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Wednesday, 21 March


Senate inquiry to examine claims Indigenous suicide prevention funding misspent Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog

Claims that funding for Indigenous suicide prevention programs is being spent on travel costs will be examined at Senate inquiry into rural and remote mental health services.

The inquiry was approved in the Senate on Monday with backing from Labor and the Greens and will look at the higher rates of suicide in rural Australia, quality of and access to mental health services in rural and remote Australia, shortfalls in the mental health workforce, and the use of technology and e-health services.

Rural areas have higher rates of suicide than capital cities and the rates of suicide for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people is twice the non-Indigenous suicide rate.

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Indias solar parks a good system for Australia, too "IndyWatch Feed"

Farming the suns rays: Should Australia follow Indias lead and create solar parks? NSW Country Hour By Michael Condon, 21 Mar 18, [Excellent graphics] 


Free Your Mind, And Your Time: Step Away From Social Media "IndyWatch Feed National"

Ever heard of a timesink? You possibly came to this article via one. Dr Glen Anderson explains.

There have been recent accusations that a political data firm, Cambridge Analytica, used the Facebook profile information of millions of Americans to finesse Donald Trumps 2016 Presidential victory.

This comes hot on the heels of accusations of social media interference (also known as computational propaganda) by Russian-backed troll factories in the same election against Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.

Many observers are aghast, but just as many are unsurprised.

The primary purpose of free social media platforms is to gather data from individual users, which can then be repackaged for a profit for, guess who the social media company and its shareholders.

Increasingly, profits are being earned by marketing at the granular level, meaning that individual users are exposed to their own augmented social media realities.

The harvesting of Facebook profile information for political purposes should not, therefore, come as a shock. It is a natural extension of the platforms commercial function.

The deeper question, however, is why are so many people obsessed with Facebook and social media? I have to confess that I find it all rather boring. So boring, in fact, that I walked away from Facebook years ago. The whole experience was visually invasive and informationally bizarre. I got tired of millions of food photos, miserable people posing for happy snaps, and the general tendency of everyone to compete with everyone else to try and project the image of their own social and material utopia.

Perhaps more deleterious to myself was the amount of time it took to maintain the Facebook account. It required an integration of innumerable electronic devices most pervasively, the smartphone and very little of any substance came out of the whole process.

In my job as a law lecturer, I am often called upon to provide career advice to law students. Of course, I stress that they must study hard to increase their chances of realising high marks. They must then land their first job, and work diligently to develop specific competencies in that position. They must also learn to work constructively with others and admit when they do not know the answers to novel and complex problems.

But, as an adjunct to this time-honoured advice, I increasingly stress the need to avoid the excessive expenditure of time and energy on Face...


Incidence of insulin-treated diabetes in Australia [AIHW] Western NSW & Far West Health Libraries Blog

The Incidence of insulin-treated diabetes in Australia web report presents the latest available data on new cases of type 1 diabetes, insulin-treated type 2 diabetes and insulin-treated gestational diabetes, and is part of the ongoing national reporting using the 2016 National (insulin-treated) Diabetes Register.

Data visualisations can be explored by age, sex, trends, population groups (Indigenous status, remoteness and socioeconomic groups), and geographic areas (state and territory, Primary Health Network and statistical area level 3) for type 1 diabetes and insulin-treated type 2 diabetes.

Download web report: Incidence of insulin-treated diabetes in Australia.


March Madness. My Productive Backyard

Early Autumn is by the far the busiest time of the year for me in the productive garden.

In winter I have most of my major crops in so just do a little continuous planting of the quick harvest crops and spring though busy doesnt have the franticness of autumn and summer is a slow burn that seemed to go on forever this year.

During March not only I am trying desperately to harvest and preserve as much of the summer crop as possible I am also trying to prepare ground and plant out the quick growers, the in-between crops and the winter crops.

I am feeling a bit frazzled at the moment, here is why:

In the vegetable garden:

I am harvesting loads of tomatoes and turning them into sauce, paste and pickles. Trying to dry a few as well.
Pickling Egg plant.
Pickling and drying chillies.
Making Zucchini slice from the last of the crop.
Harvesting the last of the Corn and what we cant eat I am and freezing.
The Beans are still giving us plenty of crop so what we dont eat (or give away) I am freezing for winter soups.
It is the main harvest time for potatoes here in my Southern Highlands garden so trying to store some, but I am yet to find a way to keep them from sprouting for any length of time so cooking up potato bakes and roast potato to pop in the freezer.
I have biggest silver beet plants I have ever grown in the garden this summer, so I am making spinach triangles and pie and yes popping them in the freezer.

I have a big Freezer!

In the orchard:
I have had the best crop of peaches in years, so I am harvesting, stewing and freezing peaches. Who doesnt love a peach pie on a cold winter day!
Harvesting loads of apples and...


Very heavy rainfall for central parts of NSW coast, warnings issued "GroovUs Feed Anews"

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology is forecasting very heavy rain for central parts of the New South Wales coast over the next few days, with dangerous conditions expected to develop. Many places are expected to get their normal monthly rainfall for March in just...... Read more


March 21 On This Day in Australian History "GroovUs Feed Anews"

If we all adopt a country footy /netty club and take out even 1 membership it will help small country clubs.
And let's call a spade a fecking shovel here, boys and girls - once the footy team folds, the netball clubs go and then it's like a set of dominoes and towns disappear.
Don't let that happen to our fabulous country towns!!!

1792 - In a letter he jotted to the good Rev William Morice about the coastal Eora people coming in frequently to the convict settlement at Sydney Cove, Captain Richard Johnson stated,
" A Number of the Natives, both Men women, and especially Children are every day now in the Camp - Two native Girls I have under my roof,"

1802 Matthew Flinders was a busy chap, trotting off and finding all sorts of things on his explorative travels, like today's Show and Tell subject Kangaroo Island.
Yes, we have so many of the hoppity critters we had to name a whole lump of dirt after 'em.

1816 - After two years of severe drought, the Gundungurra (Gandangara) came down from the mountains to attack settlers in the outlying Cow Pastures (Camden) district, burning houses and sheds, spearing cattle and plundering crops. They killed four men employed by George T Palmer (son of Commissary John Palmer) at the Nepean River and three of Mrs Elizabeth Macarthurs stock-keepers at Camden.

1829- Windradyne, known to European settlers as "Saturday", was a warrior and resistance leader of the Wiradjuri people; he passed to the stars on this day following a tribal fight at the Macquarie River.

1855 - Raffaello Carboni was tried for treason over his involvement in the Eureka Stockade.
Of course he found not guilty.

1863 - Thomas Pedder was hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of Thomas Sweeny, a shepherd, at Irwin River.

1864 The very first hansom cab turned up in New Zealand with its driver asking for directions as his Sat-Nav was on the blink.

1895 - The Chickybabes Suffrage Act got the gong from Queen Vicky in South Oz when it twas Gazetted, thereby giving the gals the right to vote and to stand for Parliament.

1917 Infamous,wonderful author Frank Hardy, brother to the equally talented entertainer Mary Hardy, was pupped today.

1918- Dunolly-ite made good; Harry Lawson, pupped in Dunolly, assumed the position as Premier of Victoria.


There will be an inquest over Joshs suicide "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Contributed from Queensland

At last there is some positive news regarding the suicide of Josh Klumper. The seventeen-year old took his life, after being denied the timely help he needed at the Gold Coast University Hospital.

Thanks to the tireless efforts of his mother Ursula Skjonnemand, supporters and an online petition, a coroners inquest will take place, although a date has not yet been set.

Josh, diagnosed with Asperger syndrome (a form of Autism Spectrum Disorder), was not coping and desperately needed help. On 2 September last year, he went to the hospital with his grandmother.

But instead of immediate assistance, he was made to wait for four hours and told that he could not be seen on that night. For someone suffering from severe mental health stress, this can be a disaster, and the hospital should have known this.

Agitated, Josh walked out. The hospital did not follow up until three days later. It was too late. He had attempted to take his life and eventually died in hospital.

In a health system that is working properly a failure of duty of care like this, would not happen. A process to deal with in would be in place. The fact that the failure occurred, indicates that the hospital lacks the resources and the staff the training needed. The inquest must uncover the details of this.

This has not been the only failure. It is a disgrace that Joshs mother and supporters had to battle to be heard. An inquest into a death in such circumstances should be routine. The reason why this didnt take place should be explained, and the criteria for the intervention of the coroner changed, so that there can be a quick and adequate response.

It begs the question. How many others have been treated in a similar way at the Gold Coast University Hospital and through the Queensland health system?  This needs to be answered as well.

Ursula Skjonnemand told ABC Radio Brisbane she had fought for an investigation to make sure Joshs story could be a learning experience for others.

She wants this investigation to result in Queensland health taking measures that will ensureother receive the help that her son missed out on. This is an opportunity to save other lives.

The case has prompted Health Minister Steven Miles into a meeting with high-level public servants from the Health Departments mental health wing and deputy director-general of clinical excellence Dr John Wakefield. Hopefully, this will contribute towards bringing about some change.

But it must be remembered that any action required a push, and it should not have come to this.

The post...


With Friends Like These, Australia Doesnt Need Enemies "IndyWatch Feed National"

Our nations history of internal slaughter is world-beating. Its perhaps matched only by our support over the decades for regimes that also kill their own. Michael Brull explains.

In the image above, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is seen shaking hands with Hun Sen during the ASEAN Summit in Sydney last week. Smiling. Hun Sen is the dictator of Cambodia, which he has ruled since 1985. Under the reign of Pol Pot, Hun Sen served as a battalion commander in the Khmer Rouge army.

It is worth underscoring what this means. Ben Kiernan wrote a book, The Pol Pot Regime. Kiernan is the founding director of the Genocide Studies Program at Yale University. He found that the Khmer Rouge was responsible for the deaths of some 1.7 million people. That is about one fifth of the entire population, wiped out by its own government.

That makes Hun Sen a triumphant and reigning dictator from one of the most murderous governments of the 20th century.

Cambodians in Australia have protested the welcome extended to Hun Sen by our government. I was alerted to this issue by someone who came to Australia as a refugee from Cambodia. Dozens of family members, on both her mother and her fathers side of the family, were murdered by the Khmer Rouge.

Cambodian dictator Hun Sen arrives in Canberra for the ASEAN Summit, March 2018.

As if to underscore his commitment to despotism, Hun Sen has responded to protesters in Australia by saying I wan...


Satanic Pedophilia Network Exposed in Australia It Starts at the TOP, Just Like in the USA and UK "GroovUs Feed Anews"

The New World Order cult that rules the world administers a Satanic Pedophilia Network, including top-level politicians like Australian Prime Ministers and US Presidents.

The Satanic Pedophilia Network which underlies the New World Order was again exposed in the last few months by another brave whistleblower. Australian woman Fiona Barnett showed a ton of courage in going public at a Sydney press conference in October 2015 and naming names.

Fiona, a former victim of Satanic ritual abuse and part of an international VIP pedophile ring, not only exposed the existence of the Satanic pedophilia network and its international child trafficking ring, but actually named 3 former Australian Prime Ministers and 1 former US President as perpetrators.

She reveals that this network, composed of famous actors, celebrities, judges, politicians and other high-flyers, has infiltrated all the key organizations and institutions in Australia just as it has in the US and Britain.

Warning: what follows is graphic and requires a great deal of maturity to swallow, but if youre interested in the real truth of whats going on in the world, read on.

Fiona saw it all Satanic ritual, rape, torture and murder but actually says the way Ive been treated for reporting the crimes Ive witnessed and experienced has been far worse than my original abuse experiences.

That speaks volumes about peoples collective denial and amnesia, doesnt it?

Pedophiles Running Rampant Down Under

Fiona proclaims that Australia is a pedophile haven. She explains how Australia took in a large nu...


Kyra Kum-Sing: If equality can happen for marriage, it can happen for Indigenous people "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Share this Post 7 December 2017 saw Australia become the 25th country to legalise marriage between people of the same sex. Love essentially won. Images of my uncles and partner during the celebration on Oxford Street in Sydney filled me with feelings of jubilation and success. Australians voted in favour of love and so was born a defining moment written ...

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Tuesday, 20 March



covers blown against the fence

Its an embarrassment that when I see litter in our paddocks.  Thats because its usually my own: one of my tree guards that has blown off and landed in the creek, or among the ti-tree, or strung up against a barbed-wire fence.

But collecting them again is the easy part.  The problem is what to do with the hundreds of covers that stay on, doing their job, and then need to be recycled?

If you want a seedling tree or shrub to survive out in a paddock, you generally have to guard it.  Guard it against rabbits, frost, loss of moisture and so on.



NSW Chief Magistrate Judge Graeme Henson protects his paedophile mate Chief Justice Tom Bathurst and 17 others "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Chief Justice Tom Bathurst has already started calling in favours to have me stitched up for a frivolous and vexatious criminal charge for outing paedophile judges and judicial bribery and NSW Chief Magistrate Judge Graeme Henson has been more than happy to help his mate. I sent the below email to NSW Chief Magistrate Judge Graeme Henson []


Donald Trumps tariff hikes are not good policy "GroovUs Feed Anews"

I am generally not in favour of trade protection. I grew up in a country that had very extensive protection (tariffs, import quotas) on manufacturing goods, which was justified on a number of grounds capacity to shift to defense industries; stable employment; and more abstractly, an expression of becoming a modern nation, leaving our agrarian roots behind. The initial move to impose high tariffs was that a young industry would take time to develop the so-called infant industry argument, which goes back to the 1790 Report on Manufactures written by American economist Alexander Hamilton. The problem is that the infant never really grew up and the tariffs just became a cosy rent-sharing margin for unions and multinational corporations. Meanwhile consumers paid excessive prices for deficient-quality motor vehicles (among other products). It is clear that as trade opens up there are workers and regions that lose and lose badly. The answer is not try to reinvent the past through protection. Rather, it is to use the governments fiscal capacity to create new opportunities in these regions to ensure that workers disadvantaged by import competition can transit into new jobs with stable incomes. That option is often overlooked because modern governments have become obsessed with austerity. And, as I argue below, that obsession will in the context of Donald Trumps tariff hikes, work against the European nations that are running ridiculously large current account surpluses.

I last considered the trade argument in this three part series:

1. The case against free trade Part 1 (October 27, 2016)

2. The case against free trade Part 2 (November 8, 2016)

3. The case against free trade Part 3 (November 22, 2016).

What we learned in that series was that:

1. Early theoretical attempts (for example, Heckscher-Ohlin theorem) to justify so-called free trade (absence of protection) were shown to be flawed.

2. More recent developments in trade theory the so-called New Trade Theory in the 1980s meant that economists could no longer argue that the results of the free-trade models held.

3. This shift in economic theory away from a blind acceptance of a proposition that free trade was always good, is quite apart from other considerations, which we might categorise under fair trade issues.

4. When free traders talk about the free market and appeal to the narratives that appear in under...


Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed National"

 March 19 at 2:34 AM

Singapores Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, left, and Australias Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull hold a joint press conference at the end of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) special summit, in Sydney, Sunday, March 18, 2018.


BEIJING A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves:___EDITORS NOTE: This is a weekly look at the latest developments in the South China Sea, the location of several territorial conflicts that have raised tensions in the region.___AUSTRALIA, SOUTHEAST ASIA CALL FOR SEA RESTRAINT

Southeast Asian leaders and Australias prime minister called for non-militarization and a code of conduct in the contested waters of the South China Sea, where China has become increasingly assertive.

A joint statement was issued Sunday by leaders at the first summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to be held in Australia, underscoring Canberras growing involvement in regional security issues, despite Chinas opposition.

We emphasize the importance of non-militarization and the need to enhance mutual trust and confidence, exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities and avoid actions that may complicate the situation, the statement said.

China and the five countries that have conflicting territorial claims over the South China Sea, including four ASEAN members, have been moving ahead in negotiations for a code of conduct for the busy waterway aimed at reducing the risks of armed confrontations in the contested areas.

The ASEAN nations are Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos...


Mama Kin Spender on their musical affinity, finding remedy and taking risks with Golden Magnetic "GroovUs Feed Anews"

[Tommy and I] have been friends for about 16-17 years now. You get less than that for most major crimes these days

Its a playful sentiment that echoes throughout Golden Magnetic, the debut album conceived by Mama Kin (Danielle Caruana) and Melbourne producer Tommy Spender.

But aside from being a stellar collection of tracks inspired by nature, connection, love and hope the duo have been breaking out of the records physical confines by incorporating choirs from across the country into their live shows.

Set to hit Sydneys favourite Basement in April, Mama Kin joined Chelsea on The New Thing to delve deeper into the origins of Golden Magnetic, future plans and how they find a sense of community within each choir they perform with.

Click the blue play button:

Mama Kin Spender Golden Magnetic Tour
with Inner West Voice
The Basement, Circular Quay
Sunday, 29 April

The post Mama Kin Spender on their musical affinity, finding remedy and taking risks with Golden Ma...


FixedIt: sexual assault is not a fetish "IndyWatch Feed National"

Channel 9 News reported that a 42 year old man is in court on  three charges of aggravated sexual assault and one charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm of one woman and one count of sexual intercourse without consent of a second woman.

The case is currently before a magistrate. This commentary is relevant only to how the charges against him are described. It is up to the court to determine his guilt or innocence.

The man was not charged with having sex because sex is not a crime. It is only a crime where there is no consent. He was charged with sexual assault and rape (ie: sexual intercourse without consent).

A presumption of innocence, which he is absolutely entitled to, does not preclude accurately describing the charges for which he is in court. No one would describe someone charged with stealing a car as being accused of driving. This is no different.

Words matter. Accuracy matters. Using words accurately is supposed to be what journalist do.

As I have written before, headlines matter and using sex and rape interchangeably is both wrong and bad journalism.

FixedIt is an ongoing project to push back against the medias constant erasure of violent men and blaming of innocent victims. If you would like to help fund it even $5 a month makes a big difference please consider becoming a Patron

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Dwelling prices up 5pc in 2017 "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Prices gain ground

Dwelling prices increased by +1 per cent in the final quarter of 2017, to be +5 per cent higher over the calendar year. 

This is a slower pace of growth than the +7.7 per cent increase reported for calendar year 2016. 

The quarterly gains were again driven by Melbourne (+2.6 per cent) and Hobart (+3.9 per cent), while notably Perth (+1.1 per cent), Brisbane (+0.9 per cent), and Canberra (+1.7 per cent) notched quarterly gains. 

Darwin prices fell -6.3 per cent in 2017, with the declines continuing throughout the year. 

Hobart's annual gain increased to +13.1 per cent. 

The Tasmanian capital is small city with a population of under 225,000 and building approvals kicked off 2018 by rising to the highest level since 2011, but new supply takes time to be delivered and the housing market remains very tight.  

Sydney house prices declined very marginally for houses in the fourth quarter, while the attached dwelling price index was flat, leaving the city's index down -0.1 per cent for the quarter (though up +3.8 per cent for the year). 


Indonesia WTO case may delay Australian FTA "GroovUs Feed Anews"

March 20, 2018: Indonesia has initiated a WTO dispute alleging that Australias anti-dumping tariffs on Indonesian A4 copy paper break WTO rules, which allow anti-dumping measures if exports are priced below their real costs of production.

Australias Anti-Dumping Commission found that Indonesian paper was priced below its real cost because of Indonesian government subsidies, and Australia imposed tariffs of 13 per cent to 33 per cent on five Indonesian paper producers last week. Indonesia is challenging the method of calculating costs used by the Anti-Dumping Commission.

Ironically, the Indonesian dispute was lodged on March 16, on the same day that Prime Minister Turnbull met Indonesian Prime Minister Joko Widodo at the Sydney ASEAN summit and announced they hoped to conclude a free trade agreement soon.

The Australian Financial Review reported that the paper tariffs caused extreme frustration in Jakarta, and that Indonesian Trade Minister Thomas Lembong made a more cautious statement saying that the FTA might be concluded by the end of this year.  The AFR also quoted trade law expert Brett Williams claim that the case could have implications for Australias current anti-dumping tariffs on Chinese steel, which used the same method to calculate the tariffs.


Think: Digital Futures interview on disaster capitalism in Puerto Rico "IndyWatch Feed National"

Think: Digital Futures is a great program on Sydneys 2SER radio. I contributed to its latest episode:

When you think about Puerto Ricodecimated by Hurricane Maria, a debt crisis and the longest power blackout in US historymost people see destruction. To a small group of cryptocurrency millionaires, its a chance to build a new type of society from scratch. A society built on blockchain technologies.

We chat to Dr Pip Ryan (University of Technology Sydney) and Nathan Waters (founder of Peerism) about what a blockchain based society might look like. Then we speak to journalist Antony Loewenstein about whether this is just a case of disaster capitalism in disguise.


March on Palm Sunday for justice for refugees "IndyWatch Feed National"


2pm, Victoria Square, march to Parliament House Facebook event here


Central Park, 11am Facebook event here


Lennox Head Bus Station, Beachfront opposite the shops  11am


Rosalind Plaza, 12.30pm


Corbett Plaza, 6pm  Friday, 23rd March


1pm, King George Square Facebook event here


1pm Garema Place Facebook event here


Nightcliff Foreshore, 5pm

Denmark (WA)

11am Strickland Street


2pm Parliament House Lawns, Salamanca Facebook event here


12.30pm BYO picnic, Princes Square, 2pm march via the city centre to City Park for a multicultural celebration

Lennox Head

11am Ballina Rd bus shelter at Nth end of shopping centre Facebook event here

Margaret River


Tired Lion "GroovUs Feed Anews"



Raw, visceral and loud.  The Music

Tired Lion have steadily climbed the ranks as one of Australias most talked-about bands.

 They are, tbqh, just an excellent rock and roll band, and were lucky to have em turning out huge choruses like it aint no thang.  triple j

Perth rockers Tired Lion are set to hit some of the biggest stages of their career this June with the announcement today of the national Where Were You? headline tour.

The tour, which takes its name from their latest single Where Were You? is supported by triple j and will see the band play clubs in MelbourneAdelaidePerthSydney and Brisbane, beginning with Max Watts in Melbourne on June 1.


 After having a massive breakout year in 2017, that included releasing their critically-acclaimed, triple j Feature album, Dumb Days, Tired Lion has already had a huge start to 2018, playing sold out shows across regional Australia and performing at festivals like Party In The Paddock and the Pool House Party.

 Tired Lions Sophie Hopes says she and her bandmates cant wait to hit the road again, where they feel most at home. Were always looking for a good excuse to pack our suitcase and head off to play a bunch of shows. Weve managed to already tick off a tour of regional Australia this year and psyched to take it to the capital cities!


The post Tired Lion appeared first on The Zoo.


The Feds Dilemma: No Good Choices "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Despite the absence of any empirical support, Fed governors and staff economics persist in their reliance on the Phillips curve, which predicts that low unemployment leads to rising inflation. US unemployment at around 4% is in fact at 17-year lows.

The Fed insists that the time to tighten monetary conditions is now, before the inflation emerges.

Yet as Ive explained many times, the Phillips curve bears no correspondence to reality. The 1960s were characterised by low unemployment and rising inflation. The late 1970s were characterised by high unemployment and high inflation. The 2010s have been characterised by low unemployment and low inflation.

There is no correlation between inflation and unemployment, just as there is no correlation between inflation and money supply.

Inflation is always and everywhere a psychological phenomenon. When citizens lose confidence in a form of money, velocity does the rest, as no one wants to hold onto a currency thats rapidly depreciating in value.

The other ostensible reason for Fed tightening is official confidence that the US economy is on a solid growth path. As with the Phillips curve, there is no evidence for this belief.

The US savings rate plunged to 2.1% by late 2017, a fraction of the 6.3% rate that prevailed from 19702000. The combined impact of the 2017 Trump tax cuts, bipartisan congressional repeal of discretionary spending caps, and rising student loan defaults will push US budget deficits well past US$1 trillion per year indefinitely.

This added national dissaving will push the US savings rate to zero.

This means the US must either reduce investment or borrow savings from abroad. Both courses hurt growth. Other headwinds to growth include Trumps trade war, impediments to immigration, and higher real rates as the US Treasury tries to attract buyers for the US$10 trillion of new debt it must sell in the decade to come.

The race to raise rates

These specific headwinds are of recent vintage and come on top of the pre-existing secular stagnation due to demographics, deleveraging, and declining productivity.

The Fed understands these impediments to growth although they cannot publicly pivot away from their rosy scenario. Still, this begs the question, why is the Fed tightening if the economy is so weak?

The answer, as Ive said repeatedly but cant say enough, is that the Fed is preparing for the next crisis. The evidence is clear that it takes 34% in rate cuts to pull the US out of a recession. The Fed cannot cut rates even 3% when the Fed funds rate is less than 2%.

So, the Fed is in a desperate race to raise rates before a recession arrives so the...


Daniel Johns & Luke Steeles DREAMS to make Aus debut at Vivid LIVE "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Over the last few years, weve been eagerly awaiting news of Daniel Johns and Luke Steeles new collaborative project, DREAMS. Now, the duo are set to make their live Australian debut at Sydneys Vivid LIVE this May.

Back in August of 2016, Daniel Johns first shared hints about a new project he was working on with Empire Of The Suns Luke Steele. Tentatively named DREAMS, this new project managed to stay relatively under wraps for quite some time until early this year, when the groups existence began to be unraveled by social media following their announcement on this years Coachella lineup.

Of course, fans had been wondering just when these two Aussie musicians would be heading home to play some shows. Now, following the release of their first official tune, No One Defeats Us, last week, DREAMS have joined the lineup for this years Vivid LIVE festival.

While we had already seen international superstar Solange named as Vivid LIVEs first act, the full lineup for Vivid LIVE was announced today, and features a stellar bill full of brilliant acts, including Cat Power, Mazzy Star, Ice Cube, and a screening of Fugazis Instrument, featuring a Q&A with guitarist and vocalist Guy Picciotto.

DREAMS debut Aussie shows are set to take place on May 29th and 30th at the Sydney Opera House. For more ticketing information, be sure to check out the Vivid LIVE website.

Check out DREAMS No One Defeats Us:

DREAMS Vivid LIVE 2018 Dates

Tuesday, May 29th
Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Wednesday, May 30th
Sydney Opera House, Sydney, NSW

Tickets on sale Friday, March 23rd
For more info, check out Vivid LIVEs website.


Arts Wednesday 21 March 2018 "GroovUs Feed Anews"

At 10:40 am, Ed Lippmann returns with Part 2 of Loved and Unloved, our new series of Sydney By Design, this time discussing heritage issues. The topic for this week is The Rocks and Green Bans in the 1970s.

At 11:00 am I will play an interview I recorded in Adelaide a couple of weeks ago with Themis Chryssides, celebrity dietitian and co-proprietor of Sprout, a highly successful business that combines food and health. We talked about food fads and super foods, a subject I discovered, which follows fashion as much as the clothing industry! Whats in this year and whats out and is it meaningful?

Music is all about food.

I look forward to your company.

The post Arts Wednesday 21 March 2018 appeared first on 89.7 Eastside FM.


Newcrest dealing with tailings challenges in NSW and PNG "IndyWatch Feed"

Newcrest has two adjacent tailings dams at its Cadia mine in New South Wales. The wall of the northern mine suffered a minor breach last week.

the waste management plan that Newcrest is proposing for its ground-breaking mine in PNG would simply not cut the regulatory mustard in Australia or in a host of the other key mining constituencies

Matthew Stevens | Australian Financial Review | March 19. 2018

Newcrest finds itself uncomfortably poised at the polar extremes of the mining industrys relentless waste management dilemma.

Unhappy serendipity sees the accident-prone copper and gold miner working to recover the integrity of a thoroughly conventional tailings dam at a mine in distant western New South Wales while promoting plans for a big new mine in Papua New Guinea whose viable future relies on dumping waste directly into the Solomon Sea.

Production at the gold and coppe...


Australian giant of HIV research dies "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Scientia Professor David Cooper AO, inaugural director of the Kirby Institute at UNSW, has died after a short illness at the age of 68.

SYDNEY, AAP The academic and medical research community is mourning the loss of Australian pioneering HIV researcher, Scientia Professor David Cooper.

Dr Cooper, inaugural director of the Kirby Institute at UNSW, died on Sunday after a short illness leaving behind his wife Dorrie and daughters Becky and Ilana. He was 68.

He diagnosed some of the first cases of HIV in Australia and has been remembered as a giant in the research field and passionate LGBTI health advocate.

Dr Justin Koonin, president of ACON a health promotion organisation specialising in HIV prevention, HIV support and LGBTI health says Dr Coopers lifelong dedication to people living with HIV improved countless lives.

Davids contribution to the health and wellbeing of people affected by HIV and LGBTI people has been immeasurable, he said in a statement on Monday.

We have all benefited from his uncompromising principles and integrity, his passion, his fierce intelligence and intellect, his pioneering spirit and his compassion.

Michael Kirby, a close friend, said it was Dr Coopers huge intellect and heart that made him a leader in the global response to the AIDS epidemic.

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PNG gold and copper mine to cost JV partners an extra $1bn upfront "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Newcrest managing director Sandeep Biswas. Philip Gostelow

Darren Gray | Sydney Morning Herald | 19 March 2018

Newcrest Mining will plough an an extra $US1 billion ($A1.3 billion) in upfront capital into developing a new gold and copper mine in Papua New Guinea.

Australias biggest gold miner released the estimate for the Wafi-Golpu project on Monday showing total capital expenditure for the life of mine,  situated about 65 kilometres south west of PNGs second-biggest city Lae,  would fall by about the same amount to $US5.38 billion.

The cost of the project will be split between Newcrest and Harmony Gold Mining Company.

The Wafi-Golpu project is a key part of Newcrests future, and is considered the companys top growth asset. It has an expected life of mine of about 28 years.The updated feasibility study estimates it would produce on average about 161,000 tonnes of copper per year, which is about double the groups copper guidance for fiscal 2018. The study estima...


March 20 On This Day in Australian History "GroovUs Feed Anews"

1802 Matthew Flinders followed in the tradition of brown nosing naming new places after influential bods back home when he dubbed Spencer Gulf in South Oz after a bloke on the Admiralty Board.

1834 Arthur Orton, the butcher from Wagga Wagga who claimed to be the long lost heir to the Tichborne fortune, was pupped.

1838 - Patrick Cuffy was Hanged at Sydney for robbery and assault on William Vivers at Bureen.

1838 - John Toole was Hanged at Sydney for robbery and assault on William Vivers at Bureen.

1844 Oh , if only for that blue telephone police box to pop back in time...Flogging off the land selling the first blocks of land at Seymour commenced today.

1846 Just to make sure Melbourne's Princes' Bridge was going to be built, the foundation stone was laid.

1856 William Gocher, a journalist, newspaper publisher and reformer of beach bathing swimming laws (he broke 'em) was spawned. Read more about beach bathing Billy-boy HERE.

1872 Pack away your fur capes theatre lovers, the Theatre Royal in Melbourne was gutted by fire.

1873 Longwood to Violet Town railway line was opened.
Pretty little line, it might surprise some in State Govt to learn it actually did carry trains that transported people, odd though it may seem.

1878 Needing to fill up the not-so empty spot that was a cemetery, Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market was opened...yes, right on top of buried bodies, too. Roughly 10,000 are under your feet as you park the car and wander about looking for that extra special something....

1885 Ruby Lindsay, the adored, beloved and worshipped wife of Will Dyson, sister to the famous Lindsay artist brothers and artists in her own right, was born.

1893 - Cooperabiddy was hanged at Roebourne for murder of James Coppin, a half-caste [sic], at the Hamersley Range.

1903 Lightning Ridge Opal fields was a'booming when it was opened up today.

1912 The SS Koombana sank near Port Hedland, Western Australia, during a tropical cyclone, with the loss of at least 138 passengers and crew.

1912 - Const. Frank Buttle, WA Police, died whilst travelling on board the SS Koombana.

1915 Swimming between the flags took on a competitive edge when the first state Lifesaving Championships were held at Bondi.

1916 The Australian and New Zealand Army Cor...


Trevor Tree of Bellingen Northern Rivers NSW Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"


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Trevor Tree of Bellingen died on Friday 5 May 2017 in Coffs Harbour Hospital.

Trevor died while doing something he really loved-surfing.

There is no way anyone would have predicted what happened to Trevor.

Of all the people in Bellingen in their late 50s to 60s, Trevor is the last person anyone would think this would happen to.


Trevor was aged 57 and was born on 25 August 1959.




John Parker The Tree Guru of Johannesburg, South Africa died November 2017 "GroovUs Feed Anews"

John Parker The Tree Guru

John Parker The Tree Guru of Johannesburg, South Africa died yesterday in hospital in Johannesburg from a short-term illness. His death was unexpected and a great shock to his family and friends.

John Parkers website

Professional Tree Consultation Service

Who is the Tree Guru?

John Parker is South Africas Tree Guru, an Australian qualified and South African experienced Arborist specialising as a consultant in the scientific care and management of trees and shrubs sometimes called woody plants.   John is a diploma qualified Arborist. He is also a Trainer, Moderator and Assessor under the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).  He has practiced arboriculture since 1989 in Johannesburg, and has more than 25 years experience as a commercial Arborist.

From what to plant and how to prune it, to treating diseases, fertilization and insect attack, the Tree Guru has the qualified answers and expert solutions you need.  Whether you have a small, or large garden, or are tasked with managing or developing the gardens of a bigger estate, the Tree Guru John Parker will bring out...


Fast-moving wildfire wipes out 69 homes in Tathra, Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

A fast-moving wildfire engulfed Tathra, a small seaside town with a population of 1 622 located on the Sapphire Coast of New South Wales, Australia late March 18, 2018, destroying at least 69 homes and damaging 39. According to NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS), the fire...... Read more


Is This The Clarence River Estuary Future If Berejiklian Government Has Its Way? "As the cruise season continues, smoke particles emitted from cruise ship funnels have left people living and working near the port increasingly alarmed" "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Well the NSW Minister for Roads Maritime and Freight & Nationals MP for Oxley Melinda Pavey ended the fourth quarter of 2017 in much the same manner as she progressed through the three preceding quarters - she meet with a representative/s of international cruise lines.

I still didn't see any listed meeting with Yaegl native title representatives or with Clarence Valley Council.

I know she hasn't met with the communities of Yamba and Iluka which will be most affected by the 24/7 noise and fumes emanating from those cruise ships she is so eager to see make Port of Yamba-Clarence River a regular destination.

This is what happened in Hobart when it opened its doors to such cruise ships........ 

The Mercury, 15 March 2018:

HOBART residents are continuing to suffer the effects of air pollution from visiting cruise ships, says Acting Lord Mayor Ron Christie.

As the cruise season continues, smoke particles emitted from cruise ship funnels have left people living and working near the port increasingly alarmed, Ald Christie said.

Monday, 19 March


Australia's failing to meet the SDGshere's how it can change that "IndyWatch Feed"

As Australia prepares to unveil a progress report on how it is faring on delivering the SDGs, experts at a recent event in Sydney said that policymakers are failing to address critical shortcomings in its progress against the goals.


Love Hypnotic "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Sydney-based five piece, The Jim Mitchells kicked off a national tour last month with a string of WA  dates celebrating their new LP release Love Hypnotic.

Theyve joined us in the studio to chat to us about Love Hypnotic and their tour thus far, as well an in-studio live performance of Where Is?

Play The Jim Mitchells


Gallery: FBi Radio Presents Big Boi at Metro Theatre "GroovUs Feed Anews"

Making his hugely anticipated return to Australia, the inimitable and illustrious Big Boi shook things up at the Metro. Diving deep into his solo-work, the Atlanta rapper iced his hype-worthy performance with a few Outkast gems. Melbourne young gun Baro and Sydney hero Joyride warmed things up, setting the vibe to electric from the on-set.


FBi Radio Presents Big Boi | 15.03.18 | Photos by Kurt Davies


Bushfires -Tathra - March 2018 "GroovUs Feed Anews"

During bushfires and emergency events WIRES can be inundated with enquiries from people wanting to assist wildlife.

Many calls we take are from people wanting to assist with the rescue of injured wildlife in a direct way. While these offers are appreciated as its very encouraging to know that people want to help wildlife in times of tragedy, it is necessary for WIRES rescuers and carers to be trained and licenced before they are able to do this safely. Only appropriately trained members are authorised to carry out emergency wildlife rescue and care activities and even they must not enter fire areas until authorised to do so by local Fire Control Officers.

WIRES volunteers are on standby to help when notified to respond via the Department of Primary Industry (DPI) Agriculture and Animal Services Functional Area. We rescue any wildlife found in areas outside the fire zones and care for any burned or smoke affected animals who have received veterinary treatment and require ongoing care.

Bushfires present a significant risk to the safety of volunteers and the activities conducted during and after a fire event are managed by first responder organisations such as RFS, Fire & Rescue NSW and SES.

First responder volunteers who are authorised to be on the fire grounds do help wildlife where they can. These animals are brought out of the fire zone and taken to vets for emergency treatment and from there to WIRES volunteers for ongoing care. 

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer with WIRES we encou...


12 awesome Sydney gigs you cant miss this March "GroovUs Feed Anews"

One of the best things about being a music fan is the ability to go out and see some of your favourite bands live in the flesh, ripping through some of your most beloved songs in person. But how do you make sure youre up to date with the artists making their way to your neck of the woods?

Well thats where we come in. Weve designed this handy dandy little guide to help you remember the best gigs that youve got coming up this month. From some of the big international acts, up-and-coming local acts, to festival sideshows, all the best gigs are included here, so make sure youve got your tickets for one memorable night out.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

2018 marks 20 years since the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club first formed, and with the group releasing their eighth album, Wrong Creatures, back in January, these San Francisco rockers have decided to make their way back to Australia for some huge shows. Performing at the Enmore Theatre on March 23rd, fans are set to receive a mind-blowing show, and with Stonefield as one of the brilliant support acts, youre definitely getting bang for your buck!

Friday, March 23rd
Enmore Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tickets: Enmore Theatre

Bluesfest Sideshows

Its one of the biggest festivals in Australia, and as usual, Bluesfest have delivered one amazing lineup full of rock royalty and up-and-coming gems. Of course, if you cant make it up to Byron Bay for this years event, the festival has you covered with a series of sideshows making their way to town.

Kicking off between the last week of March and the first week of April, Sydney will be receiving sideshows from the likes of Benjamin Booker, Robert Plant, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Canned Heat, Newton Faulkner, Gomez, Youssou NDour, Juanes, Walter Trout, and more. With a series of artists that diverse, theres bound to be something for everyone.

Thursday, March 22nd  Monday, April 2nd
Various Locations, Sydney, NSW
Tickets: Bluesfest

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