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Monday, 20 November

01:21

Shallow 6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes near New Caledonia "IndyWatch Feed World"

The quake struck this morning about 45 miles east of the Tadine, in the Loyalty Islands. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported the tremor at 8:25 pm in the evening, or 9.25am 25 GMT, at a shallow depth of 13km (8 miles). The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said in a statement that a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami was not expected and there was no tsunami threat to Hawaii. The quake was initially recorded as 6.6 magnitude, but is now being reported as 6.4.

00:54

Japanese boat crashes into US Navy destroyer in Pacific Fleet's fifth collision this year "IndyWatch Feed World"

A US Navy destroyer has collided with a Japanese tugboat in Sagami Bay, off the east coast of Japan, making it the fifth such incident involving the Pacific Fleet this year. An official statement from the US Navy's 7th Fleet said the tugboat lost its propulsion and drifted into the USS Benfold on Saturday, sustaining minor damage. "No one was injured on either vessel and Benfold sustained minimal damage, including scrapes on its side, pending a full damage assessment," the statement read. The USS Benfold remains at sea while the Japanese boat was towed to a port in Yokosuka. The Navy said that the incident would be investigated.

00:16

The depths to which xenophobia and bigotry has reduced Australia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Australia began to ignore its obligations under international law in 1992 and its determination to turn back asylum seeker boats and reduce the number of refugees accepted into this country grew apace until this is the situation in November 2017.

The New York Times, 18 November 2017:

Veteran United Nations officials said this month they had never seen a wealthy democracy go to such extremes to punish asylum seekers and push them away.

Papua New Guinea officials and local leaders, enraged at how the camps closure was handled, have demanded to know why Australia is not doing more to help the men.

HuffPost, 18 November 2017:

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's main medical association called on Saturday for the government to allow independent doctors and other health experts to help more than 400 asylum seekers languishing inside a recently closed detention center in Papua New Guinea.

The asylum seekers have shut themselves inside the Australian-run Manus Island Centre for the past 18 days, defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) to close it in a standoff the United Nations describes as a "looming humanitarian crisis".

Australia has shut access to the cente...

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Sunday, 19 November

23:28

COP23: Key outcomes agreed at the UN climate talks in Bonn "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Climate change was again placed at the centre of global diplomacy over the past two weeks as diplomats and ministers gathered in Bonn, Germany, for the latest annual round of United Nations climate talks.

COP23, the second conference of the parties since the Paris Agreement was struck in 2015, promised to be a somewhat technical affair as countries continued to negotiate the finer details of how the agreement will work from 2020 onwards.

However, it was also the first set of negotiations since the US, under the presidency of Donald Trump, announced its intention earlier this year to withdraw from the Paris deal. And it was the first COP to be hosted by a small-island developing state with Fiji taking up the presidency, even though it was being held in Bonn.

Carbon Brief covers all the summits key outcomes and talking points.

Two US delegations

After Trumps decision in June that he wanted to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement, all eyes were on the US official delegation to see how they would navigate the negotiations.

During the first week of the talks, a civil society group known as the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance called for the US delegation to be barred from attending the negotiations, due to its decision to leave the Paris deal.

Meanwhile, a seemingly pointed message was sent on day two of the COP, when Syria announced it would sign the Paris Agreement. This now leaves the US as the only country in the world stating it doesnt intend to honour the landmark deal.

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23:04

With Gene-Altering Schemes, Be Careful What You Wish For "IndyWatch Feed World"

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The short-tailed weasel, or stoat, decimated native bird populations after it was introduced to New Zealand. Altering the genes of invasive animals might save threatened species, scientists said, but could also have devastating consequences. Credit DeAgostini, via Getty Images

Two days ago we were intrigued by the notion; today, not so much. Is it a cat fight between two of the science...

22:59

Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia at 09:25 UTC (20:25 local time) on November 19, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 25.3 km (15.8 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 10 km (6.2...... Read more

22:19

Half of PNG Workers Tested Have Undiagnosed Vision Condition "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Almost half of PNG workers tested under a new charitable initiative had a previously undiagnosed vision condition - according to new figures.

The free healthcare programme funded by Star Mountain Plaza Limited in Port Moresby found that 46 percent of employees had substandard vision.

The vision tests, run by optometrists at the Pacific International hospital as part of an onsite screening programme examined 136 workers.

Almost half of those screened presented with eye conditions, with 46% of employees needing glasses, and a smaller number were referred to an opthamologist for more specialised treatment.

Augustine Mano from Star Mountain Plaza said the feedback from workers who had been part of the screening was encouraging.

We developed this preventative healthcare programme to ensure that our employees had access to the best screening and treatment available.

Many of our colleagues had a condition they were completely unaware of and the diagnosis has giving us the opportunity to restore their full vision.

Each worker identified with poor eyesight has now been provided with free prescription lenses and safety glasses to enhance both their vision and quality of life, he says.

A second stage of the programme will see nominated family members of the employees screened by optometrists.

We have also made the free screening available to the families of our employees as we know the chance to receive free treatment for a vision condition will make a real difference in their lives, says Mr Mano.

22:17

Affordable Quality Homes Now A Reality in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Quality, modern homes at affordable prices have at long last become a reality in PNG claimed Andrew Avenell, Co-founder and Director of Rhodes, when he spoke at the recent PNG Real Estate Show.  But Avenell urges families to be cautious and do their homework before they make what is likely to be the biggest investment of their life.  Low quality houses, which wont last the lifespan of a bank loan, are coming on to the market in increasing numbers.  Families who purchase these homes will have the financial burden of not just their mortgage repayments but huge maintenance costs after about 15 years when their houses literally start to fall apart claimed Avenell.

The upside though, is that quality doesnt have to be compromised by affordability and this is the case with Rhodes range of family homes.  The quality of Rhodes homes is achieved through the use of top-grade galvanised steel frames, superior building products, composite materials and technology.  Their affordability is achieved by Rhodes vertical integration and technological advances resulting in a smarter, faster and better way to build. 
Rhodes are prefabrication and modular building specialists, manufacturing their frames, roof trusses and other components on the factory floor and then assembling them on site.  Companies that specialise in prefabricated steel-framed buildings save their customers money because much less time is spent on the actual building site. Building in PNG is expensive due to weather extremes which drag out the building process and the lack of qualified trades people especially in remote locations which means you end up paying top dollar for labour.  The beauty of a pre-fabricated building says Avenell is that it can be assembled quickly by even unskilled workers which means less labour costs and therefore a lower price for home buyers.

Another way families save money by buying a prefabricated steel framed house is through lower ongoing maintenance requirements.  Steel is tough and long-lasting.  Galvanised steel wont rust, and unlike wood, it wont rot, burn or be eaten by termites.  Even the best quality wood that has been chemically treated for termites wont last as long as galvanised steel.  People shouldnt just take my word for it though says Avenell everyone looking to buy a new house should do their own independent r...

22:13

Smallholder farmers to drive rice industry in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Trukai Industries Rice Development Manager Humphrey Saese believes our smallholder farmers can drive the local rice industry to attain a status alongside PNGs most renowned farming crops.

PNG is the world's leading producer of sustainable palm oil and our coffee is highly popular in the US and other markets worldwide, while cacao from Morobe Province has been sought from overseas to produce premium specialty chocolate.

Mr Saese believes home-grown rice can over time evolve its own reputation and contribution to wide-reaching employment and the economy.

PNG has achieved so much despite barely scratching the surface of our potential as an agricultural nation. From sector to sector, it is impossible not to be inspired to raise the bar on the way you do things and what quality of crop you produce. Our rice industry is no different, Mr Saese explained.

But the backbone of our success in all agriculture sectors depends on the progress of our smallholder farmers in PNG. Our smallholder growers are by far the largest group of agriculture producers in the country.  Through a nucleus out-grower system, farmers grow a significant volume of crops for the current established agri-based industries such as oil palm, coffee, cocoa and others.

Ideally this where the bright future of commercial rice farming in PNG resides, he added.

With the right training and infrastructural support to surround them, more of our farmers will be empowered with the necessary skills in farming and management to grow rice on their own. But by working alongside established commercial partners they have a guaranteed access to markets.

Our company is currently undertaking significant upfront investment setting up the framework for our smallholder farmers to succeed, but in future our focus is likely to centre more on processing and the infrastructures required to cater for increased volumes produced by growers.

Trukai Industries has engaged with number of growers and cooperatives across PNG to pilot test concepts under their Rice Development Pilot Concept. They have successfully advanced farmers in the Markham from a pilot stage now to a commercial stage.

Apart from the current proposal of securing 500-plus smallholder rice farmers to work with around the UMI area, we are working with farmers in lower Markham valley in the Huon and Nawaeb distric...

22:09

Young Crystal gives our future its voice at APEC forum "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Young Crystal gives our future its voice at APEC forum

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

So said Margaret Mead, the noted American author and speaker of the 1960s and 1970s. The comment still rings true today, which is what made the presence of a small group of thoughtful, committed young Papua New Guineans so integral to the APEC Voices of the Future 2017 forum, held in Da Nang, Vietnam last week.

APEC Voices of the Future is the key youth dialog platform that is held in conjunction with the APEC CEO Summit and APEC Economic Leaders Week.

Trukai Industries Agronomist Crystal Artango was selected to a 6-strong PNG Delegation to speak at the forum along with five other young Papua New Guineans Wilfred Atzier from Newcrest Mining, Charles Wama from Kina Securities, Engineering and Technical professionals Kenny Hampalekie and Noah Pingin and Roberta Morlin, founder and co-owner of KLM Consulting.

The theme to address in their speeches was How to create new dynamism and foster a shared future amongst youth in the Asia Pacific Region.

Basically, we spoke about our economies and economic status. There were 4 sub-themes we had to prepare our speech upon, related to what our country delegations position was, Ms. Artango explained.

The 27-year old Erap resident, originally from Lae, was nominated by Trukai Industries for the life-changing trip.

Crystal said I was nominated by our CEO Mr. Greg Worthington-Eyre and my Agriculture Manager, Mr. Jarrod Pirie, and made it through that phase. I then had to do a write-up and illustrate what I hoped to achieve from the trip and my understanding of the theme. I was lost for words when I was selected by the ABAC (APEC Business Advisory Council) team in Singapore.

I would really like to give a big word of thank you to Trukai Industries for this great opportunity granted.

For her part, Ms. Artango spoke with Roberta Morlin about Creating New Dynamism and Fostering a Shared Future for Youth in PNG and the Asia-Pacific Region.

Our start-up and innovation ecosystem is still in its infancy stage in PNG, and this is a key topic we addressed, said Ms. Artango.

The ability of our youth to learn and later lead in the technology space is essential. We need to e...

22:01

World watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

22:01

November 20 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

284  Diocletian was chosen as Roman Emperor.

762 During An Shi Rebellion, Tang Dynasty, with the help of Huihe tribe, recaptured Luoyang from the rebels.

1194  Palermo was conquered by Emperor Henry VI.

1407 A truce between John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy and Louis of Valois, Duke of Orlans was agreed under the auspices of John, Duke of Berry.

1695  Zumbi, the last of the leaders of Quilombo dos Palmares in Brazil, was executed.

1620  Peregrine White, was born first English child born in the Plymouth Colony (d. 1704).

1700 Great Northern War: Battle of Narva  King Charles XII of Sweden defeated the army of Tsar Peter the Great at Narva.

1739 Start of the Battle of Porto Bello between British and Spanish forces during the War of Jenkins Ear.

1765 Sir Thomas Fremantle, British naval captain, was born (d. 1819).

1820 An 80-ton sperm whale attacked the Essex (a whaling ship from Nantucket, Massachusetts) 2,000 miles from the western coast of South America (Herman Melvilles 1851 novel Moby-Dick was in part inspired by this story).

1841  Maketu Wharetotara, the 17-year-old son of the Nga Puhi chief Ruhe, killed five people at Motuarohia in the Bay of Islands.

Mass murder in the Bay of Islands

1845 Argentine Confederation: Battle of Vuelta de Obligado.

1889  Edwin Hubble, American astronomer, was born (d. 19...

21:59

21:56

US warship collides with Japanese tug boat, latest mishap for the Navys 7th Fleet "IndyWatch Feed War"

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The Associated Press  FILE In this Aug. 8, 2016, file photo, the guided missile destroyer USS Benfold arrives at port in Qingdao, China. According to the U.S. Navy 7th Fleet, a Japanese tug boat lost propulsion and drifted into the USS Benfold during a towing exercise in Sagami Bay on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Borg Wong, File)

A U.S. warship collided with a Japanese commercial tug boat in Japans Sagami Bay on Saturday, marking the fifth time this year that a ship in the U.S. Navys 7th Fleet in the Pacific has been involved in a crash.

The Japanese tug boat lost propulsion and drifted into the USS Benfold during a towing exercise. The U.S. guided-missile destroyer sustained minimal damage, and there were no reported injuries on either vessel, according to a press release from the U.S. Navys 7th Fleet.

The USS Benfold, which is awaiting a full damage assessment, remains at sea under its own power. The incident will be investigated, the 7th Fleet said.

Heres a look at previous crashes involving U.S. Navy warships in 2017, including two deadly collisions that left 17 sailors dead:

Jan. 31: The USS Antietam runs aground off coast of Japan

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20:54

How can Communist Vietnam be friendlier to the U.S. than to China? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Theres something ridiculous in Sino-Vietnamese relations its a Trump-shaped wedge between the lips and teeth

BY CARY HUANG

18 NOV 2017
US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte at the Asean Summit in Manila. Photo: ReutersUS President Donald Trump shakes hands with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte at the Asean Summit in Manila. Photo: Reuters

Few things are more ridiculous in international politics than when a former enemy offers to mediate disputes between two former allies. But thats exactly what happened when US President Donald Trump told Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang he could help solve the long-standing territorial disputes between China and Vietnam in the South China Sea. A little more than 40 years ago the two communist countries were comrades-in-arms against the US in the Vietnam war.

Trumps offer in Hanoi on Sunday of last week came just hours before his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping began his second state visit in three years to the former communist ally. It also came soon after a summit in Beijing that highlighted Trumps bromance with Xi. The leaders of the worlds two largest economies both visited Hanoi after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in the Vietnamese port city of Da Nang on November 10. Trumps overtures to Hanoi which have the potential to antagonise Beijing betray the fact that relations between Washington and Hanoi and Washington and Beijing are both stronger than those between the two communist former allies.

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20:52

PNG Kumuls go down fighting "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Kumuls winger Garry Lo had a strong
tournament in the 2017 World Cup.
Credit: Jeff Crow. Copyright: NRL Photos.
Papua New Guinea lamented their first half performance in a 36-6 quarter-final loss to England but depart the World Cup with their pride intact.

Kumuls coach Michael Marum said they were in trouble after missing so many tackles early, allowing England to power home. Losing their skipper in the second minute also didn't help.

"It started off when we lost our captain David Mead through that first set," Marum said.

"He was our leader on field so we sort of missed him there.

"The past three games we worked hard on our defence and improved back at home but playing here [in Melbourne, against a] stronger side against England, we kept missing tackles and I think in that first half, our contact wasn't good enough. We didn't turn up to play at all."

Marum was proud of how his team kept coming at the more experienced England side throughout the whole match.

"We didn't give up we played right through to the end," he said.

"To get this far is a big achievement for the side. With the players we've got with the NRL experience we've got, I thought we did well. We didn't give up. There were some errors in our game that we could have improved, but is something to work on for future games.

"I think everyone will be disappointed today with the result. Back home for the past three weeks, we've been around in the city. I think there was a lot of talk those kids getting out to one day being a national player and a Kumul. They look up to players like David Mead, James Segeyaro and all those guys."

Segeyaro was confident the Kumuls could continue to improve but called for more Tests.

"A couple of players have only been playing for three or four years and they've picked it up pretty well," Segeyaro said.

"There's so much natural talent there. I think for rugby league and the nation going forward, [we need to] keep having Tests at the end of the year. I'd like to push for that...

20:39

'Thank you Russia for beating hate with love' - New Zealand supporter's heartfelt letter to football fans "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

When New Zealand failed to become the 32nd and final qualifiers for the Russia 2018 World Cup, going down 2-0 to Peru in their play-off second leg in Lima, it shattered the dreams of their steadfast official supporters group - 'The Flying Kiwis'. The group had hoped for a return to Russia since visiting last summer for the 2017 Confederations Cup, held in four Russian cities from June 17 to July 2, and in which New Zealand played in the opening match against hosts Russia at St. Petersburg Stadium. Defeat hit 'All Whites' fan Matt Fejos the hardest. The Wellington native traveled to all three New Zealand games at the tournament, from St. Petersburg to Sochi and back.

20:28

As Trump Hands Syria to Russia, Iran Shows No Sign of Leaving "IndyWatch Feed War"

Irans presence is not expected to diminish despite the U.S.-Russia deal. Israel is concerned, but whether Iran is interested in opening a front against Israel in Syria remains unclear

By Zvi Barel Nov 19, 2017 8:39 AM

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Trump and Putin chat at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam, on November 11, 2017. MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP

Moscow and Washington agreed in a joint statement last week that no military solution is possible in Syria and that there are only diplomatic options. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan quickly responded that those who dont believe in a military solution should pull their troops out of Syria.

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The statement, which seemed to signal that presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump had turned a new leaf in their relations, also raised concern in Israel, which fears that a diplomatic solution would leave Iranian-backed forces in Syria. In time, this could pose a threat to Israel.

The U.S.-Russian agreement implies that all foreign combatants must leave Syria. Russia would press Bashar Assad to order Iran and Hezbollah to leave the country; the U.S. would ask Jordan to oust jihadi forces like Jabhat al-Nusra and other Sunni militias. These assumptions are far from convincing.

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At a press briefing after the joint statement, a senior American official said the Americans dont intend to negotiate with Assad or the Iranian forces, but with Russia. He emphasized the American and Russian sponsorship for the cease-fire agreement signed in Jordan about setting up a safe zone in southern Syria, a move that was roundly criticized by Israel.

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Israel directed its remarks at Russia, but the U.S. is equally responsible for the agreement. The statement shouldnt have surprised Israel, because already in April, at Trumps previous meeting with Putin, the two had agreed not to discuss Assads future at that stage. Trump made a major concession to Russia, which was reflected in the current briefing as well, to the effect that Assad must go but its up to the Syrian people, including those who were displaced, to make that move by means of election. They also agreed that the two powers could work together on issues of joint interest.

However, those shared interests dont necessarily take into consideration Israels interests.

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At present the agreement doesnt draft final maps, so Israels alarm may be premature. But after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that the presence of Iranian forces in Syria is legitimate since...

19:45

How corporate giants are automating the farm "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

 

19:01

Grave fears for brain-injured refugee on Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Refugee Action Coalition Media Release Urgent surgery needed for brain-injured refugee on Nauru A 28 year-old Rohingyan refugee injured in a motorbike accident on Nauru this morning around 7.00am has been unconscious in the RON hospital since yesterday afternoon (Saturday 18 November). The accident between two motorbikes, happened on the Fly Camp Rd, the same

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18:00

Sunday Stand-up "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

CAUTION:  Bad language and adult themes are common in stand-up comedy

The post Sunday Stand-up appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:00

The Veiled Threat: Australias Campaign Against New Zealand Refugee Policy "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Another twist in the farce over the stained treatment of refugees on Papua New Guineas Manus Island has surfaced. New Zealand has been insisting for some time that it is more than willing to welcome some 150 to its shores. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, much to the irritation of Australias Turnbull government, has been particularly

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16:31

Apology to Lord Eggbutt "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Hi Lord Egbut

Please don't take the deletion of your comment personally.

I didn't actually read your comment before hitting the deletion button.
Just checking to see if it still works.

You are welcome to comment anonymously on my posts but please don't expect me to bother engaging in a response.


If you wish your views to be more
widely known why don't you start your own blog.

It's not like there is a lot of competition on the Left so you could do quite well.

There will be no shortage of material as you will be guaranteed at least one clusterf*** a week to spin.

To get you started I've found a logo for you. Humble apologies if it's the wrong gender.

Cheers
Lou

16:31

Bring Them Here "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


In the West there was panic when the migrants multiplied on the highways. Men of property were terrified for their property. Men who had never been hungry saw the eyes of the hungry. Men who had never wanted anything very much saw the flare of want in the eyes of the migrants. And the mean of the towns and of the soft suburban country gathered to defend themselves; and they reassured themselves that they were good and the invaders bad, as a man must do before he fights. They said, Those goddamned Okies are dirty and ignorant. Theyre degenerate, sexual maniacs. Those goddamned Okies are thieves. Theyll steal anything. Theyve got no sense of property rights.
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath


Sex with underage girls. Rampant violence. Tables awash with gambling money. No, its not the latest Netflix blockbuster, but allegations against the 370 men detained on Manus Island. the claims.... some of them by Australian intelligence - are yet to be proven, or disproven, but it smacks of yet another outrage against vulnerable, desperate people whose only crime is to have sought asylum and a safe haven. You cant help but be sceptical of the claims. Smear campaigns against refugees is nothing new but more of that in a moment. And the timing of the leak is suspect. If this behaviour was rife, how come its only just been revealed hot on the heels of PM Jacinda Ardern offering - to Australias immense displeasure - to resettle 150 of the men in New Zealand?

First up, who are these men? They are asylum seekers who arrived in Australia by boat from various strife-torn countries throughout the Middle East and Asia. In 2012, Australia began offshore processing of those seeking refuge on its shores under the rather chillingly named Pacific Solution. A washing-of-hands, more like, and certainly not a solution for the refugees themselves. The policy was condemned from the start for its ad hoc nature, and for the removal of desperate people to facilities that were barely inhabitable, with unreliable water and power supplies, poor medical facilities, as well as the mental impact that remaining in limbo would have on a population already fleeing dire situations in their home countries.

Since July 2013, about 1500 people have been transferred to Manus, in Papua New Guinea, from Australia. As The Conversation reports, The number of asylum seekers on...

16:11

Hooked By A Dame? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The wonderful world of pantomime By Ralph  McAllister Jimmy Logan and Stanley Baxter dragged my brother and me into the world of pantomime. Alhambra Theatre in Glasgow, every Christmas, our gran would treat us to what was a highlight of the year. That was in forties Scotland. The cheers that reverberated as these famous dames []

16:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You dont have to stay on topic in these posts like you do in all others. Feel free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. If you havent tried it before, signing up for a Disqus account is free, quick, and it is easy. New []

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15:49

Political Cartoons One of the best Sharon Murdoch "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Ms Murdoch draws superb and apposite cartoons. They make you think, take a step back and even like myself if you disagree they make you smile. To my ming the mark of a superb cartoonist.

sallies

 


15:35

Erica Stanfords maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Thanks for posting this

Homepaddock

East Coast Bays MP Erica Stanford delivered her maiden speech this week:

Mr Speaker, can I congratulate you Sir, on your successful election to the role of Speaker.

I look forward to your rigorous application of the rules of this House and of course your great leniency when dealing with this freshly-minted member from the East Coast Bays. 

Under your stewardship Sir, I can see this House is moving with the times.

I was so very pleased to see you bouncing one of the beautiful babies of the House on your knee during a debate last week.

The Member from Pakuranga certainly seemed to enjoy his time on the big chair.

In all seriousness Sir, your commitment to making this a family friendly workplace is admirable and to see you leading, literally from the front, was quite a special moment. 

I would like to start today, by acknowledging and thanking

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15:01

Your pill spies on you The pill reports when its taken "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Your pill spies on you The pill reports when its taken by Jon Rappoport November 15, 2017 Source: NY Times, 11/13, First Digital Pill Approved to Worries About Biomedical Big Brother. Heres the new equation: A medicine is a pill is a sensor that reports when you took the pill. Achtung! Take your medication on []

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15:00

Teething problems are a small sign of bigger issues "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Claire Trevett writes about the teething issues that exist within the government, over silly things like a letterhead. As Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern set about her first international mission, a minor imbroglio over letterhead was erupting back at home. In an apparent bid to show Labour and its partners NZ First and the Greens were []

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14:33

Adventures in Chamorro #4 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

On Facebook I have a regular informal series titled "Adventures in Chamorro." It ranges from stories of speaking Chamorro with my kids, protests, decolonization activism and also teaching Chamorro at UOG. I have not been on a hike in quite a while and so here are two stories dealing with hiking and my students at UOG.

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Adventures in Chamorro #234: For my Chamorro language classes I often have them write up some simple love poetry. I normally begin those assignments by talking about most elderly Chamorros refer to as traditional Chamorro courtship rituals. As Spanish Catholic influence made it very difficult for young unmarried men and women to interact with each other romantically, so much of the courtship happened in secret or through intermediaries known as "chule'guagua'" or "basket carriers." It was a time of early-morning meetings down by the riverbank, sneaking away to the blindspots behind churches or nights filled with young men, prowling around homes hoping to get the attention of their beloveds sleeping within. Sometimes these stories ended with the families approving the union, sometimes they did not. Students usually remark how different things are today, although one or two makes a connection with the "drama" in relationships today, joking that we still find Chamorro men lurking around homes, although usually for ekgo' related reasons. Here is one of my favorite poems by a student writing in that theme.

Gaige hao gi fion-a pgo
Humhanao mona gi kareran-miyu
Lao gagaige ha hao gi halom i korason-hu
Hu guaiya hao
Lao mabokbok i ante-ku
Annai un yute yu
Gagaige ha hao gi halom i hinasso-ku
Yan gaige yu pgo gi hiyong i gima-mu

Adventures in Chamorro #207: I recently took my Chamorro classes on a hike to Pgat. For those who couldn't make it, they could be excused if they wrote, in Chamorro, a poem or a reflection paper on the beauty or the importance of the location. Here is an example of a poem which was started by a CM101 student, and then when I shared with with a CM102 student, he added in some extra, humorous details.

Hu hungok na gof bonito i sengsong Pgat.
Ti sia humnao yu para Pgat samachochocho yu.
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14:30

Terrible child abuse allowed by Western country "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Imagine a Western country where child abuse is legal if the abuse is done by medical professionals with the permission of the parents. Imagine child abuse that starts when the child is four years old and that treats Puberty as a disease. Imagine child abuse that puts dangerous puberty-blocking hormones into a four-year-olds body that inhibit growth []

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14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Bioluminescent  the production and emission of light by a living organism such as fireflies, glowworms, and certain fish, jellyfish, plankton, fungi, and bacteria


Filed under: language Tagged: bioluminescent

14:00

Has Jacinda thought through all the consequences of aggravating Australia? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Just to re-iterate what kind of people Jacinda is paying $3m towards. [Jacindas favourite 150 people]  detained on Manus Island regularly travelled into town to allegedly have sex with underage girls and buy and sell drugs, the Australian government was told last month. Some 161 offences, including sexual assault, assault and aggressive behaviour, allegedly committed by []

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13:55

Upsurge in big earthquakes predicted for 2018 as Earth rotation slows "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Im always wary of earthquake predictions for obvious reasons. Ive heard enough of them that never came to anything more than panickmongering, but still, I berated a number of luminaries for announcing the 2010 NZ Greendale quake to be a once in 16000 year event when another earthquake could occur at any moment. Lulling everyone []

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13:50

PNG Kumuls v England Rugby League World Cup live updates, live streaming "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

We will bring the live updates of the Papua New Guinea Kumuls versus England, Rugby League World Cup match here. The match will be played at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium in Australia.  The game begins at 3:00 pm (PNG time) this afternoon. We will use twitter feeds to update the match. We will also post live videos. Refresh the page every time to see the updates.




13:30

An ego the size of Texas "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

and an intellect the size of a pea, apparently. It takes weapons-grade levels of infatuation with your own sense of self-worth to the universe to pull a stunt like the one Pharrell Williams just pulled. [] The Grammy-winning musician appeared in Shanghai this week to debut a song titled 100 Years, which he described []

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13:10

Freedom Frenzy Grips Zimbabwe, But What Happens Next? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

President Robert Mugabe is under intense pressure to resign. But nothing has been heard from the 93-year-old since he appeared at a university graduation on Friday. We want to tell President Mugabe, it is time to rest, Chipo tells us as she continues celebrating with her friends near Freedom Square. This is a new Zimbabwe, []

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13:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

WANDER IN PORTO from Hang gab Lee on Vimeo.

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12:32

Missing Submarines And Missed Calls "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Argentinas defense ministry said seven failed satellite calls that it believes came from a missing naval submarine were detected on Saturday in a likely sign the crew of 44 was trying to reestablish contact. The calls, believed to be from the ARA San Juan submarine, lasted between four and 36 seconds in the late morning []

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12:30

Woman of the year Linda Sarsour defends female genital mutilation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Glamour magazine has named Linda Sarsour a pro-Sharia Muslim activist their Woman Of The Year. Unsurprisingly there has been pushback on their choice as people are shellshocked. It reminds me of when the UN put Saudi Arabia in charge of a Human rights panel and made them a member of a Womens rights commision despite their countrys []

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12:14

Shabbos Behind the Barricades: Some Notes from Olympia Stand Round 2, Day 1 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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A local politician showed up and over half the encampment came to the front to heckle him by name until he left. Someone was playing Chumbawambas Anarchy on a set of speakers. This is incredible, I told my friends. Im never leaving Olympia again.

November 17, 2017, a year and a day since the eviction of last years blockade of a train carrying fracking sand from the Port of Olympia.

I got home from work at 5pm and had about a million text messages all telling me the same thing: theres a fracking train blockade downtown. Same place as last year. Come down.

I was exhausted, cold, and wet from work, and had plans to do Shabbat with friends, but I wouldnt miss a railroad blockade for the world. Shabbos at the blockade!, I told my friends. If stopping a train full of materials used in the destruction of the environment and genocide of Indigenous people isnt Tikkun Olam, I dont know what is.

I hopped in the shower, changed into dry clothes, grabbed an energy drink, and trekked downtown. The barricade on the tracks and around the camp was already big and sturdy when I got there, and through the night it continued to grow. Inside the camp I found a pop-up canopy with food, zines, and bedding, numerous tarps to keep off the perpetual Pacific Northwest rain, couches, a roaring barrel fire, and a shit-ton of people, many with faces covered. A local politician showed up and over half the encampment came to the front to heckle him by name until he left. Someone was playing Chumbawambas Anarchy on a set of speakers. This is incredible, I told my friends. Im never leaving Olympia again.

The atmosphere at the encampment was both festive and post-apocalyptic. Pizzas and pallets flowed in throughout the night. A truck or van would pull up with supplies and instantly a crowd of people would unload it and take materials where they were needed. People were playing chess and cards, dancing, fortifying and painting the barricades, snacking, talking to new friends. I was reminded of the stark contrast between the brutal grinding horror of trains, resource extraction, genocide, capitalism, and the State, and the joy of sharing, friendship, crime, and anarchy.

A crew of my friends showed up. We lit a pair of candlesticks stuck into the...

12:00

12:00

Erica Stanfords maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

East Coast Bays MP Erica Stanford delivered her maiden speech this week:

Mr Speaker, can I congratulate you Sir, on your successful election to the role of Speaker.

I look forward to your rigorous application of the rules of this House and of course your great leniency when dealing with this freshly-minted member from the East Coast Bays. 

Under your stewardship Sir, I can see this House is moving with the times.

I was so very pleased to see you bouncing one of the beautiful babies of the House on your knee during a debate last week.

The Member from Pakuranga certainly seemed to enjoy his time on the big chair.

In all seriousness Sir, your commitment to making this a family friendly workplace is admirable and to see you leading, literally from the front, was quite a special moment. 

I would like to start today, by acknowledging and thanking the people of the East Coast Bays for their trust and confidence in electing me as their representative to this Parliament.

I am deeply humbled by the support that I have received from my community and I am especially proud to be the first female MP for East Coast Bays.

This is my first rodeo and as a rookie I owe a debt of gratitude to many people for their support on this ride into Parliament.

In particular I would like to thank my electorate Chair, Scott Browne, my high-school buddy and campaign chair Vernon Tava, and my dear friend and right-hand man, Tony Hannifin.

Today I must also acknowledge and thank my predecessor, and former boss of four years, the Honourable Murray McCully.

Murray was first elected as MP for East Coast Bays in 1987, a day after my ninth birthday, with the slim majority of 311 votes.

For 30 years he was a hard-working and well respected local MP, evident in the fact that he left Parliament with an impressive majority of over 15,000, which is a monumental effort and just shy of my very first majority of 16,000.

I jest Mr Speaker, but I am well aware I am fortunate to ride the shoulders of this political giant. 

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11:30

EU courting us to get ahead of UK in a post-Brexit Free Trade deal "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

European Union Ambassador to New Zealand Bernard Savage talks to Otago Daily Times senior business reporter Simon Hartley about free-trade agreement negotiations. We started New Zealand scoping before Brexit began, [Bernard Savage] said. While being in a race with the UK was not a consideration, although Mr Savage hoped formal talks would begin in the []

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11:14

ON ZIMBABWE "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I have been an interested watcher of Zimbabwe from the sidelines for many years.   Previously known as the 'breadbasket of Africa' it is a country with huge potential properly run.    The last three decades has seen the country driven to its knees by the Mulgabe regime.    And now it appears that Mulgabe has been deposed in what was effectively an Army coup (although nobody wants to admit that for a variety of reasons).

The new President is likely to be the sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwe (aka 'the crocodile')  but before the world community cracks open the champagne it might do well to reflect on this from one of his colleagues from the war of independence who worked with him for many years when he said ... "he is a very cruel man, very cruel" ... or this from a Zanu-PF (ruling Party) official who said "You think Mugabe is bad but have you thought that whoever comes after him could be even worse?"

Interesting times ahead for Zimbabwe.   Lord Egbut knows the country intimately ... I would be interested to read his take on events.



11:00

Jacinderella needs new shoes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jacinderella needs new shoes. We all need to chip in and buy Jacinda some new shoes, she seems to only have two pairs.  And everyone knows shoes maketh the woman. Here we have the black ankle boots.  Perfect for striding down the corridors of power.   They go with everything, any time of the day []

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10:50

A petition to demand that the PNG Gov addresses violence against women "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Sign the petition:  Enough was enough long ago: when the violence is extended to include little girls of six-years-old being tortured by groups of men, we cannot let this continue and call ourselves human.   We the Papua New Guinea Community and the International Community are united in this call to action. We demand the PNG Government takes immediate and sustained action to prevent and protect women and children from torture, murder and all acts of violence and human rights abuses. The latest victim is just six (6) years old. Last week in PNG, in an act of extreme depravity, a group of men burned her with hot metal to persuade her to confess to practising witchcraft she was lucky, she was rescued before she was murdered. Not so lucky was her mother Kepari Leniata, a name you may remember. Five years ago, a group of vengeful men tortured Continue reading A petition to demand that the PNG Gov addresses violence against women

10:36

Japan: Soccer v Rugby "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Transforming Japanese soccer By our Japan correspondent, Neil Smith Back when the Japan Football Association (JFA) was preparing to launch the J-League, players developed their skills at primary, junior, and high schools, then at university. This was also the case with rugby and other sports. This is where all the necessary contacts were made and []

10:30

Sunday Classic Comedy (26) That Was The Week That Was "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The classic BBC show that spawned so many other shows and gave a break to much talent. Sadly little survives


10:30

Fran OSullivan on Jacindas continued insults against Australia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Fran OSullivan writes about Jacinda Arderns continued insults against Australia: Jacinda Arderns decision to pick a fight with our nearest neighbour over the Manus Island imbroglio risks inserting a thorn right back in the Aussies paw. Its no secret that successive Australian governments have tended to view New Zealand as freeloaders freeloading when it []

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10:14

Lunch & Learn: Women Miners as Change Makers in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Earthworks

Join Earthworks and Community Solutions Program International Fellow, Immaculate Javia, for a Lunch and Learn talk on Wednesday, November 29th from 12 1pm.

Immaculate has more than 7 years of experience, training and working with women in the small-scale mining sector in Papa New Guinea.

She will talk about how empowering women through a policy framework can give a voice to women to advocate for change in the ASM industry in Papua New Guinea.

Lunch will be provided, from Taylor Gourmet

LOCATION: Earthworks, 1612 K St. NW, Suite 904, Washington, DC 20006, United States


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10:03

10:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Murder at The Savoy Hotel Marguerite Aliberts story is one of gritty survival followed by a lucrative life of prostitution. She pulled herself up from a world of poverty to mingle among Frances elite, and accomplished her goal of turning affairs into large sums of money. She is commonly remembered as Maggie Meller, a surname []

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10:00

Fierce Guide "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fierce Guide Prints

Someone asked me today how to stop being afraid of life & I thought of you. So fierce & gentle with the people you meet & I told her what you taught me: let love guide you, in even the smallest things, because thats what all life is hungry for.  Fierce Guide  2016 Brian Andreas posted with permission.

You can buy books, posters, cards, ornaments and more and sign up for a daily dose of whimsy like this by email at Story People.


Filed under: whimsy Tagged: Brian Andreas, Story People

09:30

TOP will be back for 2020 (Fool me once, shame on me) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Opportunities Party leader Dr Gareth Morgan today announced the formation of a public policy research unit that the party will use to further develop its evidence-based, best practice policy for the 2020 election. Now that TOP has experienced and survived its first election campaign and as the party continues to evolve, its time to beef []

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09:04

Settling In: How Was The Last Labour-Led Government Doing Two Months Out From Election Day? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"


Entitled The View From The Seventh Floor, this article was published on 26 January 2000, sixty days after the election of the Labour-Alliance coalition government on 27 November 1999. The circumstances and challenges confronting Helen Clarks new government, when set alongside those facing Jacinda Ardern and her colleagues, are at once strikingly similar but also jarringly different. By reproducing my seventeen-year-old article today, I hope to provide the readers of Bowalley Road with an opportunity to compare and contrast these two historical moments of significant political departure. - Chris Trotter

WHAT HAPPENS on the Seventh Floor of the Beehive affects everyone. From a handful of cramped offices thirty metres above Lambton Quay, issue forth the media releases, speech notes, bills and regulations intended to shape - and re-shape - the New Zealand economy. For the next three years, the speed and direction of economic policy will be determined by the two politicians currently occupying the Seventh Floor Labours Treasurer and Finance Minister, Michael Cullen, and Jim Anderton, the Alliances Minister for Economic Development. The success or failure of these two ministers will have an enormous bearing on the fate of the Labour-Alliance Coalition. Voters respond most vociferously to Government decisions which have a direct impact on their material standard of living. If they wish to remain on the Seventh Floor, Cullen and Anderton will have to get it right much more often than they get it wrong.

Five years ago, the idea that Michael Cullen and Jim Anderton might one day be working alongside one another would have been greeted with derision. As Labour and the Alliance staked out their respective economic positions, the responsibility for articulating the issues which divided the two parties fell to the two men who must now somehow unite them. It must be said, that both Cullen and Anderton embraced the former task with all the fervour and vitriol for which the Left is famous. Cullen christened the Alliance Leader Jim Il Sung equating Andertons protectionist predilections with the North Korean command economy. Anderton, not to be outdone...

08:46

Australia the chartered corporation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Some people may know that Australia's ex prime minister Tony Abbott stated that Australia was started off as a chartered corporation.

Thanking Allah ( or 'fortunately' - for the people in government) the majority of the serf population missed it, where even if they didn't they still would not comprehend what that means.

So let's get straight into the meat of the topic from information contained within UNESCO under the headline;

Deed of Settlement of the South Australia Company 1836


The Deed of Settlement and Royal Charter of Incorporation of the South Australian Company is a key document in South Australias history: it highlights the difference between the manner in which South Australia was established and populated and the foundation of other Australian colonies as penal settlements. It also records British economic expansionism at its peak and illustrates the interconnections between British business interests, the Colonial Office, and social and evangelical activists. In 1834, the British Parliament passed the South Australia Act, which empowered the government to establish and settle a province in South Australia. However, the Colonization Commissioners required 35,000-worth of land in South Australia to be sold before the new province could be established. Initially, only a limited amount of land was bought. The South Australian Company was formed in London on 9 October 1835, to encourage the further purchase of land. On 27 June 1836, the Deed of Settlement was signed by about 300 shareholders of the South Australian Company. The company played a pivotal role in the founding, early survival, and development of the colony, where the company built roads, bridges, ports, warehouses, and mills, and established agriculture, whaling, banking, and mining enterprises.2

The Deed of Settlement and Royal Charter of Incorporation of the South Australian Company is significant as a document representing the history of both imperial Britain and colonial South Australia. In establishing the rights and property of the South Australian Company, it demonstrates the extent of British government, business and social-evangelical interests in Australia.

Inscription Number: #11

Year of Inscription: 2004

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08:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Further 1000 Mycoplasma Bovis cattle to be culled in South Canterbury Ryan Dunlop:

A further 1000 cattle will be culled in South Canterbury due to the cattle disease Mycoplasma Bovis.

According to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), that will bring the total cull number up to 5000.

Meanwhile several people have applied to the ministry for compensation for loss of livestock and productivity. 

On Wednesday, MPI confirmed another farm in South Canterbury was infected with the disease, bringing the total infected properties to eight. . . 

Safes distortion of harmless farming practice Jon Morgan:

 Take a look at this video supplied by the animal rights group, Safe. It shows a cow running behind a car towing a trailer holding three calves.

Safe sent the video to TVNZ and it has been picked up by other news organisations and run by them without any attempt to find out what is actually happening.

Safe alleges that this is a distressed cow chasing after her calves, showing a strong bond between them.

However, the overwhelming opinion of dairy farmers who have seen the video is that nothing of the kind is happening. . . 

Wool sale best in a long time Alan Williams:

Prices gained ground across the board at Thursdays special live wool auction at the Christchurch A&P Show.

Best sale in a long time, PGG Wrightson South Island sales manager and auctioneer Dave Burridge said.

He estimated nearly $6 million of wool was sold at the sale, the second auction staged at the show.

First-up at the sale was the New Zealand Merino co offering and auctioneer Mike Hargadon later noted a little more enthusiasm on the buyer bench than at the usual market venue, in what was a very firm market for its fine wools. . . 

Shearing: Tony Coster wins national title at Canterbury Show:

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08:30

Ready to intervene? Really? What are you going to do luv? Wag your finger? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jacinda Ardern reckons NZ is ready to intervene in North Korea. Really? What is she actually going to be able to do? The Prime Minister says North Korea is absolutely a genuine and real threat and New Zealand is ready to play a role if requested. Jacinda Ardern told Patrick Gower on Threes The Nation []

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08:00

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has crossed the line "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A Prime Minister should never use the media to damage a New Zealand business. Regardless of their personal views on a New Zealand business, PMs should not use their access to the press to promote activist activity such as a boycott. Jacinda Ardern in her short time as PM has already crossed that line, acting []

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07:30

Garner gives Labour a serve over paid parental leave "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Duncan Garner has given Labour a good kicking for their grandstanding over paid parental leave: Im in that really unlucky cohort that paid for everything and got almost no handouts. No paid parental leave, no 20 hours free childcare and no free university. But there was Alliance MP Laila Harre in 1999. She kicked all []

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07:24

The Curiously Good End of Year Party "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


The Curiously Good End of Year Party is just around the corner... Here is a kind reminder with the practical information:

WhenSaturday 25 November

3.00 pm to 5.00 pm: come along with your children for storytime, workshops with Juliette MacIver (from 3 yrs) & Paul Beavis (from 9 yrs),  do some Christmas shopping - The Children's Bookshop staff will give you their best advice!

7.30 pm to late: enjoy drinks (homemade Curiously Good Beer), music, artwork exhibition-sale and good company!

Where: Gecko Press, 9 Holland Street, Level 1, Wellington

Thanks to those of you who have sent an RSVP. For the other ones... you have still time to do it!

We are looking forward to see you on November 25.


 


07:18

Sydney Writers' Festival "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Superstar children's author David Walliams is coming to town in December! Join David and special guests Julia Zemiro (City Recital Hall) and Jay Laga'aia (Riverside Theatres) for hijinks, laughter and storytelling. 
East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil  is not to be missed. Inspired by the music and stories that connected three key individuals in the Nuremberg Trials academic Hersch...

07:16

The Roundup with PW "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Ridout Resigns From Head of Zeus: CEO Amanda Ridout has resigned from her position, and will be leaving the company at the end of the month.

Donna Tartt Drops Her Agent: The author has left agent Amanda Binky Urban after Urban landed Tartt a $3 million deal for the movie rights to 'The Goldfinch.'

St. Louis Publisher to Begin Again: After 200,000 booksthe publisher's entire stockburned in a warehouse fire in St. Louis on Wednesday, Reedy Press moves on.

07:00

Fat Tony weighs in on Winstons utu "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Mike Fat Tony Williams has some words of wisdom for Bills crew over Winstons utu: For political junkies like me the 2017 poll is turning into the gift that keeps on giving. If anyone doubted that utu (revenge) was an element in Winston Peters decision to back the Labour Party and change the government, the []

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07:00

Mining personal grief for political ends "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

When politicians make promises do you take them at their word?

Under MMP thats harder because they can always use the excuse, that was their policy but had to let it go during coalition negotiations.

But if it was a promise made by the two parties in government and their coalition partner outside government that one cant be used.

In August, leaders of Labour, United Future, the Maori Party and the Green Party signed a commitment to reenter Pike River mine.

National, rightly, put lives before politics:

Environment Minister Nick Smith responded to the commitment and said the parties were either making empty promises to the families or proposing to water down a law intended to prevent future workplace tragedies. 

It is a hollow political stunt for parties to promise manned re-entry of the mine by the end of 2018, he said.  

It would be reckless for politicians to override the 800-page detailed assessment that concluded that manned entry deep into this drift was too risky to life.

There is no cover-up. There is no conspiracy. Pike River was a horrible industrial accident that unnecessarily killed 29 men.

The greatest duty we owe the memory of these men is to take the risks of explosions in gassy coalmines seriously and to comply with the new workplace safety laws that stemmed from the Royal Commission of Inquiry [into the Pike River Mine Tragedy].

Winston Peters said hed be one of the first to go back into Pike River and manned entry was one of New Zealand Firsts bottom lines.

Such promises are oh so easy in opposition, but what happens when the reality of government bites?

Pike River Mine minister Andrew Little says he cannot guarantee a re-entry of the mine and has told family members that he will do what he can but safety is the top priority. . . 

Ultimately, and the families are very clear, the first principle of the set of principles that are governing what we do is safety, the safety of anybody involved in the re-entry project....

07:00

Sorcery and sanguma are real Ive got some case studies "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Men from Goroka
Men from Goroka

JORDAN DEAN

PORT MORESBY Gender-based violence has reared its ugly head again. This time, its sorcery-related. The media was quick to label it as fake and called on everyone not to believe in sanguma.

Good and evil are subjective thoughts within our own interpretations. It is entirely up to you whether you believe evil spirits exist or not.

I maintain that good and evil forces co-exist because Ive seen the manifestation.

If you dont believe me, come to my village on Fergusson Island in Milne Bay. Ill get a witch doctor to demonstrate supernatural powers for you to see with your own eyes.

My mum was sick for two years. An envious aunt had taken some of her hair and placed it over a fireplace. So for two years, mum kept feeling dizzy and she had frequents fits.

We happened to live at the Alotau Provincial Hospital and were able to consult specialist doctors but they never found the cause.

Eventually, we decided to engage a witch doctor at the recommendation of an uncle. I was home from school that afternoon and witnessed the witch doctor at work.

He said some words and pointed to my mums tummy. A strand of hair jumped out, hopping like a frog and attempted to escape.

The witch doctor grabbed it and placed it in a coconut shell. He then poured hot water on the hair to kill it. After that, mum felt better and is still in good health today.

A few years back, after my younger sister sold biscuits and candies to raise money for her dinghy fare, she couldnt walk for a month. Her right knee was swollen.

A witch doctor came and removed 10 and 20 toea coins from her swollen knee. She was on her feet a day later.

Ive also seen my grandfather call a reef to surface out of the ocean. I didnt need a telescope to see it.

I could continue with more examples Ive seen firsthand.

Evil spirits exist. We cant see them, but they are there.

I dont believe we should label sanguma...

06:30

Trotter has some sound advice for the Greens "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Chris Trotter has some sound advice for the student politicians of the Green party: WHAT DO THE GREENS think theyre playing at? Their response to the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has done themselves, and the government theyre ostensibly part of, a huge disservice. Honestly, its the sort of reaction one might expect from a []

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06:28

Another family values politician fails and falls "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

We only tend to hear about the transgressors but there seems to be a lot of politicians who promote family values who act the opposite. Cleveland:  Ohio legislator Wes Goodman led secret gay life, made unwelcome advances to younger men, people who knew him say In public, Wesley Goodman was an up-and-coming conservative who championed pro-family and []

06:13

Trump pot mocks Franken kettle "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

President Donald Trump has mocked Senator Al Franken after revelations of sexual harassment. The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps? .. Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2017 .And to think that just last []

06:10

Gene Editing vs. Alternative Technology "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Brian Berletic Ed Yong in his article, New Zealands War on Rats Could Change the World, helped frame an ongoing debate over using genetically...

06:00

Little walking back his Pike Promises "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Little Now it is Andrew Little walking back Labours election promises. This time it is the promise to re-enter Pike River. Pike River Mine minister Andrew Little says he cannot guarantee a re-entry of the mine and has told family members that he will do what he can but safety is the top priority. Little []

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05:45

Mike King predicts a rise in suicide rate "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Mike King, who is closely involved in addressing the high rate of suicide in New Zealand, predicts the numbers will go up. NZH: Mental health advocate Mike King is predicting a rise in our suicide rate We have to understand there are so many suicides that arent recorded. Coroners have to be 100 percent sure. []

05:39

New Map Reveals The Safest And Least Safe Countries To Travel To "IndyWatch Feed National"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Are you planning to travel for the holidays? If so, you may want to reassess the intended destination, for 2018s Travel Risk Map reveals which countries are the most dangerous and which are the safest to visit. It turns out, most of Africa is very dangerous in terms of road safety and security. The safest, on the other hand, are Finland, Norway, and Iceland.

This map, by International SOS and Control Risks, shows the places most likely to put your health at risk. Low risk countries are marked in green, medium in yellow, high in orange, very high in red and those that have a rapidly developing variable risk, such as Brazil and Russia, are marked in light brown

The Daily Mail reports that the countries in the low category for health risks include Canada, most of Europe, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Countries you may want to look out for as they were deemed to have rapidly developing variable risk when it comes to hea...

05:30

JT makes some good points about the leak of Winstons private details "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

John Tamihere makes some good points in his Waatea column: Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and the New Zealand public has every right to find out who used private information for political purposes and benefits. Thats why the main story this week was the serving of legal documents on people involved in breaking the Peters []

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05:15

The KIN Mid Week Quiz 96 Answers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The latest challenge can still be done by scrolling down to November 15.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers below.   Which character in Schultzs Peanuts cartoons has a passion for Beethovens music? (Schroeder)   The film Murder on the Orient Express is based on a []

05:09

Principal on parental and school responsibility and accountability "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In a senior prize giving speech a Dunedin principal has spoken of increasing pressures, especially from media, on schools on social issues and responsibilities. He said that while most parents did a fantastic job some needed to take more responsibility for their childs behaviour. ODT: Principal bemoans threats to schools A Dunedin school principal is  []

05:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No []

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05:00

Sunday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Sundays soapbox is yours to use as you will within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. Youre welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.

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The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. Albert Einstein.


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04:31

TPP Now Comprehensive & Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Staff of Flush The TPP - On November 11th, the TPP-11 countries announced reaching an agreement on reforms that have been negotiated since the United States exited the deal. The most evident one is its new name which is meant to appease world-wide criticism as one of the worst trade deals for the people ever negotiated. They now want to call it the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership or CPTPP. We are well aware of how world leaders are intentionally trying to avoid easy to remember acronyms due to the brand-busting campaigns that have caused the global opposition to corporate trade deals. Re-branding it as a progressive deal cannot hide what remains behind the deal, such as the ISDS. An official announcement declared that Ministers are pleased to announce that they have agreed on the core elements of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. This reformed deal eliminated 20 sections of the original TPP text, including provisions related to pharmaceutical products, patent protection, copyright and intellectual property. However, the agreement is still far from progressive and far from being signed as Canada is insisting it will not be pressured into a deal that is not good for Canadians. An analysis of the deal by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) welcomes the suspension of the Intellectual Property provisions, which were amongst the most dangerous of the provisions in the original TPP deal.

04:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Prof. Anne-Marie Brady is a specialist in Chinese and polar politics based at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. She is editor-in-chief of The Polar Journal, and has written nine books and over forty scholarly articles on topics ranging from Chinas modern propaganda system, foreigner-management in China and competing foreign policy interests in Antarctica.  []

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04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is peacock (noun) 1. (a) A male peafowl, distinguished by its crested head, brilliant blue or green plumage, and long modified back feathers that are marked with iridescent eyelike spots and that can be spread in a fanlike form. (b) A peafowl, either male or female. 2. A vain or []

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04:04

"Fukushima Update 11/18/2017: 15,686.4 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.
- Shiva

Updated November 18, 2017: Fukushima Equals 15,686.4 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow; There is No Place On Earth to Escape the Rad: The 3 melted-through cores of the destroyed reactors, now melted together into a single "corium" totaling over 600 tons, at Fukushima daily release the radioactive equivalent of 6.45 Hiroshima bombs directly into the atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean. As of November 18, 2017 - 2,432 days since the disaster began - this equals the detonation of 15,686.4 Hiroshima atomic bombs and it is still going strong, with no end in sight, considering that the half-life of uranium-238 is about 4.47 billion years and that of uranium-235 is 704 million years. There...

04:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 19 16 Keep the commandments and keep your life; despising them leads to death.

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03:24

On Assignment "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

When I am writing or working, I like to have MSNBC playing in the background. Although definitely not on weekends, as I don't find their barrage of prison reality TV shows very appealing. On weekends I watch clips on Youtube and recently they started a new show with longtime foreign affairs and war correspondent Richard Engel called On Assignment with Richard Engel. 

I've enjoyed the first few pieces released on Youtube on his show. They've both been critical of Trump and talked about the international dimensions to his business connections. This is one of the things that makes Trump different from previous Presidents, even those who were also wealthy, his international business empire that he is absolutely using the powers and privileges of the off to enrich and enhance. Here's a few of the clips from On Assignment:

 

03:20

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.

03:15

Media watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

19 November 2017 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 []

03:10

Open Forum Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

19 November 2017 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 []

03:08

ChaNoWriMo 2017 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

This November I am once again participating in ChaNoWriMo or as its known elsewhere as NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month or Chamorro Novel Writing Month. This means that this blog sadly will not be receiving much attention. During this month, the challenge is to write 50,000 words of your novel.

For me, I am continuing my long-standing story titled "The Legend of the Chamurai." I first started it in 2011 and I've been writing parts of it every November since then.

The story so far has spanned over 500 years and a host of characters. It has spanned from the world of the dead, to Okinawa and Taiwan, to the Caroline Islands and to the northern islands of the Marianas. At present, I am writing sections of a great challenge that involves a unique or mysterious task on each of the Marianas Islands. Three champions sailing up the island chain, fighting monsters or finding artifacts on each island. Very fun, getting to use different aspects of the islands to come up with interesting tasks or labors.

Despensa yu' ta'lo.

03:00

New Zealand v Scotland "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The game starts at 6:15 am. Please keep rugby chat, scores and the final result out of General Debate for those of us who are watching the game delayed. Get your picks in before the game starts.  Winner will have bragging rights until the next game starts.

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01:13

Pentagon security fail left massive trove of data exposed on Amazon server "IndyWatch Feed World"

A cybersecurity expert with a track record in exposing data breaches has revealed that the US Defense Department left a massive data collection on an Amazon cloud server, which could have been accessed by anyone with a free account. The report from Chris Vickery and Dan O'Sullivan of the security firm UpGuard reveals that the Defense Department's Central Command (CENTCOM) and US Pacific Command (PACOM) were collecting billions of social media posts and storing them on Amazon's cloud platform. UpGuard say at least 1.8 billion posts, which were apparently collected as part of intelligence gathering operations, were contained in the exposed data "buckets." This included content from Facebook, Twitter and news sites. It came from countries around the world, including America, and it was collected over an eight-year period.

00:16

FACT CHECK: Size comparison - cargo vessel Island Trader and cruise ship Caledonian Sky "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


The debate concerning the Sydney-driven proposal to make the Port of Yamba a cruise ship destination continues.

I have noticed there has been some comment on social media that the small cruise ships Yamba could expect to have visit would be same size or smaller than the Island Trader which used Yamba as its home port for around 17 years.

The phrase small cruise ship is being taken literally and the conclusion invited is that these cruise ships are so small there is nothing to be concerned about.

To assist with a more accurate size comparison I have laid out the dimensions of the cargo vessel MV Island Trader and the passenger ship MV Caledonian Sky below.

The comparison indicates that if the proposal goes ahead the average small cruise ship entering the Clarence River estuary is likely to be at least twice the size of the Island Trader.

# This is MV Island Trader

The Island Trader was built in 1981, has 485 gross tonnage, dead weight of 242t*, is 38.8m long, 9m wide and has a maximum draft of 2.8m.

Saturday, 18 November

23:02

South China Sea: China Takes Control The sheer numbers [of Chinese] are starting to push the Filipinos, the Vietnamese, and the Malaysians out "IndyWatch Feed War"

China is starting to dictate terms in one of the worlds strategic waterways, and the United States is largely missing in action.

A Chinese navy formation, including the aircraft carrier Liaonin, takes part in military drills in the South China Sea on Jan. 2. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)
A Chinese navy formation, including the aircraft carrier Liaonin, takes part in military drills in the South China Sea on Jan. 2. (Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

In his 12-day trip to Asia, U.S. President Donald Trump largely focused on North Korea and trade, all but avoiding the simmering disputes in the South China Sea and steering clear of sharp criticism of Beijings increasingly aggressive activities there.

With the Trump administration focused elsewhere for now, China is quietly pressing ahead with its agenda in one of the worlds most strategic waterways, building more military facilities on man-made islands to buttress its expansionist claims and dramatically expanding its presence at sea at the expense of its smaller neighbors.

Beijings under-the-radar advances in the South China Sea could be bad news for countries in the region, for U.S. hopes to maintain influence in the Western Pacific, and for the rules-based international order that for decades has promoted peace and prosperity in Asia.

At the Chinese Communist Party congress last month, President Xi Jinping cited island building in the South China Sea as one of his top achievements so far, and touted the successful prosecution of maritime rights. Those rights appear at odds with international law: Xi is now assuring nervous neighbors that China will offer ......

22:09

Drain the swamp "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Swamp thing

Since the hiring freeze was lifted, Canberra has seen by far and way the strongest household income growth, with gross income per capita in the ACT up from $101,600 to above $110,000 over the past two financial years.

Nice work if you can get it!

At the other end of the scale household income per capita declined in Western Australia in FY2017, back to below the level seen in the 2014 financial year in nominal terms. 


Disposable incomes followed a very similar pattern, with Canberra absolutely miles ahead of the rest, by a magnitude of almost 50 per cent. 

Surprisingly the Northern Territory has been the strongest performer over the past five years in per capita terms, with disposable incomes rising by +24 per cent. 


Queensland incomes have really struggled since the peak of the resources construction boom in 2012, and income growth has been relatively modest elsewhere.

These numbers are derived from the state accounts, and as ever some household are faring better than others. 

22:09

Horrifying New Study Shows People Willing to Hurt Complete Strangers Just to Obey Authority "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

TFTP| For the state to make war, it must convince the populace that killing other people is just and necessary. Many different rationalizations have cropped up over the millennia from controlling resources to exterminating races to fighting terrorism but murdering strangers requires a particular obedience to authority.

Fifty years ago, psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted the Milgram experiment, which measured the willingness of study participants to hurt others, even when it conflicts with their personal conscience, in the interest of obeying authority. The results, published in 1963, showed that a very high percentage of participants were willing to follow orders and cause serious injury to others.

The researchers recruited 80 participants (40 men and 40 women), with an age range from 18 to 69, for the study. Participants had up to 10 buttons to press, each a higher shock level. The results show that the level of participants obedience towards instructions is similarly high to that of the original Milgram studies.

They found that 90% of the people were willing to go to the highest level in the experiment.

Study co-author Tomasz Grzyb noted that the vast majority of people claimed they would never behave in such a man...

22:05

World watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

22:01

November 19 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1095 The Council of Clermont, called by Pope Urban II to discuss sending the First Crusade to the Holy Land, began.

1493  Christopher Columbus went ashore on an island he first saw the day before. He named it San Juan Bautista (later renamed Puerto Rico).

1600 King Charles I of England was born (d. 1649).

1794 The United States and Great Britain signed Jays Treaty, which attempts to resolve some of the lingering problems left over from the American Revolutionary War.

1805 Ferdinand de Lesseps, French diplomat and Suez Canal engineer, was born (d. 1894).

1816  Warsaw University was established.

1847 The  Montreal and Lachine Railway was opened.

1863 American Civil War: U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivered theGettysburg Address at the dedication of the military cemetery ceremony at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

1881 A meteorite landed near the village of Grossliebenthal, southwest of Odessa, Ukraine.

1905 Tommy Dorsey, American bandleader, was born (d. 1956).

1916 Samuel Goldwyn and Edgar Selwyn established Goldwyn Pictures.

1917 Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister of India was born (d. 1984).

1930  Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow committed their first of a large series of robberies and other criminal acts.

1933 Larry King, American TV personality, was born.

1941 World War II: Battle between HMAS Sydney and HSK Kormoran. The two ships sank...

20:33

Been a while "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

It's raining out and I've got a free hour.

Firstly to my fellow bloggers on No Minister. Well done in keeping up the daily grind of posts. Its a worthy effort.

To the election.

As a contender for "The South Pacific Island Banana Democracy" prize, NZ has hit the jackpot.

MMP has finally delivered a coalition of losers. It was really just a matter of time and there can't be any bitterness as it was the inevitable outcome of our chosen system.

But National blew a fourth term.

John Key resigned without having ever spent a dime of his political capital to push real change. Then in handing over the reigns to English he set National's election demise in stone.

English, to his credit, actually did a better job as leader second time round, but at the end of the day, he remains a two time election loser, heading a party that came across more interested protecting their "comfort zones" than producing a real vision for NZ.

They may have got us through the Crash/Earthquake but that was just prudent day to day governing stuff.

What about the the vision stuff?

The world is changing. Even though human nature remains the same, the next generation of NZers have their own way of looking at things. The pressures of population growth and competition for resources/technology opportunities ensure that outcome. We all rely on the next generations ideas.

Against a totally disorganised Labour opposition under the leadership of Little, they may have had a chance.

But the arrival of Comrade Ardern (helUN II) put paid to any chance of that outcome.

The true puppet master of the 5% strategy, Peters, seized his revenge and before we knew it we had the ex President of the International Union of Socialist Youth as PM and a bunch of complete noddies in power. Just witness their opening week in Parliament.

The fiscal holes are already appearing like clouds on a sunny day.



The "pressing" issues they have seized upon- child poverty, refugees, climate change, planting trees, building houses, telling other countries what to do, free stuff for their voter base etc are all smoke and mirrors. Nothing will ever be resolved as they are all moving targets. With the added threat that the worthy concept of personal responsibility will be even more diminished in society.

We will end up billions more dollars in debt and the sam...

19:56

STUPID AS, STUPID BE "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The comment by Adam Blair, Kiwi Captain, after being bundled out of the RLWC Quarter Final by Fiji.

"We won't be taking too many negatives out of this game".

FFS ... there isn't any real League competition in Fiji.   WTF does that say about the Kiwis and New Zealand League.

Ar least 'Bluey' McClennan, ex Kiwi and Warriors coach and Sky League commentator, had it right when he said Blair's comments were dumb as was the Kiwi team.

19:26

New Zealand lose to Fiji in League World Cup "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Last week New Zealand lost to Tonga in the league World Cup. Tonight they lost to Fiji in the quarter final. They couldnt score a try the final score was 4-2 to Fiji. Good for them, woeful for the Kiwis. Thats a terrible outcome, but the whole tournament has not been riveting. I guess []

19:25

Storm Numa may become a rare 'medicane' in the Mediterranean Sea "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

A Mediterranean Sea low-pressure system may develop into a "medicane", a nickname for systems in this area that gain some characteristics of Atlantic subtropical or even tropical cyclones, and may deliver more flooding rain to already flood-ravaged parts of Greece. This area of low pressure, named Numa by the Free University of Berlin, is currently in the Mediterranean Sea southeast of Italy and will track east into Greece this weekend. Moisture from the broader gyre of low pressure associated with this system has already brought heavy rainfall and deadly flooding to portions of Greece. Comment: Greece: At least 14 dead after 'Biblical' flash floods and rain continues to fall (PHOTO, VIDEO) More rainfall is expected in the region through Saturday, as this area of low pressure is expected to move east toward Greece. Numa's center is currently located just south of Puglia, Italy. Showers and thunderstorms have become more concentrated near the low-pressure center, wrapping into southeast Italy. As mentioned earlier, various other clusters of heavy rain had propagated well to the east over Greece, Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, Bulgaria and western Turkey. As you can see below, current water temperatures there are only around 20 degrees Celsius, below the 26 degrees Celsius (79 degrees Fahrenheit) normally needed to sustain a tropical cyclone in, say, the Atlantic or eastern Pacific basins.

19:22

Climate news, nuclear news, to 17 November -Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Today, the UN climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, are wrapping up. The worlds diplomats discussed and developed national pledges, with USAs Michael Bloomberg pledging American action by cities and States, in defiance of President Trump. Scientists reported that the plans are not enough to meet the Paris climate goal of holding the global temperature increase to well below 2 C above pre-industrial levels. It is still worth acting to prevent extreme changes, but climate change impacts are already locked in.

To give an example of the kind of climate feedback mechanisms  that might be happening, China has this year increased its carbon emissions, largely because of less availability of hydropower.  Hydropower was in short supply because of drought, which, in itself, was probably exacerbated by climate change.

You would think it hardly possible that tensions could ratchet up any further around North Korea, but they have. China has sent a diplomat to North Korea, and has asked USA to stop the naval military drills around the Korean peninsula.

AUSTRALIA...

19:20

Western Australia: Mulga Rock Uranium Project threatens environmental impacts from Tailings waste: "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Briefer (Nov 2017) by David Noonan, Independent Environment Campaigner

Uranium mining has unique, inherent risks and long term impacts. The West Australian Parliament has passed a Motion (Legislative Council 23 May 2012) recommending:

The government adopt equivalent or better environmental management regulatory requirements for any future uranium mine in Western Australia as exists under Commonwealth and Northern Territory legislation for the operation of the Ranger uranium mine in the Northern Territory with regard to the disposal of radioactive tailings, including the requirements that

(a) The tailings are physically isolated from the environment for at least 10,000 years: and

(b) Any contaminants arising from the tailings do not result in any detrimental environmental impacts for at least 10,000 years.

The Barnett era WA gov Approval for the Mulga Rock Uranium Project (Dec 2016) fails to comply with required Commonwealth & NT legislative standards or with the WA Parliament recommendation.

There are two types of intended Tailings Storage Facilities (TSF): an Above Ground TSF and multiple Mine Pit TSFs in 4 areas across 30 km. An authorised extent of physical and operational elements (Approval Schedule 1 Table 2) place some limits on...

19:16

The Earths twin threats nuclear and climate "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"


Climate News Network 16th Nov 2017 Climate change and nuclear threats are closely linked and must be tackled together, US experts say. The warning comes from a working group chaired by
the Center for Climate and Security (CCS), a non-partisan policy institute
of security and military experts (many of them high-ranking former members
of the armed forces), in a report which offers a framework for
understanding and addressing the distinct problems together.

The report is published as this years UN climate summit draws to a close in Bonn in
the aftermath of President Trumps tour of Asia, during which nuclear
weapons issues featured prominently.

Professor Christine Parthemore, a former adviser to the US defence department, co-chairs the working group.She told the Climate News Network: Simultaneous effects of climate
change, tough social or economic pressures, and security challenges could
increase the risk of conflict among nuclear weapon-possessing states, even
if that conflict stems from miscalculation or misperception.

India and Pakistan are major concerns. They are grappling with water stress,
deadly natural disasters, terrorism, and numerous other pressures. At the
same time, the types of nuclear weapons they are developing and policies on
command of those weapons are raising tensions between them.
http://climatenewsnetwork.net/climate-nuclear-threats-twins/


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19:11

Australias Ben Heard and the failed pro nuclear push at Bonn Climate talks "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Above: Ben Heard at Bonn, 16 November

Ben Heard and the pro nuclear lobby group Generation Atomic were not very successful at the Bonn climate talks. A member of the group marraskuu explains:

we ran around Bonn, trying to secure a permission for a side event that our group would like to organize on Monday, when the UNEP [ United Nations Environment Programme ] Sustainable innovations forum, from which the nuclear industry was kicked out from, starts. They eventually ended up denying us the permission.
The evening was spent in one of the weirdest way I have ever spent an evening: By sticking up stickers on Bananas

So the nuclear lobby at the climate talks was reduced to pushing one of their most dishonest and silliest propaganda spins the banana argument.  Because our bodies contain a small amount of (mildly) radioactive Potassium 40   and because theres potassium 40 in bananas then we are told not to worry about the nuclear fission produced highly radioactive ions like Cesium , Strontium, Iodine,

BUT IN REALITY :  When you eat a banana, your bodys level of Potassium-40 doesnt increase. You just get rid of some excess Potassium-40. The net dose of a banana is zero.

 

 


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18:55

Why a pre-emptive ar with North Korea would be total hell "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Ultimately, the larger problem is that President Trumps policy objectives are unattainable.

Denuclearization is a non-starter from North Koreas perspective because Kim believes not without reason that nuclear weapons are a matter of regime survival, having seen what happens to leaders in countries like Libya when they give up their nuclear programs.

As long as President Trump insists on complete, verifiable and total denuclearization, Washington is walking America down a path that leads to (likely nuclear) military conflict

A preventive war with North Korea would be total hell. Heres why http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/11/17/preventive-war-with-north-korea-would-be-total-hell-heres-why.html  By Harry J. Kazianis | As the Trump administration continues to rattle sabers at North Korea with rhetoric eerily similar to the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, the possibility of a preventive U.S. war with North Korea may be more real than foreign and defense policy experts recognize....

18:50

Gautum Adani has Indias government under control, now Australias, too? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Carmichael coal mine magnate Gautam Adani: from school dropout to $12bn empire, The Age 18 Nov 17 
Adanis push to build a mega coal mine in Queensland has polarised opinions nationwide. It should come as no surprise: the billionaire behind the project has long been a focus of controversy in his native India.
Tim Elliott
According to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index, the 55-year-old has a net worth of $US9.9 billion ($12.9 billion), placing him among the 10 richest people in India. As chairman of Adani Group, which he founded three decades ago, he presides over an empire with interests in mining, ports, power plants, real estate, renewable energy, food, and even defence
To Australians, however, he is best known for his proposed $16.5 billion Carmichael coal mine, to be built in central Queenslands Galilee Basin. Construction was scheduled to start in October, but has been delayed due to political and financing issues. Should the mine proceed, it will be one of the largest in the world roughly five times the size of Sydney Harbour and produce up to 60 million tonnes of coal per year for anywhere between 50 and 60 years, all of which will be exported, the bulk of it to India.
Adani has also been willing to operate at the very limits of Indias notoriously murky business world. His companies have been implicated in multiple instances of alleged corruption, including tax evasion, bribery, money laundering and large-scale illegal exports. In 2007, India&#821...

18:35

18 November More REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

  • Elon Musk finally unveils the Tesla Semi electric truck
    Elon Musk is unveiling his companys electric truck, the Tesla Semi, promising long range and big savings. Heres what we know

18:33

Despite the huge risk to humanity China now joins the space race "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Chinas nuclear spaceships will be mining asteroids and flying astronauts to the moon as it aims to overtake US in space race   State media publishes Chinese scientists ambitious plans to revolutionise space travel and exploration in coming decades, South China Morning Post, Stephen Chen: Friday, 17 November, 2017 China is on course to develop nuclear-powered space shuttles by 2040, and will have the ability to mine resources from asteroids and build solar power plants in space soon after, according to state media. The ambitious claims, made by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology the countrys leading rocket developer and manufacturer were published on the front page of Peoples Daily on Friday.

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18:27

Pope Francis speaks out for science rebukes climate change deniers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

PopePope Francis rebukes perverse climate change deniers over rejection of science behind global warming  Pontiff encourages policymakers to accelerate their efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions at Bonn summit Independent, Nicole Winfield, 17 Nov 17  Pope Francis has rebuked those who deny the science behind global warming and urged negotiators at climate talks in Germany to avoid falling prey to such perverse attitudes and instead accelerate efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions.

Francis issued a message to the Bonn meeting, which is working to implement the 2015 Paris accord aimed at capping global emissions.

In it, Francis called climate change one of the most worrisome phenomena that humanity is facing. He urged negotiators to take action free of special interests and political or economic pressures, and to instead engage in an honest dialogue about the future of the planet. . In his message, the Argentine pope denounced that...

18:25

Chinese government pressure stops Japanese students speaking on disarmament "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Student nuclear disarmament speech canceled due to Chinese pressure: govt sources KYODO NEWS  Nov 16, 2017   A speech by a Japanese student peace ambassador at an international disarmament conference in Geneva in August was canceled due to pressure from the Chinese government, Japanese government sources said on Thursday.

The speech by a representative of high school student ambassadors calling for the abolition of nuclear weapons had been delivered...

18:18

18 November REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

  • Networks push to take regional consumers, communities off grid
    Networks and consumer groups say taking rural customers off grid and providing them with solar and storage can save billions, and make electricity cleaner, safer and more reliable. Its a no brainer, but the regulator stands in the way.

17:38

A book Radiation Brain Moms and Citizen Scientists: The Gender Politics of Food Contamination after Fukushima "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

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By Kimura Aya Hirata (August 2016)
Description
Following the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster in 2011 many concerned citizensparticularly motherswere unconvinced by the Japanese governments assurances that the countrys food supply was safe. They took matters into their own hands, collecting their own scientific data that revealed radiation-contaminated food. In Radiation Brain Moms and Citizen Scientists Aya Hirata Kimura shows how, instead of being praised for their concern about their communities health and safety, they faced stiff social sanctions, which dismissed their results by attributing them to the work of irrational and rumor-spreading women who lacked scientific knowledge. These citizen scientists were unsuccessful at gaining political traction, as they were constrained by neoliberal and traditional gender ideologies that dictated how private citizensespecially womenshould act. By highlighting the challenges these citizen scientists faced, Kimura provides insights into the complicated relationship between science, foodways, gender, and politics in post-Fukushima Japan and

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17:07

Memorials On The Western Front "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Reminders from souvenirs By Howard Chamberlain In my first article for Kapiti Independent News I wrote about my trip to the Western Front as being a series of daily adventures and spoke a little of Paris, of Clairire de lArmistice (where the Armistice was signed on 11 Nov 1918) and Arras where the New Zealand []

17:00

The Weekend Quiz November 18-19, 2017 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

Larger fiscal deficits as a percentage of GDP typically mean that there are less real resources available for other productive uses.

The answer is True.

It is clear that at any point in time, there are finite real resources available for production. New resources can be discovered, produced and the old stock spread better via education and productivity growth. The aim of production is to use these real resources to produce goods and services that people want either via private or public provision.

So by definition any sectoral claim (via spending) on the real resources reduces the availability for other users. There is always an opportunity cost involved in real terms when one component of spending increases relative to another.

Unless you subscribe to the extreme end of mainstream economics which espouses concepts such as 100 per cent crowding out via financial markets and/or Ricardian equivalence consumption effects, you will conclude that rising net public spending as percentage of GDP will add to aggregate demand and as long as the economy can produce more real goods and services in response, this increase in public demand will be met with increased public access to real goods and services.

You might also wonder whether it matters if the economy is already at full capacity. Under these conditions a rising public share of GDP must squeeze real usage by the non-government sector which might also drive inflation as the economy tries to siphon of the incompatible nominal demands on final real output.

You might say that the deficits might rise as a percentage of GDP as a result of a decline in private spending triggering the automatic stabilisers which would suggest many idle resources. That is clearly possible but doesnt alter the fact that the public claims on the total resources available have risen.

Under these circumstances the opportunity costs involved are very low because of the excess capacity.
The question really seeks to detect whether you have been able to distinguish between the financial crowding out myth that is found in all the mainstream macroeconomics textbooks and concepts of real crowding out.

The normal presentation of th...

16:35

Donald Trumps Visit to China "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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November 8-9 marked Donald Trumps visit to the PRC, which was his first trip there since his inauguration. We reiterate that Beijing became a central point for all stops over Donald Trumps almost two-week long Asian tour.

However, it was already the second official meeting between the leaders of the two world powers. The first one took place in early April on US territory at Donald Trumps estate in Florida.

Before his arrival to China, Donald Trump had visited Japan and South Korea to deal with various issues. In the capital of the USAs key ally in the Asia-Pacific region, Tokyo, the parties were mainly busy with the time check regarding the decision-making strategy for the once again relevant issue of the DPRKs nuclear program, whereas in the Republic of Korea, the politicians assessed the situations on the ground.

Beijing is, firstly, an important party involved in that issue, and secondly, holds the key to its solution. However, unlike Washington, it has been acting in both of these roles indirectly rather than directly.

The nuclear missile program (NMP) of the DPRK is a problem which has recently become the second most important issue in the general agenda of the US-China relations. Another equally important situation (in Washingtons opinion, at least) is economic relations. We remind the reader that the latter was the focus of Donald Trumps election campaign rhetoric, as he touched upon the issue of relations with the USAs main geopolitical opponent.

However, it should be pointed out that the two aforementioned issues dont only revolve around the content and agenda of the relations between the two world global powers. Its essence is the recent trend of transforming the PRC into the second global power, which is a reality right now.

Moreover, the recent 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) (which declared, among other things, the further centralisation and consolidation of the state governance system and the position of Xi Jinping within that system) established a policy aimed at securing a global leading position by the mid-21stcentury....

16:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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15:40

Ardern interview on The Nation "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Headlines from the Jacinda Ardern on The Nation this morning: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan. Ardern says for now doubling the refugee quota is enough of an increase, as the country doesnt have the resources []

15:17

Peter Pan the Pantomime! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Outstanding entertainment for all the family                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Get hooked this Pantomime season with one of the most loved stories of all times. Peter Pan and the troublesome Tinkerbell whisk Wendy away to the wondrous world of Neverland. Without Google Maps, their only directions are: Second on the right and straight on til []

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Utepils (Norwegian) a beer that is enjoyed outside on a sunny day, especially the first hot day of summer; outdoor lager.


Filed under: language Tagged: utepils

14:30

Iraq follows the example of the Prophet Mohammed "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Following the example of the prophet Mohammed, Iraq is set to allow the forced marriage of nine-year-old girls. The bill includes provisions that would legalise marital rape and child marriage and ban Muslims from marrying non-Muslims Human rights activists are warning that a new Iraqi law could legalise marriage for children as young as nine []

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14:00

New Zealand relishes new role as sanctimonious little **** that tells the rest of the world how they should live "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I know voters didnt really vote for this government, but MMP made it possible.  But how many of those voters expected their new government to start working hard for them? First Jacinda Ardern turns into a school maam telling Australia how to run its border security, and now we have Jimmy Shaw coming along with all []

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13:30

Hilarious: leftie journalist complains about right-wing bias of media "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Gordon Campbell cant stand the easy ride that National is getting Like clockwork, the old nanny state criticism has been wheeled out this week by the National Party and lapped up just as predictably by the mainstream media. Youd almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right []

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13:28

Little softening on Pike River re-entry "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The reality of Government responsibility may have set in as Andrew Little commits to a decision on re-entry of the Pike River mine, but he wont commit to re-entry, citing safety is a priority. NZH   Andrew Little: No absolute guarantee of Pike River Mine re-entry Pike River Mine minister Andrew Little says he cannot []

13:22

Denise Lees maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Thanks for posting this

Homepaddock

Denise Lees maiden speech has been widely praised for good reason.

I think it is worth reading in full, but have bolded the part where she describes the sudden death of her son, the aftermath and how that influenced her.

Tena koutou katoa

E tau nei tetahi pirere no Tikapa Moana.

Na ka kopangia maitia e te aroha o Maungakiekie, Maungarei hoki

Ka irihia ki a wai a Tamaki Herenga Waka

Ka irihia ki a wai a te Manukanuka Hoturoa

Na ka ungia nei ahau, hei mangai, hei taringa, hei kanohi mo te hunga ra,

No reira

Aroha ki a ratou kei te Tupou o te Tini

Ka mihia ki a tatou

Kia ora mai tatou katoa

Greetings to you all

A bird (fledgling) from the Coromandel has alighted here

Enfolded by the mana of Maungakiekie & Maungarei

Christened with the sacred water of Tamaki

Christened with the sacred water

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13:10

Lack of environmental safeguards highlighted in Cooks legislation "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Radio New Zealand | 17 November 2017 

The Pacific Network on Globalisation says claims environmental costs would stop seabed mining in the Cook Islands would be thwarted by a lack of safeguards in the countrys laws.

PANG co-ordinator Maureen Penjueli says the Cooks Seabed Minerals Act dates back to 2009 when deep-sea mining was believed to be low risk, high return.

She said in 2017 the risks to the environment were still little understood.

The countrys Seabed Minerals Authority Commissioner Paul Lynch said earlier this week that mineral extraction will likely not go ahead if the environmental cost is too high.

Ms Penjueli said there was nothing in the legislation to stop prospecting or mining on environmental grounds.

When you consider that our economies are heavily dependent on the ocean our people are heavily dependent on the ocean for livelihoods, food secu...

12:47

I Feel Violated: Flat Earth International Conference Part 1 "IndyWatch Feed National"

Repent Or Perish! Trust Jesus!

Naysayers Make Us Stronger!

FLAT EARTH: Its easier to fool people than to convince them. THEY HAVE BEEN FOOLED.

LIARS: Faking Space Since 1958 Research Flat Earth

The fanatical messages proudly plastered across parked cars and the anti-science t-shirts donned by the crowd gathering at the Emporium Suites hotel on the 6th of November were extreme, even by North Carolinian standards.

They did, however, confirm that after 30 hours and 15,000 kilometres of travel I had finally made it to the curious event Id been ruminating over for the last 6 months: The 2017 Flat Earth International Conference.

Led by morbid curiosity, Id come to meet the people behind the movement that Neil deGrasse Tyson dubbed a deep failure of our educational system.

The conference room could have been lifted straight out of a 1980s sales convention: Tacky orange and peach sponged walls lined with bawdy teal trim rose to meet oversized gold light fittings, and an aura of disconcertingly unbridled enthusiasm permeated the wide-eyed crowd.

Organiser Robbie Davidson wasnt lying about the event selling out: 500 flat-earthers had paid up to $249 each and travelled from as far as Belgium, Ireland and New Zealand to be amongst their people.

The opening speech, delivered by Darryle Marble (the conferences youngest and only black presenter) was initially every bit as hilarious as I had anticipated.

Now he stood, proudly proclaiming to a captive audience that the curvature of the earth is implanted memories, that the globe cant be moving because our senses dont tell us we are spinning, and that the surface of a half-drunk bottle of water is always flat therefore the earths oceans cant possibly curve around a globe (this, by the way, is by far the most popular proof parroted by members of the flat earth community).

Smiling smugly at the sheer ridiculousness of his claims, I looked across the dimly lit room in search of other amused faces.

There werent any.

After bragging about making international media, throwing in a few well-received jibes at the expense of old Joe bag of donuts globe head (this, along with globetard is a popular insult amongst flat-earthers) and making half a dozen allusions to other consp...

12:46

US military-industrial complex's power surpasses that of the Presidency "IndyWatch Feed World"

US President Donald Trump continues to push ahead with the militarization of the Asian-Pacific region following in Barack Obama's footsteps, the peace activist founder of "Show Up! America," Jan R. Weinberg, has told Sputnik, emphasizing that the power of the armament industry in the US has seemingly exceeded that of the American president. The power and influence of what 34th US President Dwight D. Eisenhower called "the military-industrial complex" is bigger than the presidency, Jan R. Weinberg, a US peace activist and founder of "Show Up! America," told Sputnik, commenting on the continued militarization of the Asia-Pacific region. In the course of his 12-day Asian tour US President Donald Trump convinced Japan and South Korea to acquire more American weapons as protection against Pyongyang. "President Donald Trump, though he probably would not want to admit it, has followed in President Obama's footsteps - albeit, when it comes to hawking the merchandise of the armament industry Trump comes off a great deal more crass," Weinberg said, commenting on the matter.

12:30

Swedish police unable to cope with volume of sexual crimes by Migrants "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Above is the face of a Lesbian Swedish woman who was totally let down by the Swedish Justice system. She was raped in her own home by her Syrian neighbour while his mate stood watch in her bedroom doorway. Despite plenty of evidence the police did not prosecute and closed the investigation. In the meantime, []

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12:05

Behrouz Boochani on the Manus Island standoff "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Alex Whisson speaks with Kurdish journalist and detained refugee Behrouz Boochani on conditions inside the besieged Manus Island detention centre. *Featured image courtesy http://kikei.net/

12:00

11:49

Subscriberthon Weekend: Cultured and caffeinated "IndyWatch Feed National"

Weve got prizes for oenophiles, emerging writers and artists, Canberrans, dog owners, coffee afficionados, gamers, New Zealanders, strapped poets and chocolate lovers. There are bikes, bee-keeping workshops, award-winning books, bundles of excellent magazines, music and a trip to Byron Bay!

11:30

Poor form all round "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jane Patterson at RadioNZ discusses the hopeless performance in the house last week from figures on both sides: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and her deputy Winston Peters were back in question time after a week at APEC and the East Asia Summit, where new ministers were put through their paces. The Labour-led government is pushing []

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11:20

Sally McManus: Speaking words of hope "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Of the thousands of words in the hundreds of articles written about Sally McManus none describe her more passionately or more succinctly than these offered by Trish Corry: Sally McManus is everywhere. Fighting the good fight. Travelling all over Australia. Standing with workers. Speaking words of hope [my emphasis]. Fighting for workers. Standing

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11:05

NNTT Danggan Balun (Five Rivers) People "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

National Native Title Tribunal File QC2017/007 available here entered on the Register 14/9/2017.

The attachments are as follows :-
Register extract available here
Attachment C - Map of Area available here

The apical ancestors appear in the following extract

Those persons who are descendants of the following Apical Ancestors and who identify and are recognised under the traditional laws and customs of the native title claim group as Danggan Balun (Five Rivers)

Sarah Warri/Warru Clarke
George Daramlee Drumley
Jack Slab/Slabb Snr (husband of Lizzie Waggil Slabb & father of Charlotte, Frank, John/Jack Jnr, Olive & Victor)
Kitty Blow (wife of Joseph Blow & mother of Frank Blow & Hughie Blow)
Jackey Jackey aka Bilin Bilin aka Bilin aka John 'Johnny' Logan
Kipper Tommy Andrews (father of Lizzie Malay (nee Tommie)
Julia Sandy (wife of Arthur Ford);
Billy Terribah/Didiba Andrews (father of Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Boyd (nee Andrews);
Mary Ann Mitchell (mother of Mary Ann Drumley (nee Sandy), Ida Bell (nee Sandy), Norman Sandy Snr & Lindsay "Billy" Sandy);
Unnamed mother of Matilda 'Mittie' Fogarty (nee Sandy) and Lizzie (mother of William 'Billy' Brown);
Alice Edwards (nee Coolwell) (mother of Jack Jnr, Florence, Minnie, Eva, Eileen, Maud, Catherine, Evelyn & Julia);
Coolum (husband of Nancy Culham (nee Coolwell) & father of Joseph 'Joe', Maude, Lucy & Lena);
Unnamed mother of Nancy Culham (nee Coolwell) (wife of Coolum & mother of Joseph 'Joe', Maude, Lucy & Lena);
Yarry (father of Frederick 'Fred' Yarrie/Yarry);
Joseph Coolwell (husband of Polly Allen/Dalton & father of Alfred, Eva, Edward, Rose, Campbell, Michael & Andrew);
Polly Allen/Dalton (wife of Joseph Coolwell & mother of Eva, Edward, Rose, Campbell, Michael & Andrew);
Elizabeth Wheeler/Tomes;
Jim Edwards Snr (husband of Topsy (of Ipswich) & father of Jimmy Edwards Jnr).
William Williams (Snr.)

 

11:01

NNTT Yuggera Ugarapul People "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

National Native Title Tribunal File QC2017/005 available here entered on the Register 4/8/2017.

The attachments are as follows :-
Register extract available here
Attachment C - Map of Area available here

The apical ancestors appear in the following extract

Those persons who are descendants of the following Apical Ancestors and who identify and are recognised under the traditional laws and customs of the Yuggera Ugarapul People as Yuggera Ugarapul:

Janie/Janey Billie/Billy (mother of Harry Thompson and Daisy Moreton (nee Thompson);
Billy Turner (father of Amy Turner);
Jackey Harvey (father of Emily Harvey the social mother of Robert Anderson Snr);
Thomas Duggandan/Anderson (social father of Robert Anderson Snr);
Topsy of Ipswich (mother of Jimmy Edwards Jnr);
Ted Myer/Meyers/Myers (father of Elsie Richards);
Molly Myers (nee Crow) (mother of Elsie Richards).

11:00

Where is Bill English? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A number of readers have noticed how quiet and in the background Winston Peters has been since Labour became the government so I looked out for his name in the headlines yesterday. As I read through the NZ Politics Daily headlines, Judith Collins name popped up three times, Winston Peters name popped up three times, []

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10:30

Another election promise being walked back by gobby minister "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Looks like another of Labours promises has been walked back after Chris Hipkins was altogether too gobby with his promises. Labours election promise to reinstate post-graduate student allowances has no set start date and wont be introduced until at least the 2018 second semester. During the campaign, Labour pledged to restore allowances for post-graduate students. []

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10:00

Saturdays smiles "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Helium walks into a bar,
The bar tender says We dont serve noble gasses in here.
Helium doesnt react.

Silver walks up to Gold in a bar and says, AU, get outta here!

Two chemists go into a restaurant.
The first one says I think Ill have an H2O.
The second one says I think Ill have an H2O too and he died.

What did the scientist say when he found 2 isotopes of helium?
 HeHe

A proton and a neutron are walking down the street.
The proton says, Wait, I dropped an electron help me look for it.
The neutron says Are you sure? The proton replies Im positive.

Online money has recently been discovered to be a not-yet-identified super heavy element.
The proposed name is: Un-obtainium.

The optimist sees the glass half full.
The pessimist sees the glass half empty.
The chemist see the glass completely full, half in the liquid state and half in the vapor state.

 What do chemists call a benzene ring with iron atoms replacing the carbon atoms?
A ferrous wheel.

If H2O is the formula for water, what is the formula for ice?
H2O cubed.


Filed under: smiles ....

09:59

Michael King Writers Centre 2018 Residency Recipients Announced "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Next year New Zealands largest writer-residency organisation will host its largest-ever number of residencies, offering opportunities to 15 emerging and established writers historians, memoirists, essay writers, fiction writers, poets and dramatists.

Established writers include Courtney Sina Meredith (Early Summer), Fiona Samuel (Winter) Jacquie McRae (Mori residency), Tracy Farr (Spring) and Mark Broatch (Late Spring).

The six-month University of Auckland Residency at the MKWC has been awarded to acclaimed playwright Victor Roger who will work on a novel and a collection of short fiction. Having written an essay last year for the Academy of New Zealand Literature about the state of Pasifika fiction, Victor says, its very clear that New Zealand is lacking Pasifika novelists. One of the huge drivers for me to finish this work is the desire to add another voice to the canon.

The newly established Pasifika residency will be held jointly by historian Trevor Bentley and poet Serie Barford who will each spend two weeks at the centre in Devonport.

The first recipient of a Pasifika residency for emerging writers is radical accountant Pala Malisa, son of former Vanuaaku Pati cabinet minister Sela Molisa and civil servant and the writer Grace Molisa.
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09:52

Invitaton to instore event Unity Books Wellington "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Author Signing | Daniel Falconer, Weta Workshop designer & author of Middle Earth: From Script to Screen | Saturday 2nd December, 1pm | In-store at Unity Books Wellington


Author Signing | Daniel Falconer, Weta Workshop designer & author of Middle Earth: From Script to Screen | Saturday 2nd December, 1pm | In-store at Unity Books Wellington

Unity Books is delighted to be hosting an author signing with

Daniel Falconer

Weta Workshop designer and author of Middle Earth: From Script to Screen


Saturday 2nd December, 1pm
Unity Books Wellington, 57 Willis St.

For the first time ever, the epic, in-depth story of the creation of one of the most famous fantasy worlds ever imagined, a richly illustrated compendium that reveals the breathtaking craftsmanship, artistry, and technology behind the magical Middle-earth of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Motion Picture Trilogies, directed by Peter Jackson.
Middle-Earth: From Script to Screen tell...

09:49

From The Bookseller "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


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Industry bodies are holding urgent discussions on tackling the issue of sexual harassment in the trade, following publication of the findings of The Booksellers survey on the issue last week.

09:42

Publishers Lunch "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Today's Meal


Molly Ker Hawn has been appointed director of the Bent Agency UK.

In Germany, Constanze Neumann takes over at
Aufbauand the imprint Blumenbar as editor-in-chief for literary fiction on December, replacing Gunnar Cynybulk. She was editor-in-chief at Hoffmann & Campe until 2016, and has been working as a literary agent.

At Catapult, Morgan Jerkins has been promoted to associate editor of the magazine, while Megha Majumdarmoves up to associate editor for the magazine and books.

It was early August when we
reported...

09:34

Only In America "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Those who have been keeping abreast (pun intended) of American politics will know that alleged sexual assault and peccadilloes are the latest cause du jour.

Those who don't need only google Moore or Franken.

The Democrats seem to have the front running here with an illustrious history.  Some of their top performers were John Kennedy, Teddy Kennedy and Bill Clinton.  In a memorable quote JFK complained 'If I don't get a bit of stray ass every few days, I get migraines.'

In a bizarre twist, a Democrat candidate for the position of Ohio State Governor has pre-empted all the nonsense and publicly boasted of fornicating with over fifty women.  This fellow just happens to be a state supreme court judge, no less.   Pity any woman who has him sit in judgement on her sexual assault case!

Adolf eagerly awaits revelations from female nymphomaniac Democrat candidates of their bedroom athletic achievements.

Oh well, it has been obvious for some time that a successful Democrat needs to have a dick bigger than his brain.

09:30

Headline of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Talk about self-interest, youd think with 8 houses and millions of dollars of taxpayers money over the years she would have got around to fixing her own teeth: Former Prime Minister Helen Clark is making a plea to the Government to consider universal free dental care.   This morning Clark praised the Revive a Smile dental []

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09:22

Jane Goodall interview: The most important thing is sharing good news "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

This weeks podcast featured a discussion between Mongabays founder and CEO Rhett A. Butler and Jane Goodall, the worlds most recognizable conservationist and one of this media outlets esteemed advisory board members (listen to excerpts of it here). Rhett and Jane check in regularly, but given the recent research vindicating her long (six decade) contention that animals from the chimps she studied to the everyday animals we are all surrounded by are individuals with personalities, just like humans, we decided to record and share the conversation. In this context they discuss the idea that trophy hunting is an important component of funding the conservation of species like lions and rhinos (Dr. Goodall calls that rubbish for multiple reasons, including the loss of accumulated wisdom and experience held by elder animals). Also discussed is Chinas increasing environmental awareness; the importance of conservation groups working with communities on multiple levels like health and education, and not just the environment; the recent disasters like in Puerto Rico and northern California; news that the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI)s youth program Roots and Shoots now has perhaps 150,000 chapters worldwide; and an update on JGIs network of village-level volunteers, which in combination with tech tools like remote sensing, is able to provide the latest observations of whats happening all over the world, as in the examples she shares from Tanzania and Burundi. The two spoke just before Dr. Goodall set off on her latest speaking tour: at 83 she travels 300 days a

09:13

A Song For The Times - "The Perilous Night" by Drive-By Truckers. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



Something's got a hold of our feel alright
out of control in the appetite.
We're moving in to the perilous night, Amen.


Video courtesy of YouTube


This posting is exclusive to Bowalley Road.

08:48

Guy Can't Stop Saving Orphaned Baby Lambs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Ward Young never intended to adopt Louis the lamb he only planned on fostering him. But there was something about Louis sweet, fleece-covered self that wormed his way into Youngs heart.

Earlier this year, volunteers from Melbourne Sheep Save, an organization that rescues sheep in Victoria, Australia, rescued Louis from a local farm after Louis mom died giving birth to his sibling.

Credit: Ward Young

We decided that we wanted to treat him like a king, given that his first day of life was so miserable, Young, a paramedic and independent animal rescuer, told The Dodo.

Young and his fiance Georgie Purcell Kyneton bottle-fed Louis to help him grow big and strong and in the process, they both fell in love with Louis.  

Credit: Kelly Dinham

When you spend time with a lamb, they get so excited at seeing you and receiving bottles, Young said. Their tails flick around a million miles an hour. They are really just like pet dogs, but unfortunately people don't see them that way.

Credit: Ward Young

As soon as Louis got a little bigger, he started racing around the acreage Young and Kyneton bought earlier this year.

He is such a kind and loving boy, Young said. When he sees our car come down the driveway, he sprints up to the gate to meet us. Really, lambs absolutely love human interaction, but on massive farms they so rarely receive it. So we're just glad that we can give him the love he craves....

08:34

Select committee membership "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Select committees Much of the work of the House of Representatives takes place in committees made up of a small group of MPs.  These committees examine issues in detail, from government policy and proposed new laws, to wider topics like the economy. There are 12 subject select committees and 5 specialist committees.  Select committee business items []

08:33

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

ONE WEEK FROM TOMORROW ON KAUA`I


08:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fruit early but shortage of workers Yvonne OHarra:

Cromwell and Roxburgh orchardists are intending to start harvesting cherries this week, which is up to 10 days earlier than usual.
However, there is also a shortage of workers.

Orchardists spoken to by Southern Rural Life said at this early stage of the season, the regions crops of cherries and apricots were shaping up as some of the best there had been for a few years, thanks to the milder spring.

Cromwell orchardist Mark Jackson, of Jacksons Orchard, said everyone he had talked to was pretty happy with the season so far and with the way the crops looked. . .

The new post-quake normal for south Marlborough NZs biggest cul de sac Oliver Lewis:

In a pair of towns straddling a major highway, the sound of engine noise at night has become a curiosity.

People prick up their ears from inside earthquake-damaged homes, wondering about a noise that until a year ago was a near-constant hum in the background.

Any road big enough to matter is called arterial, but for the south Marlborough towns of Seddon and Ward the description is particularly apt for State Highway 1.

Winding its way through the surrounding vineyards and gold-coloured rolling hills, the highway pumped through a steady stream of travellers and trade lifeblood for businesses in the area. . .

Mustering courage Alex Cook:

Stretching along both sides of the Clarence River and straddling the Clarence Fault, which runs between the seaward and inward Kaikura Ranges, is Muzzle Station.

Its New Zealands most isolated high country station, and when the Kaikura earthquake struck, its most precariously placed.

No time to read? Listen here now

Its also the home of managers Fiona and Guy Redfern, and when the 7.8 quake hit just past midnight on 14 November, the couple could hear the horrific sound of rock walls around the house tumbling down, and the house cracking with the movement. . . .

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08:30

Hooton on the government having to face the tough stuff now "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Matthew Hooton explains that play time is over for the government, they must now get down to tin tacks and start governing. Labours poor performance in parliamentary question time and the shambles over the election of the Speaker is merely the public evidence of a Beehive not yet even properly staffed. Some ministers have not []

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08:00

Of the 150 men how many of them are pedophiles? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Would you take a handful of lollies if you knew that some of them were poison? PM Jacinda Ardern when she was unable to pressure Australia into giving her the leftover dregs ( the worst of the worst) of the illegal migrants left on Manus instead handed over three million dollars of New Zealand taxpayers []

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07:30

Will it be the Greens or Labour who introduces this law in NZ? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Will it be the Greens or Labour who introduces this law in NZ? Breitbart reports on Scotland introducing legislation to stop poor people drinking. Britains Supreme Court has allowed Scotland to become the first country in the world to set a minimum price for alcohol, after a five-year legal battle. The measure is intended to bring []

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07:13

Episode-2115- Expert Council Q&A for 11-17-17 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Tweet Today its Friday so its time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at thesurvivalpodcast.com with TSPC Expert in the subject line. Today the expert council answers questions on permaculture, SEO, boosting energy, cryptocurrency, diet, tree propagation, nut harvesting, vehicles, cooking, the pharmaceutical industry and more. In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air. I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but cant always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between. To get more information on our Expert Council visit our Meet the Expert Council Page to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise. Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss The path to being an agent of change in permaculture Geoff Lawton The skinny on top level domains and SEO Nicole Sauce Boosting energy levels Doc Bones Will ethereum be able to scale to meet future demands Brandon Todd Is fermented dairy better than standard dairy products Garry Collins Starting butternut and walnuts from seed Nick Ferguson Processing black walnuts Ben Falk Why some vehicles have two batteries Steven Harris Cooking leg of pork Keith Snow Why millions of Americans now have high blood pressure Jack Resources for todays show Join the Members Brigade Join Our Forum The Year 71 Walking To Freedom TSP Gear PermaEthos.com TspAz.com support TSP when you shop on Online Grandaddys Gun Club Bullhead Fishing Information Dot Com, Dot Net and Negative Greed The Nut Wizard Paint Mixer I Use for Projects Master Cracker Order Form Master Cracker on Amazon New blood pressure range means half of Americans have hypertension Why your blood pressure readings may be higher than your actual blood pressure Why millions are misdiagnosed with high blood pressure, they dont like doctors! If I Could Be Anywhere Jackson Brown Websites of the Expert Council Members MT Knives GrassFedHomestead.com CryptoSkim.com Humble Mechanic Living Free in Tennessee Harvest Eating Old Grouch Military Surplus Steven1234.com Permaculture Classroom A Bee Friendly Company Investable Wealth NW Edible Permies.com Primal Power GeoffLawton.com DarbySimpson.com Whole Systems Design Doom and Bloom HaloBySue.com Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one mans opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air. Join the MSB Today Want Every Episode of TSP Ev....

07:10

On Chloe Swarbricks maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The youngest MP in Parliament is Green Chloe Swarbrick.It is very early days in her political career, she has a lot to learn and perhaps a lot to achieve. Here is her maiden speech in Parliament. Transcript: http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA1711/S00099/chloe-swarbrick-maiden-speech.htm Some responses to this from Reddit, which includes references to Golriz Ghahraman. ProVagrant: The message I took []

07:00

Embarrassing u-turn from Nash "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Stuart Nash has been forced to back-down over his claims the government is absolutely going to bring in an Amazon tax: Revenue Minister Stuart Nash has admitted he jumped the gun on Wednesday when he said the Government would introduce a so-called Amazon tax on internet shopping. He said it remained correct that the Government []

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07:00

Denise Lees maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Denise Lees maiden speech has been widely praised for good reason.

I think it is worth reading in full, but have bolded the part where she describes the sudden death of her son, the aftermath and how that influenced her.

Tena koutou katoa

E tau nei tetahi pirere no Tikapa Moana.

Na ka kopangia maitia e te aroha o Maungakiekie, Maungarei hoki

Ka irihia ki a wai a Tamaki Herenga Waka

Ka irihia ki a wai a te Manukanuka Hoturoa

Na ka ungia nei ahau, hei mangai, hei taringa, hei kanohi mo te hunga ra,

No reira

Aroha ki a ratou kei te Tupou o te Tini

Ka mihia ki a tatou

Kia ora mai tatou katoa

Greetings to you all

A bird (fledgling) from the Coromandel has alighted here

Enfolded by the mana of Maungakiekie & Maungarei

Christened with the sacred water of Tamaki

Christened with the sacred water of Manukau

Sent here as the mouthpiece, the ears & the eyes for the people there.

Therefore

I acknowledge those who have gone before

I mihi to us

Mr Speaker, greetings to us all. And congratulations on your new role; you are one of seven members here in the 52nd parliament who sat with my father back in the 80s & 90s.

Many of us have had family precede us here, fathers, grandfathers, cousins, but unusually two of my colleagues fathers taught me in primary school, one of them moving on to become an MP, the other, my favourite teacher of all time. Well, now he happens to be in the building because his son is about to deliver a maiden speech.

No matter where you are in NZ, we are all somehow connected, somehow local, we inevitably know each other.

I drov...

07:00

Officials' bad behaviour tarnishes B/ville referendum consultation "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A Bougainville referendum team meets with villagers
Bougainville referendum team meets with villagers

LEONARD FONG ROKA

ARAWA Inside the Department of Bougainville Peace Agreement and Implementation there is a dedicated unit entitled the Referendum Directorate.

Since early September the Directorate has been rolling out a public consultation process throughout Bougainville on matters the Bougainville Peace Agreement was silent or unclear on.

But for a few team members, heartache is all they endured. Let me explain

So many commentators on Bougainville affairs say Bougainville has the right climate for corruption. If so, then corruption is practiced beyond sight of and with ignorance amongst the people of Bougainville and the Bougainville government itself.

The consultation began in Buin on 21 September (a Thursday). The public and a number of stakeholders came to Nigeriai Guesthouse at Turiboiru Catholic Mission to offer their views on the coming Bougainville referendum.

Their outstanding concerns included referendum voter entitlement, voter rolls, voting age, what would be the question and the post-referendum transition things like timeframe, security issues, fiscal capacity and administrative arrangements.

These matters are serious things for Bougainvilles future and for the people. But when you watched the public servants performing this task, there seemed to be a conflict of interest.

On the Friday, the team visited the public servants of the Siwai District and later went back to Buin. Then on Saturday, they went raising public awareness at Buin Market. But before the mornings proceedings began, there was already alcohol available in one of the two vehicles.

With the market awareness done, the team went on to watch the Rugby 7s tournament at the Buin Secondary School. This arrangements did not work out, so a few team members went on a drinking spree.

Alcohol now took over one of the hired vehicles. It changed hands late into the night. Even people not part of the team had a share of the...

06:57

Not Quite An Act Of War: Analysing Australias Push-Back Against Jacindas Manus Island Outreach. "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Real Human Suffering: In the face of the extraordinary Australian push-back against the government of Jacinda Ardern, it is important to remember the people at the centre of this controversy - the appallingly-treated victims of Australia's "Pacific Solution" who remain trapped on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island.

YOU HAVE TO GO BACK A LONG WAY to find anything remotely resembling Australias current treatment of New Zealand. For a supposedly friendly government to deliberately inject inflammatory disinformation into the political bloodstream of its supposedly closest neighbour is an extraordinarily provocative act. Not quite an act of war, but the sort of intervention that can all-too-easily provoke a catastrophic loss of trust.

Its the sort of thing that the Soviets and the Americans used to do to one another all the time during the Cold War. Except, of course, those two superpowers were ideological and geopolitical rivals of the first order. It takes a real effort to re-cast the relationship between New Zealand and Australia in similar terms. Nevertheless, its an effort we are now obliged to make.

So, what is it that Australia has done? Essentially, its national security apparatus (presumably at the instigation of their political leaders) has released, mostly through media surrogates, a number of related stories calculated to inflame the prejudices of a certain type of New Zealander.

Like Australia, New Zealand harbours a frighteningly large number of racists. Politically-speaking, such people are easily aroused and have few qualms about setting-off ugly, racially-charged, debates on talkback radio, in the letters columns of the daily newspapers and across social media. These individuals are trouble enough when all they have to fight with are their own stereotypes and prejudices. Arm them with the carefully assembled disinformation of fake news and they instantly become quite dangerous.
...

06:55

Solar Powered Trains makeasmartcity "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

1) Sustainability problem: energy 2) Indian Railways are installing solar panels on 250 local trains to reduce fuel costs and lower emissions. The energy will among other things be used to power lights and fans on the trains. The technology will help advance Indias renewable energy program, especially because the trains mainly will run in []

via Solar Powered Trains makeasmartcity


06:40

A plea to Ardern on Paid Parental Leave "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Both Labour and National are playing politics on Paid Parental Leave. Labour insisted legislation needed to be passed under urgency with a plan to increase PPL by four weeks next July, and by another four weeks in 2020 (for a total of 26 weeks). That doesnt sound very urgent. Then National proposed an amendment []

06:30

Aussies muscling up over Jacindas virtue signalling "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Things are getting tough for Jacinda Ardern as she seeks to import 150 child rapists and ratbags from Manus Island, euphemistically calling them refugees: The Australian government has a warning for Jacinda Ardern deal directly with Papua New Guinea over the Manus Island detainees and face diplomatic consequences. The warning comes as an Australian []

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06:06

Climate Change: 12-Year-Old Student Demands Urgent Action At Global Conference "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

By Fattima Mahdi Truth Theory

Timoci Naulusala is a 12-year-old schoolboy from Tailevu province in Fiji. In a passionate speech this week, he called on world leaders to commit climate action to protect his home, as well as the homes of all Pacific Island children.  

Climate change is like a thief in the night, said Timoci. It not only steals, but kills and destroys. If we dont act now there might not be a future for the entire human race.

In September, Timoci participated in a nationwide speech competition in Fiji and his success earned him a place at the COP23 global conference an annual event which addresses the UN convention on climate change. A Unicef Pacific spokesperson said that Timoci had seen first-hand the devastating impacts of climate change in Fiji from Cyclone Winston.

My home, my school, my source of food, water, money was totally destroyed. My life was in chaos, Timoci said. My once beautiful village is now a barren and empty wasteland Climate change is here to stay unless you do something about it. Timocis powerful request for urgent action earned him rousing applause before shaking hands with some of the most  powerful people in the UN. Watch Timocis speech here:
...

06:03

WHOSE GONNA BLINK FIRST? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Saint Jacinda has let her heart rule her head in seeking to embarrass Oz over their refusal to accept the NZL offer to take 150 'refugees' from Manus Island.    Her arrogance on the issue could well have severe implications for the Oz-NZL relationship.

This from the Australian Immigration Minister (paraphrased) ... 'It is your (NZL) sovereign right to negotiate direct with the PNG Government to take those refugees off their hands but should you do so you will be putting at risk the right of New Zealanders to enjoy visa free entry into Australia'.

Clearly Oz ain't gonna stand by and let queue jumper 'refugees' enjoy back-door entry into their country via New Zealand.

Ardern is now a prisoner of her own rhetoric.   Anyone wanna bet on who blinks first?

p.s.   And lets not even mention that Winston First doesn't want them anyway.




06:00

Collins gives Twyford and Ardern another hiding "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Judith Collins continues to hand out the spankings. Yesterday on the AM Show she spanked not only the utterly smug and condescending Phil Twyford, but also Jacinda Ardern. Judith Collins has launched a stinging attack on Jacinda Ardern, saying the Prime Minister needs to understand our relationship with Australia isnt student politics. Ms Ardern has []

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06:00

Kumuls need to keep down error count to challenge England "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Josh Hodgson and James Segeyaro (Gregg Porteous & David Buller)
Josh Hodgson & James Segeyaro

NRL.COM

England v Papua New Guinea, Melbourne Rectangular Stadium, Sunday 4pm AEDT

MELBOURNE - England face an undefeated Papua New Guinea side who venture outside Port Moresby for the first time in this Rugby League World Cup.

Wayne Bennett's England side has shown patches of what they are capable of, without yet putting in an 80-minute performance, with victories over France (36-6) and Lebanon (29-10).

The Kumuls come to Melbourne after accounting for Wales, Ireland and the USA by a combined 128-12.

The English get Sam Burgess back who returns from a knee injury and will start in the second row, with Ryan Hall and Kallum Watkins replacing Stefan Ratchford and Mark Percival in the backline.

Gareth Widdop retains his spot at fullback, while Kevin Brown and Luke Gale remain in the halves. Elliott Whitehead comes back into the back row and Josh Hodgson starts in place of James Roby who drops to the bench.

PNG coach Michael Marum has made minimal changes. Ase Boas comes in for Lachlan Lam at five-eighth, while Stanton Albert and Rod Griffin are on the bench for Nixon Putt and Enock Maki respectively.

Why England can win

They've started well in all three games so far and, apart from their opener Australia, have overcome their opponents through an influx of first-half points.

Their defence has also held up against the best the Kangaroos could only manage three tries and Bennett will have them primed for a better performance coming into the knockout rounds.

Why PNG can win

The Kumuls are riding the wave of their success in the pool stages. Skipper David Mead has led the way with four tries this tournament and will be keen to add to his tally tomorrow.

Many of these players have been together for a long time when you factor in the PNG Hunters' success in the Queensla...

05:36

New Zealand: Muslim migrant rapist not deported, soon to be back on the streets "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

The Quran teaches that Infidel women can be lawfully taken for sexual use (cf. its allowance for a man to take captives of the right hand, 4:3, 4:24, 23:1-6, 33:50, 70:30). The Quran says: O Prophet, tell your wives and your daughters and the women of the believers to bring down over themselves of their []

05:30

Greens disappoint one of their most loyal voters "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

  It has been interesting watching Martyn Martin Bradbury take to blogging in support of the government.  I told people that the leftie blogs would have a huge decision to make if they were to survive.  Be honest or perish. Seems that Bradbury doesnt want to perish. (excuse the language, but it has to be []

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05:17

A problem with Kelvin Davis "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

There is no doubt that Jacinda Ardern stepped up into the role of Labour leader, and stepped up further in post-election negotiations, as new Prime Minister and generally in her role in international politics (Manus aside). Not so Kelvin Davis. It seemed to be a good idea to appoint him deputy to Ardern, he had []

05:15

Our Unique Fuchsias "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Kotukutuku (Fuchsia excorticata) By Cushla McGaughey Kotukutuku is the worlds tallest fuchsia. It is a tree reaching at least 13 metres in height, with a trunk up to 30cm or more in diameter. It is common in lowland and lower montane forests, growing at forest margins and along banks of stream. Easily propagated from seed []

05:00

Saturday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Saturdays soapbox is yours to use as you will within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. Youre welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.

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A word after a word, after a word is power. Margaret Atwood.


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05:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No []

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04:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A remarkable situation has developed over the Manus Island stand-off Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has opened the door to a potential refugee resettlement deal between Papua New Guinea and New Zealand, acknowledging it is a decision for the two sovereign states that Australia could not block. But he warned any arrangement would be against Australias wishes and []

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04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is nocent (adj) Causing injury; harmful. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Nocent derives from Latin nocent-, the stem of nocns, present participle of nocre to harm. The widespread Proto-Indo-European root nek-, nok- underlies Latin nocre and its derivatives noxa, noxia harm, injury, and the adjective noxius harmful, noxious. []

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04:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 18 16 Giving a gift can open doors; it gives access to important people!

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03:40

Record snow - 500% typical snowpack, Finland fireball, Rocky Ross 128b "IndyWatch Feed World"

Jackson Hole is reporting 100 of "record" snow and nearby Grand Targhee is already up to 105 for the season. Near-record early season snowfall hits mountains; Olympics at 500% typical snowpack. SEATTLE The snow is falling and ski resorts are opening. That's par for the course in a Pacific Northwest November. But the amount of snow we're seeing this early in the year is almost unprecedented. According to a snow-depth information report released Wednesday by the Northwest Avalanche Center, most area passes are seeing well-above average snowfall for this time of the year. Sources

03:20

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.

03:15

Media watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

18 November 2017 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 []

03:10

Open Forum Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

18 November 2017 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 []

02:48

Two ski areas in Wyoming hit 100 of snow before opening day "IndyWatch Feed World"

Colorado resorts haven't been able to buy a flake of snow but it's been a different story to our north. Jackson Hole is reporting 100 of "record" snow and nearby Grand Targhee is already up to 105 for the season. Heavy snow has been reported at ski resorts all across the Pacific Northwest over the past few weeks thanks to a parade of storms on a persistent jet stream. It's a weather pattern that is very common during La Nia, which was declared active by meteorologists at NOAA earlier this month.

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