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Sunday, 14 January

18:37

The Selfish Green "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Every now and again, a video pops up in my newsfeed that I really really look forward to watching. This was one of them but oh what a disappointment..  Sometimes, and I know I am not, I start believing I am the only one who gets it and sees the whole picture. Well 99% of it, Im certain Ive missed something.

While theres no doubting the eminence of the panel of four, David Attenborough, Richard Dawkins, Jane Goodall, and Richard Leaky (of whom I hadnt really heard of much before), I thought they fell far short of understanding the issues no, predicaments we are facing.  None of them seem to know much about energy, or the monetary system, with the fat cat lookalike, that Leaky fellow I didnt know much about, really displaying his ignorance of nuclear energy.

Whats plain to see after watching that lot is that we are truly stuffed, notwithstanding their collective optimism, which as you probably all know, I dont share  a pessimist is, after all, a well informed optimist!

Leakys wish to monetise every aspect of the environment so it can be saved really takes the cake. Money is the problem after all, which thankfully Attenborough points out to him, even if its just as an aside.  I love Jane Goodall to bits (and her chimps theres a wonderful clip of a couple with a Jack in the Box), but shes frankly a bit nave.  Dawkins is interesting, as always, but has no grasp of the financial and energy problems at all, in fact says nothing whatever about it.  Attenborough is the best informed of all, he has after all seen how the planet has changed in the past 60 years more than anyone else, and at least he realises we are way overpopulated..  at the end, they all roll around in hopium. Id love to know what DTM followers think

That this video has only had 187,634 views as I type says it all.  Does anybody care?

 

12:31

The gang crisis our leaders help create "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

What is it about the African gang crisis that's so disturbingly familiar?

In case you haven't been paying attention, Melbourne is supposedly in the grip of a crime wave. Not on the basis of statistics, which show arson, property damage, burglary and theft down (sexual offences and robbery are up), but on the basis of a series of front page articles over summer in the Herald Sun and also The Australian about African gangs, most of them South Sudanese.

Victoria's opposition wants to recall Parliament.

Federal minister Greg Hunt, whose day job is Health Minister and who last year had to apologise to the Supreme Court for calling it soft, says African gang crime is "out of control". Prime Minister Turnbull says he is alarmed by "growing gang violence". And Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says people are scared to go out to restaurants "because they are followed home by these gangs".

It's feeding on itself. A nationalist group says it's planning a rally on Sunday in order to "take a stand on the streets". African Australians are being harassed and worse by vigilantes who are suddenly emboldened. Police say a Daily Mail photographer helped create the latest "flare-up" by taking close-up photos of a group of Africans socialising.

"The teenagers had been doing nothing of public interest prior to the photographer's decision to move in," a memo reported by The Guardian says. The Mail labelled the scuffle that it helped create "the latest gang flare-up" and boasted that its pictures were "exclusive".

It is familiar because it happened in Sydney with Lebanese Muslim youths (remember the Cronulla riots?) and before that with "Asian gangs" in Cabramatta. In Adelaide a decade ago it was the "Gang of 49". There never was a Gang of 49, but The Advertiser coined the term to describe 49 mainly Aboriginal youths the police said they were looking for.

The catchphrase had incredibly unfortunate consequences. Former police say it created gangs. Dispossessed, often homeless, y...

12:21

Axe negative gearing, boost GDP - RBA conference paper "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Axing negative gearing would lift home ownership to as much as 72.2 per cent of households, cut home prices by just 1.2 per cent and lift rents "only marginally", a study shown to the Reserve Bank of Australia has found.

Preliminary results from the economic modelling exercise, believed to be the first of its kind in Australia, were presented to a RBA workshop last month and released on Friday.

Melbourne University researchers Yunho Cho, Shuyun May Li and Lawrence Uren conclude that eliminating negative gearing entirely would lead to an overall welfare gain of 1.5 per cent of GDP, making three quarters of the population better off.

The figure compares to a Treasury prediction of welfare gain of 1.2 per cent from Turnbull government's plan to cut the company tax rate.

Speaking after the release of the paper, Dr Uren stressed the research was incomplete and said it was possible the size of the lift in home ownership could be revised down. But he said the directions of change and magnitudes were unlikely to change much.

An ownership rate of 72 per cent would be the highest since 1991, before 1999 when the Howard government cut the headline rate of capital gains tax making negative gearing more attractive. It currently stands at 66.7 per cent.

During the 2016 election campaign Prime Minister Turnbull said a Labor plan to wind back but not eliminate the negative gearing tax concession would "smash up home values", and "pull the rug out from under the property sector".

The claims were at odds with advice to the government at the time released on Monday under Freedom of Information laws that characterised the likely impact of Labor's proposals as "relatively modest".

Negative gearing allows investors in housing and other assets to deduct investment losses from their wage incomes for the purpose of calculating taxable income. The losses can be recouped later when the asset is sold for a profit, which is taxed at only half the rate of wage income.

Treasury found the arrangement predominantly helped high income families, with more than half of the benefit going to the top 20 per cent of earners.......

12:15

Coal is now the biggest threat to energy security "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Worried the electricity system won't keep up over summer? Worry about coal. Seriously.

One of the four giant units at Victoria's ageing Loy Yang A power station broke down on Tuesday night at 11.05, taking out 230 megawatts, and then at 1.10 on Wednesday morning after being partially restarted, taking out what by then was 161 megawatts.

When demand soared during Sunday's heatwave, the Eraring plant on Lake Macquarie in NSW lost 275 megawatts. A few minutes later, Loy Yang A lost 264 megawatts.

On New Year's Day, unit 1 of Millmerran in Queensland stalled, taking out 156 megawatts. On December 28, unit 2 of Tarong in Queensland stalled, taking out 314 megawatts. On Boxing Day, unit 4 at Loy Yang stalled, taking out 528 megawatts. On Christmas Day, unit 1 at Gladstone stalled, taking out 230 megawatts, then unit 1 at the Tallawarra gas plant in NSW, taking out 187 megawatts. And so on, back to the start of summer.

When unit 3 at Loy Yang shut down without warning on December 14 taking out 560 megawatts and imperilling the entire system, the new Tesla battery 1000 kilometres away in South Australia sprang into action ahead of the coal-fired power station that was contracted to restore stability. It proved to be "dispatchable" in a way coal-fired power stations are not.

Age, heat and the steady encroachment of renewables are destroying the only advantages coal-fired power stations ever had.

When Treasurer Scott Morrison stood up in Federal Parliament and waved around a lump of coal in a stunt unworthy of his office, he said coal was an important part of ensuring a "more certain" energy future.

But he was speaking about the past.

Coal-fired power stations didn't used to get critically hot as often as they do now. The February 2017 heatwave that took out 2438 megawatts in one day in NSW might have once been a once-in-500-year event. Now it's a once-in-50-year event and perhaps soon a once-in-five-year event. The calculations are by the Australia Institute's Mark Ogge and Hannah Aulby in a study of the risks to energy security entitled Can't Stand the Heat. Ogge is the person who has been keeping a record of power station outages.

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12:09

What a job? Move to NSW "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

It's the easiest to find a job since the mining boom.

The latest count from the Bureau of Statistics shows there were a record 216,000 job vacancies in November and 661,400 Australians out of work, the lowest total since 2012.

The ratio of 3.1 means there were roughly three job seekers for each vacant job, a step up from November 2016 when there were 3.7.

In NSW, the state with the best odds, there were only 2.2 job seekers for each vacant job, one of the lowest ratios ever recorded. A year earlier there were 2.7.

While Victoria has recorded the biggest improvement, the odds remain nowhere near as good as in NSW. There were 3.1 unemployed Victorians trying to get each vacant job in November, down from 4.2 a year earlier.

In Queensland the odds improved from 4.5 per vacant job to 3.9, in South Australia from 6.1 to 5.7, in Western Australia from 4.7 to 4.3 and in Tasmania from 7.9 to 5.7.

In the Northern Territory the odds remained little changed at about two unemployed per vacancy, and in the Australian Capital Territory they slid from 1.6 to just 1.3. But the ACT figures are unrealistic because they are biased downwards by the number of ACT workers living outside of the territory and the number who come from interstate for jobs.

The better odds in every state reflect both a surge in the number of vacancies, from 69,000 to 81,500 in NSW, and from 45,400 to 57,500 in Victoria, and also a drop in the number of Australians identifying as unemployed.

A near-record 383,300 more Australians have found work in the past 12 months, almost all of them full-time.

Construction vacancies have ju...

12:05

Sydney land values soar again "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Up & away

New South Wales saw another massive +14.6 per cent increase in total land values in the 2017 financial year, to more than $1.7 trillion.

These figures are not used for the calculation of rates, which are only updated every three years. 

The NSW Valuer General Report showed that once again residential land values in Sydney have been tearing along, with the state's residential land values rising by +14.1 per cent to $1.4 trillion, while rural land prices also increased on improved crop yields. 


Total land values have now recorded double-digit gains in financial years 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 respectively, including a thumping +20.7 per cent increase in FY2015. 

Rezoning drives uplifts

Some LGAs have been amalgamated, so in certain cases the FY2017 figures are not included in the graphic below, but the story was essentially more of the same. 

In blue chip Mosman the median land value ripped $315,000 or +17.1 per cent higher to $2,155,000, an all-comers record for Australia. 

The story wasn't much difference in the eastern suburbs jewel of Woollahra, where the median land value rose by $290,000 or +11.9 per cent to $2,030,000. 

Strathfield was yet again a strong performer with the median land value rising by $240,000 or +16.1 per cent to $1,730,000.

Indeed, over the past five financial years the greatest increases in median land value have been recorded in Hunters Hi...

12:05

Why Treasury told Turnbull about negative gearing "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Malcolm Turnbull knew or ought to have known that the claims he made about Labor's housing policy during the election were likely to be wrong.

The Treasury pointed it out in the lead-up to the campaign.

Ramping up his rhetoric in order to win the election, Turnbull said Labor's plan would "devalue every home, every property, in Australia".

It would "smash up home values", "pull the rug out from under the property sector".

It was "a big sledgehammer" aimed at the property prices.

Except that the Treasury didn't think so, and had spelled out its reasoning in a memo delivered to treasurer Scott Morrison as Turnbull was sharpening his lines.

Far from disowning the memo, the Treasury has spent much of the past two years arguing that its contents reflected its genuinely-held opinion.

Fighting to prevent its release to the ABC under the Freedom of Information Act, it told the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner that publication would harm its "ability to provide candid and confidential advice to ministers in the future".

Here is that candid and confidential advice. Labor wanted to limit negative gearing to newly-built homes. Losses from investments in other homes and shares could still be deducted from income, but only from investment income. Existing investments would be unaffected. And the capital gains from those investments would be taxed more heavily, at three-quarters rather than half the income tax rate.

Treasury said the changes would have a "relatively modest" effect on prices.

Returns for investors would fall. But owner-occupiers, unaffected by the changes, would be "likely to limit the extent to which is an impact on prices".

"Overall, price changes are likely to be small, though the composition of ownership may shift away from domestic investors," the candid assessment concluded.

Labor's policy, or cut-down versions of it, has been supported by the Property Council, the Business Council, the head of the Abbott government's Commission of Audit, the head of its review of the financial system, the Reserve Bank governor Philip Lowe, the Institute of Company Directors, and the Committee for the Economic Development of Australia.

Treasury, but not Turnbull, thou...

12:01

Bob Avakian: "Why do people come here from all over the world?" "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In the face of the white supremacist attacks by Donald Trump on immigrants from Haiti, Africa, El Salvador and elsewhere, this clip from a talk by Bob Avakian answers the question "Why do people come here from all over the world?"

11:54

Deutsche Probe Brings Action from US Rep. Maxine Waters "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

President Trump held a joint Press Conference on Wednesday with Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway. This was the first opportunity for the press to query the President about the size of his nuclear button, or the recent reality show he put on at the White House with Congressional leaders over DACA, meant to demonstrate his stable genius, and also answer questions about a rumored Robert Mueller interrogation.

I was wondering just what her excellency must have thought, when the press pretty much ignored her while President Trump repeated a multitude of denials with regard to any collusion with Russia.

In Norway, the prime minister and cabinet are collectively accountable for their policies and actions to the monarch, to the Storting (parliament of Norway), to their political party and ultimately the electorate. In practice, since it is nearly impossible for a government to stay in office against the will of the Storting, the prime minister is primarily answerable to the Storting. If the prime minister loses the confidence of the Storting, he or she must resign.

While I was pondering her Excellencys musings, I received an email from a representative of Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), an estimable member of the American Storting. Waters is a ranking member of the Congressional committee monitoring the Department of Justice and Treasurys long-term investigation of Deutsche Banks Russian money laundering, known as mirror trades.

Rep. Waters had apparently read the WhoWhatWhy article I wrote on Deutsche Bank and wanted to inform me that her office had written to Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin and requested that he recuse himself from any oversight of that investigation, and anything else relative to President Donald J. Trump and his businesses. Waters also wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, demanding to know the current status of the mirror trades investigation.

While she was at it, she wrote to the current CEO of Deutsche Bank demanding all documents related to Trump and the Trump Organizations interactions with Deutsche Bank. And she asked whether Deutsche Bank had laundered any money for Trump as Steve Bannon, one of Trumps erstwhile advisers, reportedly told Michael Wolff, author of Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.

Waters, ranking member of the House Financial Services Committee, has been exploring the ties betwee...

10:57

"What Life Expected From Us..." "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 choose one's own way...

Ultimately, man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, but rather must recognize that it is he who is asked. In a word, each man is questioned by life; and he can only answer to life by answering for his own life; to life he can only respond by being responsible."
- Viktor E. Frankl, "Man's Search for Meaning"
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10:22

Western Civilization VS Sh%$tholes Race & How to Save the West Jay Dyer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The mainstream hypocrites are in an uproar because Trump referred to some countries as sh&%holes, while simultaneously they call fly over country and the south even worse. In this video I castigate the Alt Media and Alt Right for not offering anything beyond biological determinism, which has built NO civilization. Civlizations are built on theology, philosophy, race and/or ethnos, as well as other aspects of culture, like language.

The means to save civilization is found first in repairing the altar, not the throne. Only Orthodoxy has the entire *worldview* necessary as well as the social and cultural answers and power western, atheist man craves and lacks. The Byzantine symphonia model and the balance of the one and the many, grounded in the faith of our common millennia of Church Fathers has the answers simply look at their Cathedrals.

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10:19

Fiona Reilly: Tuning Into Your Own Vibration "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Tuning Into Your Own Vibration

by Fiona Reilly; Wake Up World

Source: Rise Earth

There is such liberation and joy in finding ones own vibration and unleashing it fully in the world. Can you think of a time when you were in touch with and living true to you? A time when you were in your strength and power. What does it feel like? Strong, free, vibrant, playful, joyful, liberating, empowering these are some of the words that come to mind. Yet for many of us, remaining in touch with our own vibe is a challenge. The world is full of distraction and its easy to be pulled out into something other than our own truth and beingness.

In our current world there are so many influences that try to make us like everyone else. Ingrained social conditioning places much emphasis on doing and success is often based on things such as material gain and power. From an early age we are given roles that may not necessarily be in our best interest. We are encouraged to behave well, study hard, find a good job and make lots of money and so forth Society doesnt place much value on being, expressing or creativity just for the sake of it. Our own unique expression and vibration is not widely respected.

However, the full expression of our selves is so inspiring, fulfilling and worthwhile. We dont need others to tell us how to be or what to do, inside we have all our own answers. When we surrender and let go of any external demands, we can find true love and joy. Sometimes there is the temptation to look to the outer world to provide us with solutions and to be a source of our peace and happiness.



We may find being true to our own vibe difficult because of insecurities or lack of self....

10:00

KPN Shows Support for NEO by Hosting a Consensus Node in Their Data Center "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

No one can deny cryptocurrency is about much more than just Bitcoin. That is a positive development, as Bitcoin is not perfect. Nor does it have all of the answers to our problems either. It is a good currency at times, but right now, its not in the best of shapes. As a result, mainstream companies are slowly showing an interest in other currencies. KPN, for example, has decided to host a dedicated NEO consensus node in their data center. An interesting decision by the Dutch telco.

There is an interesting future ahead for all currencies that are not Bitcoin. Especially those which offer something entirely different from established currencies. NEO is similar to Ethereum in some ways, yet completely different in other aspects. So far, this altcoin has seen great success throughout 2017. It seems that powerful trend will continue into early 2018. Especially when they have some big announcements to make in the coming months.

KPN Sees Merit in NEO and the Smart Economy

One of those announcements has to do with KPN. Most people know this company because its one of the largest Dutch telecommunications companies to date. Surprisingly, KPN decided to hop on the NEO bandwagon. More specifically, the company will host an NEO consensus node within their data center. That in itself is a rather surprising development. Then again, the giant has shown an interest in NEO and the smart economy before. It seems they are only now putting their plans into action, which can have some interesting consequences.

One could argue this news has no major impact. At the same time, the telco giant purposefully chose this altcoin over all other cryptocurrencies on the market. They are seemingly not interested in Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin or XR. Instead, they want to support NEO and become a part of the smart economy. It is an interesting development which will have major consequences. What those consequences might be, is anybodys guess right now. It is a ma...

09:57

White-necked Petrel at Offshore--Southport pelagic reported by Rob Morris and all on board the Southport Pelagic organised by Paul Walbridge on 13-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

It was an interesting day off Southport yesterday in a 25+kt northerly. Lots of birds although the north wind caused reduced diversity. Great numbers of Tahitis, a Kermadec and a showy White-necked Petrel in 60fths were the highlights.

09:14

Is your smartphone making you unhappy? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

(Journalists Resource) Theres abundant speculation that our smartphones make us less happy. Twitter: saps your attention. Facebook: fills you with FOMO. Email: your boss is barking directives again.

A new paper in the Journal of Experimental Social Psychology finds science behind the speculation. The researchers, from the University of British Columbia and the University of Virginia, conduct two experiments that show smartphone distractions reduce how much we enjoy one thing repeatedly shown to make humans happy: face-to-face social interactions.

In the first, 304 participants each had dinner with a small group of friends or family. Half were told to keep their smartphone handy for a questionnaire, which would arrive by text, about the meal. Half were asked to turn their phones to silent and stash them away, instructed that they would receive questions later by paper. After the meal, all participants answered questions about how much they enjoyed their social interactions, how connected they felt, how distracted or bored. Lastly, participants reported how much they used their mobile phones; this response was compared with video footage of the meal (participants consented to being recorded, but didnt know why they were being videotaped). This part of the study found that:

  • Participants who used their phones known as the phone condition reported significantly lower interest and enjoyment than those in the phoneless condition.
  • Participants in the phone condition reported feeling more distracted and slightly more bored.
  • We found that phone use had a small negative effect on well-being.

In the second experiment, the researchers surveyed 123 American public-university students by text message five times a day at random for a week, asking them how they were feeling and what they had been doing for the last 15 minutes. Over 41 percent of responses occurred while participants were interacting with someone face-to-face. While using their smartphones, these people reported feeling:

  • more distracted and more bored;
  • less interested in their int...

08:17

Marsupial fossil discovery in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

This 2016 video is called Extinct and Extant Australian Species.

From Palaeontologia Electronica:

Miminipossum notioplanetes, a Miocene forest-dwelling phalangeridan (Marsupialia; Diprotodontia) from northern and central Australia

ABSTRACT

Miminipossum notioplanetes represents a new Early/Middle Miocene family (Miminipossumidae) of phalangeridan possums recovered from the Two Trees Local Fauna from the Riversleigh World Heritage area in northwestern Queensland and the Kutjamarpu Local Fauna of the Tirari Desert in northern South Australia. Because of widespread convergence in key features of P3 and M1 among phalangeridan families, the interfamilial relationships of Miminipossumidae are uncertain. The age of the Kutjamarpu Local Fauna has been in doubt with estimates ranging from Late Oligocene to Middle Miocene. The new taxon raises to 15 the number of taxa in the Kutjamarpu Local Fauna that are shared with both...

08:00

January 14 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"



1788 - Convicts disembarked from their world trip cruise at Botany Bay, but they didn't get much sight-seeing done, for some reason...

1803 - Lieutenant-Colonel David Collins drew the short straw to found a new settlement at Port Phillip... give up now David, it'll all end in tears....and Bill Buckley doing a runner!

1816 - Micky Micky, an Indigenous man, was admitted to Newcastle Gaol from Brisbane charged with various attempts to murder. Sent for trial.

1815 - The road over the Blue Mountains was completed to the Macquarie River.

1830 - In a classic lesson to update your maps when trekking around a new colony, Charles Sturt named a puddle of H2o the Murray River, not realising the oh-so-modest Hamilton Hume had had the honour of naming it after himself 6 years earlier.

1834 - Charles Waldron of the Illawarra district was belted to death although he took a good long 4 days to expire when convicts Mary Maloney and Sarah McGregor battered their tyrant boss (though not with a nice beer fish batter).
Over-whelming public sympathy saw their death sentences changed to 3 years imprisonment.

1837 - Gov Hindmarsh got hisself in print when the first printing press in South Oz became operational with the printing of the Guv's Proclamation "Establishment of Government".

1839 - Breakout attempt at Carter's Barracks by 19 soldiers confined there because of severe punishment such as being worked on the ring. The punishment of the ring was similar to the practice of breaking in horses. The men were made to form four deep and march round the ring twenty times, and afterwards ten times at double quick pace.

1840 - The SA Land Commissioners were dissolved by Lord John Russell, Secretary of State For The Colonies, and replaced by three Land & Emigration Commissioners, whose powers were extended over the sale of the waste lands of the Crown throughout the British Colonies and for applying the proceeds to emigration. Col Robert Richard Torrens continues as Chairman.

1842 Mary MacKillop, the only Australian to be canonised, was hatched in Fitzroy, Victoria.

1852 - William A'Beckett was appointed first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria.

1852 - Beruke, or Gellibrand, member of Native Police Corps, buried at South Yarra Depot, near Clara Street.

1852 - Melbourne failed in its bid to become Australia's capital.

1856 - Weenpulta, Weellanna , Yardulunulkarna and Eelanna were Hanged at Franklin Harbour for the murder of Peter Brown.

1856 - John Scott was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of William Longmate at Vasse.

1866 - Bushranger John Dunn escaped briefly from Dubbo Gaol, NSW.

1875....

05:11

Liberal Zionists cant talk about the shooting of Mohammed Tamimi "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

As everyone knows, 16-year-old Ahed Tamimi slapped a heavily-armed Israeli soldier occupying her property in Nabi Saleh on December 15, and was arrested a few days later. She has now spent over three weeks in prison.

Ahed Tamimi, right, confronting an Israeli soldier at her home in occupied Nabi Saleh on Dec. 15, 2017. 

What many people do not know is that the young womans confrontation followed within hours the shooting by an Israeli soldier of her 15-year-old cousin, Mohammed Tamimi, during a demonstration. A rubber bullet entered his head under his nose and got lodged in his skull; a family member told Al Jazeera blood poured from his head like a fountain.

Last week Haaretz posted a moving video, below, of an interview with Mohammed in which he states that he was going to a protest of Trumps Jerusalem announcement on his villages lands when he was shot by a soldier he did not see; that he underwent a six-hour operation and spent a week in a (medically-induced) coma; and that he cannot go out of the house for the next few months because he now lacks bone in part of his skull.

The liberal Zionist group J Street has now posted two anguished blogposts about Ahed Tamimi slapping the soldier. Neither mentions the injuries to Mohammed Tamimi.

The head of J Street, Jeremy Ben-Ami, did a post on Ahed Tamimi in late December that related mixed feelings about the episode, but expressed greater sympathy for the Israeli soldiers than for the young Palestinian:

On the one hand, we truly honor and respect t...

05:00

Professor Claims Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia Are Equal Threats "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Are Islamophobia and anti-Semitism comparable? Reza Zia-Ebrahimi, senior lecturer in history at Kings College London, maintains that the answer is yes. Zia-Ebrahimi recently made this argument with a talk co-sponsored by Harvard Universitys Saudi-funded Alwaleed Islamic Studies Program and titled, When the Elders of Zion Relocated to Eurabia: Conspiratorial Racialisation in Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. Speaking []

02:44

Trump joins the EU "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


The lead item on the BBC News website this morning was:


Iran's "anger" at Trump was the BBC's main angle on the story, which concerns the US's imposition of sanctions on the head of Iran's judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli-Larijani.

As so often with BBC reports you have to go elsewhere to find the context to the news, including answers to such questions as 'Is the US move merely a whim of Donald Trump's?'.

The answer to that question turns out to be 'no'. The White House is merely joining the E.U., which sanctioned Ayatollah Larijani in 2012 for personally approving and overseeing the imposition of horrific punishments: 

Those sanctions are still in force (being separate to those relating to Irans nuclear programme, lifted back in 2016). 

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22:43

Chief Justice Bathurst again uses Supreme Court for personal grievance and vendetta against journalist Shane Dowling #auspol "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The NSW Supreme Court, with CJ Bathursts finger prints all over it, denied me a fee waiver when I tried to file a Notice of Motion on Friday (12-1-18) on the basis that the Registrar said it was scandalous and had little chance of success which is a blatant denial of natural justice. The order []

21:51

One of the Biggest Crypto Exchanges Goes Dark and Users Are Getting Nervous "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Bloomberg

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By Camila Russo

January 12, 2018, 2:39 PM EST

One of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges has been down for hours and its clients are starting to freak out.

Kraken went offline at 9 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday for maintenance that was initially scheduled to last two hours, plus an additional two to three hours for withdrawals, according to an announcement on the San Francisco-based companys website.

We are still working to resolve the issues that we have identified and our team is working around the clock to ensure a smooth upgrade, according to a status update on Krakens website posted seven hours ago. This means it may still take several hours before we can relaunch the site.

In previous updates, Kraken mentioned its working on unexpected and delicate issues and assured clients their funds were secure, adding that Yes, this is our new record for downtime since we launched in 2013. No, were not proud of it.....

21:39

Prayer and Meditation for Sunday, January 14, 2017 The body is not for immorality, but for the Lord "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 65

Art: The Charge to Peter by James Tissot

Reading 1  1 SM 3:3B-10, 19

Samuel was sleeping in the temple of the LORD
where the ark of God was.
The LORD called to Samuel, who answered, Here I am.
Samuel ran to Eli and said, Here I am. You called me.
I did not call you, Eli said. Go back to sleep.
So he went back to sleep.
Again the LORD called Samuel, who rose and went to Eli.
Here I am, he said. You called me.
But Eli answered, I did not call you, my son. Go back to sleep.At that time Samuel was not familiar with the LORD,
because the LORD had not revealed anything to him as yet.
The LORD called Samuel again, for the third time.
Getting up and going to Eli, he said, Here I am. You called me.
Then Eli understood that the LORD was calling the youth.
So he said to Samuel, Go to sleep, and if you are called, reply,
Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.
When Samuel went to sleep in his place,
the LORD came and revealed his presence,
calling out as before, Samuel, Samuel!
Samuel answered, Speak, for your servant is listening.

Samuel grew up, and the LORD was with him,
not permitting any word of his to be without effect.

Responsorial Psalm PS 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10

R. (8a and 9a) Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
I have waited, waited for the LORD,
and he stooped toward me and heard my cry.
And he put a new song into my mouth,
a hymn to our God.
R. Here am I, Lord; I come to do your will.
Sacrifice or offering you wished not,
but ears open to obedience you gave me.
...

21:31

Iran says will retaliate against US sanctions on chief judge Trump regimes hostile action (against Larijani) crossed all red lines of conduct in the international community and is a violation of international law. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

DUBAI (Reuters) Iran said on Saturday it would retaliate against sanctions imposed on its judiciary head by the United States as President Donald Trump stepped up efforts to fix a nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers.

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FILE PHOTO: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, Russia January 10, 2018. REUTERSAlexander Zemlianichenko/Pool

Trump said on Friday he would waive nuclear sanctions against Iran for the last time to give Washington and its European allies a chance to fix the terrible flaws of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Washington also announced sanctions against 14 entities and people, including the head of Irans judiciary, Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani.

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Ayatollah Sadeq Larijani

The Trump regimes hostile action (against Larijani) crossed all red lines of conduct in the international community and is a violation of international law and will surely be answered by a serious reaction of the Islamic Republic, Irans Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by state media.

On Friday, Irans Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter on that Trumps decision undermined the multilateral agreement.

Reporting by Dubai newsroom; Editing by Shri Navaratnam

17:44

Black-chinned Honeyeater at Raysource Rd, Haigslea reported by Russell' Yong & J. Hatton on 13-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Killer views this morning (~7:30am) of four Black-chinned Honeyeaters feeding down low, right over the cross-junction. At least one was not in full colours and had a pale bill hence an immature and likely sign of local breeding. Readily lD'd by blue eye-skin and black chin; they were extensively vocal and were constantly calling throughout the time we were there (~30 mins). Closest l have ever seen this species to Brisbane.

Channel-billed Cuckoo at Gladstone reported by Ted and Alex Wnorowski on 13-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A pair of T. Crows successfully raised and fledged 4 cuckoo chicks in our garden. Channel-billed Cuckoos are common but so many chicks in one nest are rather unusual. This explained why our crows seemed so busy lately, raiding every property in the neighbourhood and storing pieces of food in the gaps of air conditioners, garden furniture slats and palm crowns.All four fledglings left the nest this morning and flew to the top of a tall Norfolk pine. They made very loud noises, constantly begging their foster-parents for food. After 30 min they all flew away - 4 cuckoos frantically chasing two crows in the sky.

Wood Sandpiper; Australasian Shoveler at Lake Clarendon reported by Russell' Yong & J. Hatton on 13-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Prolonged views of one Wood Sandpiper on the rock-strewn exposed land, close to the foot of the dam tower. At least four Aust Shovelers were seen from this vantage point, but no doubt there were more further out.

Musk Duck at Lake Clarendon reported by Donald Gaydon; Heath Gaydon on 13-01-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Single bird, female or juvenile, no throat lobe visable, large size, reptilian head and bill, sitting low in water, spiky tail held vertically. Single Musk Duck sighted amongst thousands of other waterfowl - primarily Hardheads and Grey Teal. Very hot conditions 40 degrees C at 10.30am

17:08

"Butterflies..." "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

"I think humans might be like butterflies; people die every day without many other people knowing about them, seeing their colors, hearing their stories... and when humans are broken, they're like broken butterfly wings; suddenly there are so many beauties that are seen in different ways, so many thoughts and visions and possibilities that form, which couldn't form when the person wasn't broken! So it is not a very sad thing to be broken, after all! It's during the times of being broken, that you have all the opportunities to become things unforgettable! Just like the broken butterfly wing that I found, which has given me so many thoughts, in so many ways, has shown me so many words, and imaginations! But butterflies need to know, that it doesn't matter at all if the whole world saw their colors or not! But what matters is that they flew, they glided, they hovered, they saw, they felt, and they knew! And they loved the ones whom they flew with! And that is an existence worthwhile!"
- C. JoyBell C.

17:00

The Weekend Quiz January 13-14, 2017 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

Question 1:

The net worth of the non-government sector rises immediately as a result of the government issuing bonds to exactly match ($-for-$) the increase in net public spending.

The answer is False.

The question requires you to be careful. It is asking whether the bond sales cause a rise in the net worth of the non-government sector, not whether the net worth of the non-government sector rises.

The only difference between the Treasury borrowing from the central bank and issuing debt to the private sector is that the central bank has to use different operations to pursue its policy interest rate target. If it debt is not issued to match the deficit then it has to either pay interest on excess reserves (which most central banks are doing now anyway) or let the target rate fall to zero (the Japan solution).

There is no difference to the impact of the deficits on net worth in the non-government sector.

So in terms of the specific question, you need to consider the reserve operations that accompany deficit spending. Like all government spending, the Treasury would credit the reserve accounts held by the commercial bank at the central bank. The commercial bank in question would be where the target of the spending had an account. So the commercial banks assets rise and its liabilities also increase because a deposit would be made.

The transactions are clear: The commercial banks assets rise and its liabilities also increase because a new deposit has been made. Further, the target of the fiscal initiative enjoys increased assets (bank deposit) and net worth (a liability/equity entry on their balance sheet). Taxation does the opposite and so a deficit (spending greater than taxation) means that reserves increase and private net worth increases.

This means that there are likely to be excess reserves in the cash system which then raises issues for the central bank about its liquidity management as explained above. But at this stage, M1 (deposits in the non-government sector) rise as a result of the deficit without a corresponding increase in liabilities. In other words, fiscal deficits increase net financial assets in the non-government sector.

What would happen if....

16:20

Lets have more African immigrants "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

That is the topic of my latest Bloomberg column, here is one bit:

Or consider Nigerian-Americans, Nigeria being the most populous nation in Africa. Their education levels are among the very highest in the U.S., above those of Asians, with 17 percent of Nigerian migrants having a masters degree.

And:

Economist Edward Lazear suggests a simple experiment. Consider immigrants to the U.S. from Algeria, Israel and Japan, and rank them in order of most educated to least educated. The correct answer is Algeria, Israel then Japan. Although thats counterintuitive at first glance, its easy enough to see how it works. If you are Algerian and educated, or aspire to be educated, your prospects in Algeria are relatively poor and you may seek to leave. A talented, educated person in Japan or Israel can do just fine by staying at home. These kinds of considerations explain about 73 percent of the variation in the educational outcomes of migrants.

Do read the whole thing.

The post Lets have more African immigrants appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

16:04

Who and What Will AI Serve? US and China Give Very Different Answers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

BEIJING (Analysis) Speaking to a group of students in September, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a bold proclamation. Artificial intelligence is the future, he said, stating that this is a fact not only for Russia but for all humankind. It comes with colossal opportunities, but also threats that are difficult to predict. Whoever becomes the leader in this sphere will become the ruler of the world.

This single quote from Putin was cast in an ominous light by Western media, even leading SpaceX founder and the most recognizable critic of Artificial Intelligence (AI) Elon Musk to warn that the race for AI superiority at a national level may be the most likely cause of a potential world war. While the Western media may want their consumers to believe that this was the latest development in the tactics used in Russian aggression and the next logical step from the dreaded troll farms, those more grounded in reality acknowledged that, while Putin is right, Russia is not the number two competitor with the United States.

The real competitor in the race for AI superiority should be obvious. There is only one nation quickly catching up to the perceived technological superiority of the United States: China.

Not only is Chinas tech industry catching up with the United States but, unlike Washington, Beijing is directly investing billions of dollars in AI research projects. Washington has ceded both control of AI research and the drafting of laws governing and guiding tech companies to the CEOs of said companies and their lobbyists.

There are also major differences between Beijing and Silicon Valley, with the former seeking to use AI for improving human life economic systems in conjunction with the state while the latter seeks to exploit, extort and monitor humanity through the submission of the state.

These two approaches are night and day and account for many of the reasons that the West is truly threatened by the race for AI between the neoliberal privatizers in the U.S. and those pushing an alternate model in China that will largely operate as an extension of state economic management.

 

Silicon Valley: A hotspot of AI development and unethical business

...

16:02

Are Police Acting Like Thugs Because Judges Refuse to Defend the Constitution? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Teacher Deyshia Hargrave was questioning the school board how they can vote to give the superintendent a raise when school employees have not gotten a raise in years. A policeman from the parish Marshals Office told her to leave the room. He shut down her freedom of speech to even ask a question in a respectful manner.  He ordered her to step outside, pushed her to the ground, and then arrested her dragging her out in handcuffs.

The question this presents is why are police officer lacking any training about human and constitutional rights. Far too many seem they believe they are supreme in their authority and need not answer to anyone. This evolves because judges are not defending the constitution as a whole. There are no checks and balances anymore. What happened to We the People in this modern day?

15:03

Anna Von Reitz -- More than One Way to Skin a Bunch of Rats "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Submitted to Operation Disclosure | By GK

By Anna Von Reitz


Last night I tuned into a little ole down home teleconference sponsored by the Texas Republic. They are extremely well-organized compared to most of the rest of the state republics and have their history firmly intact. Many of their counties are up and operational and they hold their regular meetings at various places throughout the state to meet and greet and educate as they go. After all the gritty hand-to-hand in places like Illinois the past few weeks, it was like balm to my soul.

They have developed yet another ingenious and effective answer to the IRS fraud, which is simple and deadly to implement. The essence of it is to politely inquire about the jurisdiction of two courts. When the district level court replies that they don't have jurisdiction over the municipal corporation dba "IRS" and the "US TAX COURT" admits that it doesn't have jurisdiction over the territorial corporation dba "Internal Revenue Service" it puts the vermin in a real bind. If they take JOHN QUINCY DOE to US District Court, he can say, "But look here, the US District Court says it doesn't have jurisdiction over the IRS." If they take John Quincy Doe to the US TAX COURT, he can say, "But look here, the US TAX COURT says it doesn't have jurisdiction over the Internal Revenue Service." [They can't complain because "John Quincy Adams" does sound exactly like "JOHN QUINCY ADAMS" only now you get to use that fact against them the same way they used it all these years against us. ] And both statements are absolutely correct, counter-claiming, and self-cancelling.

This is because unknown to most Americans, we've been dealing with two separate governments (Territorial and Municipal) and two separate agencies (Internal Revenue Service and IRS) and two separate court systems (US District and US TAX COURT)---neither of which have anything much to do with us, except that they are supposed to be providing "essential government services" in Good Faith and aren't. Now if you do what these Texans recommend, you can put these courts in a good old-fashioned Texas Twist-Em double-bind. Either way they go, they are stuck having to explain to their own employees and to the public the fraud scheme they've been working, and rather than do that, they are going to let go of you faster than an average rattlesnake.

As I have explained many times these vermin have created public trusts named after you. They stole your identity and took title to your Given Trade Name, then spl...

13:30

Interview: The Fight Against Climate Change Needs More Women "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Four Chinese environmentalists talk about joining an all-female expedition to the Antarctic.

Credit: Homeward Bound

In February, a cohort of 80 women from 13 countries will make the chilly voyage by ship from the tip of Latin America to Antarctica.

Theyre part of a project called Homeward Bound, which seeks to strengthen the leadership skills of 1,000 women over the next ten years.

The voyage carries a message about how the planet is warming (nowhere is this more obvious than among the melting ice sheets of Antarctica), and the precious role of a robust, fair and representative global scientific community in meeting the challenges of a changing climate.

Drawing women from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups, the voyage creates a space for the women to bond and collaborate.

Founded by Australian marine ecologist Jess Melbourne-Thomas and leadership expert Fabian Dattner, the project is backed by many prominent women, including primatologist and environmental campaigner Jane Goodall, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and the Clinton Foundations vice chair Chelsea Clinton.

This years expedition includes four women from China. In advance of th...

13:22

Call Out for Conflictual Wisdom: A Second Try "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The post Call Out for Conflictual Wisdom: A Second Try appeared first on It's Going Down.

The following is a call out for contributions on a new publication called Conflictual Wisdom. A second attempt was made last year for contributions, but the project was delayed. You can read the original call out here. The email has been changed to conflictualwisdom (at) protonmail (dot) com. Both new and original articles on the subject of overcoming hopelessness, trauma, or disappointment as anarchists for the long term are welcome. The deadline is mid-February. If you plan to write an article specifically for this, they ask that you notify them in advance.

Call Out for Conflictual Wisdom / A Second Try

It has been over a year since my last attempt at this. I find myself writing this rough draft call out from the same historic hill I wrote from a little over a year ago. Originally I wrote a cathartic piece regarding my own existential issues as a revolutionary anarchist.
I typically have always wrote purely propaganda, but with time, feelings of disappointment or defeat are inevitable, affecting my ability to be so classically hyperbolic in what I say.
With this, I found the need to write a public piece last year regarding my issues with helplessness and my struggle to continue onward in permanent conflict with this society, as a self-proclaimed insurrectionary anarchist. I wrote a piece a little over a year ago titled To My Comrades. I wanted to turn it into a larger project that compiled different responses to the piece, hopefully creating a forum or publication of mixed voices in struggle on the issue of keeping strong, or generally just helping each other to get out of bed in the morning as anarchists in a horribly overwhelming era. To put it simply, I was humbly searching for advice and inspiration from other anarchists, and wanted to share whatever I discovered on this journey for help.

I believe that there are multiple benefits to creating a safe space for dialogue such as this: steering folks away from the counter-revolutionary directions of passive nihiism and post-modernism, or sharing with younger folks the obstacles that typically come with time as a revolutionary, and how some have chosen to overcome them.

I thought that by exposing some humility and existential contemplation, maybe I could start to encourage a dialogue that helps answer questions that tend to push folks away from the movement over time, or lead people to consider betrayal in the form of snitching or ghosting as an option in th...

12:36

White Lies Dont Matter: Report on the Racist Kalkaska Murder "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The post White Lies Dont Matter: Report on the Racist Kalkaska Murder appeared first on It's Going Down.

KALKASKA, MI Broderick Brock Ward, 42, called his brother Sammy Ward, 38 telling him about how a resident of Kalkaska had questioned what is a n***er like you was doing here? You never heard of Kalkaska? There are three Ks in Kalkaska for a reason, the man told Brock, alluding to the Ku Klux Klan.  Explaining that he felt extremely uncomfortable the friend he had traveled up north with had told him to hide in a backroom should his Racist friends come over.

Brock told his brother that he had asked a mutual friend to come get him. He told Sammy to give the friend gas money if needed, because he was completely broke.

That was Nov. 17, the last time the brothers spoke. Brock stopped answering his phone, this was unlike him. Three days later on Tuesday, Nov. 21, Sammy and two other family members traveled the four hours north to look for Brock. They eventually found him 20 minutes south, in a rental trailer In Fife Lake dead, alone and covered in blood. He had been shot to death.

Samuel Ward said that police have told his family that a black man, Terrance Jordan, confessed to the murder and stated that it had to do with drugs. Ward said he is not buying it, The house had no drugs. I dont know what these people had when they caught up with them, but what does that have to do with my brother? Seems shit isnt adding up, Sammy continued, I dont know if this is a smokescreen. Theyre lying so much about everything and not telling us anything. Theyre saying a black guy confessed saying it was a drug deal gone bad.  I think they want us to put it out there to ease up the race thing. It will take the light off them.

Wednesday, Nov. 15, Sammy says his brother stopped by their mother Bettys house and brought a friend, Jason Morgan of Kingsley. They said they were heading up north to go fishing.  After they left, Sammy called his brother. Brock youre going way up north, you need to let me know where youre going, he told him, asking him to text him his address when he got there. He did.

Friday Brock called saying he felt uncomfortable because he was told by his friend, that it is racist up here, its very racist.

So at that point, I guess my brother was getting nervous. He called for a ride. He was telling me, Im on my way back down. Make sure Mike come get me. If they need gas money give them some g...

10:23

MACKAY mackay crime mackay magistrates court "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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10:23

MACKAY Mackay woman convicted over desexing of stolen pet dog "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY January 13, 2018 at 07:56AM ,

Mackay woman convicted over desexing of stolen pet dog

January 13, 2018 at 07:56AM ,

Ty was later euthanased after being returned to his owner, perhaps because he had been desexed, prosecutor Acting Sergeant Duncan Erskine told Mackay Magistrates Court. Mann, a 61-year-old disability pensioner, faced the court yesterday to hear shed been found guilty by Magistrate Mark Nolan

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09:44

Buying Time To Beat Adani "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The environment and the people will ultimately win the battle to stop the Galilee Basin being opened to coal mining, predicts Ben Pennings.

Adani is on the ropes, desperately trying to rescue the $1.5bn they gambled on the economically marginal and environmentally disastrous Carmichael coal mine. Gina Rinehart, Clive Palmer or Aurizon might follow Adani into the Galilee basin but the environment movement has the numbers this time. Mass social movements like #StopAdani will triumph over profit, either through the ballot box or in front of bulldozers.

People ask me why I quit my job at The Queensland Greens, why I put myself at physical and legal risk to initiate citizen resistance against Adanis plans. The answer is always the same. To buy time. There is enough coal in the Galilee Basin to not only cook the Reef, but to supercharge extreme weather and destroy farmland worldwide. The resulting death and destruction is seemingly unspeakable.

Any time gained through stopping fossil fuel projects must be used to enact meaningful cultural and systemic change. The 50 years of the modern environment movement have been the most ecologically destructive in human history, when hyper-consumerism has become our dominant religion and carbon emissions have soared.

Our dominant culture of over-consumption, expensive thrills and massive waste must be challenged and changed. Civilised humans have turned their only home into a garbage dump, created an ecological debt that cannot just be written off. Solar-powered ecocide is still ecocide.

Living beyond our means hasnt made us any happier. If needless consumer products gave us the happiness promised in their ads we wouldnt need to buy any more of them. Few people are immune to the constant lies of advertisers and politicians advocating for faceless corporations.

US Ambassador Timothy Roemer is greeted by Gautam Adani, Chairman, Adani Group at Adani House in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. (IMAGE: U.S. Embassy New Delhi, Flickr)US Ambassador Timothy Roemer is greeted by Gautam Adani, Chairman, Adani Group at Adani House in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. (IMAGE: U.S. Embassy New Delhi, Flickr)

Every kid that gets cancer, every cyclone, and every useless nick knack contributes to economic growth. Progress must be measured differently through wellbeing, social equality and harmony. Despite advertising being embedded in our culture, people value health, relationships, and recreation more than extra possessions.

The environment movement can only challenge consumerist culture by taking up the fight for economic justice. People by nature compare themselves to others. The outlandish and celebrated...

09:16

Drop your Prescription Drugs: Here is how to Prevent and Heal Disease (VIDEO) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Drop your Prescription Drugs: Here is how to Prevent and Heal Disease (VIDEO) | spices | Multimedia Natural Medicine Special Interests

In spite of what many people believe, pharmaceutical drugs are not useful to achieve or maintain a healthy state, neither physical nor mental.

Both physical and mental health are closer to everyone than people imagine. Yet, so many people continue to believe that synthetic drugs are the solution to their problems.

Meds provided to the sick by a physician only perpetuate their unhealthy physical state, and those recommended by psychiatrists only aggravate the chemical imbalances in the brain.

The questions are then where do people go when they want to prevent and cure disease or when they want to stay healthy?

The answer is simple. Herbs and spices.

Herbs and spices are in most cases the inspiration for pharmaceutical companies to produce synthetic drugs that they allege treat and cure disease.

Those drugs unsuccessfully attempt to mimic what natural spices and herbs do all by themselves, without the help of artificial chemicals.

Herbs and cooking spices contain a wide variety of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, and help maximize the nutrient density of your meals, writes Dr. Mercola.

Just as any other food item people ingest, herbs and spices have an effect on their health, but different from most processed foods, they provide an upgrade to your nutritional habits.

When eating in low, normal doses such as ones most people use in preparing their meals, and for long periods of time, herbs and spices have the ability to prevent inflammation, which is the root cause of most diseases.

There are many lists that include spices which have shown signs of being beneficial to human health, especially when trying to prevent disease, but there are four of them that make every single one of those lists.

Clove, Ginger, Rosemary, and Turmeric have shown, in laboratory and human studies, to signif...

08:59

Returning to a Gold Standard Why and How. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Returning to a Gold Standard Why and How. | gold-dollar-eagle-720x340 | Economy & Business Special Interests

Author: Dr Fraser Murrell, Melbourne Australia
First Posted: Thursday , 20 Nov 2014

In the 1600s, Sir Isaac Newton presided over a (bi-metal) Gold and Silver Standard, with the flaw being the fix of silver to gold. In the 1900s, John Maynard Keynes revolutionized economics, with the result being certain economic collapse. In both cases there was a logical error in the key definition of price, which is critical to the stability of the economy. This note examines the problem and then goes on to present a workable Gold Standard, which it is argued, is the most stable frame of reference for our economy.

FRAMES OF REFERENCE

Life would be chaotic if time and space changed regularly or even our definition of it changed regularly. Fortunately, Newton sorted it all out back in the 1600s, developed the Laws of Motion, allowing mankind to proceed with certainty. However, if some Government expert later decided that time ran backwards on alternate days and space was shaped like a banana, then chaos would return.

In economics, the central concepts are time and price and again Newton considered this problem and deemed that price should be defined with reference to weights of gold and silver (more on this later). Once again the real world proved him (almost) correct and as a result there was economic certainty and Britain Ruled the Waves. But then along came economic experts like Keynes who changed all the critical definitions and as a result we have been plunged back into chaos.

To understand Keynes distortion of our economic frame of reference, consider the following example. A man walks into a bank in 1971 with savings of $1,000 (cash) and $1,000 (gold) and today in 2014 he retires and withdraws both. Ignoring for the moment interest and fees, under an (ideal) Newtonian frame of reference there would be price stability, so that the value of each wit...

08:06

100 Rare parrots found dead on road in New South Wales, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Environmentalists are concerned motorists are hitting and killing flocks of highly endangered parrots feeding around a New South Wales road. Ecologist Saan Ecker estimated more than 100 superb parrots had been found dead on a road off Barton Highway, near the town of Murrumbateman, in recent days. Yesterday she saw dozens of the dead birds surrounded by live ones, and said several motorists had alerted Wildcare of similar sightings in the area. "For every dead body was one or two live birds sitting between each and [they] are getting hit [by cars] as well."

08:01

January 13 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1825 - ABSCONDING CONVICTS
We have been favoured with the following extract of a letter from Newcastle.... Six men have recently taken to the bush; indeed every settler is complaining of men absenting themselves without effect. Here on Sunday evening five prisoners and one soldier (the latter being on duty at the wharf) took the Commandants gig and proceeded to sea with the intention of taking the Government cutter Mars but were prevented (the night coming on with hazy weather) and made prisoner at Reids Mistake.

1827 - ChristChurch at Newcastle was in a bit of a state....the church was falling to bits, the churchyard, for want of a fence had been made a thoroughfare and pigs were permitted to root amongst the graves.
The repairs were commenced at long last on this day.

1834 - Ten convicts being transferred from Macquarie Harbour Penal Station on Sarah Island, Tas, seized the brig Frederick and sailed to Chile in it where they lived freely for two years. Four of the convicts were later recaptured and returned to Australia, where they escaped the death sentence for piracy through a legal technicality; as it was never officially launched it wasn't an official ship, and as it was taken from a harbour and not at sea it didn't meet the requirements for piracy.

1834 - Bryant Kyne was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of James Gavarin (Gevan, Gavan, Gavanagh, Govarin) at the Balmain residence of the solicitor-general, John Plunkett.

1851 - Charles FitzRoy got the short straw and became 'Governor-General of all Her Maj's Aussie Possessions'...the title now known as Guv-General.

1853 -  Today the South Australian Register published an article titled Journal of A Trip To Kangaroo Island, in which the author mentions Van Dieman Aboriginals living on Kangaroo Island.

1854 - Fire and timber buildings really didn't bode well for prime real estate when sparky flames burnt down 3 stores and 5 houses in Elizabeth Street in Melbourne.

1859 - The Railway line from Geelong to Williamstown (Vic) was extended to Melbourne at Spencer Street Railway Station.

1864 - G.E. Dalrymple had an empty dance card so he led an expedition by sea from Bowen to establish the port of Caldwell, Qld.

1874 - Robert Goswell was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Mary Anne Lloyd at Stapelford, Beverley.

1878 - One of Australia's first telephones was tested between La Perouse and Sydney, NSW. Similar experiments were conducted in Melbourne around that time by the proprietors of McLean Brothers and Rigg.

1879 - The ill-fated Glenelg-Marino steam-powered railway opened today in Crow-Eater country (South Oz) but it was not to last ...it was plagued with sand drifts , 2 fatal accidents, poor patronage and time was called on it in Apr...

07:53

South Australia is Building the Worlds Largest Thermal Plant "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Its official South Australia is going green. After flipping the switch on the worlds largest battery, the state has unveiled another project: the worlds largest thermal plant. The development is a result of SolarReserve receiving approval for its $650 million, 150-megawatt Aurora solar thermal plant.

When constructed, the facility will generate 500-gigawatt hours of energy each year enough to power around 90,000 homes with eight hours of full storage load. It will be located 30 kilometers north of Port Augusta, South Australia. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that it will be the worlds largest single-tower solar thermal power plant.

How does it work? Multiple heliostats (turning mirrors) are used to focus solar energy onto a single central tower. There, molten salt technology is utilized to store the heat. That heat can later be used to create steam, turn a turbine and, as a result, generate electricity. Each year, the plant will displace approximately 200,000 tonnes of CO2.

South Australias acting energy minister, Chris Picton, said the project is a welcome development for the state....

06:42

Next Up, Paying Uncle Sam Taxes in Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The post Next Up, Paying Uncle Sam Taxes in Bitcoin appeared first on CCN

The ink is barely dry on President Trumps tax legislation, and a new bill has surfaced in Arizona that kicks things up another notch. The bill proposes using bitcoin to pay state income taxes, and it was submitted by Senators Warren Petersen and David Farnsworth as well as Reps. Travis Grantham and Jeff Weninger, all Continued

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06:27

Kentucky cop chokes innocent man for asking why the town's water was cut off "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A Kentucky man learned the hard way this week that speaking your mind to those in a position of power can and will get you assaulted by police. A Martin County resident wanted to know why he was paying for water and not getting it, so a police officer grabbed him by the throat to keep him in his place. The residents of Martin County held a public meeting this week to address the fact that they are paying for water and it's not going into their homes. Although tempers were high, no one got violent and people only seemed to want answers as to when the Martin County Water District would turn the water back on. According to LEX18, the water company explained what they were doing to attempt to remedy the outages which started during cold temperatures last week. They were faced with two options, they said. The first would be cutting off water to the entire county while they attempted to fill the tank reservoir. The other would be to strategically cut water to different areas of the county. Unfortunately, even after doing the latter, the company admitted that they were still having difficulty.

06:10

Israeli Jews will never accept Palestinians as equals Klutznick, chair of Americans for Peace Now "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Jim Klutznick, the chairman of the liberal Zionist group Americans for Peace Now (and a political player in Chicago and an early Obama supporter), yesterday dismissed the idea of a one-state outcome in Israel and Palestine because Israelis will never accept Palestinians as equals.

Klutznick responded to Palestinian pollster Khalil Shikaki, who said during a Peace Now podcast, that the major driver for Palestinian youth today is democracy and equal rights, not what has driven Palestinian politics for the last 50 years, the desire for sovereignty. Shikaki said these young Palestinians see a Palestinian state as a, a delusion, and b, just another corrupt inefficient authoritarian state, so they dream of equal rights with Jews in one state.

Klutznick dismissed the idea:

You brought up the word democracy. And I just wanted to make this observation particularly as it relates to your youth who are interested in civil rights and democracy. It seems to me that democracy is the common thread between either of these two versions. The difference is that you will not get civil rights under one state. And the only answer here is an independent and sovereign state for the Palestinian people where democracy will have a chance to flourish within the context of Palestinan democracy. Because I dont believe it will ever happen in one state, with Israel never allowing there to be civil rights for everybody and an equal vote.

Shikaki said that he agrees, but this is not an answer for young Palestinians:

I actually share your view on this. However, what would you say to those 18- to 22- year olds who basically say, You will fail to produce a two state solution. Why do you want to prevent me from dreaming about a one state solution, in which we all live in peace with equal rights. We know that it will be a tough battle. We know that it will not be easy and that Israeli Jews will not want to give up on their own state, but if we cant get a sovereign independent democratic state, we have no alternative but to take this approach.

What you just said and what I also believe in, is that only if we can provide them with a viable process that can lead to a two state solution. If we cant deliver on that, then our ability to convince the youth of our argument is very very weak.

Klutznick said the only hope is to reengage the U.S., though not under Donald Trump:

I agree with what you said. I think the answer lies in the fact that the United States has temporarily as we hope here lost its status as an honest broker. And I think the hope for both...

06:00

Great Barrier Reef tourism spokesman attacks scientist over slump in visitors "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Col McKenzie calls on government to stop funding work of Terry Hughes, saying tourists won't do long-haul trips when they think the reef is dead'A Queensland tourism representative has called one of the Great Barrier Reef's leading researchers a dick, blaming the professor for a downturn in tourism growth at the state's greatest natural asset.Col McKenzie, the head of the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators, a group that represents more than 100 businesses in the Great [...]

05:59

The Homeopathic Answer to Mumps "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

It is becoming increasingly clear that the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine is failing to live up to its alleged preventative benefits. Weve already seen small outbreaks of measles in the U.S. and now mumps appears to be making a comeback. And even though homeopathy is an effective alternative treatment for mumps, mainstream medicine doesnt really want you to know about it.

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05:10

Gun Training, Gun Laws, And Media With Cam Edwards "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Cam Edwards joins Ben Domenech in studio to answer questions on gun laws, gun training, and his role in conservative media.

I really think we need to have some of these bigger, broader conversations about mental health in this country, as opposed to just mental health and gun ownership, Edwards said.

Cam Edwards is currently the host of the Cam & Company show on NRA TV, where they discuss second amendment issues. He lives on a 40-acre farm with his family in Farmville, Virginia.

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04:54

Facebook Takes Another Stab at Soft Censorship Through Modified Trustworthy Newsfeed "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In a move that is set to infuriate news organizations that are not deemed trustworthy, Facebook is set to introduce sweeping changes to its newsfeed as early as next week, prioritizing trustworthy sites and removing clickbait and low quality news publishers, while promoting posts from friends and family, the WSJ reports.

Under its new approach, Facebook would evaluate parameters such as public polling about news outlets, and whether readers are willing to pay for news from particular publishers. Such variables would inform its algorithm that determines which publishers posts are pushed higher in the feed, one of the people said.

It is not known how Facebook will decide which publications are deemed trustworthy.

The move would thrust Facebook into an even more active role in deciding what content is acceptable on its site, in other words censoring content it deems inappropriate while promoting news outlets that are ideologically aligned with the organization.

While the WSJ writes that Facebook hasnt decided whether to proceed with the shift, and it may choose not to do so, the FT disagrees and reports that the worlds largest social network will unveil the change imminently, according to people briefed on the plans, hoping to differentiate between salacious content and quality news. Zuckerberg has finally realized that not all news is equal, said one publisher clearly on the promoted sight of equal briefed on the plans.

While Facebook will try to make the newsfeed a place for personal sharing and in-depth discussions similar to Snapchat and move other content from pages and publishers to a separate space within the app, the move is widely expected to infuriate news organizations which are not deemed trustworthy or high quality by the site.


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03:59

Why is ice slippery? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

(We are bracing ourselves for a severe ice storm today in this region so I am reproducing a blog post from back in 2006, before I moved to this site, because I thought that readers might find it interesting. I have edited it slightly, because tinkering with my writing is something I cannot help. This question formed the basis of an article by Robert Rosenberg in the December 2005 issue of Physics Today, p. 50-55.)

As you can see from this video, this man was reminded that ice is really slippery.

But why is ice so slippery?

How people respond to such a question can tell you a lot about their relationship to science in general. Some people will think that such a question, dealing as it does with everyday phenomena, should have a simple answer that has been known for a long time. Others will answer that that is just the way ice is. Intelligent design and other types of creationists might respond that ice was made slippery by their god for a purpose that we cannot comprehend. Yet others will say who cares? and wonder why we should bother with trying to answer such a question at all. But ask a group of scientifically-minded people this question and you will get a lively discussion going about the various possible explanations.

The basic reason why ice is slippery is not hard to understand. It is caused by the presence of a thin layer of water on the surface of ice. But this prompts the next question of what causes that layer of water to coexist with the ice. Why doesnt it also freeze when the ambient temperature is below the freezing point of water? And seeking the explanation for this has formed the basis for a long series of research programs that have lasted for well over a century.

One popular explanation is that the pressure of the feet or skis or skates on the ice lowers the melting point temperature of ice. So when ice skaters glide on the ice, the high pressure caused by their weight on the thin blades (nearly 500 times atmospheric pressure) causes the melting point to drop below the normal freezing point of 0oC, and thus the surface of the ice, finding itself above that temperature, melts. Joly examined this idea in 1886 and calculated that such a high pressure would lower the melting point temperature to -3.5oC.

The problem with that explanation is that the optimum temperature for figure skating is -5.5oC while ice hockey players favor harder, faster ice at -9oC. In fact skating is possible at temperatures as low as -35oC. But this pressure explanation, despite its flaws, remained the dominant explanation for nearly a century. (However, it should be noted that the chief scientist of the 1910 Scott...

02:54

Trumps Rhetoric On Haiti Is The Kind Of Thing That Will Turn This Country Into A Sh-thole "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The media is ablaze over the question President Trump reportedly asked lawmakers in an oval office meeting on immigration Thursday: Why are we having all these people from sh-thole countries come here?

To Trumps question I would respond: Mr. President, there are sh-thole countries around the world. There are terrible countries where governments are corrupt, people are expendable, dignity is nonexistent, the population is uncared for and uneducated, infrastructure is missing, and those who have power and money basically own those who dont. In these countries life is bleak, and suffering is so overwhelming that often the only options are death or flight.

In the country of Iraq where I was born, and which my latent love of motherland will only allow me to call a quasi-sh-thole, there are currently 3 million internally displaced people, more than 8 percent of the population. Across the Middle East there are millions of refugees in camps because someone believed they were worthless.

These countries exist in this state because somewhere in the hierarchy of their societies, a critical mass of people are okay with the degradation of humanity, okay with dismissing lives as worthless. America might not be there yet. But it seems that you and some of your colleagues are approaching that same kind of contempt for humanity.

Mr. President, I beg you: Use your position to elevate the conversation, to elevate these neighbors in such desperate need. Create a climate of human worthiness that will pressure their governments to create a space for these people to flourish. What concerns me is that your statements are not just words, but they convey our values, and if we continue to devalue each other, we too will become a sh-thole country.

In our own backyard, there is human abduction and coercion, sex trafficking, drug addiction, sexual abuse, and all manner of violence and deprivation perpetrated by one human being upon another. We too have sh-thole tendencies. Thats because too many people dont see each other as valuable human beings and precious souls, but instead as economic units.

Your rhetoric continues to drive our national character in this direction.

The answer is not to bring everyone from these countries to America. Not only would that not be fitting for us, but that is not what is best for them in the long run. Some may be better off coming here, and we may be better off if they do. But what is good and right is for them to have a chance to flourish in their own lands. And to have any hope of making that happen we have to first believe that t...

02:34

US military seeks to control your Facebook "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

US Army seeks new intel tool able to understand social media posts in languages including Russian, Arabic and French, and which can post answers on its own By Seraphim Hanisch Seraphim Hanisch | The Duran | January 11, 2018 For years the conspiracy theorists have claimed that Facebook is a CIA front operation, and that []

02:00

Marijuana Still Banned at Coachella Festival Even Though Its Legal in California "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

(TMU)  Cannabis was recently legalized for recreational use in the state of California, but one of the largest music festivals in the state just announced that the changing laws would not affect their policy on the substance, and that cannabis use will be prohibited at this years event.

A notice on the FAQ portion of their website answered the question, Hey since Marijuana is legal now, that means I can use it at Coachella right? With the cringe-worthy reply of, Sorry bro. Marijuana or marijuana products arent allowed inside the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Even in 2018 and beyond.  If that changes we will update this answer.

The page linked to an article at dailynews.com where Indio police Sgt. Dan Marshall explained that this was a decision that the promoters made.

The promoter has a standing right to the property, and they can determine what can and cannot be brought onto the premises, (for instance) you have the right to bear arms, but you dont have the right to bear arms in my house, Marshall said.

According to Digital Music News, even medical marijuana patients will not be able to use their medicine at the festival but will be forced to leave it in a box for the duration of the event. Interestingly enough, the festival will continue to serve alcohol, and be sponsored by alcohol companies, while it is now a generally accepted fact that alcohol is far more dangerous and harmful than cannabis.

The owner of the corporation responsible for the festival, Philip Anschutz, is a very controversial figure who has been rumored to make large contributions to prohibitionist and anti-LGBT organizations. Anschutz vehemently denied these claims in a...

01:18

Dominic Raab is a liar "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


The new Tory housing minister Dominic Raab is a liar. He appeared on BBC Question Time on January 11th 2018 and told a glaring lie to the British people.

His lie was an absurd claim that the NHS has more beds than ever.

Anyone who has paid the remotest attention to the Tory vandalism of the NHS that has been going on since 2010 will have been aware of the dozens of NHS facilities that have been shut down and downgraded under their so-called cost-cutting measures.

How could there be more beds than ever as Raab claimed when the Tories have been closing and stripping back so many NHS services you may well ask.


The answer is that Dominic Raab was lying th...

00:08

MACKAY Chef charged with sexually grooming child online "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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00:01

For the Supreme Court Judges to Go Public Is Unsettling, but They Were Left with No Option "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The last thing a democracy can afford is a judiciary which wont even dare to stand up for its own rights.

The Supreme Court. Credit: PTI

Silence is no answer, and the judges could not have turned to any other authority than the people. Credit: PTI

The press conference by four judges of the Supreme Court is extraordinarily unsettling. It is deeply regrettable that things have come to such a pass.

However, if one takes a close look at the options, this bold step was better than their accepting a situation they considered unfair. The last thing a democracy can afford is judges who dont even dare to stand for their own rights as judges, and for the systematic working of the highest court.

All four Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph have as good as given up the likelihood of a post-retirement sinecure such as a governors post. The two judges who are in line to be chief justice may even have risked that appointment. It is a courageous move, which must therefore be lauded.

Silence is no answer, and the judges could not have turned to any other authority than the people. And let us make no mistake, it is the people who are the ultimate authority in a truly democratic republic.

The various institutions of the state, including the apex court, are creatures of the constitution, which explicitly comes from we the people. That is the fundamental difference between constitutions such as of India, France and the United States on one hand and systems that hinge on the sovereignty of a monarch on the oth...

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23:58

SBC: Silence is Golden, Dave "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

SBC: Silence is Golden, Dave

  • an In My View article by NIGEL WARD, sharing with the public an unanswered question Is the tale wagging the dog. David KITSONs silence on the subject indicates an affirmative answer.

~~~~~

On 15th December 2017, I emailed the Scarborough Borough Council Deputy Monitoring Officer, Mr David KITSON.

I received a read-receipt informing me that Mr KITSON acknowledged opening my email as follows: 18th December 2017 11:23:01 (UTC) Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London.

Before reproducing that email, readers deserve an insight into my purpose in making a fundamental and, in fact, straight-forward enquiry.

Since mid-November, as I am sure regular readers are certainly aware, several Enquirer contributors have addressed the matter of the interception and censoring of emails from (we are told) certain members of the public to Councillors and ranking Council Officers.

Opposition Councillors notably, Councillor Tony RANDERSON [Lab.] and Councillor Janet JEFFERSON [Ind.] have expressed their anger and disbelief that their Officers have been standing between them and the people they represent.

Curiously, Conservative Councillors have been conspicuously silent on the subject, with the exception of the Leader (in his Queens Speech, which I have deconstructed elsewhere) and Councillor John NOCK [Con.], whose response to Councillor RANDERSON bore all the hallmarks of having been drafted or dictated by some obliging soul in the Legal & Democratic Services department. It concludes with the tired old mantra, The overarching reason for the current practice is to Protect Officers and Members from unreasonable stress, abuse and inappropriate conduct. I will not trouble to repeat the many reasons why this is nonsense.

That the current practice may be undemocratic, unreasonable and unjustifiable as well as illegal has clearly not entered Councillor NOCKs purview. Such things pass over his head, obscured by the Tory diktat of solidarity within the Conservative group.

The Leader returned to the topic in his Christmas Address, reiterating the party line, which bears repetition here (along with my deconstruction):

DB: The cou...

23:02

Claire McCaskill Stumbles Over Just Crazy Facts In Revealing Medicare Exchange "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Congressional hearings often serve as elaborate theatrical productions. Members ask pre-written questions, receive formulaic answers, and in many cases use witnesses as props to engage in rhetorical grandstanding. The grandstanding element was on full display Tuesday during the confirmation hearing for Alex Azar, the Health and Human Services Secretary-designee. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) wanted to beat up on evil drug companies, and she wasnt going to let facts get in her way.

McCaskill spent two minutes attacking pharmaceutical advertisements, including a reference to the one for erectile dysfunction where they have them in two bathtubs, before she tackled the issue of Medicare negotiating prices with drug companies. At this point she demonstrated ignorance on several issues.

First, she confused the difference between list prices, or the prices that pharmaceutical companies post publicly, and net prices, which are the net price for payors, based on negotiations with pharmaceutical benefit managers (PBMs). Azar admitted that drug companies have no economic incentive to lower list prices, but that negotiations with PBMs do put downward pressure on the net prices. One can question whether PBMs pass on their savings from negotiating rebates some have done just that  but their negotiating power does keep net prices in check.

Second, McCaskill failed to grasp that Medicare drug plans already negotiate with pharmaceutical companies, and that the discounts they obtain have helped keep overall premiums for the prescription drug Part D plan low. It may sound radical to McCaskill, who has spent practically her entire adult life working in government, but the private sector can negotiate just like the government, and probably do so more effectively than a government entity.

Third, McCaskill refused to believe that getting the government involved in negotiating drug prices would not save money. When Azar explained that removing a provision prohibiting federal bureaucrats from negotiating prices wouldnt save money, McCaskill called his explanation just crazy and nuts.

It isnt nuts, its economics. Even though McCaskill tried to lecture Azar on economics and markets at the beginning of her questioning, her queries themselves showed very little understanding of either concept. In a negotiation, the ability to drive a hard bargain ultimately derives from the ability to seek out other options. If Medicare must cover all or most prescription drugs, such that it cant walk away from the proverbial bargaining table, it will by definition be limited in its ability to put downward pressure on....

22:23

Woman stabbed 13 times by Palestinian jihadis asks: Is the UK funding the terrorists who tried to murder me? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The answer to the question is Yes, of course. The Palestinian Authority spends hundreds of millions of dollars each year in stipends and other benefits to jailed terrorists and their families. According to data collected by Israels Defense Ministry, the PA spent a total of 1.237 billion shekels ($358 million), or about 7% of the []

22:16

Prayer and Meditation for Saturday, January 13, 2018 Many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Saturday of the First Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 310

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Art: Many tax collectors and sinners sat with Jesus and his disciples

Reading 1  1 SM 9:1-4, 17-19; 10:1

There was a stalwart man from Benjamin named Kish,
who was the son of Abiel, son of Zeror,
son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, a Benjaminite.
He had a son named Saul, who was a handsome young man.
There was no other child of Israel more handsome than Saul;
he stood head and shoulders above the people.

Now the asses of Sauls father, Kish, had wandered off.
Kish said to his son Saul, Take one of the servants with you
and go out and hunt for the asses.
Accordingly they went through the hill country of Ephraim,
and through the land of Shalishah.
Not finding them there,
they continued through the land of Shaalim without success.
They also went through the land of Benjamin,
but they failed to find the animals.

When Samuel caught sight of Saul, the LORD assured him,
This is the man of whom I told you; he is to govern my people.

Saul met Samuel in the gateway and said,
Please tell me where the seer lives.
Samuel answered Saul: I am the seer.
Go up ahead of me to the high place and eat with me today.
In the morning, before dismissing you,
I will tell you whatever you wish.

Then, from a flask he had with him, Samuel poured oil on Sauls head;
he also kissed him, saying:
The LORD anoints you commander over his heritage.
You are to govern the LORDs people Israel,
and to save them from the grasp of their enemies roundabout.

This will be the sign for you
that the LORD has anointed you commander over his heritage.

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22:01

Word Salad is Not Disorganized Thought and Speech "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This piece for Holistic Elephants discusses the role of social context and environment in our perception and construction of word salad, a common symptom of psychosis and extreme states.

So then the class explored instead: what this word salad might have actually been DOING to the psychologist, what did it DO within the social context of this interview and relationship, how did it function? The patient was breaking all of Grices Maxims of polite conversation, wrecking all the polite adjacency pairs, and presenting abstract and obfuscating answers to deflect inquiries, challenges, normal conversation, and relationship building. And the person did this perfectly by talking word salad, which makes sense when you put it in context; that is, when you think about what this language is doing in the situation and not analyse what it means, expresses, communicates, refers to, or represents. In a functional sense, this was not disorganized at all!

20:41

Look at Hoddle Street now: "streamlined " as opposed to "tree -lined" "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Hoddle Street is a very long road in Melbourne, Victoria. Congestion in Melbourne is reaching ludicrous and unforgivable proportions. The treelined part of Hoddle Street is apparently being sacrificed without public consultation for the no-win race of government-engineered population growth.

Ian Hundley, of Protectors of Public Lands,Victoria took these photos yesterday of the before an after tree removal for lane widening in Hoddle street Melbourne. He wrote:

"I checked out the Hoddle Street capacity road works today. See photos taken from the Vere Steet footbridge (near Collingwood Town Hall) to the south which shows trees retained and to the north which shows where trees have been removed from the median. Also one of the signs which declares this is a project to connect communities. We must try to contain the mirth on that one - if they pull it off it will be the first traffic sewer to have brought communities together."

The sign Ian refers to reads, "Streamlining Hoddle Street-Connecting our communities." How completely facile! It must have been coined on a morning tea break without realisation that "streamlining " in this case means de-tree lining!

All this destruction is to help accommodate the additional 100,000 cars each year in Melbourne. The only way to widen a long established street like Hoddle Street is to either knock down houses and appropriate land or remove anything not absolutely necessary, that won't cost the government money, and for which the voices of complaint, from the avian inhabitants and the long-suffering public will not be heard.


I did not hear any public announcement of the removal of these trees. They are just gone. What difference will the additional traffic and the absence of th........

02:27

Is Cryptocurrency The Future? Or The Future Currency of The New World Order? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Are we being steered toward a controlled, cashless economy? There is a lot of debate around the intentions behind cryptocurrency, and in particular, Bitcoin itself. Some say that it is the answer we have been waiting for; the very thing that will allow us the freedom to finally side-step the centralized control of the State. While others feel []

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