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Friday, 23 September

01:55

Pivot To Asia: Ongoing US Militarization Of Pacific An Alarming Trend "IndyWatch Feed World"

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The pivot to Asia (US militarization of Pacific) is a disturbing trend & unprecedented military buildup. Find out what it means in terms of the NWO plan.

The Pivot to Asia, which is really the US militarization of the Pacific in preparation for a war with China and Russia (which could become World War 3), is a highly disturbing trend. Not so much attention has been paid to it, yet it is an arena which will determine the future balance of world power. While most eyes are on Syria, Yemen, the European migrant crisis and other trouble in the Middle East, the US is continuing a massive and unprecedented buildup all throughout the Pacific – the biggest military buildup in an area since World War 2. Tension between the US and China has been steadily increasing, with the dispute over the South China Sea becoming strained, and China deliberately thumbing its diplomatic nose at Obama recently by refusing to roll out the red carpet for him at the G20 meeting. Meanwhile, China and Russia have begun conducting naval war games in the South China Sea. Is the pivot to Asia about to erupt into something more serious than just words, snubs and posturing?

Pivot to Asia: US Turning Its Attention to the Domination of the Pacific

The pivot to Asia is really about the US trying to control an entire region which is 8,000 miles across, comprises 55 countries and 60% of global population, and contains a large amount of the Earth’s natural resources. In 2011, Obama initiated the program to move 60% of US Air Force and Navy resources from the Middle East to the Pacific. The US propaganda claim is that the pivot to Asia plan is to re-balance power in the region, but the truth is that there is no “balance”. As Koohan Paik, staff writer for the International Forum on Globalization, outlines in her article Islanders Unite to Resist a New Pacific War:

“[The US] already maintains over 400 military installations and 155,000 troops in that part of the world. Meanwhile China, even with its newest artificial island-bases in the South China Sea, will have a grand total fewer than ten … The U.S. is rapidly advancing U.S. military deployments … as well as corporate trade intrusions, and massive resource raiding. And, an ever-more dangerous battle is emerging among the U.S., China and other great powers over trade, o...

01:32

Cooling the controversy over China-Russian naval exercises "IndyWatch Feed World"

This year is shaping to be a pivotal one for Sino-Russian defense ties. Both countries have agreed to boost the number of "exercises and events" planned for 2016. From Sept. 12 to 19, they held their sixth exercise in the Joint Sea series, conducting a naval warfighting drill in the South China Sea to enhance their ability to "jointly respond to maritime security threats." The Joint Sea series began in 2012 as an anti-submarine warfare and maritime rescue activity off the Chinese coast, near Qingdao. With each passing year, Joint Sea has grown in scope and complexity. The August 2015 iteration was reportedly the "largest ever," involving 23 surface ships, two submarines, over a dozen fixed-wing aircraft, and six helicopters in the Sea of Japan. The series has captivated the U.S. national security community, with some observers cautioning that Beijing and Moscow may be drifting toward an alliance. It has also caught India's attention, with one analyst citing fears that the "growing intimacy" between both countries "could impact the balance of power in Asia." Context is important, however. Although the uptick in Sino-Russian military cooperation is striking, it pales in comparison to the United States' impressive portfolio of bilateral and multilateral (i.e., "combined") exercises. Each year, U.S. Pacific Command participates in over 1,500 exercises, training events, and professional engagements with regional militaries. The vast majority of U.S.-led exercises pass with little fanfare here in the United States, but Beijing and Moscow tend to view them through a dark lens. In June, when U.S., Indian, and Japanese forces were underway in the Philippine Sea for exercise Malabar, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang remarked, "Everyone should keep an eagle eye on their true intentions." Likewise, Russia's Ambassador to NATO, Alexander Grushko, slammed the 43rd-annual BALTOPS naval warfare exercise in the Baltic Sea as evidence of NATO's "hostile policy" toward Moscow. Even U.S. officials have partaken in the war of words. Adm. Scott Swift, commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, has criticized China and Russia for their decision to hold Joint Sea 2016 in the South China Sea — the first time the series has been held in that location. Adding to the controversy, reports abound of Chinese and Russian "spy ships" shadowing U.S.-led exercises, as well as aggressive Russian overflights and reactionary "snap" exercises.

00:46

Three questions for the Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Dear Prime Minister,

I followed with some interest the speeches on Australia’s approach to the refugee crisis that you gave this week in New York. Given you have commended Australia’s approach to the rest of the world, I have a few questions I would like to ask.

1. If every country adopted Australia’s approach, where would refugees go? Australia’s approach is built on the foundation that we will not accept any refugees who arrive on our borders without a visa. If other nations adopted the same approach where would those who are persecuted and unable to access visas go? Would that mean their only option would be to stay in their home country and get executed, tortured or imprisoned?

2. You proudly declare that your party has stopped the boats. Is this just shorthand for saying we have stopped the boats coming to Australia? Given those who previously arrived were driven by desperation to make the dangerous journey from Indonesia to Australia, am I not right to assume that that same desperation will now drive refugees to seek safety somewhere else? I assume the Department of Immigration and Border Protection has done some research on this and could tell me the destinations that refugees who would have come to Australia are now pursuing?

3. What do you plan to do about the refugees detained on Manus Island and Nauru? Report after report has shown that these refugees, who have committed no crime, are being subject to violence, degraded treatment, and a complete crushing of the spirit. I remain perplexed that a champion of liberalism can tolerate this, and can only assume that you’re doing everything in your power to resolve the situation. So I‘m wondering what your plan is?

Yours sincerely,
Scott Higgins

00:15

What's in a name? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


What do Michael Nicholas Felson formerly known as Nikytas Nicholas Petroulias and United Land Councils Pty Limited have in common?

They have both used this address in New Zealand - 1173 Motueka Valley Highway, Motueka 7196, New Zealand - as their residential or business address.

1173 Motueka Valley Highway, Motueka, New Zealand

What do these individuals have in common besides the name "Nicholas" and why are people asking that question?

Nicholas Peterson and Michael Nicholas Felson, formerly Nikytas Nicholas Petroulias.

Perhaps a North Coast Voices reader has the answer to this particular little mystery and will enlighten us all. 

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Thursday, 22 September

22:01

September 23 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

480 BC  Euripides, Greek playwright, was born (d. 406 BC).

1122  Concordat of Worms.

1215 Kublai Khan of the Mongol Empire, was born (d. 1294).

1409  Battle of Kherlen, the second significant victory over Ming China by the Mongols since 1368.

1459 Battle of Blore Heath, the first major battle of the English Wars of the Roses.

1529  The Siege of Vienna began when Suleiman I attacked the city.

1641  The Merchant Royal, carrying a treasure worth over a billion USD, was lost at sea off Land’s End.

1779 American Revolution: a squadron commanded by John Paul Jones on board the USS Bonhomme Richard won the Battle of Flamborough Head, off the coast of England, against two British warships.

1803  Second Anglo-Maratha War: Battle of Assaye between the British East India Company and the Maratha Empire in India.

1821  Tripolitsa, Greece, fell and 30,000 Turks were massacred.

1846  Neptune was discovered by French astronomer Urbain Jean Joseph Le Verrier and British astronomer John Couch Adams;  then  verified by German astronomer Johann Gottfried Galle.

1857 The Russian warship Lefort capsised and sank during a storm in the Gulf of Finland, killing all 826 aboard.

1861 – Robert Bosch, German engineer and businessman, founded Robert Bosch GmbH, was born (d. 1942).

1868 Grito de Lares (“Lares Revolt”) in Puerto Rico against Spanish rule.

1869  Mary Mallon, also known as Typhoid Mary, first carrier of typhoid, was born (d. 1938).

1880 John Boyd Orr, Scottish physician, Nobel Laureate, was born (d. 1971).

1887 Ngati Tuwharetoa gifted the mountain tops of Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and Ruapehu to the Crown.

Tongariro mountains gifted to Crown

1889  Nintendo Koppai (Later Nintendo Company, Limited) was founded by Fusajiro Yamauchi to produce and market the playing card game Hanafuda.

1905  Norway and Sweden signed the “Karlstad treaty”, peacefully dissolving the Union between the two countries.

1908...

21:34

YSEALI: America's Quiet Colonisation of Southeast Asia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

September 22, 2016 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - The US State Department's Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) claims on its official US government website to build "the leadership capabilities of youth in the region and promotes cross-border cooperation to solve regional and global challenges."


It not only consists of US-based educational and professional "fellowships" for Southeast Asian participants, but also a funding component to help alumni establish foreign-funded organisations posing as "nongovernmental organisations" (NGOs), enhancing the already large presence of US-funded organisations operating across Asia in the service of American interests.

Under an initiative called, "Generation: Go NGO!," YSEALI claims:
This is an opportunity for young NGO leaders to advance their professional skills and competencies with the aim to grow, scale, and take the organizations they work for, or those they founded, to new heights. 

From developing baseline metrics to creatively pursuing financial and in-kind resources to assertively applying social media to advance mission, this workshop will bring together individuals from across ASEAN to learn and collaborate on ways to build capacity, message, and impact.
Beyond this, YSEALI also conducts other workshops across Southeast Asia to help prepare what is essentially a parallel political establishment that serves not Southeast Asian institutions or the population, but the US State Department and the corporate and financial interests it represents, quite literally an ocean and continent away.


One such activity was conducted by the US Embassy in Cambodia, called the "First Model Prime Minister Debate" organised by the US Ambassador's Youth Council, Phnom Penh.



In essence, the US State Department is preparing an entire generation of impressionable young people, raised on American-style consumerism and hooked into US-based social media platforms like Facebook, and moulding them into a client political bloc they will eventually assist into power, just as they have attempted to do in Hong Kong recently with US State Department-funded "Umbrella Revolution" leaders winning...

21:34

YSEALI: America's Quiet Colonisation of Southeast Asia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

September 22, 2016 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - The US State Department's Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) claims on its official US government website to build "the leadership capabilities of youth in the region and promotes cross-border cooperation to solve regional and global challenges."


It not only consists of US-based educational and professional "fellowships" for Southeast Asian participants, but also a funding component to help alumni establish foreign-funded organisations posing as "nongovernmental organisations" (NGOs), enhancing the already large presence of US-funded organisations operating across Asia in the service of American interests.

Under an initiative called, "Generation: Go NGO!," YSEALI claims:
This is an opportunity for young NGO leaders to advance their professional skills and competencies with the aim to grow, scale, and take the organizations they work for, or those they founded, to new heights. 

From developing baseline metrics to creatively pursuing financial and in-kind resources to assertively applying social media to advance mission, this workshop will bring together individuals from across ASEAN to learn and collaborate on ways to build capacity, message, and impact.
Beyond this, YSEALI also conducts other workshops across Southeast Asia to help prepare what is essentially a parallel political establishment that serves not Southeast Asian institutions or the population, but the US State Department and the corporate and financial interests it represents, quite literally an ocean and continent away.


One such activity was conducted by the US Embassy in Cambodia, called the "First Model Prime Minister Debate" organised by the US Ambassador's Youth Council, Phnom Penh.



In essence, the US State Department is preparing an entire generation of impressionable young people, raised on American-style consumerism and hooked into US-based social media platforms like Facebook, and moulding them into a client political bloc they will eventually assist into power, just as they have attempted to do in Hong Kong recently with US State Department-funded "Umbrella Revolution" leaders winning...

21:00

The Demise of Obama’s Trade Deals Is Greatly Exaggerated "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Cue the theme from Jaws. Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, the prospect of the US agreeing to at least one, if not two, massive trade deals is emerging as a distinct possibility.

A few months ago, it looked like both controversial trade agreements were foundering.

Back then, both major party presidential candidates declared themselves opposed to the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which the White House had negotiated with 11 Pacific Rim nations, making it one of the largest trade deals in history.

At the same time, Britain’s recent vote to exit the European Union appeared to knock the wind out of the sails of negotiations between the EU and US on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP).

But like Glenn Close in Fatal Attraction, these trade pacts seem to be pretty hard to kill.

President Barack Obama certainly hasn’t given up. He is campaigning hard for Congress to approve TPP by the end of this year. On September 16, Obama met with congressional leaders to urge passage of TPP during the post-election “lame duck” session. He even brought in Republican governor John Kasich (OH) to help make his case.

The US Trade Representative and the EU also haven’t halted their discussions, despite widely reported comments from French and German officials this summer that the deal was moribund. The next round of trade talks is set for early October, likely in New York City.

Indeed, German opponents of TTIP were so concerned that they organized multi-city demonstrations on September 17. (The demonstrations targeted not only the potential deal between the US and the EU, but also an agreement between the EU and Canada, which is far closer to being finalized.)

There is a “real danger” that TPP could be approved by Congress “right after the [November] election when members are the least accountable,” Ben Beachy, senior policy advisor for the Sierra Club’s Responsible Trade Program, told WhoWhatWhy.

Protest against TTIP & CETA in Frankfurt, Germany. Photo credit: Patrick G. Stößer / Campact / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Protest against TTIP & CETA in Frankfurt, Germany.
Photo credit: Patrick G. Stößer / Campact / Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0)

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20:00

Medical expert concerned about Christchurch mayoral candidates’ stance on fluoride "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A medical expert is concerned both of Christchurch’s main mayoral candidates oppose water fluoridation.

“The message is clear, the science is clear. The benefits are enormous,” Canterbury medical officer of health Alistair Humphrey said.

Both Lianne Dalziel and John Minto said they were against fluoridation of Christchurch’s water supply during The Press’ mayoral debate on Tuesday.

Minto said he believed there was evidence that fluoride caused more harm than good. Dalziel said it would cost too much.

“It’s a debilitating disease that is easily fixed,” Humphrey said.

He said alternatives such as fluoridated toothpaste did not have the same benefits.

“It’s fluoride in the water that prevents dental caries the best, and it’s our poorest part of our community who suffer the most.

“I think that those candidates talking [on Tuesday] night could claim to represent the more vulnerable end of the spectrum.”

He said there were benefits that reached beyond the people directly affected by dental diseases.

“One of the things people don’t realise is how much dental caries, for example, ties up operating theatres.”

Christchurch has a shortage of operating theatres, particularly since the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

A shortage of theatres means longer surgery waiting lists and increased costs for the Canterbury District Health Board.

“They tie up huge amounts of surgical resource that could otherwise be used to be treating other people who do not have preventable problems,” Humphrey said.

Dalziel said the Christchurch City Council opposed the Local Government New Zealand resolution to fluoridate town water supplies in 2015 because of the expense.

“I’m not opposed to fluoride – I had fluoride tablets as a kid. I just know that because of the nature of our water supply, the multiple points that require fluoridation makes it way more expensive than other areas.”

Minto said he had a change of heart on fluoridation.

“Absolutely five years ago I would have agreed wholeheartedly with [Humphrey] . . . but there’s a lot that’s happened for me since then.”

He said he had read a lot on the issue, and believed there was “a seriously arguable case” the fluoride might do more harm than good.

“It’s raised a whole lot of questions that I wasn’t aware of about the side effects of fluoride.

“I’ve got a science background. I’m not a conspiracy theorist.”

19:37

Dam scam: $3m in federal funds awarded to Qld LNP connected consortium – @qldaah #auspol #qldpol "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

High ranking Qld LNP members awarded millions for feasability study Table of contents Jump to comments section. The dam scam. The river people. . The dam scam Company run by Queensland LNP members among consortium awarded $3m in federal funds. ABC investigative journalist, Mark Willacy, has revealed a controversial allotment of federal funding to a […]

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18:21

Is there a case for a basic income guarantee – Part 3 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

This is Part 3 in the mini-series discussing the relative merits of the basic income guarantee proposal and the Job Guarantee proposal. While there is a lot of literature out there on the merits of introducing a basic income guarantee very rarely will you read a detailed account of the macroeconomic implications of such a scheme. It is inescapable that the basic income proposal lacks what I call an inflation anchor. That is, to provide an adequate stipend and generate full employment (ensure there are enough jobs for all who want to work), the basic income guarantee is inherently inflationary and sets in place destructive macroeconomic dynamics which make it unsustainable. To suppress the inherent inflationary bias of the proposal, the stipend has to be so low that the recipients are freed from work but not poverty. The Job Guarantee, by way of contrast, is designed to provide an explicit inflation anchor and allows the government to continuously maintain full employment and provide a decent wage to those who from time to time will be in the Job Guarantee pool. It does not rely on poverty wages or unemployment to maintain price stability. That alone is a fundamental advantage of the Job Guarantee over the basic income guarantee – it is sustainable.

The basic income proposal lacks any coherent inflation control

The basic income proposal addresses income insecurity directly by providing a guaranteed stipend to individuals. It is in the class of policy interventions that Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) authors have referred to as ‘generalised expansion’, in the sense that the government stimulus provided by the stipend will indiscriminantly compete for resources at market prices.

The higher the stipend, the greater the stimulus and the greater is the degree of competition for the real resources for sale at market prices.

We should note that the basic income proponents that adopt neo-liberal stances with respect to government fiscal capacity and fail to understand the nature of the unemployment that motivates their advocacy of the basic income, generally prefer a low stipend – to ease the burden on government spending and reduce the taxation burden on those who ‘pay’ for the scheme (in their logic).

But clearly there are basic income proponents who are motivated by notions of individual freedom and advocate higher stipends. These advocates tend not to even get bogged down in discussions about the causes of unemployment or whether the government is financially constrained.

They may also operate within a functional finance paradigm (consistent with MMT) and thus understand that a currency-issuing government faces no financial constraint.

Their overwhelming motivation begins with a philosophical view that individuals should not have to engage in paid work to elicit support from the income generating capacity of the society. This is a statement of liberty. They bristle if they are called neo-liberals and rightly so.

However, whether the basic income proposals emerge from a neo-liberal frame or not is moot in one important sense. Whatever the motivation for a basic income guarantee the fact remains that the concept lacks any coherent inflation control.

The more neo-liberal oriented proposals that advocate modest stipends with a fiscally-neutral environment would have a relatively small impact on aggregate spending and employment, and even with some redistribution of working hours; high levels of labour underutilisation are likely to persist.

At those stipends, the basic income proposal would not enhance the rights of the most disadvantaged nor provides work for those who desire it (see Cowling, Mitchell and Watts, 2003).

Adrian Little (1998: 131) points out that while the basic income might enable individuals to exist without work:

… it does not provide any firm...

18:06

Why WestPapuaMedia is having a break from publishing and our exciting new projects – we need your help. "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

WEB OR FB PAGE IMAGE SUPPORTING WITH A GLOBAL VOICEFor the first time in ten years, WestPapuaMedia is taking a break from regular publication over the next few months as we focus on improving our infrastructure, and work on several innovative new projects that will support credible, quality journalism on the ground in West Papua.

We feel without a current sustainable funding base and savings in the bank, we are unable to ethically provide the correct amount of support currently needed for our brave clandestine stringers and journalists to expose themselves in the field at this point.  We are working hard to create the mechanisms so that they are armed always with real time digital security and support when they do venture into the field, and are able to report safely.  These mechanism of course, we are working hard to develop so that anyone who needs to tell a story of their world – in Papua to begin with – is able to do so, and have their voice heard, and treated with respect.

Currently the amount of fake media, recycledWEB OR FB PAGE IMAGE FRONTLINE CLANDESTINE
and out of context torture photos and misreporting is creating a situation where social media is now dismissed by the powerful around the world as rumour and propaganda.  The work we are doing over the next few months is going to support the capacity of West Papuan people inside West Papua to get their own voices heard with the stories they want to tell.  Not the stories that outsiders want told for their own clickbait donation agendas, or misreported, or not told full stop.

We want to be able to support every rally, every campaign, and to be able to tell every story West Papuans want to tell the the world, especially of those sectors of the population that don’t get a voice currently.

WEB OR FB PAGE IMAGE MEDIA BAN REDUNDANTWe will of course continue to assist foreign journalist to bypass the media ban in West Papua by assisting with SAFE organisation and fixing for undercover stories.  However our main focus is to continue our pioneering work of the last ten years ensure that Jakarta’s Foreign Media Ban is redundant, through the effective and strong real time multimedia reporting capacity of indigenous Papuan journalists is supported.

So our current work over the next few months will be focused on organising West Papua Media’s back archives, our digital media assets, and also restructuring our project to deliver a more robust, intuitive and involving website, with the ability for people on the ground to collaborate with us, safely, with their identities and locations safe.

We will be creating an innovative new digital asset library, with new technologies of verification and safe asset tracking (that will not put the creator’s security at risk)  that will ensure that any creative content, whether photos, videos, or any content and artwork provided to us, will be able to be tracked across the internet, and to enable licensing that will mean money will flow back to the creators so they can sustain their work (and get new equipment etc), or to enable training and supply to new witness journalists to operate effectively and safely.

We have a big checklist of tasks to get through, and ...

18:00

Today’s Trivia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Welcome to Daily Trivia. TV mystery series ‘Columbo’ was so popular in Romania that when the show was cancelled the Romanian gov’t feared riots, so they had the US State Dept. ask Peter Falk to record a video message to the Romanian people, which he did by reading it phonetically into the camera (Source)   Treadmills […]

18:00

366 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Freesias symbolise innocence, thoughtfulness, trust, friendship and sweetness.

I didn’t know that until I looked it up this evening and also found:

Freesia is both the common and scientific name for these delicate flowers. They gained their name when botanist Christian P Ecklon named them after a fellow botanist,  Friedrich H. T. Freese as a tribute to their friendship. It is said that freesias symbolize friendship to honor the bond between Ecklon and Freese.

The scent of freesias take me back to my mother’s garden and the small, creamy white Freesia Burtoni.

A friend gave me some bulbs years ago and they multiplied beautifully but when we extended the garage the garden where they grew was covered in concrete before I was able to rescue them.

They are very difficult to come by now, usually only found in old gardens, and I haven’t been able to find any more.

But my garden does have several clumps of more modern varieties which do still smell gorgeous and I’m grateful for them.

 

 

 

 


Filed under: garden, gratitude Tagged: Christian P Ecklon, freesia, Friedrich H. T. Freese

17:32

Fukushima nuclear disaster continuing "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

This CBS video from the USA says about itself:

Sailors, ex-Prime Minister file suit over Fukushima radiation exposure

27 June 2016

More than 400 Navy sailors and former Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi are suing TEPCO for lying about the amount of radiation released during the Fukushima meltdown.

Read more here.

Japan’s former prime minister Junichiro Koizumi has labelled the country’s current leader, Shinzo Abe, a “liar” for telling the international community that the situation at the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is under control: here. And here.

Nuclear power may never recover its cachet as a clean energy source, irrespective of safety concerns, because of the ongoing saga of meltdown 3/11/11 at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Over time, the story only grows more horrific, painful, deceitful. It’s a story that will continue for generations to come: here.

Treated water from Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc.’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant north of Tokyo is safe to be released under controlled circumstances into the nearby Pacific Ocean, a [TEPCO] adviser said: here.

Ice wall at Fukushima Daiichi damaged by recent typhoons in Japan: here.

USA: Former Senator John Edwards has pledged to support hundreds of U.S. sailors, Marines and airmen who say they were sickened by radioactive fallout from the 2011 disaster at t...

17:12

Freedom and the pursuit of happiness are basic human (not just men’s) rights "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By PNG Echo I was appalled and concerned to wake up this morning to Post Courier front-page headlines: ‘Aussie stole my wife’. Firstly, the story is not news – Mr Goimba’s story has had a considerable airing over the years on various blogs that will mindlessly publish anything. None, to my knowledge have ever questioned the paradigm that Mr Goimba is entitled to have his wife back – even if it would be, clearly, against her will.  Although, I would have expected better standards of analysis and social responsibility of Post Courier. This is a long-running domestic saga where Mr. Goimba has been trying to manipulate a positive outcome, for himself, for, at least, six years – which is getting his wife sent back to him – as if she’s his possession that he has a right to. It’s become an obsession – and it shouldn’t be encouraged by front-page, uncritical Continue reading Freedom and the pursuit of happiness are basic human (not just men’s) rights

17:00

Abolitionist Demand 18: Decriminalise student loan defaults. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This is a part of No Pride in Prisons’ Abolitionist demands. These demands were originally published as a book. To see a pdf of the book, click here. To buy a copy, please email info@noprideinprisons.org.nz

Section 162A of the Student Loan Scheme Act 2011 makes it a criminal offence to default on a student loan from abroad. This crime carries a penalty of up to three months imprisonment. As reported by RNZ, nearly 70% of the 110,000 people abroad with student loan debts are in default.[1] This has led to a palpable fear among defaulters that if they return to New Zealand, they will be arrested.[2]

Before 1989, tertiary education in New Zealand was free.[3] Now, students from less-privileged backgrounds are not only shackled with lifelong debts, but are also at risk of being incarcerated because of this debt. The problem of massive student debt was created by succeeding governments and is the fault of those governments. Not only are students expected to pay for something that was fully-funded by the state thirty years ago, but they are also charged exorbitant rates of interest when they go overseas and then potentially exiled from New Zealand or jailed, just for getting an education.[4] This is a punitive policy that must be repealed immediately.

[1] Tom Furley, “Student Loan Arrest Prompts Overseas Repayment,” Radio New Zealand, 4 April 2016. http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/300616/student-loan-arrest-prompts-overseas-repayments.

[2] Nicholas Jones, “New Zealanders Scared to Come Home Due to Student Loan Arrest Threat,” New Zealand Herald, 3 June 2016. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11649957.

[3] Ron Crawford, History of Tertiary Education Reforms in New Zealand, (New Zealand: New Zealand Productivity Commission, 2016), 2. No Pride in Prisons is committed to the reintroduction of free, fully funded tertiary education for all students.

[4] Inland Revenue, “Interest-free When You’re Overseas,” Inland Revenue, 11 May 2016. http://www.ird.govt.nz/studentloans/overseas/interest-free/sl-interest-free-overseas.html.

16:30

16:01

Nearly All Americans Exposed To Cancer-Causing Compounds In Water "IndyWatch Feed World"

New research shows that over two-thirds of Americans are exposed to deadly levels of cancer-causing chemicals in their drinking water.  Analysis conducted by The Environmental Working Group looked at 60,000 water samples between 2013 and 2015 and found chromium-6 in more than 75 percent of the samples. Rawstory.com reports: The Oklahoma City and Phoenix areas had by far the highest levels of contamination, followed by St. Louis County, Houston, Los Angeles and Suffolk County, New York. Water in Cleveland County, just south of Oklahoma City, found up chromium-6 levels at an average of 29.59 parts per billion — with a high reading of 97.38 ppb — which is exponentially higher than the California Public Health Goal of 0.02 ppb. The study found that every U.S. water system that serves more than 1 million people has potentially harmful levels of chromium-6. The movie “Erin Brockovich” depicted the real-life story a lawsuit filed by residents of Hinkley, California, against Pacific Gas and Electric Company after dangerous levels of the carcinogenic chromium-6 were found in their drinking water. “More than 20 years ago, we learned that this dangerous chemical poisoned the tap water of California communities, and now these tests and EWG’s report show that [...]

The post Nearly All Americans Exposed To Cancer-Causing Compounds In Water appeared first on Your News Wire.

16:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Whaleoil Backchat is brought to you byuse coupon code WHALE OIL to get 10% off e-cigarettes and e-liquids  Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You don’t have to stay “on topic” in these posts like you do in all others. Feel free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. […]

15:30

Recidivist sexual predator succeeds at avoiding custodial sentence "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This just hurts to think about A man with a history of putting his hand up the skirts of female strangers and harassing women has successfully appealed his most recent sentence. David Benjamin Carline told court psychologists he wanted to offend as “vengeance for being treated badly by women in the past”. The sentence he […]

15:15

Friends, Followers, Police Officers, and Enemies: Social Surveillance in Thailand "IndyWatch Feed World"

Thailand (PI) – This report examines the emergence of social media based surveillance in Thailand, carried out potentially by people’s own networks of friends and family. It looks at the severe impact this has on personal privacy and points to potential solutions.

In May 2014, Thailand experienced a military coup – its second in eight years. A military government led by General Prayut Chan-o-cha seized power and overthrew the administration of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The Army declared martial law, which was maintained for the following 10 months, and an interim constitution was adopted in July 2014. The declaration of martial law allowed the Thai authorities to take strict public order measures, including  reportedly closely monitoring of ‘delinquent’ behaviour such as eating sandwiches in the street or reading George Orwell’s books.

The Thai military government has counted on its police force to monitor online speech in order to curb dissent. But beyond the police force itself, the ruling military government has empowered networks of citizens whom it encourages to denounce those who post online content considered contrary to government policies.

With increased tension between supporters and opponents of the military government, some individuals have also created citizen-led initiatives to spy and inform on other citizens, thereby fostering a network of social surveillance. What does it mean to live in a country where the thoughts you share online, your comments on your friends’ social media statuses, the ‘likes’ you click on as you browse social media sites, can lead you to be imprisoned or worse? This report addresses this issue by shedding light on the use of social media for intelligence purposes and social surveillance in Thailand and the damaging effects such initiatives have had for Thai citizens’ right to privacy.

 

Background 

Political discourse in Thailand has been broadly divided since 2005 into two camps: the red-shirts, supporters of Thaksin Shinawatra and his populist Thai Rak Thai party, and the yellow-shirts, who opposed Thaksin. [Political history of Thailand is not the focus of this report. A more detailed analysis can be found in Contemporary Socio-Cultural and Political Perspectives in Thailand by Pranee Liamputtong.] Thaksin, elected in 2001, was the first leader to see an elected government through a full term in office and was particularly popular among the poorer, rural populations living outside of the capital, Bangkok.

But Thaksin’s regime was stained by accusations of corruption and of human right abuses that fuelled his opponents’ discontent. The yellow...

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15:00

Watch Hillary’s top man not know anything at all "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

  is a stunning video mashup from MSNBC’s Morning Joe program showing Hillary Clinton campaign manager Robby Mook floundering under basic questions from Morning Joe crew Willie Geist, Joe Scarborough, and Mike Barnicle. Attempting to field questions about Syria, Mook repeatedly revealed himself incapable of speaking for Hillary as any campaign manager should, suggesting that […]

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Scrofulous – of, relating to, pertaining to, resembling, of the nature of, or affected with scrofula; disease with glandular swellings, probably a form of tuberculosis; having a diseased run-down appearance;  morally contaminated, corrupt or degenerate.


Filed under: language Tagged: scrofulous

14:30

Nothing short of child abuse "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Ranty Kiwi comments: Can someone remind me again why we bother letting refugees into the country? Especially as we can’t even deport them when they go feral. He’s talking about these scumbags: Two parents who abused their teenage daughter by forcing her to take freezing baths, hitting her and cutting her hair because they thought […]

14:00

Abolitionist Demands 17: Decriminalise HIV transmission. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This is a part of No Pride in Prisons’ Abolitionist demands. These demands were originally published as a book. To see a pdf of the book, click here. To buy a copy, please email info@noprideinprisons.org.nz

In New Zealand, people living with HIV are legally obligated to disclose their HIV status before having unprotected vaginal or anal sex.[1] Contrary to its aims, this is a damaging, stigmatising law that does little to prevent the spread of HIV or to address the broader social issues surrounding transmission. Criminalising HIV transmission simply deepens the stigma suffered by those who are HIV-positive, and imbues the fear that one’s HIV status may be used against them in the Criminal Injustice System.[2] As such, it may discourage people from seeking out testing or counselling, and creates distrust in the relationships of HIV-positive people with their partners and healthcare providers.[3]

Further, the criminalisation of HIV transmission does not account for or address the fact that many HIV-positive people do not know their HIV status, and particularly so during the first few months after infection.[4] This is also the time when there is highest risk of transmission.[5] In this sense, the criminalisation of HIV transmission is an ineffective if not counter-productive way to combat the spread of HIV.  In effect, all it does is criminalise HIV-positive people. Overseas, these kinds of measures have been used to target gay men, sex workers, and trans women,[6] who have among the highest HIV rates in the world while also experiencing discrimination in healthcare and other social services.[7] It is also worth noting that, according to studies conducted abroad, HIV rates are very high among incarcerated people, who are not given sufficient access to safer sex options or healthcare.[8]

Decriminalising HIV transmission is therefore a step towards facilitating open, honest, and respectful treatment and prevention of HIV. It is also essential in undoing the stigma faced by HIV-positive people in relationships, social services, healthcare, and the Criminal Injustice System.


[1] Body Positive New Zealand, “HIV & Disclosure,” Body Positive New Zealand, 15 April 2016. http://www.bodypositive.org.nz/Pages/HIV_and_Disclosure/.

[2] Open Society Institute, 10 Reasons to Oppose the Criminalization of HIV Exposure or Transmission, (New York: Open Society Institute, 2008), 10.

[3] ibid.

[4] Anna Satcher Johnson et al., “Monitoring Selected National HIV Prevention and Care Objectives by using HIV Surveillance Data,” HIV Surveillance Supplemental Report 19, no. 3 (2014): 12.

[5] AIDS.gov, “Stages of HIV Infection,” AIDS.gov, 27 July 2016....

14:00

Young Labour dealing with the important issues "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

When I saw the news on this originally I thought it was a terrible thing the way it was pushed. Forty years for a waiting list seemed awful, and then I saw minute details that it was in fact a really small subset of people, and even then it wasn’t a disease or illness or anything […]

13:14

Dengan Adanya UURWP, Papua Merdeka Bukan Isu dan Mimpi, tetapi Fakta Hari ini untuk Sejarah Hari Esok "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua Merdeka Nwes (PMNews) mencatat peristiwa bersejarah telah terjadi pada bulan September, pertama-tama dengan disahaknnya Resolusi PBB tentang Hak Asasi Masyarakat Adat pada tanggal 13 September 2007 di New York, Amerika Serikat dalam Sidang Umum PBB. Dalam pasal 3 dari Resolusi ini dengan jelas-jelas mengatakan bahwa "Masyarakat Adat berhak untuk menentukan nasibnya sendiri", berdasarkan hak-hak…

Dengan Adanya UURWP, Papua Merdeka Bukan Isu dan Mimpi, tetapi Fakta Hari ini untuk Sejarah Hari Esok was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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13:01

Anatomy of the Pentagon's assault on the Syrian ceasefire - and the war against Russia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Events in Syria over this last week have thoroughly shattered the Russian-US ceasefire agreement reached in Vienna on September 9th between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov. Last Saturday the US led coalition comprised of US, Australian and UK fighter jets (2 F-16's and 2 A-10's) delivered four airstrikes on Syrian Arab Army troops near the ISIS besieged Syrian airbase in Deir ez-Zor, for the first time killing Syrian soldiers (estimates of 62-83 dead and up to 120 injured). Within 7 minutes after the Syrian troops occupying the high ground overlooking the nearby airbase were attacked, Islamic State militants were opportunistically able to launch an assault and successfully seized control of that strategic high ground. Several hours later the Syrian Arab Army eventually was able to push back to retake its lost position. But Saturday's rapidly unfolding events of the airstrike followed so closely by the on-the-ground terrorist attack unquestionably points to air to ground coordination between US and ISIS that strongly indicates the US led airstrike was premeditated and designed to completely undermine the already tenuous ceasefire. This incident alone decisively kills any prospect for peace that would finally end the five and a half year war that's killed more than 300,000 Syrian people and displaced over 11 million more. The second critical incident that placed the final nail in the peace prospect coffin was Monday's attack on a UN and Syrian Red Crescent Society convoy delivering much needed humanitarian aid to residents of Syria's second largest city Aleppo, still largely occupied by ISIS and al-Nusra Front forces but for months under siege by the advancing Syrian army. The US immediately began blaming both Russia and Syria as an "act of revenge" for Saturday's airstrike that the US feebly claims was an accident. A closer analysis of these two very much related, highly disturbing acts of violence speaks volumes on just how low the imperialistic US Empire is willing to stoop to sabotage peace in the war ravaged nation that's killed or displaced more than half the Syrian population.

13:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Penny's Hill from David Parkinson on Vimeo.

12:52

Kapiti Rescues Featured "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

New TV series depicts dramatic rescues on the Kapiti Coast The Life Flight Trust says Kapiti Coast rescues will feature in four of the main  episodes of the new tv show ‘Life Flight’. The Trust says: “This week the new series of our ‘Life Flight’ TV show launched on TV One  — and rescues from […]

12:30

The first suspect was shot dead by a civilian with a conceal and carry permit. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Gun free zones turn unarmed people into terrorist targets. Legally armed civilians  protect unarmed people from illegally armed terrorists. Muslims Shouting “Allah Akbar!” Go on Stabbing Rampage in St. Cloud – 8 Injured, One Dead Eight people were injured Saturday at Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota when two Muslims went on a stabbing attack. […]

12:00

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Sponsored by What Power Crisis, Award winning solar power provider, FREE Solar Power Diverter worth $795 with 2kW + system. Say “Whaleoil sent you” and email us on hq@whatpowercrisis.co.nz for a deal. Expansion and decline of the Roman Empire

12:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The P epidemic has reached Waikato farms – Chris Lewis:

Federated Farmers runs an 0800 helpline for members, which is a popular way our members get value out of their subscriptions. Increasingly we are getting member calls around drugs and alcohol and advice on how to address this growing issue.

We’ve previously provided advice to farmers who have had multiple houses contaminated with P and even advice to a farmer for an entire workforce that tested positive for drugs. Some of the common questions being asked include: If I don’t have a drug and alcohol policy, how do I go about testing my staff? And, am I insured for my houses and business?

So what are our rights as employers? Should you turn a blind eye so your cows get milked? It is time to directly answer some of the questions, and for you to get answers from experts who work in this field. . . 

SFF ‘unleashed’ by assent – Dene Mackenzie:

Silver Fern Farms would be a ”company unleashed” now approval for Shanghai Maling to buy 50% of the Dunedin meat processor had been confirmed, SFF chairman Rob Hewett said yesterday.

After months of debate and some opposition from dissenting shareholders, Shanghai Maling received approval yesterday to inject $261million into SFF and take a 50% share.

The decision was never in doubt, although the Overseas Investment Office process was a ”black box”, Mr Hewett said in an interview. . . 

Govt defends Wairarapa water grant:

A Wairarapa irrigation system which didn’t stack up economically still got taxpayer cash from the Ministry for Primary Industries, says a damning study commissioned by Fish & Game.

But MPI is standing by its decision and says the report is flawed.

Fish & Game has released an independent analysis of the Wairarapa Water scheme’s successful application for $821,500 from MPI’s Irrigation Acceleration Fund for stage 2 of the scheme, which aims to irrigate 30,000ha.

The 2014 application was based on a long run farmgate milk price of $7.07 per kg of milksolids, which was questionable, and that 55 percent of the irrigated land would quickly be converted to dairy, says author Peter Fraser, of Ropere Consulting. . . 

Strong 2015/16 Profit Result for Fonterra, Encouraging Milk Price Signals Ahead for Fonterra Farmers

Fonterra Shareholders’ Council Chairman, Duncan Coull, said Fonterra’s recording of its highest ever EBIT, which resulted in Fonterra Farmers receiving a 60% increase on the earning per share received last season, was a positive result in an otherwise challenging environment.

Mr Coull: “The final payout of $4.30 for a fully shared-up Farmer is reflective of the very tough season we have endured.

“However, it is encouraging to see that Fonterra, assisted by the low Milk Price environment, has further driven volume into value and captured efficiency gains which have cumulated into a strong dividend while also serving to strengthen our Co-operative’s balance sheet. . ....

11:53

Standing for something "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

In his valedictory speech on Tuesday, departing Green MP Kevin Hague urged political parties not to dodge important issues like death with dignity, adoption reform, and drug decriminalisation, but to be brave and stand for something. Today, the Greens are just that, releasing a medically assisted dying policy:

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said.

“The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities.

“This policy outlines the medical and ethical safeguards that need to be put in place to ensure that people who choose a medically-assisted death are making that choice freely and of their own accord.


The full policy is here, and its exactly what you'd expect from the Greens: sensible and in step with modern New Zealand. The question now is whether any other parties will follow suit, or whether they will continue to be chickenshits for fear of offending a dying fundamentalist minority.

11:30

Andrew Sullivan on the toll of blogging "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Andrew Sullivan has written a TL;DR explanation of what it was that drove him from blogging. There is much in his article that resonates with me. I was sitting in a large meditation hall in a converted novitiate in central Massachusetts when I reached into my pocket for my iPhone. A woman in the front of […]

11:00

Abolitionist Demand 16: Remove abortion from the Crimes Act. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This is a part of No Pride in Prisons’ Abolitionist demands. These demands were originally published as a book. To see a pdf of the book, click here. To buy a copy, please email info@noprideinprisons.org.nz

Abortion is criminalised in New Zealand and is punishable by up to 14 years in prison,[1] unless two doctors certify that the pregnant person[2] meets the conditions for exemption under the Crimes Act 1961.[3] These exemptions are: serious danger to the life, physical health, or mental health of the pregnant person; any form of incest or sexual relations with a guardian; mental sub-normality; foetal abnormality; or, after 20 weeks gestation, only to save the life of or to prevent serious permanent injury to the physical or mental health of the pregnant person.[4]

Doctors may conscientiously object to referring someone for abortion, although they are required to inform the person that they can try another doctor under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.[5] Further, the Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act 1977 restricts where and how abortions may be performed.[6] These conditions make access to abortion services incredibly prohibitive, especially for people in poverty and people living in rural areas far from the nearest clinic. Abortion is a personal health matter, not a criminal matter, and should be decriminalised immediately.

[1]Crimes Act 1961 s 182.

[2] It is important to note that not only women can become pregnant. The wording of “pregnant person” recognises this fact.

[3]Crimes Act 1961 s 187A.

[4]Crimes Act 1961 s 187A.

[5]Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003 s 174.

[6] Contraception, Sterilisation, and Abortion Act 1977.

11:00

When Whaleoil does it, it’s Dirty Politics. When the media does it, it is News "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Oh look!  Local body election dirt!!  And it didn’t come from a blog. Hastings mayoral candidate Adrienne Pierce has come under fire for joking about suicide publicly on Facebook. Ms Pierce said last night she did not want to talk about her post as she had deleted it and apologised to a person who was […]

10:55

We can reduce carbon emissions while growing GDP "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Is it possible to have economic growth at the same time as a country is transitioning to a new climate economy? There’s a debate about whether growth can drive, or even coexist with, climate stabilization. On the other side of the coin, it’s also a discussion of whether climate stabilisation can drive growth. The debates on growth and resources are complex, [...] full article »

10:31

Coal consultant warns thermal coal use could plummet – but dodges questions "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Wood Mackenzie estimates seaborne thermal coal use would have to fall by 40 per cent by 2035 to meet the 2° target.

10:30

Bludging industry and local body numpties want “cost socialisation” "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Richard Harman has the story A self-styled eminent persons’ group of business lobbyists and local body politicians yesterday challenged the Government to abandon its hands-off approach to electricity regulation and “pause” power transmission price changes which would see some parts of New Zealand pay more for their power. Later in Parliament the acting Prime Minister […]

10:21

Field Notes: Wooing wolverines with high-tech lures "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

[caption id="attachment_189548" align="alignnone" width="768"] Wolverines are elusive and difficult to study, but new high-tech equipment is making that task easier. Photo by Jeffrey C. Lewis / USDOT[/caption] [dropcap type="3"]A[/dropcap]lmost everything about North American wolverines (Gulo gulo luscus) makes them hard to study. This reclusive mustelid — part of a carnivorous mammalian family that includes otters, badgers, weasels, martens, ferrets and minks — can traverse sprawling home ranges of up to 1,500 square kilometers (about 600 square miles) or more. In the continental US, wolverines often live at hard-to-reach elevations where the springtime snow stays deep enough for females to dig their dens within it. It’s a lifestyle that’s threatened by the warming climate, with experts predicting losses of more than 30 percent of habitat and range over the next 30 years. In 2014, the wolverine was on the brink of getting listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Although the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) withdrew that proposal, the prospect of getting the wolverine listed at the time was enough to trigger new research in the US Pacific Northwest where the population appears to be making a recovery. (The wolverines’ fortune may change yet again: in 2016, the USFWS was court-ordered to reconsider the ESA listing withdrawal based on insufficient consideration of the threats posed by climate change and genetic isolation.) [caption id="attachment_189542" align="alignleft" width="384"] Robert Long sets up a dispenser device unit and bait bone in Washington's North Cascades. The high-tech dispensers keep the scent lure dripping all…

10:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Cocaine Cowboys Back In the Day When They Used To Market Cocaine Through the 70s and 80s, one drug rules them all. That drug was cocaine. Before it was rendered illegal, the sale of drug paraphernalia was big business. These vintage commercials show luxurious black sofas, sexy women, and lots of cocaine. These advertisements, ripped from magazines […]

10:00

Thursday’s quiz "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This is your chance to pose the questions.

Anyone who stumps everyone will win a virtual chocolate cake.


Filed under: diversions

09:49

Against restoring aid to Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

In 2015, New Zealand suspended all aid to Nauru after the country sacked its chief justice and suspended opposition MPs from Parliament. Now, Murray McCully is apparently thinking of restoring it:

New Zealand is considering whether to restore its aid spending to Nauru.

[...]


The New Zealand Prime Minister John Key met with Nauru President Baron Waqa during the recent Pacific Islands Forum summit in Pohnpei.

Mr Waqa said Mr Key indicated New Zealand would look to restore some of the $US878,000 in aid that had been suspended.

An official with the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs said they were exploring whether the unspent justice funding could be redirected to other projects in Nauru.


To which the obvious question is "why?" Nothing has changed - Nauru's judiciary is still not independent, and opponents of the government still face persecution for their views. Most recently, the Nauruan government is attempting to murder an opposition MP by arbitrarily cancelling their passport, preventing them from travelling for life-saving medical treatment. And of course they're still hosting an Australian concentration camp...

Nauru is not a regime we should be supporting in any way. We should not be restoring aid.

09:39

Be Careful What You Say "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Adolf and The Cook caught up with a friend not seen for some years yesterday.

Over a pleasant brunch we caught up with all the goings on.

Friend's partner of twenty years had been feeling poorly but refused to go to his doctor.  Friend kept at him and at him to which he replied 'Stop f****** nagging, I'll go when I'm ready.  This went on and on until, in a fit of anger, she retorted 'Well drop f***** dead then!'

So he did.

Massive heart attack.


09:30

Whaleoil Political Poll results "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Over 1000 people ( 1352 ) took the time to complete our Political poll so it is a significant sample of conservative and libertarian voting preferences. Who do you think did better in this poll, Act or New Zealand First? You have seen all the other polls but what do the Whaleoilers say? Do they […]

09:08

Whoops: North Korea Accidentally Let the World See Its Internet — And It Only Has 28 Sites "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Piper McGowin

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It seems that a technical error in the hosting of the reclusive hermit kingdom allowed the world to have a glimpse at the never-before-seen world of the Internet — North Korea-style.

Based on what was captured, and subsequently revealed via Github, it seems that Kim Jong Un’s regime has allowed all of 28 websites to be registered, and many of those are apparently no longer functional.

Chances are that whoever let this leak out will be next in line for an execution via the wrath of Un, who has proven to be predictably petty and vindictive.

via CNBC:

Someone in North Korea is in a lot of trouble.

The secretive state somehow accidentally opened access to all the websites hosted on its servers, revealing that it only has 28 registered domains.

On Monday at around 10 p.m. Pacific time, North Korea’s nameserver – that contains information about all of the “.kp” websites – was misconfigured, allowing it to be accessed. This meant Matthew Bryant, a researcher, was able to access the domain names and some of the file data about the site.

Bryant dumped all of this on Github – a site that hosts computer code. It’s the first real look into the secret online world of the hermit state North Korea.

Of course, the majority of the North Korean population lives under a cloud of repression, and they have little, if any, access to modern devices or the Internet.

The minute footprint the nation’s users do have is surely the most policed and censored in the world – and that’s saying quite a bit after factoring in the Great Firewall of China and censorship measures taken globally via Facebook and other large platforms.

Still… we’re supposed to be shaking in our boots believing that North Korea might nuke us when they can’t even Internet?

Here’s just a few of the screenshots, as posted by NorthKoreaTech.org. Most of the websites carry ridiculous propaganda celebrating their Dear Leader… but then again, what else would you expect?

And here is what North Korea considers “national insurance”:

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Reddit posted a list, along with other information, about these curious sites from what is arguably the most isolated country on the planet. Here’s a list of all the websites and what they are in case the link doesn’t work anymore:

Whoops: North Korea Accidentally Let the World See Its Internet — And It Only Has 28 Sites "IndyWatch Feed World"

screen-shot-2016-09-21-at-5-54-32-pm

It seems that a technical error in the hosting of the reclusive hermit kingdom allowed the world to have a glimpse at the never-before-seen world of the Internet — North Korea-style.

Based on what was captured, and subsequently revealed via Github, it seems that Kim Jong Un’s regime has allowed all of 28 websites to be registered, and many of those are apparently no longer functional.

Chances are that whoever let this leak out will be next in line for an execution via the wrath of Un, who has proven to be predictably petty and vindictive.

via CNBC:

Someone in North Korea is in a lot of trouble.

The secretive state somehow accidentally opened access to all the websites hosted on its servers, revealing that it only has 28 registered domains.

On Monday at around 10 p.m. Pacific time, North Korea’s nameserver – that contains information about all of the “.kp” websites – was misconfigured, allowing it to be accessed. This meant Matthew Bryant, a researcher, was able to access the domain names and some of the file data about the site.

Bryant dumped all of this on Github – a site that hosts computer code. It’s the first real look into the secret online world of the hermit state North Korea.

Of course, the majority of the North Korean population lives under a cloud of repression, and they have little, if any, access to modern devices or the Internet.

The minute footprint the nation’s users do have is surely the most policed and censored in the world – and that’s saying quite a bit after factoring in the Great Firewall of China and censorship measures taken globally via Facebook and other large platforms.

Still… we’re supposed to be shaking in our boots believing that North Korea might nuke us when they can’t even Internet?

Here’s just a few of the screenshots, as posted by NorthKoreaTech.org. Most of the websites carry ridiculous propaganda celebrating their Dear Leader… but then again, what else would you expect?

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And here is what North Korea considers “national insurance”:

2016-09-21_18-03-32

Reddit posted a list, along with other information, about these curious sites from what is arguably the most isolated country on the planet. Here’s a list of all the websites and what they are in case the link doesn’t work anymore:

08:59

HOW AUSSIES CENSOR PNG MEDIA "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By Camillus Potpot and our Australian contributors
Highly confidential information that has just now been shown to PNG Blogs reveals how Australia’s kon dealings support the O’Neill Regime’s ongoing corruption.

Very high-up sources in Australia say the Turnbull Government’s media policy stops any criticism of the Prime Minister, the most corrupt leader in the Pacific and most corrupt in PNG independent history.

They have told PNG Blogs that the Turnbull Government compromises the mainstream PNG media, which is already wide open to bribery and corruption by O’Neill, by using secret ways and means.

One certified example by the sources is the recent EMTV documentary series Tanim Graun, which was funded through the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby.

A top-secret agreement with EMTV allowed the Turnbull Government to censor the program through the AHC so that there was no criticism of O’Neill or his corrupt government or his corrupt cronies.

Final productions of the show were given to the AHC to censor before going “On Air”.

It is unknown about whether the producers of Tanim Graun or the guest appearances knew about the top secret agreement or the AHC censorship.

As well as banning any reporting of O’Neill and corruption, other subjects were also off-limited by the Australians.

This subjects included:

1. Climate change and Australia’s fight to keep its high-polluting coal industry going when at the same time sea levels are forcing PNGeans off their low lands as refugees in their own land without any assistance or compensation from Australia.

2. The O’Neill Regime trying to get its hand on the Bougainville Copper Mine against Father John Momis and the ABG and the landowners.

3. The genocide being conducted against the rightful Melanesian landowners in West Papua and the Turnbull and O’Neill’s support for Indonesia by military training of Kopassus (Australian) and diplomatic agreement for Indon killers to join Melanesian Spearhead (O’Neill)

The program Tanim Graun focussed on sustainable development in PNG so no one can answer why there was no criticism of O’Neill allowed when it is widely known he and his “AUSSIE MATES” in PNG steal development funds including aid funds from Australia.

Neither can they say why no commentary is permissible on climate change and the Indon war against Melanesians which are legitimate most important subjects for the public to discuss and analyse.

08:51

Call to ban gas mining in Qld channel country "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Queensland's channel country viewed from the air. Photo Australian Geographic

Queensland’s channel country viewed from the air. Photo Australian Geographic

BRISBANE – [AAP]

Conservationists have analysed research from the United States to highlight the risks of unconventional gas mining and demand the Queensland government better protect the channel country.

The report, released by the Western Rivers Alliance (WRA) on Thursday, takes particular aim at shale gas, which is extracted from layers of shale rocks.

It singled out well failures, high water demand, water and soil contamination and earthquakes as geological risks.

University of NSW Professor Richard Kingsford said the volume of water needed for gas mining in the country’s driest region was concerning.

‘The magnificent and intact channel country of the Lake Eyre Basin rivers would inevitably be affected if gas fields became established and interrupted the natural movement of water flows with extensive road and pipeline networks,’ he said.

Research on chemical pollution from fracking in Pennsylvania found failure rates in newly drilled shale gas wells was as high as 8.9 per cent over three years.

The report cites work from Professor Tony Ingraffea, who claims that 60 per cent of wells will fail over 20 years and eventually 100 per cent will fail.

It said scientists did not know enough about the health risks of groundwater pollution because of the ‘rapid expansion of unconventional oil and gas development’.

WRA coordinator Sarah Moles said the CSG industry in Queensland’s Surat Basin had caused a decline in wellbeing and social capital, with few locals benefiting from jobs.

‘The bottom line is that channel country communities have very little to gain from this industry – but a great deal to lose,’ she said.

In 2014, the former LNP government repealed Labor’s 2005 Wild Rivers laws which banned strip mining, intensive agriculture and in-stream dams in Cape York and provided protections for the channel country.

The LNP ruled out open-cut mining and capped water expansion in the latter region, with oil and gas development to instead be controlled under conditions in other environmental legislation.

The WRA called on Labor to fulfil an election promise to shield the region with legal protections.

Environment minister Dr Steven Miles and mines minister Dr Anthony Lynham have been contacted for comment.

 

 

The post Call to ban gas mining in Qld channel country appeared first on Echonetdaily.

08:37

Storm warning Fury over West Papuan flag "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"



Article in September issue of Islands Business magazine












08:30

Another dodgy dam plan being pushed by ratbag promoters "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Another dodgy socialist dam is being proposed in Wairarapa and has all the same hallmarks of the Dodgy Socialist Dam in Hawkes Bay. A report released today shows the Irrigation Acceleration Fund (IAF) paid almost $1 million to an infrastructure project in Wairarapa based on “highly misleading” information and an application that “lacked credible economic […]

08:25

Value-add shows value of co-operative "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fonterra has announced a 65% increase in net profit after tax to $834 million which the company says reflects a stronger business despite ongoing challenges in global dairy markets.

Highlights:

Sales volume increased 4% to 23.7 billion Liquid Milk Equivalents (LME)

· Revenue $17.2 billion, down 9%

· Normalised EBIT $1.4 billion, up 39%

· Net profit after tax $834 million, up 65%

· Return on capital 12.4%, up from 8.9%

· Ingredients inventories down 25%

· Gearing ratio reduced to 44.3% from 49.7%

· Debt reduced by $1.6 billion to $5.5 billion

· Earnings per share 51 cents

· Cash Payout $4.30

– Farmgate Milk Price $3.90 per kgMS

– Dividend of 40 cents per share

 . . . Chairman John Wilson said that the 2015/16 season had been incredibly difficult for farmers, their families and rural communities, with global dairy prices at unsustainable levels.

“Our Co-operative has responded. We continued with the significant and necessary changes we began in the business over three years ago to support our strategy and its priorities, and worked hard to return every possible cent of value back to our farmers.

“Our business strategy is serving us well. We are moving more milk into higher-returning consumer and foodservice products while securing sustainable ingredients margins over the GlobalDairyTrade benchmarks, especially through speciality ingredients and service offerings.

“Through increased earnings and continuing financial discipline we have increased the return on capital and strengthened our balance sheet by significantly reducing debt.

“We have done what we can to support our farmers with the Co-operative Support Loan, and early payment of dividends.

“After a period of deliberate and disciplined attention to the business, we have become a stronger Co-operative operationally, financially and in our mindset with a clear sense of direction and a structure which will support real momentum in our strategy going forward,” said Mr Wilson.

Mr Wilson said farmers’ decisions to reduce stocking rates and supplementary feeding to help lower costs resulted in milk collection across New Zealand for the 2015/16 season declining to 1,566 million kgMS, down three per cent on the previous season.

Strong volume and value growth

Chief Executive Theo Spierings said more volumes of milk sold at higher value is at the heart of Fonterra’s strategy.

“For our farmers, the promise is that we will make the most of their milk. We’re keeping that promise.

“We’ve seen the real strength of our ingredients business this year. The money our farmers have invested in stainless steel is giving us more choice, and we have matched production to the highest value customer demand. In a difficult market, we increased ingredients normalised EBIT this year by 24 per cent to $1,204 million.

“In consumer and foodservice, we...

08:25

DIGICEL'S SURGICAL BLOCKING OF ONLINE ADS FROM GOOGLE, FACEBOOK AND OTHER MEDIA AFFECT BUSINESS IN PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Digicel blocks Online advertisements from google , facebook  and other social Media  in Papua New Guinea , affect  businesses.

by JOE KUNAI

It is sad news for individuals and companies in Papua New Guinea who rely on internet advertisement to market and sell their products and service online, that Digicel a mobile phone company has suddenly started blocked off Google, facebook Yahoo ads and other social media online advertisement. It is understood that Digicel will soon implement the ad-blocking program in other Pacific countries that are using its network.

So what is this blockage mean?
This means that all advertisements from Google, Facebook and other social media platforms are blocked on the Digicel network. For instance, suppose that you promote a product through the facebook sponsored page and you target Papua New Guinea audience to sell your product, someone visiting facebook from Papua New Guinea through Digicel network will not see your sponsored page and your product because Digicel blocks it. Likewise for Google and Yahoo ads. At the moment Digicel has blocked off google and yahoo ads only and will soon implement the blockage on other social media like facebook and yahoo.

Why the blockage
The reasons why Digicel blocked off the ads from the internet giants like google, facebook, and yahoos are because of competition. Many business houses, Institutions, Government Departments and individuals are spending money on the use of internet to market their products and services instead of the Digicels Media network like TV Wan and Pacific Media (Loop PNG and other media owned by Digicel).

About 90% of internet usage in Papua New Guinea is through Digicel broadband and Mobile network. The company boasts of having the largest and better network in Papua New Guinea. Thousands of Papua New Guineans and business houses rely on the mobile phone company internet service to promote their services and products. Digicel sees that many advertisers are not using their services and are resorting to using the internet to market their products thus not generating enough revenue for the company. Thus the blockage by Digicel on the online advertisement companies is to get all the PNG bases advertisers to use their network.

Consequence of Digicels blockage of Online Advertisement on PNG Economy

i. Loss of Revenue


The increase in use of mobiles phones particularly from Digicel in Papua New Guinea has prompted many individuals, organizations and companies to advertise their services and products online. For example, the Tourism authority in PNG promotes tourism destinations in Papua New Guinea through the internet using marketing tool like google advertisement and facebook sponsored advertisements.

Many people around the world see these advertisements and promotions and collect more information before visiting Papua New Guinea. Other companies like Air Niugini promote and advertises cheapest fares online through facebook or google advertisement. People who have internet access on their mobile phone easily see those ads become aware of those cheap flights. However, Di...

08:12

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

FREE HAWAI`I TV
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If Someone Told You Youʻre Doing A Lousy Job, Youʻd Try To Do Better, Right?

Not The Office Of Hawaiian Affairs Trustees.

Instead Their Reaction Was To Blow Even More Hawaiian Beneficiary Money.

Watch This To See What Ridiculous Project They Wasted It On, Why They Think They Can Get Away With It & What You Can Do To Help Stop Them. 


Then Share This Video Today With Your Family & Everyone You Know.



08:10

Cosmopolitanism For Pauline Hanson: A Nation’s Panacea? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Professor Stuart Rees believes an inclusive way forward for the global community lies in the notion of cosmopolitanism.

Enthusiasm about cosmopolitanism is the most appropriate response to Pauline Hanson’s recent speech forecasting that Australia was in danger of being overrun by Muslims.

It’s not only Senator Hanson who likes to polarize. Politicians and media commentators think it’s appropriate to foment fear, about terrorism, about asylum seekers, about the growing economic and military power of China and concerning the consequences of same sex marriage. There are alternative perspectives.

 

Understanding or Divisiveness ?

Values and vision inherent in cosmopolitanism can provide an antidote to divisiveness.

Being cosmopolitan presupposes a sense of identity and a shared morality through belonging to the world, not to a particular religion, race or political creed. The language of cosmopolitanism shows struggles for understanding to be more constructive than constantly asking who is our enemy, what side are you on ?

Cosmopolitanism refutes the authoritarianism of the classic political assertion, ‘If you’re not with us, you’re against us.’

A sense of status and identity may derive from fear and by labelling citizens as worthy or unworthy, as lifters or leaners, as contributors or non-contributors to project Australia. Treasurer Scott Morrison summed up his economic wisdom by referring to the taxed and the not taxed. His predecessor Joe Hockey disparaged people who received welfare benefits. They were individuals, he said, who assumed they were entitled, but he ignored wealthy beneficiaries of governments’ subsidies and financial support.

Even the popular ABC television programme Q&A shows a penchant for divisiveness, as though this is a priority media role, the way to entertain. The five-person format that must have one on the left and one on the right, appears to contribute to a search for controversy rather than understanding. Chairperson Tony Jones’ adopted role as the controversial cross examiner needs divisiveness and can leave some panel members stranded like shags on a rock, unable to present their own views, perhaps wondering why they were invited to appear.

To be fair, and to return to cosmopolitanism, subjects such as the social determinants of health, as described by Boyer Lecturer Professor Michael Marmot, or the relevance of Shakespeare to the present day, have also been the focus of Q&A evenings. When that happened, audiences seemed engrossed and joyful, grateful for contributions to their understanding of inequalities in health, and of the timeless value of the bard.

Cosmopolitanism can be fun, health promoting, culture building and non-divisive, and it is far more constructive than the alternatives.

 

Above the Nation State

French philosopher Derrida describes cosmopolitanism as being above the nation state, beyond a preoccupation with borders, and at least raising questions about the merits of sovereignty.

In a world faced with climate change, with the world-wide spread of epidemics and with the massive movement of refugees, there’s a chance to envision relationships which embrace inclusiveness, which emphasize tolerance plus a determination to learn from and never repeat the abuses of a violent colonial past. In this respect, Indigenous Labor MP Linda Burney’s maiden speech in the House of Representatives gave us hopeful, healing, light-on-the-hill reminiscences which need to be embraced and repeated.

Centre pieces in cosmopolitanism include commitments to hospitality coupled to visions of generosity which cut through the mind set which speaks of the need for more weapons to defend borders, more resources to build walls. Even the electronic paraphernalia used to protect gated communities symbolizes a need for people to...

08:00

Australia has a serious problem with child brides "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I am seeing it all over facebook. Article after article and video after video. Australia has a serious problem with child brides. They are not even part of Europe yet this is already a serious problem for them. Forget the danger of Islamic terrorism. Islam is bringing pedophilia to Australia’s shores. New Zealand will be […]

07:50

Fukushima Has Now Contaminated 1/3 Of The Worlds Oceans "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

Written by Sophia Akram of www.neonnettle.com

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), seeking to promote the peaceful use of Nuclear Power, in 2011 established with the Regional Cooperative Agreement (RCA) Member States, a joint IAEA Technical Cooperation (TC) project in the region of the Pacific Ocean. It was established after the Fukushima disaster when a tsunami caused by a major earthquake on 11 March 2011, disabled the power supply and cooling of three Fukushima Daiichi reactors, causing a nuclear accident. As a result a large quantity of radioactive material was admitted into the Pacific Ocean.

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Of no surprise, this caused great concern to countries based around the Pacific Ocean due to the potential economic and environmental implications. The TC project’s aim was therefore, to monitor the presence of radioactive substances in the marine environment.

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The first annual review meeting held in August 2012 demonstrated predictive hydrodynamic models and they predicted that the strong current, known as the Kuroshio Current and its extension, had the ability to transport the radioactive substances across the Pacific Ocean in an easterly direction. However, the concentration of radioactivity was not as high as originally thought.

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A field study found that two filter cartridges were coated, which showed elements of cesium, a radioactive substance.

The TC is due to conclude this year. A few results have caused concern. A field study they conducted on 2 July 2014, revealed from two sets of seawater samples, found that two filter cartridges were coated, which showed elements of cesium, a radioactive substance.

Then recently, trace amounts of cesium-134 and cesium-137 turned up in samples collected near Vancouver Island in Br...

07:30

John Key absolutely kills any chance Helen Clark had left "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Telling the Top Five that Helen will sort it all out by making wholesale changes, such as attempting to remove veto rights will absolutely ensure her future is scuttled.   The last thing the Top Five want is any radical change. Prime Minister John Key has told the United Nations it needs Helen Clark to […]

07:17

Govt using ‘secret’ assessment tool to ram through mine approval "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Wambo coalmine. Photo Newcastle Herald

Wambo coalmine. Photo Newcastle Herald

A leading NSW conservation group says the Baird government has hit a new low with revelations it is using a ‘secret’ planning assessment tool that has never been made public to assess biodiversity impacts of a major new coal mine near Singleton in the Hunter Valley.

The United Wambo Open Cut Coal Mine Project will destroy 464 hectares of bushland, half of which is Central Hunter Valley Eucalypt Forest, a federally listed endangered ecosystem that is home to Koala, Spotted-tailed quoll, and other threatened species.

‘It is utterly scandalous that the Baird government is using a policy that only public servants and mining companies have seen to assess the biodiversity impacts of a massively destructive project,’ Nature Conservation Council CEO Kate Smolski said.

‘We can have no faith that biodiversity values of the Hunter are being properly considered when the public does not even know what criteria is being used to assess the impacts of this project.

‘Where is the commitment to transparency and openness? Where is the commitment to good governance? Where is the commitment to preventing extinctions of our unique wildlife? The planning system in NSW has hit a new low.’

The application, which has been developed in close consultation with the Planning Department, proposes using rehabilitated mine site to meet 56% of its biodiversity offset required for the Central Hunter Valley Eucalypt Forest.

‘That is an extraordinary overuse of mine rehab given that scientists have raised serious concerns about the ability to rehabilitate degraded mine lands. It doesn’t even meet the NSW Government’s poor offsets policy for mines,’ Ms Smolski said.

‘This proposal has been developed in close consultation with the Department of Planning and OEH. These departments have collaborated in the development of a proposal that plainly breaches the government’s own standards and threatens to make endangered species locally extinct.

‘The significant uncertainty around the biodiversity assessment and offsetting rules that apply to the project means this project should not proceed until the Upper Hunter Strategic Assessment is finalised and made publicly available.

‘We demand that the government use only laws that have been subject to public scrutiny and comment to assess any development proposals in NSW.’

 

The post Govt using ‘secret’ assessment tool to ram through mine approval appeared first on Echonetdaily.

07:00

Union bovver boy appointed as Little’s chief of staff "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Andrew Little has appointed a former EPMU bovver boy as his new Chief of Staff. Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little has today appointed Neale Jones as Chief of Staff and Mike Jaspers as Chief Press Secretary. Neale Jones presently works in the Leader’s Office as Political Director. Mike Jaspers currently works for New Zealand […]

06:44

1) Indonesia, Fiji discuss development cooperation in Pacific region "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"




2) Indonesian Backing Sought For Council

3) Island focus: Ryamizard appoints 124 state defence recruits 
4) UN opens new office space in Honiara
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1) Indonesia, Fiji discuss development cooperation in Pacific region




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06:30

BDS Movement one of the many faces of terrorism "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked hit the nail on the head when she said that criticism of Israel is legitimate. Liberals can criticise Israel because they do not like what they think it does, just as I can criticise Islamic countries because of what I think that they do. The BDS movement, however, doesn’t just […]

06:03

Whale right in the harbour "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Dunedin is becoming well known for it’s wildlife, especially associated with the ocean. Penguins, seals, sea lions and albatross are all becoming easy to see, and I have seen a sea leopard lying on Aramoana beach once. Whales seem to be slowly coming back too. Recently a pair of southern right whales were seen off […]

06:00

So says the woman that calls fat people Heifers and Lardos "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Rachel Smalley, the only “serious” journalist at NewstalkZB, has decided to share her opinion on slurs…which is a bit rich coming from someone who likes calling fatties lardos and heifers. I wrote yesterday about the Bravo channel broadcasting a racial slur on The Real Housewives of Auckland – one woman used the n-word in reference […]

06:00

Global Fund round five: Australia keeping up "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

Bill Gates and Justin Trudeau at the Global Citizen concert in Montreal. Photo via Bill Gates on Twitter.Over the weekend, leaders and foreign ministers met in Montreal, Canada, for the fifth replenishment conference for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Global Citizen threw a big concert, Bill Gates hugged the very beautiful Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, Bono gave a keynote, and at the end of it all, the Global Fund had raised US$12.9 billion in pledges.

This is nearly a billion dollars more than what was raised in the fourth replenishment, and just shy of the Fund’s $13 billion target for 2017-19, so a good outcome. This echoes the outcome for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, in January 2015 – Gavi also met its funding target of US$7.5 billion over five years.

Australia pledged A$220 million, a nominal increase of 10 percent on our last pledge, as you can see below in the chart from the Australian Aid Tracker.

Given the massive cuts to Australian aid since the last Global Fund replenishment in 2013, this is a good result for the Fund. Australia committed 10% more, and overall the Global Fund raised about 10% more. It is a sign that the government continues to support the Global Fund’s work. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop notes that the Global Fund is a “valued partner in Australia’s efforts to improve regional health security” in the press release announcing the pledge.

It is also perhaps a testament to the strong advocacy that has been undertaken on behalf of the Fund in Australia over the past few years – leader Mark Dybul has made a couple of visits, including to deliver the 2016 Mitchell Oration at our Centre. The hard yards put in by Fund advocates on Capital Hill seem to have paid of...

05:52

Russian Military: US Coalition Predator Drone Spotted at Time & Place of Syria UN Aid Convoy Attack "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

21st Century Wire says…

Despite proclamations by US official, details of the attack on the UN Aid Convoy yesterday are still sketchy. With no evidence to hand John Kerry and “unnamed” US officials claim that ‘they know’ the Russian attacked the UN aid convoy passing through a ‘rebel’ terrorist-held highway while travelling out of West Aleppo and heading southwest towards al-Foua and Kefraya villages. From the onset, both Russian and Syrian military stated they were not involved in this incident, but US maintain they are the guilty parties. 

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John Kerry blaming Russia for mysterious attack on UN Convoy.

The US insistence to blame Russia for attacking this UN Aid Convoy appears to be a desperate deflect-and-divert public relations move to mask the fact the Washington destroyed its own ceasefire agreement on Saturday when it massacred over 70 Syrian Army soldiers and wounding another 100, in a sustained one hour-long attack involving multiple aircraft from the US, UK, Australia and Denmark. Because of that US-led airstrike, ISIS was allowed to advance immediately forward towards taking the key strategic city of Deir al-Zour. In spite of the unlikely coincidence, Washington claimed this was all just “a mistake.”

In addition, US Coalition and Gulf-backed ‘rebel’ terrorists had already broke the Russia-US ceasefire multiple times, and are also on record boasting earlier in the week how terrorist-held East Aleppo militants would refuse any UN aid convoy that crossed their sights.

Did the US and its “rebel” forces on the ground orchestrate another false flag event designed to avoid condemnation of Saturday’s massacre?

“Our western colleages are putting their best efforts to hype up the situation and ‘blur’ the tragedy in Deir ez-Zor and to distract the international community from Al-Nusra’s advance on Aleppo and thus cover the US incompetence in distinguishing between the ‘moderate’ opposition and terrorists in Syria.” – Russian spokeperson.

Now, new evidence suggests that the US Coalition may be misleading the world about their true intentions… 

Predator-Drone
RT

The Russian Defense Ministry says that a US coalition drone was in the vicinity of a humanitarian convoy when it was attacked outside Aleppo. According to the Russian military, the unmanned aircraft was a Predator drone.

On the evening of September 19, in that specific region, a drone belonging to the international condition, which had taken off from the Incirlik air base in Turkey, was flying at a height of 3,600 meters and traveling...

Russian Military: US Coalition Predator Drone Spotted at Time & Place of Syria UN Aid Convoy Attack "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

By 21wire

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21st Century Wire says…

Despite proclamations by US official, details of the attack on the UN Aid Convoy yesterday are still sketchy. With no evidence to hand John Kerry and “unnamed” US officials claim that ‘they know’ the Russian attacked the UN aid convoy passing through a ‘rebel’ terrorist-held highway while travelling out of West Aleppo and heading southwest towards al-Foua and Kefraya villages. From the onset, both Russian and Syrian military stated they were not involved in this incident, but US maintain they are the guilty parties.

John Kerry blaming Russia for mysterious attack on UN Convoy.

The US insistence to blame Russia for attacking this UN Aid Convoy appears to be a desperate deflect-and-divert public relations move to mask the fact the Washington destroyed its own ceasefire agreement on Saturday when it massacred over 70 Syrian Army soldiers and wounding another 100, in a sustained one hour-long attack involving multiple aircraft from the US, UK, Australia and Denmark. Because of that US-led airstrike, ISIS was allowed to advance immediately forward towards taking the key strategic city of Deir al-Zour. In spite of the unlikely coincidence, Washington claimed this was all just “a mistake.”

In addition, US Coalition and Gulf-backed ‘rebel’ terrorists had already broke the Russia-US ceasefire multiple times, and are also on record boasting earlier in the week how terrorist-held East Aleppo militants would refuse any UN aid convoy that crossed their sights.

Did the US and its “rebel” forces on the ground orchestrate another false flag event designed to avoid condemnation of Saturday’s massacre?

“Our western colleages are putting their best efforts to hype up the situation and ‘blur’ the tragedy in Deir ez-Zor and to distract the international community from Al-Nusra’s advance on Aleppo and thus cover the US incompetence in distinguishing between the ‘moderate’ opposition and terrorists in Syria.” – Russian spokeperson.

Now, new evidence suggests that the US Coalition may be misleading the world about their true intentions…

Predator-Drone
RT

The Russian Defense Ministry says that a US coalition drone was in the vicinity of a humanitarian convoy when it was attacked outside Aleppo. According to the Russian military, the unmanned aircraft was a Predator drone.

On the evening of September 19, in that specific region, a drone belonging to the international condition, which had taken off from the Incirlik air base in Turkey, was flying at a height of 3,600 meters and traveling at around 200 kilometers per hour,” said Russian....

Russian Military: US Coalition Predator Drone Spotted at Time & Place of Syria Aid Convoy Attack "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

By 21wire

facebook

21st Century Wire says…

Despite proclamations by US official, details of the attack on the UN Aid Convoy yesterday are still sketchy. With no evidence to hand John Kerry and “unnamed” US officials claim that ‘they know’ the Russian attacked the UN aid convoy passing through a ‘rebel’ terrorist-held highway while travelling out of West Aleppo and heading southwest towards al-Foua and Kefraya villages. From the onset, both Russian and Syrian military stated they were not involved in this incident, but US maintain they are the guilty parties.

John Kerry blaming Russia for mysterious attack on UN Convoy.

The US insistence to blame Russia for attacking this UN Aid Convoy appears to be a desperate deflect-and-divert public relations move to mask the fact the Washington destroyed its own ceasefire agreement on Saturday when it massacred over 70 Syrian Army soldiers and wounding another 100, in a sustained one hour-long attack involving multiple aircraft from the US, UK, Australia and Denmark. Because of that US-led airstrike, ISIS was allowed to advance immediately forward towards taking the key strategic city of Deir al-Zour. In spite of the unlikely coincidence, Washington claimed this was all just “a mistake.”

In addition, US Coalition and Gulf-backed ‘rebel’ terrorists had already broke the Russia-US ceasefire multiple times, and are also on record boasting earlier in the week how terrorist-held East Aleppo militants would refuse any UN aid convoy that crossed their sights.

Did the US and its “rebel” forces on the ground orchestrate another false flag event designed to avoid condemnation of Saturday’s massacre?

“Our western colleages are putting their best efforts to hype up the situation and ‘blur’ the tragedy in Deir ez-Zor and to distract the international community from Al-Nusra’s advance on Aleppo and thus cover the US incompetence in distinguishing between the ‘moderate’ opposition and terrorists in Syria.” – Russian spokeperson.

Now, new evidence suggests that the US Coalition may be misleading the world about their true intentions…

Predator-Drone
RT

The Russian Defense Ministry says that a US coalition drone was in the vicinity of a humanitarian convoy when it was attacked outside Aleppo. According to the Russian military, the unmanned aircraft was a Predator drone.

On the evening of September 19, in that specific region, a drone belonging to the international condition, which had taken off from the Incirlik air base in Turkey, was flying at a height of 3,600 meters and traveling at around 200 kilometers per hour,” said Russian Defens...

05:30

Labour in disguise "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Phil Goff is being sneaky with his blue signs in Auckland. Justin Lester is being sneaky with his yellow signs in Wellington. It seems Labour candidates have realised how toxic their brand is, so try to hide it. It seems the more a candidate calls themselves independent the less they are in fact independent. Haydn […]

05:30

13th century Maya codex, long shrouded in controversy, proves genuine "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Brown University's Stephen Houston and a team of leading researchers in anthropology and Maya archeology methodically verify the authenticity of the oldest known manuscript in ancient America. The Grolier Codex, an ancient document that is among the rarest books in the world, has been regarded with skepticism since it was reportedly unearthed by looters from a cave in Chiapas, Mexico, in the 1960s. But a meticulous new study of the codex has yielded a startling conclusion: The codex is both genuine and likely the most ancient of all surviving manuscripts from ancient America. Stephen Houston, the Dupee Family Professor of Social Science and co-director of the Program in Early Cultures at Brown University, worked with Michael Coe, professor emeritus of archeology and anthropology at Harvard and leader of the research team, along with Mary Miller of Yale and Karl Taube of the University of California-Riverside. They reviewed "all known research on the manuscript," analyzing it "without regard to the politics, academic and otherwise, that have enveloped the Grolier," the team wrote in its study "The Fourth Maya Codex." The paper, published in the journal Maya Archaeology, fills a special section of the publication and includes a lavish facsimile of the codex.

05:23

DNA study confirms indigenous Australians most ancient civilization "IndyWatch Feed National"

Claims that Indigenous Australians are the most ancient continuous civilisation on Earth have been backed by the first extensive study of their DNA, which dates their origins to more than 50,000 years ago. Scientists were able to trace the remarkable journey made by intrepid ancient humans by sifting through clues left in the DNA of modern populations in Australia and Papua New Guinea. The analysis shows that their ancestors were probably the first humans to cross an ocean, and reveals evidence of prehistoric liaisons with an unknown hominin cousin. Prof Eske Willerslev, an evolutionary geneticist who led the work at the University of Copenhagen, said: "This story has been missing for a long time in science. Now we know their relatives are the guys who were the first real human explorers. Our ancestors were sitting being kind of scared of the world while they set out on this exceptional journey across Asia and across the sea." The findings appear in one of four major human origins papers published in Nature this week, which together give an unprecedented insight into how humans first migrated out of the African continent, splintered into distinct populations and spread across the globe. Willerslev's findings, based on a new population analysis of 83 Indigenous Australians and 25 Papuans, shows that these groups can trace their origins back to the very first arrivals on the continent about 50,000 years ago and that they remained almost entirely isolated until around 4,000 years ago. "They are probably the oldest group in the world that you can link to one particular place," said Willerslev. En route to Australia, early humans would have encountered a motley assortment of other roving hominin species, including an unknown human relative who has now been shown to have contributed around 4% to the Indigenous Australian genome. Previously, scientists have discovered that prehistoric couplings have left all non-Africans today carrying 1-6% of Neanderthal DNA.

05:19

Key: “Syria has become a byword for failure” "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

RNZ reports on John Key at the Security Council: Devastating Syria conflict ‘a byword for failure’ Prime Minister John Key has told the UN the conflict in Syria is a byword for failure and the international response has so far failed. Mr Key chaired a heated Security Council session on Syria in which the US […]

05:15

Shocking levels of cancer-causing chromium-6 have been found in water supplies across the US "IndyWatch Feed World"

By Gordon

White girl drinks water from a glass (Shutterstock)

20 Sep 2016

White girl drinks water from a glass (Shutterstock)

About two-thirds of Americans are exposed to unsafe levels of a cancer-causing chemical compound in their drinking water, according to a new analysis.

The Environmental Working Group tested more than 60,000 water samples between 2013 and 2015 and found chromium-6 in more than 75 percent of the samples, six years after its analysis found elevated levels of the compound in 31 of 35 cities sampled.

The Oklahoma City and Phoenix areas had by far the highest levels of contamination, followed by St. Louis County, Houston, Los Angeles and Suffolk County, New York.

Water in Cleveland County, just south of Oklahoma City, found up chromium-6 levels at an average of 29.59 parts per billion — with a high reading of 97.38 ppb — which is exponentially higher than the California Public Health Goal of 0.02 ppb.

See the chromium-6 levels in your county with this interactive map.

The study found that every U.S. water system that serves more than 1 million people has potentially harmful levels of chromium-6.

The movie “Erin Brockovich” depicted the real-life story a lawsuit filed by residents of Hinkley, California, against Pacific Gas and Electric Company after dangerous levels of the carcinogenic chromium-6 were found in their drinking water.

“More than 20 years ago, we learned that this dangerous chemical poisoned the tap water of California communities, and now these tests and EWG’s report show that roughly 218 million Americans are being served drinking water polluted with potentially dangerous levels of this known carcinogen,” Brockovich said.

“But in that time the EPA hasn’t set drinking water standards for any previously unregulated contaminant, and there are disturbing signs the agency may again do nothing about chromium-6,” she added. “This is an abject failure by the EPA, including members of Congress charged with overseeing the agency, and every American should be outraged by this inaction.”

Only California has a legal limit for chromium-6 — which is used in steel production and in electrical plants’ cooling towers — in drinking water, and Brockovich said even that is set too low.

Airborne chromium-6 particles can cause lung cancer, and drinking contaminated water can cause stomach cancer, liver damage, reproductive problems and harm to children’s brain development.

Source: http://www.rawstory.com/2016/09/shocking-levels-of-cancer-causing-chromium-6-have-been-found-in-water-supplies-across-the-us/

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05:08

Hager at Williams v Craig "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager gave evidence unwillingly in the defamation case between Jordan Williams and Colin Craig. In the days leading up to this there was some PR positioning on Twitter, led by Matthew Hooton. @MatthewHootonNZ To my knowledge, Nicky Hager was not compelled to give evidence in support of Colin Craig. He is […]

05:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The greatest things are accomplished by individual people, not by committees or companies. – Fay Weldon who celebrates her 85th birthday today.

She also said:

Guilt to motherhood is like grapes to wine.

And:

One must be careful with words. Words turn probabilities into facts and by sheer force of
definition translate tendencies into habits.

And:

If anything happiness is a feeling of being essential.


Filed under: quotes Tagged: Fay Weldon

05:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Whaleoil General Debate is brought to you by use coupon code WHALE OIL to get 10% off e-cigarettes and e-liquids Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoil’s daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate you’ll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there […]

04:59

Sea Ice Record Retreat Has Antarctic Experts Worried For Wildlife, Climate "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

icebreaker-ship-antarctic-sea-iceSource: Australian Broadcasting Corp. Scientists fear a sharp reduction in Antarctic sea ice in recent weeks will impact marine life and climate systems. Key points Antarctic sea ice retreating earlier than usual Instability of ice affecting access to research stations Impacts expected on marine life, climate, research New daily records have been set for measuring

04:49

Report from Europe "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Missy is back with an update on issues in the UK and Europe. EU / Brexit The EU had a leaders meeting (minus Britain) in Bratislava last Friday. Not much of what came out of it has been reported in the UK, but the most interesting thing that did is the statement from the Eastern […]

04:46

Social chat – Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A post for social chat. You can still chat socially on other posts if it happens in relation to other discussions but if you simply want a bit of social chat start here. The usual guidelines apply as to respecting others, behaviour and avoiding legal exposure. An emphasis on ‘social’, not ‘anti-social’.

04:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

New Zealand singer Moana Maniapoto will be inducted into the New Zealand Music Hall of Fame at the 2016 APRA Silver Scroll Awards later this month. The Invercargill-born singer (Ngāti Tūwharetoa/Tūhourangi-Ngāti Wahiao) came to prominence in 1987 with the song ‘Kua Makona’ from her group, Moana and the Moahunters. She later went on to form […]

04:27

Labour staff appointments "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Andrew Little has made two appointments to vacant positions in the Labour leader’s office. Chief of Staff – Neale Jones Jones has been upgraded from his current job of Political Director in Little’s office. Te Reo Putake has some detail at The Standard: Excellent appointment for Chief of Staff. I’ve known Neale for years and […]

04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is… phalanx (noun) – 1. A compact or close-knit body of people. 2. A formation of infantry carrying overlapping shields and long spears, developed by Philip II of Macedon and used by Alexander the Great. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : 1550s, “line of battle in close ranks,” from Latin […]

04:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 21 4Haughty eyes, a proud heart, and evil actions are all sin.

03:35

Media watch – Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

22 September 2016 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 […]

03:33

Open Forum – Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

22 September 2016 Facebook: NZ politics/media+ This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isn’t 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 […]

03:14

Israeli Soldier Shoots 13-Year-Old Girl Who ‘Did Not Stop at Crossing’ "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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(MEEIsraeli guards shot and wounded an unarmed 13-year-old Palestinian girl on Wednesday after she did not stop at a checkpoint, officials said, the latest incident in an upsurge of violence.

The Israeli defence ministry said the girl was not carrying a weapon but told officers afterwards that she had wanted to die.

The incident happened at a checkpoint near the Israeli settlement of Alfei Menashe and the Palestinian town of Qalqilya in the occupied West Bank.

The Palestinian health ministry described the girl’s wounds as moderate.

The Israeli defence ministry said the girl arrived “on foot with a suspicious bag at the vehicle-only lane of the Eliyahu crossing which is not open to foot traffic.”

“Guards at the crossing called for her to stop several times and then fired warning shots into the air. When this did not stop her, a single shot was fired at her leg.”

A new surge of violence began on Friday after Palestinians wrapped up the Muslim celebration of Eid al-Adha and as Israel tightened security ahead of major Jewish holidays in October.

There have been nine attacks or attempted attacks by Palestinians against Israelis since then, according to Israeli authorities.

The surge has shattered several weeks of relative calm.

The attacks have included one on Monday in which a Palestinian stabbed two Israeli police officers outside Jerusalem’s Old City, leaving one in serious condition and another moderately wounded.

The assailant in that case was shot and seriously wounded.

Violence since last October has killed 230 Palestinians, 34 Israelis, two Americans, one Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese, according to an AFP count.

Israel says most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out knife, gun or car-ramming attacks. Others were shot dead during protests or killed in Israeli air strikes on Gaza.

Many analysts say Palestinian frustration with the Israeli occupation and settlement building in the West Bank, the complete lack of progress in peace efforts and their own fractured leadership have helped feed the unrest.

Israel says incitement by Palestinian leaders and media is a main cause of the violence.


This article (Israeli Soldier Shoots 13-Year-Old Girl Who ‘Did Not Stop at Crossing’) by MEE and agencies originally appeared on MiddleEastEye.net and was used with permission. Anti-Media Radio airs weeknights at 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific. Image credit: Facebook. If you spot a typo, email edits@theantimedia.org.

03:08

Gun Control Concert Series Expands to 350 Events Nationwide "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JANUARY 17: Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam performs live for fans during the 2014 Big Day Out Festival at Western Springs on January 17, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Jason Oxenham/Getty Images)

02:11

UN Security Council holds high-level meeting on Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The United Nations Security Council is holding a high-level meeting on Syria in New York on Wednesday, September 21, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. The meeting, chaired by New Zealand’s Prime Minister John Key, started with a briefing on Colombia, followed by a discussion of the situation in the Middle East, with … Continue reading UN Security Council holds high-level meeting on Syria

00:17

September 26: Where will you be? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

 

WEST POINT “STOP THE IMPERIAL WARS” PROTEST SET FOR SEPT. 26

WHAT: A “Stop the Imperial Wars” protest on the day of the first Presidential Debate, in solidarity with the protests listed below.

Endorsed by: Concerned Families of Westchester, the Granny Peace Brigade, Hudson Valley Activist Newsletter, National Campaign for Non-violent Resistance, Knowdrones.com, Middle East Crisis Response, United National Anti-war Coalition, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, WESPAC Foundation, the Steering Committee of Women Against War, World Beyond War and World Can’t Wait.

WHEN:  Monday, September 26 at 11 a.m.

WHERE:  The Thayer (main) Gate of the West Point United States Military Academy, 674 Thayer Road, West Point, NY, adjoining Highland Falls, NY.

 

OTHER PROTESTS THE SAME DAY:

  • Hofstra University Presidential Debate Site – Uniondale Avenue and Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead, NY – 4 pm, organized by Peace Action Matters as Hofstra, Long Island Alliance for Peaceful Alternatives and Peace Action NY. https://www.facebook.com/events/902188603220779/

 

  • The Pentagon – Washington, DC – 9 a.m. Organized by the National Campaign for Non-Violent Resistance and the culmination of the international “No-War 2016” conference being organized by World Beyond War. http://worldbeyondwar.org/nowar2016agenda/

 

  • Beale AFB – Marysville, CA, near Sacramento – 3 – 5 p.m. Organized by Activists United Against Drone Warfare as part of a monthly protest of intelligence gathering for drone warfare underway at Beale.

https://www.facebook.com/events/290678661288258/

 

  • S. Embassy, Berlin, Germany – 12 noon EST. Organized by Code Pink Germany and other groups.

 

  • Alice Springs, Australia – Action to close the U.S. intelligence gathering center at Pine Gap Sept. 26 – Oct. 2 hosted by the Disarm Collective.

https://closepinegap.org/

 

  • Volk Field Air National Guard Base – Camp Douglas, WI. 27, 3;30 – 4:30 p.m.  Monthly vigil for an end to drone warfare organized by the Wisconsin Coalition to Ground the Drones and End the Wars.

The post September 26: Where will you be? appeared first on World Beyond War . . ..

00:02

Pivot to Asia: Ongoing U.S. Militarization of Pacific an Alarming Trend "IndyWatch Feed National"

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September 22nd, 2016 By Makia Freeman Contributing writer for Wake Up World The Pivot to Asia, which is really the US militarization of the Pacific Ocean in preparation for war with China and Russia, is a highly disturbing trend. Not so much attention has been paid to it, yet it is an arena which will determine the future ...Continue Reading - Pivot to Asia: Ongoing U.S. Militarization of Pacific an Alarming Trend
 
 

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23:52

It Takes a Village "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

In Fiji, saving coral reefs is a community affair

23:30

Would peer review work better if reviewers talked to each other? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Would distributing all reviewers’ reports for a specific paper amongst every referee before deciding whether to accept or reject a manuscript make peer review fairer and quicker? This idea — called “cross-referee commenting” — is being implemented by the journal Development, as part of its attempt to improve the peer-review process. Katherine Brown, executive editor of Development from Cambridge, UK, who co-authored a recent editorial […]

The post Would peer review work better if reviewers talked to each other? appeared first on Retraction Watch.

23:01

Clothing with a Conscience "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Space Between is a New Zealand social enterprise challenging waste and exploitation in the clothing industry. Its first collection transforms unwanted postal uniforms into stunning new fashion pieces.

22:32

Dentist warned for misleading public over water fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

NZ Dental Association water fluoridation spokesman and Nelson District Health Board Chief Dental Officer Rob Beaglehole has been cautioned again for giving misleading information.

Last week, the New Zealand Dental Council made public its formal “firm caution” to Dr Beaglehole, directing that he take greater care in ensuring adherence to his professional responsibilities, particularly when expressing his views in public, or he will risk facing a professional misconduct committee.

The comments that got Beaglehole in trouble were made in April this year on TV3’s Paul Henry Show. Dr Beaglehole said “All health authorities around the world urgently recommend water fluoridation …there’s not one reputable health organisation anywhere on the globe that will say water fluoridation causes problems that some of the anti-fluoridationists are highlighting”.

Mary Byrne, spokesperson for Fluoride Free New Zealand, responded to the comments, offering a different view, “There is virtually no water fluoridation in the whole of Europe, and only 4% of the world’s population has fluoridated water. Obviously, the health authorities in most of the world are not ‘urgently’ recommending fluoridation. It is difficult to believe that a fluoridation spokesperson for the NZ Dental Association did not know this. He is either grossly misinformed about fluoridation or he thinks he can say whatever he likes, regardless of whether it is true or not.”

Official statements from health authorities in Europe are readily available with a simple internet search. They have rejected fluoridation for reasons such as the “problematic nature of compulsory medication…” (see more statements below).

This is not the first time Dr Beaglehole has been warned for his behaviour. Last year, the NZ Dental Council upheld a complaint made against Dr Beaglehole for presenting a case of early childhood caries to the Nelson District Council, claiming that fluoridation would reduce the incidence of this severe decay. Ms Byrne says this is dangerously misleading.

“Early childhood caries is just as prevalent in fluoridated areas as non-fluoridated areas. In fact, there is no difference in the numbers of children with tooth decay, or the severity of that decay between fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas of New Zealand. Dr Beaglehole’s presentation of severely rotted teeth to the Nelson District Council last year is nothing more than scaremongering,” claims Ms Byrne.

Fluoride Free New Zealand considers the response by the New Zealand Dental Council to be woefully inadequate and suspects that any dentist opposing fluoridation would not be treated with the same kid gloves.

Mary Byrne
National Coordinator and Spokesperson
0273615951
Fluoride Free New Zealand

Statements from European countries:

Generally, in Germany fluoridation of drinking water is forbidden. The relevant German law allows exceptions to the fluoridation ban on application. The argumentation of the Federal Ministry of Health against a general permission of fluoridation of drinking water is the problematic nature of compuls[ory] medication.”
SOURCE: Gerda Hankel-Khan, Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany, September 16, 1999.

“In Norway we had a rather intense discussion on this subject some 20 years ago, and the conclusion was that drinking water should not be fluoridated.
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22:05

PFOA INTERVENTION 20th September 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

 

As reported by the Intercept, an internal study by DuPont found higher than expected number of kidney and other types of cancers in male workers at one of its factories in the US.

Here is a key document: Cancer Incidence and Overall Mortality Rates

 

“Thank you Madam Chair, my name is Mariann Lloyd-Smith, from the international public interest NGO, IPEN but I will also give this statement on behalf of numerous communities who have lost their health, homes and security due to this persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic chemical. Across USA, Sweden, Australia, China, Italy and others, PFOA has polluted communities and harmed residents’ health. Their story serves as a warning to this Committee because of the way an industry repeatedly manipulated science to deceive the regulators and the public.

For example, this week the Committee will be making decisions about PFOA persistency but internally, 3M knew PFCs such as PFOA were persistent in 1976. After performing its own studies, the company concluded, “perfluorinated compounds have rarely or never been shown to undergo natural degradation.” They kept this information to themselves and proceeded with production. Publicly, 3M described the product as a, “groundbreaking, invisible wonder.”

The industry has also known since at least 1961 that PFOA is toxic.

DuPont did not disclose to regulators or the public, the results of an in-house studies that found birth defects among its workers’ children and in 2005, they were fined $16.5 million for failing to report the birth-defect findings and other data to the US EPA.

This week, POPRC may hear claims that the chemical has been used for over 50 years with no effect on workers but Dupont’s own internal documents released through the US courts, have shown that is not true – and that the company had documented elevated rates of certain cancers, including kidney cancer in workers and had known that exposed workers suffered more frequently from endocrine disorders.

Many years later, independent studies have confirmed these links and shown that PFOA exposed residents have suffered increased risk of kidney as well as testicular cancers, and women with higher levels of PFOA have higher risk of the endocrine disorder, Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS).

In 2004, DuPont was forced to settle a massive class-action covering 80,000 people affected by PFOA contamination of their drinking water, something that the company had covered up since 1984. Importantly, the settlement included the establishment of a health project to collect medical information on this exposed population; 69,000 people took part. After 8 years, based on that extensive health investigation, the C8 Science Panel completed its work concluding likely connections to six diseases including ulcerative colitis, high cholesterol, pregnancy-induced hypertension, thyroid disease; testicular cancer and kidney cancer.

There are now 1000s of residents pursuing legal action; in fact, there are currently 3,500 personal injury claims against DuPont alone. Earlier this year, in one of the first personal injury cases, DuPont was found responsible for a man’s testicular cancer and ordered to pay $5.1 million in associated damages. Furthermore, the court found Dupont committed actual malice meaning that they had “knowledge that the information was false”.

As the POPRC deliberates on the adverse impacts of PFOA and PFOA related chemicals, you may hear arguments that the human health impacts are still unknown or inconsistent...

22:01

September 22 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

66  Emperor Nero created the Legion I Italica.

1236 The Lithuanians and Semigallians defeated the Livonian Brothers of the Sword in the Battle of Saule.

1499 Treaty of Basel: Switzerland became an independent state.

1515 Anne of Cleves, wife of Henry VIII, was born (d. 1557).

1586  Battle of Zutphen: Spanish victory over English and Dutch.

1598 Ben Jonson was indicted for manslaughter.

1692 Last people hanged for witchcraft in the United States.

1761  George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz were crowned King and Queen of the Great Britain.

1784  Russia established a colony at Kodiak, Alaska.

1789 Battle of Rymnik established Alexander Suvorov as a pre-eminent Russian military commander after his allied army defeat superior Ottoman Empire forces.

1866 Battle of Curupaity in the War of the Triple Alliance.

1869 Richard Wagner’s opera Das Rheingold premiered in Munich.

1880 Dame Christabel Pankhurst, English suffragist, was born (d. 1958).

1885 Ben Chifley, Prime Minister of Australia, was born (d. 1951).

1885  Lord Randolph Churchill made a speech in Ulster in opposition to Home Rule e.g. “Ulster will fight and Ulster will be right”.

1888 The first issue of National Geographic Magazine was published.

1893  The first American-made car, built by the Duryea Brothers, was displayed.

1896  Queen Victoria surpassed her grandfather King George III as the longest reigning monarch in British history.

1906 At a meeting held in Wellington, Marianne Tasker attempted to establish a domestic workers’ union. Central to their demands was the call for a 68-hour working week.

Domestic workers call for 68-hour week

1908 The independence of Bulgaria wa...

22:00

Would we benefit from a giant nuclear waste dump in SA?  – James Glenday "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

In an era where short-term populist thinking prevails, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill is pushing forward a project that is not only ridiculously long-term but has proven to be political dynamite.

So, Mr Weatherill would have to pull off something that has never been done anywhere else, a project even Finland thinks is too hard, one that could prove a major political headache, all to dump hazardous spent radioactive fuel Australia does not even use?

Weatherill glowWhy Jay Weatherill is in Finland to investigate Australia’s nuclear future, ABC News ANALYSIS By Europe correspondent James Glenday In case you missed it, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill is in western Finland.

Why?

To investigate whether his state should build a high-level international nuclear waste dump to store radioactive uranium deep underground for at least 100,000 years.

The industry aficionados call it a “final repository”, but basically it is a big tomb-like system of tunnels built into solid bedrock where spent fuel rods are encased in steel, copper and clay.

Why should you care?

In an era where outrage is the cheapest commodity and short-term populist thinking prevails, the Premier is pushing forward a project that is not only ridiculously long-term but one that has proven elsewhere to be political dynamite.

A number of scientists believe a dump could be safely built and many economists think it could make South Australia $100 billion.

But it is also important to point out there is no pressing national need for this facility.

Australia does not produce high-level nuclear waste.

So, why is he in Finland?

Somewhat by chance, Finland is leading the world in the construction of a high-level waste facility 420 metres below Olkiluoto Island on the country’s west coast.

The company building it, Posiva, has been working on the idea since the 1970s, but quite reasonably assumed bigger nations like the United States, Britain, France, Sweden or Germany would come up with a solution they could copy.

But community opposition and controversy has killed, crippled or delayed plans for several radioactive dumps.

So, despite a couple of cost blow-outs, Finland has found itself at the front of the line.

And why do the Finns love the idea?

On a national level, opinion is actually mixed.

But around the “final repository”, the tax cuts, welfare increases, community facilities and jobs the nuclear industry has funded got the dump over the line.

Locals near Olkiluoto Island said, because they have benefited from nuclear energy, they also have a responsibility to safely manage the waste.

Currently, it is in a series of pools.

So, why not build an international dump then?

Ah, here is where we hit Finland’s “red line”.

According to Posiva executives, it would be “politically impossible”.

“Finland doesn’t want to become the waste dump of the world,” one said.

It is also against federal law.

Is it not also against Australian law?

Yes, it is.

But putting the politics aside, Posiva thinks it could help South Australia design and construct a high-level facility within 15 to 20 years.

Unsurprisingly, they are keen to try to sell their success to the world……R...

21:56

European countries cannot afford nuclear decommissioning and waste disposal costs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

antnuke-relevantEU auditor sees nuclear decommissioning funds shortfall, Reuters,  By Alissa de Carbonnel, 20 Sept 16,  | BRUSSELS European Union plans for financing the decommissioning of nuclear plants in Bulgaria, Lithuania and Slovakia are inadequate and more resources need to be put aside, the European Court of Auditors said in a report.

The report criticizing costly delays and warning of technical hurdles ahead shines a spotlight on the challenges facing Germany and other nations within the bloc that are planning to retire their nuclear reactors.

The EU’s spending watchdog said the estimated cost of decommissioning the three Soviet-era plants closed more than a decade ago had risen 40 percent since 2010 to at least 5.7 billion euros ($6.4 billion) by 2015. That figure doubles if the cost of disposing spent fuel once and for all is included.

The EU auditors said while the bloc’s budget covered the vast majority of the costs of shutting down the reactors in the three member states, significant funding was still needed to take the plants offline completely.

They said the reactor buildings at Bulgaria’s Kozloduy, Lithuania’s Ignalina and Slovakia’s Bohunice had yet to be dismantled and no solution had been found for the disposal of spent nuclear fuel……..

The only repository for spent fuel being dug deep underground in Europe has been under construction in Finland for nearly 40 years and won’t be ready until after 2020…….

A working paper by the European Commission, seen by Reuters in February, showed the bloc was short of more than 118 billion euros needed to dismantle its nuclear plants. ($1 = 0.8945 euros)(Editing by David Clarke) http://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-nuclearpower-idUSKCN11Q12A


21:49

Finland companies keen to market their nuclear waste technology to South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

nuclear-marketing-crapFinland’s Onkalo nuclear waste disposal facility want to export the technology to South Australia, The Advertiser Daniel Wills, Helsinki, Finland, The Advertiser September 21, 2016 OPERATORS of the world’s most advanced nuclear disposal facility want to export the technology to South Australia and form an alliance to help the state develop its own commercial facility to take waste from around the world.

At a briefing with Premier Jay Weatherill at Finland’s Onkalo nuclear waste disposal facility, Posiva Solutions Oy managing director Mika Pohjonen said his company would be willing to licence intellectual property and engineering solutions to SA if it were to proceed with expanding the local nuclear industry.

Posiva is a joint venture owned by two of Finland’s biggest energy companies — Teollisuuden Voima Oyj and Fortum Power and Heat. It is set to become the first organisation in the world to bury a canister of spent nuclear fuel when they begin inserting them into the bedrock from 2020. Mr Pohjonen said SA could hope to move from site selection to burying canisters within about 15 years, less than half the time taken by Finland, because the Scandinavians had already undertaken the slow work of proving the technology………

The Onkalo disposal site is about 10 times smaller than that conceived by SA’s Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission.……

Mr Weatherill will by the end of the year declare a formal State Government position to Parliament on expansion of the industry………

“The next major step is a threshold question about whether we maintain our prohibition against a facility for spent fuel or whether we take a step to explore it further.”-  Mr Weatherill said ….

Weatherill nuclear dream

….http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/finlands-onkalo-nuclear-waste-disposal-facility-want-to-export-the-technology-to-south-australia/news-story/5b26cc6e0bf9f342bac97fa5ba81c444


21:45

South African govt will be made to reveal companies seeking to sell nuclear technology; (What about South Australian govt?) "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

text-cat-questionSouth Australia’s Nuclear Fuel Chain Royal Commission has kept secret the names of companies submitting to it, wanting to sell their nuclear wares to South Australia.  Surely the Nuclear Royal Commission should com eclean on this?

flag-S.Africaantnuke-relevantMinister will have to release all nuclear-bid information’, IOL News, NEWS / 21
September 2016,  Craig Dodds Cape Town –
The chairman of Parliament’s energy oversight committee is to write to Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson to request all documents related to nuclear procurement by October 11, after she refused to release them on the basis that they were “sensitive”.

This comes after a legal opinion sought by another parliamentary committee confirmed that it had the right in terms of the National Assembly rules to “summon any person to produce any document it requires in carrying out its functions”………

In a written reply to a request from Mackay earlier this month, Joemat-Pettersson refused to provide a number of key documents related to nuclear procurement.

 These included the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure review by the International Atomic Energy Agency; terms of reference for the National Nuclear Energy Executive Co-ordinating Committee (NNEECC); the phased decision-making approach of the NNEECC for implementing the government’s nuclear programme; and a 2004 bilateral international agreement with the Russian Federation…….

Majola said the National Assembly rules provided a mechanism for the committee to deal with confidential documents, which gave the chairperson of the committee, and not the minister, the authority to determine what should be kept from public view, and how.

“We will have to ask for the documents. We will go through legal advice to see which of the documents can be dealt with by the committee differently, not which of the documents will not be seen by the committee,” Majola said.

He committed to write to Joemat-Pettersson immediately, requesting that the department furnish the committee with all the documents.http://www.iol.co.za/dailynews/news/minister-will-have-to-release-all-nuclear-bid-information-2070774


21:40

Cleanup costs after explosion at nuclear waste dump massively over budget "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

WIPPWIPP nuclear waste accident will cost US taxpayers $2 billion. Ecologist, Dr Jim Green 20th September 2016    The clean-up after the February 2014 explosion at the world’s only deep underground repository for nuclear waste in New Mexico, USA, is massively over budget, writes Jim Green – and full operations won’t resume until at least 2021. The fundamental cause of the problems: high level radioactive waste, poor regulation, rigid deadlines and corporate profit make a dangerous mix.

An analysis by theLos Angeles Timesfinds that costs associated with the February 2014 explosion at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) could total US$2 billion.

The direct cost of the clean-up is now estimated at US$640 million, based on a contract modification made in July with contractor Nuclear Waste Partnership.

The cost-plus contract leaves open the possibility of even higher costs as the clean-up continues and, as the LA Times notes, it does not include the complete replacement of the contaminated ventilation system (which failed after the 2014 explosion) or any future costs of operating the repository longer than originally planned.

The lengthy closure following the explosion could result in waste disposal operations extending for an additional seven years, at an additional cost of US$200 million per year or US$1.4 billion (€1.25b) in total. Thus direct (clean-up) costs and indirect costs could exceed US$2 billion.

And further costs are being incurred storing waste at other nuclear sites pending the re-opening of WIPP. Federal officials hope to resume limited operations at WIPP by the end of this year, but full operations cannot resume until a new ventilation system is completed in about 2021……….

GAO identifies a host of problems

An August 2016 report by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the federal Department of Energy (DOE) did not meet its initial cost and schedule estimates for restarting nuclear waste disposal operations at WIPP, resulting in a cost increase of about US$64 million (€57m) and a delay of nine months.

Worse still, mismanagement of the clean-up has involved poor safety practices. Last year, the DOE’s Independent Office of Enterprise Assessments released a report that found that WIPP clean-up operations were being rushed to meet the scheduled reopening date and that this pressure was contributing to poor safety practices.

The report states: “The EA analysis considered operational events and reviews conducted during May 2014 through May 2015 and identified a significant negative trend in performance of work. During this period, strong and unrealistic schedule pressures on the workforce contributed to poor safety performance and incidents during that time are indicators of the potential for a future serious safety incident.”

The report points to “serious issues in conduct of operations, job hazard analysis, and safety basis.” Specific problems identified in the report include:……….

the National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) – a semi-autonomous agency within the DOE – is itself a big part of the problem of systemic mismanagement of nuclear sites. A June 2015 Government Accountability Office...

21:37

Nuclear industry and International Atomic Energy Agency’s conflict of interest, downplaying accident risks "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

conflict-of-interestNuclear industry, watchdog downplaying accident risks http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/world/the-times/nuclear-industry-watchdog-downplaying-accident-risks/news-story/4967dc11bc7d2acc642cc0893986ccbTOM WHIPPLE September 20, 2016 The risks of nuclear power are being significantly underestimated because of systematic under-reporting of accidents by industry bodies with conflicts of interest, scientists have said.

The largest analysis of the risks of nuclear accidents has calculated a Fukushima-magnitude event is “more probable than not” in the lifetimes of people born today.

The British government gave assent last week to the construction of the £18 billion ($31bn) Hinkley Point C reactor, the biggest nuclear investment in a generation. However, scientists from Britain and Switzerland said its true cost may not have been calculated correctly because of risks may be underestimated. They also called for greater transparency in the nuclear industry, saying its estimates were hampered by “flawed and woefully incomplete” data.

Much of the data is meant to be held by the International Atomic Energy Agency, which collates national reports of nuclear accidents and rates them for severity. However, the scientists wrote in the journal Risk Analysis, the IAEA does not publish a historical database, which they said was “astonishing”. They also argued the scale used underplays the severity of large events.

“Given that the IAEA has the dual objective of promoting and regulating the use of nuclear energy, one should not take the full objectivity of the … data for granted,” they wrote.

The French regulator is known to report hundreds of events every year deemed “significant to nuclear safety”, yet few turn up on the IAEA public records. Only 216 safety events since 1950 were available for the most recent analysis, but more than half had to be gleaned from press reports and other public data.

Benjamin Sovacool, of the University of Sussex, said the IAEA had a conflict of interest, dating back to the Cold War, for encouraging civil nuclear power.

“It relates back to ‘Atoms for Peace’,” he said. “The goal was to show that the atom could be a force for good, not just evil. Because of that, the IAEA has a strong promotional arm.”

National agencies were hugely under-reporting accidents, some involving millions of dollars of damage, Professor Sovacool said. “In Japan, incidents where people got killed only came up years later. China has a strong interest in exporting nuclear technology and in keeping secrets,” he said.

One consequence of under-­reporting is the true costs of plants such as Hinkley Point C cannot be calculated. The analysis found more than $1.7bn should be budgeted each year for dealing with nuclear accidents globally.

Professor Thomas Rose, from University College London, who was not involved in the research, said it showed that more openness was essential.

“The secretiveness around nuclear event data is a huge problem,” he said. “Especially when investments like Hinkley Point have to be discussed and decided. Because of the international treaties, it is probably impossible to get the data from the IAEA.”

Professor Sovacool agreed. “It’s a matter of the industry not reporting to national regulators, regulators not reporting to the IAEA, and the IAEA not reporting all.”

A spokeswoman for the IAEA said: “The IAEA neither regulates nor pro...

21:33

180 nuclear transport mishaps in UK nuclear weapons convoys "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

radiation-truckUK nuclear weapons convoys ‘have had 180 mishaps in 16 years’ Vehicles carrying nuclear weapons have had collisions, breakdowns and brake failures, disarmament campaign says, Guardian, , 21 Sept 16Military convoys carrying nuclear weapons through Britain’s cities and towns have experienced 180 mishaps and incidents, including collisions, breakdowns and brake failures during the last 16 years, according to a report produced by a disarmament campaign.

The incidents catalogued in the report – based on official logs released under the...

21:31

80 % of ABC North and West listeners oppose South Australia’s nuclear waste import plan "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

text-NoNuclear waste storage proposal draws ire of SA regional community on the ground ABC North and West By Angela Smallacombe, 20 Sept 16,  Plans for a high-level nuclear waste dump being touted by the South Australian Government have found strong opposition at ground level, according to an unofficial ABC poll.

The ABC North and West breakfast program, based in Port Pirie, asked listeners whether they were for, against, or undecided regarding the State Government’s proposal to import nuclear waste from other countries and store it in South Australia.

Eighty per cent of respondents were against the nuclear plans, 15.29 per cent were for the plans, and 4.71 per cent were undecided.

Votes were taken via text messages and phone calls, with 85 responses to 10am, but the “no” responses continued for hours afterwards.

The results came from listeners in the regional area that holds nuclear sites Maralinga, Radium Hill, Roxby Downs and Beverly Uranium Mine.

Listeners were also in areas previously mooted for nuclear waste facilities at Kimba, Woomera and aproperty near Hawker that is still being considered for a federal project to house domestic nuclear waste……..http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-21/port-pirie-community-reacts-to-nuclear-waste-dump-proposal/7865200


21:28

Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) lodges appeal against Federal Court’s approval of giant Adani coal mine "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

coal CarmichaelMine219 September 2016  “The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF) has lodged an appeal to the Federal Court’s decision which found the approval of Adani’s Carmichael coal mine to be lawful.

“ACF disputes the Environment Minister’s argument in court that the burning of coal from Carmichael mine will not have an impact on global warming and the Great Barrier Reef.

““This is a profound moment in the history of protecting Australia’s environment, as we attempt to stop a coal mine that would create 4.6 billion tonnes of climate pollution if it is allowed to proceed,” said ACF’s President Geoff Cousins.

““Australia’s system of environment laws is broken if it allows the Federal Environment Minister to approve a mega-polluting coal mine – the biggest in Australia’s history – and claim it will have no impact on the global warming and the reef.

““If our environment laws are too weak to actually protect Australia’s unique species and places,they effectively give companies like Adani a licence to kill.

““Be in no doubt, Adani’s Carmichael proposal is massive and will lock in decades of damaging climate pollution if it goes ahead, further wrecking the reef. … “


21:25

Russia worried that UK’s costly Hinkley project will discredit the global nuclear industry "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

scrutiny-on-costsRussia issues Hinkley nuclear warning, climate news,network  September 19, 2016, by Terry Macalister  State-owned Russian nuclear corporation says the industry’s credibility is at risk if building the new UK power plant is delayed or runs over budget.

LONDON, 19 September, 2016 – A major nuclear developer has warned the French energy giant EDF that it must deliver the Hinkley Point project in the UK on time and on budget or risk damaging the credibility of the wider industry.

In an exclusive interview with Climate News Network, Kirill Komarov, first deputy chief executive of Russian state-owned corporation Rosatom, expressed fears that problems at other EDF schemes − such as Flamanville in France andOlkiluoto in Finland − could be repeated.

Rosatom believes the decision by the UK prime minister, Theresa May, to give the go-ahead to the first new nuclear reactors in Britain for over 20 years was a major step forward, but knows that the eyes of the world will now be on a good performance at the Hinkley power plant in southwest England.

Komarov said: “It’s a good signal that the government confirmed its commitment to nuclear. At the same time, record-high cost and the risks of possible delays and cost overruns might undermine the reputation of the sector.”

The Russian group, which is constructing nuclear reactors in China, India and the Middle East, believes its own prices are up to 30% lower than EDF’s…………

Rosatom believes the UK should be wary of the potential delays attached to the new European Pressurised Reactor (EPR) designs that are being trialled at Olkiluoto, Flamanville and soon at Hinkley.

The company also reckons that the 1600 megawatt capacities of EPRs may be too large for the needs of the modern world. It believes its own VVER-designed 1000-1200 MW reactors are more suitable, especially in developed countries where power demand is unlikely to grow too much, because of energy efficiency and demand reduction policies.

Rosatom is clearly keen to sell its reactors in the UK, which has relatively tight regulations and is seen by EDF and others as a good shop window for the world http://climatenewsnetwork.net/russia-issues-hinkley-nuclear-warning/


20:50

YSEALI: America’s Quiet Colonisation of Southeast Asia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

45334324324The US State Department’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) claims on its official US government website to build “the leadership capabilities of youth in the region and promotes cross-border cooperation to solve regional and global challenges.”

It not only consists of US-based educational and professional “fellowships” for Southeast Asian participants, but also a funding component to help alumni establish foreign-funded organisations posing as “nongovernmental organisations” (NGOs), enhancing the already large presence of US-funded organisations operating across Asia in the service of American interests.

Under an initiative called, “Generation: Go NGO!,” YSEALI claims:

This is an opportunity for young NGO leaders to advance their professional skills and competencies with the aim to grow, scale, and take the organizations they work for, or those they founded, to new heights. 

From developing baseline metrics to creatively pursuing financial and in-kind resources to assertively applying social media to advance mission, this workshop will bring together individuals from across ASEAN to learn and collaborate on ways to build capacity, message, and impact.

Beyond this, YSEALI also conducts other workshops across Southeast Asia to help prepare what is essentially a parallel political establishment that serves not Southeast Asian institutions or the population, but the US State Department and the corporate and financial interests it represents, quite literally an ocean and continent away.

One such activity was conducted by the US Embassy in Cambodia, called the “First Model Prime Minister Debate” organised by the US Ambassador’s Youth Council, Phnom Penh.

In essence, the US State Department is preparing an entire generation of impressionable young people, raised on American-style consumerism and hooked into US-based social media platforms like Facebook, and moulding them into a client political bloc they will eventually assist into power, just as they have attempted to do in Hong Kong recently with US State Department-funded “Umbrella Revolution” leaders winning several seats in local legislative elections and as they have already done in Myanmar through Aung San Suu Kyi’s National League for Democracy (NDL) with her ministe...

20:10

UURWP: Pasal 58. Bahasa Resmi Negara ialah Tok Pisin "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

ENGLISH VERSION After the West Papua National Parliament (WPNP) passed the West Papua Revolution Constitution (WPRC) as the legal foundation for leading Paupans towards the independence of the Republic of West Papua on 19 September 2016, according to the Constitution Article 58, "The Official Language of the Revolution is Tok PIsion". therefore, PMNews will begin…

UURWP: Pasal 58. Bahasa Resmi Negara ialah Tok Pisin was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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19:58

95bFM & consume present Peaches "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Amy Schumer told Time Magazine “Peaches is just the shit. She’s the bravest one of us out there.” We reckon she's the bee's knee's too and are looking forward to her very special sunset show at the Kings Arms on Sunday 18 December.

19:27

The Economic Resurrection of China "IndyWatch Feed War"

china-usa-gdp-bar-graph-1999-2017
In Part 1, I interviewed Jeff Brown, author of 44 Days Backpacking in China and the recently published China Rising, to get a perspective from an American ex-pat who has lived in, deeply studied China, and learned Mandarin.

I am glad that Jeff Brown raised the 15th century voyages of Zheng He in Part 2. Zheng He was a Muslim Chinese admiral who navigated much of the world in colossal wooden treasure ships conducting trade and spreading news of a China that was then the world power. Following Zheng He’s voyages, China would become influenced by Confucianism and become insular. Now China faces outward, and it is a trading power again.

China continues to expand its economy. What does China’s economic resurrection mean for Indigenous peoples, trade deals, and sanctions against a socialist neighbor? Brown further presents a perspective on China’s place in the world that differs from that related by monopoly media in the West.

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Kim Petersen: Permit me to quibble. You wrote, “Texas, Corsica and Newfoundland, were nominally independent for brief periods in history, but came back to the national fold. The same is true of Tibet, Xinjiang and will be for Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao.”

Hmmm… “nominally independent” sounds like western propaganda to me. Something like you are independent as long as you do as the colonizing entity directs. Mohawk Elder Kahentinetha Horn stated a moral imperative: “No nation has a right to denationalize another nation.” Did Texas not achieve nominal independence based on denying the nationhood of Nermernuh (Comanche) in Comancheria, as well as the Apaches, Araphoes, Kiowas, and other Indigenous peoples? So which national fold did Texas return to? Newfoundland became nominally independent from Britain in 1949 when it joined Canada which was also nominally independent from Britain at that time, meaning that they were both part of British empire. In Newfoundland, the Beothuk did not survive the arrival of the White man; i.e., it was a 100 percent genocide. As for...

19:24

1) UN General Assembly’s Papua Discussion Should Prompt Indonesia to Reflect "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


2) Families Urge UN Special Rapporteur to Visit Victims of Paniai Shootings
3) Government Seen Not Serious in Addressing Papua Human Rights Issue 
4) Solomon’s urges Indonesia to allow Papua scrutiny

5) FLJS Policy Brief Calls on UK to End Political Conflict in West Papua

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1) UN General Assembly’s Papua Discussion Should Prompt Indonesia to Reflect
20 September 2016
Jayapura, Jubi – The submission of Papua human rights and political issues to the UN General Assembly’s plenary meeting is a historical fact that can not be avoided and should be a self-reflection for the Government of Indonesia, said the Chairman of Evangelist Church Synod in Papua the Rev. Benny Giay on Sunday (18/9/2016) in response the widespread of Papua issues in Pacific and the enforcement of the Pacific coutries leaders to take the West Papua issue to the UN General Assembly.
“For me, when the issue of Papua get to the UN General Assembly by the Pacific countries leaders, it justifies the view that it is the time for change,” said Giay, who also argued that after 50 years Papua in the hands of Indonesia, it’s time to change history.
“I think the voices of struggle of Free Papua is finally get to the UN General Assembly Plenary Meeting is natural. It should be. Because we are in the church believe that every 50 years the history must be reflected, as well as the Indonesian Government to reflect their action and progress of their civilization for 50 years th...

18:33

PM, UN Christian Mission President Meet In New York "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PMPress Office - The President of the Christian Mission for the United Nations Community, Dr Garry Allen yesterday, Monday 19th September, met with Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare, inspiring him about the difference between the politician and statesperson and the challenges to the latter. The meeting was held at the margin of the 71st United…

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18:09

366 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Today’s increase in Fonterra’s forecast payout was unexpected and has raised a couple of questions:

  • Given last year when an increase in the forecast price was proved to be premature and later reversed, wouldn’t it have been more prudent to wait to make sure the upward trend in demand for milk is going to continue?
  • Why make the announcement today, instead of waiting until tomorrow when the company will present its annual results?

The cynic in me thinks these are valid concerns but the optimist is hopeful that Fonterra learned from last year and its forecast will prove to be at worst accurate and might even be conservative.

Dairying has had a couple of tough seasons, the impacts of which have spread off-farm.

Today’s 50 cent lift in the forecast payment has provided more than a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel and I’m grateful for that.


Filed under: business, Farming, food, gratitude, rural, trade Tagged: Fonterra

18:02

Maori party v. NZ First "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Maori Party and NZ First have been having a bit of a barney today. It seems to have started with a chance clash between Marama Fox and a startled Richard Prosser this morning. Newshub (includes video): Marama Fox attacks NZ First MP over Treaty let-down Hundreds of Māori from around the country have cancelled […]

18:01

NZ - Top dentist cautioned over fluoride facts "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Anti-flouride campaigners have complained about a leading dentist's comments on television. Photo / fileA group claiming a dentist misled the public and disrespected other health professionals over fluoridation has publicly released a letter from the Dental Council saying the dentist has been "cautioned".

Anti-fluoride lobby group Fluoride Free NZ published the letter from the council's legal adviser, which said Dr Rob Beaglehole was cautioned over comments made on TV show Paul Henry earlier this year. On the show, which aired in April, Beaglehole - who is a spokesman for the New Zealand Dental Association and chief dental officer at the Nelson District Health Board - said all health authorities around the world urgently recommended water fluoridation.

"There's not one reputable health organisation anywhere on the globe that will say water fluoridation causes problems that some of the anti-fluoridationists are highlighting," Beaglehole said on the show.

Fluoride Free NZ complained to the council, and Beaglehole responded that it was imprecise to use the word "all" when referring to health authorities around the world. The Dental Council "accepted that the comments were made in good faith in a challenging interview situation and that there was no deliberate attempt to mislead the public".

In the letter from the council, addressed to Hawke's Bay naturopath and anti-fluoride campaigner Kevin Tinker, the council said Beaglehole "rigorously rejected" the suggestion he lied or violated professional standards. The council recommended Beaglehole seek media training and said he was cautioned about expressing his views in public on the subject of community water fluoridation.

The campaigners have called the council's response "woefully inadequate". Anti-fluoride spokeswoman Mary Byrne said Beaglehole's comments were misleading because there was "virtually no water fluoridation in the whole of Europe".
In 2014, a panel commissioned by the Prime Minister's Chief Science Adviser Sir Peter Gluckman and the Royal Society of New Zealand president Sir David Skegg found there were "no adverse effects" of fluoridation of public water supplies.
A Dental Council spokeswoman said the letter was not publicly released, as stated by Fluoride Free New Zealand.

Beaglehole is overseas and unavailable to comment.

The NZ Dental Association said: "Dr Beaglehole is a leading advocate and spokesperson for sensible, safe, proven and effective actions leading to the improvement of dental health of our communities; community water fluoridation and reduction of sugar consumption being very high on his and the Association's list of effective measures to reduce tooth decay."Dr Beaglehole is currently in Geneva for three months working with the World Health Organisation on issues regarding the reduction of sugar consumption."
- NZ Herald
By Susan Strongman

18:00

Study in Australia with 2 Years Post Study Visa! "IndyWatch Feed National"

Do you want to study in Australia with 2 years post study VISA or other countries like Canada, UK, USA, UAE and New Zealand? You can start your own inspiring journey to success by attending the PFL International Education Exhibition in October 2016. Do not miss this opportunity to meet one on one with seasoned […]

18:00

Who am I? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guess who the mystery person using the 3 clues. Include in your comments how the clues relate to the mystery person

17:53

First Peoples workshop with Minister Scullion "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Today National Congress of Australia's First Peoples and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peak Bodies met with Minister Scullion to workshop progressing the Redfern Statement. The meeting provided an opportunity to develop a greater degree of understanding and mutual appreciation of the complexity of the Indigenous Portfolio which requires a whole of government approach.  

First Peoples called on the next steps to include:

  • A meeting between the Prime Minister and the leading signatories of the Redfern Statement;
  • At least an annual National Summit with the Prime Minister and his cabinet to share knowledge between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Government representatives;
  • A whole of Government approach to co-construct policies to ensure that our pathway forward is co-designed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and the Government; and
  • A commitment from the Government to develop intergovernmental mechanisms to ensure First Peoples have a voice at the highest levels of Government to ensure the Government’s focus reflects our values and priorities.

17:52

Monsanto To Be Held Accountable For It’s Crimes! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Corporate criminals beware . . . Just as the International Monsanto Citizens’ Tribunal is preparing to hold Monsanto accountable for its crimes in The Hague next month, comes this breaking news from the International Criminal Court (ICC). The ICC, will for the first time in history prioritize crimes “committed by means of, or that result […]

The post Monsanto To Be Held Accountable For It’s Crimes! appeared first on Uncensored Magazine.

17:47

The left wins the Internet but the right wins the polls "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A comment posted at Dim Post. The Left wins the internet. But the Right wins the polls. First on “the Right wins the polls”. That’s bollocks. ACT struggles under 1% in the polls so that is hardly a winning position for them. National has consistently polled the best for years, but they are hardly “the […]

17:12

Key rarks up UN "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

John Key rarked up the Security Council over it’s failure to sort out Syria in a speech to the UN General Assembly today (Tuesday US time), but it is as likely to make a difference as everything else over the last sixty years. It may be a noble gesture but is likely to be as […]

17:00

Abolitionist Demand 15: End the practice of re-incarcerating people for breaching parole, probation, or bail conditions. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This is a part of No Pride in Prisons’ Abolitionist demands. These demands were originally published as a book. To see a pdf of the book, click here. To buy a copy, please email info@noprideinprisons.org.nz 

Someone’s release on parole or probation is made on a conditional basis, and the Department of Corrections outlines that there are both standard and special conditions for release. Corrections is able to recall individuals on probation or parole to prison for what it deems ‘non-compliance’ or breaching parole/probation conditions.[1] The Department of Corrections’ website lists “not associating with certain people” as a standard release condition.[2] Special conditions are outlined by the New Zealand Parole Board, with one common special condition being “taking prescription medicine.”[3]

Those on parole face disciplinary action and can be recalled to prison if they breach these conditions.[4] It is entirely unreasonable that a condition of release may include a factor as arbitrary as ensuring that people ‘take prescription medicine.’ It means that if, for any reason, a person needs to stop taking prescribed medication without the consent of their doctor and parole officer, that person could be imprisoned for asserting their bodily autonomy and deciding what medication to take. This demonstrates that the Department of Corrections and the New Zealand Parole Board see parole and probation conditions as a further opportunity to encroach on incarcerated people’s dignity and autonomy.

Often a condition of release will be that former prisoners do not associate with friends and whānau due to alleged ‘criminal connections.’[5] This then puts people in an untenable position of having to either isolate themselves from their only available support network, or otherwise risk disciplinary action or being recalled to prison. No Pride in Prisons demands an immediate end to this practice. No one should be recalled to prison for associating with anyone regardless of ‘criminal connections.’ No one should be punished for wanting to be surrounded by friends and whānau after experiencing incarceration. No one should be wilfully alienated from their community. Given the scarcity of state resources and support available to previously incarcerated people, communities can be a person’s sole source of support.

New Zealand prisons are currently at 106.1% capacity[6] and incarceration rates continue to increase despite levels of crime decreasing.[7] The practice of incarcerating individuals on parole, probation or bail for violations that are not new criminal charges contributes in no small part to mass incarceration. It must be ended immedi...

16:41

Bank closures – who uses them? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Westpac has just confirmed they are closing 19 rural and small branch banks. This is bad news for people who still rely on physical banks, and especially for towns who will be left with no banks, like Ranfurly which is an hour’s drive from the next nearest banks. But keeping the number of branches open […]

16:39

Keith Stewart on roses "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The 96th in this occasional series of reprints from Quote Unquote the magazine is from the January/February 1994 issue. The seven-page feature “I Get a Kick Out of This” was a collection of brief pieces by Brian Turner, Jacqueline Fahey, Owen Marshall, Barbara Else, Colin Hogg, Iain Sharp, Nigel Cox, Mary-Louise Browne and others – booksellers, painters, publishers, journalists, art curators – writing about more cheerful stuff than most books magazines did at the time: motorbikes, daughters, dogs, poker, haircuts, guitars, ice cream, shoes and more. The intro read:
There’s more to life than books. . . For a start, there’s chocolate. Here are another 20 of life’s extraordinary pleasures.

ROSES
They are the sexiest things that grow. Always have been. In spite of the many prudish suburban gardens they adorn, the blatant sensuality of roses is still earthy enough to turn a shiver or two. They are a pleasure you can’t deny.

Red ones are hottest, especially when they have that radiating fragrance that makes the air resonate with their passionate colour. Fires deeper than you could imagine controlling, scorching away the mundane detail of gardening as soon as the buds spill their colours out. A great come-on to your eyeballs, heady visions laced with perfume.

Sweet pink seduces with subtlety; roses named for nymphs’ thighs, which capture the curve and texture of flowers with body. A graceful turn and flicker, blushed with promise, shaped exquisitely, they are an age away from fertiliser and fungal spray, flower shows and other public displays. This is intimate stuff, between a man and his rose in some secret, sunny corner of the mind.

Pure white tantalises, an unspoken hint. All grace and form, scent more ravishing for the subtlety of its source. Calm and elegant with a pristine beauty more powerfully suggestive than any scarlet bloom could be. A breathtaking abundance, pure and pregnant. Life with poise, playing on every sense a simple, ancient tune of pleasure. Sadly for old what’s her name, a rose is not a rose, is not just a bloody flower.

16:30

Daily Roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Scarlette meets dodgy teaching             I wish I knew who to credit.  That’s clever.        

16:14

ONLY ONE LITTLE PROBLEM WITH THAT WHINNEY. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"


Those terrible little Asians  have only bought half a processing outfit, the vital raw product is not contractually tied in so if they screw the scrum and try to rort the opportunity, the farmer suppliers will take their stock elsewhere.
Add in the very unlikely fact they will be able to increase their capacity by acquisition is unlikely to get regulatory approval and they have only purchased a half share in an entity that still stands amongst many that litter the historical rural landscape as monuments to obsolescence.

Patea, Kiapoi, Belfast, Whakatu, Tomoana,  Waingawa, Picton all gone also Oringi that I watched being built as a move to divorce the mother country's domination of the industry in the early 1980s, and that is only some of the piles of bricks.

Silver Fern Farms is about as good a purchase as buying a Real Estate business the goodwill can evaporate PDQ, but the new investors if they play it right can make it go anywhere they wish and it does give the Chinese a great foothold in quality meat for trade.
SFF has some terrific product for sale and my fear is I may lose my access to it, now that would be sad.

16:01

Zeitleiste: Die Vergangenheit, Gegenwart und Zukunft der deutschen Energiewende "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Mit der Energiewende hat Deutschland einen Begriff geprägt, der weltweit als Beispiel für die typisch deutsche Liebe für zusammengesetzte Wörter gilt, die zwei bislang unverbundene Begriffe kombinieren und damit etwas Neues schaffen.

Energiewende ist ein Begriff, der eine Vielzahl von Bedeutungen in ein Wort packt. Die einen macht er zu unerschütterlichen Befürwortern, die anderen zu erbitterten Kritikern. Dabei besteht oft wenig Einigkeit darüber, wofür das Wort eigentlich steht und wie es überhaupt entstanden ist.

Ergänzend zu unserer interaktiven Karte zur Stromerzeugung in Deutschland hat Carbon Brief die Archive durchforstet, um die Geschichte der Energiewende in einer Zeitleiste darzustellen.

Geschichte der Energiewende

Bei der Energiewende denken die meisten an Kanzlerin Angela Merkel. Im “Energiekonzept” ihrer Regierung aus dem Jahr 2010 kommt das Wort allerdings nicht ein einziges Mal vor.

Aufgetaucht ist der Begriff allerdings bereits in den späten 1970er Jahren, als die Anti-Atom-Bewegung eine Energiewende forderte.

Merkel machte sich den Begriff erst nach der Atomkatastrophe von Fukushima 2011 zu eigen, als sie die zuvor beschlossene Laufzeitverlängerung zurücknahm und einen Atomausstieg bis 2022 durchsetzte, so wie es die frühere rot-grüne Regierung geplant hatte – ein klassisches politisches Manöver, um dem Gegner die Themen aus der Hand zu nehmen. Inzwischen ist die Energiewende Teil der offiziellen Klima- und Energiepolitik Deutschlands.

Weitere Details zur Geschichte der Energiewende finden Sie oben in unserer interaktiven Zeitleiste, die anhand von 28 markanten Ereignissen die Jahre zwischen 1971 und 2016 abdeckt.

Bekannt wurde der Begriff durch ein Buch aus dem Jahr 1980 mit dem programmatischen Titel “Energiewende: Wachstum und Wohlstand ohne Erdöl und Uran“.

Einer der Autoren des Buchs, Florentin Krause, erläuterte im Rückblick 2013, worum es ihm und seinen Mitautoren ging:

“Die Jahre um 1980 waren geprägt von der Ölkrise, aber auch vom Kalten Krieg. Es war klar, dass Gasimporte aus der Sowjetunion problematisch sind. Was einen Kohleausstieg betrifft, waren wir deshalb zurückhaltender und gingen von einer Halbierung des Kohleverbrauchs aus.“

Wie Krause betont, hatte das Buch aber weit mehr im Blick als das, was heute unter Energiewende verstanden wird:

“Die Wende in Deutschlands Energiesystem, um die es uns ging, war sehr viel umfassender und radikaler als bloß eine Umstellung des Stromsektors auf Erneuerbare. Es fällt oft unter den Tisch, aber Effizienz beim Energieverbrauch ist der Trumpf, wenn man Klimaziele sicher und bezahlbar erreichen will.“

Zu Beginn war die Energiewende ein Projekt, das auf Energieeffizienz, Versorgun...

16:00

Timeline: The past, present and future of Germany’s Energiewende "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The Energiewende (energy transition) is an internationally recognised example of Germans’ love for compound nouns, where two previously unconnected words are joined at the hip.

It conveys a package of meaning in a single word that tends to conjure up fierce support, or disdainful criticism. Yet not everyone agrees on what the term means, or even where it comes from.

As a companion piece to our interactive map showing how Germany generates its electricity, Carbon Brief has delved into the archives to bring you a timeline of the Energiewende.

History of the Energiewende

The Energiewende is widely associated with German chancellor Angela Merkel. However, her government’s 2010 “Energiekonzept” (energy strategy) makes no mention of the word.

In fact, the term Energiewende emerged in the late 1970s as part of the anti-nuclear movement.

Only after the post-Fukushima decision to speed up Germany’s nuclear phaseout did Merkel claim the Energiewende as her own, in a classic political manoeuvre that co-opted her opponents’ ideas. It was later adopted as the official nomenclature for Germany’s wider climate and energy strategy.

You can explore a detailed history of the Energiewende by scrolling through our interactive, 28-frame timeline, above, spanning 1971 to 2016.

The word was popularised in a 1980 book, titled “Energiewende: Wachstum und Wohlstand ohne Erdöl und Uran” (Energy Transition: Growth and Prosperity Without Oil and Uranium). The book’s title makes its priorities clear.

In a 2013 retrospective, Florentin Krause, one of the book’s authors, explained their thinking:

“At the time of our writing in 1980, both the oil crises and the ongoing Cold War were important considerations, Soviet gas imports were problematic, so our work was more circumscribed in its exploration of phasing out coal, exploring only a partial (roughly 50%) phaseout.”

Krause emphasised the broad scope of the project, a point all too frequently forgotten in Energiewende coverage that focuses on wind, solar, nuclear and coal:

“The turnaround for the German energy system that we envisioned was much more complete and radical than pushing the electricity sector towards more renewables. It is easily forgotten that high end-use efficiency is the trump card that makes a climate saving strategy feasible, and also affordable.”

The Energiewende started out as an approach encompassing energy efficiency, energy security, renewables and nuclear phaseout. Climate change only became a mainstream concern some years later – yet t...

16:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Whaleoil Backchat is brought to you byuse coupon code WHALE OIL to get 10% off e-cigarettes and e-liquids  Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You don’t have to stay “on topic” in these posts like you do in all others. Feel free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. […]

15:46

Is it possible to trade South Australia for New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

A long, long time ago, in 1890, the Federation Conference was held in Melbourne.  Politicians from the 6 Australian Colonies and New Zealand got together to discuss creating a Federation, a Common Wealth.

It came to pass that the 6 colonies got together to form Australia, but New Zealand decided to sit it out.

He is a photo from the 1890 conference.  The fellow, standing second from the left, the one with the stand out light suit, was New Zealand’s representative, Captain Russell MP, Colonial Secretary.  The fourth fella standing from the left, with the white bushy beard was Sir Henry Parkes.

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Now, thanks to Judith Sloan’s reference in one of her earlier posts, I now regularly read the blog of Dan Mitchell from the Cato Institute.  In his latest post, Mitchell writes about the 40 year economic transformation of New Zealand.

Cats can read it for themselves, but I just wanted to highlight Mitchell quoting Maurice McTigue, a former New Zealand parliamentarian and Minister.  If anyone happens to know the direct email’s of Australia’s Prime Minister and/or Treasurer, perhaps they might forward either this or the Mitchell post.  Perhaps also the Ministers for Health, Education and Industrial Policy (ie Pyne).  This is McTigue talking about New Zealand’s program of shrinking the size of government:

When we started this process with the Department of Transportation, it had 5,600 employees. When we finished, it had 53. When we started with the Forest Service, it had 17,000 employees. When we finished, it had 17. When we applied it to the Ministry of Works, it had 28,000 employees.  I used to be Minister of Works, and ended up being the only employee.

This is McTigue talking about privatisations:

…we sold off telecommunications, airlines, irrigation schemes, computing services, government printing offices, insurance companies, banks, securities, mortgages, railways, bus services, hotels, shipping lines, agricultural advisory services, etc. In the main, when we sold those things off, their productivity went up and the cost of their services went down, translating into major gains for the economy.

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Panguna mine LO group propose steps "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

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Sebastian Hakalits | Post Courier | 21 September 2016

THE Osikaiang Landowners Association Executives has always stood firm on advice that is based on well researched information as they have professional Bougainvilleans advising them.

Unlike all other eight associations that have been established under the Autonomous Bougainville Government’s endeavor to re-open Panguna mine, the SML Osikaiang LO’s suggested process to follow with the PNG and ABG governments with respect to BCL Shares saga.

The SML Executive further stated that their ABG government and the President have taken and have been making so much noise about Bougainville Copper Limited Shares that have been transferred to both the ABG and the National Government.

The landowners speaking through a statement by Chairman Mr. Lawrence Daveona stated that though they supported the Prime Minister and the National Executive Council decision to give 17.4% shares to the Panguna Landowners and the people of Bougainville they revealed that there are a number of issues that need to be discussed and cleared on the process required by both ABG and the PNG Government.

The SML Osikaiang Landowners Association’s views are that at the expiry of the BCA Act (as the case is at present- NO License to BCL) the ownership of Panguna resource is rightly in the hands of SML Osikaiang Landowners under the Nasioi Customary law and that the PNG Government cannot claim any rights over Panguna Mine Resources as a result of Panguna landowners dispute and the Bougainville crisis issue.

The landowners also said one of their other views was that the ABG and President Chief Dr. Momis cannot claim unilaterally that they have rights over Panguna Mine Resources.

Furthermore they said it was unlawful for the ABG to have given BCL ‘Exploration License’ over SML under the ‘ABG Transitional Bill’ on the 8th of August 2014 as it contravenes Section 23 of the ABG Constitution.

The landowners said the ABG Parliament enactment of the ABG Mining Act 2015 does not give our ABG Government and President Momis any right whatsoever to again claim unilaterally our Panguna SML Osikaiang Landowners birth right ownership over Panguna Mine Resources.

This is because they claim that they represent SML Osikaiang Landowners of Panguna Mine in any discussions with the National Government which is unacceptable will not be entertained with anything to do with Panguna Mine resources ownership.

The landowners further stated that the SML Osikaiang Landowners Association Inc. is a legally registered Organization under the Investment Promotion Authority (IPA) and has its own executive and technical advisors who must at all times represent its people as being a separate and independent legal entity.

SML’s executive must pursue its people’s interest in discussions with our ABG Government, the National Government and any Foreign Investor.

The ABG President and the Mining Minister must accept the independent legality of SML Osikaiang Landowners Association Inc. and its executive and as such not confuse our independent stand by including our people’s interest with those of other eight Panguna Mine Affected Landowners Associations.

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500 Test Matches… and a Heap of Mediocrity "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A stroll through the statistics of India’s performances over history.

The Indian test team following their match against West Indies in August. Credit: BCCI

The Indian test team following their match against West Indies in August. Credit: BCCI

India goes into its 500th Test match tomorrow against a combative but not frightening New Zealand XI. The national expectation is that Virat Kohli and his lads will win, making it India’s 130th Test victory. A cooperative pitch is expected to play its part: it’s not called “home advantage” for nothing. In Indian cricket at least, ‘atithi devo bhavah‘ – the Upanishadic principle that says the guest is God – is blithely ignored. It’s more like ‘Ashwin devo bhavah’, in homage to India’s sharpest spin bowler.

India’s being at number one in the International Cricket Council’s Test rankings from November 2009 to August 2011 has led the younger generation of fans to be starry-eyed about their team in Tests. The team was briefly number one again in January, February and August of this year; and but for last month’s foul weather in Port of Spain – and the fouler drainage at the ground – it would still be at the top. India currently sits in second place, a point behind Pakistan, and would return to pole position if it beats New Zealand in the forthcoming series.

Recent Test performances should not blind us to the truth that India has historically been a mediocre, and often poor, Test side. It has a better head-to-head record against only four out of the nine other Test-playing countries. Two of those are Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, teams largely undeserving of their Test status. Sri Lanka and New Zealand are the other sides against which India has prevailed more often than it has lost; but of those two, the Kiwis have the worst overall win percentage – 20.68%  – of any major Test team, so they don’t provide a basis for a boast. And Sri Lanka’s total win percentage against all sides is actually better than that of India. So while India is superior head-to-head, the islanders fare better on average, against everyone else, than India does.

The point of this short piece, therefore, is an appeal for modesty. Let us not thump our chests in the modern Indian manner, but remember that for long stretches of its Test history, India has been a soft opponent. Its overall percentage of victories is a mere 25.95%, the second-worst among the major Test nations (comprising England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, New Zealand, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka). Only New Zealand has a poorer record. Australia has won a dazzling 47.20% (or nearly half) of its Tests and every other team has won a third, or thereabouts. India wins only one match in four.

We need a word, here, about the West Indies, and the manner in which its recent decline has inflated India’s Test record. The two have played each other in 94 Tests since 1948, of which the West Indies has won 30 and India 18 (with the rest drawn). But a whopping 11 of those Indian wins have come after 2002, the last time the West Indies won a Test series against India. Put aside the single Test India won in...

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Top tweets about the Kermadecs sanctuary "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Here's some of the more interesting and insightful recent tweets about the Kermadec sanctuary issue. The most recent tweets are first. [To be updated] MissBetseyTrotwood ‏@Suzyiam I fully believe if Maori retain their rights to Kermadecs they will demonstrate their full care-taking responsibilities & ensure protection Laila Harré ‏@lailaharre It's still colonisation, even if it's green. Think Chagos Islands & now Kermadecs. Green world needs to sort out the justice bit too Felix Geiringer ‏@BarristerNZ There should be a marine sanctuary around the Kermadecs. One should not be imposed without Maori consultation & consent. Jenna Lynch ‏@JennaLynchNZ Greens can't have...

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One of these things is not like the others "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Phil Goff continues to campaign as an independent candidate. Unfortunately, the reality is that his claims of independence are a lie. The man is a liar. He’s no more independent than I am. I really object to this dishonesty from politicians. Same goes for that idiot Vic Crone and her claims of independence from the […]

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Lionfish Tales "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

This is issue has been on our radar for some time, in most part due to contributor Phil Karp‘s posts on his work with groups in Belize and other parts of the Caribbean focused on this goal. The concept of “If You Can’t Beat ’em, Wear ’em” carries a powerful message of innovative practices to manage the invasive species that’s causing havoc in the southern Atlantic and Caribbean waters.

The venomous and invasive lionfish, native to the Indo-Pacific, is a serious threat to endemic species in the Caribbean and up the Atlantic coast. For several years, people in Sarteneja, Belize, have been harvesting the fish to eat—and now they’re using the fish’s spines to make jewelry.

Click on the image above to watch the National Geographic video.

 


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Whaleoil readers not fooled by Craigs’ Show "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Rebecca speaks her mind I’m glad for Mrs Craig that she has found it in herself to behave as a good Christian wife. But this legal action is not about impressing your congregation or electorate. Mr Craig was both employer and party leader, with special responsibilities in both roles. By way of example: John Key […]

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Baltic States: Three Mice, a Horse and a Serpent "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

34234123123123I had a heated discussion with a woman of Lithuanian descent the other day on the subject of the ‘Russian threat’ to her country of origin, where she has friends and family. She claimed the Baltic countries are desperate to be spared another Russian takeover like the one that happened in 1939, only ending in 1991 as part of the events that led to the implosion of the Soviet Union.

When I asked her what Russia could possible gain from the addition of three countries whose total real estate, 67,574 mi², together constitute scarcely 1% of that of Russia’s 6.602 million mi², she claimed that the Baltic states had Baltic Sea oil. When I pointed out that Russia has more oil than almost any country in the world, as well access to the Black Sea at Kaliningrad, and that it also has the ability to prospect in the Arctic, she claimed that the Baltic countries were ahead of Russia in terms of high tech. Unable to cite a single example, she fell back on ‘Russia is massing troops on our borders.” When I pointed out that this was a perfectly legitimate response to the massing of NATO troops on Russia’s border, she refused to listen, continuing to repeat that Russia ‘threatens’ her country.

Curious as to whether history could account for such blindness, I went to Wikipedia, where I learned that the origins of the Baltic peoples are very mixed, while its history involved Sweden, Germany and Poland and Belarus. After the 1939 Molotov/Ribbentrop pact divided Europe into spheres of influence, the Baltic countries were invaded by the Russian army and re-baptized as Soviet Socialist Republics, in which the predominantly independent farming population resisted collectivization.

This is where the story gets really interesting: When Hitler took over the Baltic states as part of its invasion of the Soviet Union, similar to the takeover of the Ukraine, the populations of all these countries believed the Germans would free them from Soviet domination and agree to their independence. All were sorely disappointed. Both the Soviet Union and Germany practiced deportations and mass killings. and the latter re-occupied the Baltics in 1944, under the terms of the Potsdam Agreement In 1989, the Baltic states initiated a series of events that would be repeated in Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Romania and Bulgaria and culminating in the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Twenty-five years later, it’s difficult to see any grounds for Baltic fear of a Russian takeover, given the Russian government’s ever closer cooperation with China in just about every area of significance, including the One Belt One Road project that is linking the Pacific with Europe via Central Asia. I believe the Baltics are crying wolf because they want to finally be considered part of Europe (aka the West), not to mention the attraction of NATO funding and materiel. The idea that these three tiny countries have anything to offer Russia is ludicrous, while Russia, on the other hand, is acutely aware of the role they played in the past, together with Poland Belarus and Ukraine, as transit routes into its territory.

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Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Abtruse – difficult to understand; obscure;  recondite; esoteric;  difficult to penetrate; incomprehensible .


Filed under: language Tagged: abtruse

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It’s a pity Palino won’t get to try "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Ratepayers in Auckland have faced massive rates increases forced on them by a wasteful council that believes it knows how to spend ratepayers’ money better than ratepayers know how to spend it themselves. Since the formation of the Auckland Council rates have risen from an initial increase of 2.9% pa to last year’s unprecedented 9.9% […]

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New Zealand’s zombie miracle "IndyWatch Feed Economics.au"

Twice in the last couple of days, I’ve bumped into the seemingly unkillable zombie idea that the New Zealand economy is doing well and ought to be a model for Australia. Checking Wikipedia to make sure I hadn’t missed anything, I found that, as of 2015, NZ income per person was 30-35 per cent below that in Australia, as it has been ever since the miraculous reforms of the 1980s and 1990s. NZ is down with Italy and Spain on most rankings, while Australia is comparable to Germany (above on some rankings, below on others).

This wasn’t always the case. Before the reform era, New Zealand and Australia had almost identical income levels, among the richest in the world. NZ took a bigger hit from British entry into the EU in the early 1970s but after 50 years, that can scarcely serve as an excuse (and of course, no one is predicted that Brexit will be a gigantic benefit to NZ; rather the reverse)

Then there’s migration. I dealt with this here, but I’ll repost crucial points over the fold.

The current period of approximately zero net migration doesn’t mean New Zealand’s labour market is outperforming Australia’s in any absolute sense. As a result of migration flows over the past thirty years, there are around 650,000 New Zealand citizens living in Australia, equal to around 15 per cent of the citizen population of New Zealand. The number of Australian citizens living in New Zealand is far smaller, at around 65,000.

It may reasonably be assumed that a substantial proportion of expatriates, given comparable economic opportunities, would prefer to live in their home country. So, if the New Zealand labour market offered prospects comparable to those in Australia, we would expect to see a substantial net flow from Australia to New Zealand.

Importantly, New Zealand citizens are not eligible for Australian unemployment benefits. Thus, at any time when the Australian labour market is in a cyclical slowdown, as it is at the moment, the option of moving to Australia is unattractive except for those who have strong employment prospects. Conversely, the option of returning to New Zealand makes sense for unemployed New Zealanders, regardless of their prospects at home.

This cyclical pattern of variation has been observed ever since the opening up of migration in the 1970s. Initially, it was quite common for the long-term net flow from New Zealand to Australia to reverse in response to cyclical conditions. But as the gap between the two economies has widened, the long-term trend has dominated. Even as New Zealand has recorded one of its best performances in years, and Australia one of its worst, the flow has merely paused, with no clear evidence of a reversal.

For much of the twentieth century, Australian political discussion was dominated by the “colonial cringe,” the belief that only ideas from Britain, and later the United States, were worth talking about. Apparently, all that has changed, and now New Zealand is on the list too. In reality, though, Australia has done a far better job of economic management than any of these countries. •

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Abolitionist Demand 14: Repeal the Bail Amendment Act 2013 and instate a presumption of innocence. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This is a part of No Pride in Prisons’ Abolitionist demands. These demands were originally published as a book. To see a pdf of the book, click here. To buy a copy, please email info@noprideinprisons.org.nz

The practice of incarcerating people on parole, probation, or bail for violations that are not new criminal charges is an integral component of the Criminal Injustice System (CIS). Currently, people are often remanded or detained before their case goes to trial.[1] This practice implies an assumption of guilt by inflicting punishment on people before it has been proven that they have done what they are accused of.

There are, as of June 2016, 1,611 people being held in prisons without being convicted of any crime.[2] That makes up approximately 17% of the total prison population. The average time spent on remand in 2014/15 was 59 days,[3] which is a sufficient amount of time to lose one’s job, housing, and ability to fulfil other social and economic commitments.

According to the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act, a person is supposed to be presumed innocent until, if ever, proven guilty.[4] The detainment of people who have not been convicted of an offence directly contradicts this presumption. While remanding individuals in custody is often justified as being in the interest of public safety, a growing body of research indicates that remanding people increases rates of recidivism and proliferates a cycle of incarceration.[5] In other words, remand policies and practices contradict the Department of Corrections stated objectives to “rehabilitate[6] and “reduce re-offending.”[7]

Recently, the fifth National Government has enacted punitive criminal justice reforms that have further eroded the rights of accused people and entrenched mass imprisonment in New Zealand. The Bail Amendment Act 2013 reverses the burden of proof in bail decisions for a number of offenses.[8] Whereas previously the prosecutor bore the burden of proof, or had to demonstrate that the defendant should not be released on bail, now the defendant charged with those offences must prove why they should be granted bail.[9] In addition, the Act removes the presumption of bail for 17-20 year olds who had previously served a sentence......

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A new electronic monitoring law – will it be used to make us safer? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Corrections Minister Judith Collins has welcomed the passing of an electronic monitoring bill which is designed to further protect and improve the safety of victims and the public. The Electronic Monitoring of Offenders Legislation Bill has had its third and final reading in Parliament. The Bill amends the Corrections Act 2004, the Sentencing Act 2002, […]

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More good news "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

  Prices have again risen at Fonterra’s GlobalDairyTrade auction, but at a more subdued level than in previous events. The GDT price index was up 1.7 per cent on Wednesday morning (NZT) with the average price up to $US2975 ($NZ4070) per tonne. It is the fourth successive rise with previous increases at the fortnightly auction […]

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The Golden Age of Bullshit "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

A new band out of Los Angeles called PartyBaby recently released their excellent pop-punk debut album, the title of which perfectly captures the time we’re living through: The Golden Age of Bullshit. On the cover three or four teens scamper through a splashing surf. There’s lots of laughter and frivolity. It’s just an innocent day at the beach. But behind them, a mushroom cloud erupts out of the deep water. The teens are oblivious. Isn’t that a perfect picture of America today? The electorate gearing up to place a neoconservative war criminal in the White House by virtue of her gender. A bigoted loose cannon billionaire being propped up by the media as the dangerous alternative we must come together to defeat. A President spending his last months in office supporting a terrorist network trying to overthrow a sovereign state, largely ignored by a media preoccupied with personal failings of the two reviled candidates. But all of this diversionary piffle in necessary because it helps disguise Washington’s actual end game, which is neither noble nor pretty.

The Meta-Narrative

Sifting through the myriad salvos exchanged by the two carnival barkers of the election, it was interesting to note how swiftly Hillary Clinton attacked Donald Trump when he criticized “American exceptionalism”. Doing her best to summon the iron-willed vigor of a Bismarck, Clinton said she, “would never question the exceptionalism of America.” She was smart to say so. American exceptionalism is our religion. It’s the pretext that President Obama and now Hillary Clinton will use to explain their imperial campaigns. The idea suggests that without American leadership there emerges a huge vacuum of purpose in the world that will be inevitably filled by a metastasizing al-Qaeda or revanchist Russia. This is nonsense, but it’s a clever cover for wars of aggression.

Trump was right to criticize the ideology. It is obviously insulting to other nations. If we are exceptional, they aren’t. And that’s eventually why we must occupy their countries, to show them the way. When Defense Secretary Ashton Carter warns Asia that the United States intends to be, “the principal security power in the Asia-Pacific for decades to come,” or when Barack Obama counsels China on the merits of restraint, how can Asian nations not fail to feel insulted?  Insult regional leadership? Why do Asians need corrupt politicians thousands of miles away in Washington interfering in their affairs? The unspoken assumption is that Asians need us to keep the peace.

The more specific argument is that we must lead because nobody else can be trusted to defend free-market democracy. Without us the world economy will fracture into abject pockets of depression ruled by dysfunctional criminals who fail to understand globalization. In order to force ourselves upon other countries and exploit their resources, we need some noble cause to tell the “bewildered herd.” Defending freedom works well. Aligning freedom with markets works even better. As such, “globalization”, framed as the march of free-market democracies to the ends of the earth, is code for imperialism. There are several ways in which an independent nation may be induced to submit to the globalization scheme, including sanctions, exclusionary trade deals, political subversion, proxy warfare, cyber warfare, and invasion and occupation.

Once less sanguinary options have failed, outright war is the final solution. The cause is framed as a “humanitarian war” to save vulnerable populations from a dictator that wants to take away their freedom and kill them for unspecified reasons. When a leader doesn’t want to be exploited by Western multinationals, set your watch. It is only a....

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In brief: Newcrest sells Hidden Valley stake to Harmony and other business news "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Newcrest Mining sells its Hidden Valley stake to Harmony Gold, group marketing of coffee exports to South Korea and an agreement to ban harmful fisheries subsidies. Your weekly digest of the latest business news

in briefNewcrest Mining has announced the sale of its half share in the Hidden Valley joint venture to its partner Harmony Gold. Harmony will now assume all liabilities and expenses related to the joint venture and mine, including rehabilitation costs and remediation obligations.

According to the Financial TimesNewcrest made a US$10 million (K31 million) loss on the sale. A Newcrest spokesperson said the company ‘remains committed to PNG as evidenced by our ongoing investment in the Lihir Gold Mine in New Ireland Province, PNG’s largest gold mine.’

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Two groups of coffee farmers have made history by being the first in Jiwaka Province and the Highlands region to export their coffee directly overseas for a higher price under group marketing, reports the Post-Courier. A container full of 320 bags of parchment coffee has been loaded at Kosem Coffee Ltd’s premises at Banz station ready for shipment to South Korea via Lae.

Coffee Industry Corporation CEO Charles Dambui says the farmers will receive K5.50 or more per kilogram of parchment, compared with a roadside price of less than K4 per kg.

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PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill in Townsville with Queensland MP Bob Katter

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Travel to the North Queensland city of Townsville looks likely to become easier, with confirmation that Air Niugini is looking to commence flights as soon as market conditions allow. Initially, it is expected passengers will transit through Cairns to and from Port Moresby.

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City Pharmacy (CPL)...

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Tributes for Sir Mick Curtain, ‘promoter of Papua New Guinea’s potential’ "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The late Sir Mick Curtain, who passed away earlier this month, should be remembered for many of the infrastructure projects in Papua New Guinea that were undertaken over the last 50 years, according to Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill.

Sir Mick Curtain. Credit: Courier-Mail

Sir Mick Curtain. Credit: Courier-Mail

Sir Mick, who was born in Maryborough, Victoria, Australia on 30 July 1941, passed away in Douglas, Townsville, Queensland, Australia, on 11 September 2016, aged 75.

Sir Michael started the Curtain Group, along with his brothers Dan and David, in October 1966, with the company initially known as Curtain Bros PNG Ltd.

They had originally travelled to PNG for work with the Territory Administration and, not long after arriving in Port Moresby, they realised the potential for business opportunities and established the Curtain Bros business.

Greatest promoter

In the early days, Curtain Bros PNG was solely a civil engineering and construction company, focusing on roads, subdivisions and airstrips.

‘Sir Mick was the greatest promoter of Papua New Guinea’s potential and the capability and capacity of Papua New Guineans,’ said Curtain Bros General Manager, Justin McGann.

‘He also deserves thanks, and credit, for investing in the Papua New Guinea construction sector when other Australian construction companies withdrew.’

The business today extends into mining, bridge construction, dam construction, shipping, wharf construction, dockyard construction and operation, major infrastructure establishment, property development and building construction.

Significant contribution

Motukea Island; Credit: Peter JohnTate

Motukea Island; Credit: Peter JohnTate

‘Sir Mick is likely to be best remembered for the significant contribution Curtain Bros made to the construction phase of the nation’s first LNG project, and even more recently the Motukea Island Port project,’ said Prime Minister O’Neill.

‘He also deserves thanks, and credit, for investing in the Papua New Guinea construction sector when other Australian construction companies withdrew from Papua New Guinea in the 1980s.

‘When others departed, when conditions were tough, he returned, invested, and showed his confidence in our future-confidence which the passage of time has more than justified.’

‘Sir Mick returned to Papua New Guinea initially to undertake uncompleted road projects in the Oro Province, and...

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Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Towns That Embraced Darkness to See Starlight from Great Big Story on Vimeo.

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Hotel investments transforming Port Moresby into regional conference venue "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By the time of the APEC Summit in 2018, Port Moresby could have as many as 2590 high-end hotel rooms, and conference capacity for many thousands. Hoteliers tell Business Advantage PNG that the increase in scale and quality means the capital could become a world-class regional conference venue.

The outlook from the refurbished Ela Beach Hotel.

The outlook from the refurbished Ela Beach Hotel.

Just five years ago, there were just 600 high-end hotel rooms in Port Moresby.

But economic growth, and regional sporting and political events have prompted new investments in rooms and in conference facilities.

The newest project under consideration is a 500-room hotel, with the state-owned enterprise, Kumul Consolidated Holdings (KCH) teaming up with Hong Kong property developer, Shin Kong Pacific Investments.

The plans include a convention centre, gym, spa, restaurants and shops.

While a site has yet to be announced, one option is to build it on waterfront land vacated once the relocation of the capital’s port to Motukea Island has been completed.

Waigani

Port Moresby’s newest hotel, the Stanley, opened in July in central Waigani, with 429 rooms. General Manager Geoff Haigh says the centrepiece of the hotel is its function space, which can cater for a plenary conference attendance of up to 1,000 and a sit-down dinner for 1,200.

It has more than doubled the conference capacity of the city, he believes. In addition, the National Convention Centre in Waigani, with its 700-seat auditorium, was opened earlier this year.

‘Port Moresby is becoming a metropolitan city.’

Haigh says Port Moresby can now develop as a regional conference centre, attracting large conferences, which would otherwise go to either New Zealand or Australia.

The new National Convention Centre in Waigani.

The new National Convention Centre in Waigani.

The events prompting these developments include the 2015 Pacific Games, the FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in November, the Rugby League World Cup in 2017 and several APEC-related events in the lead-up to the main leaders’ summit in November 2018.

‘Port Moresby is becoming a metropolitan city,’ observes Deidre Halstead, Group Sales & Marketing Manager for Coral Seas Hotels.

It has developed into a premier location for international events, adding diversity and travellers to PNG, she adds.

Coral Sea Hotels has three hotels in Port Moresby (Grand Papua Hotel, Gateway Hotel & Apartments and Ela Beach Hotel & Apartments), providing a total of 451 hotel rooms. Its conference facilities can cater for up to 800 at Gateway, 230 at Grand Papua Hotel and 180 at Ela Beach Hotel.

Upgrades

Clearly, greater competition in Port Moresby’s hotel sector is driving investment in upgraded facilities.

The Lamana Hotel recently completed major renovations, including impressive new food and beverage venues, while Airway...

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China’s First Space Station Will Crash to Earth Amid Rumours of Failure "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

People who have been following Tiangong-1’s progress have said that China had lost control of it after some kind of failure onboard. China hasn’t been clear with what the failure was.

The Long March 2 G/F rocket that carried Tiangong-1 into orbit on September 29, 2011. Credit: China Manned Space Engineering Office

The Long March 2 G/F rocket that carried Tiangong-1 into orbit on September 29, 2011. Credit: China Manned Space Engineering Office

China’s Tiangong-1 space station is likely to come crashing through Earths’ atmosphere in 2017.

A Chinese official from the country’s manned space engineering division said that the space station, launched in 2011, had “comprehensively fulfilled its historic mission” and that it’d been expected to come back down in the second half of 2017. However, people who have been following Tiangong-1’s progress have said that China had lost control of it after some kind of failure onboard.

China hasn’t been clear with what the failure was. This is in keeping with the country laying claim to having become a ‘space superpower’ after the station’s launch in 2011. ‘Tiangong’ means ‘heavenly palace’. It was visited by Chinese astronauts in 2012 and 2013.

In late 2015, China said it had stopped performing experiments with the space station amid speculations that they had lost their ability to communicate with the module.

In the third week of September this year, China had launched the Tiangong-2, the successor to the Tiangong-1. Jonathan McDowell, an astrophysicist at Harvard University, had speculated on Twitter that once the successor came online, the Tiangong-1 would be dumped in the southern Pacific Ocean.

However, after today’s announcement, McDowell also told the Guardian that Tiangong-1 would come down “naturally”. The article also reported that some parts of the station were too dense to become completely burnt through the atmosphere and would survive until they crashed on the surface.

Where exactly the parts might come down is impossible to say without knowing where they begin to reenter the atmosphere and the weather conditions in those areas.

As part of its Tiangong space station program, China arims to have a full-fledged space station in orbit around Earth in the 2020s. To this end, the Tiangong-2 module will be joined by a Tiangong-3 module in 2022.

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The Strategy That Virtually Guarantees An Overwhelming PNC Victory In the 2017 Elections (Part 3) "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by WALI DAVID

In the 2 parts of this article already published, I have described the 3 main elements of a grand strategy that can keep Peter O’Neill and the Peoples National Congress (PNC) party in power almost indefinitely.   

What has been discussed so far are the broad components of the strategy to be applied across the board in PNG.   This last section describes very specific strategies that could be used on a case-by-case basis, depending on who the candidate is, what their local popularity is, and what the electorate is composed of.  


GRAND STRATEGY 4 - CUSTOM MANIPULATIONS FOR A FEW SELECTED CANDIDATES AND DISTRICTS TO ENHANCE PNC CANDIDATE ELECTIBILITY

The following strategies should not be generally applied but directed at selected districts or regional seats.   

1… Destroy non PNC MPs before the election.   ...

12:44

UBI for kids "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Here's a group advocating a universal basic income for all children of $40 a week.
Lowell Manning, President of Basic Income New Zealand (BINZ) is calling for a Universal Basic Income for Children. “I like to call it a Kids’ Basic Income” he says. Mr Manning said that a Universal Basic Income for Children would work much better than tax cuts, substantially reducing child poverty in New Zealand and boosting the economy where it is needed.

Referring to reports (Radio New Zealand 27th May on Nine to Noon), that Prime Minister John Key and Finance Minister Bill English would like to cut taxes by about $2-3 billion*, Manning says, “if we are serious about eliminating child poverty here in New Zealand, the Government is well placed to lead the world in 2017 by implementing a Universal Basic Income for Children”.

“The Kids’ BI would be similar to the old Universal Family Benefit that ended in 1991 after 45 years of continuous use”, he said, “so the idea is neither new nor radical. What was radical was abolishing the Universal Family Benefit in the first place”.

“A Kids’ basic income of $40 paid weekly in addition to all existing income support to every child under the age of 18 irrespective of family income or assets would return about $2.6 billion annually to the productive economy excluding establishment and administration costs”, he continued. “That’s about the same as the tax cuts the Government is considering. It creates a clear choice between substantially reducing the rapidly worsening child poverty that is causing widespread concern throughout the country and tax cuts that poorly target child poverty.”

“Moreover, the $2.6 billion a year spent on the Kids’ Basic Income would generate more government revenue because the Kids’ Basic Income will increase national output, GDP, by about 1%, and the tax on that extra output will increase Government revenue more than tax cuts will”, said Mr Manning.

“The Kids’ Basic Income is about the wellbeing of children, not family size or structure, ethnicity or social status” he concluded.
I'd like some expert economic comment on that bit of maths. Sounds like the impossible task of standing in a bucket and trying to life yourself up by the handle. We cannot tax ourselves into prosperity etc.

That not insignificant matter aside, I see a number of problems.

The income would be paid to the parent. If it's like the old Family Benefit it would be paid to the mother. In other cases to whoever has legal custody I guess. But it'll be that person who decides how it is used. Yes, poorer parents will tend to spend it but the wealthier might choose to save it towards future costs eg university fees.

So it cannot assumed it will automatically add to GDP.

Second, the behavioural effect on those who would rather breed than work for an income is a worry.

Third, how can it be fair to anyone who isn't  a parent and aged 18 and over? They don't get any tax relief because proposed cuts would be going to parents with dependent children only. So those just starting out, many already burdened with student debt, become relatively poorer.

Fourth, to really quibble, if all families with children receive the income boost, median household income rises as does the poverty threshold. On paper, relative child poverty persists.

Finally, the universal family benefit was stopped in favour of targeting poorer children. This is a reversal.

12:30

Spanishbride defects to The Connor Post "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

As you all know I write exclusively for Whaleoil and have done so for a few years now. When I joined the social media platform Gab all of a sudden I was surrounded not only by many like-minded individuals but also by other bloggers and media organisations. I dived right in and started to get […]

12:00

9/15 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Can you identify these cities from maps?

I got 9/15:

Middle of the road: well done, you’re not a complete embarrassment


Filed under: diversions

12:00

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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11:33

All your cool shit are belong to Slim Jim now "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Think I"m going to need my own Staff Group to plan and organise this war. Been getting some very detailed and valuable material in addition to the thread below. So thanks to all involved in that.

It"s convinced me to bring WW 3.1 forward in my writing schedule. I"ll start it after I finish A Girl in Time, which is now sitting at about 35K words of a planned 90K manuscript. I wanted to get it out before the US election, for reasons which will become obvious when you read it. But I can already tell that"s not gonna happen. And I don"t want to rush the project (and have it explode on me, Samsung style - oooh! Burn!). So I"ll be taking the couple of extra weeks needed to make sure that Girl gets all the attention she needs.

It"s now time to cast the speculative net a little wider than Orders of Battle.

One of the things I enjoyed most in the Stalin"s Hammer series was playing with the economic and social histories of the 1950s. I think the cinematic premiere of Capture Von Braun! was my favourite, although I also enjoyed Harry"s walk through London at the start of Cairo, and building my own Hilton hotel later in that book.

In Rome, you might recall, there was some talk during Harry"s briefing (at the US embassy?) of the Soviets flooding western markets with cheap consumer goods, following the uptime China model. I don"t think this would have actually happened in reality, even in an alternate reality, but I"m going with it because I can. So there.

What I"d be interested in collecting over the next few days are any other ideas, thought balloons, wild speculations etc, as to how the economy, society and culture of the West would have changed since the Transition.

Something other than "All your cool shit are belong to Slim Jim now"

11:30

Matt Vickers is a bit of a hypocrite "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

On the subject of assisted dying, I have a strong opinion based on watching cancer steal my mother from me over an extended period of dreadful, painful and undignified time. Last week a young Belgian man aged 17 elected to be assisted to die under Belgium’s assisted dying laws, which have recently been widened to […]

11:21

A new RCT for PNG in the law and justice sector "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Can transferring policing power to community members improve legal protection in Papua New Guinea?

This is the title of new research being undertaken in Bougainville by Jasper Cooper from Columbia University. Details can be found here.

It’s not often that we hear about randomised control trials (RCTs) being conducted in PNG – so please excuse my slightly elevated level of excitement. See a previous blog on the subject.

RCTs work by randomly selecting units of analysis (in this case 40 villages in Bougainville) into those that receive treatment (the treatment group) and those that don’t (the control group). This randomisation ensures that we can expect that there are no differences across the two groups except for the treatment – any differences in average outcome measures across the two groups can then be attributed to treatment. Impact evaluation is not an easy thing to do and this is why RCTs are often referred to as the “gold standard”. That being said, there are a number of potential hazards inherent in RCTs, which hopefully this research will address.

It’s also exciting that the research is in the law and justice sector, which is not known for RCTs. In fact, a search of the 3ie Impact Evaluation Repository for “police” or “policing” turns up only 12 papers (out of a total of 4,260), of which only a handful of these are based on RCT methods.

The proposed treatment is for respected and locally accountable individuals to be trained to work as unarmed uniformed officers in the villages they are from as full-time police, conducting arrests, dispelling tension, investigating crimes, and mediating conflicts. Around 2,000 individuals across treatment and control villages will then be surveyed to examine the impact of the program on the quality of local policing, such as the reporting of crime, and changes in attitudes towards the state and other behaviours, such as domestic violence. Hopefully there will be positive effects and, even if there aren’t, at least we will know that money and effort is better spent elsewhere or in some other form.

The post A new RCT for PNG in the law and justice sector appeared first on Devpolicy Blog from the Development Policy Centre.

11:17

Member's Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Its another Member's Day, and it promises to be a fiery one - though not because of the member's bills. Instead, its a local bill, the New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Lands) Bill, which is likely to be contentious. The bill allows leaseholders of stolen Maori land in Waitara, the nexus of the land wars, to buy the land their ancestors stole. While some local hapu have agreed to this, others have not, and so it is likely to be highly contentious.

Following on from that we have the first reading of Catherine Delahunty's Public Works (Prohibition of Compulsory Acquisition of Māori Land) Amendment Bill, which aims to prevent a common source of Treaty of Waitangi breaches. The House should also make a start on Shane Reti's Consumer Guarantees (Removal of Unrelated Party Lender Responsibility) Amendment Bill, and if it moves quickly, might get to Chris Hipkins' Education (Charter Schools Abolition) Amendment Bill. There should be a ballot for at least one bill tomorrow.

11:03

Asian Development Bank puts case for greater private involvement in state-owned enterprises "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Increasing private sector involvement in Papua New Guinea’s state-owned enterprises (SOEs) would be a ‘powerful mechanism’ for improving the sector’s efficiency, according to a new report by the Asian Development Bank.

PNG SOE's portfolio return on equity (orange) and return on assets (blue) 2002-2014 Source: Kumul Consolidated Holdings, ADB

PNG state-owned enterprises’ portfolio return on equity (orange) and return on assets (blue), 2002-2014  Source: Kumul Consolidated Holdings, ADB

The report says plans to partially privatise Air Niugini and expand the use of public private partnerships (PPPs) in the power and port sectors should ‘enhance the productivity’ of these sectors.

The ADB report questions the PNG Government’s 2015 Policy on State Ownership and Participation in Commercial Activities, which calls for an expansion of state investment in commercial activities, prohibitions against foreign investors taking controlling positions in SOEs or PPPs, and a ban on the allocation of land titles.

‘One reason for the fall in profitability is that SOEs are being charged market rates for their debt funding.’

This, the authors believe, sends: ‘a mixed signal to investors regarding the government’s attitude towards foreign investment and continued competition from SOEs in commercial activities.’

Assets and profitability

PNG’s SOE sector is expanding quickly, but profitability is falling, according to ADB figures. Between 2003 and 2014, SOE assets grew at an average of 13.7 per cent a year, well above the average of 8.2 per cent in the region (which includes Singapore and New Zealand).

PNG's SOE assets Source: Kumul Consolidated Holdings, ADB

PNG’s SOE assets Source: Kumul Consolidated Holdings, ADB

The ADB report notes that the PNG Government has actively supported the buildup of SOE assets. It says there has been K880 million of debt write-downs and equity injections. Moreover, SOEs have been allowed to reinvest the majority of their earnings rather than pay dividends.

Meanwhile, profitability has worsened. In the 2010–2014 period, return on assets (ROA) was 1.3 per cent, down from 4 per cent in the 2002-2009 period. Return on equity also fell sharply. It was 2.4 per cent with 7 per cent in the 2002–2009 period.

‘The standout SOEs in the 2010-2014 period were: PNG Ports, PNG Power, and Air Niugini.’

One reason for the fall in profitability is that SOEs are being charged market rates for their...

11:01

Time To Get Voting! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Have you received your voting papers? By Roger Childs, and Jude Wadsworth, Electoral Officer Voting Papers for this year’s Local Council elections should have been delivered to you by now. So don’t delay in doing your democratic duty. To help you make your selections, you will have also received an Instructions & Candidate Information booklet. […]

11:01

Abolitionist Demand 13: Increase funding for legal aid. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This is a part of No Pride in Prisons’ Abolitionist demands. These demands were originally published as a book. To see a pdf of the book, click here. To buy a copy, please email info@noprideinprisons.org.nz

Legal aid is a form of government funding for legal services for people who cannot afford a lawyer and is an essential resource for people who would otherwise be unable to access legal representation. According to legal adviser and JustSpeak spokesperson Di White, “court proceedings are incredibly complex, incredibly intimidating and, if you don’t have legal representation, you’re at a significant disadvantage.”[1]

However, the New Zealand legal aid system has been subject to significant funding cuts[2] over the past few years, with total funding decreasing from $157 million[3] in 2010 to $138 million in 2016,[4] or $125 million in inflation-adjusted terms. This significant reduction in funding has led to a reduction in the total number of people eligible for and receiving state-funded legal aid. Between 2010-2015, the total number of legal aid funding requests approved fell from 66,727 to 49,569, or a total reduction of 25.7%.[5]


There have been a number of other changes to legal aid that have undermined access to reliable legal advice for poor people. Most significantly, lawyers are now to be assigned on a rotational basis so that offenders facing less serious charges can no longer choose the lawyer they want.[6] According to lawyer Maria Dhyrberg QC, this is particularly difficult for people “who could no longer nominate counsel they felt would best represent their interests, but instead had to settle for counsel assigned to them on an apparently random basis, with whom they may have had no existing relationship.”[7]

This lack of funding and subsequent lack of available legal aid resources represents a severe injustice against a part of the population that is not able to afford private legal counsel, but does not fall under the new tightened legal aid criteria.[8] This has created what is being referred to as the ‘justice gap.’[9] According to Chris Gallavin, Dean of Law at the University of Canterbury, this gap represents “the most significant challenge to the integrity of the justice system that New Zealand has ever faced.”[10]

These changes have had far-reaching negative impacts. According to Gallavin, “the funding cuts and burea...

11:00

Stephen Franks on speaking freely "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Stephen Franks is a brilliant guy, and has seriously strong principles. His blog about his refusal to comment on the “boat nigger’ scandal without redacting the word nigger shows his mettle. I was recently asked for a legal perspective on the RHOA Boat Nigger story, but told expressly not to use the N***** word when […]

10:54

Earning that reputation again "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Today's "big" political news is a spat between New Zealand First and National over the House's extended sittings this week. Originally the Business Committee had agreed to hold a special sitting on Friday to finish off some Treaty settlement bills. National had also apparently received agreement for a voice vote on those bills. However, NZ First wanted its opposition to Treaty settlements to be on the public record, so have said they will not allow a voice vote - and in a supreme act of petulance, Gerry Brownlee has now cancelled the entire thing, with much finger-pointing and public blaming.

But this isn't just a case of MPs being petulant little brats, there's an underlying issue: having a party vote rather than a voice vote means that MPs actually have to turn up for work instead of skiving off and relying on a procedural trick to cover their absence. But instead of disrupting the weekend plans of a single government MP, Brownlee would rather throw a public tantrum and disrupt the travel plans of hundreds of Maori instead.

...and then politicians wonder why the public think they're lazy, self-interested wankers. In this case, as in so many others, they have no-one but themselves to blame.

10:30

NZs Dodgiest Local Government Candidates – Bertie Ratu "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Thanks to all those who have sent in information about dodgy candidates. We are still fact checking some of them, so they can still appear. We have already mentioned the unions’ pledge that they are getting candidates to sign. Unfortunately for the union struggled to get any of its own members to run, with only well […]

10:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Improved dairy sector expectations see New Zealand farmer confidence surge higher:

Results at a Glance

· Overall confidence in the agricultural economy has improved considerably from the previous quarter

· Farmers’ expectations for their own business performance also improved, driven by sizeable improvement in expectations among dairy farmers

· While overall confidence was up among all sectors, sheep and beef farmers registered small decline in expectations of their own business performance

· Horticulturalists’ business performance expectations also fell, but remain at elevated levels

· Farm business investment intentions remained stable. . . 

Young role model inspires primary sector job seekers – Gerard Hutching:

Ellie Cranswick knew New Zealand was different to the United Kingdom the moment she saw drench being advertised on TV.

She noticed on arrival that there were a number of differences between the two agricultural industries, from the end markets, to the genetics, to systems used.

Originally from Dorset, 27-year-old Cranswick now has her red bands firmly grounded in New Zealand soil after five years in the country. . .

Changing agri-food perspectives – Keith Woodford:

When I was an undergraduate back in the 1960s – in some ways it seems just yesterday – the dominant agricultural paradigms were about farm production and management.  As students, we learned nothing about marketing. And when marketing did come in vogue in the following decades, the dominant perspective was that marketing was what happened at the end rather than the beginning of the agri-food chain.

To a considerable extent, that perspective of a value chain that starts with production still survives within our animal-based agricultural industries. In contrast, the plant-based industries have been more successful in making the transition to a consumer-led position. And that may well be why, in an evolving world, our horticultural industries are currently succeeding where our traditional pastoral industries are currently struggling.

Our three big plant industries that are leading the way are viticulture, kiwifruit and apples. And then there are some other such as cherries which are also making good progress, plus seed crops such as carrots. . . 

Hope wallaby tracks ‘isolated incident’ – Lynda van Kempen:

The spread of wallabies is a serious concern and the last thing Otago needs is another destructive animal pest, a regional council director says.

Otago Regional Council environmental monitoring and operations director Scott MacLean, commenting about wallaby tracks being found at Galloway, near Alexandra, recently, said the council was treating the sighting seriously.

“Given that at this stage, only wallaby sign was sighted, I would like to think, and certainly hope, that this is an isolated incident. . ....

10:21

Welcome West Papua Transitional Constitution Called “Undang-Undang Revolusi West Papua” "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua Merdeka News (PMNews) welcomes the legal instrument for West Papua independence movement called "Undang-Undang Revolusi West Papua - UURWP" (or West Papua Revolution/ Transitional Constitution) that helps organise and establish legal basis for the struggle for Independence of West Papua as a sovereign nation-state in near future. After being proposed by various organisations fighting…

Welcome West Papua Transitional Constitution Called “Undang-Undang Revolusi West Papua” was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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10:08

Situation Room: Should We Abolish Prisons? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Situation Room: Should We Abolish Prisons?:

An article by MTV that discusses prison abolitionist politics in America after the September 9th nationwide prison strike (http://ift.tt/2cGQDSN):

“Ellsworth: To start, we need to look at what prison abolition is and why people say we need to do away with our incarceration system. Most folks think that prisons are necessary for order in society, that we need to lock away people who break the law. But prisons are overcrowded, inmates get used for cheap labor, violence and abuse often go unreported and unprosecuted, and incarcerated people get treated worse than animals at times. I mean, our justice system is geared toward packing people into prisons without much thought for the conditions that creates. And we don’t do much, if anything, for people who have served their time and need to return to their communities.

Our prison system creates these pressure cookers for dehumanization, and society acts like this is our only option. We see people enter into cycles of crime, incarceration, release, poverty, crime (often as an act of survival, because employment options are so scarce after incarceration), return to prison, repeat. It’s just a snake eating its own tail, and because of that we aren’t making anyone safer. We wind up abusing and traumatizing human beings whom, allegedly, we’re supposed to be helping to return to a law-abiding life — a concept that is itself problematic when the laws are biased against certain populations.

With all of that going on, we shouldn’t be surprised that there is a prison abolition movement. We should also expect prison strikes and riots. We can’t pile people into awful conditions, use them for profit, and then expect them to just sit there quietly. Looking back over the history of this country, we condemn slavery for being inhumane and horrific, yet here society has reinvented the practice by using incarcerated people to a similar effect. Prisons stack as many people per square foot as possible and make them work for extremely low pay so someone, somewhere can make a profit.

Kweku: The prison abolition movement does not accept the idea that this state of affairs is a necessary evil, and it also does not accept the idea that piecemeal reform can solve the problem. The entire system has to be rethought. Prison abolitionists are working toward a world without prisons, and that means thinking of new ways of approaching punishment, rehabilitation, and public safety. How do we get there from here?

St. Félix: One technique of prison abolition begins from the inside. On July 1, 2015, over 1,000 incarcerated people at a private prison near Kingman, Arizona, started a riot that lasted days and damaged the facility so massively that the people had to be moved. The riot sucked up resources from both the private company that owned the prison and the state. Imprisonment can restrict the incarcerated when it comes to advocacy, but it gives them a potential opportunity to disable daily operations, that, as Marcus says, are worth so much to outside economies.

Ellsworth: That’s the thing we need to remember: Incarcerated people know better than anyone what conditions are inside prisons, and why the whole system needs to change. Riots and hunger strikes make the rest of us finally pay attention to what goes on inside prisons. People are putting their bodies on the line because they have already been subject to injustices and no one has listened. There are some elected officials calling for prison reform, but almost none are considering a path to abolish the system itself. Their concerns are mostly wrapped up in money — how much it costs to house a prisoner, the expense of legal proceedings, payroll for guards and prison staff. They don’t talk about the price of a person’s humanity, a...

10:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The 727 that Vanished It shouldn’t be so easy to lose an aircraft. Especially a big old airliner. It was 47 metres (153 feet) long and 10 metres (34 feet) high, with a wingspan of 33 metres (108 feet). Twice the height of a giraffe and four times the length of a London bus. The […]

09:59

The House Today #nzqt "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Parliament is sitting today. You can follow proceedings starting at 2 pm on TV ( Freeview 31, Igloo 50, Sky 86, Vodafone 86 ), streaming audio via Radio New Zealand and streaming Parliament TV via the internet. After the sitting day, on-demand replays can be found at In The House. Questions to Ministers GRANT ROBERTSON […]

09:30

The University of Auckland and the Auckland Muslim Association present: Sheikh Ebrahim Bham "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Auckland Muslim Association together with the University of Auckland, have brought to Auckland Sheikh Ebrahim Bham.The Sheikh appears to be planning to talk about two main topics. Love for Allah and your parents Hate for Israel and promotion of the BDS movement which has as its ultimate goal the destruction of Israel His topics: […]

09:14

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

HAWAIIANS JOIN DAKOTA PIPELINE PROTESTS


























Honolulu Star-Adverstiser  - September 20, 2016 

Some Native Hawaiians have joined thousands of American Indians in protesting the development of the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.

Dr. Kalamaoka`aina Niheu, who practices family medicine on O`ahu, said she arrived in North Dakota earlier this month and is at the encampment of protesters to help provide health care. “This is my particular contribution,” she said.

Protesters have drawn the support of celebrities and politicians alike, including US Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Niheu said the protesters have developed an extraordinary health network to support the protest.

About a dozen Native Hawaiians were with her in Cannonball, ND, she said, and there were other Native Hawaiians who have been there and left.

Niheu said the native tribes from this country and elsewhere who have gathered to support the protest realize they’re facing similar problems.

“They are here to make a stand for their place and their homes,” she said. “It’s unprecedented. This is tremendous. It’s historical.”

She said the protest has been nonviolent and there have been about 60 arrests since April.

“People have been physically blocking construction,” she said.

American Indians, including the Standing Rock Sioux tribe in North Dakota, have opposed the development of the pipeline through tribal lands, saying it threatens water resources and would desecrate burial grounds.

Michael Kyser Jr. said he and some of the others in North Dakota were among the protesters atop Hawai`i island’s Mauna Kea opposing the development of the Thirty Meter Telescope. Some American Indians now protesting in North Dakota traveled to Hawai`i to support the TMT opponents, he said.

Temperatures have been in the 60s during the day and in the 40s at night and are expected to become colder as winter approaches.

Kyser, who has been at the encampment since Aug. 20, said he’s ready. “I’ve got my winter gear here,” he said.

Construction for now has been halted 20 miles on either side of the Missouri River but is continuing elsewhere near Bismarck, ND, where protesters are getting arrested, Kyser said.

The federal review stalling construction will likely be completed within weeks.


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09:00

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 38 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The latest challenge (among others) — ‘Where will the next Olympic Games be held?’ So get cracking. Just remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into! Answers on Sunday.   1    Which four countries divided Germany and Berlin into sectors in 1945?   2    Along which mountain range did Bill Bryson […]

08:57

A Morticious Moment "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

As the election slips away from Crooked Hillary, some wag suggested she looks as though she has been embalmed.

...

08:38

Framework for resilient development in the Pacific: an integrated approach to address climate change and Disaster Risk Management (FRDP) 2017–2030 "IndyWatch Feed World"

Climate change and disaster risks increase the vulnerability of Pacific Island people, and significantly undermine the sustainable development of the Pacific region. Although the level of exposure is similar for Pacific Island countries and territories (PICTs), their vulnerability differs as countries have specific environmental, social and economic challenges that result in limited capacity to reduce vulnerability.National and subnational governments and administrations, the private [...]

08:36

CanSurvive Dragon Boating Invitation "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An opportunity to have a go! By Bette Cosgrove We have an open invitation to our Have-A-Go days. It’s an opportunity to join CanSurvive and CAn2 dragon boat teams – for well being, friendship, fun and fitness. We are the Wellington Dragonboat teams of Breast Cancer Survivors and supporters who have had success both internationally and nationally. […]

08:34

Pacific warned against being exploited by seabed miners "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

rip seabed mining

ABC News | 21 September 2016

Researchers are warning that the Pacific risks becoming an experimental test centre for seabed mining if regional nations don’t adopt proper policies.

Listen to audio

The potential impacts of seabed mining are not fully known but concerns have been raised about damage to fish stocks and marine ecosystems.

PNG Centre for Climate Change and Sustainable Development Director, Professor Chalapan Kaluwin has told the Pacific Islands University Research Network meeting in Samoa that seabed mining in places like Papua New Guinea shouldn’t go ahead until proper checks have been put in place.


08:30

Oh, so that’s why the Police and security guards were at court "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

When Rachel MacGregor was giving evidence the other day the courtroom for some reason had a Police presence and a security guard in place. Now we know why. It also explains why he turned up on the first two days and then disappeared. Anna Leask from the NZ Herald reports: Details have emerged in court […]

08:06

Philippine Bleeding-heart doves flutter at the brink, but NGOs respond "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

[caption id="attachment_189521" align="alignnone" width="768"] The Mindanao Bleeding-heart, classified as Vulnerable by the IUCN. All five Bleeding-heart species are of conservation concern. Conservation groups are now scrambling to protect the species. Photo by Paulo Jardim85 on flickr reproduced under a Creative Commons CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 license[/caption] [dropcap type="3"]T[/dropcap]he 7,100 islands of the Philippine Republic, scattered across the Pacific Ocean and South China Sea, teem with life. The entire nation is a recognized biodiversity hotspot — rated among the 17 most mega-biodiverse countries in the world — with rainforests, volcanic mountain ranges and tropical waters known for species found nowhere else on the planet. The archipelago’s isolation for millions of years, and its wide variety of habitats has contributed to speciation across the island chain’s 300,000 square kilometers (115,831 square miles) of land area. Species such as the Philippine eagle (Pithecophaga jefferyi), one of the largest in the world, the Sulu hornbill (Anthracoceros montani), of which fewer than 30 are thought to still exist, and the Philippine Mouse deer (Tragulus nigricans), which stands just seven inches tall, live in forests across the archipelago. A staggering 40 percent of all bird species found in this island nation are endemic — 226 out of 569 species. Compare that to the level of avian endemism in the United States, which stands at just 7.5 percent, even though the US is more than thirty times the size of the Philippines. BirdLife International has identified ten Endemic Bird Areas (EBAs) in the Philippines — EBAs being “the…

08:00

The Ahmadiyya Muslim community lead multi-faith peace talks "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Pete and I visited New Zealand’s largest mosque which belongs to the Ahmadiyya Muslim community April this year. They spoke of their commitment to peace with all faiths. A recent meeting that they arranged in Auckland is a testimony to their actions matching their words. I was interested to know if representatives from Sunni Islam […]

08:00

GDT and Fonterra’s forecast payout up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The GlobalDairyTrade price index increased by 1.7% in this morning’s auction.

That was less than analysts and expected and whole milk was down .2%.

However, Fonterra is obviously confident that the upward trend in prices will continue and has increased its farm gate forecast milk price:

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited today increased its 2016/17 forecast Farmgate Milk Price by 50 cents to $5.25 per kgMS.

When combined with the forecast earnings per share range for the 2017 financial year of 50 to 60 cents, the total payout available to farmers in the current season is forecast to be $5.75 to $5.85 before retentions.

Chairman John Wilson said that since the Co-operative last reviewed its forecast Milk Price in August, global milk supply has continued to reduce and demand has remained stable.

“Milk production in key dairying regions globally is reducing in response to low milk prices. Milk production in the EU for 2016 is beginning to flatten out and our New Zealand milk collection is currently more than 3 per cent lower than last season.

“While we have seen some improvement in GDT auction prices recently, the high NZD/USD exchange rate is offsetting some of these gains.

“There is still volatility in global dairy markets and we will continue to keep our forecast updated for our farmers over the coming months,” said Mr Wilson.

It’s only a forecast.

Farmers and sharemilkers will still be very cautious but it’s very welcome news for the industry, those who service and supply it and the wider economy.


Filed under: business, Farming, food, rural, trade Tagged: Fonterra, GlobalDairyTrade (GDT), John Wilson, milk payout ...

07:30

Australia claims its illegal “border protection” policy is the “best in the world” – 21/09/2016 "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

“Australia’s boat turn-back policy and indefinite detention of refugees is both inhumane and illegal.” – by Fadak Alfayadh, RISE Director

In the span of two days, Tony Abbott has urged European leaders to “stand guard” against the recent and ongoing movement of refugees seeking protection in Europe. Malcolm Turnbull alleges that Australia’s border protection policies are the ‘best in the world’, and our Immigration Minister claims that our offshore detention camps are “at least better” than refugee camps outside Syria.

As absurd as Turnbull and Abbott’s comments are, a number of things shock me to the core. Firstly, these men had been given platform to make such ludicrous comments, without a reality check. Secondly, they had an audience who listened to their bigotry, did not oppose or question it and possibly would adopt it as their own beliefs. It is one thing to be mistaken and heartless, but it is another to spread these sentiments with impunity.

Abbott’s recommendation of Australia’s turn-back policy is highly problematic. At a time when one of the most vulnerable groups in the world needs assistance, he is urging the world to turn their backs against those in need of protection. It is also ironic and unfortunate that nations such as Europe, who benefit from the stability that wealth and privilege bring, are urged to be “brave” against men, women and children who have left behind everything they know purely to survive.

The hysteria and fear created by politicians, such as Abbott, on first glance seem to be mere petty politics and statements that we are used to hearing from theatrical politicians. It is, however, statements such as this that in time turn hysteria into public opinion, and public opinion into legislation. Unfortunately, this is the situation Australia has come to regarding the refugee issue. It is an inhumane state reached through a historic chain of events resulting in unspeakable acts of state-sanctioned violence against refugees and asylum seekers. This is not a situation to be idolised or copied, much less recommended to other nations.

Australia’s boat turn-back policy and indefinite detention of refugees is both inhumane and illegal. Turning back asylum seeker boats that have reached Australian territory goes against the International legal obligation of non-refoulement, which Australia has been breaking for decades. Australia is sending people back to horrific situations where they are likely to face persecution, serious harm and in many cases, death. Not only does Australia have an obligation to all those who seek protection on its shores, but also an obligation (both legally and ethically) to those the government has decided to place in offshore detention centres. Thus, it is irresponsible of Malcolm Turnbull to speak lightly of the policies put in place by Australia against asylum seekers and refugees, claiming they are the “best in the world”. Off-shore detention and boat turn-backs are financially more costly to Australian taxpayers than settling people in the community, while the cost to asylum seekers pushed back into sea are immeasurable. Abbott’s drive to recommend Australia’s illegal and failed policies to other nations is, to say the least, unwise.

Abbott also referred to refugees and asylum seekers as “would-be economic migrants” who are “...

07:30

Pleurnichard of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We have a winner for crybaby of the week, or pleurnichard as the Cheese Eating Surrender Monkeys would say. A Frenchman whose attempts to hitchhike out of the West Coast landed him in court says New Zealand should be renamed “Nazi Zealand”. Cedric Claude Rene Rault-Verpre, 27, appeared in Greymouth District Court this morning charged with […]

07:00

Comment of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Whaleoil commenter Mick Le wrote: The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Are the Feminazis so full of blind hate when it comes to WO (ie right wing) they are prepared to ignore the public smearing of Rachel McGregor’s private and professional reputation by her high profile, male ex employer. The poor girl is […]

07:00

Shanghai Maling goes where shareholders wouldn’t "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Shanghai Maling’s application to purchase a 50 per cent interest in Silver Fern Farms has been approved.

Minister for Land Information Louise Upston, and Associate Minister for Finance Paula Bennett, the decision-making Ministers, are satisfied that the purchase would create substantial and identifiable benefit for New Zealand.

“The Overseas Investment Office recommended that we approve Shanghai Maling’s application because it meets the criteria set down in the Overseas Investment Act 2005,” Ms Upston says.

“We are satisfied that the investment will be of substantial and identifiable benefit to New Zealand, which is the test set out in the Act. The investment will put the company in a better financial position and allow it to increase its exports.

“New Zealand shareholders will continue to have 50 per cent ownership of Silver Fern Farms, while benefiting from the injection of funds from the new investor.”

Not surprisingly SFF has welcomed the decision:

The proposed investment is now unconditional and is set to complete on 4 January 2017, the first business day of the new financial year for the partnership.

Silver Fern Farms Chairman, Rob Hewett said the new partnership with Shanghai Maling creates a unique opportunity for Silver Fern Farms.

“Shanghai Maling’s financial investment will make Silver Fern Farms the financially strongest company in the New Zealand meat industry with the ability to confidently invest in our business.

“The partnership will help us accelerate our consumer focused plate to pasture strategy globally, and to grow sustainable value for our shareholders and farmer suppliers over time.

“It is very pleasing to now be at this point after nearly 12 months, and we look forward to the partnership getting underway in the new year.”

Shanghai Maling President Wei Ping Shen was pleased the partnership could now be completed. “We are very pleased with the regulatory approval for this partnership. It clears the way for us to move ahead with the partnership. New Zealand grass fed red meat is the best in the world and the Silver Fern Farms’ brand has the potential to become a leading red meat brand globally.”

Mr Hewett stated that after the investment completes the Co-operative will, as previously advised, pay a special dividend of 30c per share to all ordinary and rebate shares expected to be paid prior to 31 March 2017) and will commence the redemption of the remaining approximately $5m of Supplier Investment Shares outstanding.

 Federated Farmers says it’s a sensible decision for New Zealand:

New Zealand will enjoy benefits from the approval for Shanghai Maling Aquarius to acquire a 50 percent ownership stake in Silver Fern Farms.

Federated Farmers Meat & Fibre Chair Rick Powdrell says it’s a sensible decision for the country and aligns the company better to service the needs of global markets in a modern world.

“New Zealand farmer-shareholders will continue to own 50 percent of the co-operative and will enjoy the benefits of access to the growing Chinese market.

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06:47

Monju fast-breeder reactor operator insiders say project is a failure: survey "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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The Monju prototype fast-breeder nuclear reactor in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, is pictured in this file photo taken from a Mainichi helicopter on Oct. 7, 2015

Employees of the operator of the troubled Monju prototype fast-breeder nuclear reactor in Tsuruga, Fukui Prefecture, which the government may decommission, say that the reactor is a failure or criticize the project in other ways, according to a labor union survey.

A survey conducted by one of the labor unions representing workers at the Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA), the results of which the Mainichi Shimbun has obtained, shows that over half of the respondents said the government should consider decommissioning the trouble-plagued reactor.

The JAEA was founded in 2005 through a merger between the Japan Nuclear Cycle Development Institute (JNC) and the Power Reactor and Nuclear Fuel Development Corp. (PNC). There are two labor unions within the JAEA — the Japan Atomic Energy Labor…

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06:45

Panel to examine options for wrecked Fukushima plant "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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A panel of experts will discuss reforms at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc., including the costly plans to scrap its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, Industry minister Hiroshige Seko said Tuesday.

The costs of decommissioning the plant, ravaged by the 2011 triple meltdown, is expected to far exceed the initial estimate of ¥2 trillion, prompting the government to review its financial aid to the utility with the help of the private sector.

The government-appointed panel will meet for the first time in early October and draft proposals by year-end, Seko said, as Tepco plans to revise its business plan, compiled in 2014, possibly early next year.

Members of the panel include Akio Mimura, head of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and other senior officials of major business groups. Tepco President Naomi Hirose will also join as an observer.

The utility’s business has been pressured by the…

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06:38

Fukushima unveils grand plan for alternative energy transmission line networks "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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A public-private sector consortium tasked with promoting alternative energy in Fukushima Prefecture will start building new power transmission networks next fiscal year.

The consortium, made up of central government agencies, the Fukushima Prefectural Government and electric power companies, met on Sept. 7. It formulated a plan to make the prefecture staggered by 2011 mega-quake, tsunami and nuclear disaster a pioneer in clean energy.

The prefecture has announced plans to create two new wind power generation zones.

The coastal zone, which is close to Tokyo Electric Power Co. Holdings Inc.’s crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, encompasses the cities and towns of Minamisoma, Namie, Futaba, Okuma, Tomioka, Naraha and Hirono.

The other is the inland Fukushima Abukuma zone, covering Tamura and the villages of Kawauchi and Katsurao. Together, the zones are expected to be among the biggest bases for wind power in Japan.

But due to the lack of power transmission…

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06:36

In Fukushima, A Bitter Legacy Of Radiation, Trauma and Fear "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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Five years after the nuclear power plant meltdown, a journey through the Fukushima evacuation zone reveals some high levels of radiation and an overriding sense of fear. For many, the psychological damage is far more profound than the health effects.

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A radiation monitoring station alongside a road in Namie, Japan.

Japan’s Highway 114 may not be the most famous road in the world. It doesn’t have the cachet of Route 66 or the Pan-American Highway. But it does have one claim to fame. It passes through what for the past five years has been one of the most radioactive landscapes on the planet – heading southeast from the Japanese city of Fukushima to the stricken nuclear power plant, Fukushima Daiichi, through the forested mountains where much of the fallout from the meltdown at the plant in March 2011 fell to earth.

It is a largely empty highway now, winding through…

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06:31

1) West Papua rally: ‘We want to be free people!’ "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


2) Teachers condemn West Papua injustices
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1) West Papua rally: ‘We want to be free people!’
By TJ Aumua -  September 20, 2016

The crowd in Jayapura, West Papua. They marched in full support of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua and Pacific Islands Coalition on West Papua to bring West Papua in to the UN decolonisation committee. Image:Free West Papua Campaign
Thousands of people have rallied across West Papua this week demanding independence and their right to self-determination.
The Free West Papua Campaign (FWPC) stated those that took part in the peaceful demonstrations marched with a clear message: “We want to be free people”.
People of West Papua are calling on the United Nations to support their fundamental right to self-determination and a resolution for an internationally supervised vote for independence.
FWPC reported that some demonstrations around the country were blocked by the Indonesian police and 68 peaceful protestors were arrested in Merauke, West Papua.
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06:30

No, no, no. What sort of an idiot thinks we should hold an Olympics here? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Laura McQuillan writes about a complete fool who has had a rush of shit to the brains and suggested we should hold an Olympics here. Nothing says “we’re a world-class city” like hosting the Olympic Games – but could New Zealand ever do the honours? Actually, nothing says you’re are stupid like even suggesting such a prolific […]

06:26

6th Citizen-Scientist International Symposium on Radiation Protection Date: Friday, October 7 – Monday, October 10, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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From the Reality of Chernobyl and Fukushima

Date: Friday, October 7 – Monday, October 10, 2016
Venue: Main Hall, Fukushima Gender
 Equality Centre 1-196-1 Kakunai, Nihonmatsu, Fukushima, 964-0904

The Citizen-Scientist International Symposium on Radiation Protection (CSRP), a politically, financially, ideologically and religiously independent non-profit organization, has been committed to keeping to minimum the damages on health and environment caused by the Tokyo Electric Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster that followed the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in March 11, 2011.

CSRP has been inviting administrative officials, researchers, NGOs, member experts of governmental inquiry commissions and international organizations working on radiation protection, etc. Since around the 3rd CSRP, this approach has started to bear fruit, because scientists and other stakeholders with different positions and paradigms began to share the same table of discussion, thus gradually making possible constructive exchange of views.

In the course of this approach…

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06:25

Obama Takes His Campaign 2016 Act to the United Nations With Anti-Trump Talk (Video) "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

  President Obama speaking before the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday. (The White House)

For 2016 presidential candidates, as well as their surrogates and supporters, all the world’s a campaign stage.

Positioned as they are within a culture saturated with smartphones, powered by a tireless news cycle, and in which anyone with a suitable device and the wherewithal to point and shoot it can instantly become a “citizen journalist,” practically any situation can potentially be repurposed to advance someone’s agenda.

This means politicians can no longer afford to assume they are ever able to operate outside the proverbial fishbowl—they can forget letting down their guard or expecting any forum will be truly private (just ask this guy—or this guy).

But it can also mean that situations purportedly designed to serve a slightly different function may be transformed into de facto stumping opportunities. Take, for example, the commonly observed ritual of using late-night talk show appearances to do a little impromptu PR and/or damage control.

And then there was President Obama’s final address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday. In this case, the president didn’t so much endorse Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton outright, as he has done for her on many occasions this election cycle, as he used his platform to discredit her Republican rival, Donald Trump.

Clearly, Obama’s first priority was to give his standing within the international community—as well as his country’s—a boost as he prepares to leave office, as evidenced by statements in his speech like this one: “I believe we have been a force for good.” He was there primarily to make his case that the last eight years have brought progress, and as he controlled the frame, he cast a number of key issues—immigration, global trade (beaming especially rosy lighting on the contentious and unresolved Trans-Pacific Partnership proposal), terrorism, cultural politics—in the manner likely to serve his legacy best.

But he also made room in his talk to take aim at Clinton’s competition, advancing the argument that Trump’s ham-fisted brand of statecraft and domineering leadership style would be detrimental on a domestic and global scale.

Here’s just one moment in which Obama served his party’s election-year interests in his speech:

In countries held together by borders drawn by colonial powers, with ethnic enclaves and tribal divisions, politics and elections can sometimes appear to be a zero-sum game. And so, given the difficulty in forging true democracy in the face of these pressures, it’s no surprise that some a...

06:24

Photos show nuclear tragedy’s toll on pets "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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They never came back because the radiation levels were too high. The animal rescue teams knew the animals were abandoned and left there, so they had three weeks to go in there to find them,” said O’Connor, who added that farm animals usually had to be euthanized.

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Akira Honda, founder of Nyander Guard Animal Rescue, shows photos of animals left behind in the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster in Japan. The photos are on display at Ventura County Animal Services’ Camarillo shelter.

Shortly after the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011 in Japan, nearby residents were immediately evacuated from their homes because of the risk of radiation exposure. They were forced to leave their animals behind.

Akira Honda, nicknamed Taicho, immediately raced to the disaster area from his hometown six hours away to help, and realized the need for an animal shelter near the radiation-contaminated…

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06:03

MoD says RAF Reaper drones used in Deir ez-Zour airstrike that killed 62 Syrian troops "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

Ministry of Defence confirms British involvement in US-led airstrike that killed at least 62 Syrian government troops RAF Reaper drones were involved in the weekend airstrike that killed at least 62 Syrian government troops and threatened the fragile truce in the country, the Ministry of Defence has said. An unspecified number of weapons were fired from the drones capable of firing 500lb laser guided bombs and Hellfire missiles, it added. The British military said it was cooperating fully with an investigation by the US-led coalition into the incident, which led to dozens of soldiers being killed and injured, according to Syrian government reports. Australian, Danish and US air forces were also involved in the raid.

06:03

Flogging a dead TPPA? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

On his trip to new York John Key has been promoting the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Is the TPPA a dead horse? Today’s Herald editorial still thinks the TPPA is worthwhile – Key plays a strong geopolitical card on the TPP John Key stated it as plainly as he dared in New York yesterday: failure to […]

06:00

Where is Jessica Williams going to get her peas from now? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jessica Williams has just run into a massive problem. Fresh from her campaign to bully My Food Bag into ditching Talleys peas from My Food Bag she now has an ethical dilemma to deal with. It seems McCains is now also persona non grata with union ratbags. Their crime? Using “scab labour”. McCain Foods South Canterbury workers […]

06:00

Urban politics in Melanesia: shallow roots "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

Honiara, Solomon Islands (Flickr/Jenny Scott CC BY-NC 2.0)Urbanisation rates are rapidly rising in Melanesia (Keen and Barbara 2015) as a growing number vote with their feet and move to cities in search of a better standard of living. Despite growing pressures on urban housing, services and infrastructure, political pressure for better urban management and investment remains muted, allowing unresponsive local and national governments to persist (Connell 2011). The result is too little investment in Pacific cities given their strong role as drivers of development. This post considers why the rapid growth of cities is failing to translate into greater political pressure for urban investment and more equitable representation.

Melanesian cities: shallow political roots

Politics in Melanesian cities is being constrained by a number of factors which make it hard for urban dwellers to put their issues on the policy agenda. Electorally, a rural bias exists in many Melanesian countries with efforts to ensure broad provincial representation coming at the expense of urban representation. In Solomon Islands, about 15 per cent of the population lives in the capital, Honiara, but is represented by only 3 of 50 national representatives (Craig and Porter 2014 [pdf]). So most national political leaders direct resources to regional electorates, pursue regional development and growth centres, or push to devolve power to the provincial level where their power base resides.

Overwhelmingly, the dominant political discourse in Melanesia is one of decentralisation and of spreading public expenditure equally around the nation despite the very uneven distribution of the population and variable contributions to national development, service delivery and productivity. Idealised notions of traditional ‘grassroots’ communities as the immutable bedrock of Melanesian society (Cox 2014) allow misconceptions to persist of urbanisation as antithetical to national interests. The dominance of rural interests is reinforced by the rise of constituency funds in Melanesia which are allocated on an electorate, rather than per capita, basis and therefore channel resources away from urban population centres, reducing funding for municipal and provincial governments (Batley 2015).

The dearth of widespread urban political activism also reflects the fragmented nature of urban communities which struggle to recognise collective interests because of poor connectivity (many settlements...

05:55

GEE THATS TELLING US. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Except that was not what Tracy said in the article.

The click bait header in the Stuff home page screeched "John Key's New York slap down"  that had me thinking someone had given the PM a verbal bash.

In fact it was our increasingly internationally regarded skipper, who while addressing a small but influential bunch of significants who had a somewhat wrong headed perception of NZ 2016  based on events from thirty years ago and were rather ott assessed in political circles in the US government as anti American.  When the facts were they were merely a domestic ploy by the Lange administration that arose largely out of the Surrender Monkey's insistence they could radiate atolls in our back yard as much as any residual socialist dopey anti US rhetoric and politically here still resonate with far too many intellectually challenged voters.

I have grave doubts that Mr Key will gain much traction either from his Syrian effort or his increasingly forlorn hope to persuade a Lame Duck has been to get the TPP over the line in the Congress, however he is certainly giving things a bloody good shove.  The She Beast's job application also looks equally forlorn unless there are many vetoes and withdrawals that leave her last man standing.

In the meantime poor old Mr seven percent who has raised his profile to ten by just disappearing for much of the time punches the air in the parliament while most ignore him.

05:52

Fish dumping "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I haven’t had time to look into the fish dumping issue but it doesn’t look good. Sharon Murdoch ‏@domesticanimal #NathanGuyMP defends MPI’s handling of #fishdumping after revelations 20-100% of hauls dumped. My @PressNewsroom #nzpol #marineenviroment – http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/ Allegations of widespread fish dumping are nothing new. I would have thought serious attempts would have been made […]

05:30

George to Metiria Turei: Get a life! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Whaleoil regular George writes Those mothers who refuse to name the father of their children risk having $22 a week deducted from their benefit and this has got Metiria Turei knickers in a twist. As is typical, she claims the world will end for these mothers. “Young children are missing out on the basics like […]

05:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I don’t consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel soaked to the skin. – Leonard Cohen who celebrates his 82nd birthday today.

He also said:

Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.

And:

Act the way you’d like to be and soon you’ll be the way you act.

And:

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.


Filed under: quotes Tagged: Leonard Cohen

05:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Whaleoil General Debate is brought to you by use coupon code WHALE OIL to get 10% off e-cigarettes and e-liquids Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoil’s daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate you’ll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there […]

04:35

Blog moderation and hypocrisy "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There’s been a bit of a spat on Twitter about lack of moderation at Kiwiblog, with a number of people joining criticism of David Farrar’s hands off approach to moderation. It’s well known that Kiwiblog comments can at times get very abusive. I’ve commented there a lot in the past and often confronted the worse […]

04:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The face of a woman who has forgiven her husband for an “emotional affair”. “Not long after that Rachel rang me directly and confessed she had been having an emotional affair with my husband. “She admitted they had kissed and that he had touched her breast. She agreed to come and meet with me about […]

04:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is… abeyance (noun) – 1. The condition of being temporarily set aside; suspension. 2. (Law) A condition of undetermined ownership, as of an interest in an estate that has not yet vested. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : 1520s, from Anglo-French abeiance “suspension,” also “expectation (especially in a lawsuit),” from […]

04:05

Meet Australia — America’s Latest Pawn on the Syrian Battlefield "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

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(ANTIMEDIA) Over the weekend, the United States did the unthinkable and targeted Syrian troops on the battlefield, killing over 60 servicemen and injuring at least 100 others. Outraged, Russia demanded a full explanation, noting that the aerial bombardment conveniently coincided with an ISIS offensive, further confirming to the Russian establishment that ISIS and al-Qaeda receive air support from the United States coalition.

Making the story even more unseemly, it was revealed shortly after the attacks that the planes conducting the strikes on Syrian targets were not only American and British — the bombing campaign also employed Australian jets.

Due to its support for U.S.-led wars in the region, Australia has experienced some blowback in the form of lone terror attacks. One could argue, therefore, that it is understandable why Australia would want to partake in the current military activity led by the United States — so they can eradicate the threat ISIS poses to Australian national security.

If that is the case, however, one is forced to ask how on earth Australian jets ended up bombing Syrian troops who were fighting against ISIS. The Australian air force essentially acted as air cover for ISIS militants battling the Syrian army, running absolutely contrary to the coalition’s stated goals and risking an all out war with Syria, Russia, China, and Iran.

What is Australia really doing in Syria? Are they merely a pawn of American foreign policy?

No one really knows the answer to these questions, but there is one person who is determined to find out. Kellie Tranter, a lawyer and human rights activist, is investigating Australian involvement in Syria based on the notion that Australians should have the right to know why their troops are fighting inside that country. She acknowledges that the Australian government’s decision to carry out airstrikes in Syria in September of 2015 was made without any U.N. Security Council mandate. Tranter decided to issue a Freedom of Information request to the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to find out how this has happened.

The department responded by issuing some heavily redacted documents, which, in turn, pointed to a somewhat summarized explanation of Australian motives in Syria...

04:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 20 4Those too lazy to plow in the right season will have no food at the harvest.

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This Sunday, September 25 on Radio Free Kanata: Satanism, the British Crown and Ongoing Murder "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Ninth Circle cult participants and convicted criminals Joseph Ratzinger and Elizabeth Windsor, signing Holyrood Agreement to incorporate Church of England into the Roman Catholic Church – September 2010

The upcoming “royal visit” to British Columbia on September 24 – a sacrificial high-point in the Satanic calendar – has many west coast aboriginal families on major alert. For when “royals” appear, indigenous children go missing.

This week’s Radio Free Kanata program will expand on our previous interview with cult survivor Dave Staffen as we talk with Anishinabe elder Peter Yellowquill about his peoples’ experience with Satanic evil and genocide, and how both are continuing.

We will also explore our documented evidence that in the spring of 2013 convicted the British Crown and its Vatican partners with unspeakable crimes against children and all of humanity. We will also feature breaking announcements in the campaign to rally other nations to shut down the Satanic Catholic-Anglican Ninth Circle sacrificial cult.

Tune in this Sunday, September 25 at 3 pm pacific, 6 pm eastern time on www.bbsradio.com/radiofreekanata , featuring your regular hosts Kevin Annett and Ryan Gable.

Listen, engage, and help us defend the lives of the innocent!

Here is the link to last week’s Radio Free Kanata program:

http://bbsradio.com/podcast/radio-free-kanata-september-18-2016

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03:49

Denmark is also bombing in Syria--along with the rest "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.au"

"British, Danish and Australian warplanes took part in the U.S.-led coalition's airstrike Saturday that reportedly killed more than 60 Syrian government troops and threatened to unravel the "cessation of hostilities," military officials said Monday." (thanks Amir)

03:39

Talk Nation Radio: Reese Erlich and Coleen Rowley on Syria, War, and Peace "IndyWatch Feed War"

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-reese-erlich-and-coleen-rowley-on-syria-war-and-peace

Reese Erlich is a foreign correspondent and book author. The paperback edition of Erlich’s book Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect, has just been published this week. See https://reeseerlich.com

Coleen Rowley is an FBI whistleblower, peace activist, retired FBI agent, former legal counsel who taught law enforcement ethics, and member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity and of Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence. See http://coleenrowley.com

Coleen Rowley will be participating in No War 2016. See http://worldbeyondwar.org/nowar2016

Total run time: 29:00

Host: David Swanson.
Producer: David Swanson.
Music by Duke Ellington.

Download from LetsTryDemocracy or Archive.

Pacifica stations can also download from Audioport.

Syndicated by Pacifica Network.

Please encourage your local radio stations to carry this program every week!

Please embed the SoundCloud audio on your own website!

Past Talk Nation Radio shows are all available free and complete at
http://TalkNationRadio.org

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03:38

Talk Nation Radio: Reese Erlich and Coleen Rowley on Syria, War, and Peace "IndyWatch Feed War"

https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/talk-nation-radio-reese-erlich-and-coleen-rowley-on-syria-war-and-peace

Reese Erlich is a foreign correspondent and book author. The paperback edition of Erlich's book Inside Syria: The Backstory of Their Civil War and What the World Can Expect, has just been published this week. See https://reeseerlich.com

Coleen Rowley is an FBI whistleblower, peace activist, retired FBI agent, former legal counsel who taught law enforcement ethics, and member of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity and of Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence. See http://coleenrowley.com

Coleen Rowley will be participating in No War 2016. See http://worldbeyondwar.org/nowar2016

Total run time: 29:00

Host: David Swanson.
Producer: David Swanson.
Music by Duke Ellington.

Download from LetsTryDemocracy or Archive.

Pacifica stations can also download from Audioport.

Syndicated by Pacifica Network.

Please encourage your local radio stations to carry this program every week!

Please embed the SoundCloud audio on your own website!

Past Talk Nation Radio shows are all available free and complete at
http://TalkNationRadio.org

and at
https://soundcloud.com/davidcnswanson/tracks

read more

03:31

Social chat – Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A post for social chat. You can still chat socially on other posts if it happens in relation to other discussions but if you simply want a bit of social chat start here. The usual guidelines apply as to respecting others, behaviour and avoiding legal exposure. An emphasis on ‘social’, not ‘anti-social’.

03:28

Media watch – Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

21 September 2016 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 […]

03:24

Open Forum – Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

21September 2016 Facebook: NZ politics/media+ This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isn’t 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 […]

02:28

Native American Standing Rock Protesters Proven Right As Three Oil Pipeline Spills Pollute U.S. Rivers In Only One Week "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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It’s a bad week for Big Oil. There have been 3 major oil spills this week, and in an effort to quell the fears about the Dakota Access Pipeline, representatives for Big Oil may have outright lied to the media about the extent of the oil spills.

Shell Pipeline shut down their West Columbia, Texas pipeline last Friday after the US National Response Center showed 700 barrels had been lost, amounting to almost 30,000 gallons of crude oil.

But on Monday, Shell representatives said inspectors found “no evidence” of an oil leak.

Days later it was revealed that a leak had actually occurred. Representatives with the US Coast Guard confirmed to Dow Jones on Thursday that roughly 50 barrels of oil spilled from a pipeline near Houston, Texas. The oil followed a waterway into the Gulf of Mexico.

Shell was initially presented with data that said nearly 700 barrels of oil were spilled, but that number was later reduced to just 60 barrels.

“That’s a very early estimate – things can change,” Officer Lehman told Dow Jones.

Meanwhile, in Arkansas, a rupture in an ExxonMobil pipeline last week resulted in thousands of barrels of oil being spilled into the town of Mayflower, 25 miles outside of Little Rock. More than 20 homes had to be evacuated due to the spill. More than19,000 barrels have been recovered since the initial leak.

And in Canada this week, Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd told the press that 4 barrels of oil were lost when one of their trains derailed. That number increased to 400 barrels — or roughly 16,800 gallons — after a full investigation was done, and media arrived asking questions.

USA Today reported in 2010 that U.S. Minerals Management Services says the annual total of oil spills had increased, from an average of 4 spills per year of 50 barrels or more in the 1990s to more than 17 per year from 2000 to 2009.

According to Wikipedia, there have been at least 75 oil spills worldwide since the year 2000.

In fact, Wikipedia lists less than 10 spills occurring between 1907 and 1970. This low level of oil spills is most likely due to the fact that oil pipelines were just coming into the market as a viable fuel transportation option. But since Big Oil has adopted pipelines as their choice mode of carrying oil, oil spills have increased along with the number of pipelines.

These spills come at a very bad time, as protestors at the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) are using these reports of recent oil spills as evidence that pipelines are still not environmentally safe.

Protestors at DAPL claim that pipelines are not as safe as Big Oil would like the public like to believe, and it’s irresponsible to construct any more pipelines before major technological improvements can guarantee the safety of people and the environment.

(Article by Jafari Tishomingo)

The post Native American Standing Rock Protesters Proven Right As Three Oil Pipeline Spills Pollute U.S. Rivers In Only One Week appeared first on Counter Current News.

01:40

Papua New Guinea 2016: Dedevbo calls 30 to camp "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Head Coach of the U20 Women National Team, Peter Dedevbo has invited forward Chinwendu Ihezuo and 29 other players to camp to kick-start preparations for the 8th FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup taking place in Papua New Guinea later this year. The Falconets, who pounded Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo and South Africa home and […]

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Tuesday, 20 September

22:38

Abu Dhabi: Solar Power at 2.42 Cents a Kilowatt-Hour "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Disclosure: I sell solar power systems in New Zealand. Via: Bloomberg: Two companies offered to build the cheapest solar power plant on record in Abu Dhabi, reflecting declining costs for photovoltaic cells and cheaper financing for clean-energy projects. Government-owned Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority received a record-low bid of 2.42 cents a kilowatt-hour for […]

22:37

US Admits Supplying Saudis With White Phosphorus Munitions "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

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(ANTIWARAdmit new evidence that Saudi Arabia has begun to use white phosphorus munitions in their war in Yemen, US officials are admitting that the weapons were provided by the United States “in the past.” They declined to say when, or how many weapons were provided.

White phosphorus munitions are heavily restricted in their usage under international law, allowed to be used only for smokescreens and signaling, but their incendiary properties and the risk of inhaling the smoke has made their use as an offensive weapon effectively a war crime.

The State Department said any country given the munitions was excepted to use them only in accordance with international law, and promised to look into the reports of Saudis improperly using the munitions during the Yemen war, saying the US would take “appropriate corrective action” if this is true.

The US has faced growing pressure in recent months over arms sales to Saudi Arabia, as their airstrikes in Yemen have caused massive numbers of civilian casualties. US officials have tried to downplay the matter, so far, but every new disastrous airstrike adds to the calls from international human rights groups for the US to stop abetting the kingdom’s war crimes.


This article (US Admits Supplying Saudis With White Phosphorus Munitions) by Jason Ditz, originally appeared on AntiWar.com and was used with permission. Anti-Media Radio airs weeknights at 11pm Eastern/8pm Pacific. If you spot a typo, email edits@theantimedia.org.

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