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Sunday, 19 August

19:40

Parents selectively aborting children based on their gender We need to know the sex. If its a girl we are going to terminate it "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

 

Sonographs often used to determine sex of baby so the girls can be killed

It is a moment burned into the memory of a veteran sonographer.

A number of years ago, the sonographer was asked by a couple at their scan around 12 weeks to tell them the gender of their developing baby.

They said something along the lines of We need to know the sex, because if its a girl we are going to terminate it, they said.

You have to deal with things like terminal cancer and miscarriages when youre working as a sonographer. But this occasion, it still sickens me to this day.

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Parents selectively aborting children based on their gender

New Australian research, revealed this month, has indicted that a group of parents could be aborting female babies because of a preference for sons. Its led to questions over whether it is necessary to provide parents with early information about the sex of their fetuses.

Already, many obstetricians and sonographers dont routinely provide gender information at the 12-week scan when people can still readily access abortion, largely because its not always accurate and there is rarely any medical purpose. Yet there is an unwillingness to follow in the path of China and India, where abortion of female foetuses is a well-identified problem, and there are bans on early gender reveals.

Advances in science and technology mean Australians are now able to find out the sex of their baby from as early as 10 weeks, via a blood test that also screens for chromosomal disorders such as Down syndrome. Others may find out their babys sex during an ultrasound around the 12-week mark.

While ultrasound providers have different protocols on whether they reveal the gender of the baby at the first scan, its the stance of the Australasian Sonographers Association that they should play no part in the debate around gender selection.

The associations chief executive, Jodie Long, said if the sonographer was confident in being able to identify the gender, then they would provide that information if asked.

What the parents do with information is not for the sonographer to determine, she said

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18:22

pink-eared duck at Lake near Gracemere, central Queensland reported by Andrew McDougall on 19-08-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The dry is pushing birds east. I saw 1,200 pink-eared ducks fly in and land on an unnamed lake near Gracemere.

18:02

Please watch this video from Victoria Police. Someone must know who this man is. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

This is Chloe and she has bravely shared her story in the hope that someone may recognise the offender who raped and assaulted her. We urge you to watch this and please share to bring Chloe justice. pic.twitter.com/nWSNkhRwSQ Victoria Police (@VictoriaPolice) August 18, 2018

15:46

Madge Digest #152 August 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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15:08

Great Barrier Reef Politics "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Australias environment has been in precarious hands since European settlement found its lengthy and persistent way to the continent.  It has been mined, mauled, drained, farmed, deforested and despoiled at a rate that was only restrained by the size of its small but rapacious populace.  When environmental matters have made an appearance, they have done so with a veil of political opportunism.  Few typify this more than Labors environment minister Senator Graham Richardsons efforts regarding the Tasmanian forests.  To win over the conservation-minded voter in marginal, city-based seats, it was good to go green at least for a bit.

The Great Barrier Reef has not been exempt from the political tussles of a troubled environmental conscience.  Its monumental size, and its status as an ecological wonder meant little in the late 1960s, when the appetite for development mattered most.  In 1967, it seemed to be facing imminent destruction, another casualty of a predatory mining industry keen for new conquests.  The state of Queensland had elected a National Party government hungry to exploit the environments wares.

As local tour operator Alistair Pike explained to the ABC, We had a fairly full-on development oriented government and mate, if they couldnt drill it, mine it, chop it down or whatever, they really didnt want to know about it.  It took characters such as that feted rat bag of an activist, rogue of action and Mission Beach artist John Bsst to bring angered but focused attention on threats to bulldoze Ellison Reef.  An impeccably connected person, he had the ear of Australian prime minister and fellow diver Harold Holt.  A cast of characters were duly mobilised: the CSIRO forester Len Webb, and president of the Queensland Wildlife Society Judith Wright became enthusiastic and un-phased recruits.

In the Australian environmental conscience, this gorgeously freakish wonder of ecology has been seen in isolation, its problems a local provenance and interest rather than a global phenomenon of ailing.  As the earth continues is warming push, earthbound, and very terrestrially unimaginative politicians have been attempting to treat the Reefs woes as separately resolvable from the broader challenges of climate change.

Little wonder, then, that a problem viewed in such limited terms could be duly remedied by donations without tender, lump sum payments without review.  Narrowly viewed problems tend to lead to narrowly devised solutions.  Such was the nature of the Turnbull governments $...

12:13

ABC poll >100,000 people on Anning speech - majority say nothing to apologise for "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

From Senator Fraser Anning today: ABC News and ABC Brisbane did recent polls with 65,000 and 38,400 people voting respectively. The overwhelming majority of people (60% and 75%) agreed that I have nothing to apologise for in my recent speech which called for an immigration plebiscite. I think the Canberra...

12:01

W&J leaders call on Qld Govt not to extinguish native title "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MEDIA RELEASE 18 August 2018 Traditional Owners vow to continue to defend their land rights against Adani ~ W&J leaders say appeal pending against court decision favouring Adanis land grab ~ Request no action from Queensland Government on extinguishment of native title ~ Senior Counsel advice says the State not obliged to wipe out land title ~ Appeal to UN for urgent action on failure of Australian law to protect the right to free prior informed consent ~ Adani ILUA proves Native Title system needs major reform In the wake of yesterdays adverse Federal Court decision against their challenge to Adanis ILUA, Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners say yesterdays judgement merely confirms the limitations of the native title system, and fails to address their right as Indigenous people to free, prior and informed consent, which is at the heart of their action. Mr Adrian Burragubba, one of five applicants in the case, and W&J cultural leader says: We are calling on the Queensland Government to rule out extinguishing our native title in any part of our land. Once native title is gone, it is gone forever. It would be a travesty for the Government to wipe out our title for Adani. If Queensland can stop them dredging the Reef before Adani has money, or pull the pin on $1 billion NAIF funding, they can surely protect our rights to our land. They must not hand a private corporation land title at our expense, based on discriminatory laws. The Queensland Government has a clear choice here, and yesterdays ruling in no way forces them to proceed to extinguish our native title. Dont be fooled, it is up to the Government what happens next. Adani cant be trusted; how can they say they respect the rights, history, future intentions and requests of the traditional owners? We are Traditional Owners, we are the people from that land, and they have never respected our decisions, or our right to free prior informed consent, or our aspirations to care for our ancestral country. They split our people for their own ends and then try to claim they care. They should walk away in shame for all the damage they have done. Ms Linda Bobongie, another applicant and chairperson of the Traditional Owners Council, says: While we respect the decisions of the courts, we arent satisfied by this judgement and will work with our legal team to prepare an appeal to a higher court. We know the Queensland Government has no obligation to act on extinguishment for Adani. They should wait until all our appeals are exhausted. We held out hope for this legal avenue, but anticipated a conservative judgement within the Native Title system, and were prepared for the decision. Our Council has vowed to continue to defend our lands and waters from Adanis destruction. We call on Adani to immediately withdraw from this damaging project on our land. No administrative decisions that block our rights will stop us standing our ground to defend and protect Wangan a...

09:47

Brown Songlark at Korman Road, Dohles Rocks reported by Andy Jensen on 19-08-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Two male Brown Songlarks at Korman Road Dohles Rocks this morning on the claypan. Terrible record shot attached before my camera battery died. Also a fly through Pallid Cuckoo. A few drier country birds around Brisbane at the moment. Hopefully going to be a good spring...

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Saturday, 18 August

23:56

ESP Test Zener Cards "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

ESP test Zener cards online. Zener cards are a set of 25 cards with five basic symbols repeated five times a circle, a star, a square...

The post ESP Test Zener Cards appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.

22:28

Journalist Shane Dowling to be sentenced to possible jail for criticizing a judge and Registrar Christopher Bradford "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

I will be sentenced on Wednesday the 22nd of August and possibly jailed for contempt of court for saying something in court that was critical of a Supreme Court of NSW judge and Registrar Christopher Bradford. I cannot say what I said as there is a suppression order and bail conditions stopping me from doing []

17:03

Child abuse, Roman Catholic ecclesiastical law not working "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Pope Francis I and child abuse survivor Peter Saunders when he joined papal commission in 2014

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Although the Roman Catholic Church has its own legal system, it is unsuitable to prosecute suspects of sexual violence, says Peter Saunders. He was one of the two victims of abuse who took part in the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, set up by Pope Francis.

Last year he and the other victim resigned, partly because they got obstruction from the Vatican. Ecclesiastical courts do not take the victims into account, and if they come to a conviction, then they impose far too light penalties, eg, a life of repentance, says Saunders. A prison term is not an option.

In Pennsylvania, for the first time in history, from outside the church the seriousness and extent of ecclesiastical abuse has been established in a United States American state. It is only one of the fifty states, but it is a beginning.

Soon, the powerful cardinal George Pell will also have to stand trial in Melbourne. Recently, the Australian was the number three man in the Vatican, and he seemed untouchable.

Many Chilean clergy are accused of absuse and the covering....

17:01

16:36

W&J leaders call on Qld Govt not to extinguish native title "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MEDIA RELEASE

18 August 2018

 

Traditional Owners vow to continue to defend their land rights against Adani

~ W&J leaders say appeal pending against court decision favouring Adanis land grab

~ Request no action from Queensland Government on extinguishment of native title

~ Senior Counsel advice says the State not obliged to wipe out land title

~ Appeal to UN for urgent action on failure of Australian law to protect the right to free prior informed consent

~ Adani ILUA proves Native Title system needs major reform

 

In the wake of yesterdays adverse Federal Court decision against their challenge to Adanis ILUA,  Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners say yesterdays judgement merely confirms the limitations of the na...

16:00

The Weekend Quiz August 18-19, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

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

Question 1:

Only one of the following propositions is possible (with all balances expressed as a per cent of GDP):

  • A nation can run an external deficit and equal government surplus while the private domestic sector is saving overall.
  • A nation can run an external deficit and equal government surplus while the private domestic sector is dissaving overall.
  • A nation can run an external deficit and a larger government surplus while the private domestic sector is saving overall.
  • None of the above are possible as they all defy the sectoral balances accounting identity.

The best answer is the second option A nation can run an external deficit and equal government surplus while the private domestic sector is dis-saving overall.

This is a question about the sectoral balances the government fiscal balance, the external balance and the private domestic balance that have to always add to zero because they are derived as an accounting identity from the national accounts.

To refresh your memory the 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:

(1) 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 tax revenue minus total transfer and interest payments (the latter are not counted independently in the expenditure Expression (1)).

Further, as...

15:13

Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang VH-KXM Back at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Thursday 16 August, Gulf Coast Aviation Cessna 510 Citation Mustang bizjet VH-KXM was back at Rockhampton Airport, touching down from the Sunshine Coast.  It had flown down there from Rocky on Tuesday 14 August - as posted below.

VH-KXM at Rockhampton Airport on a previous visit  (File photo)

After spending the night, VH-KXM was noted departing Rockhampton Airport for the Toowoomba-West Wellcamp Airport before it flew back to the Sunshine Coast.  It then flew North to Cairns and Vanrook Station before returning to Cairns.

And just to complete the 'deja-vu' of our BLog post below, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was back in CQ once again this week, completing yet another medical evacuation flight out of Mackay Airport.  Early on Friday 17 August, it flew down from Townsville and then departed to Brisbane.

Finally, on Thursday 16 August, the locally-based Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 bizjet N142GZ was noted departing Mackay Airport for Brisbane.

Photo taken by IAD  

15:06

That'd do me for attempted murder "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A police officer on a motorcycle had a lucky escape yesterday after a motorist allegedly deliberately swerved into his path at Harlaxton before driving away at high speed. https://t.co/JMw5LIQoSA pic.twitter.com/QhLdqooX02 Queensland Police (@QldPolice) August 18, 2018

13:08

The glass very full "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

On HODL...

A double-shot Friday, with speeches from both Reserve Bank Governor Lowe and Assistant Governor Luci Ellis.

Lowe's speech effectively confirmed that the inflation target is asymmetric.

Although 'committed' to the 2 to 3 per cent inflation target, the next move in interest rates will be up, he noted, even though inflation is yet again set to fall below the target.

As energy and fuel price pressures ease the rate of inflation will likely drop over the second half of the year.

That's good to the extent that it eases pressure on household budgets, of course.

But, in the spirit of Mr. Micawber, it is hoped that eventually inflation will pick up again.

Amazon might have something to say about that as retail price deflation again rears its head.

Rates on hold

Whether you agree or otherwise, at least it's been made clear: the cash rate is going to be set at 1.5 per cent for a long time!

Probably a very long time.

Lowe also delivered an interesting interpretation of housing credit dynamics, noting that the slowing of the housing market had reduced demand for credit by investors, in doing so citing low mortgage rates as evidence that the reduced supply of credit has not been the main story.

The plural of anecdote is not data, but that's not quite the feedback we've been getting from mortgage brokers. 

Semantics, maybe, given the reflexive nature of such things.

Luci on lags

Assistant Governor Ellis also presented an interesting speech on lags, showing how the unemployment rate has been improving (if not very much for the long term unemployed).
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11:24

A Pair of RAAF British Aerospace (BAe) Hawk 127 Jets Heard Flying Around Fraser Coast "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

During the afternoon on Monday 13 August, a pair of  Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) British Aerospace (BAe) Hawk 127 jet training aircraft were heard flying around the Fraser Coast region and specifically Maryborough.

A pair of Hawks depart Rockhampton Airport in 2016  (File photo)

While it appears that the Hawks were at no stage able to be photographed, after being heard in the Maryborough area, they flew South via Fraser Island and exited the area.

Both Hawks were heard to be using the radio callsign of "Bobcat".

Photo taken by Scott Harris 

11:09

MACKAY Drugs, firearm, cash and snake found by raids in Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY August 18, 2018 at 08:52AM ,

Drugs, firearm, cash and snake found by raids in Mackay

August 18, 2018 at 08:52AM ,

ELEVEN people will face the Mackay Magistrates court after a slew of drug related charges were made in Mackay this week. Police working with the

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11:09

MACKAY Drug Enforcement, Mackay "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY August 17, 2018 at 04:22PM ,

Drug Enforcement, Mackay

August 17, 2018 at 04:22PM ,

She was remanded in custody to re-appear on September 6 in the Mackay Magistrates Court. A 24-year-old man from Mackay was arrested and

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MACKAY Worker steals nearly $20K from Mackay business "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY August 18, 2018 at 05:52AM ,

Worker steals nearly $20K from Mackay business

August 18, 2018 at 05:52AM ,

Lirije Citaku, 37, spent around $120,000 through what the Mackay Magistrates Court was told was her gambling addiction, pouring her hard earned

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MACKAY Mackay police officer faces court "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY August 15, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Mackay police officer faces court

August 15, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

A MACKAY police officer accused of accessing the police computer system data to provide information to others faced Mackay Magistrates Court

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MACKAY Man, 81, crashes car after bowls club drinking session "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY August 15, 2018 at 08:07AM ,

Man, 81, crashes car after bowls club drinking session

August 15, 2018 at 08:07AM ,

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10:16

Drought, wind and heat: Bushfire season is starting earlier and lasting longer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

ABC News, The Conversation By Owen Price 17 Aug 18 

08:54

Sapphire renewable energy hub wins approval solar and storage to come RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

CWP Renewables wins planning approval to add 200MW solar plus battery storage to existing 270MW wind farm at Sapphire in northern NSW. The post Sapphire renewable energy hub wins approval solar and storage to come appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Sapphire renewable energy hub wins approval solar and storage to come RenewEconomy

07:00

Reverse Alchemy ... STT turns forest gold into more chips and debt "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Even after the 2017 fire sale of the states hardwood plantations, it is without doubt that STT will incur a net debt again over the past financial year. Regardless of what the balance sheet reveals in October, native forest logging in Tasmanian will continue to be a retrograde step both economically and ecologically. So what is the future for this out-dated industry ... ?

06:45

Reviewed! Eroding the Edges of Nature "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Book review by Geoff Holloway: Eroding the Edges of Nature by Kevin Kiernan. Fullers Publishing, Hobart.  ISBN 978-0-6482180-2-9 But tourism can be a double-edged sword. The quest for money that might be earned from tourism has the same potential to result in excess and over-reach as can occur in any other form of commercial enterprise. Its environmental consequences can be severe. An old axiom cautions that tourism is like fire, because while it can cook your food and keep you warm if managed properly, if poorly attended it can also burn down your house. The key determinants of whether good or bad is delivered by tourism are the degree to which the natural, cultural and social values present are recognised an observation that we can only hope all levels of government might heed  

06:36

MyHealth: everybody should be in "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

THE furore in the past fortnight over whether MyHealth should be opt-in or opt-out misses the point. Once the security concerns are fixed, there should be no opt at all. Everyone who uses Medicare or the PBS should be in MyHealth whether they like it or not.

Australia seems to be increasingly infected with the US contagion of an instinctive distrust of government so strong that people believe everything government does is bad and that no government would be better than any government.

It is a very destructive position.

Data, kept by government or in the private sector, is more often a friend than a foe.

Yes, it can be misused. But the answer is not to block its collection and distribution, but to make sure its collection and dissemination are secure.

The advantage of MyHealth most often cited is that it provides accurate details about individual patients to health providers thus preventing, for example, the administration of drugs to which the patient is allergic, or administering incompatible drugs or other treatment that might clash with the patients past treatment.

But the value of MyHealth could be much greater. With modern computing power the data could reveal astonishingly useful stuff things like cancer clusters, the effectiveness of drugs, and geographic prevalence of disease. Even drug incompatibilities or bad side effects could be detected well before case-by-case events bleep on the radar.

Stripped of individual identification the raw data of every interaction between people and the health system would reveal correlations, possible causations, trends, and lines of further inquiry that could lead to better treatments and avoidance of bad ones.

However, if people are allowed to opt out or fail to opt in, the database would become biased. In particular, socially disconnected and disadvantaged people are unlikely to opt in, and careful, fretful people would opt out. The remaining database would then not be reflective of the whole population.

If anything MyHealth is not comprehensive enough. A lot of the record relies on the patient manually inputting events and treatments.

It should be more automated. Virtually every health transaction goes into a computer somewhere, so it should not be too difficult to have them all automatically transmitted to each patients MyHealth account.

The Australian Taxation Office does it using the same MyGov portal as MyHealth.

The ATO automatically gathers wage and salary information, interest payments from financ...

06:30

Did you know ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

How many people know that in mid-summer the very first light of each new day that touches the continental land mass of Australia, does so on the pinnacle of Mount Wellington? The deeply spiritual significance of this is without compare. Do we want that light to illuminate a place that should be sacred to all Australians, or would we rather it lit up a crass commercial project, devised primarily to loot the wallets of visiting tourists ?

04:13

An Australian schoolboy hacked into Apple Servers and stole 90GB of secure files "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

According to Australian media, a teen hacker broke into Apple mainframe and downloaded 90GB of secure files. He dreams to work for the Tech Giant.

I believe it is time for Apple to hire an Australian 16-year old schoolboy who hacked its computer systems. Yes, it is not a joke, according to Australian media the teen hacker broke into Apple mainframe and downloaded 90GB of secure files.

It is embarrassing, the young hacker targeted Apple system from his home in Melbourne.

Downloaded data included extremely secure authorized keys used to grant login access to users, as well as access multiple user accounts, Apple declared that no customer data was exposed.

When the authorities identified the young hacker, he explained that he attempted to hack Apple because he is a fan of the company and dreamed of working for it.

According to the Childrens Court of Victoria, the schoolboy hacked the companys servers numerous times in more than a year, only when Apple finally discovered the intrusion, the company contacted the FBI.

Feds with the help of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) blocking the hacker and identified him.

The Apple security team discovered the unauthorised access, contained it, and reported the incident to law enforcement.

[We wanted] to assure our customers that at no point during this incident was their personal data compromised added Apple.

Apple hacked

The police raided the home of the schoolboy last year and found evidence of the hack, the agents found hacking files and instructions saved in a folder called hacky hack hack. The police also seized a mobile phone and hard drive.

Two Apple laptops were seized, and the serial numbers matched the serial numbers of the devices which accessed the internal systems, a prosecutor was quoted as saying by Australian media The Age. A mobile phone and hard driv...

03:11

16-year-old hacks Apple and steal 90GB of secure files "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Australian teenager hacks into Apples secure network and steals 90GB of data

An Australian teenager is facing criminal charges for repeatedly breaking into Apples computer system after the company contacted the FBI, reports The Age. The teenager who began hacking at the age of 16, reportedly hacked into Apples private servers and stole over 90GB of sensitive corporate information on multiple occasions over a year.

The teen, who cannot be publicly named, was well known in the international hacking community. He pled guilty in Australian Childrens Court on Thursday, with sentencing set for next month. The teenagers lawyer said in court that the boy was a big fan of Apple who dreamed of working for the company.

Hacky hack hack

During a raid on his family home in Melbourne, the authorities found downloaded files saved in a folder called Hacky hack hack. They also seized two Apple laptops, along with a mobile phone and hard drive. According to the prosecution, the two Apple laptops that were seized and their serial numbers matched the serial numbers of the devices which accessed the internal systems.

Modus operandi of the teenager

Apparently, the boy downloaded tens of gigabytes of secure files and accessed authorized keys that granted login access to users. He then managed to use security keys that worked flawlessly to access Apples information. He also allegedly had a look at customer accounts. The teenager used a virtual private network (VPN) to disguise his location.

Apple last year alerted the FBI, when it detected the unauthorized access and blocked the source of the intrusions, who launched the investigation. FBI, then coordinated the case with the Australian Federal Police (AFP), after the source of the intrusions was traced to Australia.

It is unclear if any of the acquired data was forwarded to third parties. However, it is understood that the teen hacker used WhatsApp to communicate his intrusion to others. Also, there is no clarity on the extent of the breach, or what type of accounts or other information were accessed, and if the breach was only limited to Australia or was it worldwide.

Apple has not yet commented on the case.

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Friday, 17 August

22:53

Age Of Debauchery "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Join Adam for the crazz files podcast to discuss & break down the system around us.
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22:07

16-Year-Old Teen Hacked Apple Servers, Stole 90GB of Secure Files "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Well, there's something quite embarrassing for Apple fans. Though Apple servers are widely believed to be unhackable, a 16-year-old high school student proved that nothing is impossible. The teenager from Melbourne, Australia, managed to break into Apple servers and downloaded some 90GB of secure files, including extremely secure authorized keys used to grant login access to users, as well as

18:51

Threatened-Listed Species And The Proposed Cable Car "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The debate about the proposed cable car on kunanyi/Mt Wellington has already been a dismal spectacle of false claims and questionable standards on both sides.  On this site I have already dealt with claims that concern polling or other poll-shaped objects that claim to mention public opinion (see the rolling Polling on the Mt Wellington Cable Car Proposal article and the earlier Public Opinion and the Mt Wellington Cable Car.) 

Now it is time for me to post a new article covering the already suspect claims in the area of threatened species impacts, in the hope of deterring any more threatened species nonsense and encouraging everybody involved to actually do some research.  While this is mainly a psephology site, most of my professional income comes from working on invertebrates of the non-political kind, and I am Tasmania's only living expert on native land snails.  I also have a keen amateur interest in native orchids, and have worked on or surveyed for a range of threatened species of various kinds.

The catalyst for the current burst of threatened species claims is a proposal by the cable car proponent, the Mt Wellington Cableway Co, to have its proposed cable car depart from a site on Main Fire Trail.  This proposal includes a new road from McRobies Gully (see route maps here and here) in an area of bushland that includes extensive areas of a state-listed threatened vegetation community (Eucalyptus tenuiramis on sediments.)

While permission might in theory be given to destroy a threatened vegetation type through this area, the status of this forest means the chance of the proposed road gaining "social licence" from the residents of nearby suburbs is zero, and would be low even without a cable car at the end.  That an impression was originally given that the road would run along an existing firetrail, only to turn out that it would mostly require fresh clearing, hasn't helped.  The proposed road has run into further opposition from the Hobart City Council's Parks and Recreation Committee, which has not only not supported the proponent's request to conduct a flora and fauna survey, but has also recommended that the Council refuse to allow any use of its land on the foothills of the mountain for the project at all.  However a future Council could overthrow that decision, making the whole issue a magnet for political shenanigans on both sides in the leadup to the October council elections.

Not content with all that, some o...

06:30

Reverse Alchemy ... STT turns forest gold into more chips and debt ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Even after the 2017 fire sale of the states hardwood plantations, it is without doubt that STT will incur a net debt again over the past financial year. Regardless of what the balance sheet reveals in October, native forest logging in Tasmanian will continue to be a retrograde step both economically and ecologically. So what is the future for this out-dated industry ... ?

06:07

Norfolk Bay Salmon Farm Shock Galvanises Locals "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Huon Aquacultures installation of salmon pens in Norfolk Bay, without public consultation or independent assessment of social and marine impacts, has angered and frustrated Southern Beaches and Tasman Peninsula residents

06:00

Government a joke after gag attempt ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Willy Hodgmans government in Tasmania is crawling with Christians and now we know that one of its God-fearing number dobbed in Angela Williamson to her employer, Cricket Tasmania, for the sin of terminating her pregnancy Michael Ferguson: Cricket Australia matter I welcome the finding by Tasmania Police yesterday in relation to the complaint from the Labor Party. As I have said all along, I absolutely refute any claims that I passed on private medical records or any information that was not in the public domain. I simply cannot have done so as I do not have access to Ms Williamsons private medical information Will Hodgman: No Code of Conduct breach Labor: Michael Fergusons explanation just not plausible

05:45

Pope Francisyphus "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Satire*: Martyn Turner* used with permission

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Thursday, 16 August

05:30

The sad story of St James, Montagu Bay ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

This put St James in a very healthy financial position, also one of the long-term church members had passed away and left a generous bequest to the church. All up, using the reserve banks calculation tables, in today`s values the money was in the area of $100,000. Unfortunately for St James the financial position at St Aidans was rather bad and without the consent of any of the committee or indeed the treasurer, somehow the money was removed from the control of St James and has effectively disappeared. Since then St James has been the poor cousin of St Aidans with the entire collection going to St Aidans and very little being returned despite parishioner numbers steadily increasing

05:20

Jobs for the boyzzzzzzzzzz ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The Hag has some news to report ... it seems former Minister for Energy Matthew Groom - who quit the government before the election and oversaw the disastrous and very costly Basslink failure which led to the importation of some 40 diesel generators - has a five-year sojourn on the Administrative Appeals Tribunal ... Download the ABC report ... groom-abc-thurs.mp3

05:15

Anna Reynolds, Independent for Mayor ... not Green ... ? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

So, why is Anna Reynolds running as Independent for Mayor ... rather than a Green?

05:09

Letter to Eric Abetz on UTAS properties ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Hi Mr Abetz* ... Im sure you will have plenty to say about this, how dare Ms Willsmore ignore a request by your esteemed colleague the Attorney-General Ms Archer. I also have some more bad news for you concerning Mr Bingham* the Integrity Commissioner, he told me he didnt have the power to investigate the extraordinary prices, involving $15 million, paid by UTas for CBD properties

05:00

Is NZ No Longer a Trout Fishers Paradise? "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

New Zealands world famous trout fishery is at the crossroads. The warning comes from a noted American fly fisherman Howard West, just turned 71, who has made regular visits to New Zealand to fish its crystal clear streams and catch big trout. But now he says the Kiwi trout fishery is at a dangerously critical stage

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Wednesday, 15 August

13:15

Wages growth up at a glacial pace "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Wages growth a bit better

Wage prices increased by 0.6 per cent in the June quarter.

That was the best quarter since all the way back in March 2014, remarkably.

It was enough to pull annual wages growth reluctantly up to 2.1 per cent. 

Around the traps the best performers were Victoria and Tasmania at 2 per cent. 

And the worst performers were Western Australia and the Northern Territory at 1 per cent, reflective of the resources cycle.

Indeed, mining was the worst performing sector at 1.33 per cent, followed by retail at 1.46 per cent. 


The best performing sector was healthcare at 2.74 per cent.

Melbourne is set to be the best performing economy going forward, with construction and job vacancies exploding.

The above figures confirm that low wages growth is not just about immigration - in fact wages growth is higher where the migrants are heading (and vice-versa).

Low wages growth is rather a...

13:02

Reflections on a Queensland senators recent remarks "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

I find Fraser Annings comments re banning Muslims from Australia, and the implied intolerance driving them, most distasteful.  But even more so, I find his ignorance frightening Senator Whish-Wilson calls on Bob Katter to expel Anning from his party

05:30

Sign a Petition: John Hawkins starts a petition ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Senator Erich Abetz and a Launceston to Hobart Chartered Flight. Why? Answer the question: As a Minister of the Crown, why was it required of you to charter a flight from Launceston to Hobart on the 8th August 2014 at a cost of some $1,850 ... ?

Sunday, 22 July

20:52

5 Years Too Long Rally: Photos "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Photos by Kathleen Chapman and anon.

19:46

Petition: Dont Deport Huyen stop separating families "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

We call on Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to immediately release Huyen from MITA detention centre and grant her permanent protection to avoid another indefinite family separation. Refugee families belong together. Please sign and support: https://www.megaphone.org.au/petitions/don-t-deport-huyen-stop-separating-families

19:21

PTUA welcomes rail pledges "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) has welcomed state Labor and Coalition pledges to expand Melbournes rail network.

Labor today pledged funding for a plan for airport rail via Sunshine if re-elected. In recent weeks the Coalition has pledged suburban rail extensions of the Cranbourne line to Clyde, and the Frankston line to Baxter.

PTUA spokesperson Daniel Bowen said that as Melbourne continues to grow, it was critical that the rail network grows with it.

All of these proposals are important, and its great to see both sides of politics recognising that Melbourne needs more rail.

With traffic congestion now a daily issue across the city, more people are looking for ways to get around without driving.

Melbourne Airport is one of the worlds busiest without a rail link[1]. The PTUA believes the proposed rail link must be fast, frequent, affordable, and have good connections to the rest of the public transport network.

Cranbourne East/Clyde, and Baxter are likely to see strong residential growth, and extending the suburban rail network to these areas, alongside upgrades to local buses, walking and cycling, will give more people viable transport options.

But Mr Bowen warned that the expansion of public transport would be undermined by the large scale road projects proposed by both sides.

Contrary to what the politicians will tell you, transport infrastructure is not about meeting current demand its about what we want our city to look like in the future, and how we want people to get around.

More motorways will generate more traffic. In contrast, more rail lines and train services will generate more trips on public transport which is a much better outcome.

Melbourne already has more kilometres of motorway than many cities of its size.

Well-run public transport, and especially heavy rail, can get vast numbers of people from A to B quickly, more efficiently and at less cost than in single-occupant cars. Thats why we look forward to commitments to further projects such as Melbourne Metro 2.

To really ensure our city continues to function, to ensure people have good access to employment, education and other opportunities, the key is fast frequent reliable public transport, trains trams and buses, along with good walking and...

19:09

MEDIA RELEASE 22/07 | TWENTY-THREE REFUGEES LEAVE NAURU FOR THE US "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Twenty-three refugees flew from Nauru to the US today, Sunday 22 July. The group includes two Rohingyan families, one couple with their three children; the other a father and his two sons. The rest are single men Rohingyan, Afghans, Pakistanis and Tamils. The refugees final destinations include New York, Oregan and Colorada. Over 1520(...)

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