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Monday, 02 November

14:30

Preservation of Food - from Garden to Kitchen "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Southern Australias unique environment enables us to grow plant varieties which provide long seasons of fresh food from almost any  species we choose but even the best planned garden or orchard produces the occasional glut. And anyway there are so many types of food that we would love to have out of season; pickled olives, dried fruit, frozen sweetcorn and delicious nuts sound pretty inviting in the middle of winter.

Preserving is the answer and this course will teach you the secrets of small scale, natural food preparation, preservation and storage.

Learn about when to harvest, freezing, drying, storing successfully, combating pests, keeping the vitality in stored food, pickling, fermenting, home milling, food hygiene, packaging, small scale marketing and self sufficiency.

This one day intensive course will involve food quality tasting, the hands-on operation of small scale food processing equipment and the sharing of treasured recipes and techniques from different countries.

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Sunday, 20 January

01:42

Mori community reconnects youth with their ancestral forests "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Read other stories in this three-part profile of the Ruathuna communitys stewardship of its forest. A Mori community leans on tradition to restore its forest What makes a forest healthy? Mori knowledge has some answers.   RUATHUNA, New Zealand Like many young people growing up in small-town New Zealand, tamira Nuku, age 29, couldnt wait to leave home and start a new life somewhere bigger and busier. She got married, had a baby, and left the isolated, predominantly Mori village of Ruathuna in the Tuawhenua area of Te Urewera forest for the shiny shores and higher wages of Australia while she was still a teenager. But after a few years, Nuku and her husband realized that there was something missing in our lives, some kind of deep connection, she says. We couldnt understand what it was at the time; all we knew was that we needed to move home. Upon their return, the couple found work in an ecotourism outfit, taking people on treks around Te Urewera, which at 2,127 square kilometers (821 square miles) is the largest remaining tract of indigenous forest on New Zealands North Island. Through that work, Nuku learned more about the forest she had grown up surrounded by, and developed a strong sense of responsibility toward both the land and its people. As children, we took all this for granted, she says, gesturing to the green walls of ancient bush that surround the settlements and farmland of Ruathuna. We didnt realize how special it

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Thursday, 03 January

11:24

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Army Road "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Wollemi National Park
COUNCIL AREA: Lithgow
STATUS: Being controlled
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 1 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
UPDATED: 3 Jan 2019 15:27

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Brookside "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Wollemi National Park
COUNCIL AREA: Lithgow
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
UPDATED: 3 Jan 2019 11:02

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Fire Trail Rd, Londonderry "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Fire Trail Rd, Londonderry, NSW 2753
COUNCIL AREA: Penrith
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 84 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 3 Jan 2019 19:32

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Grand Canyon Rd, Medlow Bath "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: 127 Grand Canyon Rd, Medlow Bath, NSW 2780
COUNCIL AREA: Blue Mountains
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 3 Jan 2019 13:27

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Moffitts Trail "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Gardens of Stone National Park
COUNCIL AREA: Lithgow
STATUS: Being controlled
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
UPDATED: 3 Jan 2019 15:56

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Mt Wolgan "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Wolgan Valley 400m east of Emirates helipad dam -33.264 150.180
COUNCIL AREA: Lithgow
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
UPDATED: 3 Jan 2019 19:10

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: No 8 Trail "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Gardens of Stone National Park
COUNCIL AREA: Lithgow
STATUS: Being controlled
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
UPDATED: 3 Jan 2019 15:39

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Pantoneys Crown, Capertee "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Pantoneys Crown, Capertee
COUNCIL AREA: Lithgow
STATUS: Being controlled
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 1 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
UPDATED: 3 Jan 2019 15:49

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Valley 3, Warragamba Catchment "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: -34 07.59 150 23.94
COUNCIL AREA: Wollondilly
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
UPDATED: 2 Jan 2019 16:29

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Wollemi NP Colo River "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Wollemi NP, 2.6 km NW of Culoul range fire trail above Colo River
COUNCIL AREA: Hawkesbury
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 3 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
UPDATED: 3 Jan 2019 17:44

09:44

Johns College from Larkin St "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Part of Sydney Uni seen across Parramatta Rd near the Coroners Court including the Catholic College I refused to move into after 6 years of boarding school when I started at Uni.

No regrets about that, as it happens that was Tony Abbott's college


Beginnings of leaves on the trees gives the scene some more life.


The tower on the old main building is now totally mummified in blue baize and scaffold

Most of the background blocked in. A scaffold went up around the sandstone tower since I got started, so I painted tha...

09:25

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Alum Hill Fire "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: -34.15245, 150.17910
COUNCIL AREA: Wollondilly
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
UPDATED: 3 Jan 2019 17:03

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Mt Wilson S&R "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Mt Wilson
COUNCIL AREA: Blue Mountains
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Assist Other Agency
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: NSW Police
UPDATED: 3 Jan 2019 19:23

05:44

Parklea Correctional Centre: A Privately-Run Prison in Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim An inmate at Parklea Correctional Centre uploaded a video filmed using a contraband smartphone onto YouTube in July 2017. During the clip, the inmate flaunts a knife and another weapon, and he also holds up a small bag of white powder that he alleges is the drug ice. The

The post Parklea Correctional Centre: A Privately-Run Prison in Crisis appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

05:20

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Megalong Rd, Megalong Valley "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 829 Megalong Rd, Megalong Valley, NSW 2785
COUNCIL AREA: Blue Mountains
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 2 Jan 2019 21:10

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Peach Tree "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 49 Peach Tree Road, Megalong Valley
COUNCIL AREA: Blue Mountains
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 2 Jan 2019 21:01

00:13

January 3 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

1788 - Captain Arthur Phillip was on board HMS Supply when, bored to tears from the long First Fleet voyage, Smarty-Arty played Eye, Spy with the coast of Van Diemen's Land.

1812 - Amongst the various Government and General Orders issued on this day by Gov Macquarie was..
"His Excellency, the Governor directs that tomorrow shall be considered as a holiday, and that the convicts shall be exempted from labour during the whole of the day.
His Excellency is further pleased to direct that an extra ration of one pounds and a half of fresh beef shall be served out tomorrow to each non-com officer and soldier of the 73rd Reg't and male convict in the settlement of Newcastle with the usual proportion to all the women and children...."

1813 - At Kissing Point (Putney) Woollarawarre Bennelong passed from this world to the next, he was buried in the orchard of his great friend brewer James Squire.

1825 - The absconding convicts headed south and reached as far as Reid's Mistake (Lake Macquarie) a distance of about 15 nautical miles. Lieut. Owen reached the same place on the 3rd January where he found the oars and rudder, all that remained of the gig which had been swamped. With the help of the native trackers they soon afterwards captured five of the prisoners - Tunnicliffe, Pritchard, Smith, Johnston and Collins in a hut with Private Yams. The telescope was found with them. They were brought into Newcastle on this day and lodged in the gaol.

1826 - Father Philip Conolly opened the first Catholic school in Van Diemen's Land at Hobart.

1827 - Pack the picnic basket with the Waterford Crystal Auntie Maud....The first boat regatta, organised by the officers of HMS Success and HMS Rainbow, was held on the Derwent River.

1839 - John Hutt replaced James Stirling as Governor of WA. Stirlingm, not one to mess about, left for England the next day.

1840 - Read all about it...The Port Phillip Herald began publication in Melbourne, edited by George Cavenagh.

1841 - The steamer Clonmel, on just its second voyage between Sydney and Melbourne, was wrecked near Corner Inlet.

1850 - Victoria's first stamps issued. Costing 1d., 2d. and 3d., they featured a portrait of Queen Victoria, who was most definitely not amused to have 'colonials' licking her back !

1851 - Today was the final day in a series of 'examinations' aka massacres that took place on Fraser Island between Christmas Day 1850 and January 3, 1851. In a newspaper report it was called "a jaunt" with the added description of "...natives were driven into the sea and kept there as long as daylight or life lasted."

1853 - Keep the pennies under the mattress...The Bank of Victoria opened in Melbourne.

1861 - The Wallsend Railway Branch line (NSW...

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Wednesday, 02 January

22:32

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Peach Tree Rd, Megalong Valley "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Peach Tree Rd, Megalong Valley, NSW 2785
COUNCIL AREA: Blue Mountains
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 2 Jan 2019 21:09

20:31

1) Armed rebels remain serious threat in 2019: Papua police chief "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) TNI, police seize Free West Papua HQ
3) Government defends Freeport deal amid criticism
https://en.antaranews.com/news/121659/armed-rebels-remain-serious-threat-in-2019-papua-police-chief
1) Armed rebels remain serious threat in 2019: Papua police chief
Reporter: Antara  1 hour ago

Jayapura, Papua, (ANTARA News) - Armed Papuan rebels would likely remain a serious security threat in certain areas of the central mount...

18:30

How the Inventor of Dynamite, Alfred Nobel, Read an Obituary That Called Him The Merchant of Death and Made Amends by Creating the Nobel Prize "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

No one can ever fully predict the consequences of their actions. Still, some warning bells should be hard to ignore. Take Alfred Nobel, for instance, the founder of the Nobel Prize. For most of his life, he had a different reputationas the inventor of dynamite, one of the most destructive technologies of the age. Though he maintained his motives were pure, Nobel had no shortage of signs telling him his creation might do at least as much harm as good. He persevered and lived to regret it, it's said.

Born in Sweden in 1833, Nobel became obsessed with explosives at a young age after meeting the inventor of nitro-glycerin. He spent some formative years trying to harness its power, even after a botched nitro-glycerin experiment at a factory killed his younger brother and five other workers. Nobel patented dynamite in 1867, a new, transportable explosive, notes the Sydney Morning Herald video above, that was an instant hit in the mining and construction industries. Originally called Nobels Blasting Powder, the chemist and engineer soon choose a new name, from the ancient Greek work for power.




It wouldnt take long before dynamite became a conveniently devastating weapon of war, especially in the Spanish American War, which began two years after Alfreds death. But ten years earlier, in 1888, when the bottle was already well uncorked, Alfred received a shock when a French newspaper misidentified him for his brother, Ludwig, who had just died. His erroneous pre-mortem obituary appeared with the headline The Merchant of Death is Dead! The unsparing bio went on to say that Nobel became rich by finding ways to kill more people faster than ever before.

18:10

Amazing Videos of New Years 2019 Fireworks Around the World "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

 

Cities around the world love to ring in the new year with unbelievable public fireworks displays for everyone to enjoy. Below you will find some of our personal favorites from London, Sydney, Hong Kong and Dubai.

Enjoy and happy new year to you all!

 

LONDON NEW YEARS FIREWORKS 2019

 

 

 

SYDNEY NEW YEARS FIREWORKS 2019

 

 

 

HONG...

17:17

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Eastern Rd, Doonside "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Eastern Rd, Doonside, NSW 2767
COUNCIL AREA: Blacktown
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: MVA/Transport
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 2 Jan 2019 17:12

15:54

Dwelling prices down 5pc in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Affordability improves in 2018

House prices were 10 per cent and 9 per cent lower over 2018 in Sydney and Melbourne respectively. 

Unit prices were 6 per cent and 2 per cent lower in the same two cities.

Overall, dwelling prices at the national level were 5 per cent lower over the year with prices down sharply in the most expensive quartile (-8 per cent) and flat in the cheapest.

Perth's housing market had looked to be bottoming out, but has been clobbered anew by new mortgage lending rules along with the rest. 

Brisbane, Adelaide, and Canberra recorded modest price growth in 2018, and Hobart topped the charts (click on the graphic to expand):


Source: CoreLogic

Gross yields in the largest two cities are off their cyclical lows, rising from about 3 per cent to 3 per cent. 

Yields on capital city real estate are of course low when compared to a 'risk free rate' of about 2.3 per cent, though of course you can't live in a 10-year government bond. 

Housing is a unique asset class as both a consumption and investment good (for example, I'll always keep property in Sydney - the alternative if I decided to return is paying at least $50,000 per annum in rent, and probably $75,000 plus the way rents are good heading for terraces...no thanks!). 

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14:22

Public Using Mobile Video and Social Media to Name and Shame Chinese Daigou "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A daigou is a personal shopper who buys items to send back to people in China, usually for a significant markup. This is a cheaper alternative for Chinese buyers to purchase products around the world. Especially products so in demand in their home country that they often can't be purchased. Like decent quality milk powder produced by Australia. This has caused problems with locals in Australia with hundreds of tins of baby formula being purchased by Chinese daigou to be sent back to China. These daigou can strip shelves of milk powder in minutes. While supermarkets have responded with limiting the number of tins a person can buy per purchase this has failed as the daigou simply go straight back in to purchase more. In response, the Australian public now records videos of these Chinese shoppers stripping the shelves of baby formula then posts to social media. Australia is well known for giving anyone a fair go but there are limits.

Ever think of robbing a store but stopped thinking "what if I'm seen?". Cameras are everywhere. Just about everyone has one in their pocket. Powered up, hours of free space, a phone unlock and camera app start away from filming. YouTube and Facebook have made it easy to share videos for free. Anyone can do it. Now they are. When over 30 daigou recently went on a baby formula buying spree in Brisbane, Shane Conroy captured the raid on video to post to Facebook. The footage has since been viewed half a million times with thousands of shares. The situation with foreign shoppers stripping shelves is only getting worse. The public is now stepping up to record these incidents to post them online to publicly name and shame these people as laws and rules are ineffective.

Is it better when Big Brother is not a central authority but instead is implemented by the people, themselves?


Original Submission #1 Original Submission #2

Read more of this story at SoylentNews.

10:29

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Glen Alice Rd, Mount Marsden "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Glen Alice Rd, Mount Marsden, NSW 2849
COUNCIL AREA: Lithgow
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 2 Jan 2019 20:20

10:28

QVB and George St "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


It's pretty cool being able to walk up and down the middle of George St now the tramline construction is mostly done in those few blocks(how long has it taken?), so I've taken the opportunity of sitting in the middle of the st to do a fair size painting - now its a battle against time to get enough done before the cars return

 The barriers(tho not the fence) have disappeared from around the tram station, an ominous sign, but at least the ground is done, I met this total dude called Minh, lots of people were shooting movies of me painting, and some even throwing a few $ in the hat


It was hot and clear in Forest Lodge as I hopped onto the bus to get to the city when the shade arrives at my painting spot . 20 mins later when I got to town there was looming darkness out west which rapidly overtook me as I got to work. I got a bit done between the first few rapid bouts, and then (I'm happy to say)called it a day just before the cell which dumped huge hail came over.

I got on the bus on Castlereagh St as hail started to fall which rapidly got larger, within a couple of minutes the bus was being bombarded with chunks of hail up to the size of eggs. Pretty dramatic, but we were all safe in the bus
...

10:22

road trip : sydney to melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The week before Christmas we drove from Sydney to Melbourne via the Hume Highway. We wanted to take it slow, as always, because our journey is mostly dictated by Marigold who tends to scream at the highest pitch (and for the longest time) if shes well and truly over the drive.

So we mapped out a rough itinerary, hit the road and stopped in Goulburn on our first night. It had been a long, hot day and we spent the hottest part of it parked under a tree at a rest stop because thats the beauty of towing your home with you; you can pull over and have a nap at any time.

The next morning we were on the road by 6:45am which, we soon discovered, is the very best way to travel with kids. Our first stop was the little town of Jugiong which completely lived up to its fabulous reputation.

We pulled into the Jugiong War Memorial Park and Showground which is perfectly located on the river, next to the public pool and right across the road from The Sir George and Long Track Pantry. You can stay here for up to 7 days for a donation which makes it one of the best free camps weve come across. The amenities are really well looked after, the grounds are beautiful and theres an abundance of trees so you can while away hot summer afternoons in the shade.

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10:21

Timber Pasteup and Tavern Benches "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Down at the Junkyard we continue converting Shamus's stacks of salvaged timber into furniture and other rustic constructions. One job that might come up soon is a tree house for a family in Forest Lodge, which is pretty exciting.


Meanwhile I'm making this feature piece for a tabletop out of offcuts, maybe a dining table





Here it is after the first go with sawdust and glue filler so finally it doesn't have lots of holes to see through

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09:57

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Springwood Rd, Yarramundi "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Springwood Rd, Yarramundi, NSW 2753
COUNCIL AREA: Hawkesbury
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 2 Jan 2019 19:06

08:56

1) TPNPB OPM Accuses TNI-Polri Take Hostage of Nduga Administration "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"



2) Impossible for KNPB to be registered as legal organisation: Home Affairs Ministry
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1) TPNPB OPM Accuses TNI-Polri Take Hostage of Nduga Administration
Translator: Aripin   
Editor: Petir Garda Bhwana 


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07:24

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Castlereagh Hwy, Ben Bullen "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: 3700 Castlereagh Hwy, Ben Bullen, NSW 2790
COUNCIL AREA: Lithgow
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 2 Jan 2019 17:08

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Palmers Oaky Rd, Palmers Oaky "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: 500 Palmers Oaky Rd, Palmers Oaky
COUNCIL AREA: Lithgow
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 1 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 2 Jan 2019 16:45

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Stanwell Cres, Ashcroft "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Stanwell Cres, Ashcroft, 2168
COUNCIL AREA: Liverpool
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Fire and Rescue NSW
UPDATED: 2 Jan 2019 16:08

06:02

NSW Labor May Introduce Pill Testing if Elected "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The current music festival season has been a tragedy. Just four months in and five young Australians have died due to suspected drug overdoses. Four of these deaths have occurred in this state, one of which happened last Saturday night. And in a move that goes against the current of most major political party thought,

The post NSW Labor May Introduce Pill Testing if Elected appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

05:49

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: 2600 Wolgan Road, Wolgan Valley "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: 2600 Wolgan Road
COUNCIL AREA: Lithgow
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 2 Jan 2019 15:33

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Mount York Rd, Little Hartley "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Mount York Rd, Little Hartley, NSW 2790
COUNCIL AREA: Lithgow
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 2 Jan 2019 15:28

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Turon River, Turon NP "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Turon River Road Capertee, NSW 2846
COUNCIL AREA: Lithgow
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 2 Jan 2019 15:01

04:45

Government detention closure announcement is a fraud "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Refugee Action Coalition has dismissed the government announcement that Maribyrnong and Blaxland at Villawood will close, as an empty gesture.

The fact is that the government has increased detention capacity with new compounds being opened at Yongah Hill, and a high detention facility opening in the Melbourne Immigration Transit Accommodation, to replace Maribyrnong, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition.

There has been no significant decrease in the numbers of people detained on the mainland. In November 2018, there were 544 people who had been in detention more than one year up from 505 in September, 2017.

Worse, it is inexcusable that the numbers of people being held in detention longer than a year keeps growing.  In November 2018, 281 people had been in detention over two years.

Some people have been kept there for six, seven and eight years. The government is systematically destroying the lives of those they hold in the factories of mental illness.

It is deliberate government policies that are keeping people in detention. If they were serious about closing detention centres, they could close them all, and release all those being held. Instead, they are increasing their detention capacity, while they try to hide their detention abuses behind meaningless announcements.

For more information contact Ian Rintoul , mob 0417 275 713.

The post Government detention closure announcement is a fraud appeared first on Refugee Action Coalition.

04:34

Statistical Evidence: Gumshoes Family Court Survey "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

by Dee McLachlan

This article contains the replies to the survey that I conducted from November 5 to December 16, 2018.  What I was seeking to find is an explanation for the anecdotal reports of unfathomable behavior by the authorities regarding the removal of a child from an apparently good parent.

I was hoping to make some sense of the oft-heard complaint that even where there is good evidence of child abuse, the Family Court orders the child to be placed with the abuser, or in foster care.

In this article I will not offer my own analysis of the answers, but will do that separately, later. (I wrote four articles in 2018 analyzing the data of the Family Court Survey in November and December. They ar...

03:50

Get ready: Aussie property falls to get worse "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Welcome back.

Just like that, a new year begins.

Although I am going to begin the new year with a look back at what happened last year.

The so-called Santa rally never came to the markets in 2018.

That is, a small spurt for stocks to finish the year higher.

The broader Aussie market sold off as December came to an end.

Over in the UK, the FTSE 100 finished December where it started.

Major indices in the US, on the other hand, were savagely sold off as the year wrapped up.

And it turns out Aussie house prices took a bigger beating than most expected.

New year, same news

The last week of a year, and the first week of the new year, is my favourite time.

In Australia, theres generally very little do, other than complain about the heat. Most places are closed. Theres no rushing from place to place. You have time to finally finish that project you started a year ago, or enjoy guilt-free Netflix binges. You lose track of the days. The markets are quiet.

The time of year when you actually have the time to read the paper but theres nothing really new to read.

Take The Age this morning.

It kicked off the year talking about falling Aussie house prices. Again.

According to The Age, theres more doom and gloom ahead for the property sector in 2019. Todays headline is: Weakest property market since 2008: Sydney, Melbourne house prices tumble.

According to the article, Sydney house prices fell 10% for 2018, while Melbourne prices are down 9%. Australias two largest cities contributed to a nationwide property fall of 4.8% for the year.

The good news is that the average Joe didnt bear the brunt of the falls.

Turns out, the worst performing areas are where the rich people live.

It seems that houses in inner Sydney and Melbournes inner east are falling the most. Both areas saw double-digit falls for 2018.

Basically, multimillion-dollar houses are dropping back and becoming just million-dollar homes.

This skews the data somewhat, in the sense that the percentage figure of property price falls looks bigger. I mean, theres only a select group of people who can buy in those areas. So, already the number of purchases is reduced.

But the gloomy outlook doesnt end there.

Not only that, but The Age has wheeled out an economist or two to suggest that the falls will get even bigger in 2019.

Ah yes. New year but with th...

02:16

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Bay Rd, Berrilee "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 94 Bay Rd, Berrilee, NSW 2159
COUNCIL AREA: Hornsby
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Burn off
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 2 Jan 2019 12:12

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Central Pl, Ropes Crossing "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 2 Central Pl, Ropes Crossing, 2760
COUNCIL AREA: Blacktown
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Fire Alarm
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 2 Jan 2019 11:08

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Phipps Rd, Maraylya "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 56 Phipps Rd, Maraylya, NSW 2765
COUNCIL AREA: Hawkesbury
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Assist Other Agency
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 2 Jan 2019 11:38

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Reservoir Rd, Prospect "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Reservoir Rd, Prospect, NSW 2148
COUNCIL AREA: Blacktown
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: MVA/Transport
FIRE: No
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Fire and Rescue NSW
UPDATED: 2 Jan 2019 10:22

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Tuesday, 01 January

21:40

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Greens Rd, Lower Portland "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Greens Rd, Lower Portland, NSW 2756
COUNCIL AREA: Hawkesbury
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 10 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 1 Jan 2019 15:25

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Wolgan Rd, Wolgan Valley "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: 2385 Wolgan Rd, Wolgan Valley, NSW 2790
COUNCIL AREA: Lithgow
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 3 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
UPDATED: 1 Jan 2019 11:03

21:26

Media release- AWPA letter to Foreign Minister concerning Nduga and intimidation of KNPB activists "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)


 Media release- 2 January 2019

AWPA letter to Foreign Minister concerning Nduga and intimidation of KNPB activists


AWPA has written to the Australian Foreign Minister concerning the security force operation in the Nduga region and also concerning the ongoing intimidation of KNPB activists.

In light of this escalation of ongoing human rights abuses in West Papua,
AWPA is calling on the Foreign Minister urging her to join with other democratic voices calling on Jakarta to withdraw its troops from the...

11:49

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Victoria Rd, Macquarie Fields "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Victoria Rd, Macquarie Fields, NSW 2564
COUNCIL AREA: Campbelltown
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 1 Jan 2019 21:16

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Sunny Corner Rd, Meadow Flat "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 1618 Sunny Corner Rd, Meadow Flat, NSW 2795
COUNCIL AREA: Lithgow
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 1 Jan 2019 10:13

10:58

Phil Pringle head pastor of C3 Church: If you drive a bomb of a car then dont put a I love C3 Churchsticker on the back window because its a bad witness for C3 Church and a bad witness for Jesus "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Phil Pringle head pastor of C3 Global Church based in affluent Northern Beaches, Sydney, Australia: No bomb of a cars are allowed in my congregation

A friend of mine went to C3 Church headquarters in Oxford Falls, Northern Beaches, Sydney, Australia for seven years.

He shared how at one Sunday morning service, C3 head pastor Phil Pringle said to the congregation, I just saw a bomb of a car in the car park outside with a I love C3 Church sticker on the back window. If you drive a bomb of a car, dont put a I love C3 Church sticker on the back window- its a bad witness for C3 Church and a bad witness for Jesus. Buy a new car and put a I love C3 sticker on it- or remove the C3 sticker off your bomb car.

My friend is an affluent man but he drove a $4,000 bomb of a Honda to church and left his vintage Porche and other smart car at home.

After Phil Pringles tell-off to the congregation about bomb cars, C3 stickers and Jesus, my friend made sure he always drove his bomb of a car to church. He went to accompany his wife to church, who likes C3 Church. My friend, a wealthy lawyer, thinks Phil Pringle is a fake and con-man and stopped going there and attends an Anglican Church where he feels it is less lively but more down to earth and since...

09:35

New Year, new post "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Where to start? Just where I am I guess. I have spent almost twelve months in the background  here and am just now feeling that I want to write again. A new year is a good place to restart. I have noticed that there are many blogs missing from my reading list. 

In the vegetable garden today

In the eleven months or so that I have been absent, life has continued on with its ups and downs and the minutiae of day to day life. I'm sure I'll get to sharing bits and pieces as I continue here.
The herb garden is a jungle at the moment.
 At the moment I can happily say we have enough water for people, animals and gardens. It was looking dire a month or so ago but a few summer storms and our two creeks that have not stopped running (even if they slowed to a trickle) and things are looking up. The grass is green and the plants including the weeds are growing well.

09:08

Housing credit has...no pulse "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Take a pulse

It's a happy new year, and all that, but not so much for bankers, with lending growth continuing to flounder. 

The Reserve Bank's latest figures showed credit growth slowing to 4.4 per cent, down from 5.2 per cent a year earlier, and broad money growth at fresh quarter-century lows of just 1.86 per cent. 


It was noteworthy to hear last week that the RBA has been watching the gross household debt-to-income ratio as a main point of concern, especially as this ratio has already peaked and is now falling

The distinction from housing debt-to-income was quite interesting (to me at least) as the lines between housing, small business, and personal credit are blurred at best, with small business loans often secured against a home, and so on. 

As you can see in the chart below, changes in the direction of housing credit growth have tended to lead changes in dwelling price growth. 

You can also see that no such change had occurred by the end of November 2018. 


A simple credit impulse model as favoured by ANZ economists suggests that capital city (i.e. Sydney and Melbourne) dwelling price declines should moderate, although there are several fa...

07:52

Spirituality in Todays Vietnam "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Vietnamese Buddha I have a great reverence for is Di Lac Phat, the Maitreya Buddha, the fat, laughing Buddha of the future. It is impossible to gaze upon his form for even a moment and not feel slightly amused, slightly more hopeful. Di Lac represents hope for the future, the wealth and abundance of which is represented in his bodily form. As such, he is a worthy symbol for the new Vietnam, a forward thinking, vastly energetic nation with a huge population and a great thirst for renovation and renewal. As depicted in Vietnam, Di Lac Phat is always smiling and often carries a mysterious sack which most say is filled with gold. The Maitreya hasnt arrived yet, but his day is just around the corner.

The spirit realm is ever-present in Vietnam, in homes, businesses, temples and busy intersections. On street corners, even in sophisticated downtown Ho Chi Minh City (old Saigon), you can come across small shrines dedicated to the wandering ghosts and the spirits of place. These shrines are actively tended by people in the community who offer fruit and incense every day. They speak to an ancient animist tradition that still holds great sway in Vietnam.

Streets and suburbs are possessed of their own protective spirits, but even more so are mountains, old trees and waterfalls. There is a shrine atop Nui Ba Den, the Black Lady Mountain that rises up out of the plains of Tay Ninh that stretch from Ho Chi Minh City to Cambodia. It is a place of immense mystical significance, said to house a Black Goddess whose power is so great that all around the mountain is a mystically obsessed Holy Land that was and is something of a spiritual powerhouse in Vietnam.

Cao Dai altar

The Black Lady Mountain dominates the landscape in Tay Ninh City, about two hours drive from Ho Chi Minh City. Perhaps it is no accident that from this extraordinary place emerged the Cao Dai religion, Vietnams greatest indigenous religious experiment and one that has fascinated authors and observers ever since it first emerged in the 1930s.

Cao Dai means High Tower, which is one of their names for God. This extravagantly colourful, hierarchically structured religion was founded by a group of men experimenting with automatic writing. It has always captured the imaginations of visitors, and Graham Greene wrote about it in his book about Vietnam, The Quiet American. The Cao Dai Holy See at Tay Ninh sits in the shadows of Nui Ba Den, and the population of this city of o...

07:51

Transformed by Lightning: Real Life Stories "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

There is little thats positive about being struck by lightning. Generally, those unfortunate enough to be struck either die more or less instantly or, more likely, survive yet sustain much damage to their bodies. Most lightning strike survivors battle with depression and some commit suicide.

Partly as a result of the changes in personality experienced by many lightning strike survivors, which can involve becoming grouchy, short-tempered, and irritable, its not uncommon for marriages to break down and for survivors to end up living in isolation. Yet its not all doom and gloom. Cases exist where people have been healed of medical conditions after being struck by lightning. Then there are cases where survivors have developed alleged psychic abilities. Some survivors insist they are better for the experience and even grateful they were struck.

Harold Deal

One survivor who views his ordeal in a remarkably positive light is Harold Deal, a former maintenance electrician in his 70s from Greenwood, Missouri. After being struck by lightning on 26 July 1969, while standing in the driveway of his home (in Lawson, Missouri), Deal developed severe memory problems, whereby occasionally he could no longer recall how to talk, walk, and perform other simple tasks. Strangely, he also lost his sense of smell and the ability to experience pain and cold. Because he doesnt notice the cold like most people, some of his fellow townsfolk call him Weird Harold.1 He explains: They call me this because I never wear a coat or long-sleeve shirt no matter what the weather is outside I have worked outside in twenty-six degrees [F] below zero, plus I have worked in weather with a wind chill as low as fifty-six degrees below zero I have also worked in twenty-three degrees below zero for up to seven hours at a time. A T-shirt and overalls is what I always wear whether it is summer or winter.2 Today a dedicated Christian and charity worker, Deal feels that, looking back on the accident, it made his life so much richer and so much fuller.3

Betty Galvano

Betty Galvano of Sebring, Florida, a former high-fashion model and widow of the late celebrity golfer Phil Galvano, is a remarkable example of someone whos been healed by lightning. In 1993, Galvano fell off a seawall and broke her right leg. The accident necessitated an operation in which two 14-inch steel bars were permanently inserted in her leg. Although the operation enabled Galvano to walk again, it left her in pain and unable to use her leg to the extent she could before the accident. She explains: [I] couldnt jump or raise my leg. I couldnt stand on one leg. I couldnt walk without dipping. My leg always felt like a sandbag.4

On the afternoon of 11 June 1994,...

07:51

A Prophecy for Our Time? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

One of the worlds oldest legends tells of a vast underground network of tunnels and passageways connecting the great continents of the earth to a subterranean realm somewhere beneath the heart of Central Asia.

Among the Mongolian tribes of Inner Mongolia, claimed the British journalist H. T. Wilkins, there are traditions about tunnels and subterranean worlds which sound as fantastic as anything in modern novels. One legend if it be that says that the tunnels lead to a subterranean world of Antediluvian descent somewhere in a recess of Afghanistan, or in the region of the Hindu Kush. It is Shangri-La where science and the arts, never threatened by world wars, develop peacefully, among a race of vast knowledge. It is even given a name: Agharti.

In The Mysterious Unknown, the French writer Robert Charroux, drawing on the Ancient Wisdom, describes Agharti as a mysterious subterranean kingdom that is said to lie under the Himalayas and where all the Great Initiators and the Masters of the World in the present cycle are still living. Agharti is an initiatory centre

Agharti, also rendered Agarttha and sometimes Agartha, owes its popularity to the 1920s best-selling book Beasts, Men and Gods. Written by the Polish academic and explorer Dr. Ferdinand Ossendowski (18761945), it is a chronicle of his adventures in Central Asia in the tumultuous years following the Russian Revolution.

What makes Ossendowskis account unique is his claim that everywhere he went in Central Asia he encountered the shadowy legend of The King of the World reigning over the subterranean power-centre of Agharti who knows all the forces of the world and reads all the souls of humankind and the great book of their destiny. This unseen ruler of the planet and his council of Masters wield telepathic influence over persons in our outer world. Often visiting disciples in their dreams, they send forth messengers at fortuitous times to confer with their agents, scattered among the nations.

Occasionally, the King of the World came out in person. He would visit some holy place, arriving and leaving mysteriously. He had done so at a temple in the Mongolian town of Narabanchi in the winter of 1890/91.

A Prophecy for Today?

In Beasts, Men and Gods, Ossendowski recounts a quite remarkable prophecy given by the King of the World. A Buddhist lama, the Hutuktu of Narabanchi, told Ossendowski in 1921 that the King of the World made the following pronouncement thirty years ago, which corresponds to winter 1890/91:

More and more the people will forget their souls and care about their bodies. The greatest sin and corruption will reign on this earth. People will become as ferocious animals, thirsting for the blood and death o...

07:49

The Cathars and Reincarnation: The Strange Revelations of Arthur Guirdham "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Cathars remain an enigma. An austere, world-denying sect, they were nevertheless associated with a remarkable cultural renascence in the southern France of the twelfth and early thirteenth centuries. Beloved in the regions that supported them, they were popularly known as the bonshommes, the good men. Labelled by the Catholics as the great heresy, Catharism was so formidable a rival that the church formed the Inquisition to crush it.

Arthur Guirdhams story is told in his book The Cathars and Reincarnation

Who were the Cathars, and where did they come from? The name comes from the Greek kathars, meaning pure or clean. Their origins are obscure, but they appear to have some connection with sects that stretched back at least to the time of Christ, with exotic names such as the Bogomils, Paulicians, Massalians, and most famously the Manichaeans. I cannot sketch out this history here (I have tried to do so in my book Forbidden Faith: The Secret History of Gnosticism), but it is probably safe to say that some kind of continuous link connects all these groups spanning the first millennium of the Common Era.

The chief feature these sects all shared was dualism. This word has many meanings. Here it means the belief in a cosmos that is made up of two opposing and more or less equipotent forces: good and evil, light and dark. This polarity is cosmic: it began with the universe and will end only when the universe ends. Our world, the world of matter, is the creation of the dark forces; the light is imprisoned and alien here.

Note how this differs from conventional Christianity, which teaches that the world, including the world of matter, is fundamentally good. Its evil arises from the Fall of man in the garden, prompted by that old serpent, the Devil. By the old Catholic axiom, natura vulnerata, non deleta nature was wounded but not destroyed by the Fall.

But the differences are not quite as clear-cut as they may seem. Mainstream Christianity by which I mean practically all of the churches that call themselves Catholic, Orthodox, or Protestant has its own strain of pessimism and world-denial. One obvious example is the pathological hatred of the body that Christianity has shown almost since its earliest days. Conventional Christianity may not teach that the world is evil, but it frequently acts as if it is. And while Christianity claims that the sole and ultimate power is good, it al...

07:49

Divining the New Year "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

For years whenever I went to a party on New Years Eve, I brought my deck of tarot cards. There was usually a small group of a dozen or so close friends. Anyone who wanted a reading about the New Year could request one. It was rare for people to turn down my offer. As the Old Year winds down, the idea of a fresh beginning on 1 January is irresistible. How will things be different? What changes should we make? Are there successes and surprises to look forward to or difficulties and problems to be prepared for or to avoid?

I asked each friend to spread the cards out on the floor, face down, just as if we were going to play the kids game Go Fish! Smear em around real good, I said. Its important to have the tops and bottoms of the cards constantly changing in relation to each other so well get both right-side-up and upside-down cards in the reading. I like this method better than shuffling because it puts the recipient directly in touch with the forces represented by the cards.

I usually use the Celtic Cross method I learned years ago from Eden Grays The Complete Guide to the Tarot but with some changes. The first card to be turned up is the centre of the reading the theme. I dont use court cards as many readers do. I ask recipients to find the card that feels right, and place it in front of them, still turned down, with one of the narrow sides facing towards them, then to flip the card over from left to right. That determines the cards orientation, right-side-up or upside-down. I ask recipients to do the same with every card, after which I place it in position in the cross. The order is as follows:

  1. Theme of the New Year (centre)
  2. State of mind upon entering the New Year (covering the previous card)
  3. Blocks or obstacles from the Old Year (crossing both cards from left to right)
  4. Ideals to look up to or things hanging over your head as you enter the New Year (above the centre cards)
  5. Beliefs supporting or undermining you as you enter the New Year (below the centre cards)
  6. Things youre leaving behind in the Old Year (left of the centre cards)
  7. Things youre moving towards in the New Year (right of the centre cards)
  8. Attitudes to cultivate or clear as you enter the New Year (first stage of a column to the right of all the other cards, at the same level as the fifth card)
  9. Environmental influences that urge you forward or hold you back, such as work, partner, or family (second stage of the column, at the same level as the seventh card)...

07:17

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Silverdale Rd, Silverdale "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: Silverdale Rd, Silverdale, NSW 2752
COUNCIL AREA: Wollondilly
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 1 Jan 2019 09:22

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Ladbury Av, Penrith "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: 40 Ladbury Av, Penrith, NSW 2750
COUNCIL AREA: Penrith
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Fire and Rescue NSW
UPDATED: 1 Jan 2019 17:08

04:37

Top 10: Switched-on Bach "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Earlier this year I was tagged on Facebook for one of those things where you post favourite albums and I didn't finish

When it came time to pick a final album I blinked.

After some consideration I'm picking Wendy Carlos' landmark electronic music recording.

I can remember asking my mother to play it when I was a kid and loving the otherworldly sounds.

That would've been around a decade after it was released, so I can't imagine how wild it must've been when it came out.

There's a lot of electronic music I've come to like decades later, particularly techno and then electronica in the '90s.

03:47

Knighted for Services Rendered: Dont Worry about the Nukiller Plant on your doorstop Just Let Them Drink Yoghurt! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The New Years Honours List Does its Thing..For 30 years Ive been obsessed by why children get leukaemia. Now we have an answer Let Them Drink Yoghurt! Newly knighted cancer scientist Mel Greaves explains why a cocktail of microbes could give protection against disease The national press trumpet the clarion cry that could have []

via Knighted for Services Rendered: Dont Worry about the Nukiller Plant on your doorstop Just Let Them Drink Yoghurt!

03:15

January 1 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

1785 John Oxley , who was an early Australian explorer, was hatched in Yorkshire, England. In 1824 Oxley tripped over the Brisbane River and Bremer River on Moreton Bay, an area now known as Brisvegas...err...Brisbane.


1793 The Flogging Parson aka Samuel Marsden was appointed assistant to the chaplain of New South Wales.

1809 Lieut William Paterson frocked up & rocked up at Port Jackson where he assumed the ballgown and role of Governor.


1810 Because he had nothing better to do that day (apart from recover from a hangover), Major General Lachlan Macquarie took up office as the fifth Governor of New South Wales.


1811 Governor Lachlan Macquarie's police regulations for Sydney came into effect, and the Sydney Police Court was established.


1812 John Joseph William Molesworth Oxley (in England) is appointed Surveyor-General of NSW.
Oh, and happy 27th birthday, Johnny-boy!


1814 The Fair Isle of Oz got its first form of currency when The 'holey dollar' and 'dump' trotted out into circulation.


1822 The Van Diemen's Land Agricultural Society was formed in Hobart.


1823 YES! We should have this day off as an extra public holiday just to give thanks for the fact that distillation of spirits was officially allowed in the colony of NSW.
Oh.
It's already a public holiday.


1825 Richmond Bridge, Tasmania, was opened to traffic; it is still in use today. When completed the Bridge had the record of having the longest span of Australias bridges, a record not surpassed until 1836.


1827 The Sydney Gazette began daily publication. On 10th February this was reduced to three times a week.


1829 Explorer Charles Sturt's party reached the Bogan River. He tickled about the edges of the Darling River while having a good stickybeak near present day Bourke, and then fox-trotted his way as he traced the Castlereagh River.


1830 I like their timing...4 hotels in Fremantle became Western Australia's first licensed premises.


1837 For a pittance of 10 licence fee generous Gov. Bourke told squatters to go forth and graze beyond the limits of location.


1838 First horse race meeting held in Adelaide.


1838 Another bloke with too much time over the festive season....Melbourne's first newspaper, a miniature sheet of four pages handwritten in manuscript, called the Port Phillip Advertiser, was founded and issued by John Pascoe Fawkner.


1839 Assignment of convicts for service in towns ended.


1841 WA Governor John Hutt laid the....

02:28

Sydney Sentinels Guide to Enjoying the Rest of Your Holidays "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Theres still plenty to do in Sydney to make the most of your holidays.

1. Drink alcohol at home.

2. Join your local 1% motorcycle club.

3. Drink alcohol at the pub.

4. Masturbate in your neighbours garden.

5. Drink alcohol on a park bench.

6. Have an affair.

7. Drink alcohol for breakfast.

8. Worry about going back to work.

9. Drink methylated spirits.

10. Depression.

Now get out there and enjoy!

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23:13

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Chapman Av, Linden "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Advice
LOCATION: 25 Chapman Av, Linden, NSW 2778
COUNCIL AREA: Blue Mountains
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Bush Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 1 Jan 2019 08:17

23:02

Baking Sourdough in the Tropics "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Happy New Year! Wishing you all a joyous 2019! . . . . . As I mentioned in my previous post, we spent the last two weeks of December in Singapore. We were there to attend the wedding of our nephew Nick (my cousin Jennies son) and darling Rachel. It was the most wonderful day []

21:56

KNPB members arrested: URGENT ADVOCACY NEEDED "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

https://www.freewestpapua.org/2018/12/31/knpb-timika-dec-2018/


KNPB members arrested: URGENT ADVOCACY NEEDED

DECEMBER 31, 2018

Please be advised that Timika police have arrested six Komite Nasional Papua Barat (KNPB)members, including KNPB Timika chapters Deputy Chairman Yanto Awerkion, Many may be familiar with Awerkion from his previous arrest that resulted in the highly publicised ...

21:09

Who Controls Cultural Heritage? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Lucas Lixinski (image courtesy Lucas Lixinski)

MUMBAI The United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) was founded on November 16, 1945 as an agency of the UN with a view to building peace and dialogue through culture and education. It has nearly 200 member countries, and the World Heritage Convention in 1972 has been pivotal in supporting the conservation of monuments and natural sites across the world. Countries and cities often boast of having a UNESCO World Heritage tag. But how successful has UNESCO been in the domain of heritage and culture? In his forthcoming book, Lucas Lixinski, an associate Law professor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, examines how UNESCO precludes communities from controlling their own cultural heritage. Lixinski, whose scholarship focuses on international cultural heritage and human rights law, has previously written on this in his book, Intangible Cultural Heritage in International Law (OUP, 2013). He is also Vice-President (Conference) of the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, and on the board of the International Journal of Heritage Studies. Lixinski spoke to Hyperallergic about the role of UNESCO, heritage legislation, art theft, and colonial heritage, among other topics.

*   *   *

Bhavya Dore: You seem to suggest in your book that the UNESCO has not been really effective.

Lucas Lixinski: UNESCO has fallen short of bringing communities into the implementation of their cultural mandate. In 2003 the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage made an attempt at doing that, but its still very filtered. Communities can only be involved at the domestic level; at the international level its only states and experts.

BD: Is a UNESCO heritage tag effective or useful?

LL: It is very useful and it is largely effective but the big question is why and for whom are we protecting heritage? Over time UNESCO has become politicized, but in a bad way. All that happens is states [are] posturing to showcase their own culture and civilization at the expense of others of communities within their state and sometimes at the expense of other countries. For instance, when the Hiroshima Peace Memorial in Japan was considered for being added to the World Heritage list, there was a whole discussion with China and the US opposing it, saying it only portrayed the Jap...

20:05

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Hammerli Way, Shalvey "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Hammerli Way, Shalvey, NSW 2770
COUNCIL AREA: Blacktown
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Burn off
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 31 Dec 2018 19:04

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Old Maitland Rd, Wyong Creek "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Old Maitland Rd, Wyong Creek, NSW 2259
COUNCIL AREA: Central Coast
STATUS: Under control
TYPE: Vehicle/Equipment Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 1 Jan 2019 05:34

14:37

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Glenfield Rd, Glenfield "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Glenfield Rd, Glenfield, NSW 2167
COUNCIL AREA: Campbelltown
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Grass Fire
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Fire and Rescue NSW
UPDATED: 1 Jan 2019 00:22

NSW Rural Fire Service Current Incidents: Spring Farm Dr, Spring Farm "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

ALERT LEVEL: Not Applicable
LOCATION: Spring Farm Dr, Spring Farm, NSW 2570
COUNCIL AREA: Camden
STATUS: Out of control
TYPE: Other
FIRE: Yes
SIZE: 0 ha
RESPONSIBLE AGENCY: Rural Fire Service
UPDATED: 31 Dec 2018 22:35

13:08

End of year lists "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Emerging Artist and I are in Victoria for the New Year, but were squeezing in (or should that be squeezing out?) our end-of-year lists. Best Movies: We allowed ourselves to pick five each. The Emerging Artist went first, and Continue reading

09:29

Faster, higher, longer at Olympic Park "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Olympic Dam

Sydney's housing market made international news this Christmas, but for different reasons this time: it was all about a new apartment tower which moved by two millimetres!

Yep, instead of soaring prices, the main story over the past week related to possible building defects in a 38-storey tower in Olympic Park, leading to an evacuation of residents and some predictably wild internet extrapolation (who knew Australia had so many budding structural engineers? And every one of them posts on Reddit!). 

I only go to Olympic Park biennially on average to watch the Chooks or rock bands, so if you came here looking for dramatic on-the-ground insights I'm afraid you'll go away disappointed. 

Instead, here are a few thoughts on the unique construction cycle that we've just experienced. 

Chinese investment boom

Whenever there are stories about potential losses on new apartments I find myself involuntarily drawn to my database to browse through the sales and transaction data, invariably arriving at the same conclusion: it's hard to overstate the influence of Chinese capital on this construction cycle. So many Chinese surnames!

A derived and secondary point is that many of the new skyscraper blocks are largely funded by sales to landlords, which can bring its own challenges in terms of ongoing maintenance and liveability (it also contradicts the argument that investors only buy established properties). 

For years Australia struggled to build enough dwellings due to a range of factors, but since 2012 a unique combination of very low interest rates, rising unit prices, and an unexpected wave of interest from mainland Chinese capital saw an unprecedented burst of foreign real estate investment. 

......

06:09

The Merkel & Macron Tag-Team Surrender Sovereignty to Brussels "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; Merkel has come out and said that Nation states must today be prepared to give up their sovereignty. This is what you have been saying that the agenda is to federalize Europe. Would you care to elaborate on her latest statement?

Thank you from Berlin

PH

ANSWER: Merkel has stepped down as leader of the CDU. She knows that she is on the way out. She hopes to cling to her position of power until she is dragged out by the hair. This statement is indeed the behind the curtain view. But she qualified that statement insofar as yielding sovereignty to Brussels over especially migration. This is a shot across the bow at the rising nationalism. You must look at the entire statement she made in order to expose the thinking process.

Merkel condemned any notion that Germany should join a fast-growing number of nations pulling out of the migration agreement. Even Australia pulled out of the UN migration agreement. She said that there were [politicians] who believed that they could decide when these agreements are no longer valid because they are representing The People. What is interesting is how she is splitting a democratic form of government which represents the people and one of an anti-democratic position because politicians know better than the people. She continued to remark that the people are individuals who are living in a country, they are not a group who define themselves as the [German] people. She holds the position that migration is inevitable, necessary and desirable. She refuses to admit that allowing in the refugees was a mistake.

Her reasoning states that nationalism is not patriotism, because patriotism is when you include others in German interests and accept win-win situations. The fact that is an anti-democratic position behind the curtain is evidenced by the fact that the French President Emmanuel Macron, also recently stated that patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism [because] nationalism is treason.

Macron traveled to Berlin and addressed the Bundestag that...

02:47

New Gag Laws Will Make FACS Less Accountable "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim New laws are set to take effect this month that prohibit publishing the names of children and young people who are, or have been, placed in out-of-home care, or are under the parental responsibility of the NSW minister for family and community services. Passed on 22 November last year,

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02:34

The Trials and Tribulations of the District Courts Newest Judges "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Seven experienced barristers, including five Senior Counsel, will become the newest judges of the NSW District Court, in February 2019. The appointments are part of the state governments $148 million funding package which is designed to ease the pressure on the District Court, to help clear the courts backlog in cases and reduce the length

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02:19

Paul on the back porch "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"





 

Boxing day - my brother Paul reading  a book outside mum's back door with the cricket on the radio, plus still life with mozzie repellent. (Newcastle is the land of the mosquito)



00:42

Sydney Criminal Lawyers Weekly Rundown Articles from 25 to 30 December 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

In case youve missed any of them, heres a rundown of the past weeks articles: Murderer Given Lesser Sentence for Unexplained Killing A young killers sentence was reduced when it was found that the sentencing judge placed too much emphasis on the standard non-parole period for the offence of murder. Click here to read the

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00:31

Climate danger: take heart and fight on "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

30 December 2018  https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/climate-danger-take-heart-and-fight-on-20181228-p50okk.html  Sydney took the full blast of summer during the week. Some of us might have wondered: is this the turning point? The season when the summer outstays its welcome, drier and hotter with every year? And whatever happened to those cute Christmas beetles? Meanwhile, 2018 ends with the world mired as it has been for more than a decade in the politics of alleviating global warming. At the climate summit in Katowice, Poland, renowned British naturalist David Attenborough warned: If we dont take action, the collapse of our civilisations and the extinction of much of the natural world is on the horizon. But the summit produced another frustrating outcome, as did its forebears, Paris, Copenhagen, Kyoto and Rio.

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23:38

Nuclear power will exacerbate climate change, not solve it "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Fairwinds 29th Dec 2018 Relicensing old nuclear power plants and building new nukes will not
resolve any climate change issues. View our well-researched film,
Smokescreen, created with data from university analyses and independent
international economic reports. Also, check out Arnies speech at McGill
University where he discusses how building new nuclear power plants will
actually exacerbate climate change as well as his Truthout article
https://www.fairewinds.org/demystify//climate-change-is-real-nuclear-is-not-the-answer

22:48

Make your days count "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

 

The writer of this blog-site Donald Elley of Bellingen.

 

My name is Donald Elley of Bellingen, Mid-Coast New South Wales, Australia.

All articles on this site have been written by me unless they are media articles or similar. This will be obvious or clearly stated. There is no plagiarism by me on this site or elsewhere.

I am a Christian writer, philosopher and teacher. I have a university degree majoring in philosophy which I graduated with in 1979. I am 62 years old. I have many decades of Prote...

18:50

Pastor Joel ABell leaves Hillsong "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Hillsong CEO Brian Houston and his lacky Joel ABell in Hillsong pastors lounge

Joel ABell announced recently that he and his wife Julia are leaving Hillsong after twenty years.

I remember twenty years ago when Joel ABell surfaced at Hillsong City Campus in Young Street, Waterloo, Sydney, Australia.

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10:22

What will be the biggest stories of 2019? | Part One | The Economist "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Power suits, robotaxis, Leonardo da Vinci maniajust a few of the things to look out for in 2019. But what else will make our top ten stories for the year ahead?

Click here to subscribe to The Economist on YouTube: https://econ.st/2xvTKdy

What will be the biggest stories of the year ahead?

00:35 10 Powered Clothing.
In 2019 power dressing will take on a whole new meaning when this strange-looking clothing hits the market. Not so much high fashion as high tech, its a suit with built-in power that will literally get people moving. Part of the wearable robotics revolution, the suit is made up of battery-powered muscle packs which contract just like a human muscle to boost the wearers strength. With the global population of over 60s expected to more than double by 2050, and retirement age increasing, theres no shortage of potential markets. But dont expect the suits to ease the burden on aching limbs and overstretched health services anytime soon as these suits dont come cheap. According to the manufacturer theyll retail for around the cost of a bespoke tailored suit.

02:13 9 The year of cheap flights.
2019 will be the year low-cost long-haul travel takes off. Youll be able to buy a ten thousand mile flight from London to Sydney for around $350 and this is why. The world will boast two new state-of-the-art mega hub airports and competition between them will drive down the cost of flying. Daxing Airport outside Beijing is due to open in 2019 and will feed growing demand for air travel in China. Beijing already has one of the worlds biggest airports and for China this new mega hub will send an important message to the world. Rivaling Daxing as a national symbol of global prestige will be a new mega hub airport in Istanbul. Opened in 2018 it covers a staggering 26 square miles an area larger than the island of Manhattan. And in 2019 consumers will again be the beneficiaries of a state sponsored economic push. But the low fares offered by competition between these hubs could be short-lived.

04:06 8 Stonewall riots at 50.
In 2019 LGBT communities will mark the anniversary of a semi...

05:24

Rational mature middle-class Asians talk Crazy Rich Asians "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

  • Ying-Di Yin & Justin Tam :: Interview with Darren Lesaguis on Race Matters

With the release of Crazy Rich Asians and the subsequent landslide of think-pieces, Race Matters asks: does Asian representation in the media today cut it?

Publicist and actor Ying-Di Yin and writer and producer Justin Tam joined Darren Lesaguis to explore Asian identities in pop culture and the way they shape representation.

This is not the first movie that has represented an Asian cast we need more and more of these stories. If East Asians can do that, we should support that we shouldnt try and cut ourselves down Justin Tam
As Ive gotten older, Im thinking more deeply about what I will and wont take. Whether its correcting someone on email when they spell my name wrong when its really just right there all you have to do is copy and paste it or whether I dont want to be the token Asian. Or whether I dont always want to be known as Ying-Di who is Asian-Australian, I just want to be known as Ying-Di. Ying-Di Yin

Itching for more Race Matters? Starting in late January 2019, youll be able to hear Darren Lesaguis, Sara Khan, Rhyan Clapham and Georgia Mokak chat race, culture and representation every Monday from 5:30pm.

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21:30

Trumps Syrian Gambit Again Exposes Australian Foreign Policy Bankruptcy "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The decision by US President Donald Trump to withdraw US troops from Syria clearly caught Australian political, military and intelligence leaders by surprise. Despite claims of former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that Australia and the US were joined at the hip the link is clearly metaphorical and does not extend to actual consultation.

Although there are officially no Australian troops in Syria and therefore none to be withdrawn, the Australian Air Force continues to provide air support via refueling aircraft, surveillance aircraft, and according to the Sydney Morning Herald (24 December 2018) fighter aircraft. These are for coalition air operations.

The exact nature of these operations is clouded in secrecy, ostensibly on operational grounds but in reality to conceal Australian participation in US operations. Those operations include tactical support for anti-Assad government forces, or more plainly, terrorist groups. The true nature of US operations in Syria is never discussed in the Australian mainstream media.

Those operations also include perpetrating war crimes, as in the air assault on Raqqa in 2017, which killed thousands of civilians, including women and children. Being joined at the hip carries with it its own consequences, including accountability for the war crimes carried out by Australias allies.

The Australian political response to Trumps announcement has been muted. There have been the usual banal clichs about continuing the mission, support for our allies, and continuing our training mission.

Quite how any of these alleged roles is applicable in the Syrian context remains obscure. Just as obscure is the legal justification for Australia playing any role in Syria at all. The Australian government has at best obfuscated that legal justification. When the then Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop announced in August 2015 that no decision to join the Syrian war would be made until they had legal advice, they omitted to tell the Australian public that they had received that legal advice more than a year earlier.

That advice, or even an executive summary indicating the legal basis for intervening in Syria, has never been released. If in fact the advice had said that Australias intervention would be in accordance with international law, then one might have thought the gover...

20:18

Ice Age Farmer Report: Volcanic tsunami Indonesia - Hail catastrophe Sydney - Cooking w preps - The great manure crisis "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Anak Krakatau's eruption caused a tsunami that has taken 280 lives and counting. Hailstorm in Sydney, Australia declared a catastrophe. Crop loss reports from around the world. Cooking with your preps -- putting dehydrated eggs and butter to the test. Finally, Christian recounts the Great Horse Manure Crisis of 1894. All the best for your Christmas. Prepare. Sources

15:13

Australian jihadist stripped of citizenship "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Australias most wanted jihadist, Neil Prakash, has been stripped of his Australian citizenship.

Announcing the move, Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton described Prakash as a very dangerous individual.

Intelligence officials say Melbourne-born Prakash was a recruiter for the Islamic State (IS) group and encouraged terrorist plots in Australia.

He is currently being held in Turkey where he faces trial on terror-related charges.

In July, a Turkish court ruled against extraditing him to face terrorism charges in his home country.

In Australia, he faces charges of being member of a terrorist organisation as well as supporting and promoting IS.

In a televised new conference, Mr Dutton said Prakash had been central to ISs efforts in the Middle East.

If given the opportunity Mr Prakash would harm or kill Australians and our country is a safer place for him having lost his Australian citizenship, he said.

In 2016, the Australian government described Prakash as the principal Australian reaching back from the Middle East into networks in Melbourne and Sydney.

In a court appearance in Turkey in 2017, Prakash admitted he had something to do with terrorist plots in Australia but said he was not 100% responsible.

He said he had been forced to make IS propaganda videos and that he had fled the group after seeing its true face.

Prakash, 27, left Australia for Syria in 2013, taking the name Abu Khaled al-Cambodi. He was mistakenly reported to have been killed in a US air strike in Mosul, Iraq, in 2015.

Through his father, Prakash had joint Australian and Fijian citizenship. Under Australian law, a dual national can be stripped of their citizenship if they are convicted or suspected of terror offences.

Prakash is the 12th dual citizen to be stripped of Australian citizenship.

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08:41

Urban Farms Could be Incredibly Efficientbut Arent Yet "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

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Urban farms could be incredibly efficientbut aren't yet

In some ways, hyper-local food is a counterculture movement, focused on growing herbs and vegetables in the same dense urban environments where they will be eaten. It trades the huge efficiencies of modern agriculture for large savings in transportation and storage costs. But is urban farming environmentally friendly?

According to researchers at Australia's University of New England, the answer is pretty complex. Within their somewhat limited group of gardeners, urban agriculture is far more productive for the amount of land used but isn't especially efficient with labor and materials use. But the materials issue could be solved, and the labor inefficiency may be a product of the fact that most urban farmers are hobbyists and are doing it for fun.

The researchersRobert McDougalla, Paul Kristiansena, and Romina Raderdefined urban agriculture as taking place within a kilometer of a densely built environment. Working in the Sydney area, they were able to find 13 urban farmers who were willing to keep detailed logs of their activity for an entire year. Labor and materials costs were tracked, as was the value of the produce it helped create. The energetic costs of the materials and labor were also calculated in order to assess the sustainability of urban farming.

The plots cultivated by these farmers were quite small, with the median only a bit over 10 square meters. Yet they were extremely productive, with a mean of just under six kilograms of produce for each of those square meters. That's about twice as productive as a typical Australian vegetable farm, although the output range of the urban farms was hugeeverything from slightly below large farm productivity to five times as productive.

For the vast majority of crops, however, the urban farms weren't especially effective. They required far more labor than traditional farms, and, as a result, the total value of the inputs into the crop exceeded the income from selling it. In other words, the urban farmers were losing money, at least by traditional accounting measures.

PNAS, 2018. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1809707115  (About DOIs).


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07:27

Peter Dutton explains the decision to strip an Islamic State terrorist of his Australian citizenship "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Australia's most infamous terrorist Neil Prakash has been stripped of his citizenship for serving Islamic State. "He would kill Australians given the opportunity and it's better for all of us that he now won't return to our country" @PeterDutton_MP. #auspol #7News pic.twitter.com/RjCMMeUmPT 7 News Sydney (@7NewsSydney) December 29,...

07:00

The Weekend Quiz December 29-30, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

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 general, the estimates provided by the organisations such as the OECD and IMF of the impact of the automatic stabilisers are biased upwards.

The answer is False.

This question is about decomposing the impacts of the automatic stabilisers from those attributable to the underlying fiscal stance. Both the revenue and spending side of the fiscal accounting are adjusted.

The fiscal balance is the difference between total revenue and total outlays. So if total revenue is greater than outlays, the fiscal balance is in surplus and vice versa. It is a simple matter of accounting with no theory involved. However, the fiscal balance is used by all and sundry to indicate the fiscal stance of the government.

So if the fiscal balance is in surplus we conclude that the fiscal impact of government is contractionary (withdrawing net spending) and if the fiscal balance is in deficit we say the fiscal impact expansionary (adding net spending).

However, the complication is that we cannot then conclude that changes in the fiscal impact reflect discretionary policy changes. The reason for this uncertainty is that there are automatic stabilisers operating. To see this, the most simple model of the fiscal balance we might think of can be written as:

Fiscal Balance = Revenue Spending.

Fiscal Balance = (Tax Revenue + Other Revenue) (Welfare Payments + Other Spending)

We know that Tax Revenue and Welfare Payments move inversely with respect to each other, with the latter rising when GDP growth falls and the former rises with GDP growth. These components of the fiscal balance are the so-called automatic stabilisers

In other words, without any discretionary policy changes, the fiscal balance will vary over the course of the business cycle. When the economy is weak tax revenue falls and welfare payments rise and so the fiscal balance moves towards deficit (or an increasing deficit). When the economy is stronger tax revenue rises and welfare payments fall and the fiscal balance becomes increasingly positive. Automatic stabilisers attenuate the amplitude in the business cycle by expanding the fiscal balance in a recession and contracting...

06:30

The US Enacts a Law to Curb Ongoing Tibetan Human Rights Abuses "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

In a move that Tibetan rights activists hope will embolden other countries to take action, the United States enacted a law on 19 December that targets the ongoing and intensifying human rights violations being carried out in Chinese occupied Tibet. Passed with bipartisan support, the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act of 2018 requires the US State Department

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05:53

How the US Department of Defense acknowledged the existence of AATIP "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Background

As regular blog readers will be aware, I have been posting a series of articles about various aspects of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) /Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program (AAWSAP.) This blog post will take a closer look at how the Department of Defense acknowledged the existence of the program (whatever name you call it.)

The story breaks

The story was broken to the world, by almost simultaneous articles in the New York Times and Politico magazine. So I started off my research with these publications.

New York Times

The New York Times, dated 16 December 2017, in an article by Helene Cooper, Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean, included the following quotes:

"In response to questions from The Times, Pentagon officials this month acknowledged the existence of the program...It was determined that there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding and it was in the best interest of the DoD to make a change, Pentagon spokesman Thomas Crosson, said in email, referring to the Department of Defense..."

In a New York Times article, two days later, on 18 December 2017, Ralph Blumenthal wrote:

"Helene met with a Pentagon spokesman on Dec 8 for a response to the information we had gathered. The answer came swiftly. There had been a program to investigate U.F.O.s, but it ended in 2012, after five years the Defense Department insisted."

A search of Linkedin, found a profile for Thomas Crosson. In December 2017 he was a Spokesperson & Press Officer, Office of the Secretary of Defense.

Source: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tomcrosson/

Politico Magazine

Reporter Bryan Bender wrote of the program,...

05:13

Brian C Houston on Twitter: Id rather Australian Police Arrest Me At My Home in Glenhaven Than Sydney Airport "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

POPE BRAIN HOUSTON OF HELL666$$$ONG: Id rather Australian Police Arrest Me At My Home in Glenhaven Than Sydney Airport

05:12

Pastor Brian Houston of Hillsong now under police investigation over handling of fathers sex crimes "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Here is a link to the article below where you can click on the videos in this article.

https://www.9news.com.au/2018/11/18/21/21/60-minutes-brian-houston-hillsong-church-founder-under-police-investigation

Channel Nine Sydney Australia

60 Minutes: Hillsong Church founder under police

investigation over handling of fathers sex crimes

Brian Houston, the founder of the Hillsong Church, is under investigation by New South Wales police over his handling of the sex crimes committed by his father Frank Houston.

Frank Houston was a Pentecostal pioneer, a leading Assemblies of God pastor who preyed on young boys in Australia and New Zealand in the 1960s and 1970s.

The first allegations of Frank Houstons pedophilia emerged in the late 1990s, when Brian Houston was the Australian National President of the Assemblies of God, part of the largest Pentecostal denomination in the world.

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05:08

Pastor Joel ABell leaves Hillsong "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Hillsong CEO Brian Houston and his lacky Joel ABell in Hillsong pastors lounge

Joel ABell announced recently that he and his wife Julia are leaving Hillsong after twenty years.

I remember twenty years ago when Joel ABell surfaced at Hillsong City Campus in Young Street, Waterloo, Sydney, Australia.

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05:06

Hillsong Australias Lead Pastor Resigns "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

My Christian Daily

Hillsong Australias Lead Pastor Resigns

David Rogers | Staff Writer

In what is some sort of precedent for senior ministers with the Hillsong movement, Hillsong Australias lead pastor, Joel ABell, has announced he is leaving Hilllsong.

He and his wife, Julia, have overseen Hilsong Australia for some years, working alongside Brian and Bobbie Houston, who now head up the church on a global basis.

He used Twitter to update his followers, stating, Our season at Hillsong has come to an end and we cant wait to tell you what we are about to do.

We are incredibly grateful for the last 20 years, for the experience we have gained, the times we have shared and the opportunities we have gained.

To be continued

On Instagram, they stated, Thanks to Brian and Bobbie and the entire global Hillsong family for an incredible ride. We are so excited about the future. We have a dream in our hearts and a call to answer as we step out by faith to do what we believe God is asking is to do.

Hillsong describe him as, an innovative thinker, leader and communicator. He is passionate about building and growing the local church. His fresh leadership ideas and style have helped shape Hillsongs flourishing multi-campus church.

While the ABells have not outlined what their next step will be, it is rumored the couple are planning their own church.

Image courtesy Instagram

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02:44

Australian universities dependence on overseas students: too much of a good thing - Article by Birrell & Betts "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

In November 2018 The Australian Population Research Institute (TAPRI) published an analysis of the higher education overseas student industry. It was framed around the remarkable growth in the share of commencing overseas university students to all commencing students over the years 2012 to 2016. This share increased from 21.8 per cent in 2012 to 26.7 per cent in 2016.

Bob Birrell and Katharine Betts

(This post is republished from John Menadues site, Pearls and Irritations, 27 December 2018.)

In November 2018 we published an analysis of the higher education overseas student industry. It was framed around the remarkable growth in the share of commencing overseas university students to all commencing students over the years 2012 to 2016. This share increased from 21.8 per cent in 2012 to 26.7 per cent in 2016.

Since publication, higher education statistics for 2017 have been released. They show  that the share of commencing overseas students to all commencing students have increased to 28.9 per cent. In the case of the Group of 8 (Go8) universities, by 2017 this share had reached well over 40 per cent in the University of Sydney, ANU, and the University of NSW (Table 1).

The following brief summary indicates why such extreme reliance on overseas students should be of concern. We then explore another issue, not canvassed in the November report. This is the implications of the rapid growth in overseas student commencements for access to higher education on the part of domestic students.

This a highly topical matter because in December 2017 the Coalition government announced that it would henceforth cap the level of domestic higher education enrolments. Since that time, Australias universities, including the Go8, have mounted an offensive against this decision on the grounds that it limits opportunities for domestic students. Yet the enrolment data examined below indicates that, at least since 2012, the Go8 have effectively e...

01:00

Our Waste Reduction Plan An End of Year Review "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Hello lovelies, how are you all? Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! Were just back from a glorious two weeks in Singapore to attend a family wedding. The first thing I did when I arrived home on Christmas Eve was to make a batch of sourdough (of course). Then I whipped up some last []

00:11

Dozens of NSW Police Officers Charged with Assault and Sexual Offences "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Police offers swear an oath to uphold and enforce the law, but what happens when officers themselves are themselves charged with violent of sexual offences? It has been reported that since October 2016, 30 New South Wales police officers have been charged with offences ranging from reckless damage and common assault through to child sex

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23:52

Morrisons Jerusalem Fiasco: Diplomacy in a Wet Paper Bag "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Scott Morrisons mid-October suggestion that his government might recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the Australian embassy from Tel Aviv to the contested city was an attempt to win domestic gain at the expense of the nations foreign diplomatic standing. Indeed, the announcement was perceived as a last-minute grab for the 12 percent Jewish

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23:05

Christmas Week "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Chatting with a colleague yesterday, she told me she felt terribly organised for Christmas this year, in a way she hadnt been previously. This surprised me, as shes ordinarily a terribly organised person in my view. It must be the placement of the days, she told me. And indeed, it was lovely to have three days off in the middle

22:40

Yearly Review 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Where will you live? Will you live in Goonellabah?, a relative asked me on the phone the other night, when I told her about my retirement plans, which involve returning to my hometown, Lismore. Oh no, not Goonellabah, but most definitely somehwere on the hill, probably East Lismore, I told her. Having grown up on the flood plain of South

20:49

#aww2018 & #aww2019 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

This is my round up post for the Australian women writers Challenge 2018. I read a total of 20 books by Australian women writers, well over the goal of ten that Id set for myself. They included three childrens books Continue reading

13:16

Berlusconi & Bunga Bunga! Coming to Sydney 17th of Jan 2019! "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Seduction, glamour, corruption, drugs and raucous poolside parties: the life and times of scandal-plagued Silvio Berlusconi have long-demanded a screen depiction, and who better to deliver it than Paolo Sorrentino, the Academy Award-winning director of The Great Beauty and The Young Pope who returns to the screen in spectacular fashion with this dazzling, topical and no-holds-barred depiction of life in Italy under the glistening eye of modern Europes most infamous politician.

With LORO, Sorrentino unpeels the complex personality and motivations of the billionaire former Prime Minister played with unmistakable panache by Toni Servillo during a tumultuous period in his career, as his marriage to second wife Veronica Lario (Elena Sofia Ricci) fractures; all the while skilfully threading together stories of a wide variety of characters from different levels of society and their attempts to either ingratiate or distance themselves from him.

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10:58

Death of the Chopsticks "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


I was at BED with Robert Smith last night and caught the end of the set of the band who were jamming on the stage, and got my pad to have a draw.

I didn't manage to catch everyone(or everyone's name) - there's a bit of Raoul on the left who was playing sax, but he sat out the last couple of tunes, then Hiromi singing and playing keyboard, and wearing a hat. Artur and Dave on the right and I don't know the name of the guy with the fender bass, and another guy playing keyboard(?) who I missed.

Nice name, they came up with it on the spot when I showed the drawing

08:58

Leichhardt Council's catastrophe on Sydney Harbour "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Matt Watts sends us these photos from Sydney Harbour today. It's no surprise that Sydney's trendy inner-West council wards are dominated by The Greens. It's infuriating to see ratepayers money wasted - to deceive people. Fort Denison in Sydney Harbour tells a very different story. Here are some facts -...

07:42

Australian Poetry Journal 7:2, Work "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Cassandra Atherton and Benjamin Laird (editors),  Australian Poetry Journal, Volume 7, Issue 2: Work (2017) I mainly read this issue of The Australian Poetry Journal on my computer screen. It sat on my desktop to be dipped every now and then, a Continue reading

07:00

The Weekend Quiz December 29-30, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blog posts that I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. In general, the estimates provided by the organisations such as the OECD and IMF of the impact of the automatic stabilisers are biased upwards.



2. If there is an external deficit, efforts by the private domestic sector to increase its overall saving as a percentage of GDP to even higher levels, will ensure the government fiscal balance is in deficit, irrespective of what the government desires.



3. When a government runs a continuous fiscal deficit, public spending builds up over time.




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04:38

Thank Folk Its Friday 28th December "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was We published our traditional list of our favourite Christmas carols and songs from the year including tracks from Kay Proudlove, The Low Anthem, The Staves, Brian Lambert, Mick Thomas Roving Commission, William Fitzsimmons, William Fitzsimmons, Allison Lupton feat. The Younguns, Paden, Kirsty []

02:59

Breakthrough Ultrasound Method Makes Promises to Reverse the Effects Caused By Dementia "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

With an estimated 7.7 million new cases of dementia diagnosed each year around the globe, scientists and researchers have been focused on not only better understanding the condition but finding a cure. A new method out of the University of Queensland may just hold the answers.

If someone you love has been diagnosed with dementia, then you know that it can be a challenging condition to navigate. With early warning signs including confusion, reduced concentration, depression, withdrawal, and memory problems, there is no doubting the fact that it can have a significant impact on your life. In fact, not only does it impact the mind, but it is also said to have a physical impact on the lives of those who live with the condition. As this condition progresses, people may struggle to remember who they are, or how to maintain their normal schedule. Unfortunately, as many of these signs are easily dismissed as nothing more than the aging process, dementia often goes unnoticed and undiagnosed for a significant period.

For those tasked with caring for those who are living with dementia, there are unique challenges. Recent developments in technology have helped to aid in care and management, improving their quality of life and assisting in ensuring their safety. For example, one Japanese company created QR code nail stickers would allow law enforcement to scan someones code if they are unable to identify themselves, providing key information like their name, address, and a contact number. While this is certainly a step forward, families around the globe are still holding onto hope of a cure.

Researchers at the University of Queenslands Queensland Brain Institute (QBI) have been focusing their efforts on a well-known and documented theory as to the development of dementia. Studies show that those living with the condition often experience a build up of the protein beta-amyloid, creating a plaque in the brain. The presence of this build-up disrupts the brains ability to communicate cell-to...

02:53

AATIP/AAWSAP - the publicly available documentation on these programs "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Introduction

I was asked a question the other day. It was "How much official documentation about the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP)  and the Advanced Aerospace Weapon System Applications Program (AAWSAP), is available publicly?" To answer this question I needed to prepare a list, which you can read below. For a comprehensive listing, and links to mass media material, about AATIP/AAWSAP, I would direct you to the excellent work of journalist Giuliano Marinkovic here.

August 2008

On 18 August 2008, the Virginia Contracting Activity, based at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, issued a 32 page solicitation/contract/order for commercial items, number HHM402-08-R-0211. The Virginia Contracting Activity is the contracting arm of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). The solicitation was slightly amended, by versions dated 20 August 2008 and 22 August 2008. 

Source: http://www.fbodaily.com/archive/2008/08-August/20-Aug-2008/FBO-01643684.htm
Attachment 1 to the solicitation, dated 18 July 2008, sets out the program objectives.

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02:42

Dan Andrews answer to Victoria's gang violence problem - look out for each other "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

The Andrews response to Victoria's violence. Meanwhile in the real world. Chelsea Beachgoers attacked in horror night People have been attacked at Chelsea Beach. Picture: Mark Stewart AN HOUR AGO DECEMBER 28, 2018 Youths have glassed a young man, bashed others and robbed beachgoers of their belongings during a horror...

02:00

Diary of Death: 28 December 4 January "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A life threatening list of imminent events happening in Sydney and surrounds, selected weekly by Jack Shit.

Jack Off with Jack Shit airs Saturday arvos between 3 and 5PM

 

 

 

FRIDAY 28 DECEMBER

  Falls Festival: Anderson Paak & The Free Nationals (US), Catfish And The Bottlemen (UK), Vance Joy, Chvrches (SCO), Hilltop Hoods, Toto (US), Interpol (US), 88rising Feat.rich Brian, Joji, Niki & August 08 (CHI/INDO), Flight Facilities, Amy Shark, DMAs, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Golden Features, First Aid Kit (SWE), Ocean Alley, Hockey Dad, Cashmere Cat (NOR), The Vaccines (UK), Cub Sport, Ruel, Jack River, Bishop Briggs, Mallrat, Briggs (UK), Touch Sensitive, Tkay Maidza, Dermot Kennedy (IRE), Tired Lion, Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers (US), Soccer Mommy (US), Odette, Mahalia (UK), Hatchie, West Thebarton, Sam Fender (UK), Juice Wrld (US), Dizzee Rascal (UK), LPX (US), Slowly Slowly, Little May, Cut Copy, Hayden James, Ziggy Alberts, Amyl & The Sniffers, Tia Gostelow, Kota Banks, Triple One, Alice Skye, Heaps Gay DJs, Hermitude DJs, Garett Kato and more (Lorne adds The Babe Rainbow, Set Mo, Running Touch, Torren Foot, Lo99, Ceres, Kinder, Godlands, Moaning Lisa, Loser, Ebony Boadu, Cop Envy, Bell City Square, Sweater Curse, Lex Deluxe)   Lorne (begins today), Marion Bay (begins tomorrow), Byron Bay (begins NYE), Fremantle (begins Jan 5
The Hellfire Club Friday- Jingle Hell: Nexxi and Minxxy, The Amazing Ari; Hellfire DJs  Universal

SATURDAY 29 DECEMBER

Moon Brain Golden Age

SUNDAY 30 DECEMBER

Fresh air happy hour!!

MONDAY 31 DECEMBER

Last Dance: Motor City Drum Ensemble (GER) Bulli warehouse 7PM til 3AM. Presented by FBi
A Cosmic New Years w. Daniele Baldelli (ITA), Hani Hanbali, DJ Salami Fredas 6PM til 2AM
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00:29

Rafes roundup 28 Dec featuring the Portal to Partners "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A New Year message to our partners, the liberal/conservative groups around the nation. Tell your members about Catallaxy unless you can recommend a better place to go for a briefing on issues of concern and the periodic Roundup Portal to Partners. We have to play a team game to win. We are going to play a team game. And we are going to win. Maybe not this year. Who knows?

Feature item. Neurotic teen transforms into the global face of climate alarmism, coached by parents. Get used to the rigid obsessive stare of the fanatical true believer. So appropriate you could not make it up. Understandable in the case of an ignorant young person with a psychiatric condition, how to explain the condition among adults with higher education?

The Portal.

Our partners in no particular order. Australian Institute for Progress, The Institute of Public Affairs IPA, the Centre for Independent Studies CIS, The Sydney Institute, Mannkal Economic Education Foundation, Quadrant On Line, The Australian Taxpayers Alliance, Tim Blair, Andrew Norton, the classical liberal in Carlton, Rite-ON admirable Queensland activists!, The Menzies Research Centre, Jim Rose Utopia You Are Standing in It. LibertyWorks. On Line Opinion.
Still building and looking at more specialised sites.

Overseas. Spiked, Cato Institute, Competitive Enterprise Institute, Dan Mitchell, The Last Refuge.

Climate. Viv Forbes Carbon Sense, Watts Up With That?, Jo Nova, The Global Warming Policy Forum, Global Coal Plant Tracker, Tony From Oz,

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Thursday, 27 December

23:34

Heat Stressed Wildlife "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Specific signs of heat stress to watch for are: Any bird that is panting indicates that they are really hot. A healthy bird will try and get out of the sun and into a cooler place. If you see a bird sitting outside in the full sun panting theres something wrong.

Put water in a shady place so it stays as cool as possible. Change the water daily or even more frequently if possible, keep the container clean. Put water in places at different heights away from pets or predators for different species of birds, place a few stones or sticks in the water to provide a means of escape for smaller creatures that may fall in.

Flying-foxes & bats also pant and lick their wrists and flap to try and stay cool. They will also hug the trees because they are cooler than the air & move down lower to the ground where its cooler. They dive for water, dams and other water sources so leaving water out does not help them. If you see a flying-fox needing help DO NOT TOUCH, call WIRES 1300 094 737.

Kangaroos and wallabies may be lying down and not move away quickly if startled. They may also be seen salivating. It is important to NEVER APPROACH a macropod that is lying down. If they are heat stressed, this will exhaust them even more Also, they are very large powerful animals. If you believe a macropod or wombat needs help call WIRES 1300 094 737.

Birds of prey like other birds will breathe open-mouthed and hold their wings away from their body and sometimes lower their head. You may see them in dangerous places like under a tree instead of up high in the sun. A bird thats dehydrated wont be able to fly far or high. Put really wide bowls of water in the shade and keep it topped up.

Possums may emerge from roofs as the top of houses heat up. Lightly misting them with water will help and leaving bowls of water as close to where they live as possible is also helpful.

If you have seen an animal you believe to be suffering heat stress read more about how to help below.


Learn more about heat stressed Wildlife


When we experience extremely high temperatures for several days it may be weather that our wildlife is not used to. This means they may not be able to cope with the conditions. As a result it is possible that animals will be seen suffering dehydration and exhaustion.

Please also remember that on extremely hot days and over holiday periods our rescue line and our volunteers are often dealing with many hundreds of calls for help and our resources will be stretched.

Transporting animals to local vets is a huge help and allows animals to get emergency treatment as soon as possible giving them their best chance of survival.


Identifying a heat stressed animal


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22:00

2018 Gone but not forgotten - our end of year round up of lost eateries "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

They've collected the plates and wiped down the tables one last time. Here's our annual round up of those places closed for good in 2018. Each year we spend time to mark the passing of food places we loved and places we missed out on eating at. It's our annual reminder to get back to favourites, relish what's around now and not be so obsessed with the new. This year we were most sad to see

18:29

Academic Institutions Must Defend Free Speech "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

We, the undersigned, oppose the coordinated campaign to deny academics their free speech rights due to their defense of Palestinian rights and criticism of the policies and practices of the state of Israel. Temple University in Philadelphia, USA and the University of Sydney, Australia have been under great pressure to fire, respectively, Marc Lamont Hill and Tim Anderson, both senior academics at their institutions, for these reasons. Steven Salaita and Norman Finkelstein have already had their careers destroyed by such attacks. Hatem Bazian, Ahlam Muhtaseb, William Robinson, Rabab Abdulhadi and others have also been threatened.

06:38

The Dangers of Laws Against Drug Supply Causing Death: An Interview With Urban Survivor Unions Louise Vincent "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

On the second last sitting day of the parliamentary year, the Berejiklian government passed legislation that created the new offence of supply of drugs causing death. This latest drug war tactic can see an individual imprisoned for supplying a drug that proves lethal for up to 20 years. And while NSW attorney general Mark Speakman has made assurances

The post The Dangers of Laws Against Drug Supply Causing Death: An Interview With Urban Survivor Unions Louise Vincent appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

00:48

New themes for 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

New year's revolutions

Some new themes for 2019?

Here's one: wages growth returning, finally. 

Wages growth is already off the lows and with the unemployment rate now trending down to 7-year lows there is likely to be some further improvement in 2019.

In Sydney the unemployment rate at 3 per cent is the lowest across the entire data series, so unless someone has reinvented the laws of supply and demand there should be some upwards pressure on wages here. 


ANZ's latest report on the 2019 outlook is worth a read - see here at Property Update - with leading indicators pointing to further declines in the unemployment rate.

There will be a further boost to exports, with the world's largest floating LNG platform (Prelude) now starting up production, and a lower Aussie dollar set to send export values to record levels. 

This housing market cycle has been unusual in that it wasn't curtailed by interest rates hikes (rather a credit squeeze), so people should still have ple...

00:31

Man Prosecuted for Possessing Gel Blasters "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A Coffs Harbour man is facing charges of illegally possessing firearms after allegedly being caught with several gel blasters he intended to give to his son as Christmas gifts. The story so far At around 1.45am on 23rd December 2018, NSW Highway Patrol officers stopped a car at Tweed Heads for a random breath test.

The post Man Prosecuted for Possessing Gel Blasters appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

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Wednesday, 26 December

16:05

New hope for multiple sclerosis sufferers "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Ashley Berini was 27 and in the middle of a biochemistry presentation in Canada when she went blind in her right eye. Since then, multiple sclerosis (MS) has ravaged her body, causing mobility issues, severe fatigue and pain.

Ms Berini, who had settled in Sydney, said her suffering had been compounded by uncertainty over her visa situation, which affected her access to Medicare.

MS sufferer Ashley Berini and her husband Freddy Dordoni.
MS sufferer Ashley Berini and her husband Freddy Dordoni.

I lost my Medicare rights and I, cold turkey, had to go off meds [and] my body went through huge withdrawal, Ms Berini, now 34, said.

By James Lemon

My body had to heal itself and it took about three weeks before the inflammation in my brain went down.

Amid the emotional turbulence, she has pinned her hopes on an emerging therapy called autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (AHSCT), which aims to reboot the bodys immune system without the presence of the cells that attack it.

An Australian trial run by St Vincents Hospital in Sydney involving 35 patients with relapsing-remitting MS (RRMS), which Ms Berini has, and secondary progressive MS found 60 per cent showed no evidence of disease activity after three years and more than half of the remainder showed an improvement in their disability scores.

Led by Dr John Moore, the trial confirmed the important role of AHSCT as a therapeutic option for patients with RRMS.

The observational study, published in the BMJs latest Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, concluded the results provide further evidence that AHSCT is a highly efficacious therapy for patients with MS even after failing multiple therapies such as natalizumab.

AHSCT involves extracting stem cells from blood or bone marrow, undergoing heavy chemotherapy to destroy the MS-affected autoimmune system, leaving the patient incredibly vulnerable, before reintroducing the stem cells to restore the bodys defences.

Its not easy, nor fun the process can feel like dying and a lot of patients have and Dr Moore cautions HSCT is still reserved fo...

13:34

Pete Evans hits back at the Australian Medical Association after they slam him for suggesting people look into the sun for 'free medicine' "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

He was slammed by fans on Monday when he bizarrely revealed that he looks into the sun and takes a swim daily for 'free medicine', before implying that they should do the same. And on Thursday, 'Paleo' Pete Evans hit back at the NSW body of the Australian Medical Association, after they tweeted that no one should follow his advice. Taking to Instagram, My Kitchen Rules star Pete, 45, shared a screenshot of their tweet and said: 'They've singled me out for enjoying a sunrise and being in great health!'

10:13

Julie Bishop bails on Sydney to Hobart when the cameras ran out "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

She was there for the cameras in the lead up to the race. She was there for the cameras today. And when Wild Oats X passed the last of the cameras she jumped ship. But she didn't do it for the publicity, surely? UPDATE The obvious metaphor was not lost...

08:08

1) GUEST BLOG: Maire Leadbeater December Violence in West Papua should be a wake-up call "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) Freeport Issue, Gerindra: We can Invite Other Countries

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1) GUEST BLOG: Maire Leadbeater December Violence in West Papua should be a wake-up call

By   /   December 26, 2018  /   1 Comment

Vanuatu is leading the way in promoting a peaceful diplomatic solution for West Papua  and plans to take a resolution to the UN General Assembly next year calling for the West Papua to be restored to the UN list of nations still to be decolonised. New Zealand could be a game changer by ending military ties and instead opting to...

04:55

The Ideal Home: Arts Thursday 27 December 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Lee-Anne Hall and Jacqui Strecker

HOME is the theme of Arts Thursday on 27th December 2018.

The Ideal Home is a phrase that conjures up a long-running English exhibition that showcases the latest ideas, designs and products for the home.

The Ideal Home exhibition at Penrith Regional Gallery and the Powerhouse Museum showcases some of the innovations and products that wowed homeowners in the 20th century radiograms, early washing machines and domestic technologies and includes 70 objects from the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences collection.

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00:50

PM Scummy Promo "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


The LNP and Australia continue their dirty protest against the world. Here's the latest excrement hyperactively smeared around the cot, creating a shitty roadmap to the New Jerusalem.

Scott Morrison, come on down. (Where the bloody hell are ya?)



00:24

PM Scummy Promo "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"



 
The hyperactively useless prick who is our current PM . Something for the political geometry blog once it's done


00:22

Clivias at Mums "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"



 

I'm at mums for christmas so as usual I'm doing a bit more to this painting of clivias in the garden - earlier versions are here

00:05

Training Troubled Youths to Recognise Expressions Can Reduce Crime "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

New research suggests that training young offenders to interpret facial expressions can reduce their likelihood of engaging in violent crime. A simple computer-based training model has proven to be a promising new method to manage antisocial behaviour amongst troubled teens. Misinterpretation Studies have demonstrated that both adult psychopaths and children who are diagnosed with conduct

The post Training Troubled Youths to Recognise Expressions Can Reduce Crime appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

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Tuesday, 25 December

23:46

Descanso Cafe ~ Filipino - Glebe "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Descanso Cafe mixes up standard cafe fare with a selection of classic Filipino meals, all the silogs, sisig and adobos you could want. You can get a classic burger, steak or a latte at Descanso, but the thing we are here to try are their Filipino meals. There's a scattering of Pinoy eateries in the inner west, so having one close to us in Glebe is great. Eating in we try the

21:22

1) NZ govt says it wants info on reports of Papua chemical attack "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) West Papuans in exile: A conversation with Corry Ap


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1) NZ govt says it wants info on reports of Papua chemical attack
3:38 pm on 24 December 2018  
New Zealand's government says it's seeking information on reports the Indonesian military dropped chemical weapons in Highlands villages.
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09:56

Hollywood Star Accused of Sexual Touching "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

It has been reported that Hollywood star Kevin Spacey will be prosecuted in the United States over allegations he performed a sexual act upon an 18-year old at a Massachusetts bar in July 2016. Boston journalist Heather Unruh accused Mr Spacey last year of plying her son with alcohol before reaching down the young mans

The post Hollywood Star Accused of Sexual Touching appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

07:07

Cutie Puff ~ Chinese - Town Hall / Sydney CBD "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

It's the small stalls we often love the most, the grab and go beauties that offer quick snacks for a low price. Cutie Puff underneath Town Hall fits the bill, one steam bun in hand and a congee in a cup in the other. Out the front of the CitiSuper supermarket underneath Town Hall is a small glass fronted stand that sells a few choice morsels - steam puns, pies and cups of congee.

05:19

Its Important to Know Your Rights this Music Festival Season "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The music festival season got off to a tragic start this year. Two young Australians died after taking drugs at the Defqon.1 festival in September, while another drug-related death occurred at a festival at Sydney Olympic Park a fortnight ago. And despite pill testing having proven to save lives in European

The post Its Important to Know Your Rights this Music Festival Season appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

04:45

Assault Rates Drop as Young People Reduce Their Alcohol Consumption "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The holiday season is upon us once more. Its that time of year when everything begins to wind down and people come together with their relatives and friends to celebrate. And of course, with alcohol being the main legal drug in this country, copious amounts of it are consumed. A new

The post Assault Rates Drop as Young People Reduce Their Alcohol Consumption appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

04:23

False Sexual Assault Allegations Ruin Lives "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

By Ugur Nedim and Zeb Holmes The growth of the #metoo movement has led to concerns being expressed about the ease with which a persons reputation, career and even freedom can be adversely affected through false sexual assault and sexual harassment allegations. There are specific concerns that individuals are being presumed guilty based upon allegations

The post False Sexual Assault Allegations Ruin Lives appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

03:51

Pastor Joel ABell leaves Hillsong "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Hillsong CEO Brian Houston and his lacky Joel ABell in Hillsong pastors lounge

Joel ABell announced recently that he and his wife Julia are leaving Hillsong after twenty years.

I remember twenty years ago when Joel ABell surfaced at Hillsong City Campus in Young Street, Waterloo, Sydney, Australia.

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02:34

Garden benches "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"



 

A couple of garden benches with tops from the same slab of ? blue gum or something. On this one the legs are mountain ash, and has bits of tallowwood and red gum spacing the legs


This is the original I made for Jon(which you can see in construction here), It's got red gum legs and a shelf of what Shamus calls Island Pine and is a bit lower than the other. Both have a linseed oil finish

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00:22

Sydney Criminal Lawyers Weekly Rundown Articles from 17 to 24 December 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

In case youve missed any of them, heres a rundown of the past weeks articles: Police Officer Charged With Hacking After Leaking Address of Victim An officer who put a domestic violence victim in danger by leaking her new address to his mate the womans abusive ex-partner has been charged with computer hacking

The post Sydney Criminal Lawyers Weekly Rundown Articles from 17 to 24 December 2018 appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

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Monday, 24 December

20:32

1) Papuans wish to celebrate Christmas in peace as nationwide security beefed up "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) Massacre in Nduga: Indonesias Papuan Insurgency
3) Benny Wenda: The Indonesian president must immediately withdraw the Indonesian military from West Papua

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1) Papuans wish to celebrate Christmas in peace as nationwide security beefed up
Jakarta, Surakarta, Pekanbaru, Malang, Batam, Medan   /   Mon, December 24, 2018   /   06:28 pm

Ganug Nugroho, Apriadi Gunawan, Fadli, Rizal Harahap And Aman Rochman
Religious figures in the predominantly Christian Papua have joined the provincial governments calls for the central government to withdraw security troops from Nduga regency ahead of Christmas, arguing that the presence of security forces and potential armed conflict with the rebel group have prevented civilians from celebrating Christmas in peace.
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07:56

1) Indonesia denies using white phosphorous in West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) Indonesia will take steps against Australia`s libelous media report

3) Indonesia deplores irresponsible media report on Papua

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/dec/24/indonesia-denies-using-white-phosphorous-in-west-papua


1) Indonesia denies using white phosphorous in West Papua
Lisa Martin  Mon 24 Dec 2018 13.20 AEDT Last modified on Mon 24 Dec 2018 13.22 AEDT

03:49

Live review: Ruby Fields strikes Australian music gold with Dinosaurs Tour "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Ruby Fields Dinosaurs Tour || SOLD OUT || Fri 14th December, Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

Supports: Surf Trash, SCABZ

Photos by Kane Grosvenor

Another steamy Saturday night in Sydney drove out the hoards, hunting for a cold beer and a stinging hot gig. Packed out from the early hours of the evening, Oxford Art Factory was heaving with youth and older folk alike, united over a shared passion for punk revivalists and vintage band tees. A sold-out show, a reflection of her soaring popularity, Ruby Fields and her talented band have clearly struck Australian music gold; an exciting tease in the lead up to Triple Js annual Hottest 100 with her two song nominations Ritalin & Dinosaurs in the running.

Kicking off the night with intoxicating guitar riffs reminiscent of early punk and powerful in sound, Newcastle boys Surf Trash had the crowd wound up early in anticipation of what was yet to come. Their youthful energy evidently a hit, the three-piece smashed out a solid set as if it were a sweet Newy surf slab, a beckoning call that Summer has well and truly begun. With an all-inclusive line up paving the way towards a fem-friendly industry, Sydneys self-proclaimed shittest punk band SCABZ had the audience in the palm of their sweaty hands, a welcome reminder that chicks f*ing rock. And boy, did they. Diving into a cesspit of angsty Aussie humour, SCABZ had the crowd chanting along to their relentlessly funny yet maximum impact tune Brett Lees got no I.D, a comic ode to overbearingly Australian culture, drawing many a beer above heads in cheers, a priceless moment of solidarity.

After a brief changeover providing some comic relief between two passionate punk sets, beers had been topped up as the crowds energy picked up, restless for Ruby to take the stage. Lights dipped and voices rose to a cheer as the curtains parted, the band immediately erupting into their 2018 anthem Ritalin much to the delight of the audience. If youd forgotten what it felt like to be in a mosh pit it then it wasnt long til you remembered. Just seconds in, a majority of the eager crowd were right in the thick of it, breathlessly chanting every word as the confident band played an almost flawless rendition.

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01:01

Andrew Katelaris and Mason "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


Andrew and his grandson 

The dam and its eroded edge, with the house next door, and Mason's scribble


Andrew and what looks like the Thing holding the phone while we looked up mind-boggling shit - eg: US annualised pharma sales in 3rd quarter of 2017 were $US453 billion (up 30 billion on the previous year)


00:29

Is cry-dancing a thing? Im making it a thing: an SMS review of Yaeji at the Opera House "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Photo (minus Ella and Tanya): Ken Leanfore

Tanya Ali and Ella Beer went to Yaeji at the Opera House with their finger hearts at the ready, spent most of it txting but still managed to cry multiple times and make. It. Rain. Check how it played out below

The post Is cry-dancing a thing? Im making it a thing: an SMS review of Yaeji at the Opera House appeared first on FBi Radio.

00:00

The Best Folky Christmas Songs of 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Its Christmas Eve which means its time to publish our favourite Christmas tracks released this year with a folky flavour. Have a wonderful Christmas everyone! Looking forward to folking with you in 2019 Kay Proudlove Gift Card The Low Anthem Fairy On The Christmas Tree The Staves Home Alone, Too Brian Lambert []

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Sunday, 23 December

20:31

1) Indonesian military describes reports of chemical weapon attacks on West Papuans as 'fake news' "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) Indonesia denies use of chemical weapons in Papua

3) Worlds biggest gold mine nationalized in Indonesia
4) Government hopes larger state revenues from Freeport

5) Freeport set to have smelter operational in five years
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1) Indonesian military describes reports of chemical weapon attacks on West Papuans as 'fake news'
By Indonesia correspondent David Lipson Updated about 5 hours ago
Indonesia's Military has dismissed "ridiculous" claims it used a banned chemical weapon to subdue separatist forces in West Papua.

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14:16

Japanese Government to withdraw from International Whaling Commission and recommence commercial whaling? "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 December 2018:

Japan is to withdraw from International Whaling Commission by the end of the year, giving it the freedom to resume commercial whaling, Japanese news agency Kyodo has reported.

Kyodo quotes a government source as saying that Japan is unlikely to catch whales in the Antarctic Ocean after its withdrawal.

The government is considering allowing commercial whaling only in seas near Japan as well as the country's exclusive economic zone, the source said.

The decision will be announced by the end of this year, Kyodo said.

Humane Society International (HSI) said in a statement that, if the reports...

01:02

Eileen Chongs Rainforest "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Eileen Chong, Rainforest (Pitt Street Poetry 2018) Rainforest is Eileen Chongs fifth book of poems in five years. Ive blogged about three others here, here, and here and Im still a complete fan. The books title is explained in a note: Continue reading

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Saturday, 22 December

23:02

Clouds at Paterson "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


I came out to Paterson to do some drawing on the portrait of Andrew Katelaris I'm getting ready for the Archibald, and drew and painted the dramatic cloudscape at his place





A little dam with rushes and a bit of erosion around

19:56

Freeport Divestment, Ma'ruf Amin: Swift and Smooth "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Freeport Divestment, Ma'ruf Amin: Swift and Smooth
Translator: Fikri Arigi   Editor: Juli Hantoro 
22 December 2018 23:35 WIB
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08:49

1) West Papua Action Auckland- Government urged to act on evidence of use of incendiary weapons in West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) Indonesia Closes Long-Awaited $3.85b Freeport Deal
3) TNI threatens Papua governor with legal action after call for Nduga troop withdrawal
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1) Media Release;   Government  urged to act on evidence of use of incendiary weapons in West Papua

West Papua Action Auckland
Box 68419
Auckland 
22 December 2018
 
Media Release;   Government  urged to act on evidence of use of incendiary weapons in West Papua
 
The latest reports from West Papua reveal a shocking escalation of violence in West Papua.   Incendiary weapons - possibly white phosphorous - are being used  to bomb villages in the Nduga area of the Highlands.
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07:00

The Weekend Quiz December 22-23, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

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:

Higher levels of taxation permit the government to spend more.

The answer is True.

Clearly, I was tempting the reader to follow a logic such that Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) shows that taxpayers do fund anything and sovereign governments are never revenue-constrained because they are the monopoly issuers of the currency in use.

Therefore, the government can spend whatever it likes irrespective of the level of taxation. Therefore the answer is false.

But, that logic while correct for the most part ignores the underlying role of taxation.

In a fiat monetary system the currency has no intrinsic worth. Further the government has no intrinsic financial constraint. Once we realise that government spending is not revenue-constrained then we have to analyse the functions of taxation in a different light. The starting point of this new understanding is that taxation functions to promote offers from private individuals to government of goods and services in return for the necessary funds to extinguish the tax liabilities.

In this way, it is clear that the imposition of taxes creates unemployment (people seeking paid work) in the non-government sector and allows a transfer of real goods and services from the non-government to the government sector, which in turn, facilitates the governments economic and social program.

The crucial point is that the funds necessary to pay the tax liabilities are provided to the non-government sector by government spending. Accordingly, government spending provides the paid work which eliminates the unemployment created by the taxes.

This train of logic also explains why mass unemployment arises. It is the introduction of State Money (government taxing and spending) into a non-monetary economics that raises the spectre of involuntary unemployment. For aggregate output to be sold, total spending must equal total income (whether actual income generated in production is fully spent or not each period). Involuntary unemployment is idle labour offered for sale with no buyers at current prices (wages).

Unemployment occurs when the private sector, in aggregate, desires to earn the m...

00:36

Sydney unemployment rate hits record low "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Record low unemployment

Greater Sydney's economy continued to add jobs at a remarkable, thunderous pace throughout 2018, with total employment up by a rip-roaring 100,000 over the year to November. 

That's more than a third of all new jobs created in Australia on a net basis over that time. 

The media is all about traffic congestion, light rail delays, and falling house prices in the harbour city, but meanwhile the unemployment rate quietly fell to just 3 per cent in November 2018 (not reported anywhere, as far as I could tell!). . 

Interestingly, that's now the lowest monthly unemployment rate figure on record for Sydney, a dynamic which can happen at the tail-end of a monster construction boom. 

On an annual average basis, Sydney's unemployment rate is now down to only 4.3 per cent, while Melbourne has been the biggest improver of recent times, and Adelaide has recovered nicely from a sticky patch. 

At the other end of the spectrum, the equivalent figure for Perth remains elevated at 6.3 per cent.


These are backwards-looking indicators, of course, but still those are some healthy results in the two largest capital cities.

As the labour force grows there will be more unemployed persons in absolute terms over time; but the latest ABS figures showed that some inroads have been made here. 

In fact the trend rate of unemployment is at the lowest level in 7 years at 5.1 per cent, with the total number of unemployed persons down by -34,000 over the...

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22:01

Things Ive Seen Lately "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

On behalf of everyone in Sydney, I felt so incredibly embarrassed recently. Though I dont subscribe to that whole Melbourne/Sydney rivalry thing (both are terrific cities), I know that many people in Melbourne believe Sydney-siders are an uncouth bunch of yobbos. A gross generalisation, of course, and if you look at the stats, Sydney-siders are more likely to go to

21:34

Recent Dining "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

It must be a decade, maybe more, since the glory days of the Grand Pacific Blue Room on Oxford Street, Sydney. They had good food and service, and they were located in an imposing building which, sadly, has remained empty for a number of years. That particular part of Oxford Street, which was once vibrant, is a shadow of its

21:13

The Busy/Quiet Time "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

As you may have seen on the news, we had quite a big hail storm in Sydney this week. Or should I say hail storms? There were two distinct storm periods in my part of Sydney, separated by a half-hour period of stunningly bright sunshine. Im lucky to live in the middle floors of an apartment block, and so Im

20:31

1) TNI-Polri Find Three Bodies of Armed Group Members in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) Papuan people demand the President to withdraw troops from Nduga
3) Indonesia officially controls 51.23 percent of Freeport shares: Jokowi
4) Papua leaders demand end to Indonesian military operation

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1) TNI-Polri Find Three Bodies of Armed Group Members in Papua 

Translator: Andita Rahma  
 Editor: Amirullah 
21 December 2018 19:30 WIB

TEMPO.COJakarta - A joint-team consisting of members of the Indonesian Military and the Indonesian National Police continued to chase the armed group that attacked PT Istaka Karya workers in Nduga, Papua. During the operation, the team found three bodies of the armed group members in the mountains....

20:28

1) Papua leaders call for Indonesia to withdraw troops "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"


2) Governor of Indonesia's Papua calls for army to end hunt for rebels
3) Indonesia attack shines a light on controversial road project
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19:41

HEADLINES OF THE WEEK "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"



Weighed down by sex and sleaze, the Coalition ends the year the way it started  [The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 December 2018]

365 days of failure: how Australias elites failed us in 2018  [Crikey, 21 December 2018]

10:19

Fighting Adani: An Interview With Wangan and Jagalingou Councils Adrian Burragubba "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Indian mining giant Adani filed an application with the Federal Court last week asking that a legal challenge to its proposed Carmichael coalmine be thrown out, unless the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners fronted up with $160,000 in potential court fees within two weeks. On Tuesday, Federal Court Justice Alan Robertson said that Adanis demand was

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10:01

David Bidstrup. More doom and gloom and we are paying for it "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Climate change has reached fever pitch again with more doom and gloom being shouted at us each day. Two articles appeared in papers I read this morning [a day or two ago]. The Australian proclaimed Climate lowdown warns of no escape from rising heat and The Advertiser, (always handy to have in case there is a need to wrap up any old dead fish), had a full page expose titled Feel the heat in large letters.

Both articles have their origin in the latest scaremongering by the Bureau of Meteorology and the CSIRO. This is the fifth State of the climate report and it tells us that we are going to fry/get more storms/get acid seawater/be inundated by rising sea levels and many other effects from the dreaded carbon dioxide.

I was interested in the doomsday graph that showed temperature changes compared to the 1861-1900 mean. Apart from the fact that average temperatures mean absolutely nothing, (read the paper by Christopher Essex), and have been demonstrated to be constructed from very sparse data, (see work by John McLean), I thought I would see how long temperature records have been kept, particularly in the period used as the baseline for all the drama.

The table below shows a sample of locations around the country and the date that data collection began. It is not exhaustive but interesting nonetheless.

[Editor, I cant line up the columns. The order of columns is:]
Records start
Years to 1900
1861 to 1900
% of time

Location Records start Years to 1900 1861 to 1900 % of time

Melbourne 1855 45 40 113%
Sydney 1860 40 40 100%
Hobart 1880 20 40 50%
Adelaide 1888 12 40 30%
Brisbane 1890 10 40 25%
Cairns 1890 10 40 25%
Total 132 240 55%
Broome 1900
Darwin 1940
Alice Springs 1940
Townsville 1940
Oodnadatta 1940
Perth 1945
Coober Pedy 1965

5 capital cities and Cairns all have some data in the period 1861 to 1900 but it is not continuous except for Melbourne and Sydney. The rest have percentages ranging from 50 to 25 of the period.

When the data years are compared with the actual years the percentage of time with data is about 55%, but mostly concentrated in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Hobart with a smattering from Brisbane and cairns.

It is also interesting to note that places like Darwin, Alice Springs, Perth and some regional places have no records until 1940 and later.

Anyone who has travelled a bit knows that the climate in Darwin is very different to that in Hobart so to believe that there can be an Australian climate requires a bit of gullibility and anyone proclaiming that it is so is kidding us.

...

08:03

NEW MUSIC: James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band Quoting Sagan "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Heres a great new (to us) voice the six-piece James Edwyn & The Borrowed Band. Elements of folk rock, soul and country collide in this song that tumbles into a fine chorus before drifting back out into more reflective verses and shades of The Felice Brothers. The Glaswegian band released their second album High Continue reading

07:41

NEW MUSIC: Idle Joy  Lets Just Go Surf "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Idle Joy from San Francisco recently released this gem of a loose and ramshackle song that has one foot in the country and one on the beach. Lets Just Go Surf will charm itself into your short term memory with jangling guitars, a loping rhythm section and lazy, catchy vocal melodies. It reminds us of Continue reading

06:09

Maranguka Justice Reinvestment is hiring: Communications, Community Engagement and Data Support Officer "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Communications, Community Engagement and Data Support Officer

Location: Bourke

12 Month Contract

PRIMARY OBJECTIVE

The Communications, Community Engagement and Data Support Officer (Maranguka Justice Reinvestment) works as part of a multi-disciplinary team to provide communications and community engagement support to the Project. This role works on a variety of diverse projects as they arise to support a better understanding of Maranguka amongst community members, services and other stakeholders. The role will also provide data support to the Project.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Community Engagement

  • Manage the planning and implementation of the community engagement strategy
  • Work with stakeholders and community to create strong, trusted relationships
  • Ensure that the community is part of the decision-making process under the overarching strategy of Growing Our Kids Up Safe Smart and Strong (see Organisational Environment below)
  • Maintain regular contact with community and Bourke Tribal Council members, Journey to Healing Womens Group, Men of Bourke and the Maranguka Youth Advisory Council.

Communications

  • Manage the planning and implementation of the communications strategy
  • Develop and maintain post digital content (social media and website)
  • Create communications support materials

Data Support

  • As part of this role, a data support will be offered. This will involve working with the Community Data

Essential Criteria

  • Knowledge and appreciation of the cultural and social needs of Aboriginal people combined with continuing respect and support for Aboriginal cultural practices in dealing with clients, their families, communities and staff
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software Excel, Word and Powerpoint
  • Flexible and able to work effectively under pressure- demonstrated ability to manage varied and conflicting demands to agreed standards and timelines
  • High level interpersonal, written and communication skills
  • Experience with website building and updating
  • Experience planning and implementing community engagement strategies
  • Work with stakeholders and community to create strong, trusted relationships
  • The ability to respond to a changing environment and working in a small team including external consultants and part time st...

06:08

Maranguka Justice Reinvestment is hiring: Operations Director "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Operations Director

Location: Bourke

12 Month Contract

PRIMARY OBJECTIVE

The Operations Director is responsible for delivering the outcomes identified through the Growing our Kids up Safe, Smart and Strong strategy developed by the Bourke Tribal Council through the management of the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment team (backbone team) and the development of Maranguka to build a wrap around service support to improve the lives of children, young people and families living in Bourke.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Supporting the Executive Director
  • Management of the Maranguka Backbone Team
  • Ensure effective collaboration between services located in the Maranguka Hub
  • Relationship Management
  • Change Management
  • Reporting on Strategy

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED

  • Excellent people management skills
  • Relationship building and consultative skills with the ability to negotiate and liaise with senior people in corporate, government and community sectors
  • Strong analytical, planning and strategic problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated financial management skills including budget preparation, management and reporting
  • Flexible and able to work effectively under pressure
  • High level interpersonal, written and communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office software Excel, Word, Powerpoint and Mail in a Mac based work environment.
  • Dynamic; self managed; productive; deadline driven.
  • Strong content knowledge in the areas of organisational development and progressive HR practices

For enquiries and copy of application package please contact Ms Nicole Mekler

P 0412 483 170   E nicole@justreinvest.org.au

See full job description here: Operations Director, Maranguka Justice Reinvestment 2019

Please forward a covering letter, CV with responses to selection criteria

Closing date: Monday, 21 January 2019

We encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to apply

 

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03:37

Psychedelic Drugs May Reduce Criminal Tendencies "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

A study by the University of British Columbia (UBC) has found that the use of psychedelic substances such as psilocybin (magic mushrooms), LSD and mescaline are associated with a decreased likelihood of antisocial criminal behaviour. [These results] certainly highlight the need for further research into the potentially beneficial effects of these stigmatized substances for both

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03:34

JRNSW Youth Ambassador Learning Trip to Bourke "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

During the weekend of 8th to 9th September, JRNSW Youth Ambassadors Trei Stewart, Beau Foster, Kobie Duncan and Mi-Kaisha Masella, along with Champion Teela Reid travelled from Sydney to Bourke on a learning trip to speak directly to Bourke community members about Maranguka Justice Reinvestment.

To ensure the voices of young people are central in calls for justice reinvestment, Just Reinvest NSW appointed Youth Ambassadors who have represented Just Reinvest NSW at various events and advocated for justice reinvestment across multiple platforms. Current Just Reinvest NSW Youth Ambassadors are based in Sydney and are from the Gamilaroi, Yuin, Wiradjuri, Wailwan, Dharumbal and many other nations.

The Just Reinvest NSW Youth Ambassadors travelled to Bourke, to learn as much as possible from the Bourke community and its young people.

During their time in Bourke, the Youth Ambassadors met with members of the Maranguka team: Alistair Ferguson, Executive Director and Vivianne Prince, Backbone Coordinator, to gain a deeper understanding of Maranguka Justice Reinvestment. They attended the PCYC and played touch football, soccer, and basketball with young people. They met with the Local Area Commander Greg Moore, and heard about a different approach to policing. The Youth Ambassadors also met with Aunty Dot Martin and learned about the history of Bourke, visited the red dust around Mt Gundabooka, and cuddled WIRES rescued kangaroos.

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Hearing directly from Bourke community members about the community-led work taking place in Bourke inspired them to continue to advocate for justice reinvestment and to share what they had learned with their own communities.

Prior to the trip the Youth Ambassadors did advocacy workshops with Teela Reid and Mark Riboldi (CLCNSW) around their...

03:24

2018 Yearbook: FBi Radios Most Played Artists "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

50% Australian music, half of that from Sydney. Thats FBi Radios promise. In 2018 we kept that promise and then some.

This year, 66 of our top 100 artists are from Australia; 43 are from Sydney. Six of the top ten acts are from Sydney and 5 of the top ten are led by a woman. Make sure to check out our top 100 songs too. Where did youre faves land this year?

  1. Unknown Mortal Orchestra (int)
  2. Odette (syd)
  3. Wallace (syd)
  4. Camp Cope (aus)
  5. Slim Set (syd)
  6. B Wise (syd)
  7. Retiree (syd)
  8. Courtney Barnett (aus)
  9. Big White (syd)
  10. Mahalia (int)
  11. Kali Uchis (int)
  12. Mildlife (aus)
  13. No Mono (aus)
  14. Bored Shorts (syd)
  15. Mike Akox (syd)
  16. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever (aus)
  17. Tropical Fuck Storm (aus)
  18. Empress Of (int)
  19. Soccer Mom...

03:21

2018 Yearbook: FBi Radios Most Played Songs "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Here we go yo, its FBi Radios 100 most played tracks of 2018!

As with our Most Played Artists of 2018, were proud to say that this list goes well beyond our promise to deliver 50% Australian music, with half of that from Sydney.

Out of the top 100, a massive 72 tracks are from Australian artists, and 61 of those tracks are from Sydney including a whopping 19 of the top 20! Check out the list below, listen along and revel in the magic that was 2018 on FBi Radio.

 

The List

  1. Slim Set Cooked (syd)
  2. Slim Set Lazy (syd)
  3. Otis Thomas Gina (syd)
  4. Wallace Neverland (syd)
  5. Odette Collide (syd)
  6. Mike Akox Love Me (syd)
  7. Channel Tres Controller (int)
  8. Milan Ring Drifting (syd)
  9. Freesouls Voodoo Child (syd)
  10. Rita B Work (syd)
  11. Concrete Lawn Come Bury Me (syd)
  12. Ultracrush Swimming (syd)
  13. DIN Warm Up (syd)
  14. Odette Take It To The Heart (syd)
  15. Neighbours Bubble (syd)
  16. Wallace Pantone Home (syd)
    ...

01:39

Criminal charges to be laid over Sydney baby deaths "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Five people and two companies will face criminal charges over the deaths of two babies who were given nitrous oxide instead of oxygen at Bankstown-Lidcombe hospital. Safe Work NSW intends to criminally prosecute South West Local Health District, as well gas installer Christopher Turner and his employer, medical supply company BOC, which supplied the gas

The post Criminal charges to be laid over Sydney baby deaths appeared first on Sydney Criminal Lawyers.

00:50

Thank Folk Its Friday 21st December "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was We picked our top 25 albums and EPs of 2018 including releases from Courtney Marie Andrews, Emma Davis, First Aid Kit, Gregory Alan Isakov, Im With Her, Imogen Clark, Iron & Wine, Jack Carty & Gus Gardiner, John Flanagan Trio, Johnny Flynn []

00:39

Population growth remains strong (but internal trends shift) "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

Population growth still strong

The June quarter tends to be a quiet one for population increase, but over the course of FY2018 estimated population growth remained strong at 391,000 or +1.6 per cent, despite a moderate slowing of visa processing and net overseas migration.

Total births increased by 7,000 over the 2018 financial year, mainly due to a jump in New South Wales, although there have been processing lags and blips before.

In time this will set Australia up for its next property cycle as apartment construction slows dramatically over the next few years, but at the moment it's all about mortgage processing delays and mechanical minutiae.


New migrants from overseas are now dominated by young arrivals from China (83,000 in FY2018), India (67,000), and other Asian countries, and less so by permanent migrants from New Zealand, Britain, or other parts of Europe.  

Of the 553,000 migrant arrivals in FY2018? Overwhelmingly they still headed for Greater Sydney (179,000), Melbourne (151,000), Brisbane (56,000), and Perth (48,000) respectively, with other parts of south-east Queensland capturing a fair chunk of the remainder.

The bulk of new migrants lie within the 18 to 34 years cohort, and some 85.4 per cent now opt to reside in the capital cities, and especially so Sydney (32.4 per cent) and Melbourne (27.3 per cent).

Internal shiftology

There have, however, been some internal migration shifts over FY2018. 

Interstate migration to Queensland increased to the highest level in a dozen years as incumbent Aussie residents moved away from the crowded capitals for the more affordable Sunshine State.

I'm hiding in that maroon line myself somewhere, albeit at the nadir of the cycle some years back. 

And while...

Thursday, 20 December

21:31

Toko H20 ~ Indonesian Grocery Store - Sydney CBD "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

If there's an award for the one supermarket we've frequented the most this year, the gong has to go to Toko H2O. This Indonesian shop has sustained us with snacks, emergency groceries and quick dinners and lunches all year. Toko H20 is a mix of convenience store, grocery supplies, travel agent and phone sales office. It's a hub for Indonesians in Sydney for business and food essentials.

12:24

Man arrested at Bulli for car-jacking "IndyWatch Feed Sydney"

police car

A MAN has been arrested at Bulli and charged with multiple offences following an alleged carjacking at Keiraville earlier this month.

A 21-year-old man parked his Volkswagen Golf on Robsons Road, Keiraville about 9.40am on Tuesday December 11, before he was approached by an unknown man from a nearby parked Toyota Aurion.

The 21-year-old man was allegedly struck three times with an electronic controlled device, before the man took his car keys.

The unknown man drove from the scene in the Volkswagen Golf, which was followed by the Toyota Aurion being driven by a woman.

Following inquiries, about 9.15am yesterday (Wednesday), a 20-year-old man was arrested at Bulli and a 34-year-old woman was arrested by Lake Illawarra Police District officers.

They were both taken to Wollongong Police Station.

The man was charged with armed robbery, steal motor vehicle, and other offences allegedly committed in the Wollongong and Illawarra regions, including assault occasioning actual bodily harm, larceny, and fraud.

The woman was charged with robbery in company, steal motor vehicle, fraud, and larceny.

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