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Wednesday, 15 August

04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is leonine (adj) 1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a lion. 2. Resembling or suggestive of a lion, as in being powerful or dignified. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology :  The English adjective leonine comes from Latin lennus, a derivative of the noun le (inflectional stem len-), a [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:09

Westminster Parliament car crash suspicion of terrorism "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

BBC: Westminster car crash: Man arrested on suspicion of terror offences A man has been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences after a car crashed outside the Houses of Parliament. The vehicle swerved into cyclists and pedestrians shortly after 07:30 BST, injuring three people. The 29-year-old suspect is not believed to be known to MI5 []

04:02

NBRs piss poor launch "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

NBR has been going through some challenging times, especially since Todd Scott took over. This wont help: Sorry Guys! This is both embarrassing & enormously frustrating! Please email your issues directly to tscott@nbr.co.nz @CatalystNZ how about you help out & front up to the criticism being labeled at NBR for this piss poor launch? Or []

04:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 15 24 The path of life leads upward for the wise; they leave the grave[c] behind. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:43

Is this the future of Australia? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Some people and groups of people try to take things too far. This campaign video from One Nation is the funniest thing I've ever seen. pic.twitter.com/QPca3ja1Gn Cameron Amos (@AmosCam) August 13, 2018 And some people and groups of people over-react. Theres no way the Aussies can take away our ANZAC Day.

03:20

Media watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

15 August 2018 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []

03:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

03:10

Open Forum Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

15 August 2018 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

00:58

A sense of loss: The disappearance of traditional bilas "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Bilas
The traditional bilas parade - could this be the last time this wonderful tradition is ever witnessed?

ARNOLD MUNDUA

KUNDIAWA I never realised how fast traditional bilas would disappear until recently it dawned on me at a local beauty contest.

On a Saturday night late in July, Miss SME Simbu was crowned at the Mt Wilhelm Tourist Hotel. The participants were mostly girls from the nearby Kundiawa Lutheran Day Secondary School.

Im not a keen follower of beauty quests so when my daughter Natasha broke the news that she was listed to participate I was caught off-guard. But I eventually gave her my consent.

One of the events was a parade of contestants in full traditional bilas. It took place at Dicksons field when 14 beautiful Simbu lasses paraded in full magnificent Simbu bilas. It was the highlight of the entire contest.

But in spite of the brilliance of the parade, something surfaced that had been obscured from me, and I believe other Simbus. And that was the diminishing popularity of traditional bilas and the threat of its imminent disappearance.

While dressing the contestants in traditional bilas was a requirement, strangely I did not have any traditional bilas, not a single item, in my suitcase or wardrobe.

Thanks to some Simbus who kept complete bilas sets for hire, I was able to equip my girl to parade in the required costume. But the reality I discovered was the danger of permanently losing this tradition.

It had been a different scenario amongst the Simbus 40 years ago.

In the 1960s and 1970s, every home and family had in its possession articles that constituted the traditional bilas set. Some of these items had tremendous value, especially the Bird of Paradise plumes, which were part of the familys wealth and treasure.

They were used as gifts, bride price payments and for trade as well as their primary use as body adornments.

These beautiful items were manually crafted and their manufacture was squeezed into the busy routines of their subsistence owne...

00:55

A compelling story of the time when the kiap was king "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Robert Forster at Bundi 1968
A young Robert Forster at Bundi in 1968 - milling timber before he became a kiap

DANIEL KUMBON

WABAG The just published memoir, The Northumbrian Kiap, is a skillfully written book about Papua New Guinea during the sixties, before the time when people knew what self-government and independence meant.

It clarifies many questions and doubts of the people who lived and grew up during that time the present day sons and daughters of primitive tribesmen who had just witnessed with awe these men known as kiaps lead long lines of carriers with armed police escorts as they penetrated the hinterland and its traditional tribal lands.

These strangers established encampments, built patrol posts, constructed roads, hospitals and schools as they demonstrated there was another perhaps a better - world far beyond the high mountain ranges and the raging rivers.

But life comes and goes. Just like ancient civilisations left behind monoliths, pyramids and relics, the kiaps left a legacy. They went and much of what they accomplished was abandoned and left to decay.

Robert Forster, the British-born author of The Northumbrian Kiap, was a kiap for most of the seven years he lived in pre-independence PNG.

When he arrived in PNG in 1968 there were places still to be explored and mapped and in the most remote valleys there were people who had no contact with outsiders and for whom knowledge of a rapidly changing world was passed on by word of mouth from ridge to ridge and across rushing streams.

Forster is now a journalist and puts his skills to good effect. There is opinion as well as description and analysis. For example, he believes PNG gained independence too soon. He documents his observations and experiences in an entertaining manner,.

He provides fresh insight about that time when kiaps were most active, they had taken government into the bush and in a sense they were a government unto themselves. The problems they faced, the solutions they sought to bring to feuding tribes, their interaction with local peopl...

00:51

Truth telling and cultural amnesia in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Slaughterhouse Creek massacre of 1838
The Slaughterhouse Creek massacre of 1838

JUDITH WHITE | Culture Heist

TWEED HEADS -  Truth telling was the theme of this years Garma festival, held in northeast Arnhemland on the first weekend of August. Its also a crucial element in the Statement from the Heart made by the indigenous National Constitutional Convention at Uluru last year but rejected by the Turnbull government.

Telling the truth should be a simple matter, shouldnt it? Yet when it comes to the nations history, for those in positions of power it seems to be the hardest ask. No government has yet given it a place among the much-vaunted but ill-defined Australian values. Kevin Rudd said sorry for the stolen generation, but didnt go so far as to address the issue of the British invasion.

Politicians of both major parties are at fault. They hold that the Australian electorate will not support recognition of indigenous history. I believe they are wrong. A simple constitutional change, recognising the millennia of prior occupation of the land and Aboriginal culture, would have majority support in all states when put to the vote. The main proposal of the Statement from the Heart for a Makarrata (coming together) Commission to bring about agreement does not require a vote, just leadership.

Most nations that consider themselves Western have a long way to go in confronting their history. Neil MacGregor, former head of the British museum and now inaugural director of Berlins Humboldt Forum, which opens next year, has found modern Germany to be a painfully admirable exception. Unlike the British, he says, the Germans are determined to find the historical truth and acknowledge it however painful it is.

Compare that approach with the furore that greeted the opening of the National Museum of Australia in 2001 when then Prime Minister John Howard, his cronies and the Murdoch press attacked its privileging of Aboriginal history. Howard, who labelled invasion stories the black armband view of history, st...

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Tuesday, 14 August

23:55

The Late, Late Movie: The Eternal Sea (1955) Sterling Hayden, Alexis Smith, Dean Jagger "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Taking place in WW2, and then Korea, The Eternal Sea (aka The Admiral Hoskins Story) is a 1955 American war film directed by John H. Auer and starring Sterling Hayden, Alexis Smith and Ben Cooper. After an American naval officer loses his leg at the Battle of Leyte Gulf, he resists attempts to retire him and continues in the service after learning to cope with his disability. He goes on to be promoted to admiral and commands an aircraft carrier during the Korean War. The Eternal Sea was one of a number of more ambitious productions by Republic Pictures, which had traditionally made low-budget second features. Its release was undermined by the studios growing financial problems which led to its eventual closure in

23:34

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

140818 RECRUITMENT FOR REFERENDUM BEGINS
New Dawn FM News
In the absence of the Bougainville Referendum Commission the BRC Transitional Committee has already recruited two Deputy Chief Referendum Officers and the first ten line Managers that will work under the secretariat.
This was also revealed by the Co-chair for the BRC Transitional Committee and Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, GEORGE MANU yesterday.
He told Reporters that his team was working behind the scene to make sure preparation for the referendum continues.
MR. MANU said that the officers have been recruited on secondment as the law requires for the two Commissioners to release their officers on secondment.
He said the full seven member Bougainville Referendum Commission will be established once the Chairman arrives and also the National Government is yet to appoint the two National Government representatives that is one male and one female.
The ABG has already appointed the former ABG Vice President, PATRICK NISIRA and MS RUBY MIRINGKA.
As soon as the fully pledged Bougainville Referendum Commission is established then the Transitional Commission will be disbanded.
Ends

23:33

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

140818GENDER COMMITTEE TO MEET
New Dawn FM News
The Bougainville House of Representatives parliamentary committee on gender equality will be meeting this Friday August 17th to discuss two main agendas concerning the current status.
The date of the meeting has been fixed by the committee chairlady and Deputy Speaker, FRANCESCA SEMOSO.
The proposed agendas to be discussed are, One, draft motion on name change of the committee and Consultation on human rights issues and proposed training with UN experts on human rights.
The clerk of Parliament, ROBERT TAPI said that the committee will be working very closely with human rights experts from the office of human rights commission to consider and endorse the motion and agree on the name change of the committee.
The proposed name the committee wants to adopt is the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights and Gender Equality.
The Committee members are FRANCESCA SEMOSO chairlady, David Braun Vatavi Deputy and members Marchelline Kokiai, Isabel Peta and Clarence Dency.

Ends

23:32

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

140818ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT STARTS CONSULTATIONS ON
BOUGAINVILLE RESERVED BUSINESS ACTIVITY LIST
New Dawn FM News

Good news for Bougainvilleans who have been calling on the ABG to put out the reserved Bougainville Business List to the public and also start implementing it.
The Department of Economic Development has started consultations with the people of Bougainville on the more than 85 Businesses that only Bougainvilleans will be restricted to operate.
The first consultation in which New Dawn FM has been invited to attend will take place at the HAHELA YC Hall on Thursday 16th August between 10 and 12 PM.
Ends

23:31

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

140818BOUGAINVILLE EXPERIENCING STRONG WINDS AND RAIN
New Dawn FM News

Bougainville is currently experiencing strong winds and heavy rain throughout the region.
Rains started one month ago but strong winds started yesterday and New Dawn FM received reports from many areas that many houses had their roofs removed last night.
The National Maritime and Safety Authority also made warnings on sea travellers throughout Bougainville not to travel out until further advice.
The warnings for Bougainville waters was that the South Easterly winds could get strong up to 35 knots including isolated thunderstorms and showers.
Even before the notice was sent out a Boat loaded with building materials travelling from Buka to Nissan island capsized near Madehas island yesterday.
No one was hurt in the accident.

Ends

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23:28

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

140818 33 CONSTITUENCIES TO BECOME VOTING DISTRICTS FOR REFERENDUM VOTE NEXT YEAR
New Dawn FM news
In preparation for the Referendum vote scheduled for June 2019, all 33 Bougainville constituencies will be declared as voting districts with all PNG Provinces becoming voting districts for the referendum.
Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, GEORGE MANU revealed this to reporters in Buka yesterday.
He said when that is done Bougainvilleans living in other Provinces can enrol at the PNG Electoral establishments in Provinces which they are living in whilst in Bougainville all enrolments will be made by the ward recorders of the Community governments.
MR. MANU said that this is to make sure no one is left out in the common roll update.
For verification purposes all Bougainvilleans in Bougainville will have to confirm their names with their ward recorders whilst Bougainvilleans living outside Bougainville, their names will have to be confirmed by the ward recorders in their respective Community Government areas.
Example if a person living in Lae says he is from SUIR then he will have to be confirmed by his community Government before his or her name is entered into the roll.
MR. MANU said that the Bougainville Referendum Commission Transitional Committee has also recommended that the polling period is two weeks but again once the Bougainville Referendum Commission is fully established they can decide to cut it to One week.
And during counting three counting centres will be established at BUIN, BUKA and Arawa with a Central Tally Room to monitor all Counting.
MR. MANU also said that for BOB three counting centres will be established in Port Moresby, Lae and Rabaul.
Ends

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22:55

The Late Movie: The Iron Maiden with Michael Craig "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This film has a great supporting cast of British stalwarts and is really quite amusing

22:05

World view Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Wednesday GMT For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.

22:01

August 15 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

778 The Battle of Roncevaux Pass, at which Roland was killed.

927 The Saracens conquered and destroy Taranto.

982  Holy Roman Emperor Otto II was defeated by the Saracens in the battle of Capo Colonna.

1018 Byzantine general Eustathios Daphnomeles blinded and capturedIbatzes of Bulgaria by a ruse, ending Bulgarian resistance against Emperor Basil IIs conquest of Bulgaria.

1040  King Duncan I was killed in battle against his first cousin and rivalMacbeth.

1057  King Macbeth was killed at the Battle of Lumphanan by the forces of Mel Coluim mac Donnchada.

1185  The cave city of Vardzia was consecrated by Queen Tamar of Georgia.

1248  The foundation stone of Cologne Cathedral, built to house the relics of the Three Wise Men, was laid.

1261 Michael VIII Palaeologus was crowned Byzantine emperor.

1309  The city of Rhodes surrendered to the forces of the Knights of St. John, completing their conquest of Rhodes. The knights establish their headquarters on the island and renamed themselves the Knights of Rhodes.

1461 The Empire of Trebizond surrendered to the forces of Sultan Mehmet II  regarded by some historians as the real end of the Byzantine Empire. Emperor David was exiled.

1534 Saint Ignatius of Loyola and six classmates took initial vows, leading to the creation of the Society of Jesus in September 1540.

1599  Nine Years War:...

21:55

Midnight Movie: Holiday On The Buses "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A movie derived from the TV Sitcom which was very popular in its day.

21:30

Classic BBC Radio Comedy: Round The Horne S01 E01 The Clissold Saga Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The classic and in many respects timeless comedy show, with an immensely talented cast. Hugely influential at the time on other comedians. Classic scripts by Barry Took and Marty Feldman.

Cast Kenneth Horne,Kenneth Williams,Hugh Paddick,Betty Marsden, Derek Smith

20:30

BBC Radio Comedy: Elvenquest S03 E03 Mines at Grazak-Dun "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

ElvenQuest is a comic fantasy broadcast on BBC Radio 4 by Anil Gupta and Richard Pinto, and starring Stephen Mangan, Alistair McGowan, Darren Boyd, Kevin Eldon, Sophie Winkleman and Dave Lamb. The series takes place in the world of Lower Earth, a parody of Middle-earth from The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien. In Lower Earth, a band of warriors go forth to search for a mythical sword to save Lower Earth from the evil Lord Darkness (played by McGowan). In order to do so, they must find The Chosen One who will save Lower Earth. The Chosen One is Amis, a dog in the real world which belongs to a fantasy novelist called Sam Porter (played by Mangan) The first series was broadcast from 29 March to 3 June 2009 and the second from 18 November 2010. The third series began broadcasting from 17 October 2011. The fourth series began broadcasting 12 February 2013

Characters

Sam Porter (Stephen Mangan). An author of fantasy novels with a jaded attitude, especially towards his more fanatical fans. As the series opens his career and personal life are not going well.

Amis, the Chosen One (Dave Lamb). Originally Sams pet dog and best friend in the world, he transforms into a human in Lower Earth but retains canine traits and behaviours.

Vidar the Elf Lord, (Darren Boyd), last of a mighty family of Elf Lords, and the leader of the Questers, despite being somewhat dim. His name may be inspired by Varr, a god in Norse mythology associated with vengeance.

Penthiselea the Warrior Princess (Sophie Winkleman Series 13) (Ingrid Oliver Series 4) in silver breastplate armour and thigh-high boots, who has been promised to Vidar since childhood. Sam is very interested in her, but having been raised as a Warrior Princess she has no concept of relationships with men. Her name may be inspired by Penthesilea, a legendary Amazon warrior-queen.

Dean the Dwarf (Kevin Eldon), a mighty if diminutive warrior with unsavoury personal habits.

Lord Darkness (Alistair McGowan), Lord of Evil, whose efforts to dominate Lower Earth are frustrated by the Questers and his own staff of extremely dimwitted minions.

Kreech (Kevin Eldon), the Right Hand of Darkness, and only slightly less dimwitted than the other minions.

...

20:00

CBS: Commentary Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez becomes the Sarah Palin of the Left "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This item for CBS is well worth viewing and reading on how Ocasio-Cortez has a casual relationship with the truth that is very damaging to what she seeks to promote.

In other words what plays in the Bronx does not play in Peoria

19:30

Critics Picks: Chinatown "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Superb movie,great cast and great direction.

Superb closing scene.

19:00

Erdogan Says US Shot Turkey in the Foot "IndyWatch Feed War"

Ankara (TM Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday said the US has shot Turkey in the foot with its recent sanction decisions, underlining that Ankara would not give in to the pressure and is ready to fight, the Cumhuriyet daily reported.
turkey and israel talks on syria Turkey UKImage: The Kremlin

Erdogan accused the United States of seeking to stab Turkey in the back over a diplomatic row sparked by the detention of an American pastor that has sent the lira into a tailspin, AFP reported.

You [US President Donald Trump] cannot say I did it and thats it. You may be a president. You cannot wake up in the morning and say I put such and such an amount of tax on steel and aluminum. You are a strategic partner on the one hand, and you shot us in the foot on the other, Erdogan said, speaking to Turkish ambassadors in Ankara.

We are together in NATO, and then you seek to stab your strategic partner in the back. Can such a thing be accepted? Erdogan added, challenging US sanctions.

Related: The Real Reasons why US-Turkey Relations Have Hit an All-Time Low

After imposing economic sanctions on two Turkish ministers on Aug. 1 for their role in the detention of evangelical pastor Andrew Brunson, President Trump on Aug. 10 ramped up sanctions on Turkey by doubling US tariffs on Turkish aluminum and steel imports to 20 percent and 50 percent, respectively.

As tension between Ankara and Washington continues, the Turkish lira, which on Friday tumbled by as much as 18 percent at one point, its biggest daily drop since 2001, plunged to a new record low in Mondays early Asia Pacific trade, with the total loss in value exceeding 45 percent this year.

Claiming that the fall of the Turkish lira has no basis in economic fact, Erdogan said: Our economy has been under siege. This started with the Gezi [park protests in 2013] resistance. We prevented it with our nation by standing back to back.

We all agree that the developments conce...

19:00

Tuesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We have already featured a quiz on caves on Whaleoil now here is a documentary on the Han Son Doong cave in Vietnam Breathtaking pictures show the worlds largest cave in Vietnam which has its own climate and CLOUDS. The spectacular Han Son Doong cave in Vietnam is so gigantic it could fit a 40-storey skyscraper [] The post Tuesday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:30

A new form of tyranny: Bureaucracy kills free speech & liberty "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post A new form of tyranny: Bureaucracy kills free speech & liberty appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:00

Theological Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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17:30

I am woman hear me Whine "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post I am woman hear me Whine appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S02 E12 One Dead Rat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

.S02 E05 truth or Dare not found

Water Rats is an Australian TV police procedural broadcast on the Nine Network from 1996 to 2001. The series was based on work of the men and women of the Sydney Water Police who fight crime around Sydney Harbour and surrounding locales. The show was set on and around Goat Island in Sydney Harbour.

Water Rats premiered on 12 February 1996, and ran for six seasons and 177 episodes. Colin Friels and Catherine McClements were the original stars of the series and were instrumental in the shows early success. They both departed the show in 1999. In later seasons, Steve Bisley, Aaron Pedersen and Dee Smart became the shows main stars.

For the sixth and final season in 2001, the show concentrated more on the cops personal lives rather than just focusing on the crimes committed. The Nine Network cancelled the show after six seasons. Executive Producer Kris Noble blamed escalating costs for the cancellation. However, Bisley and Smart had also just quit the show, and the series had already been suffering a ratings battle following the departure of Friels and McClements in 1999. 

17:20

Bridges versus Ardern: in hot pursuit of murderers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A shock in question time in Parliament while grilling Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern today, Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges appeared to think on his feet and ask an off-the-cuff non-scripted question. It even raised a few laughs across the house. Hon Simon Bridges: Why will union representatives not be required to gain consent []

17:00

Bluebird K7 jet powered boat: A short history "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz This is a short documentary on the Bluebird K7 jet powered boat and the breaking of world water speed records. Very interesting. The post Bluebird K7 jet powered boat: A short history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

16:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. On Backchat, you are free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. To participate youll need to sign up for a Disqus account which is free, quick, and easy. On posts that are not articles like this one, you do not have to stay on topic [] The post Whaleoil backchat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:36

Irony: Amazons Facial Recognition Says 28 Members Of Congress Are Criminals "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Oh, the ironyAmazons new facial recognition software identified 28 members of Congress as criminals. This is pretty upsetting for statists everywhere as their precious masters are being mislabeled. In a recent test, the ACLU scanned every Congress members official photo and found that 28 of them, including Republicans and Democrats and men and women, were []

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15:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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15:26

The Travellers Sacrifice "IndyWatch Feed National"

I just missed another friends wedding. A friend I have known since the age of 10. She sent me the invite months ago.

Absolutely no pressure if youre not, but do you think youll be in Australia in June? We have booked the date and I would love you to be there.

When she asked, I didnt even know where I was spending the next two weeks, let alone what country I would be in six months from now. So I had no choice but to decline.

This is a pretty regular occurrence when you are often jumping from one country to the next. Weddings, birthdays, baby showers. But as I dive shipwrecks in Egypt and hike mountains in New Zealand, I look around and, Ill be honest, I am not thinking of Kellies 25th that I clicked cant attend on the Facebook invite.

Sometimes though, constantly being on the road can be a bit of a lonely existence.

Dont get me wrong. I have made friends all over the world. There are many people whom I spent just a few days with in some foreign country that I still consider close friends today thanks to that wonderful thing called the internet coupled with the relative ease of international travel when you come from a country of first-world privilege.

But when you are not there for event after event, there is only so much that Skype and Facebook messages can do. The distance and time definitely taking a toll on the strong bond you once shared with travel friends and high school friends alike.

 Romantic relationships are difficult for the same reason. When youre doing long distance, eventually, all that chemistry is forgotten. I speak from experience. And when you dont know your own future plans, how do you add another persons into the mix? You meet someone you like. You end up dating. You stay long enough to build a routine a life with the person. Then you get restless. Your feet begin to again tingle with that familiar travel itch. So you eventually tell them it is goodbye. Because you choose travel every single time.

While your friends from your hometown progress in their career and save for houses, you work three-month contracts until youve saved enough for your next plane ticket. The idea of me ever owning a home is currently laughable. Sometimes, I find myself tempted by cute trinkets but then reality kicks in. Where am I going to put a lamp?

These things can get to a person sometimes. As I prepare to a...

15:03

Mission Accomplished: Why Solidarity Boats to Gaza Succeed Despite Failing to Break the Siege "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

When Mike Treen, the National Director of the Unite Union in New Zealand arrived at the airport in the capital, Auckland, on August 1, a group of people were anxiously waiting for him at the terminal with Palestinian flags and flowers. They hugged him, chanted for Palestinian freedom and performed the customary native Haka dance.

For them, Mike, as all of those who set sail aboard the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza last July, were heroes.

But the truth is Mike Treen and his comrades were not the only heroes for braving the sea with the aim of breaking the hermetic Israeli military blockade on the impoverished and isolated Gaza Strip. Without those who were present at the Auckland airport, upon Mikes arrival, and without the thousands of supporters all across the world who have mobilized as a community held numerous meetings, raised funds, created a powerful media discourse, and so on Treens attempted trip to Gaza would not have been possible in the first place.

The first boats to successfully break the Gaza siege, in October, 2008 were the Free Gaza and the Liberty. They carried 44 people from 17 countries. The activists wanted to push their countries to acknowledge the illegality of the Israeli blockade on Gaza and to, eventually, challenge the siege.

Their triumphant arrival in Gaza ten years ago, marked a historic moment for the international solidarity movement, a moment, perhaps, unparalleled. Since then, Israel has launched several massive and deadly wars on Gaza. The first war took place merely weeks after the arrival of the first boats, followed by another war in 2012 and, the deadliest of them all, in 2014. The siege grew tighter.

Also, since then, many attempts have been made at breaking the siege. Between 2008 and 2016, 31 boats have sailed to Gaza from many destination, all intercepted, their cargo seized and their passengers mistreated. The most tragic of these incidents was in May 2010 when the Israeli navy attacked the Mavi Marmara ship which sailed alongside other boats killing 10 activists and wounding many more.

Even then, the stream of solidarity boats continued to arrive, not only unhindered by the fear of Israeli retribution, but also stronger in their resolve. Palestinians consider the killed activi...

15:00

Secrets of the Carry Ons 1998 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Along with McgIlls classic postcards, these are classics of British cinema and were just so funny in their way

 

15:00

Poll: Is it time for Israel to retake Gaza? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The post Poll: Is it time for Israel to retake Gaza? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:37

In brief: MYEFO released, and other business news "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Mid-year economic and fiscal outlook released, pursuing certification of tuna fishing, and polio certificates required for international travel. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

in briefThe Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Sir Charles Abel has released the mid-year economic forecast and fiscal outlook (MYEFO). It included the following: a real GDP growth rate of 1 per cent, adjusted from 2.4 per cent in the budget; a fiscal deficit of 2.4 per cent, down from 2.5 per cent; debt to GDP of 31.2 per cent, in line with budget estimates; inflation at 5.9 per cent, down from 6.9 per cent; and foreign reserves at US$2.2 billion expected by year end.

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The Government will pursue marine stewardship council (MSC) certification of its tuna fishery, according to the Fishing Industry Association Inc (FIA). The body, which represents the countrys fishing industry, reportedly says the fishery will encompass all tuna caught in the exclusive economic zone and processed in the country.

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Those in PNG applying for a visa to Australia may now be required to provide a polio vaccination certificate as part of their application. The Australian Department of Home Affairs said special processing arrangements were put in place after PNG was listed as an outbreak country by the Global Polio Eradication Initiative in June. A fourth polio case was confirmed on Tuesday in the Eastern Highlands, according to Radio New Zealand.

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The International Finance Corporation, a member of the World Bank Group, has...

14:36

PNG Power MD outlines plans to cut tariffs by half and sharply increase access to electricity "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNG Power is aiming to cut tariffs by half and electrify 70 per cent of the country in the next five to 10 years according to Acting Managing Director Carolyn Blacklock. But to achieve those goals the organisation will require a new business model.

PNG Powers Carolyn Blacklock. Source: BAI

Speaking at Business Advantages PNG Investment Conference in Brisbane, Blacklock said the aim has been to live within our means and stop the cash haemorrhage.

She said other objectives are: increase the use of low cost hydropower, increase revenues through reliability, improve safety and improve governance.

They are very simple things that are hard to execute. But we are seeing green shoots emerging.

At present, we join around 1600 new connections per year.

To achieve 70 per cent electrification we will instead need to join 125,000 new connections per year.

Most of our staff use their own vehicles.

To achieve a 50 per cent reduction in tariff will require a new paradigm in energy supply with a return to low cost hydropower and other renewables.

Staff

Blacklock said one of the first things she did was spend two months on the road meeting most of the PNG Power team.

The problems our people have to contend with, just to do the minimum, is a story of long processes to obtain very simple approvals.

There is no fleet; most of our staff use their own vehicles, or there is expensive hiring going on.

Buildings and equipment are in a terrible state of disrepair, with many condemned.

PNG Power has been burdened by a legacy of poor management.

And yet, in amongst all this, is a group of people who are seeking a return to discipline and a sense of purpose and respect.

We formed a contract, them and I, that I would always tell them the truth, and they would dedicate themselves to the enor...

14:35

Public holidays declared in Port Moresby due to APEC summit, says CEO "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The two days before the APEC Leaders meeting, November 15th and 16th, have been declared public holidays in the National Capital District of Port Moresby, according to Chris Hawkins, the Chief Executive Officer of APEC Papua New Guinea. He told an APEC summit briefing that road shut downs will be limited.

APEC PNGs Chris Hawkins

There will be interruptions, but only for a short period of time, he said, adding that the event really starts on the 12th of November (Monday).

Meetings on the Monday will take place at the International Convention Centre and there will be an APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) meeting at the Sir John Guise Indoor Stadium.

But Hawkins said there will be no impact on business for the Monday and Tuesday (12th and 13th of November).

On the Wednesday, the ministers will begin arriving. On the Thursday, said Hawkins, there will be big motorcades.

Anyone who has seen that take place, imagine that multiplied by 20.

And you also have the Pacific Island leaders, who will be arriving on the Thursday as well.

State visit

Thursday will also see the beginning of the state visit from the President of China, Xi Jinping, said Hawkins.

A state visit is a big eventa lot of cars and a lot of peopleparticularly with an economy the size of China and its president.

Saturday is the big day.

So on the 15th and 16th there will be a lot of interruptions. That is why they are public holidays.

During that period it will be more like what you see in Christmasduring Christmas in Port Moresby it is very quiet.

There will be a lot of people who take advantage of it to travel outside of Port Moresby.

Summit

Saturday is the big day, said Hawkins.

That is the start of the APEC Leaders meetings. It begins with the APEC CEO Summit in the morning.

Saturday and Sunday are the only time road networks will be closed for extended periods. Alternative and feeder roads may be affected.

The Town area will stay open but there will be heightened security.

There will not be a lot of people on...

14:33

People moves: Nautilus Minerals "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Departure from Nautilus

Nautilus Minerals has announced the departure of President and CEO Mike Johnston. He will be replaced by independent Director John McCoach, who is also appointed as interim CEO.

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14:30

What is the advertising value of a ban? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In a recent case of private companies exercising their right to de-platform voices they disagreed with, the controversial Alex Jones and his Infowars content was banned from various social media sites.  They included YouTube, Facebook, iTunes, Google Podcast, Spotify, iHeartRadio, MailChimp, Disqus, LinkedIn, Flickr, Pinterest and several others. The curious thing is that these different organisations [] The post What is the advertising value of a ban? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Blother  to talk nonsense; chatter idly; blether.

14:02

The Offendarati "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

An excellent post from John Drinnan on free speech, which Adam had missed. Well worth reading.

14:00

Its hard to be funny when reality is even dumber than my jokes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Its not easy, trying to be satirical. First, you have to be funny, and I doubt my claim to such. But when youre trying to make reality look ridiculous, it doesnt help when reality gets more ridiculous than the joke. The Monty Python crew were a lot funnier than Ill ever pretend to be, and [] The post Its hard to be funny when reality is even dumber than my jokes appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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13:12

PNG to enjoy cheaper internet by 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea (PNG)  will have a more reliable and cheaper cost of internet connectivity when the Kumul Domestic Submarine cable project is completed next year.

That is according to the Public Enterprise and State Investments Minister William Duma when he visited the Coral Sea Cable System Landing Site at Port Moresbys Kila Barracks and Gerehu Satellite Earth Station, both in Port Moresby, yesterday.

State-owned enterprise under Kumul Consolidated Holding, DataCo anticipates the drop of internet pricing by 20 per cent of the current rate.

The Exim Bank of China is funding the domestic project with cost just over US$250 million (K783.45m) and main contractor Huawei PNG is progressing well with the project on site readiness and marine survey.

Mr Duma described the project as a game changer and a new technology that will revolutionise the way PNG does business when he visited the Kila Barrack site in Moresby South where the Coral Sea Cable system will connect to Port Moresby.

Mr Duma said the PNG Government led by Prime Minister Peter ONeill is committed to ensuring the people receive quality and reliable internet service at much cheaper rates, and that will be through the Coral Sea Cable project.

While the Coral Sea Cable System will provide high speed international connectivity to Port Moresby, we would still have the challenge of connecting other parts of Papua New Guinea to Port Moresby to be able to enjoy the benefits of this cable by the majority of our people who live outside of Port Moresby.

The project will connect all the  15 coastal provincial capitals with this modern communications medium, fibre optic submarine cable. The project is currently underway, where preparations for the site are now advancing for the Port Moresby to Madang segment (via Alotau, Popondetta and Lae).

Last month an agreement was signed between the PNG and the Australian governments for a trilateral project to provide additional capacity for high speed broadband connectivity.

Mr Duma said the Coral Sea Cable will be a state of the art cable system between Sydney, Australia a...

13:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This piece of Whaleoil wisdom was brought to you by the Whaleoil Store. Visit us now and look at the new Gunts collection. The Gunts Tee for men is flying off the shelves. With plastic bags banned you ladies need a hilarious Gunts grocery bag.   The post Whaleoil wisdom appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:35

Dr Blake Mysteries S02 E10 An Invincible Summer "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Doctor Blake Mysteries is an Australian television series that premiered on ABC TV on 1 February 2013 at 8:30 pm] The series stars Craig McLachlan in the lead role of Doctor Lucien Blake, who returns home to Ballarat, northwest of Melbourne, in the late 1950s to take over his late fathers general medical practice and role as police surgeon after an absence of 30 years. Five series aired as of 2017, with a telemovie scheduled to close the program at the completion of the fifth season.

In October 2017, the Seven Network announced they acquired production rights for 2018. Producers later announced production would be suspended pending outcome of the police investigation of the sexual assault allegations directed at Craig McLachlan. He was cleared of the charges In April 2018, Seven Network announced a series of telemovies including all the present cast except Craig McLachlan

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12:30

The right to censor free speech: Part two "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Continuing from where we left off.  Brittany Hunters article written for the Foundation for Economic Education: Quote. The rise of the alt-right and the alt-left has brought all sorts of weirdos out of hiding and yes, some of them have views that most of us would deem inappropriate and even immoral. But banning them only shows that we [] The post The right to censor free speech: Part two appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:10

The Recession We Need to Have "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Enjoying that latte?

Did you buy the large or small?

If youre anything like me, youve convinced yourself that you need to buy a jumbo latte as you schlep into the office.

Of course, I dont really need to buy it. I like it. But unlike water, oxygen and a little food, a frothy milk caffeine hit isnt essential.

My insistence on travelling with an overpriced morning coffee is nothing more than the sign of someone enjoying the economic good times.

After the bills are paid, some savings are set aside, and a little gold is bought, I have some coin left over for things I want to buy.

In truth, spending five bucks on a daily coffee isnt going to break the bank.

Economists like to call this left-over cash discretionary spending.

Its a key component of the Aussie economy.

In fact, when people stop spending on the little things the good times come to an abrupt stop.

Ditching the mineral myth

Discretionary spending is far more important to the Australian economy than the resources we send to China and elsewhere.

But few people understand this.

Most Aussies continue to overestimate the role commodities play in the Australian economy.

The news constantly bombards us with how much copper, nickel or iron ore is leaving our shores.

Raw minerals make up 45% of total Aussie exports. Throw in agricultural exports and youre looking at two sectors responsible for 57% of exports based on value.

That leads many to believe were an exporting nation.

But were not.

Minerals and agricultural products may dominate what leaves shipping ports yet, combined, they make up less than 10% of our total income.

Take a look.

Aussie industry contributions to GDP

Source: IBISWorld

Yes, exports once dominated the economy a lazy century ago.

Today, Australias considered a mixed-market economy. We draw our income from four key sectors: minerals, agricultural, manufacturing and services.

The upside is that this diversity provides the economy with a buffer in tougher times.

I...

12:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A year living in London? You might as well smoke 251 cigarettes says new study which compares global cities air pollution levels to harm caused by tobacco Researchers have drawn parallels between air pollution and smoking cigarettes Transport and Environment Association examined the impact of long weekends Found that four-day break in Milan equivalent of [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:50

Oral Questions: 14 August 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Questions to Ministers Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Governments statements and actions? Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Treasury that weaker confidence, in conjunction with other data, highlights the risk that growth over the coming fiscal year may be weaker than forecast in the Budget, and [] The post Oral Questions: 14 August 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:35

More children being added to a Sole Parent benefit "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

MEDIA RELEASE: More children being added to a Sole Parent benefit

Data released under the Official Information Act shows that more beneficiaries on Sole Parent Support are adding children to their existing benefit.

Welfare commentator Lindsay Mitchell says, "The number of children being added to a Sole Parent benefit has risen from 5,384 in 2013 to 6,584 in 2017 - a 22% increase."

The number of children who are dependent on any benefit by the end of their birth year has also recently increased.

"At the end of  2017,  beneficiaries responsible for a child born that year numbered 9,810  - an average of 817 a month. But in the six months to June 2018 that average grew to 937 per month. A 15% increase."

The Ministry of Social Development links lower exits from benefits to higher payments for beneficiary families with children. Staying on a benefit and possibly adding a child is a behavioural response to more money.

The National government lifted basic benefit rates for families with children in 2016. Labour has since lifted Family Tax Credits for children of beneficiaries and introduced Best Start - a further $60 weekly payment for newborns in workless homes.

Children long-term dependent on benefits are far more likely to be abused or neglected; far more likely to grow up to be reliant on a benefit themselves and more likely to receive a community or custodial sentence.


11:31

Classic Comedy: It Aint Half Hot Mum S07 E01 Thats Entertainment "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It Aint Half Hot Mum was the second of the three sitcom series co-written by David Croft set in the Second World War, the first being Dads Army (19681977) with Jimmy Perry and the third being Allo, Allo! (19821992) with Jeremy Lloyd.

Set during the Second World War (in the period just after the German surrender when the Allies were trying to finish the war by defeating Japan in Asia), the show focuses on a group of British soldiers stationed at the Royal Artillery Depot in Deolali, India, where soldiers were kept before being sent to fight at the front lines. The main characters are performers in the bases Concert Party, which involved putting on comic acts and musical performances (similar to those seen in a music hall) for the other soldiers prior to their departure for the front lines. The soldiers in the Concert Party all love this particular job, as it keeps them out of combat duty, but some do harbour dreams of becoming world-famous actors when they leave the army.

11:30

Jacinda cancels summer "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Satire In another defining moment for our generation, New Zealands Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has cancelled summer. The announcement was made to a class of 8-year old pupils, a move which has come to typify New Zealands youth adjacent PM.  Calling it another generational moment where New Zealand can show real leadership to the world, [] The post Jacinda cancels summer appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:26

Muslims dont run the country: Fiji AG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Muslims dont run the country, says Fiji's Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

His comment follows a question raised at the 2018/2019 National Budget consultation in Savusavu Monday.

He told those at the consultation that Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama was not a Muslim which proved the perception that Muslims run the nation wrong.

Savusavu resident Sheik Mohammed asked Sayed-Kaiyum whether the nation was controlled by Muslims.

A lot of rumors going on and what I want to ask you does not sound good, he said. First of all people are saying that this country is ruled by a Muslim.

And sir, a person is holding about six or seven portfolios and paid for all portfolios and I think its directed to you sir.

So can I have a clarification on that because through the media we can tell the people of Fiji.

In his response, Sayed-Kaiyum described the question as surreal.

In regards to the place being run by Muslims, no. The country is led by a Prime Minister and he is not a Muslim.

And people get appointed on merit. At one stage people like (Opposition MPs) Niko Nawaikula and (Mosese) Bulitavo were saying in a video that if you vote for Bainimarama Government, iTaukei people will live on reserve land.

Today, 91 per cent of land in Fiji is iTaukei Land and it has increased. Today we have a Constitution that protects iTaukei and forever. Sayed-Kaiyum added that his appointment was because his boss believed he could do the job.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Independent Commission Against corruption (FICAC) is investigating some political parties and political party agents for inciting racial discrimination and religious vilification.

Electoral Commission chairperson Suresh Chandra confirmed this and they were not in a position to name those that are being investigated.

There are complaints with FICAC which has been reported by us and the supervisor and reports are being investigated by FICAC, Chandra said.

We are not in a position to name people involved, but these are all political party agents or campaigns done by political parties and themselves, but we confirm there are some cases being investigated.

Chandra said it was imperative political parties and their representatives keep their election campaigns clean and clear from...

11:21

4 common free-speech myths "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Words can never hurt me.

We must be tolerant of all opinions.

Facebook/YouTube/Not PC is censoring me!


We hear claims like these all the time, but are they true?

Steve Simpson and Tara Smith discuss and debunk these and other common myths about free speech, providing clarity on what freedom of speech means, how to think about it, and how it should be defended.
Among other questions, they cover:
    What is free speech, why is it a right, and what is its value?
    What does censorship really mean?
    Is the right to free speech an absolute? If so, how can libel, threats, and fraud be illegal?
    Should we tolerate all views? If so, where do judgment and integrity come in?
 
Free speech is so immensely important that, to preserve it, we must understand what it actually means and how best to defend it. 
Watch this video to find out more about this important right, and to understand why the myths mentioned above are just thatmyths:




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11:00

Audio: Conservative NZ cartoonist silenced? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you listen to the radio and hear an interview or commentary worth sharing with our readers please e-mail sb at whaleoil.co.nz and put Audio in the subject line. Please briefly tell me what the radio audio is about and the time and day it was recorded. Todays audio is from NewstalkZB in Christchurch and [] The post Audio: Conservative NZ cartoonist silenced? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:40

10:30

The result of the investigation into Labour Youth Camp sexual assaults "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Credit: Luke We have published many articles on the subject of the alleged sexual assaults on four underaged youth who were supplied with copious amounts of alcohol and left unsupervised at the Labour party summer youth camp. Here are just a few of them. The definitive timeline of [] The post The result of the investigation into Labour Youth Camp sexual assaults appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:17

Late August: A Big Time For Poetry! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Gill Ward says Poetry time approaching! To get you in the mood Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day #NZPoetryDay announces its []

10:15

Mock the Greens "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Mocking the Green partys stupid ideas is both fun and effective. They are BANNING useful plastic bags They are BANNING your beloved pet cat And to top it off co-leader Marama Davidson is promoting the word C*nt! It is enough to drive our digital team to design greatness. Here are some of the new Whaleoil products [] The post Mock the Greens appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Taken at St Arnaud looking down lake Rotoiti. Sunday 15 July about 3pm, from a 1930 Model A Ford after we had our annual Snow Run. NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

They produce, simple as that Sally Rae:

We wouldnt be farming today if it wasnt for the Romneys.

West Otago farmer Blair Robertson is a passionate advocate for the breed, saying they produce,  simple as that.

Mr Robertson and his wife Sallys Merrydowns stud at Waikoikoi was one of three properties visited during a bus tour last week, as part of a reunion of  Romney stud breeders and stud stock agents. . . 

Novice Mori cheesemaker wins major award with smelly camembert Eden More:

A novice Mori cheesemaker has won a major award in one of the worlds most prestigious cheese competitions.

Zev Kaka-Holtz works for Whangrei artisan company Grinning Gecko and his kau piro cheese has taken the bronze medal at the Nantwich international cheese show in the United Kingdom.

Kau Piro (smelly cow in te reo) is a camembert style cheese that is washed in a bacteria solution giving it its characteristic aroma.

Mr Kaka-Holtz said at first he was disappointed he didnt win gold in his section for novice cheesemakers. . . 

Farming still pulls heartstrings Glenys Christian:

Tourists and commuter traffic along with proximity to Auckland keep Rob and Rachel Cashmore aware of the scrutiny farming is under. Robs not backward at sticking up for farmers but is also conscious of his role in protecting the land and nature while farming commercially. Glenys Christian reports.

The power and speed of international communication was clearly shown to sheep and beef farmers Rob and Rachel Cashmore when tourists uploaded an image that made it to Holland and back to them within a day.

The tourists were driving past the couples Orere Point farm when a mob of sheep on the road close to the house made for a holiday photo with the caption Not a traffic jam youd expect this close to Auckland. . . 

Couple go above and beyond for dog trials Sally Rae...

09:54

Papua New Guinea LNG production predicted to double within 10 years, reports Fitch Research "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

BMIs Raphael Mok predicts a big jump in LNG production.

Papua New Guineas LNG exports will more than double over the next 10 years, as a result of the planned expansion works, according to Fitch Solutions Senior Country Risk Analyst, Raphael Mok. But, he tells Business Advantage PNG, the government must address landowners backlash against royalty payments.

The doubling of LNG exports from PNG from 2014-2017 has lifted PNG to be Asias fourth largest LNG exporter and is on track to surpass Indonesia by 2019, according to Raphael Mok, Senior Country Risk Analyst with Fitch Solutions, a subsidiary of Fitch ratings agency.

PNGs low-cost, high-quality gas and easy access to a number of high-growth gas demand markets in the region remain the subject of intense investment interest to international oil companies, he says, noting plans to further develop the Pnyang, Elk-Antelope and Western Province gas fields.

The PNG LNG project is due for a three-train expansion over the coming years, as ExxonMobil, Total and OilSearch pool their gas resources together to support an integrated expansion of the facility, as opposed to building a second standalone project.

Feed gas is likely to come from the combined assets of the two firms in the Western Province.

The plan will see PNG LNGs export capacity expanded to 16 mtpa at an estimated cost of US$13 billion.

Trains

Three new LNG trains are planned, one underpinned by gas from Pnyang and two based on gas from Elk-Antelope. The Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) works at both fields are expected to commence in the second half of 2018, and a final investment decision is due by 2020-2021.

Mok says the possible standalone Western LNG project is less certain. Horizon Oil and Chinas Balang Internatio...

09:45

How to share Whaleoil articles "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Whaleoil Tip for today: Share buttons! You may notice there are some share buttons to your favourite social media platform plus email and print options. Feel free to promote a post with your friends by using that facility. You will find them under the post if you scroll down to the end. In addition, there [] The post How to share Whaleoil articles appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:30

Note that it is Don Brash with a nomination and nothing for Helen Clark "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Helen Clark has become a bitter old harpy since retiring from politics. She now takes pleasure in hating on babies and stabbing Kiwi legends. Meanwhile Don Brash has just been nominated for New Zealander of the Year: Quote: Former National Party leader and Reserve Bank Governor Don Brash is in the running for New Zealander [] The post Note that it is Don Brash with a nomination and nothing for Helen Clark appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:23

Climate change: Fixing the ETS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The big problem in New Zealand climate change policy is that our key emissions control mechanism - the emissions trading scheme - is unfit for purpose. Stacked with subsidies to reward polluters, and flooded with fraudulent foreign "credits" in its initial term, it failed to do anything meaningful to reduce emissions. We need to fix it if we want to actually do anything about this problem (as opposed to twiddling our thumbs while the waters rise).

The good news is that James Shaw has been working on it, and has released a consultation document on its initial proposals. These include:

  • Announcing unit supplies five years in advance, and auctioning units rather than handing them out as pollution subsidies, with the option of putting the revenue into specific climate-change policies rather than general funding.
  • Limiting the number of international units that can be used, if New Zealand is ever allowed back into international carbon markets (and that's a big if).
  • Replacing the current fixed-price option (which will become a de facto carbon tax in a few years as prices rise) with additional auctions from a "reserve" - though its unclear whether this will form part of the official carbon budget, or result in it being blown.

Of these, the latter is the most controversial. The government's aim is to avoid sudden price shocks causing pain to business, but giving polluters the right to pollute more if they're polluting too much simply encourages pollution. Pre-banking the units is one option (and removing units from supply is more than justified given the banking enabled by the use of fraudulent credits in the past), but then that creates a pile of emissions credits which future governments will be tempted to spend for political favour. If you look at the electricity market, then when the spot price gets too high for too long, some companies just shut down production temporarily. And honestly, I don't see why carbon should be any different: the market will be sending a clear signal that we can no longer afford those people's pollution and that they should find something less polluting to do.

Of course, this is all technical stuff, about system design. None of it addresses the cow in the room: whether our biggest polluters, farmers, will have to pay their way like everybody else. And until the ETS includes agriculture, it will remain fundamentally broken.

09:16

As Gas Boom Falters in Papua New Guinea, China Steps In "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

A plant at the Exxon Mobil-led natural-gas project in Papua New Guinea. Government revenues from the $19 billion project, which began production in 2014, have fallen far short of estimates.

Faced with revenue crunch, country is relying on Chinese loans to develop ports, airports, roads and power stations; Beijing expands influence in Pacific

 Rob Taylor and Rachel Pannett | Wall Street Journal | August 11, 2018

When Papua New Guinea joined the ranks of the worlds significant energy exporters four years ago, the government was betting on a revenue windfall it hoped would transform the impoverished South Pacific nation better-known for jungles, violence and corruption.

But the payday from a $19 billion Exxon Mobil Corp. -led natural-gas project has so far been a trickle, crimped by a downturn in gas prices that allowed Exxon and its partners to claim losses against royalty payments.

To bridge the...

09:02

In fiscal hole and still digging "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Homepaddock

Economist Cameron Bagrie has found a hole in the fiscal bucket:

Steven Joyce is going to be proved right. There is a fiscal hole and a softening economy is making it wider.

I dont like the term fiscal hole. Good policy should dominate over strict debt targets and economic cycles come and go which are often beyond government control.

But the Labour-led Governments fiscal hole is looking deeper by the day and bigger than the $11.7 billion of additional borrowing that Joyce identified. . .

Growth is weaker, the Government is already borrowing creatively to the tune of $6.4 billion via Crown entities (keeping it out of core government net debt metrics) and spending demands are headed one way.

That combination will pressure its fiscal position.  . .

The lack of money left in the kitty post the 2018-Budget raised issues of credibility, but the fiscal parameters

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09:00

Whaleoil Video of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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08:59

Keeping promises to partners breaking promises to people "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This so called government is about power for Peters and his cult. Open and transparent was a lie, along with we will listen.

Homepaddock

Labour is keeping promises it made to its political partners while breaking promises it made to people when it campaigned last year.

Shane Jones continues to spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars with no plan or oversight, while the Government repeatedly breaks promises claiming it doesnt have enough money, Nationals Regional Economic Development spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

When the Government is closing down maternity centres like Lumsdens, cancelling new funding for cochlear implants for children, breaking its promise of universal cheap GP visits and more funding for mental health initiatives because it claims it doesnt have enough money, the extra $240 million for planting pine trees is extraordinary.

The fact is the Government has now found around $485 million for NZ Firsts pet project, while at the same time telling teachers it cant afford the pay rises they want.

This is partly the cost of MMP but it is

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08:54

Election petition against Maru dismissed "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Member for Yangoru Sausia and Minister for National Planning Richard Maru said he is a relieved man now after the court dismissed an election petition in its entirety by runner up and rival candidate Peter Wararu Waranaka this morning 

The dismissal of the petition will allow the member to carry out his mandated duty as the duly elected leader for Yangoru Sausia to bring in services and development freely.
I am absolutely relieved today that the petition against me by the former member and my rival in two elections Peter Wararu was dismissed today by the Supreme Court, said Mr. Maru.

The Supreme Court this morning dismissed a leave application for review which means that the case is now over and Mr. Marus election cannot and will not be challenged further in any court of law.

I am free now and able to concentrate my attention on my job as National Planning Minister and also as member for Yangoru Sausia and I can focus on delivering goods and services to my people in the district and offcourse throughout the nation. said Maru.

Lawyer representing Mr. Maru, Paul Mawa said the petition basically challenged MP Richard Marus return on 3 grounds including bribery, illegal practice and errors and omissions but was unsuccessful and dismissed by the National Court.


Petitioner Mr. Waranaka, aggrieved by the decision filed an application for leave in the National Court trying the challenge the decision of the National Court.

We made an application in the Supreme Court for one reason: the applicant for review Peter Wararu did not comply with the Supreme Court rules in relation to the appeal to review and also that the grounds raised by the applicant did not raise reasonable grounds to set aside the decision of the trial judge, Mawa said.   PNGFM/PNG Today

08:54

90% of plastic from 10 rivers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Raises yet more questions as to why Ardern and her motley crew are seeking to ban some bags now

Homepaddock

As debate on the wisdom of banning so-called single-use plastic bags goes on, its interesting to note that 90% of the plastic in the sea comes from just 10 rivers.

A shocking study has revealed 90 per cent of the worlds plastic waste comes from just 10 rivers in Asia and Africa.

As governments around the world rush to address the global problem of plastic pollution in the oceans, researchers have now pinpointed the river systems that carry the majority of it out to sea. 

About five trillion pounds is floating in the sea, and targeting the major sources such as the Yangtze and the Ganges could almost halve it, scientists claim. . .

This provides proof for Dr Patrick Moores view

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08:49

Korean Week Celebrated for the first time in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The occasion was celebrated to experience the Korean culture that featured the introducing and disseminating of rich Korean culture, the screening of Korean cinema Ode to my father an international box office hit portraying Korean sentiments, and the delicious Korean dishes.
The Korean Embassy also displayed beautiful exhibitions called the Photos from Korea to promote the countrys culture and for tourist attractions.

Korean Ambassador his Excellency Kymgu Kang said he was honoured to witness the meaningful occasion as it was the very first Korean Week festival.

I am truly happy and delighted to be with you all at this Korea Week. This is the very first Korea week festival held in PNG and Im honoured to witness this meaningful occasion and I believe the feelings mutual, said his Excellency Kymgu Kang. 

The Republic of Korea and PNG have been working together since 1976 were they co-operated in the field of bilateral, multilateral and private sector.

The event served as a foundation cherishing the friendship between Korea and PNG.

08:37

90% of plastic from 10 rivers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

As debate on the wisdom of banning so-called single-use plastic bags goes on, its interesting to note that 90% of the plastic in the sea comes from just 10 rivers.

A shocking study has revealed 90 per cent of the worlds plastic waste comes from just 10 rivers in Asia and Africa.

As governments around the world rush to address the global problem of plastic pollution in the oceans, researchers have now pinpointed the river systems that carry the majority of it out to sea. 

About five trillion pounds is floating in the sea, and targeting the major sources such as the Yangtze and the Ganges could almost halve it, scientists claim. . .

 

This provides proof for Dr Patrick Moores view (via Not PC) that the problem isnt plastic, its litter.

Its not how many times a bag is used, but how it is disposed of once its no longer useful that causes pollution.

08:36

Wafi Landowners Slam Kokopo Meeting "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Mine consultation meeting in East New Britain has left Wafi-Gulpu landowners feeling betrayed

Post Courier | August 13, 2018

The landowner group from Wafi-Golpu mine in Morobe Province has described the consultative meeting in Kokopo as political maneuvering.

Paramount chief and landowner for Babuaf tribe Ezra Kwako said such political maneuvering is a disgrace to the Wafi landowners.

Mr Kwako accused the meeting of being hijacked over to Kokopo, East New Britain Province between the government and the miner, Wafi Golpu JV.

He questioned why the sharing consultative meeting was moved to Kokopo and not held in Lae.

He said legitimate landowners were left out when the meeting was moved to Kokopo.

He said only a few of their paper landowners attended the Kokopo and have ill-documented the...

08:30

Labours plastic bag policy set to enrich shareholders of supermarket duopoly "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Labour wants to ban plastic bags in a lurch back towards the nanny-statism that the country rejected in 2008. As Michael Reddell points out in his post, this will hurt the poor: Quote: As Ive already noted, there is no cost-benefit analysis in the document.  Specifically, there is no overall summary estimate.  But there is [] The post Labours plastic bag policy set to enrich shareholders of supermarket duopoly appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:29

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

TWENTY YEARS AGO THIS MONTH
THE ALOHA MARCH IN WASHINGTON DC 





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08:15

Audio: Ardern asked about charter schools & Jeremy Corbyn "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Listen to Mike Hosking ask Jacinda Ardern about Charter schools and Jeremy Corbyn. The post Audio: Ardern asked about charter schools & Jeremy Corbyn appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:08

Taking it to Their Doorstep: Recaps from Recent Protests Against ICE Agents in South Puget Sound Area "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Taking it to Their Doorstep: Recaps from Recent Protests Against ICE Agents in South Puget Sound Area appeared first on It's Going Down.

The following report from the Pacific Northwest details how people are taking the Abolish ICE movement in new directions.

We take the movement to the doorsteps of the ICE family separators. When ICE deports a parent from a household, it often destroys the family structure by the shock of losing a parent to prison and eventual deportation. The remaining family loses not only a loved one, but an emotional and economic provider. In many cases, the family may never reunite.

For this reason, we will not allow ICE family separators to rest comfortably in their homes enjoying their familys presence. Their job is to kick people out of the country and destroy countless amounts of lives in the process. La Migra (ICE) operatives are only subjected to a minor inconvenience being exposed to their neighbors while we make noise in their neighborhood in comparison to their mission of destruction, detention and deportation.

While in detention, people are subject to lack of adequate medical care, sexual harassment and abuse from prison guards, outbreaks of illnesses and even death in some cases. It is important for the neighbors of Migra agents to know who is living among them, particularly if there are undocumented immigrants in the area. If your neighbor wanted to destroy your life and kick you out of the country, wouldnt you want to know? Just as ICE harasses people in their homes and does not allow people to rest comfortably with loved ones, let us return the same unwanted attention right to their doorstep.

We call for the immediate reunification of all immigrant families. We call for an end to the detentions and deportations of immigrants in this country. We call for the abolishment of ICE.

We will stop these home demonstrations immediately as soon as the inhumane practice of deportation end. Chinga La Migra.

Action Roundup

Flyering In Olympia/Lacey, WA: In mid-June the neighborhoods of two local ICE agents. Leaflets detailing the fundamentally inhuman functions of I.C.E. and the na...

08:02

Why young salmon leap "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 11 October 2012 video from North America says about itself:

Pacific Sockeye Salmon Oncorhynchus nerka

Fall is the time of the Sockeye Salmon as they return to the same river beds they originated from to spawn and die, finishing their life cycle.

The sockeye eggs hatch in winter and the young salmon make their way down to the sea, sometimes hundreds of kilometers away. In the ocean they grow, if they can evade their predators which include everything from birds when they are smaller to whales, seals and fishermen as they grow into a prized commercial and sport game fish.

Then 4 years into their short life they return to the rivers, retracing their journey just 4 years earlier back to the same riverbed where they started life, spawning and dying afterwards, the cycle of the Pacific Sockeye Salmon continues.

From Simon Fraser University in Canada:

Young salmon may leap to oust the louse

August 13, 2018

A study by Simon Fraser University aquatic ecologists Emma Atkinson and John Reynolds reveals that young salmon may jump out of water to remove sea lice.

Ideas about why fish leap include getting over obstacles during their upstream migration as adults, catching food and avoiding predators, says Atkinson.

However, these reasons may not apply to young salmon since their diet is composed almost exclusively of underwater zooplankton and their tendency is to scatter rather than leap when escaping from predators.

Atkinson hypothesized that the leaping behaviour could be the fishs way of removing parasitic sea lice, which is a common condition for wild and penned salmon off the B.C. [British Columbia] coast. Heavy sea-louse infestation is correlated with reduced growth, impaired swimming and competitive foraging ability for young salmon.

To test her hypothesis, Atkinson and her team caught wild juvenile sockeye salmon during their coastal migration away from the Fraser River. They held the fish in flow-through net-pen enclosures, half of which were covered with netting to prevent leaping and the other half were left uncovered to allow leaping. After...

08:00

Banning plastic bags: the fines "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

So the government has announced it is going to ban plastic bags. In its typical cart-before-the-horse way (also known as arse about face), the announcement that they are GOING to ban plastic bags has been made, but now they are going to set up consultation groups to decide exactly HOW it is going to be [] The post Banning plastic bags: the fines appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:50

Horowhenua Locals In The Dark "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Veronica Harrod reports from  Levin that nearly a quarter of Horowhenuas representation and community leadership budget of just over $4 []

07:48

Herman Wainggai West Papua Documentary "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

SYNOPSIS

WITH SATURDAY MORNING SHORTS SELECTIONS 10:30AM Encounter the struggle, suffering, and injustice in West Papua through the eyes of Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Herman Wainggai a former political prisoner and escapee living in exile. His visceral and emotional experiences convey the brutal realities of the hidden genocide currently taking place in West Papua. Recalling his early childhood, his prison time, and his dramatic escape from the West Papuan border, relive the journey Herman has taken to freedom. Filled with faith, determination, tragedy, and resilience, Hermans eye-opening narrative reveals to the world a genocide masked by deception, and silenced by oppression.

Source: https://otrfilmfest.org/film/herman-wainggai-a-hidden-genocide/

07:30

Damning assessment of governments plastic bag virtue-signalling "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This government is following the course of Helen Clarks, no real substance but big on virtue-signalling and nanny-statism. The latest policy is a ban on plastic bags despite it not even being a problem in New Zealand. Economist Michael Reddell has looked at the policy and is astonished and not in a good way: Quote: [] The post Damning assessment of governments plastic bag virtue-signalling appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:28

Herman Wainggai Promoting Human Rights in the Pacific West Papuan Struggle for Self-determination and Human Rights "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Seventeenth Annual University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law International Human & Peoples Rights Law Program Human Rights on the Hill in collaboration with the Hawaii Institute for Human Rights and the Four Freedoms Forum will take place from July 23 27, 2018.

By Herman Wainggai, Former Political Prisoner, Leader of Nonviolent Struggle in West Papua. And West Papua Representative to the United Nations.

Acknowledgment

Thank you so much for the invitation and for giving me the opportunity to address you today on a very important issue and one that is very personal to me Promoting Human Rights in the Pacific. Im going to talk about Human Rights in the Pacific; particularly in my part of the Pacific, the Melanesian region, more so the issues we West Papuans are facing today with the government of Indonesia and how Human Rights violations in West Papua is being ignored by the Indonesian government and the International community. I will also a few suggestions to this issue. It is a very complex issue, but I will try and summarize it.

Introduction to the Pacific (excluding New Zealand and Australia)

The Pacific Islands is made up of three ethnic groups: Polynesians who are occupying the majority of the Islands in central Pacific from Hawaii to Easter Island all the way down to New Zealand in the South. The Micronesians who live on the smaller Islands in Northern and western Pacific such as Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Kiribati etc. And then the Melanesians who occupy the Islands such as Fiji, Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and the New Guinea Islands. I come from the Western part of the New Guinea Island known to us as West Papua.

European Colonialism in the Pacific

Between the 1600s and 1800s, European powers arrived on our shores with weapons and declared our Islands as part of their empires. They forced our people to accept their laws, punished those who refused and forced our people to accept their ideologies. Britain colonized the Melanesian countries of Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands. France colonized parts of Vanuatu, New Caledonia, Tahiti, and Wallis. The Island of New Guinea itself was divided up by these Europeans. The Eastern part of the Island was under Britain and was later administered by Australia till its independence in 1975. The northern part was briefly under the control of Germany. The Western Part, our homeland, was visited by the Portuguese, the Spaniards, and then it became part of the Netherlands in 1898 and remained the colonial power of West Papua until the late 1960s.

No one asked these Europeans to come! We didnt invite them to come and rule our people and impose their laws on us, they just did because they thought they were far superior and powerful.

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07:00

Graeme Edgeler on The Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Graeme Edgeler makes some good points for some amendments to The Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill:Quote: The Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill is going through its final stages, and will likely pass this week. It is going to pass, and amendments such as a sunset clause or the exclusion of electorate MPs from its scope [] The post Graeme Edgeler on The Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

Keeping promises to partners breaking promises to people "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Labour is keeping promises it made to its political partners while breaking promises it made to people when it campaigned last year.

Shane Jones continues to spend hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars with no plan or oversight, while the Government repeatedly breaks promises claiming it doesnt have enough money, Nationals Regional Economic Development spokesperson Paul Goldsmith says.

When the Government is closing down maternity centres like Lumsdens, cancelling new funding for cochlear implants for children, breaking its promise of universal cheap GP visits and more funding for mental health initiatives because it claims it doesnt have enough money, the extra $240 million for planting pine trees is extraordinary.

The fact is the Government has now found around $485 million for NZ Firsts pet project, while at the same time telling teachers it cant afford the pay rises they want.

This is partly the cost of MMP but it is also about priorities.

The government began by prioritising non-essentials like fee-free tertiary education and has continued to find money for such things as good looking horses while saying there is not enough money for necessities.

Labour is putting its promises to its political partners ahead of everyday New Zealanders and NZ First is milking that for all its worth.

Meanwhile, Mr Jones Provincial Growth Fund continues to cause real concern.

From broken promises that thered be no private gain, to terms described by grant recipients as exceedingly generous to Mr Jones doling out cash to people he knows, the fund has been beset by concerning revelation after revelation.

The Government is flinging good money after bad at projects we have no detail on, no oversight of and no confidence in and it shows no sign of abating or improving.

And it makes no economic sense. Mr Jones admits the trees will be planted in regions where there is currently little economic rationale for such a strategy and where commercial foresters havent seen the need to expand. None of it makes sense.

When the teachers unions, maternity carers and advocates for the deaf are sitting across the table from ministers pleading poverty they should keep in mind the fact NZ First has more negotiating power than all of them put together.

Primary teachers w...

06:46

Great Barrier reef money and the stink of corruption "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Contributed by Adam Carlton

The Turnbull government has handed over $444 million to a shonky outfit, which falsely claims that it works for the preservation of the Great Barrier Reef, and this has bounced back to hit the government in the teeth.

The longer this saga goes on, the more is exposed. The Great Barrier Reef Foundation did not even have to go through a tender process to get the money. It turns out that it is a private organisation employing only six people and is supported by major mining corporations like BHP and Rio Tinto, as well as Orica, and Google.

The government has  defended the money was provided and has  the method used, because this organisation was in line with government policy. This is corrupt, because money was handed over in the expectation of procuring an advantage.

Malcolm Turnbull first rubbed shoulders with the corruption industry as a young 29-year old lawyer, shutting down the Costigan royal Commission for media tycoon Kerry Packer, after it had turned its investigation towards corporate crime and Packers role in it.

This was not to be the end of the story. Todays Australian prime minister has something of a track record. A few examples can be mentioned. We will stick to the more recent ones.

Arrangements between the Turnbull and Murdoch families have seen millions of dollars passing hands.

Earlier this year, the Export and Finance Industry Corporation got a taxpayer increase in funding, to the tune of 400 percent. This is $3.5 billion, to use for funding the creation of a weapons industry. The argument is not that government money went into building industry , just who it went to and for what type of industry.

There is the implication that deals have been made here. This is a world dominated by a handful of well-resourced companies operating from a very few rich countries, with far reaching connections. To get into the game of arms exporting, Australia would have to get into bed with them, and second to none, they are up to their necks, in using corruption to grease the wheels of doing business. Something smells here.

Then Turnbulls association with Andrew Goodwin, who is among those alleged to have been involved in international graft and the payment of bribes, while working on the Snowy 2.0 project, has thrown up questions that have still not been answered. The...

06:30

If Andrew Little cant keep Roger Brooking in the tent then what chance does he have? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Roger Brooking is, as we know, a Labour party operative and stooge who maintained attacks on the previous government unceasingly, and especially rather personal attacks against Judith Collins when she was justice minister. But now he is unhappy with Andrew Little. Quote: Justice minister Andrew Little has been slammed by National leader Simon Bridges and [] The post If Andrew Little cant keep Roger Brooking in the tent then what chance does he have? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:15

Most read "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Our Whats Hot post and Must Read posts up the top of our home page are based on the two articles from the day before that attracted the most comments. This post is to provide you with the links to the top five most read posts as the vast majority of our readership do not comment and the post with the [] The post Most read appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:08

QotD: "One rule of thumb Ive adopted is: whenever the idea that the business cycle may have been tamed forever starts to become mainstream, the bust is around the corner." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"One rule of thumb Ive adopted is: whenever the idea that the business cycle may have been tamed forever starts to become mainstream, the bust is around the corner."
~ Tom Woods, reviewing Mark Thornton's new book The Skyscraper Curse: And How Austrian Economists Predicted Every Major Economic Crisis of the Last Century
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06:00

More than $100k spent and no discernible improvement in his poll ratings "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Simon Bridges has spent more than $100,000 gadding about the country-side following the old leader of the opposition playbook left behind by Phil Goff, David Shearer, David Cunliffe and Andrew Little, and all for no discernible improvement in his poll ratings: Quote: Simon Bridges is spending up large using taxpayer funding to pay for [] The post More than $100k spent and no discernible improvement in his poll ratings appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Economics is not consequentialist "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A lot of people wont care about this post and the ones that do will care a bit too much.  So I will keep this relatively short.  But just believe me that this post is the first in a series of three that will eventually get to the point

Economics is not consequentialist.  The framework allows for the natural imposition of a broad range of consequentialist ethical judgements yes, but by design economics itself is not consequentialist in fact it is pretty easy to observe an economic argument and just make a deontological statement that gives you some conclusion (see John Rawls and how his discussions fit neatly in contemporary normative economics literature).  Just because economists use the term utility when talking about people making a choice does not mean we have a utilitarian ethical framework in mind for justifying choices we are trying to describe what happens, not prescribe what should happen.  Even normative economics, with its reliance on ill defined social welfare functions, is simply trying to describe types of ethical consequences from policy the process of deciding what should be done is the responsibility of policy analysts and politicians given the description that is provided.

Mankiws separation between economist as scientist and economist as engineer is apt in this regard.  In both ways the economist is not imposing values they are either trying to describe trade-offs, or to describe a policy they are commissioned to.  The value judgement comes when stating what should be done.

I say this because people constantly confuse the policy prescriptions that are made using economics language with economics itself.  I have discussed this in more detail here.

Confusion between economists discussing policy and many non-economists (but technical experts) discussing policy is this distinction economists have a preference for discussing trade-offs and stating that the choice between them needs to be dealt with by further analysis.  Many non-economist experts start with a normative position (we SHOULD lower obesity, or the Gini coefficient, for example) and then work to try to solve from there.  This normative economic position is a lot more fraught, but we cant pick an option without confronting it in truth it requires a lot of analysis and understanding from a variety of disciplines.

In fact, to reach a conclusion by definition requires...

06:00

The AIIB and Australian participation in Chinese infrastructure initiatives "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

In recent years, a new challenge has emerged for economic development and integration in the Asia-Pacific: infrastructural connectivity. Driven by three decades of high-speed growth, industrialisation and urbanisation, Asia has proven one of the greatest developmental success stories in the global economy. Economic openness has played a key role in this process, with liberalisation undertaken in both unilateral and multilateral ways greatly lowering the barriers to trade and investment between Asian economies. However, the infrastructure allowing the movement of goods, services, capital, information and people across borders have failed to keep pace with the regions economic dynamism. As a result, infrastructure and connectivity have become a major focus of the regions development policy agenda.

The infrastructure gaps plaguing Asia are a widely known problem. The region has a strong institutional infrastructure connecting its economies: including ASEAN, APEC, the East Asia Summit, their associated policy dialogues, and over 50 bilateral free trade agreements. But when it comes to physical infrastructure the roads, rail, air and sea ports, energy and telecommunications linking economies there is a worrying undersupply. Such gaps are especially pronounced for cross-border infrastructure, which is often ignored by development plans and programming focused on country-based strategies. These infrastructure gaps have become one of the principal barriers to trade, investment, and development in the region. Best estimates indicate that Asia-Pacific economies will need to make a staggering $1.5 trillion of infrastructure investments per year, every year, from now until 2030.

Chinese infrastructure leadership

In a historic move, China has recently taken the lead in efforts to close these gaps. In late 2013, the Chinese government publicly unveiled two regionally-focused infrastructure initiatives. The first was the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which promised to build new infrastructure platforms connecting Europe, Africa and the Middle East to Asia. The second was the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the worlds first multilateral development bank exclusively dedicated to infrastructure projects.

These initiatives were part of a new phase in Chinese foreign policy, where the country intends to go from being an institution taker to institution maker in global economic governance. China is unique in focusing its foreign policy efforts on infrastructure and connectivity, as this is a domain that other major powers and international organisations have hitherto not prioritised. It reflects Chinese ambitions to be a developmental leader in Asia, by drawing on the successful experience of its own reform period to assist other developing economies in Asia to industrialise through open trade and investment strategies...

05:39

Provincial Growth Funds for One Billion Tree programme "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The two policies may have always been linked, but Forestry Minister Shane Jones has announced that $240 million has been allocated to the One Billion Trees programme from the Provincial Growth Fund championed by Regional Economic Minister Shane Jones. Two weeks ago Provincial Growth Fund gains momentum Todays launch of the Guide to the Provincial []

05:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is Subscriber Content. You can access subscriber content, including crosswords, sudoku, polling, commentary and podcasts by subscribing to one of our membership packages. The post Daily crossword appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:19

Haumaha contacted witness of alleged bullying "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Herald continues their pressure on the the appointment of Police Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha, this time revealing that Haumaha contacted a police officer who witnessed alleged bullying while the Herald were investigating over the last few weeks. NZH: Police to investigate why Deputy Commissioner Wally Haumaha phoned a staff member about alleged bullying ahead []

05:15

How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If your subscription has not automatically renewed it may be because you hadnt ticked for it to automatically renew when you set it up because your credit card has expired because you have removed your credit card details from Paypal. because of insufficient funds If you want to update your credit card details click here. If [] The post How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:08

Poll shows public support of police pursuits "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Public opinion probably shouldnt be a factor in deciding whether the police pursue fleeing drivers or not, but a poll shows large support for the police. Do you think police pursuits in New Zealand should be banned? Yes 12% No 82% 1 News: Most Kiwis want police to continue chasing fleeing drivers []

05:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good morning, welcome to our daily Whaleoil General Debate. Our evening General debate is called Backchat and will start at 6 pm On General debate, you are encouraged as a commenter to share your own stories, discuss other news, bring NEW news, catch up with friends or make new friends with other commenters. To participate youll [] The post Whaleoil general debate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:49

Bridges expenses leak claimed to be a hit job "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A curious item talking up a leak of big spending by Simon Bridges on his tour of the country, but say the information would be released soon anyway. Politicians spending a lot of taxpayer money is not new. Newshub Simon Bridges roadshow cash splash: $113k in taxpayer money on limos and hotels Simon Bridges []

04:47

Corruption is ONeills Biggest Failure "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

It is six years since Prime Minister Peter ONeill promised the country an Independent Commission Against Corruption. Yet that vision is no closer to being realised today than it was in 2012.

Peter ONeill has totally failed to live up to his promises in both the 2012 and 2017 Alotau Accords that the government would establish an ICAC.

The impact of not having a dedicated anti-corruption agency that is politically independent, fully resourced and that has full powers of arrest and prosecution has been devastating for our economic well-being and the quality of life for ordinary people.

Delegates at last weeks APEC Anti-Corruption and Transparency workshop repeatedly spoke about how corruption inhibits development and is a serious threat to economic growth [1], yet PNG had almost nothing to show in terms of progress under the United Nations Convention on Corruption. [2]

In PNG we repeatedly hear that a large-proportion of the national budget is lost every year to corruption, taking money directly from health and education services.

We also hear about the high costs that businesses have to endure as a result of corruption. Costs which reduce profits, lower employment and limit investment. Yet the government has just dragged its feet for year after year over an ICAC.

While together, PNG, Australia and China are spending more than K1.1 billion [3] on the whole APEC extravaganza in Port Moresby, a tiny proportion of that money would have been sufficient to fund the operations of a robust, independent and well staffed ICAC for more than a decade.

Ridding PNG of the scourge of corruption would do far more to assist development in PNG and ensure the well-being of our citizens than a huge party for the worlds leaders and their entourages.

Perhaps in November, when the leaders from the worlds two biggest economies will be here in PNG, they will ask the Prime Minister why he has not established an ICAC and whose interests he is protecting.

FOOTNOTES
[1] https://www.thenational.com.pg/corruption-stops-economic-progress-says-official/
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04:37

United States update (where to begin?) "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Theres a lot going on in US politics around the Mueller inquiry and FBI investigations. Fox news: FBI Fires Peter Strzok FBI official Peter Strzok, who played a lead role in both the Russian meddling and Hillary Clinton email probes but became a political lightning rod after the revelation of anti-Trump text messages, has been []

04:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Don Brash has been nominated for New Zealander of the Year. Voting for Don Brash will not only be a vote for a worthy recipient but it may also help promote the Free Speech Coalition and the incredibly important cause of protecting our freedom of speech in New Zealand. Anti-free speech activists have done their [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:29

Poetry Prize Presented at PaperPlus "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

  The Kapiti Independents first poetry prize worth some $85 has been presented at a ceremony in Coastlands PaperPlus. Editor Alan []

04:21

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

130818NEW BUILDING BOARD TO BE SWORN IN
New Dawn FM News
The newly appointed Bougainville Building Board members will be officially sworn in on the 22nd of August at the ABG administration conference room starting 0930 Bougainville Standard Time.
According to the Swearing in Program, the small but significant swearing in will have speakers from the ABG and the Department of National Works.
The Building Board and Physical Planning Boards are important boards that see towns and cities develop according to guidelines and standards set by these boards.
New Dawn FM understands one Physical Planning Board was sworn in some years back at the Hutjena United Church.
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04:20

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

130818MEMBER FOR EIVO WANTS INQUIRY INTO INVESTORS OPERATING
New Dawn FM News
The ABG member for Eivo/Torau, Clarence Dency has requested the Bougainville House of Representatives to consider looking into foreigners presence and their investment activities in his constituency.
The matter which was tabled in Parliament through a Private members notice of motion in July of 2016, called on the House, the Executive Government and the Parliamentary Committee on social and Economic Development to implement.
The Parliamentary Committee on Social and Economic Development has begun conducting public hearings from August 12 to 17 starting in Eivo/Torau and some parts of Central Bougainville and will conclude its hearing in Parliament.
Committee Chairman and member for Taonita/Tinputz, DAVID BRAUN VATAVI said that the committee will be inviting the public and lead ABG departments to make submissions or give evidence relating to the committees terms of reference.
Chairman Braun Vatavi said that the committee has just completed public hearings in the Teua Constituency following another petition which was presented by the member for Teua Charles Kakapetai last year.
Chairman Braun Vatavi stressed that these are important matters that must be addressed and that the people who are affected by these issues have the right to know and must have the opportunity to be heard.
He said that the government of the day must address any outstanding issues that may hinder the preparatory towards a successful referendum.
Meanwhile, the petition presented to the last parliament by the Ruko/Upe Council of Chiefs was also referred to this committee to make inquiries and report back to the house.
The committee met last Tuesday to adapt the committees terms of reference.
Ends

04:20

Medals for public servants "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced a new medal that that recognises meritorious service in the Public Service. It is anticipated that about five will be awarded each year. The medal will be awarded to public servants who have provided service that has brought significant benefit or prestige to New Zealand or the Public Service, []

04:19

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

130818BRC STILL NOT OPERATIONAL
New Dawn FM News
The Bougainville Referendum Commission is yet to start its work after its members are appointed and sworn in.
The Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, GEORGE MANU who is the co-chair of the Bougainville Referendum Commission Transitional Committee which has started the work of preparing for the Referendum made it known in Buka today.
The other co-Chair is the Papua New Guinea Electoral Commissioner, MR. PATILIUS GAMATO.
MR. MANU told a Media briefing in Buka that the Transitional Committee has the same power and had already made some decisions on how the referendum will be conducted next year.
He said that all 33 constituencies ward recorders will be used in the updating of the Referendum Common roll to make sure no eligible voter is left out in the updated roll.
MR. MANU said the Chairman of the Bougainville Referendum Commission has already accepted his appointment and will be in Bougainville soon.
On the National Government nominees for the membership in the Commission are yet to be announced and gazetted.

Ends

04:19

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

130818 OBEC READY TO HOLD BYELECTIONS FOR THREE ABG SEATS
New Dawn FM News

Office of the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner is ready to conduct by-elections for the three ABG seats currently vacant.
They are the Kongara seat left vacant by the former member DOMINIC ITTA who resigned to contest the 2017 National Elections, the HALIA seat also left vacant when the former ABG Vice President, PATRICK NISIRA resigned to contest the Bougainville Regional seat in the 2017 National Elections.
The other seat for TAONITA TEOP was left vacant when the former member died in 2016.
This was revealed by the Commissioner for the Bougainville Electoral Commission, GEORGE MANU in a media briefing today.
He said that his office has been requesting for funds to run the election but although funds were allocated in the Budget his office is yet to access these funds.
MR. MANU stressed that his office has a duty to make sure all vacant seats are filled but again have to wait for funds to run the elections.
He said he hopes that the by elections will be held before the end of this year.
Last week a chief from Kehu village Inus, JOE PAIS warned of petitioning the office of the Electoral Commissioner for failing to run a by election after the death of their former member.

Ends

04:18

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

130818STRONG WINDS WARNING
New Dawn FM News
The office of the Bougainville Disaster and Response Team is warning all boat owners, boat skippers and the general public who wish to travel by sea to the Atolls, Nissan, Carteret, the Solomon Islands from Buka not to travel at this time.
The notice states that Weather warnings from the National Maritime and Safety Authority for Bougainville waters for the next 68 hours is that strong winds are expected in these waters.
Bougainville is currently been hit by South Easterly winds with wind speed between 25 to 35 knots with isolated showers and thunderstorms.
The seas swells are expected at 1.5 meters to 3 meters high and could cause rough seas and very strong currents.
Ends

04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is clickbait (noun) Provocative or sensationalistic headline text that entices people to click on a link to an article, used as a publishing tactic to increase webpage views and associated ad revenue. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : From click + bait. The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:04

China Has Secret Gulags for TWO MILLION Uighurs? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Can anyone find the original source? I can not (only reports from UN saying there are credible reports, not actual investigation or verification by UN):

And heres the Reuters cited by NYT

And TWO MILLION? Xinjiangs entire population is about 20 million of all ethnicity how do you keep secret camps that jails 1 in 10 people, including Hans children, secret? Even if the detention is exclusively Uighurs, that means 25% of the 8 million Uighurs in the region are secretly detained again how do you keep detention of ONE QUARTER of a population, secret? Not to mention the worst case arrest numbers from UK government propaganda outlet, citing US government funded propaganda, below, is so very different?

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-16860974

Im calling BS on this.

04:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 14 24 Wealth is a crown for the wise; the effort of fools yields only foolishness. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:22

Media watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

14 August 2018 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []

03:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

03:09

Open Forum Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

14 August 2018 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

02:47

Stone tools provide new clues to Easter Island's statue builders "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The remote Easter Island, known locally as Rapa Nui, lies 2,300 miles off Chile's Pacific coast, a mysterious place best known for its giant stone statues. The common narrative states that the enormous heads were built by Polynesian seafarers who, the story goes, then brought about the demise of their own society through internal squabbles and draining of the island's natural resources. However, a new study published in the Journal of Pacific Archaeology suggests the true story of early civilisation on Polynesia's easternmost outpost is more complex. Archaeologists found evidence of a sophisticated society where the people shared information and collaborated, by analysing the chemical make-up of the tools used to build the sculptures. "For a long time, people wondered about the culture behind these very important statues," says Laure Dussubieux, one of the study's authors and a scientist at Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History. "This study shows how people were interacting, it's helping to revise the theory." "The idea of competition and collapse on Easter Island might be overstated," adds lead author Dale Simpson, Jr., an archaeologist from the University of Queensland. "To me, the stone carving industry is solid evidence that there was cooperation among families and craft groups."

01:00

BBC Radio Comedy Drama: Toad of Toad Hall "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A 1973 broadcast dramatisation of Kenneth Grahames Classic Wind In The Willows by A.A Milne with a cast including Bernard Cribbins as Rat, Hugh Paddick as Judge and Cyril Luckham as Badger

Monday, 13 August

22:10

The new world & the old where modernity can be a kerosene lamp "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

KeroPHIL FITZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY - My children were born in the late 1970s and early 1980s.

By the time they reached the truly cognitive stage of their lives, we had already swapped a Commodore 64 computer for an Amstrad that ran on floppy disks - and when I say floppy I mean things as big as saucers that actually flopped when you picked them up.

My son and daughter were part of the first generation of children born into the digital age and they havent looked back since.

I can remember going to the local chippy and buying fish and chips wrapped up in newspaper but theyve had no experience of anything like that. Chicken and chips come in little cardboard boxes that nowadays you order online.

Sometimes I feel sorry for them but they just laugh in their ignorance and call me an old fogey.

What they dont seem to appreciate is that a lot of people in the world dont yet live in the digital age and have little hope of ever doing so.

For large numbers of people, computers and digital gadgetry are just modern novelties that have no relevance at all.

A lot of those people live in Papua New Guinea. They live in the village as the smart young things in the city are apt to say in slightly disparaging tones.

For those villagers, modernity is measured by kerosene lanterns, nylon fishing line, shortwave radios, the occasional newspaper and, if they can get them, books with paper covers and pages - things that are perfectly adequate additions to their traditional lifestyles.

We in the West see fit to close down things like shortwave radio because we think it is obsolete.

We talk about the end of books and tell everyone that digital readers are the way to go.

We watch newspapers and magazines go out of circulation and just shrug and consult our iPhone for the latest news.

What we dont realise is that those things we dismiss as old and obsolete are actually very important to a large part of the world.

We also dont realise that many people are perfectly happy with their obsolete things and have no desire for anything more modern.

While shortwave radios and books fit nicely into the simple rhythms of their lives, a lot of the digital stuff we take for granted can have a jarring and confusing effect.

This is...

22:05

World view Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Tuesday GMT For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world.

22:01

August 14 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1183  Taira no Munemori and the Taira clan took the young Emperor Antoku and the three sacred treasures and fled to western Japan to escape pursuit by the Minamoto clan.

1385 Portuguese Crisis of 13831385: Battle of Aljubarrota  Portuguese forces commanded by King Joo I and his general Nuno lvares Pereira defeated the Castilian army of King Juan I.

1598  Nine Years War: Battle of the Yellow Ford  Irish forces under Hugh ONeill, Earl of Tyrone, defeated an English expeditionary force under Henry Bagenal.

1842 Indian Wars: Second Seminole War ended.

1846  The Cape Girardeau meteorite, a 2.3 kg chondrite-type meteorite struck near in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.

1848   Margaret Lindsay Huggins, Anglo-Irish astronomer and author, was born (d. 1915).

1867 John Galsworthy, English novelist and Nobel Prize Laureate, was born (d. 1933).

1880  Construction of Cologne Cathedral was completed.

1885  Japans first patent was issued to the inventor of a rust-proof paint.

1888  A recording of English composer Arthur Sullivans The Lost Chord, one of the first recordings of music ever made, was played during a press conference introducing Thomas Edisons phonograph in London.

1891 Petitions organised by the Womens Christian Temperance Union(WCTU) seeking womens suffrage and signed by a total of 9000 women were presented to New Zealands Parliament.

Women's vote petitions presented to Parliament

1893  France introduced motor vehicle registration.

1900  A joint European-Japanese-United States force (Eight-Nation Alliance) occupied Beijing, in a campaign to end t...

22:00

World leaders should ask O'Neill about corruption failure "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Trump O'Neill
Hey Mr Donald, ask O'Neill what he's doing about our six-year wait for an ICAC

EDDIE TANAGO | Act Now!

PORT MORESBY - It is now six years since prime minister Peter ONeill promised Papua New Guinea an Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Yet that vision is no closer to being realised today than it was in 2012.

Peter ONeill has totally failed to live up to his promises in both the 2012 and 2017 Alotau Accords that the government would establish an ICAC.

The impact of not having a dedicated anti-corruption agency that is politically independent, fully resourced and that has full powers of arrest and prosecution has been devastating for our economic well-being and the quality of life for ordinary people.

Delegates at last weeks APEC anti-corruption and transparency workshop repeatedly spoke about how corruption inhibits development and is a serious threat to economic growth yet PNG had almost nothing to show in terms of progress under the United Nations Convention on Corruption.

In PNG we repeatedly hear that a large-proportion of the national budget is lost every year to corruption, taking money directly from health and education services.

We also hear about the high costs that businesses have to endure as a result of corruption, which act to reduce profits, lower employment and limit investment. Yet the government has just dragged its feet for year after year over an ICAC.

Act Now! says that PNG, Australia and China are spending more than K1.1 billion on the whole APEC extravaganza, a tiny proportion of that money would have been sufficient to fund the operations of a robust, independent and well-staffed ICAC for more than a decade.

Ridding PNG of the scourge of corruption would do far more to assist development in PNG and ensure the well-being of our citizens than a huge party for the worlds leaders and their entourages.

We hope that in November, when the leaders from the worlds two biggest economies will be here in PNG, they will ask the prime minister why he has not established an ICAC and whose interests he is p...

21:46

The issue Canberra doesnt want you to discuss: Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Nauru's President Baron Waqa
Nauru's Baron Waqa - "Doesn't want journalists to investigate the living conditions of refugees"

SRI KRISHNAMURTHI | Pacific Media Centre

AUCKLAND - There has been much wringing of hands over Naurus ban on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation for next months Pacific Islands Forum leaders summit.

But there are even more perplexing reports about Canberras relative silence on the issue.

The elephant in the room about the ABC ban that has people tip-toeing through the frangipani and whispering in hushed tones is Canberras asylum seeker detention centre in the small Pacific state of Nauru.

Nauru is the host of the Pacific Islands Forum leaders summit on September 3-6 and the ban on the ABC has been widely condemned by media freedom groups, including the Pacific Media Centre.

The Nauru detention centre has become a significant part of Naurus economy since 2001.

It was a windfall in the wake of the end of strip mining of phosphate which left Nauru bereft of resources and finances.

Naurus Australian-managed detention camp is a disgrace, just as the one on Manus island was, said Daniel Bastard, head of the Asia-Pacific Desk for Reporters with Borders.

It shows the profound hypocrisy of both Australian and Nauruan authorities.

Canberra outsources its absurd anti-immigration policy and washes its dirty hands in paying huge amounts of money to Yaren which, in exchange, accepts to carry on human rights violations, Bastard said.

For sure, Nauruan authorities dont want journalists to investigate this issue, to report on the living or surviving conditions of the refugees and to interview the numerous men, women and children arbitrarily detained in the camp, he told Asia Pacific Report.

And the Australian government doesnt want this hypocrisy to be exposed either, since Canberra is responsible for this matter.

21:40

Socialisms Resurgence Is A Doomed Attempt To Address A Spiritual Problem With Politics "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

As I compose this, a miracle is happening around me. I am flying back to Missouri after a week in my native Pacific Northwest. This is a round-trip Oregon Trail, without the deaths from dysentery, cholera, snakebite, or drowning while fording a river.

This direct flight from Portland to St. Louis takes less than four hours to travel 2,000 miles, for a price of just under $200. It is an affordable miracle (slightly less-affordable but more luxurious options are also available), and even the basic options are marvelous. Step into a climate-controlled metal tube filled with seats, settle in, and a few hours later step out thousands of miles away. Emperors, priests, and god-kings never had it so good. Julius Caesar travelled at the speed and with the smell of horse.

This trip contains many more wonders. In my pocket is a communication device filled with music, books, and other knowledge and entertainment. In my backpack is a similar device with a larger display to better facilitates work and leisure. I can start writing in the air and finish while sitting comfortably at home. For a small fee, I can connect to the internet in-transit.

Upon landing, I am able to immediately talk to my wife, who is miles away. She arrives to pick me up shortly after I collect my luggage. While waiting at the carousel, I watched some baseball on my phone, live-streamed from the East Coast another miracle. We head home in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle that easily travels at speeds impossible for nearly all of human history.

At home, there are many more miracles: hot and cold running water on demand, flush toilets, climate control, light with a flick of a switch, and appliances to cook and clean and keep food cold. There is much more. For education, edification, and entertainment there are books and musical instruments and effectively endless electronic images and information.

None of this is out of the ordinary. These are the current norms of middle-class American life, and even the relatively poor enjoy many of these comforts. Thrift stores like Goodwill now turn down old tube TVs: apparently, these days even the poor only buy flat-screens.

But the dramatic decline in absolute poverty in our nation (and worldwide) does not eliminate relative poverty or the human capacity for boredom. Marvels become commonplace and are obscured by minor indignities (hi there, TSA!) and by small discomforts such as folding my six-foot frame into an airplane seat.

Envy still gnaws at us, even amidst plentitude. The wonder of travelling thousands of miles in a few hours is lost as we eye those enjoying the benefits in first class, or even the extra legroom of an exit row. Devices that were a wonder a few years ago become a source of discontent when compared to the latest model.

Furthermore,...

19:57

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jokes about accountants and lawyers abound, few if any show them in a positive light.

The accounting and legal professionals I know in real life are nothing like those in the jokes.

They are helpful, knowledgeable and completely trustworthy for all of which Im grateful.

 

19:22

Mother Abandons Baby With Down Syndrome. Father Forced To Raise Him Alone "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Source: https://i2-prod.mirror.co.uk/

Sam and Ruzan Forrest were excited for their unborn childs birth. But when baby Leo was born with Downs Syndrome, a chromosomal birth defect that 1 in every 700 babies have, Ruzan didnt want anything to do with him. Thankfully, Sam refused to abandon his child and he chose to keep him, just like what parents are supposed to do. Leos case become national news when Sam started a GoFundMe page to help him raise funds to bring home his baby to Auckland from Armenia, and thats when Ruzan came crawling back.

Now people want to know, was it because of the money?

Sam And Ruzan Forrest

Source: https://www.growingyourbaby.com/

Sam Forrest from New Zealand, and Ruzan Badalyn from Armenia, met, fell in love and quickly got married in February 2015. Sam, who had previously been married, had separated from his first wife in 2011, after what was said to be a very messy divorce. Supposedly, he had shared via email to some close family and friends that he lost four innocent children and that it was because of the church the couple belonged to that led to the deliberate break-up of a family.

19:00

Monday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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18:50

Coal and the nuclear lobby (updated) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Against my better judgement, I got sucked into a minor Twitterstorm over the weekend. The main outcome was to remind me that, while Twitter is useful in the role of a microblog, providing quick links to, and sharp observations on, more substantial material, it is utterly useless as a venue for discussion and debate.

Update : A large number of nuclear fans were eager to tweet and share snarky responses on Twitter, but only two were willing to debate the issue here. Thanks to David Michie and Jonathan Suhanto who did at least response For those concerned that I might have a home-field advantage, I suggested that they post on a site of their own, with links, but no one took this idea up.  That says it all for Twitter, as far as Im concerned.  End update.

In this case, the debate was over nuclear power, and this post from last year. Its reasonable to ask why I would bother arguing about nuclear power, given my frequently expressed view that its dead as a doornail. The problem is that nuclear fans like Ben Heard are, in effect, advocates for coal. Their line of argument runs as follows

(1) A power source with the characteristics of coal-fired electricity (always on) is essential if we are to decarbonise the electricity suppy
(2) Renewables cant meet this need
(3) Nuclear power can
Hence, we must find a way to support nuclear

The problem is that, on any realistic analysis, theres no chance of getting a nuclear plant going in Australia before about 2040 (see over the fold). So, the nuclear fans end up supporting the Abbott crew saying that we will have to rely on coal until then. And to make this case, it is necessary to ignore or denounce the many options for an all-renewable electricity supply, including concentrated solar power, large-scale battery storage and vehicle-to-grid options. As a result, would-be green advocates of nuclear power end up reinforcing the arguments of the coal lobby.

Looking at the argument set out above, point (1) is generally taken as self-evident, even though the idea of baseload demand is basically a nonsense, at least until the renewables share gets much closer to 100 per cent.

Point (3) is based on the claim that since France did this 40 years ago, Australia can do it today. The fact that France has long since lost the special characteristics that made its dash for nuclear power possible isnt even considered.  When I...

18:39

BREAKING NEWS - THE MAORI ROLL OPTION "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Electoral Commission has just released the results from the Maori Electoral Option 2018.

The good news ... 10,163 Maori exercised their right to switch from the Maori Roll to the General Roll.    This was offset by the 7,956 who  chose to switch the other way round.    You add that to the 3,507 new enrollments on the Maori Roll and that roll increased by just 1,200 voters.

The further good news.   The 1,200 is insufficient to trigger another Maori seat.    The not so good news .... it's probably enough to avoid a reduction in the Maori seats from seven to six.

Fascinating the 10,163 figure.  My take is that it shows that voters on the Maori Roll are increasingly disenchanted with the Party hack drones foisted on them as Labour MPs.

What I didn't know is that just 52% of those who self identify themselves as Maori opt to go on the Maori Roll.

Updated ... the Maori Roll now comprises 247,494 voters.   Currently there are seven Maori seats.    That works out as an average of 35,556 voters in each Maori seat.    The Electoral Commission records the total number  of voters on the General Roll as at 30 June 2018 as 3,040,806.   Currently there are 64 General Roll seats.   That works out as an average of 47,612 voters in each General seat.

In looking to redress the imbalance the Representation Commission could either hold the number of General seats at 64 and reduce the number of Maori seats to five or increase the number of General seats to 71 and reduce the Maori seats to six or a combination of both (remembering always the numbers of voters in each electorate can vary in line with the tolerance factor applied).

Both options could impact on the number of List seats up for grabs.

18:30

The truth about Alex Jones and Infowars being banned "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post The truth about Alex Jones and Infowars being banned appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:01

Classic TV: Cagney & Lacey S01 E05 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Early episodes had Meg Foster in the Lacey role

18:00

Manly Monday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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18:00

Erased history: how Rockefeller bankrolled Soviet Russia (Plus FREE PDF Book Link) "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Forgotten history: US bankers financing US enemiesand why it is important now by Jon Rappoport August 6, 2018 In 1971, Gary Allen published his book, None Dare Call it Conspiracy. It quickly became an unofficial best seller. Over the years, several million copies have been sold. Allens thesis was stark: super-rich American capitalists were financing []

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17:30

US diplomat: Israel should retake Gaza "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post US diplomat: Israel should retake Gaza appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:00

Draco: The most badass monster bush plane ever "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Draco: The most badass monster bush plane ever appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

16:46

Papua New Guinea has opportunities in carbon capture says ecologist Tim Flannery "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea has opportunities in the emerging carbon capture techniques, climate change expert Professor Tim Flannery told the Business Advantage Papua New Guinea Investment Conference in Brisbane. He pointed to forests, soil and marine as potential commercial areas.

Ecologist Tim Flannery says PNG has opportunities in carbon capture. Source: BAI

Sadly, we have come to an agreement very late on climate change, said Flannery.

We are now in a situation that we have emitted so much greenhouse gas that we will almost certainly cross the threshold that we are trying to avoidunless we are gong to draw down enormous amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

This is a separate matter from the deployment of clean energy and solar; that is going ahead very strongly now.

The use of natural gas is replacing more carbon heavy fuels such as diesel. That will all happen, I think because of economic forces and the global agreement.

Reforestation is one of the biological pathways.

There is a whole new area which will become increasingly important as time goes by which is how do we get some of the gas out of the air.

Do it at a profit, or at least do it in a way that is cost effective.

Sequestration

Flannery said there are two ways of sequestering carbon dioxide. Sequestration is a process by which carbon dioxide, considered to be the cause of global warming, is removed from the atmosphere and held in solid or liquid form.

One technique uses biological pathways. They are great because you use plants and photosynthesis is free.

The other uses chemical pathways. Both have their drawbacks and their opportunities.

Flannery said reforestation is one of the biological pathways for capturing carbon.

Melanesia, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands have, I think, a huge future in marine aquaculture.

...

16:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Just a brief note to those readers who like to add their own contributions to Daily roundup in the comments. PLEASE remember that politically incorrect and offensive (but funny) jokes are only to be enjoyed on Mondays in the Comedy corner post which is specifically for that kind of humour. Do not post that kind of humour here. How sweet. Their [] The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

16:10

Roundup In The Spotlight As Monsanto Punished "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jurors give $289 million to a man they say got cancer from Monsantos Roundup weedkiller (CNN)San Francisco jurors just ruled that that Roundup, the most popular weedkiller in the world, gave a former school groundskeeper terminal cancer. So they awarded him $289 million in damages mostly to punish the agricultural company Monsanto   Now []

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16:03

Results of Mori Electoral Option "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

there have been small movements of voters from the Mori Roll to General Roll and vice versa, and small increases in the total number enrolled on the Mori Roll , with 52% of Mori on the Mori Roll. Electoral Commission: The 2018 Mori Electoral Option ran from 3 April to 2 August and gave all []

16:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. On Backchat, you are free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. To participate youll need to sign up for a Disqus account which is free, quick, and easy. On posts that are not articles like this one, you do not have to stay on topic [] The post Whaleoil backchat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:34

Groundswell Rising Against 1080 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

New Zealanders disgusted at the lies and deceit published by DoC are invited to join us the Hikoi of a []

15:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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15:09

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Hurple to draw ones limbs in and scrunch up the shoulders in reaction to the cold or in a storm; an impediment similar to a limp.

15:04

QotD: "Political Correctness is not about respect or inclusivity, but rather a naked attempt to consciously manipulate language in service of progressive ends." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Given the problem all speakers at last week's Auckland Uni debate on free speech had in defining political correctness, I thought I'd help them ...




"Political Correctness is the conscious, designed manipulation of language intended to change the way people speak, write think, feel and even act -- in furtherance of an agenda...
    "Political Correctness is not about respect or inclusivity, but rather is a naked attempt to consciously manipulate language in service of progressive ends."
~ Jeff Deist, from his talk on PC and the State-Linguistic Complex.

15:00

Comedy corner: Non-PC jokes guaranteed to offend "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Welcome to politically incorrect Comedy corner: the one place on Whaleoil where you are allowed to read and share naughty and offensive jokes that make us all laugh even though we are not supposed to. If you are offended by these kinds of jokes then please do not read this post. So there was this [] The post Comedy corner: Non-PC jokes guaranteed to offend appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:47

Mother Abandons Baby With Down Syndrome. Father Forced To Raise Him Alone "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Source: https://i2-prod.mirror.co.uk/

Sam and Ruzan Forrest were excited for their unborn childs birth. But when baby Leo was born with Downs Syndrome, a chromosomal birth defect that 1 in every 700 babies have, Ruzan didnt want anything to do with him. Thankfully, Sam refused to abandon his child and he chose to keep him, just like what parents are supposed to do. Leos case become national news when Sam started a GoFundMe page to help him raise funds to bring home his baby to Auckland from Armenia, and thats when Ruzan came crawling back.

Now people want to know, was it because of the money?

Sam And Ruzan Forrest

Source: https://www.growingyourbaby.com/

Sam Forrest from New Zealand, and Ruzan Badalyn from Armenia, met, fell in love and quickly got married in February 2015. Sam, who had previously been married, had separated from his first wife in 2011, after what was said to be a very messy divorce. Supposedly, he had shared via email to some close family and friends that he lost four innocent children and that it was because of the church the couple belonged to that led to the deliberate break-up of a family.

14:30

Driving into a world of pain "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Green Car Congress reports that new analysis suggests that automakers failing to meet 2021 fleet CO2 emissions compliance for passenger vehicles sold in the European Union (EU) could be fined more than 14 billion (US$16 billion) in 2021.  Quote. Legislators in the European Union (EU) are imposing a new passenger car fleet CO2 emissions target [] The post Driving into a world of pain appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:00

No one cares anymore "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I am really struggling to write about this. In fact, I have been deliberately holding back and avoiding writing about all the terrible things happening all over the Western world because they all have one thing in common. Just today a reader e-mailed the Boss to tell us that he is sick of reading articles [] The post No one cares anymore appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:48

Peter Malinauskas, South Australias Labor leader says the nuclear waste selection process is wrong "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Katrina Bohr No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia, 12 Aug 18 

Had an extensive conversation in person with Peter Malinauskas, SA State Opposition Leader.
...

13:37

Earthquakes: another good reason to not establish a nuclear waste dump in the Flinders Ranges "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Lyn Blume Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA Here is another good reason to not dump nuclear waste in SA as this is a seismic region in Australia, here is the most recent record. Earthquake Details
NW of Blinman, SA
Summary
Origin (UTC): 06/08/2018 22:35:45 Epicentral Time: 07/08/2018 08:05:45
Longitude: 138.511 Latitude: -31.000
Magnitude: 2.4 (ML) Depth: 10 km

Event Id: ga2018pkbnhd https://earthquakes.ga.gov.au/ Blinman is a town deep in the Flinders Ranges, in the mid-north of South Australia. It is very small but has the claim of being the highest surveyed town in South Australia. It serves as a base for large acre pastoralists and tourism. The town is just north of the Flinders Ranges National Park, is 60 kilometres(km) north of Wilpena Pound and 485 km north of Adelaide. https://www.whereis.com/s...

13:35

ANSTO expans its nuclear activities Australian tax-payers bear the costs of its nuclear wastes "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Steve Dale Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia, 12 Aug 18   ANSTO is expanding nuclear activities, which will mean massive increases in wastes. why are countries sending us 45 tonnes of Silicon ingots each year to be irradiated and then sent back overseas?

I have the horrible suspicion that this is another activity the taxpayer subsidises so that ANSTO can justify their reactor. There are other ways of N-doping Silicon. Is Australia again distorting the market using taxpayer funds? Whatever the price ANSTO charges, it is too low to cover the costs of imposing nuclear waste on a community, and a state that is still suffering from the Maralinga abuse. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1021186047913052/permalink/2063697496995230/?comment_id=2066005023431144&notif_id=1533994761191907&notif_t=group_comment

13:34

Ian Carpenter, Chelsea Haywood, John Hennessy and Janice McInnis submission, attacking Flinders Ranges Action Group "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Ian Carpenter, Chelsea Haywood, John Hennessy and Janice McInnis sent in another submission to the Senate, on 19 July Submission to Senate Inquiry on Selection Process for Nuclear Waste Facility They call themselves Say Yes to 45 Jobs. This submission consists entirely of criticism of, indeed an attack on, the Flinders Local Action Group (FLAG), (no mention of jobs, or any other aspect of the process)  . They claim that FLAG used deceptive means to oppose the nuclear waste plan for Wallerberdina. They criticise the FLAG survey, FLAGs distribution of petition forms, and FLAGs submission to the Senate. They criticise Flags criticising of the Barndioota Consultative Committee (BCC) and od DIIS personnel. FLAG have no regard for the truth or scientific fact. They single out Dr Susan Anderson. They include FLAGs brochure, with survey questions. (I have not, so far, been able to copy this submission)

 

13:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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13:29

Conflict of interest in Holtecs plan for transporting and temporary storage of nuclear wastes "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

opposition in New Mexico to siting the facility there, and opposition along any potential transportation routes, would doom the idea

Its extremely troubling because they are going to be handling a decommissioning fund of almost a billion dollars, Tauro said. This really points to the need absolutely for the independent oversight board. To lend this whole deal transparency and independence, and having people on that board who have absolutely nothing to gain.

Once a privately held company is in charge of decommissioning, she said, transparency will be lost.

Will Oyster Creeks nuclear waste be cash cow for buyer Holtec? https://www.pressofatlanticcity.com/business/will-oyster-creek-s-nuclear-waste-be-cash-cow-for/article_1e07daca-586c-50a2-b29a-8eec0227a7ff.html   MICHELLE BRUNETTI POST Staff Writer, 10 Aug 18

  • A high-level nuclear waste storage facility doesnt exist yet, since the federal government stopped its attempts in 2011 to develop the Yucca Mountain facility in Nevada in the face of local and regional opposition.
...

13:28

Angelina Stuart wants the nuclear waste facility, to provide jobs for her children and grandchildren "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

ANGELINA STUART Submission to Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia Submission 112

My name is Angelina Stuart, formally McKenzie, and I am the oldest sister of the McKenzie family. I was born in January 1943 on the land. My mother and father were living on the eastern side of the Flinders Ranges. Thats named Viliwarinha and its my birthplace I was born out where the dingos were howling.

My late father was a strong Adnyamathanha man. As me and my siblings travelled through the Flinders Ranges, Dad would tell us Dreamtime stories about certain places. We were told the stories of the landscape that gave us a map of the area the hills and creeks, these were the stories my dad told us. My dad made recordings and we still have his voice to listen to today.

My two older brothers and one sister who has now passed on, were born in the heart of the Flinders Ranges as well in 1938, 1940, and 1949, and I was born in 1943. Two siblings were then born in 1947 and 1950 in Beltana. There were 4 born in Hawker in 1944, 1952, 1956 and 1959. When we moved to Port Augusta, and that was the first time I saw Wallerberdina. After that, 3 siblings were born in Port Augusta, along with my five children.

I moved back to the land in 1998 to Yappala Station, next to Wallerberdina. In the mid-nineties I was one to put a claim for Station.

It is very upsetting to me that stories are being told that shouldnt be told, and that stories are being said are ours, even though they are not our stories. The one that is distressing, is the story of the seven sisters because it isnt our story my father told me the Dreamtime story, and it was a different story. The story being told of the seven sisters isnt right it belongs to the other side of Lake Torrens, not near Wallerberdina.

On this land, this site at Wallerberdina, Ive been out there with the heritage assessment with RPS. I know where they walked, and where the site is, and there are no visuals sites on the ground, I didnt see anything. Any little cuttings would be from people passing through. Its a lie to say the stories and lore of the land would disappear if a facility was built on Wallerberdina.

This process has given everyone a chance to sit down and meet. I really appreciate that weve been able to sit down and talk, and share our culture. If the facility did go ahead, I would want to see work done by Adnyamathanha to explain to non-Indigenous and other groups the value of our land, the spiritual side of it, so that the lore of the land and the tradition of the area around it is carried on. It is still there and it will always be there.

Thinking about my grandkids and great grandkids, I want to see development on the land, so that they can...

13:00

A tribute to Round the Horne "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

An affectionate tribute to Round the Horne, one of the great BBC Radio Comedy series from the 1960s. Actors played the roles of Kenneth Horne,Hugh Paddick,Kenneth Williams,Betty Marsden and Douglas Smith.

Main writers were Barry Took and Marty Feldman.

The show had immense influence on other comedy, including Monty Python and Rowan and Martin.

A number of words and phrases passed into common use.

13:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This piece of Whaleoil wisdom was brought to you by the Whaleoil Store. Visit us now and find the perfect piece of Whaleoil swag for your collection.   The post Whaleoil wisdom appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:48

Berry Growers Use Lasers To Stave Off Thieving Birds "IndyWatch Feed War"

Via: NPR: During every berry-picking season in the Pacific Northwest, blueberry and raspberry growers fight to prevent birds from gobbling up the crop before harvest. This year, some farmers are trying something new to scare away the thieving birds: lasers. Justin Meduri manages a large blueberry farm and cherry orchard outside Jefferson, Ore. Birds like []

12:40

Australian mining companies get federal funding to promote coal, uranium etc to schoolkids? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Mining industry in promotional push targeting school students, The Age   By Nicole Hasham13 August 2018  

Resources companies including Adani are targeting school students in a campaign to spruik the benefits of mining and recruit fut...

12:37

CORBYN'S CONTINUING WOES "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The brouhaha over the failure by Jeremy Corbyn and his leadership team to address adequately the claims of systemic antisemitism within the UK Labour Party continues unabbated.

Just last week Dame Margaret Hodge, Labour MP for Barking, said the Party had "become a hostile environment for Jews".  Lady Hodge who had previously criticised Corbyn as a racist and anti-Semite and who had been threatened with disciplinary action by Labour (a threat since withdrawn) doubled down on her criticism saying "I have absolutely no doubt that there are those in the leadership who want to get rid of any opposition (to Corbyn) either by deselection or disciplinary action".  

And now the ex Leader of the Scottish Labour Party, Jim Murphy, has gone public paying for a full page advertisement in the Jewish Telegraph under the banner headline of "In Sorrow and Anger - An Apology" and criticising Corbyn for his failure to root out antisemitism within the Party.   In the article he labelled the Corbyn and his top leadership team as "intellectually arrogant, emotionally inept and politically maladroit".

Sheesh ... with friends like these Corbyn certainly doesn't need any enemies.

12:37

IN USA State cannot override federal law on temporary nuclear waste, but can influence transport "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Transportation Eyed for State Role   Nuclear watchdogs concur that the federal government doesnt need New Mexicos approval to award a license. But the state could do more to stop the projects progress if leaders want to.

The cities of Albuquerque and Las Cruces, as well as Bernalillo County, have voted to formally oppose Holtecs project. 

A proposed nuclear storage project in Utah, for example, received a license but never accepted waste after opponents there raised questions about transportation, as well as other concerns.

Holtec Nuclea...

12:30

The right to censor free speech: Part one "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Brittany Hunter writes for the Foundation for Economic Education. quote. Between Trumps tirades against alleged fake news outlets and the recent banning of Alex Jones from Facebook, Apple, and YouTube, our society appears to be obsessed with trying to silence the opposition by controlling the flow of information. And while the recent Jones prohibition has [] The post The right to censor free speech: Part one appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:26

Racists on speaking tour: rethinking our response "IndyWatch Feed National"

A couple of weeks back, I went to hear Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern, two right-wing nationalist speakers who recently finished a tour of Australia and New Zealand, speak at Sydneys International Convention Centre. My attendance was part study, part curiosity about their audience and influence.

12:10

He's a Terrible Man "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

So says David Farrar over at Kiwiblog.  David, like our colleague Veteren,  doesn't like President Trump.  In every one of his posts about american politics there is a veiled or not so veiled barb aimed at the American president - even when the story reported is about successes achieved by that same  president or about the uncouth excesses of his opponents.

David needs to read a little history and he'll discover President Trump is a rank amateur in the 'terrible man' game.

Let's have a look at a few Democrat presidents of the last hundred years or so, who were far terribler than President Trump.

Roosevelt   -    threw 120,000 innocent American citizens of Japanese descent into internment camps

Kennedy  -   famously remarked that if he didn't get a piece of stray arse every three days he got migraines. 

Johnson -  had a mouth like a sewer and surveiled Martin Luther King.

Carter  -  his incompetence and goody two shoes dithering got him and his country run over by Iran.

Clinton - banged more interns and librarians than Rasputin could have dreamed existed.

Obama - his only virtue was he appeared to keep his pecker in his pants.  Mind you, when you look at what he was married to you know why.  She would have chewed his dick off and roasted it for lunch.

To my way of thinking, the only civilized Democrat president was Truman who had the good sense to nuke Japan and sack MacArthur.


But what of the Republicans?

Nixon - secretly taped all his conversations.   Watergate etc etc

Ford - comprehensively incompetent.


Who were the stand out presidents?  The ones of whom DPF and veteran might approve?

Head and shoulders above the rest stands Reagan, followed by Truman, Eisenhower, and George H W Bush and his son Dubbya, a true gentleman who was let down by an incompetent intelligence service and hounded by a malicious press with scores of unfounded adverse stories.




12:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Todays MOTD was suggested by Lushy 95% of plastic polluting the worlds oceans comes from just TEN rivers New Zealand is often put on a guilt trip about our clean green image, but have you ever witnessed tonnes of plastic waste gushing into the sea from one of our rivers? Take the Port of Waikato [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:00

Dr Blake Mysteries S02 E09 The Sky Is Empty "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Doctor Blake Mysteries is an Australian television series that premiered on ABC TV on 1 February 2013 at 8:30 pm] The series stars Craig McLachlan in the lead role of Doctor Lucien Blake, who returns home to Ballarat, northwest of Melbourne, in the late 1950s to take over his late fathers general medical practice and role as police surgeon after an absence of 30 years. Five series aired as of 2017, with a telemovie scheduled to close the program at the completion of the fifth season.

In October 2017, the Seven Network announced they acquired production rights for 2018. Producers later announced production would be suspended pending outcome of the police investigation of the sexual assault allegations directed at Craig McLachlan. He was cleared of the charges In April 2018, Seven Network announced a series of telemovies including all the present cast except Craig McLachlan

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11:48

Alluvial Mining Meet Begins In Lae This Week "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Post Courier | August 12, 2018

The Mineral Resources Authority will stage its 4th annual alluvial mining convention and trade show on August 14-15 at the Lae International Hotel.

Participants, presenters and attendees will include various stakeholders including gold exporters, miners and service providers.

Alluvial miners number more than 100,000 collectively contributing K300 million to the national economy in 2017.

This is an important sector of the economy that will rightly be given the attention it deserves by the government through MRA.

Under the theme transitioning the alluvial mining sector for growth, the two day program will cover programs and initiatives the MRAs mines inspectorate has in terms of regulating safety in the alluvial mining sector.

Safety while conducting alluvial mining is an issue that the MRA has been addressing.

11:30

The Green party veneer has peeled off "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Green party is on the front cover of the North and South magazine from May 2017. All shiny in suits and pretty dresses, looking slick and professional. In the text of the article, Gareth Hughes talks about the Green party image.  Quote: Hughes joined the party as an 18-year-old and was one of the [] The post The Green party veneer has peeled off appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:28

Racist of the year "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Apparently the "New Zealander of the year" award has been turned into "racist of the year" with the nomination of Don Brash:

Former National Party leader and Reserve Bank governor Don Brash has been nominated for New Zealander of the Year.

Dr Brash spoke at a University of Auckland debate last week on free speech. Massey University had previously cancelled his speaking event because of Facebook threats.

He has been nominated, along with fashion designer Annah Stretton, Team New Zealand's Peter Burling, former Green MP Sue Kedgley and mental health advocate Mike King.

Who next? Bob Jones? Kyle Chapman? Maybe people could nominate some sex offenders and bigots as well?

There have to be better people out there than Brash, and better reasons to nominate than being a tired old racist crank. Who's done great things for human rights, the environment, women's' rights or worker's rights in the last year? Nominate them instead.

11:02

Classic Comedy: It Aint Half Hot Mum S06 E06 Holidays At Home "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It Aint Half Hot Mum was the second of the three sitcom series co-written by David Croft set in the Second World War, the first being Dads Army (19681977) with Jimmy Perry and the third being Allo, Allo! (19821992) with Jeremy Lloyd.

Set during the Second World War (in the period just after the German surrender when the Allies were trying to finish the war by defeating Japan in Asia), the show focuses on a group of British soldiers stationed at the Royal Artillery Depot in Deolali, India, where soldiers were kept before being sent to fight at the front lines. The main characters are performers in the bases Concert Party, which involved putting on comic acts and musical performances (similar to those seen in a music hall) for the other soldiers prior to their departure for the front lines. The soldiers in the Concert Party all love this particular job, as it keeps them out of combat duty, but some do harbour dreams of becoming world-famous actors when they leave the army.

11:00

Feminists need to stand up & support Western culture "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A recent CTV clip made in France has received more than 5 million views in 2 weeks. It shows a bearded male punching a girl outside a sidewalk cafe. The full video shows the bearded male passing the girl and remarks are exchanged. It seems that the male offered sexual remarks to harass the girl [] The post Feminists need to stand up & support Western culture appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:30

Right at last "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Too Right! A regular column by John Black Rightminds.nz Work, the curse of the drinking classes, my father used to announce every Sunday night as he mentally prepared himself for the start of the working week. There was a brief period between being old enough to understand what he meant and realising hed stolen it [] The post Right at last appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:15

Latest Whaleoil products "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Mocking the Green partys stupid ideas is both fun and effective. They are BANNING useful plastic bags They are BANNING your beloved pet cat And to top it off co-leader Marama Davidson is promoting the word C*nt! It is enough to drive our digital team to design greatness. Here are some of the new Whaleoil products [] The post Latest Whaleoil products appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: A night view from my lounge window of 4 Art Sake Pohutukawa Ave Ohope. NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic locations. They can be the view from your kitchen window or [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Synlait Milks $2b man John Penno only wanted to be a farmer Heather Chalmers:

John Penno says he only wanted to be a farmer; instead he set up a major export dairy company.   

On August 10, the Synlait Milk managing director officially stepped down after turning a bare paddock near Dunsandel in Central Canterbury into a multi-product company now worth $2 billion.

With a second $260 million nutritional powder manufacturing site at Pokeno, in north Waikato, set to start processing next year for the 2019-20 season, the company had much more growth to come, he said.   . . 

Lake Opuha holds out for last minute winter snow Pat Deavoll:

Its not just the ski fields looking for a late-season top-up of snow.

Opuha Water chief executive Andrew Mockford is hoping mother nature will finish the winter with a flourish and provide the much-needed snow to melt and fill irrigation reservoir Lake Opuha in South Canterbury.

There was less snow than usual this year and it was higher up the mountain, he said. . . 

 

Red meat sector confident despite some head wind...

09:58

Kuru Disease, PNG, and a Pedophile Connection "IndyWatch Feed National"

Scrapie is found in sheep and goats (photo Science News )

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

When I was a student at Johns Hopkins University in 1976, one of our teachers excitedly announced that Carleton Gadjusek had won the Nobel Prize for his discovery of the origin of the brain disease, kuru.

I have my doubts about that disease.  I have my doubts that Gajdusek and other persons from the USs National Institute of Health heard of people in a remote tribe in Papua New Guinea suffering a neurological ailment and went to investigate.

Pardon me if I am carrying my scepticism too far. I have researched the work of the Louis Pasteur and consider him to be an all-around fraud, so saying the same...

09:37

Historical Society Meets tonight "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

First meeting of the new Kapiti Historical Society  Monday 13 August at 7.30pm. Kapiti Uniting Church Meeting Room Weka Road, []

09:35

WARNING on International Day of the Worlds Indigenous Peoples "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Ghillar, Michael Anderson, Convener of the Sovereign Union, 13 Aug 18 
last surviving member of the founding four of the Aboriginal Embassy and
Head of State of the Euahlayi Nation, said from Sydney today:

I am extremely concerned that the enthusiasm to quickly negotiate so-called Treaty/Treaties
with the illegal occupying colonial States under the Federation of the Commonwealth of Australia
will lead to First Nations unwittingly ceding their inherent sovereignty.

I must ring alarm bells nationwide, while the Australian Government and its colonial States
are sitting back in their warm and comfortable offices slowly applauding
the stupidity of our childlike race.

The Governments have been very clever in the last thirty years to use the disunity within our communities
to withdraw funding and shut down burgeoning successful community organisations. The Governments
achieved the total destruction of these organizations by the First Nations lackeys,
of whom there are plenty, to shut down our hard fought for successes
and now these communities have nothing.

The regurgitated Constitutional Inclusion/Recognition and the Yulara Statement
have been rejected by the grassroots across Australia.
Its only the half-educated half-baked Blacks, living off the blood money being...

09:32

The high police costs of guarding nuclear waste transports "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Herald 11th Aug 2018 Police Scotland is expecting a 4 million windfall from external
organisations for protecting nuclear waste shipments and policing sporting
events. The force has made almost 1 million this year so far for
providing logistical support for nuclear waste transfers and policing
football matches. The ongoing logistical support known as Operation
Ailey is understood to involve traffic management and public order
protection for nuclear waste travelling from the decommissioned Dounreay
nuclear plant for reprocessing at Sellafield in Cumbria.
...

09:32

Councils and other authorities should review use of glyphoste "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

As reported by the ABC on Saturday 11th August, the Cancer Council through its chief executive Professor Aranda, has responded weakly to the successful lawsuit in California which found that Monsantos Roundup was responsible for the Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma of school groundsman Dewayne Johnson. Johnson was awarded $389million in damages. She advised anyone using them [the product] regularly to take precautions, such as masks and protective clothing The work health and safety aspects of these kinds of exposures arent quite as tight as wed like them to be.

Dr Ian Musgrave, a pharmacologist at Adelaide University, who has defended glyphosate for some years (eg here and here) continued to do so: those concerned about the cancer link were somewhat exaggerating the evidence .

More realistically, Public liability lawyer at Maurice Blackburn, Dimi Ioannou, said the findings of the US case would make glyphosate a long-standing issue. Ms Ioannou said if the effects of glyphosate ever matched something like asbestos, it could lead to thousands of compensation claims in future.

You can read the full ABC report here.

The post Councils and other authorities should review use of glyphoste appeared first on Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare .

09:30

Is BBC Spying on WikiLeaks Founder Assange in Ecuadorian Embassy? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Why has the Australian government, which supports convicted murderers overseas, not given any help to whistleblower Julian Assange?
 https://sputniknews.com/europe/201808091067081598-bbc-spy-assange/
 09.08.2018   Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno recently raised the issue of WikiLeaks founder leaving the countrys embassy in the UK, where he has been holed up since 2012, fearing the UK police will arrest and extradite him to the US.

On Thursday WikiLeaks Twitter account posted a screenshot of a letter received by some of the residents of no. 18 Hans Cres, London  an apartment building across from the Ecuadorian Embassy that serves as an asylum for Julian Assange. The letter,...

09:30

Opinion: Helens been lying for years "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Helen Clark has been in the news a bit lately, mainly due to the fact that she is a bitter and twisted NIMBY who seems to hate babies. I feel it is the lying that goes to show just how nasty this woman is. She claims that she had never heard of Sir Ray Avery, [] The post Opinion: Helens been lying for years appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:30

More on banning plastic bags "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Came across this from Eric Crampton re the banning of plastic bags

The referenced link is well worth reading.

Plus see Adams earlier post

09:29

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

HAWAIIAN KINGDOM PROGRESS UPDATE ON VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IS FUTURE"


"Hawaiian Kingdom Worldwide Support - A Visit With Leon Siu"

Theres been some amazing Hawaiian Kingdom progress lately at the United Nations in both New York and Geneva. So we spent an afternoon with Leon Siu to learn all about it. What we found most fascinating is hearing that UN member nations are starting to ask one simple question regarding Hawaiian Kingdom government restoration - How can we help? Dont miss our visit with Leon because we think youll be as excited as we were as we began to see the bigger picture and what it means for the future of Hawai`i Watch It Here...

09:28

Julian Assange may have to leave the Ecuadorian embassy, due to his poor health "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Assange may finally leave Ecuadorian embassy in London as health worsens report https://tremontherald.com/world/assange-may-finally-leave-ecuadorian-embassy-in-london-as-health-worsens-report/116462/ 

Assange may finally leave Ecuadorian embassy in London as health worsens report Julian Assange, who has spent more than 2,230 days in the Ecuadorian embassy in London, is expected to leave the building soon with his health deteriorating, sources say.

This latest information about the WikiLeaks founder, who was already expected to leave the embassy in the coming weeks, was Wednesday by Bloomberg which cited two people with knowledge of the matter. The news agency reported that the whistleblowers health has declined recently.

The news comes days after Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno announced that Assange must eventually leave the embassy. Yes, indeed yes, but his departure should come about through dialogue, the Ecuadorian president said in answer to a reporters question on whether he will eventually have to leav...

09:25

US (NASA) and Russia Sign Agreement on Researching, Exploring Deep Space NASA Has Started Already While Russia Is Preparing, Apparently To Get Tech Transfer From USA; Sanctions? What Sanctions? Mining Awareness + "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Originally posted on Mining Awareness + : NASA has already engaged industry partners in gateway concept studies. Roscosmos and other space station partner agencies are preparing to do the same.. Thats really punishing Russia for taking Crimea and beating up, arresting and killing journalists; opposition leaders and protestors! Sanctions? What sanctions? Its bad enough that private companies

via US (NASA) and Russia Sign Agreement on Researching, Exploring Deep Space NASA Has Started Already While Russia Is Preparing, Apparently To Get Tech Transfer From USA; Sanctions? What Sanctions? Mining Awareness +

09:24

August 12 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Science and Technology: Airbus Zephyr Solar Powered Plane Sets New Record, Stays Aloft For 26 Days An Airbus Zephyr S solar-powered plane took off from Arizona on July 11 and stayed aloft for 25 days, 23 hours, and 57 minutes. The plane has a wingspan of 82 feet and weighs a feather-light 165 []

via August 12 Energy News geoharvey

09:23

EnergyLab and Southern Cross Enterprise Lab partner to drive innovation for a clean energy future in the Northern Rivers. RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Australias leading clean-tech business accelerator EnergyLab has partnered with Southern Cross Universitys Enterprise Lab to launch an Acceleration Program for innovators in the renewable and advanced energy sectors.

via EnergyLab and Southern Cross Enterprise Lab partner to drive innovation for a clean energy future in the Northern Rivers. RenewEconomy

09:00

Digital image of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The post Digital image of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:38

Removing weeds from urban nature strips "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Urban nature strips and vacant lands are often sites of high pesticide use for weed control. Gardening Australia (ABC) on August 10th 2018 showcases an alternative approach which has many community and health benefits.

Ron Finlay is known as the gangsta gardener and is from Los Angeles, where he says its easier to buy liquor than an organic apple. The South Central area where he lives is known for gang violence, drug dealing and drive-through food outlets, but Ron set out with the weapon of his choice a shovel saying that you dont need a gun or a knife to cultivate.

An artist and fashion designer, Ron set out to change his neighbourhood and started to garden on the street instead. He started with watermelons on the parkway (what we call a nature strip) and ended up being charged with the offence of growing plants on public land.

Watch the full program here.

The post Removing weeds from urban nature strips appeared first on Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare .

08:37

A brief on alt-right ideology "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


On the anniversary of the so-called "Unite the Right" alt-right march in the States, when they're apparently marching again in Washington D.C.Jeffrey Tucker points out in this guest post that if the movement has united anyone at all, it's not the right -- but the left! But it would be a grave mistake, he says, to think that the alt-right is just some clownish marchers at some rally waving flags and shouting threatening slogans. The real problem is the underlying philosophy...

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Every activist political movement eventually becomes a caricature of itself. This is certainly true of the so-called alt-right that blasted onto the cultural stage with its Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017.

Part 2, today, in Washington, D.C., is revealing the irony. The lasting effect of this movement has been to unite the left. And not just the left: it is uniting most normal people who want to live a regular life, get along with others, and reduce the polarising effects of politics in our times.

Writing about this subject a year after my book came out always leads people to tell me that the alt-right is dead. I won this. I should stop writing about the issue.

The Philosophy

There is truth to this but it is mostly a superficial observation. Yes, the formal movement called the alt-right has become a caricature of itself, one particularly useful to the left-socialists who need an enemy and a threat to scare everyone about the coming dystopia.

Whats not dead, and has been a problem for 200 years, and which is still not understood, is the philosophical outlook that motivated the rise of the alt-right in the first place. It is more properly called Right Hegelianism. [And to paraphrase Keynes, "Practical men who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influence, are usually the slaves of some defunct philosopher like Hegel."]

Hegelianism (which split into left and right branches) was born in Germany i...

08:30

Now, that is some shooting! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A bad wog just received a salient lesson, on the perils of combat and long range sniping, from an SAS sergeant with a.50 cal machine gunfrom 2.4km away: Quote: A British sniper gunned down a jihadi from almost 2.4km away in what is reportedly the best long-range shot ever in the SAS. The sergeant killed [] The post Now, that is some shooting! appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:23

IS BOUGAINVILLE ON THE BRINK OF WAR? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

MOST OF THE NEWS COMING OUT OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA TODAY IS ABOUT THE REFUGEE CRISIS ON MANUS ISLAND. BUT 1,000KM SOUTHEAST OF MANUS ON BOUGAINVILLE ISLAND, A LITTLE-KNOWN STORY ABOUT THE BLOOD-SOAKED 40-YEAR-LONG INDEPENDENCE STRUGGLE OF A QUARTER OF A MILLION PEOPLE IS APPROACHING AN ENDGAME.

Ian Lloyd Neubauer | Penthouse | 13 July 2018

Cut from the pages of a glossy travel brochure and just smaller than Hawaiis Big Island, Bougainville is blessed with incredible natural resources: sugar-white beaches, fisheries, hyper-fertile soil and one of the largest untapped mineral deposits on the planet copper, silver, gold and uranium estimated to be worth hundreds of billions of dollars.

The largest known concentration of minerals lies in Panguna Mine, a vast hole in the ground in the Guava Mountains of central Bougainville. Between 1972 and 1989 it provided nearly half of PNGs GDP and made billions in profit for its operator, Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL), a former subsidiary of Rio Tinto.

...

08:01

Poll: Cats & plastic bags "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This poll ties in with the previous article. We would like your help to compare where the Whaleoil audience sits against the polls published by the mainstream media. The post Poll: Cats & plastic bags appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

Q+A: Corin Dann interviews Simon Bridges (12/08/2018) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Hopefully transcript later.

First thought,Corin Dann started very aggressively, far more so than when he interviews Ardern,Peters or Shaw.

08:00

Are online polls rigged? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I confess to being a bit of a sucker for polls. I really love the online ones presented in articles that I read, and I freely admit, I take part in just about every single one. Even though I am a self-confessed, filthy Tory (also known as alt-right, even Nazi these days, which is rubbish), [] The post Are online polls rigged? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

Case for more MPs? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Michael Reddell at Croaking Cassandra puts the case for more MPs.

One of my kids is quite sympathetic to ACT.  So when the news emerged yesterday that ACT was adopting NZ First policy, and calling for a reduction in the size of Parliament to 120 MPs, we had a bit of a chat and I offered a few alternative perspectives.

One of those alternative perspectives is captured in this nice chart from a Czech mathematican and blogger. . .

He shows that we arent over represented when compared with other countries and reasons that more MPs could result in better scrutiny at Select Committees.

I agree and recommend reading the whole post.

07:46

Govt could underwrite coal and gas power stations under NEG "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Energy minister Josh Frydenberg and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull are confident of getting party room support for NEG, even if it means the govt underwriting new coal-fired power stations. Photo Mick Tsikas.

CANBERRA, AAP The federal government could underwrite billions of dollars in investment in new coal- and gas-powered plants as it looks to shore up support for its National Energy Guarantee.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will announce his support for the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission proposal at the coalition party room meeting on Tuesday.

Under the ACCC plan, the government would underwrite new power generation whether that be from coal, gas or renewables.

The move is likely to calm the waters within a divided coalition party room, with the new assets to supply power to large energy users. This would have the effect of lowering power prices in general.

The focus is on getting cheap power into the system. It decreases prices for everyone, a source told The Daily Telegraph. It would also curtail the control major energy providers have on the market.

ACCC chairman Rod Sims is expected to brief Nationals MPs on the idea at a separate meeting on Monday.

Energy Minister Josh Frydenberg is confident his coalition colleagues will back the NEG after the plan won in-principle support from the states and territories.

Senior Labor MP Tony Burke said it would be extraordinary for the prime minister to underwrite new coal-fired power stations.

Malcolm Turnbull wants to again use our money, taxpayer money, to fund something thats not about the future, Mr Burke told the ABC.

If no one else in Australia is willing to invest in new coal-fired power stations, why is Malcolm Turnbull willing to do it with taxpayer money?

Several high-profile government backbenchers, including Liberal Tony Abbott and Nationals MP Barnaby Joyce, have threatened to cross the floor on the policy.

Senior government minister Alan Tudge hopes it doesnt come to that.

Obviously its not a good look and so I hope Tony Abbott will be able to sit down with Josh Frydenberg...

07:45

Audio: David Seymour says Ardern is a show prime minister "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Todays audio is from RadioNZ  Listen to the audio about Acts new policy platform and David Seymours opinion on the National Party and prime minister Jacinda Ardern. If you listen to the radio and hear an interview or commentary worth sharing with our readers please e-mail sb at whaleoil.co.nz and put Audio in the subject line. [] The post Audio: David Seymour says Ardern is a show prime minister appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:35

Radio: What does Simon Bridges stand for? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

National and ACT have a long history, but the future of that relationship is uncertain. ACT is polling the highest its ever done under David Seymour but during the party conference on Sunday he heavily criticised National, its only ally in Parliament. National leader Simon Bridges has so far remained coy about a partnership with [] The post Radio: What does Simon Bridges stand for? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:33

Homebush (UK) reviewing weedkiller safety following US court decision "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

GMWatch reports that The UKs biggest DIY chains have announced they are reviewing the safety of their weedkillers, as a US court ruled a commonly-used ingredient had given a man cancer. Homebase confirmed it was undertaking a review following a California jurys decision to award a groundskeeper $289million after concluding the weedkiller Roundup had caused his terminal non-Hodgkins lymphoma.The UKs biggest DIY chains have announced they are reviewing the safety of their weedkillers, as a US court ruled a commonly-used ingredient had given a man cancer.

The Friday decision by a San Francisco court to award groundskeeper DeWayne Johnson $289 million including $250 in punitive damages may now form part of a broader legal attack on GM food in the US. More than 5,000 other plaintiffs have similar cases against Monsanto, which was recently bought by German firm Bayer AG.

Read the full article here.

Write to Bunnings (Australia) to ask what action the chain or your local store is taking
( https://www.bunnings.com.au/contact-us )

The post Homebush (UK) reviewing weedkiller safety following US court decision appeared first on Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare .

07:30

A solution without a problem: A case study "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

They have just one decision to make, but two choices; so Greater Wellington Regional Council stepped in to allay the dilemma facing commuters. GWRC is riddled with greenies and socialists. To understand the socialist solution we must first try to understand, if at all possible, how socialists think. At its core socialism is arrogant condescension: [] The post A solution without a problem: A case study appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:23

REPOST: Cue Card Libertarianism - Fascism "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


It's been said that when somebody says "Smith is a fascist," what he really means is "I hate Smith." But "fascist" really does mean something ...

The defining characteristics of Fascism do not include jackboots, smart uniforms and violent racism. Fascism is simply Socialism/Communism with a cosmetic difference: whereas Socialism/ Communism nationalises and abolishes private property and the 'commanding heights' of the economy, fascism permits the faade of private ownership of property to remain, while nationalising instead the people who own them.

Under fascism, the illusion of ownership remains but the government assumes power of use and disposal over the property that is to say: under Socialism/Communism the state becomes the de jure owner, whereas under Fascism the state becomes the de facto owner. Let them own land or factories as much as they please,' declared Adolph Hitler: "The decisive factor is that the State, through the party, is supreme over them, regardless of whether they are owners or workers. All that, you see, is unessential. Our Socialism goes far deeper Why need we trouble to socialise banks and factories? We socialise human beings.

Hitlers published utterances are an instructive testimony to the essential unity of Socialism and Fascism. His National Socialist Partys 25-point political programme reads in part like a Green Party wish-list, which, when first implemented, won plaudits from many collectivist politicians in freer countries. Unemployment was artificially eliminated, grandiose welfare programmes were enacted, onerous taxes, regulations and controls imposed.

For too long, people have allowed themselves to be diverted by a phoney dichotomy between Communism and Fascism, whereas careful analysis shows that both are forms of collectivism, treating the individual as a means to an end: the common good. Neither in theory nor in practice is...

07:16

Rights For Some Alleged On The Sandspit "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A few allowed to damage the Scientific Reserve, alleges John Robinson. Now that the whitebaiting season is upon us again, many []

07:15

The right instincts? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

What should Simon Bridges have done when the Vice-Chancellor of Massey University de-platformed Don Brash? This is not a trick question. A political leader, constantly bombarded with random challenges requiring an instant and forceful response, cannot be seen to equivocate or dither. Either, he has the instincts of a leader, or he doesnt. Theres no way to teach them or transplant them: a leader can only demonstrate their presence or their absence. And, if he aint got them, then his stint in the leaders office is likely to be a short one. The post The right instincts? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

2/4 for Acts plan "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Act wants fewer MPs a smaller executive and no Maori seats:

ACT is drawing a line in the sand on the size of government with a new bill aimed at rolling back the state.

Party Leader David Seymour today revealed his Smaller Government Bill which will reduce the size of Parliament to 100 MPs, limit the size of the Executive to 20 Ministers, and remove the Maori seats.

The growth in government over the past two decades has not delivered better outcomes for New Zealand. We need smaller, smarter government, says Mr Seymour.

New Zealand has too many politicians for its size. Our Government costs more and delivers less than it did 20 years ago.

The Smaller Government Bill will cut the size of Parliament 100 MPs, bringing us into line with other developed countries.

The number of electorates is determined after each census.

The General electoral population is the ordinarily resident population shown in the last census less the Mori electoral population.

All electorates must have about the same population size.   The number of South Island General electorates is fixed at 16 by the Electoral Act 1993.  To calculate the number of electorates the Government Statistician:

  • divides the South Island General electoral population by 16 (this result provides the average electoral population for South Island electorates and is referred to as the South Island quota)
  • divides the Mori electoral population by the South Island quota to work out the number of Mori electorates, and
  • divides the North Island General electoral population by the South Island quota to work out the number of General electorates for the North Island.  . .

If the number of MPs was reduced the size of electorates would have to increase and rural electorates are already far too big.

Clutha Southland covers an area of 37,378 square kilometres, West Coast Tasman is a little smaller and Waitaki covers an area of around 34,000 kilometres.  It doesnt matter how hard, smart and effectively  MPs representing these electorates work, it is impossible for them to give the same level of service to constituents spread over these huge area as the MP for Epsom, the smallest electorate, which covers an area just under 20 squ...

07:00

When virtue-signalling costs jobs and the government doesnt care "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

So, the government has announced that they want to do away with what they call single-use plastics bags, the ultimate virtue-signal of appearing to solve a problem that actually doesnt exist in New Zealand. Now the unions arent happy because the policy is probably going to costs jobs: Quote: The Governments plastic bag ban could [] The post When virtue-signalling costs jobs and the government doesnt care appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:45

Whale meat again "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The other day the Boss went off for a Meat meeting and brought this back to the office. We know you all would like to get your hands on some delicious non-halal Whalemeat (made from 100% vegetarian animals) so a competition had to be created. If you havent already got a subscription to Whaleoil now is [] The post Whale meat again appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:40

Massive dust, wind and rain storm hits Southern Nevada, causing mass power outage "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

A massive dust, wind and rain storm rolled through Southern Nevada on the evening of August 11, 2018, knocking down trees and power poles, sparking fires and triggering flash flood warnings. More than 60 000 customers were left without power. The National Weather...... Read more

06:30

Good idea, but will it help Act? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Act party reckons their path to victory is to have fewer MPs and remove the Maori seats, both good ideas. But will it help Act? Quote: ACT has unveiled a plan to slash the number of MPs to 100 and erase the Mori seats. Leader David Seymour has today unveiled a Smaller Government [] The post Good idea, but will it help Act? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Kim Hill a discussion with Ed Husain- countering Radical Islam "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Saturday with Kim Hill, 11/08/2018, had several excellent segments but the first for your consideration is this one:-

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/sat-20180811-1007-ed_husain_-_countering_radical_islam-128.mp3

Ed Husain is the author of The Islamist, a memoir of his time inside radical Islamism. Having rejected extremism, he now advises governments and political leaders on Islam. He is a senior fellow at Civitas, Institute for the Study of Civil Society in London, and a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre in Washington DC. He was a senior fellow for Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York for five years and co-founded Quilliam, the worlds first counter-extremism think-tank, in Britain. His latest book is The House of Islam A Global History, and hell talking about the issues it raises at the WORD Christchurch festival, details here.

ppp

06:15

Most read "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Our Whats Hot post and Must Read posts up the top of our home page are based on the two articles from the day before that attracted the most comments. This post is to provide you with the links to the top five most read posts as the vast majority of our readership do not comment and the post with the [] The post Most read appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

PNG turns protectionist in its APEC year "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The first sign that Papua New Guinea would be taking a more protectionist trade policy came in late 2015, with the banning of a number of fresh fruit and vegetable imports from Australia. That ban was short-lived, but this last year has seen a major reversal in trade policy. For the last two decades, PNG has been following a policy of tariff reduction. As part of its negotiations with the World Bank and IMF, the country introduced a Tariff Reduction Program (TRP) in 1999, which set out tariff reductions to 2006. Despite some opposition, the TRP was upheld by a 2003 review, and the 1999 plans were broadly implemented. Another review in 2007 resulted in a further round of reductions out to 2018. The reductions planned and/or achieved are shown in the table below. It is important to note that most tariff lines (three-quarters) in PNG are in fact zero, with no tariffs being applied on imports of most goods for which there is no domestic production. The table below shows the tariff rates for those goods that are subject to tariffs. Since 1999, there have been three tariffs intermediate, protective and prohibitive. All have fallen significantly.

Non-zero tariff rates under PNGs two Tariff Reduction Programs (TRPs)

With a few exceptions, the tariff reductions were implemented over the last two decades as planned. The unweighted average of the three tariff categories fell from 42% in 1999 to 18% in 2015. The Import and Export Customs Tariff Act of 2012 legislated a series of tariff changes that would come into effect immediately, with further reductions to come into effect on January 1 2015, and yet more to be implemented on January 1 2018. However, in August 2017, the TRP was suspended. In legislation accompanying the 2018 budget (November 2017), about 250 tariffs lines were increased, and over 600 decreases were abandoned. On average, the tariff increases were moderate (about 7%), but...

06:00

An interesting proposition from Chris Trotter "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Chris Trotter theorises about the political landscape, how the free speech debate has ignited passions and how they might change that landscape inside two years: Quote: What the free speech controversy of the past four weeks revealed to New Zealanders was that too forthright an expression of cultural nationalism can result in the persons advocating [] The post An interesting proposition from Chris Trotter appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:47

A visiting Australian MP may say something I dont like "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This sort of attack in advance, based on guesses (at best) of what someone may say in the future, is becoming common: TVNZ say Pauline Hanson has been invited over "to speak on free speech". What a load of shit, she has been invited over to be a racist bigot, it's the only thing she []

05:31

Dialysis rationed for Kiwis as ineligible immigrants get treatment "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This is a disturbing report from RNZ:  Dialysis for NZ patients rationed as ineligible immigrants treated New Zealand dialysis patients are having their treatment rationed because of ineligible immigrants turning up for emergency care, according to government documents. Immigration New Zealands chief medical officer said at times staff said they have had to reduce dialysis []

05:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is Subscriber Content. You can access subscriber content, including crosswords, sudoku, polling, commentary and podcasts by subscribing to one of our membership packages. The post Daily crossword appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:15

How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If your subscription has not automatically renewed it may be because you hadnt ticked for it to automatically renew when you set it up because your credit card has expired because you have removed your credit card details from Paypal. because of insufficient funds If you want to update your credit card details click here. If [] The post How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:08

A plea to consider amendments to the Electoral (Integrity) Bill "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Winston Peters Electoral (Integrity) Bill has been very contentious. The Green Party has been strongly and widely criticised for opposing the bill (very strongly opposing similar legislation historically) but deciding to vote for it for the good of the Government. Minister of Justice Andrew Little has also been criticised for refusing to budge on []

05:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Now all we need is to continue to speak the truth fearlessly, and we shall add to our number those who will turn the scale to the side of equal and full justice in all things.   Lucy Stone who was born on this day in 1818.

05:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good morning, welcome to our daily Whaleoil General Debate. Our evening General debate is called Backchat and will start at 6 pm On General debate, you are encouraged as a commenter to share your own stories, discuss other news, bring NEW news, catch up with friends or make new friends with other commenters. To participate youll [] The post Whaleoil general debate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:40

Q+A Bridges would punish universities who interfere with free speech "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges was interviewed on Q + A last night. He said Universities could face funding cuts in extreme cases if they interfere with free speech. Full Q+A: @NZNationalParty leader @simonjbridges says if he was in power Universities could face funding cuts in extreme cases if they interfere with free speech. []

04:32

Do we really need fewer MPs? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

ACT have announced policy that would reduce the number of MPs from 120 to 100, and reduce the number of electorates. Are the targeting the real problems? Our system of MMP was introduced in 1994 after a referendum supporting it in 1993. The system was reviewed in 2012 but the size of parliament was excluded []

04:30

Tweet for Today "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

04:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is it the moment weve been waiting for. The moment when the Brexit rebellion finally began. Enough of this pissing about. Enough lawyerly excuses and Civil Service prevarication and Remainer politician manoeuvrings. We voted Brexit. Now give us Brexit. Give us Brexit, strong and hard, Boris!. -James Delingpole The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is chaebol (noun) A conglomerate of businesses, usually owned by a single family, especially in Korea. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : 1980s: Korean, literally money clan. The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 13 24 Those who spare the rod of discipline hate their children. Those who love their children care enough to discipline them. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Trump and his varied and interesting connections "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Over the years questions have been raised about Trump and possible Mob connections, for example this item from BBC Newsnight

Then today Adam came across this piece in The Washington Post. It repays reading

Then there is this from MSNBC referring to an article in The New Republic

And then this video from The New Yorker

03:20

Media watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

13 August 2018 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []

03:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

03:09

Open Forum Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

13 August 2018 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

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