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Wednesday, 13 May

01:07

New Machine Could One Day Replace Anesthesiologists cryptogon.com

Via: Washington Post: The new machine that could one day replace anesthesiologists sat quietly next to a hospital gurney occupied by Nancy Youssef-Ringle. She was nervous. In a few minutes, a machine — not a doctor — would sedate the 59-year-old for a colon cancer screening called a colonoscopy. But she had done her research. […]

01:04

Cost of Fruit and Vegetables Soars in Developing world – While Junk Food Gets Cheaper cryptogon.com

Via: Telegraph: Fruit and vegetables have almost doubled in price in parts of the developing world over the past 20 years, calling into question the idea that modern farming methods lower basic food prices for the poor. Paradoxically, the cost of some processed foods has fallen by a fifth over the same time, prompting fears […]

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Tuesday, 12 May

22:01

May 13 in history Homepaddock

1373  Julian of Norwich had visions which were later transcribed in her Revelations.

1497 Pope Alexander VI excommunicated Girolamo Savonarola.

1515 Mary Tudor, Queen of France and Charles Brandon, 1st Duke of Suffolk were officially married at Greenwich.

1568 Battle of Langside: the forces of Mary, Queen of Scots, were defeated by a confederacy of Scottish Protestants under James Stewart, Earl of Moray, her half-brother.

1619 Dutch statesman Johan van Oldenbarnevelt was executed in The Hague after being convicted of treason.

1648  Construction of the Red Fort at Delhi was completed.

1730  Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1782).

1779 War of Bavarian Succession: Russian and French mediators at the Congress of Teschen negotiated an end to the war.

1780  Cumberland...

19:31

MEDIA RELEASE: Aid monitor says size of budget less important than harmful nature of foreign aid policy Aidwatch

MEDIA RELEASE       12 May 2015  SYDNEY: Australian independent aid monitor, AID/WATCH, has announced they are pleased to see that there are no further budget cuts to foreign aid. They are using this as a chance to call for greater scrutiny from both the Opposition and the aid sector on aid policy. AID/WATCH Director Thulsi Narayanasamy […]

19:08

“You Make It, We’ll Take It”: DEA Took a Young Man’s Life Savings Without Ever Charging Him with a Crime cryptogon.com

Via: Washington Post: Joseph Rivers was hoping to hit it big. According to the Albuquerque Journal, the aspiring businessman from just outside of Detroit had pulled together $16,000 in seed money to fulfill a lifetime dream of starting a music video company. Last month, Rivers took the first step in that voyage, saying goodbye to […]

18:46

The more government intervenes, the more it has to Lindsay Mitchell

"Good social policy is not without cost. It is the price we pay for a fair society."

Would you expect that to come from the Left or Right?

Surprisingly, it's from the current Revenue Minister commenting on the enormous $129 million child support reform budget blow-out.

It's ironic. The social policy that created the need for the government to legislate a child support system  - essentially the DPB - is also still considered 'good' policy in some quarters.

Social policy is always well-intentioned. The road to hell is paved with good intentions. Whether it is good or bad is a matter of perspective. Whether it delivers a "fair" society is also highly arguable.

A society that features 140,000 odd individuals having money removed arbitrarily, at source, to pay for estranged (or otherwise) children, many of whose upkeep total strangers pay the lion's share for, hardly sounds "fair".

There is a clear principle at work which the National government continues to operate under - this particularly member, quite willingly.

The more a government intervenes, the more it has to.

18:20

THE FALLOUT FROM LABOUR CONTINUES No Minister

Hot on the heals of David Milibrand's criticism of brother Ed's leadership of the Labour Party comes the news that Lord Sugar of Clapton, has quit the Labour Party in disgust just four days after the election.

Sugar was born in Hackey, east London, the son of a tailor and living in a Council flat.    He left school at 16 and started working in a greengrocers shop and selling car aerials and electrical goods from the back of a van expanding the business to found the computer company Amstrad which he later sold in 2007 to BSkyB for 125 million.    Sugar prospered to the point where he is now one of the UK's most successful businessmen and philanthropists worth over 1 billion. He is the former chair of Tottenham Hotspur and a major donor to the Labour Party.

In his resignation statement he said  "In the past year I found myself losing confidence in the Party due to their negative business policies and general anti-enterprise concepts they were considering if they were elected. I expressed this to the most senior figures in the party several times. I signed on to New Labour in 1997 but more recently, particularly in relation to business, I sensed a policy shift moving back towards what Old Labour stood for".

Sugar will be a huge loss to Labour.    A person who started from the bottom and worked his way up. No silver spoon, nothing handed to him on a plate ... but understanding that for workers to prosper business must prosper too.   A concept chardonnay socialists have great difficulty getting their heads around. &nb...

17:25

Tiso versus Compton – insidious dirt Your NZ

A Twitter stoush between John Key’s social media adviser and an online activist does credit to neither. Stuff reports in John Key’s social media adviser faces Twitter threat claims. John Key’s social media adviser found himself at the centre of a social media storm amid claims he threatened to reveal the identity behind a Twitter […]

17:22

They did not happen on "country roads" stupid! No Minister

 Two more people were confirmed dead on Sunday night after a two-car crash on Christchurch's Northern Motorway, near the Main North Rd.
The result of the SH1 at Belfast, two dead.

 
Lets assume all the nice sheeple of a rural community drive at 40Kph then a freakin idiot from the city comes for some excitement,  runs amok and causes a multiple causality crash involving several cars with bodies headed for the local morgue and the Muppet Cliff,  as in Dave not Lemming  will be calling for rural roads to be at  5Kph with a pedestrian carrying a red flag.
The fascists will not publicise  the true facts from that horrendous Mothers Day weekend,
Fact one,  two die on the Christchurch Northern motorway just out of the city limit at Belfast a part of State Highway 1
Fact two,  three die on State Highway 3 just outside Marton.
Fact three,  three die in a people mover crash on State Highway 2  near Tauranga.
Fact four,  a motorcyclist dies on State Highway 1 north of Auckland.
Nine of the ten died on state highways Mr cliff, is your disappearing bonus clouding your ability to make rational informed statements. Rural roads my arse, they happened on our best funded, constructed, monitored and engineered roads and good luck with reducing speeds on motorways and Highways that pass through rural NZ.
Dave Cliff is becoming increasingly irrelevant as he lauds low death toll weekends as a police success while a bad one such as that devastating for so many  effort for Mothers Day Weekend is all the fault of speeding on Rural roads.

Check your "best by date" Dave, it is well out of date and you are no longer fit for purpose.

16:33

A theory about why the pollsters are getting election results wrong New Zealand Conservative

The internet is destroying homogeneity of information and therefore predictability of citizens. No longer are family, friends, work colleges, the local paper or the national TV the sole source of information. Now the internet can give you points of view that you are interested in from around the world, giving people perspectives that they may not have though of from their corner of the world.

The aim of modern (Prussian) schooling, to create predictable citizens (see Why Schools Don't Educate ), is being destroyed by technology.

Inspired by: The rise of the ‘shy Tory': why pollsters are missing voters on the right

15:52

Religions are but islands in a sea... NO REST FOR THE AWAKE - MINAGAHET CHAMORRO

I miss teaching history. Guam History and World History were my teaching for for close to five years. I've only recently started teaching Chamorro formally at UOG, and although I enjoy it, for many years teaching history was my passion. I loved the way that history provided a means of probing and opening students' minds by revealing to them the invisible and unknown things that exist within them. The way that a word could be traced back in time and attached certain meanings that might have been unfathomable before. The way a word, a custom has been adapted and altered over time, and how it may unintentionally reflect and refract previous areas without people today realizing it. My most enjoyable experience was to root in the earth and in human meaning, things which people accept to be untouchable, natural, unquestionable. Perhaps not in the sense that they would refuse to entertain any questions about something, but rather the way that thing might persist in their consciousness without certain fundamental questions or critical thoughts being required. This is why World History was fun for me to teach. The roots of the global hegemony over certain ideas could be discussed. How it came to be that people might accept something as being normal, when long ago it was the opposite.

Religion was the most fertile ground for these conversations. All religions are filled with a wide spectrum of engagement. There are those who take their sacred texts, their foundations seriously. Those who don't. A massive middle o...

14:37

Russia and WWII New Zealand Conservative



My father fought the evil of fascism, but he was taken advantage of by another evil. He and millions of Soviet soldiers, sailors and airmen, virtual slaves, brought the world not liberation but another slavery. The people sacrificed everything for victory, but the fruits of this victory were less freedom and more poverty.

The above paragraph by Mikhail Shishkin published as part of his opinion piece in the New York Times several days ago, I think, is the quintessential summary of Russia and WWII. It does not deny the victory of the Russian people, yet it also does not deny their involvement in bringing misery to many more.

To admit this requires a strength and a humility to look into the face of evil, see yourself, and not be consumed or capitulate to it. This is something that all of us, at some point or another have to do when confronting our own past, because no one has an unblemished history.

Related link: How Russians Lost the War ~ New York Times

14:30

Word of the day Homepaddock

Debauchee – a person given to excessive indulgence in sex, alcohol, or drugs; one who habitually indulges in debauchery or dissipation; a libertine.


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12:20

Cards, days and cardboard boxes Homepaddock

Discussion on Critical Mass with Simon Mercep today was sparked by:

* 8  non-traditional and wonderfully empathetic cards. I came across them at Upworthy which links to the site of their creator Emily McDowell.

* Days of the Year which celebrates serious and strange celebrations. Today is both Nurses Day and Limerick Day

* Poetry through the ages gives us the history of limericks and some examples of them.

And via Mums on Top I found 50 things to do with a cardboard box at Kids’ Activities Blog.


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11:00

Rural round-up Homepaddock

Initiative promotes agricultural careers – Sally Rae:

When it comes to his career, Leon Olsson’s only regret is that he did not get into the agricultural sector earlier.

Mr Olsson (26), who manages a dry stock farm at Ranfurly which is part of a large scale dairy operation, told pupils at John McGlashan College, in Dunedin, this recently.

It was part of Soil Makes Sense, an initiative supported by Lincoln University and DairyNZ aimed at promoting the opportunities available in the primary industries.

A panel of speakers outlined their own career paths and involvement in the sector. . .

New agribusiness course – Sally Rae:

The opportunities for young people to forge a professional career in the agribusiness sector are ”so diverse”, John McGlashan College principal Neil Garry says.

The Dunedin school was one of seven New Zealand secondary schools invited to become ”lead schools” for the Centre of Excellence for Agricultural Science and Business, the brainchild of St Paul’s Collegiate School in Hamilton.

The joint venture between St Paul’s and agricultural industry partners aimed to deliver and roll out an agribusiness programme to secondary schools throughout New Zealand. . .

Backing for speed limit cut:

The head of road policing is backing lowering the speed limit on many rural roads to 70 or 80 kilometres...

09:13

Necessary Core Spending, REALLY. No Minister



The useless, clueless, brainless egos that equally suspect Auckland voters have empowered to rape and pillage the citizens have now discovered they need a newer, much more plush place to meet  and pontificate as to how they can better feed those said egos.

I am at a complete loss why they cannot meet in an insulated skyline garage somewhere that involves   seriously lower land prices. Could I suggest on a bit of the buffer land that surrounds the Mangere  Waste Water Plant.

Mangere Wastewater Treatment Plant.

It can be noted there is car parking on the site and another advantage from this site comes with the very small requirement for infrastructure to move the sh*t decicions that will be produced, direct to the sewerage treatment plant where they should all end up anyway.

Of course they already have a meeting place that would seem palatial to many of the peasants who will fund this latest folly but it is approximately 4 minutes walk from where the thieving superior beings want to relocate to,  for the extremely inconsequential sum of  a paltry ten million dollars

Bu bbut their supreme being and master fornicator says it will be funded from monies already set aside.

Here are the facts Lying Lascivious, Lecherous  Lenny,  a very short and concise motion with notice can move that minor sum to a more appropriate facet of your spending and although quite small in its effect on the massive 10% rate rise you are intending as your farewell gesture it would actually appear as a caring gesture to all those muppets who accepted your word that you would keep rate r...

08:33

08:26

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07:00

Checking out but not leaving Homepaddock

The weekend’s National Party Mainland conference was my last as Southern Regional chair.

It was the end of six years in the position and I chose not to seek re-election for several reasons.

I believe you should step down before you lose the enthusiasm and energy needed for what you’re doing.

The year after an election is the best one in the cycle for a change in chair, allowing the new one plenty of time to come to grips with the job before having to work on candidate selections and the election.

One important measure of success is the quality of your successor and I had one who was ready, willing and able to take over.

It’s been a privilege and pleasure to work with other volunteers, MPs and party staff over the last six years. In that time the party has increased its membership, strengthened its financial base and continued to earn the sort of support in polls few parties attain let alone maintain.

That is due to several factors which include the leadership of the parliamentary wing, the volunteers and staff.

It’s not just party faithful like me who admire our leader and the Prime Minister John Key. To be in a third term in government and still attracting similar levels of support in polls to that when first elected requires someone special at the head of a very good team.

Government and governance are never smooth sailing.

In spite of all that’s been thrown at them, the PM and his team have concentrated on what matters to voters – the economy,  education, health and law and order. They also continue to respect and value the voluntary wing.

I’ve been involved in the party for around three decades and have never known such cohesion between and performance by MPs, staff and volunteers.

Judy Kirk was president when I became regional chair. Her successor Peter Goodfellow has built on the foundation she laid.

I have had all the support and co...

06:52

This One's For PDM No Minister

The story of the minister and the painter.

One day the local Presbyterian parish council decided the manse should be repainted.  Tenders were called for and a contract given to thee lowest bidder.

The successful contractor thought he would take a lend of these goody good churchies so he bought only half the required amount of paint and topped it up with water,  

When the job was finished it looked pretty good - until the first rainstorm about two weeks later.  It  simply washed off and the minister was furious.  He confronted the errant contractor and berated him about the quality of his work and the absence of his ethics.

The contractor, being a cocky little fellow; said 'Well what the hell am I supposed to do about it?'

The minister roared at him:

"Repaint, repaint and thin no more!!!!!"

05:22

Labour’s biggest problems – The Standard Your NZ

Following on from Labour’s biggest problems – Dim-Post Danyl’s post has been re-posted at The Standard. It looks like Greg Presland did the reposting as he’s first off the blocks in comments. Agreed! One of the aspects of this is generally the Nat’s framing of issues is closer to optimal than Labour’s. This is because they […]

05:00

Quote of the day Homepaddock

New Zealand National Party's photo.

Most people are amazingly determined to do well under their own steam.

All they want the Government to do is created the environment for that . . .

We create the environment which enables jobs to be created. – John Key


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04:45

Labour’s biggest problems – Dim-Post Your NZ

Danyl at Dim-Post looks at similarities in the failure of Labour in the UK and Labour in New Zealand in Elections in the anglo-sphere – but the response by commenters mostly disagrees. There’s loads of analysis about on the outcome of the election in the UK; most of it is focused on Labour. What went wrong? […]

03:34

Open Forum – Tuesday Your NZ

12 May 2015 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isn’t spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is to encourage you to raise topics that interest you.  Comments worth more exposure may be repeated as posts. Your NZ is a mostly political and […]

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Monday, 11 May

22:01

May 12 in history Homepaddock

1191  Richard I of England married Berengaria of Navarre who was crowned Queen consort of England the same day.

1264 The Battle of Lewes, between King Henry III and the rebel Simon de Montfort, 6th Earl of Leicester, began.

1328 Antipope Nicholas V, a claimant to the papacy, was consecrated in Rome by the Bishop of Venice.

1364  Jagiellonian University, was founded in Kraków.

1551  National University of San Marcos, was founded in Lima.

1588 French Wars of Religion: Henry III fledParis after Henry of Guise enters the city.

1689  King William’s War: William III joined the League of Augsburg starting a war with France.

1743  Maria Theresa of Austria was crowned King of Bohemia after defeating her rival, Charles VII, Holy Roman Emperor.

1797  First Coalition: Napoleon I of France conquered Venice.

1812 Edward Lear, British auth...

18:59

Rachinger story gets weirder but no more told Your NZ

Ben Rachinger went quiet when Lauda Finem launched against him, they posted a second time on Saturday – The Rachinger Conspiracy – What was in it for Matthew Blomfield and Crew Fraud? He’s been drip feeding an evolving kaleidoscope of tit bits, side stories and potentially newsworthy but under-supported claims. Now he’s posted again on his […]

18:38

One of the safest places in New Zealand Your NZ

Dunedin is one of the safest places in New Zealand (when it comes to earthquakes, not quite so safe for students susceptible to alcohol induced self harm). We’ve been getting a few shakes here over the past few years but it’s always been somewhere else that’s been getting the full force of the earth moving […]

18:30

Wintec Press Club: Paula Penfold edition Quote Unquote


The Wintec Press Club meets for lunch three times a year in Hamilton: guests are the students of the Wintec journalism course, important media types from the Waikato and Auckland, politicians and famous sporty types. And me. The host is Steve Braunias. The speakers are usually eminent media types with the occasional wild card thrown in. Last time the guest speaker was Pam Corkery. This time, Friday 1 May, it was a proper journalist, Paula Penfold of TV3’s 3rd Degree.

The students get to mingle with big-name media types and newsmakers: most tables have one or two students who get to meet industry veterans. It’s a brilliant idea and I have always enjoyed talking with them and doing my best to discourage them from entering the profession, suggesting they instead do something either useful or lucrative.

My table was all politicians and media but we played nicely: Labour MP Jacinda Ardern, her electorate person Barbara Ward, the Act Party’s Jamie Whyte (whose name-tag said “Former politician”), the Herald’s Toby Manhire and Matt Nippert, and Metro/National Radio’s David Slack whose name-tag, like mine, said “Satirist” in quote...

17:23

Flag consideration or pissy political pointscoring? Your NZ

It hasn’t taken long for the flag discussion process to be ambushed by pissy political point scoring. This could be the only chance in a generation – or in a lifetime – to consider alternatives to our current flag and decide whether as a country we want to change or not. I think the approach […]

16:52

O’Neill’s illegal logging: 686 days and counting… PNGexposed Blog

686

There has still been NO ACTION to cancel the huge SABL land grab, revoke the unlawful leases or stop the illegal logging in Papua New Guinea.

It is now 686 days since Prime Minister Peter O’Neill was told that the SABL leases were unlawful and should be cancelled.

On June 24, 2013 O’Neill was given the reports of the SABL Commission Inquiry which detail the widespread fraud and mismanagement used by foreign logging companies to gain illegal access to over 5 million hectares of land.

O’Neill has REPEATEDLY STATED the leases will be canceled and illegal logging stopped.

In September 2013 O’Neill told Parliament:

“We will no longer watch on as foreign owned companies come in and con our landowners, chop down our forests and then take the proceeds offshore”

In June 2014, announcing an NEC decision cancelling the leases, O’Neill said

“We are taking these steps to reclaim our customary land illegally lost to foreigners with the help of corrupt public servants and leaders”

“As a responsible government we want to ensure that all citizens have...

16:41

Marijuana legislation poll Your NZ

Full details have been posted of a ONE News Colmar Brunton Poll on marijuana law preferences. Which one of the following best describes your view on marijuana laws in New Zealand?: (Current poll April 2015, movement from October 2003) Remain the same 21% (down 4%): Marijuana should remain illegal for all uses, as it is […]

09:42

Latest Watchdog available online Watchblog




The April issue of Foreign Control Watchdog is now available online



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08:46

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MEALS THAT APPEAL ON “VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IʻS FUTURE"

 
"Island Salads - A Visit With Sabrina Keliikipi“   

Itʻs not often that someone plans on being a hairdresser and ends up opening a restaurant. But thatʻs what happened to Sabrina Keliikipi, who lives on O`ahuʻs west side when she noticed people there were not eating healthy - starting with herself. As a native Hawaiian restaurant owner, she not only serves fresh organic foods, but buys ingredients from local farms right around her. Join us in our visit with Sabrina as she tells us how it all started and shows us why Islands Salads really is healthy living - Watch It Here

MONDAY, May 11th ...

02:39

The Lost Latte NO REST FOR THE AWAKE - MINAGAHET CHAMORRO

The latte stones that we find at Angel Santos Memorial Latte Stone Park in Hagatna are some of the most iconic on Guam. They are larger than most on island and found in a central location in the historic Hagatna area. Tens of thousands of tourists visit them each year. The late Angel Santos, a Chamorro human rights activist and Maga’lahi of Nasion Chamoru loved to meditate around those stones. When Nasion Chamoru first came into being as an activist group, they declared their existence in a ceremony at that very park, surrounded by those latte and the spirits of the Chamorro aniti or ancestors that they represented. A statue of him will be unveiled soon, which helps to mark the space as not just one of commemoration, but one of transformation and possible critique.

While for so many these stones represent the minesngon of the Chamorro people, and their history, their culture, like remnants of a lost time, they represent so much more than that. There is a sign there next to the latte that sums up their existence. Although to so many they connect these latte to the village of Hagatna, they are not from Hagatna. They come from the ancient village of Mepo, which is in the Fena Area in the South. This is known today as Naval Magazine, a military facility known for storing weapons for the US military.

These latte were moved to Hagatna during the construction of Naval Magazine, at a time when a huge number of Chamorro artifacts were destroyed. These latte however were spared and were brought to Hagatna...

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Sunday, 10 May

09:19

Book review: Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History Maui Street

This review was originally published in Your Weekend (December 20, 2014). 


But with the release of Tangata Whenua: An Illustrated History, new generations of New Zealanders will not have to rely on non- Māori accounts of Māori history. For that reason alone, Tangata Whenua is a landmark book. Yet it does more than just fulfil a need, it expands the scope of Māori history. The authors weave together knowledge from archaeology, anthropology, linguistics, law, political science and – of course – oral history.

Written by Professor Atholl Anderson, the late Dame Judith Binney and Dr Aroha Harris, Tangata Whenua covers the sweep of Māori history: from ancestral beginnings in the South China Sea to the struggle for Treaty of Waitangi rights. Anderson, an anthropologist and archaeologist of international repute, takes the reader from Asia to 1830. Dame Judith Binney, almost certainly New Zealand’s finest historian, guides the reader from the heady days of the 1830s to the dark decades of rural poverty and population decline in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Harris –the lesser known of the three authors, but someone who’s quickly becoming a distinguished historian – charts the Māori revival and political collisions with the post-colonial state.

The book dedicates most of it...

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Saturday, 09 May

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GROUP SEEKS END TO US OCCUPATION OF ALASKA & HAWAI`I

A human rights group speaking in the name of indigenous populations of Alaska and Hawai`i seek UN intervention to organize self-determination referenda in the US states, saying Washington has illegally occupied it since 1959.
 
The group is to raise the issue during next week’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, reports TASS.

Both territories were listed in 1946 as Non Self-Governing Territories under article 73 of the UN Charter. 

The status theoretically subjected Alaska and Hawai`i to decolonization. In both, referenda were held over whether they would become fully-fledged states of the USA, which both did in 1959.

Critics o...

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Friday, 08 May

07:09

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IN MEMORIAM -
KOANI FOUNDATION DIRECTOR KAI`OPUA FYFE DIES

































Kai`opua Fyfe served continuously until his death as a director of the Kaua`i based Koani Foundation since being appointed by Founder John ‘Butch” Kekahu III prior to Butchʻs own passing in late 2001.

As a descendant of Hawaiian ancestors who signed the Ku`e petitions, he was a strong proponent of a Free Hawai`i and an end to the illegal occupation of Hawai`i by the US.

On behalf of the Koani Foundation, Kai`opua focused on the internati...

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Thursday, 07 May

23:36

Chamorro Language Elimination NO REST FOR THE AWAKE - MINAGAHET CHAMORRO

The Forum on the Importance of Second Language Learning that I helped organize last week at UOG was a huge success. We had a massive crowd of students and members of the community. The comments that were made came from all types of people. Some students spoke about how important it is to requires students to take second languages because it will provide them so many long term benefits that they may not be able to perceive yet. Some community members spoke about how this idea of English-only or focusing the education at UOG on a single language was like a slap in the face to the dozens of languages that are spoken daily in Guam. Some business owners talked about the need for more languages to be taught at UOG and that more languages make you more intelligent and marketable. Some teachers talked about how students who know more than one language perform better in school than those who are monolingual. The conversation was fantastic, we stayed an hour and fifteen minutes beyond our scheduled time to accommodate more voices.

I'll be posting more about this issue I'm sure, but in the meantime I wanted to share the article below by Peter Onedera, who was a champion of Chamorro language at UOG and in the community for a long time. He shares his thoughts on the idea of not requiring languages, such as Chamorro at UOG.

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Ta'lo ta fana' i dinirogan i fino' Chamoru
Pedro Onedera
PDN
5/5/15

Senmaolek i ha'åni siempre yanggen i fino' CHamoru ha' ma månda p...

10:45

Nga Pae o te Maramatanga refunded... Maori Economy: Whakairo te whenua, whakairo te tangata

This just out from Joyce...

"Four more Centres of Research Excellence (CoREs) have been selected by the Tertiary Education Commission at the end of the second round of CoREs funding.

Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Minister Steven Joyce has commended successful applicants, the Bio-Protection Research Centre (Lincoln University), The Riddet Institute (Massey University), QuakeCore: Centre for Earthquake Resilience (University of Canterbury) and Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga (The University of Auckland.)

The successful CoREs will focus on sustainable pest management solutions, food science and human health, earthquake disaster resilience, and Māori research. All CoREs will contribute to...

07:28

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"DO YOU SMELL SOMETHING FISHY?"


Whatʻs Going On Here?

Why Would The OHA Trustees Vote To Remain Neutral About The New Mauna Kea Telescope When Most Everyoneʻs Opposed?

Are They Just Playing It Safe Or Is There Something More To It?

Watch This As We Reveal The Real Reason Theyʻre Stuck In Neutral.
 


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Wednesday, 06 May

07:58

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08:48

Maintaining foreign aid a ‘moral obligation’, NGOs say ahead of cuts Aidwatch

Originally published by SBS News By Stephanie Anderson  5 May 2015 http://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/2015/05/05/maintaining-foreign-aid-moral-obligation-ngos-say-ahead-cuts   Aid organisations are calling on the Abbott Government to “stick to its moral obligation” to maintain foreign aid, which has seen more than $11 billion in cuts since the Coalition came to office. Treasurer Joe Hockey cut $7.9 billion over four years […]

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Brown lives matter The Hand Mirror

The perennial cheerleader for arming New Zealand Police, Greg O'Connor, is at it again.  In true NRA styles, O'Connor has renewed his call for guns straight after Vaughan Te Moananui was shot dead by Police on the weekend.  He similarly used the shooting of Steven Wallace by Police in 2000 to campaign for more weaponry, in that case, the introduction of tazers.

Criminologist John Buttle described O'Connor's Police Association as "obsessed" with arming the Police back in 2010:

"The justification for routinely arming the NZP with pepper spray was that it could be used to protect the police from incidents of violence. When they wanted to introduce the tazer the police used the media to discredit the supposed effectiveness of pepper spray and champion their latest weapon of choice. Now it seems that tazers do not offer enough protection and only firearms can save police lives.... The way things are at the moment suggests that in the near future the police association will use the next unfortunate incident as a means to justify the routine arming of every police officer in New Zealand."
It's certainly topical. The wave of rage and grief sweeping through the United States right now was born out of community pain when Black teenager...

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18:19

Islands of Obesity NO REST FOR THE AWAKE - MINAGAHET CHAMORRO

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"Island Salads - A Visit With Sabrina Keliikipi“   

Itʻs not often that someone plans on being a hairdresser and ends up opening a restaurant. But thatʻs what happened to Sabrina Keliikipi, who lives on O`ahuʻs west side when she noticed people there were not eating healthy - starting with herself. As a native Hawaiian restaurant owner, she not only serves fresh organic foods, but buys ingredients from local farms right around her. Join us in our visit with Sabrina as she tells us how it all started and shows us why Islands Salads really is healthy living - Watch It Here

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Sunday, 03 May

11:22

Atate Book Launch NO REST FOR THE AWAKE - MINAGAHET CHAMORRO

I spent a year working on getting the book "Massacre at Atate" by Jose M. Torres published. It is a first hand account of one of the few times during the Japanese occupation of Guam that the Chamorro people openly resisted and fought back. There are countless instances of Chamorros passively resisting, but this was one of the few moments that I've been able to collect where you can point to Chamorros using violent resistance to protect themselves. There are only a few men left who took up arms against the Japanese in July 1944 and Mr. Torres was one of the youngest at that time.

We had a reading in Malesso' a few weeks ago in the historic Merlyn G. Cook school. This was a followup to the large book launch that we had in February which was attended by close to 300 people. I came across this account of the book launch, that I wanted to share here:

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2/25/15

WWII Historical Lecture - More than we expected

I spent a year working on getting the book "Massacre at Atate" by Jose M. Torres published. It is a first hand account of one of the few times during the Japanese occupation of Guam that the Chamorro people openly resisted and fought back. There are countless instances of Chamorros passively resisting, but this was one of the few moments that I've been able to collect where you can point to Chamorros using violent resistance to protect themselves. There are only a few men left who took up arms against the Japanese in July 1944 and Mr. Torres was one of the youngest at that time.

We had a reading in Malesso' a few weeks ago in the historic Merlyn G. Cook school. This was a followup to the large book launch that we h...

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On March 26, Rapa Nui leaders coordinated by Parlamento Rapa Nui, a hua‘ai (extended family) based indigenous political organization led by democratically elected President Leviante Araki, shut down the Chilean administered national park of Easter Island. 

Between March 26 and March 29 access to the major "tourist sites" such as Rano Raraku (the place the world famous moai statues were carved) and Ranu Kau (home...

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Chamorro-Japanese Cultural Exchange NO REST FOR THE AWAKE - MINAGAHET CHAMORRO

Teaching Chamorro culture in Japan
by Jasmine Stole
Marianas Variety
2/12/2014

PROFESSOR Kyoko Nakayama’s interest in Chamorro culture prompted her to learn as much as she could about it so she can share it with her students in Japan.

Nakayama explained the journey of how her interest in Guam developed into two books, an art show and an ongoing educational tour yesterday when she addressed attendees at the Rotary Club of Tumon Bay.

Nakayama’s interest in the island quickly translated into her hope to share the culture with Japanese people. Eventually she met with various local people, including Ron Laguana, Ron Castro and Frank Rabon who would help Nakayama reach her goals.

A teacher in the education department at Teikyo University in Tokyo, Nakayama established an educational tour in 2009 which allowed her to share the knowledge she learned from Chamorros with her students.

The tour is for her senior-level students who travel to Guam for the tour. It includes a lecture about the history of Guam, how World War II affected the culture, and various tourist activities aimed to help her students better understand the Chamorro lifestyle as it was and what it is presently.

The students are also taught traditional Chamorro chants and dances as a way to further expose them to the island’s culture.

These dances are taught to them by Frank Rabon. In addition to learning the chants and dances, the Japanese students ofte...

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Smithsonian.com - April 23, 2015 - By Doug Herman

At this moment all over the Hawaiian islands, but especially atop Mauna Kea volcano, there are protests against the building of a new Thirty-Meter Telescope (TMT) on this sacred mountain. The telescope has become a cause célèbre among Native Hawaiians and their allies, and the issue is going viral. Newspapers around the world are reporting the story and people are abuzz on social media—especially as the issue becomes more emotionally charged. This week, a University of California, Berkeley professor sent around a petition in favor of the telescope with language in it that has incited charges of racism. A group of scientists countered with a statement saying the message was unacceptable.
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Thursday, 30 April

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"HOW BIG A SUCKER ARE YOU?"


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TMT Has Hired Big Public Relations Firms To Turn The Tide Of Public Opinion. 

They Want You To Believe Their Lies About Hawaiians, Mauna Kea & The Telescope. 

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Michfest cuts right through to your heart The Hand Mirror

The Michigan Womyn's Festival is calling it a day after 40 years.  For many, Michfest is the epitome of Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminism.  The eviction of Nancy Burkholder in 1991 sparked protests which have continued to this day.

"She said that MWMF policy was that the festival was open to “natural, women-born-women” only. I replied that nowhere, in any festival literature or the program guide was that policy stated. I asked Chris to please verify that policy and she went to the office to contact the festival producers, Lisa Vogel and Boo Price.
Del stated that the reason the policy was not in any literature was because the issue of transsexuals had never come up as a problem before. Del added that the policy was for the benefit of the transsexuals’ safety and the safety of the women attending the festival. When I pointed out that there were other transsexuals on the land she acknowledged that this was true. Then she added, ‘We haven’t caught them yet, but we did catch you.”
I went to Michfest in the early 1990s in my early 20s, and it was beautiful.  Camping on forested wild land.  Music, workshops, arts, crafts.  Ten thousand women dancing under the stars.

I heard Melissa Ferrick and Phranc and Sweet Honey in the Rock.  Learnt salsa dancing with naked women.  Enjoyed workshops on racism, non-monogamy, writing and s/m.  Talked to women from all over the world about sexism and gender politics and queer life and violence.  Kissed some cut...

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Tuesday, 28 April

08:42

Power and ponytails The Hand Mirror

From the ongoing unfolding issue about the Prime Minister's ponytail pulling, specifically in the case of Amanda Bailey, there's one little bit I want to write about a bit more, and it comes back to this quote from The Nation interview with Patrick Gower.  (Quote taken from the transcript here).
Gower: Yeah and when you when you accept that you got it wrong, do you accept that you misused your power?Key: No because I didn’t intend to do that, it was the opposite, I intended to try and be in a much more informal sort of setting so that I put people at ease and we could have a bit of a laugh and a bit of fun so it’s really the opposite.
So Key is saying that th...

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ANONYMOUS TAKES DOWN TMT & STATE OF HAWAI`I WEBSITES

Associated Press - April 27, 2015

HONOLULU (AP) — An apparent cyberattack Sunday temporarily disrupted the main website of Thirty Meter Telescope, the organization trying to construct one of the world's largest telescopes near the summit of Mauna Kea on Hawaii's Big Island.

Thirty Meter Telescope spokeswoman Caroline Witherspoon confirmed that the company's website suffered a disruption, but could not say who was responsible for the attack. She said the site was unavailable for about two hours.

"TMT today was the victim of an unscrupulous denial of service attack, apparently launched by Anonymous," said Sandra Dawson, a spokeswoman for the project. "The incident is being investigated."
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Monday, 27 April

09:15

Na'famboka siha kek NO REST FOR THE AWAKE - MINAGAHET CHAMORRO

The issue of gay marriage is really being push right now in Guam. There seems to be a much broader support for it as opposed to a few years ago. There is still some resistance, especially on religious grounds. I haven't seen any reports yet on whether or not local bakeries are supporting or fighting this issue. This is intriguing because as you can see from the reports below, cakes, the making of, the selling of, the religious freedom involved in deciding who you do and do not make cakes for, has become a ground zero of sorts

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This Bakery Refused to Serve a Same-Sex Couple and It May Cost Them $135,000
Published: April 26, 2015 | Authors: | Think Progress | News Report 

A bakery that turned away a lesbian couple looking to buy a cake for their wedding will have to pay them an award of possibly $135,000 for emotional damages, a hearings officer said Friday. The sum is recommended by an administrative law judge for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI), but it c...

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"The Women Of Kunia - A Visit With Sheila Valdez“   

Agriculture and the ability to grow crops to feed your family is normally a good thing. But in upland Kunia, that activity is about to destroy a centuries old Heiau, one of O`ahuʻs culturally significant historical sites. And thatʻs where Sheila Valdez comes in, jumping into action with three others to save the Kunia Heiau from destruction. Donʻt miss our visit with Sheila to see what happens and how it feels to go up against the powerful about something you truly believe in with all your heart - Watch It Here

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Sunday, 26 April

09:48

Saonao yan Eyak NO REST FOR THE AWAKE - MINAGAHET CHAMORRO

The PDN has been publishing a series of columns under the banner of "Saonao yan Eyak" or "Join and Learn." These columns are meant to help inform and inspire the community in advance of next year's FESTPAC which will take place in Guam. Hosting a FESTPAC is a massive endeavor. It requires layers of public and private cooperation, as tens of thousands of people descend upon that island in order to experience this cultural Olympics of the Pacific.

I first wrote a column for them last month for Ha'anen Fino' Chamoru Ha', which by the way we are working on formalizing and trying to get back to honor at the start of each month. This month I wrote about how much Guam's consciousness has changed over the past four decades and how FESTPAC played a significant role in that.

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"Guam's made huge stride since 70s"
by Michael Lujan Bevacqua
Pacific Daily News
4/23/15

When we think of what "Chamorro culture" means to us today, particular images and forms come to mind. Most people would recall terms such as "respect" "chenchule'" or "inafa'maolek." Others might think of latte stones or sakman sailing the seas. A great many people might think of dance groups such as Pa'a Taotao Tano', Inetnon Gefpago or chant groups such as I Fanlalai'an.

Chamorros see themselves today as being in the midst of a cultural renaissance, where Chamorro language and culture are being celebrated and promoted.


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OHA LIES ABOUT MAUNA KEA PROTECTORS

Big Island News - April 25, 2015

Members of the Mauna Kea Hui said Friday evening that they were not invited to meet with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and other groups to discuss the Thirty Meter Telescope project earlier in the day, despite a statement from OHA stating otherwise.

“To be clear, the Mauna Kea Hui, was not invited to this meeting [with OHA] until only yesterday and only after OHA had released its Press Statement claiming we would be in attendance,” the group said in a statement.

On Thursday, OHA released a statement mentioning that the organization had “arranged for a meeting tomorrow [April 24] for representatives from the Governor’s office, the University of Hawai’i, the Office of Mauna Kea Management, the Mauna Kea Hui, the Mauna Kea ‘Ohana, and OHA to discuss the thirty-meter telescope planned for Mauna Kea.”
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Next week public comment and informational meetings will be taking place in Tinian and Saipan with regards to recently proposed plans to militarize Tinian and Pagan. For people that are wanting to follow the discussion there between leaders and activists I've gathered together some recent news from The Saipan Tribune and The Marianas Variety. CNMI leaders are putting out a request for help in terms of analyzing and disseminating information about the DEIS or draft environmental impact statement for the build up proposals. They are also requesting an extension as the document is close to 2,000 pages long. It has also, as far as I know, not been translated into Chamorro or Carolinian.

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'CNMI will benefit from military trainings here'
by Jayson Camacho
Saipan Tribune
4/20/15

The U.S. Department of Defense’s planned military buildup in the region has put the CNMI community in a quandary, with some supporting military activities on Tinian and Pagan and some opposing it.

One of the islands’ most respected citizens and business leaders, David “Uncle Dave” M. Sablan, has thrown his full support behind the plan and is asking the CNMI’s leaders and community to follow suit.

Everybody already knows about Sablan’s ordeal during World War II and how he survived the war as a 12-year-old boy living in a cave in Marpi.

De...

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Thursday, 23 April

23:16

Mas Ki Dichicheng NO REST FOR THE AWAKE - MINAGAHET CHAMORRO

Ilek-na Si Henry Kissinger, ayu na sen dangkolu na galabok taotao, put iya Micronesia, “There are only 90,000 people out there. Who gives a damn?” I meggaina na taotao guini ti ma tungo’ put este na sinangan ya ti ma tungo’ lokkue’ hayi este na Henry. Lao para i manggaitiningo’, ti mannina’manman nu este. Ayu na hinasso, ayu na pine’lo, put i mineddong-ta guini gof annok gi i na’an-ta. Atan i na’an ni’ mana’i hit para este na lugat: Micronesia. Kumekeilekna “dikike’ na isla.”

Sigun hafa hu fa’na’an i “pragmatics of size” taya’ gaibali giya Micronesia, todu taibali. Hunggan, buente anggen malago’ hao bumuteya hanom tasi, sen gefsaga’ este na lugat. Lao dinirihi i hinasson i taotao sanhiyong ni’ tano’. Ayu nai muna’hasso siha put finitme, siguridad, yan anggokuyon na fuetsa. Para siha i hanom yan i tasi, ti anggokuyon, machalek, todu tiempo matulailaika. Todu i tumuge’ i Bipblia ginen ayu na hinasso. Hafa ilek-na guihi put este? Estague ginen as San Mateo:

Enao i humungok este siha i sinangan-hu ya fuma’tinas, guiya parehu yan i menhalom na taotao ni ha fa’tinas i gima’-na gi hilo’ acho’. Ya u tunok i ichan yan u fanmatto i saddok, yan u fanmanguaife i manglo, ya u hinatme ayu na guma’. ya ti u poddong, sa’ mafa’tinas gui’ gi hilo’ acho’. Lao ayu i humungok este siha i sinangan-hu ya ti fuma’tinas, guiya parehu yan i bababa na taotao ni’ ha fa’tinas i gima’-na gi hilo’ unai. Ya u tunok i ichan, yan u fanmatto i saddok yan u fanmanguaife i manglo ya u hinatme ayu na guma’, ya gos dangkolu i pineddong-na.

Antes di manmatto’ magi ya ma sagayi hit i mangilagu, esta gof tadhong este na ideha gi hinasson-niha. Gaihinasso i umanggongokko i acho’ yan i tano’, lao taihinasso ayu i umanggongokko i inai, i masmai na tano’, un manana na mesklao. Pues para siha, achokka’ sigi ha’ ma fa’ganye i isla-ta siha put strategic importance, sigi di ma sangan lokkue’ na ti nahong hit, ti dangkolu hit, taibali hit. Ti nahong i...

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Amanda Bailey is a legend, or victim-blaming, protector of the powerful The Hand Mirror

John Key needs a way to stop this story of creepy harassment, now.  It's become a big deal, with even the usually friendly reporters finding his behaviour unacceptable.  The National Council of Women and the Human Rights Commission agree this is plain sexism.  He's even become the source of a "weirdest moments" story in the Guardian.

But what to do?  There are other photos of him touching women and girl's hair.  Many National Party men, and friends of National Party men, also seem to have problems with sexual harassment.  Is this a big enough deal to seriously undermine John and the National Party?

But phew, rape culture.  It's easy.  You just blame the victim.

It's been working for years.  It will not only discredit this particular woman, but it will make sure any other women are less likely to come forward.  Makes the abusing of the power - in all kinds of ways - so much easier.

But how?  If he tells the media who the young woman is, says she's just trying to make a name for herself, makes her out to be exaggerating or lying, he might look even more like a bully.  Hell, he's already tried pretending it's not a big deal by calling it "horsing around" and no one seems to buy it.

But phew, he's got close friends to do it for him.  Time to give Herald reporter Rachel and David a call, a...

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Wednesday, 22 April

16:53

Sexual harassment and the Nats The Hand Mirror

Julie has covered John Key's disturbing sense of entitlement in his local cafe, where he clearly feels he can treat a woman as his own personal property because she's waiting tables.  Not much more to say there.

I've lots more to say though about the patterns of behaviour from this National Government.

It's not the first time a National MP has been caught out treating hospitality staff with disdain.  When Aaron Gilmore resigned after asking bar staff "Don't you know who I am?" because they refused to serve him, John Key said it was "the right decision."

It's also not the first time sexual harassment scandals have bedevilled the personnel in this government.  Or even the second or third time.

First there's Michael Woodhouse, before he was even in parliament, telling the student press in Dunedin what he thought of young women:

"I love spring around here, it's bloody fantastic, the skirts were never this short in my day."
He was a 42 year old father of three at the time.  Now he's the Minister of Police, responding to the Police bungling of Roastbusters. 

Then there's Minister Richard Worth, serial sexual harasser, forced to resign after the Police began investigations into his behaviour.  John Key "washed his hands" of Mr Worth at the time.

Or what about Gerry Brownlee appointee to CERA, Roger Sutton, who had...

11:47

Open thread: The prime minister, the pony tail, and the disturbing sense of entitlement The Hand Mirror

Very quick post on this breaking news today, here are some links if you have no idea what this is about:

The guest post on The Daily Blog where the waitress explains that the Prime Minister has been pulling her pony tail when he visits the cafe she works at.

Herald article giving Key's apology

Stuff summary

My initial thoughts, after WTF, are:

  • There appears to be no dispute about the basic facts
  • You don't need to touch other people
  • There is a huge power imbalance between the Prime Minister and someone working in hospitality in a junior position 
  • When asked to stop he didn't
  • Intention isn't magic - harassment should be determined by the person the action is done TO, not the person who is doing it to them
  • Who pulls ponytails?  Seriously, why would you do that?




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Mensahi ginen i Gehilo' #9: Imagine Independence NO REST FOR THE AWAKE - MINAGAHET CHAMORRO

It has been a while since my last message of this type. To be honest the Commission on Decolonization of which the Independence Task Force is a part hasn't been very active for the past few years. Inertia and lack of motivation seeped into the Commission from a variety of angles making it incapable of doing anything.

That period is hopefully at an end however as the Commission has shown some signs of life since the start of this year. Although the Commission has received money since 2011 for salaries, no money has been set aside for public education, which is what the Commission on Decolonization is meant to oversee. This year there is at last a $100,000 budget set specifically for conducting public education. The Independence Task Force will be meeting this month and start to make plans for the coming year. If you are interested in joining the Task Force, please email me at mlbasquiat@hotmail.com or leave a comment below.

This past week I saw an interesting piece of news out of Australia. I've pasted the release below. It is an important reminder that the road to Independence first requires being able to imagine it. It means that you have to be able to envision what it is like and would be like, even if it has yet to happen. This means finding a way to see past so many layers of injustice, so many fictions that have been placed down over your lands to give the impression that they belong to someone else, who purchased them through treaties or stole them via flags placed in sands.

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18/04/2015 - APG Chairperson held up at Brisbane international airport by customs officials for presenting Aboriginal passport

Nyaywana man and Chairperson of the APGCallum Clayton-Dixon was held up by customs officials at Brisbane international airport for at least 40 minutes yesterday evening w...

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"The Women Of Kunia - A Visit With Sheila Valdez“   

Agriculture and the ability to grow crops to feed your family is normally a good thing. But in upland Kunia, that activity is about to destroy a centuries old Heiau, one of O`ahuʻs culturally significant historical sites. And thatʻs where Sheila Valdez comes in, jumping into action with three others to save the Kunia Heiau from destruction. Donʻt miss our visit with Sheila to see what happens and how it feels to go up against the powerful about something you truly believe in with all your heart - Watch It Here

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20:26

'Water Underground' Maori Economy: Whakairo te whenua, whakairo te tangata

Water still a potential graveyard for politicians it seems.

This post content through from an ex-Lincolnite, promoting a song by Anthonie Tonnon...

"We're used to vocal (often artistic in one way or another) individuals like Sam Mahon who have been highly critical of the removal of the democratically elected Councillors in 2010 and the associated 'grab' for Canterbury's water. In recent times there has emerged another artist who has joined the fray  - though from a different perspective. Former Dunedin singer-songwriter Anthonie Tonnon, who I'd argue is also a great storyteller having seen him play live recently, has written and sung about arguably the core the government's 2010 decision Canterbury's groundwater, the Water Underground..."



I'm still in awe 
at how you pulled it all off 
and driving through the drylands 
seeing irrigators installed 
I think about the coup 
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07:40

Michael Bublé teaches consent The Hand Mirror

Michael Bublé has been blasted for posting a Twitter picture of a woman's bum, with leery racialised commentary, without her consent.  She's a woman of colour.

He's since posted his take on the issue: 
"Anybody who knows me would never misinterpret the message of the photo my wife took in Miami that seems to have caused unexpected rage by some people. I do not court controversy. But I realize that a photo that was meant to be complimentary and lighthearted has turned into a questionable issue. For the record, It hurts me deeply that anyone would think that I would disrespect women or be insulting to any human being.. I was not brought up that way and it is not in my character. I regret that there are people out there who found the photo offensive. That was not and is not my intention. Women are to be celebrated, loved, respected, honored and revered. I’ve spent my life believing that and will continue to do so."
He could not have written a more revealing aide to critiquing rape culture and consent if he tried.  He was meaning to compliment her; he doesn't disrespect women, he loves them; he's hurt because his intention has been misunders...

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Friday, 17 April

14:46

Identities Lost NO REST FOR THE AWAKE - MINAGAHET CHAMORRO

It is intriguing when we see epochs of time shift and change and replace each other. These are like grand markers in time, like huge arches that delineate when everything was one way and when it all changed and became something else. On Guam we have antes di gera and despues di gera which draws a clear line of memory between what existed prior to World War II and after. World War II survivors will tell you the smells in the air, the sounds of the island were different in 1940 as they were in 1945. Most people in the United States and elsewhere in the world mark recent memory with "9/11" as if to say that things were fundamentally different before September 11th, 2001 than they were afterwards. All of this is a fiction of course, but there is still a way that communities tend to lay out the stretches of time behind them in certain blocks, to make them easier to manage, but propping up these important moments as providing the keys to understand all those temporal tectonic shifts. 

But those markers don't reflect human life, experience or time. There is nothing so neat as that in the world. Our lives overlap different times and as much as we might want to privilege one over the other, even the sense pastness is always evolving itself. Whether something is past all depends upon memory really. The realness, the presentness of something has less to do with time and more to do with how we organize that sense of time and that valuation of memory. For some on Guam the war is long over and ancient history. For others the impacts are...

12:26

talk from GLITCH 2015 He Hōaka

This is tidied up notes from a talk I gave at the GLITCH Youth Decolonisation Hui for Sexuality and Gender Minorities at Te Puea marae in Auckland last month. I really struggled to come up with anything to say in 10 minutes. To make it harder, I was on a panel with people who have been working for our communities for decades, and I was much more interested in what they had to say. In hindsight, I wish I’d taken more time to talk about liberalism, recognition and assimilation, and our responsibilities to our tūpuna and mokopuna, and how we take control of the stories, and a bunch of other things that would never fit into 10 minutes.


I’m going to talk about stories, and the different ways of telling stories, because the stories we hear about ourselves, and the stories we choose to tell about ourselves, have a big effect on how we understand who we are, and on the futures that we can imagine ourselves contributing to. Every story has an agenda and an effect, and I think it’s important to always be thinking about that.

I want to start with the way we talk about our history. In school I got taught that history was pretty much men doing stuff, mostly conquering or fighting wars. The way Māori history is talked about still seems mostly in that style. We are allowed to be proud of our tūpuna as fierce warriors, but when we try to publicly remember them as great parents, or lovers, or kaitiaki and rangatira in its true sense, the media are quick to find historians like Paul Moon to ‘balance’ that story and bring it back to violence.

There’s the story of our tūpuna Māori as primitive, lawless, barbaric cannibals who were struggling when Europeans arrived, and probably wouldn’t have survived without European technology. It’s a self-serving story invented by European colonisers to justify stealing land. It can’t possibly be true, or our people wouldn’t have survived as long as we have. You need laws and a system to grow and retain kn...

09:06

Lincoln Maori researchers secure more Vision Matauranga funding... Maori Economy: Whakairo te whenua, whakairo te tangata

Ka mau te wehi!

Maori researchers at Te Whare Wananga o Aoraki (Lincoln uni) have secured VM funding for 2015.

Dr. Amanda Black (Tuhoe) and Melanie Mark-Shadbolt (Ngati Porou, Ngati Kahungunu ki Wairarapa) are developing a National Maori Biosecurity Network, and Dr. Jamie Ataria (Rongomaiwahine, Ngati Kahungunu, and Ngati Tuwharetoa via Cawthron, but we claim him too!) is on a project to improve water quality and river well-being.

Well done!

This success continues a show Lincoln University has developed some heft in the VM space, although we would be the first to acknowledge the VM is just one part of 'KM' (Kaupapa Maori)...


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Thursday, 16 April

06:21

It's Our Future - TPPA Bulletin #65 Watchblog


 INTERNATIONAL DAY OF ACTION 18 APRIL


Campaigners in Europe, the US, Australia and Canada are coordinating activities to oppose the twin deals – TPPA and TTIP (the US-EU version) – on 18 April.

Since we have just had the national action we are only having two small actions:

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Monday, 13 April

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Sunday, 12 April

23:10

Shark Stanley in Grenada The Saipan Blog

Devon, Elise, Leah, Krisma, Shark Stanley, and me!
On Monday morning I woke up and hopped on a plane to Grenada. I came back on Friday afternoon just in time for rush hour traffic. In between I worked with my amazing team to launch the new Adventures of Shark Stanley and Friends. We had public readings, a party with kids, and took lots and lots of photos. And I was on TV.

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international organization on a drive to preserve the lives of sharks
A global organization is in Grenada on a drive to protect sharks, which they say are being killed for commercial reasons, and the group recently staged a shark Stanley launch campaign in the Isle of Spice.
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07:22

Apache land still being taken... Maori Economy: Whakairo te whenua, whakairo te tangata

This from the ether but grounded in land, soil, sacredness and neoliberal theft...



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Saturday, 11 April

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Friday, 10 April

13:49

The Nature of Wellbeing: How ecosystem services contribute to the wellbeing of New Zealand and New Zealanders Maori Economy: Whakairo te whenua, whakairo te tangata

After much gestation, this Department of Conservation (DoC) contracted report by Lincoln University researchers (and a couple of ring-ins including Robert Costanza) is now released.

We define ‘ecosystem services’ (ES) as the benefits people obtain from ecosystems. Ecosystems are widely considered to provide four categories of services: supporting (e.g. nutrient cycling, soil formation and primary production); provisioning (e.g. food, fresh water, wood, fibre and fuel); regulating (e.g. climate regulation, flood and disease regulation, and water purification); and cultural (aesthetic, spiritual, educational and recreational).

Interactions between ecosystem services, human needs, satisfiers and wellbeing.


Of course ecological systems have played an important role in the survival and development of Māori as a people, as they have for all societies. However, Māori identity also has more subtle connections with the land and water, such that ‘Māori aspirations and well-being are interdependent on ecosystems and ecosystem services’ (Harmsworth & Awatere 2013: 274). The relationships continue to be recited through ancient waiata/songs and whakataukī/proverbs, which rekindle the breadth and depth of their engagement with the enveloping ecosphere (Kawharu 2002; Selby 2010)....

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Thursday, 09 April

19:10

The Lost and Not Found Chichirika NO REST FOR THE AWAKE - MINAGAHET CHAMORRO

My grandmother loved i paluman natibun Guahan pat i paluman Chamorro siha. Recently while going through her numerous papers and documents I came across some stories she had written, on her own, for herself or for my children perhaps in Chamorro about Guam's native birds. She always told me stories about the birds in her youth and how sad it was to no longer hear them.

It is common nowadays to feel like there are no birds left on Guam, because most of the native bird population has died out, killed by brown tree snakes and by loss of habitat. Ti mismo magahet este na sinangan. Hunggan i meggaina na paluma siha manmatai guini giya Guahan. Yes it is true that most of the birds on Guam are gone, but certain birds are still active and audible. The only problem is that most of them are recently introduced. Some of the endemic or indigenous birds that you can still find around Guam are the chunge', the kakkak, the sali, the aga and if you head down to Dano' you can see Ko'ko' and other ocean birds. But around central Guam in flat populated areas you'll see lots of small little birds that sometimes fly into businesses, make their nests in peoples' windows and you hear chirping all over. They are called Paluman pale' or ga'ga' pale', but some people more and more have come to refer to them as "chichirika." Nina'sen bubu yu' anai hu hungok este. This really pisses me off.

The chichirika looks nothing like the paluman pale'. They don't act the same, sound the same, one is a richer cultural history here, the other just flies around. The chichirika for those not familiar with it is a bird heavily associated with taotaomo'na and supernatural jungle beliefs. The chichirika is most prominently the wingman or wingbird of the Duendes, the tricksters spirits known for snatching children who wander into the jungle alone. It is unfortunately no longer found on Guam, but can be fund in the CNMI.

It depressing on its own the demise of most of our native b...

15:30

NZ Abortion Access Back in the Dock The Hand Mirror

  
What if you had a way of providing an essential medical service that was safer, cheaper, less traumatic for patients, and meant they didn’t have to travel more than an hour each way to access it? Well, if it was for anything other than abortion, you’d be its champion. But this is abortion, and now the pioneering Tauranga Family Planning clinic, which has been providing early medication abortions in the Bay of Plenty since 2013, is under threat by anti-abortion court action that could worsen New Zealand’s already poor record on abortion access.
            The court action by the Catholic anti-choice group Right to Life is a direct result of our now 38-year-old abortion laws, which criminalise abortion and continue to block the use of newer and better ways of providing it. And it’s not the first time our backward laws have been recruited for the purpose of banning or restricting abortion access. A 7-year case by the same group seeking to wind back access went all the way to the Supreme Court, where in 2012 Right to Life lost by a frighteningly narrow 2-3 ruling. The fact that abortion access in New Zealand was one justice away from being severely restricted in 2012 should have been a wake-up call that our criminalised abortion laws need urgent change. But, again, this is abortion and if there’s one thing (almost) all polit...

06:46

First Aboriginal protester... Maori Economy: Whakairo te whenua, whakairo te tangata

Drawn to this korero of Anthony Fernando, first Aboriginal protester, who took his People's fight to the Mother Country, at one point standing for three years outside Australia House in Britain wearing a coat with wee skeletons pinned to it. Brother got arrested...

Painting of Fernando in the National Museum of Australia, by Raj Nagi

A researcher, Fiona Paisley, has found three small notebooks in which Fernando recorded his experiences and impressions.


Fernando got arrested outside the Vatican too, and continued to travel around Europe publicising how Britain took what wasn't her's and brutally suppressed First Australians as part of the ugly Imperial venture...

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Tuesday, 07 April

14:03

Time to say NO! Watchblog


Join the resistance to the neo-liberal fruitloopary that has enthralled Christchurch City Council.


 We’ve seen it all before – it cost us billions as taxpayers last time

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Monday, 06 April

22:34

Hawaii Shark Fin Ban Survives Preemption The Saipan Blog

Woo hoo! Thanks, Obama!
One of the biggest shark conservation issues taking place over the last few years is probably one that you've heard the least about. Since 2010, several US states and territories have to varying degrees banned the sale, trade, and possession of shark fins. There are 12 shark fin bans today, with several more pending. While they all vary on their level of fines and exemptions, what they all have in common is that they legislate a reduction in the supply of shark fins. This is literally WildAid's slogan written into law: When the buying stops, the killing can, too. If there is no market for fishermen to sell their fins, then the logic is that they will catch fewer sharks (yes, I understand it's more complicated than that, that's why shark fin trade bans aren't the only policy my employer advocates for).

Around the same time that the states and territories started banning shark fins, the United States Congress changed the way shark fishermen kill sharks. For 10 years the United States had banned finning; they mandated that its fishermen use a carcass-to-fin ratio when sharks were landed. In January 2011 President Obama closed some loopholes in the existing finning ban and signed a law requiring that sharks be brought back to port with their fins naturally attached....

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