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Monday, 21 January

16:39

Gutless Greens MP wants honesty in drug debate - won't be honest about her own usage. "IndyWatch Feed National"

I don't see how Ms Faehrmann can continue in her job as a NSW Legislator after so stridently and publicly admitting to breaking the law - without saying when and where she did it. Her attempt to avoid the specific questions do her no credit - she comes across as...

15:25

Massive Darling River Fish Kill Caused By Mismanagement, Not Drought Claims Report "IndyWatch Feed National"

The unprecedented Baaka/Darling River fish kill which claimed more than one million fish earlier this month including countless giant Murray Cod estimated to be decades old was caused by mismanagement of the Menindee Lakes system, with drought playing only a minor part, according to one of the nations top research think-tanks.

On January 7, the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) confirmed more than a million fish had died in a small stretch of the Lower Darling region, around the Menindee Lakes system. DPI blamed the ongoing drought, and a cold snap which killed toxic blue-green algae. DPI says a massive bacterial bloom feeding on the algae caused oxygen levels in the water to drop, leading to the fish kill.

But according to a report produced by The Australian Institute a Canberra-based research organisation the fish kill simply came down to poor water management by the NSW Government, with the lakes system drained twice in recent years, while inflows to the system were inadequate.

 

Key findings of the report

Maryanne Slattery, a Senior Water Researcher at The Australia Institute (TAI) argues that the Menindee Lakes were drained in 2016-17 at a time when downstream areas did not need water.

South Australia was experiencing flooding and all Murray irrigation demand was met, The TAI writes.

The Lakes were drained by the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA), which is directed by the state governments.

The water level in the Lakes is not being replenished by regular smaller flows. While large floods still reach Menindee, regular small-medium flows have decreased dramatically.

A graph included in the report reveals that the Menindee Lakes system has only been emptied twice in recent decades once in 2003, at the height of the Millennium drought, and then again in 2013-14, after the formation of the Murray Darling Basin Authority, which was formed to better manage water flows.

Ms Slattery said that her research revealed irrigation development in the north of the Murray Darling basin which stretches as far as central Queensland played a key role in reducing these smaller, regular flows, along with drought and climate change.

It is clear what has caused the Darling River fish kill mismanagement and repeated policy failure, Ms Slattery said in a written statement.

To blame the fish kill...

15:07

Health Benefits of Going On-Country Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog

https://www.lowitja.org.au/lowitja-publishing/L061?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=eBulletin%2021%20January%202019&utm_content=eBulletin%2021%20January%202019+CID_662a276e084b6106431488e304b71fc6&utm_source=Campaign%20Monitor&utm_term=Healing%20Benefits%20cover

 

Going On-Country is expected to have many benefits for the physical, social, emotional and cultural wellbeing of Aboriginal people living in remote areas. Whilst there is evidence that Caring for Country programs can improve Aboriginal health, there has been little consideration for the potential benefits of self-initiated activities when On-Country. This research was therefore aimed at finding out if self-initiated On-Country activities are an important source of health benefit for the Anindilyakwa people of Groote Eylandt.

 

Whilst there are several barriers to going On-Country, the study suggests it is an important source for improving health. In particular, the evidence shows that collecting traditional foods is a culturally inclusive activity that is self-initiated and commonly performed On-Country, which in turn can have several health benefits.

 

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14:44

the final year of primary school Practising Simplicity

This year I send Che, my firstborn, into his final year of Primary School. Im in total dismay that all those years have passed by.

I vividly remember the lead up to his first day; I would get teary every time we drove past the school gate. I was comforted by the fact that he was ready eager to learn and make new friends but my mother grief was strong.

The first week was a whirlwind of tears (mine, not his), school notes, exhaustion and new faces. The anticipation had subsided and was promptly replaced with the stark reality of the school routine; an unrelenting and tiring one that would take me months to get used to.

In retrospect I was grieving the loss of those languid, spontaneous pre-school days and simultaneously attempting to accept that this was our new normal; for me and for every sibling after him.

I felt like his first five years went fast but the years that have followed have been a wild, speedy ride. How on earth were here, on the other end of Primary School, baffles me. But weve both learnt a lot and as a parent I have much more faith in the public school system than I did back then. A few things Ive gleaned along the way:

  • Building a rapport with your childs teacher is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. Keeping the line of communication open builds a respectful relationship and fostering it throughout the year ensures that any issues that arise can be dealt with quickly and, hopefully, effectively. That said, there will be some teachers that you, or your child, may not get along with and in these instances Ive always reminded myself that this is real life; were not all going to get along but we can be kind.
  • Do whats sustainable for your whole family. Kindergarten, especially, requires a lot of parents physically and emotionally. We want to ease our children into each new stage of school hence we feel like we need to volunteer and be present at every single event. Truth is, you dont. And in most cases, you cant. Because if youre working and/or juggling younger children, its incredibly difficult to volunteer amidst the babys nap, work calls and day-to-day errands. Do what you can and only whats best for the whole family.
    Class/grade Facebook groups are a fabulous resource for parents to keep up to date with school reminders and events. Theyre also a giant comfort for those of us that think were the only ones forgetting important information, because you can guarantee that at least once a week someone is asking: Is it sports uniform tomorrow? Did anyone get the note about the fundraiser? What constitutes crazy hair? and my personal favourite: So what exactly IS the homework this week?

Most importantly Id tell you to scrap the homework for an afternoon at the beach, recognise the value and importance of mental health days, make use of the second-hand uniform stall, have the occasional (or reg...

14:26

Australia bakes as record temperatures nudge 50C "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Its like hell here: Australia bakes as record temperatures nudge 50C , Fears rise for homeless and vulnerable people as communities brace for another week of relentless hot weather , Guardian, Naaman Zhou,  @naamanzhou, Sun 20 Jan 2019
It was 48.9C last Tuesday in Port Augusta, South Australia, an old harbour city that now harvests solar power. Michelle Coles, the owner of the local cinema, took off her shoes at night to test the concrete before letting the dogs out. People tend to stay at home, she said. They dont walk around when its like this.Its easy to see why: in the middle of the day it takes seconds to blister a dogs paw or childs foot. In Mildura, in northern Victoria, last week gardeners burned their hands when they picked up their tools, which had been left in the sun at 46C. Fish were ...

14:23

Australia faces new normal of year-round bushfires "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Australia faces new normal of year-round bushfires ,Greg Mullins, Daily Telegraph

Extreme bushfire conditions in Australia are becoming worse, fires are burning in areas that should never burn at times when there should not be fire, former Fire and Rescue NSW commissioner Greg Mullins says to describe our now unpredictable fire seasons.. (subscribers only)

12:15

One Year On Save UNE Habitat Trees! Sustainable Living Armidale

[ Thursday, 24 Jan; 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. ] Commemorate the first anniversary of the Save UNE Habitat Trees campaign achieving the temporary stopping of the chopping. Please bring your friends and join us for a picnic lunch near one of these rare, precious and beautiful trees still standing - one that is still designated for destruction! Thursday 1-2pm 24th January Manna Gum, near Mary White College [...] full article 

12:00

What a Waste: The Challenge of Food Loss & Waste Sustainable Living Armidale

[ Wednesday, 6 Feb; 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. ] A global town hall meeting to advance, demonstrate, network and act Lunch & refreshments provided Wednesday 6 February 2019, 8am-4pm, Armidale Town Hall Goals Advance measurement of food loss and food waste, so what gets measured can be managed Demonstrate current project success Network to share expertise and technology for local, national and global impact Act by identifying projects for [...] full article 

08:36

The crisis of the Murray-Darling river system must be properly addressed "IndyWatch Feed National"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

The sudden appearance of a mountain of blue green algae poisoned dead fish at Menindee in the north west New South Wales part of the Darling, has brought to public attention yet again, the fact that Australias biggest water system is very sick.

Video from 7 News Sydney

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Dead fish in the Darling River at Menindee

Menindee: "It's not drought, unfortunately it is man-made. And I think someone needs to stand up and take accountability for what's happened. We've spoken to a lot of locals already today, and we've seen them crying" Tolarno Station farmer Kate McBride. "The Menindee lakes is like a nursery for these fishthey stock the Murray (River) as well." Tonight on 7 News at 6pm, the NSW Minister for Regional Water Niall Blair MLC speaks to us after his tour of the Darling River. www.7plus.com.au/news #Menindee #DarlingRiver #7News

Posted by 7 News Sydney on Tuesday, January 8, 2019

This is not a new problem. We have known for years, that way too much water is being  pumped out. The problem has been continuous mismanagement. There have been other warnings, like the previous blue-green algae blooms and the drying up of the mouth near Adelaide in South Australia.

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Sunday, 20 January

22:06

Sapphire Wind Farm Community Investment NOW OPEN! Sustainable Living Armidale

CWP Renewables and Partners Group (a global private markets investment management firm which is also the majority equity investor in the Sapphire Wind Farm) seek to share the benefits of what is now a wind, solar (more details below) and battery project with the local communities which hosts the project. CWP and Partners Group are pleased [...] full article 

22:00

Grounded Gathering 2019 at Deepwater "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

[ Monday, 18 Mar to Sunday, 24 Mar. ] Grounded Gathering is back for it's 4th edition. This time we will gather in Ngarabal country, just outside of Deepwater (NSW). Our annual Gathering is split in to two parts. The first is a five-day, hands-on, workshop program for a small group of participants (we call them 'sprouts') ready to invest in their future through practical [...] full article 

21:51

Vickery hearing postponed due to unprecedented community interest Sustainable Living Armidale

The Independent Planning Commission has postponed a preliminary hearing on a coal mine project in the states northwest due to unprecedented community interest. A last-minute surge in registrations has resulted in a record number of speakers for the preliminary stage of the multi-stage public hearing. Eighty-three people had been registered by the Commission to have their say [...] full article 

15:03

New Zealand Assemblies of God was run by three pedophiles for forty years- Frank Houston then Jim Williams then Wayne Hughes "IndyWatch Feed National"

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

 

The fruits of Frank, Brian and Joel Houston, the leaders of the three generations of the extremely corrupt Hillsong Pentecostal dynasty based in Sydney, Australia are the heretical Prosperity Gospel, pedophilia, cover-ups of pedophilia, serial adultery, acceptance of homosexuality and unrepentant homosexuals in their midst, rampant deceptions and financial pillaging of the Blessed Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, through out Australian, New Zealand and all other the world, where they have established churches in prominent cities.

These locations include London, New York City and Los Angeles, where many celebrities and unrepentant gays attend their churches.

 

10:44

January 20 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"


1803 - Seems Charlie Grimes popped into Port Phillip (which wasn't Port Phillip at the time but probably labouring under its own moniker now long lost in the mists of time), cast his pithy baby blues over the Mornington Peninsula and declared, "I am soooo not redecorating this place!" before tattling to Gov King how he just didn't do sandy soil for settlements.
The lack of fresh water may have had some bearing on it, too.
Best not let on to the swarms of tourists and residents of the Mornington Peninsula that its unsuitable for settlement!

1803 - Louis Freycinet, in his ship Casuarina, sailing up the larger of South Australia's two gulfs, was in the vicinity of what is now called Moonta Bay.

1841 - Jorgen Jorgensen, The Convict King and claimant to the throne of Denmark and Iceland, popped his clogs, as all men do, in Hobart.

1842 - Tunnerminnerwait was Hanged at Melbourne for the murder of two whalers at Cape Paterson.
1842 - Maulboyheenner was Hanged at Melbourne for the murder of two whalers at Cape Paterson.
Tunnerminnerwait and Maulboyheenner were the first people to be hanged by the Government in the District of Port Phillip and were buried in an unmarked grave on the site of the now Queen Victoria Market, where there have been numerous reports of sightings of their ghosts.

1849 - The good ship...no,not Lollipop but Fortitude parked in Lower Level 2 space 3a at Morton Bay QLD with its cargo of 245 immigrants from Britain for Rev John Dunmore Lang's Cooksland cotton growing scheme. Its temporary headquarters were set up at Fortitude Valley, named after the ship which brought them there.

1854 - Fire destroyed a city block in Hobart, Tas.

1858 - The Wesleyan Chapel in Lydiard St , Ballarat, opened for business.

1863 - James Whyte replaced T.D. Champman as Premier of Tasmania.


1869 - Frederick Alexander, inventor of the Alexander Technique which takes too long to explain here in 25 words or less, was hatched in Tassie.

1880 - Andrew George Scott, better known as bushranger Captain Moonlite, was hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol.

1880 - Thomas Rogan (Bushranger) A member of the Moonlite Gang, was hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol for the murder of Constable Webb-Bowen at Wantabadgery.

1881 - Bushfires caused extensive damage to properties at Rookwood and Lidcombe in suburban Sydney.

1891 - Western Australia's first parliament opened under responsible government.

1898 - Patrick Durack, one of the Kings in Grass Castles, passed into the great beyond at Freo, Western Australia.

1898 - They had a proper knees up, Mother Brown at the Melbour...

07:58

Holidaying Sunny Corner Farm

I have been off on a too short weekend trip to Sydney. That was last weekend and I am just catching up here now. Holiday mode and a heat wave are my reasons for not checking in sooner. Tim went back to work today after a month of leave and Hope will be back at school at the end of the month. Then it is back to routine. School has been a backbone of my routine since 1999 so it will be strange next year not to have that as Hope finishes school in October and she is my baby.

Darling Harbour

Anyway, onto the holiday. We had some great family time. Visiting with our son and his love. Got to see their new flat all decked out how they want it. Last time we saw it, it was a work site. Looks good now.

Had a wonderful evening with my sister, brother in law and my two nephews. They visited us last month so our turn this time. Darling Harbour was the backdrop and it didn't disappoint. I would rather it was less crowded but with the draw of fireworks, everyone wants to be there.

Forster


It had been too long since I had been to the beach so I booked an overnight stopover at Forster for...

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Saturday, 19 January

22:52

Australian High Court to hear allegations of paedophile and bribe taking NSW Supreme Court judges "IndyWatch Feed National"

On Friday (18/1/19) I filed a Special Leave to Appeal application with the High Court of Australia which re-agitates unchallenged allegations of paedophile and bribe taking judges in NSW. They are allegations that numerous judges of the NSW Supreme Court worked to have suppressed for over 18 months and even while I was in jail []

17:00

The Weekend Quiz January 19-20, 2019 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

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:

If economy-wide average nominal wages fail to keep pace with the inflation rate then it means the profit share in GDP is rising.

The answer is False.

We also have to consider productivity movements.

The wage share in nominal GDP is expressed as the total wage bill as a percentage of nominal GDP. Economists differentiate between nominal GDP ($GDP), which is total output produced at market prices and real GDP (GDP), which is the actual physical equivalent of the nominal GDP. We will come back to that distinction soon.

To compute the wage share we need to consider total labour costs in production and the flow of production ($GDP) each period.

Employment (L) is a stock and is measured in persons (averaged over some period like a month or a quarter or a year.

The wage bill is a flow and is the product of total employment (L) and the average nominal wage (w) prevailing at any point in time. Stocks (L) become flows if it is multiplied by a flow variable (W). So the wage bill is the total labour costs in production per period.

So the wage bill = W.L

The wage share is just the total labour costs expressed as a proportion of $GDP (W.L)/$GDP in nominal terms, usually expressed as a percentage. We can actually break this down further.

Labour productivity (LP) is the units of real GDP per person employed per period. Using the symbols already defined this can be written as:

LP = GDP/L

so it tells us what real output (GDP) each labour unit that is added to production produces on average.

We can also define another term that is regularly used in the media the real wage which is the purchasing power equivalent on the nominal wage that workers get paid each period. To compute the real wage we need to consider two variables: (a) the nominal wage (W) and the aggregate price level (P).

We might consider the aggregate price level to be measured by the consumer price index (CPI) although there are huge debates about that.

Now the nominal wage (W) that is paid by employers to workers is determined in the labour market ...

16:47

Climate change, Fish Die-offs, algal blooms, drought and water mismanagement in the Murray Darling Basin "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Rob McBride and Menindee resident, Dick Arnold stand in the Darling river, holding Murray cod that have lived through decades of droughts and floods, but could not survive this human-made disaster. Image: Kate McBride NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair revealed the latest fish die-off has occurred at Lake Hume on the NSW-Victorian border. The numbers of dead fish are much smaller than at

10:08

January 19 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"


1790 - The Second Fleet decided to play follow the leader with The First Fleet and, dragging 1,006 convicts along for the ride, set off on a Sunday sail from England.


1800 - John Washington Price, recently arrived on the ship Minerva, observes that Pummil-woy (who frequents Sidney & Paramatta) is known to say that no gun or pistol can kill him He has now lodged in him, in shot, sluggs [sic] and bullets about eight or ten ounces of lead, it is supposed he has killed over 30 of our people, but it is doubtful on which side the provocation was given.


1835 - The "last remaining" Tassie Aborigines were rounded up and put onto Flinders Island.
Apparently all those others in Tassie were figments of our imaginations.


1846 - Charles Sturt's 18 month expedition to open up inland Australia came to a crashing halt (coz the Simpson Desert and a severe drought just wouldn't play ball), so he took his bat and ball home to Adelaide.


1850 - Australian Philosophical Society (late the Royal Society of NSW) was formed in Sydney.


1863 - The Main Western Railway Line (NSW) was flung open for business from Kingswood to Penrith.


1869 - Ida Stanley, the first female school teacher in Alice Springs who was loved by both Europeans and Aborigines, was born.


1873 - Henry Burrell, known as The Platypus Man for his extensive research and study of our shy monotreme, was hatched.


1877 - Hmph! They didn't ask my permission...Construction began on the great hall and vestibule in the Victorian Parliament, costing 37,500 pounds.


1877 - Robert Kaleski, bushman and dog breeder who drew up the breeding standards for the Blue Heeler, Kelpie and other Aussie breeds, was pupped.


1886 - Australian wharf workers went back to work after an 18-day strike over wages.


1887 - Dust off your travelling rug and pick up your gloves Aunt Mildred...Victoria and South Australia were finally joined by rail when they finished their tea break and completed a section of track from Dimboola to Seviceton.


1887 - The railway line from North Creswick to Rocky Lead (Vic) opened.


1897 - The Sunday Times was first published in Perth, WA


1900 - Sydney excitedly discovered its very first case of the plague; in the following 8 months 103 people were carried off this mortal coil from the disease.


1906 - William Kidston became the Premier of Queensland.


1907 A tropical cyclone hit Cooktown, Queensland, killing six.


1925 - The Molong -Dubbo Railway...

07:00

Navigating My Mori Identity: Its More Than Skin Deep "IndyWatch Feed National"

You know when youre a kid and someone says to you, I bet I can beat you to that tree! so you break into a sprint and run like your life depends on it, just to prove them wrong?  My sprint towards proving my identity started well before I could tie my shoelaces.

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Look at us, a bunch of white girls living in Bali, laughed the woman with her legs in the pool next to me. It was my first day of a month-long writing retreat on the Indonesian island, and a group of us were sitting around getting to know each other.

It took me a moment to realise that, yes, to her I did sit in that category of white girl.

I plunged in to a self-reflective state. Why did I feel so irked by this comment? Something in the pit of my stomach began to churn.

It was a harmless enough thing to say, but when someone calls me white it reminds me of how I spent the better half of my life trying to prove Im not.

What is a white girl anyway? Someone who is Caucasian? Of European descent? Someone who lives by western standards? I dont know the answer, but these are questions I ask myself all the time.

My family and I are New Zealanders. My dad is Mori, and my mum is of European heritage. I was raised in a khanga reo, which is a preschool held in a Marae (traditional house); I was taught Te Reo Mori (Mori language) from the age of three. I then went to kura kaupapa, a full-immersion Mori school, where we spoke Mori all day.  I learned maths in Mori, to read and write in Mori, all our sports were done in Mori you get the gist, I was raised in Mori culture. As far as I knew, I was as Mori as they get. Whats weird is that I never felt I belonged to it.

I got my mothers genes. My skin is pale. My brothers got my dads genes, and people are always so quick to point out the difference. Finding my place in primary school was pretty shit. I was constantly bullied for being white. Kids used to say to me, Go to a normal school, this place isnt for you your people stole our land! At the age of seven I didnt understand. How could my people, steal your land? Arent we of the same people?

From here, I was hell-bent on proving people wrong. At 13, I started high school and sat all three of my Mori exams in just two years something most people take three years to achieve and dont start until the age of 15.

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Friday, 18 January

17:07

Solution to ABC budget cuts "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Here is an idea for how the ABC might deal with the inevitable round of cuts next Budget.

Clever bureaucrats when faced with funding cuts go for the jugular. They attack some popular vote-sensitive function and announce it will be cut. The backlash often results in a funding rethink.

The ABC has lost $330 million in annual funding in the eight years to 2018, about a third of its 2010 budget.

In 2017-18 it was down to $865 million or just 9.5 cents per person per day, down from 19 cents a day in 1987.

If you convert the figures to 1987 dollars you get the famous 8 cents a day of the 1987 campaign compared to 4 cents a day (in 1987 dollar terms) today.

In short, the ABC has lost half its funding over the past 30 years. Small wonder it is full of cheap panel and cooking shows and overseas drama series.

Nonetheless, it does a pretty good job.

As my mother said to me years ago in her nursing home communal lounge where the TV was locked permanently on to a commercial channel: Crispin, can you imagine life without the ABC!

Most of the funding cuts were accommodated through efficiencies, but now all fat, duplication and waste is gone. Any more cuts will have to go to core production.

So here is the big idea. Instead of salami slicing and hurting every area of ABC endeavour, why not go for the jugular. The ABC should announce that it is ending all coverage of sport.

The savings would go to meeting the cut first and any left over go to Australian drama and documentaries. SBS should do the same.

The screams from the politicians, particularly the Coalition ones, would be loud indeed. But the ABC could quite reasonably argue that conservative commentators have long called for the ABC not to replicate what the commercials can do. 

Of course, that commentary has been directed at news and current affairs, but the fact is the commercials do not do news and current affairs the way the ABC and SBS do concentrating on news of consequence; investigating matters of public importance and exposing malfeasance.

However, the ABC sports coverage is little different from the commercial coverage. Further, sport is a spectacle and a result. Bias and error are rare and quickly correctable, unlike political coverage.

Further, there is little of public importance in sport. It does not matter one whit whether NSW or Queensland wins the State of Origin or whether Australia o...

17:00

WHEN GOOD SAMARITANS GO WRONG! How two idiots unwittingly led to police brutally manhandling Sydney icon Danny Lim "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: A woman who mocks the poor and thought the elderly man near the escalators was in the way, so called the police. A middle-aged man who works for a global management consulting firm and self-identifies as "politically incorrect" but nevertheless believed there was a "crazy Asian guy" nearby, and so he wrote about it to police over social media.

17:00

The Weekend Quiz January 19-20, 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

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. If economy-wide average nominal wages fail to keep pace with the inflation rate then it means the owners of capital are enjoying an increasing share in GDP.



2. Assume that a nation is continuously running an external deficit of 2 per cent of GDP. In this economy, if the private domestic sector successfully saves overall, we would always find:




3. Assume that the inflation and nominal interest rates both zero and constant. Consider a country with a public debt to GDP ratio of 100 per cent, which the mainstream economists consider to be dangerously high. The mainstream prescription is to run primary fiscal surpluses to stabilise and then reduce the debt ratio. Under the circumstances given, this stra...

13:58

Singing helps brain injury sufferers with aphasia learn to speak again Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog

A Queensland choir is using music therapy to unlock language problems and in turn, help sufferers learn to speak again after a brain injury.A person with Aphasia loses the ability to speak following a brain injury like a stroke, but the music therapy bypasses the injured brain cells using rhythm and memory to prompt the words.

Band manager Peter Stuart has mild aphasia and said it sometimes feels like the word he wants to say is on "the tip of his tongue" but he just cannot get it out.

Read more at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-01-18/singing-helps-brain-injury-sufferers/10723084

13:52

Been there before: Mental Health peer workers make recovery their Mission Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog

The seven new workers are part of a new Mission Australia program to help alleviate the stigma and trauma from mental illness at Bloomfield by having people who have lived experience  either themselves or from close family members  dealing and coping with mental health.

Read more at: https://www.centralwesterndaily.com.au/story/5856344/been-there-before-mental-health-peer-workers-make-recovery-their-mission/?cs=103

13:35

January 18 On This Day in Australian Histor "IndyWatch Feed National"


1788 - The first English settlers arrived in Australia's Botany Bay to establish a penal colony. They found the location unsuitable and Capt. Arthur Philip moved on to Sydney Cove. England sent the first sheep along with convicts to Australia.
Yep, somewhere between today and the 20th them wot wasn't invited rocked up and crashed the party.
NOT on the 'precious' 26th.

1794 - Members of the NSW Corps rioted on Norfolk Island following a play held for the Queen's Birthday.

1815 - A residential school for Aboriginal children was opened at Parramatta with six boys
and six girls.

1816 - The ship Fanny arrived at Port Jackson with 171 convicts and news of the Battle of Waterloo.

1818 - The Great Western Road between Parramatta and Emu Ford (Plains) opened.

1825 - Hume and Hovell returned from their successful exploration overland to Port Phillip.

1830 - James, James, Morrison, Morrison commonly known as Jim...er, James Knight got hitched to 'is swee'heart called May Smith, going down in Oz History as the first married Europeans in the Colony of Westralia.
Aww, bless.
With or without the golden gown at the other end of the town.

1849 - Australia's first Prime Minister, Edmund Barton, was dropped off by the stork in Glebe, Sydney.


1851 - The Union Bank of Australia opened in Lyttelton, NZ.

1863 -The Sydney to Parramatta railway extended to Penrith.

1878 - Get your backs into it boys! The Ghan Railway construction was begun.

1883 - William Burns was Hanged at Adelaide Gaol for the murder of Henry Loton at sea.

1901 - Jimmy Governor was Hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol for the murder of Helen Josephine Kerz at Breelong, on 20 July 1900. In the same incident he and Jackie Underwood also killed Mrs. Sarah Mawbey, Grace Mawbey, Percival Mawbey and Hilda Mawbey. Jimmy and his brother Joe also killed Alexander McKay near Ulan on 23 July, Elizabeth O'Brien and her baby son at Poggie, near Merriwa, on 24 July, and Keiran Fitzpatrick near Wollar, on 26 July.

1911 - A worldwide competition to design the national capital was announced.

1933 - The Aussie Cricket Board of Control was feeling slightly out of spin when they cabled the MCC to protest at the unsportsmanlike head-hunting bodyline bowling that "was likely to upset friendly relations existing between Australia and England".


1934 - Qantas Empire Airways was formed.
QANTAS Limited and Britain's Imperial Airways (a forerunner of British Airways) formed a new company, Qantas Empire Airways Limited (QEA).

1947 - Former war artist William Dargie won his fourth Arc...

13:27

Is the heatwave climate change in action? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Drought conditions have seen farmers struggling to feed their animals over the last few months. File photo

Climate change is here, independent NSW MP Jeremy Buckingham has warned.

The current record-breaking heatwave is a preview of more frequent and more extreme temperatures expected due to climate change and a wake up call for urgent action. It is melting our roads and buckling train tracks, changing our weather patterns and putting pressure on nature and agriculture. The increase in heatwaves alone will literally kill more of us.

Buckingham has said that the heatwave and other extreme weather events are sending a clear message that we need urgently mobilise for climate action.

The coming years are critical in the fight to protect the people we love and our planet from dangerous climate change, he said.

Climate and energy policy will be at the top of the NSW state election agenda, including in many regional seats where farmers are seeing first-hand the impacts of climate change on the land and are frustrated the Nationals have failed to do something about it. 

The next NSW government can either fiddle while the climate heats beyond our control, or they can transform our community, economy and natural world by phasing out coal and powering our world by 100 per cent renewable energy.

This transformation will bring with it great opportunities for new jobs and innovative technologies across the state. Australia can transition away from being a quarry and lead the way on renewable innovation, exporting our science, know-how and clean solar power to the world.

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11:56

RFAs a go ahead for species extinction "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Environmental groups, including The Wilderness Society, are saying the new NSW Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) will drive more native species to extinction and ensure the collapse of NSW forests.

This follows briefings between Commonwealth and NSW governments. The group is claiming that the Commonwealth have accepted at face value the assurances given by NSW in relation to protecting threatened species when they should be ensuring no more species become extinct.

The process is completely broken, said Peter Robertson of The Wilderness Society.

Were in a terrible new reality where no-one is taking responsibility for our natural heritage and theyre passing the buck between each other. The RFAs are, pure and simple, a licence to destroy our forests with impunity. We urgently need better laws that can protect nature.

The group, that also includes the National Parks Association of NSW, North East Forest Alliance (NEFA), the North Coast Environment Council and the South East Regional Conservation Alliance, are also saying that the Commonwealth government has failed to challenge NSW on cherry picking research in regards the impact of logging on carbon stores despite its own documents stating that logging reduces the carbon stores of forests.

Dr Oisn Sweeney, Senior Ecologist with the National Parks Association of NSW said, Its painfully clear that no concrete data was used to assess the impacts of the last 20 years of logging before committing to another 20. There has been a complete failure on the part of the Commonwealth to discharge its duty to protect matters of national environmental significance. That is simply inexcusable.

The next Murray-Darling

They point out that the lack of accountability of governments, and their overriding drive to maintain wood supply to industry, makes a MurrayDarling Basin scenario of ecosystem collapse almost inevitable for NSW forests.

The unfolding ecological catastrophe we are witnessing right now in the Murray-Darling shows what happens when the Commonwealth fails to hold the states accountable and step in to protect the public interest, said Susie Russell of the North Coast Environment Council.

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11:02

Heat wave prompts extended hours at Wollongongs northern beaches The Bulli & Clifton Times

lifeguard beach

LIFEGUARDS will extend their beach patrol hours today (Friday January 18), to provide swimmers additional time to cool off safely.

Hours at 9 of Wollongongs 17 patrolled beaches will be increased, with flags up until 7pm at Stanwell Park, Austinmer, Thirroul, Bulli and Corrimal. The flags will go down at Sandon Point at 6pm.

Wollongong Councils Beach Services Manager, Paul Dreghorn said while the Illawarra has escaped the worst of the heatwave conditions in comparison with the rest of the state, the region remains hot and lifeguards will work extra hours to enable people cool off safely in the surf.

Thats why weve asked our lifeguards to remain on duty beyond the usual flags down time to give people the chance for a swim, he said.

We just ask people to visit one of the nine beaches with additional hours and to remember if there are no flags up, then theres no swim.

The beaches with additional hours are:

Stanwell Park to 7pm

Austinmer to 7pm

Thirroul to 7pm

Bulli to 7pm

Corrimal to 7pm

Nth Gong to 7pm

City Beach to 7pm

Pt Kembla to 7pm

Sandon Point to 6pm

 

10:39

Media Release: The Economy Made Easy "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Real estate cycle expert Bryan Kavanagh says turnover and price declines in Sydney and Melbourne during 2018 indicate an economic recession in the 2019-20 financial year. The 2018 Kavanagh-Putland Index, released today, shows the total value of Australian real estate sales to GDP. Mr Kavanagh said the $50 billion pumped into markets by the Rudd-Swan []

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Thursday, 17 January

13:30

Chinas Slowdown Hits Australia "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Australia is referred to as the Lucky Country, and with good reason.

It has a relatively small but well-educated population and is endowed with abundant natural resources including iron ore, copper, gold, water, farmland, moderate weather and protected port cities.

Australia also earns huge amounts from foreign tourism.

The country has a solid rule of law, which makes it an attractive destination for direct foreign investment.

Australia has not had a recession since 1990 (the US has had three recessions in the same period).

Even the global financial crisis of 2008 did not slow the Australian economy enough to trigger a technical recession.

jim

Your strategist at Sydney Harbour during a recent visit Down Under.

But the Australian economy does have an Achilles heel that is already causing a slowdown and may even tip Australia into its first recession in decades.

That weakness is Australias close and highly concentrated trading relationship with China.

Aussies hitched their wagon to the Middle Kingdom

Australia has been well positioned to be a major provider of natural resources to Chinas industrial and manufacturing juggernaut.

Australia supplies iron ore, bauxite and copper needed to build critical infrastructure and the ghost cities that dot the Chinese landscape.

Australia also exports liquid natural gas (LNG) to fuel Chinas voracious appetite for energy to keep its factories humming and keep the lights on.

At the same time as China is importing natural resources from Australia, it is exporting capital to purchase residential and commercial properties there.

Such interdependence is a boon when China is growing and Australia is booming to meet Chinese demand. But it is a headwind to growth when the gears are thrown into reverse.

Growth in the Chinese economy is dropping sharply.

This is due to a combination of excess debt, trade wars with the US and an overpriced Chinese yuan.

Reduced demand by China for resources needed for building (iron ore, copper, bauxite) as well as agricultural goods has been felt in Australia.

Even more damaging is the drying up of Chinese capital investment in Australian real estate. This has led to steep declines in Australian property prices.

These declines have not yet hit bottom because of a pipeline of pending projects...

09:33

Chilli cucumber pickle Thoughts are like fishes///

I like this recipe for a summer salad that also tastes good in stir-fries and soups

Take six of the Lebanese variety or around three of larger varieties, score their outsides with a fork and then cut in half or quarters (original recipe says to scoop out seeds but it seems a waste of water), then marinate for at least an hour with red onion (and chopped chillis if you're inclined) in a quarter cup of white vinegar with a tablespoon each of sugar and sweet chilli sauce.

Original recipe suggests adding coriander and roasted peanuts prior to serving.

08:03

PERTH NSW man charged over drugs moved to WA "IndyWatch Feed National"

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NSW man charged over drugs moved to WA .

January 16, 2019 at 07:22PM .

found the drugs in a concealed compartment before raiding the two properties. The accused man will face Perth Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/aap/article-6597705/NSW-man-charged-drugs-moved-WA.html&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNFyBooxCjtrIQOiO-DcJ895VA1TPw

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

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Wednesday, 16 January

08:06

Sydney Talk: Dowsers Society of NSW "IndyWatch Feed National"

YOU MUST NOT MISS THIS TALK

Sunday 20th January 2019 in collaboration with the Dowsers Society of NSW at the Hunter"s Hill Community Centre starts at 2 pm.

The Community Hall, 44 Gladesville Road Hunters Hill NSW

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Our major focus is on four skulls we have recently examined, two are still on site, two are in our possession. The unresolved problem that these skulls create is at least three have no Earthly equivalent.

Two skulls do not have foreheads, there is nothing above the eyebrow ridges, the skull cases slope backward at 180 degrees and greater, are semi-rectangular and both have massive eyes which are the largest ever seen. Another skull has no evidence of suturing which means it cannot be classified as hominin or sapiens.

Complementing these developments, some extremely compelling evidence has turned up that absolutely proves that the Standing Stones site is legitimate, and there was the first language on this continent that predates all other languages ever spoken.

Quite a few loose ends have been tied up, and even the Courier Mail will have to concede their official denial of the site, and the archaeologist was completely wrong and should be publicly retracted.

http://www.dowsingaustralia.com/

07:34

Nationals MLC deflects over river management "IndyWatch Feed National"

North-coast based Nationals MLC Ben Franklin.

NSW Nationals MLC Ben Franklin has avoided commenting on the Murray Darling water management issues that have plagued his government and instead blames the recent mass fish kills on a natural occurrence.

He also accused  NSW Labor of capitalising on an unfortunate event.

Franklin also declined to comment on whether he believed water-intensive large-scale cotton irrigation farming is appropriate for the climatic region of regional NSW.

As reported by ABCs 4 Corners on July 24, 2017, plans to rescue the Murray-Darling Basin river system were undermined amid accusations of illegal water use.

The top bureaucrat in charge of water in NSW, Gavin Hanlon, resigned after the program aired.

Richard Kingsford, the director of the Centre for Ecosystem Science at the University of NSW, told the SMH last week it was a disaster that had been many years in the making because too much water had been diverted from the system for agriculture.

The Echo asked Franklin, Do you accept that the Nationals are responsible for this mess? Or was this a bipartisan effort, as you suggested it is for the Richmond River?

Franklin replied, The recent fish kill in Menindee was caused by severely low water flow owing to drought conditions, coupled with a sudden drop in temperature, resulting in a disruption to the existing algal bloom in the Lower Darling River, killing the algae and depleting the level of oxygen in the water.

There is no denying that what we have seen in the Menindee is an unfortunate event; however, these events are not uncommon and can be result of many factors.

In fact, there have been major fish-kill incidents across the state, including in our own Richmond River over the past 20 years, as a result of high rainfall and...

01:20

Sydney a tenant's market "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

New rentals ahoy

Sydney's apartment pipeline is now shrinking after its multi-year boom, but in the meantime there is plenty of new stock for tenants to choose from.

December is a seasonally weak month for the rentals market for obvious reasons, but Sydney had around 25,000 rental vacancies around Christmas according to the latest SQM Research figures, for a vacancy rate of 3.6 per cent (well up from 2.6 per cent for the prior corresponding period). 

Sydney's population is growing fast, but it's always going to take time to digest such a high level of rental supply coming all in a rush. 


At the sub-regional level, rental vacancies are especially high in the supply-responsive zones, such as within the Hills District of Sydney.


Source: SQM Research

Some of the suburbs where landlords are really likely to struggle have been flagged here often enough before, including as Wentworth Point (8.3 per cent vacancy rate in December). 

Despite the high level of supply unit asking rents increased in Sydney over the month. 

At the other end of the spectrum Hobart (0.4 per cent) had but a hundred or so vacancies, while Adelaide, Brisbane, and Perth have consistently seen vacancy rates lower than a year earlier, so these markets are tightening.
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Tuesday, 15 January

21:26

Coledale gun fire turns out to be fireworks Man arrested after stand-off The Bulli & Clifton Times

police 2A MAN has been arrested after a stand-off with police at a Coledale this morning.

Wollongong police were called to a home on Buttenshaw Drive just after 9am after reports that several gunshots had been heard.

Police attended and were assisted by specialist officers from the NSWPF Aviation Support Branch, Negotiation Unit and Tactical Operations Unit.

A perimeter was established, with the 40-year-old man inside the home with his elderly mother. It will be alleged by police that whilst he was in the home, he threw fireworks onto the front lawn before retreating inside.

The man was arrested about 11.20am, and taken Wollongong Police Station without further incident. Following his arrest, it was determined the man had been letting off fireworks and no shots had been fired. His mother was removed from the home and will be cared for by relatives.

Two dogs were also removed from the home and taken to Wollongong Council Pound to be put down. A neighbour on the street said the situation was sparked after the man refused to allow authorities to come onto his property to talk about two aggressive dogs.

It is understood the Wollongong City Council rangers had attended the property three times to pick up the dogs in question, but were allegedly refused entry by the 40-year-old man.

Speaking on the incident today, Detective Inspector Brad Ainsworth said the man had been taken into custody and was likely to be issued with criminal infringement notices.

19:51

What I Learned in the Studio Audience of the Ellen DeGeneres Show "IndyWatch Feed National"

Its midday and Im standing in a parking lot across the road from Warner Bros. Studio. Around me I can see families, couples, groups of middle-aged women, and the occasional man. I overhear that a family has flown in from Seattle just to be here, another have travelled from East Coast, a couple have been on waiting list for weeks, and a pair have been lining up since 8am.

Were in Burbank, California, in the waiting room, or more accurately, the WB parking lot queuing to be a part of the live studio audience of The Ellen DeGeneres Show one of the most watched daytime TV shows of all time.

Im not the worlds biggest Ellen fan. Its something I turn on when I wake up in the afternoon, a background show. Yet on a whim, Im somehow here amongst all the middle-aged mums and their reluctant partners. I signed myself up for studio tickets online months in advance when I was booking my flights to America. After confirming my attendance, I kill five hours with a walk and a long lunch. The earlier you confirm your attendance on the day, the closer to the front your seats are which is why so many people have been waiting here since the morning. Yet as I join my place in the 400-long queue again, I suspect that some of these women havent moved from this one location all day.

Each Ellen episode feels like a very special episode, which has always fascinated me. Watch any episode and Ellen is always celebrating something, and as a result giving away extravagant prizes to her fans.

Before heading into the studio, we sign a waiver and answer a questionnaire questions like Do you know someone who is trying to continue their education but does not have the money to do so? Tell us about it below, and Would a new car change your life? Or do you know someone who needs a new car? Tell us why!

Im getting flashbacks to Oprahs iconic You Get A Car moment. I laugh to myself and update my Facebook status to: Brb about to go on The Ellen DeGeneres Show! EVERYBODY GETS A CAR!!!

At 5:45pm, after an entire day of waiting, were led into yet another line to get in to the studio. But to get to our seats, we first have to make it through Ellens official gift shop. We are now entering Ellens world, the bits you dont see on TV. I wasnt aware that this was even a thing. Ellen has her own branded underwear ($20), Ellen branded water sparkling or still ($5), Ellen branded shirts, hoodies, jumpers, mugs, you name it its got Ellens name written on it.

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13:42

WIRES 2019 Wildlife Photo Competition Blog

Open for entries from 15th January, 2019. To enter you simply have to like and then private message your wildlife images to WIRES facebook page

Images should be native Australian mammals, birds or reptiles ideally observed and photographed in the wild (or in care if you are a licensed wildlife care volunteer). We would also love a few details of how you came to capture the image. There is a limit of 4 images per entrant. Please also provide an email contact address with your message.

Entries are open until 10 pm AEST January 28th, 2019.

All submissions must be made by the photographer having read the competition terms and conditions.

Prizes


Prizes have been very generously donated by Frameshop, Marini Ferlazzo, Egg Picnic, Photoland and Perky by Nature.
The prize winners, chosen by facebook likes from the chosen and posted finalists will receive the following:

1st Prize Total Value: $370

One $200 voucher from Frameshop 
PLUS
one Marini Ferlazzo Sugar Glider

Gicle Print - 297x420 mm. Printed on 300gsm archival paper using high quality Epson pigment inks. Using gicle fine art reproduction technology, each print includes the Marini Ferlazzo embossment, validating it as an authorised gicle print that conforms to archival standards. Value $17...

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Monday, 14 January

14:15

Calls for immediate government action on Indigenous youth suicide crisis Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog

An alarming rise in the number of young Indigenous Australians taking their own life has sparked calls for immediate government intervention. Last year saw the highest ever number of Indigenous youth suicides in a single year and, already, this year, four Aboriginal girls have taken their own lives.

Researchers fear Indigenous children will soon make up half of all youth suicides.

Read and download audio at: https://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/calls-for-immediate-government-action/10712738

01:14

Spooks & Nukes Integrity Initiatives state-funded, pro-war information operations exposed by Anonymous "IndyWatch Feed National"

As I hear more about the Integrity Initiative (II), I am reminded of Julian Assange & Edward Snowden in 2013, on the militarised occupation of our private lives and the new great game.

Years later we would realise, with a bang, the purpose of the new great game.

Spying>Analysis>Persuasion. The Mi(6)ssion was not just to collect information about the inner core of our lives, but using big data AI analysis, to learn how we as a society and as individuals, would be most vulnerable to misinformation, and apt to consent. Cambridge Analytica whistleblower, Chris Wylie, held a mirror to our nakedness in the face of such power, and to his companys for-profit information operations, within the context of elections.

As they appear, the Integrity Initiative revelations, as well documented here by Robert Stevens on the WSWS,< /> are steadily revealing that the same national security bodies, who amended or ignored constitutional laws and collected everyones confidential information, are behind years of misinformation, with a view to a war. WW3 it seems. Stevens enlightens us on IIs involvement in the Skripal reporting, and the licence it gave Teresa May to lash out at Russia.

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Sunday, 13 January

13:12

The Lindt Caf Inquest 99 Ways to See Through It "IndyWatch Feed National"

Louise Hope (photo hope radio 103.2)

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

[Editors note: In December last year was the fourth anniversary of the Sydney Siege. Below is the verbatim copy of the letter Mary Maxwell sent to the coroner before he completed his Inquest.]

The following Ninety-Nine Ways letter was sent to the NSW Coroners Court in 2016 and was acknowledged in a reply from Melissa Heris, solicitor for the Lindt Caf inquest. No changes have been made here, but bolding and boxed headings are added.

To Coroner Michael Barnes September 30, 2016

Your Honour:

I respectfully submit this as an interested citizen. I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the Inques...

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Saturday, 12 January

23:12

Supreme Court finds Capilano Honeys lawyers lied and deceived about poisonous and toxic honey "IndyWatch Feed National"

The NSW Supreme Court of Appeal has found that Capilano Honeys lawyers lied and deceived the court about their poisonous and toxic honey defamation and injurious falsehood claim against journalist Shane Dowling. The court also found that Capilano Honeys lies and deception in gaining a super-injunction and wide-ranging suppression orders has had an unjustifiable chilling effect on []

17:00

The Weekend Quiz January 12-13 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

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

Question 1:

In a nation running an on-going external deficit, if the private domestic sector decides to increase the extent that it spends less than its overall income, then the national government has to increase its discretionary fiscal deficit in order to avoid rising employment losses.

The answer is True.

First, we must understand the linkages between the external and domestic situation.

To refresh your memory the sectoral balances are derived as follows. The basic income-expenditure model in macroeconomics can be viewed in (at least) two ways: (a) from the perspective of the sources of spending; and (b) from the perspective of the uses of the income produced. Bringing these two perspectives (of the same thing) together generates the sectoral balances.

From the sources perspective we write:

GDP = C + I + G + (X M)

which says that total national income (GDP) is the sum of total final consumption spending (C), total private investment (I), total government spending (G) and net exports (X M).

Expression (1) tells us that total income in the economy per period will be exactly equal to total spending from all sources of expenditure.

We also have to acknowledge that financial balances of the sectors are impacted by net government taxes (T) which includes all taxes and transfer and interest payments (the latter are not counted independently in the expenditure Expression (1)).

Further, as noted above the trade account is only one aspect of the financial flows between the domestic economy and the external sector. we have to include net external income flows (FNI).

Adding in the net external income flows (FNI) to Expression (2) for GDP we get the familiar gross national product or gross national income measure (GNP):

(2) GNP = C + I + G + (X M) + FNI

To render this approach into the sectoral balances form, we subtract total taxes and transfers (T) from both sides of Expression (3) to get:

(3) GNP T = C + I + G + (X M) + FNI T

Now we can collect the terms by arranging them according to the three sectoral balanc...

11:00

Why the Lucky Countrys currency is the key to your prosperity "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Australia is setting records for the longest run of economic growth without a recession.

Italy is doing the opposite.

The economy hasnt grown since it joined the euro. A triple-dip recession is about to become a quadruple.

Why? What has led to the divergence in the wealth of nations?

I know the answer: Their currencies.

On New Years Eve in Germany in 2002, I was more interested in throwing firecrackers than the new euro banknotes. My mum tried to show them to me, but I was busy.

My aim was for an explosion in mid-air. This involved holding on to the firecracker for as long as possible and then lobbing it up into the sky at the last second.

Then one of our firework rockets tipped over shortly before launching. It took off towards our house.

My dad leapt over it, it ricocheted off some flowerpots in the garden, and then exploded over the neighbours house.

We emigrated to Australia on the subsequent New Years Eve

Since then, the euro has dished out nothing but economic pain for much of Europe.

Meanwhile, the Aussie dollar rescued Australia from a recession during one of the worst global downturns in history.

How can a currency be so important?

In todays weekend-edition Reckoning, youll find out

Each time I went back to visit Europe over the years, Id get a snapshot of the euros effects.

Thanks to my parents divorce, this was about twice a year for weeks at a time.

Visiting extended family and friends across Europe, I saw Germanys economic doldrums during the Gerhard Schroeder years, housing bubbles in Ireland and Spain, and the sovereign debt crisis in southern Europe.

Add in the policies of the euro projects masterminds at the EU, and I also saw Brexit and the migrant crisis play out first hand too.

Over the years, the only person benefiting from the euro and EU seemed to be me.

I could travel freely on my European passports and didnt have to fiddle about with currencies.

But everyone I visited told me how the euro is causing them problems.

The exchange rate is too high or too low. Interest rates are too high or too low. The Germans are selling us too many cars, the Greeks are living off our money

Everyone had a complaint.

Not that any of this is new. For more than 100 years, Europe has tried and failed to establish monetary unions like the euro. And the failures are remarkably similar.

Discovering this was probably the most surprising and interesting part...

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Friday, 11 January

13:05

TRUE OPINION: The family killer and the guns he should never have had "IndyWatch Feed National"

TRUE OPINION: Teenagers, Jack and Jennifer Edwards, were killed mid-last year at their Western Sydney home in what police say was a planned attack by their estranged father, John Edwards. There was also a third victim. Their heartbroken mother, Olga Edwards, committed suicide just a month ago, unable to face the trauma of living without her children. Questions are now being asked as to why the 68-year-old financial services worker was able to have possession of not one but two powerful handguns given his history and background, writes Tim Kent.

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Thursday, 10 January

23:15

Woonona man charged after stabbing outside Wollongong Hospital The Bulli & Clifton Times

wollongong hospital

A WOONONA man has been charged after another man was stabbed outside Wollongong Hospital earlier this week.

Just before 9.30am on Monday, a 40-year-old man was sitting at a bus stop outside the hospital on Crown Street.

Police will allege that as a white Holden Commodore sedan drove past, and the 45-year-old male driver yelled out the window, before pulling into the hospital car park and getting out of the vehicle. Its alleged he ran over to the younger man and stabbed him once in the back, before fleeing the scene in the Holden.

The injured man was briefly admitted to hospital, however, discharged himself before seeking treatment. Its believed the two men were previously known to each other.

Officers from Wollongong Police District were notified and commenced an investigation.

About 1.30pm on Monday, detectives went to an address in Woonona and arrested the 45-year-old man. He was taken to Wollongong Police Station and charged with affray.

He will next appear before Wollongong Local Court on February 26.

23:01

Computer seized from Thirroul home after child grooming charges The Bulli & Clifton Times

police tapeA MAN has been charged following an investigation by Strike Force Trawler detectives into online child exploitation.

In November 2018, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squads Child Exploitation Internet Unit (CEIU) commenced an investigation following a referral from Queensland Polices Task Force Argos.

Strike Force Trawler detectives began engaging online with a man from the Illawarra region.

Police will allege in court that the man believed he was speaking with a 14-year-old girl and engaged in conversations about sexual acts he wished to perform on the child and sent sexually explicit images and video.

The man also made arrangements to meet with the child for sex.

Following extensive inquiries, a 19-year-old man was arrested by strike force detectives at a business in Unanderra about 10.30am on Tuesday.

During a search of the man and a search warrant at a home in Thirroul, investigators seized a mobile phone, a computer tablet, and a number of electronic storage devices, which will undergo forensic analysis.

The man was charged with using a carriage service to groom a person under 16 years of age for sexual activity, using a carriage service for sexual activity with person under 16 years of age, use carriage service for solicit child pornography, use carriage service to transmit indecent material to person under 16 years of age, and possess child abuse material. He was granted strict conditional bail and is due to appear at Wollongong Local Court on Tuesday February 5.

Strike Force Trawler is an ongoing investigation by the CEIU into the sexual abuse and ex...

22:51

Murder accused dies after Woonona nursing home death The Bulli & Clifton Times

IRT POpes Woonona

The Woonona nursing home where the 90-year-old man was murdered.

DETECTIVES investigating the murder of a 90-year-old man at a Woonona nursing home, have been advised a man allegedly involved has died.

Detectives had been investigating the death of a patient after he was allegedly assaulted by a 70-year-old man at the Illawarra Retirement Trust nursing home on Tuesday November 27 2018.

A 90-year-old man suffered critical injuries in the assault and was unable to be revived. Both men were patients in the high-dependency dementia ward at the Popes Road nursing home.

Wollongong police together with the State Crime Commands Homicide Squad, initiated an investigation into the death of the 90-year-old man; however, detectives have now been advised the 70-year-old man died in Shellharbour Hospital on Thursday December 27 2018.

A final report on the investigation into the death of the 90-year-old man will be made to the Coroner.

 

22:37

Drug arrest at Austinmer hotel The Bulli & Clifton Times

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MDMA tablets. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

TWO men are before the courts after being charged with serious drug offences when arrested at Austinmer and Fairy Meadow on Wednesday.

During November 2018 Wollongong police formed Strike Force Aperta to investigate the supply of illegal drugs in the Illawarra area.

Investigators identified two men as part of the operation and about 5.20pm on Wednesday arrested the men in the car park of a Austinmer hotel.

Police will allege that a 39-year-old man was in possession of more than $5000 cash and a search of his vehicle revealed several prepacked containers of a substance believed to be methylamphetamine. A small quantity of cannabis was also located.

Investigators obtained a search warrant and examined a room in the hotel allegedly locating MDMA tablets, heroin, Fentanyl and GBL.

Another search warrant was executed at a home in Fairy Meadow where MDMA tablets, Suboxone, cash and counterfeit currency were located.

The men were conveyed to Wollongong Police Station where they were later charged with numerous offences.

A 39-year-old man was charged with numerous offences including supply prohibited drug large commercial quantity (x 4), direct criminal group, deal with the proceeds of crime, possess prohibited drug (x 2) and possess or use prohibited weapon (x 3).

A 41-year-old man was charged with participate criminal group...

13:19

Menindee fish kill a continuing horror story "IndyWatch Feed National"

Local farmers Rob McBride and Dick Arnold with Jeremy Buckingham on the Darling with with a dead cod a victim of the recent fish kill.

Horror stories about the degradation of our waterways have been circulating for many months and none more graphically highlights this environmental tragedy than the fish kills in the north west of the state in recent days.

In the last 18 months both the ABCs 4 Corners and the Environmental Defenders Office (EDO), released material about the issues of irrigation along the Murray-Darling, and fish kills on the Namoi River, the Lachlan River and the Darling River at Menindee.

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and WaterNSW are investigating a large fish kill at Menindee in Western NSW and newly independent NSW MP Jeremy Buckingham is visiting the Darling River at Menindee today (10 January 2019) to witness and document the mass fish kills and speak with concerned local community members, including Rob McBride from Tolarno Station.

A video has gone viral on Facebook with more than four million views since Monday the footage shows Mr McBride and fellow local Dick Arnold pulling 100-year-old cod out of the Darling River following the death of an estimated one million fish.

Labor calls Libs and Nats out

NSW Labor is calling on the Liberals and Nationals to stop their proposal to augment the Menindee Lakes which Labor says will see decommissioning of large sections of the lake and will mean further widespread ecological and environmental disasters.

They say fishing on the Darling and Murray rivers is worth millions to the regional NSW economy and has been put at risk because the National Party have demanded that m...

12:20

Local graffiti policy Thoughts are like fishes///

My council asked for comments on their draft graffiti policy and I thought it is a good start but would benefit from further consideration

Fundamentally graffiti is more than "an element of youth culture," just look at what we know of ancient societies from the graffiti messages that remain.

Obviously not all graffiti constitutes thoughtful communication and the tagging that seems to have prompted the drafting of the policy is a distinct issue.

However, a definition that recognises graffiti is illicit as well as public is important in addressing the behaviour.

A definition for street art would, in turn, recognise a variety of activities for legal expression by the community in public spaces.

As a result, I think a separate public art policy should address the availability of walls for designs and the community engagement which will foster a sense of ownership for those spaces.

This public art policy could recognise a variety of media, from non-destructive paste-ups (shown in pic) through to permanent paint-based work or potentially extend into sculpture and other installations?

It would also look broadly at resources within the community for engagement and the promotion of art.

Furthermore, a broader discussion of public art would promote the pathways available to develop skills and that such activity is not limited to a youth demographic.

Promoting graffiti would be at odds with the criminal punishment that activity.

Developing opportunities for the community to exhibit their designs and other thoughtful communication through public art would be a good outcome.

09:59

Typecast as a Drug Mule "IndyWatch Feed National"

Maam, would you mind stepping over here so that I can test your bag?

The only time I get called maam in my life is when my bag is about to be tested for drugs.

I went willingly, a little annoyed. I have no drugs, I have never had drugs, and I would never bring drugs on a plane. Thats like wearing a Nazi costume to a dress-up party party: you technically probably could do it, but its essentially best for everyone if you refrain.

Arriving at Sydney and changing planes to go to Canberra, I was stopped again.

Excuse me, maam, would you mind stepping over here so that I can test you bags for explosives?

Holy shit! Dude, if there are explosives in my bag, even I wanna know about it.

Sure! I said, perhaps a little too enthusiastically, practically throwing my bag at him.

By the time I was stopped again at Sydney heading back to Wellington a week later, I had had enough.

Maam, please step this way and read this card which explains your rights, the big Australian official told me.

I didnt even read the card. I stood silently while they checked my bag, knowing they wouldnt find anything. By the end of the inspection, I was determined to get someone official who knew me, like my mum, to write me a hand-written note saying that I would always be drug-free on international flights. She could even stamp it with a little Mum Approved stamp.

The first time this happened to me, I was twenty and had landed in Vancouver.

Canadians are so nice, eh. Theyll be so good to you, eh. They love their Kiwis eh.

I had all of those stereotypes swirling in my head as I entered their arrival terminal full of large wooden Indigenous art pieces, while I waited for my suitcase, and while I was strolling away with my suitcase, about to enter the country that is essentially New Zealand on steroids.

The lady took the tall slim declaration card, saw the number that was scrawled on it, and indicated for me to walk into a different queue, away from the stream of people heading out the door.

That number should have been my first red flag. The passport officer asked m...

08:22

Wildlife and Pool Safety Blog

Many of us enjoy taking a dip in backyard pools during summer. Native animals also like to cool off, and often seek out water on hot days.

Sadly wildlife and swimming pools dont always mix and during extended periods of hot, dry weather WIRES takes many calls about animals found in swimming pools. The bandicoot pictured here was rescued from a backyard pool!


In another incident, an unusual visitor to a public pool prompted swimmers to flee the pool. WIRES was called to remove a snake that had decided to go for a morning swim!

While the pool was cleared, a trained WIRES reptile rescuer rushed to the scene. Pools can be a trap for snakes causing them to swim around to the point of exhaustion before drowning.


The snake was identified as a yellow-faced whip snake. These are fast-moving, shy snakes that cause little harm. They are mildly venomous with a bite like a bee-sting. Sadly their brownish colour makes them easily misidentified as eastern brown sankes. 

The snake then fell into the skimmer trough around the perimeter of the pool. The fast-flowing water was a certain death-trap but rescuer Rowan had luckily already removed part of the covering grid and was able to grab the snake when it reached the pump-inlet grid. After an assessment and a rest the whip snake was released into nearby bushland, tired but none the worse for its ordeal.

WIRES has also rescued many birds, lizards, bandicoots and even gliders that were found exhausted and waterlogged in pools across the state. The animals frequently have to be brought into care and monitored for possible water inhalation and pneumonia.

If you own a swimming pool there are some simple things you can do to assist wildlife. Always drape something over the edge of your pool so that animals have a surface to grab hold of and climb out.

A length of heavy duty rope or even a bodyboard, secured at one end to something heavy outside the pool, is ideal as it does not absorb water and provides a platform for an exhausted animal to rest on.

Pool steps are also frequently too...

04:25

Au revoir construction cycle (KIBOSH!) "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Crunch time!

Back in November 2017 there were some 12,823 attached dwellings approved, but by November 2018 the equivalent figure has collapsed 5,921, an impressive swan dive of 54 per cent. 

On the one hand, as you may recall, the prior year figure was inflated by a record 6,512 unit approvals in Melbourne, when half of Footscray was apparently approved for high-rise apartment living. 

On the other hand, this is no time for complacency as even the apartment projects that are under construction are increasingly stalling or at risk of failing. 

The smoothed monthly trend figures show that house approvals also declined virtually throughout 2018. 


Furthermore, Sydney's unit approvals fell to a multi-year low in November, all the way back down to levels commensurate with under-building for the prevailing level of population growth, sowing the seeds of the next cycle. 

Annual unit approvals in Brisbane have fallen by well over 50 per cent from their peak of three years earlier, and are now tracking at the lowest level since 2013. 


Even in Hobart - which has record job vacancies and has experienced the tightest rental market imaginable - unit approvals have been running at close to zero sine the Royal Commission kicked off. 

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00:51

Man acquitted of murdering his wife claims police ignored evidence "IndyWatch Feed National"



The W.A. cops are a rough lot so this is all highly believable. Bashing Aborigines is their chief skill.  The Rayney affair is a huge scandal.  All the police involved should be dismissed

A man who was wrongly accused of killing his wife is calling for 'the injustice to end' and for investigators to find her killer.

Barrister Lloyd Rayney was awarded more than $2.6 million in damages against the Western Australian government last year in one of the state's largest defamation payouts.

The payout came after he was publicly named by police as the prime and only suspect in the death of his wife Corryn Rayney in August 2007.

Evidence has since come to light places two violent sexual predators within just blocks of the Rayney's home at the time of the murder.

Corryn Rayney, 44, went to a boot-scooting class on August 7, 2007 and never returned home. Her body was found days later in a sandy grave in Perth's King's Park.

In an interview with 60Minutes, Mr Rayney said there were holes in the investigation.  'It's now been 11 years, it's 11 long years, and someone has literally gotten away with murder,' he said. 'Nothing gets better until her killer is prosecuted.'

Convicted rapist Ivan Eades lived in the same suburb as the Rayneys and a cigarette butt covered in his DNA was found by police outside their house on the day Corryn disappeared.

Eades' cousin, violent paedophile Allon Mitchell Lacco,  lived in an apartment near the Bentley Community Centre, where Ms Rayney was last seen alive.

On the day that Ms Rayney disappeared, phone records show that Lacco had allegedly used the phonebooth near the home.

When Lacco was pulled over by police the day after Ms Rayney's body was found, police found sand in the boot of his car, as well as a knife.

A year later investigators tracked Lacco in Sydney, where they found a diary page for August 2007, the month Ms Rayney was killed, with map of Kings Park and the floor plan of the supreme court - where Ms Rayney was a registrar.

Lacco was interviewed by police but detectives did not take the investigation any further.

A resident of an apartment block near Kings Park also reportedly heard a loud scream from the park on the night Ms Rayney disappeared. Police reportedly discounted the claim.

Police based their case on Mr Rayney on the idea that his wife had been killed in their family home and driven in her body in her car to the park.

But their daughter was home at the time he supposedly killed her and their other daughter was expected home at any time.

Mr Rayney said the case made no sense but the public had formed the opinion that he was guilty base...

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Wednesday, 09 January

15:00

THEM NEWS CORP IDIOTS AT IT AGAIN! Daily Telegraph forced to apologise to high-profile lawyer Adam Houda after disgraceful lies about being the brother of dangerous alleged criminal "IndyWatch Feed National"

EXCLUSIVE: The silly and dangerous clowns over at News Corp have done it once again, this time forced to apologise to prominent Sydney lawyer Adam Houda after the Daily Telegraph this week published disgraceful lies he was the brother of a violent man arrested for allegedly shooting another man in the foot at a Western Sydney gym.

03:29

Listings down sharply in December "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Vendors pull up the ladder

The end of the year is generally quieter for real estate, but stock on market fell more sharply than expected last month, especially in Sydney (-18 per cent) and Melbourne (-17 per cent). 

Figures elsewhere have also shown that the number of new listings is at the lowest level in 8 years, suggesting that most owners are simply sitting out the downturn, even if the total stock on market is higher due to slower selling times. 


Despite this listings are still more than 25 per cent higher than a year earlier in Melbourne, so there are some significant challenges there (in spite of the massive population growth down that way). 


Painfully slow transaction levels, though, whatever spin anyone tries to put on it.

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Tuesday, 08 January

23:47

Otford tennis club house becomes a community hall The Bulli & Clifton Times

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The Otford Community Hall

THE former Otford tennis clubhouse will be transformed into a community hall by Wollongong City Council.

From a poorly used facility, the clubhouse will become a hub for the Otford community, where people can get together for movie nights, meetings and community dinners, organised by local community groups and organisations.

Plans for the future of this facility highlight the approach of Councils newly released community facilities strategy, Places for People Wollongong Social Infrastructure Planning Framework: 2018-2028.

Places for People guides Councils planning for community, cultural and recreational buildings at a number of levels from planning for major projects through to smaller projects that aim to enhance and activate existing assets, such as Otford Community Hall.

Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said Councils Places for People is a unique local government social infrastructure plan, in that it recognises that community activities and community infrastructure are inextricably linked.

Councils vision for social infrastructure is for people to have access to quality, sustainable social infrastructure that meets their needs and reflects Wollongongs role as a leading regional city, he said.

Mayor Bradbery said Places for People t...

18:32

I Welcomed a Psychic Into My Hotel Room "IndyWatch Feed National"

Fate has brought us together for a reason, so I need you to listen and take note. It is your call whether you want to fuck up your life though.

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My late teens left me in a state of constant wander about what the universe had in store for me. Instead of following my own intuition, I sought refuge in the words of those who claimed to have all of the answers I needed to hear.

Instead of booking a trip overseas, my friend Alexandria and I had settled on the hipster capital of Australia, Melbourne. We planned to enjoy deconstructed coffee on wooden chopping boards and glare at pieces of art that made us feel something.

You can imagine my shock when, on our first afternoon, Alexandria told me that we needed to venture back to our hotel early in time to greet the psychic shed booked.

I know youre trying to steer clear of psychics right now, Alexandria quipped, referencing my penchant for mysticism, but our hotel is supposedly haunted, so I thought it would really be setting the scene if she came to us.

As any good hostess does, I tidied the hotel room. It didnt take me long; the space barely fit our two bodies and accompanying suitcases. It occurred to me 15 minutes before the psychic arrived that neither Alexandria nor I knew the etiquette of hosting a psychic in a hotel room. We didnt want to overstep the boundaries, but to be fair, she was about to rack Alexandrias soul.

So, do you want me to leave while youre getting your reading done? I might pop downstairs and grab a coffee? I suggested to Alexandria, praying she wouldnt make me stay in the room with her new spiritual confidant.

You have to stay. It will be too weird otherwise, she exclaimed.

We met Star at the elevator and were taken aback when she said she was in her late twenties. Her silver hair, deep wrinkles and knitted beanie, sweater and socks suggested she may have been slightly older. Once we rode up to the thirteenth floor, Star perched a stick of lavender incense and a handful of crystals on our TV stand to help her feel the vibe.

I tried to recall from the extensive research I had done on psychics if they stereotypically lack a certain sense. Common sense, that is. Within three seconds of Star lighting the incense, our fire alarm set off a ringing in our ears. As I blew it out, a nearby cleaner ran into our room to che...

15:04

Who wants to be tarred? Crescent Head fights development "IndyWatch Feed National"

Beach views off Point Plomer Road. Photo Amy Bruce.

Aslan Shand

Beautiful coastlines, no traffic jams, dirt roads and that ephemeral character note that is slowly being beaten out of Byron Shire and northern NSW still remains at Crescent Head in Kempsey Shire and it is something that local residents think is worth fighting for.

Rally

Locals are rallying together this Sunday January 13 at 8.30am to highlight their opposition to the tarring of Point Plomer Road that takes people out to the headland at Limeburners Creek National Park.   

This is one of the last two places on the NSW coast that has a dirt road leading to the headland, said Amy Bruce from the Crescent Head Ratepayers and Residents Association (CHRRA).

Its incredibly beautiful, and so far relatively unspoiled. Were worried that the developers are ready to pounce. We see the tarring of the road as a means of opening up the area for rezoning and development.

While Council have assured residents that it will not be changing the zoning CHRRA point out that Council have recently changed the zoning within this area on one property to allow increased subdivision.

Previously rejected

The tarring of the road was previously rejected in 2003 when the regions rich heritage and significant Aboriginal sites were identified and residents and Indigenous elders are saying that the council has made the decision to tar with no consultation.

13:43

Malignant hyperthermia resources Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog

Malignant Hyperthermia (MH) is a reaction to commonly used anaesthesia drugs where the body produces too much heat. If it is not recognised and treated in its early stages, MH can lead to death. The risk of developing MH is associated with a change in the genes that are responsible for controlling the release of calcium in muscle cells.

An MH reaction is a rare event, occurring in about one in every ten thousand general anaesthetics. Probably at least one person in every five thousand in the population is potentially susceptible.

Triggering anaesthetics do not necessarily cause an MH crisis every time someone at risk is given them. MH is hereditary; it is passed on through the family. It affects males and females equally, and can occur in every ethnicity. A person with MH has a 50% chance of passing that risk on to each child that they have.

The new Malignant Hyperthermia Australia & New Zealand website provides information for anaesthetists and patients, as well as an online training program and referral contacts.

07:00

keep watch this summer Practising Simplicity

Weve spent the past four months travelling up and down the East Coast and most days weve been near water; ocean, lakes, rivers and swimming pools. With four kids to look after I have to stay vigilant. And to be honest, its not always easy.

Right now, Ive got a curious 18-month-old who truly believes she can swim. Ive got an ultra-cautious three-year-old who loves the water but often prefers to play near it (a hazard in itself). And then theres the big two whose confidence far outweighs their skill set.

Despite many hours spent at swimming lessons over the past few years, I know that I cant take my eyes off the pool for a second. And its hard! Theres distractions a plenty; the phone being the biggest culprit.

Royal Life Saving Society Australia recently released a new report which has found that 965 children under the age of five have died from drowning over the past 25 years.

Its a shocking reality and it really does frighten me. Its frightens me because Ive witnessed the silence of a toddler falling into a swimming pool and so I know, first hand, just how easily it happens.

When we were in Bali in 2016 we were all sitting around the villas swimming pool when Percy decided to grab his toy train from the pavers. He was 18-months-old at the time, dressed in his swimmers and simply reaching for a toy. I was about a metre from him when he fell and dropped straight to the bottom of the pool. I immediately jumped in and pulled him out and he was fine perfectly fine. I, on the other hand, was shocked and scared.

It happened so quickly and so quietly. Ill never forget it.

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06:49

Gentle Days Sunny Corner Farm

It is school and work holidays and it is lovely. The days have a real gentle rhythm. I am really enjoying my time in the morning when it is just me, a cup of tea and some quiet meditation. I would like to sleep in but it is not in my make up, never has been. 


The weekend was hot but there has been a slight reprieve the last two day. Mid-thirties instead of 39 which doesn't sound like much at all really. On sunny, hot Sunday I got out the sewing machine and some vintage sheer fabric my great-uncle gave me. I made 8 produce bags of various sizes so when the garden isn't feeding us then I'll be prepared. I'm hoping to give them a trial run soon and then I can take some pictures of them in action. I've also been stitching a few stitches each day on my cross stitch until the evening light outside gets too low. Yarns are sorted for the big crochet project so it can start in earnest now.


 When I did my morning gardening yesterday I disturbed some sort of conversation between these two noisy miners. They were probably plotting how best to steal something from the garden.


I had company while I gardened. Happily said company was on the other side of the fence. The sheep always get a few bits and p...

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Monday, 07 January

22:39

'Crooked cops' book removed from circulation "IndyWatch Feed National"


Victoria Police is one of the state's most corrupt organisations, where the judicature has a vested interest at keeping that kind information under wraps, under whatever pretext possible.

While the media today may report on cases like Lawyer X (or Informer 3838), the true extent of Victoria Police's corruption is deliberately kept from the public domain.

In any interactions with police where criminal offences (which include driving offences) are alleged, Victoria Police cannot be trusted, under any circumstances, where it would be of benefit to the accused to have more than one witness and/or a recording device which streams to the 'cloud' should police unlawfully confiscate one's smartphone.

See article from The Sydney Morning Herald, published on the 7th of October 2010 of the following headline:

'Crooked cops' book pulled



A BOOK that claims to reveal significant corruption in the Victoria Police is being pulled from Victorian bookshops.

The Office of Public Prosecutions threatened the publisher of the book, written by former criminal lawyer Andrew Fraser who served five years in jail for importing cocaine, with an injunction.

Acting DPP Gavin Silbert, SC, says Snouts in the Trough: A True Story of the Underworld and the Brotherhood behind the Badge reveals the identities of several people who are subject to suppression orders in Victoria.

The book, which is the follow-up to Fraser's bestselling memoirs, Court in the Middle and Lunatic Soup, claims to reveal significant corruption in the Victorian police force. It relies on the testimony of former detective sergeant Malcolm Rosenes, the drug-squad officer who arrested Fraser and was himself later jailed for trafficking drugs.

Fraser, who stressed he had not set out to break the law, told The Age some of the suppression orders he was alleged to have breached had been in place for ''an eternity''.

''They are not meant to last forever One of the suppression orders I am alleged to have breached related to someone who's dead.''

Julie Pinkham, managing director of Hardie Grant Books, the publisher, said the company wo...

13:37

FAMILY PHOTOS Practising Simplicity

Ive been photographing families as I travel and its been an absolute joy.

I know exactly how hard it is to organise a photographer, to get your family ready for a photoshoot and feel confident and comfortable enough to stand in front of a camera. I know that every mother I photograph has spent hours preparing her family for my arrival and for this reason alone its such a privilege to be there, capturing moments that will become cherished memories.

I wholeheartedly believe that many mums dont have many photos with their children and I love, more than anything, to capture the deep, resounding love between mother and child.

In the next few weeks Ill be in Gippsland and Melbourne before we head to Tasmania for 7 weeks. From mid-March onwards Ill be Melbourne, Lakes Entrance, the NSW Sapphire Coast, country Victoria and then South Australia. If you would like me to photograph your family so you have photos of now, to keep forever, please get in touch. Id love to meet you.

A few of my favourites from family sessions over the past few months

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Sunday, 06 January

12:07

How to hack into a locked Android phone "IndyWatch Feed National"

Can't unlock an Android phone? No problem, just take a Skype call: App allows passcode bypass


Neat trick for spying spouses, bad bosses, other miscreants with hands on your mobe. A fix is available



A newly disclosed vulnerability in Skype for Android could be exploited by miscreants to bypass an Android phone's passcode screen to view photos, contacts, and even launch browser windows.

Bug-hunter Florian Kunushevci today told The Register the security flaw, which has been reported to Microsoft, allows the person in possession of someone's phone to receive a Skype call, answer it without unlocking the handset, and then view photos, look up contacts, send a message, and open the browser by tapping links in a sent message, all without ever unlocking the phone. This is handy for thieves, pranksters, prying partners, and so on. Here's a video demonstrating the bypass...


Kunushevci, a 19-year-old bug researcher from Kosovo, said he was an everyday user of the Skype for Android app when he noticed that something appeared to be amiss with the way the VoIP app accessed files on the handset. Curious, he decided to put his white hat on, and take a closer look.

"One day I got a feeling while using the app that there should be a need to check a part which seems to give me other options than it should," he explained. "Then I had to change the way of thinking as a regular user into something that I can use for exploitation."

What he eventually found was that, once a Skype call has been received and opened, the application functions as normal, allowing features like photo-sharing and contact look-ups regardless of whether the rest of the phone was unlocked.

Much like the various iOS flaws spotted over the years, the bug is really down to a security oversight. In this case, the Skype app allows users to access the photo and contact features without first checking if the person using the device was authenticated.


"For the speci...

06:24

Some stitching Sunny Corner Farm

I did join in with Cheryll's Friday Night with Friends albeit briefly. Friday was very hot 39 and not conducive to crafting or much of anything really. I had to water the vegetable garden late in the day too to avoid the heat after missing my opportunity in the morning.


I did some stitches on my long term work in progress that I will valiantly try to finish this year. It may require a new set of reading glasses but I'm determined. When that got too much, I made some envelopes out of last year's calendars. I use those for my sending penpal letters.

Not much done really but very nice to sit and stitch knowing I'm in the company of friends. It has been too long since I have done that.

I have my pattern now for the Sweet Pea crochet along so I know what I'll be occupied with over the next while craft-wise.

Bye for now,
Tracy xo

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Saturday, 05 January

10:02

DANCE music Thoughts are like fishes///

It's interesting time to release a new album

DANCE by bassling

The tracks on DANCE have accumulated over the last four years or so.

There was a lot of material to consider but the biggest challenge was overcoming my preconceptions, because it's part of a bigger sequence.

Around 15 years ago when I released my first album SHAKES, I thought it would be interesting if the titles for my releases formed a sequence.

Over the years it's taken shape as SHAKES YOUR (VISCERA) (WITHER) VIBRATING STRING WHILE REIMAGINING AND DANCE...

(The titles in brackets appeared under other aliases.)

As the album appears to be approaching it's end as a popular format for music, I feel I'm racing to get the last out while they're still sorta relevant.

I really like shifting my approach to plan for an album, as it involves revisiting older material and gauging if my skills have improved enough to improve the exported song.

Then I collect material and look for ways to incorporate elements, particularly when two or more tracks combine to create something bigger and better.

I've just been reading how Bach did something similar and incorporated earlier works into his later material.

08:26

January 5 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"


1688 - Billy Boy Dampier waded ashore after seeing some Aboriginal people walking there but, alas and alack, their BFF was not meant to be as the Indigenous people weren't impressed with these chaps and they left in a hurry.


1697 - Dutch navigator Willem de Vlamingh named the Swan River (Perth) Swartte Swaane Drift..or in English Swan River.
Vlamingh's second in command, Gerritt Collaert landed a party near Cable Station Beach. They then strolled through dense bushland up a coastal peak known as Buckland Hill. From this lofty perch Collaert spotted a nearby river.
Which was populated with not the usual garden variety white swans but BLACK swans. That put the wind up the lads so Willem took this as an inspired sign from whoever and named the waterway Swan River.

1798 - Victoria's Westernport Bay was tripped over by some white fellers, and was named by George Bass.


1802 - Explorer Matthew Flinders eyeballed the Stirling Range.


1802 - Refusing to let Bass get the better of him, John Murray named Port Phillip Bay. Then retired upon his laurels.


1819 - John Thomas Bigge was commissioned by Colonial Secretary Henry Bathurst, 3rd Earl of Bathurst to inquire into conditions in New South Wales and the administration of the colony.


1823 - Archibald Macarthur, who had become the first Presbyterian Minister in Oz when he arrived the year before, held his first service in a room of the government factory in Hobart Town today, almost a month before the Presbyterian Church in Van Diemen's Land was officially formed.


1825 - The first issue of Tasmanian and Port Dalrymple Advertiser, Australias first provincial newspaper finally gave newsagents a reason for being.


1833 - First issue of Perth Gazette, forerunner of todays West Australian.


1837 - South Australia's first police officer, William Williams, reported for duty on Kangaroo Island for 30 per year.And the poor bugger hasn't seen a pay-rise for 50 years now!


1837 - Sir John Franklin arrived in Hobart, Tas, to take up his appointment as Governor of Tasmania.


1841 - Joseph Orton, Wesleyan Methodist missionary, observed in letters to the General Secreteries (the ordained ministers responsible for Aboriginal Missions) on this day the destruction of Indigenous food supplies and the violence between different Aboriginal groups forced onto one anothers land by the Christian Heathens who are enriching themselves on the spoil of the dispossessed and wallowing in the blood of their victims.
To the last he championed the case of the Aboriginals, conferring with the protectors, protesting against the travesties of justice he witn...

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09:33

January 4 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"


1688 - Billy Boy Sooki-La-La Dampi-Pants (better known in serious history blogs as William Dampier) rocked up on the shore of King Sound in Westralia and pronounced the Aboriginal People as,
"The miserablest people in the world."
Giving him the royal birdie down the tunnels of history is the fact he's remembered best for his wankerish grasp of the English language and that his pithy evaluation delayed the colonialisation of Oz for a century.

1798 - The first land sale in Australia took place in the area now known as Bankstown. And I bet they were getting blood from a stone...just like today.

1802 - Lt John Murray was a bright lad, a chap who knew his onions and used his God-given grey matter between his ears so he knew exactly what he was eyeballing when he was at the opening to Port Phillip Bay.....
...no, Snodgrass, it wasn't the secret door to Narnia....wrong, Cedric Longbottom, it was not the hidden back passage to your fathers wine cellar....yes, finally, Crispin, you pulled your finger out of the dyke (sorry, Ma'am) and got a leg over in class!
It was, in fact, the entrance to Port Phillip Bay he'd found.

1804 - Lieut-Col. David Collins examined the site of Launceston, but, being a picky bugger, he decided to continue on to the River Derwent.

1808 - Not a great day for Lieutenant John Putland, son-in-law of Governor Bligh, who died on this day of tuberculosis at Government House and was buried in the grounds of Government House.
Then he got shifted all over the shop; next he was buried in a vault at old St Phillip's on Church Hill, but later relocated to Town Hall burial ground, then later relocated to St Stephens (headstone remains in present St Phillip's). Mary Putland had intended to have the body sent back to England, but was prevented by the outbreak of the rebellion.

1810 - Today saw Gov Lachlan Macquarie stamp his foot and get Roolly Cross with those naughty mischievous monkeys playing at the Rum Rebellion in the NSW Corps who had deposed Macquarie's predecessor poor old Gov Bligh; Lachlan cancelled all the land grants, bequests and trials, then dismissed all the trouble makers from authority.
He was cleaning out his closet.

1812 - They were all cock-a-hoop at the Notice of arrival of the ship Speedwell at Sydney filled to the gunwales with Shoalhaven cedar.

1814 - Things were looking up for Thomas West when he received a conditional pardon today in consideration of his general good conduct and character for sobriety and industry and in having erected a water mill for the grinding of grain at Barcom Glen within two miles of Sydney, being the first water-mill ever erected in the vicinity of Sydney.

1815 - The Frances and Eliza, en route to Australia with 123 convicts, were captured by US pr...

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19:40

Yen Surges After Apple Upsets the Currency Cart "IndyWatch Feed National"

Traders point to a jump in activity on Japanese retail trading platforms, poor liquidity elsewhere in the market, and fragility of investor sentiment

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Currency markets were thrown into a spasm early in Asia on Thursday, with the Japanese yen surging during less-than-liquid trading hours, following weeks in which market sentiment has soured.

The U.S. dollar fell by as much as 3.7% against the yen, immediately following a weaker-than-expected sales forecast from Apple Inc. that was issued after U.S. markets closed. The currency retraced much of its move in later trading, and was recently down 1.1% against the yen at 107.63 as European markets opened.

Traders pointed to a significant jump in currency trading volumes on Japanese retail trading platforms, poor liquidity elsewhere in the market, and the fragility of investor sentiment after a bleak and volatile end to 2018 as key factors behind the market moves.

Theres very thin liquidity, said Michael Turner, currency strategist at RBC Capital Markets, based in Sydney. It seems like everyones taking any cues to sell whatever they can.

The Apple result being poor, can you really blame that? he added, In ordinary times, people wouldnt bother with a theory like that, but in this sort of skittish environment anything can happen.

The yen tends to be popular as a so-called haven currency during times of economic or political turmoil. Japanese investors often repatriate overseas investments during weak market periods, driving up the value of the yen.

Other currencies were hit during Thursdays sharp repricing. The British pound was down 0.4% against the U.S. dollar at $1.255, while the Australian dollara common barometer of risk appetitedropped 0.3% to $0.696.

Moves against some other currencies were even l...

Friday, 09 November

18:44

Coal Power Killing Australians. "IndyWatch Feed Survival"


Hi Keith,
We are pleased to announce that on Wednesday 21 November 2018, EJA will be releasing a report we commissioned into the health burden from air pollution due to electricity generation in NSW. 

This is the first report of its kind in Australia, despite decades of pollution belching from coal-fired power stations throughout Australia. The report has implications for millions of Australians.  
Be one of the first to hear about the findings direct from the author, Dr Ben Ewald an epidemiologist. During November, Dr Ewald will address a series of public forums in NSW. For details and to confirm youre coming, click on the links below.
Sydney, 21 November, 6:30pm Glebe Town Hall 
Lake Macquarie, 22 November, 6:30pm Club Macquarie  
Newcastle, 26 November, 6:30pm Newcastle Town Hall 
Lithgow, 28 November, 6:30pm Uniting Church Parish Hall Lithgow  
Central Coast, 29 November, 6:30pm Wyee Community Hall
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