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Sunday, 16 December

13:50

A victory for common sense? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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...

07:22

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

  • 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.

04:40

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

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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03:53

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

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...

01:34

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

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...

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Saturday, 15 December

14:47

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

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."

14:16

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

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.

13:32

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

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

12:04

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

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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11:24

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

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.

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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!

11:21

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

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...

11:11

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-207 Missed Approach at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Thursday 13 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing C-17A Globemaster III A41-207 was noted completing a missed approach and low overshoot at Rockhampton Airport.

File photo

It appears that the Globemaster flew North from RAAF Base Amberley, and after completing the airwork at Rocky, flew South to New South Wales where it was heard to complete low-level operations around Armidale.

A41-207 was heard to be using the radio callsign of "Stallion 47".

Meanwhile, late on Wednesday 12 December, Australian Army MRH-90 A40-002 was noted completing airwork around Fraser Island and Hervey Bay on a flight out and back of the Oakey Army Aviation Centre as "Saxon 99".

08:22

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

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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08:22

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

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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07:07

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

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.

07:00

The Weekend Quiz December 15-16, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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...

04:47

Guided Meditation Music Hawk Visions "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"


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03:24

Category 4 Tropical Cyclone "Owen" to hit Queensland, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Severe Tropical Cyclone "Owen" is currently a Category 3 strength system in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia. Owen is forecast to continue on a generally easterly track for the remainder of today, intensifying to Category 4 strength before making...... Read more

Record-breaking rains hit Victoria, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The moisture from Tropical Cyclone "Owen" is feeding the low-pressure system over Victoria this week, bringing record-breaking rains and floods to the region. The worst affected were northeast and northwest regions of Victoria, around Birchip, and east of...... Read more

03:13

Adanis claims that W&J have certified Woongal are false "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

MEDIA RELEASE

Saturday 15 December 2018

Adanis claims that W&J have certified Woongal are false, disrespectful and underhanded, say Traditional Owners

Adanis announcement that Woongal Environmental Services has been given a contract to monitor environmental outcomes on Wangan and Jagalingou country has drawn condemnation from the W&J Council as false, and typical of the disrespectful and underhanded way in which Adani treats Traditional Owners.

W&J Traditional Owner and lead spokesperson Adrian Burragubba said, The claim that Woongul is a Wangan and Jagalingou certified business is false. No decision of the native title party has ever been made to certify this company. This announcement is in breach of the terms of Adanis own purported ILUA.

A Wangan and Jagalingou certified business is a reference to a business accredited in accordance with the process set out in the Adani ILUA. Mr Burragubba says this process has never been followed.

We will seek legal advice on blocking this contract. We are tired of other people misrepresenting us and benefiting at our expense. Adanis announcement is an insult. Other people have been given authority over our country and our environment, while many W&J Traditonal Owners and families have been deliberately excluded from any input into cultural heritage protection and environmental management.

We know Adani must give the appearance of starting work, and they like to hide behind supposed Aboriginal employmen...

02:33

Want to solve climate problem? Nuclear isnt the answer "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Want to solve climate problem? Nuclear isnt the answer https://www.downtoearth.org.in/blog/energy/want-to-solve-climate-problem-nuclear-isn-t-the-answer-62428

Alternatives to nuclear energy, in particular renewable sources of electricity like wind and solar energy, have become drastically cheaperBy M V Ramana December 2018 It is nuclear power that will be the main tool to reduce emissions...

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Friday, 14 December

12:08

NT Robert Kevin Smiler gets 4 years "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

[9] On 11.Apr.2016 Robert Kevin Smiler and his partner were drinking alcohol. At about 7:45 pm they caught a taxi to Malabar Lodge, which is a boarding house occupied by people of generally diminished circumstances. Smilers partner got out of the taxi and went up the stairs. Peter Doucas and Marie Griesebner were sitting at the top of the staircase.

[23] The subsequent assault upon Mr Aden was very serious in nature. Robert Smilers moral culpability for that conduct is high. As already described, Mr Aden came to the assistance of Mr Doucas who was being savagely beaten by Robert Smiler. Mr Aden acted lawfully in doing so. A person may come to the defence of another person and the defence will be lawful provided the response involves reasonable force. Robert Smilers attack upon Mr Aden was a sustained attack. It continued even after he became disarmed and fell to the ground. Robert Smiler kicked Mr Aden to the head and chest while wearing work boots. He then picked up a weapon and struck Mr Aden to the head with it two or three times.

[29] Robert Kevin Smiler has a lengthy criminal history. He has one prior conviction for aggravated assault in the Northern Territory and twelve prior convictions for assault in Queensland. Many of those were minor assaults, but two were quite serious. In 2004, he hit an older woman with a large stick and broke her arm. In 2009, he hit his then partner in the head, face and body with a tree branch giving her numerous cuts and bruises and concussion. Both of those offences were the product of rage precipitated and exacerbated by the consumption of alcohol.

[30] There is very little by way of mitigation. Robert Kevin Smiler did not plead guilty but went to trial. He is not entitled to the usual discount for a plea of guilty, and as a result of his criminal history he has lost the right to any significant leniency. He is not remorseful and his prospects of rehabilitation are very largely dependent on successfully undertaking an appropriate alcohol rehabilitation program and a violent offender treatment program. He has previously participated in an alcohol rehabilitation program, but the offending with which this appeal is concerned is a tragic demonstration of his lack of success in that program.

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11:27

Coal, climate change, solar & batteries why Qld Treasury wanted to offload the states energy assets "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The recent Financial Times report Development bank halts coal financing to combat climate change, reprinted in this mornings AFR, should prompt some serious long-term thinking from the Queensland government and local governments with regional economies heavily dependent on coal mining, particularly Mackays (also see this Reuters report which isnt pay-walled). While two-thirds of coal production in Queensland is of coking coal (see chart below), there is no doubt there would be a large adverse shock to regional economies if there was a big shift worldwide away from thermal coal for energy generation.*

Coal production x owner x region

The FT report reminded me of the potentially major implications the worldwide shift against coal and related developments in solar PV and batter...

11:06

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

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

10:35

A Few Photos of Touchdown Helicopters (Wollongong) OAS Parts (Bell) UH-1H Iroquois VH-OXE as "Helitack 223". "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Over the last couple of days, Touchdown Helicopters (Wollongong) OAS Parts (Bell) UH-1H Iroquois VH-OXE as "Helitack 223" has been noted returning to Rockhampton Airport following its deployment to the Mackay region to assist with the bushfire fighting efforts in the region.

VH-OXE was noted flying into Rockhampton Airport from the North on Thursday 6 December before departing Rocky for the South-East on Friday 7 December.  It must've had some sort of problem as it returned to Rockhampton Airport and was photographed below by local photographer Russell P completing an exercise on filling and emptying its attached 'bambi-bucket'.





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09:00

Cardinal Pell "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"



 
 
Not too many years ago, the West freed the queer boys and girls from continuous judicial assault.  That was good.  What we are seeing now is the various hideouts used by those once under threat been shaken out and we are seeing what they had been up to.
 
We discover aggressive homosexuality preys on vulnerable young men and boys of course. These victims often then go on to become perpetrators.  All this places the problem of mutual consent into a deep grey area twisted by the imbalance of power, just as sexual harassment does in the work place.
 
The Church will have to end the demand for celibacy and perhaps limit that to promotion candidates.  Considering the ample supply of divorced older men with a potential long lifespan, this may well solve itself.  The real problem is how to accommodate homosexuality at all except through legitimate celibacy, but that is exactly what has not worked.
 
We have not heard the details of this man's crimes, but perhaps that is as well. It will take little for our culture to slam the legal door back down on all this.  Instead we need to work with the natural community in order to resolve human sexuality safely..  .. .
 
Cardinal Pell, top advisor to Pope Francis, found guilty of historical sexual offenses

Gerard OConnell December 12, 2018

https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2018/12/12/cardinal-pell-top-advisor-pope-francis-found-guilty-historical-sexual-offenses

Australian Cardinal George Pell leaves the Melbourne Magistrates Court Oct. 6. (CNS photo/Mark Dadswell, Reuters) An Australian jury has found Cardinal George Pell, 77, guilty on five charges of historical child sexual offenses that go back decades, according to various media reports and confirmed by America. The 12-member jury gave their unanimous verdict in the County Court of the State of Victoria in Melbourne on Tuesday, Dec. 11.
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06:00

Queensland police charge officer with hacking after domestic violence victim's details leaked "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Queensland police have laid nine criminal charges against an officer who leaked the personal details of a domestic violence victim.Senior Constable Neil Punchard was investigated and disciplined internally in 2016 for accessing the womans address from a police database and sending it to her violent former husband.

00:17

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

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 [...]

Thursday, 13 December

05:00

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

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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