IndyWatch Pacific News Feed Archiver

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch Pacific News Feed Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

IndyWatch Pacific News Feed was generated at World News IndyWatch.

Monday, 20 November


Australia, New Zealand officials discuss screening for Manus refugees "IndyWatch Feed War"

By Charlotte Greenfield


Direct Investment by China Railway Group to boost PNG Economy "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Government of Papua New Guinea has signed a series of Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of China and the China Railway company that will deliver a number of new infrastructure projects in the Papua New Guinea's Highlands Region.

Witnessing the signing of the MOU today in Port Moresby, the Prime Minister, Hon. Peter ONeill CMG MP, said the new projects will have direct positive impacts on the lives of people in Eastern and Western Highlands provinces.
These projects will enhance agriculture, roads and water supply in parts of the Highlands will improve lives and help people to be more active in the economy.
China is one of our strongest development partners, and this direct investment is an example of the huge confidence that China and Chinese companies have in Papua New Guinea.
Despite the challenges in the global economy in recent years, the outlook for the Papua New Guinea economy is very positive and we thank our partners for their commitment to our country.
The projects that we initiated today will be delivered in some of the most remote parts of our country where there is a need to improve connectivity and services.
These projects are taking place as part of the One Belt One Road initiative that is creating more efficient trade corridors between the Asia-Pacific and Western Asia.
As this initiative grows we are seeing infrastructure improvements across many developing countries.
At the eastern end of the initiative, Papua New Guinea is deriving benefits that will strengthen capacity to trade across borders.
The Prime Minister thanked the President of the China Railway International Group, Mr. Zhang Zongyan, for visiting Papua New Guinea to see for himself where support can be allocated.
I thank the Government of China and the China Railway Company for their ongoing commitment to Papua New Guinea.


FLASHBACK: Volcanoes are erupting all over the place right now. Scientists have figured out why: A minute slowdown in the planet's rotation "IndyWatch Feed World"

The Earth seems to have been smoking a lot recently. Volcanoes are erupting in Iceland, Hawaii, Indonesia, Ecuador and Mexico right now. Others, in the Philippines and Papua New Guinea, erupted recently but seem to have calmed down. Many of these have threatened homes and forced evacuations. But among their spectators, these eruptions raise this question: Is there such a thing as a season for volcanic eruptions? While volcanoes may not have "seasons" as we know them, scientists have started to discern intriguing patterns in their activity. Eruptions caused by a shortened day The four seasons are caused by the Earth's axis of rotation tilting toward and away from the sun. But our planet undergoes another, less well-known change, which affects it in a more subtle way, perhaps even volcanically. Due to factors like the gravitational pull of the sun and moon, the speed at which the Earth rotates constantly changes. Accordingly the length of a day actually varies from year to year. The difference is only in the order of milliseconds. But new research suggests that this seemingly small perturbation could bring about significant changes on our planet - or more accurately, within it.


World watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


November 21 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

164 BC Judas Maccabaeus restored the Temple in Jerusalem, an event commemorated each year by the festival of Hanukkah.

235  Pope Anterus succeeded Pontian as the nineteenth pope.

1272  Prince Edward became King of England.

1620 Plymouth Colony settlers signed the Mayflower Compact.

1694 Voltaire, French philosopher, was born (d. 1778).

1783  Jean-Franois Piltre de Rozier and Franois Laurent, Marquis dArlandes, made the first untethered hot air balloon flight.

1787 Samuel Cunard, Canadian-born shipping magnate, was born (d. 1865).

1789  North Carolina ratified the United States Constitution and is admitted as the 12th U.S. state.

1791 Colonel Napolon Bonaparte was promoted to full general and appointed Commander-in-Chief of the Armies of the French Republic.

1863 Maori surrendered at Rangiriri.

 Maori surrender at Rangiriri

1877  Thomas Edison announced his invention of the phonograph, a machine that can record and play sound.

1894  Port Arthur massacre: Port Arthur, Manchuria fell to the Japanese, a decisive victory of the First Sino-Japanese War.

1897  Mollie Steimer, Russian-American activist, was born (d. 1980).

1905  Albert Einsteins paper, Does the Inertia of a Body Dep...


Philippines: A lot of catching up to do compared to much of the rest of the world "IndyWatch Feed War"



STOCKHOLM After a year of hosting ASEAN meetings culminating in the summits among regional leaders and with dialogue partners, the Philippines should be attracting more foreign direct investments and tourists.

Those are supposed to be among the dividends of hosting international gatherings, with preparatory meetings held the entire year.

Hosting a global event such as the Olympic Games or the World Cup means a nation particularly the city chosen for the event can compete with the best in the world. Its a coming-out party, and in many host cities, the improvements undertaken to make the party a success become permanent: better roads, mass transport facilities and telecommunications services; cleaner, greener surroundings; more professional services.

This was the case when China hosted the Olympics in Beijing and the World Expo in Shanghai. There has been no turning back from being world-class.

The idea is not just to serve as gracious host, but to make the experience so memorable guests will keep coming back, and invite others to do the same. While taxpayers always gripe about the massive price tag for hosting any international event, the long-term return on investment must be so attractive that most countries that have already hosted events such as the Olympics keep vying for more chances to host them again.

The mark of an advanced economy is when it can host such events at the shortest notice, with minimal improvements required. Paris can host any global event with its eyes closed; so can New York, Tokyo and Geneva.



Wonderful Headlines "IndyWatch Feed"

Who can forget the immortal headline from 1970s Australia:

"Smartest Ever PM Done Over By Dumbest Ever Premier"

This was on the occasion of Whitlam being totally outwitted and outmaneuvered by Bjelke Petersen over a replacement senator for Queensland.  Whitlam had pronounced himself th smartest ever PM and had called Bjelke Petersen the dumbest ever Premier.

Today saw a similar effort from Andrew Bolt although I must admit I have written the headline for him.

"Dimwit Outwitted By Halfwit"

On the occasion of terminal Turnbull delaying the sitting of parliament for a week in order for him to hide from the opposition and the media and Katter, not possessing the most scintillating of intellects, completely stuffing up Turnbull by declaring he will turn up to the house on the scheduled first day.  Of course Labour immediately followed suit.

Politics is such wonderful sport but I'm choking on all the popcorn.


India Should Have No Illusions About Trumps Afghan Strategy "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Besides investment and economic aid, it is hard to say what the US expects of India in Afghanistan; despite seeking a more active Indian role, the US continues to engage with China and Pakistan to counter the Taliban.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump. Credit: Reuters

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump. Credit: Reuters

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in Manila, Philippines, during the ASEAN-India and East Asia Summits Indias wish to advance the future interests of Asia. But New Delhi should remember that the Indo-Pacific is not just about the US and India cooperating to contain China in East Asia. As the western pillar (rather than the central point, as claimed by some Indians) of th...


50 Shades of GDay "IndyWatch Feed National"

My friend Ryan took acid once. Thats not to say hed never taken acid previously. Nor was he my friend, actually. But if you knew Ryan well, which I didnt, youd be aware of his penchant for all things hallucinogenic. The kids call it tripping.

On this particular occasion, Ryan was tripping in a small town in Northern California. Sandwiched between giant redwood forests and a bitterly cold Pacific Ocean, Arcata attracts university students, hippies, marijuana farmers and a large transient population.

I sat on a porch in the middle of town drinking weak American beer. It could have been a Friday, it could have been a Tuesday, but it was a sunny afternoon. A few people I knew had decided to skip class for the day and, like any good exchange student worth their accent, I agreed to join. It may have been my idea.

Theres Ryan, said one of the boys, pointing down the street.

The rest of us turned to look. Ryan was darting between colourful, weatherboard houses at high speed. He was too far away to be audible, but he appeared to be having a great time. Id met him a few weeks back at a party.

As Ryan made his way up the street it became apparent he had either mistaken himself for Jack Sparrow or was having a stroke.

Arrrrr! he screamed, rolling past a letterbox and crouching behind a set of stairs.
Cannons at the ready! he cried, taking cover between a pastel yellow split-level and a manicured hedge.
What the fuck? we asked each other in unison as he ran past our porch.
Ryan likes acid, my mate explained. We took a sip of beer. California knows how to party.

Never tried acid myself. It seems a little removed from reality and, contrary to popular opinion, I quite like reality. On a global scale its completely fucked, I grant you that, but if you keep an eye out youll witness little moments every day that remind you just how great it can be. Like dropping an egg, only to realise you had actually boiled it that morning, or watching a commuter sprint for a train and jump through the doors at the last second.

Then again, I suppose thats the whole point of drugs. They can be used to either escape or enhance reality and the same goes for travelling. Maybe thats why its called tripping, and why every 19-year-old returning from their first summer in Europe has to publicly confirm that travel is my drug of choice. To them, I say try MDMA. Its chea...


Monday Thriller Rogue Male "IndyWatch Feed"

Peter OToole, Alistair Sim, John Standing


Lawrence Yules maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed"

Thanks Ele for posting this


Nationals Tukituki MP, Lawrence Yule delivered his maiden speech last week:

Ki te iwi o Ngati Kahungunu, tena koutou

To all the people of Ngati Kahungunu, greetings

Ki nga hapu whanui o Heretaunga tena koutou

To all the hapu of Heretaunga, greetings

Ki nga kaumatua o Heretaunga tena koutou

To all the elders and leaders of Heretaunga, greetings

Kia ora mo te aroha, me te manaaki ki au mai ra no

Thank you for the love and support you have given me over the years

Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa

Mr Speaker it is a tremendous honour to speak for the first time at the beginning of the 52nd Parliament. It is a privilege to represent the people of Tukituki in this house and I thank them for voting and bringing me here.

Mr Speaker I acknowledge and congratulate you on your appointment, the appointment of former Hawkes

View original post 2,481 more words



Trump Toon "IndyWatch Feed"

Trump with his heroes Putin, Erdogan, Duterte

Ann Telnaes _Washington Post



South Australian nuclear waste dump plan will leave future generations with the radioactive trash problem "IndyWatch Feed"

Paul Waldon Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA     19 Nov 17   Why do we believe the power to move more than 2100 kilograms (Ford Territory) is NOT economical when moving 80kgs (1adult). Yet proponents of nuclear believe the life span of a nuclear power plant generating electricity for less than 0.0164% of the life of the hazard persistence of the radioactive s...


Big upset for Australias major parties, as Aboriginal Green candidate wins inner-city by-election "IndyWatch Feed"

Northcote by-election:  Greens win inner-city seat, Thorpe to become first female Aboriginal MP, By Richard Willingham, Sunday 19 November 2017 The Greens Lidia Thorpe will become the first Aboriginal woman in Victorias Parliament,
defeating Labors Clare Burns on the back of a campaign that included a
pitch to voters that they could make history while not toppling a progressive government.

It is the first time Labor has lost a Victorian by-election since 1948.


King Islanders to get free electricity in renewable energy trial "IndyWatch Feed"

Renewable energy trial provides King Island with free power, Cole Latimer   

New technology will provide free power to King Island as it aims to prove low-cost energy generation claims.

Wave Swell Energy, a group developing ocean wave energy generation technology, is carrying out commercial validation trials off Tasmanias King Island ahead of a potential listing.

The group has built what Wave Swell chief executive Tom Denniss described as big concrete caverns, which use the constant back and forth flow of the ocean to generate energy.

As waves pass into the inside of the cavern the water level rises, this causes pressure on the air, which blows open valves at the top of the unit and turns a uni-directional turbine; as the water recedes it causes negative pressure which closes the valves, creating a cyclical process. The air opening and closing the valves turns a turbine, generating a consistent flow of power.

What sets this apart from other wave generation technology is its lack of moving parts, Mr Denniss said. It sits just below the water line, its like an iceberg, but with only two-thirds underwater....


Australian government lending to Adani? A bad look internationally! "IndyWatch Feed"

Australias reputation faces serious risks if Adani loan goes ahead: Figueres,  Providing a $1 billion loan to underwrite Adanis proposed mega coal mine in Queensland would have serious negative impacts for Australias international reputation and unpick the progress of the Paris climate agreement, according to Christiana Figueres, a former United Nations climate chief.

Ms Figueres has written to the Turnbull governments Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility (NAIF), which is considering a concessional loan for a rail link from the mine to the coast

The former executive secretary of the UNs Framework Convention on Climate Change
sought to highlight that under the NAIFs own enabling legislation, it must not act in a way that is likely to cause damage to the Commonwealth governments reputation, or that of a relevant State or Territory.

Ms Figueres warned the expected total lifetime carbon emissions from burning coal from the proposed Carmichael in the Galilee basin would be 4.64 billion tonnes of carbon-dioxide, according to details of the letter obtained by Fairfax Media.

At its peak, the mines product would trigger emissions of 120 million tonnes of CO2-equivalent, roughly equal to what Australia has pledged to cut by 2030 from current pollution levels under its Paris pledges.

Based on these numbers, emissio...


Fearful reality that Donald Trump is controlled by the nuclear weapons industry "IndyWatch Feed"

The Sway of the Nuclear Arms Industry Over Donald Trump and Congress Is Terrifying
The devastation is very important to me.  Mother Jones his story originally appeared on in every sense of the term, our nuclear arsenal already represents overkill on an almost unimaginable scale. Independent experts from US war colleges suggest that about 300 warheads would be more than enough to deter any country from launching a nuclear attack on the United States.

It may not surprise you to learn that theres nothing new about the influence the nuclear weapons lobby has over Pentagon spending priorities. The successful machinations of the makers of strategic bombers and intercontinental ballistic missiles, intended to keep tax dollars flowing their way, date back to the dawn of the nuclear age and are the primary reason President Dwight D. Eisenhower coined the term militar...


Chief Scientist Alan Finkel says that Renewables could reliably contribute 50% to power grid "IndyWatch Feed"

, says Alan Finkel, Guardian, Katharine Murphy, 20 Nov 17 , Chief scientist warns in new report that Australia risks missing out on global growth industry of energy storage because of ongoing policy uncertainty Australias power grid can reach penetrations of 50% renewable energy without a significant requirement for storage to support reliability, according to a new report commissioned by Australias chief scientist, Alan Finkel.

While the Turnbull government has made much of the need for storage to increase security and reliability in the national power grid, the new report from the Australian Council of Learned Academies (ACOLA) says at an aggregated national level, 50% renewables is possible without major investments in storage for reliability purposes.

But the report also points out that the requirement to shore-up network security as power systems decarbonise in accordance with international climate policy commitments is an ongoing task, and that transition means energy storage is now a major global growth industry.

It notes that new energy security requirements create opportunities to expand energy storage capacity for reliability at a lower marginal cost than would otherwise be the case.

It also warns that Australia risks missing out on the benefits of participating in global supply chains because of ongoing uncertainty over energy policy.



South Africa a government captured by the nuclear industry "IndyWatch Feed"

#StateCapture fears as SA nuclear bid lifts off, IOL 19 NOVEMBER 2017, Johannesburg Russian state energy firm Rosatom is pushing ahead with its nuclear bid despite two environmental groups taking Energy Minister David Mahlobo to court to block the nuclear build programme.

Head of Rosatom in sub-Saharan Africa Viktor Polikarpov said on Saturday it was still in the race to build nuclear in Sou...


Surge in wind farms in Australia, drop in complaints about them "IndyWatch Feed"

Desultory: Wind farm complaints arent keeping up with surging industry, The Age, Peter Hannam, 19 Nov 17,  The surge in new wind farm developments has failed to produce an upswing in complaints, with just nine of the 79 projects operating in Australia receiving any formal objections, Andrew Dyer, the National Wind Farm Commissioner, has said.

As of the end of October, the commission had received 54 complaints, for existing projects, with all but two resolved. Four people had relocated as part of the resolution process.

There are no complaints for recently completed wind farms, Mr Dyer told Fairfax Media.

Victorian wind farms have attracted the bulk of objections, accounting for 31 of the 54, while SA and NSW had 16 and seven complaints, respectively. Operating wind farms in other states have not triggered any complaints, Mr Dyer said.

The National Wind Farm Commissioners three-year term  which began in late 2015 with $2 million funding  followed a Senate inquiry prompted in part by efforts of a few anti-wind turbine groups.

Fears by supporters of renewable energy that the commission may have spurred an uptick in opposition to wind farms have largely been allayed, with the role now seen as helping developers understand and respond better to...


Attack on 6-Year-Old Girl by Pathetic and Perverted Individuals Calls for Community and Church Action on False Belief Sanguma "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


The Prime Minister Hon. Peter ONeill CMG MP, has expressed outrage on behalf of the Nation after the serious abuse of a 6-year-old girl in Enga Province by adult males claiming sanguma as their excuse.


PM ONeill said police had been dispatched to investigate the abuse, and any individual who tries to impede the lawful investigation will be arrested.


The Prime Minister said the attacks cannot be tolerated and the abusers must be exposed, and this requires leadership from community elders.


Lets be clear, sanguma beliefs are absolute rubbish, the Prime Minister said.


In the modern day sanguma is not a real cultural practice, it is false belief and involves the violent abuse and torture of women and girls by pathetic and perverted individuals.


The men behind these murders are cowards who are looking for someone to blame because of their own failure in life.


These violent acts are against our values as a nation and are completely unacceptable.


The Prime Minister said local communities hold the key to ending sanguma activities, but leaders must step up and be strong.


In the case of the young girl who was recently attacked in Enga, we are grateful for the brave people who gave her first aid and took her to a safe location.


The nation needs more of these unsung heroes who do the right thing, even when it means standing up against people in their own communities.


At the same time, any community leaders who allow this abuse to continue are just as bad as the men who carry out the crimes.


As a Christian Nation these abuses are also an attack on our religion, that goes against all the teachings of the Church.


The Christian faith that we share teaches us to love one another and uphold the rights of the young and the weak.


In Churches around our country, I call on Leaders to discuss this issued and how you would deal with this violence if it was tried in your communities.


Our Government will keep working with Churches and communities, as well as the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, to end these false beliefs and to protect the lives of all Papua New Guineans.

Filed under: Awareness, Community,...


Court action against General Electric over its reactor designs, and Fukushima nuclear disaster "IndyWatch Feed"

GE faces lawsuit over role in Fukushima nuclear disaster  Boston GLOBE STAFF  NOVEMBER 18, 2017

A group of Japanese businesses and doctors sued General Electric Co. in Boston federal court on Friday, claiming the industrial giant was reckless and negligent in its design of the reactors and related systems at the core of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011.

The plaintiffs claim Boston-based GE knowingly used a reactor design at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant that would fail to protect against the possible threat of earthquakes and tsunamis, a natural risk in that area.

The plaintiffs are seeking class-action status for businesses in the area that suffered economic damage as a result of the disaster, which displaced as many as 150,000 people.

Among other things, the lawsuit claims GE and its partners lowered a protective cliff by more than 60 feet, placing the plant and all six of its GE-designed reactors closer to the Pacific Ocean and in the path of the severe tsunami that struck on March 11, 2011.

Afte the tsunami hit, three GE-designed reactors suffered from entirely foreseeable flooding and resulting nuclear meltdowns, causing the release of radioactive matter into the area surrounding the plant, according to the lawsuit. The plaintiffs are essentially blaming GE for defective reactor design as well as for not putting in place enough safeg...


AGL to expand energy plan that allows householders to sell or share excess solar power "IndyWatch Feed"

South Australias biggest electricity company AGL has announced the successful trial and expansion of a so-called peer-to-peer trading scheme in Adelaide, which uses an app to share the power. .(subscribers only)



The Latest From Jeff Wefferson, who is currently touring New Zealand. Hopefully I will catch up with him when he gets to Christchurch. Please visit Jeffs main site (Link below) and see his amazing art work. Jeff is a man of many talents. Martin H Jeff Weffersons Main Site: Purchase some genuine []



Tsunami waves observed after 7.0 earthquake hits near France's New Caledonia "IndyWatch Feed World"

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake has struck in the Pacific near the overseas French territory of New Caledonia, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reports. Tsunami waves have been observed after the quake, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) reports. The quake was centered 82 km (51 miles) east-northeast of Tadine, on Mare Island, which has a population of over 5,600. The epicenter was 10 km (6 miles) deep. The numbers have been revised by USGS from earlier reports, which placed the epicenter 68 km from Tadine and 25 km deep, and reported its magnitude as 7.3. The PTWC has warned of "hazardous tsunami waves" possible for coasts within 300 km of the epicenter, which puts the Loyalty Islands archipelago, with a population of over 17,000, within range. It later issued a message saying tsunami waves "have been observed."



By Aloysius Laukai

Meanwhile, The ABG President, Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS also announced that the BEC will be considering two more mineral exploration applications and four alluvial mining applications that are currently being processed by the Department of Minerals and Energy Resources.
He said that the government anticipates to grant some more licenses from these applications before the end of the year.
President MOMIS said that whilst the Government pursue these economic opportunities for Bougainville it is also building its regulatory capacity to prudently manage these resources to ensure the associated social and environmental risks are mitigated and the benefits are shared equally with all Bougainvilleans and our investors get their fair share from their investments.




By Aloysius Laukai
The Bougainville Executive Council today approved to grant mineral exploration licenses for the TORE and ISINA areas of Bougainville thus setting the stage for the Bougainville mining industry to move forward towards achieving the ABGs agenda of attaining fiscal self-reliance.
ABG President, CHIEF DR. JOHN MOMIS when making the announcement today said that the licenses were awarded to joint venture companies between landowners of these areas and foreign partners.
He said that he believed this was an unique opportunity because for the first time traditional landowners are involved in large mineral exploration activities in PNG and Bougainville.
DR MOMIS said that the Bougainville mining law recognises the Rights of traditional landowners over their minerals and it is only fair that they are involved in the exploration and development of these mineral resources from the start.
In the Isina area, CENTRAL BOUGAINVILLE, the exploration license was awarded to Isina Resources Holding Limited and the TORE area, TINPUTZ, two exploration licenses were given to joint venture companies, KALIA INVESTMENT LIMITED and TOREMANA RESOURCES LIMITED.
The President said that the government expects these companies to commence activities immediately.




By Aloysius Laukai

As the date of the Bougainville Referendum draws near many UNITED NATIONS leaders are visiting Bougainville to make sure Bougainville is on the right track.
And today the Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, MR.MIROSLAV JENCA and delegation arrived in Buka for a two-days visit to Bougainville.
They were met at the Buka airport by UN staff and ABG Ministers including the ABG Vice President, RAYMOND MASONO.
A Nissan Cultural group performed their traditional dance for the first time to welcome the delegation which included to National members, WILLIAM NAKIN and TIMOTHY MASIU and the ABG Speaker, SIMON PENTANU.
The team then met with the ABG President Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS ,the Speaker of ABG House of Representatives, SIMON PENTANU and Ministers for Peace Agreement Implementation, ALBERT PUNGHAU and other ministers.
The delegation will meet the Bougainville women leaders tomorrow morning at the Malasang Womens resource centre and meet the Bougainville ex-combatants before returning to Port Moresby tomorrow afternoon.


Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You dont 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. If you havent tried it before, signing up for a Disqus account is free, quick, and it is easy. New []

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


Mysterious energy appearing on Tennessee seismographs MAJOR fireball over So Cal! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

  MrMBB333 Published on Nov 19, 2017 Update on the football field size asteroid approaching earth. Yet ANOTHER large fireball spotted by 100s of citizens in Southern California. (11/18/2017) Two Tennessee seismographs are displaying very odd energy signatures that are not consistent with earthquake energy.

The post Mysterious energy appearing on Tennessee seismographs MAJOR fireball over So Cal! appeared first on Uncensored NZ Blog.


If you cant stand people being nasty to you, stay out of politics "IndyWatch Feed"

The man above, the wannabe politician Steven Chin, is being sued for (pauses for effect) defamation by another politician, Raymond Huo. Labour MP Raymond Huo claims he was the target of a nasty campaign leading up to the election that falsely accused him of having a criminal record and then asking police to wipe it. []

The post If you cant stand people being nasty to you, stay out of politics appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


PM hails Kumuls "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"



Our boys did not get a win, but they will return home with the respect of our nation and rugby league fans around the world.


It was a solid game against England, says Prime Minister Peter ONeill.


Our team played hard, and they can now learn from the experience and look towards the next World Cup.


The PM says regardless of the result in Melbourne, outstanding games have been played by the Kumuls in this World Cup tournament.


They have again united the nation as we watched the games, and we have all been impressed, continues ONeill.


Throughout the world cup home games our stadium was full, and all eyes in the country glued on the television sets with children and families cheering.


I again congratulate everyone who has been involved with the 2017 Rugby League World Cup matches in Papua New Guinea.


We look forward to welcoming our boys home to Papua New Guinea.


The PNG LNG Kumuls bowed out of the Rugby League World Cup after going down to England 36-6 in the quarter-finals Sunday afternoon (Nov 19) at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.

Source: L...


To Merkel: Send Refugees Back to Syria. Merkel invites their families instead "IndyWatch Feed"

Before you get all smug and think this is Germanys problem.  Id like to remind you we have our own mini-Merkel in the making. The right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party is calling for the repatriation of half a million Syrian refugees living in Germany, saying the imminent defeat of Islamic State makes the Arab []

The post To Merkel: Send Refugees Back to Syria. Merkel invites their families instead appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


PNG Air increasing travelling capacity "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

PAPUA New Guinea Air is increasing its travel capacity in preparation for the festive season.
PNG Air obtained its seventh ATR 72-600 (P2-ATF) aircraft last Thursday.
Chief commercial officer Paul Abbot said the airlines latest addition to its fleet would increase capacity and the frequency of domestic flights.
As we prepare ourselves for the very busy peak period in December, the additional capacity will help ensure we are able to meet the travel needs of more people looking to go home for the holidays, he said.
The aircraft is currently undergoing the modifications required to prepare it for commercial operations.
Its services will begin on Dec 4.


ON TPPA #2 "IndyWatch Feed"

Good on Labour for building on what had already been achieved by National in signing up to TPPA #2 (or whatever fancy name they now call it).   Good on them for having the courage to do a u-turn in their previous opposition to the TPPA.  

Good on the Greens for having the courage of their convictions and standing resolutely opposed to TPPA #2.

But you can be forgiven that wry smile at the antics of NZF in House over the deal.    Up until now NZF's position on the TPPA can be summed up as 'no way Jose'.   But last week in Parliament Shane Jones couldn't give a straight answer on where his Party now stood in relation to the deal ... could it just be that Winston First was/is still making up his mind?    That's the problem you have with a Party led by Archbishop Brian Tamaki in drag.

One thing for sure ... the NZ First touted free-trade agreement between this country and the  Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan Customs Union has been assigned a priority by the Government somewhere below subterranael.

And we won't even talk about Acting Prime Minister Kelvin Davis performance at question time.   Suffice to say he was totally out of his depth and the media quite rightly roasted him for his incompetence.   He may well have been a half decent Principal of a small Intermediate School and he certainly killed off Hone Harawiri's political career but Prime Ministerial material he ain't.    

For this Government the recess week couldn't come quick enough.


What happened to all the relentless positividdy? "IndyWatch Feed"

Arderns campaign strategy of relentless positivity was naive at best, if not deluded. Play nice idealism is all very well, but you also need mongrel and a killer instinct in your arsenal, in the rough and tumble of politics. -Stuff Relentless is generally a negative term: relentless rain, relentless suffering etc. One would not commonly refer []

The post What happened to all the relentless positividdy? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Noctilucent  bioluminescent; shining, luminescent, visible or glowing at night, especially of high altitude clouds; night shining.

Filed under: language Tagged: noctilucent, Robert Macfarlane


ON ZIMBABWE "IndyWatch Feed"

I have been an interested watcher of Zimbabwe from the sidelines for many years.   Previously known as the 'breadbasket of Africa' it is a country with huge potential properly run.    The last three decades has seen the country driven to its knees by the Mulgabe regime.    And now it appears that Mulgabe has been deposed in what was effectively an Army coup (although nobody wants to admit that for a variety of reasons).

The new President is likely to be the sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwe (aka 'the crocodile')  but before the world community cracks open the champagne it might do well to reflect on this from one of his colleagues from the war of independence who worked with him for many years when he said ... "he is a very cruel man, very cruel" ... or this from a Zanu-PF (ruling Party) official who said "You think Mugabe is bad but have you thought that whoever comes after him could be even worse?"

Interesting times ahead for Zimbabwe.   Lord Egbut knows the country intimately ... I would be interested to read his take on events.

Updated ... Mugabe refuses to go.    In a rambling and sometimes incoherent speech Mugabe essentially blamed Zanu-PF for the situation he finds himself in and insists he remains in charge while ignoring his and wife Grace's expulsion from the Party he supposedly doesn't lead anymore ... and the 'service' chiefs sat behind him stony faced ... only in Africa, only in Zimbabwe.     


Calligraphers Of Kapiti On Show! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Wonderful exhibition at the library By Pam Kessler Wow! It really is something to see. The Art Space at the Paraparaumu Library has been transformed into a calligraphic wonderland! It is three years since the Calligraphers of Kapiti had their last group exhibition and from the amazing collection of work on show you can tell []


The laws of unintended consequences bite Labour on the ass "IndyWatch Feed"

Socialists have never been able to exhibit joined up thinking with their sloganeering and electioneering. In Wellington we are seeing the unhappy confluence of some of their daft ideas. Wellington could be staring down the barrel of the worst rental crisis in the citys history, property experts say. Record rent increases are forecast to hit the []

The post The laws of unintended consequences bite Labour on the ass appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Slaughterbots: Do You Want This? Time To Take Action! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Reminiscent of the satirical Robocop movie. This is horrible! If this isnt what you want, please take action at  

The post Slaughterbots: Do You Want This? Time To Take Action! appeared first on Uncensored NZ Blog.


Climate change: Eliminating coal "IndyWatch Feed"

Last week, at the climate talks in Bonn, New Zealand joined an alliance to eliminate coal-fired power stations:

New Zealand has joined an international alliance - including Britain and Canada - to phase out coal from power generation before 2030.

The Powering Past Coal Alliance was unveiled at the COP23 climate talks in Bonn, Germany, working out implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement.


Since signing the Paris Agreement, several countries had already made national plans to phase out coal from their power supply mix.

The Powering Past Coal Alliance also involves sharing technology to reduce emissions, such as carbon capture and storage, and encouraging the rest of the world to cut usage.

For us, this is largely a business-as-usual goal, in that the government has already committed to a 100% renewables target, which includes the elimination of coal. The country's sole coal-fired power station, Huntly, usually runs on gas at the moment, and the older dual-fuel turbines are scheduled to shut down in the next five years anyway. At the same time, its an important sign of international solidarity to help shift the balance away from and de-legitimise dirty electricity, and it turns a domestic commitment into an international one, raising the cost if a future National government welches on it. It also lays the groundwork for a future agreement to eliminate coal from industry (e.g. from Fonterra). So, worth doing, even if it doesn't mean much for us immediately in practice.


Small tsunamis detected in New Caledonia and Vanuatu after magnitude 7 undersea quake "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A powerful magnitude 7 undersea earthquake struck east of New Caledonias Loyalty Islands in the South Pacific on Monday, sending small tsunamis towards New Caledonia and neighbouring Vanuatu, where authorities ordered evacuations. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) in Hawaii issued a tsunami warning for coastlines within 300 kms (186 mile) of the epicentre, but []

The post Small tsunamis detected in New Caledonia and Vanuatu after magnitude 7 undersea quake appeared first on Uncensored NZ Blog.


Do you expect your Ezibuy catalogue models to include a fat old Maori woman? "IndyWatch Feed"

Nothing is easy anymore.   Even selling clothes is a business full of pitfalls The absence in EziBuy of pictures of Maori, Asian, Pacific, Middle Eastern women of all ethnicities and nations, and other women who make up the diversity of New Zealand life, meant that women different from a white homogenous standard were made subject []

The post Do you expect your Ezibuy catalogue models to include a fat old Maori woman? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


What will it take for the U.S. to go to the negotiating table with North Korea amid continuing nuclear threats? "IndyWatch Feed"


Originally published: ADAM BROINOWSKI. Picking up the pieces amid the U.S.North Korea nuclear stand-off,

North Korea is often righteously condemned for being the only nation to have conducted five nuclear tests and a barrage of missile tests in the 21st century. Led by a young chubby dictator with a bad haircut, we have long been told that the paranoid hermit kingdom known for its undeniably bombastic, intensely patriotic and anachronistic rhetoric is evil, unhinged and dangerous.

View original post 1,307 more words


Rob Hosking: A sceptical look at our Government "IndyWatch Feed"

Rob Hosking takes a good look at the Governments performance. Unlike many in the media who seem to have abandoned any critical abilities that might once have possessed, he seems not to have been sprinkled with Arderns fairy dust. Unlike for example Paddy Gower, fawner in chief.

Paywalled link


Does Ardern lie ? (2) "IndyWatch Feed"

In a recent post Adam raised a question as to whether Ms Ardern lies.

It seems appropriate to consider this in more detail.

Stuff reported:

Jacinda Ardern says a Labour Government would reenter the Pike River Mine.

The leaders of Labour, United Future, the Maori Party and the Green Party signed a commitment in Wellington on Tuesday to reenter the West Coast mine.

That seemed unequivocal.

This was followed up by this, Newshub, families could be forgiven as seeing this as unequivocal, though there is wriggle room. A trait we are increasingly familiar with.:-

Jacinda Ardern has reiterated her commitment to creating a special government agency charged with recovering bodies from Pike River mine.

Also Stuff reported:

Little said the Government would likely pass legislation to create the entity.

He said he wanted to mitigate all the risks if possible, but if necessary the Government would consider passing laws exempting the new entity from health and safety laws to allow re-entry something Little proposed when Labour was in opposition.

Little said he considered the health and safety stance Solid Energy took regarding re-entry was unreasonable.

That seems unequivocal as well.

Yet now we see the following, from Andrew Little:

He did not intend to legislate for any exemption to the health and safety laws or immunity from liability for the Pike River Agency.

Ms Ardern stated:

Ms Ardern says entering the mine is something Labour has been long committed to, but if theres advice against it she will be open and transparent with the Pike River families.

Were going to give it everything weve got, she says....


Norfolk Island economy headed for disaster following Australian Government intervention, new report claims "IndyWatch Feed National"

An independent report on the economic situation on Norfolk Island following the Australian Government takeover of governance of the island last year, released today, warns the islands economy is heading for disaster as a result of spiralling costs and inappropriate regulation. Problems include the widespread imposition of Commonwealth and NSW regulatory regimes; the planned introduction of Australia's Modern Award System; the failure of the Australian Government to take up the responsibilities previously held by the Norfolk Island Government, such as for the promotion of tourism; the loss of direct passenger airline services between New Zealand and Norfolk Island; restrictions placed on primary producers and agricultural pursuits; and the removal of the general revenue raising powers of the Norfolk Island Government.

Written by economist and former scientist Dr Chris Nobbs, On the Brink of Disaster: The Impact of the Australian Government Reforms on Norfolk Island Businesses provides a detailed analysis of the impact of legislative and regulatory changes imposed on the island during the past 15 months.

Dr Nobbs concludes that the growing crisis is the direct result of flaws in the intervention by the Australian Government in Norfolk Island's governance and economy from 1 July 2016.

The report outlines the impact of substantial cost increases facing businesses, including double-digit price rises for incoming freight, a 15 per cent rise in telecommunications costs, a 12.7 per cent rise in regional council fees, along with regulatory changes that will see wage costs jump more than 35 per cent next year.

Based on a detailed examination of the current economic situation and the impact of significant legal and regulatory changes, it is projected that Norfolk Island will suffer a very large rise in prices, a steep downturn in tourism, a slump in business, a rise in unemployment, and widespread community distress, Dr Nobbs said.

By requiring both that Norfolk Island pay its own way and that Norfolk Islanders become like mainland Australians in terms of their obligati...


Life is like a box of chocolates "IndyWatch Feed"

I have never understood why chocolate companies include chocolates that no one likes inside their chocolate box collections. We all know which ones I am talking about. They are always the ones left towards the end that no one wants. Many the time I have desperately searched through the remaining chocolates in the hope that one []

The post Life is like a box of chocolates appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Guest Review: "...the most important political book in recent memory." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

By Suzuki Samurai

Hard to believe that its only been a year since the orange twat took the throne. A year of sound and fury.

In his new book on the old forces the twat has released into the wild, Jeffrey Tucker turns down the volume, sharpens the focus, and delivers what I think is perhaps the most important political book in recent memory.

PJ ORourke touched upon the voters decisions in his book How the Hell Did This Happen?. And JD Vances Hillbilly Elegy, while an enjoyably disturbing read, didnt give us much more than what we already knew. But, if you really want the meat on the current situation then Tuckers new book, then Right-wing Collectivism: The Other Threat to Liberty is what you really must chew, and chew thoroughly.

Tucker has taken the most important aspect of the recent and ongoing political pantomime, the emergence of the Alt-right, and shows us from which sewers this phenomenon emerged and where it may take us if we dont grasp its danger.

Better than that, he demonstrates to the left (and to us) how they in no small way were the creators of this bastard group. And he shows the right (and us) why they have so far been unable to curtail (or even properly identify) the emergence of new thinkers of an old-school nationalism, nor prevent being smearing by them with an associative layer of filth.

For me, his most important observation is for the libertarians tempted by this primitivism which Ill leave for you to read for yourself. Because you must read this book about one of the very great dangers of our time.


It's the Trans-Pacific Partnership, with fewer bad bits "IndyWatch Feed"

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is dead. In its place, maybe, we'll have something lesser, with a longer title: the Progressive Comprehensive Trans-Pacific Partnership, or PCTPP.

The name change is apparently a sop to the Canadians, who like things progressive. They are the only nation, ever in the history of the world, to have named one of their political parties the Progressive Conservatives.

To get it past the Canadians, and a number of other nations that aren't too happy about what was agreed to in the original Trans-Pacific Partnership at the behest of the Americans, much of it will be "suspended".

Gone for the moment will be most of the rules governing copyright, patents and pharmaceuticals designed to support US lobbyists.

Unwilling countries such as Canada and New Zealand won't have to extend their copyright terms from 50 years after the death of an author to 70 years. (Australia has already done it, in order to get the US-Australia Free Trade Agreement over the line).

Gone, too, will be the onerous provision that each country provide the equivalent of eight years' protection to the makers of highly expensive so-called biologic drugs, lengthening the time before many can use cheaper alternatives.

Also gone will be the requirement that member countries make it illegal to hack devices such as DVD players to get around region coding and other technological copyright protection measures. And the requirement that member countries allow copyright owners to sue internet service providers for allowing their customers to illegally download copyrighted material.

Also narrowed, a tiny bit, are provisions that will allow foreign corporations to sue sovereign governments, provisions John Howard refused to accept when he negotiated the US-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

Other suspended provisions are those protecting labour rights and the environment imposed on reluctant, less-developed countries at the behest of former US president Barack Obama.

They are suspended, not entirely removed. The TPP 11, as it is informally known because it includes each of the original 12 signatories apart from the US, will leave those provisions dormant, ready for reinclusion when a new post-Trump administration decides to join.

But it doesn't mean they will be reincluded. For that to happen, each of the 11 members would have t...



Lawrence Yules maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Nationals Tukituki MP, Lawrence Yule delivered his maiden speech last week:

Ki te iwi o Ngati Kahungunu, tena koutou

To all the people of Ngati Kahungunu, greetings

Ki nga hapu whanui o Heretaunga tena koutou

To all the hapu of Heretaunga, greetings

Ki nga kaumatua o Heretaunga tena koutou

To all the elders and leaders of Heretaunga, greetings

Kia ora mo te aroha, me te manaaki ki au mai ra no

Thank you for the love and support you have given me over the years

Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena tatou katoa

Mr Speaker it is a tremendous honour to speak for the first time at the beginning of the 52nd Parliament. It is a privilege to represent the people of Tukituki in this house and I thank them for voting and bringing me here.

Mr Speaker I acknowledge and congratulate you on your appointment, the appointment of former Hawkes Bay resident Hon Anne Tolley as Deputy Speaker and other presiding officers.

I acknowledge the sanctity if this house, those that have gone before and all members of this 52nd Parliament. Regardless of your political convictions, I know you all enter this place to make a difference.

I acknowledge the leaders of all political parties and respect their seniority and mana.

Congratulations to Prime Minister Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, Deputy Prime Minister Hon Winston Peters and all Ministers.

I acknowledge the Rt Hon Bill English and Hon Paula Bennett as Leader and Deputy Leader of the National Party. On behalf of all National MPs, I wish to thank both members for their outstanding performance across the nation in the election campaign. I am incredibly proud to be elected as a National MP and I thank them for their time in Tukituki during the campaign.

I acknowledge Party President Peter Goodfellow, the Board and National party staff led by Greg Hamilton. I offer a particular vote of thanks to Central Region Chair Bernard Cleary for his support, advice and personal help.



Here they are: The perennial free food parcel demand means we are worse off stories are back "IndyWatch Feed"

And all on the same Monday morning.  What a coincidence! Follow me on this thought experiment. If you could go somewhere local for free petrol, would you go? If you turned up and it said only ask if you really need a free tank, would you turn away? Can you imagine a percentage of people []

The post Here they are: The perennial free food parcel demand means we are worse off stories are back appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


New pack houses: Tonga plan to buy growers crops and export them to NZ begins "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The project for Tonga to buy crops and other products from locals and export them to New Zealand will begin in February 2018, said Labour and Commerce CEO Edgar Cocker.

The Ministry has secured about $1.5 million paanga (US$1.1 million) to start the project with, he said.

A deal in April for Tonga to send food, fish and handicrafts direct to New Zealand suppliers was struck at the time after a team of government officials from Tonga met with J & P Turner Ltd, the parent company of importer Fresh Direct Ltd and other supplier officials in Auckland.

I already have the money. But we will begin by buying and exporting yams, arum, cassava, taros and water melons, Cocker said.

The project will start in Eua because it already has a multi-purpose pack house funded by the Australian government.

Cocker gave Kaniva News copy of a conceptual design of a new pack house the Ministry planned to build in Vavau, Lapaha and Vain.

It will follow with two more new pack houses planned to be built in Houma and Hihifo in Tongatapu.

Cocker thanked the Ministrys former CEO Kulufeinga Anisi Bloomfield as he was the one who initiated the project.

I am happy to do this as I did it before with FIMCO the exporting of Tongan food and products overseas before I left the company, Cocker said.

Jeff Turner from J & P Turner Ltd told Kaniva News the company has had discussions regarding the receiving and distribution of Tongan produce.

We have a long and deep connection with Tonga and are certainly keen to be doing all we can to help with Tonga economy which in turn helps the individual growers and farmers in Tonga, Jeff Turner said.

It is understood the company was waiting for further developments in Tonga.

Turners, New Zealands biggest food and nutritional supplier, will sell Tongan produce and products to their New Zealand markets.

Other New Zealand suppliers also agreed to receive and sell Tongan body tuitui oil and handicrafts.

Cocker said the Ministry was looking for more New Zealand suppliers.



Fiji send New Zealand Kiwis tumbling out of Rugby League World Cup "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

New Zealand suffered an upset at the hands of Pacific island rivals for the second week in a row to bow out of the Rugby League World Cup at the quarter-final stage with a 4-2 loss to Fiji on Saturday.

Apisai Koroisau kicked penalties either side of half time at Wellington Regional Stadium to give Fiji victory in a dogfight of a test match and a ticket to a semi-final against reigning champions Australia in Brisbane next week.

Tonga, who beat Lebanon in Saturdays other quarter-final, will take on England or Papua New Guinea, in the other semi in Auckland.

New Zealand had been looking to get back on track after a stunning upset at the hands of the Tongans last week, the first by a tier two nation against tier one opposition at a World Cup.

One of only three countries to have won the World Cup, the 2008 champions instead found themselves under huge pressure from the off and but for Fijis decision to tap penalties rather than take the points, could have faced a heavy deficit at the break.

As it was, the two points from hooker Koroisaus successful 15th minute effort were all that divided the teams.

New Zealand halfback Shaun Johnson levelled up the scores from the kicking tee five minutes after the break but the hosts were unable to build on that as winger Jordan Rapana was sent to the sin-bin for a professional foul two minutes later.

Koroisau restored Fijis lead with his second penalty just after the hour mark and the islanders held out for the remaining 19 minutes to reach the last four of the World Cup for the third straight tournament.

Captain Kevin Naiqama was reduced to tears after Fiji stunned New Zealand to set up a World Cup semi-final against Australia.

The Kiwis were highly fancied to progress despite last week's shock defeat by Tonga but they produced a flat performance and Fiji took advantage to claim a 4-2 win in a tryless game.

Full-back Naiqama was named man of the match and he gave an emotional post-match interview.

He said: "It's indescribable. I'm so proud of these boys.

"I had the utmost belief from the moment we went into camp. I never stopped believing. I always said we could win this game. It's a dream come true to get it done."

Star half-back Jarryd Hayne said: "We slayed a giant tonight.

"We prepared for it all week, we prepared for it all tourna...


Quote of the Day: "The trouble with political jokes..." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

"The trouble with political jokes is that they often get elected to office."
~ Tony Pettito


Even the people helping the homeless are telling you not to give them money "IndyWatch Feed"

Christchurch social services are warning people not to give money to an increasing number of street beggars, most of them not genuinely homeless and making a jolly good living out of it. A recent street count found 215 people were sleeping rough in Christchurch, some as young as 12 with addiction issues choosing to sleep []

The post Even the people helping the homeless are telling you not to give them money appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Protesters occupy Adani Headquarters in Townsville "IndyWatch Feed"

UPDATE:  In a follow up to this mornings action at Townsville Adani headquarters, ten community members interrupted a Liberal press conference Andrew Cripps, LNP sitting member for Hinchinbrook, Casie Scott, candidate for Townsville, Matthew Derlagen, candidate for Mundingburra got a surprise visit this morning from Stop Adani campaigners.

Hayley Sestokas, a young mum from the Whitsundays said, Our local representatives should be protecting the climate and the reef, and standing up for the interests of the community instead of a foreign corporation. People around the country are mobilising to stop this mine. Whether its on the campaign trail, or in the offices of Adani, we will be there to stop them, every step of the way.

Wendy Tubman, local environmentalist, challenged the candidates about consistent misrepresentation of jobs figures saying, Adani has said the project will be automated, from pit to port. Locally there are more job opportunities in renewables, and we want to see more investment in sustainable industry.

The three community members who were locked on in the Adani Headquarters are currently being processed at the Townsville police station and have been told they will be charged with obstruction and trespass. We have been informed they will be released early this afternoon.

  • Interrupting LNP press conference video here
  • Raw video footage available here
  • Photos here

Townsville, 20th November: Twenty people are occupying the Adani Headquarters in Townsville, including three people who have locked themselves together in front of the entrance to prevent Adani workers accessing their office.

Donna, Will and Tully, who are locked on, are taking this action today to send a clear message that Adani should not be given $1 billion of taxpayer money and that the Carmichael coal mine should not go ahead.

Will Hamilton, 66, currently locked on and a former property developer from Brisbane, says With all its negative consequences on our environment, Australians all over the country are expressing their total rejection of the Adani Coal mine proposal. We take this action in the belief that others will become more aware of these issues and join us in raising their voices against the Adani coal mine proposal.

Protest against Adani has been amplifying across Australia, including on the ground at the construction site and at their headquaters in Townsville. In recent weeks several people from Frontline Action on Coal have been arrested occupy...


Restoring democracy to the RMA "IndyWatch Feed"

One of National's primary policy goals during its time in power was to remove democracy from the RMA by removing notification and appeal rights while allowing Ministers to dictate local plans from their office in Wellington. This agenda was so extreme that they were unable to gain the votes for it for years, despite reliable footstools as coalition partners. But finally, earlier this year, the Maori Party sold out and let them do it. The changes only came into effect a month ago, so their impact hasn't yet been felt. But they're bad enough that Environment Minister David Parker has promised to roll them back and restore democracy:

The Government will attempt to reverse a National-led law change that has removed the public's right to participate in discretionary resource consent processes, Environment Minister David Parker says.

The Resource Legislation Amendment Act 2017 also removed the right for applicants and submitters to appeal discretionary resource consent decisions made by district councils.


Parker told Stuff this week removing public notification and appeal rights was going "a step too far" for applicants and submitters.

"We still think that was wrong. We are intending to have some reform of the Resource Management Act and that would be one of the things that we would fix," he said.

Sadly, it'll take a while, because the RMA is a complicated piece of legislation. On the other hand, there's usually at least a bill a year tinkering with it in one way or another, so it should be easy enough to put the changes in the next one. But unlike National, Labour won't be ramming it through under urgency.

Meanwhile, while they're restoring democracy, maybe they could do something about ECan as well? Apparently they can't hold an immediate election because National's dictatorship dragged its feet on setting electoral boundaries (which were set before the earthquakes and will not take subsequent population shifts into account). But they have nearly complete discretion to sack the appointees, or to appoint new people to replace them. Removing National's dictators from office ought to be a priority. As for their replacements, if they can't yet hold a proper election, holding some sort of poll and appointing the winners would seem to be a more democratic s...


Very strong M7.0 earthquake hits New Caledonia, small tsunami produced "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A very strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.0 hit the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia at 22:43 UTC (09:43 local time) on November 19, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M7.0 at a depth of 12 km (7.4...... Read more


BREAKING: Tsunami alert issued for New Caledonia and Vanuatu "IndyWatch Feed World"


Tsunami warning issued after magnitude 7 undersea quake strikes near New Caledonia - Thomson Reuters Foundation "IndyWatch Feed World"

Tsunami warning issued after magnitude 7 undersea quake strikes near New CaledoniaThomson Reuters FoundationSYDNEY, Nov 20 (Reuters) - An undersea earthquake of magnitude 7.0 struck 82 kms (51 miles) east of New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands in the South Pacific on Monday, prompting a tsunami warning for coastlines within 300 kms (186 mile) of the epicentre ...and more 


Jacinda needs to grow the eff up "IndyWatch Feed"

The left-wing used to throw their toys about John Key when he was offshore. They said he was embarrassing, that he couldnt pronounce things properly and he was a poor representative. Now we have Jacinda Ardern, and her petulance and churlishness is even more embarrassing. The NZ Herald reports: Sainsbury, who is well known for []

The post Jacinda needs to grow the eff up appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Unnatural partnerships "IndyWatch Feed"

Post-election, there was a sustained campaign in the media from National supporters for the Greens to support National to cling to power for another term. One of their arguments was to point to Germany, where Green - Christian Democrat coalitions have been tried at a regional level, and such an arrangement looked like the only possible outcome in the wake of the German elections. Except that hasn't worked out so well...

Exploratory talks to form Germanys next coalition government were on the verge of collapse on Sunday night after the four parties involved missed their own deadline to resolve differences on migration and energy policy.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has been trying to forge a coalition between her Christian Democratic Union (CDU), its Bavarian sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU), the pro-business Free Democratic Party (FDP) and the Green party following federal elections at the end of September.

A so-called Jamaica coalition so nicknamed because the parties traditional colours mirror that of the Jamaican flag represents new ground even for Germanys experienced leader, and has only previously been tested at regional level.

The key sticking points are immigration and climate change, with the parties unable to find common ground on either. And this in a country where the political mainstream is greener than ours. In Germany, they're in a four party situation (thanks in part to the CDU maintaining a regional partner party), but in New Zealand some of those parties are effectively factions within the National Party. And its hard to imagine National's farmer-yokels or climate change refuseniks accepting Green demands for real action on water or the climate, let alone allowing them to be implemented effectively.

Basicly, unnatural political partnerships are difficult and likely to fail. In Germany, they've been forced to explore the option because successive grand coalitions turned voters against the political establishment. And even then, it looks to have failed. In New Zealand, where there's no such pressure, there's no reason for parties with choices to take the risk. National's long-term problem of course is that now it has no friends, it has no choices, so it will be perpetually begging for such an unnatural partnership - and is likely to be perpetually rejected if there's any credible alternative.


Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed"

Madame Mayhem Mormon Sex in Chains Case A cloned dog, a Mormon in mink-lined handcuffs, a former Miss World contestant and a tantalising mystery. At first it seemed a straightforward example of the oddball stories which emerge during the long, slow, news days of high summer Joyce McKinney said shed fallen head-over-heels in love with []

The post Photo of the Day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Out fishing while his cows milk Mark Daniel:

Dairy farming was always a likely career path for Graham Barlow, of Fermanagh Farm, in the Piako district of Waikato.

The farm name gives a clue to the family heritage: a great-grandfather came to New Zealand from County Fermanagh in northwest Ireland many moons ago.

Milking 320 Jerseys calving in March (75%) and November (25%) on 90ha, Barlow went straight from schooling to dairy farming, soon realised he hated milking but was interested in all things technical; he describes himself as a techno-geek. . .

62 years and counting:

AI technician Don Shaw (79) has been surrounded by dairy cows his entire life, bringing many calves into the world.

Raised on an Ohaupo farm, Shaw is a fourth generation New Zealand dairy farmer. For the last 62 years hes worked as an AI technician, inseminating about 250,000 cows.

Although now retired from a sales consultant role at CRV Ambreed, Shaw is still an AI technician, working October and November on four Waikato farms, inseminating cows. . . 

First and second wins for southern family in Mate & Wool cup  Pat Deavoll:

The Gibson family of Foulden Hill, Middlemarch earned a quinella when their cattle took out first and second places in the Meat & Wool Cup at the Canterbury A&P Show.

Yearling hereford bull Foulden Hill Mustang narrowly pipped its two-year-old santa gertrudis colleague to take the title. 

Whats more, Mustang had earlier won the Junior Meat & Wool Cup over a charolais heifer owned by the Fisher family of Banks Peninsula. . . 

Open Gates:

The whole country cares about whats happening with our waterways, including us.

And we want to show you what were doing to protect them. Things like planting, fencing to keep cows out of the water and managing nitrogen. So, come and visit one of the 40 farms were opening.



The cold hard truth is hard to ignore with Trumps economy "IndyWatch Feed"

The haters are always going to hate, or in Jacinda Arderns case, make flippant comments. But she should find some reserve because it is getting harder and harder to ignore the turnaround of the US economy under Donald Trump. If Jacinda Arderns government can do half as good then I might change my tune Progressive []

The post The cold hard truth is hard to ignore with Trumps economy appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


The Greens win in Northcote brings important consequences "IndyWatch Feed"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

The victory by Greens Candidate Linda Thorpe in the Northcote by-election is important, not so much because the win went to the Greens, or even by making history with the first indigenous woman elected into Victorias parliament, as much as because this has provided a litmus test, for the level of disenchantment that is rising around Australia.

As well as in the immediate sense, this has longer-term implications for the whole nation.

Closer to home, Victorias Andrews Labor government faces an election next year. In Northcote and other inner Melbourne electorates, Labor has been seeing the erosion of its heartland over some years. But rather than going to the Coalition, the drift is mainly towards the Greens.Labour has to contend with this reality. It is in the inner suburbs, where this is most likely to be at this time, converted into seats.

As well as the big picture, there are local issues. Sometimes too much weight is given to gentrification, that is, the coming in of a more professional, educated and better heeled population. There is some of this. But changing political attitudes are also being seen among Labors traditional working class heartland.

The Andrews Government is  vulnerable because to its intention to turn over public housing land to a mix of public, broader social and private housing, increasingly seen as privatisation through the back door.

Inner Melbourne faces a housing affordability crisis, where average homes are now, routinely priced on the wrong side of $1 million. People are hurting. Although there is a promise for more resources to be committed in this direction, it is not enough to turn the tide.

Another key local issue is the escalating traffic congestion that is turning the city into a commuting nightmare. There is more public transport. The down side is that the growth has not been enough to

meet the pace of increasing demand and trains and trams have become overcrowded.

The Coalition parties have nothing to smile about. Their position is worse. The biggest burden they have in Victoria is the unpopular Turnbull government in Canberra. Even without this, they are a non-show in Melbournes inner suburbs.

The disenchanted are turning away from traditional political institutions and the two party system, although this takes different forms in different places. Northcote is no exception.

In the century of its existence, the seat has always been held by Labor. Once by a big margin. In recent years this has dwindled, and it has now gone.

In the short-term, Labor faces a serious threat in Richmond and Brunswick and this has the potential of eroding the governments majority and putting the Greens in a bargaining po...



by: PROFESSOR Kristian Lasslett  
In 2016 eyes turned to Singapore. Close personal friends of Sir Michael Somare were imprisoned, for among other things, defrauding the PNG public.

It was claimed American national, Philip Doehrman, and his Singaporean wife, Lim Ai Wah, defrauded the country in order to bribe Sir Michael, his son, Michael Somare Jnr, and a number of Chinese business people.

Understandably, at the time, coverage focused on the scandalous nature of the case, given that it implicated the countrys greatest political grandee in a bribery scandal. But the devil is in the detail.

Image: Sir Michael Somare, one of the nations founding figures.

For the first time, full access to the court decision is now provided. Delivered by Judge Hong, the decision features evidence which appears to show how elites amass fortunes, through practices that significantly increase the cost of living for the PNG public, and distort how national resources are applied.

The case of Wah and Doehrman centres on a simple and seemingly noble exercise, building colleges catering to marginalised learners. Judge Hong claims this scheme was exploited by its authors, so that a range of actors could take improper cuts from the PNG public. This had the effect of diluting t...


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


"A Hand Up - A Visit With Twinkle Borge"

A hand up, not a hand out is what Twinkle Borge, leader at Pu`uhonua o Wai`anae offers those who come to her for help. One of O`ahus largest encampments for houseless individuals, Pu`uhonua o Wai`anae is a safe haven for those living on the street yet want to recover their lives and re-enter society. As someone formerly living on the street herself, its no wonder shes helped countless others to get back on their feet. Join us in our amazing visit at Pu`uhonua o Wai`anae and youll see why Twinkle Borge inspires others to become successful every day of their lives - Watch It Here


Population explosion makes protection of customary land vital "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

By Eddie Tanago

Papua New Guineas population is growing at an explosive rate, which makes retaining control of customary land vitally important. Customary land is very valuable. It sustains a huge economy and provides employment for 3 million local farmers. Customary land is also vital for food security and it makes people strong and self-reliant. 

The 2011 National Census reported PNGs population to be 7.2 million but at a growth rate of over 2% each year, it has already grown to an estimated 8.3 million.[1] That is a 1.1 million or 15% increase in just 6 years.

By 2030, it is estimated our population will be 10.5 million. That is another increase of 2.2 million or 26% on todays figure.

By 2050, the population will be 13 million. That is a staggering 4.7 million increase from 2017.

This increase in population cannot go unnoticed by the government.

The government must stop its efforts to register customary land as that opens the door to illegal land deals and land alienation. The government must also stop encouraging and allowing foreign owned industries to take control over customary land. 

Our customary land is already very valuable and when we allow outsiders onto our land, whether under the guise of logging, mining, oil palm or other activities, we lose a vital asset; one that is only going to be even more crucial for our children and their children's children.

Retaining control of customary land will help reduce the impacts of PNGs population explosion by providing a home, food security and employment for our children.

Footnote: [1]



Too early to panic over latest increase in road toll "IndyWatch Feed"

Between 2014 and 2016, the New Zealand road toll increased by 12 percent. Were also not alone, with the Ministry of Transport listing New Zealand among 19 other OECD countries that have experienced an increase in fatalities. To try to understand the reasons behind this upward trend, the Ministry of Transport commissioned an independent analysis []

The post Too early to panic over latest increase in road toll appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Construction to begin on Fiji gold mine "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya breaks ground marking the beginning of the civil works on November 17, 2017. Photo: DEPTFO

Talebula Kate | The Fiji Times | November 18, 2017

TUVATU Gold Mines which was given mining license for 21 years beginning in 2014 had its ground breaking ceremony of its Mines processing plant civil works yesterday.

The beginning of the construction of the mill and processing plant is a positive sign, as it portrays the commitment of Tuvatu Gold Mine to produce to its full capacity by the second quarter of 2019.

This expansion work will contribute to the economy directly and indirectly in many forms such as the employment of the local community.

Acting Prime Minister and Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Siddiq Koya officiated at the event.

$100 Million Invested Into New Tuvatu Gold Mine: Lion One

Lusiana Banuve | Fiji Sun | 19 Nove...


Coalition Governments broken promises so far "IndyWatch Feed"

Broken Promises 1.The promise to enter Pike River Mine 2.The promise to hold a binding referendum on seven race-based seats. 3. The promise to build a backup fuel pipeline from Marsden Point to Auckland Debate moderator Mike Hosking told English the rupture of the fuel pipe to Auckland Airport made New Zealand look like a huckleberry []

The post Coalition Governments broken promises so far appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Remembering John Murray "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Man for All Seasons deserves a Kapiti Memorial By Alida Van der Velde, a long-time friend of John Murray You probably remember that our friend and teacher the Very Reverend John Stewart Murray, John, died on the 17th February this year. Since then several tributes in KIN have described what  he has done for people []


New Zealand not progressive enough in a world full of change "IndyWatch Feed"

We were hardly at the vanguard of legalising same-sex marriage. By 2012, when we did it, more than a dozen other countries had. We came to the party 11 years after the first. Plus, if we were so progressive, we would have changed the flag. Forget all the excuses about the disappointing designs. If we []

The post New Zealand not progressive enough in a world full of change appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Wear it or drink out of it: Whaleoil Swag is guaranteed to get a reaction "IndyWatch Feed"

This GROUND CREW Unisex 3/4 sleeve Raglan shirt inclusive of GST will cost you $44.84 NZD and if you buy it on its own the shipping to New Zealand from America will cost you only  $6.77 NZD if you live in Auckland. This Whaleoil Biker PATCH Unisex Zip Hooded Sweatshirt inclusive of GST will cost you $83.94 []

The post Wear it or drink out of it: Whaleoil Swag is guaranteed to get a reaction appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Birds and people pooh too "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Water quality in Canterbury rivers is improving:

Recreational water quality sampling has found that, of the 52 monitored freshwater swimming sites, 12 have improved a grade, and four declined.

During swimming season (November to March), Environment Canterbury assesses the health risks from faecal contamination at popular swimming sites around the region.

We test and grade popular places that people swim in Canterbury.  This year 12 sites have improved.  The year before, 10 sites improved and the year before that only five improved, so the trend is going in the right direction, said Tim Davie, Chief Scientist.

The improvement demonstrates the hard work of landowners to exclude stock and protect waterways by planting and fencing.  Reduced runoff from two dry summers has helped as well. . . 

Its good to see farmers getting credit for the work theyve done to protect waterways.

Too often farm animals get all the blam but birds and people pooh too and now the blame for some of the problems is correctly being laid on birds:

. . . Hurunui District Mayor Winton Dalley said large numbers of birds near the Hurunui river were likely to be a major contributor to faecal contamination at the popular swimming spot by State Highway 7, which is the main route to Hamner Springs.

There is no logic that it is farm related, but we do know there is considerable bird life in the river just upstream of the site, he said.

But Mr Dalley said he was unsure what could be done to move them on.

I dont know what is feasible in terms of whether they can be moved to somewhere elsewe will have to talk to bird experts, but we will first have to determine that is the cause, he said.

Mr Davie said the regional council was continuing testing at the Hurunui site, but it did blame birds for the faecal contamination at Lake Hoods main swimming beach.

Its fundamentally to do with birds and the lake circulationthere was a raft there and the birds sat on itwe had a lot of faecal contamination there, said Mr Davie.



Labour Lies: Hipkins assures tertiary sector they will not implement immigration restrictions "IndyWatch Feed"

National Party Tertiary Education Spokesperson Paul Goldsmith is welcoming the Governments apparent U-turn on their policy to gut the international education industry by massively reducing the number of foreign students coming into New Zealand. During the election campaign, Labours policy was clear in order to reduce immigration they would reduce the number of international []

The post Labour Lies: Hipkins assures tertiary sector they will not implement immigration restrictions appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Sanguma: A real evil that destroys peace & communities "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


MADANG - Some people in Papua New Guinea are questioning whether sanguma is real. I would argue that the sanguma creature in itself may be as real as Santa Klaus or Harry Potter, but that the evil of sanguma is as real as torture and death are real.

I have witnessed or been closely associated with many cases of accusations of sanguma in the PNG Highlands.  Let me give examples of just three of the many and the reader can decide whether they are studies of good or evil and how real they are.

Mendaiwan was accused along with another woman when after a feast a man got ill and died. Men accused and tortured them with heated bush knives and steel rods, demanding to know where the women had put the dead mans heart.

One woman died from the assault, but Mendaiwan managed to escape during the night.

The next morning, she was able to alert a relative who took her to a mission hospital in another province. She was eight months pregnant and the baby was born dead the next day having died from burns suffered while in the mothers uterus.

Mendaiwan was discharged from hospital several months afterwards, still professing her innocence.

ArmLapowan was accused of sanguma after a young man fell unconscious.  She was stripped naked and tied to a piece of machinery and tortured with hot irons to every part of her body. 

Despite the torture and demands that she confess that she is a sanguma, she maintained her innocence.  She managed to escape and to get to a mission hospital where the sisters treated her for over a month.

The young man, whose heart she was supposed to have taken and eaten, recovered, and her assailants claim that the tort...


New Finkel report finds no need to panic about energy storage "IndyWatch Feed"

New Finkel report says energy storage important, and represents a huge opportunity for Australia, but there is no reason to panic. Even at 50% wind and solar the need for storage is modest, and much could come from households.

via New Finkel report finds no need to panic about energy storage RenewEconomy


Twyford doubles down and promises even more houses will be built "IndyWatch Feed"

Phil Twyford is writing cheques his government cant cashhes now doubled down on the housing promise of building 10,000 houses a year. Before the election, Labour said it would build 1000 state houses a year  now the Governments saying that number could double. Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford told TVNZs Q+A he was confident the Government could []

The post Twyford doubles down and promises even more houses will be built appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


1) Papua Police Urges Members of Armed Group to Turn in Themselves "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

2) house appreciates military, police cooperation to free hostages
3) LP3BH calls on President Jokowi to immediately deal with conflict in West Papua
4) Indonesian reggae ambassador performs in Skouw, Papua
5) West Papua to host Senja Kaimana Festival 2017

SUNDAY, 19 NOVEMBER, 2017 | 11:40 WIB
1) Papua Police Urges Members of Armed Group to Turn in Themselves
TEMPO.COJakarta - Papua Police urged 21 members of an armed group in Mimika, Papua to turn themselves in...


Essenes may have authored Dead Sea Scrolls - Israeli anthropologist "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Since the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls over 70 years ago, numerous theories have abounded about who wrote the ancient manuscripts. Now over 30 newly-excavated skeletons may finally provide an answer. The first of the scrolls were found by Bedouin goat herders in the Qumran area of the West Bank in 1946 and, over the course of the following decade, scrolls were found in 11 different caves in the area. A 12th cave yielded another find as recently as February this year. Throughout this time, archaeologists have struggled to find conclusive proof to determine who wrote or protected the scrolls. This failure has paved the way for seemingly endless theories about the inhabitants of Qumran including that they were craftsmen, Iron Age people, Bedouins and Roman soldiers. However the excavation of the skeletons has added great weight to the view that the manuscripts were watched over by a Jewish sect of celibate men called the Essenes.


LP3BH calls on President Jokowi to immediately deal with conflict in West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Executive-Director of the LP3BH, Yan Christian Warinussy,
has called on President Jokowi to immediately take action with regard
to the conflict now underway in the region of Tembagapura, West Papua.
As yet, there has been no response from the President to reports about
an armed conflict that is currently underway between the Indonesian
security forces (Army and Police) and the TPNP (Papuan National
Liberation) Armed Forces in the vicinity of the massive mining
company, P.T Freeport Company.

However, there have been a few statements from the TPNP which
is thought to be involved in the armed struggle would suggest that
they regard these actions as part of the movement by the people of
West Papua for the struggle for self-determination of the OAP
(Traditional Papuan People).

We should at the same time not forget that in the last two years,
at the United Nations, there have been statements by the leaders of
countries in the Pacific and Caribbean countries have made strong
statements condemning the serious human rights abuses that have
occurred in West Papua.

At the UN General Assembly in September this year, four countries
called on the United Nations to discuss the right of the people of
West Papua to
self-determination and the grave human rights violations that have
occurred in West Papua for the past fifty years which threaten to
result in the genocide of the Papuan people.

In the opinion of the LP3PN, the armed struggle that is underway
cannot solve the Papuan peoples struggle for self-determination.

The LP3BH calls on President Jokowi not to continue increasing
the security forces in West Papua and instead to focus on dialogue as
the way to resolve the crisis in West Papua.

Three people, Pastor DR Neles Tebey, Wiranto and Teten Masduki,
have already been named on 15 August this year to participate in
preparing for dialogue between Papua and Jakarta. which in the first
place should deal with the current conflict underway in Tembagapura.

The efforts to resolve the problem in Tembagapura should
involve not only representatives of the stakeholders in Tembagapura
but also representatives in the diaspora.

A number of investigations have been carried out such as the
one by Professor Drooglever was entitled The Act of Free Choice.

Dr. Greg Poulgrain also undertook an investigation which was
entitled The In...


Toll prompts call for crisis meeting "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Associate Transport Minister has called officials to a crisis meeting over the road toll Newshub (@NewshubNZ) November 19, 2017 The Associate Transport Minister has called officials to a crisis meeting over the road toll. Its passed a grim milestone 328 dead on our roads so far this year. Thats the same []


If only it was a wrestling name Trainwreck Davis isnt getting any good press "IndyWatch Feed"

Trainwreck Davis might sound cool as a wrestling name, but in politics it is bad news: Jo Moir writes at Stuff: Labour has a problem. For the last week, Kelvin Davis has been acting prime minister and its been nothing short of a trainwreck.   Winston and Jacinda were off gallivanting around the world stage and []

The post If only it was a wrestling name Trainwreck Davis isnt getting any good press appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Migrant worker exploitation: insights from New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed"

Migrant worker exploitation in New Zealand is a pressing issue. Media headlines over recent months highlighting the issue include: He treated us like dogs: people trafficker jailed; Filipino dairy farm workers abused, exploited; and Exploited Indian students turning to suicide, support group warns. These are not isolated cases of exploitation and some cases are illustrative of modern day slavery.

In December 2016, I released the findings from a two-year research project Worker exploitation in New Zealand: a troubling landscape in which the exploitation of migrant workers featured heavily. The research was undertaken on behalf of the Human Trafficking Research Coalition, comprising four non-governmental organisations: The prscha initiative, Stand against slavery, Hagar and ECPAT.

A number of New Zealands industries rely on temporary migrant employees to fill labour shortages. In the 2015/2016 year, 192,688 workers were granted temporary work visas. I found exploitation was occurring in several key industry sectors, predominately labour-intensive industries, including farming, fishing, horticulture, hospitality, and international education, among other sectors.

A number of those I interviewed were victims of wage theft they were underpaid their legal entitlement or for some, not paid at all. Some were paid as little as $5 an hour. As a point of comparison, the New Zealand minimum wage is currently $15.75 per hour. Workers were required to work shifts of 12 to 18 hours for a very low wage and under exploitative conditions. Many employees did not have an employment contract, with many not aware that an employment contract is a legal requirement. One migrant routinely worked 90 hours a week but was only paid for 45 hours. For many migrants, their legal entitlements to holiday pay was denied. Some were threatened if they persisted in asking for holiday pay, you will lose your job.

Many endured degrading treatment, including being denied bathroom breaks and being verbally abused. One migrant was taken into an orchard and beate...


Sorcery, science, modernity & decent human behaviour "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


ADELAIDE - Our very earliest ancestors were a very nervous lot indeed and had good cause to be.

They were small, slow, not very strong and had virtually no inbuilt weapons like large teeth and claws. They were easy prey for a host of predators.

They understood very little about the world in which they lived. The causes of natural phenomena were impenetrable mysteries to them. Events like earthquakes, eclipses, storms, disease and death were even more terrifying for being inexplicable.

To make sense of the natural world, our ancestors used their large brains, imaginations and mastery of language to create and describe vivid supernatural worlds, populated by gods of various kinds, their ancestors ghosts and any number of evil beings upon who could be cast blame for the horrible things that happened from time to time.

This supernatural world was a scary place, populated by beings both malevolent and benign. Humans could only exert influence over what happened there by observing certain rituals which ranged from prayer to human sacrifice.

Over time these simple belief systems changed into more and more complex religious systems through which a priestly cast could exert social, political and even economic control over their societies.

In this way, the ignorance and superstitious fear which afflicted most people in pre-modern societies could be usefully harnessed to direct how a society operated, almost invariably in ways that favoured the rich and powerful.

The European world was essentially governed and controlled in this way until about 1500, when the Renaissance triggered a scientific revolution that began to offer demonstrably true explanations for many previously inexplicable natural phenomena.

The rise of science threatened the primacy of the ubiquitous Roman Catholic Church and thus was not uncontested.

For example, Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), an accomplished astronomer and scientist, was found guilty of heresy because he proclaimed that the heliocentric model for the solar system first proposed by Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) was in fact correct.

The Catholic Church of that period held that the Sun and Stars all revolved around the Earth, which thus was the centre of God's universe. It insisted that this was the truth, despite all evidence to the cont...


Climate related trends "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

NASA has several interesting trend animations in their Climate Time Machine. Carbon Dioxide September 2002: This time series shows global changes in the concentration and distribution of carbon dioxide since 2002 at an altitude range of 1.9 to 8 miles. The yellow-to-red regions indicate higher concentrations of CO2, while blue-to-green areas indicate lower concentrations, measured []


Sosolving child poverdy includes narrating a play? "IndyWatch Feed"

Jacinda Ardern needs to grow the eff up. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took time out of her busy schedule to read Peter and the Wolf with a Kiwi twist to a packed audience this afternoon. Wearing a trademark red jacket, Ardern narrated the story as 185 children and parents at the sold-out performance at the Herald Theatre []

The post Sosolving child poverdy includes narrating a play? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Farce news, when comedy becomes the headline "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There are enough problems with passing comments on social media becoming news stories, but now claims by a comedian have hit the headlines. Click bait headline at NZH: Did Trump mistake Jacinda for Justin Trudeaus wife? The question that no one seems to have asked apart from the Heralds headline writer is answered in the []


North Korea and its missile program: All you need to know "IndyWatch Feed World"

One may say that the political and military situation in the Asian Pacific is a calm before the storm. The race to prepare everyone to an armed conflict between the "free world" and the "communist totalitarian regime" in Pyongyang that was propagated by the western media has reached its peak. The US are concentrating their forces in Southeast Asia in order to strike at the military and industrial objects in North Korea. Three carrier strike groups (CSG) are awaiting orders in the Sea of Japan: USS CVN-68 Nimitz, USS CVN-71 Theodore Roosevelt and USS CVN-76 Ronald Reagan. They are accompanied by three air wings. That comes up to 72-108 F/A-18E jets with 36 older F/A-18C Hornet jets for Navy support. The CSGs include up to 18 Arleigh Burke guided missile destroyers, with 540 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles. The Sea of Japan is also being patrolled by USS Michigan (SSGN-727) and USS Florida (SSGN-728) cruise missile submarines, with 300 more Tomahawks. There are six B-1B and B-52 bombers with three nuclear-capable B-2 bombers at the Andersen Air Force Base (AFB) in Guam. All of this striking power is mobilized not only for show. A real threat of a US nuclear strike reemerged during the Korean war of 1950-1953. The US developed several plans to bomb key objects in North Korea in order to gain a strategic advantage. The top brass did not bring themselves to open the Pandora's box, but the threat of nuclear obliteration was still present even after the war, although to a lesser extent. Quite possibly this was what spurned Kim Il-sung to start a nuclear program of his own.


Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Truth isnt always beauty, but the hunger for it is.   Nadine Gordimer who was born on this day in 1923.

Filed under: quotes Tagged: Nadine Gordimer


Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No []

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


Sorcery cannot be solved using Western instruments "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


RABAUL - Sorcery has been part of our culture for a very long time. It is as real as anything. The thing is it cannot be solved using Western instruments.

The West with its rationalism and empiricism will continue to wave it off as an illusion of the ignorant. But unless they experience what we experience, they will never know how to relate to sorcery.

Sorcery related cases will always be deemed "accusation based" as long as we use Western instruments to address them.

I spent a full year in a sanguma zone (a village in Lufa, Eastern Highlands) and I tell you none of the training I received at university prepared me for the horrors of sorcery.

The stories told, the confessions made by the sanguma women, the exorcisms... when you've seen it all, you realise that spiritualism is true and you cannot use logic or science to bring about justice. It's like there's a parallel universe to ours and through sorcery these women source its powers for ill gain.

From the confessions, a dark power drives them to attack other people. It's like an addiction that must be surfeited every now and then.

I am convinced that most of the headlines which read falsely accused are misguided. The accused are in fact guilty but our courts lack the traditional and spiritual tools to administer justice.

There is a need to bridge the chasm between the courts and culture spiritualism is part of our culture and it is not ignorant. Only then can justice be truly served.

I had to abandon research on sorcery because it got scary. The strange things that happened, it wasn't my mind playing tricks on me.

Brushing aside sorcery will not solve the issue. It's way too complicated.


Labour MP files defamation papers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Another political defamation  case, this time Labour MP Raymond Huo , who has filed papers against Peoples Party president Steven Ching and his wife Ailian Su. NZH:  Raymond Huo says he was falsely accused of corruption & criminal record Labour MP Raymond Huo claims he was the target of a nasty campaign leading up to []


Eagle wants rewrite of adoption law "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ex Wellington councillor has been elected to take over Annette Kings Rongotai electorate. He wants a rewrite of adoption laws to make it easier for adoptees to find their birth parents. He talked about this in his maiden speech in Parliament. In 1973, the late Norman Kirk and the then Labour Government introduced the domestic []


Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

When it came to New Zealands position over the Manus Island refugees, Ardern said it was as simple as just doing the right thing. Jacinda Ardern says shell use her voice to speak up for whats right, and represent New Zealand on the international stage. Sometimes when we take a view, it might not be []

The post Face of the Day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


16 Earthquakes Shake New Caledonia and Loyalty Islands "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

Sixteen earthquakes struck near Tadine, New Caledonia and the Loyalty Islands, on Nov. 19, 2017. The quakes started at 9:25 UTC +11, and continued until 16:08. The size of the temblors and the depths they reached were as follows, beginning with the most recent: 5.7M 10 km depth 5.9M 10 km 6.9M 19 km 6.6M []

The post 16 Earthquakes Shake New Caledonia and Loyalty Islands appeared first on Guardian Liberty Voice.


US nuclear general discusses illegal order to strike "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This seems to be hypothetical musing but it is seen as significant that a US General involved in nuclear strike decisions openly discussed what he would do if given an illegal order to launch nukes. Reuters: U.S. nuclear general says would resist illegal Trump strike order The top U.S. nuclear commander said on Saturday that []


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

The word for today is stumblebum (noun) 1. A person regarded as blundering or inept. 2. A punch-drunk or second-rate prizefighter. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : alcoholic derelict, 1932, from stumble + bum.

The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Mugabe sacked as party leader "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The ousting of long time leader Robert Mugabe progressed in the weekend with Zimbabwes governing party voting to expel him and his wife. His resignation as President has also been demanded, or he will be impeached. Mugabe is scheduled to address the country shortly and is expected to resign. Guardian: Zimbabwes ruling party fires Robert []


Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed"

Proverbs 20 16 Get security from someone who guarantees a strangers debt. Get a deposit if he does it for foreigners.

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


The Veiled Threat: Australias Campaign Against New Zealand Refugee Policy "IndyWatch Feed National"

Another twist in the farce over the stained treatment of refugees on Papua New Guineas Manus Island has surfaced.  New Zealand has been insisting for some time that it is more than willing to welcome some 150 to its shores. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, much to the irritation of Australias Turnbull government, has been particularly enthusiastic.

Australia has remained resolutely cold to the offer, insisting that such an arrangement would undermine its own blunt approach of discouraging boat arrivals and the industry behind it. For the perplexed on this issue, Australia keeps funding alternative camps on Manus, hoping for the remaining refugees to shut up and slide quietly to other destinations.  A number are being encouraged to go to the United States in a deal US President Donald Trump deems dumb.

Now, New Zealands angle has shifted, largely prompted by the crisis following the closure of the Manus Island facility at the Lombrom Naval Base.  The PNG government is being asked directly as to whether some arrangement might be reached, thereby avoiding Australian intransigence.

The response from the Australian Immigration Minister was characteristically sinister and appropriate for a former police officer.  With barely veiled menace, Peter Dutton suggested that New Zealand would have to think about their relationship with Australia and what impact it would have.  Theyd have to think that through, and wed have to think that through.

Duttons playground remarks did not stop there. He also rebuked New Zealands announcement that aid money would be offered to those on Manus Island and Nauru: Well, its a waste of money in my judgment, I mean, give that money to another environment somewhere, to Indonesia, for example.  Found wanting, Dutton has taken to lecturing a sovereign state.

Dutton then did what every Australian politician glancing across the Tasman does: suggest that New Zealand was somehow benefiting from Canberras punitive approach to boat arrivals.  Not that New Zealand has been ever openly asked about this take of the unwanted sacrifice.

We have stopped vessels on their way across the Torres Strait planning to track their way down the east coast of Australia to New Zealand We have put many hundreds of millions of dollars into a defence effort to stop those vessels We do that frankly without any financial assistance from New Zealand If new boats arrive tomorrow these people arent going to Auckland, theyre going to Nauru.

This is a repeated Australian gripe: its small neighbour benefits from having a natural shield to the north; it can afford to be more moral on issues and idealist in its aspirations.  Hard, realistic Australian pol...


General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


Media watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

20 November 2017 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 []


Open Forum Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


Shallow 6.4 magnitude earthquake strikes near New Caledonia "IndyWatch Feed World"

The quake struck this morning about 45 miles east of the Tadine, in the Loyalty Islands. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported the tremor at 8:25 pm in the evening, or 9.25am 25 GMT, at a shallow depth of 13km (8 miles). The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said in a statement that a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami was not expected and there was no tsunami threat to Hawaii. The quake was initially recorded as 6.6 magnitude, but is now being reported as 6.4.


Japanese boat crashes into US Navy destroyer in Pacific Fleet's fifth collision this year "IndyWatch Feed World"

A US Navy destroyer has collided with a Japanese tugboat in Sagami Bay, off the east coast of Japan, making it the fifth such incident involving the Pacific Fleet this year. An official statement from the US Navy's 7th Fleet said the tugboat lost its propulsion and drifted into the USS Benfold on Saturday, sustaining minor damage. "No one was injured on either vessel and Benfold sustained minimal damage, including scrapes on its side, pending a full damage assessment," the statement read. The USS Benfold remains at sea while the Japanese boat was towed to a port in Yokosuka. The Navy said that the incident would be investigated.


The depths to which xenophobia and bigotry has reduced Australia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Australia began to ignore its obligations under international law in 1992 and its determination to turn back asylum seeker boats and reduce the number of refugees accepted into this country grew apace until this is the situation in November 2017.

The New York Times, 18 November 2017:

Veteran United Nations officials said this month they had never seen a wealthy democracy go to such extremes to punish asylum seekers and push them away.

Papua New Guinea officials and local leaders, enraged at how the camps closure was handled, have demanded to know why Australia is not doing more to help the men.

HuffPost, 18 November 2017:

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's main medical association called on Saturday for the government to allow independent doctors and other health experts to help more than 400 asylum seekers languishing inside a recently closed detention center in Papua New Guinea.

The asylum seekers have shut themselves inside the Australian-run Manus Island Centre for the past 18 days, defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) to close it in a standoff the United Nations describes as a "looming humanitarian crisis".

Australia has shut access to the cente...

Sunday, 19 November


COP23: Key outcomes agreed at the UN climate talks in Bonn "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Climate change was again placed at the centre of global diplomacy over the past two weeks as diplomats and ministers gathered in Bonn, Germany, for the latest annual round of United Nations climate talks.

COP23, the second conference of the parties since the Paris Agreement was struck in 2015, promised to be a somewhat technical affair as countries continued to negotiate the finer details of how the agreement will work from 2020 onwards.

However, it was also the first set of negotiations since the US, under the presidency of Donald Trump, announced its intention earlier this year to withdraw from the Paris deal. And it was the first COP to be hosted by a small-island developing state with Fiji taking up the presidency, even though it was being held in Bonn.

Carbon Brief covers all the summits key outcomes and talking points.


Two US delegations

After Trumps...


With Gene-Altering Schemes, Be Careful What You Wish For "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


The short-tailed weasel, or stoat, decimated native bird populations after it was introduced to New Zealand. Altering the genes of invasive animals might save threatened species, scientists said, but could also have devastating consequences. Credit DeAgostini, via Getty Images

Two days ago we were intrigued by the notion; today, not so much. Is it a cat fight between two of the science...


Strong and shallow M6.4 earthquake hits Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.4 hit the Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia at 09:25 UTC (20:25 local time) on November 19, 2017. The agency is reporting a depth of 25.3 km (15.8 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 10 km (6.2...... Read more


Half of PNG Workers Tested Have Undiagnosed Vision Condition "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Almost half of PNG workers tested under a new charitable initiative had a previously undiagnosed vision condition - according to new figures.

The free healthcare programme funded by Star Mountain Plaza Limited in Port Moresby found that 46 percent of employees had substandard vision.

The vision tests, run by optometrists at the Pacific International hospital as part of an onsite screening programme examined 136 workers.

Almost half of those screened presented with eye conditions, with 46% of employees needing glasses, and a smaller number were referred to an opthamologist for more specialised treatment.

Augustine Mano from Star Mountain Plaza said the feedback from workers who had been part of the screening was encouraging.

We developed this preventative healthcare programme to ensure that our employees had access to the best screening and treatment available.

Many of our colleagues had a condition they were completely unaware of and the diagnosis has giving us the opportunity to restore their full vision.

Each worker identified with poor eyesight has now been provided with free prescription lenses and safety glasses to enhance both their vision and quality of life, he says.

A second stage of the programme will see nominated family members of the employees screened by optometrists.

We have also made the free screening available to the families of our employees as we know the chance to receive free treatment for a vision condition will make a real difference in their lives, says Mr Mano.


Affordable Quality Homes Now A Reality in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Quality, modern homes at affordable prices have at long last become a reality in PNG claimed Andrew Avenell, Co-founder and Director of Rhodes, when he spoke at the recent PNG Real Estate Show.  But Avenell urges families to be cautious and do their homework before they make what is likely to be the biggest investment of their life.  Low quality houses, which wont last the lifespan of a bank loan, are coming on to the market in increasing numbers.  Families who purchase these homes will have the financial burden of not just their mortgage repayments but huge maintenance costs after about 15 years when their houses literally start to fall apart claimed Avenell.

The upside though, is that quality doesnt have to be compromised by affordability and this is the case with Rhodes range of family homes.  The quality of Rhodes homes is achieved through the use of top-grade galvanised steel frames, superior building products, composite materials and technology.  Their affordability is achieved by Rhodes vertical integration and technological advances resulting in a smarter, faster and better way to build. 
Rhodes are prefabrication and modular building specialists, manufacturing their frames, roof trusses and other components on the factory floor and then assembling them on site.  Companies that specialise in prefabricated steel-framed buildings save their customers money because much less time is spent on the actual building site. Building in PNG is expensive due to weather extremes which drag out the building process and the lack of qualified trades people especially in remote locations which means you end up paying top dollar for labour.  The beauty of a pre-fabricated building says Avenell is that it can be assembled quickly by even unskilled workers which means less labour costs and therefore a lower price for home buyers.

Another way families save money by buying a prefabricated steel framed house is through lower ongoing maintenance requirements.  Steel is tough and long-lasting.  Galvanised steel wont rust, and unlike wood, it wont rot, burn or be eaten by termites.  Even the best quality wood that has been chemically treated for termites wont last as long as galvanised steel.  People shouldnt just take my word for it though says Avenell everyone looking to buy a new house should do their own independent r...


Smallholder farmers to drive rice industry in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Trukai Industries Rice Development Manager Humphrey Saese believes our smallholder farmers can drive the local rice industry to attain a status alongside PNGs most renowned farming crops.

PNG is the world's leading producer of sustainable palm oil and our coffee is highly popular in the US and other markets worldwide, while cacao from Morobe Province has been sought from overseas to produce premium specialty chocolate.

Mr Saese believes home-grown rice can over time evolve its own reputation and contribution to wide-reaching employment and the economy.

PNG has achieved so much despite barely scratching the surface of our potential as an agricultural nation. From sector to sector, it is impossible not to be inspired to raise the bar on the way you do things and what quality of crop you produce. Our rice industry is no different, Mr Saese explained.

But the backbone of our success in all agriculture sectors depends on the progress of our smallholder farmers in PNG. Our smallholder growers are by far the largest group of agriculture producers in the country.  Through a nucleus out-grower system, farmers grow a significant volume of crops for the current established agri-based industries such as oil palm, coffee, cocoa and others.

Ideally this where the bright future of commercial rice farming in PNG resides, he added.

With the right training and infrastructural support to surround them, more of our farmers will be empowered with the necessary skills in farming and management to grow rice on their own. But by working alongside established commercial partners they have a guaranteed access to markets.

Our company is currently undertaking significant upfront investment setting up the framework for our smallholder farmers to succeed, but in future our focus is likely to centre more on processing and the infrastructures required to cater for increased volumes produced by growers.

Trukai Industries has engaged with number of growers and cooperatives across PNG to pilot test concepts under their Rice Development Pilot Concept. They have successfully advanced farmers in the Markham from a pilot stage now to a commercial stage.

Apart from the current proposal of securing 500-plus smallholder rice farmers to work with around the UMI area, we are working with farmers in lower Markham valley in the Huon and Nawaeb distric...


Young Crystal gives our future its voice at APEC forum "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Young Crystal gives our future its voice at APEC forum

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

So said Margaret Mead, the noted American author and speaker of the 1960s and 1970s. The comment still rings true today, which is what made the presence of a small group of thoughtful, committed young Papua New Guineans so integral to the APEC Voices of the Future 2017 forum, held in Da Nang, Vietnam last week.

APEC Voices of the Future is the key youth dialog platform that is held in conjunction with the APEC CEO Summit and APEC Economic Leaders Week.

Trukai Industries Agronomist Crystal Artango was selected to a 6-strong PNG Delegation to speak at the forum along with five other young Papua New Guineans Wilfred Atzier from Newcrest Mining, Charles Wama from Kina Securities, Engineering and Technical professionals Kenny Hampalekie and Noah Pingin and Roberta Morlin, founder and co-owner of KLM Consulting.

The theme to address in their speeches was How to create new dynamism and foster a shared future amongst youth in the Asia Pacific Region.

Basically, we spoke about our economies and economic status. There were 4 sub-themes we had to prepare our speech upon, related to what our country delegations position was, Ms. Artango explained.

The 27-year old Erap resident, originally from Lae, was nominated by Trukai Industries for the life-changing trip.

Crystal said I was nominated by our CEO Mr. Greg Worthington-Eyre and my Agriculture Manager, Mr. Jarrod Pirie, and made it through that phase. I then had to do a write-up and illustrate what I hoped to achieve from the trip and my understanding of the theme. I was lost for words when I was selected by the ABAC (APEC Business Advisory Council) team in Singapore.

I would really like to give a big word of thank you to Trukai Industries for this great opportunity granted.

For her part, Ms. Artango spoke with Roberta Morlin about Creating New Dynamism and Fostering a Shared Future for Youth in PNG and the Asia-Pacific Region.

Our start-up and innovation ecosystem is still in its infancy stage in PNG, and this is a key topic we addressed, said Ms. Artango.

The ability of our youth to learn and later lead in the technology space is essential. We need to e...


World watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


November 20 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

284  Diocletian was chosen as Roman Emperor.

762 During An Shi Rebellion, Tang Dynasty, with the help of Huihe tribe, recaptured Luoyang from the rebels.

1194  Palermo was conquered by Emperor Henry VI.

1407 A truce between John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy and Louis of Valois, Duke of Orlans was agreed under the auspices of John, Duke of Berry.

1695  Zumbi, the last of the leaders of Quilombo dos Palmares in Brazil, was executed.

1620  Peregrine White, was born first English child born in the Plymouth Colony (d. 1704).

1700 Great Northern War: Battle of Narva  King Charles XII of Sweden defeated the army of Tsar Peter the Great at Narva.

1739 Start of the Battle of Porto Bello between British and Spanish forces during the War of Jenkins Ear.

1765 Sir Thomas Fremantle, British naval captain, was born (d. 1819).

1820 An 80-ton sperm whale attacked the Essex (a whaling ship from Nantucket, Massachusetts) 2,000 miles from the western coast of South America (Herman Melvilles 1851 novel Moby-Dick was in part inspired by this story).

1841  Maketu Wharetotara, the 17-year-old son of the Nga Puhi chief Ruhe, killed five people at Motuarohia in the Bay of Islands.

Mass murder in the Bay of Islands

1845 Argentine Confederation: Battle of Vuelta de Obligado.

1889  Edwin Hubble, American astronomer, was born (d. 19...



US warship collides with Japanese tug boat, latest mishap for the Navys 7th Fleet "IndyWatch Feed War"

Image may contain: sky, ocean, outdoor and water

The Associated Press  FILE In this Aug. 8, 2016, file photo, the guided missile destroyer USS Benfold arrives at port in Qingdao, China. According to the U.S. Navy 7th Fleet, a Japanese tug boat lost propulsion and drifted into the USS Benfold during a towing exercise in Sagami Bay on Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. (AP Photo/Borg Wong, File)

A U.S. warship collided with a Japanese commercial tug boat in Japans Sagami Bay on Saturday, marking the fifth time this year that a ship in the U.S. Navys 7th Fleet in the Pacific has been involved in a crash.

The Japanese tug boat lost propulsion and drifted into the USS Benfold during a towing exercise. The U.S. guided-missile destroyer sustained minimal damage, and there were no reported injuries on either vessel, according to a press release from the U.S. Navys 7th Fleet.

The USS Benfold, which is awaiting a full damage assessment, remains at sea under its own power. The incident will be investigated, the 7th Fleet said.

Heres a look at previous crashes involving U.S. Navy warships in 2017, including two deadly collisions that left 17 sailors dead:

Jan. 31: The USS Antietam runs aground off coast of Japan



How can Communist Vietnam be friendlier to the U.S. than to China? "IndyWatch Feed War"

Theres something ridiculous in Sino-Vietnamese relations its a Trump-shaped wedge between the lips and teeth


18 NOV 2017
US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte at the Asean Summit in Manila. Photo: ReutersUS President Donald Trump shakes hands with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte at the Asean Summit in Manila. Photo: Reuters

Few things are more ridiculous in international politics than when a former enemy offers to mediate disputes between two former allies. But thats exactly what happened when US President Donald Trump told Vietnamese counterpart Tran Dai Quang he could help solve the long-standing territorial disputes between China and Vietnam in the South China Sea. A little more than 40 years ago the two communist countries were comrades-in-arms against the US in the Vietnam war.

Trumps offer in Hanoi on Sunday of last week came just hours before his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping began his second state visit in three years to the former communist ally. It also came soon after a summit in Beijing that highlighted Trumps bromance with Xi. The leaders of the worlds two largest economies both visited Hanoi after attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation summit in the Vietnamese port city of Da Nang on November 10. Trumps overtures to Hanoi which have the potential to antagonise Beijing betray the fact that relations between Washington and Hanoi and Washington and Beijing are both stronger than those between the two communist former allies.



PNG Kumuls go down fighting "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Kumuls winger Garry Lo had a strong
tournament in the 2017 World Cup.
Credit: Jeff Crow. Copyright: NRL Photos.
Papua New Guinea lamented their first half performance in a 36-6 quarter-final loss to England but depart the World Cup with their pride intact.

Kumuls coach Michael Marum said they were in trouble after missing so many tackles early, allowing England to power home. Losing their skipper in the second minute also didn't help.

"It started off when we lost our captain David Mead through that first set," Marum said.

"He was our leader on field so we sort of missed him there.

"The past three games we worked hard on our defence and improved back at home but playing here [in Melbourne, against a] stronger side against England, we kept missing tackles and I think in that first half, our contact wasn't good enough. We didn't turn up to play at all."

Marum was proud of how his team kept coming at the more experienced England side throughout the whole match.

"We didn't give up we played right through to the end," he said.

"To get this far is a big achievement for the side. With the players we've got with the NRL experience we've got, I thought we did well. We didn't give up. There were some errors in our game that we could have improved, but is something to work on for future games.

"I think everyone will be disappointed today with the result. Back home for the past three weeks, we've been around in the city. I think there was a lot of talk those kids getting out to one day being a national player and a Kumul. They look up to players like David Mead, James Segeyaro and all those guys."

Segeyaro was confident the Kumuls could continue to improve but called for more Tests.

"A couple of players have only been playing for three or four years and they've picked it up pretty well," Segeyaro said.

"There's so much natural talent there. I think for rugby league and the nation going forward, [we need to] keep having Tests at the end of the year. I'd like to push for that...


South China Sea: Philippine Judge and Frequent Duterte Critic Likes Progress in Talking To China "IndyWatch Feed"

By:   Reporter / @MRamosINQ
 / November 18, 2017

Antonio Carpio

The Philippine governments decision to negotiate with China on its own will not end the protracted territorial claims involving other nations in the South China Sea, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said on Friday.

Nonetheless, Carpio said President Dutertes policy shift to engage Beijing in bilateral talks was a logical step and a positive development in implementing the ruling of the UN-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague last year.

Besides China and the Philippines, Brunei, Taiwan, Vietnam and Malaysia are also insisting ownership over parts of the sea, said to be rich in energy reserves and marine resources.

Clearly, the South China Sea dispute involves both bilateral and multilateral disputes, Carpio said in an emailed statement to the Inquirer.

A bilateral negotiation between China and the Philippines can take up only the bilateral disputes between (both countries) and not the multilateral disputes involving other states, he pointed out.

Carpio, who has been championing the countrys claim to the West Philippine Seathe part of the South China Sea within the countrys 327-kilometer exclusive economic zone (EEZ)noted that even nonmembers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) were interested in finding a final solution to the decadeslong se...


'Thank you Russia for beating hate with love' - New Zealand supporter's heartfelt letter to football fans "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

When New Zealand failed to become the 32nd and final qualifiers for the Russia 2018 World Cup, going down 2-0 to Peru in their play-off second leg in Lima, it shattered the dreams of their steadfast official supporters group - 'The Flying Kiwis'. The group had hoped for a return to Russia since visiting last summer for the 2017 Confederations Cup, held in four Russian cities from June 17 to July 2, and in which New Zealand played in the opening match against hosts Russia at St. Petersburg Stadium. Defeat hit 'All Whites' fan Matt Fejos the hardest. The Wellington native traveled to all three New Zealand games at the tournament, from St. Petersburg to Sochi and back.


As Trump Hands Syria to Russia, Iran Shows No Sign of Leaving "IndyWatch Feed War"

Irans presence is not expected to diminish despite the U.S.-Russia deal. Israel is concerned, but whether Iran is interested in opening a front against Israel in Syria remains unclear

By Zvi Barel Nov 19, 2017 8:39 AM

Image may contain: 1 person, closeup

Trump and Putin chat at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Danang, Vietnam, on November 11, 2017. MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV/AFP

Moscow and Washington agreed in a joint statement last week that no military solution is possible in Syria and that there are only diplomatic options. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan quickly responded that those who dont believe in a military solution should pull their troops out of Syria.


The statement, which seemed to signal that presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump had turned a new leaf in their relations, also raised concern in Israel, which fears that a diplomatic solution would leave Iranian-backed forces in Syria. In time, this could pose a threat to Israel.

The U.S.-Russian agreement implies that all foreign combatants must leave Syria. Russia would press Bashar Assad to order Iran and Hezbollah to leave the country; the U.S. would ask Jordan to oust jihadi forces like Jabhat al-Nusra and other Sunni militias. These assumptions are far from convincing.

At a press briefing after the joint statement, a senior American official said the Americans dont intend to negotiate with Assad or the Iranian forces, but with Russia. He emphasized the American and Russian sponsorship for the cease-fire agreement signed in Jordan about setting up a safe zone in southern Syria, a move that was roundly criticized by Israel.

Israel directed its remarks at Russia, but the U.S. is equally responsible for the agreement. The statement shouldnt have surprised Israel, because already in April, at Trumps previous meeting with Putin, the two had agreed not to discuss Assads future at that stage. Trump made a major concession to Russia, which was reflected in the current briefing as well, to the effect that Assad must go but its up to the Syrian people, including those who were displaced, to make that move by means of election. They also agreed that the two powers could work together on issues of joint interest.

However, those shared interests dont necessarily take into consideration Israels interests.

At present the agreement doesnt draft final maps, so Israels alarm may be premature. But after Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that the presence of Iranian forces in Syria is legitimate since...


How corporate giants are automating the farm "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"



Grave fears for brain-injured refugee on Nauru "IndyWatch Feed"

Refugee Action Coalition Media Release Urgent surgery needed for brain-injured refugee on Nauru A 28 year-old Rohingyan refugee injured in a motorbike accident on Nauru this morning around 7.00am has been unconscious in the RON hospital since yesterday afternoon (Saturday 18 November). The accident between two motorbikes, happened on the Fly Camp Rd, the same

The post Grave fears for brain-injured refugee on Nauru appeared first on The AIM Network.


Sunday Stand-up "IndyWatch Feed"

CAUTION:  Bad language and adult themes are common in stand-up comedy

The post Sunday Stand-up appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


The Veiled Threat: Australias Campaign Against New Zealand Refugee Policy "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Another twist in the farce over the stained treatment of refugees on Papua New Guineas Manus Island has surfaced. New Zealand has been insisting for some time that it is more than willing to welcome some 150 to its shores. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, much to the irritation of Australias Turnbull government, has been particularly

The post The Veiled Threat: Australias Campaign Against New Zealand Refugee Policy appeared first on The AIM Network.


Apology to Lord Eggbutt "IndyWatch Feed"

Hi Lord Egbut

Please don't take the deletion of your comment personally.

I didn't actually read your comment before hitting the deletion button.
Just checking to see if it still works.

You are welcome to comment anonymously on my posts but please don't expect me to bother engaging in a response.

If you wish your views to be more
widely known why don't you start your own blog.

It's not like there is a lot of competition on the Left so you could do quite well.

There will be no shortage of material as you will be guaranteed at least one clusterf*** a week to spin.

To get you started I've found a logo for you. Humble apologies if it's the wrong gender.



Bring Them Here "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

In the West there was panic when the migrants multiplied on the highways. Men of property were terrified for their property. Men who had never been hungry saw the eyes of the hungry. Men who had never wanted anything very much saw the flare of want in the eyes of the migrants. And the mean of the towns and of the soft suburban country gathered to defend themselves; and they reassured themselves that they were good and the invaders bad, as a man must do before he fights. They said, Those goddamned Okies are dirty and ignorant. Theyre degenerate, sexual maniacs. Those goddamned Okies are thieves. Theyll steal anything. Theyve got no sense of property rights.
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

Sex with underage girls. Rampant violence. Tables awash with gambling money. No, its not the latest Netflix blockbuster, but allegations against the 370 men detained on Manus Island. the claims.... some of them by Australian intelligence - are yet to be proven, or disproven, but it smacks of yet another outrage against vulnerable, desperate people whose only crime is to have sought asylum and a safe haven. You cant help but be sceptical of the claims. Smear campaigns against refugees is nothing new but more of that in a moment. And the timing of the leak is suspect. If this behaviour was rife, how come its only just been revealed hot on the heels of PM Jacinda Ardern offering - to Australias immense displeasure - to resettle 150 of the men in New Zealand?

First up, who are these men? They are asylum seekers who arrived in Australia by boat from various strife-torn countries throughout the Middle East and Asia. In 2012, Australia began offshore processing of those seeking refuge on its shores under the rather chillingly named Pacific Solution. A washing-of-hands, more like, and certainly not a solution for the refugees themselves. The policy was condemned from the start for its ad hoc nature, and for the removal of desperate people to facilities that were barely inhabitable, with unreliable water and power supplies, poor medical facilities, as well as the mental impact that remaining in limbo would have on a population already fleeing dire situations in their home countries.

Since July 2013, about 1500 people have been transferred to Manus, in Papua New Guinea, from Australia. As The Conversation reports, The number of asylum seekers on...


Hooked By A Dame? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The wonderful world of pantomime By Ralph  McAllister Jimmy Logan and Stanley Baxter dragged my brother and me into the world of pantomime. Alhambra Theatre in Glasgow, every Christmas, our gran would treat us to what was a highlight of the year. That was in forties Scotland. The cheers that reverberated as these famous dames []


Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You dont 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. If you havent tried it before, signing up for a Disqus account is free, quick, and it is easy. New []

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


Political Cartoons One of the best Sharon Murdoch "IndyWatch Feed"

Ms Murdoch draws superb and apposite cartoons. They make you think, take a step back and even like myself if you disagree they make you smile. To my ming the mark of a superb cartoonist.




Erica Stanfords maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed"

Thanks for posting this


East Coast Bays MP Erica Stanford delivered her maiden speech this week:

Mr Speaker, can I congratulate you Sir, on your successful election to the role of Speaker.

I look forward to your rigorous application of the rules of this House and of course your great leniency when dealing with this freshly-minted member from the East Coast Bays. 

Under your stewardship Sir, I can see this House is moving with the times.

I was so very pleased to see you bouncing one of the beautiful babies of the House on your knee during a debate last week.

The Member from Pakuranga certainly seemed to enjoy his time on the big chair.

In all seriousness Sir, your commitment to making this a family friendly workplace is admirable and to see you leading, literally from the front, was quite a special moment. 

I would like to start today, by acknowledging and thanking

View original post 2,374 more words


Your pill spies on you The pill reports when its taken "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Your pill spies on you The pill reports when its taken by Jon Rappoport November 15, 2017 Source: NY Times, 11/13, First Digital Pill Approved to Worries About Biomedical Big Brother. Heres the new equation: A medicine is a pill is a sensor that reports when you took the pill. Achtung! Take your medication on []

The post Your pill spies on you The pill reports when its taken appeared first on Uncensored NZ Blog.


Teething problems are a small sign of bigger issues "IndyWatch Feed"

Claire Trevett writes about the teething issues that exist within the government, over silly things like a letterhead. As Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern set about her first international mission, a minor imbroglio over letterhead was erupting back at home. In an apparent bid to show Labour and its partners NZ First and the Greens were []

The post Teething problems are a small sign of bigger issues appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Adventures in Chamorro #4 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

On Facebook I have a regular informal series titled "Adventures in Chamorro." It ranges from stories of speaking Chamorro with my kids, protests, decolonization activism and also teaching Chamorro at UOG. I have not been on a hike in quite a while and so here are two stories dealing with hiking and my students at UOG.


Adventures in Chamorro #234: For my Chamorro language classes I often have them write up some simple love poetry. I normally begin those assignments by talking about most elderly Chamorros refer to as traditional Chamorro courtship rituals. As Spanish Catholic influence made it very difficult for young unmarried men and women to interact with each other romantically, so much of the courtship happened in secret or through intermediaries known as "chule'guagua'" or "basket carriers." It was a time of early-morning meetings down by the riverbank, sneaking away to the blindspots behind churches or nights filled with young men, prowling around homes hoping to get the attention of their beloveds sleeping within. Sometimes these stories ended with the families approving the union, sometimes they did not. Students usually remark how different things are today, although one or two makes a connection with the "drama" in relationships today, joking that we still find Chamorro men lurking around homes, although usually for ekgo' related reasons. Here is one of my favorite poems by a student writing in that theme.

Gaige hao gi fion-a pgo
Humhanao mona gi kareran-miyu
Lao gagaige ha hao gi halom i korason-hu
Hu guaiya hao
Lao mabokbok i ante-ku
Annai un yute yu
Gagaige ha hao gi halom i hinasso-ku
Yan gaige yu pgo gi hiyong i gima-mu

Adventures in Chamorro #207: I recently took my Chamorro classes on a hike to Pgat. For those who couldn't make it, they could be excused if they wrote, in Chamorro, a poem or a reflection paper on the beauty or the importance of the location. Here is an example of a poem which was started by a CM101 student, and then when I shared with with a CM102 student, he added in some extra, humorous details.

Hu hungok na gof bonito i sengsong Pgat.
Ti sia humnao yu para Pgat samachochocho yu.
Bula anti...


Terrible child abuse allowed by Western country "IndyWatch Feed"

Imagine a Western country where child abuse is legal if the abuse is done by medical professionals with the permission of the parents. Imagine child abuse that starts when the child is four years old and that treats Puberty as a disease. Imagine child abuse that puts dangerous puberty-blocking hormones into a four-year-olds body that inhibit growth []

The post Terrible child abuse allowed by Western country appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Bioluminescent  the production and emission of light by a living organism such as fireflies, glowworms, and certain fish, jellyfish, plankton, fungi, and bacteria

Filed under: language Tagged: bioluminescent


Has Jacinda thought through all the consequences of aggravating Australia? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Just to re-iterate what kind of people Jacinda is paying $3m towards. [Jacindas favourite 150 people]  detained on Manus Island regularly travelled into town to allegedly have sex with underage girls and buy and sell drugs, the Australian government was told last month. Some 161 offences, including sexual assault, assault and aggressive behaviour, allegedly committed by []

The post Has Jacinda thought through all the consequences of aggravating Australia? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Upsurge in big earthquakes predicted for 2018 as Earth rotation slows "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Im always wary of earthquake predictions for obvious reasons. Ive heard enough of them that never came to anything more than panickmongering, but still, I berated a number of luminaries for announcing the 2010 NZ Greendale quake to be a once in 16000 year event when another earthquake could occur at any moment. Lulling everyone []

The post Upsurge in big earthquakes predicted for 2018 as Earth rotation slows appeared first on Uncensored NZ Blog.


PNG Kumuls v England Rugby League World Cup live updates, live streaming "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

We will bring the live updates of the Papua New Guinea Kumuls versus England, Rugby League World Cup match here. The match will be played at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium in Australia.  The game begins at 3:00 pm (PNG time) this afternoon. We will use twitter feeds to update the match. We will also post live videos. Refresh the page every time to see the updates.


An ego the size of Texas "IndyWatch Feed"

and an intellect the size of a pea, apparently. It takes weapons-grade levels of infatuation with your own sense of self-worth to the universe to pull a stunt like the one Pharrell Williams just pulled. [] The Grammy-winning musician appeared in Shanghai this week to debut a song titled 100 Years, which he described []

The post An ego the size of Texas appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Freedom Frenzy Grips Zimbabwe, But What Happens Next? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

President Robert Mugabe is under intense pressure to resign. But nothing has been heard from the 93-year-old since he appeared at a university graduation on Friday. We want to tell President Mugabe, it is time to rest, Chipo tells us as she continues celebrating with her friends near Freedom Square. This is a new Zimbabwe, []

The post Freedom Frenzy Grips Zimbabwe, But What Happens Next? appeared first on Uncensored NZ Blog.


Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed"

WANDER IN PORTO from Hang gab Lee on Vimeo.

The post Mental Health Break appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Missing Submarines And Missed Calls "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Argentinas defense ministry said seven failed satellite calls that it believes came from a missing naval submarine were detected on Saturday in a likely sign the crew of 44 was trying to reestablish contact. The calls, believed to be from the ARA San Juan submarine, lasted between four and 36 seconds in the late morning []

The post Missing Submarines And Missed Calls appeared first on Uncensored NZ Blog.


Woman of the year Linda Sarsour defends female genital mutilation "IndyWatch Feed"

Glamour magazine has named Linda Sarsour a pro-Sharia Muslim activist their Woman Of The Year. Unsurprisingly there has been pushback on their choice as people are shellshocked. It reminds me of when the UN put Saudi Arabia in charge of a Human rights panel and made them a member of a Womens rights commision despite their countrys []

The post Woman of the year Linda Sarsour defends female genital mutilation appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Shabbos Behind the Barricades: Some Notes from Olympia Stand Round 2, Day 1 "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

The post Shabbos Behind the Barricades: Some Notes from Olympia Stand Round 2, Day 1 appeared first on It's Going Down.

A local politician showed up and over half the encampment came to the front to heckle him by name until he left. Someone was playing Chumbawambas Anarchy on a set of speakers. This is incredible, I told my friends. Im never leaving Olympia again.

November 17, 2017, a year and a day since the eviction of last years blockade of a train carrying fracking sand from the Port of Olympia.

I got home from work at 5pm and had about a million text messages all telling me the same thing: theres a fracking train blockade downtown. Same place as last year. Come down.

I was exhausted, cold, and wet from work, and had plans to do Shabbat with friends, but I wouldnt miss a railroad blockade for the world. Shabbos at the blockade!, I told my friends. If stopping a train full of materials used in the destruction of the environment and genocide of Indigenous people isnt Tikkun Olam, I dont know what is.

I hopped in the shower, changed into dry clothes, grabbed an energy drink, and trekked downtown. The barricade on the tracks and around the camp was already big and sturdy when I got there, and through the night it continued to grow. Inside the camp I found a pop-up canopy with food, zines, and bedding, numerous tarps to keep off the perpetual Pacific Northwest rain, couches, a roaring barrel fire, and a shit-ton of people, many with faces covered. A local politician showed up and over half the encampment came to the front to heckle him by name until he left. Someone was playing Chumbawambas Anarchy on a set of speakers. This is incredible, I told my friends. Im never leaving Olympia again.

The atmosphere at the encampment was both festive and post-apocalyptic. Pizzas and pallets flowed in throughout the night. A truck or van would pull up with supplies and instantly a crowd of people would unload it and take materials where they were needed. People were playing chess and cards, dancing, fortifying and painting the barricades, snacking, talking to new friends. I was reminded of the stark contrast between the brutal grinding horror of trains, resource extraction, genocide, capitalism, and the State, and the joy of sharing, friendship, crime, and anarchy.

A crew of my friends showed up. We lit a pair of candlesticks stuck into the...



Erica Stanfords maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

East Coast Bays MP Erica Stanford delivered her maiden speech this week:

Mr Speaker, can I congratulate you Sir, on your successful election to the role of Speaker.

I look forward to your rigorous application of the rules of this House and of course your great leniency when dealing with this freshly-minted member from the East Coast Bays. 

Under your stewardship Sir, I can see this House is moving with the times.

I was so very pleased to see you bouncing one of the beautiful babies of the House on your knee during a debate last week.

The Member from Pakuranga certainly seemed to enjoy his time on the big chair.

In all seriousness Sir, your commitment to making this a family friendly workplace is admirable and to see you leading, literally from the front, was quite a special moment. 

I would like to start today, by acknowledging and thanking the people of the East Coast Bays for their trust and confidence in electing me as their representative to this Parliament.

I am deeply humbled by the support that I have received from my community and I am especially proud to be the first female MP for East Coast Bays.

This is my first rodeo and as a rookie I owe a debt of gratitude to many people for their support on this ride into Parliament.

In particular I would like to thank my electorate Chair, Scott Browne, my high-school buddy and campaign chair Vernon Tava, and my dear friend and right-hand man, Tony Hannifin.

Today I must also acknowledge and thank my predecessor, and former boss of four years, the Honourable Murray McCully.

Murray was first elected as MP for East Coast Bays in 1987, a day after my ninth birthday, with the slim majority of 311 votes.

For 30 years he was a hard-working and well respected local MP, evident in the fact that he left Parliament with an impressive majority of over 15,000, which is a monumental effort and just shy of my very first majority of 16,000.

I jest Mr Speaker, but I am well aware I am fortunate to ride the shoulders of this political giant. 



EU courting us to get ahead of UK in a post-Brexit Free Trade deal "IndyWatch Feed"

European Union Ambassador to New Zealand Bernard Savage talks to Otago Daily Times senior business reporter Simon Hartley about free-trade agreement negotiations. We started New Zealand scoping before Brexit began, [Bernard Savage] said. While being in a race with the UK was not a consideration, although Mr Savage hoped formal talks would begin in the []

The post EU courting us to get ahead of UK in a post-Brexit Free Trade deal appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Jacinderella needs new shoes "IndyWatch Feed"

Jacinderella needs new shoes. We all need to chip in and buy Jacinda some new shoes, she seems to only have two pairs.  And everyone knows shoes maketh the woman. Here we have the black ankle boots.  Perfect for striding down the corridors of power.   They go with everything, any time of the day []

The post Jacinderella needs new shoes appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


A petition to demand that the PNG Gov addresses violence against women "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Sign the petition:  Enough was enough long ago: when the violence is extended to include little girls of six-years-old being tortured by groups of men, we cannot let this continue and call ourselves human.   We the Papua New Guinea Community and the International Community are united in this call to action. We demand the PNG Government takes immediate and sustained action to prevent and protect women and children from torture, murder and all acts of violence and human rights abuses. The latest victim is just six (6) years old. Last week in PNG, in an act of extreme depravity, a group of men burned her with hot metal to persuade her to confess to practising witchcraft she was lucky, she was rescued before she was murdered. Not so lucky was her mother Kepari Leniata, a name you may remember. Five years ago, a group of vengeful men tortured Continue reading A petition to demand that the PNG Gov addresses violence against women


Japan: Soccer v Rugby "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Transforming Japanese soccer By our Japan correspondent, Neil Smith Back when the Japan Football Association (JFA) was preparing to launch the J-League, players developed their skills at primary, junior, and high schools, then at university. This was also the case with rugby and other sports. This is where all the necessary contacts were made and []


Sunday Classic Comedy (26) That Was The Week That Was "IndyWatch Feed"

The classic BBC show that spawned so many other shows and gave a break to much talent. Sadly little survives


Fran OSullivan on Jacindas continued insults against Australia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Fran OSullivan writes about Jacinda Arderns continued insults against Australia: Jacinda Arderns decision to pick a fight with our nearest neighbour over the Manus Island imbroglio risks inserting a thorn right back in the Aussies paw. Its no secret that successive Australian governments have tended to view New Zealand as freeloaders freeloading when it []

The post Fran OSullivan on Jacindas continued insults against Australia appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Lunch & Learn: Women Miners as Change Makers in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"


Join Earthworks and Community Solutions Program International Fellow, Immaculate Javia, for a Lunch and Learn talk on Wednesday, November 29th from 12 1pm.

Immaculate has more than 7 years of experience, training and working with women in the small-scale mining sector in Papa New Guinea.

She will talk about how empowering women through a policy framework can give a voice to women to advocate for change in the ASM industry in Papua New Guinea.

Lunch will be provided, from Taylor Gourmet

LOCATION: Earthworks, 1612 K St. NW, Suite 904, Washington, DC 20006, United States




Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed"

Murder at The Savoy Hotel Marguerite Aliberts story is one of gritty survival followed by a lucrative life of prostitution. She pulled herself up from a world of poverty to mingle among Frances elite, and accomplished her goal of turning affairs into large sums of money. She is commonly remembered as Maggie Meller, a surname []

The post Photo of the Day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Fierce Guide "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fierce Guide Prints

Someone asked me today how to stop being afraid of life & I thought of you. So fierce & gentle with the people you meet & I told her what you taught me: let love guide you, in even the smallest things, because thats what all life is hungry for.  Fierce Guide  2016 Brian Andreas posted with permission.

You can buy books, posters, cards, ornaments and more and sign up for a daily dose of whimsy like this by email at Story People.

Filed under: whimsy Tagged: Brian Andreas, Story People


TOP will be back for 2020 (Fool me once, shame on me) "IndyWatch Feed"

Opportunities Party leader Dr Gareth Morgan today announced the formation of a public policy research unit that the party will use to further develop its evidence-based, best practice policy for the 2020 election. Now that TOP has experienced and survived its first election campaign and as the party continues to evolve, its time to beef []

The post TOP will be back for 2020 (Fool me once, shame on me) appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Settling In: How Was The Last Labour-Led Government Doing Two Months Out From Election Day? "IndyWatch Feed"

Entitled The View From The Seventh Floor, this article was published on 26 January 2000, sixty days after the election of the Labour-Alliance coalition government on 27 November 1999. The circumstances and challenges confronting Helen Clarks new government, when set alongside those facing Jacinda Ardern and her colleagues, are at once strikingly similar but also jarringly different. By reproducing my seventeen-year-old article today, I hope to provide the readers of Bowalley Road with an opportunity to compare and contrast these two historical moments of significant political departure. - Chris Trotter

WHAT HAPPENS on the Seventh Floor of the Beehive affects everyone. From a handful of cramped offices thirty metres above Lambton Quay, issue forth the media releases, speech notes, bills and regulations intended to shape - and re-shape - the New Zealand economy. For the next three years, the speed and direction of economic policy will be determined by the two politicians currently occupying the Seventh Floor Labours Treasurer and Finance Minister, Michael Cullen, and Jim Anderton, the Alliances Minister for Economic Development. The success or failure of these two ministers will have an enormous bearing on the fate of the Labour-Alliance Coalition. Voters respond most vociferously to Government decisions which have a direct impact on their material standard of living. If they wish to remain on the Seventh Floor, Cullen and Anderton will have to get it right much more often than they get it wrong.

Five years ago, the idea that Michael Cullen and Jim Anderton might one day be working alongside one another would have been greeted with derision. As Labour and the Alliance staked out their respective economic positions, the responsibility for articulating the issues which divided the two parties fell to the two men who must now somehow unite them. It must be said, that both Cullen and Anderton embraced the former task with all the fervour and vitriol for which the Left is famous. Cullen christened the Alliance Leader Jim Il Sung equating Andertons protectionist predilections with the North Korean command economy. Anderton, not to be outdone...


Australia the chartered corporation "IndyWatch Feed"

Some people may know that Australia's ex prime minister Tony Abbott stated that Australia was started off as a chartered corporation.

Thanking Allah ( or 'fortunately' - for the people in government) the majority of the serf population missed it, where even if they didn't they still would not comprehend what that means.

So let's get straight into the meat of the topic from information contained within UNESCO under the headline;

Deed of Settlement of the South Australia Company 1836

The Deed of Settlement and Royal Charter of Incorporation of the South Australian Company is a key document in South Australias history: it highlights the difference between the manner in which South Australia was established and populated and the foundation of other Australian colonies as penal settlements. It also records British economic expansionism at its peak and illustrates the interconnections between British business interests, the Colonial Office, and social and evangelical activists. In 1834, the British Parliament passed the South Australia Act, which empowered the government to establish and settle a province in South Australia. However, the Colonization Commissioners required 35,000-worth of land in South Australia to be sold before the new province could be established. Initially, only a limited amount of land was bought. The South Australian Company was formed in London on 9 October 1835, to encourage the further purchase of land. On 27 June 1836, the Deed of Settlement was signed by about 300 shareholders of the South Australian Company. The company played a pivotal role in the founding, early survival, and development of the colony, where the company built roads, bridges, ports, warehouses, and mills, and established agriculture, whaling, banking, and mining enterprises.2

The Deed of Settlement and Royal Charter of Incorporation of the South Australian Company is significant as a document representing the history of both imperial Britain and colonial South Australia. In establishing the rights and property of the South Australian Company, it demonstrates the extent of British government, business and social-evangelical interests in Australia.

Inscription Number: #11

Year of Inscription: 2004



Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Further 1000 Mycoplasma Bovis cattle to be culled in South Canterbury Ryan Dunlop:

A further 1000 cattle will be culled in South Canterbury due to the cattle disease Mycoplasma Bovis.

According to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), that will bring the total cull number up to 5000.

Meanwhile several people have applied to the ministry for compensation for loss of livestock and productivity. 

On Wednesday, MPI confirmed another farm in South Canterbury was infected with the disease, bringing the total infected properties to eight. . . 

Safes distortion of harmless farming practice Jon Morgan:

 Take a look at this video supplied by the animal rights group, Safe. It shows a cow running behind a car towing a trailer holding three calves.

Safe sent the video to TVNZ and it has been picked up by other news organisations and run by them without any attempt to find out what is actually happening.

Safe alleges that this is a distressed cow chasing after her calves, showing a strong bond between them.

However, the overwhelming opinion of dairy farmers who have seen the video is that nothing of the kind is happening. . . 

Wool sale best in a long time Alan Williams:

Prices gained ground across the board at Thursdays special live wool auction at the Christchurch A&P Show.

Best sale in a long time, PGG Wrightson South Island sales manager and auctioneer Dave Burridge said.

He estimated nearly $6 million of wool was sold at the sale, the second auction staged at the show.

First-up at the sale was the New Zealand Merino co offering and auctioneer Mike Hargadon later noted a little more enthusiasm on the buyer bench than at the usual market venue, in what was a very firm market for its fine wools. . . 

Shearing: Tony Coster wins national title at Canterbury Show:



Ready to intervene? Really? What are you going to do luv? Wag your finger? "IndyWatch Feed"

Jacinda Ardern reckons NZ is ready to intervene in North Korea. Really? What is she actually going to be able to do? The Prime Minister says North Korea is absolutely a genuine and real threat and New Zealand is ready to play a role if requested. Jacinda Ardern told Patrick Gower on Threes The Nation []

The post Ready to intervene? Really? What are you going to do luv? Wag your finger? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has crossed the line "IndyWatch Feed"

A Prime Minister should never use the media to damage a New Zealand business. Regardless of their personal views on a New Zealand business, PMs should not use their access to the press to promote activist activity such as a boycott. Jacinda Ardern in her short time as PM has already crossed that line, acting []

The post Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has crossed the line appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Garner gives Labour a serve over paid parental leave "IndyWatch Feed"

Duncan Garner has given Labour a good kicking for their grandstanding over paid parental leave: Im in that really unlucky cohort that paid for everything and got almost no handouts. No paid parental leave, no 20 hours free childcare and no free university. But there was Alliance MP Laila Harre in 1999. She kicked all []

The post Garner gives Labour a serve over paid parental leave appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


The Curiously Good End of Year Party "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Curiously Good End of Year Party is just around the corner... Here is a kind reminder with the practical information:

WhenSaturday 25 November

3.00 pm to 5.00 pm: come along with your children for storytime, workshops with Juliette MacIver (from 3 yrs) & Paul Beavis (from 9 yrs),  do some Christmas shopping - The Children's Bookshop staff will give you their best advice!

7.30 pm to late: enjoy drinks (homemade Curiously Good Beer), music, artwork exhibition-sale and good company!

Where: Gecko Press, 9 Holland Street, Level 1, Wellington

Thanks to those of you who have sent an RSVP. For the other ones... you have still time to do it!

We are looking forward to see you on November 25.



Sydney Writers' Festival "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Superstar children's author David Walliams is coming to town in December! Join David and special guests Julia Zemiro (City Recital Hall) and Jay Laga'aia (Riverside Theatres) for hijinks, laughter and storytelling. 
East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil  is not to be missed. Inspired by the music and stories that connected three key individuals in the Nuremberg Trials academic Hersch...


The Roundup with PW "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ridout Resigns From Head of Zeus: CEO Amanda Ridout has resigned from her position, and will be leaving the company at the end of the month.

Donna Tartt Drops Her Agent: The author has left agent Amanda Binky Urban after Urban landed Tartt a $3 million deal for the movie rights to 'The Goldfinch.'

St. Louis Publisher to Begin Again: After 200,000 booksthe publisher's entire stockburned in a warehouse fire in St. Louis on Wednesday, Reedy Press moves on.


Fat Tony weighs in on Winstons utu "IndyWatch Feed"

Mike Fat Tony Williams has some words of wisdom for Bills crew over Winstons utu: For political junkies like me the 2017 poll is turning into the gift that keeps on giving. If anyone doubted that utu (revenge) was an element in Winston Peters decision to back the Labour Party and change the government, the []

The post Fat Tony weighs in on Winstons utu appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Mining personal grief for political ends "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

When politicians make promises do you take them at their word?

Under MMP thats harder because they can always use the excuse, that was their policy but had to let it go during coalition negotiations.

But if it was a promise made by the two parties in government and their coalition partner outside government that one cant be used.

In August, leaders of Labour, United Future, the Maori Party and the Green Party signed a commitment to reenter Pike River mine.

National, rightly, put lives before politics:

Environment Minister Nick Smith responded to the commitment and said the parties were either making empty promises to the families or proposing to water down a law intended to prevent future workplace tragedies. 

It is a hollow political stunt for parties to promise manned re-entry of the mine by the end of 2018, he said.  

It would be reckless for politicians to override the 800-page detailed assessment that concluded that manned entry deep into this drift was too risky to life.

There is no cover-up. There is no conspiracy. Pike River was a horrible industrial accident that unnecessarily killed 29 men.

The greatest duty we owe the memory of these men is to take the risks of explosions in gassy coalmines seriously and to comply with the new workplace safety laws that stemmed from the Royal Commission of Inquiry [into the Pike River Mine Tragedy].

Winston Peters said hed be one of the first to go back into Pike River and manned entry was one of New Zealand Firsts bottom lines.

Such promises are oh so easy in opposition, but what happens when the reality of government bites?

Pike River Mine minister Andrew Little says he cannot guarantee a re-entry of the mine and has told family members that he will do what he can but safety is the top priority. . . 

Ultimately, and the families are very clear, the first principle of the set of principles that are governing what we do is safety, the safety of anybody involved in the re-entry project....


Sorcery and sanguma are real Ive got some case studies "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Men from Goroka
Men from Goroka


PORT MORESBY Gender-based violence has reared its ugly head again. This time, its sorcery-related. The media was quick to label it as fake and called on everyone not to believe in sanguma.

Good and evil are subjective thoughts within our own interpretations. It is entirely up to you whether you believe evil spirits exist or not.

I maintain that good and evil forces co-exist because Ive seen the manifestation.

If you dont believe me, come to my village on Fergusson Island in Milne Bay. Ill get a witch doctor to demonstrate supernatural powers for you to see with your own eyes.

My mum was sick for two years. An envious aunt had taken some of her hair and placed it over a fireplace. So for two years, mum kept feeling dizzy and she had frequents fits.

We happened to live at the Alotau Provincial Hospital and were able to consult specialist doctors but they never found the cause.

Eventually, we decided to engage a witch doctor at the recommendation of an uncle. I was home from school that afternoon and witnessed the witch doctor at work.

He said some words and pointed to my mums tummy. A strand of hair jumped out, hopping like a frog and attempted to escape.

The witch doctor grabbed it and placed it in a coconut shell. He then poured hot water on the hair to kill it. After that, mum felt better and is still in good health today.

A few years back, after my younger sister sold biscuits and candies to raise money for her dinghy fare, she couldnt walk for a month. Her right knee was swollen.

A witch doctor came and removed 10 and 20 toea coins from her swollen knee. She was on her feet a day later.

Ive also seen my grandfather call a reef to surface out of the ocean. I didnt need a telescope to see it.

I could continue with more examples Ive seen firsthand.

Evil spirits exist. We cant see them, but they are there.

I dont believe we should label sanguma...


Trotter has some sound advice for the Greens "IndyWatch Feed"

Chris Trotter has some sound advice for the student politicians of the Green party: WHAT DO THE GREENS think theyre playing at? Their response to the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has done themselves, and the government theyre ostensibly part of, a huge disservice. Honestly, its the sort of reaction one might expect from a []

The post Trotter has some sound advice for the Greens appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Another family values politician fails and falls "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

We only tend to hear about the transgressors but there seems to be a lot of politicians who promote family values who act the opposite. Cleveland:  Ohio legislator Wes Goodman led secret gay life, made unwelcome advances to younger men, people who knew him say In public, Wesley Goodman was an up-and-coming conservative who championed pro-family and []


Trump pot mocks Franken kettle "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

President Donald Trump has mocked Senator Al Franken after revelations of sexual harassment. The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps? .. Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2017 .And to think that just last []


Gene Editing vs. Alternative Technology "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Brian Berletic Ed Yong in his article, New Zealands War on Rats Could Change the World, helped frame an ongoing debate over using genetically...


Little walking back his Pike Promises "IndyWatch Feed"

Little Now it is Andrew Little walking back Labours election promises. This time it is the promise to re-enter Pike River. Pike River Mine minister Andrew Little says he cannot guarantee a re-entry of the mine and has told family members that he will do what he can but safety is the top priority. Little []

The post Little walking back his Pike Promises appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Mike King predicts a rise in suicide rate "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Mike King, who is closely involved in addressing the high rate of suicide in New Zealand, predicts the numbers will go up. NZH: Mental health advocate Mike King is predicting a rise in our suicide rate We have to understand there are so many suicides that arent recorded. Coroners have to be 100 percent sure. []


New Map Reveals The Safest And Least Safe Countries To Travel To "IndyWatch Feed National"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Are you planning to travel for the holidays? If so, you may want to reassess the intended destination, for 2018s Travel Risk Map reveals which countries are the most dangerous and which are the safest to visit. It turns out, most of Africa is very dangerous in terms of road safety and security. The safest, on the other hand, are Finland, Norway, and Iceland.

This map, by International SOS and Control Risks, shows the places most likely to put your health at risk. Low risk countries are marked in green, medium in yellow, high in orange, very high in red and those that have a rapidly developing variable risk, such as Brazil and Russia, are marked in light brown

The Daily Mail reports that the countries in the low category for health risks include Canada, most of Europe, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Countries you may want to look out for as they were deemed to have rapidly developing variable risk when it comes to hea...


JT makes some good points about the leak of Winstons private details "IndyWatch Feed"

John Tamihere makes some good points in his Waatea column: Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and the New Zealand public has every right to find out who used private information for political purposes and benefits. Thats why the main story this week was the serving of legal documents on people involved in breaking the Peters []

The post JT makes some good points about the leak of Winstons private details appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


The KIN Mid Week Quiz 96 Answers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The latest challenge can still be done by scrolling down to November 15.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers below.   Which character in Schultzs Peanuts cartoons has a passion for Beethovens music? (Schroeder)   The film Murder on the Orient Express is based on a []


Principal on parental and school responsibility and accountability "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In a senior prize giving speech a Dunedin principal has spoken of increasing pressures, especially from media, on schools on social issues and responsibilities. He said that while most parents did a fantastic job some needed to take more responsibility for their childs behaviour. ODT: Principal bemoans threats to schools A Dunedin school principal is  []


Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No []

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


Sunday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Sundays soapbox is yours to use as you will within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. Youre welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.

Image may contain: text

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. Albert Einstein.

Filed under: soapbox Tagged: Albert Einstein


TPP Now Comprehensive & Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

By Staff of Flush The TPP - On November 11th, the TPP-11 countries announced reaching an agreement on reforms that have been negotiated since the United States exited the deal. The most evident one is its new name which is meant to appease world-wide criticism as one of the worst trade deals for the people ever negotiated. They now want to call it the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership or CPTPP. We are well aware of how world leaders are intentionally trying to avoid easy to remember acronyms due to the brand-busting campaigns that have caused the global opposition to corporate trade deals. Re-branding it as a progressive deal cannot hide what remains behind the deal, such as the ISDS. An official announcement declared that Ministers are pleased to announce that they have agreed on the core elements of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership. This reformed deal eliminated 20 sections of the original TPP text, including provisions related to pharmaceutical products, patent protection, copyright and intellectual property. However, the agreement is still far from progressive and far from being signed as Canada is insisting it will not be pressured into a deal that is not good for Canadians. An analysis of the deal by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) welcomes the suspension of the Intellectual Property provisions, which were amongst the most dangerous of the provisions in the original TPP deal.


Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed"

Prof. Anne-Marie Brady is a specialist in Chinese and polar politics based at the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand. She is editor-in-chief of The Polar Journal, and has written nine books and over forty scholarly articles on topics ranging from Chinas modern propaganda system, foreigner-management in China and competing foreign policy interests in Antarctica.  []

The post Face of the Day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

The word for today is peacock (noun) 1. (a) A male peafowl, distinguished by its crested head, brilliant blue or green plumage, and long modified back feathers that are marked with iridescent eyelike spots and that can be spread in a fanlike form. (b) A peafowl, either male or female. 2. A vain or []

The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


"Fukushima Update 11/18/2017: 15,686.4 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow" "IndyWatch Feed World"

"Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.
- Shiva

Updated November 18, 2017: Fukushima Equals 15,686.4 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow; There is No Place On Earth to Escape the Rad: The 3 melted-through cores of the destroyed reactors, now melted together into a single "corium" totaling over 600 tons, at Fukushima daily release the radioactive equivalent of 6.45 Hiroshima bombs directly into the atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean. As of November 18, 2017 - 2,432 days since the disaster began - this equals the detonation of 15,686.4 Hiroshima atomic bombs and it is still going strong, with no end in sight, considering that the half-life of uranium-238 is about 4.47 billion years and that of uranium-235 is 704 million years. There...


Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed"

Proverbs 19 16 Keep the commandments and keep your life; despising them leads to death.

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


On Assignment "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

When I am writing or working, I like to have MSNBC playing in the background. Although definitely not on weekends, as I don't find their barrage of prison reality TV shows very appealing. On weekends I watch clips on Youtube and recently they started a new show with longtime foreign affairs and war correspondent Richard Engel called On Assignment with Richard Engel. 

I've enjoyed the first few pieces released on Youtube on his show. They've both been critical of Trump and talked about the international dimensions to his business connections. This is one of the things that makes Trump different from previous Presidents, even those who were also wealthy, his international business empire that he is absolutely using the powers and privileges of the off to enrich and enhance. Here's a few of the clips from On Assignment:



General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


Media watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

19 November 2017 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 []


Open Forum Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


ChaNoWriMo 2017 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

This November I am once again participating in ChaNoWriMo or as its known elsewhere as NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month or Chamorro Novel Writing Month. This means that this blog sadly will not be receiving much attention. During this month, the challenge is to write 50,000 words of your novel.

For me, I am continuing my long-standing story titled "The Legend of the Chamurai." I first started it in 2011 and I've been writing parts of it every November since then.

The story so far has spanned over 500 years and a host of characters. It has spanned from the world of the dead, to Okinawa and Taiwan, to the Caroline Islands and to the northern islands of the Marianas. At present, I am writing sections of a great challenge that involves a unique or mysterious task on each of the Marianas Islands. Three champions sailing up the island chain, fighting monsters or finding artifacts on each island. Very fun, getting to use different aspects of the islands to come up with interesting tasks or labors.

Despensa yu' ta'lo.


New Zealand v Scotland "IndyWatch Feed"

The game starts at 6:15 am. Please keep rugby chat, scores and the final result out of General Debate for those of us who are watching the game delayed. Get your picks in before the game starts.  Winner will have bragging rights until the next game starts.

The post New Zealand v Scotland appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Pentagon security fail left massive trove of data exposed on Amazon server "IndyWatch Feed World"

A cybersecurity expert with a track record in exposing data breaches has revealed that the US Defense Department left a massive data collection on an Amazon cloud server, which could have been accessed by anyone with a free account. The report from Chris Vickery and Dan O'Sullivan of the security firm UpGuard reveals that the Defense Department's Central Command (CENTCOM) and US Pacific Command (PACOM) were collecting billions of social media posts and storing them on Amazon's cloud platform. UpGuard say at least 1.8 billion posts, which were apparently collected as part of intelligence gathering operations, were contained in the exposed data "buckets." This included content from Facebook, Twitter and news sites. It came from countries around the world, including America, and it was collected over an eight-year period.


FACT CHECK: Size comparison - cargo vessel Island Trader and cruise ship Caledonian Sky "IndyWatch Feed"

The debate concerning the Sydney-driven proposal to make the Port of Yamba a cruise ship destination continues.

I have noticed there has been some comment on social media that the small cruise ships Yamba could expect to have visit would be same size or smaller than the Island Trader which used Yamba as its home port for around 17 years.

The phrase small cruise ship is being taken literally and the conclusion invited is that these cruise ships are so small there is nothing to be concerned about.

To assist with a more accurate size comparison I have laid out the dimensions of the cargo vessel MV Island Trader and the passenger ship MV Caledonian Sky below.

The comparison indicates that if the proposal goes ahead the average small cruise ship entering the Clarence River estuary is likely to be at least twice the size of the Island Trader.

# This is MV Island Trader

The Island Trader was built in 1981, has 485 gross tonnage, dead weight of 242t*, is 38.8m long, 9m wide and has a maximum draft of 2.8m.

IndyWatch Pacific News Feed Archiver

Go Back:30 Days | 7 Days | 2 Days | 1 Day

IndyWatch Pacific News Feed Today.

Go Forward:1 Day | 2 Days | 7 Days | 30 Days

IndyWatch Pacific News Feed was generated at World News IndyWatch.

Resource generated at IndyWatch using aliasfeed and rawdog