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Thursday, 08 November

02:49

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

011118POLICE CELLS DOES NOT CATER FOR WOMEN JUVENILES AND MENTALY AFFECTED REMANDEES
New Dawn FM News

The Bougainville Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner, FRANCIS TOKURA says that Bougainville Police Station holding cells do not have facilities for women, juveniles and mentally affected remandees.
He said that there are only two Police Stations that were built based on station standards that is Arawa and Buka whilst the Buin Police Station was built for Police presence only.
The Commander made these remarks when presenting Police status reports during the Court Users forum in Buka yesterday.
He said that the Police holding cells were built for holding fresh cases awaiting court appearances and not for holding convicted cases by the District and the National courts.
Commander TOKURA said that the job of looking after these prisoners is the job for the Correctional Services Department but because of the problems currently being experienced at the BEKUT jail Police have been forced to look after these convicts and remandees.
He gave figures of the current convicts and remandees being held in Police holding cells throughout Bougainville.
The Commander told the Court Users forum to find ways of easing this situation that has accumulated over the years and is getting from bad to worse.

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02:44

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

071118 SOHANO WILL HAVE A TSUNAMI EVACUATION DRILL NEXT WEEK
New Dawn FM News
The Office of the Port Moresby Geo hazard Observatory, UNDP Risk Management sector and the Bougainville Disaster Office will be organizing an exercise for the people of Buka and Sohano island on how they can save lives if a Tsunami strikes in the future.
Details of this drill will be released from these offices once preparatory work has been completed.
This afternoon an officer from the Port Moresby Geo hazard Observatory, FELIX TARANU and PHILOMINA EMILIO from the UNDP Disaster Risk Management sector project arrived in Buka to help the Buka disaster office prepare for this drill.
They told New Dawn FM this afternoon that it was very important for the residents of Sohano and Buka town to know and prepare for any such emergencies that could strike without warnings.
Felix Taranu also gave three signs that happens when a tsunami is about to hit a certain location.
He said that the first sign is a continuous earthquake which could last more than ten minutes, then, the sea withdraws from the beach and a big whistling sound like a big jet engine taking off.
When that happens you must know where to run for safety.
He said that once the tsunami hits it will hit second and third times and people must wait for more than two hours before they can return home.
Sohano residents are also called on to attend a meeting concerning the tsunami drill at the Sohano Primary School at 2pm tomorrow.

Ends

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02:41

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

071118OVERCROWDING REAL SAYS COMMANDER
New Dawn FM News
The Bougainville Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner FRANCIS TOKURA yesterday released numbers of Convicts and remandees in the three Police holding cells in Buka, Arawa and Buin stating that these cells were overcrowded.
The highest number of convicts are in Buka with 23 fresh cases of which two women are amongst 21 males.
District court remandees total to 20, District court convicted 11,National court remandees 20 and National court convicted 2 bringing the total to 76 altogether.
For Arawa, there are 4 fresh cases of which all four are male.
District court remandees totals to 3 and district court convicted 3 and National Court convicted are also 2.
For Buin Police station, there are four fresh cases of which 3 are women and 1 male.
District Court remandee only one.
Assistant Commissioner, TOKURA also acknowledged the work of the Buka, Arawa and Buin safe houses for looking after women remandees at their facility.
He said this was risky and very dangerous as the safe houses are not for looking after people who are supposed to be in Police cells or even in a Correctional Service facility.
Ends

02:40

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

071118 NEW PNGFA PRESIDENT TO VISIT BUKA
New Dawn FM News
The newly elected PNG Football Federation President, JOHN KAPI NATO and his wife JONNIE PUIA both founders of the HEKARI Football club will be visiting Bougainville at the end of November.
This was announced by the Bougainville Football Federation President, JUSTIN HELELE today.
MR. HELELE said that the two will witness the grand final of the Tsitalato Schools Soccer Competition before returning to Port Moresby on Monday.

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Wednesday, 07 November

23:51

Tom Sewell & The Lads Society ~versus~ Nathan Sykes & The Australia First Party "IndyWatch Feed National"

Tom Sewell & The Lads Society For those of you coming in late, Tom Sewell is a 20-something, New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based neo-Nazi activist. With a background in right-wing nationalist politics, Sewell emerged onto the political landscape in April 2015 at Continue reading

22:03

Parrotfish, critical to reef health, now protected under Mexican law "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Mexico protected 10 species of parrotfish in October, a move that conservationists say will help the countrys coral reefs recover, in addition to safeguarding the species numbers. Its really good news for Mexico, Mara Jos Gonzlez-Bernat, a marine biologist and scientific adviser to the Interamerican Association for Environmental Defense, said in an interview. A midnight parrotfish (Scarus coelestinus), one of the species now protected by the Mexican government. Image by Adona9 via Wikimedia Commons (CC 3.0). Known by the acronym for its name in Spanish, AIDA had lobbied the Mexican government to codify the legal protection of these 10 species, arguing they are critical to healthy coral reefs. The group has also launched a three-year project to shore up populations of parrotfish and other plant-eating fish that live in the waters off Mexico and five other Latin American countries. The health of many of the coral reefs in these places has declined, Gonzlez-Bernat said, and AIDA believes that safeguarding herbivorous fish is crucial to allowing coral-anchored ecosystems to come back. They graze on the algae that, left unchecked, can blanket reefs and choke off corals supply of oxygen and light. These algae inhibit corals growth and their ability to withstand the damaging effects of climate change, such as bleaching. Mexicos registry of protected species now includes the princess parrotfish (Scarus taeniopterus). Image by Adona9 via Wikimedia Commons (CC 3.0). Until recently, parrotfish and other herbivores werent traditionally high on the list of fishers preferred catch, but thats changed as overfishing

22:01

November 8 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

519  Hernn Corts entered Tenochtitln and Aztec rulerMoctezumawelcomed him with a great celebration

1520  Stockholm Bloodbath began A successful invasion of Sweden by Danish forces resulted in the execution of around 100 peopl

1576 Eighty Years War: Pacification of Ghent  The States-General of the Netherlands met and united to oppose Spanish occupation

1602 The Bodleian Library at Oxford University opened to the public.

1620 The Battle of White Mountain ended in a decisive Catholic victory in only two hours.

1656 Edmond Halley, British astronomer and mathematician, was born (d. 1742).

1745 Charles Edward Stuart invaded England with an army of ~5000.

1793 The French Revolutionary government opened the Louvre to the public as a museum.

1836 Milton Bradley, American game manufacturer, was born  (d. 1911).

1837 Mary Lyon founded Mount Holyoke Female Seminary, which later became Mount Holyoke College.

1847  Jean Casimir-Perier, French politician, 6th President of France, was born (d. 1907).

1847 Bram Stoker, Irish novelist, was born  (d. 1912).

1861 American Civil War: The Trent Affair The USS San Jacinto stopped the United Kingdom mail ship Trent and arrested two Confederate envoys, sparking a diplomatic crisis between the UK and US.

1892 The New Orleans general strike began, unit...

21:47

Orca attacks on humpback whales, new study "IndyWatch Feed World"

This 2016 video says about itself:

Two Beautiful Humpback Whales Dance | Animal Attraction | BBC

Male humpback whales repeat each others songs and add to them so they become ever more complex and beautiful, showing off their memory and sheer volume.

From the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute:

First study of Humpback whale survivors of orca attacks in the Southeastern Pacific

November 6, 2018

Summary: Scars left by orca attacks indicate that most victims are young whales on the first trip from breeding to feeding grounds. Increasing numbers of scars may mean that there are more orcas in the Southern Pacific, researchers say.

Humpback whales bear stark battle scars from violent encounters with orcas, also known as killer whales. Analysis of rake marks on more than 3000 humpback whale tails or flukes suggest that attacks on these undersea giants may be on the rise, according to a new study in Endangered Species Research.

We set out to discover where, when and at what age humpback whales in the Southeastern Pacific are attacked by orcas, said Hector M. Guzman, marine ecologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

Orcas, Orcinus orca, like humans, are apex predators. Although they can feed on more than 20 different species of cetaceans, they usually prefer sea lions, fur seals, fish and sea birds. Because the chances of observing rake marks on young, vulnerable whales increased in the last 20 years, we think that killer whale attacks on humpback whales may be more common now than they were in the past, perhaps due to the recovery of whale breeding stocks in the Southeast Pacific after hunting was prohibited, said Juan Capella, lead auth...

21:00

Keeping Up Appearances S05 E05 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

lousy formatting , audio OK, but could be better, and best viewed full screen. In many ways the audio is the main attraction

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Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke. It aired on BBC One from 1990 to 1995. The central character is eccentric and snobbish middle class social climber Hyacinth Bucket(Patricia Routledge), who insists that her surname is pronounced Bouquet.[2]The sitcom follows Hyacinth in her attempts to prove her social superiority, and to gain standing with those she considers upper class. Her attempts are constantly hampered by her lower class extended family, whom she is desperate to hide. Much of the humour comes from the conflict between Hyacinths vision of herself, and the reality of her underclass background. In each episode, she lands in a farcical situation as she battles to protect her social credibility.

The show comprised five series and 44 episodes, four of which are Christmas specials. Production ended when star Patricia Routledge moved on to other projects

20:08

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Bulaman wished us happy Diwali in a comment on this mornings quote page.

A few years ago I wouldnt have had a clue what Diwali was.

A trip to India in 2015 and a growing Indian population here celebrating their culture have educated me and Im grateful for that.

19:55

"Hawai"ianized" New Caledonia Votes Against Independence "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

South Pacific islanders deserve to be left alone by European colonizers and white European settlers and squatters.

19:00

ON THE MID TERM ELECTION RESULT "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The results are pretty much all in and I will leave it to Adolf and David and others to play their we won, you lost game.   Some observations from where I sit ...

Six months ago the MSM meme was that the elections would be a disaster for the Republican Party with the Democrats likely to win back both the House and the Senate per courtesy of President Trump.

That didn't happen.   Most commentators picked the Democrats to regain control of the House where all 435 seats were up for grabs.   As at the time of writing the Democrats had 213 seats (with 218  needed for victory) and the Republicans 191 with 31 seats still to be called.   The Democrats will take the House.

The reverse happened in the Senate.   There the Republicans picked up a net 3 seats with the likely final result being the Republicans with 54 seats and the Democrats/Independents 46.

So, what does this mean.   In very simple terms the Democrats in the House will be able to use their majority to investigate the actions of the Administration.   They might go so far as to launch impeachment proceeding against the President although they might want to take a leaf out of the Republican book when they tried that against President Clinton.   All that aside ... it's clear the White House will have its work cut out dealing with the House.

The Republicans will rejoice in the Senate result given that it is the Senate's role to confirm the President's nomination of judges to the Supreme Court, the Courts of Appeal and to the District Courts.    The country can expect the judicial system to shift to the right.

For what it is worth I think the spoils of victory are about equally divided as is America.   The next two years in the lead up to the 2020 Presidential election will be interesting.    As it stands Trump has to be in with a chance for a second term.   There is no obvious Democrat challenger at this point although I wouln't count Joe Biden out completely.



19:00

19:00

Wednesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Ive listened to this perhaps a dozen times and it really grows on you. Marvellous music! The post Wednesday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:30

The Muslim bacon prank "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post The Muslim bacon prank appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:15

Storms and flooding for Melbourne Cup day, but media dares not mention climate change "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Melbourne Cup day dawned with rain falling. Storms escalated with torrential rain through the morning. Power outages, train disruptions, flashflooding of stations and many low lying roads across the city eventuated. But the mainstream media failed to add 2 + 2 with the influence of climate change in this extreme weather event. The previous day racing officials had ordered more racetrack

18:00

Wednesday Weapons "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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17:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S05 E02 Obsession 1 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Season 3 Episode 5 appears to be missing

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

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

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

17:30

Cut it out: Knife fails "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Cut it out: Knife fails appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:05

Whale Oilers fed up with Whale Oil attempts to push JLR agenda "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

For about a week Cameron Slater pushed the Jami-Lee Ross agenda hard, then suddenly and mysteriously last week dropped out of sight. That could be through illness, or it could be a stunt. Whale Oil management has not informed the loyal following that remains (numbers suggest many have given up on Slater and WO) what []

17:00

Ferrari Testarossa to the Sahara a 2000mile adventure "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz More Harrys garage but back to real cars as promised. An older video (3 years ago) where Harry Metcalfe takes his 30 year old Ferrari Testarossa to the Sahara desert. This emulates a journey made in 1995 by a UK [] The post Ferrari Testarossa to the Sahara a 2000mile adventure appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

16:39

Migrante Australia welcomes Sister Pat back to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Contributed by Migrante Australia

Sister Pat arrived back in Australia amidst a crowd of Filipino and Australian friends coming from various  organisations,  like Migrante Australia and the Philippines Australia Solidarity Association (PASA), bearing placards and streamers welcoming her, thanking her for her genuine service to the poor and oppressed Filipinos, whilst protesting President Dutertes harassment and attacks on critics and those who oppose his fascist and dictatorial rule.

Seventy-two-year-old Sister Pat has lived in the Philippines for 27 years. She has worked among the poor, the peasants and the underprivileged Filipinos, shared their hardships and supported them in their struggle for survival, dignity and justice.

She understood that it is not fate that has made them poor and powerless, rather it is the neoliberal and anti-people policies and practices of the Philippine Filipino migrants in Australia are among the millions of Filipinos outside who left the Philippines to seek a better life for their families.

The Philippines, despite being a very rich country with bountiful natural resources and fertile, arable land cannot feed its own people, provide decent jobs with decent wages and guarantee human rights of the Filipino people. The forced migration of Filipinos will not stop unless the root causes of poverty is substantially addressed.

Yet government after government especially the current government allowed the Philippines natural resources to be exploited by foreign companies and has made a mockery of the Filipino peoples desire for progress, for peace, freedom and justice. Those who fight are massacred, tortured, detained, persecuted, arrested and like Sister Pat, branded undesirable alien and forced to Sister Pat understood and embraced the aspirations of the struggling Filipino people.

At the airport, Sister Pat called on Australians to start taking responsibility on what is happening over We are inspired by sister Pats dedication, we thank her and salute her and look forward to standing together with her in our fight for justice and lasting peace for Filipinos here and in the Philippines.

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16:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

16:29

NZ First proxy voting for Jami-lee Ross "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Winston peters has announced that NZ First will proxy vote for Jami-lee Ross in Parliament in his absence the vote will be the same as the national party vote. Peters has claimed it is for democratic integrity and ensuring Ross electorate gets a vote in Parliament, but that sounds bogus. The vote will make []

16:16

All Wars Are Bankers Wars Documentary, Plus a Message of Warning! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

War, what is it good for? Lining Bankers pockets! An oldie but a goodie: Every human being should see this documentary at least once, and weve given you options of how youd like it: YouTube Bitchute Link Here Vimeo Link Here: https://player.vimeo.com/video/128064406 Or the full text on PDF: http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/allwarsarebankerswars.pdf And one of Uncensoreds sources passed []

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16:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

15:45

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1942, songwriter, singer and guitarist Johnny Rivers (John Ramistella) Born today in 1943, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joni Mitchell (Roberta Joan Anderson). Born today in 1960, Tommy Thayer, songwriter and guitarist, with Black n Blue and Kiss. Today in 1975 Elton John went to number 1 on the US album chart with [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:43

This Poem Is Dangerous "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

  Our poem for the week is by a Scottish poet who didnt start publishing till the 1960s though she []

15:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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15:00

Hadith for the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Yesterday we learned about sneezing and catching a cold and that four (or maybe three) sneezes were a bad thing. Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet (PBUH) said, Allah likes sneezing and dislikes yawning, so if someone sneezes and then praises Allah, then it is obligatory on every Muslim who heard him, to say: May Allah [] The post Hadith for the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:58

Asian markets mostly up as traders keep tabs on US elections "IndyWatch Feed War"

Asian markets mostly rose early Wednesday as investors tracked early results from the US midterm elections with Democrats looking on course to win back control of the House, which could impact Donald Trumps legislative agenda.

Equities and the dollar were fluctuating through the morning with results in many key constituencies on a knife-edge with turnout expected to be high.

But, while the vote is the first major electoral test of the Trumps presidency, analysts pointed out that the poll is unlikely to lead to a reversal of the White Houses tax cuts and deregulation.

AFP | The US midterm are on a knife-edge with the Democrats tipped to take control of the House of Representatives

Nor will it wind in his aggressive efforts to reframe international trade, which has been a key to recent volatility in global markets.

These midterms were never really expected to be a remarkable market event if they go to plan that is but a shock on either side could spring forex markets out of this November slumber, Stephen Innes, head of Asia-Pacific trading at OANDA, said.

However, the vote has the added twist of a probe looking at whether Trumps campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election. If the Democrats win one house of congress, it would likely lead to extensive investigation of Trumps administration, creating new roadblocks for his agenda.

Hong Kong and Shanghai edged up 0.1 percent while Tokyo was 1.2 percent higher at the break thanks to a weaker yen.

Sydney added 0.2 percent, with Singapore and Seoul each 0.6 percent up. There were also gains in Taipei and Jakarta though Wellington and Manila dipped.

Energy firms dropped with oil prices on worries about an oversupply following a forecast-beating rise in US stockpiles, while the head of the International Energy Agency called on OPEC to boost output.

The comment from director Fatih Birol comes as Venezuelas production dries up and US sanctions on Iran kick in.

However, the commodity was already depressed by news that Washington had given waivers to eight countries allowing them to continue buying crude from Tehran, tempering most of the embargos impact.

At least three of the top five consumers of Iranian crude have been granted waivers. Therefore the impact is likely to be substantially muted, Sukrit Vijayakar, founder of energy consultancy Trifecta Consultants, told AFP.

Apparently, President Trump had a more important short-term goal of bringing oil prices down so as to help the re-election of Re...

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Hippanthropy the  delusional belief that one is a horse; form of zoanthropy in which the patient believes that s/he is a horse; an instance of this.

14:30

Miranda should have done her homework "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Miranda Chang is very passionate about writing, especially global, entertainment, and scientific current events. She is currently a senior and president, co-founder of World Love Organization.  She writes for the LA Times and is very influential among younger people interested in the environment. In 2015 she wrote Miranda could have done some homework.  The same [] The post Miranda should have done her homework appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:00

Let kids be kids (Part 2) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

My excellent colleague ExPFC wrote an article yesterday entitled Let kids be kids which is a sentiment I thoroughly agree with. Although his article was primarily about not wrapping up kids in cotton wool, I also think that there is plenty of time for them to learn about the problems of the modern world. Then [] The post Let kids be kids (Part 2) appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:40

NZ unemployment falls to 3.9pc "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Sweet as

Good news for New Zealand's economy with the unemployment rate diving to 3.9 per cent, another huge drop from the preceding quarter and the lowest level in more than a decade since the quarter of June 2008. 

There was also a substantial beat on average earnings versus estimates, with average earnings up by 1.4 per cent in the third quarter.  

This puts the recent unemployment rate improvement for Australia to 5 per cent somewhat into the shade! 


Although Australia's unemployment rate is forecast to improve over the next couple of years, sadly there's Buckley's chance of us matching this kind of performance, as tighter policy has slowed money growth dramatically.

The backward-looking indicators for construction look reasonably healthy, but the more timely indices point to a looming crunch for dwelling construction.

AIG's construction index fell 2.9 points to a contractionary reading of 46.4 in October, with commercial construction now slowing. 

The house building sub-index contracted further, while the reading for apartment activity imploded another 14.6 points lower to just 29.6, the slowest level in years. 

A slowdown wasn't entirely unexpected of course - indeed, I wrote a report about it 6 months ago - but despite the low cash rate there's just not enough money flowing to get the Aussie economy firing. 

...

13:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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13:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

12:34

Nine Things You Need to Know about 2018 APEC Leaders Week in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The final two events of Papua New Guineas APEC-hosting year are fast approaching. The APEC Leaders Meeting and CEO Summit will be the highlights of APEC Leaders Week, to take place from 12 to 18 November, and thousands of delegates will be coming to Port Moresby from all over the APEC region. Heres what to expect.

Parliament Haus, Port Moresby, with the newly-completed Independence Boulevard directly behind. and the circular International Convention Centre to the right. Credit: Aaron Chin

  1. Public holiday on 16 November

    Friday 16 November will be a Public Holiday in Port Moresby only. Last week, Prime Minister ONeill said there would be only one public holiday, after speculation the government was planning to declare two.

    We are trying to create an environment where it is business as usual, he told a Port Moresby business meeting last week. The public holiday is to ensure that there is limited inconvenience to the public.

    The weekend will be a normal weekend. The Leaders Meeting has been deliberately held on a Saturday and a Sunday.

  2. Jacksons International Airport to remain open

    Port Moresbys Jacksons International Airport will remain open throughout, with most VIPs flying into the country outside of peak times to avoid too much disruption to scheduled flights. Most leaders are expected to fly in on Friday 16 Novemberhence the declared public holiday.

  3. Port to remain open

    While Port Moresbys port at Motukea Island will remain open, there will be changes to its operations to accommodate cruise ships, which are arriving in PNG to provide accommodation for delegates.

  4. Concluding APEC Senior Officials Meeting

    Port Moresbys International Convention Centre will be the...

12:30

Our cities are overcrowded? I wonder why? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you feel just like a tourist in the city you were born  Death Cab for Cutie Its a strange thing, returning to the place you grew up when youve been away for a long time. A sense of dj vu, almost, where everything is still vaguely recognisable, but slightly different. Familiar landmarks are either [] The post Our cities are overcrowded? I wonder why? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:11

Submissions now please to improve welfare! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Prue Hyman  says please make a submission  right now to  make  the welfare system fairer for low income families. She says: []

12:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Click image for a high-res view Daily Kos Elections Nov. 6, 2018 poll closing times map Note that all times on the above map are Eastern, not local, but you can download large-format maps for each U.S. time zone below:  Eastern | Central | Mountain | Pacific | Alaska | Hawaii dailykos.com The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:00

New Caledonia referendum signals start of a new campaign "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

New Caledonia referendum signals start of a new campaignThe result of New Caledonias independence referendum was close enough to inspire Kanak independence leaders to fight again. read now...

11:52

US Midterm election debate Updated "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good afternoon readers, this is an extra Midterm election debate for yall to discuss and debate the results of the US Midterm elections. Polling booths are closing across the country and results are starting to come in. What are your predictions ? Updated with link to the results chart. Thanks to our commenter The Big [] The post US Midterm election debate Updated appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:45

The PERFECT corporate gifts for your staff this Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Whale Meat Company Gifts Your Staff will know that they are appreciated with a lovely gift of Whale Meat Christmas hams. Whale Meat is your easy, no fuss way to order Christmas hams and you know that they taste just divine! You can find a range of meaty gifts that are suitable for a range [] The post The PERFECT corporate gifts for your staff this Christmas appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:30

Nine To Noon: Impact of AMPs life insurance exit "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Nine To Noon Kathryn Ryan talks to AMP MD Blair Vernon

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntn-20181106-0908-impact_of_amps_life_insurance_exit-128.mp3

AMPs managing director Blair Vernon on all the changes ahead, including selling on AMPs life insurance business in NZ and plans to spin out its New Zealand wealth management arm, through an initial public offering.

The moves affect hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders who have policies or investments with the AMP brand, which has being doing business here for over 160 years. 

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11:30

How long can Simon Bridges avoid questions about Jami-Lee Ross? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Simon Bridges is trying the strategy of refusing to answer any more questions about Jami-Lee Ross. This is not going to work out well for him. The media are following every tweet from Ross and are publishing it within minutes. Then there are the other questions the media want answers to. Like who is the [] The post How long can Simon Bridges avoid questions about Jami-Lee Ross? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:20

People moves: Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Ombudsman, Chief Justice "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A new Executive elected to the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Accountant Ombudsman, Chief Justice retires.

At the 63rd Annual General Meeting of the Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce & Industry Inc. held on Monday 5 November at the Crown Hotel, the following were duly elected to the Executive for 2018/19: President: Rio Fiocco; Vice-President:  Peter Goodwin; Treasurer:  Akae Beach; Secretary:Michael Henao; General Committee:  Ian Clough, Chetan Chopra, Lynn Walsh, Vani Nades, Janet Sios.

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The acting Governor-General has sworn in Kevin Kopii Kopere as the Accountant Ombudsman. The position had been vacant since 2014.

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The 10-year term of office of the Chief Justice, Sir Salamo Injla has ended. Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika has automatically assumed the role until the National Executive Council either extends Sir Salamos term or appoints a new Chief Justice.

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11:14

In brief: Government plans five new highways and other business stories "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Government plans to build and open five new highways, Mibank launches women-only credit card, and PNG Power to upgrade two projects in Eastern Highlands and East New Britain. Your weekly digest of the latest business news.

The 2019 National Budget is scheduled to be delivered on the floor of Parliament by Treasurer Charles Abel next Tuesday 13 November.

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The National Government is planning to build and open five new highways linking the country which will open the corridors for economic development. Planning Minister, Richard Maru, reoprtedly says the proposed highways are the Morobe-Gulf Highway via Menyamya, Kikori-Kerema section of the Trans-Island Highway, Central-Milne Bay continuation of the Magi Highway and the Morobe-Sepik Highway from Wutung, and the Baiyer-Madang Highway.

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MiBank CEO, Tony Westaway, says the bank will be expanding its mobile phone usage in 2019 as it pushes further into remote parts of the country. He also says customers will able to use the ATMs of Westpac, Kina Bank, ANZ, from early next year. The bank has also issued a credit car...

11:06

Identifying digital opportunities Papua New Guineas focus during APEC, says Executive Director "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Executive Director of APEC, Alan Bollard, tells Business Advantage PNG that finding digital solutions that suit Papua New Guinea has been a focus of APEC discussions. Trust and integrity will be key factors in implementation.

Papua New Guinea has been keen to have an overriding priority on digital opportunities, Bollard tells Business Advantage PNG of this years APEC agenda.

But we have to remember that it is in an economy with very limited broadband access, so that is quite a big ask.

APECs Bollard Source: APEC

There is very limited digital coverage outside Port Moresby so what we have been doing is focusing on technologies that can be used that are appropriate for PNGs stage of development.

Bollard says this means considering remote access issues and looking beyond commerce into areas like health and education.

Solar powered

B...

11:00

Cant stop the music "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The arrogance of Hollywood knows no bounds. Musicians are more than happy to flog off their music to anyone at all, except when Donald Trump plays it. They are embarrassed at being associated with him through their music being used in his campaign. A Washington Post reporter alerted Rihanna that her music being played at [] The post Cant stop the music appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:44

Five questions for: Papua New Guineas Ambassador to APEC, Ivan Pomaleu "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

APECs 21 Leaders gather in Port Moresby next week, the culmination of 10 months of officials meetings. Papua New Guineas APEC Ambassador, Ivan Pomaleu, tells Business Advantage PNG that making APEC useful for the country will require a long-term commitment.

APEC Ambassador Ivan Pomaleu

Business Advantage PNG (BAPNG): Are you on track to be ready for the Leaders Meeting in mid-November?

APEC Ambassador, Ivan Pomaleu (IP): Weve finished all the lead-up officials meetings and the Finance Ministers have met in Port Moresby and so all the big ticket meetings in our hosting program are completed. So, were now in the process of finalising the two key statements: the APEC Ministers meetings Joint Statement and the Leaders Declaration. The final drafting of those statements will take place during the week of the Leaders meeting. Logistically, all the accommodation arrangements, meeting centres and security details are close to finality.

BAPNG: In what ways do you expect PNG to benefit from the entire series of meetings that have taken place over the last 10 months?

IP: This is a very important issue and a lot of our people dont really realise how much work we have done over the last 10 months. You could answer this question by looking at the direct kina inflows as a result of adding up the individual spends for transport, accommodation, food, entertainment, souvenir shopping and come up with a figure. And thats very valuable because its new money. But if you are looking for immediate gains, you might be disappointed. We need to continually remind ourselves that APEC is long-term.

When I took up the job as Ambassador, I thought about how we could leverage off this event through developing important infrastructure developments, and not just the APEC meetings. And Port Moresby...

10:30

Quiz: Walk like an Egyptian "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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10:12

BHP Billiton facing 5bn lawsuit from Brazilian victims of dam disaster "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Ruined homes in the small town of Bento Rodrigues, Brazil after the disaster. Photograph: Felipe Dana/AP

Action launched in Liverpool against Anglo-Australian mining company after 2015 tragedy that killed 19 people

Jonathan Watts | The Guardian | 6 November 2018 

The worst environmental disaster in Brazils history has triggered one of the biggest legal claims ever filed in a British court.

The Anglo-Australian mining company BHP Billiton is being sued for about 5bn by Brazilian victims of the Samarco dam collapse in Mariana three years ago.

The class action case was filed in the Liverpool high court on Monday by the UK-based SPG Law on be...

10:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: In Seattle WA (somewhere while we were driving around) NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic locations. They can be the view from your kitchen window or bedroom window or [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Farmers re-elect dissident ex-director Leonie Guiney to Fonterra board Rebecca Howard:

(BusinessDesk) Fonterra Cooperative Group shareholders have effectively delivered a rebuke to the sitting board by voting to elect outspoken former director Leonie Guiney to the board while failing to support two of three board nominations.

Zespri chairman Peter McBride was also elected to the cooperatives governance team, but board-backed Maori commercial leader Jamie Tuuta and an incumbent director, Ashleigh Waugh, both failed to gain the 50 percent support required for election to the board, as did self-nominated candidate John Nicholls, leaving one board seat unfilled ahead of Thursdays annual meeting in Lichfield. . .

Early testing indicates Mycoplasma bovis eradication still possible Rebecca Howard:

(BusinessDesk) Early results from nationwide bulk milk testing for Mycoplasma bovis suggests eradication remains possible, the Ministry for Primary Industries says.

To date, more than 51,000 of approximately 70,000 tests have been completed and only three farms have been confirmed to have the cattle disease.

Testing to date reinforces the theory the country is facing a single strain of the bacterial infection that affects cows. . .

 

Renewed FTA deal unlikely to bear more benefits for dairy industry Craig McCulloch:

New Zealand looks highly unlikely to secure a better deal for dairy exporters as part of an improved free trade agreement with China. 

Under the current agreement, New Zealands dairy products are hit with higher tariffs once they reach a certain amount.

Those limits automatically expire by 2022 and 2024, but the dairy industry had hoped to b...

09:54

After Kanak surge, French Prime Minister calls for meeting in Paris "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By Nic Maclellan in Noumea, New Caledonia

At the end of a day-long visit to New Caledonia, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe has invited independence leaders and anti-independence politicians to travel to Paris in December, to collectively draw together our conclusions about the referendum.

Accompanied by Overseas Minister Annick Girardin, Prime Minister Philippe flew to the French Pacific dependency on 5 November, the day after New Caledonias referendum on self-determination. This vote was the culmination of a twenty-year transition established by the 1998 Noumea Accord: 56.4 per cent of registered voters decided to remain within the French Republic, while 43.6 per cent voted Yes for independence.

Out of 141,099 ballots lodged, there were 138,933 valid votes (with 2,166 blank or void votes). As announced by Francis Lamy, head of the referendum Control Commission, there were 78,360 voting No to accession to full sovereignty and 60,573 voting Yes.

The French Prime Minister welcomed the decision of New Caledonians to stay with France, noting that the referendum debate had been divisive but not heartbreaking.

Philippe spent the day in a series of separate meetings with each of the five political groupings that contested the official referendum campaign. He also met French High Commission staff, the Control Commission that administered the referendum as well as members of the Committee of the Wise (a body he established last December to help moderate the tone of the debate about New Caledonias future).

In the afternoon, Philippe made a flying visit by military helicopter to meet the leaders of New Caledonias largest independence parties, Daniel Goa of Union Caldonienne (UC) and Paul Neaoutyine of the Parti de Libration Kanak (Palika). The media pool that accompanied the Prime Minister all the way to the provincial capital of Koohne (including this correspondent) was disappointed when none of the three would appear for a post-meeting photo or interview (the loudest groan seemed to come from the French security officers monitoring the press pack, who had to accompany us back to the capital with little to show for the afternoons adventure).

In a brief public address that evening at the French High Commission, Philippe noted that his day of meetings had continued the necessary dialogue between contending parties: I recall from these meetings that everyone recognised the legitimacy of the vote...

09:39

ONeill to announce preliminary agreements for Papua LNG and Wafi-Golpu to coincide with APEC Leaders Meeting "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Prime Minister Peter ONeill has announced that Heads of Agreements will be signed for the Wafi-Golpu mine and Papua LNG project, to coincide with the APEC Leaders Week. In a pep talk to business last week, he emphasised the benefits of hosting APEC 2018.

Prime Minister Peter ONeill Source: BAI

Speaking to a business meeting in Port Moresby last Wednesday, ONeill said that Papua New Guinea had performed strongly in organising and preparing for the APEC 2018, which has involved hundreds of meetings, and brought some 10,000 delegates from 21 countries to PNG.

(APEC) is one of the most significant events that has ever been hosted in our country, he said.

It hasnt been easy, I can tell you that.

ONeill added that there have been many commentators who did not think PNG could host APEC effectively.

As usual, we have proven them wrong. We have hosted over 200 meetings very successfully.

APEC provides a unique opportunity for PNG.

That is a very huge undertaking for an economy like Papua New Guinea.

I dont think many economies that have hosted APEC have had that number of meetingsas we have.

Fast growing

ONeill observed that PNG is one of the smallest economies in APEC but also one of the fastest-growing.

He said there has been strong support from other countries in the forum.

Heads of agreements are expected to be signed.

APEC provides a unique opportunity for PNG.

Its 21 economies represent over 50 per cent of global trade, and over 60 per cent of global GDP.

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09:36

Don't vote, it only encourages the bastards "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Don Boudreaux explains:
A few hours ago at the Detroit airport a bubbly young woman struck up a conversation with me as we both waited in line to buy coffee. Wheres your I Voted sticker?! she asked with great enthusiasm as she pointed to the one she sported. I dont vote, I told her. She literally looked as though I confessed to being afflicted with necrophilia.
    This makes me so sad. So sad. Why dont you vote?, she pressed, with a tone that revealed that she truly felt pity for me. I really wasnt interested in having such a discussion then and there with this stranger, but she kept asking. So I eventually answered: I dont wish to legitimise politics by participating in its formal ceremonies.
    But elections arent ceremonies; they matter!!! Her verbally expressed exclamation points grew in number.
    I replied that I agree that elections do indeed determine which individuals hold political power. But this fact for me is irrelevant, for two reasons. The first is that even if I did (which I dont) strongly prefer one group of candidates over another group, because the prospect of my vote swinging an election one way or another is practically zero, I would waste my time if I voted. And my time is valuable. I refuse to waste it on futile activities such as voting.
    Second and more importantly, I detest politics and all but a tiny handful of politicians. And so by voting in an election I would play along with the dangerous romantic myth that insists that leaders who are chosen democratically thereby legitimately gain the right to order me and other peaceful individuals about. Election winners certainly do gain the power to order me and other peaceful individuals about, but Ill be damned if I believe that they are ethically entitled to do so. I obey their commands for the same reason that I would hand my wallet and car keys to a thug who presses a knife to my throat.
    Id gotten into the spirit of the conversation and ended by telling her that, while I do not judge her for feeling elevated and proud of herself for having voted, were I to vote I would feel compromised, unprincipled, grimy, and ashamed of myself.
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09:30

Labours reasonable idea but very silly mechanism "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We have a genuine qualitative and quantitative shortage of teachers in New Zealand. We also rank 33rd in the OECD  for overcoming socio-economic disadvantage. The Labour government has just decided that New Zealand schools need non-teaching  Learning Support Co-ordinators. The role is remarkably similar to the Villa Education Trust designed Community Liaison Managers (no credit [] The post Labours reasonable idea but very silly mechanism appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:28

Fighting at LNG site poses threat to workers: Police "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

PNG Liquefied Natural Gas Plant near Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.Photographer: Richard Dellman via ExxonMobil Corp.

The National aka The Loggers Times | November 5, 2018

POLICE are concerned that bad blood between a group of Highlanders and locals at the liquefied natural gas site in Gulf over a sorcery-related killing is posing a threat to the company.

Provincial police commander Inspector Silva Sika said the killing at an LNG site village had led to frequent rows and fighting, making it unsafe for the workers.

The deceased was originally from Lufa in Eastern Highlands.

Police will be deployed again to the site to settle the situation and protect others from outside (the province) working there, Sika said.

He said relatives of the deceased had attacked the suspects brother at the Wabo su...

09:00

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

Or   The post Cartoon of the day by BoomSlang appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:00

Bloomberg Politics: The existential threat to the Democrats of failing to take the House "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

An interesting segment from Bloomberg Europe on the threat to the Democrats if they fail to take the House

08:49

Melbourne floods: More rain in 2 hours than September and October combined, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A slow-moving storm system dumped heavy rain over parts of southeastern Australia on November 6, 2018, causing power outages and traffic chaos. The city's northwestern suburbs suffered worst of the storm. Thousands of homes and businesses were left without power...... Read more

Savanna fires, a boon to grazers, cast rhinos into a food desert "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

When it comes to protecting the critically endangered black rhinoceros, the focus tends to be on preventing the animals from being poached. But insidious threats like fire could be affecting their long-term survival too, a new study warns. In African savannas, natural resource managers frequently use fire as a tool to manage wildlife habitats; fire can help regenerate grass for grazers, reduce encroachment of bushes, and control ticks and diseases. But how fire affects rhinos and their food has remained unclear until recently. T. Michael Anderson, an associate professor of biology at Wake Forest University, North Carolina, who has been working in Tanzanias Serengeti National Park for decades, was especially concerned when six critically endangered eastern black rhinos (Diceros bicornis michaeli) were reintroduced to the park as part of the Serengeti Rhino Repatriation Project in 2010. The project aimed to bolster the dangerously low population of black rhinos in the park by moving in 32 rhinos over time. I had been doing research in Serengeti for nearly ten years at that point, so I was aware of the high frequency of fire in the national park, Anderson told Mongabay. It seemed that no one was talking about the potential costs or benefits of a high fire regime on the reintroduction effort of black rhinos. Anderson saw the reintroduction as an opportunity to seek some answers. Unfortunately, poachers killed four of the six introduced rhinos in 2011, and the Serengeti Rhino Repatriation Project stalled. This meant that the remaining rhinos would no longer be moved

08:35

79,784 Requested Mail-In Ballots Have Not Been Counted in Georgia "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

When polls opened on Election Day, 79,784 Georgians who requested an absentee, mail-in ballot had not returned their ballot and have not voted early. WhoWhatWhys exclusive reporting allows those voters to check the status of their votes while theres just enough time to still get to the polls.

Among all voters who have been issued a ballot but have not yet voted, 44.1 percent are black, 36.6 percent are white, and 5.4 percent are Asian or Pacific Islander.

Of that total, 2,630 mail-in ballots have been rejected often for minor technical issues and the affected voters have not yet been able to cast a new ballot.

It is vitally important to note that not all Georgia counties report their ballot rejection rates to the state. Only 102 of 159 counties have reported any rejections at all as of Monday night, and there is no guarantee that those counties have reported all of the rejections.

The problem of counties rejecting mail-in ballots may be and almost certainly is much worse than we know.

08:30

Greens want to toughen gas ban "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We have written extensively about how the governments oil and gas ban is a terrible policy. Not only does it destroy a profitable industry and decimate a whole region, but it has been poorly conceived, and as a result, the countrys energy security may well be at risk. We are an island nation and cannot [] The post Greens want to toughen gas ban appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:15

Just me & you: This NEW meat box is just for two "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It Feeds Two. The fans spoke and Cam listened: The Whale Meat Companies NEW box has been designed especially for couples We know that Whale Meat Company fans are fabulous people and that they know quality meat when they taste it. One further thing we know is that many of our customers cater for only [] The post Just me & you: This NEW meat box is just for two appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:08

Ramshackle and decrepit "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Watching the US elections from the bottom of the world in New Zealand, I'm struck by how ramshackle and decrepit the system is. The tales of broken or even missing voting machines and long queues to vote bring to mind people queuing for food in the old USSR: a symbol of fundamental social failure. This is the sort of shit you expect to see in a failed state, not in one of the world's richest countries. After all, if a democracy can't run elections properly, surely its not worthy of the name.

I know, the US is 50 different election administrations, not just one. But still: this is not something other modern democracies fail at. Its not something voters in other countries tolerate.

For an example of what a properly functioning election system looks like, here's how it works in New Zealand:

  • You can vote anywhere. None of this "assigned polling place" bullshit and the dirty tricks it enables.
  • Polling places everywhere, so everyone can get to one. By way of example, my local electorate ("district" in American) had 39 polling places for ~35,000 actual voters (or about 45,000 potential voters). 5 of them had fewer than 6 votes cast.
  • Enough booths and staff at each polling place so people don't have to queue, unless they arrive in a mob. Its normally a five minute process.
  • Paper ballots. Because we want our elections to be more reliable than Microsoft Windows.
Plus of course no voter ID bullshit (because fraud is staggeringly rare), no gerrymandering (electoral boundaries are set by a neutral commission), and no politicisation of the system. Voters have an expectation that our elections are free and fair and run impartially, and our politicians accept that. We had a major political storm one year because public service reform and consequent siloisation (TL;DR: an agency which previously helped decided it wasn't their job anymore) meant that the count was slow. I shudder to think what voters would do to a government which made them queue to vote, but there would probably be resignations and sackings. Simply, we expect better from our government than that. We expect it to function. Americans should expect no less.

08:00

Politicians who protest "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Its bad enough that Golriz Ghahraman keeps popping up at whatever latest protest takes her fancy, but the fact that she is part of government where she has every opportunity to drive change from the inside simply beggars belief. Does she enjoy carrying a placard, parading with others and centre-staging with a microphone more than [] The post Politicians who protest appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

DW: Trump and the Midterms "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

PLEASE NOTE: This video apparently scheduled to be withdrawn on 7 December 2018

An interesting look at the Midterms from a European perspective

07:55

We Are Winning! Peace Action @ Weapons Expo 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Auckland Peace Action

From Auckland Peace Action, November 4, 2018

The 2018 Weapons Expo and the accompanying campaign to shut it down are finished for the year. It has been an awesome and successful week for the peace movement in Palmerston North, and the urge to keep struggling has only grown stronger. It is never easy to stand up to the largest and most powerful industry on the planet the weapons trade but it is clear that our work and our tactics are bearing fruit.

The diverse group of people making up Peace Action Manawat engaged in critical work across their local community. They built real support and alliances from church groups, refugee and migrant groups, artists and businesses. They were patient and persuasive, acting with honesty and integrity in bringing the issue of the Weapons Expo to the City and the Council.

They found a great deal of support within the Council. Unfortunately they also found some bastions of support for the NZ Defence Industry Association from the Mayor and his Deputy. The former had agreed to the event without any input from other Councillors, and sought to hide the extent of his communications with the event organisers by directing them to contact him only by telephone. He gave an opening welcome to the Expo, and has publicly called for the event to be held in the City again next year. His conduct is not surprising given the addictive nature of power, but disappointing for many who had called him an ally on other issues. The Event organisers also sought to impose an illegal roadblock around the venue, forcing essential community organisations to close or curtail their services during the duration of the event. A legal challenge to this mitigated the worst effects, but there is a lack of understanding of the NZ Bill of Rights by Council, particularly in terms of peoples rights to freedom of movement and protest.

The gargantuan police presen...

07:45

Video: Public response forces moving of the children of Nauru "IndyWatch Feed National"

 

Immigration officials are secretly shifting asylum seeker families from Nauru to Adelaide as part of an operation to remove all children from the islands regional refugee processing centre.

Its about time.

Video from One Term Tories

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State of Play on Nauru

(1-1/4 mins) Immigration officials are secretly shifting asylum seeker families from Nauru to Adelaide as part of an operation to remove all children from the islands regional refugee processing centre. It's about time. This video gives us an insight into the conditions on Nauru that most refugees have had to endure for five years. It shows the perils they face by having no idea what their future holds.The Howard Government quitely returned refugees after it introduced offshore processing in October 2001. Between 2001 and 2008, a total of 1,637 people were detained on Nauru and Manus Island, including 786 Afghans, 684 Iraqis and 88 Sri Lankans. Of these, 1,153 (or 70%) were ultimately resettled to Australia or other countries, 705 of these in Australia. Others were resettled in New Zealand (401), Sweden (21), Canada (16), Denmark (6) and Norway (4), while 483 left voluntarily and one person died. It took Kevin Rudd to abolish the Pacific Solution, but Julia Gillard re-introduced the practice to Nauru on 14 September 2012 and to Manus Island on 21 November 2012. It was at this point I resigned my near twenty year membership of the ALP. When Rudd was returned to the Prime Ministership he simply didn't have the guts to cancel the offshore operation so close to the looming election which saw Tony Abbott as Prime Minister reminding us all about the perceived loss of control ofour borders, and a whole bag of dirty tricks aided and abetted by Scott Morrison who famously refused to speak about on-water operations.At the moment, it seems that transferred families ARE being kept together. The government is saying nothing, but it appears higly likely Nauru Airlines planes have been chartered by the Australian government, and Adelaide has been cho...

07:30

Consumer confidence lowest since 2012 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

As we head into Christmas, A newspaper reports that consumer confidence is at its lowest since 2012 which, you may remember, was the end of the GFC. quote. Consumer confidence dipped in October as people fret about the future. The ANZ Roy Morgan consumer confidence index fell to 115.4 in October from 117.6 in September. Peoples optimism [] The post Consumer confidence lowest since 2012 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:15

The two most important books you should read "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Later, he asks the school nurse about the children's lessons: "We had Elementary Sex for the first forty minutes," she answered. "But now it's switched over to Elementary Class Consciousness." The post The two most important books you should read appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:04

Young Greek-Australian doctor killed by a shark in Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A young Greek-Australian doctor was fatally mauled by a shark in the Whitsunday Islands Cid Harbour and died short time later after submitted to a local hospital. 33-year-old Victorian doctor Daniel Christidis worked as a research fellow in the urology department at Austin Health in Melbourne. It was believed that Dr Christidis had only recently

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07:00

The dangers of cage diving "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

National MP Sarah Dowie returned to parliament yesterday after an unspecified absence. Dowies bill before parliament is one to regulate shark cage diving. I wonder if they have cages that are Killer Whale proof? It looks like that Killer Whale is reading between the lines. On her Facebook page,  Dowie writes The Shark Cage Diving [] The post The dangers of cage diving appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

CNN: Cold War #20/24 Soldiers of God "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Cold War is a twenty-four episode television documentary series about the Cold War that aired in 1998. It features interviews and footage of the events that shaped the tense relationships between the Soviet Union and the United States.

The series was produced by Pat Mitchell and Jeremy Isaacs, who had earlier in 1973 produced the World War II documentary series The World at War in a similar style. Ted Turner funded the series as a joint production between the Turner Broadcasting System and the BBC, and was first broadcast on CNN in the United States and BBC Two in the United Kingdom. Writers included Hella Pick, Jeremy Isaacs, Lawrence Freedman, Neal Ascherson, Hugh OShaughnessy and Germaine Greer. Kenneth Branagh was the narrator, and Carl Davis (who also collaborated with Isaacs with The World at War) composed the theme music. Each episode would feature historical footage and interviews from both significant figures and others who had witnessed particular events.

The series excluded several Cold War issues and topics, including the Communist takeovers of South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in 1975, the subsequent unification of Vietnam and Vietnamese refugee crisis, the failed Communist revolution in Indonesia in 1965, China after Maos passing, from the trial of the Gang of Four to the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, Bulgaria, Albania, and more details on the Dominican crisis of 1965.

07:00

Guiney election sends message to Fonterra "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fonterra shareholders have sent a clear message to the Fonterra board with the re-election of Leonie Guiney:

Discarded former Fonterra board member Leonie Guiney has side-stepped the official selection process to win farmer backing to regain her seat.

She will be joined by retiring Zespri chairman Peter McBride. The other candidates incumbent director Ashley Waugh, approved candidate Jamie Tuuta and independent John Nicholls failed to get the required 50% approval so another election will be held to fill the one seat still vacant. 

The failure for any of these three to get the necessary 50% support indicates that many shareholders voted tactically voting for only one or two of the successful candidates to ensure they got through.

Guiney, a Fairlie farmer and director of four farming companies served on Fonterras board from 2014 to 2017 but then failed to gain approval to stand again through the co-ops selection process. McBride lives at Te Puna and has farming interests in Waikato and Bay of Plenty. He has extensive experience in the kiwifruit industry and has recently announced that he will step down as chairman of Zespri in February.

A lot of shareholders arent happy with the way the board controls who can stand and many werent impressed when Leonie wasnt approved to stand again.

On top of that is the companys performance which is causing considerable angst.

This result shows shareholders are far from happy.

The board already has a new chair and acting chief executive who have clearly signaled a need for change.

The election result gives a mandate for that and a very clear message that shareholders are looking for significant improvements.

 

06:48

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

WILL YOU VOTE TODAY OR SURRENDER?


06:30

Woods cannot see the wood for the trees "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Question 10 in the house on Tuesday was entertaining and enlightening.   Jonathan Young asked Megan Woods, the Minister of Energy and Resources about any reports she had seen on the state of the electricity market, and whether she believed Government policy had the ability to impact the market positively or negatively? Woods reply was to the [] The post Woods cannot see the wood for the trees appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:17

QotD: On the profession most responsible for the housing crisis: "Planning is, in its effect, a highly regressive form of indirect taxation" "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"Planning in our society ... is in essence the attempt to inject a radical technology into a conservative and highly inegalitarian economy. The impact of [town] planning on this society is rather like that of the [state] educational system on the same society: is least onerous and most advantageous to those who are already well off or powerful, and it is most onerous and least advantageous to those who are relatively powerless or relatively poor. Planning is, in its effect, a highly regressive form of indirect taxation." 
        ~ John Gower Davies, from his 1972 book The Evangelistic Bureaucrat .

06:15

Most read "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

06:04

No beneficiaries will be forced into jobs "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The aged-care sector is asking government to change rules to allow more immigrants to fill the shortage of care-givers. Apparently some beneficiaries are being trained but according to MSD Minister, Carmel Sepuloni:

"...no one would be forced into jobs."
"First and foremost it's about making sure that MSD clients are going into work that is sustainable and meaningful to them. We know that that makes the difference with respect to how long they stay in that employment and whether they end up back on benefit. This is not a situation, and we won't be getting into a situation, where we are forcing people to take up particular work," she said.
So beneficiaries won't been "forced" to take available jobs, but the taxpayer will be forced to keep them.

There are over 70,000 work-ready JobSeeker beneficiaries and another 58,000 on Sole Parent Support.

While the Greens love this indulgence of the lazy,  how does the NZ First/Labour coalition deal with the conflict? Labour doesn't want to force New Zealanders to take the jobs and NZ First doesn't like immigrants taking the jobs.

What a shocker of a government.







06:00

Jacinda receives death threats "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I saw this story on the news on Tuesday evening, and if this is true, then it is reprehensible. I may not be a fan of Jacinda, but death threats are a whole new level. A level we should not be stooping to here in New Zealand, in any way, shape or form. Newshub reports: [] The post Jacinda receives death threats appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

The ocean in us: Pacific regionalism and identity as a catalyst for global ocean action "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

Pacific peoples are the custodians of the worlds largest, most peaceful and abundant ocean, its many islands and its rich diversity of cultures  Framework for Pacific Regionalism.

Just over a month ago, I was in Nauru for the annual Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting. There is nothing quite like experiencing the reality of a small island/large ocean state to gain a true appreciation of its vulnerability and the remarkable resilience of its people. In the context of todays climate crisis, the islands of the Pacific are both sustained and threatened by the ocean. Responding to this reality, leaders in Nauru adopted an expanded definition of human security to include the implications of climate change and environmental degradation. The nexus between climate change and oceans is critical here and ocean science can make a significant contribution to preserving human security from many potential threats such as sea level rise, ocean acidification and warming, salinisation of soils, rarefaction of fisheries or the impact of plastics on marine biodiversity and human health.

The upcoming United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development is a golden opportunity to address these challenges and support countries in creating improved conditions for sustainable development. We all need to work together to make the Decade a success if all we do is develop broad, high-level frameworks, we will fail to save our ocean. We will fail the peoples, such as those in the Pacific islands, who are the cultural and spiritual custodians of our planets vast ocean space, its invaluable ecosystems and resources.We cannot afford to fail.

The Framework for Pacific Regionalism has placed the ocean at the heart of its ambition for sustainable development. Today, this vision is expressed through the blue Pacific as a vector for the countries of Oceania to harness the potential of their shared stewardship of the Pacific Ocean, based on an explicit recognition of their shared ocean identity, geography and resources. To deliver on the promise of the blue Pacific, we need a healthy and sustainably-managed ocean. And to do this, we need ocean science.

Ocean science has already been used by Cook Islands, Kiribati, Niue, New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Palau and others to underpin the creation of marine protected areas, and contributes directly to tuna governance in the Pacific where objective and impartial stock assessments (provided by scientists from the Pacific Community) inform decisions in many in...

06:00

Gresham College: Prof. Martyn Thomas, CBE Living In A Cyber Enabled World Cybersecurity "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Living In A Cyber Enabled World was the title for a series of lectures Prof. Thomas gave at Gresham College.

An exploration of the state of software today, how we got to where we are, and what we shall need to do to shore up the foundations of a digital society that is increasingly built on sand. The lectures are designed to inform, to entertain, and to stimulate balanced discussions that lead to effective actions. It is hoped that these lectures may play a role in accelerating the transition of the craft of software development into a mature engineering profession.

https://youtu.be/qW6T-MqBhzM

06:00

Trail of Woe: Deep commemoration & missing interpretation "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

RASHMII AMOAH BELL

Rashmii and Charlie at Isurava
Rashmii Amoah Bell and Charlie Lynn at the Isurava memorial

The seventh in a series of articles about the need to improve the conditions and sustainable development of the trek tourism industry along the Kokoda Trail. The articles are drawn from Rashmiis observations and conversations with Papua New Guinean guides, carriers, campsite owners and communities as she trekked the Trail from 6 -17 August, 2018

ON THE TRAIL - Collapsing on top of the clay-baked ground, my trek group seeks refuge from the midday heat under the cool of an awning.

A stream of loose dust swirls past, dancing toward the row of aged banana trees bordering the edge of Menari village. I reach for the nozzle of my hydration bladder and take three appreciative sips.

Beside me, trek mates use the interval to rummage through their backpacks and Band-aid strips, jelly beans and small bottles of sunscreen are offered around along with tips about redistributing weight in the packs.

Ive been accompanying trekkers nominated by New South Wales RSL clubs who are participating in their annual Kokoda Youth Leadership Challenge in partnership with Adventure Kokoda.

Fourteen of the group are employees of RSL branches and two are soldiers serving with the Australian Army. Like trek leader Charlie and the trek guide, their daily khakis are enviably immaculate despite the daily grind of uphill climbs and unsteady clambering through swamps.

It is a multicultural group reflective of contemporary Australia and it is the first visit to Papua New Guinea for all 16 participants.

Our group has sought shelter under the eaves of a private home and, as we await Charlies arrival, my gaze drifts across the clay floor, freshly marked with broom strokes. Nearby split firewood is assembled in perfectly symmetrical pyramids.

Since departing Owers Corner, I have observed no effort has been made by landowners to distinguish or restrict personal property from that for public access. No signs,...

05:30

RNZ The House: "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Andrew Little and Chris Penk discuss the proposed Criminal Cases Review Commission

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/thehouse/thehouse-20181104-1125-the_house_for_sunday_4_nov-192.mp3

In Adams view such a body is long overdue and would achieve much that Justice Thorp recommended years ago. It should enable quicker and better resolution of matters such as the Peter Ellis case for example. However,the possibility exists that if set up poorly little will actually be achieved.

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.

05:15

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.

05:12

The struggle to visualize climate when most people impose flat Earth conceptions into a three-dimensional atmosphere "IndyWatch Feed World"

In a recent article, I used an illustration of 1200 km circles around a weather station to illustrate the extent the IPCC considered it represented. A comment about the article asked if I was aware of the map distortion and its effect on the circle of coverage. It was an arcane but important observation. He was pointing to the distortion created by using a Mercator projection map. I am very aware of the distortion. My entire career involved working with maps. This included flying in the Air Force; teaching courses and running labs about maps and map reading; studying climate weather maps; the movement and migration of people driven by climate change; and teaching a course in political geography. I provided major research for a book on the search for the Northwest Passage on the Pacific west coast written by Sam Bawlf titled, "The Secret Voyages of Sir Francis Drake." Dr. John Dee, science advisor to Queen Elizabeth I, gave Drake his sailing and scientific instructions. This...

05:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.  Albert Camus  who was born on this day in 1913.

05:00

PBS/BBC: Peoples Century #25/26 1989 People Power "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Peoples Century is a television documentary series examining the 20th century. It was a joint production of the BBC in the United Kingdom and PBS member station WGBH Boston in the United States. The series was first shown on BBC in the 1995, 1996 and 1997 television seasons before being shown elsewhere in the world and before being broadcast in the USA in 1998.

The 26 one-hour episodes examined the socio-economic, political, and cultural movements that shaped the 20th century. The series represented a departure from documentaries that present history through recounting the actions of great men; Peoples Century considers the century from the perspective of common people. Most of those interviewed were ordinary men and women who closely witnessed various events and who give personal accounts of the manner in which the developments and disruptions of the 20th century affected their lives.

The opening credits depict various images from the century, accompanied with a theme music score by Zbigniew Preisner. The documentary won an International Emmy Award, among others.

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

The glory of APEC: even the sick shunted away mid-treatment "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Chinatown (Ben Jackson)
No decoration so culturally vacuous it is absurd

KEITH JACKSON

NOOSA - The powers-that-be who are organising to the point of mania the APEC forum in Port Moresby now just more than a week away are sparing nothing and nobody in their search for perfection, however fantastical and fleeting.

No decoration so culturally vacuous it is absurd.

No automobile so extravagant it should not bought.

No speech so unworthy it cannot be delivered by helicopter.

No presence of troops from overseas too great.

No village so needy fishing cannot be proscribed.

No road so impractical it should not be built.

Fishing exclusion zones
No village so needy fishing cannot be proscribed

04:46

Should the government take care of people, or enable people to take care of themselves? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Or both to varying degrees? Is there a natural progression of community and care (for some) from whanaua to hapu to iwi to Government? Everyone wants health care provided, and education, a protective police force and a bunch of other things. And many people like financial assistance and housing assistance, if not to be []

04:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

As chairman of the Israeli-NZ Parliamentary friendship group, today I shared this motion without notice in the House. That this House supports the worldwide Shabat services this past weekend condemning the recent horrific attack on the Jewish Community in Pittsburgh and acknowledges that no one should be forced to live in fear in their daily [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is fathom (verb) 1. To penetrate to the meaning or nature of; comprehend. 2. To determine the depth of; sound. (noun) A unit of length equal to 6 feet (1.83 meters), used principally in the measurement and specification of marine depths. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Todays [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:07

Books and documentaries on NZ political and economic history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A 25 year old dude with an interest in New Zealand politics asked at Reddit Can anyone suggest a book that discusses NZ politics and economics of the past ~70 years? My issue is, there is very little information available to me that lays out our entire history. Ive looked everywhere I can think []

04:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 7 27 Her house is the road to the grave.[d] Her bedroom is the den of death. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

The creative subclass "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

CreativeSIMON DAVIDSON

Creative minds are of a subclass,
Who dwell with everyday mortals,
But lead a regimented life,
To create magic with the mundane.

They arent from Mars,
Nor aliens in mortal suit,
But sane souls on fire,
With grand dreams.

They rise with dawns light,
In morns eternal silence,
And work as masses doze,
These thinkers in creative space.

They make the banal shine,
Translate the ordinary to divine,
And weave creative magic,
Making this earth heavenly.

In the brain, they mint poems,
Pen lofty and elegant tomes-
Create digital revolution,
And produce a myriad marvels.

They adorn the earth as with pearls,
And uplift and inspire the masses,
Transporting them to sunlit uplands,
Through their creative magic.

Simon E.Davidson@pau.ac.pg

03:30

US midterm elections voting ends and counting begins today (NZ time) "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Voting is currently under way in the US midterm elections, Tuesday US time. NBC News: Stunning early-voting numbers ahead of Election Day More than 35 million early votes have been counted nationwide as of Monday well more than the total cast in the 2014 midterm elections. That year, just more than 21 million early []

03:25

Journalism versus political hit jobs "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There has been discussion and questions asked lately  about why some media (Newshub and RNZ in particular) have been publishing conversations that had been secretly recorded by Jami-Lee Ross. It has appeared at times as of they are aiding ongoing attacks on Simon Bridges and National on behalf of Ross and/or Cameron Slater and/or Simon []

03:20

Media watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

7 November 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.

03:10

Open Forum Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

02:29

Talk Nation Radio: Greta Zarro on Organizing a World BEYOND War "IndyWatch Feed War"

Greta Zarro is Organizing Director at World BEYOND War. She has a background in issue-based community organizing. Her experience includes volunteer recruitment and engagement, event organizing, coalition building, legislative and media outreach, and public speaking. Greta graduated as valedictorian from St. Michaels College with a bachelors degree in Sociology/Anthropology. She then pursued a masters in Food Studies at New York University before accepting a full-time community organizing job with leading non-profit Food & Water Watch. There, she worked on issues related to fracking, genetically engineered foods, climate change, and the corporate control of our common resources. Greta describes herself as a vegetarian sociologist-environmentalist. She is interested in the interconnections of social-ecological systems and sees the profligacy of the military-industrial complex, as part of the larger corporatocracy, as the root of many cultural and environmental ills. She and her partner currently live in an off-grid tiny home on their organic fruit and vegetable farm in Upstate New York. Greta can be reached at greta@worldbeyondwar.org.

Total run time: 29:00
Host: David Swanson.
Producer: David Swanson.
Music by Duke Ellington.

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01:30

BBC Radio Comedy Drama: Burglars Bargain (1979) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Excellent cast Peter Jones,Charles Hawtrey,Bernard Bresslaw,Donald Hewlett,

01:16

An Electrifying Idea "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

What if we abandoned photosynthesis as the means of producing food, and released most of the worlds surface from agriculture?

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 31st October 2018

 

Its not about them, its about us. The horrific rate of biological annihilation reported this week 60% of the Earths vertebrate wildlife gone since 1970 is driven primarily by the food industry. Farming and fishing are the major causes of the collapse of both marine and terrestrial ecosystems. Meat consumed in greater quantities by the rich than by the poor is the strongest cause of all. We might shake our heads in horror at the clearance of forests, the drainage of wetlands, the slaughter of predators and the massacre of sharks and turtles by fishing fleets, but it is done at our behest.

As the Guardians recent report from Argentina reveals, the huge forests of the Gran Chaco are heading towards extermination, as they are replaced by deserts of soya beans, almost all of which are used to produce animal feed, particularly for Europe. With Jair Bolsonaro in power in Brazil, deforestation in the Amazon is likely to accelerate, much of it driven by the beef lobby that helped bring him to power. The great forests of Indonesia and West Papua are being felled and burnt for oil palm at devastating speed.

The most important environmental action we can take is to reduce the area of land and sea used by farming and fishing. This means, above all, switching to a plant-based diet: research published in the journal Science shows that cutting out animal products would reduce the global requirement for farmland by 76%. It would also give us a fair chance of feeding the world. Grazing is no answer to the ecocide caused by grain-fed livestock: it is an astonishingly wasteful use of vast tracts of land that would otherwise support wildlife and wild ecosystems.

The same action is essential to prevent climate breakdown. Because governments, bowing to the demands of...

Tuesday, 06 November

23:43

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

061118KEREAKAS KORAKA WARD SET FOR RECONCILIATION
New Dawn FM News

The Koraka ward in the Kereaka Community Government will have its reconciliation between former combatants and the community of Koraka this Thursday.
The two-days program will have the reconciliation ceremony, speeches and on the second day the community will have sports as part of the peace and reconciliation ceremony.
According to the program, four schools in the area will also participate first with the flag raising ceremony and later in the sports program.
The four schools are KOREPOVI elementary School, KARARITU Elementary School, RATEOVI Elementary School and the KOREPOVI Primary School.
This will be the first reconciliation in the area and more Reconciliations are set before the major ceremony that will be held before the end of the year.
The local ABG member for TEAUA, CHARLES KAKAVETAI will be the Guest of honour at the ceremony.
New Dawn FM will cover this very important event
Ends

22:06

World view Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

22:01

November 7 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

680 The Sixth Ecumenical Council commenced in Constantinople.

1492 The Ensisheim Meteorite, the oldest meteorite with a known date of impact, struck the earth in a wheat field outside the village of Ensisheim, France.

1619 Elizabeth of Scotland and England was crowned Queen of Bohemia.

1665 The London Gazette, the oldest surviving journal, was first published.

1728 Captain James Cook, British naval officer, explorer, and cartographer, was born (d 1779).

1775 John Murray, the Royal Governor of the Colony of Virginia, started the first mass emancipation of slaves in North America by issuing Lord Dunmores Offer of Emancipation, which offered freedom to slaves who abandoned their colonial masters in order to fight with Murray and the British.

1786 The oldest musical organisation in the United States was founded as the Stoughton Musical Society.

1811 Tecumsehs War: The Battle of Tippecanoe.

1837 Abolitionist printer Elijah P. Lovejoy was shot dead by a mob while attempting to protect his printing shop from being destroyed a third time.

1848 The paddle steamer Acheron arrived to being surveying New Zealand waters.

1861 American Civil War: Battle of Belmont: Forces led by General Ulysses S. Grant overran a Confederate camp but were forced to retreat when Confederate reinforcements arrive.

1867 Maria Sklodowska-Curie, Polish chemist and physicist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in physics and in chemistry, was born (d 1934).

1872 The ship...

21:55

Midnight Movie: Town On Trial (1957) John Mills, Charles Coburn "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

British mystery movie from 1957 with John Mills, Charles Coburn and an excellent supporting cast

21:36

UK COLUMN: China Prepares for War, Trumps Economic War on Iran, Julian Assange Not Safe "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The end game of BREXIT debacle is becoming clearer, EU military unification, Trumps economic warfare and sanctions could cripple Iran and increase the probability of war in the region, and meanwhile China openly preparing for war in the Pacific. Also, an attempted breach of Julian Assanges residency at the Ecuadorian embassy in London. All this and much more

UK Column hosts Mike Robinson and Patrick Henningsen with the early week news round-up. Watch:

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START Brexit: Treason Mays secret deal going ahead? Brexit deal was done before 2016 referendum: The best of both worlds A Hotel California Brexit where we can check out but never leave UK Column article: Brexit: Theresa Mays CARDs are on the table Nigel Farage knows whats happening but no comment on EU military unification Britain to start military recruitment of foreign nationals from the Commonwealth 09:06 Spotlight on HPV Vaccines event: 11 November, London Facebook has removed event details from the organisers account page Alternative View 9.1 conference: 2 December, London
10:44 Iran: United States renews 2015 sanctions on Iran US: Swift banking system must disconnect Iran from global payments Iran: we will proudly break the sanctions Maybe this is all bluster to set up a grand deal with Iran (as with North Korea) Russia: course pursued by Washingtoncause for deep disappointment China says its lawful trade with Iran should be respected
22:53 China: concentrate preparations for fighting a war One China? China wants Taiwan integrated back into China
28:19 21 Wire article: Getting into gold, getting out of the Euro (and Dollar) Euro confidence is waning on the back of Brexit and the Italian situation
30:07 US President Trump to meet President Xi and President Putin Heads of state meeting must be a positive sign Vladimir Putin: the need for mankind...

21:00

Keeping Up Appearances S05 E04 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

lousy formatting , audio OK, but could be better, and best viewed full screen. In many ways the audio is the main attraction

pWikipedia

Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke. It aired on BBC One from 1990 to 1995. The central character is eccentric and snobbish middle class social climber Hyacinth Bucket(Patricia Routledge), who insists that her surname is pronounced Bouquet.[2]The sitcom follows Hyacinth in her attempts to prove her social superiority, and to gain standing with those she considers upper class. Her attempts are constantly hampered by her lower class extended family, whom she is desperate to hide. Much of the humour comes from the conflict between Hyacinths vision of herself, and the reality of her underclass background. In each episode, she lands in a farcical situation as she battles to protect her social credibility.

The show comprised five series and 44 episodes, four of which are Christmas specials. Production ended when star Patricia Routledge moved on to other projects

20:30

Stephen Colbert: Midterms Eve or Twas The Night Before Election Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Parody of a famous scene at the end of, at least, the Alistair Sim film of Dickens Christmas Carol but rejigged to the Midterms

20:25

IPCC 1.5C report needs to inform Moreland's transport strategy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

I attended the Brunswick Town Hall, for a special hearing by Moreland Council considering oral presentations to submissions on the Moreland Integrated Transport Strategy and the Moreland Parking Policy. I was number 19 on the list of presenters as I had made a submission on behalf of Climate Action Moreland (Read it here). Many of the presenters spoke on the personal circumstances of traffic,

20:24

The IPCC 1.5C report and a visit to Bill Shorten to #stopAdani "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

In this photo I am making a short speech outside Labor MP and Opposition leader Bill Shorten's office at Moonee Ponds on the major transformation necessary if we are to meet the 1.5C Paris climate target, as detailed by the recent IPCC 1.5C report (which I am holding up in the air). The climate science report says unequivocally that there is no physical or chemical impediment to us limiting

20:00

Classic TV Drama: Upstairs Downstairs S05 E16 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Blocked in some locations

 

This upload is ok, although format isnt great

 

Upstairs, Downstairs is a British television drama series produced by London Weekend Television (LWT) for ITV.It ran for 68 episodes divided into five series on ITV from 1971 to 1975.

A BBC Wales and Masterpiece produced continuation also called Upstairs Downstairs was broadcast by BBC One in 2010.

Set in a large townhouse in Belgravia in West London, the series depicts the servants downstairs and their mastersthe family upstairsbetween the years 1903 and 1930, and shows the slow decline of the British aristocracy. Great events feature prominently in the episode but minor or gradual changes are also noted. The series stands as a document of the social and technological changes that occurred between those 27 years, including the Edwardian period, the Suffragettes, First World War, the Roaring Twenties and the Wall Street Crash.

The show was a ratings success for ITV, and received outstanding acclaim worldwide winning multiple awards.

Series had an excellent cast with many well known actors appearing over the life of the series. Some are still active to this day.

19:52

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The last couple of months have been both busy and demanding.

This afternoon I had the house to myself, nothing to do and several hours free to do it.

Today Im grateful for the time and space to recharge.

19:48

ANOTHER NICKY HAGER SHOCK HORROR EXPOSE "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The latest issue of the North & South magazine features a special investigation by Nicky Hager focusing on allegations of sexual assaults, war crimes and cover-ups inside our armed forces.   

It is clear from the article that Hager is relying on sources involving both serving and ex-members of the New Zealand Defence Force.    It is also clear that Hager has it 'in' for the recently retired Chief of Defence, Lieutenant General Tim Keating (although North & South couldn't even get his rank right).
  
The investigation runs for ten pages with the allegations ranging from the serious to the banal.    Many of the allegations involve the  SAS built around the meme articulated by a claimed ex-member of that unit that "the SAS are at the extreme end of thinking they're above the law ... we can say we never committed war crimes but we have".    

However I don't think Hager does himself any favour by his quite stupid claim that officers eat better than the lower ranks with some meals encompassing three courses with silver service.     The reality is the ration scale is the same for all ranks.    As for the silver service bit and yes, on dining-in nights in both officer's and sergeant's messes you may see silver on the table ... paid for out of their own pockets by generations of officers and sergeants.    What's Hager's point?

That some members and ex-members of the NZDF are speaking out is of concern.   It would be too easy to dismiss the allegations as the work of malcontents ... although they may be.     The allegations are out there ... they won't go away ... they have to be answered. 


19:30

Parody Project: Lie Lie Lie "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Given Trumps massive increase in the numbers of lies he tells as part of his daily attacks on truth,democracy and decent behaviour, I am re-posting this excellent parody from a few weeks back.

19:00

Tuesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

More Harry Metcalfe but something for us ignorant townies how a combine harvester works and what its like to drive one. Back to cars proper next week, promise. The post Tuesday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:30

How its made: Space pens "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post How its made: Space pens appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:00

Theological Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

17:34

The States Where Theres Still Progressive Hope In The American Midterm Elections "IndyWatch Feed National"

In the next 48 hours, US politics may once again markedly change the world we live in. Thomas J. Adams, a lecturer in history and American studies at the University of Sydney, breaks down the states to watch.

It may be a clich that American political life has become a global reality sideshow, but nevertheless it bears a good deal of truth.

Horrifying, outlandish, disturbing, occasionally hilarious, entirely predictable, and utterly and completely absurd, Donald Trumps presidency has enraptured a global audience with all the hallmarks of a great middlebrow piece of mass entertainment. Plot twists, schadenfreude, sex, dastardly villains, backstabbing, unabashed lies, tragic martyrs, porn stars, and the possibility of the fall of empire, Gibbon-style. Game of Thrones eat your heart out.

For those who follow American politics whether within the United States or from 12,000 kilometres across the Pacific the nearly two years of Donald Trumps presidency has made it harder than ever to focus ones attention on the slow and arduous processes required to build an actually existent progressive politics.

American political analysis especially that which reaches Australia or occurs within its ever-narrowing media confines tends to be of the handicapping and horserace variety. Such myopia can obscure the substantive shifts on the ground that are important not just for resisting Donald Trump, but building a real alternative grounded in redistribution, a robust defence of democratic rights and equal protection, and a less imperial global posture.

US president, Donald Trump. (IMAGE: Gage Skidmore, Flickr)

If the last two years (or more to the point, the last 50 years) of American life have made anything clear, it is the simple fact that there is no left in the United States worth speaking of. That is, there is no mass progressive and anti-imperial institutional structure capable of mounting a credible challenge for power at the national level of American governance.

As the first major democratic referendum on Trumps America approaches, its hard to remove oneself from all the narrative plots, liberal hand-wringing, and Trumps constant self one-upmanship of offense, lies, and attacks on the Constitution. Making fun of a sexual assault survivors memory? Lets raise it by a horde of economic refugees on foot and w...

17:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S05 E01 A Day To Remember "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Season 3 Episode 5 appears to be missing

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

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

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

17:30

Carol Burnett show outtakes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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17:00

Jordan Peterson: There was plenty of motivation to take me out. It just didnt work "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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16:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

16:23

Australian army arrives in PNG for APEC operation "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Australian Navy HMAS Adelaide Photo: ADF
An array of Australian military assets has arrived in Papua New Guinea to provide security during the upcoming APEC summit.

Australian Navy HMAS Adelaide Australian Navy HMAS Adelaide Photo: ADF
PNG's capital Port Moresby is to host world leaders within the Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation group in under two weeks.

The Royal Australian Navy's landing helicopter dock, HMAS Adelaide, and two patrol boats arrived in Moresby at the weekend.

The vessels are to assist with monitoring restricted access to parts of Moresby's Harbour

The Adelaide will house and support many of the roughly 1500 Australian Defence Force personnel coming to PNG for APEC.

In addition, Royal Australian Air Force jets will patrol the skies around Moresby in coming weeks.

PNG's Police Commissioner advised Moresby residents that due to the deployment there would be an increase in air traffic and noise this month

Gary Baki said the helicopters and jets would be flying day and night as part of familiarisation training before APEC commences.

Australia's control of the airspace comes as the result of a direct request for assistance by PNG whose Defence Force only has one airplane and one helicopter.

"I would like to reassure the community that they should not be alarmed by the increased presence of ADF maritime and airspace assets," Mr Baki said.

"They are here at our request in order to assist the JSTF with security arrangements and will make every effort to minimise any disruption to residents."

The PNGDF and the ADF are co-operating for the APEC security operations under the auspices of the so-called Joint Security Task Force.

Other countries are also providing support for the security operations, including the US Coast Guard which is to provide "inshore security" in the capital.

Indonesia and New Zealand have provided training and other assistance to the PNG Police for their APEC arrangements.

Radio New Zealand

16:05

The Sugar Daddy Dilemma "IndyWatch Feed National"

Loved your profile:) I would like to offer you an allowance of 4000 per month. We would meet for a few hours each time, have some nice cocktails, food, travel and hang out at a private place How many times a week would you be able to catch up with me?

*

Travelling is a fucking expensive hobby. Now, before you light your torches and grab your pitchforks, I know you can do it on the cheap. Ive read Europe on a Shoestring. Ive hitchhiked from one sketchy town to another. Ive dodged train fares and trains by walking along the tracks. But, even the tightest of tight-asses has to spend some dollars sometimes. Getting off this island continent typically means getting on a plane, and that doesnt come cheap. Return international flights departing Sydney start from $200AUD, and are mostly to our sheep-shagging mates in New Zealand, or a stop-over city in South-East Asia. The bottom line is: to travel, you need some money.

At a very young age, the old chestnut that money doesnt grow on trees was embedded into my psyche. So, I became a slick entrepreneur at five years old. To swindle my family, Id clean cars, walk dogs, and once I even prematurely pulled out a tooth, just so the Tooth Fairy would make it rain under my pillow that night. I burst onto the employment scene as soon as legally possible, and promptly stashed the cash I made. I then dropped said cash on my first big overseas jaunt an exchange semester at 16. Since then, Ive worked an eclectic range of jobs to fund my travel: selling books at the height of the Kindle craze, delivering pamphlets on a paper route, and taking advantage of free food and WiFi while babysitting.

Work. Travel. Work. Travel. Thats been my shtick, and Im shticking to it. But, what happens when the travel beast growls with hunger, and your bank account cant satiate? Rationality says, Dont travel. Common sense would suggest you make an Excel spreadsheet, budget the next few months, see how your savings are going, and then, based on those trends and projections for the next financial year, plan a trip within your means. But I want to travel now.

What I really need is a Sugar Daddy.

Enter, AJ*. His message, offering me $4,000AUD per month, for nice cocktails at a private place sent me reeling. I had signed up for a Sugar Daddy dating service, but I wasnt actually prepared to be contacted, let alone offered money. In the 48 hours since joining the site, Ive had multiple messages, been favourited by potential Daddies (try not to vomit at...

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.

15:35

Cross Counter wins Melbourne Cup "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Cross Counter won the Melbourne Cup :

23. Cross Counter (GB) (19)

T: C.Appleby   J: K.McEvoy

Marmelo was second.

9. Marmelo (GB) (10)

T: H.Morrison   J: H.Bowman

And A Prince of Arran was third.

 

17. A Prince Of Arran (GB) (20)

T: C.Fellowes   J: M.Walker

Its just as well I didnt put any money not his mornings picks.

15:30

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Born today in 1947, George Young, singer, songwriter and guitarist with The Easybeats. Born today in 1947, John Wilson, drummer with Them, Taste and Spud. Born today in 1948, Glenn Frey songwriter, guitarist and singer with Eagles. Born today in 1950, Chris Glen, bassist with The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and The Michael Schenker Group. [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:28

To 6 November Climate and Nuclear News Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Some good news this week. A case of positive international co-operation!   the healing of the ozone layer. The rest of the climate news not so good. Climate scientists have underestimated the rapid warming of the oceans.  Climate change disruption of the jet stream is causing more extreme weather.     A warning not to forget the message of UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)    Climate Change: The Real World War.

International nuclear politics muddles along, closer to the brink? North Korea warns it might return to developing nuclear weapons, if USA does not end sanctions.  Donald Trump ready to reimpose all nuclear sanctions on Iran.  A world on nuclear hair-trigger, if USA withdraws from the  Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia?

Looking for expert information on nuclear matters? Go to the Nuclear Consulting Group.

AUSTRALIA

NUCLEAR.  Australia&#8217...

15:21

A warning about the privatisation of the Federal governments planned nuclear waste dump for South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Kazzi Jai Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste In The Flinders Ranges November 4

What ALSO really worries me is the fine print in the proposal .the one which says that management of the dump is to be done by possibly ANSTO, or a government department , or a PRIVATE ENTITY! Read it it is in the Fact Sheets!

Now that is a real worry equally when Adi Paterson made comments about upgrading ANSTO in Sydney in the last week or so, again talking about Federal funding for it, or from a PRIVATE SOURCE

So beware! Once this can of worms is unleashed, we in South Australia and Australia in fact may be getting more than we bargain for! And just like PRIVATIZATION we have seen in other sectors of our community, the management goes straight overseas into overseas hands!

Also remember private company TEPCO running the Fukushima nuclear power plant. Given many warnings about the possibility of a large tsunami possibility several years earlier and given ample time to build a levy wall to deal with it, Their answer we are looking into it. They never did it. And there are other safety problems with the reactor with respect to protocol and safety equipment which just wasnt there, even though by regulation it should have been! The disastrous consequences of this coverup the Japanese people now wear as a result!...

15:16

Global nuclear lobby should drop its climate change propaganda pro nuclear expert advises "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Steve Kidd, writing in a pro nuclear essay in Compelo Energy, 5 Nov 18, urges the global nuclear industry to improve its propaganda.  He especially advises them to drop their argument about climate change!

The climate change argument is where the industry is majoring its efforts. Industry bodies point out that some of the countries with the best records on carbon emissions use a combination of nuclear and renewables, while claiming that nuclear plants have avoided carbon dioxide emissions.

This is, at best, disingenuous. None of the nuclear reactors around the world were built to abate carbon. They were built for other reasons, such as energy security and economics. Admittedly, it was believed that their environmental impact would mainly be benign, but investments are made for what a technology does, rather than what it does not do.  

15:07

Global nuclear industry white ants its way into Clean Energy Ministerial "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

USA Canada Japan the ministerial nuclear suckers came out of the woodwork   Dan Brouillette, Kim Rudd, Masaki Ogushi, Rick Perry and also Dr. Matar Al Neyadi, and  Denis Janin, immediate past President of the International Youth Nuclear Congress, and who else in this secretive nuclear white anting of the global movement?

Countries Launch a Nuclear Innovation Initiative under the Clean Energy Ministerial

15:00

Arderns mixed messaging over Sroubek "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Prime Minister seems to be sending mixed messages about Karel Sroubek, Iain Lees-Galloway and Immigration officials.

This article from RNZ, says she has no confidence in the decision made Sroubeks residency, but she still has confidence in LeesGalloway, but will not say the same about the officials.

That article referenced her interview on Newshub Nation over the weekend. In that interview the PM said:-

Ultimately the response from the public will be given that weve provided additional information, how do we act on that? How do we fix, if indeed an error has occurred, how do we fix that? Thats rightly what we should be judged on.

Then she moved into deflection mode.

There have been cases like this in the past Ive had raised with me cases involving sex offences under the last Government, 100 of these kinds of cases.

So Lees-Galloway is OK, because apparently similar decisions were mde by National. So why is Lees-Galloway getting the benefit of the doubt, but National is not. Maybe there were reasons why those decisions were made, such as those which informed the Stroubek decision. Were Nationals ministers given the right information?

Perhaps there should be a wider ranging inquiry into the Immigration Department, its culture, staffing and policies and processes.

Then this morning on RNZs Morning Report she said in an interview with Kim Hill

Jacinda Ardern told Morning Report she wants to get the case right, before asking questions about what went wrong

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20181106-0721-pm_jacinda_ardern_uncertain_about_drug_smugglers_future-128.mp3

Here I am not placing blame, because there seems to be a range of issues here at play with this case and until we have all the evidence in front of us I do not want this to turn into a witch-hunt, thats not what it should be.

Ms Ardern said ministers could only make decisions based on the information that was in front of them.

...

15:00

Hadith for the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Continuing our medical diagnosis theme; today: how to diagnose a cold. Malik related to me from Abdullah ibn Abi Bakr from his father that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, If a man sneezes, invoke a blessing on him. Then if he sneezes, invoke a blessing on him. [] The post Hadith for the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:54

New South Wales government is preparing for a surge in renewable energy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

We want to do everything we can: NSW readies for renewables surge, Brisbane Times, By Peter Hannam, 5 November 2018 New solar and wind farms being planned for NSW have twice the capacity of the states coal-fired power stations, prompting the state government to set aside $55 million to help smooth their introduction.As of October 29, NSW had 20,000 megawatts of generation capacity either approved or seeking planning approval, worth more than $27 billion in investment, according to government data.

Proposed solar plants accounted for 11,200MW, dwarfing wind farms with 5100MW, and the Snowy 2.0 pumped hydro of about 2000MW. Just 100MW involved coal, with the planned upgrade of AGLs Bayswater power station.

Along with the new plants, some eight large-scale battery projects all with solar farms with more than 400MW-hours of capacity are also in the planning pipeline as the industry gears up for the bulge in variable energy sources.

The market, though, is going to need some near-term help to smooth the exit of most of the states existing power plants particularly the 10,160MW of coal-fired power stations, said Amy Kean, director of the Energy Infrastructure and Emerging Technologies unit at the Department of Planning

To that end, the governmen...

14:50

The Adani coal mine doesnt stack up environmentally, economically, or politically "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Adani coal mine is the Work Choices of this generation
Simon Black 5 November 2018, Australians know Adani doesnt stack up environmentally or economically and it wont stack up for the Morrison Government politically either.
 Independent Australia Simon Black reports.

DESPITE BEING A MINE, not a policy, the seething rage we are seeing from the Australian population at the continued insistence at driving the Adani coal mine down our throats reminds me increasingly of the mood of late 2005.

The Adani project is becoming a single thing that unifies people and embodies unfairness and contempt from politicians who insist they know better than their constituents and pander to big business at the...

...

14:45

Climate change is now making things too hot for nuclear reactors to cope "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Climates Already Too Hot for Nuclear Power http://nukewatchinfo.org/the-climates-already-too-hot-for-nuclear-power/Fall Quarterly 2018 By John LaForge, Nukewatch

With the summers record high temps all over the world, Andy Rowell asked this pointed question in Oil Change International: For the last decade the nuclear industry has been telling us it is the solution to climate change. But if their reactors cant work in our rapidly warming world, are we just building a whole new generation of expensive white elephants?

Indeed, Reuters reported Aug. 4 that Electricity de France (EDF) in Paris shut down four nuclear reactors at three sites due to the heat summer wave. EDF, the mostly government-owned utility, ordered the shut downs because the scorching summer heat that slammed Europe drastically raised temperatures in the Rhone and Rhine Rivers. Temperatures reached 98.6F in the Rhone valley, home to 14 reactors. Highs in Spain and Portugal in early August hovered around 104F and reached 116.6F.

The warming of seawater caused by Europes heat wave forced Finlands two Loviisa reactors, about 65 miles outside Helsinki, to reduce power in July, just as it did before, in 2010 and 2011, Reut...

14:40

Swedens concerns over speed of corrosion of copper nuclear waste canisters "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

GDF Watch 4th Nov 2018 , The company responsible for delivering Swedens deep geological repository, SKB, is planning to subject their research into copper
corrosion to international peer review in the new year. SKB believe this is
the most transparent and open way in which to address concerns about the
con...

14:36

Rapid warming of the oceans "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Oceans Are Warming Up Much Faster Than Previously Thought https://e360.yale.edu/digest/oceans-are-warming-up-much-faster-than-previously-thought The worlds oceans have soaked up much more excess heat in recent decades than scientists previously thought as much as 60 percent more, according to a new study published in the journal Nature. The new research suggests the global could warm even faster in the coming decades than researchers originally predicted, The Washington Post reported.The researchers, led by geoscientist Laure Resplandy of Princeton University, found that oceans absorbed 13 zettajoules  a joule, the standard unit of energy, followed by 21 zeroes of heat energy each year between 1991 and 2016. Based on these findings, they argue, nations must reduce their greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent more than previously estimated if they hope to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.Imagine if the ocean was only 30 feet deep, Resplandy...

14:31

Some good news the healing of the ozone layer "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

 6 Nov 18, The ozone layer is showing signs of continuing recovery from man-made damage and is likely to heal fully by 2060, new evidence shows.The measures taken to repair the damage will also have an important beneficial effect on climate change, as some of the gases that caused the ozone layer to thin and in places disappear also contribute to warming the atmosphere. Phasing them out could avoid as much as 0.5C (0.9F) of warming this century.

Recovery from the holes and thinning caused by aerosol chemicals has progressed at a rate of about 1% to 3%...

14:30

What Brendan ONeill gets wrong and right about fascism "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I generally like Brendan ONeills writing, and he has been particularly scathing of those who, like Rik from The Young Ones, endlessly shout FASCIST! in a kind of left-wing Tourettes, without any regard for the actual meaning of the term. Quote: It is probably futile now to argue for the proper use of the word [] The post What Brendan ONeill gets wrong and right about fascism appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:30

Commemorating 100 Years: RNZ Nine To Noon: Le Quesnoy centenary commemorations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

poppyThis item considers the commemoration that took place Sunday 4 November

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntn-20181105-0947-le_quesnoy_centenary_commemorations-128.mp3

Europe correspondent Seamus Kearney reports from Le Quesnoy on the emotional centenary commemorations held in the northern French town saved by Kiwi soldiers near the end of World War One, with the site of a planned war museum also unveiled in their honour. Descendants of some of the soldiers who took part in the daring mission to liberate Le Quesnoy from German occupation on November 4, 1918, were among hundreds who attended. The official commemorations were led by French and New Zealand VIPs, including Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy and Ambassador to France Jane Coombs.

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Gee  command a horse to go faster; move ahead; urge on; encourage someone to put more effort into an activity; a mild expression of enthusiasm, surprise or sympathy.

14:28

Night Sky  13 October 25 November A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Night Sky  13 October 25 November here: bluemountainsculturalcentre.com.au/exhibition/night-sky/  Night Sky documents the 2018 NAIDOC celebrations at the Blue Mountains Cultural Centre which saw multi-media planetarium screenings and stargazing from the viewing platform with Penrith Observatory. The NAIDOC public programs included Indigenous Astronomy talks by local artist John South (Barkindji),
Astronomer & Science Communicator Kirsten Banks (Wiradjuri) and Aboriginal Cosmology expert Duane Hamacher.

The exhibition features photographs by young Aboriginal artists Rebecca Chatfield, Darcee Golian, Gemma Matheson, Nicholas Moyle, Alaura Neville and Mea-Mei Stanbury who participated in a night sky astrophotography course with Gary P. Hayes. Photographic documentation of the NAIDOC events by Ben Pearse and the documentary Star Stories of the Dreaming (2016) featuring Senior Euahlayi Law Man and elder Ghillar Michael Anderson will also be on view.

A Blue Mountains City Art Gallery exhibition

14:21

Surge in renewables delivering cheaper power, says TAI report RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

As ScoMo sets off on the campaign trail, report says surge in wind and solar has seen NEM wholesale power prices peak, and go into a decline. Fair dinkum. The post Surge in renewables delivering cheaper power, says TAI report appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Surge in renewables delivering cheaper power, says TAI report RenewEconomy

14:20

Crookwell 2 wind farm opens, in win for local farmers and ACT power prices RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Crookwell wind farm opens in the heart of Angus Taylors electorate but the energy minister, a long time anti-wind campaigner, did not attend the opening. The post Crookwell 2 wind farm opens, in win for local farmers and ACT power prices appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Crookwell 2 wind farm opens, in win for local farmers and ACT power prices RenewEconomy

14:19

Know your NEM: Coal comfort for electricity prices? RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Of all this weeks stats, the fall in the coal price really stood out. So whats behind it, and what does it mean for Australia? The post Know your NEM: Coal comfort for electricity prices? appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Know your NEM: Coal comfort for electricity prices? RenewEconomy

14:18

FRVs Goonumbla solar farm lands deal with Snowy Hydro RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Spanish renewable energy developer FRV says Goonumbla solar project in NSW was one of the eight winning bids in the tender held by Snowy Hydro. The post FRVs Goonumbla solar farm lands deal with Snowy Hydro appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via FRVs Goonumbla solar farm lands deal with Snowy Hydro RenewEconomy

14:00

Another celebrity predicts Armageddon "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Here we go again. The US midterms are upon us, the Republicans look to be doing well, and another wealthy celebrity is trying to tell everyone how to vote. James Cromwell, who played the farmer in Babe, and made a reasonable effort of portraying Prince Phillip in The Queen (although he was totally overshadowed by [] The post Another celebrity predicts Armageddon appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:53

Greenies. More Dangerous Than Dieldrin "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Who possibly could have guessed mixing dirty nappies, broken glass and bits of plastic with good productive soil would produce bad toxic soil?

A government scheme that for two decades has been spreading treated waste from red-lid household bins, including nappies and food scraps, across regional NSW has potentially exposed humans and livestock to cancer-linked toxins.
The Daily Telegraph can today reveal the Environment Protection Agency for six months sat on a scathing report that warned of the dangers, before the government quietly suspended the practice of using treated household waste as farm fertiliser just over a week ago.


Strangely, the full report is not available on the net.

They were from the Government and they were there to help.

13:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

13:23

Raumati Stream Emergency "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Kpiti Coast Council is advising people to stay out of the Wharemauku Stream and stream mouth at Marine Gardens, []

13:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

12:30

The hateful, closed minds of the bigoted left rule the academy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A Cultural Revolution is shaking the foundations of Western thought. Like Maos Red Guards, the black-shirted thugs of woke intolerance are determined to smash the Olds and bully, denounce and bludgeon everyone into straitjacketed conformity with their dogmas. They havent started shipping dissenters off to re-education camps yet. Yet. Academics from Camille Paglia and Jonathan [] The post The hateful, closed minds of the bigoted left rule the academy appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:17

Legendary journalist who wrote his own obit "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The veteran Kpiti and Wellington journalist Jim Webber never stopped writing, even penning his own obituary as his health failed. []

12:15

Hawera: Any oilers keen to catch up? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Our very own roving oiler HookerPhil will be in Hawera on 13th November and is keen to catch up with any oilers in the district.  He has arranged to have a coffee with a couple of locals, and anyone else in the area is welcome to join them. Where: Marracbo Caf, 17 Union Street Hawera [] The post Hawera: Any oilers keen to catch up? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:14

Neither free nor fair "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

The US midterm elections are tomorrow, and people are quite reasonably painting them as the US's last chance to remain a democracy. But looking at them from New Zealand, that status looks doubtful already. Free and fair elections where the outcome accurately reflects the will of the voters are something we take for granted in New Zealand. Our electoral administration is neutral, our elections free of political manipulation. In the US, its a different story. Gerrymandering, deliberate disenfranchisement, voter suppression, and last-minute changes to make it harder for people to vote - the US has it all. And with widespread use of insecure electronic voting machines, there's also the prospect of outright fraud. Its an election system no-one can have confidence in, stacked to produce unrepresentative outcomes, lacking even the pretence of fairness. And that's simply not how democracies are meant to work.

Tomorrow, we'll see whether the US is still capable of peacefully correcting itself. If not, then Americans who want to live in a democracy should start looking for somewhere else to live.

12:04

Oral Questions: 6 November 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Questions to Ministers Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Governments statements and actions? MARAMA DAVIDSON to the Minister of Justice: Is he considering making any changes to New Zealands electoral law in the remainder of this parliamentary term? TAMATI COFFEY to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? [] The post Oral Questions: 6 November 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Click image for a high-res view Countries that do NOT use their own Currencies? A classic example would be the Euro, which is used by 19 of the 28 member states of the EU. These are Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:45

The PERFECT corporate gifts for your staff this Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Whale Meat Company Gifts Your Staff will know that they are appreciated with a lovely gift of Whale Meat Christmas hams. Whale Meat is your easy, no fuss way to order Christmas hams and you know that they taste just divine! You can find a range of meaty gifts that are suitable for a range [] The post The PERFECT corporate gifts for your staff this Christmas appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:45

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11:30

Gab has returned: Lets make it Epik! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In a globally-connected world, the battle to control the internet is a battle to control the worlds mind. The oligarchs of Silicon Valley have been acting like any other totalitarian regime, as they target site after site, blog after blog, user after user, in a relentless war of attrition to stamp out free expression. Social [] The post Gab has returned: Lets make it Epik! appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:02

On the lookout for the sustainable anthem of 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"


The time has come! The sustainable revolution is happening, and the youth are coming out making sit-ins and going on school strike for the climate. So were saying: Just like the youth revolution back in the 1960s had its anthems, where is the sustainable anthem or climate action song for the youth revolution of 2018?

We have selected 11 candidates but to find the right one, we need to hear YOUR opinion: Which one is your favourite?

Catch the music in the Sustainable Hour podcast on iTunes and Stitcher, listen on 94.7 The Pulse, streaming and on FM or simply download the hour to your harddisk or phone.

To let us know which song is your favourite, go to our ...

11:00

Why is National struggling? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Mike Hosking doesnt blame Nationals irrelevance on either the Jami-Lee Ross saga or the Simon Bridges, Paula Bennett leadership combo which appears to be increasing its out of control spiral. No, Hosking points to Nationals basic inability to be concerned about acquiring sufficient numbers to form a coalition government in 2020. He is right; if [] The post Why is National struggling? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:44

Portland, OR: PDX Rad Movie Night, The Gentleman Bank Robber "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Portland, OR: PDX Rad Movie Night, The Gentleman Bank Robber appeared first on It's Going Down.

Calling all Portlanders for another PDX Rad Movie Night on November 11th.

For the next installment of PDX Rad Movie Night we will be partnering with Portland Anarchist Black Cross and Oregon Jericho to present The Gentleman Bank Robber, the story of queer revolutionary and former political prisoner Rita Bo Brown. The film is directed by local film maker and activist Julie Perini. The screening will be taking place at 6PM on Sunday, November 11th at the Social Justice Action Center at 400 SE 12th Ave.

Part of the George Jackson Brigade, a revolutionary prison abolitionist group operating in the Pacific Northwest in the 1970s, Brown helped fund operations through her bank-robbing activities. Weaving life in present-day Oakland, where brown now resides, with retelling of events, interviews with collaborators, and archival materials, Perini weaves together a touching look at a woman who has led a life committed to activism while maintaining a delightful sense of humor and humanity.

Following the screening there will be a discussion led by members of Portland ABC on current organizing around supporting political prisoners, and prison abolition and how people can get involved in that work.

Donations collected at the event will be given to bo browns medical fund.

PDX Rad Movie Night aims to create a space for people in the local radical community to come together on regular basis in a setting that isnt a meeting or protest, and give them the chance to socialize and make connections in a low stress environment.

This will be the last Rad Movie Night for 2018 as we hibernate over the winter, but well be back in early 2019.

10:30

The Navy Lark: Sir Willoughby Takes Over The Island "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Stephen Murray,Leslie Phillips and Jon Pertwee in the classic BBC Radio Comedy The Navy Lark.

Apologies if you have heard this before, but many other uploads were taken down.

10:30

Poll: Bluetooth "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A couple of informational links, with the upcoming holiday season approaching fast: https://www.nzta.govt.nz/driver-licences/driving-offences-and-penalties/demerit-points/#mobile https://www.nzta.govt.nz/resources/roadcode/about-driver-responsibility/responsible-driving/   The post Poll: Bluetooth appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:09

WHY STOP NOW? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

 
Once upon a time in a green pastured land down the bottom of the world,--------

We are on a roll, arn we?

Megan two pies please, Jimmy two mums and the Fairy Prinzess deliver the "red sticker" notice to The Naki's Oil and Gas Industry and now Genesis Energy  is sufficiently worried about providing all the lectricity needed for virtue signalling. Done tell me they are going to IMPORT filthy coal from Indonesia? ok tell me then! I guess the morons in the hive think burnin foreign coal will be same as India an China burnin Aussie coal, that dont make CO2,   do it? oops forgot the "lets"

Crash the dollar, add new taxes levies, world oil prices rise and Big Oil must be ripping us orf at te pump, must deal to that. Come back two pies stop worrying who dunnit at the labour youf camp, you are up on stage again. Have yer cuppa and the cream bun after.

Remove plastic from grocery and it not only costs more to lug those high value necessities home but health risks rise because some dumbarse shoppers are in ignorance as to how nasties breed, sheesh they dont even understand where babies come from! We have to use those same trollies doncha no.

Genter was gunna get the road toll to zero seems that is no longer news.(last I heard we were on track for a bigger number this year, bigger mus be bedderer)? So we will stay wif te transfer of highway improvement monies  to Dorkland to make it easier to get to the Plane down  an already congested road,  now wif a tram in the middle as a step back to the future.

This week it is the bloody banks, in particular those orrible Aussie owned ones, run by descendants of crims deported from the old country after selection by the best judges. What else to expect?
Of course deny the inconvenient fact some of the nasty profits extracted from ard workin Kiwis might end up with New Zealanders canny enough to buy the freekin shares, not all goin overseas is it!

I am fortunate, in  years past, swmbo and self did not spend it all goin to Bali, The Melbourne Cup or being stamp collectors from foreign entry clerks, takin kids to Disney world (bastards) or Fijii,  so surprise surprise we now have some funds in those same nasty Banks.  I am very happy said banks are profitable and stable, so get your sticky mitts orf Robbo and leave them to make more money.
Of course the army of the dissatisfied are not forced to go any where near the thievin bastards, they cud  just keep their money in a biscuit tin in the garage and hope no one finds it and elps themselves. "Bugger", who wudda thunk that?

Here is a really out of it Idea, what about inquiries into the not often revealed costs of the plethora of advisory committees set up to work out a way to deliver what was promised, one day trips to some Pacific Island for lunch w...

10:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: This is Rays Rest in Kaiaua, its a free camp ground with no facilities and a maximum stay of two nights. Its always full. This photo was taken on the 12th August on our way back from the Coromandel. NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Why Fonterra farmers should be wondering what the Irish could teach us  Point of Order:

Its a critical week for the countrys largest company, Fonterra, which has to find a new direction after shipping out its chief executive, Theo Spierings, writing off more than $1.5bn from its balance sheet, and posting its first loss in its 17-year history.

Meanwhile, back on the farm, Fonterras suppliers are absorbing payout downgrades as well as a slump in dairy farm prices.

At the same time they are seeing the valuations of other companies in the dairy industrynotably A2 Milk and Synlait soaring on the NZ sharemarket. . . 

Merinos, matagouri and moving on Sally Rae:

 The Upper Waitaki has historically been known as the land of Munros, merinos and matagouri.

For more than a century, the Munro family have farmed Rostriever Run, a high country property alongside what is now the Otematata township.

But their roots in the area dated back to the 1860s, when William and Lavannah Munro first arrived in the district. In latter years, Rostriever has been farmed in partnership by three brothers John, Ian and the late Ronnie and their families.

But change is in the wind as the family have decided to put the pastoral lease up for sale. . . 

Wool group takes blanket approach Annette Scott:

A working group tasked with seizing opportunities to create a sustainable and profitable wool industry will have an action plan to revitalise the languishing sector by the end of the year.

...

09:50

JAMIE LEE ROSS - A PREDICTION "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The latest tapes released by JLR/Cameron Slater reveal nothing more than the fact Bridges was prepared to offer Ross a pathway back to some respectability in the caucus after he had served a period on the back benches and provided he kept his nose clean.

Some would argue that Bridges, in making that offer, was too  
forgiving.

In any case it all became moot when Ross went feral and accused Bridges of corruption.   At that point he (Ross) burned his National Party bridges (no pun intended).

Ross has been expelled from the caucus and has resigned from the Party.   National will not be invoking the waka jumping legislation to force a by-election and has made it clear they will not be accepting his proxy vote either ... he has achieved pariah status.    There is no way back for him so, where to for Ross?

ACT would be mad to accept his proxy vote ... damaged goods on damaged goods and all of that.   

A prediction.    JLR will, in the next little while, hand his proxy vote to Winston First as a precursor to him joining NZ First and standing for them in Botany.    The Slater/Ross meme will be built around portraying JLR as the victim and running the line that the National Party no longer represents 'his' values (got that 100% right). The fancy footwork will involve Winston arguing that all he is doing is facilitating a voice in parliament for the good people of Botany in the knowledge that the NZ First sheeple will accept unquestioning that rationale and with the added advantage that NZ First would then go into the 2020 campaign holding an electorate seat.

You can see the ground for that being laid in Whaleoil.   That blog has nailed its colors firmly to the wall in its uncritical support of Winston First.    Slater understands the damage the JLR affair has inflicted on National and will continue to stoke it along as an (admittedly) high risk strategy for NZ First predicated on the fact that voters will forget that JLR is a sleazebag par excellence.

They won't.
  

09:48

Cruelty, Cruelty, Cruelty: Nauru, Yemen, Gaza "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The Sharpeville Massacre in South Africa sparked international outrage. And then theres Gaza, and Nauru and Yemen, writes Professor Stuart Rees.

Seventy years ago, at the United Nations, every effort was made to define and outlaw acts of cruelty. Wanton cruelty referred to conduct without regard to what is right, just or humane. Article 5 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights decreed, No-one shall be subjected to torture, or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child, ratified by the General Assembly on November 20 1989, had similar aspirations.

Those rules and standards seem to have been forgotten or disregarded.

An Orwellian facility for doublespeak enables leaders to pretend compassion yet maintain their cruelty. As thousands of Australians demonstrated against their governments continued containment of children on Nauru, Prime Minister Morrison reassured himself that he was filled with compassion. No surprise. In his maiden speech in the Federal parliament he had extolled Christian virtues loving kindness, justice and righteousness. Denial and deceit facilitate cruelty.

The Prime Minister dismissed the calls of the AMA and almost 6,000 individual doctors who had called for the removal of all children from off-shore detention centres because of their deteriorating health. MSF and UNHCR argued that everyone, including single adults should be evacuated from Nauru and Manus. Nevertheless, in order to appear strong, the Prime Minister said that his border protection policies were non-negotiable, hence his rejection of a New Zealand offer to take at least 150 asylum seekers.

Children locked up in immigration detention on Nauru, August 2016. This image is courtesy of Mums 4 Refugees.

After five years of incarceration on those islands, there has at least been public outrage at the cruelty inherent in the governments asylum seeker policies. The same cant be said about responses to the war in Yemen.

Armed to the teeth by western powers, Saudi Arabia, infamous for beheadings, floggings, amputations, the Jamal Kashoggi murder and endless brutalities in Yemen, knows cruelty as the way to rule. President Trump of the trade-always-trumps-human-rights-attitude, the Saudis arms sales ally,...

09:35

EDITORIAL: The Difference Between Us And Them "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

The latest editorial in the New Matilda digest, which you can sign up for (free) here.

Its always good in business, Im told, to emphasise the difference between you and your competitors.

Thus, a fortnight ago, New Matilda published a lengthy investigation which alleged that Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham sexually assaulted a former staffer in 2011. At the same time, Fairfax media published a story that complained Greens MP David Shoebridges wife had an expensive house.

Last weekend, we also published a lengthy investigation into human rights abuses in West Papua, after sending UK Journalist of the Year Michael Gillard there in March (and again in June), posing as a doctor. Journalists are not allowed in the region. They can be jailed, or worse. We helped financed Michaels trip with  $1,000 prizemoney we won in the United States earlier this year (the Andrew Schneider Memorial Award) for a previous investigation by Michael which revealed a Kazakhstan absestos company was involved in an international spying ring targetting anti-asbestos activists.

Correspondingly, also over the weekend, Fairfax published its latest Luxury magazine, which told you where to find good pearls, and how to buy a Tesla.

If you want independent media that invests its resources into stories that matter, that focus on corporate greed and human rights abuses that dont include not having fast access to Chanel perfume and polo, then you can start by supporting New Matilda. If you havent already, you can subscribe here for $6 a month. Admittedly thats $2 a month more than it will cost to buy one copy of the Financial Reviews Luxury magazine, but its still pretty cheap for campaigning journalism.

In other news, Dr Lissa Johnsons 5,000 word demolition of modern politics is a tour de force when it comes to writing and researching. Helen Razer explains why Julian Assange matters. Oh, and we started a...

09:30

The worlds most charismatic leader "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The international media continue to be affected by fairy dust. This time, a political strategist from the UK describes Jacinda as the most charismatic leader in the world. Get me a bucket. Newshub reports: quote. Jacinda Ardern is the most charismatic politician in the world, it has been claimed. Ms Ardern is something special, and [] The post The worlds most charismatic leader appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:19

'Freakish miracle': New Zealand fisherman saves toddler floating face down in sea "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A fisherman rescued a baby last month after spotting the child floating face down in the water at Matata Beach in the eastern Bay of Plenty Region in the North Island of New Zealand. On October 26 at around 7 a.m., Guss Hutt found the boy in the water off the country's North Island while fishing. Matata is a local coastal town located in the North Island and is about 15 miles to the northwest of Whakatane. "As he floated past I thought he was just a doll," Hutt told the New Zealand Herald Monday. "His face looked just like porcelain with his short hair wetted down, but then... he let out a little squeak, and I thought, 'Oh God this is a baby and it's alive.'"

09:15

At LAST you can realise your HAMBITION "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

To celebrate smoking Colin Craig we have a red hot deal for you. Due to our special relationship with our supplier we can offer you a blistering red hot ham special right now, while stocks last. Heres the details, but you will need to be quick, there are limited supplies. Whale Meat Frozen Hams have [] The post At LAST you can realise your HAMBITION appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:00

Satirical image of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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08:48

Man killed in shark attack near Australia's Great Barrier Reef "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

A man has died after being attacked by a shark near Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Officials said the victim was swimming near Cid Harbour on Whitsunday Island off the Queensland state coast on Monday when the animal struck at about 5.37pm local time. The man, thought to be in his thirties, was flown to Mackay Base Hospital after sustaining "significant leg and wrist injuries", Central Queensland's helicopter rescue service said in a statement. He later died in Mackay Base hospital of massive blood loss, according to the Courier Mail.

08:41

TEPCO Releases Fukushima Waste Stream Data "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

TEPCO released a report in July on various waste streams at Fukushima Daiichi. This rather dry sounding report contains some

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08:30

PBS/BBC: Peoples Century #24/26 1979 God Fights Back "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Peoples Century is a television documentary series examining the 20th century. It was a joint production of the BBC in the United Kingdom and PBS member station WGBH Boston in the United States. The series was first shown on BBC in the 1995, 1996 and 1997 television seasons before being shown elsewhere in the world and before being broadcast in the USA in 1998.

The 26 one-hour episodes examined the socio-economic, political, and cultural movements that shaped the 20th century. The series represented a departure from documentaries that present history through recounting the actions of great men; Peoples Century considers the century from the perspective of common people. Most of those interviewed were ordinary men and women who closely witnessed various events and who give personal accounts of the manner in which the developments and disruptions of the 20th century affected their lives.

The opening credits depict various images from the century, accompanied with a theme music score by Zbigniew Preisner. The documentary won an International Emmy Award, among others.

08:30

Comment of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Yesterday in General Debate, Tobias Funke commented: quote Tobias Fnke Disappointing service from New World Albany last night. They had had managed to run out of bags and so they said I had to buy one of their thick plastic bags. I was so annoyed that their logistical stuff-up meant I had to pay for [] The post Comment of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:14

Greed Is Good, Luxury Is Grand. And For Just Four Bucks A Month, You Can Have Both! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Want to know where to play polo, or make yourself smell like Keira Knightley? Cant find an appropriate set of pearls, or a Bugatti that will save the world? The Financial Reviews latest edition of Luxury magazine has got you covered. Warren Ross drapes himself in frippery and avarice to go where no average Katoomban has gone, or could afford to go, before.

About once a month I buy the Australian Financial Review. I like to know what the financial spivs and their colluding journalists are up to. I rarely get a laugh out of it but a recent edition was a real knee-slapping, side-splitter.

From the middle of the paper dropped the 46th edition of Luxury. This was the Jewellery Issue. The feature story was about the Paspaley family and their pearl exploits.

The article discusses trophy assets such as a bottle of Macallen Whisky from 1926 that sold for $1million. It also points to the portability of pearls. So if you want to hide your assets, pearls are hard to beat.

I am reminded of David Graebers observation, You cant loot credit. We may well be approaching that stage and this article seemed to understand this history.

Leafing through Luxury we find Keira Knightley plugging CHANEL over two pages, then two pages of Kennedy. Jackie, JFK and family are now a watch brand. They reach from the grave to yet another page flogging Kennedys Patek Philippe Geneve watch that you never own, You merely look after it for the next generation; la prairie follows, a caviar skin cream, Lifting Elevation to New Heights. The use of lower case proves this elevation.

An interview with Laura Turner Seydel (with the caption Environmental advocate) advises us that lucky Laura, Ted Turners daughter, is the second biggest landowner in the United States with 890,00 hectares over seven states. How hard must she have worked to acquire that. She tells us that environmental concerns need scaling, what her favourite piece of jewellery is and how she came by it. She loves horseriding and her Tesla Model S with its 5-star safety rating.

Its hard to leave Laura but theres more to discover like, Paspaley pearls are the most beautiful in the world; and a Bugatti that might be the absolute peak of combustion energy performance and of mechanical jewellery.

Nothing screams wealth like two men in black sui...

08:00

173 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

How many times do you think you need to use your cotton reusable bag before it is environmentally beneficial compared to using disposable bags? The answer is in the title. 173. A recent study at Victoria University showed that reusable bags are better on paper than in fact, as cotton bags would have to be reused [] The post 173 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:50

US Smoky Mountains Election Fever "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

KINs senior reporter Jeremy Smith is visiting the USA during the 2018 mid-term elections. Heres his report on the lead-up []

07:46

Greens Leader Richard Di Natale Calls For BP Rethink On West Papuan Gas Field "IndyWatch Feed National"

Greens leader Richard Di Natale has added his voice to growing calls across the international community for one of the worlds biggest oil companies to rethink its involvement in a gas-mining operation in occupied West Papua, as Indonesia continues to face accusations of grave human rights abuses.

Earlier this year, UK Journalist of the Year, Michael Gillard snuck into West Papua posing as a doctor to investigate British Petroleums operations in Bintuni Bay, where its trying to exploit a $10 billion gas field called Tangguh.

Journalists are banned from the Indonesian-occupied territory. Even the United Nations cant gain access.

Gillards exclusive report on the situation in West Papua was released yesterday. Gillard found:

  • BP security guards are spying on the local community and passing intelligence on disruptive individuals to the military;
  • Well-armed Indonesian security forces are now secretly stationed inside the oil companys base;
  • Retired senior Indonesian police and military officers are running an elite cadre of BP guards armed with stun guns and rubber bullets who are given behaviour profiling training in how to spot agitators. The self-styled ethical oil company is using counter-terrorism to justify these measures; and
  • Violence in the region has increased markedly, with activists rounded up by Indonesian military.

Critics fear that the counter-terrorism is a cover for increasing state surveillance on the growing student and social movements seeking political freedoms and ultimately self-determination for West Papua.

The head of the Papuan organisation that provided human rights training to BP security told New Matilda that a network of undercover military intelligence agents is also targeting peaceful social movements in Bintuni Bay, who are being swept up in mass arrests.

Richard Di Natale, who leads the Greens party in Australia has a long history of advocating on the rights of West Papuans, who have faced a brutal occupation by Indonesia since the 1960s.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale, pictured with former WA Greens Senator Scott Ludlam pictured with West Papua activists in 2016.

West Papuans are som...

07:45

Randy Rainbow: Voting! a musical parody "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A new,very funny parody featuring Donald Trump interviewed by Randy Rainbow

07:45

Food PORN: Whale Meat Sirloin Steak & Bacon, Available NOW "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The fans spoke and Cam listened. The Whale Meat Sirloin Steak & Bacon is Available NOW Go to the Whale Meat Company and order Youll get sirloin, lots of sirloin, with BACON. For too long you have put up with second-rate meat, at home. This is why we sample steaks at restaurants and upon finding [] The post Food PORN: Whale Meat Sirloin Steak & Bacon, Available NOW appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:39

Most Socialists Can't Even Define Their Own Ideology "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"



Claims that "socialism is freedom" sound bizarre. That's because they are, explains Daniel Mitchell in this guest post.

Ive written many times about socialism, often a frustrating task because people's definition is often so slippery.
A new generation is increasingly under the illusion that socialism is simply "big government with lots of handouts financed by class-warfare taxation." Since thats the common perception however, is that the definition we should use?
    The technical definition of socialism is government ownership of the means of production. This requires central planning, price controls, and other forms of force and intervention. So, at the risk of being pedantic, is that how the term should be defined?
As an economist, I prefer the latter approach, which is why for example Ive pushed back (though not necessarily in a favourable way) against those who called Obama a socialist.

A few years ago, I tried to reconcile this definitional conflict by creating a diagram to show that there are several strains of socialism (or statism, leftism, progressivism, or whatever you want to call it).

...

07:30

Banks are the next target for government meddling "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Reserve Bank has recently undertaken a review of New Zealand banking practices, with a focus on conduct and culture.  This was initiated because of issues identified with some of the major banks in Australia.  Stuff reports:  Quote:  The head of the Reserve Bank is questioning whether New Zealands banks are making super-profits by under investing in [] The post Banks are the next target for government meddling appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:30

In Search Of The Dark Ages: Erik Bloodaxe Michael Wood (1981) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

In Search of the Dark Ages is a BBC television documentary series, written and presented by historian Michael Wood, first shown between 1979 and 1981. It comprises eight short films across two seasons, each focusing on a particular character from the history of England prior to the Norman Conquest, a period popularly known as the Dark Ages

.The series was made by BBC Manchester and narrated by Wood, who was at that time a lecturer (and, eventually, Professor of History) at Manchester University. It consists of eight separate programmes, and the collective title is often written as In Search of The Dark Ages (originally it was known simply as In Search of). Each programme, except the finale, ran between 35 and 45 minutes. It began with a one-off pilot programme called In Search of Offa, filmed in 1978, and first broadcast in January 1979.When its reception was regarded as favourable, three further programmes were filmed in 1979. The series first aired on BBC Two in March 1980, beginning with Boadicea and including a repeat showing of the original Offa programme. The series was so well received that a second series was soon commissioned.

In terms of production, the programmes were filmed entirely on location with no studio-based scenes whatsoever. Woods concept was that the entire production should occur in the actual places associated with the historical events on which he was reporting. Essentially, the films were mostly about touring the battlefields and cathedrals of England to view the actual places where the great events of history occurred. This popular and serious style of history programming was becoming increasingly prevalent at that time. The effect was enhanced by Wood often appearing on-screen, instead of being merely a voice-over, thereby giving the viewer an impression of journalistic immediacy. Further, many viewers would not have been aware of him emulating the style of another famous television academic, A.J.P. Taylor.

07:23

Reflections on the role of women in PNG elections "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

New Ireland women
New Ireland women - vital to the well-being of the community; overlooked at election time

ARTHUR WILLIAMS

CARDIFF In 1987 I campaigned for a provincial seat in New ireland after 17 years living in the electorate.

A candidate for an adjoining seat informed me, You havent got a chance as you have done little campaigning!

I explained to him that I might not have done much since the legal campaigning period began, but that I had lived, worked, socialised and worshipped with the people of my area for 17 years.

They knew all about me, including the bad things and also the good. I won.

I think the now long established way of diminishing the prospects of a woman winning is for clever party hacks to persuade a woman she should stand as 'you have a good chance!

This happens across several main parties so we have woman versus woman vying to win.

The answer to this is to pool resources and for all female candidates to advise electors to vote strategically by casting their preference votes 1,2, 3 for women only.

In the first election I administered as an electoral official in 1972 three small islets made up one local government seat. The incumbent had been there since the establishment of the council. A good councillor too.

After closing the polls, I publicly counted the votes and pronounced the result. To my amazement the only female candidate had no votes. Not one.

After congratulating the winner, I was spoke to the woman candidate.

Why didnt you vote for yourself? I asked.

Her answer has lasted with me, Mi seim long votim mi iet!

I was ashamed to vote for myself!

07:15

What to follow for the US Midterms "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The US Midterm elections are this Tuesday, effectively Wednesday our time. The usual bullshit comes from the punditry about what is going to happen and why. Fortunately, it is relatively easy to rebut these arguments with data. The post What to follow for the US Midterms appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

Melbourne Cup picks "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Its Melbourne Cup day.

My picks, based on total ignorance of form are:

1:  (because I know the owners):
7

Who Shot Thebarman (NZ) (18)

 

2: (because the jockey is in blue):

1

Best Solution (IRE) (6)

3: (because the jockey is in Otago colours blue and yellow).

Marmelo (GB) (10)

The field and form are here

07:00

A pox upon your proxy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Politics in New Zealand, at present, is such fun for the political-tragics who follow the machinations in the Beehive. First we had the those on the Treasury benches consigning minister after minister to the witless protection programme to prevent them being asked even more embarrassing questions.  Then finally Ardern had to man up and [] The post A pox upon your proxy appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Whaleoil Audio: Simon Bridges, Paula Bennett &Jami-Lee Ross "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Audio tape of meeting between Simon Bridges, Paula Bennett & Jami-Lee Ross, Bridges Im moving nowto.to act. but thethe situation is Jami-Lee, weve got wider factors going on here, Ive got media now sniffing around and so Im very concerned that if the worst situation is to leave thisandand so I intend to act. Short [] The post Whaleoil Audio: Simon Bridges, Paula Bennett &Jami-Lee Ross appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

CNN: Cold War #19/24 Freeze "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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Cold War is a twenty-four episode television documentary series about the Cold War that aired in 1998. It features interviews and footage of the events that shaped the tense relationships between the Soviet Union and the United States.

The series was produced by Pat Mitchell and Jeremy Isaacs, who had earlier in 1973 produced the World War II documentary series The World at War in a similar style. Ted Turner funded the series as a joint production between the Turner Broadcasting System and the BBC, and was first broadcast on CNN in the United States and BBC Two in the United Kingdom. Writers included Hella Pick, Jeremy Isaacs, Lawrence Freedman, Neal Ascherson, Hugh OShaughnessy and Germaine Greer. Kenneth Branagh was the narrator, and Carl Davis (who also collaborated with Isaacs with The World at War) composed the theme music. Each episode would feature historical footage and interviews from both significant figures and others who had witnessed particular events.

The series excluded several Cold War issues and topics, including the Communist takeovers of South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in 1975, the subsequent unification of Vietnam and Vietnamese refugee crisis, the failed Communist revolution in Indonesia in 1965, China after Maos passing, from the trial of the Gang of Four to the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, Bulgaria, Albania, and more details on the Dominican crisis of 1965.

06:29

QotD: "You assume that immigrants increase our fiscal burdens and our exposure to crime. But the data support neither of these assumptions... " "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"You assume that immigrants increase our fiscal burdens and our exposure to crime. But the data support neither of these assumptions... 
    "This fact (as well as, by the way, immigrants lower propensity, compared to native-born Americans, to commit property and violent crimes) is all the more notable given that Uncle Sam spends enormous amounts of resources and effort to prevent immigrants from working." 
         ~ Don Boudreaux, from his letter to a reader on 'Who Owes Compensation?'
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06:15

Most read "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

06:00

Jami-Lee Ross: Spin and allegations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A new recording has been released of a phone call between Simon Bridges, Paula Bennett and Jami-Lee Ross.  It covers a conversation where the three are discussing how to handle Jami-Lees period of leave from parliament. At best it can be described as spin, at worst its plotting a cover-up. This from Newshub:  Quote: Secret [] The post Jami-Lee Ross: Spin and allegations appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Aid and soft power: handle with care "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

DFAT is currently carrying out a review into soft power in Australias foreign policy.

Aid and development policy, used to general neglect in wider foreign policy circles, tends to be a soft power darling. It will no doubt be substantially discussed as part of this review, as it should.

The significant contributions of aid and development to soft power are outlined in our submission to the review. Aid signals that Australia cares about its neighbours, and has shared interests; it positions Australia as a partner of choice; it can contribute to creating a better enabling environment for other partnerships (for example, through improving the business context in the recipient country); it disseminates Australian values, and shows that Australia doesnt just talk the talk, but invests in change.

The opportunity for people-to-people links are tremendous, not just through more obvious programs like Australian Volunteers and scholarships, but also through the wide array of organisations and individuals involved in development work globally.

While there is a lot of soft power goodness generated by aid and development policy, there often seems to be a misunderstanding from other international affairs disciplines, which see the aid program as something akin to the time Oprah gave everyone in her audience a free car. After all, everyone loves Oprah and listens to her advice especially after she has given them a free car.

But Oprah is Oprah, and aid is hard and messy and political and doesnt necessarily make people like you. It isnt quite the magical soft power fairy that some might position it as. And there are potential risks to aid effectiveness from focusing too heavily on milking the soft power or diplomatic benefits of aid rather than focusing on development gains.

Accountability is one of the areas where soft power good vibes are not necessarily complementary to aid effectiveness. Sometimes there is a need for a donor to talk tough to a recipient country, to criticise their policy or spending priorities, or at the most extreme end, to implement conditionality on aid in order to ensure effectiveness or value. These tough conversations can be absolutely crucial for effective use of funding and to encourage a development focus from a recipient government that may have more self-interested priorities, and it is something that Australia needs to be doing more of with some partners, particularly PNG.

Competition between donors for friendliness and influence can also lead to ineffective or poor quality aid. We can see the potential for...

05:55

Ardern wants Sroubek residency review fast tracked "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

PM Jacinda Ardern says she wants the review fast-tracked into granting of residency to convicted Czech drug smuggler Karel Sroubek. She tells Kim Hill she's not placing blame, & it's not a witch-hunt. Tune in: 101FM, https://t.co/dy3xZzeGI2 Morning Report (@NZMorningReport) November 5, 2018 KiwiFirewalker: Oh so now NZ wants to talk about about immigration! []

05:33

Shocking treatment of prisoner "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This @NewsroomNZ story about Corrections' treatment of Arthur Taylor is shocking. Big shout-out to @otagolaw student Hazel Heal and Prof Mark Heneghan for their roles in bringing it to light. https://t.co/L9Af0UOxST Andrew Geddis (@acgeddis) November 5, 2018 Newsroom: Prison transfer sparks human rights row Video footage shows notorious prison bush lawyer Arthur Taylor being forcibly []

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

RNZ: Focus on Politics for 26 October 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/fop/fop-20181026-1838-focus_on_politics_for_26_october_2018-128.mp3

The coalition Government is now a year old a year which has seen intense activity for the new administration, but one which has also had its share of turmoil. RNZs Political Editor, Jane Patterson, sat down with the Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern and her deputy Winston Peters for a wide-ranging interview

Possibly as interesting for what was not said.

05:30

PNG men find comfort in seeking help from online counselling "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

ChildFund-pNG-Hotline-UnveilingSTAFF REPORTER | Radio New Zealand

PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guinea's first national telephone counselling hotline has had to broaden its service to cater for demand after receiving more than 15,000 calls over the past year.

The hotline was established by the non-government organisation ChildFund PNG as a service for survivors of gender-based violence, predominately women and children.

ChildFund's Wesh Siku said more than two-thirds of women in PNG experience domestic violence.

"When the project was actually designed, [it was] designed to assist survivors of gender-based violence and it just complemented those services that have already been established, Mr Siku said.

The primary focus was to support survivors of gender-based violence, mainly women and even children."

But he said the service had allowed men to get assistance that they otherwise would not seek.

Now more than half the callers are males who call as witnesses or perpetrators of violence.

"A lot of men do not feel comfortable talking to a woman in a face to face scenario, Mr Siku said.

So when this project was put up, it became comfortable for them to pick up a phone and call a counsellor for the issues they are going through.

"In Papua New Guinean culture, men will not front up [to] a woman and ask for their support."

Mr Siku said after the Highlands earthquake in February, the hotline was mobilised to provide trauma counselling and psychosocial support.

He said the hotline has eight staff on the phones but this may have to increase as the workload has doubled since last year.

05:24

Letting fee change good, other legislation not so good "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A landlord who comments here (David) reports on the effects of the ban on charging tenants a letting fee There has been some comment about the end of letting fees, which I support, and as I predicted my property manager informed everyone that there is now a fee to commence a new tenancy for the []

05:16

Greens pushing to end oil and gas exploration "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Gareth Hughes has had a low profile as a Green MP for some time, but he is upping his efforts to end oil and gas exploration. @GarethMP on the need to end oil and gas exploration in New Zealand pic.twitter.com/bjZmt8QzMl Green Party NZ (@NZGreens) November 2, 2018 Newsroom:  Greens want Labour to toughen []

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

Gresham College: Prof. Martyn Thomas, CBE Living In A Cyber Enabled World How Can Software Be So Hard "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Living In A Cyber Enabled World was the title for a series of lectures Prof. Thomas gave at Gresham College.

An exploration of the state of software today, how we got to where we are, and what we shall need to do to shore up the foundations of a digital society that is increasingly built on sand. The lectures are designed to inform, to entertain, and to stimulate balanced discussions that lead to effective actions. It is hoped that these lectures may play a role in accelerating the transition of the craft of software development into a mature engineering profession.

https://youtu.be/VfRVz1iqgKU

05:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.   Zig Ziglar who was born on this day in 1926.

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

Boulevard to nowhere: China dresses Port Moresby for APEC "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

New cars on a new road
Symbolising a land where the elite has created its own bubble in Port Moresby: new Maseratis parade along a new highway against a backdrop of new buildings 

JONATHAN BARRETT & COLIN PACKHAM | Reuters | Extracts

You can read the full Reuters report here

SYDNEY - Workers are putting the finishing touches on a Beijing-funded boulevard designed to showcase Papua New Guineas capital to visiting world leaders at this months Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum.

Critics say the six-lane road - complete with wide, illuminated footpaths - is emblematic of a regional power play whereby donor countries vie for influence with show-stopper gifts, even as deeper problems plague the Pacific nation.

Australia, PNGs traditional partner and a close Washington ally, is lifting aid and has ploughed more than A$120 million into APEC, seeking to keep its sway over its neighbour.

Allan Bird, a parliamentarian and governor of PNGs second largest province, said the boulevard outside parliament house had little practical benefit.

Whatever the Chinese government spent on it, it could have been better spent somewhere else, buying medicine or building a school, Bird told Reuters.

04:56

Making America Grate Again "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The US mid term elections are tonight/tomorrow NZ time (Tuesday in the US). Im glad I can largely switch off and avoid what has become a despicable democracy. It is two party dominated, and a plague on both their houses Trump just said weve ended the war on beautiful clean coal and that may be []

04:36

Melbourne Cup day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Melbourne Cup runs today at 3 pm Melbourne time. Thats 5 pm here, which is an awkward time for me. I cant remember how long ago I  watched a Cup live. That might be a reason I have lost interest in it over the years. That there are far fewer New Zealand owned or []

04:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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04:30

China asks Australia to drop 'cold war attitude' "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

STAFF REPORTER | Radio New Zealand

BEIJING - China has called on Australia to drop its Cold War attitude' to its growing role in the Pacific Islands and recognise that no one country has a sphere of influence in the region.

Lu Kang (AFP)
Lu Kang - China has a "legitimate role" in the Pacific islands region

Commenting on plans by the Australian government to help Papua New Guinea build a naval base, foreign affairs spokesman Lu Kang said China was pursuing "wide-ranging friendly and cooperative ties with the Pacific Island countries".

Australian prime minister Scott Morrison said last week that the Pacific islands are like "family", saying he wants to strengthen his country's engagement in the region because this is their home.

However, The Australian newspaper reported that Mr Lu rejected any argument that China does not have a legitimate role in the region.

He said China hoped that the relevant parties can discard out-dated mindsets of Cold War mentality and zero sum games and objectively view China's relations with Pacific countries.

Mr Lu said China's increasing ties with PNG and the Pacific islands were based on its approach of promoting south-south co-operation and were not aimed at targeting any third party.

He said China's goal was to "help the Pacific Island countries realise peace, stability and prosperity".

04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is exoteric (adj) 1. Not confined to an inner circle of disciples or initiates. 2. Comprehensible to or suited to the public; popular. 3. Of or relating to the outside; external. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Exoteric, the opposite of esoteric, comes from Latin extericus popular (e.g., of [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 6 27 Can a man scoop a flame into his lap and not have his clothes catch on fire? The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

RNZ Insight: The next pandemic are we ready? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

November 1918 was the peak month in NZ of the 1918 flu epidemic. Insight looks at whether NZ could cope if something of a similar scale was to happen today. Phillipa Tolley is the reporter.

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/inst/inst-20181102-0810-insight_the_next_pandemic_-_are_we_ready-128.mp3

There is a useful article on the website here.

04:00

Pacification in the Eastern Highlands in the 1940s 1960s "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

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Tobias Schwrer

TOBIAS SCHWRER | Summary of PhD Thesis

Ending War: Colonial processes of pacification and the elimination of warfare in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea by Tobias Schwrer. Summary of PhD thesis, 2016. University of Lucerne, Lucerne. See further information on the thesis and related papers here

LUCERNE - Pacification denotes a process whereby a state attends to extend its monopoly of violence onto politically  autonomous  groups  outside  its  sphere  of  control  and  thereby  curtails  any  further collective violence between those groups and armed resistance against the imposition of state control. 

It  is  a process  that  has  been occurring  throughout  history  in  situations  of  colonial conquest and  state expansion.

Despite the importance and prominence of these processes not only  for the state but even more so for the indigenous groups affected, there is remarkably little systematic analysis  and theoretical reflection  on the causal factors  that led members  of such  groups  to agree  to  lay  down their  weapons  and  refrain from  pursuing  further  acts  of collective violence.

In this thesis, I  look at colonial processes  of  pacification in the Eastern  Highlands of Papua New Guinea, and establish the  causal mechanisms that lead to  the elimination of indigenous warfare  between  the  late  1940s  and  the  mid-1960s.

I not only document and  analyse  these processes  in  detail,  but  also ...

03:20

Media watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

6 November 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.

03:13

Gab is back "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Dammit. The racist social media site found a new sugar daddy willing to host their hate. In case you were unfamiliar with what Gab does

Gab has become the most visible of a collection of services catering to people mainstream companies such as Twitter and Facebook have rejected as too hateful, extreme or threatening in their posts as part of a crackdown on extremism.

Which is astonishing. Extremists who are too hateful or threatening for Twitter and Facebook gravitate there. Given that Twitter and Facebook are incredibly accommodating to Nazis and other bigots, thats hard to imaginebut my brief glance at Gab was to see a horrifying mess of naked anti-semitism on display. It was briefly, too briefly, shut down when hosting providers balked at providing service to a site that allowed that flaming anti-Semite who murdered 11 innocent people because they were Jews to flourish. But no worries, they managed to find a company that was fine with Nazi memes and dindunuffin jokes and murder planning to take them on.

Epik founder and CEO Rob Monster [appropriate name] echoed that sentiment in brief interviews with The Seattle Times on Sunday. Monster likened his company to a utility provider and said he supports free speech. He praised the operators of Gab and said he believes they will curate the site appropriately.

I do believe the guys that are on the site are vigilant, Monster said. Monster said on Epiks website that his company was serving as Gabs domain registrar but not its hosting company. KUOW was the first to report on Gabs new ties to the Seattle area.

Yeah, Seattle. My hometown. So embarrassed. Unfortunately, the Pacific Northwest is a weird place that is generally liberal and progressive, but its also got a long history of racial segregation that has allowed a minority of terrible racists to prosper. Some of the worst, most regressive, most vile people Ive known came out of the Northwest, some in my own family, but at the same time most of the people I knew were knee-jerk liberals. Almost all white, of...

03:10

Open Forum Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

02:54

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

051118MINISTERS MUST BE SUPPORTED BY PROFESSIONALS
New Dawn FM News

The former secretary for Community Government, WESLY KENNETH says that our leaders, especially Ministers must be supported by professionals as their staff and not their family members.
He told New Dawn FM that he was concerned that many Ministers were employing their family members as staff which could be seen as conflict of interest by our leaders.
MR. KENNETH said that even recruitments for Ministers staff must be done by the Human Resources Development based on merit.
In this way Ministers can be properly advised on issues affecting their ministries.
He said recruiting family members will only affect the ministries and the departments that the ministers are responsible of.

Ends

02:51

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

051118POLICE ARRESTS INCREASING
New Dawn FM News
Police in Buka have started arresting people who decide to drink beer and homebrew on the streets and public areas within Buka town.
According to Sergeant LESLEY METEN Officer In-charge of the Bougainville Community Auxiliary Program, sixty people were arrested and had to spend the weekend in the cells to wait for their cases to be heard on Monday.
Sergeant Meten said that these sixty included women homebrew manufactures and sellers.
He warned that Police will continue with their operation into the festive season and more arrests will be made if people continue to do the same mistake on weekends.
Sergeant Meten also warned those licenced beer shops to follow strict liquor shop operating times to avoid losing their beer stock.
He said bottle shop owners caught operating at wrong times will have their stock removed.

Ends

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02:17

Keen Sword: US And Japan Stage Largest Wargames In Pacific Amid Tensions With China "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Washington and Tokyo have amassed a record number of sailors, marines and airmen for the biggest joint naval drill that the two allied nations have ever held close to Chinese shores as tensions keep rising in the region. Around 47,000 troops from the Japan Self-Defense Force have been joined by more than 10,000 US servicemen for the Keen Sword 19 military exercise the biggest drill of its kind since the biennial joint maneuvers were launched in 1986. The US forces participating in the drill include the bulk of the Seventh Fleet, as well as the Submarine Group 7 both of which are based in Japan's Yokosuka. Tokyo has deployed roughly a fifth of its military. Two Canadian warships are also taking part in the exercise.

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