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Wednesday, 19 September

11:57

08:41

Top 10: Funkungfusion Thoughts are like fishes///

Recently I was tagged on Facebook for one of those things where you post favourite albums

The Ninja Tune record label has given inspiration for around two decades.

Music like Coldcut, who started the label, music from the periphery of bigbeat, triphop, downtempo and jazzier corners of turntablism.

Music like their Solid Steel radio show tagline (the broadest beats) a collage of soundtracks, soundbites and surprising breaks.

Funkungfusion must be someones idea of a term to encompass their variety of music.

Many of the producers on this sampler have great albums, but this one brings together a couple of rare gems.




I have many memories from taking over hi-fis at parties and playing these beats and pieces and seeing everyone moving with it.

Amon Tobins Sordid is one of his snappiest tracks built from Gene Krupa samples, and he has a few of those.

Thats a good song when youre mixing tracks because it can go around ten beats per minute faster or slower as required.

The jazz influence was big in the Ninja Tune roster and, while Cinematic Orchestra would define a serious-minded corner, Clifford Gilberto and Mr Scruff both found cartoonish interpretations.

Theres often a playful character to the music, like the latters song about singing fish baits an earworm.

DJ Foods The Crow has a sombre orchestral tone that seems like a coming of age for the moniker that was once an alternate for Coldcut to release breaks, but has been redefined by Kevin Foakes.

Likewise the DJ Food Re-Bake of The Herbalisers Mrs Chombee Takes The Plunge steers that track back into jazzier territory.

The music on Funkungfusion carried me from making mixtapes to making mix CDs, then the wonderful Ninja Tune Forum community led me into remixing and having a hands-on experience with music again.

Its great were still making Shinobi Cuts and the Let Us Play! ethos of Coldcut has been an influence throughout the last 20 years.

06:50

Emergency Declared At Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant In North Carolina All Personnel Blocked From Entering The Facility As Hot Shutdown Under Way Truth To Power "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has declared a state of emergency for both units of the Brunswick nuclear power facilities in North Carolina. An unusual event has occurred which is interfering with the ongoing hot shutdown of the nuclear power plants (a process which takes several weeks to complete). Full details of the event are []

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Tuesday, 18 September

22:06

Persistence is a key ingredient to getting a degree "IndyWatch Feed National"

Have you ever wondered how kooks like Ken Ham get teaching certification? He does have a degree in education from a real university, you know, unlike that other fraud, Kent Hovind. From his bio:

Kens bachelors degree in applied science (with an emphasis on environmental biology) was awarded by the Queensland Institute of Technology in Australia. He also holds a diploma of education from the University of Queensland (a graduate qualification necessary for Ken to begin his initial career as a science teacher in the public schools in Australia).

Heres a dirty little secret. Getting into or attending a university does not automatically make you smart or knowledgeable. It is possible to go through the motions, meet the minimal requirements, and not learn anything. And in some cases, even the minimal requirements may be waived, as some Australian universities are intent on demonstrating.

Students who leave high school with the lowest scores some close to zero are being offered places in teaching degrees at universities, a secret report has found.

It shows some prospective teaching students had an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) that was often as low as zero to 19 far below the Federal Governments official data.

These figures, which have never been publicly reported by universities, show that in NSW and the ACT in 2015, students who scored in the bottom 50 per cent of school leavers made up half of all those offered places in teaching degrees.

Im happy to undermine my own authority by telling you that having letters after your name doesnt make you brilliant. And conversely, lacking those letters doesnt make you stupid.

17:00

Space-Based Missile Defense Can Be Done "IndyWatch Feed Tech"




Interception is no small problem  but can be done with a kinetic weapon.  You would require multiple platforms packing an arsenal of tethered kinetic weapons with enough control to actually chase and intercept at extreme high speed.

Explosive effects would be limited to producing a focused cloud of material but not even that unless very close.

The speed is huge and any lateral movement by the target will allow evasion.  Such movement every thirty seconds or so would be ample.  Recall it still takes minutes to close the gap and the speed is such that adjustment becomes difficult as well.

At least our sensing tech will now be up to it.


Space-Based Missile Defense Can Be Done

https://nationalufocenter.com/

Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. writes, Some 35 years after Ronald Reagans famous Star Wars speech, the Pentagons R&D chief said that space-based missile defenses are technically feasible and reasonably affordable.


Hypersonic weapon (Raytheon concept)

Since Reagans day, technology has advanced enough that putting both sensors and shooters in space is not only possible but relatively easy, Undersecretary for Research & Engineering Mike Griffin said. Whats more, past estimates of the cost of space-based interceptors have been unrealistically, even naively high.

Specifically, Griffin told reporters here,


Michael Griffin

The US absolutely needs space-based sensors to detect low-flying hypersonic cruise missiles, a new threat thats much harder to spot from orbit than ICBMs; and We probably need space-based interceptors to shoot down high-flying ballistic missiles during the boost phase, the peri...

09:16

Continued Federal Government inaction on over-imprisonment recommendations is devastating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities Just Reinvest NSW Inc Just Reinvest NSW Inc

A chorus of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders, communities and organisations have called on the Federal Government to provide a formal response to the recommendations contained in the Australian Law Reform Commissions Pathways to Justice report.

In an open letter penned to the Prime Minister and the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, 35 leading community organisations and academics working in the justice reinvestment space have lamented the Federal Governments continued inaction on the reports key recommendation.

It has now been nearly six months since the ALRC report was tabled in Parliament, the letter states. However, to date the Federal Government has made no formal response. The open letter identifies that during the last six month period, more than 5,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men, women and children have spent time in prisons around the country, causing a significant negative impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities around the country. The call for Federal Government action has been initiated by leading Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, human rights and community organisations working on the ground to achieve safer and stronger communities. Unfair justice systems are failing to build the safer, stronger communities all Australians want, the letter states.

We cannot let another generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people lose their futures, their dignity, and, for some, their lives, because of inaction by Australian governments, the letter concludes.

The Pathways to Justice report was released following detailed consultation and research led by the Australian Law Reform Commission. It contains 35 recommendations to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the criminal justice system and to address community safety. Specific recommendations made to the Federal Government include:

  • the establishment of a national justice reinvestment body and supporting justice reinvestment trials around the country; and
  • developing national criminal justice targets.

When announcing the inquiry in October 2016, then Attorney-General George Brandis QC labelled the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in our prisons a national tragedy and stated that the ALRC inquiry would be a critical step for breaking through the disturbing statistics.

Every day here in Bourke we see the benefits that the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment initiative has for our community, and in particular our young people. Justice reinvestment enables us to make decisions about what we need in our community. In partnership with Just Reinvest NSW it creates collaboration, it builds our strength and confidence, causes better health and well-being outcomes, and has made all stakeholders more action and outcome focused. said Alistair Ferguson, Executive Dire...

08:00

Top 10: Medulla Thoughts are like fishes///

Recently I was tagged on Facebook for one of those things where you post favourite albums

Theres a lot to admire about Bjork and Ive chosen her and this album to represent a number of influences.

When I first saw Bjork she was squeezed between The Smashing Pumpkins and The Ramones at the 1994 Big Day Out.

It still seems like a weird spot for her and I wandered in and out of that set but it was clear something new was coming to the surface.

Her album Debut had some airplay on Triple J and it was my first introduction to Nellee Hoopers influence, since itd be a couple more years before I listened to Massive Attack and Sinead OConnor but also the trip-hop of Portishead.

Bjork worked with a number of interesting producers and managed to get a cohesive result, just look at how Army Of Me and Its Oh So Quiet both sit on the first side of the album Post.

These collaborations between artists and producers are a dialectic central to popular music and, in many ways, its a formula I enjoy hearing in singers like Madonna and Kylie Minogue too.

Many popular singers get dismissed as record label products but those that build a career seem to be able to maintain a firm grasp on their image and material.

Madonna has a reputation for being present throughout the recording process and it seems clear that Bjork occupies a role overseeing the realisation of her albums.

Ive picked Medulla because it seems Bjorks album where she enforced a strict artistic vision with both her collaborators and her audience.

The album is almost entirely a cappella and manages to fuse both her taste in Warp Records-style electronica (particularly Mark Bell) and composers like Arvo Part, whod she introduced me to musically.

The track Where is the Line demonstrates those influences, for example.

Her voice sounds incredible on this album, particularly intimate and the recording is faultless.

I also love this album for Triumph of a Heart and there are other themes which seem connected and optimistic.

Bjork has often been marginalised as weird but I adore her varied influences and abilities at realising challenging ideas in music.

06:03

Former BLF assistant secretary Norm Wallace has passed away "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Norm Wallace passed away yesterday (17 September 2018). He was a well known and respected union figure, shaped by the 92 years of his life. His was a life lived well.

Norm lived through the Great Depression and World War Two. Events that shaped the way he saw the world and drove him to act against injustice and the exploitation of working men and women. His was a generation at learned from the school of hard knocks.

I first got to know the man, when I became a young official of the Builders Labourers Federation in Melbourne. This was a place where the demands of work were immense, and as a greenhorn trying to find his way, he was the one I could turn to for help. Norm was always there for you with his characteristic smile.

Norm Wallace was the kind of leader wo won people over through his capacity to see the good side of someone and show them friendship and trust. He was easy to get along with, and it won them over to him.

Norm the fighter was the other side. On seeing an injustice, he couldnt help but to take a stand against it.

These two sides of him, a compassion for people and a hatred of injustice, are what drove him and the reason why he became a union official.

Under the wing of the legendary Paddy Malone, he and Norm Gallagher had been recruited into the unions Committee of Management in the early 1950s. Before long, both became organisers. These early days were the time when the organisation was taken out of the control of gangsters and put back into the hands of its members. They did it in Victoria, while Joe Owens and Jack Mundy did it in Sydney.

Although the teams in each state were destined to fall out, they had much more in common than their differences.

Norm Wallace became the Assistant Secretary of the union. Through it all, he always remained true to his convictions.

The deregistration of the union and the subsequent lack of funds forced Norm into an early retirement. This did not stop him from being involved in the cause.

His greatest legacy is all those he mentored, and continue to put their shoulder to the wheel, not only in the union movement, but also out there in the broader community. He lives on through all of us.

Norm Wallace was one of those who passionately held that unions and their leaders should be concerned about more than the bread and butter issues of wages and working conditions and be concerned about the just causes of all sections of society. The wider political arena is also union business.

He may have left the room. But I for one am one of those who consider themselves lucky to have been inspired and influenced by him. He will be missed. Especially by his family. But also a...

01:51

Needled Strawberries: Food Terrorism Down Under "IndyWatch Feed National"

There is something peculiar doing the rounds in Australian food circles.  The land down under, considered something of a nirvana of fruit and vegetable production despite horrendous droughts and calamitous cyclones, is facing a new challenge: human agency, namely in the form of despoliation of strawberries.

The results have knocked Australias highly concentrated supermarket chains, with both Coles and Aldi withdrawing all their fruit with a nervousness that has not been seen in years.  A spate of incidents involving contamination, or pins stuck in the fruit, have manifested across a range of outlets.  Strawberry brands including Donnybrook Berries, Love Berry, Delightful Strawberries, Oasis brands, Berry Obsession, Berry Licious and Mals Black Label have made it onto the list of needled suppliers.  There have been possible copycat initiates doing the rounds.  This, exclaimed Strawberries Australia Inc. Queensland spokesman Ray Daniels, is food terrorism that is bringing an industry to its knees.

The game of food contamination, infection or, as Daniels deems it, food terrorism, is the sort of thing that multiplies in fear and emotion.  It targets the industry itself (the strawberry market is already frail before the effects of pest and blight), and ensures maximum publicity for the perpetrator.  Then there is the constant fear of a potential victim, the all stifling terror of legal action that might find a target in the form of a provider.  Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has already boosted such feelings, ordering the Food Standards Australia New Zealand to investigate the matter.  This is a vicious crime, its designed to injure and possible worse, members of the population at large.

Out of 800,000 punnets of strawberries, notes Daniels, seven needles were found.  Youve got more chance of winning lotto than being affected.  Take your chance, and, as with all food production, hope for the best as you would hope for the arrival of a green goddess.

Others such as Anthony Kachenko of Hort Innovation Australia have also moved into a mode of reassurance, a salutary reminder that Australia remains in the stratosphere of food excellence despite such adventurous despoilers.  Sabotage it might be, but it was surely isolated, a nonsense that could be dealt with surgical accuracy. Australia prides itself on safe, healthy, nutritious produce and we have the utmost confidence in the produce that we grow both for the...

Monday, 17 September

16:58

Drunk on Homesickness "IndyWatch Feed National"

Seven months into a student exchange in Europe, and Id only seen two Australians.

One was guy who had little interest in reminiscing about our favourite meat pie flavours. Mines bacon and cheese! I offered. He said he didnt care.

The other was a girl whom, upon hearing her Sydney accent, I became so overwhelmed with excitement at finding another Australian, I tried to high five her, accidentally catching her on the side of the head.  She wouldnt speak to me after that, which I couldnt blame her for.

I later realised these uncomfortable encounters all stemmed from my deep longing for Australia and all its uniqueness. Missing family, friends and my adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel was to be expected, but missing my country was a new feeling Id never had to experience.

So while searching for cheap pre-drinks from a supermarket in Prague, I found a bottle of Yellow Tail: a shitty bottle of Australian wine that Id never touch at home. I didnt even look at the price.

Seventeen minutes is all it took for me to drink the whole bottle. Walking with my group of exchange friends to our meeting point, I tripped over the cobbled roads as everyone encouraged me to chug it.

Oh what a fool I was.

Its a weird kind of power move to walk down a street openly sculling a bottle of wine. No paper bag. Nothing to hide (which became further evident when I tried to flash people passing by).

The wine hit hard possibly because I was emotional about home; possibly because I hadnt eaten much that day; possibly because I did pre-shots before pre-drinks.

With a beautiful Italian friend to my right and an adorable Finnish pal to my left, my hands were gripped tightly as they both talked in that light babyish voice people use to address drunk people. Feeling happy and floaty and obviously straight-up stupid, I suggested we get more drinks. The idea was shot down in a variety of languages all with the same premise of fuck no.

As a group of 12, I was easily passed around for shifts of, Okay, you take care of the drunkard now, which I did apologise for profoundly the next afternoon when I could function again.

When we started to fumble our way back home along the rickety pavers of Prague, my legs and arms were swinging in all directions to keep me from fal...

15:32

Mental Health Nursing Practice and Indigenous Australians: A Multi-Sited Ethnography Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog

12:29

Camping under the stars might just be the way to helping to rebuild happiness Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog

Camping is being lauded as way to help you feel better about yourself, get closer to your loved ones and create a sense of reconnection to the world.
 
In a world where the fear of missing out (FOMO) is contributing to anxiety, camping may have a special place in improving mental health by its ability to cut people off from technology.
Alistair Mitchell is one person who says drawing on his early childhood experiences of camping and getting back to nature helped his long road to recovery from mental illness.

For more details see: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-16/camping-for-mental-health/10238198

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