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Friday, 17 August

14:04

New Caledonia votes to protect coral reefs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The government of New Caledonia voted on Tuesday to establish marine protected areas across 28,000 square kilometers (10,800 square miles) of waters around the French overseas territory, safeguarding coral reefs, marine habitats, and critical bird nesting areas. The move comes after years of work by conservation groups like WWF, which quickly welcomed the agreement, which applies to five previously unprotected reefs. We welcome New Caledonias announcement of the classification of its near-pristine coral reefs, said Hubert Graux, Manager of WWF-Frances New Caledonia Office, in a statement. These ecosystems are full of life the oceans equivalent of tropical forests and France, through its overseas territories, carries an international responsibility for their protection.  Green sea turtle. Photo by Rhett A. Butler. This is the kind of leadership we need to see in coral reef conservation and we applaud it, added John Tanzer, leader of WWF Internationals oceans program. With good management, these marine protected areas will help maintain fish populations and ecosystem health that will build the reefs resilience to the impacts of climate change in future. This leadership must inspire similar action by other governments. The new protected areas are part of the 1.3 million square kilometer Natural Park of the Coral Sea of New Caledonia that was created in 2014. Fishing and other extractive activities are banned from the five newly protected reefs: Chesterfield, Bellona, Entrecasteaux, Ptrie and Astrolabe. Entrecasteaux is a UNESCO World Heritage site. New Caledonia is known for its rich marine life, including nesting grounds for turtles and sea birds, which attracts large

13:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

13:11

Concerns in Michigan about dangers of transporting nuclear wastes through this Sate "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Request to ship nuclear material through Michigan draws concerns MLive News, By Brad Devereaux   bdeverea@mlive.com

13:09

Tsunami risks increase with climate change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Climate change sea level rises could increase risk for more devastating tsunamis worldwide https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/vt-ccs081418.php

Even minor sea-level rise, by as much as a foot, poses greater risks VIRGINIA TECH 16 Aug 18 

As sea levels rise due to climate change, so do the global hazards and potential devastating damages from tsunamis, according to a new study by a partnership that included Virginia Tech.

Even minor sea-level rise, by as much as a foot, poses greater risks of tsunamis for coastal communities worldwide.

The threat of rising sea levels to coastal cities and communities throughout the world is well known, but new findings show the likely increase of flooding farther inland from tsunamis following earthquakes. Think of the tsunami that devasted a portion of northern Japan after the 2011 Tohoku-Oki earthquake, causing a nuclear plant to melt down and spread radioactive contamination.

These findings are at the center of a new Science Advances study, headed by a multi-university team of scientists from the Earth Observatory of Singapore, the Asian School of the Environment at Nanyang Technological University, and National Taiwan University, with critical support from Virginia Techs Robert Weiss, an associate professor in the Department of Geosciences, part of the College of Science.

Our research shows that sea-level rise can significantly increase the tsunami hazard, which means that smaller tsunamis in the future can have the same adverse impacts as big tsunamis would today, Weiss said, adding that smaller tsunamis genera...

13:03

Signs of nuclear waste cask breakdown in less than 20 years! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Paul Richards 17 Aug 18 The San Onofre transport/storage cask, was, and remain placed next to the ocean, in a high-risk area for a Tsunami.  In a state that has over 75% of the seismic activity in North America, within close proximity of the well-known earthquake fault line in California.

The citizens of Orange, & San Diego County along with Los Angeles were assured these casks were guaranteed for a hundred years.  As opposed to the many thousands of years needed in guarantee for future generations, yet there were and still are signs of cask breakdown in under twenty years.

Let that sink in, U N D E R  2 0  Y E A R S.

It was the typical, nuclear industry message when this plant was phased out as economically and environmentally unviable, demonstrating the nuclear energy experiment had failed:

Trust us, we know best, these casks are world best practice

What are the probabilities after over 70 years of using the same line of logic others in the Nuclear State have;

* that this industry has solved its spent nuclear fuel cask containment problem, or ever will?

Even without going into the long-term storage issues, of a final dump site, as a repository for the indefinite cost of backdoor waste, the IAEA acknowledges has no solution;  the whole concept of nuclear energy looks far more trouble, in terms of cost, wasted development and risk to life on earth be r...

13:00

Bould Statements on Dubai: 2 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ann and Roger Bould were recently in the oil-rich kingdom on the Persian Gulf. Here is the second  instalment of []

13:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

12:59

Lack of clarity on South Australian nuclear waste dump plan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Dump clarity Letter to the Editor, The Advertiser, 17 August 2018
IT is little wonder that the Barngala group is using legal action on the Kimba and Hawker vote on nuclear waste.
The Federal minister misrepresents fully what is happening by telling us that it is a low-level waste dump, when it is also a dump to receive intermediate waste temporarily for 100 years.
We were told more than three years ago it was a low-level dump until the Government reluctantly admitted that it was about intermediate waste as well. The local federal MP has said it was about more money. Last month, the Government boosted the employment numbers from 15 to 45 and the money from $2 million to $31 million just before the vote due to start on Monday.
It is vital that we have the full truth on this issue.
BARRY WAKELIN, Kimba

12:57

San Onofre nuclear station described as a Fukushima waiting to happen "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The San Onofre nuclear plant is a Fukushima waiting to happen http://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-chapple-san-onofre-20180815-story.html, By STEVE CHAPPLE, AUG 15, 2018    Southern California Edison is keeping 3.6 million pounds of lethal radioactive waste at the shuttered San Onofre nuclear plant in San Clemente.

12:49

A HYDROGEN INDUSTRY ON THE NATIONAL AGENDA "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Hydrogen could be Australias next multibillion dollar export opportunity, according to a panel of energy, technology and policy leaders who presented their findings to the COAG Energy Council last week., 17 Aug 18 
Dr Alan Finkel, Chair of the Hydrogen Strategy Group and Australias Chief Scientist, said that hydrogens time has come.

Hydrogen produces only water vapour and heat when burned. When produced from water using renewable electricity, or from coal or methane combined with carbon capture and storage, its a close to zero-emissions fuel. With appropriate safeguards, its just as safe as natural gas, and just as convenient for consumers.

In Australia, we have all the necessary resources to make hydrogen at scale: wind, sun, coal, methane, carbon sequestration sites and expertise.

Its simply never been commercially viable. Now, the economics are changing.

Dr Finkel explained that the key developments were the falling costs for renewable energy and Japans commitment to be a long-term, large-scale customer for hydrogen produced through low-emissions methods.

Japan currently imports 94% of its energy in the form of fossil fuels. To reduce its emissions, government and industry have put ambitious hydrogen uptake targets at the heart of a comprehensive energy transition plan, Dr Finkel said.

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12:47

New Mexico State could still block Holtecs plan for nuclear waste dump, despite Federal govts powers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

State could block nuclear storage site near Carlsbad even if federally licensed, By Adrian C. Hedden / Carlsbad Current-Argus, N.M. (TNS), August 16th, 

State lawmakers maintained they will have a say in a proposed facility to store high-level nuclear waste near Carlsbad and Hobbs, despite an opinion issued by New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas suggesting New Mexi...

12:43

NUCLEAR WASTE ROADMAP FOR AUSTRALIAS FUTURE "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Kim Mavromatis No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia, 16 Aug 18 

 Transporting Radioactive Nuclear Waste from all over Australia (upto 10,000 times more radioactive than uranium ore), thousands of kms several times a week thru Spencer Gulf cities, roads and ports (Port Pirie, Whyalla and Port Augusta) and dumping it on farmland or floodplain in one of the most seismically active regions in Australia, is pure insanity.

25 million people will be effected as our national highways become Nuclear Waste superhighways and the fate of the whole nation is confined to just 600 people (living within 50km radius of the proposed sites) in Kimba and Hawker who will vote this month FOR or AGAINST a Nuclear Waste Dump in our backyard. When a Nuclear Waste accident happens (and it will happen), dont expect insurance companies to cover you for Nuclear Waste exposure. When is the next federal election?  https://www.facebook.com/groups/1314655315214929/?multi_permalinks=2495...

12:41

An end to 34-year saga:  Final stones laid at Aboriginal burial ground  at Moree Cemetery "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Aidan Wondracz , 14 Aug 18

The Aboriginal burial ground at Moree Cemetery now stands completed,
after the final stones were laid at the site on Tuesday.

I finally feel like its a job done. It has taken me nearly 34 years
to see this part of the cemetery come to fruition,
Aunty Noeline Briggs-Smith OAM said.

The sandstone blocks were placed at the foot of the Ngindi Baababili Tubbiabri sign,
followed with a carpet of pebbles. Aunty Noeline said
the sandstone matched the type of rocks at the Tranquility Area.

The laying of the stones closes off more than a three-decade saga,
during which time Aunty Noeline has sought to restore identities
to more than 200 previously unmarked Aboriginal grave sites.

Its a relief to know all are now resting in eternal sleep
and that people from the community can come and visit
their relatives at the final resting places, Aunty Noeline said.
www.moreechampion.com.au/story/5584734/final-stones-laid-at-aboriginal-portion-of-cemetery/

12:38

South Australia will be at 100% renewables by 2025 market operator RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

South Autralia is likely to reach 80 per cent renewables by 2022 and the equivalent of 100 per cent renewables by 2025 as its major baseload gas fired power stations exit the market. The post South Australia will be at 100% renewables by 2025 market operator appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via South Australia will be at 100% renewables by 2025 market operator RenewEconomy

12:30

Why is our government biased? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We all think we act fairly and rationally and view the world through both eyes and we certainly expect our government to do the same. On one subject though, our government has consistently demonstrated bias over the last few years. Initially we supported Israel in its founding in 1947 but Rob Berg, President of the [] The post Why is our government biased? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:30

One Way Stocks Could Soar "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

US stocks had a big session overnight. The Dow Jones had its best day since April.

All in all, the market looks bullish going into the second half of the year. And no wonder.

The earnings coming out are good. Management teams in the US are upbeat about the short-term outlook.

Retail sales especially have come in a lot stronger than expected as US consumers go shopping. Walmart says it saw the best quarterly sales growth in a decade.

US stocks can certainly rise from here, lifting the ASX with it.

Goodbye long-term bonds

Heres one reason why US stocks could be in for a lot more fun.

I came across an interesting market video this week. It pointed out that long-term bond prices are weakening relative to the US stock market.

You have to put this into a very long-term timeframe to get the point.

Imagine for a moment the typical US investor in the year 2000. Its highly likely their financial adviser gave them a portfolio that was half long-term bonds and half US stocks.

Over the last 20 years or so, it wasnt a bad way to go about investing. Both asset classes have done well.

But the main point is that when the US stock market dived, bond prices went up. This dragged down the overall risk and volatility of the portfolio.

But something notable happened with long-term bonds when the US stock market tanked in February. They went down too!

Something about the old relationship broke from the norm.

This is a relationship we need to carefully watch going forward. A lot of money could shift out or away from the bond market and head into US equites instead.

Big money in the market that needs fast returns

Its also interesting to note that the Wall Street Journal reported recently that US pension funds have a major problem: Their assets arent enough to cover future liabilities. They need growth of 78% to keep meeting their commitments.

One consequence of this is that theyve raised their percentage allocation to stocks. This is also pumping more money into the share market.

The pension funds are also allocating money to private equity and hedge funds. Bonds are losing appeal because yields are lacklustre.

This might be part of the dynamic that takes the share market to a top. Investors may be tempted to overreach.

Consider: Two of the biggest pension funds in the US are for Californian teachers and civil servants.

One of them is knowns as CalPERS. Theyre paying out huge sums ...

12:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Click on image for a high-res view Culinary map of Europe according to the Italians Yanko Tsvetkov, the man behind the Culinary Horrors of Europe Map, has created another food related map titled: The Culinary Map of Europe According to Italians. Italy of course is at its core, the only place you can find real food. [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:00

Dr Blake Mysteries S03 E03 This Time and This Place "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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

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11:30

White male privilege: The worst of all "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

White privilege Male privilege White male privilege the worst of all. As someone who is deemed to have white male privilege this post is probably written from a position of total ignorance, but I have questions. I have never felt superior or privileged with respect to women.  My mother and my older sister would [] The post White male privilege: The worst of all appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:00

Classic Comedy: It Aint Half Hot Mum S07 E05 Class of 1945 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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

11:00

First they came for Alex Jones: Now theyre coming for the left "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Caitlyn Johnstone is one of that vanishing breed, a left-winger with brains and integrity. Of course I dont agree with her on everything (or much), but unlike the tribalist, useless idiots dominating left-wing politics, Johnstone is rational and honest. She is also brave enough to stand up to the mob mentality. Quote: In the controversy surrounding [] The post First they came for Alex Jones: Now theyre coming for the left appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:30

Dr Blake Mysteries S03 E02 My Brothers Keeper "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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

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10:30

And your rates pay for this nonsense "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Local Government NZs Climate Change Symposium will take place in Wellington on Friday 7 September. Delegates can expect to take away practical examples of how they can effectively engage with communities and stakeholders to address climate change. Session topics for the event include: The impacts of climate change on communities;  Local Government NZs sea level rise work; [] The post And your rates pay for this nonsense appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:15

The Whaleoil design team have been busy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

When the Whaleoil design team are not making hilarious digital images to enhance our articles they are coming up with ideas for Whaleoil merchandise. Technomage is the creative genius behind these products Pixy is the creative genius behind these ones The Whaleoil store is to the left of the page under the Whaleoil logo. Check [] The post The Whaleoil design team have been busy appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: View from my window Hanoi Luxury Hotel Hang Bo old quarter Hanoi Greetings from Vietnam, surprised and pleased that I can read Whaleoil but unfortunately cannot see comments therefore unable to post photos. Will try again at Bear Sanctuary tomorrow. Great fun and lively lifestyle here, tell [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Tru-Test to sell businesses to Datamars for $147.9 million  Rebecca Howard

(BusinessDesk) Tru-Test Corp will sell some of its business to Switzerland-based Datamars for $147.9 million, it said in its annual report.

Tru-Test announced plans to shed the bulk of its businesses, signing a conditional deal to sell its retail solutions and milk meter divisions, which account for about 85 percent of group revenue.

Those businesses include the weighing, electronic identification, contract manufacturing, electric fencing and milk metering operations. All intellectual property including the Tru-Test name form part of the deal. . .

Farming educator explains how forecast hot weather could impact farmers and food:

International scientists have released new forecastspredicting higher global temperatures from 2018 2022.

IrrigationNZ strongly believes that as the climate continues to vary, many areas of New Zealand will be at increasing at risk of drought and to mitigate this risk, the country must invest in well-designed water storage.

In hotter conditions crops need more water. Water makes a huge difference to plant growth for example a wheat field which is not irrigated will only produce half the amount of wheat as a field which is irrigated, says Andrew Curtis, Chief Executive of IrrigationNZ. . . 

Our calving season has finally arrived Bruce Eade:

The biggest event on every dairy farmers calendar is finally here, writes dairy farmer and Southern Rural Life columnist Bruce Eade.

Calving is in full swing for most southern farmers with the middle of August upon us.

The mating decisions and choices we made in October last year are all now coming to fruition.

As Ive said before, I really enjoy this time of year, seeing the next generation hatch.

Will it be a heifer?

The anticipation...

09:30

The Syphilis Enigma "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In 1495 a new disease hit Europe. It was deadly, devastating and attacked those who were promiscuous, well-heeled and well-travelled. But what was Syphilis and where had it come from? The traditional view has been that syphilis was part of the Columbian exchange one of the things, along with tobacco and the potato, that the New World gave the Old. Arriving in Spain in the 1490s with Columbus and his crew, this destructive new plague spread quickly across Europe, leaving no country, no city, no royal household untouched. But what if this assumption is wrong? There is evidence of syphilis in skeletons dug from sites in France, Italy and England. Bones found in a medieval graveyard in Hull show signs of the ravages of syphilis. But if syphilis was present in Europe before Columbus went to America, why was the 1495 outbreak so deadly? And why did everyone see it as an entirely new plague?

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09:30

Whaleoil video of the day: No we will not! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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09:27

MEDIA ALERT: FED CT BRIS FRI 4.15PM Trad Owners v Adani and others judgment "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

MEDIA ALERT: FED CT BRIS FRI 4.15PM Trad Owners v Adani and others judgment

17 August 2018

Critical judgment in W&J Traditional Owners fight for their land rights against Adani

WHAT: Justice Reeves of the Federal Court delivers his decision in the case in which Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners have challenged the legitimacy of a meeting funded by Adani to authorise an ILUA (Indigenous Land Use Agreement), the certification of that purported ILUA by Queensland South Native Title Services, and the subsequent registration of the Adani ILUA by the National Native Title Tribunal. Further background to the case below.

WHEN: 4.15pm, Friday 17 August 2018.   

WHERE: Federal Court, Court No. 2, Level 7, Cth Law Courts 119 North Quay (Tank St entry), Brisbane.

Adrian Burragubba, spokesperson for the five W&J appellants, and the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council, is available for comment before and after the decision.

Mr Adrian Burragubba says: No matter what happens today, we are calling on the Queensland Government to rule out extinguishing our native title in any part of our land. No matter who wins, we expect an appeal.

It would be a travesty for the Government to wipe out our title for Adani. If Queensland can stop them dredging the Reef before Adani has money, or pull the pin on $1 billion NAIF funding, they can surely protect our rights to our land. They must not hand a private corporation land title at our expense, based on discriminatory laws.

We know its the Queensland Governments choice. Enough is enough. We have called on the UN for international scrutiny of whats happening here. The Government must bring itself into the modern era on our human rights and leave us to protect our country and chart a better future than coal mining.

Media enquiries: Anthony Esposito, W&J Traditional Owner Council advisor 0418 152 743

W&J website: http://wanganjagalingou.com.au/

W&J facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WanganandJagalingou/

Background to the case

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09:13

People Spend Hours Trying To Save Dog From The Worst Spot "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

A couple was visiting Paterson Great Falls National Park in New Jersey on Sunday, and admiring the incredible views, when they noticed an animal who appeared to be trapped on a ledge down by the water and quickly realized it was a dog. Concerned for his safety, the couple contacted the police, who began putting in calls to all the right people to set a rescue plan in motion. 

Credit: Frannie D'Annunzio

Knowing this rescue would require specialized equipment and skills, the police contacted the Paterson Fire Department for help. Captain Scott Parkin received the call, and was confident that he and his team could handle it his father, Joseph Parkin Sr., is a retired firefighter who performed a few very similar dog rescues at the Great Falls. Knowing he could follow in his fathers footsteps, Parkin requested the rescue be assigned to his unit, Rescue Co. 2. 

The police also contacted Paterson Animal Control, which then called Ramapo-Bergen Animal Refuge to see if it could take the dog in once he was rescued. Without knowing what the dog was like or even seeing a picture of him, the rescue agreed, and Frannie D'Annunzio, a staff member at the rescue, immediately rushed to the scene.

Credit: Frannie D'Annunzio

With practically the entire town rallied together help the trapped dog, the rescuers quickly began to assess the situation and formulate a plan. They considered launching a boat over to the ledge to retrieve the dog, but heavy rainfall from the day before had made the water too treacherous  for that plan and so the rescuers decided that Parkin would rappel down 75 feet from a bridge above the falls to the ledge below. 

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09:11

All power no trust "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Peters is a dictator wannabe

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How has New Zealand First got away with a $300,000 gagging contract for its MPs?

Revelations that Government MPs are required to sign a legally enforceable contract meaning they must pay $300,000 if they do not follow their Leaders instruction is an affront to our parliamentary democracy, Nationals Electoral Law spokesperson Nick Smith says.

The 2016 amendment to NZ Firsts constitution states its MPs must pay damages of $300,000 if they personally disagree with Winston Peters, turning them into indentured workers with an extraordinary price tag hanging over their heads.

It means every time an NZ First MP votes or comments on an issue, they have 300,000 reasons why they should just parrot Winston Peters and not to speak out even if doing so would be in the publics best interests.

This is abhorrent. These types of contracts are illegal in other workplaces and would be unconstitutional in most democratic

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09:00

Cartoon of the day by BoomSlang "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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08:59

Unsurprising "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The 2017 election delivered a tight result, with National feeling cheated because they no longer held a majority. So naturally, they've been trying to persuade NZ First MPs to switch sides:

National leader Simon Bridges has tried to talk New Zealand First MPs, including Ron Mark, into leaving the party, New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has claimed.

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"The leader of the National Party Simon Bridges has been talking to members of my caucus about how they might jump the ship and stay on, doing a deal with them. This is how bad and how rotten it is," Peters said.

He named Defence Minister and New Zealand First MP Ron Mark as a target of Bridges' approaches.

"He's been witnessed saying 'look come on Ron, let's just do a deal. You can have Wairarapa'. In short he was talking about dumping his local MP called [Alastair] Scott. So, you know, pretty bad stuff."

Mark did not return a call for comment but in a text message said "Wow, how did you find out about that."


This is completely unsurprising. National is just four seats from government, and if NZ First has refused as a party to work with them, they'll naturally try shifting individual MPs and buying their loyalty with electorate deals. Its dirty, but that's what desperate Tories when denied what they think is their "natural" place. At the same time, its no justification for anti-party-hopping legislation. If a party cannot maintain the loyalty of its MPs, then that's on them, and our democracy shouldn't be undermined because Winston Peters feels insecure and inadequate.

08:30

Rodney Hide on the bag ban "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Rodney Hide writes at NBR about the plastic bag ban and how incredibly stupid it is: Quote: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced the ban on single-use plastic bags in the middle of the government calling for submissions.  So much for due process. She had good reason: Its also the biggest single subject school children write to [] The post Rodney Hide on the bag ban appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:30

Aretha Franklin 25.2.42 17.8.18 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Queen of soul, Aretha Franklin has died:

Aretha Franklin, universally acclaimed as the Queen of Soul and one of Americas greatest singers in any style, died on Thursday at her home in Detroit. She was 76.

The cause was advanced pancreatic cancer, her publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said.

In her indelible late-1960s hits, Ms. Franklin brought the righteous fervor of gospel music to secular songs that were about much more than romance. Hits like Do Right Woman Do Right Man, Think, (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman and Chain of Fools defined a modern female archetype: sensual and strong, long-suffering but ultimately indomitable, loving but not to be taken for granted. . .

08:27

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

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Vote NO On This Con-Con November 6th

08:21

Alluvial Miners Concerned Over Lack Of Financial Backing "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Government failing to support alluvial miners with access to loans

Benny Geteng | Post Courier | August 15, 2018

Concerns have been raised by alluvial miners on their inability to borrow money from financial companies to fund their operations.

They said when they approached banks or other financial institutions for assistance, they were usually turned down.

The Alluvial Mining Sector in 2017 generated over K300 million and that figure can double if good financial backing is provided for them to boost their operations.

Edward Buasin of EDHI Limited said they sometimes lacked financial capacity and borrowed from local loan sharks who ended up making huge returns on their finances significantly marginalizing the land or resource owners driving them below the poverty scales.

Because th...

08:00

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

Outright bans on things have consequences. They have consequences for those directly involved in the production or marketing of those things that are banned. Think about the effect the governments announcement to end oil and gas exploration has had on the industry. We currently have a government that takes a non-consultative approach. In spite of [] The post Banning plastic bags: the consequences appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

Fascinating Aida: Cheap Flights "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Another marvellous item from Fascinating Aida

07:51

Historical Society Off To A Good Start "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Encouraging first meeting By Roger Childs 25 people attended the opening session of the new Kapiti Historical Society on Monday []

07:30

Now they are coming for your dog "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

For reasons that I really do not fully understand, Eugenie Sage has decided that Wellingtonians should have kiwi in their backyard. We already have kaka (if you live within about 15 kilometres of Karori), tuis, fantails, kereru and a few other native birds and, it is great. But the kiwi is a particularly retiring sort [] The post Now they are coming for your dog appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:15

Most read "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

07:00

MPI gets more power than police under urgency "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The government has given MPI more power than police, and done it under urgency:

While some changes to the National Animal Identification and Tracking Act (NAIT) are needed, Parliament has been denied the opportunity to properly scrutinise Government amendments which may not be in the best interests of farmers, Nationals Agriculture Spokesperson Nathan Guy says.

Agriculture Minister Damien OConnor has had months to introduce this Bill into Parliament, but instead he expanded wide-ranging search powers under urgency.

Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) will be able to turn up to farmers properties without getting a warrant and seize anything they want, unannounced and without cause.

This gives MPI more power than the police.

National asked Mr OConnor to send the Bill to select committee during the two-week recess to allow public input and ensure there are no unintended consequences for farmers, but the Minister refused.

National proposed amendments during the debate that an officer needs reasonable cause to suspect non-compliance with NAIT before entering the property.

We also proposed that these wide-ranging warrantless powers being curtailed, so a NAIT officer cant seize property without obtaining a warrant.

Unfortunately, both of these safeguard amendments were voted down by the Government.

These safeguards are given to suspected drug dealers, gangs and thieves and but not to farmers.

However, National did successfully move an amendment that requires the Minister to report to Parliament next year on how these expanded powers are being used. We will await this review with a great deal of interest.

National reluctantly supported the legislation to improve NAITs performance but remain gravely concerned about the process and invasion of farmers privacy.

A serious biosecurity incursion is one of the greatest risks New Zealand faces and the difficulty tracing stock with the Mycoplasma bovis has highlighted deficencies in the NAIT system.

Change and improvements were needed but that doesnt justify forcing through such draconian law under urgency.

 

07:00

Is the Maori seat battle worth It? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Simon Bridges has taken the kind of position on an issue that is typical of National. National leaders refuse to deal with tough issues when they can easily just claim it is too divisive, not annoy anyone and stay in power. In this case Bridges has said that abolishing Maori Seats, a long held National Party policy, is too divisive for National to run on. He is copying John Key who refused to end working for families, and constantly took the easy option rather than standing for anything he believed in. Bill English was even worse, and to this day vast numbers of people in National do not understand what he stood for or what he achieved in his time in parliament.   The post Is the Maori seat battle worth It? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:45

All Whaleoil subscribers are in the draw to win $205 worth of Whale Meat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We know you all would like to get your hands on some delicious non-halal Whalemeat ( made from 100% vegetarian animals) so a competition had to be created. If you havent already got a subscription to Whaleoil now is the perfect time to subscribe because ALL subscribers to Whaleoil will go in the draw to win [] The post All Whaleoil subscribers are in the draw to win $205 worth of Whale Meat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Hosking on striking teachers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Mike Hosking writes about stroppy teacher unions: Quote: So back to work this morning for the striking teachers. Are they any closer to a deal? No. And that is one of the many weaknesses of the union movement, and why so many people under the Employment Contracts Act when they got the chance to bail, [] The post Hosking on striking teachers appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Don Brash expands on why he doesnt rate John Key "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Don Brash has expanded on his comment the other day about why it is he thinks John Key shouldnt rate: Quote: On a recent TV programme, I was provoked into quoting a recent assessment of the Key/English Government by Kerry McDonald, a former director of the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, and chief executive [] The post Don Brash expands on why he doesnt rate John Key appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

How politics keeps Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea poor and poorly governed "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The Western Melanesian countries of Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea (PNG) are both poor and poorly governed. Anyone who has spent any time in either country will have seen how governance woes contribute to the countries poverty. Their governments neglect essential infrastructure. Dysfunctional bureaucracies impede legitimate businesses and let other businesses get away with causing harm. Health and education systems are poorly run.

This much is obvious. What is less well understood is the way the two countries politics contribute to their governance woes. In my new Asia & the Pacific Policy Studies paper I explain that many of the governance problems in the two countries stem from their clientelist politics.

In elections in clientelist polities voters dont vote in search of better public policy, or on the basis of how well the country is being governed. Rather, they vote for candidates they think will help them directly if they win. This has the effect of selecting and incentivising members of parliament (MPs) to focus on delivering direct benefits to their supporters back in their electorates rather than running the national government well.

The effects of this are obvious. In both countries, funds that MPs can spend at their discretion within their electorates have grown at the same time as government departments have been underfunded. In both countries, ministers often pay little attention to the government departments they are supposed to be running. Ministers are rarely punished for poor performance. Bureaucracies are not subject to political pressure to improve; they are neglected and demoralised.

It may sound like I am blaming voters in Solomon Islands and PNG for their countries governance woes. Im not. I think voters who vote in search of personal or localised benefits in the two countries are voting perfectly reasonably. Voters decisions are reasonable because the states they live in are weak, while at the same time voters needs are acute. Voters need something from elections, and when the government cant deliver it through better policy and better services, all they can hope for is direct assistance from MPs.

You might ask why voters dont vote for better governance to solve this problem. It might take longer but it would bring greater benefits in the end. The problem is that individual voters, or families, or communities, or even electorates, dont control the quality of national governance. At best, all they can do is elect one MP out of many (50 in Solomon Islands and 111 in PNG), and one MP cant change the country on their own.

Weve resolved this particular probl...

06:00

All power no trust "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

How has New Zealand First got away with a $300,000 gagging contract for its MPs?

Revelations that Government MPs are required to sign a legally enforceable contract meaning they must pay $300,000 if they do not follow their Leaders instruction is an affront to our parliamentary democracy, Nationals Electoral Law spokesperson Nick Smith says.

The 2016 amendment to NZ Firsts constitution states its MPs must pay damages of $300,000 if they personally disagree with Winston Peters, turning them into indentured workers with an extraordinary price tag hanging over their heads.

It means every time an NZ First MP votes or comments on an issue, they have 300,000 reasons why they should just parrot Winston Peters and not to speak out even if doing so would be in the publics best interests.

This is abhorrent. These types of contracts are illegal in other workplaces and would be unconstitutional in most democratic countries, so why are they at the core of our current Government? They turn elected representatives into puppets of a party leader who is now attempting to impose the same restrictions on free speech on Parliaments other MPs, in spite of universal opposition to the Waka Jumping Bill.

It is a sad commentary on the NZ First Party and Mr Peters that such draconian contracts are required to maintain caucus discipline and now to keep the Government together.

It also contradicts Mr Peters previous hollow position that MPs have to be free to follow their conscience. They were elected to represent their constituents, not to swear an oath of blind allegiance to a political party.

The contracts were revealed after I was contacted by a concerned NZ First source who advised that all NZ First MPs had signed them except Mr Peters.

NZ First must publicly release the full details of these contracts, outlined in article 57 (h) of its constitution, so the public can see the restrictions imposed on its elected MPs. This is even more important with NZ First playing such a pivotal role in the current Government.

Disclosure is also required to be consistent with the Governments pledge to be the most open and transparent ever, a claim looking increasingly ridiculous when even the Minister responsible for Mr Peters Waka Jumping Bill, Andrew Little, had no idea about the clause.

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06:00

Dispatches From Spokane: Introduction "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

My family and I recently packed up our belongings and moved to Spokane, Washington. Neither my wife nor I have prior history here, which naturally prompts the question: Why Spokane? As for many others who make a long distance move, the answer is complicated, but for us its a mixture of being closer to family and seeking out opportunity.

As we get to know our new city, it has offered me an opportunity for an intimate look at a new place through a Strong Towns lens. Ive decided to bring readers along for the ride. In the coming months I will be writing a series of posts with anecdotes about my new home mixed with data, analysis, and commentary about current issues as they relate to the things we talk about at Strong Towns.

Today, we will learn a bit about the history of Spokane and see what lessons we can glean from past experience. To be clear, our focus is on Spokane as a city. This region has been inhabited for millennia, but it wasnt until the 19th century that a permanent settlement began to take root.

Founding

Like most cities, Spokane started out as a betspecifically, the kind of bet Strong Towns president Chuck Marohn talks about in his Curbside Chat. In 1873, James Nettle Glover and a business partner purchased the claims to the land around the falls on the Spokane River. They knew the falls could be harnessed for power to operate lumber mills, but they were hoping for an even bigger prize: the Northern Pacific Railroad.

Like hundreds and thousands of gamblers across the continent, Glover was willing to take a risk in hopes of reaching a critical mass that would launch the new city into permanence. Unlike hundreds and perhaps thousands of others, his big gamble paid off: the Northern Pacific Railroad came to Spokane in 1881 and the city boomed. This is the year the city was officially incorporated with a population of about 1,000 people.

The growth experienced during this period is probably a little hard to fathom. By 1885 the city counted almost 9,000 residents. By 1890, 19,000 residents. The population continued to grow exponentially, reaching over 100,000 residents by 1910. Think about that: in the time it takes a newborn to graduate high school, Spokane went from a village of less than 1,000 people to a metropolis of 100,000. Two historic photos, from 1895 and 1914, illustrate the change:

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05:54

Construction problems addressing risky contracts "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

At a time when a major construction boost is needed things look a bit shaky. Fletcher Construction has had major problems Roll call of Fletcher Buildings massive loss-making construction projects Earlier this month: Ebert Construction in receivership, major apartment site locked down Full story: Forcing builders into risky contracts: 'How crazy is that?' https://t.co/wqBh3mwHJz []

05:36

Shades of Green cracks in the green revolution "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Greens have not been united on everything in the past, but in opposition they were at least able to appear to be largely working together. A simple reality of being in Government means that those MPs who are ministers James Shaw, Julie Anne Genter and Eugenie Sage, and to a lesser extent Parliamentary Under-Secretary []

05:30

Fortnightly links: challenges for SDG #6, ACAPS, recovering from PNGs February earthquake, and more "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The results from Mongolias first gender-based violence survey are in.

ACAPS is a non-profit dedicated to providing humanitarian actors with emergency assessments. This Devex article reports on how it helps NGOs decide where to spend their money.

An MSF logistician has invented a vest with a built-in decontamination kit for humanitarian actors in the field.

The interim report into the risk of sexual exploitation in the Australian aid sector has found that Australian aid programs have strong safeguards and protection measures already built in, reports The Guardian.

Devex reports that many countries are facing challenges on achieving SDG No. 6 on clean water and sanitation, and at this rate of progress we wont see it achieved for centuries.

Radio New Zealands Johnny Blades reports from PNGs....

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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05:30

Nine to Noon: Hooton and Williams on Politics "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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The PMs return to Wellington and the series of announcements which followed, including Trade for All, apprenticeships, plastic bags and Grant Robertsons economic speech. Matthew Hooton is the managing director of the PR and lobbying firm, Exceltium. Mike Williams is a former Labour Party president.

Good to have Mike Williams back.

05:15

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

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

05:08

Nauru 12-year-old Nauru boy at imminent risk of dying "IndyWatch Feed National"

The following by  Ben Doherty (the Guardian 16 August 2018) tells of the disgraceful manner in which the Australian authorities are treating vulnerable children detained at in Nauru. Imagine how desperate a child must be to go on a hunger strike and be prepared to die. Other children are also facing a serious health risk. Australias reputation as a caring nation is being seriously tarnish. The cruelty must end.

A 12-year-old refugee boy on hunger strike on Nauru for more than a fortnight is at imminent risk of dying, medical staff on the island say, but efforts to move him to hospital care in Australia have foundered.

He is one of several critical child cases on the island including a 14-year-old boy with muscle wastage so severe he may never walk normally again, and a two-year-old child whose parents are too unwell to care for him.

Staff on the island report a looming crisis in childrens health, ahead of the Pacific Islands Forum next month, and the attendant international attention that will bring.

Everyone on the island knows how serious this is. We have been saying for months a child is going to die in these circumstances, an on-island official with knowledge of the medical situation told the Guardian. A child is going to die. Every day we get closer. Its never been so critical.

The 12-year-old boy has been held on Nauru with his mother, father and sister for nearly five years. The family, from Iran, have been recognised as refugees but were recently rejected for resettlement in the US. Almost all Iranian refugees have been rejected by America.

The boy has refused food and fluids for between eight and 15 days, medical sources on the island say. He is being sedated so he can be given fluids intravenously to keep him alive.

The situation is critical. They know about this in Canberra, but nothing is happening, another source on the island said.

There are several critical childrens health cases on the island currently.

Two children are expected to leave the island on Friday. One is an eight-year-old autistic boy who requires high-level care not available on Nauru and who has not been able to attend school.

His parents are both seriously unwell, in particular his mother, who has been catatonic, according to reports, for more than a year. Medical reports, running back more than a year, consistently request he be removed from the island with his family.

A 14-year-...

05:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didnt live boldly enough, that they didnt invest enough heart, didnt love enough. Nothing else really counts at all. Ted Hughes who was born on this day in 1930.

05:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

04:55

Indigenous Community Protests Against Aerospace Project in North Biak "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

JPIC GKI-TP


August, 15, 2018

Indigenous Community Protests Against Aerospace Project in North Biak

The National Aeronautics and Space Agency (LAPAN) will build a space station in Saukobye Village, North Biak District, approximately 40 km away from the island s major city of Biak Town. LAPAN has estimated the use of 1,000,000 square meters (100 hectares) of customary land for the project. The project site is located at the northern coast of Biak, with direct access to the Pacific ocean. The legal foundation for the development of the space port is stipulated in the articles 44 to 50 of Indonesian Law No. 21 of 2013 about space travel. A draft master plan document for the establishment of the space facility suggests the finalization of the master plan until 2017. A feasibility study in 2016 should identify appropriate locations for the establishment of a space research center and a space port until 2017. The Government has planned to launch rockets to deliver satellites into orbit.

On 15 th of April 2018, the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Desk of the Evangelical Church in Papua (GKI-TP) traveled to Biak after local community members had shared information regarding a meeting between indigenous community members, four army Generals, representatives of the Indonesian police and the local GKI Presbytery. The meeting took place in Andei Village and was organized in relation to the development of the LAPAN space port. During the meeting, the head of the GKI presbytery in North Biak, Rev. Abrauw, on behalf of Saukobye community expressed concerns regarding the government project. Rev. Abrauw is at the same time a customary land rights owner in Suakobye.

He explained that the indigenous community demanded the return of customary land because an earthquake and a tsunami in 1996 had forced the Sukobye people to relocate the village and lead to the decrease of fertile land for gardening. He criticized that the land area would be too small for the space port and stated that LAPAN had failed to inform the villagers about the dangers and benefits of the project. Thereupon, a former military member named Lukas Krobo tried to attack Rev. Abrauw. The attack was prevented by police officers

and villagers. The army generals asked the communities to sign an agreement for the release of customary land for the establishment of the space port.

Issues of Concern

The local communities have expressed the following concerns with regard to the establishment of the LAPAN space port in Saukobye:

1. The available land area (100 ha) is not large enough for a space port. Other estimations suggest a land size seven times larger than...

04:36

300+ US newspapers denounce Trump attacks "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Over 300 newspapers from across the United States have published editorials in a coordinated response to ongoing attacks by President Donald Trump. Boston Globe: A central pillar of President Trumps politics is a sustained assault on the free press. Journalists are not classified as fellow Americans, but rather The enemy of the people. This relentless []

04:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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04:19

Four interesting events in the tropics over the past week "IndyWatch Feed World"

Several interesting things caught our eye in the tropics in the past week, including Hurricane Hector's length of time as major hurricane in the northeastern Pacific Ocean, Tropical Storm Debby's formation in the Atlantic Ocean, an active eastern half of the Pacific Ocean and Typhoon Shanshan's scrape with Japan. Below, we'll go into greater detail about each of these notables. Hurricane Hector Sets Record in Northeastern Pacific Ocean Hurricane Hector passed well south of the Big Island of Hawaii on Wednesday as a major hurricane, one classified as Category 3 or higher on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Hector generated high surf and breezy conditions on the Big Island, with no more than a few outer rain showers scraping portions of that island. As of Saturday morning, Hector was still maintaining Category 3 intensity about 1,000 miles west of Hawaii. That means it had been a major hurricane for at least 7.5 consecutive days, the longest duration any hurricane in the northeastern Pacific Basin has held that intensity, according to Colorado State University tropical scientist Dr. Phil Klotzbach.

04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is punnet (noun) (British, Australian) A small basket for fruit, such as strawberries. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : In the Cyclops episode (chapter 12) of Ulysses, there are 33 parodies in exaggerated, sentimental, or pompous styles. The first of these parodies begins In Inisfail the fair, a parody [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 17 24 Sensible people keep their eyes glued on wisdom, but a fools eyes wander to the ends of the earth. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Friday's Fulminations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There is mild moderation.  Normal rules of blogger etiquette and courtesy to blog hosts will apply.with serious transgressors being thrown out.

Unfortunately our system does not allow your comments to show up in the blog post itself.  Just in the comments section.

Visitors might consider the wisdom of using moderate language.

Regards

Adolf'

03:58

Aretha Franklin 1942-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

One of our biggest and brightest lights has gone out.Aretha Franklin has died, aged 76. Wont be Long (1964): pic.twitter.com/v3jIhzBwOE Music History (@RockWalkLondon) August 16, 2018 The Aretha Franklin website

03:20

Media watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:12

Tracking tools identify regional hubs of whale shark activity "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Where do the biggest fish in the sea go to find enough food? Turns out, not too far, if they live in a region with lots of food. Whale sharks (Rhincodon typus) swim about 25 kilometers (15 miles) per day and can make some tremendous long-distance oceanic movements. Scientists recently tracked a female whale shark from the eastern Pacific to the western Indo-Pacific for 20,142 kilometers (more than 12,000 miles) over 841 days, the longest whale shark migration route ever recorded. Juvenile sharks in a series of four studies, one in the Philippines and three in the western Indian Ocean, apparently prefer to swim laps around their favorite feeding grounds. A juvenile whale shark in the Philippines seen from above, with its tracking tag tethered to its dorsal fin. Image by Gonzalo Araujo/LAMAVE. Whale sharks are the worlds largest fish, growing up to 12 meters (40 feet) long and weighing up to 25 tons; even juveniles are 7 to 9 meters (23 to 30 feet) long. Scientists are keen to understand where these huge fish spend their time to better conserve them. Fishing activity threatens whale sharks through direct killing, capture as bycatch, and boat strikes. Half of the worlds whale shark population has been killed since the 1980s, primarily by fisheries in China, India, the Philippines and Taiwan, and Chinese fisheries still target whale sharks for their fins and meat. The rapid decline in whale sharks global population prompted the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to

03:08

Open Forum Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

02:52

New Zealand Bans Sale Of Homes To Foreigners "IndyWatch Feed National"

A group calling itself the government of New Zealand has banned sales of homes to foreign nationals in an attempt to curb rising prices (archived). Under the measure, which exempts buyers of Australian and Singaporean nationality, foreigners would be restricted to purchasing apartments in large scale block developments.

In recent years New Zealand has seen substantial real estate demand from wealthy buyers from China and the US looking for a retreat from instability in larger Anglophone areas. With home ownership among adult New Zealanders floating around ~25 percent, this measure has the potential to deliver some serious pain to their rental market.

02:43

US will be good ally to Philippines in disputed sea: official "IndyWatch Feed War"

The United States will be a good ally to the Philippines in responding to territorial conflicts in the South China Sea, a US defence official said Thursday.

Randall Schriver, assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs, gave the assurance as tensions rise over Chinas aggressive stance towards its claims to most of the strategic waterway.

Speaking to reporters at the US embassy in Manila, Schriver was asked if the United States, which is bound to the Philippines by a mutual defence treaty, would help the country if China invaded the main Filipino-occupied island in the South China Sea.

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Activists protest Chinese reclamation work in the South China Sea, part of which Manila claims and calls the West Philippine Sea. Credit KJ Rosales, file

Well be a good ally there should be no misunderstanding or lack of clarity on the spirit and the nature of our commitment, he said.

Well help the Philippines respond accordingly, Schriver added, declining to give further details.

China and the Philippines, along with several other Asian nations, have conflicting claims to parts of the South China Sea, which is believed to contain vast mineral resources.

China has built up heavily defended artificial islands in the sea and Philippine observers have expressed concern in recent weeks over aggressive Chinese radio warnings to foreign planes against approaching them.

However Schriver said US forces would continue to fly and sail in those waters.

AFP/File | China and the Philippines, along with several other Asian nations, have conflicting claims to parts of the South China Sea

Weve seen an increase in this kind of challenge from China, not only directed at us but others, he said.

This kind of challenge will not result in a change of our behaviour. Well not allow them to rewrite the rules of the road or change international law.

Since he took office in mid-2016, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been moving the countrys relations away from its traditional ally the United States and towards China and Russia.

Schriver also cautioned the Philippines against buying large-scale weapons like submarines from Russia as some local officials have suggested.

I dont think thats a help...

01:14

Can we comprehend how evils can now be put right? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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J Hassen and his daughter protesting for Aboriginal rights at Parliament House in Canberra, 1958

CHRIS OVERLAND

ADELAIDE - We in what passes as the civilised world (an increasingly dubious descriptor) live in an era where the humble adjective has been entirely supplanted by the superlative. Almost numbingly mundane events are now described in the most florid and extravagant terms.

For example, someone winning one of the endless sporting contests that occur across the globe on a daily basis ends up being described in words that might once have been used only for events of the most profound importance.

So devalued have superlatives become that we now struggle to find words of sufficient power and force to describe events that really matter.

Also, we live at a time in which thoughtful discussion has been largely replaced by near hysterical denunciation of those you do not agree with and public discourse that is all too frequently just a shouting match.

Much of the media, presumably fairly reflecting the interests of its readership, displays an obsession with A to Z grade celebrities and shock and horror stories. In many instances, the connection between the objective truth and the story as published is tenuous indeed.

Donald Trumps alternatively provocative, offensive, threatening and indignant tweets seem entirely consistent with the way public discourse on difficult or contentious topics is now conducted.

Bearing this background in mind, it is unsurprising to me that our political class has, as a general rule, shied away from openly discussing our collective history as it pertains to the Aboriginal people.

It is a very distressing history to contemplate, full of pain and heart ache. It is hard to reconcile justifiable pride in the undoubted achievement that is modern Australian democracy with the ugly truth about the harm done to Aboriginal people in the process of creating it.

Judith White alludes to the so-called History Wars of the 1990s, in which efforts to have the t...

01:02

wp Papuans hold simulations rallies in Java and Bali protesting illegal New York Agreement "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papuans hold simulations rallies in Java and Bali protesting illegal New York Agreement

Suara Papua August 15, 2018

Bastian Tebai, Semarang The Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) and the Indonesian Peoples Front for West Papua (FRI-WP) have called on all Papuan students through their city committees in Java and Bali to declare that the 1962 New York Agreement was illegal.

The AMP and FRI-WP said that the agreement, which was signed on August 15, 1962 and used as the basis for the 1968 "Act of Free Choice" (Pepera), was illegal because it did not involve a single representative from the Papuan people.

On Wednesday August 15, the AMP and FRI-WP commemorated the agreement in their respective cities.

Demonstrations were held by AMP committees in Makassar (South Sulawesi), Malang (East Java), Yogyakarta (Central Java), Jakarta and the satellite city of Tangerang, Semarang (Central Java), Surabaya (East Java) and Bandung (West Java). In Bali, Solo (Central Java) and Bogor (West Java), the AMP commemorated the agreement with public discussions.

The peaceful AMP demonstration in Yogyakarta today was blocked by police and reactionary mass organisations (ormas). Likewise during a peaceful demonstration in Surabaya the front gates to the Papuan Kamasan Dormitory was vandalised by an ormas and Surabaya police.

During the simulations protests today, the AMP called on the regime of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla, the Dutch government, the United States and the United Nations to, first, give the right to self-determination to the nation of Papua as a democratic solution that must be implemented.

Second, acknowledge and affirm that the New York Agreement was legally and morally invalid because it did not involve a single representative of the Papuan people.

Third, they called for the withdrawal of all organic and non-organic TNI (Indonesian military) and Polri (Indonesian police) from the land of Papua.

Forth, the demanded the closure of the Freeport gold-and-copper mine, the LNG Tangguh gas field operated by BP, the MNC Group LNG plant, the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (MIFEE) in Merauke and other multi-national company projects in West Papua which continue to be the masterminds behind humanitarian crimes in the land of Papua.

Fifth, that the UN take responsibility for and be actively involved in a manner that is just and democratic, in a process of self-determination, the straightening out of history and resolving the human rights violations against the Papuan nation.

Notes

Following the launch of the Trikora military operation which was aimed at harassing and forcing the Dutch out of Netherlands New Guinea in 1...

00:40

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

160818BALANCE FUND TEAM TRIP TO BOUGAINVILLE POSTPONED
New Dawn FM News

Shareholders of the former INVESTMENT CORPORATION and now PACIFIC BALANCED FUND in Central and South Bougainville are advised that a team from the PACIFIC BALANCE FUND that was supposed to visit Central and South Bougainville have postponed their trip to another date.
This means they are not coming on the dates they have sent notices earlier.
They have sent in their apologies and promised to set another date for their trip and advise.
Ends

00:39

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

160818PEACE MINISTER ON BRC FUNDING
New Dawn FM News

The ABG Minister for Bougainville Peace Agreement Implementation, ALBERT PUNGHAU also mentioned calling on the National Government to quickly fund the Bougainville Referendum Commission with the Budgeted TWENTY MILLION KINA.
He said that the Bougainville Referendum Commission needs to access these funds quickly so that they can prepare for the Bougainville Referendum vote next year.
He said that the funds are needed for the Common Roll Update, Preparation and printing of Ballot papers and other major activities that they need to sort out before the end of the year.
MR. PUNGHAU also mentioned the TWELVE MILLION KINA the National Government approved for the weapons disposal program.
He fell short to mention the FIFTEEN MILLION KINA monies owed to service providers who have been knocking on his office for quick settlement.
Ends

00:36

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

160818ABG WANTS INTERNATIONAL SECURITY FORCE FOR REFERENDUM
New Dawn FM News

The Autonomous Bougainville Government is seeking international support to engage an International Security Force to safeguard the conduct of the Bougainville Referendum next year.
This was included as one agenda for the coming Special JSB to be held in Buka on August 24th.
The Bougainville Peace Agreement Implementation Minister, ALBERT PUNGHAU revealed this in a Press conference with reporters in Buka yesterday.
He said that the ABG would want the service of something similar to the Regional Assistance Mission Solomon Islands (RAMSI) that served in the Solomon Islands.
MR. PUNGHAU said that the International force will give credibility to the security aspect during the referendum vote.
He said if the force comes to Bougainville it will work under the Bougainville Police Service.
On the question that the Security force might create problems for Bougainville, the Minister said it will be here to support Bougainville to make sure the people vote in a free and fair Referendum process.

Ends

00:34

Soil Microbes Speed up Global Warming "IndyWatch Feed World"

As the world warms so does much of the planets basic matter, thanks to its subterranean citizens, the soil microbes, intent on putting more energy into the important business of decay and recycling.

As a consequence, everywhere, more carbon dioxide escapes into the atmosphere, according to a new study. And since there is at least twice as much carbon in the soil mostly in the form of plant detritus as there is in the atmosphere, the discovery is ominous.

With more of the greenhouse gas escaping from soil to air, so the rate at which the world warms picks up speed, to accelerate yet further soil respiration.

US researchers report in the journal Nature that they looked at results from more than 1,500 studies and data from more than 500 monitoring towers around the world that measure temperature, rainfall and other evidence, to conclude that between 1990 and 2014 the rate of soil respiration has increased by 1.2%.

Its important to note that this is a finding based on observations in the real world. This is not a tightly controlled lab experiment, said first author Ben Bond-Lamberty of the Joint Global Change Research Institute, partnered by the US Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the University of Maryland.

With rising soil respiration rates, you wont have an intact land carbon sink forever

Soils around the globe are responding to a warming climate, which in turn can convert more carbon into carbon dioxide which enters the atmosphere. Depending on how other components of the carbon cycle might respond due to climate warming, these soil changes can potentially contribute to even higher temperatures due to a feedback loop.

The role of soil microbes remains one of the great unknowns in the climate conundrum. A microbe bacterium or fungus is tiny but vital. Single-celled creatures managed the living world for two billion years before the first complex animals and plants, turning carbon dioxide into carbon and oxygen, and then converting dead lifeforms back into new raw materials for life.

And their numbers are huge: so vast that terrestrial bacteria add up to 70 billion tons of living carbon, and fungi another 12 billion tons, according to a recent estimate. Together these microbes weigh 40 times as much as all the animals on the planet.

And for years climate scientists have puzzled about the impact of warming on the silent living things under foot and out of s...

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23:14

Writing for PNG Attitude a cornucopia of ideas "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNGA
The first archived issue of PNG Attitude in the National Library of Australia from mid-September 2009

PHIL FITZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY - I like to write. I dont really know why. Sometimes its easier to write than talk. Perhaps its because I find writing is a way of mustering and sorting my ideas. Maybe its just a way of blowing off steam. Who knows?

Im nosey and Ive got a wide range of interests and I write about most of them. I published my first piece in 1970 and havent stopped since.

What continues to surprise me is that, despite the demise of many traditional outlets like magazines and journals, I can still find people willing to publish what I write.

These days I like to write books. Writing books, both fiction and non-fiction, is an amazingly leisurely way to explore ideas.

Lately, the emergence of print-on-demand has meant that if I cant find a publisher I can do it myself. Thats a wonderful freedom.

I dont get many readers in Australia but do reasonably well in the USA and Europe. I cant explain that either.

One of my principal interests is Papua New Guinea. This is because it has occupied a big chunk of my life. It helps a lot that it is a captivating place with a fascinating people.

Writing about Papua New Guinea is a little different to writing about my other interests. This is because it is essentially a two-way street. It is a two-way street mainly because of PNG Attitude.

PNG Attitude is more than just writing. Writing for PNG Attitude is actually like engaging in a conversation.

I dont know whether Keith intended it to be so or whether it simply evolved that way. I suspect it is a combination of both.

If you write for PNG Attitude you are liable to get extensive responses in the Comments section. Sometimes what you write will attract article-length rejoinders, themselves worthy of considered responses. Some topics can extend for days and weeks. Some even find reactions years later.

I can write an article and then engage in the comments process and end up w...

22:06

World view Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

22:01

August 17 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

986  A Byzantine army was destroyed in the Battle of Gates of Trajan by the Bulgarians under the Comitopuli Samuel and Aron.

1786  Davy Crockett, American frontiersman and soldier, was born (d. 1836).

1807  Robert Fultons first American steamboat left New York City for Albany, New York on the Hudson River, inaugurating the first commercial steamboat service in the world.

1839 The NZ Companys sailing ship Tory dropped anchor in Queen Charlotte Sound to pick up fresh water, food and wood before proceeding to Port Nicholson (Wellington Harbour).

New Zealand Company ship <em>Tory</em> arrives

1862  Indian Wars: The Lakota (Sioux) Dakota War of 1862 began as Lakota warriors attacked white settlements along the Minnesota River.

1864  American Civil War: Battle of Gainesville  Confederate forces defeated Union troops.

1883  The first public performance of the Dominican Republics national anthem, Himno Nacional.

1893  Mae West, American actress, was born (d. 1980).

1904 Mary Cain, American newspaper editor and politician, was born  (d. 1984).

1907  Pike Place Market, the longest continuously-running public farmers market in the US, opened in Seattle.

1908  Fantasmagorie, the first animated cartoon, realized by mile Cohl, was shown in Paris.

1914  Battle of Stalluponen  The German army of General Hermann von Franois defeated the Russian force commanded by Pavel Rennenkampf near modern-day Nesterov, Russia.

1914 ...

21:11

"Crisis point": New Zealand primary school teachers strike for first time in 24 years "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

'Crisis point': New Zealand hit by primary school teacher strike Zoos, community halls and churches hold all-day events to help keep 400,000 children occupied Primary school teachers have gone on strike in New Zealand for the first time in 24 years, weeks after 30,000 nurses walked off the job. An estimated 29,000 teachers stopped work for a full day on Wednesday, demanding a pay rise from the government of 16% over two years. The industrial action affected 400,000 children. The teachers are striking over large class sizes, low pay, a teacher shortage and excessive administration requirements. Louise Green, the lead negotiator for teachers' union the NZEI, said the profession was at a "crisis point" and the government needed to invest in the future of the country's children, as well as making the profession desirable again to new recruits.

20:45

BBC Radio Comedy: Elvenquest S03 E05 White Wizard "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

Characters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...

20:00

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S02 E14 The Man In The Moon "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

.S02 E05 truth or Dare not found

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

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

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

19:15

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Yesterday it was daffodils. Today its a rhododendron.

This one was transplanted by my mother-in-law from the garden of her parents-in-law.

It survived successive droughts when the only water it got had to be carried to it in a bucket.

Its also survived frosts and snow.

Tonight Im grateful for the lesson from natures resilience, and for a garden where the plants hold stories of generations past.

19:00

Thursday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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18:52

I HAVE GENUINE FEARS FOR THE OZ UNIVERSITY SYSTEM "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From Bob Katter, leader of the K(R)AP Party, defending Senator Fraser Anning's maiden speech in Parliament when he referred to a need to bring about a 'final solution' to the question of Australian Immigration ... and I quote ...

"He (Anning) didn't get to a university to know the significance of all these words.   He's smart, but he hasn't read all the history books. He doesn't know what any of this means. And nor will he spend any time finding out."

It is recorded that Anning's Ama mata is the University of Queensland ... I rest my case.    

Thick as two short planks perhaps.  


18:30

Rowan Atkinson on freedom of speech "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

18:02

High risk that Chinas timber from PNG is illegal "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

China, as the main destination for Papua New Guineas timber, could help tackle illegality in PNGs forestry sector with stricter enforcement, according to a new report from watchdog NGO Global Witness.

18:00

Tech Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I thought this was pretty cool, even though its from more than 3 years ago. Neuroscience has advanced a lot since then, but this is a good demonstration of how to control someone elses arm with your brain. The post Tech Thursday appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:42

Anomalous Object Discovery In Bermuda Triangle: Is It An Alien Craft? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The subject of a forthcoming Discovery Channel treasure Hunter show, and found by consulting the data supplied by ex astronaut Gordon Cooper (a confirmed UFO/ET believer). I say its too premature to be talking aliens or vehicles just yet, especially considering this is going to be hyped to the max by Discovery. Anyhow, heres some []

The post Anomalous Object Discovery In Bermuda Triangle: Is It An Alien Craft? appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

17:30

The inconvenient truth about the democratic party "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post The inconvenient truth about the democratic party appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:00

Why isnt communism as hated as Nazism? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Why isnt communism as hated as Nazism? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

16:46

NZ Firsts $300k clause is old news "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Its surprising to suddenly see that NZ First have a clause in their constitution that seeks to impose a $300,000 dollar cost on and MP who resigns or is expelled from the party. Surprising because it is not news I posted on this four years ago May 2014 NZ Firsts $300,000 fine threat NZ First []

16:32

Living, Fighting, Autonomy: A Conversation on Inhabit "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Living, Fighting, Autonomy: A Conversation on Inhabit appeared first on It's Going Down.

Cover photo from Chern, Mexico, where inhabitants have expelled the Mexican State, political parties, and police in favor of an autonomous system of assemblies.

We live in truly interesting and horrific times. Our age is marked by both large segments of the population having access to massive amounts of information, as well as a culture that thrives on the suppression of reality itself; with distraction and demonization of our own abilities and agency to accomplish much of anything as individuals and as human communities, but also in terms of the grave dangers our world faces in the present moment.

One section of the elites points backwards to the past, in the name of the nation and tradition, while another to the future under the guise of progress. But in reality, both beckon to the same end point: one defined by war, ecological collapse, and massive stratification, repression, and misery.

Thus, we are told to applaud our thriving economy on one hand, and prepare for the coming apocalypse of climate change on the other. To get tired of winning, but to also get ready for an economy defined by automation, weaponized data, and the growth of electronic feudalism.

Meanwhile, camps are forming, as figures from Bannon to those in the Alt-Right proclaim, just as they did after the fall of the Berlin Wall, that now the lines of war are drawn between globalists and nationalists. Meanwhile, some of the few that still have faith in our instit...

16:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

16:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

15:30

Principles or principals: Does an oxford educated lawyer know the difference? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The post Principles or principals: Does an oxford educated lawyer know the difference? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:02

A contempt of Parliament? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Today in the sparring over the waka-jumping bill, Nick Smith reminded everyone of something we'd forgotten about: NZ First's dubious attempts to coerce their Members of Parliament:

NZ First leader Winston Peters has defended a clause in the party's constitution which hold MPs liable for a $300,000 penalty if they resign.

The clause states that every member who is elected as a New Zealand First list MP or constituency MP, must sign a "resignation obligation contract" which imposes a "liability for liquidated damages in the sum of $300,000" if they resign or are expelled from caucus or the party.

Peters said a lot of time and money was put on the line and "no one is entitled to jeopardise it and just walk off without any regard to the proportionality of the vote at election time, that's why it's important".

[...]

National MP Nick Smith asked Justice Minister Andrew Little in Parliament whether the Government supported MPs being subjected to legally binding contracts requiring them to pay $300,000 if they fell out with their party.

Little said he had no knowledge of such an arrangement and it sounded hypothetical.


Clearly, its not: its part of NZ First's constitution. And, as Andrew Geddis explained last time this came up, its clearly unenforceable: no court will touch a contract which purports to determine whether someone is an MP, and any attempt to enforce such a contract (that is, to financially punish someone for being an MP) would be a clear contempt of Parliament. But while the clause may be unenforceable, like a lot of other illegal contracts, it still may be treated as binding by its victims and influence their behaviour. So its worth asking: insofar as it threatens MPs in the course of their official duties, is the rule itself also a contempt? Hopefully the Privileges Committee will give us an answer.

15:00

Maybe I should quit the blog & go work for Golly G "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I am dusting off the old C.V because a fabulous job opportunity has come available. The position is Parliamentary Executive Support and Researcher to Golriz Ghahraman, MP It looks exciting Quote Working alongside Golriz Ghahraman, MP you will enjoy a fast paced and varied role. The purpose of this role is to enable Golriz to [] The post Maybe I should quit the blog & go work for Golly G appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:30

Green, green, its green they say "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wired poses a thoroughly modern riddle: what links the battery in your smartphone with a dead yak floating down a Tibetan river? Quote. The answer is lithium the reactive alkali metal that powers our phones, tablets, laptops and electric cars. In May 2016, hundreds of protestors threw dead fish onto the streets of Tagong, a [] The post Green, green, its green they say appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Dousing a technique for searching for underground water, minerals, ley lines, or anything invisible, by observing the motion of a pointer (traditionally a forked stick, now often paired bent wires); a form of divination involving a rod or wand, especially the art of finding underground supplies of water or minerals; the changes in direction of a pendulum, supposedly in response to unseen influences; plunging into water; drenching.

14:00

Lies, immigrants and crime "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There are few areas of public policy discussion that plumb the depths of cant and hypocrisy more than immigration. Even climate change debate is a model of honesty and diplomacy by comparison. Whether its confected outrage triggered by fake photos of children in cages, or selectively railing against sensible policy purely on the basis of [] The post Lies, immigrants and crime appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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13:09

Bould Statements on Dubai: 1 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ann and Roger Bould from Waikanae Beach, were recently in the oil-rich kingdom on the Persian Gulf. Here is []

13:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This piece of Whaleoil wisdom was brought to you by the Whaleoil Store. Our best selling mens T-shirt this month is GUNTS     The post Whaleoil wisdom appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:30

IM ABOUT TO BE BANNED FROM YOUTUBE (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

IM ABOUT TO BE BANNED FROM YOUTUBE Video Stefan Molyneux Almost immediately after returning from a speaking tour of Australia and New Zealand, and after getting my final all-clear cancer checkup, the YouTube strikes against Freedomain Radio the...

The post IM ABOUT TO BE BANNED FROM YOUTUBE (Video) appeared first on The Daily Coin.

12:30

Another terror attack in London but it wasnt the terrorists fault "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A logical person would blame the Muslim perpetrator of terror for the consequences of his murderous and ideology fueled actions but these days logic is in scarce supply. The initial reports of the latest terror attack in London by the media illustrates just how far down the denial rabbit hole they have already gone. When a car is [] The post Another terror attack in London but it wasnt the terrorists fault appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:05

More pillage "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Back in 2014, the then-National government rammed through the West Coast Wind-blown Timber (Conservation Lands) Act 2014. The Act was an act of pure pillage, using the excuse of a strong storm to undermine the Forests (West Coast Accord) Act 2000 and allow National's donors and cronies to loot native timber from the conservation estate. The one good thing about the Act is that it is scheduled to expire next year. But naturally, National wants to extend it:

National MP Maureen Pugh is hoping to introduce a bill to Parliament soon on behalf of the West Coast Regional Council which would allow the Director-General of the Department of Conservation to authorise the removal of some windblown trees on conservation land following bad weather.

"I have been working with the West Coast Regional Council since the Government blocked my motion to have my Members Bill on this topic introduced to Parliament in April," Pugh said.

It is similar to legislation implemented by the former National government in 2014, opposed then by Labour and the Greens, after Cyclone Ita flattened large swathes of native forest in the region.

Worse, according to that article it has the support Shane Jones, and therefore probably NZ First. Which is odd as they opposed the 2014 version. But now they're promoting themselves as the champions of rural pillagers I guess.

This is the issue where the Greens should put their foot down, because it strikes at the very idea of conservation in New Zealand. These trees are on conservation land, and conservation land is for conserving, not for mining. But it also shows the gulf in mindset between the pillagers and the rest of New Zealand. As with its characterisation of rivers as "water flowing out to sea", National is characterising these trees as "waste". What they actually are is the nutrient cycle in action, and vital for the health of those forests. Removing them will actively undermine conservation. This bill needs to be opposed, both in the House and in the forests themselves.

12:01

Matters regarding Family Violence "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There's a report at the NZ Herald about family violence. It's come from NewstalkZB:

Figures released to Mike Hosking Breakfast under the Official Information Act show police launched 121,739 thousand family violence investigations last year - or 333 a day.....Yet as those numbers increase, the number of apprehensions and prosecutions is trending down with 16,764 prosecutions made last year down more than 2500 from 2008. 
I had to read the report twice cause I couldn't understand the point they were trying to make. Why?

Look at the table they made:




Coincidentally, directly before reading this I was chewing through a research report into Pacific family violence.

Amazingly reference is made to 'family structure' being a contributor:

Changes in traditional family structures and dynamics that may contribute to violence in Pacific families include an increase in single-parent households and the absence of
fathers (and male role models) within the immediate family structure (Pacific Advisory Group, 2009). 
That's highly unusual from anything funded or published by MSD.

Also of interest, the Pacific authors make a point not often heard that 'Pacific peopl...

12:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Click on image for a high-res view Best Selling Musical Artists By English County of Origin The map above shows the best selling singer, musical artist or band from each of Englands 48 ceremonial counties. The criteria seems to be where someone has grown up rather than necessarily where they were born. Brilliantmaps.com   The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:45

Whaleoil Tip: Share buttons "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

11:30

Results from recent study indicate below average functioning for MSM "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Results from a recent study have shown that MSM journalists arewella bit thick really. While these results arent in any way definitive they are indicative and, if objectively true, would explain quite a lot. Quote. The results showed that journalists brains were operating at a lower level than the average population, particularly due to dehydration and [] The post Results from recent study indicate below average functioning for MSM appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:30

Chinas Plan to Tank Its Stock Market "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The phrase the fix is in refers to government-backed manipulation.

When I say the fix is in for FXI, thats not meant to be mysterious.

FXI is the ticker symbol for a US exchange-traded fund (ETF) composed of the largest Chinese stocks.

When you combine the two into a government plan to tank its national stock market at least to a point youre as close to a sure thing as stock market indices allow these days.

Thats exactly what appears to be going on in China right now

A currency devaluation will likely lead to a stock market collapse, but its a trade-off China is willing to accept because a cheaper currency will stimulate exports and support jobs.

Chinas motives in market manipulation are about social stability more than profit and loss. Of course, the Chinese have nothing against making money; theyre good at it.

But China is controlled by a Communist Party dictatorship that is most concerned about its self-perpetuation.

On a day-to-day basis, that involves avoidance of inflation, unemployment and market panics (versus slow and steady declines).

Investors with vague or no recollection of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protest and massacre in Beijing have been taught to recall the event as a pro-democracy student rally complete with a 33-foot-tall papier-mch statue called the Goddess of Democracy that was destroyed as the military cleared the square.

Thats a highly selective and misleading portrait of the overall protest.

Its true that student demonstrators placed demands for more freedom of the press and freedom of speech in their petitions. Yet the origins of the protest were economic. Rapid economic growth in the 1980s had resulted in large gains for some but had marginalised and disgruntled many others.

Inflation was a real tax on those with limited resources and an easily avoided inconvenience for the rich. It was these economic grievances inequality and inflation that gave rise to the protests. The pro-democracy aspects were tacked on in the later stages as the crowds grew.

Initially the Communist Party leadership was divided between moderates, like Zhao Ziyang, who favoured some dialogue with the protesters, and hardliners, like de facto leader Deng Xiaoping, who favoured a forced breakup of the protest and the arrest of its leaders.

In the end, the hardliners got the upper hand and the result was a violent military attack on the demonstration.

Communist Party leadership itself was thrown into chaos in the aftermath of Tiananmen with Zhao Ziyang being purged and Jiang Zemin being installed as the new hardline party leader.

......

11:24

Tropical Storm "Rumbia" forms, about to make landfall near Shanghai, China "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Tropical Storm "Rumbia" formed August 15, 2018, in the East China Sea as the 18th named storm of the 2018 Pacific typhoon season. The system is expected to continue intensifying, reaching maximum sustained winds of 85 km/h (53 mph) before making landfall...... Read more

11:00

Sorry: Off script, please delete "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

While the media is busily pushing Hothouse Earth headlines and stuff about statistically proving it will get warmer based upon the ability to predict the past, someone has dared ask a sensible question. Why is it currently getting cooler? In a very interesting exercise, reported on WattsUpWithThat?, Javier shows that a most remarkable climate phenomenon is [] The post Sorry: Off script, please delete appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:00

TWAS A DUMB HIT JOB ON BRIDGES "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It now appears the hit job on Bridges was orchestrated by someone in Parliamentary Services after it was revealed that Newshub received an advance copy of the expenses of ALL National MPs for the three month period 1 April - 30 June 2018.

It is just not tenable to suggest it was leaked by someone with links to National as there was nothing to be gained by doing that given that the information was due to be released publicly today.

But there was certainly a need to divert attention from the now festering Haumaha affair after it was revealed on Monday that the beleagured Deputy Police Commissioner with solid links to NZ First had made direct contact with one of his accusers on a matter that is now the subject of an internal police investigation.

You add into the mix the quite extraordinary outburst by NZ First cabinet minister Shane Jones saying that the whole affair was racially orchestrated ... would have thought a Minister of the Crown would have enough sense to keep his gob shut while the QC appointed by his fellow NZ First Ministerial colleague did her job ... and you can be forgiven for concluding the hit job of Bridges was nothing but a clumsy attempt by someone to divert attention from a scandal engulfing the government and especially NZ First.

David Farrar may have hit the nail on the head with his very good question ...  What if Haumaha was the number two name on the list presented to Minister Nash (who made the recommendation to Jacinda Ardern) and why then was the panel's number one choice overturned in favour of Haumaha?



11:00

Fresh from the nut milkery "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Nick Saik at Know Ideas Media take sus into the nut milkery to explain the intricacies of nut milking:

 

Hat tip: AgDaily

11:00

Classic Comedy: It Aint Half Hot Mum S07 E03 Dog In The Manger "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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

10:59

Follow the money "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

There is no greater truth than this: follow the money

To meet their Paris Agreement climate change commitments, both Australia & NZ will be expanding their pipeline of clean energy, low-carbon transport and sustainable water infrastructure as well as their stocks of energy efficient buildings. This transition will provide extensive investment opportunities for institutional investors looking to increase portfolio exposure to green and ESG related investment.

The forum will see the launch of a ground-breaking report on the exploration on green infrastructure investment opportunities and the simultaneous release of State of the Green Bonds Market, Australia and New Zealand 2018.

The forum is organised by the Climate Bonds Initiative together with ANZ, CBA, Macquarie Group, NAB, Westpac, and the CEFC, together with event partners Norton Rose Fulbright, IFM, IGCC, the PRI and RIAA.

10:30

Conservatives are biased but so are scientists "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Its an oft-repeated claim by smug social media liberals (I place the word in quotes because, although they assume the name liberal, they invariably seem to really be left-wing authoritarians) that science has a liberal bias because reality has a liberal bias. This is nonsense, of course. Reality has no bias, liberal or conservative. Reality [] The post Conservatives are biased but so are scientists appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:04

Emmy Glory Wont Solve Lingering Problems With The Vietnam War "IndyWatch Feed World"

In a critique I wrote last fall of Ken Burns and Lynn Novicks The Vietnam War, I took the filmmakers to task for failing to expose the essential and damning truth of Vietnam: that the U.S. instigated a war of aggression that resulted in the deaths of three million Vietnamese, including more than 2 million civilians.

Now, its Emmy season and, while The Vietnam War has been passed over in the nominations for exceptional merit in documentary filmmaking, Burns and Novick are nominated for directing and Geoffrey Ward for writing of episode 8, the strongest in the series.

But even the filmmakers strongest episode is undermined by their uneven command of the history, best exemplified in episode 8 by a single line of narration on the My Lai massacre.

The killing of civilians has happened in every war. In Vietnam, it was not policy or routine, but it wasnt an aberration either, the voice-over intones.

The preponderance of the evidence shows that the targeting of civilians was both policy and routine.

Quang Ngai, the province where My Lai is located, offers a case in point. According to the 1967 reportage of Jonathan Schell, 70 percent of peasant villages there had been completely decimated in the months preceding My Lai, with a civilian death toll estimated at 50,000 per year in that province alone.

Schells reportage in The Military Half (1968) describes his observations in detail. He reported all of it to Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara upon his return to the States.

Schell had flown in forward air control planes over Quang Ngai for a month that summer, watching from the air as pilots directed bombers to their targets and as ground troops used Zippo lighters to burn villages to the ground. The military campaign was designed for the purposeful generation of refugees, in the name of what the military planners euphemistically termed pacification (a benign choice of words for a designated war crime). Once emptied, the villages becam...

10:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Ruapahu to  Taranaki  (clue in the middle horizon)  from  Turoa access road NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic locations. They can be the view from your kitchen window or [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

 A flow of fresh air heres hoping Fonterra s financial performance gets a good whiff Point of Order:

Fonterras  latest move, appointing Miles Hurrell as interim CEO  with immediate  effect, has   sent  fresh rumbles  through the  dairy industry.

The  co-ops  chairman John Monaghan, announcing the move,  spoke of the need  to  breathe  some fresh  air  into the business.

He is  not alone with this observation:  several  politicians  have been calling for just that but  many of the  co-ops 10,500 farmer-suppliers may be wondering  what exactly  a  blast of   fresh air  may do. . .

Animal tracking legislation to be debated under urgency Gia Garrick:

Legislation to properly enforce the animal tracking guidelines, which were found to be hugely inadequate during the Mycoplasma bovis response, is to be debated under urgency tonight and through tomorrow.

It will mean farmers compliance with the National Animal Identification and Tracing scheme (NAIT) the countrys cattle and deer tracking system will be properly monitored.

Agriculture Minister Damien OConnor said there would be penalties for those who did not comply.

We will certainly have enforcement of these new guidelines, I can promise you that, he said. . . 

Farmers encouraged to open homes to drought-hit Australians  Esther Taunton:

Kiwi farmers are being urged to extend the hand of mateship to their drought-stricken Australian counterparts.

Federated Farmers national president Katie Milne said the organisation was working on ways to help farmers hit by severe drought across the Tasman.

Much of southeastern Australia is struggling with drought but conditions in New South Wales are the driest and most widespread since 1965.  . . 

09:46

Oral Questions 16 August 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Questions to Ministers PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Governments statements and actions? AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all of the statements and actions of the Government in respect of the economy? Dr DEBORAH RUSSELL to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he seen on how infrastructure will improve productivity [] The post Oral Questions 16 August 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:41

Morobe Leaders Unite On Wafi-Golpu Project "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Benny Geteng | Post Courier | August 15, 2018

Several Morobean MPs including Governor Ginson Saonu have taken a united stand in calling for more Morobean presence in the Wafi-Golpu Mine Project.

This is first time ever for Morobe leaders to come together to show their concerns on the technical advisory and spinoff benefits from negotiations, construction phase, and the development of the Wafi-Golpu Project located between Bulolo district and Huon Gulf district.

The MPs Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu, Bulolo MP Sam Basil, Huon-Gulf MP Ross Seymour, Tewae-Siassi MP Dr Kobby Bomareo, Nawaeb MP Kennedy Wenge and Lae MP John Rosso.

The emerging Morobe position aims to address lessons from the Bougainville Copper Limited and the crisis it ignited, the Ok Tedi Mining environmental issues that fueled the exit of BHP Billiton, landowner issues affecting the PNG LNG Project and the Hidden Valley Mining Project including other mines that will all be captured in a memorandum of agreement.

They have called for disclosure of pertinent information and engagem...

09:30

Nine to Noon: Anton Mosimann talks to Kathryn Ryan "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

RNZ Nine to Noon

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/ntn-20180813-1132-hungry_for_life_causing_a_stir_anton_mosimann-128.mp3

Swiss culinary powerhouse Anton Mosimann has cooked for four generations of the British Royal Family, Presidents & Prime Ministers, and has been credited with revolutionising British cooking.

But thats not all in addition to a cooking career lasting some 60 plus years, hes also a licensed private detective, wrestler and rally car driver. Its no surprise, then, that he titled his recent biography Life Is A Circus.

He is in New Zealand as a guest judge of the annual Nestl Toque dOr kitchen competition.

He talks to Kathryn Ryan

Hugely influential chef in the UK.

09:30

Oh-oh, another German leader is tooling up for war "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Its generally politely glossed over, but the blunt fact is that the European Union was created not so much to stop European states warring on each other, but to stop Germany warring on European states. Ever since the German states unified in the 19th century, the rest of Europe struggled with Furor Teutonicus. Amid the [] The post Oh-oh, another German leader is tooling up for war appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:23

Professional Pilot training creates oppportunities for Young Papua New Guineans "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Several students from various secondary schools in Papua New Guinea (PNG) have successfully been enrolled this year in pilot school overseas.

Roselyn Banrogo, Marketing Manager and PNG Representative for Professional Pilot Training (PPT) in New South Wales, Australia, stated that there were initially a total of nine pilot students who enrolled with the school five of which were from various secondary schools in Port Moresby (POM).

We usually have non-school leavers who apply for our pilot training school but this year, weve had two students from Port Moresby International School, two from Paradise International School, and one from Gerehu Secondary School, said Ms Banrogo.

These students are only proof of how successful the annual career exhibitions have been.
Ms Banrogo stated that PPT did not have a required Grade Point Average (GPA) for its students, however they only needed to be exceptional in Advanced Mathematics and Physics.

We dont look at the GPA but we look at how good they are in Maths A, Physics and especially English because that is the language that they will use when communicating in the cockpit.

Meanwhile, Ms Banrogo added that disabilities such as eyesight problems were not an issue for students who wished to undertake pilot training at PPT.

If students are short-sighted, they will be referred to an eye doctor; but prior to training, they will sit for electronic aptitude tests which will determine their aptitudes to fly, she said.

We actually have had some students who were short-sighted but it wasnt a problem, as long as they had their glasses on.

PPT has been operating for the past 12 years in Coffs Habour, New South Wales, Australia and is fully engaged with the Air Niugini Pilot Training

The school is open to both school leavers and non-school leavers below the ages of 35 to 40. ...read more on >> PNG Education News site

PNGFM /PNG Today

09:19

New partnership to help grow agriculture potential in PNG's Hela region "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A public private partnership with the goal of developing a large scale commercial agricultural venture in the Hela Province was announced today.

The agricultural project partners include the PNG LNG Project, agribusiness firm Innovative Agro Industry, MRDC, Hela Provincial Government and Tari-Pori, Koroba-Kopiago and Komo Margarima local level governments.

The proposed venture led by Innovative Agro Industry will train and equip small-holder farmers to first produce stock feed and vegetables in Hela Province and, over time, endeavour to rejuvenate the local coffee industry. Innovative Agro Industry has successfully demonstrated its ability to design and implement self-sustaining commercial agricultural ventures l across Papua New Guinea.

The unique public private partnership has been formed through the efforts of ExxonMobil PNG, operator of PNG LNG, and Innovative Agro Industry over the last year to help create a sustainable pathway to commercially scale the agricultural industry in Hela province.


Innovative Agro Industry Chairman Ilan Weiss said creating opportunities for meaningful participation for rural Papua New Guineans is a key component of many of the projects the IAI has developed throughout Papua New Guinea. "We believe that this type of engagement is key to the success of any agriculture enterprise.

Smallholder engagement strengthens communities and generates cash incomes, triggering sustainable flow on effects in terms of food security, health, education, development of locally owned small businesses, and improved basic financial literacy. It has the ability to be a catalyst for rural development."
ExxonMobil PNG Managing Director Andrew Barry said the PNG LNG Project was committed to driving economic growth and producing significant, lasting benefits. The agricultural project has the potential to positively impact as many as 5,000 small-holder farmers in Hela Province over the next five years and beyond as well as diversifying the economic base and encouraging the development of additional small enterprises in Hela province.

As a first step, and as a demonstration of their commitment to Hela Province and its people, the agricultural project supporters have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly fund the detailed design phase at a cost of PGK10M. Over the course of the next few months, much work will be done to determine the full feasibility of the agricultural venture.

Activities to be undertaken in Phase 1 include a detailed field an...

09:10

Alluvial Gold, Silver Production Up "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Benny Geteng | Post Courier | August 15, 2018

The alluvial gold and silver production for the year 2017 achieved the second highest revenue figure of K356 million since the records were reviewed this year.

Mining Minister Johnson Tuke said this placed the alluvial sector in 5th place by revenue when compared to major mines operating within PNG.

This is evidence of both the status and potential for the alluvial sector within PNG.

Mr Tuke spoke to delegates during the 4th Alluvial Convention and Trade Show in Lae yesterday stressing that while it was unfortunate that the price of gold is ever reactive to world events, trade, and political influences such as the prospect of a full blown international trade war currently has dropped off its highs of the first six months of 2018.

Despite this, production in the alluvial sector was recorded as 93,080 ounces of gold and will be exceeded and revenue forecasts suggest revenue over K400 million in a calendar year.
...

09:00

Cartoon of the day by SonovaMin "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

All cartoons as seen exclusively on Whaleoil are available to buy as prints directly from SonovaMin.com The post Cartoon of the day by SonovaMin appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:37

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

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08:32

Panama bryozoan evolution, new study "IndyWatch Feed World"

This video fom the USA says about itself:

9 October 2015

What are Fossil Bryozoans?

From the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama:

Old species learn new tricksvery slowly

August 15, 2018

A quick look at the fossil record shows that no species lasts forever. On average, most species exist for around a million years, although some species persist for much longer. A new study published in Scientific Reports from paleontologists at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama shows that young species can take advantage of new opportunities more easily than older species: a hint that perhaps older species are bound to an established way of life.

Were lucky to live and work in Panama where nature has set up its own evolutionary experiment, said Aaron ODea, STRI paleontologist. When the Caribbean Sea was isolated from the Pacific Ocean by the slow uplift of the Isthmus of Panama, nutrient levels fell and Caribbean coral reefs proliferated. We can use the excellent fossil record to observe how Caribbean life responded to this dramatic environmental and ecological transformation.

The teams best choice for tracking the change was a peculiar family of marine animals known as the cupuladriid bryozoans. These relatively small animals consist of unusual, free-living, disc-shaped colonies of individuals called zooids. Colonies form through sexual reproduction or asexually by cloning, as bits of the colony break off and continue to grow, said STRI post-doc and coauthor Blanca Figuerola. They abound on the sea floor along the continental shelf across the tropics, filtering plankton from the water via a beautiful waving crown of tentacles. When colonies die, their hard skeletons remain, and are exceptionally abundant as fossils.

ODeas group collected and identified more than 90,000 cupuladriid colonies from 200 fossil samples and 90 more recent samples collected by dredging the sea floor. The samples contained mud, sand, coral remains and other indicators of the kind of habitats where the...

08:30

What to ban next: Whitebait fishing "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Do you love a whitebait fritter? A real delicacy that you look forward to when you travel on the West Coast of the South Island? Something you find as an entree in a really good restaurant? Well, make the most of it while you can. Because, Forest and Bird, and by extension the Green Party, [] The post What to ban next: Whitebait fishing appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:14

Papua New Guineas disappearing resource revenues "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Foreign owned mining companies are raping PNG in 2017 the government received just K400m from exports worth K25 billion.

 Glenn BanksMartyn Namorong | Devpolicy Blog | August 15, 2018

Government revenues from Papua New Guineas mining, oil and gas sector have essentially dried up. With the ongoing effects of the devastating earthquake in Hela province, the eruption of election-related violence in the Southern Highlands, a significant budget shortfall, and a foreign exchange crisis driving business confidence down, the resources of the government are severely stretched and the massively expensive APEC meeting looms in November.

In this context, the drop in government revenue from the resource sector is staggering, and accounts in significant part for the growing fiscal stress. Figure 1 shows the extent of the issue: in 2006-2008, according to BPNG figures, the government collected more than K2 billion annually from the sector by way of taxes and dividends, on mineral exports that had just topped K10 billion for the first time. In 2017, the figure is just K400 million on exports of K25 billion a revenue reduction of more than 80%...

08:00

What to ban next: Roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

You will have heard that Monsanto has had a judgement against them recently claiming glyphosate causes cancer , and an award of US$289 million has been made to the complainant. quote: A civil jury in San Francisco has granted US$289m to a groundskeeper who said his lymphoma resulted from years of applying Monsantos trademarked Roundup insecticide, which [] The post What to ban next: Roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:46

QotD: "The case for unilateral free trade rests no less on the venality and ineptitude of the state as it does on the pro-social incentives and creativity of the market." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"Protectionists find unjustified comfort in some theoretical curiosa ... such as 'optimal tariffs' and 'strategic trade theory.' But just as the operation of the private economy must be modelled realistically, so too must the operation of the state be modelled realistically. And when the operation of the state is modelled realistically, the prospect of the state acting scientifically and apolitically is recognised to be so close to negligible as to be zero. Equally negligible is the prospect of even the most scientific and apolitical state ever possessing sufficient knowledge and information to intervene productively.
    "The case for unilateral free trade rests no less on the venality and ineptitude of the state as it does on the pro-social incentives and creativity of the market."
~ Don Boudreaux, from hist post at Cafe Hayek.

07:45

Climate Justice Forum: Railroad Bridge Permit Appeal, Court Repeal of Forced Oil & Gas Leases, Sandpoint Corn Train Spill, Lochsa River Crane Accident, Waste Well Regulation Transfer, Boise Fracking Jobs 8-15-18 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on an appeal of an Idaho permit for Lake Pend Oreille railroad expansion, a Sandpoint corn train spill, a Highway 12 crane accident along the Lochsa River, transfer of oil and gas waste injection well regulation from Idaho to federal agencies, an employment ad for Boise frackers, a federal court decision blocking forced oil and gas leases of Idaho home owners, and other topics.  Broadcast for six years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

07:30

Opinion: Adrian Orrs crystal ball "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The role of the Reserve Bank governor has always been one of a very conservative banker with a reserved persona. Think Don Brash or Graham Wheeler. The job description requires the governor to steady the ship, adopt a no surprises policy, and take all necessary steps to protect the banking system and to keep the [] The post Opinion: Adrian Orrs crystal ball appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:15

A river of crocodile tears and hypocrisy wont silence the Australian people "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

...Thinkers across the political spectrum, from Nick Cohen to Thomas Sowell, have written that the lefts obsession with stamping out discussion about race has actually facilitated racism. The post A river of crocodile tears and hypocrisy wont silence the Australian people appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:15

DARPA Wants to Reinvent Electronics "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Joseph P. Farrell

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, or as we like to refer to it here, following a suggestion of Mr. J.B., the Diabolically Apocalyptic Research Projects Agency, has a plan to reinvent electronics, and specifically, the computer chip, and even to reinvent the way chip innovations are done. Mr. R.M. shared this story by Martin Giles from the MIT Technology Review, and theres something in it that caught my eye, particularly in view of yesterdays end-of-the-twig high octane speculation about steam locomotives and Union Pacifics heritage fleet of steam engines.

Heres the story:

DARPA has an ambitious $1.5 billion plan to reinvent electronics

Theres the usual DARPA boilerplate about not only engineering, but engineering how engineering is done:

One project aims to radically reduce the time it takes to create a new chip design, from years or months to just a day, by automating the process with machine learning and other tools so that even relatively inexperienced users can create high-quality designs.

No one yet knows how to get a new chip design completed in 24 hours safely without human intervention, says Andrew Kahng of the University of California, San Diego, whos leading one of the teams involved. This is a fundamentally new approach were developing.

Were trying to engineer the craft brewing revolution in electronics, says William Chappell, the head of the DARPA office that manages the ERI program. The agency hopes that the automated design tools will inspire smaller companies without the resources of giant chip makers, just as specialized brewers in the US have innovated alongside the beer industrys giants.

But then there was something that caught my eye, implying that DARPA wants an entirely new type of chip architecture:

Another ERI project will explore ways in which novel circuit integration schemes can eliminate, or at least greatly reduce, the need to shift data around. The ultimate goal is to effectively embed computing power in memory, which could lead to dramatic increases in performance.

On the chip architecture front, DARPA wants to create hardware and software that can be reconfigured in real time to handle more general tasks or specialized ones such as specific artificial-intelligence applications. Today, multiple chips are needed, driving up complexity and cost.

Some of DAR...

07:15

Kris Faafoi and Mandy Hager Speak on Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Kapiti Labour Branch host top speakers From Graham Bathgate You are invited to a Kapiti Labour Branch Committee speaking event. []

07:00

The bag ban to save the environment that wont save anything, in fact it will make things worse "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The government and the Princess in charge have declared that they want to save the environment and that climate change is one of the most important issues. Consequently they have banned oil and gas exploration and now theyve banned alleged single use plastic bags. Like a lightbulb ban or a shower head regulation this is [] The post The bag ban to save the environment that wont save anything, in fact it will make things worse appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

Working groups breeding working groups "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

First the good news the government is providing $8.5 million to better manage freedom camping.

 . . .Recycling collection facilities, infrastructure and operating costs in Grey District will receive a $850,000 funding boost.

Westland District Council has been allocated about $780,000 for new camping facilities and to cover operating costs, education and enforcement.

Tasman District Council is set to receive $660,000 from the fund to improve tourism infrastructure in the lead up to summer.

Queenstown Lakes, Buller, Mackenzie and Waitaki district councils will receive more than $500,000 in the lead up to the tourism season, with Mackenzie and Waitaki receiving a joint payment. . .

Visitor numbers are well in excess of ratepayers ability to fund infrastructure for tourists. This money will be thinly spread in areas with great and urgent need but it is a good start.

But then theres the bad news.

The working group set up to review freedom camping wants five more reviews.

One of the Governments infamous 140 working groups has, incredibly come back with a recommendation to have five more reviews, Nationals Tourism spokesperson Todd McClay says.

Tourism Minister Kelvin Daviss Responsible Camping Working Group has reported back not with a plan but with a recommendation the Government reviews the Freedom Camping Act, the compliance regime, the administration system, the camping-grounds regulations and the responsible camping rules.

Thats right. Five more reviews leading us to the extraordinary situation where we have working groups calling for working groups.

These working groups are like mushrooms, breeding more of their kind in the dark.

In a damning indictment on its lack of work in Opposition this Government came to power with so few ideas its launched 140 working groups and inquiries costing $170-odd million, to tell it what to do.

Now it turns out not even those working groups have any answers and decisions are being kicked further down the road, with Mr Davis saying his cross-Government plan of action is still off somewhere in the never-never. Were talking two years before any major legislative cha...

06:30

FakeNewshub confirms it wasnt a Nat who leaked by attacking the entire National caucus "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We now know that FakeNewshub is now a mouthpiece of the government. We also know that it wasnt a Nat who leaked travel expenditure ahead of tomorrows official announcement. We know this because FakeNewshub has released all National MPs expenses and not a single one from government MPs. No National MP would leak the [] The post FakeNewshub confirms it wasnt a Nat who leaked by attacking the entire National caucus appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:17

The NEG is a con that will deliver neither lower prices or cleaner energy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

A lot of people are talking about the National energy Guarantee (NEG). As Malcolm Turnbull and his government pursue it, the opposition grows.

On the one hand, there are those on who share Tony Abbotts view of the world, and see even a minimal relaxation of the pro coal policy as a sellout. As we saw, this brought some dissention into the Liberal Party room.

Then there is the much bigger number who regard the NEG as a betrayal of the governments responsibility to act appropriately on the threat of global warming and turn to alternative clean energy.

As the debate This debate unfolded, an unprecedented heat wave in the northern hemisphere was actually killing people and a large part of Australia was suffering from drought again. Findings from the Bureau of Meteorology, the CSIRO,  and other scientific bodies, makes it clear that more frequent and severe droughts, bushfires and floods are the consequence of rising global temperatures in australia are linked to a warming climate. Over the longer term, the southern half of our continent is drying up.

You would think that everyone would get the hint. But not so. Some have an amazing ability to not see what they dont want to see.

If truth is told, the NEG was hatched up as an intended publicity stunt, to win the government some much needed credibility.

Australia wants much more done to lower carbon emissions and a decisive shift to renewable energy. The idea is to make a show of working towards cleaner electricity. Never mind that the proposed target of a 26 percent reduction is not enough to even meet the governments existing Paris commitment, that it is based on continuing to boost rely on coal generation and investment on renewables is slashed. Few are being fooled by the pretence that the NEG is a genuine emissions reductions policy.

The other claim is that implementation of the NEC will lead to lower electricity prices. No, it wont, because the claim is made on the back of pretending that high prices are caused by supply problems.

Australias high energy prices are the result of the National Electricity Market, which is designed not only to privatise generation and distribution but al...

06:15

Most read "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

06:00

Sledge of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Simon Bridges wins Sledge of the day for this ripper: Quote: Simon Bridges: I ask again: why did her Government prioritise $2.8 billion for a fees-free tertiary policy that isnt delivering any extra students over additional funding for teachers pay? [Interruption] Mr SPEAKER: Order! Order! The Prime Minister will sit down. I saw what Im taking to [] The post Sledge of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Aid and defence "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

During the height of the aid boom, back in 2012, my then-colleague Ben Reilly complained that Australia was spending too much on aid and not enough on defence. We were on our way, Ben complained, to becoming an aid powerhouse and a military minnow. How times change. As the graph below shows, we are now on track to hit a record high defence-to-aid ratio. We have already increased that ratio from $6 on defence to every one for aid back in 2012 (when Ben was complaining about it, and when it was at a historical low) to $8.60 last year, the third highest ever. If the budget projections are followed through with, in 2020 the ratio will reach ten-to-one, and it will keep climbing.

The ratio of Australian government defence to foreign aid spending

In 2012, we were the 11th most committed OECD defence spender (measured in terms of defence-to-GDP), and the 13th most generous aid donor (aid-to-GNI). We are now the seventh most committed defence spender, but only the 19th most generous aid donor. Its embarrassing.

In dollar terms, aid and defence have been going in very different directions for the last five years. Adjusting for inflation, the defence budget has grown by one-third over this period; the aid budget has been cut by one-quarter.

Aid and defence spending ($ billion, 2018 prices)

We certainly live in uncertain tim...

06:00

Pastor Neville Johnson. Liked blow jobs from his three young AOG church secretaries. Academy of Light Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Former head pastor at Queen St Assemblies of God Church in Auckland New Zealand. "IndyWatch Feed National"

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson today. Still an errant false prophet, liar and con-artist. Neville Johnson has conned many people out of large sums of money in Ponzi schemes in recent times. Angry victims are looking for his home address to recover their lost savings even asking me if I know where he lives. He lives in Maleny, Queensland. Its a small town so youll easily find him.

Neville Johnson

Pastor Neville Johnson. Academy of Light Ministries, Maleny, Queensland, Australia. Liked blow-jobs from his three young church secretaries while praying to the Lord and fasting in Auckland, New Zealand motel rooms with them.

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05:54

Meet 'supersharer' Patricia Morgan in Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

In this new Shareable series, we'll be highlighting people around the world who are "supersharers." These are individuals who are deeply involved in makerspaces, coworking hubs, art collectives, worker cooperatives, community gardens basically initiatives in which people can freely share knowledge, skills, resources, and more, with each other. We're thrilled to introduce you to our next supersharer Patricia Morgan, postdoctoral research fellow at the Schools of Information Systems at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

05:54

Brexit is Titanic "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Brexit means Brexit, and we are going to make a TITANIC success of it. Omg who made this masterpiece? pic.twitter.com/wnXToTLSYr sarah (@SarahDuggers) August 14, 2018

05:51

Gill Wards Poem For Today "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Doing lunch    I asked my friend if he wanted to do lunch He said that lunch was for corporate []

05:41

Britains way of life threatened "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Britains way of life is threatened by a culture with strange accents, wearing unusual clothing, who attended special schools and are part of a closed society that doesnt integrate with the rest of us. Britain's way of life is threatened by a culture with strange accents, wearing unusual clothing, who attended special schools and are []

05:35

Inquiry into leak of Bridges expenses "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Im not sure whether most of the public will care much about the leaking of Simon Bridges expenses, but it seems to have been a big deal for Bridges, for the Speaker, and for political journalists who have given it a lot of coverage. RNZ:  Inquiry launched into leak on Simon Bridges expenses Parliaments speaker, []

05:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

05:22

Biological passports show whale sharks travel less than we thought "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Whale sharks are capable long-distance swimmers, but it turns out that a lot of them are also homebodies. A new study published Aug. 9 in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series that used chemical signatures found in whale shark tissue, combined with photographic identification, revealed that most members of the species, Rhincodon typus, dont swim more than a few hundred kilometers from a specific feeding site, at least when theyre young. Whale sharks are fully capable of swimming across oceans, but it seems like the juveniles, at least, are choosing not to, Simon Pierce, a marine conservation biologist with the Marine Megafauna Foundation in California and one of the studys authors, said in a statement. They like coming back to the same sites each year to take advantage of predictable feeding opportunities. A whale shark swimming off the coast of Mafia Island in Tanzania. Image Clare Prebble/Marine Megafauna Foundation/University of Southampton. Lead author Clare Prebble, a marine biologist at the University of Southhampton in the U.K., said whale sharks could swim 10,000 kilometers (6,200 miles) or more each year. And studies on the genetic makeup of whale shark populations hint that some sharks, at least at some point in their lives, peel off from the known gatherings of hundreds of sharks around favorite feeding sites to mix with other populations. Thus far, though, scientists have struggled to use tags to track individuals over long distances or time periods. One team had a breakthrough earlier this year when it traced the movements of

05:15

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

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

05:13

Government challenged by teacher strikes "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jacinda Ardern criticised teachers for striking too soon, rearranged her diary in order to speak to a crowd of protesting teachers at Parliament, but one response from teachers was to follow up with a two day strike to keep the pressure on the Government. Minister of Education Chris Hipkins, long a champion of teachers unions, []

05:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I think that we have a responsibility to make certain that we are fiscally responsible in order to assure, frankly, future generations dont have to pay our bills. Carol Moseley Braun who celebrates her 71st birthday today.

05:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

04:44

NZH: Trump shakes core principles in attacks on media "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Donald Trump attacks the US media a lot. He attacks a lot he attacks his own Justice agencies, he attacks his Attorney General, he still attacks Hillary Clinton as if she is still a serious opponent, and he attacks a procession of people who write books about him and reveal recordings about him. All []

04:36

Hamish Tristram On The UK Summer "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

From London, Hamish Tristram reports on Summer, the silly season for the media in Britain Westminster is in recess; however []

04:30

Face of the day UPDATED "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Todays face of the day Chris Hipkins called National leader Simon Bridges a chauvinistic pig during Question time yesterday. He didnt like Bridges suggesting that  Grant Robertson (who he has referred to as the the ventriloquist) was supplying Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern with the answers. Update: Simon Bridges clearly is a regular reader of Whaleoil. [] The post Face of the day UPDATED appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:19

Ardern showed her mettle, Bridges ineffective "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Simon Bridges tried to attack Jacinda Ardern over the teacher strikes in Question Time in Parliament yesterday, but waas largely ineffective as Ardern showed her mettle and not only frustrated Bridges attacks, but returned fire adeptly. There was a side show during the questioning, with Bridges being required to withdraw and apologise after a remark []

04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is nv ( (noun) 1. The upper part of a glacier where the snow turns into ice. 2. (a) A snow field at the head of a glacier. (b) The granular snow typically found in such a field. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Field of granular snow, firn, [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 16 24 Kind words are like honey sweet to the soul and healthy for the body. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:20

Media watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:07

Open Forum Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:00

Restricting global warming to 1.5C would halve risk of marine heatwaves "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Marine heatwaves could become 41 times more likely across the globe by 2100 than in pre-industrial times if little is done to stop greenhouse gas emissions, a new study finds.

Such a surge in heatwaves could push marine organisms and ecosystems to the limits of the resilience and even beyond, which could cause irreversible changes, the researchers write in the journal Nature.

However, limiting global temperature rise to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels the aspirational target of the Paris Agreement could more than halve the rise in frequency and intensity of marine heatwaves, the lead author tells Carbon Brief.

Scorching seas

As with a heatwave on land, a marine heatwave is an extended period of unusually high temperatures.

Surges in sea temperatures can have large impacts on underwater ecosystems. The Great Barrier Reef, for example, has experienced four mass coral bleaching events caused by prolonged exposure to high sea surface temperatures (SSTs) in the past two decades.

In 2010-11, a marine heatwave caused the loss of 36% of the seagrass meadows in Shark Bay in Western Australia an important refuge for dugongs, green turtles and manta rays.

The new research uses a combination of satellite data and modelling to investigate how climate change has influenced the frequency and severity of marine heatwaves to date. It then uses this information to, for the first time, make projections about how marine heatwaves are likely to change in the coming decades.

The results show that marine heatwaves have already become longer-lasting and more frequent, extensive and intense in the past few decades, says lead author Prof Thomas Frlicher, a researcher at the ocean modelling group at the University of Bern. He tells Carbon Brief:

If temperatures were to rise by 3.5C relative to pre-industrial levels as is...

03:00

The Slow March Toward a World Without Nuclear Weapons "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

By Jerry Merriman

A little over a year ago, 122 countries nearly two-thirds of the worlds total made history by adopting the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW).  Between 20 September 2017 and 3 August 2018, 60 of those countries took it a step further by signing the treaty.  On 31 July 2018, New Zealand became the 14th country to take the final step by ratifying it.  With no deadline for signing and ratifying the treaty, it will become part of international law when 50 countries have ratified it.

Countries opposed to the treaty include all nine countries with nuclear weapons and all 29 members of NATO.  That the treaty is viewed as controversial in some circles should come as no surprise, but it is worth noting that the treaty has overwhelming support from countries in Africa, Central America, and South America.  It is also supported by all of the countries in the Middle East (including Iran) except for Syria, Turkey, and Israel.  Syria participated in treaty negotiations but was absent for the vote to adopt on 7 July 2017.  Turkey, along with four other NATO-member countries (Germany, Italy, Belgium, and the Netherlands), allows the presence of U.S. nuclear weapons as part of a nuclear sharing agreement.  Israel has its own arsenal of nuclear weapons and has never signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT).  The NPT was originally adopted in 1968 and includes 190 countries.  Palestine is among the 14 countries that have ratified the TPNW.

In 2017, a letter from over 3,000 scientists worldwide in support of the nuclear weapons ban treaty was delivered to the U.N. General Assembly during negotiations to adopt the treaty.  The letter begins:

Nuclear arms are the only weapons of mass destruction not yet prohibited by an international convention, even though they are the most destructive and indiscriminate weapons ever created. We scientists bear a special responsibility for nuclear weapons, since it was scientists who invented them and discovered that their effects are even more horrific than first thought.

Will the treaty, once it is ratified by 50 countries, guarantee a world free of nuclear weapons?  No, but it will be a tremendously important step toward that goal.  A September 2017 article from Human Rights Watch explains:......

02:37

Mission Accomplished: Why Solidarity Boats To Gaza Succeed Despite Failing To Break Siege "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When Mike Treen, the National Director of the Unite Union in New Zealand arrived at the airport in the capital, Auckland, on August 1, a group of people were anxiously waiting for him at the terminal with Palestinian flags and flowers. They hugged him, chanted for Palestinian freedom and performed the customary native Haka dance. For them, Mike, as all of those who set sail aboard the Freedom Flotilla to Gaza last July, were heroes. But the truth is Mike Treen and his comrades were not the only heroes for braving the sea with the aim of breaking the hermetic Israeli military blockade on the impoverished and isolated Gaza Strip. Without those who were present at the Auckland airport, upon Mikes arrival, and without the thousands of supporters all across the world who have mobilized as a community - held numerous meetings, raised funds, created a powerful media discourse, and so on...

Wednesday, 15 August

23:22

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

150818 MANU CALLS FOR COMMITMENT BY FAITHFULS
New Dawn FM News

The Catholic people of Hahela Parish have been challenged not to play double standards with their lives.
Hahela Parish Priest FR. WESLEY MANU said that the life of the faithful must be the same in church and outside.
He said if inside the church is different and outside the church is different then there is corruption there.
FR. MANU said that corruption in all levels of the communities must be stopped and people must be following the teachings of Jesus Christ and the church.
Ends

23:18

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

150818PUNGHAU ON DATE FOR REFERENDUM
New Dawn FM News

The Minister for the Bougainville Peace Agreement Implementation, ALBERT PUNGHAU says that the date of the Referendum cannot be finalized unless two things are done according to the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
He said that the two important issues are the weapons disposal and the second autonomy review that the United Nations will carry out soon.
MR. PUNGHAU said that these two issues will now set the stage for the two governments to set the date for the actual referendum.
He said when that is not yet done, all preparation work is based on the target date of June 15th, 2019.

Ends

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23:15

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

150818SPECIAL JSB SET FOR AUGUST 24
New Dawn FM News

The Special Joint Supervisory Body Meeting(JSB) which was called by Prime Minister, PETER ONIEL at the Arawa JSB will now be held in Buka on August 24th,2018.
This was announced by the ABG Minister for Bougainville Peace Agreement Implementation, ALBERT PUNGHAU at a press conference in Buka today.
MR. PUNGHAU who just returned with a team of ABG Ministers who went with the ABG Vice President, RAYMOND MASONO to meet with their PNG Counterpart Ministers ahead of the Special JSB.
Minister Punghau said that his team has for the first time made good progress when talking directly with the Deputy Prime Minister and setting agendas that the Special JSB will address.
He said in the past the Joint technical team were setting the stage for the Prime Minister and the Ministers to just say yes or no during the JSB.
MR. PUNGHAU said that the JSB was set up during the initial negotiations as an avenue for the leaders of both governments to meet and iron out issues that was encountered during the implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
He said that the Special JSB will address the Questions or question to be put in the referendum ballot.

Ends

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23:12

Water from the Stone of CNMI Sovereignty "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Next month I'll be back in Washington D.C. to resume my research about federal territorial relations that I began last year. Much of my focus last year was on Guam and its commonwealth movement, but as I conducted interviews and sifted through files, I also found more and more references to the commonwealth of the CNMI as well and found its evolution and devolution to be even more fascinating. Even just the contrast of reading about what has taken place there for the past few decades in federal documents versus local government is striking. Take for example when a number of sovereignty provisions that had been negotiated through the commonwealth were lost about ten years ago. This process was referred to the in CNMI as a "federalization," akin to a takeover by the federal government. Within the federal government however it was referred to as as normalizing of a relationship, whereby those provisions were considered to be only temporary and would eventually be done away with once the CNMI had experienced some economic development. It is so intriguing to see one side argue that something was never set in stone, but always fluid like water, while the other states it was set in stone and either we lost the stone or someone grabbed it and smashed most of it.

I look forward to returning to this research. It has put me back in the mood for reading about the garment industry that the CNMI once boasted. Here is an article from 2005 in the Saipan Tribune that I came across recently.

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The rise and fall of the garment industry in the CNMI
by Jesus D. Camacho
Saipan Tribune
May 17, 2005
https://www.saipantribune.com/index.php/a360ee58-1dfb-11e4-aedf-250bc8c9958e/

According to the Tan Holdings Corp. website, Dr. Tan Siu Lin and his family brought THC to Guam in the early 70s and embarked on a variety of businesses: shipping, real estate, amusement, and movie distribution. Approximately six years after THC began conducting business in the Marianas, the Northern Marianas Islands became a bona fide Commonwealth in 1978.

Approximately five years after the CNMI came into existence, the Tan Siu Lin family made the decision to move the corporate headquarters from Guam to the CNMI in 1983. Subsequent to relocating to the Commonwealth, THC began to grow and become an extremely diversified and multifaceted corporation handling the gamut in t...

22:55

Iya Hagta "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Infotmasion put i siudat (mismo songsong, lao i maga'songsong para i Islan Guhan) gi Fino' Chamoru. Hu tuge' este para un curriculum project dos aos ttte. Ya-hu bei na'huyong guini lokkue', sa' hu Tango' na guaha estudiante pat otro e'eyak ni' sesso manmambisisita guini gi este na blog, ya ma kekealigao este na klasen tiningo'.

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Put iya Hagta

Guhan i ms dngkolo na isla gi islas Marianas. Hagta i kapitt na siudat. Gaige meggai na ofisinan gobietno giya Hagta. Gaige lokkue i gima i Gobietno yan i
Lihelaturan Guhan.

I Plsa de Espaa mahtsa desdi i tiempon Espaot; manggaige guihi i kosas yan estorian i manmasusedi gi duranten i tiempon Espaot. Gaige i Plsa gi fion i gimayuos Dulce de Maria Cathedral-Basilica.  Dngkolo este na gumayuos ya ma silelebra i gipot Santa Marian Kamalen gi diha ocho gi Disembre guini. Dngkolo este na silebrasion giya Guahan. I hinenggen Katoliko gi tiempon Espaot  ha gof tulaika i hinengge yan kottura gi entre i Chamorro siha. Mas di kuattro sientos aos i Espaot ha okupa i Islas Marianas. Meggai na tradision yan kustombre gi Chamorro pgo ginen este na hestoria.  
...

22:20

United Natives Against Bureaucratic Miasma "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

I first traveled to the United Nations to testify in 2007. I testified along with two other Marie Auyong and Rima Miles before the Fourth Committee on the situation in Guam. We came in the wake of a larger delegation the year before which featured Victoria Leon Guerrero, Julian Aguon, Sabina Perez, Fanai Castro, Tiffany Lacsado and Kerri Ann Borja. That trip represented a big moment in sort of post-nation Chamoru/Angel Santos activism in Guam and the diaspora. The trip first came from a conference in San Diego that I along with a few others had organized in April 2006 about decolonization and Chamoru issues. It was, as far as any of us could tell, the first of its kind in the diaspora. The gathering of so many critical and conscious Chamorus in one place led to a great number of things, one of which was a period of new engagement around the United Nations.

Chamorus had been traveling on and off to the UN since 1982. There were high points, usually when the Government of Guam wanted to try to shame the US about something or draw more attention to something the US was ignoring, but for the most part, only one or two people, or no one would travel to the UN to testify. That trip in 2006 wasn't organized by anyone with government of Guam connections, but rather activists either raised in the diaspora or just in the states for school, who wanted to draw attention to the military buildup that had been announced back home.

2006 was a high point, as the group met with countries and UN officials, who were all eager to see some activity in Guam again around decolonization. The first year I attended was simply a placeholder, a reminder that even if we hadn't returned with the same intensity, we were still there and did not want to be dismissed or forgotten. I hadn't even planned on testifying, but was asked at the last minute and ended up flying out with just a day or two notice.

Another larger group returned in 2008, but even in my short time within the UN infrastructure I was struck by a number of things. Once the luster and grandness of the place wore off, you were left with a hollowness, especially coming from a colony. As I wrote in my dissertation, the UN gift shop was a particularly depressing spectacle, as flags from nearly every UN member were there, but none for the colonies.

As much as testifying there before the Fourth Com...

22:05

World view Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

22:01

August 16 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1 B.C.   Wang Mang consolidated his power and was declared marshal of state. Emperor Ai of Han, who had died the previous day, had no heirs.

963  Nikephoros II Phokas was crowned emperor of the Byzantine Empire.

1328  The House of Gonzaga seized power in the Duchy of Mantua, and ruled until 1708.

1513  Battle of the Spurs (Battle of Guinegate) King Henry VIII of England defeated French Forces.

1777  American Revolutionary War: The Americans led by General John Stark routed British and Brunswick troops under Friedrich Baum at theBattle of Bennington.

1780 American Revolutionary War: Battle of Camden  The British defeated the Americans.

1792  Maximilien Robespierre presented the petition of the Commune of Paris to the Legislative Assembly, which demanded the formation of a revolutionary tribunal.

1819  Seventeen people died and more than 600 were injured by cavalry charges at the Peterloo Massacre at a public meeting at St. Peters Field, Manchester.

1841  U.S. President John Tyler vetoed a bill which called for the re-establishment of the Second Bank of the United States. Enraged Whig Party members riot outside the White House in the most violent demonstration on White House grounds in U.S. history.

1858 U.S. President James Buchanan inaugurated the new transatlantic telegraph cable by exchanging greetings with Queen Victoria.

1859  The Tuscan National Assembly formally deposed the House of Habsburg-Lorraine.

1865  Restoration Day in the...

21:25

Navajo Nation Celebrates Navajo Code Talkers Day "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Navajo Code Talker John Kinsel stands next to an oil portrait based on a photograph by Kenji Kawano. The Office of the President and Vice President provided these portraits as gifts for the surviving Navajo Code Talkers.

Published August 15, 2018

WINDOW ROCK  Leaders and citizens of the Navajo Nation, and of the United States, recognize on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, as Navajo Code Talkers Day in honor of the contribution and sacrifice of the warriors who developed an unbreakable code to bring an end to World War II.

The freedom we enjoy is connected to the Navajo Code Talkers, Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye said. On the front lines of some of historys bloodiest battles, these men were using our language to protect American soldiers. Our language is powerful. It is strong and sacred.

In a hundred years, we will still be speaking Din bizaad, President Begaye continued. In five hundred years, we will still be speaking Din bizaad.

The Navajo language, Din bizaad, was used to secure military communication lines to advance marines forward on the battlefields of the Pacific Theatre.

At a time when the reliability of Native American soldiers was called into question, an original group of 29 Navajo Code Talkers transmitted information about tactics, troop movements, orders and other battlefield messages using telephones and radios. Their work was so successful that more than 400 Navajos were called upon to serve as code talkers by the end of WWII.

We honor our code talkers and the language that was spoken to win the war, Vice President Jonathan Nez said. I look at it as God looking upon us as a blessed nation. We are a blessed nation, ladies and gentlemen. Lets always remember that. And it all started 150 years ago when our ancestors came back as a people to our homeland.

President Begaye and Vice President Nez were joined by some of the remaining Navajo Code Talkers and their family members. Families of the late code talkers were also in attendance, along with delegates of the Navajo Nation Council and many more.

Every year, the Office of the President and Vice President (OPVP) provides gifts for surviving Navajo Code Talkers. This year, President Begaye presented them with custom oil portraits of themselves, based on pho...

20:30

BBC Radio Comedy: Elvenquest S03 E04 King Baldwin the Jovial "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

Characters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

...

19:46

Tonga PM challenges Pacific leaders to weight-loss competition "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Prime Minister of Tonga has challenged fellow Pacific leaders to a year-long weight-loss competition to combat soaring obesity levels in the region.

19:39

Colin Mocketts global outlook "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The world is changing fast. If we dont keep track of the changes, we lose out on the opportunities we have right in front of our nose to transform, transition, change and improve our city, our homes and our lives.

Knowing what is happening in the rest of the world helps us realise what can be achieved it reminds us that real positive change is not just some distant dream. Out there, others are already proving that it is possible.

During the last months, Colin Mockett has been helping us with this  keeping track  as he generously shares his global outlook and knowledge with us and our listeners in the beginning of each Sustainable Hour on 94.7 The Pulse.

These are Mocketts reports and commentaries so far:


#9: Global renewable energy consumption over the long-run

In The Sustainable Hour on 15 August 2018, Colin Mockett shares his findings from a new, global renewable energy report, which was published by ...

19:00

Wednesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

18:30

Why no one trusts the mainstream media "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Why no one trusts the mainstream media appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:27

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In Hawes Bay yesterday spring had sprung.

Daffodils were in full bloom and rhododendrons were in flower.

Back home spring is a bit later but the grass has started growing again and the first of the daffodils are blooming.

Today Im grateful for signs of spring.

 

18:00

Wednesday Weapons "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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17:42

Parliament anti-Mori and racism implications "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The referencing of referencing family of MPs, plus hints of and MP being anti-Mori,r arose in an exchange in Parliament today, in relation to the appointment of Wally Haumaha as Deputy Police Commissioner. Theres co clear conclusion (to me) but some interesting discussion. It came out of this primary question: 8. Hon PAULA BENNETT (Deputy LeaderNational) to the Prime Minister: []

17:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S02 E13 The Messenger "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

.S02 E05 truth or Dare not found

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

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

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

17:30

The Left will eat itself "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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17:07

Bangarla Aboriginal Corporation to go to Supreme Court to halt Kimba vote on nuclear waste dump "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Barngarla People seeking Supreme Court injunction to halt Kimba vote on nuclear waste facility, 2018  https://www.adelaidenow.com.au//87afb1b5d47db75b415c402d97Peter Jean, Jade Gailberger, The Advertiser, August 14, 2018  

A VOTE by Kimba residents on whether they want a radioactive waste dump in the district is in jeopardy after an indigenous group sought an injunction to stop it.

The Barngarla People on Tuesday applied for an urgent Supreme Court injunction to halt the Kimba vote.

The Hawker district will also vote.

Two sites near Kimba, on the Eyre Peninsula, have been short-listed as possible locations for a low-level radioactive waste storage facility. A third short-listed site is near the Flinders Ranges community of Hawker.

The Barngarla Determination Aboriginal Corporation will argue that native title-holders who live outside Kimba District Council boundaries should be entitled to vote.

The Barngarla have more than 200 members, most of whom live outside the councils boundaries.

The group will argue that the ballot breaches the Racial Discrimination Act and that Kimba Council does not have the power to conduct the vote.

The corporation is seeking a...

17:00

The science of female aggression "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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16:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

15:59

Strike Wave Continues "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"


On a cold and windy day primary school teachers and principals hold a day of strike all over New Zealand.
It was one of the biggest marches on Auckland's Queen Street. Some say 7000, others say 10,000 teachers marched. Aotea Square was overflowing with people willing to stand up and fight back for their rights.
Over whelming support for the teachers from a broad spectrum of New Zealandrs is a positive sign too.
Recently we have seen the nurses, bus drivers, IRD staff and many private sector workers fight for their work rights.
Something is in the air, people will have various labels for this something, I have my own.
Amidst the workers of Aotearoa uniting and rising, someone tells me that Socialists must be driven out of trade unions. How bizarre!!
Unions without a Socialist backbone are like a human being without oxygen.
More importantly, how do you stop the kind of Socialism we have recently seen among striking workers of Aotearoa?

Kua tae te waa
Anu SA

15:51

Senator Rex Patrick: Additional Comments on Senate Report re selection process for siting nuclear waste dump "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Recommendation 1 The Minister must quantify how broad community support will be determined and do so before vote.

Recommendation 2 As a minimum, broad community support must mean a 65% vote in favour in the AEC vote, AND agreement from all adjoining neighbours AND the agreement from aboriginal communities.

Recommendation 3 The ANSTO Act should be changed to permit the storage of intermediate-level waste until such time as an appropriate facility site has been identified and a facility built and commissioned

Senator Rex Patrick Senator for South AustraliaSelection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia, 14 August 2018

p. 67 Additional Comments by Senator Rex Patrick Kimba and Hawker, when you finally surrender, it must be of your own free will!

The Work of the Committee

1.1 I thank the committee for the work it has done in relation to this very important inquiry. I also thank the secretariat for their behind the scenes efforts.

1.2 I support the general findings in this report and the recommendations that flow from them, but I feel they do not address several substantive issues with enough force.

1.3 Out of responsibility to the communities of Hawker and Kimba, I address those issues now.

A Facility is needed

1.4 Centre Alliance accepts that Australia...

15:51

MIT Computer Model Predicts Dramatic Drop In Quality Of Life Around 2020 And The End Of Civilization Around 2040 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Is humanity approaching a major turning point?  A computer model that was originally developed in 1973 by a group of scientists at MIT is warning that things are about to dramatically change.  If the computer predictions are accurate, our standard of living will start to decline dramatically around the year 2020, and we will witness the end of civilization around the year 2040.  Of course this is not the first time ominous predictions such as this have been made about our future.  For years, experts have been warning that we are heading for severe shortages of water, food and oil as our limited natural resources begin to run out.  For years, experts have been warning that our economic model is not sustainable and that we are heading for a historic collapse.  For years, experts have been warning about the alarming increase in seismic activity all over the planet and about the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.  Society is crumbling all around us, and the elements for a perfect storm are definitely coming together.

So maybe this computer model is on to something.

The name of the computer program is World One, and it was originally created by Jay Forrester

The prediction came from a programme nicknamed World One, which was developed by a team of MIT researchers and processed by Australias largest computer.

It was originally devised by computer pioneer Jay Forrester, after he was tasked by the Club of Rome to develop a model of global sustainability.

However, the shocking result of the computer calculations showed that the level of pollution and population would cause a global collapse by 2040.

The fact that the Club of Rome was behind Jay Forresters work is a major red flag, because...

15:48

Is Marxism just about factory workers? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This article is part of Fightbacks What is Capitalism series, to be collected in an upcoming magazine issue. To support our work, consider subscribing to our e-publication ($20 annually) or magazine ($60 annually). You can subscribe with PayPal or credit card here.

In short: no. Or, it shouldnt be.

A Marxist analysis of capitalism highlights who owns the means of production: farms, factories and so on. Most people in capitalist society do not own factories. That includes the unemployed, white collar, blue collar, pink collar, public-sector workers, students, caregivers, most self-employed people,1 and peasants although there arent many peasants around these days. Workers are those compelled to sell their labour to live, whether they currently do so or not.

Although most people share a common dispossession, we also have diverse experiences, and distinct social positions. Caregivers may do essential work, but its distinct in purpose and experience from factory work. Tithi Bhattarachaya outlines this relationship:

If workers labor produces all the wealth in society, who then produces the worker? Put another way: What kinds of processes enable the worker to arrive at the doors of her place of work every day so that she can produce the wealth of society? What role did breakfast play in her work-readiness? What about a good nights sleep?2

These basic needs are often met or assisted by unpaid, or underpaid caregivers. Marxist feminists have focused on this work, often performed by women, terming it social reproduction. Caregiving work reproduces not just the person, but the whole social system (you cant have capitalism without workers, workers without food, food without a cook often cooking free of charge). While recent socio-economic shifts may have undermined the traditional nuclear family, Time Use Surveys show that women still perform most unpaid work.

Various forms of wage labour, other than factory work, are also clearly necessary to capitalism. Sales, banking, translation, and various other jobs lubricate a complex social system. Capitalists would not pay workers if they were unnecessary. Public-sector workers maintain the state and social services, stabilising the social system (for better or worse).

Unemployed people are the most dispossessed, of course. Despite regular propaganda to the contrary, unemployment is a structural failing rather than a pe...

15:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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15:13

Its Official: Blue Light Is Killing Our Eyes "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Alt Media has been pursuing this subject for a long time and the evidence has been steadily mounting. Heres a new report from the mainstream via Popular Science:   Screens are killing your eyeballs, and now we know how The blue screen of death is taking on a whole new meaning. By Eleanor Cummins []

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15:03

Greens Dissenting Report on selection process for nuclear waste dump "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The definition of broad community support has been inconsistent throughout the entire process

decision-making power of the Minister is wholly arbitrary. It is nonsensical to say that we must accept an arbitrary decision-making process as a means to avoid arbitrary decision-making processes.

The Adnyamathanha people have a demonstrable interest in the process of site selection.

it is condescending and inaccurate to suggest that community concerns around the impact of a radioactive waste dump on agriculture and tourism perceptions of safety and attractiveness are unfounded.

It is imperative that all stakeholders within transport corridors should be consulted.

Dissenting Report from the Australian Greens  Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia, 14 August 2018

1.1 The Australian Greens believe the site selection process is fundamentally flawed. There has been a consistently stated commitment by the Minister to respect the views of the communities relevant to the process by not proceeding without broad community support, ensuring that the absence of such shall serve as an effective veto. However, the Minister has refused to explain what he would consider to be sufficiently broad, ensuring that any number can be considered sufficient, or insufficient, and ultimately disenfranchising affected communities in the name of ministerial discretion.

1.2...

15:00

First they came for the conservative Youtubers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

First, they came for the conservative Youtubers. And people said nothing. Then they came for classic liberal  Youtubers And people said nothing. Talk show host Dave Rubin claimed YouTube financially censored his videos when the platform demonetized them. It appears at least that theres some pretty shady stuff going on, the host of The Rubin [] The post First they came for the conservative Youtubers appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:51

Nuclear waste being shipped to Australia by company with a terrible safety record "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Responsibility overboard: the shocking record of the company shipping nuclear waste to Australia http://www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=19892&page=0

By Natalie Wasley -, 14 August 2018In the very early hours of Sunday July 29, the federal government carried out a highly secretive transport of spent nuclear fuel. Helicopters and hundreds of police accompanied trucks from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technologys reactor at Lucas Heights to Port Kembla in Wollongong.

The spent fuel was loaded onto the BBC Austria, owned by Briese Schiffahrt, a shipping line condemned across the world for dangerous and illegal practices. The cargo is heading for the La Hague facility in France to be reprocessed, with a contractual agreement for waste generated from this process to be sent back to Australia.

Any transportation of nuclear materials carries risks, but Briese has a particularly terrible safety record, including leaking oilfrom vessels,...

14:48

First reliable estimates of highly radioactive cesium-rich microparticles released by Fukushima disaster "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2018-08/gc-1re081218.php GOLDSCHMIDT CONFERENCE

Scientists have for the first time been able to estimate the amount of radioactive cesium-rich microparticles released by the disaster at the Fukushima power plant in 2011. This work, which will have significant health and environmental implications, is presented at the Goldschmidt geochemistry conference in Boston*.

The flooding of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (FDNPP) after the disastrous earthquake on March 11 2011 caused the release of significant amounts of radioactive material, including cesium (Cs) isotopes 134Cs (half-life, 2 years) and 137Cs (half-life, 30 years). Initially scientists thought that all Cs was released in soluble form. Now however, they have realized that a part of the released Cs was in the form of glassy microparticles, formed at the time of the reactor meltdown; these particles were thrown over a wide area, but until now there has been no reliable estimate of how much radioactive cesium-rich microparticles was deposited in the surrounding area, and how this material was distributed.

Now a group of international scientists, led by Dr. Satoshi Utsunomiya (Associate Professor of Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan) has been able to give the first accurate estimates of the amount of the radioactive microparticles in the environment. This work describes the significance of the microparticles to current radiation levels, and provides fundamenta...

14:45

Nuclear waste transport port; Port Lincoln? there will be no discussion says Dept of Industry Innovation and Science "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Port Lincoln a possible port for waste transport https://www.eyretribune.com.au/story/5584011/nuclear-port-talk-to-wait/

The Department of Innovation, Industry and Science says there will be no discussion on whether ports, including in Port Lincoln, will have nuclear waste material move through them until a storage site has been chosen.

AECOM Australia prepared site characterisation technical reports for the department for each of the proposed sites for the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

For the site reports for Lyndhurst and Napandee, near Kimba, it discusses the potential for waste to be shipped from Port Kembla, New South Wales, to key ports including Port Lincoln, Port Pirie and Whyalla.

It also details the potential for a new commodities port in the upper Spencer Gulf to be used to transport waste to either Lyndhurst or Napandee.

The report details Port Lincolns potential to utilise rail to transport the waste from the port, but would be subject to third party restrictions due to the railway being privately owned.

...

14:41

Despite weather extremes the grand Walkatjurra Walkabout against uranium mining presses on "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

K-A Garlick at Nuclear Free WA, 15 Aug 18 The Walkatjurra Walkabout have survived the first 10 days of the protest walk in freezing overnight temperatures and long hot walking days. Walking strong a group of 55 people gathered at Yeelirrie to support Traditional Owners, Aunty Shirley, Lizzie Wonyabong and Vicky Abdhullah in their 40-year struggle to stop the proposed Yeelirrie uranium mine.

The three women have shared stories of the area where they and their families grew up on. and their ancestors grew up.   The group was joined by Youno Downs Station, who shared stories of the history of uranium exploration and company intimidation over the years they have lived on the pastoralist station.  Water is what the company is after, they (Cameco) need up to 10 millions of litres of water and they want us to give it to them! . to be continued!

14:38

Radioactive sheep in Australia add evidence about Israeli nuclear bomb test "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Radioactive sheep shed light on secret nuclear weapons test, https://nypost.com/2018/08/14/radioactive-sheep-shed-light-on-secret-nuclear-weapons-test/ Christopher Carbone, Fox News, August 14, 2018 Newly discovered data from radioactive sheep provides strong evidence that a mysterious double flash detected almost 39 years ago near a remote island group was a nuclear explosion.

Ever since the flash was observed by a US Vela satellite orbiting above Earth in September 1979, theres been speculation that it was produced by a nuclear weapon test by Israel. International researchers in the journal Science & Global Security analyzed previously unpublished results of radiation testing at a US lab of thyroid organs from sheep in southeastern Australia in order to make their determination.

The flash was located in the area of Marion and Prince Edward islands, which are in the South Indian Ocean about halfway between Africa and Antarctica.

A new publication sheds further light on the Vela Incident of 1979, said Professor Nick Wilson of Otago University at Wellington, who highlighted the findings but was not involved with the study itself. [The research] adds to the evidence base that this was an illegal nuclear weapons test, very likely to have been conducted by Israel with assistance from the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Wilson, an epidemiologist and member of the Australia-based Medical Association for the Prevention of War, said the test would have violated the Limited Test Ban Treaty signed in 1963, and urged the United Nations to mount a full inquiry.

The researchers conclude that iodine-131, which is an unstable radioactive form of the element iodine found in the thyroids of some Australian sheep, would be consistent with them having grazed in the path of a potential radioactive fallout plume from a [Sept. 22, 1979] low-yield nuclear test in the Southern Indian Ocean.

Thyroid samples from sheep killed in Melbourne were regularly sent to the US for testing monthly in 1979 but also in the 1950s and 1980s, researchers say.

According to a report in the New Zealand Herald, the sheep had been grazing in an area hit by rain four days after the flash incident was observed, which would have been in...

14:36

Rally in Canadian town against siting as nuclear waste dump "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Hornepayne residents rally against nuclear waste storage https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/hornepayne-nuclear-waste-1.4783656  Tuesdays rally includes march, guest speakers, Aug 14, 2018 

14:30

Twitter reacts to Jeremy Corbyns excuse "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn participated in a wreath-laying ceremony to honour the perpetrators of a heinous Palestinian terrorist attack that killed 11 Israelis at the 1972 Olympics. The Israeli athletes were kidnapped and tortured before being murdered. World Israel news writes British opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn, who is facing allegations of enabling anti-Semitism, acknowledged Monday [] The post Twitter reacts to Jeremy Corbyns excuse appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Helluation gluttony; the act or habit of eating or drinking too much.

14:19

Tesla big battery to be installed at Lake Bonney wind farm RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Infigen Energy to install 25MW/52MWh Tesla Powerpack battery storage system at its Lake Bonney wind farm in South Australia. The post Tesla big battery to be installed at Lake Bonney wind farm appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Tesla big battery to be installed at Lake Bonney wind farm RenewEconomy

14:18

Gupta launches 1GW renewable plan at Cultana solar project RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Gupta confirms plans for 1GW of dispatchable renewables at ground-breaking ceremony at new Cultana solar project, a day after Coalition agree to NEG policy that models zero new investment in large-scale renewables and storage over next decade. The post Gupta launches 1GW renewable plan at Cultana solar project appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Gupta launches 1GW renewable plan at Cultana solar project RenewEconomy

14:18

August 14 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Science and Technology: Minesto to fly Wales kite Minesto, a Swedish company, is poised to start subsea testing of its 500-kW tidal kite off the coast of Wales after completing initial commissioning sea trials. The company said the DG500 will undergo flying full subsea trajectories off Holyhead as part of the next phase []

via August 14 Energy News geoharvey

14:17

Video of the Day: Counting Frydenbergs NEG lies RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Smart Energy Council counts eight lies told by the federal energy minister in his Sunday ABC TV interview and fact-checks them all. The post Video of the Day: Counting Frydenbergs NEG lies appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Video of the Day: Counting Frydenbergs NEG lies RenewEconomy

14:17

To HELE with emissions, Turnbull embraces new baseload coal RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Turnbull says he would welcome new coal generator, and prepares to fight Labor on emissions. The post To HELE with emissions, Turnbull embraces new baseload coal appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via To HELE with emissions, Turnbull embraces new baseload coal RenewEconomy

14:16

Hormesis Advocates Dodge Scientific Rigor With Special Pleadings; Ties To Tobacco Industry-Koch Brothers Exposed By CHP Emeritus US EPA Comment Deadline August 16th 11.59 PM Eastern Time Mining Awareness + "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Originally posted on Mining Awareness + : Comment extended to Auguest 16th, 1159 pm ET, Docket ID: EPA-HQ-OA-2018-0259 https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=EPA-HQ-OA-2018-0259 Robert Applebaum is a Certified Health Physicist, CHP, Emeritus. Below is Applebaums response to an attempt to increase radiation exposure limits, through the US NRC. Currently, the same players, Calabrese et al., appear to be trying to get

via Hormesis Advocates Dodge Scientific Rigor With Special Pleadings; Ties To Tobacco Industry-Koch Brothers Exposed By CHP Emeritus US EPA Comment Deadline August 16th 11.59 PM Eastern Time Mining Awareness +

14:00

How Solidarity Boats to Gaza Succeed Despite Failing "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

The post How Solidarity Boats to Gaza Succeed Despite Failing appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

14:00

Ken Burns History of Jazz #1 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Will post more as I find them great doco

13:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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