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Saturday, 24 March


March 24 On This Day in Australian History "GroovUs Feed Anews"

You can all begin by raising a glass to John Busby who was whelped on this day in 1765, and who began the 10 year construction of Sydney's first regular water supply known as Busby's Bore on his birthday in 1827.

1796 - Bass and Flinders did not find Lake Illawarra but instead fell over a noisy skinny dipping pool party.
They declined the invitation to join in due to their mortal fear of verdigris.

1804 - And after a plethora of names such as Mulumbinba, Coal River, Hunter's River,Coal Harbour, and King's Town they finally settled on calling the damn spot Newcastle.

1810 - David Collins dropped off the perch rather suddenly...probably been over-doing the little blue "performance" pills again, randy bugger.

1854 - An Act to Establish a Constitution in and for the Colony of Victoria or more commonly the first 'Constitution Act' was passed in the Victorian Legislative Council. This set out the principles and methods for Parliament and would comprise two houses the Legislative Council and the Legislative Assembly.

1862 - The Peeps in Power in NSW went completely nuts today when they madly threw open the Main North Railway Line from Lochinvar - Branxton.

1879 - The bridge at Murray Bridge in South Oz - as you can't have a Murray Bridge without a bridge - was opened for traffic. Playing catch up, as always, it was adapted for choo-choo's in 1886.

1883 - The Salvo's fish and chip wrapper newspaper Warcry was flogged sold for the first time in Sydney.

1890 - The train travellers were most pleased when the railway line from Burnley to Oakleigh (Vic) was flung open for intrepid tripsters.

1891 - Dr Richard Schomburgk, the Director of Adelaide's Botanic Gardens, suddenly dropped off the perch.
Read more about this former Prussian rebel who dreamt up fabulous flora for Adelaide that's still enjoyed to this day.

1891 - The peeps wot made decisions at that extinct beast Victoria Railways were sniffing some sort of adhesive when they closed the Dunkeld to Penshurst railway line.

1891 - But obviously not all of them at Victoria Railways were as high as Harry Highpants' Top Hat cos they opened the line from Fairfield Park to Riversdale.

1891 - They were on a roll when they opened the railway line from Maldon (Laanecoorie Junction) to Shelbourne (Vic).

1900 - In Queensland 1,280 acres were gazetted as an Aboriginal reserve at Barambah.

1907 - The world's first surf reel was dem...


70% crop losses due to extreme weather in Australia "GroovUs Feed Anews"

It was always going to be a big ask for the nation's grain crop to reach last year's record breaker, but extreme weather events across the country have guaranteed the harvest is well down on last year. Some grain-growing regions have even reported a drop of more than 70 per cent on last year's harvest. In the north of the country grain farmers battled extreme dry, in NSW and Victoria a late frost and record rains damaged crops, and WA made a comeback late in the season with much-needed rain. Dry winter impacts yields For Matthew Dart who farms at Merriwagga in southern NSW it's a harvest he was happy to see the back of. "It was one of those years where any mistake in any given sequence you were penalised so heavily," he said.

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Friday, 23 March


Sexual Assault in the Greens and the left "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Recently sexual assaults within the Australian Greens have been gaining more attention. Jasmina Brankovich lives in Perth, Western Australia and has been following this issue closely.

In this interview we talk about sexual assault within the Greens and the lack of structures to deal with them.

In the second part we talk about this issue in the broader left and anarchist community.

[Part 1]

Jasmina: For the past few years especially last year I think weve had a number of allegations covering all shades I guess of a male sexual violence as I prefer to call it in the Greens, and its seemingly across all branches so I think that Ive heard about the New South Wales, Victoria, WA and at the very least those those main branches so what we had is basically a number of allegations across a number of branches portraying theres complete lack of interest in dealing with them, theres also lack of structures structure for instance a lot of branches and I know about WA one of those allegations arose do not have anything like the sexual harassment policy and processes to deal with them not-with-standing the fact that some branches and at them at the national level are developing their policy now.

These things were not in place when the allegations against the current Senator Senator Jordan Steele John published in the ...


Ai Weiwei Highlights Treatment of Global Refugees in Human Flow Documentary and Sydney Biennale Installations "GroovUs Feed Anews"

My latest post for Global Voices:

During a visit to Australia, Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has blitzed the media with his concerns about the global treatment of refugees.

He is the headline artist with two major installations at the Biennale of Sydney that runs until June 2018. One, called The Law of the Journey located at the Cockatoo Island, features a black rubber, inflatable boat and figures. They were made with the same material used to produce the hazardous boats that some asylum seekers and migrants travel in while attempting to cross the Mediterranean.

...Ai also spoke at the Cinema Nova for the Melbourne opening of his documentary Human Flow, which features the stories of refugees in 23 countries in 2016.

...Kon Karapanagiotidis from the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre conducted a live interview on Facebook and Twitter that has since attracted nearly 10,000 viewers.

More: From Sydney Biennale Installations to Film Screenings, Ai Weiwei Highlights Treatment of Global Refugees


Hard science can be undertaken on 'anomalies.' "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Dear readers,

I note that tomorrow, Sydney researcher Bill Chalker and abductee Peter Khoury are speaking in my home town of Melbourne at a VUFOA sponsored event. I am looking forward to going along as a silent observer. I am hoping that the duo may be providing some updated information about the physical evidence aspects of Peter's experiences. For readers who may be unaware of these details, which involve DNA analyses here is a link.

The 'Ata' anomaly

Coincidently, DNA analyses of an apparently anomalous skeleton, which some have suggested is extraterrestrial, features in a US CNN report dated 22 March 2018. 

A mummified skeleton was found 15 years ago in the Atacama Desert in Chile. The recent Dr Steven Greer documentary 'Sirius' which featured this skeleton, strongly proposed that the skeleton was of an extraterrestrial 'alien.' 

However, an article just published in the scientific journal 'Genome Research' reveals that this unusual skeleton is actually human, with multiple bone disease-associated mutations, thus giving it a very unusual appearance. Here is hard science at its best.

The 'Starchild' skull

A second recently published hard science analysis, including DNA work, reports on an unusual 900 year old skull found in the 1930's in Mexico. US researcher Lloyd Pye initiated work on this skull between 1999 and 2014 looking for evidence as to the possibilit...


Therapeutic Albo says Victorian Ombudsman Labor rorts report "an enormous beatup" "IndyWatch Feed National"

Vic Labor rorts a 'beat-up': Albanese 23 Mar 2018, 3:36 a.m. Anthony Albanese says Victorian Labor's rorts-for-votes scandal is an "enormous beat-up". The discovery Victorian Labor wrongly spent almost $400,000 of taxpayers' money by redirecting electoral staff to work in the 2014 election campaign is an "enormous beat-up" says Anthony...


All-Energy Australia 2018 "IndyWatch Feed"

Taking place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, this free-to-attend, business-to-business conference and exhibition is the largest of its kind in Australia.


Family members give evidence in Pell case "IndyWatch Feed National"

Relatives of people who have accused Cardinal George Pell of historical sex offences are due to give evidence at a Melbourne court hearing.

Pell, 76, is facing a committal hearing at Melbourne Magistrates Court that will determine if he stands trial over multiple historical sex offences involving multiple complainants.

People related to the complainants, neither of whom can be named for legal reasons, are due to give evidence via video link on Friday.

The complainants have already given evidence in closed court, as required by law in sex offence cases.

The court has not released any details about the charges.

On Thursday, a witness told the court he believes Pell would not have been able to remove the ceremonial robes he was wearing on the day he is accused of committing a sex offence.

The parish staff member also said he does not believe the alleged incident occurred based on his knowledge of a churchs layout.

The defence has cross-examined several witnesses about their interactions with Pell at a swimming pool, cinema, and a lake in rural Victoria, and other locations.

The post Family members give evidence in Pell case appeared first on Echonetdaily.


Victorias bushfires reveal a failure to maintain electricity delivery system "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

The flames have hardly gone out in the Victorian bushfires, and a pattern is emerging, around claims that faulty electrical infrastructure is to blame. This is raising some serious questions about the conduct of the supply companies and the nature of the Victorian government subsidies to these companies.

At Tathra, according to investigators with the Rural Fire Service, the fire was caused by faulty infrastructure in the electricity transmission network run by Essential Energy.

The Electrical Trades Union (ETU) has blamed funding cuts, which have led to a reduction of maintenance. Assistant secretary Justin Page said the union had long been concerned about a backlog of maintenance to clear bush around electrical poles, and the union was not surprised at the cause, and that the State Government and national energy regulator needed to explain why they cut funding to the network.

Justin Page said,

The Australian Energy Regulator cut the funding in the order of 40 per cent that Essential Energy are able to use for tree-trimming and clearing for powerline infrastructure.

The investigators found that the problem on Reedy Swamp Road was the likely cause of the bushfire on Sunday, which wiped out 68 homes.

Essential Energy has denied its responsibility in a carefully worded statement.

Preliminary internal enquiries indicate network protection equipment activated as it is designed, it said.

An initial review also indicates that asset and vegetation inspections and maintenance in the vicinity of Reedy Swamp Road are up to date and in accordance with prescribed standards.

At the Garvoc fire, where 18 houses were destroyed  along with 52 sheds, and at least 14,000 hectares of land was burnt, the cause was a faulty power pole that snapped during fierce winds.

Brendan Pendergast from Maddens Lawyers in Warrnambool, who is representing a class action being made by residents against Powercor, told the ABCs Statewide Drive, This pole has obviously been identified as being structurally compromised.

It had been patched up by attaching semi-circular sleeves to the pole. So that is sort of a band-aid means of extending the life of the pole.

Jack Kennawho lives at the Sisters near Terang,  said the blaze started on his farm.

The pole that snapped off was supported by two steel props, so obviously there had been a problem with the pole in the past and I suppose they wanted to get a bit more life out of the pole.

At Gazette, a bluegum limb in a plantation fell onto powerlines...

Thursday, 22 March


The finest police commissioner money can buy cleared Dan Andrews/CFMEU/Labor of rorting allowances "GroovUs Feed Anews"

The ABC thought this was a story 2 years ago. Now, not so much. Labor Party cleared of misusing staff in 2014 Victorian election Updated 7 Jun 2016, 3:23pm PHOTO: Premier Daniel Andrews said using casual electorate staff was not against the law. (AAP: Joe Castro) RELATED STORY: Campaigning...

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