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Tuesday, 07 August

00:30

Growing Food in Our Cities - National Urban Farming Workshop "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Workshop overview

A rich program of lectures, demonstrations, discussion and inspections will provide practical examples and strategies to show how urban agriculture can work successfully from both policy and practical perspectives. This will include how to:

  • design and plan long-term, financially viable enterprises
  • re-create urban nutrient cycling
  • build soil fertility, food production and food security in urban environments
  • create meaningful employment opportunities
  • grow, chemical-free, in diverse urban contexts
  • contribute to the greening and cooling of cities
  • build community cohesion, skills and revitalisation
  • effectively engage and educate markets (investors, growers, distributors, buyers)
  • gain mentors and advocates for urban farming, from across your region.

Workshop facilitators

Michael Ableman is a Canadian author, organic farmer, educator, and advocate for regenerative agriculture. Michael has been farming organically since the early 1970s and is considered one of the pioneers of the organic farming and urban agriculture movements. He is a frequent lecturer to audiences all over the world and the winner of numerous awards for his work.

Ableman is the author of four trade published books, most recently Street Farm; Growing Food, Jobs, and Hope on the Urban Frontier.

He is the founder of the Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens in Goleta, California where he farmed for 20 years; co-founder and director of Sole Food Street Farms and the charity Cultivate Canada in Vancouver, British Columbia; and founder and director of the Center for Arts, Ecology and Agriculture based at his family home and farm on Salt Spring Island.

 

Annemarie Brookman is co-owner of The Food Forest and runs its organic market garden and a busy office.

She organises The Food Forests stall at the Adelaide Farmers Market and coordinates staff & volunteers at the property. She is expert in the integration of poultry and vegetable produ...

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Wednesday, 13 June

00:30

00:03

From Digital Cages to Cooperative Digital Cafes "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In the late 90s and early 2000s, there was a wave of radical community servers, many of which fed into (or grew out of), the Indymedia network. Most of those veterans have sadly vanished from the web, and RiseUp, Framasoft, Comunes (OurProject), and CoActivate, are among the few still standing. As awareness grows of tech corporations like Microsoft, Apple, Google, FarceBook, and Amazon, putting their users in a digital cage, its great to see a whole new wave of cooperative groups coming together to replace these Web 2.0 prison canteens with digital cafes, like CommonsCloud, Disroot, and Social.coop, which Im starting to get involved with.

A digital cafe (or Open App Ecosystem) is a community of users and hackers providing themselves and each other with web services like social media (social networking, open publishing, or both), and sharing the costs. Since theyre doing many of the same things, rather than reinventing the wheel by writing all their software from scratch, they use a range of free code software developed by other groups. Sometimes they donate towards the financial costs of the peer production project that develops the software they use, and in other cases they have the skills and the time to contribute back to the project.

Social.coop began as group of members who set up a cooperative to share the costs of a site running Mastodon, a federated microblog server. Social.coop users can interact not only with each other, and with users on other sites running Mastodon (instances), but they can also interact with users on any site connected to a larger fediverse of federated social apps. The software makes these interactions across the fediverse possible by using common standards for exchanging data between social sites, initially using an older standard called OStatus. More recently a new standard called ActivityPub was published by the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium), the body that maintains the official standards for HTML, and everything else about...

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Tuesday, 12 June

23:30

Understanding Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From The Atlantic

Trumpian chaos is, in fact, undergirded by a comprehensible worldview, a number of experts have insisted. The Brookings Institution scholar (and frequent Atlanticcontributor) Thomas Wright argued in a January 2016 essay that Trumps views are both discernible and explicable. Wright, who published his analysis at a time when most everyone in the foreign-policy establishment considered Trumps candidacy to be a farce, wrote that Trump loathes the liberal international order and would work against it as president; he wrote that Trump also dislikes Americas military alliances, and would work against them; he argued that Trump believes in his bones that the global economy is unfair to the U.S.; and, finally, he wrote that Trump has an innate sympathy for authoritarian strongmen.

23:10

Eye-Opening Infographic Reveals the Extent of Plastic Pollution in the Ocean "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

When you visit your local coffee shop in the morning and leave with a tall, iced latte, do you consider how the cup youre using affects the environment, your own health, and even future generations? If so, you probably wouldnt order the drink in the first place. Or, at the very least, youd bring your own cup to reduce waste. The reason we say this is because plastic pollution is devastating the environment.

As the infographic (below) reveals, plastic pollution first became a known issue in 1997, when Charles Moore reported the Great Pacific Garbage Patch (GPGP). Though there are now several garbage patches in the oceans, the GPGP is still the largest. In fact, its estimated to be 2x the size of Texas!

Less than a decade after Moore made his discovery, plastics were being found on the floor of seabeds. And five years ago, microplastics became universally widespread marine pollutants. Today, plastic pollution abounds. And, its only continuing to increase.

One of the reasons why is that the majority of consumers on our planet do not understand the consequences of relying on plastic. Sure, it might be convenient to use plastic bags at the supermarket or toss a styrofoam container in the trash, but the simple decisions will affect wildlife and humans for generations to come. Furthermore, pollution is exacerbating climate change, which may one day make our planet uninhabitable.

...

22:01

June 13 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

823 Charles the Bald , Holy Roman Emperor and King of the West Franks,was born (d. 877).

1249 Coronation of Alexander III as King of Scots.

1373  Anglo-Portuguese Alliance between England (succeeded by the United Kingdom) and Portugal the oldest alliance in the world which is still in force.

1525 Martin Luther married Katharina von Bora, against the celibacy rule decreed by the Roman Catholic Church for priests and nuns.

1584  Miyamoto Musashi, Legendary Samurai warrior, artist, and author ofThe Book of Five Rings, was born (d. 1645).

1625  King Charles I married French princess Henrietta Maria de Bourbon.

1752 Fanny Burney, English novelist and diarist, was born (d. 1840).

1774  Rhode Island became the first of Britains North American colonies to ban the importation of slaves.

1777 American Revolutionary War: Marquis de Lafayette landed near Charleston, South Carolina, in order to help the Continental Congress to train its army.

1798 Mission San Luis Rey de Francia was founded.

1805  Lewis and Clark Expedition: scouting ahead of the expedition,Meriwether Lewis and four companions sighted the Great Falls of the Missouri River.

1863...

21:43

A first in Fiji one of only two in the Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Fijian owned and multi award-winning Likuliku Lagoon Resort, is to announce that they have been accepted as a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World (NGULW) the first and only one in Fiji and one of only two in the Pacific.

When Likuliku Lagoon Resort opened in 2007, it blazed a trail for Fiji with the countrys first and only over-water bure bungalows and immediately set new benchmarks for cuisine and service.

In the 11 years since, the resort has garnered an enviable reputation for excellence while continuing to set more benchmarks for not only service and experiences but in environmental practices.

National Geographic Unique Lodges has exacting and uncompromising standards, and to be accepted into their portfolio of lodges is a testament to the excellence that Likuliku has achieved.

And, like all of the exclusive Unique Lodges of the World, Likuliku chooses to tread lightly celebrating nature rather than conquering it, supporting cultural heritage and engagement with local communities, in addition to offering an authentic, quintessential Fijian experience in pristine ocean and wilderness surroundings.

We are honoured that Likuliku Lagoon Resort has been selected to join this extraordinary and prestigious collection of boutique accommodation around the world, said Steve Anstey, Ahura Resorts, Group general manager.

Becoming a member of the National Geographic Unique Lodges collection with its esteemed global reputation in hospitality and conservation and cultural experiences, was a natural fit and step forward for us.

We have always been environmentally focused as one needs to be when building and operating in pristine locations. During construction, extraordinary care and attention was taken to protect the natural resources including our reef and forest areas which were always intended to be a focal point of the Likuliku experience.

Programmes based on marine flora and fauna including turtle conservation, coral and clam planting, and consultation with the local community to install marine protection areas on reefs in order improve fish stocks, have been in place since we opened, Anstey said.

Likulikus Fijian owner, Tony Whitton said: To become part of this extraordinary and internationally renowned worldwide network and being associated with the significantly historical organisation that is National Geographic, is a culmination of all that has been achieved for our young resort company and the product that is Likuliku Lag...

21:08

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

120618FUNDS FOR ROAD WILL COME UNDER ONE HUNDRED MILLION
By New Dawn FM News

The ABG Minister for Finance, ROBIN WILSON says funds for the upgrading and maintenance of roads will come under the ONE HUNDRED MILLION KINA monies approved by the National Government at the last Joint Supervisory Body meeting.
MR. WILSON made these known when answering questions from the member for TONSU Izikiel MASAT who wanted to know why monies were not available as funds appropriated from the FIFTEEN MILLION KINA paid by the National Fisheries Authority were cash funds.
The finance Minister said that these funds from the FIFTEEN MILLION KINA did not include roads as there was the commitment made earlier by the national government for these roads.
Ends

21:07

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

New Dawn FM News
The ABG House of representatives is sitting for the June session of parliament.
The session started at 2 pm this afternoon with Questions without notice and then went ahead with bills to amend some laws with managing the Finance of the ABG, some amendments to the Bougainville public service.
These bills went through the first readings with the second and 3rd readings to be made in the next session of parliament.
The bill to make amendments to the Bougainville Public service went through the first reading whilst work to further make these amendments will be made after further discussions are made with the Papua New Guinea Public service.
Ends

21:07

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

120618UPE COVERED BY LAW
New Dawn FM News
The issue that was raised by owners of the UPE recently is now addressed by the Bougainville Parliament.
This afternoon the ABG President Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS presented to parliament a proposed bill that will be enacted as a Bougainville law to safeguard indigenous properties such as the Bougainville emblem and other traditional properties.
The law once enacted will make any individual who destroys the UPE can be fined TEN THOUSAND KINA and for Corporate entities to be fined ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINA.
Destroying means printing like what business houses have done to print these emblems on thongs and under-wears in the past.
The bill went through the first reading this afternoon and is yet to pass through the second and third readings before it becomes a Bougainville law.

Ends

21:02

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Pictures from the arrival of NSW Parliamentarians

Twinning Parliament120618 007

21:01

The Handshake That shook the World "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I have no doubt this handshake moment will be discussed and dissected ad infinitum by the mainstream, but Ill keep it brief for the moment. So many questions roll around in my head. Most revolve around plots within plots and China hiding behind the curtain of flags. Whatever this means, Im sure the MSM sniggered []

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20:58

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

120618TWINING STEERING COMMITTEE VISIT BOUGAINVILLE
New Dawn FM News
A five member twining steering Committee from the New South Wales Parliament arrived in Buka this morning for a one-week visit to Bougainville.
The twinning arrangement was made between the ABG Parliament and the New South Wales Parliament ten years ago and allows the two parliaments to share ideas and resources as two independent parliaments.
The delegation arrived to a traditional welcome by the Metara Bamboo band of Lemanmanu on Buka island.
They were officially welcomed by the ABG Member for Teua, CHARLES KAKAPETAI who is the Deputy Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Information and Public awareness.
MR. KAKAPETAI mentioned the twinning arrangement which has made it possible for more collaboration of the two parliaments in the last ten years.
He said that Bougainville was privileged to have the Parliament members from the New South Wales Parliament visiting Bougainville to see how the Bougainville Parliament was doing.
Meanwhile, Member for New South Wales Parliament, JOHN AJAKA said that the team was happy to visit Bougainville.
He said since the twinning agreement was made ten years ago members have been trying to visit Bougainville until this week.
He said its a learning process for the two parliaments and they are very happy to visit Bougainville this week.
The team will also visit Arawa in Central before returning on Friday this week.

Ends

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20:47

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The skys been grey and weve had drizzle off and on all day.

Mother Nature has been far more restrained down here than she was further north where friends got 140mms of rain in 24 hours and Im grateful for that restraint.

20:46

Deep sub-tropical low hits New Zealand, wreaking havoc across North Island "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A deep sub-tropical low hit New Zealand's North Island on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 with heavy rain and strong winds, causing flooding, power outages and landslides. The heaviest rain fell on the east side of the North Island. The storm dumped 130 mm (5.1 inches)...... Read more

20:31

Harvey Norman Queensland Womens State of Origin team announced "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Amelia KUK Photo source: The DailyTelegraph
The Queensland Rugby League has today announced the Harvey Norman Queensland Womens team to take on New South Wales.

The match will take place on Friday, June 22 at North Sydney Oval and will mark the first occasion that the game will be played under the State of Origin brand (previously named the Interstate Challenge).
Queensland will be coached by former Origin hooker Jason Hetherington with former Jillaroos Nat Dwyer and Karyn Murphy his assistant coaches.

The team features a number of experienced players including 2017 Rugby League World Cup winning Jillaroos Chelsea Baker, Heather Ballinger, Annette Brander, Karina Brown, Steph Hancock, Zahara Temara and player of the final Ali Brigginshaw.

Some of the new faces include rising star of the game Meg Ward who also played in that Word Cup win and was a key participant for the Australian Defence Force team at the recent Harvey Norman Womens National Championships.

The tournament held last weekend on the Gold Coast was a true trial, with some players selected directly from their performances across the three-day tournament, including forward Frieda Faulato Seu from the Harvey Norman Queensland City team.

The Harvey Norman Queensland Womens team will assemble in camp next week to prepare for the game being played as part of the NRL representative weekend.

(Team listed overleaf).



Harvey Norman Queensland Womens State of Origin team (in alphabetical order):



Chelsea BAKER Queensland Country                         (Gladstone Wallabys) Heather BALLINGER Queensland Country    (West Brisbane Panthers)

Annette BRANDER Queensland Country        (Brisbane Souths)

Brittany BREAYLEY Queensland Country      (Ipswich Brothers)

Ali BRIGGINSHAW Queensland City               (Ipswich Brothers)

Karina BROWN Queensland City                      (Easts Tigers)

Frieda FAULATO SEU Queensland City         ...

20:28

Australia supports Kokoka Community with river crossing bridges "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

(Image: Track_2: Community members and track rangers transport a log to Eora Creek as part of the bridge construction.)


In April, the Australian Government supported Kokoda Track communities to construct two river crossings along the Kokoda Track.

The crossings were at Emuni Creek near Manari village and Eora Creek adjacent to the campsite. The projects are a part of a regeneration and conservation program supported by the Kokoda Initiative, a partnership between the Papua New Guinea and Australian Government to protect the Kokoda Track and surrounding areas.Rita Sori was one of the women who assisted with the works. She said the Kokoda Track is not only an important link for local people to move between villages and the two major towns of Popondetta and Port Moresby, but is also a major source of income through the trekking industry.

We rely on the track for money. Our husbands and sons work as porters and guides for tourists coming in, so keeping the track safe is not only important to the trekkers, but to us as well. If the track is safe and open, it means more tourists can come in and provide more income for us, Rita said.

Seven similar track regeneration and conservation projects were conducted and funded through the Kokoda Initiative partnership in March 2017. Upgrade activities include maintaining bridges, building steps and repairing safety fencing.
The Kokoda Initiative also provides vital education, health and water and sanitation services to local communities. In addition to service delivery, these activities directly inject funds into communities through paid employment opportunities. Press Release

20:22

FIFA President congratulates PNG Football Club Toti City "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


FIFA President Gianni Infantino sent a congratulatory message to PNGFA Acting President John Wesley Gonjuan congratulating Toti City FC for winning the 2017/2018 National Soccer League competition.


Toti City FC are the champions of Papua New Guinea and it gives me great pleasure to send my warmest congratulations to Toti City FC for their third consecutive league title, he stated.
The title is the result of the determination of everyone involved and my congratulations go to the players, the coach, the administration, the entire technical and medical staff as well as the fans for this great achievement.

On behalf of the entire football community, I would like to thank Toti City FC and Papua New Guinea Football Association for helping to spread the positive message of football, Infantino says.

Toti City FC have claimed a third-straight National Soccer League title after beating U-23 PNG Academy side Besta PNG United 3-0 in the final at Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium in Lae three weeks ago.

Captain and golden boot winner Raymond Gunemba slotted his sides third goal to put the result beyond doubt and take their title-winning streak to three.

The exciting action was witnessed first-hand by Governor General Sir Bob Dadae who took time out of his busy schedule to witness the NSL grand-final.

PNGFA Acting President John Wesley Gonjuan confirmed that Toti City FC also secure a place in the 2019 OFC Champions League together with FC Morobe Wawens.

Press Release 

20:15

Americas approach to Allies Were America,Bitch "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Setting the scene:

Adam suggests Kim won.

Media reported that Trumps officials take the view that America is supreme. Now thats not too surprising, as under other Presidents they have tended to a similar view. What is new,is the singular brutality of their manner of speaking coupled with their arrogant ignorance and their desire to humiliate allies,whilst fawning over enemies.

Jeffrey Goldberg at The Atlantic

But what is mainly interesting about Were America, Bitch is its delusional quality. Donald Trump is pursuing policies that undermine the Western alliance, empower Russia and China, and demoralize freedom-seeking people around the world. The United States could be made weakerperhaps permanentlyby the implementation of the Trump Doctrine.

The administration officials, and friends of Trump, Ive spoken with in recent days believe the opposite: that Trump is rebuilding American power after an eight-year period of willful dissipation. People criticize [Trump] for being opposed to everything Obama did, but were justified in canceling out his policies, one friend of Trumps told me. This friend described the Trump Doctrine in the simplest way possible. Theres the Obama Doctrine, and the Fuck Obama Doctrine, he said. Were the Fuck Obama Doctrine.

Well as Robert De Niro said Fuck Trump

Trumps desperation for the Nobel, because Obama was given one (an appalling award BTW) leads him to cosy up to an irrational fat thug,just like him, as he seeks to secure a place in history.

In his efforts he is aided by media and political sycophants.

19:01

A modest proposal for solving the crisis in 'special education' by next Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The story of Ava Crager isnt at the top end of discrimination and neglect against children with disabilities in New Zealand. After all, it resulted in her missing a single week of school, when there are children who miss months or even years to say nothing of those who attend regularly but are marginalised, secluded or excluded from the curriculum and the social life of their schools. The

19:00

Tuesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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18:52

India eyes unexploited coal reserves in Indonesian Papua "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Rights activists fear risk to environment and indigenous communities as India negotiates details of coal mining project in Indonesian Papua.

18:32

Minister for Women questions Twitter follower imbalance "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This is a bizarre tweet from an MP let alone from the Minister for Women. You appear to only be following men. Any comment on why? Julie Anne Genter (@JulieAnneGenter) June 12, 2018  

18:30

Anne Marie Waters: Free Tommy rally 9th June "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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18:00

Classic Drama: The Duchess of Duke Street with Gemma Jones S02 E06 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A word of warning, this is a great series, but some of the video quality is poor. Yet years ago I enjoyed this very much.

On a different note the food consultant was one Michael Smith who wrote some excellent books about British food

Sorry but S02 E04 appears to be missing


The Duchess of Duke Street
 is a BBC television drama series set in London between 1900 and 1925. It was created by John Hawkesworth, previously the producer of the ITV period drama Upstairs, Downstairs.[1] It starred Gemma Jones as Louisa Leyton/Trotter, the eponymous Duchess who works her way up from servant to renowned cook to proprietrix of the upper-class Bentinck Hotel in Duke Street, St. Jamess, in London.

The story is loosely based on the real-life career of Rosa Lewis (ne Ovenden), the Duchess of Jermyn Street, who ran the Cavendish Hotel in London.[2] When the show first aired, there were many people who still remembered her, as she lived until 1952. According to census returns, she was born in Leyton, Essex, to a watchmaker. In the series, Louisas family name is Leyton, and her father is a clock-maker.

18:00

Theological Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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17:55

Paradise magazines first annual edition published "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Paradise Annual 2018, featuring stories and photos about Papua New Guineas travel and culture, has just been been released. The special collectors publication includes the most popular stories and photos that have featured in the regular issues of Paradise, the in-flight magazine of Air Niugini.

The Paradise Annual 2018 cover

The annual also has a brand new guide to all of the countrys 22 provinces.

Its the most comprehensive province guide of its kind published, with details on things to do, places to stay, flight times from Port Moresby and comments from locals on what they love about their provinces.

We really wanted to create a showcase of the best of PNGthe best locations, the best places to stay, the best travel writing and the best photos, notes Andrew Wilkins, Publishing Director at Business Advantage International, which produces Paradise for Air Niugini. Now visitors to PNG have a fantastic memento to take home with them, while locals will find plenty to inspire to explore more of their own country.

PNG on display

The photos of New York-based, Puerto Rico-born Wylda Bayron are included in the guide and show the traditional costumes from each province.

Prolific PNG photographer David Kirkland features throughout the magazine, and its his amazing photo of a Huli Wigman at a waterfall that was selected for the cover (pictured).

The annual also includes a travel map that shows PNG lodges, and hot spots for activities such as bird watching, surfing, trekking, fishing and diving.

Theres...

17:40

People moves: Queens Birthday Honours "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Togolo and Abel acknowledged in Queens Birthday honours list.

A leading Bougainvillean governance and mineral specialist has been knighted in Papua New Guineas Queens Birthday honours. Mel Togolo, Executive Chairman of Bougainville Copper Ltd, is known for his contribution to the establishment of the provincial government system in PNG and helped Bougainville set the precedence for autonomy, together with John Momis.

The father of Treasury Minister Charles Abel was also knighted. Christopher Charles Abel was knighted for service to the community both in agriculture and encouraging participation in business.

The complete civil honours announced by Governor-General of Papua New Guinea, His Excellency Grand Chief Sir Bob Dadae, are:

Knight Bachelor

Christopher Charles ABEL, OBE
For service to the community through supporting rural agriculture extension and citizen participation in business activity

Melchior Pesa TOGOLO, CBE
For service to economic development, particularly in the mining and petroleum sectors, and to the community

Order of Saint Michael and Saint George CMG

Nora Vagi, Mrs. BRASH, OBE
For service to the community through active promotion of local culture and heritage in her roles as author, playwright and poet

The Hon. Michael NALI, CBE, MP
For service to commerce, politics and the community as Member of National Parliament and former Deputy Prime Minister

Order of the British Empire CBE

Ms Lucy Blanche-Lee BOGARI, ISO
For distinguished public service through her senior roles in the nations foreign service

The Hon. Mike REYNOLDS, AM
For promoting relations between Queensland and Papua New Guinea, including as Mayor of Townsville and as Patron of YWAM Medical Ships Program

Barry James TAN
For service to commerce, sport and charitable causes

The Hon. Justin TKATCHENKO, OL, BEM, MP
For service to the community, particularly in the National Capital District, and to sports and major events as a National Government Minister

OBE

Gregory Robert ANDERSON
For service to the community and commerce in the mining and petroleum sectors

Ian Chatfield CLARKE
For service to the legal profession and the business community

Reverend Father Philip GIBBS
For service to the Enga...

17:30

New Austrian government closes 7 mosques, expels 60 Imams "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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17:13

Trade expert Bonapas Onguglo outlines where Papua New Guinea could be missing opportunities "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinean Bonapas Onguglo has been working as a trade analyst at the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) since 1984, advising African governments how to expand their economies. He sees new opportunities in agribusiness and the ocean economy.

Trade analyst Bonapas Onguglo

Onguglo sees many parallels between African nations and Papua New Guinea, which, he says, could draw on African success stories, particularly in agriculture.

PNG could develop its agriculture sector by creating new products specifically designed for exports.

At a practical level that would mean developing and promoting the clean, green nature of PNGs organic agricultural products.

The seas around PNG also have huge potential, he says, if viewed as an ocean economy.

What that means is not just make sustainable use of fish in the exclusive economic zones, but to develop other activities like coastal-based tourism, offshore wind farming, or marine biotechnology.

The proposal becomes even more interesting if PNG joins forces with other Pacific island countries to form a regional seas policy area, he says.

Exotic

For many Europeans, PNG is an exotic country, says Onguglo.

People who dont know much, if anything, about PNG ask about the people, the food, the environment and politics.

They are always amazed at the time it takes to go from Europe to PNG (more than 22 hours flying time). They also cannot believe when I tell them that we have over 800 languages and as many, or more, dialects. They always ask how this is possible on a small island.

Onguglo wants more Papua New Guineans to live overseas.

Born in Goroka, Onguglos parents, Peter and Anna Dinbi, are from Kerowagi in Simbu Province. Its a place he brings his European friends to visit.

They love the p...

17:03

Joint statement of Trump and Kim work toward complete denuclearization "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Joint statement of President Donald Trump and Chairman Kim Yong Un: It includes: President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new US-DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. President []

17:00

20,000 plus protesters but UK media reported hundreds to minimise them "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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17:00

Classic Comedy: Are You Being Served? S01 E05 Diamonds Are A Mans Best Friend "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Are You Being Served? is a British sitcom created and written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft (Croft also directed some episodes), with contributions from Michael Knowles and John Chapman, for the BBC Set in London, the show follows the misadventures and mishaps of the staff of the retail ladies and gentlemens clothing departments in the flagship department store of a fictional chain called Grace Brothers.

17:00

Classic Comedy: Are You Being Served? S01 E0 Diamonds Are A Mans Best Friend "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Are You Being Served? is a British sitcom created and written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft (Croft also directed some episodes), with contributions from Michael Knowles and John Chapman, for the BBC Set in London, the show follows the misadventures and mishaps of the staff of the retail ladies and gentlemens clothing departments in the flagship department store of a fictional chain called Grace Brothers.

 

16:44

Geddis on why the Hager apology matters "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Law professor Andrew Geddis writes on Why the polices apology to Nicky Hager matters (this has also been published elsewhere) apologies for a near full repost but I think is important enough to warrant it. In the wake of the publication of Dirty Politics back in 2014, the New Zealand Police undertook multiple unlawful breaches of []

16:40

Police apologise to Hager and pay substantial damages "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The police have apologised to Nicky Hager for an unlawful search and investigation trying to find the source for Dirty Politics. They have also paid substantial damages but the actual amount is confidential. I have always condemned the hacking of communications data of Cameron Slater and Whale Oil (and also condemned Slaters attempt to solicit []

16:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

16:17

Fresh explosion of Kilauea volcano sends lava spewing 180ft into the air as experts warn impact on Hawaii's animal and marine life will last for decades "IndyWatch Feed World"

Fresh explosion of Kilauea volcano sends lava spewing 180ft into the air as experts warn impact on Hawaii's animal and marine life will last for DECADES --No one has died in this Hawaii eruption but about 600 homes have been swallowed by lava flows | 11 June 2018 | A small explosion at the summit of Hawaii's erupting Kilauea Volcano on Sunday sent ash spewing into the air, creating a driving hazard for roads on parts of the Big Island, the US Geological Survey said. Lava fountains from a fissure in the volcano reached as high as 180 feet (55 meters) from Saturday night into Sunday, pushing flows of molten rock into the Pacific Ocean, it said. Kilauea, on Hawaii's Big Island, first started erupting on May 3, resulting in lava oozing over residential communities and heading towards the Pacific Ocean. The lava first met the ocean on May 20.

16:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

15:54

In Brief: Oil Search makes gas discovery and other business news "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A new gas discovery by Oil Search, special economic zone proposed for West Sepik province and new climate deal inked. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

in briefOil Search has made a new gas discovery and is now accumulating data to assess the commercial prospects, according to the Post Courier. The gas was encountered in an appraisal well dubbed Kimu 2 and could be linked to other nearby reservoirs.

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Treasurer Charles Abel. Credit: The National

Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister Charles Abel has reportedly announced audits will be conducted into several major resource companies. They will run parallel with a joint exercise with commercial banks to identify taxpayers. Abel said audits are also underway by the Bank of Papua New Guinea into foreign currency accounts held by resource companies to ensure compliance with the remittance of proceeds in foreign exchange back to Papua New Guinea.

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15:45

Analysis: does focusing on Papua New Guineas debts distract from another issue? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guineas mandated debt levels are fiercely debated but, according to David James, Managing Editor of Business Advantage PNG, most countries are far less prudent. Could concentrating on the national debt distract from another problemthe lack of an international market for the countrys financial assets?

Papua New Guineas government debt-to-GDP ratio.  Source: Tradingeconomics, BAPNG

PNGs government debt is between 30-35 per cent of GDP, hovering around the mandated level of 32.6 per cent set under the Fiscal Responsibility Act. Most countries in the world, especially developed economies, would love to have such low debt.

Worst placed is probably Japan, with debt over 250 per cent of GDP, but China is similarly burdened when its shadow banking is taken into account, according to Philip Lowe, Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

US public debt is about 107 per cent of GDP, which is similar to the average for most European countries. Australias government debt-to-GDP ratio is low at about 42 per cent of GDP, but its household debt has soared to over 100 per cent of GDP.

It is not suggested that there was anything wrong with PNGs Fiscal Responsibility Act. On the contrary, it was something of a master stroke.

It has probably stopped PNG governments from making two mistakes that have bedevilled developing nations for five decades, resulting in crises like the Latin American debt crisis in the 1980s, the Asian financial crisis of the 1990s, and the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-08.

It limited the prospect of government officials borrowing money that is then wasted (o...

15:35

Ok Tedi has moved from death row to a sweet spot, says CEO "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Chief Executive of copper and gold producer Ok Tedi Mining, Peter Graham, believes the Papua New Guinean company will enjoy a sweet spot in the next few years. He says efficiency gains have substantially improved the mines competitiveness.

Ok Tedis Peter Graham. Source: WBG

Graham, speaking in London recently, said PNGs largest copper mine is benefiting from higher copper prices. He points out that there is often a lag between changes in supply and demand and new production coming on.

In 2011, we were at the top of the cycle. The price was about US$4 a pound for copper. It then dropped every year for the next five years to about $2 a pound in 2016.

In more recent years, there has been insufficient incentive to bring on new production. As a consequence analysts are now forecasting a supply deficit from this year and beyond for the next few yearshence the rising prices.

Graham said in 2017 Ok Tedi averaged $2.79 a pound from its copper production. This year, he expects the price to be between US$3 and US$3.20 a pound, and then trading at US$3.40-50 between 2019 and 2025.

In 2013, Ok Tedi was at the 99th percentile and on death row. Today, we are at the 12th percentile.

He described the gold price as harder to predict, because it is perceived as a safe haven and not driven by (supply and demand) fundamentals.

Costs

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15:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

When you start to believe that you dont have the power to change anything remember this tweet. One man in a wheelchair made a difference. The post Tweet of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:00

Photoshop of the day by Luke "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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14:30

14:30

1984 fiction becomes fact: Two "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Continuing the series: Ten ways the democratic northern hemisphere nations became the Orwellian West. In part one we looked at Continuous War. Part Two: Widespread Surveillance Although statutes prohibiting telegraph wiretapping date back as far as 1862, and the first person convicted was a stock broker named D.C. Williams in 1864, it wasnt until Watergate before [] The post 1984 fiction becomes fact: Two appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:00

From the department of the bleeding obvious "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Breaking news: Face tattoos lower your chances of getting hired. Whoda thunk it? Scribble chins, tramp stamps and gang insignia on your moniker just do not cut it in the workplace. Statista says: Tribal tattoos on your face might scare off employers and hinder your chances of getting a job. [] At least that is [] The post From the department of the bleeding obvious appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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13:00

Benefit shortfalls of the PNG LNG Project: a response to Mark McGillivray "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The PNG LNG project promised a profound and transformative impact on PNG, including a doubling in economic size. Four years after gas exports commenced, how has it gone?

Recent analysis by Jubilee Australia (JA) in the Double or Nothing report and PNG Economics (see here and here and here) indicates that there is a huge chasm between the early promises of the PNG LNG project and what has happened. This is not due to oil prices falling gas export revenues are almost exactly as expected with falls in oil prices offset by higher export volumes.

The construction phase from 2010 to 2014 lifted the non-resource parts of the economy by around 8% above trend growth (more on this term later) so about K3 billion extra in 2013. This was slightly higher than the 5% above trend growth initially expected.

Unfortunately, from about 2012, there were many poor policy decisions closely related to the PNG LNG project. These are examined is some detail in sections 5.3 to 5.6 of the Double or Nothing report a public policy example of how technocratic advice can be overruled by entrenched resource interests and politics. Gambling on huge revenue inflows, the new ONeill Government increased the PNG budget by over 50% in 2012 and 2013. As revenues did not flow, PNG suffered its worst budget deficits and a blow-out in government debt. Some extra expenditure was poorly spent on grandiose projects and building political support. Debt interest costs increased from K480m in 2013 to over K1,600m in 2017 a major on-going budgetary drain. After a major appreciation of the Kina during the construction phase, the central bank intervened to stop it falling back to new market levels. This intervention has led to years of foreign exchange shortages which are seriously damaging businesses in PNG. The adverse impacts on the agriculture and manufacturing sectors were poorly handled and the government is moving back towards protectionist policies. The government also made poor investment decisions, including losing at least K750m from share trading in resource companies.

These poor policies, all associated with the PNG LNG project, mark PNGs fall into a resource curse. Arguably, this is the third time this has occurred there were similar poor policies around the Bougainville copper mine during the 1980s and poor policies around the major resource expansion in the early 1990s.

Economic indicators since the start of gas production have been bad for PNG. GDP did not doubl...

13:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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12:47

Kapitis 120 new Police posts "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A New Zealand Police communications and digital centre is coming to Paraparaumu on the Kpiti Coast and its bringing 120 []

12:30

University bans gendered words "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Without a hint of irony the University of Queensland has banned gendered words from student assignments. The University of Monarchsland (as it shall henceforth be known) has joined other Australian universities in marking down students who use words which upset snowflakes. The Daily Mail reports: Quote. Top universities across Australia have taken to slashing students [] The post University bans gendered words appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:14

MEANWHILE WHAT ARE THEY WEARING? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



Why almost certainly oil based synthetic clothes of course.


There are a multitude of pseudo Melons protesting much of what modern society has developed and embraced as making for a safer higher standard of living while creating  greater time to enjoy what life offers.
Gone are the days when only the most wealthy could travel, indulge in leisure activities however pointless in the belief of others, enjoy good nutrition even when some of those sources involve claimed health threatening content and live in relative freedom from state sponsored interference.

Of course there are still thousands of people apparently so bored they need a stream of causes requiring protest, against things that others employ in a pursuit of happiness everyday.
Capitalism, largely imagined poverty arising from a perceived unfairness in wealth distribution while ignoring just who might have created that wealth, convenience from plastic packaging, cheap  or affordable apparel while totally ignoring the fact that almost all the fabrics are oil based in their creation, and now we are being fed a daily chorus of opposition against misnomered "One trip retail plastic  bags" to conveniently carry  purchases and convey them to a place of consumption.
Of course a high number of those so called one trip bags fulfill many second and even more uses before they are consigned to landfill.

Now there cant be many who on arriving home with  grocery items crammed into plastic lightweight bags don't find chicken and packaged red meats have leaked and sometimes even beyond the secondary one trip bags, so that is a reminder  of the serious probability of contracting  illness from bacterial  contamination from using the  reusable bags that might well serve repeated use sans any hygiene process.

That leads me to ask just where will the crusade against Plastic packaging  find its red line.
Will frozen vegetables be packaged in compostable bags?
Will meal portions of meat with the high potential for bacterial contamination be wrapped,  how?
What will the shelf life be for cereals and how long will such product be able to remain usable in a pantry, swmbo and self have problems now with biscuits and such consumable process food being used before they become soggy and flavour altered?
Many cleaning and other bathroom products are toxic to a greater or lesser degree, how will they be contained sans plastic?
Just consider how much weight will be increased when all are in glass? same for milk and cream?
Think for a moment about the cardboard packaging for the yogurt, I recall when ice cream was marketed in cardboard pottles back in the day, the taste when the ultimate scraping gathered some of the lining designed to create a moisture barrier  for the cardboard, it was not  nice.
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12:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Click on image for a high-res view :) The Mississippi River runs for more than 2300 miles straight through the heartland of America, more or less straight from north to south. Representing the river in any detail presented a challenge for mapmakers wishing to provide maps to those wanting to travel along the river. In [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:30

Blessed are the poor "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Newshub reports: Quote: Low-income households are set to bear the brunt of the transition to a low emissions economy, according to a discussion document released today. Climate Change Minister James Shaw today released the Our Climate Your Say document, inviting New Zealanders to help decide new climate change law and how we can transition smoothly. [] The post Blessed are the poor appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:18

Police spokespersons response to Whaleoils request for comment "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Yesterday I sent the below e-mail to the New Zealand police. Good afternoon today we revealed that a disgraced Imam Mohammad Anwar Sahib was included in the guest list of the recent Ramadan dinner at the Counties Manukau police station. As stated in our article he lost his position as secretary of FIANZ when we revealed that [] The post Police spokespersons response to Whaleoils request for comment appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:00

Lets fix this "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Lets fix this is the Whaleoil alternative to numerous government working groups. Who needs expensive consultants with expense accounts when you can throw the problem to the Whaleoil readership and come up with multiple solutions quickly and easily. Today we will attempt to answer the following question: What changes if any could be made to [] The post Lets fix this appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:30

Trump Toon "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Ann Telnaes Washington Post

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Republicans have always used patriotism as a wedge issue, but Trump takes it to a destructive level.

10:30

Yet another controversial claim from Imam Mohammad Anwar Sahib "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The most recent video from disgraced Imam Mohammad Anwar Sahib reveals what he believes about Shia Muslims in Syria. He preaches that they believe that they have to kill other Muslims to go to Jannah (heaven). He also doesnt believe that they are true Muslims because of this belief. From 2:38 in the Facebook video he says [] The post Yet another controversial claim from Imam Mohammad Anwar Sahib appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:12

Malaysia to reconsider TPP-11 "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

June 12, 2018: Malaysias new Prime Minister, Dr Mahathir, last Friday made a brief but stunning statement in a media conference in Japan that he will review the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP-11.

Dr Mahathir said he believes weaker economies like Malaysia are at a disadvantage under the current terms, "It is important to take into consideration the level of development of a country."

He said Malaysia would have little to sell and much to buy in a purely free trade environment. "Small, weaker economies must be given a chance to protect their products," he said.

Dr Mahathirs remarks reflect strong community opposition to the TPP-11 in Malaysia.

The TPP-11 will take effect once ratified by at least six member countries, which requires passage of the implementing legislation by parliaments. So far, only Mexico has ratified the agreement.

In Australia, there are currently two parliamentary inquiries which will report before Parliament votes on the implementing legislation, a joint committee dominated by the government and a Senate inquiry achieved through community campaigning, on which the government does not have a majority. AFTINET is campaigning for the majority of ALP, Greens, Centre Alliance and others to block the implementing legislation.  See more information here.

10:05

ECB continues to play a political role making a mockery of its independence "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Those who follow European politics will be familiar now with the recent events in Italy. I wrote about them in this blog post The assault on democracy in Italy. The facts are obvious. The democratic process for all its warts rejected the mainstream political parties in the recent national election and minority parties Lega Nord and M5S formed a governing coalition. The trouble started when they nominated Paolo Savona as Finance Minister. He had occasionally made statements that paranoid European elitists would interpret as being anti-Europe and anti-German. The political solution was easy and Italian President Sergio Mattarella vetoed Savonas nomination. The Coalition withdrew and a right-wing technocrat Carlo Mr Scissors Cottarelli was to be installed as Prime Minister. That arrangement didnt last long and the Lega Nord/M5S coalition emerged in government with the unelected Guiseppe Conti the new Prime Minister. But the interesting story to emerge out of all that relates to overt political behaviour by the supposedly independent European Central Bank. It has been clear for some time that the ECB has used its currency-issuing capacity to ensure that spreads on Member State government bonds (against the benchmark German bund) do not widen too much. But it is also clear that when the market forces do increase the spreads, which foments a sense of financial crisis, the ECB doesnt necessarily act immediately. A good dose of crisis talk is what the political process needs to keep the anti-European forces at bay. The ECBs behaviour in this context became very political in the recent weeks and the only explanation is that they wanted the sniff of crisis to pervade while all the negotiations were going on over who would emerge as the new government in Italy. Democracy suffers another blow in that neoliberal madhouse that is the European Union.

As background to this topic the following blog posts (among others) are relevant:

1. A central bank can always prevent government default (June 23, 2015).

2. ECBs expanded asset purchase programme more smoke and mirrors (May 30, 2016).

3. ECB is running out of debt to buy more smoke and mirrors needed (September 7, 2017).

At the outset, there are two issues:

1. While offensive to many conservatives, it is obvious that any central bank can control yields on government debt instruments at any maturity and at any level (including zero) if it chooses.

The ECB has demonstrated that through its Securities Markets Program (SMP), launched on May 14, 2010 and th...

10:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think this photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Road to Chitkul, Himachal Pradesh. India. 14 July 2016   If you want this series to continue please send me your photos this week. NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Work at Ravensdowns helm incredibly fulfilling Sally Rae:

It is not very often, as Greg Campbell acknowledges, that a chief executive wants more regulation.

But the boss of Ravensdown is very pleased the Government is investing more money on biosecurity.

He has been concerned the fertiliser sector was far too open to anyone to bring any product into New Zealand and call it fertiliser. . .

Envoy recommends eradication Sally Rae:

New Zealand special agricultural trade envoy Mike Petersen says it appears Mycoplasma bovis is more serious than reports have  so far indicated.

Mr Petersen, a former Beef and Lamb New Zealand chairman, has just returned after a busy time in the UK and Europe with discussions around the future of farming and trade.

Farmers he had spoken to who had the bacterial disease on their properties believed New Zealand should try to eradicate it. . .

Sheep and beef farmers working with nature to create profit:

Farming systems that work with nature are in high demand from consumers of the food that is being produced.

A true farm profit working with a healthy environment is the goal in this new world of ever-increasing environmental scrutiny.

Brendon Walsh from GrowFarm has been working with sheep and beef farmers as a business coach for a number of years. . . 

09:55

Oral Questions 12 June 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Questions to Ministers SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in her Minister of Justice and all of her Governments justice policies and decisions? Dr DEBORAH RUSSELL to the Minister of Finance: Will the Governments Families Package assist low- and middle-income families; if so, how? AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: What are the current levels of the Business Confidence [] The post Oral Questions 12 June 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:37

Time PNG govt exercised better control over its own resources "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

A Britten Norman Islander, the first plane to land at Frieda River in 1970. Kiap John Pasquarelli had discovered gold and copper in 1963. Now, 55 years later, the mine is still undeveloped and the object of great controversy

Gabriel Ramoi | PNG Attitude | 12 June 2018

Resources firm Pan Aust (wholly owned by the Chinese state company, Guangdong Rising Assets Management, GRAM), has lost its way with the Frieda River copper-gold project in Papua New Guineas Sandaun Province.

It is now time for the PNG government to exercise leadership and rein in control over the Frieda asset if the PNG is to sustain its free education and health policies and lift the rest of the country out of poverty, disease and ignorance.

The view from Frieda is now very different compared with the corporate carnage of 2013 following Glencores hostile takeover of Xstrata Mining. In that epic battle for world copper supremacy, Mike Daviss Xstrata lost to Ivan Glasenbergs Glencore and with...

09:30

Audrey Young on the untidy mess left behind as Jacinda buggers off on leave "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Audrey Young believes there is an untidy mess left behind by Jacinda Ardern as she buggers off on leave. Mostly it is Labour ministers who have been shown to be next to useless in their new roles: Quote: What a dreadfully untidy way to leave the Beehive. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has headed to Auckland [] The post Audrey Young on the untidy mess left behind as Jacinda buggers off on leave appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:13

Wheeling and Dealing as Mining Profits Soar "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Since my stock advisory Small Cap Alpha launched last year, Ive made the case that mining would rebound strongly because of solid demand for commodities and underinvestment.

Weve benefited from this already. All our associated mining plays are up from their initial recommendations.

But this story is no longer new. Its become obvious to many investors that mining is undergoing a resurgence.

That said, I dont think the opportunity to profit from it has gone. Its just shifted slightly.

The major and mid-tier resource companies now have the cashflow and confidence to acquire smaller projects or invest in joint ventures.

For a long time, they have held back on acquisitions because they wanted to emphasise disciplined spending and pay down debt. In doing so, theyve won back investor sentiment.

However, at the end of the day, theyre in the mining business. They can only do that for so long. Which means that, at some point, theyll need to add to their reserve base and diversify asset portfolios.

I believe that time is now.

Consider some of the deals that have been made in the last six months

In February, Newcrest Mining Ltd [ASX:NCM] took a US$250 million stake in Lundin Gold, a gold and copper play listed in Canada. Newcrest is also looking to acquire two more Tier 1 assets by 2020.

Canadian firm Copper Mountain Mining Corporation just acquired Australian copper junior Altona Mining Ltd [ASX:AOH] for AU$93 million.

Australian miner OZ Minerals Ltd [ASX:OZL] bid $444 million for copper junior Avanco Resources Ltd [ASX:AVB] in March. Avancos largest shareholder approved the offer. In April, OZ Minerals CEO stated that the company was scouring the market for more acquisition deals.

Meanwhile, gold miner St Barbara Ltd [ASX:SBM] put $4 million into explorer Duketon Mining Ltd [ASX:DKM] in April.This adds to its strategic stakes in three other explorers.

Also in April, energy major Santos Ltd [ASX:STO] received a $13.5 billion takeover offer from US firm Harbour Energy. The offer was raised to $14.4 billionwhich Santos rejected!

And mining service company Emeco Holdings Ltd [ASX:EHL] announced it was acquiring a rental business with an enterprise value of $80 million.

So you can see that theres plenty of positive sentiment and deals taking place in the mining sector.

Better yet, Im convinced there could be plenty more this year and next.

BHP spin-off South32 Ltd [ASX:S32] has an as...

09:12

NZ Police Give Full Apology To Hagar For Unlawful Search "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This humiliating apology to Hager shows just how badly the police screwed up Andrew Geddis The NZ Police have apologised to journalist Nicky Hager over their tactics in seeking to identify Rawshark following the publication of Dirty Politics. And it must never happen again, writes Otago law professor Andrew Geddis Readers able to remember events []

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09:08

Are You Ready for the Next Great Boom? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The markets rarely offer you a chance to make serious money the same way twice.

But, as Ive talked about all week, I think its going to happen right here in Australia. If you caught my email from earlier this morning, you may have already seen why.

In any case, this opportunity Im talking about is going to stem from a unique sequence of events taking place in our number one export sector: resources.

In fact, Aussie resources might prove to be your biggest investment opportunity to make money over the next 10 years.

Let me start by showing you just how big the opportunity in front of you is right now

Buying dirt-cheap assets can make you a fortune

In 1998 US stocks were heading into a massive boom.

This would become known as the infamous tech bubble.

Investors went wild for stocks related to the internet.

Companies that had no cash flow let alone profits soared to incredible heights as retail investors ploughed their money into the market.

It was one of the biggest bubbles in the history of markets.

US stocks were at crazy levels. The madness of crowds had to eventually collapse.

Thats exactly what happened.

But one group of investors avoided the whole debacleloading up on one asset class that was at a historic low in 1998.

Im talking about commodities.

Not many people know it but, for example, sugar went up 1,290% between 1969 and 1974. Corn went up 295%. Oil rose fifteen-fold across the decade.

This same supply and demand dynamic that had sent commodities shooting up some 30 years prior was brewing again in 1998.

Adjusted for inflation, commodity prices were at levels not seen since the 1930s Great Depression.

Its hard to imagine today how obscure the commodity market was in the late 1990s.

Chinas massive global rise had yet to occur. It wasnt even a member of the World Trade Organization at the time.

The Aussie dollar was about 61 cents to the US dollar.

Iron ore was US$31 a tonne.

In December 1998, one BHP Billiton Ltd [ASX:BHP] share was $4.45.

Im sure you know a rough outline of the story from that point.

US stocks went on to collapse in 2000.

Meanwhile, Chinas economy absolutely boomed and took commodity demand rocketing up.

By 2011, iron ore peaked at an all-time high of US$191 an ounce.

One BHP share was $50...

09:00

Photoshop of the day by Luke: Two "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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08:56

India eyes coal reserves in Indonesian Papua "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

As it seeks to diversify its sources of fuel, India is looking to get in on the ground floor of coal mining in previously unexploited deposits in Indonesian Papua. In exchange for technical support and financing for geological surveys, officials say India is pushing for special privileges, including no-bid contracts on any resulting concessions a prospect that could run afoul of Indonesias anti-corruption laws. The details of an Indian mining project in Papua are still being negotiated, but Indonesias energy ministry welcomes the prospect as part of a greater drive to explore energy resources in the countrys easternmost provinces. In the future, the ministry hopes mining for coking coal will support the domestic steel industry, while also bringing economic benefits to locals. Rights activists, however, fear the launch of a new mining industry could deepen tensions in a region where existing extractive projects have damaged the environment and inflamed a long-running armed conflict. Forest clearance and plantation development in PT Megakarya Jaya Raya (PT MJR) palm oil concession in Papua. New Guinea Island is home to the worlds third-largest rainforest, but is facing intense pressure due to the logging, palm oil and mining industries. Image by Ulet Infansasti/Greenpeace. Indonesias new coal frontier When Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Jakarta last month, joint efforts to extract and process Indonesias fossil fuels, including coal, were on the agenda. Indias interest in investing in a new coking coal mining concession in Papua can be traced 2017, when officials from the Central

08:37

If Cabinet counts . . . "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Homepaddock

Labours attempt to repeal the three-strikes legislation has been struck out by New Zealand First:

. . . Justice Minister Andrew Little was forced to backtrack on the proposed repeal that he was planning to take to Cabinet on Monday after NZ First indicated it wouldnt support it.

In a press conference on Monday morning Little tried to leave the door open on three strikes being repealed in the future, saying NZ First didnt support a piecemeal approach and wanted to see the total justice reform package. 

However, its understood NZ First MPs have been working on this issue for weeks. The caucus has no plans to budge on its long-held view of being tough on law and order after seeking feedback from its voter base. . . 

Little might have thought he could get the legislation past NZ Firsts tough law and order stance because the party has managed to support other

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08:36

Charles Krauthammer Says A Final Goodbye "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

JONATHAN TURLEY

Charles-Krauthammer-interview Courtesy of Fox News

This week, the political and journalistic world was rocked by the news that columnist Charles Krauthammer had only weeks to live.  The news came from Charles himself in a characteristically elegant and simple goodbye.  I have been personally devastated by the news. I have known Charles for many years and there are few people who I respect more.  He is truly one of the most brilliant and interesting individuals I have ever known.

A diehard Nationals fan, Charles and I would watch games together when my Cubs played his Nats.  It was a running competition between us as our teams competed each year.  Sitting with Charles at a game was one of my great pleasures.  Every conversation (no matter the subject) with Charles had a profound and honest character.  We would talk about our Dads, kids, politics, and most importantly baseball.
I will not say more

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08:35

State Department Spokesperson Cites D-Day As Proof Of Our Long Relationship With Germany "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Trumpworld gets more weird

JONATHAN TURLEY

1490px-Into_the_Jaws_of_Death_23-0455M_editThe State Department was eager to brush over miffed feelings connected to the G-7 meeting, particularly with Germany. Perhaps a bit too eager. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert was striving to list examples of our close historical relationship and included the D-Day invasion. It is true that that was a key moment in our relationship but it was hardly a positive one.

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08:32

Humpy Dumpty Duty: Trump Regularly Rips Up Documents, Requiring Staff To Tape Them Back Together To Comply With Federal Law "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

JONATHAN TURLEY

Denslow's_Humpty_Dumpty_1904440px-Official_Portrait_of_President_Donald_TrumpThere is an interesting new story about a bizarre practice by President Donald Trump who reportedly rips up material given to him despite the duty to preserve the documents under the Presidential Records Act.  Two staffers have recounted how they were required to spend considerable time taping the documents back together to stay in compliance with the PRA.  They reportedly complained about the duty for people making $60,000 a year.  They were suddenly fired.  This Humpy Dumpty duty raises some serious questions of federal violations.

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08:30

Timing deliberate "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Soon to-be acting Prime Minister Winston Peters is suing the Government.

Peters is suing the Ministry of Social Development, plus it its chief executive, Brendan Boyle, and State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes for $450,000 for breach of privacy relating to his belief over how details of his pension overpayment were leaked to journalists.

He is also suing former ministers Paula Bennett and Anne Tolley but that is no surprise. They have always been targets.

The really stunning aspect of the new action is its timing so close to the date he is due to become Acting Prime Minister for six weeks.

Even if he had a water-tight case and there is no evidence that he has wouldnt he delay it for the sake of a peaceful transition? . . 

Quite what Peters expects to achieve by wasting taxpayers money on this at all let alone on the eve of his taking over as acting PM is hard to fathom.

But the timing must be deliberate and it comes with his waiting until the last minute to pull support for repealing the three-strikes legislation.

Anyone willing to bet that all will be calm and stable while Peters is acting PM?

 

08:30

Jacinda Ardern seems to have trouble with truthiness "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jacinda Ardern seems to have trouble with truthiness. Now Im not being judgy, but this statement to media yesterday after her Justice Minister had to walk back his previous three strikes announcements seems a bit incongruent with previous statements: Quote: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told reporters it was a given that ministers did not make [] The post Jacinda Ardern seems to have trouble with truthiness appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:18

Digicel Chairman says Papua New Guinea fantastic location for investment "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Chairman and founder of telecommunications company Digicel, Denis OBrien, describes Papua New Guinea as a vibrant country that is a fantastic location for investors. But he says the physical terrain also made it his companys most challenging market.

Digicels Denis OBrien Source: Digicel

When Digicel founder Denis OBrien first visited Papua New Guinea, he says he was quite taken by the country:

It was a mixture of a quite modern economy and an emerging market, maybe because of the resource sector but also because of small medium enterprises and the whole service sector.

OBrien says Digicel has invested US$850 million in PNG.

We launched in 2007. It was our most challenging network build because the (electricity) grid does not go everywhere.

We have 1100 towers, of which only about 300 are on the (electricity) grid.

We have to fuel our towers (ourselves) and provide fuel with helicopter drops every week.

So, from a build point of view, it was the most difficult network that we have done.

OBrien says he was pleased to find a depth of management ability and capability in PNG, which helped when establishing the company.

There were some first class companies that had spent a lot of money on training management, so we were able to attract management very quickly.

Digicel is an eclectic company, with big investments.

The other thing we found is that only about one or two per cent of people had a phone, so there was a real need and an under-served market.

Giving back

...

08:15

Caption competition: New Zealandistan? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Why are you lefty infidels so easily led? Aww aukshally thats a rully great qweshchun! wot a awesum qweshchun! The post Caption competition: New Zealandistan? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

Getting down to business "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Stuff had an article on Sunday by Tracy Watkins that tries at least to get to the bottom of the problem with the government and business. Essentially, it suggests that Jacinda Ardern must pause radical reforms or risk economic consequences of falling business confidence. Well, duh. Quote: National leader Simon Bridges says the Government needs [] The post Getting down to business appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

June 12 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

1789 The Hawkesbury River discovered Governor Arthur Phillip.

1822 -  Colebee from Richmond married Kitty, aged 13, from the Warmuli (Prospect Clan), a student at the Native Institution.

1826 -In the first recorded use of gas lighting in Oz, Pitt St, Sydney shopkeeper J.T Wilson blinded his rivals, and the general public, when he installed it in his shop.

1871 - NSW Government tossed a measly  30,000 for the fortification of Sydney Harbour.

1872 - The Melbourne Branch of the Royal Mint began spitting out the coins and folding stuff.

1883 The first Australasian headquarters of the Salvation Army opened in Melbourne.

1886 - The Shearer's Union was formed during a meeting that was a tad more than tea and scones at Fern's Hotel in Ballarat.

1889 - The Australian Labour Federation was formed in Brisbane.

1902  - They knew when they were beaten, those men, so the Commonwealth Franchise Act came into force, which gave all the females of the species the right to vote in federal elections.
Except those gals who were aboriginal....or from any of the Pacific Islands....or Asia...or Africa...

1903 - A knees-up was held by a group of barristers in the chambers of the then Queensland Attorney-General, Sir Arthur Rutledge KC, where they resolved to form a Bar Association.
Not the liquid refreshment sort of bar.

1911 - Those delectable steam tram thingies began tootling along the Sutherland to Cronulla Tramway Line (NSW).

1912 - The Port Douglas and Mossman Record announced that Dick and Ernest C. Hannaford, who had a photographers studio further up Mill Street, were arranging for picture shows with their own apparatus in the hall, with occasional visits to Port Douglas.
Should we wonder at the 'apparatus'.....perhaps not.

1914 - The Illawarra Coke Company opened a set of sidings to serve their coke ovens on the other side of the main line, coal being supplied from the Coal Cliff mine by an overhead conveyor.
We won't comment on mainlining the coke....

1915 - Aspirin was first made in Australia by 31-year old Melbourne Pharmacist George Richard Rich Nicholas under the name Aspro.

1931 - Some silly bugger thought that the Northern Territory was too large to be governed. So in 1927 the Northern Territory was split into two territories, North Australia and Central Australia. However, on this day the two were reunited in Holy Matrimony as the Northern Territory.

1933 -  Twelve Police Cadets, the sons of serving Policemen, were appointed to the NSW Police Force and attached to various sections and metropolitan city stations.

1954 - The first engine of the Central Australia Railway...

07:58

Whaleoil advertorial that is a blatant attempt to get you to buy something "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

On the weekends we publish delicious Whaleoil recipes and now you can have your very own Whaleoil apron to make them in. Available in every colour you can think of as long as it is black or white. We cannot promise that it will improve your culinary skills or prevent you from gingerbread Jihad (caused by [] The post Whaleoil advertorial that is a blatant attempt to get you to buy something appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:48

ON THE BRINK SPECIAL REPORT: HAWAII FROM DOWN UNDER VOLCANOS, ASTRONOMY, WHALES & DOLPHINS, RIMPACSHOCK, AWE & DEMENTIA "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

UA MAU KE EA O KA INA I KA PONO LIESBET VERSTRAETEN, MEMORY ISLAND AOTEA, JUNE 2012 Greetings and welcome to this radio-free On the Brink Special Report. I apologize for this email being almost 48 hours latethis was the first weekend since December 2012 when I havent had a radio deadline to meetI []

The post ON THE BRINK SPECIAL REPORT: HAWAII FROM DOWN UNDER VOLCANOS, ASTRONOMY, WHALES & DOLPHINS, RIMPACSHOCK, AWE & DEMENTIA appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

07:35

Waikanae Kids Plant For The Future "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

  Waikanaes environment has benefited from the local schools Arbor Day planting programme at Waikanae Beachs Pharazyn Reserve.   The reserve, []

07:30

NZ First aint going to budge on three strikes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Andrew Little was putting on a brave face yesterday, suggesting that NZ First might consider reform of three strikes as part of a total justice reform package. That apparently isn the case and Littles twinkle-toed dancing around the issue in an attempt to save face isnt helping him. Quote: NZ First is expected to make [] The post NZ First aint going to budge on three strikes appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:15

Bob Jones: Journalistic sloth and incompetence, Stuff stuff ups and dopey politicians "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Journalistic sloth A momentous event occurred in New Zealand a fortnight back, so much so when the history of this nation is written it will doubtless be listed with Rutherford and Ed Hillary in the annals of world-shaking Kiwi initiatives and occurrences. That it was me who discovered this is further testimony of journalist sloth [] The post Bob Jones: Journalistic sloth and incompetence, Stuff stuff ups and dopey politicians appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

Hosking lashes Labour over their fake news claims on chinky sounding names "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Now that the facts have been revealed, and Labours fake news over foreign ownership that they shilled to the NZ Herald exposed for the sham it was, we are starting to see commentators call out Labour for their racist and xenophobic claims. Mike Hosking lashed them yesterday for it: Quote: I think the National Party [] The post Hosking lashes Labour over their fake news claims on chinky sounding names appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

07:00

If Cabinet counts . . . "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Labours attempt to repeal the three-strikes legislation has been struck out by New Zealand First:

. . . Justice Minister Andrew Little was forced to backtrack on the proposed repeal that he was planning to take to Cabinet on Monday after NZ First indicated it wouldnt support it.

In a press conference on Monday morning Little tried to leave the door open on three strikes being repealed in the future, saying NZ First didnt support a piecemeal approach and wanted to see the total justice reform package. 

However, its understood NZ First MPs have been working on this issue for weeks. The caucus has no plans to budge on its long-held view of being tough on law and order after seeking feedback from its voter base. . . 

Little might have thought he could get the legislation past NZ Firsts tough law and order stance because the party has managed to support other policies to which it is supposedly opposed but he was very silly not to have had a water-tight commitment of support well before this.

That wasnt his only mistake.

. . . On Justice Minister Andrew Littles backtrack today on the Three Strikes law repeal, Ardern said it would have been better to wait until a Cabinet decision had been made. . . 

Yes indeed.

But if Cabinet is supposed to count in this decision why didnt it count in the decision to ban oil and gas exploration?

06:35

Maori Land Use 1: Pre-European Settlement "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Today we begin a series on the changing pattern of Maori land use and ownership. Historian Bruce Moon has done []

06:30

Tracy Watkins talks about Andrew Littles humiliation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Tracy Watkins explores Andrew Littles humiliation. Quote: Wrestling with alligators is how one National MP described dealing with Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters. A bloodied Justice MInister Andrew Little now knows how that feels. Little has been dealt a short, sharp and brutal lesson in real politik by the master of MMP, Peters. The [] The post Tracy Watkins talks about Andrew Littles humiliation appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Top five most viewed posts yesterday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

06:00

Winston acts against Bennett et al for breaching his privacy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

As predicted here over the past weeks, Paula Bennetts day of reckoning has come closer. Winston Peters has decided to proceed with a breach of privacy tort against Paula Bennett, Brendan Boyle and Peter Hughes: Quote: Deputy Prime Minister and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has begun new legal action seeking $450,000 for alleged [] The post Winston acts against Bennett et al for breaching his privacy appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Why Timorese workers love the Seasonal Worker Programme "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) is extremely popular in the Pacific and Timor-Leste where it recruits workers. It offers opportunities for workers to improve their livelihoods, earning more money than would be possible at home. The SWP brings workers to Australia for six months to work in areas of seasonal labour deficit, specifically horticulture and hospitality. In Australia, the Department of Employment approves employers to the program, for which they are required to meet legislated responsibilities for both living conditions and wage levels at or above the minimum wage. If employers are non-compliant, the Department of Employment is responsible for following up to ensure they meet their obligations to the workers. Notwithstanding the few cases where these obligations are not met (for example here), this arrangement provides a level of confidence that conditions comply with Australian standards. This level of oversight is not available to the majority of migrant workers globally, most of whom work in extremely harsh conditions in Asia and the Middle East.

Recent research on the SWP shows a remarkably high satisfaction level with the Programme. Last year the Labour Mobility Assistance Program (LMAP) commissioned research into the views of Timorese and Pacific migrants to Australia on the Seasonal Worker Programme. I was the lead researcher for Timor-Leste, completing an in-depth survey in November 2016 and a follow-up study in April 2017. A similar study was done in Vanuatu.

In the survey, 50 Timorese workers were asked how satisfied they were with their SWP experiences. An overwhelming 96% were satisfied, the majority (68%) being very satisfied. In Vanuatu, all of the women and 91% of the men said they were satisfied. In addition, 84% of Timorese workers rated their accommodation as good or very good quality, while 82% of ni-Vanuatu said the same. A pre-departure briefing for SWP workers provides them with an understanding of what to expect, and of their contractual conditions. 82% of Timorese workers attended the pre-departure briefing (most of those who didnt attend had prior experience with the SWP), and 99% of ni-Vanuatu attended. If the workers understand their contractual conditions, they can take action if they are not fairly treated. This does, of course, require the employees to understand their rights and their employers responsibilities adequ...

05:47

QotD: "The world has so much debt that the cracks could happen anywhere... " "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"The world has so much debt that the cracks could happen anywhere... If debt were a drug, we would outlaw it. But we also know that people get hooked on illegal drugs all the time... [So we have too much] debt and (not much) deleveraging."~ John Mauldin, who says the Debt Clock is Ticking

"Any economist can paint a rosy picture by, for example, showing rising GDP. If you object that debt is rising with GDP, the economist switches to a chart of debt/GDP. He will tell you that the solution is to grow GDP with the right fiscal and regulatory policies.
    "However, we can look at how much additional GDP is added for each newly-borrowed dollar. This is called marginal productivity of debt. This [below] shows a clear picture, a secular decline over many decades... this is a long-term falling trend."

~ Keith Weiner on the Falling Productivity of Debt


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05:30

Peters successfully played to support base over 3 strikes "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

While Andrew Little has taken a hit after his back down on repealing the 3 strikes legislation, Winston Peters will be feeling quite happy with himself and many NZ First supporters and potential voters will also be happy. But Arderns leadership of Government has also taken a hit. Peters has played Little and won []

05:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

05:30

Atlantic Radio The North Korea Summit "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/atl3511426037.mp3

Two of the worlds most volatile heads of stateKim Jong Un and Donald Trumphave moved in the span of a year from trading insults to trading fawning letters. Now, theyre days away from the first meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader. Between Kims nuclear ambitions and Trumps political pressures, the stakes of this exchange couldnt be higher. Are we headed toward the worlds most unlikely match? Or its worst diplomatic divorce?

Links

 The Threat to Kim Jong Un Within North Korea (Uri Friedman, June 4, 2018)
 So Is the North Korea Summit Back On, or What? (Uri Friedman, May 31, 2018)
 How South Korea Pulled Trump and Kim Back From the Brink (Uri Friedman, May 27, 2018)
 South Koreas President Moon is the man in the (very precarious) middle (Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Washington Post, May 28, 2018)
 Former South Korean National-Security Adviser: The U.S. May Have to Withdraw Some Troops (Uri Friedman, May 23, 2018)
 Trumpism: Speak Loudly and Carry a Big Stick (Uri Friedman, April 6, 2018)
 The Man Behind the North Korea Negotiations (S. Nathan Park, March 12, 2018)

05:15

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

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

05:04

Ardern staying close to home as birth date nears "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The official due date for Jacinda Arderns baby is this weekend, June 17. Anyone who has been a parent will know that given dates are just a rough stab my experience includes three 10-14 day overdue babies. Ardern has wisely chosen not to fly around the country any more, and will base herself in []

05:00

Guest post: Climate change could heighten risk of global food production shocks "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Dr Michelle Tigchelaar is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington, currently investigating the impacts of climate change on global food security.

The 1972-74 food price crisis is the stuff of policy legend. At a time when grain prices had been declining for decades, the global price of wheat tripled in the space of just three years.

The trigger was a poor wheat harvest throughout the major breadbaskets of southeast Ukraine and southwest Russia, ravaged by an extremely hot summer with average temperatures 2-4C warmer than usual.

The effects of the resulting Russian Wheat Deal in which the USSR purchased 10m tonnes of US wheat rippled across the global food market and global grain prices soared.

Since the early 1970s, global food markets have only become more integrated. Just three staple crops corn, wheat and rice account for more than half of global calorie intake. For each of these crops, just three countries produce at least 40% of global production.

With growing demands for food, animal feed and biofuels, this leaves the global food market exposed to further price shocks. In 2007-08, for example, the overstretched grain market needed only relatively small crop losses in Australia (caused by heatwaves), record-high oil prices and poor policy choices to cause the world food crisis of 2007-08. The result was a doubling of cereal prices and...

05:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Laws and customs may be creative of vice; and should be therefore perpetually under process of observation and correction: but laws and customs cannot be creative of virtue: they may encourage and help to preserve it; but they cannot originate it. Harriet Martineau who was born on this day in 1802.

05:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

05:00

PNG govt must exercise better control over its own resources "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

First aircraft at Frieda River
A Britten Norman Islander, the first plane to land at Frieda River in 1970. Kiap John Pasquarelli had discovered gold and copper in 1963. Now, 55 years later, the mine is still undeveloped and the object of great controversy

GABRIEL RAMOI

WEWAK Resources firm Pan Aust (wholly owned by the Chinese state company, Guangdong Rising Assets Management, GRAM), has lost its way with the Frieda River copper-gold project in Papua New Guineas Sandaun Province.

It is now time for the PNG government to exercise leadership and rein in control over the Frieda asset if the PNG is to sustain its free education and health policies and lift the rest of the country out of poverty, disease and ignorance.

The view from Frieda is now very different compared with the corporate carnage of 2013 following Glencores hostile takeover of Xstrata Mining. In that epic battle for world copper supremacy, Mike Daviss Xstrata lost to Ivan Glasenbergs Glencore and with it went a chunk of PNGs national asset, the K260 billion Frieda mine.

Glasenberg has gone on to become the king of copper and head of the number one mining house in the world.

But then, for a deposit of just K80 million, little known Australian miner Pan Aust Ltd moved in and acquired Frieda from Glencore while PNG government advisers and ministers slept on the job despite warnings from industry that the government should exercise control and reclaim ownership over its strategic asset.

Pan Aust went on to the sell out to GRAM in 2015 for a reported K1.2 billion although officially the deal was closed at K450 million.

GRAM is owned by the municipality of the city of Guangzhau in southern China, although the deal maker in this transaction was a leading Australian Chinese billionaire Dr Chau Chak Wing, the subject of a current controversy because of allegations that he is an agent of the Chinese Communist Party.

Additionally, the influential South China Morning Post reported in September last year that the chairman of GRAM, Li Jinming, as well as the CEO and chief financial office...

04:35

Second blunder by Work and Income with same beneficiary "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A woman has had her benefit cut for the second time Work and Income have admitted another blunder. RNZ in April: Woman told her benefit was cut because of Tinder dates The Ministry for Social Development has apologised to a woman who was told her benefit was stopped because she had been on two []

04:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Andrew Littles plan to remove the three strikes legislation is dead and todays face of the day killed it. The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:18

US sanctions Russians for cyber attacks "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The US has announced sanctions on three Russian individuals and five companies, who have been cited as malicious actors working at the behest of the Russian Federation and its military and intelligence units to increase Russias offensive cyber capabilities against the US and its allies which could include New Zealand. Reuters: U.S. sanctions Russians []

04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is yarborough (noun) (Games) A bridge or whist hand containing no honour cards (nothing above nine). Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : In bridge/whist, a hand with no card above a nine, 1874, said to be so called for an unnamed Earl of Yarborough who bet 1,000 to 1 [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:04

Trump-Kim summit today "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The preliminaries continue leading up to todays historic summit between Kim Yong-un and Donald Trump in Singapore. US Secretary of State Mile Pompeo continues to spin a hard line. .@SecPompeo: "The ultimate objective we seek from diplomacy with #NorthKorea has not changed. The complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean peninsula is the only []

04:00

Australia's emissions reduction target 'unambitious, irresponsible' "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

New Australia Institute paper finds neither Coalition nor Labor's pollution reduction targets would see us doing our fair sharePollution reduction targets for 2030 proposed by the Coalition and Labor will not see Australia contributing its fair share to cut greenhouse gas emissions under the Paris climate agreement, according to new research.A paper from the progressive thinktank the Australia Institute finds the Turnbull government's target of a 26-28% reduction on 2005 levels is [...]

04:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 12 22 The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Charlie Lynn receives Order of Australia for going the extra mile "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Charlie Lynn
Charlie Lynn - "I had seen many beautiful memorials at battlefields but there was nothing at Kokoda

KAYLA OSBORNE | Campbelltown-Macarthur Advertiser (NSW)

CAMDEN - Charlie Lynn has crossed the strenuous Kokoda Track 92 times, served in NSW parliament and been awarded Papua New Guineas second highest honour.

Yesterday he added another achievement to his list as a recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia.

Mr Lynn was given the prestigious title for service to the people and parliament of NSW.

The Camden resident said he was humbled to receive the Queens Birthday Honour.

I was greatly honoured to receive the Officer of the Order of Logohu in Papua New Guinea two years ago and I feel greatly honoured again, Mr Lynn said. Honestly it was a real surprise there are people out there who have done much more than me.

During his 20 years in parliament Mr Lynn was a member of the legislative council, parliamentary secretary for veterans affairs and shadow parliamentary secretary to the opposition leader.

I did the best I could to help as many people as I could, he said.

Mr Lynn served in the army for more than 20 years, being posted in many places across the world including Vietnam and America.

During his travels Mr Lynn visited the site of the Kokoda Track campaign. I had seen many beautiful memorials at battlefields but there was nothing at Kokoda, he said.

I have been working with Network Kokoda for about 22 years establishing a relationship with indigenous people in Papua New Guinea to preserve the Kokoda Track.

We have had to earn their respect and trust through creating agriculture programs and health programs and we are also building a tuberculosis isolation unit there.

Mr Lynn also runs Adventure Kokoda which is a company that operates tours of the historic battle trail. We want to generate awareness about the significance of the track, he said.

I have always wanted the Australian government to co...

03:48

Hurricane "Bud' affecting southwestern Mexico, heading toward Baja California Sur "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Hurricane "Bud," the second hurricane of the 2018 East Pacific hurricane season, is strengthening off the southwest coast of Mexico and is expected to become a major hurricane today. Life-threatening flash floods and mudslides are possible across much of...... Read more

03:20

Media watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:04

Open Forum Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:00

Agatha "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

On the streetWARDLEY BARRY

She hangs around the sidewalk
right under the streetlight
on Second 22nd Street

where shes seeable
and sellable.

She wears a skirt
too short for her legs,
and a top
to squeeze out her breasts;
her Daddy recommended it.

She tucks her bum out
and thumbs passing SUVs;
used to be Mummys trick.

A CRV honks, slows down
and reverses;
a ride for a ride,
the fare is fair.

Shes sixteen,
barely out of kids-school,
but this is her seventeenth.

Hes sixty
with a horde of grandkids
and shes his umpteenth.

They say love is blind.
Yea, blinded by want
and toyed by wealth.

Shes useful,
but like the air in his nostrils,
useless when used.

She picks up whats left
of her worth
and leaves with whats left
of his wealth.

She used to hang around the sidewalk
right under the streetlight.
on Second 22nd Street.

She died at sixteen
and no one noticed.

00:15

Trump Toon "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

President Trump calls into his favorite Fox morning news program and predictably looks out for Number One.

Ann Telnaes Washington Post

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Monday, 11 June

23:30

Filling the Swamp "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Ann Telnaes Washington Post

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt had an aide contact fast-food company Chick-fil-A to inquire about a potential business opportunity for his wife.

22:27

It's time to call their bluff. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

 Workers are gaining confidence since the election of the new Govt.  Now is the time to push forward.

There is a pervasive myth on the left that while we may want to see significant, systemic change to society, we have to constantly tone down the demands we make and the reforms we argue for, because doing so will win support from business and the media and neutralise the arguments that National and their outriders try to make. This argument has been disproven time and time again, and this article demonstrates precisely why. Simon Bridges is saying that Ardern and her Government "must pause radical reforms or risk economic consequences of falling business confidence".

Now, which of the policies that the Government is proposing are "radical reforms"? Apparently, the main "radical reform" is the ban on new offshore oil and gas drilling--a supposed environmental win which in reality is tiny and fairly meaningless, given the likely expansion of onshore drilling, and given the difficulty at this stage of finding anywhere else to drill in our oceans since all of the low hanging fruits for offshore drilling have already been handed out in decades-long permits, which Labour have committed to honouring. The other concern Bridges mentioned is the minor changes the Government is proposing to industrial relations.

We saw this exact same thing during the election. National didn't care for a second that Labour and the Greens had committed to neoliberal, small government economics with the Budget Responsibility Rules. They accused Labour of having an $11 billion hole in their manifesto, the media endlessly repeated it as if it were true, and the kind of people who fall for that kind of rhetoric were convinced. The kind of people who aren't inclined to believe National didn't. Labour didn't fight back, they conceded ground, and did a u-turn on their tax policy.

It is so important for those of us who do want real change to understand that moderating all of the reforms we propose, that giving up on hope of significant progress in favour of tinkering around the edges to blunt the worst aspects of the system we live under, never actually works. A supposedly progressive Government can put forw...

22:13

Dessert Diplomacy: The Difficulty of Presenting a United Front Against North Korea "IndyWatch Feed War"

 

In the months preceding North Korean leader Kim Jong-uns historic meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and US President Donald Trump, there has been much talk of the need to present a united front against the dictator from the North. The first of the planned meetings took place on April 27 between the two Koreas, where the leaders sat down just south of the Demilitarized Zone for talks, document signings, and dinner. As Canadian chef Gail Simmons once said: There is no better way to bring people together than with desserts. Ironically, the final culinary dish scheduled to be served at the historic North-South summit actually resulted in a downturn in neighborly relations. The menu choice served to inflame tensions between South Korea and its close neighbor Japan, and in the process highlighted the stark reality of the US alliance network in the Asia-Pacific: it is far from united.

The concept of using food to facilitate international negotiations is hardly new. The practice dates back to ancient Greece and beyond, and continues to be a topic of discussion today. American University even hosted a 2015 conference as part of the Conflict Cuisine Project, an exploration of the role of food in war and conflict.

With regard to the inter-Korean summit, the dessert in question was a mango mousse creation which bears an image of the Korean peninsula. Included in the image are the Liancourt Rocks, known in Japan as Takeshima and Dokdo in Korea. The Liancourt Rocks are a small set of islets which have been the subject of an ongoing territorial dispute between the two states. Japan officially requested that the dessert not be served, but it remained on the menu at the summit nonetheless. The diplomatic spat, while small, serves as a microcosm of contemporary Japan-South Korea relations, where lingering resentment over Japans actions in World War II underlie a continual mistrust. The often-frosty relations between two of the United States closest allies in the Asia-Pacific has often complicated US efforts to develop an effective regional strategy and contend against competing interests, particularly those of China and North Korea. South Korea recently reiterated that it will not consider joining a trilateral military alliance with the Unite...

22:03

World watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

22:01

June 12 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1381  Peasants Revolt: in England, rebels arrived at Blackheath.

1418  An insurrection delivered Paris to the Burgundians.

1429  Hundred Years War: Joan of Arc led the French army in their capture of the city and the English commander, William de la Pole, 1st Duke of Suffolk in the second day of the Battle of Jargeau.

1560  Battle of Okehazama: Oda Nobunaga defeated Imagawa Yoshimoto.

1653  First Anglo-Dutch War: the Battle of the Gabbard began.

1665 England installed a municipal government in New York City.

1758 French and Indian War: Siege of Louisbourg  James Wolfes attack at Louisbourg, Nova Scotia commenced.

1775  American Revolution: British general Thomas Gage declared martial law in Massachusetts. The British offer a pardon to all colonists who lay down their arms with two exceptions: Samuel Adams and John Hancock, if captured, were to be hanged.

1776 The Virginia Declaration of Rights was adopted.

1798 Irish Rebellion of 1798: Battle of Ballynahinch.

1802 Harriet Martineau,  journalist, political economist, abolitionist and feminist, was born (d. 1876).

1806...

21:27

3.9 Magnitude EarthquakeIn Northern England!! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I grew up in Northern England and I can assure readers that this is not prime earthquake country! Whats going on here? https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/972105/UK-earthquake-hull-grimsy-lincolnshire-tremor-earthquake-in-UK-last-night https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/09/earthquake-felt-across-northern-england-residents-describe-underground/ https://earthquakes.bgs.ac.uk/earthquakes/recent_uk_events.html Could this be fracking related perhaps? Or is the underground rumble something other than a regular seismic event. Certainly very noteworthy. 2018/06/09 22:14:29.0 53.650 -0.056 29 Depth 3.9 Mag. 4 []

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21:13

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to visit Tonga, Australia, Fiji and NZ "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Kensington Palace says Prince Harry, and his wife, the former actress Meghan Markle, will be touring Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga and New Zealand this fall.

The royal couple, now known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, will be making the tour around the time of the Invictus Games in Sydney, which is set for Oct. 20-27.

Harry, a British military veteran who served in Afghanistan, created the Paralympic-style games as a way to inspire wounded soldiers toward recovery. About 550 competitors from 17 countries competed in 12 sports during the event in Canada last year.

The couple joined the pageantry Saturday of the annual Trooping the Color ceremony in London for the first time since their wedding three weeks ago. The event celebrates Queen Elizabeth IIs official birthday.


Source: AP

21:12

Hell on Earth! Hawaii volcano eruptions will affect marine and wildlife for decades "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Hawaii volcano eruption is expected to impact the state's marine and animal life for decades as the environment changes in the wake of the lava flow. Kilauea, on Hawaii's Big Island, first start erupting on May 3, resulting in lava oozing over residential communities and heading towards the Pacific Ocean. The lava first met the ocean on May 20. While the lava flow has received lots of attention for destroying neighborhoods, it has also been quietly covering Hawaii's famed tide pools, hot springs and coastal waters, changing the shoreline in the process.

21:08

Australia: Anti-Adani Protesters Target Construction Firm Wagners Over $30 Million Contract "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

by Ben Smee / The Guardian

Anti-Adani activists say they have launched an escalating disruption campaign against Queensland construction company Wagners, which is being targeted over a $30m contract to build an airstrip for the Carmichael coalmine.

Members of the group Galilee Blockade entered a Wagners industrial site at Pinkenba near the Port of Brisbane on Sunday afternoon, dressed as superheroes, as a precursor to further protests.

The company, which listed on the stock exchange in December, has previously said it would not be intimidated by activists if targeted for its role in the Adani Carmichael mine. Galilee Blockade has previously targeted contractors working with Adani on the project, and claims success for the decision by Downer EDI last year to back out of a $2.6bn construction deal.

20:51

PNG Hunters return to winning ways "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Papua New Guinea Hunters returned to winning ways in the Intrust Super Cup rugby league competition with a 26-12 victory over bottom club Mackay Cutters.

The home side raced out to a 20-6 half-time lead at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby after tries to Thompson Teteh, Watson Boas and Adex Wera.

Stanton Albert extended the Hunters' buffer to 20 points with a try just after the hour mark before halfback Cooper Bambling managed a consolation score for the visitors nine minutes from time.

The Hunters improved their season record to six wins from 13 matches, including four in the last five, and are just two points outside the playoff positions.

League leaders Burleigh suffered a 30-28 home defeat by Northern Pride while Townsville Blackhawks went outright second after thrashing Easts Tigers 32-0.

The Hunters are away to the Ipswich Jets this weekend, who have an idential record but trail the PNG side on points differential. RNZ

20:05

Kerajaan Kecil Sawit "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

 

Kerajaan Kecil Sawit

 

Seorang bupati di Kalimantan mengubah wilayahnya menjadi lautan kebun sawit. Apakah hal ini untuk keuntungan masyarakat atau keluarganya?

 

Prolog: Jakarta, 2007

 

Pada tanggal 29 November 2007, di lantai sepuluh bangunan kantor yang berselubung marmer di Jakarta, pewaris dari salah satu keluarga terkaya di Indonesia kedatangan seorang tamu dari Kalimantan.

Arif Rachmat, pemuda berusia 32 tahun, adalah pewaris kerajaan bisnis dan harta kekayaan yang akan menjadikannya sejajar dengan orang-orang terkaya di dunia. Ayahnya bangkit sebagai seorang industriawan besar dibawah kepemimpinan rezim Soeharto. Setelah krisis moneter menimpa Asia yang memaksa sang presiden turun dari tahta pada 1998, ayah Arif mendirikan konglomerasi sendiri, Grup Triputra. Dia membawahi berbagai bidang usaha dari pertambangan hingga manufaktur.

Arif tumbuh sebagai salah seorang generasi pasca-Soeharto yang paling diuntungkan berkat kekayaannya. Dia mengenyam bangku kuliah di salah satu universitas Ivy League yang paling bergengsi di Amerika Serikat, dan mengawali karirnya dengan bekerja di perusahaan besar di negara itu.

Arif Rachmat, CEO Triputra Agro Persada

 

Baru-baru ini, dia pulang untuk bergabung dengan perusahaan keluarganya, dengan mengambil alih usaha perkebunan milik Triputra. Saat ini, dia berniat untuk menjadi pemain terkemuka dalam kancah industri kelapa sawit yang sedang booming di Indonesia.

...

20:00

RNZ Checkpoint: Trump and Kim in Singapore "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Checkpoint talks to Anna Fifield from Washington Post

19:19

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

His son wanted a reading for his fathers funeral.

The father was a farmer and I found one the whole family agreed was just right.

It was Shut the Gate by Norm Murray, from his book Exit Lines.

Norm has been a funeral director and celebrant for more than 20 years, the book is a collection of his original verse based on the lives of ordinary people.

Tonight Im grateful for the words that allowed a son to farewell his father so appropriately.

19:00

Political Thriller: Secret State with Gabriel Byrne and Charles Dance #4/4 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Text from Wikipedia

Secret State is a 2012 British four-part political thriller, starring Gabriel Byrne, Charles Dance and Gina McKee, and inspired by Chris Mullins novel A Very British Coup. It delves into the relationship between a democratically elected government, the military and big business.

https://youtu.be/b8oziItM1_w

In the run up to a general election, a devastating industrial accident on Teesside leaves 19 people dead and raises questions about the safety procedures of a US petrochemical company, PetroFex. The British Prime Minister claims to have secured a compensation package from them, but on his return from PetroFex HQ, his plane crashes in the Atlantic under mysterious circumstances. Deputy Prime Minister Tom Dawkins (Gabriel Byrne) takes command, and during his quest to find the truth and justice for the victims, he uncovers a conspiracy at the heart of the political system

Main Cast

  • Gabriel Byrne as Tom Dawkins MP, the former Deputy Prime Minister who becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after the death of his predecessor, Charles Flyte. 

  • Charles Dance as John Hodder MP, the Chief Whip.

  • Stephen Dillane as Paul Jacob Clark, the CEO of PetroFex.

  • Rupert Graves as Felix Durrell MP, the Home Secretary and later Chancellor of the Exchequer.

  • Ralph Ineson as Sergeant Wrigglesworth, Dawkins Diplomatic Protection Group bodyguard.

  • Russell Kilmister as Nillis Jacobson, a senior executive at PetroFex....

19:00

Monday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

People discussing a Counter argument to the argument that Muslims use when they compare the violence of Mohammeds teachings and the Old Testament. The topic goes from approx 1:05:45 to 1:15:05 The post Monday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:45

Labours 3 strikes backdown a choreographed charade by Ardern and Peters "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Earlier today Adam posted this comment on a thread at Kiwiblog re a post by David Farrar :-

I think this was a put-up job. Little and Ardern signalled their virtue to the lefties and Greens, then signalled Winston to veto the whole thing, so he could gain the plaudits of the hangem, shootem, disembowelm brigade and bolster his poll numbers.
The whole thing was a dishonest charade from the beginning orchestrated by Ardern, Peters and their key supporters. By doing it before the maternity leave Peters will not appear to be usurping Queen Jacinda whilst Acting PM.

The idea that Peters stuck by a campaign promise is laughable.
I believe DPF and others have been hoodwinked by Ardern and Peters.

David Farrars post to which the comment thread related was entitled:-

Well done Winston three strikes safe

In his post DPF wrote amongst other comments:-

Good to see NZ First stand up for the policies they campaigned on. Repealing Three Strikes would have been a political disaster for them, and would have resulted in many more victims of crime.

Ironically Labour would have been heavily punished if they had gone ahead, so NZ First has actually saved them from themselves. I think this one issue could have lost them the next election.

Those two paragraphs sum up why Adam believes his thesis is correct. Mr Farrar is far too gracious in his post.

Indeed Eric Crampton of the NZ Initiative tweeted earlier today:-

Adam would suggest that Mr Cramptons more cynical view is the more probable, than Mr Farrars, but then Adam is a cynic and not so  inclined to give either Ardern or Peters the benefit of any doubt.

Furthermore, both Ardern and Peters are b...

18:30

The quiet conquest: Muslim Brotherhood in Germany & Turkey "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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18:27

IS ST JACINDA'S POSTER BOY IN BIG TROUBLE? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The left rejoice in portraying Justin Trudeau as the new face of social-democratic politics,   Certainly St Jacinda is all over him as a bosom buddy.

Seems though Canadians have woken up to the fact that, like many socialists, Trudeau is all piss and wind.    Just two years out from his stunning victory the gloss has well and truly disappeared.

The latest poll conducted by Forum Research (the Forum Poll) has the Conservatives on 46% ... 16% ahead of the Liberals on 30% with the New Democratic Party (which embodies elements of Social-Credit) third on 18%.  The Greens are sitting at 4% while the Bloc Quebecois is on 2%.

Translated into seats and this would see the Conservatives governing in their own right with 234 seats with the Liberals reduced to a rump of just 72 seats.   The NDP would end up with 30 seats, 13 down from the 43 they currently hold and the Greens and BQ one seat each.

Trudeau's approval rating as PM reflects those numbers.   It's in free-fall with only 35% approval compared with 56% disapproval ... giving a net favourable score of -21.

A straw to the wind was the Ontario Provincial election held last Friday.   There the Progressive Conservatives ousted the ruling Liberal Party winning 76 seats (with 63 seats needed for a majority). The Liberals were reduced to just seven seats and so lost official party status in recording the worst result in that party's 161 year history.   The NDP became the opposition with 40 seats.  

Clearly what 'God' giveth God can taketh away (and quickly).   Ms Fairy Stardust with her feet increasingly revealed as being made of clay should take note and worry.


18:26

US PaCom is now the US IndoPaCom "IndyWatch Feed War"

During a ceremony at Pearl Harbour, on 30 May 2018, the US Defense Secretary, James Mattis, announced that the US PaCom (literally the US Command in the Pacific) was to become the US IndoPaCom. The General did not seek to clarify the reasons for this change. All he said was that the area that the Command would cover would include both the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean. Admiral Harry Harris, the outgoing commander of this CoCom (Unified Command for Combat), has specified that the time (...)

18:19

Ardern absolute given no announcements before Cabinet discussion "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Prime Minister Jacinda has said it is an absolute given no announcements should be made by Ministers before Cabinet discussion  except when it is normal decision making process. After Andrew Little had to scrap his plans to scrap the 3 strikes legislation when it became obvious NZ First wouldnt support it, Prime Minister Jacinda []

18:00

Manly Monday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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18:00

Classic Drama: The Duchess of Duke Street with Gemma Jones S02 E05 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A word of warning, this is a great series, but some of the video quality is poor. Yet years ago I enjoyed this very much.

On a different note the food consultant was one Michael Smith who wrote some excellent books about British food

Sorry but S02 E04 appears to be missing


The Duchess of Duke Street
 is a BBC television drama series set in London between 1900 and 1925. It was created by John Hawkesworth, previously the producer of the ITV period drama Upstairs, Downstairs.[1] It starred Gemma Jones as Louisa Leyton/Trotter, the eponymous Duchess who works her way up from servant to renowned cook to proprietrix of the upper-class Bentinck Hotel in Duke Street, St. Jamess, in London.

The story is loosely based on the real-life career of Rosa Lewis (ne Ovenden), the Duchess of Jermyn Street, who ran the Cavendish Hotel in London.[2] When the show first aired, there were many people who still remembered her, as she lived until 1952. According to census returns, she was born in Leyton, Essex, to a watchmaker. In the series, Louisas family name is Leyton, and her father is a clock-maker.

17:39

Peters files legal action over super overpayment leak "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Winston Peters has filed  new papers over the alleged leak of his superannuation overpayments, seeking $450,000. He has dropped journalists  Tim Murphy and Lloyd Burr from the action, as well as Bill English, Steven Joyce, former PM chief of staff Wayne Eagleson, National Party staffer Clark Hennessey and former Minister of Social Development Anne Tolley. []

17:30

Geert Wilders: Free Tommy Robinson "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz Tommy Robinson is a Freedom Fighter. He says what no one dares to say. He has guts, he has courage and that is more than we can say for all those people who govern us. Because our governments (EU) sold [] The post Geert Wilders: Free Tommy Robinson appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:00

The forgotten refugees: Christians "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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17:00

Classic Comedy: Are You Being Served? S01 E04 His & Hers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Are You Being Served? is a British sitcom created and written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft (Croft also directed some episodes), with contributions from Michael Knowles and John Chapman, for the BBC Set in London, the show follows the misadventures and mishaps of the staff of the retail ladies and gentlemens clothing departments in the flagship department store of a fictional chain called Grace Brothers.

 

16:45

Flinders Local Action Groups detailed submission: Nuclear Waste Dump decision is a National matter not just a local one "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

CONCLUSION: The current model to establish a NRWMF is wrong. This initiative has not come from any community. This is a National problem and it needs a National solution.

What is really wrong about this process is that radioactive waste, including the legacy material, is the Nations inheritance from an industry which, for its entire lifetime, has not included waste disposal as part of its production process. Filling and stacking drums was never going to be a solution. This is a National issue and a National problem. Small, remote communities, whether at Kimba, the Flinders Ranges or anywhere else, should never be expected to make the decision alone to accept the toxic by-products of one industrys lifetime production.

The Flinders Ranges are promoted throughout the world as one of the last untouched landscapes that can be easily accessed. Tens of thousands visit the Flinders Ranges each year from all over the world. 

A major point has been made of the need to clear our hospitals of low level waste comprised of used gloves, gowns, syringes and other items. This was contradicted, in October 2017, by a DIIS sponsored spokesman in Hawker who a...

16:41

King of Clay Crowned Again "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

What you have done to win this tournament 11 times is one of the greatest things in sport. []

16:35

3 strikes repeal struck out "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Andrew Little had to retract his promise to repeal the 3 strikes legislation today. He conceded that he wouldnt have the support of NZ First so didnt have the numbers. Making a premature announcement like this is quite a balls up. Three Strikes repeal not going to Cabinet A proposal to repeal Three Strikes is []

16:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

16:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

15:49

The Indo-Pacific Command Is All About Containing China Through India "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A new American-encouraged Great Power constellation is therefore in the process of forming all across the Indo-Pacific Rimland in seeing India, Indonesia, and Japan deepening their multilateral strategic integration with one another, with Washington desiring for New Delhi to play the role of regional hegemon in the Indian Ocean.

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15:45

Trumps despicable behaviour "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jennifer Rubin has some worthwhile comments on Trumps G7 behaviour and his gullibility re Korea.

From WAPO, an article by Jennifer Rubin

The president, unmoved by history, ignorant of facts and guided by sycophants, has not been forced to grapple with the real world nor to hear views that dont coincide with his twisted worldview, in which allies are ripping us off and aggressive strongmen are to be admired and accommodated.

Rubin went on to write:-

Trump demonstrated once again that he is erratic and untrustworthy with his own allies! The contrast between his antagonistic relationship with democratic allies and his never saying a bad word about Russia defies explanation, unless one is to buy into the theory that he is indebted in some fashion to Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose campaign to interfere in the U.S. elections helped land Trump in the White House.

By his comments and behaviour Trump makes many believe that he is a tool of the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin. whether he is a Russian agent or just a useful idiot, Trump clearly enables Putins agenda.

In respect of trade a widely reported quote from Trump:-

Were the piggy bank that everybody is robbing, Trump said. And that ends.

Rubin is not the only commentator who has gone on to say:-

I have no idea what he is talking about. Our allies are not stealing anything. It is far from clear what, if anything, would satisfy him.

The way Trump is carrying on it is questionable whether the USA under Trump will have any allies other than Duterte, Putin and Erdogan and Kim Jong Un. All of whom are autocratic despots, bullies and thugs with no regard for law. Unsurprising that Trump feesl so at home with them, then.

Then Rubin makes this point:-

Trump becomes irrational and unhinged when contradicted, and given the degree of contradiction permitted within his inner circle (none), it must be unnerving indeed to discover that our allies view him with disdain if not contempt.

Of course they do as this picture makes clear:-

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15:36

May 68: The year that Paris erupted "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



Its 50 years since Paris witnessed the incredible power of workers and students united, as millions took to the streets to challenge the reactionary French state, and shook the very class system to its core. We look at how events unfolded, and why the demands and action at their heart remain relevant today.

On the 22nd of March 1968, 150 students, far left groups, poets and musicians occupied the administration building of Nanterre University outside Paris to protest /discuss class discrimination in French society and political bureaucracy that controlled university funding. The university was still under construction, and some 12,000 students were expected to study in what was effectively still a building site. Not only that, but there was strict segregation between male and female students which didnt go down well at a time of growing sexual emancipation. In response to the occupation, the administration called the police. After announcing their demands, students left without incidence. But then they took their protest movement to the Sorbonne in the very centre of Paris.

On the 2nd of May, following months of conflict, the administration shut down Nanterre university. Students at Sorbonne university met on the 3rd to protest the closure and expulsion of several students at Nanterre. On May 6 the national student union (UNEF) and the union of teachers called a march. More than 20,000 students, teachers and supporters marched toward the Sorbonne, which was still sealed off by the police, who charged wielding their batons. As the students dispersed some started building barricades and throwing cobble stones, forcing the police to retreat. The police responded with tear gas and charged again. Hundreds of students were arrested The following day the protest numbers swelled as high school students joined in. Students, teachers and workers gathered at the Arc de Triomphe with three demands. First, that all criminal charges against arrested students be dropped. Second, that police leave the campus. And thirdly, that the authorities to reopen the university. On Friday another huge crowd congregated on the Rive Gauche, when they were blocked from crossing the river. Again they threw up barricades. Police attacked at 2.15 am, there were hundreds of injuries and arrests, fighting lasted until dawn the events were covered on television and radio with allegations that police provocateurs burned cars and threw Molotov cocktails...

15:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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15:00

Comedy corner: Non-PC jokes guaranteed to offend "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Welcome to politically incorrect Comedy corner: the one place on Whaleoil where you are allowed to read and share naughty and offensive jokes that make us all laugh even though we are not supposed to. If you are offended by these kinds of jokes then please do not read this post. A wonderful piece of [] The post Comedy corner: Non-PC jokes guaranteed to offend appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:45

Workers of Whaleoil "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Fridays wonderful Whaleoil worker was D) Sally If some more Whaleoil workers send me their Whaleoil office photos this series will continue but for now, it is at an end. I hope everyone enjoyed it and got to know our WOW ( Workers of Whaleoil) a little better. The post Workers of Whaleoil appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Affrug/aafrug   reflux of waves after breaking on the shore; a spent wave receding or drawing down a strand; the streaming-back of the water after the breaking of the billows; an off-shore ebb-tide.

14:30

1984 fiction becomes fact: One "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Ten ways the democratic northern hemisphere nations became the Orwellian west. In his book, 1984, George Orwell envisioned a future crushed by the iron grip of a collectivist oligarchy. The narrative told of the INGSOC Party which maintained power through a system of surveillance and brutality designed to monitor and control every aspect of society.  From the [] The post 1984 fiction becomes fact: One appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:10

Kay Fels strong submission against nuclear waste dump siting, from a farmers point of view "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Kaye Fels Submission to Senate Inquiry re the Nuclear Waste Repository Proposal at Barndioota South Australia (submission No. 63)

I am a life time resident of the Flinders Ranges region of South Australia. For the past 44 years I have lived and worked and now part own a sheep and cattle station within a 25 kilometre radius of the proposed waste repository.

I am deeply concerned at the way the land was volunteered for this purpose. The owner, who is an absentee landlord, saw an opportunity to capitalise on his sale. The irony is that he is an ex politician who was heavily involved in the nuclear debate in the 1990s. The argument has been raised that you do not have to contact your neighbours if you wish to make changes but this is not a town block, nor is it something which does not come without stigma and or risks. Im sure the equity of the neighbouring properties will be strongly affected by having a nuclear waste facility in the vicinity.

Another concern is that our stock (sheep and cattle) may also be stigmatised by the proximity of the waste dump and our organ...

14:08

Ellenor Day is concerned about conflict of interest in nuclear waste site volunteered by Grant Chapman "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Ellenor Day SUBMISSION TO AUSTRALIAN SENATE REGARDING THE: Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia  (Submission No. 67)

I am writing as a resident of Quorn, South Australia, in regards to the proposed national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia. I have lived in the region for 8 years and have recently built a home with my husband in Quorn. While I disagree with having a radioactive waste management facility in South Australia altogether, my submission is only regarding the selection of Barndioota as a possible site, as I have not been part of the consultation process for Kimba.

The government has stated that it will not impose such a facility on an unwilling community. However, the methods of consultation upon which their statements about a broad level of community support are based, are flawed. Below are my thoughts and opinions in the context of the Terms of Reference provided:

a) the financial compensation offered to applicants for the acquisition of land under the Nominations of Land Guidelines;

My concerns are not about the compensation offered to land-owners, however in the case of the Barndioota site, the site is co-owned by an ex-Federal Senator Grant Chapman, who served on various Committees relating to this industry. This does call into question whether Mr Chapman had prior knowledge of plans to build a facility of this nature. There was no consultation with neighbours at that time which I find quite astounding.

b) how the need for broad community support has played and will...

14:00

Hurry up James, the oceans are beginning to boil "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

As James Hansen from NASA famously said in a video on 31 August, the oceans will begin to boil  (2:11 into the video) The Guardian, 20 July 2015. The oceans are warming faster than climate models predicted. Quote. As I have said many times on this blog, if you want to know how much global [] The post Hurry up James, the oceans are beginning to boil appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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13:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

12:30

New Zealands Marxist government is not all that surprising "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The installation of the Winston Peterss selected Marxist government is not all that surprising, as New Zealand is rapidly catching up with the international group think and generations of gradual Marxist feminist indoctrination perpetrated since the 1950s. I listened to Lindsay Perigo on Whaleoil confirming the intended degradation of human rights being inflicted upon us [] The post New Zealands Marxist government is not all that surprising appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

World CO2 Emissions Map (1960 2016) To access the interactive map please click here There is a lot going on here and Im sure a whole bunch of science and debate behind these stats. At a mere glance two facts come to mind: Firstly, a high CO2 footprint is not directly attributed to population size. [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:33

Attractions in Whareroa Farm "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Pam Childs says be quick to catch the flowering kohekohe. It doesnt happen every year Photos by Pam Childs, story []

11:30

The Labour youth camp scandal: Its gone awfully quiet "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Its now four months since the alleged sexual assault of four 16 year old children at the Labour youth camp on 10th February 2018. The last we heard about this was back in March, not long after the Labour party was forced to belatedly admit that there was some inappropriate behaviour at a camp run by [] The post The Labour youth camp scandal: Its gone awfully quiet appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:28

Adani opponents target airport construction company "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

 

Contributed by Ben Wilson

Its on again. After a fairly quiet few months, opponents of Adani are creatively building their campaign against a company, involved in building an airfield associated with the  Carmichael coal mine in Queensland.

The company site at Pinkenba near the Port of Brisbane, was targeted by Galilee Blockade on Sunday afternoon, as part of an escalating campaign against the companys $30 million contract.

Originally a private Toowoomba based company,  Wagners was listed on the Australian Stock Exchange in December. This usually happens when there is a plan for major expansion and the injection of substantial new investor funds. Waqners has the ambition of becoming much more extensively involved in international business and t is highly likely that involvement with Adani is seen as an important gateway to do this.

It is no surprise, that the company has vowed that it would not be intimidated by activists. All the bravado in the world cannot hide the reality that Adani and Carmichael are unpopular with the Australian public, and that this is a risky venture to become involved in.

A campaign by activists is going to hurt, ass other major businesses associated with Adani have found.  A list of them have discovered the wisdom of pulling out. For instance, Downer EDI, pulled out...

11:05

Oil Search finds new gas in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


by Daniel J. Graeber, upi.com
June 7, 2018

June 7 (UPI) -- A new gas discovery was made in Papua New Guinea and data assessments are now geared toward commercial developments, a key regional player said.

Oil Search announced Thursday it encountered gas in an appraisal well dubbed Kimu 2. The prospect could be linked to other nearby reservoirs.

"Evaluation of the well data acquired has now commenced and will be used to help assess options for the potential commercialization of the Kimu field," the company stated.

Oil Search is a partner in a liquefied natural gas facility in Papua New Guinea. The country is positioned well to take advantage of the growing energy demands from economies in the Asia-Pacific region. Many of the island nations in the region lack adequate domestic reserves, so the super-cooled LNG, which has more options for delivery than piped gas, fills in the gap.

Construction at the LNG facility in Papua New Guinea began in 2010. The facility is expected to produce more than 9 trillion cubic feet of natural gas over its 30-year lifespan.

Led by Exxon Mobil, the facility marked a milestone with its 100th delivery three years ago. More than 7 million tons of LNG has been shipped from the facility since it opened.

Exxon shut down much of its infrastructure and evacuated non-essential personnel from the areas impacted by major and deadly earthquakes that shook Papua New Guinea in February. Oil Search said some of the transit infrastructure, bases and a refinery were damaged, but "the operating facilities generally withstood the earthquake well, with no loss of oil or gas containment identified."

The company added, however, that while production was disrupted, there was no impact on plans to expand LNG activities. Its insurance loss adjuster outlined an initial estimate for damages to its assets at between $150 million and $250 million.

...

11:00

The next person who tells me low levels of Meth are no worse for you than second-hand smoke I will punch in the face "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

**Names have been changed to protect the New Zealand families privacy. The next person who tells me low levels of Meth are no worse for you than second-hand smoke: I will punch in the face! Two years ago we were living every parents hell. Alan had been fine, he had been to Dads for [] The post The next person who tells me low levels of Meth are no worse for you than second-hand smoke I will punch in the face appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:30

Three strikes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Even the puff pieces about the Prime Minister are getting a little more serious. This from Stuff Quote: For Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, June 17 possibly cannot come soon enough. On that day and for the six weeks that follow, her primary expectations will be at the end of two short, stubby arms. Those expectations will involve [] The post Three strikes appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think this photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Mono lake, California. It is two and half times as salty and 80 times as alkaline as the ocean and remains an extreme environment with a thriving community of halophiles and alkaliphiles.   If you want this series to continue please send me your photos [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Good farm practice plan launched Richard Rennie:

A plan to put the entire primary sector on the same environmental page might set the scene for a wider industry plan encompassing greenhouse gas emissions, animal welfare, labour rights and sustainability.

A high-profile collective including DairyNZ, Beef + Lamb NZ, regional councils, Horticulture NZ and Irrigation NZ and the Environment and Primary Industries Ministries this week oversaw the launch of the Good Farming Practice Action Plan. . . 

Wiping out Mycoplasma bovis is a shot worth taking Andrew McGiven:

So, its been nearly two weeks now since the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) announced the decision to continue to pursue Mycoplasma bovis eradication.

This decision was greeted with some relief by many farmers as it gave us all some clarity and reduced some of the Chinese whispers happening around the regions.

But there are plenty of farmers who are confused by this verdict and what the potential consequences may be for the...

09:41

FACEBOOK FREEDOM AND CENSORSHIP "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by SAM KOIM

The recent announcement by the Government to regulate Facebook has stirred up a cacophony of views, mostly condemning the idea. Most people see it as a self-serving and arbitrary caveat on the peoples rights to freedom of speech and expression guaranteed by the Constitution.

In PNG, every person is entitled to the freedom of conscience and thought to think independently and subscribe to political views, as well as the right to freedom of expression and publication to express those views (see sections 45&46 of Constitution). Those are what the Constitution categorizes as qualified rights and a law can regulate, without necessarily restricting, the exercise of this category of rights. A law or action of government purporting to restrict these rights may be deemed unconstitutional.

I dont know just how Facebook will be regulated. I am not a tech savvy person, so Ill leave this part of the debate to the government and its technocrats, and those in the know.

I will however touch on how a delicate balance is needed here.

In order for one to exercise these rights, another must bear the duty to respect its occurrence, for there will be no freedom right if there is no reciprocal obligation by others to respect it. We will have anarchy and chaos in our society if we assert our rights only and fail our corresponding obligation to respect others rights and freedoms.

The bigger challenge facing our country with the advent of social media is the lack of responsibility by those who use these interactive platforms. Many feel that just because they freely access their phones and internet, so is the right to express whatever they want. On the contrary, the Right to Freedom of Expression is not the same as free access to internet. Right Freedoms come with responsibility.

Whilst we can say that criticisms come with the territory (of being in public office of a leader), we must also remind ourselves that they are there because some people trusted them before entrusting them with the power. To sow the seed of rejection and reduce that trust to a lesser worth, it must be substantiated with reason. It takes time for people to build up their reputations. Whether these persons are in government or opposition, bureaucracy or private sector, they all deserve, at the very least, some presumption of honesty, unless you have well founded reasons...

09:34

This is what happens when you rely on reactionaries "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Last month, the government indicated that it planned to repeal National's "three strikes" law in the first phase of its justice reforms. Now, their coalition-partners NZ First have said "no":

New Zealand First has put the brakes on Labour's plan to repeal the three strikes law - effectively hauling it off Cabinet's agenda.

Justice Minister Andrew Little planned to bring the matter before Cabinet this morning, but now says that won't happen.

[...]

Mr Little said New Zealand First had concerns about the repeal and indicated they'd be unlikely to support it.

He said further work on a criminal justice reform package will be progressed in August.


Damn. "Three strikes" is a reactionary law which has been found to be manifestly unjust by judges every time it might have applied. Its sole purpose was to make the then-government look tough and appeal to the arsehole vote. Sadly, that vote is NZ First's core support base, so its not surprising that they think this unjust law should stay. And unfortunately, as NZ First's votes are needed for any repeal, that means we're going to have to lump it. If we want change, we're going to have to vote for a better government at the next election - one which does not include reactionaries.

09:30

How clean and green are wind turbines? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

How clean and green are wind turbines? Turns out not so clean, or green: Quote: As older turbines see subsidies expire, thousands are expected to be taken offline due to lack of profitability. Green nightmare: Wind park operators eye shipping thousands of tons of wind turbine litter to third world countries and leaving their concrete rubbish in [] The post How clean and green are wind turbines? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:19

LABOUR AND THE GREENS CAPITULATE ON THREE STRIKES "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Labour has been hung out to dry on their flagship policy to repeal the Three Strikes legislation with NZ First refusing to come to the 'party'.    This is a huge embarrassment for Andrew Little who went ahead with the announcement just a few days ago.   It's clear he did that without having sign-off from one of their coalition partners.   Real egg on the face stuff.

It remains to be seen if NZ First will flex their muscle on Labour's other two proposals ... to ease up of the bail and sentencing laws ... and, if they do, will Labour cave in again?

This may well embolden the Greens to withdraw their support for Winston's Waka Jumping legislation.   If they do that they will be reflecting the overwhelming weight of evidence in opposition to the Bill heard by the Select Committee.   Among those opposed to the Bill were several icons of the Green Party movement.

About to do penance for my sojourn in warmer climes.   My boss has sent me to Queenstown for the remainder of the week.    Don't expect too much blogging from me until Saturday.


09:19

Mining the deep seabed will harm biodiversity. We need to talk about it "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Life operates on a completely different timescale on the deep seabed. Image: Pxhere.com

Holly Niner, Aline Jaeckel, Jeff Ardron and Lisa Levin | World Economic Forum | 8 June 2018

In 2017, Japan became the first country to test mining ocean minerals on a significant scale. While its operation took place at depths of about 1,600 metres, many deep seabed minerals are much deeper more than four kilometres down. These are pitch-black environments in which pressures are bone-crushingly high, and life operates on a completely different timescale. At these depths, mistakes can be costly for both industry operators and the environment.

Mining the deep seabed for minerals such as copper, nickel, tin, zinc, cobalt and gold is a fledgling industry. Some suggest that it could become part of the ocean economy, which is projected to double its worth by 2030, to more than $3 trillion. However, the pote...

09:04

Time to deal with this criminal industry "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Surprise, surprise! It turns out that the fishing industry - a pervasively criminal industry which has been caught time and time again lying about how much fish it is catching - has been resisting proper oversight:

Newshub can reveal that in just the past year-and-a-half, 50 skippers have refused to have government fishing observers on their vessels.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says since 2009, it's had to take 10 skippers to court for saying no.

Most refusals were due to skippers claiming there were issues with "maritime manning limits", meaning there wasn't enough room on board.

Other cases include a skipper simply not responding to MPI's phone calls, a skipper refusing to take an observer because of the extra food costs, and another case where despite being under "placement notice" orders not to sail without an observer, the vessel left port anyway.


This is of course illegal. The observer programme is statutorily authorised to collect proper information on catches and on safety. Its a crime to put to sea without a notified observer if one is required, its a crime to refuse to provide food and accommodation, and its a crime to obstruct them in their duties. The penalty for each of those crimes is a fine of up to $250,000, and it is severe enough that the court may order quota to be forfeited as well. Which makes sense: accepting observation is effectively a condition of holding quota, and fishers who refuse or obstruct it in order to hide their illegal practices shouldn't be in the business. And if we want to end this problem, actually seeking that penalty would go a long way towards bringing this criminal industry into compliance and making it sustainable (as is...

09:00

Photoshop of the day by Luke: One "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is a photoshop This is NOT a photoshop The post Photoshop of the day by Luke: One appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:00

Winston kills off Littles ill-conceived three strike reform "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Andrew Little has shown the folly of forging forward without checking whether or not he had the numbers to pass his laws. Worse still, he didnt ever bother checking with Winston Peters: Quote: Justice Minister Andrew Little said NZ First had indicated it would not support the repeal of the law, aimed at tougher and longer [] The post Winston kills off Littles ill-conceived three strike reform appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:44

Nautilus tests new rig but no money for further exploration "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Once the trials are completed, Nautilus will deploy the rig on its South Pacific tenements subject to securing additional funding

Nautilus Minerals begins wet testing of new diamond drill rig

Mining Technology | 8 June 2018

Canada-based underwater resource exploration company Nautilus Minerals has started wet testing of its new seafloor diamond drill rig, which has been developed to relieve the drilling requirements of its future exploration programmes.

The move comes after the rig, which is nicknamed the Hobbit, was subjected to a series of land-based trials, focused on rod handling, functional drilling, and landing stability tests.

To be carried out over a period of two weeks, the wet test programme will expand the testing parameters to include submerged operations and mechanical endurance.

Nautilus Minerals CEO Mike Johnston said:

According to our recently released preliminary economic assessment for Solwara 1, a si...

08:42

The Did Not Vote option was the clear winner in Northcote "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The official preliminary election results of the Northcote by-election show that the National candidate Dan Bidois easily won in the weekend, with 10,147 votes. Out of all those who voted, he won about 51% of the vote. And the runner up, Labours Shanan Halbert, got 8,785 votes, or about 44% of the vote. But what about the fact that there was a low voter turnout. According to the Electoral Commission, voter turnout is estimated to be 43.7%. This figure is based on the numbers that have voted, as a percentage of those enrolled. However, the Electoral Commission and Statistics New...

08:30

The rules are a bit farcical "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Bryce Edwards draws attention to the silly and archaic rules over campaigning that have again been highlighted in the recent by-election in Northcote. Radio NZ reports: Quote: Dan Bidois ultimately kept the seat for National, pulling in 10,147 votes, compared to Labours Shanan Halbert with 8,785 votes. Over 1100 special declaration votes are still to [] The post The rules are a bit farcical appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:29

Australias Maralinga Nuclear Veterans unrecognised (Government strategy wait for them all to die?) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Maralinganuke test crusader Avon Hudsons plea for the Australian Nuclear Veterans Association getting lonelierTory Shepherd, State Editor, Sunday Mail (SA) June 9, 2018  https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/maralinganuke-test-crusader-avon-hudsons-plea-for-the-australian-nuclear-veterans-association-getting-lonlier/news-story/3a88136d594912f0aa8a12b59b218649

AVON Hudson is still fighting but his crusade is becoming lonelier.

The Australian Nuclear Veterans Association founder has fought for the rights of those exposed to deadly radiation at Maralinga in the 1950s and 60s.

But the association is crumbling since so many of the survivors of those long-ago explosions have died.

We had so few members we couldnt keep going. The members all died, Mr Hudson, of Balaklava, says.

Describing himself as an OBE Over bloody eighty Mr Hudson is worried they will all be gone before an apology is offered for what they endured in the British nuclear test program. He reckons there are about 1500 veterans left but no one really knows.

He wants proper compensation but, more than anything, he wants recognition that the government of the time put them, and their as-yet-unborn children, in danger.

From 1952 to 1963, men in flimsy clothing such as shorts and singlets watched mushroom clouds bloom as the British carried out nuclear bomb tests at three sites in Australia. They were military personnel or civilians with little or no idea what radiation could do to them.

Since then, many have suffered cancers and disabilities, and their children have had deformities. There have also been reports of early deaths and high numbers of stillbirths.

Maralingas Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara people were hit by the fallout. They saw a black mist floating across the desert, blocking the sun. Then people started to get sick.

Britain wanted to develop a nuclear capacity, and Australias vast outback was the place to test the weapons. The UKs then prime minister Winston Churchill struck a secret deal with Australias prime minister Robert Menzies, who wanted to keep Britain happy.

...

08:28

Nuclear industry bigwig Erica Smyth gets Queens Birthday Award dont it make ya sick! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

This award sure shows you where the present Australian governments priorities lie.

Also its on of those master spin strokes that are supposed to tell women that the nuclear industry is good for women

QUEENS BIRTHDAY 2018 HONOURS COMPANION (AC) IN THE GENERAL DIVISION For eminent service to the community through corporate governance roles with charitable, medical research, higher education, nuclear scientific and technology organisations, to the minerals exploration sector, and to women in business.

Erica Smyth   Deputy Chair of the  Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation Director of the Deep Exploration Technologies CRC

Smyth began her career with BHP (now BHP Billiton) at Newman in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. Her later positions included 7 years as Principal Geologist for BHP Minerals and BHP-Utah Minerals Internationals Beenup Project Manager for 4 years. She then moved to BHP Petroleum as their Manager Gas Market Development WA and later joined Woodside Petroleum as General Manager Corporate Affairs. She has been a professional company director since 2005. S he is a past chair of uranium explorer Toro Energy

Clean energy .nuclear can be an almost immediate part of that solution. says Erica

08:27

Donald Trump approaches nuclear summit guided by his instincts no scientific advice "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

In the Trump Administration, Science Is Unwelcome. So Is Advice.
As the president prepares for nuclear talks, he lacks a close adviser with nuclear expertise. Its one example of a marginalization of science in shaping federal policy.
  NYT By Coral Davenport 9 June 18

WASHINGTON As President Trump prepares to meet Kim Jong-un of North Korea to negotiate denuclearization, a challenge that has bedeviled the world for years, he is doing so without the help of a White House science adviser or senior counselor trained in nuclear physics.

Mr. Trump is the first president since 1941 not to name a science adviser, a position created during World War II to guide the Oval Office on technical matters ranging from nuclear warfare to global pandemics. As a businessman and president, Mr. Trump has proudly been guided by his instincts. Nevertheless, people who have participated in past nuclear negotiations say the absence of such high-level expertise could put him at a tactical disadvantage in one of the weightiest diplomatic matters of his presidency.

You need to have an empowered senior science adviser at the table, said R. Nicholas Burns, who led ne...

08:26

America dampening down expectations for nuclear summit "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

US plays down hopes from Trump-Kim nuclear summit Ft.com, 10 June 18  Both leaders land in Singapore as US seeks to manage expectations Bryan Harris and Stefania Palma in Singapore and Demetri Sevastopulo in Los Angeles

Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump landed in Singapore on Sunday in preparation for their historic summit, even as US officials sought to manage expectations for Tuesdays much-heralded meeting. Once pitched as the final stage of a landmark denuclearisation deal, the meeting is increasingly being spun as just the beginning of a process of engagement between the two bitter adversaries. I feel that Kim Jong Un wants to do something great for his people, said Mr Trump as he departed Canada en route for the south-east Asian city state. Theres a good chance it wont work out. Theres probably an even better chance it will take a period of time. The aim of the summit on Tuesday is to see if Mr Kim and Mr Trump could establish a level of chemistry and trust that would provide impetus for further negotiations between Washington and Pyongyang, according to one senior US official.

Joseph Yun, the state departments former point-man on North Korea, echoed the sentiment, saying it was clear that high-level meetings between US and North Korean officials in recent days had reduced expectations on the American side. Gone is the talk of all-in-one big bang and denuclearisation....

08:25

Donald Trump at G7 a wrecking ball for climate change international action "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

CANADA, FRANCE, GERMANY, ITALY, JAPAN THE UK AND THE EUROPEAN UNIONREAFFIRM THEIR STRONG COMMITMENT TO IMPLEMENT THE PARIS AGREEMENT, THROUGH AMBITIOUS CLIMATE ACTION

PRESIDENT TRUMPS WRECKING BALL APPROACH TO INTERNATIONAL DIPLOMACY LEFT HIM UTTERLY ISOLATED AT THE G7 SUMMIT,

Six of the G7 Commit to Climate Action. Trump Wouldnt Even Join Conversation.  https://insideclimatenews.org/news/10062018/g7-summit-climate-change-communique-trump-allies-estranged-germany-france-canada

Trump skipped the formal climate discussions, had the U.S. negotiators promote fossil fuels instead, and then renounced the groups official communique. BY STAFF, INSIDECLIMATE NEWS JUN 10, 2018  

President Donald Trumps disdain for action on climate change, along with...

08:23

Historic Northern Territory treaty agreement  means the old way is finished "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Chief minister says nothing is on or off the table for new treaty agreement signed in Barunga
Lorena Allam Sat 9 Jun 2018

Gunner told the crowd he was proud to have signed the memorandum of understanding,
calling it the most significant Aboriginal affairs reform in the NT this generation.

The chairman of the Northern Land CouncilSamuel Bush-Blanasi,
said it was momentous.

Weve got a big journey ahead of us.
The MOU gives us high hopes about the future, and
I hope the government stays true to the spirit of the MOU.

That note of hope was echoed by the chairman of the Central Land CouncilFrancis Jupurrurla Kelly.

I hope a treaty will settle us down together and bring self-determination.

Today we bounced the ball, Jupurrurla Kelly said,
but we dont want to stay the only players in the game.
The next steps must be led by Aboriginal people across the Territory so that
everyone can have their say.

Tiwi Land CouncilGibson Farmer Illortaminni was more cautious.
Weve got to be careful and understand each other about what we want,
because we dont want to have the same problems weve had in the past.
The MOU is a good start, but weve got a long way to go.

The treaty agreement kicked off the annual Barunga festival.

Read more:
www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jun/09/historic-northern-territory-treaty-agreement-means-the-old-way-is-finis

08:21

Trumps nuclear bailout could cost consumers up to $17 billion each year "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

 https://inhabitat.com/trumps-nuclear-bailout-could-cost-consumers-up-to-17-billion-each-year/  The Trump Administration is taking unprecedented steps to bail out failing nuclear and coal power plants, effectively nationalizing the American energy market with potentially drastic consequences for the renewable energy industry and the American consumer. According to an updated report from the Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS), the Trump Administrations plan could result in artificially high electricity prices. The planned subsidies for nuclear power plants alone could increase the overall cost of electricity in the U.S. by up to $17 billion each year; the subsidies for coal plants would add even more. This skewing of the American energy market, which has recently seen significant progress made by wind and solar energy, could also result in the decline of renewable energy in the U.S.

 
By pushing for a nationwide bailout for nuclear power and coal, the Trump administration is rushing headlong into an energy buzz saw, and they dont even seem to know it, NIRS executive director Tim Judson said in a statement. It should come as no surprise to those who have followed President Trump that he would take steps to support coal and nuclear power at the expense of renewable energy. What is surprising is the heavy-handedness with which his administration is attempting to directly subsidize failing businesses, thereby ignoring the Republican Partys long-held belief in the supremacy of a market free from government intrusion. By doing so, Trump could decimate the renewable energy industry, which employs more American workers than coal and nuclear combined. 
 

The administration claims that it must act to save failing coal and nuclear plants in the interest of national security. Not everyone is buying that excuse. The Administrations warnings of dire effects from power shortages caused by shortages of reliable and resilient generation are contradicted by all of the bodies with actual responsibility for assuring adequate supplies, said former member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Peter A. Bradford. There are no state or federal energy regulators petitioning DOE for these measures. Indeed, those who have spoken clearly h...

08:18

TEPCO employee dies working inside Japans Fukushima nuclear plant Fukushima 311 Watchdogs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The employee working inside the power plant began vomiting suddenly Wednesday morning, and was declared dead in the afternoon June 7, 2018 TAIPEI (Taiwan News) A worker involved in the clean-up and maintenance of the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan, died suddenly on Wednesday June 6, according to local media. A 50 []

via TEPCO employee dies working inside Japans Fukushima nuclear plant Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

08:15

Beards of Whaleoil "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Abraham Lincoln   When asked for his thoughts on the number of expectant applicants for jobs in his new administration, he was reported as saying: There are too many pigs for the teats.   If you wish to contribute to Beards of Whaleoil then please do. Any form of facial hair is considered and [] The post Beards of Whaleoil appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

Disgraced Mohammad Anwar Sahib made welcome by Counties Manukau police "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The above Facebook video shows Mr Rakesh Naidoo, who is New Zealand Police Inspector on secondment to the Human Rights Commision, with disgraced Imam Dr Anwar Sahib. Both men were welcomed to the non-diverse diversity dinner held by Counties Manukau Police last week. It is appalling that a man like Dr Anwar Sahib should be treated [] The post Disgraced Mohammad Anwar Sahib made welcome by Counties Manukau police appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

June 11 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

1770 - Jimmy Cook was having a sinking throw-out sale, scribing in his Dear Diary.
"Six of our guns ... our iron and stone ballast, casts, hoop staves, oil jars, decayed stores, and many other things that lay in the way of heavier materials ... are thrown overboard with the utmost expedition."

1795 - Collins revealed his private opinion about the inter-racial conflict to Surgeon Edward Laing:
The natives at the Hawkesbury are murdering the settlers Abbott & MacKellar with Co [New South Wales Corps] soldiers are in turn, murdering the natives (but it cannot be avoided).

1813 - William Davis was hanged for cutting and maiming William Mason with a knife during a drunken brawl at Ultimo.

1818 - George Gray was hanged at Hobart Town for murder.

1818 - William Trimm was hanged at Hobart Town for sheep-stealing.

1824 - Lachlan, of the former Governor variety, having said a leisurely farewell to the king, the Duke of York, Bathurst and others, preparatory to returning to Scotland, woke feeling ill, suffering a great deal of pain from his old bowel complaint and from strangury (a condition caused by blockage or irritation at the base of the bladder).
Ahh, an ill wind blows!

1828 - John Timmins was hanged at Sydney for robbery of Stephen Hunter at Cornwallis.

1828 - Thomas Ford was hanged at Sydney for robbery of Stephen Hunter at Cornwallis.

1832 - 'One of the Aboriginal women, fishing outside the South Head on Monday, had her leg bitten off by a shark,' the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

1845 - The good folk of Sydney said, "Bye Felicia!" to the not-so-good Gov Gipps.

1849 - A public meeting at Circular Quay protested against the arrival of convicts in the ship Hashemy.
The meeting was attended by few men of standing, but its vehemence was alarming.Gov  FitzRoy's quiet strengthening of the guard at Government House was blamed as a show of military force, and his cool reception of a deputation from the meeting was blamed as discourtesy.

1851 - Spreading our colonial lurve around the world San Francisco vigilantes lynched Aussie John Jenkins (aka John Simpton) on Portsmouth Square for stealing a safe. He was part of contingent of ex-con Australians known as the Sydney Ducks.

1854 - Today witnessed the consecration of the church to be known as Trinity Lutheran Church on - guess what? - the Feast of the Holy Trinity.

1855 - Those Batmaniacs aka Bearbrass-ians or garden variety peeps of Narrm (Melbournians) got a bit more culture than a yoghurt pot when the first Opera 'Norma' was performed in Melbourne at the Olympic Theatre.

1855 - Revelling in their wee yoghurt pot the Parliamentary Peeps assented to The Chinese A...

07:30

Wasnt this something Labour told us only happened in private run prisons? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wasnt this something Labour told us only happened in private run prisons? Where is Kelvin Davis when you need him? Quote: The Corrections Chief Inspector has been called in to review a potential cover-up at Rimutaka Prison after a secret report revealing inappropriate relationships a female staffer was having with both a convicted murderer and a manager. The staffer gave a love-note to [] The post Wasnt this something Labour told us only happened in private run prisons? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:15

Theres method in Labours working-party madness "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There are many reasons why political parties are reluctant to offer voters too much in the way of detailed policy. Fear of having it stolen by electoral competitors is the most popular explanation. But, there are other fears. Party leaders are often extremely wary of giving either their caucus colleagues or (God forbid!) the party membership too much say in setting policy. The risk of embarrassment is simply too great. Drawing outsiders into the process is even more risky. Such collaboration leaves political parties vulnerable to accusations of being in the pockets of what the Americans like to call special interests. In the neoliberal era it is also a political fact of life that, among the people who really count, policy-making from the ground up is considered dangerously pass. The post Theres method in Labours working-party madness appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

The h word "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This isnt a good look:

Finance Minister Grant Robertson gave a post-Budget speech at a $600-a-head Labour fundraiser at the exclusive Wellington Club, drawing comparisons to the previous National Governments Cabinet club scandal.

According to several attendees, about 40 people, including party supporters, business figures and corporate lobbyists, attended the dinner hosted by Labour president Nigel Haworth on Wednesday, at which Robertson was the key attraction.

A similar dinner is due to be hosted at the even more exclusive Northern Club in Auckland on Thursday night.

National leader Simon Bridges has accused the Government of hypocrisy, after Labour once described Nationals events, which appear similar to the one attended by Robertson, as cash-for-access.

The concern is that wealthy figures are able to gain access and insight that is not available to the general public.

I dont think  access and insight are problems, as long as the general public also has reasonable opportunities to meet, hear from and question Ministers at no cost.

If we dont want public funding of political parties and I definitely dont then parties have to raise funds and these sorts of functions are good ways to do it.

It might be dancing on the head of a pin but the invitation should be clear that the speakers arent there as Ministers.

Ive hosted National fundraisers where guests meet, hear from and talk to party spokespeople. The two-way communication gives value for MPs and those there to meet them.

So its not that Robertson was the key attraction thats the problem, its that the invitation said he was there as Finance Minister and that Labour and Robertson in particular criticised National for running similar events.

Now less than a year into government, Labour are displaying gross hypocrisy by doing it themselves and not distinguishing between the role of minister and MP or party spokesperson.

The h-word is never a good look, especially when its on display at some of the countrys most exclusive venues.

07:00

Beware the counter-revolution "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Fran OSullivan issues a warning to the government over their continued balls-ups: Quote: The Coalition Government came to power pledging that capitalism must regain its responsible its human face. But change is not easy to orchestrate as Housing Minister Phil Twyford is finding with KiwiBuild which will seriously undershoot its targets in the Governments [] The post Beware the counter-revolution appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:52

Hear Chris Mclean Tonight "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A Way with Words recalls the challenges and rewards of writing and publishing a dozen titles, from Tararua to Kapiti, []

06:52

46 Groups Get Grants "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Forty-six Paraparaumu/Raumati groups and individuals have been given a total of $21,850 from this years Community Grants. The money awarded []

06:31

QotD: A word from Maynard Keynes on tariff wars "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


The community as a whole cannot hope to gain by making artificially scarce [through tariff protection] what the country wants.
~ John Maynard Keynes, 1910, in a speech to the Cambridge Union
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06:30

Transport wombles forcing you to use worlds third most expensive public transport "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Auckland transport wombles and council mandarins want you all to use public transport. They are busily ripping up roads, putting in cycleways and committing Auckland to years of traffic jams for light rail, all to get you to use one of the worlds most expensive public transport systems. The NZ Herald reports: Quote: Auckland [] The post Transport wombles forcing you to use worlds third most expensive public transport appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Fran OSullivan echoes Hootons claims about oil & gas "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Fran OSullivan echoes Matthew Hootons claims about why Jacinda Ardern destroyed New Zealands oil and gas industry: Quote: Jacinda Arderns use of prime ministerial fiat to ban new offshore oil and gas exploration is disturbingly Orwellian. Official papers released by her hapless Energy Minister confirm what was already blindingly obvious to anyone who has observed [] The post Fran OSullivan echoes Hootons claims about oil & gas appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:37

Dan Bidois on his Northcote win "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

New MP Dan Bidois has a lot to learn now he has won the Northcote by-election. He will have that chance on the National back bench for at least two years. Simon Bridges says he will give Bidois some minor responsibilities his biggest task initially will be coming to grips with being an electorate []

05:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

05:30

Top five most viewed posts yesterday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

05:27

Michael Wood talks up Labours Northcote result "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Michael Wood won the Mt Roskill by-election in 2016 after Phil Goff resigned so he could take over as mayor of Auckland. He has tweeted his thoughts on the Northcote by-election (@michaelwoodnz): What can we say the morning after the Northcote by-election? The first is to congratulate new MP @dan_bidois. He seems like a nice []

05:15

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

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

05:00

Frightening "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From an article in NY Magazine by Jonathan Chait. The paragraph below is one of the most chilling Adam has read in many years

Asked if hes prepared for the North Korea summit, Trump assured a reporter that he is. He then explained that he believes little preparation is required for something like negotiating nuclear disarmament with an erratic, delusional, hermetic dictator. I think Im very well prepared, Trump said, I dont think I have to prepare very much. Its about attitude. Its about willingness to get things done.

05:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

What one decides to do in crisis depends on ones philosophy of life, and that philosophy cannot be changed by an incident. If one hasnt any philosophy in crises, others make the decision. Jeannette Rankin  who was born on this day in 1880.

05:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

05:00

Yielding to another culture isnt all bad. They can become like us "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Winners are grinners
We're a fair people with an interesting culture - invade Australia and in exchange we'll give you some tips about how to win at the Brisbane cockroach races

PHIL FIZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY - The current paranoia among Australias political class about Chinese expansionism in the south Pacific region is interesting to watch.

The politicians seem to be developing a kind of siege mentality much like they did during the war with Japan, except with an emphasis on economic and social matters rather than the military, although thats there too.

Australia has only ever been invaded once as far as we know, and that was well over 200 years ago. That invasion was ruthless and overwhelming, and changed life for the original indigenous inhabitants absolutely and completely.

If you believe the politicians the incursion we are now facing is going to be subtle and nuanced, a kind of invasion by stealth that many of us will not even notice.

It wasnt that long ago when one of our prime ministers was telling us the exact opposite. He said we had to stop trying to be so European and look towards Asia.

Others were telling us that this would be the Pacific century. They just hadnt counted on the fact that it might not be us pulling the strings and benefitting.

The cocoon we are now intent upon weaving around ourselves doesnt seem to be in the spirit of any of these things.

Modern Australians dont know, and probably cant imagine, what it would be like to be taken over by a totally alien culture. But our nearest neighbour, Papua New Guinea, certainly does.

Maybe PNG can give us some tips. Take the best and reject the rest, that sort of thing.

Then again, they are still dealing with the repercussions and might not even know the best way to handle things themselves yet.

They didnt have much choice in the matter of their subjugation and I suspect that Australia, despite what the politicians say, will have little choice either.

But is it such a big deal? If you look at history Austral...

04:45

Post G7 bickering "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Trump's G7 U-turn destroys trust, Europe must stick together: Germany's Maas https://t.co/exXcWBp8OT pic.twitter.com/POcLjwHeqR Reuters Top News (@Reuters) June 10, 2018 President @realDonaldTrump slams Canadian PM @JustinTrudeau on Twitter. https://t.co/fxgY5mfAY1 pic.twitter.com/9PLGmMPIMZ Fox News (@FoxNews) June 10, 2018 Reuters: U.S.-Canada spat escalates, Europeans criticize Trumps G7 move The United States and Canada swung sharply toward []

04:36

Trump-Kim pre-meeting (still) "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Kim Yong Un and Donald trump have both arrived in Singapore ahead of their meeting scheduled for tomorrow. Theres a lot of interest, not surprisingly, but theirs also a lot of conjecture and speculation, which all seems a bit pointless until the meeting takes place and something comes out of it. And then the meeting []

04:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Todays face of the day is one of the peaceful organisers of the 40,000 peaceful Palestinian protestors like the ones in the photo below As you can see these peaceful Palestinian protestors are dressed in their special peaceful clothing and are carrying their peaceful accessories in preparation for their peaceful protest.   The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:25

Whiteness, decolonisation and dumping capitalism "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Max Harris writes about Racism and White Defensiveness in Aotearoa: A Pkeh Perspective More accurately that should be one Pkehs perspective. I want to talk about an aspect of whiteness in Aotearoa New Zealand. And when I say whiteness, Im not just talking about skin colour. Im talking about the power, privilege, and patterns of []

04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is volitional (noun) 1. The act of making a conscious choice or decision. 2. The power or faculty of choosing; the will. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : 1610s, from French volition (16th century), from Medieval Latin volitionem (nominative volitio) will, volition, noun of action from Latin stem of [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs11 22 A beautiful woman who lacks discretion is like a gold ring in a pigs snout. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Independence from PNG: A core belief for many Bougainvilleans "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

BRF guerillas
Bougainville Resistance Force fighters guard the coffin of a boy shot dead by the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (Ben Bohane)

Extract from a talk by ANTHONY REGAN to last weeks Bougainville referendum conference in Port Moresby. You can read here the full Bougainville News coverage of the conference

PORT MORESBY - The impacts of the Bougainville conflict were severe. Varying estimates of the numbers of conflict-related deaths have been made from 3,000 up to 20,000.

When it is realised that Bougainvilles population immediately before the conflict was about 150,000, and that 10,000 to 15,000 left Bougainville as a result of the conflict during 1989 and the first half of 1990, then even 3,000 deaths was an appalling outcome.

The deaths include perhaps 1,000 or more from conflict, inclusive of both Bougainvilleans and several hundred PNGDF and RPNGC personnel.

In addition, there were many extra-judicial killings by all groups involved in the conflict, as well as unknown numbers caused or contributed to by the Papua New Guinea blockade of Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA)-controlled areas.

These deaths, and the many more injuries that occurred, caused grave trauma for Bougainville and also for the rest of PNG.

Another source of grave trauma for Bougainville was the displacement of 60,000 people from their hamlets and villages to displaced persons camps, called care centres.

Trauma in Bougainville was also caused by the deep divisions amongst Bougainvillean communities caused by the conflict.

Other impacts included destruction of virtually all public infrastructure and private sector productive assets, and destruction of the capacity of Bougainvilles provincial government (which was suspended in June 1995) and of the national gov...

03:20

Media watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:09

Open Forum Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

03:00

Transparency urges govt to ditch plans for first-past-post voting "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Lawrence Stephens
Lawrence Stephens

MEDIA STATEMENT | Transparency International PNG

PORT MORESBY - Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) is gravely concerned by a recent statement by prime minister Peter ONeill who has told parliament PNG should go back to the first-past-the-post voting system and abandon the limited preferential voting (LPV) used in the 2012 and 2017 national elections.

The LPV system has increased the democratic mandate of elected leaders and any step back to first-past-the-post will risk diminishing the voices of the people of Papua New Guinea in our national elections, said TIPNG chairman Lawrence Stephens.

The voting system is a non-issue in comparison to other more pressing administrative challenges to ensuring the integrity of national elections that should represent the views of Papua New Guineans.

Preferential voting systems like LPV are seen to be more democratic than first-past-the-post as they allow voters the opportunity to spread their votes amongst multiple candidates with the winner of a majority of votes after elimination and redistribution of votes being quantitatively more representative especially in electorates with many candidates.

In PNG, LPV can give minority candidates a stronger chance to present themselves as potential representatives of communities beyond those of their immediate clans and language groups, allow voters to choose candidates outside of their immediate clans, and can reduce the impact of electoral fraud in an election.

The PNG Electoral Commission has stated that systems like LPV are seen to be more indicative or reflective of the will of voters said Mr. Stephens.

Contrary to what has been announced on the floor of parliament, multiple observer groups, such as the Commonwealth and TIPNG, support the use of LPV and have been justifiably concerned about more pressing issues such as updating rolls, compliance with and enforcement of election laws, procurement and financing, personnel issues and security during the election periods.

...

01:40

Morris just became a little more civilized "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

We now have a coffeeshop that is open on Sundays!

My plans to see Morris become a happier place are advancing. I have a list.

  • Coffeeshop with longer hours open every day

  • A regional airport

  • Henry Kissinger chokes on his own blood and dies

  • A good bagel place

  • A deep water seaport to the Pacific Ocean

  • For the entire Trump family and their cronies to be arrested and convicted for corruption and fraud, and to spend the rest of their lives in jail or in poverty, whichever makes them more miserable

  • World Peace

See? Im not asking much.

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