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Tuesday, 11 September

19:15

Beam me up. Damn the Matrix

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After staring at my large 200200 mm beams drying in the shed for over two years, they were finally raised into position yesterday. It might only be three pieces of timber, but they are critical to the rest of the construction.

It took me well over a week to establish exactly how I would join the mammoth lumps of wood, even, as you might remember, going to the trouble of going to a workshop on how to make framing joins. The advice I received there was worth its weight in gold, and in truth, it wasnt that much more effort to make a tapered tenon rather than just a straight one. And Im stoked with the quality of the join, the gaps being no more than about 3mm I even oiled the internal join surfaces with linseed oil to protect the wood from the inevitable water ingress from the next rain event.

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14:58

Media Release 11/09 | REFUGEE ACTION COLLECTIVE CONDEMNS LATEST FORCED DEPORTATIONS Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

The Refugee Action Collective Victoria (RAC) has condemned the Immigration Departments attempt to forcibly deport of over a dozen refugees last night and called on refugee supporters to mobilise against deportations. According to Aran Mylvaganam of the Tamil Refugee Council, most of the men are Tamil refugees who had had been held in detention centres(...)

14:57

Tamil Refugee Council Media Release 10/09 | MEDICAL REPORT: DETENTION MAKING BILOELA CHILDREN SICK Refugee Action Collective (Vic)

The Tamil Refugee Council has condemned the ongoing detention of a Tamil family removed earlier this year from their home in Biloela, central Queensland, after a new medical report noted emerging behavioural problems in the children. The family Priya, Nades and their infant daughters Kopiga, 3, and Tharnicca (Dharuniga), 14 months has been(...)

11:11

Conjuring Up the Next Depression Damn the Matrix

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Chris Hedges

During the financial crisis of 2008, the worlds central banks, including the Federal Reserve, injected trillions of dollars of fabricated money into the global financial system. This fabricated money has created a worldwide debt of $325 trillion, more than three times global GDP. The fabricated money was hoarded by banks and corporations, loaned by banks at predatory interest rates, used to service interest on unpayable debt or spent buying back stock, providing millions in compensation for elites. The fabricated money was not invested in the real economy. Products were not manufactured and sold. Workers were not reinstated into the middle class with sustainable incomes, benefits and pensions. Infrastructure projects were not undertaken. The fabricated money reinflated massive financial bubbles built on debt and papered over a fatally diseased financial system destined for collapse.

What will trigger the next crash? The $13.2 trillion in unsustainable U.S. household debt? The $1.5 trillion in unsustainable student debt? The billions Wall Street has invested in a fracking industry that...

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Monday, 10 September

18:08

Liberals loss of Wagga Wagga will have nationwide repercussions "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The massive swing against the Liberals in the Wagga Wagga by election is much more than a loss for the New South Wales government of Gladys Berejiklian. It has been clear rebuff of vote the federal Coalitions direction and leadership of Scott Morrison.

Having this occur in a seat that has not changed hands for more than 60 years is telling. It shows how widespread the dissatisfaction has become. A swing in the vote of some 30 percent is highly significant. So much so that it will have national implications.

This is a seat where a significant part has connection to the military and is traditionally died in the wool pro-Liberal. Not any more. Across thew board, locals see that their concerns have been ignored for far too long, and when the local member was found to be corrupt, it was the last straw.

Local factors were Important.  But they do not account for the size of the swing. If anything, even remotely like this is repeated throughout Australia, the Coalition is going to be decimated.

A state election is due in six months in New South Wales and a national election next year. Victoria Faces one this year. The coalition could not be in a  much worse place than this.

Independent, Dr Joe McGirr, is set to take the seat, unless preferences from the Fishers and Farmers Party, hand it over to Labor. As the counting continues however, this is becoming less likely.

New south Wales premier Berejiklian has berated her federal colleagues over the loss. Sher misses the point. All of them are part of the problem.

This nightmare for Scott Morrison is the result of a long-term decay, brought about by the pursuing of neoliberal economic and social policy, and the resulting dissatisfaction it has caused. The big picture is that the shift from trusting politicians, the traditional party system and institutions is continuing.

Currently, the Liberal and National parties are receiving the main blow. Australians are looking for new answers, and this political force is causing internal party divisions and warring factionalism.

Part of the fallout has been the emergence of maverick parties. Another part is that Labor and the Greens have been handed an historic opportunity to capture the mood and offer a new course. T

Whatever happens at the coming elections, there will be no return to the politics of the past.

People from all walks of life are paying the price for the damage of an unfair economic system, robbing those less fortunate to line the pockets of those at the top of the pile. It affects those depending on wages, those thrown into dependency on Centrelink, Indigenous Australians, small business owners and many of those trying to make a living in this....

11:11

Australia's Home Affairs minister in office unlawfully? "IndyWatch Feed National"

From the article of  9 Sep 2018 by  theage.com.au of the headline:

Labor push to refer Peter Dutton to High Court


Labor will attempt to refer Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to the High Court when Parliament resumes this week with new legal advice suggesting he faces constitutional difficulties on not one but two fronts.

Constitutional experts have previously raised questions about Mr Dutton's eligibility under section 44 because of a childcare centre run by Mr Dutton's wife. Mr Dutton is a beneficiary of the family trust that runs the centre.

But fresh legal advice by Matthew Collins and Siobhan Kelly suggests the thousands of decisions Mr Dutton made as minister from October 2016 onwards could be subject to legal challenge because of the questions surrounding his eligibility.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton during question time last month.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

The legal advice, which was commissioned by the Labor Party, says "Mr Dutton's eligibility to sit as a member of the House of Representatives in the current Parliament has not been determined."

"Until those questions are authoritatively determined, the validity of every decision made by Dutton pursuant to the exercise of a power conferred on him as a Minister of State, and by his delegates, after 19 October 2016 will be attended with uncertainty....It seems to us that, while the present uncertainty subsists, further challenges are all but inevitable."

Melbourne's Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre, confirmed to Fairfax Media last month that it was considering a legal challenge on behalf of its clients.

"This advice shows just how big the risk Scott Morrison is taking by keeping Peter Dutton in place as Home Affairs Minister while his eligibility is in doubt. If Mr Dutton is declared ineligible, thousands of decisions he has made as the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection should be open to challenge and the entire immigration system could be thrown into chaos," Labor's attorney-general spokesman, Mark Dreyfus, told Fairfax Media.

"The decisions open to challenge could include deportation of criminals convicted of serious crimes. Is Mr Morrison really willing to take this risk? He has no choice - he must refer Mr Dutton to the High Court t...

10:15

Sunday, 09 September

22:53

If Chinas on the rise, why do many want out? "IndyWatch Feed National"

For 33-year old Shanghai-resident Lucy Lu, it is her childrens education thats driving her towards Australia.
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Key points:
A recent vaccine safety scandal prompted many parents in China to express a lack of faith in the countrys inoculations
The Chinese Yuan has depreciated 6 per cent since June
Residents are only allowed to move more than $US50,000 out of the country each year
I feel Chinese education doesnt let people breathe. The pressure is huge, she said.

The mother of two, along with her husband, have employed a migration lawyer to plan a move to Australia, possibly to Melbourne.

They are attracted by the good environment, the more laid-back school culture and they have a relative who has lived in Australia for 20 years.

Lucy Ly sits next to her husband, who wears glasses. Two young children sit, one on each of their laps. 

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PHOTO: Shanghai resident Lucy Lu and her family are considering moving to Australia. (Supplied: Lucy Lu)

But they are also seeking respite from a country where tremendous economic progress has not always meant improvements in other areas.

Even though Chinas economy is very good, there are other aspects where we feel the flaws and holes are still quite large, Ms Lu said.

Ms Lu cites the hyper-competitive education system known for rote-learning rather than encouraging critical thinking and air pollution as her major concerns.

But in recent months, a vaccine safety scandal prompted many parents across China to express a profound lack of faith in the ability of authorities to ensure their children receive safe inoculations.

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