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Wednesday, 19 September

13:04

Exercise Wallaby 2018 - Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Lockheed C-130H Hercules '735' Also Arrives into Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Also on Wednesday 19 September, Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Lockheed C-130H Hercules '735' arrived at Rockhampton Airport as "SAF9853" from Darwin where it arrived from Singapore the previous day.



Jason M from J.M Photography was able to capture a couple of photos as the Herc touched down and then was parked on the Northern part of the Rockhampton Airport parking apron, alongside two of the four RSAF Boeing CH-47D Chinook helicopters.

There reportedly be an RSAF Herc based at Rockhampton Airport during Exercise Wallaby 2018 - it is unclear at this stage whether '735' will be the one or whether it has simply brought equipment into Rocky for the Exercise.  At the time of writing '735' remains at Rockhampton Airport.

Of interest, the Herc is one of six C-130H aircraft which are flown by the RSAF's 122 Squadron "Condors" based at the Paya Lebar Air Base (PLAB) in Singapore.


The squadron goes by the motto of "Dependable".

Thanks Jason!

All photos taken by Jason Miller 

12:36

Exercise Wallaby 2018 - Six Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) AS332M Super Puma Helicopters Arrive at Rockhampton Airport as "Diamond" and "Ruby" "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

With the Singapore Armed Force's Exercise Wallaby 2018 'scheduled' to start today, on Wednesday 19 September, the final airborne participants in the Exercise made a spectacular arrival into Rockhampton Airport.





11:54

MACKAY Mackay district court news "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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11:13

Economics curriculum is needed to work against selfishness and for altruism "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

It is Wednesday and so just some snippets. I have written about the behavioural impacts that studying mainstream economics, particularly the microeconomics component can have on students as they progress through their studies. I have observed sort of nice young people entering first-year and by later years, become arrogant, self-opinionated and delusional jerks. This phenomenon is particularly prominent if they go onto to do postgraduate level studies. It is well documented. The way mainstream economics is taught builds on anti-social attitudes that might already be present in students who choose to undertake this sort of training. The curriculum matters a lot. In that context, our next macroeconomics textbook (see below) will, in my view, actively work against any predisposition towards selfishness and against altruism, while still providing students with a first-class, technical education in how the monetary system operates.

There was an interesting 2005 study published in the academic journal Human Relations Personal value priorities of economists by a group of researchers mainly from Israeli-based universities.

The authors (Neil Gandal, Sonia Roccas, Lilach Sagiv and Amy Wrzesniewski) noted that:

Policy decisions in the public and private sectors are guided by complex specialized knowledge, often not easily understood by the public. Hence they depend to a large degree on the professionalism of decision-makers. Professionals decisions, however, are affected not only by the knowledge they hold: they also reflect their underlying beliefs, assumptions and goals. In other words, they reflect personal values.

When I was beginning my economic studies it was rammed down our throats that mainstream economics was value-free. One of the main textbooks at the time (Lipsey) was entitled Positive Economics, which was claimed to be objective, and, there was a distinction made between that and so-called normative economics, which apparently was where values were to be found.

It was obvious nonsense but consistent with the mainstream desire to masquerade as an ideologically free space.

Why would want to do that? Answer: because the values that were embedded in mainstream economic theory were pro-capital and anti-government.

The Israeli study notes that:

economists play a central role in forming and implementing policy, both in the public and private sectors. They hold key positions in governmental and other public institutions where they advise policy-makers in diverse areas such as international trade policy, fiscal policy, and regulatory policy it is....

11:10

Jobs ads on the rise again "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Job ads just off 6-year highs

Trend skilled job advertisements increased 0.6 per cent in August 2018 to 183,100, to be 4.5 per cent higher than a year earlier.

The index has been through a bit of a blip this year, but there was a second consecutive gain reported this month.

The index is 31 per cent above the October 2013 nadir, or 43,300 ads higher, and at a level consistent with an ongoing improvement in the labour force. 

The index thus sits just below the 6-year highs seen earlier in 2018. 


Sydney has been through a tremendous jobs boom, yet job ads still remain a couple of per cent higher year-on-year.

In fact some 57,900 of the skilled vacancies are located in Sydney, meaning more gains ahead for the harbour city,

Brisbane saw a 3 per cent increase over the year to August, up to 20,400 vacancies, but the index shows that this remains about 10 per cent lower than the headier mining boom days of 2010. 

Vacancies were up very strongly year-on-year in Tasmania (+17.7 per cent) and Western Australia (+13.4 per cent), but continue to fall in the Northern Territory to the detriment of Darwin. 

08:38

A Chat with Toby Paramor: Looking into the Heart of the Youth Travel Industry "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The inner workings of Toby Paramor, founder of Stoke Travel and a dear friend to all at Global Hobo, is a mystery to many. Does he really live on the couch of his office? What is the legal status of his presence in Spain? Is the logo of his company, featuring two people fucking in a tent, some sort of metacommentary on patriarchal notions of promiscuity?

Among the corporate hustle, Toby generously found the time to submit answers to what he described as a set of prying and, dare I say, kind of unexpectedly obtuse interview questions, which is fairly rich criticism seeing as he wrote them himself. 

In his own words and in what may end up an extract from his soon-to-be-ghostwritten memoirs here is some fascinating insight into a rather unconventional CEO.

Whilst all advice deters me from the potential manipulation of the powerful travel press gang well, fuck it. I hope you treat my generously candid responses kindly come publication.

It has been reported that not all of your staff are legally working in the EU, and in addition, suffer from a lack of decent legal protections and rights afforded. Is this a commonly rife practice in the travel industry, or are you renegade abusers?

Wow. Straight to the juggernaut. I have always said to my team that a collection of talented individuals without personal discipline will ultimately and inevitably fail. Character triumphs over talent. Performance equals character plus behaviour. In other words, if integrity is a central leadership tool and everyone in a team does exactly what they say they will do, well then, clarity, certainty, productivity and momentum are the results.

You have been historically accused of selling sex to sell your tours

*Interrupting* Well hang on a minute there. Firstly can I just say that my ex-wifes sister works tirelessly in Vietnam with the United Nations in the sex trafficking wing. (Do they call it that? A wing?) So I do have some knowledge of the industry and I can tell you that we dont traffic much, and if we do it isnt young girls and boys who were seemingly not otherwise dedicated to achieving higher grades at school. Where they should be.

The #metoo movement has exploded in recent months in your industry. What has been your strategy to navigate its turbid waters?

If I were given....

08:13

Foster carer without a home as fire destroys Yumba hostel "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A FORMER hostel burst into flames this morning Wednesday, within minutes of the owner locking up and leaving town on a day trip to Charleville....

08:08

City Slide at Melbourne Moto Expo "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Amateur riders will be able to slide their bike around the Melbourne Showgrounds Main Arena dirt track with Troy Bayliss and Jason Crump at the biannual Moto Expo in November 2018.

While Melbourne lines up for its third Moto Expo, Brisbane still hasnt had a return event since the first and last Moto Expo in 2014 run by Troy Bayliss Events.

Managing director Mark Petersen told us in June that Brisbane will no doubt have another stand alone show in the future but when the time is right for the industry.

City Slide

The Melbourne Moto Expo from 23-25 November 2018 will include a new flat-track event called Crumpys City Slide named after three-time Speedway World Champion Jason Crump.

Jason and Troy Bayliss confirm they will take part in the social event. Organisers stipulate it is not a race, nor a timed event.

Jason Crump and Troy Bayliss will race at Moto Expo - Australia Day slideJason Crump and Troy Bayliss

Only 200 fully licensed riders will be able to test their machine on the purpose-built gravel track.

Click here to book your spot in Crumpys City Slide.

Crumpys City Slide kickstarts at 4pm on Saturday 24 November. The on-track event runs to 8pm after the Moto Expo closes at 6pm.

A City Slide entertainment zone will host music, food and entertainment and include a fully licensed bar until 9pm.

Jason previously took part in on-track action during the 2014 Brisbane Moto Expo and has.

City Slide brings public participation to flat track, he says.

I am going to bring my slider and I know some of my mates are going to come and take part.

Entrants for the...

07:59

Australia wont get the nuclear bomb these are the reasons why not "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The real problem is developing a credible, effective nuclear capability is about much more than possessing the bomb itself. Equally critical would be working out how to control and protect the weapon prior to use, and finally, deliver it. Doing this is, perhaps surprisingly, just as difficult if not more so than developing the device itself.

lets look at what it would  cost.This is where the extent of the fantasy becomes apparent.

theres one other final, conclusive, and critical reason that not even our allies will assist an attempt to go nuclear. The truth is now they just dont view Australia as a stable, mature democracy any more.

The one, conclusive reason why Australia wont go nuclear, SMH, By Nicholas Stuart, 18 September 2018 Theres a massive, although subterranean, debate going on in the strategic community at the moment one with huge ramifications. Its whether Australia should possess its own nuclear deterrent.

The argument for is simple. Chinas rising; Americas declining. We cant rely on the US nuclear umbrella and need to have our own nuclear bomb. Even those on the so-called pro-Beijing side admit this is a real question that requires an answer, because it defines our entire strategic future. Unfortunately, everyone in the military communitys been weighing up the relative advantages of an independent, Australian bomb in an antiseptic, apolitical, environment. You know, how it could be done; how it might operate; and how much would it cost?

Its time to get real.

Could we do it? Physically, undoubtedly. We have the necessary raw materials and intellectual know-how. Enriching u...

07:44

Brunswick Nuke Plant: STATE OF EMERGENCY flying cuttlefish picayune "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Duke Energys Brunswick nuclear plant, about 30 miles south of Wilmington, has declared a state of emergency as the 1,200-acre complex remains cut off by flood waters and and is inaccessible to outside personnel. Zero Hedge

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06:38

New knowledge exchange products on alcohol use among Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Alcohol and Other Drugs Knowledge Centre have added a suite of online resources which are now available on the website. Based on the Review of harmful alcohol use among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, there are 3 new resources available

06:06

Not just a culture war: the Ramsay Centre and Sydney University "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The best that can be said about the Ramsay Centres proposal to sponsor an elite course in Western civilisation is that it has revived a flagging discussion about the intellectual and political considerations that shape the humanities curricula of Australian universities.

05:15

Corrupt! ICAC finds NSW AOTY finalist Eman Sharobeem helped herself to $800K "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

ICAC finds former NGO principal officer corrupt Wednesday 19 September 2018 The NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) has found that Eman Sharobeem, the former principal officer of two non-government organisations (NGOs) established to assist immigrant womens health and non-English speaking womens housing needs, engaged in serious corrupt conduct by...

00:41

Top 10: Funkungfusion "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Recently I was tagged on Facebook for one of those things where you post favourite albums

The Ninja Tune record label has given inspiration for around two decades.

Music like Coldcut, who started the label, music from the periphery of bigbeat, triphop, downtempo and jazzier corners of turntablism.

Music like their Solid Steel radio show tagline (the broadest beats) a collage of soundtracks, soundbites and surprising breaks.

Funkungfusion must be someones idea of a term to encompass their variety of music.

Many of the producers on this sampler have great albums, but this one brings together a couple of rare gems.




I have many memories from taking over hi-fis at parties and playing these beats and pieces and seeing everyone moving with it.

Amon Tobins Sordid is one of his snappiest tracks built from Gene Krupa samples, and he has a few of those.

Thats a good song when youre mixing tracks because it can go around ten beats per minute faster or slower as required.

The jazz influence was big in the Ninja Tune roster and, while Cinematic Orchestra would define a serious-minded corner, Clifford Gilberto and Mr Scruff both found cartoonish interpretations.

Theres often a playful character to the music, like the latters song about singing fish baits an earworm.

DJ Foods The Crow has a sombre orchestral tone that seems like a coming of age for the moniker that was once an alternate for Coldcut to release breaks, but has been redefined by Kevin Foakes.

Likewise the DJ Food Re-Bake of The Herbalisers Mrs Chombee Takes The Plunge steers that track back into jazzier territory.

The music on Funkungfusion carried me from making mixtapes to making mix CDs, then the wonderful Ninja Tune Forum community led me into remixing and having a hands-on experience with music again.

Its great were still making Shinobi Cuts and the Let Us Play! ethos of Coldcut ha...

Tuesday, 18 September

23:29

MACKAY Mackay man distraught as footpath garden gets axe "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

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22:50

Emergency Declared At Brunswick Nuclear Power Plant In North Carolina All Personnel Blocked From Entering The Facility As Hot Shutdown Under Way Truth To Power "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has declared a state of emergency for both units of the Brunswick nuclear power facilities in North Carolina. An unusual event has occurred which is interfering with the ongoing hot shutdown of the nuclear power plants (a process which takes several weeks to complete). Full details of the event are []

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22:00

Push for freedom of Christianity is really a cover for the restriction of freedom "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Contributed from Victoria

In a recent interview, prime minister Scott Morrison flagged his intention to push ahead with new laws that would allow Christians to discriminate against the LGBTIQ community.

This is being presented as the free speech. Critics suggest that it is nothing of the sort, but on the contrary, a measure to silence those who are on the receiving end.

As important as this is, it is not only about the LGBTIQ community. The attack on it, fits in well with a broader attack, to deny the voice to all but the very small spectrum of opinion espoused by those demanding the change.

The call for religious protection is the spearhead for a number of extreme groups, to enter the Christian community. It is the lever that has been used to penetrate the Liberal Party and bully the much larger number of Christians who do not agree with them. Scott Morrison is contributing to this push.

He has also made it clear that he supports the integration of the state and religion, since his 2008 maiden speech in parliament. This is despite section 116 of the Australian Constitution, which clearly makes the separation.

Freedom of religion is not the objective. The push is to ensure the domination of Christianity is, and this means the restriction of other faiths.

The danger of this outlook is that it is based on the view that some should be more equal than others. It goes further. The real motive behind the push, is not primarily religious but political. It is to impose a particular viewpoint, using a myth of Christian civilisation, to promote extreme capitalism, backed up by a form of police state to deal with those who do not agree.

Evidence of this lies in the actions of many of the activists in this movement, who espouse suppression of what they call the control and destruction of the Christian way of life by a leftist elite said top be in control. This is reminiscent of the rise of the fascist movement in the 1920s. This way of thinking has entered the Liberal Party and government.

Thus, the purpose of the new laws is to undermine existing anti-discrimination law and protect the right to discriminate.

And this is within the context that the Sex Discrimination Act, the Age Discrimination Act and the Fair Work Act all co...

20:00

Energy minister's electorate backs higher emissions reduction target, poll shows "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

ReachTel poll of Angus Taylor's voters finds 42.3% want Australia to cut emissions more deeplyMore voters in the electorate of the new energy minister, Angus Taylor, support an emissions reduction target for electricity and a higher national target than the Paris commitment than oppose those positions.A ReachTel poll of 690 residents across the federal electorate of Hume, which reaches from Boorowa in the southern tablelands of New South Wales to Camden on Sydney's southern fringe, was [...]

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