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Saturday, 22 August

00:36

The Organic Prepper | RSS Feed: Friday Farm Blog – August 21, 2015 "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Things sure are different on a farm.

This morning I went on Facebook and everyone was so excited for the weekend.  All the weekly TGIF memes are circulating and people are talking about their plans to relax. It made me think about what I should do, when I realized – umm…I don’t get weekends now.

Animals still have to be fed. Stalls still have to be mucked out. Small emergencies like an afternoon blast of heat or a wound will have to be dealt with immediately, no matter what day it happens to occur. I don’t mind, because I willingly took on all of these animals that depend on me, but it’s an interesting difference.

This week we got three new additions. My friend (whom I’ve nicknamed “The Chicken Fairy”) snuck in 3 girls I have been coveting. I got up the other morning to let everyone out into the run and suddenly there were 3 huge (compared to my little ones) black creatures running around. We haven’t yet named them, but we are now the proud owners of three 15-week old Barred Rock hens.

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My daughter and I have decided to swear off the internet for a few extra hours per day.  We were noticing that we spend a lot of our free time surfing and chatting, so we are focusing our free time on more productive things.  There is so much negativity out there in Internetland that we want to disengage a bit. We’re fixing up some outdoor furniture and doing some crafts this week. I’m going to do some reading for pleasure. This weekend, I’m going to read my friend LeAnn’s book, Aftermath, which is a post-apocalyptic novel (my favorite kind).  I’...

00:34

SHTF Plan - When It Hits The Fan, Don't Say We Didn't Warn You: Elite Hiding in Bunkers to Escape War with China: “Intended Survivors Are Moving Underground” "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

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This article was written by Dave Hodges and originally published at his website The Common Sense Show.

Editor’s Comment: There’s no way to tell how far conflicts with the other superpowers of the plant will go. However, the United States is constantly rattling sabers and posturing with Russia, while tensions with China have remained primarily behind the scenes and under the wire.

However, most experts agree that a covert economic war has been going on between the yuan and the dollar, while some are suggesting that the explosion in Tiajin may also be part of a hot war that could see the Chinese military strike back – all with the powers that be explaining why or what is happening. If retaliate and hostilities boil over into a real conflict, the elite of this world are headed straight for their bunkers and redoubts while the rest of us are left to face a number of dire possibilities. How far will they really go?

The Reason Why the Elite Are Hiding Deep Beneath the Earth

By Dave Hodges

The elite have siphoning off black budget money in order to build their new getaways.

Lessons Learned from Fukushima

Fukushima is often spoken of by many, as a possible extinction level event because of the radiation threat. Fukushima continues to wreak havoc upon the world and in the United States as we are being bathed in deadly radiation from this event.

Because of Fukushima, fish are becoming inedible and the ocean currents as well as the prevailing ocean winds are carrying deadly radiatio...

00:20

Hyperallergic: Jesus Look Like a Lady: A Female Baroque Artist’s Mystical Vision "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

“Child Jesus Salvator Mundi” (1680), Oil on canvas, 110 ~ 73 cm, Collection Coimbra, Venerável Ordem Terceira

Josefa de Óbidos, “Child Jesus Salvator Mundi” (1680), oil on canvas (Collection Coimbra, Venerável Ordem Terceiraall images courtesy Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga)

LISBON — Even as she was the subject of the exhibition The Sacred and the Profane in 1997 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, I had never heard of the Counter-Reformation Baroque (and Bodegón) painter Josefa de Óbidos (1630–1684), before a trip to Lisbon. But apparently she has had something of an inferior reputation there that this exhibition at the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga seeks to correct: the idea that she is an unusual and interesting oddity, but ultimately a provincial painter of trite and lugubrious spirituality. Although I do somewhat agree with the first half of the assessment, and it lends her work an uncertain charm, I am not at all in agreement with the second proposition.

Born in Seville in 1630, de Óbidos was the daughter of the accomplished painter Baltazar Gomes Figueira (1604–1674) (some of his paintings are in the show). Her father moved the family back to Portugal in 1634, his native country, where Figueira continued his career as an artist and where de Óbidos  spent most of her life being educated by Augustinian nuns.

But she was hardly a backcountry bu...

00:17

Fluoride Action Network: New research shows car and truck wash chemical can cause serious burns to workers "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Tumwater – A chemical commonly used in commercial car and truck washes can be dangerous to the health of people who work with it, according to new research by the Department of Labor & Industries’ (L&I) SHARP Program.

A close look at workers’ compensation injury reports over a 12-year period shows nearly 50 workers in Washington were burned after coming in contact with hydrofluoric acid-based car and truck wash products.

SHARP, an occupational safety and health research program at L&I, found seven of the injured workers were hurt seriously enough to require hospitalization. The program looked at reports from 2001 – 2013. The new research is being published this week in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

“Hydrofluoric acid is insidiously toxic at the low concentrations used in vehicle washing,” said Carolyn Whitaker, SHARP researcher. “Initially, when it touches the skin there may be little or no pain. That means workers are often unaware of the burn until later and typically delay getting treatment.”

The chemical is often used in car and truck wash products to brighten aluminum and break down roadway grime. About half of those injured worked in commercial car washes. The study also found injuries to truck drivers and truck wash workers.

The SHARP Program has developed an easy-to-read safety hazard alert for car and truck wash employers and workers. Whitaker and the SHARP Program strongly recommend that car and truck washes use alternative products that do not include hydrofluoric acid. When this chemical is used, workplaces should take steps to minimize exposure, make sure employees are trained and fully aware of the serious hazard, and make sure they wear appropriate personal protect...

00:06

Earth First! Newswire: California’s First Documented Wolf Pack Recorded in Siskiyou County "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by David Smith / The Siskiyou Daily News

California Wolf PackCalifornia’s first pack of wolves has been documented by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.

USFWS Wildlife Branch Chief Eric Loft opened a media conference call on Thursday by stating, “We’re really excited, if not amazed, by what this animal can do.”

He stated that the rapid colonization of the west by gray wolves has demonstrated the species’ ability to accomplish footholds in areas much faster than originally anticipated since their reintroduction to Colorado nearly 20 years ago.

CDFW Program Manager Karen Kovacs stated that her wolf monitoring team first discovered photos on Aug. 9 of what they believed were two separate black colored wolves from their trail cam archives. Shortly thereafter, she said, the files revealed a set of five black colored wolf pups.

Dubbed the “Shasta Pack,” the wolf pack is the first documented pack in California.

Kovacs said that the wolves were recorded in an area of south eastern Siskiyou County, but the department is not revealing any further information as to their location.

She noted that the state’s draft wolf management plan – which has been in the works for approximately two years – will now have to be updated to account for the documented existence of a pack.

The draft plan is expected to be released by the end of the year, according to Kovacs, who added that the state and federal listing of the gray wolf as an endangered species.....

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Friday, 21 August

23:54

EcoWatch: Hillary Clinton’s Keystone XL Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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Hillary Clinton's pipeline problem started in earnest this July 28, when...

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Fluoride Action Network: Rous Water threatens fluoride activist with legal action "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Rous Water has threatened anti-fluoride critic Al Oshlack with legal sanctions if he continues to speak against the the fluoridation of the region’s water supply.

The threat comes as Ballna shire councillor Jeff Johnson has announced he will lodge a notice of motion at next week’s council meeting calling for a community poll on fluoridation.

Lismore resident Al Oshlack, who took unsuccessful legal action against Rous Water, received an email from international legal firm Asher on behalf of Rous Water, asserting that he had breached a costs agreement that prevented him from ‘commencing, advocating or advising’ any person or group from commencing legal action against Rous.

A defiant Mr Oshlack said he would not curtail his role in the growing community disquiet over the imminent commencement of fluoride dosing in the Lismore water supply.

‘There is no way I have been in breach of the costs agreement and this email to me is an example of Rous Water and its legal team squandering the ratepayers money to silence critics of fluoridation.

‘This is the same legal team who gave the false advice that led to Cr David Yarnell changing his vote to give the three non Lismore Council delegates on Rous Water the majority to bring in fluoride.

‘It disgusts me that these lawyers have not been sacked but instead are given further rate payer funded work to harass me.

‘This legal firm Asher are truly one of the most expensive in the country with a pedigree of high flying corporate, developer and mining clients.

‘As far as I am concerned this fluoride caper is a con and a scam and I’ll keep going to stop Lismore being fluoridated, even if it means to shut down if necessary the whole NSW fluoride industry.

‘The views on fluoridation as expressed by our so called local government leaders Mayor Jenny Dowell and Councillor Sue Meahen are pitiful, anti democratic and lack intellectual vigour.

‘I have challenged them to d...

23:44

The Renegade Seamstress: Maxi Skirt or Dress Sew Alongs "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

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One of my favorite quotes!

Speaking of favorites, a few of my favorite former Refashion Runway Stars sewed along with us this week:

Susan from Second Chances by Susan took some time out of her busy schedule (she just finished a family wedding) and created a fun maxi for us.

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Click here to see how Susan made her maxi dress.

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And another favorite former Refashion Runway Star, Carissa from Carissa Knits, embraced the ombre trend and literally sewed it into her maxi skirt!

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23:30

Retraction Watch: Investigation digs up data falsification in two papers on roundworm stress "IndyWatch Feed Health"

An investigation at the University of Florida has led to the retraction of a pair of papers on the stress responses of Caenorhabditis elegans in Molecular and Cellular Biology. One paper has been retracted, and one “partially” retracted, as the main conclusion was “not compromised.” According to the retraction notes, the investigation found the data were “falsified” by […]

The post Investigation digs up data falsification in two papers on roundworm stress appeared first on Retraction Watch.

23:28

URBANSHIT: Wenn man bei Facebook nach „Schimpansen“ sucht … landet man bei der NPD "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

npd-schimpansenWenn man bei Facebook in die Suchmaske nach dem Wort „Schimpansen“ sucht, wird einem die Seite der NPD vorgeschlagen. Das ganze ist ein recht simpler und intelligenter Social Media Hack. Er basiert laut einem User Kommentar auf drlima darauf, dass man Facebookseiten mit bestimmten Wikipediaeinträgen verknüpfen kann. Diese können von Usern vorgeschlagen werden. Schön das Facebook bei solchen Aktionen mitmacht. Man hätte eigentlich gleich auch noch den Begriff Vollidioten verknüpfen sollen … Ein gutes Beispiel für friedlichen, kreativen Protest aus dem Bereich Bereich Social Media. Vielen Dank an die Kollegen von testspiel.de für das Aufspüren.

Der Beitrag Wenn man bei Facebook nach „Schimpansen“ sucht … landet man bei der NPD erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.

23:14

Mad In America: “The Fight Over Transparency: Round Two” "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Paul Thacker and Charles Seife provide an update on the ongoing battles over transparency in science, writing for the PLOS Biologue blog. While transparency is important for accountability and the public trust, some have begun to argue that requests for personal communications between companies and researchers have gone too far.

Article →

23:10

Mad In America: “The Problem With Psych Meds and LGBT People” "IndyWatch Feed Health"

In an Op-Ed for The Advocate, activist Ally Nugent relates her experience of post-acute withdrawal syndrome and says that our mental health institutions disproportionately affect those who deviate from the cultural norm.  “The ghost of the past lingers on in,” she writes, in “psychiatry’s continued failure to recognize the humanity in emotional responses to extraordinary adversity — evident in its swift diagnoses of those of us who face it.”

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23:06

Hyperallergic: A Not-Quite-Great Documentary About the Greatest Art Forger of Our Time "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Wolfgang Beltracchi in Arne Birkenstock’s documentary 'Beltracchi: The Art of the Forgery'

Wolfgang Beltracchi in Arne Birkenstock’s documentary ‘Beltracchi: The Art of the Forgery’ (all photos © Fruitmarket / Wolfgang Ennenbach, courtesy of KimStim)

“I think I can paint anything,” says Wolfgang Beltracchi, the infamous German art forger, in Arne Birkenstock’s 2014 documentary Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery, which opened Wednesday at Film Forum in New York. And he did, at least by his own account, which is the one that gets the most traction here. In addition to the 14 fakes he admitted to painting during his trial in 2011 — attributed to André Derain, Kees van Dongen, Max Ernst, Fernand Léger, Heinrich Campendonk, and Max Pechstein — he claims that nearly 300 more he made remain in circulation as authentic works by modern masters. Beltracchi and his wife, Helene, became the subjects of a media frenzy in 2010, as their scheme to sell the paintings — strategically created to fill gaps in desirable artists’ catalogues or resemble works they might have painted — unravelled. If you followed the story then, you won’t learn much from this very engrossing but disorganized documentary by the son of the Beltracchis’ legal couns...

23:05

Mad In America: Younger Relative Age in School a Risk Factor for Psychosis "IndyWatch Feed Health"

A study published in the journal of Psychiatry Research found that younger childhood age relative to one's classmates may be a risk factor for adult psychotic experiences.  This research supports claims that environmental factors such as school-related difficulties and marginalization contribute to psychosis.

The lead author, Jordan DeVylder of the University of Maryland, and his fellow researchers hypothesized that children with a younger perceived age in school may have an increased risk of marginalization and social defeat.  Consistently lagging behind one’s peers in stages of development might increase the likelihood of social stressors, they write, which has previously been correlated with an increased risk of psychosis.

In 2001, Harvard medical school carried out the national NCS replication survey (NCS–R) on individuals over eighteen to assess prevalence and correlates of mental disorders in the US.  Using this data, DeVylder et al., compared respondents survey answers to questions including, “when you were in grade school, were you usually one of the younger kids in your classroom, one of the older kids, or about average in terms of age?” with self-reported psychotic experiences, such as hallucinations and delusions.

Their analysis indicated that psychotic experiences are associated with perceived relative age in school, as well as sex, and income to poverty ratio.  The association between perceived relative age and psychotic experiences was consistent across all sex, income levels, and racial and ethnic categories.

The results, they write, call attention to “the need for greater availability of generalized supportive services for individuals who are younger for their peers throughout childhood.”

The researchers conclude that “school–related ris...

23:00

Featured Posts - My Modern Met: Interview: Photographer Builds Elaborate Sets to Capture Surreal Portraits In-Camera "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Even as a child, Lara Zankoul was interested in photography, finding inspiration in the photos she came across in fashion magazines. Despite her fascination, she opted to study economics for a more secure career. At 21 years old, Zankoul couldn't deny creative yearning and made a life-changing career change by purchasing a DSLR to teach herself the art of photography. Once she started taking photos, she was hooked, shifting her focus and passion to visual storytelling.

Zankoul's work embodies the qualities of a waking dream, with mysterious and surreal elements that complement the moody atmospheres she creates. Often taking months to prepare, Lara's dedication to her vision shines through in her desire to get as much as she can in camera—she ambitiously chooses to build elaborate scenes for her concepts rather than relying solely on post editing tools.

Lara was kind enough to take the time to give a behind the lens look into her photographic process.

How did you go about teaching yourself the art of photography?

...

22:59

Earth First! Newswire: New Poetry from Marius Mason "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Support Marius Mason

07eveningss-slide-dann-master675The River ran Yellow in Colorado
When the river ran yellow past
The outfitter’s shack, kayaks lined up
Colorful, in Back
They could smell it coming first
Loaded with silt and clouds of poison
A heavy-hearted river full of sighs
Something rotten in the Animas
And coming downstream fast
The rainbow trout winking out like stars at dawn
And all the apocolyptic chemistry
Cascading and assailing invisibilia,
The magic microscopic lego-like pieces upon which
Everything is built
Begins a domino affect


A yellow light means caution, a warning
But Gold is King
So we careen through our intersection
With the world
Like a drunken teen in someone else’s car
Will we beat the light this time,
Or be hit by natural consequences?
Brace yourselves for impact

Me, I’m Not
You , my friend, are a winner!
Ding, ding, ding
Happy happenstance in the living lottery
Genetically consistent maybe
Or just expected features
Yes, save that ticket, and no regrets
Watch local programming to see if
Circumstance graces your appropriate presentation,
and properly apportioned face
With its geranium kiss
At home in the temple of the soul
In fellowship, a member
Of the congregation at last
But me, I’m not
I’m just the beggar on the outside steps...

22:00

SouleMama: In the Garden, August 20 "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

You know, I must admit to feeling a bit of neglect for my garden these days. So little time is being spent in there at the moment, and so much MORE time is being spent bringing it all into the...

21:55

Open Culture: Meet the First Female Tattoo Artists: Maud Wagner (1877-1961) & Jessie Knight (1904–1994) "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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For a certain period of time, it became very hip to think of classic tattoo artist Norman “Sailor Jerry” Collins as the epitome of WWII era retro cool. His name has become a prominent brand, and a household name in tattooed households—or those that watch tattoo-themed reality shows. But I submit to you another name for your consideration to represent the height of vintage rebellion: Maud Wagner (1877-1961).

No, “Maud” has none of the rakish charm of “Sailor Jerry,” but neither does the name Norman. I mean no disrespect to Jerry, by the way. He was a prototypically American character, tailor-made for the marketing hagiography written in his name. But so, indeed, was Maud Wagner, not only because she was the first known professional female tattoo artist in the U.S., but also because she became so, writes Margo DeMello in her history Inked, while “working as a contortionist and acrobatic performer in the circus, carnival, and world fair circuit” at the turn of the century.

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Aside from the cowboy perhaps, no spirit is freer in our mythology than that of the circus performer. The reality of that life was of course much less romantic than we imagine, but Maud’s life—as a side show artist and tattooist—involves a romance fit for the movies. Or so the story goes. She learned to tattoo......

21:49

Max Keiser and Stacy Herbert: “Like a Blind Man in a Dark Room Looking for a Black Hat which isn’t there” "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Originally published May, 2004

For many months now I have been spending many long, enjoyable and fruitful hours reading hundreds of excellent essays in the modern day equivalents of the public library. These websites, their owners and contributors are similar to Martin Luther nailing his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg which lead to the Reformation. There are also analogous to the pamphleters of the American Revolution.

Excellent and informative websites such as www.gold-eagle.comwww.lemetropolecafe.com,www.lewrockwell.comwww.dailyreckoning.comwww.financialsense.comwww.321gold.com,www.prudentbear.comwww.depression2.tvwww.urbansurvival.comwww.fiendbear.com,www.truthout.orgwww.silver-investor.comwww.zealllc.comwww.usagold.com and many others are the modern equivalent of Luther’s scroll or the American pamphleteers.

I am not exaggerating when I say that they have in effect given me a free financial, economic and monetary education.

The musings of the many wonderful minds who preach to goldbugs, contrarians, real anarchists, real patriots, co...

21:30

The Big Picture: 10 Friday AM Reads "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The week that volatility returned draws to a close; Finish strong with our morning train reads:

• American economy blues: Everything you need to worry about (or not) (Fortune)
• Its easy to find reasons to sell; what’s hard is finding reasons not to — every single day (Behavioral Macro)
• A Dozen Things I’ve Learned from David Einhorn About Investing (25iq)
• Meet the author of one of Wall Street’s most-read blogs (Marketwatch)
• Science Isn’t Broken: It’s just a hell of a lot harder than we give it credit for. (FiveThirtyEight)

Continues here

 

21:15

URBANSHIT: „WeDangle“ Eine in die Kleidung eingenähte Schaukel "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

1438534092-0-600x450Schaukeln macht Spaß. Schaukeln können dazu beitragen, dass wenig attraktive Orte in der Stadt durch eine minimale Intervention für die Menschen interessanter werden. Aus diesem Grund haben wir letztes Jahr das City Swing Projekt ins Leben gerufen, bei dem selbstgebaute Schaukeln im öffentlichen Raum installiert werden. IamWe von der SAFARANA foundation hat eine nette Idee im Netz veröffentlicht, die es ermöglicht seine persönliche Schaukel immer dabeizuhaben. Auf dem Bauanleitungsportal instructables stellt er eine Möglichkeit vor, eine Schaukel in die Kleidung einzuarbeiten, um überall vor Ort schaukeln zu können. Die detaillierte Anleitung gibt es auf instructables.com. Das ganze ist eine wunderbare urbane Intervention zum mitnehmen. Der Erfinder schreibt über die Schaukel: „This diy project investigates the multi-functionality of clothes. In this case a built-in hanging chair. This is a proof of concept rather than a fashion design project. The WeDangle can change the way we sit drastically; it is a customized comfy seat that we carry always with us. You can use it as a swing seat, as an armchair and as ‚une chaise longue‘. The only thing you need is an attachment ring above your head. I take always a tension belt along, with that I can adjust the height of the attachment point. That is also the only limitation. You ...

Der Beitrag „WeDangle“ Eine in die Kleidung eingenähte Schaukel erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.

21:08

Resilience: How Placemaking with "Bottle Bricks" Changes Lives "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

This is the story of how a simple idea forever changed my life, as well as the lives of many others.

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So Sew Easy: Getting started in paper piecing quilts "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Getting started in paper piecing. A look at beginner level to expert level paper piecing, links to free patterns.

Well, not actually a how to, just sharing how I started out with a little paper piecing.  I’ve mentioned a lady called Lucy several times now who lives in the US and comes to Cayman to scuba dive with my hubby. She’s helped me out with her long arm quilter, and while she was here last time, I insisted she give me an introductory lesson in paper piecing.

Lucy makes the most amazing quilts and sometimes shares them in our sewing chat group.  Here is one of her recent ones.

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Blown away!  She tells me that it’s ‘easy’.  You just follow the pattern, sew along the lines on the paper and it all comes out perfectly.  Well Lucy wasn’t that familiar with my slapdash way of sewing so when I insisted she showed me how this is done, she didn’t realize what she was getting herself into!

She brought along her folder of paper piecing patterns, and showed me how it all worked.  Looking at the latest pattern she is working on, well, I don’t know how she keeps it all so organised with all the cutting charts, cutting templates and sewing templates, and then having to sew it all together to make a final quilt top.  I’m loving the end result of all this work, but wow, it’s many many hours to create something like that.

If you are an experienced quilter, and have the patience of a saint, you can find the pattern for this quilt at...

21:00

The Thinking Moms' Revolution: Vaccination: Conversation 2.0 in Pittsburgh, PA "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Looking for an opportunity to speak openly about your vaccination questions and concerns? Please join us at Vaccination Conversation 2.0 in Pittsburgh on Saturday, September 19th, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. For the second year, participants will learn about how … Continue reading

The post Vaccination: Conversation 2.0 in Pittsburgh, PA appeared first on The Thinking Moms' Revolution.

21:00

TunedBody: The 10 Best Nutrition Tips Ever "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Diet advice is a lot like fashion. Trends come—wedge sneakers, drop-crotch pants, those skirts that are short in the front and long

The post The 10 Best Nutrition Tips Ever appeared first on TunedBody.

21:00

Project Syndicate RSS-Feed: The New “Two Chinas” Question "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Is China best understood as a strong country, with a promising future despite some short-term difficulties, or as a country facing serious structural problems and uncertain long-term prospects? Until recently, that question seemed out of place; now it has become unavoidable.

21:00

Hyperallergic: Sum of the Arts "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Thomas Davies,

Thomas Davies, “An East View of the Great Cataract of Niagara” (1762), considered the first eyewitness painting of Niagara Falls (courtesy Christie’s)

Inspired by the Harper’s Index, Sum of the Arts is a periodic tabulation of numbers floating around the art world and beyond.

  • Year in which Thomas Davies completed the first eyewitness painting of Niagara Falls, including a rainbow = 1762
  • Miles messages can travel in Turkey’s whistling language = 3
  • Number of hand-colored and hand-cut sheets in an 18th-century paper peep show = 6-8
  • Weight in pounds of each of Henry the taxidermy elephant’s tusks, which were replaced by the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in the 1970s with lighter fiberglass = 90
  • Percentage of light...

20:53

Simple Simon and Company: How to Make Giant Tassels "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Today we want to show you a quick way to make some fun over sized yarn tassels.  They are great for parties, kids room decor or even to decorate a playhouse or a teepee!  We have paired them in so many ways….I love how versatile they are. Materials: cotton yard (or any yarn of your...

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20:48

URBANSHIT: Krönungszeremonie der Hartzkönigin der IV beim Richtfest des Berliner Stadtschlosses (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

2klein_MG_6139Der in Berlin lebende Daniel Chluba hat parallel zum Richtfest des Berliner Stadtschlosses eine „Krönungszeremonie der Hartzkönigin der IV“ vor dem Schloss abgehalten. Die Performance wurde mit der Kamera begleitet. Daniel Chluba schreibt uns zu seiner neuesten Aktion: „Durch einen Leak ist ein geheimes Video der Krönungszeremonie der Hartzkönigin der IV. aufgetaucht. Von Revolution Korruption und Gold ist die Rede. Wird der Euro untergehen? Wird den akademischen Spargelstechern bald Gerechtigkeit wiederfahren? Können Politiker bald wieder in der Badewanne pupsen ohne rot zu werden? Die Hartzkönigin kämpft an allen Fronten für euch! Also spendet gleich und viel. Für ein besseres Morgen und einen Thron aus purem Gold.„ Fotos: Daniel Chluba. Mit freundlicher Genehmigung.

Der Beitrag Krönungszeremonie der Hartzkönigin der IV beim Richtfest des Berliner Stadtschlosses (Video) erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.

20:42

Fun Crafts Kids: DIY Wooden Reindeer Ornaments "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

              While it may still be summer, it is always a good idea to prepare for Christmas in advance. Why not start your preparations with these DIY wooden reindeer ornaments. Easy to craft from scrap wood and wire, these reindeer ornaments will look fantastic around the house or on…

The post DIY Wooden Reindeer Ornaments appeared first on Fun Crafts Kids.

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20:24

URBANSHIT: CityLeaks Urban Art Festival 2015 in Köln sucht Unterstützer "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

03404e85Wir haben vor ein paar Wochen schon einmal auf das kommenden CityLeaks Urban Art Festival 2015 in Köln hingewiesen. Um das Festival in vollem Umfang zu realisieren, läuft derzeit ein Crowdfunding, das wir für unterstützenswert halten. „Das diesjährige Festival steht unter dem Motto „Die Stadt, die es nicht gibt“ und thematisiert das subjektive Idealbild der Stadt. Drei Wochen lang (01.-20.09.15) gibt das Festival dazu mit zahlreichen Outdoor-Projekten und einer Indoor-Ausstellung Gelegenheit. Zudem findet erstmalig in diesem Jahr ein CityLeaks Kongress statt, der die Kernthemen urbanen Lebens öffentlich verhandelt. Ausstellungen in kooperierenden Galerien und Off-Locations sowie eine Vielzahl kultureller Veranstaltungen ergänzen das Festivalprogramm. Urban Hacking, Projektionen, Mapping, Performance und Poesie werden dabei ebenso tragende Rollen spielen wie Mural Painting und Installation.“ CityLeaks Festival 01 bis 20. September 2015 Titelbild: Installation von Mark Jenkins, CityLeaks 2013. Mit freundlicher Genehmigung von City Leaks.

Der Beitrag CityLeaks Urban Art Festival 2015 in Köln sucht Unterstützer erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.

20:19

Resilience: Resilience Roundup - Aug 21 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

A global oil glut has tanked prices and cut profits—so why won’t Shell give up on the north? | E.P.A. Announces New Rules to Cut Methane Emissions | The Thin Green Line Is Stopping Coal and Oil in Their Tracks | Study: China May Have Overestimated Carbon Emissions | Global stocks in 'panic mode' as Chinese factory slump drags on markets... 

20:18

Fire Earth: Europe Plagued by ‘One of the Worst Droughts since 2003’ "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Severe drought has severely affected Europe this summer Parts of western, central and eastern Europe could continue to experience severe drought conditions in the foreseeable future, forecasters have warned. Severe drought has affected much of the European continent since June 2015, one of the worst since the drought and heat wave of summer of 2003, […]

20:15

David Stockman's Contra Corner: The Democrats’ Nightmare——–Hillary, Bernie And Joe "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

While perhaps too early for Democratic elites to panic and begin bailing out on Hillary Clinton’s campaign as a doomed vessel, they would be well advised not to miss any of the lifeboat drills.

20:12

URBANSHIT: Open Call für die Papergirl Hannover Edition 2015 "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

papergirl_hannover_00Das partizipative Straßenkunstformat Papergirl, dass  2010 von der Berliner Künstlerin Aisha Ronniger ins Leben gerufen wurde, hat mittlerweile Ableger in der ganzen Welt. Diesen Herbst findet auch in Hannover wieder eine Papergirl Edition statt. Dem Papergirl-Prinzip folgend, können noch bis zum 18. September 2015 von jedermann rollbare Kunstwerke eingesendet werden, die dann im Herbst per Zufallsprinzip mit dem Fahrrad auf der Straße an Passanten verteilt werden. Alle Details zum Open Call findet ihr auf der Website vom Papergirl Hannover oder bei Facebook. Foto: Papergirl Hannover / Tim Oehlmann

Der Beitrag Open Call für die Papergirl Hannover Edition 2015 erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.

20:06

Resilience: Why Is Market Fundamentalism So Tenacious? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

One of the great economists of the twentieth century had the misfortune of publishing his magnum opus, The Great Transformation, in 1944, months before the inauguration of a new era of postwar economic growth and consumer culture.

20:05

David Stockman's Contra Corner: Washington’s Misadventures In The Hindu Kush "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Then came 9/11. President George W. Bush needed a target for America’s fury and humiliation. He foolishly chose Taliban, which had nothing to do with the attacks but which was hosting Osama bin Laden, a Saudi hero of the anti-Soviet war. Taliban offered to hand bin Laden over if the US produced evidence of his guilt for the 9/11 attacks. But no such evidence was ever produced. US oil firms, who had long-eyed transit routes through Afghanistan, cheered on the US attacks......

19:50

Project Syndicate RSS-Feed: Does Capitalism Cause Poverty? "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Pope Francis recently called capitalism "intolerable." But are the problems that Francis rightly highlights really the consequence of an excess of “unbridled capitalism,” or are they caused by bridling capitalism in the wrong way?

19:38

URBANSHIT: Banksy eröffnet „Dismaland“ – Ein realistischer Gegenentwurf zu Disneyland "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Bildschirmfoto-2015-08-21-um-11.40.41Banksy ist mit einem neuem, großen Kunststreich zurück. In seinem Heimatland Großbritannien eröffnet er morgen den Freizeitpark Dismaland. Das Dismaland ist ein Gegenentwurf zum Disneyland. Den Besucher erwartet ein Freizeitpark, dessen  Attraktionen den realistischen gesellschaftlichen Verhältnissen entsprechen, wie zu erwarten mit mit Witz und Gesellschaftskritik. Neben neuen Arbeiten von Banksy werden in dem Park Werke von rund 60 internationalen Künstlern ausgestellt. Banksy selber beschreibt seinen neuesten Geniestreich als ein „festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism“ und  gibt Dismaland dem Untertitel „Bemusement Park“. Laut eigenen Angaben ist das Projekt komplett von Banksy selbstfinanziert und kommt ohne Sponsoren und kulturelle Fördergelder aus. Ein von Banksy (@dismaland_park) gepostetes Foto am 20. Aug 2015 um 9:26 Uhr Ein von Banksy (@dismaland_park) gepostetes Foto am 20. Aug 2015 um 6:47 Uhr In der aktuellen Ausgabe des Juxtapoz Magazins gibt es ein Interview mit dem britischen Künstler Banksy zu lesen, in dem Banksy über die Idee und Entstehung von Dismaland spricht. Online gibt es einen kleinen Auszug als Vorgeschmack. Ein von Banksy (@dismaland_park) gepostetes Foto am 20. Aug 2015 um 5:53 Uhr Ein von Banksy (@dismaland_park) gepostetes Foto am 20. Aug 2015 um 5:09 Uhr Ein von Banksy (@dismaland_park) gepostetes Foto am 20. Aug 2015 um 6:11 Uhr Dismaland 22. August –27. September 2015 täglich von ...

Der Beitrag Banksy eröffnet „Dismaland“ – Ein realistischer Gegenentwurf zu Disneyland erschien zuerst auf...

19:30

Totally Tutorials: Tutorial - Clean Your Microwave Without Chemicals "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

http://theseamanmom.com/how-to-clean-your-microwave-without-chemicals/
Easy, natural way to wipe out microwave grime without much effort

Tutorial at The Seaman Mom Blog

"I have a pretty old microwave who’s been sitting “dormant” for ages until I’ve decided to part ways with my seaman days and settle down on land. This is when the poor microwave has started to be very used and sometimes abused (when a certain blogger discovered the joys of baking brownies in a cup). And since I’m always in a rush the quickest way to heat the food is my poor microwave. It leaves such a mess sometimes".... Read more

19:28

Resilience: Fracking Arrives in the UK "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Fracking has finally arrived in the UK, eight years on from Cuadrilla’s approved licence for shale gas exploration in Lancashire.

19:00

The Big Picture: Tweets, Runs and the Minnesota Vikings "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Tweets, Runs and the Minnesota Vikings
David Bradnum, Christopher Lovell, Pedro Santos and Nick Vaughan.
Bank of England August 18 2015

 

 

Could Twitter help predict a bank run? That was the question a group of us were tasked with answering in the run up to the Scottish independence referendum. To investigate, we built an experimental system in just a few days, to collect and analyse tweets in real time. In the end, fears of a bank run were not realised, so the jury is still out on Twitter. But even so we learnt a lot about social media analysis (and a little about American Football) and argue that text analytics more generally has much potential for central banks.

Background

On 18th September 2014, Scottish residents went to the polls to answer the question “Should Scotland be an independent country?” At the time, concerns were raised about the potential impact a ‘yes’ result might have on the UK financial system. Indeed, the Governor highlighted that “uncertainty about the currency arrangements could raise financial stability issues.”

The group pioneered an innovative approach using social media as a unique lens through which to observe developments in real-time. We analysed traffic on the Twitter micro-blogging platform in the run-up to the vote, searching for tweets including terms or phrases that may have indicated depositors preparing to withdraw money from Scottish financial insti...

18:58

The Automatic Earth: Debt Rattle August 21 2015 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Lewis Wickes Hine Newsies in St. Louis, N. Broadway and De Soto 1910 • Greek PM Alexis Tsipras Steps Down To Trigger New Elections (Guardian) • Syriza Rebels Break Away To Form New Party ‘Leiki Anotita’ -Popular Unity- (BBC) • The Colony Of Italy (M5S Lower House) • Asia Stocks Tumble as China PMI Hits

The post Debt Rattle August 21 2015 appeared first on The Automatic Earth.

18:56

PreventDisease.com: One Acupuncture Treatment Drops Blood Pressure For Over a Month Without Medication "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Emerging evidence from a research study shows acupuncture may be an effective treatment for hypertension. Acupuncture regulates blood pressure, blood flow and body temperature. Patients with hypertension treated with acupuncture experienced drops in their blood pressure that lasted up to a month and a half, researchers with the Susan Samueli Center for Integrative Medicine have found.

18:00

Open Culture: The New York Times Makes 17,000 Tasty Recipes Available Online: Japanese, Italian, Thai & Much More "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

My pile of nightstand books at the moment includes Tim Ferriss’ The Four-Hour Chef (available as a free audiobook here), a flashy tome meant in part to teach the simplest cooking techniques that yield high degrees of versatility, impressiveness, and deliciousness. But its real interest lies in the subject of learning itself, and so it also covers reasonable-investment-high-return techniques for mastering other things, like languages. As I read Ferriss’ account of his own experience developing strategies to quickly learn the Japanese language right next to so many photographs of food and the preparation thereof, my brain couldn’t help but combine those two chunks of information — and then proceed to make me hungry.

I had a mind to go straight to ...

18:00

Backdoor Survival »: Survival Friday: An iClever Review and Giveaway "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Backdoor Survival iClever Review and Giveaway

Have you ever had something happen that would normally be a major inconvenience and find you are okay with it?  That is happening to me, right here and right now as I am sitting here writing.

Welcome to the Twilight Zone of no internet, no cell service, and no communication with the rest of the world! I do have my Ham radio turned on, but there is no activity at the moment so all is very quiet.  And I am loving it.

Backdoor Survival iClever Review and Giveaway

You might even say that ultimately, this sense of taking things in stride comes from being prepared and being a prepper!

This has happened before.  The big communications cable under the sea (okay, not so big, I am told it has the diameter of a CAT5 cable) suffered a break during a minor earthquake a few years back and it took weeks to fix.

There is an alternative to that antiquated cable, namely a state of the art system run by our local power company co-op.  Alas, the roll-out is both slow and expensive, and not something mere mortals have access to.  Lucky for me, there...

17:35

"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Sparkle had a Twinkle in her Eye "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Twinkle

Hey, have you seen our handsome Boer goat Homer lately? He was last seen proudly strutting the paddock with what looked like a cigar in his mouth. And the reason you ask? His lady friend Sparkle just gave birth to the adorable ray of sunshine we have christened Twinkle.

Twinkle

As if we needed one, here’s another reason to thank goat it’s Friday!

Twinkle   Twinkle

17:26

Eco-Business: National Energy Efficiency Conference 2015 "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The 2-day National Energy Efficiency Conference (NEEC) 2015 will be held on 6 and 7 October 2015 at the MAX Atria @ Singapore EXPO. This is the fourth NEEC organized by the National Environment Agency, in partnership with the Economic Development Board and the Energy Market Authority.

17:12

Funky Junk Interiors: Don’t be jealous. Just get busy "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

quote by Funky Junk Interiors.35 PMI have this artist friend that travels alot. When I worked for him, he’d talk about his ‘next big thing’, travelling to some far off exotic country, for work reasons. I’d listen with wide eyed interest, and was genuinely happy for his success. Then one day, I finally  confessed, “I could only wish.” “What do you mean?” […]

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17:12

"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Chewton Pool: An exciting week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This week’s highlights at Chewton Pool –

Two of Chewton Pool’s staff members, Tracie Bush and Jasmine Samson, presented to the full assembly of the Castlemaine Seconday College student body, about the opportunities available at Chewton Pool for volunteer work and casual Summer lifeguarding.

As a result, more than 30 students have expressed an interest. We will follow up with assessing each student’s interest and find a role in the many activities associated with running a community pool, such as planning and staging events, kiosk duties, lifeguarding, media and communications, fundraising and practical projects to improve the facilities. Many of these activities go on during the off-season, so you can be guaranteed there is a job that suits.

We look forward to an injection of energy from these young people who understand the value of working in the community.

We are also thrilled to have been shortlisted for a Regional Achievement and Community Award. We hope to hear good news in September as the judging proceeds. These awards are a great recognition for all the hard work our community puts in to make every Summer a fun place in Chewton.

RACA15 Semi Finalist - Community Group

Two of our management committee attended the Scientist to Dinner event at Chewton Primary School, where astronomer Professor Orsola De Marco from Macquarie University talked about astrophysics, her week at Chewton Primary and shared a delicious dinner with us.

What a great community we live in!


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17:09

Eco-Business: VERGE Hawaii "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

VERGE is a global event series taking an in-depth look at the technologies and systems accelerating sustainability solutions in an interconnected world. The event aims to share insights, promote collaborative learning, and inspire higher rates of renewable energy and energy efficiency.

16:53

Wangan & Jagalingou People: EXPLAINER: Representation of W&J "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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REPRESENTATION OF THE WANGAN AND JAGALINGOU PEOPLE (W&J)

Note: There has been considerable misinformation about “disunity” within the W&J , purposefully amplified by Adani to serve the company’s interests, and questions raised about Adrian Burragubba’s authority to act and speak on the W&J’s behalf by Adani and others.

This briefer clarifies this –  and provides explanatory background to the fact that a clear majority of the W&J oppose Adani’s Carmichael mine and reject any agreement with Adani for the mine to proceed.  Of particular note [see timeline immediately below]:

21 JUNE 2015 CLAIM GROUP MEETING REPLACES PRO-ADANI APPLICANT WITH NEW REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 12 FAMILIES

  • The majority of the new applicant group, acting on behalf of the claim group, are opposed to the Carmichael Mine and support all previous decisions of the claim group rejecting any agreements with Adani Mining.

To have their native title recognised, the Claim Group authorises what is known as an ‘Applicant’ for their claim under the Native Title Act, to act on their behalf. The Applicant is now composed of representatives of the 12 original families of the Claim Group – the group that  REJECTED a Land Use Agreement with Adani for...

16:44

Eco-Business: EU-Green Building and Sustainable Construction Symposium and Business Matching "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

EU-Malaysia Symposium and Business Matching: EU-Green Building and Sustainable Construction. Focus on Engineering and Architectural Services

16:34

michaelwrites: Two Days "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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16:08

Eco-Business: RSPO Smallholder's Support Fund (RSSF) Executive "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The RSSF Executive will assist the Smallholder Program Manager in overseeing and executing the RSPO Smallholders Support Fund (RSSF)

16:00

NaturalNews.com: Introducing Hillary Clinton Server Wipes, the instant solution for eliminating the inconvenient truth that you've committed federal crimes... OOPS! "IndyWatch Feed Health"

(NaturalNews) Do you know where your email server has been recently? Or what other servers it recently "exchanged bits" with?When it's time to clean your secret email server, clean it with Hillary Clinton's Email Server Wipes, our newest email security product that erases server...

NaturalNews.com: US media outrage over Russia incinerating contraband food ignores fact that FDA did EXACT same thing to Rawesome Foods in California "IndyWatch Feed Health"

(NaturalNews) The Western media machine is making a huge ruckus over Russia's decision to enforce an embargo on food products originating in Europe, the U.S. and Canada, which has led to the incineration and destruction of many tons' worth of contraband cheese, fruit and other products...

NaturalNews.com: Mercury exposure linked to homosexuality: Contaminated birds exhibit unusual same-sex behavior "IndyWatch Feed Health"

(NaturalNews) An international duo of scientists may have uncovered a causative factor in homosexuality: mercury poisoning. Publishing their findings in the peer-reviewed journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the team from the University of Florida and the University of Peradeniya...

NaturalNews.com: Texas woman becomes weight loss sensation after ditching diets, losing 160 pounds with healthy food choices "IndyWatch Feed Health"

(NaturalNews) Forget fad diets... and don't leap into unhealthy shortcuts like bariatric surgery. The new weight loss paradigm is based on making informed, daily choices about healthy eating. Using this simple system of avoiding liquid sugars and eating whole foods like quinoa and...

NaturalNews.com: Modern-day 'science' demands absolute obedience and conformity to industry claims; all dissenters must be silenced and punished "IndyWatch Feed Health"

(NaturalNews) When Dr. Jack Wolfson, an Arizona cardiologist, spoke out recently regarding the potential dangers of vaccines in the wake of an artificial "measles" crisis at Disneyland last fall, he likely did not anticipate how aggressively he would be attacked by the Big Pharma...

NaturalNews.com: World economy's doomsday clock strikes minute to midnight as financial system collapses "IndyWatch Feed Health"

(NaturalNews) Seven-odd years ago, when the banking crisis in the United States eviscerated global financial markets, central bankers stepped into the breach as last-resort lenders. Risky loans from the private sector were transferred onto the public-sector balance sheet, and unrestrained...

NaturalNews.com: Sugar trail may lead to early cancer detection "IndyWatch Feed Health"

(NaturalNews) Cancer remains one of the most-researched diseases all around the world, as international scientists work on research to broaden the understanding of every aspect of this disease – why and how it develops, grows and spreads within the human body. This knowledge...

NaturalNews.com: Geoengineering and the California drought: Gov. Jerry Brown ignores "chemtrail" problem while promoting more tyranny "IndyWatch Feed Health"

(NaturalNews) A group of concerned California citizens is calling on Governor Jerry Brown to be immediately recalled from office and replaced with someone who's willing to put the interests of Californians, rather than corporations and shadow government figures, as a top priority...

NaturalNews.com: Leftists justify murdering babies to harvest their organs by saying they're not people; how long before they dehumanize and exterminate your family? "IndyWatch Feed Health"

(NaturalNews) The budding scandal surrounding Planned Parenthood's selling of aborted baby body parts is unconscionable to most Americans, even some who support the procedure of abortion. But to a growing number of left-wing progressives – especially so-called "academics" and...

NaturalNews.com: Planned Parenthood's for-profit harvesting of organs from aborted babies censored by ABC, CBS "IndyWatch Feed Health"

(NaturalNews) To the progressive editorial staffs of the nation's top newspapers, news websites and cable news channels and network news broadcasts, if they don't cover an issue or an incident, it's because they believe a) it didn't happen; b) it might have happened, but it's no big...

NaturalNews.com: Fukushima site becoming even less stable as crumbling buildings sink into ground around nuclear reactors "IndyWatch Feed Health"

(NaturalNews) In March 2011, a tsunami struck the coast of Japan that destroyed three nuclear reactors and severely damaged a fourth nuclear reactor at the Fukushima Daiichi site. The radioactive waste from the plant has been bleeding into the neighboring forests and Pacific Ocean...

NaturalNews.com: American Council on Science and Health executives get rich while twisting the science on industrial poisons "IndyWatch Feed Health"

(NaturalNews) Many organizations might claim to support "science" and "evidence-based medicine," but such proclamations do not constitute proof that they actually practice what they preach. One such organization, the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH), contends that its...

NaturalNews.com: Statist-leaning California headed toward third-world region amid continuing megadrought "IndyWatch Feed Health"

(NaturalNews) Is California turning back into a desert? Perhaps, but that's just one of many reasons why it is becoming less and less desirable to live there.As most Americans know, the Golden State is in the throes of one of the worst droughts in California history. As reported...

NaturalNews.com: The U.S. CDC: A sock puppet for the industry and hopelessly corrupt "IndyWatch Feed Health"

(NaturalNews) Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., an attorney-at-law, author, and vaccine investigator, spoke before the New Jersey State legislature regarding the oppressive bill that was introduced to do away with religious exemptions for mandatory vaccinations for children in that state.However...

15:47

Bees: Comics "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Who was one of the most widely read but least known children’s authors? Carl Barks. My first comic book love was the Donald Duck series by Carl Barks who fleshed out Disney’s film characters and created 500 engrossing adventures for children. The hunt for square eggs in Lost in the Andes (1949) was a favourite and anything with the Italian sorceress, Magica de Spell . When I was ten  I moved on to superhero comics – I loved the bizarre character Mr Mxyzptlk who could only be beaten if Superman tricked him into saying his name backwards. Why are comics so popular? Because the style combines dramatic art, fast pace and engaging characters. Teachers can use comics in class as models of design and tight narrative structure; and they’re ideal for reluctant readers, usually boys. The comic form also embraces stunning graphic novels for adults, such as Persepolis and Logicomix, about Bertrand Russell.

LostintheAndes

15:36

"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Myrtle, an olde-world charmer "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Myrtle

A once popular girl’s name is Myrtle; it is also the name of a plant with pink or white aromatic berries. Ruled by Venus, that plant is associated with love, peace, fertility and youth. And we can think of no more fitting name for this most elderly ewe who was recently surrendered into our care. With pleas to save the downed sheep’s life, we set into overdrive. Her engorged teats suggested the grand dame was pregnant, and twin lambing disease was suspected as the culprit for her ills. Running drip lines and medications, our spirits are buoyed by Myrtle’s desire to eat the chaff, grains, hay and boiled barley she loves.

Myrtle

Each day Myrtle spends some time in her sling, making strong her weakened limbs, then she is carried, Queen of Sheba like, on her stretcher outside to catch some welcome winter sun. Nibbling on grass, sharing her food with roosters, and being a climbing mountain for lambs, Myrtle drinks in the kindness of Edgar’s Mission. We still do not know how Myrtle’s story will end, but we take great heart that this ewe, possessed of an olde-world charm, is getting stronger each day. So who knows what from this will blossom?

Myrtle Myrtle

15:34

Natural Society: Column in Medical Journal Says Hazards of GMOs, Pesticides Not Properly Studied "IndyWatch Feed Health"

A column published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine calls for a new review of herbicides, saying U.S. regulators have been relying on flawed and outdated research. [1]

The authors of the opinion piece are Dr. Philip Landrigan, a Harvard-educated pediatrician and epidemiologist who is Dean for Global Health at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, and Chuck Benbrook, an adjunct professor at Washington State University’s crops and soil science department.

Landrigan and Benbrook wrote that there are two key factors that necessitate regulatory action to protect human health: a spike in herbicide applied to widely-planted genetically modified (GMO) crops used in food, and the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recent classification of the most commonly used herbicide, known as glyphosate (Roundup), as a probable human carcinogen.

“There is growing evidence that glyphosate is geno-toxic and has adverse effects on cells in a number of different ways,” Benbrook said. “It’s time to pull back … on uses of glyphosate that we know are leading to significant human exposures while the science gets sorted out.”

Landrigan and Benbrook said they are concerned that previous research failed to assess some of the hazards associated with GMOs and glyphosate.

“We believe that the time has therefore come to thoroughly reconsider all aspects of the safety of plant biotechnology,” the column states.

The scientists also slammed the EPA’s...

15:34

Natural Society: Activism Causes Companies to Replace Artificial Dyes with Natural Ones "IndyWatch Feed Health"

The look of many of the foods Americans know and love will soon be changing as food companies start removing artificial dyes from their products. That means less yellow yellows, murkier whites, and even a couple less colors in Trix cereal. [1]

Americans are increasingly rejecting artificial colors, preservatives, and flavors. In response, companies like Panera Bread, Subway, and even Kraft and Nestle are pulling the substances from many of their products. Many of the fake colors will be culled from the natural coloring found in beets and carrots, but the process isn’t easy.

That’s why General Mills decided to simply remove two colors from its Trix cereal – it couldn’t find any suitable artificial color replacements. The cereal will be reformulated later this year with the traditionally-red pieces looking noticeably different, thanks to natural coloring from radishes and strawberries.

“We haven’t been able to get that same vibrant color,” said Kate Gallager, General Mills’ cereal developer.

The FDA said as recently as 1950 that children became sick after eating Halloween candy colored with artificial orange dye. The agency drastically shortened its list of approved color additives after finding several had caused “serious adverse events.” [1]

Read:...

15:31

Natural Society: McDonald’s Kicked Out of Cleveland Clinic Cafeteria "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, a top health care institution in the US, has finally given McDonald’s the boot upon the realization that fast food may just not be the best choice for the sick (or anyone, really). The riddance of the junk food restaurant is one of many changes the hospital is making to “promote healthy food choices, exercise, and a smoke free environment.”

Cleveland Clinic spokeswoman Eileen Sheil said,

“Our goal is to reduce the risk factors that contribute significantly to chronic diseases.”

Well thank you, Cleveland Clinic! Considering that McDonald’s food is full of GMOs, MSG, eggs that are a strange ‘non-egg combination,’ dimethylpolysiloxane (a silicone that can also be found in Silly Putty), and calcium silicate (a sealant used on roofs and concrete), you’ll likely see an immediate improvement in your patient’s health.

Of course finding such ingredients in the fast food giant’s food isn’t so surprising – much of McDonald’s’ food is tainted in more than one way. For example, containing over 70 ingredients, the McDonald’s sought-after McRib is full of surprises — including ‘restructured meat’ technology that includes traditionally-discarded animal parts brought together to create a rib-like substance. It also contains a little-known flour-bleaching agent known as azodicarbonamide.

Maybe this is why the fast...

15:27

Natural Society: Scientists Claim to Have Created 99% of a Human Brain "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Scientists have figured out how to grow a human brain in a lab. Well, almost. [1]

The creation is that of scientists from Ohio State University. The team hopes that one day their feat will help researchers learn more about neurological disease.

The miniature brain, which is not conscious, resembles that of a five-week-old fetus’ – about the size of a pencil eraser. The organ was made from adult human skin cells and is the most complete human brain model ever developed. Rene Anand of OSU presented the work Aug. 18 at the Military Health System Research Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Anand told the audience that the tiny brain could potentially be useful for scientists who want to research the progression of diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, since the regions they affect are functional during the early stages of development.

Previous attempts at creating whole brains have resulted in mini-organs resembling those of nine-week-old fetuses. The “cerebral organoids” were incomplete and only contained certain aspects of the brain. “We have grown the entire brain from the get-go,” said Anand.

“If we let it go to 16 or 20 weeks, that might complete it, filling in that 1 percent of missing genes,” Anand added. “We don’t know yet.” [2]

According to Anand and his colleagues, they’ve been able to produce 99% of the brain’s diverse cell types and genes. The brain even contains a spinal cord, signaling circuitry and a retina. The researchers were not concerned with ethical issues, because there are no sensory stimuli entering the brain, meaning it is not thinking at all.

Anand said the brain was created by converting adult skin cells into pluripotent cells, which are stem cells that can be programmed to become any tissue in the body. These cells were then grown in a specialized environment that “persuaded” the stem c...

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14:52

David Stockman's Contra Corner: Can Kickers United—–Why It’s Getting Downright Hazardous Out There "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

It’s getting downright hazardous out there, and not just because the robo-machines were slamming the “sell” key today. The real danger comes from the loose assemblage of official institutions which claim to be running the world. They might better be referred to as “can kickers united.” It is now blindingly obvious that they have lapsed into empty ritualism, contrivance and double-talk in the face of a…

14:33

The Pineneedle Collective: Not Your Average T-shirt Transfer Tutorial! | Get Thready With Me #6 "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

I've used a lot of this essential craft item called "t-shirt transfer paper" in my Make Thrift Buy videos, as well as to make some t-shirts with which I wore in my Style videos - but I realised that I'd never really gone into detail about how to make these things work! So, here's a super in-depth tutorial on how to use t-shirt transfers, from selecting an image, to how well it lasts in the wash - and, you don't need to *only* use them for t-shirts either ;)
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14:24

Open Culture: Karaoke-Style, Stephen Colbert Sings and Struts to The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar” "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Little known fact, during his high school days, Stephen Colbert was the front man of a Rolling Stones cover band. And, appearing on Howard Stern on Tuesday, just weeks before taking over The Late Show, Colbert proved it, singing and doing a jig to “Brown Sugar.” He moves like Jagger, and it’s fun to watch.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert starts Tuesday, September 8th — right after Labor Day.

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14:11

Eco-Business: Capturing the 'spiritual essence' of places "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Singapore firm SCDA Architects is globally acclaimed for its luxurious, clean designs. Ahead of the International Green Building Conference 2015, its founder Chan Soo Khian speaks to Eco-Business on the importance of climate and context-sensitive architecture.

13:12

Eco-Business: It’s time for the health care industry to raise its voice on climate change "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Businesses serious about improving health should be serious about climate, too, says Leo Raudys, adjunct faculty, corporate sustainability, University of Minnesota.

13:03

Fire Earth: July Warmest Month Ever Recorded Globally "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

2015 the hottest year on record (so far) Global: The combined average temperature over land and ocean surfaces for July 2015 was the highest since record-keeping began 136 years ago. At 0.81°C (1.46°F) above the 20th century average of 15.8°C (60.4°F), it surpassed the previous record set in July 1998 by 0.08°C (0.14°F), said NOAA. […]

12:51

GreenMedInfo: A 12-week modified Mediterranean-type diet induced modest weight loss in a sample of overweight and grade 1 obese patients. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Eur J Clin Nutr. 2015 Aug ;69(8):878-84. Epub 2015 Feb 18. PMID: 25690866 Abstract Title:  Weight loss with a modified Mediterranean-type diet using fat modification: a randomized controlled trial. Abstract:  BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: There is evidence that Mediterranean diets with a high proportion of olive oil and nuts can be effective for weight management and prevention of cardiovascular disease. It might be difficult for populations with other eating habits to follow such diets. Therefore, a modified Mediterranean-type diet using fat modification through neutral and butter-flavored canola oil, walnuts and walnut oil with two portion-controlled sweet daily snacks was tested in Germany.SUBJECTS/METHODS: Randomized waiting-list control study with overweight/grade 1 obese subjects: 12-week self-help modified Mediterranean-type diet, 6 weeks of diet plans and 6 weeks of weight loss maintenance training. Trial duration was 12 months. Intervention group (IG) included 100 participants (average age of 52.4 years, weight 85.1 kg and body mass index (BMI) 30.1 kg/m(2)), waiting-list control group (CG) included 112 participants (52.6 years, 84.1 kg and 30.1 kg/m(2)).RESULTS: Per-protocol weight loss after 12 weeks was 5.2 kg in IG vs 0.4 kg in CG (P⩽0.0001), BMI -1.8 vs -0.1 kg/m(2) (P⩽0.0001), waist circumference -4.7 vs -0.9 cm (P⩽0.0001). Triglycerides, total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol improved significantly in IG but not in CG. One-year dropouts: 44% in IG and 53% in CG. Weight loss after 12 months: 4.2 kg (pooled data).CONCLUSION: A five-meal modified Mediterranean-type diet with two daily portion-controlled sweet snacks was effective for weight management in a self-help setting for overweight and grade 1 obese subjects. Fat modification through canola oil, walnuts and walnut oil improved blood lip...

12:42

AltHealthWorks.com: Popular Organic Breadmaker Bought Out By Staunchly Pro-GMO Corporation "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Dave Dahl, the new $55 million dollar man, has overcome a lot in his life to build a wildly successful organic bread company. PHOTO: Yelp.com

Dave Dahl, the new $55 million dollar man, has overcome a lot in his life to build a wildly successful organic bread company. PHOTO: Yelp.com

 

12:39

Wangan & Jagalingou People: NEXT, FEDERAL COURT: WANGAN & JAGALINGOU STAND STRONGER THAN EVER TO STOP ADANI CARMICHAEL "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

MEDIA STATEMENT – 21 August 2015

The Wangan and Jagalingou people, traditional owners of Queensland’s Galilee Basin,  today announce we have formally reconstituted the group representing our native title claim, and now stand together stronger than ever for our imminent fight in the Federal Court to stop Adani’s Carmichael coal mine, the biggest in Australian history.

See: Backgrounder on W&J organisational structure, governance and representation

As a people, we have voted down deals with Adani twice now. Our Family Council has continued to oppose Adani’s moves against us. And now our native title claim ‘Applicant’ properly reflects our people and our decisions.

We look forward now to moving onto our challenge in the Federal Court, which is set for a directions hearing on 9th September 2015.

Adrian Burragubba, senior traditional owner and spokesperson, said, “Today, the Federal Court registered our new Applicant, ending the fabricated myth that the majority of Wangan and Jagalingou do not oppose Adani’s mine. This dispels the malicious disinformation spread by Adani, which has always tried to paint our community as terminally divided.

“In any group, there are a variety of views. But a clear majority of our people said no to the Carmichael mine. Twice. This decision is final. What part of our “democracy” do they not understand?

“Adani is dishonestly seeking to divide and conquer; a tactic that mining companies have used against indige...

12:29

Eco-Business: 3rd E-Mobilia World to unveil the future of sustainable mobility "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Key delegates scheduled to attend include representatives from automotive giants such as BMW, Renault, Audi, Mazda and Hyundai; esteemed research institutions such as the University of California Davis and Imperial College London; foreign policy makers such as the Norwegian Electric Vehicle Association, Metropolregion Hannover and the US Department of Energy.

12:06

Eco-Business: How safe substances become dangerous "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Herbicides such as 2,4-D and Glyphosate have recently been classified as "possibly" or "probably" carcinogenic to humans, causing alarm among farmers and consumers. But is this really the case? Physician and Stanford University fellow Henry I Miller unearths the science.

12:05

Eco-Business: Shrinking Indonesian shark fisheries spur a national action plan "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Indonesia has the world's highest diversity of sharks, with 118 species. It also has the world's largest shark fishery. With recent landings topping 50,000 tons, the fishery focuses on species classified as "vulnerable" or "endangered."

12:01

Eco-Business: LIXIL and Tohoku University unveil toilet lighting system that works even in blackouts "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

Since July 2014, LIXIL, a Japanese living and housing solutions company, and Tohoku University, have been conducting research to develop the "Zero Energy Toilet (ZET)," which allows people to use toilets comfortably even in times of disaster.

11:59

Eco-Business: China's greenhouse gas emissions 'overestimated' "IndyWatch Feed Economics"

The United Nations and other international bodies have vastly overestimated China's greenhouse gas emissions over the past decade or more, according to a study released on Wednesday.

11:57

SurvivalBlog.com: Notes for Friday – August 21, 2015 "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Today, we present another entry for Round 60 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The $10,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate, good for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,195 value),
  2. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical. This certificate will be for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses. (Excluding those restricted for military or government teams.) Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  3. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 Nato QD Billet upper with a hammer forged, chromlined barrel and a hard case to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR type rifle to have quick change barrel, which can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools, and a compact carry capability in a hard case or 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
  4. Gun Mag Warehouse is providing 20 Magpul pmags 30rd Magazines (a value of $300) and a Gun Mag Warehouse T-Shirt. (An equivalent prize will be awarded for residents in states with magazine restrictions.),
  5. Two cases of Mountain Hou......

11:56

SurvivalBlog.com: Multiple Families on Your Retreat, by Farmer Brown "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

When our family moved to our ranch/retreat, we spent the first year living in a 30-foot travel trailer in the barn. With five kids, ages fourteen down to one years old, it was a tight squeeze. That was some good rustic living experience; we used a wood stove for cooking, an outhouse as our toilet, solar showers, and solar power. We gained a lot of new skills and gained the motivation to get the old farm house fixed up and livable. Living in the barn also gave us and the kids a new appreciation for hot water, flush toilets, and gas cook stoves. Even running water at times was a luxury. Electrical power was a challenge, and getting the solar system working properly has been a learning curve that I am just getting the hang of after two years.

We spent weeks cleaning up the old farm house, beating back the weeds and blackberries, and fixing broken windows, pipes, and sagging floors. Needless to say it has been a lot of sweat equity, passion, tears, and work at side jobs to get to where we are today. There is still a lot to do,...

11:55

SurvivalBlog.com: Letter: Notes from Jack Hinson’s One-Man War, A Civil War Sniper "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Hugh,

I recently read Jack Hinson’s One-Man War, A Civil War Sniper by Tom McKenney; I also like when I read JWR’s books, so I took down a few notes.

This is a story of prosperous happy times that degraded into pestilence, war, famine, and death. It is also a story of survival, in a very dangerous time.

Body, Mind, and Soul – Hinson had a good physical condition with great upper body strength, exceptionally long arms, and excellent eyesight. He was of pioneer mindset, sharp minded, had good business skills, yet soft spoken and reserved. There is little mentioned of church attendance, but it seems like his family was religious and they enthusiastically celebrated Christmas. They may have had homestead services? At times, they did some praying. like when a loved one left to return to the war.

Neutrality – Jack Hinson tried to stay neutral as long as he could, but the actions of the occupation soldiers forced him to take sides. So, many folks decide that they are just going to sit this one out, only to be drawn into events.

Martial Law – Occupation forces conducted summary executions, imprisonments without trial, and other atrocities. Martial law lasted for a long time, twelve years beyond the end of the war.

No Amnesty – Hinson was a fugitive from the occupations forces, even after the end of the war, when most combatants were pardoned and paroled.

Recognition – There were several examples of how the occupation forces were unable to identify folks they had in custody. Of course, this is before finger prints, voice and photo recognition, communications, databases, and DNA testing.

Homestead – The Hinson’s had a larg...

11:54

SurvivalBlog.com: Hugh’s Quote of the Day: "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

“Where morality is present, laws are unnecessary. Without morality, laws are unenforceable.” – Unknown

11:54

GreenMedInfo: Selenium supplementation can enhance biochemical restoration of hyperthyroidism. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Eur Thyroid J. 2015 Jun ;4(2):93-8. Epub 2015 May 27. PMID: 26279994 Abstract Title:  A Prospective Investigation of Graves' Disease and Selenium: Thyroid Hormones, Auto-Antibodies and Self-Rated Symptoms. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: In Graves' thyrotoxicosis tachycardia, weight loss and mental symptoms are common. Recovery takes time and varies between patients. Treatment with methimazole reduces thyroid hormone levels. According to previous research, this reduction has been faster if selenium (Se) is added.OBJECTIVE: The objective was to investigate whether supplementing the pharmacologic treatment with Se could change the immune mechanisms, hormone levels and/or depression and anxiety.METHODS: We prospectively investigated 38 patients with initially untreated thyrotoxicosis by measuring the thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), free thyroxine (FT4), free triiodothyronine (FT3), thyroid receptor antibodies and thyroid peroxidase auto-antibodies before medication and at 6, 18 and 36 weeks after commencing treatment with methimazole and levo-thyroxine, with a randomized blinded oral administration of 200µg Se/day or placebo. The selenoprotein P concentration was determined in plasma at inclusion and after 36 weeks. The patients were also assessed with questionnaires about depression, anxiety and self-rated symptoms before medication was started and after 36 weeks.RESULTS: FT4 decreased more in the Se group at 18 weeks (14 vs. 17 pmol/l compared to the placebo group, p = 0.01) and also at 36 weeks (15 vs. 18 pmol/l, p = 0.01). The TSH increased more in the Se group at 18 weeks (0.05 vs. 0.02 mIU/l, p = 0.04). The depression and anxiety scores were similar in both groups. In the Se group, the depression rates correlated negatively with FT3 and positively with TSH. This was not seen in the placebo g...

11:48

GreenMedInfo: Over the counter anti-oxidants EGCG and ALA showed the most consistent benefit for MS in preclinical studies. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Mult Scler. 2015 Aug 18. Epub 2015 Aug 18. PMID: 26286700 Abstract Title:  Over-the-counter anti-oxidant therapies for use in multiple sclerosis: A systematic review. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Anti-oxidant compounds that are found in over-the-counter (OTC) supplements and foods are gaining interest as treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS). They are widely used by patients, sometimes without a clear evidence base.OBJECTIVE: We conducted a systematic review of animal and clinical research to determine the evidence for the benefits of OTC anti-oxidants in MS.METHODS: Using predefined criteria, we searched key databases. Two authors scrutinized all studies against inclusion/exclusion criteria, assessed study risk-of-bias and extracted results.RESULTS: Of the 3507 titles, 145 met criteria and included compounds,α(alpha)-lipoic acid (ALA), anti-oxidant vitamins, Ginkgo biloba, quercetin, resveratrol and epigallocatechin-3-gallate (ECGC). The strongest evidence to support OTC anti-oxidants was for compounds EGCG and ALA in animal models; both consistently showed anti-inflammatory/anti-oxidant effects and reduced neurological impairment. Only vitamin E, Ginkgo biloba and ALA were examined for efficacy in pilot clinical trials with either conflicting evidence or evidence of no benefit.CONCLUSION: OTC anti-oxidants EGCG and ALA show the most consistent benefit, however only in preclinical studies. There is no evidence that they alter MS relapses or progression. Future work should focus on testing more of these therapies for clinical efficacy before recommending them to MS patients.

11:38

GreenMedInfo: Melatonin and selenium induced protective effects against diabetes-induced brain and erythrocyte oxidative injuries. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Brain Inj. 2015 Aug 12:1-7. Epub 2015 Aug 12. PMID: 26287758 Abstract Title:  Melatonin and selenium reduce plasma cytokine and brain oxidative stress levels in diabetic rats. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Hyperglycaemia-induced progression of brain and erythrocyte oxidative injuries might be modulated by melatonin and selenium as potent antioxidants. The present study was conducted to explore whether melatonin and selenium protect against diabetic brain and erythrocyte oxidative stress levels in streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rats.MATERIALS AND METHODS: Seventy rats were equally divided into seven groups. The first and second groups were used as untreated and placebo treated controls. The third group was treated with STZ to induce diabetes. The fourth and sixth groups received 10 mg kg(-1) melatonin. The fifth and seventh groups were treated with 1.5 mg kg(-1) selenium (sodium selenite). The sixth and seventh groups were treated with STZ administered with melatonin and selenium as described for the fourth and fifth groups.RESULTS: Brain and erythrocyte lipid peroxidation levels and plasma IL-1β and IL-4 levels were high in the STZ group, although they were low in melatonin and selenium treatments. Decreased glutathione peroxidase, reduced glutathione, total antioxidant status, vitamins A and vitamin E values in brain and erythrocyte of STZ group were increased by melatonin and seleniumtreatments.DISCUSSION: Melatonin and selenium induced protective effects against diabetes-induced brain and erythrocyte oxidative injuries through regulation of the antioxidant level and cytokine production.

11:25

GreenMedInfo: Glyphosate based herbicides may be contributing to the rise of ADHD in all populations. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  PLoS One. 2015;10(8):e0133525. Epub 2015 Aug 19. PMID: 26287729 Abstract Title:  Glyphosate Use Predicts ADHD Hospital Discharges in the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project Net (HCUPnet): A Two-Way Fixed-Effects Analysis. Abstract:  There has been considerable international study on the etiology of rising mental disorders, such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), in human populations. As glyphosate is the most commonly used herbicide in the world, we sought to test the hypothesis that glyphosate use in agriculture may be a contributing environmental factor to the rise of ADHD in human populations. State estimates for glyphosate use and nitrogen fertilizer use were obtained from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). We queried the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project net (HCUPNET) for state-level hospitalization discharge data in all patients for all-listed ADHD from 2007 to 2010. We used rural-urban continuum codes from the USDA-Economic Research Service when exploring the effect of urbanization on the relationship between herbicide use and ADHD. Least squares dummy variable (LSDV) method and within method using two-way fixed effects was used to elucidate the relationship between glyphosate use and all-listed ADHD hospital discharges. We show that a one kilogram increase in glyphosate use, in particular, in one year significantly positively predicts state-level all-listed ADHD discharges, expressed as a percent of total mental disorders, the following year (coefficient = 5.54E-08, p

11:16

GreenMedInfo: Reproduction of the soil dwelling worms was reduced by 56% within three months and led to increased soil concentrations of nitrate by 1592% and phosphate by 127%. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Sci Rep. 2015 ;5:12886. Epub 2015 Aug 5. PMID: 26243044 Abstract Title:  Glyphosate-based herbicides reduce the activity and reproduction of earthworms and lead to increased soil nutrient concentrations. Abstract:  Herbicide use is increasing worldwide both in agriculture and private gardens. However, our knowledge of potential side-effects on non-target soil organisms, even on such eminent ones as earthworms, is still very scarce. In a greenhouse experiment, we assessed the impact of the most widely used glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup on two earthworm species with different feeding strategies. We demonstrate, that the surface casting activity of vertically burrowing earthworms (Lumbricus terrestris) almost ceased three weeks after herbicide application, while the activity of soil dwelling earthworms (Aporrectodea caliginosa) was not affected. Reproduction of the soil dwellers was reduced by 56% within three months after herbicide application. Herbicide application led to increased soil concentrations of nitrate by 1592% and phosphate by 127%, pointing to potential risks for nutrient leaching into streams, lakes, or groundwater aquifers. These sizeable herbicide-induced impacts on agroecosystems are particularly worrisome because these herbicides have been globally used for decades.

11:00

Featured Posts - My Modern Met: Couple Asks Their Adorable Grandmas to Be Flower Girls at Wedding "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Patrick and Rachel Givens knew that they wanted to uniquely celebrate their amazing grandmas on the day of their wedding. Rather than simply honoring them with a speech, the couple asked Grandma DD and Grandma Joanne to be co-flower ladies. "They both ecstatically accepted, thrilled that we had asked them to be in the wedding," Rachel told The Huffington Post. "They loved telling everyone that they were the flower 'ladies.' I think DD may have even pumped her fist when I asked her and yelled, 'Alright!'" 

The two grandmas actually met for the first time when they were preparing for the big day and they instantly got along. "They linked arms during their practice walk down the aisle at the rehearsal on Friday and again as they lined up for their real walk on Saturday," said the bride. "At one point, Patrick stepped away from the dance floor and walked towards the bridal suite at the venue. When he looked in, the grandmas were sitting in there together chatting over coffee, a brief moment away from the party getting to know each other. They also both absolutely ripped up the dance floor! There's no stopping these two."

Not only did the couple want to recognize their grandmas at the wedding, they also wanted them to serve as an example for their future. "Our grandmothers are very similar," Rachel said. "They are women who are a lot of fun, full of life, who fiercely love their families and would do anything for us. We aske...

10:37

Papua New Guinea Mine Watch: Call to halt Bel Kol Program "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tom Kathoa | New Dawn

The organizers of the proposed BEL KOL Program between Panguna Landowners’ and Bougainville Copper (BCL) have been asked to put an immediate stop to the program.

The opposition to the Bel Kol program is contained in a letter sent to the Chairman of the program, Bruno Babato and Manager of Bougainville Copper Mr. Justin Rogers.

It was signed by some 30 members of the Central No Go Zone Hardliners representing the public, women, youth, community leaders, former combatants and concerned citizens expressing opposition to the staging of the program.

The group says the Bougainville crisis was a fight between Bougainvilleans and Australia and BCL.

The group claims that the Bel Kol program is being pushed by people with hidden motives to benefit from its outcome.

The crisis did not affect only the landowners, but the whole population of Bougainville and therefore the whole population must benefit from any such ideas.

The group wants compensation of K20 billion to be paid before any Bel Kol gathering can take place.

Belkol August 13 2015 1


10:14

Bird is the Worm: Jeremiah Cymerman performs Chris Schlarb’s “The Starry King Hears Laughter” "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

  The music of Chris Schlarb and Jeremiah Cymerman sound nothing alike, and yet there’s a bird of the same feather quality about their creative directions that makes this crossing of paths a natural conclusion as if to some undocumented, obscure experiment.  Both guitarist Schlarb and clarinetist Cymerman transcend genres by borrowing judiciously from a […]

10:03

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Shark site closes as Sea Shepherd weighs in "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Conservation group Sea Shepherd Australia has weighed into the north coast shark-scare debate, saying calls for shark nets along NSW beaches are misguided as they’ve failed to prevent shark attacks.

And a social media page set up to report shark sightings along the far north coast has been shut down amid concerns it’s biting into local business and tourism.

Shark attacks along the far north coast this year have forced the closure of popular surfing beaches from Evans Head to Ballina, made global headlines and sparked a FaceBook site to alert surfers of potential shark danger.

The site has reported 35 separate shark sighting on far north coast over the past five weeks.

But site creator Dan Weber says he decided to pull it down as he’s worried it had become a forum for people venting their ‘frustrations unhelpfully’, including those who didn’t surf.

He told the ABC he was also concerned about the shark-scare’s effect on tourism, and did not want to be responsible for businesses closing down.

Mr Weber said he would much rather the government take control for alerting the public of shark threats, praising the recent adoption of a 000 calling protocol for shark sightings.

And Sea Shepherd Australia agrees governments must act, but on available evidence.

The group says shark nets in NSW are failing ocean users, offering statistical proof they only give ‘a false sense of security’ to swimmers and surfers.

Sea Shepherd Australia’s national shark campaign coordinator, Natalie Banks, said the increase in shark activity in northern NSW, has seen authorities and communities ‘grasping to understand what is going on, and how best to keep ocean users safe’.

Ms Banks said authorities must play an intricate balancing act of respecting the fears within the community, and taking into account the scientific data available to them’.

‘Those calling for shark nets are ignoring the very...

10:00

The Watchers » Latest articles: Moderately strong M1.4 solar flare and CME produced by Region 2403 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A second M-class solar flare of the day erupted from Region 2403 at 09:48 UTC on August 21, 2015. The event started at 09:34, peaked at 09:48 as M1.4 solar flare, and ended at 10:07 UTC. Radio signatures suggest a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) was produced. These are the ... Read more »

The Watchers » Latest articles: Moderately strong M1.2 solar flare erupts from Region 2403 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Region 2403, located in the southeast quadrant, erupted with moderately strong M1.2 solar flare at 02:18 UTC on August 21, 2015. The event started at 01:56, peaked at 02:18 and ended at 02:37 UTC.There were no radio signatures that would suggest a Coronal Mass Ejection ... Read more »

The Watchers » Latest articles: Space elevator patent to revolutionize the future of space travel "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Thoth Technology Inc., a private Canadian company, has earned a patent on a 20 kilometer (12 miles) high space elevator structure that has the potential to revolutionize the future of space travel.Thoth Technology company specializes in miniature light-weight gadgets fo... Read more »

The Watchers » Latest articles: New research reveals: Matter and antimatter, mirror images of each other "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Researchers from BASE collaboration at CERN, led by RIKEN, have conducted the most precise measurement, so far, of the charge-to-mass ratio of protons and their antimatter counterparts, antiprotons. Their work was carried out using CERN's Antiproton Decelerator, and... Read more »

09:57

WORDVIRUS: Street art in Mendoza, Argentina "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Street art in Mendoza, Argentina, by artist Zësar Bahamonte. Photo by SAMendoza

Street art in Mendoza, Argentina,
by artist Zësar Bahamonte.
Photo by SAMendoza.


Tagged: Argentina, graffiti, Mendoza, street art ...

09:52

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: New channel tipped to ease flooding in Lismore "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Checking out the new Masters flood channel yesterday were (l-r) Richmond River County Council general manager Kyme Lavelle, Lismore City Council strategic planning coordinator Paul Newman, Masters area manager Craig Woodbury, Lismore SES unit controller Lindsay Matterson, Office of Environment and Heritage senior floodplain officer Phil Buchanan, Floodplain Management Committee chairperson councillor Simon Clough, SES members Neville Graham, Melinda Mapstone and Kara Pendergast, Masters Lismore store manager Greg McMahon and Floodplain Management Committee member Severino Da Roit. (supplied)

Checking out the new Masters flood channel yesterday were (l-r) Richmond River County Council general manager Kyme Lavelle, Lismore City Council strategic planning coordinator Paul Newman, Masters area manager Craig Woodbury, Lismore SES unit controller Lindsay Matterson, Office of Environment and Heritage senior floodplain officer Phil Buchanan, Floodplain Management Committee chairperson councillor Simon Clough, SES members Neville Graham, Melinda Mapstone and Kara Pendergast, Masters Lismore store manager Greg McMahon and Floodplain Management Committee member Severino Da Roit. (supplied)

A new flood channel behind the Masters home improvement store in Lismore will help guard the city against flooding, according to Lismore City Council.

The flood channel is predicted to result in a 100mm reduction in a 1-in-100 year flood, with modeling showing it could also extend the time available to evacuate the central business district.

The modeling shows that North and South Lismore would also benefit, al...

09:42

WORDVIRUS: Noam Chomsky: Why America Is the Gravest Threat to World Peace "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

What, exactly, is the alleged Iranian threat?

Throughout the world there is great relief and optimism about the nuclear deal reached in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 nations, the five veto-holding members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany. Most of the world apparently shares the assessment of the U.S. Arms Control Association that “the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action establishes a strong and effective formula for blocking all of the pathways by which Iran could acquire material for nuclear weapons for more than a generation and a verification system to promptly detect and deter possible efforts by Iran to covertly pursue nuclear weapons t.....

09:39

Featured Posts - My Modern Met: 21 Stunning Wedding Photos Captured in Breathtaking Destinations around the World "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

We've shared some gorgeous wedding photography on the Met in the past, but this year's display of Top 50 Destination Photos curated by Junebug Weddings includes some of the most stunning images of brides and grooms that we've ever seen. With over 4,000 submissions from more than 40 different countries, the contest was judged on how well each photo captures the love of the couple and the beauty of the destination.

From the lush Indonesian jungle, to crystal pools bordering arid deserts, to windy peaks atop magnificent peaks, each breathtaking location serves as an unforgettable backdrop to the journey of two people who have pledged their hearts to each other. Both romantic and utterly wanderlust-inducing, these photos will make you want to explore the world hand-in-hand with your loved ones. Scroll down to see some of our favorites, and check out the rest at Junebug Weddings.

Above: Photographed in Bandung, Indonesia by Hendra Lesmana of Cheese N Click Photography


Photographed in Lake Wanaka, New Zealand by Kristy......

09:35

Hyperallergic: Banksy’s New Apocalyptic Theme Park Is Designed to Disappoint "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

A glitchy Ariel is one of the Banksy works that will greet crowds to Dismaland (all images courtesy Christopher Jobson of Colossal, and used with permission)

A glitchy Ariel is one of the Banksy works that will greet crowds to Dismaland. (all images courtesy Christopher Jobson of Colossal)

Today, it was officially announced that British artist Banksy has constructed a dystopian riff on Disneyland in a derelict seaside resort in Weston-super-Mare, England. Called Dismaland, the ambitious five-week project is sure to attract visitors eager for the artist’s brand of viral culture jamming and populist humor, but there’s a twist. Most of the art on display at Dismaland is not by Banksy — though he has contributed 10 new works — but by 58 artists invited to participate, including blue-chip names Damien Hirst, Jenny Holzer, and David Shrigley, and popular artists associated with street art like Espo, Escif, Bäst, and El Teneen. The scale of the project is impressive.

The official Dismaland sign

The official Dismaland sign

An abandoned Cinderella Castle has been constructed at the heart of the fairgrounds, while a glitchy Little Mermaid sits on a rock in the middle of a putrid green pool...

09:28

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Rous Water threatens fluoride activist with legal action "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Protesters outside Rous Water in Lismore this week. (picture: Omega Flux)

Protesters outside Rous Water in Lismore this week. (picture: Omega Flux)

Darren Coyne

Rous Water has threatened anti-fluoride critic Al Oshlack with legal sanctions if he continues to speak against the the fluoridation of the region’s water supply.

The threat comes as Ballna shire councillor Jeff Johnson has announced he will lodge a notice of motion at next week’s council meeting calling for a community poll on fluoridation.

Lismore resident Al Oshlack, who took unsuccessful legal action against Rous Water, received an email from international legal firm Asher on behalf of Rous Water, asserting that he had breached a costs agreement that prevented him from ‘commencing, advocating or advising’ any person or group from commencing legal action against Rous.

Anti fluoride campaigner Al Oshlack. (Darren Coyne)

Anti fluoride campaigner Al Oshlack. (Darren Coyne)

A defiant Mr Oshlack said he would not curtail his role in the growing community disquiet over the imminent commencement of fluoride dosing in the Lismore water supply.

‘There is no way I have been in breach of the costs agreement and this email to me is an example of Rous Water and its legal team squandering the r...

09:26

Chipur: The Precious Jewel Within: Each of Us Has at Least One (Oh yes we do!) "IndyWatch Feed Health"

Why Am I Depressed

How to Treat Depression

Tattered and torn we’ve become. Too harsh the relentless winds of depression and anxiety, and what to do about them. So much pain, so much lost self-worth. Could we ever hope there’s a jewel within, much less a precious one? Yeah, I sure think so…

Come on, when you push aside years of cognitive distortion build-up and trodden self-worth, you still want to believe there isn’t even one precious jewel within?

Last time, I shared a day-excursion to my alma mater, the necessity of which came on suddenly, out of nowhere. In “‘Forty-three years ago,’ I kept saying to myself: A valuable lesson on living life,” I detailed a time of pondering and processing that banged home a lesson on the importance of truly living life. And it raised some existential concerns, as well. Hey, tap the link.

So go figure, off I went on another trek this past weekend. Once again, a great message hit home. And, once again, I’d like to share.

A Precious Jewel Within The Motor City

I live in the ‘burbs of Detroit. In fact, suburban Detroit was home during my high school and college years. Funny – when I mention “Detroit” to many out-of-towners, I receive expressions of shock. I mean, it’s like, “Exac...

09:25

Hyperallergic: Learn to Fight Capitalism at the School of Disobedience "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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Jani Leinonen, “School of Disobedience” (2015) (courtesy the artist)

A forthcoming exhibition in Helsinki will offer visitors an education grounded in disobedience and protest, equipping them with tools and ideas to challenge society’s injustices and fight for change. The School of Disobedience, which opens on September 4 at Finland’s contemporary art museum, Kiasma, is part art show, part educational institution: visitors to the museum are treated as students, receiving lessons from the more than 100 works on view or through a series of workshops with curricula that encourage civil disobedience through different media. Conceived by Finnish artist Jani Leinonen, whose own work is very critical of capitalist systems, the school intends to instill in the public — particularly young people — an urgent desire for social justice.

“For a long time I have been worried that kids around the world will take their obedient place in society and look to become successful cogs in the wheel — let the wheel spin them around as it wants without taking a look at what they’re doing,” Leinonen told Hyperallergic by email. “I’m concerned that kids become passive acceptors of the official doctrine that’s handed down to them from the politicians, the media, textbooks, teachers, and preachers.”

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09:17

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: World breaks new heat records in July: US "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Man cools off in New York City during a heatwave in 2011. Photo Guian Bolisay https://www.flickr.com/photos/instantvantage/

Man cools off in New York City during a heatwave in 2011. Photo Guian Bolisay https://www.flickr.com/photos/instantvantage/

Kerry Sheridan, AFP

The world broke new heat records in July, marking the hottest month in history and the warmest first seven months of the year since modern record-keeping began in 1880, US authorities say.

The findings by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published on Thursday showed a troubling trend, as the planet continues to warm due to the burning of fossil fuels, and scientists expect the scorching temperatures to get worse.

‘The world is warming. It is continuing to warm. That is being shown time and time again in our data,’ said Jake Crouch, physical scientist at NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information.

‘Now that we are fairly certain that 2015 will be the warmest year on record, it is time to start looking at what are the impacts of that? What does that mean for people on the ground?’ he told reporters.

The month’s average temperature across land and sea surfaces worldwide was 16.61, marking the hottest July ever.

The previous record for July was set in 1998.

‘This was also the all-time highes...

09:14

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Thais downplay global terror links to bomb "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Students light candles at a ceremony at Thammasat University on August 20 to commemorate 20 people killed in a bomb attack at Erawan shrine in Bangkok. AAP Image/NewZulu/Tejas Tamobhid Patnaik

Students light candles at a ceremony at Thammasat University on August 20 to commemorate 20 people killed in a bomb attack at Erawan shrine in Bangkok. AAP Image/NewZulu/Tejas Tamobhid Patnaik

Bangkok [AFP]

Thai authorities have said it’s unlikely international terror groups were behind a deadly Bangkok shrine bombing, as the suspected foreign bomber remained at large and two possible accomplices were all but ruled out.

Police on Thursday also said the attack on a Hindu shrine in a tourist zone of the capital was carefully planned by a network of more than 10 people.

But in a day marked by conflicting and contradictory information, authorities appealed for Interpol help in tracking down a young ‘foreign’ man suspected of planting the device.

Monday’s blast killed 20 people, mostly Asian visitors, leaving residents and even the military junta leader fearing more attacks, while sending shockwaves through the nation’s vital tourism sector.

The apparent deliberate targeting of tourists and the scale of the explosion had never been seen in the Thai capital and, with no one claiming responsibility, experts were perplexed over who to blame....

09:12

WORDVIRUS: Can activists reverse Obama’s disastrous Arctic drilling decision? "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Obama’s Climate Action Plan reassured us he was tackling climate change. Then came the opening of the Arctic

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“When the people lead the leaders will follow”: Can activists reverse Obama's disastrous Arctic drilling decision?

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President Obama’s historic Climate Action Plan, which was announced on Aug. 3, focuses on reducing carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants 32 percent over the next 15 years, promising real leadership heading into the U.N.’s Climate Summit in Paris this December. And then on Aug. 17 the president permitted Shell Oil to begin exploratory drilling in the Arctic Ocean.

It’s hard to understand the logic by which this administration aims to reduce carbon outputs while encouraging massive new inputs from oil development, not only in the newly opened waters of the Arctic Ocean (opened by sea ice loss linked to fossil-fuel-fired climate change) but also along the crowded Atlantic seaboard. These are two high-risk enterprises; in the case of the Arctic, there’s a 75 percent chance of a major oil spill in the future according to a study by the Department of Interior, which is nonetheless permitting Shell’s drilling.  And, of course, a BP type disaster along the populous Atlantic seaboard, with its diverse ocean economy, is something no one wants to contemplate — although we’ll have to if presen...

09:12

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Greece’s Tsipras resigns, calls snap polls "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras at the presidential palace in Athens on August 20 to present his resignation to Greek president Prokopis Pavlopoulos. AFP Photo/ Louisa Gouliamaki

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras at the presidential palace in Athens on August 20 to present his resignation to Greek president Prokopis Pavlopoulos. AFP Photo/ Louisa Gouliamaki

Athens [AFP]

Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras has announced his resignation and called for snap elections, as he went on the offensive to defend the country’s massive bailout after it triggered a rebellion within his own party.

The election is expected to be held on September 20, the Greek news agency ANA said, citing government sources.

‘I will shortly meet with the president of the republic and present my resignation and that of my government,’ Tsipras said in a live televised address to the nation on Thursday.

‘I want to submit to the Greek people everything I have done [since taking office in January] so that they can decide once more,’ Tsipras said.

The move leaves Greece in the hands of a caretaker government until the vote.

Tsipras’s announcement came after debt-crippled Greece paid a huge debt to the ECB on Thursday, effectively starting its third mammoth bailout, expected to cost as much as 86 billion e...

09:08

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Wilson rejects Nauru torture claims "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brett McDonald and John Rogers of Wilson Security face the Senate inquiry into abuse on Nauru at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Brett McDonald and John Rogers of Wilson Security face the Senate inquiry into abuse on Nauru at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Belinda Merhab, AAP

Wilson Security has denied allegations its staff tortured asylum seekers on Nauru.

Whistleblower Jon Nichols says asylum seekers have been subjected to waterboarding and ‘zipping’, where they’re tied to beds using cable ties before the bed is thrown in the air.

The former Wilson Security guard told a Senate inquiry on Thursday that colleagues had bragged to him about the events and that he’d seen on two or three occasions asylum seekers walking out of a tent wet and coughing up water.

But he admits he never personally witnessed the waterboarding or zipping.

Mr Nichols says he was regularly ordered to shred evidence during his two years at the centre, including incident reports from groups such as Save The Children.

He alleges Wilson repeatedly misled the inquiry into allegations of misconduct on Nauru, disputing its evidence that staff were trained to report any abuse to a whistleblower hotline, and that drug and alcohol testing of staff was conducted regularly.

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09:04

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Fallout continues from Ashley Madison hack "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Home page of the Ashley Madison cheating website.

Home page of the Ashley Madison cheating website.

Karlis Salna & Eoin Blackwell, AAP

At least 3,300 Sydney-based Ashley Madison accounts that people had paid to have deleted were instead exposed when hackers gained access to a giant cache of the dating service’s data.

As the fallout from the massive data breach of the cheating website continues, a further AAP analysis of the databases shows 3308 accounts with Sydney selected as the city had paid Ashley Madison for their information to be deleted.

This comes after almost 10GB of data was released on Wednesday and revealed the totality of the hack.

The 3,000 accounts apparently were not extinguished, and were instead exposed in the hack.

The latest on the hacking scandal comes as the personal information of hundreds of government employees, including from the departments of defence and foreign affairs, was  also exposed.

The files, released on the dark web and seen by AAP, are purported to include the email accounts of at least 800 government employees, both federal and state, who use the service that offers members the ability to arrange discreet affairs.

The hack, by a group calling itself Impact Team, has raised serious questions around securi.......

09:01

A R T L▼R K: Apollinaire and the Theft of the Mona Lisa "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

51I6rMCPXiLOn the 21st of August 1911, the most famous painting in the world, the Mona Lisa, was stolen from the Louvre. The absence of the painting was first noticed by the painter Louis Beroud, who in the morning of the 22nd of August made his way to the Salon Carré where the Mona Lisa had been on display for five years. However, in place of the image of the coy smiling La Gioconda, he found an empty wall. He reported the occurrence to one of the guards who assumed that the painting was taken to be photographed for marketing purposes. Within a few hours, however, it became clear that the artwork had vanished from the Louvre!

09:01

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Heydon ‘bias’ still in Labor’s sights "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Former High Court judge Dyson Heydon leaves the Royal Commission offices in Sydney on August 14. AAP Image/Joel Carrett

Former High Court judge Dyson Heydon leaves the Royal Commission offices in Sydney on August 14. AAP Image/Joel Carrett

[AAP]

Deputy Labor leader Tanya Plibersek was asked on Friday if she believed former High Court judge Dyson Heydon had shown any legal bias in his role as commissioner of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption.

‘Dyson Heydon himself has said there’s the issue of bias and then there’s the issue of apprehended bias, or the impression that someone might be biased,’ she told the Nine Network.

‘I think signing up to speak at a Liberal party function certainly gives the impression that you might support a political party.’

Cabinet minister Christopher Pyne said Labor was desperately trying to close down the royal commission because it was delving into the party’s links with the union movement.

‘I think they’re highlighting that they’re not yet fit for government. If they were to be re-elected nothing would have changed since they were last in government,’ he said.

The commission on Wednesday released an operational update, including details of the money so far spent probing the unions.

Operating...

08:49

Papua New Guinea Mine Watch: No need for mining if Bougainville gets serious about agriculture "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

RUTANA’S MILLION COCOA
By Tom Kathoa | New Dawn

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A cocoa farmer in the Tinputz area of North Bougainville, Mr. James Rutana says Bougainville is capable of producing 200,000 tons of cocoa annually.

And, this can earn Bougainville K2.8 billion annually in which the ABG government would collect K280 million in taxes.

Mr. Rutana said with this kind of money around, there would be no need for mining in Bougainville.

A New Zealand Chocolate Factory in Wellington is exporting Mr. Rutana’s cocoa to be made into chocolate bars for consumption.

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Mr. Rutana is strongly asking Bougainvilleans to turn to cocoa production because he believes this can meaningfully contribute millions of kina to develop and sustain the region’s future.

He said a small backyard cocoa farm of one hectare if maintained well can earn the farmer K30, 000.00 annually, money that can be used to pay the children’s school fees and the family’s other needs.

Mr. Rutuna further said, Bougainville has everything that one needs to make a living to survive, but all it requires is the commitment to turn the land into its usefulness.


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08:47

Hyperallergic: FBI Offers Reward for Two Stolen N.C. Wyeth Paintings "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

N.C. Wyeth,

N.C. Wyeth, “Encounter on Fresh Water Cliff” (1920) (image courtesy FBI Stolen Art Archives)

Seen any sentimental oil paintings of medieval knights hanging around lately? You might want to let the Federal Bureau of Investigation know. The agency has offered up a $20,000 reward for help in recovering two oil paintings by American painter N.C. Wyeth, the father of Andrew Wyeth. They were stolen two years ago from the home of a collector in Maine, along with four other paintings by the elder Wyeth that have since been found.

“The investigation into the theft has been an active and aggressive effort, with law enforcement following leads and tracking down potential sources of information across the country,” said Vincent B. Lisi, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Boston Division. “I’m optimistic that one day soon the paintings will be returned to their rightful owner and we’ll bring those responsible to justice.”

Reward for N.C. Wyeth's “Go Dutton, and that Right Speedily” (1916) (Image courtesy of the FBI)

Reward for N.C. Wyeth’s “Go Dutton, and that Right Speedily” (1916) (Image courtesy of the...

08:19

WORDVIRUS: Need for food assistance rising in US "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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By Shannon Jones
20 August 2015

Demand is rising at US food banks despite a falling official unemployment rate and claims of an economic recovery.

According to a report in the Associated Press, the Feeding America food bank network expects to give away 4 billion pounds of food this year, twice the amount they gave away one decade ago. Feeding America distributed 3.8 billion pounds in 2014.

The decline in the unemployment rate obscures the fact that many people have dropped out of the work force and others are struggling to make ends meet with part-time work on poverty-level wages. The hunger crisis has been compounded by drastic cuts in the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), commonly referred to as food stamps. Both Republicans and Democrats have joined together to slash billions from SNAP over the last two years.

According to the US Department of Labor, wages and salaries only increased by 0.2 percent in the second quarter of 2015. It followed a tiny 0.7 percent increase in the first quarter.

Food banks all across the United States report rising demand. According to a report by CBS , Sacramento Food Bank gave out more than 11 million pounds of food to the local community in 2014, almost double the amount from the year before. “The numbers have gone up dramatically in the last few years,” spokesman Kelly Siefkin said. “We have been increased just in probably the last couple of years probably three-fold.”

The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger reports that a survey of its 700 food providers found that nine out of 10 either ran out of food or had to provide less to clients during the pas...

08:13

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Belongil rock wall may face legal traps "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Hans Lovejoy

Will Byron Shire Council’s Belongil rock wall project create legal liabilities on neighbouring walls?

One would imagine that such a question would need to be clear before embarking on a million-dollar project to dump rocks along a pristine public beach.

But no. The latest unknown that surrounds the Belongil Interim Beach Access Stabilisation (IBAS) works is an admission by council’s lawyers that the legal ramifications have no certainty.

The comment is included in the upcoming council agenda, and comes in response to Cr Duncan Dey’s question surrounding the hydraulic impact of the project on neighbouring walls, ‘which are known to be of lower strength’.

In their answer, staff say, ‘Further potential issues may arise in the present case in relation to “legal liabilities”, including the involvement of third parties, climate change impacts and legislative controls.’

The advice concludes with, ‘Legal Services cannot definitively comment on the “certainty” that the proposed IBAS walls will not create “legal liabilities”, in circumstances where so little is known about the facts that would go to determining the issue.’

Recently it was confirmed that the NSW government withdrew funding over concerns of loss of amenity and the size of the project.

Echonetdaily has previously reported Council’s project has blown over budget, and has no mitigation in place for the expected loss of sand to the beach.

Councillors Sol Ibrahim, Di Woods, Chris Cubis and Alan Hunter – with the vote of Cr Rose Wanchap – have consistently pushed for the project, despite strong community opposition.

Additionally, this right-wing voting block have successfully avoided environmental scrutiny of the project.

Cr Dey’s question was: How certain are we that the properly engineered IBAS walls proposed at Manfred Street Belongil will not create legal liabilities due t...

07:54

Hyperallergic: Mesmerizing GIFs of Japan’s Floating World "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

One of Segawa Atsuki's ukiyo-e GIFs (all GIFs courtesy the artist)

One of Segawa Atsuki’s ukiyo-e GIFs (all GIFs courtesy the artist)

Centuries-old Japanese ukiyo-e have received a delightful update, transformed into animated scenes that sometimes include surprising, modern imagery. Japanese video artist and animator Segawa Atsuki remixed a number of these popular woodblock prints and paintings, drawing mostly from Katsushika Hokusai’s Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji series and creating GIFs that turn the static images into mini narratives.

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07:42

GreenMedInfo: Findings suggest that agrochemicals especially phosphate fertilizers are a major source of inorganic arsenic in CKDu endemic areas in Sri Lanka. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Springerplus. 2015 ;4:90. Epub 2015 Feb 24. PMID: 25763302 Abstract Title:  Phosphate fertilizer is a main source of arsenic in areas affected with chronic kidney disease of unknown etiology in Sri Lanka. Abstract:  Chronic Kidney Disease of unknown etiology (CKDu) has escalated into an epidemic in North Central Province (NCP) and adjacent farming areas in the dry zone of Sri Lanka. Studies have shown that this special type of CKD is a toxic nephropathy and arsenic may play a causative role along with a number of other heavy metals. We investigated the hypothesis that chemical fertilizers and pesticide could be a source of arsenic. 226 samples of Fertilizers and 273 samples of pesticides were collected and analyzed using atomic absorption spectrometry and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry for arsenic and other heavy metals in two university laboratories. Almost all the agrochemicals available to the farmers in the study area are contaminated with arsenic. The highest amount was in triple super phosphate (TSP) with a mean value of 31 mg/kg. Also TSP is a rich source of other nephrotoxic metals including Cr, Co, Ni, Pb and V. Annually more than 0.1 million tons of TSP is imported to Sri Lanka containing approximately 2100 kg of arsenic. The next highest concentration was seen in the rock phosphate obtained from an open pit mine in NCP (8.56 mg/kg). Organic fertilizer contained very low amounts of arsenic. Arsenic contamination in pesticides varied from 0.18 mg/kg to 2.53 mg/kg although arsenic containing pesticides are banned in Sri Lanka. Glyphosate the most widely used pesticide in Sri Lanka contains average of 1.9 mg/kg arsenic. Findings suggest that agrochemicals especially phosphate fertilizers are a major source of inorganic arsenic in CKDu endemic areas. Organic fertilizer available...

07:31

GreenMedInfo: This study found that the food used in the diets of rodents in feeding trials was contaminated with glyphosate and AMPA. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  PLoS One. 2015 ;10(7):e0128429. Epub 2015 Jul 2. PMID: 26133768 Abstract Title:  Laboratory Rodent Diets Contain Toxic Levels of Environmental Contaminants: Implications for Regulatory Tests. Abstract:  The quality of diets in rodent feeding trials is crucial. We describe the contamination with environmental pollutants of 13 laboratory rodent diets from 5 continents. Measurements were performed using accredited methodologies. All diets were contaminated with pesticides (1-6 out of 262 measured), heavy metals (2-3 out of 4, mostly lead and cadmium), PCDD/Fs (1-13 out of 17) and PCBs (5-15 out of 18). Out of 22 GMOs tested for, Roundup-tolerant GMOs were the most frequently detected, constituting up to 48% of the diet. The main pesticide detected was Roundup, with residues of glyphosate and AMPA in 9 of the 13 diets, up to 370 ppb. The levels correlated with the amount of Roundup-tolerant GMOs. Toxic effects of these pollutants on liver, neurodevelopment, and reproduction are documented. The sum of the hazard quotients of the pollutants in the diets (an estimator of risk with a threshold of 1) varied from 15.8 to 40.5. Thus the chronic consumption of these diets can be considered at risk. Efforts toward safer diets will improve the reliability of toxicity tests in biomedical research and regulatory toxicology.

07:30

Totally Tutorials: Tutorial - How to Make a Stocking Sunflower "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

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Can be used as a refrigerator magnet

Tutorial at Anu-Rainydrops Blog

"Yesterday I shared a crochet-tulip-flower tutorial...today I have a stocking sunflower  tutorial to share here.  Needs: 1. stocking cloth - yellow colour  2. wire  3. thread  4. woolen  5. old bottle cap  6. scissors. Method -1.cut the wire nearly at some 5cms and 7 cms..and then stretch the wire like a petal shape....and twist it".... Read more

07:19

Earth First! Newswire: Every Forest Biome on Earth Is Actively Dying Right Now "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

by Becky Ferreira / Motherboard

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Forests are ecological superheroes—they ventilate the planet, nurture the most biodiverse habitats on Earth, and regulate global climate and carbon cycles. From the poles to the equator, our survival is completely dependent on healthy woodlands.

But according to the latest issue of Science, which is devoted to forest health, every major forest biome is struggling. While each region suffers from unique pressures, the underlying thread that connects them all is undeniably human activity.

For example, the first of the special issue’s studies, led by forest ecologist Sylvie Gauthier, outlined the threats faced by boreal forests, which represent the largest forest habitats on Earth. These high-latitude woodlands are primarily coniferous, made up of pines, spruces, and larches, and stretch from the expansive forests of Canada to the Russian taiga.

Gauthier and her colleagues note that boreal forests have been traditionally very resistant to environmental changes that would devastate other biomes. “The resilience of these systems is well illustrated in the boreal forest of eastern North America,” noted the team, “where the regional tree species pool has remained mostly unchanged over the past 8,000 years despite large fluctuations in climate and region....

07:18

Papua New Guinea Mine Watch: Fiji: Ninety-two percent oppose mining exploration "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Ninety -two percent of Tikina Namosi landowners oppose the extension of mining exploration rights on their land. Yet the Fiji government has ignored their pleas to favour foreign-owned mining interests – a decision the landowners have labelled as corrupt.

The landowners have now written to Prime Minister Bainimarama pleading with him to personally intervene and ensure their wishes for a green economy and protection of their land rights are respected…

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07:17

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Football field should be used for parking "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We have a brand new expensive sports field at Ewingsdale which seems to be under utilised.

Why can’t the football field at the end of Marvell Street be used for parking, instead of the proposed present market site in Butler St, on Thursdays and some Sundays?

The footballers could move their ground to the new sports field. I can’t understand why this has not already taken place.

The football field at the end of Marvell Street seems to be rarely used. It is no further away from the town businesses for employers/employees to park and maybe there is room for tourists to park there as well.

Apart from Thursday mornings and Sundays once a month, this would create an additional parking area for the town.

Stallholders at the market are also business owners and their businesses need to be protected.

Helen Revis, Suffolk Park

The post Football field should be used for parking appeared first on Echonetdaily.

07:13

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Abbott attacks our rights to protect environment "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Yet again we have the Prime Minister for Coal, Tony Abbott and his doomed government attacking the legal rights of everyday Australians. This week he moved to wipe out long held legal avenues available to you and me in the protection of our precious environment.

The Carmichael coal mine development was stopped because Tony Abbott’s minister didn’t adhere to the law. Environmental guidelines are there to make sure irresponsible development doesn’t happen. That’s an absolute truth.

Another absolute truth is that Tony Abbott and his chaotic government have already destroyed in excess of 2,000 jobs in the renewable energy sector. It’s a policy position that is horribly out of step with the majority of Australians who know investing in renewable energy makes good main stream economic sense.

I can’t wait for Tony Abbott, his Coalition MPs, and their vested interests mates to lose the reins of power in Australia because they are undermining our future with their toxic dogma.

Inge Stainlay, Murwillumbah

The post Abbott attacks our rights to protect environment appeared first on Echonetdaily.

07:00

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Premium wine for the people "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Chris Kitchener from Byron at Byron samples Penfolds by the glass, but which one? (The Grange is in the middle!)

Chris Kitchener from Byron at Byron samples Penfolds by the glass, but which one? (The Grange is in the middle!)

Russell Geggie

Remember way back when the local wine industry introduced us to the screw caps on wine bottles and wine drinkers the world over were turning up their noses at the Australian industry? Sacrilege! Blasphemy! Fast forward twenty-odd years and now they are commonplace here in Australia, and even some of the French producers are using the screw cap for certain wines.

The screw cap suits our Australian lifestyle; no more getting to a picnic and realising that you forgot the corkscrew, but the screw cap has also vastly reduced the frequency of bottles being ‘spoiled’ due to air getting through the cork.

A new advance in wine storage and dispensing is wine on tap, like the system at Hotel Brunswick that we discussed in The Good Life in October last year. It delivers wines at the optimal temperature, unoxidised as if they had been poured from a fresh bottle, and that system replaces over 40 glass wine bottles with one collapsible, recyclable keg, hugely reducing waste.

In the past, restaurants have had to limit the amount of wine offered by the glass and would rarely offer premium wines ‘by the glass’ owing to wastage; once open the bottle would only survive a day or so depending how much wine was in the bottle.

Now the Byron at Byron has partnered with Penfolds to install a similar system, a self-service wi...

06:56

Featured Posts - My Modern Met: "Dismaland": Banksy's New Art Exhibition on Display in a Macabre, Disney-Inspired Theme Park "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

It may not be the happiest place on earth, but Banksy's new Dismaland Bemusement Park promises to be a thrilling pop-up destination for lovers of art, rides and games, and dark humor. Billed as a "family theme park unsuitable for children" and "a festival of art, amusements and entry-level anarchism," the street artist's latest project offers "an alternative to the sugar-coated tedium of the average family day out," according to the park's website. Dismaland features 10 new works by the famous provocateur, as well as the contributions of 57 other artists from around the world, including Damien HirstZaria FormanBrock Davis, Ben Long, and more. Interspersed between the cheeky, grim "post-modem" artwork (pieces that Banksy says have "high click potential" in this digital age) are quirky rides, ironic displays, impossibly challenging fair games, and gruff employees who embody the deliberately glum atmosphere of the park.

For weeks, the project has been shrouded in secrecy as the park was being installed at Tropicana, a former outdoor swimming pool in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England. Locals an...

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06:54

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Culture Roundup – August 19, 2015 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Boy With the Green Thumbs

TreeTop Theatre, a children’s theatre company with a social vision and international roots, is sprouting its first seed with the production of Tistou, the boy with the green thumbs.

Based on a French classic, Tistou is an eight-year-old boy who reminds us that life can flower into so much more than the fixed ideas many adults bring to it. With the help of the gardener, Tistou discovers a hidden talent. Can he use this talent to change the ugliness and misery he encounters: prisons, slums, hospitals… even war?

Shows will be held at Ocean Shores Community Centre, Saturday 1.30 and 4pm; and Sunday at 11am. Tickets $5 per child three years and older, $10 per adult and $20 per family (up to four people).

Bring your own cushions.

Bell Shakespeare present Hamlet at Lismore City Hall on Sat 29 & Mon 31 Aug

Bell Shakespeare present Hamlet at Lismore City Hall on Sat 29 & Mon 31 Aug

To Be or Not to Be

Off the back of directing the critically acclaimed, award-winning Henry V for Bell Shakespeare in 2014, Damien Ryan will deliver a new production of Hamlet, one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies. Hamlet is a detailed family portrait in the political landscape of a ‘rotten’ Denmark, a country furiously preparing for war, not realising that the enemy lies within.

Hamlet is a young man cast in an unfamiliar role in a story he never expected to tell. Deeply saddened by the sudden death of his father, he is further shocked to find his mother quickly remarried to his uncle, the dead king’s brother.......

06:49

GreenMedInfo: This review reveals a coherent body of evidence indicating that GlyBH could be toxic below the regulatory lowest observed adverse effect level for chronic toxic effects. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Food Chem Toxicol. 2015 Aug 14. Epub 2015 Aug 14. PMID: 26282372 Abstract Title:  Potential toxic effects of glyphosate and its commercial formulations below regulatory limits. Abstract:  Glyphosate-based herbicides (GlyBH), including Roundup, are the most widely used pesticides worldwide. Their uses have increased exponentially since their introduction on the market. Residue levels in food or water, as well as human exposures, are escalating. We have reviewed the toxic effects of GlyBH measured below regulatory limits by evaluating the published literature and regulatory reports. We reveal a coherent body of evidence indicating that GlyBH could be toxic below the regulatory lowest observed adverse effect level for chronic toxic effects. It includes teratogenic, tumorigenic and hepatorenal effects. They could be explained by endocrine disruption and oxidative stress, causing metabolic alterations, depending on dose and exposure time. Some effects were detected in the range of the recommended acceptable daily intake. Toxic effects of commercial formulations can also be explained by GlyBH adjuvants, which have their own toxicity, but also enhance glyphosate toxicity. These challenge the assumption of safety of GlyBH at the levels at which they contaminate food and the environment, albeit these levels may fall below regulatory thresholds. Neurodevelopmental, reproductive, and transgenerational effects of GlyBH must be revisited, since a growing body of knowledge suggests the predominance of endocrine disrupting mechanisms caused by environmentally relevant levels of exposure.

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GreenMedInfo: Supplementation for six week with chlorella vulgaris extract improved anxiety, physical and cognitive symptoms of depression. "IndyWatch Feed Health"

PMID:  Complement Ther Med. 2015 Aug ;23(4):598-602. Epub 2015 Jun 18. PMID: 26275653 Abstract Title:  A randomized controlled trial of 6-week Chlorella vulgaris supplementation in patients with major depressive disorder. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Major depressive disorder (MDD) is a widespread psychiatric disorder with incapacitating symptoms. Oxidative stress has been identified to play a role in the pathophysiology of MDD.OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the therapeutic effectiveness of a chemically defined and antioxidant-rich Chlorella vulgaris extract (CVE) as adjunct to standard treatment in patients suffering from MDD.METHODS: Subjects with MDD diagnosis according to DSM-IV criteria who were receiving standard antidepressant therapy were assigned to add-on therapy with CVE (1800mg/day; n=42), or continued standard antidepressant therapy alone (n=50) for a period of 6 weeks. Changes in the frequency of depressive symptoms were assessed using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) and Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI-II) scale.RESULTS: There were significant reductions in total and subscale BDI-II and HADS scores in both CVE and control groups by the end of trial. The magnitude of reductions in total BDI-II score [-4.14 (-5.30 to -2.97)] as well as physical [-2.34 (-2.84 to -1.84)] and cognitive [-1.12 (-1.62 to -0.61)] subscales were significantly greater in the CVE versus control group, however, reduction of the affective symptoms was greater in the control compared with the CVE group [0.95 (0.18-0.72)]. Total HADS [-3.71 (-4.44 to -2.98)] as well as individual subscales of depression [-1.46 (-2.02 to -0.90)] and anxiety [-2.25 (-2.74 to -1.76)] were reduced to a greater degree in the CVE group. CVE was well tolerated and no serious adverse event was reported.CONCLUSION: This pilot exploratory trial...

06:17

Dangerous Minds: Dangerous Finds: Josh Duggar is a loathsome dipshit; China’s Commie Illuminati; Sarah Palin on Trump "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


 
Josh Duggar is a loathsome dipshit: Admits to porn addiction and being ‘unfaithful’ to wife: ‘I have been the biggest hypocrite ever.’ It pisses me off to even be typing his name. I don’t want to know anything about this man’s dumb life and yet I do. That’s just plain...

06:05

SHTF Plan - When It Hits The Fan, Don't Say We Didn't Warn You: “All Hell is Breaking Loose”: Rumors of September Market Crash Driving Panic "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

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This article was written by Michael Snyder and originally posted at his Economic Collapse blog.

Editor’s Comment: As much as nobody wants to face it, a number of factors are lining up that may well signal our demise. The market, prone to disaster at this very special 7 year cycle culminating in September, may hold some very unfortunate surprises for Americans who are distracted by media trivia and oblivious to what is going on around them.

Why Are So Many People Freaking Out About A Stock Market Crash In The Fall Of 2015?

by Michael Snyder

Is the stock market going to crash by the end of 2015?  Of course stock market crashes are already happening in 23 different nations around the planet, but most Americans don’t really care about those markets.  The truth is that what matters to people in this country is the health of their own stock portfolios and retirement accounts.  There are a lot of people out there that are very afraid of what could happen if the money that they have worked so hard to save gets wiped out in a sudden financial collapse.  And right now there is an unprecedented amount of buzz about the potential for a giant stock market crash by the end of this calendar year.  In fact, I don’t think that I have ever seen more experts come out with bold predictions that a stock market crash will happen within a very specific period of tim...

06:01

Hyperallergic: An Artist’s Hard-Earned Dream Drawings "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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Joshua Marsh, “Thus Gone” (2015), graphite on paper, 9.5 x 8.625 inches (all images courtesy the artist and Jeff Bailey Gallery)

HUDSON, N.Y. — One of the worst things an artist can have is too much skill. Burdened in such a way, their technical facility for art making outpaces the energy of their desire. In the artist’s formative years, this tension between formal attainment and the conviction of their artistic will is often unbalanced and needs to be resolved if the artist is to achieve creative independence. The gap can be closed, in the end, by the artistic will itself — either by pushing one’s capacity for style and artifice to the limit (John Singer Sargent, Gerhard Richter, Alex Katz) or by putting one’s deepest instincts first and working them out through the materials (Alberto Giacometti, Mark Rothko, Eva Hesse). Put in crude contrast, some artists work from the hand and others from the gut. The end result, for the best artists, is neither here nor there.

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Joshua Marsh, “Dust” (2015), graphite on paper, 7.875 x 9.25 inches

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"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: Robins at the ‘shine’ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Rise and Shine at Clydesdale is a ‘hotspot’ for Eastern Yellow Robins.

This species favours the shallow drainage lines, where slightly moister and more fertile conditions support a healthy food supply of invertebrates. Where the habitat is suitable, a number of pairs can be found together with adjoining territories.

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Eastern Yellow Robin, Rise and Shine, 19th August 2015.

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At least the front one is in focus!

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Classic Eastern Yellow Robin pose.

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A wonderful blend of yellow and grey.


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05:48

The Ecologist: English Nature - no more badger cull licences! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

English Nature's decision to licence England's badger cull has no scientific basis, write Iain McGill and 26 other distinguished vets in this Open Letter to EN's Chief Scientist. Science Advisory Committee and Board. The body must urgently re-examine the entire issue before issuing any more licences to kill badgers.

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Global Justice Ecology Project: EARTH WATCH: VICTOR PUERTAS OF UTAH TAR-SANDS RESISTANCE "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Victor Puertas is an Indigenous, migrant Peruvian man. Civil war and Environmental destruction brought him to the United States, where he currently resides in Salt Lake City, Utah in occupied territories of the Shoshone Nation. Victor works as an organizer with three different organizations: Reclaim Turtle... Read More

The post EARTH WATCH: VICTOR PUERTAS OF UTAH TAR-SANDS RESISTANCE appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.

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Featured Posts - My Modern Met: Mumbai's Taxis Are Getting an Artistically Colorful Makeover "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Taxi Fabric is a project that's creatively transforming Mumbai's many taxis into mobile works of art. "Taxis in India, particularly in Mumbai, are not only the most convenient form of transport but have also become an iconic piece of culture," the team wrote on their website. "Although much attention is given to each taxi by its driver - to make it stand out from his competitors - very little thought is given to the fabric used on the seats. The designs that cover the taxi seats are often functional and forgettable and with the outstanding design talent Mumbai has to offer, this shouldn’t be the case."

Thanks to their successful Kickstarter, Taxi Fabric's creatives were able to make their transportation-related dream a reality. After gathering a group of up-and-coming Indian designers, they allowed them to let their imaginations run wild. These artists came up with beautifully cultural designs, which were then printed on fabric and stitched onto the taxi's inside. The colorful finished products prove that one can find inspiration in the most unlikely places. "5 months ago we printed our first Taxi Fabric," the Taxi Fabric team wrote on Kickstarter. "As we fitted this beautiful new interior into our first participating Mumbai Taxi we all looked at each other and knew we we...

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04:42

We All Live Downstream: Supporting Fenceline Communities "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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By Rosanna Esparza, Kern County Organizer

Clean Water Board Member, Vernice Miller-Travis and I spent a day in Bakersfield, CA with organizers and representatives of U.S. EPA Region 9, Central CA Environmental Justice Network and Global Community Monitor at a workshop examining community-based air monitoring projects and the importance of quality assurance plans.

The workshop identified ways for community partners and regulatory agencies to work together, learn more about Bucket Brigade Projects and understand each others’ priorities and needs.

Clean Water Action received a grant from the New World Foundation to conduct a feasibility pilot project to evaluate the establishment of community air monitors for collection of neighborhood-level air pollution data and to evaluate the use of this monitoring data to conduct targeted air sampling of specific chemicals.

Collaborators on the project: Residents of the community of Lost Hills, CA, University of Washington, the California Environmental Health Tracking Program, Kern Environmental Enforcement Network and Earthworks.

By collecting this data we hope to enable residents and other concerned stakeholders to better characterize air pollution in the community and to use this information to support actions to reduce hazards and exposures along the fence line of oil and gas production.

 

04:26

The Purl Bee: Seafaring Scarf "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Fisherman’s Rib was once named for the rustic seafaring men it warmed. But in Purl Soho’s newest yarn, the incredibly sumptuous wool-angora Lanecardate Feltro, Fisherman’s Rib is also suitable for the most sensitive of landlubbers.

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Feltro’s magically lofty structure lends itself perfectly to this age-old stitch. Its simple cord-like spin captures beautiful nuances, well defining the important moments of Fisherman’s Rib: its steep waves, its deep shallows, its crosscurrents.

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If you’re weathering the elements on land or at sea these coming cold months, be safely wrapped in our big, gorgeous Seafaring Scarf! -Laura

Materials

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  • 7 skeins of Purl Soho’s Lanecardate Feltro, 75% superfine wool, 25% Caregora angora. This is the color Amur, Very Light Gray.
  • US 13 needles

Gauge

8 stitches = 4 inches in Fisherman’s Rib

Size

15 inches wide x 70 inches long

Notes

The pattern is worked over a multiple of 2 + 1 stitches.

k1b [knit one below]: Insert the tip of the right needle into the stitch bel...

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The Purl Bee: New Yarn! Purl Soho’s Lanecardate Feltro "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Two minds with a great passion for fiber come together in one gorgeous yarn, Purl Soho’s new Lanecardate Feltro. Lanecardate, in the family wool business since 1663, along with yours truly, present this truly exceptional yarn!

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Lancardate creates Feltro entirely in Italy, choosing only the very best natural fibers. They rigorously select from breeds and farms who comply with their standards of fineness, length, and environmental sustainability. The result is that each every skein of Lanecardate Feltro is infused with thoughtfulness for people, animals, and the earth and with centuries of know-how.

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Seventy-five percent superfine wool and 25% angora, Feltro is meticulously crafted for elegance. It is soft and squishy, warm and toasty, light and lofty. Use a nice big needle, like a US 13, 15 or even 17, to give this special yarn lots of room to breathe and bloom!

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View our entire collection of Purl Soho’s Lanecardate Feltro, which includes over a dozen colors in a range of pretty basics, and don’t miss our free Seafaring Scarf patt...

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All Things Paper: ALTA Papercraft - Geometric Paper Sculptures by Anna Trundle "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Anna Trundle of ALTA Papercraft is a papercraft engineer in Melbourne who creates geometric folded paper sculptures as wall art. Australian birds have been a focus, but it's safe to say she can turn...

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EcoWatch: NOAA: July Was Hottest Month Ever Worldwide "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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July was a scorcher, globally speaking. Last month was the...

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Blog - Rainforest Action Network: Chicago Activists call on Hillshire Brands to Cut Conflict Palm Oil. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

For over 2 years, RAN has exposed Hillshire Brands, and 19 other snack food giants, as companies at risk of using Conflict Palm Oil in their products. Hillshire Brands is one of the companies lagging farthest behind in the Snack Food 20 group of companies and has refused to take action while its peers have begun reforming their palm oil supply chains.

Despite thousands of phone calls and emails, we’ve gotten little-to-no response from Hillshire (which has recently been acquired by Tyson Foods) representatives. Hillshire Brands is the producer of Sara Lee cakes and pies, products that are laden with Conflict Palm Oil, yet it is clear that the company is not yet taking the rainforest destruction and violations of human rights in its products seriously.

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Activists held a banner and images of destroyed rainforests outside of the Hillshire Brands headquarters in Chicago.

On August 10th, the Palm Oil Action Team ramped up the pressure on Hillshire Brands. The day of action started when nine Chicago-based RAN activists and I took the Snack Food 20 campaign to the front door of Hillshire’s enormous headquarters in downtown Chicago, IL as the office opened for business. We held a banner saying “Hillshire Brands: CUT CONFLICT PALM OIL” along with images of forests that have been destroyed for palm oil production. We explained to employees the dangers of Conflict Palm Oil and called on them to speak up and demand that their company immediately cut Conflict Palm Oil from its supply chain.

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04:01

Open Culture: Judy!: 1993 Judith Butler Fanzine Gives Us An Irreverent Punk-Rock Take on the Post-Structuralist Gender Theorist "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

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Punk rock and its accoutrements—including the handmade, Xeroxed ‘zine—pass into history, replaced by Taylor Swift and Snapchat, or whatever. But as a piece of history, the ‘zine will always stand as a marker of a particular era, of the 80s/early 90s explosion of critical consciousness fostered by young kids reading Nietzsche, Foucault, and Camus, then forming their own bands, labels, and networks. Crucial to the period is the emergence of Riot Grrrl bands like Bikini Kill and their assault on oppressive gender politics, in punk rock and everywhere else. And crucial to many such punks’ understanding of gender was the work of critical theorist Judith Butler.

“Riot Grrrl didn’t herald the beginnings of third wave feminism,” writes Sophia Satchell Baeza in Canvas, “we’ll give that to the emergence of post-structuralist Queer theory, and the work of Judith Butler—but it did help define it aesthetically as much as formally for a new generation of indignant feminists.” An essential part of that aesthetic—the ‘zine—spread the tenets of Riot Grrrl anger, determination, and irony to cities far and wide. And, in 1993, a group of intellectual scenesters created the ultimate punk homage to Butler’s undeniable influence:...

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Featured Posts - My Modern Met: Sleepy Fox Found Taking a Peaceful Nap on Second-Story Ledge "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Although it’s not unusual to see foxes roaming out and about, to see one sleeping on a second-story window sill is certainly not a common sight. This adorable creature somehow scaled a townhouse in the London neighborhood of Notting Hill, and the stone ledge appears to be the perfect place for its undisturbed slumber.

Notting Hill resident, author, and editor Rachel Johnson snapped a couple of photos of the peaceful nap. Describing the scene to the Evening Standard, she explained, “It must have got up via the scaffolding on the house next door. People were coming out of their houses with telephoto cameras - but luckily no-one decided to shoot it! It was rather a sitting duck there on the ledge.” Foxes often run rampant around the neighborhood—they're always seen in the gardens—which can aggravate the residents. “But when I saw this one it was hard to feel the same sense of rage,” she said.

The sleepy animal spent most of the afternoon on the window sill, eventually moving on. How it got down, however, is unknown.

via [Bored Panda, Evening Standard]

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Earth First! Newswire: BREAKING: 2 Animal Activists Facing 6 Months in Jail for Protesting on the Sidewalk "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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by Will Potter / Green Is the New Red

Two animal rights activists in Utah are facing six months in jail for holding peaceful protests against an amusement park’s treatment of animals without first paying $50 and completing a “Free Expression Permit Application.”

On Tuesday evening, activists Jeremy Beckham and Lexie Levitt were visited at their homes by Salt Lake City Police detectives with court orders from nearby Farmington City.

Beckham says that when he saw a Salt Lake City detective at his door, his heart started racing and his body tensed; he quickly started filming, because he is familiar with animal activists being prosecuted as “terrorists” for things like chalking on the sidewalk.

He didn’t know what was about to happen, but he thought it could be serious.

“I’ve been an activist a really long time,” says Beckham, who is a board member with the Utah Animal Rights Coalition. “And I’m honestly shocked” at the charges.

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: Lights Out: How The World Would Look After An EMP And How To Get Ready "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Have you ever thought about how fragile the US power grid is? And how would you survive if the power grid went down? What would be like in the dark? Have you ever wondered ’’what would we do if the lights went out’’? Who could have foreseen the 9/11 come? The difference between 9/11 and what I am about to tell you is that we know that this is going to happen; the question is not ’’would it happen but when is going to happen’’? If this happens the consequences would be a million times worse than 9/11.

Lights Out How The World Would Look After An EMP And How To Get Ready

One day you are enjoying the comforts of life, the next...everything is different. Civilization as you know it would be gone. An electro magnetic pulse would distroy all electronics and the tranformers that powe everything with an on-off switch...your hot watter heater, your refrigerator, your dialysis machine. Hospitals are closed, grocery shelves are empty. Most of the food you have at home is spoiled..and forget your bank accounts, it doesn’t matter, what you have in your pockets is all you can access.

I imagine myself waking up to tatal darkness, nothing in my home working, food spoiled, water not running. I rummage thru whatever last cans of food i can find. I’m alone...because my kids and loved ones have no way to get to me and I’m affraid to leave because is to dangerous. People are desperate. They’re hungry. Our civilization is thrown back to the dark ages. I’m scared and helpless and I don’t know how I can survive.

This is how most of us would feel if such an catastrophic event would.....

02:47

Dangerous Minds: OMG, there are ‘Doctor Who’ Weeping Angel lights that blink at one another "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


 
What a brilliant and clever idea: Doctor Who Weeping Angel string-lights that blink at one another.

Multiple strings can be plugged into each other, so you can basically have as many Weeping Angels in one place as you’d like. Honestly, one is too many for us. And yes, like we...

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Dangerous Minds: Uplifting movie themes played in a MINOR key suddenly become evil, oppressive, militaristic "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


 
Last week I posted here about a musician who had taken a handful of iconic horror soundtracks and turned them “soothing, triumphant, and dorky” by reworking them in a major key.

One of...

02:42

The Ecologist: The Ecologist is for Corbyn "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Jeremy Corbyn is the one candidate for the Labour leadership who is serious about the environment and social justice. Only he can re-energise the Party, turn it into a political force capable of defeating neo-liberalism, and lead the progressive government that Britain so desperately needs.

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Earth First! Newswire: 19 Arrested, Including Grandparents, in Seneca Lake Fracking-Gas Protest "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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from EnviroNewsNetwork

Over the past several months, protests have been fierce surrounding the already-approved expansion of an underground, unlined, salt-cavern, methane storage facility under the shores of New York’s Seneca Lake.

Those direct-action campaigns continued on Tuesday August 18, 2015, as 19 protestors, including grandparents, were charged with trespassing and hauled off in the paddy wagon by local Schuyler County deputies.

Though the go-ahead was given to Crestwood Midstream in October of 2014 to break ground on the project, the company has not done so as of yet.

Following the green light from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) last fall, “there was nothing left for [protestors] to do but put their bodies on the line,” Lindsay Speer, Director of Creating Change told EnviroNews New York.

The group “We Are Seneca Lake” with its “Seneca Lake Defenders” were on the scene, where a group of 19 formed a human-chain that blocked the entrance to Crestwood Midstream’s entrance on Route 14 in what they called “a peaceful act of civil disobedience.” We Are Seneca Lake said in a statement that none of the 19 hemmed up this time around had been arrested previously in any Seneca protests, suggesting the number of people willing to put their safety and freedom on the line to stop the pro....

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Featured Posts - My Modern Met: Loving Husband Plants 4 Miles of Sunflowers to Preserve Late Wife's Legacy "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Don Jaquish was determined to continue his wife Babbette's flower-filled legacy after she lost her life to cancer. To honor his thoughtful partner in the wake of her November passing, Jaquish created an expansive sunflower memorial that perfectly captures her spirit. "She's always loved flowers, but sunflowers were her favorite," Jacquish told KARE. "They fit her personality. She'd walk into a room and her smile would light up the whole room."

Babbette actually decided to start this field four years ago, so that they could sell the seeds to benefit other cancer patients. After her passing, Jaquish knew that he wanted to continue with this incredibly thoughtful venture. Now, the field takes up more than four miles. Thanks to neighbors who agreed to help, these sunflowers extend across several Wisconsin farms. Jaquish also designed Babbette's Seeds of Hope, a division that sells sunflower seeds in packets with Babbette's smiling face on the front. "She was a pretty modest person and I'm not so sure she'd want her picture on the bag," said the loving husband. "But she's such a beautiful woman. She didn't really know how beautiful she was, inside and out."

Four months to the day after her death, Jaquish discovered a note that Babbette had left behind. "You move on and live each day," she wrote. "Feel me in the morning air, and when you wake up and make your coffee. I will be there always."

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02:07

SHTF Plan - When It Hits The Fan, Don't Say We Didn't Warn You: Economic Crisis Goes Mainstream – What Happens Next? "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

This article was originally published by Brandon Smith at Alt Market.

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Last year, when alternative economic analysts were warning that the commodities crush and oil crash just after the taper of QE3 were blaring signals for a downshift in all other financial indicators, the general response in the mainstream was that we were overreacting and paranoid and that the commodities jolt was temporary. Perhaps the fact needs repeating that it’s not paranoia if they are really out to get you.

Only a short time later, it is truly amazing how the rhetoric from the mainstream economic yes-men is changing. The blind analysts who were cheerleading for the nonexistent global recovery are now being carefully relegated to the janitor’s closet over at The New York Times, where Paul Krugman’s office should be. Media outlets are begrudgingly admitting to global instabilities like, for instance, a U.S. interest rate hike leading to a return to recession. (Special note to the mainstream media: Take away the fruitless manipulation of indicators through Fed stimulus, and we never left the recession.) They also are now forced to acknowledge that China’s market crash and yuan devaluation have far-reaching implications for global...

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Dangerous Minds: Delightful photos of heavy metal fans, captured in mid-headbang "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


 
One of the aspects of heavy metal music that keeps it a young person’s game is the centrality of headbanging. For instance, it is very, very difficult to do your taxes while headbanging, and this fact constitutes a central part of its appeal. Along with pogoing and moshing, there is a visceral...

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Open Culture: James Baldwin Debates Malcolm X (1963) and William F. Buckley (1965): Vintage Video & Audio "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

One often hears lamented the lack of well-spoken public intellectuals in America today. Very often, the lamenters look back to James Baldwin, who in the 1950s and 1960s wrote such powerful race-, class-, and sex-examining books as Go Tell It on the MountainGiovanni’s Room...

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Dangerous Minds: Bernie nooooooo!!! Bernie Sanders released a pretty terrible spoken word folk music album in 1987 "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


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Since Bernie Sanders announced his run for President of the United States of America, his lack of polish has been far more endearing to the public than his detractors ever imagined. He’s not a slick baby-kisser; the man talks serious social democratic policy and...

The Ecologist: Romania's 'occupy forests' movement demands clampdown on corporate crime "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A growing protest movement is demanding strong controls on international investors and logging companies buying up Romania's forests, writes Raluca Besliu. In its sights is Austria-based Schweighofer, which stands accused of criminal malpractice and accepting illegal timber shipments. The popular outrage stirred up by corporate misdeeds is now stimulating a wider democratic revival.

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EcoWatch: Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Coffee? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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We all love a morning brew to kick-start the day. While it certainly has its...

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EcoWatch: One of World’s Fastest Melting Glaciers May Have Lost Largest Chunk of Ice in Recorded History "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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With the world's glaciers melting at record rates, Greenland's fastest-moving glacier may have...

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: The Pottsville koalas and their wide-ranging habitat "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In relation to Matthew France’s letter of 13 August, this is what the koala experts are saying:

1. Ecologist Sandy Pimm (5/12/2013): ‘The Pottsville Wetlands/Black Rocks Koala sub-population is critical to the survival of the koala on the Tweed Coast. This area is the one at present least affected by road and bushfire impacts.’

2. Ecologist Dr Steve Phillips (7/3/2015): ‘In 2012 there was a major fire which wiped out habitat, and combined with mortalities due to road strike, disease and attacks by domestic dogs in Tanglewood, in just 5 years there was a significant number lost, leaving approximately 100-110 koalas. At that rate we can predict koalas will be extinct on the Tweed Coast by 2025-2030.’

3. Ecologist Dr Steve Phillips (7/3/2015): ‘The Black Rocks sports field and surrounding areas of habitat were not affected by the fire (Pottsville Wetlands Christmas Day 2014 bush fire) and are now the last stronghold for the Pottsville Wetlands-Black Rocks koala population cell, from where recolonisation of the existing habitat areas (once they regenerate) is going to primarily occur.’

4. Ecologist Dr Steve Phillips (26/1/2015): ‘It may already be that the levels of disturbance at Black Rocks are already contributing to elevated levels of disease in the small population that is now left following the recent fire event.’ [2 Black Rocks koalas have been euthanased due to the stress-related disease Chlamydia, another remains uncaptured and untreated. 8 other Black Rocks koala sightings have revealed Chlamydia-like symptoms.]

5. Ecologist John Callaghan (10/6/2015): ‘I would strongly urge Tweed Shire Council to defer making a decision on the Development Application for a Mens’ Shed at the Black Rocks sports fields site pending outcomes from a thorough updated assessment of the current koala population in this area…..If the Tweed Coast koala population is to be affor...

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The Organic Prepper | RSS Feed: Zucchini Noodles with Alfredo Sauce "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

It’s national “Sneak Zucchini on Your Neighbor’s Porch Week” but you don’t have to celebrate it with a stealth mission to unload baseball bat sized squash on unsuspecting neighbors. You can make a delicious meal from it, and you can also easily preserve it for later.

How about some garden fresh Zucchini Noodles Alfredo?

First, here’s how to make Zoodles and Squashetti

A while back, I read about two wonderful things….Zoodles and Squashetti. I have more zucchini than I know what to do with, so I decided to try it out.

If you aren’t familiar with making noodles out of your squash,  here’s a great video from my friend Vickilynn, in which she shows you how easy it is to make them using this awesome little Spiralizer gizmo.

Another great thing about zoodles is that they can be dehydrated…here’s how! This is a great way to save some of that garden goodness for later on in the year when your garden is no longer spilling forth produce.

Making zucchini noodles without a Spiralizer

First, make your zoodles.  You’ll want to have these prepped and ready to go into the pot of boilin...

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Ready Nutrition: This Year’s El Niño Is Going to Be a Beast "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

hurricaneEvery few years the world experiences an El Niño weather cycle, which ordinarily doesn’t amount to very much. There might be a little more rain in some places, or a little more heat in others, but for the most part it’s usually a non-event. But much to the joy of drought stricken California, this year’s El Niño promises to bring some relief to the water crisis in the Western US.

Sorry, did I say joy? I meant to say horror, because this thing is going to be a monster.

The strengthening El Niño in the Pacific Ocean has the potential to become one of the most powerful on record, as warming ocean waters surge toward the Americas, setting up a pattern that could bring once-in-a-generation storms this winter to drought-parched California.

The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center said Thursday that all computer models are predicting a strong El Niño to peak in the late fall or early winter. A host of observations have led scientists to conclude that “collectively, these atmospheric and oceanic features reflect a significant and strengthening El Niño.”

“This definitely has the potential of being the Godzilla El Niño,” said Bill Patzert, a climatologist with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge.

Patzert said El Niño’s signal in the ocean “right now is stronger than it was in 1997,” the summer in which the most powerful El Niño on record developed.

“Everything now is going to the right way for El Niño,” Patzert said. “If this liv...

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00:47

"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Could the solar vote be Abbott’s undoing? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Sophie Vorrath, reneweconomy.com.au

While Tony Abbott was in South Australia assuring the state’s Party faithful that his 2030 emissions target was both economically and environmentally responsible, an interesting thing was happening over in the nation’s west.

In the Western Australian electorate of Canning – a marginal seat incorporating south-east metropolitan Perth and rural areas in the east and south – the Australian Solar Council launched its latest campaign, on the weekend, urging constituents to ‘vote solar’ in the upcoming by-election.

The ASC’s plan is to capitalise on the fact that, according to council analysis, 50 per cent of Canning homes have either solar PV or solar hot water on their roofs.

The broader plan, however, is to ignite a nation-wide debate on renewable energy, increasing the pressure on an increasingly unpopular, coal-loving Prime Minister.

‘Tony Abbott’s reputation as the most radical, anti-solar Prime Minister in Australia’s history will not go down well with Canning voters,’ said ASC chief John Grimes in a statement on the weekend.

‘Half of Canning voters have solar, the other half want to slash their power bills with solar and Tony Abbott continues to attack all these voters.’

The new push by the ASC comes at a bad time for Abbott, with the latest polls predicting the Coalition is facing a 36-seat wipeout in the next federal election.

The poll, by Fairfax-Ipsos, found that had an election been held on the weekend, the Coalition would have been swept from office on the back of a 7.5 per cent swing.

It also revealed that Abbott was trailing both Opposition leader Bill Shorten – Labor lead the Coalition 54-46 per cent on two-party-preferred, according to the poll – as well as Malcolm Turnbull, in his own party, as the most preferred Liberal leader and PM (41 per cent to 15 per cent).

As the ASC’s Grimes notes, another poll, the recent Essential.....

00:42

EcoWatch: World’s First Solar Powered Airport Has Arrived "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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The Cochin International Airport is officially the world’s first airport thats runs exclusively on...

00:24

Earth First! Newswire: Southeast US GE Trees Action Camp! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Global Justice Ecology Projectgecamp2

Participation is free and food and board will be provided, but space is limited and the application deadline is coming up!

The US South is ground zero for GE trees,  and now more than ever, we need to come together to save native forests and STOP GE trees.

GJEP has been organizing to stop GE trees in the South for the last few
years, and now we need your help.

We have collaborated with activists and groups in the region like Dogwood Alliance and Indigenous Environmental Network to build momentum against GE Trees.  The action camp is both the culmination of that work, and the
beginning of the next stage of our organizing in the South.

Participants of the action camp will be given an overview of the current state of GE trees, with a focus on the US South, as well as training in organizing, direct action, blockades, our rights as protesters, how to use media and art in protests, among other critical topics. The goal of the training is for the immediate and direct use of skills and knowledge gained at the action camp in protests and organizing against GE trees.

If you would like to take part in the action camp, apply by going to our online form at:

globaljusticeecology.org/apply-action-camp

00:24

Earth First! Newswire: Activist’s 75th Birthday Party Disrupts Spectra Pipeline Construction in CT "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Vic-memeNORTH WINDHAM, CT: In celebration of his 75th birthday today, Middletown resident Vic Lancia locked himself to two giant “birthday cakes”—actually concrete-filled barrels decorated with candles and frosting— on the sole road leading up to a site where Spectra Energy stores construction equipment and materials for use across Connecticut. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission reports posted at capitalismvsclimate.org confirm what local residents have seen: Spectra trucks regularly using the facility to expand fracking infrastructure.

By blocking Spectra workers from accessing the site, Vic aimed to disrupt Spectra’s ongoing construction of it’s “AIM Project”, a billion dollar fracked-gas pipeline expansion affecting communities across the State.

“It’s simple,” Vic explained. “Capitalism and the burning of fossil fuels are destroying our beloved and beautiful planet, the habitat for all humanity and life, all for profit and convenience. Isn’t it time to resist? Do we not care for our children, the generations beyond our lives, and for life itself?”

After blocking the entrance to the site for over two hours – Vic negotiated with the police and unlocked. Vic wasn’t arrested and we got to keep the concrete “birthday cakes”.

Vic...

00:15

The Ecologist: China's emissions 14% lower than IPCC thought "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The IPCC has over-estimated China's emissions since 2000 by 14%, almost 3 gigatonnes of carbon since 2000, while its energy consumption has been 10% higher than realised, writes Eliza Berlage. The country is far more carbon-efficient than we ever knew.

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23:51

EcoWatch: Subway Sandwiches Fuel Major Public Health Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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Subway's slogan is, "Eat fresh." But while the company may have established itself as the...

23:46

SurvivalBlog.com: Notes for Thursday – August 20, 2015 "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

20 August 1935 is the birthday of former Congressman Ron Paul. He recently retired from Congress. Dr. Paul is to be commended for fighting the good fight for many years.

August 20th, 1866 is also the day that president Andrew Johnson formally declared the Civil War over.

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Today, we present another entry for Round 60 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The $10,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:

  1. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate, good for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,195 value),
  2. A course certificate from onPoint Tactical. This certificate will be for the prize winner’s choice of three-day civilian courses. (Excluding those restricted for military or government teams.) Three day onPoint courses normally cost $795,
  3. DRD Tactical is providing a 5.56 Nato QD Billet upper with a hammer forged, chromlined barrel and a hard case to go with your own AR lower. It will allow any standard AR type rifle to have quick change barrel, which can be assembled in less than one minute without the use of any tools, and a compact carry capability in a hard case or 3-day pack (an $1,100 value),
  4. Gun Mag Warehouse is providing 20 Magpul pmags 30rd Magazines (a value of $300) and a Gun M......

23:46

Earth First! Newswire: The Latest on the Elliott State Forest "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Cascadia Forest Defenders

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Photo courtesy of the Oregon Sierra Club

Earlier this month, the Oregon State Land Board voted to transfer ownership of the Elliott State Forest to a single buyer. This marks the conclusion of the Elliott Alternatives Project, an eight-month assessment of possible management options for the Elliott during which hundreds of concerned Oregonians asked the State Land Board to keep the forest public and fully available to hunting, camping, hiking, and other recreation activities.

Potential buyers have just over a year to formulate proposals, although they must notify the state of their interest by Dec. 15. Environmental groups said they hope to raise money from a combination of private and public sources to purchase the forest, then possibly transfer it to a public owner.

THE GOOD: Since the 1930s, timber harvest in the Elliott has been funneled into the Common School Fund, and transferring the forest to a new ownership equals an end to the outdated and ridiculous practice of supporting public schools by logging ancient trees.  The Land Board also agreed that potential buyers must a) keep the forest open to public access b) protect older stands in 25% of the forest from timber harvest c) maintain 120-foot buffers around fish-bearing streams and c) sustain 40 full-time jobs per year.

THE BAD: At present, 35% of the Elliott is designated as protected Mar...

23:46

SurvivalBlog.com: How to Obtain Your Amateur Radio License, by N.M. "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

This article will provide you with some information on how to study for and obtain your Ham/amateur radio license and what to look for in your first radio.

License Classes

The amateur radio (aka “Ham”) licenses issued by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) are issued in three classes– Technician, General, Amateur Extra (usually just called Extra). Each license class brings increasing privileges of frequencies that can be used. There are three grandfathered licenses classes called Novice, Technician Plus, and Advanced. The Novice license was issued to those who passed the old five word per minute (wpm) Morse code test but not the written test for the Technician. The Technician Plus was issued to Technicians who passed the five wpm Morse test. The Advanced was a class between the General and Extra. There is no longer a Morse code test for any of the license classes.

Testing

Testing for the FCC license is conducted by at least three volunteer examiners, otherwise known as VEs. VEs submit test results through a Volunteer Examiner Coordinator, also otherwise known as VECs. The VEC is an organization that creates and administers tests based on FCC guidelines and submits test results to the FCC. The FCC authorizes the VECs to charge a fee for administering exams, currently up to $15. The fee is per sitting of the exam; in other words, if you pass the Technician you can take the General for the same fee. In fact you could take all three exams for $15 if you pass the preceding one. You have to answer a certain amount of questions correctly to pass each licensing test, which is listed below:

  • The Technician exam is 35 questions; you need to get 26 correct to pass.
  • The General exam is 35 questions; you need to get 26 correct to pass.
  • The Amateur Extra is 50 questions; you need to get 37 correct to pass.

The license is good for 10 years. If you wish to renew, you simply apply to the FCC......

23:45

SurvivalBlog.com: Letter Re: Low-Budget TEOTWAWKI Preps – Part 2 "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Hugh:

While the article discusses three specific breeds of protection type dogs, the author is incorrect in saying that German Shepherd dogs are a danger to families with small children. As a former USAF K9 handler and former law enforcement officer, we’ve now had German Shepherd dogs in our family for the past 35 years with not a single “issue”, bite, or wanton/reckless/attack to our children, grandchildren, their friends, or neighbor children. Well trained dogs do not attack at all, and even a family pet does not attack without provocation. Oh, and yes our insurer (the same one for 38 years-USAA) knows we have two and have had two pure bred German Shepherd dogs; we haven’t had an increase nor a claim from those dogs either. Have our family pets (trained protection dogs as well) stopped potential intruders cold? Absolutely. So, on that point, the author is correct. Inbred dogs are far more likely to have behavioral issues, resulting in attacking their owners; in particular, pit bulls have been horribly inbred, and most of the wanton attacks from pit bulls are not from family pets but from lowlifes who have them since they are unable to legally own or possess firearms. So, yes those dogs are usually abused by those same people, and yes, those are the dogs from my professional experience that “attack” children and seniors in the neighborhoods in which they reside. – M.S.

HJL Responds: German Shepherds are actually listed on the list of the top 10 most dangerous dogs. There is some controversy in how this list is maintained, but the fact remains that German Shepherds do account for a significant number of “accidental” injuries and deaths caused by dogs. We also have had German Shepherd dogs for several decades in our family, and I will state that if you really understand German Shepherds and people this is not difficult to see. The German Shepherd has a higher-than-average intelligence, and...

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23:44

SurvivalBlog.com: Hugh’s Quote of the Day: "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

“If you love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you; May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.” – Samuel Adams

23:30

Chesapeake Climate Action Network: New Study Deepens Case that Gas Exports at Cove Point Will Be Worse for the Climate than Coal "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Methane leakage from existing natural gas infrastructure exceeds previous estimates, and will not be impacted by new White House methane regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C.—According to a new study released this week as part of an ongoing research effort by the Environmental Defense Fund, natural gas “gathering” facilities for piping and processing natural gas in the United States leak about 100 billion cubic feet of gas per year — a figure that is eight times larger than the EPA’s estimates and could make gathering facilities the biggest source of methane emissions in the oil and gas supply chain.

The gathering process consolidates gas from multiple wells in a single area and feeds it into processing plants or main transmission pipelines. When these emissions are taken into account, EPA’s estimates of the total emissions from the natural gas supply chain would increase by 25 percent, according to the Environmental Defense Fund. EPA’s current inventories conservatively estimate that natural gas infrastructure leaks methane at a rate of 1.3%. When overlaid with this latest report, that leakage rate would increase to about 1.6% — a level that makes US liquefied natural gas (LNG) worse than coal when exported to Asia when the climate impacts of methane leakage are measured over a 20-year timeframe.

Last year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released an environmental...

23:17

SHTF Plan - When It Hits The Fan, Don't Say We Didn't Warn You: Book Burning Returns as Modern Germans Torch Politically Incorrect Texts "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

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Image: InverseHypercube via Wikimedia Commons

This article was written by Joshua Krause and originally published at The Daily Sheeple.

Most people like to believe that the West is some grand refuge of freedom and liberal democracy, and that any of the terrible things we’ve done, are all in the past. This belief especially applies to issues like censorship. The public tends to think that restricting free speech is something that prudish or narrow-minded conservatives did during the McCarthy era, or perhaps they’re reminded of the book burnings of Nazi Germany. However, censorship is still alive and well today, it just goes by a different name: Political Correctness.

Kurt Nimmo of Infowars.com recently reported on a translated German article, which suggests that at German library in culling insensitive books.

More than 3,000 books from a municipal library in the German town of Bad Durrheim were destroyed after they were judged to be politically incorrect.

According to Roland Tichy, chairman of the Ludwig-Erhard-Foundation and the former editor of the business news magazine Wirtschaftswoche, the purge focus...

23:08

Modern Survival Blog: 75% Are Chronically Dehydrated And Need To Drink More Water "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

I have read that 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated, and the lack of hydration is the number one trigger of daytime fatigue. This is a problem that most people don’t realize — sometimes mistaking what they think are hunger pangs for what is actually thirst while older people often do not recognize that they’re […]

22:53

Little Treasures: 10 DIY Home, Porch and Backyard Swing(Beds) "IndyWatch Feed Craft"



However shocking this may sound to you, we don't have a swing. Yes, that's true and a little bit sad, because I have always wanted one. And I envy people who have a swing bed at home! Can you imagine having a swing bed at home?

I never cease toying with the idea of making one so here's a selection I made of some absolutely dreamy swings. Some are made of recycled and repurposed pallets, beds, doors and even cribs. There are tutorials and ideas, so feel free to plunge in! 

Inside:




Via

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22:49

EcoWatch: ClimateCare Becomes One of the UK’s First Certified B Corporations "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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Referred to as “the highest standard for socially responsible business” Certified B Corporations go through a...

22:48

SouleMama: Wild Cherry (a shawl) "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

I've had fun working on this shawl (shawlette?) this month in pockets of time here and there. The yarn, purchased on my trip out West, is HazelKnits, and absolutely love to work with. The pattern is Wild Cherry. (The shawl...

22:45

Earth First! Newswire: Action Alert: Public Comment on Oil and Gas Leasing in MI "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Michigan Land Air Water Defense

ASGAA notice appeared in the Allegan County News recently. It is the first time we have seen any such notice seeking comment from the general public concerning proposed oil and gas auctions. Therefore, we urge you to write a comment expressing disapproval of the new oil and gas lease sales in the Allegan State Game Area scheduled for October of this year.

Comments must be received no later than Tuesday, Sept 8, 2015, mailed to the MDNR, Office of Minerals Management, P. O. Box 30452, Lansing, MI 48909-7952.

MNDR – Michigan Department of Natural Resources
ASGA – Allegan State Game Area

Following are some points, some or all of which you may want to include in your comment, as to why further lease sales are inappropriate in the Allegan State Game Area:
– The Allegan State Game Area is already heavily leased both by federal and state authorities.
– More than 800 private human drinking water wells are located in and
around the ASGA.
– It provides important habitat for federally-listed endangered species and for at least 46 additional plant, bird, reptile and insect species under stress because of insufficient habitat, and are included on state and federal lists as threatened or species of concern.
– The State of Michigan designated the lower Kalamazoo River that runs through the ASGA and one of its tributaries, Swan Creek, as “Natural Rivers”, and, historically, the MDNR requires wholly inadequate setbacks or other protections for waterways in developm...

22:00

imagine gnats: sewing: city gym swim shorts "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Written by April of Modern Handmade. Living in Southern California, we get to enjoy the sunshine and heat (or complain about how hot it is) almost year round. But this year it kicked in early and will probably be around until November. That means we will be spending a lot more time at the bay, […]

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21:56

"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The Greening of Gavin: How To Pay Down Your Mortgage Quickly "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Want to pay down your mortgage quickly or even save for a deposit for your home? Well Kim and I have found a solution, and it’s not rocket science either, because we’ve done it and are living it. We have found that the simple practice of living a more sustainable lifestyle and living within your means  [Continue Reading …]

The post How To Pay Down Your Mortgage Quickly appeared first on The Greening of Gavin.

21:05

"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": NQCC: So who’s next? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The attempt by the Abbott government to put itself above the law by preventing environmental groups from challenging decisions made under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 in court is disturbing for many reasons. First, it puts the … Continue reading

21:01

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": : Great Views from Brooklyn "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The view from the upper “viewing” levels of New York’s Grand Central Station is remarkable. The scale of the place is enormous. The marble floors and walls are almost overwhelming in their beauty. Below you, you look down to see thousands of people going about their daily commute. And then you look around you, and you see lots of people who, just like you, are tourists taking photographs.

And then you realise you’re standing in the middle of an Apple store. “It’s a #$^!ing Apple Store”, Michaela said. Yes, indeed, one of the upper “viewing” levels of this most iconic of buildings has been made into a computer store. And amongst the many thousands of people who were there during peak hour, came a reply from a young bloke standing next to us, “Yeah, they’re #$%&in everywhere”.

I’m not sure if it was our use of the “f” word (Australians seem to swear far more than many other native English speakers) or if it’s just that when it comes to hearing the Australian accent in other parts of the world, we have developed what Michaela described as “hearing like dolphins”. Either way, it was a fun moment of shared recognition.

Visiting Grand Central was definitely one of the highlights of the day which, for me, started off with a morning walk around mid-town Manhattan.

As I walked around during the morning, I reflected on the difference between what I thought New York would be and my experiences so far. I think I was expecting somewhere “harder”, somewhere busier. Of course your experience as a tourist can never be that of someone who has grown up and lived all their lives here, but I’ve been thinking “I could really live here”.

As we enjoyed a late afternoon drink at the Wythe Hotel, we chatted a bit about this with a friend of Michaela’s who used to live in Sydney. He told us he probably too...

20:00

The Sewing Rabbit: Sewing Rabbit Travels – Hawaii "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

I kind of feel like a tool being all like…oh hey guys, I am going on another vacation. But here I am – tooling it up. We are spending the last 2 weeks of our Summer vacation in California and Hawaii, visiting with family. It was my Mother-in-law’s dream to bring her grandkids on a Disney vacation with some of her retirement money. I am pretty sure it is her […]

The post Sewing Rabbit Travels – Hawaii appeared first on The Sewing Rabbit.

19:48

"IndyWatch Feed Seq": 1015fm: Palaszczuk Government on board with free travel for Seniors Week "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Seniors will ride free on all Translink and qconnect services across Queensland this weekend to celebrate Seniors Week.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Transport Jackie Trad said seniors will be able to travel free on public transport from the first service on Saturday, 22 August until the last service on Sunday, 23 August.

“To recognise the contribution of older people to our communities, Seniors Card holders will be eligible to travel for free on public transport across the state this weekend,” Ms Trad said.

“The theme of this year’s Seniors Week is, ‘It’s on for young and old’ and what better way to connect seniors with loved ones than through public transport.

“Seniors travelling on public transport in South East Queensland won’t need to touch on or off with their go card on TransLink buses, trains, ferries and trams, instead they will simply need to show their Seniors Card to ride free.

“Seniors travelling in regional Queensland only need to show their Seniors Card to bus drivers to travel free on qconnect services.

“From dance classes to film screenings, hundreds of activities specifically designed for seniors are being held across Queensland during the 10 day Seniors Week celebration, and we encourage seniors to use public transport to get to and from the events.

“For many seniors, public transport symbolises independence and the Palaszczuk Government is co...

19:45

"IndyWatch Feed Seq": 1015fm: Falling global oil prices help drive local share market sharply lower "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Falling global oil prices have helped drive the Australian share market sharply lower, with investors also unimpressed by a return to profit for Qantas.

The ASX 200 closed down 92 points or 1.7 per cent at 5,289. Smaller firms fared relatively better, with the All Ordinaries index losing 84 points to 5,296.

Energy stocks were the hardest hit as West Texas crude oil fell to a six-year low of $US40.70 a barrel overnight.

Woodside lost 3.6 per cent and Santos dropped 7.1 per cent ahead of its full-year results tomorrow.

But those losses were still mild compared to Origin Energy's 13 per cent crash, as the company reported a full-year loss of nearly $660 million.

It was a mixed bag for the other firms reporting.

Qantas grabbed the headlines as it posted a full-year profit of nearly $560 million — a massive turnaround from last year's $2.8 billion loss.

Cheaper fuel should also have been a boost for the airline, but its stocks instead closed down 6.1 per cent.

Coles' parent company Wesfarmers gained 1.2 per cent and the ASX's own listing 0.5 per cent on their results, but a higher profit was not enough to stop AMP falling nearly 1.8 per cent.

The major banks were also a major drag on the market, led by a drop of 2.7 per cent for the Commonwealth Bank.

ANZ lost 2.4 per cent, NAB 1.7 per cent and Westpac 1.6 per cent.

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19:45

"IndyWatch Feed Seq": 1015fm: Panel looks into lowering age of consent "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

An expert panel will look into making 16 the age of consent for all sexual acts.

Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath told a parliamentary estimates committee that health experts would be among those considering whether the consent age for anal intercourse should be lowered from 18 to 16.

The consent age for other sexual activity is 16.

"The government is aware of the concerns of the LGBTI community in relation to this discrepancy, and in particular their claim that it is discriminatory and a barrier to young people accessing safe sex information," she said on Thursday morning.

"At the same time, the government recognises there are strong conflicting views held by Queenslanders about this issue."

Ms D'Ath said the government was committed to removing the gay panic defence for assault cases, but was still considering whether to expunge historical gay sex convictions.

"The legal position is not straightforward on this matter, as historically the same offence provision applied whether or not the act was consensual and between two adults or whether a child was involved," she said.

Opposition shadow attorney-general Ian Walker said the LNP had not considered its position on consent age, but the party supported expunging criminal records for homosexual sex when it was an offence and dumping the gay panic defence.

19:30

Totally Tutorials: Tutorial - How to Make Hot Glue Flowers "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

http://plumperfectandme.blogspot.com/2015/08/flowers-made-of-hot-glue-diy.html
Glue flowers feel like rubber and are flexible

 Tutorial at Purple Hues and Me Blog

"Have I got something for you that's so amazing and easy to make - flowers made out of hot glue!  Let me show you how these adorable flowers are made and be ready for a picture overload! You will need:  Hot Glue Gun and lots of glue sticks Parchment paper Silicone Mat (optional) Large spoon or bone folder/paper creaser or rubber handles of scissors/pliers Small bowl of ice water (in case you get hot glue on fingers)".... Read more

19:12

Ready Nutrition: 8 Reasons to Become a Yardfarmer "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

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Yardfarmers is a new reality TV/documentary series hybrid for release in Spring 2017. It will follow a diverse set of six young Americans as they move back home with their parents to become yardfarmers. The production crew at Yardfarmers is currently searching for the right people to participate in the show. The concept is simple: follow six young Americans as they live with their parents and attempt to make a livelihood out of growing food in their parents’ and neighbours’ yards, random street flower boxes, churchyards, school yards, vacant lots, cemeteries, or whatever spaces they can find that can be converted from useless ornamental lawn into a new source of healthy, local, and sustainable food. (1)

Apart from raising awareness about some of the important issues and challenges we face, Yardfarmers is about converting unsustainable suburban developments, urban food deserts, or other neglected land into sustainable, more resilient opportunities for people while building community. While not everyone can be in a reality TV show like Yardfarmers, everyone can become a yardfarmer. With interest in the “grow your own” food movement which is gaining ever more traction, the show is destined to be a hit. Below are eight reasons to become a yardfarmer and join the yardfarming revolution…

1. Lawns are So 1600’s

Much of suburbia takes great pride in growing and cultivating the perfect lawn. It is interesting to note that lawns originated from Europe around the 1600’s. The cool, mild climate of Europe was conducive to growing grasses and various ground covers. The earlie.....

18:57

&Stitches: WIP: Vintage Flowers / Missing Embroidery Mojo "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

I have to admit, guys, I haven't really been stitching anything lately! My embroidery mojo done gone and left me, almost a year ago now. I've tried to kickstart it here and there, but it's nowhere to be seen. I last saw it while starting this project:

WIP: Vintage Flowers / Missing Embroidery Mojo

When I last took up a needle and floss, about a year ago, I was playing with combining patchwork and embroidery, the two needlecrafts I loved most at that time. I didn't want to have to choose just one in a project! I bought the pattern for this design on eBay, a 1930s embroidery transfer, and traced it to a piece of very basic patchwork.

WIP: Vintage Flowers / Missing Embroidery Mojo

I was stitching a sort of repeated backstitch, in rows to make thicker lines without resorting to a bulky thread (the threads I was using here are a size 16 perle cotton). I love the effect so much, and it was very enjoyable to stitch. I don't know where my embroidery mojo has gone off to, but revisiting this project, even just to take photos, does remind me how much I was enjoying this!

WIP: Vintage Flowers / Missing Embroidery Mojo

Perhaps there's hope for my stitchy mojo yet!


What are you stitching? Please share in the...

18:30

"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": Katie Writes Stuff: Lost Stitches and Found Photos "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Things have been a little quiet around here lately and a lot of the blame can be laid at the doorstep of a huge change I’m doing my best to ignore.  I mean, moving house isn’t that big a deal, is it?  It pretty much happens by itself, right?

Oh, but it doesn’t and I don’t know where to start (despite moving four times in the past ten years).  So I’ve been burying myself in knitting and denial, both of which are progressing splendidly.

In fact, the knitting is going so splendidly that I’m currently in the middle of this:

The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed there are two gloves and a third on the way.  You may also have spotted that the two completed gloves are for a right hand.  Am I, perhaps, knitting a set for a three-handed person?  Or for someone who has a habit of losing their right-hand glove?  No, I just made extra work for myself by not triple-checking what I was doing when I got to the middle finger of the first glove.  I was supposed to have eighteen stitches on my needles and a brief count came up with seventeen, so I counted again… and got eighteen, somehow.

It was a lie.  When I was casting off the finger, I realised my first count had been correct: I only had seventeen stitches on my needle.  “It’s just one stitch,” I said to myself.  “How much difference can a single stitch make, really?”

Well, quite a lot, it turns out.  It’s noticably tight once it’s all sewn up and you can see the stitches pulling much further than they do on the other fingers, as demonstrated in the photo below.

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18:00

Backdoor Survival »: Prepper Book Festival 9: Prepper’s Natural Medicine + Giveaway "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

Preppers Natural Medicine | Backdoor Survival

As an advocate of both essential oils and medical self-care, I am constantly on the look out for credible information that will afford good health without dependence on toxic pharmaceuticals.  I do not mean to imply that I totally shun modern drugs but these days, many of the newer drugs cause more harm than good.

To coin a cliché, this week’s entry in Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 9 is just what the doctor ordered.  In this case, the “doctor” is Cat Ellis, the Herbal Prepper, and the book is Prepper’s Natural Medicine: Life-Saving Herbs, Essential Oils and Natural Remedies.

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16:46

"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Fight for the Reef: Whitsunday Residents call on Abbott Government to reject Abbot Point dredging and dumping "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Whitsunday Residents Against Dumping (WRAD) are calling on the Abbott government to reject the Abbot Point dredging and dumping proposal, after the release of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) based on the new dredging project by Queensland State Development Minister Anthony Lynham.   

Brittney Gregory, spokesperson for WRAD said, “The proposal to dredge and dump 1.1million cubic metres of sea bed in the Reef’s waters will create dredge plumes than can smother sea-grasses, coral, and cause harm to sea creatures”.  

“The government tried to dump on the Reef, and then they looked to dump sludge in the Caley Valley Wetlands, and now they want to dump dredge spoil adjacent to the Reef. None of these options are appropriate or well thought-out. 

“By dredging in the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, the government is risking not only the future of the Great Barrier Reef but also the $6 billion tourism industry and 69,000 jobs that rely on a healthy Reef.” 

“Adani has a shocking environmental track record in India. How can we trust them to work so closely to our most precious natural wonder, the Great Barrier Reef?”   

“The risks to the Reef and the industries it supports are very real, and it’s disconcerting to know that the State and Federal Government are so intent upon pushing ahead with this unnecessary and damaging project.  

“We call on the State and Federal Government to listen to the people whose livelihoods will be directly affected by the reckless decisions they make.” 

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16:45

"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Fight for the Reef: Government’s deluded push for Abbot point continues with launch of dredging EIS "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has called on the Queensland Government to cancel the Abbot Point expansion today, following the release of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the new dredging project by Queensland State Development Minister Anthony Lynham.

Gemma Plesman, Great Barrier Reef Campaigner for AMCS said “Over the last month we have witnessed a backlash to the Carmichael coal mine, the project driving the Abbot Point Port expansion, from international financial institutions, the Australian courts, the Australian public and the tourism industry.

“This proposal has no public mandate yet both the Queensland State and Federal Governments seem intent on fast tracking the approval of Abbot Point for the mining industry.

“How can they justify pushing this project that risks our Reef and has the odds stacked against it?

“This project would mean increased shipping, dredging 1.1 million cubic metres of  seabed and the mining and burning of more coal which contributes to global warming, all that would endanger the Reef.

“They tried to dump the dredge spoil on the Reef, then the Caley Valley wetlands and now they are trying to dump dredge spoil adjacent to the wetlands.

“If the dredging and expansion of Abbot Point goes ahead it will harm the tourism industry that relies on a healthy Reef, supplies 69,000 jobs and brings in $6 billion for Queensland every year.

“It’s concerning that both the Queensland State and Federal Government are continuing to pursue Abbot Point despite community concern and financial experts all saying this project doesn’t make sense.

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16:39

: A Green Beret’s Guide to Hurricane Season Preparedness "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

This article is going to cover some tips for planning for you and your families to prepare for the hurricane season.  If you have read some of my previous articles, you probably know that my wife and I survived Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, in addition to some other, smaller hurricanes there.  The planning I’m suggesting for you is not exhaustive; however, these are some finer points that most folks don’t really think about normally.  All of what I will mention, however, has been “battle tested” with what we have faced.

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So where to start, you may ask?  The first and best thing you can do before anything is an initial assessment of your area of residence.  The following items you need to know:

  1. Where are your exit points to be able to flee?  Major highways, roads, bridges, secondary roads, and “choke” points (where traffic and other refugees tend to bottleneck and become trapped by sheer weight of numbers) on your route out of Dodge.
  2. What is the highest point in your area where you can safely stay above the floodwaters?  This is a must-find location.
  3. Historically in hurricanes past, what area (township, suburb, etc.) was the safest to be?
  4. Can emergency services reach you in the event of life-threatening incident?  This falls in line with knowing their capabilities.
  5. Supplies along the way.  You need to know where gas, groceries, medical supplies, and so forth can be......

16:25

"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Blue Mountains Refugee Support Group: Zumbathon "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Let's spread some Zumba love. Dance to Latin beats and world rhythm with friends and help the great work of BMRSG. September 5 at 4.30 pm at Winmalee Public School Hall

16:23

"IndyWatch Feed Seq": 1015fm: Banks place many interest-only home loan customers 'at risk': ASIC report "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The corporate regulator is cracking down on interest-only home loans, saying it has uncovered that a worrying proportion of those with this type of mortgage could be at risk of default.

The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has completed a nine-month probe into interest-only home loans issued by 11 lenders, including the big four banks.

ASIC has found that while default rates for interest-only mortgages are currently low, demand for the loan type has grown by around 80 per cent in the past three years.

"The rapid increase in these loans over the last few years means that the ability of consumers to meet higher repayments over the longer term for this type of loan is essentially untested. Many consumers will still be in the interest only period," said ASIC deputy chairman Peter Kell.

"Some lenders have adopted practices that may put consumers at risk. While interest-only loans can seem more affordable in the short-term, due to their lower initial repayments, they are certainly more expensive in the long run."

Interest-only loans offer a period, typically up to five years, where the borrower only has to pay the interest on the loan, rather than also paying down the principal.

This makes repayments lower in the short-term, but higher over the life of the loan.

The ASIC review of 140 individual loans found that in more than...

11:35

Fun Crafts Kids: Finger Knitting Necklace "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

  So you have FINALLY given Finger Knitting a go (a great FINGER KNITTING video here) and are now wondering what to make from all your fabulous finger knitting.. the kids are furiously creating more and more and more finger knitted “things” and you need to use it all up! Well, here is a lovely…

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09:53

GIRL LIKE THE SEA: Lego Jackson Pollock // Violet turns 5 "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Our electrical storm of a girl just turned 5. Everything she does is so big and so her. It seems like such a difference between her at 5 and her more scholarly and nerdy older sister. They’re really as different as can be, which is great in some ways and a constant clashing and clanging […]

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08:35

SHTF Plan - When It Hits The Fan, Don't Say We Didn't Warn You: John McCain Chased Off of Navajo Reservation He Sold Out "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

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This article was written by Joshua Krause and originally published at The Daily Sheeple.

On August 14th, John McCain had the opportunity to visit the Navajo Reservation, to honor the code talkers of World War Two. However, his visit would quickly turn sour as he was confronted by dozens of Apaches and Navajos, protesting his role in passing a last minute provision to the National Defense Authorization Act of 2015, as well as changes to their tribal water rights. The Southeast Arizona Land Exchange Bill would allow mining interests to build the largest North American copper mine on the Oak Flat campgrounds, an area of spiritual and historical significance to the Apache people.

While meeting with Navajo officials at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Arizona, he was confronted by 17 year-old Adriano Tsinigine during a photo shoot. The teenager held a card which read “Protect Oak Flat.” The Senator’s smile quickly disappeared as he pushed the card back to Adriano and told him to leave.

Shortly after the confrontation, McCain made his exit from building, where he was followed, and essentially chased by Navajo and Apache protesters.

The Senator’s office has since denied claims that they were “chased off” of the reservation, and...

07:30

Totally Tutorials: Tutorial - How to Make Multi-Color Extruder Clay "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

http://www.thechillydog.com/2015/08/clay-tutorial-multi-color-extruder-cane.html
Each slice is just a little different than the last

Tutorial at The Chilly Dog Blog

"Polymer clay is one of my new favorite materials to work with. It comes in a variety of beautiful colors and with just a few simple tools you can make stunning beads. You can use a clay extruder (it's like a tiny cookie press) to create a dynamic clay cane that changes color as you slice it".... Read more

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SHTF Plan - When It Hits The Fan, Don't Say We Didn't Warn You: How to Survive When You Can’t Pay Your Bills: “If You’ve Never Been This Level of Broke, I’m Very Glad” "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

This article was originally published by Daisy Luther at The Organic Prepper. Check out Daisy’s newest book The Pantry Primer: A Prepper’s Guide To Whole Food On a Half-Price Budget.

bills-dueLet’s talk about poverty.

I don’t mean the kind you’re talking about when your friends invite you to go shopping or for a night out and you say, “No, I can’t. I’m poor right now.”

I don’t mean the situation when you’d like to get a nicer car but decide you should just stick to the one you have because you don’t have a few thousand for a down payment.

I don’t mean the scene at the grocery store when you decide to get ground beef instead of steak.

I’m talking about when you have already done the weird mismatched meals from your pantry that are made up of cooked rice, stale crackers, and a can of peaches, and you’ve moved on to wondering what on earth you’re going to feed your kids.

Or when you get an eviction notice for non-payment of rent, a shut-off notice for your utilities, and a repo notice for your car and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about any of those notices because there IS NO MONEY.

If you’ve never been this level of broke, I’m very glad.

I have been this broke. I know that it is soul-destroying when no matter how hard you work, how many part time jobs you squeeze in, and how much you cut, you simply don’t make enough money to survive in the world today. Being part of...

02:15

SHTF Plan - When It Hits The Fan, Don't Say We Didn't Warn You: The Collapse Has Already Begun: “Currencies Are Crashing Hard, Recessions Are Starting” "IndyWatch Feed Survival"

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This article was graciously contributed by Michael Snyder and originally published at his Economic Collapse blog.

Editor’s Comment: In this installment, Snyder makes the argument that the next economic crisis is already underway, while we’re standing around wondering when it will happen. For average people struggling under rapidly changing conditions, this may well be the case. The hard times have already hit for many… and obviously, much, much worse can happen.

23 Nations Around The World Where Stock Market Crashes Are Already Happening

by Michael Snyder

You can stop waiting for a global financial crisis to happen.  The truth is that one is happening right now.  All over the world, stock markets are already crashing.  Most of these stock market crashes are occurring in nations that are known as “emerging markets”.  In recent years, developing countries in Asia, South America and Africa loaded up on lots of cheap loans that were denominated in U.S. dollars.  But now that the U.S. dollar has been surging, those borrowers are finding that it takes much more of their own local currencies to service those loans.  At the same time, prices are crashing for many of the commodities that those countries export.  The exact same kind of double whammy caused the Latin American debt crisis of the 1980s and the Asian...

Wednesday, 19 August

19:47

Simple Simon and Company: Riley Blake Back-to-School Tour "IndyWatch Feed Craft"

Today we are joining Riley Blake Designs for their Back to School Tour….and we are also getting to debut our knit fabric line and our NEW MAXI skirt which we are so very excited about. You should have seen liZ and I when we got to see the fabric in real life for the first...

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