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Thursday, 21 September

22:07

Recent Polling On The Same-Sex Marriage Postal Survey "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The national ABS postal "survey" on whether the law should be changed to allow same-sex marriage in Australia is now in its second week.  A number of pieces of polling have been published or alluded to since my last general polling update, but what do they really tell us about the outcome and how reliable are they?  At this stage there is still much that we do not know.  It is too early to be certain Yes has it in the bag, but the widespread narrative that support for Yes is crashing rapidly and that this is another Trump or Brexit coming is so far not that well supported by the evidence.

Public Polling: Ipsos

Firstly, the public polling.  Last week saw an Ipsos poll which buoyed some worried Yes supporters with a 70-26 Yes response, one of the highest Yes votes ever recorded in a poll in Australia.  Indeed, as far as I'm aware, this score has only been exceeded in a few commissioned polls and one Morgan-SMS (a suspect polling method) which did not use an undecided option.  The Ipsos also found a 70% Yes response among the 65% of voters who rated themselves as certain to vote, and found a gender gap with 72% of women and 59% of men saying they were certain to vote.

However, I am treating these Ipsos figures with a lot of caution.  Firstly we know that Ipsos greatly overestimates the Green vote compared to other pollsters and compared to election results, and Green voters very strongly support same-sex marriage.  Although that's probably only worth a point or two on the headline figure for same-sex marriage, it could be a concern if whatever causes Ipsos to over-poll the Green vote also might cause them to over-poll the left end of the Liberal base.  Some evidence for the latter concern might be suspected in the perpetually strong results for Malcolm Turnbull in Ipsos compared to other polls.

The second issue is whether Ipsos, as the only national pollster still using exclusively live-interview phone polling, is affected by "social desirability bias".  When talking to another person on the phone, voters may be more reluctant to say they oppose same-sex marriage, since they may be concerned about offending the interviewer.  When clicking boxes on a computer survey, or pressing numbers on a robo-poll, these issues don't arise.  Some overseas studies (mainly American) have found live phone polling more prone to desirability bias than other polling methods, while some haven't, and some have even challenged whether it's a thing in polls at all, but I don't recommend assuming that it isn't.  A spectacular difference that may have been down to this was that between the phone polls and the online polls in the Brexit vote.  The phone polls had large leads for Yes until ve...

20:58

Heaps Cooked: Brisbanes First Cookluck Club "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Dinner with Matt Golinski of Ready Steady Cook, in celebration of a food culture of cooking with what youve got.

20:45

What Gets You Out of Bed in the Morning? Finding Your Reason for Being "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Ikigai: Finding your Reason for Being

By Chip Richards

What Gets You Out of Bed in the Morning?

When asked what is the single most powerful contributing factor to ones health and vitality, integrative medical doctor Oscar Serrallach answered without hesitation: having a sense of purpose. Serrallach went on to describe that while some of his patients have developed great regimes of nutrition, lifestyle activities and movement to support their wellbeing; those without a clear sense of purpose in their life experience continuing struggle with physical health issues. The distinguishing quality of many of his healthiest patients  those who  transcend common health challenges despite not having lived by the book, in terms of healthy lifestyle factors is that they seem to be the most aligned or called towards some primary focus of meaning in their life.

Japanese culture actually has a word which addresses this focus. The word is ikigai and translates simply as, reason for being.

What is Your Reason for Being?

According to the Japanese, everyone has an ikigai. To find it often requires deep enquiry and lengthy search of self a search which is highly regarded.

Four primary elements of ikigai

The term ikigai is composed of two Japanese words: iki referring to life, and kai, which roughly means the realisation of what one expects and hopes for. Unpacking the word and its associated symbol a bit further, ikigai is seen as the convergence of four primary elemen...

20:34

Bedpans, bitumen, & Bachelor's degrees "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Employment boom

Australia has created an extraordinary ~325,000 jobs over the past year, including a boom over the past six months the like of which arguably hasn't been seen in decades. 


The question is how? And where?

Greater Sydney (+83k), Melbourne (+59k), and now Brisbane (+46k) have each seen a drive in employment growth over the past year. 

Greater Sydney now has a monthly unemployment rate of only 4.46 per cent, and the annual average unemployment rate across the harbour city continues to decline, as it has for 3 years now. 

That's been partly driven by apartment construction and the associated multiplier effect, and a swathe of infrastructure projects. 


Increasingly Hobart is firing up, adding +6k jobs over the year to August 2017, with the median duration of job search continuing to decline. 

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20:33

Psychiatry Ignores an Elephant in the Room "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Large cohort studies of people with a first-episode psychosis provide a unique opportunity for finding out why so many young people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders die at a young age. However, it seems that those psychiatrists who have access to the mortality data generally do not want the facts to come out. In published cohort studies, there is virtually always too little information or no information at all about the causes of death.

In 2012, Hegelstad et al. published 10-year follow-up data for 281 patients with a first-episode psychosis (the TIPS study). 1 Although their average age at entry into the study was only 29 years, 49 patients (17%) had died in less than 10 years. The authors detailed article was about recovery and symptom scores and they took no interest in all these deaths, which appeared in a flowchart of patients lost to follow-up and were not commented upon anywhere in their paper. In the text, however, they mentioned only 28 deaths (11%), so it is difficult to know how many died.

On March 5th 2017, I wrote to the first author: In your interesting study from 2012, Long-Term Follow-Up of the TIPS Early Detection in Psychosis Study: Effects on 10-Year Outcome, 28 patients died of 281. Do you have the causes of death, which would be very interesting to know about? I noticed that most patients were still on antipsychotics 10 years after they started (table 2). I consider this very frightening, e.g. around half of them will have tardive dyskinesia (which is often masked by ongoing treatment) and many, if not all, will have developed permanent brain damage at this point, to mention just two of the important harms of long-term treatment. In contrast, only 17% of patients in Lappland were still on antipsychotics 5 years after their first episode (compared to 75% in Stockholm).

I sent a reminder ten days later and was told I would get an answer shortly. On May 10th, I wrote again: It is now another two months. You did an important study and it is important for the world to know what 10% of your very young patients died from in just 10 years. It is a frightening death rate. Do we need to file a Freedom of Information request to get this information?

Hegelstad replied that, We are preparing a manuscript detailing the information you are asking for. It will be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. When published the information will be readily available to all.

The preparation of the manuscript and its publication were very fast. Already in June, the paper was out, in World Psychiatry.2 With this record speed, I wondered what the peer r...

20:31

Coroner Finds Anti-Smoking Drug Contributed to Mans Suicide "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

From ABC: A Queensland Coroner has found that the anti-smoking drug Champix played a role in the suicide of a 22-year-old man, Timothy John, who died in April 2013.

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20:13

Poor Orphan Crops So Valuable, So Neglected "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Human Wrongs Watch

ROME, Sep 20 2017 (IPS) When think-tankers in the mid-1990s formulated their famous think global, act local slogan, they probably did not expect humankind to require a couple of decades to implement such practical advice.

A group of people heading towards Mangoky River (Madagascar) past Baobab trees. Baobab leaves and fruits are sources of food for people and fodder for animals. Credit: FAO/Aris Mihich

At least this has been the case for the so-called neglected, under-utilised, minor or promising crops, which have been forgotten over the last century.

Now scientists and policymakers are beginning to recognise the value of these colourfully dubbed orphan crops, affirming what local communities have already known for generations.

What Are They?

But what are they all about? The United Nations leading food and agriculture agency provides the answer with some specific examples the African Yam Bean and the Desert Date, and Ber, a stocky tree with a vitamin-rich berry.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) explains that the African yam bean, cultivated mainly for home consumption, is planted for its seeds, which are high in protein and low in calories, and are often eaten after being dried and ground into flour or simply boiled and seasoned.

The starch-rich, tuberous roots, similar to spindly sweet potatoes in shape, are consumed either fresh, cut into strips in salads, or dried and ground into flour. The leaves can also be cooked and eaten much in the same way spinach is.

The crop seems to be little affec...

20:11

The Smog Chancellor "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Who is the worlds leading environmental vandal? The answer may surprise you.

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 20th September 2017

Which living person has done most to destroy the natural world and the future wellbeing of humanity? Donald Trump will soon be the correct answer, when the full force of his havoc has been felt. But for now I would place another name in the frame. Angela Merkel.

What? Have I lost my mind? Angela Merkel, the climate chancellor? The person who, as German environment minister, brokered the first UN climate agreement, through sheer force of will? The Chancellor who persuaded the G7 leaders to promise to phase out fossil fuels by the end of this century? The architect of Germanys Energiewende its famous energy transition? Yes, the very same.

Unlike Donald Trump, she has no malicious intent. She did not set out to destroy the agreements she helped to create. But the Earths systems do not respond to mission statements or speeches or targets. They respond to hard fact. What counts, and should be judged, as she seeks a fourth term as German Chancellor in the elections on Sunday, is what is done, not what is said. On this metric her performance has been a planetary disaster.

Merkel has a fatal weakness: a weakness for the lobbying power of German industry. Whenever a crucial issue needs to be resolved, she weighs her ethics against political advantage, and chooses the advantage. This is why, in large part, Europe now chokes in a fug of diesel fumes.

The EU decision to replace petrol engines with diesel, though driven by German car manufacturers, pre-dates her premiership. It was a classic European fudge, a means of averting systemic change while creating an impression of action, based on the claim (which now turns out to be false) that diesel engines produce less carbon dioxide than petrol. But once she became Chancellor, Merkel used every conceivable tactic, fair and foul, to preserve this deadly cop-out.

The worst instance was in 2013, when, after five years of negotiations, other European governments had finally agreed a new fuel economy standard for cars: they would produce an average of no more than 95 grammes of CO2 per kilometre by 2020. Merkel moved in to close the who...

18:07

Tiahuanaco: Gateway to the Gods "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Gateway to the Gods
by Dan Eden

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"Ask most people who are the oldest civilization or where the oldest civilization lived and you'll hear answers like Mesopotamia (Iraq), Egypt or Iran. While these cultures can be traced back to 4000 B.C., the mysterious ruins of Tiahuanaco, in Bolivia, could be 14,000 years old! If you think the Great Pyramid in Egypt is a technological marvel, wait until you see what artists and engineers were doing in Tiahuanaco. This culture thrived at the breathless, oxygen deprived elevation of 13,000 feet. They managed to somehow move stones weighing up to 200 tons and invented modular building techniques that would even today, be cutting edge.
The most famous icon of the archaeological site at Tiahuanaco is the Sun Gate. This structure has been described as a "calendar" almost as long as the monolithic gateway has been known to exist; thus the Sun Gate has also been called 'the Calendar Gate'. This calendar sculpture, though it undoubtedly depicts a "solar year," cannot however be made to fit into the solar year as we divide it at present. The calendar has only 290 days, divided into 12 "twelfths" of 24 days each, plus 2 intercalary days.

Some researchers have attempted to explain this as being a ritualistic calendar while others have claimed that, 14,000 years ago, the length of a year was somehow different from today. Still others believe that it may represent a year on some another planet. Extraterrestrial connections were first suggested by Eric von Danken and have been perpetuated by discoveries of the apparent advanced knowledge that Tiahuanacan engineers seemed to possess - thousands of years ahead of other cultures....

17:42

Kurilpa Feature Poet SEAN WEST, Sunday 24th Sept "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Kurilpa Poets present; Sept 24th Feature Poet SEAN WEST This month the Kurilpa Poets are proud to present as our September Feature Poet, one of Brisbanes most promising young poetic talents, Sean West, mild-mannered QUT creative writing student by day, Continue reading

16:13

24 Hours In Lapa from Tamil Rogeon is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week (14-20 Sept) "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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24 Hours In Lapa from Tamil Rogeon is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week. The 12 track record is a bold and experimental fusion of world music, cinematic orchestral jazz, futuristic percussion and subtle electronic touches.

Rogeon, a Melbourne based musician and composer, travelled to Rio Di Janiero to record the percussion group of Tiago Loei, then returned home to compose the score, which was recorded with Orchestra Victoria. He then amassed a formidable array of vocalists including Heidi Vogel from Cinematic Orchestra, US MC Raashan Ahmad, crooner Bobby Valentine and Australias own Ella Thompson, among others.

This album, released under his own name, is just one of Rogeons musical channels, he also records with the RAah Project, Harvey Sutherland (widely celebrated in the Australian underground electronic music community), and is commissioned for other diverse projects. You can find more information on Rogeons projects here on his personal website.

24 Hours In Lapa is available on the independent Heard & Felt label out of Melbourne at heardandfelt.com. Well be playing selections from this great record all week on Eastside Radio.

The post 24 Hours In Lapa from Tamil Rogeon is Eastside Radios Album Of The Week (14-20 Sept) appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.

15:58

The Human Race is Quickly Evolving Into A New Kind of Human "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Life is a crazy roller coaster full of ups, downs, and twist and turns. Im sure everyone will agree with me when I say that life is confusing. But its okay because you are rapidly transforming into a new human being. Youre not supposed to understand it all.

We all try our hardest to understand life and make sense of things. There are so many questions to be answered about life like how we got here, what put us here, and what were truly supposed to be doing. However, life wouldnt be life if you understood it. Its weird how nothing makes sense at all, yet it all does at the same time.

Everything is interdependent on each other and if one component of life were to disappear it would bring all of society to a crumble. Its okay that you dont understand everything or anything about life itself. None of us really do, but thats because we are rapidly changing into new human beings. Even more rapidly than youd think.

We are constantly evolving as time goes on. Humans are forever growing and so is our universe. Everything continues and time goes on, and we are rapidly growing, changing, and essentially transforming as it all happens before our very eyes. If you stop to pay attention you would notice how fast everything changes even yourself. Everyday you live you are creating new memories of new experiences and forming new interests and opinions on everything you come into contact with. One memory possessing brain cell dies and another is born. We are constantly in a state of evolution.

Everything about life is a learning experience. None of us are placed on Earth knowing anything. We are informationless fragile creatures who grow everyday. Growing physically and mentally as we create new brain cells, memories, experiences, and feelings. Everyday we grow something is changing. When you wake up in the morning you are essentially a new person by the time you lay your head down at night. Every day is a learning experience and we grow more wisdom as we go throughout life.

You are becoming more aware of your own spir...

15:56

Greg Clark visits Australia and finds high rates of status persistence "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The co-authors on this paper (pdf) are Andrew Leigh and Mike Pottenger, here is the abstract:

The paper estimates long run social mobility in Australia 18702017 tracking the status of rare surnames. The status information includes occupations from electoral rolls 19031980, and records of degrees awarded by Melbourne and Sydney universities 18522017. Status persistence was strong throughout, with an intergenerational correlation of 0.70.8, and no change over time. Notwithstanding egalitarian norms, high immigration and a well-targeted social safety net, Australian long-run social mobility rates are low. Despite evidence on conventional measures that Australia has higher rates of social mobility than the UK or USA (Mendolia and Siminski, 2016), status persistence for surnames is as high as that in England or the USA. Mobility rates are also just as low if we look just at mobility within descendants of UK immigrants, so ethnic effects explain none of the immobility.

Social mobility is indeed difficult to pull off.  Hat tip goes to Ben Southwood.

The post Greg Clark visits Australia and finds high rates of status persistence appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

15:41

MACKAY Man allegedly caught with 1kg of ice facing more charges "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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Man allegedly caught with 1kg of ice facing more charges

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15:41

MACKAY Mega fail: Wanted mans escape plan goes down the drain "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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Mega fail: Wanted mans escape plan goes down the drain

September 21, 2017 at 12:03PM ,

Callaghan, 22, fronted Mackay Magistrates Court on Wednesday from prison via videolink, where hes locked up due to pending matters.

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15:31

Louvre Accord v Plaza Accord "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: I notice you often cite the *Plaza Accord* when on the topic of central bank currency manipulation. That accord was signed in 1985 with an aim to devalue the USD. Could you write a little on the *Louvre Accord signed just two years later, in 1987, with an aim to reverse the unwanted effects of the *Plaza Accord*. Thanks cheers,

TGM

ANSWER: The Louvre Accord was an agreement, signed on February 22, 1987 in Paris, that aimed to stabilize the international currency markets and halt the continued decline of the US Dollar caused by the Plaza Accord. The agreement was signed by France, West Germany, Japan, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. Italy declined to sign the agreement.

The G7 meeting of central bankers and finance ministers in Paris announced that the dollar was now consistent with economic fundamentals. The announced that they would only intervene when required to ensure foreign exchange stability. The objective was then to manage the floating currency system. Democrats gained control of Congress in 1986 and immediately called for protectionist measures. The dollar depreciation agreed to in 1985 at the Plaza Accord, failed to really improve the trade perspective. In 1986, the trade deficit actually rose to approximately $166 billion with exports at about $370 billion and imports at about $520 billion. The object of manipulating currency to try to create jobs and alter trade flows proved to be completely false.

My concerns warning that volatility would increase made back in 1985 were materializing. What they did not understand was the lowering the dollar in value also led to a shift in capital flows and the selling of US assets. Foreigners were suffering loses by financing U.S. trade through purchasing United States Treasury bonds in an attempt to ease the trade deficit criticism. We were advising Japanese to buy gold on the New York COMEX, export it, and then resell which would also make it appear that the US exports were increasing. H...

15:30

The Making of Monsters "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

10-year old Yusuf, an American boy who appeared in an ISIS video threatening Trump and the U.S.10-year old Yusuf, an American boy who appeared in an ISIS video threatening Trump and the U.S.

 

SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq When a little boy who looked and sounded American appeared in propaganda video put out by the failing Islamic State this week, threatening Trump: puppet of the Jews, it caused a sensation as, of course, it was meant to do.

How can a group make a child into a monster? we ask.  Yet the answer comes to us in the voices of numerous ISIS defectors and prisoners who tell us precisely how ISIS takes the blank-slate minds of children and fills them with poisonous ideologies alongside dreams of Paradise.

Children are powerful tools in the hands of groups like the so-called Islamic State, as weve learned after interviewing 63 ISIS returnees, defectors, and prisoners.

Trained at Cubs of the Caliphate camps in both Iraq and Syria, children are indoctrinated to hateand to kill all others who do not adhere to ISISs strict, brutal and intolerant views of Islam. They are also taught to give their own lives in acts of martyrdom. \

I saw them train young kids to blow things up. From my camp, 15-year-and-younger kids went on bombing missions.  They tell us they are going to go to Paradise, 15-year-old Syrian Ibn Omar told researchers for the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism.

Ibn Omar ran off to join ISIS at age 13 after having his head filled with dreams from the preachers who took over his mosque when ISIS overran his region. Impoverished and young enough to be drawn in, Ibn Omar was motivated by the income he could bring home to his unsuspecting parents, and the promises of cars and other material rewards.

In the first days, the brothers also appeared to be real Muslims, preaching the real Islam. Little did he know.

I liked them [ISIS] a lot in the beginning, but laterThey taught us about God, the Prophet and our religion. We spent just one...

14:35

Energy Auditing to the Australian Standard "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Accurate and consistent energy auditing is critical to the uptake and quality of energy efficiency projects as it is often used as the basis for business case justification, project design and as a baseline to measure post-upgrade savings. Presented in partnership with the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage, the EEC's Energy Auditing to the Australian Standard training program gives energy audit practitioners the skills and knowledge to deliver energy audits that meet with Australian Standard 3598:2014

14:34

Climate Change Primer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Illustrations by JON HAN

Once again we thank NYTimes Science writer Justin Gillis for this primer on a complex and politically weighty issue.

Climate Change Is Complex. Weve
Got Answers to Your Questions.

We know. Global warming is daunting. So heres a place to start: 17 often-asked questions with some straightforward answers.

1.Climate change? Global warming? What do we call it?

Both are accurate, but they mean different things.

You can think of global warming as one type of climate change. The broader term covers changes beyond warmer temperatures, such as shifting rainfall patterns.

President Trump has claimed that scient...

13:49

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Merkel Slams Trumps Threat to Destroy North Korea
Wed Sep 20, 2017 07:56PM
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses an election campaign rally of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) in Kappeln, northern Germany, on September 20, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says US President Donald Trumps threat to totally destroy North Korea is wrong, citing economic pressure and diplomacy as the only "appropriate" ways to resolve the conflict.

I am against such threats, Merkel told the Deutsche Welle channel. We consider any form of military solution as totally inappropriate and we insist on a diplomatic solution.

From my point of view sanctions and their implementation are the right answer. But I consider everything else concerning North Korea as wrong, she added. And that is why we clearly disagree with the US president."

The German chancellor made the remarks in reaction to Trumps debut speech at the United Nations General Assembly, where he said Tuesday that the US was ready to destroy the North to resolve the ongoing standoff over the countrys ballistic missile and nuclear weapons program.

"The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea," he said.

"It is time for North Korea to realize that its denuclearization is its only responsible future," he added.

The Trump administration has been pushing for greater international pressure on North Korea through the UN and by pressuring China, Pyongyangs main trade ally.

The pressure peaked in early September, when the North announced that it had successfully exploded a hydrogen bomb, its sixth overall thermonuclear test.

The UN Security Council adopted new sanctions against the North as a result, a move that Pyongyang warned would not go unanswered.

Germanys role

Merkel said in her interview that Germanys strong ties China, Japan, South Korea and the United States puts it among the few countries that co...

13:43

ALERTA! Stop fascists rallying @ LGBT Holocaust Memorial, Sydney : Saturday, September 23, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This post is dedicated to the memory of Willem Arondeus, the gay Dutch resistance member executed by the Nazis in July 1943 and Righteous Among the Nations. This Saturday in Sydney, Nick Folkes and his Party for Freedom (PFF) are Continue reading

13:03

GIVEAWAY: Win a double pass to Ruby Boots Sydney show "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Next Wednesday (Sept 27th) Ruby Boots returns from Nashville to play a headline Sydney show at Brighton Up Bar in Darlinghurst, previewing her forthcoming new LP. This comes hot on the heels of her signing to Bloodshot Records and an acclaimed appearance at the 2017 AmericanaFest where Rolling Stone named her as one of the Continue reading

12:55

Low concentration of quercetin antagonizes the invasion and angiogenesis of human glioblastoma U251 cells. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

PMID:  Onco Targets Ther. 2017 ;10:4023-4028. Epub 2017 Aug 11. PMID: 28860810 Abstract Title:  Low concentration of quercetin antagonizes the invasion and angiogenesis of human glioblastoma U251 cells. Abstract:  Glioblastoma is the most aggressive type of brain tumor with a very poor prognosis. Therefore, it is always of great importance to explore and develop new potential treatment for glioblastoma. Quercetin, a flavonoid present in a variety of human foods, has been shown to inhibit various tumor cell proliferation. In this study, we found that treating human glioblastoma U251 cells with 10g/mL quercetin for 24 hours, a concentration that was far below the IC50 (113.65 g/mL) and at which quercetin failed to inhibit cell proliferation, inhibited cell migration (30%) and cell invasion as examined by wound scratch assay and transwell assay, respectively. We further showed that 10 g/mL quercetin inhibited cell migration and tube formation of human umbilical vein endothelial cells induced by the conditioned medium derived from U251 cell culture. The inhibitory effect of quercetin on migration and angiogenesis is possibly mediated through the downregulation of protein levels ofVEGFA, MMP9, and MMP2 as detected by Western blot. Our findings demonstrated that low concentration of quercetin antagonized glioblastoma cell invasion and angiogenesis in vitro.

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12:54

Watch the New Video from The Scrims Show Me Your Moves "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of The Scrims Melbourne gypsy-folk band The Scrims have just released their brand new music video Show Me Your Moves. Taken from their debut album Sing To Me Sweet Sunny One, the Show Me Your Moves video tells the surreal story of a man reminiscing on his youthful party days. Check it out []

12:30

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

Radical Islamic Terrorists are everywhere, it seems. Theyre all over Syria and Iraq. Theyre in Libya and Nigeria too. 

They attacked the former Soviet Union from Afghanistan and modern day Russia from Chechnya. Weve seen them in the Philippines. They attacked an Australian cafe in Sydney, so we were told.

Recently theyve been in Myanmar (Burma). Theyve infiltrated Europe and are behind various attacks in London, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona, so we were told.

Theyre even in China (Uyghur/Xinjiang). And of course, they paid a grand visit to the US on 9/11 in 2001, right?

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

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11:52

Disabled 8-Year-Old Put In Restraints, Forcibly Injected On First Day Of School "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

An 8-year-old school kid from Toronto was put into restraints and forcibly injected against his will, according a complaint by his mother.  Debbie Kiroff says she is looking for answers after she found out her [...]

11:51

Judge supports drink driving with get out of jail free card? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Australian 'authorities' (you know, the people actually in government and not the masses according to the Constitution) are full of sayings.

"Nothing to hide nothing to fear", right?
(Please note this does NOT apply to the people in government, as many of their documents are sealed never to be released to the public).

How about "Do the crime do the time"?

Unless you've been a 'free man' traveler in the Australian outback, where the mainstream media radio waves cannot reach your television or radio, you would know that the authorities advertise that drink driving is not acceptable behaviour.

Well one New South Wales 'judge' doesn't seem to think so.





Paul Conlon (pictured above) reckons that if you're a "person of good character", where you've been sentenced before to a 6 months prison term for drink driving, he will get you out of gaol (proper Australian term for "jail').

Apparently a Brazilian national Arthur Rohsig (pictured centre) was drink driving in Australia, where he accumulated 36 demerit points and his blew a breath test reading of 0.172.


The police have stated that he had no regard for Australian law and was a danger to himself and others, but (naturally) the police were unable to revoke his Brazilian licence.

As a result of his 'crime' he was sentenced in July to serve six months in the slammer but good ol' Paul Conlon got him out.

As a consolation prize though drink driver Arthur will be apparently deported.

So the message is loud and clear from (judge) Paul Conlon, if you want to drink drive and your a "person of good character" (whatever that means) he'll let you off the...

11:28

Police live-stream a warning to Listen Out punters about a big drug crackdown "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Victorian police have hit up Listen Out punters on social media this morning to send a clear warning about their drug crackdown, ahead of the first leg of the touring festival hitting Melbourne this weekend.

Port Phillip Police commander Inspector Jason Kelly began the Facebook Live video stream by warning attendees who are planning to bring illegal substances to the festival that Victoria Police has resourced extensively to ensure the safety of the public [and] the local community so in other words, if you try to sneak drugs in, you have a very high chance of being caught.

Last year unfortunately we had the death of a young lady so well be increasing our resources around the event, Insp. Kelly told the paper. Well be out in force with (drug dogs), and well have plain clothes police, detectives, uniform members, our mounted branch and other resources deployed.

Anyone caught with a trafficable amount of drugs will be prosecuted and put before the courts, he added. We will arrest those in possession of and using drugs but certainly a key focus will be to identify and detect those trafficking drugs to festival goers at the venue.

Its not empty posturing, either. Although police praised the overall behaviour of the 25,000 attendees at last years sold-out Listen Out Sydney at Centennial Parklands, 116 were arrested for drug possession, and a further 13 with drug supply, after the riot squad, mounted unit and sniffer dogs all headed along to police the site.

Its indicative of a broader police crackdown on music festivals, too, including 24,000-strong Penrith EDM festival Defqon.1 last weekend, which saw a 22-year-old man arrested for the possession of almost 400 MDMA pills, together with 44 other drug-related arrests.

The message from police fight for anyone planning on taking or selling drugs at festivals this summer is simple: dont say we didnt warn you.

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11:15

Escape Artist cant be pinned down on Pure Space "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Mysterious Melbourne producer and DJ Escape Artist is a creator thats been busy trying on a lot of hats musically. His debut release Lost Time is an LP of 8 diverse dance tracks, inspired by acid flecked house, drum and bass rhythms and intense jungle.

In an interview with Andy Garvey on Pure Space, he talked about his variety of influences and those really come through in this hour he prepared for the show. Alongside a number of his own tracks, Escape Artist has woven some spacey beats from his pals around Australia to create a mix that never feels familiar for too long.

 

Tracklist:

Escape Artist  Flight Out of Time
Runsthevoodoodown  Orbit E
Escape Artist  Signs of Life
Rudolf C Granite State
Nali  Ascendi
Escape Artist- From Pillar to Post
Jacobs Optical Stairway  The Naphosisous Wars (feat. Josh Wink)
Wax Doctor  Heat
Escape Artist  Zenith

 

Stream back the rest of the show and interview here. Catch all the interdimensional house and cosmic techno of Pure Space every Monday from 9pm 11pm.

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10:55

The Conflict of Congressional War Powers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The line drawn between Presidential and Congressional war authority

      When the US Constitution gives the rights of a power, theoretically, to two branches, where does the line get drawn? Within the Constitution, Congress is the only body that is given the clear ability to declare war, however, if the President is considered the Commander-in-Chief does he also hold this right? This is the foundation of the debate over Constitutional War powers, a debate of interpretation not fact, and is essential to the understanding of one way in which war works politically.

What exactly are the sides and why is it such an inconclusive issue?

 

      Ironically, the source of information for both sides of the argument is the Constitution, its merely the interpretation that differs. On one side, people believe that the President should have no power in declaring war, a right only specifically stated to be given to Congress, and that Commander-in-Chief is only applicable once in the war itself. On another, people believe that the President, as the Commander-in-Chief, withholds the right to declare war at any time and, with hi title, lead the armies during the war. While many people fall to either extreme and not a middling view, the agreement made was called a Resolution (as neither of the extreme sides agree with the outcome, they merely settled for the best they could get).

    

      The issue with this argument is that in no way can a law be set on something as immaterial as interpretation without some foundation of facts. The way in which we interpret words is not a valid way to decide what is and is not included in a document written over 200 years ago. As a result, this issue doesnt necessarily have a straight answer. While I personally believe in the idea that a President should be able to take charge and lead his military in a time it is needed without some sort of approval, I recognize the issue of a dictatorial rule using military if it would be unchecked. However it is equally reckless to say that any and all military actions, even in immediate threat, should be taken through bodies of government before the President has any authority. While neither extreme is perfect, the individual is given a chance to decide which of the t...

10:35

Call to Frydenberg to keep Tarkine tracks closed "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

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The Bob Brown Foundation will host a peaceful demonstration at Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenbergs office in Melbourne this morning, calling for protection of the National Heritage listed Western Tasmania Aboriginal Cultural Landscape in the Tarkine wilderness.


When: Today at 9:30AM
Where: Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenbergs office in Kooyong.

10:21

Media reforms to benefit major players "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Rupert Murdoch is increasing his political-influence footprint in Australian. Photo supplied.

Rupert Murdoch is increasing his political-influence footprint in Australian. Photo supplied.

Veteran journalist Alex Mitchell has condemned the Turnbull governments new media legislation, saying it represented a sweeping victory for the major media owners.

Mitchell will be appearing at the September 27 Politics in the Pub event at the Mullum Court House with Walkley award winner Chris Graham, editor of New Matilda.

They will discuss the establishment and the role of the media.

Mitchell told The Echo, The big players have been given the ability to concentrate their ownership of newspapers, television and radio in the major metropolitan markets.

They have been lobbying for a multimedia monopoly for two decades and the Turnbull coalition has given it to them.

There will be scramble for major media assets in the next six months and I predict we will see single private owners controlling major media in our capital cities including Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart, Darwin and Canberra.

Fewer voices

When media plurality is diminished, and we have few voices, then it is clear that the rich and powerful steal an advantage, and accountability and transparency suffers.

Mitchell was scathingly critical of the concessions to Senate crossbenchers Nick Xenophon and Pauline Hanson. Spin doctors from the coalition and the major media are working overtime to convince people that the new legislation is fair and reasonable when in fact it strengthens private monopoly control.

The $60 million fund to support small publishers is loose change when compared to the billions of dollars that the private investors and hedge funds will make from concentrating media assets and future profits.

Good luck to the small publishers who apply for a Xenophon grant, but I bet most of them will be allocated to loyal proprietors in National Party territory.

As for the official inquiry into....

10:09

'Brains' of the plant world: Tree roots can probe hundreds of feet deep in search of water "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Searching for water, some tree roots probe hundreds of feet deep and many trees send roots through cracks in rocks, according to a new study led by a Rutgers University-New Brunswick professor. Moreover, the depth of plant roots, which varies between species and soil conditions, will play a key role in plants' adaptation to climate change, said Ying Fan Reinfelder, a professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Department of Environmental Sciences. "Charles Darwin once wrote, in effect, that the tips of plant roots are like the brains of plants," Reinfelder said. "Roots sense the environment. They sense the water, where there's more nutrients, and they go for these resources. Roots are the smartest part of the plant." Reinfelder and colleagues published their findings online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study demonstrated the relationship between plant roots and water availability. It shows, through observations and modeling, that soil hydrology is the key force driving local and global patterns of root depths.

09:42

"Questioned By Life..." "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

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

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

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

09:15

NSW to consider assisted dying laws "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

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

SYDNEY  [AAP]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

08:29

Inland Railway to be Built Across Queensland Floodplain Despite Warnings From Farmers and more Zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Melbourne-to-Brisbane inland rail line will be built across the Condamine floodplain in Queensland, despite warnings from farmers that it could put lives at risk. (Image source: Wikipedia)

The Australian Rail and Track Corporation says the inland rail would be built on an embankment two metres higher than the existing line, which floodplain grain-growers Brett Kelly and Jason Mundt have criticised.

Mr Mundt says this higher embankment could see water back up for tens of kilometres in a big flood, endangering the lives of many.

Brisbane City Council Hopes ID Scanning Will Not Deter People From Major City Festival

The Brisbane City Council is hoping the states ID scanning laws wont deter thousands from Valley Festival in October.

07:30

PTUA supports call for better services for Ballarat "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Ballarat single track

The Public Transport Users Association today welcomed Committee for Ballarats new #59minuteballarat campaign, which calls for full duplication of the line to Ballarat, electrification of the line to Melton, and faster, more frequent and more reliable services.

PTUA Ballarat Branch Convener Ben Lever said the region needs a long-term bipartisan plan to deliver the infrastructure and services it needs.

The Ballarat line has always been held back by the long single-track sections. Trains need to wait in crossing loops for trains coming the other way, which adds to journey time and limits how frequently trains can run. It also means that when one train is late getting to the crossing loop, other trains need to wait for it meaning delays spread from one train to another.

Weve seen some fantastic investment recently, with part of the line to be duplicated over the next two years but theres still a long way to go. With Ballarats population expected to grow to 160,000 by 2040, and the western suburbs of Melbourne already growing rapidly, we need the full duplication of the line to Ballarat, and electrification of the line to Melton, as soon as humanly possible.

The good news is, we know this is a sound investment for governments to make from the Regional Fast Rail project to Regional Rail Link, when governments have invested in a better service, people have flocked to it. If governments continue to invest in better public transport, the public will use it

The Committee for Ballarat proposal calls for an express train between Ballarat and Melbourne in under an hour, as well as more frequent and more reliable trains.

The full duplication of the line is going to allow for some dramatic improvements to service on the Ballarat line not just a faster journey once youre on the train, but more trains, more often. Not only would running trains more frequently reduce overcrowding and give people more choice in when to travel, it would cut door-to-door journey time less time waiting on the platform means more time at home with your family.

The State government maintains that Melton cant be added to the electrified Metro network until the Metro Tunnel opens in 2026 even if this is the case, detailed planning needs to start now, so that the two projects can be built alongside each other and open...

07:21

Half of All Men Cant Answer this Insanely Basic Question About Womens Anatomy, According to Survey "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This article is shared with permission from our friends at IFL Science. A new poll from The Eve Appeal, a cancer research charity, has revealed that 50 percent of men are unable to point to the vagina on a diagram. The survey of 1,000 men came out just before Septembers Gynaecological Cancer Awareness...

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07:16

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

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

07:07

Crew Takeover Charades "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Next on the growing list of crew takeovers for Earthcore in the Park 2017 NSW say hello to Charades!

Originally starting as a house & techno event in Sydney, this brand has seen its scope grow wider and wider; hosting acts from Jeff Mills, RDHD, Gilles Peterson, Derrick May to Malaa, LTJ Bukem DJ, Kode9 and Goldie to name just a few.. Charades embraces new music and multiple styles without genre boundaries, whilst still keeping a firm nod to the essence of underground clubbing at its best.

Expect nothing but a solid local line up to take care of your house & techno fix in the Techno Bunker of earthcore in the Park NSW this November!

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06:47

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

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

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06:47

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

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

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

1. Dont Enable Them

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

2. Try to Understand

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

3. Dont Feed It

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

4. Be Realistic

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

5. Empathize

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06:24

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

The writer Donald Elley

The writer Donald Elley

 

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

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

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

 

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

05:24

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

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

05:06

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

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

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

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

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

A Complicated Spending Formula

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

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

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

04:40

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

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

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

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

Source: Simplemost

 

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

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

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

03:15

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

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

03:15

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

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

03:10

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

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

00:51

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

from Its Going Down

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

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

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

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

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

00:43

Melbourne: Rival groups face off as police test new anti-mask laws "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Hundreds of opposing protesters have been kept apart in central Melbourne as police test new powers to prevent violence by masked offenders. Right-wing Jewish activist Avi Yemini attracted about 50 people for a Make Victoria Safe rally outside Victoria's Parliament, while at least three times that number gathered opposite a police barrier. Police arrested at least one person from each opposing group, and one protester taking part in the "anti-racism" march was taken away for wearing a mask. The two groups used loud speakers and chanting in a futile effort to drown each other out. Mr Yemini said his protest was rallying against violent crime.

00:38

Equal Love 4 All "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Theres a lot of talk about equality lately, in Australia the same sex marriage postal plebiscite vote survey is causing a lot of discussion hate speech and harm to LGBTIQA+ people.

This really is turning into a survey on acceptance not just marriage. And will having same sex marriage mean all LGBTIQA+ people reap the benefit? We speak to Nick a genderqueer activist from occupied Wurundjeri land, so-called Melbourne. (41mins in)

Also Peter K our ephemeral anarchist commentator gives a talk on a number of current issues which involve equality. (5 mins)

And who are Chumbawamba and what are they all about?

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00:16

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

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

00:05

To my friends in Australia: the vaccine war deepens "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

To my friends in Australia: the vaccine war deepens

by Jon Rappoport

September 20, 2017

The string of abuses laid on citizens of Australia by their government grows almost week by week.

Now, parental rights to raise children, without interference from the State, is under a new form of attack. This must be resisted.

Schools are bringing doctors on board, as a permanent feature. Young children will be subjected to medical diagnoses and treatment, without consent or approval from parents, even if those parents actively object. The State is stealing the role of guardian.

The Herald Sun reports. Read carefully:

DOCTORS will have the power to treat students as young as 12 in schools even if parents refuse their consent.

GPs will consult at 100 Victoria high schools for up to one day a week as part of a $43.8 million program.

Guidelines released on Thursday show that even if a parent expressly states that a doctor should not [examine] their child, the GP can if they deem the teen mature enough.

Any student who wants to see the GP will be permitted to make an appointment, the policy said.

The GP will decide if the young person is mature enough to provide consent to any medical treatment for the prevailing issue.

A young child giving consent? This is supposed to be informed consent when facing off with an adult doctor?

The handwriting is on the wall. Multiple vaccines will be given, to bring children up to State standards. This whole operation is, in fact, a front for forced vaccination. Thats the goal.

But it doesnt stop there. The covert plan will eventually, if not sooner, include psychiatric diagnoses of so-called mental disorders. ADHD, clinical depression, bipolar, and so on. Followed by toxic drugs. Ritalin, Paxil, Zoloft, Prozac, Lithium. Its a parade of toxicity.

I have demonstrated, over and over, that NONE of these so-called mental disorders are based on diagnostic lab tests. Theyre pseudoscience.

I would be quite willing to show this and debate this with any Australian doctor or bureaucrat. Head to head, live on Skype.

Is that a challenge? You bet.

The whole medical takeover of parental roles in Australia is on the move. This is naked State force. Nothing less.

Doctors in schools is a wedge, a first step in the door, a first boot on the face.

The propaganda is: We doctors know best. We have the science. Parents are ignorant. We must prot...

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23:53

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23:00

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

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

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

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

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

21:44

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

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

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

Yesterday, Manaforts spokesman released the following statement:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21:43

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pro-Lifers Cognitive Dissonance

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

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

20:30

marigold fable | a birth story "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

There she was.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20:30

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

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

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

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

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

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

20:01

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Out of place

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

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

19:50

The Future of Work in Tasmania "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Im really excited to be on a panel at the University of Tasmania in a few weeks on The Future of Work in Tasmania! Its a free event, and there are refreshments! Come along! You can learn more, and register, on the UTAS website.

19:21

MEDIA RELEASE 20/09| FIRST MANUS REFUGEES TO THE US THIS WEEKEND; NOW, STOP THE FORCED CLOSURE "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE FIRST MANUS REFUGEES TO THE US THIS WEEKEND; NOW, STOP THE FORCED CLOSURE Three Sudanese refugees on Manus Island have been accepted for resettlement in the US. They will fly to Port Moresby this coming weekend and from there to the US two days later. This is good news for(...)

19:14

Putting the blame where it belongs "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Queensland Premier Anna Palaszczuk has followed Bill Shorten in blaming privatisation for the woes of the electricity network. Shes basically right, although theres much more wrong with the National Electricity Market than that.

Equally importantly, in terms of getting a good outcome, shes on a political winner in the fight with the Turnbull government and particularly the Abbott faction pulling Turnbulls strings.

No one fully understands whats going wrong with energy policy, but Australians love renewable energy and hate privatisation. Both of these judgements are validated by experience. Renewable energy has overdelivered on its promises while privatisation has (at best) undelivered and more commonly made matters worse. So, the idea that the LNP can win the debate on energy policy by bashing renewables and attacking public ownership as socialism seems pretty implausible.

19:04

Undermining Adani with the Melbourne Climate Choir "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

This particular campaign focussed on Adani has really mobilised people across political parties, across age groups and demographics. Theyre worried about their children and theyre worried about their grandchildren and what theyre going to inheritSinging about it gives anyone feeling powerless and outraged a way to feel better and join with other people who feel the same. 

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18:42

Response From ABS to Marriage Law Postal Survey Questions "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

On 16 August I sent the ABS a list of fourteen questions regarding the conduct of the Marriage Law Postal Survey, in particular regarding count quality assurance issues.  Some of the questions were answered in subsequent public debate.  The response below was received today, September 11, from Michael Wilson of ABS and is reproduced in full.  My questions as sent are in italics.  My thanks to the ABS for their detailed responses at this busy time.

I have added some comments of my own below the responses, and may add more later.



ABS Responses To Questions
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1. Will, as appears to be the case, survey responses be being processed and counted while the time window for submitting responses is still open?  
The survey responses will be data captured during the collection period, which is a common process for the ABS. The survey responses will not be finalised until after the 7th of November.

2. If yes to 1, what will happen if a respondent reports that their survey has been stolen (or that they did not receive a survey) after their vote has already been received and processed.  
If an eligible Australian reports that a form has been stolen, the ABS will mark the original barcode as invalid. The ABS will count the replacement form when it is returned, rather than the original form. The processing of valid and invalid forms will be conducted at the end of the collection period so there is no risk the survey return is already processed.

3. Will automatic character recognition be used to count survey responses?  
No. The ABS will use optical mark recognition not character recognition to identify Yes and No responses.  

4. If yes to 3, will there be manual verification (eg by checking images on a computer screen as done in the 2016 Senate election) that every survey response has been scanned correctly?
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17:35

Help Dave get his guns back "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

17:24

Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds Announce New Album The Way You Leave "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds Melbourne Americana band Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds have announced plans to release their second full length album The Way You Leave on the 18th October this year. Written between Nashville and Melbourne, The Way You Leave features co-writes with Andrew Combs, Clare Reynolds and []

17:06

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

According to Big Think:

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

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

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

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17:03

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cannabis...

16:37

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

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

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

5 Spiritual Truths That We Are Finally Beginning to Understand:

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

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

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

2. Ascension does not involve going anywhere.

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

Video Via. Spirit Science.

3. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.

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

4. Our souls never die.

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

15:47

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15:39

Enlightenment or Just Waking Up? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

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

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

Much appreciated,

JC

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

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

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

15:34

Cycle of Knowledge "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Hello,

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

Kind Regards,

IA

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

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

15:33

Dark Age v Renaissance "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Hi Martin,

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

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

Many Thanks Again,

Danny

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

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15:30

Vacancies falter "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Resources recovery

August 2017 was a softer month for job vacancies on the Department of Employment's index.

The trend is now +6.4 per cent higher than a year earlier, and +23.8 per cent below the October 2013. low. 


Despite the weaker month, Queensland and Western Australia still experienced double digit growth from a year earlier, with a decent lift in Victoria. 


The annual figure was down in Tasmania, but that's as likely related to a surge in employment uptake based on other indicators.

The wrap

It's good to see that vacancies in Western Australia are now well off the lows of 2016, at about 12 per cent higher.

But nationally, this was a softer result. 

Perhaps this is an early indicator that the economy is set to underwhelm in 2018.

Westpac's Bill Evans, always worth following closely, sees no rate hikes in 2018 on this basis. 

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14:42

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14:30

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

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

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

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

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


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14:10

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

4343.0 Survey of Health Care, Australia, 2016

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

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

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

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

13:01

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

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radical Islamic terrorists

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

Radical Islamic Terrorists

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

11:27

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

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

11:26

Wind on kunanyi/Mt Wellington and MWCCs proposed cable car: Letter to the Editor ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

CERTU, the technical agency of the French ministry for energy, ecology and sustainable planning and development, published a report on Aerial cableways as urban transport systems in 2011. This report states that, Poor weather, and in particular high winds, are the main causes for service interruptions Mercury: Electors poll likely on Hobart skyscrapers EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

11:26

Wind on kunanyi/Mt Wellington and MWCCs proposed cable car ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

CERTU, the technical agency of the French ministry for energy, ecology and sustainable planning and development, published a report on Aerial cableways as urban transport systems in 2011. This report states that, Poor weather, and in particular high winds, are the main causes for service interruptions Mercury: Electors poll likely on Hobart skyscrapers EARLIER on Tasmanian Times ...

10:17

Listen to the New Phia Single Oxide "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of Phia Melbourne based singer-songwriter Phia debuted her new sound this month with the release of her new single Oxide. Gone are the looped mbira tracks, replaced with distorted drums and intergalactic juno synths. The track is inspired by an interview Phia read with Bjrk late last year. Late last year Bjrk released []

09:39

PUNKEST XMAS BASH "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

 

The Zoo is turning 25 so in true Punkfest  fashion, we are throwing them a Xmas party for their birthday!

On a night of huge celebrations we serve a tasty platter of The Hard Ons, The Go Set, Blowhard, Antichrists Anonymous and from The Far North of Qld, Barefoot Belles.

Grab a ticket asap before it sells out and join in the festivities

 

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09:31

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

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

09:26

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

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

Paul Craig Roberts

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

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

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

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

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

To be frank. T...

09:16

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

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

08:26

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

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

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07:36

Crew Takeover Manifest "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The first crew to be taking over the psychedelic Hydra stage at earthcore in the Park 2017 QLD is here!

Introducing Manifest QLD, who will be taking over the Hydra Main Floor! The Queensland festival recently celebrated their five year milestone with a bumper lineup of cutting-edge music, amazing visual and performing arts, delicious food and craft markets and more.

International and local acts TBA!

read on

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07:19

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

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

via Murdoch misleads readers about renewable subsidies and Saudi playboys RenewEconomy


06:57

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

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Flag of the Keeseekoose First Nation in Saskatchewan.

APTN National News, September 19, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

06:16

Bigger is better small businesses once employed over half of private sector workers but no longer "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Ten years ago, small businesses, those with fewer than 20 employees, employed over half of private sector workers in Queensland, but that is no longer the case. This was revealed in an excellent note, Small Business in Queensland, published yesterday by the Queensland Government Statisticians Office, part of the Queensland Treasury:

While small business makes a significant contribution to total employment in Queensland, its share has fallen from 55.9% in June 2007 to 44.2% in 2016.

The trend decline occurred across Australia, although the fall was greater in Queensland than the rest of Australia, on average.

While small business employment declined, employment in medium-sized businesses (20-199 employees) increased. The Government Statisticians Office reports:

Between June 2007 and June 2016, the number of persons employed in a small business in Queensland decreased by 166,000 (down 15.4%)Conversely, the number of persons employed in a medium or large business increased by 128,000 (38.0%) and 172,000 (33.5%) respectively.

Incidentally, medium-sized businesses and large businesses (200+ employees) make up only 2.6 percent of total businesses, but account for 56% of employees (see chart below).

Why have small businesses declined in relative importance? Many factors have probably contributed to the downward trend, including, among others:

  • Consumer preferences, with consumers preferring to shop at bigger stores with more variety and lower prices (as the bigger stores benefit from economies of scale);
  • Information and communications technology improvements which have made it easier for successful businesses to extend their business models into new regions;
  • Government regulations, particularly in workplace relations, which impose costs that massively eat into the margins of small businesses and can more readily be absorbed by larger businesses; and
  • Deregulation (e.g. of retail trading hours), which has gradually been eliminating many of the small corner stores that were once prevalent in Australia.

Of course, technology is now allowing many people to set up micro-businesses, such as consultancies or Uber driving businesses, so there may be a reversal in the longer-term trend to some extent. But the longer-term trend away from traditional small businesses, such as a corner store or newsagent employing half a dozen people, appears unstoppable.

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06:15

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

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

05:42

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

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

05:22

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fluoride supporters disappointed

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

I am very disappointed, said Drapea...

04:31

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

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

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

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

04:31

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

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04:18

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

03:29

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

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

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

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

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

However, there are things that Wente objects to.

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

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

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

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

02:11

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

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

01:32

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

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

00:46

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


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

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

00:41

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

00:27

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

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

00:24

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

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

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

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

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

CODE-1: *#21#

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

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

CODE-2: *#62#

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

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

CODE-3: ##002#

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

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

CODE-4: *#06#

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

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

00:19

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

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

Tuesday, 19 September

23:53

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

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

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

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

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23:45

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

The future of computing depends on it.

By Fiona MacDonald

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It is like the difference between thunder and lightning.

23:33

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

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

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

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

Octopus cities suck.


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23:30

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

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

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

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21:56

Why The Worlds Deadliest Bird Keeps Breaking Into Peoples Houses "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Now this is what Im talking about! Weve heard a lot about the tough guys of the animal kingdom in recent weeks: hippos that lay the smack down on lions, hippos that terrify Steve Irwin, lions that are definitely voting yes on the gay marriage plebiscite and bears that scare the living sh*t out of mountain bikers. Now, finally, its Strayas turn.

Ooh! Right in the wood! (Credit: YouTube)

Ooh! Right in the wood! (Credit: YouTube)

I present you with the f*cking cassowary!

Faster than a bloody ninja, crankier than my mother-in-law when shes on the sauce, scarier than the thought of dying old and alone; you do not want to f*ck with these bad boys!

Why, you ask? Check out the Velociraptor claw!

Bugger that Jurassic Park bullsh**! (Credit: Featuredcreature.com)

Bugger that Jurassic Park bullsh**! (Credit: Featuredcreature.com)

You know what else you can add to the list though? Theyre f*cking criminals. Thats right, these colourful avian rogues are no better than smackheads and have taken to breaking into bloody houses in North Queensland.

Just last week a young cassowary innocuously named Ruthie, bailed an old bloke up, threatened him and tried to get into his house. Bloody hell!

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21:53

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

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

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

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

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

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

21:53

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21:53

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

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

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

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

Heres What Chinese Schools Have Done Well

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

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

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

21:34

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

Research on top of the Dinwoody Glacier

SCIENCE The Rockies largest glaciers are melting with little fanfare

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21:30

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

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

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

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21:03

China a Different Breed of Government "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

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

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

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

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

20:30

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

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

20:27

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

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

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

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

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

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

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19:57

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

17:48

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

Happiness is a journey Not a destination.

  • Ben Sweetland

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

Source: Spiked

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

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

Dont Be Afraid to Ask for Help

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

Give Yourself Permission to Be Happy

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

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15:00

Zero G - 18 September 2017 Episode 1151 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

ZERO-G #1151 Title:You're Next

Podcast Title: Invasion of the poddy snatchers 1151

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: interview with Zero-G fave ROB LLOYD about his Melbourne Fringe show INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS; and we head to the sewers to float with IT.

For playlists, show notes, and news see the 3RRR website at:

http://www.rrr.org.au/program/zero-g/playlists

Follow @zerogrobjan on Twitter and Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/ZeroGRadio

Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST

14:30

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

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

11:30

Guns Confiscated From Farmer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

David Dunstan, (From Herald Sun)

by Dee McLachlan

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

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

The Farmer in Albury

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

Then at about 3.30...

10:44

Earthcore in the Park 2017 QLD crew announcements just went next level! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Dragonfruit

Introducing Dragonfruit, who bring a European vibe to music enthusiasts in Australia through creating a positive, inclusive and uplifting environment in which to socialise, participate and be exposed to the very best of underground house & techno music on offer both domestically and, especially, internationally. Hosting artists such as Carl Craig, Joseph Capriati, Nastia, Matthias Tanzmann, and MARCEL DETTMANN.

They will be hosting the techno pavilion at earthcore Brisbane! International DJs and local artists TBA soon!
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