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Sunday, 27 August


North Korea test fires 3 ballistic missiles: Reports "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Kim Jong-uns military conducted a test of 3 unidentified projectiles Saturday morning

(INTELLIHUB) North Korea test fired 3 ballistic missiles starting around 6:49 a.m. local time Saturday, reports say.

The projectiles were fired from Gitdaeryong in Gangwon Province, reports say.

U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) has confirmed the launch.

The first and third missiles at 11:49 a.m. (Hawaii time) and 12:19 p.m. failed in flight, a PACOM concluded in an emailed statement. The second missile launch at 12:07 p.m. appears to have blown up almost immediately.

Other Sources:

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Weekend reads: An NIH grant scam; are calls for retraction useful?; how to end honorary authorship "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The week at Retraction Watch featured the revocation of a PhD, a questionable way to boost university rankings, and a look at what editors should do when a researcher known to have committed misconduct submits a new manuscript. Heres what was happening elsewhere: For scientists whose grants are rejected by the U.S. National Institutes of []

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Saturday, 26 August


Weather Terrorists Engineer Hurricane Harvey For Maximum Destruction "IndyWatch Feed War"

Simply put: this storm was allowed to move into Texas unimpeded and cause millions of dollars in property damage and possible fatalities. - (1PacificRedwood) More


N. Korea launches first short-range missiles since nuke threats row with US "IndyWatch Feed World"

In its first missiles launch since the dramatic escalation of tension between Pyongyang and Washington, North Korea test-fired three short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan. It comes a day after Pyongyang lashed out at the ongoing US-South Korean military drills. The missiles were launched from Kittaeryong, in North Korea's eastern Kangwon province. According to US Pacific Command spokesman Commander David Benham, two of the missiles fell into the water, while a third blew up at the launch pad. "Initial assessment indicates three short-range ballistic missile launches. The first and third missiles at 11:49am and 12:19pm failed in flight," Benham said in a statement, as quoted by ABC. "The second missile launch at 12:07pm appears to have blown up almost immediately."


World watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


August 27 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

479 BC Persian forces led by Mardonius were routed by Pausanias, the Spartan commander of the Greek army in the Battle of Plataea.

410 The sacking of Rome by the Visigoths ended after three days.

663 Battle of Baekgang: Remnants of the Korean Baekje Kingdom and their Yamato Japanese allies engaged the combined naval forces of the Tang Chinese and Silla Koreans on the Geum River.

1172  Henry the Young King and Margaret of France were crowned as junior king and queen of England.

1232  The Formulary of Adjudications was promulgated by Regent Hj Yasutoki.

1689  The Treaty of Nerchinsk was signed by Russia and the Qing empire.

1776 The Battle of Long Island:  British forces under General William Howe defeated Americans under General George Washington.

1793 French counter-revolution: the port of Toulon revolted and admitted the British fleet, which landed troops and seized the port leading to Siege of Toulon.

1798 Wolfe Tones United Irish and French forces clashed with the British Army in the Battle of Castlebar.

1803 Edward Beecher, American theologian, was born (d. 1895).

1810 Napoleonic Wars: The French Navy defeated the British Royal Navy, preventing them from taking the harbour of Grand Port on le de France.

1813  French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte defeated a larger force of Austrians, Russians, and Prussians at the Battle of Dresden.

1828 Uruguay was formally proclaimed independent at preliminary peace talks brokered by Great Britain between Brazil and...


"Fukushima Update: 15,144.6 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow" "IndyWatch Feed World"

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

Updated August 26, 2017: Fukushima Equals 15,144.6 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow; There is No Place On Earth to Escape the Rad: The 3 melted-through cores of the destroyed reactors, now melted together into a single "corium" totaling over 600 tons, at Fukushima daily release the radioactive equivalent of 6.45 Hiroshima bombs directly into the atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean. As of August 26, 2017 - 2,348 days since the disaster began - this equals the detonation of 15,144.6 Hiroshima atomic bombs and it is still going strong, with no end in sight, considering that t...


Russia"s Asia-Pacific Pivot: South Korean President Confirms Visit to Russia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

It has been reported recently that a Russian-owned tanker, built to traverse the frozen waters of the Arctic, completed a journey from Europe to Asia this month, auguring the future of shipping as global warming melts sea ice. The specially-built ship completed the crossing in just six-and-a-half days setting a new record. The vessel was carrying gas from Norway to South Korea. Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated the crew and energy company officials gathered on the ship's bridge.


The U.S. Navy is staffed by humans "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Ravi Velloor
The Straits Times

Four days after the USS John S. McCain suffered major damage in a collision while on approach to Singapore, questions swirl about the manner of the accident, and its reasons.

That it should have come so soon after a sister vessel the USS Fitzgerald suffered a similar accident while leaving a Japanese port, has raised a bunch of troubling questions.

As they say, the first time may be an accident and the second coincidence, but three becomes a pattern.

In the US Navys case or more specifically, the 7th Fleets case there have been not three, but four costly mishaps just this year.

Two other ships currently deployed to the Asia-Pacific, the USS Antietam that ran aground in Tokyo Bay and the USS Lake Champlain that struck a South Korean fishing boat, suffered damage this year.

That certainly makes for a pattern. With a US warship calling in Singapore every three days or so, there is every reason for the Republic to take more than a little interest in whats going on.

Naturally, conspiracy theories abound.

One line of thinking is that hackers may have corrupted the massive computer systems of the John S. McCain and perhaps, other vessels.

In the case of the John S. McCain, that does not seem the case. Admiral Scott Swift, commander of the Pacific fleet, seems to have ruled out a cyber attack in near categorical terms.

Adm Swift should know, of course, but George Kurtz, former head of technology at MacAfee who now owns CrowdStrike, one of the worlds top cyber security companies, had a more nuanced view.

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USS John S. McCain sustained damage to her port side, which is the left side of the vessel facing forward. Photo was taken off Changi Naval Base on Aug 21, 2017. ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO


While declining to speculate, he told me that any assessment of an incident of this nature would necessarily have to be placed in a geo-political context.

In the John S. McCains case, it had just completed a Freedom of Navigation Operation, or FONOP, in the South China Sea where it was repeatedly warned by Chinese vessels.

The current chatter in cyber security circles, he said, is that while the McCains computers may not have been compromised, it is probably worth examining if anyone could have tinkered with the GPS system to send her, or the other vessel, off course by a few hundred metres.

It is an interesting theory and not the first t...


Wera, Siune in PNG Hunters starting 13 against Tweed Heads Seagulls "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

SP PNG Hunters Coach, Michael Marum has made minor changes to his starting line-up ahead of this Sunday's final round 25 match against the Tweed Heads Seagulls.

Marum has called in Adex Wera and Essau Siune into his starting 13.
Adex Wera will start in the center's, with Willie Minoga moving into second row, while Moses Meninga will start at lock.

Despite being put on report for contrary conduct last weekend, and not being charged by the QRL judiciary, Marum will sit our Stanton Albert and David Loko.

Back in round 15, the Hunters lost to the Seagulls, 14 points to 10 at home, and are predicted to turn the score cards around when they face them at the Piggabeen Complex this Sunday.
The team departs for Brisbane today.
NBC News/PNG Today


ICHR Blocks Manuscript on Freedom Struggle Because It Makes the Sangh Look Bad "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Historian Arjun Dev, editor of the manuscript, has said the government institution is unhappy that the book details the counter-productive role Hindutva groups played in the freedom struggle.

The book in question includes original documents and speeches from the years preceding independence. Credit: PTI

The book in question includes original documents and speeches from the years preceding independence. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: While Hindu-right organisations, under the patronage of the Narendra Modi government, are claiming spaces within the spectrum of associations with instrumental roles to play in the Indias nationalist movement, the Indian Council of Historical Research (ICHR) the primary government-sponsored institution for funding historical research and publications has found itself in the dock for allegedly trying to bury historical work that looks into the counter-productive role played by the Sangh parivar during the freedom struggle.

Renowned Indian historian Arjun Dev has alleged that the ICHR, probably under the influence of the Modi government, has been sitting on a manuscript that he submitted two years ago on August 1, 2015. The manuscript is part of the ICHRs Towards Freedom series, which was conceived as a project to compile records and documents from the last ten years of the freedom struggle (1938-1947).

The manuscript, edited by Dev, is a compilation of documents on political developments in the year 1941. Speaking to The Wire, Dev said that it is divided into three parts the nature of the na...


N. Korea launches first missiles since nuke threats row with US "IndyWatch Feed World"

26 August 2017

In its first missiles launch since the dramatic escalation of tension between Pyongyang and Washington, North Korea test-fired three short-range missiles into the Sea of Japan. It comes a day after Pyongyang lashed out at the ongoing US-South Korean military drills.

The missiles were launched from Kittaeryong, in North Koreas eastern Kangwon province. According to US Pacific Command spokesman Commander David Benham, two of the missiles fell into the water, while a third blew up at the launch pad.

Initial assessment indicates three short-range ballistic missile launches. The first and third missiles at 11:49am and 12:19pm failed in flight, Benham said in a statement, as quoted by ABC. The second missile launch at 12:07pm appears to have blown up almost immediately.

The missiles flew 250 kilometers (155 miles) in a northeastern direction before falling into the sea, according to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The three launches come as the US and South Korean militaries hold the joint Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercises in South Korea, which Pyongyang considers to be a provocation and threat to its security.

The reality vividly shows that the US ambition for stifling the DPRK [Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea] remains unchanged no matter how much water may flow under the bridge and the puppet groups ambition for invading the north remains unchanged, North Koreas official news agency KCNA said on Friday.

On July 28, North Korea tested its Hwasong-14 ballistic missile, which with a range of 10,000 km (6,200 miles) is theoretically capable of hitting the US mainland. This led to a dramatic escalation in rhetoric from both Pyongyang and Washington, with US President Donald Trump threatening unleash fire and fury on North Korea if it continued making threats against the United States.



Saturday Night at the Movies "IndyWatch Feed"

Today two classics:-

Second the Cary Grant/Ingrid Bergman classic.


Investigators Repeatedly Warned Navy Before Two Fatal Collisions Overworked sailors, shortened training schedules and budgets cuts Doing more with less "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

Overworked sailors, shortened training schedules and budgets cuts have long been cited as problems

The USS John S. McCain, with a hole after a collision, was being escorted to Singapore earlier this week.
The USS John S. McCain, with a hole after a collision, was being escorted to Singapore earlier this week. PHOTO: ROSLAN RAHMAN/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

Aug. 25, 2017 7:21 p.m. ET

Congressional investigators and military officials warned repeatedly about overworked sailors, shortened training schedules and budget cuts in the years leading up to two fatal collisions involving U.S. Navy ships, government auditors, lawmakers and Pentagon officials said.

The collisions in June and earlier this week, both Navy guided-missile destroyers operating in the Pacific, left 17 sailors dead or missing.

Three reports in the past two years by the Government Accountability Office, an independent watchdog agency, spell out endemic problems. They found through interviews and Navy studies that U.S. sailors overseas often arrive to their assigned ships without adequate skills and experience. They end up on duty for an average of 108 hours a week, instead of the Navy-standard of 80 hours, the reports found.

Experienced sailors routinely provide on-the-job training for less experienced sailors, so the time doing this must come out of sleep, personal time, or other allotted work time, according to a May 2017 GAO report.



Exploring the Shadows of Americas Security State: Alfred W. McCoy "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Exploring the Shadows of Americas Security State Or How I Learned Not to Love Big Brother By Alfred W. McCoy [This piece has been adapted and expanded from the introduction to Alfred W. McCoys new book, In the Shadows of the American Century: The Rise and Decline of U.S.] (Book due for release September 2017) []

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Top Ten Evil Corporations "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Thought big companies got to the top by being nice? This video might make you think again, starting with IBM.  

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Some Like It Hot "IndyWatch Feed"

This scene says it all, the perfect ending to a very clever and witty film, which explains why it was voted the Number One film comedy.

Billy Wilder, Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon in this superb romp. Unlikely it would be made in todays oh so proper climate.

Probably the best ending lines in a movie ever


North Korea Tests Short-Range Missiles as South Korea, U.S. Conduct Military Exercise "IndyWatch Feed War"

SEOUL/WASHINGTON North Korea fired several short-range missiles into the sea off its east coast early on Saturday, South Korea and the U.S. military said, as the two allies conducted annual joint military drills that the North denounces as preparation for war.

The U.S. militarys Pacific Command said it had detected three short-range ballistic missiles, fired over a 20 minute period.

One appeared to have blown up almost immediately while two flew about 250 km (155 miles) in a northeasterly direction, Pacific Command said, revising an earlier assessment that two of the missiles had failed in flight.

The test came just days after senior U.S. officials praised North Korea and leader Kim Jong Un for showing restraint in not firing any missiles since late July.

The South Korean Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said the projectiles were launched from the Norths eastern Kangwon province into the sea.

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 Kim Jong Un visits the Chemical Material Institute of the Academy of Defense Science in photo released by North Koreas Korean Central News Agency (KCNA)

Later on Saturday, the South Korean Presidential Blue House said the North may have fired an upgraded 300-mm caliber multiple rocket launcher but the military was still analyzing the precise details of the projectiles.

Pacific Command said the missiles did not pose a threat to the U.S. mainland or to the Pacific territory of Guam, which North Korea had threatened earlier this month to surround in a sea of fire.

Tensions had eas...


This weeks nuclear and climate news Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

In our anglophone world, it doesnt seem to matter that much, when floods  hit Asian countries. But USA?  Thats different. As I write, Hurricane Harvey is hitting Texas. Well, theyve had hurricanes before, but climate change just makes them that much more severe.

I fear that we are all getting nuclear-crisis-North-Korea-fatigue. A pity, as North Korea and USA continue to ramp up the nuclear ante.


North Koreas threats to Australia, as Australia backs USA war games in the Pacific.

Top-secret base Pine Gap might involve Australians in drone strikes on innocent civilians.

CLIMATE. As climate change intensifies, Australias farmers will be hard hit.  Australias...


Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed"

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New Zealand v Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

Hi there.  You know the deal.  Get your guesses in before kick-off and no rugby talk in Backchat or General Debate.  Not even the score or final result.  Just in case someone wants to watch later.  

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Australias coastal communities already vulnerable to climate change "IndyWatch Feed"

Flooding proved how vulnerable Coast is to climate change, Sunshine Coast Daily, Bill Hoffman | 26th Aug 2017 THE Sunshine Coast received a taste Monday night of the future normal for low-lying coastal communities everywhere when, in the middle of a drought-like winter, water flooded through storm water outlets and over the top of revetment walls and onto key streets across the region.


Texas about to cop a powerful hurricane "IndyWatch Feed"

Hurricane Harvey on verge of reaching Texas coast, could be on par with Katrina The menacing Hurricane Harvey is on the verge of reaching Texas, bringing fierce winds and torrential rain to a wide swath of the states Gulf Coast and prompting tens of thousands of residents to flee inland in hopes of escaping its wrath.

Key points:

  • Hurricane makes landfall as Category four hurricane
  • Residents fleeing most powerful storm on US mainland since 2005
  • Locals told to take cover from wind, unprecedented flooding

The National Hurricane Centre said the eyewall of the dangerous category four storm has reached the Texas coast, suggesting that the eye of the storm will make landfall in the coming hours.

The system is packing winds of 215 kilometres per hour, and experts fear could be the most destructive since Katrina left 1,800 people dead in 2005.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has warned it could be a very major disaster, while US President Donald Trump made an early disaster declaration, unlocking federal funding.

Harvey is expected to generate storm surges along with prodigious amounts of rain. The resulting flooding, one expert said, could be the depths of which weve never seen.

Weather experts have w...


Dunedin hospital rebuild "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Last week National announced a schedule for rebuilding the Dunedin Hospital, parts of which are in a very poor state. Rain leaks into the operating theatre, and asbestos in ceilings of the clinical services block means that new cabling cant be run. Dr Coleman made the announcement with Prime Minister Bill English at Dunedin Hospital []


Alaskas permafrost is starting to thaw "IndyWatch Feed"

ALASKAS PERMAFROST IS THAWING, Alaskas permafrost, shown here in 2010 [on original] , is no longer permanent. It is starting to thaw. The loss of frozen ground in Arctic regions is a striking result of climate change. And it is also a cause of more warming to come.  By 2050, much of this frozen ground, a storehouse of ancient carbon, could be gone. NYT, AUG. 23, 2017 YUKON DELTA NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, Alaska The Arctic is warming about twice as fast as other parts of the planet, and even here in sub-Arctic Alaska the rate of warming is high. Sea ice and wildlife habitat are disappearing; higher sea levels threaten coastal native villages.


Laying the red carpet for our visitors "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

I got up early and took a Saturday morning stroll from my home at 8-Mile to the main highway.
The entire pavement was painted red with betel nut (buai) spit.



Safety concerns about Port Piries former uranium plant site raised by Liberal candidate "IndyWatch Feed"

Liberal candidate raises safety concerns about Piries former uranium plant site, Port Pirie Recorder, 25 Aug 17,  Frome Liberal candidate Kendall Jackson is calling on the state government to restore the fence at the former Port Pirie Uranium and Rare Earth Treatment Plant and Tailings site.

She said the State Development Department was responsible for managing the area and was yet to release the Radiation and Environment Management Plan for the site.

This was expected to be released in the first half of this year.

The government must publicly release its plans for the former uranium plant site, Mrs Jackson said.

Residents deserve to know what the government has planned for the site and why the report is taking so long to be publicly released..


Bundaberg MP insists that coastal communities must prepare for climate change. "IndyWatch Feed"

MP says preparing for climate change is vital for the Bundaberg region, Jim Alouat | 26th Aug 2017 LOWER house insurance premiums could be on the cards if Bundaberg home owners take steps to embrace climate and weather-resilient designs.


Thorium planned as fuel for dirty bomb attack in Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed"

Indonesian militants planned dirty bomb attack sources, Yahoo 7   By Tom Allard and Agustinus Beo Da Costa, JAKARTA (Reuters) Indonesian militants planned to detonate a radioactive dirty bomb, security sources said, highlighting the rising ambitions of extremists to wreak destruction in the worlds largest Muslim-majority nation.

But experts cast doubt on their expertise, equipment and chances of success.
The plot was foiled when police raided homes and arrested five suspects in Bandung, West Java, last week, the sources with direct knowledge of the plot said. After the raids, police spoke of a plan to explode a chemical bomb but provided no other details

The three counter-terrorism sources, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the militants had hoped to transform low-grade radioactive Thorium 232 (Th-232) into deadly Uranium 233 (U-233).
The highly radioactive uranium would be combined with the powerful home-made explosive triacetone triperoxide (TATP) to create a nuclear bomb, according to an instruction manual used by the militants and reviewed by Reuters.
In fact, the device would be, at best, a radiological dispersal device or dirty bomb that could spray radioactive material when the conventional bomb exploded.

A spokesman for Indonesias national police, Inspector General Setyo Wasisto, declined to confirm or deny the plot to construct th...


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Impignorate to mortgage, pledge or pawn.

Filed under: language Tagged: impignorate


Ex Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs wants Sharia law in Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

I thought New Zealands Human Rights commissioner Dame Susan Devoy was bad enough with the NZ Human Rights commission moving towards strengthening the law so hate speech and blasphemy laws can be used to criminalise those who criticise the ideology of Islam. In Australia ex-Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs makes our Susan look like a []

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Vanguard Group has urged companies to disclose how climate change could affect their business and asset valuations "IndyWatch Feed"

Call for climate change risk disclosures, AUGUST 25, 2017 Ross Kerber, Reuters Vanguard Group has urged companies to disclose how climate change could affect their business and asset valuations, reflecting how the environment has become a priority for the investment industry.


Adani: Australian Conservation Foundation loses appeal against $16b Carmichael coal mine "IndyWatch Feed"

The Age, By Ellie Sibson, 26 Aug 17, Environmentalists have lost another appeal against Adanis $16 billion Carmichael coal mine in Queenslands Galilee Basin.

The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) lodged the appeal last year after an earlier court ruling endorsed the mines environmental approval.

The full bench of the Federal Court in Brisbane today dismissed the foundations arguments that the Federal Environment Minister had failed in his duty to consider the mines impact on the Great Barrier Reef.



BBC List of the 100 best comedy films "IndyWatch Feed"

Here is the list

100. (tie) The King of Comedy (Martin Scorsese, 1982)
100. The Ladies Man (Jerry Lewis, 1961)
99. The Jerk (Carl Reiner, 1979)
98. The Hangover (Todd Phillips, 2009)
97. The Music Box (James Parrott, 1932)
96. Born Yesterday (George Cukor, 1950)
94. Rushmore (Wes Anderson, 1998)
93. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut (Trey Parker, 1999)
92. The Exterminating Angel (Luis Buuel, 1962)
91. Whats Up, Doc? (Peter Bogdanovich, 1972)
90. A New Leaf (Elaine May, 1971)
89. Daisies (Vera Chytilov, 1966)
88. Zoolander (Ben Stiller, 2001)
87. Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (Howard Hawks, 1953)
86. Kind Hearts and Coronets (Robert Hamer, 1949)
85. Amarcord (Federico Fellini, 1973)
84. Waiting for Guffman (Christopher Guest, 1996)
83. Safety Last! (Fred C Newmeyer and Sam Taylor, 1923)
82. Top Secret! (Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker, 1984)
81. Theres Something About Mary (Bobby and Peter Farrelly, 1998)
80. Office Space (Mike Judge, 1999)
79. The Dinner Game (Francis Veber, 1998)
78. The Princess Bride (Rob Reiner, 1987)
77. Divorce Italian Style (Pietro Germi, 1961)
76. Design for Living (Ernst Lubitsch, 1933)
75. The Palm Beach Story (Preston Sturges, 1942)
74. Trading Places (John Landis, 1983)
73. The Nutty Professor (Jerry Lewis, 1963)
72. The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (David Zucker, 1988)
71. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)
70. In the Loop (Armando Iannucci, 2009)
69. Love and Death (Woody Allen, 1975)
68. Ninotchka (Ernst Lubitsch, 1939)
67. Sons of the Desert (William A Seiter, 1933)
66. Hot Fuzz (Edgar Wright, 2007)
65. Caddyshack (Harold Ramis, 1980)
64. Step Brothers (Adam McKay, 2008)
63. Arsenic and Old Lace (Frank Capra, 1944)
62. What We Do in the Shadows (Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, 2014)
61. Team America: World Police (Trey Parker, 2004)
60. Shaun of the Dead (Edgar Wright, 2004)
59. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016)
58. Zelig (Woody Allen, 1983)
57. Mean Girls (Mark Waters, 2004)
56. Broadcast News (James L Brooks, 1987)
55. Best in Show (Christopher Guest, 2000)
54. Harold and Maude (Hal Ashby, 1971)
53. The Blues Brothers (John Landis, 1980)
52. My Man Godfrey (Gregory La Cava, 1936)
51. Seven Chances (Buster Keaton, 1925)
50. Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Pedro Almodvar, 1988)
49. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Luis Buuel, 1972)
48. Trouble in Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch,...


Book to read in this Trump era of nuclear threat and climate change "IndyWatch Feed"

Worth reading in the Trump era: Nuclear nightmares, authoritarianism and climate change, The Conversation, MV Ramana, Simons Chair in Disarmament, Global and Human Security at the Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia August 25, 2017 Editors note: The Conversation Canada asked our academic authors to share some recommended reading. In this instalment, MV Ramana, a nuclear physicist and disarmament expert who wrote about small nuclear reactors, looks at a mix of new and recent books on nuclear disaster, weapons, authoritarianism and climate change.

My Nuclear Nightmare  Leading Japan Through the Fukushima Disaster to a Nuclear-Free FutureBy Naoto Kan. Translated from Japanese by Jeffrey S. Irish. (Non-fiction. Hardcover, 2017. Cornell University Press.)..Naoto Kan was the prime minister of Japan during this critical period [of the Fukushima nuclear disaster] and this book, published in Japanese in 2012 and newly available in English, offers his inside perspective of how events unfolded at the highest levels.

Kan reveals how little e...


What Ive been reading "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1. Karl Ove Knausgaard, Autumn.  While this volume of very short essays does reflect a literary sensibility, I didnt find it fun or insightful to read.  By the way, Vomit is usually yellowish and can range from pale yellow to yellowish-brown, with certain areas of quite different colours, like red or green.  So I suppose the Knausgaard canon really is just the first two volumes of My Struggle.

2. Alex Millmow, A History of Australasian Economic Thought.  A very good introduction, New Zealand too.  There is no problem filling a book with substance on this topic, in fact it left me wanting more.

3. Robert B. Ekelund, Jr., John D. Jackson, and Rboert D. Tollison, The Economics of American Art: Issues, Artists, and Market Institutions.  A useful overview and survey of the role of economics in the development of art markets in American history.

4. Cynthia Estlund, A New Deal for Chinas Workers? The best book I know on labor unions and labor policy in China: It surprises many Westerners to learn that the labor standards established by Chinese law on the books, apart from actual wage levels, track modern Western (especially European) labor standards rather closely in many respectsProfessor Gallagher has described Chinas labor standards regime as one of high standards-low enforcement.

5. Beowulf, translated by Stephen Mitchell.  I cannot judge veracity, but to read this is in the top tier of Beowulf renderings to date.  The Old English is presented on the opposing page, this book I will keep.

6. Orhan Pamuk, The Red-Haired Woman.  Eh. Contrived.

Arrived in my pile are:......


Vancouver has the right idea. Lobby group set up to rip up road maggot lanes "IndyWatch Feed"

It seems road maggots are about as popular in Vancouver as they are here. With a Vancouver City Council byelection this fall and a civic election just over a year away, some residents across Metro Vancouver who are peeved with the municipal governments agenda of growing Vancouvers network of bike lanes, due to the perceived []

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A band of right-wing religious politicians are stopping climate action in Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

The fact is that the great majority of religious leaders from the Pope to the Dalai Lama share Pickards views about the urgency of addressing climate change.

Yet in this country the resistance to any meaningful action to ameliorate climate change by reducing emissions of greenhouse gases is led to a substantial degree by those politicians who claim Christian faith.

Last year released a list of the most implacable opponents to climate change action. At or near the top of the list were the following names: Tony Abbott, Barnaby Joyce, Kevin Andrews, Cory Bernardi, Eric Abetz, George Christensen and Zed Seselja. These politicians are bound together by their strong and frequently touted religious belief.

How the religious right stall climate actionWhile most religious leaders accept climate change, the Christian right in Australia and the US make scepticism a tenet of their politics. Saturday Paper, By Mike Seccombe. 26 Aug 17  It has been more than three years now since Stephen Pickard penned his letter to the religious believers among our federal parliamentarians, arguing the case for action on climate change.

The Reverend Professor Pickard, an Anglican bishop in Canberra and executive director of the Australian Centre for Christianity and Culture...


How much effect did climate change have on Hurricane Harvey "IndyWatch Feed"

Did climate change make Hurricane Harvey worse? 25 Aug 17, As climatologist Katharine Hayhoe points out, seasonal hurricanes are a natural part of the weather system in the Gulf coast, and attributing the cause of a single storm entirely to climate change is currently an impossible task. Once you get down to a small regional level, hurricanes are so rare and random that you would not be able to detect a robust trend even if there was one, says John Nielsen-Gammon, Texas state climatologist.

But did climate change-driven factors make Hurricane Harvey more destructive?

The waters of the Gulf of Mexico have been warmer than average this year, with bathtub-like temperatures breaking heat records all last winter.

Researchers can point to a direct relationship between warmer water temperatures and an increase in tropical cyclone formations, but the link between warm water and hurricanes is...


Aboriginal group considers appeal over Federal Court decision for lease to Adani coal project "IndyWatch Feed"

Fed Court decision: Adani leases issued despite Traditional Owners express rejection
The Queensland State continues to authorise dispossession, August 25, 2017

Responding to a Federal Court decision today, in one of the long running cases brought by Traditional Owners against the Adani mine, the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners  expressed their profound frustration with the way the native title and court processes have over-ridden their decision to reject an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with Adani.

The appeal against the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT),  which authorised the issuing of mining leases to Adani by the Queensland Government,  was dismissed.  The Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Representative Council are seeking  the advice of their senior counsel as to whether to pursue the matter in the High Court.

Senior spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Adrian Burragubba, says:

We have fought and will continue to fight for our right to say no to the destruction of our country
through mining and to have our rights properly recognised and respected by the State Government.

We now look to our trial in March 2018 which focuses on Adanis fake ILUA.  We have three times voted No to Adanis grubby deal.

Youth spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Murrawah Johnson, says,

Adani and the State Government didnt negotiate and  achieve the free, prior, informed consent of the W&J people.  Instead Adani, backed by the State Government and past NNTT decisions,  relied on the threat that they would compulsorily take our land.

Legal representative in the case, Benedict Coyne, says,

Our client is carefully considering the judgement, and prospects of  further appeal for special leave to the High Court of Australia.


Climate change effects: Russian tanker crosses Arctic without icebreaker "IndyWatch Feed"

Tanker becomes first to cross Arctic without icebreaker,   @CNNMoney, August 25, 2017:

Climate change is helping create new opportunities for shipping companies by melting the ice around the North Pole.

A Russian tanker carrying natural gas has become the first merchant ship to sail across the Arctic without the help of an icebreaker, finishing the journey in record time.

The ship, the Christophe de Margerie, traveled from Norway to South Korea in 19 days, about 30% quicker than the regular route through the Suez Canal, its Russian owner, Sovcomflot, said this week.

Every year, arctic ice naturally shrinks in the spring and summer before growing again during winter. But as global temperatures have risen, the old sea ice that lasts year after year has shrunk to its smallest level in three decades.

Thinner, younger sea ice less than a year old has become the majority across the Arctic. Young ice struggles to re...


Peace Grants Available "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Loxley grants for peace can be accessed in Kapiti Kapiti peace activist and Quaker Viola Palmer has asked KIN to let locals know that they can apply now for peace grants. She says grants of up to $1,000 are available for local peace projects. These Loxley grants are from a donation by the late Ken []


Anti Adani coal project movement continues, despite Court setback "IndyWatch Feed"

Court setback for anti-Adani campaign  Margaret Gleeson, August 25, 2017

While further legal challenges in the High Court are still awaiting decision,  the movement in opposition to Adani is growing.  Protests have been held in recent weeks in Townsville and Brisbane  targetting Adanis offices and those of likely contractor Downer.  Arrests were made.

The campaign is currently organising a series of summits in  Queensland regional centres, Brisbane and Sydney  to plan the next steps in the campaign.  The focus so far has been on direct action.
This has successfully prevented Adani from securing financial support from the Big Four Banks.

as Adani continues to have the support of both the Coalition and Labor,  to defeat Adani and put an end to all new coalmines in Australia,  mass demonstrations will be needed along with  the lobbyingdirect action and legal tactics.


Police anti-bribery taskforce examining mining company Iluka Resources activities in Africa "IndyWatch Feed"

AFP to examine Iluka bribery concerns in Africa, The Age, Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, 26 Aug 17  A federal police anti-bribery taskforce is examining if ASX-listed firm Iluka Resources has breached Australian corruption laws after acquiring a London firm accused of bribing high-ranking Sierra Leone officials to win mining licences.

The AFPs involvement in the case which Iluka has not disclosed to the share market comes after Fairfax Media revealed earlier this month that a secret internal inquiry by the Australian miner had embroiled a leading Sierra Leone presidential candidate, a cabinet minister and high-ranking officials in a bribery scandal.

The revelations place Australias corporate foreign bribery detection regime under the spotlight, along with questions about how much companies need to tell shareholders about corruption allegations.


26 August REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed"

Launch of National Smart Energy Training Centre
  • For the first time the smart energy sector will have a truly national training strategy.


Winston knows that a TV debate without him will cost him at the polls "IndyWatch Feed"

New Zealand First is disappointed that both TVNZ and TV3 have again allowed themselves to be pushed into the old school first-past-the-post mode at election time. Their decision making on election debate participants reflects the fact they have been heavied to stick with the past, despite MMP being here for 21 years, says New Zealand []

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Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed"

Beautiful Bali from Daan van Reijn on Vimeo.

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Trump Toon "IndyWatch Feed"


Jack Ohman Sacramento Bee via Politico


Re-peeling the effects of degradation: low-tech application of orange crop waste shows potential to restore tropical forests "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Researchers have come upon a new low-tech tropical forest restoration strategy, beginning with agricultural waste. They studied the effects on soil and forest health of the purposeful deposition of tons of processed orange peels and pulp on centuries-old rangeland remaining inside Guanacaste National Park in Costa Rica. In their study, published this week in the journal Restoration Ecology, they found three times the number and diversity of forest trees, a 176% greater aboveground woody tree biomass, and a dramatic increase in soil nutrients where the agrowaste had been applied, compared to an adjacent control site. The orange waste had been applied as part of an innovative public-private agreement to consolidate the conservation area and experiment with biodegradation of agricultural waste. The experiment resulted in not only a successful biodegradation, but also dramatic changes in soil productivity and vegetation cover. Aerial imagery of orange peel fertilized treatment area (mosaic of >10 meter trees and dense mats of herbaceous shrubs and vines to right of dirt road) and unfertilized control (rocky expanse of grass with scattered approximately 2 m tall trees to left of dirt road) taken by quadcopter drone in July 2015. Image credit: Tim Treuer A public-private partnership, interrupted The orange waste had been applied as part of an innovative public-private agreement to consolidate a conservation area and experiment with biodegradation of agricultural waste. In the mid-1990s, Daniel Janzen, a scientist working with the rea de Conservacin Guanacaste (Guanacaste Conservation Area, or ACG), offered to take on the waste products

Der Neuseelnder Geheimdienst htte Kimble und seine ... "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Der Neuseelnder Geheimdienst htte Kimble und seine Mitarbeiter nicht abhren drfen.

The GCSB has been found to have acted unlawfully when it spied on foreigners in the FBI-led Megaupload investigation.
Das Spannende ist, dass die Argumentation war, naja, Kimble htten sie vielleicht nicht abhren drfen, weil der ja in Neuseeland wohnt, aber die anderen Mitarbeiter sind Auslnder, und Auslnder haben keine Menschenrechte, jedenfalls nicht aus Sicht von Geheimdiensten. Und Geheimdienste mssen sich ja normalerweise eh nicht um Gesetze kmmern, die erklren einfach alles als geheim und schon sind sie unantastbar. Nun, das hat in diesem Fall nicht geklappt.
When the GCSB's role was discovered, it led to admissions it had broken its own law because the spying included Dotcom and Bram van der Kolk who were both New Zealand residents at the time.

The admission led to an intensive review of the GCSB and a finding it didn't understand its own law. The GCSB was found to have unlawfully spied on 88 people, resulting in a change in the law under which it operated and an overhaul of the entire agency.

Man kann ja von Kimble halten was man will, aber da hat er echt einmal Totalschaden angerichtet.


Still Breathing "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Stephen Oliver | Still Breathing

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Still Breathing, a poem written by the Australasian poet Stephen Oliver, commemorates Derick Burleson, the Alaskan poet who died on December 29, 2016. Oliver reads the poem in this video presentation. Still Breathing was first read at Dericks memorial by his spouse, Nicole Sprague, on April 1, 2017 in Fairbanks, Alaska.

You can also read Derick Burlesons obituary in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner here.

Stephen Oliver Australasian poet / voice artist and author of 18 volumes of poetry. Lived in Australia for 20 years. Now NZ. Signed on with the radio ship The Voice of Peace broadcasting in the Mediterranean out of Jaffa, Israel in the late 70s. Free-lanced as production voice, narrator, newsreader, radio producer, columnist, copy and feature writer, etc.
He has published widely in international literary journals and anthologies. Regular contributor of creative non-fiction and poems to Antipodes: A Global Journal of Australian and New Zealand Literature. Poems translated into German, Spanish, Chinese, and Russian. Olivers poem cycle Deadly Pollen, Word Riot Press, USA (2003) translated into Spanish (Polen Mortal) by the Chilean poet, Sergio Badilla Castillo and first published in Nagari (Vol 7 2015). Represented in: Writing To The Wire Anthology, edited by Dan Disney and Kit Kelen, University of Western Australia Publishing 2016; Manifesto: A Political Anthology, edited by Emma Neale and Philip Temple, Otago University Press, 2017.
Newly released: GONE: Satirical Poems: New & Selected, Greywacke Press, Canberra, 2016.


Stuff runs another pathetic Hosking hate piece "IndyWatch Feed"

Stuff have yet another piece of rubbish protesting Hosking acting as moderator in the TVNZ leaders debates.

The writer of this piece of garbage states by using Hosking are undermining their integrity. Really!! That is extremely debatable given the way this is already undermined regularly by their commentators and their biased discussion panels on the likes of Q&A.

This vacuous garbage takes up space in a leading newspaper, no wonder their circulation is declining.

Equally preposterous were many of the comments. Envy would seem to be a major driving factor.


The rule of law is not a smorgasbord to be picked at will "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

When newly elected secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Sally McManus, defended the right of unions to take unlawful industrial action, there was outrage. Leigh Sales opened with the loaded question Do you believe in the rule of law? It shouldnt be so hard for workers in our country to be able to

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PETAs new Facebook filter campaign proves popular "IndyWatch Feed"

Recently, PETA ( People who Enjoy Tasty Animals) released a new Facebook filter for profile images. The filter promotes the act of shooting selfies instead of animals. The filter has gone viral among outdoors people who have enjoyed trolling PETA which actually stands for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. As you can see []

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Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed"

Map of navigable inland waterways of Europe, 2012 Click here for larger view

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Abel to address PNG's 'Economic Difficulties' "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, Charles Abel, says it will be his duty to put in place measures to address what he terms as Papua New Guinea's current "economic difficulties".

Speaking to people in his Alotau district over the weekend, Mr Abel says the current situation is because of the government's continuous borrowing and expected revenues not coming in full.
"Because of that aggressive borrowing policy and expansionary policy, we deliberately went into a series of fiscal deficits, that is that we borrowed in successive budgets.
"Always trying to maintain our fiscal ratios that to GDP ratio and then bring the budget fiscal deficits back to balance.

"The combination of not receiving the expected revenue from the LNG project and the decline in revenue from some of the other projects like the Ok Tedi and Porgera even Kutubu oil which was decline in reserves meant that we've come into a bit of a squeeze.
"So as the treasurer of Papua New Guinea, its my duty now to take some measures to try and address the situation."

Mr. Abel, who last week, announced a creation of a working committee to draw up a 25-point 100-day plan to address the country's economic situation, says, they are continuing a series of talks to gauge views from relevant expert authorities including the Bank of PNG, Internal Revenue Commission, Customs and Immigrations, Institute of National Affairs, development partners, Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the European Union and the Chinese Government.
NBC News - Priscilla Waikaidi


French lessons for NZ? "IndyWatch Feed"

The Guardian has an interesting article on how the new President of France, Emmanuel Macron has rapidly declined in favour.

There might be some lessons to be drawn from the French experience as we see the continued adulation of Jacinda Ardern.  The NZ media are conspicuously missing in action. There is little questioning and a lot of fawning. Messrs Gower and Dann are the notable leaders in this regard.


Group restates Opposition against reopening of Panguna Mine "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A group calling itself 'Bougainvilleans United Against Mining' has re-stated its opposition to a resumption of mining at Panguna.
The government in the autonomous region of Bougainville wants the huge copper and gold mine re-opened to give the economy a lift ahead of the independence referendum to be held in 2019.

Bougainville's Mining Minister Raymond Masono this week applauded a joint resolution by ex-combatants to back the re-opening, but one of those praised by the minister, a former Bougainville Revolutionary Army commander, James Onartoo, says he and his group do not support it.
Mr Onartoo says their group, which includes many women, landowners and ex-combatants, will not support Panguna being re-opened, or mining anywhere on Bougainville.

Members of the group joined a blockade that stopped the ABG from signing a memorandum of agreement with landowners at Panguna two months ago.
Mr Onartoo says the ABG is weak and lacks the laws and systems to effectively regulate and deal with a large scale mine.
He says without these mechanisms in place a resumption of mining will cause more harm than good. NBC News/PNG Today


Air Niugini resumes Friday Flights to Alotau "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Air Niugini will soon resume its Friday afternoon flights into in Milne Bay province.
Gurney Airport initially takes two flights on Friday, and one every other day.
The Friday flight is a connecting flight from Australia and its temporary discontinuation has raised concerns among a few patrons in Alotau.

But an executive team from the airline company was in Alotau this week to meet with clients and business houses about their products and service improvement.
Air Niugini's General Manager Commercials, Dominic Kaumu, says much of what they've discussed is to improve its customer service and acknowledgement.
"We are looking at improving our Loyalty Destinations program, the Executive Club membership, and what we are doing in that particular program in terms of people who are members of our club and how they can use their points, how they can redeem their points.

"For example, we are negotiate with a number of companies and if you fly frequently with Air Niugini, you can earn points, and where as in the past you would use those points to buy airline tickets.
"Now you can use those points to go to other companies and buy goods from other companies."
NBC News - Priscilla Waikaidi


PNG Government summons Australia over Asylum deal "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Australian Ambassador  to Papua New Guinea was summoned by the Government of PNG for the purpose of establishing a clear understanding on issues and activities surrounding the anticipated closure of the Manus Regional Processing Centre.
The objective was to put before the Australian Government our position that the existing Regional Resettlement Arrangement (RRA) for Asylum Seekers is current, effective and binding for both the Australian Government and PNG Government.

Secondly, reference to the 31st October 2017 as the date of closure of the Manus Regional Processing Centre is not correct. That date has not been agreed to by the Government of this sovereign nation. PNG Minister for Justice Minister and Attorney General Davis Steven said, "he had expressed concerns and anxiety of our officials in Immigration & Foreign Affairs. Similar concerns have been raised by the leaders of the Manus Province.
It has been clearly stated to the Australian High Commission that until the National Executive Council (NEC) has decided our Governments position, we should ensure that the status quo is maintained".

"I am aware that a submission for cabinet is now being prepared Imagination & Border Security and the Office of the State Solicitor. This will go to other agencies of Government for financial implications before the NEC can consider the recommendations.
No one wants to see a situation where Australian withdraws from Manus leaving behind unwilling foreign nationals who we will not be able to cater for and accommodate in our country. The Government will not allow that to happen.

"Finally, I have taken this action based on the advice from the lawyers in the Department of Justice & Attorney General and Department of Foreign Affairs officials.
It is in the national interest that I take a position as the Attorney General of our country".
Unfortunately, I have taken the action in the absence of the Minister responsible who is abroad.
Secretary for Justice & Attorney General Dr Lawrence Kalinoe when asked for his opinion said that it is legally and morally wrong for Australia to walk away in the Regional & Resettlement Agreement (RRA) by leaving foreign nationals in Papua New Guinea.

Dr Kalinoe affirmed the Ministers position that mutual effort be focused on a review of the current Regional Resettlement Agreement (RRA) before parties can take further action.


Competent maybe, leader not so much "IndyWatch Feed"

Bill English has been rated the most competent to lead the economywhich is as it should beif he was Finance Minister. Labour leader Jacinda Ardern has eclipsed Andrew Littles ratings in a poll to rate the most capable person of running the Government but is well behind Prime Minister Bill English. English is streets ahead []

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Election 2017 four weeks to go "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The targeted election bribes are coming thick and fast, too many for separate posts. National: National: Tougher rules for freedom campers Scoop News (@ScoopNZ) August 26, 2017 Labour: Labour announces plan to slash doctors' fees Politics (@NZStuffPolitics) August 26, 2017 Gareth Morgan must have all his policies posted, he is []


Unsurprising headline of the year award goes to.. "IndyWatch Feed"

When I read this headline on Stuff it did not impress me. I like a headline to make me curious and to encourage me to read more not for it to state the bleeding obvious and sum up the entire story. It made me think of other headlines that would quash all desire to read []

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Where the hell is Taralga? (Latitude -34.4048, Longitude 149.8197; BoM ID 94735) "IndyWatch Feed"

Dr. Bill Johnston. (Former NSW natural resources research scientist.) Once a staging post on the track to Oberon and Bathurst, the delightful little village of Taralga is 44 km (27 miles) north of Goulburn New South Wales and 135 km (84 miles) from Canberra. The post office (Figure 1) is in the news recently because


Labour going for the road maggot vote with $30M promise to build Skypath "IndyWatch Feed"

Labour are really spending the tin. Theyve promised to fund the so-called SkyPath project to add a clip-on onto the clapped out clip-on on the Auckland Harbour Bridge so 15 road maggots can cycle to work each day. Labour is promising up to $30 million to build the Skypath shared cycle and walking path over []

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Robin Grieve ACT Whangarei "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Robin Grieve, ACT candidate for Whangarei, has supplied answers to the questions that Stuff asked the two Shanes see Shane v Shane Anor (Whangarei). What is the most important issue for you. As a regional centre connectivity to markets and services is vital. The motorway extension that will see a four lane highway from Auckland []


Saturdays smiles "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

When Insults Had Class

These glorious insults are from an era before the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words:


The Earl of Sandwich to John Wilkes: Sir, you are a scoundrel!  You will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.

That depends, my noble lord,  replied Wilkes, on whether I embrace your principles or your mistress.


Benjamin Disraeli was asked to articulate the distinction between the words disaster and calamity.  He replied: Well, if Mr Gladstone were to fall into the river Thames, that would be a disaster, but if someone were to pull him out, that would be a calamity.


He had delusions of adequacy .  -Walter Kerr


He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.  Winston Churchill


I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure. -Clarence Darrow


He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary. -William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)


Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; Ill waste no time reading it. -Moses Hadas


I didnt attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it. -Mark Twain


He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends. -Oscar Wilde


I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one. -George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill

Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second if there is one. -Winston Churchill, in response


I feel so miserable without you; its almost like having you here. -Stephen Bishop


He is a self-made man and worships his creator. -John Bright


Ive just learned about his illness. Lets hope its nothing trivial. -Irvin S. Cobb


He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others. -Samuel Johnson


He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up.  Paul Keating Sir Robert Muldoon


In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily. -Charles, Count Talleyrand...


Ayaan Hirsi Ali on the misguided behavior of the Southern Poverty Law Center "IndyWatch Feed"

An interesting post on the SPLC which is frequently mentioned in US media reports on many issues especially where race is concerned. It raises some significant questions

Why Evolution Is True

Although I usually watch only the NBC news and 60 Minutes on television, Ive started leaving the t.v. on after the news when I do my shoulder-therapy exercises, which take some time. As last nights news segued into an entertainment show, I was shocked to hear that George and Amal Clooney had donated a million dollars to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) to fight hate groups. Their action is well motivated, of courseshes a human-rights lawyer and hes somewhat of a liberal activistbut over the years, and especially recently, the SPLC has morphed into a big money vacuum cleaner exaggerating and distorting threats to swell their nearly $2 billion endowment. Further, they spend much more than other activist organizations on fundraising, and their top execs have bloated salaries; here are the stipendiary emoluments of the SPLCs two top dogs, taken from Watching the watchdogs:

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Random thoughts on tax "IndyWatch Feed"

Annual individual taxable income ($) Number of people (000) Number of people % Tax paid ($m) Tax paid % Zero 312 9 0 0 1 10,000 358 10 166 1 10,001 20,000 635 18 1,131 4 20,001 30,000 474 14 1,540 5 30,001 40,000 306 9 1,576 6 40,001 50,000 []

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Water issues drain Northland hapu's resources - NZ Herald "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Water issues drain Northland hapu's resources - NZ Herald: Zodiac Holdings has recently applied for consent from Whangarei District Council (WDC) to build a 3600sqm factory at the old bore site, previously owned by the council, across the road from the springs.

Zodiac, incorporating New Zealand Spring Water, said in its application it could mitigate issues such as the factory exceeding the council's size regime, limited vehicle parking, wastewater disposal and the extra traffic load on the road.

Zodiac has a Northland Regional Council (NRC) permit to take up to 150,000 litres a day to bottle water it will brand as Thunder Mountain and, according to its website, sell to domestic and Asian markets.

The plant would employ up to 20 workers, most at the Poroti site.


Rethink Farming In QE Park? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Farming and forestry are permitted on reserve land where it is in the public interest. 1977 Reserves Act Queen Elizabeth Park land use in the news By Roger Childs Recent articles in the Kapiti News have raised issues about how the districts largest public reserve is being exploited by the farmers. Concerns over draining []


Transparently Opaque: What, exactly, is the this Jacinda is inviting us to do? "IndyWatch Feed"

Let's Do What, Jacinda? You are only too aware, Jacinda, of what needs to be done to heal the harms inflicted on New Zealanders these past nine years. You also know they cannot be healed on the cheap. Strict adherence to the Labour/Green Budget Responsibility Rules will force your government to break its promises to break your promises.
ITS NOT TOO LATE, JACINDA. Not yet. But it soon will be. If you keep following the economic and fiscal track youre on, then the campaign that started with such promise will end in some sort of tawdry compromise with an already discredited status-quo. Or, even worse, in yet another electoral failure. If you begin your career as Labours leader by deferring to the Powers That Be, then you will spend the rest of your political life living in fear of them.
Lets do this, your own brilliant slogan, works because it communicates fierce personal determination and raw political urgency in equal measure. But, the person who says lets do this doesnt immediately add but only if my colleagues concur, or, providing the business community doesnt object. The power of the slogan lies in the reassurance it offers that Jacinda Ardern knows what needs to be done and is not about to let anyone stop her from doing it. Labour has already endured four equivocal leaders, it absolutely does not need a fifth.
But that is what you have begun to do, Jacinda: equivocate. On the subject of taxation, in particular, there is a growing sense that youre not being straight with the electorate.
You could have looked your fellow New Zealanders squarely in the eye and asked them to tell you, honestly, whether they believe that enough has been spent on housing the homeless, improving mental health care, upgrading our hospitals and schools, expanding public transport and clean...


Wheres Winston? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Winston Peters has been largely shut out of the political limelight over that past month, with a number of dramatic happenings and shifts dominating the coverage. From Tracy Watkins: Five questions to get you through the next week on the campaign trail WHERES WINSTON? Its the burning question on the campaign trail this week. Peters refused to []


PNG says it won't let Australian Government abandon refugees on Manus Island "IndyWatch Feed National"

Overnight the Papua New Guinea Government announced that it will not allow the Australian Government to close down the Manus Island detention centre until it first finds somewhere safe and viable for the men trapped inside it to go.

The PNG Attorney General, Davis Steven, reportedly told Australias High Commissioner that the PNG Government had not agreed to the slated 31 October 2017 closure and that PNG would not allow the Australian Government to just walk away and abandon people in PNG.

Amir Taghinia, a refugee held on Manus Island for four years said:

This proves that the Australian Government does not have any plan. They are just playing a game and people are very desperate. After 4 years, we just want a chance to build a life in safety."

Behrouz Boochani, an Iranian journalist currently held on Manus Island, said:

This comment from the PNG Government proves that the Australian Government has no plan and has lost control of its own policy. The people in the Manus detention centre are tired from this kind of political games. We just want freedom and a chance to rebuild our lives.

The PNG announcement comes at a dangerous and tense time on Manus Island. The Australian government is closing the Manus RPC facility around the men it has detained there for the last four years - recently cutting water and electricity to the major compounds - but the men have nowhere safe to go.

Ahead of the slated October 31 closure the Australian Government is currently attempting to force the men to the East Lorengau facility on the outskirts of the main town on Manus. The facility currently holds about 60 men but at a Senate hearing in May the Australian Government revealed plans to double-bunk the facility and increase its capacity to 440.

However, a series of recent violent attacks against refugees near the centre and the surrounding town - including three attacks in one night last month - have left the men terrified.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who has visited Manus Island three times to inspect conditions and meet with the men held there, said:

After four years of fear, violence, chaos and uncertainty, enough is enough. These 900 i...


Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Farmers voices must be heard Nigel Malthus:

Heading into an election that will be won or lost in the towns and cities, farmers must get a hearing on environmental issues, says Meat Industry Association chair John Loughlin.

He says with environmental issues quite significant in this election year, any changes to environmental regimes must be balanced and fair.

The outcomes in our rivers dont just reflect farming; they reflect towns and cities and industries as well.

He was speaking after the recent two-day Red Meat Sector conference in Dunedin, jointly hosted by the MIA with Beef + Lamb NZ. . .

Urban invaders hurting hort Sudesh Kissun:

Uncertainty over continued access to fertile land and irrigation water are potentially forcing some vegetable growers out of business.

The Pukekohe Vegetable Growers Association president Brent Wilcox says land and water are the main issues facing many of its member businesses; ranging from smaller single property units to large operations with diverse land holdings.

Over time we are seeing consolidation of many small growers into fewer larger growers; there is uncertainty and many growers are faced with a decision trying to figure whether they can justify the cost of taking land and water issues on, he told Rural News. . .

Dairy industry tackling shortage of quality environmental advisers -Stephen Macaulay:

Quality advice is key to whether farmers sink or swim in an environmental tsunami, writes Stephen Macaulay.

 A wave of unprecedented environmental compliance is crashing over New Zealands primary industries and its not just farmers who are working hard to stay afloat....


Is Jacinda a policy wonk? "IndyWatch Feed"

Is Jacinda a policy wonk? Matthew Hooton doesnt believe so. Jacinda Arderns chief vulnerability is a perception she might be a bit of a flake. The new Labour leader is often described by her supporters in the media as a policy wonk but this does not mean what it used to. There was a time []

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Book Review Own Your Future chapter six: Immigration "IndyWatch Feed"

Points made about Immigration in this chapter included: Race-baiting by the Left is nasty and has downstream effects Populist attacks defeat their own purpose They want to preserve the New Zealand way of lifebut they have actually made it harder to have a rational immigration debate. New Zealand is the most desirable country in []

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Why rail is a Dead Duck "IndyWatch Feed"

Guest post Rail is a dead duck. It doesnt matter whether it is high speed, light, lite or commuter. Its all a dead duck. Within 20 to 30 years, rail lines around the world will either be abandoned or torn out and replaced by new roads. Thats a bold call you may say, but the []

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The Roundup with PW "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

One Hundred Books Across America: 'Literary Hub' rounds up one fiction and one nonfiction book for every state in the Union for your last-second literary road trip.

Talese and Didion Come to Netflix: The streaming service will release documentaries on Joan Didion and an adaptation of Gay Taleses controversial 'Voyeur' later this year.

'Lemonade' for Your Living Room: Beyonc is releasing a 600-page coffee table book that details the making of her landmark 2016 album.
Native American Lit's Living Con Job: Is the novelist John Smelcer, who is nominated for a 2017 PEN Literary Award, really who he says he is? 'The Stranger' investigates.

Ten Books About Tyrants: The novelist Christopher Wilson assembles a rogues gallery of despots and dictators from fact and fiction for the 'Guardian.'

To 'E' or Not to "E": The University of Southern Californias decision to spell William Shakespear[e]'s name without the final "e" has reignited a debate.

Obscure Medieval Texts, Translated: Stanford's Global Medieval Sourcebook is a new online compendium of English translations for overlooked Middle Ages texts.

Asian-American Lit Gathering: At the Smithsonians First Asian American Literary Festival, more than 80 writers shared work across multiple genres.

The Rise and Return of Jesmyn Ward: Boris Kachka profiles the National Book Awardwinning Mississippi author for 'Vulture' on the eve of publication of her third novel.

Looking for Stories in Bloody Places: Novelist Rebecca Entel hunts for complicated narratives at the sites of historical atrocities.



Four New Zealand writing projects awarded grants "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

CLNZ/NZSA Research Grant recipients 2017

Copyright Licensing New Zealand (CLNZ) and the New Zealand Society of Authors (NZSA) are pleased to announce that Research Grants have been awarded to four New Zealand writers. The judging panel noted that the successful projects tackle important and interesting topics, and the standard of entries this year was very high.
Four Open Research Grants of $5,000 each were awarded to James Robins of Auckland, Phil Garnock-Jones of Wellington, Pip Hall from Auckland and Michalia Arathimos currently based in Melbourne.

About the recipients:

James Robins project, When We Dead Awake, is a story of the Armenian Genocide and NZ soldiers who witnessed it. Its thrilling for a writer to be mining a rich seam of history that has so far remained untapped. In producing this work, I hope to give New Zealand and Australian readers a new way of looking at and understanding the legacy of Anzac, and indeed the legacy of the First World War. Im endlessly grateful to the New Zealand Society of Authors and Copyright Licensing New Zealand for the opportunity to delve into the historical record more fully."

Retired botany professor Phil Garnock-Jones project Nga Puawai (New Zealand Flowers), is stereoscopic illustrations of New Zealand flowers. I have been fascinated by flowers since childhood. I vividly remember the first time I saw them through a microscope at university, and later trying to capture their beauty and structure through drawing and photography. Phils research and teaching in plant classification, evolution, naming and identification has often been centred around flowers, their structure and their function. Phil has worked as a botanist in the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research and as Professor of Plant Science at Victoria University of Wellington. Since retiring from academia in 2009, he has been blogging and photographing wild flowers for this book and for colleagues research, and working part time at Te Papa on an identification guide to New Zealand Veronica (hebes and speedwells).

Pip Halls project (alongside her husband Peter Meteherangi Tikao Burger), The Last Bastion, is a film script for a movie about Bastion Point in Auckland. Both Pip and Peter have worked in the film and television industry for over twenty years. Pip writes for both stage and screen, is a past recipient of New Zealand's most prestigious playwriting award - the Bruce Mason Award - and has had her plays produced at every main stage in the country as well as over twenty high schools. The Last Bastion is their first writing project together.

Michalia Arathimos project, Boundary Lines Who do we think we are?, is part memoir, part interview dealing with the uncertain status of Mori and other ethnic authors in mainstream New Zealand culture....

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The Nation election debate "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This morning on The Nation (early start at 9.25 am) is an election smaller party debate. James Shaw (Greens) Marama Fox (Maori Party) David Seymour (ACT) Gareth Morgan (TOP) Hone Harawira (Mana) No one from NZ First, I presume a continuation of the refusal to be in anything that includes Gareth Morgan. I presume United []


Shane v Shane Anor (Whangarei) "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Poorly balanced coverage of the Whangarei electorate from Stuff, promoting one Shane, tacking another on the end (who is likely to win despite media efforts to swing it), and ignoring any other candidates. The dog just happened to be in the (bloody!) pop up advertising, but it aptly represents the blanket coverage of selected pugs []


Auckland University Maori and Pasifika students go on a witch hunt "IndyWatch Feed"

It is hard to believe that they once were warriors. The witch hunt that has been going on since the Auckland University European Students Association attempted to become an affiliated cultural club has been insane. They seem to have reached the pitch forks and lynching stage with hysteria whipped up based on events happening far []

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Lunchtime Event | Colin Hogg author of The High Road "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Lunchtime Event | Colin Hogg author of The High Road | Friday 8th Sept, 12-12:45pm | In-store at Unity Books Wellington



Friday 8th Sept. 12 12:45pm
Unity Books, 57 Willis St.



The New Zealand Book Council Te Kaunihera Pukapuka o Aotearoa offers heartfelt congratulations to our board member Dr Selina Tusitala Marsh on her appointment as New Zealand Poet Laureate.
Selina will be an outstanding New Zealand Poet Laureate and raise the national consciousness to the importance of loving books and reading, said Book Council Chair Peter Biggs, CNZM.

An accomplished writer, teacher and scholar on the national and international stage, Selina Tusitala Marsh is also a passionate and energetic reading advocate and ambassador. She inspires a love of reading and writing in our nations young people, and works closely on the Book Councils annual Writers in Communities project in South Auckland low decile schools.

Getting reading on the national agenda is a crucial step in breaking the poverty cycle in New Zealand. OECD research shows that reading for pleasure is the single most important indicator of a childs future success. Its even a more powerful factor in life achievement than socio-economic background, Peter Biggs said.

Selinas latest poetry collection Tightrope launches today on National Poetry Day. Built around the abyss, the tightrope, and the trick that we all have to perform to walk across it, she brings to life her ongoing dialogue with memory, life and death to find out whether stories really can cure the incurable.

It starts with the story, said Peter Biggs. Reading has the power to change lives and transform communities. Were on a mission to grow a nation of readers. This will lead to a better country socially, culturally and economically and Selinas new position of New Zealand Poet Laureate will be instrumental in this mission, he said.


Episode-2073- Expert Council Q&A for 8-25-17 "IndyWatch Feed"

Tweet Today its Friday so its time for expert council show. To ask a question for a show like this, just send an email to me at jack at with TSPC Expert in the subject line. Today the expert council answers questions on bugging out, first aid, plant propagation, civil unrest, cb radios, cryptocurrency and more. In the body of your email first tell me the council member your question is for. Second ask your question concisely in one to two sentences maximum. Third any and all details after that. This is the formula to give you the best chance of getting on the air. I do what I can to get as many of your questions as possible on the air but cant always get to all of them. Our council is made of a wide variety of experts in everything from the tactical to the practical and everything in between. To get more information on our Expert Council visit our Meet the Expert Council Page to learn more about them and their specific areas of expertise. Join Me Today As Our Experts Discuss Get Out, Get Out, Get Out Jack A FAK for the fisherman Doc Bones Rooting willow cuttings Nick Ferguson A LEOs take on Charlottesville Dan Orhman CB Radios for hunting in remote areas Tim Glance Determining time to profit with mining crypto Brandon Todd Why people actually make the case that taxes are voluntary Jack Resources for todays show Join the Members Brigade Join Our Forum The Year 51 Walking To Freedom TSP Gear support TSP when you shop on Online Grandaddys Gun Club Bullhead Fishing Information The Illuminatus! Trilogy NEBO Larry Light Foreathers Dan Fogelberg Websites of the Expert Council Members Humble Mechanic Living Free in Tennessee Harvest Eating Old Grouch Military Surplus Permaculture Classroom A Bee Friendly Company Investable Wealth NW Edible Primal Power Whole Systems Design Doom and Bloom Remember to comment, chime in and tell us your thoughts, this podcast is one mans opinion, not a lecture or sermon. Also please enter our listener appreciation contest and help spread the word about our show. Also remember you can call in your questions and comments to 866-65-THINK (866-658-4465) and you might hear yourself on the air. Join the MSB Today Want Every Episode of TSP Ever Produced? Remember in addition to discounts to over 40 vendors who supply stuff you are likely buying anyway, tons of free ebooks and video content, MSB Members also get every edition of The Survival Podcast ever produced in convenient zip files in blocks of 24. More info on the MSB can be found here. `


Latest from The Bookseller "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Springer Nature surges in the Global Publishing Ranking 2017
Springer Nature has cracked the top 10 of the world's biggest publishers for the first time, while Pearson - despite its recent travails - has comfortably retained its number one spot for a ninth year in a row.

China's CPG goes public, reveals failed UK acquisition attempt
Chinese publishing giant the China Publishing Group (CPG) has realised an eight-year ambition and taken its publishing wing public on the Shanghai Stock Exchange.

LGBTQ+ book trade network launches
Pride in Publishing (PiP), a brand-new networking group for LGBTQ+ people in the industry, has launched in order to create a way for queer members of the publishing industry to meet up, connect with others and find peer support.

Canongate scoops Gina Millers memoir Rise
Canongate is to publish the memoir of Gina Miller, the business owner who successfully took the UK government to the Supreme Court over its authority to trigger Article 50 without parliamentary approval.

Busy BIBF sees 'more discerning' rights buying
A busy Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) is seeing a surge of interest from Chinese houses in lifestyle titles, UK publishers have told The Bookseller.

Trade gets behind National Poetry Day 2017
National Poetry Day, Britains national campaign for poetry, is holding its first dedicated trade promotion highlighting 40 "inspiring" poetry books across four categories: anthologies, childrens poetry, current collections and poetry for book groups.


Weekly E-Ranking: Tess of the debut thrills
American crime author Tess Gerritsen has gone straight to number one in her first-ever appearance in The Bookseller Weekly E-Book Ranking, while Margaret Atwoods The Handmaids Tale dropped into second.

Louise O'Neill's Almost Love to publish spring 2018
Quercus imprint riverrun is publishing Louise O'Neill's third novel, Almost Love, in March 2018.

SoA adds two new grants for writers
The Society of Authors has added two new Authors Foundation grants: the Antonia Fraser Grant and the Eric Ambler Award.

Michelle Obama photos to Sphere
Sphere Non-fiction is publishing a new book of photographs of Michelle Obama by former White House photographer Amanda Lucidon.

Library cuts planned in Wales and Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire and Powys are the latest councils to come under the spotlight for planned cuts to their public library service.

Ilett's debut teen novel wins Kelpies Prize 2017


Publishers Lunch "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Today's Meal

NYT Removes New YA Book From Bestseller List, Following Indications of Planned, Bulk Purchases
The New York Times reissued their Young Adult hardcover bestseller list for sales through the week ending August 19 early Thursday evening to eliminate Lani Sarem's Handbook for Mortals, which had debuted at No. 1, after an online campaign (including input from indie booksellers) helped to establish what appears to have been programmatic bulk orders placed through strategic stores, specifically designed to put the book on the NYT's list. Jordan Cohen at the NYT told us, "After investigating the inconsistencies in the most recent reporting cycle, we've decided that the sales for 'Handbook for Mortals' do not meet our criteria for inclusion. We'll be issuing an updated 'Young Adult Hardcover' list for September 3 which will not include that title."

In their data published Wednesday, NPD Book (formerly Bookscan) did not include the title on any of their bestseller lists "based on...eligibility rules," even though the title recorded opening week print sales of approximately 18,500 units. The No. 1 listed NPD Book YA hardcover bestseller, Angie Thomas's The Hate U Give, sold just over 6,000 print books, suggesting it wasn't even a close call for Sarem's book to be disqualified.

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Arts Journal - Words "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A Fascinating Tale Of How This Book Might Have Bought Its Way Onto The NYT BestSeller List

A Fascinating Tale Of How This Book Might Have Bought Its Way Onto The NYT BestSeller List
Nowadays, you can make the bestseller list with about 5,000 sales. Thats not the heights of publishings heyday but its still harder to get than youd think. Some publishers spend thousands of dollars on advertising and blogger outreach to get that number. Everyones looking for the next big thing and that costs a lot of cash. For the past 25 weeks, that big book in the YA world has been The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, a searing politically charged drama about a young black girl who sees a police officer kill her friend, and the fallout it causes in her community.

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Trove Of Previously Untranslated Medieval World Literature Goes Online

Trove Of Previously Untranslated Medieval World Literature Goes Online
The initial offerings of Stanfords Global Medieval Sourcebook range from a 15th-century song translated from Middle French that bemoans a lost love to five selections from Hong Mais 12th-century Yijian Zhi, a sprawling 420-chapter chronicle that is an invaluable record of society, spirituality, and culture of the Southern Song Dynasty. The GMS is, as suggested by its title, a globally focused resource, with plans for medieval texts translated from Arabic, Chinese, Old Spanish, Latin, Middle High German, Old English, and Old French.

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Off the Shelf "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Our Favorite Bookish Pets Read, Recommend, and Repeat

August 25, 2017

At Off the Shelf, we know that sometimes the greatest recommendations come from the cats and dogs (and chickens!) napping on the shelves. So we consulted some of the most knowledgeable furry booksellers and bookworms across the country to learn which books we should paw through next. We applaud their excellent and varied reading habits. Check out their recommendations and then visit some of these booksellers at the independent bookstores they call home.


Has anyone told Jenny that Jacinda and Andrew have split up? "IndyWatch Feed"

Jenny Salesa has sent out her election brochure to all the local letterboxes.   She is confident Jacinda and Andrew will lead a dynamic Labour government with a fresh approach. Questions Was this brochure made before the leadership change? Did she go oh stuff it, close enough? No money for an updated []

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Outside of the exclusion zone, Shirakawa city, Fukushima: 1-3 Sv/h "IndyWatch Feed"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs


Aug 17th, 017. From Mrs. Hiroko Tsuzuki:

Shirakawa City. Fukushima Prefecture. All over my hometown, former residence, public school, High School, Bus Stops. 1-3 Sv/h.

97.1 km from Fukushima Daiichi. Way outside of the evacuation zone so they have no recourse.


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The Great Leader condescends to come amongst the populace "IndyWatch Feed"



Quote of the Day: On taxing the rich (and the semi-rich) "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In view of what they hear from the experts, the people cannot be blamed for their ignorance and their helpless confusion. If an average housewife struggles with her incomprehensibly shrinking budget and sees a tycoon in a resplendent limousine, she might well think that just one of his diamond cuff links would solve all her problems. She has no way of knowing that if all the personal luxuries of all the tycoons were expropriated, it would not feed her familyand millions of other, similar familiesfor one week; and that the entire country would starve on the first morning of the week to follow . . . . How would she know it, if all the voices she hears are telling her that we must soak the rich?
     No one tells her that higher taxes imposed on the rich (and the semi-rich) will not come out of their consumption expenditures, but out of their investment capital (i.e., their savings); that such taxes will mean less investment, i.e., less production, fewer jobs, higher prices for scarcer goods; and that by the time the rich have to lower their standard of living, hers will be gone, along with her savings and her husbands joband no power in the world (no economic power) will be able to revive the dead industries (there will be no such power left).

~ Ayn Rand, from her article The Inverted Moral Priorities



New Zealands oldest journalist Alan Sayers has died "IndyWatch Feed"

Alan Sayers who was a former New Zealand Herald reporter and photographer died at home in Arkles Bay last week. He lived in the same street as us and in his heyday got international scoops on Sir Ed Hillary and Dame Jean Batten.  I met Alan who at 101 was New Zealands oldest journalist, three years []

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Keep running the right way "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Filed under: business, economy, environment, Family, Farming, politics Tagged: NZ National Party


Wars of words over Panguna as Bougainville moves to new era "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


PANGUNA - With Bougainville less than a year away from a referendum on its political future, the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) and a local Panguna group known as the Meekamui Government of Unity are in a war of words over the re-opening of the Panguna copper and gold mine.

The ABG wants the now reformed Bougainville Copper Limited (BCL) to operate the mine which it believes will finance the redevelopment of Bougainville.

But the Meekamui and the Osikaiyang Landowners Association are keen to see the mine opened by an Australian company they have aligned with called RTG.

Bougainvilles president John Momis has said the ABG will not allow a company with no track record to mine at Panguna.

The quarrel between the ABG and the Meekamui is potentially divisive and may affect peace-building efforts in the autonomous province.

BCL, through the Panguna Negotiation Office, is said to be funding a group calling itself Panguna New Generation Leaders which is aggressively pushing for the re-opening of the mine.

The Meekamui and its overseas backers are taking a more moderate stance but are determined to get RTG to develop the mine.

After a 10-year civil war, the signing of the Bougainville Peace Agreement in 2001 addressed the political problem but did not provide a settlement to cater for the Panguna problem which is still shimmering around us.

Meanwhile the 1980s vintage old landowners associations and the new landowners association are also still verbally brawling and attacking each other.

As this struggle goes on, we, the innocent people of Panguna, are being blamed by other Bougainvilleans of working to re-open Panguna.

On the BCL side we see no change of heart for the interests of the people of Bougainville who have suffered because of them and the PNG state.

Rio Tinto offloaded its shares to PNG and Bougainville so that we could see that it was changing its mind on the future of Panguna. But can we be sure? We need to watch to see if various personalities move to and fro between positions in BCL and Rio Tinto.

Let us hope we are not submerging into the violence of the 1990s even as we try to work through the peace agreement and move to the new dawn that next years referendum should represent.


Mike Hosking hysteria is at an all-time high "IndyWatch Feed"

Youd think Mike Hosking gets to choose the next government.  They ascribe way too much power to this man.  Check out this lunatic: On Wednesday night [Mike Hosking] suggested to co-presenter Toni Street that only Mori could vote for The Mori Party. The next night he said: Small clarification there for you, now last night []

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Campaigning for electorate and mission Metiria "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Metiria Turei stepped down from Green leadership and she has withdrawn from the party list, but she is still standing this election, for the Te Tai Tonga Maori electorate for the first time, and that is her only chance of staying in Parliament. Turei has done well in the Dunedin North electorate for the last []


Saturday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

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The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope Samuel Johnson.

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Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed"

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

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PNG needs to stop the talk & start acting to heighten security "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


HONOLULU - It is believed that North Koreas missile program is moving close to achieving the range to hit targets as far away as the United States and Papua New Guinea.

But it is premature for vulnerable countries like PNG to openly condemn North Koreas intentions and possibly provoke the hermit kingdom to see PNG as a target to attack or be threatened, especially as APEC convenes in Port Moresby next year.

PNG has military support from Australia and other allies but not having significant military assets and capability leaves it in a vulnerable state.

The hostile words to North Korea expressed by the PNG's foreign affairs minister in local newspapers recently were childish and regrettable but are too late to recall.

PNG needs to be sensitive to its geopolitical alliances and affiliations so neutrality maintained. We should avoid becoming intertwined in the North Korea America conflict.

There are already indications that PNG already may harbour terrorist elements and other transnational criminals. These criminals see PNG has a safe haven and a transit point into Australia.

On numerous occasions, unidentified foreign fishing vessels have been sighted by locals in PNGs coastal waters and most escape with their illegal catches. This has been going on for a long time despite the establishment of the Border Protection Authority which does not have the capacity to perform the border protection task.

Each year some illegal immigrants arrive in PNG and are registered by PNG Immigration. But many more illegal immigrants cross the border from Indonesia or arrive on landing barges that bring supplies to logging camps in remote locations.

There are number of foreign businesses in PNG that recruit non-nationals to do jobs supposedly reserved for Papua New Guineans. Some of these businesses provide false information to labour and immigration officers.

For instance, the Foreign Employment Permit indicates that a migrant claims to be a manager or has trade qualifications but this person gains employment as a stock-filler, cash-register operator, delivery truck driver or something that nationals can do.

These are the obvious indicators of PNGs weak internal security system which needs to be toughened up for our independent and sovereign nation.

In light of the North Korea is......


New Zealander of the Year nominations "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Nominations for New Zealander of the Year were used as a political campaign to promote Metiria Turei, have become dominated by the number of nominations for an Australian politician who recently denounced his New Zealand citizenship, Barnaby Joyce. Barnaby Joyce Let's do this NZ in today's @nzherald #auspol #nzpol #nzqt Rod []


Horowhenua Council Mystery "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Why is CEOs signature missing from sensitive spending policy? by Veronica Harrod  Horowhenua correspondent Unanswered questions remain as to why all of Horowhenua District Councils general managers signed the 2016 sensitive expenditure policy except chief executive David Clapperton. Mr Clappertons refusal to sign the policy was revealed in the Peer Review of Sensitive Expenditure Internal []


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

The word for today is phenology (noun) 1. The scientific study of periodic biological phenomena, such as flowering, breeding, and migration, in relation to climatic conditions. 2. The timing of a periodic biological phenomenon in relation to climatic conditions. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Study of the influence of climate on recurring []

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Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed"

Proverbs 26 13 The lazy person claims, Theres a lion on the road! Yes, Im sure theres a lion out there!

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Why corporate social responsibility fails to promote peace in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Kylie McKennaKYLIE McKENNA | Dev Policy Blog | Extract

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SYDNEY - Papua New Guinea has long been a site of analysis for exploring the links between natural resources and conflict, having been used as an example in prominent studies of the natural resource curse and as a source of learning in international debates on corporate social responsibility (CSR).

The forced closure of the Panguna mine in Bougainville in 1989 due to conflict was a major catalyst for the adoption of CSR in PNG.

Despite this 28-year history, company-community conflict remains a significant and ongoing challenge across the country.

A possible explanation is that CSR counterintuitively fosters discontent due to a predominant focus on the distribution of material benefits.

While there is no universal definition of CSR, it has become recognisable shorthand for the onus on business to consider the social and environmental impacts of their activities.

CSR generally manifests as corporate commitments in the form of socio-economic development projects, communitybusiness partnerships, social and environmental impact assessments, the adoption of discretionary codes of conduct, and can also incorporate formal agreements between states and communities.

Contemporary examples of CSR initiatives in PNG include: ExxonMobils half yearly environmental and social reports; Newcrests AUD$95.8m paid in community expenditure in 2015; and Barrick Golds use of the United Nations Protect, Respect and Remedy framework to guide its response to human rights abuse at the Porgera gold mine.

Over the past decade, the expectations of extractive companies have increasingly widened to encompass conflict prevention and peace building.

This stems from mounting evidence of a correlation between natural resources and armed conflict, such the United Nations estimate that at least 40% of intrastate conflicts globally over the past 60 years have been linked to natural resources.

This has resulted in increased dialogue between business leaders and policymakers on business for peace, as well as avenues to align CSR strategies with the Sustainable Development Goals.



General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


Media watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


Open Forum Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


Very big gap ahead of Brexit talks: EU official Londons lack of substance holding up progress "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


AFP/File / by Bryan McManus | Britain and Brussels are still a long way apart on key issues in Brexit talks, EU officials warn

BRUSSELS (AFP)  Britain and the EU are very far apart on the main issues just days ahead of crunch Brexit talks, EU officials said Friday, blaming Londons lack of substance for holding up progress.

The two sides are due to hold a third round of negotiations next week but the officials were unable to say if they would start on Monday, as widely expected, or Tuesday.

The EU insists there has to be sufficient progress in three key areas EU citizen rights, Northern Irelands border and the exit bill before considering Londons demand for talks on its future trade relationship with the bloc.

If you look where we are and where we need to be it is a very big gap. It is unlikely that we will make major steps to close this gap next week, one of the EU officials told a press briefing.

It is not the lack of time that is preventing us from advancing, so far it has been the lack of substance, added the official who asked not to be named.

The EU officials stressed repeatedly that the remaining 27 member states had agreed on the sequencing of the talks and despite London pressing to get the future relationship on the table, that was a no-go for the moment.

After the last round in July, EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier warned Britain it had to clarify its position on the initial separation issues if there was to be the sufficient progress required to turn to trade in October.

London has published several position papers in the past few weeks but the EU officials appeared not to be overly impressed.

Ireland not bargaining chip

On the future of Northern Ireland and its border with the Republic of Ireland, London suggested technological solutions could avoid it becoming a barrier to both trade and the peace process.

We see a lot of magical thinking about how an invisible border could work in the future, one of the officials said, urging London to really take on board just how big an impact Brexit will have on Irelands economy and society.

The official rejected British suggestions that agreeing a trade deal now would help resolve the issue and warned: We think that the peace process must not become a bargaining chip in these negotiations.



#Charlottesville "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Meggai malago' yu' bei sngan put si Donald Trump yan i sinangn-a (yan hfa ti ha sngan lokkue') put i nina'triste giya Charlottesville. 

Fihu ilek-hu na ti hongge'on i bidad-a si Trump. Ya siempre ti sia ha ikak este na malabida pat este na eskareng. Lao atan ha', kulang un chatpago yan sen mutong na fafa'tinas milagro este na taotao. Sigi ha' ha na'lngga yan na'manman yu', kada simna. 

 Meggai malago' yu' na bai hu sngan, lao ti nahong i ora p'go, guaha meggai otro cho'cho'. 

Lao este ha' malago' yu' na bei ensima gi kombetsasion. 

Gof na'chalek yan "ironic" na i manap'ka, ko'lo'lo'a i manracist, fihu ma ssangna na manchenglong i manminorities gi i manma'pos na tiempo. Gi fino' Ingles, "they are stuck in the past." Ma sngan este, sa' i manAfrican Amerikanu par otr ti ap'ka na rsa siha, guaha ma keketulaika gi halom i Estdos Unidos pi'ot put i taimanu na manhinekse gi ntes na tiempo. 

Lao anggan ta atan i sinangn-a si Trump yan i mambba na taotao ha aguguiguiyi, gi minagahet siha manchenglong gi manma'pos na tiempo. Atan taimanu na ti sia ma sotta un hagas mkpo' na gera yan i butto' siha ni' rumepresesenta ayu. Gof na'ma'ase taimanu na ma gu'gu'ot ha' ayu siha. 


"Trump doesn't seem to like being President. So why doesn't he quit?"
by David Von Drehle
Washington Post
August 18, 2017

Evidence is piling up that Donald Trump does not really want to be president of the United States.
He certainly doesnt look happy in the job. In his previous life, Trump met whomever he wanted to meet and said whatever he wanted to say. But like all presidents, he finds himself ever more isolated, and his displeasure shows on his face. The loneliness of the job which so many of his predecessors have ruefully reported is wearing on him.

And its more than that. Past presidents also tell us that no one can fully appreciate the dimensions of the job in advance. With no previous political experience, Trumps learning curve has been even steeper than usual, and the more he sees of the job, the less he wants to do it. He balks at the briefings, the talking points, the follow-through.

He was drawn to the fame of it, as he once told me aboard his pr...


Fluoride in drinking water is not the answer to tooth decay "IndyWatch Feed National"

Three health professionals will add their weight to a move to keep fluoride out of Waipas drinking water.

Dentists Dr Lawrie Brett, Dr John Jukes and Te Awamutu doctor Janion Heywood will present to a public forum hosted by Fluoride Free NZ in Te Awamutu on Saturday.

Backed by medical facts, they will discuss their own observations why Waipas drinking water shouldnt be fluoridated.

After 40 years of working in an oral practice, Brett an active advocate for fluoride-free drinking water, remains unconvinced of any benefits of intervention.

Not only was water fluoridation not reducing tooth decay, but that it also carried general health risks, said Brett

In 2014 Local Government New Zealand urged the Government to amend the appropriate legislation so that the addition of fluoride to drinking water supplies is a decision made by the Director General of Health rather than a council.

The Health Amendment Bill is progressing through parliament and is at the second reading stage.

Once passed it will transfer the decision making process regarding fluoridation to the district health boards.

Any thoughts of DHBs having the only say without public consultation is hard to swallow for groups opposing fluoridation.

Fluoride Free NZ spokesman Kane Titchener recently presented evidence to the Waipa District Council outlining the proposed process was fundamentally flawed.

There would be a 10-person board making the decisions and it would include four government appointees and six members elected from the community, he said

Their level of understanding of fluoridation would be no greater than local councillors making the decisions.

Council continues to ignore the call to consult with the community on the issue.

Under DHB control, fluoridation wont be stopped and soon it will be added to areas like Waipa who have never seen it before.

Titchener is disappointed with the council.

They failed to understand they have not given their community an opportunity learn more about fluoridation and allow consultation.

The talk will be held from 4-6 pm on Saturday, September 2 at the Community Room, Te Awamutu Library, Selwyn Lane, Te Awamutu.

*Original article online at


Samsung under fire for partnership with forest-burning Korindo "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

An online petition asking Samsung to drop its partnership with a Korean-Indonesian conglomerate over concerns of rainforest destruction on the island of New Guinea has garnered over 73,000 signatures. Samsung recently announced a joint venture with Korindo, in the logistics sector. Meanwhile Korindos palm oil operation has come under fire for devastating pristine rainforest in Indonesias easternmost Tanah Papua region, pushing endemic animals like the tree kangaroo to the brink of extinction, infringing on the rights of local communities and contributing to the Southeast Asian haze, all of which was documented in a 2016 report by Mighty Earth, an NGO. Mighty set up the petition, and its CEO Glenn Hurowitz recently delivered it to Samsungs office in Seoul, ahead of the companys launch of its new Galaxy Note 8 phone. Korindos customers in many sectors have stopped doing business with it because of its deforestation, but Samsung continues to financially prop it up, Mighty said in a statement. While Samsung is not cooperating with Korindos plantations arm, it does have a direct stake in the oil palm sector via its joint venture with the Ganda Group, which is controversial for its stake in a company that bulldozed peoples homes in Sumatra in 2011 to make way for its plantation.   Banner image: A pile of wood is ready to be burned in land controlled by Korindo in Papua. Photo courtesy of Mighty Earth.


North Korea Steps Up Work on Parts for New Reactor, IAEA Says "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

VIENNA North Korea has increased its efforts to produce parts for a new nuclear reactor it is building while continuing to operate the main existing one that provides fuel for its atom bombs, the U.N. nuclear watchdog has said in an annual report on Friday.

North Korea has conducted two nuclear tests and dozens of missile tests since the beginning of last year, defying world powers and raising fears of a conflict breaking out on the heavily militarized Korean peninsula.

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A missile test last month put the mainland United States in range. Pyongyang later said it had a plan to fire missiles at the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, while U.S. President Donald Trump said any threats would be met with fire and fury.

It is not clear whether Pyongyang can miniaturize a nuclear bomb enough to fit it on top of such a missile, and it is widely believed it cannot yet protect such a warhead from the heat generated when a missile re-enters the earths atmosphere.

Its effort to produce material for nuclear bombs, however, has rumbled on, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said in a report to its annual general conference. The IAEA does not have access to North Korea and monitors its activities mainly by satellite imagery.

There were indications in the LWR (light-water reactor) construction yard of an increase in activities consistent with the fabrication of certain reactor components, the IAEA report posted on the General Conferences website said.


Friday, 25 August


US wont pull back from South China Sea ops: general "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"


AFP/File | US Navy ships are sailing close to a contested island in the South China Sea in a show of strength to challenge Chinas territorial claims

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP)  An American general insisted Friday the United States would not pull back from operations in the disputed South China Sea to combat Beijing?s territorial claims despite a series of accidents involving US warships.General Terrence OShaughnessy, Pacific Air Forces commander, said the American military still had credibility all over the world despite the incidents, which have raised concerns that the US armed forces are overstretched in Asia.

In the latest incident, the USS John S. McCain collided with a tanker off Singapore early Monday, tearing a huge hole in the vessel?s hull and leaving two sailors dead and eight missing.

It was the fourth accident involving an American warship in the Pacific this year, two of them fatal.

The McCain had been heading to the city-state after conducting a freedom of navigation mission sailing close to a contested island in the South China Sea in a show of strength to challenge Beijings territorial claims.

The US has been carrying out a growing number of such operations in recent years as China increasingly asserts its claims to almost the entire sea, despite partial counter-claims from some Asian neighbours.

There is no setback to those (freedom of navigation) operations following these incidents, OShaughnessy told reporters during a visit to the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur.

We stand firm that we are going to sail and fly anywhere where international rules allow. We will continue to do that.

Every day, we have operations within the South China Sea and areas surrounding it.

He added that the latest collision should not eclipse the work of the US military as a whole.

I dont think that we should let one incident overshadow the great capability that the United States of America brings across all services, he said.

Still, the incidents have provided a propaganda windfall to US rivals like China, with the foreign ministry in Beijing voicing concerns American warships posed a security threat to civilian vessels in the South China Sea.

Mondays accident was the second involving an American destroyer in two months after the USS Fitzgerald collided with a cargo ship off Ja...


Salamaua: The rising phoenix "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

This article first appeared in The National newspaper on Friday, Feb 17, 2017

My recent trip to beautiful and historical Salamaua, Morobe, the capital of New Guinea ahead of Lae and Rabaul before being destroyed by WWII,  brings back so many bittersweet memories.
Back in July 2003, I walked the trail from Salamaua to Wau with Morobe tourism officer Heni Dembis and two local boys Lionel Aigilo and Solomon Jawing, an event which put this icon of the Morobe gold rush days and WWII back on the tourism map.

The word-famous Salamaua Point, scene of some of the heaviest fighting of WWII, with the narrow isthmus in between.-All pictures by MILEN STILIYANOV

Our dream was to make the Black Cat popular again, to help put back Salamaua and Wau back on the map, and to help the local people make money.
The Black Cat makes the Kokoda Trail seem like a Sunday arvo stroll in the park.
This is because it is not an established trail like Kokoda, on which hundreds of trekkers regularly tread, but a forgotten course that passes through some of the toughest and most-hazardous terrain in the world.
Leech and snake -infested jungle, moss-covered rocks and fallen tree stumps, precarious cliff crossings, and potentially-dangerous river crossings make the Black...


Top-secret base Pine Gap involves Australians in drone strikes on innocent civilians "IndyWatch Feed"

Fear Pine Gap role could lead to Australian war crime prosecutions, 9 News, By Richard Wood Aug 21, 2017 Australians directing US-led drone strikes from the top-secret base Pine Gap base, near Alice Springs, could face war crime prosecution if innocent civilians are killed.

Leaked documents from the US National Security Agency provide a rare insight into the crucial role Pine Gap plays in collecting data from satellites which help guide drone strikes and special forces operations against terrorist targets, The Intercept and the ABC report.

Their findings were based on documents from within the NSA, leaked by former analyst Edward Snowden.

 Emily Howie, the director of advocacy and research at the Human Rights Law Centre, told The Intercept the Australian government should provide greater accountability on its role in US drone operations.

The legal problem thats created by drone strikes is that there may very well be violations of the laws of armed conflict and that Australia may be involved in those potential war crimes through the facility at Pine Gap, Howie told The Intercept and the ABC.

The first thing that we need from the Australian government is for it to come clean about exactly what Australians are doing inside the Pine Gap facility in terms of coordinating with the United States on the targeting usin...


Canadian Oil Facilities in Peru Seized Amid Warnings of Wider Indigenous Uprising "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

by Jorge Barrera / APTN National News

Hundreds of Indigenous people have reportedly seized oil facilities operated by the subsidiary of a Canadian company in Perus Amazon region amid warnings of a wider uprising over the Peruvian governments failure to consult with communities before allowing extraction on their traditional territories.

Members of the Indigenous Los Jardines community seized facilities in the Amazon region of Loreto operated by Frontera Energy Corp, a subsidiary of Canadian firm Pacific Exploration & Production, according to local and wire service reports. The people of Los Jardines also briefly occupied the airport in Loreto earlier this month.

The occupation is targeting one of the countrys largest oil fields. Frontera told Peruvian newspaper El Commercio the action has impacted the production of about 2,000 barrels per day, but the company continues to produce about 8,000 bpd from the oil field.

The same installation was hit with an occupation which began in April and ended in June after Frontera signed a deal with Los Jardines and Alianza Nueva Capahuari, two of 18 Indigenous communities whose territories include Lot 192, one of Perus richest oil fields, according to local reports. The communities had demanded US$1 million from the company for use of their territory.

Wilmer Chavez, the leader of the Organizacion Regional Indigenas Achuar del Pastaza, told Reuters the occupation would end the moment the Peruvian government agreed to consult with the regions Indigenous communities before renewing an extraction license for Lot 192, which will expire this year, according to reports.

Other Indigenous groups in the region are backing the occupation and warn there will be a wider uprising unless Peru begins proper consultations.

If there is...


World watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


August 26 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1071  Battle of Manzikert: The Seljuk Turks defeat the Byzantine Army at Manzikert.

1278 Ladislaus IV of Hungary and Rudolph I of Germany defeated Premysl Ottokar II of Bohemia in the Battle of Marchfield near Drnkrut in (then) Moravia.

1346  Hundred Years War: the military supremacy of the English longbow over the French combination of crossbow and armoured knights was established at the Battle of Crcy.

1498  Michelangelo was commissioned to carve the Piet.

1676 Robert Walpole, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1745).

1768 The HM Bark Endeavour expedition under Captain James Cook set sail from England.

1778 The first recorded ascent of Triglav, the highest mountain in Slovenia.

1789  Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen approved by National Assembly at Palace of Versailles.

1819 Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Prince Consort of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1861).

1858 First news dispatch by telegraph.

1862 American Civil War: the Second Battle of Bull Run began.

1865 Arthur James Arnot, Scottish inventor, was born (d. 1946).

1866 After two bungled attempts and near disaster at sea, the first communications cable between the North and South Islands of New Zealand   was completed.

Submarine telegraph line laid across Cook Strait



Copper up +50pc as well "IndyWatch Feed"

Dr. Copper price surges

Some long overdue brighter news for copper-rich South Australia.

With the price of copper now riding all the way up to US$3.045/lb from below $2.00/lb in 2016, some of the state's copper producers will be thriving again. 

Globally, activity has been picking up, with the Eurozone now growing along with the rest of the world's economies.

In fact, all 45 countries in the OECD are now growing together at the same time, which is the first time that has happened since 2007.

And it's not just copper that is benefiting from global growth. 

The iron ore price been has been on a huge run-up since June, while Australian thermal coal prices have also soared to above $100/tonne.

Together these two commodities alone comprise nearly 40 per cent of Australia's index of commodity prices, as measured by the Reserve Bank.

BHP Billiton reported an outlandish surge in profits this week - a profit of $7.4 billion from a statutory loss of $8.3 billion last year, leading to a tripling of the dividend - which was largely attributable to a doubling of the coking coal price since fiscal 2016. 

The prices of zinc, aluminium, and nickel have also been tearing higher.

After a correction of about 8 per cent in June and July, Australia's commodity price index remained more than 17 per cent higher year-on-year last month.

And on this evidence, there are more gains to come.

Meanwhile, it appears that the feared mining 'capex cliff' is finally over, some 4.5 years after it began.

So it seems that the lingering clouds are at last beginning to clear for Australia's economy after nearly half a decade of drag from declining resources construction...


Today in OpenGov: Applied ethics "IndyWatch Feed National"

Today, we're thinking about how to boost flagging citizen confidence in public institutions. In the Pacific Standard, Hollie Russon-Gilman and Tiago Carneiro Peixoto explore the growing move towards participatory budgeting programs across the globe. The research shows that "when governments listen, citizens reward them both politically and financially" through increased electoral support and decreased tax delinquency. 

Read on for the rest of the day's open government news, including a trip to Durham to talk open data, the USDA's ethics app, the latest on the Trump administration's attempt to obtain data on anti-inauguration protesters, and more

states and cities

Noel Isama at Durham's Civic Spark Day.
  • Building a community with open data in Durham, NC. Sunlight's Noel Isama took a trip down to Durham, North Carolina for a conference bringing "together Durhams residents, local technologists, city and county staff to discuss how the citys open data can be used to meet the communitys needs. The event was the latest element of the citys work using open data to make Durham a great place to live, work and play." Read his report on the Sunlight Blog.
  • How to implement an open data policy? Jackie Snow looks to answer that question by digging into work from What Works Cities and Sunlight. She highlights our Open Data Policy Guidelines focusing on the big questions, including what data should be public, how to make the data public, and how to implement policy. (SmartCitiesDive)


China Vows to Resist U.S. Trade Probe by All Means Necessary "IndyWatch Feed War"

 China's imports from North Korea slowed in July while its exports to the sanctions-hit country dwindled after surging in recent months, according to official Chinese statistics.

Photo AFP/ Nicolas Asfouri

We are strongly discontented with this unilateralism and protectionism, and will take all means necessary to resolutely defend the legitimate rights and interests of the Chinese side and Chinese enterprises, trade ministry spokesman Gao Feng said at a news conference Thursday, according to the Washington Post.

China has been pushing back against the U.S. this week after the Trump administration said it would launch an investigation of Chinese theft of intellectual property. That investigation could lead to trade sanctions against China.

On Monday, the Chinese Commerce Ministry said the trade investigation was irresponsible and claimed it ignored the rules of the World Trade Organization.

The U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions Tuesday on ten companies and six people from China and Russia for allegedly conducting business with North Korea in ways that helped the countrys nuclear weapons strategy. China responded by demanding that the U.S. immediately withdraw the sanctions. The Global Times, backed by the Chinese Communist Party, said the U.S. will pay for the unjust ban on Chinese firms and accused the U.S. of violating international law. The U.S. actions, the Global Times said, were an attempt to tarnish the international image of China....


When Petitions Actually Matter: West Papuans Risk Their Lives to End Indonesia's Occupation "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

May 30, 2017. Yanto Awerkion, a regional leader of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) a street-based civil disobedience group with sections across West Papua takes the stage at an event...


As climate change intensifies, Australias farmers will be hard hit "IndyWatch Feed"

Climate change will hit our farmers harder and hotter Geoff Egan | 25th Aug 2017 A LEADING commodity trader has warned increasingly common extreme and volatile weather conditions will cause havoc for Queenslands agricultural producers.


Why climate changes 2 degrees Celsius of warming limit is important "IndyWatch Feed"

Why is climate changes 2 degrees Celsius of warming limit so important? The Conversation, David Titley, Professor of Practice in Meteorology, Professor of International Affairs & Director Center for Solutions to Weather and Climate Risk, Pennsylvania State University, August 23, 2017 

If you read or listen to almost any article about climate change, its likely the story refers in some way to the 2 degrees Celsius limit. The story often mentions greatly increased risks if the climate exceeds 2C and even catastrophic impacts to our world if we warm more than the target.

Recently a series of scientific papers have come out and stated that we have a 5 percent chance of limiting warming to 2C, and only one chance in a hundred of keeping man-made global warming to 1.5C, the aspirational goal of the...


Today is my birthday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

So here are the Killers at the Isle of Wight festival in 2013 performing When Im 64. 

Yes, that is how old I am. Even though I did maths to Stage III so obviously can count, I really did not see this coming.


The Only Sensible Way Out of the North Korea Crisis "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

On August 14, the Korean Central News Agency issued a surprising statement from North Koreas 33-year-old dictator, Kim Jong-un. The Respected Supreme Leader, KCNA said, had decided to watch a little more the conduct of the United States before proceeding on a vow to fire missiles near the Pacific island of Guam to create an enveloping fire.  


Western Australia Shire of Leonora keen to make money by hosting radioactive trash "IndyWatch Feed"

Leonora lobbies for nuclear waste dump in its backyard     ABC Goldfields  By Jarrod Lucas  18 Aug 17 Leonora in WAs northern Goldfields is putting together a bid for an outback repository to store radioactive waste.

The Federal Governments decade-long search for a national radioactive waste management facility appears far from over.

This has provided a window of opportunity for the Shire of Leonora to press its case again to host a national repository for waste arising from medical, industrial and scientific use.

Leonora looked to have missed its chance in November 2015 when it was left off a short-list of six sites, five of which have since been ruled out by the government.

On that occasion, the Shire put together a last-minute bid, nominating about 81 hectares of freehold land owned by Councillor Glenn Baker.

An application for an exploration license for a new site, north-west of Leonora, is currently being assessed by multiple State Government departments.

Shire of Leonora president Peter Craig conceded there were no guarantees the new site would receive state approval.

But he said the Council believed the waste dump was an opportunity worth pursuing.

Its a long-term prospect were ce...


Climate change and infectious diseases "IndyWatch Feed"

The pathogen with the highest sensitivity to climate factors was Vibrio cholera, the microbe that causes the serious, and often deadly, diarrheal disease, cholera. Cholera had nine climate drivers, indicating high volatility in the face of climate change.

These Infections Are Likely to Get Worse as the Climate ChangesInvisiverse, BY CYNTHIA WALLENTINE, 08/23/2017

When the climate changes, so do all the things that rely on the climate, including people, plants, and pathogens. A European study recently took a broad look at what kind of microorganisms are most likely to be affected as climate change heats, cools, dries, and wets the world around us.

In a study published in the journal Scientific Reports, a research team from the University of Liverpool performed a broad assessment of how factors of climate change impact pathogens that make humans and animals sick. By understanding which microorganisms are more sensitive to environmental change, we have a better idea of how infection rates might change as the environment grows progressively less stable.

What Are Climate Drivers?

In the study, the authors note there is evidence that climate shifts are already causing changes in the incidence of disease allowing some to appear at higher or lower altitudes and latitudes. The authors note modeling is frequently used to predict which pathogens could advance, but this study uses climate variables, al...


Exxon Mobil Corp deliberately misled public on climate change "IndyWatch Feed"

Exxon accused by Harvard researchers of misleading public on climate change, ABC News 24 Aug 17 Two Harvard University researchers say they have collected data proving Exxon Mobil Corp made explicit factual misrepresentations in newspaper ads it purchased to convey its views on the oil industry and climate science.

In an article in the journal Environmental Research Letters, researchers Geoffrey Supran and Naomi Oreskes said they examined 187 documents, including internal memos, peer-reviewed papers by Exxon scientists and advertorials that ran in The New York Times paid advertisements in the style of opinion pieces.

The researchers said they used a social science analysis method to turn statements in the documents into data points that could be counted and compared to each other.

Exxon consistently asserted doubt on climate change

Mr Supran and Ms Oreskes said as early as 1979, Exxon scientists acknowledged burning fossil fuels was adding more carbon dioxide to the atmosphere and causing global temperatures to rise, but they said the companys position in newspaper ads remained significantly different by consistently asserting doubt about climate science.

The study was funded by the Rockefeller family philanthropies, which previously supported a campaign to prove Exxon knew more than it publicly admitted about climate change.

That campaign used the slogan #ExxonKnew..

Ms Oreskes sa...


Climate change really IS serious its affecting the supply of WINE! "IndyWatch Feed"

Climate change is real. Maybe once it comes for our vino, more people will get on board with trying to slow it.

Climate change is about to mess with your wine supply, so yes, things are very serious Fratti August 24, 2017 Most of us know that climate change is an ongoing problem, but it can be hard to see the direct effects of it in our daily lives. Unless you study the populations of animals that are suffering due to it or are a farmer, the change is definitely incremental enough to ignore. But climate change is already affecting wine production, so maybe more people will notice what is going on a little sooner than expected. Because whether you can experience the effects of climate change or not, its happening.

European wine crops are suffering under climate change.

Which means its going to be harder and more expensive to order an oaky Tuscan red or sparkly Champagne very, very soon. Because of warming temperatures, more and more crops of grapes are suffering. Theres just not enough of a harvest since the plants die before theyre able to pull water from underground during a climate change-induced drought. Producers are picking the grapes earlier, which inevitably c...


A reality check on the situation of North Korea "IndyWatch Feed"

North Korea also has the collective memory of the horror wrought by the US in the three year conflict on a country then with a population of just 9.6 million souls. US General Curtis Lemay in the aftermath stated: After destroying North Koreas seventy eight cities and thousands of her villages, and killing countless numbers of her civilians Over a period of three years or so we killed off what twenty percent of the population.



Naval Vessels, Shadowy by Intent, Are Hard for Commercial Ships to Spot "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"


HONG KONG The tropical sky off Singapore was utterly dark when an oil tanker plowed into the side of the American destroyer John S. McCain before dawn on Monday but the moonless night may have been only one of the reasons that the tankers crew may have had trouble seeing a warship in their path.

Hard to see and hard to track electronically, naval vessels have long posed special perils to nighttime navigation. That has proved deadly this summer in crowded waters like those near Singapore and Tokyo, where another United States warship, the Fitzgerald, was struck by a cargo freighter under a waning crescent moon on June 17.



Australias religious leaders unite to oppose Adani coal mine expansion "IndyWatch Feed"

The Adani coalmine will hasten a climate catastrophe. As faith leaders, we must act
A Buddhist leader has told environment minister Josh Frydenberg he would stand in front of machinery if digging started. All people of faith should join him,
Guardian,   Jonathan Keren-Black and Tejopala Rawls, 23 Aug 17 
  Earlier in August, six faith leaders met Australias environment and energy minister, Josh Frydenberg. Our group included Bishop Philip Huggins, the president of the National Council of Churches, a Uniting Church reverend, a rabbi, a Catholic nun and an ordained Buddhist. This is not the start of a joke, but a polite and serious exchange.

It might seem that religion has little to do with the environment or energy. Yet each of us at the meeting wanted to raise a mat...


Little hope for humanity with Trump at the wheel in USA "IndyWatch Feed"

What hope is there for humanity? The answer must be: none, Canberra Times, Julian Cribb, 25 Aug 17,  The day foreseen by US journalist HL Mencken when the White House is adorned by a downright moron seems, on the face of the accumulating evidence, to have dawned. Regrettably this person has his finger on a certain button.

Why Americans are not more alarmed about this can only be attributed to the very poor level of scientific literacy in what is, to all intents and purposes, the worlds foremost scientific society. How Americans can be so great at science yet, in aggregate, understand so little about it, is a question for the Ages. Unfortunately, the Ages will probably not have the leisure to debate it.

The missing bit of information is that a nuclear war, even a small one, could eliminate most of civilisation, Americans (even those with well-stocked fallout shelters) included.

It is still an obscure historical detail that all-out nuclear Armageddon between the USSR and USA was avoided, in the 1980s, by some rather brave scientists sticking out their necks to warn Reagan and Gorbachev that their calculations had revealed that a nuclear war cannot be won and should never be fought, as Reagan summarised it in his Address to the Nation (1984).

These scientists had worked out that regardless of fireball, blast and radiation the amount of dust and smoke thrown into the atmosphere by the unleashing of multiple nuclear warheads would chill the planet by several degrees for several years, causing massive crop-killing frosts which would destroy the food supply for just about everyone worldwide.



China in a war of words accuses USA of damaging navigation safety with their military activities at sea "IndyWatch Feed World"

The recent surge in US Navy activity represents a danger to the freedom and safety of navigation, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said, in response to a question on the dismissal of the US Seventh Fleet commander after a series of incidents.

Many people are very concerned about the frequent US military activities at sea, which damage the freedom and safety of navigation. We hope that the United States will pay attention to and properly handle this issue, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters at a regular press briefing, while commenting on the recent developments following the incident with the US destroyer the USS John S. McCain.

The spokespersons comments echoed an editorial published by the state-run China Daily newspaper on Tuesday.

Commercial shipping on edge owing to more patrols and increasingly high incidence of collision with the US Navy

The investigations into the latest collision [of the USS John S. McCain with an oil tanker] will take time to reach their conclusions, but there is no denying the fact that the increased activities by US warships in Asia-Pacific since Washington initiated its rebalancing to the region are making them a growing risk to commercial shipping,the editorial reads.

While the US Navy is becoming a dangerous obstacle in Asian waters, China has been making joint efforts with the members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to draw up a Code of Conduct for the South China Sea and it has boosted navigational safety by constructing five lighthouses on its islands.

The USS John S. McCain destroyer was damaged and partly flooded after a collision with an oil tanker off the coast of Singapore, east of the Strait of Malacca, on Monday. Five US sailors were injured and 10 went missing during the incident. On Tuesday, divers located some remains within the flooded compartments of the vessel. There was no information released on whether the remains had yet been identified. No tanker crewmembers were injured, but the vessel sustained damage near the bow.

The probe into the incident is underway, but the commander of the Japan-based 7th Fleet, Admiral Scott H. Swift, was relieved of his duties due to loss of confidence in his ability to command, after a chain of i...


I will never forget the women of Highland Park Events cinema... "IndyWatch Feed"

I will never forget the women of Highland Park Events cinema, who were made redundant by the company without getting a penny from the company. Three had worked there for over 15 years. Unite fought hard alongside them, and in the end we got a redundancy contract for future workers in our collective agreement. But this is not good enough- the Highland park workers got nothing, and thousands of workers without union protection will continue to get nothing. It's time for the law to be changed- will a new Labour Government in New Zealand introduce statutory redundancy provisions for all workers who lose their jobs? This law needs changing.


Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Its Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day.

Its our twentieth anniversary! This years packed programme features more than 100 dynamic and accessible events, workshops and competitions, featuring acclaimed poets, new voices, young writers, and poetry enthusiasts. From slam poetry to sonnets, from stages to pavements, poetry will be created and enjoyed in a myriad of venues around the country: cafes, bars, schools, university campuses, community centres, retirement villages, marae, libraries and theatres as well as on buses, trains and ferries. . .

I can do doggeral but real poetry defies me.

That doesnt prevent me from enjoying it.

And to those who ask whats the point?, I offer this from the Tuesdays Poets in answer to why they gave their poems for free:

Tuesday Poems poetry is offered for free because we believe in community and in the idea of a gift economy in which our poets words facilitate relationship and connection and are a voice for a diverse group people. Poetry is a way to build bridges and celebrate our common humanity. Claire


People are still touched by poetry and search for it for this reason. There is something sustaining there. Something we need. People need poetry for other reasons too for personal reasons: consolation, etc the compressed language and short controlled lines paradoxically restraining and releasing feeling. Oh, and theres more I do think poetry goes to the heart of what it is to be human, which is based on the deep need we have for language and rhythm and music. Something beyond the basic physical needs. Something that you would call spiritual, or perhaps being open to wonder. Mary

It has been a privilege and very great joy being in this poetry boat with you all. Warmest gratitude to all our poets and our readers near and far. T. S. Eliot wrote We shall not cease from our exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. Which takes us back to the opening lines of our collaborative poem

now you are privy to
a thousand thousand things. Jennifer Compton . .

If you click on the Tuesday Poem link, youll find the rest of the collaborative poem and five years of Tuesdays poems.


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South Australia calls for Federal Govt loan for Port Augusta solar plant "IndyWatch Feed"

Premier Jay Weatherill calls on Federal Government to provide $110m loan for $650m Port Augusta solar plant, Adam Langenberg, Luke Griffiths, The AdvertiserAugust 23, 2017  PREMIER Jay Weatherill has dared the Federal Government to block a $110 million loan banked on to finance Port Augustas $650 million solar thermal plant

Mr Frydenberg was in Whyalla on Wednesday as he launched a $30 million battery storage facility on the Yorke Peninsula, as revealed by The Advertiser yesterday.

He said it would play an important role in securing South Australias electricity network.

Less than two months after the State Government announced its deal with US billionaire Elon Musks Tesla, Mr Frydenberg unveiled plans that would see the Federal Governments Australian Renewable Energy Agency fund up to 40 per cent of a 30MW, 8MW/h battery.

Electranet will design and build the battery before leasing out its commercial operation to a yet-to-be-decided energy retailer.

To be located at Dalrymple one of the electricity networks weak points, according to Mr Frydenberg it is expected to be con...


Victorias smart renewable energy policy "IndyWatch Feed"

Victorian government generates smart policy to drive surge in renewable energy, The transition from coal-generated electricity to renewable energy is inevitable and crucial. Science has demonstrated beyond reasonable doubt that carbon emissions from coal and gas are a primary cause of dangerous global warming and climate change.

One of the main financial burdens on Australian families and businesses in recent years has been the sharp increase in the price of electricity, which has been driven by a surge in gas prices, and, many contend, by over-investment in transmission infrastructure poles and wires by power companies. Another key reason is the lack of investment in renewable energy, which is becoming increasingly competitive even with the cheap coal that still provides most of our baseload electricity.

The main reason investment in renewable energy has slowed is political; a lack of policy consistency and the perplexing anti-renewables stance of former Coalition prime minister Tony Abbott undermined confidence by generating uncertainty. Australias total greenhouse gas emissions rose in the March quarter by 1.6 per cent, the biggest rise in almost a decade, making it all the more difficult for t...


Enough renewable power for Victorias 4 biggest regional cities "IndyWatch Feed"

Renewable energy boost to power Victorias four biggest regional cities, The Age, Adam Carey, 23 Aug 17,    In a huge boost to Victorias electricity supply, renewable energy companies will compete to supply Victoria with 650 megawatts of power enough for the energy needs of every household in Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo and the Latrobe Valley.

The competitive reverse auction will be the biggest of its kind in Australia, as corporations tender for the contracts to power 389,000 households. This is expected to trigger investment of about $1.3 billion in renewable projects such as construction of wind and solar farms.

Expressions of interest will open in October.

The projects are critical to the governments target to increase Victorias renewable energy level to 40 per cent by 2025.

The government will seek to lock in its renewable energy target 25 per cent by 2020 and 40 per cent by 2025 by tabling legislation today. Currently about 10 per cent of the states power needs are met with renewable sources.

Premier Daniel Andrews said he was confident the legislation would pass.

Energy minister Lily DAmbrosio said modelling indicated households would save $30 a year on energy bills on average, and large companies would save $140,000 a year, over the life of the renewable energy target scheme.

We know for a fact that more supply, in a pure economics 101 sense, means cheaper prices and thats what well be delivering, Ms DAmbrosio said.



NZ - Fluoride in drinking water is not the answer to tooth decay "IndyWatch Feed"

Dr Lawrie Brent hasn't seen any evidence to convince him fluoride added to water is the answer to reducing toothe decay.Three health professionals will add their weight to a move to keep fluoride out of Waipa's drinking water.
Dentists Dr Lawrie Brett, Dr John Jukes and Te Awamutu doctor Janion Heywood will present to a public forum hosted by Fluoride Free NZ in Te Awamutu on Saturday.
Backed by medical facts, they will discuss their own observations why Waipa's drinking water shouldn't be fluoridated.
After 40 years of working in an oral practice, Brett an active advocate for fluoride-free drinking water, remains unconvinced of any benefits of intervention.
"Not only was water fluoridation not reducing tooth decay, but that it also carried general health risks," said Brett

In 2014 Local Government New Zealand urged the Government to amend the appropriate legislation so that the addition of fluoride to drinking water supplies is a decision made by the Director - General of Health rather than a council.
The Health Amendment Bill is progressing through parliament and is at the second reading stage.
Once passed it will transfer the decision making process regarding fluoridation to the district health boards.
Any thoughts of DHBs having the only say without public consultation is hard to swallow for groups opposing fluoridation.
Fluoride Free NZ spokesman Kane Titchener recently presented evidence to the Waipa District Council outlining the proposed process was "fundamentally flawed".
"There would be a 10-person board making the decisions and it would include four government appointees and six members elected from the community," he said
"Their level of understanding of fluoridation would be no greater than local councillors making the decisions.
"Council continues to ignore the call to consult with the community on the issue.
"Under DHB control, fluoridation won't be stopped and soon it will be added to areas like Waipa who have never seen it before."
Titchener is disappointed with the council.

"They failed to understand they have not given their community an opportunity learn more about fluoridation and allow consultation."
The talk will be held from 4-6 pm on Saturday, September 2 at the Community Room, Te Awamutu Library, Selwyn Lane, Te Awamutu.


More than 70 per cent of the countries in the world could run entirely on renewable energy by 2050 "IndyWatch Feed"

Independent 23rd Aug 2017, More than 70 per cent of the countries in the world including the UK, US,China and other major economies could run entirely on energy created by
wind, water and solar by 2050, according to a roadmap developed by

And they pointed out that doing so would not only mean the
world would avoid dangerous global warming, but also prevent millions of
premature deaths a year and create about 24 million more jobs than were

One of the scientists said the social benefits of following their
roadmap were so enormous and essentially cost free that human society
should accelerate the transition to wind, water and solar as fast as
possible. Rooftop solar panels and major solar power plants; offshore and
onshore wind turbines; wave, hydroelectric and tidal schemes; and
geothermal energy would also be used to replace fossil fuels to generate
electricity, power vehicles and heat homes.

The UK is about to publish its own Emissions Reduction Plan, which is supposed to set out how Britain willmeet its international commitment in the fight against climate change to
cut emissions by 57 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030. While the UK has
been making good progress on decarbonising electricity generation, the
transport and domestic heating sectors remain problematic. As part of it...


Water petition "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Petition have been frequently used to promote or oppose various issues, and many seem to have been organised by the same activist group or groups. But this one is coming from a different angle like most of the others its unlikely to make much if any difference, but its an interesting shift in target []


25 August REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed"

  • 100% renewable energy for 139 nations detailed in new Stanford report
    Mark Z. Jacobson and 26 of his colleagues have compiled a report that shows exactly how 139 nations could transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050 without throwing millions of people out of work.


Adani to fight $12k fine for environmental breach "IndyWatch Feed"

The Indian mining giant will contest the fine issued by the Queensland Government over the unauthorised release of sediment stormwater from the Abbot Point coal terminal.


New Climate Study Throws A Wrench In The Global Warming Debate: Our New Technical Paper Will Likely Be Ignored "IndyWatch Feed"

Mac Slavo
August 23rd, 2017

Its not surprising that so many people believe the idea that global warming is being caused almost entirely by human activity, given the fact that most scientists seem to believe the same thing. But scientists should probably ask themselves why there is still such a large cohort of deniers as they like to call them, who are adamant that anthropogenic climate change is a scam.
The reason why is that the scientific community has been caught many times tampering with climate data and making outlandish claims. The celebrities and politicians who promote this cause have also been caught on many occasions, living in palatial mansions, flying across the world in private jets, and generally just living lives of excess that produce so much more carbon than the average person. Given these facts, how could anyone take the global warming arguments seriously?
What also doesnt help t...


Daily Roundup "IndyWatch Feed"

      Vegetarians dont have all the fun with rudely shaped veges and fruit!  

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Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed"

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

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Call to put an end to discriminatory NT Intervention after ten years "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

A GROUP of eminent Australians is calling on the Federal Government to end discriminatory policies in the Northern Territory. Their statement says that 10 years of the NT Intervention is too long. Yolngu Elder Reverend Dr Djiniyini Gondarra will be one of the speakers at an event at Melbourne  University Law School on Monday, August 28, along with former NT Australian of the Year Rosalie Kunoth-Monks, supporting a statement illustrating the continuing discrimination, racism and lack of justice towards Indigenous people. The group is calling on all governments to listen carefully and negotiate respectfully on measures of genuine self-determination. Signatories include Bangarra Dance Theatres Stephen Page, Educator Professor Chris Sarra, and distinguished former jurists including Elizabeth Evatt, Alistair Nicholson, Frank Vincent and Ian Viner, former Aboriginal Affairs Minister in the Fraser Government.


Things that make you go Hmmmm "IndyWatch Feed"

When I read that headline, my first reaction was:  why? It caused me to read a little. Patients visiting Northland medical centres can now read poetry written by prisoners from Northland Region Corrections Facility (NRCF) while awaiting their doctors appointment. NRCF has distributed about 200 copies of While U Wait, an anthology of poems by []

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What is worse than biting an apple and finding a worm in it? "IndyWatch Feed"

What is worse than biting an apple and finding a worm in it? Finding out that Apple the Tech company is encouraging its employees to fund the Southern Poverty Law Center which labels conservative organizations and individuals as Hate groups and uses legal jihad to destroy individuals and businesses. Thus far Apple has given the Southern []

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Yandruwandha Yawarrawarrka Native Title Meeting "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

The claim area is roughly bounded by the South Australian / Queensland / New South Wales borders, Haddon Corner and Tibooburra in New South Wales. It extends roughly 100km east of the S.A. border.

The Yandruwandha Yawarrawarrka apical ancestors:

(i)    Annie (born at Cordillo Downs), mother of Archie Guttie;
(ii)   Clara Nirrpinni, mother of Frank Booth and Alice Miller (nee Booth);
(iii)  Cora the mother of Bob Parker and Nellie Parker;
(iv)   The parents of Flash Ted Bikehandle and Flash Tommy;
(v)    Kimi (born at Innamincka) and his wife;
(vi)   Maramundu Jack The Ripper Parker;
(vii)  Caroline (born at Cordillo Downs) the mother of Mary Stafford (nee Moore), Jack Moore, Charlie Moore, female twins (Winifred and Freida) and Albert Moore;
(viii) Brothers Walter Harris(on) and Dick Harrison;
(ix)   The parents of Lilly (whose married name is Parker) and her sister Kathlene (whose married name is George);
(x)    Annie and her husband, who are the parents of Coongie Maggie (born at Coongie Lakes in South Australia);
(xi)   The parents of the sibling set Billy Parker, Jessy Parker, Peter Petekin Parker, and Paddy Parker;
(xii)  The parents of sibling set Merty George and Merty Johnny and Merty Mick;
(xiii) Larriken Mick.

Appeared in the Koori Mail dated August 23, 2017


BLUEARTH "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Coordinator Aboriginal Participation and Development


New Zealand Troops Paraded Dead Bodies In Afghanistan, Says Report "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By: /ANTIMEDIA  Despite the fact that New Zealands government downplays its militarys role in Afghanistan, more and more reports are surfacing detailing how New Zealand troops have been terrorizing local Afghans and engaging in criminal behavior.

A new report by the New Zealand-based team of journalists known as Stuff Circuit claims that in 2004, New Zealand forces appeared at a village in Baghak, Afghanistan, and accused locals of being members of the Taliban.

According to witnesses, after the Taliban was overthrown in 2001, life was actually relatively peaceful in this village. That is, of course, up until New Zealand troops, part and parcel of the American-led war in Afghanistan, arrived at the village some years later. This line of thinking was confirmed in a recent article by the Intercept, which alleges that the Taliban had surrendered multiple times but the American military presence continued to rebuff the Talibans cause because a surrender wasnt good enough for the Bush administration, which wanted total annihilation.

According to the report, the villagers were intrigued by the military presence and went closer to see what was happening but were met with a barrage of insults.

And then they started insulting people and using foul language, saying: You are Taliban and you are helping the Taliban, the report states.

The New Zealand troops reportedly insulted women and the elderly before saying:

You guys are Taliban and we will come back again tomorrowWe havent finished with you.

According to the report, that night there was a battle outside the village between New Zealand troops and Taliban fighters, and the next day six New Zealand vehicles came back with dead bodies tied to the front...


Sign the global petition for an Internationally Supervised Vote in West Papua - Free West Papua "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Sign the global petition for an Internationally Supervised Vote in West Papua - Free West Papua: This petition calls on the UN to appoint a Special Representative to investigate the human rights situation in West Papua; & put West Papua back on the Decolonisation Committee agenda by holding an internationally supervised vote. The petition is paramount in the struggle for independence for West Papua, as the vote will finally give West Papuans the opportunity to decide on their own future, a vote they were denied in 1969, and a vote that will finally put an end to the genocide.
@BackTheSwim & #LetWestPapuaVote


The Media Party is only interested in one Jew and Gay hating group "IndyWatch Feed"

There are two ideologies that have a history of murderous anti-Semitism and Gay hating. One has been advocating for their slaughter and subjugation for hundreds of years and is still killing them today while the other under Hitler attempted a genocide of the Jews and now is made up of a rag tag bag of []

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Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Grikes a fissure separating blocks or clints in a limestone pavement; a solution fissure, a vertical crack up to 0.5 m wide formed by the dissolving of limestone by water, that divides an exposed limestone surface into sections or clints.

Filed under: language Tagged: grikes


Trump is eroding the rule of law "IndyWatch Feed"

From the New York times editorial board:-

The Constitution gives the president nearly unlimited power to grant clemency to people convicted of federal offenses, so Mr. Trump can pardon Mr. Arpaio. But Mr. Arpaio was an elected official who defied a federal courts order that he stop violating peoples constitutional rights. He was found in contempt of that court. By pardoning him, Mr. Trump would show his contempt for the American court system and its only means of enforcing the law, since he would be sending a message to other officials that they may flout court orders also.

Trump does not care. This President more than any other disregards laws and the Constitution which he swore to uphold.

America what did you do to youself when you elected this fool?


Kelp Farming, Whether For Food Or Fuel, Is In Our Future "IndyWatch Feed World"


Kelp plants grow on a 30-foot-long, white PVC p...


No Tax Refund for You! "IndyWatch Feed"

Just a public service announcement People are being warned about a particularly sophisticated email tax scam circulating today. The Inland Revenue Department (IRD) said it had received about 120 calls in the last 12 hours about the scam. It is a phishing scam where people get an email that looks like its from Inland Revenue []

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Entire Kim Dotcom Spying Operation Was Illegal, High Court Rules "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The whole New Zealand-based spying operation against Kim Dotcom and his Megaupload co-defendants was illegal, the High Court has ruled. The revelation appears in a newly released decision, which shows the GCSB spy agency refusing to respond to questions about its activities on the basis that could jeopardize national security.

North Korea Risks Fire and Fury With Launch Of Three Short-Range Missiles "IndyWatch Feed World"

In a move which can only be construed as calling President Trumps bluff over his fire and fury threat over further provocations, U.S. Pacific Command announced that North Korea has launched several Short-Range ballistic missiles into the Sea of Japan today.


Send the Trade Minister a message: Don't revive the failed TPP "IndyWatch Feed"

The 11 remaining countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership are continuing to meet in an effort to revive this failed agreement. Their target date is at the APEC Leaders Meeting in Vietnam on November 11 this year.

Send a message to the Australian Trade Minister Steven Ciobo telling him not to revive the TPP!


An unbiased (sorta) analysis of the left. "IndyWatch Feed"

Guest post Being as I lack the gene that brings genius (In fact most would say I have an over abundance of the opposite gene), I have struggled for a long time with the terms right and left as it pertains to politics and social justice in general. In fact I often sit in bed []

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Federal Court rejects legal argument Adani Carmichael approval invalid "IndyWatch Feed"

The Federal Court has today rejected legal arguments that Federal environmental approval of the mine was invalid.

On behalf of ACF, we argued the approval of the mine was contrary to obligations to consider the climate change impacts of the mine on the Great Barrier Reef under the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiverstiy Conservation Act 1999. Unfortunately, the Federal Court did not agree. (Read the full judgment).

Today is a disappointing day for people concerned about the Great Barrier Reef and the impacts of this mine, including the 4.7 billion tonnes of carbon pollution that would result from the burning of its coal. But it is not the end.

Our legal staff here at EDO Qld were proud to represent the Australia Conservation Foundation in this case.

Public interest challenges like this, and the recent win for farmers against New Acland Coal, where people stand up to see the law is enforced are just so important to hold industry and government to account.

Dont forget it was the Adani Land Court case that exposed additional risks to the endangered Black-throated Finch and sacred Doongmabulla Springs and found the economic benefits Adani asserted in its EIS to be overstated.

Please make a donation to EDO Qld today so that we can continue to run these urgent climate change and Reef protection cases.

Thank you to the wonderful supporters of EDO Qld, to our barristers Mr Saul Holt QC, Mr Emrys Nekvapil and Dr Chris McGrath and to the Australia Conservation Foundation.


Writers on Mondays "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Fuse Box

The Fuse Box is a brand new collection of essays and interviews with some of our best writers that aims to shine fresh light on the creative process. This event assembles some of the books contributors to explore issues relevant to all stages of the writing life: how to get started and what to write about, how to keep the flow going over time, freedom and constraint, how your writing might meet the world, and how to make the most of accidents. Playwright Gary Henderson, novelists Rajorshi Chakraborti and Elizabeth Knox, and poet James Brown join editors Chris Price and Emily Perkins to celebrate the launch of The Fuse Box.

DATE: Monday 28 August
TIME: 12.15-1.15pm
VENUE: Te Papa Marae

The Writers on Mondays events are open to the public and free of charge.


Murray Rothbard: An Uncompromising Optimist "IndyWatch Feed"

By: Jeff Deist
Murray Rothbard

Murray Rothbard has been gone more than 20 years now, his brilliance, wit, and irreplaceable insights taken from us far too soon. At home in New York City over a Christmas break from his teaching duties at the University of Nevada, Rothbard accompanied his beloved wife Joey to her optometrist appointment on a bitterly cold day. A few moments later, on January 7th 1995, he was gone lost to heart failure at the age of 68.

What he left behind was not only a grieving wife, countless friends and colleagues, and fans of his work around the world. He also left a legacy of academic and popular work that is virtually unrivaled in its sheer magnitude, in the depth and breadth of his knowledge, expertise, and interests. Murray was not only an economist and libertarian scholar, but also a philosopher, historian, political scientist, legal theorist, ethicist, sociologist, mentor, and journalist all apart from his moonlighting as an amateur sports analyst, election handicapper, and movie critic.

It is this legacy, his immense body of work, that cements his position as a preeminent libertarian thinker of the 20th century. It is what makes him relevant today, and will keep him relevant for the decades to come. In todays world full of white noise and dilettantes, the substance of his work sets him apart.

An Immense Body of Work

Rothbards career spanned more than four decades, during which he produced more than 30 full-length books. Man, Economy, and State, his sweeping economics text, is regarded as one of the four landmark treatises of the Austrian school. His academic work in areas like money, monopoly, price theory, and economic calculation all represented great strides for the Austrian school. He dramatically advanced our understanding of business cycles, and took particular pleasure in correcting enduring myths about banking in What Has Government Done to Our Money?, The Mystery of Banking, A History of Money and Banking in the United States, and Economic Depressions: Their Cause and Cure.

But much of his greatest scholarship was outside the field of pure economics. He demolished arguments for government as a necessary evil while offering a wholesale libertarian manifesto in The Anatomy of the State. He presented the groundbreaking normative argument for laissez-faire in The Ethics of Liberty, making a courageous (and still controversial) break from the utilitarianism and classical liberal traditions of his mentors. He upended....


On The Hustings In Kapiti "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Housing the hottest topic By Jeremy Smith Cold and unaffordable housing was the hottest topic in Kapitis first pre-election meeting on Wednesday evening. The debate featured the National and Labour candidates for the two Kapiti electorates   Mana and Otaki. The four men were Labours Mana MP Kris Faafoi and his national challenger, Porirua businessman []


Social Justice Academic takes aim at Fathers Day "IndyWatch Feed"

In Aussie both Australia day and Fathers day are under attack by Social Justice activists. In the case of Fathers day a University Academic who does her hair as though she is a 4-year-old girl and her makeup like she is a graduate from clown school explains why it is important not to offend pre-schoolers []

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French Presidents and their make-up costs "IndyWatch Feed"

It appears that French politicians really, need foundation, gloss and lipstick

As reported by Daily Telegraph

Jupiters allure diminished yet again


IT JUST DOESN'T WORK. "IndyWatch Feed"

Socialists are off again chasing a backfiring car that has "rail"  writ large on the doors.

Taxcinda Hardearned is gunna build a commuter service from AKL  to TGA that is implied to be fast rail for $20 million, first up  she is dreamin.
On the existing track with major disruption to a service Tauranga Port claim is running at high capacity to serve the port it would require at least a sum of that magnitude to put tilt trains on that line cpable of speeds of 160 Kph.
That is not what most think of as "fast trains".

Then there is Winston first who wants a squanderous upgrade of the Auckland Whangarei Rail link to put more freight through  North Port.

Today The Melons want light rail from Wellington Station to the Airport for a paltry $700 000 000 at a cost benefit Ratio of  .05.
This from the same mob of economic wizards who decry the BCR for Transmission gully of .06. At least there is a massive number of current road users who are forced to use an archaic and dangerous coastal route who will benefit from the northern motorway.
A light rail link Wellington Station to Kilbirnie will benefit who and how many, even the pollies with their taxi chits wont use it, unless of course there is a TV crew looking for a next opportunity to do their Media Party stuff.

For high volume traffic A to B rail  has limited advantages but in a nation of four million sparsely spread and geographically challenged, any new rail is doomed to be expensive and will only survive with  massive cross subsidy.
It is rare that a delivery is A to B, people, places, and targets just do not compute.
Once  a fortnight 20 000 or so might wish to go to Eden Park but there will be thousands of different start points most not even near existing rail lines
A container of weetbix will go from the New World /Pak n Save warehouse, possibly more than once a day but it is to be delivered to many of their retail outlets across the City again nowhere near rail.

Name one place where modern rail built in the last two decdes to service a population even remotely resembling NZ anywhere in the nation that breaks even let alone show a profit?


Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed"

World Cattle Density Click here for larger view

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Former Inmates, Drug Addicts get Help for a New Start "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Former marijuana addicts and former prison inmates in a village outside Mt Hagen city were recently given some assistance to start a new life.

The Kelua Drug and Crime Stoppers Association gave 26 of its members K1000 worth of materials each to help each one start a small business. Two received K2000 worth of trade store goods, nine were presented seedlings, fertilizers, pesticides and gardening tools worth K9000 and 15 received one box of chicks and seven bags of stock feed bags each to start poultry projects.
Association chairman Paul Kilt thanked local MP and Minister for State and Public Enterprises William Duma for giving K50,000 to the association early this year.
Kilt said that the association was formed nine years ago with the support of non-government organisations like the Melanesian Solidarity and the Catholic Church to minimise law and order issues in the area.

He said Kelua was known as Sin City.

Kilt said this had changed during the nine years when many, involved in criminal activities had quit their bad ways and were rehabilitated.

He said the associations activities had helped cut down on criminal activities and smoking of marijuana, and restored peace and harmony in the community.

We are now supporting the reformed drug addicts and criminals with K26,000 worth of materials.

He said that after six months the youths will repay K500 to the association to help other members .

Those who repay K500 by March next year would be eligible for bigger funding to expand their projects or business activities but those who failed to repay would not be considered for future assistance, Kilt said.

The patron of the association, Robert Mek, said he was satisfied with the work of association so far.

He said the once no-go zone for outsiders was now becoming a peaceful place.

The National Newspaper August 23, 2017

Filed under: Community, Criminal, Development, Growth, Information Tagged: Agriculture & Livestock, Community Development, Correctional Services, PNG Youths, Public Enterprises & State Investments...


Extra hands "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

August 25, 2017

PRIME Minister Peter ONeill says the nine vice-ministers appointed yesterday will be given specific responsibilities apart from assisting their line ministers.

The nine vice-ministers are Jimi MP Wake Goi, Kagua-Erave MP Wesley Raminai, Kerowagi MP Bari Palma, Tambul-Nebilyer MP Win Daki, Ambunti-Dreikikir MP Johnson Wapunai, Komo-Margarima MP Manasseh Makiba, Lagaip-Porgera MP Tomait Kapili, Goroka MP Henry Ame and Anglimp-South Wahgi MP Joe Koim. Two more will be named later.

Their specific portfolios will be announced once the appointments are gazetted. But ONeill has already picked Raminai to assist him as vice-Minister for Sports and Apec.
Henganofi MP and former Police Minister Robert Atiyafa was appointed chairman of the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission.

The nine and Atiyafa were sworn in at Government House yesterday by Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae witnessed by ONeill, Deputy Prime Minister Charles Abel, senior ministers, friends and relatives.

Vice-ministers are very important in our structure of government, ONeill said.
They are going to assist the ministers, but more so, they will have specific responsibilities.

Unlike in the past, we are going to give each vice-minister a specific responsibility over an organisation, or over a government institution, which they will take charge of and manage.

This is an exciting opportunity for the vice-ministers in our Government, because it is certainly going to continue to enhance the work we are trying to do for our country, and the challenges we face. We will meet those challenges together as a team.

ONeill said Atiyafas responsibility as CLRC chairman was equivalent to a minister.
As you know, he was a former minister, and this is ministerial status work. I have specifically appointed him because of his experience. He has got huge experience in the provincial government system as former (East...


Police launch first water fleet for Apec "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


August 24, 2017

THE Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary yesterday launched its water police fleet in preparation for next years Apec meeting in Port Moresby.
Police Commissioner Gari Baki in an interview with The National said the inclusion of vessels for use by his water policemen was a huge step forward and he looked forward to improving in the remaining months leading up to the countrys biggest meeting.
Baki said the launching was the first for water police, which would be complemented with a workshop soon to enable police to carry out effective operations in open seas.
It is a very big step forward and what we need to do now is to get our police identified properly to undergo training so they can operate in the open seas effectively.
It is a challenge for us now to look and address security in and on the open seas before the start of the Apec meeting, Baki said.
For now we are happy with the progress so far and looking to do better each day in preparation for the countrys very important meeting next year.
Baki said the assistance to make Apec operations effective would increase to improve on areas that needed improvemen...


Fed Court decision: Adani leases issued despite Traditional Owners express rejection "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

The Queensland State continues to authorise dispossession

Responding to a Federal Court decision today, in one of the long running cases bought by Traditional Owners against the Adani mine, the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners expressed their profound frustration with the way the native title and court processes have over-ridden their decision to reject an Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) with Adani.

The appeal against the National Native Title Tribunal (NNTT), which authorised the issuing of mining leases to Adani by the Queensland Government, was dismissed. The Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Representative Council are seeking the advice of their senior counsel as to whether to pursue the matter in the High Court.

In May 2015, Adrian Burragubba, on behalf of W&J Representative Council, sought to uphold the decision of the W&J people in October 2014 to reject an Indigenous Land Use Agreement with Adani, the second time since 2012.

Senior spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Adrian Burragubba, says, We have fought and will continue to fight for our right to say no to the destruction of our country through mining and to have our rights properly recognised and respected by the State Government.

We are proud of our efforts to hold Adani and the Queensland Government to account through the Courts. The Courts are the place we have to pursue justice for our people and we will exhaust all legal avenues in pursuit of our right to self-determination and our right to give or withhold consent.

Todays decision hangs on the technical limits of judicial review of the issuing of leases for the Carmichael mine, and not the embodiment of our rights. We will redouble our commitment to uphold the original decisions of our people which are to oppose this mine of mass destruction.

We now look to our trial in March 2018 which focuses on Adanis fake ILUA. We have three times voted No to Adanis grubby deal.

Despite the entirely valid rejection of an ILUA by the W&J claim group in October 2014, Adani persisted. First by seeking a ruling from the NNTT to ignore our native title rights. Adani has actively worked to split our group. The ugliest display by Adani was to bankroll a sham meeting that they hold up as authorising an ILUA.

Youth spokesperson for the W&J Traditional Owners Council, Murrawah Johnson, says, Adan...


Dirty Jobs: Mike Rowe levels a liberal troll "IndyWatch Feed"

You might know him from the telly.  He did the nasty Catch thing with all those huge crabs and of course his Dirty Jobs series.   But people have been harassing him on social media for not taking a position for or against Charlottesville.  Not having an opinion, they posit, must mean you are a []

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Abel adamant NID projects expenditure was transparent "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"



DEPUTY Prime Minister Charles Abel says he has nothing to hide regarding the use of the K250 million allocated to the National Identification (NID) project over the past five years.

He told The National this last night in response to queries raised on the NID project.
It included a statement from his successor as National Planning and Monitoring Minister, Richard Maru, who queried how the money had been spent, given that only 300,000 ID cards were issued before the start of the general election.
Abel said everything had been done correctly.

People say audit NID and all that. Go ahead. Do 25 audits and everything you want, he said.

Theres nothing to hide. Everything has been done correctly.
The only issue with NID is the difficulty of the registration exercise. Thats all. Theres nothing else wrong about NID. The basis of the system is all there.

Go into the NID office and see the big card-print network, computer system, the database backup server at Telikom Rumana.

Go around the country and see all the offices that we built. Look at the legislation we brought to Parliament.

Look at the nice birth certificates people are picking up now.
There are four million blank cards being purchased. They are at NID Haus waiting for the registration to come through.

These are cards that can hold various data driving license, banking, passport, etc.
Thats where the money is being spent. Theres actually nothing to hide. Its a matter of picking up and rolling the programme, improving it.



Rainforest logging submission highlights flaws in special species plan "IndyWatch Feed"

Friday, 25 August 2017 - 11:15am


  • Logging reserves will require taxpayer subsidy or simply wont be viable.
  • Forestry Tas says logging methods called common have not been used within the last five years, and possibly as long as 10 years or greater.
  • Logging reserves will damage environmental values, Tassie brand and timber markets.

The Wilderness Society today released its submission into the Hodgman Governments plan to log old growth rainforests from within the Tasmanian Reserve Estate. The draft Special Species Management Plan is out for public comment until next Monday 28 August, and is called-out as a political document, designed to create conflict in the lead up to the next election, with little credible reference to environmental, social and economic issues facing the sector.

The submission exposes a government attempt to mislead the public into believing the canvassed logging techniques are common and calls on the government to rule out any subsidies for rainforest logging into the future.

"The government should drop its plan to log rainforests in Tasmanias reserve estate and instead, properly protect these forests and get real about the economic, environmental and social challenges facing the logging industry," said Vica Bayley, spokesperson for The Wilderness Society.

"Premier Hodgmans plan foreshadows a real gap between log prices and cost of production and has absolutely no detail on how this gap will be filled and if the taxpayer will be called upon.

"The Premier should rule out subsidising special species timber though his rainforest logging plan. An email from Forestry Tasmania discredits the management plans claim that proposed logging techniques are commonly used in Tasmania, confirming that relevant past examples could not be identified and have not been used for many years.

"We already know that six out of every 10 rainforest trees cut down will be wasted or wood chipped under this plan for logging reserves; now we learn that the logging methods it proposes are unproven, have not been used for years and have not moved beyond trials.

This proves that tread widely, tread lightly logging in Tasmania is a myth. The submission foreshadows that it can reasonably be anticipated that retailing products sourced from logging rainforests in listed conservation reserves will create significant market-related issues including consu...


Police Women Part of APEC Operations "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary Water Police has trained two policewomen to be part of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders Summit maritime security operations next year.

First Constable Michaelyne Dukur and Constable Mayble Mission are currently undergoing training and rehearsal along with their male counterparts.

These officers are being supervised by Australian Federal Police adviser Inspector Terence Deltion.

Inspector Deltion was the former commander of the Sydney Water Police during the 2017 APEC meeting Australia.

Through the engagement of experienced officers from the AFP, we are able to acquire first-hand skills and techniques, and that gives us an appreciation of what APEC maritime security operations will require, First Constable Dukur said.

The female officers have been attached with the water police for some years without specific maritime security training.

Through the APEC preparation training, they are now more confident of performing better in the field once dominated by their male colleagues.

The PNGC Water Police has already started routine patrols along the Motuan coast, including the proposed APEC house and cruise ship sites in Port Moresby.

They will continue to conduct training and rehearsals up until the APEC Leaders Summit in November next year.

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Vice Ministers to take on additional responsibilities "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Author: Freddy Mou


A total of nine MPs were sworn in yesterday afternoon as Vice Ministers and chairmen of statutory bodies.

Governor General Sir Bob Dadae officiated over proceedings for the vice Ministers, including Waka Goi, Wesley Raminai, Bari Palma, Win Daki, Johnson Wapunai, Manasseh Makiba, Tomait Kapili, Henry Ame and John Kuli.

Prime Minister, Peter ONeill who was at the Government House to witness the swearing-in said the vice ministers will be assisting the ministers, but will have specific responsibilities with a new determination.

He said unlike in the past, vice Ministers will be responsible over a Government organization which they will be in charge of.

This is an exciting opportunity for vice ministers in our government to meet the challenges that is before us.

Announcements into the new responsibilities will be made soon.
Meantime, Henganofi MP and former Police Minister, Robert Atiyafa, was been sworn-in as Chairman of the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission as well.

ONeill said Atiyafa has been specifically appointed to the position because of the experience he had in the law and justice sector.

Filed under: Agreement, Election, Governance,...


Do you want Paypal to deny you service and withhold your money for 180 days? "IndyWatch Feed"

If you want your business to be denied service by Paypal and have your hard earned money withheld by them for 180 days here are a list of sins for you to commit. According to this list, Nicky Hager should have been cut off by Paypal three years ago. When Paypal deny service to a []

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PNG and Solomon up for Battle of the Wantok "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Loop PNG

Charles Kadamana

August 25, 2017 10.08am

Papua New Guinea Basketball reigning club champion KSS Southern Flames is promising to give a strong competition for all to enjoy when they meet Solomon Island National Mens team next week.

Basketball players and supporters in Honiara are anticipating the friendly match to be full of actions

Described as Battle of the Wantok both teams will play three matches and the winner will receive a trophy sponsored by KSS Southern Flames.

KSS Southern Flames are the three-time reigning champions of the PNG Mens Basketball League (PMBL 2014 /2015/2016) and have been invited by the Solomon Islands Basketball Federation (SIBF) to play against the mens national squad in their build up towards the up-coming FIBA Melanesia Cup in PNG, later in September.

Led by well-known sports promoter and owner of Hekari Soccer Club in PNG, John Kappi-Natto and his wife Vonnie, the KSS Southern Flames are basketballs equivalent of Capture the top soccer and rugby clubs managed by the couple in PNG. Since joining the PMBL, the semi-pro league in PNG in 2014, KSS Southern Flames have dominated the


competition, and are now looking to go a further fourth year running as champions.
Vonnie Natto, who is also the GM to the visiting KSS Southern Flames team, explained in a recent visit to Honiara that they are looking forward to the trip.

She thanked SIBF for the invitation and promised to make sure a good st...


What Abolitionists Do "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

What Abolitionists Do:

This article from the magazine Jacobin defends prison abolitionist thought and practice against the criticisms of prison abolition made by Professor Roger Lancaster in another article from Jacobin, which is available here (

Abolition has always been a bold project.

Whether in response to private property and nineteenth-century chattel slavery, or the prison industrial complex of the last half century, abolitionist movements have unsettled not only conservative critics but liberals, progressives, and even some radicals. The stubborn immediacy of the demand disturbs those who hope for resolution of intractable social problems within the confines of the existing order. To them, abolition is unworkably utopian and therefore not pragmatic.

Critics often dismiss prison abolition without a clear understanding of what it even is. Some on the Left, most recently Roger Lancaster in Jacobin, describe the goal of abolishing prisons as a fever-dream demand to destroy all prisons tomorrow. But Lancasters disregard for abolition appears based on a reading of a highly idiosyncratic and unrepresentative group of abolitionist thinkers and evinces little knowledge of decades of abolitionist organizing and its powerful impacts.

To us, people with a combined several decades of experience in the prison abolition movement, abolition is both a lodestar and a practical necessity. Central to abolitionist work are the many fights for non-reformist reforms those measures that reduce the power of an oppressive system while illuminating the systems inability to solve the crises it creates..

For more than thirty years, abolitionists have been at the forefront of the very campaigns and coalitions that Lancaster suggests the Left should be fighting for instead of abolition: parole for those convicted of violent offenses, decriminalization of drug use, sentencing reductions, better conditions for imprisoned people, an end to mass surveillance, and fewer people in prison.

Abolitionists know that most people who are incarcerated will eventually be released from prison. Thousands of people are released from prisons and jails every single day. This is not something that we have to imagine as a goal for the future. It is a reality that pushes all of us to consider what conditions will support peoples freedom once they return.

Most abolitionists trouble the concept/myth of reentry with an understanding that many people were marginalized from society well before their incarceration. This strengthens a commitment to ameliorate the conditions for all of those in our society who live on the periphery and bey...


Police Gets Support for APEC "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The PNG Water police is able and prepared for the coming APEC event says the Commissioner of Police Garry Baki.

This follows AUD 3 million (Australian Dollars) worth of facilities and equipment was handed over today at the water police HQ at Konedobu in the Nations capital.

COP Baki said this presentation is part of strengthening and preparing the Water police for the coming APEC summit.

He says because this event will see global leaders enter the country there is a need for an increase in security alertness and preparedness.

The equipment includes two boats, six jet skiis, two buoys, two vehicles and a warehouse to house the equipment.

Baki aslo reiterated that the presentation only strengthens the ongoing relationship between the AFP Australian government and the RPNGC.

Present at the event was the commissioner, ACP operations Jim Andrews, ACP David Manning, representatives from the AFP and the Minister for Police Jelta Wong who officiated at the event.


Meantime, the commissioner pointed out that this boost in water policing will go a long way in addressing many of the issues that have been faced in the past, including water piracy and other crimes committed via sea.

LOOP PNG Imelda Wavik August 23, 2017 at 6.52 pm

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Green energy the way forward for PNG Power "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

PNG Power undermines government investment in coal mining and Mayur Resources plans

Salome Vincent | PNG Loop | 25 August, 2017

The focus going forward for PNG Power Limited is Green Energy.

Acting Chief Executive Officer, Alex Oa said recently that PNG was one of the first countries to sign the Paris Agreement on reducing carbon emissions, and thus the organisation is putting emphasis on renewable energy.

Oa added that in response to Papua New Guineas efforts in Climate Change, PPLs focus is on solar and hydro biomass to reduce the amount of emission released into the atmosphere.

Fossil fuels are expensive and resorting to renewable energy is cost-saving, and in the long run prevents further repercussions to the atmosphere...


Are you deaf AND stupid? He said no! "IndyWatch Feed"

Winston Peters is running scared from fronting up at this weekends The Nation debate, featuring other party leaders. Winston Peters is trying to duck any scrutiny of his increasingly bizarre banana republic policies before the election, ACT leader David Seymour said. Yesterday he backed down when ACT challenged New Zealand Firsts communist plan to confiscate []

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Its A Question Of Values, My Friends: What The Greens Must Do To Survive. "IndyWatch Feed"

"People Are More Important Than Progress": The Values Party's 1972 "guerrilla" TV Commercial electrified younger voters. To re-energise their 2017 campaign, the Greens need to dig deep into the bedrock of environmentalist ideology and produce an equally uncompromising political testament for the voters of the twenty-first century.
THE COLLAPSE in Green Party support down to 4.3 percent in the latest Colmar Brunton poll can be reversed. But, halting the slide, and building the Green Vote back up to its 1999-2014 average of 7.65 percent, will require James Shaw and his campaign team to dig deep into the bedrock of green ideology. They will have to reach back through time to the very first stirrings of the post-industrial political project in the early 1970s and rediscover what it was that so captured the imagination of that young and turbulent generation of voters. Then they will have to distil it into campaign propaganda powerful enough to snatch their party from the jaws of electoral death.
They will be sorely tempted to resist this advice. To re-tool their propaganda at this late stage is not only a very big ask, it is also a very expensive one. They have a re-cycled slogan, re-designed signage, and a re-edited TVC (television commercial) in their campaign kit-bag. The urge to just run with what theyve got will be very strong. It will also see them bundled out of Parliament.
What they need to absorb is that the core vote of any political party is zero. (The Alliance used to tell people that its core vote was 10 percent what is it now?) Once the belief takes hold that: A vote for the Greens is a wasted vote; the party is doomed. With the Jacinda Affect at full-throttle, and Labour ruthlessly stripping the Greens of their most valuable policy assets, the partys current pitch to the voters: Love New Zealand, and a TVC describing Green New Zealand as a place where businesses are booming in a thriving green economy; simply isnt enough......


MAF Offers Flight Training in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) will again offer flight training for Papua New Guineans.

With a One Training Centre Two Campuses approach, the two training campuses are Mount Hagen, Western Highlands and Mareeba, Queensland, Australia.


MAF is planning two intakes each year, with the opportunity for up to four PNG students to begin training at each intake.

Within two years, the MAF Training Centre (TC) aims to produce professional and competent pilots with relevant licenses, ratings and approximately 240 hours flying experience.

With over 65 years of experience in providing essential flight services to many of the most isolated communities in PNG, MAFs training curriculum will provide a focus on safety and remote area operations as modelled by MAF.

With the two campuses integrated approach, students will get exposure to both the Australian and Papua New Guinean flying environments.

Each campus will work to a common curriculum, built on a competency-based training philosophy and compliant with the curriculum required by CASA PNG and CASA Australia.

Training will be delivered by experienced instructors with significant industry expertise and cross-cultural experience.

The Mareeba Campus will deliver the foundational training to student pilots covering Private Pilots licence, Night Flying rating and Instrument Flight rating.

Students will attend the Mount Hagen Campus to apply newly developed flight skills and knowledge in the PNG context, developing planning and navigation expertise, and the right attitude for safe remote operations.

This part of the course will cover cross-country navigation, operations on non-paved airstrips, and competencies required for Commercial Pilots licence training.

Flight costs are subject to change and could increase if student progress is slower than average.



Bin Stains "IndyWatch Feed National"

I hold my breath and open the green bin lid. The plastic handle is cold and sticky and this is the last thing I feel like doing after work. The inside smells rotten, even though its empty. Well, not entirely empty. Stray maggots linger along the rim and wriggle down the inner walls: hundreds of them, off-white and juvenile, somehow squirming without moving. Their presence doesnt make much sense. Maggots only eat meat and I havent had any meat in the house in weeks I guess they are shit at being vegetarians too.

I walk up the driveway, around the back and into the shed. I fetch the hose, which is wound up in one of those plastic reels with a rotating handle, and carry it to the tap in the front yard. I attach the orange hose-end to the tap nozzle with a click and pull the hose down the driveway.

I find maggots gross. Theres something dirty and evil about them, even though they arent much different to worms or snails. Snails are cute, maggots are infesting. Id rather a thousand beetles than a thousand cockroaches. Someone once told me that in New Zealand possums are a pest.

As I near the bin, the angle of the hose pulls strangely and it tips the reel over. I try pulling the hose further and the reel slides against the concrete for about a metre and then jams. I walk back up the driveway, turn the reel upright and then down towards the bin, but as soon as I pull the hose the plastic reel awkwardly spins around and falls over, breaching like a stubborn foetus.

On the third attempt, I start questioning why the fuck I am cleaning out my bin. Its one of those acts of civility that are so redundant they are almost insane. An image of a 60s Valium Mum with a cloth, scrubbing her way through her marble bench-top, with short, shallow circles, to the centre of the earth, comes to mind. Repetitive, worthless, cleanliness.

The bin will just fill up with rubbish and become dirty again. But I cant let it go; those maggots are so gross, so full of symbolism. If the bin were full of frogs, Id probably never put rubbish in it again. Id drag that bin up the two flights of stairs into my tiny apartment, lift it onto the kitchen table, cut a rectangle in its side (which Id wrap in cling film with holes stabbed in for air) and watch those little frogs ribbit around for hours.

But they are not frogs; they are maggots, and it is a big smelly bin. It is dirty and needs to be cleaned so that it can be dirty again. Like making a bed. Except beds are much more vital. You sleep in beds. Therefore, their condition is...


Fridays answers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Teletext gets my thanks for posing Thursdays questions and can claim a virtual bunch of daffodils (since its Daffodil Day and the first of mine are blooming) for stumping everyone by leaving the answers below.

Filed under: diversions


Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed"

The Girl Who Vanished She Just Disappeared. Theres something about the disappearance of a person that is so haunting. How does a human being just vanishhere one minute, gone the next? The Disappearance of Maura Murray provides is the notorious 13-year-old unsolved case that sparked a social media frenzy. When bright, young nursing student Maura []

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Bonus Quote of the Day: Responding to Oliver Wendell Holmes "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Taxes are the price we pay for living in a conformist, freeloading, tyrannical, decadent, infantilised civilisation.
~ Alice Smith, (the great-great-great-granddaughter of Adam Smith)



MoU is MoM "IndyWatch Feed"

What understanding? Both sides have signally failed to understand the other


The Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party did a lot more for the latter than the former.

The Greens had everything to gain at the cost of Labour which only lost.

Often it was less a MoU and more a MoM memo of misunderstanding

Any pretence the agreement is worth anything is useless now when the Greens have done a u-turn and decided to stand candidates in Ohariu.

They might try to say it is to maximise the party vote, and that will be one motivation. But James Shaws refusal to endorse the Labour candidate makes it something more.

One poll shows it has less than 5% support and a couple of others show it above the threshold but at only half the level of support it had a few weeks ago. The Greens without the safety net of an electorate seat are now fighting for

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Bills proven most capable "IndyWatch Feed"

At last the lipstick is wearing off


A Herald-ZB-Kantar TNS poll shows people think Bill English is most capable of running the government.

English, the National Party leader and Prime Minister, is streets ahead of the newcomer and he has improved on his ratings in the Herald-ZB-Kantar TNS poll.

English was rated most capable by 45 per cent compared with his rating of 41 per cent in July.

Ardern was rated the most capable by 32 per cent, a huge improvement on the 10 per cent that former leader Andrew Little got last month. . .

The PMs leadership is proven.

His first time as National Party leader came too early. He learned from that, put his head down, worked hard for his constituents in his electorate and brought data-driven innovation to his portfolios. He proved his worth as Finance Minister and Deputy PM through very difficult times and has continued to perform well as PM.


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Mike Hosking to blame for impending Maori Party demise "IndyWatch Feed"

Broadcaster Mike Hosking has blamed the Mori Party for being confused by his suggestion only Maori could vote for them. On Wednesday night Hosking and his co-presenter Toni Street were talking about TVNZs online political tool VoteCompass when Hosking asked if her issue was, the fact that you cant vote for the Mori Party, because []

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The National Party In Gumboots. "IndyWatch Feed"

Smile For The Camera: Call me a cynic, but the carefully staged photograph of Federated Farmers new president, Katie Milne (the first woman ever to hold the post) resplendent in boots and Swandri, kneeling at the side of the Ngaruroro River, while a grinning line of gumbooted corporate cockies look on admiringly, strikes me as too good to be true.
IT WAS MAUDE ROYDEN, the English suffragette, who admonished the Anglican Church to go forward along the path of progress and be no longer satisfied only to represent the Conservative Party at prayer. Roydens oft-quoted quip was irresistible to a wit of Sir Michael Cullens acerbity. His wicked paraphrase: that Federated Farmers represented the National Party in gumboots has always struck me as at least as memorable as the original. The Labour Party would, therefore, be wise to keep Sir Michaels witticism at the front of their minds as they congratulate Federated Farmers and other farming leaders for their pledge to make all New Zealands rivers swimmable.
And before said farming leaders admonish me for failing to do the same, I will concede that, on the face of it, their better-late-than-never embrace of Labour/Green policy just might constitute evidence of a hitherto unnoticed willingness to go forward along the path of progress.
The operative phrase in this case is, of course, on the face of it. Call me a cynic, but the carefully staged photograph of Federated Farmers new president, Katie Milne (the first woman ever to hold the post) resplendent in boots and Swandri, kneeling at the side of the Ngaruroro River, while a grinning line of gumbooted corporate cockies look on admiringly, strikes me as just a wee bit too good to be true.
First of all, theres the timing. Surely it is no coincidence that this happy little announcement and artfully composed photo-opportunity have been arranged just four weeks out from a gen......


Russian nuclear bombers fly near North Korea in rare show of force "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"


MOSCOW (Reuters) Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers have flown a rare mission around the Korean Peninsula at the same time as the United States and South Korea conduct joint military exercises that have infuriated Pyongyang.

Russia, which has said it is strongly against any unilateral U.S. military action on the peninsula, said Tupolev-95MS bombers, code named Bears by NATO, had flown over the Pacific Ocean, the Sea of Japan, the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea, prompting Japan and Seoul to scramble jets to escort them.

The flight, which also included planes with advanced intelligence gathering capabilities, was over international waters and was announced by the Russian Defence Ministry on the same day as Moscow complained about the U.S.-South Korean war games.

The US and South Korea holding yet more large-scale military and naval exercises does not help reduce tensions on the Korean Peninsula, Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for the foreign ministry, told a news briefing in Moscow.

We urge all sides to exercise maximum caution. Given the arms build-up in the region, any rash move or even an unintended incident could spark a military conflict.



Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Clues to cow disease spread Hamish MacLean:

The South Canterbury farmer whose property was first identified as infected with Mycoplasma bovis now fears the disease might also be present further north.

Glenavy farmer Aad van Leeuwens comments come after the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) announced yesterday the cattle disease was present in Otago.

It had been hoped the outbreak, first detected on Mr van Leeuwens Bennetts Rd farm on July 22, and then on his nearby Dog Kennel Rd farm on July 31, was confined to the South Canterbury area.

MPI said blood test results from a farm in the Oamaru area known to have had a direct connection with the Bennetts Rd farm prior to its current lockdown showed some animals have been infected with the disease. . .

Flux-meter data relevant for south Yvonne OHara:

Information on nutrient losses from the Foundation for Arable Researchs (Far) flux-meter data-collection project will have applications for Otago and Southland arable farmers.
Far heard earlier this month it had been given $485,168 for its

Protecting our groundwater: measuring and managing diffuse nutrient losses from cropping systems project from the Ministry for the Environments Freshwater Improvement Fund.

The $1million project has been under way for three years in partnership with HortNZ, Ravensdown, five regional councils and Plant and Food Research. The balance of funding comes from industry and regional council partners. . .

Record 2016/17 season recounted at Zespri AGM

Zespri reported to around 500 grower-shareholders today at its Annual Meeting on a record 2016/17 season, with global sales up 19 percent from last season to $2.26 billion on the back of exceptionally high yields.

Pool results
Zespri Chairman Peter McBride explains the high yields and late start to the New Zealand season meant lower per-tray returns for Zespri Green but continued strong per-hectare returns for the Green business. . . 

New initiative prepares women for calf rearing:

Canterbury dairy farm contracto...


Earliest Known Gospel Commentary: Dont Take The Gospels Literally "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Should Christians take the Bible as Gospel? Not according to this rediscovered work, which sheds light on the allegorical aspects and intent of early Church authors. With an increasing trend towards fundamentalism, literalism and an insistence that the Bible is a historical document (usually tied in with Flat Earth theories somehow), this is a refreshing []

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Who is standing up for the seabed in NZ? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Paul Brooks | Wanganui Chronicle Editorial | 24 August, 2017

THE SEABED mining dispute in South Taranaki has many of us wondering exactly what constitutes the role of the Environmental Protection Authority and its large staff of former politicians, accountants and the odd person actually versed in environmental matters.

Its decision to allow seabed mining of ironsands in an ecologically sensitive area highlights its political as opposed to its environmental nature. Its title is an oxymoron.

It is also worth noting that the decision by the committee appointed by the EPA was split, two for approving the application and two against it, with the casting vote made by chairman Alick Shaw, a former politician and professional committee member.

To quote from the EPA website:

Mr Shaw is currently a member of the Housing New Zealand Board and the New Zealand Parole Board (until the end of September 2016). He completed two terms as a board member for the New Zealand Transport Agency. Mr Shaw has held numerous positions on a variety of govern...


110 km/h!!! Where do I sign up? "IndyWatch Feed"

Motorists will now be able to travel up to 110 kilometres per hour on some of New Zealands key expressways, made possible by the Governments significant investment in new and safer roads, Associate Transport Minister Tim Macindoe announced today. The Government has invested heavily in our roads, with a focus on making them safer and []

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Dual citizen MP hearing due in October "IndyWatch Feed National"

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and four senators will face the High Court in October. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce and four senators will face the High Court in October. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)

The dual citizenship debacle that has engulfed Australian politics will be back before the High Court in Canberra for a hearing in October.

Four senators and deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce were referred to the court earlier this month after it was revealed they did not meet the sole citizenship requirement of section 44 of the constitution.

South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon and NSW Senator Fiona Nash will also be referred to the court over their British citizenship by descent when federal parliament next sits in September.

At a directions hearing held in Brisbane on Thursday, Chief Justice Susan Kiefel set the matter down for a three-day hearing in Canberra from October 10.

One Nation Senator Malcolm Roberts remains the most at risk of being disqualified from parliament as he may have officially renounced his British citizenship after his nomination, the court heard.

Solicitor-General Stephen Donaghue QC said there was a clear demarcation line between the politicians those who had known they were a citizen of a foreign power and those who did not.

Under section 44 of the constitution a person is incapable of being elected to the parliament if they are a citizen or entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power.

Mr Joyce has been found to have been a New Zealand citizen by descent but the government has advice this isnt enough to unseat him.

If the court finds him to be ineligible, it will trigger a by-election in his NSW seat of New England, and potentially put at risk the governments one-seat majority in the lower house.

The court will also examine stood-aside cabinet minister Matt Canavan, who has Italian heritage on his mothers side.

Like Senator Roberts, former Greens senators Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam were also born overseas.

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What We Learned From Charlottesville, by Paul Craig Roberts "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

What We Learned From Charlottesville   We learned, although we already knew it, that the US media has no integrity. We learned that the liberal/progressive/left holds fast to myths that justify hate. We learned that misrepresentation is the hallmark of American history. We learned that some websites that we thought were brave are not. We []

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Bills proven most capable "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A Herald-ZB-Kantar TNS poll shows people think Bill English is most capable of running the government.

English, the National Party leader and Prime Minister, is streets ahead of the newcomer and he has improved on his ratings in the Herald-ZB-Kantar TNS poll.

English was rated most capable by 45 per cent compared with his rating of 41 per cent in July.

Ardern was rated the most capable by 32 per cent, a huge improvement on the 10 per cent that former leader Andrew Little got last month. . .

The PMs leadership is proven.

His first time as National Party leader came too early. He learned from that, put his head down, worked hard for his constituents in his electorate and brought data-driven innovation to his portfolios. He proved his worth as Finance Minister and Deputy PM through very difficult times and has continued to perform well as PM.

On the other side theres someone who couldnt unseat Nikki Kaye in Auckland Central, which was once a safe Labour seat, has had less than a year as an electorate MP, and a very few weeks as a party leader.

Would you put someone with less than two months leadership experience in charge of a school, hospital, any business or organisation?

Why would we risk the country with someone so unproven?


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Guest Post: Chris Hipkins dug the dirt but whose grave did he dig? "IndyWatch Feed"

  Bill Shifty Shorten, Australias answer to Slick Willy Clinton (in more ways than one) must have been beside himself, lately. Thanks to Section 44 of the Australian Constitution, and some shadowy dirt-digging, political rivals have been falling like ninepins Section 44 lays out the rules for disqualifying parliamentarians, one of which is dual citizenship. Turns out there were quite a few []

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When the Police Knock on Your Door : Your Rights and Options: A Legal Guide and Poster "IndyWatch Feed"

If the police knock on your door

In cooperation with legal counsel, our comrades have prepared a poster explaining how to handle visits from law enforcement. This includes any agent from any law enforcement agency, regardless of whether they are local, state, or federal, including the FBI, ATF, and ICE when they are working as law enforcement, uniformed or not. Consider putting a copy of this poster by the doors of your residence and familiarizing yourself with the information. These days, no matter who you are or what youre doing, you never know when you might receive an unwelcome visit.

Click the image above for downloadable PDF.

Say No, you cannot come in. I do not consent to a search.

Keep the outer gate or door chain locked. If you must, step outside and close the door behind you. Better yet, speak through the door.

Say No, I will not answer your questions.

You can also say I have been advised to not answer questions. If you leave a card, a lawyer may contact you. The police are trained to intimidate. Dont let them bully you! Regardless of what they say, remember that you are never required to answer anything they ask. Your responsibility is to your conscience and your community, not to the police or their investigation.

Research the legal resources available in your area. Keep the phone numbers accessible for the local National Lawyers Guild hotline, the local hotline to report ICE raids, and any contacts you have for legal support or raising bail money. Agree on a response plan with those you share this home with! Keep in mind that the phone numbers you have written out in your home may be discovered by police.

Do not sign anything you are given without seeking advice from a lawyer first.

Lying to police may result in criminal charges. The safest thing is to not engage with them at all.

Rehearse the phrases on this poster. That way, when the time comes, you will feel confident enough to deny them entry, access, and information.

If They Want to Conduct a Search

Ask if they have a search warrant that is signed by a judge. It must be no more than ten days old. If they do not have a search warrant:

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As First NAFTA Round Opens in Secrecy, Digital Rights Groups Fear Another TPP "IndyWatch Feed World"

(EFF)  The opening round of a series of negotiations over a proposed revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) began this week in Washington, D.C. between trade representatives from the United States, Canada, and Mexico. Already it is clear that the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has ignored our specific recommendations (to say nothing of USTR Robert Lighthizers personal promises) about making the negotiations more open and transparent. Once again, following the failed model of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the USTR will be keeping the negotiating texts secret, and in an actual regression from the TPP will be holding no public stakeholder events alongside the first round. This may or may not set a precedent for future rounds, that will rotate between the three countries every few weeks thereafter, with a scheduled end date of mid-2018.

Although EFF has been keeping an open mind about the agreement until we have a better idea of what it will contain, the secrecy of its first negotiation round augurs poorly for what is to come. Already, the usual copyright lobbyists have descended upon the negotiations, sending a letter to the USTR this week which directly opposes the inclusion of a fair use copyright exception in the agreement, as EFF had suggested. This creative industry letter relevantly states:

The three-step test strikes the appropriate balance in copyright, and any language mandating broader exceptions and limitations only serves as a vehicle to introduce uncertainty into copyright law, distort markets and weaken the rights of the small and medium businesses and creators we represent. For that reason, we strongly urge USTR to not include balance language similar to what appeared in the TPP or any reference to vague, open-ended limitations.



Pay equity is a farce "IndyWatch Feed"

Guest post Pay equality is not the same as pay equity but both are laughable. As a manager I have a number of staff (more than 40) some that are performers and others not so much. I have a couple of millennials that are over-achievers. I like and respect them both. One is male, highly qualified []

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Fate of politicians referred to the High Court over the citizenship saga will not be known until at least mid-October. "IndyWatch Feed"

It appears that on Day One before the High Court of Australia there is to be no united defence by those sitting politicians defending their election as members of parliament and stories appear to be changing.

ABC News, 24 August 2017:

The fate of politicians referred to the High Court over the citizenship saga will not be known until at least mid-October.

The court held its first hearings on the cases in Brisbane today, and Chief Justice Susan Kiefel has ordered the matter be heard in Canberra on October 10-12.

It is not clear yet how long it could take the court to decide on the case and announce its decision on the five cases currently before it those of Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, former Nationals Minister Matt Canavan, One Nation's Malcolm Roberts and former Greens senators Larissa Waters and Scott Ludlam.

Solicitor-general Stephen Donaghue QC, acting for the Commonwealth, had urged the hearings be scheduled in mid-September to ease any concerns about the validity of decisions made by the 45th Parliament.

In another twist, Mr Joyce's political nemesis, Tony Windsor, has been given permission to join the citizenship challenge in the High Court.

Mr Windsor will argue Mr Joyce has breached the constitution, as he was a dual citizen of New Zealand.



Japans Lobbying to export Fukushima produce "IndyWatch Feed"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

If we are to believe the Japanese government and the Fukushima local government all Fukushima produce are deliciously safe for consumption and safe to be exported, all having passed the strictest controls for the foreign consumers 100% safety..There is no left radiation, nor contamination in Fukushima Prefecture. Smile and you will remain safe and healthy!!!


Fukushima food exports to Malaysia rise as radiation stigma fades

KUALA LUMPUR Fukushima Prefecture aims to export 100 tons of rice and 15 tons of peaches to Malaysia by next year, its governor said Wednesday, evidence of fading concern over the safety of food products from the site of the 2011 nuclear disaster.

In the aftermath of the earthquake and the nuclear plant incident, the agriculture sector suffered very much. We have to deal with negative rumor. But things are slowly recovering, Gov. Masao Uchibori said at a press conference in the Malaysian capital

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Fukushima ice wall facing doubts as project nears completion "IndyWatch Feed"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

Barrier will block only a fraction of groundwater contamination

0823N-Fukushima-Daiichi_article_main_imageWork has begun on the final 7 meters of an ice wall at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

TOKYO Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings began Tuesday the final phase of an underground ice wall around the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant intended to reduce groundwater contamination, though experts warn the bold project could be much less effective than once hoped.

At 9 a.m., workers began activating a refrigeration system that will create the last 7 meters of a roughly 1.5km barrier of frozen earth around the plants reactor buildings, which were devastated by the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdowns of March 2011. Masato Kino, an official from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry supervising the cleanup, spoke cautiously at the occasion, noting that producing results is more important than the simple act of freezing that particular segment

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When the Police Knock on Your Door Your Rights & Options: A Legal Guide & Poster "IndyWatch Feed"

The post When the Police Knock on Your Door Your Rights & Options: A Legal Guide & Poster appeared first on It's Going Down.

In cooperation with legal counsel, our comrades have prepared a poster explaining how to handle visits from law enforcement. This includes any agent from any law enforcement agency, regardless of whether they are local, state, or federal, including the FBI, ATF, and ICE when they are working as law enforcement, uniformed or not. Consider putting a copy of this poster by the doors of your residence and familiarizing yourself with the information. These days, no matter who you are or what youre doing, you never know when you might receive an unwelcome visit.


Download and Print PDF Here

Keep the outer gate or door chain locked. If you must, step outside and close the door behind you. Better yet, speak through the door.

Say No, I will not answer your questions.

You can also say I have been advised to not answer questions. If you leave a card, a lawyer may contact you. The police are trained to intimidate. Dont let them bully you! Regardless of what they say, remember that you are never required to answer anything they ask. Your responsibility is to your conscience and your community, not to the police or their investigation.

Research the legal resources available in your area. Keep the phone numbers accessible for the local National Lawyers Guild hotline, the local hotline to report ICE raids, and any contacts you have for legal support or raising bail money. Agree on a response plan with those you share this home with! Keep in mind that th...


Hey you, yes you, Im talking to you "IndyWatch Feed"

Hey, you. Yes you, the guy in front of the screen. Come closer we need to talk. We need to have a little chat. Now I am not saying that it hasnt been fun. We have been fooling around for months now. I know you enjoy my company because you are here every day but []

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MoU is MoM "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party did a lot more for the latter than the former.

The Greens had everything to gain at the cost of Labour which only lost.

Often it was less a MoU and more a MoM memo of misunderstanding

Any pretence the agreement is worth anything is useless now when the Greens have done a u-turn and decided to stand candidates in Ohariu.

They might try to say it is to maximise the party vote, and that will be one motivation. But James Shaws refusal to endorse the Labour candidate makes it something more.

One poll shows it has less than 5% support and a couple of others show it above the threshold but at only half the level of support it had a few weeks ago. The Greens without the safety net of an electorate seat are now fighting for survival.

Taking votes, whether they be electorate or list, from Labour, in the process, wont worry them.

On the AM Show* yesterday morning, host Duncan Garner gave Shaw several opportunities to endorse the Labour candidate and he refused to do so.

The winner in this is Nationals candidate Brett Hudson who has worked as a list MP based in Ohariu for three years as a Green candidate will split the opposition vote.

The Green Party has a new candidate in Hutt South, after the previous one pulled out a few weeks ago. That is good news for National list MP Chris Bishop who seriously eroded the majority of Labour MP Trevor Mallard last election.

Mallard is standing list only and Bishop, who has had a deservedly high profile in the electorate in the last three years, was odds-on to take the seat against a newcomer. His chances are even better now the Green candidate will split the vote in this seat too.

All of this begs the question: if Labour and the Green Party cant play nicely in opposition, what chance would they have of doing so in government?

* Newshub covers the interview here but makes no mention of Shaws repeated refusal to endorse the Labour candidate.


Filed under: politics Tagged: AM Show, Brett Hudson, Chris Bishop, Duncan Garner,...


Taxinda swallows her first rat "IndyWatch Feed"

Labours internal polling is showing that Jacinda Arderns liberal announcements of Tax this, and Tax that, and Tax everything Else isnt actually earning them any votes.  So she needed to do a rapid flip-flop. So shes suddenly denounced raising income tax rates.  Which makes her smarter than Andrew Little, who would have driven the message []

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"Momma Goose surprised us ... She went into labor around 6:30 last night." "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Even though a 5-year-old dog had been used as a breeding machine for most of her life before she was abandoned, it didn't take much to make her smile. 

When Janine Guido, founder of Speranza Animal Rescue, was contacted this week by someone at a local shelter about Momma Goose, she knew she had to help the poor dog. "Momma Goose was surrendered to a local shelter two days before I got her," Guido told The Dodo. "They unfortunately don't have the place to accommodate her."

Guido received a photo of Momma Goose from the shelter, which showed "a sad and very pregnant dog [who] spent her life as a breeder. Now, dumped at the shelter by her owners."

Credit: Speranza Animal Rescue

As soon as Guido picked her up, Momma Goose already seemed to be in brighter spirits as she rode to Speranza Animal Rescue.

Credit: Speranza Animal Rescue

Credit: Speranza Animal Rescue

Even with her hugely pregnant belly, Momma Goose enjoyed a favorite canine pastime riding in the car with her head out the window.

Credit: Speranza A...

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