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Sunday, 24 September

22:07

U.S. B-1B Bombers Fly Just Off Coast Of North Korea: 4 Reasons Why This Time Its Different "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

B-1B Lancer prepares to take off from Andersen AFB, Guam, Sept. 23, 2017

ZeroHedge| Just before North Koreas foreign minister was due to address the United Nations, the Pentagon announced that U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by fighter jets flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea on Saturday, in a show of force which demonstrated the range of military options available to President Donald Trump. The flight was the farthest north of the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea that any U.S. fighter jet or bomber has flown in the 21st century, the Pentagon added.

According to Reuters, the B-1B Lancer bombers came from Guam and the U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter escorts came from Okinawa, Japan. The Pentagon said the operation showed the seriousness with which it took North Koreas reckless behavior.

This mission is a demonstration of U.S. resolve and a clear message that the President has many military options to defeat any threat, said Pentagon spokeswoman Dana W...

21:51

PNG Hunters win Intrust Super Cup title "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


While Boas kicked the goal, the scores were tied up with just over a minute to go when big Willie Minoga showed true determination to touch down on a Boas grubber in goal, sending the mostly pro-PNG crowd in raptures.

It was sent to the video referee who confirmed the decision send the crowd off into cheers once again.

In the lead-up to the match-winning try; it was a game characterised by some tough defence with both teams putting their body on the line.

The goal-line starch of Hunters was also a remarkable feature of their win as the side offered the Falcons plenty of chances to stamp their authority on the game by giving up the ball with repeated errors.

The game started ominously for the PNG side with the Falcons showing their class early, posting two quick tries.

The first was set up by impressive fullback Jahrome Hughes (a late confrimed addition to the side) who in the second minute, gave the ball to Matthew Soper-Lawer who went over in their first set of six with the ball.


The Sunshine Coast were moving the ball around, really troubling the Hunters who seemed to struggle to contain especially the left edge, with former Hunter Justin Olam putting in a strong performance.


The Hunters responded with some strong defence and tried to lift their intensity across the field.

However, in trying to rush the play the normally reliable Wartovo Puara knocked on at dummy half, handing the Falcons another chance on the 40m line.

But as was the theme of the day, they were resolute in their defence and a heavy tackle from Wawa Paul forced the ball free from Jeremy Hawkins, and the Hunters had the ball back.

This pattern repeated until halftime with both teams giving up the ball via poor handling when they were given a chance to attack.

PNG kept threatening and were getting closer in attack, but the Falcons defence stood just as strong, with Hughes...

21:35

World watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

20:20

Papua New Guinea Hunters win Queensland Cup Grand Final in last minute "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"



by John Coomer, theroar.com.au
September 24, 2017

The PNG Hunters have scored in the final minute to win their first Queensland Cup in a thrilling finish at Suncorp Stadium against the Sunshine Coast Falcons.



Trailing 10-6, Hunters five-eighth, captain and man-of-the-match Ase Boas put through a grubber as their last throw of the dice. Interchange forward Willie Minoga won a desperate race for the ball, grounding it just before the dead-ball line.


The Falcons then went for a short kick-off that didnt work. The hooter sounded seconds later, sparking wild celebrations among the Hunters players and many in the crowd. No doubt the entire population of PNG will be celebrating long and hard for the next few days.

Earlier, the Falcons had a dream start to the match, scoring two tries in the first seven minutes of the first half. The first came in their opening set, when they threw the ball wide to try and exploit the Hunters slide defence. It worked, with winger Matt Soper-Lawler crossing in the corner.

The Falcons scored again five minutes later when halfback Ryley Jacks put hard-running backrower Joe Stimson over.

The Hunters managed to steady their defence for the rest of the half, but couldnt hang onto the ball for long enough to mount any attacking pressure. They went into the sheds trailing 10-0.

They needed to score first in the second half to get some confidence and the Falcons did them a huge favour when they knocked on from the kick-off. In the next set, Ase Boas put in a grubber and his brother Watson Boas ended up scoring from it to get the Hunters on the scoreboard.

Both teams were willing to throw the ball around in very warm September conditions in Brisbane, but were let down by their handling throughout the game. The completion rate of the Hunters, in particular, was poor. They looked very nervous. But the defence from both sides was also very willing. You couldnt fault their commitment or desperation.

The win means the Hunters will play the winner of the New South Wales Cup in the curtain-raiser to the Melb...

19:36

Militarism, Peace and Planet presentations "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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This message has the details of the Welfare or Warfare? Militarism, Peace and Planet public meetings next week in Nelson and Golden Bay, and some information if you or your group would like to organise a meeting with the presentation in your area.

About Militarism, Peace and Planet: The presentation begins with a brief overview of key developments in each of the humanitarian disarmament campaigns Peace Movement Aotearoa provides national coordination for Aotearoa New Zealand Campaign on Military Spending, Aotearoa New Zealand Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, Aotearoa New Zealand Joint Working Group on Landmines and Cluster Munitions, and iCAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) Aotearoa New Zealand as well as some of our peace projects, such as White Poppies for Peace, White Poppy Peace Scholarships, and the World War One Centenary Peace Project.

The main focus is on the costs and consequences of militarisation in times of peace, globally and in Aotearoa New Zealand, in relation to social justice, the environment, climate change, attitudes towards violence as a means of resolving conflict, and the increasing level of militarisation of children and their education here. There are optional sections depending on the focus of the group organising the public meeting, for example, a section on militarism and human rights or on peace and faith groups collaboration can be included, and the overall presentation can be customised to reflect the topics you are most interested in, for example, climate justice, militarisation of children and their education or any of the national humanitarian disarmament campaigns. If you would like to organise a Militarism, Peace and Planet meeting, please contact Peace Movement Aotearoa email pma to discuss, thank you.

Militarism, Peace and Planet meetings next week
Nelson, Collingwood and Takaka, 27 28 September

* Nelson, 27 September 2017
5pm to 6pm, Friends Meeting House, 30 Nile Street

Welfare or Warfare? Militarism, Peace and Planet: A public meeting and presentation in Nelson with Edwina Hughes, Coordinator, Peace Movement Aotearoa, on the pervasive costs and consequences of militarisation in times of peace which are often overlooked when compared with the attention given to the tragedy of armed conflict and war. The presentation will provide an overview of those costs and consequences ...

19:22

Disgruntled customer "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Dear Lush,

I wish to advise you of the sub-optimal performance of your "Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair" shower gel, purchased from your online shop in the last month.  

While frequent applications have reduced the size of Winston Peters the smell has increased, and stubborn Bill English has hardly budged at all.  David Seymour persists, defying all logic.  I appreciate that Gareth Morgan has largely washed away, but that was always going to be an easy one given the recency and diminutive standing of that particular stain.

Even though it is a shower gel, I used it as a shampoo as well, to increase its potency.

I'm prepared to give your product two more weeks to prove useful.  If it has not had a meaningful impact on National's party vote by October 7th then I will be making use of your money-back guarantee, and I am prepared to pursue my rights under the Consumer Guarantees Act if necessary.

Yours sincerely
etc


18:00

Issues raised by New Zealands sponsorship of UNSC Resolution 2334. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Professor Paul Moon and Dr David Cumin met this week to discuss the issues raised by New Zealands sponsorship of UNSC Resolution 2334. Dr Cumin provided an overview of the resolution and addressed the following questions: How did NZ come to play a central role? What has been the consequence of the resolution for Israel? []

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17:56

Social Change Must Work With How People Actually Think Drilling For Truth

In 2011, Auckland University Psychologist Nikki Harre published a book called Psychology for a Better World. In an interview by Kim Hill in October of that year, she talked about what people working towards positive social change can learn from the insights drawn from psychological research. Harre is working on a completely revised edition of the book for release in 2018, according to the books homepage.

Professional liars, usually described using self-generated euphemisms like public relations consultant, have known for decades that psychological principles can be exploited to create or block political-economic changes on behalf of their wealthy clients. Learning how to recognize and counter these manipulation campaigns is essential for journalists, activists in public watchdog groups, and others whose role it is to keep loading truth back into politics every time it drops out. I look forward to the revised edition of Nikki Harres book, and recommend checking it out.

17:48

US bombers stage North Korea show of force "IndyWatch Feed War"

BBC News

This picture taken on September 23, 2017 and released from North KoreaA large mass anti-US rally was held in Pyongyang on Saturday. AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

US bombers have flown close to North Koreas east coast to demonstrate the military options available to defeat any threat, the Pentagon has said.

It said the flight was the farthest north of the demilitarised zone between the Koreas that any US fighter jet or bomber had flown in the 21st Century.

Tensions have risen recently over Pyongyangs nuclear programme.

At the UN, North Koreas foreign minister said US President Donald Trump was on a suicide mission.

Ri Yong-hos comments to the General Assembly mimicked Mr Trumps remarks at the UN on Tuesday, when he called North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a rocket man on a suicide mission.

Mr Ri added that insults by Mr Trump who was, he said, mentally deranged and full of megalomania were an irreversible mistake making it inevitable that North Korean rockets would hit the US mainland.

Mr Trump, the foreign minister said, would pay dearly for his speech, in which he also said he would totally destroy North Korea if the US was forced to defend itself or its allies.

The US president responded to the speech on Twitter by saying Mr Ri and Mr Kim wont be around much longer if they continue their rhetoric.

...

17:14

ON THE BRINK RADIO #216 IN 4 HRS: WHALE & DOLPHIN UPDATE THE REAL GLOBAL THREATS, introducing HoMoMIMIC ( Holistic Modeling of Marine Impacts from Military-Industrial Civilization) "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

To the dolphin alone, beyond all others, Nature has given what the best philosophers seek, friendship for no advantage; yet it is friend to all men and has often given great aid. Plutarch SATURDAYS@ 9AM EST-USA / FRIDAY 3 AM HAWAII TIME / SATURDAY 11 PM MELBOURNE/SYDNEY/TASMANIA TIME AUSTRALIA /1 AM NEW ZEALAND TIME and SUNDAYS @ 8AM EST-USA / SATURDAY 2 AM HAWAII TIME / SUNDAY 10 PM MELBOURNE/SYDNEY/TASMANIA []

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17:00

Sharpes Waterloo "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

One of the best of this series


16:41

The Free Individual is greater than the State "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

by Jon Rappoport September 20, 2017 In a sane society, the Bill of Rights would be studied in great detail, in every school and college. The historical incursions on, and the crimes against, the Bill of Rights would be laid bare and excoriated. Grand juries of students would be formed to investigate, in detail, these []

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16:39

New Zealands Ruling Party Ahead After Poll but Kingmaker in No Rush to Decide "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

WELLINGTON The leaders of New Zealands main parties prepared on Sunday to start talks with Winston Peters, the leader of a nationalist party who emerged as kingmaker after an inconclusive general election, but Peters indicated he was in no rush to pick a side.

Prime Minister Bill Englishs National Party won the largest number of votes in Saturdays general election, securing a comfortable margin over the Labour opposition after what had shaped as one of the closest votes in recent history.

But it was Peters and his often controversial New Zealand First Party who emerged in a position of power, with both National and Labour needing his support to form a government under New Zealands proportional representation system.

TOP leader Gareth Morgan speaks during a television interview at The Opportunities Party election night function at Meow ...

HAGEN HOPKINS/GETTY IMAGES

TOP leader Gareth Morgan speaks during a television interview at The Opportunities Party election night function at Meow in Wellington. Morgan made his concession speech soon after.

The National Party, which has been in power for a decade, secured 46 percent of the vote, while Labour had 35.8 percent and New Zealand First 7.5 percent. A final tally, including overseas votes, will be released on Oct. 7.

The results so far secured 58 seats for National in the 120-seat parliament and 45 for Labour. New Zealand First has nine seats and the Green Party has seven.

Labour and the Greens already have a working agreement, wi...

16:12

More than 40 families pull children from school that forced transgender lesson on 5-year-olds "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Transgenderagender is synonymous with the Transhuman agenda, and its all about taking power away from parents and breaking down the traditional family unit. The following article illustrates one example of the Agenda in action: Source: Life Site News Forty-one families have pulled 73 children from the elite Sacramento-area Rocklin Academy charter schools as the []

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16:00

15:55

Melanesian leaders condemn UN for turning 'a deaf ear' to West Papua atrocities | World news | The Guardian "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Melanesian leaders condemn UN for turning 'a deaf ear' to West Papua atrocities | World news | The Guardian: For half a century now the international community has been witnessing a gamut of torture, murder, exploitation, sexual violence and arbitrary detention inflicted on the nationals of West Papua, perpetrated by Indonesia, but the international community has turned a deaf ear to the appeals for help. We urge the Human Rights Council to investigate these cases.

We also call on our counterparts throughout the world to support the legal right of West Papua to self-determination and to jointly with Indonesia put an end to all kinds of violence and find common ground with the nationals to facilitate putting together a process which will enable them to freely express their choice.

The Solomons leader, Manasseh Sogavare, said the UNs sustainable development goal motto of no one left behind would be synonymous to empty promises unless we in the United Nations take active steps to address the plight of the people of West Papua.

15:54

Spring Is In The Air "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Luke 12.27 In awe of natures interactions By Roger Childs From our dining table we look out at trees of many colours. However, at this time of []

15:30

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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15:00

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Hypnagogic    of, relating to, or occurring in the period of drowsiness immediately preceding sleep; inducing drowsiness or sleep; soporific.


Filed under: language Tagged: hypnagogic

14:56

PNG and ExxonMobil Working Together to Expand Investment and Create More Jobs "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea Prime Minister has expressed confidence in the ongoing strength of the commitment by ExxonMobil in Papua New Guineas economy, saying there is scope for greater investment and job creation from the company that is one of the largest foreign investors in Papua New Guinea.

PM ONeill made the comments after meeting ExxonMobil Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Darren Woods, and Senior Vice President, Jack Williams, at the companys global headquarters in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday.
The contribution that the PNG LNG project has made to our economy has been substantial, and this will continue to grow, ONeill said.

ExxonMobil has demonstrated their continued commitment to Papua New Guinea through the delivery and management of the PNG LNG project, together with ongoing exploration activities.
We look forward to continuing to partner with ExxonMobil to advance projects and create more jobs for Papua New Guineans.
ExxonMobil PNG Limited is the operator of the US$19 billion PNG LNG project, the largest private sector investment in PNG to date. Additionally, ExxonMobil is working with partners to expand LNG processing at the existing PNG LNG plant site near Port Moresby.

Papua New Guinea is an important country in ExxonMobils global portfolio, and we are committed to making our business successful for all parties, Darren Woods said.
We are committed to working with the government to support economic growth and provide long-term, sustainable benefits to the people of Papua New Guinea through workforce, supplier and community development programs.

ExxonMobil also congratulates Papua New Guinea on hosting APEC in 2018.
We are working closely with PNGs APEC organizers to make the event a success for the country.
I look forward to returning to PNG to participate in the APEC CEO Summit.

14:30

The fraudster says bye, voters say good riddance "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Metiria Turei is finally out of the trough. Metiria Turei has bowed out of politics after 15 years, saying she does not regret telling her benefit fraud story. The former Green Party co-leader stood down six weeks ago and came off the partys list after revealing she had lied to increase her welfare payments in the early []

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14:17

How Do You Solve A Problem Like .......... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"


Maria Winston?

September 23rd will go down in history as a day of flippancy in which a flibbertigibbet lost and a will 'o the wisp was made King Maker - yet again!

Winston Peters is the exception to the old financial rule - 'Past performance is no guarantee of future results.'    With him you get a 100% ironclad guarantee that future results will measure exactly past performance.

Who can ever forget the way the charlatan dragged out the process for weeks, milking every last ounce of publicity from it.  The only serious service he provided for his country was to rescue an unhappily married perverted poof from an LAX toilet.

So, what is Blenglish to do?

Here's what Adolf would do.

I'd sit down with the drunken dwarf and slowly offer him the world.  Start low and work up a bit at each meeting.   Let just the smallest hint of the word prime minister intrude.  Then watch the media circus go mad.

Then, when all appears nearly settled, I would call a press conference at which I would announce a coalition deal has been struck with The Greens who, sans Me Tu, will make for a much more stable government than anything which relies on Winston Peters.

The Greens have no chance of being in any government with Labour and NZFirst so they are ripe for the picking.  Two cabinet seats and a couple of their saner environmental policies.




14:02

Dont rule out all Special Vote possibilities "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The current seat allocation (from the Electoral Commission) based on provisional election results: National 58 Labour 45 NZ First 9 Green Party 7 ACT Party 1 TOTAL 120 This means: National + ACT = 59 Labour + NZ First + Greens = 61 There are a lot of assumptions that when the special votes are []

14:00

Lets look at what is on the menu for Bill and Jacinda "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Both Bill English and Jacinda Ardern have a hot date with an older man. The future of New Zealands next government depends on their ability to charm him and to eat whatever Winston Peters orders off the menu for them. Somehow I dont think it will be a scone with jam and whipped cream or []

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13:30

Sue Moroney is still nasty as is the positive Labour party "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jacinda Ardern keeps going on about relentless positivity, pity her ex-MPs and supporters dont subscribe to that. See  above, the picture of a Labour supporter giving the fingers at their party last night with the old lemon Dianne Yates behind her Then read about how the room was divided at their own election function.   []

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13:29

Navy Man Hurries To Greet Wife, But Sees Pregnant Belly And Realizes She Lied During Deployment "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

[L/T] Chris Daugherty, a US Navy man, was recently deployed to the western Pacific. The following week, his wife Natasha discovered she was pregnant with their fourth child.

At first, Natasha told Chris to call her so she could deliver the news during his deployment. But then she changed the plan, and came up with the sneakiest idea possible.

Natasha decided to keep the pregnancy a secret until Chris returned from deployment six months later.

It was no easy feat, but Natasha made sure to cover her tracks. Shed hide her growing baby bump in Facebook photos. And she kept quiet about the pregnancy whenever she Skyped with Chris.

Then, in June 2017, Chris returned home to California. In the video below, Chris rushes to greet their three kids before Natasha drops her giant sign to reveal shes 7 and a half months pregnant!

You do not want to miss his stunned reaction:

13:03

NZ Election The Media (1) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

To Adams mind much of the media coverage of the election was really poor.

Many in the media seemed to be more concerned with promoting their preferred candidates. The pretension of objectivity went out the window very early.

Broadcast and print media were all culpable in this regard.

Furthermore, we saw yet again attempts to influence the election by some complaining about choices of moderator.

There is a very thin veneer to freedom of speech and thought in NZ, as elsewhere.


13:00

Winston has rightly claimed the balance of power "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Bill English has paid some respect to Winston Peters, unlike James Shaw who rather arrogantly presumed to be able to dictate to a man who loathes the Greens. It is just as well because it is obvious that Winston Peters has the balance of power. Winston Peters is primed to be the kingmaker again, but []

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12:47

Bills back up again "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Well said Ele. Despite the naysayers Bill has surmounted the odds whatever happens

Homepaddock

When Bill English was asked during a debate what was different about him in 2002 and now, he said, I got back up again.

Theres no better proof of that than Nationals result in the election.

Whatever the outcome of coalition negotiations, he has proved himself and his leadership.

Those, including some in the media who ought to have known better, may well be surprised at how well he, and National, have done.

Those of us who know him arent.

Hes a good man, with a big heart and strong intellect.

Hes warm, witty and wise.

He has a clear vision for New Zealand and its people, plans on what to do to deliver for us all and the drive and determination essential to succeed in that.

Many thought John Keys decision to retire would weaken National and reduce its chances of a fourth term.

Bill English and his team have

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12:30

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Apollo Missions from harrisonicus on Vimeo.

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12:28

President Trumps special message to Hawaii residents regarding a nuclear attack: Revealed "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

It appears there may be more to Kim Jong-uns threats than meets the eye

(INTELLIHUB) The Hawaii State Department of Defense and Hawaii Emergency Management Agency released a special message from President Donald Trump titled Nuclear Emergency Preparedness which was put out for the period of September 2017.

The rather ominous paper says that Kim Jong-uns threats of firing weapons into the Pacific are real and that people should plan to better their chances of survival if an attack were to occur.

Page 2 of the paper has the words nuclear detonation on it and instructs people to get inside, stay inside and stay tuned.

Hat Tip: @Tabertronic on Twitter

Featured Image: Christopher Chappelear/Flickr
2017. INTELLIHUB.COM. All Rights Reserved.

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12:00

Misinformation and foul language from Wrongly Wrongson last night "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

As usual Martyn Bradbury AKA Wrongly Wrongson got it wrong last night on social media telling his followers that advance votes are the same as special votes. Advance votes are actually counted first. Only around 20% of them will be considered special votes and only if the people voting had not enrolled to vote before []

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11:44

First they HAARPed You, then Sell You the Catastrophe Bonds "IndyWatch Feed World"



Source: Covert Geopolitics

The Khazarian holdovers on this planet are getting more creative as the situation is getting worse for them. The slew of "natural disasters" hitting Latin America and coastal portions of the US mainland, through the use of HAARP derivatives, indicates how desperate the situation really is for the Cabal.

US Air Force Admits They Can Control the Weather

World Bank Group Issues Its Biggest-Ever Catastrophe Bond

By Mathew Carr | August 4, 2017, 9:00 PM GMT+8

The World Bank Group issued its largest catastrophe bond, providing Mexico with financial protection of as much as $360 million against losses from tropical cyclones and earthquakes.

Mexico is among the countries most vulnerable to natural disasters, the bank said in a statement. Nearly a third of its population lives in areas exposed to hurricanes, storms, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. The coverage is the equivalent of 71 percent of the country's economic output considered at risk from two or more natural hazards.

The bonds were issued in three structures to provide coverage against earthquakes, Atlantic tropical cyclones, and Pacific tropical cyclones. If a natural disaster occurs that's eligible for coverage, some or all of the bond proceeds will be made available to the Mexican Fund for Natural Disasters.

The bank has arranged risk-transfer transactions worth about $1 billion in the past two months, compared with $2.5 billion in the past decade, it said by email. It's ramping up its activities as it seeks to help transfer risk from poorer nations.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-04/world-bank-group-issues-its-biggest-ever-...

11:00

Hutt South falls to National "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Chris Bishop has ended the Labour party mortgage on Hutt South, and now we know why Trevor Mallard ran like the wind from a fight with him. Chris Bishop has worked hard to take that seat off Labour. He has shown candidates that it is possible to overturn a safe seat. I must point out []

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11:00

When its the left, the end justifies the means "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Conan OBrien wasnt expecting his audience to clap when he mentioned that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un called President Trump mentally deranged. Even for a leftist, the late-night host couldnt understand how even the most ardent anti-Trumper could applaud something like that. But that wasnt the only jab he took at his fellow Democrats in []

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10:30

Your Light "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Your Light

Let me say this clearly because it is time to remember you are always the light you see by; and if it is dark in th eplaces you look it is only because you still pretend the light will have to come from someone else.     2017 Brian Andreas  posted with permission.

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


Filed under: whimsy Tagged: Brian Andreas, Story People

10:30

Hawkes Bay Home-wrecker takes one in the chook "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Anna Lorck, the Hawkes Bay Home-wrecker, has lost another election: Former Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule is on the cusp of winning the Tukituki electorate- ripping it from longtime Labour campaigner Anna Lorck. Yule quit the mayoralty earlier this year and announced his bid for the Hawkes Bay electorate, coming into direct competition with Labours Lorck []

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10:01

COUPLE OF OBSERVATIONS POST THE ELECTION "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Marama Fox's comment that the Maori seats going back to Labour is akin to the battered wife going back to the abuser has a ring of truth about it.   Labour have viewed their Maori MPs as voting cannon fodder; generally treated them with disdain and fed them scraps.   Maoridom had a unique chance to establish an independent voice in Parliament.    They blew it.

David Seymour's decision not to be part of any National/NZ First coalition is the right one.   He can now concentrate on growing ACT's vote without the constraints of being in government.   But there will be challenges in doing that.   ACT now is not the ACT of yesteryear.   Come the next election  National will need a strong coalition partner if it is to win a fifth term.   Minor parties in coalition governments tend to perform less well than their senior partner.   Should Winston call it quits the NZ First could well sink without trace.


10:00

Valid questions, stupid principal "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Why is it so bad for kids to ask professional sportspeople why they suck or choke so often? Two pupils at an Auckland school were sent to time out and made to write an apology letter after asking visiting Warriors players why they lost so often. Blockhouse Bay Intermediate principal Michael Malins confirmed the schools []

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09:49

Opportunity Lost "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

At the end of the day some you win some you dont. Justice Crew The triumph of dirty politics? By Roger Childs After nine years of the rich getting fatter, poverty numbers getting higher, foreign investors getting richer and the rivers getting dirtier, the country missed its chance to start turning back the tide of []

09:00

The Maori party is dead "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Maori party is out of parliament, killed off by Tamati Coffey by his winning of Waiariki. The Labour Party could manage a clean sweep of the seven Mori seats, with Mori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell in danger of losing Waiariki. If Mr Flavell loses to Labours Tamati Coffey, and his colleague Howie Tamati []

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08:00

Media party have a lot to answer for "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Youd think that the Media party would have learned from last election and from Hillary Clintons bombing in the election. Katie Bradford famously said on camera at the last election no matter what we talk about, no matter what we do, the polls dont seem to be shifting at all. And so it has transpired []

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07:30

The Green Party survive, the Maori Party dive and NZ First can make a historical change "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I was watching the panel on T.V three last night and their comments on the Green Party really hit home. They pointed out that the Green party have achieved nothing in 21 years because they have never been part of a government. If they were prepared to join National as a coalition partner they could []

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07:30

Bills back up again "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

When Bill English was asked during a debate what was different about him in 2002 and now, he said, I got back up again.

Theres no better proof of that than Nationals result in the election.

Whatever the outcome of coalition negotiations, he has proved himself and his leadership.

Those, including some in the media who ought to have known better, may well be surprised at how well he, and National, have done.

Those of us who know him arent.

Hes a good man, with a big heart and strong intellect.

Hes warm, witty and wise.

He has a clear vision for New Zealand and its people, plans on what to do to deliver for us all and the drive and determination essential to succeed in that.

Many thought John Keys decision to retire would weaken National and reduce its chances of a fourth term.

Bill English and his team have proved them wrong.

The fourth term isnt certain but hes made it a possibility.

Bill rocks!


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07:00

With attitudes towards voters like this it is no wonder Gareth Morgan bombed "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Gareth Morgan takes one in a clacker and now joins Colin Craig and Kim Dotcom as wealthy losers. The Opportunities Party leader Gareth Morgan says New Zealanders self-interest is screwing over younger people and the poor as he tips a National landslide early on election night. After 22.5 per cent of the vote was counted []

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06:37

Day to Day Politics: ITS TIME Marriage Equality my final contribution. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Sunday 24 September 2017 At the time of writing the following countries supported marriage equality. This is my final lengthy contribution on the subject. Argentina (2010) Denmark (2012) Greenland (2015) The Netherlands (2000) South Africa (2006) Belgium (2003) England / Wales (2013) Iceland (2010) New Zealand (2013) Spain (2005) Brazil (2013) Finland (2015) Ireland (2015)

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06:30

Thoughts on the election "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Here are some of my thoughts on the election results. 1. Negative Campaigning Works This election has proved that negative but accurate advertising works. Research in the past also proves this. They are simple and effective and they work. Labour can whine all they like, the antidote to negative advertising is to front foot everything. []

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06:30

Oz players on playing league against PNG: I got hit by granite "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Australia v PNGJAMES BUCKLEY | Fairfax Media | Edited extract

SYDNEY - Speak to anyone that's played rugby league in Papua New Guinea, and they will all furnish you with unbelievable stories of the insatiable passion the locals possess for their national sport.

PNG is a developing and diverse country with more than 800 languages, high crime and significant unemployment, but rugby league is the constant that unites its eight million people.

But when their Australian heroes come to these shores for the annual Prime Minister's XIII fixture against Papua New Guinea, played yesterday, quite often that lust for the game bubbles over into tragedy.

Cronulla back rower Wade Graham played his first PM's XIII match in 2012 and it's an experience he'll never forget.

"The grandstand collapsed the year I was there and a few people died, it was pretty full on," Graham said.

"It's the passion they have for the league here, it's very unbelievable.

"It's one of those things you can try to explain it, but until you experience it you just don't understand it."

From the moment the Australian contingent lands in PNG until they depart a few days later, the players are treated like rock stars.

Everyone wants a piece of them, from machine-gun wielding security guards who crave nothing more than to pose for a photograph with their idols, to the locals on the street who sprint after the team bus.

But it's the children who leave the most lasting memories, both good and bad.

They know all of the players, and religiously refer to them by their surnames. At a clinic on Friday morning, screaming cries of "Dugan" preceded his swamping by a delighted mob of local schoolkids.

Tedesco, Klemmer, Maloney and co all received the same treatment.

The Australian players are strongly advised not to throw team kit outside the team bus while in transit, particularly when they're surrounded by fans on leaving the airport.

One year a prized piece of merchandise was flung out to the masses and a young boy barely six years old arrived first to haul it in.

Just seconds later an older kid, still not even a teenager, arrived on the scene, landed a few haymakers on the youngster and tried making off with the loot.

Almost instantly...

06:24

Total votes and turnout "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Total provisional votes: 2,169,802 Special votes (about): 384,000 Estimated total votes: 2,553,802 Total votes in 2014: 2,416,479 Approximate increase in votes 2014 to 2017:  137,323 Estimated eligible voters: 3,569,830 Estimated turnout of eligible voters: 71.5% BUT the statistics commonly used are percentage of enrolled voters. Estimated turnout of enrolled voters: 78.8% So that is a []

06:12

General MacArthurs Conspiracy To Start A War With China! New Documentary Release & Interview! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Newsbud is proud to announce, our first DVD release. Available to stream now on Amazon, or secure your DVD today at Newsbud.com.

Only a few years after Hiroshima and the end of World War II, President Harry S. Truman was confronted with the horrifying prospect of another nuclear holocaust. General Douglas MacArthurs anti-communist fervor impelled him to pursue his own war strategy in Asia, conspiring against Trumans official policy to incite Red China by sending the USS Bole on a secret mission three miles off the Chinese Pacific coast. The servicemen who crewed that battleship was recruited to the Generals rogue plan without their knowledge and threatened into silence for decades, until now. This is their story and one we are all lucky they lived to tell.

Told here for the first time is the incredible story of the operation that triggered Truman's removal of Douglas MacArthur: the secret China mission of the US Navy destroyer USS John A. Bole.  Featuring testimonies of servicemen on the John A. Bole and newly declassified documents, this documentary goes behind the scenes in Washington, London, and aboard the Bole to reveal Truman's relief of MacArthur was not a question of choice; it was a matter of desperate necessity.

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06:00

Mood for change? Not so much it turns out "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The left-wing and their media enablers have gone on and on about there being a mood for change. With the election result it seems that isnt at all true and I for one am not at all surprised. National has attained more votes in this election than John Key got for National in 2008.    []

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05:56

What now for forming a government? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

National and NZ First have enough seats between them to form a government if they wanted to Bill English wants to but NZ First may or may not. If NZ First want to play one side against the other, or if they prefer to side with NZ First and Greens then serious negotiations will []

05:45

New to Whaleoil? Come on in "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Welcome to Whaleoil, the election may be over but the fun is only just beginning. Elections always bring many new eyeballs to New Zealands largest and most popular blog and we have noticed you checking us out. We can be politically incorrect but as you have discovered after reading Whaleoil for a while now we []

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05:30

Sunday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

Image result for quotes daylight saving

Most people recover from deadly diseases better than I recover from daylight savings.


Filed under: soapbox

05:30

National in best position to form a government "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The results are in and National has managed to remain well over 40%. To be fair to Bill English his campaign has been a blinder, helped by the low rat cunning of Steve Joyce. Credit where credit is due. The only problem he has now, is that the only party he can deal with is []

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05:30

APEC forum will benefit people throughout PNG: Lepani "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Artists impression of APEC Haus
Artists impression of APEC Haus off Port Moresby's Ela Beach

STAFF REPORTER | Business Advantage PNG | Edited extracts

PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guinea businesses should expect income streams from next month as momentum builds towards the APEC summit in November 2018, director-general of the APEC PNG coordination authority, Sir Charles Lepani, says.

He told a Business Advantage PNG investment summit in Sydney that hotels, small business suppliers and the informal sector throughout PNG will benefit from preparations for next years APEC leaders summit in Port Moresby.

Sir Charles said his authority needed to manage expectations, noting that the summit will not change PNG overnight. But he said it would establish a foundation for stronger growth, bringing in much-needed foreign exchange and raising PNGs profile.

Already, hotels have been paid for senior delegates accommodation.

We intend to go to tender or look for PNG women around the country who make bilums. Each province will make bilums, but not flags, as APEC does not use flags because they are political, Sir Charles said.

We hope to get about 15,000 bilums made by women for each delegate. Not plastic, which would be thrown away afterwards, but real bilums that they can take home with them as gifts.

Regional centres will benefit, he said, because delegates will make day trips to other parts of PNG, including Alotau and Goroka. Air Niugini will earn about K4050 million moving delegates.

The APEC Authority expects 15,000 delegates to attend the 2018 meetings with 9000 attending the summit itself.

...

05:27

Election governing possibilities "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

National have a 10% lead over Labour so have the stronger mandate to form a government, and last night Bill English acted and spoke like a winner, but their options are limited. English said they will work with NZ First to try to form a stable government over the next few days. The outcome of []

05:10

Election key electorate results "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In general the party vote is all important, but some electorate results can be critical. Total provisional numbers of seats: National 58 (60 in 2014) Labour 45 (32 in 2014) NZ First 9 (11 in 2014) Greens 7 (14 in 2014) ACT Party 1 (1 in 2014) Maori Party 0 (2 in 2014) United Future []

05:00

Early voting a big success "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I was one of those who voted early, at the local supermarket, 1,240,739 other people agreed with me that voting early was a good idea. The number of people who cast an early vote this election hit a record high, with 1,240,740 New Zealanders having their say before election day. The number easily surpassed the []

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04:57

Chuck Hagel, James Fanell, and the new strategy to target China via Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The dismissal of an unwilling Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense in 2014 was, I think, a watershed in the fortunes of the China hawks, both in the Pentagon and at Pacific Command. Perhaps because it is bad form to explore the possibility that Hagel was purged for insufficient enthusiasm for a pro-active China confrontation agenda, nobody went there. But I did. Natch. In 2015, I buried my analysis in a tediously long piece that was meant to give an overview of the evolution of US China policy, and provide a corrective to the "Chinese aggression" meme that China hawks like to lean on. The narrative of escalating Chinese aggression is central to the China hawks' thesis that we need an escalating response. Rather interestingly, today a lot of this narrative is coming out of Australia. Google "Chinese influence Australia" and you'll get an idea of the barrage of local and global coverage keying on the skillfully shaped message that Chinese influence--though it is not illegal--must be feared. I've recently come to the conclusion that spate of panic stricken reports emerging from Australia concerning the China menace in economics, politics, and academics are a belated and improvised substitute for what was supposed to be the real deal: a pivot from Obama namby-pambyism to steely Clinton resolve to confront China in 2016.

Chuck Hagel, James Fanell, and the new strategy to target China via Australia "IndyWatch Feed National"

The dismissal of an unwilling Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense in 2014 was, I think, a watershed in the fortunes of the China hawks, both in the Pentagon and at Pacific Command. Perhaps because it is bad form to explore the possibility that Hagel was purged for insufficient enthusiasm for a pro-active China confrontation agenda, nobody went there. But I did. Natch. In 2015, I buried my analysis in a tediously long piece that was meant to give an overview of the evolution of US China policy, and provide a corrective to the "Chinese aggression" meme that China hawks like to lean on. The narrative of escalating Chinese aggression is central to the China hawks' thesis that we need an escalating response. Rather interestingly, today a lot of this narrative is coming out of Australia. Google "Chinese influence Australia" and you'll get an idea of the barrage of local and global coverage keying on the skillfully shaped message that Chinese influence--though it is not illegal--must be feared. I've recently come to the conclusion that spate of panic stricken reports emerging from Australia concerning the China menace in economics, politics, and academics are a belated and improvised substitute for what was supposed to be the real deal: a pivot from Obama namby-pambyism to steely Clinton resolve to confront China in 2016.

04:33

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 89 Answers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

If you would still like to do the latest challenge, scroll down to September 20.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers below.   What momentous event happened in New Zealand on 19 September 1893? (Women gained the right to vote)   Beautys Reward, Key of Pleasure []

04:30

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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04:30

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White says US flew nuclear-capable B-1B bombers just off coast of North Korea "IndyWatch Feed World"

The US has flown nuclear-capable B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by F-15 fighters off North Korea's coast venturing the "farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone," separating the two Koreas, in the 21st century, the Pentagon's spokesperson said. "This is the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) any U.S. fighter or bomber aircraft have flown off North Korea's coast in the 21st century, underscoring the seriousness with which we take (North Korea's) reckless behavior," said Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White. The DMZ is a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula near the 38th Parallel, separating North Korea from South Korea. It was created in 1953, following the armistice which ended the Korean War. "This mission is a demonstration of US resolve and a clear message that the President has many military options to defeat any threat. North Korea's weapons program is a grave threat to the Asia-Pacific region and the entire international community. We are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the US homeland and our allies," the spokeswoman added.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White says US flew nuclear-capable B-1B bombers just off coast of North Korea "IndyWatch Feed World"

The US has flown nuclear-capable B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by F-15 fighters off North Korea's coast venturing the "farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone," separating the two Koreas, in the 21st century, the Pentagon's spokesperson said. "This is the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) any U.S. fighter or bomber aircraft have flown off North Korea's coast in the 21st century, underscoring the seriousness with which we take (North Korea's) reckless behavior," said Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White. The DMZ is a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula near the 38th Parallel, separating North Korea from South Korea. It was created in 1953, following the armistice which ended the Korean War. "This mission is a demonstration of US resolve and a clear message that the President has many military options to defeat any threat. North Korea's weapons program is a grave threat to the Asia-Pacific region and the entire international community. We are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the US homeland and our allies," the spokeswoman added.

04:30

Foreign exchange restrictions in PNG: costs & remedies "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

US-DollarsROHAN FOX, STEPHEN HOWES, NELSON ATIP NEMA & MARCEL SCHRODER | DevPolicy Blog

CANBERRA - Three years after their introduction in mid-2014, Papua New Guineas foreign exchange restrictions continue to be in place. Unofficial ballpark estimates of excess demand range between US$300 million to 1 billion.

In a 2017 Business Advantage survey of CEOs, 60% nominated access to foreign exchange as the major obstacle more than double any other challenge.

Interviews with businesses reveal that they have to spend significantly more time on finding foreign exchange and managing the credit situation with their overseas suppliers. This increases their administrative costs, which are likely passed on to the consumers.

In addition, firms are piling up dollarised debt when there is depreciating pressure on the kina.

The excess demand for foreign currency has led to a substantial delay in the processing time of foreign exchange orders, which is now reported to be between six and 16 weeks.

The processing duration is a function of fluctuating foreign exchange availability and the priority of an order, which the Bank of PNG (BPNG) sets at its own discretion.

The general pattern is that imports of basic food (especially rice) and fuel are favoured over other consumer goods, or raw materials for construction. Dividends and repatriation are near the bottom of BPNGs priority list and the majority of such orders do not get processed at all.

To grasp the severity of the situation, and the extent of import-compression, consider the share of imports to GDP.

From 1980, the value of imports tends to hover around 50% of GDP, but over the past two years imports have collapsed to 15% of GDP, with the start of the sharp fall coinciding with the imposition of the FX-restrictions in 2014.

This decline in imports is far greater than the one experienced in 1994 when PNG underwent a currency crisis.

The argument could be made that the decrease in imports could be overstated due to the LNG project, which provided a substantial boost to GDP, with no commensurate increase in the demand for imports.

However, imports as a share of non-resource GDP (that is, GDP excluding the mining and oil/gas sectors) have also collapsed to 23%.

The foreign exchange restrictions are a strong indication that PNGs r...

04:27

Election provisional results "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The 2017 election night provisional results (which excludes hundreds of thousands of special votes): PROJECTED Party Votes % of Votes Electorate Seats List Seats Total seats National Party 998,813 46.0 41 17 58 Labour Party 776,556 35.8 29 16 45 New Zealand First Party 162,988 7.5 9 9 Green Party 126,995 5.9 7 []

04:00

Faces of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Its a bit of a privilege to be the first to have your attention this morning. I wont pretend to have any deep insights that are better than yours.  I could have picked any number of people for the Face of the Day and put up some half-baked commentary. I should leave that to Cam []

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03:45

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is apocalypse (noun) 1. (a) Apocalypse Abbr. Apoc. Bible The Book of Revelation. (b) Any of a number of anonymous Jewish or Christian texts from around the second century BC to the second century AD containing prophetic or symbolic visions, especially of the imminent destruction of the world and the []

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03:36

New Zealand matters "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


For some reason I've been watching the New Zealand election result with some interest today and found the BBC News website very reluctant to give any news on it. 

They didn't post any updates for nearly a day - unlike various newspapers, some of whom even ran live blogs. A couple of hours ago, however, the BBC did publish an update, though it's never made it onto their Home page, and has only ever been a minor item on their World page. 

It remains curious what interests the BBC, and what doesn't interest the BBC. 

03:30

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 24 14 In the same way, wisdom is sweet to your soul. If you find it, you will have a bright future, and your hopes will not be cut short.

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03:19

Is California next? Concerns increase as a series of killer quakes hit the Pacific 'Ring of Fire' "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In the span of just 24 hours, a series of powerful earthquakes rocked several locations along the Pacific one by one this week, all in a seismic region known as the 'Ring of Fire' - and, others in its path, including California, are now wondering if they could be next. Roughly 90 percent of the world's earthquakes occur in this belt, which loops from New Zealand to Chile, passing through the coasts of Asia and the Americas on the way. Now, after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand on Wednesday followed by temblors off the coasts of Japan (6.1), Vanuatu (6.4), and Indonesia (5.7) early Thursday morning, experts admit the Pacific is experiencing 'unusual' seismic activity, leaving the West Coast on edge. After a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand on Wednesday followed by temblors off the coasts of Japan (6.1), Vanuatu (6.4), and Indonesia (5.7) early Thursday morning, others along the Ring of Fire - including California - are wondering if they could be next. But, experts say offshore quakes happen in the region all the time, and go unnoticed But, this doesn't necessarily mean California or other areas of the West Coast will be affected by the events.

Is California next? Concerns increase as a series of killer quakes hit the Pacific 'Ring of Fire' "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In the span of just 24 hours, a series of powerful earthquakes rocked several locations along the Pacific one by one this week, all in a seismic region known as the 'Ring of Fire' - and, others in its path, including California, are now wondering if they could be next. Roughly 90 percent of the world's earthquakes occur in this belt, which loops from New Zealand to Chile, passing through the coasts of Asia and the Americas on the way. Now, after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand on Wednesday followed by temblors off the coasts of Japan (6.1), Vanuatu (6.4), and Indonesia (5.7) early Thursday morning, experts admit the Pacific is experiencing 'unusual' seismic activity, leaving the West Coast on edge. After a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand on Wednesday followed by temblors off the coasts of Japan (6.1), Vanuatu (6.4), and Indonesia (5.7) early Thursday morning, others along the Ring of Fire - including California - are wondering if they could be next. But, experts say offshore quakes happen in the region all the time, and go unnoticed But, this doesn't necessarily mean California or other areas of the West Coast will be affected by the events.

02:45

How A Free Grocery Store Is Cutting Food WasteAnd Hunger "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By via Yes Magazine

Each weeknight, The Free Store redistributes up to 1,500 surplus food items to anyone who wants themno questions asked.

On a windy late afternoon, dozens of people have lined up in front of a 20-foot-long repurposed shipping container situated on a church parking lot. Inside, volunteers are unloading food items from custom-built shopping carts and stacking them onto rows of shelves. There are hearty rice meals and healthy salads, thick sandwiches, pies, and other savory and sweet items. This is just another busy day for The Free Store.

We saw the potential in an untapped food supply.

The Free Store is a nonprofit organization that redistributes surplus food from local businesses in New Zealands capital city, Wellington, to those in need. It was inspired by a two-week art project in 2010 where artist Kim Paton filled a shop with surplus food items from bakeries and supermarkets. Anyone visiting the shop could take what they wanted free of charge.

I heard that some of the food in the shop was...

02:40

Open Forum Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

24 September 2017 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

02:15

"Fukushima Update: 15,325.2 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow" "IndyWatch Feed World"

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

Updated September 23, 2017: Fukushima Equals 15,325.2 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow; There is No Place On Earth to Escape the Rad: The 3 melted-through cores of the destroyed reactors, now melted together into a single "corium" totaling over 600 tons, at Fukushima daily release the radioactive equivalent of 6.45 Hiroshima bombs directly into the atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean. As of September 23, 2017 - 2,376 days since the disaster began - this equals the detonation of 15,325.2 Hiroshima atomic bombs and it is still going strong, with no end in sight, considering that the half-life of uranium...

01:50

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.

01:45

Media watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

24 September 2017 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []

00:41

Korea? Its Always Really Been About China! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Paul Atwood for Counter Punch - How many citizens have ever asked themselves what the United States is doing in Korea in the first place? In November of 1945, two months after the surrender of Japan, Army Chief of Staff General George Marshall spoke to President Truman and the chief figures of his cabinet about his fears of a the tragic consequences of a divided China as Chinese Nationalist forces and Communists resumed their struggle for power and Soviet forces seized control of large areas of Manchuria. The resumption of Soviet power in Manchuria Marshall emphasized would result in the defeat or loss of the major purpose of our war with Japan (emphasis added). What could the general have meant by such a statement? What WAS the major purpose of the Pacific war? Most Americans are taught that the foremost reason the United States went to war with Japan was the attack on Pearl Harbor. But the reality was that the U.S. and Japan had been on a collision course since the 1920s and by 1940, in the midst of the global depression, were locked in a mortal struggle over who would ultimately benefit most from the markets and resources of Greater China and East Asia. Japans Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere was steadily closing the Open Door to American penetration of and access to the profitable riches of Asia at the critical moment.

Saturday, 23 September

23:38

ON NORTHLAND "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

12.25 and just got back home from our election party at the Pioneer Tavern at Waipapakauri.    Packed to the rafters with many new (and young) faces.   Some nervous moments but once the Kerikeri/Paihia booths came in  it was all over rover.   Winston's 5,500 majority evaporated into a 1,292 win for National's Matt King.

Must have been a huge gnashing of teeth from the 33 person media contingent at Winston's bash at the Duke of Marlborough.   Clearly they expected him to win but all he did was to pack up shop early and skip back to Paihia on the ferry.   The one journo at our function had a scoop on the King victory.

No concession or congratulatory call from Peters.   Perhaps he was hurting too much having been ejected by the voters from three seats during his time in Parliament.    But the loser becomes a winner per courtesy of MMP ... funny that a Party polling less than it did in 2014 and ending up with two fewer MPs gets to choose who forms the next government.     More about that in later posts.

Good Morning.

22:38

North Korea 3.4 magnitude earthquake caused by an explosion Near nuclear testing site "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Harriet Agerholm

Quake centred near nuclear test site but South says tremor could have natural causes

The Independent

Chinas earthquake administration has said it detected a magnitude 3.4 earthquake in North Korea, which it suspects was caused by an explosion.

The report has raised fears that the isolated state has tested another nuclear bomb. The Chinese administration said in a statement on its website that the quake was recorded at a depth of zero kilometres.

Chinas official Xinhua news agency said the epicentre was in roughly the same place as a similar shallow earthquake on 3 September, which turned out to be caused by North Koreas sixth and largest nuclear test.

Yet the Souths meteorological agency which measured the earthquake as magnitude 3.0 said it believed the quake was a natural event.

We use several methods to tell whether earthquakes are natural or manmade, an official, who asked for anonymity, said.

A key method is to look at the seismic waves or seismic acoustic waves and the latter can be detected in the case of a manmade earthquake. In this case we saw none. So as of now we are categorising this as a natural earthquake.

All of North Koreas previous six nuclear tests registered as earthquakes of magnitude 4.3 or above. The last test on 3 September registered as a 6.3 magnitude quake.

A secondary tremor detected after that test could have been caused by the collapse of a tunnel at the mountainous site, experts said at the time.

The US Geological Survey said that it detected a magnitude 3.5 quake in the area of previous North Korean nuclear tests, but that it was unable to confirm whether the event was natural.

North Koreas weakest nuclear test, its first, which it carried out in 2006, generated a magnitude 4.3 quake.

Satellite photos of the area after the 3 September quake showed numerous landslides that were apparently caused by the huge blast, which North Korea said was a hydrogen bomb.

Nuclear proliferation watchdog CTBTO was examining unusual seismic activity in North Korea, it said on Saturday.

Analysts looking at unusual #seismic activity of a much smaller magnitude in the #DPRK, CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo said in a Twitter post, adding more details were set to emerge later.

North Koreas Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, who is currently in New York for a United Nations meeting, warned on Thursday that Mr Kim could consider a hydrogen...

22:35

World watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

22:31

September 24 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

622 Prophet Muhammad completed his hijra from Mecca to Medina.

1180 Manuel I Komnenos, last Emperor of the Komnenian restoration died after which the Byzantine Empire slipped into terminal decline.

1625 Johan de Witt, Dutch politician, was born (d. 1672).

1645  Battle of Rowton Heath, Parliamentarian victory over a Royalist army commanded in person by King Charles.

1664 The Dutch Republic surrendered New Amsterdam to England.

1667  Jean-Louis Lully, French composer, was born (d. 1688).

1674  Second Tantrik Coronation of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

1717 Horace Walpole, British novelist and politician, was born (d. 1797).

1725 Sir Arthur Guinness, Irish brewer, was born (d. 1803).

1841  The Sultan of Brunei ceded Sarawak to Britain.

1852  The first airship powered by (a steam) engine, created by Henri Giffard, travelled 17 miles (27 km) from Paris to Trappes.

1869 Black Friday: Gold prices plummeted after Ulysses S. Grant ordered the Treasury to sell large quantities of gold after Jay Gould and James Fisk plotted to control the market.

1871  Lottie Dod, English athlete, was born (d. 1960)

1877  Battle of Shiroyama, decisive victory of the Imperial Japanese Army over the Satsuma Rebellion.

1890 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially renounced polygamy.

1892  Adlard Godbout, Canadian agronomist and politician, 15th Premier of Qubec, was born (d. 1956)....

22:31

Australia and U.S. Joined at the Hip: Wheres the Benefit? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has on two recent occasions referred to Australia being joined at the hip to the United States on its defence and national security policies. That phrasing invited some critical commentary, but conspicuously, there was no demurral from the official Opposition Labor Party. To all practical intents and purposes the Liberal National Coalition and the Labor Party are indistinguishable on matters of defence, foreign policy and national security.

Turnbulls remarks, as with the election of the erratic and clearly unfit Donald Trump as US President, should have presented an opportunity for a critical reappraisal of Australias position viz a viz the United States. It did not happen, not least because a supine mainstream media sees no reason to question the fundamental assumptions underlying Australias defence policies since at least the fall of Singapore to the Japanese in January 1942.

Prior to that seminal event, Australia had never challenged its role as a colonial appendage to the British Empire. That status had led Australia into a series of wars, which in common with just about every other military misadventure before and since had only the vaguest connection with Australias national interest, if any.

Australian troops fought the Russians in the Crimean War of the 1850s (the rich irony of which is lost in the current propaganda war waged against Russia for its annexation of Crimea.) Australian troops were slaughtered in large numbers in World War 1, a war planned at least since the 1890s to counter any German challenge to British imperial supremacy (Docherty & Macgregor Hidden History, 2013)

Although Prime Minister Hughes refused a British request to formally join British forces fighting in the Russian civil war 1917-21 against the Bolsheviks, Australian troops nonetheless joined the North Russia campaign as volunteers. A Royal Australian Destroyer HMAS Swan also undertook intelligence operations in the Black Sea in late 1918 directed against the Bolshevik forces.

With the rout of the British forces in 1941-42 by the Japanese, it was obvious to Australian politicians that a new protector was needed, and the Americans required no encouragement to assume that role. The marriage of convenience that occurred in 1942-45 may have suited Australia in its perception of an imminent Japanese invasion, but then, as now, the brides dowry should have be...

21:17

Aussie PM's XIII beat PNG 48 - 8 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Tom Trobjevic and James Tedesco have boosted their World Cup selection chances by scoring hat-tricks in the Australian PM's XIII's 48-8 hammering of the Papua New Guinea PM's XIII on Saturday.

It was a clinical performance by the Mal Meninga-coached side in hot and humid conditions in front of 13,468 screaming fans at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

Featuring 11 players with Kangaroos experience, the Australians were made to work hard early by a PNG side missing most of their stars who were preparing to play for the PNG Hunters in the Intrust Super Cup grand final in Brisbane on Sunday.

The visitors were behind 8-6 in the first half before running away with victory in a match that leaves Meninga with plenty of questions ahead of naming his squad for the World Cup later this year.

The hosts dominated the opening minutes until Manly fullback Trobjevic, playing in the centres, crossed for a try in his first game in the green and gold and halfback James Maloney landed the conversion.

The crowd went wild soon after when PNG centre Stanford Talita's try was converted by Jason Misian to lock the scores up.

Five-eighth Misian added a penalty goal to put his side ahead and leave the visitors stunned halfway through the first half.

St George-Illawarra back-rower Tyson Frizell soon after raced away to put the Australians back in front and from there it was one-way traffic.

Trobjevic was gifted a second try after nice lead-up work from his brother Jake, while fullback James Tedesco scored from a Corey Norman cross-field kick just before halftime.

The young Sea Eagles star completed his hat-trick early in the second half as Maloney again added the extras

Tedesco and five-eighth Norman combined again for the NSW No.1 to add his second try before he completed his own hat-trick in the dying minutes, a four-pointer that was converted by prop Andrew Fifita.

Maloney finished with a haul of 18 points after scoring late and nailing all seven of his conversions.

Reserve back Dylan Walker had to be stretchered from the field with what appeared to be a dislocated right ankle and is unlikely to play again this year. Source: NRL.COM

20:53

NSW Police Given Power to Kill with Impunity "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Berejiklian government has continued on in the Coalitions tradition over recent years of enacting laws that increase police powers, whilst whittling away at civil liberties, all in the name of a perceived terrorist threat.

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20:37

Amazing locals making a difference as temperatures rise "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Guests in the Sustainable Studio on 20 September 2017 are: Monica Winston, Transition Streets Geelong, Leigh Ewbank from Act on Climate, and Jacqui Bennett from Humans in Geelong.


Listen to The Sustainable Hour no. 187 on 94.7 The Pulse:

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19:27

Weapons of mass destruction banned nuclear soon to join the ban theme for Sept 17 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

You might think that its naive to be talking about banning nuclear weapons, in this present climate of international tension. Yes, an international agreement to ban them is not going to get rid of nuclear weapons overnight, or indeed, anytime soon.

BUT as things stand now, nuclear weapons, held by all the so virtuous States  USA, Britain, France, India, China Pakistan, Israel, (- and now North Korea)   are accepted as respectable ,  defensive, necessary. 

The idea of the world recognising weapons of mass destruction as unacceptable is not new.  Its been done before.

Human beings, after all, are social animals, and their greatest successes have been achieved by co-operation. Years of co-operative effort by intelligent and thoughtful people have shed light on the humanitarian horror of mass killings, and mass sufferings of those who survived such attacks.

Under the auspices of he United Nations, the concerted efforts of so many have brought about  the recognition that mass murder is unacceptable, and has been judged to be illegal.  No, these threats have not been completely eliminated. But they have been vastly diminished, and no leader can get away with pronouncing them to be acceptable or necessary.

The United Nations Ban on  the use of chemical and biological weapons in warfare was signed in 1925, and  strengthened in 1997 in the  the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) 

The United Nations Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) came i...

19:00

Saturday Night at the Movies "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Followed by

Waterloo which had another excellent cast Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer and many others

 


18:57

World wonders could N. Korea fire nuclear missile over Japan "IndyWatch Feed War"

The Associated Press

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Will North Koreas next nuclear test involve a thermonuclear missile screaming over Japan? Thats a question being asked after North Koreas foreign minister said his country may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean.

The world hasnt seen an above-ground, atmospheric nuclear test since an inland detonation by China in 1980 and North Korea upending that could push the region dangerously close to war. The room for error would be minimal and any mistake could be disastrous. Even if successful, such a test could endanger air and sea traffic in the region.

Because of that many experts dont think North Korea would take such a risk. But theyre also not ruling it out given the Norths increasing number of nuclear and missile tests.

The main reason for North Korea to take that risk would be to quiet outside doubts about whether it really has a thermonuclear weapon small enough to fit on a missile, said Jeffrey Lewis, a U.S. arms control expert at the Middlebury Center of International Studies at Monterey. So far North Korea has been separately testing nuclear weapons and the ballistic missiles built to deliver them, rather than testing them together.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho wouldnt have spoken without approval from Pyongyangs top leadership when he suggested to reporters in New York on Friday that the country could conduct an atmospheric hydrogen bomb test to fulfill the vows of the countrys leader Kim Jong Un.

Kim, in an unusual direct statement to the world, pledged hours earlier to take highest-level action against the United States over Donald Trumps threat to totally destroy the North if provoked. Ri didnt elaborate and said no one knew what decision Kim would make.

If North Korea attempts an atmospheric nuclear test at sea, it would likely involve its most powerful ballistic missiles, such as the intermediate-range Hwas...

18:49

The environmental impact of a coal plant on Kenyas coast is being underplayed "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Conversation

An old coal-burning power plant in China. REUTERS/David Gray

China is transforming its sources of energy domestically in a bid to reverse decades of environmental pollution. But the switch to renewable energy has brought about a conundrum: what to do with the jobs and industries that have no future in this new system?

Export them. Several African countries are accepting the poisoned chalice of Chinas subsidised development through the construction of outdated, dirty coal plants.

Kenya is one. Its coastline is a national asset for fisheries, tourism, a growing population and economic development. But Amu Coal a...

18:34

US nuclear carrier conducts naval drills with Japan as N. Korea threatens H-bomb test "IndyWatch Feed World"

US nuclear carrier conducts naval drills with Japan as N. Korea threatens H-bomb test | 22 Sept 2017 | The 100,000-ton US Navy supercarrier Ronald Reagan has conducted drills with Japanese warships south of the Korean Peninsula, Japan's military said. Pyongyang, meanwhile, has threatened a further "hydrogen bomb test" over the Pacific.The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force said in a statement on Friday that the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier Ronald Reagan, based in the Japanese town of Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, and its escort ships have been holding drills with Japanese Navy vessels in waters south and west of Japan's main islands since September 11. The strike group is also set to stage a separate drill with the South Korean Navy in October, the Defense Ministry added.

18:30

A story of two Attorneys-General "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

An interesting post with several very useful comments in the thread. Not sure I totally agree, but it provides much food for thought.

croaking cassandra

On Wednesday evening I wrote about the despicable conduct of our Attorney-General, senior National Party Cabinet minister, and minister for various intelligence agencies, Chris Finlayson.

Asked why it was appropriate for a (past and   experts say   probably present) member of the Chinese Communist Party and former member of the Chinese intelligence services (both acknowledged facts, neither of which was disclosed to voters when he was elected) to be a member of Parliament in New Zealand, Finlayson simply refused to engage or answer, other than to suggest the journalists raising the issue   journalists from serious outlets including the Financial Times were simply attempting to destroy the mans political career and in the process were engaged in singling out a whole class of people for racial abuse.

Asked about the claims in an important new paper by Professor Anne-Marie Brady (of Canterbury University and the Woodrow Wilson Centre

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18:28

#Election2017 results "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

 

The percentage  for the party votes has hardly changed all night 94.3% of the vote counted and National has 46.1%.

Labour on 35.7% would need NZ First and the Green Party to govern.

The large number of early votes mean results should be in much earlier than in the past.

Results so far:


Filed under: politics Tagged: #election2017, Chris Keall ...

18:27

Invasion Of The Giant Mutant Goldfish! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

No, not a B-Grade 50s monster movie: This is for real! Dumped pet goldfish have been found in Australian estuaries, prompting fears the fish could make their way into connected river systems and kill off native species. Last year, scientists from the same university discovered giant, football-sized goldfish weighing more than two kilograms stalking the []

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18:24

China tells Japan not to abandon dialogue over North Korea Russia urges hot heads to calm down "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) Japan talking only about sanctions on North Korea rather than dialogue will be seen as going against United Nations resolutions, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Japanese counterpart.

Tensions have continued to rise since North Korea carried out its sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3, prompting a new round of U.N. sanctions.

Wang told Japan Foreign Minister Taro Kono on the sidelines of a United Nations meeting in New York that the situation on the Korean peninsula was getting increasingly serious and all sides needed to remain calm.

Resuming peace talks was just as much a part of the U.N. resolutions as enforcing sanctions, Wang said, according to a statement issued by Chinas Foreign Ministry late on Friday.

If the Japanese side only talks about sanctions and does not bring up talks, or even goes against talks, it will be seen as contravening Security Council resolutions, the ministry cited Wang as saying.

China hoped that Japan talked and acted cautiously and played a constructive role on the nuclear issue, he said.

Beijing has repeatedly expressed concern about the rise of tensions over North Korea and, while it too has signed up for the increasingly tough U.N. sanctions, it has also urged a return to talks and for all parties to exercise restraint.

On Friday, Russia urged hot heads to calm down as the United States admitted it felt challenged by North Koreas warning that it could test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific.

Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a madman on Friday, a day after Kim dubbed him a mentally deranged U.S. dotard who would face the highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history in retaliation for Trump saying the U.S. would totally destroy North Korea if it threatened the United States or its allies.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Edsiting by Paul Tait

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BEIJINGJapan talking only about sanctions on North Korea rather than dialogue will be seen as going against United Nations resolutions, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Japanese counterpart.

Tensions have continued to rise since North Korea carried out its sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3, prompting a new round of U.N. sanctions.

...

18:13

Iran Deals Fate Hovers Over North Korea Crisis "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

U.S. disdain for nuclear accord with Tehran saps call for talks with Pyongyang, critics say

Updated Sept. 22, 2017 11:59 p.m. ET

UNITED NATIONSThe burgeoning crisis confronting the Trump administration in North Korea was compounded this week by another top foreign policy dilemma: the Iran nuclear agreement.

World powers lobbied President Donald Trump this week to stick with the Iran deal, saying U.S. disavowal of that agreement would weaken the effort to persuade North Korea to abandon its own nuclear and missile program.

Which state would refrain from developing its own nuclear program if it turns out that negotiated agreements do not endure and confidence in agreements with the international community arent worth the paper theyre written on? asked German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel in an address to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday. He argued that adherence to the Iran deal was vital to ensuring the credibility of such deals in general.

People in Pyongyang, North Korea, watching earlier this month as a screen shows the launch of a Hwasong-12 rocket.Photo: kim won-jin/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

That warning, echoed by other leaders both publicly and in private bilateral meetings, came as the U.S. showdown with North Korea escalated dramatically through the week, beginning with Mr. Trumps threat that the U.S. would totally destroy the country if forced to defend itself or its allies, and rising to a sharp exchange of insults with the North Korean leader.

Adding to the standoffs air of unpredictability, North Koreas foreign minister warned late Thursday that Pyongyang might detonate a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean out of defiance.

U.S. officials spent the week scouring the annual gathering of world leaders at the U.N. for support in rolling back North Koreas nuclear program. But the Trump administration als...

18:13

Election 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Voting has closed.

Counting of early votes began this morning.

Like Jenna Raeburn I voted National:

. . . for the New Zealand we all want to live in, where child poverty is rare, our rivers are clean, housing is affordable, and people can meet their aspirations.

On these issues, good intentions are not a substitute for good policy. We need to have both.

Both major parties say they care. Bill English is singleminded about changing lives and I believe hes turned the public service on its head to start making real inroads into poverty, child abuse and dysfunction. And Jacinda Ardern communicates empathy and concern better than any Labour leader in a decade.

But the left wing does not have a monopoly on compassion. We all want a government that works for everyone; we just have different ways of getting there.

Ill always choose to vote for the party that can execute a plan as well as offer a vision. This comes down to experience, depth and leadership. Voters will always respond to a tug on the heartstrings but if its not backed up by detailed policy, a capable team and a clear plan, whats the point?

Platitudes arent policy. . .

. . . I think most New Zealanders know how good weve got it. They also know where their food comes from, and what drives our economy. Despite the so-called rural-urban divide talked about in this election campaign, I believe that when the economy is booming, we are all better off.

This comes back to compassion. I dont want economic growth for growths sake. Growth is good because more jobs and higher incomes lift people out of dependence and poverty. And good economic management gives the government options. This is what sets right wing parties apart: they dont believe we have to limit our opportunities in order to get ahead.

So I dont have to choose between head and heart Im voting for both.

Well get an indication soon of how many others voted for head and heart too.

Whether or not they have, the sun will still rise in the east, albeit an hour earlier than Id like it owing to the too-early start of daylight saving.

 

 

 

 


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18:10

Doomsday Broadcast Alarms Southern California "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Considering the recent earthquake spike (especially the 5.7 mag off the California coast) this fake broadcast was bound to cause anxiety.

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17:40

Electoral Law Breach "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Today Adam was told by a friend that this morning he was door knocked 3 times by Labour activists asking him to vote Labour and so were his neighbours. The door knockers wore red Labour T shirts and rosettes. He lives in Naenae, so probably Hipkins rather than Andersen. However it fits a pattern of behaviour Adam has noted in the past.

My friend will have voted Labour I suspect, but I do not know. However, he was pissed off with this especially as they knocked 3 times.

No point complaining Electoral Commission will pass to Police who will do bugger all. Yet another example of why our election laws are stupid.


17:31

>>> ELECTION NIGHT 2017 Live post "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Join us here as we channel flick between the major networks, keep an eye on Twitter and other social media, and discuss the highs and lows of election night. Preliminary election results will become available progressively from 7:00pm. Targets for release of the preliminary election results are: by 8:30pm all advance vote results by 10:00pm []

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16:30

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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16:09

Notice: Programming Interruption On Saturday For End Of World "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Very funny

JONATHAN TURLEY

download-5We will be suspending blogging today due to the end of the world as predicted by Christian writer David Meade. While Meade is reportedly now hedging his bets on whether we may survive on September 23rd, I have already told my classes that they may disregard the remainder of the term syllabus.   I know that the end may come as something of a bummer for many. However, as stated in Monty Pythons The Life of Brian, if life seems jolly rotten, there is something youve forgotten. There are ten good reasons to welcome the apocalypse.

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16:04

Election night "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Electoral Commission target times for results: by 8:30pm all advance vote results by 10:00pm results from 50% of voting places by 11:30pm results from 100% of voting places 1.2 million advance votes these (less special votes of which there could be up to half a million) may or may not give us a good idea []

15:30

People are stupid, really stupid, just watch the video "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It seems they walk amongst usstupid people. The man who photographed a sign on a Dunedin beach claiming to prove the earth is flat is in shock after it made the headlines across the world. Stephen Voss noticed the sign at St Kilda Beach while walking to Lawyers Head. The sign questions why the horizon []

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15:00

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Welkin  the vault of the sky; firmament; the celestial abode of God or the gods; heaven; the upper atmosphere.


Filed under: language Tagged: welkin

15:00

Guest cartoon: Day In A Life "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest Cartoonist: Wormwood is a renowned yet mysterious artist. After serving his time-fighting in the Middle East, hes committed to making comics, comics so dark they have a 36% chance of getting aborted. Perhaps youve met him once on a dimly lit train to Budapest, or in a musty opium den in Shanghai. Theyre out []

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14:47

Magnitude 5.7 quake hits off northern California -USGS "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

 5.7 quake hits off northern California -USGS Reuters     Bing    Sept 22 (Reuters) A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck on Friday off the coast of Northern California in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no reports of damage or injury. It was quickly followed by a second quake []

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14:36

Satanic Fashion Show Inside a Church at London Fashion Week "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Source: vigilant citizen Published: September 22, 2017 Turkish designer Dilara Findikoglus presented her Spring/Summer 2018 collection at London Fashion Week and it was nothing less than a satanic Black Mass. Indeed, the event took place at the altar of St Andrew Church in London and incorporated heavy occult and satanic symbolism. In short, the event summed []

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14:33

Whenever he's Wrong He's Right "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Watching all the davids, legbuts and other assorted lunatics from the left accuse President Trump of everything bad you could ever think of, I'm reminded of the many times they and others have fallen flat on their faces.

Not too long ago it was the shock horror and outrage over the president's tweet concerning surveillance of him and his campaign staff by Obama.   Guess what?  Turned out to be absolutely true.  Trouble is, they thought Hillary would win and nobody would find out.

In recent days the same lunatic left have been all a flutter over the President's speech to the UN in which he threatened to totally destroy North Korea should it attack the US or its allies.  The Norker Porker responded by announcing his intention shortly to explode a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.  I can't recall whether this has been deemed by the President to be an act of war but one thing is for sure.

Unlike the davids and legbuts of this world, China certainly takes president Trump seriously and has just announced restrictions on oil supply to North Korea.   So, once again, results show this president was and is on the right track.

"China says it will limit oil supplies to North Korea under UN sanctions, stepping up pressure on Pyongyang over its pursuit of nuclear and missile technology.The Commerce Ministry in Beijing said on Saturday that China, the Norths main trading partner and energy supplier, would limit supplies of refined petroleum products starting on October 1.It said Beijing also would ban imports of North Korean textiles, one of Pyongyangs last major sources of foreign revenue following repeated rounds of UN sanctions.China has long been the Norths only major ally and diplomatic protector but is expressing increasing frustration with the government of Kim Jong Un.
Beijings status as the Norths main trading partner makes its co-operation critical to the success of economic sanctions."


Does anyone really think China wants a short fat maniac with a big bomb right on its doorstep?

14:30

Why isnt this school named, it is clear there is a systemic problem "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Name suppression can be an evil thing, especially when it involves three teachers, inappropriate relationships and it is all at one school: Parents are worried about their childrens safety after a spate of inappropriate relationships between teachers and students at a high school. The schools name is suppressed after the New Zealand Teachers Tribunal ruled []

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14:13

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

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Click HERE To Fill Out A Short Form Letter To OPPOSE OHAs Shameful Giving Of $1.5 Million Of Hawaiian Charter School Monies To The Council For Native Hawaiian Advancement.

14:00

So, that new pope, that was going to clean the Catholic Church up "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Pope Francis acknowledged Saturday that the Vatican has a 2,000-case backlog in processing clerical sex abuse cases and says criticism of the slow pace was justified. But he says more staff are being added and insists the Vatican is on the right path. Francis was making his first comments about the criticism leveled at the []

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13:58

1.2 million advance votes "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There have been 1,240,740 advance votes this election. In 2014 there were 717,579 so there are nearly twice as many this time. There were 2,416,479 votes in total in 2014, so there nearly 30% advance votes. This time it looks like being closer to 50% advance votes. Advance votes that arent special votes are being []

13:56

Creative Writing Challenge! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ill have grounds More relative than thisthe plays the thing Wherein Ill catch the conscience of the King. William Shakespeare Hamlet Friends of the Libraries Competition 2017 The theme of The Friends of the Kapiti Coast District Libraries Literary Festival 2017 is The Plays the Thing. In conjunction with the festival we invite you to []

13:32

How To Read The Australian Female Mind "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"


They all think the same way, you know.  So when Jo Nurk's city wide discount fashion house has the same outfit on special, here's what happens.

These six broads (literal description) turned up at a friend's wedding only to find their exclusivity was in doubt.

Six wedding guests in identical dresses pose for a photograph with the bride

Adolf understands they all work at the same pie factory in Sydney.

13:32

WORDS FAIL ME "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The news that pupils at Blockhouse Bay Intermediate have been forced by their principal to write letters of apology to the Warriors after apparently asking them 'inappropriate' questions when they visited the school to whit #1 why the team lost so often and #2 where they sat on the competition ladder.

The principal, a Mr Malins, said the questioning was not in keeping with the school's values.

Give me strength ... what values are these?   That thou shall not ask hard questions?    Questioning is an important part of learning  and must not be discouraged.  Those kids are only asking what the whole of the New Zealand Rugby League world are asking.  

To dump on them for that is stupidity beyond belief.

13:30

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Italian Road Trip Honeymoon from Mike Matas on Vimeo.

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13:00

You cant fix the problem if you arent allowed to talk about it "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In the West, we are seeing governments, organisations and activist groups put more time and effort into policing what people say about problems than the problems themselves. One example is the reaction to Whaleoils political cartoon about the death of little Moko.   Criticism of abuse is often condemned or censored in New Zealand. Our cartoon []

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12:57

Election Blackout "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

You don't need me to tell you the rules.  Any smart arse seen commenting on any author's blog at No Minister will receive short shrift.

How effective is this blackout anyway?

I can understand a prohibition on physical campaigning on the day and I think I comprehend the reasoning behind the implementation of the original electronic news black out.  This was a time when radio and tv were the only means of electronic broadcast.

However, Australia has no such blackout and the Ockers seem to have survived many elections intact.

Further, in today's Twitter, Facebook, Blog environment, the blackout seems to me to be somewhat anachronistic and ineffectual.  For example, if someone like me, living in Australia, were to produce a blog in which are made countless exhortations to vote for X candidate and give Y candidate a kick in the arse, which then received viral readership in NZ on election day, could I be prosecuted by the NZ Electoral Office?

I don't know but somehow I doubt it.

What do you think.

Remember, keep it clean.

12:30

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Map of Chemistry Click here for larger view Map of Mathematics Click here for larger view Map of Computer Science Click here for larger view

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12:00

Fuel crisis, what fuel crisis? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The fuel crisis in Auckland appears to be over. Trucks have successfully transported small amounts of jet fuel to Auckland Airport following the shortage crisis but a big refill is on the way. Refining NZ spokesperson Greg McNeill said tanker MV Matuku is loading at Marsden Point, and will depart tomorrow morning. Thatll carry []

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11:41

Fuel pipeline repaired "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The fuel pipeline between Marsden Point and Auckland that severely disrupted travel at Auckland Airport has been repaired. RNZ:  Broken fuel pipeline replaced The broken piece of pipeline that carries fuel from Marsden Point to Auckland, and which prompted dozens of flights to be grounded, has been replaced. Since the 170-kilometre pipe was found ruptured []

11:30

2017: The Big Wet "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I remember the climate scientists telling us that Global Warming (aka Climate Change) would bring increasing amounts of droughts. Some of us have had enough of 2017.  Lakes are overflowing, pasture is sodden, market gardeners have their crops rotting away. In a year of extreme rainfall amounts, a MetService meteorologist is describing 2017 as the []

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11:00

Mel Brooks mourns the erosion of free speech through the loss of free comedy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

(Yes, the video works) If anybody knows how to be politically incorrect and play it for huge laughs, its Mel Brooks. His irreverent comedies, with frequent use of the dreaded N-word, and racial stereotypes such as in his 1974 film Blazing Saddles, are unstoppable classics. But Brooks believes theres no way Hollywood would ever green-light []

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10:36

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

For those of you who enjoyed the TV program from which this blog derives its name and be aware that Jones2 is running continuous episodes of No Minister/No Prime Minister through until early evening.

10:33

This week nuclear and climate news "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

As nations sign up at present, at United Nations, to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the Treaty is due to come into force  later, when 50 signed members have ratified it. 122 countries out of the 193 UN member nations approved the draft treaty in July.

The nuclear weapons nations and their associates oppose the treaty, giving various important strategic sounding reasons. But when this UN treaty comes into force, joining the previous treaties that make other forms of mass destruction illegal, the governments with nuclear weapons will no longer be able to claim the moral high ground.  Their stand will sound hollow, against the growing global consensus that the possessing, threatening, using of nuclear weapons is inhumane and immoral.

Equally importantly, at the UN General Assembly, the urgency of the need to address climate change, is being discussed.

AUSTRALIA

NUCLEAR

10:31

Great Barrier Reef: Queensland Labor may break election vow and allow coal ship loading "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Labor vowed to ban trans-shipping in reef waters after UNs scientific body raised concerns about proposal in 2014, Guardian, Joshua Robertson, 23 Sept 17, The Queensland Labor government has flagged breaking a 2015 election promise by allowing the loading of coal ships at sea in the Great Barrier Reef marine park.

Labor vowed to ban so-called trans-shipping in reef waters after the United Nations peak scientific body raised concerns about a proposal off Hay Point near Mackay in 2014.

But the Palaszczuk government on Friday released a proposal that would allow trans-shipping off Hay Point and three other priority ports, including Adanis Abbot Point.https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/sep/23/great-barrier-reef-queensland-labor-may-break-election-vow-and-allow-coal-ship-loading


10:30

Saturdays smiles "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Knock, knock.

Whos there?

Derby

Derby who?

Derby bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover


Filed under: smiles

10:30

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Boy Wonder Dr Livingstone, I presume? Henry Morton Stanley  There are many extraordinary and inspiring stories about Dr David Livingstone. Livingstone was one of the greatest European explorers of Africa, whose opening up the interior of the continent contributed to the Scramble for Africa. Livingstone wrote that several African tribes ostracised their members for farting in []

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10:29

Would you rather followTony Abbotts gut instinct, or Elon Musks brains? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Tony Abbotts gut v Elon Musks brain and billions: which would you follow? Brisbane Times, 23 Sept 17 By Richard Denniss South Australia has one of the highest concentrations of renewable energy in the world. And its government was recently the first to announce a state-based bank tax. But while Australians have been told these reckless policies will destroy jobs and discourage investment, some of the worlds most-successful entrepreneurs recently chose to invest big in the state. How could this be?

Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, who gave the world PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX, recently secured the bid to build the worlds largest battery-storage plant in South Australia. English billionaire Sanjeev Gupta, whose family fortune was made in good old-fashioned steel, recently bought the Whyalla steelworks. Either these businessmen didnt do their due diligence or what conservative politicians tell us about South Australia is utter nonsense. I know which way Id lean.
Before Tony Abbott began his 23 years as a public servant, he dabbled with being a priest and a journalist. And while he clearly knows how to tell a simple story based on blind faith, there is nothing in his education or experience to suggest he knows anyt...

10:27

170 years since the massacre  and finally its a win for Wirangu people. "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Paul Wiles speaks with Wirangu Elder Jack Johncock & Elliston District Council Chairman Kym Callaghan

Listen to Audio on CAAMA Radio: http://caama.com.au/news/2017/170-years-since-the-massacre-and-finally-its-a-win-for-wirangu-people

A South Australian Wirangu Elder says its a win that the word massacre will be included on a memorial plaque recognising the site where  a large number of his people were shot and driven over cliffs by colonial settlers in 1849.

While the Waterloo Bay massacre remains strong in the memory of the local Wirangu people,
the local Elliston District council has finally acknowledged that the truth must be told  after decades of refusing to acknowledge the massacre.


10:25

Trump not a huge success on the international stage at United Nations "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Trump makes little headway in his first turn on U.N. world stage LA Times, 22 Sept 17 Tracy Wilkinson Contact Reporter

10:23

Leonardo DiCaprio blasts Trump over climate change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

 http://pagesix.com/2017/09/22/leonardo-dicaprio-blasts-trump-over-climate-change/By Jessica Sager

The Oscar winner, 42, met with then-president-elect Trump, 71, in December, only to have the POTUS disregard their conversation once he took office.

We presented him with a comprehensive plan to tackle climate change, while also simultaneously harnessing the economic potential of green jobs, DiCaprio recalled at the Yale Climate Conference on Tuesday (via The Hartford Courant). We talked about how the United States has the potential to lead the world in clean-energy manufacturing and research and development.

Once in office, Trump pledged to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, which regulates greenhouse emissions, and appointed climate change skeptic Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

The moves left staunch environmentalis...

10:21

2017 World Nuclear Status Report released "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A status report on a troubled nuclear industry http://thebulletin.org/status-report-troubled-nuclear-industry11130, By John Mecklin, 22 Sept 17

As in previous years, the reportcoordinated by Paris-based independent nuclear consultant Mycle Schneiderprovides an almost-daunting array of data on almost every aspect of nuclear power plant construction and operation. This years report also includes an assessment of what it calls the financial crisis of the nuclear sector, a status update on the Fukushima nuclear situation, and a chapter that compares investments in, capacity of, and generat...

10:17

Nuclear lobby depending on China to develop Generation IV nuclear reactors "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

the theories behind many of the proposed systems arent new and often date back to the 1950s and 60s. Some experimental plants have been built, such as the fast breeder reactors in the U.K. and U.S. Most suffered from crippling cost or design problems or were abandoned after nuclear accidents.

Most if not all of these so-called advanced reactor designs have been around for decades,

Different designs have different problems. I dont think anyone can be or should be confident that these problems can be resolved merely by throwing money and hiring engineers and scientists.

Nuclear Experts Head to China to Test Experimental Reactors, Bloomberg By 

Stephen Stapczynski September 22, 2017 China is becoming the testing ground for a new breed of nuclear power stations designed to be safer and cheaper, as scientists from the U.S. and other Western nations find it difficult to raise enough money to build experimental plants at home.

10:11

23 September REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

RenewEconomy
  • Australia wind energys record day of production in August
    Wind energy posts record output in August, with renewables delivering 25 per cent of all demand at the evening peak.

10:00

Bloody whinging pomsand teachers to boot! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

These two whinging poms are also teachers: Two British teachers hired to help fill Aucklands desperate teacher shortage are warning other foreign teachers not to come because of the bureaucratic obstacles to recognising overseas qualifications and experience. Andrew Yiallouros, 38, and Daniel Healy, 48, started at Auckland Normal Intermediate School in July. Both have quit []

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09:44

5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes N. California USGS "IndyWatch Feed World"

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake in the Pacific Ocean has hit Petrolia in Californias Humboldt County, according to the the US Geological Survey. Following initial reports of two earthquakes, the USGS is now reporting just one occurred on Friday afternoon, a magnitude 5.7. Previously it was reported that the first quake was quickly followed by a second []

09:28

308 Vote yes for marriage equality "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Australians currently have a chance to vote for marriage equality by postal ballot. I know this is a bit off the usual topics for this blog, but its something I feel strongly about. If you have the right to vote, here are six reasons to vote yes.

1. Because its the kind and decent thing to do. It would create joy for many thousands of people without hurting anybody.

2. Because gay people still face prejudice in many forms, and still attempt suicide at higher rates than their peers. Voting yes would be one small step towards turning this around.

3. Because we should not let the religious beliefs of a minority dictate how the rest of us live our lives. There is and should be a separation of church and state in Australia. Nobody should be required to follow the dictates of a religion to which they do not voluntarily subscribe. That is the real issue of religious freedom here quite the opposite of what some no advocates are claiming.

4. Because the position of some Christians against same-sex marriage is not supported by the Bible anyway (Whitaker, 2017). The Bible has vastly more to say about being kind and generous than the few vague fragments it includes on homosexuality. Nowhere does it actually proscribe same-sex marriage. In the Old Testament, it does say that a man lying with another man instead of his wife is an abomination. But (a) this is about adulterous sex, not marriage between a loving couple, and (b) there is an interesting list of other things that the Old Testament also describes as abominations, including wearing mixed-fabric clothing, tattoos, mocking the blind by putting obstacles in their way, and trimming your beard. Why are we not having a postal plebiscite on the trimming of beards? The highly selective focus of some Christians on homosexuality is hypocritical. Neither testament of the Bible says anything whatsoever against lesbians.

5. Because Australia is lagging behind the rest of the civilised world. Same-sex marriage is already legal in The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Denmark, France, Brazil, Uruguay, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, the US, Luxemburg, Colombia, Greenland, Finland, Slovenia, Germany and Taiwan.

6. Because this change is inevitable, and saying no now would needlessly delay us doing the right thing. It prolongs the debate and increases the number of publ...

09:22

What Were Forgetting in March to War with North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Editors Note: The following is an English translation of an article that appeared in the September 19 edition of the Okinawan daily newspaper Ryukyu Shimpo. It was written by Satoko Oka Norimatsu, editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. Norimatsu is also the Director of Vancouver, BC, Canada-based Peace Philosophy Centre. 

This article, which the author translated into English herself, has been reposted with permission from Ryukyu Shimpo and lightly edited for clarity.

(ANTIMEDIA)  In a joint media conference with the Korean president Moon Jae-in on September 6, Russian President Vladimir Putin raised concerns over the possible impact of a total oil embargo (endorsed by the U.S., South Korea, and Japan) on civilian life in North Korea, including the negative effects on hospitals and other vital infrastructure.

Thankfully, the new set of sanctions that was subsequently approved by the United Nations Security Council approximately a week later did not include the total embargo, yet almost all Japanese media reported this as disappointing news.

Do Japanese people not care if innocent civilians freeze to death in North Korea, where the average temperature during the winter months is below zero?

Japan, hand in hand with the biggest nuclear power in the world, continues to threaten North Korea on a daily basis with their military bases and joint military exercises. Through this provocation, they also threaten Russia and China. The U.S. and its allies call their superpower threat deterrence, and, by comparison, they call the small and isolated countrys desperate effort to protect their sovereignty provocation. Mentions of severe sanctions and military force are made with ease and without any objection. Clearly, the Japanese government, media, and its people do not seem to consider the lives and livelihoods of the people on the Korean Peninsula whether North or South as important or noteworthy.

Even U.S. chief strategist Steve Bannon expressed major concerns over the 10 million...

09:10

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

North Otago water scheme expansion finally turned on Yvonne OHara:

The $57 million pipeline expansion of the North Otago Irrigation Companys project has been turned on this week, a year later than planned.

The first stage of the scheme was completed 11 years ago and the expansion was expected to be up and running this time last year, but was held back by problems with the new pipe.

North Otago Irrigation Company chair Leigh Hamilton said the water scheme has been talked about since the 1980s and the first stage of the scheme was built in 2006. . 

Back in business Tim Fulton:

It was dry for so long Iain Wright started to forget the feel of mud at his feet.

But a fantastic amount of rain since autumn has turned his familys fortunes after three years of Canterbury drought.

Its nice to know you can actually grow stuff.

For so long you couldnt grow anything, the sheep and beef farmer said. . . 

Fonterra fails diversity test says Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Gerard Hutching:

Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Jackie Blue has given Fonterra a serve for having so few women on its board.

But Federated Farmers vice-president Andrew Hoggard said he couldnt care if board members were transgender or of any race or colour, as long as they advanced the interests of Fonterra and farmer/shareholders.

Fairlie dairy farmer and current board member Leonie Guiney has been not selected to stand as a candidate for a second term, reducing the numbers of women on the 11-person board to two Professor Nicola Shadbolt and Donna Smit. . .

New woolhandling event Yvonne OHara:

One of the most prestigious events on the shearing calendar is only two weeks away and this year it will include a new competition featuring the top woolhandlers in the country.

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09:02

Election 2017 on voting "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Finding my voting place? (Scratches head)

Where was the last place you had it?

Ok, seriously Im currently sitting in a house deep in a mid-Auckland suburb, at the tail end of probably the most interesting campaign I can remember in 21 years in the press gallery.

And most difficult election to predict I can remember.I dont know what the results going to be but there is a feeling that this is very important election.

On the subject of actually casting vote, Im not one of those political journalists who feels I cant or should not vote.

Voting is a sacred act.. People died to give us the right to vote. They died defending that right.

There is blood on those ballots. Human nature and a wicked world being what it is, people will probably have to die to defend that right again.

Which doesnt mean, to use that often heard, simplistic phrase, if you dont vote you cant complain.

You are always allowed to complain. Thats hot the whole point of democracy, or at least one of the points of democracy.

You have a say.

Voting is the tail end of that process in which you have a say. Voting essentially picks who is going to form the government for the next three years.Is about picking people, not policies.

Which means you can complain all you like about policies and people for that matter but if the smorgasbord...

09:00

I think it is time we nuked this fat little dickhead "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Kim Jong-un must have a really tiny penis, because his posturing is getting worse. South Korean media report North Koreas foreign minister has said the country may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said on Friday he believes the North could consider a hydrogen bomb test on []

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08:55

These 10+ Photos From The First-Ever Comedy Pet Photo Awards Are Amazing "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Animals specifically, household pets dont just make the world a better place, they make it a funnier one, as well. This is particularly evident in the following photos, which were winners in the first-ever Comedy Pet Photography Awards.

First prize went to Nando Harmsen from The Netherlands. The image he submitted shows his horse happily and oddly skipping across a field. And, the rest in the collection are as equally hilarious. The categories included: junior, gone to the dogs, pets who look like their owners, and ancients. 

Though this was the years first competition, submissions from over 2,500 entries from at least 73 countries were received. Some photos were sent from Mexico, the Philippines, Uganda, Kazakhstan and New Zealand. Nature photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and Tom Sullam were the brains behind the project, in addition to the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

Credit: Axl Marsh/Comedy Pet Photography Awards.

Said Sullam, who is an African landscape photographer:

Although some images had been shot on smartphones most of them were sharp and well composed and, as photographers, both Paul and I were thrilled to see so much quality from entrants using non-professional photographic equipment!

Due to natural disasters and worsening humanitarian crises, the news has been anything but positive lately. While it is intelligent to stay informed of current events, it is also necessary to be reminded of the humor and good which exists in this world. Hopefully, this series inspires more smiles in a time of global discomfort.

Scroll through some of the 2017 finalists and prepare to chortle from laughing so hard:

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08:46

Tuke Optimistic About Mining Act Review "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Post Courier | September 21, 2017

Mining Minister Johnson Tuke says he is optimistic about the outcome of the Mining Act review.

Mr Tuke told the Papua New Guinea Chamber of Mines and Petroleum this during his ministerial meeting yesterday.

He told the Chamber officials that despite his proposal to review the Mining Act which has created a lot of anxiety within the industry, he is optimistic of an outcome that would be accepted by affected parties.

He said as per the review of the Mining Act, his ministry and the National Government were working in line with government priorities to address it.

He said Prime Minister Peter ONeill will meet with the Secretary for Department of Mining Harry Kore for a briefing on the review of the Mining Act this week and that the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) and the Department of Mining will also conduct a power-point presentation next week for all industry stakeholders.

His meeting with the chamber was to enhance the ministrys relati...

08:36

This Sweet Senior May Be The World's Oldest Cat Now "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

An ancient proverb states that cats have nine lives, and that has never been more true than for Nutmeg.

The grumpy tabby who held the title for worlds oldest cat lived her life to the fullest until she passed in September at the age of 32 or 144 in cat years.

Now a new upstart in Werribee, Australia, could be the next feline to hold the title. At 26 years old, Teddy is Australias oldest living cat, and his owner, Fran English, is applying to the Guinness Book of World Records to make it official.

English adopted Teddy in 2014 when his elderly owner could no longer care for him, and was shocked when Teddys microchip revealed that he was born in 1991.

The long-haired black cat is in surprisingly good shape for his advanced age, still finding plenty of time each day to prowl around Englishs garden and play in the sun.

Teddy has a rather unusual secret to his longevity, English notes on his Facebook page. Each day he eats a sprig of rosemary from the garden and then gets nice and clean in the shower.

"He used to try and get in the shower with me so I decided to let him get in one day and it just took off from there," Fran told Yahoo News. Teddys fascination with water has only increased over the years. Now he goes into the shower and waits for it to be turned on, and after his rinse, gets toweled off by his doting mom.

Diagnosed with arthritis earlier this summer, he now takes medicine daily to keep him comfortable and active, along with his normal diet of canned tuna and kangaroo meat. His mom even built him a ramp up to the bed.

But despite a few gray hairs, hes still friendly and outgoing. Teddy loves to go out for a wander according to his moms Facebook posts, gnawing on herbs and drinking from his own little fountain outside. The average life expectancy for an indoor cat is between 12 to 18 years old, while cats...

08:30

Why our schools need to have a Do it in a Niqab charity fundraiser "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Two news stories have inspired my Do it in a Niqab school charity fundraising idea. The first story comes from Australia and the second from an online forum called 4 Chan. Story One: An Australian schools do it in a dress charity fundraiser has raised more than $80,000, after a senator sparked outrage by claiming []

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08:26

PNG Hunters v Sunshine Coast Falcons final showdown set "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The two Captains posing for a photo with the Cup they will fight
out during the grand final match on Sunday.
Will it be the Hunters or the Falcons to lift the Intrust Super Cup on the conclusion of the Grand Final day?

This Sunday will see the culmination of a fantastic season of Intrust Super Cup with the PNG Hunters facing off against the Sunshine Coast Falcons for the chance to hold the trophy aloft this year.

The Hunters are the minor premiers and come into this game having broken their finals hoodoo with a hard-fought win in Week 2 over the Redcliffe Dolphins.

The Falcons however have hit their straps at just the right time winning three finals matches in a row to feature at Suncorp Stadium.

For sure, the best team of grand final day will run home with cup.

The team lists for the   two teams are:

PNG Hunters

1. Stargroth Amean 2. Wawa Paul 3. Bland Abavu 4. Adex Wera 5. Butler Morris 6. Ase Boas (c) 7. Watson Boas 8. Wellington Albert 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Stanton Albert 11. David Loko 12. Nixon Putt 13. Moses Meninga 14. Rahdly Brawa 15. Willie Minoga 16. Enock Maki 17. Brandy Peter 18. Esau Siune

Coach: Michael Marum

Sunshine Coast Falcons

1. Guy Hamilton 2. Matthew Soper-Lawler 3. Justin Olam 4. Christopher Lewis 5. Jeremy Hawkins 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Ryley Jacks 18. Tui Kamikamica 9. Brandon Smith 10. Lachlan Timm 11. Dane Hogan (c) 12. Joe Stimson 13. Harrison Muller 14. Alex Bishop 15. Jye Ballinger 16. Jon Grieve 17. Louis Geraghty 19. Martin Cordwell 20. Liam McDonald

Suncorp Stadium on Sunday, September 24 3.25pm* (Live on Channel 9 / Livestream)
Referee: Jarrod Cole
Assistant Referee: Nick Pelgrave
Head-to-Head: PNG 4, Sunshine Coast 4
Head-to-Head Finals: Sunshine Coast 1, PNG 0
Finals Experience:  First Clash
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #PNGvSCF

08:22

Choosing a new Kiwi anthem "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Out currently used national anthem is widely disliked. Apart from the tune and the lyrics its not too bad, but @Naly_D is trying to determine a popular replacement from other songs from our past. we're onto the semi finals! 3 upsets!this poll will run until 12pm NZT & the final will run until 6pm NZT.polls []

08:12

Billion kina down drain in illegal Oil Search share deal debacle "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Mekere Morauta (2)
Sir Mekere Morauta

SIR MEKERE MORAUTA

PORT MORESBY - I was astounded to hear news of the ONeill Governments fire sale of its shares in Oil Search at a loss of more than a billion kina.

We always knew that this illegal deal between the prime minister, Oil Search and Union Bank of Switzerland was a bad deal, a bad investment and a bad use of public money, but we never knew it would be this bad.

The total cost to the people of Papua New Guinea is likely to be more than K1 billion. Prime Minister Peter ONeill must come clean on the exact costs.

He must also come clean on whether the sale was caused by his governments inability to repay the loan. For Sir Moi Avei, chairman of Kumul Petroleum, to say that the decision to sell the shares was a commercial decision taken by the board is not believable.

Selling at a loss announced by Kumul Petroleum as $US254 million - is not a sound commercial decision. The shares were legally owned by the bankers as security for the loan; they were not Kumul Petroleums to sell.

Obviously Kumul Petroleum and/or the ONeill Government could not meet the repayments, and was forced by the bankers to sell, in order to minimise their loss.

Mr ONeill must also tell the nation what the balance of the loan was left to pay.

A full, independent inquiry is needed into the deal, which was initiated personally by the prime minister and the Oil Search managing director, Peter Botten.

It was done in secret in Australia and PNG, without the proper authorisation of parliament.

It was signed, sealed and delivered by Mr ONeill as acting treasurer after the then treasurer Don Polye refused to sign because he regarded the deal as illegal and bad. Don Polye has been proven to be absolutely correct.

The prime minister was also advised by the Office of the State Solicitor that the deal was illegal. Furthermore, Mr ONeill as minister responsible for Kumul Petroleum, and sole shareholder in the company, misused his position by foisting the UBS loan onto the companys books....

08:03

In which the pond hits a few private casinos in the Cross in company with prattling Polonius and cock Robin ... "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


Say what?

It's all go in the Surry Hills bunker and the reptiles are leaping off their hot rocks with excitement.

The pastie Hastie is top of the digital page, and who knows, a stern defence of a young earth and creationism might be on the cards, as the onion muncher gazes in awe at someone even more devout and barking mad than he is ...


Meanwhile, there were japes and wheezes, dressed up as stern warnings ...


Too rich, too rich.

"I say, old thing, you really have gone a bit too far, wot wot, tone it down a bit, eh old chum, wot wot ... now let's put the warm lettuce leaf aside and practise saying 'no'" ...

Across the Pacific, there was much agitation and excitement at the way that one crazed psycho armed with nukes had out-Englished a tweeting psycho armed with nukes, by delivering the ultimate verbal weapon of "dotard" ...yes WaPo felt the need to go wild with "A short history of the word...

08:00

Turns out Trump was right, he was wiretapped, no apology from media though "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Truth Revolt reports: President Trump was proved right this week that the federal government had indeed wiretapped his phones during the election, a claim for which he was relentlessly derided by the media. But facts are facts. Trumps campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was spied on under secret orders from a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) []

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07:39

KUDOS TO CHINA IF CORRECT "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The news that the Chinese Central Bank has directed all other Chinese Banks to cease their dealings with North Korea is encouraging ... if true.

That, combined with sanctions on the export of textiles and coal from the rogue state along with the drastic cutting of oil supplies, will impact hugely on the North Korean economy.

I say 'if true' because you never know ... reality has a way of 'trumping' words especially in the murky world of international banking.

But any move short of war to force North Korea to neuter its attempt to develop a fully operational nuclear strike force is to be applauded.

Both President Trump and  Kim Jong-Un are becoming prisoners of their own rhetoric.   The threat by North Korea's Foreign Minister, Ri Yong Ho that they are considering carrying out a nuclear bomb test in the Pacific, if carried through, would probably be the catalyst for military action.  

We live in very dangerous times remembering that New Zealand is still, technically, at war war with North Korea.

07:30

The country is paying for the Coalition's 'adhockery' on energy policy | Chris Bowen "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Political systems decide what and what not to contest on a partisan basis. Surely Australia can be mature enough to agree on climate change The word adhockery, I am told, was first used around 1890. But this term, which denotes an over-reliance on temporary solutions rather than on consistent, long-term plans deserves a renaissance when it comes to energy policies of the Turnbull government. Has it really come to this? We are seriously being told that what we need to do is keep open [...]

07:13

Japans bomb in the basement "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

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Under the guise of a civil nuclear program, Japan has become a de-facto nuclear weapons state without so far having to take that next fateful step.

On Thursday, a shipment of 700 kilograms of plutonium arrived in Japan after a journey by sea from the French port of Cherbourg. Thats enough material for more than 100 nuclear weapons.

The plutonium in the form of atomic fuel known as MOX, a mix of uranium and plutonium oxide is for use in the Takahama-4 reactor, owned by Kansai Electric Power Co. and located on Wakasa Bay, in western Japan near Osaka.

There have been six shipments of such highly toxic cargoes since 1999, the result of an agreement to send radioactive spent fuel in Japan for reprocessing in France and the UK, and then to be shipped back as plutonium MOX fuel for use in Japans reactors.

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07:13

ChristinaMac "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

22 sept evacuees court victory

Plaintiffs and their lawyers enter the Chiba District Court on Sept. 22 to hear the verdict in the Fukushima nuclear accident compensation case.

TEPCO ordered to pay evacuees of Fukushima nuclear disaster

CHIBAA district court here on Sept. 22 ordered Tokyo Electric Power Co. to pay 376 million yen ($3.3 million) in compensation to evacuees of the Fukushima nuclear disaster but absolved the central government of responsibility.

Forty-five people in 18 households who evacuated to Chiba Prefecture following the 2011 meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant sought a total of about 2.8 billion yen from TEPCO and the government.

About 30 similar lawsuits involving 12,000 plaintiffs have been filed at district courts around Japan.

The Chiba District Court ruling was the second so far.

In March, the Maebashi District Court in Gunma Prefecture found both TEPCO and the government responsible for the nuclear disaster and ordered compensation totaling

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07:12

Reprocessed nuclear fuel returned to Japan for reactor use "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

Japan has learned absolutely nothing from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster. This is not going to end well!

This is a mouthful, read this:

Nuclear fuel reprocessed in France returned to Japan on Thursday for use in a reactor as the country tries to burn more plutonium amid international concerns about its stockpile.

The need to reduce its plutonium stockpile adds to Japans push to restart reactors, aside from also needing to generate power. It would require 16 to 18 reactors to burn MOX to keep Japans plutonium stockpile from growing when the Rokkasho plant starts up, according to government and utility officials.

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TOKYO- Nuclear fuel reprocessed in France returned to Japan on Thursday for use in a reactor as the country tries to burn more plutonium amid international concerns about its stockpile.

Kansai Electric Power Co said the shipment arrived for use at the No. 4 reactor at its Takahama

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07:10

TEPCO to delay emptying fuel storage pools at Fukushima plant "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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reactor 1 left reactor 2 right 21 sept 2017.pngThe No. 1 reactor building, left, and the No. 2 reactor building at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant

Plans to remove fuel rods from two spent fuel pools at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant will be delayed by up to three years because of difficulties in clearing debris and reducing radiation levels.

The government and plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. originally expected to start emptying the storage pools at the No. 1 and No. 2 reactor buildings in fiscal 2020.

But they plan to move the starting time to fiscal 2023 in their first review in two years of the roadmap for decommissioning the stricken nuclear plant, sources said Sept. 20.

They are expected to announce the revised roadmap later this month.

A survey of the upper levels of the two reactor buildings, where the storage pools are located, found debris piled up in a much

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07:02

Market Talk- September 22nd, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Australian ASX was probably over-sold yesterday and therefore stood as the only core that performed today. Closing up +0.5% was a healthy recovery after yesterdays 1% decline. Chinas downgrade put a small dent in confidence for the cash markets which took the Hang Seng down
-0.8% while the Shanghai closed with just small loss. Geopolitical risks remain present after US President Donal Trump signed to expand measurers to target North Korean trade. the Nikkei although closed lower (-0.25%) was off of its earlier lows as news of the speech-plays increased between the two nations. Having seen gold break the psychological $1300 mark yesterday, today we traded comfortably below that level all day. The Yen has dipped back below 112 again as talks of possible missile launches were circulating ahead of the weekend.

A quiet European session with the only action centred around UK Prime Minister Theresa May conference on BREXIT. GBP did rally close to the 1.36 level on expectation but that was shot down once delivered. Most of the evening session played a little over the 1.35 level but next week will be key as we approach month and quarter ends. FTSE liked what it heard finishing +0.65% better on the day but again, was probably more a reflection of sterling at that time. Gold could not breach $1300 and remains heavy even with the possible geopolitical uncertainties over the next couple of days. We did see some good economic data from France and a more broader European PMI which were both better but only tended to support markets rather than push them better. German elections of Sunday and it will be interesting to see where the youth decide to vote. Watch the peripheral groups to see who the coalition fits with.

Despite the lack of volume the price continues to rally regardless of all around it. Earlier in the session we had seen a weaker market which had the potential to run at one stage but the lack of liquidity, coupled with so few players that the follow-through just was not there! The enthusiasm for Apple appears to be weighing on confidence with a 5% price decline this week. Lots of talk about the slack in the IPhone 8 uptake and also slow watch turnover but in all the market is at contract highs so why not! Intere...

07:00

We will now teach you some Whaleoil Commenting-Fu "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This post is for you to have a play in the comments section trying out how to make things bold, italic, indented for a quote, etc.   You can practise adding images, a video, etc.   As long as they do not upset todays rules and are within the moderation guidelines, have a go. Other []

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06:59

Pet Duck Adopts Furry Little Animal Who Lost Her Mom "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A resident of Adelaide, Australia, recently got a bit of a surprise when he checked his pet duck's little house where she lays her eggs.

Credit: FRSA

"He got a surprise when he reached under the super mum and felt fur!" Fauna Rescue of South Australia (FRSA) wrote on Facebook. The duck seemed quite protective of the little squatter: a tiny brushtail possum who lost her mom. "Little Daisy had been kept warm all night by the duck who had the orphan tucked under her wing."

Maybe the duck could sense that the little possum, who only weighed 12 ounces, needed help. "All by herself in a big scary world, little Daisy the possum sought a warm, safe place to hide," FRSA wrote. "She clearly found the right place when she stumbled across a nesting box and crawled in with the duck. Rather than chasing the orphan away, the duck decided to not only accept her, but made every effort to keep the orphan warm and comfortable."

Credit: FRSA

The man knew, however, that in the long term it would be better to turn Daisy over to people who knew how to raise orphaned possums, so he contacted FRSA for help. Daisy will be brought up there until she can be released back into the wild.

Credit: FRSA

Daisy now has a warm place to sleep and plenty of food at the rescue center. She even has a new friend. Daisy recently bonded with a little boy possum about her age who will be her adoptive sibling as the pair grow up and get stronger.
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06:55

Images of Saturn and Earth "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Just over a week ago the Cassini spacecraft was deliberately crashed into Saturn at the end of its extended mission orbiting the gas giant planet. NASA:  Cassini Spacecraft Ends Its Historic Exploration of Saturn Cassini launched in 1997 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and arrived at Saturn in 2004. NASA extended its []

06:30

Ive been trying to make sense of Donald Trump. Its not easy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

writes Karl du Fresne Its now 10 months since he was elected president of the United States and eight since he was inaugurated time enough, youd think, to prove that hes fit for office. I know people who have defended him throughout that time and continue to insist that hes the man for the []

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06:30

Wanting to be Brown is a Form of White Privilege "IndyWatch Feed National"

My father is a man of colour; an Indonesian with a deep complexion, almond eyes and a smile that, teamed with his bellowed laugh, can light up a whole room. My mothers fair skin enhances her crystal blue eyes that have watched me navigate the twisted road towards adulthood.

Being of mixed race in New Zealand meant Ive never had to struggle for acceptance, and looking predominantly Caucasian inevitably means I havent had to deal with the issues many people of colour have, even though I technically should.

White privilege is something were born into and forced to either acknowledge or deny. You could be one of those tosser politicians who assure themselves it isnt real while sitting in a room full of other old white men who are convinced it took only hard work to get to where they are. Or, you could accept the privilege and not abuse the fact that sometimes the world really does revolve around you.

I used to think I was worldly. That I used my privilege as a reminder to be conscious and grateful for what it brought me. But a young Indian girl selling handmade bracelets on a dusty street in Amritsar exposed my hypocrisy with a simple question: What product did you use to get your skin that colour?

Little did that girl know, earlier that day, I was complaining about my paleness. I wished I could lather my body with the coconut-scented fake tan I had left 10,000 miles away. I wanted to be darker, to have sun-kissed skin like the girls you see when scrolling your Instagram feed. The ones who endorse those shitty teas and wear bikinis that cost more than my weekly wage at Maccas. I want everyone to compliment my bronzed glow because thats what it is, right? Bronze, not brown. Bronze is for white people, and brown brown is something else entirely.

Azealia Banks enters a shit-storm when she admits to using a skin whitening cream, but nobody gives a fuck if Kylie Jenner lathers on four coats of fake tan before a night out.

Racism exists. As much as we want to close our eyes and sing Kumbaya, we cant, because oppression is still here. People of colour are forced to accept their bodies, whatever shade they are, while I can pick being ghostly pale to a glazed doughnut and eve...

06:30

Are our consumer habits killing our own PNG businesses? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Rosa Koian
Rosa Koian

ROSA KOIAN

PORT MORESBY - Two stories on Facebook got my attention first thing Monday morning, the day after the 42nd Papua New Guinea independence celebrations.

The first was about women entrepreneurs who manufacture PNG colours feeling the pinch of competition as very cheap overseas colours flood the street markets.

The second was about the infiltration of Bangladeshi entrepreneurs who are taking over small businesses reserved for Papua New Guineans.

Both stories provided an insight into our PNG ways: the way we think about business and the way we operate in the business world.

The first thing we want is cheap.

For many of us it doesnt matter how low the quality as long as the colour appeals to the eye and the price appeals to the pocket. We ask why spend K50 for one when we can get three for K45.

The thing about this consumer behaviour is that we are not thinking about the producer or the value of the colours we wear on Independence Day.

We buy on impulse because everyone is wearing red, black and yellow. The one who really benefits is the Asian trader, and probably not the Asian tailor.

When we wear our red, black and yellow colours it is not just dressing up to say I am a Papua New Guinean.

If we think we are just dressing up because everyone else is doing it then we are like the Asian trader those colours are for the market and for profit making.

When we wear red, black and yellow colours we proclaim the richness of our land and the heritage that has given us an identity.

As Christians we wear those colours to say thank you to our God for this rich and beautiful country and we say thank you that we did not have to lose blood and life to have a nation.

We have allowed profit makers to lock us into a buying mode so that, every Independence Day, Papua New Guineans rush out to buy their colours without a second thought.

The second story on Facebook was about trust and how we fail to support local initiatives.

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06:24

Quote of the Day: On our real poverty "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"Art. We're poorer in that regard than in anything economic.~ Yaron Brook

06:00

Pity Tony didnt thump him back. He was an Oxford Blue in boxing "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It is a pity Tony Abbott didnt thump this ratbag back. He was an Oxford blue in boxing: POLICE are investigating after Tony Abbott alleged that he was headbutted in the face by a tattooed pro-gay-marriage campaigner in Hobart. The former prime minister said he was the victim of politically motivated violence when he was []

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05:36

German gun manufacturer ties Israel together with 'corrupt regimes' - Arab-Israeli Conflict - Jerusalem Post "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

German gun manufacturer ties Israel together with 'corrupt regimes' - Arab-Israeli Conflict - Jerusalem Post: The company quietly announced the move as a side note in its most recent annual report, stating that they will now only sell to green countries, which they defined as being NATO-members or NATO-equivalent (Japan, Switzerland, Australia and New Zealand) and those that met Transparency Internationals corruption perceptions index and the Economist Intelligence Units democracy index.

While Heckler & Koch did not respond to an inquiry regarding why Israel was added to the list, the German economic ministry told The Jerusalem Post in an email that while they are aware of the media reports, we dont comment on company trials or decisions.

According to The Guardian, the move makes Heckler & Koch the first arms company to have a more ethical export control policy than its own government. Germany, the worlds fifth largest arms exporter with a total of 6.85 billion euros ($8.22 billion) in sales last year, is in a two-year pilot phase of a new initiative to monitor the end use of its arms export.

05:30

Saturday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

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Just because you do not take an interest in politics, doesnt mean politics wont take an interest in you.  Pericles.

And since its election day, another thought:

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Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard  H.L. Mencken

N.B.

Please note that electoral law prohibits any electioneering on election day. That might seem silly when voting opened 12 days ago, but it is the law. Please respect it.


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05:30

Whaleoil Book Club "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Every so often we ask what people are reading.  This is last nights haul thanks to Nige.   EveryWhichWayButLeft suggested: Panzer Leader by General Heinz Guderian. Autobiography from the father of Blitzkrieg. A challenging [difficult] read, but an essential part of any WWII reading list and an incredible insight into German Supreme Command and Hitlers []

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05:30

PNG needs champions & role models in our society today "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Tanya Zeriga-Alone
Tanya Zeriga-Alone

TANYA ZERIGA-ALONE | EmNauPNG Blog | Edited

PORT MORESBY - Most of us are of the first generation since PNG gained independence.

We are the leading edge of change. We are the cutting edge in a journey from Stone Age to colonialism to independence to integration into the post-modern era.

The future generation depends on our example. What example are we setting?

It is easy to go with the flow, to stick with the familiar, because the familiar is easy and requires no effort to maintain. Mediocrity requires no sacrifice.

Growing beyond the familiar takes hard work. The mental and emotional effort is as taxing as physical labour. Effort that makes you question yourself to reveal the authentic you; effort that makes you push back the doubts that you may fail and to embrace the chance that you may just make it.

Growing beyond the normal requires you to turn up when all you want to do is go back to sleep.  Growing means believing in the possibility of your dream.

When other disbelieve you it takes guts to push against the world to make space for your dream.

You fail but you keep striving because you know who you are and you believe in your dream and you know that only you can make that dream come alive. It is a lonely road, but, such is the price for the beauty of your dreams.

The world is looking for champions. Champions who keep breaking the glass ceiling of mediocrity to reach for the stars that beckon whoever wants to go for that wild ride.

After all, your destiny is what you make it.

The future is watching. Their possibilities are tied to our destinies. We stood on shoulders of champions, and now the future needs us to look up to see the possibilities beyond. Can we lift our opportunities higher than ourselves?

05:28

Despite mounting claims Trump calls Russian interference a hoax "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The investigation of Russian interference in last years US election is claiming more evidence it happened, but Trump claims it is all a hoax. This has been messed up more due to Hilary Clinton promoting her book and claiming she was hard done by. The pinnacle of US politics is not a pretty sight. CNN: []

05:04

Trump-Kim war of words continues "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

While the war between Donald Trump and Kim Yong Un is just of words at the moment it continues to escalate with threats, provocation and name calling. If one acts with weapons it is certain the other will also try to act, so this is a very dangerous game of brinkmanship and ego. Trump ramped []

04:45

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is juxtaposition (noun) The act or an instance of juxtaposing or the state of being juxtaposed. (juxtapose noun To place side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.) Source : The Free Dictionary 1660s, from French juxtaposition (17th century), from Latin iuxta beside, very near, close to, near []

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04:37

Election and politics free day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Today is election day. Free speech is limited by law there are things that cant be said on election day. Things could be said legally, but some people dont know where the line is (it can be murky) and some people like to push and exceed boundaries, so it is simpler to have no []

04:30

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 23 14 Physical discipline may well save them from death.

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04:30

Why Australia must restore shortwave radio to the Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

John Greenshields
John Greenshields

JOHN GREENSHIELDS | DevPolicy Blog

ADELAIDE - On our Australian doorstep is an amazing place, Papua New Guinea.

Seven of us were there in August, exploring a remote region of islands and atolls in the Massim district of Milne Bay Province by boat, visiting places most people would not think of seeing.

The incredible opportunity we experienced was matched with a grateful appreciation and response from the communities we meet at each of the 30 islands we stopped at. There was mutual respect.

We werent there just as tourists, we were interested in their culture and in particular their many different, traditional types of single outrigger canoe. They responded with information, introduced elders who talked of the past, let us look over the craft in detail and even took us sailing.

As Australians we were warmly received everywhere. Australia was the PNG administrator for decades and has left many good things in place. The Australian influence was there in diverse ways, including an inspired wooden Hills Hoist and outdoor bench setting at Boagis village, way out at the extreme end of PNG territory.

But there was a worrying side that we shared. We visited many remote islands where basic services are deplorable, particularly their health services. At one sub-provincial health centre in Guasopa village [Woodlark Island], they had nothing but Panadol.

We shared our first aid resources and knowledge, and treated those we could with spare drugs we had brought from Australia. There are so many issues facing PNG that we despaired at its future prospects.

Australia is the lucky country, but right now New Guinea is not. We were most surprised and quite angry to learn that Radio Australia no longer transmits to the region, or even the wider Pacific. One small service that Australia could offer is the return of shortwave radio.

The island of Panaeati, south of Misima, is typical of many we visited. It has a population of 2,080 people, many well educated, and fluent in English. The missions and the former Australian a...

04:29

Whaleoil General Debate (Early Edition) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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04:14

Liberian park protects Critically Endangered western chimpanzees "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The Liberian government designated a new national park in August 2017 that will protect an important population of Critically Endangered western chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes verus), as well as several other species of large mammals. The rainforests of the new Grebo-Krahn National Park in southeastern Liberia are home to some 300 western chimpanzees, according to the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation (WCF), based in Leipzig, Germany. A decade in the making, the 961-square-kilometer (371-square-mile) park won the approval of Liberias legislature on Aug. 22. Now, it only requires signatures from the president and the Minister of Foreign Affairs formalities, WCF says to become officially designated. Grebo-Krahn National Park is situated in southeastern Liberia and is part of the Ta-Grebo-Sapo forest complex that extends into Cte dIvoire. Map courtesy of the Wild Chimpanzee Foundation Creating a new national park is of course very exciting after years and years of collecting data and engaging the various stakeholders, said Annika Hillers, a primatologist with WCF, in an email. What bigger reward could there be? But those years of work that WCF, other conservation organizations, and the Liberian government have put it were just the beginning, Hillers said. It is now that we all have to work harder than ever, to make sure that Grebo-Krahn National Park is effectively protected and local communities are adequately involved, she added. Grebo-Krahn forms the heart of the Ta-Grebo-Sapo forest complex, extending into neighboring Cte dIvoire. The contiguous habitat is a critical home to not only chimpanzees, but

04:10

Tillerson Addresses North Koreas Latest Weapons Test Threat "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

[NY Daily] Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declined to say how exactly the U.S. might act if North Korea drops a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific.

We will continue our efforts in the diplomatic arena, but all our military options are on the table, Tillerson said during a Friday appearance on Good Morning America. Once we can assess the nature of this threat, the President will make a decision regarding the appropriate actions.

The top diplomats remarks came less than an hour after President Trump heightened the war of words with North Korea.

Kim Jong Un of North Korea, who is obviously a madman who doesnt mind starving or killing his people, will be tested like never before! Trump tweeted.

The North Korean strongman on Thursday night threatened to carry out another weapons test this time possibly over the Pacific and called the President mentally deranged. Trump vowed this week to totally destroy the nation if North Koreas tests continued, referring to Kim as Rocket Man.

Tillerson, during his GMA appearance, didnt give a direct answer when asked if Trumps tough talk against the hermetic country worked.

The President takes the responsibility of the security of the American people very seriously and it is his first and foremost responsibility but were not in this alone, he said, noting that China and Russia have also put pressure on North Korea.

Trump hit Pyongyang with its latest economic blow on Thursday when he signed an order directed at entities that work with North Korea.

Our new executive order will cut off sources of revenue that fund North Koreas efforts to develop the deadliest weapons known to humankind, Trump said.

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03:50

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.

03:45

Media watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

23 September 2017 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []

03:40

Open Forum Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

23 September 2017 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

03:36

Trump at the UN "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

President Donald Trump gave a bellicose, threatening speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) September 19, 2017. In addition to harsh attacks on North Korea and Iran, Trump singled out Venezuela and Cuba, reading a host of cliched lies and traditional US government boilerplate from his teleprompter, delivered to a notably muted response from the assembled delegations.

Trumps address was a shameless display of demagogy that had the political aim of winning allies, especially in Latin America, for a campaign to isolate Venezuela and Cuba, and create the political conditions to implement regime change against both sovereign countries.

It is more likely that Trump, his Administration, and the US government as a whole, will be found politically isolated. The evening prior to his UNGA speech, Trump gave remarks before a dinner with some Latin American heads of state and diplomats. There he tested out his rhetoric, shameless hyperbole and half-truths, and threats against Venezuela. It remains to be seen how many of the conservative and neoliberal governments that Trump is courting in Latin America will be comfortable aligning themselves with the Trump Administration against Venezuela and Cuba.

Also, crucially for US policymakers, there is the overwhelming popular consciousness across the Americas and internationally against these US policies. It should also be clear to Trump and Washington that inside the United States there will also be great opposition and resistance to these policies.

On November 1, the UN General Assembly will again register the stunning isolation of US anti-Cuba policies when it votes overwhelmingly in favor of the Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial, and Financial Embargo by the United States of America Against Cuba. Trump will certainly instruct US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley to vote No this year, reversing the 2016 decision of the Barack Obama Administration to abstain. For years the annual UN vote has been a major political embarrassment for various bipartisan US Administrations and Congresses, with lopsided, near-unanimous support for the Cuban government-sponsored Resolution at the General Assembly vote.

Trumps lies and threats from the podium of the United Nations must be answered in the United States, across the Americas, and around the world by protests that are being organized on or around the time of the November 1 vote.

Join worldwide demonstrations in cities around the world to finally bring down the US blockade against Cuba!

03:07

Extremely Violent Times Will Come End-of-world prediction interrupts TV broadcasts in Orange County "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

Orange County, Califnornia residents were stunned by an ominous message that appeared on their cable programming at around 11:05am Pacific time.

Realize This, Extremely Violent Times Will Come

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