powers as defined in the LGA (s377).

Subject to the exclusions, the new policy says the GM has delegation of ALL the powers and functions of the council.

Butler St appeal

Mr Buck$ says, The GM definitely did not at the time have the delegated authority to even defend the Butler Street appeal, let alone spend $450k on it.

Nor did he have the delegated authority to engage big-city consultants and spend $350k on the Butler Street bypass DA etc.

The Echo asked outgoing GM Ken Gainger, How is this a minor change to delegations? And there appears no reference to the recent amendments to the LG Act 1993 within the September staff report that supports this decision. What are they?

GM replies

Mr Gainger replied that as the reports author and legal services co-ordinator Ral...


Black Ops Agent Claims He Was Paid To Bomb OKC in the 1990s By Deep State; Hours Later Has A Car Crash "IndyWatch Feed National"


Former independent Black Ops Contractor Robert Cody Snodgres took to the airwaves early last month to allege he was offered a massive $1 million dollar paycheck from the CIA to bomb the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City prior to the mysterious deadly explosion in the 1990s, hours later he was in a serious car accident according to reports.

The 1990s 9/11, so to speak, where evidence doesnt add up was originally and officially blamed on fertilizer bombs perpetrated by Timothy McVeigh and his accomplice Terry L. Nichols.  Its a weaved web of deceit; the investigation was a cover-up in every sense of the word, and may finally get wings for exposure.

The question is why if there is nothing to hide? That question may finally be answered with Snodgres, a career Independent Contractor.

Further false flag attacks may be prevented with his stepping forward to blow the whistle on how ICs are approached to carry out these heinous acts against the American people in exchange for large sums of cash. According to Snodgres, he believes McVeigh and Nichols were patsies. (And as you will see later evidence collaborates this assertion.) Snodgres told Jeff Rense:

For over 20 years, I was an Independent Contractor (IC), specializing in sensitive, covert assignments, as well as bodyguard work. In 1994 I was given the task to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City.

This job came from an x-US military man, who told me he worked covertly for CIA. I refused on moral grounds. My strong opposition to attacking U.S. citizens on our own soil changed my status from a CIA asset into a liability, a private, Independent Contractor who knew too much,

Snodgres appeared on Jeff Renses radio show on December 4th and 5th, giving his shocking testimony stating he refused the offer to blow up the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Ironically, hours after Snodgres did the December 5th interview he was in a near-fatal car accident.

Snodgres left an audio message after the crash with further details on the incident.

Further, Snodgres discussed both the Clintons and Bushes involvement in drug trafficking, Iran Contra, and numerous other corruption....


Saddle Road retirement village mooted "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Matthew Cleva OReilly. Photo Tree Faerie.

Hans Lovejoy

While absolutely opposed to rezoning Saddle Road to village or residential, Saddle Road resident Matthew Cleva OReilly has lodged his own expression of interest (EOI) with Council for a seniors affordable housing project on the five-hectare property he manages.

It comes in response to an invitation by Council for landowners to submit EOIs for affordable-housing projects.

As previously reported, five other landowners lodged a large planning proposal with Council which has an affordable-housing component on the picturesque ridgeline between Mullumbimby and Brunswick Heads.

Twenty two-bedroom self-contained villa-style seniors dwelling are proposed by Mr OReilly, along with a seniors hostel with 40 one-bedrooms. Additional buildings are also proposed, including 12 farmstay cabins for temporary visitor accommodation and ancillary workers dwellings.

Mr OReilly lodged the proposal along with ten other landowners, and acknowledged that it is somewhat a conflicting position, given his opposition to rezoning the area.

Mr OReilly believes his proposal can be achieved through existing legislation and without the need for a Council-led rezoning.

He said, All we have proposed is a better way for Council to manage secondary dwellings, dual occupancies, rural visitors cabins and group homes in rural areas to ensure they are really used for affordable housing and not for high rents and holiday accommodation.

I still think the ideas in the report are well worth Councils implementing Shire-wide. In many ways, it is entirely an academic exercise but I do hope changes in Council affordable-housing policies may flow from our submissions.



And repeat... "IndyWatch Feed National"

So Guido Fawkes has caught the BBC out for failing to mention that a staff nurse they " repeatedly attack the government over the so-called 'NHS crisis' this morning" is "a top Corbynista, star of a Labour Party Political Broadcast and hardline left-wing activist":
5Live introduced Danielle Tiplady by saying Lets bring in Danielle who is a staff nurse, before she went on to reel off Labour attack lines on the NHS. 
The BBC has admitted they got it wrong with a semi-apology on Twitter:

The interesting thing here is that this is the second time Fawkes has caught the BBC out over this lady. And, Googling around, guess what the BBC's answer was last time, according to the Mail

Almost identical words. Talk about sticking to a formula!


How Antifascists Won the Battles of Berkeley "IndyWatch Feed National"

The post How Antifascists Won the Battles of Berkeley appeared first on It's Going Down.

2017 in the Bay and Beyond: A Play-By-Play Analysis

The perilous politics of militant anti-fascism defined 2017 for the anarchist movement in the United States. The story in the Bay Area mirrors that of the country at large. Its a narrative full of tragedies, setbacks, and repression, ultimately concluding with a fragile victory. Yet there was no guarantee it would turn out this way: only a few months ago, it seemed likely we would be starting 2018 amid the nightmare of a rapidly metastasizing fascist street movement. What can anti-fascists around the world learn from what happened in Berkeley? To answer this question, we have to back up and tell the story in full.

Fascists chose Berkeley, California as the center stage for their attempt to get a movement off the ground. The advantage shifted back and forth between fascists and anti-fascists as both sides maneuvered to draw more allies into the fight. Riding on the coattails of Trumps campaign and exploiting the blind spots of liberal free speech politics, fascists gained momentum until anti-fascists were able to use these victories against them, drawing together an unprecedented mobilization. As we begin a new year, anti-fascist networks in the Bay Area are stronger than ever. Participants in anti-fascist struggle enjoy a hard-earned legitimacy in the eyes of many activists and communities targeted by the far right. By contrast, the far-right movement that gained strength throughout 2016 and the first half of 2017 has imploded. For the time being, the popular mobilization they sought to manifest has been thwarted. The events in the Bay Area offer an instructive example of the threat posed by contemporary far-right coalition buildingand how we can defend our communities against it.

2016: A New Era Begins

Clashes escalate outside a Trump Rally in San Jose on June 2, 2016.

The clashes between far-right forces and anti-fascists that gripped Berkeley for much of 2017 were the climax of a sequence of events that began a year earlier. On February 27, 2016, Klansmen in the Southern California city of Anaheim stabbed three anti-racists who were protesting a Ku Klux Klan rally against illega...


Problems with Fruit Bats "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

I hope that you had a happy Christmas and that 2018 will be a successful year for all of us.

Growing up, I thought that flying-foxes (fruit bats) were largely a coastal species. You saw the occasional one in Armidale generally dead hanging upside down from the power lines. I knew they were eaten by the Aborigines from the ethnographic record, but actually knew very little about them.

I was therefore surprised earlier to find that Tamworth had major problems with a large colony of Grey Headed flying foxes along the Peel River.  Now it's Armidale's turn, with a colony moving in on Tuesday 3 October 2017. To my knowledge, it's the first time in Armidale. As happened in Tamworth, many residents directly affected are up in arms, wanting the Council to take action, although there is not a lot the Council can do. .

Part of  the problem appears to lie in the way that the animal's natural habitats have been progressively reduced, drawing them into urban areas in search of food. I was a little surprised when I first read this because I wouldn't have thought that there had been major habitat changes around Armidale or Tamworth that might force such a move.

Reading the quite fascinating Wikipedia article on Grey Headed flying foxes, I discovered that the animals are in fact migratory, capable of travelling long distances in search of food. So habitat change associated with urbanisation on the coast might well force them well inland.


Solar Minimum The Fastest Decline in Almost 10,000 Years "IndyWatch Feed National"

Solar Minimum The Fastest Decline in Almost 10,000 Years
by Martin Armstrong

"QUESTION: Hi Marty ! Happy new year! Not written in a while, but wanted to ask a private question related to the forthcoming cold period.

a) How long will it last? (It will start now and go into 2024 when does Socrates say it will start to reverse and when will temperatures be back to where they are now ?)
b) How far south does someone have to go who is allergic to cold anyway? Is it best to keep away from volcanic islands?
c) Is it in your view a minor cold blip or OMG were all going to freeze to death and run out of food ?

Just so I know the prognosis. It would be helpful if you could ask Socrates the relevant questions as I think there are a number of folks who wouldnt mind knowing the answers to these types of questions priv...


A new mantra for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The year ahead

2018 is going to be a tough one, so they say

They said that last year, mind, but this year they might just be right!

I had a quiet think about what you can do about this vexing state of affairs.

For my answer, see here at my main website blog (or click the image below).

Hopefully some food for thought for you there.

And don't forget to apply the 40% rule!

You can subscribe for my main website blog here.


PERTH Man charged with murder over fatal attack on Irish dad in Perth "IndyWatch Feed National"

snip .

Man charged with murder over fatal attack on Irish dad in Perth .

January 03, 2018 at 09:37PM .

However, at a hearing in Perth Magistrates Court this morning the charge was upgraded to murder, reports ABC News. The incident unfolded at around 1.30am on Saturday December 23, on Riverside Road in East Fremantle, Perth. Mr McCarthy, who was from Aghada in east Cork, had been walking in .


Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: australia, crime, perth


Man killed by lightning strike at Kings Canyon, Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Police in the Northern Territory say a camera tripod may have contributed to the death of an Adelaide man struck by lightning on Tuesday. Antony Van Der Meer was on a dream outback holiday at Kings Canyon with his wife Jessica, mother-in-law and his sister and brother-in-law when tragedy struck about 5pm on New Year's Day. NT Police Superintendent Pauline Vicary said the bolt hit Mr Van Der Meer's metal tripod. "They were on the Kings Canyon Rim Walk and the incident happened about 500m from the carpark area," she said. "They were nearly at the end of that walk when two storm fronts came through at the same time, there was quite a bit of rain and lightning and unfortunately the lightning struck the tripod that the deceased person was carrying on his back." His family spent two frantic hours trying to revive him.


Owners of special care home receive death threats after Facebook post about separated seniors goes viral "IndyWatch Feed National"

The owners of a special-care home in New Brunswick have received death threats after a Facebook post about two seniors who were separated just days before Christmas went viral. Herbert Goodine, 91, was removed Monday from the Victoria Villa Special Care Home in Perth-Andover, N.B. where he has lived with Audrey Goodine, 89, his wife of 69 years. They had only a few days notice of the required move after an assessment deemed his dementia needed more care than the location could provide. Jennifer Eagan, an owner of the home, said Friday things have been difficult for her, her family, and the residents at the special-care home since the post went viral earlier this week. "It really has been horrifying how people have jumped on this bandwagon to crucify me," she said.


An Earlybird Skeptic As to Bostons Marathon Bombing "IndyWatch Feed National"

A search at city dump for relevant evidence? Photo ABC NEWS.

by The Zoologist

[Editors Note: Mary W Maxwell met the Zoologist in Boston last week, by luck. This person, for whose apparent honesty Mary can vouch, has never published this interesting material before.]

The Marathon event has burdened my life. I became a party to it well, not a participant but a close-up spectator simply because I live near the action. On the day of the Marathon race, April 15, 2013, I wasnt ready to doubt what I heard on radio or TV, but when Thursday the 18th rolled around, things were beginning to look pretty dubious.  And, like everyone else in the Greater Boston area, I received a robo call from the government telling me to stay home on Friday. That call arrived at 6am on Friday, the day of the manhunt for Dzokhar (Jahar) Tsarnaev.

Which would be worse, I now wonder if the entire official story were true, or if it were false? I suspect the latter. Thats because I believe it probably is a false story and...


Welcome to the dog whistle season in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Determined to keep the pot on the boil during their extended holiday break government ministers and humble backbenchers tend to release selected dog whistles to the media .

It appears we might have Liberal Senator for Tasmania Eric Abetz to thank for this one elicited by Treasury Budget Policy Division's answer to one of his Questions on Notice on or about 11 December 2017.

SBS News, 29 December 2017:

Working Australians are forking out roughly $83 per week to fund the nation's welfare bill.

Average taxpayers are handing over $35 every week to prop up aged pensioners, $20 per week to pay for family benefits and $17 to support Australians with disabilities.

Just over $6 per week goes to the unemployed, while $9 goes towards repaying interest on government debt, according to figures released to a Senate committee.

Going to the source it appears that based on a fictional, average "someone who owes $11,424 in tax" in 2014-15, the extended estimates breakdown works out at a notional: 

$42.25 per week for health care; 
$35.03 for aged pensions;
$20.42 for family paymen...


Poverty, Sexual Abuse, Suicide silence is not an option "IndyWatch Feed National"

Internalising grief is toxic, it is a silence that maims and kills. The silences around sexual abuse, violence, emotional and psychological abuse, the isms sexism, racism, classism, ageism, ableism, the silences aggressively slow down and can shut down trauma recovery, and for many who are screaming to be heard, the deaf ears not only []


A reminder that the Government of Japan still allows its whalers to slaughter whales in the Antarctic section of the Australian Whale Sanctuary "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Australian Whale Sanctuary,
In 2015 Environmental Defenders Office ( EDO NSW) received instructions from Sea Shepherd Australia to help them obtain information from the Commonwealth Government relating to illegal whaling practices by Japanese vessels in the Southern Ocean

The resulting application was refused by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, requiring EDO NSW to press their clients case with the Commonwealth Information Commissioner. 

In May 2017, the Information Commissioner ordered the release of the documents and this video was made public in the following November.


Wednesday, 03 January


Zen and the Art of Sanitation, or the Right Way to Keep a Country Clean "IndyWatch Feed National"

In Japan, cleaning is a public service to be performed by everyone, not relegated to one marginalised section of the society.

The last word in toilet luxury: Toto washlet. Credit: Janaki Nair

The last word in toilet luxury: Toto washlet.

It is do-it-yourself with a difference, involving no greater technology than brush, broom and cloth. On every normal school day, after a thorough post-lunch brushing of teeth, Japanese school children get down to a more public service for the next 15 minutes: cleaning the school. A starker difference with Indias paranoid aversions to cleaning and cleaners, its high tolerance for dirt, especially when not in my own backyard, and its determined condemnation of whole sections of society to specialise in such work cannot be found.     

The largest sanitary-product manufacturer in Japan, Toto, has redefined the experience of sanitation from below. This is not just by renaming the toilet as washlet. Designed in loving detail, the washlet permits permutations and variations of temperature, (beginning with the seat), water force, sound (to mask less pleasant answers to the calls of nature) and of course smell. This total sensory care...


Full Guide of Blockchain Investor at Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Philippines: Zach Piester Will Tell How to Get the Maximum Profit "IndyWatch Feed National"

The headliner of Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Philippines, which will be held on January 25 in Manila, will be one of the largest investors in Singapore, co-founder of the venture company Intrepid Venture and crypto evangelist Zach Piester. The expert who has worked with hundreds of startups will tell the audience how to get the maximum profit from investing in blockchain projects and ICO tokens.

Zach Piester ranks among Top 50 most influential fintech experts in Singapore, according to abiletechnologies. He is deeply involved in the organizational design and growth of a variety of FinTech, InsurTech, & non-financial blockchain and emerging technology companies across Asia. His company Intrepid Ventures has access to over 5,000 developers in their global network of blockchain solution builders.

At Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Philippines, the expert will explain to investors key aspects of the blockchain technology: bitcoin, blockchain, and ICOs; their application and operation principles.

Zach Piester will give answers to the following questions:

will blockchain transform the Internet & the global economy or is it merely a fad?
what are Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and other investment schemes?
should you invest in ICO?

Zach Piester is Chief Development Officer at Intrepid Venture, venture development company. Early stage investor in emerging technologies e.g. Blockchains, DLT, AI, IoT, Data & Analytics, Digital Health. Mr. Piester helps Fortune 500 companies leverage the innovation of startup disruptors in blockchain and fintech. He is also a well-known speaker for Blockchain, Cyber Security, Innovation, Human Factors, Organizational design and AI. In 2017, he reported within such events as Techsauce Global Summit, Digital Thailand Big Bang, THE SUMMIT, TechXLR8 Asia, etc.

About the Conference

The conference in the Philippines is one of the events from the large international network Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference organized by Smile-Expo. The company has carried out over 30 successful events dedicated to cryptocurrencies, ICO, and blockchain, including the largest blockchain conference in the world, Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Moscow, which in 2017 gathered more than 2000 participants. More than 20 events from this series are planned for 2018.

The conference in the Philippines will involve speakers from Germany, the United Kingdom, and the United States. In addition to investment, the event will discuss legal regulation of the in...


How Common Core Taught Me Bureaucrats Will Always Win Unless We Slash Big Government "IndyWatch Feed National"

During summer 2010, while researching an article to address yet another tax-and-spend initiative to fund public schools, I stumbled upon a 33-page state law passed that spring titled Schools; relating to teacher incentive pay plans; modifying requirements.

Although a portion of the legislation did address teacher incentive pay, the bulk was used to establish a state longitudinal database, a Teacher/Leader Effectiveness Evaluation (TLE) system, a way to turn around low-performing schools, and institute something called the Common Core State Standards into Oklahoma policy with a single sentence.

A Google search led me to discover that cementing these four programs into state law increased the likelihood of our state receiving Race to the Top grants from the Obama administration. As a former public school teacher, the change in educational landscape represented by even one, let alone four, of these programs concerned me. As a small government gal and a parent with kids in public school, I wanted to know why our state would institute a whole raft of new, untested, educational programs just to get federal funds.

In June 2011, after months of investigation aimed at answering these questions, I published a paper with 179 references entitled Common Core State Standards and Race to the Top; An Introduction to Marxism 101.

Oklahomas Common Core Repeal

From 2011 to 2014, the Common Core Four, as National Review dubbed us, fought Common Core and student data collection in the Oklahoma legislature. We logged hours and hours of travel across the state and country, showing up anywhere we were invitedmostly Republican womens clubswhere I talked about Common Core. Eventually I found myself on radio and news shows from Utah to Florida, including national media programs like Glenn Beck, Laura Ingraham, and NPR, discussing my research.

Finally, and many thanks to the Herculean efforts of state Sen. Josh Brecheen and state Rep. Jason Nelson, a law repealing Common Core and requiring the state to develop new Oklahoma standards was passed the last day of the 2014 legislative session. Following a state Supreme Court ruling denying a.........


Gangs, Race and Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed National"

Twos a company; threes a crowd.  More?  This issue is preoccupying political and policing figures in the city considered by the Economist Intelligence Unit the most liveable in the world, bettering a whole host of other seemingly more appropriate candidates.  So liveable, in fact, that it houses all sorts.

Having repeatedly boasted, self-congratulated and beamed at the idea that Australia is the most multicultural nation on earth, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been less cautious of late.  He has been getting stroppy with the Victorian Government for not doing enough about what he considers Melbournes growing gang violence and lawlessness.

The straw that broke a very fragile camels back involved acts of vandalism in Werribee.  Depending on which news source you referred to, there was a mass riot at an Airbnb property that would have made the Communards proud. Other sources saw more modest damage to cars and rental property.  Everyone took notice of the juvenile expressions of delight from the perpetrators, who scrawled the letters MTS (Menace to Society) on walls to leave their little residue of destructive pride.

At the federal level, politicians see the former: mayhem, riotous violence, a loss of control.  Federal minister Greg Hunt has come up with his own assessment: Gang crime in Victoria is clearly out of control.  We know that African gang crime in some areas in particular is clearly out of control.  In the tables of political point scoring, Hunt had found a handy, simplifying culprit.

For Hunt, there were no relevant sophisticated sociological principles here, nor matters of economics.  Society was imploding; an African wave of violence had been unleashed.  Nor was it a police issue.  The failure is not the police but the premier.

Victorian police have been a touch more tentative, while various African community leaders have been less than confident in the tag of gang.  Label and be damned.  These young thugs, these young criminals, claimed Acting Commissioner Shane Patton, theyre not an organised crime group like a Middle Eastern organised crime group or an outlaw motorcycle gang. But theyre behaving like street gangs, so lets call them that thats what they are.

South Sudanese community leader, Richard Deng, prefers the direct option: engage the estranged; bring in those lost souls from th...


Why Did The Washington Post Tweet A Debunked Hit Piece On Jesus? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Controversy erupted over Christmas week when the Washington Post tweeted out an opinion article by Raphael Lataster they had published in 2014. It claims to show that the existence of Jesus as a historical figure is likely no more than a myth. Critics questioned the timing of the tweet as a slap in the face to Christians preparing to celebrate one of their holiest days.

Possibly more importantly, many seized on the reaction to the 2014 publication. Historians, including a professor who had taught Lataster in a class about the historical Jesus, demolished the claims. Its ideas were described as the fringe of the fringe, and compared to anti-vaccine scientists efforts to prove their dubious assertions.

Given that the article has been widely debunked, what would lead the Washington Post to tweet it out, essentially rerunning it? If there is some news value in questioning the existence of Jesus in the Christmas season, why not at least run a new article that addresses the harsh criticisms of the original? Perhaps the Post has its reasons for ignoring those criticisms, but even so, why put this out during the Christmas season at all?

The Real and Pretend Wars on Christmas

As with so much news coverage these days, the answer to why this essay ran may well boil down to two words: Donald Trump. A reported story in the Post on December 24 might offer a clue. It was titled, In a Pro Trump Town, They Never Stopped Saying Merry Christmas. Its a strange article, which acknowledges that most people never stopped saying Merry Christmas, yet goes on to paint Trump supporters from Linden, Tennessee, as paranoid, Bible-clutching rubes convinced by Trump that there is a war on Christmas.

In the Posts defense, Trump himself has made the war on Christmas a centerpiece of his social conservatism. In a series of videos and tweets, the president has essentially claimed that we can finally say Merry Christmas again. This seems odd to the millions of Americans who never stopped saying it. But is Trump tapping into a real anti-Christian strain in the media and popular culture, and might the Jesus is the Harry Potter of the First Century CE Washington Post article be a part of that strain?

One reasonable question many have asked is whether the Post would have run an article questioning the facts about Mohammad on Ramadan, or of Moses on Passover. To the extent that such articles seem less likely, its because Christianity is viewed as the dominant religion in the United States, and....


Why Elective Abortion Can Never Constitute Health Care "IndyWatch Feed National"

Planned Parenthood and NARAL recently promoted a blog post by a pro-abortion doctor titled, Abortion Is Healthcare End of Story, that offers little more than an empty mantra for pro-choicers.

There are a few glaring omissions in Leah Torres argument. She doesnt provide a definition of abortion that leads to the conclusion abortion is healthcare, and she leaves readers without a direct answer to some important questions that are key to her  argument: What is health care? Who is a patient? What she does provide doesnt lead to the conclusion she thinks.

Torres and Planned Parenthood and NARAL can repeat the line abortion is healthcare as many times as they want, but that simply wont make it true. Contrary to popular belief, the definitions of words are important. Lets go through each of her arguments, and take a look at whats actually there.

Pregnancy Is Not a Disease

Torres tries to refute what should be an uncontroversial statement of fact pregnancy is not a disease. Her peculiar argument to the contrary is our first problem with the definition of words.

Torres writes: People often say to me, Its not a disease, its a natural part of life. Yes, well, so are bacteria, yet we call having an infection a disease. We cannot ignore that pregnancy alters ones physiology and puts ones health and life at risk due to these changes. We must accept this truth to be self evident, that pregnancy, while natural, is a condition that requires medical attention.

What should be apparent is that a disease is not the only condition that requires medical attention. Here we have a physician calling pregnancy an infection and implying, contrary to the definition of words, that nearly every human being that has ever existed has either been infected or infected someone else with the disease of pregnancy. Even if we altered reality for Torres sake, it still does not follow that intentionally killing a human being is healthcare.

Torres second argument is that offering health insurance for prenatal care, but not for abortion or infertility care, is nothing short of coercion. This too, is not an argument that abortion is healthcare. It is another non-sequitur. My response is that we should limit insurance coverage to those procedures that involve healthcare. If you want to call that coercion, so be it. She has yet to make an argument that abortion is healthcare.

Health Care and the Hippocratic Oath

What properly constitutes healthcare? The original H...


If You Think Being A Football Fan Excuses Jerkwad Behavior, Think Again "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ah, that empty, lonely feeling that shrouds your heart this time of year. Infinite possibilities with the New Year? Resolutions, new activities? They are pathetic attempts to fill the black void in your soul.

The end of the holiday season? No, my friend. Its the end of the regular NFL season. December 26 has nothing on December 31, when millions of fans found out their teams didnt make the playoffs. Of course, some teams prospects had been quashed long ago (ahem, Cleveland Browns), but now their legions of faithful fans must at last come to grips with the prospect of not seeing their team play again for eight long months.

For diehard fans, losing a playoff game is like being dumped by a high school sweetheart. Its soul-crushing. Demoralizing. Agonizing. If you want to see a barely hyperbolic parody of Seahawks fans grieving after losing the Superbowl in 2014, watch this.

Dont get me wrongI love football. The strategy, the athleticism, the sheer level of intensity packed into every play. Its impossible not to watch the game and get caught up in the excitement. Theres nothing really wrong with that, but unfortunately a minority of fans are constantly threatening to ruin fandom for the rest of us. And its not okay.

Aint Nobody Want to Be Next to the Drunk Guy

To illustrate, let me tell you a story. Last month, my husband and I went to see the Seahawks play the Jaguars in Jacksonville. The stadium was packed for this much-anticipated matchup. The Jags had built up an outstanding defense, which used to be what Seattle was known for.

It would be up to the offense: could Russell Wilson out-scramble Sacksonville? Would Blair Walsh lose the Hawks yet another game by missing a field goal? We waited to see these questions answered from 30 rows above the corner of the north end zone. We were pleasantly surprised to see our section was packed with Hawks fans. This would be fun.

How naive we were. Just two seats over, some guy, maybe mid to late twenties, was sitting unusually still. He was nearly passed-out drunk and vomiting on the seat in front of hima seat that belonged to a young child of maybe eight years old.

This dude was so drunk he couldnt even talk. As you might imagine, the family in front of him was not down with being in the puke radius. His buddy, whose smack talk was incessant and liberally sprinkled with profanity, had to speak for his intoxicated friend. What lame excuse could he give? He just had too much to drinkhe didnt mean to.

After multiple witnesses begged for several minutes, security finally removed the pair. They tried to come back after halftime, when the drunk mans belligerent friend started a fight with the other fans who wanted him removed again.......


This Theologian Has An Answer To Atheists Claims That Evil Disproves God "IndyWatch Feed National"

Many atheists today argue that the existence of suffering is powerful evidence against the all-good, all-powerful God of Christianity. Many philosophers, both Christian and atheist alike, believe the problem of evil to be the most persuasive argument in favor of atheism.

Dr. Peter Kreeft, a prolific author and professor of philosophy at Boston College, states in Making Sense Out Of Suffering that the most powerful argument for atheism that I have ever seen anywhere in the literature or philosophy of the world is the problem of evil as demonstrated by Ivan Karamazov in Fyodor Dostoevskys famous novel, The Brothers Karamazov. In the novel, Karamazov describes a childs suffering in a manner so grotesque that after reading it even the most ardent believer would wonder how a good God could allow such evil.

Formally, the argument states that if God is all powerful, he could prevent suffering and, if God is all-good, he would prevent suffering. But, suffering exists, therefore the Christian God does not.

Sam Harris, a popular author and one of the Four Horsemen of Atheism, made this argument in a debate with Christian philosopher William Lane Craig. The so-called Four Horsemen, which also includes Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, and Daniel Dennett, are not the first to make this argument, but they sure have done an excellent job of popularizing it among their followers.

Not So Fast, Four Horsemen

Taken at face value, the problem of evil appears to be a devastatingly convincing argument against the existence of the Christian God. It is emotionally and rhetorically compelling. However, according to Dr. Edward Feser, professor of philosophy at Pasadena City College, the problem of evil may not be all that it is cracked up to be. It is rhetorically effective but logically not so much.

In The Last Superstition: A Refutation Of The New Atheism, Feser, echoing Thomas Aquinas, notes that the first premise of the problem of evil is simply false, or at least unjustifiable. According to Feser, there is no reason to believe that the Christian God, being all-good and all-powerful, would prevent suffering on this earth if out of suffering he could bring about a good that is far greater than any that would have existed otherwise. If God is infinite in power, knowledge, goodness, etc., then of course he could bring about such a good.

Feser demonstrates his reasoning with an analogy. A parent may allow his child a small amount of suffering in frustration, sacrifice of time, and minor pain when learning to play the violin, in order to bring about the good of establishing proficiency. This is not to say that such minimal suffering is in any way comparable to the horrors that have gone on in this world. But the joy of establishing proficiency with a violin is n...


NYC to Spend $50 Million on Bollards, Security "IndyWatch Feed National"

A bollard stops an out-of-control car near London BridgeA bollard stops an out-of-control car near London Bridge (Photo: LEON NEAL/AFP/Getty Images)

New York City  announced plans to install 1,500 more metal bollards (protective barriers) in areas deemed ripe for terror attacks. The bollards are part of a $50-million plan to increase security in New York.

The decision was made after the Halloween attack on the Hudson River Greenway in lower Manhattan, when 29-year-old Islamist terrorist Sayfullo Saipov mowed down pedestrians and bikers with a rented truck. Eight people were killed in that attack with 12 injured.

The Big Apple joins cities in the U.S. and worldwide which have put up bollards to protect citizens and tourists from vehicular attacks. Las Vegas recently spent millions installing bollards along the citys famous Strip. In the UK, bollards now protect sites as diverse as the tennis courts of Wimbledon to the Queens Windsor Castle. Berlin, Paris, Sydney, Melbourne and the Vatican have also followed suit to bolster security.

These are some of the busiest streets in the worldpeople have to be able to get around, but they have to be safe at the same time, said NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announcing the expenditure at a news conference in Times Square.

After the Halloween attack, temporary concrete blocks were placed around sensitive New York areas. Those will be replaced by the permanent metal bollards.


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Australian government could allow private firms to buy access to facial recognition data "IndyWatch Feed National"

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New details of biometric framework released. Photo: Attorney-Generals Department.

Source: TOTT News

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Connect to Your High Self: FREE Download of Suzanne Spooners Universal Mind Project Meditation "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Suzanne Spooner

Hello Everyone,

This weekend my Universal Mind Project (UMP) guided meditation will be available for free downloads! All you need to do is visit the website and click the full meditation. In order to use the meditation past this weekend you will want to upload the MP3.I created the UMP as a way to assist those who wanted clear and easy access to their High Self for connection, answers to questions and to facilitate self healing. The UMP is a way to strengthen this connection. My hope was for anyone to be able to use this meditation to merge the left and right side of the brain to diminish fear and open access to all knowledge within. If you dont normally meditate or have practiced meditation for years, I think you will find the experience heart and mind expanding. This free download will be available through Sunday.

Enjoy your strengthened connection to the part of you that knows everything and loves you unconditionally.

Much Love,



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High-tech ship en route to resume hunt for MH370 "IndyWatch Feed National"


AFP/File | Relatives of missing Chinese passengers aboard doomed flight MH370 display pieces of paper reading never give up (L) and looking for our relatives release the truth about the flight 370 (R) in Beijing in March 2014

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP)  A high-tech vessel run by a US exploration firm is en route to resume the hunt for flight MH370 in a new bid to solve one of aviations greatest mysteries.The Malaysia Airlines jet disappeared with 239 people on board in March 2014 en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing after diverting from its flight path.

No sign of the plane was found in a 120,000 square kilometre (46,000 square mile) zone selected by satellite analysis of the jets likely trajectory and the Australian-led hunt the largest in aviation history was called off in January last year.

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But it looks set to resume soon. Research vessel Seabed Constructor, leased by exploration firm Ocean Infinity, has set off from South Africa for the Indian Ocean with the aim of arriving in the search zone by mid-January, a source familiar with the matter said.

It is hoped by this time the Malaysian government and Ocean Infinity will have finalised a deal for the hunt to resume.

Malaysias Deputy Transport Minister Aziz Kaprawi said negotiations for the firm to restart the hunt on a no find, no fee basis were in the final stages.

They (Ocean Infinity) know we are very serious in taking their offer, he told AFP.

A spokesman for the company added: The company are awaiting final contract award before the search recommences.

Ocean Infinity was one of three companies which had bid to resume the hunt.

The source, who declined to be identified, said that the firm had decided to send the Seabed Constructor, a Norwegian research vessel, to the southern Indian Ocean so that it was ready to start searching in a window of good weather expected in January and February.

The vessel is carrying several autonomous submarines which can be launched from the boat to scour the seabed for fragments of the jet.

Australias national science body CSIRO released a report in April suggesting the doomed plane was most likely north of the former search zone in a...


Mystery boom shakes Michigan village blamed on 'frost quake' "IndyWatch Feed National"

Most days, the Ionia County community of Pewamo is a about as peaceful as it gets. You may hear the rumble of the occasional semi-truck rolling through the village. Otherwise it's pretty quiet. That was not the case about 4 p.m. New Year's Day. "We just heard what sounded like an explosion ... It shook the entire house," Bethanie Kramer, who lives outside of the village. "It was not subtle at all. It was 'boom!'" Kramer wasn't alone. Post after post on the "wassup IONIA?" Facebook page described reactions to the event from all over northeast Ionia County. "Carson City, down to Westphalia, Lyons, Muir - they all heard it," Kramer said. Ionia County 911 received four or five calls about the boom, but no reports of injuries or damage. So far, there are no definitive answers as to what caused it. Speculation ranged from someone playing with dynamite to an earthquake to an attack by North Korea. One possible explanation that seems to make the most sense has to do with the cold weather that has gripped West Michigan. The sound could have come from a phenomenon known as a frost quake.


FACT CHECK: How Much Funding Does the U.S. Give Palestinians and What Would Happen if Trump Cuts It "IndyWatch Feed National"

The UN agency for Palestinian refugees has combated calls to shut down for some time, but Trump and Haleys latest threats to slash funding is the most serious threat to Palestinians yet

Amir Tibon (Washington) Jan 03, 2018 9:02 AM

A Palestinian boy carries food aid provided by the UNRWA (United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees) at a warehouse in Gaza City, 2010.

A Palestinian boy carries food aid provided by the UNRWA (United Nations Relief Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees) at a warehouse in Gaza City, 2010. AFP

WASHINGTON The Trump administration threatened to cut U.S. funding to the Palestinians on Tuesday amid the crisis in the peace process following U.S. President Donald Trumps speech recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Both the president and U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley made such threats, though with slightly different messaging.

Haley, speaking at a press conference in New York, answered a question about American funding to UNRWA, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees. The agency is responsible for supporting millions of Palestinian refugees and their descendants in Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria. It supports more than five million people in the region, with the United States as its largest sponsor for years.

Trump, addressing the issue of Palestinian aid in a tweet, didnt mention UNRWA but rather spoke generally about funding to the Palestinians, saying that the United States gives them hundreds of millions of dollars but gets no respect. He also tied the funding to the Palestinians willingness to engage in American-led peace talks with Israel. The Palestinian Authority has declared its refusal to work with the Trump administration in light of its decision recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, but expressed willingness to negotiate under the mediation of other international players such as Russia and the European Union.

How much U.S funding goes to the Palestinians, and where does it go?

All of this raises the following question how much funding does the United States in fact give the Palestinians, and if it were cut, what would be the consequences?

With regards to UNRWA, the United States is indeed the most prominent donor to the organization. In 2016, according to UNRWAs donor charts, the United States gave $152 million directly to the agency, and contributed anothe...


Culture Guide January 1 7: Warm Ties, AquaSonic + 52 Artists/52 Actions "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Trees are much more than the lungs of the world (commentary) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

There are two important answers to the question why do we need more trees in farmland? One is global and one is local. Globally, trees are often recognized as the lungs of the world because they exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide with the atmosphere. However, this is an understatement. If we think in these terms, trees are also the kidneys of the world as they regulate the flow and use of water by intercepting rain and releasing it slowly to the ground where it can either run off into rivers, or enter the groundwater. Plants can then absorb it for use in photosynthesis. This absorbed water is then transpired back to the atmosphere and blown on the wind until it falls as rain somewhere else. Cacao under mixed species forest shade, including Irvingia gabonensis (African mango) in Cameroon. Photo courtesy of Roger Leakey. Thus, trees are also like the skin of the world, being the interface between the vegetation and the atmosphere for the exchange of gases and water. Similarly, trees are like the intestines of the world exchanging nutrients between the soil and the vegetation, fueling the nutrient and carbon cycle. Finally, they are like the heart of the world, as they drive the ecosystems that make the world healthy and function properly. They do this by providing a very large number of niches for other organisms to inhabit, both above and below ground. Recent evidence has reported 2.3 million organisms on a single tree mostly microbes


Mother Discovers That Claires Makeup Contains Asbestos "IndyWatch Feed National"

30-year-old mother Kristi Warner from Long Island recently tested a makeup kit that her 6-year-old daughter recently received as a gift and found that it contained Asbestos, the dangerous substance that has been banned from most products and building materials because it causes serious respiratory problems and even death in severe cases. The makeup kit was purchased from the popular store Claires, which has locations in malls across the country.

Warner thought that it was strange that the package did not contain any ingredients so she had a sample sent to a lab for testing. When she discovered that the sample was tainted with asbestos, she sent 17 products from the store to be tested as well and found that all 17 additional samples tested positive for asbestos.

Warner said that she was horrified when she got the results, I physically sank, I ended up sitting on the ground, just trying to wrap my head around how something like that could end up in our home, she said.

Her response was, Am I going to die? Theres no right answer to that because I dont want to lie to her, she added.

Warner went to the local news with her findings and the following report resulted in Claires pulling all of the products in question from their stores.

However, the public was not happy with the response, saying that this type of thing should have been tested for in advance.


Old landscape "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

You might've noticed I've returned to keeping a sketchbook diary

It was interesting that when I grabbed an old sketchbook, I was surprised to see recognise a landscape on the pages.

It's an old quarry site opposite Pindari. You can recognise the S-curved track on the hill.


Julia Gillard's proxy responds to BLEWITT's telephone call data showing his calls to GILLARD's home "IndyWatch Feed National"

Last Friday we published a sample of telephone calls made from Ralph Blewitt's home phone to Julia Gillard's home phone around the time of the Kerr Street purchase. Ms Gillard and her team must have been on holidays until today, it's taken them quite a while to emerge from the...


Federal man injured in tractor roll-over "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

NSW paramedics stabilised the man before he was taken by chopper to Queensland. (supplied)F

A 60-year-old Federal man who was airlifted to the Gold Coast University Hospital after being discovered pinned under a tractor is reportedly in a stable condition.

The man received hip injuries after rolling his tractor, and was trapped for some time before a neighbour heard his cries for help around midday.

NSW paramedics stabilised the man before he was taken onboard the helicopter for the trip to the Gold Coast about 2pm.




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Circus Arts Byron Bay Is The Place To Be During School Holidays "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Circus Arts Byron Bay is the place to be during school holidays! Offering a comprehensive timetable of activities during both the QLD and NSW school holidays including full and half day circus programs, flying trapeze, free balloon twisting workshops, indoor climbing and a kids play space.

Flying Trapeze
Flying trapeze classes for all levels of ability. Ages 5 and over.

Kids Program
An action packed day of circus & flying fun! Ages 5-15 years.

Teens Program
The perfect boredom buster for risk taking teens! Ages 12-16 years.

Climbing Wall
Byrons only indoor climbing wall for all levels of ability. Ages 4 and over.

Kinder Circus
A fun introduction to circus for the little ones. Ages 1-4 years.

Play Space
The perfect place to let the kids burn off energy while you relax! 1-10 years.

Circus Arts is Australias leading provider of flying trapeze, circus classes and
adventure experiences for families and people of all ages and abilities. Learn more about their School Holiday program in Byron Bay, visit their website

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King tides causing road flooding: Ballina "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Water is over several roads in Ballina due to king tides. Photo supplied.

King tides are causing flooding on some local roads around Ballina and are expected to ease over the next two days.

A king tide occurs when there is an alignment of the gravitational pull between the sun and the moon causing the highest tide level.

Where possible, motorists, motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists should avoid affected roadways. Motorists are also reminded that saltwater can cause damage to vehicles and body work said Ballina Shire Council in a recent alert.

Roads likely to be affected by king tides and saltwater flooding include:

Tamar Street, Ballina

Riverside Drive, West Ballina

River Street, West Ballina

Burns Point Ferry Road, West Ballina

North Creek Road, North Ballina

Uralba Road, Uralba

Old Bangalow Road, Tintenbar

Tamarind Dr, Cumbalum

 For road information visit My Road Info or telephone Ballina Shire Council on 1300 864 444.

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PERTH Duo to face court over alleged Forrestfield sling shot attacks "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Duo to face court over alleged Forrestfield sling shot attacks .

January 03, 2018 at 01:45PM .

The matter is listed for mention in the Perth Magistrates court on January 17. Charles Edward Richard Ducker was arrested and charged by Forrestfield Police on November 14, 2017. Police allege he used a sling shot to shoot projectiles at cars, houses and business windows. He has been charged with .


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10 Real Resolutions "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Earlier today I shared a few resolutions on instagram; a list of ten things that I want to practise this year inspired by Organic Cares #realresolutions campaign.

Instead of writing down lofty plans for big changes, I created a series of small, mindful steps a list of intentions that I plan to carry with me each and every day. Some of these things I already do, others are new to the list. If youre keen to follow along, may these ideas and links be the inspiration youre looking for:

  • Ditch the takeaway coffee cups and use a keepcup (Ive got a plastic one because I broke three glass onesthats what happens when you juggle coffee and a baby).
  • Reduce single-use plastic and invest in stainless steel containers, stainless steel straws and beeswax wrap. Ive been adding to my reusable collection over the past few weeks and I can vouch for these straws and this beeswax wrap. Ive been using Lunchbots lunchboxes for five years and I highly recommend them for daily outings and school lunches.
  • Meal plan it will take you 15minutes every week and will significantly reduce your grocery bill and your food waste. Ive chatted about meal planning here and here. This year Ill be consulting my cookbooks more regularly so we can
  • Eat more plant-based meals. I serve vegetables and/or salad with every meal but I really want to embrace more vegetarian dinners and use more legumes.
  • Carry canvas bags everywhere so you dont need to resort to plastic. I recently invested in these produce bags so when Im at the supermarket I dont have to buy plastic-wrapped fruit or veg. I also have a few of these and one insul...
  • ...


Solar Minimum The Fastest Decline in almost 10,000 Years "IndyWatch Feed National"


QUESTION: Hi Marty !

Happy new year! Not written in a while, but wanted to ask a private question related to the forthcoming cold period.

a) How long will it last? (It will start now and go into 2024 when does Socrates say it will start to reverse and when will temperatures be back to where they are now ?)

b) How far south does someone have to go who is allergic to cold anyway? Is it best to keep away from volcanic islands?

c) Is it in your view a minor cold blip or OMG were all going to freeze to death and run out of food ?

Just so I know the prognosis. It would be helpful if you could ask Socrates the relevant questions as I think there are a number of folks who would nt mind knowing the answers to these types of questions privately !!!

Trust all is well with you.

ANSWER: Socrates was projecting that the peak on this cycle aligned with the ECM 2015.75. This is a Longitudinal Cycle, not Transverse. That means peak to bottom varies. This wave should be a 13-year decline from 2015 making it 2028 at best. The outside projection calls for a 17-year decline and that lines up with the peak in the ECM...


Universal Basic Income Insanity or Rational? "IndyWatch Feed National"

QUESTION: What is your opinion of Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg idea of universal income?

ANSWER: The idea of free money being touted by Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg only demonstrates that they know nothing about humanity or economics. They see universal free money as a cushion for workers whose jobs might be replaced by automation or robots. They argue that free money could provide workers with the flexibility to retrain for a new career, pursue creative interests, or start their own business.

If we are talking about a temporary benefit during a retraining period, then that is an entirely different idea from a universal basic income guarantee. You can drive down the streets in New Jersey and you see hand-made signs posted that they pay cash for diabetes medical material handed out free by the government. They also sell food stamps. You cannot change humanity. Some people will obey the rules and others will circumvent them.

The last thing you want to do in society is provide to the population some sort of guaranteed income where people can stay home and do nothing. This will foster the same hatred of anyone who works and has more than they do and it will promote hatred and class warfare.

When the automobile was invented, that displaced people who were carpenters making wagons. When the Dust Bow hit during the Great Depression, it added to the displacement of farmers. The tractors replaced people tilling the soil just as the cotton gin replaced slave labor in the South. Technology will always replace wo...


Certified Measurement & Verification Professional- Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Energy Efficiency Council is the only Australian provider of the Efficiency Valuation Organization's 'Certified Measurement & Verification Professional' training and exams, delivered in partnership with the US Association of Energy Engineers (AEE).



Wednesday becomes an almost blog free day! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

AS I noted yesterday, I am no longer going to publish a detailed blog each Wednesday. I will cover the major Wednesday data releases (for example, Australian National Accounts) when they come out or if I have a surfeit of research material that I want to put out (like a multi-part blog series that needs daily exposure for continuity). I am going to spend the time that I would have used to write the Wednesday blog on developing the MMT University from concept into reality as well as other writing projects I want to advance. This is what I am listening to as I work today .

This song Bird On The Wing is from the 1987 album (Track 6) Tomorrow by Hugh Masekela.

I first bought this album when it came out and played it a lot. It was recorded while Masekela was in exile from the apartheid regime.

The album has songs about the imprisoned Nelson Mandela and lots of rhythms from the townships (Soweto) interlaced with straight jazz patterns.

This song is my favourite on the album from a number of close favourites. The use of the volume control pedal at the intro captures you from the start.

Masakela is a pretty solid player and a pretty solid guy if you trace his background.

As as the Album name suggests my regular blog will return tomorrow.

The blog publication in 2018 pattern will be:

1. Monday and Tuesday regular blog.

2. Wednesdays snippets to nothing.

3. Thursday regular blog.

4. Friday Weekend quiz.

5. Weekend Quiz answers and analysis.

Recent books:

1. Eurozone Dystopia: Groupthink and Denial on a Grand Scale (Edward Elgar, August 2015).

2. Reclaiming the State: A Progressive Vision of Sovereignty for a Post-Neoliberal World (Pluto Books, September 2017).

Next events:

I will be in Europe in February and early March and a big event is being planned in Barcelona. There will also be events in Finland. Other cities are possible but discussions are still in train. More details will be available soon.

I will also be appearing at an event for the International Bookshop in Melbourne (Australia) on February 16, 2018. It will be a later afternoon/early evening presentation around the options that our book Reclaiming the State presents to progressive movements and political parties.

That is enou...


The perjury case against GILLARD "IndyWatch Feed National"

Victoria Police's "Operation Tendement" investigation file includes a copy of this 13 October 2012 article written by Mark Baker and published in The Age. Mark Baker's source for that article was former Slater and Gordon partner Nick Styant Browne. Nick Styant Browne has confirmed to me that the factual...


The Unknown Hominids: Breaking the Rules-Seven and a Half Reasons why "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Unknown Hominids: Breaking the Rules-Seven and a Half Reasons why

By Steven & Evan Strong

The rules and mandatory requirements when writing any scientific paper are very clear and may never be breached. First up, present it in a way that is distinctly public ineligible," so that after two paragraphs only those fully conversant with the jargon, dry matter-of-fact approach and endless combinations of capital letters that stand for all manner of avenues, will persist. Most importantly, no brave conclusions or fascinating left of centre possibilities are to be aired. Everything has to be couched around reporting and either proposing options without preference or championing this evidence as confirming what is already assumed to be rock-solid facts. The mantra is steady as she goes" and wait until all the evidence is in, then fashion what is accumulated into something comfortable that doesn"t rock the boat."

Never, under any circumstances, should the information be reported upon as it comes in somewhat like an evolving series of blow by blow accounts. And in compounding this deviation from the norm, no possible verdict should be passed until all the laboratory analysis is compiled. That is exactly how our reports are being presented, here we are three articles in and we still haven"t got the genetic information back to prove whether these beings are unique or unusual mutations and merely odd extensions of a pre-existing branch of hominin. Any sensible scientist would wait for the numbers and chemicals to roll in then hedge their bets each way. Our approach is to bet on a win for a new species of Earthly or Off-World ancestry well before the laboratory has passed judgement.

Our Deepest Thanks Sanja Korlaet

The only problem we faced in putting together a third report before the results are received was finding a coherent structure, rather than throwing in series of extensions and additions lacking in a connecting theme to what we have already discussed. Whether providential or coincidental, as I was mulling over a few rather dry and disjointed ways of putting together what had since been learnt or understood, I received a very thoughtful response on these bones in an email written by Sanja. We have never met or corresponded before, in...


Why You Should Stop Romanticising Poverty "IndyWatch Feed National"

It was 12:30am and I was keeled over the toilet of an airborne plane, throwing up the half-digested Red Rooster chips Id forced myself to eat just an hour earlier. I wasnt just feeling physically sick; I was plagued with enough self-doubt to seriously contemplate if I was also mentally sick. What the actual fuck did you get yourself into, Madi? I mindlessly traced the patterns on the cubicle walls with shaking fingers, too busy having a meltdown to realise how gross and inconsiderate it was to hug an airplane toilet for an immeasurable amount of time. Oh well.

So there I was, an 18-year-old white girl on a flight to Kenya where I would volunteer for the next three months. It sounds questionable, Im aware. With the commercial exploitation within voluntourism coming to light, it was more important than ever for a wannabe-volunteer like myself to recognise that there was a right and wrong way to go about volunteering. But I wasnt pursuing this endeavour to fulfil a well-intentioned ego trip of being a white saviour. Id carefully chosen a small grassroots organisation that was run by the locals for the locals. I wasnt foolish in thinking I was going to save anyone. What I wanted was to not be so nave anymore; I wanted to understand a world outside of my own.

Going into this, I hadnt the slightest idea what Kenya would be like, or the impoverished people I would be working with. I had never heard nor participated in a conversation about Kenyan culture before. And while I did my best to research in advance, the internet was woefully inadequate. So when friends, family, and strangers alike threw their opinions around, I had no authority to dispute them.

Their whirlwind of advice and judgments were made up out of combination of what news theyd read, what TV theyd watched, and what recounts theyd heard from a friends friend: all sources of which werent necessarily realistic, balanced or objective. Nonetheless, all we had were misconceptions.

One in particular stood out as particularly illogical:

I reckon those poor people are actually a lot happier than us, theyd contemplate. Simplicity is peaceful. Money often comes at the price of our day-to-day wellbeing.

As if the mental health of an office burn-out and the impoverished is a fair and justified comparison. This isnt to say that the weight of deadlines, a...


Sunshine Cycles owner prepared to chain himself to business container "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Sunshine Cycles founder Luke Young in Byron Bay. Photo Jeff Dawson.

Electric-bike hire business owner Luke Young was originally given four weeks notice to remove the container he operated his business, Sunshine Cycles, out of then just prior to Christmas received a letter from council saying that they will forcefully remove us, said Mr Young.

Mr Young was planning to spend Christmas day chained to the top of his business if council tried to remove the container.

However, the human chaining event was averted by the intervention of lawyers on behalf of Mr Young, who have pointed out to Council the tenancy rights of Sunshine Cycles at that location.

The Council have now said they wont do anything until January 17, Mr Young said.

With the possibility of moving to a site near Elements of Byron resort, Sunshine Cycles submitted a development application (DA) to Council on December 28. However, staff have told Mr Young that it could be several months before the DA is processed.

Acting general manager Mr Arnold told The Echo, Byron Shire Council has worked openly and transparently with the owner of Sunshine Cycles, Luke Young, since August 2016, when he approached Council asking, as a show of support for startup businesses, to be given permission to operate from a relocatable pod at the First Sun Caravan Park in Byron Bays town centre.

An external agency subsequently raised concerns that the site Mr Young occupies had not been offered competitively.

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A call for designated vanpacking areas "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Vanpacker Duncan Campbell. Photo supplied.

Vanpackers should be welcomed into the Shire and given designated parking areas, rather than being ostracised for the actions of a small minority, a veteran van man says.

Duncan Campbell says vanpackers have been unfairly tarred with the same brush following the grisly discovery of human faeces at an unofficial campsite in the centre of Byron Bay.

Some residents and business owners have accused the van travellers of invading the car park next to Railway Park and say the campers are not only taking up local parking spots, but have turned the site into a toilet and a garbage dump, 

Unfairly maligned

But Mr Campbell, who claims to be a vanpacking veteran of more than ten years, says the campers are being unfairly maligned. 

It is a problem, yes, but not a problem thats exclusive to vanpackers, Mr Campbell says. You are just as likely to see someone whos been out partying all night doing their business on the street as theyre stumbling home to their hotel.

Basically, at this time of year you have ten per cent of people who visit the Shire who make a mess no matter what kind of accommodation theyre in.

Mr Campbell believes that the vanpackers have been forced to camp in the railway carpark because there is nowhere else for them to go. 

I dont think most of them want to be there; its not a very nice area, but thats what happens when you give people no other choice.

He says instead of directing hatred towards those camping in vans, the Shire should embrace them.

The first thing is to stop seeing them as the enemy and giving them fines or trying to force them out, he says.

Designated vanpacking sites

He also believes designated vanpacking areas should be set aside where vans can park legally for a number of nights and access basic amenities such as toilets and showers.



West Australian Police Fight Fire With World Class Racism "IndyWatch Feed National"

UPDATE: A police response is printed below. WAPOL have deleted the tweet but denied it was targetted specifically at Aboriginal people. Weve sent a third email to Police Media asking exactly who WAPOL have described as animals.

On New Years Day, Shark Bay Police in the Gascoyne region of Western Australian made a shocking discovery. On a beach somewhere, someone had lit a campfire. Yes, a campfire!

Serious criminal offences, like campfires and jaywalking, obviously require serious, unequivocal responses from authorities on their Twitter accounts and why not throw in some racism, just to make sure the message isnt missed. Along with some bad spelling.



As evidence goes, there doesnt appear to be any that Aboriginal people clearly the intended target of the tweet  lit the campfire. But a lack of evidence has never stopped WA Police in the past. As for the #animals part comment below on your thoughts. And add the hashtag #wapoliceracism and lets see if we cant make that sting a little bit.

Meanwhile, heres some pictures from the festive season in Melbourne, where Aboriginal people trashed St Kilda Beach oh wait, sorry, non Aboriginal people.

St-Kilda-beach-trashed-2 St-Kilda-beach-trashed

New Matilda has sent an email to WA Police media, and were awaiting a reply. In the meantime, might be worth remembering that WA Police have helped create the highest Indigenous jailing rate on earth literally on earth with a jailing rate of black males that is more than eight times greater than the jailing rate of black males in South Africa in the dying days of the Apartheid era.

UPDATE: WA Police have responded claiming the tweet wasnt about Aboriginal people. See their response below.

The original post on Twitter by Shark Bay Police was targeted at a very specific group of people, known to be publicly associated with environmental matters, and with no links to the indigenous community. There are specific references to that group that they would be aware of. The beach bonfire occurs each New Years Eve, to the frustrat...


clioquinol, an antibiotic "IndyWatch Feed National"

When a Medical Cure Makes Things Much, Much Worse
In 1960s Japan, a bizarre outbreak of hairy green tongues failed to set off alarms around the world

(Visual by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images)
By Jeanne Lenzer, Undark Magazine
JANUARY 2, 2018 11:10AM
Keiko Yamaguchis troubles began with diarrhea. After a few weeks, her toes went numb. The numbness and weakness crept up her legs, to her hips, and her vision began to fail. That was in early 1967. By the end of 1968, Yamaguchi, just 22 years old, was blind and paralyzed from the waist down.
She was one of more than 11,000 people in Japan, (with reported cases also occurring in Great Britain, Sweden, Mexico, India, Australia, and several other nations) who were struck by a mysterious epidemic between 1955 and 1970. The outbreak was concentrated in Japan where an estimated 900 died of the disease, which doctors eventually named SMON, for subacute myelo-optic neuropathymyelo from the Greek word referring to the spinal cord; optic referring to vision; and neuropathy indicating a disease of the nerves.
The illness usually started with bouts of diarrhea and vomiting. Some patients, like Yamaguchi, became paralyzed and blind. (My efforts to track her down have been unsuccessful.) An uncertain number developed green hairy tongue: Their tongues sprouted what looked like tiny green hairs. Some of the afflicted developed green urine. Family members, too, came down with the disease, as did....


Media Lead Beat-Up Of Homeless, Bad Government Policy Follows "IndyWatch Feed National"

A year after a media storm over homelessness in Melbourne, the city is finally starting to see what bad government policy sparked by sensationalism looks like, reports JessieAnne Gartlan.

Back in February last year, the City of Melbourne decided to target homeless people by redefining the term camping in local by-laws. It led to what was effectively a ban on sleeping rough in the city.

The protests were immediate and sometimes violent, and attracted criticism from the public and the media alike.

News headlines used hard-line phrases, language that often hinted at violence, and people in positions of influence made statements that rough sleepers werent as badly off as the general public may think.

Melbournes rough sleepers are pretending to be homeless: Victorias top cop Graham Ashton The Age, January 2017.

Flinders Street homeless: violent confrontations as police clear rough sleepers in Melbourne ABC, February 2017.

The media headlines followed a similar theme after the new by-laws were announced:

City of Melbourne to remove groups of homeless people amid crackdown on beggars ABC, September 2017.

Melbourne moves to clean up homeless September, 2017.

The by-laws gave increased powers to police, on the instruction of council officers, to remove personal belongings deemed to be obstructing the enjoyment of public space, and then dispose of them. This includes camping equipment beyond a sleeping bag and pillow, and any furniture.

Police can also break up groups deemed to be too large, which are considered to be camps, loosely defined as four or more people. The phrasing used is as follows: homeless people will be strongly discour...


Beware the Flupocalypse, sugar alternatives, eye health, #MeToo jumps the shark, Dr. Rashid Buttar, Advanced Medicine Tuesday, finding purpose, aluminum activism, staph cures, Morgellons and Crohns disease and MORE! "IndyWatch Feed National"

January 2, 7-9PM ET

Tuesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:

Is The Flupocalypse Is Upon Us?

Flu outbreak already reported in 36 states, CDC says As many as 36 states across the U.S. have reported widespread influenza activity already, but epidemiologists say it is too soon to say how bad the flu season will be this year. The early start of the outbreaks, which usually see a peak in February, is attributed to the low efficacy of the vaccine and possibly the cold temperatures gripping much of the country. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the strain H3N2 is responsible for the majority of the deadliest cases reported this season.

Questions of The Day!


Help me, help me! I am looking for a real man of science to answer my question and clear my mind. Here we go- I am type II diabetic, would it be better for me to use an unrefined sugar such as Sugar in the Raw or maybe a coconut sugar instead of choosing one of the 169 different forms of rat poison to sweeten my coffee? No matter what I read, someone has a different opinion. Tanking you in advance for bringing me to the light.



Are you aware of any probiotic eye drops to restore the flora of the eye surface after topical antibiotics? My 4 year old scratched his eye and the ER doctor prescribed erythromycin. This is the first antibiotic he has ever received(homebirth ;). Also, do you know if any alternatives to antibiotics for the eye? Maybe silver? I checked the package and it states no internal use for the silver gel and no external use for the liquid spray. But maybe theres an exception for the eyes?? This is for future reference as I am already using the antibiotic now. I have two boys and they are ROUGH. This will not likely be the last eye injury. Thank you for your time and Happy New Year!



How many times per day would you...


Locals opposing Butler St bus terminal "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Conceptual plans of a Butler Street interchange includes a cafe and a plaza. Byron Shire councillors will meet Thursday to thrash out how to move forward. Image Byron Bay Bus lnterchange memo.

Paul Jones

The Butler Street Community Network strongly opposes the proposed Byron Shire Council acquisition of the Crown lands, Butler Street Recreation Reserve and its intended development as a bus terminal, 24-hour carpark and central business district (CBD) expansion zone.

Only green space

The Butler Street reserve is the only open green recreation space on the western side of the railway tracks in our township. It is bordered by ever increasing residential density and acts both as a wildlife corridor and buffer to the Cumbebin Swamp Nature Reserve.

Developing this green open space as a highrise  transport infrastructure removes forever this amenity for our residential community and natural environment.

Excuses that the Butler Street Reserve is just a hot dustbowl merely highlight the neglect the Crown Reserve Trustees, Byron Shire Council, has shown the reserve over the years, despite many years of lucrative leasing of the reserve for the Byron market and other activities.

Special place

The reserve holds a special place for our Bundjalung community; it has been mapped and the stories have been recorded as central to their marriage ceremonial space. Nobody has consulted the Bundjalung community in this respect. In fact the Byron Shire Council has not consulted a single resident of our community with regard to the acquisition of the reserve and its development as a bus terminal.

The proposed bus terminal, car park and CBD development are totally inconsistent with the Plan of Management (POM ) in force and prepared for the reserve in 2002.

The POM acknowledges the limited open space passive recreation areas available in Byron Bay and the high value the community places on this contrib...


Police call for witnesses to Nimbin assault "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A man was flown for treatment at a Gold Coast hospital after a violent assault in Nimbin on 1 January around 12.10am.

Police said the incident took place on the western side of Cullen Street at a location known as The Blister, a one-metre high rock wall.

Two men had started arguing and punches were thrown. One of the men suffered a head injury and lost consciousness.

The Westpac Rescue Helicopter transferred the man to Gold Coast University Hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, at 7.40am on 2 January, police arrested a 35-year-old Nimbin man.

He was charged with Assault Occasioning Actual Bodily Harm and Affray.

He was released on conditional bail and will appear in Lismore Local Court later this month.

Police believe this incident was witnessed by several people who may be able to greatly assist the investigation.




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Its time to plan the urban forest: Lets grow trees "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Royal Poinciana Delonix regia blooms. Photo Mary Gardner.

In our town, from December to January, each Royal Poinciana Delonix regia blooms. The magnificent red flowers cascade over the soft green leaves.

In the shade under these lush tropical canopies, I pause and marvel. How are such gorgeous trees parts of our urban forest? What makes a number of trees a forest? What is its function and has it any future?

Global interest saved the species

Poinciana are now main features of treescapes throughout the urban tropics and subtropics.

From the 19th century, the trees were planted along important streets in places such as Hawaii and India. Such global interest saved the species, which is now almost extinct in its country of origin, the impoverished Madagascar.

In Bangalore, Poinciana were the answer to urban forest planning. The goal was to line the streets and fill the parks with trees that all blossomed throughout the different seasons. The Poinciana dominate the cityscape in summer from April through June. Then as they grow their long dark seed pods, other trees blossom in their turn.

The urban forest

When it comes to urban forests, exotic trees are important. Throughout Australia and New Zealand, the plan has been to line the entrance road and the beachfront with Norfolk pines.

Whats left

In many places they are still there: large trees offering shade for people and habitat for wildlife. They also have the unexpected ability to absorb air pollution from all the vehicles burning fossil fuels.

Apart from the exotic Poinciana, Norfolk pines and other imports, what Australian trees make up most of the town forests of Byron Bay? Often seen are paperbarks (Meleuluca species). Bottlebrush (Banksia species). Moreton Bay fig/Australian banyan (...


WikiLeaks Denies Russia As Source In Response To Head Of John Podesta Think Tank "IndyWatch Feed National"


Wikileaks has once again denied that Russia was their source of leaked emails published during the 2016 election. In a Monday reply to Neera Tanden, former Hillary Clinton advisor and President of the Center for American Progress  a liberal think tank founded by John Podesta, the WikiLeaks Task Force tweeted 2. Russia was not @wikileaks source. Deal with it.

While Julian Assange has previously denied Russia as their source, this is the first explicit admission by the organization in print regarding Kremlin involvement in leaked emails published during the 2016 US presidential election.

HANNITY: Can you say to the American people, unequivocally, that you did not get this information about the DNC, John Podestas emails, can you tell the American people 1,000 percent that you did not get it from Russia or anybody associated with Russia?

JULIAN ASSANGE: Yes. We can say...


First total lunar eclipse on January 31st "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Wednesday, January 31, 2018, the first total lunar eclipse in more than two years graces the skies above North America. But unlike the previous one, this eclipse is positioned perfectly for the West Coast and Pacific Rim, while the East Coast and the Atlantic Regions will see little, if any, of the show. The eclipse occurs in the morning for western North America and the near Pacific. For the East Coast, the Moon sets before totality arrives, so the best you'll see from, say, Pittsburgh, is a partial eclipse. Viewers in the western contiguous United States (roughly west of a line drawn from Grand Forks, North Dakota, to El Paso, Texas) will have good views of most of the action, with the Moon setting at the end of or soon after totality. The farther west/northwest the viewer, the better the event. Los Angeles sees the end of totality in a brightening sky; the Moon sets before the second partial stage is complete. More northwesterly Seattle sees almost the entire eclipse, missing only the subtle end stage. Honolulu and Anchorage see every stage in an enjoyably dark sky. Alaska, Yukon, most of British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, parts of Nunavut, and Hawai'i see the eclipse from start to finish. Totality falls on the evening of January 31st for eastern Asia and the far Pacific. China, Mongolia, Japan, Korea, Russia, New Zealand, the Philippines, and most of Indonesia and Australia will see the eclipse in its entirety. (Perth, you miss the opening minutes of the event, but this is no big deal as the subtle shadow in the early stages of a total eclipse isn't visible to the naked eye.)


Local GP Michael Pelmore retires "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A not so recent photo of Drs Deborah Tattersal, Ian Kingston, Giles Taylor, Michael Pelmore (AKA Dr Maxwell Pelican) and Peter Bowles. Centre stage is Maxwell Pelican, a statue that accompanied Dr Pelmore when he performed for local primary schools. Photo supplied.

Retiring from medical practice he may be, but well-known local doctor and musician Michael Pelmore still has much to do.

Having discovered the northern rivers as part of the counterculture in 1974, it wasnt long before he left England and set up home in Mullumbimby.

Michael arrived with his family, April and baby son, in 1976 and joined Dr David Miller in practice at the old town clerks office in Mullumbimby. When David left and moved north in 1980, Michael was joined by his old mate Dr Giles Taylor with whom he trained in London. They had lived at Meadows Road, Vauxhall, and gave the name of that road to the Meadows Medical Centre.

As a key part of the local medical community since his arrival, Michael also worked at the Mullumbimby District Hospital doing inpatient, anaesthetics, obstetrics and  emergency work. He delivered about 800 babies.

My first babies I delivered are now 41 years old. he smiled. I suddenly realised how long I had been here when I was teaching a medical student and a patient came in with her young daughter and said to him Dr Pelmore delivered my husband.

For 41 years Michael has provided continuous medical service to the local community, only finishing his hospital work when the Mullumbimby Hospital closed. He was also chair of MHAG, the group responsible for securing  the Mullumbimby Hospital site to remain in community hands.

Awarded OAM

In 2014, Michael was awarded an OAM (Order of Australia Medal) for services to the community and medicine.

These services included MC work for fundraising nights, musical concerts and performing original songs in the primary sch...


Kempsey man arrested after Casino attack "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A Kempsey man will appear in Casino Local Court later this month after allegedly threatening to burn down a persons house and chasing them up the street with a golf club.

Police allege the 31-year-old Kempsey man was told to leave a property in Oak Avenue, Casino, after making sexual comments to a juvenile.

The man left but returned a short time later with a metal pole, making racist comments to the property owner and damaging a car.

The incident happened at 4pm on 31 December. At 12.30am, the man returned to the property armed with a golf club and chased the property owner down the street, making threats to burn the house down.

Casino police were called and arrested the man.

The 31-year-old was charged with Two counts of Intimidation, Assault, Destroy Property, and two counts of Armed With Intent. He was released on conditional bail and will appear at Casino Local Court later this month.

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A warning of West Byrons massive traffic and environmental impacts "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Get in to have your say again on the West Byron proposal. Even the traffic consultants admit there are no plans to alleviate the existing traffic problems.

Dailan Pugh

Byron Shire Council has given you the Christmas holidays to comment on the developers grandiose proposals for more than 1,000 houses and a shopping centre at West Byron, and another 16,000 cars a day choking Ewingsdale Road.

The local landholders Development Application (DA) for the bulk of the site is on exhibition until February 7, and the Villaworld DA has been re-exhibited until February 21 (these are hidden on Councils website under the guise of various properties). Most of the West Byron industrial zone is not included and will probably be combined with the old Sunnybrand site into another mega DA in the near future.

The two exhibited DAs propose to create 659 residential lots from as small as 205m2 up to 3,386m2.

Within the Low Density Residential areas, both DAs are proposing numerous superlots which, contrary to the rules, are intended for future subdivision into medium-density housing or flats.

Minimum lot sizes have been flouted in the low-density zone with house lots down to 380m2 (450m2 minimum size), and duplex lots down to 525m2 (600m2 minimum size).

When subdivision rules are applied to the proposed lots it is apparent the proposals will result in more than 1,000 dwellings (without accounting for secondary dwellings). Ewingsdale Road is the main route into Byron Bay and is increasingly suffering congestion in peak periods.

Traffic increase

Traffic is now in excess of 20,000 vehicle trips per day in the off season.

The developers are now admitting that their development will result in more than 14,000 daily vehicle trips, though I estimate it will add more than 16,000 vehicle trips per day onto Ewingsdale Road....


Clear Urine: What Does It Mean and Is It a Reason for Concern? "IndyWatch Feed National"

Clear urine with a tint of yellow color is usually a sign of healthy urine and that you are well-hydrated. Most people would assume that urine that is completely clear with no color at all would be a good thing. So, you might be surprised to learn that clear, colorless urine can sometimes be a symptom of certain health issues. In fact, completely clear urine could indicate that your body is missing important electrolytes.

Urine can be any color from a very pale light color to dark yellow that has a distinct smell. In most cases, drinking more fluids helps to make your pee a lighter, straw-like shade of yellow. However, if your pee has no color at all and is clear or transparent, it could be a sign that you are drinking too much water. If your body is lacking water or you have a urinary infection, you will notice that your pee is a darker color. Of course, some foods can also change the color of your urine.

In this article, you will find out what it means if you pass completely clear urine. I will also answer many questions related to the color of your urine and when to see a doctor. For example, what does it mean if your urine is not clear but foamy? What could be the reasons for a strong smell from your pee?

Clear Urine vs. Yellow Urine: What does it Mean?

There is a lot that the color of your urine can tell about your health. According to doctors from the Mayo Clinic, urochrome is a pigment that is responsible for making your pee a yellow color. The amount of fluid you drink will usually determine the concentration of urochrome in your pee. This turns normal urine any shade of color from clear pale yellow to dark amber.1

Chief urologist at the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute Dr. Bradley Gill says that urochrome (or urobilin) is metabolized from bile. This is filtered through the kidneys and then excreted from the body when you urinate. Factors like drinking lots of water, using diuretics, diabetes, or consuming certain foods and multivitamins that are pigmented, can cause urine to turn from a clear pale color to a darker amber color.2

The European Journal of Nutrition reports that checking the color of an individuals urine is a way to analyze the amount of their fluid intake. Usually, the clearer a persons urine then the more volume of fluids they are drinking.3

Reasons Why Your Urine is Clear

What does it mean if your urine is clear or transparent? Before looking at the various reasons for clear pee, its important to realize that normal urin...


NORTEC incubators hit the market as original investor shocked at tactics "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Local entrepreneur George Lewin contributed significant funds to NORTECs small-business incubators. NORTEC are now selling them for profit, having evicted small businesses before Christmas. Photo University of Newcastle.

NORTEC has now listed the Byron Bay small-business incubator site for sale through a local real estate as a very rare opportunity to purchase a substantial holding in an area of low vacancy and high demand.

The site is offered as vacant possession that is a commercial gem [is] located in the Byron Bay Arts & Industry Estate and comprises a freestanding building of 14 tenancies on a land area of 1,598sqm.

However, local entrepreneur and self-made millionaire George Lewin is disappointed at the sale of both the Byron and Goonellabah sites and the closure of the Mullumbimby site as he contributed financially towards their development.

In the 2011/12 financial year, I donated $25,000 to the Goonellabah small-business incubator and in years prior to that, I contributed $100,000 to CLIC in Mullumbimby that NORTEC operated as a small-business development site.

I contributed the money because I understood that NORTEC was a not-for-profit, continued Mr Lewin.

I understood that it would be used to support young entrepreneurs. I was one of those in the seventies.

Triton workbench

Mr Lewin invented the Triton workbench and in 1976 appeared on the ABC TV show The Inventors, which launched his invention, and from that point he was able to create a successful business.

It was phenomenal for me and I have a soft spot for inventors, entrepreneurs and young business startups, continued Mr Lewin.

The sale of these sites is very disappointing to me. I was hoping that these incubators would be sustainably run by NORTEC. I put my money in to help them get there in the hope that they would help others get started in their businesses.

NORTEC have listed the property as offered to the market as a vacant possession, meaning all the low-rent tenants are out, said Eco Minerals director Michael Brechbu...


Belongil residents take on Railroad Company "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

Byron Bay railroad Company image of the new carriage for the Byron rail.

Byron Bays new solar train could be stopped in its tracks within six months if a local residents action group wins an upcoming court challenge over an alleged breach of environmental zoning rules.

The Belongil Action Group Association (BAGA), most of whose members live near the trains 3km route, commenced proceedings against the Byron Bay Railroad Company in the Land and Environment Court on December 15.

In addition to launching the action, BAGA sought an immediate injunction against the Railroad Company which, if successful, would have forced the train to stop running just days after its grand opening on December 16.

However, at a hearing on December 20 chief judge Brian Preston dismissed the injunction application, finding that it would have caused injury to the Railroad Company.

Nevertheless, chief judge Preston found that there was a serious question to be tried at a hearing in relation to the matter.

While a two-day hearing is planned in May, the owners of the multimillion-dollar train operation say it will continue to run.

In a statement to The Echo, a spokesperson for the Byron Bay Railroad Company said, We have all relevant approvals and so will fight this claim.

Meanwhile the president of BAGA, John Johnston, said the groups members looked forward to their day in court.

Chief Judge Preston determined in his judgment that there are substantive issues in this matter, [which] should be considered by the court.

He suggested a hearing be expedited, Mr Johnson said.



Lismore man held knife to womans throat: police "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast"

A 31-year-old Lismore man is behind bars after allegedly breaking into his former partners home and holding a knife to her throat when she tried to escape.

Police said the victim woke up on 1 January to find her former partner in her home.

The 31-year-old man refused to leave and blocked the exit with a couch.

Police said the victim had run towards a second doorway to escape.

The 31 year old has grabbed her, causing her head to impact on a wall. He then took a kitchen knife and put his hands on the victims throat while holding the knife to her throat before leaving.

Police have attended another address in Lismore and arrested the 31-year-old.

At Lismore police station he was charged with Assault, Stalking and Enter Dwelling With Intent To Commit a Serious Indictable Offence.

Police bail refused the man and he was later bail refused at Lismore Local Court. He will reappear in Lismore Local Court next week.


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Unvaccinated Australian children are now banned from daycare "IndyWatch Feed National"

Unvaccinated children in Wagga Wagga will not be allowed to enter daycare as part of Australia's draconian "no jab, no play" policies. Australia does not hold the pretense of incrementally removing exemptions but openly wants to ferret out anyone who remains unvaccinated even calling parents "so-called conscientious objectors." Not only are there harsh fines for daycare directors who do not enforce the government's mandatory vaccine regime, but anyone who falsifies a vaccine certification will face penalties as well. Only children with medical exemptions are allowed daycare entry, but those are rarely given. See: Government Agencies ACTUALLY Admit Poisoning By Vaccines In ICD-9 Wagga Wagga (called Wagga) is a major regional city in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia and boasts the highest childhood vaccination rate with one-year-olds having a 95% vaccination rate.


Hope for parents of babies with colic "IndyWatch Feed National"

Giving a probiotic to a breastfed baby with colic can significantly reduce the time they cry, research has found.

The Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (MCRI) study, published in journal Pediatrics, provides some hope to the one in five parents suffering from the impact of a babys unexplained, excessive crying.

In this study we had 345 babies and we found that the probiotic group was twice as likely as the placebo group to experience a 50 per cent reduction in crying over three weeks, said lead author Dr Valerie Sung.

As expected, both groups of babies reduced crying over the three weeks but the reduction in crying time was 13 to 15 minutes greater per day for the probiotic group, said Dr Sung.

All babies cry. But when the baby cries inconsolably for hours on end, they may have what the medical profession calls colic.

In the absence of effective treatments, researchers over the past decade have turned to one particular strain of probiotic, Lactobacillus reduteri (L reuteri).

Studies have shown promise but the results have been conflicting, says Dr Sung.

To confirm if the probiotic works, the MCRI collaborated with 11 other institutions around the world to assess its effectiveness.

Researchers did this by combining raw data from four major double-blind placebo controlled L reuteri trials, from Italy, Poland, Canada and Australia.

The Australian trial showed L reuteri to be ineffective, however when combined with the other three trials, it was clear that L reuteri worked for exclusively breastfed babies.

We did find evidence that L reuteri is effective in breastfed babies with colic. The role of L reuteri in formula-fed babies with colic cannot be determined due to lack of studies, said Dr Sung.

One hypothesis is that the probiotics change the gut microbiota or flora and in doing so reduce inflammation and therefore reduce crying.

While not a magic cure this probiotic could be considered for short-term use after all medical causes for the crying have been excluded, says Dr Sung.

Ultimately the effectiveness of this treatment will need to be assessed on a case by case basis. It is also important to remember that each probiotic strain works differently. L reuteri is the only probiotic strain that may help crying babies who are breastfed.

The study was supported by the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics.

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US downgrading Australia: former deputy PM "IndyWatch Feed National"

The 16-month delay in the United States posting an ambassador to Canberra is a sign that Australia has been downgraded, says former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer.

The Australia-US relationship is again under the microscope after The New York Times revealed Canberras top envoy in the UK, Alexander Downer, helped spark an FBI investigation into Russias role in the US election.

Mr Fischer told Fairfax Media on Tuesday that the delay in the US posting an ambassador to Australia is a sign of tensions between the nations.

This is now bordering on a diplomatic insult, Mr Fischer said.

Weve been downgraded, despite all the nice noises. We are a low priority.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has said he is not worried about the saga damaging his relationship with US President Donald Trump, but Labor wants an explanation into the Australian diplomats involvement in the FBI investigation.

Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos told Mr Downer during a meeting in London in May 2016 that Russia had thousands of emails that would embarrass Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Australia passed the information on to the FBI after the Democratic party emails were leaked, according to the Times, which cited four current and former US and foreign officials with direct knowledge of the Australians role.

Joe Hockey headed up Australias dealings with the FBI, Fairfax reports.

The prime ministers personal relationship with Mr Trump got off to a rocky start with a heated phone call over the US refugee resettlement deal a year ago.

Mr Fischer said that tensions over the resettlement deal are to blame for the lack of ambassador to Canberra.

The post has been empty since September 2016.

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Fulfilling Wesley Clarks Post-9/11 Prediction on the Fate of Iran? "IndyWatch Feed National"

A student at Tehran University (photo AP)

by Phil Hingston

Gumshoenews readers are no doubt familiar with General Wesley Clark, of NATO Supreme Allied Command, as quoted in his now infamous interview with Amy Goodman from Democracy Now in 2007.

This is a memo that describes how were going to take out 7 countries in 5 years starting with Iraq and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and finishing off with Iran.

Guess whats happening in Iran these last few days? A...


Pub loses roof as NSW is lashed by storms "IndyWatch Feed National"

The roof of a small town pub has been torn off by strong winds described by locals as nearly cyclonic, as storms lashed the length of NSW.
The Clarence Hotels roof was stripped off on Tuesday afternoon during a raging storm that caused widespread damage to the Northern Rivers Region, including flash flooding.
Maclean locals uploaded photographs of the storms aftermath to social media, showing the towns pub without a roof and debris scattered through the streets.
Waterview Motel owner Brian Koorockin described the winds as nearly cyclonic.
It started off as rain, then thunder and lightning and then the wind just picked up and pulled roofs off, pulled trees out of the ground and knocked over fences, Mr Koorockin told AAP.
The hotel roof is over the top of powerlinesits sort of hanging off the side, it kind of flipped off.
Mr Koorockin said he wasnt aware if anyone was inside the pub when the roof lifted off, but joked there was a good chance some regulars were in attendance.
There would have been a couple of bar flies in there, he said.
NSW Police issued a warning for Maclean residents to use caution when travelling through the area after the storm.
A NSW State Emergency Service spokeswoman told AAP the SES had responded to more than 200 calls across the state, with the most coming from around the Maclean area.
The spokeswoman said several roofs had been damaged in the town, including at the Big River Sailing Club and the Maclean Showgrounds.
Mr Koorockin said the town had lost power around lunchtime, leaving his guests with no air conditioning or light.
Ive got a motel full of people, all Ive given them is just torches, theyre all probably kicking back relaxing, he said.
Electricity is expected to be restored by Wednesday, according to the SES.
Cawongla received 32mm of rain in 30 minutes, while 76km/h wind gusts were reported at Evans Head.
Meanwhile golf-ball-sized hail was recorded at Bullburra in the Blue Mountains west of Sydney.
While thunderstorm warnings were issued for much of the NSW coastline, many were eased in the evening.

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Episode-2137- Bug Out Trailers with Spirko and Harris Part 2 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tweet Today Steven Harris and I answer your questions on Bug Out Trailers.  Big trailers, small trailers, what to put in them, what to have as an electrical system. Using cargo trailers as an emergency shelter and camper. Toilets in these trailers, storage and transportation of water for consumption and hygiene. This is the second in a multi part series that began with Episode-2117- Steven Harris and Jack Spirko on Bug Out Trailers.  As this is clearly going to become a multi episode series I have created the tag BOT Shows so that all of them can be found at one location. The response to the first in the series was overwhelming, Steve compiled and sent me 14 pages of questions, I printed it out and it feels like a small book, and these are just questions and a few notes here and there.  So we are going to run about 1 hour and 15 minutes on the interview and break it into pieces parts over the next few months.   Resources for todays show Everything Steven Harris Join the Members Brigade The Year 85 Join Our Forum Walking To Freedom The Granddaddys Gun Club Bullhead Fishing Forum A new little site I started Steves Favorite New Charger Potek Watching the Wheels Go By John Lennon Sponsors of the Day Bulk Ammo JM Bullion 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.


Government Fail Australia the best at it? "IndyWatch Feed National"

What does the future hold for the good Australian people in 2018?

IF 'priors' are anything to go by, then the good people of Australia are just going to get screwed hard by the people in government just like every other year where the best part about it is that they (the general population) are just going to take it.

So when one asks a search engine what a "government fail" is the following result is shown:

where the screen capture above states the following:

 Just as a market failure is not a failure to bring a particular or favored solution into existence at desired prices but is rather a problem which prevents the market from operating efficiently, a government failure is not a failure of the government to bring about a particular solution but is rather a systemic problem ...

 In Australia, the people in government have stated to the serf population that the;

"first job of a government is to look after the safety of its people".

See post:

Let's take a look at one example;

The people in government have decided to import migrants who deliberately have chosen to take criminal actions that cause harm to the good people of Australia.

In all likelihood the people in government had a fair idea that these migrants would cause harm to the good people of Australia, but in any event have still decided to import these migrants.

The people in government did not adhere to their public statement to "look after the...


Massive Protests in Iran as People Weigh in on Its Origins "IndyWatch Feed National"

(GV) Its clear by now that something has been brewing in Iran. On 28 December, protests broke out in Mashhad over the high prices of everyday goods and spread to smaller towns and major cities by 29 December. Theories about what is driving the current situation abound, with many conjectures and theories being prematurely shared on the issue.

To better understand the current situation, it is important to look at Irans recent history and unpack some of the potential motivations behind these events. Here is a look at what is happening on the ground, how it differs from the 2009 protests, and why some people think that there is a lot more to this situation than meets the eye.

Scenes on the ground:

These protests have been the first on this scale since the 2009 protest movement against the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. As in the 2009 protests, there is a widespread national mobilization against the status quo; however, these current protests lack the support, and in some ways, the leadership of the reformist candidates that the Green Movement had with Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. This time, the protest chants seem to speak about a general dissatisfaction with both the reformist, the moderate, and the hardline elements in Iran.

Here is what we do know so far: there are protests occurring across the country; there is....


Evansville, IN: Group Amplifies Voices of Prisoners "IndyWatch Feed National"

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On Thursday, December 21, Evansville Letters to Prisoners (ELTP) hosted an event at Central Library where attendees read about common pathways to prison, explored and took home zines and other prisoner support materials, dropped off paperback book donations for the Vanderburgh County Detention Center, checked out library materials on mass incarceration and abolition, and listened as members of ELTP read aloud letters from prisoners. Some of the letters were written specifically to be shared at the event.

The event was part of a series developed by the Evansville-Vanderburgh Public Library called A Million Voices in the River City, which aims to ask the question, is E really for everyone? Each month, a different group of people whose voices are often overlooked are invited to use the lobby of Central Library to share their stories.

The letters read aloud were written by Indiana prisoner, scholar, and playwright Anastazia Schmid; Indiana prisoner Shaka Shakur who recently underwent a successful hunger strike for better living conditions; Lamont Heard, a Michigan prisoner who was sentenced to life in prison as a juvenile; anarchist prisoner Sean Swain; black liberation fighter Kuwasi Balagoon; and Malcolm X.

Evansville Letters to Prisoners formed in October of 2015 as a way for people interested in supporting prisoners to work collaboratively. The group regularly holds letter writing events at which people can write to prisoners of their choosing or to the prisoners who are spotlighted that week, such as political prisoners with upcoming birthdays. Periodically, the group also holds fundraisers, movie nights, and other awareness-raising events. For updated information on the group, see

Supporters can write to the featured prisoners at the following addresses:



Units outperformed houses in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Probably not quite a result to fit the prevailing narrative! 

But the combined capital city unit price rose by +5.1 per cent in 2017, comfortably outperforming house prices at +4 per cent (with the usual lengthy disclaimers about methodology, margins for error, and mile-wide variations across sub-markets).

Typically capital city units saw stronger yields too, so on a total return basis outperformed in notching +9.3 per cent for the calendar year compared to +7.3 per cent for houses, the reasons for which may vary.

House prices in Sydney and Melbourne have outperformed units through this cycle, but house prices in Sydney certainly softened the second half of the year.

Around the traps

Early in the year Sydney's inner suburbs were characterised by some borderline insane auction bidding, but this had petered out by the final quarter as APRA's cooling measures took hold. 

Thus, while housing market data providers no longer focus on seasonally adjusted figures, as it turned out the fourth quarter was a weak one anyway. 

Over the full year Sydney's median unit price increased by +5.4 per cent to $774,100, while the median house price tapered off in the final quarter of the year to be just +2.1 per cent higher in 2017.

With rents increasing in 2017, CoreLogic reported that Sydney's yield had edged up to a 12-month high by the end of the year (if indeed 'high' is the right word for something that is, in fact, low). 

Hobart was the clear outperformer in 2017, with the median house price rising by +12.9 per cent to $424,250, with further gains in 2018 all but assured in this extremely tight market. 

In Melbourne ther...


The Surprising Culprit to Bee Decline That Could Rival Pesticides "IndyWatch Feed National"

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By Heather CallaghanNatural Blaze

Many theories have been put forth on the rapid bee decline and colony collapse disorder as well as the concerning decline of other pollinators.

Many researchers have pointed fingers at neonicotinoids. In other cases, Monsanto and other chemical companies have been discovered to fund studies that show every other answer but their pesticides for the cause of bee declines.

However, there may actually be another chemical accomplice hiding in the bunchperhaps overlooked this whole time.

RT reports:

Scientists have found what they believe to be the strongest factor leading to the worryingly steep decline of bumblebees fungicides.

The discovery has now been added to the growing list of threats that could potentially lead to the extinction of the essential pollinators. The revelation that common fungicides are having the strongest impact on...


January 3 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1812 - Amongst the various Government and General Orders issued on this day by Gov Macquarie was..
"His Excellency, the Governor directs that tomorrow shall be considered as a holiday, and that the convicts shall be exempted from labour during the whole of the day.
His Excellency is further pleased to direct that an extra ration of one pounds and a half of fresh beef shall be served out tomorrow to each non-com officer and soldier of the 73rd Reg't and male convict in the settlement of Newcastle with the usual proportion to all the women and children...."

1813 - At Kissing Point (Putney) Woollarawarre Bennelong passed from this world to the next, he was buried in the orchard of his great friend brewer James Squire.

1825 - The absconding convicts headed south and reached as far as Reid's Mistake (Lake Macquarie) a distance of about 15 nautical miles. Lieut. Owen reached the same place on the 3rd January where he found the oars and rudder, all that remained of the gig which had been swamped. With the help of the native trackers they soon afterwards captured five of the prisoners - Tunnicliffe, Pritchard, Smith, Johnston and Collins in a hut with Private Yams. The telescope was found with them. They were brought into Newcastle on this day and lodged in the gaol.

1826 - Father Philip Conolly opened the first Catholic school in Van Diemen's Land at Hobart.

1827 - Pack the picnic basket with the Waterford Crystal Auntie Maud....The first boat regatta, organised by the officers of HMS Success and HMS Rainbow, was held on the Derwent River.

1839 - John Hutt replaced James Stirling as Governor of WA. Stirlingm, not one to mess about,  left for England the next day.

1840 - Read all about it...The Port Phillip Herald began publication in Melbourne, edited by George Cavenagh.

1841 - The steamer Clonmel, on just its second voyage between Sydney and Melbourne, was wrecked near Corner Inlet.

1850 - Victoria's first stamps issued. Costing 1d., 2d. and 3d., they featured a portrait of Queen Victoria, who was most definitely not amused to have 'colonials' licking her back !

1851 -  Today was the final day in a series of 'examinations' aka massacres that took place on Fraser Island between Christmas Day 1850 and January 3, 1851. In a newspaper report it was called "a jaunt" with the added description of "...natives were driven into the sea and kept there as long as daylight or life lasted."

1853 - Keep the pennies under the mattress...The Bank of Victoria o...


RNAi Corn Frankenfood Approved Safety Called into Question "IndyWatch Feed National"

Safety of Monsanto/Dow's Newly Approved Frankenfood (RNAi Corn) Called Into Question

Posted on: Saturday, December 30th 2017 at 9:45 pm
Written By: Sayer Ji, Founder
This article is copyrighted by GreenMedInfo LLC, 2018

Another study confirms what activists and scientists alike have been warning: the next generation of RNA interference GM foods may seriously compromise the genetic integrity of our species. 
A new study titled, Detection of dietetically absorbed maize-derived microRNAs in pigs, adds fuel to the fire of the growing controversy surrounding the EPAs recent and conspiculously underreported approval of Monsanto/Dows RNA interference (RNAi) corn a new type of genetically modified organism comprised of a multitude of genetically engineered traits (and therefore potential health risks) destined to make it to peoples dinner tables by the end of this decade. 
The Biotech/Chemical industrys new RNAi corn was quietly rubber stamped by the EPA on June 15th of this year under the premature, and likely patently false assumption that the RNA interference molecules in the maize can not directly affect the gene expression of those animals or humans who eat it. 
The ongoing controversy relates to a fundamental difference of opinion on the age old aphorism: you are what you eat. The GMO side answers NO, rejecting the idea. To them, food isnt imbued with any unique, biologically meaningful properties beyond the fact that it is a source of energy (calories) and bodily building-blocks (biochemicals such as carbs, fats and proteins, and a few key minerals and vitamins). Therefore, they contend that GMO food is substantia...


Talk Nation Radio: Silvio Carillo on U.S. Support for Coup and Stolen Election in Honduras "IndyWatch Feed National"

Silvio Carillo is an Oakland-based freelance multimedia journalist, director of the website and nephew of Berta Cceres, a Honduran activist who was assassinated there in March 2016 after being awarded the Goldman Prize for her environmental activism. Carrillo just wrote the New York Times op-ed Americas Blind Eye to Hondurass Tyrant.

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