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Saturday, 13 January

13:30

Interview: The Fight Against Climate Change Needs More Women "IndyWatch Feed National"

Four Chinese environmentalists talk about joining an all-female expedition to the Antarctic.

Credit: Homeward Bound

In February, a cohort of 80 women from 13 countries will make the chilly voyage by ship from the tip of Latin America to Antarctica.

Theyre part of a project called Homeward Bound, which seeks to strengthen the leadership skills of 1,000 women over the next ten years.

The voyage carries a message about how the planet is warming (nowhere is this more obvious than among the melting ice sheets of Antarctica), and the precious role of a robust, fair and representative global scientific community in meeting the challenges of a changing climate.

Drawing women from a wide range of backgrounds and age groups, the voyage creates a space for the women to bond and collaborate.

Founded by Australian marine ecologist Jess Melbourne-Thomas and leadership expert Fabian Dattner, the project is backed by many prominent women, including primatologist and environmental campaigner Jane Goodall, Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg and the Clinton Foundations vice chair Chelsea Clinton.

This years expedition includes four women from China. In advance of th...

08:59

Returning to a Gold Standard Why and How. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Returning to a Gold Standard Why and How. | gold-dollar-eagle-720x340 | Economy & Business Special Interests

Author: Dr Fraser Murrell, Melbourne Australia
First Posted: Thursday , 20 Nov 2014

In the 1600s, Sir Isaac Newton presided over a (bi-metal) Gold and Silver Standard, with the flaw being the fix of silver to gold. In the 1900s, John Maynard Keynes revolutionized economics, with the result being certain economic collapse. In both cases there was a logical error in the key definition of price, which is critical to the stability of the economy. This note examines the problem and then goes on to present a workable Gold Standard, which it is argued, is the most stable frame of reference for our economy.

FRAMES OF REFERENCE

Life would be chaotic if time and space changed regularly or even our definition of it changed regularly. Fortunately, Newton sorted it all out back in the 1600s, developed the Laws of Motion, allowing mankind to proceed with certainty. However, if some Government expert later decided that time ran backwards on alternate days and space was shaped like a banana, then chaos would return.

In economics, the central concepts are time and price and again Newton considered this problem and deemed that price should be defined with reference to weights of gold and silver (more on this later). Once again the real world proved him (almost) correct and as a result there was economic certainty and Britain Ruled the Waves. But then along came economic experts like Keynes who changed all the critical definitions and as a result we have been plunged back into chaos.

To understand Keynes distortion of our economic frame of reference, consider the following example. A man walks into a bank in 1971 with savings of $1,000 (cash) and $1,000 (gold) and today in 2014 he retires and withdraws both. Ignoring for the moment interest and fees, under an (ideal) Newtonian frame of reference there would be price stability, so that the value of each wit...

08:01

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, 12 January

22:07

Australian Open: Billie Jean King wants Margaret Court Arena renamed despite friendship with tennis great "IndyWatch Feed National"

American tennis great Billie Jean King has joined calls for Margaret Courts name to be stripped from the arena at Melbourne Park due to the Australian champions vocal campaign against homosexuality.

There has been a campaign to change the name of Margaret Court Arena over the former players comments surrounding homosexuality and plan to boycott Qantas for its same-sex marriage stance.

ABC Australia

So its all good and Ok to be a homosexual or lesbian and be as outspoken as you like about your sexuality, and Christians are not allowed to express their solid Biblical opinions.

Removing names from stadiums, black-bansthese are the tactics of the left-wingers, who proclaim freedom of speech and freedom of personal expression.

 

ABC Australia

Australian Open: Billie Jean King wants Margaret Court Arena renamed despite friendship with tennis great

American tennis great Billie Jean King has joined calls for Margaret Courts name to be stripped from the arena at Melbourne Park due to the Australian champions vocal campaign against homosexuality.

There has been a campaign to change the name of Margaret Court Arena over the former players comments surrounding homosexuality and plan to boycott Qantas for its same-sex marriage stance.

The former 64-time major winner, who is now a pastor at Victory Life Church in Perth, also once wrote a letter to the West Australian to express sadness that Casey Dellacquas newborn child would be deprived of his father.

King said she had once supported Courts name adorning one of the stadiums, after Rod Laver was honoured with an arena.

However, she said comments from her f...

21:38

AFG interest-only smash "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Loan sizes up

Australia's largest mortgage aggregator Australian Finance Group (AFG) released its mortgage index for the December 2017 quarter. 

The major lenders have lost market share this year, but the non-banks and alternative lenders have generally picked up the slack, leaving lodgement volumes relatively flat over the year. 

Over the 2017 calendar year the average mortgage size written by AFG brokers increased by a relatively moderate +2.8 per cent.

The largest increase was in Victoria where the average mortgage size jumped by $20,385 to $496,815.

In New South Wales the average mortgage size was higher still at $613,084, having increased by $10,662 over the year, these mainly being capital city loans written to aspirational buyers. 

There were also +3.4 per cent increases in Queensland and South Australia respectively.


Reflecting challenges in the local economy, the average mortgage size in Western Australia declined by -1.1 per cent to $439,944.

The average loan size in the Northern Territory increased, but volumes are so small that there is no meaningful trend to be found in the numbers. 

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Th...

20:41

Look at Hoddle Street now: "streamlined " as opposed to "tree -lined" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hoddle Street is a very long road in Melbourne, Victoria. Congestion in Melbourne is reaching ludicrous and unforgivable proportions. The treelined part of Hoddle Street is apparently being sacrificed without public consultation for the no-win race of government-engineered population growth.

Ian Hundley, of Protectors of Public Lands,Victoria took these photos yesterday of the before an after tree removal for lane widening in Hoddle street Melbourne. He wrote:

"I checked out the Hoddle Street capacity road works today. See photos taken from the Vere Steet footbridge (near Collingwood Town Hall) to the south which shows trees retained and to the north which shows where trees have been removed from the median. Also one of the signs which declares this is a project to connect communities. We must try to contain the mirth on that one - if they pull it off it will be the first traffic sewer to have brought communities together."

The sign Ian refers to reads, "Streamlining Hoddle Street-Connecting our communities." How completely facile! It must have been coined on a morning tea break without realisation that "streamlining " in this case means de-tree lining!

All this destruction is to help accommodate the additional 100,000 cars each year in Melbourne. The only way to widen a long established street like Hoddle Street is to either knock down houses and appropriate land or remove anything not absolutely necessary, that won't cost the government money, and for which the voices of complaint, from the avian inhabitants and the long-suffering public will not be heard.


I did not hear any public announcement of the removal of these trees. They are just gone. What difference will the additional traffic and the absence of th......

16:21

Immigration hype and immigration reality - enforced by the bulldozer "IndyWatch Feed National"

St Kilda Road and Hoddle Street widening to accommodate larger volumes of road traffic in Melbourne means bulldozing hundreds of beautiful, mature trees, cultivated in a time when people appreciated the importance of natural shade and beauty. This vandalism is caused by willful promotion of overpopulation by the Victorian State government. Furtively supported by an equally venal Opposition, invited economic mass immigration-caused population growth marches on like an invasion preceded by bulldozers, jack hammers and all manner of violence towards our environment and display of might by state governments. Australia grew by over half a million people between July 2016 and July 2017, although natural increase actually declined, almost certainly due to rising costs affecting Australia's fertility opportunity.[1]





Swamped by the numbers

Excuse me, but it seems that Pauline Hanson was right, at least on the numbers: We are being 'swamped' - at a rate of Overseas immigrants 63.0 : Australian citizens and residents 36.8 - by the numbers - wherever they come from. These latest growth figures were due 63% to overseas immigration; only 36.8% from natural increase between July 2016 and July 2017. (See the latest ABS graph and details below.) It doesn't matter where they come from; the point is that accommodating these numbers is overwhelming our native animal habitat, our infrastructure, our social organisation, our legal and planning system (which is changing to remove public...

14:54

Worldwide Boom to Flood Asset Markets "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

  • An inevitable development gathers steam
  • Banks party like its 2007
  • Plus, why the world needs crypto to boom, and plenty more

Todays Daily Reckoning needs to take one step back before launching into the latest news.

Back in September, we made the case that mortgage competition remained hot, adding

The most interesting thing to watch from here is the first-homebuyer market (FHB). What bothers this group more than anything is the size of the deposit they need, not the repayments

But Im sure theres going to be more government tinkering to get this deposit problem down. Im just not sure what its going to look like.

Huzzah! Todays Australian reports that the Property Council has come out and said that a government-backed low deposit home loan scheme could help address affordability.

Theres no real details on how this would be structured, other than it could be similar to the Keystart program that the West Australian state government runs.

Keystart lets buyers put a 2% deposit down in Perth, without paying lenders mortgage insurance.

I expect something like this to get up sooner rather than later. Already the government is trying to get legislation through to allow first home buyers to save inside their super fund. But it wont be enough.

More buyers and lower deposits are bullish for the property market overall.

The loans should be pretty cheap too

Aussie banks raising money on the cheap

The Aussie banks have raised $9 billion in the first 10 days of the year, according to The Australian Financial Review. The AFR suggests theyre now seeing their most favourable credit market conditions since the global financial crisis.

Thats an opinion, but the numbers suggest its right. ANZ just sold three- and five-year bonds. The rate theyre paying is 30% lower than what CBA got at the same time last year.

This will help the banks margins, and therefore their profitability. This is the kind of thing we need to see for the Aussie market to go higher. It needs the banks to do some heavy lifting here because they dominate the index so much.

We can also gauge the availability of credit in other ways. New development approvals are one way to do that.

Charter Hall just received Victorian approval for a $200 million tower in the Melbourne CBD. Its due to be complete in the first half of 2020.

...

09:20

Man dead in Tamworth after snake bite "IndyWatch Feed National"

Be wary. Brown snakes come in different shades and dont always even look brown, warn snake handlers. AAP Image/North Queensland Wildlife Care, Trish Prendergast

A man has died in NSWs New England region as the result of a suspected brown snake bite.

The 24-year-old was rushed to hospital but died within an hour of being bitten on the finger in a backyard at West Tamworth on Wednesday night, according to Fairfax Media.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner, a spokeswoman for NSW Police told AAP on Friday.

Its believed the man was bitten by the snake as he tried to move it away from a family pet.

Brown snake venom is among the most potent in the world and the reptile is responsible for more than 60 per cent of snake-bite deaths in Australia, according to the University of Melbourne.

The post Man dead in Tamworth after snake bite appeared first on Echonetdaily.

06:43

Victoria's Secret - To have gangs, or not to have gangs, that is the question. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Dear Mr Ashton - for clarity, you have set up a task force to combat gangs that you said dont exist? #Melbourne pic.twitter.com/Mg1ZP1Dyyl Katie Hopkins (@KTHopkins) January 11, 2018

06:37

Small dinosaur discovered in Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

This 2016 video is called Dinosaurs from Cretaceous Australia.

From PeerJ:

Turkey-sized dinosaur from Australia preserved in an ancient log-jam

New fossil gives fresh insight into the evolution and diversity of the dinosaurs that once inhabited the Australian-Antarctic rift valley 113 million years ago

January 11, 2018

The partial skeleton of a new species of turkey-sized herbivorous dinosaur has been discovered in 113 million year old rocks in southeastern Australia. As reported in open access journal PeerJ, the fossilized tail and foot bones give new insight into the diversity of the small, bipedal herbivorous dinosaurs called ornithopods that roamed the great rift valley that once existed between Australia and Antarctica. The new dinosaur has been named Diluvicursor pickeringi, which means Pickerings Flood-Running dinosaur.

Lower Cretaceous rocks of the deep sedimentary basins that formed within the Australian-Antarctic rift are now exposed as wave-cut rock platforms and sea-cliffs along the south coast of Victoria. The skeleton of Diluvicursor pickeringi was discovered in 2005 by volunteer prospector George Caspar, eroding from such a rock platform at a locality called Eric the Red West, near Cape Otway.

Diluvicursor shows for the first time that there were at least two distinct body-types among closely related ornithopods in this part of Australia, Dr Matt Herne, lead author of the new study said.

One was lightly built with an extraordinarily long tail, while the other, Diluvicursor, was more solidly built, with a far shorter tail. Our preliminary reconstruction of the tail musculature of Diluvicursor suggests this dinosaur was a good runner, with powerful leg retracting muscles, Dr Herne said.

Understanding the ecology of these dino...

03:31

Professor Lloyd Geering, New Zealands greatest Christian heretic speaks at Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

Professor Lloyd Geering, New Zealands greatest Christian heretic

Below is the transcript of a lecture Professor Lloyd Geering, New Zealands greatest Christian heretic, gave at Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney Australia in 2004.

Pitt Street Uniting Church in Sydney Australia, like St Johns Presbyterian Church in central Wellington, New Zealand, has for many decades been a liberal theological church.

I was lectured by Lloyd Geering in Religious Studies at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand in the late 1970s.

Although I was a young Holy Spirit-baptised Christian, I still topped Lloyd  Geerings classes. I also topped his associate, Professor Jim Veitchs classes. Both Lloyd Gerring and Jim Veitch are New Zealand Presbyterian clergy, as was my father Rev Reuben Donald Elley, known as Rev Don Elley.

My father was one of the large group of clergy and lay leaders who tried to have Lloyd Geering tried for heresy in the 1967. They should have removed him instantly, and the New Zealand Presbyterian Church would be in a much better place today, if this has happened.

It is a misnomer to say that there were few clergy in favour of removing him. In fact, the vote was very close at the national conference of the New Zealand Presbyterian church.

My father told me about it as it was happening, and I can remember dad being very upset about Lloyd Geering.

Until dad...

01:27

How to deal with a sheriff's warrant "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Many people's first contact with the "SHERIFF'S OFFICE VICTORIA" is in the form of a template letter stating that the "natural person" has outstanding warrants to a particular value.

As of this writing, the template letter has a scanned signature and a name of Brendan Facey, stating that he is the "Sheriff of Victoria".

In accordance with the law, specifically the Infringements Act 2006, S3 on "execution copy" states:

"execution copy", in relation to an infringement warrant, means the copy issued for the purposes of execution and includes an execution copy comprising a number of infringement warrants consolidated under section 86; 

as seen in the scanned document below:




Note: The burden of proof is on the accuser.

If you have obtained notification either verbal or in writing that the sheriff is stating that there are warrants in your person's name, demand that the sheriff produce;

1). Copies of the (alleged) warrants See: warrant form,
2). the "execution copy".

as required by law.

If the above documents are not produced and further action is carried out against your person, then the due process of law has not been followed, where your person has obtained financial damage, where you have a course of action against;

1). the (alleged) sheriff, Mr. Brendan Facey,
2). the "SHERIFF'S OFFICE VICTORIA"
3), the issuing person from the court,

or other persons associated with your matter.

See also the hidden video:
Sheriff's warrants do not exist - verified on video

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