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Monday, 16 January

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Raw science actually supports Antivaxxers: vaccines utterly DESTROY cellular immunity "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The myth that vaccines work is attributed to observations of mammals who recovered from infections with microorganisms that obtained natural immunity from future viruses.… Read More

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6 Examples of Modern-Day Orwellian 1984 Doublespeak "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The use of words as euphemisms, inoffensive synonyms, anodyne bureaucratic jargon and political correctness… serve to socially manipulate the masses into passivity.… Read More

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Donald Trump directly targets CIA Chief as intelligence community continues coup attempt "IndyWatch Feed National"

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(INTELLIHUB) — Just hours after outgoing CIA Chief John Brennan lashed out at Donald Trump for not “fully understanding” the Russian threat, Trump hit back by exposing the terrible record of Brennan before asking if he was the leaker of the documented disinformation dossier recently released by fake news purveyor BuzzFeed.… Read More

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Administrative Error - An Open Letter to the Greens on Euthanasia Safeguards "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The Elements of Life Mapped Across the Milky Way by SDSS/APOGEE "IndyWatch Feed National"

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<p class='lead'>The six most common elements of life on Earth (including more than 97% of the mass of a human body) are carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, sulphur and phosphorus.</p> The colors in the spectra show dips, the size of which reveal the amount of these elements in the atmosphere of a star. The human body on the left uses the same color coding to evoke the important role these elements play in different parts of our bodies, from oxygen in our lungs to phosphorous in our bones (although in reality all elements are found all across the body). In the background is an artist’s impression of the Galaxy, with cyan dots to show the APOGEE measurements of the oxygen abundance in different stars; brighter dots indicate higher oxygen abundance. Click on the image for a link to download a larger version. <strong>Image Credit:</strong> Dana Berry/SkyWorks Digital Inc.; SDSS collaboration

The six most common elements of life on Earth (including more than 97% of the mass of a human body) are carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, sulphur and phosphorus.

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GECA welcomes Patrick Walker as new Chair "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) is pleased to welcome Patrick Walker as the new Chair of GECA.

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9-to-5 Isn’t the Dream Anymore "IndyWatch Feed National"

I have a dream. And it isn’t a 9-to-5.

To be honest, I don’t even know what it is. I know it’s to make money, but not at the sacrifice of my humanity. It’s to contribute to society, but not in the same way my parents do it. It’s to work hard, but not to exhaustion. It’s to not be stuck in the same place for 10 or 20 or 30 years. It’s to have more good days than bad days. To have more happiness and excitement than anxiety and stress. It’s to live a life with meaning, without being defined by what I do.

At the risk of sounding like every other post-teen with a cause, the predetermined life plan that society has mapped out for me is one that I won’t follow. The idea of spending life in an office whilst the sun sets on my aging body is an unnatural and repulsive one.  No, I simply won’t have it. I’d sooner sail to the Indian Ocean and beg the Sentinelese to let me join their tribe.

I’ll admit that I don’t know much. I’m young, and probably don’t have a grasp on how the world really runs. I don’t know what it’s like to have to support a family, or have a mortgage to pay off. But I can tell you what I see.

I see a cluster of burnt out 9-to-5ers whose lust for life has been depleted.  People whose time at work ruins their free time, because in their minds, both worlds are the same.

It’s a bitter concept, and I don’t think having no motivation to join these people is lazy or ugly. Having the emotional endurance to want more from life is beautiful. There has to be more out there than what we’ve been exposed to or presented with.  And our generation is blessed in the sense that we have the freedom to find it.

By no means am I writing to downplay the aspirations and accomplishments of the generations before me. I truly appreciate all that they’ve done, and I’m not implying that we millennials are smarter or better or deserve more than them. I’d be proud to achieve half of what my parents have over their lifetime. But the entire notion of “work” has changed.

We are living in this liminal stage where it isn’t yet socially acceptable for an adult to not have a full-time job, but with job scarcity on the rise, full-time work might not be attainable, even if we want it. The paradigm of work has been modernised, and we’re the living test puppets. Most contracts won’t last more than a year when they used to last 10, and that’s if you’re lucky. And once you’re a contractor, no longer do you have access to superannuation or a retirement fund. But we’re s...

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Are the media really this clueless? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

If the insight of the media into all things is as penetrating as their insight into Trump’s attitude to themselves, these people are as stupid a bunch as I have ever seen. This is from The New York Times even: Trump Team Considers Moving Press Corps, Alarming Reporters. He is not thinking of excluding these left-wing clowns, but increasing the competition!

Sean Spicer, the incoming White House press secretary, issued a statement on Sunday that did not address the issue of a dedicated work space. “While no decisions have been made, there is enormous interest in covering Donald Trump,” he wrote. “The current briefing room only has 49 seats, so we have looked at rooms within the White House to conduct briefings that have additional capacity.”

Do they really think they are the soul of objectivity, that there is no other perspective on events other than their own? Do they really think that Trump feels he can trust them to report accurately and without bias? I only go to the traditional media to find out what the left thinks about policy and events, and thus to find out the sensation du jour. I go to everyone else to find out what is actually going on and for a proper perspective on policy. It is to everyone else that Trump intends to provide room for them to report.

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College Student Gets HPV Cancer After Receiving Gardasil Vaccine "IndyWatch Feed National"

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The VAXXED film crew recently interviewed Erin Crawford in Nashville about her experience with the HPV vaccine.

Erin was a completely healthy college student who was asked to take Gardasil as part of a trial.… Read More

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Julia Eileen Gillard AC - temporarily awarded highest honour in Australia Day honours list "IndyWatch Feed National"

Pride cometh before a fall. Ask Justice Einfeld. The Government of Turnbull has presided over the following award to be promulgated on Australia Day. Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia The Honourable Julia Eileen GILLARD SA For eminent service to the Parliament of Australia, particularly...

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a step-by-step meal plan guide "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Meal planning is a sanity saver.

It’s also a really great way to stick to a budget, calm those afternoon what am I going to cook nerves and significantly lessen your food waste.

So why is it that so many of us find it so difficult to write a plan and stick to it?

It’s because we’re busy, yes. But it’s also because we lack motivation, we’ve got fussy eaters, we’re dealing with multiple food intolerances and at the end of the day, we’ve lost any passion we may have had for making the family meal.

Cue: Stacey Clare. She’s a healthy mum who’s pretty passionate about cooking good, simple, nourishing food for her family of four. She’s also incredibly good at facetime live – she shares tips and tricks for finding organic produce at cheap prices, the best way to use leftovers and sneaky yet successful methods for adding vegies to breakfast, lunch and dinner.

I really like Stace and her no frills, no fuss approach to food. Today she’s launching her second Family Meal Plan Guide – a month of recipes and shopping lists so you don’t have to plan! She holds your hand for the entire time – tells you exactly what to buy, how to cook it, how to use leftovers and how to sneak extra veg into meals.

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17:55

Feeding 9 billion "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I have just been tipped off to this fantastic Joel Salatin video…… I think it’s ironic that Eclipe, a fan of Polyface Farm, is in complete disagreement with Joel who is totally anti hi-tech farming. In fact, like me, Joel believes in walking away from the Matrix (exemplified in this video by McDonald’s), and he lets both barrels go at the establishment…..

Enjoy.


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Humanitarian deeds define Shaoquett Moselmane’s stretch as a parliamentarian "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Shaoquett Chaher Moselmane thrives in the common good as an Australian politician, a member of the New South Wales Legislative Council since 2009. His stretch as a politician has been defined by deeds and not words alone. He has intertwined his political calling with humanitarian deeds, one after another. I have known Shaoquett since 2012 […]

16:48

For nerds and Popper fans "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

A talk by a major scientist on Popper’s philosophy of science and how it helped his career. Mostly good but a bit weak on some points, especially the function of consensus, he thinks that frauds are rapidly found out.

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The LNP-ONP coalition heading for a train wreck? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

With a Queensland election due in the next 12 months and the usual journalistic speculation about an early election, the LNP will soon be faced with the decision of whether to formalise its coalition with the ONP. At a minimum, that would mean an exchange of preferences. But, given that the LNP doesn’t look like winning a majority in its own right it will be difficult to avoid the question of a possible coalition government. I’ll offer the LNP the unsolicited advice that it would be better, both morally and in terms of long-term self-interest to lose honorably than to win with Hanson.

Obviously, Hanson is in the ascendant right now, a fact that has apparently been recognised with an invitation to Donald Trump’s inauguration (fact-check on this welcome). In Queensland, the issue has been sharpened by the recent defection to One Nation of LNP member Steve Dickson. Looking at the 2015 results for his electorate, I’d say that it’s quite likely that LNP preferences will end up deciding the outcome in the next election (that is, after Green preferences, the LNP will be behind both Labor and Dickson). This may be true in some Labor held seats also.

In these circumstances, the temptation to formalise the existing nod-and-wink deal will be great. But, there are some very big costs. Hanson draws on much the same electoral base as Palmer and Katter (and her own 1990s voters), and there is quite a bit of overlap in rhetoric. But, unlike Palmer and Katter, Hanson is an overt racist. That’s why the preference deals made in the 1998 election, over the objections of then-leader Rob Borbidge, were such a disaster. Another deal will cement the view of the LNP as being willing to chase the racist vote whenever it can see a momentary advantage in doing so. And this time, the federal Liberal and National parties, which steered clear of Hanson last time around, are equally implicated.

Of course, if you think as does William Bowe (Pollbludger) at Crikey, that it’s entirely clear that Hansonism is a more potent and enduring force than Katterism or Palmerism, it might be argued that the LNP has no alternative. Indeed,rightwing parties everywhere are facing this dilemma and most of them have chosen an alliance with (or, in the case of Trump) surrender to racism, rather than accept electoral defeat.

But the evidence suggests that the usually-sharp Pollbludger has called this one wrong. Scarcely a week has gone by without one of Hanson’s MPs or candidates making the headlines for all the wrong reasons, often leading to a hasty withdrawal of endorsement. And, in a repetition of the last go-around, Hanson has already alienated her core supp...

16:30

Dossiers and make believe: The CIA, Trump and unverified news "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Dossiers and make believe: The CIA, Trump and unverified newsThe concept of fake news has been turned inside out with the latest Trump dossier scandal, writes Dr Binoy Kampmark. read now...

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The US to Swap Indigenous Peoples of the Americas to Australia in Exchange for Middle East Muslims? Not a Joke! It’s in Reuters "IndyWatch Feed National"

The US promised Australia that they would take a bunch of Middle Eastern refugees-migrants that are trying to enter Australia if Australia would take Central American refugee-migrants! This was in Reuters news. It is found under World News videos and … Continue reading

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AFTINET calls for Senate to block TPP as government backs a dead agreement "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Media release, January 16, 2017: "The Prime Minister is backing a dead horse in his attempt to push the TPP implementing legislation through the Parliament despite the fact that Donald Trump has said the US will withdraw from the agreement,” Dr Patricia Ranald said today.The  Australian Senate inquiry into the TPP will  report on February 7. The ALP and Greens have a majority on this committee, and both have declared today that they will not support a dead agreement.We will continue to urge the majority in the Senate to block the TPP implementing legislation." See full release here.

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Tony Backhouse And His A Cappella Workshops In Mullum Jan 21st "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

‘Rehearsing for Heaven’, the world renowned A Cappella Singing workshop with global choral leader Tony Backhouse, returns to Mullumbimby on Saturday January 21st.

Open to all levels of singers, the spontaneous choir session will raise the roof, exploring traditional gospel music and related styles, in one wild afternoon.

Kiwi Tony Backhouse founded Australia’s longest running gospel, The Cafe at the Gate of Salvation, over 30 years ago, plus other small and large gospel groups all over the world. He’s taught at major musical institutions, collaborated with gospel choir leaders in American churches, Italian churches, Samoan churches, and tours singers through these authentic cultural revelations for over a decade.

But Tony is most beloved because of his absolute gift of getting folks singing in harmony, instantly, seemingly effortlessly, and always joyously!

Don’t miss this annual chance to let your voice and spirit rise, with the master, and a whole bunch of other enthusiasts!

Tickets: Cash at the door only, $35 or $30 for choir leaders and Summersong Music Camp grads
Arrive: 12:45 Workshop Time: 1 – 4pm
Venue: Byron Region Community College in Mullumbimby, 1 block behind Post Office. It’s got air con! Bring drinking water!

The post Tony Backhouse And His A Cappella Workshops In Mullum Jan 21st appeared first on Byron Bay Blog.

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Friday 13th unlucky for naked buggy driver "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A man who stripped naked and drove around the grounds of a Byron Bay resort in a golf buggy on Friday evening may count himself unlucky but guests at the resort are probably relieved he was arrested.

At about 6.00pm on Friday police were called to the resort on Butler Street following reports a drunk man was causing trouble.

Police allege the 30-year-old man from Coffs Harbour was trespassing on the grounds and that when staff tried to get him to leave, he jumped into a golf buggy and began driving it around the grounds ‘in an erratic manner’.

They say he knocked over a number of rubbish bins before crashing the cart into a gutter.

When staff again tried to speak to him, he stripped naked, ‘exposing himself to other members of the public in the area’.

When police arrived they say the man was ‘yelling and swearing, and had to be handcuffed’.

He was placed under arrest, and taken back to Byron Bay Police Station where he was charged with trespass, using the club cart without consent, wilful and obscene exposure, offensive language and behaving in offensive manner.

He was released on conditional bail, and will appear at Byron Bay Local Court on February 2.

 

The post Friday 13th unlucky for naked buggy driver appeared first on Echonetdaily.

15:06

The Resurrection of the Standing Stones – Australia’s Stonehenge: (The Rocks Have Been Found) "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Resurrection of the Standing Stones – Australia’s Stonehenge: (The Rocks Have Been Found)

By Steven & Evan Strong

With Hunwi Howarth, Jinki & Aunty Lois Cook

Not long ago I received a phone call from a lady I had never met, whose name, Hunwi, is as unique as is the set of circumstances that led to her seeking us out. She is, along with some other like-minded women, in the process of purchasing some small acreage that is, not coincidentally, less than two kilometres from the Standing Stones site.

What Hunwi witnessed was a passing parade of rocks which she felt would be of interest to us, some of which she believed originally stood on the main sacred Standing Stones mound. On an earlier visit to their prospective property, Hunwi saw a cluster of twelve Standing Stones positioned on the left-hand side of an internal road that continued on to the main quarry site. Soon after she returned with Original Elder Lois Cook and other interested parties to inspect these standing stones. Her return visit was a mixed blessing, in that the stones seen earlier had been removed, but directly above where they momentarily stood, the top soil had been removed and heavy machinery had been in motion. Hunwi spoke of massive slabs of rocks weighing tonnes, and more importantly shared with me the reasons why she was so convinced these are the same rocks that stood on the principle mound at the Standing Stones complex.

That claim was always the missing piece in the Standing Stones puzzle. More than once the elderly farmer, who when fifteen was directed by his father to destroy the site, spoke of the âŹSlarger stones⏠being stored in the dairy. Lacking in specifics of timing or perpetrator, he recalled that at some time soon after the war they mysteriously vanished, he suspected they were âŹSstolen,⏠perhaps at night, and to this day knows not where they lay. As to who, when or why his responses were vague and sometimes in conflict with earlier accounts, I put this down to being over ninety years old and thus clouding the edges of days long gone. Nevertheless, he was consistent in one important respect, these rocks were large and heavy and required specialised machinery. Until very recently, beginning in the 1940âŹ"s, this family had a monopoly in the a...

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I’ve got to tell you about Izzy "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Izzy piggy was a young sow I meet many years ago, not long after establishing Edgar’s Mission. That she was special was something that was not lost on me and most certainly not on her human carers. Although already well into my love affair with pigs and their rich emotional world, it is to Izzy that I credit my knowledge of just how much pigs bond and, yes, love their humans.

I first came to know Izzy when her humans had a change of circumstance and sought to rehome her. She was delivered to the sanctuary by them and it was tearfully clear they loved Izzy and she too them. At first Izzy seemed a gentle sow, although a little put out by the change of scenery and its inhabitants. But what came next was a total shock as the once-friendly Izzy morphed into the Godzilla of pigs, each day becoming more and more unpredictable—save for the fact that she clearly wanted to kill me. Although still in my early days of pig whispering, I considered I knew enough about pigs to work with Izzy; I was wrong. Clearly, reading all the available literature was no match for a pig who had not. I had much to learn.

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Fearful that Izzy would wreak her wrath on any who entered her yard, I bravely pronounced I would be the only one permitted to enter her pen. But even this, I was to find, had to be done with the speed of Usain Bolt and the dexterity of Nadia Comaneci. And then, when that was to prove not swift enough, seeing me resort to quickly pushing her feed tray under the fence, begging its contents would engage Izzy long enough for me to tidy her bed and remove her poops, all the while saying a little pray of thanks for the cleanliness of pigs for defecating in the one spot. However, even this strategy had its shortcomings. The situation was going from bad to worse as the days rolled on and the likelihood of me not escaping the jaws of pigzilla greatly heading north. At first I put Izzy’s moodiness down to the cursed hormones of sows, which sees pigs come into season every 21 days for a duration of anything from 24 to 48...

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The coming centenary of the 1917 NSW General Strike "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed by Glen August this year marks the centenary of the NSW General Strike, a strike occurring at the height of the Great Trade War....

The post The coming centenary of the 1917 NSW General Strike appeared first on The Pen.

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2016 Site Review "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Another year done for a site that is now just over four years old.  When I started this site I intended it just as an interim site while I explored other options, but in spite of some very minor frustrations (like difficulty in stopping spammers from even submitting comments) I've seen no compelling reason to move.

This year was a federal election year and the activity pattern for the year looks like this (the units are sessions per week):


The federal election and its post-count events basically swamp everything else.  Senate reform performance reviews maintained a high level of reader interest through to mid-August and after that the rest of the year was quieter, with little spikes for the ACT and NT elections. The massive federal election spike meant that this year had about 128% more traffic than last year, and about 60% more than the previous busiest year (2014).



For the third year running I released exactly 86 articles.  Of these 18 were federal poll roundups. 10 pieces covered Senate reform and nine were federal election post-count threads.  As usual not quite everything I started got finished.  One of the pieces I didn't finish is a non-pseph work in progress that may well appear sometime, and I don't want to reveal what it is in advance (I was going to write it on Christmas Day but the humid weather in Launceston put paid to anything involving actual thinking).  The remaining incomplete drafts were titled:

Enough Of All This Alan Lichtman Nonsense!
Women's Chess Champs Hijab Controversy
Margin of Error Myths (someday this will probably get written; there is so much nonsense written about MoEs that I ran out of time and moved on before I could list it all)
Hobart City Council: Suzy Cooper Recount (recount was held before I could finish the article, which was to correctly predict the Greens would win, though fence-sit on which of two Greens contenders would do so)
Hot Air in Tasmanian Bushfire Politics

(The Lichtman piece was to concern a professor who was being widely hailed for predicting that Donald Trump would win the US election, and for predicting every other POTUS election for many years with his magic "keys to the White House" system.  In fact, after Gary Johnson's vote dropped below 5%, Lichtman's formula only correctly predicted that Hillary Clinton...

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Does Vladimir Putin Know the Real Purpose of War, according to Orwell? "IndyWatch Feed National"

by Mary W Maxwell Editor’s note: This was prompted by the long thread of Comments under the Trump article of January 14, 2017. Was there ever a genuine hostility between the US and the USSR? I don’t think so. Why would Churchill give the kitchen sink away at Yalta, seconded by FDR, if Russia were […]

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Things Worth Your Attention: Week Ending 15/01 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Is 2017 better than 2016? So far, maybe. This time last year we were already mourning the deaths of David Bowie and Alan Rickman, whereas now, we’re celebrating “Pharma Bro”, Martin Shrkeli, being pegged with dog shit, and the titillating revelation that D Trump probably likes it when Russian hookers slash on him. But more on that later.

Here’s the first instalment of Things Worth Your Attention for 2017: A New Hope.*

Yes, your government hates you if you’re Australian and not rich, and it’s safe to assume that most of you fit this profile. The Coalition has employed, and refuse to repeal, a “sling shit at a wall and see what sticks” method of recouping welfare debts. As if it was bad enough that some of society’s worst-off receive news just before Christmas that they are in debt, many of them actually weren’t — the government just couldn’t be bothered working out who owed them what, so they sent debt collection letters en masse knowing that some who received them would owe money, and for those who didn’t, they could dispute the claim, or call the included phone number for a suicide help call centre, as if tacitly admitting that this policy would fuck lives.

Meanwhile, those very same pricks who were actively trying to ruin poor people’s already-terrible financial situations have been caught using taxpayer bucks to fund lavish lifestyles. They’re all mad for it, with a bunch of the bastards being sprung using public cheddar to attend Malcolm Turnbull’s doubtlessly boring NYE party (what a deadset waste of cash), Julie Bishop used our hard-grafted kev to go to a goddamn polo match, while Susan Ley flew numerous times to the Gold Coast glitter strip to buy an apartment, eventually resigning from her position as health minister because she done gone fucked up. Meanwhile, barely-animated fossil and helicopter hustler Bronwyn Bishop came to Suzie’s defence by bizarrely blam...

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Green Pygmy-geese back on water - and in trees "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Water, water everywhere. Well, not quite yet. But the seasonal pools at Townsville Common started to refill with a weekend of needed heavy showers. Among wetland species returned today, six Green Pygmy-geese, three of which landed on one branch after taking to the trees upon being scared off the water.


Puddle on the road provided water enough for Double-barred Finch's morning wash. Splish-splash and the droplets fly.

Male Varied Triller tied up with more serious business, collecting spider web for nest building. There's more rain to come, meantime there's work to be done.

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Put public transport back into public hands "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Contributed by Ugly Since the Kennett era in the 1990’s, when Melbourne’s public transport was handed over to profit-seeking privateers we have been losing out....

The post Put public transport back into public hands appeared first on The Pen.

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Watch the New Tori Forsyth Video “New Wall” "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of Tori Forsyth Rising alt-country star Tori Forsyth released her amazing EP Black Bird in 2016 and recently released her new single and video “New Wall”. The video was shot in the Helensburgh Railway Tunnels south of Sydney and is meant to explore the meaning at the heart of the song. “Everyone has […]

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Who actually pays for the PNG LNG royalty and project development levy benefits? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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PNG taxpayers picking up the bill for LNG royalties and development levies!

Kessy B. Sawang | The Papua New Guinea Women | January 15, 2017

There has been agitation over the non-payment of royalties (see here for example). In the discussion around the furore, royalties and project development levies are deemed to be part of the benefits from the massive PNG LNG project. For instance, Loi Bakani, Governor of the Bank of Papua New Guinea, in a 2015 statement advised that “[in] addition to  royalties and development levies the State is directly benefiting from the PNG LNG project through equity dividends … and direct and indirect taxes” (see here).

Whilst Bakani points out that the royalty and development levy benefits arises as a consequence of the PNG LNG Project, it does not give cognizance to the fact that the costs of these are not actually fully borne by the project.

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In which the pond goes sober-sided with the optimistic reptile editorialist ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

After an oneiric Oreo, it's always wise for the pond to come down to earth, recover from the sugar hit, and embrace more sober-sided analysis.

And what better way to do that than to read the reptile editorialist delivering a double header whack...



If the pond might just paraphrase,  the pond being no good at being noble, the problems of three little people, Abe, Malware and the TPP, don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday they might understand that ...

Somehow the reptiles think that sanity will prevail, even as the CIA goes to war with the Donald, and the Donald imagines he's living in Nazi Germany ...

In this vale of tears, what loon would start off an editorial with idle chatter about "the powerful message of support" ...?

The Donald's off to a love-in with Putin, and the losers are left on the sidelines ...




Mexico? The Donald is going to give the likes of Mexico an easy path, considering how deeply in debt they are as a result of building the wall?

Well it was a classic editorial beat-up derived from someone getting a flea in the ear from Malware's office, with those hardy souls desperate to talk about anything other than snouts in trough ...

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GetUp! National And Centrelink Poll Reporting Is A Trainwreck "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

GetUp! ReachTEL (undecided redistributed) Coalition 37.1 ALP 35 Green 9.8 PHON 10.6 
Published 2PP 54-46 to Labor
2PP by 2016 preferences 52.1 to Labor
Verdict: Go back to sleep

My little eyes lit up when I saw in my Twitter stream that I had somehow missed the release of a national ReachTEL at about midnight last night.  There has not been a national ReachTEL since before the July election. Given the relative paucity of polling data since then, and the Centrelink and ministerial "entitlements" issues currently affecting the Turnbull Government, new data concerning where the government was standing could be quite interesting.

Unfortunately it turned out that this was not a new Seven or Fairfax ReachTEL, but rather one commissioned by the lobby group GetUp!  Moreover, the level of immediate publication of the poll's details has been abysmal.  Rather than it being promptly released with full details either on GetUp!'s website or the ReachTEL site, what seems to have happened is that it has been sent (in part or full, who knows) to a range of media agencies who have then presented us with a partially digested dog's breakfast of the findings.

Thus for instance from the SMH we learn that:

"While primary support for the Liberal party and Labor was deadlocked at 32 per cent, the opposition captured the majority of the "undecided" support 33.3 per cent to 19.4, with 58.5 per cent of those still making up their mind answering they would preference Labor higher."

For the Turnbull Government to be behind the Labor Opposition on the primary vote (after redistributing the undecided) would be startling news indeed, given that the Government has held a primary vote lead - albeit generally a feeble one - in all polls since the election but for one Newspoll and five Essentials that showed ties.  However, from the figures published by Poll Bludger it becomes clear that the Government is ahead on primaries in this poll too, because the figures published by the SMH are, as stated, a reference to the Liberal Party only, and ignore their Coalition partner the Nationals.

Poll Bludger publishes the primaries as 37.1 Coalition, 35.0 Labor, 9.8 Green, 10.6 One Nation.  GhostWhoVotes on Twitter additionally gives Other as 7.5, which doesn't quite sum to 100 but the loss of a few tenths here and there in rounding will make little difference to the picture.  The published 2PP is 54-46 to Labor.  However, by last-election preferences, this poll comes to only 52.1% to Labor.  So, unless One Nation voters have...

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Mentioned in dispatches "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Labor voter Jim Allan had a column in The Spectator:

Mr Turnbull’s super power is the ability to divide conservatives into two camps, both of which seem to think the other is basically delusional, deluded, dyspeptic, delirious, disaffected, demoniac, pick your favourite term of abuse that begins with the letter ‘d’.

Jim names the bastards.

And I’m not here talking about your lefty ABC or Fairfax types, the sort of type that clearly includes Niki Savva and Peter van Onselen.

Damn communists. 🙂

I’m talking about people with whom the usual readers of this fine publication would have agreed on most things, most of the time. This is the pro-Turnbull camp. It included Janet Albrechtsen, Miranda Devine, Sinclair Davidson, John Roskam (who has recanted I believe, unlike perhaps the others mentioned) and more.

Yep – almost all the good looking conservatives.

So this is the anti-Turnbull camp. I confess that it included me right from day one but also included John Stone, Roger Franklin, the superb and insightful editor of the wonderful magazine you have in your hands, Rowan Dean, Terry McCrann, Rita Panahi and more.

So Rita somehow found herself on the not-so-good-looking conservative list.

More seriously – this is the bottom line:

My point is that at some time in the future conservative thinking people are going to have to reconcile if the right side of politics is going to have any long-term and meaningful success.

In principle, yes. But …

In many ways it’s more destructive of a party when a first term PM, who has delivered a massive majority, is knifed. His supporters don’t feel he was given a decent go.

Well now, this is precisely the problem. In an earlier paragraph Jim had already spelt out Abbott’s achievements.

Let me be blunt. Almost everyone in this anti-Turnbull camp had become disappointed with Mr Abbott on his pusillanimous caving in on the 18C repeal promise, for his raising taxes (and without first getting any spending cuts through the Senate to boot), and for his seeming desire to want those on the left, the ABC luvvies, to like him – which was never going to happen, let’s be honest.

To paraphrase – Jim, the band’s not getting back together; not with that lead singer.

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Tony Abbott calls for ditching Renewable Energy Target: PM Turnbull disagrees "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

text-relevantTony Abbott slapped down as Malcolm Turnbull opts for ‘minimalist’ Abbott-destroys-renewablesreshuffle, The Age Michael Gordon, 16 Jan 17  The Turnbull government has slapped down Tony Abbott’s call for it to ditch its renewable energy target for 2020...

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Flinders Ranges Community survey – 79% do NOT want the Federal nuclear waste dump. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

text-NoRobyn Wood   Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste In The Flinders Ranges, 16 Jan 17    So the government claim their survey says that 59% of locals want the national waste dump to be in the Flinders Ranges (The Advertiser 16/1/17). However, they consulted less than 50% of locals – and did not ask the rest of the Flinders Ranges community (especially the tourism industry) and did not ask the whole of SA whose reputation will be damaged by the stigma of being the Nuclear Dump state.

Members of the local community did their own survey of residents within 50km and found 79% do not want the dump.

The government has set up a consultative committee and one of its tasks is to further evaluate whether local people actually do want the dump – I will watch with interest to see if they come up with a better plan to find the true story


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The Pen looks forward to 2017 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Editorial Comment The Pen has now gone back into full swing after a Christmas break. The coming year promises to be eventful. Last year, the...

The post The Pen looks forward to 2017 appeared first on The Pen.

13:33

Australian government’s pro nuclear propaganda to South Australia’s Barndioota residents "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

buyer-beware-1Federal Government woos residents near proposed South Australian radioactive waste dump with trips to nuclear reactor in Sydney  ...

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South Australian Liberal leader stresses that the Royal Commission nuclear waste plan economically risky "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

 

scrutiny-on-wastes-sa-bankrupt“ there was nothing in the analysis that we did post the royal commission report being tabled down that gave us any form of comfort that there wasn’t huge economic risk associated with this proposal.”

  Marshall: Nothing’s off the table – except nuclear, INDaily, Adelaide Monday January 16, 2017

Liberal leader Steven Marshall says he has an open mind on policy solutions, today declaring South Australia “can’t afford to take one single solitary thing off the table” – only minutes after launching a strident defence of his unilateral move to take nuclear waste storage off the table.

In an interview on ABC Adelaide, Marshall was asked about the Liberals’ policy agenda, with little more ...

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Deep borehole test project may go ahead in New Mexico "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

a-cat-CANIt is a good idea to at least test the feasibility of deep boreholes. As one resident said “Something must be done with the wastes”. There is no obligation on that community to agree to actually accept high level nuclear waste – only to host the testing of the deep bore concept.

The whole project would really make sense if it were combined with a definite plan to STOP MAKING TOXIC RADIOACTIVE WASTES, by closing down all nuclear reactors. This could be done, with genuine good will, and planning for compensation and transition to other employment for workers in the nuclear industry.

New Mexico town steps up for nuclear borehole project  LMT Online, , January 15, 2017 “……. The U.S. Energy Department, Quay County and two energy development companies say the nation’s latest nuclear waste experiment could inject as much as $40 million into the county’s economy. Nara Visa residents just have to agree to let the companies drill a three-mile-deep borehole — seven times deeper than the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad — into the crystalline, granite crust of the earth a few miles outside of town, on land currently occupied by fat, black cattle.

Right now, the project is pegged as a scientific experiment. The Energy Department says no nuclear waste will be placed in the test borehole.

The ultimate goal is to find a permanent place to dispos...

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Ibiza is a motorcycle party on the roads "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Spanish island of Ibiza may be renowned for electronic music and night life, but automotive writer Paul Joshua reckons it’s also great for riding.

“Its snaking roads connecting one beach cove to the next make it the perfect playground for exploring with a motorcycle,” says Paul who comes from Brisbane.

If you have a motorcycle, the return ferry price from Valencia, for you and the bike, is around €150 (about $A218). If not, you can hire one. Paul hired a fun KTM Duke 690 from Motosud.Ibiza is a party on the roads

It is the most powerful single-cylinder production motorbike available, with 52kW (70bhp) and 70Nm of torque providing more than adequate power for a package that weighs just 150kg.
It cost €70 (about $A100) to hire for a 24-hour period.

Paul says the Duke feels “meaty” from low in the rev range, pulling stronger than you expect a single cylinder ought to.

“It then starts to sing and feel more aggressive as you approach the 8000rpm redline,” he says.

“It makes the dash from 0-100km/h in less than four seconds. It really is a spritely mover.”Ibiza is a party on the roads

What surprised Paul is how comfortable and planted it felt on the road at high speeds, even with a pillion.

“It’s upright seating position and wide handlebars make it agile like a fox. On tight, twisting roads you’d be hard pressed keeping up on a sports bike.”

However, Paul warns that riding on Ibiza requires special attention.

“Not only do you have salt and sand making the roads extra slip...

12:57

Derek Abbott explodes the Royal Commission proposal for a nuclear waste dump "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

abbott-derekDerek Abbott No High Level International Nuclear Waste Dump in South Australia, 15 Jan 17 

Thought for the day: The Royal Commission proposal for a South Australian dump allowed for 138,000 tonnes of high level waste. But the world produces about 10,000 tonnes every year. Therefore in the time it takes to build the dump, the world has already produced twice the amount waste that the dump can take. Then on top of this there’s the existing 370,000 tonnes of global high level waste to-date with nowhere to go.

So talk of Ben-Hu...

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"A Look to the Heavens" "IndyWatch Feed National"

“South of Antares, in the tail of the nebula-rich constellation Scorpius, lies emission nebula IC 4628. Nearby hot, massive stars, millions of years young, irradiate the nebula with invisible ultraviolet light, stripping electrons from atoms. The electrons eventually recombine with the atoms to produce the visible nebular glow, dominated by the red emission of hydrogen. 
Click image for larger size.
At an estimated distance of 6,000 light-years, the region shown is about 250 light-years across, spanning over three full moons on the sky. The nebula is also cataloged as Gum 56 for Australian astronomer Colin Stanley Gum, but seafood-loving astronomers might know this cosmic cloud as the Prawn Nebula. The tantalizing color image is a new astronomical composition using data from the European Southern Observatory's wide field OmegaCAM and amateur images made under dark skies on the Canary Island of Tenerife.”

12:53

Crying wolf "IndyWatch Feed National"

For someone dealing with the grief, shame and anger after a sexual assault, it can be especially hard when one’s peers and relatives are the ones choosing not to believe them. I know this because I write from the point-of-view of a woman who has not been believed about being raped, and also as someone who chose not to believe another.

12:52

Climate change and ElNino ‘fuelled’ Zika disease outbreak "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Zika outbreak ‘fuelled by’ El Niño and climate change, Skeptical Science  13 January 2017 The combination of a strong El Niño event and human-caused climate change created optimal conditions for the recent outbreak of the Zika virus in South America, a new study says.

The spread of Zika during 2015-16 caused hundreds of thousands of infections, a surge in cases of birth defects linked to the disease, and saw athletes withdrawing from the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

The warm conditions of 2015-16 were “exceptionally conducive” to mosquitoes spreading the disease across the continent, the researchers say, helped by the lack of natural immunity in the South American population.

And their results suggest there is a significant risk of summer outbreaks of Zika in the southeastern states of the US, southern China and southern Europe………

The new study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, finds that the outbreak was very likely fuelled by the unusually high temperatures of the last two years – a result of a very strong El Niño event on top of ongoing human-caused climate change.

El Niño is a weather phenomenon that originates in the Pacific Ocean, which tends to increase global temperature for a couple of years by releasing heat from the ocean to the atmosphere. The El Niño that developed in 2015 – and petered out in June 2016 – was one of the strongest on record.

Climate influence

An outbreak of Zika needs three main ingredients, says lead author Dr Cyril Caminade, a research associate in the Institute of Infection and Global Health at the University of Liverpool. He tells Carbon Brief:

“The minimum requirement for a vector-borne disease outbreak is the presence of competent mosquito vectors (Aedes mosquitoes), the presence of the pathogen (Z...

12:48

Barack Obama’s 6 Big Climate Accomplishments "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Obama solarThanks, Obama: 6 Big Climate Accomplishments From President Obama’s Tenure, Clean Technica, January 12th, 2017 Originally published on The Climate Reality Project.

“……….Here are six big climate accomplishments from President Obama’s time in office……..

THE CLEAN POWER PLAN In 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Clean Power Plan, the first-ever standards to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants. The EPA projected the plan would bring many, many benefits for Americans, including creating tens of thousands of jobs, saving US citizens as much as $155 billion in energy costs between 2020—2030, and helping prevent some 90,000 asthma attacks in children by 2030.

The benefits didn’t end at our borders, either, as the plan showed the rest of the world we were serious about reducing emissions, leading to a landmark climate deal with China in 2015 that helped energize international climate talks at COP 21. These talks led to the historic Paris Agreement being forged in December 2015.

The Clean Power Plan was a cornerstone of the US commitment to reduce overall emissions 26—28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 in the agreement.

A BAN ON DRILLING IN US-OWNED PARTS OF THE ARCTIC AND ATLANTIC OCEANS In December, President Obama worked to seal his environmental legacy by permanently banning offshore drilling in Arctic and Atlantic waters controlled by the US...

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90% of rural Australians say their lives are already affected by climate change "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

climate SOSClimate change: 90% of rural Australians say their lives are already affected, Guardian, , 15 Jan 17 
Overwhelming majority believe they are living with the effects of warming and 46% say coal-fired power should be phased out. 
Ninety per cent of people living in rural and regional Australia believe they are already experiencing the impacts of climate change and 46% believe coal-fired power stations should be phased out, according to a new study.

A poll of 2,000 people conducted by the Climate Institute found that 82% of respondents in rural and regional Australia and 81% of those in capital cities were concerned about increased droughts, flooding and destruction of the Great Barrier Reef due to climate change, and 78% of all respondents were concerned there would be more bushfires.

About three quarters of all respondents – 76% in capital cities and 74% in rural or regional areas – said ignoring climate change would make the situation worse and about two-thirds said they believed the federal government should take a leading role……..

The majority of people – 59% in capital cities and 53% in regional areas – said solar was their preferred energy source, followed by wind and hydro.

Only 3% of respondents in the city and 4% in regional area...

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Does the Deep State Have It in for Trump? "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

If we’re right…and the main goal of the Deep State is to shift power and money from the rest of society to itself…what purpose is served by annoying the new commander in chief?

The post Does the Deep State Have It in for Trump? appeared first on The Daily Reckoning Australia.

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Could a Business ‘Uniform’ Save You Time? "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

If you do decide to create a business uniform, get creative with it. Just because you’ll wear it every day doesn’t mean it has to be stiff and boring.

The post Could a Business ‘Uniform’ Save You Time? appeared first on The Daily Reckoning Australia.

12:40

UK Green Party contesting by-election in anti-nuclear campaign "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

logo-greens-ukGreen Party to contest Copeland seat in anti-nuclear campaign   15 January 2017 THE Green Party has announced it will contest the upcoming Copeland by-election on an anti-nuclear and anti-poverty campaign.

Members of Allerdale and Copeland Green Party decided to stand in the Copeland vote which was brought about by the resignation of the constituency’s current Labour MP Jamie Reed.   A candidate will be selected on January 24.

Clare Brown, chairman of the Allerdale and Copeland Green Party, said: “We feel it’s vitally important to offer a vote to those people who want to see a fair and sustainable future for the area.

“There are clear differences between us and the other parties and we welcome this opportunity to campaign on our priorities, which include sustainable energy and standing against nuclear power, as well as anti-poverty measures and exposing the lie of austerity.”

Jonathan Bartley, co-leader of the Green Party, said: “The Greens are the only party in Copeland campaigning against nuclear power, to defend the NHS and for a close relationship with Europe.”…. http://www.nwemail.co.uk/news/millom/Green-Party-to-contest-Copeland-seat-in-anti-nuclear-campaign-c289e405-159d-4963-b202-f53145038801-ds 

 


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The Federal Reserve’s Timeframe for the Next Rate Rise "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

The Fed has said they’re on track to raise three times this year. The market doesn’t believe it. The market is counting on maybe two rate hikes at most.

The post The Federal Reserve’s Timeframe for the Next Rate Rise appeared first on The Daily Reckoning Australia.

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Australian Desert Farm Grows 17,000 Metric Tons Of Veggies Using Seawater And Sun "IndyWatch Feed National"

Credit: Sundrop Farms

Though there is presently enough food on the planet to feed 10 billion people, 795 million people still go to bed hungry every night. It’s for this reason that a number of innovative citizens have dedicated their talents to developing effective ways one might grow food in both urban and harsh environments. Philipp Saumweber, CEO of Sundrop Farms, is but one individual who has discovered how to do just that.

The Sundrop Farm presently cultivates 18,000 tomato plants in an Australian desert using nothing more than sunlight and seawater. Crops are grown in a hydroponic greenhouse lined with water-drenched cardboard, which means there is no need for soil, fossil fuels, groundwater, or pesticides.

Located near Port Augusta in Australia, the 20-hectare farm opened its doors in October of 2016. Though it cost $200 million to build, Saumweber is confident the facility will pay itself off in the future. After all, there will be no need to purchase fossil fuels, though hooking up to ‘the grid’ during winter might be necessary at times.

Credit: Sundrop Farms

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Anyone for a republic? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Prince Charles reminds me of his uncle David (Edward VIII) – a self-absorbed, opinionated tosser who should always be kept on a short leash.

Luckily, Edward VIII was forced to abdicate and spent the rest of his life achieving nothing but whingeing about the treatment of him and his unbearable wife – particularly in relation to titles and the behaviour of servants.

And now it turns out that Chuck has co-written some piece of sludge on climate change with some true believing co-authors.  This is completely inappropriate for  a head of state in waiting.

When he becomes the King, I’m going to actively campaign for Australia to become a Republic.  Anyone as our head of state would be better than having to put up with that sanctimonious git.

 

Prince Charles co-authors book on climate change

PRINCE Charles has co-authored a book on the challenges and possible solutions to climate change.

The Prince of Wales, long a critic of man-made climate change, wrote the book Climate Change with Tony Juniper, a former Friends of the Earth director, and Emily Shuckburgh, a Cambridge University climate scientist, Penguin Books said.

Mr Juniper said he hoped the book would “stand the test of time” reported the BBC.

The book’s front cover is a drawing of flooding in Uckfield, in southeast England, which occurred in October 2000.

The book is part of Ladybird book series, which traditionally targeted children but has recently expanded to a broader audience. It uses...

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Looking back to 1770 and beyond… "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The beetle below is quite famous, and worth considering for a few reasons. One is that it’s a handsome creature. Another is that it’s played a modest role in the history of science. It’s a Botany Bay Weevil [aka Diamond Weevil, aka Diamond Beetle]: this was the first Australian insect named for European Science, from a specimen collected by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander on Cook’s 1770 voyage along the east coast. For that reason alone it’s a link to a very different Australia from the one we live in now.

The species lives in a variety of wattles. The specimen below was found on a wattle planted by Castlemaine Landcare along Forest Creek—and that’s a third reason to celebrate the beetle: the gold rushes stripped the creek bare, and Landcare revegetation has brought back a link to that distant past.

Diamond Weevil on a Wirilda branch, Forest Creek, December 29 2016: a creature which is a link to a distant, and not so distant past.

Diamond Weevil [Chrysolopus spectabilis] on a branch of a Wirilda wattle [Acacia retinodes], Forest Creek, December 29 2016: a creature which is a link to a distant, and not so distant past. It’s found widely in south eastern Australia, from SA to central north Queensland.

Crudely speaking, a weevil is a beetle with an extended snout. Beetles account for about 40% of  known insects, and more than a quarter of all animal life. Oh: and they’ve been around for about 300 million years…which puts 1770 into some perspective.

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Saint John on the Mount: an update "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FOBIF has received a few clarifying details from Parks Victoria on the infestations by St John’s Wort and other weeds on Mount Alexander [see our Post]. Essentially they confirm our impression: that weed control programs are intermittent and dependent on unreliable funding [currently limited]. Biological controls on St Johns Wort are only partially effective, and in the recent good spring the weed has become more rampant than ever.

We have written to Coliban Water about their supposed program to control environmental weeds on the Coliban Race reserve, but have had no reply. The reserve is currently infested with a wide range of weeds, including the picturesque but diabolical Patersons Curse, which has been kept under reasonable control by Parks on the eastern side of the Mount. There doesn’t seem to be any co ordination of weed control efforts between the two authorities: a pity, because it means [for example] that any effort by Parks Victoria to control a weed in the park is doomed because of the certainty of re infestation from the adjacent race reserve.

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Kalimna burn plans "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The map below shows DELWP’s intention to burn a significant section of Kalimna Park on the town side of the tourist road this autumn. The lower red section is bordered on the south by Doveton street track. The small white circle is the Hunter Street water tank. The golf course lies between the two red sections.

* In red is where planned burning will take place this Autumn 2017.
* The orange and pink circles will be target by mulching (either Gorse or Broom bush) and
* Tourist Park Rd and the track around Parker St may have mulching applied to assist in track/access maintenance.
No burning will occur to the eastern [Happy Valley] side of Tourist park drive. DELWP  is working through removing the Pines near the rotunda.1TS00AT-20161204160225

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Vicroads and speed: some questions "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

FOBIF has written to Vicroads regarding its September update on the Pyrenees highway project. Part of this update reads: ‘A reduction of the speed zone would not lead to a decrease in the amount of barrier treatments used in this instance. The impact of an errant vehicle with a roadside hazard (tree, power pole) at 80 kmh can still lead to a serious injury or fatality. The Installation of safety barriers provides the safest option.’

Pyrenees Highway between Newstead and Green Gully: is this stretch of road safer at speed than the Midland?

Pyrenees Highway between Newstead and Green Gully: is this stretch of road safer at speed than the Midland?

Our questions are:

  1. Does this statement imply that there is no difference in the likelihood or nature of a run off road accident at 80 kph, compared to 100 kph? If so, it would seem to contradict campaigns like the ‘wipe off five’ campaign.
  1. We understand that recent limit reductions on the Midland Highway between Castlemaine and Harcourt and on the Pyrenees between Chewton and Tunnel Hill were made for safety reasons. Does Vicroads believe that the stretch of road between Green Gully and Newstead is more manageable at speed than those two stretches of road?
  1. Are we to understand from this document that plans for vegetation management are the same as originally proposed?

We’ll publish Vicroads reply when it comes.

 

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‘Free ranging adventure for kids and dads’ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Fathers interested in taking their children for bushwalks this year might be interested in the Bendigo Dads Walking Group. The group goes out on a ‘Walk-Explore-Share-Play-Discover-Talk-Connect on a weekly kid’s adventure’. There are about 30 walks a year, on Sundays from 9.30 to 12.30, and many of the routes are in the Castlemaine region. For more details click here…Or email bendigodadswalkinggroup@gmail.com

FOBIF’s 2017 walks program will be mailed to members around the end of this month. Walks start on the third Sunday in March.

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U.S Army to develop biodegradable bullets that turn into plants, and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Could biodegradable bullets help save the environment? (Image source: flickr)

The U.S Army are currently looking to develop biodegradable bullets that would eventually turn into plants.

Empty shells from fired bullets and ammunition contain components that take a hundred or more years to biodegrade, the new ammo will have biodegradable composites embedded with seeds.

The initiative will allow for future proving grounds as well as training grounds worldwide to become a haven for green trees.

 

Eight billionaires as wealthy as poorest half of the world

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The Full Port Fairy Folk Festival Line Up "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of the Port Fairy Folk Festival The Port Fairy Folk Festival is undoubtedly one of the biggest events on the folk music calendar and once again 2017 is shaping up to be an amazing event. The full lineup of the 2017 Port Fairy Folk Festival has been released and it features a bunch […]

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Preserving traditional lands: Australia’s Standing Rocks "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Preserving traditional lands: Australia’s Standing RocksThe Standing Rock victory may help draw attention to First Nations-led battles in the Kimberley, writes Nick Rodway. read now...

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Freedom is the natural state of being "IndyWatch Feed National"

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Freedom is. It’s the natural state of being.

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Beware of online scams "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Phishing emails and other online scams on the rise, 
as Australians lose millions of dollars

Click HERE to read the Sydney Morning Herald story

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Koalas are at the centre of a perfect storm. The species is slipping away | Kevin Evans "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australia is one of the worst performing countries in terms of protecting its ecoregions. Koalas are a litmus test for conservation of a habitat in crisisIn 2016 koalas were sighted for the first time in decades at Mount Kembla, Wollongong, and in Kosciuszko National Park in NSW. Although these sightings are a source of hope, it's important that we don't get lulled into a false sense of security about the extent to which nature, including koalas, is threatened in Australia. We have serious [...]

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This is why we need wealth taxes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

How unequal is New Zealand? SO unequal that the two richest men control as much wealth as a third of all kiwis:

Two New Zealanders are worth the same as the poorest 30 per cent of the adult Kiwi population, Oxfam research says.

Research also says the richest one per cent of New Zealanders own one fifth of the nation's wealth, while 90 per cent of the population owns less than half of the country's wealth.

The findings are included in a study of inequality in a global Oxfam report to be released on Monday and it cites the two wealthiest Kiwis, Richard Chandler and Graeme Hart.

They have an estimated wealth of $3.8 billion and $9b respectively - equal to the bottom 30 per cent of the adult population.


This level of inequality is simply obscene. Fortunately, there's a way of fixing it: taxes. Currently we tax income, but we don't tax wealth (e.g. land and financial instruments). Or rather, we don't tax it anymore. We used to, back in the C19th, when we used a land tax to prevent the establishment of a rural aristocracy and ensure that we became a more equal society than the one (some of) our ancestors had fled. But then it fell out of use. With the return of British levels of inequality, its time we revived that solution, and taxed it out of existence.

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Who cares about Malaysia? "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is the question that fellow Australians most frequently ask me, and indeed that I frustratedly keep asking myself, about why I keep writing about Malaysian politics. And it gets more difficult every week to come up with a convincing reply. Back when I started in 2006, however, my motives seemed as simply and plausibly […]

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Linux.Conf.Au 2017 Kicks Off In Tasmania: Kernel Fun, Vulkan, GPU-Accelerated JPEG "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Linux.Conf.Au 2017 kicked off a short time ago in Hobart, Tasmania...

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Former ABC journo named Tweed’s Australia Day ambassador "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Former ABC journalist, foreign correspondent and TV producer Ian Finlay has been named Tweed's 2017 Australia Day ambassador. Photo contributed

Former ABC journalist, foreign correspondent and TV producer Iain Finlay has been named Tweed’s 2017 Australia Day ambassador. Photo contributed

He was an ABC foreign correspondent with more than 50 years’ experience as a reporter, producer, director and host of a range of ground-breaking TV shows. Now a Tumbulgum resident, he’s been named the shire’s 2017 Australia Day ambassador.

Iain Finlay is an award-winning journalist, author, story-teller and humanitarian, who has travelled and worked on every continent with a particular interest in South East Asia.

More recently, Mr Finlay and his wife Trish Clark have been central to humanitarian and education initiatives in Asia including building a primary school in a rural village in Laos with funds partly raised in the Tweed.

‘Anyone who has travelled in Asia, Africa and South America and has seen poverty and the lack of opportunity there realises we have so much going for us in this country, and Australia Day is a chance to reflect on that,’ Mr Finlay said.

‘Donald Horne’s description of Australia as ‘the lucky country’ could not be more apt; for the most part we are truly amongst the most fortunate people in the world. However, for those Australians at the bottom of the barrel, in particular many in our own indigenous communities, the phrase still rings very hollow.

‘Those of us who have a roof over our heads, a job and a bit of affluence and security, have an obligation to at least think about and perhaps do something for those people in our own country, and elsewhere, who are not as lucky as we are.

Mr Finlay will deliver the Australia Day address on January 26 at the Tweed Shire event to be held at Twin Towns in Tweed Heads.

The Tweed will welcome 50 new citizens from 16 different countries, Tweed Shire Australia Day awards will also be presented including Citizen of the Year and Volunteer of the Year.

Australia Day events will also be held at Tyalgum, Crabbes Creek, Tumbulgum, Burringbar, Kingscliff, Cabarita, and Pottsville.

Official proceedings at Twin Towns start at 11:00am (AEDT/NSW time) for further information please visit http://www.tweed.nsw.gov.au/australiaday

 

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From Today, Sydney Venues Can Apply For An Exemption To Lock Out Laws "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

From Today, Sydney Venues Can Apply For An Exemption To Lock Out Laws

At last, some good news for any Sydney entertainment venue that doesn’t happen to be a multi-billion dollar casino with governmental stakeholders.​

From today, live entertainment venues in Kings Cross and the Sydney CBD can apply for an exemption to the draconian lock-out laws which have already caused so much financial stress to the local entertainment sector.

Venues can apply for a later lock out time of 2.00am and last drinks of 3.30am on nights they provide live entertainment after midnight.

“Live entertainment” is classified as:

  • ​events where people are engaged to perform live or pre-recorded music, and
  • other performances where performers (or at least some of them) are present in person – for example, theatre, musicals, dance, comedy and variety performances.

If you wish to apply for an exemption you can download the form here, a fact sheet here, or email Liquor and Gaming NSW for any other queries.It’ll set you back $250 to apply, which I’m sure you’ll recoup in the first ten minutes.

10:32

Saturday January 14th soiree with John & Carol in the leafy Fernmount Food Forest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Seedsavers on the upper path in the Fernmount Food Forest
A heavy but short southerly change and shower dropped the temperature from the 40 plus temperatures we had been sheltering from most of the day and made the garden walk much more pleasant.

The Cherimoya and Rollinia (flowering) were of interest as were the flowering and fruiting Carambolas.

We gathered for a quick stroll through the food forest then enjoyed a presentation on edible perennials - some surprises there. A Longevity Spinach (Gynura procumbens) cousin of the Okinawan spinach flourishes in the Bellingen climate.

Then we shared a supper till late. Elaine's herbal punch (lemon myrtle and lemon verbena tea base) was popular.

Noticed on the sharing table: tamarillos, Giant Russian garlic, eggplant seedlings, seeds of mustard, celery, bunching shallot and cuttings of Okinawa and Surinam spinach.

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10:26

Australian Man’s Photographs Of MEGA Chemtrails Goes Viral "IndyWatch Feed National"

A new chemtrail image captured by an Austrailian man called Ilya Katsman has gone viral showing clear evidence of a perfectly formed Chemtrail formation in the sky. The image is  Full Article »

10:20

Australian Women who are Changing the Face of Jazz-New Series "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Image: Pianist Jann Rutherford performing in Sydney in the 1990s. Photo copyright Joe Glaysher
Over the past decade the face of jazz in Australia has been changing, slowly but surely. While we are used to seeing women singers fronting bands, there have been few women playing the instruments we associate with jazz-trumpets, saxophones, pianos, basses. There have been even fewer women leading jazz ensembles. That is now changing. This new series focuses on young women who have been making their names as jazz instrumentalists in the past few years. All of them have participated in projects aimed explicitly at encouraging more young women to study jazz and make it a musical career. Most have been recipients of the prestigious Jann Rutherford Memorial Award. They are all changing the face of jazz.

One musician will be featured each week. Wewill hear them talk about how and why they started playing music, how they got into jazz, who and what has been important to them in deciding to make music a career, and what advice they would give to a young woman thinking about taking that path. And, of course, we will hear their music.

The series starts with the most recent recipient of the Jann Rutherford Award, pianist Emma Stephenson, and the music of her Hieronymus Trio. In the following weeks we will hear from drummer Jodie Michael, trumpeter Ellen Kirkwood, trombone player Alex Silver, saxophonist Loretta Palmeiro, and two bassists, Jess Dunn and Hannah James.

This series of twenty minute profiles, produced by Mick Paddon, is being broadcast each week from January 16th 2017 as part of the long-standing, hour-long show, Jazz Made in Australia which airs at 3.00 pm on Mondays, and which Mick is presenting until the end of March. Every profile will be uploaded as a podcast

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10:17

Bill English is wrong: urgency is needed on climate change "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The Herald reports this morning that Bill English doesn't think climate change is much of a problem:

Prime Minister Bill English doesn't share Donald Trump's scepticism about global warming - but says he has always been wary of "extreme" views about the appropriate response to climate change.

[...]

"Some people want to inflict considerable pain on the economy to prove the point. And I have never believed in that extreme view," English said.

"But I think New Zealand's views are moderate [and] sound, and we have good tools in place...and I think we should aim to keep the Emissions Trading System [ETS] in place."

English said he could not remember when he decided human activity was driving climate change but said he had supported the ETS when the previous Labour Government introduced it.


This would be the Emissions Trading system which subsidises pollution and which does nothing to reduce it. So English's "moderate" climate change policy is "pretend to care, while doing nothing". Policies which might actually reduce emissions (and prevent National's donors and cronies from profiting by destroying the planet" are just too "extreme".

And meanwhile the planet is burning and the icecaps are melting. Our major cities are looking at serious flooding by the end of the century. Its not "extreme" to want to stop that - its basic fucking prudence. We need urgent action to stop this. Instead Bill English is fiddling while Wellington floods.

10:12

AFL finally responds "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

AFL spokesman Patrick Smith:

Hird, sadly, drove himself to the intensive care unit, calling the directions all the way.

Then Smith verbals Graham Cornes:

It is peddled by the likes of former South Australian champion Graham Cornes who now holds a loud but uneducated role in the Adelaide media. He wrote recently: “Those of you who have vilified James Hird — the media, particularly the Fairfax Press, who hounded and ridiculed him; the keyboard cowards who act from their cover of anonymity and lack of any moral filter.

“The opposition fans whose prejudice and hysteria blinded them to the facts; the AFL, which lost control of what should have been an internal matter; the football world in general, which has ostracised him; and indeed those from within the Essendon Football Club who were desperate for a scapegoat — must all face the consequences of their comments and their actions.

“For it is you who have driven James Hird to what could have been his last, desperate act.”

But it wasn’t just the Fairfax Press – Patrick Smith himself was part of the bandwagon:

… Hird’s presence in any role more central than fluffer for the cheer squad might prove too difficult a commotion to ignore.

So save us the crocodile tears and faux-concern.

We now know the AFL’s position.

09:50

The Morrisons Announce East Coast Tour "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Image Courtesy of The Morrisons It may have felt like a long wait but it looks like we’re finally going to be getting the debut album from Sydney’s favourite bluegrassers The Morrisons. The Morrisons spent the latter half of 2016 posting lots of photos to social media of their time in the studio which definitely […]

09:47

No more power, no more money: 22 Clinton Foundation staffers are getting the sack "IndyWatch Feed National"

Now that Hillary Clinton will not be US President, the Clinton Foundation has lost its main driver of revenue...the pay-per-play business model that the Clinton's perfected and hid under the guise of a charity. The Clinton Foundation has announced that it is laying off 22 staffers on the Clinton Global Initiative. The round of layoffs is said to keep in line with earlier plans to deal with the negative effects placed on the foundation, due to Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. The Clinton Foundation, in a filing with the New York Department of Labor on Thursday, said that the layoffs will take effect April 15, citing the discontinuation of the Clinton Global Initiative. The real reason for the layoffs is simple. The Clinton Foundation has no more services to offer "donors" now that it has been locked out of government. Since Hillary's election loss to Trump, various state actors have cut back or completely stopped their donations towards the foundation. Australia has cut its donations to $0. Norway cut its donations by 87%.

09:47

Locals also to blame for New Year’s fracas: mayor "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Chair and rubbish left abandoned by a New Year's Eve reveller on Patterson Hill. Photo Jim Beatson

Chair and rubbish left abandoned by a New Year’s Eve reveller on Patterson Hill. Photo Jim Beatson

Chris Dobney

Mayor Simon Richardson has broken his silence over the deluge of complaints from residents about the bad behaviour of visitors to Byron Bay during New Year, saying that locals were also to blame for some of the bad behaviour.

In the early days of 2017, Echonetdaily published a range of letters from long-time residents, accusing tourists of trashing nature reserves, dumping rubbish on suburban streets and leaving a trail of excrement in the sand dunes.

At the time, Echonetdaily emailed Cr Richardson for a response but received only an automated reply saying he was on leave.

Returning to work on Friday, he acknowledged that ‘being a shire of coastal holiday towns, as usual, the summer peak holidays in Byron Shire bring positives and negatives as we celebrate the end of the year.’

‘This is… a positive for our economy and provides many jobs for us. Jobs that we need.

‘However, yes, some of these visitors need to learn more respect,’ Cr Richardson said.

But he added that locals, as well as tourists, were responsible for some of the offensive behaviour.

‘Littering, illegal street camping, public urination and partying in environmentally sensitive areas cannot be tolerated and we all share a deep frustration. This type of behaviour is unacceptable.

‘And yes, unfortunately some of the locals need to learn it too.’

Mayor Richardson said that ‘the days of the quiet surfing town of Byron Bay’ were over.

He urged the community to ‘collectively embrace the challenges we are facing’ adding that ‘we need to keep striving to find a balance between amenity, protecting our environment and a vibrant place.’

‘This requires a whole of community effort,’ Cr Richardson said.

He added that some of the council initiatives that appeared to have had positive results included...

An understatement perhaps "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

ministers admit Germany still faces numerous challenges.

That is German ministers and the challenge of managing and integrating refugees following Chancellor Merkel’s “temporary open-door asylum policy”.

Here are some numbers as reported by the BBC:

  • Asylum seekers in calendar year 2016 – 280,000
  • Asylum seekers in calendar year 2015 – 890,000

That’s almost 1.1 million asylum seekers over 2 years into a country whose population is approximately 60 million.

Again according to the BBC:

Syrians made up 36% of the asylum claims in 2016, followed by Afghans, Iraqis, Albanians, Iranians and Eritreans.

Breathtaking.

09:32

Masters ready for Blue Water Challenge "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Boroughcoutas Masters swimming club is excited to be hosting the 25th Blue Water Challenge open water swim around the historic Queenscliff pier on Saturday 28 January.
In 1993, local members of the club ran the first Blue Water Challenge with the idea to raise funds to provide scholarships for local junior swimmers.
Back then everything was done manually with finishers receiving a raffle ticket with a rough time taken from a stopwatch.
Technology has improved a lot since then and It is nice to know that the purpose of the swim has not changed over the past 25 years to run a fun, family friendly, community based ‘boutique’ swim rather that a ‘mass swim’.
To help celebrate the 25th anniversary, record breaking marathon swimmer Chloe McCardel will be at the beach to do some guest commentary, present prizes and provide timely advice to swimmers. Chloe holds the world record for the longest unassisted ocean swim and has done the most English Channel crossings by an Australian with 21 crossings.
Chloe is a great friend of the club, having trained members Mark Stone, Mike Nicol and Alan Collet for their English channel swims.
Discounted online entry is now open. Cost is $45 for the 1200m swim and $25 for the 600m swim.
All pre entries will go in the draw for the major prize of a $500 voucher at Beacon Resort Queenscliff plus there are many spot prizes on the day provided by local businesses. On the day entry is available for $50.
Go to www.bmsc.org.au for event details and online entry link.

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09:30

Book bus rolls in during Tweed Heads library upgrade "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

 Kathleen Howard of Tweed Heads South browses the Richmond Tweed Mobile Library collection. Photo Tweed Shire Council


Kathleen Howard of Tweed Heads South browses the Richmond Tweed Mobile Library collection. Photo Tweed Shire Council

A temporary site for Tweed Heads Library users will operate from today (Monday) at the Tweed Shire Council administration building as the library in Brett Street undergoes a major expansion.

The library is being expanded, and almost doubling in size, with improved design to create a bigger, more user-friendly community facility.

A council spokesperson said the project will increase the library’s floor space from 619 square metres to 1,054 square metres, with the improved layout allowing for greater flexibility in how the building is used.

‘The improvements will help ensure Tweed Heads Library continues to meet the needs of a growing community and to become even more of a community hub as a valuable public resource and a social space,’ the spokesperson said.

Last Monday, the Richmond-Tweed Regional Mobile Library made its first fortnightly stop in Tweed Heads, one of many such visits while the construction, which will see the library almost double in size, continues.

The spokesperson said the mobile library proved popular, with around 450 people popping into its air-conditioned interior to borrow from the library collection, return items, use the internet or print, scan or copy material.

The Mobile Library service has been extended so it is available in Wharf Street, beside the Tweed Heads Civic and Cultural Centre, every second Monday from 10am to 3.30pm. The next visit to Tweed Heads will be Monday, 23 January.

From today (16 January), a temporary library site will be available at the Tweed Heads Civic and Cultural Centre, next to the auditorium, for pick-ups of reservations, returns and to browse part of the Tweed Heads Library collection.

09:24

Faye’s the new Club Champion "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

OCEAN GROVE BOWLS
Two club champions have been crowned over the Christmas break and in the Ladies it was a nailbiter.
Defending champion Joan Tennent went head to head with previous winner Faye Richardson.
Nothing could split the pair and with scores locked at 24 all and in front of a large crowd of bowlers and enthusiastic visitors it was a championship to remember with the first to 25 claiming the glory.
Richardson played her best end for the match with a first bowl toucher which was enough to hold on to claim the one shot and receive the honour of Club Champion.
Two of the Grover’s new recruits this year, Chris Price and Callum Hanna, survived the cull and made it to the final dance. Hanna won his semi-final against Luke Benson 25-11 whilst Price overcame a determined Gary Burkett 25-23.
The former Colac champion and Australian Indoor Bowls representative started the final in style and had the better of Hanna. Callum was battling to stay in touch and when it looked like he would hold shot Price had the answer to hit back.
Leading 20-6 Price was well on track to claim his maiden Ocean Grove title. Hanna had different ideas and started to make his way back into the contest and was able to put together 13 shots to Price’s one to get back in the game 19-21.
Something clicked and the Price was right as he carded the maximum four shots to close out the match 25-19.
Pennant:
Saturday Pennant resumed with a top of the table clash in the Geelong Ballarat Premier Division between Ocean Grove and Sebastopol.
Sebastopol, top of the ladder and in red hot form over the past five weeks, against the Grover’s who were coming off a loss to Queenscliff in their last outing in a Friday night match prior to Xmas.
Grove hit the scoreboard early and took control with Mick West celebrating his birthday dominating the contest to lead 12-0 against Sebastopol’s Scott Roberts.
Matt Flapper with Ken Thomas dominating at third had the better of the dangerous Rob Baker and the scoreboard favoured the Grover’s at the halfway mark.
The momentum lifted a gear in the second half and the OG team were on a mission to get the major points. West with Owen Clark, Luke Benson and Chris Price kept control of their match to come away 33-17 winners whilst Brett Irvine, Shaun Myers, Thomas and Flapper finished 37-16. Tony Joel led his team to an important two shot win 25-23 against the inform Josh Barry to ensure the Grovers claimed the 16 points.
Winning form is good form and for the Ones, Threes and Fives and Eights that’s the situation as all three teams continue to climb the ladder.
Alan Callow, Chris Deppeler, John Gibcus and Peter Lewis made sure the ten match points returned to OG against Highton. Winners 37-15, along with the Warren Davis team were able step up to the task and Davis in the skipper’s role showed w...

09:20

A Home of my Own "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Our priority 2 project has ramped up again and a subcommittee is looking at housing options in Castlemaine. We will be meeting with MAS Council in early 2017 to outline our plans and seek assistance. We are also looking to partner with Social Housing providers to invest in our key ring model that last years.

09:16

Cobras head to T20 semi showdown "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Collendina progressed to the semi-finals of the BPCA T20 Big Bash with a thumping win over St Leonards.
The Cobras won both their round robin games against non-A Grade sides Wallington and St Leonards.
Ocean Grove didn’t fare as well, losing its second-round match to Barwon Heads with Lewy Hyland the star for the Gulls with an unbeaten 85 as the Heads chased down Grove’s score of 141 with seven wickets and four overs to spare.
The Saints made a respectable 8/129 from their 20 overs batting first with Collendina fielding a young and inexperienced side that resembled little from the A Grade team that has it in premiership contention.
Corey Walter (45 not out) and Cameron Kavaliunas (76) then made easy work of the total, passing the score in the 11th over.
The Cobras will play their semi-final on Australia Day at Portarlington.

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09:11

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.

09:10

Mixed bag for Ocean Grove "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

OCEAN GROVE JUNIOR CRICKET
Under 17: Alexander Thomson 3/146 def Ocean Grove 7/115
Ocean Grove hosted top of the table Alexander Thomson for their Round 8 clash at Shell Road.
Fletcher Long lost the toss again and Alexander Thomson decided to bat first.
Ocean Grove started well, with early wickets restricting the visitors to 3/27 after the first eight overs.
But from there Alexander Thomson batted strongly to post a very competitive 3/146 from 24 overs.
The best of the bowlers was Joe McDonald with 2/32, and Matthew Stanic also picked up a wicket, finishing with 1/18.
In reply Ocean Grove started very well with a 75-run opening stand in 14 overs between Long (45) and McDonald (28). But from there the batting fell away and Ocean Grove could only manage 115 from their 24 overs.
Under 13: Drysdale 8/97 def Ocean Grove Swans 7/92
Round 8 of Under 13s saw the clash of the two top teams Ocean Grove Swans vs Drysdale Hawks Gold.
The Swans won the toss and decided to bat in overcast conditions. Fletch Keck (9) and Tash Higgins (13) began very well posting 31 for the first wicket on a slow outfield. Toby Gill (9) and Luke Ewart (10) further increased the Swans’ score to 4/77 when Drysdale captured three quick wickets to put the Swans under pressure. Credit goes to the whole Swans team batting out the innings posting a competitive 7/92.
In reply Drysdale lost a quick wicket in the third over through a Luke Ewart (1/5) thunderbolt delivery and with Drysdale at 1/5 the Swans looked set to dominate. Drysdale then settled with four middle order bats scoring double figures and it appeared that Drysdale would run out easy victors.
Enter Georgie Gill (2/15) and Aiden Foard (1/7) playing in their first games displaying some solid tight bowling snaring three quick Drysdale wickets. All of a sudden Drysdale slumped to be 8/84 and an unlikely victory for the Swans was possible.
In the end Drysdale’s tail wagged and they scraped across the line to run out winners in a tight contest finishing 8/97.

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09:10

Sandpit "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

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

09:04

State Nippers flock to Ocean Grove "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By Mark Heenan

Thousands flocked to Ocean Grove beach for the Life Saving Victoria state junior carnival on Sunday January 15 with some standout performances from local Nippers.
Overall up to 1400 junior competitors took part in the one-day carnival while LSV personnel officials, water safety officers and supportive families and locals were in attendance.
Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club Junior Activities Gavin Mahoney said challenging conditions meant some events were forced to move nearby Raffs’ beach to accommodate an incoming tide.
“Yes there were some challenging conditions, we were a bit worried about the tide coming in and the swell coming in with it,” Mahoney said.
“We had close to 1400 competitors (from all clubs) compete overall.”
Mahoney said up to 108 local Nippers performed well in the bigger surf at Ocean Grove.
“It gave our surf kids the opportunity to compete in the surf,” he said.
Highlights included the Ocean Grove SLSC winning quartet of Lexie McNaughton, Erica Crawford, Taia Young and Audrey Greer in the Under 14 Girls Surf Board Relay and Aqua Cameron Relay.
Lexie McNaughton won the individual Under 14 girls Surf Board race and Surf race.
Local Jemima Asher won the Under 13 Girls beach 1km run.
Marcus Bird claimed victory in the individual Under 13 Boys Surf race.
Bird teamed up with Xavier Eales and Charlie Mahoney to win the Under 14 Surf Board Relay.
Star Ocean Grove Nipper Tim Hannan won the Under 14 Boys Surf Board individual race.
Wider Bellarine and Surf Coast based surf lifesaving clubs Ocean Grove, Point Lonsdale, Torquay, Jan Juc and Anglesea competed, while regional based Apollo Bay and Warrnambool surf life saving clubs participated.
Melbourne-based clubs to take part included Williamstown, Altona, Black Rock, Chelsea, Bonbeach and Mornington.
The next state junior carnival takes place in the bay at Chelsea this Saturday 21 January.

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09:03

There is a God. And he loves lamb. Sam is back. "IndyWatch Feed National"

He probably loves pork too, but that's for another day.

09:02

start - [Future meetings] "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Address PlaceThe Dan O’Connell HotelAddress 225 Canning St, Carlton. Victoria. 3053 Pre-meeting 6pm front bar Time for Meeting 7:30pm in the function room out back ground level Parking Kay St has 4hr and finishes 6:30pmWebsite Phone (03) 9347 1502 Talks Monday 30th Jan, 2017

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09:00

Hallam leads Hawk recovery over Grubs "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Ocean Grove failed to captitalise on a great start after day one of its two-day game against Drysdale as Hawk coach Nick Hallam hit a superb century.
The Grubbers had the home side on the ropes at 3/27 on the lush green outfields at Drysdale before Hallam led his side’s recovery and scored a brilliant 102 in the Hawks total of 276 from 73.5 overs.
Ocean Grove bowler Paul O’Donohugue (2/21) claimed two of the first three wickets in his first A grade game in two seasons after he removed the dangerous Jason Malcolm (10) and Wade Arnott (6).
Grubber coach Paul Jubber who took 2/26 from 10.5 overs, praised Hallam’s efforts with the bat.
“It was a chanceless (innings) from Hallam – he absolutely batted beautifully,” Jubber said.
“Technically correct … played to his strengths and it was a super knock.”
Hallam combined in a 65-run fourth-wicket stand with David Hambrook (28) and a 71-run partnership with Ryan Lang (36), who succumbed to a hamstring and was unable to run.
Lindon Giuffrida (2/36) also snared two wickets for the Grubbers.
“Lindon Giuffrida was mighty – he bowled 16 overs and got two maidens,” Jubber said.
Jubber admitted dropped catches at crucial stages did not help its case to put the Hawks on the back foot.
“Ground fielding was alright … we dropped five catches and obviously it is going to cost us somewhere, that is something we need to improve on,” he said.
Hawk gloveman Josh Williams (15) and teammate Andrew Dundon (31) chimed with some late contributions with the bat.
Drysdale defeated Ocean Grove by seven wickets in their one-day clash on January 7, a week earlier.
The Grubbers require 277 with the bat for victory this Saturday.

Ocean Grove B Grade suffered a disappointing loss on first innings after day one of its two-day game against Newcomb’s top side at Erwin Reserve.
The home side which does not have an A Grade team, ripped through the Grubbers for only 84 from 45.5 overs.
Ben Hanson (28) was the top scorer for Ocean Grove.
Newcomb bowlers Brendan Sheedy (3/19) and Stuart Keys (4/19) did the bulk of the damage.
In reply Newcomb will resume at 1/109 on day two after facing 26 overs.
At stumps Grubber Ned Thorley was the pick of the bowlers with 1-22 from eight overs.

Three-wicket hauls from Michael Thornton, Darren Roddis and Jake Taylor helped Ocean Grove dismiss Drysdale for 162 in 60 overs in their two-day game at St Thomas Catholic Primary School.
Thornton bowled 17 overs and collected 3/44.
Roddis finished with 3/22 from 10 overs, while Taylor bowled 26 overs to claim the figures of 3/69.
Grubber wicket-keeper Nathan Madden took three catches.
Hawk Malcolm Sheers top scored with 36 for the home side.

Newcomb defeated Ocean Grove by...

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08:45

Man and girl arrested after pursuit near Ballina "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Dash-cam video footage of police pursuit courtesy of Danny Forrest

A 20-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl were arrested after a police pursuit from Ballina to Tweed yesterday in a car that travelled for 45 kilometres on one tyre and three rims.

Police say that around 10.50am on Sunday, a Ford Falcon allegedly failed to stop for a roadside breath test at Ballina. A pursuit began but was terminated due to safety concerns.

About 12.30pm, police saw the vehicle at Wardell and tried to stop it. When it failed to stop, another pursuit commenced.

It ended about 1.15pm, when the car stopped on the Pacific Highway at Crabbes Creek, after road spikes were deployed twice and the car travelled on one tyre and three rims for about 45 kilometres.

The man and his young passenger were arrested at the scene and taken to Byron Bay Police Station .

A short time after the pursuit ended, the car caught alight.

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08:30

Who should be the next Health Minister? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

When the AMA welcomes the prospect of Senator Arthur Sinodinos becoming the Health Minister, the PM should run a mile.  The last thing we need is another Health Minister cosying up to the doctor’s union.  

The current President of the AMA  is much more reasonable than the last, but that doesn’t change the complexion of the organisation that probably only accounts for 30 per cent of medical practitioners.  Its socialistic and nannying tendencies run very deep – gosh, the AMA put out a report on gun control before Christmas because doctors treat gun-related injuries, puh-lease – and has all the worthy, wordy cover to defend every restrictive practice and scope for over-charging available to doctors.

And let’s face it, Sinodinos is just a fix-it type of guy with no principles or commitment to economic freedom or small government.  And he has no ministerial experience.  He was Assistant Treasurer for a nano-second before he was forced to stand down because of dubious donations to the Liberals when he was in the grossly overpaid chairmanship of a water board.

The reality is that unless the government can constrain health-related expenditure, we really have no hope of repairing the budget.  We need a person who can think in terms of cost effective expenditure, providing incentives to the states to constrain their spending and to free up restrictions that impede the workings of the occupational markets for health care professionals.

Let me just point out here that Abbott was a hopeless health minister who simply threw money at problems (there was money around then) and set up some of the problems we have today:

  • He removed the 85 per cent reimbursement of the schedule fee to doctors; by making it 100 per cent, he simply increased doctors’ incomes overnight;
  • He instituted the bulk-billing incentives for concession card holders and children that has led to much over-servicing, particularly because the opportunity  cost of many of those covered by the incentive is very low;
  • He thought that the Commonwealth should take over public hospitals and was only dissuaded by the department (which is amazing, because it almost always delivers extremely poor policy advice);
  • He caused a very big ruction with the extension of ‘free’ MRI services;
  • He refused to negotiate the new health agreement with the states because he couldn’t be bothered and thought the next government should do it (ie Rudd Labor government).

My pick would be...

08:25

Sea Shepherd catches Japanese fleet with dead whale in sanctuary "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Protected Antarctic minke whale about to be dismembered on the deck of the factory whaling ship Nisshin Maru. Photo Glenn Lockitch/Sea Shepherd Global

Protected Antarctic minke whale about to be dismembered on the deck of the factory whaling ship Nisshin Maru. Photo Glenn Lockitch/Sea Shepherd Global

After five weeks of patrolling the Southern Ocean, Sea Shepherd says it located the Japanese whale poachers’ factory whaling vessel in the Australian Whale Sanctuary with a dead minke whale on its flensing deck.

The Nisshin Maru was spotted by the helicopter of Sea Shepherd’s MY Steve Irwin.

‘When the helicopter approached, the Nisshin Maru crew scrambled to hide the slaughtered whale with a tarp, while the fleet’s harpoon ships Yushin Maru and Yushin Maru #2 quickly covered their harpoons,’ said Captain Adam Meyerson of the Ocean Warrior, Sea Shepherd’s newest Southern Ocean patrol ship.   

‘The whale killers from the Nisshin Maru were caught red-handed slaughtering whales in the Australian Whale Sanctuary. 

‘These are the first photographs documenting the Japanese whaling fleet’s killing of whales since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled their whaling program illegal in 2014 and the Australian Federal Court found the Japanese whaling industry in contempt for killing protected whales in the Australian Whale Sanctuary.

‘Sea Shepherd’s discovery of the factory ship and the slaughtered whale comes just a day after Japan’s prime minister Shinzo Abe was in Australia on an official state visit.’

Jeff Hansen, managing director of Sea Shepherd Australia, said, ‘The lack of action by the Turnbull government while whales are being killed in Australian waters just a day after Japan’s prime minister was on a state visit shows that the government has no spine.’

See more at http://www.seashepherdglobal.org/nemesis/about-operation-nemesis.html

The post...

08:24

PV ERoEI may be negative… "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Well THIS will stir the hornet’s nest……. Pedro Prieto now thinks many solar panels won’t last 25-30 years, EROI may be negative……

pedro

Pedro Prieto

It must be remembered that Pedro, whose work has been published here several times, has vast experience in this, having been involved in large scale PV and wind installations in Spain. I don’t know if this article is how he wrote it in English, or whether it was poorly translated from the Spanish, but it is often difficult to read, even when you have the technical knowledge to know what he’s talking about. I had a go at editing it, see what you think… This piece certainly didn’t make me feel good about my new power station, especially after seeing ads on Tasmanian TV by someone who thinks he sells better equipment showing blown up inverters and burnt out connectors on the front face of panels….. there is a lot of rubbish out there, that’s for sure, I’ve had first hand ex...

08:22

September travel plan shock - Clinton Global Initiative Party cancelled "IndyWatch Feed National"

New York State law requires that organisations shedding workers file the following notification: Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification NEW YORK STATE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR OFFICE OF DISLOCATED WORKER PROGRAMS Select WARN Notices Year: 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 1 / 13 / 2017 - WARN Notice...

08:20

Govt takes Centrelink controversy poll hit "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at a reception for Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe at Kirribilli House on Saturday. Photo AAP Image/Getty, Brook Mitchell

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull at a reception for Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe at Kirribilli House on Saturday. Photo AAP Image/Getty, Brook Mitchell

CANBERRA [AAP]

The Turnbull government’s popularity has taken a hit in the wake of problems with the Centrelink debt recovery system and MPs entitlements.

A ReachTEL survey, released on Monday and commissioned by activist group GetUp, shows the coalition trailing Labor 54 per cent to 46 per cent, two-party preferred.

The polling of more than 2,000 Australians was taken last Thursday, ahead of health minister Sussan Ley’s resignation.

Nearly half (46.2 per cent) of those surveyed support the government stopping an automated system to send letters about alleged Centrelink debts, while 31.8 per cent oppose the suggestion.

More than 78 per cent of respondents believe the burden of proof should be on Centrelink to verify their debt claims, instead of individuals.

GetUp campaigns director Mark Connelly believes the coalition shouldn’t be surprised by the results.

‘This is what happens when government ministers book chartered flights and go to polo matches with public money, while sending tens of thousands of false debt-threat letters to everyday Australians,’ he said.

‘Treating Australians like crap is going to get you crap poll results.’

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08:17

Bad ecstasy blamed on 20 Vic overdoses "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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MELBOURNE [AAP]

An accused drug dealer remains behind bars after 20 people, including a teenager, overdosed on a suspected bad batch of ecstasy along a popular Melbourne party strip.

The 30-year-old CBD man faced an out of sessions court hearing on Sunday afternoon and was remanded to reappear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

Police arrested the man at 4am on Sunday and he was charged with trafficking MDMA and possessing the proceeds of crime.

He was allegedly pointed out to staff at a club after a woman overdosed.

‘A lady overdosed at a nightclub and one of her friends identified the male and he was subsequently arrested by police,’ Detective Senior Sergeant David Newman told reporters outside St Kilda police station on Sunday.

‘With the nature of drug dealing I would say there would be others involved.’

Police believe the same batch of MDMA may have caused 20 overdoses around the Chapel Street entertainment precinct since Friday and they fear more cases could be identified over the coming days and weeks.

‘A batch of drugs like this will take a long time to dissipate, or disappear from the scene,’ Det Sen Sgt Newman said.

A 17-year-old boy remains in a serious condition in the Alfred Hospital and police are investigating the death of a 30-year-old Elwood man who died of an overdose on Friday night.

It’s too early to say if the cases are linked and police say they are waiting on drug testing and toxicology reports to see if the same drug is responsible.

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08:14

Policy changes needed to arrest decline in fortunes for low-pay British workers "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Its hard to keep track of the variety of ways that this neo-liberal era has screwed workers. The latest report from the UK Institute of Fiscal Studies (January 13, 2017) – Two decades of income inequality in Britain: the role of wages, household earnings and redistribution. I read that report after I had studied the latest income distribution figures from the British Office of National Statistics (January 10, 2017) – Household disposable income and inequality in the UK: financial year ending 2016. The latter suggests that income inequality has decreased in Britain since . The former revealed that in the last two decades there has been a “four-fold increase” in the prime-age males (25-55 years) working part-time on low wages. But closer scrutiny of the figures reveals that they are not inconsistent because the falling inequality is not the result of low-wage workers improving their position. Anyway, this is another legacy of New Labour – screw the workers you claim to represent. It is just another part of the scam of Blairism exposed.

The ONS data released last week suggests that:

median UK household disposable income was £26,300 in the financial year ending 2016 … After taking account of inflation and changes in household structures over time, the median disposable income has increased by £600 higher than the previous year and £1,000 higher than the pre-downturn value of £25,400 in 2007/08 …

Should we concentrate on median or mean household income?

Most researchers use median household incomes to track household income because it “provides a better measure of how people’s well-being has changed over time”.

The median is the middle point of a sample, in which half the sample are above the median and half are below. The mean is sensitive to extreme values and skew in a sample and sometimes that reduces its capacity as a central tendency.

Income distribution is considered to be a ‘skewed distribution’ where a small number of persons receive very high incomes and a much larger number earn much smaller (disproportionate) amounts.

In this case, average income is misleading and is pulled up by extraordinary incomes received by just a few people at the top of the distribution

The median is better in these cases because “it represents the middle of the income distribution” and as the ONS write “the median household income provides a good indication of the standard of living of the “typical” household in terms of income.”...

08:00

Album of the Week – ‘Paris in the Rain’ Sarah McKenzie "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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After enchanting jazz fans with her 2015 Impulse! Records debut, We Could Be Lovers, Sarah McKenzie returns with the sensational follow-up, Paris in the Rain. Like before, the 28-year-old, Melbourne, Australia-born singer, pianist, composer and arranger teams with the acclaimed Brian Bacchus – who has produced classics for such stars as Norah Jones, Lizz Wright, and Gregory Porter – to deliver a gripping program of jazz classics and originals – all of which present McKenzie’s incredible musicality in glamorous glory.

Sarah McKenzie is an Australian jazz pianist, composer, vocalist, and bandleader whose breezy technical style, songwriting acumen, and pronounced lyrical sense of swing have drawn comparisons to Blossom Dearie and Diana Krall. McKenzie grew up in Perth and began playing piano at the age of nine. After graduating from West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, the same institution that gave rise to such talents as Hugh Jackman, Marcus Graham, and Lisa McCune, she attended college and completed a Bachelor of Jazz degree in composition, won the Jack Bendat Scholarship, the Hawaiian Award for “Most Outstanding Jazz Graduate.” Since that time, McKenzie has recorded three albums, gaining worldwide fame with her 2012’s Closed Your Eyes, spreading her reputation beyond Australia’s shore. Always studying, she won that same year a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she studied with Joanne Brackeen and earned an Artist’s Diploma in Jazz Performance. She finally come back for our great pleasure with a brand new record, Paris in the Rain.

The album’s snazzy title track is her love letter to the City of Light, Paris where she moved after graduating. The fanciful lyrics find her alternating effortlessly between French and English as she rejoices in the city’s opulent offerings. “I’m really in love with Paris. It’s a really amazing city. It’s so beautiful with so much to offer in terms of culture, food and style. I wanted to write a song that captures all of Paris’ beauty, magic and spirit.” Overall, the album’s theme centers on McKenzie’s journey from Australia to America and her trips throughout Europe as a performing artist. She exemplifies the loose theme with the telling choices of songs such as Cy Coleman and Carolyn Leigh’s “When in Rome,” (her visit to Italy) Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Triste” (for her time in Portugal),” Vincent Youmans and...

08:00

WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE | MR PEEL "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Mr Peel wants to make your life easier. Quick and tasty breakfasts, lunches and take home dinners. Nice one.

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07:47

Land values rise across north coast "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Land values across the north coast have risen in the past year, according to the latest government figures.

The land values, which reflect the property market at 1 July 2016, were issued on Friday by the NSW Valuer General, Simon Gilkes.

Mr Gilkes says land across the North Coast region has been independently valued on behalf of the Valuer General, and the valuations quality assured through a range of system checks and audits.

He said Western Sydney University has independently checked the quality and accuracy of the land values for residential, rural, industrial and commercial property against industry recognised valuation standards.

Mr Gilkes said when determining land values, property sales are the most important factor considered.

‘Land values do not include the value of the home or improvements to the land,’ he said.

‘Land values are one factor used by councils to calculate rates.

‘Changes in land value don’t always mean a change in council rates.

‘Each council develops a revenue policy which is used to determine rates charged to fund community services. Councils make their draft revenue policy available for public comment.’

From 1 July 2017 land values will also be a factor used to calculate the Emergency Services Property Levy (ESPL) which will replace the current levy on property insurance. The levy will help fund fire and emergency services across NSW.

Landholders will receive a Notice of Valuation showing their land value before it is used by council for rating. This gives landholders time to consider their land value.

Landholders can find more information about their Notice of Valuation at www.valuergeneral.nsw.gov.au or by calling 1800 110 038.

Landholders who are concerned about the land value recorded on their Notice of Valuation have 60 days to lodge an objection. The last date to object is printed on the Notice of Valuation.

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Total land values for the North Coast region Land use type 1 July 2015 1 July 2016 % change
Residential $35.64 billion $39.10 billion 9.7%
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07:37

In which the pond moves on from Judeo-Christian and celebrates Anglo-Protestant values with the Oereo ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


If ever the pond wanted confirmation of the dire state of the world, it only had to look at the reptile digital splash today ...

There's Malware still pushing the TPP, there's the heroic onion muncher shot down in tragic flames, and there's Artie, unblemished from his time cavorting and splashing in Sydney water, as investigated by the ironically titled Operation Credo ...

Credo examined corruption in the Eddie Obeid-linked water infrastructure company, Australia Water Holdings, for which Sinodinos was paid $200,000 to be deputy chairman, then chairman for three years up until he became a federal senator in 2011...
 During his embarrassing testimony, which was punctuated by a flood of "I don't recalls" or "I don't remember", Sinodinos admitted he did nothing to investigate why AWH was billing huge expenses to the state-owned Sydney Water when its work delivering water and sewerage infrastructure to new housing estates in Sydney's north-west was winding down. 
Even more astounding was Sinodinos' testimony that he knew nothing about AWH's $75,000 in donations to the Liberal Party at the very same time he was the NSW Liberal Party treasurer. 
During 2011, as Sinodinos was eyeing a political career, the salary for a backbencher was about $140,000. This was not nearly enough to support the $100,000 a year rental payments on his Rose Bay house, or the lease payments on two cars, a Jaguar and a Mercedes... 
 The ICAC heard that Sinodinos stood to make up to $20 million if the incoming NSW Liberal government entered into a private-public partnership with AWH. 
The corruption inquiry heard that, while Labor was in power, Obeid's close political allies Joe Tripodi and Tony Kelly, both of whom have subsequently been found to be corrupt in other ICAC inquires, although have yet to be prosecuted, had forged a cabinet minute in an attempt to get AWH the private-public partnership that would have made AWH a billion-dollar company and delivered an estimated $60 million to the Obeids.

Indeed, glory days, and if anyone can bear the usual forced commercial, there's more at Fairfax here this day, and glut...

07:34

Tallying the Obama Disaster "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Friday this week Donald Trump will be inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. Here's an extract from the Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby's editorial tallying the Obama disaster. As a political leader, Obama has been a disaster for his party. Since his inauguration in 2009, roughly...

07:30

Have Ley's expenses been reported to the AFP, Mr Turnbull? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Have Ley's expenses been reported to the AFP, Mr Turnbull?Turnbull's announcement of an independent agency to oversee parliamentary expenses is just damage control. read now...

07:21

Breaking News – Whale Slaughterhouse Found "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Japanese Whaling Processing ship (Nisshin Maru) has just been located in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.  Sea Shepherd reported this morning that they had filmed the vessel from their helicopter, and that a whale was part-processed on the main deck.

It raises some interesting questions.  The Japanese did lose their court battle with Australia and New Zealand in the International Court of Justice in 2014.  After the loss, in which Japan was told it’s program lacked Scientific merit and was deemed illegal, they came back with a new “so-called” Research program with 333 Whales per year instead of the previous 1,000.  Which is a farce really.  It was soundly rejected by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in 2015 as still not meeting Scientific Standards, however Japan is, if nothing else, persistent.

Nisshin Maru Whale Processing Ship

Nisshin Maru Whale Processing Ship

Interestingly, the Japanese Prime Minister is in Australia for talks with the Australian Government today, so I’d hope that the Australian Prime Minister (I lose track who it is these days with their revolving door) will put his counterpart in a choke hold until he agrees to stop whaling.  Not that I’ll be holding my breath.

A challenge with the renewed program is Japan needs little time to get their whales.  In 2010 while I was prisoner aboard the Shonan Maru #2, their First Officer claimed they average about 10 whales per day.  Which meant they needed around 3 months to get their quota of 1,000.  Today however, with a quota of 333, they really need little more than a month whaling to achieve this.  By my calculations, they’d already be around 250 whales caught, having arrived in the whale sanctuary around Xmas day.

It remains to be seen as well what will happen if Sea Shepherd ships do in fact find the Nisshin Maru.  Two years ago, Sea Shepherd was forced to pay the Japanese Whalers $2.5m compensation, and instructed to not disrupt the whaling program.  In my mind this was most unfair.  Japan had lost in court and their whaling program was declared illegal by the highest court in the world.  No one else was in Antarctica to try and stop the whaling.

Nevertheless, aggressive action in the coming weeks by Sea Shepherd would likely be judged a further breach of the court injunction, which may see more funds going to subsidize Japan’s whaling.  No one else is in Antarctica though.  New Zealand and Australia may wor...

07:11

Pro-Nuclear Propaganda: How Science, Government and the Press Conspire to Misinform the Public "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

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by Lorna Salzman at Hunter College, Energy Studies program, 1986

After the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster in the Soviet Union, there was much finger-wagging in the US about the suppression of information there, and the purported differences in reactor design and safety requirements between Russia and the US, which made a similar accident here unlikely if not impossible.

But the similarities between how technical information and failure are handled there and here, as well as those in reactor design and the potential for reactor failure are striking. These similarities extend to the press as well as government, but in this respect there is a major difference. In the Soviet Union censorship is imposed by the central government. In the US it is self-imposed.

For example, there was and is nothing in this country to prevent a scientist or journalist or academic researcher from reporting fully and accurately on the…

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07:02

Short-lived greenhouse gases cause centuries of sea-level rise. #auspol "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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Short-lived greenhouse gases cause centuries of sea-level rise

Researchers report that warming from short-lived compounds; greenhouse gases such as methane and chlorofluorocarbons, that linger in the atmosphere for just a year to a few decades; can cause sea levels to rise for hundreds of years after the pollutants have been cleared from the atmosphere.


Even if there comes a day when the world completely stops emitting greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, coastal regions and island nations will continue to experience rising sea levels for centuries afterward, according to a new study by researchers at MIT and Simon Fraser University.
In a paper published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the researchers report that warming from short-lived compounds — greenhouse gases such as methane, chlorofluorocarbons, or hydrofluorocarbons, that linger in the atmosphere for just a year to a few decades — can cause sea levels to…

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06:58

Jim Mattis confirmation hearing - we face greatest threat since WW2, US military not ready "IndyWatch Feed National"

This is Mad Dog's confirmation hearing. For more than a year now I've been writing about Jim Mattis and President-elect Trump. It's critical that Australia understands the dynamic between these two men. We have Buckley's of that happening under Turnbull, Payne and Party Girl. As I wrote in January last...

06:56

Ten charged with rioting over street brawl "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

POLICE HAVE charged 10 people with 15 offences, including rioting, following investigations into a large street brawl on new year’s day. Police allege a fight...

06:51

1) Pacific Predictions: what will 2017 hold for the Pacific? "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


2) Freeport, Amman Hope Status Change Would Not Disturb Operations  
3) FRAGMENTS  [of a desire for revolution]
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06:30

When hospitals make patients sick ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Long ago ‒ 150 years or more ‒ it was noticed that pregnant women whose children were delivered by doctors were much more likely to die of childbed fever than those tended by midwives … The rates at which doctors, nurses and other staff wash their hands depends on the culture of the hospital.  At the Royal Hobart Hospital some determined infectious diseases physicians and nurses have instilled in that hospital such a culture. According to national figures just released, the rate at the RHH is well below the average of its peer-group hospitals elsewhere in Australia. At the Launceston General Hospital, though, the situation appears to be different. Its rates were well above the average, and have been for several years …

06:10

Perish the pension ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

At the turn of the year, my $117-a-week age pension disappears. I am not about to whinge that, at 78, I will be plunged into poverty and rendered unable to pay my way through whatever is left of my very fortunate life … … If Turnbull and his cronies had told me they were taking away my age pension because it was desperately needed to encourage, say, carbon-emission reduction, I would not have minded in the least. But to know that my $100-plus a week pension payment has been clawed back to go straight into the handout barrel that will help finance Adani’s assault on the Great Barrier Reef and a further spewing of fossil carbon into the atmosphere!

06:01

Climate change: 90% of rural Australians say their lives are already affected "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Overwhelming majority believe they are living with the effects of warming and 46% say coal-fired power should be phased outNinety per cent of people living in rural and regional Australia believe they are already experiencing the impacts of climate change and 46% believe coal-fired power stations should be phased out, according to a new study.A poll of 2,000 people conducted by the Climate Institute found that 82% of respondents in rural and regional Australia and 81% of those in capital [...]

06:00

Plastic Pollution and our Noxious Consumerism "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

All across the globe there is a silent killer. It invades our everyday lives, outlives us, and invariably threatens all marine life on earth.  Be aware, for it lurks and lingers in many durable shapes, and some of its pernicious forms may take centuries to degrade into minute particles …

05:45

05:33

The whole damned thing ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This essay started life as a response to Keith Antonysen’s excellent article on ‘Abrupt Climate Change’ in the Tasmanian Times:  HERE . It made riveting reading as to just how perilous our collective future is becoming.

05:31

Ruining Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

I’ve been meaning to write this since before Christmas but now on the way back from Copenhagen I think of it as more urgent than ever yet feel a despondency about whether anything can be done to head off this disaster.

Melbourne is the world’s most liveable city for reasons that I truly appreciate, but it is a laurel that will not continue because of the incredible lack of vision by those who govern Victoria. It is the connecting up of the north of the city with the south by running a line from North Melbourne and Carlton through the city and then onto – well that is just the point – where would you run such a line? It will have, as is now determined, its next stop south of the CBD at the shrine. If you know Melbourne, you will know that not only does virtually no one actually go there other than perhaps one day a year, if they are of a mind to they can already take a ten minute tram ride from the city. But of course, almost no one does because for most of those who live in Melbourne, there is almost never any reason to get off anywhere in the vicinity.

Yet here will be placed a billion dollar station that will take upwards of 3-5 years to complete, will require the digging up of the St Kilda Road entrance to the city, the closing of lanes of traffic from the south into the city for years on end and the removal of rows of trees that will render one of the most beautiful parts of the city into a construction site desert, with the potential to ruin its landscape beyond repair.

Wandering through Copenhagen reminds me of the difference it makes where those who make such decisions about their city take into account the aesthetic difference various proposals will make. The great cities of the world did not end up that way by accident. To build a train line using the “cut and cover” approach – that is, to dig a trench, build the train line and afterwards cover it up again – will ensure an ongoing mess that will provide a station virtually no one will ever use at a price of its non-construction that would more than compensate for the cost of tunnelling rather than cutting a trench through the city’s main southern arterial road. Just relieving the the cost of the disruption would more than repay using the superficially more expensive tunnelling in the less difficult travel times to and from the city.

I think of the absence of any serious debate on this issue similar to suddenly finding the Vogon Destructor Fleet hovering above the earth.

05:15

Seafish Tasmania, Cocaine, Trawlers and a fine old Stink ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Eric Abetz was the Minister for Fisheries, Forestry and Conservation in the Howard Government from 27 January 2006 to 3 December 2007. One could safely say that on all the available evidence Abetz was a disaster in this portfolio - think Managed Investment Schemes, tax scams protected and promoted by Abetz against the advice of the Tax Department leading to the eventual bankruptcy of Great Southern, Gunns, Wilmot, FEA and the loss of billions by both the ATO and investors.

04:45

Sexual assaults at the Falls Festival ... "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

In the aftermath of reported incidents of sexual assault on women, a cultural dialogue and action is desperately needed …

04:30

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