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Sunday, 14 January

17:00

In which, thanks to a careless comment, the pond is forced on an acid Palin flashback with Dame Slap ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


The pond does faithfully read its comments - there's a matter of spam, wayward links and defamation for starters - but more so for the acid flashes and memory hits ... as with the anonymous reader who recalled Dame Slap and Sarah Palin, and sent the pond haring off down memory lane, and ending up in the rabbit hole in a pool of tears ...

The pond usually only deals with the fresh dung in the Murdochian stables, for fear of repetition, but how better to fill in a wet day in Sydney?


It was noted in the comments section how Dame Slap routinely picked winners, in much the same way that Sarah herself is a sure guide to winners ...


But that was 2016 ...


... and the pond is still in the time machine back in 2008, which doesn't fe...

13:00

In which the pond keeps to the left to avoid an unpleasant Akker Dakker duty ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


As the pond faces a hideous challenge this meditative Sunday, the first thought was to find a distraction, and Newtown certainly offers plenty of them ...

From hipsters stroking beards while contemplating phone to glad-wrapped fresh tats on the ankle to hippies who've strolled back in after modelling for a Melanie LP cover ... you know who you are ...


... to ostentatious greyhounds on parade to furious bike riders riding furiously and recklessly, Newtown has the lot ...

Now don't get the pond wrong. The attitude of Sydney drivers to bike riders is shocking and appalling, but there's a hierarchy in the streets, from cars down to bikes down to pedestrians, and the pond frequently happens to be a pedestrian, and so cops a lot from the fast or the furious, who, to avoid the crazed cars on the road, head off to the footpath and expect to make it their own.

The pond can't count the number of times a stealth bike bomber has crept up on it from behind, jangled its bell, and after the pond has jumped into the air, expects the pond to step aside so that the grand progress might continue ... but ...


In essence, keep to the left and give way.

The pond just included the rest because the pond loves acts of parlia...

12:41

1984: Dystopian Prophecies Become Reality Sydney Criminal Lawyers

By Paul Gregoire and Ugur Nedim The week after Donald Trumps inauguration in January last year, George Orwells novel Nineteen Eighty-Four became Amazons number one selling book. Penguin Books had to order a reprint of 75,000 copies to keep up with the increase in demand. It seemed people wanted to remind themselves about what might be in

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12:31

The gang crisis our leaders help create "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

What is it about the African gang crisis that's so disturbingly familiar?

In case you haven't been paying attention, Melbourne is supposedly in the grip of a crime wave. Not on the basis of statistics, which show arson, property damage, burglary and theft down (sexual offences and robbery are up), but on the basis of a series of front page articles over summer in the Herald Sun and also The Australian about African gangs, most of them South Sudanese.

Victoria's opposition wants to recall Parliament.

Federal minister Greg Hunt, whose day job is Health Minister and who last year had to apologise to the Supreme Court for calling it soft, says African gang crime is "out of control". Prime Minister Turnbull says he is alarmed by "growing gang violence". And Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says people are scared to go out to restaurants "because they are followed home by these gangs".

It's feeding on itself. A nationalist group says it's planning a rally on Sunday in order to "take a stand on the streets". African Australians are being harassed and worse by vigilantes who are suddenly emboldened. Police say a Daily Mail photographer helped create the latest "flare-up" by taking close-up photos of a group of Africans socialising.

"The teenagers had been doing nothing of public interest prior to the photographer's decision to move in," a memo reported by The Guardian says. The Mail labelled the scuffle that it helped create "the latest gang flare-up" and boasted that its pictures were "exclusive".

It is familiar because it happened in Sydney with Lebanese Muslim youths (remember the Cronulla riots?) and before that with "Asian gangs" in Cabramatta. In Adelaide a decade ago it was the "Gang of 49". There never was a Gang of 49, but The Advertiser coined the term to describe 49 mainly Aboriginal youths the police said they were looking for.

The catchphrase had incredibly unfortunate consequences. Former police say it created gangs. Dispossessed, often homeless, yout...

12:05

Sydney land values soar again "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Up & away

New South Wales saw another massive +14.6 per cent increase in total land values in the 2017 financial year, to more than $1.7 trillion.

These figures are not used for the calculation of rates, which are only updated every three years. 

The NSW Valuer General Report showed that once again residential land values in Sydney have been tearing along, with the state's residential land values rising by +14.1 per cent to $1.4 trillion, while rural land prices also increased on improved crop yields. 


Total land values have now recorded double-digit gains in financial years 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 respectively, including a thumping +20.7 per cent increase in FY2015. 

Rezoning drives uplifts

Some LGAs have been amalgamated, so in certain cases the FY2017 figures are not included in the graphic below, but the story was essentially more of the same. 

In blue chip Mosman the median land value ripped $315,000 or +17.1 per cent higher to $2,155,000, an all-comers record for Australia. 

The story wasn't much difference in the eastern suburbs jewel of Woollahra, where the median land value rose by $290,000 or +11.9 per cent to $2,030,000. 

Strathfield was yet again a strong performer with the median land value rising by $240,000 or +16.1 per cent to $1,730,000.

Indeed, over the past five financial years the greatest increases in median land value have been recorded in Hunters Hi...

11:12

Medical Marijuana Innovation: An Interview With Andrew Kavasilas Sydney Criminal Lawyers

In late 1930s Australia, dozens of cannabis-based medicines were widely available, either by prescription or over-the-counter. One of the most popular was Dr J Collis Brownes Chlorodyne, which was a preparation made from Nepalese cannabis resin. When a Victorian MP suggested that over-the-counter sales of Chlorodyne be stopped, country parliamentarians flew into a rage. The

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07:49

1) Yanto Awerkions trial adjourned again after prosecution witnesses fail to answer questions AWPA Sydney News


2) Papua, Mimika to Jointly Get 10% of Freeport's Divested Shares

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1) Yanto Awerkions trial adjourned again after prosecution witnesses fail to answer questions 

JANUARY 12, 2018
  • Treason trial of Independence petitioner Yanto...

07:00

The Sunrise Swimmers cityhippyfarmgirl

Nearly two years ago I loosely started a project as a way of reconnecting to a city I hadnt called home for a really long time. All I knew is, it would involve a camera and the ocean. As time Continue reading

00:16

New public register published as part of a federal crackdown on non-complying day care centres "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


This month the Turnbull Government published a new public register as part of its crackdown on fraud in the day care sector.

Australian Department of Education, Child Care Enforcement Action Register. 6 January 2018:

The Child Care Enforcement Action Register is a list of services that have been the subject of a sanction and/or immediate suspension under the A New Tax System (Family Assistance) (Administration) Act 1999 (the Administration Act).

In accordance with section 201B of the Administration Act, the Department of Education and Training (the department) publishes a list of services that have been sanctioned under section 200 and/or suspended under section 201A of that Act. Information published on this page only relates to those enforcement actions permitted to be published under the Family Assistance Law (FAL).

The department has established the Child Care Enforcement Action Register because it considers that information on sanctions should be available to the public. Information about the responsibilities and obligations of approved child care services and the FAL can be found on the departments website.

The information relates to enforcement action taken by the department between 1 July 2016 and 30 September 2017.

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Saturday, 13 January

21:42

3 cool things you may or may not know about Woy Woy All things Woy

1. The Ettalong Water slide
Most people know about the water slide opposite Ettalong War Memorial Club in the late 80's but do you know where it is now?


The tower section was sold to be converted to a climbing tower to a company in Queensland and the slide sections were given to a youth refuge at Somersby where it was installed next to a dam, from reports the ride was quite deadly and claimed a few victims so it was placed out of bounds , you can see the Google image below


2. Patonga Station
While researching I uncovered this article about the first proposed route for the nothern railway between Brooklyn and Woy Woy

The following extract is from the New South Wales Legislative Assembly, 1 December 1881, Answers to Questions, as reported by The Sydney Morning Herald, in relation to connecting the Great Southern and Northern Lines via the construction of the Homebush-Waratah Line:
...From this point the line takes a north-easterly direction towards Flat Rock Point, crosses the channel between the southern mainland and Long Island; thence across the Hawkesbury River to Dangar Island (37 miles [60 km] from Redfern); and thence across the main channel of the river to a tunnel through the cliffs on the northern bank to Patonga Creek; thence by a tunnel through the high land between that creek and Woy Woy Creek, thence across that creek and skirting the western shore of Brisbane Water, across Narrara Creek through to the village of Gosford (49 miles [79 km])...[
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17:53

Robo Cops Are Being Used Worldwide But Does the Public Want Them? Sydney Criminal Lawyers

A pilot programme using a robotic police officer in San Francisco has ended as quickly as it began after the machine waged a war on the homeless. The idea seemed sound enough: The San Francisco animal rescue group SPCA, (a non-profit organisation) employed the services of a $6 per-hour rented Robo Cop to monitor the

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16:58

Easy Homemade Beeswax Wraps Fig Jam and Lime Cordial

Last Christmas, our lovely friend Diana gave us a beeswax wrap to experiment with. It proved to a handy replacement for plastic bags and cling film, and an ideal way to wrap loaves of sourdough As its our goal to try and live greener in 2018, and given that commercial beeswax wraps are prohibitively expensive, []

12:04

La Gavotte Restaurant & Creperie ~ French - Noumea, New Caledonia B-Kyu

We sneak in a final cheeky lunch at La Gavotte, crepes and Breton style galettes by the water in Baie des Citrons. A light lunch in theory at least, after a week of meat and cream. La Gavotte has a menu of just about every French style filling you can think of, savoury, extremely smelly or fruity and sweet. Specialising in the Breton buckwheat galettes or the lighter fluffier crepes

08:01

January 13 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Melbourne"

1825 - ABSCONDING CONVICTS
We have been favoured with the following extract of a letter from Newcastle.... Six men have recently taken to the bush; indeed every settler is complaining of men absenting themselves without effect. Here on Sunday evening five prisoners and one soldier (the latter being on duty at the wharf) took the Commandants gig and proceeded to sea with the intention of taking the Government cutter Mars but were prevented (the night coming on with hazy weather) and made prisoner at Reids Mistake.

1827 - ChristChurch at Newcastle was in a bit of a state....the church was falling to bits, the churchyard, for want of a fence had been made a thoroughfare and pigs were permitted to root amongst the graves.
The repairs were commenced at long last on this day.

1834 - Ten convicts being transferred from Macquarie Harbour Penal Station on Sarah Island, Tas, seized the brig Frederick and sailed to Chile in it where they lived freely for two years. Four of the convicts were later recaptured and returned to Australia, where they escaped the death sentence for piracy through a legal technicality; as it was never officially launched it wasn't an official ship, and as it was taken from a harbour and not at sea it didn't meet the requirements for piracy.

1834 - Bryant Kyne was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of James Gavarin (Gevan, Gavan, Gavanagh, Govarin) at the Balmain residence of the solicitor-general, John Plunkett.

1851 - Charles FitzRoy got the short straw and became 'Governor-General of all Her Maj's Aussie Possessions'...the title now known as Guv-General.

1853 -  Today the South Australian Register published an article titled Journal of A Trip To Kangaroo Island, in which the author mentions Van Dieman Aboriginals living on Kangaroo Island.

1854 - Fire and timber buildings really didn't bode well for prime real estate when sparky flames burnt down 3 stores and 5 houses in Elizabeth Street in Melbourne.

1859 - The Railway line from Geelong to Williamstown (Vic) was extended to Melbourne at Spencer Street Railway Station.

1864 - G.E. Dalrymple had an empty dance card so he led an expedition by sea from Bowen to establish the port of Caldwell, Qld.

1874 - Robert Goswell was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Mary Anne Lloyd at Stapelford, Beverley.

1878 - One of Australia's first telephones was tested between La Perouse and Sydney, NSW. Similar experiments were conducted in Melbourne around that time by the proprietors of McLean Brothers and Rigg.

1879 - The ill-fated Glenelg-Marino steam-powered railway opened today in Crow-Eater country (South Oz) but it was not to last ...it was plagued with sand drifts , 2 fatal accidents, poor patronage and time was called on it in Apr...

07:53

South Australia is Building the Worlds Largest Thermal Plant "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Its official South Australia is going green. After flipping the switch on the worlds largest battery, the state has unveiled another project: the worlds largest thermal plant. The development is a result of SolarReserve receiving approval for its $650 million, 150-megawatt Aurora solar thermal plant.

When constructed, the facility will generate 500-gigawatt hours of energy each year enough to power around 90,000 homes with eight hours of full storage load. It will be located 30 kilometers north of Port Augusta, South Australia. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that it will be the worlds largest single-tower solar thermal power plant.

How does it work? Multiple heliostats (turning mirrors) are used to focus solar energy onto a single central tower. There, molten salt technology is utilized to store the heat. That heat can later be used to create steam, turn a turbine and, as a result, generate electricity. Each year, the plant will displace approximately 200,000 tonnes of CO2.

South Australias acting energy minister, Chris Picton, said the project is a welcome development for the state....

07:25

1) Indonesia sets framework for Freeport to yield control of Grasberg mine AWPA Sydney News


2) Papua to get Freeports shares
3) Indonesia lays groundwork for transfer of Grasberg mine to local control
4) Freeports exports fall short of quota
5) PT Freeport`s 51% divestment not negotiable: Indonesian minister
6) Batik Air to launch Surabaya-West Papua route on Jan. 19
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1) Indonesia sets framework for Freeport to yield control of Grasberg mine
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02:13

Lions give Salvos a festive boost The Weekly Times

RYDE Lions Project Co-Ordinator Lion Judy Harris presented the last cage of food to Salvation Army representative Graham Janes at the Gladesville Shopping Village on [more]

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02:06

Horse riding team thank generous sponsors The Weekly Times

MARSFIELDS Riding For the Disabled Centre is celebrating three years of support from the Ryde Business Forum. This is the third year that members and [more]

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01:46

Much travelled Ray turns 90 The Weekly Times

Gladesville identity Ray Merchant celebrated his 90th birthday on December 9 with family and friends at Ryde Eastwood Leagues Club. Ray moved to Gladesville in [more]

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Saturday, 30 December

21:42

Australia warship makes huge Arabian Sea hashish seizure "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

AFP

AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE/AFP | Australian officials described the seizure as a big setback for drug traffickers

SYDNEY (AFP)  An Australian warship has seized almost eight tonnes of hashish in the Arabian Sea, with the defence department Saturday estimating its street value at Aus$415 million (US$325 million).HMAS Warramunga has also confiscated 69 kilogrammes of heroin during maritime security manoeuvres in the area over the past three days.

The crew prepared extensively for a task like this and we were able to employ our helicopter and boarding crews to locate and board three suspect vessels, the ships commanding officer Dugald Clelland said.

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HMAS Warramunga

A thorough search by the boarding parties uncovered a large quantity of hashish and heroin intended for distribution around the world.

The drugs will be disposed of at sea.

Major General John Frewen, head of Australian Forces in the Middle East, described the seizure as a big setback for drug traffickers.

This operation will impact on the flow of narcotics around the world and the use of drug money to fund extremist organisations, he said.

The officials did not say which countrys shoreline the seized drugs were closest to.

The HMAS Warramunga is part of the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) naval partnership in which 30 nations patrol 2.5 million square miles of international waters.

The warship enforces maritime security with a focus on terrorist activity in the Middle East and Indian Ocean regions as part of the Combined Task Force (CTF) 150, which operates under the CMF.


21:22

Tanya Levin Hillsong public enemy no 1 How Hillsong pursued Tanya for two years using NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione a close friend of Brian Houstons police force "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Christian atheist Tanya Levin, Pastor Brian Houstons nemesis

 

Tanya Levin is Hillsong public enemy no 1.

Tanya wrote a book criticising Hillsong and has gotten up their nose for a long-time now.

Tanya went to the big annual Hillsong Conference in Homebush, Sydney a couple of years ago and did some interviews of people attending, outside the venue.

Hillsong had paid for NSW Police to be there and to sort out any issues or dissenters. I doubt they had much to do except target Tanya and try to help Hillsong to get rid of her once and for all.

Below is an article from 7 May this year about how NSW Police, on behalf of Hillsong, pursued Tanya for two years. That is, Hillsong used NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione a close friend of Brian Houstons police force to try to sort out Tanya.

Its a stretch to say, like the article below implies, that Andrew Scipione was directly involved with the Tanya Levin matter, which is highly unlikely. The reality is that once you off-side NSW Police and get charged, its hard to get rid of the charges unless you have an good able barrister.

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08:00

December 30 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

1788 - Governor Phillip ordered; seize and carry off some of the natives.
Two (2) of Supplys dinghies rowed across to Manly where;courteous [kidnappers]enticedentered into conversationwith a group of Aborigines digging pippie for lunch.
At a proper opportunityour people rushed in among them and seized two [2] men: the rest fled but the cries of the captives soon brought them back, with many others, to their rescue; and so desperate their struggles.
Only one [1] of them was secured, the other effected his escapestones. spears, firebrands[thrown]nor did they retreatuntil many musquets were fired over them.
The kidnapped warrior, aged about thirty (30), was wrestled into a dinghy; fastened by ropes to the thwarts of the boat and taken to Sydney.
Watkin Tench stood on shore reporting as the boat came to rest;his agitation was excessive, and the clamourous crowds who flocked around him did not contribute to lessen it.
Many unsuccessful attempts were made to learn his name; the governor therefore called him Manly, from the cove in which he was captured; this cove has received its name from the manly undaunted behaviour of a party of natives seen there, on our taking possession of the country.


Captain Arthur Phillip secured the capture of an Aboriginal person named Arabanoo to train as an interpreter.

1811 - The ship Speedwell arrived at Sydney with the first cargo of cedar from the Shoalhaven.

1821 - The NSW Government first permitted private distillation of grapes, sugar & grain...yippie, home brewed grog for New Years Eve!


1824 - A meeting between Wiradjuri resistance warrior Windradyne and Governor Brisbane took place at Parramatta; a great feast was held with 8 tribes comprising of approx. 400 Aboriginal People from far and wide (some travelling up to 200 miles) with Windradyne seeking an end to hostilities between settlers and Aboriginal people.


The Sydney Gazette reported in 1824 that...
"A SPORTING CENTENARIAN. - Margaret Evans died at the age 105. This extraordinary female was the greatest hunter, shooter, and fisher, of her time ; fiddled excellently, rowed stoutly, was a good joiner, was a blacksmith, shoemaker, boat builder, and maker of harps, and at 70 was the best wrestler in the country."

1828 - The Cascades female convict factory opens at Hobart.

1828 Whatshisname Stirling was told to spot his bot, park his arse and generally make himself at home by lounging about the Swan River to occupy it for the Brits.
Oh, and they pipped him up to Lt for the privilege.


1834 - Reverend Lancelot Threlkeld published An Australian Grammar of the Language Spoken by the Aborigines of the Hunter River. Threlkeldhad lived among with Abori...

05:04

The Holy Spirit what the Holy Spirit means to me part 22 The Holy Spirit and Sexual Sins as a Christian Pastor or Teacher "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 

brian houston and pat mesiti

The previous article on this site is my lead article about Pastor Pat Mesiti, a pastor of Hillsong Global Church and C3 Global Church. Both of these mega-churches are based in Sydney, Australia.

This previous article on Pat Mesiti is not a comic article or made up. It is true in every dot and tittle. This is the very sad thing about Pat Mesiti, and its reflective of Hillsong Global Church and C3 Global Church, which have enormous global reach.

Most people, and even Christians outside Australia, probably wont have heard of C3 Global Church based in Oxford Falls, Sydney. It has over 1000 churches in its network.

Most Christians in the West would have heard of Hillsong an End-Time Apostate Church and money-cult.

Brian Houston, global head pastor of Hillsong, and Phil Pringle, global head pastor of C3 Church, both Prosperity Gospel pastors and both very wealthy men, are New Zealanders by origin like me. Frank Houston, Brians father and the founder of Hillsong, was born in the same city as me Wanganui, in the lower North Island.

I know both of these men having been at Hillsong from near its inception in 1977 in Sydney, Australia. I knew Brian Houston before his father Frank made him a pastor in 1982.

And I spent some years in the six-year period from 1996 to 2002 attending and helping out at C3 Global Church. I was on Phil Pringles Build...

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