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Sunday, 17 September


10 Random Disturbing Facts Most Americans Are Too Fearful To Face "IndyWatch Feed World"

10 Random Disturbing Facts Most Americans Are Too Fearful To Face | head-in-the-sand | False Flags Government Government Control Government Corruption Sleuth Journal Society

Sometimes you have to put out information in hopes that those who havent heard this will at least absorb a fraction of it. If you havent heard this and you absorb just one of these random points, I believe that may be enough to cause a major paradigm shift your life or in the life of someone you know. Here are 10 random, mostly recent but some archival information that is factual and verifiable for anyone willing to look it up.

1- Genetically Modified Foods are illegal in many countries for health and medical reasons all the while the U.S. passes laws making GMO labeling illegal. You may be thinking, say what?  Thats right. U.S. citizens are being propagandized daily and are being practically forced to blindly consume GMOs while countries like Austria, Bulgaria, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Luxembourg, Madeira, New Zealand, Peru, Australia, Russia, France and Switzerland have all booted Monsanto and their GMO crops from their countries. Thats like being booted out of a town for being a rapist and child molester only to have that same person settle into the next town over and become a grade school teacher or pastor. Now imagine the citizens of that other town having a law forced on them that says rapists and child molesters must be allowed to teach little kids and run churches. Thats what were talking about here.

While humanity in other countries wake up fully to the dangers of GMO foods, Monsanto and other GMO food producers are having a feast in the U.S. buying out politicians, distorting news, research and evidence that proves GMO foods are directly linked to cancer. Like a scene from a bad movie only its not a movie it life. Actually its YOUR life if you are i...

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Saturday, 16 September


Revolutionary Medicine: The Change We Need "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Michael Pappas for Truth Dig - Its time to start talking to our patients about climate change and the structural causes of disease. Hurricane Harvey has devastated Texas, leaving many dead, thousands with homes destroyed and billions in damage to infrastructure. Hurricane Irma pummeled the Caribbean and Florida at the same time that Hurricanes Katia and Jose were picking up strength in the Atlantic and threatening Mexico and the Eastern Caribbean. Forest fires are destroying regions of the Pacific Northwest. Meanwhile, in Nigeria, over 100,000 people have been forced to leave their homes because of widespread flooding, and in Southeast Asia over 1,200 have died due to historic flooding, which has left over one-third of Bangladesh under water. These disasters did not come out of the blue, though. They are just a few examples of what results from an economic system that knows no limits. If the medical community wants to start addressing the systemic causes of illness, instead of just addressing the results that manifest themselves in various degrees of illness for suffering patients, we will have to make addressing the structural aspects of disease central to everyday medical practice. In medicine, we are often told not to politicize health care issues, not to be too controversial because X residency may not want to accept you, or Y employment opportunity may not want to hire you.


World watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


September 17 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1111 Highest Galician nobility led by Pedro Frilaz de Traba and the bishop Diego Gelmrez crowned Alfonso VII as King of Galicia.

1176  The Battle of Myriokephalon.

1462  The Battle of wiecino (also known as the Battle of arnowiec) during Thirteen Years War.

1577  The Peace of Bergerac was signed between Henry III of France and the Huguenots.

1631  Sweden won a major victory at the Battle of Breitenfeld against the Holy Roman Empire during the Thirty Years War.

1683  Antonie van Leeuwenhoek wrote to the Royal Society describing animalcules: the first known description of protozoa.

1778  The Treaty of Fort Pitt was signed, the first formal treaty between the United States and a Native American tribe (the Lenape or Delaware Indians).

1787 The United States Constitution was signed in Philadelphia.

1809  Peace between Sweden and Russia in the Finnish War, the territory which became Finland was ceded to Russia by the Treaty of Fredrikshamn.

1859 Joshua A. Norton declared himself Emperor Norton I of the United States.

1862 American Civil War: George B. McClellan halted the northward drive of Robert E. Lees Confederate army in the single-day Battle of Antietam, the bloodiest day in American history.

1862  American Civil War: The Allegheny Arsenal explosion resulted in the single largest civilian disaster during the war.

1883 William Carlos Williams, American writer, was born (d....


The Wonderful Skills Of Cartoonists "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

His work exposed hypocrisy and self interest, but did so with irreverent humour and intelligence. A fierce defender of free speech, he could articulate his point in a way that was a challenging and thought provoking. Andrew Weeks on the late Bill Leak, cartoonist for The Australian The must see Ludicrous Likenesses By Roger Childs []


Killing Joke: Implant "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fantastic Lyrics and mindblowing animation. More music-with-a-message from Jaz Coleman and Killing Joke:

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Hurricane Jose Updates "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Hurricane Jose to turn a half-loop in Atlantic Sally Griffin | Saturday, September 16, 2017 Hurricane Jose lost some of his power on Thursday, and forecasts indicate the effect on Pennsylvania will be minimal at best. As of the 5 a.m. EDT advisory (9/14/17), Jose is a Category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 75 []

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The Other Side of the Third Rock "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Since it's dark there when it's light here, should we care? Unfortunately we have to.


On 14 September, Russia and Belarus started the Zapad military exercises, close to Europe's eastern borders. The word "Zapad" means "west" in Russian. Moscow and Minsk claim that 12,700 troops and 250 tanks will participate in the joint military exercise at training ranges in Belarus and western Russia. The exercise will end on 20 September. Zapad 17 probably will showcase new Russian capabilities that are intended to intimidate enemies and thrill friends. Its more lasting impacts are likely to be a stiffening of NATOs determination to not be bullied and a reminder of the requirement for constant vigilance.

Russian Zapad exercises occur every four years, and the size of this one dwarfs Zapad 13.

NATO has already deployed additional troops and equipment to the area, while the United States is patrolling the Baltic countries' airspace.

This exercise is an opportunity for NATO to observe Russian progress in rebuilding the armed forces, especially after two years of operations in the Syrian civil war. 

Proof of Concept

The North Koreans launched yet another ballistic missile over Hokkaido, Japan on September 15. The launch location was near Sunan, which is the location of the international airport that serves the capital area of Pyongyang. The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile flew for 19 minutes, reached an altitude of 770 kms/478 miles and splashed into the western Pacific Ocean about 3,700 kms/ 2,300 miles east of Hokkaido.

This launch proved that a North Korean ballistic missile can reach Guam. The dist...


Chinas Ambassador to the U.S. calls on the United States to refrain from making threats over North Korea Urges real effective international cooperation. "IndyWatch Feed War"


WASHINGTON (Reuters) Chinas ambassador to Washington on Friday called on the United States to refrain from making threats over North Korea, which a day earlier launched another missile over Japan into the Pacific Ocean.

Ambassador Cui Tiankai told reporters at an embassy event: Honestly, I think the United States should be doing much more than now, so that theres real effective international cooperation on this issue.

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Ambassador Cui Tiankai

They should refrain from issuing more threats. They should do more to find effective ways to resume dialogue and negotiation, he said.


To 17 September nuclear and climate news "IndyWatch Feed"

Its all sounding a bit same-same: nuclear posturing from Kim Jong Un and from Donald Trump. Trouble is in our atmosphere of nuclear brink fatigue, it still IS getting closer to the nuclear brink.

I dont know about you, but in my patch, Australia, well you just wouldnt know that from Sept 20, the 10-page treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons will be open for signatures from any UN member state. No media coverage. Its as if the thought of nuclear war just doesnt matter. Hell, it could even be an acceptable idea, nowadays. Or maybe not.

Same-same on climate, too.  But again, not really, as the planets weather patterns change inexorably,  glaciers melt, and mainstream media covers the subject less than ever.


Dont get me wrong  Im all for  homosexuals having the same rights as anybody else, to choose the possible misery of marriage.  And I have al...


All Blacks v Springboks "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Its been a good year for rugby. First the Lions tour, drawn. Then Australia came very close to upsetting the All Blacks in Dunedin after a great come back from a poor first test. Tonight the ABs get to test themselves against a resurgent Springbok team. This is the last home game of the year []


Defiant North Korea Leader Kim Jong un Says He Will Complete Nuke Program "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

SEOUL, South Korea North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said his country is nearing its goal of equilibrium in military force with the United States, as the United Nations Security Council strongly condemned the Norths highly provocative ballistic missile launch over Japan on Friday.

The Norths official Korean Central News Agency carried Kims comments on Saturday a day after U.S. and South Korean militaries detected the missile launch from the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.

It traveled 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles) as it passed over the Japanese island of Hokkaido before landing in the northern Pacific Ocean. It was the countrys longest-ever test flight of a ballistic missile.

The North has confirmed the missile as an intermediate range Hwasong-12, the same model launched over Japan on Aug. 29.

Under Kims watch, North Korea has maintained a torrid pace in weapons tests, including its most powerful nuclear test to date on Sept. 3 and two July flight tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles that could strike deep into the U.S. mainland when perfected.

The increasingly frequent and aggress...


Advance voting 300k "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There has been 308,191 votes cast in the first five days of advance voting, well ahesd of previous years.


Daily Roundup "IndyWatch Feed"

As seen in Arrowtown!        

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College Basketball Clashes "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Paraparaumu College girls far too strong By Anglo Robinson  Kapiti College Senior Girls Basketball Team vs Paraparaumu College Basketball Team for the Rosanne Robinson Cup was played on Friday 1 September. Congratulations to Paraparaumu College Senior Girls on winning the Rosanne Robinson Cup for 2017. The game was played in great spirit and both teams []


Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed"

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New Zealand vs South Africa "IndyWatch Feed"

Welcome to tonights multi-screener for the All Blacks v Boks game coming to you from North Harbour stadium. Please keep the game related talk out of Backchat (and tomorrows General Debate) so anyone watching it later doesnt have their game spoiled. Get your picks in before the game starts, and please join us during the []

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Jacinda ran out of magic pixie dust "IndyWatch Feed"

Labours Wonder Woman has found herself cast in a long-running soap opera but not as a super hero. The National Party-scripted plot never varies from one election to the next, but the show never fails to draw big ratings. Once again, Labour has been tripped up over tax policy. The only difference this time []

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The Great White Male "IndyWatch Feed"

Like the Great White Shark, the Great White Male is viewed in two completely different ways. On the one hand, he is held up as a powerful member of the patriarchy who has privilege but on the other hand, he is attacked without mercy for the colour of his skin and his gender. Attacks on []

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Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Crambazzled prematurely aged by drink and a dissolute life.

Filed under: language Tagged: crambazzled


RISE Exclusive media Release: Ex-detainees Launch #sanctionAustralia Campaign: 16/09/2017 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

#sanctionAustralia Campaign

Today RISE: Refugee Survivors and Ex-detainees launches the Sanction Australia Campaign. Initiated and driven by a group of ex-detainees, Sanction Australia calls for international human rights bodies and the United Nations to sanction Australia for its inhumane mandatory detention policies and explicit refugee boat push back policies and to exclude Australia from participation in international humanitarian and human rights decision making processes until mandatory detention and refoulement of asylum seekers and refugees by Australia is abolished.

For the past 26 years, Australia has been progressively implementing punitive and cruel policies against people seeking asylum by boat. These policies have been maintained by successive Australian governments resulting in systemic torture and abuse of refugee/asylum seeker adults and children, and deaths in custody. Since RISE was launched in 2010, we are aware of at least 36 people who have died in Australian detention centres and many RISE ex-detainee members have witnessed deaths in detention well before this time period. How long, asks Abdul Baig, RISE director and ex-detainee, do we have to continue to face such cruelty in front of Australias eyes? Where is the justice?

Depression, suicide, and other mental illnesses are pervasive within Australian detention centres, and are often a direct result of the experience of detention itself. Recent Australian immigration department records reveal that over a period of just one year there were 188 incidents of self-harm involving asylum seekers on Nauru (roughly one every two days) and 55 incidents of self harm on Manus Island. The treatment of detainees within these camps, along with the indefinite detention they experience meets the definition of Torture under International law.

Further, he added We believe that Australias anti-refugee policies are not going to end unless there are international sanctions against the Australian government. We therefore urge international human rights activists and the UN to actively sanction Australia for such cruel acts.

US president Donald Trump has been widely criticised for his anti-refugee policies yet even he says that Australias policies are worse than the USA. Australia is the resource centre for anti-immigration policies in affluent liberal democracies around the world. Sanction Australia campaign coordinator and ex-detainee (unnamed) said We should sanction Australia on human rights to send a strong message to others who are intent on following Australias lead on this. Australia is the place to start on human rights sanction among industrialised countries. How many more from our community will be killed to serve Australian political interests? We dont need any more inquiries or reports, we....


ACT comes out with a half-baked justice policy "IndyWatch Feed"

Victims of crime will receive their owed reparation payments immediately and in full under ACTs new justice policy, Party Leader David Seymour announced today. Ministry of Justice figures show that criminals who owe millions of dollars in reparations routinely ignore court orders to make even the smallest payments to their victims. In February 2017 accumulated []

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Maori: Government cant charge for water when we own it "IndyWatch Feed"

Mori Party co-leaders Te Ururoa Flavell and Marama Fox are calling on Labour to come clean on who owns the countrys freshwater before they try taxing it. Labour have claimed everybody owns the water, while the Waitangi Tribunal says Mori have rights akin to ownership, says Mr Flavell. Labour have also said there is ongoing []

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At Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) Black and White celebrate their campaign keeping Australia nuclear free "IndyWatch Feed"

Celebrating 20 years of helping Australia stay nuclear free  Aboriginal land continues to be in the firing line. SBS NITV, By Paddy Gibson, Senior Researcher, Jumbunna Institute UTS 15 SEP 2017

This weekend in Adelaide, Kaurna country, anti-nuclear campaigners from the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance will hold their annual conference to debrief and strategise for the struggles ahead.

At the core of Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) are Aboriginal people living with nuclear projects on their lands, including uranium mines and the toxic legacy of nuclear weapons testing in the 1950s and 60s, and others trying to stop new uranium mines or nuclear waste dumps being imposed on their country.

This years conference will celebrate 20 years since the network was founded in 1997 in Alice Springs, originally as the Alliance Against Uranium.

The initial meeting was an initiative of Mirarr people and their organisation Gundjeihmi, who were cranking up a major campaign against the Jabiluka uranium mine, along with environment groups such as the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), Friends of the Earth and other Traditional Owners. At the time, the Howard government was looking to massively expand Australias uranium exports. There was a wealth of experience in Aboriginal communities across the country, who suffer the brunt of this industry and people wanted to come together to fight back. There were growing opportunities to connect with wider civil society groups who shared a deep concern about uranium and recognised the central importance of supporting Aboriginal str...


The Room I Entered Was a Dream of This Room: Scattered Reflections on the Poetry of John Ashbery "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

John Ashbery, a genius of modern poetry and one of the most influential figures of late-20th and early-21st-century American literature, died on September 3 in New York at the age of 90.

John Ashbery. Credit: Reuters

Im quite puzzled by my work too, along with a lot of other people. I was always intrigued by it, but at the same time a little apprehensive and sort of embarrassed about annoying the same critics who are always annoyed by my work. Im kind of sorry that I cause so much grief.
~ John Ashbery (1927-2017), in an interview to Contemporary Authors

A tale is often told about John Ashberys first book of poems, Some Trees (1956), winner of the Yale Younger Poets Prize. W.H. Auden, who judged the competition, had confessed later of not understanding a word of the winning manuscript. Hyperbole this, with more than a grain of truth in it perhaps, but despite some understandable incomprehension of Ashberys sometimes expansive and languorous, often fearsomely cryptic, poetry, Auden had felt, unerringly, the pulse of its urgency. He had sensed in his own poetic gut its standing-apartness, if we will, amid a slew of poets still in the throes of modernist adventurism in the 1950s despite the fact that Ashbery was a poet who grew to stand in contradistinction to the poet-as-editor figure that Auden as well as others like Pound and Eliot then embodied. It is not surprising perhaps that this young poet was largely inaccessible to the older man, nor unthinkable that Ashbery, however, named Auden as one of the earliest, strongest influences on his writing; and it is probably poetic justice that a youthful Ashbery still won his first prize adjud...


Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed"

DOT. Sydney to London on a Wing and a Prayer from Make Your Bones on Vimeo.

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Time that the world revived the stigma previously attached to the idea of nuclear war "IndyWatch Feed"

In the shadow of Fat Man and Little Boy: how the stigma of nuclear war was unravelled,

Dr Becky Alexis-Martin is a senior Research Fellow in Nuclear Geography, University of Southampton, UK.

Dr Stephanie Malin is an assistant Professor of Environmental Sociology, Colorado State University, USA.

Dr Kristen Iversen is a professor of English, University of Cincinnati, USA.

Dr Kathleen Sullivan is Director of Hibakusha Stories, New York, USA.



Nuclear power on its way out, as renewables rise  World Nuclear Industry Report, "IndyWatch Feed"

Renewable Energy Industry Hotting Up as World Goes Cold on Nuclear Power power is on its way out the world over, with its global share of energy generation declining and construction of just one new nuclear reactor being undertaken in 2017. Renewable energy seems poised to take its place as the energy source of the future.

Nuclear power is in a state of terminal decline, with construction of just one new nuclear reactor being undertaken in 2017, according to the World Nuclear Industry Report, an annual study of the sector that analyzes data on capacity, production and construction of nuclear reactors around the world.

Once vaunted as the future of energy production, nuclear power has suffered an unceremonious fall from grace since the 1960s  to the point the report suggests it will be phased out entirely in due course.

The number of nuclear reactors under construction has diminished for the fourth consecutive year, falling from 68 in 2013 to 53 in 2017  and the reports authors suspect projects are often ongoing purely because of uncertainty and inertia in the industry.

Russia and the US...


Saying goodbye to coral reefs "IndyWatch Feed"

If we continue to have warm summers like we had in 16 and this year, the next one could wipe out the remaining coral. Now, I dont want to sound doomsday, but thats where were at right now. Its still a wonderful place to visit. But if we continue on this trajectory it wont be, very soon within our lifetime. I think that this is the wake-up call that we need. If losing the Great Barrier Reef isnt serious stuff, what is?

Farewelling coral reefs The Saturday Paper, Karen Middleton, 16 Sept 17  We hear much about trying to contain temperature rises to 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels. Why is that the magic number?

Ove Hoegh-Guldberg The 2-degree guardrail came out of the 2009 Copenhagen meeting. When you looked at how ecosystems were responding, you got into an unmanageable area at 2 degrees above the pre-industrial period, which was where the CO2 concentration had been stable for a long time. The trajectory were on today could raise temperatures by as much as 5 or 6 degrees on history.

One of the problems with 2 degrees is that generally people have the idea that its a guardrail. You go up to the edge of 2 degrees and look over it and see where you dont want to go and its all very safe here. But its more like a slippery slope. Things get progressively worse until they become unmanageable. At the latest Conference of the Parties, the UNFCC [United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ] gover...


Glaciers worldwide are in retreat "IndyWatch Feed"

Glacial melt will wreck ecosystems by Tim Radford The alarming rate of glacial shrinkage worldwide threatens our current way of life, from biodiversity to tourism, hydropower to clean water supply.

Glaciers cover one-tenth of the planets land surface but not for much longer.

Glaciers worldwide are in retreat, and losing mass. They are shrinking and melting, and that will create problems almost everywhere, according to new research.

Between 2003 and 2009, glaciers melted on a gargantuan scale, with an e...


Our whole family voted yesterday inside a Pre-Fab "IndyWatch Feed"

It was a family affair as we drove to Silverdale Pak n Save to vote inside a Pre-fab, one of those terrible buildings that Jacinda Ardern says are no good for temporary accommodation but perfectly fine for classrooms. Business was brisk even though it was a Friday afternoon and the staff were all efficient and helpful. []

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ANSTO bosses support the global nuclear industry, not the well-being of Australians "IndyWatch Feed"

Steve Dale Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 14 Sept 17,  From the document The ANM facility will enable ANSTO to triple its production of Mo-99, meeting domestic demand and up to 25-30 per cent of global demand. and The increase in production of nuclear medicines will also give rise to an increased volume of low and intermediate level waste.
If we are meeting up to 25-30 % of global demand, then based on population, we are exporting the vast majority of this stuff while the tax payer, Australia , South Australia has to deal with the toxic legacy.
ANSTO should be dedicating their time to creating NO-WASTE solutions for nuclear medicine. Dollar signs and an urge for self preservation have blinded their thinking. I think the top people in ANSTO have placed the welfare of the global nuclear industry above the welfare of the Australian people.


Berkeley Offers Counseling After Conservatives Speech Due To Threat To Sense of Safety and Belonging "IndyWatch Feed"

Professor Turley points up the intolerance that now rife in many institutions of learning and the stupid arguments advanced to support that intolerance.


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The United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has not really been taken up by Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

The theme for 2017 is the 10th anniversary of the  United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples  (UNDRIP)

It of course comes as no surprise that Australia was one of the countries that voted against the declaration in 2007,   given the prevailing community views, and that of the government, of Indigenous people here.

The implementation of the UNDRIP in Australia has been symbolic only,  with the government conceding at the time of endorsing the UNDRIP that it had no legal effect upon domestic law.

Since the adoption of the UNDRIP in Australia, the prevailing circumstances for Indigenous peoples have not improved.


Queensland should be the Sunshine State forget failed nuclear energy ! "IndyWatch Feed"

Must be kidding on nuclear power GABRIELLE LUFT, 16th Sep 2017 AH here we go again, the same old lame call for more nuclear power rarara  So disappointing, Mr Whiteside. (Daily, September 14)

Sometimes you come up with some sensible topics, Keith, but this old chestnut of claiming the nuclear way as an option to resolve the energy dilemmas is pathetic, a real doozy.

If you had really done your research you would have found most European nations are phasing out nuclear power for security and unsafe storage reasons.

Even France ever so keen on everything nuclear is calling it a day now. Havent we got already enough unsafe mining sites all over Australia leaking toxins and god knows what into their surroundings?

I doubt Queenslands former Mary Kathleen Uranium Mine has ever been cleaned up properly.

Nah Keith, we got enough toxic problems as it is with all the existing and abandoned mines, so why create new and more problems in this field?

Lets focus on ren...


The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump "IndyWatch Feed"

A Duty to Warn and the Dangerous Case of Donald Trump Renowned psychiatrist says despite Goldwater Rule, mental health experts have unique responsibility when someone in power may be dangerous, Common Dreams by Bill MoyersRobert Jay Lifton , 15 Sept 17 

There will not be a book published this fall more urgent, important, or controversial than than The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, the work of 27 psychiatrists, psychologists and mental health experts to assess President Trumps mental health. They had come together last March at a conference at Yale University to wrestle with two questions. One was on countless minds across the country: Whats wrong with him? The second was directed to their own code of ethics: Does Professional Responsibility Include a Duty to Warn if they conclude the president to be dangerously unfit?

As m...


McCully of Arabia "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

What goes around, comes aroundand bites you in the bum


Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed"

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FU RUOK Day "IndyWatch Feed"

Not everyone wants to be asked if theyre okay. Joshua Dabelstein explains, and a warning to readers while hes a brilliant writer, hes got a bit of a potty mouth.

This week was RUOK Day again.

I was just accosted by a smiling young woman who, after experiencing travel anxiety on a holiday in between her undergraduate and her masters degrees at USYD, has joined the campaign.

It got me feeling feelings, and then those feelings led to thinkings, and now my thinkings are going to become writings in the hope that by the time I hit the sack this whole thing has coalesced into a puddle of meaning that I can learn from.

On that front tokenistic gestures to mental health issues are causing more harm than good.

For every RUOK day you celebrate, countless young people are coaxed onto a path of pill-paved chemical-adulteration.

We must distinguish between mental health and mental illness if we want to build campaigns that have the capacity to do more good than harm.

Access to labels of anxiety and depression are free and fast. Many peers have walked out of university doctors clinics, and local GPs practices, with scripts for drugs that they identify by brand names, not knowing that Eleva and Pfizer are not actually the names of the antidepressants that theyve been prescribed.

There is significant therapeutic value in having an issue identified, and then subsequently treated. I work in horticulture, and I see the interactions I have with clients as to the diagnoses, prognoses, and treatment plans for plants and gardens in strife that mirror interactions with doctors regarding mental health issues.

I cannot and will not name friends who have been incorrectly taking their meds without appreciating how this affects basics like sleep, and appetite, and libido, and alcohol/black market drug use. Its not their fault that a celebratory blanket has been draped over the shoulders of sufferers.

But judging solely from what Ive seen first hand, we are treating mental health related drugs with a degree of smiling and carefree malaise I daresay exists as a result of the normalisation of these issues by campaigns like RUOK Day.

The problem is, if the Fiddle Leaf Ficus doesnt shake root rot it can be replaced. When you cant treat the curl grub in your veggie patch with Confidor you can just rip out those brassicas and replace them with summer loving edibles!

You cant do this with your own brain.

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Are the Greens even sane? "IndyWatch Feed"

Guest post Looking at the Greens and the labour party and their current antics, you really do have to wonder. Take the Greens for example. Me Tu was about to be outed by an external party (so it was claimed), so uses the Green party conference to announce that she has defrauded the taxpayers of []

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Helen Clark doesnt stop to think that she might have been part of the problem "IndyWatch Feed"

Helen Clark thinks the UN is sliding into irrelevance. Of course she didnt share these thoughts until she had no chance of getting the top job. Former New Zealand prime minister and top UN official Helen Clark has said the organisation is failing its mission to fight the worlds crises. In an opinion column penned []

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I .. (name).. from (location) urge . (insert human rights group) to sanction Australia and exclude Australia from participation in all international humanitarian and human rights decision making processes.

Australia has been committing crimes for over 26 years against refugees who are seeking protection by boats. Lack of transparency and accountability in Australian run detention centres is something that has been widely reported and acknowledged by International human rights groups including the UN. There have been many inquiries and many reports of deaths and sexual abuse within these camps yet nothing has changed because the Australian government is not being held accountable. Refugee cases have been mishandled, unfairly dismissed and processed without proper adherence to refugee rights protocol and this should stop immediately.

There have been 36 deaths in Australian detention centres since 2010. There have been multiple incidents of abuse and sexual violence against asylum seeker/refugee adults and children. People who are fleeing harm in their country of origin, experience a compounding of their trauma under Australian government policies that are designed to punish people who are exercising their human right to seek asylum in Australia. Depression, suicide ideation and other mental illness is pervasive and often a direct result of the experience of detention itself. The Australian governments own detention records in just a year to July 2015, indicate that there were 188 incidents of self-harm involving asylum seekers at Nauru (about one every two days) and about recorded 55 incidents of self-harm at Papua New Guineas Manus Island. The detainees treatment within the camps, along with the indefinite detention they experience meets the definition of torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment under International law.

We should not wait until one more refugee is murdered, sexually abused, tortured, or refouled by Australia.

Seeking asylum is not a crime and it is a universal human right.

Please take immediate action and sanction Australia until mandatory detention and refoulement of Asylum seekers and Refugees is abolished in Australia.




Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed"

Untrue Story Of A Sept 11 Survivor Incredible stories of heroism, heartache, survival and triumph have been shared by survivors, family members and service personnel who were personally affected by the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City, but one womans story had everyone fooled. Tania Head surfaced two years []

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Saturdays smiles "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A burglar is sneaking through this house one night, when out of the darkness comes a voice, I can see you, and Jesus can, too.

The burglar freezes in his tracks and is too frightened to move. He waits a few moments and nothing has happened so he moves forward. Again from the darkness comes the voice, I can see you, and Jesus can, too. The burglar is petrified and too frightened to move a muscle.

After thirty minutes, he decides to do something. He backs very slowly and tentatively to the wall and feels around for a light switch. He switches on the light and there in front of him, sit a cockatoo in a cage, who says, I can see you, and Jesus can, too.

Greatly relieved, the burglar sighs, Its just a cocktaoo.

The cockatoo looks at the burglar and says, I might be just a cockatoo but Jesus is a big Rottweiler.

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If you cant organise a photo shoot then how can you expect voters to give you government? "IndyWatch Feed"

Things start to go real bad when you cant organise a photo shoot and then lie about it to the media. Labour leader Jacinda Ardern cancelled her planned visit to Canterburys Selwyn River on Thursday because it was flooding but problem was, it wasnt flooding at all. She intended to use Coes Ford to []

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Samsung won't partner with Korindo following outrage over forest destruction in Indonesia "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

14 Sep 2017 | MongabayUnder fire from watchdogs and consumers of its smartphones, Samsung said it would not pursue a joint venture with Korindo amid an NGO campaign highlighting Korindo's rainforest destruction for palm oil in Indonesia's Tanah Papua region.


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


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Mueller Caught Red Handed, Secret Past Revealed "IndyWatch Feed World"

Special Counsel Mueller Caught Red Handed, Secret Past REVEALED

Sep 15, 2017

Source: Conservative Daily Post | by Danny Abarno

Turns out Mueller failed to designate that he did work for Saudi and Russian State Nuclear Programs

Robert Mueller has yet again been proven to be a biased and unfair counsel in terms of the investigation involving collusion in the 2016 election. Not only is the entire investigation based on false accusations, and has yet to provide even the slightest bit of proof, Robert Mueller is plowing ahead into finding anything that can remove Trump from office. Despite his already known and crooked past, it has recently been revealed that the man in charge of investigating collusion with Russians colluded with Russians himself! Robert Mueller did work for a company called IronBridge who worked as consultants to Saudi and Russian state nuclear agencies and failed to report the work.

Robert Mueller is the definition of a swamp monster. He has been involved with politics and high levels of the judicial systems for years. Mueller has been known to be an open Democrat as well as longtime friend of Clinton and Comey. His appointment to the position of special counsel was supposed to a gesture of good faith for the new president to express concerns surrounding the false and baseless accusations about his apparent collusion with Russians. However, the deep state snake Mueller has been revealed to be a biased opponent of Trumps as his investigation continues to prove as an insult to the American people.



Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Young farming families able to buy Landcorp farms:

A National Government will help young families into their first farms by allowing young farmers to buy state owned farms after theyve worked the land for five to ten years.

The Government owns a large number of commercial farms through Landcorp, but there is no clear public good coming from Crown ownership and little financial return to taxpayers, Primary Industries spokesperson Nathan Guy says.

We think that some of these farms are better off in the hands of hard working young farming families who are committed to modern farming and environmental best practice. . .

National to strengthen bio-security rules:

A re-elected National Government will strengthen biosecurity rules, toughen penalties for stock rustling and help exporters add value, National Party Primary Industries Spokesperson Nathan Guy says.

These policies will help grow and protect the primary sector sustainably, and support our goal of doubling the value of our exports to $64 billion by 2025, Mr Guy says.

We are proud to support the primary sector which is the powerhouse of New Zealands economy, helping us earn a living and pay for social services. . .

Adapting dryland farming to climate change:

Seven years of dry weather and relentless wind erosion in the early 2000s had devastated the Flaxbourne-Starborough landscape of South Marlborough, one of the countrys earliest farmed areas.

Doug Averys Grassmere farm Bonaveree was one of those affected. Over-grazing during the long dry was harming the financial, environmental and emotional sustainability of the farm, recalls Barbara Stuart, regional co-ordinator of the NZ Landcare Trust (NZLT). People like Doug were stressed, heartbroken, even a bit ashamed about what was happening. . . 


Garner on the fading stardust and wonky political radar of Jacinda Ardern "IndyWatch Feed"

Duncan Garner climbs into Labour and Jacinda Ardern over their tax cock-up. Being a political party leader requires having a sharp and highly tuned radar. Judgment is crucial. The radar must be on at all times. And someone must have your back. Start with checks and balances. Identify the risks to your popularity. Bury them []

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War With North Korea Would Be Catastrophic Heres How Bad It Could Get "IndyWatch Feed World"

The U.S. and North Korea seem to be moving toward a dangerous military confrontation, which undoubtedly would spread destruction and devastation across the Pacific. President Donald Trump and other members of his administration have said repeatedly that all options are on the table when it comes to North Korea, including the application of military force. []


Dirty Politics or a hard hitting and effective way to win a race? "IndyWatch Feed"

I do enjoy a good attack ad as relentless positivity gets on my nerves after a while. My Mum had a friend once who was so positive and sweet and nice that she made my teeth ache. Relentless positivity from politicians doesnt work for me as in politics you have to get through to the []

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Fighting Fungus: Cleansing With Active Horopito "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fighting Fungus: Cleansing With Active Horopito | mold | Natural Medicine Special Interests

New Zealand lies deep in the South Pacific, an island not to itself, but by itself. This seclusion has resulted in an amazing example of extraordinary flora and fauna. Aside from the incredible wildlife and sweeping views, New Zealand is home to over 2000 unique plants that have had the interest of the natural medicine and herbal remedy crowds for a long time. One plant in particular, horopito (Pseudowintera colorata) has been of specific interest due to its demonstrated ability at fighting harmful organisms, including fungus and Candida albicans.

What are the Benefits of Active Horopito?

Although horopito has been cited as having antioxidant activity, most of the excitement surrounding it is due to it containing a compound called polygodial. Polygodial has been extensively researched and repeatedly shown to be toxic to many harmful organisms; both alone and when used in combination with other herbs.

The Department of Environmental Science at the University of California Berkeley has reported many significant findings concerning polygodial. Researchers there evaluated the in vitro activity of polygodial and reported that it demonstrated strong and fast fungicidal activity against candida albicans. When conditions are acidic, polygodials defense against fungi sharply increases. [1] [2]

Active Horopito and Anise Seed

Although polygodial is extremely noteworthy on its own, it also performs well in tandem. When its combined with anethole, the active ingredient in anise seed, the efficacy of polygodial goes through the roof. Whereas polygodial attacks harmful organisms at a molecular level, actually punching holes directly through cell membranes and infiltrating cells directly to initiate its...


Common Sense 101: Some Really Simple Solutions To The Housing Affordability Crisis "IndyWatch Feed"

Ian McAuley has written two articles on the problem of housing affordability and the related risk faced by those who have high housing debt. One reader has asked him to respond with suggested solutions. Over to Ian.

Responding to two articles I wrote on housing policy (Part 1 on financiers, Part 2 on borrowers), Kathy Hyne wrote, I hope there is a part 3 on mitigation.

There are two related problems non-affordability for those who find themselves locked out of the market, and financial stress for those who have become heavily indebted in an over-priced market (while my article on borrowers is about individuals, Greg Budworth has an excellent article in New Matilda this week on affordability that goes into its social aspects).

To an extent the interests of the two groups those who cannot afford housing and those who are over-committed are at odds: what is done to bring down housing prices will probably leave others exposed to financial risk, particularly those who have high debt and little equity.

When prices fall debt stays constant, resulting in a disproportionate (levered) effect on equity, which can easily go negative. For example: if you owe $800K on a $1 million property, you have $200K equity; if its value falls by 10 per cent your equity falls to $100K (the debt doesnt fall) meaning it halves; and once its value falls again by a similar amount, your equity is wiped out.

Thats the essence of the political problem facing the government, because many of the Coalitions so-called aspirational voters have taken the bait of low nominal interest rates, permissive bank lending practices and tax breaks to buy investment properties.

The Commonwealth Bank logo, pictured in Sydney. (IMAGE: Phil Desveaux, Flickr)The Commonwealth Bank logo, pictured in Sydney. (IMAGE: Phil Desveaux, Flickr)

Apart from their real estate they are not necessarily wealthy: rather many are taking advantage of what they see as a chance to get ahead materially in a country described by Cameron Murray and Paul Fritijers in their work Game of Mates: How favours bleed the nation, as a class-society, with an elite that robs the rest who are scrambling to salvage some self-esteem by secretly hoping to join that elite.

Even though their self-image may be one of rugged self-reliant...


Episode-2086- Expert Council Q&A for 9-15-17 "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 vehicles, alternative health, plants, cooking, ETF investing, concealed carry, old guns 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 Choosing the correct oil for an older motor Tim Glance Using DE for health reasons Doc Bones Overwintering of potted perennials Nick Ferguson Cooking with wild mushrooms Chef Keith Snow Making buy and sell decisions with a silver ETF John Pugliano Duty to inform about concealed carry with LEO contacts Dan Ohmann Hunting with old shot guns and vintage hunting/fishing gear in general Jack Resources for todays show Join the Members Brigade Join Our Forum The Year 58 Walking To Freedom TSP Gear support TSP when you shop on Online Grandaddys Gun Club Bullhead Fishing Information I Want it All Queen Websites of the Expert Council Members MT Knives 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. `


A Doctors political perspective on Healthcare "IndyWatch Feed"

Guest Post: Disclaimer: I am an experienced doctor who has worked in primary and tertiary care settings here in New Zealand and abroad. I write on the condition of anonymity not because I fear WhaleOil readers (I do not), but because I do not wish to expose my professional reputation or my family to the []

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Nuclear regulator defers giving safety OK for idle Tepco reactors at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant "IndyWatch Feed"

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TOKYO (Kyodo) Japans nuclear safety watchdog on Wednesday deferred giving safety clearance for two idle Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. reactors on the Sea of Japan coast, although its chairman said the utility was qualified as a nuclear plant operator.

Nuclear Regulation Authority Chairman Shunichi Tanaka said following Wednesdays meeting that Tepco, operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, was qualified but needs to stipulate its resolve to ensure safe operation of nuclear plants in its safety rules.

Its insecure if Tepco expresses its resolve to ensure safety only in words, Tanaka told a press conference.

Safety rules need to be approved by the regulator and if there is a grave violation the regulator can demand that the utility halt nuclear power operations.

The regulator will formally inform the utilitys president, Tomoaki Kobayakawa, about the matter on Sept. 20. A final decision on whether Tepco is

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EU parliament opposes bid to reduce testing of Fukushima food imports "IndyWatch Feed"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs


STRASBOURG, FRANCE The European Parliament on Wednesday warned against easing health controls imposed on food products imported from the Fukushima region in the wake of the nuclear meltdowns of 2011.

The checks were imposed on food from the area around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, which went into meltdown after being hit by massive tsunami, spewing radiation over a wide area in the worlds most serious nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986.

The European Commission, the EUs executive arm, wants to reduce the list of foods subject to radiation tests before they can be imported into the bloc, which currently includes rice, mushrooms, fish and other seafood.

A resolution passed by a large majority of MEPs called on the commission to withdraw its proposal, saying it was very difficult to verify whether the measures proposed are sufficient to protect European consumers and there was reason to think it

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wp Journalist Faces Defamation Probe for Comparing Indonesias Treatment of West Papua with Myanmars R ohingya "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Journalist Faces Defamation Probe for Comparing Indonesias Treatment of West Papua with Myanmars Rohingya

Posted 13 September 2017 20:59 GMT
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Cartoon in support of Dandhy Dwi Laksono, drawn by Iwan Sketsa/ @Sketsagram on Twitter and Instagram. Published with artists permission.

Indonesian police in East Java are investigating a veteran journalist for comparing former President Megawati Sukarnoputri to Myanmars Aung San Suu Kyi in a Facebook post.

On September 3, 2017, journalist and documentary filmmaker Dandhy Dwi Laksono wrote on Facebook that Megawati and Suu Kyi are alike in many ways, noting that both are former opposition leaders who now head the ruling parties in their respective countries. Dandhy added that if Myanmars government is being criticized for its treatment of ethnic Rohingya, the Indonesian government should similarly be held liable for suppressing the independence movement on the Indonesian island of West Papua.

He further compared Suu Kyis silence on the persecution of the Rohingya to Megawatis role as party leader of the government, which has recently intensified the crackdown on West Papuan independence activists.

Rohingya people born and living in Myanmar are...


Lets not tax this "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Labour backed down on introducing a capital gains tax without putting it to the electorate in 2020, but theyre still planning plenty of other taxes.

Filed under: politics, tax Tagged: #partyvotenational, capital gains tax, Labour Party


Not Internal Affairs either, that just leaves National operatives as the leakers "IndyWatch Feed"

Internal Affairs has declared it wasnt any of their staff who leaked Winstons pension details: A third investigation into who leaked information about Winston Peters superannuation overpayments has failed to find who was responsible. The New Zealand First leader admitted last month that he had been getting more money than he was entitled to, but []

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On independence day, its time to look for a birthday present "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PNG's human development index - off the cliff


CANBERRA - 16 September 2017 marks Papua New Guineas 42nd anniversary of independence. How have things been going?

A good benchmark for measuring progress is PNGs Vision 2050 document. This set out a blueprint for making PNG a smart, wise, happy and fair society by 2050.

The visions primary measurement indicator is we will be ranked in the top 50 in the United Nations Human Development Index by 2050.

So how is PNG going towards meeting this goal? This graph shows PNGs progress in improving its Human Development Index (this is a composite index of factors such as life expectancy, education, and incomes).

Since the 2050 Vision document was released in 2010, PNG had its lowest rate of improvement since 1990. After doing well in the early 1990s and during the 2000s, PNG has gone back to even worse rates of development than the disastrous late 1990s.

To meet the goal of being in the top 50, PNG needs to move from its 154th ranking of 188 countries in 2010 and jump forward by at least two places every year. So from 2011 to 2015, did PNG jump some 10 positions? No, it stayed exactly in 154th position by 2015 (the latest available data).

Indeed, it is now in equal 154th position as Zimbabwe has moved forward and it now ranked exactly the same as PNG. PNG is in the bottom 20% of countries and not moving forward. This is not good news.



Have you visited the Whaleoil shop yet? "IndyWatch Feed"

Summer is on its way so a Whaleoil Tee might be just what you need. If it is still chilly where you live then perhaps a Whaleoil sweatshirt would be better. We have Whaleoil caps and beanies as well as coffee mugs. Our products are made and shipped from America but the cost of shipping []

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McCully lied, there was no legal advice to pay bribe to Saudi ratbag "IndyWatch Feed"

Murray McCully has been caught pants down lyingagain: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade did not provide legal advice to the government on the risk of being sued by a disgruntled Saudi Arabian businessman, documents reveal. The admission that no legal advice on the lawsuit threat ever existed directly contradicts comments in 2015 by []

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Is underutilisation falling? "IndyWatch Feed"

Slack, but tightening

Yes, gradually, underutilisation in the labour force is declining.  

Down from 14.8 per cent in 2014 to 14.1 per cent. 

Some states are faring better than others. 

Much of the increase since 2012 has related to Western Australia, and to a lesser extent Queensland and South Australia. 

But looking at the trend figures, South Australia has seen a turnaround in fortunes lately - partly because of people moving to Melbourne, and partly due to an improving economy. 

Western Australia and Queensland also seem to have turned a corner, following a prolonged resources construction downturn. 

In New South Wales underutilisation continues to improve to the sort of levels historically associated with decent wages growth.

Meanwhile, stamp and transfer duty take in New South Wales is still going absolutely nuts, helping to fund an infrastructure boom.

Overall, the figures suggest that there is a way to go before the labour force slack is taken up, but some inroads have at least been made. 

And perhaps the start of a gentle lift-off too for Adelaide?



Have the Greens given up on Metiria? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Since resigning as co-leader and withdrawing from the Green list Metiria Turei has been out of the political spotlight. She gets a glimmer of attention from Newshub in Decision 17: One week to go: Green Party MPs Marama Davidson and Metiria Turei are also in Otara at a rally against poverty. It will be one []


Where are we at with the polls? "IndyWatch Feed"

In the last two weeks we have had three polls, two from 1News/Colmar Brunton and the Newshub/Reid Research polls. The polls and potential results are getting harder to pick than a broken nose. But what do they really say. Simon Lusk and I talked about polling. in our podcast, with Peter Ellis. Here it is []

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What can Australia do to help with elections in PNG? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

TERENCE WOOD | DevPolicy Blog

Australian-aid-for-elections-2002-2017 (estimate)
Australian aid for PNG elections 2012-17

CANBERRA - For decades Australia has been at the centre of international efforts to improve elections in Papua New Guinea.

Australia has spent almost US$60 million since 2002. Despite this, the 2017 elections were blighted by a frightening pack of problems.

Given PNGs electoral woes, it is tempting to conclude aid hasnt helped. Tempting, but mistaken. Elections may not be good in PNG but good is not the right yardstick for aid success in this area.

As I described in an earlier article, Whats the matter with elections in PNG, Papua New Guineas domestic political economy produces forces that are at odds with well-run elections.

As I discuss in this paper, international engagement has served as a countervailing force against these. Because of this, it is very likely that elections in PNG would be worse still without Australian involvement.

This doesnt mean that Australian efforts cant be improved. Here are some suggestions. Because this is a blog post they are, by necessity, broad. I hope many others will offer a lot more in coming months; for now, treat these ideas as a start.

First up, recognise the road to the next elections starts today. Improving them will be an ongoing effort. It will require engagement, pressure and assistance, every year from now to 2022.

The chart above shows my estimates of Australian aid spending devoted to elections in PNG since 2002. As you can see, the post-2012 effort was inconsistent and less than previous elections.

This isnt the aid programs fault. In between aid cuts and the death of AusAID, it was a tumultuous time.

Even so, theres still a lesson from 2017: improving elections requires substantial, sustained engagement. It requires staff devoted to the task and it requires the steady accumulation of contextual knowledge.



Ocean cycles, not humans, are responsible for climate change "IndyWatch Feed World"

An eminent atmospheric scientist says that natural cycles may be largely responsible for climate changes seen in recent decades. In a new report published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation, Anastasios Tsonis, emeritus distinguished professor of atmospheric sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, describes new and cutting-edge research into natural climatic cycles, including the well known El Nino cycle and the less familiar North Atlantic Oscillation and Pacific Decadal Oscillation. He shows how interactions between these ocean cycles have been shown to drive changes in the global climate on timescales of several decades. Professor Tsonis says: "We can show that at the start of the 20th century, the North Atlantic Oscillation pushed the global climate into a warming phase, and in 1940 it pushed it back into cooling mode. The famous "pause" in global warming at the start of the 21st century seems to have been instigated by the North Atlantic Oscillation too."


The synthetic drug crisis "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A very compelling interactive article from @tonywalljourno about our synthetic cannabinoid crisis NZ Drug Foundation (@nzdrug) September 15, 2017 Killer chemicals Inside NZs synthetic cannabis crisis At least 20 people have died after smoking synthetic cannabis, but where is the community outrage and Government action plan? In part one of a two-part []


It wasnt MSD either, so who leaked Winstons details? "IndyWatch Feed"

Inland Revenue cleared their staff last week, and now MSD has cleared their staff: The Ministry of Social Development has cleared its staff of leaking NZ First leader Winston Peters superannuation details. The departments stance follows that of Inland Revenue, which has also said its staff did not leak the information. Following information regarding Mr []

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Recent polls a roundabout indication in a campaign of swings "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Polls have been giving quite a range of results over the last month. There have been significant movements in support, and there has seemed to be discrepancies between some of the results, but this has been confused by different polling periods. Different polling methods are also being used. Poll-of polls are of limited use and []


He is the very model of a modern major pragmatist "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The American People: "I don't understand why Ayn Rand condemned pragmatism so strongly."  
Donald Trump: "Hold my beer ... "
[Hat tip Robert Nasir  


The Flag "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


I see my flag
I see Pride
I see Hope

we bleed, we suffer
the socio-economic injustice

we are neglected,
we are lost
our heritage at stake

yet we are precious
soaring like a kumul
we are always proud

in the face of darkness
we are shining stars
we have hope

All arise!
All you children of this land

Happy 42nd Anniversary!
Papua New Guinea


Mysterious 'earthquake lights' explained after Mexico's huge quake? "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

After an 8.1-magnitude earthquake struck off the southern coast of Mexico on 7 September, videos of fuzzy green smears in the night sky went viral online. Earthquake lights are a phenomenon so unusual that they border on myth. The first known reports of them are from 89 BC, with spotty descriptions over the centuries. Recently, they've been seen during foreshocks and the main earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy, in 2009, and as flashes of blue lightning over Wellington, New Zealand, in 2016. Comment: Strange glowing in the sky during New Zealand's earthquake possibly 'earthquake lightning' "These phenomena are well-documented because of so many security cameras running day and night now," says Friedemann Freund at NASA's Ames Research Center.


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.

There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humor and hurt. - Erma Bombeck

There is a thin line that separates laughter and pain, comedy and tragedy, humour and hurt Erma Bombeck.

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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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First Port Moresby writers conference was a real success "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The panel
John Kasaipwalova, Baka Bina, Alphonse Huvi, Caroline Evari, Emmanuel Peni


PORT MORESBY - A group of about 30 people gathered at World Bank Information on Friday 8 September to participate in the first ever writers conference spearheaded by My Walk to Equality contributing writers Loretta Bele, Alu Ravusiro, Leila Parina, Alphonse Huvi and Caroline Evari with the theme Be Inspired to Write.

The aim of the conference was to celebrate the success of the book and to use it as an means whereby writers, editors, publishers and like-minded individuals could collaborate.

The event included a panel discussion on relevant topics, experiences and challenges faced by writers; mens involvement in literature and the need for collaboration; how writing can be used as a platform for addressing issues such as violence, women and youth empowerment, politics, etc. and; what the Port Moresby based MWTE writers would want to see emerging from the books success.

The panel comprised Emmanuel Peni from the Crocodile Prize committee, John Kasaipwalova from the UPNG Bookshop, Baka Bina and MWTE contributing authors Alphonse Huvi and Caroline Evari.

I loved reading but never wanted to become a teacher, and it was my passion that got me into writing, said Alphonse Huvi, who is now a teacher.

For most of us who find ourselves isolated, trapped or imprisoned by our own thoughts and emotions, writing gives us that space to escape and be free, said Emmanuel Peni.

Writing is not rocket science, John R of Creative Grafiks stated. You just need to find a time and be committed in order to achieve your goal in writing.

The conference also had an open microphone session where members of the audience took turns to share with the group samples of their writing.

There was much passion surrounding contemporary writing and most writers included lines of their own indigenous dialects.

Papua New Guinea is a nation with 800 different languages and a rich cultural heritage and there is still much to explore.

We as writers have...


Australian gay politicians. Part one. Former Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating. "IndyWatch Feed National"


And then I recalled all the gossip about all the prime ministers since Ive been a journalistPaul Keating he and Annita would divorce because he was secretly gay.

Sydney Morning Herald article below

In 1993 I received my Australian citizenship from then Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating at the Sydney Town Hall in front of thousands of people at a special commemoration citizenship ceremony.

I was chosen because I was a New Zealand emigrant businessman whod done well in Australia. I was the only Anglo-Saxon and the other candidates for citizenship came from all over the world. The Australian government was illustrating the multiculturalism of Australia.

Paul Keating arrived with a large entourage and fanfare. Assistants and media, the whole shebang. He was quite something in those days and knew how to play the game, maintain the invincibility and aura.

Paul Keating made a total mess of the Australian economy.

When Paul Keating was Australian Federal Treasurer in the late 1980s, under his economic governance, and as a direct result of him dismantling Australian tariffs on imports carte blanche, the Australian economy went into a major recession. It was all Pauls fault and yet to this day Paul sees himself as an economic hero.

Paul Keatings gayness

I really dont give a toss about whether Paul Keating is gay or not.

Paul lives with his boyfriend in Potts Point so he must be gay....



Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

The word for today is hobbyhorse (noun) 1. A childs riding toy that consists of a long stick with an imitation horses head on one end. 2. (a) A figure of a horse worn attached to the waist of a mummer, as in a morris dance. (b) A person wearing such a figure. 3. []

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Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed"

Proverbs 16 14 The anger of the king is a deadly threat; the wise will try to appease it.

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Come back, youre forgiven: Kerenga urges MPs to switch sides "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Kerenga Kua
Kerenga Kua


WELLINGTON - A leading Papua New Guinea opposition MP has called for government MPs to cross to the other side.

 Former attorney-general Kerenga Kua said new MPs could be excused for not knowing the real picture before being elected to office but returning MPs are staying with Peter O'Neill for the wrong reasons.

He said there was no money in the government coffers and its 100-day plan was ridiculous, given it had been running the country for the past six years and was responsible for where PNG is socially and economically.

Mr Kua said crime was out of control in Port Moresby, Lae and Madang. The morale in the police force was at an all-time low because of divisive actions by Commissioner Gari Baki. He said the recent election saw the highest number of deaths and said social unrest would continue because, when a government had compromised itself in the eyes of its people, lawlessness sets in.


North Koreas latest missile test draws global condemnations "IndyWatch Feed World"

China and Russia have condemned a new missile launch by North Korea as international pressure mounts on Pyongyang over its ongoing missile and nuclear tests.

North Korea fired a ballistic missile over Japan and into the Pacific on Friday. The missile flew over Hokkaido in the north and landed in the Pacific about 2,000 kilometers to the east.

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Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said Beijing was opposed to ballistic missile launches by North Korea in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions.

Currently the situation on the Korean Peninsula is complex, sensitive and serious. All parties concerned should exercise restraint and avoid any acts that may escalate tensions, the Chinese official said.

Hua, however, denied that China had any major role in easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula and said that it lay upon the parties directly involved, namely the United States and North Korea, to resolve the conflict.

In addition to China, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday, Russia is deeply concerned by the latest provocative launches which lead to a further escalation of tensions on the peninsula.

Peskov said President Vladimir Putin had discussed the missile launch with the Russian security council.

Participants exchanged their views about the situation, he said. We firmly condemn the continuation of such provocative actions.

Global condemnation

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, in addition to state officials from the United States, Japan, South Korea, Germany, France and other countries, have all strongly condemned North Koreas latest missile test as a provocative move.

Guterres called on the North Korean leadership to cease further testing, comply with the relevant Security Council resolutions, and allow space to explore the resumption of sincere dialog on denuclearization, read a statement by his spokesman.

Stoltenberg said in a message posted on Twitter, North Koreas missile launch is another reckless breach of UN resolutions, a major threat to international peace and security which demands a global response.

In Germany, a government spokesman said Berlin condemns the latest missile test from North Korea in the strongest terms.

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J-Alert warnings issued after Korean missile launch "IndyWatch Feed World"

TOKYO (Jiji Press) The Fire and Disaster Management Agency issued warnings via the J-Alert system to 12 prefectures in the northern to central parts of the country after North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Friday morning.

above~Japan Self-Defense Force tanks and other armored vehicles take part in an exercise

A warning on the launch was issued at 7 a.m., about three minutes after the firing of the missile, and information that the missile passed over Japan was released at 7:07 a.m.

Only on Thursday, the agency introduced new alert wording in the early warning system urging people to take shelter in buildings or underground in the event of a missile launch, in place of the previous one calling for evacuation to sturdy buildings or underground.

The change was made in response to inquiries from citizens and local governments about what people should do if there are no strong buildings nearby.

The 12 prefectures alerted for Fridays missile firing were Hokkaido, Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi, Akita, Yamagata, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Niigata and Nagano. The same prefectures received J-Alert warnings when North Korea fired an intermediate-range ballistic missile on Aug. 29.

Both missiles traveled over Hokkaido.

The agency made another revision in the J-Alert system informing recipients of the areas over which the missile flew. The missile is seen to have passed over Hokkaido to the Pacific Ocean, the latest message said.

But some problems occurred. In the city of Noboribetsu, Hokkaido, email alerts were not sent to some registered residents, and the missile warnings from the citys emergency radio system were interrupted during the broadcast.

In the case of the Aug. 29 missile launch, problems, including local disaster radio systems failing to broadcast related warnings, happened in 24 municipalities in nine prefectures due to mechanical trouble and other reasons.


General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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Media watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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Open Forum Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

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World watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


Hunters support Cancer awareness "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Peer pressure was the main message highlighted by SP PNG Hunters full back Stargroth Amean emphasized, when speaking to students of St Michaels Primary School today.

Amean urged students not to involve in any groups in schools going on drinking and smoking rather live a healthy life style.
He made this known during a cancer awareness drive in partnership with Cancer Foundation with four other hunters players.

Also during the awareness PNGCF Health Educator Mr Jacob Oburi said research by PNG Institute of Medical Research suggested that one in ten deaths in PNG is because of cancer.
He said one in three of cancer cases are preventable by simply choosing a healthy lifestyle.
This was PNG Cancer Foundation in partnership with ExxonMobil (PNGs ) Healthy Teens School Program for grades 6-8 students at St Michaels Primary School.

Furthermore, PNGCF were pleased to have Silas Gahuna, Karo Kauna Jr, Butler Morris, Stargroth Amean and Watson Boas from SP Hunters participate in the Healthy Teens School Program as part of their community program in promoting healthy and active lifestyles in schools they visit.
Meanwhile, PNGCF will continue the Healthy Teens School Program to more schools in Central Province, Port Moresby, Hides and Moro in 2017 and 2018 under the partnership with ExxonMobil (PNG) Ltd.  PNGFM/ PNG Today


September 16 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1386 King Henry V of England, was born (d. 1422).

1400  Owain Glyndr was declared Prince of Wales by his followers.

1701 James Francis Edward Stuart, sometimes called the Old Pretender, became the Jacobite claimant to the thrones of England and Scotland.

1776 American Revolutionary War: the Battle of Harlem Heights was fought.

1795  The first occupation by United Kingdom of Cape Colony, South Africa with the Battle of Hout Bay.

1810  With the Grito de Dolores, Father Miguel Hidalgo began Mexicos fight for independence from Spain.

1812  Russians set fire to Moscow shortly after midnight.

1858 Andrew Bonar Law, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1923)

1863  Robert College of Istanbul, the first American educational institution outside the United States, was founded by Christopher Robert, an American philanthropist.

1875 James C. Penney, American department store founder, was born (d. 1971).

1893 Settlers race in Oklahoma for prime land in the Cherokee Strip.

1898 H.A. Rey, American childrens author, creator of Curious George, was born (d. 1977).

1905 New Zealands first fully representative rugby team to tour the Northern Hemisphere, the Originals, started the All Black tradition including the haka and the All Black name.

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World Rugby League Cup Trophy goes to Bulolo Wau "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Rugby League World Cup Trophy toured Bulolo and Wau on Tuesday as the people turned up in style to welcome the trophy.
The RLWC Trophy is on its 30 day tour of the countrywith the Bulolo-Wau leg sponsored by Harmony Gold.The trophy was first taken around Bulolo Town as people lined the streets for a glimpse before it made a brief stop at the PNG Forest Products head office.

The Trophy was then taken to Harmony Golds Hidden Valley mine where company staff took photos and met with the tour team made up of Oil Search staff, PNG National Rugby League, and media.
Hidden Valley General Manager, Gary Davies, said it was an historic occasion for the World Cup trophy to visit the mine staff and the people of Bulolo District. We know how much Papua New Guinea loves rugby league and so Harmony Gold has sponsored the Bulolo-Wau leg of the journey, Mr Davies said.
Two former PNG Kumuls players who work at the Hidden Valley mine, Robert Sio and Ati Lomutopa, were present and acknowledged for their contribution to the game.
The Trophy was then taken to Wau Rugby League Oval for the main ceremony, where traditional dancers, students and the Wau people welcomed the team. Lead organiser Sampson Bonai thanked Harmony Gold for sponsoring the trip and Oil Search for being the major sponsor.
Touring Manager and Oil Search General ManagerStakeholder Engagement,Leon Buskins, said Oil Search was proud to sponsor the trophy tour around PNG. The first day of the tour, we brought it here because this is where the first rugby league game was played in the 1930s. Right here on this rugby field, Mr Buskens said.

Former Kumuls players in Bulolo and Wau were presented to the people and acknowledged for their continued work behind the scenes to strengthen and grow rugby league in the region.
After the formalities, the trophy was taken back to Lae to continue its journey into the Highlands region.


N. Korea has Guam in mind: Japan minister "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"


AFP | Japans Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera says North Korea may have Guam in mind after its latest missile launch

TOKYO (AFP)  Japans defence minister said Friday he believed North Korea has Guam in mind after its most recent missile launch, noting it had sufficient range to hit the US territory.Pyongyang has threatened the US Pacific territory with enveloping fire, sparking dire warnings from US President Donald Trump.

Itsunori Onodera told reporters that Fridays missile, which overflew Japanese territory, flew 3,700 kilometres long enough to cover Guam, which is 3,400 kilometres (2,100 miles) from North Korea.

We cannot assume North Koreas intention, but given what it has said, I think it has Guam in mind, Onodera said.

He warned that similar actions by the North would continue as Pyongyang appeared to have shrugged off UN sanctions agreed earlier this week.

The US Pacific Command confirmed the launch was an intermediate range ballistic missile (IRBM) but said it posed no threat to Guam or to the American mainland.

It was the furthest overground any of their ballistic missiles has ever travelled, Joseph Dempsey of the International Institute for Strategic Studies said on Twitter.

For the second time in less than a month, it overflew Japans northernmost island of Hokkaido, sparking loudspeaker alerts and warnings to citizens to take cover.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Tokyo could never tolerate what he called a dangerous provocative action that threatens world peace.

Onodera said the Japanese military had tracked the missile from the very start of the launch until it fell in the water, and we judged there was no such need to shoot down the missile because it was not likely to enter Japanese territory.



Seoul threatens to 'destroy North beyond recovery' if provoked "IndyWatch Feed World"

South Korea has been angered by Pyongyang's latest missile launch, with president Moon Jae-in warning that further provocations could result in complete destruction. He also ruled out the possibility of opening a dialogue with the belligerent North. "In case North Korea undertakes provocations against us or our ally, we have the power to destroy (the North) beyond recovery," the South Korean leader said on Friday as cited by Yonhap news agency. Moon was speaking after North Korea launched a missile earlier in the day that flew through Japanese airspace and landed in the Pacific Ocean some 2,000 km east of Japan. Seoul immediately convened a National Security Council (NSC) meeting, where Moon condemned the launch, saying the North had once again breached United Nations Security Council resolutions and "poses a grave challenge to the peace and stability of the Korean Peninsula and the global community," according to RT's Ruptly news agency. "I sternly condemn and express anger at this series of provocations by the North," Moon is quoted as saying by Yonhap.


Journalist Faces Defamation Probe for Comparing Indonesias Treatment of West Papua with Myanmars Rohingya "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Indonesian police in East Java are investigating a veteran journalist for comparing former President Megawati Sukarnoputri to Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi in a Facebook post. On September 3, 2017, journalist and documentary filmmaker Dandhy Dwi Laksono wrote on Facebook that Megawati and Suu Kyi are alike in many ways, noting that both are former opposition leaders who now head the ruling

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U.N. Security Council to meet after North Korea fires another missile over Japan "IndyWatch Feed War"


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SEOUL/TOKYO (Reuters) North Korea fired a second missile over Japan far out into the Pacific Ocean on Friday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, deepening tension after Pyongyangs recent test of its sixth and most powerful nuclear bomb.

The U.N. Security Council was to meet later in the day to discuss the launch at the request of the United States and Japan, diplomats said.

The missile flew over Hokkaido in the north and landed in the Pacific about 2,000 km (1,240 miles) to the east, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters.

The missile reached an altitude of about 770 km (480 miles) and flew for about 19 minutes over about 3,700 km (2,300 miles), according to South Koreas military far enough to reach the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, which the North has threatened before.

On Aug 29, North Korea launched an intermediate-range ballistic missile, the Hwasong-12, which traveled 2,700 km (1,700 miles) over Japan.

The range of this test was significant since North Korea demonstrated that it could reach Guam with this missile, the Union of Concerned Scientists said in a statement.

But it said the accuracy of the missile, still at an early stage of development, was low.

Warning announcements about the missile blared around 7 a.m. (2200 GMT Thursday) in parts of northern Japan, while many residents received alerts on their mobile phones or saw warnings on TV telling them to seek refuge.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said the launch put millions of Japanese into duck and cover, although residents of northern Japan appeared calm and went about their business as normal after the second such launch in less than a month.

The U.S. military said soon after the launch it had detected a single intermediate range ballistic missile but the missile did not pose a threat to North America or Guam, which lies 3,400 km (2,110 miles) from North Korea.

U.S. officials repeated Washingtons ironclad commitments to the defense of its allies. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson called for new measures against North Korea and said the continued provocations only deepen North Koreas diplomatic and economic isolation.



Victor Yeimo: Cara Menyikapi Dialog Sektoral "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Begitu mendengar Jokowi setuju Dialog Sektoral yang diusulkan 14 orang Papua di Istana Presiden, Jakarta, KNPB mengambil sikap menolak. Alasannya, bukan karena alergi dan takut pada dialog. Juga bukan karena kedengkian terhadap setiap orang yang berupaya mencari solusi damai. Penolakan KNPB jelas, yakni adanya perspektif, metode dan tujuan yang salah dalam dialog. Ketika membaca isi

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The Day of the Generals: Winning Armageddon "IndyWatch Feed"

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In a room, somewhere deep inside the Pentagon generals and admirals met recently in order to prepare an assessment for the United States Senate Armed Services Committee. Present at the metering were General Mark Milley, the U.S. Armys Chief of Staff, the Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson, the Commandant of the Marine Corps General Robert Neller, and U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff General David L. Goldfein. At such a meeting theres no doubt that Marine Corps General Joseph Dunford attended seeing hes the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The agenda for this meeting was serious as a heart attack Americas most brilliant and powerful military men gathered that day to discuss Armageddon.

The minutes of this fateful meeting are top secret. Only a handful of people will ever know what was discussed. But the end result of the strategy session was revealed on September 15, 2017 before the people of the United States. The top generals of the most powerful nation on Earth advised congress that America could in fact win an all-out war with Russia and China. It must have been a scene right out of Director Stanley Kubricks classic Cold War film, Dr. Strangelove. I was not there, so I can only imagine the gathering of war hawks, the stoic expertise and military intellect, and the obtuse arrogance being conveyed across the congressional forum that day. The vision makes me wonder, Who in the hell ordered such an assessment in the first place? But I think we all know the answer.

General Milley expressed his only concern over World War III by citing the U.S. Armys lack of resources and training to execute Americas national security strategy without high military risk. Admiral Richardson agreed with Milley, but his level of confidence in the U.S. Navys dominance seemed somehow higher. Milley told committee:

I concur with Gen. Milley. If we get into one of those conflicts, well win, but it going to take a lot longer than wed like and its going to cost a lot more in terms of dollars and in casualties.

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China says opposes N. Korea missile launch, urges restraint "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"


AFP | Pedestrians walk in front of a large video screen in Tokyo broadcasting a news report about North Koreas latest missile test that passed over Japan on September 15, 2017

BEIJING (AFP)  China condemned North Koreas launch of a ballistic missile over Japan Friday and appealed for restraint to avoid inflaming tensions in the region.

The Chinese side opposes the DPRKs violation of the resolution of the (UN) Security Council, and its use of ballistic missile technology for launch activities, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a regular news briefing.

The concerned parties should exercise restraint. They should not take any further action that could aggravate the situation on the peninsula and in the region, Hua said.


The launch, from near Pyongyang, came after the United Nations Security Council imposed an eighth set of measures on the isolated country following its sixth nuclear test earlier this month.

It was by far its largest nuclear test to date and Pyongyang said it was a hydrogen bomb small enough to fit onto a missile.

In New York, the Security Council called an emergency meeting for later Friday.

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Kpiti CEO Moves ON "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Pat Dougherty goes back to Nelson Kpiti Coast District Council Chief Executive Pat Dougherty has resigned, following his appointment as Chief Executive of Nelson City Council. Mr Dougherty says he has enjoyed his time in Kpiti but now the time is right to step up and try something different. Proud of achievements I am very []


Kremlin Calls North Koreas Latest Missile Launch Another Provocation "IndyWatch Feed War"

MOSCOW The Kremlin said on Friday that North Koreas latest missile test was part of a series of unacceptable provocations and that the United Nations Security Council was united in believing such launches should not be taking place.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov made the comments to reporters on a conference call after Pyongyang fired a missile that flew over Japans northern Hokkaido far out into the Pacific Ocean on Friday, deepening tension after its recent test of its most powerful nuclear bomb.

In Russia we are deeply concerned about these provocative launches which are further stoking tensions. Clearly demonstrating that our position is that such launches are unacceptable is the most tangible thing we can do right now, said Peskov.

Judging by the United Nations Security Council, that is a unanimous point of view which unites Security Council members.

Peskov also said that President Vladimir Putin was expected to attend the Zapad-2017 military exercises on Monday and would observe the war games from a command center near St Petersburg.

The war games have stirred unease in some countries because Russian troops and military hardware will be training inside Belarus, a Russian ally which borders Ukraine as well as NATO member states Poland, Latvia and Lithuania.

Peskov said that Putin had held a phone call with French President Emmanuel Macron earlier on Friday. He did not provide further details.

(Reporting by Masha Tsvetkova/Polina Devitt; Editing by Andrew Osborn)



Sir Nagora disappointed with Basil's decision to join the government "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A public outcry and dismay continues in Morobe province over the move by the Leader of PANGU Pati, Sam Basil and 11 other members of the party joining the government.
Prominent Morobean, Sir Nagora Bogan, who had contested the Lae Open seat under a PNG National Party ticket, is the latest to join the chorus of disappointments.

In a statement, Sir Nagora says it is painful to see the move after Mr Basil had put much into resurrecting the PANGU from near demise.
Sir Nagora says Mr Basil was also given much support from one of the partys founder, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare when handing over the party leadership to him, and even campaigning strongly for him and candidates under the PANGU.
The once academic and former Tax Review Committee Chairman also says Morobe has had strong roots into PANGU through eminent leaders like Tony Voutas, Sir Boyamo Sali, Sir Jerry Nalau and Tony Ila among others, and the move is disapproving.
Morobe province had spoken loud about the leadership it wants; voting in PANGU Pati in 9 of the provinces ten electorates, and Sir Nagora says he cannot understand which voice, if it was from the people, Mr Basil was listening to.

He also mocked the term friends to all enemies to one Mr Basil had coined at the end of the elections, as only a betrayal of the people of Morobe and the country, when their expectations are ditched.
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PNG Prime Ministers XIII squad named to face Australia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea Rugby Football League (PNGRFL) has today announced the Papua New Guinea Prime Ministers XIII team that will take on the Australian Prime Ministers XIII this September at the National Football Stadium.

Coached by Stanley Tepend (Lae Tigers), the Prime Ministers XIII features players from the PNG National Rugby League competition, the Digicel Cup, and from the PNG Hunters Queensland Cup team.

Papua New Guinea Prime Ministers XIII Squad:
Brendon Gutono (Port Moresby Vipers)
Charlie Simon (Lae Tigers)
Eddie Dafa (Lahanis)
Jason Misian (Agmark Gurias)
John Josep (Enga Mioks)
Joshua Imane (Lae Tigers)
John Andy (Lae Tigers)
Junior Rau (Hela Wigmen)
Junior Rop (Lae Tigers)
Karo Kauna Jnr (PNG Hunters)
Buka Kula (PNG Hunters)
Silias Guhana (PNG Hunters)
Stanford Talita (Hela Wigmen)
Stanley Olo (Agmark Gurias)
Tim Lomai (Lae Tigers)
Tuvi Lepan (Agmark Gurias)
William Mone (PNG Hunters)

Stanley Tepend (Lae Tigers)

Assistant Coaches:
Steven Nitingale (Agmark Gurias) & Roderick Puname (Hela Wigmen)


Minister announces changes to immigration and Citizenship Services "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Minister for Immigration and Border Security has announced a number of changes to improve fraud detection and abuse in migration services in the country.

A statement by Minister Petrus Thomas, says the changes, which will come into effect over the next few weeks, will also include a system to improve revenue collection for the PNG Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority.

Top among the changes is a direction to the Chief Migration Officer, to suspend the services of all freelance agents dealing with passports and visas.
A policy will be put in place to regulate freelance agents, in move to deal with fraudulent applications particularly from freelancing agents.
The PNG Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority will also start collecting fees starting next year, which Minister Thomas says will help in revenue collection, while also setting up a receipting system, to counter fraudulent receipts presented to the agency.
There are also directions for a review into all APEC Business Travel Card holders, to deal with foreigners who abuse it to enter the country to look for work.

The PNG Immigration is also preparing a submission to go before Cabinet to revive the Taskforce dealing with illegal foreigners.
This taskforce will be working closely with other law enforcement agencies to crackdown on foreigners who enter the country illegally.
A Foreign Investor Review Committee will also be soon established to vet investors coming into the country to do business or to invest in reserved activities.
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How Far Away is the Tipping Point To World Sanity "IndyWatch Feed"

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By Dee McLachlan

With the new website up, I reflected on why we keep chipping away. Why stay committed?

For a very long time humanity has been ruled by a small war-mongering elite, that have used violence and deception, including a debt based money system to controlling governments. They have also been using earths precious resources for created wars and they seem to have no regard for the planet, or its people. Please correct me if Im way off the mark.

So when will this madness end?

Mary Maxwell wrote an important article about two weeks ago. In Call To Action she concludes:

The hour grows late. We are making a huge mistake in tolerating the cabal, the evil ones, or whatever you want to call them.

Well if you read alternative sites, many declare that more and more people are waking up and that the world is undergoing a Paradigm Shift (towards a better world). For several years I had thought so, but sadly, I am not so sure. I do think a percentage of the population has had a huge awakening especially in the last decade (including myself) through accessing information through the internet.

But, for another percentage, it has had a devastating dumbing down effect. This is partly due to media control, and now how Facebook and Google algorithms serve up more of the same information.



British Army Drones: 1.1 Billion Pound Fail "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Two multi-million pound British Army drones crashed after taking off from a base in mid Wales, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed. The unmanned Watchkeeper aircraft were lost in the Irish Sea earlier this year, leading commanders to temporarily ground the entire fleet. Flight trials resumed at Aberporth Airport in Ceredigion in early July. The []

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Bodies of 400 Children Discovered in Hidden Mass Grave at Catholic Orphanage "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

    The chilling results of a years-long investigation into abuse at a Catholic orphanage led to the discovery of a mass grave containing 400 children.   By Matt Agorist September 13, 2017 The results of a horrifying investigation into a Catholic orphanage are being released this week. The report revealed the discovery of []

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North Korea fires second ballistic missile over Japan "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile across Japan, its second such provocative move in weeks.

South Koreas military says the missile reached an estimated altitude of about 770km (478 miles) and travelled 3,700km before landing in the sea off Hokkaido.

Japans PM Shinzo Abe said Japan would never tolerate North Koreas dangerous actions.

If North Korea continues to walk down this path, it has no bright future, he said in a statement.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also condemned the launch, but put the burden of response on China and Russia, nuclear-armed North Koreas main economic partners.

China supplies North Korea with most of its oil. Russia is the largest employer of North Korean forced labour, he said.

China and Russia must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own.

Guam within range of rocket
The South Korean military said the latest launch took place from Sunan, the district where Pyongyangs international airport is located, just before 07:00 local time (22:00 GMT on Thursday).

The US and Japan said it was likely an intermediate range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM).

According to the initial estimates, it flew considerably higher and further than the missile fired on 29 August.

Japan had called that launch an unprecedented threat, while Pyongyang warned it was only the first step in its military operations in the Pacific.

The US Pacific territory of Guam, which North Korea claims to have plans to fire missiles towards, is 3,400km from Pyongyang, so would be within range of the latest missile

As with the last launch, the rocket flew over Japans northern Hokkaido island before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.

People were warned to take cover as raid sirens sounded.

In South Korea, President Moon Jae-in held an emergency National Security Council, while the military conducted its own ballistic missile drill in the Japan Sea, known as the East Sea, Yonhap news agency reports.

The UN Security Council will meet on Friday in New York at the request of Japan and the US.

North Korea, which insists it needs a nuclear and weapons programme to protect itself from invasion, has repeatedly conducted missiles launches in recent months, disregarding...


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Roy Morgan poll September 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The latest Roy Morgan poll favours Labour+Greens, National are stranded at 40%. National 40% (down from 42.5) Labour 39.5% (up from 32.5) Greens 9% (no change) NZ First 6% (down from 11.5) Maori Party 2.0% (up from 1.5) ACT Party 0.5% (no change) Conservatives 0.5% (up from 0) Other 2.5% (no change) TOP will be []


BREAKING: Blast reported on London underground train: Metro newspaper "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

LONDON (Reuters) A blast on a London underground train left some passengers with facial burns, Londons Metro newspaper reported on its website. Police said they were aware of an incident at Parsons Green station in West London and that officers are in attendance. London Ambulance said paramedics were present. Images posted on Twitter showed []

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Russian submarines fire seven cruise missiles at Isis militants "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Western Media were invited to a rare show of Russian military power in action:     Strikes from eastern Mediterranean are latest effort in assault on Deir Ezzor stronghold Jon Sharman Thursday 14 September 2017 15:20 BST Russian submarines have fired seven cruise missiles at Isis militants in Syria, Russias defence ministry reportedly said. The craft []

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Alert: Fukushima Nuclear Radiation Detected in U.S. Food Chain "IndyWatch Feed World"

Alert: Fukushima Nuclear Radiation Detected in U.S. Food Chain:

The devastating fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster continues to creep around the world, with radioactive samples discovered in the United States food chain for the first time.

Despite assurances the radioactive fallout would be contained, the entire Pacific Ocean is now contaminated. Cesium-134, the so-called fingerprint of Fukushima, was measured in seawater samples taken from Tillamook Bay and Gold Beach in Oregon, researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are reporting.

Because of its short half-life, cesium-134 can only have come from Fukushima, the site of the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

First radioactive salmon found 

Also for the first time, cesium-134 has been detected in a Canadian salmon, the Fukushima InFORM project, led by University of Victoria chemical oceanographer Jay Cullen, is reporting

Just last month, the team found a single sockeye salmon that tested positive for cesium-134. Thankfully, the level was 1,000 times lower than the level that was set for action within Health Canada, and due to that, it posed no significant health risks to consumers, according to Cullen.

A recent InFORM analysis of Buesselers data confirmed that the concentrations of cesium-138 have increased considerably in the central northeast Pacific, although at the present time they do not call for concern.

Cesium-134 has a half-life of 2 years, which means that its down to a fraction of what it was 5 years ago, however, Cesium-137 has a half-life of 30 years.

The Japanese government recently doubled the disaster-related cost to $188 billion and the finure could soar further if foreign comapanies and governments seek damages for the destruction of environment and industry.

Statesmanjournal reports:

Massive amou...


Cassinis end of mission "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Cassini-Huygens spacecraft will fly into Saturn tonight (about midnight NZ time). Final data will be received about 83 minutes after it stops transmitting (radio waves travel at the speed of light). Cassini is being crashed so there is not risk of colliding with any of Saturns moons after it runs out of fuel. Cassini []


North Korea Fires Missile Over Japan in Longest-Ever Flight "IndyWatch Feed War"

SEOUL, South Korea North Korea has conducted its longest-ever test flight of a ballistic missile, sending an intermediate-range weapon hurtling over U.S. ally Japan into the northern Pacific Ocean in a launch that is both defiant and a big technological advance.

The growing frequency, power and confidence displayed by the Norths recent tests seem to confirm what governments and outside experts have long feared: North Korea is closer than ever to its goal of building a military arsenal that can viably target both U.S. troops in Asia and the U.S. homeland.

South Koreas Joint Chiefs of Staff said the missile launched Friday traveled 3,700 kilometers (2,300 miles) and reached a height of 770 kilometers (478 miles). Guam, a hub of important U.S. military assets, is 3,400 kilometers (2,112 miles) from North Korea.


North Korea launches ANOTHER missile over Japan in the Pacific as regime taunts the world and this time Seoul swiftly retaliates with its own test !! "IndyWatch Feed World"


SOURCE DAILYMAIL North Korea has fired another test missile over Japan, leading to global condemnation amid already high tensions over Pyongyangs nuclear warhead tests.

The missile flew over the northern island of Hokkaido, where thousands were awoken by air-raid sirens for the second time in just three weeks, and landed some 1,240 miles off the cape of Erimo just before 7am local time (10pm Thursday GMT).

The Japanese government has said they believe the latest test was of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which was launched from a base near Pyongyang.

Getting testy: North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un launched what is believed to have been an intercontinental ballistic missile over Japan which landed in the sea
Getting testy: North Koreas leader Kim Jong-un launched what is believed to have been an intercontinental ballistic missile over Japan which landed in the sea

The missile test was carried out mere hours after North Korea threatened to nuke Japan and reduce the US to ashes and darkness in response to the latest sanctions imposed by the UN.  

Japan can never tolerate this repeated provocative action by North Korea, Tokyos government spokesman told reporters, adding that the country will make an appropriate response.

We have strongly protested to the North, telling them the strong anger by the Japanese people and condemn with the strongest words possible.

South Koreas defence ministry said Friday mornings test missile probably travelled around 2,300 miles and reached a maximum altitude of 478 miles.

It was the second aggressive test-flight over Japanese territory in less than a month and it followed the sixth and most powerful nuclear test by North Korea to date on September 3.



Let The People Grow (They Do Anyway) "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Part Two in a series of opinion pieces by Shane Le Brun, Coordinator, Medical Cannabis Awareness New Zealand (MCANZ) There is strong public support for significant reform of Medical Cannabis (MC) regulation. The system currently in place, which focuses wholly on pharmaceutically trialed cannabis-based medicines, removes patient and prescriber choice, and costs are prohibitive. New []


MSD, DIA say no Super leak from them "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Following an Inland Revenue investigation that found no evidence of a leak of Winston Peters super over payment see  Inland Revenue could not have been the source of Super leak  both the Ministry of Social Development and the Department of Internal Affairs also found no evidence of a leak from their departments. Ministry of Social []


Regional Tensions Deepen as North Korea Fires Another Missile Over Japan "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A passerby walks under a TV screen reporting news about North Korea's missile launch in Tokyo, Japan September 15, 2017. Credit:Reuters/Issei Kato

A passerby walks under a TV screen reporting news about North Koreas missile launch in Tokyo, Japan September 15, 2017. Credit:Reuters/Issei Kato

Seoul/Tokyo: North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japans northern Hokkaido far out into the Pacific Ocean on Friday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, deepening tensions after Pyongyangs recent test of its most powerful nuclear bomb.

The missile flew over Japan and landed in the Pacific about 2,000 km (1,240 miles) east of Hokkaido, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters.

Warning announcements about the missile blared around 7 am (2200 GMT Thursday) in parts of northern Japan, while many residents received alerts on their mobile phones or saw warnings on TV telling them to seek refuge.

US secretary of defence Jim Mattis said the launch put millions of Japanese into duck and cover, although residents in northern Japan appeared calm and went about their business as normal after the second such launch in less than a month.

The missile reached an altitude of about 770 km and flew for about 19 minutes over a distance of about 3,700 km, according to South Koreas military far enough to reach the US Pacific territory of...


Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed"

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Consumer confidence 3 year high "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The ANZ-Roy Morgan New Zealand Consumer Confidence is at a 3 year high. SUMMARY ANZ-Roy Morgan New Zealand Consumer Confidence hit a three-year high in September. It points to an ongoing decent pace of spending and activity growth. The softer housing market and election uncertainty have failed to dent consumer optimism. House price expectations cooled []


In a way, Labour have all given us a tax cut! "IndyWatch Feed"

Labour could see the election slipping through its fingers mainly due to ongoing attacks over its tax policy and has been forced into a major shift in approach. It has bowed to pressure and would now seek a mandate in 2020 before introducing any property-based taxes, including a capital gains or a land []

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Kichikichi yan Bukyu "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

I haven't translated an English pop song into Chamorro in very long time. I was feeling nostalgic the other day and decided to translate "Sex and Candy" by Marcy's Playground. Note that the translation isn't meant to be literal and I changed things where I saw it appropriate in particular lines such as "disco candy" and "platform double suede."




Sawmill Purchase Means Time For Excuses Is Over "IndyWatch Feed"

Friday, 15 September 2017 - 3:03pm

Andrews Government must protect forests and create the Great Forest National Park.

Following todays announcement that the Andrews Government has finalised purchase of the Heyfield native forest sawmill, apparently resolving long-running uncertainty, Premier Andrews must now act decisively to protect forests.

The Andrews Government was elected on a platform of delivering outcomes for forests, workers, industry and wildlife. The Wilderness Society has been repeatedly informed that uncertainty over the Heyfield sawmill was preventing action on protecting forests, said Amelia Young, Victorian Campaigns Manager with The Wilderness Society.

Now that the Heyfield sawmill sale has been finalised, Premier Andrews must immediately commence a process to create new national parks in this term of office.

The government is on the record saying the Great Forest National Park will be created this term of office. Now, the Victorian community needs to see good government action to deliver.

The Andrews Government must also take urgent action and place an immediate moratorium on logging in special forestsso that spectacular forests are not destroyed before they have a chance to be permanently protected.

The government has indulged industry and union interests while important forests are unprotected and being logged, pushing wildlife closer to extinction and costing sustainable jobs. Now, its time to even the ledger and protect important forests in the Central Highlands and East Gippsland.

The Great Forest National Park, in the Yarra Valley and Gippsland area, will provide a sanctuary for critically endangered wildlifeincluding the Leadbeaters Possum, which is facing extinction, and the Greater Glider, which was added to the states endangered animal list earlier this year.  Logging threatens these and other forest-dependent wildlife. The Andrews Government can and must do more to help these species by removing logging from the forests where they live.

Years have been wasted with industry and union in denial about wood realities, which bit hard earlier this year. Credible conservation outcomes are long overdue, Amelia Young said.

More information

For further comment, please contact Amelia Young, Victorian Campaigns Manager, on 0404 074 577.


Why on earth does Jacinda Ardern keep saying captains call "IndyWatch Feed"

Does Jacinda Ardern think it is hip and blokey to keep constantly referring to her decisions as captains calls? Labour leader Jacinda Ardern has not ruled out introducing a capital gains tax if she leads the next Government. Ardern has revealed it was her own captains call to not rule out introducing a capital gains []

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Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Limpsey  limp and flaccid,  especially from lack of physical strength; weak;  lacking in energy; lazy.

Filed under: language Tagged: limpsey


Why did all these young people and gay men have to die? "IndyWatch Feed"

I dont know about you but I am getting sick of the MSM continuing to bang the drum about a few people killed during a New Zealand SAS raid. Yes, an innocent little girl was killed, yes that is a tragedy but where are all the headlines asking why so many people had to die []

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Vernon Small breathes a sigh of relief over Labours flip-flopor does he? "IndyWatch Feed"

Vernon Small breathes sigh of relief that his beloved Labour party has staunched the bleeding from their ill-considered tax position: Labours move to push any additional tax rises out beyond the 2020 election is not too little, but it remains to be seen if it is too late. A 1 News-Colmar Brunton poll out tonight []

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Clare Curran thinks she is special "IndyWatch Feed"

Clare Curran gets the parking award of the decade! Today she was parked inside cones and in a disabled park as well (note sign to left).  She was inside having lunch with Annette King. It was there for some considerable time, well after Jacinda and the Crown car had left. Labour, the party of the []

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North Korea fires another missile over Japan; launch came from Pyongyang; landed in Pacific Ocean "IndyWatch Feed National"

ABC News Australia

North Korea fires another missile over Japan; launch came from Pyongyang; landed in Pacific Ocean

15 September 2017

North Korea has ratcheted up the tension in its nuclear stand-off with the US, firing a ballistic missile which flew over Japan before landing in the Pacific Ocean, 2,000 kilometres to the east of the country.

Key points:

  • The missile was launched from the Sunan district of the North Korean capital, Pyongyang
  • It landed in the ocean east of Japans north island of Hokkaido
  • Japanese Government told people to take shelter

These repeated provocations on the part of North Korea are not permissible and we protest in the strongest words, Japan Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said.

The missile was launched at 6:57am Japan time (7:57am AEST) and splashed down at 7:16 am (8:16am AEST), some 2,000 kilometres east of the northern islands Cape Erimo, Mr Suga said.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged China and Russia to take direct action against North Korea in response to its latest missile launch.

China and Russia must indicate their intolerance for these reckless missile launches by taking direct actions of their own, Mr Tillerson said in a statement.

He said China supplied North Korea with most of its oil and Russia is the largest employer of North Korean forced labour.


Graph of the Day (The collapse of the Green Party) "IndyWatch Feed"

Newshub takes us through the Green partys decline towards election day.   Whether Labour wins or National wins will be up to the voters.  But my money is on the Green party missing out on the five percent barrier. The Schadenfreude will be epic, and Ill want to see their faces as they realise their []

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Party promises for international development: New Zealand election 2017 "IndyWatch Feed"

In a few days New Zealanders go to the polls. Here, I blogged about action needed to improve New Zealands international development efforts. I then wrote to each political party and asked them what their election commitments were for international development. Below I assess party policies, including a table of their pledges on refugees and climate change. I conclude reflecting upon the state of foreign policy thinking amongst New Zealand political parties.

To summarise the quality of the policies, the Green and Labour Party policies are the best. The Opportunities Party (TOP) makes a decent effort, while New Zealand First and the ACT Party policies are rudimentary. The Mori Party have no foreign affairs policy on their website, but they at least acknowledged my query. The National Party comes last because they have no policy online and did not respond to me. To be fair, New Zealand First did not acknowledge my inquiry either, but they at least have information online. I did not correspond with United Future or Mana. The former has no policy, and the latters foreign relations policy centres on indigenous peoples.

While the Green Party Global Affairs policy lays the foundation for their international development promises, Barry Coates, the Green Partys global affairs spokesperson, provided detail in correspondence with me. The Green Party would ensure aid analysis prioritises the poor, legislate for aids poverty reduction purpose, increase aid to 0.7% of GNI within four years, and shape aid to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Aid activities would be designed based on country context,and capacity development needs. The Greens pledge to reform and strengthen global governance entities. In terms of accountability, the Greens would restore a mechanism within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade for getting direct development advice to the Minister. Climate finance would be new and additional to existing aid.

The Labour Party gets points for having a specific overseas development policy. Similar to efforts in the United Kingdom (for example), Labour offers to explore setting-up a political volunteers scheme to foster politicians engagement with international development. They would also fund education in New Zealand about development a welcome commitment. Labour would focus the Aid Progr...


Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed"

isula viva CORSICA from FKY on Vimeo.

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Join Global Hobos Writing Workshops in Bali "IndyWatch Feed"

Are you a wannabe travel writer or an aspiring journalist with itchy feet? Do you want to spend a month on an island paradise in Indonesia learning a language, studying with media industry pros and getting real-world writing experience?

Travel to the hip Balinese surf town of Canggu with Global Hobo. Over the course of four weeks, a team of word-savvy hobos will be given intensive writing and blogging tutelage focused on travel and digital media, as well as cross-cultural training with a local language school. In their free time, hobos will be exploring every nook and cranny of southern Bali so they can put together a comprehensive online destination guide in teams. Theyll also be producing two pieces to be pitched and published online either for Global Hobo or elsewhere  which will be heavily workshopped over the course of the program.

If youre a high-school leaver, this program is the perfect mini exchange to squeeze in before you hit the books again next year. If youre already in the throes of university and studying something like journalism or communications, you may even be eligible for a full subjects credit. And if youre not studying and youre just on the hunt for a sweet project that combines travel and writing, this is the ultimate opportunity to get some real-world industry experience.



Intelligence sharing a threat to democracy: privacy and human rights organisations launch international campaign "IndyWatch Feed"

The Australian Government must ensure transparency of its intelligence sharing with other countries to safeguard Australian citizens' private information, a coalition of privacy and human rights organisations said with the launch of a new campaign.

An international coalition of 30+ organisations led by Privacy International (PI) have written to national intelligence oversight bodies in over 40 countries, including Australia, seeking information on the intelligence sharing activities of their governments.

Countries, including Australia, may be using secret intelligence sharing arrangements to circumvent international and domestic rules on direct surveillance. These arrangements can also lead to the exchange of information that can facilitate human rights abuses, particularly in countries with poor human rights records or weak rule of law.

National intelligence oversight bodies hold intelligence agencies accountable to the public by exercising scrutiny over the legality, propriety, effectiveness, and efficiency of the intelligence activities of their governments. Recently it was revealed that intelligence from the Pine Gap base in Alice Springs is being used by the US in its deadly, covert drone strike program that has caused significant civilian casualties overseas.

Specifically, organisations are seeking more information about whether these national oversight bodies:

  • Are informed about the intelligence sharing activities of their governments;
  • Can independently oversee the intelligence sharing activities of their governments;
  • Can access all relevant information about the intelligence sharing activities of their governments;
  • Can review decisions by their governments to share intelligence and/or conduct independent investigations into the intelligence sharing activities of their governments; and
  • Cooperate with other oversight bodies to supervise the intelligence sharing activities of their governments.

A deadline of 31 October 2017 has been given for each national oversight body to respond. PI has created an interactive map, which illustrates the countries included in the campaign and the national intelligence oversight bodies that have been contacted in each country. The map will be updated when responses are received.

PI has also provided national oversight bodies with a briefing highlighting the international human rights implications of intelligence sharing arrangements betwe...


New Zealand Landlords respond to Labours new rental policies "IndyWatch Feed"

Labours new rental policies include: Abolishing no-cause terminations of tenancies. Increasing the 42-day notice period that a landlord has to give a tenant to 90 days Limiting rent increases to once a year, with a formula for increases included in the tenancy agreement. A ban on letting fees. An offer of a $2000 grant to []

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Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed"

Percentage of people living in the capital city (Europe) Click here for larger view

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We are being softened up for the re-opening of Panguna mine "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Panguna mine now back in play

Leonard Fong Roka | PNG Attitude | 15 September 2017

PANGUNA There is a lot happening in central Bougainville around the now derelict Panguna mine.

Two local groups, with external financial backing, are engaged in awareness programs campaigning if you like for re-opening the mine that operated for about 20 years until hostilities closed it in 1989.

Thence followed the loss of some 10-15,000 Bougainvillean lives and millions and millions of kina worth of damage to assets and property.

Both of these groups on the make are yet to explain to us who suffered directly in the 10 year civil war how this awareness or campaigning for the re-opening of the mine will affect us and what our role may be.

The English word awareness (Concise Oxford 11th Edition) is defined as having knowledge or perception of a situation or fact while campaign has two meanings: the military definition which Ill ignore and the other an organised course of action to achieve a goal....


Policies That Appeal "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jacinda Ardern has promised a relentlessly positive election campaign, but she should not have been surprised to see her opponents go just as relentlessly negative. Dominion Post editorial, September 15 2017 Some great ideas from Labour By Roger Childs Its good to see this election campaign being largely fought over policies. However, while Labour []


Labour: No more taxes except the taxes we already talked about, except the ones we wont, maybe "IndyWatch Feed"

Confused members of nonprofit body Irrigation New Zealand are contacting IrrigationNZ asking if a water tax IS going ahead, following Labours announcement on tax plans today. While Labours tax statement is being badged no new taxes this term , the water tax is in fact one of five new taxes that will go ahead if []

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New law for Centrelink to punish people for being unemployed "IndyWatch Feed"

The administration of the penal colony called Australia can even use brute force against the tax slaves of this country.

What the people in government do, is import (more) slave labour who take jobs from Australians.

The Aussies that are 'forced' out of work, in order to apply for welfare, must do so with a company called Centrelink.

They are then being punished for being unemployed, a 'welfare problem' the people in government created in the first place.

Centrelink (together with a host of Job Network Agencies) has been 'punishing' people for being unemployed for quite some time, whereas now it's going to be 'legal'.

See article from 12 Sep 2017 by of the headline:

The Jobless Did Not Ask For This!

Who is responsible for jobs? Should we punish the jobless? Is welfare a right or a privilege? These are the questions the Government is too gutless to ask. By accepting the Governments answers to these issues without question, it may be shaping a future we havent asked for. The Jobless didnt ask for this!

The term welfare is often touted as synonymous with the word problem. The question we are not asked is, Is welfare a problem?

The Government is asking us to argue vehemently over answers to a question they are too gutless to ask. We should ask the Government questions.

Welfare Reform is a complex issue. However, the wider narrative has a huge impact on how we address reform in this space.
Welfare Reform

The Welfare Reform Bill currently before the house, is focused on using punishment as a blunt force to solve the welfare problem. The Government is quite brazen in no longer hiding punishment as a measure.

One system of punishment is a demerit point system. Another is drug testing. Therefore, the Government has predetermined, that the jobless do the wrong thing.

The Liberal National Coalition have successfully chipped away at society, along with the opposition in some respects. That is, to create a sub-human welfare class who society appears comfortable to punish.

Punishment sits well with a large section of society. This is due to continuous stigma aimed at the jobless. In the words of Erving Goffman, we have actively inflicted upon the jobless a spoiled identity.

The Labor opposition opposes these measures. However, since the late 1980...


Another Labour smear campaign: Sources suggest "IndyWatch Feed"

Sources suggest National is considering a secret fuel tax to fund its controversial Roads of National Significance (RONS) programme, says Labours Transport spokesperson Michael Wood. While the Government keeps up its stream of lies about Labours tax policy, sources indicate that the Ministry of Transport has been conducting secret modelling work on a 5-10 cent []

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Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Dairy conversions falling:

DairyNZ says a fall in the number of dairy conversions in Canterbury signals strongly that fears of a big rise in dairying there are unwarranted.

Environment Canterbury (ECan) reports 20 consents were granted for new dairy farms in the last financial year nearly half last years figure and a huge drop on the 110 granted in 2011.

The last year in which only 20 conversions were consented was 2007. . . 

Dairy farming a game changer for Englishman

Poacher turned gamekeeper is an idiom as old as the hills, but gamekeeper turned Waikato dairy farmer? Now thats new. The dairyman and former gamekeeper is Ben Moore, who with wife Lizzy farms 450 cows at Okororie, near Tirau in Waikato.

Ben, from Hampshire, in the south of England, was a professional gamekeeper of pheasants in Rotorua when he met Lizzy, daughter of Federated Farmers leader and former dairy industry director Tony Wilding, nine years ago.

New Zealanders would be rightly surprised to discover that right here at home exists a world straight out of Downton Abbey including plus-fours, gun loaders, ground beaters and all. . .

Rural sector underpins growth Alexia Johnston:

South Canterburys rural sector is being credited as a major contributor to recent economic growth.

 Latest economic development figures from Infometrics show the Timaru district has experienced 1.3% growth in the latest June quarter.

That figure is well above the 0.8% recorded for wider Canterbury, but was below the nationwide figure of 2.8%.

Timaru districts gross domestic product (GDP) for the year to June was $2318million. . .

Wings stabilise irrigators in wind Maureen Bishop:

The design trials are over; now the field trials have begun for a new irrigator wing aimed at providing stabilisation in times of high winds.

The galvanised wing is the brainchild of farmer Greg Lovet...


National: climate freeloaders "IndyWatch Feed"

Climate change is the greatest threat humanity has ever faced. Globally, it promises famine, disease, death, and war. Within New Zealand, it promises to destroy our agricultural industry and drown our coastal communities. Labour and the Greens are taking this threat seriously, promising to set a target of carbon neutrality by 2050 to push us down the pathway towards a greener economy. National, OTOH, doesn't care:

Both Labour and Greens, likely coalition partners, have committed to a carbon-neutral country by 2050 - but National won't commit to one of its own - and the party doesn't think it's possible within the next century.

"It certainly won't happen by 2050, it might happen by 2100," he said in the Young Voters' Debate hosted by 1 News.


"We don't have a stated policy goal of carbon neutrality. Our goal is to meet our international commitments, take climate change seriously, invest in the stuff that actually makes a difference which is the science around agricultural emissions reductions," Mr Bishop said.

"This might not be a popular view, but whether or not New Zealand becomes carbon neutral by 2050, will not stop hurricanes and sea level rise in New Zealand. We are 0.16 percent of global emissions."

And yet National somehow expect other, poorer, countries to make sacrifices that they are unwilling to make, to save their dirty farmer cronies from being driven off the land. Faced with the biggest crisis the world has ever seen, National's policy is simply to freeload off the efforts of others, while doing nothing ourselves, so that their cronies can make money for a little while longer.

That's not the kiwi way. We can and must do better than National's pathetic inaction.


One Picture: Toby Morris's Brilliant Take On National's Attack Strategy. "IndyWatch Feed"

Auckland cartoonist Toby Morris has produced this superb pictorial commentary on National's campaign tactics. His chilling adaptation of the Nat's "Winning Runners" television ad exposes the class warfare which, when all the superficialities are stripped away, constitutes the dark matter of every general election.

This posting is exclusive to Bowalley Road.


Epsoms Chihuahua: Winston Peters is unfit for Government "IndyWatch Feed"

[Yesterday] mornings shambolic appearance from Winston Peters on Morning Report proves he is not fit for government, says ACT Leader David Seymour. His attempts to cost his parties wild promises were contradictory, rambling, and confused, says Mr Seymour. The lowlight was probably Peters saying hed task practically everyday New Zealanders with deciding which foods will []

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North Korean missile soars over Japanese territory as panicking residents take cover,trains stopped and sirens blared out "IndyWatch Feed World"

Japanese officials have said the missile was launched at 6.57am Japan time (9.57pm GMT) and flew over Hokkaido before landing in the Pacific nine minutes later 2,000 kilometres east of the northern islands Cape Erimo.

The North last month used the same Sunan airport to fire a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile that flew over northern Japan in what it declared as a meaningful prelude to containing the US Pacific island territory of Guam and the start of more ballistic missile launches targeting the Pacific ocean.

See here for the report from our Tokyo correspondent Justin McCurry

South Koreas military believes the missile flew 3,700km and reached an altitude of 770km. This would suggest a shorter, lower trajectory than recent launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles (see a diagram in this report here).

This week North Korea has ratcheted up its rhetoric against Japan, threatening to sink the nation after last months launch of a medium-range ballistic missile (which flew over Hokkaido, just as todays unidentified projectile did)

Pyongyang said: The four islands of the [Japanese] archipelago should be sunken into the sea by the nuclear bomb of Juche. Juche is the ideology of self-reliance pioneered by Kim Il-sung, the countrys founder and grandfather of the current leader, Kim Jong-un.

Japan is no longer needed to exist near us, the committee added.

To read more on this from yesterday, click here.


Rehabilitating wildlife in the aftermath of Harvey "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

When the team at Bat World Sanctuary in Weatherford, Texas, a town about 30 miles west of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, heard about what was happening to bats as Hurricane Harvey battered Houston, they knew immediately that they had to help. Bat World Sanctuarys lead animal caretaker, Erika Quinzel, headed down to Houston with a boat in tow. Her first stop was the parking garage of a skyscraper close to downtown where hundreds of bats had taken refuge from the storm. Bats are small creatures, typically about the size of a hummingbird, and they simply couldnt fly in the strong winds generated by Hurricane Harvey. By the time Qinzel arrived, the bats were already starving and dehydrated even in a flood, animals can become dehydrated, because most animals wont drink flood water. Amanda Lollar, founder and president of Bat World Sanctuary, estimates that tens of thousands of bats lost their lives during the storm and subsequent flooding. Bats must first drop off of whatever theyre clinging to in order to take flight, but the waters rose so high that many were unable to leave their roosts under bridges. There were bridges that were entirely engulfed by flood waters, where whole colonies drowned. Some that tried to leave their roosts dropped into the water and didnt make it out. Many of the bats that did manage to fly out from their roosts still ended up in the water. Its the equivalent of a human in a tsunami, its inescapable, Lollar


Fridays answers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Andrei and J Bloggs get my thanks for posing yesterdays questions and can claim a virtual vase of camellias by leaving the answers below should they have stumped us all.

Filed under: diversions


A Bit Of A Mess "IndyWatch Feed"

The opinion polls, that is.

David Farrar has some discussion on this phenomenon over at his place where he uses the term 'diverging polls' to describe the consistent inconsistency between Reid Research and Colmar Brunton.
Reid Research consistently shows National in front while Colmar Brunton just as consistently gives Labour the lead.  These are not the stuff of credible results.

  • 30 August Colmar Brunton Nat 41%, Lab 43% = Lab +2%
  • 30 August Reid Research Nat 43% Lab 39% = Nat +4%
  • 6 Sep Colmar Brunton Nat 39% Lab 43% = Lab +4%
  • 11 Sep Reid Research Nat 47% Lab 38% = Nat +9%
  • 13 Sep Colmar Brunton Nat 40%, Lab 44% = Lab +4
David seems unable to provide a logical explanation for these 'divergences.'  He remarks that recently his polls at Curia also have diverged from those of Colmar Brunton.

I suggest people should look at the empirical evidence.   For both sets of polls to be accurate would require a rapid fluctuation of public opinion with wild changes occurring every three or four days.  I don't think that chance is much greater than zero.

I think there is something fishy going on at Colmar Brunton.   Either deliberately or innocently there seems to be a problem there which skews the result towards Labour.

Why would I be surprised when the client paying for the poll is the television arm of Labour and the Greens?

Of course the one thing which goes without saying is that these volatile polls are telling the Gnats to fight hard right up to September 23rd.

When it's all over, I'd be very interested to see an independent auditor go into all the major...


Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed"

Man of Courage One Person Can Make a Difference Armed only with his bravery and moral courage, Raoul Wallenberg saved tens of thousands of Jews from the Holocaust. Its a story that has inspired the world. In Jerusalem there is a memorial, Yad Vashem, dedicated to the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis during []

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A bribe predicated on a fantasy "IndyWatch Feed"

When Murray McCully wanted to bribe a pair of corrupt Saudi businessmen, he got it past Cabinet by telling them that the money would prevent a lawsuit. He then told the New Zealand public during a TV interview that he had been advised by MFAT that there was a real threat of such a suit. Naturally, he lied: MFAT never gave him any such advice:

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade did not provide legal advice to the government on the risk of being sued by a disgruntled Saudi Arabian businessman, documents reveal.

The admission that no legal advice on the lawsuit threat ever existed directly contradicts comments in 2015 by then-Foreign Minister Murray McCully that the ministry had taken advice on the issue.

McCully lied to the public and he lied to Cabinet in order to corruptly spend millions of dollars of our money. If he was still a Minister, he should be sacked. Sadly, his retirement means he will escape any accountability for this. But at least he's out of politics for good.


Call for your ideas: Action plan to reach zero carbon "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

What should the Geelong communitys Zero Carbon Action Plan look like? Have your say! Also, write a letter to the editor of the Geelong Advertiser, and get involved on Zero Emissions Day, 21 September 2017 the global 24-hour moratorium on the use of fossil fuels. Lots to do! More details below.



Pyongyang fires missile through Japan's airspace landing into Pacific Ocean "IndyWatch Feed World"

North Korea has fired a ballistic missile, which reportedly passed through Japan's airspace near Hokkaido, triggering a public alert. It's believed to have fallen in the Pacific Ocean some 2,000 km east of the island. "North Korea fired an unidentified missile eastward from the vicinity of Pyongyang this morning," the JCS said. The missile reached an altitude of 770 km and covered a distance of 3,700 km before falling into the ocean, according to South Korea's military. The South Korean and US militaries are analyzing details of the launch, Reuters reports. NHK Television urged residents in Hokkaido and Tohoku regions to take shelter as the projectile passed over Japanese airspace near Hokkaido at around 7.06am local time.


Civil Society Calls for Agroecology not GMOs at FAO Meeting in KL "IndyWatch Feed National"

Following is the final statement made by civil society organisations at the recent FAO meeting in Kuala Lumpur:

FAO Regional Conference on Agricultural Biotechnologies in Sustainable Food Systems and Nutrition in Asia-Pacific

13 September 2017

Civil Society Statement

 If we see biotech as part of a small farmer's 'toolbox', then we must ask what it is we are 'fixing':

  • Ensuring resilience in the face of climate change
  • Ensuring smallholders livelihoods are maintained & promoted
  • Ensuring everyone has access to nutritious and culturally-appropriate food produced in ethical and ecologically sound ways, and their right to democratically determine their own food and agriculture systems.

The focus of our discussion here was proposed to be on sustainable food systems for small farmers not high yield to generate more money from small pieces of land. And yet the meeting has presented many solutions that are still in the lab, and products with very initial results. The current supply of food already exceeds demand but there are serious issues around good governance and equitable distribution of food. Merely securing a high yield of a few select crops does not solve the problem of hunger nor secure livelihoods for smallholders, and leads to high levels of post-harvest spoilage and food waste.

There has been a lot of discussion about what we mean by biotechnology, and yet the majority of the focus of the conference has been on GMO products. It is malicious and deceptive to refer to GM crops as "biotech crops".

Those technologies that manipulate DNA artificially increase corporate control over seeds, diminish rich, diverse diets of local communities, promote monoculture, increase biosafety risks to health and environment, and need high investment and complicated regulatory frameworks which many countries lack. We ask those from the private sector who are calling for international acceptance of their products once approved in one country whether they are prepared to accept global liability for their products once disseminated?

Wed like to remind the group that 80% of the worlds food is produced by small farmers and farmer autonomy is critical to maintaining current and future food security and food sovereignty for everyone. We reject solutions that increase the cost of production for farmers due to the high cost of inputs from transnational corporations. We respect farmers as true in-situ innovators and not as passive consumers of the biote...


Farrar on the poll divergence "IndyWatch Feed"

I trust David Farrars polling, I use his polling for INCITE: Politics. He knows polling inside out and he has noticed that there is a divergence now between Colmar Brunton and all other polling companies, and presumably his own. Tonights One News Colmar Brunton poll is very different to the recent Newshub Reid Research poll. []

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Baw Baw Food Security Coalition "IndyWatch Feed"

"Food security is an individual or communitys ability to access healthy, affordable and appropriate food.  Food insecurity can therefore be defined as having limited or irregular access to safe and secure nutritional food from a non-emergency source.

Food insecurity has been prioritised in the Central West Gippsland region in 2007. Subsequently, research and food system mapping was undertaken, which showed that the individuals found to be most affected by food insecurity in Central West Gippsland include the people on low incomes, older people, young people and people living in isolated areas.  The result of this research was a Food Security Recommendation Report which was published in 2012 and provided guidance on the types of interventions that the CWGPCP and its partners could implement in order to tackle food insecurity.  The Baw Baw Food Security Coalition was then developed to lead this work in the Baw Baw Shire."

Read more about the history and impact of the Baw Baw Food Security Coalition.

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Two hours ago North Korea Fires Another Missile Over Japan Seoul, Tokyo "IndyWatch Feed World"

North Korea fired an unidentified missile eastwards over Japan on Friday, Seoul and Tokyo said.

The Norths launch comes a day after the North threatened to sink Japan (File)
SEOUL: North Korea fired an unidentified missile eastwards over Japan on Friday, Seoul and Tokyo said.

The launch, from near Pyongyang, came after the United Nations Security Council imposed an eighth set of sanctions on the country over its banned missile and nuclear programmes.

That was in response to its sixth nuclear test by far its largest yet earlier this month, which Pyongyang said was a hydrogen bomb small enough to fit onto a missile.

The North has raised tensions in the region with its rapid progress in weapons technology under leader Kim Jong-Un, who is closely associated with the programme and regularly pictured by state media overseeing launches and visiting facilities.


Its last missile launch, a Hwasong-12 intermediate range missile just over two weeks ago, also overflew Japan its first to do so for years sparking emergency sirens and text alerts, before coming down in the Pacific Ocean.

Fridays missile flew over Hokkaido in northern Japan at around 07:06 am (2206 GMT) towards the Pacific Ocean, Japans J-Alert system said, with reports saying it came down around 2,000 kilometres east of Hokkaido.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


Australia to welcome more Pacific Islanders with new visa Programme "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The new Pacific Labor Scheme will allow 2,000 people from Nauru, Kiribati and Tuvalu to work in parts of Australia for up to three years.

By Grant Wyeth

At a meeting of regional Foreign Ministers in Suva in August, Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop spoke of a renewed regional engagement in the Pacific, and stated that The Australian Government is focused on three goals to strengthen our engagement we seek stronger partnerships for economic growth; we seek stronger partnerships for our security; and we seek to support relationships between our people.

This sentiment seems to have emerged from last weeks Pacific Island Forum (PIF) in Samoa with Australias signaling that it will facilitate what could be its most positive contribution to the region: greater labor mobility. It was announced at the PIF that Australia would create a new Pacific Labor Scheme that will allow 2,000 people from the microstates of Nauru, Kiribati and Tuvalu to work in rural and regional parts of Australia for up to three years.

While this may not initially look like too grand a gesture, it seems Australias strategy is one of gradually opening up its visa programmes to Pacific Island countries, and this latest visa scheme could be an indication of greater openness to come. It was only in December last year that a previous pilot visa scheme allowing 250 citizens of these Pacific Island states to work in Australia started to be utilized. And while that scheme restricted work to areas of northern Australia, and to the agricultural and tourism sectors, this new visa scheme will expand the areas of Australia that allow participants to work in (although still in rural and regional areas) and lift restrictions on applicable industries.

The Australian government seems to have recognised that providing labor market access is Australias most effective development strategy for the South Pacific region. Increased access, particularly longer stay visas and wider industry access, will not only generate significant remittances for Pacific Island states, but also allow visa holders to obtain valuable skills with which they can return their communities.

In December last year the Lowy Institute a Sydney-based foreign policy think tank released a report detailing that were Australia to adjust its labor market access and migrations programmes from Pacific Island states, this could quadruple the income of many of these states and provide a USD $20bn enhancement to the regions economy.

Coinciding with this economic analysis is als...


Asylum seekers face detention in PNG and more zedlines... "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Asylum seekers in Manus Island detention centre may face indefinite detention in Papua New Guinea. Photo from Flickr.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said approximately 200 men, who have been found "not to be refugees", will be moved to an alternative detention centre.

This comes after the PNG Supreme Court ruled to close the detention centre, stating it is against the countrys constitution.

The detention centre is due to close on October 31st.

Chermside building fire

Residents of a Chermside building were forced to evacuate overnight due to a fire in one of its units.

Flames first broke out on Thursday afternoon and were extinguished.


Vanuatu to highlight West Papua human rights violation at UN General Assembly "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai says the issue of West Papua was not successful during the recent Pacific Islands Forum Leaders in Samoa.

Salwai said this will not stop Vanuatu's support to voice its concerns on the violation of human rights of its Melanesian brothers and sisters in West Papua.

He added that Vanuatu is no longer the only country in the region to speak out about human rights violation in West Papua.

According to Salwai, several other Pacific island countries support West Papua and they will raise the issue during United Nations General Assembly in New York next week.

Prime Minister Salwai made the comments after returning home from the PIF leaders summit in Samoa last week.

He will leave for New York over the weekend to attend UNGA.

Forum leaders said they recognised the constructive engagement by Forum countries with Indonesia regarding elections and human rights in West Papua and Papua.

They called for dialogue to continue in an open and constructive manner.

Forum Chair and Samoa Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi rejected claims the language surrounding West Papua in the Forum communiqu is weak.

At a post-Forum press conference, Tuilaepa said it was the most powerful wording you could find, adding the issues are very sensitive.  

Republic of Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Nauru, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Palau have also raised the raised the plight and struggle of the West Papuan people at UNGA in the past.



To tip or not to tip that is the question "IndyWatch Feed"

Lets talk about something different for a bit.  Im sure a few are at Peak Election already.

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Aussies name PMs 13 side to take on Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

MAL Meninga has named six debutants as part of the Australian Prime Ministers 13 to take on Papua New Guinea Prime Ministers 13 in Port Moresby on Sept 23.
Valentine Holmes, Andrew Fifita, Api Koroisau, Dylan Walker, Jack Bird and Paul Vaughan will take their place in the team travelling to PNG next week, with the match to be played at the National Football Stadium in the nations capital.
A further six players in the squad represented the Kangaroos in the Anzac test match earlier this year, with Tom Trbojevic the only player yet to have played a representative match at senior level.
With a little more than a month to go until the Rugby League World Cup, Meninga said the annual invitational match would be used as a genuine selection trial for players pushing for spots in the Kangaroos World Cup squad.
Meninga, pictured, looks forward to a tough match against PNG
Im absolutely delighted with this team. Weve chosen the best available players in each position with 15 of the 18 players having represented their state already, Meninga said.
To get these guys together so close to the Rugby League World Cup is a real coup for our preparations, which will really kick into gear following the NRL grand final.
Some of them have been fortunate enough to have already experienced playing in PNG, but for the new guys, it really is something to cherish. Theres nothing else quite like it.
Im looking forward to seeing how everyone gels together in a short timeframe and handles the occasion.
Meninga also confirmed Wests Tigers captain Aaron Woods would skipper the PMs XIII.
Aaron has been a fantastic leader at club and state level for a number of years now and has fully earned this honour, Meninga said.
Im looking forward to seeing him lead from the front on Saturday week against an always tough, physical and entertaining PNG Prime Ministers 13 team.
The Prime Ministers XIII will also be involved in a series of events alongside the Australian womens team the Jillaroos including community visits and coaching clinics while on the ground in Port Moresby and are supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
Australian PMs 13: 1. James Tedesco (Tigers), 2. Dane Gagai (Knights), 3. Josh Dugan (Dragons), 4. Tom Trbojevic (Sea Eagles), 5. Valentine Holmes (Sharks)*, 6. Jack Bird (Sharks)*, 7. James Maloney (Sharks), 8. Aaron Woods C (Tigers), 9....


Call for PNG NRL team "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

DEPARTING Canterbury Bulldogs captain James Graham says Papua New Guinea should be seriously considered for inclusion in the NRL.
Impressed with the countrys passion and performance, the English forward is adamant that any expansion plans should include the country where rugby league is the national sport.
The PNG Hunters qualified for their first Queensland Cup final on the weekend, in the clubs fourth campaign since entering the competition in 2014.
Boasting a big fan base in Queensland, the Hunters grand final at Suncorp Stadium is tipped to be the best attended in the competitions history.
They pack a punch on the field too, said Graham who was left impressed after the two tests he played against the Kumuls during the 2010 Four Nations and the 2008 World Cup.
Graham, who will play for St George next season, said any talk of competition expansion had to include Australias northern neighbour.
You talk about adding a second Brisbane team or a team on the Central Coast I think we have to get a team there, Graham said on Fox Sports NRL 360.
They really do epitomise what it means to lift (when playing) for your country.
Canadian side Toronto Wolfpack are on track to one day play in the English Super League after earning promotion to the second tier Kingstone Press Championship on the weekend.
Graham said if that could work, then there was no reason an NRL side could not be based in PNG.
If England can get a Toronto-based team playing in the Super League theres so much potential there (PNG) and its something that, if expansion is on the table, youve got to talk about a team from PNG, he said.
The Prime Ministers XIII will play PNG at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby on Sept 23, while the country will also host three World Cup games later this year.
NSW prop Aaron Woods will lead the Prime Ministers contingent and is expecting another tough clash against the men built like granite.
  Sunshine Coast Daily


Alternative detention for men on Manus "IndyWatch Feed National"

Hundreds of detainees on Manus Island could soon be moved to alternative detention options as existing compounds are demolished.

A March 21, 2014 file image of Asylum seekers staring at media from behind a fence at the Manus Island detention centre, Papua New Guinea. AAP Image/Eoin Blackwell.

A March 21, 2014 file image of Asylum seekers staring at media from behind a fence at the Manus Island detention centre, Papua New Guinea. AAP Image/Eoin Blackwell.

Roughly 800 men remain on the island six weeks out from the closure of its immigration detention centre, with several buildings already dismantled.

About 100 men have applied to return to their country of origin, while talks are still under way to determine how to handle 200 others found not be refugees.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says they could be moved to alternative places of detention away from the regional centre, given they have no lawful claim to be in Papua New Guinea.

There is capacity at an East Lorengau transit centre to accommodate about 400 people.

We will work with the PNG government in helping them provide the services to those people, Mr Dutton told parliament on Thursday.

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Labours no-show "IndyWatch Feed"

So Ardern fails to front, as no doubt media would report tough questions and her usual spin. Much easier to visit a primary school for selfies and adulation from teachers. Jacinda transparently weak and relentlessly stupid


Labour leader Jacinda Ardern was supposed to visit Coes Ford on the Selwyn River to talk about the partys water tax.

She didnt show up.

Ms Arderns office pulled the plug on the visit, with a message to media saying: With regret we have had to cancel the Coes Ford media event with Jacinda Ardern, due to flooding.

However when Newshub arrived, the river wasnt flooded or flooding at all. . . 

Whatever the reason, it wasnt the only Labour no-show.

Federated Farmers had hosted a meet-the-candidates meeting in Wanaka last Friday.

Labours candidate didnt show up and didnt have a stand-in.

The Green candidate didnt show up either but did have a stand-in, MP Eugenie Sage.

She was asked how the water tax would be used to make water cleaner, she couldnt give a satisfactory answer.

She was asked why farmers who are doing everything right should be taxed

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My fellow PNGeans! Let me express to you all my profound gratitude for your steadfast solidarity to me during the 2017 elections and my 15 years as a member of your Parliament! My seat was robbed but my leadership is God-given which I love to play in any position or status my creator places me!
My loss, thence suffering, or, my win thus rejoicing, and whatever, that befalls me is all to illustrate God's purpose in the humanity of our young nationhood. Every one of us was designed and manufactured through the assembly line of life experiences to live and fulfil the purpose of our Maker! Our God!
Our personal seasonal experiences in life are allowed us to test our steadfastness in living uprightly and Godly. Living in uprightness and Godliness, in Practicably and genuinely combating all forms of evils, threats and set - backs to what is good and righteous are God"s Purpose!!! Everyone in PNG was created to live and promote this purpose...and non-other!
To deviate from this heavenly intended purpose is a choice one makes....over time. I definitely would hate to see our nation deviating from that Heavenly purpose! We must all abhor and oppose all elements of evil making our nation follow after materialism in place of leading PNG to seeking this Divine purpose!
We must be selfish and rebellious to perpetuate a character ungodly and personalise issues for our own gratification which is a direct defiance to serving God's purpose!!!


Another liberal MP sucked in by the nuclear lobby "IndyWatch Feed"

Liberal MP stands by nuclear energy option

As the federal government considers a clean energy target, one of its MPs is looking to nuclear power as a long-term solution. Nuclear technology sits hand in hand with concerns about North Korea but one federal MP believes theres also room for it in the energy debate.

Assistant minister Jane Prentice on Thursday again flagged support for nuclear power as a long-term solution.

It is clean and I think there are opportunities, she told reporters in Canberra.

I think the new nuclear technology is much safer than the old one and I think it should be on the discussion paper if were serious about long-term clean energy.

The government is weighing up a clean energy target, the only recommendation it is yet to address from Chief Scientist Alan Finkels review of the national electricity market.

Of course, our problem at the moment is short-term power and making it affordable, making it sustainable and reliable, Ms Prentice said.

I always believe that you need a longer ter...


Appalling anti-semitism allowed and enabled by Fairfax "IndyWatch Feed"

Fairfax has an article about a fire at the Jewish Community Centre in Wellington. A fire in the building that houses the Jewish Community Centre in Wellington has been contained. The fire started in a refrigeration area of the Webb St building in the central city, assistant area commander Michael Dombroski said. The fire was ablaze but contained []

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Labours no-show "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern was supposed to visit Coes Ford on the Selwyn River to talk about the partys water tax.

She didnt show up.

Ms Arderns office pulled the plug on the visit, with a message to media saying: With regret we have had to cancel the Coes Ford media event with Jacinda Ardern, due to flooding.

However when Newshub arrived, the river wasnt flooded or flooding at all. . . 

Whatever the reason, it wasnt the only Labour no-show.

Federated Farmers had hosted a meet-the-candidates meeting in Wanaka last Friday.

Labours candidate didnt show up and didnt have a stand-in.

The Green candidate didnt show up either but did have a stand-in, MP Eugenie Sage.

She was asked how the water tax would be used to make water cleaner, she couldnt give a satisfactory answer.

She was asked why farmers who are doing everything right should be taxed to clean up waterways that other people have degraded. She couldnt give a satisfactory answer.

She was asked why farmers should be taxed to clean up urban waterways. She couldnt give a satisfactory answer.

I ran into the Labour candidate when I went to vote on Monday.

I asked her how campaigning was going. She said it was busy and Waitaki was a huge electorate.

I said I knew that, adding that Id been at the Wanaka meeting and noticed she hadnt.

She said she had to pay all her own expenses and couldnt afford to go.

Ive since learned that neither she nor the Green candidate went to meetings in Cromwell, Fairlie and Waimate.

Its not easy campaigning in seats you have no chance of winning and its both harder and more expensive in the rural seats which cover such a big area.

But the no-shows could also be seen as a reflection on how little respect Labour and the Green Party have for the regions and rural issues.




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Massive jump in solar energy roll-out means scarcity fears unfounded: council "IndyWatch Feed"

Official estimates of the risk of an electricity shortfall this summer are exaggerated because much more solar energy as much as six times current large-scale capacity is ready to be built, the Australian Solar Council says.


Australian government aims to get rid of Renewable Energy Target "IndyWatch Feed"

No RET changes in overhaul
The government is aiming to exclude the renewable energy target from its looming overhaul of the nations power supply. .. (subscribers only)


Australian Mum discovers that its not safe to disagree with Safe Schools "IndyWatch Feed"

Trans gender activists with a political agenda are behind the Safe Schools programme in schools that has many Australian parents very concerned one Mum has claimed. In her viral video, she said that while they claim that it is an anti-bullying programme it is, in reality, a politically motivated programme that sexualises children. They do []

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Ecologist wins Heinz environment prize for airborne mapping that informs policy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Its not uncommon to find ecologist Greg Asner flying transects over the rainforests of the Amazon or Borneo. His specially outfitted plane has helped map out the three-dimensional structure of these ecosystems, and its earned him the esteem of his fellow scientists for the insights that this type of data lends to our understanding the health and functioning of tropical forests. But these data also allow policymakers, government officials and conservationists to make decisions with a more complete picture of forests and the threats they face on an unprecedented scale. This is critical, because until now, the hardest part has been the ability to measure and map and discuss and bargain and make policy decisions over areas that are large enough to have real impact, Asner said in a statement. The CAO laser-guided imaging spectrometer data are fully three-dimensional, providing the structure and architecture of the forest, while simultaneously capturing up to 23 chemical properties of the canopy foliage. These colors indicate the diversity of canopy traits among coexisting tree species in the same hectare. Image and caption courtesy of Greg Asner, Carnegie Institution for Science His work has caught the attention of the Heinz Family Foundation, who announced today that they will present him with a Heinz Award of $250,000 in October. By providing us with remarkable detail on the complexity and fragility of our worlds forests, Dr. Asner is pushing us to respond with greater urgency to the need to protect these resources for the health and future



42 years of independence marked in a 50,000 year old culture "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Stone club head from the Nomad area
Stone club head from the Nomad area


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NEW YORK On the eve of Independence Day, a fascinating story about how genome researchers have been able to confirm the uniqueness and long history of the people of Papua New Guinea.

Reinforcing that PNG evolved independently from the rest of the world for much of the last 50,000 years, the research reported in the journal Science - analysed genome profiles from almost 400 people in many different communities throughout the country.

"Using genetics, we were able to see that people on the island of New Guinea evolved independently from rest of the world for much of the last 50,000 years," said senior author Chris Tyler-Smith, a researcher at the Sanger Institute.

Another significant finding was that the split between highland and lowland populations occurred between 10,000 and20,000 years ago.

The research team found dramatic levels of genetic diversity in PNG, which has genetic differentiation often exceeding that found between Eurasian populations.

PNG is noted for its linguistic diversity, with residents speaking around 850 different languages.

The team speculated that the pronounced diversity and population differentiation was due to a lack of any large-scale expansion of the population, which contrasted with Bronze Age European and African expansions.

"[In Papua New Guinea], we may be seeing the genetic, linguistic and cultural diversity that sedentary human societies can achieve in the absence of massive technology-driven expansions," the report said.

Archaeological evidence has uncovered evidence of human habitation of PNG that dates back 50,000 years, with consistent crop plant cultivation over the last 10,000 years.

The researchers found the split between highland.....


Labours hundred days of action sham "IndyWatch Feed"

In their first 100 days, they say that they will [] hit the ground running in government, with a programme of work across housing, health, education, families, the environment and other priority areas. Make the first year of tertiary education or training fees free from January 1, 2018. Increase student allowances and living cost loans by []

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Cr Challenges KIN Story "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Kapiti Councillors were fully briefed on CRU Court challenge Cr Jackie Elliott Kapiti Districtwide Councillor Jackie Elliott has challenged a KIN story saying some councillors were not fully informed about a Coastal Ratepayers case against the KCDC. The KIN story ( Ratepayers Headed for the High Court; Sept. 11) said: November 13 is the []


Labours taxes should they be fiscally neutral? "IndyWatch Feed"

Labour say the National Party are using scare tactics regarding whether Labour will tax New Zealanders more. But despite being asked a number of times, Jacinda Ardern has so far refused to put the matter to bed and commit to reducing other taxes to compensate households for the new taxes Labour still want to introduce. []

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Captain called wrong "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jacinda Ardern made a captains call on the possibility of introducing a capital gains tax without putting it to voters.

Just a couple of weeks ago deputy Kelvin Davis was rebuked for saying it would be put to voters.

Yesterday it was her finance spokesman Grant Robertson who fronted the media to say that was no longer the case.

The captain called wrong.

It shows her inexperience.

It shows the party isnt ready for government.

It shows their leader isnt ready to be Prime Minister.

Experience and judgement matter and this episode shows she lacks both.




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A Second Chance For Labour To Put Things Left. "IndyWatch Feed"

Victory Lies Ahead, Comrades! Allowing the Greens to make the case for change; assessing the force and quality of the Rights objections; and then, following a period of extensive consultation, fashioning a suite of reforms acceptable to a solid majority of New Zealanders. Such is the royal-road to making Labour the dominant force in New Zealand politics.

ITS NOT OFTEN in electoral politics that a party is given a second chance to get it right. In 1999, Labour and the Alliance (with the Greens more-or-less in tow) were gifted the chance to craft a political relationship that could have grown into a near-permanent lock on New Zealands still-new MMP electoral system. That neither partner in the Labour-Alliance coalition had the wit to seize, or even understand, the opportunity before them is a testament to the woeful immaturity of the New Zealand Left.

Perhaps the best way to describe the opportunity missed by Labour and the Alliance (and, after 2002, the Greens) is by deploying a military analogy.

Think of Labour as a large army marching through enemy territory. (The analogy works best if the army youre imagining is a nineteenth century one think of Napoleons Grande Arme, or Robert E. Lees Army of Northern Virginia.) The much smaller army of the Alliance is spread out well ahead of Labours line of march. Its role: to reconnoitre the territory into which Labour is marching; noting the disposition of the enemys troops; their strongpoints; and the places where their defences are weak and vulnerable to attack. Should the enemy encounter the smaller force, the resulting engagement will give the larger army plenty of time to prepare its defences.

For a while, it looked as though the Labour-Alliance combination had decided to work in precisely this fashion. The radical pol...


Jacinda and Grants little problem with their no new taxes pledge "IndyWatch Feed"

Yesterday Labour was forced into a flip-flop over taxes. Theyve promised no new taxes until the after the next election. There are several caveats though. The first is that the seven taxes theyve already announce standso no new taxes means no new taxes except these ones Labours undefined tax policies left them vulnerable to National []

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