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Saturday, 15 September

23:30

The golden language: A cautionary tale "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Spoken Maori can indeed be beautiful, euphonic and lyrical. It can be stirring and emotional. A close friend remarked how, returning from Europe with his lovely wife on the same flight as the French Rugby-sevens entourage travelling to compete here, they were met at the airport transit area by a group of Wellington East Girls [] The post The golden language: A cautionary tale appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:15

Top Ten posts of the week "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This Sunday morning post is to provide you with the links to the top TEN most read posts of the past week so that you can easily catch up on the most interesting and popular posts written by our Whaleoil writers over the past 7 days ( Sunday to Monday). Greg OConnor emasculated for telling the truth, [] The post Top Ten posts of the week appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:01

Arderns Coalition Reset speech "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jacinda Ardern has been, in my opinion, justifiably criticised for pulling out of two weekend interviews that had been scheduled with Newshub Nation and Q+A. Instead Ardern is giving a Coalition Reset speech today at 1 pm. Sam Sachdeva previews it at Newsroom:  Arderns chance to change the narrative Ardern will unveil what is intended []

23:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

No answers and more mystery animal killings in South Island :

The identity of a South Island livestock killer remains a mystery.

Nine months ago Peter McLeod, who farms in Kauri Bush near Dunedin, was left with nine dead lambs cattle from neighbouring farms were also shot and killed.

But the culprit was never caught.

Earlier this week three newborn lambs were killed in Mosgiel, bringing back bad memories for Mr McLeod. . .

B+LNZ welcomes Sir Peter Gluckmans report on agricultural emissions:

Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) welcomes the final report from the Prime Ministers former Chief Science Advisor Sir Peter Gluckman which effectively endorses B+LNZs approach for individual farm plans as a tool for helping the agricultural sector play its part in combating climate change.

In May of this year in launching its Environment Strategy B+LNZ set itself two ambitious goals for the sheep and beef sector to be carbon neutral by 2050 and for every farm to have an active farm plan by the end of 2021. . .

Women want more time off-farms:

Rural women want more time off-farm, better sleep and more exercise to improve their wellbeing, a Farmstrong survey has found.

More than 800 farming women did the survey online or at in-depth, face-to-face interviews.

There was also a high interest in other topics that Farmstrong focuses on including nutrition and thinking strategies to deal with the ups and downs of farming, Farmstrong project manager Gerard Vaughan said.

Some of the other topic areas that the survey revealed women are interested in include mindfulness, relaxation techniques, self-confidence and self-compassion.  . .

23:00

If only Bill hadnt been a dickhead "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If only Bill English and the senior Nats hadnt been so stupid then things may well have been better for us all: Quote: Winston Peters says the leaking during the 2017 election campaign of his superannuation overpayment did not influence New Zealand Firsts coalition choice. But he said it reinforced Nationals instinct to destroy rather [] The post If only Bill hadnt been a dickhead appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

RNZ: Rehabilitation or what? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

RNZ  has an item on the issue of prisoner rehabilitation.

Many people have different views on this. Whilst you may not agree with the views expressed, it is worthwhile to listen to this item.

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntn-20180910-0909-parole_figures_an_indictment-128.mp3

22:45

Becoming a vegetarian is a big missed steak "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

We know you all would like to get your hands on some delicious non-halal Whalemeat ( made from 100% vegetarian animals) so a competition had to be created. If you havent already got a subscription to Whaleoil now is the perfect time to subscribe because ALL subscribers to Whaleoil will go in the draw to win [] The post Becoming a vegetarian is a big missed steak appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:30

Of course Winston Peters is putting his party first "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There seems to be a narrative in the media that Winston Peters is putting his party first over other parties. Of course hed do that, that what he was elected for, to implement the policy agenda of NZ First. Quote: Winston Peters knows the perils of being a minor coalition partner and hes not going [] The post Of course Winston Peters is putting his party first 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.

22:00

Bridges says Cindy is hard to trust "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Simon Bridges says Jacinda Ardern is hard to trust. How can this be, she never tells a lie? Quote: Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges says the prime minister misled Kiwis over when the chief technology officer role was offered to Derek Handley. He called attention to an apparent discrepancy between when Handley said he was offered the [] The post Bridges says Cindy is hard to trust appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:51

Nottingham has not been acting alone "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Dermot Nottingham has not acted alone in his actions taken against many people, including harassment and defamation via laudafinem.com and in a number of legal proceedings, some of which have been described as abuses of process, vexatious and more by various judges. In April Nottingham was found guilty at a jury trial of five charges []

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.

21:07

Poetry News "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Time again for poetry talk., says Gill Ward, of Raumati South. Our next guest poet at High Tide Caf is on []

21:00

Sunday 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.

A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes allot he difference  A.A. Milne (via Eyeore).

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

Happy 43rd birthday PNG - & 98th to the great Fred Kaad "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Bill Brown and Fred Kaad
Bill Brown MBE & Fred Kaad OBE

KEITH JACKSON

NOOSA Fred Kaad OBE, pictured here with his close buddy Bill Brown MBE, has just celebrated his 98th birthday and it seemed a good opportunity today to link this with Papua New Guineas 43rd anniversary of independence.

Both Fred and Bill were significant contributors to nation-building in PNG after World War II and both rose to the distinguished rank of district commissioner, the senior field officers who directed the men known as kiaps who explored, pacified and administered what is now an independent country of eight million people.

After serving in the Australian Army in Papua New Guinea during World War II, Fred Kaad OBE joined the colonial Administration as a patrol officer in 1946, being promoted to district commissioner in 1960.

In 1964 Fred was district commissioner in Madang when the light aircraft in which he was flying crashed, fatally injuring the pilot and leaving Fred a paraplegic with third degree burns to both legs, continuing neuropathic pain and rotator cuff problems.

Following a long period in hospital and convalescence, Fred found himself confined to a wheelchair. But it didnt stop him embarking on a second and equally distinguished career. He completed a masters degree through the University of New England and became a lecturer and course director at the Australian School of Pacific Administration (ASOPA) in Sydney.

Walk Into ParadiseHe remained in the same role when ASOPA was transformed into the I...

20:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is imperturbable (adj) Unshakably calm and collected. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : There is an interesting time lag between the appearance of imperturbable and its antonym, perturbable. Although imperturbable is known to have existed since the middle of the 15th century, perturbable didnt show up in written English [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 16 25 There is a path before each person that seems right, but it ends in death. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

In response to Peter ONeills Independence Day message "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Peter-oneill
Peter O'Neill - a message empty of meaningful content and nothing that might serve to engage people's hearts.

CHRIS OVERLAND

ADELAIDE - Periodically, all political leaders feel the need to play the role of statesman. This is when they seek to rise above the noise, dysfunction and mundane squalor of ordinary politics and articulate a noble and worthy vision for the future of the nation.

These speeches usually are carefully crafted pieces of work, where the language chosen and the sentiments expressed are calculated to inspire the hearer to believe that the nation can and will, by harnessing the collective talents, energy and commitment of the people, become wealthier, greater and nobler.

This is often accompanied by reference to elements of national mythology, drawing upon shared ideas of nationhood, as well as notions that qualities like resilience, creativity and industry, supposedly at least, are possessed in abnormal abundance by the nation.

Such speeches are often carefully rehearsed, so that the tone, cadence and rhythm can be choreographed to achieve maximum impact upon the hearer and, especially, to appeal to their emotions.

They are full of rhetorical flourishes intended to arouse feelings, not encourage the hearer to think critically about what is being said.

History has produced many political orators capable of giving this sort of speech. Some examples from the 20th century include Winston Churchill, Adolph Hitler, Martin Luther King, John F Kennedy and Barrack Obama.

Some politicians, knowing that they are not well suited to highly emotive declarative speech making, use other tactics to achieve the same effect.

President Franklin D Roosevelt used the device of a so-called fireside chat over the radio to establish a sense of connection and even intimacy with the American people, especially during the darkest days of World War II. In this way Roosevelt contrived to convey and explain to people the intentions and decisions of the government in a very personal way.

All modern politicians know that they have to learn to be at least b...

19:17

Media watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

16 September 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 []

19:16

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 Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

16 September 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

Only independence will appease Bougainvilleans, ONeill told "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Bougainville
Bougainvilleans, bearing their flag, marching for an independence day that has yet to come

PATRICK MAKIS | PNG Post-Courier/Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch

BUKA - The people of Bougainville will only accept independence from Papua New Guinea and nothing else, says concerned Bougainvillean and independence hardliner Gabriel Moses.

And no amount of greater powers or autonomy will appease the people especially after the loss of more than 15,000 lives during the 10-year Bougainville war.

Moses was speaking in reaction to comments made by Papua New Guineas prime minister, Peter ONeill, this week, who reportedly said that the PNG Constitution did not permit the granting of independence to any province or region in the country.

It is hard to compensate the 15,000 to 20,000 lives that were lost during the conflict even with K20 million or 100 pigs or even greater autonomy, free and just association or whatever, said Moses.

The only answer is to grant independence or sovereignty to the people of Bougainville after the referendum is conducted.

The fact is that Bougainville already won independence through the blood that was shed during the crisis and referendum is just a process that will formalise the wishes of the people who I believe will overwhelmingly vote for independence from PNG.

The three or four questions that are being suggested to be answered during the referendum are just to confuse the people especially those who are not educated enough to understand and interpret the questions, Moses said, referring to the questions yet to be decided by the Joint Supervisory Body for the referendum due next 15 June.

He said Bougainville was ready for independence because of its vast natural resources and minerals and only independence would allow the people to unlock these resources for development under their own government and country.

There is no economic value for Bougainville to remain under Papua New Guinea as PNG is a sinking ship and has nothing to offer Bougainville even though the Panguna mine, at one time, contributed largely to the...

17:25

There Is Soft Kill, Hard Kill and Then There Is Spermageddon-Why There Is a War On Heterosexuality "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Thanks to Ted Turner for making it clear what the globalists truly desire. Ninety percent depopulation of the population is the goal. There are hard kill methods eg war) and there are soft kill methods (eg Chromium 6 in the water) and there is spermageddon!!!

 

Sperm counts are way down. This is a striking finding that has profound implications for humanity.

For this reason and many other reasons, some questioning if this is the last generation of humans that will inhabit the planet.

What the Data Tells Us

Research on men in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand found that there respective sperm counts are plunging, according to several recent studies.

Among the subjects from these recent studies there has been a collective average of over a 50% decline in sperm concentration and a 60% decline in total sperm count over a nearly 40-year period ending in 2015.

One study published in the Journal of Human Reproduction, found that the trend was peaking. This is very startling and suggests that we have not seen anything close to the apex.

Extraneous Factors

The globalists have tried to censor the Carlson study which was a meta-analysis of 61 studies that found the same emerging trend as far back as 1992. The most striking variable about the sperm studies is that even the quality, not just the quantity of the sperm is being impacted.

The attack on human reproductivity is not confined to the quality and quantity of sperm counts. Humanity is also attack from a social and cultural perspective as well. Kindergartens in Sweden are not allowed to use the pronouns of he and she. Boys can and will marry boys. The same is true for girls. Boys are often taught to wear dresses. And it is not just Sweden. In Canada if one addresses another, even innocently, by a gender pronoun not preferred by the person being spoken to, the offender can be sent to jail. In America, gay marriage (ie one that does not produce offspring) is legal. There are emerging arguments to wrong-headed academia types are embracing the concepts of 97 genders. These same people engage in scathing rebukes of anything resembling masculinity. Homosexuality is glorified in th...

16:34

Flashpoints "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I was just listening to Dennis Bernsteins Flashpoints, a news and analysis interview program airing every weekday from 5 to 6 PM on Pacifica Radios KPFA. Dennis guests were three political analysts and academics talking about the Korea summit, including the politics and history of US-Korea relations. South Korean President Moon Jae-ins political background came up. Tim Beal remarked, [Its] as if Dennis Kucinich had become president of the United States. K. J. Noh countered, No, its as if William Kunstler or Lynne Stewart had become president. Noh detailed President Moons background as a political prisoner, torture victim under the US-backed Park Chung-hee dictatorship, and brilliant peoples lawyer.

This depth is typical of KPFAs flagship commute hour radio program. Dennis Bernstein is perhaps the most perceptive interviewer on radio. He never asks any but the most relevant questions, has astonishing recall of political and historical events, and always guides, but never hinders, his guests in giving their take on the issues in their own way. He is also a widely published investigative journalist and poet, and the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2015 Pillar Award from the National Whistleblowers Conference, the National Federation of Community Broadcasters Gold Reel Award and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee Reporting Award. In 2009, Pulse Media dubbed him one of the 20 Top Global Media Figures of the year.

Now we have the gift of Denniss fascinating interviews in this generous collection Follow the Money: Radio Voices for Peace and Justice (2018, Left Coast Press) spanning the years of the Obama administration. Bernsteins editor is Riva Enteen, a San Francisco Bay Area activist and organizer, who comes to the work with a law degree and a decade of experience as past program director of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.

The book boasts a foreword by famed journalist, author and political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal, who expresses special gratitude for the volume because in prison he cannot listen to Flashpoints: So, the stirring, soul-touching and moving interviews with Dennis and his guests are lost to us. That is until Follow the Money. (Hear Mumia read the foreword.) In her brief editors...

15:37

New Delhis Elusive Role in Washingtons Global Designs "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Its unlikely that anyone today may still have doubts about the fact that India in recent years has been playing a pivotal role in Washingtons strategic plans for the Asia-Pacific region. Former American presidents, namely Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barack Obama would all visit India to underline the growing importance of New Delhi for the United States, while the latter of them has boldly described India as one of the principal allies of the United States in the 21st century.

The Indian economy that has been riding the tide of booming IT businesses enjoys such advantages as cheap labor, high number of English speakers among the native population along with a rapidly emerging middle class that has this sort of sympathy towards the US comparable to the one that could be observed in China in late 80s. In turn, Western think tanks seem to be tempted by the opportunities granted by Washingtons capabilities to enter the Indian nuclear market, while carry on shipments of billions of dollars worth of arms to India. New Delhis support can also provide Washington with a number of political points to support the steps it makes in the Middle East, Central Asia and South-East Asia.

Theres no arguing that due to the layout of the rapidly emerging new world order, New Delhi will compelled to play a role of the natural counterweight to China, which makes it particularly attractive for Western political elites, along with the fact that New Delhi has been limiting the number of options that Islamabad has in pursuing its regional goals. In turn, Washingtons further rapprochement with New Delhi grants the former an opportunity to establish control over its development in a bid to prevent Indias emergence as a direct competitor of the Unites States. It goes without saying that should Beijing draw India to its side, the consequences would be absolutely catastrophic for the US hegemony.

Its curious that Washingtons desire to establish closer ties with India has been receiving a lot of lip support from New Delhis political elites, since the generally anti-Western rhetorics that dominated Indian political life all through the Cold War became increasingly muted in the 90s. So its no wonder that establishing closer ties with the West, that is being dominated by the United States has recently become one of the top priorities of Indian foreign policy.

Thats how by 2016, India became the...

15:37

wp The Free Papua Office in Timika was ambushed, 1 person was shot by police and 7 arrested "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

https://www.tabloid-wani.com/2018/09/kantor-papua-merdeka-di-timika-disergap-1-orang-ditembak-polisi-dan-7-ditangkap.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

The Free Papua Office in Timika was ambushed, 1 person was shot by police and 7 arrested KNPB, PRD 9/15/2018 11:41:00 am

The Indonesian National Army (TNI) when conducting a raid on the Free Papua office in Timika, Papua (15/09/2019).

Timika, WANI Tabloid The brutal actions of the Indonesian National Police (Polri) and the Indonesian colonial army (TNI) in Indonesia took place again. Colonial Indonesia carried out the action against the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) in Timika West Papua, by ambushing the Free Papua office, on Saturday (15/09/2018) around 6:15 AM in the morning, on the old Freeport Road, betel garden dam. According to a report compiled by www.tabloid-wani.com, this brutal action by the Indonesian police and colonial army was led directly by the Mimika police chief, AKBP Agung Marlianto and his deputy Alex Korwa, and accompanied directly by the Indo...

15:07

Next financial crisis will be much worse "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 US dollar collapse  No lessons learned !

A decade after the global financial crisis, the world is facing another crash even bigger than the one in 2008, veteran stock broker Peter Schiff, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, told RT.

The too big to fail banks are now both bigger than ever, and more exposed than ever to rising rates and recession. So the systemic risks to the economy are greater now than they were in 2008, said Schiff.

 Ole Spata

 

Such banks should have been allowed to fail a decade ago, he says. The moral hazard associated with the government having made the mistake of bailing out banks that should have been allowed to fail. Unfortunately, no lessons were learned from the last crisis. We repeated, and expanded all the mistakes that caused the last crisis, ensuring the next one will be much worse, he said.

According to the investor, all the problems that caused the 2008 financial crisis loom even larger now. The even worse monetary and fiscal policy since the last crisis guarantees the next one will be much worse. The crisis will be similar in that government will be the cause, everyone will be caught by surprise, and capitalism will be the scapegoat, but it will be much different in that it will be much worse,Schiff said.

However, the nature of the next crisis would be different, Schiff predicts. While the 2008 crisis was centered around mortgage debt, dollar rise and gold fall, the new one would be about the US Treasury debt crisis. Treasury debt will be the focal point of the next crisis, and the dollar will collapse and gold prices will soar. The ensuing recession will be much worse as consumer prices will also rise sharply.

...

15:05

US tracking foreign ships delivering fuel to North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A US Navy ship will reportedly host military personnel from the Five Eyes countries plus Japan and South Korea to monitor foreign vessels delivering fuel to the North in violation of UN sanctions.
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The coalition will include the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada Americas partners within the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance as well as Japan and South Korea, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing an American military official. This is apparently the first US-led effort to track fuel deliveries to North Korea.

FILE PHOTO: North Korean railway workers next to a train Kyodo

 

The coalition countries will contribute warships and military surveillance aircraft to track maritime traffic in the area. USS Blue Ridge, the command ship of US Navys 7th Fleet stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, will host over 50 multinational personnel.
Additionally, a so-called Enforcement Coordination Center has been created on the Blue Ridge to man monitoring operations. The WSJ says this will ensure more bridge-to-bridge communications between allied ships and other vessels.

However, the move is not free of setbacks, WSJ notes. Japan and South Korea are reluctant to share intelligence with each other, while Seoul has its own disagreements with Washington. Also, the US Indo-Pacific Command, the body in charge of the coalition effort, has little experience in running multinational operations.

The story has emerged as the US tries to tighten its grip on North Korea despite both countries having sought to mend ties after the milestone Trump-Kim summit in Singapore last July. Earlier this week, Washington called an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council in response to what it claims are efforts by some countries to undermine and obstruct sanctions imposed on North Korea.

Altho...

14:38

"Fukushima Update 9/15/18: 17,673 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow" "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

"Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.
- Shiva

Updated Sept. 15, 2018: Fukushima Equals 17,673 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow; There is No Place On Earth to Escape the Rad: The 3 melted-through cores of the destroyed reactors, now melted together into a single "corium" totaling over 600 tons, at Fukushima daily release the radioactive equivalent of 6.45 Hiroshima bombs directly into the atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean. As of Sept. 15, 2018 - 2,740 days since the disaster began - this equals the detonation of 17,673 Hiroshima atomic bombs and it is still going strong, with no end in sight, considering that the half-life of uranium-238 is about 4.47 billion years and that of uranium-235 is 704 million years. ...

14:05

World view Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

14:01

September 16 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1386 King Henry V of England, was born (d. 1422).

1400  Owain Glyndr was declared Prince of Wales by his followers.

1701 James Francis Edward Stuart, sometimes called the Old Pretender, became the Jacobite claimant to the thrones of England and Scotland.

1776 American Revolutionary War: the Battle of Harlem Heights was fought.

1795  The first occupation by United Kingdom of Cape Colony, South Africa with the Battle of Hout Bay.

1810  With the Grito de Dolores, Father Miguel Hidalgo began Mexicos fight for independence from Spain.

1812  Russians set fire to Moscow shortly after midnight.

1858 Andrew Bonar Law, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (d. 1923)

1863  Robert College of Istanbul, the first American educational institution outside the United States, was founded by Christopher Robert, an American philanthropist.

1875 James C. Penney, American department store founder, was born (d. 1971).

1893 Settlers race in Oklahoma for prime land in the Cherokee Strip.

1898 H.A. Rey, American childrens author, creator of Curious George, was born (d. 1977).

1905 New Zealands first fully representative rugby team to tour the Northern Hemisphere, the Originals, started the All Black tradition including the haka and the All Black name.

'Originals' kick off All Black tradition

1908...

13:31

US sets up coalition to track foreign ships delivering fuel to North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A US Navy ship will reportedly host military personnel from the Five Eyes countries plus Japan and South Korea to monitor foreign vessels delivering fuel to the North in violation of UN sanctions. The coalition will include the US, the UK, Australia, New Zealand and Canada - America's partners within the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance - as well as Japan and South Korea, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing an American military official. This is apparently the first US-led effort to track fuel deliveries to North Korea. The coalition countries will contribute warships and military surveillance aircraft to track maritime traffic in the area. USS 'Blue Ridge,' the command ship of US Navy's 7th Fleet stationed in Yokosuka, Japan, will host over 50 multinational personnel. Additionally, a so-called Enforcement Coordination Center has been created on the 'Blue Ridge' to man monitoring operations. The WSJ says this will ensure more "bridge-to-bridge" communications between allied ships and other vessels.

12:27

Drowning in Plastic A Solution? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A giant accumulation of plastic garbage that has been swirling around in the Pacific Ocean has grown to twice the size of Texas since it was discovered in 1972. In the first serious attempt to clean up the mess, a group of researchers has sent a ginormous structure out to sea to swallow the plastic, Pac-Man style.

The unbelievably large plastic dump, called the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, lies between California and Hawaii. It is the biggest of five around the world that have formed in each of the five oceanic gyres, which are circular systems of ocean currents.

More than 8 million tons of plastic pollution creep into the worlds oceans every year. Thats approximately five plastic shopping bags for every foot of coastline in the world.

All this plastic then falls to the mercy of the elements, as tides, salt, and sunlight break down the larger pieces into much smaller fragments. While this disintegration sounds like it might be a good thing, it is actually part of the problem, for a number of reasons. Here are two:

First, smaller plastic is harder to tidy up think of a spilled box of legos as opposed to a bicycle and helmet. What kind of clean-up machine would be able to pick up so many millions of particles from out of the oceans? The feat is mind-boggling.

Second, these tiny plastic pieces enter the food chain and wind up on our seafood platters. Estimates have it that we humans are ingesting millions of microscopic plastic particles a year, causing serious damage to our insides.

Related Plastic Ocean: From Thriving Ecosystem to Trash Dumpster

The struc...

10:30

What is Net Neutrality? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

10:30

Saturday Night at the Movies "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Only two tonight 

The List of Adrian Messenger

10:16

More Fake news? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


I'm not sure but the source is suspect.   CNN.

"Real life ironman - Elon Musk, has just announced that he is about to quit his position in Tesla in order to make room for a new business venture which he believes will change the world more than Tesla, SpaceX and Solar City ever could. His new venture is a Bitcoin Trading System and, although he didn't come up with the idea, he invested $770 Million in it which allowed him to control all of the Bitcoin News Trader decisions."

No other mainstream media have run with this story so far but it would not surprise me.

I'm waiting for the fifty million dollars worth of batteries he fitted up South Australia's hapless Jay Weatherill with to catch fire.    On a day when temperatures are hovering around 45 and winds are gusting to 90 kph.

It has been obvious for some time that the Tesla, as well as a monument to bullshit,  is a dog and without continuing massive subsidies will wither and die, as it should.

10:00

Cyst Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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09:30

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

We are hungry for tenderness,
in a world where everything abounds
we are poor of this feeling
which is like a caress
for our heart
we need these small gestures
that make us feel good
Tenderness
is a disinterested and generous love,
that does not ask anything else
to be understood and appreciated.

Alda Merini

Tonight Im grateful for tenderness.

09:30

50 famous Parental sayings "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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09:00

How precisely is diversity our strength? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The organized left is lying about a segment we did on Friday night. Our topic was diversity is our strength, a phrase our leaders use to end conversation rather than spur it. You hear it all the time. We asked, what exactly does it mean? Is it true? Here are the words from our segment: [] The post How precisely is diversity our strength? 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. The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:30

Trump Toon "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Trump keeps insisting that the White House is running like a well-oiled machine. Sure, if its a machine that cranks out chaos, lies and disgruntled employees.

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08:21

ACTION ALERT! FDA wants to turn CBD oil into a drug costing $32,500 as they ban all other CBD oils "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

FDA wants to turn CBD oil Into a drug that will cost $32,500 as they ban all other CBD oils If we dont change a key FDA policy, thats how much you may be forced to pay if you want to purchase CBD oil. Action Alert! For years, consumers have benefitted from access to cheap, []

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08:15

Rugby post The All Blacks host the South Africans in Wellington "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Welcome to tonights debate post for the rugby where you can predict the score and guess whos going to score in what corner off whos forward tackle, or boot, (or pass) as well as cyber bully the ref when he gets it wrong or has his eyes closed. I thought Id add a bit more [] The post Rugby post The All Blacks host the South Africans in Wellington 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.

07:56

Queensland may be used to expand the cashless welfare card "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Contributed from Queensland

The Scott Morrison government may be fast tracking the expansion of the cashless welfare card in Queensland, now that independent Senator Tim Storer has flagged the end of his opposition to the move.

Millions of dollars will be spent, if it goes ahead, on its application in Bundaberg and Hervey Bay. All told, the plan is to extend the trial to four sites.

This is despite evidence that trials so far have been destructive for individuals and communities.

Tim Storer has been brought on board with an amendment on how the effect is evaluated.

Labor has not yet committed to oppose it, remains sceptical.

No amount of amending is going to fix something that is fundamentally flawed, in the sense that it may help resolve social issues. Taking control and disempowering people is not the way to help them get on their feet. Besides, it is inherently unfair to profile a community. It creates third class citizens. And it has been shown to create more poverty and inequality.

Increased scrutiny is a good thing. But it wont change the fact that the cashless welfare card is wrong. If the intention is to overcome real problems within communities, surely the answer is to provide appropriate resources. When the card is being brought in at the same time as funding is being cut, it remains nothing more than a cost cutting exercise.

This is the reason why the early valuation of the trials has been flawed and did not show the true picture. It has cost almost $22 million, which would have been much better spent on something useful.

The trials have so far targeted indigenous communities, making them more dependent and less able to function, and this compromises their efforts to sovereignty over their affairs. It is a means of control.

Cashless welfare card trails are a means to test the waters, with a view to extending it to other communities and is an installment on the growth of big brother government.

Cutting services and corporatisation of resources are two of the pillars of neoliberalism and extending control over people is its political arm. In the end, this is what it is all about.

Rejection of the cashless welfare card is an important aspect of rejecting neoliberalism and the protection of our rights.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The trial was intended to test whether social harm caused by such spending could be reduced by quarantining part of participants welfare payments on to a card that could not be used to buy alcohol or gambling products or to withdraw cash, as well as to develop lower cost welfare quaranti...

07:45

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1940, Jimmy Gilmer, lead singer with The Fireballs. Born today in 1941, Signe Anderson, founding member and singer with Jefferson Airplane. Signe left the band after their first album and was replaced by Grace Slick. Born today in 1941, Les Braid, keyboards and bassist with The Swinging Blue Jeans. [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:44

Political Poll "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Veteran would like to gauge our readership's view on the likelihood of Trump seeing out his term in office:


Do you believe President Trump will see out his full term?
 
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07:30

Cartoon for Today "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Andy Davey on Chuka Umunna telling Corbyn to call off the dogs and end purge. Labour MP Chuka Umunna claims so-called moderates face a clear and present danger of being run out of the party by hardliners

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07:30

When the heck did that happen? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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07:09

Messier and messier "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Homepaddock

Former minister Clare Currans mismanagement has cost taxpayers $107,000.

Dumped chief technology officer candidate Derek Handley has been paid out more than $100,000 in compensation by the Government, Digital Services Minister Megan Woods has confirmed.

Woods said the Government had agreed to pay Handley compensation totalling $107,500 after deciding to put the recruitment process for the countrys first national chief technology officer on hold and rethinking the role. 

Woods issued the statement after Handley said the Government had reneged on a commitment to give him the job and paid him three months salary, and costs, as compensation.

Handley said he had decided not to keep the money, and would instead donate it towards a fund to support ideas, programmes and grants to tackle digital inequality.

Former communications minister Clare Curran resigned first from Cabinet and then as minister after it emerged she met Handley in February to discuss the job and then omitted to document the meeting in response to a

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07:06

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

See my comment on the post

Homepaddock

No I in Murphy Robin gives back Tim Fulton:

A career in dairying and the irrigation sector is only a start for Robin Murphy. The South Canterbury farmer gives heart and soul to his community. Tim Fulton reports.

On Sundays Robin and May Murphy used to travel the back tracks of Waimate District looking for seal and shingle in need of repair. 

Murphy was a local councillor so they figured they had to do their bit.

He reckons he got to know 95% of the roads. . .

Research will be first of its kind for NZ Yvonne OHara:

Now results from the first cohort of the Beef

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07:03

Lurking beast' of polio casts a shadow over independence day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Polio vacc
At Malahang health clinic near Lae, a health worker administers oral polio vaccine

LISA MARTIN & KATE LYONS | The Guardian | Extract

You can read the complete article here

PORT MORESBY - Sunday should be a day of celebration but the outbreak has brought anger at a lack of health funding while millions are spent on the APEC summit

At a waiting room in Port Moresbys Gerehu general hospital, red, gold and black balloons the colours of the countrys flag deck the walls in the build-up to independence day.

Around the back in the stifling heat, nurses are administering vaccine drops from cool boxes.

About 30 adults and children are queuing under a canvas tent, awaiting their dose to protect against polio, a disease Donald Lippert, a Catholic bishop from the Southern Highlands, characterised as a beast lurking in the darkness, ready to spring forth.

The number of confirmed cases has risen to 12 up from 10 earlier in the week, and health authorities have confirmed the disease has reached the capital, Port Moresby, after the diagnosis of a six-year-old boy in an area called Five Mile. The other children affected are in remote parts of the country, and the first case surfaced in June.

The health crisis has cast a shadow over the developing Pacific island country as it prepares to celebrate the 43rd anniversary of its independence from Australia on Sunday. Tribal dancing, agricultural shows and flag raising ceremonies are among festivities scheduled.

Nason Aguleko, an accountant, has brought his 16-year-old daughter Catherine to be immunised along with her grandmother. The family plan to travel to Australia at Christmas to spend time with relatives. A polio vaccination is now part of visa requirements.

Aguleko recalls the lives ruined as a result of the disease when he was growing up. Ive seen quite a number of people paralysed from polio over the years, the father-of-thr...

07:00

Whaleoil world news quiz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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06:30

Dont be evil? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Breitbart has published a video recorded by Google shortly after the 2016 presidential election which reveals an atmosphere of panic and dismay amongst the tech giants leadership, coupled with a determination to thwart both the Trump agenda and the broader populist movement emerging around the globe. Quote. The video is a full recording of [] The post Dont be evil? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Mhorahora  be open, without restraint, generous (in size), natural, free.

(Celebrating Maori Language Week).

06:29

Lewis: The Pilot "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Aka known as who gives a f***

06:23

Snake Gets Special Little 'Braces' To Help Fix Her Overbite "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There's no doubt that this green tree python named Toothless is a very beautiful snake but recently, a feeding mishap left her looking a bit less sleek than nature intended.

In short, she gave herself an overbite.

Credit: Facebook/HerpVet

According to a post from HerpVet, an animal hospital in Australia specializing in reptiles, Toothless was in the middle of enjoying a meal when something went terribly, terribly wrong.

"Somehow, during the swallowing process her left lower jawbone folded and got stuck on her throat," HerpVet wrote online.

It was obvious that Toothless needed help.

Credit: Facebook/HerpVet

Fortunately, Tootheless's owners understood she was having an emergency. They rushed her to the vet, where an X-ray revealed a small break in her jawbone.

Credit: Facebook/HerpVet

Rather than risk surgery to correct the problem, Toothless's vet got creative.

After realigning her jaw, they crafted special braces for the snake using a paperclip, affixing it to her scales with glue.
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06:00

Trump Toon "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jim Morin Morin Toons 13092018

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What are the nearly 3,000 lives of lowly brown people worth anyway, right, Trump? They should be grateful for the free paper towels you threw at them

06:00

Free Speech: We tried to warn you "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

We free speech absolutists have been shouting from the rooftops that the contemporary lefts mania for censorship and bullying hecklers vetoes is going to come back to bite them on the backsides. When you spend all your time making nooses, sooner or later one of them is going to end up around your own neck. [] The post Free Speech: We tried to warn you appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:51

Gayford tries to defend Arderns no show on Nation & Q+A "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Journalists were already getting a bit snarky over Jacinda Arderns withdrawal from two scheduled weekend interviews, but consternation levels have risen after Clark Gayford tried to defend Ardern on Twitter. Interviews with both Newshub Nation today and the other with Q+A tomorrow evening were de-scheduled by ardern. The reason given by the Prime Ministers office []

05:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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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.

04:42

Traditional Owners announce Adani court appeal "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

MEDIA RELEASE
15 September 2018

Traditional Owners announce Adani court appeal

Call on Qld Government to never extinguish their native title

Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners opposing Adanis Carmichael Mine have this week served notice of a Federal Court full bench appeal. (See ABC today: Adani mine site to remain under native title until finance confirmed, Minister says). The Traditional Owners strongly reject last months decision of a single Judge of the Federal Court and will seek to have the decision reversed and the Adani Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) thrown out.

Mr Adrian Burragubba, a Traditional Owner of W&J country, and W&J Council spokesperson says: We will not abide a ruling that says its legal to have our ancient laws and culture, and our enduring rights in our lands and waters, merely voted away by a group of people who do not have the traditional authority to surrender our native title.

In a new development, the Queensland Government has confirmed that it will only act to take W&J native title for the Adani project when it has the financial capacity to complete it. This follows a resolution of the Queensland ALP state conference in early September 201...

04:30

Freeze a jolly good fellow "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I was out prowling the neighbourhood with a bunch of the local moggies when one of them brought up the fact that the humans who think that they own us, apparently only have one life. As we felines have nine lives, this concept of only having one seemed quite bizarre. Apparently, not all the human [] The post Freeze a jolly good fellow appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Click on image for a high-res view How Butchery Maps Turn Cows into Territory Cows and maps seem to have little to do with each other, but if youre a butcher (or a committed carnivore), you know better. The quality of a meat cut depends on three things: location, location, location. For although cattle equals [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:38

"A Record 7 Named Storms Are Swirling Across The Globe Has 'The Day After Tomorrow' Arrived?" "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

"A Record 7 Named Storms Are Swirling Across The Globe  
Has 'The Day After Tomorrow' Arrived?"
by Michael Snyder

"Is something extremely unusual happening to our planet? At this moment, Hurricane Florence is just one of seven named storms that are currently circling the globe. That matches the all-time record, and it looks like that record will be broken very shortly as a couple more storms continue to develop. Back in 2004, a Hollywood blockbuster entitled The Day After Tomorrow depicted a world in which weather patterns had gone mad. One of the most impressive scenes showed nearly the entire planet covered by hurricane-type storms all at once. Of course things are not nearly as bad as in that film, but during this hurricane season we have definitely seen a very unusual number of hurricanes and typhoons develop. As our planet continues to change, could this become the new normal?

As I mentioned above there are currently seven named storms that are active, but an eighth is about to join them, and that would break the all-time record
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The Hurricane season is causing devastation from the Pacific to the Atlantic as seven active storms are currently swirling across the globe with high chances an eighth powerful storm will soon develop to break an all-time record. And actually there is an additional storm that is also developing in the Pacific which cou...

03:30

Why I was wrong about Stefan Molyneux "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

For several years I have been taking an interest in the thoughts and theories put forward by Stefan Molyneux on his YouTube channel. Initially I found much of his work and arguments to be highly enlightening and looked forward to his videos as they emerged on a weekly basis. Now, however, Im not so sure. [] The post Why I was wrong about Stefan Molyneux appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:15

Mirror mirror "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It had been weeks since the Magic Mirror last appeared with offerings of wisdom and proper advice and oh how Jacinda needed wisdom after the weeks shed had to endure! Hurriedly, breathlessly racing to the ornate Magic Mirror, hoping for a new inscription to recite, heart, pounding in her chest, heady with anticipation she was [] The post Mirror mirror appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:08

PM highlights importance of agriculture and tourism in Independence message "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has emphasised the importance of agriculture and tourism in his Independence Message.

He said this in his message themed 'Embracing the Future'.

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill receiving a gift from East Sepik Governor Allan Bird in Wewak on Wednesday. He is flanked by Maprik MP John Simon, Civil Aviation Minister Alfred Manase and Police Minister Jelta Wong.


"Our country has products that the world wants and needs to buy," O'Neill said.

"This is not just our oil and gas resources, but we have renewable resources that are in high demand.

"Our agriculture sector should be the food bowl of the region.

"We have vast expanses of land, with rich fertile soil that is purely organic.

"We have some of the most amazing tourism sites that people from around the world want to visit.

"But all of this potential is worth nothing if we do not believe in ourselves.

"We must continue to invest in our nation and in our communities.

"This means building the roads that we need to transport our goods to market, to build the airports for our people to travel and to construct the schools that will educate the next generation.

"The only people who can deliver a stronger Papua New Guinea are Papua New Guineans ourselves.

"As a country we have many friends who are helping us to advance, and we value this support, but we must do things for ourselves and chart our own course.

"We have to have confidence in our potential, we have to make firm decisions on our future and we have to stand by those decisions all the way.

"I give you every commitment, on behalf of our Government, that we will not let your down.

"Each and every day, we will continue to do our best to advance the interests of Papua New Guinea, and continue to deliver real change for our nation."

O'Neill said PNg must prepare its communities to adapt to changes in the modern world.

"This i...

03:00

More leftist anti-Semitic hate at college campuses "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The most lasting literary visions of the future come from those writers who pay the most attention to the past and the present. George Orwells depiction of the Ingsoc, Socialist England, retains its power because Orwell applied such unflinching scrutiny to socialist regimes of the Soviet Union, Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. Of the children [] The post More leftist anti-Semitic hate at college campuses appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

No I in Murphy Robin gives back Tim Fulton:

A career in dairying and the irrigation sector is only a start for Robin Murphy. The South Canterbury farmer gives heart and soul to his community. Tim Fulton reports.

On Sundays Robin and May Murphy used to travel the back tracks of Waimate District looking for seal and shingle in need of repair. 

Murphy was a local councillor so they figured they had to do their bit.

He reckons he got to know 95% of the roads. . .

Research will be first of its kind for NZ Yvonne OHara:

Now results from the first cohort of the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Genetics Beef Progeny Test have been released, researchers will begin collecting data for the next stages of the project, including data from cows and heifers.

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Genetics national beef genetics manager Max Tweedie said some of those studies would be a first for New Zealand.

Now we are looking for on-going information about cows: their maternal performance; constitution; fertility and stayability [in the herd], Mr Tweedie said.

That is the long game. . .

What is dairy cow breeding worth and why does it matter? Esther Taunton:

Its a hard road finding the perfect cow, especially when changing consumer demand redefines what perfect even is.

Increasing demand for high-fat dairy products means Kiwi farmers will earn more from milkfat than protein in the 2018/1...

02:30

Lets do what exactly, Cindy? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

New Zealanders had two votes at the last election, one for the political party whose policies they most liked, and the other for the electoral candidate of their choice. As it turns out, our party vote counts for absolutely nothing, zilch, nada and it is all because of the cobbling together of deals between NZ [] The post Lets do what exactly, Cindy? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:04

A very special day for Lae "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Lest We Forget:September 16 2018 is the 75th anniversary of the recapture of Lae by Australian troops in 1943 from the Japanese. 

This makes this year's Independence celebrations in Lae very special. 

We hope Australia, Papua New Guinea, Lae and Morobe will make that day a memorable one. 

Our young people must know the rich and colourful history of our hometown. 

A place with no past has no future. 

Below is the article in The National Weekender of Sept 14  on the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Lae on Sept 16, and Salamaua on Sept 11 (please click to enlarge)




02:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Pic from my parents house in Church Point, Sydney this morning. View over Pittwater Harbour. 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 [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Saturdays smiles "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In the early hours of the morning a ewe was heavily in labour but nothing was happening.

The farmer, fearing a less than uncomplicated delivery, rang the vets emergency call out number on his mobile phone only to find it was answered by a locum vet he had never spoken to before.

This ewe is lambing and I think somethings going wrong, shouted the farmer down the phone.

Is this her first lamb? asked the vet.

No, you idiot! screamed the farmer. This is the farmer!

01:58

Latam Eco Review: Gold fever in Peru and cryptic fish from the deep "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The most popular stories from our Spanish-language service, Mongabay-Latam, followed new deforestation from gold mining in Peru, new fish species deep in Chiles sea, mining on Ecuadors beaches, and hundreds of dead turtles in Mexico. Gold mining tears through Perus Amazon A new study shows that gold mining in Perus Madre de Dios region has cleared more forest than originally estimated: 100 square kilometers (39 square miles) in 2017 alone. Since 1985, more than 950 square kilometers (367 square miles) have been lost. Most of the deforestation in the last 32 years occurred in the buffer zones of three protected areas. Sites mined with mercury, many of them abandoned without any attempt at environmental rehabilitation, scar a 20-kilometer (12-mile) stretch of the Madre de Dios forest. Image by Vanessa Romo/Mongabay Latam. Atacama Trench: New species observed in Pacific depths of Chilean coast Gelatinous fish, scavenger crustaceans, octopuses and strange worms have been seen for the first time, 8 kilometers (5 miles) deep in the most extensive trench in the world along the Peruvian and Chilean coasts. This year, for the first time, an expedition reached the bottom by sending a robot to take samples from this unknown abyss. One of the species found in the Atacama Trench. Image courtesy of the Millennium Institute of Oceanography. Mining the metallic sands of Ecuadors beaches Mining concessions have taken over the black sands of Playa Negra in Ecuadors Esmeraldas province. The mining of the metallic sand in search of iron and titanium is

01:44

Blue light exposure led to a statistically significant increase in proliferation for cell lines derived from intraocular tumors. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

PMID:  J Exp Clin Cancer Res. 2009 Apr 7 ;28:48. Epub 2009 Apr 7. PMID: 19351402 Abstract Title:  The effect of blue light exposure in an ocular melanoma animal model. Abstract:  BACKGROUND: Uveal melanoma (UM) cell lines, when exposed to blue light in vitro, show a significant increase in proliferation. In order to determine if similar effects could be seen in vivo, we investigated the effect of blue light exposure in a xenograft animal model of UM.METHODS: Twenty New Zealand albino rabbits were injected with 1.0 x 10(6) human UM cells (92.1) in the suprachoroidal space of the right eye. Animals were equally divided into two groups; the experimental group was exposed to blue light, while the control group was protected from blue light exposure. The eyes were enucleated after sacrifice and the proliferation rates of the re-cultured tumor cells were assessed using a Sulforhodamine-B assay. Cells were re-cultured for 1 passage only in order to maintain any in vivo cellular changes. Furthermore, Proliferating Cell Nuclear Antigen (PCNA) protein expression was used to ascertain differences in cellular proliferation between both groups in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded eyes (FFPE).RESULTS: Blue light exposure led to a statistically significant increase in proliferation for cell lines derived from intraocular tumors (p

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01:30

War Criminals celebrate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Matt Wuerker Politico -15092018

Bolton attacks the International Criminal Court. War Criminals and thugs around the world rejoice.

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01:30

Recipe of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tarka Dal A really easy and cheap dish to make. You can either serve it as a side dish with other curries or as a lunchtime dish by itself accompanied by chapatis, naan, or whichever type of flatbread you like 1/2 cup red lentils 1/4 cup yellow lentils 21/2 cups water 1 tsp ginger pulp [] The post Recipe of the Week appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:00

Whaleoil news quiz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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00:58

Cooks govt looking at seabed mining interest in Norway "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Cook Islands Finance Minister Mark Brown Photo: Phillipa Webb / Cook Islands News

Radio New Zealand | 14 September 2018

The Cook Islands Deputy Prime Minister Mark Brown is currently in Norway discussing the possible exploration of seabed minerals in the Cook Islands waters.

The Cook Islands News reports that manganese nodules found in the Cook Islands, lie on the seabed, at depths of more than 5000 metres.

According to initial scientific studies, the nodules were of a very high quality and there is a large quantity on the seabed which could make the nation billions of dollars.

Mr Brown said they would re-advertise the tenders as there had been some new interest in exploring the seabed.

He added that all practices, including exploration and the extraction of the minerals, would have to be done in a manner which was...

00:53

Kanaks urged by West Papuan body to vote for independence "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The West Papua National Committee has urged New Caledonia's indigenous Melanesians to vote for independence during the upcoming referendum.

In November, New Caledonia is to hold a referendum on possible independence from France.

The Committee, a pro-independence organisation based in Indonesia's Papua region, said Kanaks should reject all French propaganda to maintain the territory's status quo.

Its chairman, Victor Yeimo, claimed it was important that the Kanaks took up the opportunity of decolonisation which he said West Papuans had been denied.

I just want to tell something to the people of Kanaky (New Caledonia), to please choose yes for your future. Because if you don't choose yes for your future, it means you allow your people, your land to be extinct. Our people in West Papua will all support you to choose yes, so you can become a nation, a freedom nation, said Victor Yeimo.

Yeimo credited France with allowing a referendum to go ahead, pointing out that it stood in direct contrast to the situation in Indonesian-ruled Papua region.

Democratically, it was good of France to realise that they give the space for the people of Kanaky to choose what they want for their future, he said.

But in Indonesia, we can't do that, because Indonesian colonialism is not like European colonialism, like they didn't know about democracy.

Yeimo said West Papuans were an example of the disastrous consequences of colonial manipulation. He cited the lack of participation by Papuans in the 1962 agreement between Netherlands and Indonesia which led to the former Dutch new Guinea being taken over by Indonesia.

We are victims of a failed decolonisation process, Yeimo said, adding that no matter how difficult, independence was better than being colonised.

France should... know about the spirit of decolonisation. They have to give the opportunity for the Kanak people to develop their country by themselves.

If they can give them feedom, it means the process of decolonisation is final. The referendum is not final if people, under the French provocation, still choose to stay with France, it doesn't mean that it's final.

New Caledonia's independence referendum will be held on 4 November, with voters to be given the choice of remaining a part of France or becoming an independent...

00:43

Climate and nuclear news merge this week "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

News media seem rivetted on Hurricane Florence now affecting USAs Carolina states.  Meanwhile theres much less coverage of the much greater Typhoon Mangkhut afflicting the Marshall Islands, Guam, and soon the Philippines and Chinese coast.

Hurricane Florence, though now downgraded to Category 1, still threatens at least 9 nuclear waste sites and at least 12 operating nuclear reactors.

The Marshall Islands, already having radioactive leaks, are even more threatened, with the nuclear waste tomb located there.

Crisis of heat across the planet.   Scientists are now establishing the links between climate change and these extreme events.

AUSTRALIA

CLIMATE CHANGE is taking centre stage today, as, Trump-like,  our new Prime Minister Scott Morrison pronounces that we will meet our Paris commitments in a canter. Alas, thats a lie. In reality,...

00:36

Hurricane Florence and Typhoon Mangkhut will affect radioactive nuclear trash dumps "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Media reports are concerned about the safety of nuclear reactors in North and South Carolina, as the hurricane.  storm surges and torrential rain threaten them. If the nuclear power plants survive unscathed, the nuclear lobby will crow about this as a success.

But little mention is made of the 9 or more toxic radioactive waste sites, also in the path of Hurricane Florence.

And the huge danger posed by the much greater weather event  the typhoon that has already affected the Marshall Islands, with its dome covering nuclear weapons wastes.

00:31

Dont risk missing out on the pre-launch Whale Meat orders "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Our deadline for cut off of our pre-launch meat orders is fast approaching. Dont miss out. You can order our delicious restaurant quality meat today and have it delivered, chilled and ready to eat by Friday. Either go to our website, or order directly from the selection below. There are limited spots left before we [] The post Dont risk missing out on the pre-launch Whale Meat orders appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:30

Hooton on Jacindas easy ride "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When Matthew Hooton  points out that no prime minister in living memory has ever had an easier time than Jacinda, he is not just referring to the fawning media although he does admit that they form an impressive cheerleading group at times. Not only has she had an easy ride with the MSM, which [] The post Hooton on Jacindas easy ride appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:30

Pathways to farm succession "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Any business succession can pose challenges.

With farming, where the business is also the home it can be particularly problematic.

The Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) shows how it could be done:

00:30

Curiouser and Curiouser (1) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There is a somewhat Alice in Wonderland aspect to the whole Curran,Handley,Ardern imbroglio thats reminiscent of the surreal Mad Hatters Tea Party.

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This thought was sparked by a series of tweets from Hamish Price starting with

then these:

00:29

Studying the climate change effect as a hurricane takes place "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Heres how climate change is fueling Hurricane Florence A novel forecast looks at the size and fury of the storm with and without human-caused warming, Science News, BY CAROLYN GRAMLING , SEPTEMBER 13, 2018 

Even as Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas, bringing fierce winds and heavy rains, one team of scientists has undertaken a different kind of forecast: Understanding the influence of human-caused climate change on a storm that hasnt made landfall yet.

Real-time storm forecasts continuously update as new data become available. But what would happen if, from a single starting point in this case, the state of the atmosphere on September 11 Florence roared ahead in two parallel worlds: one with and one without the influence of human-caused climate change?

In that hypothetical scenario, Florence was bigger than if it would be if it had occurred in a world with no human-caused warming, climate modeler Kevin Reed of Stony Brook University in New York and colleagues conclude in a study posted on the universitys website September 12. And thanks to warmer sea surface temperatures and more available moisture i...

00:28

Australia provides funding to boost immunisation in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

About A$10 million (K23m) has been allocated by the Australian government to combat polio, measles and whooping cough in Papua New Guinea.


The funds would support the governments current efforts in a major polio vaccination campaign as well as increase routine immunisation levels to avoid future outbreaks of diseases.
According to Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Marise Payne low rates of immunisation had led to recent outbreaks of preventable diseases such as polio, measles, and whooping cough.
The Australian High Commission in Port Moresby is working closely with the PNG Government, the World Health Organisation and Unicef to monitor the current polio outbreak and provide assistance.
The PNG Government has declared the recent polio virus outbreak a national public health emergency, Payne said. Papua New Guinea is our nearest neighbour and outbreaks of infectious diseases are a threat to both Papua New Guinea and Australias health security.
Australian High Commissioner to PNG Bruce Davis, during a recent launch of a new maternal and neonatal care project, said Australia was keen to support PNGs efforts in improving its health indicators.

00:24

Typhoon Mangkhut far more powerful than Florence hurtling towards Philippines "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Super typhoon far more powerful than Florence hurtling towards millions https://www.news.com.au/technology/environment/super-typhoon-far-more-powerful-than-florence-hurtling-towards-millions/news-story/48529ee24228b6257c73bcddd0c07802

A SUPER typhoon that has already dwarfed Hurricane Florence is set to break records as it tears towards its target with up to 43 million people in the firing line. Megan Palin@megan_palin,  SEPTEMBER 14, 2018

AN extremely dangerous super typhoon predicted to be the one of the strongest systems on record is howling towards Hong Kong and the Philippines with up to 43 million people in the firing line.

Typhoon Mangkhut is the equivalent of a Category 5 severe tropical cyclone, boasting maximum sustained winds of 205kph and gusts up to 285kph. Bureau of Meteorology Australia tropical climatologist Greg Browning told news.com.au that Mangkhut was significantly stronger than Hurricane Florence which is simultaneously hurtling towards the US as North Carolina locals evacuate the region to avoid the onslaught.

(Mangkhut is) relatively rare (because its) at the top of the severe scale, Mr Browning said. Its extremely dangerous as its a very large system with very strong winds and a potential storm surge over a large distance.

There will be very heavy rainfall associated with it which has potential to cause widespread damage.

Mr Browning said Mangkhut was the most powerful storm system to h...

00:20

Introduction To Storm Surge Mining Awareness + "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Emphasis added; original here: https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/surge/surge_intro.pdf

via Introduction To Storm Surge Mining Awareness +

00:18

Hurricane Florence Landfall Radar With Location Of Nuclear Power Stations Weather Mining Awareness + "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

For the very latest updates go to your preferred/local weather source. The orange icons are the nuclear power stations. Brunswick Nuclear Power Station is near the center of Hurricane Florence. Click to enlarge image. The time for this radar exported to Google maps is around the time of the two other radar images found below []

via Hurricane Florence Landfall Radar With Location Of Nuclear Power Stations Weather Mining Awareness +

00:16

September 14 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Opinion: A Million Climate Deniers Flee Hurricane Florence, Never Stop To Ask Why As Hurricane Florence bears down on the Carolinas and Virginia, a million climate deniers are rushing to escape the brunt of the storm without ever stopping to ask why they are in the path of one of the most powerful []

via September 14 Energy News geoharvey

00:16

New Documents Undermine Trumps Repeated Claims, Show Dire Situation in Puerto Rico After Hurricanes Mining Awareness + "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

https://miningawareness.wordpress.com/2017/09/20/storm-they-call-the-wind-maria-powerful-hurricane-maria-has-maximum-sustained-winds-of-175-mph-280-kmh-and-a-very-low-minimum-pressure-909-mb/ New Documents Undermine Presidents Repeated Claims, Show Dire Situation in Puerto Rico After Hurricanes Sep 13, 2018 Press Release Cummings Says Presidents Tweets Disputing Death Toll Are Appalling, Offensive, and Ignorant of the Misery and Death Suffered by Our Fellow American Citizens in Puerto Rico Washington, D.C. (Sept. 13, 2018) Today, Rep. Elijah E. []

via New Documents Undermine Trumps Repeated Claims, Show Dire Situation in Puerto Rico After Hurricanes Mining Awareness +

00:15

Aussie big business signs up to Net Zero Carbon Commitment RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australias position as a green building world-leader looks set to continue with a raft of leading companies signing up to the World Green Building Councils (WorldGBC) Net Zero Carbon Buildings Commitment being announced in San Francisco this week. The post Aussie big business signs up to Net Zero Carbon Commitment appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Aussie big business signs up to Net Zero Carbon Commitment RenewEconomy

00:00

On being a member of Don Brashs club "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Kia ora koutou, Ive never actually published a written article on Whaleoil before, just a few vlogs and satire videos. Im currently working on a much longer article covering such topics as identity politics, victimhood culture, privilege, oppression and allyship, as they pertain to Aotearoa. Fun stuff. Ill be back to making YouTube content in [] The post On being a member of Don Brashs club appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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23:46

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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23:30

$100k for the job that wasnt "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I thought it was a little strange when Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern cancelled two scheduled interviews for this weekend citing a diary mix-up.  I would have thought she had plenty of PR people who could keep those things straight for her, but apparently not. I shrugged and carried on with my day. Then a few [] The post $100k for the job that wasnt appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:23

Bridges steps up after Ardern drops out of Newshub Nation "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Yesterday Jacinda Ardern pulled out of two scheduled interviews, citing a diary problem. Newshub:  Prime Minister pulls out of Newshub Nation and Q+A weekend appearances Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has cancelled her planned appearances on both Newshub Nation and TVNZs Q+A this weekend, saying there was an issue with her diary. Ms Arderns chief press secretary told Newshub Nation []

23:15

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.

23:00

Whos the daddy lion? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

On The AM Show Kris Faafoi was trying out some new lines to try and describe the NZ First-led government: Quote: A Labour MP says political commentators are yet to figure out what much of the public already has that this Government is the first pure MMP Government. This Government is not the same [] The post Whos the daddy lion? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Messier and messier "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Former minister Clare Currans mismanagement has cost taxpayers $107,000.

Dumped chief technology officer candidate Derek Handley has been paid out more than $100,000 in compensation by the Government, Digital Services Minister Megan Woods has confirmed.

Woods said the Government had agreed to pay Handley compensation totalling $107,500 after deciding to put the recruitment process for the countrys first national chief technology officer on hold and rethinking the role. 

Woods issued the statement after Handley said the Government had reneged on a commitment to give him the job and paid him three months salary, and costs, as compensation.

Handley said he had decided not to keep the money, and would instead donate it towards a fund to support ideas, programmes and grants to tackle digital inequality.

Former communications minister Clare Curran resigned first from Cabinet and then as minister after it emerged she met Handley in February to discuss the job and then omitted to document the meeting in response to a parliamentary question.

Handley said he was offered and accepted the job  which had been billed as offering a salary of up to $400,000 plus a $100,000 travel budget a month ago.

Earlier this week I was deeply disappointed to learn that the Government will no longer follow through with their commitment and will not be making that appointment at this time.  . .

 Nationals State Services spokesperson Nick Smith sums it up:

. . .The process around appointing a Chief Technology Officer has been a shambles from the beginning. It involved secret meetings and emails, the resignation of Minister Clare Curran and now were paying Derek Handley around $100,000 for a job he never even started.

The Government must now come clean with the hidden emails from Clare Curran and the Prime Minister so we know the full story of how badly this was handled.

The CTO is the flagship of the Governments IT policy and was budgeted to cost the taxpayer over $500,000 per year. Now if it still goes ahead we can add a pay out of over $100,000 because of the Governments incompetence.    . .

Point of Order calls...

22:32

Spin winds up as Labour battles "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Labour have had a bad week, on top of bad weeks before it. They have been widely criticised for conceding power to Winston Peters, and have been dogged by problems, especially the Clare Curran/Derek Handley saga that continues to cause them embarrassment. The weekend commentary continues to challenge Labours credibility. Audrey Young: Failings in Coalition []

22:30

Richard Griffin on Currans fall from grace "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Richard Griffin was one of those who had a run in with Clare Curran and now he writes about her political destruction: Quote: There is no sport in witnessing the unravelling of a political life on live television. Politics may occasionally resemble a blood sport but there are occasions you wish you were not witness [] The post Richard Griffin on Currans fall from grace appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:00

Sayonara to the Kimono Clown "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Taxpayers have handed over three months of salary for Derek the Kimono Clown, since the government has decided they dont want to give him the role after all, after offering it to him in the first place. Quote: Dumped chief technology officer candidate Derek Handley has been paid out more than $100,000 in compensation by the Government, [] The post Sayonara to the Kimono Clown appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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.

21:30

RNZ Nine to Noon: Urban Animal Life "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

RNZ has an intriguing item on urban animal life. Loved the comment about humans being tricky beasts

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntn-20180910-0937-urban_wildlife_in_cities_that_never_sleep-128.mp3

Many years ago when living in London we had an urban fox, segment well worth listening to

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.

21:09

Greens trying to attract attention on social, environmental issues "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The business end of the Green Party their ministers have had a low profile and have been overshadowed by Labour and NZ First. This hasnt been helped by Julie Anne Genter being on maternity leave, but James Shaw and Eugenie Sage arent attention seeker types of MPs anyway. They have largely pout their []

21:01

Fred Hargesheimers legacy lives on in the Nakanai region "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hargesheimer
Richard Hargesheimer and his wife Christy surrounded by students and teachers of Nantabu, where new teachers housing will be built

GRAHAM KING

KIMBE Seventy-five years after he was shot down and rescued, and eight years after his death, the Airmens Memorial Foundation established by Fred Hargesheimer is still honouring his legacy.

The latest act of benevolence came this week with a ground-breaking ceremony at Nantabu Village in West New Britain, the village where Fred Hargesheimer was sheltered and nursed back to health.

The foundations newest development is to build teachers housing at the village school, a project that will cost K100,000.

The ceremony was attended by Freds son, Richard Hargesheimer, who travelled from Lincoln, Nebraska to administer his late fathers legacy.

It is a great honour to return once again to West New Britain to serve the people that saved my fathers life, Richard Hargesheimer said.

75 years ago Fred Hargesheimer was shot down as the allied forces pursued world peace during the Second World War.

War is never good, but good things do come from it, especially when it is in the pursuit of peace and freedom, he said.

My father wanted to repay the people, the Nakanai people who saved his life.

He wanted to honour their kindness with kindness, and what better way to give than the gift of education.

So far the Airmans Foundation has built classrooms and teachers accommodation in the villages of Ewasse and Noau.

My father visited these schools and was always warmly welcomed, Richard Hargesheimer said, and I am sure he is with us now as once again we celebrate the special relationship between him and the Nakanai people.

We have now come full circle, we are in Nantabu to perform a ground-breaking ceremony that will see the construction of teachers accommodation.

Richard Hargesheimer also acknowledged the work of Hargy Oil Palms in administering and managing the work of the Airmens Memorial Foundation.

Witho...

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.

We are pragmatists. We dont stick to any ideology. Does it work? Lets try it, and if it does work, fine, lets continue it. If it doesnt work, toss it out, try another one. We are not enamored with any ideology. Lee Kuan Yew who was born on this day in 1923.

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.

20:36

Hurricane and typhoon watch "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There are two major hurricanes in action at the moment Hurricane Florence weakening as it makes landfall in the eastern US, and Super Typhoon Mangkhut currently bearing down on the Philippines. Super Typhoon Mangkhut made landfall in the northern Philippines early Saturday with maximum sustained winds of 270 kph (165 mph) and gusts as []

20:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Derek Handley was offered the role of the countrys first Chief Technology Officer by the New Zealand government and he accepted it. However, after he had uprooted his family and moved to Auckland from New York the job offer was retracted by the government. The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:30

More on tantrums "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Cathy Wilcox Sydney Morning Herald and The Age 13092018

A very well judged cartoon on the SJW and essentially faux outrage after the Serena Williams cartoon by Mark Knight.

The point made applies to much of what is written today, not just on social media but elsewhere. Claims of offensive thought and speech are used to suppress free speech and thought both on the right and the left.

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20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is gaffer (noun) 1. An electrician in charge of lighting on a movie or television set. 2. (Chiefly British) An old man or a rustic. 3. (Chiefly British) A boss or foreman. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Though movie and cinema buffs associate gaffer with Hollywood, the word [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:10

Manafort pleads guilty, to cooperate with Mueller investigation "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Signalled yesterday, confirmed today (Friday US time) Paul Manafort, who was soon to face further charges, has entered a guilty plea after a deal of full cooperation with  prosecutors investigating whether any Trump associates played a role in Russias meddling in the 2016 election. Manafort already faces a possible lengthy prison sentence after being []

20:09

Strong Earthquake Strikes N. Papua, Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

MDR 091402 M 5.9 quake occurs 203km W of Abepura, Indonesia Earthquake Details Magnitude: 5.9 mww  [USGS] Location: 2.758S, 138.756E; 32.6 km depth Time: 2018-09-14 15:50:16.310 (UTC) Nearby Places: Abepura, Indonesia, 209.4 km (130.1 mi) W Population: 62,248 Jayapura, Indonesia, 219.6 km (136.4 mi) W Population: 134,895

20:04

The myth of scientific manipulation of data "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

America has this curious strain of anti-intellectualism that sees expert opinion on any topic as somehow suspect. While skepticism is a good quality when practiced in moderation, what Bertrand Russell referred to as heroic skepticism that takes a stance in direct opposition to expert opinion, such as that human-caused global warming is not happening and that hence climate change is a fiction, is foolish.

What is even worse is the idea that expert opinion is not just wrong or misguided but that it is a deliberate fraud, being manipulated to mislead the public in the service of nefarious agendas We have seen this idea being advanced by right-wingers in the case of global warming and we also see it in the case of hurricane and other extreme weather forecasts. The two issues are linked. Climate change is predicted to create more frequent and more severe extreme weather events. So those who deny the reality of climate change have a vested interest in downplaying the predictions of severe storms even if they lull people in storm-prone areas into a dangerous sense of complacency.

David Titley, a professor of meteorology at Pennsylvania State University, writes that the very open way that weather forecasting is done nowadays makes fraudulent data manipulation impossible.

In 2016 conservative news blogger Matt Drudge accused the federal government of hyping the threat as Hurricane Matthew approached the U.S. coast, purportedly to play up possible links between extreme weather and climate change. I explained how this not only was false, but that it would be impossible for the National Hurricane Center to manipulate hurricane forecasts in a political manner, given that all the raw information is accessible to anyone today with an internet connection.

Apparently, Rush Limbaugh did not read the article, for he has made very similar claims regarding forecasts for Hurricane Florence. A simple reading of warnings and key messages from the National Hurricane Center (NHC) shows a very different reality.

For hurricanes, the federal government produces one official forecast from either the National Hurricane Center for the eastern Pacific and Atlantic oceans or the Joint Typhoon Warning Center for the western Pacific and Indian oceans. This forecast draws on computer-based weather forecast models, an assessment of the storms real-time characteristics, and the knowledge of a highly trained typhoon duty officer or hurricane specialist. It would be obvious instantaneously if it deviated substantially from observed conditions, or from a blend of the computerized forecast guidance, without providing some meteorological or physical e...

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 15 25 The Lord tears down the house of the proud, but he protects the property of widows. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

Embracing the future - we must believe in ourselves "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

PETER ONEILL CMG MP | Prime Minister Plag

PORT MORESBY - We must prepare our communities to adapt to changes in the modern world.

This includes dealing with natural disasters brought about by climate change so we can protect our people.

We must better adapt to the evolving global economy, so that we not only insulate ourselves from economic shocks but we must take advantage of economic opportunity for our people.

Our country has products that the world wants and needs to buy.

This is not just our oil and gas resources, but we have renewable resources that are in high demand.

Our agriculture sector should be the food bowl of the region.

We have vast expanses of land, with rich fertile soil that is purely organic.

We have some of the most amazing tourism sites that people from around the world want to visit.

But all of this potential is worth nothing if we do not believe in ourselves.

We must continue to invest in our nation and in our communities.

This means building the roads that we need to transport our goods to market, to build the airports for our people to travel and to construct the schools that will educate the next generation.

The only people who can deliver a stronger Papua New Guinea are Papua New Guineans ourselves.

As a country we have many friends who are helping us to advance, and we value this support, but we must do things for ourselves and chart our own course.

We have to have confidence in our potential, we have to make firm decisions on our future and we have to stand by those decisions all the way.

I give you every commitment, on behalf of our government, that we will not let you down.

Each and every day, we will continue to do our best to advance the interests of Papua New Guinea, and continue to deliver real change for our nation.

19:45

Handley de-jobbed, Government de-monied, Ardern statements debatable "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

RNZ: Govt to pay Derek Handley $100k after CTO offer retracted Tech entrepreneur Derek Handley was offered the role of the countrys first Chief Technology Officer, but will now be paid out $100,000 after the offer was retracted by the government. Megan Woods, the Minister for Government Digital Services, said a full-stop had been put []

19:36

Media watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

15 September 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"

15 September 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 []

17:37

Earths 8th continent discovered off the coast of Australia, hiding in plain sight "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

(Editors Note: We were blown away by all the information in this article and just knew we had to share it with you. Theres still places on this lovely planet that can be explored and learned from! Dont forget to check out the video below, too!) A team of 11 geologists from New Zealand and []

The post Earths 8th continent discovered off the coast of Australia, hiding in plain sight appeared first on Health Nut News.

16:26

How much plastic is too much plastic for sea turtles? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In a video that went viral in 2015, researchers spent nearly 10 minutes pulling out a 10-centimeter (4-inch) plastic straw from the nostril of a male olive ridley turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea) off the coast of Costa Rica. For the entire duration of the extraction, the turtle writhed in pain. Plastic straws are just one among the trillions of pieces of plastic trash that have ended up in the ocean, many sinking right down to the deepest, darkest depths. Past research has found that about half of the worlds sea turtles may have ingested some form of plastic. Floating pieces of plastic and balloons can resemble jellyfish or squid foods that turtles eat out in the sea. Not all turtles that eat plastic die because of the plastic, though. Some die after getting entangled in fishing nets, while others are struck by ship propellers. Do all age groups of turtles consume plastic? And how much plastic is lethal for a sea turtle? A new study has some answers. Green turtle at North Stradbroke Island, off the Australian state of Queensland. Image by Kathy Townsend. Researchers in Australia examined the digestive tracts of 246 dead sea turtles collected from along the coast of the state of Queensland, and found that 58 individuals had plastic in their guts, with the number of pieces ranging from one right up to 329. Younger turtles, both post-hatchlings (or a baby turtle that has started feeding in the ocean) and juveniles, were found to have consumed considerably higher

14:37

Our dangerous addiction "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Excerpts:

Growing Pain: New Zealands dangerous addition to fertilizer

For many decades, much of the phosphate from Banaba and Nauru was shipped to New Zealand and Australia, well below the market rate, and spread on farms by planes piloted by war veterans. New Zealand enjoyed decades of cheap phosphate, which became lucrative meat and wool. Few things are as responsible for the countrys economic successes as the exploitation of its Pacific neighbors.

Although it made New Zealand wealthy, its imperialism in the Pacific, driven by a thirst for cheap phosphate, is an ugly chapter in the countrys history.

Banaba today is largely uninhabitable, with most of its former residents displace to Fiji. The island is littered with old machinery left by miners, and most of the islands land mass has been hollowed out. When Nauru became independent, it became briefly and notoriously rich on its remaining phosphate before the economy crashed.

After exhausting its sources of phosphate rock, New Zealand had to look elsewhere.

Because phosphate rock is a precious resource, and one that is widely used, those who have it are keen to use it for themselves. New Zealands usual trading partners, like the US and China, use much of their own phosphate internally.

The remaining options for New Zealand werent great. Nearly all of the worlds useable phosphate is in North Africa, in countries prone to instability.

It decided upon the mine in Western Sahara, run by Morocco. The relationship has since entered its third decade

Exploring the options

The answer to the fundamental question is there any viable alternative to buying phosphate rock from Western Sahara is yes. Sort of.

While many other countries have stopped buying Western Saharan phosphate, in part due to pressure on corporations to exercise social responsibility, New Zealand is in a bind.

New Zealand is rare among agricultural nations for its high rate of pastoral farming. Between 80 and 90 per cent of New Zealands agricultural land is dedicated to animals, which has been largely consistent for a century. Other major farming nations, like Canada, have more diverse land uses, such as large tracts of horticulture.

It means New Zealand needs to grow a lot of grass, which is eaten by animals, requiring more grass (as well as other crops used for animal feed). Pasture-based farming is lucrative for New Zealand. It resulted in $23b in export revenue last year, meaning its the countrys most valuable export by far. But is heavily reliant on fertiliser, particularly pho...

14:12

Storms Are Swirling Across our Globe "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Is something extremely unusual happening to our planet?  At this moment, Hurricane Florence is just one of seven named storms that are currently circling the globe.  That matches the all-time record, and it looks like that record will be broken very shortly as a couple more storms continue to develop.  Back in 2004, a Hollywood blockbuster entitled The Day After Tomorrow depicted a world in which weather patterns had gone mad.  One of the most impressive scenes showed nearly the entire planet covered by hurricane-type storms all at once.  Of course things are not nearly as bad as in that film, but during this hurricane season we have definitely seen a very unusual number of hurricanes and typhoons develop.  As our planet continues to change, could this become the new normal?

As I mentioned above there are currently seven named storms that are active, but an eighth is about to join them, and that would break the all-time record

The Hurricane season is causing devastation from the Pacific to the Atlantic as seven active storms are currently swirling across the globe  with high chances an eighth powerful storm will soon develop to break an all-time record.

And actually there is an additional storm that is also developing in the Pacific which could bring the grand total to nine.

Overall, there have been 9 named storms in the Atlantic and 15 names storms in the Pacific since the official start of the hurricane season.

...

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

September 15 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

668  Eastern Roman Emperor Constans II was assassinated in his bath at Syracuse, Italy.

921  At Tetin Saint Ludmila was murdered at the command of her daughter-in-law.

994 Major Fatimid victory over the Byzantine Empire at the Battle of the Orontes.

1254 Marco Polo, Italian explorer, was born (d. 1324).

1616 The first non-aristocratic, free public school in Europe was opened inFrascati, Italy.

1649 Titus Oates, English minister and plotter, was born (d. 1705).

1762 Seven Years War: Battle of Signal Hill.

1820 Constitutionalist revolution in Lisbon.

1821  GuatemalaEl SalvadorHondurasNicaragua, and Costa Ricajointly declared independence from Spain.

1830  The Liverpool to Manchester railway line opened.

1831  The locomotive John Bull operated for the first time in New Jersey on the Camden and Amboy Railroad.

1835 HMS Beagle, with Charles Darwin aboard, reached the Galpagos Islands.

1851  Saint Josephs University was founded in Philadelphia.

1857 William Howard Taft, 27th President of....

13:00

Classic TV Drama: Upstairs Downstairs S02 E07 Your Obedient Servant "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Upstairs, Downstairs is a British television drama series produced by London Weekend Television (LWT) for ITV.It ran for 68 episodes divided into five series on ITV from 1971 to 1975.

A BBC Wales and Masterpiece produced continuation also called Upstairs Downstairs was broadcast by BBC One in 2010.

Set in a large townhouse in Belgravia in West London, the series depicts the servants downstairs and their mastersthe family upstairsbetween the years 1903 and 1930, and shows the slow decline of the British aristocracy. Great events feature prominently in the episode but minor or gradual changes are also noted. The series stands as a document of the social and technological changes that occurred between those 27 years, including the Edwardian period, the Suffragettes, First World War, the Roaring Twenties and the Wall Street Crash.

The show was a ratings success for ITV, and received outstanding acclaim worldwide winning multiple awards.

Series had an excellent cast with many well known actors appearing over the life of the series. Some are still active to this day.

12:14

Vietnam urges Facebook to open office ahead of controversial cyber law "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Vietnam has asked Facebook to open a local office as the Communist-ruled country increases pressure on global technology firms to abide by a controversial cyber security law.

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A woman looks at the Facebook logo on an iPad in this photo illustration taken June 3, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/Illustration

Critics of the law, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2019, say it gives Hanoi more power to crack down on dissent because it would require Facebook, Google and other global technology firms to store locally personal data on users in Vietnam and open offices in the country.

Acting information minister Nguyen Manh Hung suggested Facebook, given its successful business in Vietnam, should reserve revenue to invest in research and development and soon open an office in Vietnam, the official government website said late on Thursday.

A spokeswoman for Facebook said she had no comment.

Despite sweeping economic reforms and growing openness to social change, the ruling Communist Party tolerates little dissent and exercises strict control over media in Vietnam.

Global tech firms have pushed back against the provisions for locally-stored data, but they have not taken the same tough stance on the parts of the law which bolster the governments ability to crackdown on online political activism.

Company officials have, however, privately expressed concerns that local data centers and offices could make it easier for the authorities to seize customer data and expose local employees to the threat of arrest.

Simon Milner, Facebooks vice-president of public policy for Asia Pacific, met on Thursday with Vietnams Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on the sidelines of a World Economic Forum meeting in Hanoi.

Phuc said Facebook should be responsible for the security, safety and protection of its 60 million user accounts in Vietnam, the government website quoted the prime minister as saying at the meeting.

Gil Kaplan, Under Secretary for International Trade at the U.S. Department of Commerce, said on Monday he would raise the cyber security issue in his meetings this week with Vietnamese government officials, including the Prime Minister.

In July, seventeen U.S. lawmakers urged the chief executives of Facebook and Google to resist changes stipulated by the new law.

Last week, acting information min...

11:00

Case Histories: Jackson And The Women S02 E03 with Jason Isaacs "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Case Histories is a British crime drama television series based on the Jackson Brodie novel series by Kate Atkinson. It stars Jason Isaacs, who had also narrated the abridged audiobook adaptation, as protagonist Jackson Brodie. The series is both set and filmed in Edinburgh.] Initially each episode was aired in two 60 minute sections. The first series premiered on 5 June 2011, on BBC1 in the United Kingdom, and in October 2011 on PBS in the United States. A second series aired in 2013. Initially commissioned as two feature-length episodes in September 2012, the BBC reported that the format of series two would be different, encompassing three stories, each self-contained, at a running time of ninety minutes per episode. The first episode was revealed to be an adaptation of Atkinsons novel Started Early, Took My Dog. Filming for the second series commenced in October 2012. The second and third episodes of the series are original stories, written exclusively for television

11:00

Friday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Hurty Feelings Hotline This is an incredible MUST WATCH video. It is so bizarre it is hard to believe that it is a REAL conversation with a Police Commissioner who wants to protect minorities from non-crime hate incidents despite his police forces inability to deal with all the crime incidents! If you are drinking [] The post Friday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:59

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

140918 MAIN CELEBRATION WILL BE HELD ON MONDAY
Ne140918PUBLIC HOLIDAY ON MONDAY
New Dawn FM News
Bougainville will observe Monday 17th September as a public holiday to commemorate the 43rd Independence anniversary of Papua New Guinea.
This was announced by the ABG Deputy Chief Secretary Strategic Policy, THOMAS RAIVET in a memo send to all Government Offices and public institutions today.
MR. RAIVET said that because 16th September falls on Sunday the holiday will be observed on Monday.
He said that all emergency units like Hospital and PNG Power and Police will be on call all throughout the weekend.
Normal work will resume on Tuesday 18th of September, 2018.
MR. RAIVET wished the people of Bougainville happy celebrations.
 
Meanwhile Celebration and speeches in Hagogohe will be held in on Monday 17th September.
 
According to the Program the celebrations will be held at HOKO field in the Hagogohe constituency on Buka island.

This will be the big independence celebration on Bougainville with smaller celebrations in districts.

The National Government allocated ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND KINA each to all National members for the 43rd Independence celebrations.
 
The member for South Bougainville, TIMOTHY MASIU will be in South Bougainville for the celebrations this weekend.

Ends

10:43

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

140918PUBLIC HOLIDAY ON MONDAY
New Dawn FM News
Bougainville will observe Monday 17th September as a public holiday to commemorate the 43rd Independence anniversary of Papua New Guinea.
This was announced by the ABG Deputy Chief Secretary Strategic Policy, THOMAS RAIVET in a memo send to all Government Offices and public institutions today.
MR. RAIVET said that because 16th September falls on a weekend the holiday will be observed on Monday.
He said that all emergency units like Hospital and Ambulances will be on call all throughout the festive period.
Normal work will resume on Tuesday 18th of September, 2018.
MR. RAIVET wished the people of Bougainville happy celebrations.
Ends

10:42

Are NEXRAD Radars Steering Hurricane Florence?: Jim Lee "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hurricane modification is real. Is it just a coincidence or is there a connection between electrical weather modification and this storms track? You be the judge. By Jim Lee Subscribe on YouTube Thursday, Sep 13, 2018 Track Hurricane Florence and see the NEXRAD Radars, Nuclear Power Plants, and River Flood Levels live with ClimateViewer []

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10:30

MUST WATCH: Exclusive interview with Tommy Robinson "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz Tommy describes things he hasnt told anyone before: How a Muslim terrorist named Sayful Islam sent a threat to his prison door How he was transferred to a dangerous prison run by Muslim gangs, and was called racist when he complained How he [] The post MUST WATCH: Exclusive interview with Tommy Robinson appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:25

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

140918BOUGAINVILLE STARTED CELEBRATING 43RD PNG INDEPENDENCE DAY
New Dawn FM News
Member for South Bougainville and deputy Opposition leader, TIMOTHY MASIU has paid tribute to PNG leaders who led PNG to independence 43 years ago.
He made these comments whilst sending 43rd Independence wishes to the people of South Bougainville and Bougainville as a whole.
MR. MASIU said that Papua New Guinea came a long way since Independence and can only continue to progress into the future.
He said that PNG got its Independence on a golden slate from AUSTRALIA unlike what Bougainville has been fighting to be free for many years now.
The member for South Bougainville said that the people of Bougainville must continue to prepare for the upcoming referendum that will decide the final status of the region.
He called on the people of Bougainville to continue to celebrate the Independence of PNG as Bougainville is still a part of Papua New Guinea until the referendum next year.
In Buka the Sorom Primary School started the celebrations today by hosting a cultural day today.
Ends

10:10

Guest Post: Why our carbon emission policies don't work on air travel "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Just came across this post from the Conversation from July 2018. It argues that there are two possibilities to reduce aviation emissions as part of an across the board reduction in Australian emissions. Firstly, and given the difficulty of technological change, this will require that people fly less. The second option is to be much more aggressive in reducing emissions in another sector, say

10:00

BBC Classic Drama: War & Peace by Nikolai Tolstoy #13/20 Borodino "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wikipedia

War and Peace is a television dramatisation of the Leo Tolstoy novel of War and Peace. This 20 episode series began on 28 September 1972.

The BBC dramatisation of Tolstoys epic story of love and loss set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars. Anthony Hopkins heads the cast as Pierre Bezukhov, Morag Hood is Natasha Rostova, Alan Dobie is Andrei Bolkonsky and David Swift is Napoleon, whose decision to invade Russia in 1812 has far-reaching consequences for each of them and their families.

10:00

Friday feline "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Okay, I admit this is not a cat but he is adorable anyway.   The post Friday feline appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:59

Basketball Limping #Lebanon edges past China in unnecessary extra time "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It was messy, it was stressful, it was exhausting.  But it was a win, regardless.

Our team might be lacking key players including Jean Abdel Nour, Wael Arakji, Nadim Souaid and Bassel Bawji to name a few, but somehow they managed to withstand China, in a 45-minute catch-up.  Rarely in the lead, they were always fighting back, and whenever the scoreline was close, a thunder of turnovers would extend the lead and agony once more.

Despite a 92-88 final score in favor of Lebanon, a lot of questions need to be asked after this win:

1- Did we really have to reach overtime?

Anyone whos watched the match can easily see the cat-and-mouse play and how many wasted opportunities we had, especially in the first half of the match. An overtime could have been easily avoided, had the boys kept their focus, and even for a few gained some at all. Amir Saoud and Elie Rustom were completely off their game tonight.

2- Why was Daniel Fares sidelined for most of the match?

I found the decision to get Daniel Fares back on the bench, after he had posted an excellent total of 7 points when we were in dire need of them, very strange. He was definitely a key player in the outcome of the match, alongside the top 2 stars Ali Haidar and Ahmad Ibrahim.

3- Why did we forget to hit 3 points?

When facing the giant dragon China, whose average players height is huge, we should have focused on the three-point-line a bit more (4/25 only made) instead of venturing inside and getting blocked or falling into evitable turnovers. Not to forget how many free-throws we missed (10 in total)!

4- The stars of the match

The top 2 scorers of our team Ali Haidar and Ahmad Ibrahim (who was also weirdly sidelined when we needed him most) formed a remarkable duo, pulling off assists and scoring at the right time to get the team back in position. Without these 2, we surely wouldnt have made it through. Ater Majok was a force too, but needed a lot of time to get rolling.

What both teams had to say after the match:

What we need to do to beat New Zealand on Monday

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The stern test we face next is the Haka lovers, on Monday, September 17, on New Zealand soil. The match will take place at 10:10 AM local time Beirut and will be broadcasted on LB2.

In order to claim the win and increase our chances of qualifying for the 2019 F...

09:30

David Frum on Trumps despicable Puerto Rico Tweet "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

David Frum marks Trumps most despicable tweet yet

09:30

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Knowing anothers misfortunes are greater than your own isnt always helpful.

But it can be a reminder to count your blessings.

Today I had such a reminder and Im grateful for the many blessings I have to count.

09:30

Symbolism & propaganda in popular culture "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Symbolism & propaganda in popular culture appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:28

Sir Frank Lowy: Australia moving in the wrong direction "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Describing himself as a boat person Sir Frank Lowy has used the 15th annual address of the think tank he founded in his familys name, the Lowy Institute, to call for the nation to reject the insularity that is sweeping western politics and embrace immigration, innovation and infrastructure.

When I established the institute, I made it very clear that it would not be a platform for my own opinions, he said last night in a speech introduced by the former foreign minister, Julie Bishop.

By Nick OMalley
Opinion

I have kept that commitment. Until now.

In the speech Sir Frank described his memories of being a child refugee at the end of World War II.

Sir Frank Lowy

As a boy I stood at the doorway of our hiding place in Budapest and watched Russian troops fight house by house to liberate the city and therefore rescue us from certain death.

I was also aware back then that Britain and the United States were forces for good in the world.

I remember huddling around the radio with others, waiting for the chimes of Big Ben to signal the start of the BBC broadcast that would tell us what was happening in Europe.

As a teenager I became a boat person a refugee as I made my way to Palestine.

Sir Frank Lowy

I knew that Britain and the United States were beacons of freedom and democracy at a time when my life and Western civilisation itself was at grave risk.

As a teenager I became a boat person a refugee as I made my way to Palestine.

Sir Frank eventually made his way from Israel to Australia at a time when it was deliberately and rapidly expanding its population and made his fortune with Westfield shopping centres.

Describing Australia as blessed by its social harmony, economy, natural resources and geographic location Sir Frank said, I look at all this and ask: Why are we so timid? Why are we so quick to assume that we cannot have an impact?

Sir Frank said he was an unashamed advocate for a big Australia.

...

09:00

Classic Aussie Crime Drama:Water Rats S03 E15 Not Fade Away "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Season 3 Episode 5 appears to be missing

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. 

09:00

Interview with Graffiti Artist who defaced Lauren Southern Posters at NZ University "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz Malcolm Moncrief-Spittle Published on Sep 1, 2018 At the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand, beginning on 12 August 2018, I put up posters promoting Lauren Southern and her work after her recent visit to New Zealand with Stefan Molyneux. [] The post Interview with Graffiti Artist who defaced Lauren Southern Posters at NZ University 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. 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.

08:00

Classic Comedy:The Darling Buds of May S02 E03 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Not all episodes play in all countries

The Darling Buds of May is an English comedy drama television series, produced by Yorkshire Television for the ITV network, first broadcast between 7 April 1991 and 4 April 1993. It is an adaptation of the 1958 novel of the same name, and its sequels, by H. E. Bates.

Set in rural 1950s Kent, it follows the life of the Larkin family. It starred David Jason as Pop Larkin alongside Pam Ferris as Ma Larkin, with Catherine Zeta-Jones playing their eldest daughter Mariette, who marries tax inspector Cedric Charlie Charlton, played by Philip Franks. A ratings success, it proved to be Zeta-Joness breakout role.

Featuring a total of 20 episodes, it was broadcast as three series of six double-episode story lines in the spring of 1991, 1992 and 1993, plus two single-episode Christmas specials aired in 1991 and 1992

07:45

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1941, Alex St. Clair (Alexis Clair Snouffer), guitarist with Captain Beefheart. Born today in 1946, Pete Agnew, bass with Nazareth. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WESb6mu2EV8 Born today in 1949, Steve Gaines, guitarist and songwriter with Lynyrd Skynyrd. Born today in 1948, Fred Sonic Smith, singer, songwriter and guitarist with MC5. Born today in 1948, [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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07:00

Maori language week: Word for the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In honour of Maori Language Week, we at Whaleoil have decided to dedicate one post each day to highlight a Maori word that has particular significance to Maoridom. Todays Maori Word of the Week is the Maori word for Greenstone and Jade. pounamu 1. (adjective) be dark green. He pounamu ng rau o te karaka. / The leaves of the karaka tree are [] The post Maori language week: Word for the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tika  to be correct, true, upright, right, just, fair, accurate, appropriate, lawful, proper, valid; straight, direct, keep on a direct course; correctly, directly, fairly, justly, straight; truth, correctness, directness, justice, fairness, righteousness, right.

(Celebrating Maori Language Week)

Natural selection works again "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The venerable Darwin Awards salute the improvement of the human genome by honouring those who accidentally remove themselves from it. Perhaps not unsurprisingly, not a few Darwin winners are criminals. Its well established that criminals have lower IQs than law-abiders. Crime also runs in families: children of convicted parents are overwhelmingly more likely to follow [] The post Natural selection works again appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:20

Treasurer Charles Abel returns from sovereign bond roadshow "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Deputy Prime Minister and Treasurer, Charles Abel returned to Port Moresby yesterday after leading the international roadshow to market Papua New Guinea's inaugural (first ever) sovereign bond.

The DPM and delegation covered Singapore, Hong Kong, London, New York, Boston and Los Angeles in 10 days.

The PNG delegation (right) at one of the meetings

 In a packed schedule arranged by global lead coordinator Credit Suisse and joint bookrunners Citibank the delegation presented to around 100 global banks and fund managers at seven meetings per city.

"Our international partners have done a fantastic job in arranging meeting and providing advice," Abel said.

"The interest has been really good with full meetings including all the major players.

"Everyone is interested in the PNG story.

"The market for emerging market or frontier market bonds has been rattled recently by the Turkey and Argentina economic problems but we believe PNG has a strong case regardless.

"We are looking at a five year or 10-year benchmark minimum issue of US$500m.

"This is the minimum amount to qualify for the Emerging Market Bond Index and facilitate participation in the secondary market after issuance.

"Now that the roadshow is concluded we will field offers for amounts and pricing (interest rates) before making a final decision to sell the bonds.

"Of the potential proceeds, $200m will go into operation and capital costs and $300m will convert short term (less than 12 months) domestic debt into long term debt.

"This will better balance our loan book and bring in foreign exchange.

"PNG will be looking to establish its brand and yield curve in the international market for the future.

"Since the 2017 Supplementary Budget our Government through the 25 Point Plan has put revenue to GDP on an upward path from 12 per cent of GDP to 16 per cent......

06:06

Taiwan courts security ties with bigger friends as Beijing snatches allies "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

As Beijing intensifies its effort to further isolate Taiwan diplomatically, Taipei is actively but discreetly broadening security ties with regional powers beyond its long-standing relationship with the United States.

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FILE PHOTO: A bird flies around the flagpoles of the national flags inside the Diplomatic Quarter, where Taiwan ally embassies located, in Taipei, Taiwan August 23, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File Photo

From efforts to share intelligence on Chinas military with India and the prospect of engaging Japanese experts in its submarine program, Taipeis push is gradually bearing fruit despite sensitivities surrounding relations with Taiwan, according to government officials, military attaches and diplomats.

As well as India and Japan, Taipei has targeted Australia and Singapore.

While the effort is being kept low-key to avoid further inflaming Beijing and adding to pressure on countries aiding Taipei unofficially, the moves mirror Taiwans more public southbound policy to deepen commercial and cultural links with the region.

It also comes amid several recent successes by China in luring away some of the few nations that diplomatically recognize the democratically self-ruled island.

While Taipei battles to keep its remaining formal allies, it is keen to deepen strategic ties with larger regional powers, sensing an opportunity as they too seek to cope with a rising China, Taiwanese officials say.

We want Taiwan and those countries to have more in-depth understanding of the strategic or security environment we are in, Taiwans Foreign Minister Joseph Wu told Reuters.

As China grows more powerful and assertive, he said many of these countries feel the pinch and they might want to know more about Taiwan as an interest to them, rather than something they want to avoid.

SWITCHING TIES

China considers democratic Taiwan to be a wayward province and has never renounced the use of force to bring the island under its control. It has intensified military activity surrounding Taiwan in recent years.

El Salvador switched ties to Beijing last month, while the Dominican Republic did so in May and Panama changed sides last year leaving Taiwan with just 17 diplomatic allies, six of which are small Pacific island states.

None of the other regional powers will come close to what Taiwan is doing with the U....

06:00

Burqa ban: The virtuous left should side with the wicked conservatives "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Conservative senator Cory Bernardi has reiterated his call to ban Islamic face veils in places like airports, banks, and so on. Bernardis argument rests on security arguments: face-covering helmets are explicitly banned in the same places. Obscuring garments like hoodies are looked on with suspicion. Under some circumstances (protests, for example) face masks are also [] The post Burqa ban: The virtuous left should side with the wicked conservatives appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:58

Asian markets build on trade talks rally, Turkish lira holds up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Asian markets extended their gains Friday on hopes for China-US trade talks, while Turkeys lira held up after a shock hike in the countrys interest rate and a dip in US inflation.

After a tumultuous start to the month, investors finally had something to smile about Thursday after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin invited Chinese officials for fresh talks to avert an all-out trade war.

The news provided some much-needed support, which was improved on later in the day with data showing US consumer price inflation slid in August, easing pressure on the Federal Reserve to tighten borrowing costs.

AFP | The Turkish lira rallied against the dollar after the countrys central bank hiked interest rates

While the central bank is expected to lift rates next month, the figures lower the chances of another such move before January and provided a boost to equities on Wall Street.

That, combined with a pick-up in demand for stocks and currencies, sent the dollar southwards against most higher-yielding currencies but up against the safe-haven yen.

It also gave some breathing space to emerging markets, which have been battered in recent weeks by fears of contagion from crises in Turkey, Argentina and South Africa as a stronger dollar makes it harder for them to repay debts.

Hope springs eternal for emerging markets anytime the US dollar weakens and (Thursday) was no exception, said Stephen Innes, head of Asia-Pacific trading at OANDA.

As indeed the stars aligned for emerging markets assets after an astonishing interest rate hike from the Central Bank of Turkey and an exceedingly soft US (inflation) data.

Remain cautious

The CBT ramped up interest rates to 24 percent from 17.5 percent Thursday as it struggles to fight off inflation and boost the lira, which is down around 40 percent this year.

The surprise move an indication the CBT wanted to show its independence from strongman President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sent the lira surging to 6.01 to the dollar from 6.4. While the unit later eased slightly it managed to hold on to most of the rally in Asian trade.

The positive sentiment from Thursday continued heading into the weekend, with Tokyo going into the break one percent higher and Sydney 0.5 percent up.

Hong Kong rose 0.7 percent, adding to the previous days 2.5 percent rise, while Seoul surged 1.3 percent and Singapore gained 0.6 percent.

Shanghai dipped 0.1 percent while Manila fell 0.7 percent with investors fretting as Super Typhoon Mangkhut barrels towards the northern P...

05:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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05:00

Cartoon for Today "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jim Morin Morin Toons 14092018

Jim Morins note with this cartoon reads:- And to think these are the guys hearing confession

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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.

04:30

Renewables saving the world "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Well, maybe not. Data from BP, graph from WUWT. Presented without further comment as the graph tells it all. Renewables are not going to save the world for many, many, many years to come. Zero Carbon? Yeah/Nah.  Get real James Shaw and Todd Muller. The post Renewables saving the world appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:15

Freedom to learn Te Reo "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Kia ora koutou ki te wiki te reo Mori! It has been a wonderful week of celebrating te reo Mori, and the richness that comes with such a time. We are reminded of our similarities and embracing of our differences. In our classrooms we have te reo Mori intertwined within elements of study and [] The post Freedom to learn Te Reo appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:14

South China Sea build-up and Pacific meddling may help us "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Chinese infrastructure on Subi Reef in the South China Sea

IN A perverse way, we may all come to be grateful for Chinas military build-up in the South China Sea and its increased meddling in Pacific island nations. China has spent billions of dollars turning rocks and atolls in the South China Sea into full-scale islands complete with runways and re-supply facilities.

We do not know exactly how many billions because China is not a transparent liberal democracy with independent Budget accountability, but any number of Google Earth photographs reveal extensive work.

It stands to reason, that China is not going to let this go to waste. And as China goes about its business of spreading its influence in Pacific island nations through aid bribery, it is going to get a very clear message. That message is that climate-change induced rising sea levels pose an existential threat to these islands and of all issues, it is the most important for them.

China will then tweak. The very same rising sea levels that threaten Tuvalu, Kiribati and other island states will also threaten the billions of dollars worth of work they have done on the atolls in the South China Sea.

Moreover, under present UN Convention on the Law of Sea not only will the physical infrastructure be lost as the atolls go under, but also all the attendant fishing, mineral and sea and airspace rites that go with them.

The trouble is that the 1982 codification of the law of the sea, the maritime zones are measured from baselines. The baselines are straightened out where a coastline has a lot of indentations, bays and estuaries. But more importantly the baselines are ambulatory, that is like a walking human, capable of moving if the coastline moves for whatever reason.

It cuts both ways. For example, the creation of an island by volcanic activity in Iceland would create an extension to Icelands territorial, fishing, mining and economic zones. Similarly an Hawaiian lava flow would push out the maritime zones. On the other hand, if an island disappears the economic zone goes with it.

Perhap...

04:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Click on image for a high-res view Our Alien World: a Burmese Spirit Map The oceans on this Burmese map of the world are as flat and blue as ours. That much is familiar at least. But the land masses rising from their waves are unlike anything in Western cartography. They have no bearing on [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

News from New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Spartacus does not know who Jim Rose is, but this is what he wrote for the New Zealand Herald.  And dont expect this to be published in the mainstream media on the big island:

Manus Island and Nauru are not prisons for asylum seekers

Read the whole thing, but here are the bookends emphases are Spartacus:

Asylum seekers in the Australian camps on Manus Island in PNG and on Nauru are said to be living in chambers of horrors. In fact they are not just safe from the persecution they fled back home, they have gone from being just another asylum seeker in a UN refugee camp in Southeast Asia or the Middle East, to having the entire resources of the Australian Government seeking to place them in a third nation.

Nauru and Manus Island asylum seekers receive free room and board, healthcare and an army of activist lawyers to stand up for them if they are in any way mistreated or must appeal their application.

and

New Zealand lectures Australia about its meanness towards boat people but never once increased its refugee quota from 750, which is one-quarter of Australias 13,750 on a per capita basis. Australia accepted 18,000 refugees last year because of an emergency quota increase for Syrians and Iraqis.

Charity and self-righteousness begin at home. Jacinda Ardern should put up our refugee quota to 1500 or shut up. Australia increased its 2018/19 quota to 18,750; the last three digits are ironic. Jaccuse.

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04:00

Jake Tapper: Trumps false Puerto Rico claim is shocking and disturbing "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Muliple studies suggest the George Washington is the mid-point when some estimates were higher.

Trump grows ever more grotesque.

03:52

They are gone "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

RAYMOND SIGIMET Raymond

I miss them
They are gone now

I miss the bubbly, babbling days
The first words
The assisted walks

I miss the patter of feet
Along the corridor
Up the doorway

I miss those question sessions
Questions about everything
And anything in between

I miss the little clothes
The stubborn zipper
The rubber boots and princess dress

I miss the small talk and tales
About the moon and stars
And Cinderella's glass slipper

I miss the cuts, the bruises
The tears and pain
The soothing Band-Aid

I miss the sibling rivalry
The small quarrels
The wailing tantrums

I miss the mornings and afternoons
The breakfasts and uniforms
Dinner and TV shows

I miss those moments
They are gone now

03:45

Summary of events in West Papua (9 Aug -14 Sept 2018) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Summary of events in West Papua (9 Aug -14 Sept 2018)

The 49th Pacific Islands Forum was held in Nauru from 3 to the 6th September 2018. This years theme was Building a strong Pacific: Our Islands, Our People, Our Will. The Free West Papua Campaign called on people all across the Pacific to help amplify the voices of West Papuans by raising as much awareness as possible and directly engaging your representatives on the issue of West Papua. There is only one key message for Pacific Islands Forum Leaders: West Papuas fundamental right to self-determination must be brought back to the United Nations agenda. West Papua has been back on the agenda at the PIF over the past few years and this year received another small mention (and no doubt with some opposition) in the PIF communiqu (Unscrubbed version). From the communiqu in relation to West Papua
http://awpasydneynews.blogspot.com/2018/09/summary-of-events-in-west-papua-9-aug.html

03:45

Jordan Peterson thinks you should eat Whale Meat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Have a look at the video and understand why it is that Jordan Peterson eats delicious meat and ONLY meat. He says that it has helped his depression as well as his overall physical health and even his sleeping!    With that in mind, try our delicious, restaurant quality meat from The Whale Meat Company. [] The post Jordan Peterson thinks you should eat Whale Meat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:37

03:30

No one told them life was gonna be this way "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The post No one told them life was gonna be this way appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:20

Akaku Upstairs Presents: Maui Huliau Foundation: How Film Can Be A Tool For Social Change 10/4/18 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Maui Huliau Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit whose mission is to promote environmental literacy and leadership among Mauis youth. Their largest program is the Huliau Environmental Filmmaking Club. Over the past 8 years, hundreds of students from 16 schools on Maui have created more than 60 short environmental films from documentaries to music videos.

The post Akaku Upstairs Presents: Maui Huliau Foundation: How Film Can Be A Tool For Social Change 10/4/18 appeared first on Akaku.

03:15

Treating students like dogs "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Dear Minister Martin It is with great justification that our trust, families and students will be absolutely repulsed by your comments about charter schools treating their students like dogs in your speech in parliament last night. Despite frequent invitations, you have never visited our two partnership/charter schools. Can I ask you please to entirely apologise [] The post Treating students like dogs appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:00

Australia has enough Kiwi rubbish, thanks "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australias decision to crack down and deport New Zealand lawbreakers living in Australia has generated some trans-Tasman friction. But, as Newsie reports, it turns out that we have quite literally had enough Kiwi rubbish. Quote: Packaging and other material thats been put in soft plastic recycling bins has ended up in storage, because the Australian [] The post Australia has enough Kiwi rubbish, thanks appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:45

Senator Cory Bernardi believes in nuclear power, but doesnt believe in climate change "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Doesnt Cory Bernardi get it?    that the nuclear lobby now loves to believe in climate change so it can pretend that nuclear power is the cure. 

Cory Bernardi writes to Angus Taylor, asking for nuclear moratorium removal, 2GB  LUKE GRANT , 14 Sep 18, Senator Cory Bernardi has written to the Federal Energy Minister, ...

02:41

Contrary to Scott Morrisons deceptive boast Australia is on track to miss Paris climate targets "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australia on track to miss Paris climate targets as emissions hit record highs https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/sep/14/australia-on-track-to-miss-paris-climate-targets-as-emissions-hit-record-highs

NDEVR Environmental data suggests Australia will miss targets by 1bn tonnes of carbon dioxide under current trajectory, Guardian, Lisa Cox, 14 Sept 18,  [good graphs on original] Australia remains on track to miss its Paris climate targets as carbon emissions continue to soar, according to new data.

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02:38

Earth headed fortipping point where global warming will become irreversible "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Earth could enter permanent hothouse state, scientists warn  https://zeelandpress.com/earth-could-enter-permanent-hothouse-state-scientists-warn/ 

The planet urgently needs to transition to a green economy because fossil fuel pollution risks pushing the Earth into a lasting and dangerous hothouse state, researchers warned on Monday.

If polar ice continues to melt, forests are slashed and greenhouse gases rise to new highs as they currently do each year the Earth will pass a tipping point.

Crossing that threshold guarantees a climate 4-5 Celsius (7-9 Fahrenheit) higher than pre-industrial times, and sea levels that are 10 to 60 meters (30-200 feet) higher than today, cautioned scientists in .

And that could be only decades ahead, they said.

What is Hothouse Earth? 

Hothouse Earth is likely to be uncontrollable and dangerous to many, said the article by scientists at University of Copenhagen, Australian National University and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany.

Rivers would flood, storms would wreak havoc on coastal communities, and coral reefs would be eliminated all by centurys end or even earlier.

Global a...

02:37

"Unobtainable dream" "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

"There was a time, in the not-so distant past, when housing was affordable and buying a house to raise your family was not the unobtainable dream it is today."


Source for both.

Is the text really an objective reflection of the facts?

The increase through the 1970s and 80s was significantly driven by State Advance loans and the ability to capitalise on Family Benefit. That particularly helped Maori and Pacific families with typically more children. But the boon for large families has also turned into a negative factor in that one family home cannot be passed to 6 or 7 children nor shared inherited wealth stretch to affording home ownership.

But a 10% fall in home ownership over thirty years is not an irretrievable disaster. Neither is it unique to NZ. The UK, the US, and Australia all have similar current rates and all have fallen over the past decades.


02:35

Nuclear power plant threatened as Hurricane Florence nears USA coast "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A NUCLEAR PLANT BRACES FOR IMPACT WITH HURRICANE FLORENCE, Wired,    MEGAN MOLTENI13 Sept 18    I N MARCH 11, 2011, a one-two, earthquake-tsunami punch knocked out the safety systems at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, triggering an explosion of hydrogen gas and meltdowns in three of its six reactorsthe worlds worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl. Fukushimas facility was built with 1960s technology, designed at a time when engineers underestimated plant vulnerabilities during natural disasters. In the US, 20 plants with similar designs are currently operating.

One of them is slated for a head-on collision with Hurricane Florence. Duke Energy Corps dual-reactor, 1,870-megawatt Brunswick plant sits four miles inland from Cape Fear, a pointy headland jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean just south of the city of Wilmington, North C...

02:30

State control eroding our individual freedoms "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Since the dawn of mankind, humans have traded their skills, expertise and time for their own measure of what they value those assets to be worth. They negotiated and agreed with another willing buyer/seller. The beneficial trade happened all over the globe, always with the individual being able to determine their own prices, exchange, trade [] The post State control eroding our individual freedoms appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

The UKs bulk interception powers, exposed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden, have been found to be illegal "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Edward Snowden surveillance powers ruled unlawful https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-45510662

The UKs bulk interception powers, exposed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden, have been found to be illegal by the European Court of Human Rights.

In a landmark judgement, the court ruled agencies had violated rights as there were no proper safeguards.

The court crucially said bulk interception was legitimate and it had seen no evidence it had been abused.

Parliament reformed surveillance powers in 2016 and introduced a new watchdog. Critics say the system is still flawed.

What were the powers being challenged in court?

In 2013, Edward Snowden revealed that GCHQ the UKs eavesdropping agency had been......

02:26

Adani groundwater bores investigated  amid claims they were sunk without approval "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Investigation into claims Adani bores put sensitive one-million-year-old springs at risk   by Mark WillacyABC Investigations www.abc.net.au/news/mark-willacy/166888, -14 Sept 18 

The Queensland environment department launches an investigation
into a series of groundwater bores drilled by Adani,
which conservationists say were sunk without approval,
contrary to the miners claim it had permission for the works.

Key points:

Adani told the ABC it was abiding by the conditions of the Carmichael projects approvals
Conservationists have repeatedly warned that the companys dewatering plans would see groundwater levels plummet
The Queensland Environmental Department said the bores were not in place in time for a recent site inspection

The environmental group Coast and Country has obtained high resolution satellite
and drone imagery which it says shows the illegal works at the site
of Adanis controversial Carmichael coal mine project in north Queensland.

Adani have sunk six dewatering bores, said the groups Derec Davies.

Theyve needed approval, a groundwater approval, for these bores. They dont have that.

Theyve drilled into Great Artesian Basin aquifers, theyve put at risk
our groundwater particularly at a time when half the countrys in drought.

www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-12/adani-groundwater-bores-investigated-by-queensland-department/10231752

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02:23

Darebin Council, Victoria leads the way on climate change action "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Its not too late to act on climate change, The Age, Paul Gilding 11 Sept 18,   People engaged in the climate debate are often bewildered by societys lack of response. How can we ignore such overwhelming evidence of an existential threat to social and economic stability?

. What is relatively new is that scientists and experts are increasingly acknowledging that nothing less than a massive global mobilisation on a WWII scale is required to address the catastrophic risks posed.
Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, head of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, and a senior advisor to Pope Francis, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the European Union recently argued that Climate change is now reaching the end-game, where very soon humanity must choose between taking unprecedented action, or accepting that it has been left too late and bear the consequences.
All around us examples of what these consequences might be are increasingly tangible. Whether it be wild fires in northern Sweden, refugee crises, extreme ice melt in the Arctic, submerged airports in Japan or severe droughts, people are feeling climate c...

02:20

Australian Communities Foundation Divests $90 Million From Fossil Fuels "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A leading Australian foundation is entirely divesting its $90 million corpus investment portfolio from fossil fuels to focus on environmentally sustainable investments. Pro Bono News,   12th September 2018, Luke Michael, Journalist, Australian Communities Foundation has transitioned its portfolio to an ethical investment approach over the past three years, and on Wednesday pledged to fully divest from fossil fuel investments.ACF CEO Maree Sidey told Pro Bono News the change was driven by their donors.

We made that move because our donors have very strong values around social justice and taking a sustainable approach to the environment, Sidey said.

And we were asked by our donors to really start thinking about our investments and how we were aligning our investments with the social outcomes that we wanted to see through our distributions.

ACFs commitment means no new investments in the top 200 oil, gas, or coal companies, and selling any of these existing inv...

02:17

Brunswick Nuclear Power Stations Cliff Edge Barriers Appear To Fall Almost 8 Feet Short Of Required Storm Surge Protection Level Mining Awareness + "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission NTTF [Near Term Task Force] observed that, some [nuclear] plants have an overreliance on operator actions and temporary flood mitigation measures such as using sandbags, temporary flood walls and barriers, and portable equipment to perform safety functions. The NTTF report also states that, the Task Force has concluded that flooding []

via Brunswick Nuclear Power Stations Cliff Edge Barriers Appear To Fall Almost 8 Feet Short Of Required Storm Surge Protection Level Mining Awareness +

02:16

September 13 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Science and Technology: Clean energy can provide 100% of electricity A report by the Centre for Alternative Technology says clean energy could meet all our electricity needs, using only existing technology, at all times of the day, and all year round. It draws on scenarios designed to meet the targets of the Paris []

via September 13 Energy News geoharvey

02:15

Transport emissions are soaring its time to shift to electric vehicles RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

http://www.thedriven.io A new study from the Climate Council has highlighted the surge in transport emissions in Australia, which is taking the country further away from its weak emissions targets and underlying the case for a switch to electric vehicles, and more renewable energy to charge them. It also underlines the case for a smarter approach

via Transport emissions are soaring its time to shift to electric vehicles RenewEconomy

02:15

Oral questions: 13 September 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Questions to Ministers Hon PAULA BENNETT to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Governments statements and actions? PRIYANCA RADHAKRISHNAN to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: What progress has he made towards the Governments target for building KiwiBuild homes? Hon PAUL GOLDSMITH to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the comments of the Wellington Chamber of Commerce Chief [] The post Oral questions: 13 September 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:14

The guide to buying an electric vehicle in Australia RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Given the many exciting changes that have been happening, and are about to happen in the Australian market, it seems an ideal time to update our list of whats available in EVs in Australia. The post The guide to buying an electric vehicle in Australia appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via The guide to buying an electric vehicle in Australia RenewEconomy

02:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Ottos Cafe, Federal Square, Auckland. 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 or [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Fonterra loss could be opportunity for change Andrew McRrae:

Dairy farmers are hoping the massive financial hit taken by Fonterra will be used as an opportunity to reset the business for the future.

The dairy cooperative delivered a net loss of $196 million for the year ended July, after being hit by compensation payouts and investment write downs.

Revenue rose 6 percent to $20.4 billion.

Orini farmer Allan Crouch said even though a loss had been signalled, it was still very disappointing, especially compared to the $734m profit the year before. . .

Fonterra ponders Beingmate future as part of strategic review  Nikki Mandow:

(BusinessDesk) Fonterra is looking at whether it should get rid of its disastrous Beingmate investment as part of an everything up for grabs strategic review.

Speaking as the company announced the first full-year loss in its 18-year history, chairman John Monaghan said the company was doing a full stocktake and portfolio review looking at all our major investments, assets and joint ventures to see how they are performing and where they fit with our strategy. Beingmate was a key investment under the spotlight. . .

Co-op must do better:

The Chairman of Fonterras Shareholders Council Duncan Coull has said he is extremely disappointed with the Co-ops 2018 Annual Results.

Theres no denying that our farmers are unhappy with current performance, and this years results, he said.

The underlying result and its impact on earnings, dividend and carrying value is totally unacceptable and one that our farming families will not want to see repeated. Moving forward, it is imperative that our business builds confidence through achievable targets and at levels that support a higher carrying value of our farmers investment. . .

A thoroughly modern-day forward-thinking farmer Pat Deavoll:

If ever there was the epitome of a thoroughly modern-day Kiwi farmer, the new Federated...

02:00

Reaction to PC "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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01:53

Work on K3.9mil Tolukuma road delayed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The National aka The Loggers Times | September 13, 2018

WORK on the Tolukuma-Bakoiudu Road has been delayed because funds allocated for the project cannot be accessed, according to the Mineral Resources Authority.

The K3.9 million earmarked for the 11.2km road is under the care of the Department of Finance as a result of the implementation of the Public Money Management and Regularisation Act 2017, a statement from the authority said.

It was responding to a query from the Tolukuma Landowner Association on why the road construction had not started despite the funds having been allocated.

The contract for the road project was awarded by the Central Supplies and Tenders Board last November. The MRA then paid the contractor a mobilisation fee of K170,000 in December to start work in February this year.

It also paid K200,000 to the Department of Works to supervise the project.

Before more payments were made, the legislation came into force in April.

Funds were frozen by the Department of Finance.

...

01:45

Caption competition "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There were Greens in the bed and the little one Golly G saidroll over, roll over The post Caption competition appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:30

1080 protesters go too far this time "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

We all know that the use of 1080 is an emotive issue. There is no doubt that it is a poison, and it does kill pretty much everything that crosses its path. The trouble is, at the moment, there are not many other ways to control stoats and possums, and until something better comes along, [] The post 1080 protesters go too far this time appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:14

Wafi-Golpu plan to dump mine waste in sea queried "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The National aka The Loggers Times | September 13, 2018

Salamaua LLG president Philemon Tomala has expressed concern about the plan to dump Wafi-Golpu mine tailings into Huon Gulf.

He said that both Wafi-Golpu Joint Venture and Morobe government should spell out the effects of the tailings on the gulf, where people fish for their livelihood. It is also one of few places in the world where the endangered giant leatherback turtle nests.

The mining company and Morobe government say it is safe to get this waste into the sea, Tomala said.

From experiences we have seen, like Panguna mine and others, the people out there still have questions in their minds as to how safe the waste is, going onto the sea.

This is because our peoples livelihood is in the sea.

They go fishing to sustain their day-to-day living, but with this thing coming, we have a lot of questions Whether it is safe for marine life or not.

01:00

Satirical image of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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00:33

RTG-led consortium meets Bougainville Govt over Panguna project "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australian Mining | September 12, 2018

ASX-listed RTG Mining has presented its redevelopment proposal for the Panguna mine to the House of Representatives in Bougainville in a significant step forward for the project.

RTG Mining is leading a consortium of local landowners in Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea (PNG), that is trying to win government support in order to restart operations at the mine, currently under consideration for redevelopment by Government-backed Bougainville Copper (BCL).

The mines relaunch is a keystone of Bougainvilles upcoming plans for independence.

The dormant Panguna copper mine, which has been abandoned since 1989 due to local conflicts, contributed roughly 40 per cent of PNGs economy during the height of operation.

The consortium, led by landowners, presented its proposal last week to a number of representatives of the Bougainville Government and is currently developing a social licence...

00:30

Kiribati Kapers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The delegation from Kiribati to the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru last week went home rather unhappy.  When you live in paradise a week on Nauru would tend to make you unhappy.  Nauru has few redeeming features and its efforts to hold a successful Forum progressing important issues like security and sovereignty, failed.  Naurus President [] The post Kiribati Kapers appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:30

Giggly grannys Wonkey Donkey "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Wonky Donkey, which has been delighting Kiwi kids and those who read to them for several years, has become a global hit thanks to a YouTube video of a giggling granny reading it to her grandson:

Scottish granny Janice Clark was caught on film reading The Wonky Donkey to her four-month-old grandson Archer and she couldnt contain her laughter.

Since the video went viral days ago, book lovers all around the globe have been searching for the book, by New Zealander Craig Smith.

The Wonky Donkey is based on Smiths song of the same name and tells the tale of a three-legged donkey. . .

 

00:15

Trans versus women versus lesbians versus TERFs: The remix "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Just over a week ago Whaleoil published my guest post. I was seeking to make some sense of the gender self-identification debate. I knew I was walking into a wildfire wearing sunscreen and virtually everyone that knew I was writing it told me not to touch the issue. Its a tough issue. There are strong passions on [] The post Trans versus women versus lesbians versus TERFs: The remix appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

Thursday, 13 September

20:35

Bringing love, compassion and humanity back into healthcare "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Disability isnt a deficit within a person, its a deficit in a culture that doesnt accept or enable a person for who they are.

Scattering Evies ashes. Photo: Nathan Maddigan. All rights reserved.

Nathan Scolaro (NS): So lets talk about the work youre doing now and then journey back through your story.

Rachel Callander (RC): Okay cool. My work involves speaking to health professionals about the need to communicate with patients using openhearted language, especially at diagnosis. I teach how the first words used at diagnosis critically shape how a patient or parent or family member perceives the present and navigates their future. These words can either help the individual be their best self through this challenging time and find meaning even in pain, or they can create anger, mistrust, frustration, and break down the crucial relationship between with the health professional. So essentially its a conversation about empowerment, and how language can elevate those critical exchanges for the patient and for the health professional. And Im not a health professional at all, I should say. I studied fine arts and have a photography background. I was a wedding and portrait photographer for 10 years in New Zealand. My first major experience with the healthcare system and with disability was in 2008, when my daughter Evie was born. She had a very rare chromosome condition, and what I noticed after she was born was that the language I was using about her and the language that the doctors were using was very different.

And I liked my language better [laughs]. Because it highlighted ability and it highlighted humanitywhereas theirs was very negative, deficit language. And it took all of her ability and potential away. The healthcare professionals would use these cold, horrible phraseslike she was incompatible with life. Id just given birth and was an emotional mess coming to terms with what they were saying and then they would use words like mental retardation, abnormal, dimorphic, which just seemed to exasperate everything. None of their words made sense. Their words didnt sound like they were describing a human being.

And youre not in a position to challenge them eitherwhen youre already vulnerable.

Yeah, I felt very small a lot of the time. And I just expected that was normal, that they are the heroes. I remember one of the first pediatricians we met was trying to explain chromosomes....

20:25

Defying Trump, China and California Will Work Together to Fight Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This story was originally published by Grist. It appears here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. A romance between California and China blossomed on stage Wednesday morning at the opening ceremony for a conference in San Francisco. California and China share a common adversary in President Donald Trump, giving them common purpose and strengthening the cross-Pacific bonds of []

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