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Sunday, 20 May

21:59

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: 103 Horans Lane Grose Vale "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: 103 Horans Lane Grose Vale
COUNCIL AREA: Hawkesbury
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Hazard Reduction
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 20 May 2018 17:44

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: FRNSW Korowal School H.R "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Hall Parade Hazelbrook
COUNCIL AREA: Blue Mountains
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Hazard Reduction
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 24 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Fire and Rescue NSW
UPDATED: 20 May 2018 19:41

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Internal Range HR "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Marrangaroo Army Base, Reserve Rd, Marrangaroo
COUNCIL AREA: Lithgow
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Hazard Reduction
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 223 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 20 May 2018 12:02

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Magdala HR "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Between Bee Farm Road and Burns Road Springwood
COUNCIL AREA: Blue Mountains
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Hazard Reduction
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 259 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 20 May 2018 20:23

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Comleroy Rd, Wheeny Creek "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Comleroy Rd, Wheeny Creek, NSW 2758
COUNCIL AREA: Hawkesbury
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Vehicle/Equipment Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 21 May 2018 05:28

16:15

The Turnbull Government has the solution to its poll number blues already at hand - but will it act? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


lesterlost.com
State and federal governments have known for years that there is a correlation between unoccupied residential housing, negative gearing of investment properties and capital gains by individuals in the higher income percentiles.



An est. 11.2 per cent of residential properti...

14:18

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: TRAFFIC LIGHTS FLASHING YELLOW - MOUNT DRUITT Luxford Rd at Marketown Entrance "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - West
IncidentMount Druitt Luxford Rd at Marketown Entrance
TRAFFIC LIGHTS FLASHING YELLOW
...
Started today 10:18pm
Attending: RMS
Advice:

09:48

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Pitt Town Rd, Mcgraths Hill "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: 158 Pitt Town Rd, Mcgraths Hill, NSW 2756
COUNCIL AREA: Hawkesbury
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 20 May 2018 16:28

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Eighth Av, Austral "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Eighth Av, Austral, NSW 2179
COUNCIL AREA: Liverpool
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Other
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 20 May 2018 17:08

07:16

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Cabbage Tree Rd, Grose Vale "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: 225A Cabbage Tree Rd, Grose Vale, NSW 2753
COUNCIL AREA: Hawkesbury
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 20 May 2018 13:22

04:40

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Cudgegong Rd, Ruse "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 19 Cudgegong Rd, Ruse, NSW 2560
COUNCIL AREA: Campbelltown
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Structure Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Fire and Rescue NSW
UPDATED: 20 May 2018 12:32

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Macpherson Rd, Londonderry "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 7 Macpherson Rd, Londonderry, NSW 2753
COUNCIL AREA: Penrith
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Hazard Reduction
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 20 May 2018 11:20

03:54

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: ACCIDENT Truck - BEVERLY HILLS King Georges Rd at Stoney Creek Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentBeverly Hills King Georges Rd at Stoney Creek Rd
ACCIDENT Truck
...
Started today 10:45am, last checked today 11:54am
Heavy traffic conditions. Expect significant delays.

03:37

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BURST WATER MAIN - RICHMOND Lennox St at Paget St "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - West
IncidentRichmond Lennox St at Paget St
BURST WATER MAIN
...
Started today 5:32am, last checked today 11:37am
Impact: Impact 1 of 2 eastbound lane(s) closed (lane 1).
Impact 1 of 2 southbound lane(s) closed (lane 1).

02:13

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: ACCIDENT 2 cars - HORNSBY Bridge Rd at Peats Ferry Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - North
IncidentHornsby Bridge Rd at Peats Ferry Rd
ACCIDENT 2 cars
...
Started today 10:13am
Impact: Impact Traffic affected in all directions.

00:00

May 20 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1786 - That convict lass celebrated for her escape, Mary Bryant, was charged at the Exeter Assizes with assault and robbery, convicted and sentenced to death. Her sentence was commuted to transportation for seven years, and she was taken from Exeter jail to the hulk Dunkirk off Plymouth, where she remained until transhipped to the transport Charlotte in the First Fleet for Botany Bay.

1799 - Simon Taylor was hanged at Parramatta for the murder of his wife Anne Taylor.

1804 - The last of David Collins' failed Sorrento Settlement upped sticks and hied themselves forth in high dudgeon to the Derwent.

1804 - The Sydney Gazette reported on a small success with the experimental " Vaccination upon several Children of the Military".

1804 - The Sydney Gazette gave a very good example of why street cricket didn't take off for a number of years when it reported,
"...a young child playing near the lower end of the Parade was tossed by a cart bullock, but the horn being only entangled in the clothing, the infant fortunately received no injury."
Six and out?

1818 - Poor old Father Jeremiah O'Flynn - remember, the priest without correct credentials? - he got booted out of the country back to the UK.
Couldn't just sneak any old crim into this country, ya know....

1819 - Gov Macquarie opened the Hyde Park barracks (designed for 600 male convicts)  with great ceremony and a special feast for the prisoners, and used the occasion to make convict architect Francis Greenway's pardon absolute.

1820 - Todays Hobart Town Gazette published Govt Orders bitterly complaining of frequent gunfire...
"THE frequent Discharge of Fire Arms within the Town, and even in the Streets of Sydney both by Day end Night, which has lately taken Place, to the great Annoyance and Danger of the Inhabitants,rendering it necessary to call the Attention of all Descriptions of Persons to this Circumstance, and particularly to require the Constables and Peace Officers to be prompt and vigilant in rigidly enforcing the present standing Orders, against all Persons who shall hereafter be found discharging Guns, Pistols, or Fire Arms of any Description whatever, within the Streets or Town of Sydney ; it is hereby ordered and directed, that the Constables and all other the Peace Officers and Watchmen, do seize and secure all Persons whatever, who shall after the present Date be found using or discharging Fire Arms in the Town of Sydney, whether by Day and Night, unless in lawful Cases of necessary Self-defence, and bring such Offender or Offenders before a Magistrate, to be dealt with according to Law ; and all Persons are required to take Notice, that whoever shall henceforth be convicted of using or discharging Fire Arms within the Town of Sydney, will be subject to Fine and imprisonment...."

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Saturday, 19 May

23:43

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Samuel Marsden HR "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 97-119 Samuel Marsden Rd Orchard Hills
COUNCIL AREA: Penrith
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Hazard Reduction
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 19 May 2018 15:32

23:39

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: ACCIDENT Car - BEXLEY M5 East Mwy at Bexley Rd off-ramp "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentBexley M5 East Mwy at Bexley Rd off-ramp
ACCIDENT Car
...
Started today 7:20am, last checked today 7:39am
Moderate traffic conditions. 

21:33

Catching Up "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

How old do you think Tony Sheldon is?, we asked each other during half-time yesterday in the latest production of Priscilla, Queen Of The Dessert, currently playing at Sydneys Capitol Theatre, which I attended with my friend Sue, and her mum, visiting down from the country. It turns out hes 62, and in remarkably good shape as a performer, playing

20:06

How to Harness Your Sexual Energy With 9 Easy Steps "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

High sexual energy is nearly universal in new relationships but tends to decline after a few years.  You know what happens life gets busy, a couple of kids come along, careers become more demanding, family members need more of your time and attention and suddenly your sexual energy is gone. You can probably remember it, but very often you just cant feel it.

Fortunately, maintaining your sexual energy or getting it back isnt usually hard. And it can be a lot of fun. But it does require some of your time and attention, just like maintaining your physical, mental and emotional energy requires some time and attention.

So if the sexual energy in your relationship is drooping or totally missing in action dont despair.  Here are 9  ways to boost your sexual energy.

Make time to talk.

Talking about our emotions helps us feel bonded, so were more likely to want to have sex, says Isiah McKimmie, a certified Somatic sex therapist who specializes in Tantra, somatic sexology, and Gestalt psychotherapy. Many women who come to see me say theyve lost interest in sex, but in fact, theyve lost the feeling of connection to their partner. Make time to sit down and talk things through. Address issues and make a point of telling your partner often how great he is: this helps him open up, too.

Harness flower power.

Flower essences rebalance the emotional side of your spirit, which may be damping down your sexual drive. Leonie Sinclair, a certified flower remedy practitioner from Triple Tranquillity Therapy Centre, suggests Bach Olive flower essence (to boost sexual energy and extinguish exhaustion and fatigue), Australian Bush Flowers She-Oak (to balance hormones), and Wedding Bush (to strengthen your relationship).

More sex, less stress.

A study published in Biological Psychology found that men and women who had recently had intercourse responded better to stress than those who abstained. An intense sensation of euphoria, calm and relaxation follows orgasm, due to the release of the hormones oxytocin, which helps us bond and creates the urge to nurture, and prolactin, which plays a role in lactation, but also an important role in the regulation of the immune system.

Fatten up.

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16:10

Passenger Overboard from Princess Sun "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A passenger has been reported overboard from the Princess Sun cruise ship today, according to 9News in Australia. The passenger is an Australian man in his 80's.  

In a statement, Princess Cruises stated that the passenger intentionally went overboard.

The Princess Sun departed from Fremantle, Australia six days ago, and was half way through a 12-day cruise. The overboard occurred when the cruise ship was approximately 100 nautical Princess Sunmiles southeast of Singapore.

Passengers reportedly state that the captain of the ship made an announcement of the passenger's disappearance and turned the ship around to conduct search and rescue operations. It reportedly took an hour to return to the spot where the man went overboard. Another newspaper in Australian reports that that the captain told passengers that CCTV footage confirmed the man went overboard. Indonesian search and rescue authorities released the cruise ship after her crew had searched until dark for the missing man.

A passenger posted a photograph of a rescue boat that had been deployed to search for the overboard passenger. 

According to cruise expert Professor Ross Klein, 311 people have gone overboard from cruise ships in the last 18 years. 

This incident is similar to a situation three and a half years ago when an 84-year-old went overboard from the Sun Princess while it was sailing from New Zealand to Sydney, in November of 2014. 

The last overboard from the Princess Sun occurred around a year ago when a passenger went overboard from the Princess cruise ship. This occurred in February of 2017. There was no explanation how the woman went overboard. The good news is that she was rescued after approximately 45 minutes in the water.

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Photo credit: @michaelrperth on Twitter via 9NEWS

13:39

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: (Westlink Mtwy), Eastern Creek "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: M7 (Westlink Mtwy), Eastern Creek, NSW 2766
COUNCIL AREA: Blacktown
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 19 May 2018 21:00

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Bellfield Av, Rossmore "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 24 /Bellfield Av, Rossmore, NSW 2557
COUNCIL AREA: Liverpool
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Burn off
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 19 May 2018 21:04

13:15

A Bill of Rights for Australia, Anyone? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

On September 18, 2014, citizens of Australia rally to protest the dawn raids of Muslim homes by police in Lakemba, NSW

by Mary W Maxwell

Some say Australia needs a Bill of Rights. Gumshoe hereby invites any reader to propose a right. Our journalistic staff (if you could call it that) seems to be in a jocular mood at the moment (no reason given), so we dont forbid you to send a jocular offering. Still, serious ones would be especially appreciated.

For historical purposes, I am going to list, below, the United States rights never mind the apparent lull in their enforcement nowadays. These ten rights went into the US Con as amendments thereto. For an amendment to get in, three-fourths of the states must ratif...

12:18

Box of soil from Crete battlefield for War Monument in Australia (video) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

77 years after the Battle of Crete, the Municipality of Rethymno gave a box with soil from the battlefield to Ambassador of Australia. The move followed a request of the Australian government that will put the box  together with another 99 boxes of soil from different battlefields at a monument in Sydney on the occasion

The post Box of soil from Crete battlefield for War Monument in Australia (video) appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

11:03

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Bloodwood Rd, Fiddletown "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 48 Bloodwood Rd, Fiddletown, 2159
COUNCIL AREA: Hornsby
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Other
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 19 May 2018 17:12

11:00

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: ACCIDENT 2 cars - DEAN PARK Richmond Rd at M7 Mwy "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - West
IncidentDean Park Richmond Rd at M7 Mwy
ACCIDENT 2 cars
...
Started today 7:00pm
Impact: Impact Northbound traffic affected.

08:14

The Guardian Is A Lapdog To Power. Theresa May Thinks Its 1984. And Other Reasons I Write For New Matilda "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

New Matilda columnist Dr Lissa Johnson joins the #MAYhem, to explain why she writes for Australias most stubborn independent media outlet.

If the parlous state of Western media was ever on full display, it has been lately. From sanitising massacres of Palestinian protesters to bolstering the silencing of Julian Assange, the media has some serious charges to answer.

In the UK, faced with gaping holes in their narratives during recent weeks, major media outlets went into melt-down over journalists, academics and others departing from the official scripts on Syria and the Salisbury poisoning. The desperate, dogged defence by media institutions of their own fragile groupthink has been remarkable to behold.

During a BBC interview on the alleged Douma attacks, for instance, former First Sea Lord, Admiral Lord West, advocated seeking accurate information before taking military action, whether in Syria or elsewhere. Despite the obvious prudence of his suggestion, the BBC presenter interviewing Lord West took umbrage at his stance. She found it inadvisable to say such things so publically.

West had gently pointed out that terrorist-embedded sources, such as those supplying intelligence on Douma, are not the most reliable. He added that when he was Chief of Defence Intelligence himself, he had been put under huge pressure politically to lie about the UKs bombing campaign in Bosnia, alluding to the dangers of politicised intelligence.

Casualties at Douma last month, from the ongoing Syrian civil war.

With US president Donald Trump citing discredited Israeli intelligence as a basis for withdrawing from the Iran nuclear de...

08:00

The Weekend Quiz May 19-20, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

Question 1:

In a fixed coupon government bond auction, the higher is the demand for the bonds the:

(a) higher the yields will be at that maturity, suggesting that higher fiscal deficits will soon drive short-term interest rates down.

(b) lower the yields will be at that maturity, suggesting that higher fiscal deficits will soon drive short-term interest rates down.

(c) lower the yields will be at that maturity but this tells us nothing about the fiscal effect on short-term interest rates.

The answer is Option (c) lower the yields will be at that maturity but this tells us nothing about the fiscal effect on short-term interest rates.

Option (b) lower the yields will be at that maturity, suggesting that higher fiscal deficits will soon drive short-term interest rates down might have attracted your attention given that it correctly associates higher demand for bonds will lower yields.

You then may have been led by your understanding of the fundamental principles of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) that include the fact that government spending provides the net financial assets (bank reserves) and fiscal deficits put downward pressure on interest rates (with no accompanying central bank operations), which is contrary to the myths that appear in macroeconomic textbooks about crowding out.

But of-course, the central bank sets the short-term interest rate based on its policy aspirations and conducts the necessary liquidity management operations to ensure the actual short-term market interest rate is consistent with the desired policy rate. That doesnt mean the central bank has a free rein.

It has to either offer a return on reserves equivalent to the policy rate or sell government bonds if it is to maintain a positive target rate. The penalty for not borrowing is that the interest rate will fall to the bottom of the corridor prevailing in the country which may be zero if the central bank does not offer a return on reserves.

This situation arises because the central bank essentially lacks control over the quantity of reserves in the system.

So the correct answer is that movements in p...

06:42

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: ACCIDENT - NORTHMEAD Briens Rd approaching Redbank Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - West
IncidentNorthmead Briens Rd approaching Redbank Rd
ACCIDENT
...
Started today 2:26pm, last checked today 2:42pm
Heavy traffic conditions. 

06:08

Can Cryptocurrencies Survive? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

QUESTION: Do you think Bitcoin can survive? Or has it been a passing fad?

MT

ANSWER: Bitcoin rose because 70% of the miners were in China. It was NOT simply because energy was cheap. Bitcoin became the LEADING means of money laundering and movement of cash out of China, circumventing their rule of law and currency controls. So do not think for one minute that Bitcoin rose because it was really a wonderful idea?

BitCoin was a means to get money out of China when you could not wire money out under currency controls. In Australia, they have adopted the slogan that CASH IS FOR CRIMINALS. They will do the same to cryptocurrencies. All they need to do is declare a law that it is illegal for a business to accept cryptocurrency under the excuse that it is money laundering. You just killed the entire industry.

The government has the army, tanks, and the guns and soon robot soldiers. Until the army is willing to turn against the hand that feeds them, which is why they are developing robot soldiers, you cannot stand with cryptocurrency and claim some magical right to suppress government and central banks. You need the power grid!

Video streaming today is because of the online porn industry (I wont post a picture of that).  They needed to sell their product and they invented video streaming under the mother of all evolution Necessity. Video streaming has since expanded to everything. Blockchain can be used in many other contexts just a video streaming was not restricted to just porn. The technology can be used for documents and other things besides just cryptocurrencies.

I have been skeptical about the claims that cryptocurrencies will replace all money and central banks and end banking creating money out of thin air. That would be recreating the Dark Age. For that to take place there can be no lending. The mortgage market would...

05:11

End Forced Organ Harvesting: An Interview With DAFOHs Sophia Bryskine "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

An exhibition of actual human corpses thats currently being shown at the Moore Park Byron Kennedy Hall is causing public outrage. Real Bodies: The Exhibition features the display of 20 cadavers and over 200 human organs preserved through plastination in China. Critics of the exhibition are calling for its closure, as they hold grave concerns

The post End Forced Organ Harvesting: An Interview With DAFOHs Sophia Bryskine appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

04:18

Budget Boost Will Not Reduce Court Backlogs "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Federal Government delivered a mixed-bag of good and bad news for the Australian court system last week. It announced an $80m boost to court resources, but many believe the amount is not enough to sufficiently ease the burden the court system is currently under, which has created enormous backlogs particularly in our family

The post Budget Boost Will Not Reduce Court Backlogs appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

04:16

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Reserve Rd, Marrangaroo "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Reserve Rd, Marrangaroo, NSW 2790
COUNCIL AREA: Lithgow
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Hazard Reduction
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 19 May 2018 09:44

03:47

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BREAKDOWN Car - MAROUBRA Bunnerong Rd at Maroubra Rd "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentMaroubra Bunnerong Rd at Maroubra Rd
BREAKDOWN Car
...
Started today 11:47am
Impact: Impact Southbound lanes closed.

02:08

Scientists refute Ben Heards paper opposing reneweable energy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Can we get 100 percent of our energy from renewable sources? https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/luot-cwg051718.php New article gathers the evidence to address the sceptics LAPPEENRANTA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY 17-MAY-2018

Is there enough space for all the wind turbines and solar panels to provide all our energy needs? What happens when the sun doesnt shine and the wind doesnt blow? Wont renewables destabilise the grid and cause blackouts?

In a review paper last year in the high-ranking journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Master of Science Benjamin Heard (at left) and colleagues presented their case against 100% renewable electricity systems. They doubted the feasibility of many of the recent scenarios for high shares of renewable energy, questioning everything from whether renewables-based systems can survive extreme weather events with low sun and low wind, to the ability to keep the grid stable with so much variable generation.

Now scientists have hit back with their response to the points raised by Heard and colleagues.The researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Delft University of Technology and Aalborg University have analysed hundreds of studies from across the scientific literature to answer eac...

01:28

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: BREAKDOWN Car - STRATHFIELD Centenary Dr at Arthur St "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentStrathfield Centenary Dr at Arthur St
BREAKDOWN Car
...
Started today 9:28am
Impact: Impact 1 of 3 northbound lane(s) closed (lane 1).

01:21

Why Narrabri should choose wind, solar over CSG RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Report finds Narrabri has enormous potential for renewables, with scope for between 1GW and 4.5GW of large-scale solar and wind, that would create 500-2,600 permanent local jobs.

via Why Narrabri should choose wind, solar over CSG RenewEconomy

00:50

Live Traffic NSW - All Sydney: EMERGENCY ROAD WORKS following an earlier gas leak - STRATHFIELD The Boulevarde near Cameron St "sydney IndyWatch Emergency Feed"

Sydney - Inner
IncidentStrathfield The Boulevarde near Cameron St
EMERGENCY ROAD WORKS following an earlier gas leak
...
Started today 6:18am, last checked today 8:50am
Impact: Impact 1 of 2 northbound lane(s) closed (lane 1).

00:36

The Beauty Myth 3.0 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

If you want to be beautiful by todays beauty industry standards, youd better be prepared to part with some cash, writes Helen Barcham.

Every work morning, as I wait to board my bus from Parramatta station to the Western Sydney University campus, I find myself meditating on the in-your-face advertisement plastered on the window of the beauty clinic across the street.

The advertisement is not remarkable in the context of todays advertising culture, but it is nevertheless alluring. It features several attractive, happy and confident-seeming women (and one man) alongside the text, Whats your You Ness?

This image exemplifies beautifully the paradox of todays beauty industry.

The clinic promises to respect and amplify womens youness which they define as what makes you, well you. And yet, this promise is sold to women through a smorgasbord of products and services that, paradoxically, orient womens bodies and psyches towards embodying the cultural beauty ideal.

According to its website, the clinic promises to hit reverse on sagging skin through skin tightening treatments; leave others to guess about ones age through cosmetic injectables; and promises women theyll be ready at a moments notice through laser hair removal. Ultimately, the promotion of these beauty regimes tells us that youthful or youth-like, thin and hairless bodies are the cultural ideal to which women should aspire. Youness, then, is a false economy, re-routed to sameness.

 

Pain and Suffering is the Price to Pay for Looking and Feeling Good

In order to acquire the happiness and confidence of the models in the advertisements, women are, ironically, first required to endure pain and suffering in the form of endless laser treatments, surgical needles, chemical peels, injections, and take-home creams, among other body work.

Pain and suffering, we are told in todays therapeutic society, is a necessary requirement of actively looking after oneself. As the adage goes, no pain, no gain.

This suffering is no mere coincidence or by-product, but a politically organised normalising apparatus, strategically pressed u...

00:00

May 19 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1793 - Governor Arthur Phillip returned to England accompanied by Bennelong and Yemmerawanne. Following a six-month voyage, they landed in Falmouth, England on this day.

1805 - The Sydney Gazette was bemoaning the fact that so many furbabies had multiplied within the colony, or in their words...
"The prodigious canine increase within the last twelvemonth is as little surprising as alarming: go where you will you must patiently submit to be formally introduced by half a dozen domestic yelpers, who martial the way at the extreme danger of your calves. Upon many families the support of a number of useless creatures falls as a heavy tax; and yet, from some recommendatory qualification, imperceptible to every body but the owner, they must still be supported at the certain expence of those entitled by
nature to our first consideration."

1820 - Russian explorer Faddei Faddeevich (Fabian) Bellingshausen sailed merrily from Port Jackson for the Sandwich Islands where he made further discoveries, notably Ono Island in the Fiji group.

1825 - Francis Nicholas Rossi replaced D'Arcy Wentworth as Superintendent of Police in New South Wales.

1826 - Today saw the first issue of the Monitor newspaper in Sydney.
Gossip, ladies!
Shipping intelligence galore!

1830 - Polish explorer Strzelecki, having tripped over a large lump of land in south-east Victoria, named it Gippsland after the Governor of NSW George Gipps.

1837 -  Surveyor-General and explorer Sir Thomas Mitchell was a tad tired and emotional so he left Sydney on eighteen months leave.

1838 - The first Catholic Mass on Pentecost Sunday was celebrated in Melbourne with Father Patrick Bonaventure Geoghegan in the driving seat.

1845 - F.H. Faulding, the son of a surgeon, opened the doors of his business as a chemist at 5 Rundle Street.  His business grew rapidly as he made remedies for stock as well as people and he bought a site in Clarence Place, off King William Street, to give him more room for his manufacturing and wholesale business.

1854 - Ballarat Post Office opened cnr Mair & Lydiard Sts.

1861 - Helen Porter Mitchell, better known as Dame Nellie Melba, was pupped.

1863 0 The Flinders Street Baptist Church in Adelaide was officially opened with Rev. Silas Mead at the helm.

1869 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was flung open all over the shop, from Singleton to Muswellbrook.

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Saturday, 21 April

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Uncluttered : a 12 week online course "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I feel like Ive spent the past five years decluttering my home.

The imminent arrival of a baby has always been a motivating factor; nothing quite like nesting urges to have me clearing out cupboards and scrubbing walls and floors.

Moving house has also been a catalyst; its only when you have to pack everything into boxes that you realise how much insignificant miscellany you own.

But apart from a seasonal spring and autumn clean, Ive been so caught up in keeping the house tidy (and often failing!) that decluttering the home hasnt happened. And if I do start to do it, motivation wears thin.

Not knowing where to start or how to progress seems to be a common problem for those of us who want to declutter the family home. Sure, we can all clean out a kitchen draw or the kids wardrobe but the whole house? its overwhelming to say the least.

Granted, Ill be spending the next eight or so weeks decluttering on a whole new level. We dont want to pay for storage while we travel so well keep a few pieces of furniture, our big appliances (fridge, washing machine, dryer) and our keepsakes at the Grandparents houses. Everything else? Were selling or donating.

But seeing as though many of you arent attempting to squeeze your life into a caravan any time soon, I thought Id tell you about Uncluttered, a 12 week online course created by Joshua Becker of Becoming Minimalist.

Perhaps what is most impressive about Uncluttered is that it helps you examine your spending habits as well as guiding you through the stages of decluttering the home. Its not just for minimalists, either. Its for anyone and everyone who wants to downsize and declutter, but cant seem to get there on their own.

The course acts as a guiding roadmap and framework. It consists of videos, interviews, articles, Q&A sessions, weekly challenges, and most importantly, a super involved and active community. It offers everything a book cannot: active feedback, accountability, opportunity to ask questions, and positive support from others.

Uncluttered has been running for over two years and it has encouraged  thousands of people to declutter their homes and change their mindset and habits. A few inspiring testimonials:

The term life-changing gets thrown around a lot, but this course really is. I went into it with a lot of shame and anxiety. Joshua gently guided us in a way that made lasting change seem possible. My home is much improved, but my mindset is also clearer.
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