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Wednesday, 20 June

22:43

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

200618BOUGAINVILLE FAREWELLS DAVID LAMBOURNE
New Dawn FM News
The ABG Law and Justice sector today farewelled DAVID LAMBOURNE who worked as a legal advisor to the Law and Justice Department from 2014.
He was officially farewelled last night at the KUKUL Beach Club where presents and speeches were made.
Today, before he boarded the Air Niugini flight to Port Moresby, the ABG President Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS presented an Award for his distinguished services to the Government of Bougainville.
In his farewell remarks, President Momis thanked him for helping Bougainville and wished him well in his new job in another Pacific state the republic of KIRIBATI.
President Momis said that Bougainville was privileged to have MR. LAMBOURNE as advisor in which new Bougainville lawyers have been supported to gain experiences in the Law and sector.
Meanwhile, MR. LAMBOURNE also said that he was also happy to have gained some experience whilst working in the Bougainville.
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LAJ ADVISOR LEAVES 200618 018

22:39

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

200618JTT READY FOR JSB ARAWA MEET
New Dawn FM News

The Joint Technical Team that prepare agendas for the JSB has recommended 39 recommendations to be put to the PNG Prime Minister, PETER ONIEL and ABG President CHIEF DR. JOHN MOMIS at the next Joint Supervisory Body (JSB) meeting confirmed for 28-29 June in Arawa.
The recommendations cover wide range of issues under the Bougainville Peace Agreement including referendum and post referendum issues, fisheries, outstanding grants owed to Bougainville, weapons disposal and border control.
These 39 recommendations will support the JSB to be a more effective forum for progressing referendum preparations and resolution of issues between the two governments under the Bougainville Peace Agreement.

Ends

22:39

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

200618POWER LOAD SHEDDING
New Dawn FM News

Power consumers have been advised that PNG Power will be carrying out emergency four hourly load shedding as of tomorrow until further notice.
This load shedding is because the PNG Power house is short of fuel to run its generators.
The power load switching will be as follows,
1, Sub Station Nine at Paddock will be switched off at 0800hours and power will be restored at 12Midday.
2,Sub station DOF at MALABOLO/HIGHWAY will be off at 0830 hours and will come on at 1230 hours.
3, Substation DOF at MOTMOTO/KOKOPAU and Ramazon line will be switched off at 0900 hours and and should be restored by 1300 hours.
4, SS 6 at the Buka market will go off at 0930 hours and power should come on at 1330 hours.
5, SS 7 at RABANZ will go off at 1000hrs and should be back by 1400hours.
6, SS2 at the Buka airport will be switched off at 1300 hours and power should be restored by 1700hours.
PNG Power advises the general public that the scheduled switching is subject to change without notice.

Ends

22:38

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

200618NAMES NOT ON THE URBAN COMMON ROLL
New Dawn FM News
Many voters were turned away today at the Buka urban Community government election in Buka town because their names were not on the common roll.
According to one senior staff from the Office of the Bougainville Electoral Commission this is due to many voters not enrolling for the urban community government election.
He said one could be that their names were under Tsitalato Community Government and never transferred to the Buka urban council common roll.
The officer said those who do not have any names cannot vote in the urban community government election.
Meanwhile, Some people complained that if the Electoral Commission cannot register names on the small community government election roll how will they register all Bougainvilleans to vote at next years referendum.

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LAJ ADVISOR LEAVES 200618 009

22:34

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

200618 23 URBAN COMMUNITY GOVERNMENT WARDS POLLING
New Dawn FM News

TWENTY THREE Urban Community Government wards are having polling this week for the four Urban Community Governments on Bougainville.
They are Arawa with six wards, ARAWA ONE TO SIX, Buin with Six wards, Buin North East, Buin North West,Buin town East, Buin Town West,Buin North and Buin South.
Kokopau with five wards,Munanga,Manob,Bonus, Kokopau town and Patuna.
Buka with six wards,Hutjena,Kubu/Hahela,Ieta/Airport,Ieta,Buka town and Sohano island.
According to the polling schedule, Polling in all centres started yesterday and will end tomorrow.
And counting will start after polling and the seats will be declared.
New Dawn FM understands that two seats within Buka urban have been declared due to the candidates standing unchallenged.

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LAJ ADVISOR LEAVES 200618 007

22:05

World view Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Wednesday GMT For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world. Trump approval poll from RCP to 19 June: This closed up significantly after the Singapore meeting between Trump and Kim. It could easily spread again if the raging over the caging of kids on the US Mexico border continues.

22:01

June 21 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

524  Godomar, King of the Burgundians defeated the Franks at the Battle of Vzeronce.

1307  Klg Khan enthroned as Khagan of the Mongols and Wuzong of the Yuan.

1528 Maria of Spain, Holy Roman Empire Empress, was born (d. 1603).

1582  The Incident at Honn-ji  in Kyoto.

1621  Execution of 27 Czech noblemen on the Old Town Square in Prague as a consequence of the Battle of White Mountain.

1732 Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach, German composer, was born  (d. 1791).

1734  In Montreal, a slave known by the French name of Marie-Joseph Anglique was put to death, having been convicted of the arson that destroyed much of the city.

1749  Halifax, Nova Scotia, was founded.

1768   James Otis, Jr. offended the King and parliament in a speech to the Massachusetts General Court.

1788   New Hampshire ratified the Constitution of the United States and is admitted as the 9th state in the United States.

1791 Robert Napier, British engineer, was born  (d. 1876).

1798   Irish Rebellion of 1798: The British Army defeated Irish rebels at the Battle of Vinegar Hill.

1813   Peninsular War: Battle of Vitoria.

1824   Greek War of Independence: Egyptian forces captured Psara in the Aegean Sea.

1826   Maniots defeated Egyptians under...

22:00

Ol Hela papa graun i kukim ol LNG projek masin na ol container "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Updated 19 June 2018, 16:36 AEST

Ol polis long Papua New Guinea highlands i nau wok long investigetim ol attak long Hela provins we i lukim sampela lain ibin kukim sampela container na sampela masin blong PNG LNG projek.

21:22

Morautas Fake News an Attempt to Mislead Public Debate : O'Neill "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Prime Minister, Peter ONeill  has condemned more fake news from the Member for Moresby North West, and former Prime Minister, Sir Mekere Morauta.

PM ONeill said there are standards of public conduct that are expected of former Prime Ministers, and the Moresby North West Member is failing.

The people of this Nation are tiring of the undignified behaviour of the former PM, and again on social media he is ignoring fact and posting fake news, the Prime Minister said.

He has lied about infrastructure projects, lied about Papua New Guineas engagement with China, and totally ignored the failed response by his government to law and order issues.

Is Mourata the same person responsible for death of four students under his administration? Yes, he is.

He did not resign when four students were killed when he was Prime Minister, so what is he talking about now after property was destroyed in Mendi.

This is a hypocritical and self-serving person who is living in the past and has never cared for the Nation, just his own self-interest.

When it comes to current law and order issues, he has no solutions, just political rhetoric.

The Prime Minister said on the issue of infrastructure development and engagement with China, Morautas fake news and failure to recognise the previous Governments international engagement are embarrassing for the former PM.

He simply ignores that when he was PM, Morauta supported greater foreign investment and partner support for funding the development program. So why has he changed his tune and would see our Nation ignore investment and development opportunities with the second largest economy in the world? The simple answer is self-serving political grandstanding.

He attacks what he calls the tearing up good roads, but this is fake news as he fully well knows, the rehabilitation of the Poreporena freeway is long overdue as it is potholed, cracking and unsafe. What he fails to admit is that the Poreporena Freeway rehabilitation is a gift of the Government of China at no cost to Papua New Guinea.

Morata makes false claims that the upcoming Official Visit to China will cost 7 million Kina, and this is an absolute lie. The private sector is paying its own way to China on the charter, and this is covering most of the cost of the official delegations travel.

T...

20:30

History: Churchills Darkest Decision "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Documentary on Churchills decision to shell the French Fleet in Oran

19:58

O'Neill calls on people in Southern Highlands to respect the law "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

There is no excuse for a few individuals acting in way that is a national disgrace"
The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter ONeill CMG MP, has demonstrated the importance of meeting a challenge head-on when he visited Mendi, in Southern Highlands Province today.

After several days of unrest in Mendi town, followed by the Prime Minister working with parties to restore calm, it was important that he speak directly with the people.

The Prime Minister called on all people in the Southern Highlands Province to show respect for the law.

There is no excuse for a few individuals acting in way that is a national disgrace.
We cannot change what happened, but we can all take charge of the future.

The State of Emergency Controller has been appointed, and he is taking control and will enforce law and order in the Province.

PM ONeill said the people of the Southern Highlands have raised concerns with him and these will be properly followed up.

I have listened to the concerns relating the Electoral Commissioner in regards to the conduct of the election for the Southern Highlands Regional seat.

Leaders have given me their views and I will see to it that these claims are properly heard.

The crowd of around 5,000 was calm and relatively relaxed considering the past weeks tension, and all the leaders who spoke welcomed the presence of the Prime Minister.

19:44

Adex Wera out, Olam to fullback for PNG Kumuls match against Fiji Bati "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"



Adex was suspended by the QRL Judiciary for two matches. That means he will miss this weekends Pacific Test and the next SP Hunters game,
The PNG LNG Kumuls preparation for this Saturdays Pacific Test against Fiji Batis was dealt another blow today when fullback Adex Wera was suspended by the Queensland Rugby League (QRL) judiciary for two matches. This follows the withdrawal of Nene McDonald by the St George Illawarra Dragons medical team for a shoulder injury.

PNG LNG Kumuls Coach Michael Marum said from Campbelltown this afternoon that Wera was cited for a biting charge in last Fridays ISC game against Ipswich Jets and will sit out the next two games.

Adex was suspended by the QRL Judiciary for two matches. That means he will miss this weekends Pacific Test and the next SP Hunters game, Marum said.
He said Wera will return to Port Moresby tomorrow. Its too late in the week now to get a replacement for Adex to join the camp, Marum said.

Marum has named Justin Olam at fullback with Junior Rau to debut as Kumul No. 285 on the wing. Rhadley Brawa becomes Kumul No. 286 when he runs on off the bench.

The team is:

1. Justin OLAM

2. Junior RAU

3. Thompson TETEH

4. Willie MINOGA

5. Richard PANDIA

6. Lachlan LAM

7. Watson BOAS

8. Stanton ALBERT

9. James SEGEYARO - Captain

10. Luke PAGE

11. Rhyse MARTIN

12. Nixon PUTT

13. Rod GRIFFIN

Interchange

14. Kurt BAPTISTE

15. Rhadley BRAWA

16. Enock MAKI

17. Ase BOAS

Coach: Michael MARUM

The game against Fiji kicks off at 4pm at Campbelltown Stadium on Saturday. This will be followed by Tonga vs Samoa at 7pm.

19:37

SWAMP DRAINING MADE EASY. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



Might be what Trump needs to employ!!

Gelignite linked with cordtex digs a drain faster than any alternative I have used.

The Democrats last gasp for the Mid terms later this year comes with their ignition of border control photo ops with a compliant media faking news around  a solution that has been lawful for years and using wailing children to create anti Trump  "News".
Through the years gone before it was the same but the media ignored it

Claiming twelve thousand children are in detention after being "ripped from the arms of their loving parents at the border, is a pile of porkies.

Children of criminals are taken into care when ever parents are  arrested as they have been for centuries and with illegal immigrants using their spawn and even borrowed ones on occasions since forever in illegal entry to the US, it is still the "Law".

Many of the children being held in temporary detention until immigrant status is discovered are turning up at the border  travelling alone with no parents to be seen.

We are so lucky we have a big moat.

Meanwhile congressional committees have made progress to unravel Deep States more egregious efforts to thwart the man the luvvies love to hate.
The Dept of Justice Inspector General has released the first installment of his inquiry into the DoJ and the FBI. Horowitz testimony to congress today was as much sad as revealing
The results are astounding and somewhat disquieting. Gone are the days when the incorruptible GMen were 'as solid as'.  There is no evidence so far that field offices and their legions of Agents are corrupt, it is  HQ where under the oversight of DoJ, the top people are being discovered to have feet of Clay.
Such irregularities as falsifying FISA warrant applications to spy on US citizens were achieved on dodgy evidence, bought and paid for by  Clinton Campaign funds, allowing subsequent spying on Trump Towers.  Then an out of the  ordinary subsequent investigation by HQ as opposed to the relevant "Field Office", that investigation foundered early on when Comey McCabe and Strzok conspired to clear the very dodgy Democrat POTUS candidate  of clearly indictable offending while Sec State, weeks before she was asked to give her evidence in July to the cosy friendly HQ operatives.
Then as with most such offending, further crimes were perpetrated in a clumsy cover up that entirely depended on the success of Crooked Hillary at the polls,  for the mess of pottage to be finally buried but sadly the silly cow spent too much campaign effort in safe states like  New York, New Jersey and California (already locked in) while the wily Don went to places like Wisconsin that Clinton took for granted and Trump won.
Then the lid came off and excrement flew, slowly at first as all atte...

19:00

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

TV3 and several other channels disappeared from our Freeview box.

I tried various options with the remote which got me nowhere then did a search online.

That led to an 0800 number which gave me a recorded voice telling me they didnt do technical help and I should call the people who supplied the box.

A search through the folder that holds receipts and instruction books was fruitless so I got back online and found the supplier and another 0800 number.

It was answered within a few rings and a couple of if-you-want-this-push-thats later I was talking to a real human.

He talked me through a fix and within a very few minutes the lost channels were back again.

Dealing with technology faults and call centres usually does unpleasant things to my tension levels, but this time the help line really did help and Im grateful for that.

19:00

Brit Humour: Dead Ringers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Great Brit Comedy from BBC Radio Dead Ringers

Recorded at Venue Cymru as part of the Craft of Comedy Festival in Llandudno. Dead Ringers cover the summit between Kim Yung Un and Donald Trump, and offer a guide to the World Cup for those who hear And now Gary with the sport and think its a cue to go and brush their teeth. With Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Lewis McLeod, Debra Stephenson and Duncan Wisbey. Written by Tom Jamieson and Nev Fountain, Laurence Howarth, Ed Amsden & Tom Coles, Sarah Campbell, James Bugg, Max Davis, Mike Shephard, Sara Gibbs & Alex Hardy, Simon Alcock and Duncan Wisbey. The series stars Jon Culshaw, Jan Ravens, Lewis MacLeod, Debra Stephenson and Duncan Wisbey. Produced by Bill Dare. A BBC Studios Production.

19:00

Wednesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The post Wednesday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:30

Bret Weinstein testifies to congress on the Evergreen State College riots, free speech & safe spaces "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz I recommend this video its testimony from the same Bret Weinstein from this weeks Whaleoil video item A culture of fear.  In this video filmed a few days ago, he testifies to Congress about Evergreen universitys disruptive non-whites day in [] The post Bret Weinstein testifies to congress on the Evergreen State College riots, free speech & safe spaces appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:18

A Quorn resident disgusted at the hypocritical nuclear waste dump site process by Dept of Industry, Innovation and Science "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Dave Fergusson Submission TO THE SENATE STANDIN COMMITTEE ON ECONOMICS SENATE ENQUIRY SUBMISSION FOR THE SELECTION PROCESS FOR A NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA (Submission No 106)

My name is Dave Fergusson. I grew up in Port Adelaide and from the moment I learnt to drive I have been coming up to Flinders Ranges for camping holidays and for work ever since until I decided to move to Quorn about sixteen years ago. I am absolutely disgusted at the way in which this push by the Department (DIIS) to find a site for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) has been conducted from day one. Please find below a few of my reasons.

1/ Land nomination of Wallerberdina Station. The first that I heard of a waste dump being ...

18:03

Hela has many mountains of underdevelopment to climbA message to the people of Hela from James Marape "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by JAMES MARAPE

I appeal to our citizens in Angore , Hides and Komo areas to cease the use of threats, intimidation and guns as a means of getting your grievances heard and settled.

I say this in light of the blockage and looting that took place on the fringes of Angore and Hides gas fields yesterday.

I know the present issue they have is a K20 million claim for Angore township and another K12 million for their business development grant allocated in 2011, which is presently locked in court by the doing of one of their own tribesmen.

Our people must restrain from threats and intimidation.

If genuine issues remain outstanding, then civilised dialogue is the way to go for us now and into the future.

Whilst there might be some elements of genuineness in those issues raised, the continuous use of unlawful means to secure attention is repulsive.

This in the face of many issues our Government must handle not only for Hela and Southern Highlands, but the entire country.

The ONeill-Abel Government is not far from you landowners.

In fact, on record we are the most-fulfilling Government in the history of our nation responding  to the plight of many of our landowner issues.

This not only in oil and gas areas but mining as well in terms of delivering to outstanding commitments.

The  ONeill Government has signature policies like greater free carry equity empowerments.

For Hela and Southern Highlands, our gas and oil fields have been producing since 1990.

Yet,only after 2012 are we seeing serious signs of development happening or about to happen.

Has Tari ever seen a sealed road?

 No,but it started to happen after 2012.

From what I am told, the Halimbu-Nogoli Road sealing was to have seen its first laying of bitumen yesterday but the uprisings of Angore forced its closure again.

This project was awarded in 2015, but lawlessness continues to hamper work.

I appeal to our local leaders of youths, clans, and PDLs as well as leaders of facility site areas like Komo and the Pina plant siteUse myself and my two colleague MPs and our Governor to be your middlemen with National Government in a peaceful way to get your grievances out to National Government.

If genuine legitimate commitments arent responded to, then I will be the first to support you tribesmen for court action as a final resort but not the use of violence and destructions.

So far, I have received no invitation personally to hear your issues and relay to Government.

How then can you say Government has not been resp...

18:00

Crime Drama: Life of Crime with Hayley Atwell #2/3 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From Wikipedia

Life of Crime is a British television crime drama series first broadcast on ITV1 in May 2013. The three-part serial stars Hayley Atwell as Denise Woods, who tries to solve the murders of three seemingly connected victims across three decades, each of which she believes has been committed by the same offender, Mike Holland (Julian Lewis Jones). Declining ratings across the series resulted in a second run not being commissioned; the series was however received well by critics and viewers alike

ITVs initial plotline of the series was as follows:

Denise Woods starts her career as an idealistic WPC, fighting sexism and ignoring her mothers disappointment at her career choice. Shes seconded to work with handsome young plain clothes Detective Sergeant Ray Deans. One September morning, she accompanies him to a crime scene in a narrow lane behind a Brixton nightclub where the battered and strangled body of teenager Amy has been discovered. Having had a previous encounter with the teenager, Denise is determined to bring Amys killer to justice. She works against the clear instruction and advice of her senior officers and follows her own lines of enquiry. As the investigation progresses Denises fervour for the case leads her to fall foul of her senior officer, DCI Ferguson. But Denise stays single-minded in her pursuit of the killer and at that point makes her fateful decision

Core Cast

Hayley Atwell as WPC/DS/DI Denise Woods
Richard Coyle as DS Ray Deans
Julian Lewis Jones as Mike Holland
Con ONeill as DCI Ferguson
Joel Beckett as DI Gainham
Ray Panthaki as DS Nabeel Kothari
Amanda Drew as Beverley Reid
Lara Rossi as DC Jay Tomlin
Ruth McCabe as Rose Woods

18:00

Wednesday weapons "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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17:30

Democracy trampled, establishment silence: Paul Weston "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz Paul Weston explains it so well. The post Democracy trampled, establishment silence: Paul Weston appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:00

Classic Comedy: Are You Being Served? S02 E02 Coffee Morning Air Date "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Are You Being Served? is a British sitcom created and written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft (Croft also directed some episodes), with contributions from Michael Knowles and John Chapman, for the BBC Set in London, the show follows the misadventures and mishaps of the staff of the retail ladies and gentlemens clothing departments in the flagship department store of a fictional chain called Grace Brothers.

17:00

The original feminist on the #Metoo movement "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post The original feminist on the #Metoo movement appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:00

Marine Protected Areas Are Important. But Are They Working? "IndyWatch Feed World"



I have been on this topic for a long time and the world is slowly stumbling into this space.  We are al long way from best practice as yet.

Let us propose a thought experiment.  Establish a manged block of ocean, say the south China Sea which is actually a submerged continental land mass.  In this case a starting point would be to establish harvesting channels along side non harvesting channels.  Done right, this should allow a productive channel to naturally dump productive surpluses into the harvested channel.  sizing needs to be optimized but perhaps only a third of the area is ever harvest against a schedule that optimizes the economics.

There are plenty of variables involved here but the intent is to have the highest sustainable biomass along with the related harvest without producing productive deserts however temporary..  .

Marine Protected Areas Are Important. But Are They Working? 




The world won't meet international ocean conservation targets by 2020, so a team of scientists is looking at what's next for saving our seas. 



A view from Air Force One of Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in the Pacific Ocean. Former President Barack Obama expanded the ocean reserve to be the largest marine protected area in 2016. 

Photograph by Saul Loeb, AFP/Getty Images


By Sarah Gibbens


PUBLISHED June 16, 2018 
 https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/06/marine-protected-areas-ocean-conservation-environment/


Every year National Geographic brings together explorers, scientists, and storytellers from around the world to share their discoveries and insightsalong with their solutions for creating a more sustainable future. Learn more about the Explorers Festival and watch a live feed of the event. Read more explorer stories and join the conversation wit...

16:42

George Brandis's replacement Senator Amanda Stoker off to a solid start today "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A new Coalition senator will call for major industrial relations reform on Wednesday, arguing minimum wages and penalty rates are driving down employment for the most needy. Queensland Liberal-National Amanda Stoker will give her maiden speech to the Senate and call on the conservative side of politics to make the...

16:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

16:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

15:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A Whaleoil article from this week gets noticed and written about by JihadWatch and Robert Spencer The post Tweet of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:20

15:00

Workers of Whaleoil "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

How well do you know our wonderful Whaleoil workers? Can you match the Whaleoil worker to the photos of their Whaleoil workplace? Clue: Sometimes Whaleoil staff find that they have to travel to the ends of the earth, (well exotic locations anyway), while still keeping up with everything. A) BuzzEBee B) Woody C) Cam D) [] The post Workers of Whaleoil appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:53

DEMOCRACY CANADIAN STYLE "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In a recent post I report how Justin Tredeau's Liberals had suffered a humiliating defeat in the Ontario Provincial election, losing power and reduced to a rump of just seven seats.

Actually for the Liberals the result was worse than that.   In Canada a Party that fails to win a designated number of seats in their Parliament or a Provincial Legislature is not afforded official  status.   This matters.

It means they're not resourced from the public purse nor can they ask questions of the ruling Party in 'the House'.   The latter provision seems quite strange indeed in a parliament based on the Westminster tradition.

In the Canadian Parliament the seat bar is ten seats.   In the Ontario Provincial Legislature it's eight.

14:39

On Oz Pols "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

While politically, NZ goes even nuttier each week, Australia looks to have some interesting times ahead.

The Prime Ditherer, Malcolm Turnbull has just lost his thirty- fourth Newspoll on the trot.  Remember, this is the dil who knifed a successful PM in the back because he lost just thirty consecutive Newspolls.   Turnbull's personal popularity has inched upward just a tad but the measure that matters, the two party preferred vote, remains disastrous.   If an election were held today and the latest poll results ensued, the Liberals would be massacred.

On the other side of the fence, Turnbull's greatest political asset, Labor leader Bill Shorten, is about as popular as Yasir Arafat ever was in Jerusalem.  The moment the polls show the two party preferred gap closing (and it will) I aspect to see Shorten dumped to be replaced as leader by Anthony Albanese,  a straight taking man's man who resonates with dinkum Aussie middle Australia.  Should I be right, Trunbull's pathetic bunch of yes men (and women - not forgetting the stick insect) will be doomed.

Just like ACT and others in NZ, the minor parties which once showed promise have faded into obscurity.  Remember names like Palmer, Hanson and Xenofon?   None of them had what it really took.  All sizzle and no sausage.  The Australian Conservative Party, led by Senator Cory Bernadi seems to have more class and gravitas than the others and I hope he does well.

So there you have it.  Australia's next prime Minister will be Anthony Albanese.

...

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Genericise to make something behave generically.

14:30

1984 fiction becomes fact: Eight "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Continuing the series: Ten ways the democratic northern hemisphere nations became the Orwellian West. 1.) Continuous War 2.) Widespread Surveillance 3.) Propaganda-Style Fake News 4.) Acceptance of Politically Correct Orthodoxies via Newspeak 5.) Dumbing Down and Doublethink 6.) Censorship 7.) Two Minutes of Hate against Political Scapegoats and Strawmen 8.) Harassment and Arrest of Dissidents Recently, President [] The post 1984 fiction becomes fact: Eight appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:29

Australias pitiless migrant policy "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Unfortunately behind a paywall but sent to me by my moronic former mate who now breathes the air in Silicon Valley and drives three Mercedes and a Porsche. The article is also from the Financial Times in the UK which, as we know, is a model to us all.

Australias pitiless migrant policy no model for the EU

Matteo Salvini, Italys interior minister, has provoked outrage across Europe with his refusal to let the Aquarius, a rescue ship carrying hundreds of migrants, dock in an Italian port. The Spanish government has had to step in to give the boat a safe harbour.

Mr Salvinis move has been described as unprecedented. But for watchers of Australian politics, it is alarmingly familiar. During a tumultuous Australian election in 2001, a Norwegian freighter, the MV Tampa, rescued more than 400 distressed asylum seekers in international waters. John Howard, the then prime minister, refused the captain permission to enter Australian waters, and ordered special forces to seize the vessel when he did so anyway.

The Tampa affair stands out as a moment when Canberra explicitly adopted the view that Australia could no longer afford to observe humanitarian norms. Within a few months, the first elements of the Pacific solution, which involved forcing boats back to Indonesia and detaining asylum seekers in Nauru, an island nation 750 miles offshore, were in place.

There are worrying signs beyond the eerie Aquarius-Tampa parallel that the EU is heading down a similar path. Last year, Emmanuel Macron, the French president, floated the idea of keeping migrants away from Europe by creating hotspots to handle asylum requests in north Africa. The German interior ministry has also mooted the advantages of eliminating the prospect of reaching the European coast.

The temptations of such a policy for European politicians are clear. A steady stream of refugees to Europe has fed the rise of populist parties, including Mr Salvinis League and Alternative for Germany. Meanwhile, Australias policy has largely achieved its objective: to stop the boats. European leaders are drawn to the humanitarian defence for this hardline approach: that stopping the boats means fewer drownings.

They should resist. Australias refugee policy has become notorious for its brutality. The Nauru detention centre has seen hunger strikes, suicides and hundreds of accusations of abuse. A separate centre on Manus Island last year had its water and power cut off. Amnesty International has called the policy a human rights catastrophe.

Few in the EU would defend the extreme brutality of Australias system but in 2001 not many Australians would have either. The logic of deterrence naturally escalates: Australia introduced mandatory detention of unlawful non-cit...

14:00

Racist dog whistle should be kicked to touch "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

At first glance, the boys of Rangitoto Colleges first-fifteen appear to be prime nominees for cry-babies of the week until, like Lieutenant Columbo of the old telly-show, you think now, wait a minute, something doesnt seem right about this uniquely New Zealand story. Firstly; the story originates from a very suspect place, the fetid swamp [] The post Racist dog whistle should be kicked to touch appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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13:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The post Whaleoil wisdom appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:51

Cr Jackies View Of The Scott Case "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

  KCDC Cr Jackie Elliot says though  theres a conviction in the Scott case (see story below), its been a []

12:46

Tourists Quickly Learn Why You Shouldn't Try To Pet Lions "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Look but dont touch.

Thats one lesson a pair of tourists recently learned the hard way while on a safari tour in Serengeti National Park in Tanzania.

Seeking refuge from the sun, a group of five lions wandered over to sit in the shadow of the tourists SUV before going about the rest of their day.

Credit: Youtube/CelebrityNews

As a male lion got closer and stood with his side against the truck, one of the tourists inside thought it would be the perfect opportunity to pet him.

When the lion wasnt looking, the woman reached her hand right out of the window to pet his his thick fur. The people began to snicker and then the lion locked eyes with them.

Credit: Youtube/CelebrityNews

Flashing his giant teeth, the lion let out a deep growl. The tourists began to panic, rushing to shut the window as the lion bounced to face them, roaring again into their faces.

The tourists managed to get the windows closed but it was the close call of a lifetime. South African safari ranger Naas Smit told The Sun that, considering their lack of common sense, the pair of tourists were very lucky to to be alive.

Credit: Youtube/CelebrityNews

[The lion] would have the power to pull that tourist straight out of that window, he said. It was an incredibly stupid thing to do They were lucky to get away with it. ...

12:37

Cr David Scott Fined in Sex Case "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Kapiti Coast district councillor David Scott will be forced to vacate his council seat if his conviction for a sex []

12:36

EMPLOYMENT SERVICES MANAGER "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

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12:32

Once Upon A Dance Highly Enjoyable "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

  Reviewer Ann  Hunt says this delightful two-hander by Jan Bolwell and Mona Williams is a thoroughly enjoyable hour of []

12:32

Whinging unionists are overpaid and take too many sickies "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Taxpayers Union has been pushing back against whinging from public sector unions. From their new report: The gap in weekly earnings between the public and private sectors has grown since 1990, from 18.9% of private sector earnings to 34.6% in 2017. The gap peaked in 2010 at 38.4%. The premium is even higher for hourly [] The post Whinging unionists are overpaid and take too many sickies appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:30

Ladybird books guide to feminism: Part three "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Continuing the guide from yesterday The colour of patriarchy is pink Modern Feminists know that the world is run by men and that this is called Patriarchy. Patriarchy works by teaching girls to become servants of men when they grow up. Patriarchy uses dolls and the colour pink to trick girls. Girls who wear pink [] The post Ladybird books guide to feminism: Part three appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:19

NZ must speak out for its values "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

At the moment, the USA is separating children from their parents and putting them in concentration camps. This is utterly abhorrent to most New Zealanders. So what is our government saying about it? Nothing:

Winston Peters is coming under pressure from the Government's support partner, the Green Party, to speak out about the United States' separating children at its southern border from their non-documented migrant parents.

The Greens want Peters, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, to protest to US ambassador Scott Brown about the treatment of children.

Labour deputy leader Kelvin Davis and National leader Simon Bridges yesterday joined an international chorus of opposition to the current practice, saying it was cruel and inhumane.

The closest Peters got to criticism was saying New Zealand would not do what the US did but said he wanted focus on what was happening in New Zealand, while he deputises for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on maternity leave, not other countries.


This silence isn't acceptable. Kiwis expect our government to represent our values, and criticise the powerful where necessary. The fact that even National, who are normally craven little US vassals, recognises this shows how utterly unacceptable America's conduct is. The government needs to speak out about it. Alternatively, we can get a government who will at the next election.

12:10

General Electric Loses Place in Elite Dow Jones Industrial Average "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. Via: Reuters: General Electric Co has lost its spot in the Dow Jones Industrial Average after over a century in the blue chip stock index, a new blow to a company that once towered over the American business landscape but is now struggling to retain []

12:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A sucker for Soccer? This is a map of the stadiums, all 12 of them. Below is also some intel about each one. I know we dont call it Soccer anymore but Football Football is not a matter of life and death, said legendary coach Bill Shankly in 1981, its more important than that. St [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:00

Sanity in Canada "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Canada has taken a major step towards ending America's insane "war on drugs", by legalising recreational cannabis use:

Recreational cannabis use in Canada is to become legal after the Senate approved the legislation.

The measure is expected to come into effect in two or three months, with the exact official date to be set by the government. Prime minister Justin Trudeau has previously emphasised that the Cannabis Act will be implemented without delay.

The landmark agreement, making Canada the first G20 country to legalise recreational use, came to pass after the Senate voted 52 to 29 to approve the legislation.

It means adults will soon be allowed to carry up to 30g of dried cannabis (or its equivalent) in a public space, which includes personal vehicles. Those caught with more than 30g could face up to five years in prison. It will remain illegal for one adult to sell cannabis to another, unless they are a licensed retailer.


Exactly what that means will vary from province to province, but one thing which is guaranteed is far fewer arrests, far less police time wasted on how people choose to entertain themselves, and far fewer lives ruined.

Meanwhile in New Zealand, the government has promised to give us a vote, but not to be bound by the result. Which shows us how deceitful and dishonest they are on this issue, and how committed they are to perpetuating the persecution of recreational drug users.

11:30

Would a Dan-ban be better than Labours man-ban? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Dan Satherley has popped out from under his rock and written an article about some research that purports to show that its been proven that womens presence causes corruption to decrease, rather than women being attracted to roles in which there already is a lower amount of corruption. Dan suggests that maybe Labour was onto something [] The post Would a Dan-ban be better than Labours man-ban? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:06

11:00

There is no other school in South Auckland that my son fits into "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

To honorable Chris Hipkins & team, I have written a couple of times now to government in support of South Auckland Middle School remaining open and to stay in its current teaching model and wish to further support this submission. Following recent media releases about Middle School West Auckland termination contract letters being actioned [] The post There is no other school in South Auckland that my son fits into appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:00

Classic Comedy: A Bit Of A Do S02 E01 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From Wikipedia

A Bit of a Do is a British comedy-drama series based on the books by David Nobbs. The show starred David Jason and Gwen Taylor. It was produced by Yorkshire Television for two series and aired on the ITV network from 13 January to 1 December 1989.

The show was set in a fictional Yorkshire town. Each episode took place at a different social function and followed the changing lives of two families, the working-class Simcocks (David JasonGwen TaylorDavid Thewlis and Wayne Foskett) and the middle-class Rodenhursts (Nicola PagettPaul Chapman, Sarah-Jane Holm and Nigel Hastings), together with their respective friends, Rodney and Betty Sillitoe (Tim Wylton and Stephanie Cole), and Neville Badger (Michael Jayston). The series begins with the wedding of Ted and Rita Simcocks son Paul to Laurence and Liz Rodenhursts daughter Jenny; an event at which Ted and Liz begin an affair. The subsequent fallout from this affair forms the basis for most of the first series.

10:59

Bob Tulloch dissects Australian govts nuclear waste dump community consultation and finds it dishonest. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

It is an easier proposition, supported by the legal framework, to work with small, isolated    and vulnerable communities that can be easily manipulated, than to conduct an open an transparent site selection process that engages the broader community. 

The constant vernacular of the whole siting process is deliberately ambiguous. For example the  use of the phrase 65% not opposed, is often perceived as 65% of the community support the  facility.

Is the Barndioota Consultative Committee just a rubber stamp for the Depts attempt         to manufacture community consent?  
There has been a constant flow of incentives handed out by the Dept, to the Indigenous and non  Indigenous communities.
Through out the site selection process our communities have had to endure the Governments  disregard of community dissent and resulting social division by an unjust, unbalanced process. 

Bob Tulloch to Senate Standing Committee on Economics  Submission for The selection process for a national radioactive waste  management facility in South Australia  (Submission No. 87)   

My name is Bob Tulloch and I have resided in the Flinders Ranges area for over 40 years. I am a  self employed business person and together with my partner Sue, operated the successful Bush  Bakery at Copley for 20 years which developed into an iconic tourist destination.  I acknowledge  the need for a national repository, but oppose and question the Governments rationale, to  establish a repository in one of Australias major tourist destinations, t...

10:58

QotD: "I know nothing more odious than to prevent a man from emigrating from his country..." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"Observe ... that if it is just and useful to allow every man to dispose of his labour, it is equally soand for the same reasonsto allow him to choose his residence. The one is a consequence of the other. I know nothing more odious than to prevent a man from emigrating from his country, who is there so wretched as to wish to quit it, in spite of all the sentiments of nature and the whole force of habits that bind him to it. It is moreover absurd..."~ Antoine Louis Claude Destutt de Tracy, from his 1817 Treatise on Volition
[Hat tip Stuart Hayashi]
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10:47

The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Jacinda Ardern "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Lisa Owen interviews the Prime Mother, this was an interview full of deflection, squidginess and severely economical with the truth.

Of course and regrettably there were the obligatory pregnancy references to remind us all how incredible this woman is.

Yet the media in NZ seem very afraid to properly critique the rubbish that Ardern spouts. They will confront the ministers but not Ardern, nor Peters.

Anyway for what it is worth, here is the transcript. Video here.

BTW it is past time for The Nation not to post a taxpayer funded programme such as this on You Tube. TVNZ saw the light, why not you?

On Newshub Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern

Lisa Owen: The Labour led Government is committed to reducing the prison population by 30 per cent in 15 years. But this week, its first step toward justice system reform turned into a bit of a stumble with the Deputy Prime Minister Winston peters refusing to back a repeal of the three strikes law. I asked the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern if shes still confident New Zealand First will support significant reforms.
Jacinda Ardern: Yes, and as weve reiterated again this week, we are a government who as a whole supports criminal justice reform, and for two important reasons. New Zealanders, I dont think, generally support this idea of an American style system where we build mega prisons and have low level offenders going into them, not just because thats not who we are, but because it doesnt work. Ultimately, we want an effective justice system. That means spending much more time on rehabilitation, reintegration, and as Dr Ian Lambie, one of our science advisors, pointed out this week, much more effort put into younger people and earlier on, because thats how you prevent that life of crime.

I just want to explore your confidence in New Zealand First supporting you in this, because Winston Peters in the past has supported cumulative sentencing, which means longer sentences, hard labour for some offenders, reducing benefits for parents of youth offenders and lowering the age of criminal responsibility. So how does that fit with your goal, and youve been really clear...

10:30

Bob Jones wisdom from the 1970s "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

After reading some of Sir Bob Joness latest musings, and being a wannabe minor property capitalist, I was looking forward to reading some of his previous books. A little research left me surprised that he has written 23 published novels, essays and non-fiction writings, not including his various newspaper and blog columns. Well, luck happened [] The post Bob Jones wisdom from the 1970s appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:18

10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Farmers taking massive blow from disease cull to protect others Andrew Morrison:

This time last year few of us had even heard of Mycoplasma bovis and now this disease is proving devastating to a group of cattle farmers.

We have seen the heart-wrenching scenes of farmers loading otherwise healthy cows onto trucks headed for slaughter and have listened to the descriptions from farmers who have to wake up every morning to the silence of farms devoid of livestock.

Last month, the Government with industry support made the decision to pursue a phased eradication of this production-limiting disease.

Knowing the pain it was going to cause some farmers meant that it was not a decision made lightly.  These farmers are taking a massive blow to protect the 99 per cent of farmers who dont have Mycoplasma bovis (M. bovis) on their properties. We, as an industry, need to do everything we can to support these people both financially and emotionally. . . 

North Otago calves confirmed to have had M bovis -Conan Young:

A North Otago farmer who lost her farm after having to deal with a mystery illness has had it confirmed her calves that year had Mycoplasma bovis.

Susan McEwans story featured on RNZs Checkpoint and Insight programmes.

At that stage she suspected the reason she lost 600 of the 3000 animals she was raising to arthritis and pneumonia, was due to Mycoplasma bovis, but had no way to prove it. . . 

Farm exports growing Sally Rae:

A strong export performance and farm profitability results, despite a  variety of challenges, is testament to the resilience of farmers, the Ministry for Primary Industries latest Situation and Outlook for Primary Industries report says.

That resilience provided confidence  farmers would be able to adapt to future disruptions such as c...

10:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? VFYW: Whaleoil Yesterdays photo was the competition photo and the person who took the photo has e-mailed me to tell me who the winner of the competition is. The person who had the most details correct was stephen2d. Congratulations stephen2d please e-mail me sb at whaleoil.co.nz so I can arrange [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:42

Resources Minister Matt Canavan lying to South Australians on nuclear waste. Does he think that we are all fools? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Barb Walker  Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 19 June 18 

Ive just listened to another snow job on ABC 891 and then repeate...

09:39

Oral Questions 20 June 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Questions to Ministers SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her statements and policies? AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by the statements and policies of this Government regarding New Zealands economy? Dr DUNCAN WEBB to the Minister of Finance: Will this Governments Families Package support low- and middle-income families; if so, how? JAMI-LEE ROSS to the Minister [] The post Oral Questions 20 June 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:38

Nuclear waste dumping would destroy Adnyamathanha traditional land and cultural heritage "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Heather Mckenzie Stuart Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 19 June 18 

Just thinking, the proposed nuclear rubbish dump been forced upon us and the rest of the Adnyamathanha people is like imperialism. It is an economic, political dominance over us.
We as traditional owners have not heard of or seen any report of the so called cultural heritage assessment that was done upon our traditional lands, so I believe and see that as tokenism, because the wider community of Adnyamathanha people werent involved or werent consulted in a proper manner and it looks like we will never get to see the cultural heritage report.
So why is there so much secrecy on the cultural heritage report because at the end of the day, we are the Adnyamathanha people and its our traditional land and cultural heritage, our overall a big part of our cultural stytem our Muda that will be destroyed....

09:30

Tell me again why we are wasting billions on light rail "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Phil Goff and Phil Twyford are intent on pouring billions of dollars into light-rail to the airport. There isnt a business case, nor the money to do it. But why even bother when we should be encouraging enterprising private companies willing to spend their own cash on building a much faster solution: Quote: Auckland [] The post Tell me again why we are wasting billions on light rail appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:29

Australian uranium company Paladin leaves a mess behind it, in Africa "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Who cleans up the mess when an Australian uranium mining company leaves Africa?Jim Green, 18 June 2018, The Ecologist   www.theecologist.org/2018/jun/18/who-cleans-mess-when-australian-uranium-mining-company-leaves-africa

Australian mining companies have a poor track record operating in Africa. Australian uranium company Paladin Energy has now put two of its mines into care-and-maintenance and bankruptcy looms. But who cleans up the companys mess in Namibia and Malawi, asks JIM GREEN

Many Australian mining projects in Africa are outposts of good governance this is what Julie Bishop, the countrys Foreign Minister, told the Africa Down Under mining conference in Western Australia in September 2017. The Australian government encourages the people of Africa to see us as an open-cut mine for lessons-learned, for skills, for innovation and, I would like to think, inspiration, the minister said.

But such claims sit uneasily with the highly critical findings arising from a detailed...

09:28

Kiwi Legends Stir Public Response "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Tina Cross says this is a truly great example for the rest of New Zealand to up the performing arts []

09:24

New York could be attacked with a terrorist nuclear bomb "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

What a nuclear attack in New y

York would look like This Is What a Nuclear Bomb Looks Like (picture of a somewhat rusting ordinary van) Ny Mag. 12 June 18

If America is attacked, the strike probably wont come from North Korea. And it will be even scarier than we imagine. .

There are currently at least 2,000 tons of weapons-grade nuclear material stored in some 40 countries enough to make more than 40,000 bombs approximately the size of the one that devastated Hiroshima. Stealing the material would be challenging but far from impossible. Russia stockpiles numerous bombs built before the use of electronic locks that disable the weapons in the event of tampering. Universities that handle uranium often have lax security. And insiders at military compounds sometimes steal radioactive material and sell it on the black market. Since 1993, there have been 762 known instances in which radioactive materials were lost or stolen, and more than 2,000 cases of trafficking and other criminal activities.

Once terrorists obtained the uranium, they would need only a small team of sympathetic engineers and physicists to build what is known as a gun-type nuclear bomb, like the one dropped on Hiroshima. A gun-type nuke uses traditional explosives to fire a slug of uranium through a tube directly into another chunk of uranium, fracturing...

09:22

Unacceptable levels of uranium in drinking water for several remote communities "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Our kids need proper water: Families plead for action over uranium in drinking water, ABC, 7.30  by Indigenous affairs reporters Isabella HigginsBridget Brennan and Emily Napangarti Butcher, 19 June 18, 

09:20

ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie explains economic benefit of the ABC to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

ABC contributes as much to the economy as it costs the taxpayer: Michelle Guthrie, https://theconversation.com/abc-contributes-as-much-to-the-economy-as-it-costs-the-taxpayer-michelle-guthrie-98553?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=facebookbutton    The Conversation,  Michelle GrattanProfessorial Fellow, University of Canberra  June 19, 2018 

ABC managing director Michelle Guthrie has hit back against critics with a Deloitte Access Economics assessment that the public broadcaster contributed more than A$1 billion to the Australian economy in the last financial year.

This was on a par with the public funding of the organisation, she told the Melbourne Press Club, in an address coming days after the Liberal Federal Council urged the ABC be privatised a call rejected by the government.

Far from being a drain on the public purse, the audience, community and economic value stemming from ABC activity is a real and tangible benefit, she said. The Deloitte study was commissioned by the ABC; Guthrie said its report was still being compiled and would be released next month.

Of the $1 billion, more than a third is economic support for the broader media ecosystem. Far from being Ultimo-centric, the ABC is boosting activity across the country, she said, giving as examples the filming of Mystery Road in the Kimberley and the production of Rosehaven outside Hobart.

Deloitte calculated the ABC was helping sustain more than 6000 full-time equivalent jobs across the economy. It means that for every three full-time equivalent jobs created by the ABC, there are another two supported in our supply chain local artists, writers, technicians, transport workers and many more.

In hard figures, the research shows that the ABC helps to sustain 2500 full-time equivalent jobs in addition to the 4000 women and men who are directly employed by the public broadcaster.

When broken down this equates to more than 500 additional jobs in production companies, over 400 jobs elsewhere in the broadcast sector, and close to 300 full-time equivalent jobs in the professional services.

Amidst the debate over the ABCs purpose and its funding we should all remember that there are 2500 jobs outside public broadcasting at risk in any move to curtail our remit and activities.

Addressing the critics argument that the ABCs about $1 billio...

09:19

Chronicling Julian Assanges 6 years of Confinement "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

2,192 Days of Confinement: Assanges 6 Years in Ecuadorian Embassy in Numbers, https://sputniknews.com/europe/201806191065516777-assange-6-years-embassy-london/  

June 19 marks six years since the founder of WikiLeaks entered the building of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London. He hasnt stepped foot outside it since.

Julian Assange has been residing at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London since 2012, where he sought refuge while facing sexual assault allegations in Sweden.

981 days have passed since the Metropolitan police removed dedicated 24/7 guards from outside the Ecuadorian Embassy on October 12, 2015.

Like all public services, MPS resources are finite. With so many different criminal, and other, threats to the city it protects, the current deployment of officers is no longer believed proportionate, a statement by the Met police said.

865 days since the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WG...

09:18

Leaky nuclear reactor in Antarctica "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

New Zealand warns its Antarctic veterans about radiation risks from leaky US Navy reactor  https://www.stripes.com/news/new-zealand-warns-its-antarctic-veterans-about-radiation-risks-from-leaky-us-navy-reactor-1.533546  By SETH ROBSON | STARS AND STRIPES  June 19, 2018

The New Zealand government is warning personnel who worked in Antarctica in the 1960s and 70s about radiation from a leaky U.S. Navy reactor.

Alerts were posted online by the New Zealand Defence ForceAntarctica New Zealand and other government entities in January and reported by local media last month.

...

09:09

NASA: May Was 4th Hottest on Record robertscribbler "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

According to reports from NASA GISS, May of 2018 was the 4th hottest in the 138 year global temperature record. This new warmth came as the Equatorial Pacific began to retreat from a cooling La Nina state which, all things being equal, would have resulted in somewhat cooler than average global temperatures. (Analysis of []

via NASA: May Was 4th Hottest on Record robertscribbler

09:08

June 19 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Opinion: US Offshore Wind Upends Plans For Saving Coal & Nuclear Power Plants If the latest news out of the US DOE is any indication, the Trump Administrations newest stratagem for keeping old coal and nuclear power plants in operation make the taxpayers pay extra to keep uneconomical power plants running is []

via June 19 Energy News geoharvey

09:07

Coal to be kaput in Australia by 2050, as renewables, batteries take over RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Australias coal-fired generation capacity could be little more than a twinkle in Tony Abbotts eye by as early as 2050, when renewables are forecast to provide 92 per cent of the countrys electricity.

via Coal to be kaput in Australia by 2050, as renewables, batteries take over RenewEconomy

09:06

The fake arguments against 100% renewable energy RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

UNSW academics compare campaign against wind and solar and high renewable energy scenarios led by pro-nuclear lobbyists to efforts by the tobacco industry to sow fear and uncertainty and delay action.

via The fake arguments against 100% renewable energy RenewEconomy

09:04

NEG: Irrelevant at best, harmful at worst RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The NEG does nothing. It wont lower prices, it wont reduce the large gentailer influence, it wont bring about new investment. In short, its fraud as far as policy goes.

via NEG: Irrelevant at best, harmful at worst RenewEconomy

09:02

June 18 Energy News "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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Opinion:

Global warming cooks up a different world over 3 decades We were warned. On June 23, 1988, a sultry day in Washington, Dr James Hansen told Congress that global warming was not approaching it had already arrived. Thirty years later, its clear that Hansen and other doomsayers were right. And the change has been sweeping. [The Denver Post]

James Hansen (Marshall Ritzel, The Associated Press)

Science and Technology:

In a world first, Siemens is opening a 1.5-million pilot project in Oxfordshire employing ammonia as a form of energy storage. The proof-of-concept facility will turn electricity, water, and air into ammonia without releasing carbon emissions. The ammonia can be stored and burned for electricity, sold as a fuel, or used for industrial purposes. [businessgreen.com]

Teslas cobalt usage will soon be a thing of the past if Elon Musk has his way. And

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09:00

Photoshop of the day by Luke "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The post Photoshop of the day by Luke appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:00

Strong earthquake shakes Osaka: Officials in neighboring Fukui Prefecture say all 15 nuclear reactors are still functioning Fukushima 311 Watchdogs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Strong earthquake shakes Osaka All but 1 or 2 of these are supposedly shut down since 3-11. Just before 8 am local time a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck northern Osaka. Its categorized as a six-minus on a scale of zero to seven on Japans seismic intensity scale. No tsunami warning has been issued. Hyogo, Kyoto, []

via Strong earthquake shakes Osaka: Officials in neighboring Fukui Prefecture say all 15 nuclear reactors are still functioning Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

08:59

Australia starts slow on EVs, but could overtake global market RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

BNEF says EV sales in Australia have started slowly but will finish quick and will beat the global average by 2040, after passing tipping points on affordability in 2025. More intriguingly, the EV fleet will create a behind the motor storage market as big as Snowy 2.0.

via Australia starts slow on EVs, but could overtake global market RenewEconomy

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08:42

Govt costing $100/week "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Homepaddock

The government is costing us $100 more a week:

The Government needs to start thinking about the impact of its tax and bad economic policies on Kiwi families and stop loading the costs on to their weekly bills, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says.

The Governments policies are costing Kiwi families over $100 a week and thats an unacceptable burden on New Zealanders who are trying to get ahead.

The biggest immediate hit will come from the double whammy of the new petrol taxes, with the legislation to impose it progressing through Parliament this week. Nationwide petrol tax increases at the same time as a new regional fuel tax that is already being felt around the country, together adding around $15 a week to the cost of living, is too tough.

And its on top of already rising fuel prices. The Government needs to cancel it and get the transport

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08:30

William Hague says the war on drugs has failed and the UK should legalise cannabis now "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

William Hague, former leader of the Conservative party in the UK has written an opinion piece in The Telegraph about legalisation of cannabis. Quote: The case of Billy Caldwell, the 12 year old with epilepsy whose vital cannabis oil medication was confiscated by Border Force officials to comply with UK drugs laws, provides one of those illuminating [] The post William Hague says the war on drugs has failed and the UK should legalise cannabis now appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:21

GetUp "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

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08:06

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08:00

The price of everything is set to increase "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The winter of discontent is finally upon us. Fuel price increases and minimum wage increases are about to be felt and the price of everything is going to increase. Things are about to get really ugly for this government. This from  Newstalk ZB Quote: The cost of your ASOS order, buying your daily coffee, fruit and [] The post The price of everything is set to increase appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

June 20 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

1790 The Second Fleet materalised on the Holo Deck at Port Jackson.

1793 - The colony's administrator Lieut-Gov Francis Grose was empowered to assign convicts as servants to civil and military officers. He was instructed to prevent the secret and clandestine sale of spirits in the colony.
And, oh, how we laughed....

1802 - French explorer Nicholas Baudin washed ashore at Port Jackson aboard Le Geographe.

1808 - Michael Bagan was hanged at the Parramatta brickfields. Entered the house of Jane Codd near Parramatta, assaulted her and stole items from her home.

1808 - Felix Donnelly was hanged at the Parramatta brickfields. Entered the house of Jane Codd near Parramatta, assaulted her and stole items from her home.

1832 - Sydney Monitor: Report on Bong Bong to Wollongong road.

1839 - Robert William Newland and party shifted into Victor Harbour, SA.
And there went the neighbourhood.

1840 - First land sales held at Jervis Bay, NSW.

1843 - The first election in Victoria to vote in six members to represent the residents of Port Phillip in the NSW Legislative Council. Voters had to be male over the age of 21 and own freehold property worth at least 200 pounds. Candidates had to own property to the value of 2000 pounds. The vote for the Melbourne representative drew a total of 556 voters.

1846 - Brisbane 's first newspaper, the Moreton Bay Courier (later the Brisbane Courier, then Courier-Mail) began publication.

1866 Adelaide's Town Hall opened for the usual shenanigans.

1899 - The Perth Mint opened to convert the colony's glittery, glittery gold into gold sovereigns.

1911 - The narrow gauge Crowes Railway Line (Vic) was opened from Beech Forest to Crowes.

1916 - The 26 miles / 42 kms of Broad Gauge Heywood to Mount Gambier Railway Line (Vic & SA) was opened as far as Dartmoor, only 10 miles / 16 kms from the SA border.

1927 Film premiere of For the Term of his Natural Life.

1931 -  Forty NSW Police were involved in a bloody gun battle with 18 unemployed Communist squatters over an eviction order at 143 Union St, Newtown.

1932 - The Boggabilla Railway Branch line(NSW) was opened to those delicious steam locomotives from Camurra - North Star - Boggabilla.

1949 Lance Sharkey, chairman of the Communist Party, was convicted for sedition.

1961 - The book, The Trial of Lady Chatterley, was banned.
First they banned Lady Chatterley's Lover.
Then they banned the book of the trial.

1964 - The first Pioneer Valley show was held at Finch Hatton, Mackay.

1965 - The rail passenger service from Heath...

07:58

Blanchett, Edgerton get ugly for campaign "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Rosario Dawson introduces audiences to some of Australias ugliest endangered critters in the Wilderness Societys latest promotion.

LOS ANGELES, AAP Cate Blanchetts latest performance is as an ugly and endangered Australian Mary River turtle that sports a bright green mohawk hairdo and breathes through its genitals.

Her co-star is another Aussie A-Lister, Joel Edgerton, who plays an equally ugly ghost shark that is an animal kingdom oddity because its penis is on its forehead.

Hollywood actress Rosario Dawson, dressed in a costume that looks like it has been created by a bunch of kindergarten kids, is the star of the low budget production despite portraying an ugly singing, dancing, phytoplankton-sipping Australian ethmia clytodoxa moth.

We put our egos aside, Dawson told AAP.

We are really willing to do anything to get that attention because we need it.

The impressive cast, which also includes Teresa Palmer as a southern right whale, Samara Weaving as a ghost bat and Dan Wyllie as giant Gippsland earthworm, is part of new campaign by The Wilderness Society.

They star in a four-minute musical comedy video featuring puppet creatures, whacky and naughty lyrics and use of dollops of whale poo.

Dubbed Save Ugly, the campaign is aimed at raising awareness of all the aesthetically-challenged creatures in Australias ecosystems that help make life possible, warts and all.

Cute, furry animals often get the most help and support.

The Wilderness Society hopes the music video will shine a light on the endangered Mary River turtle and other creatures that need help to survive.

The video was shot in just one day in Los Angeles.

We need these different creatures, Dawson said.

It is important to know the phytoplankton feeds off the excrement of whales.

These tiny little things that we cant see with the naked eye capture more carbon than trees do.

Dawson joked Blanchett, a seven-time Oscar nominee and two-time winner, might even score another nod for voicing the turtle.

I will be rooting for Cate Blanchetts turtle to accept on all of our behalf, Dawson said.

The video can be v...

07:56

Angore landowners set LNG machinery on fire in more PNG unrest "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Charred machinery at the PD8 LPG development site in Hela province, PNG Highlands. Image: Michael Passingan/PNG News

Pacific Media Centre | 20 June 2018

In a show of frustration over the nonpayment of a business development grant, Angore landowners in Hela province have set fire to the massive Hides development LNG machinery on PDL 8 site as unrest continues in Papua New Guineas rugged Highlands region.

The destruction includes an excavator and a drilling machine while sections of a highway leading to PDL 8 have been dug up, reports the PNG Post-Courier.

In other developments:

  • Prime Minister Peter ONeill and Members of Parliament, including ministers...

07:47

IF HE IS CORRUPT WHY IS HE STILL THERE? CJ'S IMPARTIALITY QUESTIONED "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by MARK TOKUNAI
One of the top brains of this country, Sir Mekere Morauta once described the scale of corruption in this country as Systemic and Systematic. Many others have labelled it as having permeated throughout the fabrics of the society. Corruption is said to have widespread in Government and is prevalent in how businesses are conducted both in private and public sectors. 

We are experiencing unprecedented number of prosecutions of leaders both by police and the Ombudsman Commission. These are leaders mandated by our people but the law is keeping a check on their exercise of powers. Eventually, their fate will be ultimately determined by the judiciary. Thanks to the Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika, who is an unapologetic member of the bench and sending a strong message with the number of people he is sending to jail. Sir Salika seems to be motivated to send wrong doers to jail and has no time hunting escape routes for criminals. 

The judiciary, though the third arm of the tripartite system of Government, enjoys a further constitutionally entrenched independence.  In principle, the other two arms of Government supposed to provide check and balance on the judiciary. Nonetheless, nobody outside of National Judicial System including the Minister for Justice has any power to give directions to any court, or to a judge of any court, in the discharge of their judicial functions. The judicial powers that the judges exercise is the peoples power vested in them by the Constitution. Each judge takes an oath of office, promising to uphold the law and deliver justice without fear or favour.

At the decline of public confidence and trust on the other two arms of Government (Legislature and Executive), the judiciary has become the last bastion of hope for the people. Every other Legislative and Executive decisions are increasingly subjected to judicial scrutiny.  This has elevated the judiciary to be more powerful and incompatibly superior to the other two arms of government.

International and regional human rights instruments recognise as fundamental the right of everyone to due process of law, including a fair and public hearing by a competent, independent and impartial tribunal established by law.

It's beneficial to have an independent judiciary. The question is who effectively scrutinises the judicial functions? Those who ar...

07:30

Could the unions bring down the government? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I was listening to Pattrick Smellie on the radio, talking about all the strike action suddenly happening around the country. First nurses, then teachers, now public servants, and the police are to come next. I had just put the whole thing down to the fact that now that we have a Labour-led government, the unions [] The post Could the unions bring down the government? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:17

New Western Provincial Administrator on his appointment and challenges "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Lawyer Aquila Sampson has been appointed by Cabinet as Provincial Administrator of Western, putting to rest controversy over the position since the jailing of former provincial administrator Modowa Gumoi in Nov 2016.
Sampson was chosen from a shortlist of three names submitted to Cabinet by the Western provincial executive council.
Here he speaks about his appointment and the challenges ahead:


07:15

Most read "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

07:15

Public necrophilia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

One of the more lamentable tendencies of political and media culture is to invoke certain recently-deceased as fetish objects in service to some cultural or political cause clbre. Safely unable to speak for themselves, the dead become a sort of macabre rhetorical soapbox for the obsessions of cynical politicians and activists. This is not new, of course: John Browns body quite literally became a rallying-cry for the Union army in the American Civil War. Horst Wessells corpse inspired the Nazis favourite anthem. In modern times, death transforms petty criminals into saints of civil rights. Sometimes this fetishism of the dead serves to highlight some urgent political or civil issue. The murder of media employee Jill Meagher highlighted the alarming legal environment in the state of Victoria, where dangerous repeat offenders were routinely released on bail. More often, though, this public metaphorical necrophilia is riddled with humbug and hypocrisy.   The post Public necrophilia appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

Trump: A Very Stable Genius parody "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Uses the format of G&S Major General patter song.Well done

07:00

Govt costing $100/week "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The government is costing us $100 more a week:

The Government needs to start thinking about the impact of its tax and bad economic policies on Kiwi families and stop loading the costs on to their weekly bills, Opposition Leader Simon Bridges says.

The Governments policies are costing Kiwi families over $100 a week and thats an unacceptable burden on New Zealanders who are trying to get ahead.

The biggest immediate hit will come from the double whammy of the new petrol taxes, with the legislation to impose it progressing through Parliament this week. Nationwide petrol tax increases at the same time as a new regional fuel tax that is already being felt around the country, together adding around $15 a week to the cost of living, is too tough.

And its on top of already rising fuel prices. The Government needs to cancel it and get the transport agency and Auckland Council to do a lot better job of prioritising their spending.

Fuel price increases impact on all goods and services that are transported.

Today we also have confirmation from the University of Otago that basic healthy food costs for a family of four in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin increased by up to $21 a week over the past year. Much of this is due to the higher costs flowing from government policies and regulations, in addition, new fuel taxes are only going to push prices up further.

You also have rents rising by an average of $20 a week and that will only get worse as Labour drives mum and dad investors out of the housing market with its changes to tax policy and more regulation. And its restrictions on overseas investment and the increasing uncertainty around KiwiBuild policy will slow housing construction and drive prices up further.

On top of that every middle income family is missing out on the thousand dollars a year or $40 a week that Labour cancelled to give money to first year university students. That is money these families could have used right now.

Finally, with slowing GDP growth leaving families around $10 a week worse off, and fewer jobs being created as a result of this Governments low growth policies, there will be fewer opportunities for New Zealanders to get ahead.

Together, these bad policies and poor priorities are leaving New Zealand families significantly worse off.

...

07:00

Actually Simon, most Aucklanders dont support road maggots "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Simon Wilson, reprising his current role as the ex officio spokesman for Phil Goffs office, has made astonishing claims based on an online survey regarding cycling: Quote: Two-third of Aucklanders (65 per cent) believe cycle lanes are good for the city and welcome them in their own communities, according to the results of an annual [] The post Actually Simon, most Aucklanders dont support road maggots appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

I'M A RUFUSENIK "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

For my many sins I get to travel a fair bit.   Queenstown last week, Wellington tomorrow, Dunedin next week.   I get to stay in a lot of hotels ... nothing great about hotels ... more like a chore.

What I absolutely refuse to do in a hotel is to play their silly game which has it that by refusing to change towels each day and I'm helping to save the planet.    Absolute phooey ... it's 0.01% about saving the planet and 99.99% about increasing profit.

Nothing better than a nice clean fresh towel to make up for crappy hotel TV and their limited selection of channels ... and don't even get me started on room mini-bars.

06:30

Nine To Noon: Foreign Buyers ban now a slightly improved bad law "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/ntn-20180619-0909-changes_to_government_ban_on_foreign_buyers-128.mp3

The finance and expenditure select committee looking at the Overseas Investment Amendment Bill has recommended some significant changes giving overseas investors more leeway to put money into New Zealand housing developments. The changes relax the rules to allow foreign buyers to hold onto new properties bought off the plan, provided they are in large, multi-storey developments with 20 or more units and will allow foreign investors to purchase hotel units provided they are leased back to the developer or hotel. Housing Strategist, Leonie Freeman and Nick Goodall from the property analytics firm Corelogic talk to Kathryn Ryan

This is ill conceived and poorly thought out legislation. It was hastily put together as David Parker stated yesterday . Legislation in haste is not good legislation.

There are still flaws as others have pointed out.

In any event as Australians are exempt will the law actually achieve anything,other than make NZ less attractive for investment.

06:30

More unintended consequences from womble ministers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Electric vehicles, virtue-signalling and living green are pretty much the preserve of the urban elite, and load disproportionate costs onto the poor. But green wombles dont care: they are saving us from ourselves, dont you know. Now there is some evidence that this left wing, protect the poor, party is actually passing laws that will [] The post More unintended consequences from womble ministers appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:17

Imprisonment and Family Structure "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

My third report in a series, written for Family First, Imprisonment and Family Structure was released last Friday. I was very grateful to criminologist, Greg Newbold, writer, David Cohen and  ex-detective, Dave Pizzini for reviewing the paper and providing feedback. But apart from Leighton Smith interviewing me last Friday the media seems to have ignored it.

Below an op-ed I produced on the back of it. It is intentionally hard-hitting - more so than the report.

Anyone who would like a hard copy of the report which traces imprisonment rates and family structure statistics over the past 100 years (in order to encompass the period when Maori went from being virtually absent among the prison population to today when they make up half), let me know.

Govt fails public and prisoners alike

Last week the government announced it will add a net total of 174 extra beds at Waikeria prison by 2022. This will fall woefully short of what is needed to fairly serve both the public and prisoners alike because the incarcerated population will continue to increase. How do I know?


Because the population group most prisoners arise from continues to behave as they have for decades.

Corrections has identified that the mothers of those children on the pathway to prison are young, uneducated, suffered abuse or neglect as a child, are, or have been substance dependent, are without family connections and have serial male partners. Treasury says abused or neglected children who spend most of their lifetimes on welfare, with a parent who is or has been a prisoner, and a poorly educated mother are ten times more likely to be prisoners before reaching 21.

Te Puni Kokiri has identified intergenerational imprisonment, particularly among Maori. They report, "...anecdotally we were often told by prisoners that they had children by more than one mother." The renowned Dunedin longitudinal study produced the following observation: "Men who spend time in prison are likely to father a disproportionately high number of children...men who engage in highly anti-social behaviour make up 10 percent of the birth cohort, yet account for 27 percent of babies fathered by the time the men are aged 26 years."

Overseas research finds a causal link between male imprisonment and female multi partner fertility...

06:15

The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Phil Goff "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Transcript of the interview below. Video here.
Goff was shifty and was decidedly economical with the truth.

On Newshub Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Auckland Mayor Phil Goff 16/06/18
Lisa Owen: Nine out of nineteen councillors signed a letter expressing concern over a $930,000 stadium report. They say Mayor Phil Goff kept it from them. I sat down with Mr Goff and asked if he had heard of any issues before he received the letter.
Phil Goff: Well, first of all, its not a letter of no confidence. It doesnt say no confidence anywhere, thats the way it was portrayed when it was leaked to the media before I received it. Look, we have disagreements on Council. This disagreements not on a huge issue, actually. The same group of nine people I think all of them supported my mayoral proposal for the ten-year budget the week before. And the ten-year budget is really important on Council. Its our plans for what affects Aucklanders over the next decade.
Yeah. But a vote for the ten-year budget is not a vote of confidence in you; that is a vote for the people of Auckland and the budget. You said it is an isolated issue but they actually say in that letter this behaviour has not been isolated. And people have described you as bullying, chauvinistic, dismissive, and they say that you work by yourself behind closed doors. I want to give you the right to respond to that.
Yeah, well, none of those things are correct. Let me just correct on the budget the budget of course is a vote of confidence.
Not in you though, Mr Mayor.
Well its my proposal so it is in me. But lets come back to those other things. Look Lisa, I think youre aware Ive been in politics for a very long time. Ive never been accused of bullying. Its not part of my DNA. I dont like bullying, I dont tolerate bullying. Chauvinistic Ive never actually been accused of being a chauvinist either. I work well with people; I have over my entire political career. I work well across party-lines and I do so on council. And I think if you asked the overwhelming majority of councillors, they would not agree with comments of bullying or chauvinism.
So nine Councillors are all wrong about their concerns?
No, no, I dont think those nine councillors lets keep this absolutely correct; those nine councillors arent accusing...

06:07

Obesity and poverty "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Children between 2 & 14 on average are 2kg heavier then they were 7yrs ago cartoon & yarn in todays @nzherald https://t.co/psnOLLE9Y4 #nzpol #nzqt pic.twitter.com/qFScYPLLcF Rod Emmerson (@rodemmerson) June 19, 2018 Can poor people only afford fattening foods, or do they make poor nutrition choices? Are they more easily attracted to junk food []

06:02

Labour pressured by friendly fire strike threats "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It seems a bit ironic that wage claims and threats of strikes have ramped up substantially now Labour lead the Government. In opposition Labour seems closely associated with unions, the PSA and worker groups like the teachers and nurses, so why are they getting more militant now Labour hold then purse strings? Payback for their []

06:00

In disasters, violence against women is the huge, often hidden story "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

After her sons murder, Miriam* finally fled her village in Myanmars conflict-ravaged Rakhine State. Even as Miriam escaped, the few precious belongings she could grab were snatched from her, and she recalls how she was forced to drink water from bamboo to survive the long trek to neighbouring Bangladesh.

Of the nearly 700,000 Rohingya refugees that have crossed into Bangladesh since August 2017, well over half are women and girls, and many, like Miriam, have reported grave human rights abuses.

The Rohingya refugee crisis is extreme, yet violence against women and girls occurs everywhere, in both developed and developing nations. Worldwide including here in Australia on average one in three women face some form of violence at some point in their lives. Cases spike dramatically amid emergencies, but far too often go unreported. In this, the 21st century, rape is still used as a weapon of war, and fear, shame and stigma stops many survivors from speaking out.

And for refugees like Miriam, the risks arent over when they reach relative safety. Forced to live in makeshift camps filled with uprooted, often traumatized people, exposure and the threat of lawlessness increase the risk of violence. In desperate situations like these, where people often have just the clothes on their backs, forced marriage, child marriage, trafficking, exploitation and cases of women selling sex to survive, typically rise. This is why, in any crisis, upholding the safety and dignity of women and girls who have survived violence, or are at risk of suffering it, must be front and centre in relief efforts.

As the monsoon rains set in over the sprawling Rohingya refugee camps in Coxs Bazar, Bangladesh, Miriam has finally found some security and respite in one of the special women-only spaces set up by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), with support from the Australian government. For women who have lost everything their homes, families, livelihoods and not least their dignity there, they know that they are safe, that they have support and that they have each other.

Now, with the help of a trained counsellor, Miriam says shes working through the grief at the loss of her son and feels comfortable enough in the space to start putting plans together for her surviving family.

I have peace when I come here, she says. I get mental and physical support, and when I needed to go to the hospital, they referred me and came with me.

...

06:00

Hosking on union strife under Labour "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The nurses appear set to strike, the teachers are getting stroppy and the PSA is muscling up. Looks like the winter of discontent is coming from the civil servants not business. Mind you business isnt happy either. Mike Hosking says that strikes achieve nothing and drag us back to the 70s: Quote. Looks like we [] The post Hosking on union strife under Labour appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

05:30

UK to review medicinal cannabis use "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Like here are elsewhere in the world pressure has been growing in the UK to allow the use of cannabis products for medicinal use. Sick children have been used to highlight the issue, and the UK government has now announced a review of drug laws. BBC: Medicinal cannabis use to be reviewed by government The []

05:15

Trump, Inc. Podcast Extra: Trumps Company Is Getting $175 Million Annually in Previously Undisclosed Rent "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Podcast can be found here

Forbes reporters figured out that the presidents company pulls in an estimated $175 million in commercial rent annually. One of Trumps major tenants: a state-owned Chinese bank.

In this bonus episode of our Trump, Inc. podcast, Forbes Dan Alexander talks to WNYCs Andrea Bernstein about how he dug through financial documents and even measured square footage to detail the little-known, big payments to the presidents company.

05:15

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

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

05:07

Foreign buyer rules relaxed "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Prior to getting into Government Labour talked up the effect of foreign buyers on the New Zealand housing market, and copped a lot of criticism for their Chinese sounding names claims. They were also accused of exaggerating the impact of foreign buyers and this has turned out to be true with foreign buyers being []

05:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I think my achievement also testifies to a simple but enduring truth: there is ultimately no substitute for good singing, honestly rendered.  Anne Murray who celebrates her 73rd birthday today.

05:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

05:00

Unrest in the highlands exposes deep political divisions "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Enga fightersJOHNNY BLADES | Dateline Pacific | Radio New Zealand

WELLINGTON - Last week's court ruling upholding Southern Highlands governor William Powi's 2017 election win sparked the rampage by supporters of a losing candidate who had challenged the result.

As part of the ensuing state of emergency provisions, Papua New Guineas government has ordered the deployment of armed forces to restore order and has suspended the provincial government.

However, subsequently supporters of the suspended government and Mr Powi have been mobilising around the province with high-powered weapons, threatening violence.

While Mendi had quietened down by Monday, Mendi police commander Gideon Kauke said the potential for unrest remained acute.

"This is not a normal law and order situation. It is political differences and politically manipulated issues that are causing all the destructions," he said.

Earlier, prime minister Peter O'Neill said those behind last week's destruction would be arrested and prosecuted. But Commander Kauke said police hadn't made arrests yet because the situation was highly charged.

"We will not immediately take action, but we will try and form a team of investigators, and they will look into this one," Kauke said.

"Those who are responsible in causing destructions and the burning down of buildings, they'll be investigated, arrested and charged."

A former top policeman, Thomas Eluh, has been placed in charge of the nine-month emergency operations.

Eluh was appointed as acting provincial administrator in Southern Highlands late last year as the national government sought to restore order to a dysfunctional public service amid lingering lawlessness and election-related violence.

He continued in the role through February's magnitude 7.5 earthquake which caused widespread destruction and death in both Southern Highlands and Hela provinces.

However Eluh, from Manus, was seen as having disrupted the interests of some Southern Highlands political power brokers and was sidelined in April.

Well aware of the type of political ructions linked to the latest unrest in Mendi, Eluh said he still had strong support on the ground in the province and would be available to listen to grievances. But he cautioned he would n...

04:51

Mid Week Quiz No. 127 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Here is the latest challenge.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers []

04:36

US-China trade war escalates "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The on again, off again trade war between the US and China is escalating, with more tariff threats from both countries. Trump aims to hit China as tit-for-tat tariff war erupts A top U.S. trade adviser said China has underestimated President Trumps resolve to press ahead with tariffs, in comments that undercut the chances of []

04:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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04:30

The Nightmare that is Trumps America "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

ProPublica has obtained audio from inside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility, in which children can be heard wailing as an agent jokes, We have an orchestra here.

ProPublica has this

Ginger Thompson writes:-

The desperate sobbing of 10 Central American children, separated from their parents one day last week by immigration authorities at the border, makes for excruciating listening. Many of them sound like theyre crying so hard, they can barely breathe. They scream Mami and Pap over and over again, as if those are the only words they know.

The baritone voice of a Border Patrol agent booms above the crying. Well, we have an orchestra here, he jokes. Whats missing is a conductor.

Then a distraught but determined 6-year-old Salvadoran girl pleads repeatedly for someone to call her aunt. Just one call, she begs anyone who will listen. She says shes memorized the phone number, and at one point, rattles it off to a consular representative. My mommy says that Ill go with my aunt, she whimpers, and that shell come to pick me up there as quickly as possible. More at the link

This new policy for new it is, whatever Trump and his disciples claim, is not one that wishes to see operating in a democratic country, in 2018, especially a country that has words such as Land of the free, home of the Brave as part of its national anthem.

It reminds one of the internment of Japanese Americans in WWII or the camps Boers were forced into by the British during their conflict at the beginning of the 20th century.

Under Trump we have seen the rapid descent of America into a moral morass stoked by an ignorant,thug and bully, who is President, aided and abetted by a motley crew of sycophants, fellow travellers and self serving venal politicians and business people.

Ethics does not seem to exist for many, there is a cloud of sleaze permeating this administration.

The President seems to exist in a bubble of unreality, where truths are lies and lies are truth.

Increasingly it is possib...

04:25

Serious misconduct alleged, security firm investigation widens "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Concerns over the use of security firm Thompson and Clark by Government departments has escalated into an SIS investigation  after claims of serious misconduct at the at the Ministry for Primary Industries. RNZ:  Thompson and Clark used SIS contact to seek govt contracts The Security Intelligence Service has launched an internal investigation into concerns of []

04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is concupiscent (noun) A strong desire, especially sexual desire; lust. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Not many Latin words are as easy to break down into their component parts as concupiscent is. The first element is a variant of the preposition and prefix cum with, here used as [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:12

Border control and caging kids "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

US border control has been in the spotlight more than ever, as a promised clampdown on illegal immigration from Mexico ramps up, and as threatened, children are being separated from parents and contained in cage-like structures. Being tough on immigration is popular, but being heartless with kids involved is not going down so well. As []

04:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 20 22 Dont say, I will get even for this wrong. Wait for the Lord to handle the matter. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

My people cant compete: Chinas influence provokes resentment "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Martyn Namorong & Julie Bishop
Martyn Namorong - "My people feel they can't compete."   Julie Bishop - "We want to continue to be the partner of choice."

STAFF REPORTER | South China Morning Post

HONG KONG - In the gritty, steamy streets of Papua New Guineas capital Port Moresby, signs of Chinas push into the Pacific island nation are inescapable.

A Chinese worker stencils a logo for China Railway Group outside the new national courthouse being buil; China Harbour Engineering Group labourers tar roads under the searing midday sun.

Little by little they are taking slices of our businesses, said Martyn Namorong, who campaigns to protect local jobs and communities as China ramps up infrastructure spending in the resource-rich nation, often bringing its own workforce. My people feel we cant compete.

The nation of eight million people is the latest frontier in Beijings bid for global influence thats included building artificial reefs in the South China Sea, a military base in Africa and an ambitious trade-and-infrastructure plan spanning three continents.

Chinas thrust into the Pacific islands region, a collection of more than a dozen tiny nations including Fiji, Niue and Timor Leste scattered across thousands of miles of ocean, has the US and its close ally Australia worried.

The region played a key role in World War II and remains strategically important as Western powers seek to maintain open sea lines and stability.

For Beijing, it offers raw materials, from gas to timber, and a clutch of countries who could voice support for its territorial claims.

Weve seen a huge surge in Chinas state-directed economic investment and mobilisation of an enormous amount of capital in the Pacific which clearly has a strategic intent, said Eric B Brown, a senior fellow in Asian affairs at Washington-based think tank the Hudson Institute.

The sovereignty of these nations could be compromised by these predatory economic methods. And that could create a military threat to countries such as Australia and affec...

03:52

Summary of events in West Papua (13 May 2018-11 June) "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

http://awpasydneynews.blogspot.com/2018/06/summary-of-events-in-west-papua-13-may.html


Australia West Papua Association (Sydney)

Summary of events in West Papua (13 May 2018-11 June)

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) released an urgent action (5June) regarding a customary land dispute between Bintuni Agro Prima Perkasa Company and the Mpur Tribe in Tambrauw Regency, West Papua province. The AHRC makes it easy for people to respond to their U/As. http://www.ahrchk.org/ruleoflawasia.net/news.php?id=AHRC-UAC-035-2018

Timika
A facebook posting has reported that yesterday, Sunday 10th June 5 civilians have been arrested in SP. 5 in the district of Iwaka Kampung around 11:00am Timika time. This afternoon at 4:00pm Timika time, a massive sweeping by Indonesian military and police forces are undergoing in the area of SP. 2 in the district of Timika Jaya. More civilians have fled into the near by bushes including my family. More up to date information will be posted as comes to light (on daily lists).

In a written submission to the 38th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council, the Asian Legal Resource Centre reported on the situation of extrajudicial executions (summary executions) in Indonesia. In its statement the ALRC said The recurrence of extrajudicial executions in Indonesia is largely due to the impunity enjoyed by the offenders, especially if they are part of the police or military institutions.

From the ALRC press release (30 May)
In view of the above situation, the ALRC requests the UN Human Rights Council to undertake studies to assess the root causes of extrajudicial executions in Indonesia. The Council should not merely work with the Indonesian government, but should also work and support the Indonesian civil society at large in dealing with recurrence and massive extrajudicial executions in Indonesia. The Council should put pressures on the government of Indonesia so that the State officially invites and cooperates with the UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-judicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO1805/S00190/indonesia-summary-executions-recurring-with-impunity.htm

Shift in Solomon Islands governments view on Papua
RNZI reported (23 May) that a leading foreign affairs official from the Solomon Islands government said its now seeing a balanced picture on Indonesias Papua region.

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03:20

Media watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:05

Open Forum Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:00

Humour in the Morning "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Homage to the Frost Report with a reworking of the classic Cleese, Barker and Corbett sketch on the class divide

03:00

We dont want to be a nation of beggars. Peter ONeill must resign "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Mekere Morauta (2)SIR MEKERE MORAUTA

PORT MORESBY - The prime ministers mismanagement of the economy and public finances has turned Papua New Guinea into a state of hunting and gathering, living daily from hand to mouth.

Mr ONeill is now begging and selling the country into Chinas lap. This weeks visit to China is a glaring example of begging. And begging is not for the good of the nation.

It is used for projects for ONeills own glorification like tearing up good roads in Port Moresby for the Chinese and his friends to rebuild so APEC motorcades can ride on them for one day.

Look at the members of the delegation that has gone to China. Is the prime minister in China to sell off our petroleum, gas, fisheries and forestry resources, Ok Tedi, and Bank South Pacific?

It has been reported that the trip will cost almost K7 million at a time when hospitals and health centres are short of medicine, schools (even in Port Moresby) are closing, small Papua New Guinean businesses are waiting to be paid their bills by the government, and retired public servants are waiting for their superannuation entitlements, some dying before they have been paid. 

This prime minister has no sense of responsibility or fairness.

The trip also comes at a time when the prime ministers own province, and its neighbour Hela, are in turmoil.

For the first time in the nations history an aeroplane has been hijacked and burned - and civil unrest continues.

The prime minister is happy to send soldiers and police to face his people who are up in arms, yet he runs away.

As a respected Papua New Guinean academic aptly commented: People in plight; leaders on flight!

ONeill should take personal responsibility for the chaos in the Southern Highlands, which stems from the chaos of last years national election.

The anomalies in voting and counting in all the seats in his province are the underlying cause of the current problem.

Put together the ongoing landowner issues stemming from his government not paying monies due from the LNG project, his governments refusal to deal with the proliferation of weapons throughout the country, the recent earthquake and election issues, and you have a situation packed with dynamite. 

The prime minister inflamed the situation in the pr...

02:38

93 tons of dead fish wash up on Sakhalin Island, Russia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

An estimated 93 tons of dead fish washed up on Sakhalin Island in Russia, north of Japan last week. "The death scale of the Pacific herring in Piltun Bay is enormous," a spokesman for the regional NGO Ecological Watch of Sakhalin said. "The death of...... Read more

00:44

Tomgram: Michael Klare, Is a War With China on the Horizon? "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

On May 30th, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced a momentous shift in American global strategic policy. From now on, he decreed, the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), which oversees all U.S. military forces in Asia, will be called the Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM)[...]Think of it as a signal that the U.S. military is already setting the stage for an eventual confrontation with China.

Tuesday, 19 June

23:15

In brief: Prime Minister ONeill on trade visit to China, and other business stories "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Prime Minister ONeill on trade visit to China, state of emergency in Southern Highlands, and the future of trade tariffs on tuna exports to the UK. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

Prime Minister Peter ONeill

Prime Minister Peter ONeill is leading a large delegation to Beijing to sign a trade deal that will ensure that PNG is included in Chinas free trade routes. In a media conference on Monday ONeill reportedly said that this was a very crucial visit planned many years in advance at the invitation of the Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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A state of emergency has been declared in Southern Highlands Province for the next nine months following civil unrest last week. Civil Aviation Minister Alfred Manase said Mendi Airport would remain closed indefinitely, all operations and activities would cease immediately and staff would be moved to other locations for their safety. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has been informed.

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A University of Papua New Guinea study has reportedly revealed that the country could face trade tarif...

22:55

The Late Movie: Albert R.N. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good movie with a strong cast. Remembered this from years ago.

22:48

TAYLOR: I can be the next PM in No.10 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


MOAI KING WILLIAM IV Party leader Matt Taylor has insisted he is a credible candidate to be the next Prime Minister. Despite coming last in the 2015 Brighton Kemptown general election with just 69 votes, Taylor said he could replace Theresa May in 10 Downing Street.

The Moai King William IV party leader told BBC Ones The Andrew Marr Show, I think its perfectly plausible, actually, as leader of Britains newest political party, my job is to be the alternative Prime Minister.

Championing the forgotten memory of King Arthur II and representing the surrogate King William IV, John Wanoa from New Zealand, Taylor said, I think British politics is in a remarkable state of disaster. You have got the Conservative party committing false flag events, while fleecing the British public dry. You have got a Labour party of wolves in sheep clothing and the Liberal party lead by a granddad.

I, and the Moai King William IV party, are the real alternative.

Asked if the Moai King William IV party is a credible political party, Taylor said, If British party politics starts to break down, if the traditional structures start to break up, and that could well happen, we are perfectly positioned with amazing and wondrous policies guaranteed to save the nation.

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22:22

Chaos in the PNG LNG Project Site "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Today early in the morning the frustrate PDL 8 Angore landowners  halt up the project by cutting down the trees along the road links the concern well pad. They also close the main road limks PNG LNG Condensation Plant, Komo Airfield, Nogoli Plant site and Angore well pad to Tari, the Provincial Head Quarter. Local innocent people living in those areas were  badly affected.

Some of the machines in the PNG LNG Project sites were burnt down early this morning.

Currently no vehicles pussing up and down along the road. if the situation go worse and the government respond negatively, the company and the local landowners will be badly affected and PNG LNG Project likely to close down.






The attachments are the images of machineries burnt down by the angry Landowners early this morning.

22:05

World watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

22:01

June 20 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

451  Battle of Chalons: Flavius Aetius battled Attila the Hun. After the battle, which was inconclusive, Attila retreated, causing the Romans to interpret it as a victory.

1005 Ali az-Zahir, caliph, was born (d. 1036).

1214 The University of Oxford received its charter.

1631  The sack of Baltimore: the Irish village of Baltimore was attacked by Algerian pirates.

1652  Tarhoncu Ahmet Paa appointed grand vezir of the Ottoman Empire, served until 21 March 1653.

1685  Monmouth Rebellion: James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth declared himself King of England at Bridgwater.

1723 Adam Ferguson, Scottish philosopher and historian, was born  (d. 1816).

1756  A British garrison was imprisoned in the Black Hole of Calcutta.

1782  The U.S. Congress adopted the Great Seal of the United States.

1787  Oliver Ellsworth moved at the Federal Convention to call the government the United States.

1789  Deputies of the French Third Estate took the Tennis Court Oath.

1791  King Louis XVI of France and his immediate family began the Flight to Varennes during The French Revolution.

1819 Jacques Offenbach, German-born French composer, was born  (d. 1880).

1819  The U.S. vessel SS Savannah arrived  at Liverpool, United Kingdom the first steam-propelled vessel to cross the Atlantic, although most of the journey was made under sail.

1837...

21:55

Midnight Movie: Wallenberg with Richard Chamberlain "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

TV Drama about the Swedish hero who saved many Jewish lives in WWII

21:33

Trade rules favour powerful countries but Papua New Guinea should push for influence, says WTO Director-General "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Director-General of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), Roberto Azavedo, has described world trade rules as being tilted towards the interests of more powerful countries. Speaking in Port Moresby recently, he said it is up to the private sector to lobby governments to act on its behalf.

The WTOs Roberto Azavedo. Source: BAI

Headquartered in Geneva, the World Trade Organisation is an inter-governmental organisation that provides the rules under which international trade is conducted.

Its most senior executive, Roberto Azavedo, told a business audience in Port Moresby that people in smaller countries often ask: How good is this system for meor is it just for the big guys?

Of course, the system was designed for the big guys. The system was not designed for the little ones. That is the realitywelcome to the world.

But, he emphasised, the system is much more important to the little guys than the big ones.

Is the system perfect? Absolutely not. Is it tilted? Yes.

Azavedo said the WTO provides the predictability that is necessary for business to occur.

You have a playing field, which is not very level. What the WTO does is it gives the rules for engagement.

Rules

Azavedo said trade is not a zero sum game: if one country wins it does not mean that another country loses.

Is the system perfect? Absolutely not. Is it tilted? Yes.

There are 162 members of the WTO who operate by consensus.

The job of the smaller nations, he said, is to tilt it back as much as they can to make it a bit more level.

According to Azavedo, the 162 members of the WTO operate by consensus.

Most of the rules about trade were set up at the organisations inception in 1995. Papua New Guine...

20:54

Opinion: resurgence of energy projects in Asia Pacific creating workforce challenges "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

New energy projects in the Asia Pacific are creating workforce challenges according to Calum Smith, Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific at HR consultancy, Airswift. In terms of roles, he says no other area in energy is growing as fast as renewables.

Airswifts Calum Smith

As talk of new oil and gas projects and renewable energy commitments pepper the headlines, its clear that energy project activity in Asia-Pacific (APAC) is emerging from its recessional slumber.

How is this renewed optimism in the Asia Pacific impacting hiring and recruiting?

As it turns out, the same governments that are giving the green light to new projects are also slowing the influx of international talent.

For energy companies to thrive, cultivating and mobilising local talent is crucial.

Uphill for downstream

When a softening of upstream activity (extraction and production) began, there was a growth in the downstream (closer to end user) sector, and naturally, jobs here became more plentiful. That trend has continued and is gaining steam.

Storage and delivery projects are also growing in size and scale. For example, Singapore is completing the construction of the worlds largest LNG storage tank.

The emphasis on downstream hiring extends across the oil and gas sector, with petrochemicals and refineries seeing workforce growth.

Lower commodity prices have led to increased investment in plant and facility upgrades.

In terms of roles, no other area in energy is growing as fast as renewablesand no other sub-sector is as appealing to energy workers.

However, oil and gas companies are also focusing on efficient staffing models to decrease the overall cost of expanding downstream activity.

Another focus for downstream hiring has been to get the most...

20:43

27 Elegant Water Cycle Worksheet Pdf Photograph "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

weather at enchantedlearning evaporation and condensation cut and paste teaching resources out of the tropics the pacific great pdf download available integrated water cycle management in pdf download available how clouds form bullet journal starter kit printable template pdf bujo monthly water cycle wikiwand 2nd...

20:34

Corporate Bullying resources for the coal impacted community "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

If you are an employee, sub-contractor, consultant or member of a stakeholder group or Community Consultative Committee (CCC), there are things that you can do if you feel that you are being bullied when dealing with a company.

Everyone at the workplace has a Work Health and Safety duty. Under WHS laws, while at work, workers must take reasonable care that their behaviour does not adversely affect the health and safety of other persons.

It is important that the bullied person take action early to document the bullying and seek support. There should be company policies and procedures that explain the courses of action available in addition to the legislated protections.

The Safe Work Website says that the negative impacts of workplace bullying on the victims or witnesses is repeated and unreasonable behaviour directed towards a worker or a group of workers that creates a risk to health and safety.

Examples of potential unreasonable behaviour include:

  • abusive, insulting or offensive language or comments
  • aggressive and intimidating conduct
  • belittling or humiliating comments
  • victimisation
  • practical jokes or initiation
  • unjustified criticism or complaints
  • deliberately excluding someone from work-related activities
  • withholding information that is vital for effective work performance
  • setting unreasonable timelines or constantly changing deadlines
  • setting tasks that are unreasonably below or beyond a persons skill level
  • denying access to information, supervision, consultation or resources to the detriment of the worker
  • spreading misinformation or malicious rumours, and changing work arrangements, such as rosters and leave, to deliberately inconvenience a particular worker or workers

This could have the following effects on the bullied person

  • distress, anxiety, panic attacks or sleep disturbance
  • physical illness, for example muscular tension, headaches, fatigue and digestive problems
  • reduced work performance, concentration and decision making ability
  • loss of self-esteem and self-confidence...

20:30

Morning Report: Pike River entry "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/mnr-20180618-0718-pike_river_mine_disaster_re-investigation_possible_-_police-128.mp3

Police have not ruled out re-opening an investigation into the Pike River mine disaster of 2010. Their first investigation was dropped in 2013 due to insufficient evidence but with plans to enter the drift by the end of the year in full swing police would be able conduct an examination inside the mine. The spokesperson for many of the families of those killed in the explosion is Bernie Monk. He talks to Susie Ferguson

The announcement causes Adam some concerns. The whole Pike River disaster has become very political. Furthermore, given Andrew Littles EPMU position at the time he should recuse himself from any involvement in the case. Plus given some of the media reports when Pike River occurred there are probably others including some of the victims who should be looked at very carefully.

Yet, Adam suspects that all efforts will be focused on Pike River senior management despite the possibility that some culpability attaches elsewhere.

20:00

Morning Report: Jane Patterson looks at Winston Peters as Acting PM "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/mnr-20180619-0823-winston_peters_takes_prime_ministers_duties-128.mp3

Winston Peters has taken on the duties of Prime Minister even though he isnt technically in the role yet. RNZ political editor Jane Patterson discusses the developments with Susie Ferguson.

19:48

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

190618THREE HIGH COMMISSIONERS VISITING BOUGAINVILLE
New Dawn FM News
The High Commissioner for New Zealand to PNG, MS SUE MACKWELL, the High Commissioner for FIJI to PNG, MR ISALA TELENI and High Commissioner for Solomon Islands, MR. BARNABAS ANGA are in Bougainville this week to get first hand greater understanding of the current Bougainville situation.
They arrived in Buka yesterday and have been meeting with government officials in Buka and left for Arawa this afternoon.
According to their program, they will tour Arawa and visit schools tomorrow before departing to BUIN tomorrow afternoon.
They will meet with the member for South Bougainville and deputy Opposition leader, TIMOTHY MASIU in Buin on Thursday morning.
Friday they will visit schools before driving to Arawa ready for returning to Port Moresby on Saturday.
The Solomon Islands High Commissioner is very interested in visiting BUIN and observing the traditional border crossing there.
New Dawn FM understands the Solomon Islanders cross over to sell their fish at the Buin market every Thursdays and Saturdays.

Ends

19:47

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


190618CECILIA PEPSON CALLS FOR COMMUNITY SUPPORT
New Dawn FM News
The Bougainville women leader who spoke on behalf of the Bougainville women at the Bougainville Day celebrations in Port Moresby, CECILIA PEPSON called on the Bougainvilleans working in Port Moresby to contribute to community projects back home.
She mentioned women project managing by her TOKAINO women under the LULE constituency as one successful project that she has been working on over the years.
MS PEPSON said that using todays communication flat-forms offered by Digicel mobile company she can talk to them from Port Moresby almost every day.
She said that the women of TOKAINO started by meeting outside on lawns and eventually built a womens centre with the help of donor partners.
MS PEPSON called on the workers in Port Moresby to also support their women by at least sending some funds to them so that they can do something to help themselves.
She suggested at least ten people from one community raising ONE HUNDRED KINA each and contributing to community projects in the communities.
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19:42

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

190618GALIP NUT TO BE PROMOTED
New Dawn FM News
The Productive Partnership in Agriculture Project (PPAP) staff in the Panguna district, MALON SIRA says that a new cash crop would be introduced soon to the farmers in Bougainville.
He told New Dawn FM that the PPAP project is now looking at the Galip nut or its scientific name (CANARIUM) after several research were completed by the National Research Institute.
MR. SIRA said they will be providing buddings of the Galip nut like the cocoa plants for distribution to farmers who are interested in planting them.
He said this would be a cash crop that will support other cash crops like cocoa and coconut.

Ends

19:42

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

190618WILSON HAPPY WITH WAKUNAI CELEBRATION
New Dawn FM News

The ABG member for TERRA and Minister for Finance and Treasury, ROBIN WILSON says he is happy with the people of TERRA and RAO for making this years ABG Day celebration in Wakunai a success.
He told New Dawn FM that the WAKUNAI celebration was the biggest he has seen so far and thanked the member for RAU, THOMAS KERIRI for contributing funds towards the staging of the program.
MR. WILSON also thanked his people for participating with their very colourful activities as some highlights of the celebrations.
The Finance Minister said that from the THIRTHY THOUSAND KINA allocated by the ABG for the ABG Day celebrations for Central Bougainville, WAKUNAI received TEN THOUSAND KINA which were used for the Wakunai celebrations.

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19:37

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

190618AWARENESS TEAM VISIT DISTRICTS
New Dawn FM News
The ABG Department of Economic Development will be carrying out a joint awareness and survey program in Tinputz, Buin and Siwai starting tomorrow Wednesday 20th June, 2018.
The awareness will start at the Tinputz District Office between 8am and 12 noon tomorrow and on Thursday at the LIZ Guest House Conference room in Buin on Thursday 21st June whilst in Siwai they will meet at the Siwai District Office on Friday 22nd, June.
The main aim of the awareness programs is to get the wider public view on the Bougainville Business Reserved Activity list and also to inform and educate the general public on the roles and functions of each agency like the Bougainville Inward Investment Bureau, IRC, Customs and Immigrations and the IPA.
The team can also answer queries the public may have on the work of the department.
Ends

19:00

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

North Otago tends to get a lot of blue sky cold a frost followed by sun in clear blue skies.

It is a wee bit chilly early in the morning but the sun warms us up.

Unusually weve had a run of cloud and muzzle misty drizzle when it stays cold all day.

Last night the sky cleared, we woke up to a light frost and have had a sunny day.

Everything looks brighter and it definitely feels warmer and for that Im very grateful.

19:00

Tuesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

All is not as it appears in this performance of the song One man woman. The post Tuesday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:00

Pro-GMO Activism and Smears Masquerade as Journalism "IndyWatch Feed War"

by Colin Todhunter & Aruna Rodrigues at Asia Pacific News The Print is a Delhi-based, online news magazine that began operations in August 2017. On 9 June, it published a short article by Sandya Ramesh under the title EU study trashes anti-GM paper by French expert who Jairam Ramesh cited to ban Bt Brinjal. Sandhya Ramesh is a senior assistant editor (science) at The Print. Preceding the piece was the headline: EU investigation of the paper by Gilles-ric Sralini comes as much-needed validation for scientists and farmers in India who have been pushing for GM crops. It set the tone for what followed: a careless and misleading attempt to rubbish the scientific research of Professor Gilles-ric Sralini along with the decision in 2010 taken by Jairam Ramesh to stop the commercial cultivation of Bt brinjal. This would have been Indias fist genetically modified (GM) food crop. Jairem Ramesh was at the time Minister of the Environment and Forests (MoEF). Shortly after the publication of the piece, environmentalist Aruna Rodrigues submitted a substantive rebuttal for publication by The Print (possibly

18:30

Killing free speech "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Killing free speech appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:30

Tuesday Opera: Turandot by Puccini "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Turandot (UK /tjr.n.dt/ or US /tr.n.dt/; Italian pronunciation: [turandt]; see below) is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, completed by Franco Alfano, and set to a libretto in Italian by Giuseppe Adami and Renato Simoni. Though Puccinis first interest in the subject was based on his reading of Friedrich Schillers 1801 adaptation of the play, his work is most nearly based on the earlier text Turandot by Carlo Gozzi. The original story is based on Turan-Dokht (daughter of Turan) from the epic Haft Peykar (The Seven Beauties), work of 12th-century Persian poet Nizami.[1] The operas story is set in China and involves Prince Calaf, who falls in love with the cold Princess Turandot. To obtain permission to marry her, a suitor has to solve three riddles; any wrong answer results in death. Calaf passes the test, but Turandot still refuses to marry him. He offers her a way out: if she is able to learn his name before dawn the next day, then at daybreak he will die. The opera was unfinished at the time of Puccinis death in 1924, and was completed by Franco Alfano in 1926. The first performance was held at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan on 25 April 1926 and conducted by Arturo Toscanini. This performance included only Puccinis music and not Alfanos additions. The first performance of the opera as completed by Alfano was the following night, 26 April, although it is disputed whether this was conducted by Toscanini again or by Ettore Panizza.(Wikipedia)

18:24

PNG Prime Minister O'Neill "Hunter and Gatherer" "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Member for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta, said today that the Prime Ministers mismanagement of the economy and public finances has turned Papua New Guinea into a state of hunting and gathering, living daily from hand to mouth.

The Prime Minister is now begging and selling the country into Chinas lap, he said. This weeks visit to China is a glaring example of begging. And begging not for the good of the nation, but for projects for his own glorification like tearing up good roads in Port Moresby for the Chinese and his friends to rebuild, just for APEC motorcades to ride on for one day.

Look at the members of the delegation. Is the Prime Minister going to China to sell off our petroleum, gas, fisheries and forestry resources, Ok Tedi, and Bank South Pacific?
It has been reported that the trip will cost almost 7 million Kina at a time when hospitals and health centres are short of medicine; schools, even in Port Moresby, are closing; small Papua New Guinean businesses are waiting to be paid their bills by the Government; and retired public servants are waiting for their superannuation entitlements, some dying before their entitlements have been paid.

This Prime Minister has no sense of responsibility or fairness.

The trip also comes at a time when the Prime Ministers own province, and Hela, are in turmoil. For the first time in the nations history an aeroplane has been highjacked and burned, and civil unrest continues. The Prime Minister is happy to send soldiers and policemen to face his people who are up in arms, yet he runs away.

As a respected Papua New Guinean academic aptly commented: People in plight; Leaders on flight!

Sir Mekere said Mr ONeill should take personal responsibility for the chaos in the Southern Highlands, which stems from the chaos of last years national election.

The anomalies in voting and counting in all the seats in his province are the underlying cause of the current problem, he said.
Put the ongoing landowner issues stemming from his government not paying monies due from the LNG project, his governments refusal to deal with the proliferation of weapons throughout the country, and the recent earthquake on top of the election issues, and you have a situation packed with dynamite.

The Prime Minister inflamed the situation in the province by announcing he had suspended the provincial government. He announced he...

18:15

Trump Inc the business of being Trump and the many conflicts "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A podcast series from ProPublica and WNYC on Trump and his businesses

Introductory episode from February 2018

Theres so much thats still unknown: We dont know if the president is taking money from his businesses, or what deals are happening, or who his business partners are, whos providing the financing. It goes on and on.Sitting there, staring at the whiteboard filled with basic, unanswered questions, something occurred to us: That is the story.More than a year into Trumps presidency, we still have no way to know whether he is making decisions that place his companys interests and profits ahead of the countrys.Theres never been a situation like this before, where the person elected to lead our country owns a sprawling, active business empire. More at link

In this series they try to establish the reality

18:00

Crime Drama: Life of Crime with Hayley Atwell #1/3 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From Wikipedia

Life of Crime is a British television crime drama series first broadcast on ITV1 in May 2013. The three-part serial stars Hayley Atwell as Denise Woods, who tries to solve the murders of three seemingly connected victims across three decades, each of which she believes has been committed by the same offender, Mike Holland (Julian Lewis Jones). Declining ratings across the series resulted in a second run not being commissioned; the series was however received well by critics and viewers alike

ITVs initial plotline of the series was as follows:

Denise Woods starts her career as an idealistic WPC, fighting sexism and ignoring her mothers disappointment at her career choice. Shes seconded to work with handsome young plain clothes Detective Sergeant Ray Deans. One September morning, she accompanies him to a crime scene in a narrow lane behind a Brixton nightclub where the battered and strangled body of teenager Amy has been discovered. Having had a previous encounter with the teenager, Denise is determined to bring Amys killer to justice. She works against the clear instruction and advice of her senior officers and follows her own lines of enquiry. As the investigation progresses Denises fervour for the case leads her to fall foul of her senior officer, DCI Ferguson. But Denise stays single-minded in her pursuit of the killer and at that point makes her fateful decision

Core Cast

Hayley Atwell as WPC/DS/DI Denise Woods
Richard Coyle as DS Ray Deans
Julian Lewis Jones as Mike Holland
Con ONeill as DCI Ferguson
Joel Beckett as DI Gainham
Ray Panthaki as DS Nabeel Kothari
Amanda Drew as Beverley Reid
Lara Rossi as DC Jay Tomlin
Ruth McCabe as Rose Woods

18:00

Novus Ordo Seclorum: A Seclusionist New Order? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Trade Wars are well and truly afoot between the US and China, with a game of My tariffs bigger than yours. We all know Xi Jinping is a smart player (Kim is reporting to him yet again, no doubt kowtowing profusely, as I write this). But what about Trump? Is he a smart player? []

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18:00

Theological Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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17:54

What Economists Say About Trumps New China Trade Threats "IndyWatch Feed War"

Trump is betting he can win in poker game with China Agricultural exporters may benefit from China tariffs on U.S.
U.S. President Donald Trump

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

President Donald Trump is threatening to slap tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese imports as trade tensions between the worlds two largest economies reach new heights.

Heres how economists and China-watchers are reacting to the brewing trade war:

William Zarit, chairman of American Chamber of Commerce
in China, in an interview with Bloomberg TV:

If there is a next $200 billion, depending on what those products are, I think the USTR will continue to minimize the hit on the U.S. economy. Part of the U.S. strategy is to limit Chinese investment, licensing and joint ventures of high-tech technologies that it sees as in its national economic interests.

China needs to open it up. Innovation is done globally. Open up the innovation globally and open up the investment so that both China and the U.S. and other countries can really benefit from this Made-in-China 2025 strategy.

Rajiv Biswas, Asia Pacific chief economist
at IHS Markit in Singapore:

The Trump administration is calculating that it will win this high stakes game of poker, since the large U.S. bilateral trade deficit of $375 billion means that China will run out of U.S. imports...

17:45

Segeyaro to captain Kumuls for Pacific Test against Fiji Bati "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNG LNG Kumuls coach Michael Marum has confirmed that Kumul no. 282 James Segeyaro will captain the side for Saturday's 2018 Pacific Test against Fiji.

Marum said: "It's James' second year representing his country and he has really settled into being a Kumul. He has been outstanding for Cronulla Sharks in their recent games and has become one of the leaders at his club. I'm sure he'll go out there and lead his country well and, with his father being a former Kumul, this will mean a lot to him."

Segeyaro made his debut for the Kumuls at RLWC2017 and played all four matches, scoring one try.

17:30

Scott Adams talks about the video President shared with Chairman Kim "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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17:25

Ardern on conversations and journeys and one term Government "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Some interesting comments from Jacinda Ardern in the weekend on what is necessary to avoid being a one term Government but talking about having a conversation and bringing people on a journey probably things that arent going to resonate with a lot of voters. Newshub: Jacinda Ardern mulls how to avoid being a one-term []

17:09

Strong morality wake-up call for Catholic leaders in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

It is now three years ago Pope Francis published his encyclical letter Laudato Si, where he told the world that highly polluting fossil fuels especially coal, but also oil and, to a lesser degree, gas needs to be progressively replaced without delay. (Laudato Si 165)

It was this occasion  the third anniversary of Pope Francis encyclical letter  that made an American Catholic Bishop decry the immorality of inaction on climate change, while nearly 600 U.S. Catholic institutions including dioceses, communities of men and women religious, health care systems, universities, as well as parishes and schools signed a new Catholic Climate Declaration that affirms the Paris Climate Agreement and supports actions to meet its goals.

The declaration stated,

Climate change is an urgent moral issue because it compromises the future of our common home, threatens human life and human dignity, and adds to the hardships already experienced by the poorest and most vulnerable people both at home and abroad.
~ ...

17:00

Breitbart Editor Raheem Kassam updates us on Tommy Robinson "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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17:00

Classic Comedy: Are You Being Served? S03 E01 The Hand of Fate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Are You Being Served? is a British sitcom created and written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft (Croft also directed some episodes), with contributions from Michael Knowles and John Chapman, for the BBC Set in London, the show follows the misadventures and mishaps of the staff of the retail ladies and gentlemens clothing departments in the flagship department store of a fictional chain called Grace Brothers.

16:56

PM O'Neill condemns Opposition's attempts to politicize Southern Highlands unrest "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Prime Minister, . Peter ONeill  has condemned attempts by the Opposition for trying to politicise unrest in the Southern Highlands Province over the
past week.

PM ONeill said now is the time for parties involved in the court decision that preceded the unrest to work together.

Yesterday, I organised for the Leaders of the Southern Highlands to meet, particularly those involved in the election dispute, so we can work together to manage expectations of our people in the province, the Prime Minister said.

The disputed parties were at the National Court in Waigani when the unrest took place, so they could not be on the ground to manage the reaction of supporters.

Importantly, the two leaders involved in the court challenge will talk with their supporters.

Southern Highlands is a province where we have had similar problems in the past. We have seen election-related violence, we have had failed elections and a State of Emergency, and this was even when the previous National Alliance government was in power.

We know who as involved in this situation and we will allow the relevant authorities to bring to justice those who were involved with this situation.

Our Government will never condone this sort of behaviour, and we will enforce the State of Emergency so that we properly address the law and order issues that are on the ground and charge those responsible.

The Prime Minister said he also takes note of the unfortunate behaviour of the National Opposition following the unrest.

Every time there is an incident around the country, the opposition always calls for my resignation.

They should know that the only way to beat me is to go to elections and try to beat me on the floor of Parliament.

We have a situation where public and private assets have been damaged by an unruly mob, and the Opposition is siding with these individuals to make their own political gain.

What kind of Opposition do we have that they would not condemn such behaviour, but would use it to attempt to stir up emotions for their own political interests.

We need strong political leadership for both sides of the Parliament, to work together for the common good of our country.

Our Government, regardless of the behaviour of the Opposition, is working with all releva...

16:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

16:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

15:57

Papua New Guinea cut flowers offer great niche industry potential "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Floriculture is one of Papua New Guineas most prospective industries. Nalau Bingeding reports on a grassroots enterprise that has the potential to grow in PNG.

PNG flowers on display at the Morobe show.

I grew up in a small village called Wagang, about 50 kilometres from Lae, and the annual Morobe Show at the citys showgrounds was part of my childhood.

Every year, I saw the displays of cut flowers at the horticulture pavilion, but I never paid much attention. I thought the cut flowers were on display for the expatriate community in Lae to buy and decorate their houses.

Many years later, I worked as a forest researcher for the Papua New Guinea Forest Research Institute, based at the National Botanical Garden (NBG) in Lae.

Although my work was focused on trees, I sometimes walked through the NBG to see the orchids, cut-flower species and other ornamental plants.

I have relatives who sustain their livelihood growing and selling cut flowers.

In recent years, there has been a lot of enthusiasm in the art and business of floriculture throughout PNG, and the NBG has become the main source of orchids and other cut-flower species for Lae residents and nearby villagers.

Floriculture

I have relatives who sustain their livelihood growing and selling cut flowers. They are subsistence farmers, juggling gardening and floriculture.

My brother in-law David Apollo and his wife, Hereadai, grow and sell cut flowers at Nasuapum village, along the LaeNadzab road in Morobe Province.

Floriculture is one of the easiest businesses to start.

The little money they earn from cut-flower sales puts food on the table and pays for other necessities of the family, says David.

Floriculture is one of the easiest businesses to start, he says.

You clear a piece of land, plant a few cut-flower species, and you are...

15:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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15:06

Maori Land Use 2: Selling Willingly to Europeans "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Today we continue our series on the changing pattern of Maori land use, ownership and selling through time. Historian Bruce []

15:00

Nigel Farages Auckland show: Please indicate interest "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Tickets are now on sale for an entertaining evening with Nigel Farage. When: Tuesday 4th September 8pm Where: Sky City Auckland Convention Centre Ticket prices are $89 for General Admission, there are other options available, so see the website for full details. Nigel Farage tickets We were planning to book a table and get a [] The post Nigel Farages Auckland show: Please indicate interest appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:00

GMO Rice Approved "IndyWatch Feed National"

By Dr. Mercola

Genetically engineered (GE) Golden Rice has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), making the U.S. the fourth country to give the GE food the green light, after Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Golden Rice is genetically engineered to contain extra genes that produce a precursor to vitamin A, beta-carotene.

The rice, which has been making headlines for nearly two decades, was widely touted as a solution to vitamin A deficiency, which affects 250 million preschool-aged children worldwide.1 As the leading cause of preventable blindness in children, it's estimated that up to 500,000 children become blind each year due to vitamin A deficiency, and half of them die within a year of losing their sight.2

A form of rice that could potentially alleviate this devastating micronutrient deficiency, especially in low-income countries in Africa and South-East Asia does, indeed, sound like a panacea. However, despite its recent FDA approval, there remain many doubts surrounding Golden Rice, including its usefulness, practicality and effectiveness for its intended purpose: relieving vitamin A deficiency.

FDA Says Golden Rice Is Safe, but Can't Make a Nutrient Claim

The FDA based their decision to approve Golden Rice on data supplied by the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), the current makers of Golden Rice, who they have also tasked with ensuring the products safety in the future: It is IRRIs continuing responsibility to ensure that foods marketed by the firm are safe, wholesome, and in compliance with all applicable legal and regulatory requirements."3

While IRRI does not intend to grow or market Golden Rice in the U.S. at this time, it sought approval because it's expected that the product may be imported into the U.S., perhaps in other food products intended for animals or people.

While accepting IRRI's conclusion that Golden Rice is safe, they noted that its beta-carotene content is "too low to warrant a nutrient content claim." Health Canada similarly wrote that even if all rice and rice products in the country were replaced with Golden Rice, it would result in only a very small (0.8 percent to 8 percent) increase in beta-carotene intake daily.4

The FDAs approval could influence other countries consider...

14:57

"Penis" Spotted in Sky the Over Alaska Military Base "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Half-Penis" Spotted In Sky Over Alaska Military Base

Mon, 06/18/2018 - 21:15

Source: Zero Hedge | By Tyler Durden

Military personnel and civilians of Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska spotted some rather unusual cloud formations last week courtesy of Air Force pilots from the 354th Fighter Wing (354 FW) assigned to the Eleventh Air Force of the Pacific Air Forces.



The moderately flaccid sky penis drawn across the gorgeous blue skies above the air base was initially posted on the Air Force amn/nco/snco Facebook group on Wednesday; however, it seems as officials have quickly deleted the post.

Task & Purpose asks the question: Maybe were just seeing things and the contrail in the photo was simply the byproduct of a standard aviation exercise, although it seems like these cocksure pilots had a pretty good grasp of what they were doing. As for the unfinished half-penis, it seems as the pilots stopped leaving traces for concern of attracting unwanted attention to their dick drawing abilities.

The 354th Fighter Wing operates the General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon. All 354th Fighter Wing Aircraft carry the tail code AK, butneither the Facebook post nor Task & Purpose were able to identify the fighter jet(s) that drew the sky dicks.

In November, residents of Okanogan County, Washington were amazed when a couple of artistic Navy pilots stationed in nearby Whidbey Island drew a fully erect sky penis. Shortly after the civilian population sparked a viral and hilarious social media response, the two Navy pilo...

14:30

1984 fiction becomes fact: Seven "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Continuing the series: Ten ways the democratic northern hemisphere nations became the Orwellian West. 1.) Continuous War 2.) Widespread Surveillance 3.) Propaganda-Style Fake News 4.) Acceptance of Politically Correct Orthodoxies via Newspeak 5.) Dumbing Down and Doublethink 6.) Censorship 7.) Two Minutes of Hate against Political Scapegoats and Strawmen In all likelihood, the Obama Administrations spying on [] The post 1984 fiction becomes fact: Seven appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Beef-witted  stupid, dull.

14:00

Whaleoil word of the week: Diversity "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Lets begin with a clich: Variety is the spice of life. Something I tell Mrs Black whenever I try talking her into wearing her cat woman costume to bed. But variety has its limits. So does she. Light spanking, apparently. Unless its my birthday. But enough about my fetishes. The modern left has succeeded [] The post Whaleoil word of the week: Diversity appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:34

Warm West, Cool East in the Pacific Northwest "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Today was one of those unusual late spring/summer days when it was warmer over the interior of western Washington than over portions of eastern Washington.  The highs today (shown below) were in the upper 80s in the central and southern Sound and around Vancouver BC, with 90s over the western slopes of the north Cascades, while Spokane and vicinity were in the mid-70s.  Go eastward into Idaho and western Montana and 50s-60s dominated.  Downright chilly.


The reason for this contrast is apparent in the upper level (500 hPa, about 18,000 ft) weather map for 11 AM today, shown below.  A ridge of high pressure is offshore, while an usually strong low center is position over southern Idaho.  The high pressure provides warm, sinking air in the middle troposphere, and the combination of ridge and trough resulted in northeasterly flow aloft above the Cascades--which contributes to warming over the western slopes.


The low center was associated with cool temperatures and extensive clouds from eastern WA to the east, with substantial precipitation.   The MODIS visible satellite image around noon shows the clouds associated with the upper low--you can see the circular distortion of the clouds.
Along the coast, marine stratus hugged the shore.


A radar image during mid-afternoon shows the precipitation extending into far eastern Washington and northern Oregon.

...

13:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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13:17

Employment Opportunities "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Bendigo & District Aboriginal Co-0perative

13:12

Exxon Mobil has shut down its operations police "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

EMTV | June 19 2018

Hela Provincial Police Commander, Martin Lakari says Exxon Mobil has shut down its operations today (June 19), after landowners burnt heavy machinery in the early hours of this morning.

Lakari told EMTV News that this is a landowner related issue. 

The action is understood to be related to frustrations in a payment delay of a K35 million security fund by Exxon Mobil to landowners. The landowners are from Angore PDL 8 and Hides PDL 1 to 7 

Mr. Lakari said sections of road leading to the Hides Gas are blocked limiting police access. 

ExxonMobil has responded in a statement saying they are continuing to monitor ongoing tension in the Highlands. 

We are investigating reports of vandalism relating to the Angore pipeline construction project. Host government security forces are in the area and also investigating. Our staff are all safe. 

Production at the Hides Gas Conditioning Plant is continuing normally. ExxonMobil PNG is committed to maintaining a positive relationship with landowners, the government and the wider community.

...

13:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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12:59

Angore Landowners Burn Down LNG Machinery At Pdl 8 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

There have been complaints of a lack of benefits coming from the LNG project Photo: RNZI/Johnny Blades

Kevin Tema | Post Courier | June 19, 2018

In a show of frustration over the nonpayment of the Business Development Grant, the Angore landowners in Hela Province have burnt down all LNG machineries on PDL 8 site.

This includes an excavator as well as the drilling machine while cutting sections of the highway leading to PDL 8.

Sources from ground revealed that the Angore Landowners particularly from PDL 8 are angry over their outstanding business development grant (BDG) which is kept in the trust and is not being released.

While the government of the day see fit to release recently a K35 million as project security fees to Hides landowners of PDL 1 and PDL 4, the Angore landowners particularly in Hides PDL 8 area are frustrated in the way Exxon Mobil and the government of day has dealt with this issue.

Spokesman Max Ekeya said various claims on the social media about asking the Prime Minister to step down and others were rubbish as it was not the true information...

12:30

Ladybird books guide to feminism: Part Two "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Continuing the guide from yesterday.   Everyday sexism In the olden days, sexism was part of everyday life. Men made jokes about their mothers-in-law and they wolf-whistled at the secretaries as they walked past in the office. Nowadays, laptops have replaced the secretaries and laptops do not respond well to wolf-whistling. Lots of peoples bosses [] The post Ladybird books guide to feminism: Part Two appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:25

SO WAS THE DECISION TO DISMISS SHP ELECTION PETITION THE CORRECT ONE? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by BRYAN KRAMER

On Thursday (14/6/18) Waigani National Court dismissed an election petition challenging the 2017 General Election result of Southern Highlands Regional Seat.
The petition was filed by the runner up Joseph Kobol challenging Electoral Commissioner's (EC) decision on 28th September 2017 to declare the sitting Member William Powi as the winning candidate.
EC issued press statement on its website explaining that upon legal advice, the Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato applied section 175 of the Organic Law on National Elections under special circumstances to use the primary count (1 vote) results to confirm the declaration made by the former Provincial Returning Officer Jacob Kurap on Friday, 20 July 2017 at 4:04pm at the Momei Oval in Mendi.
"Tally calculations from counts 1 462 showed and justified that William Powi exceeded the required absolute majority with 91,745 primary votes to reclaim the SHP Provincial seat. Absolute majority was set at 86,761 plus one" statement said.
Joseph Kobol was declared the runner up polling 60,131 votes while Jerry Kiwai was third with 40,411 votes.
So was the decision even lawful?
The short answer is No.
The decision exercised by the Electoral Commissioner (EC) Patilias Gamato in declaring Powi the winner is perhaps the worst abuse of power by EC I have ever come across.
I say this based on the following facts:
1) Total ballot-boxes for SHP seat was 650 containing a total of some 420,000+ marked ballot-papers.
2) However, in declaring the Powi the winner the EC only considered ballot-papers contained in 462 ballot-boxes. This means the remaining 188 ballot-boxes were excluded.
3) According to the EC press statement it claimed Powi having secured 91,745 votes had exceeded the absolute majority of 86,761 votes and therefore declared the winner.
An absolute majority of votes is equal to 50% or half of the total number of ballot-papers counted. So when a person secures more than 50% of the votes counted he is declared the winner.
In this case EC is saying the absolute majority was 86,761 votes this means the total ballot papers counted would be equal 86,761 x 2 = 173,522.
4) If this was correct then of 420,000 votes cast 173,522 would only represent 41% with 59% or 247,500 of the votes were ignore...

12:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A Map of the Disunited States, as Traitors and Tyrants Would Have It For a humongous map to view, click here Its 1864, and the Civil War is raging. But southern secession isnt the only danger threatening the Union. The U.S. has plenty of other enemies, foreign and domestic. If they got their way, this [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:00

Police to commence operations in Southern Highlands "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by JIM ANDREWS
Acting Commissioner of Police
Chief of Operations 

As you would all have gathered, the Government has declared a State of Emergency in the troubled Southern Highlands Province.

I am now making the following internal transfer directives as the acting Commissioner of Police so that the Southern Highlands issue can be effectively addressed:

  • Assistant Commissioner Kaiglo Ambane is transferred as Commander Southern;
  • Assistant Commissioner Anton Billie is transferred as Commander Highlands Western End;
  • Assistant Commissioner Allan Kundi is transferred as Assistant Commissioner Assisting the Police Commissioner;
  • Chief Superintendent Joseph Tondops appointment as Provincial Police Commander Southern Highlands is revoked. He will remain unattached until further notice;
  • Chief Inspector Gideon Kauke currently Station Commander Mendi is appointed Acting PPC SHP;
  • Chief Superintendent Paul Kamuai is appointed as Acting Commander New Guinea Islands...

12:00

HOW O'NEILL MANAGED TO SILENCE AND OVERCOME HIS BIGGEST CRITICS IN THE OPPOSITION "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Peter O'Neill has successfully silenced and neutralised three of his biggest and most vocal critics who were in the opposition benches in the previous term of Parliament.

With a highly corrupt and heavily manipulated election process, Don Polye stood no chance as O'Neill targeted his Kandep Electorate with very heavy police and military presence during election 2017. The result is that Don Polye was ousted under a questionable election process, the outcome of which is yet to be decided by the courts to this very day.

The court process to hand down a decision on the Kandep seat is being unnecessarily delayed and this indicates that the judiciary may not be operating freely from political control and interference. Kandep was one of the seats that experienced violence during the election and how they managed to conclude the election process and declare a winner remains a mystery.

Belden Namah and Sam Basil managed to get through the first hurdle by winning their respective seats. Both Namah and Basil were offered some kind of deal in the lead up to and formation of government by Peter O'Neill. I know because I was with both men in the lead up to formation of government.

Basil took the deal and made his move to join O'Neill in government but Namah being the warrior he is, refused the deal outright. He refused to submit to O'Neill's fear and intimidation tactics. What O'Neill offered was a chance to join him in government and if that offer is accepted, there was no doubt some form of reward for the MP.

When the offer was refused, as in the case of Namah, O'Neill then used every trick in the book and pulled every string available to him to go after the MP concerned. Belden Namah is still fighting his tribunal recommended dismissal from office in court.

In an interesting twist, we now see in the news that a vital piece of evidence in the Namah court case, the tribunal transcript has gone missing from his court files. There is little doubt in my opinion that forces are at play to ensure Namah is removed from Parliament and eliminated as a threat against O'Neill.

Patrick Pruaitch has been unusually quiet as an opposition leader and the reason is quite simple. Pruaitch has his own long outstanding leadership tribunal that is being c...

12:00

Classic Comedy: A Bit Of A Do S01 E01 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From Wikipedia

A Bit of a Do is a British comedy-drama series based on the books by David Nobbs. The show starred David Jason and Gwen Taylor. It was produced by Yorkshire Television for two series and aired on the ITV network from 13 January to 1 December 1989.

The show was set in a fictional Yorkshire town. Each episode took place at a different social function and followed the changing lives of two families, the working-class Simcocks (David JasonGwen TaylorDavid Thewlis and Wayne Foskett) and the middle-class Rodenhursts (Nicola PagettPaul Chapman, Sarah-Jane Holm and Nigel Hastings), together with their respective friends, Rodney and Betty Sillitoe (Tim Wylton and Stephanie Cole), and Neville Badger (Michael Jayston). The series begins with the wedding of Ted and Rita Simcocks son Paul to Laurence and Liz Rodenhursts daughter Jenny; an event at which Ted and Liz begin an affair. The subsequent fallout from this affair forms the basis for most of the first series.

11:30

Oh dear, now it is putting on weight "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Hard on the heels of the primetime TV coverage of 58m of sea level rise as a result of ALL the ice in Antarctica melting, comes a study from a NASA scientist saying that East Antarctica is gaining ice mass of between 50 to 200 gigatons per year. The Daily Caller reports: Quote. NASA glaciologist [] The post Oh dear, now it is putting on weight appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:07

Dreary ! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



                                           Saturday

Sunday

Today weak spasmodic sunshine Heavy cloud cover after heavy overnight drizzle

News reports claim less than one hour of sunshine for ChC per day for first 15 days this June.




11:00

Lets fix this "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Lets fix this is the Whaleoil alternative to numerous government working groups. Who needs expensive consultants with expense accounts when you can throw the problem to the Whaleoil readership and come up with multiple solutions quickly and easily. With the current discussion about building more or smaller prisons, double bunking, letting people out of prison early [] The post Lets fix this appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:30

The modern middle-class snob "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Back in the day the advent of the new rich in Britain, who made their wealth from producing products, rather than by owning huge chunks of land like the aristocracy, rather got up the noses of the said aristocracy. A power-balance shift was happening and those who had the power up until then were not [] The post The modern middle-class snob appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

View from your window: The coffee or the bag? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Todays view from your window is the competition photo for the month where the person who can provide the most correct details wins a choice between a wonderful prize of 1 kg of high-quality coffee beans or a Cooler bag that will keep ice frozen for up to 24 hours in up to 36c and [] The post View from your window: The coffee or the bag? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In wake of M. Bovis, look after each other

To those who in some way are in the depths of New Zealands farming world, or part of the sector in some way, and to those who might not read this because they are not farmers Im thinking of us all, writes Mischa Clouston.

This Mycoplasma bovis is colossal. It will reach far and affect many of us in some way. In a huge, indescribable way.

Im scared for my cattle owner friends; it must be such a heavy weight to carry just now, knowing you could lose so much.Im scared for fellow managers or milkers; if there are no cows, do we even have a job in the dairy and beef industries? .

Im worried for the health sector, helping support the strain and worry. But lets not forget the agribusiness owners whose business is on farms or with product or services for cattle the small business owners relying on the spending from farmers who may, in time, have little left in their own pots. . .

Otago water rights: Its time for this to be sorted out :

Water is the new gold in Otago and there is a mountain of work to bring water allocation in the area in line with the rest of the country before time runs out.

The Otago Regional Council is working to have the regions antiquated water take regime brought in line with the Resource Management Act by the October 2021 deadline.

Water rights in Central Otago and parts of the surrounding districts were first allowed as mining rights to aid in the extraction of gold in the mid 19th century. . .

Down to earth and sharing the view glamping styl...

09:52

Time for the government to pay up "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Yesterday, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation voted to take strike action. While they'd been offered a half billion dollar pay package by DHBs, this was mostly focused on divide and rule and raising salaries for those already at the top of the pay scale, with only crumbs for the overworked and underpaid masses at the bottom. And clearly, their membership felt that this was unacceptable, that after nine long years of austerity under National, they deserved more.

And they're right. They do deserve more. And the government has to pay up. Pleading poverty won't help - everyone knows that their "poverty" is entirely self-inflicted, a voluntary adherence to National's budget targets in a vain effort to please the business community (who will never be pleased, so there's no point). But people elected this government to fix the social infrastructure National had eroded, to make sure we had schools and hospitals which actually work. The bill for that is now due. Either they can pay up and promise more money, or they can see those hospitals stop working and pay the political price for that.

09:52

A divided Liberal Party is a sign of the times "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Contributed by Joe Montero

There is absolutely no doubt now, the Liberal Party is in crisis. It may not have reached the point where it is about to disappear from the political landscape, but its troubles are nevertheless serious.

The latest episode is the brawl at a party branch meeting at a Canberra caf. The violence has grabbed attention. More important is behind it is a battle for control of the branch, and this is just one small part of what is happening nationwide within the party.

We saw serious division at the parts National Conference, where resolutions were put forward and  passed, like the ones concerning the privatisation of the ABC and moving the Australian Embassy to Jerusalem, seriously embarrassed the Turnbull government and propelled it into damage control.

Delegates at the National Conference vote to privatise the ABC

In Victoria, the radicals have taken over the administration, on the heels of capturing the leadership of the Young Liberals. This has angered and forced the traditional conservatives into counter action. This shift it taking various forms in other states.

The government itself has long been riddled with division. The radicals, which includes deposed leader Tony Abbott, have long been circling like sharks, aiming to topple the conservatives.

In every aspect of the partys existence the fight is on and making its way even into preselections for parliamentary representatives.

There are several reasons why this division has festered and become more guarantee that Australia is a good place to do business, if you are big business, and they were supposed to ensure political stability.

Instead, we have an emerging economic crisis, where most people are left worse off and look towards being left even worse off in the future. The poor are getting poorer and the middle finds its social position and security under threat.

Even the big end of town is not happy and demanding...

09:44

Oral questions: 19 June 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Questions to Ministers KIRITAPU ALLAN to the Minister of Finance: What feedback has the Government received on the Families Package? SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her statements and policies? AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by the statements and policies of this Government regarding New Zealands economy? PAUL EAGLE to the Minister of [] The post Oral questions: 19 June 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:30

Chatham House rules? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A guest post: As some of you know, I am a bit fussy about the use of language and the use and misuse of quotes. In question time in Parliament the other day Mr Jones, member of parliament, was questioned about his statement about Fonterra. He explained that he did so because he had earlier [] The post Chatham House rules? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:07

So bad so soon "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Homepaddock

How did it get so bad so soon?
Its a mess of ministers
acting like goons.
My goodness how the
mess has grewn.
How did it get so bad so soon?

With apologies to Dr Seuss, how did it get so bad so soon?

Audrey Young writes that Jacinda Ardern will forgive Winston Peters for anything, even the unforgivable.

A National MP joked this week that the Opposition didnt want things to get so bad under Jacinda Arderns maternity leave that the country was desperate for her return they just wanted a medium level of dysfunction.

That threshold was almost reached this week even before the big event, and things got worse as the week wore on.

Arderns faith in Winston Peters being able to manage the inevitable bush fires that will flare when she is away must be seriously undermined given that he and his party have

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09:00

Photoshop of the day by Luke "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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08:30

Carbon tax gone in Ontario "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

While our government seek to impoverish our economy it seems that other leaders are finally realising what a fraud climate change is and are abandoning carbon taxes. Donald Trump pulled out of Paris and now Doug Ford in Ontario has signalled the end of carbon taxes there:  Quote: Ontario Premier-Elect Doug Ford repeated his promise [] The post Carbon tax gone in Ontario appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

A one-term government? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Newshub came up with this article at the weekend, and I am really surprised by it. The fact that the media are even contemplating that this might be a one-term government nine months in is a death knell of epic proportions. At no stage in the Bolger, Clark or Key governments was there even a hint [] The post A one-term government? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:44

New Zealand: Police department welcomes imam who called Jews the enemy for Ramadan event "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Anwar Sahib was removed from Federation of Islamic Associations in 2016 for anti-Semitic remarks. But the Counties Manukau Police department had no problem welcoming him for Ramadan. And one can sympathize: it is very, very hard indeed to find an imam who doesnt have some kind of spot on his record, and so if outreach []

07:44

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07:30

Nothing says Labour-led like stroppy, striking unions "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The unions are playing up for their new master like there is no tomorrow. The nurses union has rejected their pay offer and now the PSA is talking wider action in the public sector: Quote: The nurses union has strongly rejected a district health board pay and conditions offer and is seeking urgent mediation to [] The post Nothing says Labour-led like stroppy, striking unions appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:15

We are a nation of weak, indecisive onlookers and observers who cannot stand united to achieve anything! "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


When our university students protested against the corrupt government, and got shot by rogue policemen, the nation sat back and watched saying "em samting blong ol sumatin".

When policemen were shot and killed in the line of duty during the worst most corrupt elections ever, the nation looked on with disinterest and merely expressed passing sorrow and sympathy. Even comrades of the fallen men within RPNGC have not made any noise and to date, no one knows the status of these cases.

When Hela speaks up against the government and threathens to shut down LNG operations, they do it alone while the nation looks on with a shrug of the shoulders and again says with disinterest "samting blong Hela".

Now that Southern Highlands have said enough is enough and are protesting because they were denied their democratic rights to elect their leaders in a free and fair election, the rest of the nation simply look on from a distance and again say "problem na hevi blong Southern Highlands".

We all pretend as if we were never affected by the most corrupt election ever and that our lives are not being affected by corruption even right at this moment. We continue to remain silent instead of rising up in support of our brothers.

Maybe other provinces in PNG are benefiting from the PNC government and only Southern Highlands is missing out that's why we all remain silent and our silence is so deafening at this time



Change will never come to this country because we are too timid to stand up and fight for anything. We are happy to sit back and allow one man and his corrupt government to walk all over us again and again.

When will PNG rise up in unity and say enough is enough?? O'Neill feels so relaxed that he is happily taking some of the key Ministers and MPs he will need in the looming VONC on a taxpayer funded sight seeing luxury trip to China.

He knows that the weak and timid Papua New Guineans and their equally weak and spineless leaders will not have the guts to say or do anything while he is away.

07:15

The Greens failure to plan ahead "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Eugenie Sage chose Facebook to post her justification for having to give a Chinese water bottling company OIO consent to develop a plant that could export a billion litres of water a year. This was a major dead rat for the greens to swallow. They had campaigned as a party against bottled water and foreign investment. They had hidden behind not having to actually run anything to make grandiose statements about issues that they never really expected to have to deal with.    The post The Greens failure to plan ahead appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:10

Mediawatch: Police apologise to Nicky Hager "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Mediawatch on Police apologising to Nicky Hager

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/mwatch-20180617-0908-a_win_for_media_and_the_public_which_came_at_a_cost-128.mp3

There is a lengthy article on the RNZ website.

Not sure what to think about this.

Again we see serious ineptitude by NZ Police, thus raising major concerns regarding their management.

However, Hager has track record of using leaked material in his books. He is extremely partisan in his views. There have been claims in the past that some of his assertions are either incorrect or just not true.

07:02

EQUALLY MISERABLE? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



A mantra used to  give an alternative summation to the ever growing examples of the failure of Socialism refers to the oft preached notion  that equality is an aspirational goal for the success of the 'revolution', lines up as "The easiest way to achieve "Equality" is to get everyone in want", ie everyone equally miserable.

The human development has taken mankind from caves eating raw meat and shivering to keep warm to what a modern successful  state delivers to all, in various degrees largely defined by personal effort.
One of the Darwinism principles has the more successful enjoying ever greater standards of comfort and health by rewarding those who 'make a difference'.
Of course socialists apart from the leaders who it is clear, require a much more lavish lifestyle than those who one way or another put them in their exalted position. An anomaly that in the worst cases sees  gazillions pilfered from those they rule over, stashed away safely in a Swiss Bank account as an insurance against, God forbid, the plebs figuring out the injustices and revolting.
Then basic human instincts can deliver rough justice awfully swift and accurate, unless an escape is made to a safe haven.

Poor old Ceausescu and his hapless missus found themselves shivering in front of a prison wall on a Christmas day, sans Santa Claus, waiting for the guard commander to order "Fire".

The current rabble masquerading as a sovereign government in the insignificant south pacific archipelago named after a small enclave of the homeland of the first recorded European to discover what can still be the greatest little country imaginable, seem intent on perpetrating their collective notion of fairness by destroying decades of prosperity, closing the industrious parts of the whole to enable confiscated wealth to be directed to  the feckless and indolent who will consume but not create to the  increase of the wealth pie of the nation.

Whatever direction the economy heads, from here on, one certainty will endure,  a need for plentiful,  affordable, environmentally safe,  secure energy supplies.
Every imaginable alternative productive enterprise entrepreneurial driven men and women can come up with to make for a better life will need that basic economic fuel-- energy, whether it comes from  hydro, solar, wind or carbon. Alas the most "green" economic energy source - nuclear is verbotten !
That people is why the virtue signalling moronic decision to shut down  oil and gas exploration and development, taken without any advice,  discussion and an almost dearth of consultation with those directly and immediately effected was so bad and widely panned. All done apparently as a bit of window dressing enhancement on the eve of a first European charm offensive in search of acceptance from  those on the list to be visited by the newly mi...

07:00

So bad so soon "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

How did it get so bad so soon?
Its a mess of ministers
acting like goons.
My goodness how the
mess has grewn.
How did it get so bad so soon?

With apologies to Dr Seuss, how did it get so bad so soon?

Audrey Young writes that Jacinda Ardern will forgive Winston Peters for anything, even the unforgivable.

A National MP joked this week that the Opposition didnt want things to get so bad under Jacinda Arderns maternity leave that the country was desperate for her return they just wanted a medium level of dysfunction.

That threshold was almost reached this week even before the big event, and things got worse as the week wore on.

Arderns faith in Winston Peters being able to manage the inevitable bush fires that will flare when she is away must be seriously undermined given that he and his party have caused many of them.

A series of accidental and deliberate mishaps has raised questions about a series of important issues including basic coalition management, ministerial conventions, the application of the No Surprises policy, and when a minister is not a minister. .  .

Stacey Kirk calls it a three ring circus with one ringmaster at the centre .

Consensus government in action, or a bloody awful mess? 

Its difficult to characterise the past week as anything but the latter and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern may be worried about whether shell have a Government to come back to when she returns from maternity leave. . .

Patrick Gower wants the old Kelvin Davis back.

Patrick Gower on The AM Show. Credits: Video The AM Show; Image Newshub.

Kelvin Davis is a wounded man walking who better watch out, says Newshub national correspondent Patrick Gower.

The Corrections Minister on Wednesday announced plans for a new prison, but appeared to be unaware how many of its inmates would be double-bunk...

07:00

David Clark in more trouble "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The arrogance of various Labour ministers hasnt taken long to take hold of them. Normally this level of hubris comes after about seven years in government. Labour ministers have had it from day one and it is showing in the screw-ups they are making. Jami-Lee Ross has got the wood on David Clark and its [] The post David Clark in more trouble appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:53

Papua New Guineas tourism prospects enormous, says Coral Sea Hotels GM "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea has untapped leisure tourism potential, according to Marc Ehler, recently appointed Group General Manager of Coral Sea Hotels. After a busy APEC year, he tells Business Advantage PNG he is expecting greater competition in 2019.

Coral Sea Hotels Marc Ehler. Source: Coral Seas

The leisure and adventure tourism prospects in PNG are enormous, observes Marc Ehler, who joined the Steamships-owned Coral Sea Hotels chain at the start of the year.

Ehler, who has visited 70 countries and worked in many of themacross in Europe, ASEAN, Middle-East, Africa and Central Asiasays there are some interesting parallels between Papua New Guinea and African countries.

Ehler says a comparison with the Maldives and Seychelles is instructive.

They have sun, sea and sand only and they are hugely successful in tourism.

Here, PNG has so much more: the fauna and the flora, the bird life, the mountains, game fishing, extraordinary diving, the cultural shows, and the tribes. You can truly experience a million different journeys as PNG Tourism Promotions Authoritys slogan suggests.

PNGs culture is very natural. It is not staged, and that is very unique.

When you go to the countryside, you get to know the real culture, and during the cultural shows tourists love to sing-sing and dance along.

What is currently present are niche tourism markets, which focus on mountaineering and diving and history with all the war cemeteriesKokoda being one of the most famous attractions for historical tourism.

Business customers

Ehler says Coral Sea Hotels is mainly targeting corporate and business segments of the travel market. He says the com...

06:30

Mike Hosking lambasts the Greens "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Mike Hosking lambasts the Greens and their hatred of the West Coast: Quote: I have much sympathy for the West Coast who yet again have been made the victims of their surroundings. No mining allowed. The call from the Government was not surprising but it was nevertheless wrong. No, mining is not everyones cup [] The post Mike Hosking lambasts the Greens appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:05

Most read "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

06:05

Trumps Space Force echoes Rayguns Star Wars "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Donald Trump wants to establish a Space Force Im not sure who he wants to fight our there. It sounds like a rehashed Star Wars proposed by Ronald Reagan during the Cold War. BBC Trump space force: US to set up sixth military branch President Donald Trump has ordered the US military to []

06:00

My mother was lucky to survive giving birth to me in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

I was born in the small coastal village of Kivori, in Papua New Guineas Central Province. With no healthcare centre nearby, my mother gave birth to me at home, with the help of several traditional birth attendants as well as a traditional healer.

Instead of a delivery bed, an empty rice bag was spread on the ground for my mother to use during childbirth, and my umbilical cord would have been cut with a sharpened stick of a sago palm.

With no access to an ambulance and the nearest hospital and doctor a four-hour drive to Port Moresby, my mother would have been praying that there were no complications.

More than 30 years later, little has changed for the mothers of Kivori. Globally, and within the Asia-Pacific region, PNG has some of the worst maternal and child health indicators. At least one woman loses her life in childbirth every day. Most of these deaths are preventable.

It was on a visit to Australia last year that I was reminded how shocking the conditions are for mothers and their newborns in PNG. We may be Australias closest neighbour, with just 160km separating us, but the differences in our healthcare systems are like night and day.

The Royal Brisbane Womens Hospital has 410 doctors. This is only one of many hospitals servicing the city of Brisbane. The whole of PNG has fewer than 400 doctors, and my home province of Central Province has one doctor servicing almost a quarter of a million people.

In fact, the entire healthcare system in PNG is beset by shortages in doctors, nurses, midwives as well as facilities, medicine and equipment to make childbirth safer.

My village used to have a small aid post, but government funding cuts and a lack of trained staff saw it close in 2013. So mothers wanting to give birth in a healthcare facility must now walk 10kms to a health sub-centre. Here, they will find a building without electricity or running water, without mattresses for the consulting beds, and a severe shortage of proper medical equipment.

It is not uncommon for clinic to run out of medicines even paracetamol. There are only two staff working here with the same skills as a nursing assistant in Australia so clinic times are office hours only.

If anything should go wrong, the closest ambulance is a 45-minute drive away if transport can even be found. If they reach the ambulance, the cost of the journey to Port Moresby Hospital is around 200 Kina; the equivalent of over a months salary and completely unaffordable for the majority of families.

This dire lack of professional, accessible healthcare is why so many women from my village will choose to inste...

06:00

Catch and release well under way now "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Labours catch and release is well under way now, except they arent even bothering with the catch part anymore: Quote: The National Party has expressed shock after the government ditched two of its key police policies and it is calling for them to be reinstated. The then National government last year announced an aim [] The post Catch and release well under way now appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

Hager recap on Dirty Politics "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Nicky Hager has recapped what his 2014 Dirty Politics book was about at Newsroom. Most controversial, the book revealed that prime minister John Key had a full-time dirty tricks person in his office researching and writing nasty attacks on opposing politicians, quietly sent through to Slater to publish as if they were his own. Slater []

05:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

05:20

QotD: "NZ does not really have landfill sites. It has storage sites for future recycling." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"New Zealand does not really have landfill sites. It has storage sites for future recycling."
~ Eric Crampton, from his NBR article 'Waste Not, Store That'
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05:15

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

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

05:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Sincerity makes the very least person to be of more value than the most talented hypocrite. Charles Spurgeon who was born on this day in 1834.

05:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

05:00

Troops arrive in Mendi. Politicians apologise for distress "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

STAFF REPORTER | Asia Pacific Report | EditedPeter-oneill

PORT MORESBY - More than 100 Papua New Guinea soldiers from Taurama Barracks have arrived in the Southern Highlands capital of Mendi after a nine-month state of emergency was declared by the PNG government.

And political leaders from the Southern Highlands including prime minister Peter ONeill - apologised to the nation for the distress caused by rioting and destruction of state property last week.

Video clips circulating in PNG social media show armed Southern Highlanders, some with assault rifles, challenging the government and threatening the massive PNG liquefied gas pipeline project in the province.

Some protest placards referred to the suspension of the Southern Highlands provincial government and the appointment by Port Moresby of an acting provincial administrator although it was unclear what the full range of their demands were.

Ready for the fightOne of the unsuccessful petitioners against the election outcome, Joe Kobol, met with ONeill, Southern Highlands leaders and other stakeholders to apologise to the nation and to address the issues surrounding the events.

ONeill told the Post-Courier newspaper that normalcy was now being restored, saying that all leaders had agreed an independent provincial administrator would be appointed to maintain 'balance and independence' in the province.

All the leaders of Southern Highlands have met, including Joe Kobol and Pastor Bernard, who also contested the governors seat, and we have discussed issues that have caused the burning of state properties because of a court decision last week, ONeill said.

Normalcy is being restored in the province and today we want to apologise to PNG for the recent events that...

04:58

Should companies be forced to disclose payment practices? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A curious bill has been added to the Members Bill ballot by first term Labour MP Deborah Russell (she inherited the New Lynn electorate off David Cunliffe) that proposes a requirement by large companies to disclose their payment terms, as well as their payment performance in practice. Companies (Disclosure of Payment Practice and Performance) Amendment []

04:30

Faces of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where will I go? Where will I fit in Mum? Those were the questions year-nine student Trinity asked her mother Wikitoria Thompson when she found out her charter schools contract was being terminated at the end of this year by the Government. Middle School West Auckland (MSWA) and nine other charter schools across New Zealand [] The post Faces of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:21

Nurses reject large pay offer, Government says no more available "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Nurses have rejected a half billion dollar pay offer. In response Health Minister David Clark says there is no more money available to fix nine years of underfunding in one pay round. They have been offered a 9% increase but are seeking 15% thats a huge adjustment given the low rate of inflation and []

04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is blamestorming (noun) An intense discussion for the purposes of placing blame or assigning responsibility for a misdeed or failure. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Blamestorming was originally a colloquialism in American English, modeled on the much earlier (1907) brainstorming. Blamestorming entered English in the 1990s. The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:03

Crowd funding for defence of Bob Jones defamation action "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Action Station has set up a fundraising campaign via GiveALittle to help raise money for Renae Maihi in her defence of  defamation by Bob Jones. Maihi had set up a petition calling for Jones to be stripped of his knighthood after he wrote a silly Mori Gratitude Day  NBR column that disparaged Mori. I thought []

04:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 19 22 Loyalty makes a person attractive. It is better to be poor than dishonest. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Racism, bigotry & the ways we choose to separate each other "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

DiversityPHIL FITZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY - In most open societies public discourse still has certain taboos, things that people are not expected to talk about. These taboos are often backed up by the law.

Libertarians, who profess to believe in free speech, are often annoyed by these laws. They maintain that everyone has a right to a point of view and should be able to express it.

A politician in Australia once defined this as the right to be a bigot, someone who is intolerant of other peoples views and opinions.

Of particular interest to these sorts of people are various isms - racism, sexism, anarchism, fatalism and so on - things people often abhor and seek to constrain. Heres a list of 234 of them.

Beliefs like racism can take many forms and can be blatant and overt as well as subtle and nuanced. What offends one person may not necessarily offend another.

These isms can be powerful political weapons.

In Australia a few years ago a number of conservative commentators got into all sorts of trouble by questioning the Aboriginality of people who appeared to them to be white.

The government, in support of these commentators, tried to change the Racial Discrimination Act but were unsuccessful.

This scepticism about people who outwardly appeared to be European but claimed Aboriginality by descent is one of the deepest ingrained and unsaid sentiments of the Australian people.

Public figures, like the respected journalist Stan Grant, make a point of identifying as being a person of both European and Aboriginal descent. Stans father was a Wiradjuri man and his mother was part Aboriginal and part European.

Fortunately, the issue of dual or multiple racial descent doesnt seem to be a big problem in Papua New Guinea.

Just think of all the politicians, starting with the prime minister, who are descended from mixed marriages and relationships.

However such tolerance wasnt always the case.

In the years before independence, the differences between races were defined sharply.

There were Papua New Guineans, Australians, Chinese and, at the bottom of many peoples barrels, those who were referred to as half castes or ol hapkas in Tok Pisin.

Prime minister Julius Chan had...

03:36

Mystery as hundreds of thousands of dead herring wash up on Sakhalin Island, Russia "IndyWatch Feed World"

Almost 100 tonnes of dead fish washed up on a deserted Pacific island leaving experts scratching their heads. Incredible pictures show hundreds of thousands of herring covering a 440-metre stretch of Piltun Bay, on Russia's Sakhalin Island, north of Japan. And baffled ecologists so far have no answers as to what could have triggered the so-called "herring genocide".

03:20

Media watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:10

Open Forum Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:00

I feel for the crew of the ill-fated Dash 8 flight to Mendi "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Mendi ablaze
The governor's residence well ablaze - targeted by protesters who have reached the end of their tether

DANIEL KUMBON

WABAG - Air Niuginis beautiful bird of paradise which for decades have showcased our cultural diversity were shredded when the Dash 8 aircraft was burned to the ground in Mendi last week.

I cannot describe the emotions I feel when I see our nation al icons destroyed.

It is the same emotion that wells up in me when I encounter our carvings, paintings, music or meet Papua New Guineans in far off lands.

In 1989, I had such an experience as I flew on an Air Niugini airbus painted with a giant bird of paradise with its yellow plumage covering the entire fuselage of the aircaft like a satin dress as we headed north to Hong Kong.

I was already seated when I saw two young men enter the cabin and watched the air hostess direct them to their seats.

Henry Kore & Nathan Kigloma
Henry Kore & Nathan Kigloma

When I later met them I found they were Henry Kore and Nathan Kigloma Air Niugini aircraft engineers on their way to Frankfurt in Germany to further their studies. I was on my way to Cardiff in Wales on a Thomson Foundation journalism scholarship.

Last week, my heart cried out for the pilots and crew when...

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Navajo Code Talker Samuel T. Holiday Laid to Rest "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, Code Talker Thomas H. Begay and others wait for the funeral procession to arrive.

Published June 18, 2018

MONUMENT VALLEY, Utah   Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez on Friday helped the family of Code Talker Samuel T. Holiday say goodbye to a father, grandfather, uncle, warrior and friend.

During a funeral service set against the same iconic backdrop in Monument Valley where Holiday was born, President Begaye called Holiday a friend and a hero, admired by the Navajo people and recognized by the United States government for his role in helping turn the tide of World War II in the Pacific Theater. Holiday died June 11 at Southern Utah Veterans Home, in Ivins, Utah. He was 94.

Code Talker Samuel T. Holiday was laid to rest Friday after funeral services in Monument Valley, Utah.

Out on the battlefield, youre not a warrior by yourself, President Begaye told an audience of several hundred people assembled at the Monument Valley Visitor Center on Friday morning. Youre not a warrior alone. You are there with your comrades, watching each other, having each others backs, protecting one another, making sure that everyone is all right. Sam Holiday was out there with his comrades, battling the enemy so that we could have the freedom we enjoy. Today we honor him.

Born in Monument Valley in 1924, Holiday attended boarding school in Tuba City before enlisting in the United States Marines Corps and training as a Code Talker. He served in the 4th Marine Di...

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Part 2 The Deep States Last Stand: The Transgender Baphomet Agenda in New Zealands Wonderland "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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Part 2 of  3  We dont have to look very far into fairy tales to find out that those who wrote, told, or try to live them can sometimes have very inappropriate and prurient interests in child and adult relations that are very unGodly. We jump from Lewis Carrolls Alices Adventures in Wonderland to Peter Pans author James Matthew Barrie to see how the Elites operate under the radar, but do very little to hide their deep intentions. Join us as we continue to shine a light on the Deep States secret intents and desperation. Tick tock.tick tock!

By Sam Grothe

Jacindas Baphomet-Transgender Agenda & The Puppet Masters

In Part 1, we established that like Alice in Wonder the Deep State, or the political Elite-NWO-Satanic-Cabal machinery is not what it portrays itself in public life or in the light, if you will. It is obvious there is a dark side to the Deep State. And, this really adheres to the tenants that many of us truthers believe or have awoken to find they embrace the Dark Forces of Luciferianism or Satanism, and they even dangle it in our fa...

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Chinas Pacific Islands Push Has the U.S. Worried "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

In the gritty, steamy streets of Papua New Guineas capital Port Moresby, signs of Chinas push into the Pacific island nation are inescapable.

A Chinese worker stencils a logo for China Railway Group outside the new national courthouse its building; China Harbor Engineering Group laborers tar roads under the searing midday sun.

Little by little they are taking slices of our businesses, said Martyn Namorong, who campaigns to protect local jobs and communities as China ramps up infrastructure spending in the resource-rich nation, often bringing its own workforce. My people feel we cant compete.

The nation of 8 million people is the latest frontier in Beijings bid for global influence thats included building artificial reefs in the South China Sea, a military base in Africa and an ambitious trade-and-infrastructure plan spanning three continents.

Advertisement for China Construction Bank outside the airport in Port Moresby.
Photographer: Jason Scott/Bloomberg

Chinas thrust into the Pacific islands region, a collection of more than a dozen tiny nations including Fiji, Niue and Timor Leste scattered across thousands of miles of ocean, has the U.S. and its close ally Australia worried. The region played a key role in World War II and remains strategically important as Western powers seek to maintain open sea lines and stability. For Beijing, it offers raw materials, from gas to timber, and a clutch of countries who could voice support for its territorial claims.

Weve seen a huge surge in Chinas state-directed economic investment and mobilization of an enormous amount of capital in the Pacific which clearly has a strategic intent, said Eric B. Brown, a senior fellow in Asian affairs at Washington-based think tank the Hudson Institute. The sovereignty of these nations could be compromised by these p...

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