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Friday, 10 August



New Dawn FM News
One local BECH DE MER buyer HELEN TEVIRI is concerned at the buyers going directly to the remote villages and buying BECH DE MER from the locals at very low prices.
MS TEVIRI told New Dawn FM that she met some overseas buyers at MAMAREGO and MARAU in the BANA district at the weekend and was not happy as local buyers pay better price than what they are offering to the fishermen.
She said that Exporters must be ready to buy from the local buyers at better prices at the main centres like Arawa Buka and Buin.
MS TEVIRI also questioned of these overseas buyers had the license to buy BECH DE MER from the locals.




New Dawn FM News

The Bougainville House of Representatives will sit for the September session of parliament on Tuesday September 4th 2018.
This was announced by the Speaker SIMON PENTANU today when fixing the date for the sitting.
This now calls for all the ABG members to get ready and make sure they are in Buka one day before the House sits.
The meeting will start at 2pm.
As usual New Dawn FM will carry Questions without notice live from Kubu to its listeners in Buka North Bougainville and Buin and South Bougainville.



New Dawn FM News

The member for South Bougainville and Deputy Opposition leader, TIMOTHY MASIU says that his office in Buin is still operating for anyone who wants to see the member.
Speaking on New Dawn FM last night MR. MASIU said that those people who want to see the member concerning anything can see him at his Buin office.
He said he has an open door policy and does not restrict his office to certain individuals.
The member said he is willing to talk to any South Bougainvilleans who have good ideas on how they can move South Bougainville.
He said that the Five Year Development for South Bougainville will be launched later this year.




New Dawn FM News

The Chief Executive Officer for the Buka District Hospital, SR. ANNA KORUS has stated that the Hospital has received medical supplies for the Buka Hospital and is not running out of drugs.
She told New Dawn FM that the Hospital was still operating and was in no way scaling down its operations.
SR KORUS was commenting on rumours that the Hospital has scaled down its operation because it ran out of Sterilized equipment and also ran out of drugs.
NEW DAWN FM wanted to clear the air after some people were spreading news that Doctors have also stopped work due to the drug shortage.
SR. KORUS confirmed that the Hospital was working as normal.




New Dawn FM news

The Director of the Leitana Nehan Development Agency, HELEN HAKENA is calling on the people who are benefiting from the sales of BECH DE MER to make sure they use these monies wisely on something that will benefit their families.
MS HAKENA was commenting on the BECH DE MER rush being experienced by Bougainville this month.
She told New Dawn FM that the opening of BECH DE MER season on first of August has seen many business activities all over Bougainville.
MS HAKENA called on families to use the monies from BECH DE MER this season wisely and benefit in the long run.
She said many fishermen are using these funds on gambling, drinking and other illegal activities.


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Thursday, 09 August


World view Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


August 10 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

955 Battle of Lechfeld: Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor defeated the Magyars, ending 50 years of Magyar invasion of the West.

991 Battle of Maldon: English, led by Bryhtnoth, Duke of Essex, were defeated by a band of inland-raiding Vikings.

1270 Yekuno Amlak took the imperial throne of Ethiopia, restoring the Solomonic dynasty to power after a 100-year interregnum.

1316  Second Battle of Athenry.

1519 Ferdinand Magellans five ships set sail from Seville to circumnavigate the globe.

1557 Battle of St. Quentin: Spanish victory over the French in the Habsburg-Valois Wars.

1628 The Swedish warship Vasa sank in the Stockholm harbour after only about 20 minutes on her maiden voyage.

1675 The foundation stone of the Royal Greenwich Observatory in London was laid.

1680 The Pueblo Revolt began in New Mexico.

1792 French Revolution: Storming of the Tuileries PalaceLouis XVI was arrested.

1809 Quito declared independence from Spain.

1829 First ascent of Finsteraarhorn, the highest summit of the Bernese Alps.

1840 HMS Britomart arrived at Akaroa, on Banks Peninsula, a week before a shipload of French colonists landed. The ships captain raised the Union Jack to confirm British sovereignty over the area.

British assert sovereignty as French head for Akaroa

1846 The...


Papua New Guinea to supply its own rice by 2025 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Agriculture and Livestock Minister, says Papua New Guinea is planning to replace imported rice with its own by 2025.

Rice is among cereals and meat which dominate PNG's food imports from 2012 to 2016, amounting to K560m and K410m respectively.

Minister Benny Allan says the government is promoting food self-sufficiency and import replacement on food items, to sustain PNG's food security and reduce import bills.

Speaking at the APEC University of Papua New Guinea Discussion Precinct yesterday, Mr Allan, says the country could cut the cost of rice by half if it grows its own supply.

"We have K6 on the shelves you all know.

"But if we grow rice locally we can reduce (the price) by 50%.

"We will start this. Immediately after APEC Food Security Week, we'll go up to 14 Mile PAU road and before Kinakon, we have a land prepared now for the pilot project APEC.

"So we are serious about growing rice locally, and by 2025 we want to meet our local demand, and perhaps export to other countries as well."

NBC News/PNG Today


BBC Radio Comedy: Elvenquest S02 E05 Emperor Jackie "IndyWatch Feed"

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Australia Could See First Solar-Powered Bitcoin Mining Farm in Coal Town "IndyWatch Feed"

An Australian data center operator and its cryptocurrency subsidiary are developing what they describe as the countrys first behind-the-grid data center powered by renewable energy. Situated in the coal-mining town of Collie, some 200km south of Perth, the new facility is being developed by data center operator DC Two and subsidiary D Coin and will Continued

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Thursday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed"

First, They Came For Alex Jones Hate speech is a political concept and should be regarded as such. The post Thursday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.



On Monday I entertained some really high octane speculation about why the Union Pacific Railroad is going to all the expense to refurbish old []

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'Woke' "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

What is this word now oft repeated to mean something of which I am unaware.  I could google it but some responses from people 'like me' (indulge me) would indicate that they at least get it, and I'm off the pace.



The decision by Prime Minister Ardern to turn her 'Nelsons Eye' to claims of conflict of interest in the investigation into the process leading to the appointment of Wally Haumaha as Deputy Police Commissioner is entirely understandable as it is wrong.

No matter that it was Winston First that announced the Inquiry.    No matter that he tasked one of his NZ First Ministers to oversee the Inquiry.   No matter that the Deputy Leader of NZ First and Haumaha are whanau (family) and come from the same marae.  No matter that Haumaha was (for a time) a candidate for NZ First in the 2005 election.   No matter that Winston Peters spoke at Haumaha's home marae at an event marking his (Haumaha's) promotion to Assistant Commissioner.

Conflict of Interest? ... old saying ... if it walks like a duck, has feathers and quacks then it probably is a duck.

Ardern had no option but to turn her Nelson's eye to the shenanigans.     She's stuk.   Winston Peters holds the cards and is playing her like a piano and there is nowt she can do about it.

Updated ... this just gets worse for the CoL.   Stuart Nash, Police Minister, has just revealed he has/had a relationship with 'Wally'.     Further, new allegations against Hauhama have now surfaced.   They relate to workplace bullying and  come from MoJ and Corrections personnel seconded to work with Haumaha at Police National HQ.    These allegations were never followed up on because those making the allegations were never told by their respective Ministries that the Police were seeking follow-up information.   Cock-up or cover-up?   At this stage I'll go with cock-up.

The Nash-Haumaha relationship is much more concerning.   We know that Deputy Commissioner Mike Clement warned the Police Commissioner against appointing Haumaha.    We also know that for senior appointments requiring ministerial sign-off the Minister (in this case the Prime Minister on the recommendation of the Police Minister) is presented with two names in order of preference.

The BIG question ... was Wally Haumaha number one or number two on the list.

If he were number two then we are getting into ministerial resignation territory.  



Tragically the party of supremeVictoria Soviet leader Comrade Andrews latched onto an unfortunate segment involving Blair Cottrell to ban Skynews Australia from being broadcast on trains and stations of the state owned Victorian rail network.

Whether First secretary Danial Andrews took any notice of Goofy's ultimately successful banning of Southern and Molyneux from being heard, I have no idea but as another Socialist outfit using state power to silence critics and opposing views, it would seem the socialist tactic makes another raid on democracy.

Jacinta Allen a minister of the presideum who has put the ban in place has used a total fabrication of her support facts.
Sky News admitted the link to Blair Cottrell is ended and he wont feature again.
The Sky News did not run the item on a loop.
There has not been a massive withdrawal of advertising such kneejerk reaction is only three advertisers
Sky News News services and their wonderful stable of Op Ed hosts range from Andrew Bolt and Peta Credlin through Paul Murray, Nicholas Reese (worked with Gillard)  to ex labor Federal government minister Graeme Richardson are kept very seperate identities with seperate editorial management.
Comrade Andrews has an election on the horizon and has made this censorship move to prevent the party line being corrupted by truth and scrutiny from what is widely regarded as a highly reputable source of Information that savages Liberals and Labor with a refreshing honesty.


365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

My mother was born 99 years ago today.

She was the oldest of eight children in a family poor in material terms but rich in love.

She trained as a nurse and was a tutor sister when she married. As was the norm then,  she gave up her career to keep house, raise a family and support her friends and community.

Her first name meant bitter, her second meant sweet. In spite of challenges which might have provoked bitterness, that wasnt in her nature but sweetness certainly was.

Its 17 years since she died but her example, her influence and her love still guide me and Im very grateful for that.




China aid to Pacific countries 'overstated' "IndyWatch Feed World"

The amount of Chinese aid to Pacific nations has been overstated and may have peaked as the deadline for repaying loans begins to bite, according to a new study.


Tech Thursday "IndyWatch Feed"

Smart people are always finding clever ways to use technology to help extend and improve our lives. With the chances of surviving a heart attack dropping with each minute waiting for CPR, and with the uncertainty of someone being available with a defibrillator, or knowing the words and rhythm to Stayin Alive, this little device [] The post Tech Thursday appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Free Speech: New Conservative party "IndyWatch Feed"

Democracy an Endangered Species Don Brash banned from attending Massey University by invitation to speak about his political career for fear he might say something someone didnt agree with? Ridiculous! He is not known for threats or violence but is a clear thinking, intelligent man. 86% of respondents to a Herald poll said they did [] The post Free Speech: New Conservative party appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


The purge "IndyWatch Feed"

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Pentagon predicts military buildup to counter China in South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed War"

U.S. allies may expand their naval presence in the South China Sea in order to counteract Chinas assertion of sovereignty over one of the most vital shipping lanes in the world, a senior Pentagon official predicted Tuesday.

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China has laid claim to South China Sea waterways as far as 1,000 miles away from the Chinese coast, far more than the 200 miles reserved for a given country under international law. That has set the stage for diplomatic contests and perhaps military confrontation between China and five other claimants in the region, including the U.S.-allied Philippines.

I think what youll see is certainly a continuation of freedom of navigation [operations], Randall Schriver, assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs, said at the American Enterprise Institute. I think youll see perhaps more countries joining in presence activities Presence in the South China Sea is very important because China claims the whole thing up to the Nine-Dash Line.

The Communist regime uses a Nine-Dash Line to argue that, historically, China has enjoyed sovereignty over the vast majority of the South China Sea. But under international law, a countrys territorial sovereignty extends just 12 nautical miles from the coastline, although each country has exclusive economic rights to resources within 200 miles of the coast.

And so if youre the Vietnamese and that Chinese claim is accepted, youre essentially a landlocked state, Gregory Poling, a regional expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, explained during a Nixon Foundation event in February. You have no fishing rights, at least no exclusive fishing rights, you have no rights to undersea oil and gas, you have no rights whatsoever except those that China gives you. The Philippines its almost as bad. You have one coastline, not two.

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

Thats a problem for the United States, in two ways. First, if China ever sinks a Philippine ship, an American president will have to decide how to defend a key ally. And if we dont, then every ally that the U.S. has globally is gonna start wondering what the price is on their head because the Philippines arent worth standing up for, Poling said.



Kirk & Owens on being harassed in Philadelphia "IndyWatch Feed"

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A Bronze-Age Sword Found In Denmark Is Still Sharp 3,000 Years Later "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This sword is literally from the time of the Iliad and the Trojan War.  Its mere existence proves a robust Bronze Age heroic culture.  Recall that work by the writer DaVinci  showed that the whole Trojan narrative is properly located in the Baltic right down to identifying all the listed towns in the proper order.
It all happened one generation before the climate collapse of 1159 BC drove all out of the Baltic population overland to Greece and by sea as the Sea Peoples to then grab Greece and the Levant.
Otherwise the sword is wonderful.  It represents great smithing skill and the fact it is intact is extraordinary.  Love to see if the copper in from Lake Superior..

A Bronze-Age Sword Found In Denmark Is Still Sharp 3,000 Years Later

By Kara Goldfarb

Published July 16, 2018

This ancient sword found on an island in Denmark is incredibly well-preserved despite being over 3,000 years old.

Sren Kiehn/Museum VestsjllandMuseum inspector Arne Hedegaard Andersen holds the discovery.

Two locals from Zealand, the largest island of Denmark, decided to take an evening stroll through a field in the small western town of Svebolle. The choice to take their metal detector along with them was a fortuitous one, as it would help them uncover a major find.

After the machine alerted Ernst Christiansen and Lis Therkelsen to something below ground, the two amateur archaeologists started digging.

Some 30 centimeters down, they hit what looked like the end of a sword. Christiansen and Therkelsen contacted Museum Vestsjlland a group of 11 local museums that cover the archaeological excavation and conservation of regions in the a...


Simon Bridges on free speech "IndyWatch Feed"

Simon Bridges talking in Blenheim about his views on free speech 9 August 2018.  Transcript follows. I think what has happened over the last few weeks is an absolute disgrace. We need to get back to the old fashioned bedrock principles of people are allowed to say what they want. Yes, there will be some [] The post Simon Bridges on free speech appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed"

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

More highpowered journalism from NZ media "IndyWatch Feed"

Yesterday Adam noted TV Ones highpowered journalism.

Today he came across this gem on the Newshub site, this item was even more highpowered, after all the First Bloke was keeping his neighbours awake whilst he built a deck.

Clearly the intrepid journalists from Newshub braved countless deprivations so they could bring us, the poor suffering NZ masses, this breathless account of how Gayford built a deck at immense personal cost. He grew a beard.

Meanwhile there were massive concerns for the country, such as how many journalists would be needed to cover Arderns arrival at Wellington airport last Saturday. This dilemma was compounded by the need to ensure the maximum numbers of articles about Ardern, her baby and Gayford in the media each day. Clearly, we cannot let news interfere with the necessity of breathlessly covering the NZ equivalent of the Royal Family.

This was borne out by Ardern informing the world, even before the baby can speak, that she will be brought up speaking both Maori and English. Yet more highpowered journalism for our so brave media.

It would be much appreciated if we could return to less importan issues such as the economy, health, foreign policy and all those other irrelevant matters such as conflicts of interest in the Haumaha inquiry, oppression of free speech. You know all those trivial things, which according to NZs media we really dont need to know about.

Next week, no doubt, we will have a series on how Gayford plucks his nasal hairs.


Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed"

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


Green Party: Twitter roundup "IndyWatch Feed"

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"A Look to the Heavens" "IndyWatch Feed World"

From Sagittarius to Carina, the Milky Way Galaxy shines in this dark night sky above planet Earth's lush island paradise of Mangaia. Familiar to denizens of the southern hemisphere, the gorgeous skyscape includes the bulging galactic center at the upper left and bright stars Alpha and Beta Centauri just right of center. About 10 kilometers wide, volcanic Mangaia is the southernmost of the Cook Islands. Geologists estimate that at 18 million years old it is the oldest island in the Pacific Ocean.
 Click image for larger size.
Of course, the Milky Way is somewhat older, with the galaxy's oldest stars estimated to be over 13 billion years old. (Editor's note: This image holds the distinction of being selected as winner in the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition in the Earth and Space category.)


The beauty of a monoculture "IndyWatch Feed"

Different cultures in New Zealand conform to a monoculture in many ways. This is because we are egalitarian to the best of our abilities. There may well be differences between Maori and European ways but both ethnic groups find that the Western is culture suitable for getting along. Other ethnic groups Pacific Islanders (recognising [] The post The beauty of a monoculture appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Bellicosity warlike or hostile in manner or temperament; valorous, given to fighting; demonstrating aggression and willingness to fight.

Hat tip Rob Hosking:


Little Sadiqs big, bad friends "IndyWatch Feed"

As Ive previously written on Whaleoil, finding the fabled moderate Muslims is a bit like hunting snarks: the maps are blank, and harmless Snarks sometimes turn out to be deadly Boojums. London Mayor Sadiq Khan is supposed to belong to this storied tribe if anyone does. When former Prime Minister David Cameron alleged that Khan [] The post Little Sadiqs big, bad friends appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Who gets to decide what hate speech is? "IndyWatch Feed"

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Fight for free speech "IndyWatch Feed"

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IQ and Race: Lets get controversial "IndyWatch Feed"

I have a masters in organisational psychology, and have studied psychometrics at a reasonably high level, and use psychometric testing as part of my profession. So I am reasonably qualified to comment on this issue. I thought it would be useful to give my comments on the current debate on IQ and race raised by [] The post IQ and Race: Lets get controversial appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


AATIP documents found on US website "IndyWatch Feed"


On the morning of 7 August 2018 my attention was drawn to the existence of a number of documents, and videos about the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP.) The story broke when Twitter user @Jay09784691 posted several tweets about them, thus placing them in the public domain.

The items

Below, I present a summary of the items. I have chosen not to post any of the images in this post, as some provide personal information about certain individuals. I will however use the names of individuals who have self identified themselves as members of the To The Stars Academy. 

An image of a package

There is an image of a white padded bag with on it. It has 'To: L. Elizondo handwritten on it in blue and 'Department/Mail Station.' It is 'From: [handwritten name I choose not to type here]'in blue ink,  then 'Date/time' printed on it. Below all of this is handwritten 'Chris Mellon 1600 9/7/17.'

Comment: This is suggestive of an internal DoD security package delivering items from [Unnamed] to Luis Elizondo, which then was delivered to Chris Mellon at 1600hrs on 7 September 2017.

An image of four coloured compact discs

There is an image of four green coloured compact discs. These are labelled 'Disc 1 of 4;' "Disc 2 of 4;' 'Disc 3 of 4;' Disc 4 of 4.' All of the CDs have printed on them 'This medium is Unclassified US Government Property.' By the printed word 'Date' appears the characters 9/5 handwritten.

Comment: If 9/5 is a date, meaning 5 September (2017?) then this fits in with the white package date shown as 7 September 2017.

AATIP brief

There are seven jpeg files, each labelled as aatip-brief-pdf-orig, numbered 1-4, then 6-8. Missing is a jpeg file number page5. When opened, the files appear as a series of briefing slide, labelled 1-4, then 7-9. Slides numbered 5 and 6 are missing. The contents of the slides are as follows:

Slide 1 - 'Advanced Aerospace Threat and Identification Program.'

Slide 2 - 'Purpose'

* Inform the Deputy Secretary of Defense of ongoing activities relating to AATIP

* Request establishment of a Restricted Special-Access-Program with a Bigoted Access list for specific portions of AATIP

* Re-assign billets, resources, and recommended personnel to a dedicated DoD AATIP support office



Industrial fishing fleets traveling farther to reel in fewer fish "IndyWatch Feed"

Industrial fishing fleets are traveling ever-farther across the globe in pursuit of a dwindling haul of fish, a new study finds. Researchers with Sea Around Us, a research initiative spearheaded by the University of Western Australia (UWA) and the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada, produced high-resolution maps of fish catches between 1950 and 2014 in order to examine the geographic expansion of industrial fishing. Their results were detailed in the journal Science Advances last week. According to the study, the average distance industrial fishing fleets travel from their home ports to fishing grounds is twice what it was in the 1950s, expanding the total area of the worlds oceans that are fished from 60 to 90 percent. Despite ranging farther afield and fishing in new waters, however, the fleets of the top 20 fishing countries collectively responsible for 80 percent of the global industrial fishing catch are hauling in far smaller amounts of fish. Today, about 7 metric tons of fish are caught per 1,000 kilometers (about 621 miles) traveled by those 20 countries fleets, less than a third of the more than 25 metric tons they caught per 1,000 kilometers traveled in the 1950s. Noting that global industrial fishing hit peak catch in 1996 and has continually declined in productivity since then, the researchers write in the study that the worlds industrial fishing fleets might be in danger of running aground on a hard barrier to meeting future demand: The trends in the spatial expansion


Ancient megashark Victoria's surf coast - fossil find exhib opens today "IndyWatch Feed"

A jaw-full of mega shark teeth rare evidence that a shark twice the size of a Great White stalked Australia's ancient waters is to be unveiled at Melbourne Museum on today, Thursday 9 August. Usually shark teeth are found singly, but this time they have the whole set for the gigantic Great Jagged Narrow-Toothed Shark.

A prehistoric shark feast, the 9m long Great Jagged Narrow-Tooth Shark becoming a meal for several Sixgill Sharks. Credit: Peter Trusler / Philip Mullaly, the local Ocean Grove resident who found the mega shark teeth with Dr Erich Fitzgerald. Credit: Museums Victoria

Victorian Fossil Find Uncovers Prehistoric Leftovers of Colossal Shark Feast

A visit to his local beach will never be the same again for Philip Mullaly. The keen-eyed fossil enthusiast has found an extraordinary set of shark teeth - evidence that a shark nearly twice the size of a Great White once stalked Australias ancient oceans. The citizen scientist made the find in Jan Juc, a renowned fossil site along Victorias Surf Coast.

I was walking along the beach looking for fossils, turned and saw this shining glint in a boulder and saw a quarter of the tooth exposed. I was immediately excited, it was just perfect and I knew it was an important find that needed to be shared with people, recounts Mr Mullaly.

Up to 7 cm long, the teeth have been identified as being from an extinct species of mega-toothed shark - the Great Jagged Narrow-Toothed Shark (Carcharocles angustidens) - which could grow to more than 9-metres long, almost twice the length of todays Great White Shark.

This shark stalked Victorias ancient sea ap...


Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed"

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Te Ati Awa / NZTA Te Reo Slip-Up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An official language By Roger Childs This happened in 1987 with the passing of the Maori Language Act. To encourage []


Keep left, obey speech limit "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Nominating Garrick Tremain for Cartoonist of the Year on the strength of this:

You can see more of his cartoons here.





My very good friend Lord Egbut Nobacon commented in another thread about the near upset win by the Democrat candidate in the Ohio 12th District Special Congressional election where the Republican candidate is ahead by less than 2,000 votes in what was a deep red Republican seat and with absentee votes still to be counted.

But flying below the radar in all of this is that Joe Manchik, the Green Party candidate who received 1,127 votes and earned himself official 'spoiler' status, claims to be descended from aliens.   His facebook page records that his ancestors originally came from from a planet orbiting a star in the Pleiades star cluster located in the constellation of Taurus.

One Green Party activist telling what we all suspected ... now from which planet cometh the NZL branch of the family?


Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed"

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Hardship Is Not A Competition: Supporting Our Farmers Doesnt Mean We Cant Support Our Neighbours "IndyWatch Feed"

With all of NSW now drought declared, and other states fast heading in the same direction, calls for more support for farmers is welcome. But slashing spending to help neighbours weve abused for decades is not the way to get there, writes Hayley McQuire.

I support Australian Farmers. What I dont agree with is the constant argument about Why are we giving so much in foreign aid yet not supporting our farmers?

This is a common theme that arises whenever there are a group of Australians in crisis.

Why are we giving so much in foreign aid while there are so many homeless? Why are we giving so much in foreign aid while our old people are on a horrible pension? Why are we giving so much in foreign aid when Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People..

Okay, admittedly, it doesnt seem to appear when First Peoples are in crisis. But for the record, the majority of our Foreign Aid budget is spent with our neighbours in the Asia Pacific.

Lets keep in mind our history with countries in this region.

A large amount of our aid goes to our closest neighbour Papua New Guinea, with $546.3m allocated in the 2017-2018 budget.

The Kokoda Trail in Papua New Guinea. (IMAGE: Drew Douglas, Flickr)

Every ANZAC Day we celebrate our partnership with Papua New Guinea and how they saved our arse on the Kokoda Track. However, we conveniently forget the fact that PNG was under Australias colonial rule as one of our territorys up until 1972. We conveniently forget how Australia has exploited PNG for their natural resources (heres looking at you Rio Tinto Bougainville Copper Mine).

Australia also gives aid to other Pacific countries like Vanuatu ($69.8m in 2017-2018) and Solomon Islands ($146m in 2017-2018).

So, I guess some are forgetting the time Australia STOLE people from their homes and forced them into indentured labour and built an entire sugar industry off the back of black bodies.

I sho...


Yellow-dog Democrats want their Jim Crow back "IndyWatch Feed"

150 years ago, Democrat voters fought the bloodiest war in Americas history in order to keep black people as slaves. When they lost the war, they resorted to segregation laws in order to keep the negroes under control. They lost the Civil Rights battle, too. Fast forward to 2018. Even Democrats have conceded that theyll [] The post Yellow-dog Democrats want their Jim Crow back appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


PNG Hunters team for Round 22 match against Tweed Heads Seagulls "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Hunters coach Michael Marum has named Watson Boas to the  Hunters side to play the Tweed Heads Seagulls  on Tuesday  despite being in doubt with a right shoulder injury.
Assistant coach Nigel Hukula named an unchanged squad fresh off their rousing 18-6 win over the

Souths Logan Magpies last Sunday where halfback Boas was injured in the second half.
We thought that Watson (Boas), who suffered from a right shoulder injury during the win over Magpies, would miss this weekends match but the injury was not as serious as we initially thought so weve included him in the side, Hukula said.
Boas will undergo further scans on his shoulder today before a decision is made before the team travel to Brisbane tomorrow.

Hunters Team:
 1. Edene Gabbie
2. Junior Rau
3. Thompson Teteh
 4. Adex Wera
5. Brendon Gotuno
6. Ase Boas (c)
7. Watson Boas
 8. Enoch Maki
9. Wartovo Puara Jr
10. Moses Meninga
11. Willie Minoga
12. Nixon Put
13. Stanton Albert;
14. Charlie Simon 15. Ila Alu 16. McKenzie Yei 17. Dilbert Isaac 18. Rhadley Brawa 19. Patrick Morea 20. Paul Wawa.


4 Cyclones Are Spinning Across The Pacific This Is What You Need To Know "IndyWatch Feed World"

Things seem to be working back up as four tropical cyclones are seen swirling around in the Pacific Ocean. We can only hope that some of them at the very least die down before making their way to land.

The most intense of the four at the moment is Hurricane Hector who as of Monday was registering almost as a Category 5 but it is currently a Category 3. While tracking west it is expected to come just south of Hawaii on Wednesday and Thursday (August 8th and 9th). Any slight change could cause a lot of damage to the island chain. This is especially troubling as no hurricane has made landfall in Hawaii since 1992.

Between Hector, John, Kristy, and Ileana who knows what we could be in store for. NOAA has been keeping a close watch on all four and if you take a look at the tweet below you can see footage of them as they spin. This swarm is getting stronger.


Oral questions: 9 August 2018 "IndyWatch Feed"

Questions to Ministers DARROCH BALL to the Minister of Defence: What progress, if any, has been made regarding the procurement of a flight simulator for the NH90 helicopter fleet? Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does her Government expect high standards from all Government departments and Ministers? Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister of [] The post Oral questions: 9 August 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


This man should be fired "IndyWatch Feed"

So, it turns out that in addition to being a rape-apologist, deputy police commissioner Wally Haumaha is also a workplace bully:

Three women working on a joint justice project walked out of Police National Headquarters and refused to return because of Wally Haumaha's alleged bullying behaviour towards them.

The policy analysts - two from the Justice Ministry, one from Corrections - were based at PNHQ in Wellington working in the Mori, Pacific, Ethnic Services division run by Haumaha, a superintendent at the time.


A number of alleged verbal bullying incidents, including a particularly heated exchange in which one of Haumaha's senior staff intervened, contributed to the three women leaving PNHQ in June 2016 feeling "devalued and disillusioned".

The three women told their managers, did not return to PNHQ, and continued working on the project from the Justice Ministry offices.

I've argued previously that Haumaha should be fired immediately to protect public confidence in the police. This adds more weight to that argument. But it also raises further questions about the appointment process, and what both the panel and Minister were told about Haumaha's past. There's supposed to be a government inquiry into that, though its been derailed by National's scandal-mongering (its as if they think that having tenuous links to NZ First is a bigger crime than being a rape-apologist). but the sooner that inquiry can begin, the sooner we can start rooting out the systematic problems in the police which allowed this appointment to happen, and prevent similar appointments from happening in future.


Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

Click on image for a high-res interactive view Three Approaches to the United States Drawn by Richard Edes Harrison in 1940. This famous set of three maps by Richard Edes Harrison appeared more than a year before Pearl Harbor, but at a time when Germany had captured most of Western Europe and the Battle of [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Dr Blake Mysteries S02 E05 "IndyWatch Feed"

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

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



Time for an end to the MSM fluff pieces "IndyWatch Feed"

Newshub has run a completely pathetic piece, trying to tell everyone how awesome and manly Clarke Gayford really is. The thing is, I dont care. I dont care if he is manly or effeminate. He is, quite simply, not on my radar at all. But that doesnt stop the MSM trying to make a story out [] The post Time for an end to the MSM fluff pieces appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Learning lessons from Lenin "IndyWatch Feed"

In A New Dictionary of Quotations on Historical Principles from Ancient and Modern Sources selected and edited by H. L. Mencken, Lenin is quoted as having said in a speech in Moscow in 1920: Quote. Why should freedom of speech and freedom of the press be allowed? Why should a government which is doing what it [] The post Learning lessons from Lenin appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Ardern takes a Nelsonian view of NZ First Haumaha inquiry questions of conflict "IndyWatch Feed"

Clearly motherhood has not improved Arderns ability to recognise a problem.

Morning Report had this item (on Tuesday 07082018)

The Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, says there are no conflicts of interest between New Zealand First Ministers or MPs and the inquiry into the process used to appoint the Deputy Police Commissioner Wally Haumaha. The investigation is to look at the process that led to Mr Haumaha being made deputy police commissioner despite comments he made defending police officers accused of rape in 2004. The New Zealand Herald reports that New Zealand Firsts Deputy leader, Fletcher Tabuteau is from the same iwi as Mr Haumaha and that Winston Peters spoke at a function on the marae to celebrate Mr Haumahas promotion. Nationals Chris Bishop says thats a clear conflict of interest, and the New Zealand First Minister, Tracey Martin who is appointing someone to lead the inquiry should step aside.

Maybe someone should have a conversation with Ms Ardern and explain in an absolutely positive way that when it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and looks like a duck, then it 99.99% of the time is a duck.

The fact that she cannot accept there is a conflict suggests at a Nelsonian view and much more likely poor judgement and or a hold over Arderns coalition by Peters which has been kept secret.


A rare win for freedom of speech at Aus uni "IndyWatch Feed"

One of the most invidious tactics in the attack on free speech is the many-headed hydra known as the hecklers veto. The hecklers veto takes many forms, from good old mob violence to online mobs bullying and harassing businesses. But common to them all is the unhinged mob. As Maureen OHaras Esmeralda asks, in the [] The post A rare win for freedom of speech at Aus uni appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.



Most Papua New Guineans watched the telecast of Wednesdays Parliament seating with utter disgust and disbelieve. I for one was very sickened to hear a response from the Prime Ministers mouth on the floor of the honourable house on the question put to him both by Lae MP John Rosso and Madang MP Brian Kramer. In his responses, he did three reckless and senseless things:
1. He LIED in broad daylight about the total sum of loans
2. He THREATENED to suffocate an entire district from development funds
3. He FORCED everyone to only trust what comes out from his mouth and not from any internationally independent organizations and observers
This write-up is a comprehensive analysis that will not only maintain that ONeill has lied, but will go ahead and expose ALL loans for everyone to calculate and confirm whether ONeill loan figure of K24 Billion is correct or the reports from International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank of K70 Billion and K60 Billion respectively are correct.
Now, before we go further, here are few points to consider. Firstly, some of the huge loans we may have heard of are procured outside of the National Budgets gazette and outside of Parliaments approval. All these loans are not recorded with the Department of Treasury. They are regarded as Off Balance Sheet debts. They may not necessarily be a source in terms of hard cash money but is flexible and can come in the forms of projects, (like most of the Chinese Infrastructure loans).


Drawn "IndyWatch Feed"

A ballot for two Members' Bills was held this morning, and the following bills were drawn:

  • Holidays (Bereavement Leave for Miscarriage) Amendment Bill (Ginny Andersen)
  • Broadcasting (New Zealand on Air and Te Mngai Pho Reporting Requirements) Amendment Bill (Melissa Lee)
Nothing terribly exciting, though Andersen's bill seems like a good idea which employers will hate and which will likely pass. Given the stuff National has in the ballot (e.g. eroding the right to silence), it could have been a lot worse. A full list of bills in today's ballot is here.



(Rumors has it that there are some or most young women who have been and are members of the Kanamanda Apostolic Division are being pregnant (unwanted) or were and are likely to be and are single mothers with bastard child/children Suspected outcome of fornication and adultery amongst church members, and Robin himself as a result of Robin's distorted and fabricated revelations boosted by disco like stimulating shows and half naked presentations that aroses sexual desires in the pretext of Christianity)

This post answers Robin ISAAC's question to my earlier post titled
His response to my earlier post: " Is Polygamous family sin?" "Is Polygamous geneological biblical history a will of God?" Rather than using shortcut conclusive judgmental evil words like: satanic, demonic, Antichrist, adultery, cult, porn, fornication, false prophets, etc. These words are not the Truth. Even the Truth does not know these words. They never hurt God's people for the Truth defines them all.

My Response; IS POLYGAMY SIN? Quick answer to his question is, YES Polygamy is Sin!! Is POLYGAMY A WILL OF GOD? Hahaha! No Robin, it's not a will of God but of men!!

In your response I don't see any logic to go along with my post but it's good you have raised two sensitive questions that I am obliged to answer, and have already provided quick answers. Since I see you're lacking common and Biblical understanding to support your poorly conceived evil lifestyle against the will of God, I am eager to provide detailed explanation with Biblical references to my quick answers so that you know exactly where you are when Truth prevails.

I will clarify and explain that Polygamy is Sin and morally not accepted by God in the Bible. We will explore God's approach towards Polygamy by his Laws and finally his Grace. Then we will conclude that Polygamy is adultery and adultery is sin.


God never encourages or planed for polygamy in his creation, polygamy is a men made idea and practice, and not of Gods will.

God first allowed, then condemned and then regulated polygamy as soon as Adam and Eve began to multiply on earth. Probably, Polygamy must have been usef...


View from your window "IndyWatch Feed"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: View from my dining table beautiful here today in Whakatiwai, looking across the Firth of Thames to the Coromandel Peninsula.   NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic locations. They can [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Long-serving dairy scientist Harjinder Singh gains international recognition George Heagney:

After 30 years of research in the dairy industry, a distinguished service award was well deserved for Harjinder Singh.

The Massey University distinguished professor has won a lot of awards for his work, but last month became the first New Zealander to win the American Dairy Science Association distinguished service award at Knoxville in the United States.

The gong, which Singh joked was a lifetime achievement award, was for outstanding contribution to dairy science and work improving the industry. 

Singh, 60, is a food scientist and major figure in the development of dairy science research, having started working at Massey in 1989. . .

TDC hopes Provincial Growth Fund will plug $18m hole in Waimea dam plan Cherie Sivignon:

Tasman District Council has applied to the Governments Provincial Growth Fund to plug an $18 million hole in funding for the proposed Waimea dam, undaunted by an apparent exclusion for water and irrigation projects.

A guide to the fund called Powering Up Aotearoa-New Zealands Regions is available on the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment website.

On page 5 of that guide under the headline Fund exclusions, it says: The following are not eligible for PGF [the Provincial Growth Fund] as they are funded by other means:
* Housing (unless it is a core part of a broader project and would not otherwise be required)
* Water and large-scale irrigation
* Social infrastructure (such as hospitals and schools) . .

Four does go into one Sonita Chandar:

Teamwork is the secret to success for the Southland farm judged the best dairy business in the land. Sonita Chandar reports.

Despite three of the four partners living in the North Island the success of a Southland farming business can be attributed to exceptional teamwork and good clear lines of communication.



First Union making life hard for their comrades "IndyWatch Feed"

Oh, look, another strike under Labour! If the First Union could be described as a donkey, I think it would be seen as a bit of a bolshy one. For it seems that their decision to encourage their workers at Atlas Quarries in Maungaturoto to strike has turned around and given those workers a pretty good nip [] The post First Union making life hard for their comrades appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.



New Dawn FM News

The Fiji Trade Commissioner to PNG NAVI TUI VUNIWAI will be visiting Bougainville from the 13th to the 17th of August, 2018.
According to the travel itenary, he will be arriving on Monday the 13th of August to Buka and will head straight to Arawa where he will host the first seminar in Arawa at the Arawa Youth Centre on Tuesday 14th August, 2018.
He will be hosting another seminar in Buka on Thursday 16th August 2018 at Club Oasis in Buka town.
The theme of the seminar is Bula wantok investment awareness and interested individuals are invited to attend.
The office of the Deputy Speaker and member for women North, Francesca Semoso is facilitating this visit to Bougainville.




New Dawn FM News
The second joint review of Bougainvilles autonomy arrangements has begun, providing the two governments with an independent report ahead of Bougainvilles independence referendum.
ABG Chief Secretary, JOSEPH NOBETAU said that the review was the second since the formation of the Autonomous Bougainville Government and would look at autonomy implementation from both sides of the government.
MR. NOBETAU said that the review team have provided their work plans to him and the National Governments Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari and will soon travel to Bougainville to undertake consultations.
He said that he is looking forward to a review with practical outcomes that set out the way forward for autonomy and the referendum.
He said that implementing autonomy is a joint responsibility, not just for Bougainville, therefore the review team will verify our joint progress as well as make recommendations to overcome obstacles that stand in the way of Bougainville fulfilling its high level of autonomy and conducting the referendum.
The review is supported by the United Nations at the request of both governments, with leaders at the joint supervisory body meeting endorsing a team of independent experts to conduct the review.
The team will be led by former provincial parliamentarian from Canada,
KEVIN DEVEAUX and will meet a wide range of people from the National and ABG Ministers and members, government officials across a range of sectors, civil society, ex combatants, youth and women groups.
MR. NOBETAU said that the team will look into four areas of autonomous authority handed to the ABG, Financial arrangements, delivery of public service, technical and legal aspects and good governance.




New Dawn FM News

The Chief Secretary for the Autonomous Bougainville Government, JOSEPH NOBETAU says that the Independent review team will visit Bougainville in the last two weeks of August, 2018.
And they are expected to complete their report by the last quarter of this year for the Joint Supervisory Body meeting for deliberation.
MR. NOBETAU made this statement whilst commenting on the second autonomy review that will take place this month.
He said that establishing the Bougainville autonomy has been a new journey for both governments.
MR. NOBETAU said that blockages, stumbles and disagreements are expected during this journey.
He said 13 years since the formation of the first Bougainville Government considerable progress has been made with many challenges yet to be addressed.
The Chief Secretary said that the autonomy review requirements are set out in the Bougainville Peace Agreement and the Constitution of PNG and Bougainville.




New Dawn FM News

The member for South Bougainville in the National Parliament and Deputy Opposition leader, TIMOTHY MASIU today called on the people of South Bougainville to continue to toil their land and harvest during these difficult times.
He made these comments on NEW DAWN FM when updating the people of South Bougainville on development projects in South Bougainville.
MR. MASIU said that despite the economic difficulties the country was facing South was building capacity for Schools, Health Centres, building roads here and there to make sure South Bougainville continues to progress.
The member for South Bougainville said that plans to build the KANGU BORDER POST BUIN AIRPORT and Power and water and sanitation programs for Buin town will be rolled out soon.
He also mentioned high profile visitors who have been visiting Buin this year and more have given notice to visit Buin and South Bougainville this year.




New Dawn FM News

A Buka businessman LEO SOLI today called on the people of Bougainville especially mothers at the market to learn to save their hard earned cash for use on things that matters most in their homes.
Speaking on New Dawn FM today, MR. SOLI said he was starting a savings project with interested groups who want to join him.
MR. SOLI said the project will carry awareness on women and other people who sell their garden produce at the markets everyday.
The aim is to encourage them to save their takings instead of spending everything after their sale.
He said his group have started by selling water at the market and this will continue with people who sell other produce.
MR. SOLI said garden produce if sold is purely profit and the program will really help the mothers at the market.



Digital image of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

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Fake News On Black Watch Beetles? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Getting it Right and Black Watch Beetles are a case in point. Kapiti writer Jim Webber says its a []


An urgent plea for leadership from NZ MPs "IndyWatch Feed"

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The irrelevance of the Magna Carta "IndyWatch Feed"

Andrew Littles arrogance got the better of himself once again during question 9 in the House, 8 August 2018. Hon Dr Nick Smith: Quote. Does he stand by his statements on the bill in Parliament last night that the Bill of Rights wasand I quote directlya pretty nasty device and There wasnt anything particularly noble [] The post The irrelevance of the Magna Carta appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


The Politburo strikes again "IndyWatch Feed"

Business Scoop reports: quote: Local climate group 350 Wellington are inviting Wellingtonians to join the call for Wellington Mayor, Justin Lester to kick fossil fuel companies out of Wellington by banning the Petroleum Conference from council-owned venues.end quote. Oh, here we go. It was only ever a matter of time, but even I am astounded at [] The post The Politburo strikes again appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Invasive Asian oysters help threatened Dutch oysters "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 2011 video is about Patella sp. and Ostrea edulis oyster, along the coast of Brittany in France.

From Marine Biology Research, 25 June 2018:

Return of the native facilitated by the invasive? Population composition, substrate preferences and epibenthic species richness of a recently discovered shellfish reef with native European flat oysters (Ostrea edulis) in the North Sea


After being ecologically extinct for almost a century, the discovery of a shellfish reef with native European flat oysters (Ostrea edulis) in the Dutch coastal area of the North Sea by the authors of this study called for an extensive survey to better understand some of the key requirements for the return of the native oyster in coastal waters. We assessed habitat conditions, its potential for increasing biodiversity, and the role of substrate provision by other bivalves such as the invasive alien Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas). Using underwater visual census, O. edulis size-frequency distributions and attachment substrate was investigated, as well as the composition of the epibenthic community and substrata types inside quadrats that were distributed across the reef. This reef was found to be composed of native European flat oysters, invasive alien Pacific oysters and blue mussels (Mytilus edulis), alternated with sandy patches.

The O. edulis population (6.8 0.6 oysters m2) consisted of individuals of different size classes. In quadrats with native and non-native oysters the number of epibenthic species was 60% higher compared to adjacent sand patches within the reef.

Notably, our results showed that the native oyster predominantly used shell (fragments) of the invasive Pacific oyster as settlement substrate (81% of individuals). Our results optimistically show that conditions for native oyster restoration can be suitable at a local scale in the coastal North Sea area and suggest that the return of native oysters may be facilitated by novel substrate provided by invasive oysters at sites where their distribution overlap.


When the yard is jammed, it just might be time to shut the gate "IndyWatch Feed"

Now well stop all immigration, we wont need it any more The Old Bullock Dray, 1897 Australian activist Avi Yemini has observed that the things that obsess the insular echo-chambers of the political and chattering classes are completely estranged from the things that are important to the mass of Australian voters. The great and [] The post When the yard is jammed, it just might be time to shut the gate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Audio: Karl Pearce stands by his letter to Jan Thomas "IndyWatch Feed"

Karl Pearce is the man who wrote the letter that Jan Thomas used to help justify her banning of Dr Don Brash. There was a veiled threat of violence if you read between the lines of Pearces letter. I am sure you would be concerned about further press regarding this group of individuals at Massey Manawatu Campus. I look [] The post Audio: Karl Pearce stands by his letter to Jan Thomas appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


The Marxists and the Globalists: How the enemies of our enemies became frenemies "IndyWatch Feed"

But it was too much to expect that the left would just embrace the Capitalist West they had railed against so long. The Long March rolled on, but leftists changed tack, went underground, and adopted a new strategy. "Post-modernism" was born. The post The Marxists and the Globalists: How the enemies of our enemies became frenemies appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Leighton Smith on Marama Davidsons wish to reclaim c*nt "IndyWatch Feed"

Leighton Smith was all fired up over Marama Davidsons desire to reclaim the word c*nt: Quote: There was a story on TV last night about the most objectionable word on the broadcasting control list. We are issued with lists of words that are unacceptable, that if I used, any of the top four or five, [] The post Leighton Smith on Marama Davidsons wish to reclaim c*nt appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


What was the health and safety plan? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The cow and calf which were involved in an attack on a jogger and her rescuer in an Auckland park have been culled.

. . .The council said it was natural instinct for a mother cow to protect its calf and advised anyone on council property with stock to be extra careful during calving season.

But it had the cow and calf culled in response to the incident, saying the cow had acted in an overly protective way against the walkers which came near it. . . 

Anyone familiar with cattle knows the danger of getting between cows and their offspring.

However, the cattle in question werent on a farm where people would be expected to know to be wary. They were in an urban park, open to the public, and advice from the council after the attack to be extra careful seems more than a little inadequate for health and safety requirements.

Any farmers conscious of their responsibilities would not usually allow visitors in the same paddock as cows with calves.

Unrestricted access to a paddock with stock poses animal health and welfare, biosecurity and human safety risks at any time. The risks to stock and people increase when cows have calves.

This is one of the reasons farmers are so adamantly opposed to giving up property rights and allowing any right to roam.

Where, and what, was the councils health and safety plan and how, in this often over-protective age, has the council got away with not separating the cattle from the jogging and biking track with at least a hot wire?


Press Release | Amicus Brief Urges Fundamental Rights for the Anchicay and All Colombian Rivers "IndyWatch Feed World"

Date: Wednesday, August 8, 2018FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE8 August 2018 New York, NY: Today, a coalition of organizations submitted an amicus brief to the Constitutional Court of Colombia calling for recognition of the rights of the Anchicay River, which flows through the vastly biodiverse Colombian Pacific region. The brief also asks the Court to recognize the rights of every other river in Colombia.Governments must recognize the inalienable rights of all rivers, with Colombia leading [...]


Barry Soper on the stupidity of the Massey University Vice-Chancellor "IndyWatch Feed"

Barry Soper critically analyses the stupidity of Jan Thomas: Quote: If Massey Universitys Vice Chancellor Jan Thomas really wanted to get a handle on hate speech she should go on social media and have a look at what the trolls are now saying about her. Banning Don Brash from speaking today to her universitys Politics [] The post Barry Soper on the stupidity of the Massey University Vice-Chancellor appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Most read "IndyWatch Feed"

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


If we are to be stripped of freedom of speech, its content doesnt matter "IndyWatch Feed"

The two Canadian visitors have left these shores in circumstances never to be accurately recorded. After three weeks of controversial twists and turns that showed less regard for the laws of quantum physics than the last Terminator movie while simultaneously exceeding the New Testaments volume of resurrection, it seemed to conclude in a stomach-churning car [] The post If we are to be stripped of freedom of speech, its content doesnt matter appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Climate Justice Forum: Noam Chomsky on Trump, Climate Change, & Nuclear Weapons, Bayou Bridge Pipeline Resistance, Appeal of Lake Pend Oreille Railroad Expansion, Tribal Canoe Journey Honoring Water, Train Rides for Idaho Officials, Montana Rail Bridge Wreck, Iowa Derailment-Oiled Debris in Landfill, Idaho Waste Injection Well Regulation Transfer, Pipeline Lawsuit Against Activists 8-8-18 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Wednesday, August 8, 2018 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features a Noam Chomsky interview about Trump administration policies, climate change, nuclear weapons, and human survival, and a video about Bayou Bridge pipeline resistance.  We also share news and reflections on an appeal of an Idaho agency permit for Lake Pend Oreille railroad expansion, a Kalispel tribe water-honoring canoe journey, train rides cajoling Idaho officials and emergency responders, a Montana rail bridge derailment, landfill deposits of oiled vegetation from an Iowa train wreck, transfer of oil and gas waste injection well regulation from Idaho to federal agencies, and a pipeline company lawsuit against direct activists.  Broadcast for six years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


A step forward for aid transparency in the Pacific "IndyWatch Feed"

The Devpolicy Blog has discussed the need for enhanced aid transparency in aid activities since its inception. There are many reasons why a lack of transparency in aid can negatively impact aid effectiveness. It makes it harder for donors to coordinate effectively with one another and identify gaps in investments. It makes it harder for partner countries to align aid with their own investment priorities. It makes it harder for donors to learn from each other, and from the past. It also reduces the accountability of aid, both on the sending and receiving side of the equation.

It is for all of these reasons that transparency has been enshrined in high-level aid effectiveness agreements, including the 2005 Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, the 2008 Accra Agenda for Action, and the 2011 Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation.

Aid transparency is particularly important for a region like the Pacific. Even when excluding NGOs and private sector philanthropies, there are more than 60 bilateral and multilateral donors operating in the region, spending around US $2 billion per year. With a total regional population of around 11 million, and when excluding PNG an average population size per country of under 200,000, the scope and capability for Pacific island governments to engage with and coordinate such a wide range of partners is a daunting task.

In the last decade there have been great advances in aid transparency. The International Aid and Transparency Initiative Standard (IATI), established in 2008, has established a new benchmark for international reporting. Each year more donors are getting serious about their commitments to IATI, as exhibited in the annual Aid Transparency Index. Many aid agencies around the world are also getting more serious with their own dashboards, widgets, and project pages, making their websites sophisticated repositories of aid knowledge (best examples include USAids explorer portal and DFIDs Devtracker). Despite these advances, we are a long way off regional comprehensive and timely reporting of aid flows.

We got tired of waiting.

Over the last 18 months we have been working on the Lowy Institute Pac...


Ardern absolutely overdone "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Quotes from Jacinda Ardern in Parliaments question time on Tuesday: Hon Chris Hipkins: Does the Prime Minister think it is tenable for the Government to threaten to cut funding for universities when they make decisions that the Government disagrees with? Rt Hon JACINDA ARDERN: Absolutely not.   Rt Hon Winston Peters: Regarding the international influence []


Brash up-platformed in university debate tonight "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Massey University received almost universal criticism and derision after they cancelled a political society meeting that Don Brash was scheduled to speak at. It was widely seen as an attack on free speech, with some saying it was proof of a slippery slope for free speech. Brash got far more publicity than he would received []


Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed"

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


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

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


Marama Davidson dismays with vulgar campaign "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

On Monday I posted about Marama Davidsons use of what is generally refereed to as the c-word in a speech in the weekend Davidson and women get a free pass to use C word. Davidson has picked up on publicity over her swearing, now campaigning on it. If women get called the *C* word by []


QotD: The "favourite weapons of Imperialism": "protective tariffs, prohibitions of imports limitations on emigration and immigration. This is becoming more significant now." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

"In the last decades of the nineteenth century, and the first decades of the twentieth, the favourite weapons of Imperialism were commercial weapons protective tariffs, prohibitions of imports, premiums on exports, freight discriminations, and the like. Less attention was paid [then] to the use of another powerful imperialistic weapon limitations on emigration and immigration. This is becoming more significant now."
~ Ludwig Von Mises, from his 1922 classic Socialism: An Economic & Sociological Analysis


Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Investment is crucial. Because the truth is, you only get jobs and growth in the economy when people invest money, at their own risk, in setting up a business or expanding an existing business.   Sir John Key who celebrates his 57th birthday today.


Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed"

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


Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

The University of Auckland will not be following Massey Universitys decision to ban former Reserve Bank Governor Don Brash from giving a speech.[] Brash is due to participate in a debate at the University of Auckland [tonight] He will be speaking in favour of the motion, has PC culture gone too far to the point [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Hurricane Hector Reaches Wind Gusts As High As 160 MPH, Causing Significant Impact "IndyWatch Feed World"

Its a news story that has kept the residents of Hawaii on their feet as they watch Hurricane Hector trekking through the Pacific Ocean in the direction of the islands. While the latest reports show the hurricane moving south of Hawaii rather than hitting the island directly, experts warn that tourists and residents should still prepare for its impact.

With wind gusts estimated to hit as high as 160 mph, Hurricane Hector had many local residents concerned about the fate of the island as they continue to recover from the recent eruption of Kilauea. The volcano caused havoc on the small island, covering more than 12 square miles with thick, black lava, destroying over 700 homes, and triggering fires and lava bombs resulting in the evacuation of countless residents.

Luckily for those that call the island home, while the hurricane will certainly pass close to the island, the center of the storm will be far enough south that the impact will be far less than originally believed. On Sunday the National Hurricane Center related a statement that the Category 4 storm was 1130 miles east-southeast of the southern point of Hawaii, however, they warned, this doesnt mean that tourists and residents on the island can consider themselves to be in the clear.

While the official forecast track continues to lie south of the Hawaiian Islands, only a slight deviation to the north of the forecast track would significantly increase potential impacts on the Hawaiian Islands, they warned. Now is a good time for everyone in the Hawaiian Islands to ensure that they have their hurricane plan in place.

With the storm passing to the south of the island today and into tomorrow, officials say that the island has avoided the worst of the storms destruction, however, anytime that a major storm passes that close to an island or coastline we need to pay careful attention to the periphery effects. The storm will have an impact on the safety of the waterways and beaches. Both resident and tourists are cautioned about the possibility of dangerous surf conditions and currents. Some reports estimate that the swells produced from Hector may reach heights of 12 to 15 feet, especially along the Puna and Kau districts of the Big Island.

On the outer edges of the storm, officials are warning that bands of h...


Trade war and Trump praise continue "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The US-China trade war continues to escalate, Donald Trump claims some really super GDP growth and praises himself, but warnings there are from within the US. USA Today: Trump escalates trade war with 25 percent tariffs on another $16 billion in Chinese goods The Trump administration announced Tuesday it is moving forward with a 25 percent []


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

The word for today is epigone (noun) A second-rate imitator or follower, especially of an artist or a philosopher. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : The English noun epigone ultimately comes from the Greek plural noun epgonoi offspring, posterity, literally (ones) born after or later, a noun use of the adjective epgonos born [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed"

Proverbs 9 10 Fear of the Lord is the foundation of wisdom. Knowledge of the Holy One results in good judgment. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Israel-Hamas truce talks advanced "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Some hope of a de-escalation of ongoing hostilities between Israeli forces and Hamas in the Gaza Strip. Reuters: Hamas says indirect Gaza truce talks with Israel advanced U.N.- and Egyptian-mediated talks on a deal to tamp down tensions between Israel and the Gaza Strip are in advanced stages, a senior member of the Palestinian enclaves []


GOP Congressman From New York Charged With Insider Trading "IndyWatch Feed National"

NEW YORKRepublican U.S. Rep. Christopher Collins of western New York state was arrested Wednesday on charges he fed inside information he gleaned from sitting on the board of a biotechnology company to his son, helping themselves and others dodge hundreds of thousands of dollars in losses when bad news came out.

Collins, 68, is a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump who was among the first two sitting members of Congress to endorse his candidacy for the White House.

An indictment unsealed in Manhattan federal court charges Collins, the congressmans son and the father of the sons fiance with conspiracy, securities fraud, wire fraud and making false statements to the FBI.

Prosecutors said the charges stem from Collins decision to share with his son insider information about Innate Immunotherapeutics Limited, a biotechnology company headquartered in Sydney, Australia, with offices in Auckland, New Zealand. Collins was the companys largest shareholder, with nearly 17 percent of its shares, and sat on its board.

According to the indictment, Collins was attending the Congressional Picnic at the White House on June 22, 2017, when he received an email from the companys chief executive saying that a trial of a drug the company developed to treat multiple sclerosis was a clinical failure. After a public announcement, the companys stock price plunged 92 percent.

Collins responded to the email saying: Wow. Makes no sense. How are these results even possible??? the indictment said. It said he then called his son, Cameron, and, after several missed calls, they spoke for more than six minutes.

The next morning, according to the indictment, Collins began selling his shares, unloading enough over a two-day period to avoid $570,900 in losses before a public announcement of the drug trial results.

Prosecutors said the son traded on the inside information and passed it to a third defendant, Stephen Zarsky. Their combined trades avoided over $768,000 in losses, authorities said. They said Zarsky traded on it and tipped off at least three others.

Collins, a conservative who was first elected in 2012 to represent parts of western New York between Buffalo and Rochester, has denied any wrongdoing. When the House Ethics Committee began investigating the stock trades a year ago, his spokeswoman called it a partisan witch hunt.

We will answer the charges filed against Congressman Collins in court and will mount a vigorous defense to clear his good name, his attorneys, Jonathan Barr and Jonathan New, said in a statement Wednesday. It is notable that even the government does not allege that Congressman Collins traded a single share of Innate Therapeutics stock. We are confident he will be completely vindicated and exonerated.



Media watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


Open Forum Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


Matt in the Morning "IndyWatch Feed"

Classic Matt Daily Telegraph 2017



Decades of Mismanagement Turned US Forests Into Slow-Motion Time Bombs "IndyWatch Feed World"

  • Wildfire experts say poor management, not global warming, is the major reason behind worsening wildfires.
  • Forester Bob Zybach warned decades ago that environmental regulations and less logging would make fires worse.
  • The Trump administration is doing more active management of lands, but is it enough?

Bob Zybach feels like a broken record. Decades ago he warned government officials allowing Oregons forests to grow unchecked by proper management would result in catastrophic wildfires.

While some want to blame global warming for the uptick in catastrophic wildfires, Zybach said a change in forest management policies is the main reason Americans are seeing a return to more intense fires, particularly in the Pacific Northwest and California where millions of acres of protected forests stand.

We knew exactly what would happen if we just walked away, Zybach, an experienced forester with a PhD in environmental science, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Zybach spent two decades as a reforestation contractor before heading to graduate school in the 1990s. Then the Clinton administration in 1994 introduced its plan to protect old growth trees and spotted owls by strictly limiting logging.

Less logging also meant government foresters werent doing as much active management of forests thinnings, prescribed burns and other activities to reduce wildfire risk. (RELATED: Scientists Issue Absurd Doomsday Prediction, Warn Of A Hothouse Earth)

Zybach told Evergreen magazine that year the Clinton administrations plan for naturally functioning ecosystems free of human interference ignored history and would fuel wildfires reminiscent of the Tillamook burn, the 1910 fires and the Yellowstone fire.

Between 1952 and 1987, western Oregon only one major fire above 10,000 acres. The regions relatively fire-free streak ended with the Silver Complex Fire of 1987 that burned more than 100,000 acres in the Kalmiopsis Wilderness area, torching rare plants and trees the federal government set aside to protect from human activities. The area has burned several more times since the 1980s.

Mostly fuels were removed through logging, active management which they stopped and grazing, Zybac...


Battling 18 Blazes, California Faces Its Worst Fire Season "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

LAKEPORT, Calif.The largest wildfire ever recorded in California needed just 11 days to blacken an area nearly the size of Los Angeles and its only one of many enormous blazes that could make this the worst fire season in state history.

Some 14,000 firefighters from as far away as Florida and even New Zealand are struggling to curb 18 fires in the midst of a sweltering summer that has seen wind-whipped flames carve their way through national forest land and rural areas, threaten urban areas and incinerate neighborhoods.

For whatever reason, fires are burning much more intensely, much more quickly than they were before, said Mark A. Hartwig, president of the California Fire Chiefs Association.

California is seeing earlier, longer and more destructive wildfire seasons because of drought, warmer weather attributed to climate change and home construction deeper into the forests.

Some of the largest fires have erupted just within the past few weeks as the state has seen record-setting temperatures and the historically worst months of wildfire season are still to come.

In Northern California, the record-setting Mendocino Complex twin fires being fought as a single conflagration gained ground Tuesday but more slowly because its own smoke covered the area and lowered the temperature, according to the California Department of Forestry.

The flames, which had burned 457 square miles (1,184 square kilometers), were raging in mostly remote areas and no deaths or serious injuries were reported but 75 homes were destroyed.

The blaze that broke out July 27 initially spread quickly because of what officials said was a perfect combination of weather, rugged topography and abundant brush and timber turned to tinder by years of drought.

Resources also were thin at first because thousands of firefighters already were battling a fire hundreds of miles north. That fire, which spread into the city of Redding, killed six people and destroyed more than 1,000 homes. The so-called Carr Fire was less than half contained.

In becoming the biggest fire in California history, the Mendocino Complex fire broke a record set just eight months ago. A blaze in Southern California in December killed two people, burned 440 square miles (1,140 square kilometers) and destroyed more than 1,000 buildings.

Californias firefighting costs have more than tripled from $242 million in the 2013 fiscal year to $773 million in the 2018 fiscal year that ended June 30, according to Cal Fire.

Were in uncharted territory, Gov. Jerry Brown warned last week. Since civilization emerged 10,000 years ago, we havent had this kind of heat condition, and its going to continue getting worse. Thats the way it is.


Wednesday, 08 August


Clash of Ideologies in Portland "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Is Trump Becoming More Like Hitler? (Russ)

This historian of Nazi Germany thinks so. Heres why.

Trump vs. Climate Science, Again (Reader Steve)

Trump believes Californias wildfires could be lessened if water supplies werent being diverted into the Pacific Ocean. Climate scientists disagree.

Even the FBI Agrees: When Undercover Agents Pose as Journalists, It Hurts Real Journalists Work (Jimmy)

The author writes, The FBI has previously disclosed that agents have pretended to be news reporters to further investigations. But questions remain about how often such covers are used and what policies are in place to govern the deployment of fake reporters.

Facebook Is Great for Political Organizing, but Not for Politics (Dan)

This interview with the author of The Anti-Social Network discusses how Facebook and other social media platforms overstate how much they connect us, and understate how much they divide us.

US Refuses to Back Canada in Saudi Arabia Dispute (Reader Luke)

The author writes, The US government has declined to come to Canadas defence in the growing diplomatic crisis over its criticism of Saudi Arabias human-rights record.

The post...


Australias most populous state 100 percent in drought "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

New South Wales is suffering the worst drought in more than 50 years, with farmers among the hardest hit.

Some farmers have been forced to shoot livestock as grazeable land and crops become increasingly scarce [David Gray/Reuters]
Some farmers have been forced to shoot livestock as grazeable land and crops become increasingly scarce [David Gray/Reuters]


New York Republican Rep. Chris Collins to be indicted on insider trading charges "IndyWatch Feed"

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y.

Tom Williams | CQ Roll Call | Getty Images
Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y.

Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., will be indicted by the Justice Department on insider trading charges, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday morning.

The indictment relates to securities of Innate Immunotherapeutics an Australian biotechnology company on whose board of directors Christopher Collins served, the DOJ said.

This is developing news. Please check back for updates.


World view Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


August 9 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

48 BC Battle of Pharsalus  Julius Caesar decisively defeated Pompey at Pharsalus and Pompey fled to Egypt.

378 Gothic War: Battle of Adrianople A large Roman army led by Emperor Valens was defeated by the Visigoths. Valens and more than half his army were killed.

681 Bulgaria was founded as a Khanate on the south bank of the Danube.

1173 Construction of the Tower of Pisa began.

1483 Opening of the Sistine Chapel.

1631 John Dryden, English Poet Laureate, was born (d. 1700).

1814  Indian Wars: The Creek signed the Treaty of Fort Jackson, giving up huge parts of Alabama and Georgia.

1842  Webster-Ashburton Treaty was signed, establishing the United States-Canada border east of the Rocky Mountains.

1854  Henry David Thoreau published Walden.

1862  Battle of Cedar Mountain  General Stonewall Jackson narrowly defeated Union forces under General John Pope.

1877 Battle of Big Hole  A small band of Nez Perc Indians clash with the United States Army.

1892 Thomas Edison received a patent for a two-way telegraph.

1896  Jean Piaget, Swiss psychologist, was born (d. 1980)

1899  P. L. Travers, Australian author, was born  (d. 1996).

1902  Edward VII and Alexandra of Denmark were crowned King and Queen of the United Kingdom.

1908 The Great White Fleet  16 Amer...



365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The furore over Don Brash being banned from Massey isnt all bad.

Its brought the importance of free speech to the fore and showed that people can put aside political bias to stand up for a principle.

Im grateful for that.



WHO says spread of Polio in PNG is high "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The World Health Organization has classified the further spread of polio in the country as 'high'.

In a statement, the WHO's country representative, Doctor Luo Dapeng, says this is due to the substantial vaccination coverage gaps across the country.

The statement was in relation to the discovery of a third polio case of a three year old boy, this time, from Mulitaka in Laiagam District in Enga Province, which has created concern at the National Department of Health, and labeling polio as spreading geographically.

Dr Dapeng says the identification of the third polio case highlights the importance of maintaining high levels of routine vaccination coverage and effective surveillance systems for early detection.

Dr Dapeng says the virus can emerge in populations which are inadequately immunized.

He says in many provinces, including Enga, the vaccination coverage is far below the required level.

The National Polio Response Emergency Operations Center is currently updating its risk assessment and planning the enhancement of response operations, including possible expansion of vaccination to the entire Highlands Region.

NBC News/PNG Today


Inferno XIX: Whack-a-pope "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The full text of the canto in Italian/English Il mio bel San Giovanni . My dear, beautiful San Giovanni. Of all the buildings that survive from the time of Dantes Florence, this is both the most famous and the one he cherished the most. While the construction of the adjacent Santa Maria del Fiore began five years before Dante was exiled from Florence, it wasnt completed until the fifteenth


California, wildfires and Trump attacks "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 7 August 2018 CBS TV video from the USA says about itself:

The Mendocino Complex wildfire in Northern California is now the largest in state history. Its burned more than 443 square miles, an area nearly as large as the city of Los Angeles. The Mendocino Complex is one of 15 large fires burning in California. John Blackstone reports.

Translated from Evita Neefs in Belgian daily De Standaard today:

Trump at war with California

Humans and climate burn forests

California is on fire. For weeks the fire brigade has been working hard to contain sixteen big fires. Without much success. The conflagration around Clear Lake, just south of Mendocino National Forest, has become the largest in the history of the Golden State.

President Donald Trump blamed the disaster in two tweets on the bad environmental laws of the state. According to him, enormous amounts of water are diverted to the Pacific Ocean, so that the fire brigade suffers from a water shortage. Experts could not believe their eyes. That is not at all the cause of the forest fires. The tweets do not make sense: there is no lack of fire-fighting water at all.

Ever since 1944, Smokey Bear has been encouraging Americans to be careful in the woods. In vain. 84 percent of forest fires in California even 90 percent are still caused by humans.

The largest surfaces are turned into ashes by fires caused by high-voltage lines. However, having these underground is too expensive, the utilities corporations say.

In a tweet, Trump instructed California to thin out its forests and remove the undergrowth. Experts admit that there is something in that. But, they add, the majority of the tre...


Wednesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed"

Why Radical INDIVIDUALISM in a TRIBALIZING Society wont Work The post Wednesday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


The Coming Polynesian Union "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Polynesian Leaders Group is a step in the direction of unity for Pacific peoples. The only barrier to it and the Melanesian Spearhead Group is interference from the politico-military viceroys in Canberra, Wellington, Washington, London, and Paris.


Cross party support for minor marriage consent bill "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Sometimes Parliament works and votes together to bring in worthwhile legislation. Minors (Court Consent to Relationships) Legislation Bill This bill proposes that 16 and 17 year olds who wish to marry must apply to the court, and sets out how the court is to consider the application. This means parents cant dictate that young people []


When Harry became Sally "IndyWatch Feed"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to This clip is of Ryan Anderson PhD, former student of Robert George who is  Robert Peter George (born July 10, 1955) is an American legal scholar, political philosopher, and public intellectual who serves as the McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence and Director [] The post When Harry became Sally appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Wednesday Weapons "IndyWatch Feed"

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



Napier Girls High ball was cancelled at late notice because a not divulged   at the time
"Threat" had been received.
This morning on Hosking in a scheduled weekly slot Police Minister and Local Napier MP Stuart Nash revealed a little of that "threat".  Apparently an email from off shore suggested the ball atendees would be attacked in a shooting.

The Powerhouse cancelled the booking for Moleneux and Southern one hour before curtain rise after an alleged "Bomb " threat.

Vice  Chancellor of Massey university,  Professor Jan Thomas cancelled a scheduled  address by Don Brash, one speaker in a week of scheduled talks by former political leaders sponsored by a political organisation based on campus after ONE email protesting his participation.

I can easily see how Tanya Harris might struggle to be permitted to organise her peaceful march down Queen  St  c1981, cor blimy that would now be hate speech for sure, wouldnt it.

"Spiking Guns was a simple tactic to disable captured enemy guns by driving a spike into the ignition hole by which gunpowder was set off sending a projectile into battle, thereby preventing them being used again.

The police should be making a concerted effort to sheet home to those responsible for these minority driven threats of extreme violence a lesson not to be soon forgotten
It is I hope a minority but there is some remarkable success in  threats via electronic medium that has otherwise sane people taking extraordinary steps. Maybe I am being too free with my sane comment as we saw Goofy the dorkland mayor clearly exceeding his statuary power to fulfill a personal desire to thwart the two Canadians, I am still to be convinced that Professor Thomas was doing likewise but after listening to her dervish like dancing on a pin head with Larry Williams, her clear bias was in favour of following the race based opposition to  a great NZ man who desires one nation with one set of rules equally applied and currently shows his beliefs via the Hobson Pledge movement.

It would be interesting to know how or even if,  the NZ police are  officially taking such threats of shooting, bombing and even rioting, they are serious allegations and those involved in creating and propagating such dreadful acts need to be brought to account along with others such as Goofy who latch onto the feeble excuse to perpetrate their personal beliefs as enablers.

One could ask why was sedition removed from NZ criminal law as a criminal act .
Oh and who  was behind that, remind me again.


Alex Jones statement on being deplatformed "IndyWatch Feed"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to There has been what appears to be a coordinated take down of the Infowars site run by Alex Jones by YouTube, Apple and Facebook.  I personally take a lot of stuff he says with a pinch of salt.  I dont [] The post Alex Jones statement on being deplatformed appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Highlights of Australian Government Nuclear Information Session in Kimba "IndyWatch Feed"

Dave Sweeney, 8 Aug 18  an update of the highlights from last nights federal agency forum in Kimba:

Between 120-150 people put in three hours in a very cold hall listening to presentations from ARPANSA, ANSTO, DIIS and others then to responses to pre-submitted questions.

As usual there was considerable running down of the clock and unrelated/ off the mark responses but still a fair bit of interest and use, including:


  • no urgency to move ILW from Lucas Heights this was clear and repeated proponent would need to prove need/ rationale and safety case
  • new ARPANSA code has reaffirmed that siting on agricultural land is less preferred (nb: this is guidance, not a requirement)
  • will require two separate license applications for LLW and ILW as they have different requirements
  • 12-18 months further work required on Woomera waste characterisation



Western Australia based Azark wants nuclear waste dump site to be Leonora, W.A. "IndyWatch Feed"

Calls for a nuclear waste facility in WA. Business News Western Australia, 7 August 18 Western Australia based Azark projects is calling on the Federal government to review its preference for a nuclear waste storage facility in South Australia, with the George Gear led company  proposing Leonora as a more suitable location.


Remembering the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Perilous Times "IndyWatch Feed"

BY Joseph Gerson, Truthout  August 6, 2018 

The consensus among US historians is that the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in addition to being moral abominations against civilians were also opposed by senior military leaders, including General (later President) Eisenhower, who did not see them as politically necessary.

While making no excuses for Japanese militarism and imperial aggressions, we should remember that in the months prior to the USs atomic bombings, the Japanese government attempted to surrender on terms the US ultimately accepted after the atomic bombings: unconditional surrender with the exception of the emperor remaining on his throne. According to my own research for my book, most senior US military leaders thought that the bombings were unnecessary and wrong.


Craven domestic political calculations, racism and bureaucratic momentum contributed to former President Harry Trumans decision t...


NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP Senate Inquiry "IndyWatch Feed"

Kram Nikpmis Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 7 Aug 2018
The Federal Government selects prime agricultural wheat farmland and the most seismically active Flinders Ranges to become Australias Radioactive Nuclear Waste Central Depot. Questions have not been answered truthfully and the site selection process smacks of a fixed match.

NUCLEAR WASTE DUMP Senate Committee of Inquiry

This is Maralinga 2018, where deception and bribery are at the helm of this decision, rather than an intelligent, transparent nuclear waste planning for the future safety of all Australians. There are infinitely better options for a national low level and INTERMEDIATE level waste dump providing worlds best practice PERMANENT facilities that have been put forward, which the Federal Government are...


Malaysias former prime minister Najib Razak pleads not guilty to money laundering charges "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Photo by Hadi Azmi.

Malaysias former prime minister Najib Razak today (Wednesday) pleaded not guilty to three new charges at a High Court hearing in Kuala Lumpur.

Najib first appeared before Judge Azura Alwi, where the three money laundering charges were read to him, then he entered his pleas in High Court 3, where Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali was presiding.

On July 4, Najib pleaded not guilty to three charges of alleged criminal breach of trust and one of alleged abuse of power.

The prosecution and defence agreed today that all seven charges should be dealt with together in one trial.

Mohd Nazl...


Australian govt not consulting communities on the nuclear waste transport route "IndyWatch Feed"

Robyn Wood, 7 Aug 18
The arrogant federal government doesnt think it needs to consult in depth with the communities the waste will be travelling through? Who is responsible for an accident?
 ABC North North West 639 Facebook Page  PORT PIRIE TO RECEIVE NUCLEAR WASTE?

Port Pirie Regional Council has been blindsided by reports that suggest the ...


Insanity of placing a nuclear waste dump in farmland on a flood plain "IndyWatch Feed"

TURNBULL PLEASE EXPLAIN : Spencer Gulf Cities in South Australia to become Nuclear Waste Central Nuclear Waste from all over the country (upto 10,000 times more radioactive than uranium ore) will be transported thousands of kms several times a week thru Spencer Gulf cities, roads and ports (Port Pirie, Whyalla and Port Augusta).
Like the rest of the state, people...


The deplatforming of Lauren Southern "IndyWatch Feed"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to The post The deplatforming of Lauren Southern appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Vince Coulthard reiterates the Adnyamathanha peoples firm opposition to nuclear waste dumping on their traditional country "IndyWatch Feed"

Vince Coulthard  Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 7 Aug 18 am sick and tired of the lies about me in relation to the nuclear waste dump.

I do not want it anywhere in Adnyamathanha Yarta/country.
As Adnyamathanha people we have been entrusted by our ancestors, with the responsibility of caring for our country and there is no way any sane person would want to poison our land for hundreds of generations to come.

I know some people are trying to discredit me by misquoting me but anyone who knows me would already know there is NO WAY I would support this waste dump and only FOOLS sucked in by the $$$ would think it was ok to make these accusations against me.

And to suggest that I would want this toxic dump anywhere near my homeland and my family is even more foolish. This is ridiculous and I would ask that you please share this status as I have had enough of this slander.


10 Films Nominated for the 2nd Papuan Film Festival (PFFII) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"



ss=size-large wp-image-2088 /> The Venue for the 2nd Papuan Film Festival 2018 (PFFII)

The committee of the 2nd Papua Film Festival (FFPII) finally declared the best ten documentary films from submissions received. These films will be highlighted and screened at the upcoming festival which will be held from 7-9 August 2018, in the capital of Papua province Jayapura. The theme of this years festival is indigenous Papuans struggling facing modernization.

A four-member jury council consisting of Wensiaus Fatubun, Veronika Kusumaryati and Zadrak Wamebu selected 10 best films from the submissions. Last month, a total of 19 films from various regions of Indonesia from Asmat, Wamena, Jayapura, Keerom, Supiori, Biak, Jayapura City to Jakarta had been submitted.

Harun Rumbarar, the chairperson of the Second Papua Film Festival Committee mentioned about the selection process:

The assessments were divided into two parts technical and non-technical aspects. the technical aspects included shooting technics, clarity of film, clarity of sound, and editing. While the non-technical aspects included ways of telling stories, the storyline itself, clarity of information, and the strength of the issues raised.

The ten films that are nominated are:

  • Cerita Ema (Emas story)
    by Naomi Marasian & Yuliana Marasian ( Nabire ),
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Australias risk of mortality from extreme heat set to rise "IndyWatch Feed"

In three of Australias great cities, deaths from heat waves will have risen by more than 470%.,11762  Climate News Network 7 August 2018,  Hazards multiply when extreme heat and humidity join in lethalcombination and Australias heat-related mortality risk is intensifying.

BY THE CLOSE of the century, the two-fisted assault of extreme heat and humidity could make the North China Plain a deadly zone.

As water vapour rises from irrigated farmland in heat extremes which are likely if humans go on burning ever-greater quantities of fossil fuels then air temperatures and moisture conditions could become such that outdoor workers could no longer cool by perspiration.

In such circumstances, no normal healthy person could survive more than six hours. And since 400 million people already live on the North China Plain, by 2070, the consequences of ever-greater temperatures could be devastating, according to new research in the journal Nature Communications.

Simultaneously, a second study in a separate journal, confirms that by 2080, excess deaths from extremes of heat will have risen in the tropics, subtropics and even the temperate zones.

In three of Australias great cities, deaths from heat waves will have risen by more than 470%.

Future heatwaves in particular will be more frequent, more intense and will last much longer.

The warning for China which already emits more greenhouse gases than any other nation is bas...


Welcome to Whaleoil and thank you for reading "IndyWatch Feed"

A BIG Whaleoil thank you to the thousands of new readers who discovered Whaleoil this past week as we all grappled with the latest news stories and discussed what they mean for freedom of speech in New Zealand. You have joined a well-established (13 years) friendly community and we are very glad to welcome you all [] The post Welcome to Whaleoil and thank you for reading appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Children are highly vulnerable to health risks of a changing climate "IndyWatch Feed", COLUMBIA UNIVERSITYS MAILMAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH      Young children are far more vulnerable to climate-related disasters and the onus is on adults to provide the protection and care that children need, according to research by Columbia Universitys Mailman School of Public Health and Columbia University Irving Medical Center. In a paper published in PLoS Medicine, researchers set out some specific challenges associated with the impacts of climate change on the worlds 2.3 billion children and suggest ways to address their underprioritized needs.

Because of their anatomic, cognitive, immunologic, and psychologic differences, children and adolescents are more vulnerable to climate change-related events like floods, droughts, and heatwaves than adults, says Madeleine Thomson, PhD, a research scholar in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, faculty member at Columbias Earth Institute, a guest editor in PLOS One Medicines Special Issue on Climate Change and Health in the International Research Institute for Climate and Society.

Because of their small surface-to-body ratio, infants and children are particularly vulnerable to dehydration and heat stress. During heat waves, children are more likely to be affected by respiratory disease, kidney disease, electrolyte imbalance, and fever. Heat waves have also been shown to exacerbate allergens and air pollution which impact children more severely than adults because of their underdeveloped respiratory and immune systems and because they breathe at a faster rate than adults.

The authors write that hotter temperatures may also expand the range of vector-borne diseases, including the Zika virus which, following the 2015 epidemic, has profoundly affected the lives of children and their families across Latin America and the Caribbean. Even children who were asymptomatic at birth may develop problems later in life.

After Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico in September 2017 medical responders encountered increases in gastroenteritis, asthma exacerbations and skin infections. Children were also at increased risk for mosquito-borne diseases such as Chikungunya and Dengue, as well as leptospirosis through the drinking of contaminated water. Flood waters from Hurricane Harvey a few weeks earlier dropped record breaking rain. Most of the Harvey-related toxic releases were never publicized and the long-term implications for childrens health is unknown. Studies suggest that climate change is increasing the intensity of North Atlantic hurricanes and the likelihood that the severe consequences for children...


Donald Trump puts sanctions back on Iran "IndyWatch Feed"

Trump reimposes Iran nuclear deal sanctions, The Hill, BY REBECCA KHEEL , 7 Aug 18   The Trump administration announced Monday the reimposition of sanctions on Iran that were lifted as part of a nuclear agreement with the country.

The sanctions will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday and follow through on the order President Trump gave when he withdrew from the nuclear pact in May.

The United States is fully committed to enforcing all of our sanctions, and we will work closely with nations conducting business with Iran to ensure complete compliance. Individuals or entities that fail to wind down activities with Iran risk severe consequences, Trump said in a statement Monday..

The sanctions that will come back into effect after midnight target transactions with U.S. dollar banknotes; trade in gold and precious metals; direct or indirect sales of graphite and metals such as steel and aluminum; certain transactions related to the Iranian rial; certain transactions related to issuing Iranian sovereign debt; and Irans automotive sector...


August 7 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed"

Opinion: Electric power sector reduces emissions with shift from coal While the President of the US has repeatedly signaled an interest in propping up the coal industry, the market has spoken to the contrary. Coal is being displaced by natural gas and renewable energy resources, this has led to a reduction in air []

via August 7 Energy News geoharvey


NEG: An abject failure of principled political leadership RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed"

The investment certainty business craves will be non-existent until climate action is accepted as the absolute priority in determining energy policy. But achieving this will require political leadership.

via NEG: An abject failure of principled political leadership RenewEconomy


Can the NEG solve the electricity trilemma? RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed"

The National Energy Guarantee can provide a mechanism for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, so long as a more ambitious target is adopted.

via Can the NEG solve the electricity trilemma? RenewEconomy


States return serve to Frydenberg, as News Corp rolls out climate deniers RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed"

Will the states agree to thoughtfully do nothing about climate change and sign up to the NEG? Turnbull says they must listen to the energy experts. But which ones?

via States return serve to Frydenberg, as News Corp rolls out climate deniers RenewEconomy


Know your NEM: The ESB is becoming a laughing stock RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed"

Management at a speculative gold mining company would blush at some of the outrageous claims made in the modelling the ESB leans heavily on to justify the NEG.

via Know your NEM: The ESB is becoming a laughing stock RenewEconomy


Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed"

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


Prime Minister vows to immerse newborn daughter in Mori language and culture "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The leader of New Zealand is vowing to ensure her newborn daughter learns the Mori language and understands Mori culture.


Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

As you may know, Keith is travelling in Europe. Unfortunately he has become quite ill and is unlikely to be able to post as usual for the next few days. Keith apologises for this but assures you he'll be back soon and encourages you to maintain your contributions


Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed"

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


FODE students to work with Computer tablets "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Students studying at the flexible, open and distance education centre in the National Capital District and Central Province will now have access to their learning materials any time, anywhere through the use of tablets as of yesterday.
Tuesday August 7 marks the launch of the 7 and 10 tablets to be issued to FODE students in the two centres.
FODE principal Anthony Rayappan stated in front of the students, parents, teachers and relatives that, the tablets will be restricted to students in Central Province and NCD centres because the exercise will have to be trialed first in these two areas before the tablets can be rolled out to the other centres in the country.
He said there are 30,000 FODE students throughout the country and FODE management has been looking at various strategies that can be used to reach the students in different parts of the country.
He said that FODE will capitalize on cost effective approaches so that many students can afford to study anywhere that is convenient and at the same time, have access to the courses they have enrolled in.
Mr Rayappan also mentioned that FODE will strive to provide quality education to its students. He explained that there is one examination for students studying at conventional schools and FODE students.
He said that FODE will continue to provide help to the students to have access to quality curriculum and other necessary resources through the use of the tablets.
The principal urged the students to look after the tablets and encouraged the parents and guardians to assist their children and relatives enrolled at FODE to take good care of their tablets.
The 7 tablet is going for K200 and 10 tablet is going for K300.
They are supplied by Computing and Communications Institute of PNG (CCI-PNG) for affordable price. FODE is currently working in partnership with CCI-PNG, a new company that provides training in computing and is based in Waigani.
The tablets will be issued to the students enrolled in NCD and FODE centres at a subsidised cost for K150 and K250 after paying the amount into the Bank South Pacific.
Upon receipt of the bank deposit, the students will be issued their tablets. The tablet PCs are optional for students.


Digital image of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

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One in two Australians have a mental or chronic disease "IndyWatch Feed"

Submitted by a reader in Sydney, Australia Millions of Australians suffering from combined physical, mental ill health, new report finds 4 million Australians have a mental health condition One in two Australians have a chronic disease Mental health conditions are the leading cause of illness and disability More than 2.4m Australians have a mental and []


The Science of 1080 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

One of our younger readers, Rebekah Collins, has been doing research on the impact of 1080 on living organisms. She []


Caption competition "IndyWatch Feed"

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And this is why the anti-concept of "hate speech" was invented "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

"AN ANTI-CONCEPT IS AN an artificial, unnecessary and rationally unusable term designed to replace and obliterate some legitimate concept." Indeed, that's generally why the anti-concept was witch-doctored up in the first place -- to dismiss ideas without even allowing them a hearing.

So-called "hate speech" is an anti-concept witch-doctored up to obliterate free speech. The process is working.

It is doubtful even today that someone could declare that all arguments have been settled and all debate prohibited. It is enough to achieve that aim today, however, simply by declaring that someone or other is "offended." On that basis alone, every would-be speaker can be silenced, and every debate declared "settled" before it even starts. So it is today at Massey University.

So-called "hate speech" is said to be free speech that is "offensive" to some party. Yet free speech that is inoffensive hardly needs the protection of law at all: it is only speech that does offend that even needs the law's protection. The right to speak freely is so important because it is often speech that does offend some parties that society most urgently needs to hear.

Where would we be if Thomas Paine had never dared to offend, or the Williams Garrison and Wilberforce?  If MLKMalcolm X, or the Four Horsemen of Atheism had all been legally silenced?

Ideas are dangerous, and may often offend; but without some offence there is rarely if ever change, and without full and open debate of dangerous ideas then instead of disinfection and even the insulting of bad ideas, they are instead allowed to go underground and incubate or -- worse - to acquire a kind of "rebel chic" that exists to exploit the Streisand Effect. So it is today with the alt-right and their fellow travellers.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN free speech and censorship is the difference between persuasion and force. Bring down the power of the state to enforce somebody's silence, and the suspicion will always linger that you had too little with which to persuade.

Of course, the right to free speech does not oblige anybody to supply a free microphone. Thi...


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Rale  an abnormal rattling sound heard when examining unhealthy lungs with a stethoscope; an abnormal crackling or rattling sound heard upon auscultation of the chest.


How Facebook uses you "IndyWatch Feed"

In an effort of explain the machinery of Facebook, the folk at Exponential View worked with to illustrate the process. They said we should, Understand it, share it, and educate others around you.  So, taken at their word, here is the graphic they developed. The post How Facebook uses you appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


How a Dwarf revolution stood up against Socialist Anti-Free speech laws "IndyWatch Feed"

On 1st September 1939, Poland was invaded by the German National Socialist government. 17 days later it was also invaded by the Soviet Communist government. So started the war in Europe. Britain and New Zealand went to war against one invader, but not the second. But thats another story. We all know the outcome and [] The post How a Dwarf revolution stood up against Socialist Anti-Free speech laws appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Co-operation Can Beat Competition "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Prue Hyman remembers Elinor Ostrom, Nobel prize winner, who proved that  co-operation can beat competition. The only woman to win []


Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed"

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Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed"

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


New England Solar Farm sharing the benefits "IndyWatch Feed"

A new solar farm is being proposed near Uralla, making use of the New Englands great renewable energy resources. The New England Solar Farm, being developed by UPC Renewables, is slated to be one of Australias largest solar farms, bringing 600 to 800MW more solar PV to the region. If the project goes ahead, UPC have [...] full article 


Does the internet transcend capitalism? "IndyWatch Feed"

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

In 2015, a breathless, widely circulated Guardian article by somebody called Paul Mason declared that the internet is fostering postcapitalism.1 Mason argued that the old forms, such as the political party, have been transcended (ironically, not long after, Mason endorsed Syriza,2 a political party).

In theory, Masons argument for online postcapitalism is understandable: the internet suggests post-scarcity. However, this is a case of the forces of production (new technology which enables new possibilities) clashing with the relations of production (who has the power and resources, and why they might prevent change). The possibility of post-scarcity endless free copies of the same content is prevented by corporate dominance.

Potentially infinite newspaper articles or academic pdfs are held behind paywalls; music and television are restricted to paid streaming services, or regionally restricted; cash-poor media addicts end up on piracy websites riddled with sleazy spambots (perhaps not the greatest injustice of capitalism). In a particularly ironic example, publisher Lawrence and Wishart demanded that the free-to-all website take down the largest English language collection of Marx & Engels writing available: two writers who are both long dead, and dedicated their lives to eradicating private property.

Although technically nobody owns the internet, most users experiences are shaped by corporate domination. Most of our time online is spent on corporate-owned websites like Twitter and Facebook, who have the right to censor any content they consider unsavoury (note: this is not necessarily such a terrible thing, as with the censorship of fascist accounts, but giving corporations the right to determine who speaks publicly sets a dangerous precedent). Controversy about Facebooks data mining shows how corporations continue to surveil ou...


Bonus QotD: "It was all guns and superheroes. I just thought, Why isnt someone doing something different?" "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

"Q: But are mainstream Hollywood films less sophisticated than when you were starring in them?
"A: Gosh, the last film I went to, every trailer was a Marvel comic movie or a shoot-em-up. It was all guns and superheroes. I just thought, Why isnt someone doing something different? I would think that whoever could offer an alternative would make a killing. I imagine thats what television does so well now."

~ Kathleen Turner, interview for 'Vulture'


Enga's Sangai a foregone culture. "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Sangai or initiation ceremony for young men is synonymous to skin cutting ritual for Sepik Culture or Hiri Moale Festival for Motu Koitabuan people. However, Sangai differs in number of aspects. This descriptive piece takes you through to those distinctive features and how the most important culture was forgotten in Engan cultural context.
Sangai was practised to signify the passage of rite in growth and development of men to culminate adulthood. All young men at the age of adolescence were subject to purification process against any suspected blemishes stemming from maternal contamination at birth etc as they prepared to be man of their own. This could be the prime idea encoded in this cultural practice in male population.
To start the ritual process, young men at the vicinity of adults were initiated in the bushes away from home. The first week of preparation was done with gathering of food ration, constructing secret house, channelling water and so forth. Then led by their secret keeper or depository whom they called him their leader or educator. It usually took them about 10 days to initiate before showcasing for public to judge, comment and or predict each man's future livelihoods.
On the first day out there, the lea...


JAG wants to see you all in lycra! "IndyWatch Feed"

She may look bewildered, but Julie Ann Genter must be furious. The official road toll seems to be continuing its steadily upward rise and as we all know, when in opposition, JAG was continually blaming the National government for every road death. So now that the weird clip-in cycling clog is on the other foot, [] The post JAG wants to see you all in lycra! appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Moving from aid to trade: successful mentoring and investment projects in Vanuatu and Samoa expanding into Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

After the successful launches of sustainable small businesses in Vanuatu and Samoa, a donor-funded private sector initiative is preparing to expand into Papua New Guinea.  Anna Moegerlein from Melbournes The Difference Incubator explains the initiative to Business Advantage PNG.

We have a deep belief that business can be a power for good in the world and its on that basis that we work with businesses to both do good and make money, says Anna Moegerlein, TDis Pacific Investment Leader.

Set up in 2010, TDi has successfully run mentoring programs for hundreds of small business owners across Australia. We think there are three elements which make for a successful sustainable business, she tells Business Advantage PNG.

They are:

  1. Having a clear purpose that delivers a positive social and/or environmental model;
  2. Having a commercially viable business model and
  3. Developing good management and team, which makes everything possible.

We came out of a philanthropic group called Donkey Wheel Charitable Trust, which was looking at how they could invest in organisations that they would otherwise grant to. We are a capacity building organisation, she says.

Anna Moegerlein, TDis Pacific Investment Leader. Credit: TDi

TDi works with business owners to build out sustainable business models, and then, when applicable, matches these enterprises with potential investors.

Our accelerator programs and bespoke consulting focus on helping participants build their ideal model, test it in the market, refine how they think about their impact, dig into their financials, and rethink how they organise their business.

Investment fund

TDis sister company Benefit Capital, set up an investment fund...


The Rise of Satanic and Demonic Churches in Enga - KANAMANDA APOSTOLIC CHURCH "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Robin ISAAC and his refined Kanamada Apostolic Church extortion are part of a cult group or more so an end time Anti-Christ Movement designed by Satan himself to lure people into committing adultery, fornication and drive them away from the Truth itself.

The pillars of its faith is based not on the truth and principles of faith and purity but of practices and assumptions to suit their bodily desires and lust for sex and money.

Do not be deceived!!!!


Robin ISAAC has sealed his bodily sexual lust for women and money by proclaiming polygamy to be chartered by God in the Bible!!!????

Polygamy is the practice of marrying more than one wife or husband at the same time. Since this practice has been around for a very long time, it has been accepted and practiced in many cultures throughout history. Polygamy has been since man has been on earth. In Bible, Lamech and Abraham were early polygamist (Gen 4:19-24) and (Gen 16:1-5).

Since polygamy as been long enough with man on earth, many people think it is ALRIGHT to have more than one wife. Likewise, Sin has been on earth longer than polygamy, is Sin ALRIGHT too? The correct answer is NO. Morally, for a thing to be just it has to be accepted and judged by Go...


The secrets to managing successful projects "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

There is growing interest in improving the way projects are managed in Papua New Guinea, according to Ian McMahon, Managing Director of the Australian Institute of Project Management. He outlines the key elements of a successful project.

Reasons for projects not meeting targets. Source: PMI Pulse of the Professions 2018

McMahon says all projects are constrained by timethey need to have a specific start and finish date.

They all have a specific thing that they are trying to create: a product or a service or a result, he tells Business Advantage PNG.

And, to do that, they all have a specific scope for what you are trying to achieve. With some exceptions, they all have a specific cost or budget.

We know that 15 per cent of total projects dont deliver what they were supposed to.

So, you are constrained by those thingsscope, time and costto try and deliver a product, service or result to the quality that you want.

That is common, regardless of where you are in the world. It puts a lot of pressure on.

International performance

McMahon says international statistics indicate that there is greater scope for improvement in project management in most parts of the world.

He says 48 per cent of projects internationally do not meet their timeframes, and 43 per cent cost more than was originally budgeted.

We know that 15 per cent of total projects dont deliver what they were supposed to.



Misinformation, misquotes, emotive language & labelling *NSFW "IndyWatch Feed"

*Satire Recently Patrick Gower, a reporter for controversial media flyweight Mediaworks, conducted an extraordinary interview with Canadian free speech advocates, Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux.  Not that left-leaning Gower is personally exempt from controversy.  He is said to have once proclaimed I am the f**king news which not only showed his lack of eloquence in a library [] The post Misinformation, misquotes, emotive language & labelling *NSFW appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Roger Knox to be inducted into music hall of fame "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Country music legend Roger Knox will be honoured this Saturday with his induction into the National Indigenous Music Awards Hall of Fame at the Darwin Amphitheatre. With a career spanning over three decades, from his first album Give It a Go in 1984 to his seminal 2013 release Stranger In My Land, Knox has spent a lifetime recording, touring and advocating for his people. The event will feature live performances from Baker Boy, Busby Marou, Kasey Chambers with Alan Pigram and Alice Skye. Leading this years finalist list are Baker Boy and Gurrumul with three nominations each and two nominations each for Jessica Mauboy, Dan Sultan, Alice Skye, Kardajala Kirridarra and Emily Wurramara. Nominees also include Birdz, Kuren, Archie Roach, Electric Fields, A.B. Original, Isaiah, Black Rock Band, Ziggy Ramo and Busby Marou. The finalists and performing artists are featured in this years official Spotify playlist.


Rest easy everyone: Jacindas back. "IndyWatch Feed"

Were all okay guys. Jacindas back and shes not going to let pesky things like business confidence get in the way of her reality. Even though falling business confidence is a reality, it is not part of HER reality. So thats okay then. Stuff reports: quote Jacinda Ardern says she will push back against surveys about weak [] The post Rest easy everyone: Jacindas back. appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Drug-testing beneficiaries - suspend the sanctioning policy? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The NZ Herald reports:

Last year, there were 31,791 referrals for drug testable positions nationwide and just 55 sanctions for failing a drug test, according to Ministry of Social Development (MSD) figures.
 Seem low to you? No mention of sanctions for refusing to take a drug test.

The article highlights some reasons why the number could be 'artificially' low including people switching to drugs that are non-detectable, or many people's main employability problem being alcohol which won't necessarily lead to failing a drug test.

From the file of unintended consequences, a 2016 government report released under the OIA noted that, There has also been anecdotal evidence that increased testing has led to employees and job seekers using drugs that have a shorter detection time but are more harmful. 

But consider this:
Beneficiaries diagnosed with drug dependency would not be sanctioned under the policy, but would receive the support they needed to deal with their addiction, [MSD representative] said.
There are thousands of beneficiaries who will never be put forward for jobs that require drug-testing because they have a primary incapacity of substance abuse.

Here's the interesting thing though. They have decreased in numbers. The source for this data is my own and one other OIA request.

The number rose through Labour's last term (while unemployment fell...


National MP Chris Penk writes to Phil Goff "IndyWatch Feed"

Dear Mr Goff Views that divide at Auckland Council Venues Constituent Concerns I am writing to relay the concerns of constituents of the Helensville electorate who have contacted me recently on the subject of free speech. In the following statement you purported to control the usage of Auckland Council-owned venues on the basis of [] The post National MP Chris Penk writes to Phil Goff appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


QotD: "As a result of reading Wests book, I now look on the United States as a big dumb ox, led around by a cabal of its enemies whose intent is to take the beast out to slaughter." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

"As a result of reading Wests book, I now look on the United States as a big dumb ox, led around by a cabal of its enemies whose intent is to take the beast out to slaughter. It is a very large beast and will not go quietly. But given what you will learn from this book, you will be in some despair in trying to work out what can be done. This is a very troubling book which I nevertheless encourage you to read."
~ Steven Kates, from his book review of Diana West's American Betrayal


Video: What we learned from Lauren & Stefans Australia / NZ tour "IndyWatch Feed"

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Love the story here from the Huffington Post (yes, happy to admit I read the rag to get a different perspective on life) about the Cairo Zoo who allegedly painted stripes on donkeys in order to pass them off as zebras.

Why? ... answer at the end of the article ... money.   Took the lead from a Gaza Zoo who, in 2010, acquired two donkeys for $700 and gave them a paint-over because they couldn't afford $30,000 for a real zebra.

Got me thinking ... how many of our politicians are fakes masquerading as real ones?     Many might argue any List MP for starters.


DOC kills pet keas "IndyWatch Feed"

This story saddens and angers me so much, I am lost for words. But dont worry, Ill find some, if only to express my disgust and outrage at the Department of Conservation workers yes, you read that right CONSERVATION workers who caused the death of 2 ageing kea for no reason other [] The post DOC kills pet keas appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Typhoon "Shanshan" to pass very close to Tokyo, Japan on August 8 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Typhoon "Shanshan" is expected to pass very close to Tokyo, Japan on August 8, 2018 as a Category 1 hurricane equivalent, bringing heavy rain and damaging winds to the region. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) warned residents living on the Pacific...... Read more


Why is NZ First opposing youth rates repeal? "IndyWatch Feed"

When they ran for election, Labour promised to repeal National's hated and unfair youth rates - the system where employers could pay someone less simply for being younger. But NZ First is apparently holding up the process:

Labour's pre-election policy of ditching youth rates within its first year in power appears to be on the back burner for now as it negotiates with its coalition partner New Zealand First.


The New Zealand First leader, Winston Peters, said pre-election policies were irrelevant as there was now a coalition agreement.

"That is our policy, detailed as it is, if you don't find it there then it won't be part of any committment."

Youth rates are not mentioned in the Labour-New Zealand First coalition agreement.

Winston is typically evasive on why exactly he is opposing repeal, and its particularly odd given that NZ First supported their repeal in 2003 and opposed their re-imposition in 2013. Which suggests that this has been delayed as part of coalition bargaining - or, more bluntly, its a policy shakedown. Winston didn't agree explicitly to pass this, so he wants something (and probably something cruel or stupid) in exchange. But while he's haggling, young people continue to be discriminated against in the most basic way in the workplace. But I guess they're simply not a priority for the pensioner party.


View from your window "IndyWatch Feed"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Matterhorn with Zurmatt in foreground. Taken from our hotel early morning except I stepped outside onto the balcony (in about -10 degrees) to take the shot.   NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

BLNZ conference offers big choice of topics Nicole Sharp:

A first for the South Island, farmers will have the future in front of them at Progressive Ag.

The Progressive Ag conference, organised by Beef + Lamb New Zealand (BLNZ), is being held in Gore next month, on August 9.

Organiser and BLNZ southern South Island extension manager Olivia Ross said the idea came from a similar event in the North Island.

They have an ag innovation and we ran a mini all together in one place here in Gore last year, she said. . .

Retractable roof a NZ first for Central orchard Aexia Johnston:

A New Zealand-first development is taking shape at Clyde Orchards a shed with a retractable roof will house three hectares of cherries.

Owners Kevin and Raymond Paulin, who could not yet confirm how much the development would cost, will plant thousands of cherry trees in the shed, boosting the companys overall crop to 30ha.

They have been working on the project over winter, with the aim of getting it ready for planting so produce will be available in three years time. . .

Nailing the big issues:

Climate change and water quality are two issues the sheep and beef industry has yet to nail, says Beef + Lamb NZ chairman, Andrew Morrison.

Speaking to Rural News last week at the Red Meat Sector conference in Napier, he said health and safety was a big issue 12-18 months ago but the industry has moved on from this and is working through these other issues.

We really want to get the water quality and climate change issues sorted, Morrison says. We are working out what tools we can set up to help change the behaviour of people on these issues; not regulation so much as how we can structure policy that gets the necessary outcomes. . . 

Common ground Forest & Bird and Pmu announce new collaboration:

The heads of New Zealands largest conservation organisat...


More cronyism "IndyWatch Feed"

Oh look! More cronyism from Labour. This time they've appointed the partners of two former MPs to a charity trust:

The partners of two former Labour MPs have been controversially appointed to the South Island's largest charity the $600 million Rata Foundation.

Jane Sherriff and Philippa Burns are the latest appointments to the 12member board of the former Canterbury Community Trust, which distributes about $18m in grants each year.

Rata made $42m from its investments in the year to the end of March 2017 and spent about $4m on administration and expenses.

Sherriff is the partner of former Labour minister Clayton Cosgrove and Burns is the wife of Brendon Burns, who was Labour MP for Christchurch Central between 2008 and 2011 and stood for Kaikoura twice without success.

This sort of appointment just reeks of cronyism, and as a result the Minister has been forced to go into detail about the process used to appoint them. Which includes this bit:
After advice from the Department of Internal Affairs, he had sought nominations from community trusts and from the caucuses of the Coalition Government in March and April 2018.

And this is the problem in a nutshell. Its done for every significant appointment, and odds are, if the final appointee is party-affiliated, they entered the process not by applying like a normal person, but because their name was given directly to the Minister by a fellow MP. Which immediately makes their appointment a prima facie favour and act of political patronage rather than anything to do with merit.

There's a name for dispensing government positions as favours and rewards: its called cronyism and corruption. And its not acceptable in New Zealand. And if we want to stamp it out, the best way to do so would be to end this institution of suggesting people to the Minister, requiring everyone to apply up-front, be considered on their merits by an independent panel, and requiring the Minister to report to Parliament or publish a gazette notice whenever they disagree with its findings. This sort of process is used in the State Sector Act for appointing chief executives, and it has been largely successful in preventing crony appointments in the senior public service. But given our politicians established culture of cronyism, we clearly need to extend it further, to board appointments as well.


My intellectual superiors? "IndyWatch Feed"

Hmmm with both the C-word and the F-word taken by these two intellectual heavyweights I am not at all sure what I should write my book about in order to be an Attention Whore.Aha! The post My intellectual superiors? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Oral Questions 8 August 2018 "IndyWatch Feed"

Questions to Ministers SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Governments policies and actions? KIRITAPU ALLAN to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he seen on the need for innovation in the New Zealand economy? AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Prime Ministers comment, I absolutely believe that our agenda will grow [] The post Oral Questions 8 August 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


The free speech coalition responds to Jan Thomas "IndyWatch Feed"

Massey University disgraces free speech tradition In blocking former Leader of the Opposition and Reserve Bank Governor Don Brash from speaking on campus tomorrow, Massey University disgraces an important tradition of free speech on university campuses and a fundamental tenet of a liberal democracy. Massey Universitys Vice-Chancellor appears to have capitulated to the veiled threats of [] The post The free speech coalition responds to Jan Thomas appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Poem/Song of the Week: Danny Boy "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A moving scene To hear Danny Boy sung well is an emotional experience. This was definitely the case in 1994 []


Audio: The AM Show Nothing but a pack of bullies "IndyWatch Feed"

AM Show co-host Mark Richardson is unimpressed with the narrative that unfolded around Don Brashs cancelled speaking event. Click on the photo below to listen. The post Audio: The AM Show Nothing but a pack of bullies appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


In brief: APEC means two new public holidays likely, and other business stories "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Mooted public holidays during APEC, Budget support loans from the ADB and World Bank coming, and a new focus on monetising the okari nut. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

in brief

The National Executive Council will be discussing proposed public holidays on November 15 and 16 in Port Moresby to cater for the movements of APEC leaders during the APEC Economic Leaders Week in the city.


Budget support loans totalling US$250 million (K827.2million) are expected from the Asian Development Bank and World Bank, Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer Charles Abel reportedly said. The ADB will provide US$100 million (K331 million) this month, while the World Bank will provide US$150 million (K496.3 million) next month.


Chief Executive of the Manufacturers Council of PNG, Chey Scovell, has reportedly claimed that buying PNG-made goods is at the centre of any successful local economy reliant on imported products. He said it is a key to national economic growth and prosperity in the country.


Dr Sergei Bang, Director General of the National Agricultural Research Institute. Credit: EMTV

With galip nut taking the limelight after its commerci...


Everything Youre Not Being Told About Cali & Greek Fires with ELANA FREELAND "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Kev Baker Show Published on Jul 31, 2018 Subscribe 89K Elana Freeland joins me in hour one of the show to talk about the strange weather & wildfires we are seeing around the world. From California to Greece, there are strange images & reports relating to the fires we have seen in recent time, []

The post Everything Youre Not Being Told About Cali & Greek Fires with ELANA FREELAND appeared first on Uncensored Publications.


Higher commodity prices are boosting Papua New Guineas economy, says ADB economist "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guineas economy is set to grow steadily, according to Edward Faber, Country Economist for the Asian Development Bank. He told the Business Advantage PNG Investment Conference in Brisbane that the economy is benefitting from improving export income.

PNGs gross domestic product (GDP) was US$23 billion in 2017. Source: ADB

We have seen better commodity prices in 2017 and the first half of 2018, said Faber.

This has been feeding through and helping the economy in terms of the growth and inflows of foreign exchange.

Papua New Guineas economy has grown in real GDP terms by 68 per cent over the last 10 years

We expect to see significant future growth coming from 2020 onwards with new resource projects and infrastructure development.

The fiscal consolidation strategy of the government is on target and the forex backlog has reduced.

PNG Exports. Source: ADB

Gross domestic product

Faber said PNGs total GDP in 2017 was US$23 billion.

The largest sector is mining and petro...


Free speech: Twitter roundup "IndyWatch Feed"

The post Free speech: Twitter roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Audio: Dr Brash & Jan Thomas interviewed by Ryan Bridge "IndyWatch Feed"

Click on photo to listen Massey University is under-fire for the cancellation of a Don Brash speaking event. Vice Chancellor Jan Thomas said security concerns were behind the cancellation, but went on to cite concerns about Dr Brashs controversial views. She said there is a feeling of heightened sensitivity and passion following the New Zealand [] The post Audio: Dr Brash & Jan Thomas interviewed by Ryan Bridge appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Herman Wainggai: Whys Nonviolent protest is effective? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Indonesia is armed to the teeth and is looking for enemies to kill. If you show up to face them with anything; stick, knife, or gun, that can be seen as a weapon, you can be killed using "self-dense" of "domestic terrorism" as legal justifications.

But, if you show up at a protest with nothing but your voice, the Indonesian government, by virtue of International Human Rights law, cannot shoot you! By international law, they cannot shoot unarmed men that would be "murder!" All they can do is arrest and jail protestors. They may put political prisoners through mental torture, but it is obvious that the unarmed protestor is the toughest protester to handle or to kill.

Indonesia would rather face armed West Papuans, not peaceful protestors! They just dont know how to handle these peaceful people who are merely exercising their God-given right to express their views.

Since the introduction of "Nonviolent resistance," more and more political prisoners are being nabbed from the streets, often in the middle of protests and locked up. Thats all they can do!

We urge our young people to force Indonesia peacefully and force TNI to honor International Laws. This is why Indonesia doesnt want the media to report from West Papua! Political assassination is common, but it is tough to kill someone who is protesting peacefully in the streets of Jayapura!

Work hard and let your voice be heard!

Protest against Indonesian imperialism and illegal occupation of West Papua!

Thank you!

Herman Wainggai

Leader of Nonviolent Struggle in West Papua



The United Nations should pay attention to the ongoing military action against unarmed and harmless innocent West Papuans!

We strongly condemn the military actions of the Indonesian armed forces against innocent West Papuans who arent doing anything to threaten the government of Indonesia. These indiscriminate bombings of villages in West Papua violated every single International Human rights laws in our estimation.

We urge the international community to condemn such barbaric action against our civilian indigenous people from a government that claims to be the 4th largest democracy in the world but behaves like North Korea!

The recent military build up in West Papua is not only inappropriate, it is another sign Indonesia is turning West Papua into a war zone. In fact, West Papua is one of the highly militarized zones in the world and if you look at these incidences, you know very well why Indonesia is banning foreign reporters from entering West Papua! They have things to hide and they dont want you and the international community to know the atrocity they bring to the indigenous people of West Papua!

No matter how many soldiers the Indonesian government sent to West Papua, they will never erase the facts that we all know:

Fact 1. West Papua was annexed by Indonesia in the 1960s with the help of the United Nations and its powerful countries such as US, Britain, and Australia.

Fact 2. West Papua is illegally occupied by Indonesia and they are using military tactic to scare people from expressing their opposition against this 5 decade old military occupation of our lands.

Fact 3. Indonesia is violating the UN Charter by violating the rights of indigenous West Papuans, which are protected by the UN Human Rights Council of which Indonesia used.

Fact 4. Indonesia is refusing media from operating out of West Papua because of fear that their illegal actions against indigenous West Papuans might be exposed to the world! This is appalling.

Please, stand with our brothers and sisters in West Papua! And please stand for West Papua! Pray for those in harms way! Pray that they are safe!

July 14, 2018

Thank you!

Herman Wainggai

Leader of Nonviolent Struggle in West Papua


Mid Week Quiz No. 135 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


Ahh, Patrick? Yes you were wrecked in that interview "IndyWatch Feed"

In a classic case of explaining is losing, Patrick Gower attempts to weasel his way out of one of the more inept interviews I have ever seen: Quote: So Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux reckon they destroyed me. Apparently, Southern left me speechless, rekt me and rendered me basically a broken man, according to [] The post Ahh, Patrick? Yes you were wrecked in that interview appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Everything You Need to Know About Papua New Guineas Massive LNG Project "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


Since its beginnings as a failed pipeline project in the early 2000s, through to the announcement of a proposed doubling of production capacity earlier this year, Papua New Guineas PNG LNG has had a bumpy road to travel. Its past has been chequered by violence, vandalism, natural disaster, and seemingly insurmountable technical hurdles.

Heres the story behind one of the worlds largest, most controversial, and most challenging LNG projects.

Inception of PNG LNG
PNG LNG traces its origins back to a proposal by the Australian company Oil Search Ltd, known as the PNG Gas Project. The idea behind this first project was to bring gas from Papua New Guineas southern highlands to consumers in Australia via a 3000km pipeline.

Oil Search joined forces with ExxonMobil in 2001, but the project ran into problems. These came to a head when the Australian Gas Light-Petronas Consortium pulled out of laying the Australian section of the pipeline because of concerns over a lack of confirmed customers.

Another issue was that gas prices in Eastern Australia had been kept below the market average due to competition with locally produced coal. As prices in Asia and elsewhere in the world rose, it quickly became apparent that shifting focus to LNG would bring better returns.

In 2008, an agreement was signed between ExxonMobil, Oil Search, and other partners defining the legal framework under which the PNG LNG project would operate. Sales agreements followed, most notably with the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO).

In 2010, the construction phase of the PNG LNG project officially began.


At the outset, Exxon and their partners were aware that PNG LNG would be no straightforward undertaking. The planned sites for the wells to be drilled were situated in rugged, hilly terrain far from roads or ports. Exxon would have to fly in the necessary construction materials and equipment.

But flying in such large cargoes would require heavy cargo planes, and a runway able to accommodate them - so Exxon set out to build one.

As the site of the new runway, Exxon chose a flat mountaintop in Hela province, close to where the wells would be drilled. 400,00 cubic metres of rock were laid to construct an asphalt runway 3.2 km long. Komo Airfield, as it is called, would be larger than any other in Papu...


How an ex leader of not one but two NZ political parties was deplatformed "IndyWatch Feed"

It is incredibly shocking news. Don Brash has been both the leader of the National Party and the ACT party and yet a jumped up authoritarian, commissar from Massey University, Jan hate speech Thomas has used her power to totally deplatform him and to deny him free speech. We have gone in the blink of [] The post How an ex leader of not one but two NZ political parties was deplatformed appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


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



Sempra Energy Plans to Export Fracked Gas on the West Coast  via Mexico "IndyWatch Feed World"

Read time: 15 minsBy Steve Horn and Martha Pskowski The Costa Azul liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal sits on an isolated stretch of the Pacific Coast north of Ensenada, Baja California, in Mexico. When Sempra and its Mexican affiliate IEnova sought to acquire the land in 2002, the site's remoteness worked in their favor. It was only frequented by fishermen, a few surfers, and a handful of beach-front property owners. That was the last stretch of coastline between Tijuana [...]


Audio: Jan Thomas interviewed by Larry Williams "IndyWatch Feed"

Larry Williams spoke last night with Massey university Vice-Chancellor, Jan Thomas, about her unilateral decision to ban Don Brash from speaking on campus: Quote: Another debate over free speech has arisen, only days after Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux lost the venue for their talk. Today, Massey University announced that Don Brash was barred from [] The post Audio: Jan Thomas interviewed by Larry Williams appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Thoughts On The Jones Situation "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

On the surface, this isnt just about Alex Jones: Its about free Speech and censorship. The Alt Media vs the MSM. But Maybe it IS just about Jones? Did he cross the line? Did he bite the hand that feeds him once too many times? Is this a lesson to the Al. Media to tread []

The post Thoughts On The Jones Situation appeared first on Uncensored Publications.


There is no measure for hate speech "IndyWatch Feed"

There is no such thing as hate speech.  Hate speech is an irrational anti-concept dripping in the pure slime of subjectivity without any proper objective measure to give it any qualification.  It is exactly the same kind of anti-conceptual abomination as the preposterous notion of a thoughtcrime. Yet, the worrying thing is that we know these absurd dogmas can become vague areas for criminal punishment if infractions of them occur, but this can only happen in a society dumbed down enough to accept the distortion of something filthy and murky standing in the place of something clean and clear. The post There is no measure for hate speech appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Chris Trotter explains how the left are losing because of their stupidity and excesses "IndyWatch Feed"

Chris Trotter explains, on The Dailybog, why the left is losing with their excesses: Quote: WHAT A PITY there is no Politburo of the New Zealand Left. A central committee of knowledgeable and experienced left-wing strategists and organisers who could make decisions on behalf of the wider progressive movement. Had such a body existed when [] The post Chris Trotter explains how the left are losing because of their stupidity and excesses appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


More bloody meetings "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Prime Minister Jacinda Arderns return from maternity leave was supposed to start with an announcement to boost business confidence.

Instead of which she introduced Trade for All which is once again more hui and little doey.

Its a bit like putting the produce-laden cart before the lumbering Clydesdale as the Government tries to bring the public on board with free trade deals and what theyre calling a Trade for All agenda.

It seems a bit like the coalition cobbers trying to salve their guilt for opposing the likes of the old Trans-Pacific Partnership and now supporting it since its name has become more of a mouthful with Comprehensive Progressive added to its title. . . 

And just like all Government announcements without substance theyre setting up a board to advise on how to woo the great unwashed when it comes to trade. And as usual theyve appointed the chair with the boardroom chairs to be filled later, or as the blurb said in due course.  

There would be no need to spend time and money trying to improve their supporters poor perception of, and misconceptions about, trade had Labour not spent so much effort in opposition campaigning against it in contradiction of the long-established bi-partisan approach both Labour and National took in the past.

This is using taxpayers money to talk to their supporters because most other people understand the benefits and importance of trade.

Their blurb was stating the bleedingly obvious, they want trade benefits to flow to all New Zealanders, they want them to be felt throughout the country, not just in the major cities. . 

Trade has always benefited the whole country for goodness sake. Most of our significant exporters are in rural New Zealand, theyre called dairy, sheep and beef farmers, winegrowers and orchardists. They do well and the whole community benefits.. . .

Businesses will be relieved that Labour has seen the trade light again, but setting up yet another committee and doing yet more consultation wont help confidence.

The Governments Trade for All agenda is simply a rehash of Nationals work on trade and wont make up for plummeting business confidence caused by the Governments anti-growth policies, Nationals Trade spokesperson Todd McClay says.




New Dawn FM News

The newly ordained priest from GAGAN, FATHER OSBORNE BUNN has called on the people of Solos to put their faith into practice by replacing the old church building built by the early missionaries one hundred years ago.
Speaking at his first mass at GAGAN Parish he called on the people of GAGAN to start putting their acts together and build their church building.
He said that he was sad to see the church building deteriorating and nothing is done to maintain or better still to replace it.
FATHER OSBORNE said he had to speak his mind to his people because he loves them so much.
He said that now we are the church and should work hard to replace missionary buildings from the past.




New Dawn FM News
Bougainville Import tax on Cigarette and Beer remains but many companies are still avoiding tax to the Internal Revenue Commission.
New Dawn FM managed to talk to the Chief Bougainville Tax Collector, GABRIEL PANGTEI who told us that his office is still building capacity to fully implement its task of collecting tax from Bougainvilles Business houses.
He appealed to the Business Houses to make it their duty to voluntarily pay their due to their government.
MR. PANGTEI said they know Business houses who import taxable items like Beer and cigarette from LAE, Port Moresby and Rabaul but continue to avoid paying taxes to their government.
He said that it was up to the Business houses to make sure they comply with rules and regulations of doing business in Bougainville.




New Dawn FM News
Former Bougainville Interim Government member and the paramount chief from KEHU village INUS, JOE PAIS is calling on the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner GEORGE MANU to call for the BY-ELECTION for the TAUNITA/TEOP constituency which has been vacant since the former member passed away on September 20th, 2016.
He said that his people will petition the Office of the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner and the ABG to fast track the by election as their people have been missing out on many referendum awareness programs because they did not have a member to represent them.
MR. PAIS said it has been 30 months since the death of the member and that his people feel that the ABG and its administration by not running a by-election has breached constitutional rights of having a member in the parliament to represent the people of TAONITA TEOP.
He said that the ABG should have conducted a by-election three months after the death of their member.
MR. PAIS said that as the Referendum approaches his people are concerned and feel that they must have a member to lead them into the referendum and beyond.



Automation of an economist "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

While undertaking some research on income inequality I could no longer help Infometrics Ltd out with forecasting.  But before I left I caught economist Mieke Welvaert working on blueprints for my replacement.

Although Ive defended these robots in the past (here and here) it has always been with respect to being compensated for my human capital losing value.  Ill be sure to tell you all how that is going in future posts


Some good ideas from David Farrar "IndyWatch Feed"

Arts, lifestyle and fitness blogger, David Farrar, has some good ideas for challenging Massey University: Quote: Universities are meant to be bastions of free speech. They should be the last places that should be banning someone for their views, let alone a former National Party Leader. If we let this one ride, then it will [] The post Some good ideas from David Farrar appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


LIVE PRIMARY ELECTION AND BLOCK PARTY ON AKAKU TV Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 6pm-11pm "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Akak Maui Community Media will present LIVE coverage of the 2018 Primary Election on giant outdoor screens at Akaku Center where hundreds of people gather every election night to watch the results as they come in. Once again the public is invited to come down throughout the evening, meet the candidates in person and join

The post LIVE PRIMARY ELECTION AND BLOCK PARTY ON AKAKU TV Saturday, August 11, 2018 from 6pm-11pm appeared first on Akaku.


Most read "IndyWatch Feed"

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


ANZ seasonal labour programs are not too reliant on return workers: part two "IndyWatch Feed"

In my first post on this subject, I assessed the reliance of Australian and New Zealand seasonal work schemes on return workers by examining average visits per workers. This is a simple and useful indicator, but also an unreliable one. It tends to increase as schemes age, and fall as schemes expand. Yet neither of these factors mean that a scheme is becoming more or less reliant on return workers. To control for these confounding factors, I create an index of reliance on return workers. I set the index equal to zero if the average of visitors to workers is one, that is, if there is no reliance on return workers. And I set the index equal to one if the average of visitors to workers indicates that new workers are brought in only when the scheme expands, that is, if there is maximum reliance on return workers. I use a linear transformation of the actual average of visits to workers to create this zero-to-one index.

The results are shown in the graph below. Lets start with the combined results for both the SWP and the RSE. The index of reliance on return workers is in fact much closer to zero than to one, that is, much closer to no reliance than full reliance. It is around 0.3. It has been very stable and in fact has slightly fallen since the early years of the two schemes.

Index of reliance on return workers for the RSE and SWP combined (0=no reliance and 1=maximum reliance)

We can also compare the results for Australia and New Zealand. Surprisingly, the index is higher in Australia than New Zealand, even though the ratio of returning-to-new workers is higher in the latter. This is because in NZ the maximum potential ratio of visits to workers is much higher than in Australia: 7.5 years in NZ compared to 3.2 in Australia, based on the most recent data. This, in turn, is because the RSE has been bigger for longer and is now stable, whereas the SWP started off small and is now expanding rapidly. NZ workers have a higher average visit rate than Australian workers, but a lower rate relative to what they could have achieved if they kept on returning. The ratio of new workers to new pl...


Stephen Franks on Massey Universitys law breaking "IndyWatch Feed"

Stephen Franks writes about how Massey University, and in particular the Vice-Chancellor, broke the law: Quote: David Farrar has a superb response to Massey Universitys authoritarian breach of a student groups right to assemble peaceably, to hear from (and appraise), and to associate with whoever they choose. The ban happens to be by an inferior university apparently [] The post Stephen Franks on Massey Universitys law breaking appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Bridges versus Ardern in Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The return of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern to Question Time in Parliament yesterday seemed to pass largely unnoticed as most attention was on the Brash speech ban at Massey. Simon Bridges holding Ardern to account wasnt very newsworthy anyway, but here it goes. 2. Hon SIMON BRIDGES (Leader of the Opposition) to the Prime Minister: Does she stand []


Lizzie Marvelly supports Brash ban "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Lizzie Marvelly has a bigger platform to speak than most she is a regular columnist at NZ Herald, and she has her own blog Villainesse. She also attracts attention on Twitter, as she did yesterday when she one of a small minority who support the banning of Don Brash from speaking at Massey University. []


Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed"

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


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

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


Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I do not understand how anyone can live without some small place of enchantment to turn to.  Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings who was born on this day in 1896.


Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed"

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


Massey vice chancellor Jan Thomas tries to explain Brash ban "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

After controversially barred Don Brash yesterday from speaking by cancelling a student political society event at Massey University, vice Chancellor Jan Thomas tried to explain this in an interview on Newstalk ZB. Massey University defends barring Don Brash Larry Williams: What were the reasons for cancelling? Jan Thomas: The reason we cancelled was because the []


Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

Today is the second time Massey University Vice-Chancellor Professor Jan Thomas has been our face of the day. The first time I featured her because she had made it clear that she didnt think that the made-up term hate speech came under the umbrella of free speech despite it having zero legal significance. Now Thomas [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

The word for today is causerie (noun) 1. An informal discussion or chat, especially of an intellectual nature. 2. A short conversational piece of writing or criticism. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : In French the noun causerie means a chat; a talk (as at a conference). As a literary style a causerie [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed"

Proverbs 8 24 I was born before the oceans were created, before the springs bubbled forth their waters. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Mystery explosion that shook walls in Auckland, New Zealand blamed on school fireworks "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A loud explosion was heard resonating through inner-city Auckland on Saturday. Turns out it was fireworks being let off at a local school, a spokesperson for the New Zealand Fire Service said. People streamed out onto the mean streets of Ponsonby on Saturday night to check out the boom. One bar emptied and the wall shook. But residents and reveller are still unclear what caused it. A Ponsonby resident say they heard a "massive explosion" between 7.30 and 7.40pm, causing neighbours to rush onto the street to see what happened.


Media watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


Open Forum Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


Dam every river! Chop down every tree! "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Our President* is now claiming that allowing rivers to flow into the ocean is bad, and that we could stop wildfires but clear-cutting everything.

We could probably end all the fires if we paved over the entirety of California.

We really need to elect a swarm of Democrats in the midterms so we can end this misery.


One of two stranded humpback whales dies in Northland, New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

One of two humpback whales stranded on a Northland beach has died. It is understood the dead whale is a calf. "Sadly the smaller of the two whales had died and iwi have blessed," Project Jonah posted this morning. "The rescue effort for the remaining whale has ramped up with channels being dug." Rescuers trying to free the stranded humpbacks resumed work this morning, with the aim of turning the mammals and digging a trench in their bid to set them free. The two whales, who Department of Conservation believe to be a mother and calf, were first spotted stuck on Ripiro Beach, 2km south of Baylys Beach, Northland.

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