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Saturday, 17 February

19:10

URGENT: Support the Wombat crossing in Hill Street, please! "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Residents may recall that our City Council undertook to implement improvements on Hill Street in this current financial year.  These improvements were listed on this previous blog post.

As part of this implementation, Council has now advertised the trial Wombat crossing, on the north side of the Pine Street roundabout (from the pharmacy towards the school), for any public comment.  This is the advert (and apologies for the very late notice on this):

As you can see, responses are due in by Monday 19 February.  My understanding is that this means by close of business on that date, but this may be wrong (can anyone confirm this?).  Anyhow, best to get your response in ASAP.

Responses can be emailed to coh@hobartcity.com.au, marked to the attention of the Manager Traffic Engineering.  You could provide a copy to the General Manager, Nick Heath, to make certain of your message getting through:  heathn@hobartcity.com.au

Here are some thoughts you could use in your response:

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17:01

Despite local opposition, Australian government still planning for nuclear waste dump in rural South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Planning is continuing for a nuclear waste disposal site in the South Australian outback, despite opposition from local residents. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-17/barndioota-nuclear-waste-site-planning-outrages-locals/9456052

  ABC North and West By Gary-Jon Lysaght 17 Feb 18  The Federal Government has shortlisted two sitesat Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula and one at Barndioota, south of Lake Torrens, near Hawker. The site that is chosen will become a permanent facility for low-level nuclear waste, and will temporarily hold intermediate-level waste.

The intermediate-level waste is currently being held at Lucas Heights, in Sydneys south.

Barndioota is a gazetted area, and was a town between 1883 and 1929. Locals from Quorn and Hawker, the two communities closest to the Barndioota site, have been vocally opposing the site since planning began in 2015.

We can see no reason why youd bring stuff thats temporarily stored somewhere else to a completely new site that hasnt even been built, resident Greg Bannon said.

Mr Bannon is chairman of the Flinders Loc...

17:00

The Weekend Quiz February 17-18, 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:

If the growth in wages (the money you get paid) keeps pace with inflation which is accelerating at the same rate as labour productivity is growing then the wage share in GDP remains constant.

The answer is True.

The wage share in nominal GDP is expressed as the total wage bill as a percentage of nominal GDP. Economists differentiate between nominal GDP ($GDP), which is total output produced at market prices and real GDP (GDP), which is the actual physical equivalent of the nominal GDP. We will come back to that distinction soon.

To compute the wage share we need to consider total labour costs in production and the flow of production ($GDP) each period.

Employment (L) is a stock and is measured in persons (averaged over some period like a month or a quarter or a year.

The wage bill is a flow and is the product of total employment (L) and the average wage (w) prevailing at any point in time. Stocks (L) become flows if it is multiplied by a flow variable (W). So the wage bill is the total labour costs in production per period.

So the wage bill = W.L

The wage share is just the total labour costs expressed as a proportion of $GDP (W.L)/$GDP in nominal terms, usually expressed as a percentage. We can actually break this down further.

Labour productivity (LP) is the units of real GDP per person employed per period. Using the symbols already defined this can be written as:

LP = GDP/L

so it tells us what real output (GDP) each labour unit that is added to production produces on average.

We can also define another term that is regularly used in the media the real wage which is the purchasing power equivalent on the nominal wage that workers get paid each period. To compute the real wage we need to consider two variables: (a) the nominal wage (W) and the aggregate price level (P).

We might consider the aggregate price level to be measured by the consumer price index (CPI) although there are huge debates about that. But in a sense, this macroeconomic price level doesnt exist but represents some abstract measure of the general movement in all prices in the economy.......

16:09

Real Estate v Quantitative Easing "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Hi Martin,
I just finished your new NYSE Boom/Busty report. This is excellent work and as always extremely fascinating. Thank you for continuing to share these profound views with us.
My question relates to your view that we are looking at a complete collapse of Quantitative Easing and that will likely see a massive capital flight to the dollar and the major safe haven will be EQUITIES. In the context of this possibility, are you able to comment on how this may relate to Real Estate. Your ECM seems to be calling for Real Estate to top out and structurally fall in 2032. Is it not possible that with the collapse of QE and potentially economies that we will see more negative rates in the short end and with the government powers to seize assets in bank accounts, would it not be prudent to have zero cash in hand and hence we see a massive capital flight to Real Estate too? Or will the collapse of QE lead to significantly higher rates across the curve and hence blow all leveraged exposure sky high?

Many thanks as always,

David

ANSWER: The problem with real estate has been that its value depends upon lending. This was what the government did as part of the New Deal by creating 30-year mortgages. This was a scheme to get prices up by extending the period people could pay off the loan. Typically, the duration was 5 years previously.

The collapse in Quantitative Easing will have the effect of causing rates to rise on the long-term. However, there will be a shift toward private assets and this will help to a large extent. However, keep in mind that many institutions will be trapped and unable to shift to private assets. Many boards will not understand the shift and still believe, wrongly, that unsecured government debt is best.

Prices of real estate will decline in proportion to the decline in mortgage availability. We are already witnessing banks beginning to withdraw from lending on real estate.

I have provided the guide-posts for what is to come...

10:14

FixedIt: Its not child sex its child rape "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

News.com.au reported on the bail hearing for four of the seven people charged with a total of 127 offences relating to alleged rape, kidnapping, assault and abuse of three little boys at a circus training school in the Blue Mountains.

Unsurprisingly, given they are pleading not guilty, lawyers for the four people denied the accusations and claimed evidence reported in the media does not exist. These claims have yet to be tested in court.

News.com.au chose to call the alleged rape of the little boys child sex.

To be clear, the case has not yet been heard by the court, therefore this commentary is nothing to do with the accuseds guilt or innocence, it is entirely about the way the charges against them are described in the media.

Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.

The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children,....

06:45

Video Friday: Boston Dynamics, Autonomous Drone, and Robot Drum Man "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Photo: Boston Dynamics

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
US National Robotics Week  April 7-17, 2018  United States
Xconomy Robo Madness  April 12, 2018  Bedford, Mass., 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.


Awww, a SpotMini using its face-arm to help a buddy...adorable!

Now, its starting to get a bit frustrating that every new Boston Dynamics video makes the Internet blow up with OMG-ROBOTS-ARE-GOING-TO-KILL-US  headlines and tweets. Perhaps Boston Dynamics could release some behind-the-scenes footage (or outtakes!) to show whats going on here? Theres an appearance of autonomy, and if its actually autonomous, BD should say so, but if its remote controlled by a human, they should make that clear. A bit more context for thes...

05:15

Taylor-made failing of local democracy "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Adriana Taylor, Huon Valley Council Commissioner ie, one-person Huon Valley Council sat mostly in silence at the Huon Valley Rate Payers and Residents Association candidates forum at Huon Town Hall on Tuesday evening. But then she stood up and said something incredible: that local councillors were unnecessary The second point was the issue of local democracy: a single person deciding the fate of the controversial project instead of nine councillors. Again, this was blithely dismissed. Taylors jaunty logic, such that it was, was that she would simply abide by the advice of the council planning department. As this, in her view, was simply what responsible councillors should do, she saw no difference in one person making this decision instead of nine democratically-elected councillors. Trouble is, she was wrong again. Good councillors will interrogate a proposal, ask for more information, reject some assertions, seek clarification in short, do everything they can to assess, analyse and consider a proposal to ensure that its in the best interests of the local area

04:45

84% of Tasmanians want donations disclosed before the election "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

New polling ( HERE ) released yesterday by The Australia Institute Tasmania shows that voters want all parties to disclose the donations they have received before people go to the polls on March 3rd

02:40

1,500-year-old plague victims shed light on disease origins "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Study finds catastrophic diseases arent things that evolve once they actually evolve multiple times from different ancestors

This is the first complete genome from one of the most significant disease events in human history, he said.

The results showed the strains from the plague victims were distinct from those involved in the Black Death, the later pandemic which killed an estimated 60% of the European population.

The Justinianic strains appear to be an evolutionary dead end when compared with modern strains, and most likely originated from Asia and then spread to Europe along trade routes such as the Silk Road.

Associate professor Jeremy Austin, from the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA said the study was an important insight into the evolution of an infectious disease.

It certainly tells us that these catastrophic diseases arent things that evolve once, and then lurk around waiting for an opportunity to reappear they actually evolve multiple times from different ancestors, he said.

Which makes it very much harder to predict when theyre going to happen next, and how they evolve and therefore how you might prevent them happening.

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 A plague victims tooth from which DNA was extracted. Photograph: McMaster University, Canada

Allen Cheng, associate professor at Monash Universitys Infectious Diseases Epidemiology unit, said the Lancet study was fascinating.

This is a great example of what can be done with all this new sequencing technology, he said.

Theres a whole field of paleo-phylogeny, going back into history and trying to work out the origin of diseases.

It also illustrates a really interesting point: really dangerous bugs like plague that kill their hosts, arent very evolutionarily successful. And thats a pattern we see with a lot of

Holmes said one of the objectives of the researchers from the McMaster, Northern Arizona and Sydney universities was to determine why the Justinianic plague was so severe.

Plague is still around today in parts of the world, and is associated with much lower death rates than it was in the past, he said.

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Friday, 16 February

23:01

Janelle Mones Visual Album Dirty Computer Looks Like A Stunning Odyssey "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The trailer for Dirty Computer is here, featuring Tessa Thompson, flying cars, and sexy clubs we probably cant (and maybe dont want to) get into.

What: The visual album Dirty Computer

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21:59

Many Photos as Brisbane-based Pesca Aviation AeroCommander 690-A Turbo Commander VH-ATF Calls into Mackay and Rockhampton Airports "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Thursday 15 February, Brisbane-based Pesca Aviation AeroCommander 690-A Turbo Commander VH-ATF was spotted resting on the Western General Aviation (GA) Apron (WGA) at Mackay Airport.  It had earlier arrived from Archerfield.






21:32

Inside the hidden world of female sex offenders. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Mamamia

Inside the hidden world of female sex offenders.

Why do we rarely hear about female sex offenders.

This week Australian TV star Maggie Kirkpatrick was convicted of child sex offences. Today, the court sentenced her to 100 hours of community service.

The 74-year-old actor, best known for her work on Prisoner and more recently for her on-stage work in Wicked, was charged by Victoria Police with two counts of indecent assault and one count of gross indecency with a person under 16. In his sentencing remarks, the judge said that the victim was a 14 year old psychiatric patient who was taken back to Kirkpatricks home in the inner suburbs of Melbourne and assaulted.

Read more about those charges here.

For many people, the news of Kirkpatricks conviction was shocking. Not just because Kirkpatrick was a much-loved entertainer of the 80s, but because of her gender: We rarely hear of female sex offenders (or in Kirkpatricks case, alleged sex offenders). Indeed, an incredibly small percentage of child sex charges are levelled at women.

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21:23

Malka Leifer One of worlds worst accused female pedophiles arrested in Israel "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Toronto Sun

One of worlds worst accused female pedophiles arrested in Israel

Former school principal Malka Leifer has been arrested in Israel. She has been accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting 16 girls.POLICE HANDOUT

She may be one of the worst female pedophiles on record.

Now, an Australian school teacher who fled to Israel in 2008 has finally been arrested.

Cops say Malka Leifer accused of 74 counts of rape and sexual abuse against children had long argued she was too mentally ill to be extradited from Israel.

It was at times frequent abuse, daily abuse and also at times not that frequent, lawyer David Seeman alleged to ABC.

He is representing survivors in a class action lawsuit.

It was conducted at the school, it occurred at Leifers home, it occurred on camps, he said. It was made up of what you might regard as abuse low on the scale of severity, all the way up to the most serious horrific abuse.

Its believed 16 girls were victimized by Leifer.

Leifer is accused of sexually abusing her female students at the Adass Israel School in Melbourne. She was principal of the conservative school at the time.

But on  Wednesday, Israeli investigators arrested the 50-something accused s...

20:49

Weekend reads - must see articles of the week "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

It's been some week!

I had an excruciatingly painful cracked tooth and a filling done, the humidity has been off the charts in Brisbane, but we got some good stuff done as well. 

In the end, there wasn'tmuch time left for sifting through the week's news.

Fortunately the must read pieces are summarised for you here at Property Update (or click the image below).


Subscribe for the free newsletter while you're there too. 

17:00

The Weekend Quiz February 17-18, 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. If the growth in wages (the money you get paid) keeps pace with inflation which is accelerating at the same rate as labour productivity is growing then the profit share in GDP remains constant.




2. The expansionary impact of deficit spending on aggregate demand is lower when the government matches the deficit with debt-issuance because then excess reserves are drained and the purchasing power is taken out of the monetary system.



3. A government is choosing between a tax cut that will reduce tax revenue at the current level of national income by $x (that is, increase private domestic disposable income by $x) and a public spending increase of $x. Which policy option will have the greater initial impact on aggregate spending?

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16:32

Introducing No Mono: Tom Iansek and Tom Snowdons new project "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

  • No Mono :: Interview with Maia Bilyk
  • No Mono :: Butterflies (Live)

 

Ahead of two sold out Sydney shows, No Mono debuted their live performance on Lunch with Maia Bilyk. Together, Tom Iansek and Tom Snowdon reveal where the name No Mono comes from and how making music for them is all about the feeling.

 

Tom Snowdon: Its less of a thought thing and more of an intuitive or feeling thing that drives the project Were both curious about messing with songs a bit and how we can make them sound really effective in a particular way. So we spend a lot of time making sounds and reinventing our songs and experimenting with things.

 

The two met when Snowdons band, Low Lakes, supported Ianseks band Big Scary a couple years ago. A quick friendship turned into musical chemistry when Iansek emailed Snowdon the piano line to what would become Return To by #1 Dads. That was the first taste of what would turn into No Mono, and one of biggest hits for one of Ianseks many projects.

The experience was enough for the Toms to know they wanted to make something more. Although there was uncertainty around what they would create exactly, or that what they would become was made up of just the two of them, the feeling of getting lost in the music was enough for them.

 

Tom Iansek: Theres a lot we have to say musically and theres a large volume of songs. I just love making stuff, I love to make as much stuff as possible.

 

Their drive to amplify this feeli...

16:02

Graphene film makes dirty water drinkable in a single step "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Every year, millions of people around the world die from drinking unclean water. Now, researchers have developed a process that can purify water, no matter how dirty it is, in a single step. Scientists from Australian research organization CSIRO have created a filtration technique using a graphene film with microscopic nano-channels that lets water pass through, but stops pollutants. The process, called Graphair, is so effective that water samples from Sydney Harbor were safe to drink after being treated.

And while the film hails from graphene, Graphair is comparatively cheaper, faster and more environmentally-friendly to make, as its primary component is renewable soybean oil, which also helps maximise the efficiency of the purifying techniques filter counterpart. Over time, oil-based pollutants can impede water filters, so contaminants have to be removed before filtering can even begin, but using Graphair removes these pollutants faster than any other method.

Water purification usually involves a complex process of several steps, so this breakthrough could have a significant impact on the some 2.1 billion people who dont have clean, safe drinking water. All thats needed is heat, our graphene, a membrane filter and a small water pump. Were hoping to commence field trials in a developing world community next year, said lead author Dr Dong Han Seo, who added that the team is looking for industry partners to help scale up the technology, and is also working on other applications for Graphair, such as seawater and industrial effluents.

15:00

whats the point of even having staff? "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Debt amount: 
$10000
Date debt issued: 
Monday, 8 January 2018
Has your case been referred to a collection agency?: 
No
Payment Type: 
Abstudy
Appealing Debt?: 
Unknown
Tell us about your debt and how has this affected you? e.g. anxiety levels, financial and accommodation stress: 

The debt claim happened in the middle of an exam period, and no job.

It resulted in my partner and I splitting up and I was forced to move back to QLD and live at home with my Dad.

How do you feel about the way the Government has handled this process?: 

It was very anxiety inducing and they aren't very efficient at processing these claims so they come out of nowhere at the most unexpected time.

I really don't understand why they have a 1 shoe size fits all approach, if you don't fill a certain criterium to x value, they are unable to use discretion or common sense when trying to understand your concerns.
Which makes me wonder why they don't just replace every...

14:37

#BarnabyJoyce does not own #NewEngland: @burgewords comments on #auspolbarnaby "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The man who once had a home base at Tamworth, but now seems to belong nowhere. AS I approached the polling station at the Tenterfield Memorial Hall on by-election day in December 2017, I suspected Barnaby Joyce would put in an early appearance. If Mr Joyce was going to cover New England glad-handing and holding babies, finishing in triumph at Tamworth, hed have to start early in this town at the far reaches of the electorate that had recently been stripped of its sitting member.  Despite being a local boy, Mr Joyce had been found by the High Court to be a dual citizen of New Zealand and dumped from parliament under the []

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Michael is an author and journalist who lives on Ngarabal country in the NSW Northern Tablelands. He has had enough of writing about marriage equality.

14:26

Nuclear waste dump? A new abuse for Brewarrinas Aboriginal people? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Brewarrina, or Bre as it is known, is an historic and fascinating town on the Barwon-Darling River. New South Wales.With 68% of the local population identifying as indigenous it is essentially an Aboriginal town. .
It is hard to underestimate the importance of the Aboriginal stone fish traps which, at 40,000 years old, may be the oldest man-made structures on the planet.

Brewarrina was the scene of a huge massacre of Aboriginals. They rounded them up like cattle, old and young, on the Quantambone plain, and shot them. It is said that there were about 400 and that was how Hospital Creek got its name

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14:24

Diver Was Just About To Surface When She Spotted The Rarest Thing "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

People used to think that there were only a couple dozen individuals left of the red handfish, considered one of the rarest fish in the world.

Scientists thought that this critically endangered fish a distinctive-looking fish whose fins, shaped like hands, walk along the ocean floor lived in just one little nook of the sea, Frederick Henry Bay, off the southeast coast of Tasmania, Australia. But what divers discovered on a plunge late last month surprised everyone. 

Credit: Antonia Cooper/Reef Life Survey

After a person off the coast of Tasmania thought he glimpsed the rare fish, a team of divers from the University of Tasmania's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and the Reef Life Survey (RLS) went looking to see if this sighting was fact or fiction. 

Credit: Antonia Cooper/Reef Life Survey

After a while searching the water, there was no sign of the colorful fish. And the divers were just about to give up. 

We were diving for approximately three and a half hours and at about the two hour mark we were all looking at each other thinking this is not looking promising, Antonia Cooper, IMAS technical officer, said. My dive partner went to tell the other divers...

13:08

Former Queensland cop who exposed beating defeats misconduct charge "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Contributed by Ugly

Former Queensland police Sergeant Rick Flori has been found not guilty of misconduct in a trial by jury.

The charge against him chad come about, because in 2012 he had leaked footage of police officers bating up a handcuffed man at a Gold Coast police station basement. The department argued that Flori had been motivated by anger over being overlooked for a promotion.

He denied this in his defense, and was assisted in court by social justice advocate Renee Eaves.

But what about the man who was beaten? Apparently, this accounts for noting. One of the assaulters (Ben Lamb), who was clearly identified kicking the victim, was merely given a suspended dismissal. Basically, a slap on the wrist. Lamb was able to continue in his role as a Queensland police officer.

Anyone who has ever lived in the state knows that beatings are routine and have been so for a long time. For Indigenous Australians it is more frequent.

Flori hander over his footage to a journalist and the story became a significant media news, which cast spotlight on what is going on in the Queensland police force.

After this, Ben Flori left the police.

Whistle blowers need protection. When they pass on information about wrongdoing, they do us all a favour. In this case the use of unwarranted violence in the Queensland police force is something that needs to be cleaned up.

Instead of being punished, he should have received a commendation from the brass. That they chose to go after his hide, shows that the culture of cover up, closing the ranks and punishing the messenger  is rife, right to the top.

Ben Flori is made of different stuff. He witnessed something that was wrong, and he had the courage to do something about it. Without people like him, we would all be much worse off and

many people will appreciate his contribution.

 

 

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12:53

(Video) Mike Pence, a Snitch for Mueller -- Treason? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"



Published on Jan 26, 2018

BREAKING: WATCH THE REPORT FIRST BEFORE COMMENTING! We have always been a fan of Mike & Karen Pence but over time, the words & actions of the Vice President have caused us to question his ultimate loyalty to our Commander in Chief. Become an InspoNews partner @ PATREON: https://www.patreon.com/insponews SUPPORT InspoNews & DONATE - CLICK ON THIS LINK: https://goo.gl/Ap4j9s (Square) This Special, in depth report concerning Mike pence is not a dark News, tabloid fabrication. Some black list news channels up here have falsely slandered Mike Pence with unfair innuendo with zero empirical evidence to back their sensational & salacious claims. But there is in reality, enough evidence to show duplicity in the hearts of the Pence's toward this President. Frankly, Donald J.Trump is the greatest President since the founding of this Republic. Our loyalty is to the US Constitution & President Trump alone - NOT Mike Pence. We believe he has leaked to Bob Mueller as well as to members of his team of GOP RINOs & DNC globalist legal hacks. Being an Islamic sympathizer, he was instrumental in convincing Rex Tillerson at State and others to allow for more Muslims to enter the US than ever before - even higher numbers than under the George Soros "Open Society" mandates of the Obama administration.He called President's Islam migration policy "dumb" & worked to get the thousands of Middle Eastern, Syrian Muslim men & ISIS "refugees" that Australia did not want - brought to the USA - against the President's desires. A VERY BAD DEAL for the safety of the american people. He betrayed the closest ally of the President & intelligence expert General Mike Flynn and along with Susan Rice & Bob Mueller, entrapped the nationalist General on a technicality, opening the door for Mueller to be picked by Rod Rosenstein. Andy McCabe, Hillary and Comey whole impeach Trump strategy was alway the " F Flynn and F Trump." MO. General Flynn -would have totally protected the President from any fake Mueller probe. He is a MAGA nationalist & loyalist in the DOD for the president. He had to be removed - so Mike Pence fired him on a mere "process" violation- failing to answer 2 questions on a security clearance form - totally by omission and mistake. Yet it was Mike Pence who thrust the knife into Flynn and this opened the door for the entire Mueller Investigation. Horrendous. Add to this Karen Pence's holier than thou and condescending private despising of Donald & Melania Trump & there was already a natural propensity to work privately...

11:11

ALBUM REVIEW: Brooke Russell & The Mean Reds  The Way You Leave "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Melbournes Brooke Russell has one of those voices that, depending on your mood, that is comforting and makes everything feel alright or assists you in wallowing in your sorrow. Either way its a beautiful voice, full of rich tonal character that sways through the melodies and slow dances across the quietly mesmerising backing of her Continue reading

10:07

Our Bidentity Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

You cant be into surfing because youre Asian.

 Oh yes, you got me. Everything I do must actually fit your racist stereotype of what an Asian girl must do. It doesnt matter that you dont know me at all. That I am allowed to be, and am, into surfing. No, Im just Asian.

Growing up in a mainly white Sydney neighbourhood meant that any difference from that profile stood out. As a biracial kid, I was no exception, despite looking more Caucasian than I do Japanese.Little incidents and complications brought about by high school politics made me feel that even though I saw myself as Australian, I would never be socially validated as such because of my heritage.

For those biculture kids Ive talked to, while our experiences have all differed in some regards, weve all had to grapple with the polarity of our cultures. For someone who has parents that intersected from completely separate worlds, the end result is a young adult questioning which one they want to belong to, and what they are giving up if they identify with one more than the other.

During my teen years, I didnt really tell people that I was half-Japanese. I didnt want to be seen as an outsider of sorts. For Jasmine Higgins, a 20-year-old from Sydneys Shire, being Australian-Chinese, her experience was similar. High school for her brought on a brief period of bullying, where she reflects that it only took one person to say something to realise I was different.

This blending in strategy was also relevant to Megumi Wynne Koiwai, a 25-year-old American-Japanese who, on the other side of coin, has lived in Tokyo her entire life.  Her experience of being biracial in Japan was one where kids would bully her for having a sandwich and granola bar for lunch, yet in high school, she would be used for her biracial uniqueness.

I know most of these negative experiences can be pinned down to immaturity and ignorance. But the way in which people receive you does have an impact. This is especially true when youre young and just as confused as they are about what category you fit into.

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09:18

Happy centenary Bill "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

My grandfather would've been 100 this week and my family were sharing memories, so I wrote a few of mine

I wouldve been aged five or six when I first met my grandfather Dr William Buscombe.

I dont recall much, aside from the gift of a Crookes radiometer.

In the mid-1990s while studying at university I began emailing Bill. It mightve been 1996 and his replies would promptly arrive overnight, discussing largely mundane matters but clearly enjoying connecting and communicating from the other side of the world.

In 1999 at the end of my studies, I visited him in Evanston and appreciated the opportunity to accompany him on his walk from home to Northwestern University and observe him still checking his email.

By that point he was becoming increasingly frail but still following his routine and maintaining correspondence, as well as reviewing the next iteration of the star catalogue that had been a substantial part of his career as an astronomer.

One morning on that visit I asked him about his attitude toward death.

He replied that at age 79 hed lived beyond the average for a male and that each day is a gift.

It was a statement that consoled me and I remember relaying it to my mother when she later learned of his death.

Another highlight of that trip to Evanston was getting a sense of Bills relationship with my grandmother Royal.

One morning as Bill and I ate breakfast, Royal entered the room to join us and Bill stood while she sat at the table.

When he resumed sitting and eating I could see that hed now positioned his body to be slightly turned toward her.

After that Id notice how attentive Bill was to Royal and it was very sweet to see the subtle displays of his love.

That visit gave me an appreciation of Bills good-natured grace.

08:49

Zero G - 12 February 2018 Episode 1171 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

ZERO-G #1171

Title: Musk Ado About Something Podcast Title: The Cloverfield Podadox

Science Fiction, Fantasy and Historical Radio with Rob Jan & Megan McKeough. This week: we pare down the Cloverfield Paradox; farewell composer Johann Johannson; and take flight with Star Trek Discovery and Elon Musk's SpaceX Falcon Heavy!

 

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Zero G broadcasts live from Melbourne Australia on Mondays at 1pm AEST

08:41

Retaliation feared for Sydney bikie hit "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Mahmoud Mick Hawi.

The brazen shooting murder of notorious former bikie boss Mahmoud Mick Hawi as he sat in the drivers seat of a luxury 4WD is feared to spark a new round of Sydney underworld revenge attacks.

The ex-leader of the Comancheros was shot multiple times outside a Fitness First gym in Rockdale in Sydneys south about midday on Thursday and later died in St George Hospital.

His 4WD was peppered with at least half a dozen bullets in the underworld hit.

Two men in dark clothing were captured on CCTV fleeing the scene after the attack.

Witnesses identified a man wearing a balaclava as the gunman.

Shortly afterwards, a Mercedes Benz station wagon was set alight on a nearby street.

Police described the daylight murder of the 37-year-old as a serious, brutal and callous.

This was a planned and targeted attack, Assistant Commissioner Mal Lanyon told reporters.

He said detectives are investigating Mr Hawis underworld links and who may wanted him dead, while full resources are also being deployed to prevent retribution for the murder.

Its essential, when we believe there could be links to organised crime, that we take action to prevent that, Mr Lanyon said.

Hawi served time in prison for his role in the killing of Hells Angels associate Anthony Zervas who was bashed with a bollard during a brawl between the rival clubs at Sydney Airport in 2009.

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08:12

MACKAY Man found in middle of road after deliberately crashing car "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

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08:00

February 16 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1804 David Collins became the first Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemens Land and voted to keep Sullivan Cove (Hobart) as a settlement site on the island.

1835 - William Phineas Bowles was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of his wife Sarah in Bathurst St.

1839 - Those living in Kiama, NSW, moved up in the world when their plot of dirt was declared a town.

1858 - The first Governor-General of Oz, Sir Charles FitzRoy, did pop his clogs in a not-so-merry way when he fell off the perch.

1859 - John King was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for the murder of Rebecca Hall at the Bull's Head, Goulburn Street.

1859 - Peter Haley ("Black Peter") Bushranger was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for Shooting with Intent.

1859 - Daniel ("Wingy") Stewart Bushranger.was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for Shooting with Intent .

1859 - William Ferns (alias Flowers) Bushranger was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for Shooting with Intent.

1859 - William Davis was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol for the murder of Andre Cassavant at Black River.

1864 - Robert McKavor wasHanged at Campbell Street Gaol for felonious assault and robbery.

1869 - Today saw Sir Henry Parkes (the Father of Federation) spouting off in his speech to the Legislative Assembly.
Go on, go read it.
You know it'll cure your insomnia...

1872 - The Evening Post was getting its knickers in a twist about something to do with the San Francisco mail service.
Can't be certain, I was snoring by the 3rd paragraph (the content, not the quality of the report) but Oz wouldn't play ball with NZ.
And we've continued that tradition with the underarm bowling incident...

1880 - The Hawke's Bay Herald trumpeted that Aussie butter was getting flogged for 120s cwt (120 shillings per carat centum weight* - which,as far as I can tell, is based on the measurement of the minimum requirement of milk fat) while 150 former colonists guts themselves silly onboard the Strathleven which had just succesfully transported the first shipment of frozen meat across the world.

1880 - Listen up, boys and girls, for here's a fairy story we'd never put any faith into happening today-
there was 17 kms of railway track opened from Trentham station to Carlsruhe station.

1887 ...And there they went again, madly opening another 4kms of train track from Parwan station to Bacchus Marsh station.

1892 - William Shiels became Premier of Victoria when James Munro did a bunk back to become an agent-general in London to escape his many creditors after the collapse of his Real Estate Bank.

1904 - The Taranaki Herald whispered about Dowie and the fact he "had a ho...

06:37

The March 3 election so far ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

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04:18

Australian Ministers banned from sex with staffers as deputy PM gets adviser pregnant "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Australia's prime minister is imposing a ban on all sexual relationships between ministers and their staff after the deputy PM's affair with his adviser was exposed when she became pregnant. Malcolm Turnbull announced the ban following the scandal which erupted after the Sydney Daily Telegraph published a front-page photograph, essentially exposing Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce's relationship with his former media adviser Vikki Campion. Barnaby, who was also leader of the National Party and married for 24 years, made a "shocking error of judgment", created a "world of woe" for the women in his life and "appalled all of us," said Turnbull.

03:13

Webs under water: The really bizarre lives of intertidal spiders "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Spiders are one of the most ubiquitous creatures on Earth, found on every continent except Antarctica. Whether in underground caves in the Amazon or the icy climes of Mount Everest, there is a species of spider that has moved into practically every land habitat. But some arachnids are determined to not even let the oceans stand in their way and scientists have just discovered a new one. A spider named for the late reggae legend Bob Marley is the newest member of the 15 known species of so-called intertidal spiders. These weird spiders inhabit the intertidal zone: a stretch of land that is submerged during high tide and exposed during low. Scientists from Australias Queensland Museum and the Zoological Museum at the University of Hamburg, Germany, first found Bob Marleys spider (Desis bobmarleyi) in 2009 and described it last December. A male Bob Marleys spider (Desis bobmarleyi), discovered in Port Douglas in Queensland, Australia. Photo by Robert Raven The connection to Bob Marley was first through his song high tide [or] low tide as these spiders live in the high tide low tide zone, said Barbara Baehr, a research scientist from the Queensland Museum and the lead author of the paper. The mix of land and sea in the intertidal zone supports a wildly diverse set of habitats. For instance, Baehr found Bob Marleys spider on brain corals in shallow reefs on the rocky Queensland coast. But another intertidal species, Desis formidablis, or the formidable spider, lives under boulders

01:45

Astronomer Dr. Eamonn Ansbro An Update on Quantum Experiment to Contact ET "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By Kerry Cassidy

I will be interviewed scientist and astronomer EAMONN ANSBRO about the status of his quantum experiment to contact ET.

Dr. Eamonn Ansbro has a Masters degree in Astronomy from University of Western Sydney, Australia, and an MPhil and PhD (ABD) degree in Astronomy from the Planetary Space Science Research Institute at Open University (UK).

He is director of Kingsland Observatory, one of 5 Observatory research centres in astronomy in Ireland. His main involvement for some years has been in Solar System studies and Instrumentation.

In recent years he has been involved in SETI . He founded SETI Kingsland which has been pioneering a fundamental new approach within SETI.

This new SETI approach has resulted in breakthrough technology for applying it to communications with extraterrestrial civilizations.

Visit Project Camelot to view the full 20 page PDF presentation.

Kerry Cassidy is the CEO/ Founder of Project Camelot. Kerry is a documentary filmmaker/investigative journalist and well known radio talk show host of Project Camelot Whistleblower Radio and Project Camelot TV broadcaster with a weekly live show on Youtube. Her website Project Camelot ( http://projectcamelot.tv aka projectcamelotportal.com ) is a leader in the alternative media sector, with a Youtube channel that has over 57 million unique viewers worldwide and over 185,000 sub...

00:25

Dust storm hits Melbourne, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Incredible footage has emerged of a dust storm currently sweeping over Melbourne. A combination of Victoria's recent dry weather and Wednesday's strong winds have caused a significant amount of dust unearthed and displaced across the city. A severe weather warning has been issued due to a strong cold front which will cross Victoria this morning and early afternoon.

Thursday, 15 February

23:04

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King A32-671 "Dingo 27" Pops into Bundaberg Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Thursday 15 February, another Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Beech B350 Super King Air turboprop aircraft was noted visiting Central Queensland with A32-671 completing airwork around the Fraser Coast before landing at Bundaberg Airport.

File photo
Flying as "Dingo 27", A32-671 was heard to initially complete airwork including a missed approach at Gayndah Aerodrome before landing at Bundaberg Airport.  After a short while on the ground, A32-671 departed Bundy for RAAF Base Amberley.

During the late afternoon / early evening, A32-671 "Dingo 27" was heard to be flying North from Amberley to Townsville.

23:00

Comedian Mel Buttle Is Off The Leash For The Brisbane Comedy Festival "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

With an ever-growing list of gay comedians around the country, Mel Buttle is not one who immediately springs to mind. Shes kept her six year relationship with partner Sophie separate from her public life, allowing her to build the solid foundations of a career based on her own professional merits. Michael James sat down with ...

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21:47

Taoist Cosmic Healing: Energetic Medicine for Health & Spirit "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By MANTAK CHIA

The word Tao means way, or path. In Chinese thought, Tao includes both meanings. On the cosmic level, the Tao means the war of Nature, the subtle laws and forces animating the patterns of change in the universe. On the human level, Tao is the path or war of life that we must follow in order to discover the universal laws and to live in accord with them. Then we can live our lives in balance and harmony with Nature, with ourselves, and with society.

Those who seek to incorporate the cosmic laws into the microcosm of their own lives are called Taoists. I have studied the Tao under many great masters. Through my studies I discovered that out of all the methods in the Tao, ranging from meditation, Chinese Medicine and Chi Kung to the martial arts, successful practice all comes down to one thing: understanding Chi. Out of this understanding, I have created a straightforward and systematic approach to working with Chi that I have named Universal Tao.

What is Chi?

Chi is the force that moves everything in the universe. Chi is energy. In humans, it is our life force energy, that which enables us to see and hear, to walk, to work, to think, and to feel. Thus, Chi is not just some philosophical idea; it is the essence of our everyday life.

When we get angry, its angry Chi. When we feel love and when we make love, its sexual Chi. The stars, the Sun, the Moon, and the wind, the ocean are all Chi, but it is energy with no intelligence.

Living things have the intelligence to take in the Chi of the Universe and combine it within themselves to create a living Chi, one that can create and build things.

How We Come into this World

Our Chi is intimately connected with the Chi of the Universe. When our parents made love, the Yang Chi of our father in his sperm met the Yin Chi of our mother. The two became one; the meeting of their sexual energy formed a new cell called a zygote, our first cell. The Chi of this cell is our Original Chi, the Chi that we inherited from our parents.

Our Original Chi then drew in from the Universal energies, the Chi of Earth and Heaven, our Cosmic Mother and Father. Out of this meeting and blending of Heaven Chi, Earth Chi, and Human Chi, came the power to make that original cell divide and subdivide trillions of times until it eventually formed into a fully grown human being.

...

21:47

Living Chi & Feng Shui "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By GRANDMASTER GARY KHOR

The ancient Chinese knew that connection with the living Chi (also spelled Ki or Qi) around them can help them find their place, meaning and purpose in a dynamic, ever changing world. In these modern times we can also stay whole despite the fractured times. We do have a saving grace, in the Chinese Taoist concept that Life is full of immense possibilities. The Taoists were devoted to the spiritual holistic world view in the essential nature of things and the Way of Nature.

30 years ago the thought of sticking needles in certain parts of the body to help it heal and repair itself was considered laughable in the West. Now you can get a medical refund for acupuncture services. Any skeptics who try to explain its benefits away on the basis of a placebo effect are hard put to explain why acupuncture is enjoying equal success in the veterinary field. After all, why should an animal believe that it should get better because someone has gone to the trouble of sticking a needle in a particular point?

Other Chinese practices such as acupressure and exercise systems such as Tai Chi have also become mainstream activities. All of these practices have one thing in common: they are based on the harmonisation and regulation of Chi energy.

Chi is often referred to as life energy, which can be somewhat misleading as one could then think this energy is only involved with living things. The term animating energy is much better as the Chinese maintain that all movement and transformation that occurs within the universe requires Chi.

In a sense Chi is the Chinese solution to the Grand Unified Theory that we are searching for in the West. It is the name given by the Chinese to the primal energy that underlies all activity and change. We can experience the effects of this energy in various ways which we describe as heat, light, sound, gravity, time, electricity, magnetism, etc.

Chi lies at the heart of another Chinese practice that is becoming more and more popular in the West Feng Shui. (Feng means wind, Shui means water in Chinese terms wind carries and disperses energy while water attracts and collects it). Whereas acupuncture, Tai Chi and the Chinese practices referred to above deal with the attempt to read, understand and regulate Chi within the human body, Feng Shui is the complementary practice dealing with the reading, understanding and regulation of Chi with...

21:33

Disability and Accessibility: Practical and Political Considerations. "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Date and Time: 
Saturday, March 31, 2018 -
11:00am to 1:00pm

Discussion facilitated by disabled radical Saz, 11am Sat 31st March at the Rattler
11am-1pm Saturday 31st March at the Red Rattler Theater, 6 Faversham St, Marrickville. All welcome.

Jura is pleased to be opening up a space for discussion about the politics and practical considerations of disability and accessibility, with a particular focus on concrete ways we can improve our own accessibility at Jura and across radical meeting spaces. We are very grateful to Saz for volunteering to provide resources and to facilitate. We are also grateful to the Red Rattler for allowing us to use their space for this discussion; they are recognised as a radical community space which has had some real successes in terms of making themselves accessible. Information about their venues accessibility can be found here.

This discussion aims to be a starting point on understanding the ways in which Disability Justice fits into anti-capitalist work. It will attempt to lay out some ground work on the specificity of ableist oppression and how it is interwoven through Western capitalist societies, as well as its immediate manifestations within the contexts surrounding us. By drawing lines of connection between the structural and the imminent components, it will seek to push people to consider both what is immediately possible and the scope of work to come.

We want to work out how Jura can begin to invest energy into developing a consciousness around accessibility and a more developed praxis, do solidarity work, and help facilitate the opening of other radical spaces which do meet more accessibility requirements.

This discussion comes partly in response to public criticism made of Jura last year, but also because of our ongoing commitment to making our shop, library and events as accessible as possible, to as wide a range of people as possible, including people with disabilities. We try to have an intersectional approach to anarchism, and this means working towards ending all forms of....

21:09

Tarrawanna blaze "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

fire rescueEMERGENCY services were called to a home on Kendall Street, Tarrawanna after reports of a fire about 6pm on Wednesday.

Fire & Rescue NSW attended and extinguished the blaze. No one was at home at the time.

Wollongong police established a crime scene and forensic examinations are being conducted. Investigations into the fire, including whether there are any suspicious circumstances, are continuing.

The resident later attended Wollongong Police Station to report a stolen vehicle.

The blue Ford Falcon sedan with the NSW registration BNF 58U was last seen at the property in the morning. About 1am today (Thursday), a 41-year-old man was arrested and the stolen vehicle was recovered. He has since been released pending further inquiries. It is not yet known whether the incidents are linked.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

 

03:31

Fragmented Review of Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Munich Re 1 which underwrites Insurance Companies has indicated that 2017s high costs for climate change are the new normal 2. It could be regarded as merely an argument to increase premiums; except, a number of climate parameters suggest otherwise. Carbon Brief provides a summation of situations which have progressed over time: 3

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