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Monday, 17 December

22:25

Re-Registered Kefford Corporation Gulfstream IV-SP Bizjet N7DK (ex N810LP) Pops into Hamilton Island Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

An interesting visitor to Hamilton Island Airport as the sun was setting on Monday 17 December with Kefford Corporation (of Victoria) Gulfstream IV-SP N7DK noted touching down from Melbourne (Essendon) via the Gold Coast.


The sleek Gulfstream, which is a familiar visitor to Central Queensland, has recently been re-registered from N810LP and was photographed above in late November outside the hangar at its Essendon Airport base.

After a short time on the ground, N7DK departed Hamo for Sydney.

Meanwhile, on both Monday 17 December and Sunday 16 December,  LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" has been noted visiting Proserpine (Whitsunday Coast) Airport.

On Sunday, it arrived from Townsville and departed to Brisbane, while on Monday it did the opposite, arriving from Brisbane and departing to Townsville.

Sincere thanks to Melbourne-based plane spotter Troy H for allowing us to share his photo!

Photo taken by Troy Hartmann 

20:35

QGAir Rescue Bell 412EP Helicopter VH-ESB at Emerald and Roma Airports - Plus Other Helicopter Movements Around CQ Airports "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

On Monday 17 December, Queensland Government (QGAir) Rescue Bell 412EP helicopter VH-ESB was noted flying South from its Townsville base to Emerald and Roma Airports.  It is unclear for the reason for the flight.

Sistership and fellow Bell 412 VH-ESD continues operate as "Rescue 521" on med-evac duties out of Townsville Airport.

https://www.facebook.com/rescue521queensland/

Meanwhile, another helicopter to visit Emerald and other CQ Airports also on Monday 17 December was Corporate Aviation Bell 429 Global Ranger helicopter VH-EQP.  It was originally noted calling into Biloela / Thangool Airport from its Southport before it continued to Wanella Station (near Coppabella).  VH-EQP then continued to Emerald Airport where it looked to be spending the night. 

Other helicopter movements heard on Monday 17 December included Calibre Aviation (Webb Helicopters) Williams UH-1H "Huey" VH-UEE "Helitack 422" and Aerial Agriculture (Heli Fleet) of Armidale Bell 206L-3 LongRanger III VH-ONR which were both noted departing Rockhampton Airport.  While Stirling Helicopters Eurocopter AS.350 Squirrel helicopters VH-WHW and VH-AGL, along with Touchdown Helicopters (Wollongong) OAS Parts (Bell) UH-1H Iroquois VH-OXI as "Helitack 229", all arrived into Rockhampton Airport.

McDermott Aviation / Heli-Lift Australia Helicopters Bell Textron Helicopter 214B-1 Big Lifter helicopter VH-SEK reportedly also remains at Gladstone Airport.

Finally, an interesting aircraft that was noted ferrying North via Emerald Airport last Tuesday 11 December was Pacific Aerospace PAC750XL VH-ZVM which arrived from Port Macquarie and then departed to Innisfail.

The aircraft is usually utilised as a parachuting aircraft and has recently been operating out of Elderslie Airport in New South Wales with Skydive Elderslie - Newcastle Sport Parachute Club.

VH-ZVM has since continued to further North to Horn Island.

18:42

Cash being demonised for greater control of the serfs in the colony called Australia "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Governments and corporations are now demonising cash, under whatever pretext the corporations think of this month, in order to gain full access to the tax slaves movements, which then can be used to control their lives.

Apparently now, if you save money for a 'rainy day' (plenty of those in Melbourne), then you're branded with a negative connotation that being of a hoarder.

Many humans from the herd population love the (digital) slavery they're in, i.e. being a 'product' that gives data way to corporations for very little reward, like $2 for every 50 litres of fuel purchased, for surrendering their docket, which contains the purchaser's history within that docket.

The forcing of people to go cashless is not for the benefit to those people, but rather government and corporations, although there are many arguments put forward, where convenience is pushed as the main selling point.

Forget about the farcical excuse of security.

Going cashless gives rise to more credit card fraud as mentioned in mainstream media news articles;

You are demonised for hoarding cash, where you are told that it's fine being in the bank, but 'fine' for who?

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18:19

In which BBC Radio 4 re-divides Jerusalem "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Listeners to BBC Radio 4s Today programme on December 15th heard the following (from 05:06 here) in a news bulletin presented by Alan Smith. [emphasis in italics in the original, emphasis in bold added]

Smith: Australia says it now recognises West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel but it wont be moving its embassy from Tel Aviv at this stage. The prime minister Scott Morrison has also acknowledged the aspirations of Palestinians for a future state with its capital in East Jerusalem. The divided city, where the Israeli parliament is located, is not internationally recognised as the countrys capital. Phil Mercer reports from Sydney.

Apparently BBC Radio 4 along with the BBCs correspondent in Sydney is so used to using the politically partisan term East Jerusalem that it has forgotten that although Jerusalem was indeed divided during the nineteen-year period of the unrecognised Jordanian occupation that began in 1948, it was ...

17:43

Endangered Red Goshawks netted and tagged during nesting season "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Red Goshawk on Cape York (Image by John Young)

The Queensland Labor Government has handed responsibility for a controversial program that nets and tags the endangered Red Goshawk on Queensland's Cape York Peninsula to international mining giant Rio Tinto. The goshawks are caught and tagged during their nesting season.

A Red Goshawk caught near its nest near Weipa in a bow net and fitted with a GPS satellite transmitter in a harness disappeared three months later. The then Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection told north Queensland blogger Tony Nielson in February 2017 that a month after the adult female disappeared, its female fledgling was also netted and fitted with a tracking device; the movements of that bird were being tracked 12 months later.

Queensland Environment Department & Rio Tinto personnel with captured juvenile Red Goshawk
Netting and tagging can provide valuable information about the movements of migratory waders and other birds, but such programs should be conducted in moderation and with great care. An important shorebird roost at Toorbul in South-East Queensland, for instance, was deserted for a considerable time after ca...

16:29

Solar farms getting smaller, cheaper and smarter to overcome grid hurdles RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Kanowna solar farm near Moree believed to be first to use both DC optimisers and centralised DC-coupled inverters to cater for battery storage and get around network connection hurdles. The post Solar farms getting smaller, cheaper and smarter to overcome grid hurdles appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Solar farms getting smaller, cheaper and smarter to overcome grid hurdles RenewEconomy

15:59

A youth activist on the climate crisis: politicians wont save us "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

 https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/dec/14/climate-change-young-people-cop24-conferenceAt the COP24 conference, leaders lack the urgency felt by communities on the frontlines of a global threat

As wildfires burn, as temperatures rise, as the last remaining old-growth forests in Poland are logged, world leaders are in Katowiceto negotiate the implementation of the Paris climate agreement. To outsiders, UN climate talks may seem like a positive step. Unfortunately, this is COP24.

For 24 years, world leaders have annually talked at each other instead of to one another in hopes of reaching an agreement on how to mitigate the climate crisis. In all that time, they have barely scratched the surface of an issue that the worlds top climate scientists say we now have 12 years to stop and that is an optimistic estimate.

Theres an urgency in my heart being...

15:23

New Townsville guest post by Colin Dwyer "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

I am delighted to publish this guest post by Colin Dwyer of DS Economics on the Townsville economys improving prospects. The views expressed are Colins and should not necessarily be attributed to me. GT

New Townsville

In this essay Founder of Our Fair Share Colin Dwyer identifies over 20 private and public sector Townsville projects, (some potential, many confirmed) worth over $9 billion that are helping Townsville forge a new reputation and a stronger more diversified economic future.

Townsville is Northern Australias largest city, has 300 days of sunshine each year, and has a reputation as a diversified economy.  The North Queensland city once enjoyed 8% GRP growth and 3.5% population increases. The economy is bolstered by the largest regional hospital in Queensland, the largest Army Barracks in Australia and is a major higher education, base metals exporter and transport hub. But in 2016-17, Townsville experienced a deep depression with significant declines in asset values, significant jobs and skills losses and suffered another year of negative net migration. A contributing factor to the length of Townsvilles downturn was minimal public and private investment.

Something has changed in Townsville. Asset prices have stabilised, jobs are being created, there are cranes on the horizon once again and, while the city is not firing on all economic cylinders, in 2019 a NEW Townsville is likely to build on this opportunity and create a new economic reputation.  Over 20 major projects are current, starting or planned for Townsville in 2019.  Their total cost is similar to Townsvilles current GRP, something that should be envied by other cities.

Although some sectors in Townsville are struggling, 2018 seems to be the start of economic recovery. Theres more potential in Townsville with multiple major projects costing over $9 billion, more jobs and improving economic activity in 2019 and beyond.  This is significant for a city with just over $10 billion in GRP.  Some of the projects are large with meaningful enduring operational job outcomes.  Sun Metals recently confirmed its expansion plans with a 350 jobs construction workforce requirement, and more than 150 above average income earning operational staff needed on completion.  In 2019 the federal government will drive the three year $512 million Haughton flood plains Bruce highway upgrade just south of Townsville and Adani will start on its $2 billion Carmichael Coal mine.  The $2 billion Singapore defence project recently announced it had acquired enough land to proceed to the next phase of the project.  In 2020 Townsville will open its new stadium, in time for the NRL season.  These diverse projects will create significant enduring jobs.

Several other organisations have similar reports including QMBA and Townsvil...

14:41

Beach Stone-curlew at Mermaid Beach , Gold Coast. At the end of Seashell Ave reported by Matt Davies on 17-12-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

One bird seen. The first sighting by me on this beach in the five years I have lived nearby.

14:19

(Video) X22 Report -- Episode 1742: Bringing the Fed Down with Gold | MSM Prepping for the Falling Hammer "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"



Published on Dec 16, 2018

European auto resignations plunge, this is not a good sign, we are seeing auto sales in the US and Europe decline. Home prices in Australia, Canada and Europe are declining, the housing prices in the US are also dropping, bubble is deflating. Q posted how the Fed is going to be taken down by gold, Trump confirms this by his past comments on gold. The timing will be everything but the build up to contradict and bring the Fed down is in the works.



Published on Dec 16, 2018

Texas Judge rules Obamacare is unconstitutional. Robert Mueller gives the 302's to the Judge. Clinton answers questions under oath and can't remember 20 of them. The MSM is preparing for video and other news by telling everyone do not believe what you see or hear. Anons explains whats coming up.

13:23

Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention in NSW 2018-2023 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

 

The   Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention in NSW 2018-2023  was developed by the NSW Mental Health Commission and the NSW Ministry of Health in collaboration with people with lived experience of suicide attempts or losing a loved one to suicide, government agencies, mental health organisations and experts in suicide prevention.  

 

The Framework identifies five priority action areas to reduce suicide in NSW:

  • Building individual and community resilience and wellbeing 
    To help people cope with tough times 
  • Strengthening the community response to suicide and suicidal behaviour
    To help people recognise those who are at risk of suicide, and take steps to support them
  • Supporting excellence in clinical services and care 
    To ensure people have access to appropriate, high quality clinical services and care, including broader supports and services 
  • Promoting a collaborative, coordinated and integrated approach 
    To reduce duplication and gaps
  • Innovating for a stronger evidence base 
    To know and use interventions that work to prevent suicide.  

 

 https://nswmentalhealthcommission.com.au/resources/strategic-framework-for-suicide-prevention-in-nsw-2018-2023  About the Framework

 

 

https://nswmentalhealthcommission.com.au/sites/default/files/documents/mhc_224947_suicide_prevention_framework_web_fa3.pdf

 

   Strategic Framework for Suicide Prevention in NSW 2018-2023

 

 

13:16

4:30pm Dec 19 | Save Hakeem Urgent Protest "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

When: 4:30pm 19th December 2018 Where: Australian Federal Police, 383 LaTrobe St, West Melbourne, VIC Facebook event here Bahraini refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi, a permanent Australian resident living in Melbourne, is being held in Thailand and faces deportation back to the threat of torture in Bahrian. He fled Bahrain because of persecution and torture due to(...)

09:51

Hundreds protest ALPs support for fossil fuel industry "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Sundays (December 16) protest outside the ALP National Conference. Photo supplied

A coalition of environment, unions and faith groups protested outside the Labor Partys national conference in Adelaide on Sunday, calling for the party to stop the expansion of the fossil fuel industry.

On the plus side, EDO NSW has endorsed the partys commitment to create a national Environment Protection Authority.

Protesters demanded a stop to oil drilling in the Great Australian Bight, preventing Adani and other coal mines in Queenslands Galilee Basin and an end to fracking and gas exploration, in the Northern Territory, Western Australias stunning Kimberley and the Pilliga Forest in NSW.

The Wilderness Societys South Australia director, Peter Owen, said it was, insane Australia is opening up new oil, gas and coal frontiers when we know we need to stop burning fossil fuels.

Height of irresponsibility

Expanding the fossil fuel industry is the height of irresponsibility and not an option if we are to have any chance of providing our children with a liveable climate

Its also concerning that many of these fossil fuel frontiers are in pristine areas such as the Great Australian Bight, Western Australias stunning Kimberley and NSWs biggest inland forest, the Pilliga. The Great Australian Bight whale nursery is a completely inappropriate place for risky deep-sea oil drilling, especially as we hurtle towards catastrophic climate change.

We now know we must act immediately to avoid locking in catastrophic climate change. Allowing the fossil fuel industry to expand would negate Labors good work in promoting renewable energy. Its time for the Labor Party to show national leadership and commit to stopping the expansion of the fossil fuel industry when it sets its election platform at this national conference.

Philippa Rowland, president of Multifaith SA, said, people of faith in Australia feel the urgent need for an ethical response to threats posed to vulnerable communities from escalating climate impacts across our region all climate policies must include a rapid transition away from fossil fuels.

Youth fired up

Australian Youth Climate Coalition Campaign...

09:44

Little Curlew at Lady Elliot Island reported by Marie Tarrant et al on 13-12-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

2 birds observed together on the airstrip on day of arrival and then unable to relocate again despite searching before today (15/12) when a single Little Curlew was observed on the runway.

Buff-breasted Sandpiper at Port of Brisbane Shorebird Roost reported by Elliot Leach on 15-12-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Buff-breasted sandpiper found by Tina Ellen Rider and Sean Nolan on Saturday and twitched by many people over the weekend. The bird is still present this morning (17th) according to a post from Tina on Facebook. The bird tends to prefer the samphire around the second hide (further from the gate). For those going to see it, please take the track along the fence to the second hide rather than the inside track to avoid flushing the birds.

06:56

467 ways to die on a warming planet "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A new study published in Nature has found evidence for 467 ways in which climate hazards due to global warming are making life on the planet harder for humans. It confirms that we are witnessing a shift in the functioning of the Earth system as a whole, a shift to a new state that is unsympathetic to the continued flourishing of human life.

A changing climate is only one feature of a warming globe. Human activity has bounced the Earth into a state that has no equivalent in its 4.5 billion year history.

Clive Hamilton

The Earths new trajectory as it spins into the future has led scientists to tell us we have entered a new geological epoch, the Anthropocene. We have crossed a threshold and the geological clock cannot be turned back. The disruption we have caused is increasingly unpredictable and uncontrollable, and it has no endpoint.

There are, therefore, two questions humankind must face. What must we do to prevent serial disasters becoming existential catastrophe? And how can we make our social and economic systems flexible enough to cope with the new dispensation?

There are several reasons an international agreement has proven so hard. The leading one is sabotage by climate science deniers. Ca...

04:42

Scientists Report Teleportation of Physical Objects From One Location To Another "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

teleportThe concept of teleportation comes primarily from science fiction literature throughout human history, but things are changing. Its 2015 and developments in quantum theory and general relativity physics have been successful in exploring the concept of teleportation for quite some time now.

Today, numerous teleportation breakthroughs have been made. One example is the work of Professor Rainer Blatt, at the University of Innsbruck. They were successfully able to perform teleportation on atoms for the first time, their work was published in the journal Nature. They were able to transfer key properties of one particle to another without using any physical link. In this case, teleportation occurred in the form of transferring quantum states between two atoms, these include the atoms energy, motion, magnetic field and other physical properties. This is possible due to the strange behavior that exists at the atomic scale, known as entanglement. Its what Einstein referred to as a spooky action.

Another study was published by a team of University of Queensland physicists in the journal Nature in 2013 demonstrating the successful teleportation with solid state systems. A process by which, again, quantum information can be transmitted from one place to another without sending a physical carrier of information. This is the same concept, and is made possible through the phenomenon of entanglement.

02:37

Parents at their wits end trying to stop sons gaming "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

For parents enduring daily fights with their sons about video games, the chilling video of Western Sydney man Luke Munday allegedly hitting his partner as she begged him to stop playing Fortnite was a manifestation of their worst fears this week.

Violent and aggressive reactions in children as young as eight when they are asked to stop playing are not uncommon, said Game Quitters founder Cam Adair.

Addiction to video games is forcing thousands of people into rehab clinics.
Addiction to video games is forcing thousands of people into rehab clinics.

Its unfortunately not uncommon, violence and aggression are quite frequent reactions of people who are made to stop, he said from the Chang Mai outpost of Sydney addiction centre The Cabin.

We speak to a lot of parents who are at their wits ends, they dont know how to make their sons stop.

Mr Adair estimates that there are 10 to 50 million gaming addicts across the globe, with that number set to rise.

Image result for human brain, pictures

The volume of people seeking help is double or triple what it was a year ago, and I think itll keep going up. Australia is a really significant market for gaming companies, and thus fertile ground for a video game addiction. Lots of people are suffering.

Beginning in childhood, an addiction to video games can have devastating consequences.

Last month, Sydney man Daniel Chapman, 22, was convicted of fatally stabbing his father Steven Chapman with a 14cm blade when the pair began arguing about Daniels refusal to stop playing computer games and come to the dinner table in October 2016.

Luke Munday live-streamed the alleged assault of his pregnant partner.
Luke Munday live-streamed the alleged assault of his pregnant partner. CREDIT:AAP

A harrowing video of Luke Munday, 26,...

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01:07

Australian bettongs and fungi "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This video from Australia says about itself:

Endangered northern bettong crucial to the survival of Queenslands tropical ecosystem

6/12/2018 The five-year WWF-Australia-funded project which tracked the northern bettong found there had been a 70 per cent decline in the marsupials population in the past 30 years.

Read more here.

By Laurel Hamers, 1:21pm, December 14, 2018:

Endangered northern bettongs arent picky truffle eaters

The marsupials varied diet could help safeguard some of Australias fungi and forests

A small endangered marsupial with a taste for truffles may be a linchpin in one kind of Australian forest and the evidence is in the animals poop.

Northern bettongs feast on truffles, the meaty, spore-producing parts of certain fungi. Plenty of animals eat a selection of these subterranean orbs from time to time. But analyses of the scat from northern bettongs (Bettongia tropica) reveal that the marsupials eat truffles from a wider diversity of fungi species than other critters, including some that no other animals appear to favor, researchers report November 22 in Molecular Ecology.

Thats an important role because these truffle-producing fungi form beneficial relationships with tree roots, helping trees pull nutrients and moisture from soil. Theres been a whole raft of published studies showing that those fungi give plants an edge, says Andrew Claridge, an ecologist for the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service in Queanbeyan who wasnt part of the study.

Australias eucalyptus forests host hundreds, or possibly even thousands, of truffle fungi species, says study coauthor Susan Nuske, an ecologist at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Ume. Different species seem to be specialized to associate with particular trees or perform certain roles, so maintaining that diversity is key. By spreading truffles spores via scat, bettongs help keep the fungal community diverse and, by extension, the forest healthy, say Nuske and her colleagues.

But...

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Sunday, 16 December

23:50

A victory for common sense? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Dj vu...all over again

A story popped up in the news once again this week, about loans being written to investors in China without appropriate checking of documentation between 2013 and 2016. 

Nothing new, here, however - in fact it was a well-known issue that was shut down some years back.


The media is absolutely loving the Royal Commission tidbits, and I guess it's pretty easy to believe that there are systemic issues when the same story keeps getting rehashed over and over again.


Conversely, today it's not at all straightforward to get a mortgage in Australia.

Borrowers must be able to pass serviceability at mortgage rates of a minimum 7 per cent, which is the equivalent of up to 14 (fourteen) interest rate hikes away for many borrowers. 

Meanwhile living expenses are being queried, corroborated, and re-checked...and to an absurd degree in some cases.

There was even a story in this weekend's Sydney Morning Herald about a borrower being pulled up for spending on a takeaway kebab.

I wish I could say this was a beat-up, but it accords with...

17:22

Scientists are developing a breakthrough test that uses gold to detect all types of cancer in 10 minutes "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

  • Scientists at the University of Brisbane may have found a simple way of detecting the early stages of cancer.
  • The method is inexpensive, takes 10 minutes, and can work for all types of cancer.
  • The test uses gold particles to detect cancerous DNA.

According to Nature, researchers at the University of Brisbane may have developed a simple test thats able to detect the early stages of cancer.

Not only that but the method is inexpensive, takes a mere 10 minutes, and works for all types of cancer and the central component used for identifying cancer cells is gold particles.

14:40

Police warn of flooded roads and crocs "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Police have issued a warning to motorists not to cross flooded roads and even to be on the lookout for crocs.

And they dont mean those Crocs shoes or crocodile-skin motorcycle seats!

Heavy rain and flash flooding are expected on the Queensland and northern NSW coasts in the next couple of days.

Police and emergency services have reiterated their call: If its flooded, forget it.

Riders are particularly vulnerable to being swept away in fast-flowing creek crossings.

Police say they will fine motorists hundreds of dollars for negligent driving if they attempt to cross flood waters and get stuck, requiring rescue.

Crocs warning

But there is also a unique problem for riders in Far North Queensland crocs!

With North Queensland well-known croc country police near Tully came across a crocodile sitting near the middle of the road last night. Officers fortunately were able to avoid the animal however with heavy rains still falling from ex-tropical cyclone Owen wildlife can be expected to be displaced and may wander onto roadways.

If you think hitting a roo is a problem, try tangling with a croc!

Water crossings

Water crossings

Water crossings can be enormous fun, but its just not worth it when the water crossing is flooded.

You may have crossed this particular crossing before and think that the water is just a little higher than normal. However, there could be a sink hole underneath and you could lose your bike and then be swept away in the fast-running waters.

Flooded water is unpredictable. Is the level still rising, how fast is the water flowing, is it flowing at different rates in different parts of the crossing, is a sudden surge of more water on its way, what objects have been washed down and are now submerged underneath such as barbed wire?

There are too many unknowns.

Dont be that idiot that goes playing in flooded waters and ends up losing their bike, forcing emergency services personnel to risk their lives trying to save you.

That was my mistake

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13:53

Church Times UK- Cardinal Pell convicted in child-abuse case "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Church Times UK

Cardinal Pell convicted in child-abuse case

14 DECEMBER 2018

REUTERS

Cardinal Pell leaving Rome in July 2017 to face charges in Australia

THE most senior Roman Catholic figure in Australia, Cardinal George Pell, has been found guilty of five incidents of historical sexual abuse of choirboys in the 1990s. Cardinal Pell had denied the charges.

The unanimous decision in the Victorian County Court came after the jury in a previous hearing was unable to reach a verdict. He will be sentenced in February.

The decision cannot be published in any Australian media because of a suppression order. Various media outlets are currently contesting the ban, imposed by Judge Peter Kidd on the grounds that coverage could prejudice other legal actions involving the Cardinal.

Cardinal Pell faces a trial in March next year on separate child sexual-abuse charges relating to the 1970s. However, the courts verdict has been widely disseminated in Australia through internet sites and soc...

00:47

Flash floods cause havoc in Melbourne, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Flash floods have caused havoc for some in Melbourne on Saturday afternoon, with flash flooding turning backyards, suburban streets and ponds into gushing rivers. A Christmas party at a Pakenham housing estate in the city's outer southeast was called off Saturday afternoon when heavy rainfall halted celebrations. Organiser Samantha Thorpe said a little pond nearby became "like a raging river". "It has never happened like this before."

00:16

Parts of Victoria in Australia hit with a month's worth of rain in a day as cyclone menaces north "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Seventeen people have been rescued by helicopter and 100 people are stranded in their cars on a flooded Hume Highway in northeast Victoria. With more than a month's worth of rain already fallen across parts of northeast Victoria as wild weather rages across the state, authorities say some people have not heeded warnings about driving into floodwaters. "We've seen people that have had to be rescued from the roofs of their cars, 17 people in total, and 100 people have been stranded just to the south of Wangaratta," Victoria State Emergency Service chief officer Tim Wiebusch told reporters.

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Saturday, 15 December

23:32

Sydney and Melbourne join Powering Past Coal Alliance at COP24 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Powering Past Coal Alliance announced on Friday that Sydney and Melbourne had joined the Alliance at an event: Accelerating the global coal transition. This follows the Australian Capital Territory joining in September 2018. Other states and businesses that joined at COP24 included Israel, Scotland, Senegal, and Scottish Power. The Alliance, formed in Bonn in 2017 at COP23, now includes 80

22:04

Recommended reading: This is Marketing by Seth Godin "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Last month, at the ESA-Griffith-QUT-UQ Economics Summer School held at OReillys Rainforest Retreat, Griffith University Senior Lecturer Andreas Chai gave a fascinating presentation on his research on consumption patterns. Here are the important points from Andreass report for UNIDO on Household Consumption Patterns:

While low- and middle-class households tend to spend in a relatively similar manner, spending patterns among affluent households differ considerably, likely due to the greater discretionary power these households enjoy in terms of spending

Differences in spending patterns between households tend to grow as household income rises, creating new opportunities for niche markets and higher quality goods.

So some rich households will divert large parts of their income to luxury travel, others to haute couture; while the obscenely rich will buy properties in central London or Manhattan, Lamborghinis, and super yachts. How are we to make sense of what is driving consumption patterns as households get richer? One answer could be found in one of the best books Ive read recently: This is Marketing by Seth Godin, arguably the worlds number one marketing expert. Indeed, Seth Godin could help us understand consumption behaviour across most households, with the exception of those at subsistence levels. His mantra is simple but compelling: People like us do things like this. For example, people like us eat sushi and do Bikram yoga; or people like us send our children to private schools and holiday at Noosa.

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21:24

Torres Strait Air Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A-27 Islander VH-TRS Ferries North via CQ Airports - Plus More! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Interesting to note that on Friday 14 December, Torres Strait Air Pilatus Britten-Norman BN-2A-27 Islander VH-TRS was noted ferrying North from Archerfield to Cairns via Gladstone and Mackay Airports.  It appears to have completed planned maintenance after arriving into Archerfield in October.

https://www.facebook.com/torresair/

As we posted below, fellow Torres Strait Air Pilatus Britten-Norman BN2A-8 Islander VH-MBF was noted flying South to Archerfield from Mareeba via Mackay and Gladstone Airports on Wednesday 12 December where it appears to have entered the maintenance hangar.

Meanwhile, a couple of bizjet movements at Mackay Airport also on Friday 14 December included the locally-based Embraer EMB-550 Legacy 500 N142GZ departing to Brisbane, while the the Queensland Police Service (Airwing) (State of Queensland) Cessna 560 Citation Ultra VH-PSU popped in while on a busy day of flying out of and back to Cairns.  VH-PSU also called into Rockhampton Airport too!

21:21

Victoria 2018: Final Lower House Results, Poll Performance and 2PP Pendulum "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

LABOR 55 SEATS COALITION 27 GREEN 3 IND 3
There is no single method of calculating 2PP for this election.  The following are examples of possible figures:
57.62% to Labor (Uniform swing applied to Richmond - probably fairest method)
57.89% to Labor (Richmond treated as 100% to Labor)
57.35% to Labor (Richmond excluded)

With two-party results for all Lower House seats now available it's time to wrap up my Victorian election coverage for 2018, on a high because at least that's the one house where I can talk about the results without constantly losing my temper at the system.  The article again includes a 2PP pendulum.  While this will be of less use for the future than the 2014 one was, given that there is a major redistribution coming, I think it is still useful for looking at the results, and especially at whether the Coalition was lucky not to lose even more seats than it did.

Final vote share results

The final primaries for the Lower House were Labor 42.86%, Coalition 35.19, Greens 10.71, Others 11.24.  As @sorceror43 notes, excluding Richmond, "Labor won 67.4% of all minor party prefs, slightly down from 69.8% in 2014. That's despite Greens share of all minors dropping from 57.8% in 2014 to 48.4%."  I have not attempted to measure shifts in the preferences of Greens and Others specifically yet, but suspect there was very little change.

There is unfortunately no unique way to calculate the statewide 2PP for this election because of the Liberals' ill-fated decision to not contest the district of Richmond.  Richmond is a very pro-Labor seat on a 2PP basis so removing Richmond from the results has the effect of downplaying the swing across other districts.  While official sources will probably need to give a 2PP percentage based on an actual vote tally, I think that applying the swing from all electorates other than Richmond to Richmond on a notional basis creates the fairest estimate of 57.62% to Labor, a swing after rounding of 5.63 points.  The average swing per seat was slightly lower at 5.47%, as a result of population distortions.  The standard deviation of seat swings on a 2PP basis was 3.84%. 

As well as the estimates available by omitting Richmond or treating Richmond as 100% Labor, Antony Green has tweeted a further statewide estimate of 57.7% obtained by applying derived Greens flows from other seats to Richmond.  However this implies an 85.9% (+12.8%) estimated 2PP in Richmond, which is out of step for other comparable seats.  Another rough way to get a handle on the possible swing in Richmond (had the Liberals run a candidate is to look at the Upper House votes).  In the remaining Nor...

18:22

MACKAY Drunk smashes in window as women and children cower inside "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY December 15, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

Drunk smashes in window as women and children cower inside

December 15, 2018 at 07:33AM ,

He took after his partner, who fled to the home of a woman for help, Mackay Magistrates Court was told. Blackie faced the court on Thursday, pleading

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18:22

MACKAY Mackay men charged with taking of protected green turtle "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

MACKAY December 15, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Mackay men charged with taking of protected green turtle

December 15, 2018 at 06:03AM ,

Jaffa Godfrey Ahwang and Patrick John Sabatino appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court alongside each other on Tuesday. The co-accused men

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17:07

The Bigelow Foundation and Angela Thompson Smith "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Reality Denied

I was recently re-reading John B Alexander's book "Reality Denied." (2017. Anomalist Books, San Antonio, Texas.) In chapter one he relates his experiences working for Robert Bigelow's National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS.) On page four, Alexander writes of Bigelow "...NIDS was not his first foray into supporting PSI research. For a time, Angela Thompson had done work at the Bigelow Foundation..." I wondered just who Angela Thompson was, so conducted some research.

Angela Thompson Smith

Dr Thompson Smith is listed as a member of the advisory board of the Exopolitics Institute.  Here, I found:

"Dr Angela Thompson Smith's primary qualifications were in nursing and social work in the U.K. She gained her BSc in Psychology at the University of Wales, in Cardiff; her M.S. at the Facility of medicine of Manchester University, England and later, her PhD. in Psychology with Saybrook University, San Fransisco, CA. Dr Smith continued her education with united Way of Southern Nevada/UNLV where she completed the certificate in Non-profit management.

Dr Smith has a wide experience of research and management having worked as a research analyst at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and, later as a staff member with the Princeton Engineering Anomalies Research (PEAR) Laboratory, at Princeton University, New jersey. In the southwest, Dr Smith became Research Coordinator with the Bigelow Foundation and taught professional; development courses through the University of Nevada, Adult Continuing Education program.

Following five years as a staff member of PEAR (1987-1992) Dr Smith was employed as Research Coordinator with the Bigelow Foundation (1992-1994.) Prior to The Bigelow Chair in Consciousness Studies at The University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV), before the Consciousness Research laboratory at UNLV, and before the National Institute for Discovery Science (NIDS) in Las Vegas, there was the Bigelow Foundation. Incidentally, according to the Secretary of Nevada business name search,  NIDS is still listed as an active business name as of 2018.

17:00

The Weekend Quiz December 15-16, 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:

A national government can run a balanced fiscal position (taxes equal spending) over the economic cycle (peak to peak) as long as it accepts that, after all the spending adjustments are exhausted, their strategy will ensure that households and firms overall spend more than they earn that is, run down previous savings or accumulate more net debt.

The answer is False.

Note that this question begs the question as to how the economy might get into this situation that I have described using the sectoral balances framework. But whatever behavioural forces were at play, the sectoral balances all have to sum to zero. Once you understand that, then deduction leads to the correct answer.

The trick in the question is that it invites a confusion between the factual (accounting) statement a government deficit (surplus) equals $-for-$ a non-government surplus (deficit) and the proposition put.

The households and firms overall do not exhaust the non-government sector. So what happens when the governments runs a balanced fiscal position to the private domestic sector balance (the households and firms) depends crucially on what happens to the external sector.

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 p...

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Friday, 14 December

21:06

SCUM: Sudanese man sentenced to eight years prison for raping 76yo woman "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Crazz Files Note: First of all, this asshole is not Tasmanian, he is Sudanese & should never have been allowed into Australia in the first place.  Read More

10:17

Reforesting the world: the Australian farmer with 240m trees to his name "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Tony Rinaudo's regeneration technique, developed in west Africa 30 years ago, has helped bring back forest over 6m hectaresThrough the cacophony of the UN's global climate talks, an Australian farmer is quietly spreading his plan to reforest the world.Over more than 30 years in west Africa, Tony Rinaudo has regenerated more than 6m hectares an area nearly as large as Tasmania. His farmer-managed natural regeneration technique is responsible for 240m trees regrowing across that parched [...]

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Thursday, 13 December

15:00

David Bidstrup on the summer power rip-off "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The other day I submitted an article analysing 2018 YTD costs for wholesale electricity in the 5 states that make up the national electricity market. It did not fly but my interest was aroused again today when an article in the state of darkness daily rag talked about the big battery helping to drive down costs.

Using the data from the YTD analysis and adding December 2017 I have looked at the summer costs, (December 2017 + January 2018 + February 2018) for QLD, NSW, VIC, TAS and SA to see what the differences are. These are wholesale prices before the transmission people and the retailing parasites add their margins and presumably before the RET subsidies are distributed. Remember also, it is supposed to be a national market.

For each state I found the percentage of time that price/MWh was above $150, the actual cost of the electricity consumed in these periods and the percentage of the total summer cost that it represented. The editor cannot reproduce the table or the chart and it may have to await the return of Sinc to see the results most clearly. They can be summarised as follows.

Victoria and South Australia were outstanding in the amount of time when the price was more than $150 per MWh and the amount of the total bill for the summer period that was racked up on those high cost days. The amount of time in the high cost zone ranged from 0.4% for NSW, 0.7% for Qld, 2.1% for Tasmania, 2.4% for Victoria and 4.9% for SA. The highest cost for the period showed a huge range from $280/MWh in NSW through 2,500 in Qld, 4,200 in Tasmania, to 12,900 in Victoria and the gold medal at 14,16676.50 in SA.

Another way to report the difference between the states is to count the % of the total summertime costs that were incurred during those short periods when the price was above 150.MWh.

The folk in NSW have it easy. They had 4.97% of the time with prices above $150/MWh and the total percentage of the summer bill was just 1.47.

SA and VIC, the renewables states were not so fortunate. For the 2.43% of time in VIC the percentage of the summer bill was 32.96. In SA, the state of darkness and rank stupidity it was 45.39% of the total summer bill for 4.9% of the time.

A chart that cannot be reproduced here shows the gigantic spikes in SA and Victoria on Jan 18 and 19 when consumers were flogged with when prices up $14,000+ per MWh as the system was about to fall over. TAS managed to get free power when SA and VIC were paying through the nose.

As I said, this is supposed to be a national market. Clearly it is a very distorted one where consumers are treated differently in different states. When electricity was generated in large thermal power stations the cost did not vary from minute to...

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Wednesday, 12 December

21:34

Report highlights the need for better protection of protest rights in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

The need to better protect protest rights in Australia has been highlighted in a major new report by the Human Rights Law Centre.

Launched today at NSW Parliament House, Say it loud: Protecting Protest in Australia, criticises recent attempts by governments to undermine protest rights and outlines ten principles to better protect our rights.

From winning the right to vote for women to saving the Franklin River, the power of protest has been vital in achieving positive change in Australia. Yet governments around Australia are increasingly trying to undermine our rights to gather together and speak out about the issues we care about. This has to stop, said Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre.

Against the backdrop of the remarkable student strikes across the country for action on climate change and rising community activism on issues from the Adani mine to changing the date of Australia Day, protest rights will be increasingly significant.

Our rights to protest and free speech will be under even great pressure as exploitation of our planet increases in the coming decade. This report shows governments how we should be protecting protest in a healthy democracy, said former Senator Bob Brown.

The report criticises governments in NSW, Tasmania and Western Australia for introducing or trying to introduce harsh and unnecessary anti-protest laws with severe penalties, excessive police powers and broad, vague offences. The laws prioritise vested business and government interests over peoples democratic rights.

While the Tasmanian laws were struck down by the High Court last year, the Hodgman Government has promised to try and resurrect them. NSW anti-protest laws, with penalties of up to 7 years jail for interfering with a mine, including coal seam gas sites, remain in force.

Protest rights are absolutely essential to a healthy democracy. When governments chip away at our protest rights, they erode our democracy. This report provides a blueprint for a democracy where protest rights are protected and promoted, said Mr de Kretser.

The report will be launched at NSW Parliament House at 12.30pm. Speaking at the launch will be:

  • Former Senator, Dr Bob Brown who has dedicated his career to protecting the environment and who, together with Jessica Hoyt, successfully challenged the Tasmania anti-protest laws.

  • Broadcaster and journalist Julie McCrossin, a life-long LGBTI rights advocate who attended countless demonstrations, was arrested many times and participated in the first Mardi Gras........

Friday, 30 November

03:04

Missionary claims that John Chau did not pose a threat to the Sentinelese - Survival responds "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

When John Allen Chau decided to visit North Sentinel Island, he put its people in serious danger
Survival International

Mary Ho, the head of the missionary agency which supported John Chau, is now claiming that he was not a risk to the Sentinelese tribe. She says, We are talking about a different time here, were talking about a time right now when there is modern medicine, when there is antibiotics.

Survival Internationals Director Stephen Corry said today:

This displays an extraordinary level of ignorance which highlights why its so dangerous for such people to be anywhere near uncontacted tribes. Its taken them nearly two weeks to prepare their answer, but lets look at what theyre actually claiming.

They say he was medically trained. In fact, he had a degree in health and sports medicine and apparently some training in emergency medicine. He was not qualified as a medical doctor. When the Brazilian Indian Agency (FUNAI) were conducting first contact expeditions in the 1970s and 1980s, they had specialist doctors with them. Even they could not prevent widespread death from disease, and the expeditions were abandoned.

Their leader, Sydney Possuelo, said, I believed itd be possible to make contact with no pain or deaths, I organized one of the best equipped fronts that FUNAI ever had. I prepared everything I set up a system with doctors and nurses. I stocked with medicines to combat the epidemics which always follow. I had vehicles, a helicopter, radios and experienced personnel. I wont let a single Indian die, I thought. And the contact came, the diseases arrived, the Indians died.

The missionaries say Chau, attempted

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