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Friday, 13 July

23:25

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, July 13, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Weve collected a few stories that were published this week by other news outlets. Tropical forests The Forest Code in Brazil could help both agriculture and the environment, if all of its provisions are carried out (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis/EurekAlert). In just four years, between 2012 and 2016, Australia lost 5,000 square kilometers (1,930 square miles) of forest in the Great Barrier Reef watershed (The Guardian). A Chinese agency allows the trade in the bones of leopards, a species protected under CITES (Conservation Action Trust). Grazing livestock in forests could help boost sustainable agriculture (CIFOR Forests News). Protected forests in India that are farther from roads had 88 percent less deforestation, new research has found (The Hindu). Other news Scientists in Switzerland are combining drone surveys with image analysis to track wildlife in Africa (Swiss National Science Foundation/EurekAlert). A new analysis shows that the chances of contracting Lyme disease are higher in fragmented forests of the eastern U.S. (Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies/EurekAlert). Trumps Supreme Court nominee has acknowledged the role of humans in climate change (The Atlantic). What would the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court mean for environmental laws? (The New York Times). Ammonia could be a renewable source of energy (Science Magazine). Several species of whales may have disappeared from the Mediterranean due to hunting by ancient Romans (New Scientist). After centuries of brewing beer, Belgium is becoming a more hospitable place for wine production, thanks to climate change (Reuters). Scientists ask

22:12

Molyneux & Southern V Goff: This was never about free speech "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Having achieved its $50,000 target, NZ's newly-minted Free Speech Coalition has proceeded immediately into battle by demonstrating that it knows very little about free speech.

Free speech does not require that you, or the state, provide anyone with a microphone. It simply means that the state must refrain from banning anyone from using their own.

In the case being litigated by the Coalition, the state (in the guise of the Auckland mayor) has not banned speech. It has simply withdrawn a taxpayer-funded microphone.

That is not a free speech violation. It is a judgement call.

It's true that the issue is more confused because the microphone is ratepayer-funded. But as Thomas Jefferson long ago pointed out,* there is little that is more repugnant than to force people to pay to support views they despise. I, for one, (as I've said here many times) despise everything these two stand for. I would not want a cent of mine to go towards supporting their views. Many others, I'm grateful to learn, feel the same.

And that said, nothing stops these oafs from purchasing their own microphone and continuing their tour. They haven't, perhaps because touring here was never their genuine intention. Their true intention, I strongly suspect, was simply to achieve what they've already achieved: headlines and notoriety and a small degree of public martyrdom by a little bit of astute guerrilla marketing.

You really can't buy the publicity these oafs have garnered in the last few days. Before this spat, there were probably 12 people in the country at most who knew who these two alt-right morons were, and maybe half-a-dozen who may have ever paid to hear them. Now, many thousands do, and might.

Well played Mr Promoter -- because it seems clear that those thousands, and Mr Goff, have been well played. Have been very well played indeed...



But ... but ... the venue they'd booked is "public property," I still hear many of you cry. But ... but ... "the premises in question are public!" screams an anonymous commenter here this morning. Well, since this is perhaps the part of this issue that most confuses free speech supporters, let's have it out.

Do you think there might...

22:00

Tweet for Today "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

22:00

Urgent: Free Speech Coalition update "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

With the Free Speech Coalition achieving its initial fundraising goal, theyve briefed lawyers who are busily preparing papers to serve on the Council.  I donated to the cause, and I know that many Whaleoil readers did too.  We did so to stand up to the Mayors outrageous banning of people whose views he disagrees.  I [] The post Urgent: Free Speech Coalition update appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:38

12 Russian Intel officials indicted for allegedly hacking Clinton campaign "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The US Justice department has indicted 12 Russian intelligence officials for alleged hacking of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign in 2016. Fox News:  12 Russian Intel officials indicted for allegedly hacking Clinton campaign, DNC emails The Justice Department announced charges Friday against 12 Russian intelligence officers for allegedly hacking the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic []

21:38

QotD: "...the permanent, if not innocent, victims of modern philosophy." "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


"It is in their teens and early twenties that most people seek philosophical answers and set their premises, for good or evil, for the rest of their lives. Some never reach that some; some never give up the quest; but the majority are open to the voice of philosophy for a few brief years. These last are the permanent, if not innocent, victims of [post]modern philosophy."
~ Ayn Rand
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21:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This is Subscriber Content. You can access subscriber content, including crosswords, sudoku, polling, commentary and podcasts by subscribing to one of our membership packages. The post Daily crossword appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:15

How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If your subscription has not automatically renewed it may be because you hadnt ticked for it to automatically renew when you set it up because your credit card has expired because you have removed your credit card details from Paypal. because of insufficient funds If you want to update your credit card details click here. If [] The post How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:14

PRAYER FROM AN ATHEIST "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Guest post from Gezza The only way to cure Islams ills is to educate Muslims out of believing the Quran. To do that, you also have to educate the Jews out of believing the Torah & the Christians out of believing the Bible. All of them derive their basis for belief from the first scribblings []

21:03

Trump protests in London exclusive coverage "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Missy has provided coverage of protests against Donald Trump in London. There were two protests today in London against Trump, both came past my work. I thought the first was big, but the second was massive in comparison. Video this starts looking up Haymarket swinging around to Trafalgar Square Taken about 5 mins later []

21:00

Saturday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

Some peoples idea of free speech is that they are free to say what they like but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage.  Sir Winston Churchill

21:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Good morning, welcome to our daily Whaleoil General Debate. Our evening General debate is called Backchat and will start at 6 pm On General debate, you are encouraged as a commenter to share your own stories, discuss other news, bring NEW news, catch up with friends or make new friends with other commenters. To participate youll [] The post Whaleoil general debate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:30

Faces of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is fizgig (noun) 1. a frivolous or flirtatious girl 2. (Chemistry) a firework or whirling top that fizzes as it moves 3. (Angling) a variant of fishgig 4. (Law) (slang Australian) a police informer Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Fizgig has a very cloudy history. The first syllable, [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:02

Madagascars native fauna defenseless against toxic invasive toads "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Madagascar is facing an invasion. Not military, but amphibian. Toxic Asian common toads (Duttaphrynus melanostictus) have spread rapidly around the port city of Toamasina on the countrys east coast. The invasion has raised concerns that the amphibians could take a severe toll on Madagascars wildlife species, approximately 70 percent of which are endemic to the island. A paper published last month vindicates those concerns: through a genetic analysis of 77 Malagasy species, scientists found that just one demonstrated clear resistance to toad toxins. Our findings stress the importance of the timely investment of resources to monitor and control the spread of this alien species in order to prevent a worsening biodiversity crisis in Madagascar, the scientists write in the journal Current Biology. Asian common toads secrete a milky fluid from special glands behind their eyes when threatened. The fluid contains toxins known as cardiac glycosides, which can kill predators, including humans. Toxin-secreting parotid glands are visible as a large sac behind each eye. Image courtesy of JamesReardon.org. If sufficient cardiac glycosides are present, then the affected individual can suffer from an irregular heartbeat, which can lead to cardiac arrest, and death, study co-author Nicholas Casewell, an expert in snake venom with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the U.K., told Mongabay via email. The situation has drawn fearful comparisons to a devastating invasion of toxic cane toads (Rhinella marina) in Queensland, Australia. The species was introduced from South America in 1935 to control agricultural pests. No one foresaw

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 14 23 All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:22

Media watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

14 July 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 []

19:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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.

19:10

Open Forum Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

14 July 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 []

17:13

Friday Cephalopod: Up close and personal "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This is my last day out here in Seattle, so I have to leave you with a memento of what Puget Sound is famous for: the Giant Pacific Octopus.

By the way, there is a petition to end octopus hunting at Alki, where this video was shot.

16:15

Our Oceans Are Under Attack, Accumulating Plastic Wastes "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Spawning coral wrapped in waste plastics

Plastic waste threatens coral reefs

From an Article by Katherine Bourzac, Chemical & Engineering News, Volume 96 Issue 5 | p. 7 | News of The Week, January 29, 2018

A photograph of a spawning coral with a piece of plastic wrapped around it.

Coral reefs around the world face an existential threat from overfishing, climate change, nutrient runoff, and ocean acidification. Now researchers have added another hazard to the list: plastic waste. In a survey of reefs in the Asia-Pacific region, marine biologists found that contact with plastic garbage increased corals risk of disease from 4 to 89% (Science 2018, DOI: 10.1126/science.aar3320).

Researchers and environmentalists have been sounding the alarm about the 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic that lands in the oceans every year. Still, says Douglas Rader, chief oceans scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund and one of the studys coleaders, the strong connection between coral disease and plastic was extremely surprising. This is striking, particularly in the context of all the other risks to reefs, he says.

The plastics study, an international effort involving researchers from Cornell University and collaborators in Indonesia, Hawaii, and Australia, studied 159 reefs in Myanmar, Australia, Thailand, and Indonesia. Researchers looked for signs of disease, including bands of necrotic tissue on the corals. They also noted whether the corals were in contact with pieces of plastic 50 mm in diameter or larger. Courtney Couch, a coral disease ecologist at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology who surveyed reefs in Indonesia, says she saw many corals wrapped in plastic fishing lines and plastic bags.

This study is the first to show that plastic waste is associated with risk of disease in a marine organism. Although the researchers didnt establish a mechanism to explain the correlation, Couch notes that plastic ocean trash can carry pathogens. Plastic also can wrap around coral, which causes stress and in turn leaves the organism vulnerable to infection.

Marine chemist Tracy Mincer of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, who says he reads studies about plastic in the ocean with a skeptical eye, is convinced. It i...

14:38

Valorizing Places And Things We Love "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

One decade ago I made the journey to Rapa Nui while on an extended project in southern Chile. It was another bit of fortune that came with the occupation I accidentally found myself in. The video above, excerpted by the Atlantic from Max Lowes film, hints at the value tourism can infuse, as well as the perils it can represent, with regard to cultural heritage. We have long used the archaic word valorization to explain what we do as a company and the Celine Cousteau Film Fellowship seems to believe the same, in supporting Maxs film:

Tourism to a Dying Ancient Culture

The modern world has come for our little island, says Heu Rapu Haoa in Max Lowes short documentary, Amo. Heu is one of the 800 remaining speakers of his native tongue. His home, Rapa Nui, known widely as Easter Island, is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world.

Situated more than 2,000 miles in the southeastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chile, Easter Island was once home to Polynesias most advanced megalithic culture. At its peak, from 1100 to 1680 A.D., 20,000 Rapanui people lived on the island. They belonged to a complex society that erected thousands of magnificent stone statues, called moai, to commemorate their ancestors. Then, it all collapsed. By the mid-19thcentury, fewer than one thousand Rapanui remained. Archaeologists still debate the official cause of Rapa Nuis demise. (Realistically, it was probably a confluence of factors, including resource depletion, disease,...

14:05

World view Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

14:01

July 14 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1223 Louis VIII became King of France upon the death of his father, Philip II of France.

1698 The Darien scheme began with five ships, bearing about 1,200 people, departing Leith for the Isthmus of Panama.

1769 The de Portol Expedition established a base in California, and set out to find the Port of Monterey.

1771 Foundation of the Mission San Antonio de Padua  by the Franciscan friar Junpero Serra.

1789  French Revolution: Citizens of Paris stormed the Bastille and freed seven prisoners.

1790  French Revolution: Citizens of Paris celebrated the constitutional monarchy and national reconciliation in the Fte de la Fdration.

1791  The Priestley Riots drove  Joseph Priestley, a supporter of the French Revolution, out of Birmingham, England.

1798  The Sedition Act became law in the United States making it a federal crime to write, publish, or utter false or malicious statements about the government.

1834  James Abbott McNeill Whistler, American painter (d. 1903).

1858  Emmeline Pankhurst, English suffragette (d. 1928)

1865  First ascent of the Matterhorn by Edward Whymper and party, four of whom died on the descent.

1868  Gertrude Bell, English archaeologist, writer, spy, and administrator, was born (d. 1926).

1872 Albert Marque, French sculptor....

13:21

Trumps Choice "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Yes, hes in the UK and causing controversy as per norm. Along with likeness in balloon form: Yes, Trump has openly criticised Theresa May, and why not? Shes earned a little criticism. But who has Trump suggested would be the best choice to run (or should that be ruin?) the UK? Boris Johnson. Who is []

The post Trumps Choice appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

13:16

Australia and Papua New Guinea partner on transformative high-speed internet project "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


The strength of the Papua New Guinea Australia partnership was demonstrated further this week with the signing of a memorandum of understanding for a trilateral project to deliver the Coral Sea Cable System. 
Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Peter ONeill, Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, and Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands Rick Houenipwela at the MOU signing in Canberra

The three Prime Ministers from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Australia led the signing event. 

In Port Moresby today a subsidiary arrangement was also signed.

The Coral Sea Cable System is a showcase of how Papua New Guinea and Australia continue to enhance our bilateral ties and common interests through transformative projects.

The new cable system will better connect Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Australia through the installation of undersea telecommunication cables. ...

12:31

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

130718THOUSAND OF BOUGAINVILLE CATHOLIC YOUTHS WAIT IN VAIN
New Dawn FM News
Thousands of Catholic faithfuls preparation to meet one of the church leaders in Buka did not eventuate because the Plane was diverted due to terrorists threats.
NUNCIO His Excellency the most reverend Kurian was to have arrived in Buka this afternoon and travelled to Arawa to meet the youths of Bougainville.
He will arrange another time to visit Bougainville.
Meanwhile, the Bishop of Bougainville His Lordship BENARD UNABALI travelled this afternoon to Arawa to meet the youths of Central South west and South Bougainville as planned.
He will say mass with the youths at Tubiana Parish tomorrow and return to have mass with the Youths of North Bougainville, West Coast and Atolls on Sunday.

Ends

12:30

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

130718ABG PAUSES TO ADDRESS LAW AND ORDER ISSUES
New Dawn FM News
The ABG today announced that all development activities has been paused to divert scarce resources to terrorist activities on Bougainville that threatens the overall peace process on the island.
President of ABG, Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS made this announcement in a press conference with reporters in Buka this afternoon.
President MOMIS said that the ABG as the peoples government cannot just sit down and allow a minority of so called service providers destroy what majority of Bougainvilleans have paid high price to achieve.
He said from today the ABG will fund the Bougainville Police to address the undercurrent issues threatening peace and stability on the island.
President MOMIS said Police will be armed to address the law and order issue that is undermining the effort of genuine Bougainvilleans who want to see a happy ending to the fight for freedom that our for fathers have started long time ago.
New Dawn FM understands that when the Bougainville Peace Agreement was signed it was declared that Bougainville will create Peace by Peaceful means and not with the use of Guns.
But the first ABG House under the late JOSEPH KABUI government Police were armed to allow Police to address many killings happening nearly everyday.
That decision was rescinded by the second President, JAMES TANIS in 2009 in order for the Presidential team to meet with DAMIAN KOIKES fighters in Konnou.
This made the team by President TANIS meet with the KONNOU Meekamui fighters at LUKAUKO village.
Today President MOMIS and his cabinet have resolved to re-arm the Bougainville Police service to address pressing law and order issues that is once again affecting peace and stability on the island as Bougainville is preparing for the Referendum scheduled for June next year.

Ends

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12:27

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

130718MOMIS CONDEMNS ACTS OF TERRORISM
New Dawn FM News

The ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS has condemned the act of terrorism by Bougainvillean service providers to ground the Air Niugini plane today if it landed in Buka.
The plane did not land in Buka because of the threat and instead did not fly to Buka today.
In condemning the act, ABG President said that terrorist act in AUSTRALIA and other countries can mean persons serving Prison terms of more than TEN YEARS.
He said Police have been ordered to investigate todays incident and arrest ring leaders so that they can face the full brunt of the law.
President said that the same people have disturbed the normal flight services to Buka for the second time and this time they will be dealt with under the laws of the land.
President MOMIS said that the people of Bougainville are fed up with minority who are trying to hijack the hard-work of many Bougainvilleans genuine service providers who are waiting patiently for the ABG to pay them when the funds are available.
He called on the people of Bougainville to know who to blame if Bougainville does not achieve what it wants.
President MOMIS said that even when Bougainvilleans vote 100 percent for Independence the questions of rule of law and good governance can make ratification difficult.
He said our unique window of opportunity is quickly closing on us because of these activities by people who are working against the wish of the people of Bougainville.
Ends

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12:06

Celebrating Indigenous Australian-Papua New Guinea linkages "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Australian High Commission

The Australian High Commission in Port Moresby is hosting a special programme of events through to Thursday July 19 in celebration of the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee or NAIDOC Week.  

The programme began on Monday July 9 with a ceremony at the High Commission to raise the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags alongside the Australian flag.
Raising of the flags: Australian High Commission second secretary Yasmine Davis raising the Torres Strait Islander flag, chief executive officer of Indigenous Community Volunteers Stephanie Harvey raising the Aboriginal flag and Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis raising the Australian flag.

This year two exceptional indigenous Australian women have been invited to participate in the programme Stephanie Harvey, chief executive officer of Indigenous Community Volunteers and rising star in the music...

12:00

RNZ: Nurses Strike "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/mnr-20180713-0713-busy_day_for_nurses_back_to_work_after_strike-128.mp3

Nurses around the country are about to return to work. Yesterday 30-thousand nurses walked off the job for 24 hours after their union and DHBs failed to reach agreement on pay and conditions. Our reporter Nita Blake-Persen is outside Auckland Hospital.

11:00

Tweet for Today "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hooton, is in Adams view correct

Those who assume Trump is a political genius might suggest Trump was shoring up May, others might think that Farage prodded Trump to bolster BOJO

11:00

Friday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A video on how fake news is faked. The fake news article in question is here. The post Friday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:00

Golriz and her CV "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

10:30

The plan to save the world "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

10:30

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Patience is a virtue, possess it if you can.

Its seldom found in women and never in a man.

My mother used to recite this to me when I was demonstrating impatience.

All these years later in an age of instant gratification, it can be harder than ever to exercise patience.

But it is no less necessary and today Im grateful that my mothers words came back to me in time to change what would have been impatience into several deep breaths.

10:28

Heather Baldocks sycophantic submission supporting nuclear waste dump for Kimba "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Heather Baldock (Submission No 64) to Senate Standing Committee on Economics Re Appropriateness and thoroughness of the site selection process for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility at Kimba  

As a long term local farmer of the Kimba district who has been very active in many local and regional community organisations, I am very excited by the opportunities that hosting the National radioactive low level disposal and intermediate storage facility would bring to our area. I was born here and have raised my family in this community, and I have family still living in the Kimba District including grandchildren.

I wish to address the Terms of Reference for this inquiry and am happy for this submission to be made public.

A) The financial compensation offered to applicants for the acquisition of land under the Nominations of Land Guidelines:

The financial compensation for the acquisition of land to be paid to the landowner, who voluntarily nominated property, is reasonable and a long way from excessive.

Calculations suggest that 4 x the land value for 100 hectares would be equivalent to about 10 years of farm production on that amount of land. So after 10 years the landowners would be losing out with this arrangement. For the two Kimba landowners it would not even cover their input costs for one cropping season.

There is also the intrusion of media and people from far and wide, not always in a friendly manner.

This underlines the fact that the landowners nominated their land, not for personal gain, rather as an opportunity for our community to diversify and increase employment in our low rainfall marginal farming area which is experiencing ongoing popu...

10:00

Feline Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

09:57

Hawker Community Development Board a staunch supporter of nuclear waste dump proposal "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hawker Community Development Board Inc  (Submission No. 47) to Senate Committe re Selection Process for Nuclear Waste Dump (Subnission No.47) Chairperson Janice McInnis Secretary Chelsea Haywood Treasurer Evelyn de Jong

The Hawker Community Development Board (HCDB) is a community representative organisation that aims to promote the town of Hawker and the surrounding district encouraging tourism, progress and the preservation of items relating to the physical, social and cultural heritage of South Australia. Also acting as a conduit to the local Council and Government Agencies The following is the HCDB response to the Waste Management Facility inquiry

a) The financial compensation offered to applicants for the acquisition of land under the Nominations of Land Guidelines

Regardless of where the repository is to be built it is only fair that the land owner been compensated accordingly for the land that is taken to be used. It is no different to a person receiving compensation, so a highway can be widened, or an over pass built on what was their property .

b) how the need for broad community support has played and will continue to play a part in the process, including:

  1. the definition of broad community support Broad community support means that most residents in the area considered the community are supportive of the project proceeding. The area considered community is not the entire state of South Australia nor the entire Country. This is a decision to be based on those that will be impacted the...

09:30

Raheem Kassam on Sadiq Khan, Brexit, and free speech. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This is VERY relevant to the battle for free speech that we are currently fighting against Auckland mayor Phil Goff. The post Raheem Kassam on Sadiq Khan, Brexit, and free speech. appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:21

Classic Comedy: Fresh Fields S03 1/06 Do It Yourself "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From Wikipedia

Hester and William Fields (McKenzie and Rodgers) are a devoted middle-aged, middle-class couple living an idyllic suburban lifestyle in Barnes, London. William works as an accountant while Hester is a housewife who works part-time in local restaurant Lucys Kitchen. The titles meaning, and crux of the show, is that Hester combats empty-nest syndrome by livening up her life with new interests and hobbies, to the exasperation of her hard-working husband who just wants a quiet life. The shows opening credits, featuring silhouettes of the characters, reflect this: Hester rides an exercise bike and plays a drumkit while William relaxes in a rocking chair.

The family home has an attached granny flat in which Hesters mother Nancy (Fanny Rowe) lives following her divorce from Hesters roguish father Guy (Ballard Berkeley); he often tries to win her back. (The pair finally remarry in the last episode.) Hester and William have two children of their own: the never-seen Tom who lives in New Zealand; and Emma, who is usually only heard (voice of Debby Cummings) telephoning her parents at inconvenient times. Emmas husband Peter (Philip Bird) appears occasionally; Emma and Peter later present the Fields with their first grandchild Guy, named after his great-grandfather.

The Fields neighbour Sonia Barrett (played by Ann Beach) pops round in every episode to borrow items; these appearances would irritate William to comical effect. Sonia had the shows only catchphrase: Its only Sonia! shed carol as she rapped at the Fields back door then let herself in. Sonias husband John (John Arthur) appeared occasionally, as did Williams secretary Miss Marigold Denham (Daphne Oxenford).

Fresh Fields ended in 1986 but three years later the series resumed as French Fields, which saw William and Hester relocating to France after William accepted a job there. There were three series of 19 episodes made between 5 September 1989 and 8 October 1991, all written by John T. Chapman and Ian Davidson. Philip Bird appeared as Peter in several episodes, with Emma finally seen on-screen, now played by Sally Baxter. Ann Beach made a guest appearance as Sonia in the final episode.

09:00

Free Tommy Robinson demo: Lets get 50,000 at Whitehall this Saturday the 14th July "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Free Tommy Robinson demo: Lets get 50,000 at Whitehall this Saturday the 14th July appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

08:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

07:51

Free speech rally tomorrow Saturday 14th July at midday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Whaleoil writer and Right Minds blog founder Dieuwe de Boer has organised three Free speech rallies this Saturday 14th July at midday at Wellington Christchurch Auckland The Auckland Rally will be held at Aotea Square featuring: Stephen Berry Act Jordan Williams Free Speech Coalition Elliot Ikilei New Conservative Deputy Leader Dieuwe de [] The post Free speech rally tomorrow Saturday 14th July at midday appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:38

Indonesia Sudah Beroperasi Leluasa di Vanuatu: Di Makanakah ULMWP? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Melanesia Intelligence Service sudah melaporkan sebelumnya betapa NKRI beroperasi dengan berbagai cara untuk mempengaruhi politik di Republik Vanuatu. Mereka sudah berhasil dengan sejumlah politisi Vanuatu sebelumnya dan sekarang dengan Salwai mereka terus berusaha. Seperti dilaporkan sebelumnya, mereka telah mendekati beberapa menteri di Vanuatu, telah membiayai mereka, telah menyokong beebrapa usaha. Salah satu usaha yang mereka

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07:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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07:29

Laurens landed and look at what she is wearing "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The worlds most censored and controversial tour is about to take place and Australia has never seen anything like it. Lauren has landed in Australia and look at what she is wearing. Leftie heads will be exploding RIGHT-WING Canadian activist Lauren Southern has touched down in Brisbane ahead of a speaking tour later this month [] The post Laurens landed and look at what she is wearing appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

Auckland peace action needs a new logo: Two "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The anti-free speech activist organisation Auckland peace action has called for the Free speech coalition to be renamed the Hate speech coalition. They have accused the Free speech coalition of being about hate because it supports free speech for everyone (not just those who have the same views and opinions.) In contrast, the Auckland peace action [] The post Auckland peace action needs a new logo: Two appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:52

Asian shares mostly higher; Japans Nikkei up on weak yen "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Asian shares are mostly higher, rebounding from jitters over the U.S.-China trade disputes for a second straight day.

KEEPING SCORE: Japans Nikkei 225 jumped 1.3 percent to 22,483.13 and South Koreas Kospi gained 0.8 percent to 2,302.32. Hong Kongs Hang Seng index added 0.3 percent to 28,578.86. But Shanghai Composite Index in mainland China fell 0.6 percent to 2,821.73. In Australia, S&P-ASX 200 dipped 0.2 percent to 6,255.10. Stocks in Singapore, Taiwan and other Southeast Asian markets were higher.

ANALYSTS TAKE: Despite recent escalations in trade battles, the sky hasnt fallen just yet as optimism crept back into the market, said Stephen Innes, OANDAs head of trading in Asia Pacific region. The broader market continues to remain in wait and see mode for further details on how China might retaliate on trade.

TRADE: China has yet to give details on what kind of firm and forceful measures it would use to respond to the fresh round of potential tariff hikes on $200 billion of goods announced by the U.S. on Tuesday. But Beijing stepped up pressure on Washington by suggesting that U.S. companies lobby American leaders. The U.S. and China are yet to resume negotiations over the dispute that led to tariff hikes on each others goods.

WALL STREET: U.S stocks finished higher on Thursday led by tech companies. The S&P 500 index rose 0.9 percent to 2,798.29. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.9 percent to 24,924.89. The Nasdaq jumped 1.4 percent to 7,823.92, closing at an all-time high. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 0.4 percent to 1,690.28.

OIL: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 2 cents to $70.31 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract dipped 0.1 percent to settle at $70.33 a barrel on Thursday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, fell 35 cents to $74.10 per barrel in London. It finished 1.4 percent higher at $74.45 per barrel on Thursday.

CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 112.65 yen from 112.52 yen. The euro fell slightly to $1.1666 from $1.1672.

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06:30

Finally we know whats wrong with the world: Petro-masculinity "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

For goodness sake, do not let Julie Anne Genter know about this!  All her hot-buttons in one simple unified theory of everything. Cara Daggett has published her oh-so-learned-and-serous paper, Petro-masculinity: Fossil Fuels and Authoritarian Desire. Quote. Abstract As the planet warms, new authoritarian movements in the West are embracing a toxic combination of climate denial, [] The post Finally we know whats wrong with the world: Petro-masculinity appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Bravura   the display or show of great daring; impressive technical skill and brilliance shown in a performance or activity; a musical passage requiring exceptional agility and technical skill in execution; florid brilliant style.

06:00

Mutinous migrants "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Times (UK) reports: Quote: African migrants threatened to kill the crew of an Italian cargo vessel that had rescued them in the Mediterranean, in an attempt to avoid being returned to detention centres in Libya. The Italian coastguard picked up the migrants after receiving a call for help from the ship. They were being taken [] The post Mutinous migrants appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:54

Breaking news: Tommy Robinsons appeal "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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05:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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05:17

Sealegs competitor runs aground in copyright case "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sealegs has won a massive copyright case against a competitor formed by ex-Sealegs staff. NBR reports on the substance of the case: Quote: A High Court judge has found Sealegs International had its copyright infringed by Orion Marine, Smuggler Marine and various other people associated with the rival business. In ruling in favour of Sealegs, [] The post Sealegs competitor runs aground in copyright case appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:14

Partial solar eclipse of July 13, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A partial solar eclipse will take place on Friday, July 13, 2018, but will only be visible in extreme southern Australia and Antarctica. This eclipse belongs to Saros 117 and is number 69 of 71 eclipses in the series. All eclipses in this series occur at the...... Read more

05:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

04:41

KPITI COAST AIRPORT OPEN DAY SOON "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Kapiti Coast Airport and Kpiti Coast District Council say a community open day will be held at the Airport on Sunday, []

04:30

A curfew for men "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The world has gone completely mad. I seem to say that a lot these days. Men, particularly white men, are blamed for everything by feminists who should use their education to write things that make sense. But no. In the latest in a long line of feminist garbage that has been sprouted, this new idea [] The post A curfew for men appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:22

2 OPPOSITION MPS DEFECT TO GOVT. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

by BRYAN KRAMER
Post Courier reported that two members of National Alliance Party, Member of Maprik John Simon and Member of Usino Bundi Jimmy Uguro tendered their resignation to join the O'Neill Government.
(In case anyone is wondering no I did not buy the papers - it was reported online). An issue I have been tracking for sometime.
What was not reported was that both flew to China with O'Neill Government delegation as members of Opposition. One can only assume it was all in the guise to induce them to join the Government ranks.
So does this mean Opposition is in a weaker position to change the O'Neill Government?
The short answer is No.
While many are of the view that a change in Government would mean Members in Government would cross over to elect an alternative Prime Minister from the Opposition this scenario is far from reality.
Any change in O'Neill Government would come from split in the Government coalition where they would rely on numbers (23) of the Opposition to decide who on that side would be the next Prime Minister.
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04:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Click on map for a clearer view Map Of The 53 Countries That Ban The Corporal Punishment Of Children Bishop Tutu once said: You can tell how healthy a nation is by looking at how they treat their woman, children and elderly. .and that dear readers, was the only good thing he ever said. Mike [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:54

The Fascinating History of Kindergartens "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There was an early pre-school opened in Strasbourg in 1779, but it was Friedrich Frbel who first established a childrens []

03:38

Climate change: Getting rid of petrol cars "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

What does the government's target of zero net emissions by 2050 mean in practice? James Shaw states the obvious: no more petrol cars:

If New Zealand is to meet its zero carbon pledge, nearly all the country's cars will have to be zero-emission by 2050, Climate Change Minister James Shaw says.

As of June, roughly 8700 plug-in cars are on the road of a total fleet of more than four million.

Mr Shaw said achieving the country's commitment to be carbon neutral by 2050 was reliant on significantly boosting the uptake of plug-in vehicles.

"We can't get to the zero-emissions carbon goal without switching over the ground vehicle fleet to electrics. You just can't get there," he said.

"We think that means about 95 percent of vehicles in the year 2050 will be zero-emissions vehicles."


Which is obvious if you think about it. Road transport was responsible for 13.6 million tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2016 - 17.3% of our national total. And if we are to reach zero emissions, those emissions need to be eliminated or offset. Some of that can be done by mode-shifting - getting people out of cars and into electric-powered trains and buses in our major centres. But the car is unlikely to die, so that means getting people to use cars which don't ruin the climate. And on current technological trends, that looks like a massive switch to electric vehicles.

The good news is that its possible. Electric vehicles are a tiny chunk of the fleet at the moment - there are less than 9,000 on the road. But thirty years is a long time for technological change, and New Zealand imports more than 250,000 cars a year. There's about 3.4 million cars registered, and the entire fleet will turn over multiple times before 2050. And while electric vehicles are expensive at present, the price will drop as they become standard, and we'll see greater numbers showing up on the used market (which is where NZ gets about half its cars).

As for how to push that change, rather than ending up a dumping ground for the rest of the world's discarded dirty cars when they switch to electric, the obvious policy is to set a long-term cutoff date on the sale or import of petrol cars. Overseas, dates have been set between 2025 (for Norway) and 2040 (for the dirty UK), with 2030 as the average. For New Zealand, I'd suggest no later t...

03:30

Raid on Entebbe: Part one "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The monocled British statesman stared out of the trains window at the seemingly endless tracts of African expanse. It was early 1903 and Joseph Chamberlain was deep in thought. The one-meter gauge of the railway line he was now travelling upon had been years in the making and had only been accomplished through bitter political struggle [] The post Raid on Entebbe: Part one appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:15

Not all Muslims are terrorists "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When you talk about Islam with non-Muslims, they often respond as if youve made some sort of mistake. They will tell you that most Muslims are peace-loving people and they will think that you are unfairly saying that 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide share the same views as a few crazy extremists. A good all-purpose response to [] The post Not all Muslims are terrorists appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:00

Bigots pile in on Twitter "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Now you may need to sit down and take a deep breath as I am about to admit that I agree with Rachel Stewart.  (Counselling is available for those who are triggered by this revelation. Ph 0800 HARDENUP, 0800 4273 3687) The premise of her article was Lets eat cake and laugh at the Warkworth [] The post Bigots pile in on Twitter appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:00

Classic Comedy: It Aint Half Hot Mum S03 E03 Bang Goes The Maharajah "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It Aint Half Hot Mum was the second of the three sitcom series co-written by David Croft set in the Second World War, the first being Dads Army (19681977) with Jimmy Perry and the third being Allo, Allo! (19821992) with Jeremy Lloyd.

Set during the Second World War (in the period just after the German surrender when the Allies were trying to finish the war by defeating Japan in Asia), the show focuses on a group of British soldiers stationed at the Royal Artillery Depot in Deolali, India, where soldiers were kept before being sent to fight at the front lines. The main characters are performers in the bases Concert Party, which involved putting on comic acts and musical performances (similar to those seen in a music hall) for the other soldiers prior to their departure for the front lines. The soldiers in the Concert Party all love this particular job, as it keeps them out of combat duty, but some do harbour dreams of becoming world-famous actors when they leave the army.

02:30

Right wing politicians must challenge NZ Media "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Its hilarious that New Zealand media commentators claim no knowledge of Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux (and likewise Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro, Dave Rubin, Milo Yiannopoulos and Paul Joseph Watson) yet they all know that they are controversial and Alt or Far Right which is just their code for Fascist. The mainstream media also quickly [] The post Right wing politicians must challenge NZ Media appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:15

Poll: Do you really believe in free speech? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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02:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Blue Sky Meats may adopt small-is-beautiful branding as point of difference to big-budgeted rivals, CEO says  Jonathan Underhill

(BusinessDesk) Blue Sky Meats, which sells chilled and frozen meats under two B2B brands, is on track to roll-out direct to consumer products in 2019 and is market-testing a strategy that may try to make a virtue out of being a minnow.

Sales rose 7 percent to $104.5 million in the year ended March 31 while expenses were little changed at $100.8 million, resulting in pre-tax earnings of $3.7 million from a loss of $2.6 million a year earlier, according to its annual report released at the weekend. . .

NZ Institute of Forestry proposes new national forest policy  Margreet Dietz:

(BusinessDesk) The New Zealand Institute of Forestry proposed the introduction of a new national policy for the industry at the sectors annual conference in an effort to help the government develop sound long-term strategies for forestry development.

David Evison, president of the NZ Institute of Forestry, presented the document, titled Forest Policy for New Zealand, to Forestry Minister Shane Jones, who formally opened the conference today, the group said in a statement. . .

Maize sector buoyant after strong growing season:

Levels of confidence are returning to New Zealands maize sector, with a healthy rise in average yields and prices remaining firm at around $400/tonne.

Reuben Carter, Federated Farmers Arable Industry Group Vice-Chairperson (Maize/Forage), said most growers enjoyed excellent growing weather and harvest conditions in 2018 and this is reflected in the latest AIMI survey. Data from 77 survey farms, scaled up for a national picture, show an average maize grain yield of 12.8 t/ha, compared to 10 t/ha in 2017, and 20.6t maize silage dry matter/ha (18.5t in 2017). . .

02:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Cathederal junction apartments 7th floor looking out over Manchester street, Christchurch. NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic locations. They can be the view from your kitchen window or bedroom window [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:30

Free speech is not cheap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I used to think that The Spinoff had some interesting views. And then I read this article today. Quote: Its hard to get people to give money to worthy causes. Climate change. Poverty. Fuel taxes. There are so many issues, and were all stretched thin. But this week weve found out theres still one cause that can compel [] The post Free speech is not cheap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:28

Decolonizing conservation: Q&A with PNG marine activist John Aini "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

KUCHING, Malaysia In 1993, fisheries scientist John Aini founded the conservation group Ailan Awareness in Papua New Guineas New Ireland province to help his community and others nearby reverse declines in the marine life they depend upon. The organization helps communities around the provinces islands develop marine resource management plans that are based on local customs and designed to sustainably improve their livelihoods. Aini grew up in New Ireland and is a traditional leader of the Malagan culture in the provinces northern region. He has received numerous international awards, including the Seacology Prize in 2012, for his work in marine and fisheries conservation. The Roviana Solwara Skul, or Saltwater School, is a key project that Ailan Awareness established in 2010 to teach local people about the marine environment, emphasizing both traditional knowledge and Western science. Aini co-founded the school with his brother, Miller Aini, and frequent collaborator Paige West, an anthropologist at Columbia University. Aini believes equal partnerships between indigenous people and researchers in both designing and implementing projects lead to better conservation results in local communities than do projects heavily controlled by foreign practitioners. He gave a plenary talk titled Communities Matter: Decolonizing conservation management on June 26 at the International Marine Conservation Congress, held in Kuching, Malaysia. Mongabay caught up with Aini after the talk. John Aini. Image by Basten Gokkon/Mongabay. Mongabay: Your speech highlighted this idea of decolonizing conservation. Can you explain what exactly that means? John Aini: Historically, we were colonized. All the ideas about

01:20

Choir Singing Old American Songs "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Anthony Dreaver says that enjoyment is guaranteed at the Kapiti Chamber Choir Concert. 2.30 p.m. on Sunday 15 July Kapiti []

01:00

Digital image of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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00:56

Christine Scott rejects nuclear waste dump proposal its against South Australian law, and will damage agricultural industry "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Christine Scott Submission No 14 Subject: Senate enquiry into site selection process for a national radioactive waste storage facility

To whom it may concern, I am writing this letter as a concerned member of the Kimba community. I reside in the township of Kimba and have a son, his wife and three young children living and working on the farm which has been in our family for over 100 years, and which is situated approx 17kms from our town centre.

In the 50 years I have resided in the Kimba district (coming here as a teacher in 1968) I have never before witnessed such a divided and hurting community. Before the selection process began I would have described our community as united and supportive of each other and the local businesses. Now many farmers are looking to buy their merchandise only from businesses that support their viewpoint on whether or not there should be a nuclear waste dump in Kimba, even preferring to shop out of town for farm goods, food and groceries than give their financial support to people who they feel have betrayed them and the whole agricultural export industry on which the existence of this town depends.

Resentment runs high towards those farmers who volunteered their land for the dump, when that volunteering comes with an incentive of 3 times the value of their land plus the original value. From my understanding a volunteer is someone who gives of their time, services or possessions for free, but these farmers are seen to be benefiting at the disadvantage of others.

I strongly reject the presumption implied by the Government that one, or in Kimbas case two individuals have the right to decide that:

(...

00:44

Kapiti Players in New Zealand Basketball Team "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Angelo Robinson says this is an amazing opportunity for these players. Heading for Las Vegas Kapiti Basketball Players Rachel Pike []

00:30

New Conservative Deputy Leader Elliot Ikilei cuts through media lies "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Dieuwe de Boer Rightminds.nz As the Lauren Southern controversy has raged, various parties, like ACT and National, timidly expressed their support for free speech but denounced the views of two Canadians they clearly knew nothing about. The hapless Simon Bridges even went so far as to support Phil Goffs right-wing speaker ban. One man, New Conservative Deputy [] The post New Conservative Deputy Leader Elliot Ikilei cuts through media lies appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:30

No logical answer to why? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

On a morning walk I came across a lamb with one leg caught under a fence.

The paddock it had been in had plenty of feed.

The grass in the one it had tried to move to was definitely not greener, nor was it more plentiful.

The paddock it had been in was full of other lambs.

The one it had tried to move to had none.

I wondered why a herd animal would leave its mates and lush grass to seek less green and more lonely pastures elsewhere.

Then I saw these two tweets and realised sometimes the question why  has no logical answer.

00:27

Project Officer, Energy Affordability "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Victoria State Government Environment, Land, Water and Planning

00:22

John Hennessy bubbling with enthusiasm for nuclear waste dump in Hawker "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

John Hennessy Submission (No 7 ) on : Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia

 I am a Hawker resident and business owner. I believe the site selection process was correct, I acknowledge it may have been carried out any number of different ways, but that does not imply something improper with the process implemented. What is really impressive is the extensive consultation which has taken place since day one. All residents have had the opportunity to gather information and express their concerns over a period of almost two years.
Hawker has a great opportunity to become involved with the wonderful work ANSTO perform, which in turn makes a significant contribution to Australias first class health system. We in Hawker will proudly share a sister city type relationship with Lucas Heights, which will allow our children and grandchildren openings into Sydney employment prospects. I am bubbling over with enthusiasm for this project; it is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a small community to obtain a massive injection of investment which will provide an increase in employment and business activity for many years to come. It will guarantee the future of our town.
The terms of reference segment I wish to specifically address is, whether the local or state wide community views should be taken into consideration. I believe the way this has played out to date is not in our communitys best interest. The no campaign ha...

00:12

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS ELECTION AUG.11TH - PROBLEM OR SOLUTION?


00:05

Steven Taylor believes in nuclear waste dump, as ensuring a future for Hawker "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Steven Taylor SUBJECT:- proposed Nuclear Repository Submission No 5  SUBMISSION Senate enquiry into the process of site selection for the Nuclear Repository in South Australia.

As a resident of the Hawker area I have no issue with the site selection and supply the following in support of my submission.

I have been a resident of the Hawker Township for approximately 14 years and have been fully aware of the process of this site selection at Barndioota. It was advertised in the newspapers and all parties concerned had the opportunity to put land forward.
  In relation to neighbors complaining that they were not consulted is not an issue with the selection process. I as a home owner do not have to consult with my neighbors if I wish to sell my property, why should a land owner. That is an issue with the owners of the property and should not be considered an issue in this matter.
  The compensation offered by the Federal Government of the acquisition of the land is not an outrageous amount. I believe it to be a fair and equitable price for the land and as we are only referring to approximately 100 hectares of land I do not think that the land owner is going to make a huge fortune for the land.
  Broad community support has been considered in this matter and to say otherwise is m...

00:00

The profound wisdom of the Unknown Soldiers silence "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The hypocrisy displayed recently by people who dislike freedom has been very noticeable. I am referring to the reaction towards a proposed speaking platform for Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern. Just when I think that the laziness that tends to inhabit our mainstream media cant get any worse, the empty-headed vacuous automatons who comprise a [] The post The profound wisdom of the Unknown Soldiers silence appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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23:48

Janice McInnis a nuclear waste dump will ensure the future for Hawker town "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Janice McInnis Submission site selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia  I am long term resident of over 40 years and have no problems with the site selection process for our area of Hawker.

 The site selection process was well advertised. All land owners had equal opportunity to nominate their land. Land owners are not required to notify neighbours of what they may choose to do with their land unless it has a direct impact on the neighbours. The financial compensation offered is not extravagant as the land purchase is only a small piece of the total property and will not affect the overall running of the property.
Broad community support means it is supported by a majority of people who live and work in that community. In the case of the Hawker project it should be remembered that the property concerned is in a remote area not accessed by many locals or tourists.
The community members were given an opportunity to have a say in the early stages of the proposed project and will be further consulted once the detailed assessment of the area has been completed.
The local Indigenous support has been sought and will continue to be sought in the same way. Traditional beliefs will be taken into consideration at each stage
The Government Community Benefit Programme payments have been accessed by those both for and against the project. These payments have had a positive affect on the community through employment opportuniti...

23:30

Do the government really think that splashing a bit of cash here and there in Taranaki is going to mitigate their economic treason? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Do the government really think that splashing a bit of cash here and there in Taranaki is going to mitigate their economic treason? It appears so: Quote: A Taranaki energy company has received $950,000 from the Provincial Growth Fund to develop zero-emission hydrogen fuel. Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters announced the funding during a visit [] The post Do the government really think that splashing a bit of cash here and there in Taranaki is going to mitigate their economic treason? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:03

Urgent news from West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Indonesian security forces shoot into Papuan village from helicopters

JULY 12, 2018

https://www.freewestpapua.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Nduga-TNI-shooting-and-bombing-July-2018-1.jpgSUARAPAPUA.com reports Yairus Gwijangge, Regent of Nduga District, Papua, confirmed that there was an attack on Nduga. The attack was carried out by the Indonesian security forces to Alguru village.

The Suara Papua website has been shut down since running this story.https://suarapapua.com/2018/07/11/bupati-nduga-ada-serangan-dari-aparat-ke-kampung-alguru-di-nduga/

When contacted by suarapapua.com from Jayapura, Papua, Wednesday (July 11, 2018), regent Yairus revealed, air attacks that make people fear (terror) by shooting from the top (aerial).Yairus stated that the firing of the security forces was directed to the location where the TPN / OPM, which is located in Alguru area.

He added that the (attack) is the task of defending the people and carrying out the task of defending the country and nation.

We have told the relevant authorities that what is being done today (the shots from the air) is the last time and no more shots from above. Eventually, the people can be traumatized and then can escape to the forest. So no more shooting. We have told the authorities firmly this afternoon, said the regent who is serving for this second period.

People Must Not Run to the Forest

After following direction of the shots, Yairus said, he had asked people not to run into the forest. But he suggested they go inside and stay in the house or find the place where he was.

He added that his side has gathered the community in Kenyam and provided some direction, input and prayer together.

Meanwhile, the unnamed source to suarapapua.com explained that this afternoon at around 12:30pm, Brimob troops utilised the river access to arrive in Nduga from Timika. The situation in Nduga, especially in Kenyam and Alguru was overwhelming because of the presence of officers and attacks by the security forces with the helicopter...

23:00

BBC The Story of Wales: The Making Of Wales #1/6 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Huw Edwards presents this major television history of Wales, showing our country in ways its never been seen before.

Thirty thousand years in the making, this story begins with the drama of the earliest-known human burial in Western Europe. Huw delves into the biggest pre-historic copper mine in the world, and visits the mesmerising site of an Iron Age hill-fort. He reveals the true scale of the Roman Occupation and shows how Welsh Saints carry the light of the gospel to the rest of the Celtic world, and leave a mark on their homeland that we can all still read today.

23:00

Co-ops work for farmers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The co-operative model is credited with making New Zealand farmers the best paid in the world.

New Zealand farmers are getting paid much more than their counterparts overseas and its all thanks to the co-op model, says a corporate farmer and former Fonterra director.

Corporate farmer Earl Rattray, a former Fonterra director with farming interests in NZ and overseas, says the co-op model is working wonders for New Zealand farmers, who get paid much more for their milk than farmers in the other big milk producing and exporting countries.

Rattray points out that with Fonterras forecast milk price of $7/kgMS for this season, NZ farmers are getting about US41c/L for milk. Farmers in the US get 34c/L, in Europe US37c/L and in Australia US34c/L.

Its a good example of the co-op working well for farmers; its a milk price no one can argue with, he told Dairy News. Around the world, farmers are arguing about the milk price, wondering why theirs is going down, while in NZ its going up.

But in NZ, no one can argue with the Fonterra milk price because it is set from externally verifiable prices, set by the market every two weeks at auction. NZ farmers can see what their milk is earning; it means its a milk price Fonterra has to pay farmers before it makes a profit and that puts us in a unique position. . . 

People outside the industry argue for Fonterra to be divided into two but farmers are adamant they must retain ownership of the whole supply chain to ensure they get paid well for their milk.

There are plenty of overseas models which show farmers getting squeezed by milk companies they supply but dont own.

Not all milk companies in New Zealand are co-operatives but Fonterra also has a protective influence on them too. They know they have to offer a similar price to Fonterras to keep their suppliers.

COOP News says co-operatives can make New Zealand the worlds most sustainable nation:

Craig Presland, chief executive of Co-operative Business New Zealand, said: The United Nations has recognised New Zealand as one of the most co-operative economies in the world. Our co-ops and mutuals generate almost one fifth of this countrys GDP, employ over 50,000 people and serve almost one-in...

Dont act all surprised Twyford you reap what you sow "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Phil Twyford is surprised he was accosted by Tauranga residents angry at his obfuscation on fixing one of the most deadly roads in the region. Twyford, of course, is copping flack because he is dragging his feet after pulling the pin on a major roading project and people are over his bullshit. Quote: Transport Minister [] The post Dont act all surprised Twyford you reap what you sow appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:30

Farrar fires up against cash-for-content site The Spinoff "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Yesterday left-wing columnist Hayden Donnell wrote a smear post against many people who are either members of the Free Speech Coalition or who have written in support of their actions. He included me in his smears and, like he did with David Farrar, he misquoted me and quoted out of context. David Farrar has had [] The post Farrar fires up against cash-for-content site The Spinoff appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:30

Nine To Noon: Mobile apps security "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

RNZ

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/downloads/ntn/ntn-20180712-1108-how_to_stay_secure_with_your_devices-128.mp3

Serge Egelman, a privacy researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, who studies the security of mobile apps, has details on how to keep your devices safe.

This was interesting

22:15

Most-read "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

22:00

Chris Trotter exposes the intellectual dishonesty and latent violence of the hard left in NZ "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Yesterday a post that appeared on The Standard attacked Chris Trotter. In that post there were veiled threats of violence and justifications of smashing free speech. Chris Trotter politely exposes the intellectual dishonesty of the writer and the latent violence bubbling away in the hard left of New Zealand politics. As is usual with Chris, [] The post Chris Trotter exposes the intellectual dishonesty and latent violence of the hard left in NZ appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:00

Making the SWP more employer friendly: a work in progress "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Last September the Australian government announced nine measures to improve participation in the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP). As some of them took effect on 1 July 2018, it is timely to report on progress in their implementation.

The nine measures are: introducing a multi-year visa; streamlining the application process; moving to online lodgement of information; removing the obligation of employers to train workers; increasing promotion to the horticultural sector; increasing engagement with other groups that could use the SWP but dont; and three pilots a 24/7 seasonal worker hotline, helping seasonal workers access their superannuation, and lowering upfront costs for employers.

Three government agencies are involved in delivering the measures: the Department of Home Affairs; Department of Jobs and Small Business (DJSB); and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The Department of Home Affairs introduced a multi-year, multiple-entry visa for returning seasonal workers through the International Relations (Subclass 403) visa (Seasonal Worker Programme stream) on July 1. Seasonal workers will be granted a visa for a period based on the number of seasons they are required for employment, as specified in their employment contract and with approval from DJSB, up to a maximum of three years. Employers will have greater certainty about the dates that return workers can start work, and less paperwork. One visa covering many trips will also represent a significant saving for seasonal workers (the multi-year visa is no more expensive than the single-year one). Rural return workers will need to spend less time and money on accommodation in the capital waiting for their visa approval to come through.

It remains to be seen whether employers will be interested in entering into multi-year contracts. Their preference for returning workers will push them in this direction, at least after a successful first season, but the ongoing requirement of labour-market testing may be a barrier. This reform will, if successful, increase the ratio of return to new workers, which will please employers but may worry sending countries.

Another visa reform is that the period of stay in Australia will now commence upon entry rather than on the date of the visa grant, giving employers and workers more flexibility, and more scope for advance planning. Flights will be able to be booked further ahead, reducing ticket prices.

The new visa for the SWP....

21:54

A hero called Mohammed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Special shout out and a big THANKYOU to Mohammed from Glen Eden branch who used his CPR training today to save a customers life. I doubt any of us could have done anything more worthwhile at ANZ today. Thank you so much! Hero. David Hisco (@DavidHisco_ANZ) July 11, 2018 A fairly typical Kiwi []

21:41

QotD: "I am so old that I can remember when other people's achievements were considered to be an inspiration, rather than a grievance." "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


"I am so old that I can remember when other people's achievements were considered to be an inspiration, rather than a grievance."
~ Thomas Sowell
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21:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This is Subscriber Content. You can access subscriber content, including crosswords, sudoku, polling, commentary and podcasts by subscribing to one of our membership packages. The post Daily crossword appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:15

How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If your subscription has not automatically renewed it may be because you hadnt ticked for it to automatically renew when you set it up because your credit card has expired because you have removed your credit card details from Paypal. because of insufficient funds If you want to update your credit card details click here. If [] The post How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:15

95% of vehicles need to be zero-emission by 2050 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Minister of Climate Change James Shaw has a very ambitious target for the ground vehicle fleet (cars, trucks, buses and trains) he says that 95% need to be zero emission by 2050. That means electric, person powered or powered by some other zero emission fuel. RNZ: Carbon neutral goal reliant on electric cars []

21:13

Damning Evidence: Revealed Documents Prove That Monsanto Deliberately Sold Banned Chemicals for Years Despite Knowing Their Health Risks "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Monsantos atrocious acts were bound to catch up with them some time and it is beginning to look like that time has finally come. Recently revealed documents prove that Monsanto knowingly sold banned toxic chemicals for years after confirming their catastrophic risks to the environment and human health. Bill Sherman, the assistant attorney general for Washington state, reviewed documents from The Poison Papers, uncovering yet another one of Monsantos wicked schemes of mass deception.

PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, are highly toxic compounds known to cause a litany of health problems and theyre prone to persisting and accumulating in the environment long-term. And even when Monsanto learned of these glaring issues, they continued to produce and sell toxic PCB products. Now Assistant Attorney General Sherman is looking to hold them accountable. Sherman is quoted as saying that the Poison Papers have provided previously unknown damning evidence of the companys wrongdoing. The state of Washington is now suing Monsanto, along with several cities from along the Pacific coast.

The PCB Deception

Monsanto first began mass-producing PCBs in 1935. The chemicals were used for a variety of industrial uses, including as coolants and lubricants for heavy equipment, like transformers. The company reportedly stopped producing PCBs on their own in 1977 two years ahead of national bans by the U.S. and other countries. In 1979, PCBs were widely banned due to overwhelming evidence of harm to both humans and the environment.

Now, Shermans digging has revealed a sordid truth: Monsanto had confirmed the toxic effects of PCBs in 1969. A pollution abatement plan from the companys archive describes the hazards of PCBs as virtually unquestionable.

The archived documents section on damage to the ecological system by contamination from PCBs, declares:

The evidence proving the persistence of these compounds and their universal presence in the environment is beyond questioning.

Direct lawsuits are possible the section explained, because customers using the products have not been officially notified about known effects nor [do] our labels carry this information.

Three modes of recourse were described, each with its own profit and lia...

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you put down a good, solid foundation and build one room after another, pretty soon you have a house. You build in your speedwork, your pace and increase your ability to run races and think races out. Then its possible to run the way we do. Rod Dixon who celebrates his 68th birthday today.

21:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Good morning, welcome to our daily Whaleoil General Debate. Our evening General debate is called Backchat and will start at 6 pm On General debate, you are encouraged as a commenter to share your own stories, discuss other news, bring NEW news, catch up with friends or make new friends with other commenters. To participate youll [] The post Whaleoil general debate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:00

The last days of the kiap a rare tale of the end of an era "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Northumbrian Kiap coverPHIL FITZPATRICK

The Northumbrian Kiap: bush administration in self-governing PNG by Robert Forster, UK Book Publishing, Whitley Bay, 2018, ISBN: 978-1-9-12183-36-4, 294pp. My copy from the Book Depository UK, AU$25.80 with free postage

TUMBY BAY - By 1960 the training of local indigenous officers for the public service in Papua New Guinea had accelerated dramatically.

These officers were paid the same rates as expatriate officers. As a result the wages bill of the Australian Administration rose rapidly.

In 1962 Minister for Territories Paul Hasluck decided to restructure the public service. His aim was to cut costs by turning it into an essentially territorial service based on local conditions and rates of pay, staffed as fully as possible by indigenous officers and assisted by an auxiliary service staffed by expatriate officers.

This was the beginning of what later became known as localisation and signalled the end of career paths for expatriates in the then Territory of Papua and New Guinea.

This development caught a lot of people by surprise, including a lot of local staff whose salaries were suddenly reduced.

A group of surprised Australian cadet patrol officers about to commence their induction at the Australian School of Pacific Administration in August 1963 were told abruptly that no more permanent positions would be available and they were offered six year contracts instead.

There were further changes to expatriate recruitment as independence loomed.

When I joined in 1967 it was still a requirement that cadet patrol officers be unmarried and under the age of 30.

These conditions then began to be modified. Cadet patrol officers soon gave way to assistant patrol officers with accelerated training.

Then, by the early 1970s, older, married recruits with life experience were being employed. They were colloquially referred to as instant kiaps.

Robert Forster became a kiap in June 1971. His life experience included a stint as a forestry worker at Bundi after being recruited in England by Voluntary Service Overseas, a government-sponsored organisation which recruited restless young.......

20:59

Trump assures NATO Im a very stable genius "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Donald Trumps visit to a NATO summit in Brussels has been controversial, but he has assured them Im a very stable genius. He didnt claim he was modest. Sky News President Donald Trump at NATO summit: Im a very stable genius He also claimed success at NATO Trump claims NATO victory after go []

20:49

Trump visiting United Kingdom "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Donald Trumps controversial visit to the United Kingdom has begun, at the same time a poll has been released saying that 50% of British people polled dont want him to visit, but with Trump claiming I think they like me a lot in the UK. BBC Donald Trump: US president heads to dinner with []

20:46

Indonesia to sign landmark $5.5b deal to increase stake in Papua mine to 51% "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-to-sign-purchase-of-majority-stake-in-papua-mine-on-thursday

Indonesia to sign landmark $5.5b deal to increase stake in Papua mine to 51%

PUBLISHED 5 HOURS AGO
Wahyudi SoeriaatmadjaIndonesia Correspondent

JAKARTA The Indonesian government plans to announce on Thursday (July 12) that it is paying less than US$4 billion (S$5.5 billion) to get the majority stake in one of the worlds largest mining operations based in Papua from US Freeport McMoran and partner Rio Tinto.

The move would be a political boon to President Joko Widodo ahead of the general election next April.

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati will hold a press conference at 4pm (5pm Singapore time) to disclose details of the sale and purchase agreement of the Grasberg mine, located in the Indonesian province of Papua.

ndonesian state mining holding company Inalum is taking over the majority stake in the worlds second-largest copper mine, which also yields gold, after a long-heralded acquisition negotiation.

After the deal, Indonesia would have a 51 per cent stake in the mine while Freeport would hold the remaining stake. Indonesia currently has a less than 10 per cent stake.

"Indonesia would pay less than US$4 billion (S$5.5 billion) to increase the stake to 51 per cent," a government source told The Straits Times. He declined to give the exact figure.

The landmark deal is expected to be seen as a move by Mr Jokos administration to assert rights to the countrys natural resources.

This could fan nationalist sentiments among voters ahead of the simultaneous legislative and presidential elections on April 17, 2019.

Mr Joko is expected to seek a second five-year term.

Freeport entered Indonesia in 1960s, around the time of a change of leadership from the countrys first president Sukarno to Suharto, who then ruled for the next three decades.

Freeport started developing the Grasberg mine in the early 1970s.

Given the lack of infrastructure development, little industry and a cash-strapped government then, the contract with Freeport involving the extraction of copper and gold helped to improve the countrys economy.

Freeport, however, always had contract terms that were seen as favourable to the company under then authoritarian president Suharto, when the decision-making process was seldom transparent.

Politicians and observers have increasingly been questioning such favourable contract terms since the fall of Suharto in 199...

20:38

Comparing left wing and right wing authoritarianism "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Authoritarianism and extreme tactics are not confined to the right or the left of politics. From the British Journal of Political Science: Similarities and Differences Between Left-Wing and Right-Wing Radicals Although some scholars have argued that authoritarianism is characteristic only of the right and not of the left, persuasive reasons exist for doubting this claim. []

20:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Todays face of the day is what I would call a mild-mannered gentleman; the kind who will repeatedly turn the other cheek until one day he wont anymore. The Spinoff has smeared Cameron in the past and is now getting more and more reckless accusing a number of people of being white supremacists and racists. [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is debonair (adj) 1. Sophisticated; urbane. 2. Gracious and charming in a cheerful, carefree way. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : The adjective debonair, from Old French debonaire, originated in Old French as the phrase de bon aire of good lineage. The aire of that phrase comes from the [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:14

Should controversial Muslims be able to speak at an Auckland venue? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Should two international Muslim speakers be allowed to speak at Auckland city venue the Bruce Mason Centre? If, instead of controversial Canadians Lauren Southern and Stefan Molynuex, a couple of controversial Muslims wanted to come to New Zealand to speak, would the reactions and the arguments be the same? What if Donald Trump wanted to []

20:10

Business and Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Not sure what to make of this at all?

RNZ

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/ntn-20180712-0909-60_businesses_commit_to_climate_change_action-128.mp3

CEOs of sixty businesses across the country, collectively responsible for nearly 50% of our emissions, are banding together to combat climate change.  Members of this Climate Leaders Coalition include Z Energy, Fonterra, Westpac, Ngai Tahu Holdings, Vector, Air New Zealand, Spark and NZ Post. By signing the CEO Climate Change Statement, each of the business leaders is committing to measuring and reporting their greenhouse gas emissions to align with the Paris Agreement. Z Energy CEO Mike Bennetts is convening the Climate Leaders Coalition. He talks to Kathryn Ryan along with Westpac CEO Karen Silk.

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 13 23 An unplowed field produces food for the poor, but injustice sweeps it away. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

Friday's Fulminations "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There is mild moderation.  Normal rules of blogger etiquette and courtesy to blog hosts will apply.with serious transgressors being thrown out.

Unfortunately our system does not allow your comments to show up in the blog post itself.  Just in the comments section.

Visitors might consider the wisdom of using moderate language.

Regards

Adolf'

20:00

When you invite family to mumu, you dont mumu family "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Our feathered brotherMARLENE DEE GRAY POTOURA

LAE - When my siblings and I were growing up, our mama looked after chooks in a fenced off hut. Her chooks were snobs, but ma and her feathered brood understood each other.

There was a bastard that grew up with attitude because ma reared him in our house.

She named him Brith. A wrong name.

Now Brith was a mean and cruel fictional giant in a childrens book. He lived on a hill and every now and then stumbled down to the houses below and terrorised the villagers.

Brith the giant had flaming ginger hair. Brith the rooster had ginger feathers. And both giant and rooster had similar attitudes. They sucked totally.

Mama indulged Brith who became a spoilt brat. He wandered around the houses everywhere he chose, more like a mute human being than a bird. No one dared touched him, for fear they would get a scolding or, worse still, a whopping from Mama delivered by a guava twig.

So Brith received exceptional favours.

He slept on the special branch that grew from the rambutan tree close to the veranda. Mama always woke early to sweep under the tree, while aunty Aretha continuously scolded mama, to move the spoiled brat back to the fenced off hut.

"Aretha, go feed your malnourished chickens," Mama would frown and waved her sister away.

Then Brith would go to his usual place and at from his distinctive tray while the chooks behind the fence pecked the food that she threw over to them.

Brith grew into a handsome rooster with bright gingery feathers. He was the alpha among the hens and flirted with them shamelessly. The hens laid perfect eggs that made mama proud. The chicks they hatched were big and strong.

But Brith was a bad husband. When dusk came creeping in and his feathered concubines clucked around and waited for him to accompany them to the fenced off hut, he would scurry to the veranda to sleep on his special branch.

My brothers became irritated with Brith and told mama to slaughter him for New Year.

Hes family. We cant eat him, Mama declared.

He disturbs us with his crowing before dawn, Jayrico told her.

Well, thats how roosters are in the Islands, Mama explained.

Look mama, I do not need a rooster...

19:20

Media watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

13 July 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 []

19:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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.

19:10

Open Forum Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

13 July 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 []

19:00

I am a PNG Man "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Couple and childrenWARDLEY D I BARRY

This is not a response to the truthful observations of Michael Dom's We are Dying One by One. What I'm offering here is another perspective left out of his candid representation of women in Papua New Guinea. I hope this perspective is appreciated by readers of PNG Attitude - WDIB

I am a PNG man, and I love my women
Here is my sister, there is my aunt, she is my niece
I call her mama or mum, and that one is my friend

I am a PNG man, and I love my women
I say theyre all wonderful, I say theyre all worthy
And I love it when were together in the kitchen

I am a PNG man, and I love my women
Some are good nurses, and some are inspirational
Instructors, most of them are miles ahead of the men

I am a PNG man, and I love my women
Some go to church, some go to clubs, some weave their bilums
Whatever it is, brown, black or bronze, she is my queen

I am a PNG man, and I love my women
I see them in offices, at home, or marketplace
Theyre my purpur, their beautys everyplace, not hidden

I am a PNG man, and I love my women
When she falls I raise her with my hands, I use my tools
To fix her broken things, I let her know I am the man

I am a PNG man, and I love my women
They are respected, theyre valued, they are encouraged
Most dont see that until men are gone and all is done

I am a PNG man, and I love my women
Shes my daughter, shes my girlfriend and when she marries
A son of PNG, she marries a gentleman

I am a PNG man, and I love my women
When theyre born the hauslain rejoices, husbands are blessed
Most are better off because of good PNG men

I am a PNG man, and I love my women
In PNG, it is special to be a woman.

17:52

Whales in Roman empire days "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This 2017 video is called Gray Whale swimming through kelp forest Recored from a drone in 4k.

From the University of York in England:

Ancient bones reveal 2 whale species lost from the Mediterranean Sea

Ancient bones from Roman archaeological sites reveal 2 whale species lost from the Mediterranean Sea

July 11, 2018

Two thousand years ago the Mediterranean Sea was a haven for two species of whale which have since virtually disappeared from the North Atlantic, a new study analysing ancient bones suggests.

The discovery of the whale bones in the ruins of a Roman fish processing factory located at the strait of Gibraltar also hints at the possibility that the Romans may have hunted the whales.

Prior to the study, by an international team of ecologists, archaeologists and geneticists, it was assumed that the Mediterranean Sea was outside of the historical range of the right and gray whale.

Academics from the Archaeology Department at the University of York used ancient DNA analysis and collagen fingerprinting to identify the bones as belonging to the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) and the Atlantic gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus).

After centuries of whaling, the right whale currently occurs as a very threatened population off eastern North America and the gray whale has completely disappeared from the North Atlantic and is now restricted to the North Pacific.

Co-author of the study Dr Camilla Speller, from the University of York, said: These new molecular methods are openin...

17:46

Girding For Confrontation: The Pentagons Provocative Encirclement Of China "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

On May 30th, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced a momentous shift in American global strategic policy. From now on, he decreed, the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), which oversees all U.S. military forces in Asia, will be called the Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM). The name change, Mattis explained, reflects the increasing connectivity between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, as well as Washingtons determination to remain the dominant power in both. What? You didnt hear about this anywhere?  And even now, youre not exactly blown away, right? Well, such a name change may not sound like much, but someday you may look back and realize that it couldnt have been more consequential or ominous.  Think of it as a signal that the U.S. military is already setting the stage for an eventual confrontation with China.

17:23

Move over, NASA: New Zealands Rocket Lab is hunting for a U.S. spaceport "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Electron could be taking off from Cape Canaveral.

Rocket Lab, the New Zealand-based, Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, is looking for a new launch site for its Electron rocketand it is targeting the United States.

Read Full Story

16:08

Crime fighters trained in latest fraud and corruption investigation techniques "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Australian High Commission

The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary is boosting its efforts to crack down on financial crimes in Papua New Guinea. 

By the end of the year, almost 80 police officers will have received specialist training in investigation and prosecution of fraud and corruption.
East New Britain Deputy Governor  Cosmas Bauk (centre, front row) and RPNGC Assistant Commissioner, Island Region, Anton Billie (fourth from left) join instructors and participants at the commencement of the Fraud and Corruption Investigation training, in Kokopo, East New Britain.
...

15:50

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

120718NRI LAUNCHES RESEARH REPORT IN BUKA
New Dawn FM News
The National Research Institute today launched the research report on the National Referendum Conference held in Port Mort Moresby recently.
Project team leader, DR. THOMAS WEBSTER made the presentation at the ABG House of Representatives ground in Kubu.
DR. Webster said that the Research report was launched in Port Moresby on May 30th and had to launch it again in Buka today.
The report are contained in two separate books that looked at the administration of referendums all over the world and the second Book is on Independence Referendums and how Bougainville is going towards Papua New Guineas first Referendum in 2019.
DR. Webster said that the PNG National Research Institute was established by an act of Parliament soon after independence in 1976.
Its an independent institution that carries out research and analyses of strategic issues affecting national development.
Its mandate is for improving the welfare of the people of Papua New Guinea.
In helping to understand the problem and issues and contribute to better policy development.
It reports to Parliament via the Minister for Higher Education.
DR. WEBSTER said that the NRI council in early 2017 agreed to conduct the Bougainville Referendum Research Project because of the importance of the Bougainville referendum scheduled for next years when the people of Bougainville will decide their political status.
He said this is an important turning point in the history of Papua New Guinea.

Ends

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15:48

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

120718SEMOSO ON REPORT
New Dawn FM News

The Deputy Speaker of the Bougainville House of Representatives, FRANCESCA SEMOSO has welcomed the research report presented by DR. THOMAS WEBSTER on behalf of the National Research Institute on the Bougainville Referendum.
Deputy Speaker, SEMOSO said that the independent report is welcomed by the people of Bougainville and because of the Books people will read and know how far we have gone in preparing for the Bougainville referendum scheduled for June next year.
She said that report actually helps Bougainville to know where we can concentrate more as we prepare our people for the referendum.
She thanked the National Research Institute for the report and said that she was looking forward to another conference on the Bougainville referendum this time in Bougainville before next year.

Ends

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15:44

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

120718PEACE AGREEMENT GOOD SAYS MOMIS
New Dawn FM News
The ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS says that the Bougainville Peace Agreement is a good agreement that binds the two governments to collaborate jointly and implement the Agreement.
He says the Agreement was the result of efforts of the two governments to find a way of solving the Bougainville Crisis.
President MOMIS made these remarks at the launch of the National Research Institutes Referendum Conference Report in Buka this morning.
President MOMIS said that he is worried that the agreement does not seem to have provisions to enforce the implementation of the agreement by both or either of the two governments.
He said that both governments must pick up their end of the stick and this is not happening as only the ABG is picking its end whilst the National Governments side is always on the ground.
The ABG President said that he wants to express his very serious concern that we dont seem to have a higher authority to enforce the full implementation of the Bougainville Peace Agreement purely and simply.
He said if that does not happen the people will use all kinds of excuses to procrastinate on this very important timely agenda that must be met and we just cannot postpone it.
President MOMIS said that things are getting very late and our window of opportunity is closing on us.
He was also concerned that any shortcut that we could take, we would be sacrificing the quality of the end result.
President Momis said that we do not want the people to question the end result of the Referendum.
He was also concerned that after several JSB meetings and including other meetings with the Prime Minister nothing seems to be moving.

120718 NRI Launch 094

15:42

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

120718CREATING A CONDUCIVE ATMOSPHERE IS IMPORTANT
New Dawn FM News
The ABG President Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS said that creating a conducive atmosphere for the conduct of the Bougainville Referendum is very important.
He was speaking at the launch of the Bougainville Referendum Research by the National Research Institute in Buka today.
He said that there are lot of dangerous undercurrents now in Bougainville which are now backfiring on the government itself.
President MOMIS said currently the ABG is being blamed for not delivering services to the people of Bougainville because the National Government is not making payments guaranteed under the Peace Agreement.
He said if we create a conducive environment the people will understand and accept a negotiated outcome.
Ends

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15:21

Zionism ate my religion, and I am taking it back "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I remember being asked in grade school, If Canada went to war with Israel, who would you fight for?  The question made no sense to me. Canada didnt go to war with Christianity, so why would it go to war with Judaism?

Theology being too difficult, Israel was my religion.  The 1967 war gave it a miraculous sheen.  When the First Intifadah threw my religion against my principles, I had no way to resolve the contradiction.  I was an absentee Jew for a quarter century.  While living four years behind the walls of Gaza, I began to study my religion through its principles, as I encountered Israel through its exercise of power.  Then Israel decisively left me during the assault of 2014.

I left Gaza a year later, wondering how to be a Jew without Zionism.  I left my work with communities affected by conflict, and returned to New Zealand.  While I settled into Wellington, the family and social consequences of having chosen to live in Gaza unfolded painfully.  I joined a liberal, Progressive temple, and stumbled into one more strenuously contested ground of this conflict:  how to unshroud Jewishness from the Jewish nationalism of our institutions.

Marilyn Garson

Through nine years in Afghanistan and Gaza, I had enjoyed the unselfconscious nearness of my colleagues religion.  At last, I inhaled my own.  I left each service feeling elevated.  I joined the choir, learned to read and chant the Torah, had my Bat Mitzvah and sometimes led the singing for Shabbat services.  I simply didnt recite the prayers for Israels government (or, in other temples, for its army).  I didnt celebrate the Israeli holidays or attend the Zionist events, although they formed a good part of the social calendar.  As I read commentaries on my first journey through the Torah, I set aside the ones more political than spiritual.  For example, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth 1991 2013, links the Korah Rebellion against the authority of Moses to a rather misleading portrait of BDS.  He is welcome to his political positions but although he concludes that the spirit of Korah lives on, its not Moses  (or any other religious entity) who is being challenged today...

15:08

When Resistance Becomes Capitulation "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

JUL 11, 2018
TD ORIGINALS

When Resistance Becomes Capitulation: A Response to an Open Letter in The Nation

Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Danang, Vietnam, in November 2017. (Hau Dinh / AP)
Editors note: The Nation contributor Norman Solomon, who has written for Truthdig, drew our attention to the magazines publication Wednesday of an open letter signed by multiple scholars, diplo...

14:38

NATO summit: Readiness initiative against Russia - 'delinquent' allies not paying enough, says Trump "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The first day of the NATO summit has shown that, despite a row within its ranks that needs urgent, diplomatic pacification, the 'defensive' alliance is still united and ready to adopt another set of measures aimed against Moscow. From the outset, the NATO summit has demonstrated that the contradictions between once-close allies run deep. While NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg desperately sought to keep up appearances, US President Donald Trump, the leader of a country that has always been the bloc's bulwark, effectively launched an attack against his own allies in an attempt to make them contribute more to the alliance.

14:05

Barry Wakelin asks those very hard questions about the Kimba/Hawker nuclear waste dump plan "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

request the Australian National Audit Office to examine the use of taxpayers money at Kimba and Hawker for the purpose of encouraging the locals to see things the governments way on nuclear waste.

Any one who treated the government view with other than a YES was treated abysmally and certainly with not one cent of taxpayer largesse to make the alternative case. It has been a disgrace to our democracy.

Is it reasonable for the government to claim as has been made within the process, that Kimba can become a 300 year government supported town based on nuclear waste?

the government moves their Campaign Office in to the Main Street, to promote the propaganda of the benefits of a dump, which no one else in Australia wants.

Barry Hugh Wakelin Submission TO THE SENATE ECONOMICS COMMITTEE REFERENCE COMMITTEE SUBMISSION TO SENATE ENQUIRY ON THE SELECTION PROCESS FOR A NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA. Senate Committee submission by Barry Hugh Wakelin Section 10 Hundred of Barna, County of Buxton from the District Council of Kimba, South Australia. (Submission No.23)

My name is Barry Wakelin, I was born at Kimba in 1946. Raised on a wheat/sheep farm at Kimba, Schooled to Year 10 at Kimba, first job as a bank clerk at Kimba, labourer, shearer, share-farmer, farmer and Federal MHR for 15 years in Kimba, W.A. and Australia. Have a farm with my wife a few kilometres from a nuclear dump site at Kimba. I am committed to Kimba and farming from a love of the place; local government backed us to have a reliable electricity supply when we had nothing other than their trust in us as c...

14:05

World view Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

14:01

July 13 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

100 BC  Julius Caesar, Dictator of the Roman Republic, was born  (d. 44 BC).

1174   William I of Scotland, a key rebel in the Revolt of 11731174, was captured by forces loyal to Henry II.

1558 Battle of Gravelines: Spanish forces led by Count Lamoral of Egmont defeated the French forces of Marshal Paul des Thermes.

1573  Eighty Years War: The Siege of Haarlem ends after seven months.

1643  English Civil War: Battle of Roundway Down   Henry Wilmot, 1st Earl of Rochester, commanding the Royalist forces, won a crushing victory over the Parliamentarian Sir William Waller.

1787  The Continental Congress enacted the Northwest Ordinanceestablishing governing rules for the Northwest Territory establishing  procedures for the admission of new states and limiting the expansion of slavery.

1794  Battle of the Vosges between French forces and those of Prussia and Austria.

1821 Nathan Bedford Forrest, American Confederate cavalry officer, and founder of the original Ku Klux Klan, was born  (d. 1877).

1830 The General Assemblys Institution, now the Scottish Church College, was founded by Alexander Duff and Raja Ram Mohan Roy, in Calcutta.

1854  In the Battle of Guaymas, Mexico, General Jose Maria Yanezstopped the French invasion led by Count Gaston de Raousset Boulbon.

1863  Margaret Murray, Anglo-Indian Egyptologist, archaeologist, anthropologist, historian, and folklorist, was born. (d. 1963).

1863 New York Draft Riots: Opponents of conscription began three days of rioti...

13:43

Friday The Thirteenth "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

As I write this, its Thursday the 12th. Quite a significant number, 12. 12 witches in a coven, 12 Apostles. For UFO enthusiasts, theres MJ12 (Majic 12). Heres some more examples: Meaning of the Number 12 In fact once one gets into multiples of 12, such as 1212 (144) it starts appearing encoded into legends []

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13:31

The Thailand Cave Rescue Shows Why Men Are Necessary "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Over the weekend, the rescue operation for the Thai soccer team and coach trapped in a cave in Thailand gained steam. By Tuesday morning, the United States woke up to the news that all 12 boys and their coach had been rescued.

Since June 23, the boys and soccer coach remained inside the six-mile Tham Luang cave, more than 4,000 feet below the earths surface, and 2.5 miles from the entrance of the cave. A photo of the Thai Navy SEALs who largely remained with the team has gone viral. Such is the worlds admiration of, shall we say, that unique kind of bad-ssery. The rescue has shown not only the power of science coupled with courage, but why society still needs men who have embraced their masculinity and arent afraid of danger.

When the Thai Navy SEALs performed their rescue, officials tweeted, All 4 Thai Navy SEALs came out safely. Hooyah Hooyah Hooyah. To quote a line from The Princess Bride, We are men of action. Lies do not become us.

The Thai rescue operation was no small task, thus why only the elite Thai Navy SEALs were up to executing it. More than 30 U.S. military personnel from the U.S. Pacific Command and at least three British diving experts also offered their expertise to aid the unit.

Two miles of flooded passageways separated the main entrance of the cave to the area where the children had been stranded. While wearing diving equipment and after swimming two miles to reach the boys, two SEAL divers accompanied one boy at a time all the way back. One SEAL led the boy along a fixed rope while carrying his oxygen tank, and the second SEAL followed behind.

The SEALs made an 11-hour trip for each person, The Guardian ...

11:41

Trump knows Europe needs America more than America needs Europe "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The most lethal demagogue is one with a grasp of underlying reality

By EDWARD LUCE

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President Donald Trump with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during their meeting on Wednesday AP

Punch-drunk Europe would do well to study the fate of American liberals. The more Donald Trump denigrates Nato, the greater outrage he provokes in Europe. Moral certainty feels good. But it can bring on intellectual blindness. Time and again, Mr Trumps domestic critics have chosen righteous indignation over analytic clarity.

Women could never vote for Mr Trump, Democrats reassured themselves. Then a majority of white women did. The US would never withdraw troops from Europe, says Brussels. Yet Mr Trump could do precisely that. Which side of the Atlantic would have the most to lose?

Mr Trump knows more than his critics give him credit for. He invents his own facts. But he instinctively grasps other peoples bottom lines. Mr Trumps portrayal of Nato is profoundly error-ridden. It is also fundamentally correct. On the first, America accounts for nothing like 70 per cent of Europes security budget. Its actual share, as the International Institute for Strategic Studies has set out, is a fraction of that. Five per cent of Americas defence budget goes directly on Europe. Nor is Europe delinquent on its obligations. Since pledging four years ago to meet the 2 per cent of GDP target within a decade, Europes Nato members have increased their spending by $87bn in real terms, which is more than double what the US spends annually on European security. So much for Mr Trumps relationship with the facts.

But quietly correcting Mr Trump even shrieking it from the rooftops will do nothing to change his mind. Technocracy cannot compete with diatribe. The most lethal demagogue is one who grasps an underlying reality. Mr Trump knows that Europe needs America more than America needs Europe. Every time Mr Trump meets a Nato partner, or listens to many of his advisers, he is told his actions are weakening US security. That is true. Americas power is magnified by alliances. Wrecking them reduces Washingtons global clout. But the bigger loser is Europe. Its survival depends on Americas guarantee. A resurgent Russia poses deep threats to Europes eastern borders, its internal cohesion and ultimately its prosperity. With Americas continued presence, Europe can rebuff Vladimir Putins probing. Without it, Europe would be dangerously exposed.

Mr Trump needs no adviser to tell him that Americas position gives it greater room for complacency. The US is...

11:30

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There are friends and there are friends who like the books you like.

You recommend and lend books to each other and revel in the ones you enjoy.

A book shared with a friend who likes the books you like is a book whose pleasure is doubled and Im grateful for that.

11:00

Thursday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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10:33

Greg Bannon demolishes the case for Kimba/Hawker nuclear waste dump, in a trenchant Submission "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This is a National issue and a National problem. Small, remote communities, whether at Kimba, the Flinders Ranges or anywhere else, should never be expected to make the decision alone to accept the toxic by-products of one industrys lifetime production.

Nuclear Medicine: It was impressed on the community that a primary reason for the NRWMF is the need to dispose of Australias radioactive medical waste. DIIS is the only official source of information, some of which implies that procedures such as CAT scans, X-Rays, and cancer treatments require the  use of radioactive isotopes. Plain scans, X-Rays and a vast majority of cancer treatments do not use such isotopes.

It is a genuine and valid concern that ILRW may become stranded at this facility for any number of reasons.

ILRW has been the elephant in the room from the Day 1 of this process. The emphasis has been on Low Level Radioactive Waste and, even today, people in our community say it is a low level waste dump.

Submission from: Greg Bannon, Resident of Quorn, Flinders Ranges Council Region, Barndioota Site to SENATE ECONOMICS REFERENCES INQUIRY National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (Submission no. 85)   13 attachments

I have connections to this region that go back to the late 1950s. My family first visited Wilpena Pound on a holiday in 1958. The following year, on a return visit to Wilpena with some overseas friends, my younger...

10:30

So, you think youre tolerant? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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10:00

Tech Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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10:00

Classic Crime Drama: Between The Lines S01 E12 Nobodys Fireproof "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Between the Lines is a television police drama series created by J. C. Wilsher and produced by World Productions for the BBC. It was first shown on BBC1 between 1992 and 1994, running for three series.

The show centred on the eventful life of Detective Superintendent Tony Clark, played by Neil Pearson. Clark was an ambitious member of the Complaints Investigation Bureau (CIB), an internal organisation of the Metropolitan Police that investigates claims of corruption inside the police force. Along the way Clark had to overcome strong influence from his superiors and problems in his private life, most notably the break-up of his marriage following an affair with WPC Jenny Dean (Lesley Vickerage). Throughout the series Clark was assisted by sidekicks Harry Naylor (Tom Georgeson) and Mo Connell (Siobhan Redmond).

The show became a surprise hit for the BBC, winning a British Academy Television Award (BAFTA) for Best Drama Series in 1994. In 2000 it was voted into the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes by the British Film Institute. The series was reviewed in an episode of the BBC documentary series Call the Cops, which stated the series had found a way of getting to grips with the corruption scandals of the 1990s

09:42

New Zealand outlet positively reviews Disaster Capitalism film "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

My film Disaster Capitalism with director Thor Neureiter continues to spread around the world. Thor was recently in Melbourne for the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival and the film is screening soon in Australia, the UK and elsewhere.

New Zealand outlet Foreign Control Watchdog has published a review of the film written by Jeremy Agar:

Afghanistan

The years roll by but the news from Afghanistan scarcely changes. From the dry hills in landlocked Asia we glimpse mad mullahs shooting their rifles into the air. We see Humvees straining up a mountain pass and wait for the ambush. Underneath the banner news rolls through: a suicide truck has blown up a dozen pedestrians in Kabul.  

Few of the many disasters that our information screens send our way are as wearying as the scenes from this war, the one that 30 years ago was dubbed the forgotten war because sometimes, back then, it wasnt getting much air time. These days were all too likely to hear the inevitable soothing words that follow from the President, but whoever he is this time, no-one is listening.

On comes an American general. Just a few more troops, he assures us, and all will be well. Just a few more years and well deliver you a shiny new democracy. Be patient. Rome wasnt built in a day.But despite the assurances of the nation builders, peace in Afghanistan hasnt been built in centuries. The waste, the futility of it all has a cartoonish quality: the US Army as Homer Simpson; the jihadi as Jihadi. Boring. We flick the channel to the newest cooking show.

Its the lack of any of this tedium that makes Antony Loewensteins analysis so welcome. By steering clear from clich were allowed to see Afghanistan as the sort of place an open plain, not some dizzying crag that is not all that different from some parts of Loewensteins native Australia, perhaps, or America. He gets driven just an hour from the capital and talks to some quite normal locals. They were promised decent jobs and social development from a mine. It becomes clear that the foreign corporation never intended to make good on the deal, and that the Governments undertaking to hold the company to account was similarly fraudulent.

Back in Kabul Loewenstein seeks answers from the bureaucrats who oversee the mining industry, No, Mr X is unavailable; Mr Y is busy. Mr Z? No, it is not possible. Leave the building. In other words, standard obstruction, standard corruption.....

09:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S01 E08 The Shaft "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From Wikipedia

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

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

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

09:30

#WalkAway fan site "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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09:10

New Zealands Inside Stories "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Homepaddock

New Zealand Story has just released the first three Inside Stories for its ongoing series promoting Aotearoa  the Global Film, Ingenuity Film, and Food & Beverage Film.

Each video is fronted by a range of highly acclaimed individuals including tech entrepreneurs, scientists, inventors and famous actors, and aims to bridge a narrative about New Zealand that isnt hobbits, the All Blacks and beautiful landscapes to the rest of the world.

Each of the three videos is connected to a wider campaign that provides authentic insight into New Zealand stories from the eyes of global and local identities. The campaign argues New Zealands reputation for outstanding natural beauty is only part of our story, and showcases our pool of artists, business people, entrepreneurs, inventors and innovators whose stories are just as awe-inspiring as our landscapes. . .

Its fair to say the rest of the world knows very little about New Zealand, and to get the point across NZ Story

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09:08

Free Speech Coalition has funds to take ACC to court "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Homepaddock

The Free Speech Coalition has succeeded in its first goal raising enough funds to take the Auckland City Council to court.

In less than 24 hours, the Free Speech Coalition has reached its $50,000 fundraising goal and will be engaging lawyers to bring judicial proceedings against Auckland Council for its ban on Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux at Council-owned venues.

Chris Trotter, who is supporting the Coalition, says, Thank you to every New Zealander who has dug deep to support such an important cause.

We had hoped to raise this money by 5pm Friday. However, within the first day of this campaign we have been completely swamped by people pledging money to the cause from $5 to $5,000.

Melissa Derby, another supporter of the Coalition, says, We look forward to setting a strong legal precedent that shows the use of publicly-owned venue cannot be dictated by the

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09:00

Dinesh points out the students hypocrisy about his white privilege "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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08:47

Submission from Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) tells how good ANSTO is "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) Submission to the Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry into the appropriateness and thoroughness of the
site selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility at Kimba and Hawker in South Australia (Submission No 58)

 

(This submission does not seem to address the Terms of Reference directly. )

The Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is Australias national nuclear research and development organisation, and the centre of Australian nuclear expertise. ANSTO operates a large proportion of Australias landmark research infrastructure, including the OPAL multipurpose reactor, the Australian Synchrotron, the Australian Centre for Neutron Scattering, and the Centre for Accelerator Science. This infrastructure places Australia at the forefront of research and innovation for the benefit of public health, industry and the environment, and is used by universities, researchers andindustry from around Australia and internationally.

ANSTO applies its unique expertise to the production of lifesaving nuclear medicine as well as research into areas of national importance. Research areas include the environment, climate change, water resource management, materials engineering and human health.

ANSTO welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Senate Economics References Committees inquiry into the appropriateness and thoroughness of the site selection process for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) at sites near Kimba and Hawker in South Aust...

08:39

Australia bans foreigners from parliament internships after unease about China "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Foreigners have been banned from working as interns for Australian members of parliament, a spokesman for the Senate said on Thursday, in a reform apparently aimed at blocking Chinese prying into Australian affairs.

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The program placing young people in a much-prized position working for a federal legislator for a three-month stint had been open to all nationalities, as long as the applicant did not have a criminal record.

Internships at Parliament House are restricted to Australian citizens, said a spokesman for Senator Scott Ryan, president of the Senate, which oversaw the change.

The spokesman declined to comment on what prompted the alteration or if it was made to block Chinese interference.

Late last year, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull accused China of meddling in domestic affairs. China denied the accusation which led to a strain in ties between the important trading partners.

The Financial Times newspaper reported in September that a New Zealand citizen who had previously interned at an Australian parliamentary committee had links to a Chinese military spy school.

That report prompted a review of the intern system, which concluded standards should be bought in line with the rest of the government.

Chinese students had often applied to the program and many worked as interns over the years.

A spokeswoman for the Australian National University (ANU), which provides many of the interns, said it had been informed of the change in the eligibility rule late last year.

The change was only publicly disclosed some months later when the ANU amended the rules it posted on its website.

Last month, Australia passed legislation designed to prevent interference by foreign governments, a reform Turnbull said was needed to combat Chinese meddling.

Under the law, lobbyists for foreign countries will be required to register and they will be liable to criminal prosecution if they are deemed to be interfering in domestic affairs.

Reporting by Colin Packham; Editing by Robert Birsel

Reuters

See also:

China ambassador urges Australia against bias and bigotry

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08:33

US Navy dedicates ship to McCain "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The U.S. Navy dedicated one of its guided missile destroyers to Sen. John McCain on Thursday.

The ship is one of the of two destroyers that were involved in fatal accidents last year in the Pacific.

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Today, we add the story of Senator John S. McCain to the spirit of the mighty vessel which already carries the legacy of his father and grandfather, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer said of the honor in a press release. 

As a warrior and a statesman who has always put country first, Sen. John McCain never asked for this honor, and he would never seek it. But we would be remiss if we did not etch his name alongside his illustrious forebears, because this country would not be the same were it not for the courageous service of all three of these great men, Spencer continued.

According to the Associated Press, the ship was first named after McCains father and grandfather after it launched in 1994.

All three generations of McCains have the same name and served in the Navy.

McCain thanked the military branch in a statement on Twitter.

Im deeply honored to be added to the USS John S McCain namesake along with my heroes, my father & grandfather, McCain said.

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I hope the sailors who will serve aboard the USS McCain will find the same fulfillment as my family in serving a cause greater than oneself, the Arizona Republican, who is battling cancer, added.

McCain is battling an aggressive form of brain cancer at his home in Arizona.

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08:30

Classic Comedy: Fresh Fields S02 6/06 Get Me To The Church "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From Wikipedia

Hester and William Fields (McKenzie and Rodgers) are a devoted middle-aged, middle-class couple living an idyllic suburban lifestyle in Barnes, London. William works as an accountant while Hester is a housewife who works part-time in local restaurant Lucys Kitchen. The titles meaning, and crux of the show, is that Hester combats empty-nest syndrome by livening up her life with new interests and hobbies, to the exasperation of her hard-working husband who just wants a quiet life. The shows opening credits, featuring silhouettes of the characters, reflect this: Hester rides an exercise bike and plays a drumkit while William relaxes in a rocking chair.

The family home has an attached granny flat in which Hesters mother Nancy (Fanny Rowe) lives following her divorce from Hesters roguish father Guy (Ballard Berkeley); he often tries to win her back. (The pair finally remarry in the last episode.) Hester and William have two children of their own: the never-seen Tom who lives in New Zealand; and Emma, who is usually only heard (voice of Debby Cummings) telephoning her parents at inconvenient times. Emmas husband Peter (Philip Bird) appears occasionally; Emma and Peter later present the Fields with their first grandchild Guy, named after his great-grandfather.

The Fields neighbour Sonia Barrett (played by Ann Beach) pops round in every episode to borrow items; these appearances would irritate William to comical effect. Sonia had the shows only catchphrase: Its only Sonia! shed carol as she rapped at the Fields back door then let herself in. Sonias husband John (John Arthur) appeared occasionally, as did Williams secretary Miss Marigold Denham (Daphne Oxenford).

Fresh Fields ended in 1986 but three years later the series resumed as French Fields, which saw William and Hester relocating to France after William accepted a job there. There were three series of 19 episodes made between 5 September 1989 and 8 October 1991, all written by John T. Chapman and Ian Davidson. Philip Bird appeared as Peter in several episodes, with Emma finally seen on-screen, now played by Sally Baxter. Ann Beach made a guest appearance as Sonia in the final episode.

08:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

08:21

Regional Development Australia Far North sits fairly firmly on the fence regarding nuclear waste dump sit selection "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There are approximately 1,770 residing in the broader community area, and this original survey result now only represents 16.5% of the population.

the views of the wider population who visit, pass through and stay in these areas could be considered in the overall picture as an element in a broad consultation process.

whilst a Statewide viewpoint has a role, it should not be a deciding factor

 

Regional Development Australia Far North (RDA Far North)  SUBMISSION FOR SELECTION PROCESS FOR A NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA Submission No 41

Background Regional Development Australia Far North (RDA Far North) is a not-for-profit incorporated association governed by a volunteer Board comprised from local people with a skills mix across industry, business, government and community.

Our role is to foster and enhance a robust, diversified, vibrant and growing economy across Far North SA through the timely and professional provision of economic development services.

RDA Far North maintains a neutral position in regards to the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility proposal being considered within the region we cover. T...

08:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

07:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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07:28

Kimba District Council seems mainly concerned about getting finances and services, in return for hosting nuclear wastes "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

District Council of  KIMBA Submission to Senate Inquiry on Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia (Submission No.19) 

(I was not able to copy this submission, so have just put an excerpt here with the main points. )

Kimba council addresses Term of Reference e) Whether wider Eyre Peninsula or Statewide community views should be taken into consideration, and if so, how this is occurring or should be occurring.

 Council remains of the view that its Local Government area represents the best reflection of the wishes of its community.

Kimba has been visited by  a multitude of experts..  Associate Professor Geoff Currie believed that Kimba was now one of the most educated communities in the country on radioactive waste.

Council would expect that the Australia Government would provide specificity on what financial and service benefits it will provide, and how these will be administered through the National radioactive waste Management Act (2012) before a final ballot occurs.

Without this information available, Council does not believe the community would be in a...

07:26

South Australian Branch Australasian Radiation Protection Society seems unaware of Intermediate Level Waste for planned dump "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

South Australian Branch Australasian Radiation Protection Society (ARPS)  Submission to Senate Inquiry: Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia  (Submission No 66) __________________________________________________________________________________ The Australasian Radiation Protection Society is a professional society that promotes the principles and practice of radiation protection. It establishes and maintains professional standards amongst its members and advises on safe use of radiation for its many applications in industry, research and medicine.

Until now the Society has not had direct input to the National Radioactive Waste Management Project. It has viewed the public consultation process as one carried out between the Federal Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and the local communities who have put forward sites for consideration under the project.

This submission relates to points (b) and (e) of the Terms of Reference, ie in relation to the discussion around the definition of broad community support and the question as to whether the community views of the whole the Eyre Peninsula or the whole of South Australia should be taken into consideration.

While the Terms of Reference of the Inquiry are narrowly targeted to the site selection process it is important that this process is viewed in the light of two major aims of the Project:

  • For Australia to meet its responsibilities...

07:24

South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy (SACOME) supports the plan for nuclear waste dump for Kimba or Hawker "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 

South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy (SACOME) Submission to Senate re the selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia (submission No 69)

The South Australian Chamber of Mines & Energy (SACOME) welcomes the opportunity to make this submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Economics selection process for a national waste management facility in South Australia.

 By way of general comment, SACOME recognises that a majority of residents in Kimba and Hawker have expressed their support for the proposed facility; and that the site selection process continues to be rigorous and focused on genuine community engagement.

SACOME notes that the Commonwealth Government has clearly stated that it will not impose a national radioactive waste facility on an unwilling community and expresses strong support for this position as a guiding principle in the site selection process. SACOMEs specific comments are limited to the following terms of reference:

  1. e) Whether wider (Eyre Peninsular or state-wide) community views should be taken into consideration and, if so, how this is occurring or should be occurring.

 SACOME views the site selection process as one that is specifically relevant to those local communities identified as possible site locations. As such, the views of the wider community are secondary to those of...

07:10

Grattan goes denialist "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Reading the reactions to the incoherent report on electricity pricing from the ACCC, I was struck by this quote from Tony Wood of the Grattan Institute, writing in the Oz 

Australians need energy policy that is driven by neither green evangelism for renewables nor a deep-seated fear to protect the role of coal for baseload power.

Green evangelism is rhetoric straight out of the denialist camp, associated with the bogus claim that climate change is not science but a religion   The content of the piece bears this out. Wood opposes any form of subsidy for renewables and (by omission) any price on carbon emissions. He advocates a policy that is the policy is indifferent to the technology mix, whether new-build or the extension of the operating life of an existing, newer coal-fired plant.

This is centrism at its worst. Faced with a choice between an evidence-based response to climate change and culture-war proposals to actively subsidise the destruction of the global environment, Grattan has gone for the middle course of doing nothing whatsoever about climate change.

 

07:02

The Unsung Hero "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Throughout the intense media scrutiny given to the Thai cave rescue, one person's truly extraordinary effort went largely, in my view, under-reported and unrecognised.

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07:00

Auckland peace action needs a new logo "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The anti-free speech activist organisation Auckland peace action has called for the Free speech coalition to be renamed the Hate speech coalition. They have accused the Free speech coalition of being about hate because it supports free speech for everyone (not just those who have the same views and opinions.) In contrast, the Auckland peace action [] The post Auckland peace action needs a new logo appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hysteresis   the phenomenon in which the value of a physical property lags behind changes in the effect causing it, as for instance when magnetic induction lags behind the magnetizing force; the dependence of the state of a system on its history; a retardation of an effect when the forces acting upon a body are changed; a property of a system such that an output value is not a strict function of the corresponding input, but also incorporates some lag, delay, or history dependence, and in particular when the response for a decrease in the input variable is different from the response for an increase.

06:30

You can tweet but you cant hide "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

RT reports that researchers have shown that we unconsciously reveal much more information about ourselves than we realise; both through what and how we write, and through the technology we use. Quote. Twitters metadata contains an array of revealing information on its users, a new study proves, and can be used to identify a user [] The post You can tweet but you cant hide appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

How to get a natural high from your food "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If the idea of using Prozac, Xanax or Valium to treat anxiety or depression is unappealing, there is an alternative and by the way, if you arent a cocaine user, why are you dispensing cocaine-like Ritalin to little Johnny when there is a natural alternative to treat his ADHD?  Quote: Dr Pauc is one of [] The post How to get a natural high from your food appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

China Prepares To Dominate South Pacific With Week Of Electronic Warfare Drills "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

While the Trump administration unveiling another round of tariffs on Chinese goods worth $200 billion - for which China's Commerce Ministry is planning "countermeasures," Beijing quietly began conducting military drills at five bases for electronic warfare, cybersecurity, reconnaissance and tactical strikes at five training bases, reports the South China Morning Post.

05:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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05:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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04:30

Irans dance of shame "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The New York Times reports: Quote: TEHRAN Like many teenage girls, Maedeh Hojabri liked to dance in her bedroom, record it and post clips to Instagram. But Ms. Hojabri lives in Iran, where women are not allowed to dance, at least not in public. The 19-year-old was quietly arrested in May and her page was [] The post Irans dance of shame appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:24

NDIS Partners in the Community Program "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The National Disability Insurance Agency

04:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

For a better view click on map Womens Suffrage Mapped: The Year Women Got The Vote By Country (March 8, 2018) Well done New Zealand, how cool are we eh? The map above shows when women got the right to vote in each country around the world. 2018 marks the centenary of Womens suffrage in [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:30

MFAT have some explaining to do "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

What on earth are officials in the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade doing promoting an event in favour of a one-state solution and an economic terrorist group that wants the world to boycott Israel? They even provided details of the date, time and place. The MFAT Facebook promotion is in complete opposition to [] The post MFAT have some explaining to do appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:22

ExxonMobil PNG assists with restoration of food gardens in Hela Province "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Exxon Mobil

ExxonMobil PNG continues with its long-term recovery support for earthquake affected communities
Over 58,000 vegetative cuttings, 200 kgs seeds and 900 garden tools distributed 

ExxonMobil PNG Limited, operator of PNG LNG project is continuing to distribute planting materials and gardening tools to communities in its project areas as part of its long-term recovery plan to assist earthquake affected communities re-establish their food gardens.
Delivering planting materials in very bad weather

The distribution is being coordinated by ExxonMobil PNGs Community Livelihood Improvement Program (CLIP) partner ANU Enterprise. 

ExxonMobil PNG is here to stay and as a good neighbour we are committed to lend a helping a hand to the communities who are in need of assistance to recover from the impacts of the earthquake, said Andrew Barry, ExxonMobil PNG managing director.

The distribution has reached more than 900 household of communities living along the Pipeline Right of Way (ROW) at Benaria areas including Yarale, Timu, Lau, Benaria, Mulako Tangi, Tamita and Pakale.

Other distribution sites around Hides include the well pads, 3 Ways, Nigiria, Perapu and Kulu communities.

Since the distribution started, CLIP has delivered more than 39,000 sweet potato vines, 19,400 cassava cuttings, over 20 kilograms of seeds and more than 900 spades.
...

03:10

The Bountiful Kohekohe "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Cushla McGaughey says that the kohekohe has some interesting characteristics and many functions. Tropical connections With its large glossy leaves, []

03:00

Gratitude, Palestinian style "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Fawning adulation from the Jew-hating left is not the only largesse the Palestinian Authority has extracted from Australians. Tens of millions of dollars both legitimate and not have been hoovered from the pockets of Australian taxpayers only to end up paying terrorists. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has finally grown a spine and put [] The post Gratitude, Palestinian style appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:00

Classic Comedy: It Aint Half Hot Mum S03 E02 Mind My Maharajah "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It Aint Half Hot Mum was the second of the three sitcom series co-written by David Croft set in the Second World War, the first being Dads Army (19681977) with Jimmy Perry and the third being Allo, Allo! (19821992) with Jeremy Lloyd.

Set during the Second World War (in the period just after the German surrender when the Allies were trying to finish the war by defeating Japan in Asia), the show focuses on a group of British soldiers stationed at the Royal Artillery Depot in Deolali, India, where soldiers were kept before being sent to fight at the front lines. The main characters are performers in the bases Concert Party, which involved putting on comic acts and musical performances (similar to those seen in a music hall) for the other soldiers prior to their departure for the front lines. The soldiers in the Concert Party all love this particular job, as it keeps them out of combat duty, but some do harbour dreams of becoming world-famous actors when they leave the army.

02:45

Tommy Robinson Demonstration: We must protest peacefully "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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02:40

Banking Giant Standard Chartered Takes Stand Against Mine Waste Dumping "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ditch Ocean Dumping Campaign applauds broad prohibition to protect oceans, rivers and other water bodies

Earthworks | 10 July 2018

Standard Chartered has  announced a full prohibition of financial services for clients practicing marine and riverine mine waste dumping. Standard Chartered adopted their policy shortly after the launch of the Ditch Ocean Dumping campaign, joining Citigroup, which has also confirmed that it will no longer finance submarine mine waste disposal.

We have long held the view that marine or riverine tailings disposal is not good industry practice, and we are proud to add it to our prohibited activities list, said Amit Puri, Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental and Social Risk Management at Standard Chartered.

We applaud Standard Chartered for takin...

02:30

Santa baby "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It was always going to happen.  Now that we have a Prime Minister with a new baby, it seems it is time to make Parliament more family friendly. The Herald reports: Quote: One of Parliaments new parents, Kiri Allen, has argued for a cap on taxpayer-funded travel for MPs partners to be lifted for those with young [] The post Santa baby appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:10

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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02:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Bierbar, opposite gate F10, Vienna Airport NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic locations. They can be the view from your kitchen window or bedroom window or lounge room window [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Dairy industrys big challenge strategic reset Keith Woodford:

There is great unease within the New Zealand dairy industry. Many farmers feel that the urban community plus a range of events have turned against them. Most are still proud to be dairy farmers but there is lots of stress and anxiety.  

This stress and anxiety is despite farmers receiving good prices for their milk in the last two years. This has followed two preceding years when most farmers made losses and some sharemilkers were wiped out.

Right now, there are some short-term worries with product prices dropping at the last dairy auction. This is creating uncertainty for the year ahead. But in the longer term, the outlook for dairy is actually very strong. . . 

Jayne Hrdlicka to take over as A2 managing director from July 16   Sophie Boot:

(BusinessDesk) A2 Milk Cos new managing director and chief executive Jayne Hrdlicka will start on July 16, replacing Geoff Babidge who had been in the role since 2010.

Babidge announced his plans to retire last year, having overseen the company while its shares jumped from around $1 at the end of 2015 to a then-record of $8.75 on the back of successive strong sales as the companys infant formula attracted strong demand in China. The shares last closed at $11.40, and have gained 41 percent this year. . . 

Polarised views flowing from what some urban consumers say (loudly), and how they live their lives with the market signals they send to producers Guy Trafford:

An interesting comparison can be drawn between the dairy industry in New Zealand and the coal industry in Australia. Both seem to have the ability to polarise groups and yet both countries economies are heavily reliant on them.

Coal prices have had a resurgence to over US$100 per tonne which is resulting in calls for increasing the amount exported from Australia. Currently, coal brings in about AU$58 bln, one of the maj...

01:52

Australia, Solomon Islands, PNG sign undersea cable deal amid criticism from China "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The leaders of Australia, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea have marked the start of a project to lay an undersea internet cable between the three countries amid criticism from China that Australia is trying to contain its influence in the region.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was joined by his PNG counterpart Peter O'Neill and Rick Houenipwela from the Solomon Islands in Brisbane Wednesday to witness the signing of a memorandum of understanding that paves the way for the project to proceed.

Australia is spending nearly $137million (US$100.9million) to lay the cable and Turnbull described it as a very practical way of providing foreign aid.

Back in 2016 the Solomon Islands government signed a deal with Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei to lay a cable to Australia.

But the Australian government was concerned Huawei would be permitted to plug into Australia's telecommunications infrastructure.

It believes that while Huawei is an independent company, it retains links to the Chinese Government and could pose a threat to Australian infrastructure in the future.

Last year senior government officials told the Solomon Islands Government that Canberra was unlikely to grant the company a so-called landing point for the cable on the Australian mainland.

The Australian Government then announced its support for the PNG cable and a few months later said it would foot most of the bill to lay the cable to the Solomon Islands as well.

In June, Australian company Vocus was awarded the $136.6 million (US$100.6 million) contract to manage the construction of the 4,000-kilometre cable.

Some observers believe the decision was not only due to security concerns but also to counter China's growing influence in the region, particularly its use of loans and grants to build infrastructure projects.

The formal start of the cable project comes amid criticism from within China that Australia is trying to contain Beijing's influence in the Pacific.

In an editorial on Monday the state-owned newspaper Global Times said China's emergence is an irreversible trend and any attempt to contain the country's growth runs contrary to the trend of the times.

The newspaper was responding to Australian media reports that Australia and New Zealand would sign a new security pact with Pacific Island nations later in the year to counter the....

01:47

PNG Hunters team unchanged for Round 18 match against Northern Pride "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The SP Hunters starting line-up for this weekends Intrust Super Cup Round 18 clash against Northern Pride remains unchanged despite their eight points loss to Redcliffe Dolphins on Sunday. Sailas Gahuna is the only addition to the extended bench in place of William Mone.

The 20 man squad is:

1. Edene GABBIE

2. Junior RAU

3. Thompson TETEH

4. Willie MINOGA

5. Brendon GOTUNO

6. Ase BOAS - Captain

7. Watson BOAS

8. Enock MAKI

9. Wartovo PUARA Jnr

10. Stanton ALBERT

11. Nixon PUT

12. Rhadley BRAWA

13. Moses MENINGA

Interchange

14. Charlie SIMON

15. Paul WAWA

16. Adex WERA

17. Dilbert ISAAC

18. Baundo ABA

19. Sailas GAHUNA

20. Butler MORRIS

Coach Michael Marum will finalise the 18 man team at the Captains Run on Saturday and the final 17 man run on side will be named an hour before kick off on Sunday.
The game against Northern Pride kicks off at 3.00pm this Sunday July 15, 2018 at the Oil Search National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

The earlier game will see the Digicel Cup Round 15 clash between NCDC Port Moresby Vipers and PRK Gulf Isou which kicks off at 12.15pm.

01:43

Former Tambul-Nebilyer MP Benjamin Poponawa passes on "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Former Member for Tambul Nebilyer Benjamin Poponawa passed on early this morning in his home in Port Moresby at age 59.

Tambul Nebilyer Chief Executive Officer Philip Telpa said the district received the news this morning and will advise in due time details of his passing and funeral arrangements after consultation with his family.

Late Poponawa was also the former Minister for Labour and Industrial Relations and served as an MP for two consecutive terms from 2007 2012 and 2012- 2017 and has done a lot for the district during his term.

CEO Telpa said some of the projects during his term as an MP was the establishment of the new Tambul High School, rural electricity programs and Tambul-Mendi roads.

Mr. Telpa on behalf of the district relayed heartfelt condolences to the family of the late MP and said the district stands united in this time of grief. PNGFM/PNGTOday

01:37

Horowhenua Focus on Development "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Veronica Harrod says  Horowhenua District Council spent almost $1.3 million on economic development activity between June 2016 and March 2018. []

01:30

Sadiq Khan shows Phil Goff how a mayor is supposed to support free speech "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This was an interesting discussion between Sadiq Khan and Piers Morgan over the baby blimp. It is interesting from the point of view of the current discussion regarding Phil Goffs actions. I dont agree with Sadiq Khan on almost anything, but on this he is right. It is a shame Phil Goff cant see [] The post Sadiq Khan shows Phil Goff how a mayor is supposed to support free speech appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:29

Thrill-a-minute as Slater bows out with a 18 - 12 win over NSW "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Billy Slater enjoyed an eventful end to an eventful career in Maroon, as Queensland dug deep for an 18-12 win to honour the outgoing great.

Retiring from the representative arena after 31 games representing his state and departing as Queensland's 14th Origin captain - Slater was a split hair away from being the first try-scorer before a buoyant Suncorp Stadium.

Cheered each time he touched the ball, the Innisfail Brothers junior leapt high in the 4th minute above Nathan Cleary to collect a cross-field stab kick from Daly Cherry-Evans.

The on-field referee ruled a try and the video official initially indicated he would do likewise until changing his mind after detecting a minute knock-on in Slater's catch.


This all happened one minute after Slater earnt a penalty when he was welcomed into the match with a shoulder charge from Latrell Mitchell.

Queensland dominated possession for the first half-hour, completing at above 90 per cent and having more than 70 per cent of the ball at one stage.

Reinstated half Daly Cherry-Evans was a key factor in those statistics, with a short kicking game and sustained exertion of pressure which placed the Blues under the pump.

To round out Slater's thrill-a-minute first half, he earnt another penalty when he grubbered and found Boyd Cordner in an offside position from a ricochet.

Then he was involved in an obstruction incident that led to James Maloney being sin-binned in the 30th minute, but which didn't bring a penalty try, much to the displeasure of the 51,214 crowd.

In amongst this all, two intercepts helped shape the game.

Valentine Holmes took a 95m intercept try that put Queensland up 6-0 after his subsequent conversion.

Tom Trbojevic almost replicated the feat when he plucked a Cameron Munster pass to run 90m in the opposite direction.

Queensland sustained a lead of 8-6 until the final minute of the opening stanza, until a miscommunication in defence let James Tedesco score a simple try one off the ruck.

That left the home side in arrears 12-8 at the break, with a notable stat being the 13 hit-ups taken by Gavin Cooper in a non-stop effort.

Valentine Holmes brought things back level on the scoreboard in the 50th minute, finishing a backline movement that featured, you guessed it, Slater and Cherry-Evans in the lead-up.

The try was Holmes' fifth in two Origin....

01:18

ABSOLUTELY FASCINATING 'COLD WAR' STORY "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It's 1969.   A 23 year old hungover, homesick, US Sergeant mechanic, stole a C130 Hercules aircraft from its base at RAF Mildenhall in East Anglia in an attempt to get back home to his newly wed wife in Virginia.    He was not a pilot and while he talked about getting a private pilots license there are no records of him ever having done so.

It appears he may have been shot down over the English Channel.

Gueez, I have a CPL, multi-engine and instrument ratings and approaching 1,000 hours in my logbook but I would balk at getting into a C130 and going solo even if they paid me heaps.   While there is an element of truth in the old saying that 'if you can ride a bike you can probably fly a plane' and, while takeoffs can present challenges, it's the getting down that really matters remembering that every landing is a controlled crash.

 I note from the RAF radar tapes he was identified at FLs 80 and 90 and skirting cloud which would indicate he was flying VFR.   Hate to think what would have happened if he had flown into cloud and forced to go IFR.   He would have started to feel VERY lonely up there.  

You can read the whole story here   Clearly the incident was subject to a massive cover-up.

01:09

PORGERA MINE DISPUTE UNRESOLVED "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

breaches of the MOA, has caused negative impacts on the social, environmental and economic lives of the Porgera landowners

Resource Owners Federation of Papua New Guinea Inc | 9 JULY 2018

Although the Porgera Joint Venture has recently applied for the renewal of their Special Mining Lease, a majority of the landowners whose lands are the subject of the mining lease, are maintaining a dispute for breaches of various agreements, laws and the constitution of PNG under the previous lease.

On 13th December 2013, the Porgera Special Mining Lease area landowners presented a position statement to the former Minister for Mining, Hon. Byron Chan, after Australian lawyers conducted a review in relation to the compliance of their Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) dated 12th May 1989, with the Independent State of Papua New Guinea. The statement claimed that the landowners were owed more than four billion United States dollars (US$4billion) worth of unfulfilled contractual undertakings by the State.

The posit...

01:00

Digital image of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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00:58

Video: Tell gas companies to get the frack out of the NT "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 

The Australian Government has made a tourism ad for the Northern Territory and its surprisingly honest and informative.

Video from The Juice Media

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The Australien Government has made a tourism ad for the Northern Territory and it's surprisingly honest and informative. Tell gas companies to get the frack out of the NT: https://dontfracktheterritory.lockthegate.org.au/frack_free_nt_petition Ways you can support us to keep making videos: Become a Patron: https://www.patreon.com/TheJuiceMedia Tip us on PayPal: https://www.paypal.me/thejuicemedia Shout-outs to our Patreon Producers: Neville Fryar, Brian J Saville, Dirk Kelly, IDontHaveTimeToWork, Amel Tresnjic, Waeress, Nicholas-B, Richelle-R, Anna Hathis, Rumpole c cat, Tom Mettam, Anon-H. Produced by Patrons of the Juice Media.

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00:46

Fly in, fly out practice supported "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The National aka The Loggers Times | July 11, 2018

THE fly-in-fly-out (Fifo) arrangement for mining and petroleum projects allows economic benefits to be spread across the country, according to the PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum.

This was one of several reasons given in a statement to The National from the chamber in response to concerns raised by the PNG Resource Owners Federation last week.

The federations concerns were based on how project areas were losing out on economic benefits due to this and called on the government to put a stop to it.

Papua New Guineans make up around 95 per cent of the workforce in mature mining and petroleum operations in PNG, the chamber said.

They are employed from the preferred area local communities and the host province, as well as from other parts of PNG.

This Fifo employment model for the resource industry provides the best balance of shared benefits to communities right across PNG.

Many of the employees from other parts of the country prefer...

00:42

Theatrical dance: the fake news mainstream reporter and his audience "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

And the deeper implications behind it by Jon Rappoport July 11, 2018 May 2012 Q & A with Ellis Medavoy: Its rare, these days, for me to get messages from retired propaganda master, Ellis Medavoy. Hes always been a difficult man. Now, hes even tougher to coax out of his cave. Nevertheless, because Im persistent, []

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00:34

Extinct spectacled cormorant, new discovery "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Geographic locations of Bering Island and Shiriya. The red area indicates the possible past distribution of the spectacled cormorant, eventually residing only on Bering Island. Credit: Kyoto University / Junya Watanabe

From Kyoto University in Japan:

Giant, recently extinct seabird also inhabited Japan

Spectacled cormorants distribution much broader than previously believed

July 11, 2018

Scientists report that a large, extinct seabird called the spectacled cormorant, Phalacrocorax perspicillatus originally thought to be restricted to Bering Island, far to the north also resided in Japan nearly 120,000 years ago.

Writing in The Auk: Ornithological Advances, the team indicates that the species underwent a drastic range contraction or shift, and that specimens found on Bering Island are relicts remnants of a species that was once more widespread.

The global threat of human activity on species diversity is grave. To correctly assess related extinction events, it is imperative to study natural distributions before first contact with humans. This is where archaeological and fossil records play crucial roles.

The spectacled cormorant, a large-bodied seabird first discovered in the 18th century on Bering Island, was later driven to extinction through hunting, following colonization of the island by humans in the early 1800s.

Before our report, there was no evidence that the cormorant lived outside of Bering Island, explains first author Junya Watanabe of Kyoto Universitys Department of Geology and Mineralogy.

Studying bird fossils recovered from Shiriya, Aomori prefecture, Watanabe and his team identified 13 bones of the spectacled cormorant from upper Pleistocene deposits, formed nearly 120,000 years ago.

It became clear that we were seeing a cormorant species much larger than any of the four native species in present-day Japan, states co-author Hiroshige Matsuoka. At first we thought this might be a new species, but these fossils....

00:30

Free Speech Coalition has funds to take ACC to court "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Free Speech Coalition has succeeded in its first goal raising enough funds to take the Auckland City Council to court.

In less than 24 hours, the Free Speech Coalition has reached its $50,000 fundraising goal and will be engaging lawyers to bring judicial proceedings against Auckland Council for its ban on Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux at Council-owned venues.

Chris Trotter, who is supporting the Coalition, says, Thank you to every New Zealander who has dug deep to support such an important cause.

We had hoped to raise this money by 5pm Friday. However, within the first day of this campaign we have been completely swamped by people pledging money to the cause from $5 to $5,000.

Melissa Derby, another supporter of the Coalition, says, We look forward to setting a strong legal precedent that shows the use of publicly-owned venue cannot be dictated by the political whims of those in power.

For us this is not about helping these particular speakers, but in defending the rights of all New Zealanders to express and hear controversial views. 

Stephen Franks calls Goffs actions in denying the speakers the right to use council-owned venues a partisan abuse of political power:

He has claimed the power to decide which political views can be discussed in Auckland public halls.

If the Mayor of Auckland has that power it is no local matter. With it he could deny nearly half the population of New Zealand a practical chance to see and to assess for themselves any speaker the Mayor decided they should not be free to judge. He may claim he has that power to ban things he sees as inimical to the social or cultural health of his subjects.

The law deliberately gave the Auckland Mayor presidential authority plus a Council with limited power to control him. But even if the Councillors had normal council powers over Council officers and the Mayor, a Council should not have the power to stop people from meeting in public halls to hear and judge unpopular speakers.

The long established legal boundaries on freedom of expression are all the protection Councillors should be allowed to assert. Public authorities at both central and local government level should now be scrupulousl...

00:30

Can Donald Trump teach Theresa May how to listen? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Like Bill English and now Simon Bridges, it seems that Theresa May has lost touch with her base. Sven Hughes at the Spectator suggests that perhaps Donald Trump can teach her how to listen again: Quote: Therell be talk of trade tariffs, Iranian nuclear weapons, Brexit and the embassy in Jerusalem. Of that you can [] The post Can Donald Trump teach Theresa May how to listen? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:00

Am I a white supremacist? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

According to Bennett Morgan, a white supremacist group raised money to sue Auckland Council for refusing to allow Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux to speak at one of their venues. I donated to their fund. Does that make me a white supremacist? When there was a rally in Liverpool (my home town), England, to free [] The post Am I a white supremacist? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

Wednesday, 11 July

23:31

Controversial Chinese ship arrives in PNG on harmony mission "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Daishan Dao
Daishan Dao (aka Peace Ark), now in PNG for eight days, is said by some analysts to be a stalking horse for the Chinese navy's 'blue water' ambitions in the south-west Pacific and beyond

KEITH JACKSON

PORT MORESBY Earlier this week China stepped up its soft power incursion into Papua New Guinea and the Pacific with an announcement that it will pre-empt Novembers APEC forum in Port Moresby with a Pacific conference of its own also in the national capital.

And yesterday, as if to reinforce the deal, the Chinese naval hospital ship, Peace Ark, slipped into Fairfax Harbour to begin an eight-day humanitarian mission in PNG.

Peace Ark (as it known when on humanitarian service) is better known in China as Daishan Dao, a Type 920 hospital ship of the People's Liberation Army Navy.

In accordance with the Geneva Conventions, Daishan Dao, with her crew of 430 with about 100 medical staff, does not carry offensive weapons.

When the vessel was launched in 2007 the Chinese rationale was to give China a platform to provide quicker humanitarian response to disasters, but some strategic analysts contend that it also allows China to extend its navy's expansionist 'blue water' capabilities.

The Chinese Xinhua news agency reported PNG Defence Force chief of staff, Captain Philip Polewara, extending a warm welcome to the ship and thanking China and the Chinese people for the aid.

Peace Ark will conduct medical diagnosis, treatment and academic exchanges with local hospital staff.

It will also be open to the public during its stopover to further promote cultural understanding and friendship between the two countries.

Xinhua reported Chinese Ambassador to PNG Xue Bing as saying the mission marked the latest step in the relationship and that it built on prime minister Peter O'Neills visit to China last month.

PNG is the first stop on Peace Arks current mission which also includes Vanuatu and Fiji.

Since 2008, the ship has visited 37 countries and provided free medical services...

23:30

Rodney Hide: Goff opposes private property, individual freedom and, by extension, free speech "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Rodney Hide wonders why Phil Goff doesnt support free speech in his NBR column: Quote: We should not be at all surprised by Mayor Phil Goff banning Canadian far-right activists Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux from speaking at council venues. The only surprising thing is that it doesnt happen more often. Phil Goff is a [] The post Rodney Hide: Goff opposes private property, individual freedom and, by extension, free speech appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:15

Kiwis just put their money where their mouths are "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The response to the brand new NZ Coalition for Free Speech asking for donations to bring judicial proceedings against Auckland Council for denying Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern a tax-funded venue to speak in has been surprisingly heartening!  The required 50k was raised in 24 hours. What this shows is how ready Kiwis are to literally put their money where their mouths are.  Almost nothing is as important as the law of free expression in our nation, for on it hangs all our other freedoms.  Free speech and free thought are inextricably bound;  to censor speech legally by making certain views or utterances a crime is exactly the same impetus as seeking to prosecute citizens for thought crimes. The post Kiwis just put their money where their mouths are appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Caught in trade war crossfire "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Producers who think they will benefit if overseas competitors are shut out of their domestic market or face high tariffs arent looking at the whole picture as Mexican dairy farmer Georgina Gutierrez explains:

Obrador, for example, talks about the importance of self-sufficiency, suggesting that our country can produce everything it consumes. 

This idea holds a certain kind of appeal, at least on the surface. Consider my own case as a good example.  Im a dairy farmer. If our government were to stop importing milk, in the name of self-sufficiency, it would reduce the competition that I face from foreign producers and, presumably, allow me to flourish.  

Yet in reality, wed all suffer. Mexican dairy farmers dont produce enough milk to meet the demands of consumers. Even if we did, we still wouldnt be truly self-sufficient. Milk production doesnt take just a dairy farmer with a bunch of cowsit also requires farmers who grow the food that dairy cows eat as well as technology and machinery that make us better producers. Mexico imports these goods as well.  

In fact, my farm wouldnt exist in its present state but for our ability to exchange goods and services across borders. We import corn, soy, canola, vitamins, medicine, and machinery, for example. This is how sustainable economies work, keeping prices in check for everyone. And its much better than the protectionism, price controls, and subsidies that central planners wrongly believe will fix the problems of their own market distortions.  . . 

In trade wars, producers and consumers get caught in the crossfire and pay the price with higher prices and less choice.

The only ones who win are the politicians and bureaucrats and even thats usually only in the short-term.

Once economic growth slows as an inevitable consequence of higher prices, voters usually tire of the politicians responsible for it.

23:00

Stephen Franks on Goffs partisan abuse of political power "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Stephen Franks is one of those genuine nice guys. He explains the serious nature of Phil Goffs illegal overriding of our free speech rights: Quote: I have agreed to be named on a website promoting a court challenge to Auckland Mayor Phil Goff. He has claimed the power to decide which political views can be discussed in [] The post Stephen Franks on Goffs partisan abuse of political power appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:45

Radio NZ: Far-right speakers and the legal case "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

On The Panel yesterday afternoon they discussed so-called far-right speakers and the legal case. Quote. After banning Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux from speaking at council-owned venues Auckland City is now facing legal action from the Free Speech Coalition. Human Rights lawyer Michael Bott explains the Bill of Rights position on this and tells us [] The post Radio NZ: Far-right speakers and the legal case appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:30

A human rights lawyer explains in simple words even lefties can understand why they and Phil Goff are wrong "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Radio NZ has an opinion piece from Craig Tuck about why banning speech you dont agree with is counterproductive: Quote: Ideas cause reactions. An idea can incite or excite either for or against what is being said. However, the result is debate not hate. Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux, who cancelled a public [] The post A human rights lawyer explains in simple words even lefties can understand why they and Phil Goff are wrong appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:15

Most read "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

22:08

GRRRRRRRRRRRR "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Received a very nice letter in the mail yesterday from the constabulary inviting me to make a donation to the consolidated fund per courtesy of a newly installed speed camera positioned two km outside the Whangarei City limits (92k in an 80k zone at 1.15 am in the morning driving home from Hamilton).

Fair cop (I guess).    Wots harder to take is the unrelenting barrage of  'I told you so' from Mrs Veteran.

22:03

Former National minister to head justice advisory reform group "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In what I think is a smart move Minister of Justice Andrew Little has appointed former National MP Chester Borrows to head a criminal justice reform advisory group. Borrows was a police officer before getting a law degree and practicing as a lawyer before becoming an MP, and served a term as Minister of Courts, []

22:00

Climate Justice Forum: Idaho Oil Train & Lake Bridge Opposition, Railroad Barge Mussels, Eagle Oil & Gas Ordinance, Great Falls Trump Protest, Aerial Oil Tanker Blockade, Farmer Resistance to Keystone Pipeline 7-11-18 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Wednesday, July 11, 2018 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide, features news and reflections on Stop Oil Trains in Idaho workshops, demonstrations, and outreach, Lake Pend Oreille rail bridge opposition, invasive mussels on railroad maintenance barges, an Eagle community-protective, oil and gas ordinance, protests at Donald Trumps Great Falls rally, an aerial blockade of Trans Mountain oil tanker traffic, and South Dakota farmer resistance to the Keystone pipeline.  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 resistance to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.

22:00

Blacklisting seasonal workers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This post examines the practice of blacklisting in seasonal worker programs such as Australias Seasonal Worker Program (SWP) and New Zealands Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme (RSE). Blacklisting occurs when workers are permanently or temporarily excluded from programs. It can vary from two to five years, or be indefinite, depending on the offence. The practice of blacklisting is rarely highlighted, and should be discussed as there are implications for all stakeholders. This blog raises these issues in the context of ni-Vanuatu in the RSE scheme.

The main impetus for this post is to highlight what happens when workers are blacklisted, some of the reasons behind this, and how growers are affected when perceived problematic workers are not reported to government labour sending units in future seasons.

Deported seasonal workers are well-documented within labour sending units. Currently in Vanuatu there are 106 workers on the Employment Services Unit (ESU) ban list and a further 1300 on the stand-down list [1]. Although this number may seem alarming, it covers both the RSE scheme and the SWP since 2007. By contrast, inappropriate behaviour by workers is not always documented, and workers are often not penalised.

Impacts on workers

Blacklisting is a grey area. Although workers have been blacklisted for justifiable reasons, I have also documented cases of when they have not. Tanya Basok wrote extensively on how blacklisting was used as a threat to maintain compliant workers in the Canadian Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program (SAWP). Many of these types of cases have been witnessed within the RSE scheme and SWP, especially the threat of being blacklisted, which is used to ensure workers are compliant while participating in the programs. If workers do not follow the rules of the program, or individual employers, then they are penalised through blacklisting: The controlled nature of their recruitment, their fear of losing an opportunity to participate in the employment program, makes workers acquiescent.

I have noted examples of these threats throughout my research conducted with workers in Australia and New Zealand. Examples include comments such as, If they dont like it, there are plenty more in the Pacific lined up to take their place (anon.); we just sent these guys to [another] farm because they were working too slowly, so keep the pace or you can be replaced too; and if you complain you can go home. Tipples and Rawlinson highlighted an RSE mediation case where the mediator stated, i...

22:00

Ministers vs Corrections "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Government ministers are now being contradicted by their chief executives. Radio NZ reports on the differences between the head of Corrections and ministerial statements in parliament. Quote: The head of Corrections has contradicted statements made by senior government ministers in Parliament, that a contract for the public private partnership (PPP) to build the new Waikeria [] The post Ministers vs Corrections appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:55

Name Withheld (Submission No 92) fears Barndioota might end up stuck with Intermediate Level stranded nuclear wastes "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Name Withheld (Submission No 92)To the Senate standing committee on Economics, re Selection Process for nuclear Waste Dump Site  Firstly I would like to thank the standing committee for the forum to express the communities thoughts on this process. I have been a resident of Quorn in the beautiful Flinders Ranges for the past thirteen years. I consider myself lucky to live in such a stunning and geologically fascinating natural environment.

 I would like to acknowledge that as a former resident of Woomera at the time when the current temporary low level nuclear waste was forced onto that community, that this current process is a significant improvement.
 However I still hold deep concerns and frustrations about this current process.
The fact that one person is able to offer a piece of land up for consideration and subject the whole community to this stressful process, is deeply unfair. The initial choice should come from the community as a whole, to undertake this process. One person should not be able to subject a whole community to such a divisive issue. Our communities are already under stress with the closure of the Leigh Creek mine and the Port Augusta power station. I also have concerns that in the Barndioota case, that the landholder has formerly been extensively involved with the Liberal party in the past. I consider that a conflict of interest that has undermined my trust in this process. 
This process has had a divisive affect on our communities. A divide has been creative between those that have concerns that are not being adequately...

09:53

Name Withheld (Submission No. 90) has serious concerns about the nuclear waste dump plan "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Name Withheld (Submission No. 90) Inquiry into selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia

The appropriateness and thoroughness of the site selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility at Kimba and Hawker in South Australia noting the Government has stated that it will not impose such a facility on an unwilling community, with particular reference to:

a) the financial compensation offered to applicants for the acquisition of land under the Nominations of Land Guidelines Financial compensation for land acquired for the radioactive waste facility should be at current land value. Land owners have been invited to apply to sell their land for the repository.
Taxpayer funded compensation above land value risks allegations of coercion. 
b) how the need for broad community support has played and will continue to play a part in the process, including: 
: i) the definition of broad community support Broad community support, in respect of radioactive waste management, must go beyond the immediate communities of Hawker and Kimba. 
At the very least there should be support from the whole South Australian community. A  central waste facility requires waste to be transported by road, rail, sea and air. At the very least the communities through which radioactive waste will transit should be consulted.
ii) how broad community support has been or will be determined for each process advancement stage
...

09:51

ORIMA Research submission re nuclear waste dump siting- all about their survey methods "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

ORIMA Research Submission to Senate Inquiry into the selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia  (Submission No 108)

We are aware that a number of submissions have been made to the Inquiry into the selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia which have been questioning or critical of the surveys ORIMA Research conducted for the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science.

 We find this quite understandable given the sensitivity of the subject matter to many people in the communities involved, and the quite technical nature of the work that we conducted. However, as specialist providers of these services, we remain very confident that the methodologies and processes we employed delivered the most reliable indicators of sentiment in each community possible within the constraints of the situation, which was our brief.
It is important to note in considering the comments made about the surveys to the inquiry that they relate primarily to just one of the five communities which the sentiment survey covered, Barndioota in SA. The five communities had quite different characteristics in terms of population, geography and potentially relevant boundaries. The Barndioota site was located in the smallest of the five communities, a fact which is relevant to considering some of the points raised about the survey in the submissions and responded to below.
ORIMA worked to the requirements of the Department (and the Independent Advisory Panel, IAP) to design and deliver a methodology that could be consistently and reasonably be applied to all five communities simultaneously (and indeed, with consideration to the potential need to replicate the methodology to produce comparable results in other communities in the future if necessary). In practice, this meant that the standardised methodology applied is not necessarily the same one which would have been used if a single community had been the sole focus. The use of different methods across communities would have failed to deliver on the key requirement of the Department to have reliable, comparable data. This is important, because it means that any methodological suggestions that could have been considered for Barndioota would also have had to be practical in the four other communities for them to have been viable for the task and this is the primary answer to some of the questions raised around the method specifically for Barndioota (such as around sampling and data collection methods).
While we understand that in each of the communities surveyed there will inevitably be individuals displeased by the results (whichever way they fell), the processes put in place were intended to provide the fairest poss...

09:49

Name Withheld (No 91) simplistic pro nuclear submission re nuclear waste dump plan "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Name Withheld (Submission No  91) toSenate Standing Committees on Economics Re- Proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility I have spent all my 60 plus years schooling, socialising and volunteering in the community of the Kimba district. I have spent all my working life in agriculture starting as a farm employee both on the family farm as well as on neighbours farms, before owning and managing the farm business along with my wife. I value the strength and functionality of our community and have a strong will to see this prosper into the future.

(a). The financial compensation offered to applicants for the acquisition of land under the Nominations of Land Guidelines
The financial compensation offered to applicants is reasonable I believe. If its 4 times market value I calculate it would equate to about 10 years of lost production, ie after 10 years the applicant would be financially worse off. This is hardly overly generous in my view. One hundred hectares of farming land in this district is not a very big percentage of a farm unit, so is not a very big loss of total agricultural area. Most farm units are 2,000 5,000 hectares in this area.
(b). How the need for broad community support has played and will continue to play a part in the process including i. The definition of broad community support and ii. How broad commu...

09:47

Name withheld (No 89)- another repetitive pro nuclear submission re nuclear waste dump siting "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Name Witheld To: Committee Secretariat, Senate Standing Committee on Economics economics.sen@aph.gov.au Subject: Proposed National Radioactive Waste Facility (submission no 89)

 We have been residents of Kimba all our lives. We were born here, went to school here, married and have two young sons also born and raised in Kimba.
We are happy to provide the Committee with this submission relating to the appropriateness and thoroughness of the site selection process for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility at Kimba.
 Personally, we have no objection to hosting a national radioactive waste facility on the two sites that have been nominated for selection in our Kimba District. The process seems to have been fair, information has been good, which leads us to feel we are making the right decision for our Community.
As young parents we feel the need for the community to broaden its horizons so that our children get the best schooling possible and, in future years, the employment opportunities needed to keep them in the area we love.
We have had ample time to avail ourselves of information about this facility, and if we need more information there is an office based in the town which is staffed two days a week. The staff from The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science in this office are always happy to chat and provide information to answer our questions.
 There has been numerous meetings, several town meetings, and a French Delegation visited Kimba to give insight into living near a nuclear facility. There have been several meetings with Departmental members, some community members have had meetings with Minister Canavan, and there have been several opportunities for funded trips to ANSTO to learn more about waste storage.
Overall, there has been ample media coverage, newspaper, social media radio and television.
 We dont know what the community will decide in the end. We have had a vote to decide whether more information was required and we voted in favour of that. We needed the chance to learn more.
There has been talk of broadening the boundaries for a vote but what is happening in our community is for our Community and only our community. It is our back yard no one elses. We are residents here. We all have our opinions and feelings on this matter but have always been a close community and feel it always will be.
 We can only see positive outcomes for our town 
New jobs: This, mig...

09:43

Shaun Barford approves of Nuclear Waste Dump Siting Process, thanks the caring Federal Government "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Shaun Barford.  Submission to Senate Committee on Selection Process for Nuclear Waste Dump Site. (Submission no. 83) 

I write with regards to the senate inquiry into the site selection process for a national waste management facility in Kimba, South Australia.

 I am a local business owner and operate the Kimba Gateway Hotel located in the centre of town and have intently followed the process since this opportunity first came about in 2015. To date, I have found the process to be both appropriate and thorough and sincerely appreciate the time and resources dedicated by the Federal Government in providing the opportunity to become better informed across all aspects of this subject.

Our community has been offered the opportunity to:

  • Attend multiple public information sessions hosted by industry professionals
  • Meet with people from the Department weekly to discuss the facility Read newsletters and other factual information distributed in our letterboxes
  • Visit the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation to see how they manage and store waste safely and gain a better understanding of our own Nuclear Industry

The team from Canberra have gone to great lengths to provide the factual information to the community and continue to do so as we move through phase two. It is clear the process has been designed and implemented to provide a considered approach in informing and addressing the concerns of our local community. To acknowledge the possi...

09:43

Kerri Cliff shows a touching faith in Rowan Ramsey and the whole ANSTO pro nuclear propaganda "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Kerri and Trevor Cliff Submission to Senate Inquiry re Selection Process  for Nuclear Waste Dump Site. (Submission No. 65)  I have lived in Kimba for the past 34 years as part of a family that has farmed in the district for 100 years and am proud to see our children continuing that tradition into the fourth generation. I live on our family farm which is currently cropping over 4,000 hectares annually, with my husband, son and full-time and part-time employees. We are fortunate to still have his parents take an avid interest in our business (and this issue) in their declining years. Our home is only 8km from one of the two Kimba sites and we also farm land within 12 kilometres of the other site. We have nothing but support for the proposal that one of these properties may become the successful host of the facility.

We are passionate about our community and are involved with a number of community organisations and are pleased to hereby submit information to the inquiry on the appropriateness and thoroughness of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility (NRWMF) site selection process in Kimba SA. I give my permission for this submission to be made public and would be available to speak with the Senate committee to answer any further questions on the Kimba process.

The appropriateness and thoroughness of the site selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility at Kimba and Hawker in South Australia, noting the Government has stated that it will not impose such a facility on an unwilling community, with particular reference to:

We are very proud to see the Kimba community embraci...

09:42

Department of Industry Innovation and Science Submission to Senate, (with emphasis on medical nuclear wastes) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Department of Industry Innovation and Science (DIIS)  Radioactive Waste Management TaskforceSubmission to the Senate Inquiry into the Site Selection Process for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility

(This submission has a supplementary submission, that I have been unable to copy. The supplement outlines the continuing consultation process.  The Kimba Council and Flinders Ranges Council will hold community votes from 20 August 2018, run by the Australian Electoral Commission. The supplement has copious attachments copied from the website of the National Radioactive waste Management Facility.)

Executive Summary 3

Background.. 7

Response to the Terms of Reference 9

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