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Monday, 25 September



A birthday and a new spring menu, whats not to celebrate? Since North & Eight opened two years ago, they have gone from strength to strength delivering innovative food style and excellent coffee to the far north.


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Sunday, 24 September


When intra-governmental relations became absurd the US-Fed Accord Part 3 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

I am writing this while waiting for a train at Victoria Station (London), which will take me to Brighton for tomorrows presentation at the British Labour Party Conference. The last several days I was in Kansas City for the inaugural International Modern Monetary Theory Conference, which attracted more than 200 participants and was going well when I left it on Saturday. A great step forward. I believe there will be video for all sessions available soon just in case you were unable to watch the live stream. Todays blog completes my little history of the US Treasury Federal Reserve Accord, which really marked a turning point (for the worse) in the way macroeconomic policy was conducted in the US. In Part 1, I explained how from the inception (1913), the newly created Federal Reserve Bank, Americas central bank, was required by the US Treasury Department to purchase Treasury bonds in such volumes that would ensure the yields on long-term bonds were stable and low. There was growing unease with this arrangement among the conservative central bankers and, in 1935, the arrangement was altered somewhat to require the bank to only purchase debt in the secondary markets. But the change had little effective impact. The yields stayed low as was the intent. Further, all the prognistications that the conservatives raised about inflation and other maladies also did not emerge (which anyone who knew anything would have expected anyway). In Part 2, I traced the increased tensions between the central bank FOMC and the Treasury, which in part was exacerbated by the slight spike in inflation that accompanied the spending associated with the prosecution of the Korean War in the early 1950s. The tension manifested into open disagreement about the FOMCs desire to raise interest rates and end the pegged yield arrangement with the Treasury. In Part 3, we discuss the culmination of that tension and disagreement and examine some of the less known and underlying forces that were fermenting the central bank desire for rebellion.

We left Part 2 with the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) riddled with internal dispute about what course of action it should take given the general feeling that it should break the arrangement with the US Treasury and start pushing up interest rates to head off the inflationary pressures associated with the Korean War expenditure.

The last meeting we discussed was held on February 6, 1951.

The Minutes of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System reveal that the Board was concerned about several leaks to the press concerning the FOMCs Jan. 31 meeting with President Truman.

The discussions among FOMC board members w...


Overnight baked sourdough doughnuts "IndyWatch Feed"

After a long wait, yesterday was a glorious spring day of 29 C as the school holidays started.  So too, yesterday saw the end of my wait to find a good overnight sourdough doughnut recipe.  I've looked, I've mulled over it, I've gone back to my yeasted doughnut recipe, I've even tried a really unsuccessful doughnut recipe last weekend before finally hitting the jackpot yesterday.

I bought a doughnut cutter some years ago and it has turned out to be a very useful investment, especially now that Sylvia is suddenly into all things doughnut.  It means that I have always made yeasted doughnut dough that is rolled and cut out.  Recently I have been looking for a doughnut tin that I can pour batter into so I can use different doughnut recipes.  (Actually I dreamt I bought one last night but it had some weird grills on it that did not make sense!) 

After looking for the recipe I wanted, I ended up using my overnight sourdough bread recipe, my yeasted doughnut recipe and Gemma's no knead donut recipe.  I gave some thought to what was needed for the dough - a bit of...


JUMPING IN PUDDLES... "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

Makes us happy!

This post is part of the My Sunday Best meme,
and also part of the My Sunday Photo meme,
and also part of the Photo Sunday meme.



It is with great pleasure that we would like to invite members and supporters of the Australian Taxpayers Alliance as well as the many many friends of the late and dearly beloved Ray Evans, to the Inaugural Ray Evans Memorial Oration.

A giant of Australian politics whose passionate zeal transformed centre-right politics, Ray was an inspiration and a mentor to countless individuals. A founding member of the HR Nicholls Society, the Bennalong Society, The Samuel Griffiths Society, the Galatians Group, and the Lavoisier Group,  all of which he was either President or Treasurer of, his contribution to Australian politics can not be Overstate.

As John Roskam wrote in the Australian Financial Review

Ray Evans had more influence on politics and policy in Australia than 95 per cent of MPs who have been in the federal Parliament, and 99 per cent of MPs who have ever been in a state Parliament. In some way or another, Evans was involved in, and helped shape, the course of every major policy debate in Australia of the last 30 years. And he did it all as a private citizen who volunteered his own time for the public good. He was the epitome of a concerned and engaged member of the community.

Through the establishment of this annual oration, Rays vision for a more free and prosperous Australia will be able to live on.

There can be no-one more appropriate to deliver the Inaugural Oration than Rays old boss and dear friend, Hugh Morgan AC. Ray wrote over 200 speeches during his time at Western Mining, orchestrating the companys media and public relations strategy,  and together they changed the direction of political debate in Australia.

A former President of the Business Council of Australia, a Board Member of the Reserve Bank of Australia, the Founding Chairman of Asia Society Australia, and a former president of the Lavosier Group we are very grateful to Mr Morgan for delivering the inaugural oration.

The venue shall be one of Rays favourite Restaurants and regular haunts the Red Emperor in Southbank, and includes a banquet meal and 3 hour drinks package.

WHEN : December 01, 2017 at 6pm 9pm

WHERE : Red Emperor Southbank
3 Southgate Ave
Level 2
Melbourne, Victoria 3006


When I Dance My Shadow Dances Too "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

We all know the feeling of discovering parts of ourselves that we may have suspected but didnt know existed. Some of these parts come from the shadow self. The psycho-spiritual notion of []

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Saturday, 23 September


HIGH RISE DUCKS "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

In the Darebin Parklands, the waters of the Darebin Creek and the several ponds through the reserve offer a great environment for many species of waterfowl. Nesting boxes are also provided for these birds and many take advantage of these "apartments" as a secure place to raise their young. Here is a couple of chestnut teal ducks (Anas castanea). Chestnut teals are dabbling ducks found in Australia. They are protected under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

The chestnut teal is darker and a slightly bigger bird than the grey teal. The male has a distinctive green coloured head and mottled brown body. The female has a brown head and mottled brown body. The female is almost identical in appearance to the grey teal. The female chestnut teal has a loud penetrating "laughing" quack repeated rapidly nine times or more.

The chestnut teal is commonly distributed in south-eastern and south-western Australia, while vagrants may occur elsewhere. Tasmania and southern Victoria are the species stronghold, while vagrants can be found as far north as New Guinea and Lord Howe Island. The chestnut teal prefers coastal estuaries and wetlands, and is indifferent to salinity. This bird is an omnivore.

Chestnut teals form monogamous pairs that stay together outside the breeding season, defend the nest site and look after the young when hatched. Nests are usually located over water, in a down-lined tree hollow about 610 m high. Sometimes nests are placed on the ground, among clumps of grass near water. The young hatch and are ready to swim and walk within a day.

This post is part of the Weekend Reflections meme,
and also part of the Saturday Critters meme,


The Biggest Loser "IndyWatch Feed"

The Biggest Loser is a show about losing weight.  They have about 15-20 contestants per season and someone gets eliminated each week. But how good is it for the average Joe? We discuss the issue here.

The Biggest Loser has been around for some time now and it is really popular in America as there is an obesity crisis.

Each week there are weigh-ins and the bottom two with the lowest weigh-ins have the possibility of being eliminated. Thus this puts an unhealthy stress on the contestant to lose a certain amount to beat the others.  This also reinforces the message of being skinny is ok, rather than being healthy and happy.

A lot of unhealthy practices are encouraged on this show such as a rapid weight loss of 70kg in a month.

Here the show is being criticised for making contestants work really hard without much food. They work out for about 5-8 hours a day.  Some of the contestants work out so hard that they vomit blood or collapse. The trainers make them get back up and on their machine again. It has some unfair advantages such as a progress weight and a 2kg weight advantage. The trainers do a fine job by pushing them to their limits. But how hard could they go?

I dont work out for that long period of time, at most I would do three hours. And I love my food way too much to follow the restricted 1000 calorie eating plan that they make the contestants follow.

It has some unfair advantages such as a progress weight and a 2kg weight advantage. The trainers do a fine job by pushing them to their limits. But how hard could they go?

According to the time spent observing the personal trainers at my gym, there is a fine line between going too hard and not going hard enough. Most of the trainers at my gym push their clients to achieve results and they dont push too hard. Nor do they make their clients do the weigh-ins each week. At most, the personal trainer spends about an hour per day with the client.

They also do the eating challenge and the person that wins it wins immunity. So what do the contestants gain from this? Nothing, I think. I think most people would go back to their unhealthy eating practices in the first place as there is no write down of what you eat.

Most contestants after the show regain their weight. Their metabolism goes slower and the leptin goes down.

If you want to lose weight the dangerous way then go ahead and be on that show. Otherwise you should be happy and healthy as you are and do some exercise each day.



Nurofen Zavance tablets "IndyWatch Feed"

I got this free thanks to Coles.

But normally they would be $4.20 at Coles to $7.00 at 7-11.


Nurofen Zadvance helped got rid of my cramps. I only just needed two tablets and then I was fine for the rest of the day. I have really bad cramps that make running painful on period day. But I have been reading that ibuprofen helps get rid of the heavy bleeding and cramps.

It worked just fine for me. There was no more coughing and the worrying about losing all the iron. But it is suggested that I should use it for 2-3 days and then stop. It is also suggested that I dont use it a lot in endurance events. But I tried on the Sunday long run and it was fine.

It is also suggested that runners dont take them everytime and for a long period of time due to the stomach issues. So far I have had none.




365 cafe by Akira "IndyWatch Feed"

This popular cafe is in Prahran but now they have opened up shop in Melbourne Central in what used to be the Sugar Shop.

And Melburnians welcomed the healthy change. We as Melburnians want to be healthy and lose weight and the only way to do this is to get rid of the sugar and confectionery stores.

Here they have a huge selection of wholefood snacks and meals and foods for people to take home.



The Little Bird Weekly News "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Its hard to believe the weeks are spinning by the way they are. Its only a week out from close of submissions to the Senate Inquiry into the Cashless Debit Card Bill and Im up to my neck in code, creating an open data project using QLD crime & social statistics. With new trials of cashless income management just announced in Hervey Bay and Bundaberg and the Inquiry bearing down on us, I thought it would be useful to take a close look at the kinds of statistics being used to argue for income management. Creating a new open data project is a significant undertaking however I hope to have it up within the coming week, either before or just after submissions close on Friday 29 September.

Some good news this week is that my submission to speak about open data and financial transparency at LinuxConf 2018 was accepted and I also received a bursary to attend the ACOSS conference in a few weeks in Melbourne. Unfortunately, the bursary only covers the conference ticket so it remains to be seen whether I can fund the travel and accommodation to go to Melbourne for the event. If you would like to support my work, you can become a Patreon Patron. I promise to update my goals as soon as I find the time.

Stories of people affected by Centrelinks robodebt campaign are up again according to @not_my_debt, including this gut-churning announcement that went out during the week.

In technology news, Andre Obler from Aussie grassroots organisation, the Online Hate Prevention Institute spoke to Radio Sputnick about the racist hate categories plaguing Google & Facebooks advertising programs, while Theresea May told the United Nations that social media companies should take down terrorism posts within 2 hours.



Killing Ground: An Aussie Horror Film That May Scare Us Into Breaking The Silence "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

Sometimes art imitates life, and sometimes life imitates art. Catherine McGauran is hoping new Australian film Killing Ground will motivate life, and resolutions.

The outback may just be the most formidable character in Australian film and literature. More than just scenery or background, the bush is active in creating or enabling the horror that plays out in our much-loved Australian gothic stories.

Damien Powers film Killing Ground is a textbook expression of post-colonial anxiety, grounded in white Australians fear of the bush. It can go from idyllic playground to unpredictable captor in seconds.

At first Killing Ground looks like just another foray into this genre. However, it is Powers overly predictable use of tropes and cinematic techniques which make the film so terrifying these familiar structures reinforce our post-colonial story, by shoving latent fears into our face, with a new level of ferocity.


Killing Grounds release coincided with the decision of two Melbourne councils to drop Australia Day ceremonies on January 26. Yarra City Council made the decision out of respect for Aboriginal Australians and because of the depth of feeling about what that day means for so many of our residents. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the move was out of step with national values, and proceeded to strip Yarra City Council of its power to hold citizenship ceremonies.

But is it really out of step? The nature of social media has brought discussions like this from the fringes and into the mainstream. As a result non-Aboriginal Australians are learning more about our disturbing history, which is at best glossed over in schools, and support for recognition of this is growing.

Even the national broadcasters network Triple J held a survey to gauge where its listeners stood on moving the Hottest 100 from January 26. Powers film is part of this movement, suggesting that the disturbance of white Australias past is now so palpable that it can no longer be ignored. We are haunted by an unacknowledged past, which is why the post-colonial narrative of the sinister outback is so simple, yet so haunting.



Christ Church is holding a book sale this Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

By Ashley Flockhart If youre a bookworm, your passion for words could make you a Good Samaritan. A thousand books will be for sale at the Christ Church Community Centre on 14, Acland St this Saturday from 10am to 4pm. The sales earnings will go to the Christ Church restoration fund. The books are priced []


Meditation Circle "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


I am starting a new Monthly Meditation Circle at Autumn Retreat - to be held monthly on Mondays from 10am - 11.30am.  Dates are 23rd Oct, 27th Nov and 11th Dec.  

Come to one or come to them all.

For more information contact Rachael or visit.


Recommendation Sought "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"


Recommendation sought:

Can anyone recommend a good accountant?

Jane 0400 597 728.

Friday, 22 September


WIlliam Morris, Edward Poynter, Edward Burne-Jones and Philip Webb: V&A restaurants "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne.arts"

The Museum of Manufactures and the Government School of Design were located in Marlborough House, an impressive Pall Mall residence. When a new home for this Museum (later Victoria & Albert) had to be found in South Kensington, they used the estate bought by the Commissioners for 1851s Great Exhibition. The Museum was established in 1852 with 3 founding principles i.e to make works of art available to all; to educate working people; and to inspire British designers and manufacturers. All plans had to be approved by Prince Albert, including approval for Sir Henry Cole (180882) to become first V & A Director. The financial surplus from the Great Exhibition went to the V & A!

The South Kensington site architect was Captain Francis Fowke (1823-65), Inspector of Science and Art. Instead of Gothic architecture, Fowke proposed to focus on a North Italian Renaissance style, two storeys high, with a grand Lecture Theatre complex as centrepiece.

In 1861 designer Godfrey Sykes (1824-66) was invited to London by Henry Cole to assist with the horticultural gardens and arcades. The decorative schemes in the North and South Courts were mainly Sykes work, especially the choice of terracotta as the decorative medium.

In the showpiece Lecture Theatre buildings main feature was the red brick, terracotta and mosaic-faced faade, three large recessed arches and terracotta columns bearing figures. Portraits of key members of the Museum team, and names from the arts and sciences, appeared in the mosaic panels, lunettes and door panels.

 Gamble Room with pianist

The Gamble, Poynter/Grill & Morris/Green Rooms were to be the interlinked Museums restaurants. Although they were to be functional spaces, these restaurants would highlight the Museum's lavishly decorated public face. Victorian designer William Morris had been Pre-Raphaelite friends with architect Philip Webb, Edward Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1861, all par...


South-East Oz Part 3: Bendigo & Ballarat "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Black-eared Cuckoo
On our last morning in Deniliquin (see following post) I again checked out the back roads north of the town, seeing Pallid Cuckoo and a nice female Superb Parrot feeding in a flowering eucalypt.

Pallid Cuckoo

Superb Parrot
We headed...


Kefford Corporation Gulfstream G-IV-SP Bizjet N810LP Calls into Longreach Airport - Plus More incl a Cessna 182 Fly-in! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

On Sunday 10 September, Kefford Corporation (of Victoria) Gulfstream G-IV-SP bizjet N810LP was photographed shortly after arriving into Longreach Airport from Darwin.

After taking on fuel, N810LP continued to Canberra.

And also noted visiting Longreach Airport on Sunday 10 September was Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-KXM.  It arrived from Bankstown and later departed to Vanrook Station near Normanton.

Meanwhile, over the course of Friday 8 September to Monday 11 September, several light General Aviation (GA) aircraft descended on Longreach as the Cessna 182 Association of Australia held their Spring fly-in to Longreach Airport.


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