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Friday, 23 February


Media watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


Open Forum Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


REVIEW: The Square and the Tower Networks and Power, from the Freemasons to Facebook "IndyWatch Feed War"

Amazon Page

Niall Ferguson

3 Stars Half-Assed History from a Courtesan

Niall Ferguson is neither Will Durant nor John Lewis Gaddis.  He is far removed from Howard Zinn. He is, in effect, an intelligent idiot, a courtesan historian. While the books intent may remind one of Eric S. Raymonds classic essay on The Cathedral or the Bazaar, or the book by Thomas L. Friedman, The Lexus and the Olive Tree: Understanding Globalization, the author while spectacularly qualified in conventional, which is to say, approved thinking, offers so many false notes in this book in relation to what I know to be true, that I consider this book largely worthless.

Among my early notes are these:

Elite apologist.  Selective sourcing following a planned counter-narrative.

Pushes the known falsehoods about both 9/11 and the Russians intervening in 2016; accepts Zimmerman telegram in Mexico as real when it is known to be a British covert operation; completely mistaken on who funded Lenin and why.

Dismisses idea of a Deep State while recognizing that elite networks do serve to concentrate wealth.

Emphasizes how hierarchies achieve economies with scale without having the vaguest regard to true cost economics and the price we pay for internalized profit for the 1% versus externalized costs to the 99%.

Funniest useful   quote not accurate by my modern experience but telling in a catty way (186):

While Milners network of Oxford men envisioned a muscular, martial, imperial, and heterosexual future, their counterparts at Cambridge aspired to almost the precise opposite. The network that evolved there in and around the Cambridge Apostles was effete, pacific, liberal, and homosexual.

Most stunning statement oblivious to its meaning today (218):

By defining the slightest grumble as treason or counter-revolution, the Stalinist system was in a position to send whole armies of Soviet citizens to the Gulag.

This is not a man who understands either of the below two links:

Review: The Fruits of Graft


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Thursday, 22 February


Civil society decries FSANZ approval of Golden Rice "IndyWatch Feed"

The recent release of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) approval report of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) application for a Golden Rice safety stamp and trade liability clearance have garnered negative reactions and widespread critique. 


Demographic time bomb ticks down on Singapore "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A fast aging population threatens to stall the economy, test social cohesion and strain national finances

It is being called a demographic time bomb. The impact of a shrinking workforce coupled with a greying population will be among the toughest economic and social challenges Singapore faces in the decades ahead.

Already the oldest society in Southeast Asia measured by median age, the wealthy city-state is now seeking coping strategies for the economic and social impacts to come of a rapidly aging population.

While aging populations affect much of the Asia-Pacific, the expected decline in Singapores working-age population will be among the regions most acute.

Indeed, this year marks the first time in modern Singapores history when the share of the population that is 65 years old and over will match that of those under 15 years old, according to a UOB report published last year.

UOB economist Francis Tan predicted in the research that demographic change will stall the city-states economic growth and raise substantially future healthcare costs.

Other data suggests that Singapores percentage of seniors will reach 27% by 2030, while the percentage of juniors under 15 will decrease to 10.8%, leading in a worst-case scenario to a nearly 1:1 dependency ratio, with one working-age adult supporting a child or elderly person.

Read the full story at Asia Times.

Nile Bowie...


Why can't Australia break up with coal? "IndyWatch Feed"

Governments all across the world are starting to shift away from coal-powered energy out of environmental and economic concerns. So why isn't Australia? Australia's Blair Palese explores.


Colbert: These kids are not acting "IndyWatch Feed"

Which is more than can be said for many of the so called adults

The students show leadership and backbone, whilst the adults cower in fear of the NRA


February 23 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

632 The Last Sermon (Khutbah, Khutbatul Wada) of Prophet Muhammad.

1455 Traditional date for the publication of the Gutenberg Bible, the first Western book printed from movable type?

1633 Samuel Pepys, English naval administrator, man of letters and diarist, was born  (d. 1703).

1660  Charles XI became King of Sweden.

1685   George Frideric Handel, German-English organist and composer, was born (d. 1759).

1739 Richard Palmer was identified at York Castle by his former schoolteacher, as the outlaw Dick Turpin.

1744   Mayer Amschel Rothschild, German-born banker, was born  (d. 1812).

1820  Cato Street Conspiracy: A plot to murder all the British cabinet ministers was exposed.

1836 The Battle of the Alamo began in San Antonio, Texas.

1840  Frederick Wicks, English author and inventor, was born (d. 1910).

1847  Battle of Buena Vista  American troops under General Zachary Taylor defeated Mexican General Antonio Lpez de Santa Anna.

1850 Csar Ritz, Swiss hotelier, was born (d. 1918).

1854 The official independence of the Orange Free State was declared.

1887 French Riviera was hit by a large earthquake, killing around 2,000.

1898 mile Zola was imprisoned in France after writing ...


A Case Against Antidepressants "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

From Newsroom: University of Auckland researchers make a case against the chemical imbalance theory of mental illness, arguing that biological explanations and treatments for emotional distress may do more harm than good.

Psychiatrys disease model explains all difficult human moods, emotions and behaviours as pathologies for which pills are the cure, allowing little room for political, social or cultural factors in explaining the causes and solutions for distress. Doctors promoting the theory justify their undermining of informed consent by claiming it reduces the stigma of a psychiatric diagnosis and therefore benefits patients. Unfortunately evidence shows this is another falsehood.

In fact, studies have shown that whose who believe their depression is caused by a chemical imbalance have a poorer prognosis than those offered other explanations. They suffer more stigma and self-blame, have a greater sense of helplessness and hopelessness in their ability to recover, and are less likely to have faith in, and engage in, talking therapies. Significantly when one considers the suicide and disability figures, they are less likely to take action to change lifestyle or environmental factors, less likely to engage in developing coping strategies, and are more likely to use medication. In a country reported by the OECD to have the highest rate of youth suicide in the developed world, along with one of the worst rates of child abuse, this last point is critical.



Baffled US intelligence officers leak UFO footage THEMSELVES to get help from unwitting public in IDing mystery objects, Pentagon X files project chief claims "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Truth, or another Intelligence community disnformation game? Judge for yourself: From The Sun THE former head of the Pentagons real life X-Files programme revealed that defence officials released top secret UFO videos to the public in a bid to find answers. Luis Elizondo, the former head of the top secret programme, said that two []

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By Aloysius Laukai
Work has started to complete the Bougainville Community Government elections with the inclusions of urban areas left when the initial Community Government elections was conducted last year.
The urban areas were left as the Community Government elections did not need a common roll to conduct and to include the urban areas a common roll had to be used.
And to complete the election, the Office of the Bougainville Electoral Commission started this week to update and complete a common roll for urban areas of Buka, Arawa and Buin.
According to the media officer for the Bougainville Electoral Commission, WINTERFORD TOREAS work on updating the common roll started at Sohano island and will cover areas, Buka town,Kubu, Kukul,Ieta, Hahela and Hutjena.
Later they will cover other urban wards in Buin and Arawa before conducting elections in these areas to complete the Bougainville Community Government Election.




By Aloysius Laukai
The Bougainville Technical College, Tinputz is now accepting students for the 2018 academic year.
According to the Deputy Principal of the School, GABRIEL DAVE, Trade Courses the school is offering are WELDING,CAPENTARY,PLUMBING and LIGHT MOTOR VEHICLE MECHANIC.
The school is also offering two non-Trade Courses, BUSINESS STUDIES and TOURISM.
Enrolment days will start on Monday February 26th to Friday 2nd March, 2018.
And orientation week will be between, March 5th to March 9th, 2018.
School fees for 2018 are as follows, Boarding students for Trade Courses will pay K5,462 and for Non Trade Courses the school fees will be K5,462.
Day students will pay K4,554 for Trade courses and K4,505 for Non Trade Courses.
The school requires sixty percent as upfront payment from students before they are accepted into the School.
Sixty percent for Trade courses and boarders are K3,307.20 and for Day students K2732.40.
For Non Trade courses Sixty percent is K3,277.20 for boarders and Day students will pay K2,702.40.
The deputy Principal also said that students with outstanding schools fees will have to complete them too.
Students are also required to go to the School with their beddings and Plates and Cups plus Buckets and Knives and Grass knives.
For more information, you can call the deputy Principal on mobile number 70639199.



So-Called Australia: Break Away From Break Free A Critique of the Environmental NGO Model of Organizing Direct Action (PDF) "IndyWatch Feed"



Two minutes after getting on a minibus headed for Newcastle, the person seated next to me tugged at their friends arm in mild distress.

Noo, I forgot the selfie stick!

Without putting any blame on this individual, this brief interaction had already captured the essence of this protest for me. Truthfully, I already had an idea of what it was going to be like from past involvement in actions run by groups such as Direct Action Melbourne and, as well as from the communications hype in the lead-up. But I had gone on this trip to find out if my suspicions were warranted.

We were going to take part in a mass flotilla of kayaks which would block a shipping channel in Newcastle, home to the worlds largest coal port, preventing coal ships from leaving and entering. Signups happened online when the invitation was initially shared through 350.orgs email list and facebook promotions. Since then we had been kept in constant contact about logistics, shown inspirational videos and excitedly told about the well-known musicians and politicians who would be there on the day.

As we headed towards the Hume, the driver tried to break the ice by gauging everyones spirits onboard. How are we all feeling this morning?

So happy!, Excited!, came the replies.

Yes Were creating histo...


Hell On EarthBeyond Imagination: Ghouta "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Excerpts from MSM reports on the atrocious situation in Ghouta, Syria, with links to full articles: Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN, called on the Security Council to pass a draft resolution calling for a 30-day ceasefire in Eastern Ghouta, a besieged rebel enclave in Syria. Its time to take immediate action in []

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By Aloysius Laukai

A former senior Public servant in the Bougainville administration, PATRICK HEROMATE is calling on the ABG to make sure they control and monitor the movement of people into communities throughout Bougainville.
He told New Dawn FM in Buka that he was concerned at the influx and movement of people especially outsiders into communities without any reasons.
He said in the past District Managers were on 24 hours on call to monitor such movements to make sure the communities were protected from unscrupulous investors going directly into unsuspecting communities.
MR. HEROMATEs call came after a ship was seen trying to berth in the West Coast area last week.
He said drug dealers and other illegal activities can destroy Bougainville if the Government is not cautious of such activities taking place in the remote areas of Bougainville.



By Aloysius Laukai

The Bougainville Police is concerned at road safety on all Bougainville roads.
Buka Police Station Commander, Senior Sergeant John Popui told New Dawn FM yesterday that Police wants all drivers to make sure their vehicles are roadworthy and registered to be on public roads.
He said Police wants all drivers to make sure that they do not overload their vehicles and also over the speed limits.
The Police Commander said that Bougainville Police are making random checks on all Bougainville roads and drivers will be booked and charged for un-road worthy vehicles and overloaded vehicles.
He said that as the saying goes, prevention is better than cure so it is better to prevent accidents from happening and save lives.



Climate Minister: New cyclone category may be needed "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Climate Changeor geoterrorism? Or perhaps this is just a part of Earths natural  cycles?: Scientists may need to create a new Category 6 for cyclones as the effects of climate change make them more extreme, the Climate Change Minister James Shaw says. Speaking at the Pacific Climate Conference in Wellington, Mr Shaw said cyclones were []

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Scott Trial Date Set "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Kapiti Councillor on trial in May for alleged indecent assault Kapiti Coast District Councillor David Scott will go to trial on May 21  on a count of indecent assault. The jury trial is set down for three days. Cr Scott,71, has retained veteran counsel Hugh Rennie, QC to lead his defence. The charge relates to events []


Petro Gold Spawned After El Petros $735 Million Sales "IndyWatch Feed"

Venezuelan president Maduro announces countries second commodity backed cryptocurrency Petro Gold the day after El Petros initial private sale raised $735 Million.

Maduro Doubles Down With Petro Gold

Once again President Nicolas Maduro took the podium to announce a government-owned cryptocurrency. This time instead of oil its the Petro Gold which is to be backed by precious metals.

Next week Im going to launch the petro gold, backed by gold, which is even more powerful, that will strengthen the petro, Maduro said in a televised speech. The Petro which launched on Tuesday is reported to have raised $735 Million dollars on its first day of private sales.

Scheduled to be capped at 100 million tokens with an initial sales price of $60 roughly the price of a barrel of oil the government could raise up to $6 billion if the Petro succeeds in selling out. So far 824 million tokens have been made available.

It is not yet clear whether the Petro Gold is to be backed by gold held in reserves or the countries gold resources. In fact, no details about the new currency were given besides that it would launch next week. This sudden announcement doesnt help the already highly criticized Petro and the Governments intentions for creating it.

Problems With The Petro

Widely seen as a poorly thought out solution to boost the floundering Venezuelan economy, where the fiat currency has been in a free fall for several years and inflation rates are as high as 600%, the Petro has been called a stunt and bogus currency by financial experts.

The Petro is really a top-down hierarchically controlled asset, and its much more akin to a new way to tokenize oil. When the first gold ETF appeared, they werent considered gold, but a different way of packaging the commodity. With Petro, we really have a new wrapper around oil.

Chris Burniske of venture capital firm Placeholder told Bloomberg.

Maduro himself now admits that the Petro was created in part as a way to skirt US backed economic sanctions against the country. While the US Treasury Department has warned investors that by buying the Petro they themselves could become subject to the same sanctions as creditors to the government.

The Petro Gold is not the first cryptocurrency backed by gold. The RMG backed by the Royal Mint in Britain was fi...


ON MR 'MEDALS' MARK "IndyWatch Feed"

Richard Harman is reporting on Politik that Ron 'Medals' Mark is about to be rolled by the NZ First caucus (read Winston Peters) as Deputy Leader.

Mark's reaction to story was that it was news to him ... figures.

Peters doesn't do forgiveness and his reaction to the story broken here that Mark was wearing unauthorised medals was telling ... he said Mark should have listened to the the advice tendered to him by officials.

The speculation is that Fletcher Tabuteau, a Peters confidante, will replace Mark.    Clearly what the leader wants the leader gets.    Meanwhile in the House of Mark ...................


On School Shootings "IndyWatch Feed"

Now that a few days have passed since the latest appalling slaughter in the United States, I have a few observations to make, not necessarily in order of importance.

The usual 'gun control' shouters were out and about before the bodies were cold.

President Trump has been remarkably 'presidential' in the way he has invited the families of victims to the White House.  Numerous sources say these people were heard by the President 'respectfully' and for that he has received widespread praise.

I applaud his decision to invoke a ban on devices which render semi-automatic rifles fully automatic.

Not so his decision to investigate lifting to 21 the age at which a person can buy a rifle. (I owned my first rifle when I was sixteen.  A bolt action ten shot .22 hunting rifle.)  Of  all the mass shootings  in the US over the last ten years, how many were committed by people under 21?  I suspect few.

I see hundreds of people protested outside the White House.  The fools should have staged their protest outside the HQ of the FBI.

Some commentators remark upon the coincidental massive increase in the rate of prescribing psychotic (Is that the right word?) drugs by doctors over the same period as gun slayings have sky rocketed.  Others remark that the period coincides with a massive increase in the number of fatherless children.  I'm sure both factors contribute but how much is debatable.

There seems to me no doubt that a major contributor to the epidemic was the creation of gun free zones at schools.  Israel knows the folly of such a policy and has installed one or more armed guards at every school.  Result?  Few, if any, mass shootings.

What to do?

I suggest a first immediate action would be for the president to fund armed guards for all schools and to fund training for teachers to become proficient users of hand guns.

The second and almost simultaneous immediate action should be to clean out the FBI which has devoted tens of millions of dollars to scandalous partisan political activity but has failed to carry out the core duties for which it is paid.


Ethics is a county in SE England "IndyWatch Feed"

Earlier Adam posted on how there was a possibility of negative perceptions concerning the role of a lobbyist as the acting Chief of Staff for Ardern, this was engendered by the Tweet from Toby Manhire reproduced below

Mahires point was largely validated by this tweet

Broadly the response tended to say not an issues and in any event John Key was an evil corrupt person and that it was essentially evil under National, but not evil under Ardern.

It seems that like so much in NZ, ethics are flexible depending on who is in power and the blinkers of the commentator. In other words as the old joke has it Ethics is a county in the South East of England it would seem.


Tech Thursday "IndyWatch Feed"

Elon Musks Boring Company $500 flamethrower stunt was vaguely amusing and, evidently, a very successful way of separating fanboys from their money. Now, theyre all sold out, but all the better because if you really need (need) a flamethrower you should just make your own. Not only is it way cheaper with an end product []

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New deputy predicted for NZ First "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There has never been any doubt who will lead NZ First while Winston Peters remains an MP, but the deputy spot is less secure. In 2015 Ron Mark got the numbers to oust Tracey Martin, but it looks like the knives are out for Mark, with the position up for a caucus vote next week. []


Two medals at Winter Olympics "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Great news from the Winter Olympics, with two 16 year olds winning bronze medals today, doubling New Zealands all time medal tally. Zoi Sadowski-Synnott wins bronze in the Women's Big Air at the Olympic Winter Games! Read more: NZ Olympic Team (@nzolympics) February 22, 2018   RNZ: Sadowski-Synnott wins first medal for []


Trump proposes more guns to combat too many guns "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

President Donald trump has a proposal to combat shootings in schools let teachers carry concealed handguns. In a country with far too many firearms and far too many killings, he has proposed more firearms. He said this in front of people who went to the White House to implore him to do something to []


Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed"

Maybe Labour is right and our State school system does need a total overhaul. Spelling standards have certainly slipped.  

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Ethics lobbying corruption and the revolving door "IndyWatch Feed"

On a day when TPI announce that on their perception index is the least corrupt country in the world, The Spinoff runs an article on how a leading lobbyist acted as Arderns Chief of Staff. Now Adam is not speculating on the behaviour of the individual involved, but on the perception generated.

Toby Manhire, Spinoff Editor tweeted on this article:-


Manhire posed a highly relevant comment.

Intriguingly Adam had posted on the subject of lobbying the other day.

Funnily enough the issue of Thompson came up in the comments.

NZ is a small society and it behoves all concerned to ensure that all appropriate proprieties are observes and conflicts not just managed, but are seen to be managed.

In NZ we have increasingly seen a revolving door between government, public service, commerce and lobbying.

Adam will write more on this in due course, once he has given this more thought.


Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed"

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Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed"

Toilet paper: Over or Under? Cups in the cupboard: Right Side Up or Up Side Down? Pancake or Waffle? Discuss:

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Labours Broken Promises the cost of being unprepared to govern "IndyWatch Feed"

The Ardern calamity, aka our government, has trumpeted their no fees for the first year of tertiary education of which more another day. However, it is undeniable that in order to deprive many of a tax cut and give a benefit (aka bribe) to many who do nt need it other segments of our society are also very materially deprived, conceivably with life threatening consequences.

This item from RNZs Nine to Noon sets this out:-

This is supplemented by this item lifted from a post by Homepaddock:-

Its also being paid in promises broken which included one to patients suffering from rare diseases:

The New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders (NZORD) is stunned that the Government is not honouring its election promise to establish a separate fund which would allow rare disease patients to access vital, life-saving medicines.

Dr Collette Bromhead, NZORD Chief Executive said that the decision to take the promised fund off the table is devastating to the 377,000 New Zealand patients and their families who live with a rare and life-threatening disease.

We have been told that the pledged $20m fund, to be spent over 4 years, will now not go ahead.

And in a double blow, we have now been notified that the Government is also reviewing the contract which enables NZORD to provide the essential services and support for patients and families impacted by rare diseases.

The decision to cancel the fund for medicines is a complete u-turn by the Government and has been done without any consultation with the rare disease community. It leaves these vulnerable patients with no way to access the essential medicines that could extend their life and provide them with a better quality of living, she said.

During the 2017 election, the Labour Party announced that it would set up a separate fund to enable patients who suffer from rare diseases to access medicines. There are over 7,000 rare diseases and we are well awar...


Down on Main Street "IndyWatch Feed"

    On the main street heading south out of town, named Main Street funnily enough, upstairs from the Night n Day Dairy, sit three flats. The general structural maintenance and upkeep of these tenancies are carried out by a cousin of mine who has a contract with the owner of the property. As a []

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Abbott kicks the immigration hornets nest "IndyWatch Feed"

Former Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has always been something of a political bomb-thrower, and this week he has put the match to the wick of an issue which the political and media elite have been vigilant to keep defused for decades. Tony Abbott [has told] the Sydney Institute that Australias immigration intake should be halved. []

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Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Pronk  of a springbok or other antelope, leap in the air with an arched back and stiff legs, typically as a form of display or when threatened; a weak or foolish person.


History: Niall Ferguson The Square and the Tower "IndyWatch Feed"

Ferguson on his latest book which is about networks


I have a theory "IndyWatch Feed"

Guest Post: I dont know if you are like me but from time to time I have musings about things that (as far as I can tell) have not been fully considered before.  If I was inclined to delve into these musings more I think they could be developed into a thesis or even a []

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FIFTY8 Interviews Alba Weinman: Part III - The Spiritual Journey of Forgiveness and Entity Attachment "IndyWatch Feed"


FIFTY8 Interviews Hypnotherapist Alba Weinman


PART III - The Spiritual Journey of Forgiveness & Entity Attachment

I talk to Alba Weinman, a world renowned Hypnotherapist for those on the path of Spiritual Awakening. Alba talks about her sessions and how forgiveness is such an important part of her practice and hypnotherapy. She shares how forgiveness releases a lot of energy that holds us back. We also discuss entities and how they can attach to our frequency and how to release them with forgiveness and a higher vibration. Included is a session with an entity and how Alba uses her techniques to release them.



Poetry Monthly "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Welcome to 2018 & exciting literary adventures! By Gill Ward  Im thinking of the Readers and Writers New Zealand Festival 8 11 March this year. So good to have it taking place in Wellington. There are brochures in the libraries, and if not there will be some in the information site over by []


But why would we want to do that? "IndyWatch Feed"

The Queenstown Lakes District Council wants luxury houses exempted from the Overseas Investment Act's foreign-buyer ban:

The Queenstown Lakes District Council wants luxury homes to be exempt from the government's foreign buyers ban.

Some expensive homes owned by the exeptionally wealthy may not sell if they are only available to New Zealanders, it said in its submission on the bill.


The council said the district had benefited "significantly" from people who have purchased in the luxury home market.

"Not only have we seen traditional investment in local business, but we have seen the launch of ground breaking social enterprises and incredible impact investment," the submission said.

That part of the housing market attracted high net worth people to the country who help the economy by bringing expertise, connections, investment and philanthropy, it said.

Yeah - people like anti-democratic vampire capitalist Peter Thiel and his silicon-valley doomsday prepper friends. Or the various foreign millionaires who have restricted access to public land. Or foreign criminals stashing and laundering money. Why would we want people like that?

The proposed law doesn't apply to anyone who actually lives here, so what QLDC is saying is that non-resident foreigners should be allowed to own parts of New Zealand for use as emergency boltholes for when they've fucked up the world, or as a commodity, effectively a house-shaped gold bar. And I just don't see why we should accept that, especially when said house-shaped gold bars are fucking things up for the rest of us. While QLDC is correct that the luxury property market is effectively a foreign market, utterly out of reach of almost all kiwis, those empty luxury houses are still taking up land which could be used for real homes for real people - something Queenstown is desperately short of. If they are devalued by the law, then maybe that land will be used for other purposes. The only losers in that will be the foreign speculators and the parasitic developers and real-estate agents who service them. But I guess the latter are exactly the sorts of people who get elected to local authorities and use them as a platform to promote their own economic interests.


Damned if you do, damned if you dont "IndyWatch Feed"

A salutary tale from the pizza lovers:  How long until the edifice topples over? By the end of the 3rd century AD, the finances of ancient Rome were in terminal crisis. Years and years of debasing the currency had resulted in severe hyperinflation a period of Roman history known as the Crisis of the Third []

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Transparency Internationals definition of corruption "IndyWatch Feed"

Transparency International rated NZ as the least corrupt country for the second year in a row on their Corruptions Perception Index Note this is a perception index

Their definition of corruption:

Generally speaking as the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. Corruption can be classified as grand, petty and political, depending on the amounts of money lost and the sector where it occurs.

Grand corruption consists of acts committed at a high level of government that distort policies or the central functioning of the state, enabling leaders to benefit at the expense of the public good. Petty corruption refers to everyday abuse of entrusted power by low- and mid-level public officials in their interactions with ordinary citizens, who often are trying to access basic goods or services in places like hospitals, schools, police departments and other agencies.

Political corruption is a manipulation of policies, institutions and rules of procedure in the allocation of resources and financing by political decision makers, who abuse their position to sustain their power, status and wealth.

Now NZ has tended to congratulate itself on this ranking, but is this self congratualtion warranted? In fact our rating declined marginally in the year. Furthermore NZ did not score 100% but 89%. This suggests that there is at least a perception of corruption in some areas.

From the descriptors on the TPI web-site it is possible that local government is not included in the assessment. The TPI NZ web-site specifically uses the term public sector, suspect this excludes local government.


Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed"

Inertia ft. Brandon Semenuk from Revel Co. on Vimeo.

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Unions respond to the publication of the full TPP text "IndyWatch Feed"

22 February, 2018: Yesterday the New Zealand government published the full text of the Comprehensive Progressive Trans Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) agreement, which Australia and 10 other countries intend to sign on March 8 in Chile, along with a National Interest Analysis of the deal. As Fairfaxs Peter Martin writes, the Australian government will not release their analysis of the deal, done by the Department that negotiated it,  until after the signing ceremony. The government is still rejecting calls for an independent analysis.

However, NZ Council of Trade Unions (CTU) economist Bill Rosenberg says the New Zealand governments analysis of the deal is deeply flawed. There is no analysis of health or environmental risks posed by the CPTPP, and it assumes that working people will find new employment immediately when their jobs are displaced. Mr Rosenberg says:

Like previous studies, its estimates of gains in GDP are tiny - a one-off gain of between 0.3% and 1% of GDP in 16 years time. Even these small benefits are unlikely to be evenly spread. At the same time, citizens risk losing our ability to use government purchasing and our state-owned enterprises for the public good. We need to retain our ability to drive the economy towards higher wage, higher value industries like the local processing of New Zealand timber and other materials.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions made similar criticisms of the CPTPP. ACTU Assistant Secretary Scott Connolly said the deal puts corporate profit ahead of jobs and wages and will allow companies to exploit more temporary migrant workers and allow foreign companies to sue the Australian government over domestic laws. Yesterday AFTINET called for independent studies of the economic and social impacts of the CPTPP, and for a Senate inquiry that can critically assess whether the deal is in the public interest.


Clean-up Follows Downpour "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

UPDATE ON KPITI FLOODING  After last nights rain, the Kpiti Coast District Council operations and welfare teams are working with the community to clean up areas that were affected by flooding. The KCDC says: The Kapiti Fire Service has advised us that approximately six houses in the Paraparaumu Beach area were evacuated due to flooding. []


PNG police forced removal of refugees from Port Moresby to Manus reveals resettlement farce "IndyWatch Feed"


This article comes from the Refugee Action Coalition (Sydney)  21 February 2018.

In the early hours of Tuesday, 20 February, police arrested up to 13 refugees who had been living Aku Lodge.

They were being forcibly returned to Manus Island, but for unconfirmed reasons there was a problem with the plane. The refugees are now being held at another lodge in Port Moresby surrounded by up to 50 PNG police. Their mobile phones have been confiscated.

It is expected that the refugees will be moved to Manus Island once alternative transport can be arranged.

The refugees had been living at Aku for up to two years, after being moved from Manus Island, supposedly to be resettled in Port Moresby or further afield in PNG.

The refugees have simply subsisted in Aku since being relocated there no jobs; no welfare program; no trauma counselling not even the basic elements of what might comprise anything resembling a resettlement program. Essentially they became prisoners in the lodge, at risk of being robbed and assaulted if they ventured outside.

But their arrest and forced relocation back to Manus provides official confirmation that, contrary to the claims made by Minister Dutton, there are no PNG resettlement arrangements.

In 2016, there was an attempt to resettle six refugees in Lae. None are still living on Lae. Faced with the deprived circumstances in Lae in terms of jobs, health and safety three of the refugees actually made their way back to Manus Island and attempted to move back into the detention centre.

This forced relocation of refugees to Manus from Port Moresby puts the lie to the Ministers suggestion that refugees can be resettled in PNG, said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition, The Minister cant hide behind that lie any longer.

There is no resettlement in PNG, and the shonky US deal will not provide resettlement places for all the refugees on Manus and Nauru. There is an urgent need for all the asylum seekers and refugees to be brought to Australia, where they can get the safety and protection they need.

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Turkey Will Be Ground Zero in the Next Global Debt Crisis "IndyWatch Feed"

Turkey is a beautiful country with a rich history, including Greek, Roman and Muslim influences, making it one of the most fascinating places on Earth. It is literally a bridge between East and West: The mile-long Bosphorus Bridge, just north of Istanbul, connects Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait.

Turkey has been a magnet for direct foreign investment from abroad and dollar-denominated loans by international banks to local enterprises. This investment enthusiasm is understandable given Turkeys well-educated population of 83 million, and its rank as the 17th-largest economy in the world, with a GDP of just under US$1 trillion.

The flood of bank lending and direct foreign investment has given rise to another flood of hot-money portfolio investors in Turkish stocks, chasing high returns with cheap dollar funding in a variation of the global carry trade. So-called emerging-market (EM) funds, offered by Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and others, are stuffed full of Turkish stocks and bonds.

Jim Rickards in Turkey

Your strategist in central Istanbul, Turkey, on the site of the ancient Hippodrome, where chariot races were still held in Late Antiquity. In my many visits there since 1996, I have observed Turkeys shift from a firmly secular society to one dominated by religious and authoritarian rule. As Turkey turns its back on Western society, it still relies on Western institutions to deal with potential debt, currency and reserve crises. Turkeys new alienation from the West may mean that Western help will not be available in a future financial crisis.

But theres a dark side to this seeming success story. Turkeys external US dollar-denominated debt is so large that a combination of rising US dollar interest rates and a slowing global economy could quickly turn Turkey from model EM to the canary in the coal mine of the next great global debt crisis.

The risk of a major debt crisis beginning in Turkey is heightened by the rise of Turkeys President Recep Tayyip Erdoan as an autocratic strongman in the mould of Argentinas Juan Pern and other populist nationalists who have ruined strong economies.

Begin with a look at the Turkish debt situation. Turkeys debt is huge; one of the highest debt burdens of any EM. Turkey owes US$450 billion to foreign creditors, of which US$276 billion is denominated in hard currency, mostly dollars and euros. The remainder of US$174 billion is denominated in Turkeys local currency, the lira.

Both kinds of debt are problematic. The lira debt is a growing burden because lira interest rates have skyrocketed from 6% to 12%...


Is Islam just another religion? "IndyWatch Feed"

Absolutely not, Islam is a political movement cloaked with religion, a political beast with a huge appetite for mankind. This wolf in sheeps clothing gobbled up the mighty Persian and Ottoman empires and hunts voraciously today. In the predominantly Islamic countries of Iran, Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan, Islam and politics are inseparable. Tyrants use religious laws []

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Map of the day: Military camouflages of the world "IndyWatch Feed"

The map above shows the worlds military camouflages. Its based on the countrys primary camo and does not taken into account different branches of the military in each country. Moreover, the original map creators are aware that there are a few inaccuracies and out-of-date designs included. Iceland has no camouflage as it has no standing army whereas []

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It was never just about same-sex marriage "IndyWatch Feed"

During the debate on Australias same-sex marriage postal survey often incorrectly described as a referendum, or a plebiscite, when it was neither proponents steadfastly, hand on heart, swore that it was about gay people getting married and nothing more. Anyone who argued that it might be part of a wider agenda or a []

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Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ban kids from riding quad bikes RCH surgeon urges Warwick Teague:

IN MY work as a surgeon and trauma prevention advocate, I see few better places to start saving lives than a ban on children getting on quad bikes.

This is a hard line, too hard for some, but I would challenge anyone farmer, doctor, lawyer, voter, seller, buyer, parent or child to answer the question: How many more children do you think need to be injured on quad bikes before we say Enough is enough?

Since 2001, 42 Aussie kids aged under 16 have died from quad bike trauma. . .

Using technology to give farmers an eye in the sky:

Is there anything technology cant do? It seems everyday something new pops up that makes our lives easier and now one Taranaki dairy farmer has taken this to new heights, using a drone to get his cows in.

Hayden Fowles says its not just about getting the herd to the shed quicker, the drone also helps him keep his cows healthy.

It gives me another pair of eyes. I can check for lameness and anything that might appear a bit odd sooner than I would if I was on foot or bike.

Not only is the drone helping to keep his cows healthy, its also helping to improve his on-farm health and safety.

It means a lot less time on and off the bike and I dont need to go on to the steeper land. . . 

NFU elects new officeholder team:

Minette Batters has been elected as the new President of the National Farmers Union.

Ms Batters, a beef farmer fr...


SABL petition anniversary marks PNG's greatest ever scandal "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

21 Feb 2018 | ActNowDespite repeated promises from the O'Neill government to cancel the agribusiness leases in Papua New Guinea, stretching back to 2013, almost nothing has been done.


Guns, statistics and lies "IndyWatch Feed"

Every time a Muslim terrorist shoots, stabs, bombs or runs over Americans, the default response is, Lets not jump to any conclusions. Thats swiftly followed by media spin pieces claiming that the majority of terrorist attacks are really committed by white male Republicans and the Amish based on math so bad that even the worlds []

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Mining Policies Need To Be Reviewed: Minister "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Minister For Mining Johnson Tuke Says The Policies Governing The Mining Sector In Papua New Guinea Need To Be Revisited.

Matthew Vari | Post Courier | February 22, 2018

Minister for Mining Johnson Tuke says the policies governing the mining sector in Papua New Guinea need to be revisited.

He said much of the legislations governing the sector are still from the colonial era.

Mr Tuke said with the strong support from Prime Minister ONeill and government caucus he is determined to take stock of benefits to landowners that make changes for the country to have a greater share in its own wealth.

I think all our mining policies are more or less colonial. Are we still in the colonial times? We are moving forward, Mr Tuke said.



ONeill and Allan stitch up another huge land grab "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Philippines President Duterte and his Agriculture Secretary want to plant 1 million hectares of rice in Papua New Guinea by 2023

Prime Minister Peter ONeill and Agriculture Minister Benny Allan have promised the Philippines government at least one million hectares of land in Papua New Guinea for Filipino farmers to grow rice, according to media reports.

The 1 million hectares [10,000 square kilometres] will be leased to Filipino companies and thousands of Filipino farmers and agriculture graduates are expected to head to PNG, according to the countrys Agriculture Secretary, Emmanuel F. Piol.  

The Ph...


Ok Tedi workers sacked for peaceful protest "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Mine group sacked

Shirley Mauludu | The National aka The Loggers Times | 22 February 2018

THE Ok Tedi Mining Ltd has sacked a group of employees who were staging a protest at the mine site on Tuesday, telling them in a letter that their action was illegal.
Some of employees, who arrived on a charter flight yesterday in Port Moresby, claimed there were 191 of them who were issued termination letters on Tuesday. They were told to leave the site on a charter flight yesterday.
Henry Kuso, a spokesman for those who arrived at Jackson Airport, in Port Moresby, yesterday, said the company arranged three charter flights yesterday out of Tabubil in Western.
Mining Minister Johnson Tuke was unable to comment when contacted yesterday.
Ok Tedi managing director Peter Graham could not be reached for comment yesterday. But he had confirmed with The National on Tuesday that the protest had not affected the company operations.
The industrial action was illegal since it did not follow the grievance process and was not supported by the union, he said.
Management is addressing the matter in accordance with company pol...


National vandalised our health system "IndyWatch Feed"

Surprise, surprise! The health system in Auckland is collapsing due to underfunding:

Auckland health bosses have revealed a picture of a health system at breaking point from underfunding and population growth.

Reporting to MPs at Parliament yesterday, they spoke of a wave of unprecedented demand for acute services and staff who were extremely stressed at having to cope with more and sicker people.

"Our staff were working unexpectedly long hours and became increasingly stressed about not just how hard they were having to work but about the numbers of extremely unwell people they were having to look after," the head of Manukau Counties District Health Board, Gloria Johnson, told the health select committee.

"The problem we have at the moment, particularly over the last 18 months, [is] we've become overwhelmed by demand."

Its so bad that the former chair of the three Auckland DHBs believes they no longer have the resources to deal with a pandemic.

This isn't surprising: National deliberately underfunded health for its term of office in an effort to pay for its tax cuts for the rich. While they played up large nominal increases, these were always less than that required to counter inflation, let alone population growth and demographic change. Instead, like the rest of the public service, the health system was expected to "do more with less". The results of that policy can be seen above. What's changed is that with a new government, DHB chairs feel they can openly say it, rather than risking dismissal and revenge funding cuts under National.

It is going to take the best part of a decade to undo this damage. And no doubt, National will spend that time complaining about "overspending" and "inefficiency" and promising more vandalism if re-elected. Just like they did during the Clark government after Jenny Shipley and Bill English vandalised the health system in the 90's.


Now you know why they shouldnt be driving "IndyWatch Feed"

Up to 350 drivers have had their licences cancelled or have been required to re-sit tests after an investigation into bribes being paid for licences admits the NZTA. System issues were discovered in 2016 leading to an investigation revealing licences being obtained through bribes or corruption. Among the allegations are claims that for between $500 and []

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ON MR 'MEDALS' MARK "IndyWatch Feed"

Richard Harman is reporting on Politik that Ron 'Medals' Mark is about to be rolled by the NZ First caucus (read Winston Peters) as Deputy Leader.

Mark's reaction to story was that it was news to him ... figures.

Peters doesn't do forgiveness and his reaction to the story broken here that Mark was wearing authorised medals was telling ... he said Mark should have listened to the the advice tendered to him by officials.

The speculation is that Fletcher Tabuteau, a Peters confidante, will replace Mark.    Clearly what the leader wants the leader gets.    Meanwhile in the House of Mark ...................


Dinosaurs and birds locomotion "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

This 2016 video is called Dinosaur Walk Theory Video.

From PLOS:

Locomotion of bipedal dinosaurs might be predicted from that of ground-running birds

BIRDS Model uses just two inputs to predict terrestrial locomotion in extinct avian and non-avian dinosaurs

February 21, 2018

A new model based on ground-running birds could predict locomotion of bipedal dinosaurs based on their speed and body size, according to a study published February 21, 2018 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Peter Bishop from the Queensland Museum, Australia and colleagues.

Previous research has investigated the biomechanics of ground-dwelling birds to better understand the how bipedal non-avian dinosaurs moved, but it has not previously been possible to empirically predict the locomotive forces that extinct dinosaurs experienced, especially those species that were much larger than living birds. Bishop and colleagues examined locomotion in 12 species of ground-dwelling birds, ranging in body mass from 45g to 80kg, as the birds moved at various speeds along enclosed racetracks while cameras recorded their movements and forceplates measured the forces their feet exerted upon the ground.

The researchers found that many physical aspects of bird locomotion change continuously as speed increases. This supports previous evidence that unlike humans, who have distinct walking and running gaits, birds move in a continuum from walking to running. The authors additionally observed consistent differences in gait and posture between small and large birds.

The researchers used their data to construct the biomechanically informative, regression-derived statistical (BIRDS) Model, which requires just two inputs body mass and speed to predict basic features of bird locomotion, including stride length and force exerted per step. The model performed well when tested against known data. While more data are needed to improve the mode...


Oral questions: 22 February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed"

Questions to Ministers Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she have confidence in all of her Ministers? Dr SHANE RETI to the Minister of Health: What are his priorities in the health portfolio? JAN LOGIE to the Associate Minister of Finance: What recent progress has there been on development of the Living Standards Framework and other sustainable development indicators? JONATHAN YOUNG to the Minister []

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View from your window "IndyWatch Feed"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo I walk so no window. This was my view on my morning commute. Blocking the Bus lane he turned left out of,the straight ahead car lane that has a green light and the right turn of cars that are coming towards him. Busses cause congestion. []

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Thursdays quiz "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The questions are yours for the asking.

Anyone who stumps everyone will win a virtual case of peaches.


More Aircraft Maintanance Engineers (AMEs) return to Air Niugini "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Following the completion of their four year training at the Air New Zealand Aviation Institute in Christchurch, New Zealand, ten Air Niugini Aircraft Maintenance Engineers (AMEs) including two females have returned to Port Moresby and joined the aircraft maintenance workforce at Air Niugini Engineering.

The AMEs include Patrick Misina, Melvin Paru, Breanne Ume-Taule, Simon Silas, Temuera Samuel, Dennis Kasup, Bernard Kari, Branden Boeha, Jeremy Camillus and Miriam Tai whose training was fully funded by Air Niugini under its Engineering Cadet Program. It cost the airline over K6million to train the ten AMEs.

Air Niugini Chief Executive Officer, Mr Simon Foo in welcoming them home yesterday said the airline invests a lot of resources into training young Papua New Guineans and the results are very rewarding.

Mr Foo said Aviation is a highly regulated and compliant industry and we are serious about training, whether it is for engineers, pilots, cabin crew, or ground staff. Air Niugini invests about K600,000 in training each young Papua New Guinean engineer or pilot cadet. The achievement by these ten young people is something we at Air Niugini, their families and our country can be proud of.

Following a four year cadet program, it normally takes 12 to 14 months before the AMEs can get their PNG License.

An Aircraft Maintenance Engineer(AME) is a trained person who does the maintenance requirements of the aircraft including aircraft servicing, parking, jacking, component replacements, inspections, defect, troubleshooting, modifications and repairs.

Air Niugini currently has 32 AMEs, 4 of them are female.

Mr Foo added that the Board and management of Air Niugini will be investing in hangar facilities at the Jacksons airport that will eventually allow heavy maintenance of aircraft to be carried out in Papua New Guinea, resulting in cost savings and further up-skilling of the Papua New Guinean work force.

In 2017, the first Dash 8 aircraft heavy check was done in Port Moresby and Air Niugini expects another to be completed mid this year.

This will reduce overseas expenditure as well as build the PNG Engineering staff capacity. These ten AMEs are fortunate to be among those who will be using this facility and they are the future of Air Niugini. Foo said.

Meanwhile, Mr Foo also said Air Niugini is working to improve and standardize its employ...


Labour tear it all down and call it reform "IndyWatch Feed"

Education Minister Chris Hipkins and PM Jacinda Ardern are trying to spin their plans for New Zealands education system as reform but that couldnt be further from the truth. What they are planning is a complete destruction of the existing system, razing it to the ground, bulldozing it and then starting from scratch amongst the []

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The Politician's Syllogism, or, How politics solves problems "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Read this:

His Royal Majesty was forced to swallow alimony a toxic metal. He vomited and was given a series of enemas. His hair was shave f, and he had blistering agents applied to the scalp, to drive any bad humours downward.
....Plasters of chemical irritants, including pigeon droppings, were applied to the soles of the royal feet, to attract the falling humours. Another ten ounces of blood was drawn.
....The king was given white sugar candy, to cheer him up, then prodded with a red-hot poker. He was then given forty drops of ooze from "the skull of a man that was never buried" who, it was promised, had died a. most violent death. Finally, crushed stones from the intestines of a goat from East India were forced down the royal throat
If you guessed that the next sentence reads something like, "not surprisingly, the king died soon after," then you wouldn't be too surprised.

The quote comes from new book The Elephant in the Brain by Robin Hanson. It describes perfectly how politics "solves" problems.

Why did what was then the world's most celebrated physicians undertake such injudicious treatment on their single-most important patient? Because all the nations eyes were upon them.
The king died on February 6. But notice all the conspicuous effort in this story. If Charles's physicians had simply prescribed soup and bed rest, everyone might have questioned whether "enough" had been done. Instead, the king's treatments were elaborate and esoteric, By sparing no expense or effort -- by procuring fluids form a torture victim and stones from goat bellies -- the physicians were safe from accusations of malpractice.
The physicians were safe. The patient was not.

This is a prime example of what Sir Humphrey Appleby famously summarised as the Politician's Syllogism, "Something must be done. This is something. Therefore we must do it." And be seen to do it.

In following the Syllogism the politicians themselves are almost always safe.

It's you and I who are not.

[Hat tip Michael Strong and David Weiner]



Just gets smelly and unhygienic with no palpable results, a bit similar to mud wrestling with pigs.

The important bit will come when the decision is made and the whole teim have to get on with implementing it.

Smith, Carter, Barry, and co who through perseverance and longevity have survived at levels often well beyond their ability need to give early notice they accept time has been kind but it has arrived at the crossroads..
Much of their apparent success has emanated from the gentrification of the electorate combined with an inexplicable lack of desire for younger voters to engage to a level  that even has them voting.
Social media has built a new Colosseum for future combat.

The military have evolved to a system that has commanders giving orders and soldiers carrying them out. When a commander is elevated beyond his competence then things can unravel fast but can still be salvageable if lower ranks can act with courage, in politics it is no different.

I am one who sees Ms Kaye as lacking a presence that equates to leadership but she is launching what appears to be a serious assault on Hipkins and Davis that even the worst speaker since the shrieking banshee Wilson sat up there running interference, can cover for.

Is it good for democracy that Mallard in seeking a personal biased means of enforcement with removing questions for infractions from either team?
Or is that a suppression of one of the tenets of the Westminster system where holding the Government to account  is a vital part of the process.
To deduct a question from the questioner as a punishment for an infraction of his warped sense of discipline by someone entirely removed from the process must be a retrograde step. Expulsion removes aa problem but the system can continue with another stepping up. Mallard needs to pull his head in.

This rabble need to be held to account and with so many wheels wobbling and beginning to fall off, it might take a lot more than a Canoe jumping act to keep  the vehicle warrantable.


Watch: Fluoride can impair intelligence says professor but former Health Minister says water fluoridation is safe, beneficial "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Anti-fluoride activist Professor Paul Connett has shared his views during an interview with TVNZ 1s Breakfast programme this morning, with a counter argument given by former Health Minister Jonathan Coleman.

[Watch it here]

Both gave firm arguments this morning on Breakfast around the controversial practice of fluoridating drinking water supplies.

Professor Connett, who has a PhD in chemistry, made numerous points, but one of the main ones was that he believes research suggests fluoride can impair intelligence.

For counter balance, Breakfast invited former government Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman on the show, who said he still believes fluoridation of drinking water is completely safe and beneficial.

Water supplies in many New Zealand regions has been fluoridated for more than 60 years due to its beneficial effects on oral health, according to the Ministry of Health.

Fluoridation in New Zealand typically adjusts the amount of fluoride present in water to between 0.7 and 1 parts per million.

A 2007 Ministry for the Environment report showed that 95 per cent of the 279 groundwater sites it tested had naturally occurring fluoride concentrations of 0.56 parts per million, or less.

*Original online at

Note: The TV interview was live at 7:20 am, on Feb 22, in NZ   or 1:20 pm in New York on February 21.


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




Office Of Hawaiian Affairs Chair Colette Machado Is At It Again.

Lots Of Promises With No Real Action.

This Time Shes Promising To Clean Up OHA After The State Audit Results.

Watch This To See How You Can Make Colette Machado Turn Her Words Into Action.

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


PNGs losses from Solwara 1 currently over K350 million "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Solwara 1 is chewing its way through PNG taxpayer funds at an alarming rate

In 2014, the State borrowed US$120 million [K375 million] from BSP to buy a 15% stake in the proposed Solwara 1 seabed mine.

Nautilus Minerals says US$113 million from the loan was paid to the company in December 2014.

It is not clear what has happened to the other US$7 million, the balance of the funds borrowed, but at the moment the governments investment in Solwara 1 is not looking like a very good bet.

While the States partner, Nautilus Minerals is on financial life support and haemorrhaging senior staff, the State has written down its investment by over K260 million.

The latest financial report from Eda Kopa (Solwara) Limit...


Book review of the day: Transfer of Power "IndyWatch Feed"

You can help. Send your book review to and we will put it up when it is your turn. Please set your submission out with the name of the book, then the author and then describe in your own words what the book is about. Also if you happen to be a commenter please []

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Queensland high-rise boom unwinds apace "IndyWatch Feed"

Apartment building slowing

Residential building work done for non-houses dropped by some 25 per cent in Queensland in 2017.

And this construction trend will continue in 2018 as the sector continues to rebalance towards equilibrium.

Not quite so many cranes expected in 2018 then, at least in the residential sector! 

As construction slows Brisbane's apartments are gradually filling up, as I looked at in a bit more detail here, but it's taking time for the stock to be absorbed.

The figures for engineering construction have been all over the show across recent quarters with some wild spikes in Western Australia due to the import of LNG platforms.

Looking at the smoother trend figures brings positive news.

Post-mining boom engineering construction is no longer dragging back the economies of Western Australia and Queensland, paving the way for an economic recovery for the resources states. 

Good to see.

At the national level residential building work done fell by about 5 per cent in 2017 as supply and demand look to swing back into balance.

However, this was more than offset by the rebound in engineering co...


Singular Demotion: Trump Tells Citizens Ask Jeff Session! "IndyWatch Feed"


jeff_sessions_official_portraitYou know you are on the outs with the President when he not only unleashes an army of citizen trolls on you, but demotes you from plural to singular.   President Trump posted another controversial tweet this morning in asking why he is being investigated but not his predecessor or the Democrats. He tells supporters to Just Ask Jeff Session.  Attorney General Sessions appears to still be the persona non grata and, if anything, diminishing by the day.

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Will Marks be rolled? "IndyWatch Feed"

Will bruised ego trump baubles? Unlikely.


There were no surprises when Winston Peters was re-elected leader of New Zealand First unopposed.

The man and the party are almost one and the same thing and there would be no question of dissension

But this mornings Politik newsletter Richard Harman, who is usually well informed, suggests that Peters might be about to depose Ron Mark as deputy in favour of Fletcher Tabuteau.

The waka jumping legislation hasnt been passed yet.

If Mark was sufficiently unhappy with show of no confidence in him he could leave the party and still stay in parliament.

That would mean hed no longer be a minister though and he could well find that too high a price to pay no matter how upset he was.

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Will Marks be rolled? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There were no surprises when Winston Peters was re-elected leader of New Zealand First unopposed.

The man and the party are almost one and the same thing and there would be no question of dissension

But this mornings Politik newsletter Richard Harman, who is usually well informed, suggests that Peters might be about to depose Ron Mark as deputy in favour of Fletcher Tabuteau.

The waka jumping legislation hasnt been passed yet.

If Mark was sufficiently unhappy with show of no confidence in him he could leave the party and still stay in parliament.

That would mean hed no longer be a minister though and he could well find that too high a price to pay no matter how upset he was.




Rainbow community changes their alphabet soup yet again "IndyWatch Feed"

Here we go again. Identity politics is now so complex it needs its own book of definitions so that every special little snowflake can have their own special little identity. It is really simple. You are a biological man or a biological woman. I dont care who you want to sleep with. I dont care []

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RNZ Morning Report: Initial thoughts on Hipkins education review "IndyWatch Feed"

Morning Report looks at Hipkins education review

Then the programme looks at what principals want

Adam suspects this review will be captured by vested interests, especially the unions. Look forward to much hot air and little change for the better.


February 22 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed"

1701 - Roebuck, the Royal Navy vessel on which William Dampier sailed to and explored the coast of New Holland including the Abrolhos islands and Shark Bay, was leaking and falling apart when she slowly and quiety sank in six metres of water at Ascension island in the Atlantic.

1791 - James Ruse was a clever little dicky-bird and proved he could sustain himself with the first land grant at Rose Hill on the bush block he dubbed Experiment Farm.

1796 -  Hawkesbury settlers agreed they will assemble for mutual protection when Aboriginal people were seen near their farms.
It has been intimated to the governor, that two white men had been frequently seen with the natives and
were supposed to direct and assist in those acts of hostility by which the settlers had lately suffered, writes Collins.
The two renegades, Wilson and Knight have shown the Darug that English muskets, once discharged, are useless until reloaded. This, says Collins, effectually removed that terror of our fire-arms with which it had been our constant endeavour to inspire them.

1805 - James Lovell was Hanged for forging and uttering (NSW).

1838 - William Moore was publicly hanged in High St Maitland for the murder of his master John Hoskyns.

1855 - There was order in the court for the trial of the 13 miners who lead the Eureka Stockade and who were charged with High Tea, High Tide and High Treason.

1867 - Royal Commission into the best means of clearing the Murray River presented its final report to Parliament.
Hmph, 5 mins in the country and they've soiled the mighty Murray already.

1874 - A number of Aboriginal men descended from the hill behind the Barrow Creek Telegraph Station and fatally speared the Station Master and a linesman.
The Kaytetye say the attack was in response to the theft of their land and the exploitation of the women by the new settlers. Reprisal was swift and severe and many innocent Aboriginal people were killed in the months following the event.

1879 - The Aussie artist, author and sculptor who scandalised society, Norman Lindsay, was found in a Bunyip nest.

1889 - Southern Cross was an iron steamship who was impaled amidships by an uncharted rock right in the middle of the fairway off Rocky Cape, north-west Tasmania, about half a mile offshore. Crew and passengers were saved with assistance from SS Herbert. It was hoped she may be saved with the rising tide, but it was not to be. Some gear was salvaged but all passenger luggage was lost.

1901 - Leading Aussie film pioneer Ken Hall was bumped into the world. Producing many films for both Aussie and overseas studios he gave us many Aussie classics that are still watched today.

1910 - The black hole in the ground, the W...


Poem of the Week: Vincent "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Remembering the master in different ways By Roger Childs We watched Loving Vincent at Shoreline yesterday and emerged to a sight we had never seen before. Beyond the theatre entrance a tropical downpour was drenching Waikanae through incredibly bright sunlight. It needed Van Gogh to paint it. The film breaks new ground in the history []



It is no great secret that my fathers family was tribal Labour.   Indeed, for many years my Aunt's residence in Donnington Street was the unofficial headquarters of the Palmerston North LRC complete with the obligatory pictures of MJS and Peter Frazer on the wall in the living room.    Some of my cousins keep the faith, others have had the scales removed from their eyes. 

And so it was that last weekend I met up with one of those (Labour) cousins to catch up over a few wines (not chardonnay).   She is a lawyer with an interest in constitutional law.   I asked her what she knew of of Peters' Electoral (Integrity) Amendment Bill and the ability of a Party caucus to expel an MP from Parliament.   She said not much ... but that it was good that a List MP who fell out with his/her Party should lose their seat because they were there solely because of their List ranking.

But I said to her that s55A(1) makes it clear the legislation applies to all MPs (except those elected as Independents).   That includes electorate (constituency) MPs.   She said that can't be right ... an electorate MP answers to his/her electorate ... they vote them in; they vote them out.     I suggested to her she had  better believe it because that's what the Bill is all about.

I then asked her what she made of a Bill where Parties comprising three or more MPs could expel members at will while two member Parties could not.   She said it was stupid.

We departed on good terms.   My cousin will invoke the 70/30 rule and suck it up but she is not a happy chappie  and neither she should be.

And all because the venal Winston Peters doesn't/can't trust his own caucus.


Something seems amiss "IndyWatch Feed"

Sometimes its the things not said that end up revealing the most. For example: Has anyone noticed that ever since the new Government took power there have been very few, if any, stories in the MSM about families with kids living in cars? I seem to remember this being an almost constant running theme on a []

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Climate Justice Forum: Sandpoint Railroad Issues Meeting, Second Lake Rail Bridge Application, Payette Riverside Gas Wells, Anti-Silicon Smelter Meeting & March, Jordan Cove LNG Project Protest, Solar Panel Tariff 2-21-18 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The Wednesday, February 21, 2018 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features a recording of an Idaho Conservation League, railroad issues meeting in Sandpoint, and news and reflections on an application to build a second, Lake Pend Oreille, rail bridge, Alta Mesa gas well drilling next to the Payette River, a WIRT and Newport silicon smelter resisters meeting and march, an Oregon meeting disruption by Jordan Cove LNG project protesters, and a Trump administration tariff on imported solar panels.  Broadcast for six years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide, community resistance to fossil fuel projects, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


Ex-Cyclone Gita turns New Zealand's Terrible Gully into river of rock "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

A river of shingle rock flowing down Terrible Gully has left eight farms cut off from town in Rakaia, near Canterbury's Mt Hutt. Incredible video of the "rocky river" was captured by Donna Field of Cleardale Station as she surveyed the damage from former Cyclone Gita on Wednesday. The flow of careering shingles closed Double Hill Run Rd which services the farms in the South Island region. It's an event that has become a regular occurrence for the farmers in the area. "But it's never been this bad before," Field said. "For a long time it was quite stable, but the last 2.5 - 3 years it has become a lot more active."


Thoughts from Bob: Dopey girls, fairies, Fletchers and screaming geese "IndyWatch Feed"

I wrote a piece recently about media interference into politicians private lives. In that respect its one thing I hugely admire Winston for.

Hes been in parliament seemingly for ever but what do you know about his private life? Bugger all! The reason is because, learning the hard way, hes followed two basic rules. First; never talk to the print media as invariably theyll selectively mis-use ones comments. Any communications with them, if absolutely necessary, should be by written response.

Second; never do radio or TV interviews other than live for the same reason.

Learning from that about 20 years ago at 5:45pm I received a call form a dopey Radio NZ girl wanting my comments about a (surprise, surprise) Massey University report that the rich are getting richer and the poor, poorer.

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Whos paying for unprepared government? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Suspicions that Labour wasnt prepared for government were right:

. . . But Labour which she admitted was not prepared to be in Government . . 

The she in the above sentence is the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

This is yet another indictment on her party which spent almost nine years in-fighting, festering and frittering away the time it should have been developing policy and preparing to govern.

Because it wasnt expecting to be in government it made some rash and uncosted promises in the hope of clawing back enough voter support to provide a foundation on which to build for the following election never thinking it would be in a position to deliver.

But a change of leader, MMP, and Winston Peters whim, put the party into government.

The price of this unprepared government is being paid in time wasted filibustering its own bills because it doesnt have enough legislation ready for parliament.

Its also being paid in promises broken which included one to patients suffering from rare diseases:

The New Zealand Organisation for Rare Disorders (NZORD) is stunned that the Government is not honouring its election promise to establish a separate fund which would allow rare disease patients to access vital, life-saving medicines.

Dr Collette Bromhead, NZORD Chief Executive said that the decision to take the promised fund off the table is devastating to the 377,000 New Zealand patients and their families who live with a rare and life-threatening disease.

We have been told that the pledged $20m fund, to be spent over 4 years, will now not go ahead.

And in a double blow, we have now been notified that the Government is also reviewing the contract which enables NZORD to provide the essential services and support for patients and families impacted by rare diseases.

The decision to cancel the fund for medicines is a complete u-turn by the Government and has been done without any consultation with the rare disease community. It leaves these vulnerable patients with no way to access the essential medicines that could extend their life and provide them with a better quality of living, she said.

During the 2017 election, the Labour Party announced that it would set up a separate fund to enabl...


One race or two? "IndyWatch Feed"

As the contenders for the leadership of the National Party line up at the starting gate, they are each faced with a dilemma that confronts anyone seeking the leadership of a political party in a democracy. This is because for them the leadership of their party is presumably not an end in itself, []

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Chris Hipkins described as aggressive by CEO of He Puna Marama Trust "IndyWatch Feed"

Raewyn Tipene is the CEO of He Puna Marama Trust, which operates Te Kura Hourua o Whangarei Terenga Paraoa, a Maori Charter school. In a recent radio interview with Waatea News, she discussed the closure of Charter schools. She was scathing about how Education Minister Chris Hipkins had treated the Trust and she also was []

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National leadership poll (sort of interesting but out of date) "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A public poll on the National leadership is of limited value, because the leader is chosen by Nationals 56 MPs only, and the poll was conducted before the leadership contest began. But it is a bit interesting, especially National supporter results. The Spinoff Exclusive: Poll gives Judith Collins slim lead as preferred National leader A []


Why do farmers hire seasonal workers? "IndyWatch Feed"

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) has published a report comparing the performance of workers under the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) with Working Holiday Makers (or backpackers).

Commissioned by the World Bank, the report extends a previous small-scale ABARES study carried out in 2013. Its findings are based on data collected from horticultural employers using seasonal workers and/or backpackers over three years.

The report asks two questions: what difference does labour choice (backpackers v seasonal workers) make to productivity; and what difference to profitability? Unfortunately, it only provides a satisfactory answer to the first.

The main finding of the report is that seasonal workers are considerably more productive than backpackers: by 20 percent on average.

Even first-time seasonal workers are more productive than backpackers, but returning seasonal workers are more productive still, on average by 15 percent. The second time around, the unproductive workers are weeded out, and/or the returning workers are more experienced.

It is important to note that productivity here is measured simply as wages per hour. All employers on which productivity calculations were based used piece rates. The more productive workers filled more bins, and therefore earned more dollars per hour.

It is also important to note that the samples for these conclusions are very small. Only three employers provided wage spreadsheets which allowed comparisons of backpackers and seasonal workers. Nevertheless, the finding confirms the earlier 2013 ABARES study, which found that seasonal workers were 22 percent more productive than backpackers. It also confirms anecdotal evidence from farmers who use the scheme.

So much for productivity. What about profitability? Should higher productivity push employers to hire seasonal workers? Here, things are not so simple.

The report finds that non-wage labour costs are significantly higher for seasonal workers than for backpackers: $1,620 v $134 per worker. For example, employers have to help with seasonal worker transport costs, whereas backpackers just turn up. Recruitment and administration costs per worker are also much higher under the SWP. However, the average seasonal worker works for almost six times as long on a farm as the average backpacker, so the cost...


Backroom calculations "IndyWatch Feed"

Barry Soper looks at the National party numbers game: Doing the numbers in any political leadership race is a pointless exercise. For journalists its futile, given those who admit to a favourite candidate, which are few and far between, are just as likely to switch their choices in another conversation depending on the track its []

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Despite repeated promises, PNGs greatest ever scandal continues "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"


PORT MORESBY - Today is the first anniversary of the presentation of a 10,000 signature petition to the Department of Lands demanding the cancellation of the SABL (special agriculture and business) leases.

2018 also marks five-years since the SABL Commission of Inquiry exposed the full extent of the illegal land grab, which affects more than 10% of the whole country.

But, despite repeated promises from the ONeill government to cancel the leases, stretching back to 2013, almost nothing has been done.

The governments response to the illegal SABL land grab is the greatest scandal this country has ever seen.

Even the brave landowners who have struggled through the courts to have leases declared illegal, without any help or support from the government, or have stood up and defied the logging companies despite attacks from the police, still have foreign companies occupying their soil.

A list released two weeks ago by the Lands Department revealed that of 75 SABL leases examined in the Commission of Inquiry, only 10 have been cancelled, five of those were at the direction of the courts and four voluntarily surrendered.

Meanwhile, as the government delays get ever longer, most of the SABL files have disappeared from the Department of Lands.

Fifty thousand square kilometres of land, more than 10% of the entire nation given away illegally yet the government does almost nothing to undo the wrong and indeed is still allowing logging companies to plunder the forests.

With APEC leaders now preparing to visit PNG, the SABL land grab is a huge embarrassment for the nation.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights slammed the PNG government over its failure to protect its own citizens during his visit two-weeks ago, saying many communities have been forcibly evicted from their homes, often reportedly violently, with impunity and allegedly sometimes with the complicity of local police.

It seems the whole world knows about and has condemned the land grab but the government is either unwilling or unable to cancel the majority of the leases.

If the government wants to show we are still a sovereign nation, they must immediately give the land back to local people, evict the foreign companies and pay compensation to the communities for the losses and damage they have suffered.


Accusations of Labour shielding Ministers from scrutiny in Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Claims have been made that Labour is protecting some of its Ministers from scrutiny in Question Time in Parliament. Clare Curran again secreted away from the House to ensure she doesn't have to face scrutiny. This is beyond a joke now @nzlabour and is insulting to taxpayers. We deserve basic accountability!#nzpol #nzqt Gwynn Compton []


Quote of the Day: Rand v Rawls "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

"[In] Rands view: The more rational you each are, the more you have to gain from each other and the less your interests conflict.
...."For Rawls, it is the opposite: Another mans rationality is a threat to you. The more rational we all are, the more our society is dog-eat-dog. The more rational your neighbour is, the bigger threat he is to you, and we need government to protect us from the rational actions of others... This presumption of a fundamental, inescapable, metaphysical conflict of interest among rational human beings underlies everything in Rawls-the original position, the veil of ignorance, the two principles, the difference principle, the basic structure, the criteria of stability, justice as fairness, . . . everything...
...."For Rand, the more rational your neighbour is, the less of a threat he is to you, and we need government to protect us from the irrational actions of others.
...."For Rawls, we need to protect ourselves from people who would act rationally. For Rand, we need to protect ourselves from people who would act irrationally....
...."[Furthermore] if Ayn Rand is right that there is no conflict of interests among rational men-however strange that may sound-then all of Rawls edifice collapses. "

~ John McCaskey, from his post 'A Dog-Eat-Dog World: Rand vs. Rawls'
NB: If you don't know, John Rawls is widely considered the most influential political philosopher of the late twentieth century, with the effects you can see all around you.


28 papers stuffed "IndyWatch Feed"

Probably not too much of a surprise, but what If anything will take their place? Both for local news and local ads and notices.


Stuff has announced its ditching 28 of its papers:

The full list of titles being closed is:

AvenuesWaikato FarmerAdmire MarlboroughNZ Dairy FarmerDiscover MagazineSelwyn and Ashburton OutlookAdmire NelsonHastings MailChristchurch MailNapier MailThe TribuneKaikoura StarInvercargill EyeAuto XtraSouth Canterbury HeraldClutha LeaderWaiheke MarketplaceNewsLinkWairarapa NewsQueenstown MirrorNZ FarmerWaitaki HeraldCanterbury FarmerNorth Waikato NewsCentral District FarmerRotorua ReviewOtago Southland FarmerRuapehu Press.

This is very tough for the people whose jobs are at risk.

There might be opportunities for someone to take over some of the titles but print media is not a growing business and rural media is a very crowded space.

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Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed"

Welcome to our Daily Crossword.
Readers have requested a daily crossword and stated that the only reason they maintained a subscription to the NZ Herald or other newspapers was for a daily crossword.
We have now sourced a quality crossword provider, the same provider who provides many crosswords to media outlets for print. It is available for ALL readers who have a subscription package with Whaleoil.
Now you can safely cancel your newspaper subscription as your final remaining reason to keep it has now gone. Instead, you can sign up for one of our subscription packages and enjoy crosswords online on Whaleoil.
If demand is sufficient we can extend what we offer to other puzzles like Sudoku as well. Let us know.
The Crossword is now only available for subscribers only.

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Dotcom deportation decision on hold "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An Immigration NZ report on possible deportation of Kim Dotcom is on hold until after his extradition has been fully dealt with. NZH Exclusive: Inquiry into deporting Kim Dotcom is complete but Immigration NZ is keeping its findings secret even from its minister Immigration NZ has completed an investigation into whether Kim Dotcom can []


If you want to UPDATE, UPGRADE or CHANGE any details this post has all the links you will need "IndyWatch Feed"

If you want to update your credit card details click here. If you want to upgrade or change your subscription click here. You can easily upgrade between subscription levels at any time by visiting your account page. When upgrading your subscription, it will be prorated based on the amount you have already paid and how much time is left on your []

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Operation Pacific Eagle: The US and Duterte Take Aim at China and the Armed Poor "IndyWatch Feed World"

As we conclude this exclusive MPN series, we compare Operation Pacific Eagle to the notorious counterinsurgency initiative Plan Colombia and look at how the new Pentagon mission enables the U.S. to continue encircling China with its military bases. We speak to exiled Filipino revolutionary Jose Maria Sison and Professors William I. Robinson and Roland Simbulan.

In Part One, we discussed the armed struggle on the southern island of Mindanao and its nearly trillion dollars in mineral deposits a crucial motive for Washington to prioritize the Philippines as a major military theater on the same scale as Syria and Iraq.

In Part Two, we explored the history of U.S. colonialism and imperialist domination of the Philippines and President Rodrigo Dutertes inability to forge an independent foreign policy free of Washingtons dictates.

MANILA, PHILIPPINES   While the Pentagons latest major mission, Operation Pacific Eagle, does represent a major boost to the U.S. military presence in the Philippines, in many ways its old wine in a new bottle.

The overseas contingency operation is a spinoff of Operation Enduring Freedom Philippines an intervention that began shortly after the World Trade Center attacks of September 11, 2001, and was used to justify U.S. participation in counter-insurgency operations primarily targeting the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Maoist fighters of the New Peoples Army (NPA), the latter of whom formed in 1968 and have been fighting ceaselessly ever since.

On the pretext of President George W. Bushs Global War on Terror, Washington used the manufactured terrorism bogeyman to reestablish its military bases in strategic locales across the world in preparation for future wars with China slotted into the role of the U.S.s long-term strategic rival.

With the United States decline from regional hegemony palpable and the Philippines experiencing continued social unrest, Operation Pacific Eagles stated goal of combating radicalization and violent extremism in the Southeast Asian archipelago offers Washington and Manila a way to kill two birds with one stone. And of course, it uses the time-tested methods honed in other regions of strategic importance to the maintenance of Washingtons overseas...


GOP senators versus Trumps TPP and trade tirades "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Yesterday in New Zealand the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) was released. Next month it is likely to be signed by the eleven countries who renegotiated some parts of the agreement after Donald Trump pulled the United States out soon after becoming president. Trump had strongly criticised the TPP during the presidential campaign. Its []


Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

 Doing a good turn may seem a trivial thing to us grown-ups, but a good turn done as a child will grow into service for the community when she grows up.    Olave Baden-Powell who was born on this day in 1889.


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 []

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Singirok says control of lethal weapons entry has broken down "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Jerry Singirok

NEWS REPORT | PNG National Broadcasting Corporation

PORT MORESBY The chairman of the Guns Control Committee and former commander of the PNG Defence Force Major-General (retired) Jerry Singirok has said the Papua New Guinea government needs to invest heavily in border security.

The committee was set up in 2005 to come up with recommendation to address issues of gun violence in the country.

It made 244 recommendations but nothing was done by the government to address them.

Mr Singirok, speaking on the NBC's Morning Tru program, said stringent control measures should be taken at PNGs border entry points to monitor and curb deadly weapons.

"The other biggest issue is that we have a border security problem, he said.

The government has not invested much in security forces to ensure border control is enforced.

For example, Wutung-Batas, the Indonesian check point, is the weakest, weakest point.


Fairfax dumping 28 community and rural newspapers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Last year when the Commerce Commission denied a bid by Fairfax and NZME to merge it was suggested that regional newspapers may be dumped. Yesterday Fairfax announced that they would sell or close 28 regional and rural newspapers. May 2017: Fairfax may cut newspapers after merger with NZME denied Cuts to regional papers are likely in the []


Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

West Point will provide the family of Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting victim Peter Wang a letter of acceptance to West Point Class of 2025, which was his dream, and honorarium tokens. His funeral is today. [] Wang, who was a member of the JROTC program at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, was []

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Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

The word for today is chivalry (noun) 1. The medieval system, principles, and customs of knighthood. 2.(a) The qualities idealised by knighthood, such as bravery, courtesy, honor, and gallantry toward women. (b) A manifestation of any of these qualities. 3. A group of knights or gallant gentlemen. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : []

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Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed"

Proverbs 22 19 I am teaching you todayyes, you so you will trust in the Lord.

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Lobbyists and Labour advisers in Government "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Bryce Edwards has interesting coverage of the revolving door from lobbyist to Government to lobbyist again in Political Roundup: The Governments revolving door for lobbyists In many democracies, they call it the revolving door of influence whereby political insiders shift easily between government jobs or positions and lobbying work in the private sector. Its []


Catholic-run family planning in PNG: assistance or oppression? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Family planningCATHERINE GRAUE | Pacific Beat | Australian Broadcasting Corporation | Extract

You can read the full article here

SYDNEY - Pressure is mounting on Papua New Guinea's Government to reconsider its contracts with health clinics run by the Catholic Church, amid concerns some are deliberately failing to meet their obligations of providing a full family planning service.

While advocating natural methods of contraception, the Church insists it also provides counselling and a patient referral system, which is a requirement of its contract with the PNG Health Department.

But family planning advocates claim items being provided to Catholic clinics by the Government go unused and are being destroyed, while others report spot checks are being carried out by senior church officials.

The Catholic Church officially promotes the natural "ovulation method", but the outspoken views of people like Rolando Santos, the Bishop of Alotau, point to a much harder line which is causing considerable anger among health professionals.

"They should not use artificial means in order to prevent the natural process from taking place," he told the ABC's Pacific Beat program.

"They have to respect the plan of God, of nature."

Family planning advocate Wendy Stein, who set up the NGO Spacim Pikinini which translates as "space your children" to provide implants to women living in remote PNG, has raised her concerns about the Catholic Church.

"They're out of touch and I feel like they're oppressing the indigenous people in PNG," she said.

"We've had instances where the bishops send teams out to villages with propaganda and discourage people, whether they're Catholic or not, about the implant."

She has had her own run-ins with Father Santos, who questioned the work of her NGO.

"I've had conversations with the Bishop here, he called me probably 18 months ago to have a discussion about it and told me stop what I was doing, it was wrong and that I'd go to hell," she told Pacific Beat.

Father Santos said his big concern is that NGOs like Spacim Pikinni...


Media watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


Open Forum Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


New Zealand blasted by heavy dump of summer SNOW as ex-cyclone Gita wreaks havoc and turns weather patterns on their head (VIDEO, PHOTOS) "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

New Zealand's weather has taken a bizarre turn as Cyclone Gita unleashes damaging winds and rainfall on the country, with a heavy dump of snow hitting the ski fields of the South Island. Coronet Peak has had about 10-15cm of snow at the base of its ski fields, and snow drifts of more than one metre have blanketed the Remarkables. Ski manager Ross Lawrence told Stuff across the area there was 50cm of snow on average, but he didn't expect it to last long. 'Remember it is only February so the sun will come out again soon,' he said.


TPP remains largely unchanged in attempt to lure back U.S., Japanese official says "IndyWatch Feed War"

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Kazuyoshi Umemoto, Japans chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, holds up a copy of the original TPP deal as he speaks at a news conference Tuesday at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan in Tokyo. | REUTERS


Japan Times

FEB 21, 2018

While President Donald Trumps decision to pull the U.S. from the  initially put the deal on life support in January 2017, details released Wednesday revealed that the remaining 11 countries have managed to agree on terms close to the agreements original form.

Japanese diplomats, thrust into a new role as lead negotiators, worked to keep the deal largely unchanged except for key provisions which could eventually be reinstated to lure the United States back to the deal, and to potentially re-engage the Trump administration in the Asia-Pacific region.

One of the main reasons to keep the differences between the original TPP-12 and TPP-11 to a minimum is to induce the U.S. to come back to the deal, said Kazuyoshi Umemoto, Japans chief TPP negotiator, during a news conference in Tokyo on Tuesday. Although Japan is a trading nation, and we favored trade liberalization in general, we always had to be on the defensive side. But for the first time with TPP-11, we were able to take the lead.

In total, the new agreement removes 22 items, many of which were specifically pushed for by the United States.

Formally speaking the 22 amendments are suspended, but the TPP is a progressive agreement. That is why in addition to having new member economies, a change to the TPP agreement would not be impossible, said Kenichi Kawasaki, a professor and senior fellow at the Tokyo-based National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, who previously wrote an economic analysis of the original deal.

While U.S. participation in the trade pact remains improbable in the short term, during his January visit to Davos, Trump indicated an openness to rejoining the deal and on Friday, 25 senators pressed the president to re-engage on negotiations, according to The Washingto...


Indonesia says Uncle Sam to lift last bans on Kopassus troops "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Indonesia says Uncle Sam to lift last bans on Kopassus troops

The Australian12:00AM February 21, 2018
Indonesia says the US has undertaken to lift the remaining restrictions on engagement with Indonesias Kopassus special forces, ending a 19-year ban on the unit linked to civilian killings and human rights abuses in West Papua, Aceh and East Timor.

Former Indonesian military commander Moeldoko, now chief of staff to President Joko Widodo, said US ambassador Joseph Donovan had confirmed on Monday during a meeting at the presidential palace that the US would gradually lift the last restrictions on the military unit.

This follows a request last month from Defence Minister Ryacudu Ryamizard to his US counterpart Jim Mattis to end the ban, imposed in 1999, on US engagement with the unit.

Successive Indonesian governments have lobbied for the ban to be lifted, but have had only partial success despite support from the Pentagon. Former president Barack Obama in 2010 lifted the outright ban on US military contact with Kopassus, although its 6000 members are still banned from travelling to the US or training with US forces.

In a statement issued after Mondays meeting, General Moeldoko said Mr Donovan had emphasised the importance of co-operation between the two armed forces in preserving stability in the Asia-Pacific region and said the US intended to reopen the possibility of a military training co-operation, (beginning) with Kopassus.

But the US embassy in Jakarta appeared reluctant to confirm General Moeldokos statement yesterday, or give a time line for when US training of Kopassus might resume.

Instead an embassy spokesman said: As Secretary Mattis trip to Indonesia demonstrated, we are committed to deepening our defence co-operation with Indonesia and are seeking opportunities for further engagement in various areas. All engagement activities are conducted in accordance with US law.

We support Indonesias efforts to promote human rights and the rule of law, and we continue to discuss the importance of accountability for past abuses.

The move would be in line with the unveiling last month of a shift in US national security focus from counter-terrorism to contain the rising power of China and Russia.

American forces are prevented under the Leahy Law...


The Empire Strikes Back-The Deep State Is Planning Massive Terror Attacks "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"


cbn attack

Five years ago, I reported that Ex-federal officials belonging to virtually every alphabet soup agency are continuing to early retire and bug out from their present location. They know what is coming. I am getting reports that these defections and bug-outs are increasing exponentially, Man in FEMA and DHS fear that the United States will soon be exposed to a series of chemical, biological and nuclear attacks. Trump is still president and the number of people awakening is frightening.

Deep State propaganda is failing. CNN isnt even used as a night-light anymore. The Deep State must do something.

Trump Led Populism Must Be Stopped At All Costs

The ground swell of Trump-led populism will not be tolerated by the criminal elite. Before they forfeit their free trade agreements and the benefits enjoyed by their multi-national corporations, due to illegal immigration, they will fight back against the rising tide of global defiance from the people. Their Trump card (pun intended) is to unleash mass genocide against the people in the form of a chemical/biological/nuclear (CBN).  Then the perpetrators will blame ISIS, or more likely North Korea and World War III will be started.

Even many Silicon Valley is bugging out (New Zealand).The reports I am getting oabout the prominent and the Alphabet Soup people leaving are dramatically increasing.

Ex-FEMA Relocations

north carolinaOver 5 years ago, I reported that recently retired officials from FEMA/DHS are relocating to the rolling hill areas, in the Southeast. Their enclave contains resources consisting of air, water, food and guns. These enclaves also include underground structures which are sensibly self-contained and can serve to isolate the inhabitants from the outside. I have two sources on this information which includes a family member and a retired FEMA official who has chosen not to participate in this relocation. The nonparticipant ex-official from FEMA did not seek sanctuary with these g...

Wednesday, 21 February


Russia May Become a Leading LNG Supplier in Asia-Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Asia"


The serious environmental problems faced by China in the past decade have forced it to reform its energy industry. One of the main changes has been the large-scale transition from coal to a more eco-friendly type of hydrocarbon fuel natural gas. Chinas decision to shield its atmosphere from the products of coal combustion, replacing it with gas, which burns almost completely without leaving any harmful residues, proved to be beneficial for countries exporting natural gas, including Russia.

The environmental situation in China has long threatened the lives and health of its citizens. Factories and thermal power plants block out the sky of the countrys most industrialized areas with thick smog. It has reached the point where poor visibility on the roads due to smog causes car accidents. In these areas, significant mortality is recorded from diseases associated with failure of the respiratory system and poisoning with harmful substances.

The situation demanded radical action by the Chinese authorities. In March 2017, all the coal stations in Beijing and the surrounding areas were closed. For example, more than 33,000 facilities were withdrawn from operation in Hebei province. Such drastic measures resulted in fuel shortages. To make good the deficit, Chinas energy sector needs huge amounts of natural gas.

China has its own gas fields which it is actively developing. In 2017, China produced more than 147 million cubic meters of gas, which was 8.5% more than the production in 2016. However, this quantity is not enough to meet the demands of Chinas energy sector. Significant volumes have to be bought from abroad.

The cheapest way to supply natural gas from one country to another is via a gas pipeline. However, the construction of pipelines is a complex and expensive task, which can be made even more complicated if the terrain is challenging. In addition, once the pipeline has been built, it can be destroyed by a natural disaster or sabotage, or, in the event of deterioration in relations between the countries through whose territory it passes, it may simply be blocked.

For example, China is now receiving pipeline gas from Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Myanmar. Despite friendly relations with these countries, China cannot be absolutely sure that there will be no interruption to supplies. In all the above countries, there is a certain level of ter...


Civil society decry FSANZ approval of Golden Rice "IndyWatch Feed"

The recent release of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) approval report of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) application for a Golden Rice safety stamp and trade liability clearance have garnered negative reactions and widespread critique. 


Civil society decries FSANZ approval of Golden Rice "IndyWatch Feed"

The recent release of Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) approval report of International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) application for a Golden Rice safety stamp and trade liability clearance have garnered negative reactions and widespread critique. 



Melbourne, Australia: Community Blockades MITA Detention Centre in Desperate Bid to Stop Deportation to Danger of Tamil Asylum Seeker "IndyWatch Feed"


Received on 21.02.18:

February 22, 2018.
For immediate release
Blockade happening now

Community Blockades MITA Detention Centre in Desperate Bid to Stop Deportation to Danger of Tamil Asylum Seeker.

Community members have blockaded the gates of MITA detention centre in Broadmeadows this morning in a desperate bid to stop the deportation of Tamil asylum seeker, Santharuban. Grave fears are held for him should he be returned to Sri Lanka.

As a former member of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers), he faces plausible threat to his safety on return. Former Tiger members and returned Tamil refugees are routinely harassed, interrogated and some are subjected to torture by Sri Lankan security forces.

The UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) has asked the Australian government to stop Santharubans deportation until it is able to perform an investigation. The Home Affairs Department has issued a deportation notice for the 22nd of February in spite of the UNCAT request.


Record insurance payout for Tonga following Cyclone Gita "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

In the wake of Cyclone Gita, the government of Tonga received a US$3.5 million payout from the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company (PCRIC) based on its insurance cover against tropical cyclones.

Funds were transferred after seven days of the cyclone event, providing the government with rapid-response financing to support disaster-relief efforts and effective service delivery to the affected areas

Tonga is one of five Pacific Island countries that purchased catastrophe risk insurance from PCRIC a regional catastrophe insurance platform that offers governments insurance cover against climate and seismic hazards, currently tropical cyclones and earthquake/tsunamis. PCRIC policies are, designed to payout within 10 days of a triggered event to provide immediate access to liquidity for disaster response.

Cyclone Gita reached its peak intensity as a Category 4 cyclone before making landfall on Tonga, which caused wide spread damage largely due to destructive wind strength.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the affected communities across the Pacific, said PCRIC Chief Executive, David Traill.

Despite the tragic circumstances, we are proud to have been able to provide rapid funding to the Tongan government within seven days of Gita making landfall which will provide immediate support for the Tongan government to meet the needs of local communities.

Cyclone Gita has reinforced the critical importance of a coordinated disaster management capability across the Pacific, and PCRIC stands as a critical support in ensuring governments can act quickly following disasters.

It is clear from the record size of the payout to Tonga that the increased level of coverage provided to Pacific Island countries through the establishment and capitalisation of PCRIC by our donor partners has made a postive impact on the support we are able to deliver to the Pacific Island region.

We would like to acknowledge the generous capital contributions made by the governments of Germany, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States of America who have made this result possible, and the World Bank for their role in supporting the overall PCRAFI Programme.

PCRIC is committed to ongoing efforts to develop new products to increase the financial protection of governments against the impacts of climate change including drought, excess rainfall and other seismic hazards.




By Aloysius Laukai
As of this evening the Solomon Islands,Western Province Premier has issued a curfew for people in Gizo which started at 10 pm and till 6am.
All Liquor outlets to close including Schools in Gizo until further notice.
The escapees are still at large and the Premier has appealed to them to surrender voluntarily to authorities and discuss the situation according to our Melanesian culture.
Meanwhile, more Police reinforcements have also arrived in Gizo to contain the situation if the need arises and also to maintain law and order in and around Gizo.


Brisbane Broncos Team to face PNG Hunters "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

WAYNE Bennett has pulled a surprise by naming Anthony Milford to play against the Hunters in Papua New Guinea on Saturday.

Milford will make a return from shoulder surgery off the bench in the match in Port Moresby.

Sam Scarlett will start in the halves alongside Kodi Nikorima, with Milford to join the fray at some stage of the game against the Intrust Super Cup champions of last year.

Saturday, 3.30pm (PNG time)

1. Jamayne Isaako
2. Jonus Pearson
3. James Roberts
4. Tom Opacic
5. Jordan Kahu
6. Sam Scarlett
7. Kodi Nikorima
8. Matt Lodge
9. Todd Murphy
10. Sam Thaiday
11. Alex Glenn
12. Matt Gillett
13. Josh McGuire
14. Anthony Milford
15. Joe Ofahengaue
16. Korbin Sims
17. Tevita Pangai
18. Jake Turpin
19. Corey Oates
20. Jaydn SuA
Coach: Jason Demetriou

Source: / Photo: Broncos media 


SP PNG Hunters name 22-man squad for trial match against Brisbane Broncos "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

SP PNG Hunters coach Michael Marum has named a 22 man squad which will be trimmed down to 20 before their pre -season clash against the Brisbane Broncos on Saturday in Port Moresby.

He said many of the players including captain Ase Boas who was not named in the 22 are nursing niggling injuries and will be assessed over the next few days.

Stargroth Amean will captain the team for this match.

The 22 man squad is:

1. Stargroth AMEAN
2. Wawa PAUL
3. Adex WERA
4. Willie MINOGA
5. Brendon GOTUNA
6. Charlie SIMON
7. Watson BOAS
8. Moses MENINGA
9. Wartovo PUARA
10. Dilbert ISAAC
11. Nixon PUTT
12. John ANDY
13. Adam KORAVE
14. Sailas GAHUNA
15. Enock MAKI
16. Patrick MOREA
17. Rhadley BRAWA
18. McKenzie YER
19. Junior RAU
20. Butler MORRIS
21. Edene GABBIE
22. Baundo ABA
(Two to be omitted)

Coach: Michael MARUM

The SP Hunters will have their Captains Run at 2.30pm on Friday at the National Football Stadium, Boroko.


Students hospitalized after been hit by PMV Bus "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Frustrated pedestrians at the 9-mile market in Port Moresby burnt a PMV Bus after it hit a student and bumped three taxi vehicles early this morning.

Eyewitnesses said angry commuters bashed the driver and his crew as police arrived on scene to calm the situation.
The eyewitnesses said the PMV bus lost control of its breaks as it made its way round the 9-mile roundabout to avoid hitting oncoming vehicles when it hit the student.

The bus was attempting to escape the scene when two police vehicles parked beside the market stopped it.
The student hit was rushed to Gerehu General Hospital whilst the driver and his crew were taken into custody by the police.

Meanwhile, residents at the 9-mile area have called on city authorities to look into setting up proper bus stops for commuters to avoid such an incident to happen again.
The frustrated residents said that responsible authorities should seriously look into setting up bigger and proper bus stops at the 9-mile area as most commuters risk standing along roadside to hop on PMV buses.  PNGFM


World watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


February 22 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1495 King Charles VIII of France entered Naples to claim the citys throne.

1632 Galileos Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems was published.

1732 George Washington, First President of the United States, was born  (d. 1799).

1744 War of the Austrian Succession: The Battle of Toulon started.

1797 The Last Invasion of Britain started near Fishguard, Wales.

1819 James Russell Lowell, American poet and essayist, was born  (d. 1891).

1819 By the Adams-Ons Treaty, Spain sold Florida to the United States for $US5m.

1847 Mexican-American War: The Battle of Buena Vista  5,000 American troops drove off 15,000 Mexicans.

1855 Pennsylvania State University was founded as the Farmers High School of Pennsylvania.

1856 The Republican Party opened its first national meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1857 Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell, English founder of the Scout movement, was born (d. 1941).

1862 Jefferson Davis was officially inaugurated for a six-year term as the President of the Confederate States of America in Richmond, Virginia.

1879 Frank Woolworth opened the first of many of 5 and 10-centWoolworth stores.

1882 The Serbian...


China Plays Nuclear Football with US Delegation! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

While China has a reputation for playing psychological intimidation games with visiting political delegations, this incident, which occurred last November, went further than usual: US, Chinese officials scuffled over nuclear football during Trumps visit to Beijing By: Nicole Bauke A physical altercation erupted Nov. 9 when a Chinese security official attempted to bar a U.S. []

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Prepping: Billionaires Brace For The Apocalypse And New World Order "IndyWatch Feed Nthamerica"

This article was written by Mac Slavo and originally published at

In the event that the entire economy collapses and food and become scarce, billionaires are looking for high-end places to hold out and await the new world order.  Many billionaires are now preparing for the apocalypse, and their survival plans dont include anyone outside the global elites.

Peter Thiel, the billionaire behind PayPal, is among those tech giants who see New Zealand as a good place to go in the event of an apocalypse. New Zealand is seen as a particularly safe place for billionaires in the event of an apocalypse. In fact, Thiel has bought a $13.5 million 193-hectare section on the shores of Lake Wanaka, although the only building there at the moment is a barn (that can be seen).

According to the Mirror, plans show he is fitting a panic room in another property he owns in the country and he has been granted New Zealand citizenship in a streamlined process not available to normal (non-global elitists) members of the public. A rough and ready description of the attraction of New Zealand came last year in The New Yorker magazine, with LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman suggesting the country had become shorthand for apocalypse insurance in Silicon Valley.

In 2011, Thiel declared hed found no other country that aligns more with my view of the future than New Zealand. The country is more relaxed in terms of government than many places, has ample drinking water, and some of the worlds cleanest air.

Saying youre buying a house in New Zealand is kind of a wink, wink, say no more, Hoffman said. Once youve done the Masonic handshake, theyll be, like: Oh,...



Picture of the earlier story on Bougainvilleans caught on Solomon Islands waters yesterday.

Gizo seized



Bougainville independence referendum need to be ready by December 2018

Papua New Guineas autonomous province of Bougainville will have to be ready and prepared for the independence referendum by December 2018, six months before the vote is taken.

Both the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Government have set 16 June, 2019 as the referendum day for the island nation of just over 249,000 population.

Two aspects of the Bougainville Peace Agreement signed in 2001 need to be met before the referendum the creation of good governance structures and the disposal of any remaining weapons.

These conditions were highlighted by the acting director of Bougainville Affairs, John Avira while briefing Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Senior Officials in Port Moresby last week on Sunday.

We are working in partnership with the ABG and key stakeholders to ensure that Bougainville is weapons free by December, said Avira.

Key challenges identified 16 months before the proposed referendum includes electoral roll, question on the ballot paper, enrolment criteria, funding, security and awareness.

The PNG Constitution says the Referendum question or questions must be jointly agreed to by the two Governments after consultation. One option must be a choice of separate independence for Bougainville. There could be one question, asking whether voters support independence, yes or no. Or if the governments agree, the question could be two or more options.

An ABG factsheet clearly spells out that some options that might be considered are: 1. Continue the same level of autonomy as now 2. More autonomy than now 3. Free association with PNG 4. Independence to be gradually attained over a period of years 5. Immediate independence, if there is sufficient capacity in Bougainville and if agreed by the National Government 6. Deferring a decision on independence until after another referendum is held.

The two governments will research and consult to help decide and agree on the final question or questions, said Avira.

At the end of the exercise we want to see that peace must prevail.

The entity to conduct the referendum the Referendum Commission was set up over a year ago with a proposed budget of K20 million (US$6.2 million) but no appointments have been made to the Commission to oversee the independence referendum.

Solomon Islands has vested interest in the outcome of the referendum, said foreign affairs secretary, Peter Kenilorea.

We have a common crossing border between Bougainville and the Shortland Islands. Wed like to partners with the Government of PNG and the ABG in the referendum process.



US admiral warns against preemptive strike on North Korea "IndyWatch Feed World"

North Korean soldiers march foto
Any first strike against North Korea may prove ineffective against retaliatory nuclear strikes, according to a retired US admiral. He called the notion of preemptive attack high risk and unpredictable.

Retired Admiral Dennis Blair, former head of the US Pacific Command (PACOM) and briefly the Director of National Intelligence, warned in a Guardian interview that an attack against the nuclear-armed state could carry disastrous consequences and that simply targeting North Koreas infrastructure would not be sufficient to destroy all missile launching sites.

With all the tunnels they have, with all of the difficulties of intelligence in that country, I dont think an American-South Korean strike [on the North] would have a high probability of taking out all of their nuclear capability and then youve left them with not only with nuclear capability but also an aggrieved sense of it, he cautioned.

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Former US Secretary of Defense William Perry

The admiral also argued that launching a first strike would not guarantee success and preferred instead to maintain a multifaceted approach of sanctions and pressure.

[To] sneak up on them and give them a bloody nose, be unpredictable, I think is not correct for dealing with a country like North Korea, Blair said.

The Pentagons approach to North Korea came under question after a Federation of American Scientists report published in November 2017 brainstormed seven possible military options against Pyongyang.

Several other military personnel have criticized Washingtons strategy, highlighting that even defensive measure are not guaranteed to be effective.

Washingtons Terminally High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system boasts perfect success rates on intercepting missile attacks. However, ex...



By Aloysius Laukai

The Buka Police Station Commander, Senior Sergeant John Popui says that Buka Police are preparing for the recount of the Central Bougainville votes as ordered by the National Court recently.
Senior Sergeant made this known to New Dawn FM today saying that POLICE would want the supporters to remain calm and not to cause disturbance during and after the re-count.
He recalled past experiences in which supporters the main Buka/Arawa highway was blocked by candidate supporters at the Red river bridge.
The BSC said that he wants the people to remain calm and wait for the final result at the re-count.




By Aloysius Laukai

The Buka Police Station Commander, Senior Sergeant John Popui says that Buka Police are preparing for the recount of the Central Bougainville votes as ordered by the National Court recently.
Senior Sergeant made this known to New Dawn FM today saying that POLICE would want the supporters to remain calm and not to cause disturbance during and after the re-count.
He recalled past experiences in which supporters the main Buka/Arawa highway was blocked by candidate supporters at the Red river bridge.
The BSC said that he wants the people to remain calm and wait for the final result at the re-count.




By Aloysius Laukai

Meanwhile, the situation on the border between Solomon islands and Bougainville is very tense after the 29 Bougainvilleans previously apprehended by Solomon Islands Police on Solomon islands waters escaped the Police compound last night.
According to Reports from Solomon Islands, they were apprehended but not arrested or charged.
According to a SIBC reporter, they got out of the Police compound last night and they have not located their whereabouts.



365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The heating had turned itself off some time before we got home last night.

It takes a while to cool down so the house was still reasonably warm in spite of two days with no sun.

However, by this morning the temperature had dropped again and it was still raining.

My farmer went to investigate with more hope than certainty and came back in with a grin to say the heating was working again.

Just as it cools slowly it also reheats slowly but by mid morning I could feel the difference and this evening were back to a comfortable temperature.

After another day of rain Im very grateful for that.



29 Bougainvilleans apprehended for illegally entering Solomon waters

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Response Team has apprehended 29 Bougainvilleans today in the western province for allegedly entering the countrys border illegally.

Reports say, the men entered the countrys border Monday and were believed to be heading for Noro town in North New Georgia.

The men were travelling inside 3 boats and were intercepted by Patrol boat Auki at around 1pm Tuesday outside Vella La Vella Island.

They were transferred by the PRT with the assistance of Immigration Officials and were brought to Gizo town where they are now being kept under Police custody.

It is not clear why the men entered the country illegally, but communities in the western province believe the men were heading to Noro because of the recent death of a twenty year old boy believed to be part Bouganville and Shortlands, who died last month in the township, which is still under police investigations.

Meanwhile, Western Province Police Provincial Commander, Superintendent Mathias Lenialu refused to give further details regarding the incident.

He said the incident is now a national issue because the men entered the countrys waters illegally.

SIBC understands that no further charges were made, but police investigation is currently underway.



The latest comments on ARPANSAs site about Code for Radioactive Wastes "IndyWatch Feed"

James & Cindy Shepherdson   We feel very strongly that there should be no consideration at all of having any type of radioactive waste stored on agricultural land. ARPANSA also needs to take into consideration the social ramifications of any proposed site on any populated, productive land.

Janet Tiller Nuclear waste and food producing districts do not mix. I say no.
The whole process is flawed and one sided. The guidelines keep changing when the outcomes dont suit what the government are seeking.

Tiffany Congdon I am 100% against this proposal and my mind will never change. This whole process has turned a once thriving, peaceful and friendly town into a town of fighting, taking sides and the friendliness has definitely gone. I was born and bred in Kimba and I loved the community but this whole dump idea and how the town has divided was not something I wanted for my family so a few months ago we moved and we are the happiest we have been in a long time. This has made such a damaging impact!!!
Colleen Guidera  I am very much opposed to a Nuclear Waste Facility being built in the Kimba District or anywhere else in South Australia. Low level waste is hazardous for up to 300 years and Intermediate level waste is estimated to take tens of thousands years to decay. How can the Government guarantee it will be monitored? No amount of money or jobs is worth the stress and division in our community that the process so far has caused.

Graham Tiller   BROAD community support. Set figure 70% and dont change it.
Completely transparent and fair process a must.Not the present pathetic process. Not to be on any agriculture aquaculture and horticulture areas of food producing land. Food and nuclear wa...



UN in PNG Condemns Acts of Violence against Journalists

Port Moresby, 21 February 2018: The United Nations System in Papua New Guinea is concerned by the alleged attacks on journalists in Lae, Morobe province, last Friday and call upon authorities to undertake prompt and effective investigations into the matter.

A free, uncensored, and unhindered media is the cornerstone of a democratic society, and we stand against violence against the media, in any form, said UN Resident Coordinator in PNG, Gianluca Rampolla.

The media should be able to operate without fear or favour, and enjoy media freedom as a basic human right as enshrined in the Constitution of Papua New Guinea and the International Human Rights Conventions which PNG has ratified, said Mr Rampolla.

As an important enabler for civic participation and empowerment, the media plays a central role in advancing development and human rights.

The attack on the journalists in Lae occurs three months before World Media Freedom Day. World Media Freedom day is annually observed on 3 May, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession.


Palestine, israel, the US, and How the South Pacific Countries Are Selling Their Votes "IndyWatch Feed War"

Palestine, Israel, the US, and How the South Pacific Countries Are Selling Their Votes By Andre Vltchek Here it goes again! Several countries of Oceania (also known as South Pacific Nations), or however you want to call that vast, beautiful but thoroughly devastated part of the world, have voted for Israel, for the United States []


US intelligence lists Philippines President Duterte as threat to democracy in Southeast Asia More like China and Cambodia "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"


President Rodrigo Duterte, in his speech during the 10th Biennial National Convention and 20th Founding Anniversary Celebration of the Chinese Filipino Business Club Inc. at the Manila Hotel on Feb. 19, 2018, insists that he has been doing what he can to fulfill his campaign promises.

Presidential photo/King Rodriguez

Patricia Lourdes Viray ( February 20, 2018 4:00pm


MANILA, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, along with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, are among Southeast Asian leaders that pose a threat to democracy and human rights in the region, according to the US Intelligence Community.


In its world threat assessment published last week, the US intelligence noted that democracy and human rights in many Southeast Asian countries will remain fragile this year.


In the Philippines, President Duterte will continue to wage his signature campaign against drugs, corruption, and crime, the report read.



Daniel Coats, Director of National Intelligence of the US, noted that Dutertes declaration of martial law in Mindanao has been extended until the end of 2018.

Duterte has suggested he could suspend the Constitution, declare a revolutionary government, and impose nationwide martial law, Coats said.


In a congressional hearing last week, US Pacific Command commander Harry Harris Jr. said that Dutertes drug war have strained ties between the Philippines and the US.




hunters Hill residents still waiting on government to clean up uranium contaminated land "IndyWatch Feed"

Hunters Hill residents wary of latest announcement on uranium contamination, ABC News, 20 Feb 18, By Jade Macmillan

Residents on Sydneys lower north shore have dismissed the Governments latest plans to clean up land contaminated by a uranium smelter more than hundred years ago as a hollow promise.

Property Minister Victor Dominello announced $30 million to remediate the waterfront land on Nelson Parade in Hunters Hill, the former site of the Radium Hill refinery, which closed in 1915.

The area was also occupied by a carbolic acid plant until the early 1900s and a tin smelter until the 1960s.

Residents have spent decades urging the Government to remove the affected soil, which the NSW Environment Protection Authority found it was contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons, coal tar pitch, arsenic and lead.

Having this funding should give the community confidence that we are determined to remediate the site, Mr Dominello said, ahead of a public meeting of more than 200 residents on Tuesday night.

The Government is currently considering suitable disposal locations for the waste, and is in discussions with the Federal Government on the possibility of using the proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility earmarked for development in South Australia.

The minister did not provide a timeframe for the works and a site for the radioactive facility has not yet been selected.

Rosemary Manusu, 80, who has lived on Nelson Parade for more than 50 years, said she had little faith in the a...


Swedish court rules these nuclear waste containment canisters unsafe liable to corrosion. "IndyWatch Feed"


Are these the same sort of  canisters planned by the Australian Government for Kimba, South Australia?

Swedens problem is also our ...


Mark Parnell outlines The Greens environment policy for the coming South Australian election "IndyWatch Feed"

At the South Australian State Election Leaders Forum on the environment South Australia: Our Future, I outlined the Greens vision for an environment that is clean, healthy and resilient.

Protecting South Australias environment means:

 100% renewable energy by 2025
 A healthy River Murray
 Valuing our wildlife and biodiversity
 Protecting the Great Australian Bight
 Opposing destructive and polluting industries
 Marine sanctuaries
 Investing in our National Parks and Reserves
 No nuclear waste dump 
 Enhancing urban open spaces and landscapes


Nuclear waste canisters will themselves eventually become toxic radioactive trash "IndyWatch Feed"

Paul Richards No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia, 20 Feb 18, Even if they were the to last not 4, 40, or worlds best practice type with the limited liability guarantee of a 100 years;

The canisters after any time period, create yet more nuclear waste, along with their toxic radioactive contents, that all have to be repackaged creating more nuclear material to be stored.

This process, of repackaging, whether its 4, 40, or a 100 years, goes on indefinitely.

To add another layer of complexity to this utterly illogical process, this waste grows exponentially over this indefinite timeline of essential care.

As nothing but steady decay into volatile, life-damaging radionuclides occurs, phasing from one type to the next. A process that literally is indefinite, unimaginable in human governance terms.  Even if no nuclear waste and unspent fuel are created by the nuclear cycle, of mining, milling, rod construction and the reactor outcomes, including decommissioning reactors.



Is the promis of jobs worth the contamination of a communitys agricultural land ? "IndyWatch Feed"

Paul Waldon  Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, An irresponsible, nuclear ignorant proponent of nuclear waste with no business acumen or idea of economics, once said to me If one person gets a job, its worth it. So would one job that cost the taxpayer millions, that creates a tourist void, promotes the impact of the forever atomic stigma, divides families and friends, enhances the risks of contaminating the environment, and invites death, to name but just a few issues, have a greater value?. If so, the people that are espousing a nuclear waste dump in Hawker of Kimba, dont seen perturbed about the future of these communities.


The pretense that Lucas Heights nuclear spent fuel rods are an asset. No, they are wastes "IndyWatch Feed"

Steve Dale  Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia   If France and others stop reprocessing our spent nuclear reactor fuel, some organisations will no longer be able to call it an asset.

The spent fuel rods at Lucas Heights can only sensibly be treated as high level waste. The pretence that spent fuel rods constitute an asset must stop from the Research Reactor Review, Future Reactions: Report of the Research Reactor Review, 1993


Australias shocking cruelty to Aboriginal people with disabilities: Solitary confinement "IndyWatch Feed"

The abuse of Aboriginal prisoners with disabilities in Australian jails is confronting, and ongoing.

In Part 3 of this special series for New Matilda, Michael Brull looks at the use of 
solitary confinement against disabled Aboriginal prisoners,
exposed in a report written by Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch (HRW) observes that under international law, solitary confinement means
confining a prisoner for 22 hours or more per day without meaningful human contact.
Prolonged solitary confinement occurs when solitary confinement is extended past 15 consecutive days.

HRW documents in its report that various specialists on international law
from various United Nations human rights organisations have found that under international law,
it is unacceptable to impose solitary confinement on people with disabilities
under any circumstances.

Read Part 3 of MichaelBrulls interesting, thought-provoking, comprehensive, compassionate & concerned article
focusing on the SolitaryConfinement of AboriginalPeopleWithDisabilities:


Britains Local Governments support deep disposal of higher-level radioactive waste "IndyWatch Feed"

GDF Watch (accessed) 19th Feb 2018, The Local Government Associations special interest group on radioactivewaste, NuLeAF, explain why the UKs Local Authorities support geological
disposal, and set out their expectations of Government policy. Guided by a
government White Paper published in 2014, the Geological Disposal Facility
(GDF) will be the repository for the UKs higher-level radioactive waste.

It will involve the construction of a highly-engineered facility many
hundreds of metres below the surface and spreading out over several
kilometres. Once all the waste has been placed in the site it will be
permanently sealed.

Given the nature of the material being disposed of, and
the scale o...


Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed"

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RNZ Jesse Mulligan talks political lobbying "IndyWatch Feed"

This topic is very timely.

There are a number of issues to be considered here.

Jesse Mulligan took a look at this today in this segment on his RNZ programme with Bryce Edwards

However, yesterday Adam posted on this topic as well referencing this post at Croaking Cassandra

A debate on this issue is worth having but, we should not stumble into a solution that does not really address the situation, for example attitudes espoused by the Greens in the recent past.


Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed"

Would you rather the general public think you are a horrible person but your family be very proud of you or your family think you are a horrible person but the general public be very proud of you? Discuss:

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Armageddon Ash Cloud "IndyWatch Feed"

A volcanic eruption on the island of Sumatra has thrown a colossal ash cloud into the sky above western Indonesia.

A plume of volcanic debris measuring more than four miles (7km) in length sprang from the mouth of Mount Sinabung on the northern part of the island on Monday afternoon, sparking widespread travel disruption amid an aviation red notice and airport closures. The alert prohibits airlines from flying over parts of the country with significant amounts of ash in the atmosphere. No casualties have yet been reported.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorologys Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre (VACC) has issued maps showing the ash cloud moving out in three separate directions from Sinabung to the north, northwest and south-southeast. Sinabung is around 47 miles south-west of Kualanamu International Airport in Medan.

Speaking to Reuters, a spokesman for Indonesias National Disaster Mitigation Agency said a four-mile exclusion zone had been set up around the crater, and that the public are being asked to watch out for weather warnings.

Mount Sinabungs most destructive eruption occurred in 2014, killing more than a dozen people and displacing thousands of others. The volcano had been thought to be dormant, having last erupted around four hundred years ago.

Mount Agung, on the island of Bali to the south, has also been active for a number of months. Indonesia sits on the Ring of Fire, a 40,000km horseshoe-shaped area covering the circumference of the Pacific Ocean where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

Reprinted from RT News.

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Politically incorrect truth teller of the week "IndyWatch Feed"

Shazia Hobbs was brought up in a polygamist Pakistani household and now champions the rights of girls especially those caught up in Muslim culture. As an ex Muslim she writes some very good pieces at dreamingofsunshine about the neighbourhoods she grew up in and the culture that still pervades in them. My account was suspended []

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Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Finnimbrun  a knick-knack, trifle or trinket.


There is nothing positive about discrimination "IndyWatch Feed"

The New Zealand Human Rights Commission promotes the racism of lower expectations whereas what the Charter schools in New Zealand are doing for Maori and Pasifika students is the complete opposite. They set high expectations and support their students to achieve them. Maori and Pasifika inside Charter schools are able to work to their full []

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New Zealand will be next "IndyWatch Feed"

The left promotes diversity at the same time as supporting segregation for their favourite minority groups. If we are to be accepting of each other as an inclusive society and become one people as New Zealanders or Australians then we must strongly reject any attempts to segregate us using identity politics. MORE LEFT-WING SEGREGATION OF SOCIETY First []

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Revised TPP-11 text is largely unchanged: independent assessment and Senate Inquiry needed "IndyWatch Feed"

Media release, February 21 2018: The new text of the revised and rebranded Comprehensive Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership between Australia and 10 other countries without the US contains minor additional change since last November. Some other governments have demanded further changes, but the Australian government has not, Dr Patricia Ranald, AFTINET Convener said today.

The additional published text is only nine pages, with some changes from Canada to the non-binding preamble that mention cultural identity, indigenous rights and gender equity, but these are aspirational only, and will not affect the legally binding provisions in the rest of the agreement. There are also the 20 clauses which were suspended in November 2017 pending the US rejoining the deal.

The new text does not include new side letters between specific countries that were signaled when the text was finalised in January. It is not clear whether these will be released later.

Many of the most harmful clauses remain. The deal still includes special rights for foreign investors to bypass national courts and sue governments for millions of dollars in unfair international tribunals over changes to domestic laws, known as ISDS, said Dr Ranald.

The Australian government has not sought changes to provisions for more vulnerable temporary migrant workers, from Vietnam, Malaysia, Japan, Canada Mexico and Chile without testing if local workers are available. This is contrary to its own claims to have reintroduced such testing. There have been no changes to the chapters on trade in services and state-owned enterprises which could restrict future governments from re-regulating essential services like TAFE, energy and financial services, even if there are demonstrated market failures.

Dr Ranald explained that the 20 suspended clauses are mostly about medicine and copyright monopolies. Other governments had only reluctantly agreed to US proposals on stronger m...


The Classic Joni Mitchell "IndyWatch Feed"

One of the best, possibly the best the purity of the voice in those early years and the imagery conjured up by the songs


Sea Wall Progress "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

SH1 Paekakariki to Pukerua Bay repair work progressing well.  NZ Transport Agency is advising commuters that State Highway 1 between Paekakariki to Pukerua Bay remains down to one lane as ongoing emergency repairs continue to the sea protection. Senior Journey Manager Neil Walker says the damage inflicted by ex-cyclone Gita washed away the cycle-lane, footpath []


Ramadan: its as Swedish as Ikea and pickled herring "IndyWatch Feed"

After 1000 years, Sweden is leaving Christendom, and becoming part of Dar el-Islam, the House of Islam. After years of being Dar el-harb, the House of War, where Muslim mobs battle the state authorities, Sweden seems to be finally, cravenly conceding submission to Islam. Already tacitly under the yoke of sharia who would dare []

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Another day, another review some questions? "IndyWatch Feed"

Hipkins, announces:-

The entire education system, from pre-school until adult education, could be completely overhauled, bringing in the biggest changes to the system in decades.

The way schools are governed by a board of trustees making community-based decisions could be scrapped: Tomorrows Schools, a 1980s Labour Party policy is up for review.

So too is NCEA, early education, school property, learning support and how the school system responds to diverse needs, including the technology and skills needed in the 21st century.

So we now have a review/ Adam accepts this; but:-

  • after nine years in opposition Labour need another review group
  • Hipkins was very vocal on what was wrong in education when in opposition, now he needs a review
  • for years under Labour NCEA was the way to go, now it is wrong
  • without a review charter schools had to go,
  • is this a way of fending off union pressure for a while
  • composition of the review group will be crucial

Subject to being proved wrong this smacks of political correctness and political expediency, rather than a focus on children


28 papers stuffed "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Stuff has announced its ditching 28 of its papers:

The full list of titles being closed is:

AvenuesWaikato FarmerAdmire MarlboroughNZ Dairy FarmerDiscover MagazineSelwyn and Ashburton OutlookAdmire NelsonHastings MailChristchurch MailNapier MailThe TribuneKaikoura StarInvercargill EyeAuto XtraSouth Canterbury HeraldClutha LeaderWaiheke MarketplaceNewsLinkWairarapa NewsQueenstown MirrorNZ FarmerWaitaki HeraldCanterbury FarmerNorth Waikato NewsCentral District FarmerRotorua ReviewOtago Southland FarmerRuapehu Press.

This is very tough for the people whose jobs are at risk.

There might be opportunities for someone to take over some of the titles but print media is not a growing business and rural media is a very crowded space.

We knew farming was in resurgence when the letterbox started filling up with give-aways.

We now get several free rural papers a week, sometimes three or more in a day.

If we dont have time to read them when they come they often go out barely read or unread because at least another has come before we get back to them.


A reader reminded Adam "IndyWatch Feed"

The always estimable Homepaddock reminded Adam after his post on Winstons crowning that this song might well have been a good choice. On reflection it would have been better.


Emergency Sea-Wall Repairs "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Damage to SH1 sea protection causing delays The NZ Transport Agency is making emergency repairs to the sea protection on State Highway 1 between Paekakariki to Pukerua Bay following damage sustained during ex-cyclone Gita. NZ Transport Agency Senior Journey Manager Neil Walker says one lane of the road is currently open to traffic in both []


Map of the day: Most popular migrant destinations "IndyWatch Feed"

[] You can learn about the data from the UNs explanatory notes. For similar dataset you can also look at the World Bank Global Bilateral Migration Database. [] the UK is not the most popular destination for any Eastern European country except Lithuania. The top destination for Brits is Australia, and the UK is the most attractive []

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You Need To Hear These FAA Tapes From That Oregon UFO Incident That Sent F-15s Scrambling "GroovUs Feed Nvideos"

You Need To Hear These FAA Tapes From That Oregon UFO Incident That Sent F-15s Scrambling

New evidence offers great detail of the bizarre event and provides unprecedented insight into how such a unique incident is dealt with in real time.

By Tyler Rogoway

Last November, The War Zone posted an exclusive story detailing a bizarre incident involving an unidentified aircraft that transited the skies of the Pacific Northwest in the early evening of October 25th, 2017. What started as a radar target moving at very high speed over Northern California turned into a series of eyewitness accounts made by nearby airline pilots traveling northward over Oregon. Even F-15 fighters were launched to intercept the mysterious intruder that quickly became invisible to radar.

Now, through the Freedom of Information Act, we present what could be one of the most insightful instances of official documentation surrounding such an encounter that had already been confirmed to have occurred by both the FAA and the USAF. These materials include fascinating audio recordings of radio transmissions and phone calls made as the incident was unfolding, as well as pilot interviews, and conversations between FAA officials made in the aftermath of the highly peculiar incident.

For proper context, make sure to first read our original post linked here detailing the event, how our report came to be in the first place, as well as the rare confirmations as to its authenticity from both the FAA and the USAF. Below is also a short explainer video that will give you a basic overview of the incident.

Fast forward three months later, and now we have so much more evidence that ad...



Prime Minister in waiting, my arse.
National need a leader who will systematically demolish the CoL every time they move, better still, before they get up.

The tired old Socialists only needed an Image and then were anointed by another tired old man well past his use by date,  intent only on revenge and self seeking advantage for himself. The carcass was still the ineffectual cloth cap spend opms bunch of yesterdays people now led by people who had never worked for reward based on performance or created a single dollar, theoreticians and union blood suckers.
Sheesh Ardern was only PM in waiting for a few weeks and NZ is still waiting for her to emerge from behind the cardboard cutout five months after the election.

Adams and  Bridges are too intent on pleasing all, all the time,  in the poll driven Key mold. Mitchell might  have his time and Joyce is tainted. If any further understanding of his failure was needed, just remember his monumental stuff up in the Northland By-election that restored the body of the Dwarf waiting for embalming before interment, in a resurrection not recorded since Jesus got Lazarus running again.
Political leadership needs someone unafraid to make bold decisions in ways before Sir Humphrey Appleby  destroyed Statesmen and replaced them with 'courageous'. Nigel Hawthorne's character was designed to be humorous but now that new  reality has become the norm, it is not funny.

National are in opposition and need Collins to expose all the foibles and mistakes that are in an avalanche of stupid,  to a level that the Media Party cannot ignore,  winning the next election can wait.

The Dwarf is a reminder of how the Soviets could keep a figurehead in apparent full function when the only person left still wondering was the Kremlin embalmer.

Opposition is a different beast from Government and the little people have no understanding of anything approaching the idealistic "government in waiting" m...


QotD: Sound Money "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

"It is impossible to grasp the meaning of the idea of sound money if one does not realise that it was devised as an instrument for the protection of civil liberties against the despotic inroads on the part of governments. Ideologically it belongs in the same class with political constitutions and bills of rights."
~ Ludwig Von Mises, on The Principle of Sound Money


Nirav Modi Scam: Jaitley Wants Banks, Auditors to Introspect But Not FinMin, PMO "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The finance minister suggested the fraud represented a failure of public sector bank managements to use their autonomy responsibly.

File photo of finance minister Arun Jaitley. Credit: PTI

New Delhi: When the Rs 11,400 crore Nirav Modi case broke a week ago, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and finance minister Arun Jaitley stayed silent even as they fielded ministers and party spokespersons to blame the opposition Congress for the scam. On Tuesday, Jaitley broke his silence, choosing this time a new set of targets   the management of the Punjab National Bank, its internal and external auditors, chartered accountants and unnamed supervisory agencies.

Though the Reserve Bank of India arguably comes under the last category, Jaitley refrained from naming the central bank whose leadership has spent the bulk of the past year and a half firefighting on the demonetisation front.  Nor did he mention his own ministry, which has nodal responsibility for banking, or the prime ministers office, which received early warning about the scam underway back in 2016.

Addressing the annual meeting of the Association of Development Financial Institutions in Asia and Pacific upon his return from a two day visit to Saudi Arabia, Jaitley said that his government would chase down...


A complaint has been made to the Auditor General about Jacinda Arderns government "IndyWatch Feed"

The National party released the following press release yesterday: Complaint to Auditor-General regarding partnership schools Nationals Education spokesperson Nikki Kaye has today sent a letter to the Auditor-General outlining potential issues for her to investigate regarding the Governments handling of the impending closure of partnership schools. I want to stress that I while I believe []

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Global sea level to rise by up to 1.2 metres despite Paris agreement, say scientists "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Global sea levels are set to rise dramatically, threatening the homes of some 100 million people, even if the strictest greenhouse gas emissions targets are met, according to a new study.

The research, compiled by climate scientists from a number of international institutions, analysed the long-term impacts of different emission levels and concluded oceans will rise by over one metre even if the world sticks to the Paris agreement.

Overall, the researchers estimated a global rise of between 0.7 and 1.2 metres adding that if emissions are not curbed as soon as possible it will be even greater.

More than 100 million people are currently thought to live within one metre of the high tide level.

The Paris agreement was signed by nearly 200 countries including the US under former president Barack Obama's administration in December 2015. Donald Trump has since begun the process of withdrawing the US from the deal.

It calls for emissions to peak as soon as possible before going into decline, in an effort to limit the increase in global average temperatures to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5C.

The new research lays out the consequences of delaying the action it specifies.

According to the analysis, for every five years this peak is delayed after 2020, an extra 20cm can be added to estimates for global sea-level rise.

Although the projections look far ahead to 2300, the scientists emphasised the dramatic impact short-term greenhouse gas emissions in coming decades would have on sea levels for centuries to come.

Our results show that there are quantifiable consequences of delaying action, said Dr Carl-Friedrich Schleussner, a researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and one of the studys co-authors.

For millions of people around the world living in coastal areas, every centimetre can make a huge difference to limit sea-level rise risks, immediate CO2 reduction is key."

The atmosphere can respond relatively quickly to changes in greenhouse gas emissions, meaning global surface temperatures can probably be stabilised or even reduced if drastic cuts are introduced.

However, the ocean is far slower in its response.

Man-made climate change has already pre-programmed a certain amount...


East Sepik governor dispatches police to arrest rogue miners "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Radio New Zealand | 21 February 2018

The Governor of Papua New Guineas East Sepik province has dispatched police to detain a company looking to mine without landowner approval.

Allan Bird, who was elected six months ago, said he was trying to improve the governance around resource extractive projects in his province.

He said his administration was ready to support landowners in any action they would like to take in protecting their traditional tribal land.

Two days ago we had a ship go up the Sepik river with all kinds of equipment to go and mine a gold mine somewhere up in Angoram, in a place called Keram LLG (Local Level Government area). The landowners came and complained.

Today I dispatched 15 police officers to actually go there and arrest these people and bring them to Wewak and we can figure out whats what.

Mr Bird said he checked with PNGs Mining Minister about the Keram mining concern who didnt know anything about it.


29 Bougainvilleans apprehended for illegally entering Solomon waters "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Royal Solomon Islands Police Response Team has apprehended  29 Bougainvilleans today in the western province for allegedly entering the countrys border illegally.

Reports say, the men entered the countrys border Monday and were believed to be heading for Noro town in North New Georgia.

The men were travelling inside 3 boats and were  intercepted by Patrol boat Auki at around 1pm Tuesday outside Vella La Vella Island.

They were transferred by the PRT with the assistance of Immigration Officials and were brought to Gizo town where they are now being kept under Police custody.

It is not clear why the men entered the country illegally, but communities in the western province believe the men were heading to Noro because of the recent death of a twenty year old boy believed to be part Bouganville and Shortlands, who died last month in the township, which is still under police investigations.

Meanwhile, Western Province Police Provincial Commander, Superintendent Mathias Lenialu refused to give further details regarding the incident.

He said the incident is now a national issue because the men entered the countrys waters illegally.

SIBC understands that no further charges were made, but police investigation is currently underway.




The news that Fairfax is to close or try and sell 28 newspapers it owns in New Zealand begs the obvious question as to whether there will be any print media other than the four 'big' (and shedding customers by the day) metropolitan daily newspapers left in the country ten years out.

For myself and I think they're all likely to be going the same way as the cheque book.

For the record the newspapers in question are Avenues, Waikato Farmer, Admire Marlborough, NZ Dairy Farmer, Discover Magazine, Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook, Admire Nelson, Hastings Mail, Christchurch Mail, Napier Mail, The Tribune, Kaikoura Star, Invercargill Eye, Auto Xtra, South Canterbury Herald, Clutha Leader, Waiheke Marketplace, NewsLink, Wairarapa News, Queenstown Mirror, NZ Farmer, Waitaki Herald, Canterbury Farmer, North Waikato News, Central District Farmer, Rotorua Review, Otago Southland Farmer, Ruapehu Press.

Not to worry though.   Even if every newspaper in the country were to fold I'm sure the Gummit would come to the rescue with a broadsheet to be distributed 'free' to every household telling us what the Gummit thinks we ought to know.


Donald Trump: Making America Great or Keeping America Poor? "IndyWatch Feed"

Twenty-six years ago the Soviet Union collapsed under the weight of its military commitments, its oppressive surveillance bureaucracy, and its regimes loss of legitimacy. That experience has lessons for Trumps America writes Ian McAuley.

The Cold War, an arms race set against the backdrop of Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD), started and ended in Berlin.

Its start was the Soviet Unions blockade of Berlin in 1948, followed a year later by the first successful Soviet test of a nuclear bomb. Its end, or at least the beginning of its end, was the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, followed two years later by Mikhail Gorbachevs announcement of the Soviet Unions dissolution.

Americas Republicans, and the political right throughout the world, portrayed the Soviet Unions collapse as a victory of capitalism over socialism. Francis Fukuyama even said it heralded the end of history.

But the Soviet Union had been socialist in name only. Socialist idealism had died with Stalins rise in 1929, and the country rapidly morphed into a class-stratified society, with a chasm between the privileged class enjoying the spoils of nomenklatura and the masses living in miserable conditions and under the oppression of a surveillance state.

A more compelling explanation for the Soviet Unions collapse is the economic burden of its military and security apparatus.

A file image of a Russian warship (IMAGE: Christopher Michel, Flickr).

The Soviet Union had been on the victorious side in Europes war of 1939 to 1945, but it paid a huge price. Hitlers Wehrmacht had laid waste to the countryside all the way to the edge of Moscow. In re-taking its territory, and pushing all the way into the German heartland, the Red Army did the heavy lifting in defeating Nazism. While America provided the armaments for the victory, the Soviet Union provided the infantry.

In that war the United States and Britain between them lost one million lives, while the Soviet Union lost 25 million lives. At the end of the war the Soviet Union still faced its enemies along long land borders, while America and Britain went...


Leaders to focus on digital economy "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Sharing the benefits of growth and embracing the digital economy are key themes that have been discussed and will be discussed at the upcoming senior Asia-Pacific business leaders meeting.

But ABAC chair for 2018, David Toua said that growth is clearly essential but not a sufficient condition for secure and prosperous communities. At its first of four meetings for 2018, the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) welcomed the forecasts for strong regional growth, noting the IMF prediction that Asia-Pacific GDP would expand by 5.4 per cent this year, far outstripping the rate of 2 per cent in advanced economies. We need to look closely at our economies policies to ensure that people can actually take advantage of the opportunities that growth brings. Harnessing inclusive opportunities is a key mantra for this year, Mr Toua said.

He said that a second big focus was the digital economy.

We have created a new working group to focus specifically on digital and innovation issues.

The digital economy is growing exponentially. We are seeing a surge of disruptive business models. Even in traditional sectors like agriculture and manufacturing, innovative technologies, digital services, fintech and e-commerce are now central.

Importantly, the digital economy provides a springboard for small business, women and other disadvantaged groups to take part in trade and connect around the region. But we cannot realise the full potential of a Digital Asia-Pacific without putting resources and energy into countering the digital divide that risks leaving the most vulnerable behind. In all economies, we also need to nurture a future-ready workforce. That means putting in place the right settings for digital infrastructure, skills and education, and region-wide digital business- friendly regulation, said Mr Toua.

ABAC members had welcomed the recent conclusion of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership by 11 APEC economies, Mr Toua noted that the agreement was seen as one of the key pathways to an eventual integrated Free Trade Area of the Asia Pacific.

Other priorities discussed included improving connectivity; structural reform especially in the services sector; reducing trade and investment barriers; facilitating and creating opportunities for micro, small and medium enterprises; strengthening financial systems, and grappling with issues around sustainable growth such as food and energy security.



Associate Minister of Education Kelvin Davis takes a leaf out of ex-PM John Keys book "IndyWatch Feed"

Does anyone in Labour remember these cartoons? They mocked John Key for saying that when he communicated with our Editor he did so in his personal capacity, not as the Prime Minister. (Camerons father is ex-National Party President John Slater, who was the person responsible for recruiting John Key). Now that the boot is on the []

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How the elite profit while a nation suffers their incompetence "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Port Moresby, a city where the elite profit while the rest suffer the consequences of their incompetence

PNG Exposed | 19 February 2018

Imagine a company that is in debt, heavily in debt and still racking up more losses.

Imagine a company that in 2016 alone lost over K354 million.

Imagine a company where the total liabilities exceed the total assets by more than K218 million.

Imagine that this is a company set up by the government to manage a nations interests in its abundant mineral resources.

Now imagine no more and say hello to Kumul Minerals Holdings Limited, formerly Petromin PNG Holdings Limited.

The figures above are from Kumul Minerals Holdings latest Annual Return, which is for the 2016 financial year.

How could a company that, according to Statute, is supposed to be the commercial enterprise that participates in mineral exploration, development, production, processing and marketing activities,on behalf of the State be...


So now its all about ability "IndyWatch Feed"

A South Island principal says some boys are missing out because of a lack of male primary school teachers. But the Ministry of Education says its about the quality of teaching, not the gender of the teacher. Really? About quality teaching now is it? []The Kaitangata Primary School teacher says your gender doesnt make you []

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Suspect in Food World Shooting in Port Moresby to be charged "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The suspect responsible for the shooting of a foreign security personnel at the Boroko Food World Supermarket in Gordons Port Moresby last Thursday will be charged for willful murder and attempted murder, according to NCD's top cop Perou N'Dranou.

NCD Metropolitan Superintendent Perou N'Dranou said the suspect will be charged with one count of willful murder and two counts of attempted murder while investigations advance into the motive of the shooting.

Mr. N'Dranou however expressed his disappointment at a video footage leaked on social media saying the footage may disrupt police investigations into the incident.

Mr. NDranou described the video leaked on social Media (FB) as unethical and wrong.

The video posted is unethical and wrong and is against the law for me to use, and thats were this will disrupt investigations because it will be a public document once it reaches court, said NDranou.

NDranou said they have advanced investigations into the incident after receiving reports from the Philippines embassy.

He added that police cannot pre-empt the motive behind the incident but will await investigations to take its process to determine the real cause of the shooting. PNGFM/PNG Today


Oral questions: 21st February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed"

Credit: Woolf Photography via Questions to Ministers Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all of her Governments policies? Hon MICHAEL WOODHOUSE to the Minister of Finance: Does he have confidence in the policy advice he receives? JAN TINETTI to the Minister of Education: How does the Government propose to go about making changes to the education system? 4. []

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View from your window "IndyWatch Feed"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo is of Pahi on the Kaipara Harbour, looking south. On a clear night, you can see the glow of the lights from Auckland. VFYW-Whaleoil If you think that you have the perfect competition photo please send it to  Put Competition photo in the subject line. We need []

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Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Farmers face hefty riparian planting bills Robin Martin:

Taranaki farmers could face hefty bills as the regional council toughens enforcement of its riparian planting programme to clean up waterways.

The council has begun auditing more than 1700 dairy farms and now says their plans for planting along riverbanks and streams must be completed by 2020.

Taranakis riparian planting programme the largest in the country has received international recognition and is has been credited with improving water quality. . . 

NAIT problems stymie M. bovis response Nigel Malthus:

Federated Farmers president Katie Milne says farmers problems in complying with NAIT (National Animal Identification and Tracing) have slowed the response to Mycoplasma bovis.

NAIT could be a lot easier to use, she says.

While it works well for recording animals arriving at a processing works, there are apparent breakdowns in compliance when farmers are transferring stock among themselves. . .

Robotics opportunities in forestry being explored

Forest safety, improving productivity and getting workers off the felling site has been a major push for forestry managers, forest owners, logging contractors and equipment suppliers to modify their wood harvesting operations over the last few years. Another major driver to increased mechanisation has been the skilled machine operator shortages that many forestry companies are now currently facing. The ultimate goal of the industry is to have no worker on the slope, or no hand on the chainsaw.

Technology development and the pace of change over the last couple of years, in keeping with other industries, has been rapid and exciting for the forestry industry. Recent research is suggesting that by 2019, 35% of leading organizations will be exploring the use of robots to automate operations. Forestry isnt any different. In fact, the switch is already underway. . .


The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 110 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The eighth quiz of 2018.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers on Sunday.   What is a billabong?   Which 20th century US president had the middle name Milhous?   Bob Jones recently wrote: as there are no full-blooded Moris in existence it indisputably follows that []


Fat people were first, lets talk about the rest "IndyWatch Feed"

In the spirit of the Valentines Day season I have decided to continue the discussion of my last article about people who store too much chocolate in their stomachs 365 days of the year and other people like them. My previous article Time To Tax Fatties? was one of those pieces that sparked all three []

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A Song for Winston on his crowning "IndyWatch Feed"

Following universal acclaim by his coven, Adam thought this celebratory anthem appropriate


Seas will rise a metre even if goals met "IndyWatch Feed World"

Sea levels will rise between 0.7 and 1.2 metres in the next two centuries even if governments end the fossil fuel era as promised under the Paris climate agreement, scientists say.

Early action to cut greenhouse gas emissions would limit the long-term rise, driven by a thaw of ice from Greenland to Antarctica that will re-draw global coastlines, a German-led team wrote in the journal Nature Communications.

Sea level rise is a threat to cities from Shanghai to London, to low-lying swathes of Florida or Bangladesh, and to entire nations such as the Maldives in the Indian Ocean or Kiribati in the Pacific.

By 2300, the report projected that sea levels would gain by 0.7-1.2 metres, even if almost 200 nations fully meet goals under the 2015 Paris Agreement, which include cutting greenhouse gas emissions to net zero in the second half of this century.

Ocean levels will rise inexorably because heat-trapping industrial gases already emitted will linger in the atmosphere, melting more ice, it said.

In addition, water naturally expands as it warms above four degrees Celsius.

The report also found that every five years of delay beyond 2020 in peaking global emissions would mean an extra 20 centimetres of sea level rise by 2300.

Sea level is often communicated as a really slow process that you cant do much about but the next 30 years really matter, lead author Matthias Mengel, of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, told Reuters.

Governments are not on track to meet the Paris pledges.

Global emissions of carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas emitted by burning fossil fuels, rose last year after a three-year plateau.

US President Donald Trump, who doubts human activities are the prime cause of warming, plans to quit the Paris deal and instead promote US coal, oil and natural gas.

Maldives Environment Minister Thoriq Ibrahim, who chairs the 44-member Alliance of Small Island States, said Tuesdays findings showed a need for faster action to cut emissions, especially by rich nations.

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Joyce clearly not going anywhere-Cormann "IndyWatch Feed"

Finance minister Mathias Cormann. Image from

The Turnbull government needs to move on from the furore surrounding Barnaby Joyce, who clearly doesnt plan on going anywhere, cabinet minister Mathias Cormann says.

The soon-to-be acting prime minister was laying out the coalitions plans on Wednesday amid ongoing questions about the future of Mr Joyce, who is on personal leave after his extramarital affair with a former staffer was revealed.

When it was put to him that Mr Joyce was not going anywhere, Senator Cormann replied: That is clearly what he is saying.

We just keep doing the job that we were elected to do, do the best we can to secure more jobs and higher wages, he told Nine Network.

Mr Cormann said the nation needed to move on from the saga.

We must move on. The country wants us to move on, we must move on, we need to focus on the things we were elected to do, he said.

Our next priority is to get our business tax cuts through the Australian Senate so that Australian businesses can be globally competitive.

Mr Joyce is defying anyone suggesting he stand down as Nationals leader in the wake of the breakdown of his 24-year marriage and relationship with Vikki Campion who is having his baby.

WA Nationals state leader Mia Davies issued a statement on Tuesday telling Mr Joyce, who is also Deputy Prime Minister, to go.

Mr Joyces actions have caused pain for his family but it is the ongoing damage Mr Joyce is causing the Nationals organisation that is of greatest concern to me as WA leader, she said.

Mr Joyce pointing out that WA didnt have any federal MPs and that the eastern states, which had more skin in the game, supported him.

I find it surprising that a federal issue has so much momentum in the west, when people in the east in the National Party have, in the majority, a different view, he said.

While the WA branch does not have any federal MPs it was second only to the NSW branch in raising political donations last financial year, receiving $1.79 million.

The NSW and Victorian Nationals both say the federal leadership is a matter for federal MPs.

Further commentary on this issue in the public domain is unhelpful, the NSW branch said in a st...


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Book review of the day: The Glorious Heresies "IndyWatch Feed"

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Who do members want "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It amuses me to read  commentators stating that National Party members favour this candidate or that one for the leadership.

They write as if the membership is a single being with a single view.

I doubt that is true for any party and it certainly isnt for National.

Its a broad church party, the only one in New Zealand still able to measure its membership in 10s of thousands, and one which values individual rights, including the right to different points of view.

The members of that broad church have a range of views on just about everything, most dont go to regular meetings nor do most press their views on MPs, even on such an important internal matter as the leadership.

They might agree with David Farrar on the factors which are important in the partys leader.

But if there is any consensus on the issue it will not be on which candidate is best.

It might be gratitude that caucus is sufficiently gifted to have five strong contenders.

Members might also agree that whoever the next leader is s/he must have what it takes, including a wise head and warm heart, to lead the party back into government sooner rather than later.

And I think all will agree that once the leader is decided, caucus must unite behind her/him and address itself to both holding the government to account and ensuring it is much better prepared for government than the current one was.


Proposed Critical Mineral legislation undermines communities and clean water "IndyWatch Feed"

Thank you Mr. Chairman, Ranking Member Lowenthal, and Members of the Subcommittee for the opportunity to testify before you in opposition to HR 520, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act. My name is Aaron Mintzes, and I am with Earthworks. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting communities and the environment from the destructive impacts of mineral and energy development, while seeking sustainable solutions.

Our primary concern is that HR 520 undermines the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Under section 5(b)(1)(F), the lead agency can let any state or federal agency determine:

Whether public participation will occur during the decisionmaking process for authorizing actions under the permit.

So, a state could say no public participation allowed. I worry this may result in unintended consequences. If you shut the people out, it may invite litigation or create additional delays the lead agency could avoid if they listen to what the people say.  It may not deliver the regulatory certainty permit proponents seek.

NEPA ensures that Americans can take part in the review and development of projects affecting our social, economic, and environmental health. For nearly fifty years, NEPA has provided certainty and predictability through a transparent process well understood by federal regulators, permit applicants, and affected communities.

And it works. In 2016, the GAO reported that BLM and the Forest Service average two years to permit a mine plan of operations.  This period is competitive with Australia, Canada, and Chile. Especially controversial projects may take longer than average.  Yet, permitting delays primarily result from incomplete information provided by the project proponent. Sometimes for perfectly legitimate reasons like good faith changes in plans of operations or fluctuation in commodity prices.

The United States of America is one of the worlds best places to mine

America owes our mineral investment attractiveness to three factors:

  1. The strength and certainty of our democratic institutions (like NEPA)
  2. Our rich mineral endowment
  3. Our uniquely permissive mining laws and regulations

The 1872 Mining Law    

The General Mining Law of 1872 considers mining the highest and best use of public lands, even where our public lands may be better suited for oil an...


NZ's new aristocracy of pull "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

New Zealand's revolving door of political lobbyists -- political insiders shuttling back and forth between well-paid jobs in government and even-better paid jobs with private lobbyists -- has finally got the attention of political watchers. Turns out it's endemic, bighlighted by the various former, current and intermittent chiefs of staff peddling their contacts with influence:
This week a perfect example of the "revolving door" of government officials and lobbying has occurred. The Prime Minister's Chief of Staff has shifted from the Beehive to a lobbying firm. Lobbyist Gordon Jon Thompson, has been a political manager or "spin doctor" and lobbyist for a long time, and shifts between government and private sector jobs with apparent ease... Another interesting but less contentious "revolving door" story [is] another former chief of staff, National's Wayne Eagleson see: Former National Party chief of staff joins firm of Labour's top advisers...
    Thompson, who has been a lobbyist and PR professional for many years, worked with Jacinda Ardern last year, helping prepare her for the TV leaders debates. And then when she formed the new government she invited Thompson to be Labour's Chief of Staff, despite the fact that he would remain a lobbyist and director of his Thompson Lewis firm.
    Walters' article states, "Thompson finished a four-month stint as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's acting chief of staff, while chief of staff Mike Munro was recovering from illness." This means Thompson was made Chief of Staff by the Prime Minister, with the full knowledge that he would then return to his lobbying business, where he would be involved with clients with an interest on influencing the new government. Indeed, he finished work last Friday in his job as the number one adviser to Jacinda Ardern, and resumed his lobbying job yesterday.
The issue immediately raises issues about potential conflicts of interest....
Sure does. And it's only the tip of the iceberg, with former MPs and...


Cutting through the obfuscation of question four "IndyWatch Feed"

Question No. 4Education 4. Hon NIKKI KAYE (NationalAuckland Central) to the Minister of Education: What specific advice, if any, has he received from officials that advises him to not visit partnership schools? Hon CHRIS HIPKINS (Minister of Education): I discussed the issues with Ministry of Education officials last year when we were planning the process of ending charter schools and []

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RNZ Morning Report: PM and DPM overpaid "IndyWatch Feed"

RNZ carried two segments on this matter today. First Guyon Espiner talks with David Seymour

Seymour makes some predictable points, but in the main valid ones. Espiner had an interesting observation near the end as well.

This pattern of errors recently raises questions, is this issue more widespread? Why now?

The second segment is a response from Hipkins

Espiner did not seem overly impressed with what Hipkins was saying.

Frankly, virtually everyone Adam worked with over many years knew what their pay and allowances should be, so the idea that Ardern and Peters were wholly reliant on Ministerial Services is fallacious.


US Marines Drink Cobra Blood In Creepy Jungle Survival Exercise (Images) "IndyWatch Feed World"

6,800 US soldiers were involved in an annual military exercise in Thailand called Cobra Gold. While there are a number of different activities involved in the exercise, the most popular is a strange exercise where soldiers drink Cobra blood, in a seemingly ritualistic way.

Military agents from the US, Thailand, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, and Singapore were involved in the exercise.

This exercise is the largest multilateral exercise in the Indo-Pacific region. It speaks to the commitment of the US in the region, Steve Castonguay, a spokesman for the US Embassy in Bangkok, told Reuters.

Cobra Gold has been taking place every year since it began in 1982. The exercise was intended to improve coordination between the military forces of the United States and Thailand.

According to the Wikipedia entry for Gold Cobra:

As of 2014, Cobra Gold has three distinct activities. The first is the combined arms live fire exercise (CALFEX), in which live ammunition is aimed at predetermined targets. Troops then assault a beach and landing zone while this live fire occurs. The second activity is a command post exercise (CPX), in which military officers engage in computerized war games, disaster relief, or humanitarian missions over several days. The final activity is assisting the local Thai population

Below are some pictures of the blood drinking ceremony that US marines were involved with during the exercise:

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Broome hit by two years' worth of rain in two months, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed"

The town of Broome in the Kimberley region of Western Australia has officially endured its wettest year on record after just two months in 2018. Although January and February are usually its wettest months, updated figures show Broome was hit more than two...... Read more


ABCC heads paid off handsomely and others are made to go without "IndyWatch Feed"

Contributed from Victoria

Freedom of information provisions have revealed that the top chiefs of the Australian Building and Construction Commission (ABCC) received generous pay increases of about 14 percent last year.

One of the commissioners found his take went up from $199,000 to $222,500 and another two from $185,000 to $210,000. Seven are now being paid more than $210,000.

These individuals are highly rewarded, because they are hired to carry out the dirty work of ensuring that that section of the workforce engaged in one of the most dangerous industries, has its own pay and working conditions undermined.

The ABCC is not an independent tribunal to deal with matters before it, in a balanced ad fair way. It is a political police force, operating with impunity, and denies the usual legal protections to those it hunts down.

This is why those who make the decisions are handsomely rewarded by a government hell bent on carrying out its class war against constrtuction workers across Australia. It needs to buy the loyalty of its principal henchmen.

A key function of theirs is to de-unionise the industry. They do this by employing provision that make it extremely hard for officials to communicate with their members. There is no right of entry onto the job. Delegates and rank and file members have little right to pursue matters of concern. Even minor breaches of the stringent conditions, risk being dragged before the ABCC.

There is little doubt that the construction industry is a test case. If successful here, the same will be applied to other industries. Fortunately, this has been held back by the ongoing resistance of the construction industry workforce and their unions.

One thing that has revealed the mercenary nature of the ABCC, is the departure of disgraced head Nigel Hadkiss, who eventually admitted breaching the law in the carrying out his role. The Commission handed out more than $418,000 for Hadkiss legal defence and he walked away without suffering any penalty at all.

Hadkiss new replacement, Stephen McBurney, is being paid $426,160 a year.

Overall, the ABCC spent almost a third of its last financial years budget, that is $11 million, on lawyers

The pay rise has shown the double standard of a government that is at the same time, actively imposing very limited pay increases for nearly all government employees. The only exception to the rule are the top executives. Their loyalty has to be paid for as well.

Australias public sector is being shaped as a weapon to wage the governments class war across the field. Through restrictions to service and ongoing privatisations, resources are being channeled upstairs, to the wealthiest individuals and everyo...


"LOVE TRIANGLE GONE WRONG" "Susan Merrell moving on from Belden Namah to Peter O'Neill to Powes Parkop". "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

By Sonja Barry Ramoi
'The woman Papua New Guineans love to hate', who was a friend who became a foe after I told her off about a particularly rude and pretty much inexcusable comment she made about Belden Namah in 2013, has been deported from Papua New Guinea.
Susan Merrell - aka Ferrell Merrell, aka Floozy Doozy Suzy (or however which way she wants to spell it) - is so far up herself that she must be off her rocker to blame the Prime Minister for her deportation, and also to mention me in her post today.
Her deportation is not the PM's doing, and it also had absolutely nothing to do with me.
Yes I did report her to the Judiciary (possibly in 2015) for certain comments of hers which I found contemptuous, and I believe that I recommended that she be blacklisted. However I am certainly not the only person who has recommended in the past that she be blacklisted.
As for her official surname (not Merrell) being flagged, I have known about her official surname for years and I am sure, especially since I knew what name she travels on, that other people from PNG would also have known.
I have not yet contacted the Chief Immigration Officer Solomon Kantha to confirm the reason why she was deported.
It appears however according to a copy of a post by Susan Merrell which was sent to me (earlier tonight), that she did not fill out her visa application form upon arrival correctly, and therefore it seems that she did not disclose to Immigration the true purpose of her visit and thats why she was told to leave PNG.

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