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Sunday, 11 February

21:39

MEDIA RELEASE 11/02 | TWENTY-TWO REFUGEES LEAVE NAURU FOR THE UNITED STATES "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Refugee Action Coalition MEDIA RELEASE TWENTY-TWO REFUGEES LEAVE NAURU FOR THE UNITED STATES The second group of refugees to leave Nauru for resettlement in the United States are leaving Nauru this afternoon, Nauru time. The 22 refugees are flying from Nauru to the United States, via Fiji, to Los Angeles. (Photos attached of refugees checking-in(...)

16:51

Is It Hard For Opposition Leaders To Win At Their Second Election? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Especially after a benign opening offering from Newspoll, there's been a lot of speculation that Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is set for a nasty year.  Shorten's net personal Newspoll ratings have been in the negative double digits for almost three years now - that's longer than any other Opposition Leader or PM in Newspoll history. While Labor's two-party-preferred polling has remained strong, a lot of left-wing voters see Shorten as too safe and uninspiring, while right-wing voters distrust his union background.

Also, in pundit circles there is a lot of focus on Better Prime Minister scores, which Paul Kelly has called all-important in the Australian's usual ignorance of the historic evidence otherwise. There Shorten's failure to close the gap as much as Labor's 2PP leads suggest he should remains a focus of discussion.  And it's not just wishfully thinking right-wing commentators saying Bill Shorten has problems. One betting market is saying it too, with Shorten $1.80 to be challenged for the Labor leadership before the next election (the "Rudd rules" notwithstanding), to $1.90 not.

With Shorten's early reliance on Labor's vetting procedures having backfired badly in the Section 44 saga, the idea that Shorten is in for a rough time is still getting a good run in the commentary pages, even despite the competition from the Barnaby Joyce scandal.  A lot of the stuff being churned out on the subject is only one bad Newspoll for the Coalition away from looking silly, but an interesting article by Catherine McGregor made a specific comment on second-term Opposition Leaders that I thought would be worth looking at.

"Very few opposition leaders have come to office at their second election. Gough Whitlam, John Howard and Abbott are notable recent exceptions. Shorten is a less compelling figure than any of these men, and is about to face a much more adverse political climate."

It occurred to me that over the last 50 years, only two Opposition Leaders (Peacock and Beazley) had faced a second election as Opposition Leader and lost.  Hawke and Rudd had only needed one go, Fraser was already caretaker PM before his first election, and all of Snedden, Hayden, Hewson and Latham had only been given one shot.

So I thought I'd have a look at the statistics since Federation.  The 1901 election had no defined Leader of the Opposition, although George Reid became such soon after the election.  The 1975 election is also a strange case because Malcolm Fraser who had been Leader of the Opposition was commissioned as caretaker Prime Minister following the Dismissal.

Exempting these two, the fo...

15:18

Update on the prosecution of Ralph Edwin Blewitt in The AWU Scandal "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

In late 2012 Victoria Police set up a task force with up to a dozen detectives to investigate The AWU Scandal. Over the next few years they executed at least a dozen search warrants, spoke to scores of witnesses and seized a large volume of evidence. Five years down the...

12:45

Is Flying Tigerair Worth The Lower Price? A Reader Crunches The Numbers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Flights occasionally get delayed and cancelled all the time. But for one reader, Tigerairs troubles and the way they handled them proved too much. But what do the actual statistics say? Vicky Moss weighs in.

After my most recent experience with Tigerair I decided that I would never fly them again! However, once I calmed down, I decided to analyse some data to see if I am just making an emotional decision, rather than one based on facts.

Over the last 4 years I have flown Qantas, Virgin, Jetstar & Tigerair depending on several factors such as the purpose of the trip, price, date/time, frequent flyer points available etc. No surprises, I find Qantas and Virgin more comfortable and they both have more flight options than the cheaper airlines, but I guess that is what you are paying for. However, I fly Tigerair most often because I am flying for personal reasons and they are usually the cheapest. My flights with Tigerair over the last 12 months are detailed below:

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Booking Ref. Departure Date Departure Time Flight No. Departing From Arriving Rescheduled Delayed Cancelled
Q63HXS 19/02/2017 2:30PM TT373 Brisbane Sydney
R9LMUW 11/03/2017 2:40PM TT372 Sydney Brisbane
R47WJI 2/04/2017

12:32

MID FEB NEWS "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Dear all
Just a quick note about upcoming events.

MIDWEEK WALK WEDNESDAY 14 February, 2018 - Kureelpa Falls Walk with John Kooistra
Kureelpa Falls track: Meet at the very end of Kureelpa Falls Rd for a 7.00 am start.
Park along the road verge and leave space at end of road for cars to turn around. There is also a private driveway here, we do not want to block access. There are no toilets. Closest facilities are at Kanyana Park near Dulong Lookout.
Please bring chair, water, thermos etc for post walk bird call.

YANDINA CREEK WETLAND SURVEY 
Thursday evening the 22 February Please email your interest in participating in this survey to Ken at friarbird43@bigpond.com ASAP. Please remember that access to this Unity Water Property is only with approved surveys conducted by Birdlife Australia. Priority will be given to those members who have attended the workshop.

HERVEY BAY WEEKEND AWAY
This weekend away is being held on the 22 24 June however it is being filled now as to ensure our group can be accommodated at the same motel. Below are the 14 people who have signed up;
Ken & Megan Cross, Steve & Carol Popple, Ray Devine, Jamie Walker, Michelle Grant, Alison Skelhorn, Marilyn Shrapnel, Bernadette Jeffrey, Vince Lee, John Kooistra, Tom Corrigan and Russell McGregor.
We have room for only two more if you would like to join this trip please email Ken at friarbird43@bigpond.comASAP.

MCSR OUTINGS CONTINUE
Our bird walks at Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve continue. These are free for Birdlife members. The schedule is below;
17/02/18 Saturday Steve Grainger
21/02/18 Wednesday Russ Lamb, Robyn Combes
March - 03/03/18 Saturday Maggie Overend, Robyn Combes
07/03/18 Wednesday Jamie Walker, Robyn Combes
17/03/18 Saturday Robyn Combes
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10:32

Spicy snacks "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The other day I was telling my grocer how much I've enjoyed eating the snacks he's imported from India

I've posted on here about the Kurkure Mango Achaari Triangles and Chilli Chatka, which are both hot in a way that discourages most of my kids from asking for some and gives me a nice buzz.

More recently I tried these chilli and lemon flavoured potato chips, which was a combination that hadn't occurred to me but can be found in many stir-fries.

Once again it was tasty and spicy in a way not normally found in the chips sold at Australian supermarkets.

Even though we've adopted many culinary influences in this country, there is a clear segregation at work in the "international' sections of the shops.

Sure, there are some chilli and sour cream flavours available but they are, as the expression goes, weak as piss.

Or so I thought until my last visit.

While buying Pringles for a child's birthday party I spotted this promising Chilli Sambal flavour alongside the "Aussie" varieties of chicken salt and meat pie -- the latter reminds me of gravy, so it could be a Sunday roast.

Pringles Chilli Sambal has a nice amount of spice and a vinegar finish that is a bit similar to the Lays shown above for a heat and acidity combination.

I'm still hoping that the manufacturers of rice snacks will incorporate curry flavours but it's great to see increasing spice and variety in the snack section at the supermarket.

08:00

February 11 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1788 - Having had a rough sleep the night before, the first court was convened at Sydney Cove.
Presiding was Judge Advocate Collins with 3 Naval Officers & 3 Marine Officers as members. A convict was sentenced to 200 lashes for hitting a marine with an adze. Another to 50 lashes for stealing some wood (later remitted ). A third convict who stole some bread was put in irons and marooned for 1 week ( on bread & water) on a small island in the harbour, Pinchgut.

1797 - That big pond of water between Victoria and Tassie was tripped over and named Bass Strait.

1799 - Left scratching their heads and asking "why?" the gaol at Sydney was *gasp* deliberately burnt down.

1822 - Macquarie introduced Bungaree to Governor Brisbane at Georges Head.
I gave him an old Suit of Generals uniforms to dress him out as Chief,writes Macquarie.
Governor Brisbane promised Bungaree and his people a new boat and fishing net.

1823 - George Brown was granted 500 acres at Illawarra.

1830 - Michael Best was Hanged at Hobart for murdering Richard Garner

1830 - After an epic journey which began on the Murrumbidgee River in November 1829, Charles Sturt and a small party, consisting of his deputy George McLeay, two soldiers and four convicts, reached the Southern Ocean.

1833 - Patrick Brady was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of Daniel Stewart at Webb's Creek, Windsor.

1833 - John Walsh was  Hanged at Sydney for the murder of Henry Kenyon at Bathurst.

1833 - James Dwyer was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of Henry Dawkins at Bathurst.

1840 - Charlie Bennet (Charles to his familiars) was not feeling the serenity when he was admitted to the Newcastle gaol, then sentenced to the Maitland Stockade iron gang for 12 months for absconding.

1847 - Having a REALLY rough night's sleep the Governor of Westralia, Andrew Clarke popped his clogs.

1849 - The first of several groups of German immigrants stepped ashore at Melbourne.

1851 - The first intercolonial cricket match between Tassie and Vic was a huge sell-out although security had to remove several louts for throwing horse shoes for good luck.

1856 - Books for the peasants ?! Extraordinary!
The Melbourne Public Library opened its doors.

1861 - Burke and Wills plonked their bums down at the Gulf of Carpentaria .

1867 - The three masted barque Zanoni sailed from Port Wakefield for London,  loaded with 15 tons of bark and 4025 bags of wheat. The weather was fine during the morning, but early in the afternoon a sudden squall from the westward 'came down with terrific violence; in fact a perfect cyclone' as it was later reported. The ship was struck so suddenly...

03:13

How to Use Critical Thinking to Spot False Climate Claims "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

By Peter Ellerton, The University of Queensland Much of the public discussion about climate science consists of a stream of assertions. The climate is changing or it isn't; carbon dioxide causes global warming or it doesn't; humans are partly responsible or they are not; scientists have a rigorous process of peer review or they don't, and so on. Despite scientists' best efforts at communicating with the public, not everyone knows enough about the underlying science to make a call one [...]

02:59

The Holy Spirit what the Holy Spirit means to me part 55 The Holy Spirit and the Truth about Hillsong and the ACC (Australian Assemblies of God) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Lord Jesus

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

John 14:18

The Lord Jesus (God incarnate) when He was on earth said that when He left the planet earth, the Father (God the Father) would send the Holy Spirit (God the Spirit of Christ) to earth to be our (Christians) Helper.

John 14: 15-31

15 If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.

16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.

18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 19 After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also.20 In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.21 He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him. 22 Judas (not Iscariot) *said to Him, Lord, what then has happened that You are going to disclose Yourself to us and not to the world? 23 Jesus answered and said to him, If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him. 24 He who does not love Me does not keep My words; and the word which you hear is not Mine, but the Fathers who sent Me.

25 These things I have spoken to you while abiding with you....

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Saturday, 10 February

22:31

Brisbane bargain hunters move in "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Death throes

I was on ABC News last night discussing Brisbane's inner-city apartment overbuilding.

It's nit the first time we've covered this story, of course.

In fact, believe it or not 2018 is now the sixth consecutive calendar year we've been talking about apartment oversupply, although in my opinion this will be the last. 

First there was the glut of approvals and the surge in Chinese off-the-plan buyers. 

Then came the cranes. 

And then came the middlemen, offloading the new apartments to anyone with a pulse and an interstate driving licence. 

And at one stage there were more than 32,000 attached dwellings under construction across the state - a record for the Sunshine State - but that figure has probably dropped by about a third now.

And with lending criteria seriously tightened and the Chinese bid fading, not so much is being kicked off now, particularly in the fully supplied markets.


Meanwhile, following a turnaround in jobs growth, population growth is picking up all the time.

In fact, if current trends persist, by about the end of this year the annual population growth in Queensland could be topp...

18:39

Tasmanian Senate Seats Filled At Last "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

On Friday, Tasmania returned to its normal complement of Senators, having been down two since Stephen Parry and Jacqui Lambie resigned because of citizenship issues in November 2017.  It's been a long strange trip which started with the possibility that Parry's special count might unelect Nick McKim.  That was cancelled out when Lambie was also removed, only for two new issues to arise.  The first concerned whether Lambie's #2 and #3 candidates, Steve Martin and Rob Waterman, were even eligible, and it turns out Martin is and wants the seat.  The second, which is still to be resolved, is what happens with the Tasmanian term lengths, and I'll discuss this a little more below.  


Lambie Network "Expels" Martin

A dramatic, if widely expected, event this week was that Jacqui Lambie announced that Steve Martin was being expelled from the party.  To be precise she announced that "the management committee of the Jacqui Lambie Network has moved to expel you from the party".  That has been universally taken that Martin has been expelled from the party, although it is capable of being interpreted as just saying that expulsion proceedings have been commenced.  This is no great surprise after Lambie told Martin to give up the seat, and also threatened to expel Martin if he re-employed Rob Messenger (which Martin says he is not doing anyway).  

There have been some suggestions that Martin's apparent expulsion from the party was an attempt to stop him from taking Lambie's seat.  I'm not aware of any evidence of that, though the Mercury has said Lambie sought "urgent advice".  Had Lambie wanted to, she could have been represented in Friday's court hearing and tried to argue that she was in the same (leaky) boat as Skye Kakoschke-Moore.  (The former South Australian NXT Senator is trying to argue that she should be admitted to her own special count as she has renounced her former dual citizenship, and also that Tim Storer should not be included since he is no longer an NXT member).  

The transcript of the case's final hearing very strongly suggests that had Lambie had such an appearance, it would have been judicial flamebait, but the fact is that sh...

17:22

Rainbow Beach & Cooloola February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Beach Stone-Curlew
We camped for three nights this week at Pt Carlos, outside Rainbow Beach. There was no sign of the Large-tailed Nightjars that were so evident here in September 2016. A family of Bush Stone-Curlews in the camping ground were the first birds we saw.

Bush Stone-Curlew
Shorebirds on the sandflats at low tide included good numbers of Red-necked Stint, Grey-tailed Tattler, Pacific Golden Plover, Lesser Sand-Plover and Bar-tailed Godwits in breeding plumage (elist).

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17:00

The Weekend Quiz February 10-11, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

Question 1:

In the endogenous money system that exists today, a central bank cannot simultaneously reduce bank lending and maintain a given positive target interest rate by increasing the rate that it provides reserves on demand to the commercial banks.

The answer is True.

The facts are as follows. First, central banks will always provided enough reserve balances to the commercial banks at a price it sets using a combination of overdraft/discounting facilities and open market operations.

Second, if the central bank didnt provide the reserves necessary to match the growth in deposits in the commercial banking system then the payments system would grind to a halt and there would be significant hikes in the interbank rate of interest and a wedge between it and the policy (target) rate meaning the central banks policy stance becomes compromised.

Third, any reserve requirements within this context while legally enforceable (via fines etc) do not constrain the commercial bank credit creation capacity. Central bank reserves (the accounts the commercial banks keep with the central bank) are not used to make loans. They only function to facilitate the payments system (apart from satisfying any reserve requirements).

Fourth, banks make loans to credit-worthy borrowers and these loans create deposits. If the commercial bank in question is unable to get the reserves necessary to meet the requirements from other sources (other banks) then the central bank has to provide them. But the process of gaining the necessary reserves is a separate and subsequent bank operation to the deposit creation (via the loan).

Fifth, if there were too many reserves in the system (relative to the banks desired levels to facilitate the payments system and the required reserves then competition in the interbank (overnight) market would drive the interest rate down. This competition would be driven by banks holding surplus reserves (to their requirements) trying to lend them overnight. The opposite would happen if there were too few reserves supplied by the central bank. Then the chase for overnight funds would drive rates up.

In both cases the central bank would lose control of its current policy rate as the divergen...

16:36

Brush Bronzewing, Eastern Ground Parrot, King Quail at Cooloola Way--Thomas&Thomas site reported by Greg Roberts on 07-02-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

1 Brush Bronzewing very distant (lousy image). 3 ground parrots calling at dawn. 1 male King Quail

16:32

Shining Flycatcher, Beach Stone-Curlew, Double-banded Plover at Inskip Point reported by Greg Roberts on 08-02-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Shining Flycatcher at Bullocks Head, 3 Beach Stone-Curlew including 1 advanced young, 3 non-breeding Double-banded Plover interesting at this time of year

15:42

Add my name: Save UNE habitat trees "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

[ Friday, 16 Feb; 5:00 pm; ] This statement of concern was drafted by 30 members of the UNE community at a recent meeting to discuss habitat tree removal on the UNE campus. If you care about native wildlife and the beauty of the UNE campus, please add your name to this statement. This statement will be delivered to the Chief Operating [...] full article 

15:11

Man Abandons Racing Greyhound Even Though She Saved His Life "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

So many people came together to help save a greyhound named Rita but not one of them was the person who owned her.

Credit: Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds

Rita, like many other greyhounds, was used by the racing industry in Australia. After Rita became too old to run races, she was put away in a kennel and bred over and over, just the way her mother had been Rita's mother had died of internal bleeding because her body was so exhausted. 

And it seemed that Rita's fate wouldn't be much different. 

Sadly, Rita's story isn't so unique. The racing industry is known for confining racing dogs for long periods of time, racing dogs until they injure themselves beyond repair and ultimately euthanizing them. That's why many places around the world have already phased out dog racing.

Credit: Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds

One day, Rita was in the kennel with her new litter of puppies when she noticed her owner was in trouble. Rita saw him suddenly collapse and no one else was around.

"The man was unconscious and Rita left her puppies and stood over him, barking incessantly until someone checked on her alarm," Victoria Sublette, a member of the Coalition for the Protection of Greyhounds, said. "The man was found, an ambulance was called, and this mans life was saved by this very special greyhound, Rita."

But two more years passed, and Rita's life didn't change. 

Finally, last year, her owner decided he was done with Rita so he dumped her at a vet's office. And that's when Lorraine Ramsay stepped in. Ramsay is a greyhound advocate who runs the Rescued Greyhounds NSW Central Coast Facebook group. She tries to help get these d...

13:16

PERTH Magistrates Court results for the Eastbourne area "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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Magistrates Court results for the Eastbourne area .

February 09, 2018 at 10:54PM .

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12:25

Greg Sheridan's treatise on courage & Jim Molan - compared to The Greens and their divisive, spiteful & cowardly ways "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Jim Molan offers lesson in courage for gutless Greens Major-General Jim Molan on duty in 2001. Picture: Corporal Jason Weeding. The Australian 12:00AM February 10, 2018 GREG SHERIDAN Foreign Editor Melbourne What a spiteful, divisive, unethical and prejudiced political force the Greens are in Australian politics. This is evident from...

12:21

New South Wales Liberal Premier Berejiklian is approving a solar energy revolution "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Berejiklian government has approved 11 large-scale solar energy plants in the past 12 months, clearing the way for NSW to join a tsunami of new renewable energy capacity across the nation.

The 170-megawatt Finley Solar Project in the Riverina, which will include half a million solar panels, is the first to get approval in 2018.

The 10 to get the go-ahead in 2017 doubled the number in the previous year, and alone supported 1800 construction jobs, Planning Minister Anthony Roberts said.

Those 10 collectively reduce carbon emissions by over 2.5 million tonnes, which is equivalent to taking around 800,000 cars off the road, he said.

NSW had more renewable generation capacity under construction than any other state, Energy Minister Don Harwin said.

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12:10

MACKAY Serial thief handed suspended sentence "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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Serial thief handed suspended sentence

February 10, 2018 at 05:41AM ,

A SERIAL thief who stole a generator from a Mackay business and committed other crimes, including driving while disqualified, while on probation is back in the community after he was handed a suspended four-month prison sentence in Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday. Benjamin James Ostwald

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11:57

Liberal pokie gifts "IndyWatch Feed Tas"


Andrew Wilkie in his latest media release reckons the Federal Group is set to pocket an enormous $18 million windfall if the Liberals win government.

Nonsense.

The figure is $75 million.

Theres obviously a bit of misunderstanding about how the Libs pokie industry welfare policy works. The value of pubs and clubs with pokies will receive a boost with increased pokie commission. If the venues are given licenses for a set period, then the amount of those future commissions will reflect in enhanced capital values of venues. If the licenses are in perpetuity, then the value of pubs and clubs with pokies will increase by $250 million.



The Federal Group told the parliamentary inquiry into Future Gaming Markets that increasing the commission to pubs and clubs from 30 per cent to around 50 per cent as proposed by Federal/THA and subsequently adopted by the Liberals as the way to take the State to the next level, would result in a windfall capital gain of $150 million. This was independently verified, so the joint committee was told.

The Labor party is proposing to remove pokies from pubs and clubs in which case the capital value of the pokie component of pubs will be zero. The Libs policy of gifting licenses which will earn a 50 per cent commission from player losses in perpetuity means the venues with those licenses will increase in value by $250 million.

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11:35

Why I like to post on Peerlyst "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Peerlyst is a focused info sec community where you can meet peers and have a very professional and helpful discussion.

I discovered it a while ago and I've become increasingly involved in the platform, abandoning LinkedIn which is no longer helpful to my content anymore.

I'm not a marketer and I don't sell stuff.

I only try to promote knowledge.

I'm not paid to tell you guys this and I do it only because I received a lot of help and useful tips from the community.

Therefore, if you want to check it out, there you go.

Have a nice weekend, guys!




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11:04

Workplace Organiser Training "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Date and Time: 
Saturday, February 24, 2018 -
2:30pm to 4:30pm

Jura is pleased to be hosting this event organised by the Sydney Wobblies.

"Ever wanted to organise in your workplace and unionise your co-workers, but have no idea how? Well, this is for you! This participatory workshop will offer a brief introduction to some of the practical skills we can use to organise and fight for our rights at work. Whether there's a recognised union present or not, we can all learn how to unite with our co-workers and organise for change.

All are welcome, and no prior experience or background in union organising is required!"

https://www.facebook.com/events/286059271923370/

 

09:31

Artforum Posts Statement After Boycott Letter, and Amanda Schmitts Attorneys Respond [UPDATED] "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Statue of Themis, an ancient Greek personification of law and justice, in Brisbane (photo by Rae Allen/Flickr)Statue of Themis, an ancient Greek personification of law and justice, in Brisbane (photo by Rae Allen/Flickr)

On Friday afternoon, Artforum responded to growing concern about its role in the harassment-related lawsuit brought against the publication and its co-owner, Knight Landesman, by former employee Amanda Schmitt. In a statement posted on its website (and included in full at the end of this article), the magazine said it is in no way allied with Landesman in seeking the dismissal of Schmitts lawsuit. (Both have filed motions to do so.) The statement also said that the co-owner no longer has any influence over the magazine.

Landesman has received no remuneration as a consequence of his shareholdings, and retains no voting rights or influence over the company, the statement reads in part. Regrettably, there are no legal means by which Artforum can simply divest him of his shares, though the company is actively engaged in the process of recovering them.

The magazines response comes the same week as mounting criticism of its handling of Landesmans alleged misconduct, and one day after a call by prominent activists to boycott the publication.

In response to the magazines statement, Schmitts legal team provided the following statement to Hyperallergic:

Artforums legal position in the case is in lockstep with Landesmans. Both Artforum and Landesman have...

08:10

Video Friday: SpaceX's Double Booster Landing, Drone Taxi, and Robot Haka "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Photo: SpaceX

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. Well also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; heres what we have so far (send us your events!):

International Symposium on Medical Robotics  March 1-3, 2018  Atlanta, Ga., USA
HRI 2018  March 5-8, 2018  Chicago, Ill., USA
NASA Swarmathon  April 17-19, 2018  Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA
RoboSoft 2018  April 24-28, 2018  Livorno, Italy
ICARSC 2018  April 25-27, 2018  Torres Vedras, Portugal
NASA Robotic Mining Competition  May 14-18, 2018  Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA
ICRA 2018  May 21-25, 2018  Brisbane, Australia

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy todays videos.


Its only February, and the most stupefyingly incredible display of autonomous robotics well see all year has almost certainly happened already:

The center core didnt manage to make it back to the drone ship, but damn, that double landing of the boosters was epic, and thats not a word I use very often. Heres one more video of the boosters landing, which I think must have been taken from the top of a launch tower at KSC. The double sonic boom is nuts.

[ SpaceX ]


Here are a couple of old videos from Matt Mason at CMU. The first is of a Mobipulator, which was presented at ICRA 2003, and is a robot with wheels that are also manipulators for paper on a desktop.

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08:00

February 10 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1788 - Five convict couples got hitched by Rev Johnson, including William Bryant to Mary Broad while the colony was a grand 15 days old on the corner of Bligh and Hunter Streets in Sydney.

1801 - Governor King, using the grey matter between his ears, introduced the ticket-of-leave system which allowed convicts to *gasp* work for wages and (horrors) choose their own master !!!

1828 - The Cape Grim Massacre.
The Cape Grim massacre occurred where a group of Aboriginal Tasmanians gathering food at a beach in the north-west of Tasmania were ambushed and shot by four Van Diemen's Land Company workers, with bodies of the victims then thrown from a 60-metre cliff. Thirty men were killed in the attack, as a  part of an escalating spiral of violence which included the abduction and rape of Aboriginal women in the area.

1842 - The Moreton Bay district, what was once a penal colony, was open to all free settlers according to Gov Gipps. 
Pfft, who'd live where convicts had been?!

1849 - The Australian Agricultural Company was all a'quiver with excitement when they imported 12 rams from the best flocks in Saxony on the 'Thomas Henry'.

1852 - The Supreme Court of Victoria was open for business today and hasn't stopped working since.

1859 - The Victorian Royal Commission on the best methods for removing the sludge from the goldfields presented its report to Parliament. 
Good Lord, did they even try to use Windex ?

1859 - Lashings of lamingtons were consumed and loud, raucous toasts were proclaimed to celebrate the opening of the railway line from Melbourne to Sunbury (Vic).

1861 - Lieutenant Rudolph Morisset led a Native Police squad which shot dead 6-8 Aboriginals including old men at Manumba, QLD.

1862 - Paddy Crick, the Wild Man of Sydney, was sprung into life in the corn field. Paddy was a hard drinking newspaper owner, solicitor and politician.

1876 - Trooper 3/C Henry WILKINSON died whilst on duty as a NT police officer.

1879 - Having a bit of a blank spot on their dance cards, the Kelly Gang held up the Bank of NSW at Jerilderie. Proving it was up here for thinking and down there for dancing, the Gang had cut the telegraph wires and locked up the 2 constables before waltzing into the bank in police uniforms and do-se-do-ing out again with 2,000 po...

07:51

In which Polonius rests entirely on hearsay ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"


How could the pond abandon Polonius in his hour of ongoing outrage with the ABC?

And how refreshing it is to not give a whit about the outrage.

You see, Polonius is outraged that the ABC has presented a case for the prosecution that he alleges rests entirely on hearsay ... and then mounts a defence which rests entirely on hearsay, his hearsay ...

It's a most curious and mind-numbing experience ...


Indeed, indeed, and the pond listened to Randy Stone cover the night beat for the Daily, and so is familiar with assorted stories ...though possibly some might not think that the best qualification for comment.

Why Polonius waited so long to mount his outrage is something of a mystery, but the ABC story is available online in a piece by Natalie Whiting dated 25th January, under the header Call for royal commission as bookie speaks out about fall of Tasmanian government...

The pond can't pretend to have the slightest....

07:35

Tree-dwelling animals can climb away from climate change, study finds "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Animals that live in trees in the tropics are likely to be better at crossing mountains and dealing with climate change compared to ground-dwelling animals, a new study published in Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment suggests. In the tropics, mountains are typically considered to be barriers for lowland animals. According to a popular hypothesis put forward by ecologist Daniel H. Janzen in 1967, this is because the tropics have a relatively steady climate, with temperatures never getting too hot or too cold. Tropical organisms there tend to be adapted to very narrow ranges of temperatures. So an animal adapted to warm temperatures living at the bottom of a mountain might not be able to tolerate the colder temperatures it encounters as it moves higher up. Think about a layered cake, Brett Scheffers, an assistant professor in the department of wildlife, ecology and conservation at the University of Florida, Gainesville, U.S., told Mongabay. One band represents a range of temperatures, the next band represents another range of temperatures and so on. Theres not a lot of overlap between those bands. What this means is that animals living on the bottom of a mountain will likely never have experienced temperatures at the top of the mountain and vice versa. This suggests that tropical animals could have a harder time escaping from a changing climate because of the temperature constraints that mountains impose. Trees within Mossman Gorge, a lush rainforest in Queensland, Australia. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. However, temperatures within a

07:23

The Price of Oil "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Another excellent article by Dave Pollard over at How to Save the World..  my only criticism of this article is that hes not factoring in collapsing ERoEI will have on the production side..


The clueless gamblers that speculate on stock and commodity prices have been having a field day recently. Desperately chasing profits, like high-rollers who keep increasing their casino bets every time they lose, they have wiped billions out of share and pension values in a lemming-like panic about whether and when the colossally overpriced stock market is going to crash. And they have also pushed the price of oil up to near $70/bbl for the first time in several years. These speculators, who contribute nothing of any value to our economy, are some of the most destructive individuals on the planet, destabilizing markets on which many depend for their lives and livelihoods. (They also wreak havoc on land, real estate, food, and currency prices.) And many of them make millions in commissions and bonuses just rolling the dice for their employers and clients and praying that their lucky bets (mostly on prices rising perpetually) will continue.

A couple of years ago I wrote an article about the price of oil, explaining that the issue were going to face in the 21st century isnt one of energy running out, but of affordableenergy running out. Just as, during great depressions and famines, masses of food is left rotting in the ground because no one can afford to buy it (or even retrieve it and give it away), having oil in the ground that costs $80/bbl to get to market (especially if governments run out of money for subsidies, or, god forbid, decide that oil companies should start to pay the huge external costs of their activities) is not especially useful when you can only afford, in an economy ruined by overexploitation, environmental degradation, excessive debt, inequality and waste, $30/bbl for it.

Before I go further, if youre one of the many who have been persuaded that peak oil is over and that renewab...

06:41

A mockery of Drawdown "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Is it Possible for Everyone to Live a Good Life within our Planets Limits?

By Dan ONeill, originally published by The Conversation

Imagine a country that met the basic needs of its citizens one where everyone could expect to live a long, healthy, happy and prosperous life. Now imagine that same country was able to do this while using natural resources at a level that would be sustainable even if every other country in the world did the same.

Such a country does not exist. Nowhere in the world even comes close. In fact, if everyone on Earth were to lead a good life within our planets sustainability limits, the level of resources used to meet basic needs would have to be reduced by a factor of two to six times.

These are the sobering findings of research that my colleagues and I have carried out, recently published in the journal Nature Sustainability. In our work, we quantified the national resource use associated with meeting basic needs for a large number of countries, and compared this to what is globally sustainable. We analysed the relationships between seven indicators of national environmental pressure (relative to environmental limits) and 11 indicators of social performance (relative to the requirements for a good life) for over 150 countries.

The thresholds we chose to represent a good life are far from extravagant a life satisfaction rating of 6.5 out of 10, living 65 years in good health, the elimination of poverty below the US$1.90 a day line, and so on.

Nevertheless, we found that the universal achievement of these goals could push humanity past multiple environmental limits. CO emissions are the toughest limit to stay within, while fresh water use is the easiest (ignoring issues of local water scarcity). Physical needs such as nutrition and sanitation could likely be met for seven billion people, but more aspirational goals, including secondary education and high life satisfaction, could require a level of resource use that is two to six times the sustainable level.

Although wealthy nations like the US and UK satisfy the basic needs of their citizens, they do so at a level of resource use that...

05:15

We make our own Luck ... Chicanery "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

I charge Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, under Section 329 of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918; of making fraudulent, deceptive and misleading representations on a Grand Scale to the voters of Australia

05:00

Election Execution in Lyons "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Elections are hard work, requiring heaps of communication

02:46

Cardinal George Pells lawyers seek access to complainants medical records "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

This George Pell child-sex abuse case is going to be a very big fight.

George Pell is being funded by The Vatican. Despite The Vaticans pious utterances against child sex abuse, the Roman Catholics, like all self-serving dishonest corrupt churches, always look after their own.

I have faith in the Australian justice system, and Australian police and courts are very good at putting pedophiles behind bars. The sentences in Australia for pedophiles are mild compared to America.

If George Pell is found guilty of multiple child sex crimes hell get 10-12 years in jail.

Australian courts have no qualms about sending high profile offenders, even church pastors and priests, to jail for substantive terms.

ABC News Australia

Cardinal George Pells lawyers seek access to complainants medical records

10 February 2018

Lawyers for Cardinal George Pell are seeking access to the medical records of complainants in the case against him.

Cardinal Pell, 76, is set to face a four-week committal hearing in the Melbourne Magistrates Court next month as he fights historical sexual offence charges involving multiple complainants.

No other details of the case against him can be reported for legal reasons.

One of Cardinal Pells defence barristers, Ruth Shann, made what she described as a responsible and considered application to access the medial records of complainants in the case.

Ms Shann told the court the records would have substantial probative value, meaning they would contain important evidence to the case.

She said a complainant may not be in the best position to descr...

02:25

Local Australian Government Murders 50,000 Bees Over One Complaint "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 

By Brandon TurbevilleNatural Blaze

Has there ever been a situation in which calling government authorities has worked out well for innocent people or animals?

Paddington residents may be asking themselves that question today after officials from the Sydney suburb murdered 50,000 European honey bees because a resident complained.

Locals who had become accustomed to seeing the massive bee hive were horrified to find thousands of dead bees beneath the hive and across the road. Residents say that the hive was no threat to anyone and that most residents enjoyed its presence and liked to watch the hive grown. Residents say that there was no need to kill the bees when they could have been relocated which is common practice in Australia.

A spokesperson for the Woollahara Municipal Council stated tha...

02:15

The Australian Millionaire lets Joyce and lover live rent-free "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Australian

Millionaire lets Joyce and lover live rent-free

The Armidale townhouses where Barnaby Joyce is living.The Armidale townhouses where Barnaby Joyce is living.

01:19

Hillsong 20 ways Hillsong is an End-Time Apostate Church "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 

Hillsong Head Pastor Brian Houston about to embark on a 26 American city tour with Hillsong band to promote his new book, There is More.

Satan is inside Hillsong and having a ball. Why would Satan attack Satan?

Satan and his minions have already visited Hillsong Church decades ago and tied it all up spiritually and placed an evil satanic anointing over Hillsongs two large main Sydney churches in Baulkham Hills and Waterloo in Sydney, Australia and on every Hillsong Church throughout the planet.

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22:26

Trump Declares Solar War: Syria Installs Solar Systems "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In November 2017 war-torn Syria became the last country, other than the U.S., to sign Paris 15 the worldwide effort to curb global warming. In the eyes of the world, America must be as mad as a hatter.

Actually, the madness runs much deeper than failure to acknowledge Paris 15. Not only that, the Mad Hatter of Alices Adventures in Wonderland fame has unique personality traits and keeps company same as Trump, terse personal remarks directed at adversaries whilst exchanging unanswerable riddles with his Tea Party friends.

The Trump Administrations Tea Party brand of eagerness enhanced with unvarnished Libertarianism (destroy the Social Contract) proposes dramatically slashing funds for a Department of Energy program supporting research and development of clean energy technologies by 70%; Trumps latest attempt to stall renewable energy sources like wind and solar to the benefit of fossil fuels. According to Fortune magazine and Bloomberg News, Trumps solar tariffs are a big blow to renewables, as it raises costs for new domestic solar power installations. The Solar Energy Industries Association warned the tariffs delay and kill billions of dollars of solar investments.

Not only, Trump has launched a multi-pronged effort to stop growth of renewable energy while propping up dirty coal, knocking back rules that regulate the industry. In the final analysis, Trumps dangerous gamesmanship with tariffs causes irreparable damage to the biosphere, which is/wouldve been preventable, if only he were not in the WH.

In stark contrast to Trumps draconian efforts to kill renewable energy, Syria has a brighter approach. Six months ago, Syria opened its first solar-powered hospital. By adopting solar power and skirting use of fossil fuels, which are the lifeblood of Middle Eastern economies, Syria makes the United States look backwards and nonsensical, kinda like a Mad Hatter with cockamamie hard to decipher rhetoric.

Syria plans to open five more solar-powered hospitals with funding from foundations, government agencies, and philanthropists. Its a life and death matter of survival for the war-torn country. Solar powers intensive care units, operating rooms, and emergency rooms for 24 hours on end without needing diesel generators. Thus, lives are saved in Syria as Trump whacks solar across the knees.

And meanwhile, the state of South Australia is currently in the process of launching the worlds largest virtual power plant, using Tesla batteries and solar for home power systems, ultimately 50,000.

At the same time, the Mad Hatter White House is wildly in love with coal. Trump refers to it as beautiful coal and clean coal. Assuming he lasts long enough after playing footsie with Russian thugs and cleansing dirty oligarch money for so many years, his legacy will go....

22:15

Goldilocks "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Just right?

An interesting SOMP from the Reserve Bank, with GDP growth expected to rise to 3 per cent by 2018/19, and repeating the trick in 2019/20. 

Despite this rather optimistic outlook the unemployment rate is expected to meander only slowly towards 5  per cent over the next few years through to 2020.

That seems a pretty unusual combination of numbers, but anyway, here's the fan chart.  


As for inflation, well that's still nowhere to be seen.

In fact, it's not projected to get up to 2 until June 2020!


So much for imminent rate hikes - you can forget that.

Interestingly the monetary policy stance has been stimulatory for Sydney's economy, where the unemployment rate has already fallen to only 4.4 per cent.

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22:14

MACKAY Mackay man flags guilty plea on car theft, burglary charges "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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Mackay man flags guilty plea on car theft, burglary charges

February 09, 2018 at 05:41AM ,

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17:25

The week that has been in Australian nuclear news "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Same old same old, but new, angst about being close to the nuclear brinkRussia is upset at Americas new Nuclear Posture Review. Many commentators are alarmed as it escalates the arms race. No doubt, weapons companies are salivating at the thought of it, and Americas tax-payers ought to be concerned at its beyond  $1.2 trillion cost.

I know that this newsletter is now supposed to be leaving out climate stories. But its hard. Here we are, worrying about nuclear bombs, while climate change is bringing us its own weather bombs.

AUSTRALIA

Peace Boat with nuclear bomb survivors arrives in Sydney. ICAN founder Tilman Ruff calls USs new nuclear policy a blueprint for war 

Australias new weapons export industry secret mens business.

Most Austr...

17:00

The Weekend Quiz February 10-11, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blogs I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. In the endogenous money system that exists today, a central bank cannot simultaneously reduce bank lending and maintain a given positive target interest rate by increasing the rate that it provides reserves on demand to the commercial banks.



2. The fact that a sovereign government is never financially constrained means that it will always be able to provide first-class health care to an ageing population should it have the political will to do so.



3. Whether the government records a fiscal deficit when the domestic private sector is spending less than it earns depends on the size of the external deficit.


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09:00

Live Jazz Events in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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Monday, 5 February 2018

Jazz & Latin Open Mic Jam: The World Bar, 24 Bayswater Rd, POTTS POINT (7pm, contact Host)

Jazz Jam & Games Night: Venue 505, 280 Cleveland St, SURRY HILLS (8.30pm, 0419-294755)

Jazz Singers Workshop: Otto Noorba Restaurant, 79 Glebe Point Rd, GLEBE (7pm, 02-96920888)

Michael Griffin Quintet: LazyBones Lounge, Level 2, 294 Marrickville Rd, MARRICKVILLE (8.30pm, $15, 0450-0...

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