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Thursday, 23 November

08:00

ANTI-NUCLEAR CAMPAIGN WINS 2017 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE The NORTHSIDER

The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons was recently awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize. The campaign was founded in Melbourne in 2007 and has expanded to include almost 500 partner organisations in 100 countries. Jo Rittey had a chat with Daisy and Marcus from ICAN.

The post ANTI-NUCLEAR CAMPAIGN WINS 2017 NOBEL PEACE PRIZE appeared first on The NORTHSIDER.

07:08

Little Place Family Day Care Newlands Community News

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Little place family day care are seeking one new friend to play with us on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Due to gender and ages of current little friends, we are hoping for a girl between 12-18 months.

Please email me on hameeddina@gmail.com or call on 0400 483 178.

A bit more about us can be found here:



06:26

Recommendation Sought Newlands Community News

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Hi Newlanders,

Just wondering if anyone could recommend someone to service an evaporative cooling system?

We are also looking for second hand Newlands Primary School uniform size 6/7 if anyone has any to part with. 

Thanks, Corinne, 
0431 930 349
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06:24

Calandar Stall Newlands Community News

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Birds of Merri Creek Card & Calendar stall

Hosted by CERES Joe's Market Garden
9-1pm, Saturday 25th November

34 Edna Grove, Coburg

Adi Tudor creates beautiful cards and calendars from photos taken along the Merri Creek and in gardens of local Coburg homes. 

Adi will be selling these creations at the farm gate this Saturday. As the festive season approaches, you can stock up on multipurpose cards that can be used for all celebration, birthday and congratulations while celebrating the beautif...

06:24

Free Newlands Community News

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Mountain buggy urban with the bassinet attachment. Dusty and well used but in very good working order.

Corinne,
0431 930 349.




06:19

Wanted Newlands Community News

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WANTED Moving boxes. 

If you have moving boxes I would love to take them off your hands. Also those HelloFresh, MarleySpoon type ones would be great too. 

Thank you!

06:19

Really Really Free Market Newlands Community News

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Really Really Free Market goers! Its warming up and a great time to get out and about and participating in the Preston RRFM! Some interesting looking workshops this month!

What: The Really Really Free Market Preston #8
When: Sun 29th October 10am-2pm 
Where: Along the Railway Reserve Bike Path,  in the Scout Hall and outside. Preston.
Whats on so far: Movies Screenings, Workshops - Marbling Cards, Felt Marking DIY, Hardgoods, Arts Space, Tea & Coffee, Clothes, Bric-a-Brac, Veggie Seedlings, Zines, Food, Books, whatever you bring! 

Whats it all about again?A community gathering where participants give away usable items, skills, food, entertainment, games and many others things that a community can come together and share. A RRFM is a 100% free and non-commercial event (no bartering or advertising), created by participants who show up each month!

Location and accessibility.
Just North of Murray Road, Preston, along the Railway Reserve Bike Path (extension of St. Georges Rd Bike Path). See map in comments section if unsure.
Bike: Its along the path, so suited for cyclists.
Train: 50m Walk from Preston Sta...

06:15

Solo Exhibition Newlands Community News

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Hi, Newlands peeps! 

For those of you not on Facebook I'd like to invite you all to my first solo exhibition in 14 years. There'll be free wine and beer courtesy of DeBortoli and Hawkers.
Hope you can make it as I sure need the support! 
Cheers, 
Asa.


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Wednesday, 22 November

22:16

start MLUG

Next Meeting 30 October 2017 NEW VENUE Address PlaceThe Great Northern HotelAddress 644 Rathdowne St (corner of Pigdon St), Carlton North VIC 3054 Pre-meeting 6pm dining function room Time for Talks 7:30pm in the dining function roomWebsite Phone

16:35

Meet the November 2017 Melbourne Changemakers "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

We have 8 excited changemakers - a diverse range of social organisations with real business problems. Come along to our Melbourne Hackathon Nov 25-26 (this weekend!):

Carers Couch

After her personal journey caring for a friend with cancer, Martina Clark created Carers Couch providing information, education, advice and assistance that increases carers capacity and resilience. Many carers just don't get a break; emotional burnout, depression, anxiety and chronic illness are common and impact the overall mortality of carers. Self-care is crucial in preventing this but due to high workload and lack of support. In a role that no one applies for, carers currently lack resources and support that are centralised. Building on her personal experiences as a carer as well as running the current Carers Couch site,  Martina hopes that the hack weekend will help her deliver this information and support all in one place.

Care to Compare?

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When Roberto Pietrobon isnt working in corporate partnerships for the Stroke Foundation hes working on his project Care to Compare. The project aims to provide online health insurance comparisons that capture the profits of health insurance referrals to provide funding to health charities. Having already hacked with RHoK in June, as well as work ongoing work since, Roberto is excited for both UXers and backend developers who might be interested in helping to realise the Care to Compare concept.

Berry Street

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15:23

BATTS Announces New EP 62 Moons "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Image Courtesy of BATTS Melbourne based singer-songwriter BATTS this week announced that shes signed to the newly announced THAA Records and will be releasing her new EP 62 Moons on the 29th November. The EP features BATTS 2017 singles For Now and Little White Lies and cements her new stripped back sound. The album was []

13:20

Westall research - this blog's contribution to the debate. "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Introduction

From time to time, I receive comments from people, that they believe I have a negative approach to the subject of the 6 April 1966, mass sighting at Westall, Melbourne, Australia.

I inform such people that, like themselves, I have the right to my opinion as to the cause of the sighting that day. Unlike some individuals, I base my own opinion on having conducted research on the event. I was not there on the day, and ultimately, my opinion is based solely on what I have been able to find out, by communicating with Westall witnesses as long ago as the 1990's; by visiting the site, prior to the playground installation; by an examination of all the original source material I could locate; an examination of Australian government files; by looking for potential non-UFO explanations; by exploring topics such as memory recall in people; and applying all that I have learnt from many years of interviewing witnesses to sightings, all over Australia.

One of the few witness documents available from 1966 - image courtesy VFSRS

This blog's contribution to the Westall debate

Quite a few posts on this blog, have explored the Westall sighting. I have provided the following links for anyone who wishes to explore material relating to the event; much of which, you will not find anywhere else.

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12:22

Vegetarian Dogs Gross Habit

I just learned that some people have vegetarian dogs and I will never be the same. Is it so the dog will have good karma and be reborn as an even better dog? Is it because the dog has an overdeveloped sense of responsibility for the world's problems? Is the dog vaccinated? Should an animal with anal glands be worrying about ethics? How domestic is too domestic? Is the dog allowed to eat meat as long as it kills it? Is the dog allowed to attack and kill human babies? Why is a dog allowed to hunt and kill human babies? Does this explain the current baby shortage? Is anyone missing a baby? Do you know where your baby is right now? You say you don't have a baby? Are you sure? How can you be sure of anything in a world of vegetarian dogs? Who are you? WHAT ARE YOU?!

11:14

08:16

Chin Chin employees hit back at wage theft "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

This account of working in one of Melbournes most iconic restaurants, draws attention to the need for urgent action put an end to this practice, which is widespread in the hospitality industry. The owner of Chin Chin operates nine restaurants and is in the process of opening another one. Go to Megaphone link to sign the petition. The following was written by Sorcha Harrop, one of the central figures in this story.

For almost a year I worked at Chin Chin, one of Melbournes hottest restaurants. I worked through breaks, battled stress, exhaustion and was underpaid at least $9,500.

My experience is just one of thousands of disgusting wage theft stories hospo workers are forced to regularly endure.

Ive had enough of being screwed over. Thats why I filmed this video calling on Malcolm Turnbull to take wage theft off the menu.

Chin Chin is famous for its no reservations policy, long queues down the street, fabulous food and outstanding service.

What you dont know about Chin Chin is that the people who make it such a hot destination are forced to do 14-hour long days and work up to 20 hours a week for free. And heres the kicker: while I was getting underpaid thousands of dollars, my boss, restaurant king Chris Lucas, was spending millions building his seventh restaurant.

This is textbook wage theft. And its happening to hospo workers everywhere: a new survey shows 76% of hospitality employers are stealing workers pay.

We are fed up, and enough is enough. If youve had enough of wage theft too, please watch and share this video.

Every year hundreds of thousands of hospo workers in Australia are robbed: paid below minimum wage, refused penalty rates, and forced to do free work.

We all know stealing is wrong. These rigged rules make wage theft so easy its now become a business model.

Stand with me and other hospo workers getting ripped off.

Hospo workers deserve respect just like everybody else its time to stand up and demand we are treated fairly and paid what were owed.

Video from United Voice

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08:00

MAMA MANOUSH The NORTHSIDER

Mama Manoush has relocated to a bigger space in East Brunswick and the Lebanese hits keep rolling.

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Tuesday, 21 November

22:25

OnlyMelbourne Newsletter #569 onlymelbourne

Read Online Newsletter | #569 | What's On this WeekWelcome to Newsletter | #569 What's On this Week in marvellous Melbourne Tuesday 21st November 2017 to Monday 27th November 2017 Another week jam packed with markets, exhibitions and foodie events. Night Noodle Markets 9-26 November - Asian market feast served alongside roaming performers DJs and live music. Night Noodle Markets | Birrarung Marr Stitches & Craft Show .nobrtable br { display: none } 23-26 November 2017 | 3 days of amazing displays and get loads of inspiration to make gorgeous things for your family and home. Melbourne Stitches & Craft Show | Royal Exhibition Building The Strange and Spektakulr Lives of Otto & Astrid .nobrtable br { display: none } Circus Oz creates this strange and spektacular fantastical back story of the lives of Otto and Astrid, tracing the journey that catapulted them to become the Prince and Princess of art rock and Europop. Show | Meat Market | Buy Tickets The Melbourne Fair 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } Over 60 of Australias best antique dealers will be at Caulfield Racecourse from the 23rd to 26th November The Melbourne Fair | Caulfield Racecourse Frankston's Christmas Festival of Lights 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } Christmas tree lighting spectacular followed by a dazzling fireworks display to welcome in the festive season. Frankston's Christmas Festival of Lights 2017 Black Friday Sales .nobrtable br { display: none } Prepare for the biggest shopping day of the year. Friday 24th November 2017: Black Friday Sales Primrose Fair 2017 .nobrtable br { display: none } The ultimate designer market on the Mornington Peninsula at the historic Cloisters in Mount Eliza. Saturday, November 25, 2017: Primrose Fair | Toorak College Melbourne Ceramics Market .nobrtable br { display: none } Showcasing Melbournes finest and established ceramic makers on the weekend of the 25th & 26th November under one roof in Collingwood. Melbourne Ceramics Market Melbourne Pen Show .nobrtable br { display: none } Australia's only pen show featuring writing instruments, pens and writing ephemera at Malvern Town Hall - Sunday 26th November 2017. Melbourne Pen Show 2017 | Malvern Town Hall Coburg Night Market .nobrtable br { display: none } One of Melbournes favourite summertime events Coburg Night Market returns for an 8th season with Artisans street food and music. 4 Friday nights | 5.30pm-10pm | Bridges Reserve Coburg Night Market This Week .nobrtable br { display: none } Cigar Box Guitar Festival, Draughthorse & YesterYear Weekend, Feminist Festive Fair, Gippsland Antiques & Collectables Fair, Kids Fun Run with Thomas, Lancefield Megafauna Festival, Melbourne Music Week, Monster Fest, Riddells Creek Festival, Very Special Kids Fashion Sale, White Ribbon Day, Yea Show View Event...

21:08

Free Newlands Community News

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Hi there,

Clearing out garage thought I better check if anyone local wants these things before I get rid of them...

FREE:

Children's bike seat.



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21:05

Mulch - a - Rama! Newlands Community News

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Hey there!

Community service announcement: just thought I should share that there is a heap of mulch up at the Reservoir recycle centre. You can load for free but they'all also load up a full cage trailer with their front-end loader for $25. Makes life a lot easier.



21:01

Netball Newlands Community News

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NETBALL TRY-OUTS
for Individual Players looking to join a New or an existing Team in 2018.

WHERE:  Coburg Basketball Stadium, 25 Outlook Road, Coburg North
WHEN:  Wednesday evenings November 22nd and November 29th
TIME:  From 5.15pm - 6pm on both dates listed above.
COST:  $2 per Participant if you are not already a Coburg Netballer.
Arrive early to complete an "Expression of Interest" Form.

Coburg Kangaroos - Coburg Netball Association is welcoming.  We encourage good sportsmanship and behaviour at all times.  ...

20:55

Community Forum Newlands Community News

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Moreland Council is reviewing the Statement of Commitment to Women to ensure that our actions continue to support the community.  Please join us for a forum on 12 December and an engaging debate supported by a panel of three guest speakers.  We will discuss what gender equality and inclusion mean today and how to break down barriers.

Guest speakers:

       Jenni Smith, CEO, Northern Community Legal Centre
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20:47

Free music at Joe's Market Garden Farm Gate this Saturday Newlands Community News

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Free music at Joe's Market Garden Farm Gate this Saturday

34 Edna Grove, Coburg
10:30AM
Saturday 25th November

Our lovely Flick and Flanno Return to the farm gate




The last we saw this lot play tunes was when we hadn't met the little Noah! 

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18:51

5:30pm Fri 24 Nov |Rally for Manus: End the Siege Bring Them Here "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

When: 5:30pm Friday 24th November Where: State Library of Victoria, 328 Swanston St, Melbourne. Facebook event here WEEKLY RALLY & SIT IN FOR MANUS REFUGEES End the Siege -Bring Them Here Recurring rally, every Friday from 5.30pm, State Library Followed by march and street sit in speakers include Aziz live from Manus, Adnan Abdulkarim, Ahwaz(...)

18:24

The Propagandarer Gross Habit

Last night I was watching The Punisher punish bad guys while also being a bad guy and I realised it's a lucky coincidence my favourite form of entertainment is American propaganda. It's Number 1! You could argue that all US entertainment is propaganda, but I'm talking about anything with at least one appearance by a flag, some guns and (ideally) a sad man who has to kill people but is good enough to be sad about it or at least frowning like the American sniper in American Sniper. (Actually I hated that movie, but we are playing with lies here so whatever).

The Sad Man must always be Punished(TM) with further sadness after he has done his sad duty that no one else will do because everyone else is corrupt, particularly anyone in a suit or a uniform because the CIA is full of evil men despite being a great organisation. Also the armed forces are constantly being forced to do horrible things but are also great organisations because they turn up every damn day and do the hard work while they wait for King Arthur to return or whatever it is they think is happening. He is the Sad Man who takes on all American Sadness so kids can be safe to grow up to be mass murderers, serial killers or any of the other career pathways available to those who join the armed forces, which are great organisations.

There's no way to write seriously about US propaganda that isn't the reader's cue to stare into the abyss and wonder how a fucking American flag got down there, does there absolutely have to be one in every fucking shot, scene and montage? Fuck up, fuckface! (That's me yelling at a flag, which is nowhere near as weird as crying about one.)

In The Punisher our hero LITERALLY takes his kids on a ferry ride to look at the Statue of Liberty. which is fine because Americans actually believe all that shit. They get emotional about every aspect of their country. Imagine caring deeply about your country. Is that like caring deeply about your boss? Yes. It is.

I am enjoying The Punisher.

I have to do other things now because it's not all about America. Goodbye.

15:57

Ora Ora Shohei Otomo at Backwoods, Melbourne "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Son of the legendary Katsuhiro Otomo Japanese author, illustrator and creator of cult classic Anime AKIRA Shohei Otomo is cut from the same cloth as his father. With intense concentration, he produces ballpoint drawings of semi-imagined figures and situations, blending the old guard sensibilities and pop-culture of Japan with his own dystopian take on life in the country and the seedy underbelly often hidden from the outside world.

With an impressive display of technical precision, incisive political critique and innovative style, Otomo effortlessly slides between the boundaries of graphic design, fine art, anime and raw punk power.

Featuring a larger-than-life-size hand-painted Sumo sculpture, amongst other visual treats, Otomos show opens to the public at Backwoods, Melbourne, this Friday, November 24rd and runs until December 10th.

Backwoods Director and stalwart of the Melbourne art scene, Alexander Mitchell, penned the following essay on Otomos work for the show:

Japanese culture is engaged in an ongoing battle against two opponents; its youth and the West. Like a colossal Sumo wrestler with expert cultural judo, by using its opponents own weight as a weapon, Japan somehow keeps the fight in equilibrium. It rolls with each blow, assimilates culture, pushes back with its own creations and always finds balance.

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14:14

Life expectancy. From 45 to 82 years, we've come a long way "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

One hundred and fifty years ago on Tuesday The Sydney Morning Herald broke news that these days would be considered shocking.

The first 'life table' prepared for the British colony put the expected lifespan of a newborn non-Aboriginal Australian at just 45.6 years.

The Bureau of Statistics now gives newborns a lifespan of 82.5 years; 80.4 for boys, and 84.6 for girls.

And that's almost certain to be an underestimate. Improvements in medical technologies throughout 80 years of life are likely to add an extra four years to those totals.

On November 7, 1867, the life table was good news. We were better off than England where newborns got only 40.9 years, and better off than Belgium where they got 32.2.

And things were even better than the raw figure of 45.6 years suggested. An extraordinary 10.6 per cent of newborns (10.6 per cent of boys, 9.8 per cent of girls) died before they reached the age of one. If you survived to the age of one, you were likely to make it to 51.

From today's vantage point it looks as if life expectancy has always increased, but it hasn't, for decades at a time. The 1960s were what Melbourne University demographer Alan Lopez refers to as the "tobacco years". Life expectancy increased not at all.

For older Australians life expectancy scarcely increased for 50 years, between 1920 and 1970. It was only after 1972 when the tobacco use was brought under control (it didn't finally peak until 1978 - 1980) and progress was made against heart attacks that it began to grow again.

In recent years, newborns have been gaining an extra year of life every two and a half years. Australian National University demographer Liz Allen can't see an upper limit, although she concedes it will be more difficult. Controlling tobacco, preventing heart disease and making driving safer were easier to do than it would be to extend the lifespan of the parts of our bodies with built in obsolescence. Our bodies weren't designed to last too many years beyond childbirth, she says.

Alan Lopez says we've already harvested most of the low-hanging fruit. "The gains in lung cancer, chronic heart disease and the tobacco causes will continue, but at a much slower rate," he says. The gains from road accidents will depend on whether we adopt strict road rules of the kind Sweden has where there is a zero tolerance for alcohol.

At a public lecture to be presented at Melbourne University next week, he will suggest that life expectancy will continue to climb for the next 25 years, but at half the rate of the previous 25 years.

The biggest ob...

14:06

Better economic days ahead? Sorry, not yet "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Why do people feel so rotten?

It's because they don't believe the federal Treasurer when he says there are "better days ahead".

He's said it 25 times, roughly once a week since April.

If things were really looking up, retailers wouldn't need to cut prices to maintain sales. During the June and September quarters, retail prices fell 0.2 and 0.4 per cent. Fell. It's rare for prices to fall across the entire retail sector for an entire quarter. It's even rarer for them to fall for two consecutive quarters, and rarer still for them to fall that much. It's the biggest wave of discounting this century.

What did the price dive deliver? An increase in spending of 1 per cent. In department stores, where prices slipped 0.3 per cent, spending slid 2.2 per cent.

ShopperTrak monitors retail traffic in real time. Store owners and shopping centre managers feed it video, Wi-Fi and the output of heat sensors to enable it to work out how many people are in participating stores at any given time and how long they stay. In September, foot traffic was down 6 per cent on the same period the previous year. In the first three weeks of October, it was down 7.5 per cent.

It's partly because we're switching to shopping online, where, for big items, we can get lower prices, often from overseas. But it's also because, even with low and sliding prices, we are less keen to shop.

Ask us whether we expect better or worse conditions in the year ahead, as the Melbourne Institute does every month, and only 21 per cent say "better". That's the average for the past 12 months. Back in the final year of the Gillard government and the last months of the mining boom, 30 per cent said better. Back further in the last year of the Howard government, 33 per cent picked better.

It's the same when you ask about the next five years: only 21 per cent of us expect better times; 26 per cent expect worse. Back in the final year of the Howard government 44 per cent of us expected better times, and only 22 per cent expected worse.

Like businesses reluctant to invest whatever the interest rate, households that are wary will be reluctant to spend whatever the price. Officially, inflation is just 1.8 per cent, keeping pace with record low private sector wage growth of 1.8 per cent. But 1.8 per cent is an overestimate.

The Bureau of Statistics conceded as much on Monday when it revamped the consumer price index to take into account changed buying patterns. The index measures the price of the basket of goods that is said to represent the purchases of a typical consumer. But what's typical changes over time.

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13:37

Pay your rates "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Here is an article from a Melbourne suburbs newspaper telling people to pay their 'rates' at the Municipal office.


02:00

MCN: Big Organising with Becky Bond Plan to Win

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Do you want to build people power to win?

The big organising approach utilised in the Bernie Sanders campaign offers several valuable rules to scale up your efforts, empower members and supporters, and catch the fire of momentum.

Becky Bond is co-author of Rules for Revolutionaries: How Big Organizing Can Change Everything. She served as a senior adviser on the Bernie Sanders 2016 presidential campaign, and was an architect of the campaigns national, volunteer-driven grassroots campaign. After the 2016 presidential cycle, Becky founded the Big Organizing Project and is a pioneer in the use of distributed organising to win advocacy and electoral campaigns.

This is a Melbourne Campaigners Network event. MCN holds gatherings for campaigners, activists, and organisers to discuss ideas, exchange resources and discover new approaches to social change. Becky Bond is available to present at this event thanks to the generous support of Australian Progress and GetUp.

Location: Save the Children, 33 Lincoln Square S, Carlton VIC

Time: 6pm til 8pm

Date: Tuesday 28 November

Cost: Entry by donation, suggested donation $10-$20 (nobody turned away for lack of funds).

RSVP: Facebook

Further info: Enquire via the Contact page.

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Monday, 20 November

06:08

The War for Cash "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Youve read about the War on Cash here the Daily Reckoning for years now. The idea has sprouted all sorts of variations and books around the world. Today Ill show you why its a false lead.

I think the world is in for a War for Cash, not a War on Cash. Well see a cash grab, not the abolition of paper money. Itll be a mad rush for cold hard currency the physical kind.

In the age of digitalisation, electronic payments using only someones phone number, and cryptocurrencies, this sounds a little odd. The thing is, we live in a real, tangible world. For now, anyway. And that means theres a gap between your life and the digital payments system. One that can widen into a chasm without any warning. Except the one youre reading now.

Many years ago, I moved to Melbourne for my first real job. (Flying trapeze gigs are more of a hobby.) To secure a flat, I had to come up with a bank cheque to pay the deposit. But my bank refused to give me one because my bank account was with their stockbroker division. The stockbroker account had all the benefits of a bank account for free and with higher interest. All the benefits except allowing bank cheques, that is.

If it hadnt been for a large wad of cash from an unexpected source, whom many of you know as a former editor of The Daily Reckoning, I wouldve missed out on the flat. Cash saved me when the digital banking system failed me.

Then came the great Australian bank failures. You might remember them. One after the other over a course of months, Australian banks had tech glitches that led to their ATM cash machines going down. People couldnt get money for a few hours each time. It caused quite a mess, especially for elderly people without updated payment cards.

This happened in a country thats very advanced when it comes to digital banking. And that was precisely the problem. Our overreliance on digital payment systems working.

Speaking of which, in India, the turmoil caused by going cashless was all over the newspapers. Vox summarised the mess:

One study, from the All India Manufacturers Organization, found that micro and small-scale industries showed a whopping 35 percent job loss and a 50 percent decline in revenue in just the first 34 days since the policy went into effect, and that those numbers are likely to continue to increase in coming months. Earlier this month, the International Monetary Fund said that Modis policy had caused India to lose its title as the worlds fastest-growing economy, after shaving a percentage point off its projection for Indias growth in 2016. Many of Indias small businesses that handle all their transactions in cash have facing crippling blows to their business.

The New York Times loo...

Sunday, 19 November

03:45

Misrepresentation, deception, lies and fraud "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Despite the expense neither the Department nor their collaborators the Invasive Animals CRC were able to confirm the existence of any live foxes in Tasmania. Beginning in 2014 independent peer-reviewed research demonstrated that the physical evidence gathered in Tasmania was unsound and to date neither organisation has chosen to vouch for their data or justify the expenditure of tens of millions of taxpayer dollars trying to eradicate an animal they could not locate Premier Bacon literally head-hunted journalists he wanted from the local newspapers, commercial TV and the ABC and paid them far more than they could ever earn in the private sector. In this way local media was tamed to play along with Government policy. Twenty years on and arguably there are more journalists now employed inside government to fend off the public interest than exist outside to defend it. Moulding public perception is now a bog-standard skill of government with little regard for truth Jack Jolly in Comments: Deception is the way this is done. Thats how High Rise Harry gets to turn Sydney and Melbourne into Hong Kong. Hes given a licence by the state government to do so, and to hell with what the people who live there want. Did anyone ask the people of Sydney and Melbourne? Nope. Oddly, governing the state would be a hell of a lot easier if it was done on the basis of finding out what the public wanted done and what public values require If you can chase something that does not exist for 15 years and spend $50 million on it, then claim that it has been an outstanding success, then there are no limits to the bullshit you will project. Anything is possible. Isnt that the lesson of the fox fiasco - that government has no shame and no fear of the public whatsoever? They can look us in the eye and lie time and time again. There are no consequences David Obendorf in Comments: Perhaps it is a bitter pill. That this expensive eradication program was based on some unconscionable lying and the use of imported hoaxed evidence calculated to deceive. The presentation of false, unsubstantiated allegations to Tasmania Police was bad enough, but lying to a fox ecologist compounds the offence. To falsify physical evidence using dead fox exhibits adds to the gravity

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