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One death and 1,219 new COVID-19 cases in Northern Rivers

In the 24 hours to 8pm 25 January there was one death and 1,219 new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Northern NSW Local Health District (NNSWHD).

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Daintree buyback sees more forest retained

Over the last two-and-a-half years, the Mullumbimby based Rainforest 4 Foundation has had a mission to buy back parts of the Daintree Lowland Rainforest that were subdivided for sale in the 1980s. 

SES issues Minor Flood warning for Lismore

Moderate rainfall across the Wilsons River catchment since Wednesday has caused significant river level rises along the Wilsons River and its tributaries, which has the potential to cause minor flooding along the Wilsons River at Lismore late Friday morning.

Casino’s winning tap water ways

Yesterday Casino was announced as the winner of the Water Industry Operators Association of Australia’s Ixom 2021 Best Tasting Tap Water in Australia competition.

$2m upgrade for Kyogle CBD

Kyogle's town centre is going to get a $2.048m facelift, local MP Kevin Hogan has announced.

Tweed Shire celebrates Australia Day online

Tweed Shire Council says that in the interests of public health Council has rearranged its Australia Day celebrations on Wednesday, January 26.

Greens Mandy Nolan to hold community forum in support of nurses and paramedics

Locally and across the state nurses, and paramedics are struggling in the face of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as they are being asked to do double shifts and manage effectively in health system that is struggling to cope. This has led to an increasing number of nurses and paramedics resigning.

By John Campbell

This is a radical departure for Adam McKay. Having co-written and directed comedies in the style of Talladega Nights, Anchorman and The Other Guys, he has turned his hand to hard-hitting drama and the result is, if sometimes overtly showy, a testosterone-driven film of ugly truths and blistering rage.

Wearing his heart on his sleeve, he makes a full-frontal attack on the criminally amoral mindset of Wall Street and the boundless greed of bankers. The story deals with the brewing financial storm that finally broke as the 2007 Global Financial Crisis (through which the Labor government steered Australia unscathed) … America’s housing bubble, while making plenty of people at the big end of town rich, has been kept afloat by shonky mortgages that are destined to fail, and when they do they will bring the whole US economy down.

Michael Burry (Christian Bale) is a maverick hedge fund manager with a glass eye and an ear for heavy metal rock (the scene in which he thrashes a drum kit in accompaniment to a song he’s listening to through his plugs is gold). He can read the indicators and makes investments that are counterintuitive to the market’s thrust but which will reap billions when the crash comes. A handful of others follow suit, including the crusading, short-fused broker Mark Baum (Steve Carell) and mercenary pragmatist Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling), who introduces the narrative as the omniscient narrator.

That proceedings are halted from time to time so that Vennett might address the viewer – as in a Shakespearean soliloquy – is one of a handful of devices that are too cute for their own good. For some unfathomable reason, McKay also has Margot Robbie as herself in a bubble bath, and Anthony Bourdain in his kitchen speak directly to camera to explain the financial world’s impenetrable jargon.

This and other gimmicks tend to stain with inappropriate kitsch a crisis of belief that hoped for a cleansing resolution but, as history has shown, was swamped by the moneybags of l’ancien régime.

Essential viewing.


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