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Friday, 10 August

13:36

Grey-crowned Babbler at Jirrima Cresent, Cooroibah reported by Russ Lamb on 06-08-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Three birds seen by roadside outside 4 Jirrima Cres, at 1010 hrs today, same location where 2 birds seen in May this year, and 400m from where 3 birds seen in Dec 2015. Possibility that there is a small resident population in area.

Black-necked Stork at Waterford West reported by Ron jAnderson on 07-08-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Visiting partners brother at Waterford West and saw a solitary Black-necked Stork flying in a westerly direction. My location would have been just north of the Logan River. The bird possibly could have been coming from Tygum Lagoon as it was not very high up.

Painted button Quail at Kilcoy -Murgon road near jimmna reported by Bernie and Linda McIvor on 10-08-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

one female foraging by the dirt road. Further on we counted a covey of 17 - 25 brown quail.

10:29

Coal Mining in Australia: Prospects for India "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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By Taazakhabar News Bureau

Minerals are back-bone of Australias economy. Australia is leading producer and net exporter of minerals. More than 300 mines over Australia produce over 22 varieties of mineral ores. Mining has directly or indirectly touched the lives of people and contributed billions of dollars to Australias wealth. The industry has developed 26 towns, 25 airfields, 2,000 kilometers of railway and 12 ports besides upgrading the facilities in existing ports.

Mining industry has been a catalyst for Australias economic development and is the largest source of private employment. Around 167 000 people are directly employed and almost a similar number some 153 000 are indirectly employed by the industry. The industry also serves as a spring board to leverage a number of immigrants wanting to make a fortune.

It is said to be so important that when it sneezes the Australian economy catches a cold. The industry accounts for 7% of GDP, 20% of investments and 50% of exports of goods and services.

Minerals are Australias largest export. Coal and iron ore are two of Australias largest export earners. The two types of coal mined in Australia include high-quality black coal and the lower-quality brown coal. The Black coal is mined underground in Queensland and New South Wales, and is used for domestic and overseas power generation and industrial boilers. Brown coal found in Victoria and South Australia is of lower quality due a higher ash and water content. Australia holds 8 per cent of the worlds black coal resources and accounts for 6 per cent of world production. In terms of brown coal resources Australia represent 24 per cent of total world resources. Coal is Australias biggest export commodity. Australia accounts for around 34 % of world black coal trade54% of world metallurgical trade and 18% of thermal coal trade. Almost 75% of Australian black coal production is exported. Australia has one of the largest coal reserves (76200 million ton) almost 10% of the world total.

Coal also referred to as Black Gold accounts for 25% of Australias exports. Though Coal is mined in varying quantities in almost every state of Australia, New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland account for 97% of Australias production and almost its entire black coal export. Victoria has the largest reserves of brown coal, used exclusively for power generation. The brown coal deposits in Victoria with low mining costs is one of the worlds che...

10:21

Industrialism and ambivalence on the Queensland coast: Part II "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Industrialism and ambivalence on the Queensland coast: Part II

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09:40

3 Friday nuggets from the SOMP "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Statement on Monetary Policy

A sumptuous SOMP from the Reserve Bank of Australia today.

Particularly of interest were some useful explanations of bank funding costs, which are up a bit, if not a lot. 


Melbourne on fire

A couple of other interesting things jumped out to me. 

Firstly, we already knew that job vacancies are very healthy in Sydney and Melbourne.

In fact I was just down in Melbourne for a couple of days, and it looked to me like the economy is absolutely screaming along down there. 

I couldn't even make the weather look nice with an Instagram filter, but to witness the consumer economy down their in full swing is something else. 

It's almost as though Melbourne has been sucking the energy out of a number of the second tier capital cities in recent times, and jobs vacancies in Victoria are rapidly approaching the highest levels imaginable. 

With half of the state seemingly now getting under construction it's very much a case of full employment here we come for Melbourne. 

09:16

World Bank Taps Australias CommBank to Issue Its First Blockchain Bond "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The World Bank Group has partnered with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia to issue a bond with blockchain. The CBA, one of the four major commercial banks in Australia, stated in the issue on Friday that itd won a mandate from the World Bank to organize the issuance of the bond, which would be created, transferred and managed by means of a blockchain platform. The technology, already developed by CBAs in house blockchain laboratory, intends to get key parties at a bond issuance process like investors and banks to be participating nodes in the distribution of network.

World Banks chief info officer Denis Robitaille commented at the release: This pioneering bond is a milestone in our efforts to find out how we may advise our client nations on the opportunities and risks that disruptive technologies provide as we strive to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals. The ABC, who designed and developed the technology, said its a personal blockchain at the top of the ethereum network and had been examined by Microsoft regarding the systems architecture, safety, and resilience. The announcement follows the news in December 2017 that the CBA is developing a blockchain system for issuing bonds in cooperation with a major world issuer, whose name wasnt disclosed at the time.

Presently, several major financial institutions in the world, like JP Morgan, the Agricultural Bank of China, and BBVA, have already tested blockchain based systems for bond and loan issuance. World Bank picture via Shutterstock. The leader in blockchain information, CoinDesk is a media outlet that tries for the highest journalistic standards and adheres to a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups.

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08:23

Dave Sweeney urges Federla government to pause and consider, rather than rushing into nuclear waste dumping in Kimba "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Slow down nuclear process: Sweeney, Whyalla News, Louis Mayfield 7 August 18  An environmentalist is urging the federal government to slow down their site selection process for the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility as a community vote looms for Kimba and Hawker.

08:00

The Weekend Quiz August 11-12, 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:

1. Which scenario represents a more expansionary outcome:

(a) A fiscal deficit equivalent to 5 per cent of GDP (including the impact of automatic stabilisers equivalent to 2 per cent of GDP).

(b) A fiscal deficit equivalent to 4 per cent of GDP (where the automatic stabiliser component is zero).

(c) A fiscal deficit of 2 per cent.

(d) You cannot tell because you do not know the decomposition between the cyclical and structural components in Option (c)

The answer is Option (a).

The question probes an understanding of the forces (components) that drive the fiscal balance that is reported by government agencies at various points in time and how to correctly interpret a fiscal balance.

In outright terms, a fiscal deficit that is equivalent to 5 per cent of GDP is more expansionary than a fiscal deficit outcome that is equivalent to 3 per cent of GDP or 4 per cent of GDP, irrespective of the cyclical and structural components and irrespective of the presence of the automatic stabilisers.

In that sense, the question lured you into thinking that only the discretionary component (the actual policy settings) were of interest.

To see the why Option (a) is the best answer we have to explore the issue of decomposing the observed fiscal balance into the discretionary (now called structural) and cyclical components. The latter component is driven by the automatic stabilisers that are in-built into the fiscal process.

The federal (or national) government fiscal balance is the difference between total federal revenue and total federal outlays. So if total revenue is greater than outlays, the fiscal position is in surplus and vice versa. It is a simple matter of accounting with no theory involved. However, the fiscal balance is used by all and sundry to indicate the fiscal stance of the government.

So if the fiscal position is in surplus it is often concluded that the fiscal impact of government is contractionary (withdrawing net spending) and if the fiscal position is in deficit we say the fiscal impact expansionary (adding net spending).

Further, a risi...

08:00

The Weekend Quiz August 11-12, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blog posts that I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. Which scenario represents a more expansionary outcome: (a) A fiscal deficit equivalent to 5 per cent of GDP (including the impact of automatic stabilisers equivalent to 2 per cent of GDP). (b) A fiscal deficit equivalent to 4 per cent of GDP (where the automatic stabiliser component is zero). (c) A fiscal deficit of 2 per cent. (d) You cannot tell because you do not know the decomposition between the cyclical and structural components in Option (c)





2. When the government matches an increase in its deficit spending with debt issued to the non-government sector, the immediate stimulus to aggregate expenditure is less than would be the case if the government didn't borrow at all.


07:41

Australian prawn farmers claim biosecurity undermined by trade considerations "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

August 10, 2018: The ABC reports that until recently, Australia had been free of the deadly white spot prawn disease which is harmless to people but has the potential to wipe out both farmed and wild prawns. Quarantine border checks were intended to prevent the disease from being imported in raw prawns.

The ABC reports that, despite an outbreak of the disease in Queensland in 2016 documented by Four Corners, the Federal government had not revealed that two of 101 retail samples taken from Melbourne and Sydney retail outlets in May and June  2018 returned strong positives for white spot disease, while another four returned weak positives. In 2016, seven prawn farms at Logan, near the Gold Coast, had to destroy all their stock.

In contrast, when white spot was confirmed in 2016 in the wild in Moreton Bay, after quarantine regulations were tightened, the Queensland Government imposed a movement restriction order for raw wild caught prawns, crustaceans and marine worms between Caloundra and the New South Wales border.

In December 2017 a report by Australia's inspector-general of biosecurity, Dr Helen Scott-Orr, found a major biosecurity failure likely led to the 2016 outbreak. More than a $100 million of taxpayer money has since been spent on compensation, clean-up, monitoring and increased border security.

Containers of imported prawns are now required to be tested for the virus at the country of origin and again when they reach Australia, but the recent Melbourne and Sydney evidence shows this may not be effective.

The ABC reports that the Queensland Seafood Industry Association believes the differences between the response from the state and federal governments boiled down to international trade.

"Unfortunately our industry has been sacrificed on that altar of trade and it's never been good enough, said the Association spokesperson, Mr Eric Perez.

If we put restrictions on then suddenly, 'Oh well you export to our countries, what if we put restrictions on what you export out' so it is a trade issue," Mr Perez...

04:53

Victoria withholds support on NEG says it needs more work RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

State energy minister says Victoria and other jurisdictions have held off on approval of the NEG prior to its uncertain passage through the Coalition party room.

via Victoria withholds support on NEG says it needs more work RenewEconomy

04:30

Hold Adani to account for pollution "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Politicians are lying when they say a coal industry can co-exist with the Great Barrier Reef. Photo AAP Image/Supplied by Greenpeace, Dean Miller.

The Australian Marine Conservation Society is calling on the Queensland Government to hold Adani to account, following media revelations the company knew it would pollute the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area during Cyclone Debbie and breach their special licence to pollute by up to 900 per cent.

Dr Lissa Schindler, AMCS Senior Reef Campaigner, said: According to media reports Adani actually suspected that its water on site was more polluted than what was allowed to be released into our Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area during Cyclone Debbie. This demonstrates yet again that Adani cant be trusted with our Reef.

To knowingly allow this water to be released and pollute the area surrounding the Abbot Point coal terminal would be to recklessly risk the health of our threatened dugongs, turtles, snubfin dolphins and the nationally significant Caley Valley Wetlands.

How can Adani challenge its measly $12,000 fine and fight an environmental assessment of Abbot Point when it reportedly knew it would pollute the Reef and breach its licence before the cyclone hit?

This is blatantly unacceptable to everyone who loves the Reef, let alone depends on it for their livelihoods. The Queensland Government must fight for our Reef and hold Adani accountable for this coal pollution.

The post Hold Adani to account for pollution appeared first on Echonetdaily.

04:06

New national headquarters for Aussie Helpers "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

THE TIGHTENING cycle of drought hasnt helped a central business district struggling to adjust to declining population, increased mobility and digital disruption. But a bright...

03:59

Banks cave in to pressure over farm deposits "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

AGRICULTURE minister David Littleproud has welcomed all major banks coming to the table to offer farm management deposit offsets to their customers. To continue reading,...

03:47

Strong women bask for a moment in the spotlight "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

JUDGES Johnny Maris and Majella Steedman had their work cut out making the calls for the Naidoc awards this year. Just as well they were...

03:39

Sometimes golf just isnt much fun at all "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

THERE WERE quite a few mugs grinning over small brown bottles on the verandah of the clubhouse on Sunday afternoon. Donal OSullivans wasnt one of...

03:32

Sex pests hand in chip packet a bizarre attempt at disguise, says judge "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A 25-year-old man who kept pestering an older woman even though she rejected his advances received an 18-month prison sentence for indecent assault at the...

03:25

Open arms and doors at Nancys, where family was big "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

IN 1969, TV still broadcast in black and white, and ABCs Four Corners went to air with a film that exposed the towns casual apartheid....

03:11

DNA evidence implicates predator who denied raping teenager 10 years ago "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A 52-year-old man was sentenced to six years jail at the district court after pleading guilty to raping a teenager nearly a decade ago. To...

03:07

Watpac wins tender to build new $90m hospital "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

WATPAC CONSTRUCTIONS has won the main construction tender for the new $90.4 million hospital, health minister Steven Miles announced this week. To continue reading, please...

02:52

Jury finds roo shooter threw glass in self defence "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A JURY has acquitted a kangaroo shooter of assault charges after his barrister argued he was defending himself when he smashed a glass against another...

02:51

Solving secondary problems first "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Can you run a self-driving car on a desert island?

Of course not: There are no roads; and there is no fuel for the car.

Why do I mention this?  Because the received narrative around climate change and so-called peak oil demand is that new technologies like electric self-driving cars are going to ride to our rescue in the near future.  This is a nice fantasy; but I would draw your attention to the fact that while we still have roads, along with much of our infrastructure they are falling apart through neglect.  Without the enabling infrastructure, the proposed new technologies are going nowhere.

Energy, meanwhile, is a far greater problem.  Globally (remember most of the food we eat and the goods we buy are imported) 86 percent of our energy comes from fossil fuels down just one percent from 1995.  Renewable energy accounts for nearly 10 percent; but most of this is from hydroelectric dams and wood burning.  The modern renewables solar, wind, geothermal, wave, tidal, and ocean energy that so many people imagine are going to save the day account for just 1.5 percent of the energy we use.

Modern renewables are a kind of Schrodingers energy because they are simultaneously replacements for (some of) the fossil fuel that we are currently using and the additional energy to power all of the new technologies that are going to save the day.  And rather like the benighted feline in Schrodingers experiment, so long as nobody actually looks at the evidence, they can continue to fulfil both roles.

Given the potentially catastrophic consequences of not having sufficient energy to continue growing our economy, it is psychologically discomforting even to ask why energy costs are spiralling upward around the world, and why formerly energy independent countries are resorting to difficult, expensive and environmentally toxic fuel sources like hydraulically fractured shale or strip mined bitumen sands.  This, perhaps, explains why so many people focus their attention on solving second order problems something psycholog...

02:46

For 38 years, life just got in the road for Meany clan "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

TESS MEANY grew up in a family of seven children. Her father Arthur was a schoolteacher and they moved a lot. She decided her fate...

01:22

Can the electricity system be fixed ? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Im going to be talking to Steve Austin on ABC 612 Brisbane today, hopefully about COAGs rejection of the Turnbull governments National Energy Guarantee. As I said when this policy was cooked up in a matter of a few weeks last year

The most important thing to understand about the federal governments new National Energy Guarantee is that it is designed not to produce a sustainable and reliable electricity supply system for the future, but to meet purely political objectives for the current term of parliament.

Those political objectives are: to provide a point of policy difference with the Labor Party; to meet the demands of the governments backbench to provide support for coal-fired electricity; and to be seen to be acting to hold power prices down.

To expand a bit on the first point, this is a policy that wont survive past the next election. If Labor wins, theyll need to raise the emissions reduction target and that will entail dismantling most of the elaborate structure of the NEG. If, regrettably, Turnbull is re-elected, hell face immense pressure from the backbench to do more for coal. On past form, and the indications of recent weeks, hell comply. If it should survive, the policy wont deliver any significant change from the current no-policy trajectory, because its essentially designed to do nothing.

But if not the NEG, what can be done to fix the shambles that is our electricity system? Heres a very brief outline:

(i) a publicly owned national grid, operated by a statutory authority with a service orientation encompassing the goals of security of supply, affordable electricity, and a transition to a fully renewable generation system
(ii) the abandonment of the electricity pool market, in favor of longer dated supply contracts, with an order-of-merit system of supply management
(iii) a mixture of public and private electricity generation and networked storage
(iv) reintegration of distribution and retail services

00:13

ABx Subsidiarys Aluminum Fluoride Technology To Be Licensed Globally "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Australian Bauxite Limited (ABx) announced to the market yesterday that its wholly-owned subsidiary ALCORE Limited will have the rights to employ ALCORE technology throughout the world.

In a press release issued yesterday, ABx said that the technology, which is used in producing aluminium fluoride (AlF3), will be available to ALCORE for utilization as it builds plants abroad. The process will yield more AlF3 at a lower cost in order to meet an ever-expanding demand, especially in the manufacture of lithium-ion batteries.

Plants utilizing the process have already begun construction, with groundwork laid on such a plant in New South Wales last month. Once commissioned, the plant will produce AlF3 for the production of Corethane, a pure hydrocarbon powder derived from coal that can be used either as thermal power or in high-efficiency batteries.

ABxs CEO Ian Levy greeted the news as a major advancement in the ALCORE project and the technology it utilizes.

Step by step, ABx is bringing ALCOREs powerful new bauxite refining technology closer to becoming an important domestic producer and supplier of key AlF3 products for the Australasian aluminium smelters. However, in the longer-term, these global technology rights allow ALCORE Limited to produce AlF3 in any location globally. Creating ALCORE Limited as a project-specific subsidiary is expected to unlock considerable value for shareholders in both the short and medium terms.

ALCORE Technology also produces several valuable co-products including silica fume for the cement industry and Corethane pure hydrocarbons for energy and fuel security. Upside potential includes production of pure AlF3 for Lithium-ion batteries, iron oxide pigments, titanium oxide pigments. Further potential exists for developing ultra-pure products such as high purity alumina (HPA) for the manufacture of scratch-resistant sapphire glass for phones and computer screens.

Based in Sydney, ABx conducts operations in Tasmania, Queensland, and New South Wales. The fir...

00:07

Alcore gets license to refine "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

AUSTRALIAN Bauxite-subsidiary Alcore will be free to produce aluminium fluoride anywhere in the world after securing global licence rights for bauxite refining using the Alcore technology.

The technology refines raw bauxite to produce aluminium fluoride and other valuable co-products such as silica fume and corethane.

The global licence will pave the way for Alcore to build multiple plants in any locations to meet growing demand for aluminium fluoride and associated co-products.

A global spike in aluminium smelter production and the use of aluminium fluoride in lithium ion batteries is boosting demand for the product.

Site construction work for the first stage of Alcores pilot project at Berkeley Vale on New South Wales Central Coast began in July.

The first stage is designed toproduce aluminium fluoride test samples and produce corethane, which is pure hydrocarbon powder refined from low-value coals

*A subscription is needed to access the full article at https://www.miningmonthly.com/operational-excellence/news/1344248/alcore-gets-license-to-refine

 

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Thursday, 09 August

23:37

Richard Flanagan: Our politics is a dreadful black comedy press club speech in full "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

I know this is a bit off topic for this blog, but it is such a great speech I thought youd all like to read it. the truth is always so much more interesting.

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Indigenous Australia, Anzac Day, the descent of democracy in a National Press Club address Flanagan examines a divided Australia which he says can be free only if it faces up to its past.

 

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 Richard Flanagan: Since the marriage equality vote its clear that Australians are not the mean and pinched people we had been persuaded and bluffed for so many years that we were. Photograph: Joel Saget/Agence France-Presse

told a friend the other day I was to be speaking here in Canberra today and she told me a joke. A man is doubled over at the front of Parliament House throwing up. A stranger comes up and puts an arm around the vomiting man. I know how you feel, the stranger says.

Both jokes are about failing regimes that have lost the essential moral legitimacy gover...

20:43

MACKAY Stunning discovery by police as home-made weapon unearthed "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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15:28

Humans Have Damaged Most of the Seas, Apart From Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Humans huddle on a small part of the Earths surface, but our activity on the rest will leave our descendants only diminished oceans. Thanks to us, the wilderness of the worlds wide seas has shrunk drastically.

Earth is a waterworld: 70% of it is swept by ocean. And 87% of this waterworld has been to some degree fouled, polluted, poisoned or impoverished by the actions of one almost entirely terrestrial mammal. That is, according to a new survey, only 13% of the high seas can now be considered true wilderness.

Terrestrial life is smeared thinly. It is concentrated almost entirely in an altitude bounded by tree roots and canopy. But all the ocean is habitable, from the tidal shallows to the abyssal plain. It is home to the greatest mountain chain on the planet and to the deepest chasms, and in all it makes up 99% of the living space on Earth.

Researchers who looked at 16 different kinds of watery realm and tested them for 15 different kinds of human impact among them commercial shipping, sediment and fertiliser run-off, and overfishing report in the journal Current Biology that humans had left their mark almost everywhere.

We were astonished by just how little marine wilderness remains, said Kendall Jones, a researcher at the University of Queensland in Australia, and also of the Wildlife Conservation Society.

Huge extent

The ocean is immense, covering over 70% of our planet, but weve managed to significantly impact almost all of this vast ecosystem.

The surviving watery wilderness is estimated at an area of 54 million square kilometres. Although this is seemingly an enormous tract think of the land areas of Russia, China, Canada, the US and Australia rolled up together it is still less than a seventh part of the sea surface.

Most of this untouched ocean is concentrated in the Arctic, the Antarctic, and around the more remote Pacific islands. Hardly any marine wilderness survives along the continental coastlines.

The study comes only weeks after a survey of land conservation areas once again, led by researchers from the University of Queensland and the Wildlife Conservation Society found that even those stretches of mountain, savannah, forest and wetland formally recognized by governments as nature reserves or conservation zones were in many cases significantly disturbed or degraded by human intrusion.

The plight of the high seas has b...

12:53

10 things Ive learned from selling most of my belongings "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

This week we move from a three-bedroom house into a 24ft caravan. Needless to say, we have sold most of our belongings (about 80 per cent of our belongings, to be precise).

Weve spent the past ten months selling and donating what we no longer need or want. In the past Ive lost enthusiasm part-way through a purge but this time, with a tangible reason and a deadline, its been surprisingly easy.

Heres what Ive learnt from letting go of so. much. stuff!

  • Sorting through my belongings was a great way to assess my spending habits : as I dug deeper into the wardrobes I was confronted with years of frivolous spending habits coupled with a definite obsession with expensive clothes. When you really *see* what youve spent money on over the years it triggers a rather humbling realisation; I spent hours and hours working to earn money to buy these clothes that are sitting in my wardrobe getting dusty. What nonsense!
  • Quality items will always re-sell : clothes, accessories, furniture and electrical items will fetch a good price if theyre a quality item that has been well looked after (or a vintage item thats loved for its rarity). I set up an instagram page @simplicitymarket to sell my pre-loved clothes (and the childrens outgrown clothes) and in the past 18months Ive sold hundreds of items. Its been a very worthwhile side hustle that Ill continue to do as we travel (country op-shops, here I come)
  • I cant remember most of what I sold : which begs the question, why was I holding onto it in the first place?
  • Children accumulate toys, books and miscellany at an alarming rate : and yet they rarely develop an affinity with any of it. Every piece of research Ive come across suggests that children will engage in more meaningful play when they have less toys. Put simply, less clutter equals more engagement (same is true for adults, perhaps even more so).  If the past few weeks are anything to go by, children are content with a scooter, a tea set, a bit of duplo and some treasured animal friends.
  • Sentimental items can be sold without regret : last week I sold our beloved pram that has happily carried all four of our babies from birth to toddlerhood. I thought Id be sad about letting it go but passing it onto a first-time mum who is weeks away from having her baby was such a beautiful experience. Its gone to another family with many love-filled baby vibes.
  • My most treasured items werent bought : handwritten notes, handmade cards, ID bracelets from the materni...

11:55

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair Challenger 604 Bizjet A37-001 Calls into Longreach Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Thursday 9 August, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-001 was noted arriving into Longreach Airport as "Wisdom 5" direct from Melbourne (Tullamarine).  It had earlier flown down from Canberra and is believed to have brought the Federal Labor Party Leader Bill Shorten to town.

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A37-001 was later noted departing Longreach Airport for the East and is believed to have landed at Barcaldine Airport where it will possibly spend the night.  Media reports suggest that Mr Shorten will continue and visit Emerald on Friday 10 August.

Meanwhile, also at Longreach Airport but late on Tuesday 7 August, RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air A32-651 "Beaufort 07" arrived from Canberra and RAAF Base East Sale.  It later departed to RAAF Base Richmond.

Finally, a couple of light General Aviation (GA) visitors into Longreach Airport over the last few days has included Moree-based Cessna 206 VH-ZEU which arrived from Charleville also on Thursday 9 August.  While Australasian Jet Piper PA-31-325 VH-ZMJ called into Longreach Airport on Wednesday 8 August for fuel while flying from Cairns to Bourke in New South Wales.

And over the weekend on Saturday 4 August, FlightTech Air Logistics / Townsville Airlines AeroCommander 500-S VH-WZQ flew North from Ballarat to Thargomindah and Longreach Airport before continuing to Cairns.  It had flown South to Melbourne from Cairns back in June.

11:13

Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail A30-005 Missed Approach at Mackay Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

During the afternoon on Monday 6 August, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Boeing B737-7ES / E-7A Wedgetail Airborne Early Warning & Control (AEW&C) aircraft A30-005 was believed to have conducted a missed approach at Mackay Airport.

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A30-005 was flying as "Wedgetail 01" and reportedly flew up to Mackay via an inland route from RAAF Base Williamtown near Newcastle in New South Wales.  After completing its airwork at Mackay Airport, A30-005 then completed a missed approach at the Sunshine Coast before flying back towards the South.

Photo taken by Kayanne Hardsman 

10:59

Industrialism and ambivalence on the Queensland coast: Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Industrialism and ambivalence on the Queensland coast: Part 1

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09:30

Report: 15,000 Twitter Crypto Scam Giveaway Bots "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

15,000 Twitter Crypto Scam Giveaway Bots: Duo Security

This week, researchers uncovered empirical data confirming what most in the crypto Twittersphere already know the space if flooded with scam bots: 15,000 of them to be exact, according to Duo Security.

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Researchers Find 15K Twitter Crypto Scam Giveaway Bots

Dont @ Me: Hunting Twitter Bots at Scale by Duo Securitys Jordan Wright and Olabode Anise is 46 pages of intense fine-tooth combing of data related to the phenomenon of Twitter bots. Social networks allow people to connect with one another, share ideas, and have healthy conversations. Recently, automated Twitter accounts, or bots, have been making headlines for their effectiveness at spreading spam and malware, as well as influencing this online discussion, the authors began.

Over three months on their way to present findings at Black Hat USA 2018, researchers detail how they identified botnets, including a spam-spreading botnet case study, Mr. Wright and Mr. Anise explain, though they specifically looked for automated accounts, not necessarily malicious automated accounts.

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09:00

Australia's most populous state suffering worst drought in more than 50 years "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Australia's most populous state is now "100 percent" in drought following the most intense dry spell in more than 50 years. New South Wales officials released figures on Wednesday showing that every part of the state is affected, with almost one-quarter classified as being in "intense drought". Less than 10 millimetres of rainfall has been recorded in the 800,000-square kilometre state over the past month. "There isn't a person in the state that isn't hoping to see some rain for our farmers and regional communities," Niall Blair, minister for primary industries, said in a statement. Dry conditions are expected to continue for the next three months. Farmers are among the hardest hit by the drought, which is the driest and most widespread in the state since 1965.

08:30

PERTH Meth and heroin seized off regional roads "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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Meth and heroin seized off regional roads .

August 09, 2018 at 10:45AM .

29-year-old Victorian woman were charged with possessing prohibited drugs and were refused bail when they appeared in Perth Magistrates Court.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://thewest.com.au/news/meth-and-heroin-seized-off-regional-roads-ng-b88922860z&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNE_N4_kZJsPWzZiKUWmugdkW-oDHw

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

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08:30

05:36

Ancient megashark Victoria's surf coast - fossil find exhib opens today "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A jaw-full of mega shark teeth rare evidence that a shark twice the size of a Great White stalked Australia's ancient waters is to be unveiled at Melbourne Museum on today, Thursday 9 August. Usually shark teeth are found singly, but this time they have the whole set for the gigantic Great Jagged Narrow-Toothed Shark.

A prehistoric shark feast, the 9m long Great Jagged Narrow-Tooth Shark becoming a meal for several Sixgill Sharks. Credit: Peter Trusler / Philip Mullaly, the local Ocean Grove resident who found the mega shark teeth with Dr Erich Fitzgerald. Credit: Museums Victoria

Victorian Fossil Find Uncovers Prehistoric Leftovers of Colossal Shark Feast

A visit to his local beach will never be the same again for Philip Mullaly. The keen-eyed fossil enthusiast has found an extraordinary set of shark teeth - evidence that a shark nearly twice the size of a Great White once stalked Australias ancient oceans. The citizen scientist made the find in Jan Juc, a renowned fossil site along Victorias Surf Coast.

I was walking along the beach looking for fossils, turned and saw this shining glint in a boulder and saw a quarter of the tooth exposed. I was immediately excited, it was just perfect and I knew it was an important find that needed to be shared with people, recounts Mr Mullaly.


Up to 7 cm long, the teeth have been identified as being from an extinct species of mega-toothed shark - the Great Jagged Narrow-Toothed Shark (Carcharocles angustidens) - which could grow to more than 9-metres long, almost twice the length of todays Great White Shark.

This shark stalked Victorias ancient sea ap...

05:24

Money trees are magical; energy trees are not "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Another excellent post from the Consciousness of Sheep..  a bit anglo-centric, but easily applies to anywhere not least Australia.

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Equating money with wealth is among the most dangerous delusions currently afflicting humanity.

This is, perhaps, understandable given that so few people now have access to money in the quantities needed to improve their lives.

Government, meanwhile, effectively lies when it points to the various pots of money that it has allocated to this or that infrastructure, entitlement or service.  This is mendacious because money from central government is allocated as a block grant to local government and other public bodies.  In total, these public bodies lack the income to fund their legal responsibilities.  As a result, money that was theoretically allocated to provide for such things as mental health beds, fixing potholes and a host of other discretionary activities is actually deployed in firefighting the collapse of mandatory services like child welfare or social care for the elderly.

The solution to this for many in the political sphere is to loosen the purse strings.  Quite correctly, they identify the central flaw in the pronouncements of duplicitous politicians like Theresa May and Phillip Hammond; who tell us that there isnt a magic money tree.  Because well actually, yes there is.  Its called the Bank of England.  And were politicians to instruct it to do so, it can spirit into existence as much new currency as it likes.

The conventional way in which central banks spirit money into existence is via the issuance of government debt.  Government issues a bond (called a Gilt-Edged Security in the UK) which is auctioned to a closed group of banks and financial institutions.  The central bank then spirits new money into existence and uses it to buy these bonds back.  That new money then enters the economy via the financial sector.

This, of course, is no more than tradition.  There is nothing to prevent the central bank from conjuring new money out of thin air and then distributing it directly into the bank accounts of every citizen.  Indeed, this is one of the points made by those who favour some form of Universal Basic Income as an alternative to the UKs overly bureaucratic and increasingly ineffective social security system.  The reason that money is not created in this way is simply that channelling it through the banking and financial system favours the wealthy and powerful at the expense of the wider population.

Midway between the current p...

05:17

#MyIDMyIDentity: New campaign for transgender equality goes live "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A new nationwide campaign My ID, My Identity is calling on states and territories to support trans and gender diverse people to be recognised as who they are. Currently in some states, people can only change the gender on their birth certificate if they are unmarried, if theyve had invasive surgery on their reproductive organs and are over 18. And the gender options of female and male also might not describe their gender identity.

My ID, My Identity is calling on all Australian states and territories to remove the unnecessary and discriminatory barriers that currently prevent trans and gender diverse people from updating their ID. Without updating these laws, trans Australians and their partners will continue to be pushed through a process of forced divorce, stopping Australia from achieving full marriage equality.

For most people, updating their birth certificate is simple. But for trans or gender diverse people, updating a birth certificate so it correctly reflects their gender, can be almost impossible, said Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre.

Being forced to use ID that doesnt match your identity can create daily problems when applying for a job, going to Centrelink or enrolling to study.

Since the passage of marriage equality last year weve been working closely with transgender communities and state governments to update discriminatory birth certificate laws so trans and gender diverse people can live with dignity, said Ms Brown.

Prior to the marriage equality legislation of 2017, trans people were required to be unmarried before they were able to legally change their ID. This pressured many couples into forced divorce so a trans partner could be recognised as their true gender.

All states are now required to update their birth certificate laws by 9 December so that trans people no longer need to be unmarried. While SA and ACT laws were already compliant, the changes to federal law mean states also have an opportunity to update other out-dated birth certificate laws.

Governments across the country should be updating their birth certificate laws to reflect the values of fairness and equality that Australians stood up for in the postal survey last year, said Ms Brenda Appleton, Chair of Transgender Victoria. 

In many states and territories people are still required to undergo invasive surgery before they can change their legal sex. For some people surgery is impossible or simply unwanted. Much more reform is needed to bring birth certificate laws across Australia in line with best practice worldwide," added Ms Appleton.

Kate Toyer, a trans woman, who has been married to her wife for over 21 years was able to change her gender marker after welcome reform in NSW.

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04:58

Hardship Is Not A Competition: Supporting Our Farmers Doesnt Mean We Cant Support Our Neighbours "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

With all of NSW now drought declared, and other states fast heading in the same direction, calls for more support for farmers is welcome. But slashing spending to help neighbours weve abused for decades is not the way to get there, writes Hayley McQuire.

I support Australian Farmers. What I dont agree with is the constant argument about Why are we giving so much in foreign aid yet not supporting our farmers?

This is a common theme that arises whenever there are a group of Australians in crisis.

Why are we giving so much in foreign aid while there are so many homeless? Why are we giving so much in foreign aid while our old people are on a horrible pension? Why are we giving so much in foreign aid when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People..

Okay, admittedly, it doesnt seem to appear when First Peoples are in crisis. But for the record, the majority of our Foreign Aid budget is spent with our neighbours in the Asia Pacific.

Lets keep in mind our history with countries in this region.

A large amount of our aid goes to our closest neighbour Papua New Guinea, with $546.3m allocated in the 2017-2018 budget.

The Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea. (IMAGE: Drew Douglas, Flickr)

Every ANZAC Day we celebrate our partnership with Papua New Guinea and how they saved our arse on the Kokoda Track. However, we conveniently forget the fact that PNG was under Australias colonial rule as one of our territorys up until 1972. We conveniently forget how Australia has exploited PNG for their natural resources (heres looking at you Rio Tinto Bougainville Copper Mine).

Australia also gives aid to other Pacific countries like Vanuatu ($69.8m in 2017-2018) and Solomon Islands ($146m in 2017-2018).

So, I guess some are forgetting the time Australia STOLE people from their homes and forced them into indentured labour and built an entire sugar industry off the back of black bodies.

I sho...

03:49

NEW SUNSHINE COAST STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR ELEMENT HEART "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Stallholder Profile for Element Heart



Your name: Melanie Jackson

Your business name and facebook/website name and link:
website in works

The suburb/town you live in now: Noosa Heads

What is it you make and what skills do you use:
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03:00

NEW ROCKHAMPTON STALLHOLDER PROFILE FOR JENNIFER M RYAN "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Stallholder Profile for creative Jennifer M Ryan



Your name: Jennifer Ryan 
Your business name and facebook/website name and link: jrcs.com.au
The suburb/town you live in now: Captain Creek
What is it that you make and what skills do you use?: artist and author



What inspired you to start your business?: a need to create, meetings with other artists and authors...

Wednesday, 08 August

20:01

Massive Penis Drawing Can Be Seen From Outer Space, Thus Proving that Humanity Will Never Change "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Humanity has been responsible for some pretty strange things, however, this may very well take the cake.  Could you imagine if alien life really did come across this in space?

Of course, there are many great wonders that can be seen from space, and this, unfortunately, is one of them. While people have been drawing penises on plenty of things for quite some time, this one has been making headlines since it was noticed.

This penis drawing is in Australia and is being referred to as the Aussie Weiner. You can even see it on Google Maps. These kinds of aerially-visible creations are known as geoglyphs and cannot be seen when just walking past or so forth, if you werent above them you would never know they existed. Im sure when you think of man-made things that can be seen from space giant dicks would not normally come to mind but, to each their own.

Google Maps

 

This penis is etched into a dry lake bed just outside the town of Geelong which is relatively close to Melbourne. You can tell this huge member most likely took a while to make so whoever created it definitely put a lot of their time and energy into it. What once was an overlooked dirt pit is now one of the most viewed places on Google maps at the moment. If you look close enough you can even see that it appears to have what was meant to be cum drops shooting out of it.

Creativity at its finest? With plenty of lake bed left who knows what might end up popping up in the area later down the line. The group known as Take The Piss Geelong was first to post about this massive member and from there it went viral.

They posted as follows:

If the legend who did this can inbox us with any form of proof, thatd be awesome.

We have a beer with your name on it.

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19:51

GOP Congressman From New York Charged With Insider Trading "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

NEW YORKRepublican U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins of western New York state was arrested Wednesday on charges he fed inside information he gleaned from sitting on the board of a biotechnology company to his son, helping themselves and others dodge hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses when bad news came out.

Collins, 68, is a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump who was among the first two sitting members of Congress to endorse his candidacy for the White House.

An indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court charges Collins, the congressmans son and the father of the sons fiance with conspiracy, securities fraud, wire fraud and making false statements to the FBI.

Prosecutors said the charges stem from Collins decision to share with his son insider information about Innate Immunotherapeutics Limited, a biotechnology company headquartered in Sydney, Australia, with offices in Auckland, New Zealand. Collins was the companys largest shareholder, with nearly 17 percent of its shares, and sat on its board.

According to the indictment, Collins was attending the Congressional Picnic at the White House on June 22, 2017, when he received an email from the companys chief executive saying that a trial of a drug the company developed to treat multiple sclerosis was a clinical failure. After a public announcement, the companys stock price plunged 92 percent.

Collins responded to the email saying: Wow. Makes no sense. How are these results even possible??? the indictment said. It said he then called his son, Cameron, and, after several missed calls, they spoke for more than six minutes.

The next morning, according to the indictment, Collins began selling his shares, unloading enough over a two-day period to avoid $570,900 in losses before a public announcement of the drug trial results.

Prosecutors said the son traded on the inside information and passed it to a third defendant, Stephen Zarsky. Their combined trades avoided over $768,000 in losses, authorities said. They said Zarsky traded on it and tipped off at least three others.

Collins, a conservative who was first elected in 2012 to represent parts of western New York between Buffalo and Rochester, has denied any wrongdoing. When the House Ethics Committee began investigating the stock trades a year ago, his spokeswoman called it a partisan witch hunt.

We will answer the charges filed against Congressman Collins in court and will mount a vigorous defense to clear his good name, his attorneys, Jonathan Barr and Jonathan New, said in a statement Wednesday. It is notable that even the government does not allege that Congressman Collins traded a single share of Innate Therapeutics stock. We are confident he will be completely vindicated and exonerated.

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