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Saturday, 23 June

00:30

Growing Mushrooms and Micro Greens "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Chris Nuss and Ella McHenry from Little Bunyip Farm in Watervale are the teachers for this workshop.

They will be sharing their knowledge in this hands-on, practical workshop which is also filled with technical information. Participants will be constructing a mushroom bag and micro green tray during the workshop as well as taking a 2nd kit home to start the process off at home without having to buy materials.

The workshop will cover the oyster mushroom growing process, substrate preparation, making and looking after your oyster mushroom bag.

Introduction to Microgreens, the how to of growing, substrates, trays, seeds, harvesting and more. Note: Bookings for this course close on Fri June 8th

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Tuesday, 15 May

22:59

More bums on seats "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Sydney headcount surges

I was down in Sydney this morning for a meeting.

Now first up let's say that there are more than enough people hooting about Sydney's transport challenges right now, without me adding to the rapidly growing chorus! 

But the truth is that the blinkin' light rail project can't be finalised soon enough.

The construction itself is causing disruption all along the route, and the bus routes out to Uni-land and beyond are, shall we say, well patronised...


And yet, Sydney, we just can't stay mad at you.


It seems I'm not alone in this dilemma, as Australia becomes more and more popular with permanent & long term migrants and tourists from Asia. 

There was a bear case for Australian housing that predicted immigration would fall precipitously into the construction boom due to a weakening economy, but you can forget all that now.

Rolling annual permanent and long term arrivals blasted out to a new high of 795,600 over the year to March 2018. 

Most permanent migrants to Australia are heading to Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane, in that order, and overwhelmingly they are opting to remain in the capital cities for the long te...

22:57

Infrastructure boom swings north as Queensland hits 5 million "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Infrastructure deficit tackled

An interesting graphic from BIS Oxford Economics charts Australia's infrastructure boom through looking at public sector funded transport projects of $2 billion or more in value.

If you live in Sydney you couldn't help but notice the ramp up in projects since 2015, with the jackhammers rampaging practically around the clock in the harbour city.

And some of those projects have years to run, particularly the massive West Connex, the real cost of which has been estimated at being anywhere from $17 billion to $45 billion, depending on who is controlling the narrative.

Looking forward the infrastructure boom is set to swing elsewhere as stamp duty take in Sydney finally begins its long descent. 

In absolute dollar terms, Victoria is set to experience a significant boost, particularly from the forthcoming $16.5 billion northeast link.

But with Melbourne's construction booming anyway, the shift will be most noticeable in Queensland as a range of transport projects kick off.

These will be supported by other inner Brisbane projects such as the flagship $3 billion plus Queen's Wharf project, and a number of others.


Brisbane boost

Brisbane is attracting interstate migrants and tourists in serious numbers, so these projects will definitely help to give the labour market an overdue boost.

Indeed, Queensland's official population count passed 5 million earlier today, so this is timely news....

22:18

Why Hillary is Desperate About Iran?, 2221 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

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20:42

Analysis: The gender, nationality and institution of IPCC AR6 scientists "IndyWatch Feed National"

Since being founded in 1988, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has published five sets of assessment reports on the state of climate science, involving hundreds of scientists from across the world.

A sixth set (AR6) is slated for completion in 2022, with the IPCC issuing a call for nominations for authors in September last year. The final lists of authors for all three working groups have now been confirmed.

For AR6, the IPCC has selected 721 authors, representing 90 different nationalities. This is a slight reduction on the 829 authors for the fifth assessment report (AR5) published in 2013-14.

Using the information provided by the IPCC, Carbon Brief reveals the mix of nationalities and genders across the authors, as well as the institutions they represent.

Nationality

The IPCC lists authors under its three working groups: Working Group I (WG1), The Physical Science Basis; Working Group II (WG2), Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability; and Working Group III (WG3), Mitigation of Climate Change.

Leading the pack with 74 authors across all three working groups is the US. Followed by the UK and Germany in joint second place with 45 authors each. Making up the rest of the Top 5 is Australia and China both with 37.

For South America, the country with the largest number of authors is Brazil with 21, followed by Argentina with 11 and Chile with eight.

The highest placed African country is South Africa with 14 authors. It is followed by Morocco and Nigeria with seven, and Algeria, Senegal and Tanzania on six.

Overall, the most-represented continent is Europe with 229 authors, with Asia in second with 173 and North America in third with 128. Africa, Oceania and South America follow with 82, 55 and 54 authors, respectively.

Looking at the working groups individually, the US comes out with the most authors in all three, following by the UK and China for WG1, Australia and Germany for WG2, and Germany and Japan for WG3.

The map below shows the number of authors per country and continent the bigger the bubble, the more authors that country has. Toggle between working groups and all authors using the dropdown selector in the top left-hand corner.


Data visualisation by Rosamund Pearce for Carbon Brief.

According to the...

20:31

Israeli forces kill dozens in Gaza protests as anger mounts over US embassy move to Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

ABC New Australia

Israeli forces kill dozens in Gaza protests as anger mounts over US embassy move to Jerusalem

15 May 2018

Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinians on the Gaza border as the United States opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, a move that has fuelled Palestinian anger and drawn foreign criticism for undermining peace efforts.

Key points:

  • Benjamin Netanyahu thanked Donald Trump for having the courage to keep his promises
  • Mahmoud Abbas announced a general strike on Tuesday
  • Israel dropped leaflets warning Palestinians they will defend our citizens with all measures

It was the bloodiest single day for Palestinians since the Gaza conflict in 2014.

Palestinian Health Ministry officials said at least 58 people were killed and more than 2,700 injured either by live gunfire, tear gas or other means during protests on the border.

The bloodshed drew calls for restraint from some countries including France and Britain and stronger criticism from others, with Turkey calling it a massacre and withdrawing its ambassadors to the US and Israel.

The Israeli military said it was responding to violence from the protesters to defend Israels border.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Hamas was being deliberately provocative.

Theyre pushing people to the border, in an area, in that con...

20:13

Jon Rappoport: Two Huge Vaccine Scandals the Press is Ignoring "IndyWatch Feed National"

Two huge vaccine scandals the press is ignoring

By Jon Rappoport

Some lies are so big, many people can't accept the fact that they're lies. Their minds are boggled. "No," they say, "that couldn't be." But yes, that could be, and is.

Two giant vaccine scandals are in progress at the moment.

The mainstream press is mentioning them, here and there, but without any intent to raise alarms, dig in, investigate, and get down to the core of the problem.

So I'll get to the core.

The first scandal revolves around the flu vaccine for the current year. The CDC and other "experts" have admitted the vaccine has a very low effectiveness rate.

Why is it a dud?

Because the vaccine is produced using chicken eggs, and in that medium, the flu virus---which is intentionally placed in the eggs---mutates. Therefore, it isn't the same virus which is causing flu this year. Therefore, no protection against the flu.

FiercePharma reports: "Based on data from Australia, which already had its flu season, scientists warn that this season's flu shot might be only 10% effective. And the reason for such a low level of protection might lie in the method by which the majority of flu vaccines are made: in eggs."

Ten percent effectiveness. Now that's ridiculous. And it's assuming you accept the whole model of how vaccines work---that they actually do protect (safely) against disease, rather than, at best, repressing the visible symptoms of the disease.

Amidst their spotty coverage of this scandal, here is what the press is failing to mention: the problem with the flu vaccine isn't just a 2017-2018 flaw.

It would be the same problem ever since chicken eggs have been used to manufacture the vaccine.

Are you ready?
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20:05

I am Sparta-Quiz Master "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

For tonights quiz, here are a couple of questions.

For 10 points

  • Why, if the progressive left believes that gender is a social (but not biological) construct, why do they care so much about gender balance in parliament and board rooms?

For 20 points

  • Why, if low income earners pay no net tax, is it unfair to give a tax cut to high income earners, who pay a lot of net tax?

For 30 points

  • Why is it not racial discrimination to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate an anglo-saxon?

And as a bonus question, for 40 points

  • Where are green jobs and how much do they pay (relative to industrial and manufacturing jobs)?

Follow I Am Spartacus on Twitter at @Ey_am_Spartacus
Contact I Am Spartacus at iamspartacus42 at gmail dot com.

20:05

BREAKING NEWS: Prosecutors Narrow Application For Media Ban On Cardinal George Pell Trial "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Victorian Department of Public Prosecutions has narrowed its application for a complete ban on media reporting of the trials of Cardinal George Pell, but is still seeking an order that will have the effect of a super injunction.

Yesterday, New Matilda reported than the DPP was seeking a complete ban on any media reportage of Cardinal Pells upcoming trial related to a number of offences. The application was so broad that if granted, it would also have the affect of banning any reporting of the ban itself known legally as a super injunction.

However late this afternoon, the DPP submitted an amended application, which narrowed the ban on media.

Cardinal Pell is facing two separate trials related to allegations of a number of historical sexual offences.

The DPP is currently only seeking to ban media coverage of the first trial, although if granted tomorrow morning, it will still have the effect of banning reporting of the trial and the injunction until the second trial concludes.

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At this stage, media may be able to report some of the second trial as it proceeds, provided the DPP does not seek a fresh suppression order.

The application, to be heard in the Melbourne County Court tomorrow morning before Chief Judge Peter Kidd, requests that:

Publication is prohibited of any report of the whole or any part of these proceedings and any information derived from this proceeding and any court documents associated with this proceeding.

The order will expire upon commencement of the final trial save that publication of any report of the whole or any part of previous proceedings and any information derived from previous proceedings and any court documents associated with previous proceedings will be prohibited until verdict in the final trial.

For the avoidance of doubt, publication is prohibited of the number of complainants, the number of charges, the nature of the charges and the fact of multiple trials.

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19:55

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19:30

Two huge vaccine scandals the press is ignoring "IndyWatch Feed National"

Two huge vaccine scandals the press is ignoring

By Jon Rappoport

Some lies are so big, many people cant accept the fact that theyre lies. Their minds are boggled. No, they say, that couldnt be. But yes, that could be, and is.

Two giant vaccine scandals are in progress at the moment.

The mainstream press is mentioning them, here and there, but without any intent to raise alarms, dig in, investigate, and get down to the core of the problem.

So Ill get to the core.

The first scandal revolves around the flu vaccine for the current year. The CDC and other experts have admitted the vaccine has a very low effectiveness rate.

Why is it a dud?

Because the vaccine is produced using chicken eggs, and in that medium, the flu viruswhich is intentionally placed in the eggsmutates. Therefore, it isnt the same virus which is causing flu this year. Therefore, no protection against the flu.

FiercePharma reports: Based on data from Australia, which already had its flu season, scientists warn that this seasons flu shot might be only 10% effective. And the reason for such a low level of protection might lie in the method by which the majority of flu vaccines are made: in eggs.

Ten percent effectiveness. Now thats ridiculous. And its assuming you accept the whole model of how vaccines workthat they actually do protect (safely) against disease, rather than, at best, repressing the visible symptoms of the disease.

Amidst their spotty coverage of this scandal, here is what the press is failing to mention: the problem with the flu vaccine isnt just a 2017-2018 flaw.

It would be the same problem ever since chicken eggs have been used to manufacture the vaccine.

Are you ready?

Healthline.com: The majority of flu vaccines are grown in chicken eggs, a method of vaccine development thats been used for 70 years.

Hello? Anyone home?

Seventy years. The same problem.

The same low effectiveness problem.

Thats a page-one story with a giant headline. Thats the lead item on the nightly news. Thats a pounding investigative series about the lunatic promotion of a massively ineffectivebut universally promotedvaccine going back decades and decades.

But it isnt a giant headline. It isnt an investigation. Its a here-today-gone-tomorrow piece. Thats all.

The second scandal keeps unfolding in the Philippines, where drug giant Sanofis Dengvaxia, given to prevent Dengue Fever, is facing enormous pushback from government officials, who stopped the national vaccination campaign, after thousands of chi...

19:27

Australian PM: Hamas to blame for Gaza deaths "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Terror group pushing people to the border, Turnbull says; Canberra also calls on Israel to avoid excessive use of force

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks during a press conference in Sydney, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (Joel Carrett/AAP Image via AP)
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaks during a press conference in Sydney, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (Joel Carrett/AAP Image via AP)

Australias prime minister on Tuesday blamed Hamas for the dozens of deaths in Gaza in violent clashes the previous day between Palestinians protesters and Israeli forces along the border.

It was the bloodiest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since a 2014 Gaza war, with at least 58 Palestinians killed and more than 2,700 Palestinians wounded, according to figures from the Hamas-run Gazan health ministry. The dead included six minors, the health ministry said.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Melbourne Radio 3AW the loss of life was tragic but that Hamass conduct is confrontational. Theyre seeking to provoke the Israeli Defense Forces.

Turnbull said the terror group was pushing people to the border. In that conflict zone, youre basically pushing people into circumstances where they are very likely to be shot at.

Meanwhile Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called on Israel to be proportionate in its response and refrain from excessive use of force. She added in a statement that Israel had the right to protect it population and called on Palestinians to refrain from violence and attempting to enter into Israeli territory.

The clashes began before Israeli officials and a White House delegation including US President Donald Trumps daughter Ivanka formally opened the embassy in Jerusalem, and continued throughout the day. Mondays demonstrations, which were timed to coincide with the move, were also part of the weeks-long March of Return campaign marking the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Israel, or the Nakba (catastrophe), as Palestinians call it.

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18:51

Debt Rattle May 15 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Henri Matisse Odalisque couche aux magnolias 1923   Making Money In The Stock Market Just Got A Lot More Difficult (MW) Americas Worst Long-Term Challenges: #1- Debt. (Black) Fifteen Thoughts About Israel (Caitlin Johnstone) Australia Probes Claim Google Harvests Data, Makes Consumers Pay (R.) Warning Sounded Over Chinas Debtbook Diplomacy

The post Debt Rattle May 15 2018 appeared first on The Automatic Earth.

18:48

The Hobo Guide to WTF is Going On in Israel and Palestine Right Now "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Unless youve been living under a rock, youve more than likely seen reports coming out of the Middle East showing violence and bloodshed from the holy land. While theres nothing particularly new about this, 2018 is set to be one of the deadliest years in history for Palestinians for a plethora and ever-expanding number of reasons.

The Nakba Nightmare

The Nakba, otherwise known as catastrophe, marks the formation of the current Israeli state in 1948, which saw more than 700,000 Palestinians displaced from their land by force. Its the most poignant day in the Palestinian calendar, and is more colloquially known as the Day of Rage. It is held on May 15, but in a break from tradition, Palestinian leaders called for two days of rage this year, in protest of the relocation of the U.S. embassy and subsequent recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Early estimates tell a tale of 55 dead and 2700 injured in a single day of protests in the Gaza Strip: the deadliest single day of cross-border violence since 2014. The official day of Nakba begins today, May 15, which acts as a call to protest for many Palestinians who feel anger toward the Israelis for their current state of occupation, and the living conditions of their brothers and sisters in the Gaza Strip.

Gaza

The Gaza strip is a small but densely populated hermit city, currently under Israeli blockade since the withdrawal of its military in 2005. When you read of deaths in this region, they will almost certainly be on the southern Gaza-Israel border.

Gaza is governed not by the Palestinian Authority which oversees the remainder of what is known as Palestine but by Hamas, an Islamist militant group, who took political power in a 2006 election. Since March 30, residents of the Gaza Strip have congregated along the southern Gaza-Israel border for protests known as the Great March of the Return.

Since the Great March of the Return began, around 50 have been killed by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers, who were protecting Israels sovereignty from protesters they allege were attempting to breach the...

18:46

Timor challenges for the new government Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The citizens of Timor-Leste went to the polls on Saturday in an effort to elect a government. The reports last night indicate that Xanana Gusmaos Party, in a three-party coalition Parliamentary Majority Alliance (AMP, which includes Taur Matan Ruaks group) have toppled the incumbent Fretilin leadership. At the last election (July 2017), the Fretilin Party led by Mari Alkatiri was able to form minority government (with Democratic Party support) after a third party (KHUNTO) pulled out. A stalemate emerged. Some commentators called it a constitutional crisis, in that, the minority government could not function effectively. After some years of stable politics, Timor-Leste has been going through a period of political volatility as a new generation of politicians enter the scene and replace the older stagers who were dominant at the formation of this tiny island state in 2002. I wont go into the politics of the election battle but both major parties promised to fast-track economic development to make some dent into a growing poverty problem. This is a country that has been enduring decades of foreign occupation and before that more than 250 years of colonial servitude. The latter (Portugal) imposed Catholicism on the people while the former (Indonesia) spat-the-dummy when they were finally forced out in 1999 and destroyed vital public and private infrastructure as they marched back across the border.

Introduction

After shedding Indonesians, the next exploiters to line up (apart from the shocking treatment Australia has handed out over territorial borders) was the international multilateral institutions (IMF, the World Bank, and the UN) the usual suspects who made sure that economic policy would stay within tight neoliberal parameters and prevent the new independent government from creating an effective development path.

For background on the way in which the people of Timor-Leste were abused by the Portuguese, the Indonesians, Australia the book by James Dunn (1983) Timor: A People Betrayed is worth reading.

The Australian government, anxious to appease Indonesia, also betrayed our own citizens, over the murder by Indonesian troops of five journalists working for Australian media at Balibo (Timor) in 1975 and the deliberately cover-up that followed. The Australian government is still refusing to release documents relating to that incident.

The movie Balibo is worth watching in that regard.

The Australian government knew in advance that the Indonesians were going to re-colonise Timor that is, brutally invade it in October 1975, just a month before the invasion. We abandoned a people who had nurtured our own soldiers during th...

18:37

Home-Grown Queer Web Series Ding Dong Im Gay Is Here And Its Hilarious "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A new Aussie web series titled Ding Dong Im Gay has been launched on YouTube. Created by and starring Tim Spencer, the series follows overachiever Cameron, who since moving to Sydney ten years ago has realised his hopes and dreams of party invitations and square-jawed boyfriends have flatlined. But when his hopelessly naive country cousin ...

The post Home-Grown Queer Web Series Ding Dong Im Gay Is Here And Its Hilarious appeared first on QNews Magazine.

18:36

This Week in Melbourne: What's On #594 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Read Online This Week in Melbourne: Whats On | 15 - 21 May 2018 Newsletter | #594 Whats On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 15th May 2018 to Monday 21st May 2018 RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2018 Buddhas Day and Multicultural Festival Law Week 2018 GABS Beer, Cider and Food Fest 2018 Good Beer Week 2018 Arcare Portarlington Community Market Day Mic Conway | Live @ Northcote Social Club This Week in Melbourne Markets and Sales Entertainment Channels Coming Soon Enjoy RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2018 Join over 25,000 people at RSPCAs biggest fundraising event walking at locations across Victoria on Sunday 20 May 2018. RSPCA Million Paws Walk 2018 | Buy Tickets Buddhas Day and Multicultural Festival 10am - 7pm Saturday | 10am - 5pm Sunday 2-day festival celebrating Buddhas birthday through traditional arts, music and cultural performances enhancing community spirit and social harmony. Buddhas Day and Multicultural Festival 2018 | Federation Square Law Week 2018 Law Week offers Victorians the opportunity to find answers to everyday legal issues through informative and fun events. Law Week 2018 | Courts Open Day GABS Beer, Cider and Food Fest 2018 18-20 May 2018 | | Royal Exhibition Building With 180 unique festival beers and ciders, GABS brings together the best breweries and cider makers for one specTAPular event. GABS Beer, Cider and Food Fest 2018 | Tickets Good Beer Week 2018 May 11 - 20 2018 Grab your diaries and join us for Australias biggest celebration of craft beer at the 8th Good Beer Week. The BEST beer week in the world! Good Beer Week 2018 | Whats On Arcare Portarlington Community Market Day Join us at 80 Willis Street Portarlington for plenty of free activities refreshments music and workshops that the whole family can enjoy. Arcare Portarlington Community Market Day Mic Conway | Live @ Northcote Social Club 2018 is a milestone year for Vaudevillian trickster Mic Conway who is celebrating his 50th Anniversary as a performer. Mic Conway | 50th Anniversary Tour | Buy Tickets This Week ATSA Independent Living Expo, Battle Arena Melbourne 10, Human Rights Arts and Film Festival, ILLUMIN8: Festival of Light and Peace, Lavandulas Autumn Harvest Festival, Next Wave Festival, Philippine Street Fiesta, Sleep at the G, Stonnington Jazz Festival View Weekend Guide Markets and Sales Footscray Finds Market, Yarraville Village Craft Market, Divine Little Market, Bohemian Bulla Market, Kensington Market, Mulgrave Rummage and Rescue Market, Seaford Handmade and Homemade Market, Pakenham Community Market, Fitzroy Market, Treasures...

18:24

Louise Hay: Christian Science Woo "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mark gave me a Louise Hay book to read last night to help me find enlightenment and clarity.

Like everyones Mum mine had Louise Hay books. Like most feel good things people give me I ruin them with anarchist critical thinking.

This caused some late night controversy with the 1312 Crew ..

I opened the Chapter on relationships and read that the relationships we have with others and inanimate objects are reflections of relationships we have with ourselves. And our parents  Maybe a little bit.

But the real woo appeared when I read that if I have a workmate who is a dickhead its because I attracted that into my life.

Because I think all cops are bastards I should look within. And its because I have a belief that cops are bastards that they are. All Cops Are Bastards but not because I think they are but because they are the armed wing of the state and think they are above the law. They blindly enforce laws which were written to oppress poor people, such as laws against feeding the homeless.

So since Im an anarchist and hate everything I set out to ruin Louise Hay. But of course she was already ruined if people looked into..

I typed Louise Hay into a search engine and added critique a word I frequently add if I think something is a bit waack.

Louise Hay promoted the dangerous idea that you could cure any dis-ease dis-ease see what she did there. One can cure any disease or by extension anything problem one has through positive thinking.

I came across an article called Louise Hay is a dangerous Quack. Theres a number of claims in this article which I have independently verified through a double blind independent peer reviewed study which is more than can be said about Hays claims.

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17:55

In which the onion muncher produces a stern test for Malware's ongoing leadership, or if Troy allows, Malware's looming leadership crisis ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


There's the pond looking for a contender for the late afternoon slot, and there's the dog botherer bashing away at the Islamics - when really the lizard Oz should long ago have found a way to isolate and eradicate dog botherer extremism - while the rest of the reptiles embarked on a daylong bout of Comrade Bill bashing.

It wasn't just enough for the fearless crusaders to wait on the by-election results. Nope they had to chip in, no doubt with the aim of swaying the voters to think again

When the bee hive gets to swarming this way, the pond gets bored. All will be revealed soon enough, and who knows how it will go when it comes down to the wire

Selecting a contender for the pond's late afternoon slot, to which no one pays attention, became a bit fee faw fum (illustration and much pedantry here) ...


though perhaps Troy might have been more inspired by this variation ...

Now fi, fee, f...

17:36

Is this a sign of collapse gathering pace? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The articles coming from the consciousness of sheep are getting more and more interesting after reading this one, I could not help but think that while Australias energy dilemmas are different to the UKs, the following quote really struck a cord with me:

Underlying all of this is a fundamental truth that few are prepared to contemplate: with the end of the last supplies of cheap fossil fuels, there is no affordable energy mix for the foreseeable future.  No combinations of gas, nuclear and renewables can be developed and deployed at the same time as prices are held at levels that are only just affordable to millions of British households.  Nor is there any option of returning to cheap gas from depleted North Sea deposits; still less reopening coal deposits put out of reach by the Thatcher government.

We are lucky to have more coal and gas than we know what to do with, until that is it becomes so obvious we cant keep burning these climate destroying fuels, we just stop. Hopefully before its too late.  But consider this  if the UK economy collapses, what effect would it have on ours? Oil is creeping up, and our electricity rates are the subject of much moaning all over the country. An economic shock is coming, as sure as the sun rises in the East..

Centrica may not care

Sometimes a story is repeated so often that its veracity is never challenged.  One such is the myth that British households are in thrall to a wicked energy cartel that puts excessive profits above common decency.  So much so, indeed, that the government and the opposition parties have all signed up to some form of energy cap designed to keep energy prices affordable.

The grain of truth in this story is that, aided by a craven regulator, the big six British Gas, EDF Energy, E.ON, Npower, Scottish Power, and SSE have on many occasions operated a cartel to hold prices up.  How else can we explain, for example, recent British Gas price increases in the face of a collapse in their customer base?

British Gas owner Centrica lost 110,000 energy supply accounts in the first four months of the year.  That is...

17:30

David Bidstrup: Sydneys doing OK too. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This post follows on from my recent one titled Not much change in 130 years and analyses Sydney max/min temperatures from 1859 to 2017 in blocks of 10 years. The data is from the BoM website.

The method is the same as before. For each 10 year block I find the maximum and minimum temperatures for the period and count the number of days above 38 degrees C as a measure of hot days. The Sydney data is from one source, The Sydney Observatory, and seems to be continuous for the 160 or so years of record.

The table and chart below shows the results of the analysis which, to put it bluntly, shows that nothing has changed much. I need to come clean and mention that there are 3 outliers in the Tmax record that I have not shown on the chart but can be seen in Outliers opposite the yellow highlights. These are the 3 hottest days in the record and vary from the next highest by 3 to 4 degrees, (see T diff column). Remember that these represent only 3 days in a record of nearly 55,000 days. The total of the hottest days represent 0.26% of the record and it is interesting to note that there are times when they number 19 in a 10 year period, (1939 to 1948) while the number in recent times is 11, (1999 to 2008 and 2009 to 2017). Other periods from years ago show more; 15 in 1919 to 1928 and 18 in 1979 to 1988.

In earlier posts I mentioned Dr Darko Butina who has a website called www.l4patterns.com which contains a very interesting discussion about the atmosphere being a heterogeneous mixture of gasses and therefore it is impossible to find a constant temperature anywhere let alone fool ourselves into thinking that average temperatures have any meaning at all. If you look on his homepage there is a section called Reports and the article is titled Why everything is local and nothing is global.

I note comments on my other recent posts where the quality of BoM data is questioned and I am aware of the various articles pointing this out. Perhaps one day we might get a bit of integrity into the debate but it seems unlikely given the attachment our politicians and their scientific advisors have to the climate change hysteria.

What I...

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Elvis, aliens and solar power "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

How a remote Australian town found itself at the vanguard of a global revolution.

The crimes of Meghan Markle "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The crimes of Meghan MarkleMarkle's crimes include dating other men before marriage, being ambitious and not fitting the mould of being an English aristocrat, writes Jacinta Coelho. read now...

16:52

Ramadan 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

RAMADAN is observed by Muslims around the world as a month of fasting to commemorate the best of times. It celebrates the first time the Koran was revealed to Muhammad, according to Islamic belief.   The Australian National Imams Council has declared that the holy month of Ramadan for this year (1439H 2018) will ... Read more...

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16:07

Ballina, Lismore rate variation decision "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) today released decisions on applications made by 13 councils to increase general income above the 2.3 per cent rate peg from 1 July 2018, including Ballina and Lismore.

The applications made by nine councils including Ballina and Lismore were approved in full.

Ballina applied for a 15.0 per cent cumulative increase over two years to be retained permanently in the rate base.

Lismore applied for a 0.41 per cent single year increase to be retained in the rate base for five years (applies only to business rates).

Also approved were applications from Bellingen Shire, Balranald Shire, Clarence Valley, Hawkesbury City, Kempsey Shire, Randwick City and Shoalhaven City.

Increases requested by Kiama Municipal and Muswellbrook Shire councils have been partially approved, while the applications from Upper Hunter Shire and Willoughby City were not approved.

IPART Chair Dr Peter Boxall said special variations are designed to give councils the flexibility to generate additional income above the rate peg to meet their specific needs, and have a direct impact on the rates paid by land owners.

The rate peg is calculated each year to reflect changes in the standard operating costs of local government such as labour, electricity and construction works, Dr Boxall said.

Councils requiring additional funds to improve services, financial sustainability or to fund new capital works can apply for a special rate variation after consulting with their communities and meeting other criteria set by the Office of Local Government (OLG).

The OLG criteria emphasize the importance of councils communicating their proposed special variations to enable ratepayers to understand and provide feedback to councils on their proposals, Dr Boxall said.

It is a mater for each individual council to determine how it collects rate revenue across different categories of ratepayer, and how the special variation increase is distributed amongst ratepayers.

The impacts on individual ratepayers will also vary due to land re-valuations and the decisions made by councils about how to allocate rate changes amongst their communities.

IPART has attached conditions to the approvals requiring the additional income to be used for the purposes outline...

15:59

Victoria Police sets up task force to monitor young criminals - a good monitorin', that'll fix 'em. "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This development sounds a bit ageist to me. Targeting young people. Imagine if they targeted say black people.

15:26

The singularly unpleasant Clementine Ford removed from Lifeline speech gig "IndyWatch Feed National"

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5729209/Hardline-feminist-Clementine-Ford-removed-speaker-suicide-charity-Lifeline-complaints.html Hardline feminist Clementine Ford's Lifeline speech is CANCELLED after thousands demanded the charity remove her as keynote speaker for tweeting 'all men must die' Feminist Clementine Ford was to address a Lifeline event on domestic violence A petition had circulated arguing her anti-male tweets made her unsuitable Change.org petition...

15:12

Ballad of the bold Brolga seeing off the Birder "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brolga family out for wander
Spy a birder over yonder

No worries, says the mister,
I'll  soon see off this blister.

Up he comes with low hisses
But fearsomeness he misses.

Worry not, says birder man,
Now with pictures in the can

You can forget hokey heroic
And stalk back to mum and chick.

Townsville Common early today
...

14:52

Economic Numbers Are Less than Meet the Eye "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Investors can be forgiven for thinking they hit the trifecta last Friday.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that unemployment had dropped to 3.9%, the lowest in almost 20 years.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta reported that its widely-followed GDP forecasting tool was showing projected growth for the second quarter of 2018 at 4%, exactly where Trump boosters like Larry Kudlow said it would be.

Finally, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rallied 332 points (1.39%), partly in response to the other good news. It was almost enough to make a trader sing, Happy days are here again

Or not.

The fact is that this good news hides more than it reveals. A look behind the numbers discloses a sobering outlook for investors.

Lets start with the employment report. The US Department of Labor/Bureau of Labor Statistics report dated 4 May 2018 showed the official US unemployment rate for April 2018 at 3.9%, with a separate unemployment rate for adult men of 4.1% and adult women of 3.7%.

The 3.9% unemployment rate is based on a total workforce of 160 million people, of whom 153 million are employed and 6.3 million are unemployed. The 3.9% figure is the lowest unemployment rate since 2001 and, before that, the early 1970s.

The average rate of unemployment in the US from 1948 to 2018 is 5.78%. By these superficial measures, unemployment is indeed low and the economy is arguably at full employment.

Still, these statistics dont tell the whole story.

When statistics dont reveal everything

Of the 153 million with jobs, five million are working part-time involuntarily; they would prefer full-time jobs but cant find them or have had their hours cut by current employers. Another 1.4 million workers wanted jobs and had searched for a job in the prior year but are not included in the labour force because they had not searched in the prior four weeks.

If their numbers were counted as unemployed, the unemployment rate would be 5%.

Yet the real unemployment rate is far worse than that. The unemployment rate is calculated using a narrow definition of the workforce. But there are millions of able-bodied men and women between the ages of 2554 capable of work who are not included in the workforce.

These are not retirees or teenagers but adults in their prime working years. They are, in effect, missing workers. The number of these missing workers not included in the official unemployment rolls is measured by the Labor Force Participation Rate, or LFPR.

The LFPR measures the total number of workers divided by the total number of potential workers regardless of whether thos...

14:50

How Aussie Banks Could Trigger a Property Crash "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The biggest lie in the Australian economy at the moment is that the next move in interest rates will be up.

Yet while the Big Four banks may move their interest rates higher, the Reserve Bank of Australia wont.

Theres a consensus among analysts that the RBA has to move rates up soon because they cant stay at 1.50% forever.

Thats true.

But the cash rate can go lowerand thats exactly what the RBA is likely to do next.

Ill explain why

The typical argument goes that if rates stay too low for too long, theyll make property prices even more unaffordable. People will spend recklessly because low rates encourage borrowing. And theyll ramp up debt-fuelled spending if rates stay low for much longer.

Well, thats already happened.

Total household debt-to-income in Australia is at 199.7%. Thats one of the highest rates in the world, according to UBS, an investment bank.

Currently, Aussies owe $2.46 trillion in bank loans and credit facilities. Of that, $1.6 trillion is wrapped up in outstanding mortgage debt.

Yet, with debt at record levels, it appears we have exhausted growth in the form of credit-driven consumption.

As a result, its a risky time in the Aussie economy.

Consumption data is showing that Australians are tapped out. And retail spending in Australia is growing at a very slow rate last seen during the financial crisis.

Furthermore, the inflation rate is at 1.9% well under the RBAs 23% target.

While Im often highly suspect of official statistics, these figures go some way to show how little consumers are spending.

Any rate increase from the RBA would further slow consumer spending. Yet theres zero chance that the RBA will want to hamper economic activity.

Which means that its all up to the big Aussie banks to change lending rates.

Aussie banks control the mortgage market now

Over the past four years, Aussie banks have set the lending rate in Australia, not the Reserve Bank.

This disconnect first appeared in July 2014 when the RBA cash rate was at 2.50%.

After two years of campaigning to distance itself from the RBA, ANZ finally announced it would hold a panel once a month to set its own interest rate regardless of what the RBA did.

People were furious.

Shortly after, HSBC chief economist Paul Bloxham told The Age this would allow ANZ to pass on rate hikes to customers faster, rather than waiting for the RBA to move. Bloxham added that he and other analysts we...

14:30

Give Distance to Cyclists or Face the Consequences "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Minimum Passing Distance rule has been retained as a permanent road rule in New South Wales, after a trial of the rule was hailed a success. The rule requires motorists to leave a minimum one-metre gap when passing cyclists who are travelling in the same direction. That distance bumps up to 1.5 metres when

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14:23

Lismore LGBTIQ Group Tropical Fruits Celebrates 30 Years "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lismore-based LGBTIQ group Tropical Fruits has come a long way in 30 years. The group are a community not-for-profit organisation delivering inclusive events and social activities to ensure the Northern Rivers LGBTIQ community have a safe, fun and inclusive place to call home. The Tropical Fruits flagship New Years Eve Festival began 30 years ago, ...

The post Lismore LGBTIQ Group Tropical Fruits Celebrates 30 Years appeared first on QNews Magazine.

14:15

The Commercial Heavens: The New Australian Space Agency "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Politicians have been clambering to the top extolling something that has yet to exist. Scientists are claiming a job boom that has yet to transpire. Much fantasy and speculation dominate the creation of Australias Space Agency, an organisation that remains inchoate despite being launched on Monday by the appropriately named Michaelia Cash. Former CSIRO boss

The post The Commercial Heavens: The New Australian Space Agency appeared first on The AIM Network.

14:01

EOS Price Watch: Bulls Defending Long-Term Area of Interest "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

EOS Price Key Highlights

  • EOS is correcting from its recent rally but appears to be finding support at current levels.
  • This 50% retracement level is within an area of interest where plenty of buy orders are likely located.
  • A bounce off this level could take EOS back to the swing high and beyond.

EOS looks ready to resume its climb as it is encountering some bullish pressure at the current area of interest.

Technical Indicators Signals

The 100 SMA is above the longer-term 200 SMA to confirm that the path of least resistance is to the upside. This suggests that the rally is still likely to resume at this point. EOS price is also nearing the 100 SMA dynamic support near the 61.8% retracement level.

The moving averages avoided a downward crossover on the latest convergence, signaling that buyers are putting up a fight. In that case, EOS could be ready to retest the swing high at 23.00 or create new highs.

RSI is heading lower to show that sellers still have some energy to take price down, but the oscillator is approaching oversold levels to reflect exhaustion. Stochastic is also on the move down but is starting to pull up without even hitting oversold territory.

EOS/USD Daily Chart from TradingView

Market Factors

Just last week, the the Chief Financial Officer of Commonwealth Bank of Australia Rob Jesudason reportedly signed on with the firm of the founders of the worlds fifth largest cryptocurrency in the market today, Block.one. This is the private firm which has developed both the EOS token and the blockchain technology behind it.

According to Brendan Blumer, CEO of Block.one:

Rob Jesudason had ideal skills for the tech-related role in the firm. He has a proven track record of success in global financial services, he also...

13:03

2018 Walk registrations filling fast "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hi everyone.

We have had a massive response for the 2018 Walkatjurra Walkabout.

Spots are filling up fast and if you are keen to come you should register as soon as possible to secure you place on the walk.

You can register here
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For those of you that have been on the walks over the last 7 years, or have been on one of the many road trips that the Bardi Bus has taken, we are reaching out to you to GIVE SOME LOVE TO THE BARDI BUS.

We have just got back from Western Australias first radioactive exposure tour and the Bardi Bus needed some new bearings, Tyres and a few minor repairs. We also had to put her in for an inspection and pay the insurance and registration. This all came to around $4,000 and we are a little bit short!!!

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13:00

Neighbours Is On Its Way To Its First Gay Wedding "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Australian soap Neighbours will this week move a step closer to the shows first ever gay wedding. The long-running shows on-again-off-again gay couple Aaron and David will finally get engaged to each other on the beach in this Fridays (May 18) episode. Matt Wilson, who plays Aaron, said it was a step he had wanted ...

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13:00

Psittacines in court and psittacines eating cake ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


This being Caterist day, the pond felt the need to get the reptile update on a matter involving sundry reptiles and a parrot, before heading off to catch up with the bromancer ...


The Caterist is only a minor one-reeler up against the parrot main feature, but still it was pleasing to see him garner yet another mention ...


And so to the bromancer, naturally featuring an American princess and her consort at the top of his immensely caring and sympathetic piece ...


Indeed, indeed, as the American princess herself might say, let them eat cake, or if unarmed civilian demonstrators, let them eat bullets, who cares?

12:46

Govt accused of creating phoney forest reserves "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The North Coast Environment Council says the NSW Governments new so-called forest reserves are a trick. Photo Ta Ann Truths/flickr.com

So-called forest reserves recently declared by the state government are no more than window-dressing, according to a local conservation group, and could potentially pave the way for more serious and intensive logging in other areas.

Many of the areas chosen are already devastated and no longer suitable for logging, the group says.

And it goes further, accusing the government of throwing money from the Environmental Trust at loggers to subsidise their transport costs.

The North Coast Environment Council (NCEC) said it was alarmed that the NSW Government had recently declared that another 18,000 hectares of State Forest will become reserves, and has called on Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton to immediately rule out opening up areas currently protected for logging in exchange.

Trick

NCEC Vice-President Susie Russell said, If it was any other government, wed be over the moon but we know this is a trick.

What hasnt been announced are which areas of [currently] protected forest will be made available for logging, what new logging rules [will apply], and how much money from the environment funds will be thrown at logging companies to sweeten the deal, she said.

The group says that when the government created 11,000 hectares of reserves near Bega, on the south coast, in 2016 it lead to more intensive logging in other parts of the region and $2.5 million in handouts to the logging industry from the Environmental Trust.

$10m for loggers?

So if the government has announced 42,000 hectares of reserves we can expect at least $10 million to be announced for the logging industry and the same volume of timber to be supplied from areas that are currently protected but still have good timber volumes.

Stream protection buffers have large, older trees the Forestry Corporation has been trying to get its hands on for the last 20 years since they were put off-limits. The draft cabinet documents we obtained last year show these are on the chopping block.

Besides, most of these reserves are like what the Tasmanian Government calls potential production forests. They are not secure reserves like national parks. They will still be State Forest and can be m...

12:14

The stunning numbers behind success of the Tesla big battery "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This article by Sophie Vorrath & Giles Parkinson (RE New Economy 11 May 2018), answers the critics to the Tesla battery in South Australia, and shows that it contributes to cheaper sustainable energy.

The Tesla big battery in South Australia has already taken a 55 per cent share in the states frequency and ancillary services market, and lowered prices in that market by 90 per cent, new data has shown.

The stunning numbers on the economics of the countrys first utility-scale battery were presented at the Australian Energy Week conference in Melbourne on Thursday by McKinsey and Co-partner Godart van Gendt.

Speaking as part of a panel on the leading technologies and strategies that will help manage the transition to renewables in Australia, van Gendt said the data was more evidence that battery storage would play a very big role.

He said that a lot of discussion around the success of the big battery the biggest of its kind in the world and delivered at break-neck speed had focused on the fact that we did it, and not on the economics.

So, I thought Id give you a few numbers from the market data, van Gendt said.

In the first four months of operations of the Hornsdale Power Reserve (the official name of the Tesla big battery, owned and operated by Neoen), the frequency ancillary services prices went down by 90 per cent, so thats 9-0 per cent.

And the 100MW battery has achieved over 55 per cent of the FCAS revenues in South Australia. So its 2 per cent of the capacity in South Australia achieving 55 per cent of the revenues in South Australia.

So thats great for the first battery in the market, he added, but if youve already had 55 per cent of the FCAS that are now gone, right and a 90 per cent drop in price, then the business case for the second battery, of course, is a bit less attractive.

So I wish the second battery in South Australia a lot of luck!

Van Gendts calculations are just the latest in a series of assessments that show how the Tesla battery despite being mocked by detractors for its small size compared to the overall grid is having an impact on the market.

Various estimates have put the cost savings to consumers from the FCAS market alone at around $35 million, just in the first four months of its operation.

Thats a pretty good bang for the buck for the estimated $50 million investment by the South Australia government. South Australia is the only state that has experienced a decline in FCAS prices over the past few months.

The fact that the Tesla big battery...

12:13

Time for fun with the Brunswick Scouts "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Brunswick Scouts always enjoy a good camping trip and a fire lighting lesson. Photo supplied.

This Saturday head to Brunswick for a fun family afternoon. Brunswick Heads Scouts are hosting a free, family friendly and community event at the Terrace Reserve from 11am till 4pm called Friends for Life. The day will be full of live music, activities and great prizes to delight the young and the young at heart.

Friends For Life is the theme of next years Australian Scouts Jamboree in January 2019, and I think epitomises the significance of the Brunswick Scouts in our community. Its a place for young people to celebrate diversity, culture and most of all friendship, said event coordinator and parent volunteer Sean Tonnet.

The Australian Jamboree is the biggest gathering of Scouts in Australia and is held once every three years. In 2019 it will be held in South Australia.

Having not come from a scouting family, Ive been delighted to see the importance of scouts to our children. They are learning a life span of skills and camaraderie. For most scouts the attendance at the jamboree is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and a highlight of their scouting experience, said Scott enthusiastically.

Its been incredible seeing the support of business behind this event and we have amazing support with donations and vouchers; right through to beautifying the Sound Shell stage for us. Really wonderful!

Whether blissed out by the river or more actively involved, come and enjoy some of the highlights including the attendance of the State Emergency Service, the Brunswick Heads Fire Brigade and the Volunteer Rescue Association.

We are so delighted to have the support from the local volunteer emergency services. Its going to be a terrific part of the family activities we have on during the day, complimenting our raffles, prizes and music perfectly.

Families are encourage to bring a picnic lunch or enjoy the fabulous treats, meals and shopping from local Brunswick businesses.

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12:12

Foodies Rejoice! The Gluten Free Expo Is Returning To Brisbane "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The mouth-watering tastes of the Gluten Free Expo are returning to Brisbane this year, bigger and better than ever. The 12th annual Gluten Free Expo offers visitors a great opportunity to discover, taste and buy everything new in gluten-free foods, including dozens of the countrys favourite gluten-free producers, cooking demonstrations, childrens entertainment, as well as ...

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12:05

More than $300k available for Ballina community groups "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Applications are now open for the 2018 Community Building Partnership Program and this year $330,000 is available for projects in the Ballina electorate.

Ballina MP Tamara Smith (centre) with members of the Richmond Valley Woodcrafters Club at their club workshop which $20,000 in the 2017 round of Community Building Partnership grants.

According to Ballina MP Tamara Smith (Greens) this is an increase of $30,000 on 2017.

I encourage local councils and not-for-profit groups to apply for the funds they need to deliver projects with social, environmental and recreational outcomes, Ms Smith said.

A great example of a successful applicant from 2017 is the Richmond Valley Woodcrafters Club, which received funding to complete their club workshop at Summerland House Farm and also got funding to buy and install solar panels on the club building. Their club supports House with No Steps and assists with community projects such as renovating park seats.

Ms Smith said local sports clubs, school P&C committees, charities, Mens Sheds, Scouts and Girl Guides are among the groups that benefit from this program.

If your organisation or club needs extra funding for the building, refurbishment or enhancement of facilities, then Id strongly encourage you to apply.

This is a great opportunity to get the support your community group needs to make real improvements in the places where you meet, train or create.

Take the time to have a look at the program guidelines and examples of past successful grants on the Community Building Partnership webpage, see if your organisation is eligible, then get cracking on preparing your application so you dont miss out, said Ms Smith.

The Community Building Partnership program has awarded $275 million in funding to 12,000 community projects since it commenced in 2009.

Applications opened Monday 7 May at 9am, and close at 5pm on Friday 15 June 2018. No late applications will be accepted.

For more information about the NSW Governments 2018 Community Building Partnership Program, visit: www.nsw.gov.au/cbp

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11:53

Brave New World: #NappyConsent Woman Deanne Carson On What She Meant, And Why She So Passionately Believes It "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Late last week, sexuality expert Deanne Carson became the centre of an international media (and social media) storm. Hundreds of outlets around the world from the UK, Canada, America, Europe New Zealand beyond unleashed a torrent of criticism after an interview Carson gave ABC Melbourne last week about creating a culture of consent.  Here, in her own words, Deanne Carson explains what she meant, and what its like to be in the middle of an international social media pile-on.

Im Deanne Carson, the crazy, pink-haired #nappyconsent woman.

Theres a lot of things I want for this world. One of them isnt babies sitting around in dirty nappies all day. The idea of that is ludicrous.

I was recently asked by the ABC to comment on how we teach consent to children. The request came off the back of the Four Corners episode on incredibly courageous rape survivor Saxon Mullins, and the subsequent announcement by New South Wales Attorney-General Mark Speakman that there would be a review of the consent laws.

I speak for a living but TV isnt my home.

For my television interview I was given a little bit of information before being rushed into a booth minutes before going to air, cabled up with a mic and earpiece by a really lovely tech guy, and told to stare at the light on top of a very large and intimidating camera.

Was I nervous? Yup.

Was my explanation a little clumsy? Probably.

Frankly, I havent watched the interview and probably never will.

When Nappygate hit social media, the reaction was overwhelming. I was ridiculed and harassed. People mostly men inboxed me on Twitter, Facebook and two social media accounts. They wanted to know if I had children, if I was a man, a woman or an it, and whether I would do the world a favour and kill myself.

I wanted to keep my socials open because I was also receiving messages from survivors of sexual trauma who wished they had grown up in a culture of consent. But I couldnt. It just wasnt physically possible to delete the vile messages faster than they came in.

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A final message telling me I needed a bullet between the eyes was enough for me to pull the pi...

11:38

Indonesia's BriMob special operations police in a hurry post bombings "IndyWatch Feed National"

5 police from this unit had their throats slit by Islamic terrorists last week. Several other Indonesian police have been killed since in targeted attacks. I was walking to a meeting this morning when this convoy started down my street. I would not like to be the "persons of interest"...

11:35

If you want to improve education, listen to teachers rather than conservative think tanks with their own agenda "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The last couple of days have seen a very young man from the Centre for Independent Studies out and about spruiking his new research paper on the value of NAPLAN testing. Blaise Joseph tells us that NAPLAN is a crucial tool to improve schools and teaching that also provides transparency and accountability for parents and

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11:30

Mr Market, slavery and the future of democracy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Mr Market, slavery and the future of democracyOver 30 negative Newspolls for the LNP. Their banking mates revealed to be a rogues gallery. Their budget full of gifts for the rich. And still the Opposition Leader is less popular. Is this the Twilight Zone? Mike Dowson makes some suggestions. read now...

11:29

Some Norco milk comes from Qld: minister "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Unlike the new supplier of milk to NSW hospitals, Norco is 100% Australian owned.

In the ongoing battle about whether North Coast hospitals should receive their milk from a local supplier, Health Minister Brad Hazzard has announced that some Norco milk comes from Queensland.

Shadow health spokesperson Walt Secord said yesterday, I never thought I would see the day when Lismore Base Hospital gets its milk from interstate that is the way of the NSW National Party. They just do what their Liberal masters in Sydney tell them to do.

In a statement released yesterday Minister Hazzard responded, I am advised by NSW Health that the tender for milk was statewide and Norco was unsuccessful.

I am further advised that Norco did not offer the most economical price for taxpayers.

I also understand that whilst it wasnt a specific request in the tender, Norco didnt state that the milk would be solely from NSW.

NSW Health advises that Norco also has dairy farms in Queensland, Mr Hazzard said.

A spokesperson for the minister told Echonetdaily that tender process was necessary so that theres no suggestion of corruption.

Asked whether she was aware that the successful tenderer was part of a Japanese conglomerate while Norco was owned by local farmers, she responded I dont know about that.

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11:29

Crystal 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Crystal For 2018: Peacock Ore Crystal Of Happiness 2018 is being heralded as the year of Mastery, as the numbers add to 11, a master number.  We have spent the past year, 2017, clearing our wounds, letting go of our stories, our victim consciousness and finding our inner roar.  This has prepared us, for []

11:25

Queensland Forest Clearings Spell Bad News For Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

After huge amounts of coral bleaching and rising carbon emissions, the Great Barrier Reef could really use some good news. Sadly, that's not what it got this weekend.

A draft report from the Department of Environment and Energy recommends forest clearing should go ahead at northern Queensland's Kingvale Station, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. Prospective clearing was first authorised in 2014, and its purpose would be to make way for cropping and other activities.

Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg will rule on the matter, and if it goes forward it'll mean 2,000 hectares of forest areas right next to the Reef will be cleared. And that would almost certainly mean a soil pollution problem for the Reef.

[...] Not only is too much heat and light a problem, so is lack of sunlight. Sediment washed from the land into the Reef blocks sunlight onto the coral, restricting the necessary process of photosynthesis. It can also damage or kill some of the fauna supporting the ecosystem.

"Declining marine water quality, influenced by land-based run-off, is one of the most significant threats to the long-term health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef." Ironically, that's a quote from the Queensland Government's State of the Environment page.


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11:12

Catalonia has a government again "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Six months ago, in the wake of their violent repression of an independence referendum, the Spanish government dissolved Catalonia's regional government and forced new elections. Despite arresting several candidates and banning the colour yellow, their local quislings lost (apparently beating people in the streets does not make them like you. Who knew?), and since then Spain has been trying to stop the elected majority from forming a government. The obvious candidates were in prison or exile, and Spain refused to release them, despite a ruling from the UN Human Rights Council. An alternative candidate was arrested and charged with "rebellion" on the eve of the vote, and it seemed like Spain was trying to run out the clock and force Catalans to vote again until they got it right. But when the Catalan Parliament suggested a new pro-independence candidate, they were not arrested (maybe Madrid can read the polls after all), and so Catalonia finally has a regional government again:

The Catalan parliament has narrowly elected a hardline secessionist as president, presaging the end of 199 days of direct rule from Madrid.

Quim Torra, an uncompromisingly pro-independence MP who joined parliament six months ago, was elected by 66 votes to 65.

He is the first candidate to be approved by the body since Carles Puigdemonts administration was sacked seven months ago, when the Spanish government used the constitution to assume control of Catalonia and call last Decembers regional election.

The Madrid government has said it will cease using article 155 of the constitution which had never been invoked until last year when a new Catalan government was in place.


Which means Catalans will get back control of their government, and stop being treated like an internal colony of Madrid.

Spain's policy of thuggery and brutality has clearly failed. It hasn't persuaded anyone to abandon independence - not the politicians they have in jail or the ones who belong to pro-independence parties, let alone the majority of Catalans who vote for them. The question is whether Spain will recognise this and try talking, or whether they'll continue to try and use force and alienate even more people.

11:12

Kylie Minogue Tribute Show To Celebrate Pop Icons 30 Year Career "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

As Kylie Minogues Australian fans eagerly await the announcement of a local tour, the next best thing is coming to Queensland. For 15 years, Australian entertainer Lucy Holmes (pictured) has toured the world impersonating the iconic singer in her tribute show 100% Kylie, a faithful recreation of an authentic Kylie concert. The 100% Kylie Greatest ...

The post Kylie Minogue Tribute Show To Celebrate Pop Icons 30 Year Career appeared first on QNews Magazine.

11:11

Bangalow gets its heritage recycling bins "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The beautiful hinterland town of Bangalow and, in the background, one of its heritage rubbish bins. File photo

Readers who have noticed workmen on Byron Street, Bangalow, this morning and jumped to the conclusion that they were installing parking meters can rest assured this is not the case.

Echonetdaily spoke to one of the men laying concrete foundations in several spots around town who assured us that they were preparing the spaces for the installation of new heritage recycling bins.

As reported last month, while other major towns in the shire recently received smart, modern recycling (and in some cases also green waste) bins, Bangalow did not.

A council spokesperson said at the time, The original heritage-style bins are not manufactured anymore.  Council will be installing dual waste and recycling enclosures that match, as best as possible, the original style of bins.

We have gone so far as to recast the Bangalow Palm emblem on the side of the bins, the spokesperson added.

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10:46

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-002 Calls into Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

During the late afternoon on Monday 14 May, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Airbus A330-200 / KC-30A Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) A39-002 was photographed by local plane spotter Kayanne H as it was on short finals to Runway 33 at Rockhampton Airport.






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10:38

ROCK & ROLL ROYAL FAMILY HIT BYRON Free Entry Friday 18, 8:00pm "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Port Royal Brisbanes rock & roll royal family are debunking any preconceptions about rock & roll in this modern era with their new antithetical single Rock & Roll Is Dead (out April 30th)

It is safe to say that Port Royal are quickly becoming one of most demanded emerging rock acts from Brisbane. The band made huge waves in 2017 with their two single releases. Get Heavy, released March 17 came in at number #2 on the 4ZZZ Hot 100 of 2017, smack bang in between Flangipanis at #1 and WAAX at #3.

Pinch-Hit followed in September which had them receive further praise as they toured interstate for the first time, that was quickly followed up by an 11 date tour fittingly entitled the Dont Stop Movin Tour that stretched from December to February 2018.

Now with their new single Rock & Roll Is Dead, these royals give a nod to everything that was loved about the likes of Jet, the Hives and the Vines in the early 2000s rock revival while never straying far away from the iconic blues formula of the 70s golden age of rock.

In regal form with bustling anthemic choruses, beseeching rock & roll licks and a barrage of hits, Rock & Roll Is Dead is their most comprehensive, fetching and accessible release to date.

The track while being a fun and optimistic anthem it ferments a talking point for todays music industry with the leading chorus lines stating, They say, Rock & Roll is Dead, created to be a completely ironic and ballsy statement to the cynical haters of the genre which theyve confronted.

In contrast to this, the track touches on throwing away their money on something that poses a risk and never switching off from what they truly desire. The lengths in which the band went to to get this new single together is a clear example of this. In the recent month, a conflict surfaced which delayed the release of the track initially to be released in March between Lawson Doyle and an outside co-writer, where the two parties were arguing their own direction of the song.

Fortunately for the band, this song-writing attribute has been resolved before it could elevate into a legal battle which was threatened. Regardless, the matter has highlighted a deeper and darker element of the music industry where Port Royal, feeling burnt and sapped, are now extremely cautious of outsiders, the importance of contracts vs friendships, and the obstacles that will challenge them as a collective throughout their careers.

Port Royal have undoubtedly faced struggles but will continuously, like any hard-working team, hurdle these brick walls that get in their way of releasing rock & roll. Moving forward, they are excited to be finally be releasing Rock & Roll Is Dead and announce their 15-date tour through May and June. You can catch Port Royal at Byron Bay Brewery on Ma...

10:37

RAAF Challenger 604 Bizjet A37-003 Calls into Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport as Consort 50 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

On Monday 14 May, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-003 of the VIP 34 Squadron in Canberra was noted arriving into Hervey Bay (Fraser Coast) Airport.

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It looked to touch down directly from Cairns.

After a short time on the ground, A37-003 continued further South to Brisbane.

A37-003 was heard to be using the radio callsign of Consort 50.

Photo taken by 'IAD' 

10:31

A FUNKY SATURDAY NIGHT WITH NOMIKA Free Entry Sat 19, 7:00pm "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Riding high on the success of a mountain-fresh rebrand and banging new single, Nomika is proud to announce the launch of their debut EP, Motion. The Brisbane band, formerly His Merry Men, have produced a five track EP that they are taking on tour through May and June of this year.

Nomika frolics through the sonic gardens of soul and funk and picnics on the stately grounds of technicolour jazz. The band draws inspiration from the likes of Hiatus Kaiyote, Vulfpeck, Snarky Puppy and Anderson .Paak. In the last year, under their former name, they have played at Caloundra Music Festival, Mullum Music Festival and Concrete Jungle.

Drink deep from the funky well with Nomika and their partner in crime, Jabberwocky Down, at Byron Bay Brewery this Saturday from 7:00pm. Free Entry.

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10:25

Times of Israel reports Australia boycotted official US Embassy opening in Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed National"

Notably absent from the list are some of Israels allies and staunchest friends, such as Canada, Australia and Germany. Other important countries such as China, Russia, Argentina and India are also boycotting the event. Thirty-three ambassadors and chargs daffaires confirmed their participation in the Foreign Ministrys event Sunday...

10:16

The police break the law "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

It turns out that the spies aren't the only coercive government agency seemingly incapable of following the rules. The police had been unlawfully accessing government data on people's travel for more than a year:

Police broke the law by accessing Customs and Immigration data for more than a year when they did not have permission to do so.

The embarrassing situation saw police logging on to CusMod, Customs computer system, 15,799 times between December 2015 and January 2017 for border security reasons after an administrative oversight led to an authorisation expiry date being ignored.

It follows a December announcement by Inspector General of Intelligence and Security Cheryl Gwyn that the countrys spies also unlawfully accessed the same database for more than 20 years between 1997 and 2016.

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Customs Minister Meka Whaitiri was informed in December after asking for information on other CusMod access arrangements.


CusMod is Customs' internal database of people's travel movements. Its used for setting border alerts, so agencies can be alerted if someone enters or leaves the country or arrange for them to be stopped, and it records information on customs officers interactions with people (so e.g. when they poke through all your electronic devices at the airport). Its the sort of thing you can see that there are legitimate law enforcement uses for. But those uses have to be legal and authorised. And the police are so institutionally useless, that they simply let that authorisation expire.

Their "defence" is that the searches would have all been legal if authorised 9that is, nothing was outside their internal policy, whatever that is). But that wouldn't stand up in court if they failed to apply for a search warrant, and it isn't good enough here. The police, of all agencies, need to obey the law, and be seen to obey it. Their behaviour must be beyond reproach. instead, we have systematic, SIS-like illegality. And that's simply not good enough. There's no suggestion in the article that anyone was held to account or faced employment consequences for this systematic illegality. And without that, there's simply no incentive for it not to happen again.

10:16

Broom, broom, its Lamborghini "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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In 1963, Italian manufacturing magnate, Ferruccio Lamborghini, decided he wanted to build sophisticated cars, cars that would be defined by their elegance, power and comfort. History reveals that Ferruccio admirably achieved his goal. Today, Lamborghini is synonymous with style, head-turning grace and a distinct turn of speed. But for us at Edgars Mission, when we think of the word, what comes to mind is an adorable and cheeky little orphan lamb who goes by the name of Lamborghini, who also has style and head-turning graceas well as a cute little jump of glee producing a distinct turn of speed when the word bottle is mentioned.

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Race into our hearts has this tiny Merino lamb, who was found by kind-hearted travellers as they drove (carefully) along the major highway linking Adelaide and Melbourne. Navigating their course with rest stops and kindness, they came upon the wee lamb, who was also coursing his way along the busy highway, albeit doing it rather poorly. Luckily, it was into the vision of the Good Samaritans he came, kind hearts who refused to leave the tiny waif behind. Barely days old, little Lamborghini was soon putting his uncertain future aside, replacing it for a car ride to Edgars Mission with his new-found friends.

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10:15

Lismore Basketball Stadium goes green "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Federal Page MP Kevin Hogan (right) with members of Lismore Basketball. Photo supplied

Federal Page MP Kevin Hogan (Nationals) today announced the official opening of the Greening of the Stadium project at Lismore Basketball Stadium.

Our community is very aware of the need to be environmentally friendly. This is why I was very happy to provide a $12,000 grant to Lismore Basketball Association, he said.

The state government ($20,000), Lismore City Council ($25,000) and the Lismore Basketball Association ($13,000) also contributed to the project

This allowed them to install a grid-connected solar system with 40 panels, new efficient gas hot water and drop hammer fans at either end of the stadium.

Every light at the stadium totalling 195 lights inside and out has also been replaced with low-energy lighting, which will reduce the associations power bill.

My congratulations to Cheryl Amor and her hard-working team at the stadium they have done a terrific job, Mr Hogan said.

Projects under the Stronger Communities Programme, like this one, are selected by a community consultation committee that assist with identifying potential projects.

The greening and cooling of the popular Basketball stadium will provide an important boost for our local community, delivering lower operating costs and a healthier environment, he said.

 

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10:15

What now? A lamb named Zucchini! "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Rounding out our lamb clan of 2018 to six has been a tiny ewe lamb named Zucchini. With so many lambs arriving very early this season, anyone could be forgiven for thinking it was raining lambs! And whilst orphan lambs may have been in abundance, rain of late has not. Such a dry season placed an unwanted burden on pregnant and lactating ewes, who were already struggling to cope on poor pastures. These babes are indeed lucky, for they have escaped the rigours of a brutal winter that so often claims the lives of millions of lambs each year, but they nonetheless suffer the trauma of losing their mothers. Snuggled up now in warm jackets on cold nights, with bellies full of sweet formula, our lamb clan is proving resilient. Their now cherub-like little bodies are testament to our expert care, sweet formula, the watchful eye of Vet Nurse Ruby and kindnessoh, and not to mention some pretty cute names: Beanie, Deanie, Weanie, Tweanie, Lamborghini and Zucchini!

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10:14

Judicial Watch Sues When Freedom of Information Requests Ignored "IndyWatch Feed National"

President Bill Clinton with panelists at the Clinton Global Initiative University opening the plenary session in March 2015. (photo news.fiu.edu)

By Tom Fitton

[Editors Note: The Freedom of Information Act makes the pathway to lawsuit easy.  If you dont get the material you request you can enter federal court to demand it.]

It is outrageous that the Justice Department is covering up key FISA court transcripts that would shed light on how the Clinton-DNC dossier was used to obtain surveillance of the Trump team. Frankly, President Trump should order that the DOJ and FB...

10:12

And then there were fourmeet Tweanie. "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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With a Facebook post alerting one of our supporters to the plight of the day-old little Dorper lamb we were to name Tweanie, our lamb clan of 2018 quickly rose to four! Feeding times now consist of four little dancing tails matched by the dexterity of our carers as they juggle four bottles and monitor intakes. When feeding orphan lambs, it is critical not to overfeed the hungry babies, tempting as their little bleats are for more. The resulting scours from overfeeding such immune-compromised babies can often proof fatal; hence our diligent recording of each feeding, all logged with love regardless of the hour of day (or night).

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10:10

More Indonesian family-pack bombings in Ramadan ramp-up "IndyWatch Feed National"

Madness. No, Islam. Same same. Latest advice from DFAT, 14 May 2018 On Monday 14 May 2018, a suicide attack was carried out at the Surabaya Police Headquarters causing the death of the four suicide bombers, injuring four police officers and six members of the public. More explosives were found...

10:05

Leslie Dingo: First we get the money, then we get the Power "IndyWatch Feed National"

Leslie Dingo Photo: Supplied Leslie Dingo Photo: Supplied Share this Post Isnt Trading just gambling, isnt that risky? is generally the comment I receive when I tell people I trade stocks and the financial markets. Over the last 10 years, my twin brother Kelvin Dingo and I have been on a journey as Investors and Traders of the Australian Stock ...

10:05

As Google steals your data Australia's 'watchdog' does nothing? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

To some people it may seem that the 'authority' in this colony is in the wrong place, but we say it's 'deliberate by design'.

When it comes to the plebs being screwed over by the corporations, the people in government are slow to act or apparently have no authority.

But, when it comes to the example in Victoria where the (alleged) sheriff  Mr. Brendan Facey or his deputies run around the state (with no authority) confiscating people's possessions or even taking away their livelihood they do it by force, intimidation and fear with the help of Victoria Police.


Too many times the Australian consumer watchdog the ACCC has been accused of having no teeth, no bite, or whatever other analogy you'd like to use to describe a 'useless eater' canine.

In this case once again the good people of Australia are being screwed over with  the 'common law' crime of theft by a global tech giant called Google and the Australian 'authorities' (in this case the ACCC) have been doing nothing about it for quite some time.

What will they do now, that the 'cat's out of the bag'?

We do not recommend the purchase or use of Android products.

See article from the Herald Sun publication:


09:50

It started with a pig "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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On the 10th of May 2003, I set off on an adventure, one whose outcome I could never possibly have imagined. Rendezvousing at the prearranged time, I met my accomplice and a piggery worker in the parking lot of a pub in central Victoria. Moments later, I was to meet the being who was to change my life in ways I would never have thought possible and inspire me to do things I would have otherwise never dared. And whilst it was love at first sight for me, it was not so for he. The drive back home in my little car with that poop-covered piglet was a cacophony of noisean eclectic mix of my out-of-tune voice singing with wanton abandon, the whinings of my little dog ET (who too was overjoyed with his newfound friend) and the occasional grunts and farts of Edgar Alan Pig. My memory holds dear this day as one of the happiest and most joyous of my life. Im beaming from ear to ear just typing these words, as the thoughts of that day come flooding back: a tsunami of jubilation, a deluge of possibilities and a mountain of love.

But oh, my heart missed a beat when I arrived home and raced to open the pet carrier that contained my beloved Edgar, last seen sitting in wide-eyed wonder, staring out from his straw bed with the apple I had brought along as a peace offering lying in front of him. Hes escaped!! I cried, as before me inside the pet carrier was the straw bed, the apple, sans a poop-covered piglet. But how he could have simply Houdinied his way out I struggled to comprehend. Turning to ET for an explanation, he too looked equally perplexed. Just as I was about to call in the National Guard, from the depths of the straw came these little tiny nuff, nuff sounds as a snout appeared, followed by the most glorious, dashingly adorable piglet I have ever laid eyes upon. Oh my, dont do that to me, little guy, I said as I bundled Edgar up and went inside trying to figure out just how I was going to explain my quarry to my then-partner and my dear mum. Whilst the former was never to be convinced this was a good idea, thankfully the latter was. So much so, she readily agreed to assist in washing Edgar for his photo shoot the very next day.

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09:49

Tamworth attracts migrants "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Interesting piece in the Northern Daily Leader (1 May 2018) by Jamieson Murphy and Grace Ryan Tamworth growth trends revealed by Australian Bureau of Statistics.

The overall growth in population for the Tamworth Local Government Area in 2017 was positive  at just under one per cent, although this is too low to allow the City to easily achieve its 100,000 growth target.  However, what was positive and quite important was that of the net increase of  556 people, 379 (68%) came from overseas migration.

The propensity of Australia's new settlers to flock especially to Sydney and Melbourne has been one of the drivers of Australia's growing population imbalance. While the movement of migrants to Tamworth is still small in absolute numbers, the positive ratio means that international migration is now making a positive contribution.  .

Outside Tamworth, Armidale LGA grew 0.8 per cent to 30,552, while Gunnedah Shire grew by 0.6 per cent. Walcha Shire increased by 0.4 and the Liverpool Plains grew by just 0.2 per cent. Inverell showed no growth, with Moree down 1.3% over 2017, Narrabri and Uralla down 0.7%, Tenterfield down 0.6% and Gwydir Shire and Glen Innes Severn down 0.2%.

One of the things that we need to be thinking about in inland New England is how we get a better population balance across areas. This requires the bigger centres to support the smaller centres. It also requires us to put aside the parochial competition that so bedevils cooperative action.

09:46

This year in Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

 

The American embassy, that is. And for some background, this is fascinating: How Harry Truman Crossed His Own State Department to Recognize Israel. One of the few businessmen to have been an American president. Read it through. The Deep State has a long history.

And then theres this from Instapundit.

THE STRATEGIC CASE FOR MOVING THE U.S. EMBASSY TO JERUSALEM IS VERY SIMPLE: Since Oslo in 1993, Israel has allowed Palestinian terrorists to set up a government in Ramallah, made three peace offers within internationally-accepted parameters, withdrawn from Gaza and parts of Samaria, suffered an intifadah, and in return has gotten a worldwide Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign? The Palestinians have believed that they could win by stalling, waiting until the worlds impatience forced Israel to concede. Moving the U.S. Embassy without a peace agreement demonstrates to the Palestinians that things can and will move on without them, as do the growing ties between Israel and the Sunni powers. Either accept that Israel is here to stay and make the necessary accommodations, or be left in the dustbin of history.

 

09:45

NSW Government Says its Hidden Cameras Reveal Shocking Driver Conduct "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Last month, the New South Wales government announced it would be trialling high-tech cameras capable of detecting illegal mobile phone use from as far away as a kilometre, and issuing fines without drivers being aware. The crackdown came after two police officers were injured when a van crashed into an RBT site earlier this year.

The post NSW Government Says its Hidden Cameras Reveal Shocking Driver Conduct appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

09:42

A massacre "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

That is the only way to describe what is happening in Gaza at the moment:

Gaza has had its bloodiest day in years after Israeli forces shot and killed 55 Palestinians and wounded at least 1,200 as tens of thousands protested along the frontier against the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

The violent scenes contrasted sharply with the glossy inauguration of Washingtons new mission around 60 miles away in an affluent Jerusalem neighbourhood. The US presidents daughter, Ivanka Trump, celebrated the opening to clapping and cheering from American and Israeli VIPs.

In Gazas hospitals, dozens of casualties were in a critical condition, and medics said the dead included a 14-year-old boy. There were reports that a man in a wheelchair who had been pictured using a slingshot had also been killed.

The sky was blackened with thick smoke as protesters lit tyres. Intermittent sniper fire was heard and crowds of protesters were seen rushing towards the fence, although Israels military said none had managed to breach it.


The use of force is, as always, disproportionate. This isn't policing. It isn't "self-defence". It's simply mass-murder. Governments which do this deserve to be overthrown. The politicians and soldiers responsible need to be prosecuted. And since Israel will never hold its own to account, we need an international court to do so.

09:16

Australian Greens Announce New Income Fairness Policy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Studies have shown that good looking people earn more the rest of the population.

University of Michigan information science professor Markus M. Mobius has identified three reasons why beautiful people are more successful:

1. Physically attractive workers are more confident, and higher confidence increases wages.

2. For a given level of confidence, physically attractive workers are (wrongly) considered more able by employers.

3. Controlling for worker confidence, physically attractive workers have better verbal skills (such as communication and social skills) that raise their wages when they interact with employers.

The Australian Greens do not believe this is fair or consistent with the Greens policy platform that people should not be economically rewarded for luck, skill or effort.

Accordingly, the Australian Greens today announce a new policy which seeks to redress this inequity.  In the new financial year, the Greens will table a private members bill that will seek to legislate mandatory cosmetic surgery for those attractive people earning too much.  In a Green world, beauty and attractiveness cannot be tolerated.

To demonstrate the Australian Greens resolve, the entire Federal Parliamentary Party has agreed, where necessary, to undergo such a procedure.  At the current time, none of the members passed the necessary threshold requiring treatment.

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09:14

Catalyst workshop "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Very recently, we had the absolute pleasure of hosting a visit from Young Voices for Animals Catalyst partakers here at Edgars Mission. How very lucky we were to meet this group of inspiring young people, who will be the voice for farmed animals in the not so distant future.

We took them under our wing and provided them with knowledge from Founder and Director, Pam Ahern about how to accomplish their aims of turning their compassion for animals into direct action. Kyle Behrend, our Operations Manager, lead the young voices through a workshop on leadership.

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These kind souls, went on an adventure. An adventure which included many of our rescued residents here at the sanctuary. Watching these wonderful young people hand feed our chickens and cuddle up to Beanie and his friends, we felt hope in our hearts that these compassionate souls will lead the future, to a kinder world for all.

An endless thank you, to Young Voices for Animals offering us to the opportunity to spread our message of kindness, to the youth of the future.

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09:09

Croc fisherman dragged back to court: $7000 fine demanded by State ALP "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

from Jim OToole

The Queensland Police Service, under pressure from the Labor Party is attempting to crucify a 69 year old Cairns resident, Errol Copley, for catching a 3 metre crocodile on a 68lb mackerel fishing line. The croc eventually died.

Wildlife officers from the Environment Department came across the dead croc when looking for illegal fish nets in a creek running through Mr Copleys farm at Deeral, south of Cairns

The officers set up a covert camera which caught Mr Copley disposing of the dead croc on January 18.

He was subsequently fined $500 in the Cairns Magistrates Court.

Mr Copley said he had no intention of catching such a large croc on a set, light line but due to its short length the croc was unable to return to the water after the hook pierced the gut wall and lodged in the reptiles heart.

The semi-retired cane farmer and commercial fisherman removes mangrove shoots on mud flats near the Cairns Esplanade as a part-time job.

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Police want to make an example of Mr Copley by dragging him back to the Magistrates Court arguing his original $500 fine and  no conviction would not deter farmers from slaughtering crocs.

Police and the Labor Partys environment department want the fine increased to $7000.

Herein lies Mr Copleys defence.

Ever since former Premier Peter Beattie in 2001 unlawfully altered the Queensland Constitution...

09:02

MACKAY Boozy night leads to trouble for travelling boilermaker "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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08:46

How did the Qld government accumulate so much debt? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

One of Queensland Deputy Premier-Treasurer Jackie Trads biggest challenges in her first state budget, to be delivered next month, is to demonstrate a credible debt reduction strategy. She needs to show how she can reduce state debt from its current level of $71 billion, or at least prevent it from blowing out to nearly $81 billion, as currently projected for 2020-21. In this regard, she will be helped by healthy royalty and payroll tax revenues, but she also has to cope with a fall in Queenslands share of GST revenue and the legacy of the past debt build up, which costs the general government budget $1.5 billion in interest expenses each year.

When chatting with people about my forthcoming book Beautiful One Day, Broke the Next, to be published by Connor Court later this year, I am often asked how the state government accumulated so much debt. To answer this question, I analysed the cash flow statements of the Queensland government over 2006-07 to 2015-16, the ten year period in which total state debt increased by over $54 billion. I am looking at the whole Queensland government, including government-owned corporations (GOCs), because its the total debt figure that the rating agencies such as S&P and Moodys focus on, and also because the lines between the general government sector and GOCs have been blurred in Queensland (see my post Qld state debt debate is challenging for both sides).

The main driver of the additional borrowing over the ten years to 2015-16 was capital outlays in excess of cash available. On its operating activities, the Queensland government, both general government and GOCs, ran cash surpluses over the period. But there were large cash deficits overall taking into account capital expenditure (see figure below). Also, adding to the total borrowing requirement were additional interest expenses incurred because of all the additional borrowing. This accounted for a substantial share (around 30%) of the cash deficits over the period. Note also:

  • the state governments commitment over most of this period to pre-funding some of its liabilities (e.g. defined benefit superannuation and long-service leave) added to the borrowing requirement (i.e. the block labelled Financial investments for liquidity purposes); and
  • asset sales and leases (which are negative Financial investments for policy purposes), largely by the Bligh government in 2010 and 2011, substantially reduced the overall borrowing requirement.

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08:43

Power companies overcharging by $400m a year "IndyWatch Feed National"

CANBERRA, AAP Allegations electricity networks and gas companies are gouging customers hundreds of millions of dollars to pay their corporate tax bills will be investigated by the energy regulator.

Federal Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg has announced the Australian Energy Regulator probe amid suspicion energy companies are overcharging customers by as much as $400 million a year.

He said tax office analysis between 2013 and 2016 has revealed a discrepancy between the tax allowances the regulator previously set for network businesses and the amount they actually pay.

It is totally unacceptable for consumers to be charged for corporate tax liabilities that are not actually incurred, Mr Frydenberg said on Tuesday.

The Turnbull Government wants to ensure consumers are paying no more for their energy than they have to.

An initial report from the regulator is expected mid-year, with a final report to go to COAG energy ministers by December.

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08:29

Julie Bishop with another "up yours" to President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu "IndyWatch Feed National"

"Remember this moment. This is history" - Israel's PM Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at opening of US embassy in Jerusalem https://t.co/hpatusvTgV pic.twitter.com/dTSCqgohAp BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) May 14, 2018 America and Israel will remember. Ms Bishop could have mustered up something a little more substantial than her flippant, dismissive effort...

08:18

Nakba Day: Hopes Of Return Burn Bright For Young Palestinians "IndyWatch Feed National"

The dreams of young Palestinians to return to their homelands have not faded, despite generations of forced displacement, writes Senator Lee Rhiannon.

On a Tuesday afternoon in March, I found myself in the middle of the noise and bustle of one of Beiruts many busy suburbs. Surrounded by the traffic of people and cars, I couldnt help but wonder exactly what I should do if I was stood up. I was alternating between the hope the group of young people I was waiting for would be able to find me, and the hope that they felt interrupting their day to meet me would be worth their while.

The aroma of pistachios from the nut roaster behind me had almost won me over when I was greeted with hugs and three kisses (as is the local style) by four smiling young Palestinians who were to be my tour guides through one of Beiruts larger refugee camps Bourj el-Barajneh. My pronunciation is far from accurate but I am told it means tower of towers, the name of the Beirut suburb next to where the camp is located.

As the five of us walked through the camp, I couldnt help but be struck by the sheer chaos. I have previously visited other refugee camps in Lebanon and Palestine. But the Bourj el-Barajneh camp or simply Bourj as it is known is extraordinary. This camp, one of the poorest of the Palestinian refugee camps, houses a very large population that live in tiny rooms packed on top of each other.

A tangled web of electricity cables droop across the narrow alleys. In recent years over 50 people have died here from electrocution. The dangers are ever present, but still life goes on. Children play on their bicycles, street vendors sell their wares and people stop and chat.

Electricity cables, strewn across an intersection at the Bourj Al Barajneh camp in Beirut, Lebanon. Its home to tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees.

The Bourj el-Barajneh camp was established in 1948 on one square kilometre of land. It was one of several sites the Lebanese government provided to accommodate the thousands of Palestinian refugees who poured into this country when they fled or were forced to leave their homes first by armed Zionist forces, and later by the Israeli army.

Bourj was never intended to house more than 10,000 Palestinian refugees. The current estimate of people living in this camp is at least five times that number.

The de...

08:06

Man arrested with drugs, ice pipes and stolen goods "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police searched the car of a qualified driver in Casino on Monday, revealing ice pipes, drugs, a large knife and stolen goods.

They allege that about 9.30am they police stopped the car on Hotham Street, knowing that the driver was disqualified.

While speaking to 28-year-old Casino man, police observed drugs, an ice pipe and a large machete-style knife on the passenger seat of the car. A search of the vehicle revealed another large knife, a further seven ice pipes, a laser pointer and cannabis.

Police then raided the mans a Canterbury Street address, seizing 25 brand new leather jackets and vests, another laser pointer, two deep cell batteries, an inverter and an oxy-acetylene welding kit with a total value of about $10,000 all of which they allege to have been stolen.

The man has been charged with driving while disqualified, possessing a prohibited weapon, having a knife in a public place, possessing a prohibited drug, possession of equipment to administer a prohibited drug and goods in custody suspected of being stolen.

He has been bail refused and will appear in Lismore Local Court Tuesday, May 15.

 

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08:00

From the Australian War Memorial - Vale: Brigadier Jeffrey James JJ Shelton DSO MC "IndyWatch Feed National"

Jim Shelton was a great man and a good friend to me and many of my mates. I hope you enjoy learning more about him in this tribute put together by Bendan Nelson's staff at the Australian War Memorial. Vale: Brigadier Jeffrey James JJ Shelton DSO MC 14 May 2018...

08:00

May 15 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


1788 - The foundation stone for Government House was laid, not on the Hell Mouth as some in the UK would have us believe but in Sydney.
The convict builder James Bloodworth laid the foundations for a two-storied, six-roomed brick house destined to become the residence of all the early Governors of New South Wales, and the first permanent building to be erected in Australia.

1803 - The first public Mass under the new regulations was celebrated in Sydney, taken by Father James Dixon .

1804 - Lt-Colonel David Collins wrote to Gov King saying that in his view, 'there certainly can be no longer any advantage in maintaining an Establishment at Risdon Creek, as I am in a much more eligible situation'. Still Navy Lieutenant John Bowen continued to linger on in Hobart, and apparently rather enjoyed his last weeks there. In fact Knopwood, says that Bowen spent his time exploring, hunting and staying overnight with Martha Hayes his mistress at her farm at New Town.

1808 - Convicts seized the Harrington during the evening while the vessel lay at anchor in Port Jackson. The convicts numbered about fifty. The vessel was boarded whilst the master was on shore and the mate and twenty three of the crew were made prisoners. The ship's cables were cut, and passing the fort in the darkness the convicts cleared the harbour successfully.The Pegasus was sent in pursuit but failed to secure the pirates and returned to Sydney after an exhausting search. The names of the Harrington pirates seem never to have been identified nor the final number of those who escaped.

1809 - The Sydney Gazette resumed publication (lack of paper; no Gazette during Rum Rebellion on which overthrew Governor Bligh).

1815 - The Supreme Court unanimously adopted a rule that no attorney who had been struck off the roll should be admitted to practise before it.

1818 - Poor old Father Jeremiah O'Flynn got flung into gaol for not having the correct credentials for a priest.
Hmmph, his robes mustn't have flowed the right way or he liked the altar wine a little too much.

1819 - Lachlan Macquarie was getting his knickers in a twist when he penned;
It having been reported to me that a Banditti of about Twenty Armed Runaway Convicts had within the last two days made their appearance near the Stone-Quarry-Creek in the Cow-Pastures, I this day at 1. P.M. Sent off a Detachment of 22 Soldiers of the 48th. Regt., Commanded by Lieut. Close, with 7 days Provisons in pursuit of this Banditti, with Instructions to scour every part of the Cow Pastures, and to apprehend or destroy these Violators of the Public Peace.

1820 - Rev. John Joseph Therry wrote to Guv'ner Macquarie;
Sir,
As I intend with your permission to celebrate Divine Service in Parramatta on Sunday next, and as I am....

08:00

Peter Duttons rule of law comments could come back to haunt him "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Peter Duttons rule of law comments could come back to haunt himHome Affairs Minister Peter Dutton and senior staff from his department could face criminal prosecution over delaying medical airlifts for refugees, says former Victorian WorkCover lawyer Max Costello. read now...

07:41

CFO of Australias Commonwealth Bank Quits Role To Join EOS Token Developer Block.One "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Rob Jesudason, the CFO of Australias Commonwealth Bank has resigned with immediate effect in order to join EOS token developer Block.one as group president and COO

07:40

Police catch up with crim who removed ankle bracelet "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Police have arrested and charged a man wanted on outstanding warrants, who had allegedly cut off an ankle bracelet and moved interstate.

About 9am on Monday (May14), police were called to Marine Parade, Kingscliff, after reports of persons attempting to gain access to several mail boxes in unit blocks along the street.

Police attended and spoke to two men, including a 37-year-old man, who allegedly provided false details to police.

Officers searched the man and located a knife and Queensland drivers licence in a different name.

He was arrested and taken to Tweed Heads Police Station, where after further inquiries, his true identity was discovered.

Police discovered the man had two outstanding warrants, relating to domestic violence offences. The man had allegedly removed his ankle bracelet and relocated to Queensland.

The mans two outstanding warrants were executed and he was also charged with goods in custody and custody of knife in public place.

He was refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court today (Tuesday, May 15).

Superintendent Wayne Humphrey, Operations Manager for the Northern Region, says the arrest shows police will eventually catch up to anyone who tries to avoid detection by using false details.

Someone who removes a monitoring device and tries to use a false identity is clearly of high risk to the community and police will take all steps to locate and arrest them.

We will ensure your past will catch up with you eventually, Superintendent Humphrey said.

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07:34

In which the pond celebrates rolled gold Caterism ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


The pond knew at once that it was the Caterist at work, and though not blessed by a Lobbecke, it had been touched by a Krygsman

It grieves the pond to note that in the strict hierarchical, patriarchal world of the reptiles, a Krygsman must perforce be thought of as rolled gold - oh how rolled gold has rolled out as a form of abuse these last few days, without much sense or understanding of the cheap trinkets to which it refers - but perforce, taking the name of Groucho Marx in vain is better than nothing

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The pond was so delighted to see that the cash in the paw had kicked in, that it rushed out the news yesterday, with a link to the source here

It has to be said that the Department of Finance is a little slow in its reporting - this cash in the paw kicked in a long time ago and will expire in August 2018 - as if they're ashamed at this use of taxpayers' hard-earned money - but still the news that the Caterists remain on the taxpayer teat is better late than never

It adds a piquant flavour to anything the Caterists have got to say about pretty much anything, though perhaps allegedly caring about the fate of taxpayers is the headiest, richest stew of hypocrisy of all ...


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07:30

Hanson plays Trojan Horse to curtail freedom of speech "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Pauline Hanson has a flair for bizarre moments. The two latest is that she has made herself president of One Nation for life and that she is telling the Australian government that it will not enjoy One Nation support, unless it effectively destroys the ABC.

What the most bizarre about these episodes, is that the existing political leadership of this country and big media have not uttered a word of criticism. This should be noted. Both present themselves as the protectors of democracy.

Consider this. Pauline has established what passes as a political party, and is registered as a political party, but is in truth a private company operating for her personal profit. She dictates, and the members have no voice.

This says a lot about where Hanson is coming from. Before continuing with this, it should be observed, that it also speaks volumes about our political leaders and media bias.

This takes us to the campaign against the ABC. Is this a crusade or free speech? No. It is waged against that has been described by one of its leading champions, Andrew Bolt, as a campaign to clean out the collective of leftists.

You see, any opinion not sanctioned by Rupert Murdoch is intolerable and must be presented as having no legitimacy. This is an ideological war, aimed at effectively outlawing anything, but support for Murdoch style corny politics. The political process is turned into a controlled business interest.

There is also the very important point that the ABC is a business competitor of commercial media. The less ABC, the more profitable potential for the commercial media.

Pauline Hanson has made herself available as a convenient tool. Her antics are used. She in return is made untouchable, at least for now. Her personal interests, sectional business interests, and those of our political leaders intersect.

Last week, the government cut funding by $84 million. Pauline, no doubt looking for a headline, cried out that this is not nearly enough. She wants so far as to threaten Malcolm Turnbull that she would not support his government, if he didnt comply. She upped the ante, and by doing so, at once made the cut appear more reasonable and set the stage for a further cut.

It is no accident that the war on the ABC comes at the same time as the extension of the restrictions on what journalists can say and the erosion of the protection of sources.  Nor is it an accident that this same alliance champions the rise of autocratic government and the slow restriction of...

06:28

1) Abusers against Jubi journalists will be prosecuted "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) Scientists highlight 9 new reef fish species off West Papua
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Jayapura, Jubi  Two police officers of Nabire Police, who mistreated Jubi journalist Abraham Amoye You while covering the candidate debate of Deiyai election in Nabire on Saturday, 5 May 2018, will be prosecuted.
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06:15

Abetz now has the impudence to chastise Justine Keay ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The appalling Senator Eric Abetz had been paid millions from the public purse while sitting illegally as a dual national in the Senate from 1994 to 2010, this being the year he renounced his German citizenship in order to head off my challenge in the High Court of Australia. He now has the impudence to chastise Justine Keay through the columns of the Mercury, and I suggest he is guilty of precisely the same offence

06:02

New quantum probability rule offers novel perspective of wave function collapse "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Quantum theory is based heavily on probabilities, since measuring a quantum system doesnt produce the same outcome every time, but instead yields one of many outcomes that each occur with a certain probability. Now in a new paper, physicists have presented a new quantum probability rule for assigning probabilities to measurement outcomes, or events, that essentially combines two of the most important quantum probability rules (the Born rule and the wave function collapse rule) into one.

The physicists, Sally Shrapnel, Fabio Costa, and Gerard Milburn, at The University of Queensland in Australia, have published a paper on the new rule in the New Journal of Physics.

One of the most important probability rules in quantum is the Born rule, which gives the probability that a measurement yields a certain event. However, things get a little bit more complicated when predicting consecutive events. Although in classical scenarios its possible to assign joint probabilities to consecutive events using conditioning, in quantum scenarios this is not possible since each measurement necessarily disturbs the system. So in quantum mechanics, the state must be updated with this new information after every measurement.

06:00

An investment bank for Australias aid program "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

It was a privilege to be part of 3MAP (the 3-Minute Aid Pitch competition) at the 2018 Australasian Aid Conference. I was very impressed by the other nine wonderful ideas for the Australian aid program. But we are in an age of financial constraint, and the question is: how can we fund these initiatives? And thats where my idea comes in.

I propose that Australia creates a sovereign development finance institution (DFI) to engage in the growing market for impact or social investing that is revolutionising overseas aid. A DFI can make loans, take equity and/or provide guarantees to support private investments promoting development.

But why allow the evil investment banker into aid? Well, the foxes are in the henhouse already. Bankers have been involved in aid for many decades, notably through microfinance, pioneered by groups such as Opportunity International (started by former Senior Australian of the Year, David Bussau) and Grameen Bank (founded by 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Mohammad Yunus).

It was the first successful impact investment area. An early example is the Mexican microfinance institution Compartamos: one initial investor realised a staggering 134 times its USD1 million investment, over a period when Compartamos grew to reach 660,000 clients, 98% of whom were poor women.

There are at least four reasons why I think establishing an Australian DFI is timely.

First, as we know, Australias aid budget is much smaller than it was and even less than once forecast. Our ODA has fallen from A$5.1 million in 2013-14, which represented 0.33 per cent of gross national income (GNI), to A$4.1 billion in 2017-2018, now equal to approximately 0.23 per cent of GNI. So, it is important to do things more efficiently and effectively.

The UKs DFI, CDC, has obtained a seven per cent annual return whilst building its capital base to 4.8 billion, from a value of 2.0bn just ten years ago. The funds invested by CDC catalysed other investors, together driving economic growth. An example of this is the creation of a million jobs by CDC portfolio companies in 2015 while another 17.9 million jobs were supported.

Using impact investment as part of the aid program would also be consistent with the Foreign Policy White Paper released last year, with one of the four tests it set for Australias aid program being to deliver results and value for money.

Second, donors are putting less money into aid and grants anyway, and more into impact investments, in areas such as Fintech, renewable energy, infrastructure, healthcare, and ed...

06:00

NATION: No ScoMo. Its not Bill. Your own pants are on fire "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Liar, screeches Scott Morrison, the pot calling the kettle black, opting fittingly for a personal insult rather than a reply to Bill Shortens Budget reply, Thursday. ScoMo snatches a moment from commissioning a culturally sensitive, brilliantly timed erection of a statue of James Cook, to signal hes on the Right white side of history in his electorate of Cook. Its inspirational; an emblem of so much the member for Cook stands for. It will cost a lazy $50 million that might otherwise have been wasted on The ABC or squandered on ASIC, both of which have been crippled in his budget cuts Fairfax: The women the budget forgot Fairfax: Shorten vows to put Hanson at back of the queue on preferences Guardian: Coalitions budget fails to turn around Turnbulls governments fortunes

05:55

Follow coin: A starters guide "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dont know how to get started investing in cryptocurrency? With over 1,600 cryptocurrencies, it can definitely be hard to choose. Recognizing the need for cryptocurrency investment guidance, the team behind Follow Coin has launched a project letting you follow top []

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05:50

Only a flesh wound "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Chris Berg and I had an op-ed in the Daily Telegraph last week on the ABC. It doesnt seem to be online but Im reproducing it below.

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Judging by the howls of outrage echoing through twitter it seems that the Turnbull government has destroyed our democracy, if not Australian civilisation itself. But no. The Turnbull government has frozen ABC operational funding for three years. That translates to a funding cut of some $83 million.

Not $83 million per year, mind you. Over three years.

Not quite a rounding error, but hardly a crisis.

The ABC only has itself to blame. In the pre-budget period it went well out of its way to annoy the government. The prime minister a former communications minister is something of a fan. Yet the ABC chose to publish a highly opinionated and factually challenged analysis by the ABCs Chief Economics Correspondent of the governments centrepiece economic policy. Then there was the small matter of pooh-poohing the current communications ministers complaint about a conservative politician being pointlessly abused in a comedy skit.

These hostilities have not come cheap.

There may well be a market for edgy humour, but the ABCs efforts tend to boorishness. Reproducing flawed ALP and Greens talking points on company tax cuts as being independent and trust worthy is arguably a greater problem. These are not minor lapses in editorial policy the ABC is politically biased and incapable of self-regulation.

Rather than viewing the ABC as a trusted news source we should recognise it as being a political actor in its own right. Not just any sort of political actor. Journalists, as David Marr has suggested, are usually vaguely soft-left and sceptical of authority.

The ABC, however, is not so vague and not so soft. A 2013 survey of journalists revealed that 41.3% of ABC journalists intended to vote Greens at the 2013 election. That compares with 19.8% of journalists at both Fairfax and News and just 8.7% of the electorate.

ABC journalists are well to the left of journalists in general, and nearly five times more likely to vote Greens than the general public.

To be fair there is nothing wrong with voting Greens or being left-wing. Journalists are citizens too. But the ABC claims to be a bulwark of our democracy. While nearly 80% of Australians claim to believe that the ABC is balanced and even-handed there is a huge drop off in actual audience numbers. There are three to four times as many Australians who claim to trust the ABC than who actually watch the ABC. Sure 86% of Australians value to ABCs service to the community, but that probably reflects its status as an emergency broadcaster.

General...

05:49

Sandpit "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

A new sandpit for long side discussions, conspiracy theories, idees fixes and so on.

05:48

Monday Message Board "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.

05:45

Tarkine ... The big one that got away! "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Almost half a century ago two track cutters working in a remote section of the Tarkine stumbled upon a giant eucalypt of unbelievable proportions. The exact location of this magnificent discovery was never accurately recorded, and so to date its whereabouts has remained a puzzling mystery stirring wonder to whether this extraordinary tree is still alive today?

05:39

Getcha Friedman tickets "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Avoid disappointment buy your Friedman Conference ticket now, if not sooner.

Cats get a discount, use the promo code CATALLAXY18 (you might have to enter that lowercase).

Be challenged by Australias leading thought leaders, public intellectuals, and  provocateurs.

05:36

Nakba Day: The Palestinian Slaughter Goes On But A Path To Peace Is Still Possible "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We need to hear less from liberal Zionists about how pessimistic they are, and more about the urgency of justice for Palestine, says Nick Riemer.

Today is Nakba (catastrophe) Day, when Palestinians commemorate the cataclysm of their expulsion from their homes in 1948. The most important voices to hear today are theirs: before they read Western commentators, anyone who cares about the tragedy of the Middle East should read Palestinian ones. There could be few better places to start than this powerful meditation by Randa Abdel-Fattah on loss, rage and hope.

But it is also important for those of us not directly affected by the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine to show that we will not be silent: attending the demonstrations taking place around the country (in Sydney and Brisbane tonight, in Melbourne and Canberra on the weekend) are one obvious way to do so.

Protests are necessary, but they can seem a weak gesture in the face of the carnage on the Gaza boundary. Since the first Great Return March a month and a half ago, around ninety people have been killed by IDF snipers. The victims include at least two journalists and five children. As of midnight Sydney time on Monday, no less than 40 protesters had been killed, and over 900 injured in Gaza on that day alone.

As well as these assassinations, thousands of overwhelmingly peaceful Palestinian protesters have been deliberately shot, often causing devastating injuries, by members of the most moral army in the world. In at least 17 cases, amputations have been necessary. With mass crossings of the Gaza fence expected this week, the death toll can only mount tragically higher.

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Israels actions have been documented and denounced by organisations like Medicins Sans Frontiere and Human Rights Watch. Yet, true to form, Western leaders, Australias included, ha...

05:30

Top secret surveillance shows fisherman Joe Pirrello was the common link in drug syndicate "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

AN Ulladulla fisherman could be facing life behind bars after pleading guilty to masterminding one of Australias largest cocaine smuggling syndicates. Joseph Joe Pirrello, 64, was the kingpin behind a gang caught smuggling 500kg of cocaine wrapped in Emporio Armani packaging to shore at Brooklyn on the Hawkesbury River on Christmas Day 2016 This story links to John Hawkins story: Seafish Tasmania, Cocaine, Trawlers and a fine Stink ...

05:15

Mr Trump and Gaza ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

*Cartoon: Martyn Turner, used with permission: https://www.facebook.com/martynturnercartoons/ . http://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/martyn-turner Guardian: Israel: Trumps new embassy opens and dozens are killed Gaza counts its dead as tens of thousands protest in bloodiest day since 2014 war

03:05

6 Childrens Toys that Need to Be Recalled Immediately "IndyWatch Feed National"

We all know to keep sharp objects and meds out of reach of our kids, but seemingly harmless toys can turn deadly fast. Is your kid playing with one of those toys right now?

Its the kind of story that makes every parents heart race: On Monday, March 5, a 3-year-old boy in Australia choked to death on a small plastic ball as his mom desperately tried to save him. We all know to keep knives, sharp scissors, and medications out of reach of our kids, but how can something as innocent as a plastic ball turn so deadly?

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), toys such as small balls cause a handful of child deaths each year in the United States. Many of these injuries occur when there is a child over age 3 in the house, with a sibling under age 3, says Neal Cohen, a consumer safety lawyer in Washington, DC. Be careful to keep the smaller toys away from the younger child, and never assume that all the toys in your house are in the same condition they were when you bought them. You should regularly go through the deepest, darkest corners of the playroom and get rid of any small pieces that may have broken off.

Here are 6 common toys that are shockingly dangerous to younger kidsand even some older ones.

Bouncy Balls and Marbles

Babies and toddlers are notorious for putting anything within reach into their mouth, which is why the CPSC strictly regulates what size toys can be marketed for children under age three (anything with parts smaller than 1.5-inches in diameter is a no-go). Marbles and small rubber balls are particularly dangerous, as a child can pop them in his mouth, causing choking or asphyxiation, which is what happened when that little Australian boy played with a rubber bouncy ball.

High-powered Magnets

These extra-strong magnets, which usually come in sets for creating shapes and sculptures, are a major hazardespecially if your child swallows two or more. The magnets can be attracted to each other through intestinal walls, trapping them in place and causing severe pain, intestinal damage, and even death. In many cases, they need to be removed by surgery. These injuries tend to happen with older tweens and even teens, says Cohen. They might be joking around that the magnet is a tongue piercing, and then accidentally swallow it but are too embarrassed to say anything.

Balloons

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02:56

David Leyonhjelm guest post on the budget "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

When someone does something they shouldnt, its often the cover-up that heralds their downfall rather than the original error.

In Tuesdays budget the Coalition Government broke its commitment to offset new spending measures with reductions in spending elsewhere. For a fan of small government like me, this is disappointing enough. But for many people, its the Governments attempt to cover up its breach that might disappoint them more.

The Governments affirmation of its commitment was as clear as day in the key budget document: new spending measures will be more than offset by reductions in spending elsewhere within the budget.

And the Government pretended to deliver on this commitment by claiming that: the overall impact of new spending decisions in this budget is an improvement to the bottom line of $404 million over the four years to 2021-22.

However, this $404 million figure is a result of creative accounting that would make our banks blush.

First, the Government decided to rush a billion dollars of new spending out the door before 1 July so that it wasnt counted in the four years to 2021-22. This was supposedly to provide long-term support for research and supercomputing infrastructure, apprenticeships and the Great Barrier Reef 2050 Partnership Program.

There were no offsetting spending reductions elsewhere to compensate for the end-of-financial-year splurge.

Second, the Government still plans an increase in net spending in the four years starting on 1 July; it just doesnt look like that at first glance. In an accounting trick that Enron would be proud of, the Government provided $500 million to the Defence Department before 1 July, but reduced spending by $488 million in the four years starting on 1 July.

Inevitably, the Department will spend this stockpile of funds over the coming four years, rather than in the next six weeks. If Defence spending was honestly accounted for, it would be plain to see that the Government is increasing net spending in the four years starting on 1 July.

Such manipulation of money flows to the Defence Department is nothing to do with national defence and everything to do with hiding the Governments failure to meet its commitment to reduce net spending. Its a cover up plain and simple.

The Coalition Government clearly felt it necessary to fake its compliance with a commitment to reduce net spending. This suggests the Coalition knows that reducing spending is a good thing, but just cant muster the courage to do it. Its hard to say whats worse: a fan of big government who unashamedly increases net spending, or a supporter of smaller government who increases net spending and feels guilty about it.

Even leaving aside its accounting fiddles,...

02:34

Trickle Down economics in Australia, satire "IndyWatch Feed National"

This video says about itself:

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02:07

Where the Heck is Nauru? "IndyWatch Feed National"

...and why should you care?

Essentially, it's an island near Australia which declared its independence. The island was covered in guano (bird crap) which was strip mined. Nauru boasted the highest per-capita income enjoyed by any sovereign state in the world during the late 1960s and early 1970s. When the phosphate reserves were exhausted, and the island's environment had been seriously harmed by mining, the trust that had been established to manage the island's wealth diminished in value. The birds shat elsewhere and it would take 10,000 years or so of flocking there to restore what had been removed. 

To earn income, Nauru became a tax haven and allowed money laundering activities. Banks popped up along the main street in Meneng.  Between 2001 to 2008, and again from 2012, it accepted aid from Australia in exchange for hosting the Nauru Regional Processing Centre. In essence, that's where Australia ships the illegal aliens that show up on its shores. Not a bad solution but the place can only host so many Iranians, Somalis and other Mohammedans. 

President Obama generously offered to take them all. President Trump put the brakes on that (more about that here), and Australia doesn't know what to do.

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02:00

MH370: Heres the key exchange that suggests the mystery still isnt solved "IndyWatch Feed National"

Some aviation experts now believe that the mysterious plane crash was the result of a murder-suicide. Others want better evidence.

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01:39

Weekly Cryptocurrency Price Analysis: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Bitcoin Cash, NEO and Ripple "IndyWatch Feed National"

This week, Bitcoin Cash hard fork should be the focus of the week. Maybe its bad coincidence but this is a hard fork happening right in the middle of a strong bear market. Mind you, despite Bitcoin Cash being a []

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00:16

It doesn't pay to tell outright political lies on national television.... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


.... because there are bound to be old election campaign warriors watching.

Australian Treasurer and Liberal MP for Cook Scott Morrison, ABC Insiders interview, 13 May 2018, telling an untruth:

You tell me when a government in their budget has ever provided detailed costings, post the forward estimates up to the medium term. Its never happened.
..we don't provide within-year estimates on the cost of expenditure items 

Hawker Britton Managing Director Simon Banks, Twitter, 13 May 2018, showing Coalition Government costings in 2014-15 Budget:
It is amusing to note that Scott Morrison was a member of the Coalition Government when that 2014-15 Budget was handed down. 

In fact he was a Cabinet Minister being then the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, so he would have more than a passing understanding of what went into those particular budget papers....

00:15

The reason Peter Dutton is looking so smug lately "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


Peter Dutton, 4 May 2016
Photo: Stephanie Peatling

Already a sitting member in a predominately 'white bread', somewhat politically disengaged Queensland electorate with a relativley large workforce and a stable employment rate, Liberal MP for Dickson, Minister for Home Affairs & Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton is exuding confidence bordering on arrogance.

Well he might - the Liberal Party having strongly lobbied the Australian Electoral Commission in last year's redistribution thereby slightly increasing the slim margin by which he holds the seat of Dickson, with ...

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Alteration of paraoxonase, arylesterase and lactonase activities in people around fluoride endemic area of Tamil Nadu, India. "IndyWatch Feed National"

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.. High fluoride content in ground and surface water is a serious ecological problem for many countries including Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, India, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Kenya, New Zealand, Libya, Turkey, South Africa, Srilanka, Thailand and the United States [1].

In this study, 3 districts of Tamil Nadu namely (i) Salem, (ii) Dharmapuri and (iii) Krishnagiri were selected based on the prevalence of high fluoride contaminated water in order to assess its toxicity in fluorosis patients.

As blood plays a major role for the circulation of fluoride in human and animals, it has been reported that blood enzymes profile is altered in fluorosis conditions which in turn provoke other consequences [6,7]. Paraoxonase (PON1) is an important anti-atherogenic and antioxidant enzyme, closely bound with high-density lipoproteins (HDL) that inactivates numerous toxic pollutants [8]. Thus, PON1 has been considered as a significant biomarker for complications caused by toxic pollutants in human as well as aided to predict the intensity of exposure [8,9].

Apart from this, many blood enzymes have been reported as biomarkers for different pathological conditions caused by toxic pollutants. However, there is no detailed report on blood enzymes including PON1 as biomarkers and their altered concentrations in fluorosis conditions.

The study subjects were categorized into 4 groups namely, group I (control), group II (mild), group III (moderate) and group IV (severe). Cases ailing from both skeletal and dental fluorosis were selected in this study. The personal characteristics, duration of fluoride exposure, medical history, family socioeconomic status and lifestyle information of the individual were collected using a predetermined questionnaire.

Of total 508 volunteers, 52 subjects were segregated into group I (28 males and 24 females; age 29 11 y), 112 subjects into group II (76 males and 36 females; age 28 7 y), 136 subjects into group III (78 males and 58 females; age 28 7 y) and 208 subjects into group IV (112 males and 96 females; age 30 11 y). Exclusion criteria were smoking, heart, liver / kidney disease, cancer, chronic inflammation, autoimmune and hematological disorders.

Furthermore, the decreased activity of the membrane bound enzymes, AChE and ATPase indicates that prevalence of memory loss with lower IQ scores as well as defect in signaling and energy metabolism in fluorosis patients. ROC-AUC helped to predict the severity of the fluorosis and significant cutoff values as diagnostic parameters in fluorosis patients.

TABLE 1 Effect of fluoride on biochemical parameters and enzymes. The concentration of serum fluoride in co...

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23:58

Fungi and conservation in the USA "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2016 video says about itself:

You might see some of these 11 bizarre and creepy looking fungi around the world; here are what theyre called and if they are edible.

6. The Bitter Oyster Mushroom. This mushroom is found in the local regions of North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia where it grows in clusters located mostly on oak, birch, and beech trees. Bitter oysters happen to be one of the manly bioluminescent mushrooms that exist and its only the eastern North American strain that is able to glow, unlike the Pacific strain. Its thanks to this species of mushroom that the term foxfire was coined by the early settlers. Fun fact: This mushroom is classified as being bioremediation as it has the power to absorb the toxins from environmental pollutants and is able to break down lignin.

5. Stemonitis fusca. This is a species of slime mold that isnt actually a fungus, however, it was at one point classified in the same kingdom. Sometimes theyre still grouped together as a means of convenience. These eukaryotic organisms are able to live as single cells but combine into multicellular reproductive structures. This type of slime mold can be found in small groups forming on dead wood. Its recognized by its slender stalks that hold up the sporangia that only grows to a height of around 6 to 20 millimeters tall. Theres over 900 documented species of slime mold that exist all over the world.

4. The Blue Milk Mushroom. The more common name for this edible mushroom is the indigo milk cap and it can be found in several different areas of the world including East Asia, Central America, and eastern North America, which is why theyre most often found in Chinese, Mexican, and Guatemalan food dishes. When the mushroom is cut open or broken it leaks an indigo milk or as its referred to latex and the mushroom begins to change into a green color once exposed to oxygen. This species of mushroom is definitely considered to be one of the most beautiful, yet, weird species in the world.

3. The False Morel...

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Ecuador May Soon End Asylum for Julian Assange "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Julian Assange is in immense danger. Remarks made this week by Ecuadors foreign minister suggest that her government may be preparing to renege on the political asylum it granted to the WikiLeaks editor in 2012 and hand him over to British and then American authorities.

On March 28, under immense pressure from the British and U.S. governments, Ecuador imposed a complete ban on Assange having any Internet or phone contact with the outside world, and blocked his friends and supporters from physically visiting him. For 46 days, he has not been heard from.

Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa stated in a Spanish-language interview on Wednesday that her government and Britain have the intention and the interest that this be resolved. Moves were underway, she said, to reach a definite agreement on Assange.

If Assange falls into the hands of the British state, he faces being turned over to the U.S. Last year, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions stated that putting Assange on trial for espionage was a priority. CIA director Mike Pompeo, now secretary of state, asserted that WikiLeaks was a non-state hostile intelligence service.

In 2010, WikiLeaks courageously published information leaked by then Private Bradley [now Chelsea] Manning that exposed war crimes committed by American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. WikiLeaks also published, in partnership with some of the worlds major newspapers, tens of thousands of secret diplomatic cables, exposing the daily anti-democratic intrigues of U.S. imperialism and numerous other governments.


Read more on Julian Assange


For that, Assange was relentlessly persecuted by the Obama administration. By November 2010, it had convened a secret grand jury and had a warrant issued for his arrest on charges of espionagecharges that can carry the death sentence. The then Labor Party government in Australia headed by Prime Minister Julia Gillard th...

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Aviation experts think Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crash was a murder-suicide "IndyWatch Feed National"

A panel of experts presented a new theory about MH370, which disappeared in the air nearly five years ago.

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Rooms to Rent "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Hi Folks,

I have a couple of rooms to rent, one furnished the other not. Open to short or long term rental. Great location with parkland on the doorstep, bike paths and PT close by. There is an ever-evolving veggie patch, heaps of space, a sleepout ideal for music, yoga, art...and a delightful inside outside dog. 

I am moving out in early September so there will be the opportunity to take over the lease as well.

Give me a ring on 0438 507 694 if you are interested. 

Someone called a couple of weeks back re the sleepout, sorry lost the number so give me a call if you are still interested.
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Free "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Fellow Newlanders, 

Ive got two good sized yukkas that need a new home rather than a spot at the tip. They are a cool looking plant and would suit a landscaped front yard. Just need digging out. Nice wet soil at the moment

Please call Bridget - 0419 090 519.


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PERTH Arrest after evade police incident, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Arrest after evade police incident, WA .

May 13, 2018 at 09:48PM .

A 41year old man from Ellenbrook is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today, 13 May 2018 after an overnight incident. Just after 10pm last

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.miragenews.com/arrest-after-evade-police-incident-wa/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNH8pJ8Rv16DbZdZhIgI_boqDayZHg

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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PERTH Arrest for Gosnells Armed Robbery, WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Arrest for Gosnells Armed Robbery, WA .

May 13, 2018 at 07:33PM .

A 25 year old woman from Mundijong has been charged with Armed Robbery and is due to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today, 13 May 2018.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.miragenews.com/arrest-for-gosnells-armed-robbery-wa/&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNEb7jQpx93RGxIv0kYl9rrW-UNNOQ

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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21:28

Bitcoin in Brief Monday: Belgium Expands List of Fraudulent Crypto Platforms, Plot to Kill Vinnik Uncovered in Greece "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Bitcoin in Brief Monday: Belgium Expands List of Fraudulent Crypto Platforms, Plot to Kill Vinnik Uncovered in Greece

In Mondays Bitcoin in Brief, Belgiums financial watchdog, which earlier this year published a warning about potentially fraudulent platforms promising fast and easy profits to crypto investors, has just expanded its blacklist. In Russia, reports have surfaced of a plot to assassinate Alexander Vinnik in Greece, where he fights an extradition request from US authorities accusing him of laundering billions of dollars, including funds from the hacked Mt. Gox. Elsewhere, Australia allocates budget for blockchain research, and Dubai-based exchange Bitoasis suspends dirham withdrawals.

Also read: This Week in Bitcoin: Ghost Scares Markets, Facebook Mulls Coin

Belgium Expands List of Fraudulent Crypto Platforms

Belgiums Financial Services and Markets Authority has expanded its list of unauthorized and potentially fraudulent crypto companies operating in the country. The financial watchdog has recently published a new warning noting that the FSMA is receiving an increasing number of consumer complaints regarding investments in cryptocurrencies [and] once again warns the public about these platforms, often operated by fraudsters who are now resorting to cryptocurrencies to swindle consumers. The regulator also said th...

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Kangaroo - A love Hate Story - Mornington Peninsula screening May 25, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Greensbush Association is screening the new international film about Kangaroos in Australia at 5.30pm May 25th at Main Ridge Community Hall, Main Creek Road, Main Ridge, (Mornington Peninsular) Victoria. This film has been screened and reviewed widely around the world to stunned reviews and I have not found any negative ones. It is not so well known in Australia, of course, because it challenges what governments and corporate press have to say about kangaroos. The Association screening this film is named after Greensbush Mornington Peninsular National Park, which is one of few places where kangaroos might now dwell in comparative safety, were it not for people on neighboring properties who treat them like pests and the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning which encourages this redneck approach to wildlife. Victorians will be concerned to hear that this film tells how the West Australian Commercial Kangaroo Meat industry is running out of kangaroos and planning to open up in Victoria. Of course the grubby Victorian Government is looking for any excuse to get rid of our wildlife. Turn up to this film-screening and maybe you can network with fellow wildlife warriors. The kangaroos need all the help they can get. If you doubt this, check the film out. Donations to cover the cost of the film and venue hire. All welcome! Map to venue at end of article. You can hire this film, host a screening, from https://kangaroothemovie.com/.

"Essentially, the film examines how the roo industry - both for meat and skin - has stealthily and very profitably capitalised on two words - pest and plague - to run itself in a chaotic, slipshod, unhygienic, inhumane and seriously under-regulated fashion. We are introduced to whistle-blowers, activists and politicians who are advocating not so much for revolution as transparency, while farmers and industry reps are also given their say.

The film does have a point of view, though, and a strong one, and will doubtless cause some consternation among those who dont want their ways challenged. The thing that shines through, however, is the integrity of the McIntyres: they didnt set out t...

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THE IRREPRESSIBLE BERYL "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Beryl's beloved bloods

The post THE IRREPRESSIBLE BERYL appeared first on The Westsider.

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The mind of the progressive "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

How is it that when it comes to optimistic budget revenue projections, nobody believes the experts within Treasury?

But when it comes to apocalyptic carbon and weather projections, prepared with the same methodology used for revenue projections, by the experts within the United Nations and the Department of Climate Changes, these projections are absolutely, positively and categorically correct and cannot be challenged.

Optimistic projections unbelievable.  Apocalyptic projections unchallengeable.

Perhaps there is a deeper problem in the mind of the leftist progressive.

Follow I Am Spartacus on Twitter at @Ey_am_Spartacus

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Guest post: Climate change is already making droughts worse "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Dr Benjamin Cook is a climate scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

Few areas of the world are completely immune to droughts and their often-devastating impacts on water resources, ecosystems and people.

Regions as diverse as California, the Eastern Mediterranean, East Africa, South Africa and Australia have all experienced severe and, in some cases, unprecedented droughts in recent years.

As with other climate and weather extremes, such as storms and floods, these events have spurred strong interest in questions surrounding the impact of climate change. For example, is climate change making droughts more frequent or severe? And can we expect climate change to contribute to increased drought risk and severity in the future?

The most recent research shows climate change is already making many parts of the world drier and droughts are likely to pack more punch as the climate warms further.

Defining drought

Droughts are among the most expensive weather-related disasters in the world (pdf), affecting ecosystems, agriculture and human society.

The scale of the impacts underlines how important it is to understand droughts and how their likelihood and severity can be made worse by climate change.

But this is easier said than done. For a start, drought is fundamentally a cross-disciplinary phenomenon it extends across the fields of meteorology, climatology, hydrology, ecology, agronomy, and even sociology...

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Australian Health Service Provider Asked to Pay $15,000 Bitcoin Ransom "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Cyber attacks are a very big problem in day and age. In a lot of cases, such threats are designed to steal sensitive information from companies and service providers. Australias Family Planning NSW recently fell victim to such an attack which saw thousands of patients almost having their sensitive details exposed. The criminals demanded a Bitcoin ransom for the sum of AU$15,000.

The Family Planning NSW Attack Explained

Family Planning NSW is one of the largest sexual health providers in Australia. They serve thousands of clients throughout the country. It also means the organization wields a lot of sensitive information, which poses a big target for hackers and other criminals. A recent cyber attack exposed a few weaknesses in the organizations website, which left their databases vulnerable. To this day, it remains unclear if anyone effectively had their details exposed in the process.

According to company officials, the attack was never about data theft. Instead, the hackers demand a Bitcoin ransom after infiltrating the website. With numerous attacks happening around the time period, the ulterior motive remains rather unclear. In the ransom message, the attackers threatened to shut down the Family Planning NSW website altogether.

Paying AU$15,000 in ransom is a rather steep amount. There was a timer on the website which showed the amount of time left to make the payment. It is unclear if the ransom has been paid at this stage. The Family Planning NSW website has been shut down to prevent any future attacks or discrepancies. The security weakness used for the previous attack has been addressed as well.

Bitcoin Ransom Requests Remain an Issue

Over the past few years, there has been an influx of criminal activity demanding a Bitcoin ransom. This trend has become most apparent in the malware industry. Various strains of ransomware will lock users out of their computers and wont....

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