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Monday, 21 May

08:00

May 21 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"


1804 - James Bevan (known as 'Warminster') was hanged at Sydney for the rape of eight-year-old Elizabeth Douglas.

1814 - The Van Diemen's Land Gazette on this day listed John Pascoe  Fawkner as aiding and abetting the escape of seven prisoners. Fawkner and Santos, who was apparently the convicts' leader, were tried before three magistrates in August and each sentenced to 500 lashes and three years labour.

1836 - The Stirling Castle, under Captain James Fraser, bound from Sydney to Singapore was wrecked on Swain Reefs off the Queensland coast. In August news reached Moreton Bay that the captain's wife, Eliza Ann, and others of the ship's company were being held captive by Aboriginals. A rescue party that included John Graham, an escaped convict who had lived for six years with the Aborigines, brought her back to Brisbane in August.

1840 - Captain Hobson was feeling his oats on this day when he claimed British sovereignty over the whole of The Land Of The Long White Cloud (NZ for those uneducated yokels) even though the haggling, bartering and compromises weren't yet done with.

1842 - Henry (Harry) Power, bushranger, also known as Johnson, was transported for seven years for stealing a pair of shoes, and arrived at Hobart Town in the Isabella.

1851 - William Collins' application for publican's license for the Racehorse Inn at Maitland was refused by the Bench after Major Crummer examined the premises and found them too small.

1853 - William Blandowski ( leaving no stone unturned in his career as expeditionist, geologist, goldminer, inventor, natural history collector, naturalist, public servant, and zoologist ) asked Lieutenant-Governor Charles La Trobe for an 'allowance' to enable him to complete his 'Illustrated Natural History of the Colony of Victoria'. Impressed by further correspondence La Trobe wrote to the colonial secretary that immediate steps should be taken to open a museum and stating that Blandowski was the 'most suitable person to employ'.

1856 - The world's first 8 hour working day was carved in stone by the marches and vocal noise of the stonemasons of Victoria.

1861 - William Landsborough was chosen by the Victorian and Queensland governments to lead a search for Robert O'Hara Burke and William Wills from the Gulf of Carpentaria southwards; when they  reached Williams's station on this day they learned that Burke and Wills had perished. With bulging tucker bags Landsborough continued his journey south and in October delivered the horses and gear to the authorities in Melbourne. He was fted as the first explorer to cross the continent from north to south.

1863 - Nathaniel Pepper, Aboriginal evangelist and teacher, at Ebenezer mission, near the Wimmera River married Rachel Warndekan, an 18-year-old, Christian Aboriginal girl...

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Sunday, 20 May

08:00

May 20 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1786 - That convict lass celebrated for her escape, Mary Bryant, was charged at the Exeter Assizes with assault and robbery, convicted and sentenced to death. Her sentence was commuted to transportation for seven years, and she was taken from Exeter jail to the hulk Dunkirk off Plymouth, where she remained until transhipped to the transport Charlotte in the First Fleet for Botany Bay.

1799 - Simon Taylor was hanged at Parramatta for the murder of his wife Anne Taylor.

1804 - The last of David Collins' failed Sorrento Settlement upped sticks and hied themselves forth in high dudgeon to the Derwent.

1804 - The Sydney Gazette reported on a small success with the experimental " Vaccination upon several Children of the Military".

1804 - The Sydney Gazette gave a very good example of why street cricket didn't take off for a number of years when it reported,
"...a young child playing near the lower end of the Parade was tossed by a cart bullock, but the horn being only entangled in the clothing, the infant fortunately received no injury."
Six and out?

1818 - Poor old Father Jeremiah O'Flynn - remember, the priest without correct credentials? - he got booted out of the country back to the UK.
Couldn't just sneak any old crim into this country, ya know....

1819 - Gov Macquarie opened the Hyde Park barracks (designed for 600 male convicts)  with great ceremony and a special feast for the prisoners, and used the occasion to make convict architect Francis Greenway's pardon absolute.

1820 - Todays Hobart Town Gazette published Govt Orders bitterly complaining of frequent gunfire...
"THE frequent Discharge of Fire Arms within the Town, and even in the Streets of Sydney both by Day end Night, which has lately taken Place, to the great Annoyance and Danger of the Inhabitants,rendering it necessary to call the Attention of all Descriptions of Persons to this Circumstance, and particularly to require the Constables and Peace Officers to be prompt and vigilant in rigidly enforcing the present standing Orders, against all Persons who shall hereafter be found discharging Guns, Pistols, or Fire Arms of any Description whatever, within the Streets or Town of Sydney ; it is hereby ordered and directed, that the Constables and all other the Peace Officers and Watchmen, do seize and secure all Persons whatever, who shall after the present Date be found using or discharging Fire Arms in the Town of Sydney, whether by Day and Night, unless in lawful Cases of necessary Self-defence, and bring such Offender or Offenders before a Magistrate, to be dealt with according to Law ; and all Persons are required to take Notice, that whoever shall henceforth be convicted of using or discharging Fire Arms within the Town of Sydney, will be subject to Fine and imprisonment...."

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04:06

How to Harness Your Sexual Energy With 9 Easy Steps "IndyWatch Feed National"

High sexual energy is nearly universal in new relationships but tends to decline after a few years.  You know what happens life gets busy, a couple of kids come along, careers become more demanding, family members need more of your time and attention and suddenly your sexual energy is gone. You can probably remember it, but very often you just cant feel it.

Fortunately, maintaining your sexual energy or getting it back isnt usually hard. And it can be a lot of fun. But it does require some of your time and attention, just like maintaining your physical, mental and emotional energy requires some time and attention.

So if the sexual energy in your relationship is drooping or totally missing in action dont despair.  Here are 9  ways to boost your sexual energy.

Make time to talk.

Talking about our emotions helps us feel bonded, so were more likely to want to have sex, says Isiah McKimmie, a certified Somatic sex therapist who specializes in Tantra, somatic sexology, and Gestalt psychotherapy. Many women who come to see me say theyve lost interest in sex, but in fact, theyve lost the feeling of connection to their partner. Make time to sit down and talk things through. Address issues and make a point of telling your partner often how great he is: this helps him open up, too.

Harness flower power.

Flower essences rebalance the emotional side of your spirit, which may be damping down your sexual drive. Leonie Sinclair, a certified flower remedy practitioner from Triple Tranquillity Therapy Centre, suggests Bach Olive flower essence (to boost sexual energy and extinguish exhaustion and fatigue), Australian Bush Flowers She-Oak (to balance hormones), and Wedding Bush (to strengthen your relationship).

More sex, less stress.

A study published in Biological Psychology found that men and women who had recently had intercourse responded better to stress than those who abstained. An intense sensation of euphoria, calm and relaxation follows orgasm, due to the release of the hormones oxytocin, which helps us bond and creates the urge to nurture, and prolactin, which plays a role in lactation, but also an important role in the regulation of the immune system.

Fatten up.

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00:10

Passenger Overboard from Princess Sun "IndyWatch Feed National"

A passenger has been reported overboard from the Princess Sun cruise ship today, according to 9News in Australia. The passenger is an Australian man in his 80's.  

In a statement, Princess Cruises stated that the passenger intentionally went overboard.

The Princess Sun departed from Fremantle, Australia six days ago, and was half way through a 12-day cruise. The overboard occurred when the cruise ship was approximately 100 nautical Princess Sunmiles southeast of Singapore.

Passengers reportedly state that the captain of the ship made an announcement of the passenger's disappearance and turned the ship around to conduct search and rescue operations. It reportedly took an hour to return to the spot where the man went overboard. Another newspaper in Australian reports that that the captain told passengers that CCTV footage confirmed the man went overboard. Indonesian search and rescue authorities released the cruise ship after her crew had searched until dark for the missing man.

A passenger posted a photograph of a rescue boat that had been deployed to search for the overboard passenger. 

According to cruise expert Professor Ross Klein, 311 people have gone overboard from cruise ships in the last 18 years. 

This incident is similar to a situation three and a half years ago when an 84-year-old went overboard from the Sun Princess while it was sailing from New Zealand to Sydney, in November of 2014. 

The last overboard from the Princess Sun occurred around a year ago when a passenger went overboard from the Princess cruise ship. This occurred in February of 2017. There was no explanation how the woman went overboard. The good news is that she was rescued after approximately 45 minutes in the water.

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Saturday, 19 May

21:15

A Bill of Rights for Australia, Anyone? "IndyWatch Feed National"

On September 18, 2014, citizens of Australia rally to protest the dawn raids of Muslim homes by police in Lakemba, NSW

by Mary W Maxwell

Some say Australia needs a Bill of Rights. Gumshoe hereby invites any reader to propose a right. Our journalistic staff (if you could call it that) seems to be in a jocular mood at the moment (no reason given), so we dont forbid you to send a jocular offering. Still, serious ones would be especially appreciated.

For historical purposes, I am going to list, below, the United States rights never mind the apparent lull in their enforcement nowadays. These ten rights went into the US Con as amendments thereto. For an amendment to get in, three-fourths of the states must ratif...

20:18

Box of soil from Crete battlefield for War Monument in Australia (video) "IndyWatch Feed National"

77 years after the Battle of Crete, the Municipality of Rethymno gave a box with soil from the battlefield to Ambassador of Australia. The move followed a request of the Australian government that will put the box  together with another 99 boxes of soil from different battlefields at a monument in Sydney on the occasion

The post Box of soil from Crete battlefield for War Monument in Australia (video) appeared first on Keep Talking Greece.

16:14

The Guardian Is A Lapdog To Power. Theresa May Thinks Its 1984. And Other Reasons I Write For New Matilda "IndyWatch Feed National"

New Matilda columnist Dr Lissa Johnson joins the #MAYhem, to explain why she writes for Australias most stubborn independent media outlet.

If the parlous state of Western media was ever on full display, it has been lately. From sanitising massacres of Palestinian protesters to bolstering the silencing of Julian Assange, the media has some serious charges to answer.

In the UK, faced with gaping holes in their narratives during recent weeks, major media outlets went into melt-down over journalists, academics and others departing from the official scripts on Syria and the Salisbury poisoning. The desperate, dogged defence by media institutions of their own fragile groupthink has been remarkable to behold.

During a BBC interview on the alleged Douma attacks, for instance, former First Sea Lord, Admiral Lord West, advocated seeking accurate information before taking military action, whether in Syria or elsewhere. Despite the obvious prudence of his suggestion, the BBC presenter interviewing Lord West took umbrage at his stance. She found it inadvisable to say such things so publically.

West had gently pointed out that terrorist-embedded sources, such as those supplying intelligence on Douma, are not the most reliable. He added that when he was Chief of Defence Intelligence himself, he had been put under huge pressure politically to lie about the UKs bombing campaign in Bosnia, alluding to the dangers of politicised intelligence.

Casualties at Douma last month, from the ongoing Syrian civil war.

With US president Donald Trump citing discredited Israeli intelligence as a basis for withdrawing from the Iran nuclear de...

16:00

The Weekend Quiz May 19-20, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

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:

In a fixed coupon government bond auction, the higher is the demand for the bonds the:

(a) higher the yields will be at that maturity, suggesting that higher fiscal deficits will soon drive short-term interest rates down.

(b) lower the yields will be at that maturity, suggesting that higher fiscal deficits will soon drive short-term interest rates down.

(c) lower the yields will be at that maturity but this tells us nothing about the fiscal effect on short-term interest rates.

The answer is Option (c) lower the yields will be at that maturity but this tells us nothing about the fiscal effect on short-term interest rates.

Option (b) lower the yields will be at that maturity, suggesting that higher fiscal deficits will soon drive short-term interest rates down might have attracted your attention given that it correctly associates higher demand for bonds will lower yields.

You then may have been led by your understanding of the fundamental principles of Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) that include the fact that government spending provides the net financial assets (bank reserves) and fiscal deficits put downward pressure on interest rates (with no accompanying central bank operations), which is contrary to the myths that appear in macroeconomic textbooks about crowding out.

But of-course, the central bank sets the short-term interest rate based on its policy aspirations and conducts the necessary liquidity management operations to ensure the actual short-term market interest rate is consistent with the desired policy rate. That doesnt mean the central bank has a free rein.

It has to either offer a return on reserves equivalent to the policy rate or sell government bonds if it is to maintain a positive target rate. The penalty for not borrowing is that the interest rate will fall to the bottom of the corridor prevailing in the country which may be zero if the central bank does not offer a return on reserves.

This situation arises because the central bank essentially lacks control over the quantity of reserves in the system.

So the correct answer is that movements in p...

14:08

Can Cryptocurrencies Survive? "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

QUESTION: Do you think Bitcoin can survive? Or has it been a passing fad?

MT

ANSWER: Bitcoin rose because 70% of the miners were in China. It was NOT simply because energy was cheap. Bitcoin became the LEADING means of money laundering and movement of cash out of China, circumventing their rule of law and currency controls. So do not think for one minute that Bitcoin rose because it was really a wonderful idea?

BitCoin was a means to get money out of China when you could not wire money out under currency controls. In Australia, they have adopted the slogan that CASH IS FOR CRIMINALS. They will do the same to cryptocurrencies. All they need to do is declare a law that it is illegal for a business to accept cryptocurrency under the excuse that it is money laundering. You just killed the entire industry.

The government has the army, tanks, and the guns and soon robot soldiers. Until the army is willing to turn against the hand that feeds them, which is why they are developing robot soldiers, you cannot stand with cryptocurrency and claim some magical right to suppress government and central banks. You need the power grid!

Video streaming today is because of the online porn industry (I wont post a picture of that).  They needed to sell their product and they invented video streaming under the mother of all evolution Necessity. Video streaming has since expanded to everything. Blockchain can be used in many other contexts just a video streaming was not restricted to just porn. The technology can be used for documents and other things besides just cryptocurrencies.

I have been skeptical about the claims that cryptocurrencies will replace all money and central banks and end banking creating money out of thin air. That would be recreating the Dark Age. For that to take place there can be no lending. The mortgage market would...

10:08

Scientists refute Ben Heards paper opposing reneweable energy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Can we get 100 percent of our energy from renewable sources? https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-05/luot-cwg051718.php New article gathers the evidence to address the sceptics LAPPEENRANTA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY 17-MAY-2018

Is there enough space for all the wind turbines and solar panels to provide all our energy needs? What happens when the sun doesnt shine and the wind doesnt blow? Wont renewables destabilise the grid and cause blackouts?

In a review paper last year in the high-ranking journal Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Master of Science Benjamin Heard (at left) and colleagues presented their case against 100% renewable electricity systems. They doubted the feasibility of many of the recent scenarios for high shares of renewable energy, questioning everything from whether renewables-based systems can survive extreme weather events with low sun and low wind, to the ability to keep the grid stable with so much variable generation.

Now scientists have hit back with their response to the points raised by Heard and colleagues.The researchers from the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Lappeenranta University of Technology, Delft University of Technology and Aalborg University have analysed hundreds of studies from across the scientific literature to answer eac...

09:21

Why Narrabri should choose wind, solar over CSG RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Report finds Narrabri has enormous potential for renewables, with scope for between 1GW and 4.5GW of large-scale solar and wind, that would create 500-2,600 permanent local jobs.

via Why Narrabri should choose wind, solar over CSG RenewEconomy

08:36

The Beauty Myth 3.0 "IndyWatch Feed National"

If you want to be beautiful by todays beauty industry standards, youd better be prepared to part with some cash, writes Helen Barcham.

Every work morning, as I wait to board my bus from Parramatta station to the Western Sydney University campus, I find myself meditating on the in-your-face advertisement plastered on the window of the beauty clinic across the street.

The advertisement is not remarkable in the context of todays advertising culture, but it is nevertheless alluring. It features several attractive, happy and confident-seeming women (and one man) alongside the text, Whats your You Ness?

This image exemplifies beautifully the paradox of todays beauty industry.

The clinic promises to respect and amplify womens youness which they define as what makes you, well you. And yet, this promise is sold to women through a smorgasbord of products and services that, paradoxically, orient womens bodies and psyches towards embodying the cultural beauty ideal.

According to its website, the clinic promises to hit reverse on sagging skin through skin tightening treatments; leave others to guess about ones age through cosmetic injectables; and promises women theyll be ready at a moments notice through laser hair removal. Ultimately, the promotion of these beauty regimes tells us that youthful or youth-like, thin and hairless bodies are the cultural ideal to which women should aspire. Youness, then, is a false economy, re-routed to sameness.

 

Pain and Suffering is the Price to Pay for Looking and Feeling Good

In order to acquire the happiness and confidence of the models in the advertisements, women are, ironically, first required to endure pain and suffering in the form of endless laser treatments, surgical needles, chemical peels, injections, and take-home creams, among other body work.

Pain and suffering, we are told in todays therapeutic society, is a necessary requirement of actively looking after oneself. As the adage goes, no pain, no gain.

This suffering is no mere coincidence or by-product, but a politically organised normalising apparatus, strategically pressed u...

08:00

May 19 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed National"

1793 - Governor Arthur Phillip returned to England accompanied by Bennelong and Yemmerawanne. Following a six-month voyage, they landed in Falmouth, England on this day.

1805 - The Sydney Gazette was bemoaning the fact that so many furbabies had multiplied within the colony, or in their words...
"The prodigious canine increase within the last twelvemonth is as little surprising as alarming: go where you will you must patiently submit to be formally introduced by half a dozen domestic yelpers, who martial the way at the extreme danger of your calves. Upon many families the support of a number of useless creatures falls as a heavy tax; and yet, from some recommendatory qualification, imperceptible to every body but the owner, they must still be supported at the certain expence of those entitled by
nature to our first consideration."

1820 - Russian explorer Faddei Faddeevich (Fabian) Bellingshausen sailed merrily from Port Jackson for the Sandwich Islands where he made further discoveries, notably Ono Island in the Fiji group.

1825 - Francis Nicholas Rossi replaced D'Arcy Wentworth as Superintendent of Police in New South Wales.

1826 - Today saw the first issue of the Monitor newspaper in Sydney.
Gossip, ladies!
Shipping intelligence galore!

1830 - Polish explorer Strzelecki, having tripped over a large lump of land in south-east Victoria, named it Gippsland after the Governor of NSW George Gipps.

1837 -  Surveyor-General and explorer Sir Thomas Mitchell was a tad tired and emotional so he left Sydney on eighteen months leave.

1838 - The first Catholic Mass on Pentecost Sunday was celebrated in Melbourne with Father Patrick Bonaventure Geoghegan in the driving seat.

1845 - F.H. Faulding, the son of a surgeon, opened the doors of his business as a chemist at 5 Rundle Street.  His business grew rapidly as he made remedies for stock as well as people and he bought a site in Clarence Place, off King William Street, to give him more room for his manufacturing and wholesale business.

1854 - Ballarat Post Office opened cnr Mair & Lydiard Sts.

1861 - Helen Porter Mitchell, better known as Dame Nellie Melba, was pupped.

1863 0 The Flinders Street Baptist Church in Adelaide was officially opened with Rev. Silas Mead at the helm.

1869 - The Main North Railway Line (NSW) was flung open all over the shop, from Singleton to Muswellbrook.

1915 - Lance Corporal Albert Jacka won the first VC awarded to an Aussie for the action at Courtney's Post, Gallipoli.

1915 - John Simpson (Kirkpatrick), better known as The Man With The Donkey, was killed.After risking his life so many times to bring wounded to safety with the help of his do...

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