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Tuesday, 19 June

03:30

Oh dear, now it is putting on weight "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hard on the heels of the primetime TV coverage of 58m of sea level rise as a result of ALL the ice in Antarctica melting, comes a study from a NASA scientist saying that East Antarctica is gaining ice mass of between 50 to 200 gigatons per year. The Daily Caller reports: Quote. NASA glaciologist [] The post Oh dear, now it is putting on weight appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:15

HOW O'NEILL MANAGED TO SILENCE AND OVERCOME HIS BIGGEST CRITICS IN THE OPPOSITION "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Peter O'Neill has successfully silenced and neutralised three of his biggest and most vocal critics who were in the opposition benches in the previous term of Parliament.

With a highly corrupt and heavily manipulated election process, Don Polye stood no chance as O'Neill targeted his Kandep Electorate with very heavy police and military presence during election 2017. The result is that Don Polye was ousted under a questionable election process, the outcome of which is yet to be decided by the courts to this very day.

The court process to hand down a decision on the Kandep seat is being unnecessarily delayed and this indicates that the judiciary may not be operating freely from political control and interference. Kandep was one of the seats that experienced violence during the election and how they managed to conclude the election process and declare a winner remains a mystery.

Belden Namah and Sam Basil managed to get through the first hurdle by winning their respective seats. Both Namah and Basil were offered some kind of deal in the lead up to and formation of government by Peter O'Neill. I know because I was with both men in the lead up to formation of government.

Basil took the deal and made his move to join O'Neill in government but Namah being the warrior he is, refused the deal outright. He refused to submit to O'Neill's fear and intimidation tactics. What O'Neill offered was a chance to join him in government and if that offer is accepted, there was no doubt some form of reward for the MP.

When the offer was refused, as in the case of Namah, O'Neill then used every trick in the book and pulled every string available to him to go after the MP concerned. Belden Namah is still fighting his tribunal recommended dismissal from office in court.

In an interesting twist, we now see in the news that a vital piece of evidence in the Namah court case, the tribunal transcript has gone missing from his court files. There is little doubt in my opinion that forces are at play to ensure Namah is removed from Parliament and eliminated as a threat against O'Neill.

Patrick Pruaitch has been unusually quiet as an opposition leader and the reason is quite simple. Pruaitch has his own long outstanding leadership tribunal that is being conveniently "forgotten" for now. Once Pruaitch starts being...

03:07

Dreary ! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"



                                           Saturday

Sunday

Today weak spasmodic sunshine Heavy cloud cover after heavy overnight drizzle

News reports claim less than one hour of sunshine for ChC per day for first 15 days this June.




03:00

Lets fix this "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Lets fix this is the Whaleoil alternative to numerous government working groups. Who needs expensive consultants with expense accounts when you can throw the problem to the Whaleoil readership and come up with multiple solutions quickly and easily. With the current discussion about building more or smaller prisons, double bunking, letting people out of prison early [] The post Lets fix this appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

The modern middle-class snob "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Back in the day the advent of the new rich in Britain, who made their wealth from producing products, rather than by owning huge chunks of land like the aristocracy, rather got up the noses of the said aristocracy. A power-balance shift was happening and those who had the power up until then were not [] The post The modern middle-class snob appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

View from your window: The coffee or the bag? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Todays view from your window is the competition photo for the month where the person who can provide the most correct details wins a choice between a wonderful prize of 1 kg of high-quality coffee beans or a Cooler bag that will keep ice frozen for up to 24 hours in up to 36c and [] The post View from your window: The coffee or the bag? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In wake of M. Bovis, look after each other

To those who in some way are in the depths of New Zealands farming world, or part of the sector in some way, and to those who might not read this because they are not farmers Im thinking of us all, writes Mischa Clouston.

This Mycoplasma bovis is colossal. It will reach far and affect many of us in some way. In a huge, indescribable way.

Im scared for my cattle owner friends; it must be such a heavy weight to carry just now, knowing you could lose so much.Im scared for fellow managers or milkers; if there are no cows, do we even have a job in the dairy and beef industries? .

Im worried for the health sector, helping support the strain and worry. But lets not forget the agribusiness owners whose business is on farms or with product or services for cattle the small business owners relying on the spending from farmers who may, in time, have little left in their own pots. . .

Otago water rights: Its time for this to be sorted out :

Water is the new gold in Otago and there is a mountain of work to bring water allocation in the area in line with the rest of the country before time runs out.

The Otago Regional Council is working to have the regions antiquated water take regime brought in line with the Resource Management Act by the October 2021 deadline.

Water rights in Central Otago and parts of the surrounding districts were first allowed as mining rights to aid in the extraction of gold in the mid 19th century. . .

Down to earth and sharing the view glamping styl...

01:52

Time for the government to pay up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Yesterday, the New Zealand Nurses Organisation voted to take strike action. While they'd been offered a half billion dollar pay package by DHBs, this was mostly focused on divide and rule and raising salaries for those already at the top of the pay scale, with only crumbs for the overworked and underpaid masses at the bottom. And clearly, their membership felt that this was unacceptable, that after nine long years of austerity under National, they deserved more.

And they're right. They do deserve more. And the government has to pay up. Pleading poverty won't help - everyone knows that their "poverty" is entirely self-inflicted, a voluntary adherence to National's budget targets in a vain effort to please the business community (who will never be pleased, so there's no point). But people elected this government to fix the social infrastructure National had eroded, to make sure we had schools and hospitals which actually work. The bill for that is now due. Either they can pay up and promise more money, or they can see those hospitals stop working and pay the political price for that.

01:52

A divided Liberal Party is a sign of the times "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Contributed by Joe Montero

There is absolutely no doubt now, the Liberal Party is in crisis. It may not have reached the point where it is about to disappear from the political landscape, but its troubles are nevertheless serious.

The latest episode is the brawl at a party branch meeting at a Canberra caf. The violence has grabbed attention. More important is behind it is a battle for control of the branch, and this is just one small part of what is happening nationwide within the party.

We saw serious division at the parts National Conference, where resolutions were put forward and  passed, like the ones concerning the privatisation of the ABC and moving the Australian Embassy to Jerusalem, seriously embarrassed the Turnbull government and propelled it into damage control.

Delegates at the National Conference vote to privatise the ABC

In Victoria, the radicals have taken over the administration, on the heels of capturing the leadership of the Young Liberals. This has angered and forced the traditional conservatives into counter action. This shift it taking various forms in other states.

The government itself has long been riddled with division. The radicals, which includes deposed leader Tony Abbott, have long been circling like sharks, aiming to topple the conservatives.

In every aspect of the partys existence the fight is on and making its way even into preselections for parliamentary representatives.

There are several reasons why this division has festered and become more guarantee that Australia is a good place to do business, if you are big business, and they were supposed to ensure political stability.

Instead, we have an emerging economic crisis, where most people are left worse off and look towards being left even worse off in the future. The poor are getting poorer and the middle finds its social position and security under threat.

Even the big end of town is not happy and demanding...

01:44

Oral Questions 19 June 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Questions to Ministers KIRITAPU ALLAN to the Minister of Finance: What feedback has the Government received on the Families Package? SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her statements and policies? AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by the statements and policies of this Government regarding New Zealands economy? PAUL EAGLE to the Minister of [] The post Oral Questions 19 June 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:30

Chatham House rules? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A guest post: As some of you know, I am a bit fussy about the use of language and the use and misuse of quotes. In question time in Parliament the other day Mr Jones, member of parliament, was questioned about his statement about Fonterra. He explained that he did so because he had earlier [] The post Chatham House rules? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:07

So bad so soon "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Homepaddock

How did it get so bad so soon?
Its a mess of ministers
acting like goons.
My goodness how the
mess has grewn.
How did it get so bad so soon?

With apologies to Dr Seuss, how did it get so bad so soon?

Audrey Young writes that Jacinda Ardern will forgive Winston Peters for anything, even the unforgivable.

A National MP joked this week that the Opposition didnt want things to get so bad under Jacinda Arderns maternity leave that the country was desperate for her return they just wanted a medium level of dysfunction.

That threshold was almost reached this week even before the big event, and things got worse as the week wore on.

Arderns faith in Winston Peters being able to manage the inevitable bush fires that will flare when she is away must be seriously undermined given that he and his party have

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01:00

Photoshop of the day by Luke "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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00:30

Carbon tax gone in Ontario "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

While our government seek to impoverish our economy it seems that other leaders are finally realising what a fraud climate change is and are abandoning carbon taxes. Donald Trump pulled out of Paris and now Doug Ford in Ontario has signalled the end of carbon taxes there:  Quote: Ontario Premier-Elect Doug Ford repeated his promise [] The post Carbon tax gone in Ontario appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:00

A one-term government? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Newshub came up with this article at the weekend, and I am really surprised by it. The fact that the media are even contemplating that this might be a one-term government nine months in is a death knell of epic proportions. At no stage in the Bolger, Clark or Key governments was there even a hint [] The post A one-term government? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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Monday, 18 June

23:44

New Zealand: Police department welcomes imam who called Jews the enemy for Ramadan event "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Anwar Sahib was removed from Federation of Islamic Associations in 2016 for anti-Semitic remarks. But the Counties Manukau Police department had no problem welcoming him for Ramadan. And one can sympathize: it is very, very hard indeed to find an imam who doesnt have some kind of spot on his record, and so if outreach []

23:44

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23:30

Nothing says Labour-led like stroppy, striking unions "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The unions are playing up for their new master like there is no tomorrow. The nurses union has rejected their pay offer and now the PSA is talking wider action in the public sector: Quote: The nurses union has strongly rejected a district health board pay and conditions offer and is seeking urgent mediation to [] The post Nothing says Labour-led like stroppy, striking unions appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:15

We are a nation of weak, indecisive onlookers and observers who cannot stand united to achieve anything! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


When our university students protested against the corrupt government, and got shot by rogue policemen, the nation sat back and watched saying "em samting blong ol sumatin".

When policemen were shot and killed in the line of duty during the worst most corrupt elections ever, the nation looked on with disinterest and merely expressed passing sorrow and sympathy. Even comrades of the fallen men within RPNGC have not made any noise and to date, no one knows the status of these cases.

When Hela speaks up against the government and threathens to shut down LNG operations, they do it alone while the nation looks on with a shrug of the shoulders and again says with disinterest "samting blong Hela".

Now that Southern Highlands have said enough is enough and are protesting because they were denied their democratic rights to elect their leaders in a free and fair election, the rest of the nation simply look on from a distance and again say "problem na hevi blong Southern Highlands".

We all pretend as if we were never affected by the most corrupt election ever and that our lives are not being affected by corruption even right at this moment. We continue to remain silent instead of rising up in support of our brothers.

Maybe other provinces in PNG are benefiting from the PNC government and only Southern Highlands is missing out that's why we all remain silent and our silence is so deafening at this time



Change will never come to this country because we are too timid to stand up and fight for anything. We are happy to sit back and allow one man and his corrupt government to walk all over us again and again.

When will PNG rise up in unity and say enough is enough?? O'Neill feels so relaxed that he is happily taking some of the key Ministers and MPs he will need in the looming VONC on a taxpayer funded sight seeing luxury trip to China.

He knows that the weak and timid Papua New Guineans and their equally weak and spineless leaders will not have the guts to say or do anything while he is away.

23:15

The Greens failure to plan ahead "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Eugenie Sage chose Facebook to post her justification for having to give a Chinese water bottling company OIO consent to develop a plant that could export a billion litres of water a year. This was a major dead rat for the greens to swallow. They had campaigned as a party against bottled water and foreign investment. They had hidden behind not having to actually run anything to make grandiose statements about issues that they never really expected to have to deal with.    The post The Greens failure to plan ahead appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:10

Mediawatch: Police apologise to Nicky Hager "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Mediawatch on Police apologising to Nicky Hager

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/mwatch-20180617-0908-a_win_for_media_and_the_public_which_came_at_a_cost-128.mp3

There is a lengthy article on the RNZ website.

Not sure what to think about this.

Again we see serious ineptitude by NZ Police, thus raising major concerns regarding their management.

However, Hager has track record of using leaked material in his books. He is extremely partisan in his views. There have been claims in the past that some of his assertions are either incorrect or just not true.

23:02

EQUALLY MISERABLE? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"



A mantra used to  give an alternative summation to the ever growing examples of the failure of Socialism refers to the oft preached notion  that equality is an aspirational goal for the success of the 'revolution', lines up as "The easiest way to achieve "Equality" is to get everyone in want", ie everyone equally miserable.

The human development has taken mankind from caves eating raw meat and shivering to keep warm to what a modern successful  state delivers to all, in various degrees largely defined by personal effort.
One of the Darwinism principles has the more successful enjoying ever greater standards of comfort and health by rewarding those who 'make a difference'.
Of course socialists apart from the leaders who it is clear, require a much more lavish lifestyle than those who one way or another put them in their exalted position. An anomaly that in the worst cases sees  gazillions pilfered from those they rule over, stashed away safely in a Swiss Bank account as an insurance against, God forbid, the plebs figuring out the injustices and revolting.
Then basic human instincts can deliver rough justice awfully swift and accurate, unless an escape is made to a safe haven.

Poor old Ceausescu and his hapless missus found themselves shivering in front of a prison wall on a Christmas day, sans Santa Claus, waiting for the guard commander to order "Fire".

The current rabble masquerading as a sovereign government in the insignificant south pacific archipelago named after a small enclave of the homeland of the first recorded European to discover what can still be the greatest little country imaginable, seem intent on perpetrating their collective notion of fairness by destroying decades of prosperity, closing the industrious parts of the whole to enable confiscated wealth to be directed to  the feckless and indolent who will consume but not create to the  increase of the wealth pie of the nation.

Whatever direction the economy heads, from here on, one certainty will endure,  a need for plentiful,  affordable, environmentally safe,  secure energy supplies.
Every imaginable alternative productive enterprise entrepreneurial driven men and women can come up with to make for a better life will need that basic economic fuel-- energy, whether it comes from  hydro, solar, wind or carbon. Alas the most "green" economic energy source - nuclear is verbotten !
That people is why the virtue signalling moronic decision to shut down  oil and gas exploration and development, taken without any advice,  discussion and an almost dearth of consultation with those directly and immediately effected was so bad and widely panned. All done apparently as a bit of window dressing enhancement on the eve of a first European charm offensive in search of acceptance from  those on the list to be visited by the newly mi...

23:00

So bad so soon "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

How did it get so bad so soon?
Its a mess of ministers
acting like goons.
My goodness how the
mess has grewn.
How did it get so bad so soon?

With apologies to Dr Seuss, how did it get so bad so soon?

Audrey Young writes that Jacinda Ardern will forgive Winston Peters for anything, even the unforgivable.

A National MP joked this week that the Opposition didnt want things to get so bad under Jacinda Arderns maternity leave that the country was desperate for her return they just wanted a medium level of dysfunction.

That threshold was almost reached this week even before the big event, and things got worse as the week wore on.

Arderns faith in Winston Peters being able to manage the inevitable bush fires that will flare when she is away must be seriously undermined given that he and his party have caused many of them.

A series of accidental and deliberate mishaps has raised questions about a series of important issues including basic coalition management, ministerial conventions, the application of the No Surprises policy, and when a minister is not a minister. .  .

Stacey Kirk calls it a three ring circus with one ringmaster at the centre .

Consensus government in action, or a bloody awful mess? 

Its difficult to characterise the past week as anything but the latter and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern may be worried about whether shell have a Government to come back to when she returns from maternity leave. . .

Patrick Gower wants the old Kelvin Davis back.

Patrick Gower on The AM Show. Credits: Video The AM Show; Image Newshub.

Kelvin Davis is a wounded man walking who better watch out, says Newshub national correspondent Patrick Gower.

The Corrections Minister on Wednesday announced plans for a new prison, but appeared to be unaware how many of its inmates would be double-bunk...

23:00

David Clark in more trouble "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The arrogance of various Labour ministers hasnt taken long to take hold of them. Normally this level of hubris comes after about seven years in government. Labour ministers have had it from day one and it is showing in the screw-ups they are making. Jami-Lee Ross has got the wood on David Clark and its [] The post David Clark in more trouble appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:53

Papua New Guineas tourism prospects enormous, says Coral Sea Hotels GM "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Papua New Guinea has untapped leisure tourism potential, according to Marc Ehler, recently appointed Group General Manager of Coral Sea Hotels. After a busy APEC year, he tells Business Advantage PNG he is expecting greater competition in 2019.

Coral Sea Hotels Marc Ehler. Source: Coral Seas

The leisure and adventure tourism prospects in PNG are enormous, observes Marc Ehler, who joined the Steamships-owned Coral Sea Hotels chain at the start of the year.

Ehler, who has visited 70 countries and worked in many of themacross in Europe, ASEAN, Middle-East, Africa and Central Asiasays there are some interesting parallels between Papua New Guinea and African countries.

Ehler says a comparison with the Maldives and Seychelles is instructive.

They have sun, sea and sand only and they are hugely successful in tourism.

Here, PNG has so much more: the fauna and the flora, the bird life, the mountains, game fishing, extraordinary diving, the cultural shows, and the tribes. You can truly experience a million different journeys as PNG Tourism Promotions Authoritys slogan suggests.

PNGs culture is very natural. It is not staged, and that is very unique.

When you go to the countryside, you get to know the real culture, and during the cultural shows tourists love to sing-sing and dance along.

What is currently present are niche tourism markets, which focus on mountaineering and diving and history with all the war cemeteriesKokoda being one of the most famous attractions for historical tourism.

Business customers

Ehler says Coral Sea Hotels is mainly targeting corporate and business segments of the travel market. He says the com...

22:30

Mike Hosking lambasts the Greens "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Mike Hosking lambasts the Greens and their hatred of the West Coast: Quote: I have much sympathy for the West Coast who yet again have been made the victims of their surroundings. No mining allowed. The call from the Government was not surprising but it was nevertheless wrong. No, mining is not everyones cup [] The post Mike Hosking lambasts the Greens appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:05

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 [] The post Most read appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:05

Trumps Space Force echoes Rayguns Star Wars "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Donald Trump wants to establish a Space Force Im not sure who he wants to fight our there. It sounds like a rehashed Star Wars proposed by Ronald Reagan during the Cold War. BBC Trump space force: US to set up sixth military branch President Donald Trump has ordered the US military to []

22:00

My mother was lucky to survive giving birth to me in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I was born in the small coastal village of Kivori, in Papua New Guineas Central Province. With no healthcare centre nearby, my mother gave birth to me at home, with the help of several traditional birth attendants as well as a traditional healer.

Instead of a delivery bed, an empty rice bag was spread on the ground for my mother to use during childbirth, and my umbilical cord would have been cut with a sharpened stick of a sago palm.

With no access to an ambulance and the nearest hospital and doctor a four-hour drive to Port Moresby, my mother would have been praying that there were no complications.

More than 30 years later, little has changed for the mothers of Kivori. Globally, and within the Asia-Pacific region, PNG has some of the worst maternal and child health indicators. At least one woman loses her life in childbirth every day. Most of these deaths are preventable.

It was on a visit to Australia last year that I was reminded how shocking the conditions are for mothers and their newborns in PNG. We may be Australias closest neighbour, with just 160km separating us, but the differences in our healthcare systems are like night and day.

The Royal Brisbane Womens Hospital has 410 doctors. This is only one of many hospitals servicing the city of Brisbane. The whole of PNG has fewer than 400 doctors, and my home province of Central Province has one doctor servicing almost a quarter of a million people.

In fact, the entire healthcare system in PNG is beset by shortages in doctors, nurses, midwives as well as facilities, medicine and equipment to make childbirth safer.

My village used to have a small aid post, but government funding cuts and a lack of trained staff saw it close in 2013. So mothers wanting to give birth in a healthcare facility must now walk 10kms to a health sub-centre. Here, they will find a building without electricity or running water, without mattresses for the consulting beds, and a severe shortage of proper medical equipment.

It is not uncommon for clinic to run out of medicines even paracetamol. There are only two staff working here with the same skills as a nursing assistant in Australia so clinic times are office hours only.

If anything should go wrong, the closest ambulance is a 45-minute drive away if transport can even be found. If they reach the ambulance, the cost of the journey to Port Moresby Hospital is around 200 Kina; the equivalent of over a months salary and completely unaffordable for the majority of families.

This dire lack of professional, accessible healthcare is why so many women from my village will choose to inste...

22:00

Catch and release well under way now "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Labours catch and release is well under way now, except they arent even bothering with the catch part anymore: Quote: The National Party has expressed shock after the government ditched two of its key police policies and it is calling for them to be reinstated. The then National government last year announced an aim [] The post Catch and release well under way now appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:30

Hager recap on Dirty Politics "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Nicky Hager has recapped what his 2014 Dirty Politics book was about at Newsroom. Most controversial, the book revealed that prime minister John Key had a full-time dirty tricks person in his office researching and writing nasty attacks on opposing politicians, quietly sent through to Slater to publish as if they were his own. Slater []

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.

21:20

QotD: "NZ does not really have landfill sites. It has storage sites for future recycling." "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


"New Zealand does not really have landfill sites. It has storage sites for future recycling."
~ Eric Crampton, from his NBR article 'Waste Not, Store That'
.

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.

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sincerity makes the very least person to be of more value than the most talented hypocrite. Charles Spurgeon who was born on this day in 1834.

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

Troops arrive in Mendi. Politicians apologise for distress "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

STAFF REPORTER | Asia Pacific Report | EditedPeter-oneill

PORT MORESBY - More than 100 Papua New Guinea soldiers from Taurama Barracks have arrived in the Southern Highlands capital of Mendi after a nine-month state of emergency was declared by the PNG government.

And political leaders from the Southern Highlands including prime minister Peter ONeill - apologised to the nation for the distress caused by rioting and destruction of state property last week.

Video clips circulating in PNG social media show armed Southern Highlanders, some with assault rifles, challenging the government and threatening the massive PNG liquefied gas pipeline project in the province.

Some protest placards referred to the suspension of the Southern Highlands provincial government and the appointment by Port Moresby of an acting provincial administrator although it was unclear what the full range of their demands were.

Ready for the fightOne of the unsuccessful petitioners against the election outcome, Joe Kobol, met with ONeill, Southern Highlands leaders and other stakeholders to apologise to the nation and to address the issues surrounding the events.

ONeill told the Post-Courier newspaper that normalcy was now being restored, saying that all leaders had agreed an independent provincial administrator would be appointed to maintain 'balance and independence' in the province.

All the leaders of Southern Highlands have met, including Joe Kobol and Pastor Bernard, who also contested the governors seat, and we have discussed issues that have caused the burning of state properties because of a court decision last week, ONeill said.

Normalcy is being restored in the province and today we want to apologise to PNG for the recent events that...

20:58

Should companies be forced to disclose payment practices? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A curious bill has been added to the Members Bill ballot by first term Labour MP Deborah Russell (she inherited the New Lynn electorate off David Cunliffe) that proposes a requirement by large companies to disclose their payment terms, as well as their payment performance in practice. Companies (Disclosure of Payment Practice and Performance) Amendment []

20:30

Faces of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where will I go? Where will I fit in Mum? Those were the questions year-nine student Trinity asked her mother Wikitoria Thompson when she found out her charter schools contract was being terminated at the end of this year by the Government. Middle School West Auckland (MSWA) and nine other charter schools across New Zealand [] The post Faces of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:21

Nurses reject large pay offer, Government says no more available "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Nurses have rejected a half billion dollar pay offer. In response Health Minister David Clark says there is no more money available to fix nine years of underfunding in one pay round. They have been offered a 9% increase but are seeking 15% thats a huge adjustment given the low rate of inflation and []

20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is blamestorming (noun) An intense discussion for the purposes of placing blame or assigning responsibility for a misdeed or failure. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Blamestorming was originally a colloquialism in American English, modeled on the much earlier (1907) brainstorming. Blamestorming entered English in the 1990s. The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:03

Crowd funding for defence of Bob Jones defamation action "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Action Station has set up a fundraising campaign via GiveALittle to help raise money for Renae Maihi in her defence of  defamation by Bob Jones. Maihi had set up a petition calling for Jones to be stripped of his knighthood after he wrote a silly Mori Gratitude Day  NBR column that disparaged Mori. I thought []

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 19 22 Loyalty makes a person attractive. It is better to be poor than dishonest. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

Racism, bigotry & the ways we choose to separate each other "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

DiversityPHIL FITZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY - In most open societies public discourse still has certain taboos, things that people are not expected to talk about. These taboos are often backed up by the law.

Libertarians, who profess to believe in free speech, are often annoyed by these laws. They maintain that everyone has a right to a point of view and should be able to express it.

A politician in Australia once defined this as the right to be a bigot, someone who is intolerant of other peoples views and opinions.

Of particular interest to these sorts of people are various isms - racism, sexism, anarchism, fatalism and so on - things people often abhor and seek to constrain. Heres a list of 234 of them.

Beliefs like racism can take many forms and can be blatant and overt as well as subtle and nuanced. What offends one person may not necessarily offend another.

These isms can be powerful political weapons.

In Australia a few years ago a number of conservative commentators got into all sorts of trouble by questioning the Aboriginality of people who appeared to them to be white.

The government, in support of these commentators, tried to change the Racial Discrimination Act but were unsuccessful.

This scepticism about people who outwardly appeared to be European but claimed Aboriginality by descent is one of the deepest ingrained and unsaid sentiments of the Australian people.

Public figures, like the respected journalist Stan Grant, make a point of identifying as being a person of both European and Aboriginal descent. Stans father was a Wiradjuri man and his mother was part Aboriginal and part European.

Fortunately, the issue of dual or multiple racial descent doesnt seem to be a big problem in Papua New Guinea.

Just think of all the politicians, starting with the prime minister, who are descended from mixed marriages and relationships.

However such tolerance wasnt always the case.

In the years before independence, the differences between races were defined sharply.

There were Papua New Guineans, Australians, Chinese and, at the bottom of many peoples barrels, those who were referred to as half castes or ol hapkas in Tok Pisin.

Prime minister Julius Chan had...

19:36

Mystery as hundreds of thousands of dead herring wash up on Sakhalin Island, Russia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Almost 100 tonnes of dead fish washed up on a deserted Pacific island leaving experts scratching their heads. Incredible pictures show hundreds of thousands of herring covering a 440-metre stretch of Piltun Bay, on Russia's Sakhalin Island, north of Japan. And baffled ecologists so far have no answers as to what could have triggered the so-called "herring genocide".

19:20

Media watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

19 June 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 Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:00

I feel for the crew of the ill-fated Dash 8 flight to Mendi "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Mendi ablaze
The governor's residence well ablaze - targeted by protesters who have reached the end of their tether

DANIEL KUMBON

WABAG - Air Niuginis beautiful bird of paradise which for decades have showcased our cultural diversity were shredded when the Dash 8 aircraft was burned to the ground in Mendi last week.

I cannot describe the emotions I feel when I see our nation al icons destroyed.

It is the same emotion that wells up in me when I encounter our carvings, paintings, music or meet Papua New Guineans in far off lands.

In 1989, I had such an experience as I flew on an Air Niugini airbus painted with a giant bird of paradise with its yellow plumage covering the entire fuselage of the aircaft like a satin dress as we headed north to Hong Kong.

I was already seated when I saw two young men enter the cabin and watched the air hostess direct them to their seats.

Henry Kore & Nathan Kigloma
Henry Kore & Nathan Kigloma

When I later met them I found they were Henry Kore and Nathan Kigloma Air Niugini aircraft engineers on their way to Frankfurt in Germany to further their studies. I was on my way to Cardiff in Wales on a Thomson Foundation journalism scholarship.

Last week, my heart cried out for the pilots and crew when...

17:35

Navajo Code Talker Samuel T. Holiday Laid to Rest "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye, Code Talker Thomas H. Begay and others wait for the funeral procession to arrive.

Published June 18, 2018

MONUMENT VALLEY, Utah   Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye and Vice President Jonathan Nez on Friday helped the family of Code Talker Samuel T. Holiday say goodbye to a father, grandfather, uncle, warrior and friend.

During a funeral service set against the same iconic backdrop in Monument Valley where Holiday was born, President Begaye called Holiday a friend and a hero, admired by the Navajo people and recognized by the United States government for his role in helping turn the tide of World War II in the Pacific Theater. Holiday died June 11 at Southern Utah Veterans Home, in Ivins, Utah. He was 94.

Code Talker Samuel T. Holiday was laid to rest Friday after funeral services in Monument Valley, Utah.

Out on the battlefield, youre not a warrior by yourself, President Begaye told an audience of several hundred people assembled at the Monument Valley Visitor Center on Friday morning. Youre not a warrior alone. You are there with your comrades, watching each other, having each others backs, protecting one another, making sure that everyone is all right. Sam Holiday was out there with his comrades, battling the enemy so that we could have the freedom we enjoy. Today we honor him.

Born in Monument Valley in 1924, Holiday attended boarding school in Tuba City before enlisting in the United States Marines Corps and training as a Code Talker. He served in the 4th Marine Di...

17:14

Part 2 The Deep States Last Stand: The Transgender Baphomet Agenda in New Zealands Wonderland "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

article 1

Part 2 of  3  We dont have to look very far into fairy tales to find out that those who wrote, told, or try to live them can sometimes have very inappropriate and prurient interests in child and adult relations that are very unGodly. We jump from Lewis Carrolls Alices Adventures in Wonderland to Peter Pans author James Matthew Barrie to see how the Elites operate under the radar, but do very little to hide their deep intentions. Join us as we continue to shine a light on the Deep States secret intents and desperation. Tick tock.tick tock!

By Sam Grothe

Jacindas Baphomet-Transgender Agenda & The Puppet Masters

In Part 1, we established that like Alice in Wonder the Deep State, or the political Elite-NWO-Satanic-Cabal machinery is not what it portrays itself in public life or in the light, if you will. It is obvious there is a dark side to the Deep State. And, this really adheres to the tenants that many of us truthers believe or have awoken to find they embrace the Dark Forces of Luciferianism or Satanism, and they even dangle it in our fa...

16:40

Chinas Pacific Islands Push Has the U.S. Worried "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In the gritty, steamy streets of Papua New Guineas capital Port Moresby, signs of Chinas push into the Pacific island nation are inescapable.

A Chinese worker stencils a logo for China Railway Group outside the new national courthouse its building; China Harbor Engineering Group laborers tar roads under the searing midday sun.

Little by little they are taking slices of our businesses, said Martyn Namorong, who campaigns to protect local jobs and communities as China ramps up infrastructure spending in the resource-rich nation, often bringing its own workforce. My people feel we cant compete.

The nation of 8 million people is the latest frontier in Beijings bid for global influence thats included building artificial reefs in the South China Sea, a military base in Africa and an ambitious trade-and-infrastructure plan spanning three continents.

Advertisement for China Construction Bank outside the airport in Port Moresby.
Photographer: Jason Scott/Bloomberg

Chinas thrust into the Pacific islands region, a collection of more than a dozen tiny nations including Fiji, Niue and Timor Leste scattered across thousands of miles of ocean, has the U.S. and its close ally Australia worried. The region played a key role in World War II and remains strategically important as Western powers seek to maintain open sea lines and stability. For Beijing, it offers raw materials, from gas to timber, and a clutch of countries who could voice support for its territorial claims.

Weve seen a huge surge in Chinas state-directed economic investment and mobilization of an enormous amount of capital in the Pacific which clearly has a strategic intent, said Eric B. Brown, a senior fellow in Asian affairs at Washington-based think tank the Hudson Institute. The sovereignty of these nations could be compromised by these p...

15:56

How the Corporate Media Advocates US Veto Power in Latin America "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In April, the Summit of the Americas in Peru predictably led to articles fretting about declining US influence in the Western Hemisphere. Analysts were quoted (Christian Science Monitor, 4/11/18) worrying that Trumps belligerent and racist outbursts would weaken Washingtons power in the region.

Closer ties to the United States, concerned experts suggest, would be the logical and inevitable choice of democracies in the region, if only US policy makers used enough finesse. Alfonso Serranos New York Times op-ed (4/16/18) suggested the US should counter  Chinese influence with friendly gestures such as re-enter[ing] the Trans-Pacific Partnershipa trade agreement designed to give foreign corporations veto power over regulatory policies voters might want their governments to enact.

A few months earlier, a New York Times editorial (2/5/18) headlined China, Elbows Out, Charges Ahead warned readers that both Russia and China were looking to acquire veto authority over other nations economic, diplomatic and security decisions. A few weeks later, the Times editorial board (2/22/18) warned  that Russia was even seeking illegitimate authority within the United States: Russian meddling in the politics of the United States and most every other Western country demands a tough response, it insisted.

New York Times China

I agree with Aaron Mats critiques of the obsession with Russiagate in much of the US media, but in principle I certainly dont want foreign officials or oligarchs to wield veto authority in my own country of Canada. Then again, I dont want unelected Canadian oligarchs to do that either. The issue of foreign meddling can be difficult to untangle, because local and foreign elites are so often on the same page (ZNet, 5/3/09).

Corporate media generally raise no concern about the US wielding an illegitimate veto...

15:30

This DNA database for trees will help track illegal logging "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In the quest to stop poaching of rare trees, regulators are turning to modern investigative techniques: using genetics to prove trees were cut from prohibited areas.

On his vacation over Memorial Day weekend, Jakub Bednarek headed into the forest near his home in Leavenworth, Washington, and collected samples of maple leaves to send to a lab for DNA analysis. Bednarek, who also works as a biologist in his day job, is one of 150 volunteers in a project this summer that stretches along the Pacific Coast. The projects aim: to create a genetic map of a particular species of maple, which can then be used to help identify illegally harvested wood.

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15:24

McDonald out, Ase Boas in for Pacific Test Against Fiji Bati "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Nene McDonald in action for the Kumuls 
St George Illawarra Dragons winger Nene McDonald has been ruled out of the PNG LNG Kumuls
team due to a shoulder injury sustained over the weekend. He has been replaced by PNG Hunters
captain Ase Boas.

PNG LNG Kumuls coach Michael Marum told reporters at the airport before departing for Sydney
today that the Dragons medical staff had advised him McDonald suffered the shoulder injury during
the game against Manly on Saturday.

Nene McDonald will not be playing. The Dragons medical staffs have ruled him out. However he will
join the team in camp in Sydney, Marum said.
Marum said Ase Boas was advised late yesterday of his inclusion in the team after he received word
from the Dragons medical staff. We have decided to include Ase Boas and he is travelling with us today, Marum said.

The 10 PNG Hunters Adex Wera, Enoch Maki, Junior Rau, Nixon Putt, Rhadley Brawa, Stanton
Albert, Willie Minoga, Thompson Teteh, Watson Boas, Ase Boas and coaching staff - Michael Marum,
Nigel Hukula, Timothy Lepa and head trainer Solomon Kuluniasi left Port Moresby this afternoon. They meet up with the Australian based players in Sydney tonight.

Marum will name the captain tomorrow (Tuesday) after the team photo shoot in Sydney. The final
17 man team will be named on Wednesday.
The team will be staying at the Rydges Hotel in Campbelltown, west of Sydney.

The PNG LNG Kumuls take on Fiji Batis in the 1st of the Pacific Test double headers at Campbelltown
at 4pm this Saturday June 23, 2018.

Meanwhile Marum has clarified the situation surrounding South Sydney flyer Alex Johnstons non
selection in the PNG LNG Kumuls team. He said Johnston withdrew from the team to recover from
niggling injuries and rest during the bye weekend. We notified Alex and advised him of his selection into the team, Marum said. However he advised
of his withdrawal from the team to take a break during this bye weekend and recover from injuries
and tak...

14:44

PNG PM O'Neill to visit China "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister ONeill  will visit China starting on this Thursday. Mr.O'Neill said this is an official state visit as per an invitation from the Chinese government; an opportunity for the country to integrate its economy to the global economy.
The signing of the one built one road initiative and advance negotiations for free trade agreement will be discussed when Prime Minister Peter ONeill, Planning Minister Richard Maru and 19 officials including members and ministers travel to China on Thursday.

Prime Minister ONeill said these is an official state visit as per an invitation from the Chinese government; an opportunity for the country to integrate its economy to the global economy.
He said the free trade negotiations will open up PNGs opportunities for further investments adding more opportunities for job creation and for SMEs to benefit from exports to China.

PM also revealed that Air Nuigini will be making its first official commercial flight on September to Shanghai in China. PM revealed that the trip to China this week would be on Air Nuigini, which will make its trial flight to China in preparations for the commercial flights commencing in September.

PM said this will be an opportunity for the airline to test the immigration arrangements and the airline arrangements to China.

14:05

World view Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

14:01

June 19 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1179 The Norwegian Battle of Kalvskinnet   Earl Erling Skakke  was killed, and the battle changed the tide of the civil wars.

1269 King Louis IX of France ordered all Jews found in public without an identifying yellow badge to be fined ten livres of silver.

1306 The Earl of Pembrokes army defeated Bruces Scottish army at theBattle of Methven.

1566 King James I of England and VI of Scotland, was born  (d. 1625).

1586 English colonists left Roanoke Island, N.C., after failing to establishEnglands first permanent settlement in America.

1770 Emanuel Swedenborg reported the completion of the Second Coming of Christ in his work True Christian Religion.

1807  Admiral Dmitry Senyavin destroyed the Ottoman fleet in the Battle of Athos.

1816  Battle of Seven Oaks between North West Company and Hudsons Bay Company, near Winnipeg.

1821  Decisive defeat of the Philik Etairea by the Ottomans at Drgani (in Wallachia).

1834   Charles Spurgeon, English pastor and author was born (d. 1892).

1846 The first officially recorded, organized baseball match was played under Alexander Joy Cartwrights rules on Hobokens Elysian Fields with the New York Base Ball Club defeating the Knickerbockers 23-1. Cartwright umpired.

1850 Princess Louise of the Netherlands married Crown Prince Karl of Sweden-Norway.

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12:16

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

180618SPEAKER WANTS MORE ATTENTION TO YOUTHS
New Dawn FM News

The ABG Speaker said that the ABG must give more attention to the students in all schools throughout Bougainville who are the future leaders.
Speaking at the 13th ABG anniversary in Buka, MR. PENTANU said that the ABG Parliament team has been reaching out to Schools throughout Bougainville to educate them on the work of the Parliament house.
He said they have visited Hutjena Secondary School, Bishop Wade Secondary School, The Asitavi Girls Secondary School, Mabiri High School and many other schools in Central and South Bougainville.
MR. PENTANU said because of these visits these schools attended the ABG Day celebrations at the Parliament house this year.
Schools that attended the ceremony at KUBU were Mabiri High school, Asitavi Secondary School,Bishop Wade Secondary School and Tarlena Vocational school whilst the Hutjena students could not attend because they were sent home due to no water at their school.

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12:14

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

180618SEMOSO SAYS THERE WILL BE NOMORE WAR
New Dawn FM News
The ABG Deputy Speaker and member representing the women of North Bougainville, FRANCESCA SEMOSO told the Bougainville day gathering at the KUBU Parliament house last Friday that Bougainville will never go back to another conflict.
Speaking at the ceremony, she said that the people have learnt from the Bougainville conflict and now understand to follow the Peace Agreement which talks about creating peace by Peaceful means.
She said that Bougainvilleans must not fear from any threat and intimidation during the conduct of the Bougainville referendum and must all go to put their at the referendum vote.
She also mentioned calling for Papua New Guinean parliamentarians to repay what they owe Bougainville by simply ratifying the result of the referendum when it reaches the National Parliament.
The deputy speaker said the lives and properties lost on Bougainville during the ten year conflict has value that even a million pigs and billions of kina cannot pay for.
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12:10

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

180618CONTINUOUS BLACK OUT AFFECTEDTHE BANK
New Dawn FM News

The only bank operating in Buka and Bougainville Bank South Pacific closed its doors early and turned away its customers because of the power problem which is getting from bad to worse.
According to customers who were turned away this afternoon the bank had close early because it also faced mechanical problem with its Back up power following the non stop power black outs.
Customers turned away were told to try again tomorrow morning.
Up until we are putting on this news there is still no Power in Buka town.
bst 8pm
Ends

12:08

Tornado touches down in North Taranaki, New Zealand while region is hammered by thunderstorms, wind and tablespoon-sized hail "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

An amateur photographer captured the moment a tornado came tearing through North Taranaki on a day of wild weather that also brought gale-force winds, thunderstorms and hail the size of tablespoons. Geoff Christophers was driving on State Highway 3, towards New Plymouth, about 2.10pm on Monday when he saw the tornado. "I was just before the Methanex plant and it appeared to pass somewhere near. It crossed the road in front of me, perhaps half-a-kilometre away," Christophers, an employment placement manager, said. "I pulled over to the side of the road and it was a few paddocks away to the south. "It looked pretty cool," he added. "You don't see twisters every day in New Zealand."

12:02

PNG Super Fund to sell 50pc share in Fijis Grand Pacific Hotel "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Papua New Guinea National Superannuation Fund (Nasfund) confirms it is concluding a deal soon on offsetting its 50 per cent shareholding in Grand Pacific Hotel in Fiji.
This followed a report by the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation that the Fiji National Provident Fund (Fiji NPF) has expressed interest to take up a hundred per cent ownership of the hotel in Suva.
The hotel was a joint venture between Nasfund, with 50 per cent, and 25 per cent each by Lamana Development and Fijis NPF.
Nasfund was the major shareholder in the K104 million (FJ$90 million) redevelopment of the five-star hotel five years ago.
The hotel was initially built by the Union Steamship Company in 1904.
Nasfund chief executive Ian Tarutia said: For the record, on behalf of the PNG shareholders in the Grand Pacific, Nasfund and Lamana Developments are proud of our involvement in the restoration and redevelopment of this historic and iconic hotel to its former glory.
The Grand Pacific Hotel is now a visible landmark in Suva and is an excellent example of how our two countries can work
together in co-investments that will benefit our respective organisations
and the stakeholders we represent. Fiji NPF plays an important role in the hospitality and tourism industry in Fiji and are well capable of advancing this industry even further for the benefit of not only its members, but for Fiji as a whole.
Negotiations have proceeded well and we look forward to concluding the deal soon.

12:00

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When I think of family . .

That was the prompt for a writing exercise on Saturday.

My thoughts were all positive. I know thats not the norm for everyone, it was good to be reminded that it is the norm for me and be grateful for it.

11:16

In a land hit by the resource curse, a new gold mine spooks officials "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

JAKARTA Environmental officials have warned of the potentially catastrophic impact of a planned gold mine in a conservation zone in eastern Indonesia, amid mixed signals from the district chief responsible for approving the project. The proposed mine would cover 233 square kilometers (90 square miles), an area four times the size of Manhattan, in Wondama Bay district in West Papua province. Eighty five percent of the district, though, sits within Cenderawasih Bay National Park, while parts of it also overlap onto or border the Wondiwoi Mountains Nature Reserve both protected areas. The planned site also straddles the ancestral lands of three indigenous groups: the Kuri Wamesa, the Rasiei and the Naikere The company applying for the mining permit, PT Abisha Bumi Persada (ABP), is based some 3,000 kilometers (1,860 miles) west, in the city of Bandung on the island of Java. It reportedly plans to operate for 15 years, and expects to mine 800,000 tons of ore per year, yielding 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of gold annually. A company in Indonesia plans to mine for gold in Wondama Bay district in West Papua province, with the proposed site marked by the red pin. Much of the district falls within Cenderawasih Bay National Park, a protected area. Image by Google Maps. Ben Saroy, head of the agency that manages Cenderawasih Bay National Park, warned that establishing a large-scale gold mine like ABP has proposed could damage the wider conservation area. Among his top concerns, he said, was the waste

11:00

Monday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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10:30

The history of Transgender medicine: A terrible fraud "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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10:10

Who cleans up the mess when an Australian uranium mining company leaves Africa? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Who cleans up the mess when an Australian uranium mining company leaves Africa?

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10:00

Manly Monday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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10:00

Classic Drama: The Duchess of Duke Street with Gemma Jones S02 E13 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A word of warning, this is a great series, but some of the video quality is poor. Yet years ago I enjoyed this very much.

On a different note the food consultant was one Michael Smith who wrote some excellent books about British food

Sorry but several episodes appear to be missing


The Duchess of Duke Street
 is a BBC television drama series set in London between 1900 and 1925. It was created by John Hawkesworth, previously the producer of the ITV period drama Upstairs, Downstairs.[1] It starred Gemma Jones as Louisa Leyton/Trotter, the eponymous Duchess who works her way up from servant to renowned cook to proprietrix of the upper-class Bentinck Hotel in Duke Street, St. Jamess, in London.

The story is loosely based on the real-life career of Rosa Lewis (ne Ovenden), the Duchess of Jermyn Street, who ran the Cavendish Hotel in London.[2] When the show first aired, there were many people who still remembered her, as she lived until 1952. According to census returns, she was born in Leyton, Essex, to a watchmaker. In the series, Louisas family name is Leyton, and her father is a clock-maker.

09:53

Australian govt rushing decision on nuclear waste dumping, avoiding Senate Inquiry report, and before next election "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 

With the Senate not reporting on this until August 14, it is clear that this selection will be a rushed job. It is no doubt the governments intention that the Senate Inquiry should be irrelevant.

 

Race to lock in nuclear dump before federal election...

09:41

Ma ayuyuda i manmko' "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Some images I took from the Ayuda i Maain-ta Dos event last month. There is a full album available on Independent Guhan's Facebook page. I was glad to be able to help so many elderly people with their war claims forms, but I could not help but feel upset over my own grandparents not being eligible as they passed away in 2013 and 2015.

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09:31

South Australian Premier Marshalls pro nuclear stance, in agreement with nuclear stooge MP Troy Bell "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Marshall still open to nuclear power In Daily, Tom Richardson  ADELAIDE April 11, 2018  Marshall today embarked on his third regional tour since seizing office at last months election, visiting the South-East seat of Mount Gambier where Liberal-turned-Independent MP Troy Bell is a firm advocate for nuclear power.

Marshall and Bell broke bread this morning, their second face-to-face meeting since election day.

Bell quit the party after being charged with dishonesty offences following an ICAC investigation. He is pleading not guilty in an ongoing court case.

Ive always worked with Troy Bell its quite obvious we share a lot of common aspirations for the people of the South-East, he said.

One of those aspirations could yet be the establishment of a nuclear generator after Marshall last year flagged his interest in considering the industry, despite Royal Commissioner Kevin Scarce rejecting it as a commercially viable option in the foreseeable future.

There will be a time when it may become viable, and desperate times call for desperate solutions and we are in a desperate situation, Marshall told media in February 2017.

Bell, who spearheaded the Liberals South-East fracking moratorium before he left the party-room, is a strong advocate for nuclear power and told InDaily he was absolutely happy to lead the discussion about establishing a loca...

09:30

[UPDATED] You are not our enemy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

[UPDATED] Tonights original video has been locked by the owner since the time of submission. Here is an alternative on the same subject:   If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz In the video, an educated Iranian woman tells an Israeli reporter that the people of Iran [] The post [UPDATED] You are not our enemy appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:09

Mainstream Media Confirms Conspiracy Theory That Walmart Stores Are Being Turned into Prison Camps "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The mainstream media is now admitting that the Walmart stores they claimed closed over plumbing problems have since been converted into detention centers. By Rachel Blevins June 16, 2018 The Free Thought Project When citizens began to ask questions about why Walmart stores were suddenly closing in in southern states in 2015, the mainstream []

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09:08

In Search of Space "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In the introduction to In Search of Space, Journeys in Wild Places, Ross Brownscombe points out that nature writing which explores the poetry and magic of wild places has not developed into a strong tradition in Australia. Compared to North America and the UK this is certainly correct, and true writers in this genre are few and far between.

This book is a great addition to the library of nature writing that Australia has produced.

In the introduction to In Search of Space, Journeys in Wild Places, Ross Brownscombe points out that nature writing which explores the poetry and magic of wild places has not developed into a strong tradition in Australia. Compared to North America and the UK this is certainly correct, and true writers in this genre are few and far between. Some of the finest in the tradition here are probably authors of fiction rather than more conventional non-fiction nature writers, people like Richard Flannigan and Tim Winton, who develop landscape as characters in the way they develop the humans in their stories.

There are, of course, a growing number of authors from indigenous traditions who speak about and for Country. I love the quote from David Mowaljarlai, repeated by Tim Winton in Island Home, who sees the world as everything standing up alive. When Im high on a mountain looking out over country, my life force (Unggurr) flows out from inside my body and I fall open with happiness. Despite our shared love for land, their perspective is going to be different to an Anglo author. Whereas Country is peopled and storied for many Aboriginal and Islander people, us Australians of European linage often seek refuge in the blank space that wild spaces represent. We go into them to find adventure and challenge, solitude, recreation, perspective, spiritual guidance and, sometimes all these things. Our relationship is profoundly different because we must create something from what is essentially a blank canvas when it comes to culture. Trying to compare a book on nature writing by an Anglo man with an indigenous author in any meaningful way is beyond me in a short review so I wont try, beyond noting that all Australia is indigenous land, even those places that we have declared wild or wilderness, with the few exceptions of orphan country, land with no people left with connection to or responsibility for that place.

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09:00

Classic Comedy: Are You Being Served? S02 E05 Hoorah for the Holidays "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wikipedia

Are You Being Served? is a British sitcom created and written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft (Croft also directed some episodes), with contributions from Michael Knowles and John Chapman, for the BBC Set in London, the show follows the misadventures and mishaps of the staff of the retail ladies and gentlemens clothing departments in the flagship department store of a fictional chain called Grace Brothers.

09:00

Tommy Robinson: I wont be around for much longer "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz This video was taken down from Tommys official Youtube by Google for hate speech violations. Supporters are loading it off the major social media platforms and are also reloading it onto Youtube. This video may not still be here by [] The post Tommy Robinson: I wont be around for much longer appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:52

USA nuclear authorities rename nuclear waste to make it sound safer: so do Australias "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Paul Waldon  Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 18 June 18
The American Department Of Energys (DOE), June 4th 2018 proposal to re-label (reclassify or rename) Hanfords highly radioactive tank waste so it will not have to comply with the time consuming requirements of treating or disposing of such waste.
And if the DOE gets their way, high level radioactive waste residue will become ...

08:43

Fatal consequences for the nation that first strikes with nuclear weapons "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Paper Reveals Amount Of Nuclear Weapons Fatal To Own Citizens Of The Firing Nation http://www.techtimes.com/articles/230423/20180617/paper-reveals-amount-of-nuclear-weapons-fatal-to-own-citizens-of-the-firing-nation.htm   17 June 2018,   By Athena Yenko Tech Times 

In a scenario where the United States launches a nuclear attack against a country, Americans wont be spared from the fatal consequences of that same strike.

The first thing that comes to mind when discussing a nuclear war is how it could obliterate the target country. A new paper, therefore, examined the consequences of a nuclear strike on the very nation firing the weapons.

The Consequences Of A Nuclear Strike

The repercussions were imagined in best-case scenario, where the target nation would not engage in any counterattack. For example, if the United States fired a nuclear weapon, its very own people would suffer an effect called nuclear autumn or environmental blowback.

There would be a drastic drop in temperature because...

08:39

Rural community in Czech Republic votes overwhelmingly against hosting a nuclear waste facility "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

JAROMICE NAD ROKYTNOU VOTES AGAINST NUCLEAR WASTER STORAGE SITE  http://www.radio.cz/en/section/news/jaromerice-nad-rokytnou-votes-against-nuclear-waster-storage-site   Ruth Frakov17-06-2018

The inhabitants of Jaromice nad Rokytnou, a village in the Vysoina region between Bohemia and Moravia, voted overwhelmingly against the construction of a nuclear waste storage site on their land in a referendum on Saturday.

Jaromice nad Rokytnou is one of nine Czech locations being considered by experts for the purposes of a nuclear waste store. About 45 percent of the villages inhabitants took part in the vote, which makes the referendum valid.

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 [] The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:26

Concerns about the safety of Holtec nuclear waste storage casks "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

What is Holtec? Company touts experience in nuclear storage, Carlsbad Current-Argus, 16 June 18

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08:21

Monte Bello Islands remain a nuclear radiation risk "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Montebello Islands are a nuclear radiation risk, but boaters and campers flout the rules, ABC North West WA By Susan Standen , 17 June 18

08:18

Institute of Public Affairs aims for both nuclear power and privatising the ABC "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Steve Dale shared a link. Fight To Stop Nuclear Waste Dump In Flinders Ranges SA, 18 June 18
If the ABC was privatised, I think the public would hear even less about our nuclear f...

08:14

Michelle Grattan: expect more government bullying to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The threat to the ABC is not sale but more bullying http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-06-18/threat-to-the-abc-is-not-sale-but-more-bullying/9879420  The Conversation By Michelle Grattan 

08:10

Large Earthquake Hits Osaka, Japan "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Magnitude quoted is all over the place: 5.9; 5.3; 6.1. .Thats quite a range of options! Heres some info from around the net: Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits Osaka; no tsunami warning issued ARIRANG NEWS Published on Jun 17, 2018 Kiwi caught in Japan earthquake describes carnage A road in Osaka damaged by the magnitude-6.1 []

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08:10

Activists hold jamboree to organise beyond coal and gas "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

GLW author Margaret Gleeson June 14, 2018

The burgeoning movements against coal and gas projects,
to defend the Great Barrier Reef and to conserve precious water resources
were boosted by the Beyond Coal and Gas Jamboree
held on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland over May 31 to June 3.

More than 350 activists from around Australia joined
international guests from the Pacific, the US and India
at the fourth Beyond Coal and Gas gathering.

Participants included Indigenous campaigners
against fracking in the Kimberley, Western Australia; the Northern Territory; and
against coal mining on traditional lands in the Galilee Basin, in Queensland.

All age groups were present but youth, particularly Indigenous people and women,
were well represented,

Indigenous campaigns

The opening session, Indigenous rising: protecting country and organising our people, heard how
Indigenous communities are heading up the fight to defend their lands from coal and coal seam gas mining.

Adrian Burragubba from the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners Council (W&J) spoke
of their opposition since 2012 of the Adani Carmichael coal project in the Galilee Basin,
and the court challenges they have faced. The current challenge is
against Adanis bogus Indigenous Land Use Agreement.
The mine cannot go ahead until this issue is resolved.
If the Federal Court rules in Adanis favour, the W&J will call for a judicial review
and have pledged to take it all the way to the High Court.

Micklo Corpus a Traditional owner from Yaruru people in Broome, Western Australia,
has been campaigning since 2014 against gas company Buru Energy,
where many of the gas wells are located in wetlands.
The....

08:07

Kapiti Air Subsidy Condemned "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Local politician Guy Burns says its been a Sad Day for Local Government in Kapiti following news the KCDC will []

08:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

07:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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07:00

Comedy corner: Non-PC jokes guaranteed to offend "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Welcome to politically incorrect Comedy corner: the one place on Whaleoil where you are allowed to read and share naughty and offensive jokes that make us all laugh even though we are not supposed to. If you are offended by these kinds of jokes then please do not read this post. Uncomfortable fact #105; its [] The post Comedy corner: Non-PC jokes guaranteed to offend appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:52

Job Vacancy: Trade Justice Analyst/Campaigner "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network is a network of community groups and individualsthat campaigns for fair trade based on human rights labour rights and environmental sustainability (see our website www.aftinet.org.au)

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced graduate passionate about global justice. The position is for 28 hours per week, on a fixed-term contract, with ongoing employment dependent on funding. Total remuneration including superannuation and leave loading is $42.35 per hour.

The focus of the campaigns is the social impact of trade agreements, including bilateral agreements, regional agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11) and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership, and World Trade Organisation agreements.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The trade justice analyst/campaigner reports to the Convener and the management committee (Working Group). Key tasks of the role include to:

  • analyse the text of trade agreements for submissions to DFAT and to parliamentary inquiries.

  • circulate draft submissions to members, incorporating feedback

  • attend meetings with DFAT negotiators

  • organise briefings and meetings with politicians when required

  • speak at public meetings or meetings with member organisations when required

  • monitor media on trade negotiations and write media releases, website posts and social media posts as required

  • write and distribute regular bulletins and maintain membership records

  • organise monthly committee meetings

  • organise membership subscriptions and renewals and assist with fundraising activities

 

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06:31

06:30

1984 fiction becomes fact: Six "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Continuing the series: Ten ways the democratic northern hemisphere nations became the Orwellian West. 1.) Continuous War 2.) Widespread Surveillance 3.) Propaganda-Style Fake News 4.) Acceptance of Politically Correct Orthodoxies via Newspeak 5.) Dumbing Down and Doublethink 6.) Censorship In the aftermath of Donald Trumps victory in the 2016 Presidential Election, alternative-news websites were labeled fake news as the [] The post 1984 fiction becomes fact: Six appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Lunting a match; the flame used to light a fire; smoke or steam, especially smoke from a tobacco pipe; walking around while smoking a pipe.

06:00

This just in from the Ministry of Truth "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

One of our local mouthpieces for the Ministry of Disinformation Truth, Newshub, has gone on record to say that Antarctica is melting and, as a result, the sea-level rise could be 58m. Quote: Antarctica is losing its ice three times faster than just six years ago, raising fears the frozen continent may not be that [] The post This just in from the Ministry of Truth appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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05:16

Resources curse PNG communities future "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Author: Michael Main. Source: East Asia Forum

Two recent reports on the massive ExxonMobil-led PNG LNG project have brought renewed attention to the undesirable economic and social impacts of Papua New Guineas largest-ever resource extraction enterprise. This research shows that PNG LNG has hurt, rather than grown, PNGs economy and that it has inflamed violence and tensions in the PNG highlands region. Papua New Guineas so-called resource curse has hit local communities the hardest.

Violent conflict in the PNG highlands, certainly among the Huli landowners of Hela Province where PNG LNG is based, has been an almost constant feature since before first contact with colonial forces in the 1930s. Levels of violence have fluctuated markedly in response to historical conditions. The 1970s and 1980s were relatively peaceful, as PNG transitioned from Australian administration into the early independence years. But local political frustrations combined with the introduction of guns led to high rates of violence in the highlands around the 1992 elections.

Since that decade, Papua New Guineas government services have been in constant decline. A new generation of Huli has emerged that is less educated than the generation of its parents Huli who were educated between the 1960s and 1980s are more literate and fluent in English than those who were of school age from the 1990s onwards. Health has deteriorated with a decline in health services and the introduction of store-bought processed food. By the late 2000s, when the PNG government was promoting the PNG LNG project as a looming economic miracle for the country, the Huli population was desperate for a project that they believed would raise them from the state of poverty and neglect that had gradually descended upon them since independence.

During the first few years of the PNG LNG projects construction, it looked as if all its grand promises were being fulfilled. ExxonMobil and its partners invested US$19 billion a staggering amount for a country whose GDP was a little over US$8 billion in 2009 (just before construction began). Cash was everywhere in the projects area, and this cash was accompanied by plentiful....

05:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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04:30

Ladybird books guide to feminism: Part One "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In the olden days women fought for freedom In the olden days, womens rights campaigners fought for freedom. Suffragettes fought for womens right to vote. Womens libbers fought for equal pay an end to a life tied to the kitchen sink. Tough women, like Sylvia Pankhurst, campaigned for equality and demanded liberty. Nowadays, Modern Feminists [] The post Ladybird books guide to feminism: Part One appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Trump Toon "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Rob Rogers

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette fires cartoonist Rob Rogers for doing too many anti-Trump cartoons

04:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Over 40% of the worlds dog breeds come from these 3 countries For a higher resolution picture, please click here A certain New Zealander called Gareth will be enthralled to note there are no cats on this map. Be this as it may, herewith is some context surrounding this strange map. This map of dog [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:30

A letter from Tommy Robinson ( make sure you have some tissues handy) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

You can read the letter below. If you would like to have it read to you scroll to the bottom where a supporter of Tommy Robinson has made a video of himself reading the letter out loud. The post A letter from Tommy Robinson ( make sure you have some tissues handy) appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:30

The US energy renaissance happening now "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The mainstream headlines are still screaming about a trade war happening now, but you wouldnt know it going off the statistics from the Panama Canal.

The Wall Street Journal reports that US shipments of LNG and petroleum are booming as American tankers cut through the Americas on their way to Asia.

Japan, China and South Korea are huge and hungry markets for clean burning gas. This looks very bullish for the US, and for the world in general.

Were still in the early days of an American energy renaissance that will export cheap energy all over the world. LNG shipments through the Canal could hit 12 million metric tonnes by the end of this year. Thats come from nothing in 2015.

Its no wonder, when you look at whats happening with US natural gas production. First came the shale gas fracking companies. Now the oil guys are producing so much gas as a byproduct of their oil wells that its generating a massive surplus far beyond what America needs domestically.

Natural gas prices were over US$10 after 2008 and stayed above at least US$4 until 2012. Today, the price is around US$3. This low-cost energy is a massive advantage for US manufacturers and domestic companies.

Its probably part of the reason the US small cap index is also booming. These companies generally service the American domestic market. And the best measure of US small caps the Russell 2000 index keeps pushing into all-time new highs.

And why do you care? Well, its a very good sign the US economy is healthy and that the overall bull market in US stocks can keep going. This sets a strong lead for the Australian market to follow.

My colleague Steve Sjuggerud likes to say that bull markets dont die of old agebut they do pass on from ill health. A booming small cap sector is one of the vital signs he watches to measure how the equity market measures up. Things are looking good here.

Todays edition of The Australian cites an investment analyst who suggests there could be a rotation into smaller US companies as investors shift out of the big tech stocks.

Maybe. More of my interest was around his research trip to the US and his comment that wage pressure is building in the US economy, and just how strong the US consumer is looking right now.

This keeps bolstering my case that commodities are the asset class to watch from here. Theres just so much construction and demand happening all over the world, and supply is crimped.

It wont be a smooth ride, however. Gold and oil slipped last week as the trade war fears keep rolling around the world. But its notable that the US stock market didnt sell off in a major way. You might recall that the US market fell sharply in February when the trade...

03:00

Lets fix this "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Lets fix this is the Whaleoil alternative to numerous government working groups. Who needs expensive consultants with expense accounts when you can throw the problem to the Whaleoil readership and come up with multiple solutions quickly and easily. Today we will attempt to answer the following question: 1  If we want to keep all but the violent [] The post Lets fix this appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:51

Worldwide Protests to Take Place on Sixth Anniversary of Julian Assange Entering the Ecuadorian Embassy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Protests will be taking place across the globe on Tuesday as supporters of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange call for his freedom on the sixth anniversary of his entering the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

There are confirmed rallies in the USA, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, Switzerland, India, Sri Lanka, and the UK.

In the United States, protesters will be hitting the streets outside the White House as well as in New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco.

The Gateway Pundit will be present at the rally outside the White House in Lafayette Park, which begins at 11 a.m. EST. Speakers include activists from across the political spectrum including Ray McGovern, Marsha Coleman Adebayo, Margaret Flowers, Code Pinks Medea Benjamin, Kevin Zeese, Angel Fox and Lee Stranahan. More information about the protest can be found on the Facebook event page.

According to a press release from organizers, the protesters are demanding that Australia, Britain and the US abide by the UN ruling that Assange be allowed his freedom and be compensated for the injustice that has been done to him. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has repeatedly ruled that Assange is being illegally detained.

In March, Ecuador caved to pressure from the United States and Spanish governments to isolate Assange by revoking his right to have visitors, make phone calls or use the internet. With no access to the outside world or means of communication, he is now being kept in conditions worse than our prisoners in solitary confinement.

 

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02:41

Yemeni Forces Destroy Saudi-backed Troops, Capture French Vessel [VIDEO] "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sanaa (GPA) Despite western media claims about coalition success, Yemeni resistance forces continue repelling advances in Hodeidah. In fact, resistance forces have destroyed dozens of coalition vehicles, cut off their supply routes, and captured a French vessel.

Ansarullah (aka. the Houthis), Yemens Army and Popular Committees, and allied groups have spent the last three years preparing for this very battle. These Yemeni forces are currently fending off Saudi, Sudanese, and Emirati troops, Saudi and Emirati paid mercenaries, Black Water (Academi) mercenaries from Australia, Colombia, and other countries, Emirati-backed Southern separatists, the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, ISIS, and other troops allied with the Saudi coalition. The United States and France have both sent special forces and naval support to Yemen on Saudi Arabias behalf.

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The United States, Canada, most of Europe, Egypt, Bahrain, and a slew of other countries provide military or diplomatic support to the Saudi coalition against Yemen.

Despite these efforts, Yemens Army and Popular Committees have successfully repelled many advances in the coalitions attempts to take the important port city of Hodeidah. Saudi-friendly mainstream outlets like BBC initially reported that the coalition had captured the strategic Hodeidah airport. This appears false, however...

02:30

Down with free speech "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The cry from the left is unmistakable now: free speech is dangerous, and to support it marks you out as a suspicious individual. Naturally, you wouldnt want to be added to any hit lists of people who favour free expression, so best just to grab a pitchfork and hope the mob doesnt intuit your thought [] The post Down with free speech appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where do you think this photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: View from 110 Beaumont Street looking towards Herne Bay over Westhaven & Northern motorway   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 [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Boffins want green tax on meat Neal Wallace:

A suggestion from Otago University academics that a tax on meat is needed to highlight to New Zealand consumers the environmental cost of production has been rubbished by the meat industry.

Consumer and food science researcher and PhD student Garrett Lentz said research shows many NZ consumers are unaware of the environmental impact of meat production, which could lead to high rates of consumption and accentuate the cost to the environment.

A team of researchers found retail cost and potential health benefits are the greatest motivation for reducing meat intake, with the environmental impact of production one of the weakest. . .

Mycoplasma bovis how long has it been here? Keith Woodford:

A key question for MPI and Government to address is how long has Mycoplasma bovis been in New Zealand. The answer to that question, together with MPIs capacity to upscale their operational capacity, will largely determine whether or not eradication is going to be successful.

If, as the Government now believes, Mycoplasma bovis first arrived here around December 2015 or January 2016 on the Zeestraten property in Southland, then it is reasonable to hope but not necessarily expect that the eradication program will be successful.  But if it was here prior to that, then eradication becomes an increasingly long shot.

Another way of describing it is that, in the battle between Mycoplasma and MPI, it is the head-start that counts. For each year that the disease has been here, there will have been an exponential spread of the little stealth bombers. . . 

Insight: The blight of Mycoplasma bovis Conan Young:

The government has entered the fight against Mycoplasma bovis all guns blazing with a promise to spend almost one billion dollars trying to eradicate the cattle disease. Whether it will succeed remains uncertain.

While a technical advisory group said eradication was technically feasible, its decision was hardly unanimous.

The group of mostly overseas experts brought together by the governmen...

01:59

ALERT: Kelloggs Cereal Recall Due to Salmonella "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The FDA has warned of a multistate salmonella outbreak that has been traced back to a popular Kelloggs cereal. So far, the outbreak has affected 73 people in 31 states.

The outbreak has been traced back to Honey Smacks cereal and is not only in the United States, but may potentially affect shipments that have been delivered to Aruba/Curaao/Saint Maarten (Netherlands Antilles), the Bahamas, Barbados, Tortola (British Virgin Islands), Costa Rica, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico, Panama, and Tahiti (French Polynesia).

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01:56

Science when it suits "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Homepaddock

The government has been quick to act on the advice of its chief science advisor Sir Peter Gluckman over meth testing in state houses. 

Wouldnt it be good if a similar respect for science was shown for other policy?

Had they done so we wouldnt be facing a ban on off-shore exploration for oil and gas.

If they did so, we could be confident theyd agree with Nationals principles for a bipartisan approach to climate change:

  • taking a pragmatic, science-based approach,
  • utilising innovation and technology,
  • getting the incentives right to drive long-term change rather than short-term shocks
  • acting as part of a global response, and
  • considering the wider impacts on the economy, jobs and incomes

If they did so, we could have confidence that they making policy changes for the good of the country and the people and not blindly following political ideology.

It would be good but its very

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01:47

The RMA and deterrence "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Our environment is under threat. We have farmers polluting our rivers and sucking aquifers dry. Our own "defence" force is poisoning people's drinking water. Greedy property developers cut down protected native trees. And that's just a few recent examples. In theory, all of this should be prevented by the RMA: environmentally damaging activities require resource consent, and there are hefty fines or even prison terms to deter people who don't bother. But the problem is that none of that is enforced: local councils just don't prosecute:

Fewer than a hundred prosecutions are being carried out under New Zealand's main environmental law each year, despite thousands of breaches.

Now a legal researcher is investigating whether the 27-year-old Resource Management Act (RMA) is having the deterrent effect that any law including criminal offences should.

[...]

"There is a difference between the law itself and how it works in practice," he said.

"There are thousands if not tens of thousands of breaches of the RMA every year, yet under 100 prosecutions a year."


Many of those breaches are minor, and better resolved by an infringement offence and bringing them into compliance. But local councils are looking the other way on major environmental crimes with irreversible effects. And the effect is obvious: people keep on committing those crimes, because there is no penalty for them, not even one as simple as having to stop. And that's just not good enough.

Our environmental laws need to be enforced. If local councillors are unwilling to direct their councils to do that, then we should elect ones who are. Local government elections are just over a year away, so making sure your council knows that you will be judging them on their prosecution rate is probably a good idea.

01:30

Health lobbyists attack a private company for daring to recruit someone to oppose them "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Rust never sleeps and neither do health lobbyists, who are outraged that a private company is recruiting someone for a position in the company to oppose health lobbyists and their unquenched desire to destroy businesses: Quote: A recruitment drive by Coca-Cola to combat the threat of sugar taxes has been slammed as appalling by the [] The post Health lobbyists attack a private company for daring to recruit someone to oppose them appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:02

Photos from TPP protest June 15, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Over 120 people from 20 union, church, aid and environment organisations rallied outside the Sydney public hearing of the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties concerning the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP-11). Speakers focused on the impact the TPP-11 would have on workers, temporary migrant workers and women, the cost of medicines, and the extra rights it would give investing corporations to sue the Australian government. The JSCOT and a Senate Inquiry will report back to parliament in September on whether or not the parliament should vote in favour of the legislation to implement the TPP-11. The protest movement is urging MPs to vote against the implementing legislation. See photos here.

01:00

Photoshop of the day by Luke "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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00:44

Stopping the orcs in their tracks "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When the government was elected, they promised to end mining on conservation land. And they're delivering:

An application to mine coal on public conservation land near Te Kuha in the Buller District has been declined, Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage and Minister of Energy Resources Megan Woods announced today.

Rangitira Developments Ltd had applied for an access arrangement under the Crown Minerals Act to mine 12 hectares of public conservation land in the Mt Rochfort Conservation Area, near Te Kuha, as part of a large opencast coal mine.

The 12 ha area is part of the companys 116 ha mining proposal and compromises approximately 10 per cent of the planned mine site and open cast pit. Most of land which the company seeks to mine is within the Westport Water Conservation Reserve vested in, and managed by, the Buller District Council. The Council is the decision-maker for mining access to that area.

The Ministers declined the application to mine 12 hectares of conservation land because it was not considered that the mines potential economic benefits were large enough to outweigh the irreparable damage to an area with very high, unique and nationally significant conservation values.


This decision was made under the existing law, and was made possible simply by having a different Minister who listened to DoC's views on ecological significance rather than ignoring them as National had done. Obviously, we want a safer framework so we don't have to rely on that happy coincidence in future, but for the moment it'll do. The orcs have been stopped in their tracks!

The Minister has saved a whole mountain from being dug up and turned into a scar. But she's also sent a clear message to the coal industry that they have no future in New Zealand (or at least, no future on conservation land, which is pretty much the same thing, because that's where most of the coal is). If it has a chilling effect on future coal investment, so much the better: this is not an industry we want or can afford to have in New Zealand anymore. The sooner it dies, the better.

00:30

Another lash at Kelvin Davis from the media "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Patrick Gower is another media commentator who is witnessing the slow destruction of an inept minister: Quote: Kelvin Davis is a wounded man walking who better watch out, says Newshub national correspondent Patrick Gower. The Corrections Minister on Wednesday announced plans for a new prison, but appeared to be unaware how many of its inmates [] The post Another lash at Kelvin Davis from the media appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:02

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

CARING FOR HAWAI`IS OCEANS ON VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IS FUTURE"


"Hui Malama O Ke Kai - A Visit With Alohilani Maiava"

Hui Malama O Ke Kai is Hawaiian for the caring group of the ocean and no one knows that better than Alohilani Maiava. When Alohilani was in grade school, the ocean waters of Waimanalo called to her and thats what led her as a fifth grader to Hui Malama O Ke Kai. Today as a staff member, she teaches Hawai`is keiki, or children, the very same principles and skills she was also taught there when young. Join us in our deeply inspiring visit with Alohilani as she explains how Hui Malama O Ke Kai changed not only her own life, but how it can change the world -
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00:00

Greens shaft Te Kuha mine "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where is Shane Jones when you need him? Oh, thats right. Hes too busy slagging off Fonterra and trying to get elected in Whangarei. Quote: A controversial application to mine coal on conservation land on the West Coast has been declined by the Government. The company behind the mining proposal said the announcement was just another kick in [] The post Greens shaft Te Kuha mine appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:00

AFTER RUBBING HIS DIRTY ARSE IN MENDI, LOANILL IS OFF TO CHINA TO BEG AND BORROW MORE MONEY "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

PRIME MINISTER SET TO LEAD ONE OF THE BIGGEST DELEGATIONS TO CHINA ON A WEEK LONG TRIP COSTING K6.8 MILLION WHEN THE NATION IS ON THE BRINK OF A CIVIL WAR IN HIS OWN SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS PROVINCE

Attached below is the itenarary of perhaps one of the biggest delegations ever to depart the shores of Papua New Guinea.

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and his wife Lynda May Babao O'Neill are set to lead the delegation of 91 Ministers, Members of Parliament and government and business leaders as well as Chinese business men and women on this week long trip from Wednesday 20 June to Tuesday 26 June 2018.
The traveling party consists of 41 PNG delegates and 50 Chinese delegates totaling 91, apart from support staff and media personnel.

The trip is estimated to cost around K6.8 million all to be paid for by PNG taxpayers. This is well above the K6 million approved to send in police and army to his Southern Highlands province to implement a state of emergency to quell the civil uprising which is reported to be getting worse by the day.

Citizens are free to form their own opinions about such an expensive trip where an entire Air Niugini 747 Jet has been chartered to travel with the Falcon to China and back to PNG via Singapore.
A total of 8 State Ministers, 1 Governor and 4 ordinary members of Parliament are accompanying the Prime Minister on this high level trip, which appears to be more of a site seeing trip for many of these MPs and Ministers as the countdown to VONC approaches.

The mind just boggles to understand where the priority of this Prime Minister lies. Is it in attending to issues in his own backyard or is it to go on yet another fancy and expensive globe trotting trip paid for by the suffering taxpayers?

Citizens and taxpayers can make up their own mind about what this trip is all about but personally, I see it as another act of sheer arrogance and defiance where police and army are sent in to a war zone to quell an increasingly volatile situation while the Prime Minister goes on yet another sight seeing junket trip halfway around the world courtesy of struggling PNG taxpayers.
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Sunday, 17 June

23:45

The use and abuse of language "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 

23:30

Phil Goff is on a witch-hunt now "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Phil Goffs doctrinaire approach continues as he seeks to identify who is leaking information to media: Quote: Auckland Mayor Phil Goff has admitted hes not quite sure who is leaking sensitive information from the council. Concern over leaks reached fever pitch on Tuesday after it was revealed nine councillors signed a letter of extreme dissatisfaction [] The post Phil Goff is on a witch-hunt now appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:20

Papua New Guinea's PM to visit China "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

xinhuanet.com | June 15, 2018

BEIJING, June 15 (Xinhua) -- Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Peter O'Neill will pay a visit to China from June 20 to 26, as agreed by the two sides, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang announced Friday in Beijing.

Background

Prime Minister O'Neill's visit to China is an important high-level exchange between China and Papua New Guinea this year.

During the visit, President Xi Jinping will meet with Prime Minister O'Neill. Premier Li Keqiang will also meet with him.

The leaders of our two countries will exchange views on China-Papua New Guinea relations as well as other important issues of mutual interest.

Besides Beijing, Prime Minister O'Neill will visit Shanghai, Zhejiang and Guangdong.

Over the past 42 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Papua New Guinea, thanks to the concerted efforts of both sides, our bilateral relations have achieved remarkable progress.

Notably, in November 2014, President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister O'Neill agreed to establish the strategic partnership featuring mutual respect and common development.

Under the guidance of this important consensus, the China-Papua New Guinea relations have entered a new stage of rapid development.

 In November this year, President Xi Jinping will travel to Papua New Guinea for the APEC Economic Leaders' Meeting, which will provide an important opportunity for the further development of China-Papua New Guinea ties.

China is willing to work with Papua New Guinea to maintain the momentum of high-level exchanges and interactions at other levels, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in all dimensions, and enhance communication and coordination in international and regional affairs so as to move forward the China-Papua New Guinea strategic partnership.

23:15

The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Andrew Little "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Transcript of interview, commentary later, but it was quite a good interview.
Saturday, 16 June 2018, 1:16 pm

On Newshub Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Justice Minister Andrew Little
Lisa Owen: The Government must reduce the prison population by the end of next year or face complete failure of the prison system, according to Justice Ministry advice released to Newshub Nation. That advice also says those reductions will require significant reform. Here to discuss just what that means is Justice Minister Andrew Little. Good morning, Minister.
Andrew Little: Good morning.
For claritys sake, lets start with three-strikes first. Is the repeal of that legislation a possibility still as part of a wider package of changes?
Not right now. Our coalition partner, New Zealand First, has made it pretty clear they dont agree with the repeal of three-strikes at this point. They want to see a total package of reform. And it might be something that can be considered further down the track, but its not on the table right now.
How much would that change by itself have lowered the prison population?
Look, it could make some difference, but actually there are bigger gains through other changes that need to be made. Were got to have a look at the whole range of things. Its not just what the laws are bail laws, parole laws. Its actually what we do in the prisons things that dont necessarily require a law change. So what sort of services are we providing prisoners who need help and support, who can be changed and, with a bit of that extra help and support, can be released and not have a high probability of reoffending again? Thats where the game is, and thats kind of part of the change process we have.
Okay. I want to look at the different possibilities of change a bit later, but first lets lay out the situation as it is. Justice Ministry documents and weve got a whole big wodge of them here that were released to us under the Official Information Act they tell us the prison population is due to hit 13,400 by 2027. You simply dont have the beds for that, so would you be happy with prisoners sleeping on mattresses on the floor?
No. Of course you dont want that. And the reality is pretty much the first day we got into government, myself, Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis, we got the advic...

23:00

Chris Trotter: Acquiring a taste for rat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Eugenie Sage has probably ensured the demise of the Greens. Her decision to be a Minister rather than a politician let alone a Green has put the cap on a growing level of dissatisfaction and distrust among Green Party members and voters. Both groups are now asking themselves: What is the point of voting for a party which promises to prevent the alienation of New Zealands precious water resources, when that partys Minister of Land Information claims the Overseas Investment Act left her with no choice except to permit its expansion? The saddest thing about this bullshit explanation is that it makes absolutely no reference to the choice that every holder of a ministerial warrant possesses: the choice to resign their portfolio rather than compromise their personal integrity by breaking their partys promises. Clearly the option of resigning never entered Sages head. Equally clearly, behaving like a responsible minister of the crown meant much more to her than keeping faith with the people who voted Green. The post Chris Trotter: Acquiring a taste for rat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Science when it suits "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The government has been quick to act on the advice of its chief science advisor Sir Peter Gluckman over meth testing in state houses. 

Wouldnt it be good if a similar respect for science was shown for other policy?

Had they done so we wouldnt be facing a ban on off-shore exploration for oil and gas.

If they did so, we could be confident theyd agree with Nationals principles for a bipartisan approach to climate change:

  • taking a pragmatic, science-based approach,
  • utilising innovation and technology,
  • getting the incentives right to drive long-term change rather than short-term shocks
  • acting as part of a global response, and
  • considering the wider impacts on the economy, jobs and incomes

If they did so, we could have confidence that they making policy changes for the good of the country and the people and not blindly following political ideology.

It would be good but its very unlikely when weve got a government that accepts science only when it suits.

23:00

Mediawatch: Over hyped tosh "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

RNZ Media Watch

Chances are youve heard lots lately about Dancing with The Stars in the media   even if youve never watched it. TVNZ heavily promoted its new rival Tinder-in-the-tropics show as well. Are the TV networks overdoing the in-house hype for the shows and should we be footing the bill for them?

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/mwatch-20180617-0910-overdoing_the_in-house_reality_show_hype-128.mp3

22:30

The negative narrative continues for this government "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It appears that Jacinda-mania is over and that media have finally realised the princess has no answers. If there ever was a honeymoon it is well over now as the government lurches from one crisis after another and almost all are self inflicted. Stacey Kirk is the latest to put down the Kool-Aid sippy cup: [] The post The negative narrative continues for this government appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:26

Over 100 bowhead whales seen in Arctic ocean "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This January 2018 video is called Ice Giants [Bowhead Whale Documentary].

From Wageningen University in the Netherlands:

At least 100 Bowhead whales sighted in the East Greenland Sea

June 12, 2018

Scientists of Wageningen Marine Research have just returned from the Arctic after a successful expedition organised by Oceanwide Expeditions, Inezia Tours & Natuurpunt. During the spring, whilst working in the Greenland Sea to the Southwest of Spitsbergen, the scientists discovered a group of at least 100 foraging bowhead whales (Balaena mysticetus). This is a rare and endangered whale which is believed to be almost extinct and is consequently classed as Critically Endangered according to the IUCN.

For some years scientists from Wageningen Marine Research have worked as expedition guides on board the expedition vessel Plancius from Oceanwide Expeditions. Since 2015, increasing numbers of bowhead whales have been observed on the edge of the pack-ice off East Greenland during these expeditions, but this year all previous numbers were exceeded. On the 1st June 2018, during almost 7 hours steaming along the pack ice, a total of 104-114 bowhead whales were systematically counted.

The bowhead whale is well adapted to live in the Arctic and is therefore the only large whale that can survive year-round in this extreme climate and specifically along the pack-ice. The sub-population of bowhead whales in the area of Spitsbergen/Greenland Sea has been greatly reduced since the whaling operations from the 16th century [on] and consequently this subpopulation, which is estimated to number several hundreds of whales is no...

22:15

Most read "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Duncan Garners brutal assessment of a dysfunctional government Stuff editorial outlines the governments continued pratfalls The second winter of discontent is upon us Actually Andrew, that is precisely what Kiwi voters want Forgiving the unforgivable, or so says Audrey Young Our Whats Hot post and Must Read posts up the top of our home page are based on [] The post Most read appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:00

Cameron and Collier on fragile states: anything new? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Commission on State Fragility, Growth and Development, chaired by David Cameron and including such luminaries as Paul Collier and Donald Kaberuka, released its report a few weeks ago. Overall, we think its a helpful contribution that adds the weight of some big names to a growing consensus about what has gone wrong and what could be done better when it comes to helping countries emerge from violent conflict.

The easiest criticism is that the authors dont live up to their own stated ambition: while claiming to be charting new ground and disparaging much of what has gone before, the report echoes existing work, while not really engaging with or even acknowledging some of the most important ideas and publications in the broader academic and practitioner discourses.

Sensible messages

We should all welcome the full-throated repudiation of the liberal state-building model of the 2000s in its most simplistic and hubristic forms. From the outset, the authors frame the escape from conflict as a political process driven by the emergence of institutions capable of solving context-specific collective action problems. They frankly acknowledge the limited ability of outsiders to effect institutional outcomes and social change in a deliberate manner. They warn against seeking to resolve fragility through transplanting OECD-style institutions, quickly pursuing multi-party elections, or driving constitutional reform processes. They rightly argue that such institutional measures should follow and consolidate more organic and legitimate power-sharing and accountability arrangements forged by national actors, rather than initiate them.

The reports emphasis on the importance of critical junctures and the potential use of these moments to signal positive change and project public authority is welcome. The effort to combine a political framework containing insights from psychology (around the importance of a common purpose and shared identity), with a sensible framework for economic development has unusual breadth, at least when compared to the mainstream economic literature. Messages on the need for realism, prioritisation, and a long-term perspective are music to our ears.

Welcome to the fold, Professor Sirs

But how much of this is new? A voluminous literature over the course of more than a decade criticises the externally-driven liberal statebuilding model. A decades-old political economy and comparative politics literature describes historical processes of state formation, covering experiences from...

22:00

Kelvin Davis is a weak link, well one of them anyway "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Heather du Plessis-Allan reckons Kelvin Davis has a target on his back: Quote: Someone get Kelvin Davis a bottle of something strong, because this is going to hurt. From here on in, government is going to be painful for Arderns 2IC. Hes just marked himself as an easy target. The baby buck straggling behind the [] The post Kelvin Davis is a weak link, well one of them anyway appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:00

Pike River police may re-investigate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

RNZ: Police get ready to reopen Pike River investigation The police are gearing up to reopen their investigation into the explosion at Pike River, in anticipation of the planned re-entry of the mine later this year. Assistant Commissioner Richard Chambers visited Greymouth last week to meet the Pike River Recovery Agency and victims families. Detective []

22:00

Food,Glorious Food: Our Food E01 Norfolk "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Interesting BBC series on British Food and its history

22:00

PNG forces may face superior firepower in highlands incursion "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

MAG 58 Model 60-20 machine gunJERRY SINGIROK | Edited

PORT MORESBY - The MAG 58 Model 60-20 seen here is one of the most robust, deadly and effective machine guns ever manufactured.

It is an air cooled, piston and gas operated weapon manufactured in the USA and Belgium that uses a 7.62mm NATO belt-fed round and can effectively engage targets from 200-800 meters and, in open country, up a kilometre.

In 1996, after trials, the PNG Defence Force under my command purchased them.

Then, a few years ago, some went missing. I have recently seen photographs of them on social media.

They have been installed on cabin-top trucks in the Southern Highlands Province.

Ready for the fightI am very concerned, if not frightened, that the PNG government is deploying police and soldiers to the Southern Highlands who are likely to come face to face with the MAG 58.

A premature state of emergency in the face of this combat power appears to be a cheap, reckless and a knee-jerk option by the government.

In 1989, the then PNG government reacted to a security situation on Bougainville similar to Mendi today which brought PNG to its knees for ten years.

A solid province was depleted of it minerals for that period and denied a generation of the blessings they would have brought.

This seems to be yet another irresponsible decision along a similar path.

How can the government sustain the PNGDF at a prolonged high level and intense military operation if it has not invested in air mobility and cannot buy the most basic uniforms, boots, field gear, ammunition, rations, fuel and so on.

The country is stuck and doomed.

Brigadier-General Jerry Singirok was a career soldier who was onetime commander of the PNG Defence...

21:54

Hard lefties oppose National cooperation on climate change "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jacinda Ardern has described climate change as my generations nuclear free moment (in a campaign speech in August 2017). Simon Bridges wont go that far. On Q+A yesterday CORIN DANN So certainty. Is climate change the nuclear-free issue of your generation? SIMON BRIDGES I would not go that far. Is it the most significant environmental []

21:41

I THINK I WOULD HAVE LIKED THIS GUY "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Calvin Coolidge was the 30th President of the US.    He served as Warren Harding's Vice-President and assumed the presidency in 1923 when Harding died in office.   He was elected in his own right in 1924 in a landslide victory and retired in 1928 after declining nomination for a second term which he would have surely won.

There was nothing pretentious about Coolidge.   His exhibited the traditional New England Puritan virtues of honesty, industry, thrift, taciturnity and piety and presided over a strong and burgeoning economy.   He is perhaps best remembered for his saying "The business of America is business".

But I particularly like this story ... his son, Calvin Jnr learned of his fathers ascent to power working as a field hand on a New England tobacco farm.   Honest work in the fresh air was considered a needful thing by the family, which was still very much connected to its middle-class roots. There would be no fake resume-padding jobs or summers spent lolling on sailboats or golf links.

The story goes that when young Cal opted to stay cutting tobacco, one of his co-workers was incredulous that he was staying despite his elevated status. If my father was President, I wouldn't work in a tobacco field the other boy said.

 Calvin responded, If my father were your father, you would.

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

QotD: Has NZ has been accepting economic coercion? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


"Generally, if you find yourself over-exposed to someone else (some person, some business, some country), and especially one of questionable character, the prudent thing to do is to gradually reduce your exposure, diversify your risks, and regain your (perceived) freedom to act in accord with your values. But when it comes to the People's Repuplic of China (PRC), prevailing opinion ministerial speeches, taxpayer-funded lobby groups, and so on seems to be that we should double-down, increasing our exposure to a country that they know to be an international thug and bully...
    "But weve allowed a couple of industries ...  to flourish, and politically salient sector risks to develop, which now depend on the New Zealand government cowering in the corner and never upsetting Beijing... It should be a matter of priority ... to look to reduce those specific exposures, encouraging greater resilience in the respective industries, so that one day we could have the courage to stand for what we believe assuming that among the political classes, belief is still about something more than the last trade dollar, and the next political donation. In time one hopes, (in a day decades hence when freedom comes to China) we should aim for a relationship of trust and mutual respect, not one of the battered wife cowering in the corner."

~ Michael Reddell, from his post 'Economic Coercion PRC-Style'
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21:19

Hillsong Church. The Australian New Zealand pedophile founder of Hillsong Church Frank Houston and Richard Huckle the British pedophile both used Christian leadership to sexual abuse hundreds of little children "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 

Richard Huckle Super Sicko Pedophile

Richard Huckle the British Pedophile who used the cover of a trusted Christian leader like the pedophile Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong mega-church, to access children. Richard Huckle committed pedophile offences in impoverished communities in Malaysia. Detectives has estimated he sexually abused two hundred children. Australian detectives tracked him down on the secret dark web on the Net and helped to get his arrest. He was arrested when he flew into the UK. In the UK offenders can be charged with overseas pedophile crimes back in the UK.

 

21:18

Yemeni war continues, as does the arms industry "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The war in Yemen has been going for three years, but it doesnt get much attention still. But like Syria, it is not just an internal battle, it is a battle that regional and international powers are also involved in, with little success except for feeding the arms industry. Reuters: Saudi-led coalition conducts air strikes []

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.

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

How to get the best of it all? One must conquer, achieve, get to the top; one must know the end to be convinced that one can win the end to know theres no dream that mustnt be dared. . . Is this the summit, crowning the day? How cool and quiet! Were not exultant; but delighted, joyful; soberly astonished. . . Have we vanquished an enemy? None but ourselves. Have we gained success? That word means nothing here. Have we won a kingdom? No. . . and yes. We have achieved an ultimate satisfaction. . . fulfilled a destiny. . . To struggle and to understand never this last without the other; such is the law. . .   George Mallory who was born on this day in 1886.

Brookings Institution: Threats to Democracy in the Trump Era "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Interesting panel discussion at the Brookings Institution with amongst others David Frum.

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

While Mendi burns, Peter O'Neill hides out in Moresby "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Dash 8 on fireBRYAN KRAMER MP | Nokondi Talk | Edited extracts

MADANG On Friday prime minister Peter O'Neill declared a state of emergency in Southern Highlands Province following a serious outbreak of civil violence in the capital Mendi.

The decision covered the suspension of the provincial government, appointing an emergency controller, deploying the police mobile squad and criminal investigators, initiating troop deployments and approving K6 million to enable their mobilisation.

The unrest including the torching of the governors residence, an Air Niugini aircraft and the court house - was triggered by a national court ruling dismissing a petition challenging the election of Governor William Powi.

The PNG electoral commission had declared Powi the winner of the regional seat in last years general elections, a decision unprecedented as the decision was made before counting was complete.

What is particularly interesting about this matter is that it is taking place in O'Neill's own province. So what does he do?

Well, instead of flying back home to address the issue, he hides out in Port Moresby and attends the opening of the new port facility.

I have no doubt the Mendi issue could have been easily resolved without a state of emergency had he returned home to take the lead.

The problem for O'Neill and other Southern Highlands politicians is that the people have lost trust in them and respect for them.

So perhaps it is understandable why they would be too scared to go back to the province to resolve this matter.

It is sad when the people of the Southern Highlands, living in fear and uncertainty, are ignored by their leaders who remain in Port Moresby to cut ribbons and play golf.

In the recent past, when there was similar civil disruption in my own province of Madang after police killed some young men, I rushed back home to help try to resolve it.

I had received reports the situation was out of control and that hundreds of youths planned to march into town to burn down the police station and every settlement in Madang.

I travelled to the troubled area to meet with community and youth leaders who explained there was little they could do as the garamut had been beating night and day sending out word to meet at 4 Mile and march on the town.

The nex...

20:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A funeral for Smear Your Mea founder Talei Morrison will be held on Wednesday in Rotorua. Morrison, who was also a kapa haka star, lost her very public battle with cervical cancer at 10.30am on Saturday, in a Hamilton hospice facility.[] Morrison was 42 when she was diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer in August last year. Morrison spoke [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is bezonian (noun) (archaic) A knave or rascal Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : The root of the archaic English noun bezonian is the Italian noun bisogno need, lack, also in the late 16th century, raw, needy recruit (newly landed in Italy from Spain). In English bezonian has always [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 18 22 The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the Lord. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

Informal economy keeps us going as our country struggles "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Street vendors
Selling convenience goods, sweets, cold water, soft drink and betel nut - all part of PNG's informal economy

NAITHAN H LATI

HONOLULU - Luckily Papua New Guinea has an informal economy that sustains the life of citizens despite an economic recession that is badly affecting the country.

With the sale of items like buai, daka, cold-water, ice-block and the like anywhere thats convenient without regulation on trade, PNG commerce keeps going as usual.

Were lucky to have an informal economy where everyone is minding their own business and earning an invome.

Most of these people hardly notice the economic recession which mostly concerns only the working class people and those who pay tax from their wages and salaries.

That said, however, everyone pays GST to access goods and services in urban areas and such people are not excluded from the overall economic cycle.

If we were a country without a large informal economic sector, we would face a different scenario. Most of us would be homeless or starving.

But take the informal sector out of the picture, and the recession in PNG is real. Working parents, boyfriends, girlfriends and wantoks are burdened with expectations for assistance and requests for money.

The best we all can do is to keep afloat with little we earn and to try to make sure our families are OK.

We Papua New Guineans have a tendency to accept this and live each day by luck and dinao [borrowing] until the next fortnight when the cycle continues with family commitments and customary obligations.

We really need to teach each other about the realities of our economy and try to be prudent with our money and stop that reckless spending beyond what we can afford.

There is a gap between the elites and the normal citizens of PNG in which cash plays a major role.

The cashed-up elites are on the upper end to do everything they can with their money; including making more money in every way they can.

On the other hand, the ordinary citizens and hone...

19:20

Media watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

18 June 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 Monday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

18 June 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

Humour in the Morning "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This seems very apposite in todays PC world.

19:00

Mi no save gut long dispela go pinis "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Pardon-coverANNE-MARIE SMITH

From Pardon My French by Anne-Marie Smith, Ginninderra Press, 232 pages, $32.50. You can order your copy here

HENLEY BEACH - Leaving Papua New Guinea after ten happy years there was the toughest yet the gentlest of experiences.

Weve come to see you out. Its for good luck, our Melanesian neighbours stood at the door.

Its our custom, they said, we like to safeguard our friends as they leave their house.

Their presence also took the fuss out of locking up and dulled the ache of glancing at the house for one last time.

Arriving at the airport, I sensed a sweet smell. The scent got stronger, reminding me of the frangipani tree I had left in bloom in the front garden of our house.

We made these leis for you to wear. a group of waiting friends called out. Look, there is one for each of you. Try them for size.

Someone said size 0 and giggling resounded throughout the group, a Papua New Guinea English in-joke, no doubt.

After I hugged a couple more friends whod come to see us off, I noticed my flowers were wet with tears. 

Ten years of seeing people come and go and it was my turn to be going finish. I was leaving for good. The circle around my family and me was getting larger yet more blurry.  Melanesian people were familiar to farewelling expatriates, a regular post-colonial mission.

On behalf of your Ni-Vanuatu, Kanaky and Papua New Guinean friends and colleagues, we want to say we indeed had good times together and yumi olgeta [all of us] wish you and your family well.

By that time, letting go was becoming a real dilemma. Embracing one another felt good, but in the end, Id have to let everyone of those hands slip out of mine. The lei around my neck was getting bruised, wetter and the inebriating smell made me reel with emotion.

I cant find it, I was fumbling through my bilum, muttering to myself. I wonder what I did with it, I said, rummaging through the bag. It isnt there!

Unable to find my camera when I wanted to keep a record of this significant moment made me even more emotional. 

Do w...

18:27

Not Global Warming: Extreme weather in the US rapidly increasing in frequency and severity "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The last year has brought record-breaking natural disasters of all shapes and sizes to the U.S., from massive hurricanes in the Gulf to wildfires and flash-flooding in the Pacific. Though isolated in time and space, it would be an oversight to consider these events entirely unrelated. For years, climate scientists have been predicting more extreme weather as carbon emissions increase and global temperatures rise. And what we're seeing is exactly that, producing wreckage well beyond your every-few-years event. Let's have a look at the last 12 months. Comment: The climate is growing stranger and more extreme by the day, but it's not global warming and it's not caused by CO2: Cosmic Climate Change is Underway

15:55

Homeless Man Becomes Millionaire by Building Beaches in Peoples Backyards "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Sometimes, you dont know your true calling until it finds you. This was certainly the case for Eric White, 33, the owner of Zydeco Construction. The once formerly-homeless man now owns a Louisiana-based company that builds beaches in peoples backyards, and hes making millions doing it.

When White was 15-years-old, he was homeless for about eight months. Growing up, things werent easy for me, he told USA Today. White dropped out of school in the ninth grade and only had a second-grade reading skill. I could hardly even spell my name, he said.

Despite his lacking education, he always felt as if he understood construction. I knew if I worked at it, said White, I could really do something with it. He got his start working for a local construction company just to pay the bills. But later, he learned of a job opening with a Baton Rouge-based company that paid $12 hour. The guy that I worked for there took me under his wing and taught me about the company. Within the first six months,...

14:55

The Late Movie: RAF at War "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

WWII propaganda film,but not too bad

14:05

World view Monday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

14:01

June 18 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

618  Li Yuan became Emperor Gaozu of Tang, initiating three centuries of Tang Dynasty rule over China.

1178  Five Canterbury monks saw what was possibly the Giordano Bruno crater being formed. It is believed that the current oscillations of the moons distance from the earth (on the order of metres) are a result of this collision.

1264 The Parliament of Ireland met at Castledermot in County Kildare, the first definitively known meeting of this Irish legislature.

1429  French forces under the leadership of Joan of Arc defeated the main English army under Sir John Fastolf at the Battle of Patay.

1757  Battle of Koln between Prussian Forces under Frederick the Great of Prussia and an Austrian Army under the command of Field Marshal Count Leopold Joseph von Daun in the Seven Years War.

1767  Samuel Wallis, an English sea captain, sighted Tahiti. He is considered the first European to reach the island.

1778  American Revolutionary War: British troops abandoned Philadelphia.

1812  War of 1812: The U.S. Congress declared war on the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.

1815  Napoleonic Wars: The Battle of Waterloo leads to Napoleon Bonaparte abdicating the throne of France for the second and last time.

1830  French invasion of Algeria

1858  Charles Darwin received a paper from Alfred Russel Wallace that included nearly identical conclusions about evolution as Darwins own.  which prompted Darwin to publish his theory.

1859  First ascent of Aletschhorn, second summit of the Bernese Alps.

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13:06

Turnbull Government set to begin second session as member of UN Human Rights Council "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Turnbull Governments second session as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the UN body responsible for protecting the rights and dignity of people all over the world, will begin in Geneva tomorrow.

Key focusses for the session will be the ongoing atrocities in Syria and Myanmar. Reports on violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, racism, violence against women and the human rights responsibilities of businesses will also feature at the session.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, is in Geneva to scrutinise the role the Australian Government plays on the world stage and to ensure transparency and accountability for the Governments actions domestically.

"Just saying over and over again that you respect human rights doesnt make it true. If we want a world where all people are treated fairly and humanely - where victims of cruelty and injustice arent just abandoned to suffer at the hands of dictators and military regimes then we need Governments like ours to play a principled and constructive role on the UN Human Rights Council, said Mr Webb.

Australias first session on the Council, in March this year, was dominated by strong criticism of its indefinite detention of refugees on Manus and Nauru and what an independent UN expert described as the Turnbull Governments astonishing anti-democratic slide. While the Australian Government spoke out strongly against the Syrian Governments continuing atrocities against civilians, it offered only a weak response to the unfolding humanitarian crisis in Myanmar. 

"The Rohingya families being burned alive in their homes in Myanmar. The children dying in attacks in Syria. The journalists rotting in prisons for speaking truth to power. They all need Governments like ours to form part of the UNs principled spine, not to gnaw away at the foundation of human rights with mealy-mouthed words and unprincipled actions, said Mr Webb.

Straight-talking, principled action and practising what we preach are absolutely vital to our Government being able to play the role the international community needs us to.

Australia was elected for a three-year term on the Council in October last year. This Council session runs from 18 June - 6 July. The Human Rights Law Centre will attend every day of the Council session and provide regular updates on the Australian Governments actions.

The Council session can be livestreamed here: ...

12:30

Howard Keel Bless Your Beautiful Hide "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Great song from Stanley Donens 1954 musical Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Some great songs and dance numbers.

12:00

Q+A Business Podcast "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Corin Dann went to the Pomegranate Kitchen in Wellington to interview Rebecca Stewart. Shes the Co-founder of this social enterprise catering company employing former refugees as cooks. They make delicious Middle Eastern food for local people.

11:43

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Come in and sit by the fire.

I accepted the invitation, enjoyed the chat that came with it and am grateful for the warmth of both.

11:19

Is the Budget built on a bed of lies? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Truth table

Being variously occupied with other things, this year's Australian Budget came and went with nary a comment from me (except briefly in passing here). 

A Budget effectively in balance is forecast for 2019-20, and a solid surplus of $11.5 billion or 0.5 per cent of GDP is now forecast for 2020-21. 

The 2017-18 underlying cash balance was the strongest since the financial crisis, and so too was the estimate for 2018-19.

Rose-tinted outlook?

It's apparently become something of a tradition to lambast the Treasurer for the Budget forecasts.

In fact, last year it was variously claimed that the Budget was built on a bed of lies, in part because of the apparently optimistic iron ore price projections.

This year's main point of contention is wages growth being forecast to rise to 3 per cent by 2020-21.

Looking at the latest wages numbers you'd have to agree that this is an optimisti...

11:00

Sunday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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10:30

The propaganda video made to influence Kim Jong Un "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz A brilliant move by Trump. This is the video Trump played to Kim at their summit meeting in Singapore . The post The propaganda video made to influence Kim Jong Un appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:26

Europe risks falling behind in digital transformation "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

FT launches project to find the champions for tech-led change across the region

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By Patrick McGee

There are fears that Europe is falling behind in digital transformation, just as the so-called fourth industrial evolution begins to change the business models of traditional industries in noticeable ways.

The predicted efficiency gains from the adoption of new technology are so great that, at first glance, they appear to be typos. PwC, for instance, forecasts the shift to contribute as much as 14 per cent to global GDP gains by 2030 or about $15tn in todays value.

However, digitalisation has so far been patchy. According to PwC, two-thirds of the 1,155 global manufacturing companies they surveyed have just started or have not yet embarked on their digital transformation.

Europe, in particular, is lagging behind: just 5 per cent of manufacturers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (Emea) are digital champions, PwC says, versus 11 per cent in the Americas and 19 per cent in Asia-Pacific.

On the other hand, Europe has strong foundations in fields such as artificial intelligence (AI) and cryptography, says Siraj Khaliq, a partner at Atomico, a technology investment group, which compiles an annual report, The State of European Tech. Over the past two years, he says, industry has been increasingly tapping into these innovations with small acquisitions happening all the time.

The trajectory is very strong for these areas, especially with government policies of encouraging entrepreneurship with tax breaks and other measures, Mr Khaliq adds. More than 30 national and regional initiatives for digitalising industry have been launched across the continent over the past few years.

Help us find Europes digital transformation leaders

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The Financial Times, in partnership with Google and Nesta, the innovation foundation, is looking for organisations and people across Europe who are showing best practice in digital transformation.

We are looking for companies, big and small, as well as individuals and non-profit organisations, who are using digital technologies to grow, create jobs, reach new markets or transform their business. We would also like to hear about excellent skills training programmes and the creation of new technologie...

10:00

Sunday standup "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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10:00

Classic Drama: The Duchess of Duke Street with Gemma Jones S02 E12 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A word of warning, this is a great series, but some of the video quality is poor. Yet years ago I enjoyed this very much.

On a different note the food consultant was one Michael Smith who wrote some excellent books about British food


The Duchess of Duke Street
 is a BBC television drama series set in London between 1900 and 1925. It was created by John Hawkesworth, previously the producer of the ITV period drama Upstairs, Downstairs.[1] It starred Gemma Jones as Louisa Leyton/Trotter, the eponymous Duchess who works her way up from servant to renowned cook to proprietrix of the upper-class Bentinck Hotel in Duke Street, St. Jamess, in London.

The story is loosely based on the real-life career of Rosa Lewis (ne Ovenden), the Duchess of Jermyn Street, who ran the Cavendish Hotel in London.[2] When the show first aired, there were many people who still remembered her, as she lived until 1952. According to census returns, she was born in Leyton, Essex, to a watchmaker. In the series, Louisas family name is Leyton, and her father is a clock-maker.

09:34

Doggies needing good homes "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I've just become 'mum' to one of these pups. The real mum is a smooth coat smallish Huntaway and the father mostly Sharpei. Working/ farm dogs.

Six remain and the owner is very keen for them to go to good homes.

Mine, now named 'Limmy', has been a joy for the half day we have had her. Very calm - sat/slept on my knee for the journey home. Has done some exploring since arriving, said a shy howdy to the first inhabitants (existing Huntaway seems rather intrigued if cautious) but at 8 weeks, still wanting to be cuddled back to sleep - missing her litter.

Anyone interested in giving a good home to one of these pups please email me at dandl.mitchellNZ@gmail.com

(Hat-tip Gecko)

09:30

BBC TV Drama: Telfords Change (1975) E06 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Barkworth played a bank manager, Mark Telford, who took a backward step in his career in order to retreat from the rat race. He relinquished his job in international banking and became a local branch manager in Dover.

Telfords wife Laura (played by Hannah Gordon) and son Peter (Michael Maloney) remained in London. Keith Barron played Tim Hart, Lauras theatrical colleague who was keen to have an affair with her, and with whom she did have a brief liaison. In order to win back his wife, Telford gave up the Dover job and returned to international banking.

The series was created and sold to the BBC by Barkworth himself and a group of colleagues (including Mark Shivas) through a company called Astramead

09:30

The Symptoms Of A Syndrome, Part Two "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The world is changing. The deceivers are not amused. The Conspiracy Theory badge of honour, has become a stain on the forehead of the stupid. They wear it well. They are no longer the better informed and more intelligent, they are the exposed terminal fools. The essential pretense of the dark corridors, otherwise The Enemy []

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09:30

Hannity: Former Obama official is trying to change her tune "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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09:29

New name for ACT party? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It looks like the ACT party are considering renaming themselves. They have to do something to turn their lack of support around, they are virtually nothing but the MP for Epsom. Frank Newman: ACT re-branding David Seymour says they are looking at a possible name change. In an interview on Radio NZ on 15 June []

09:04

Fiji Bati squad for Melanesian Cup clash against PNG Kumuls "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Fiji National Rugby League has named its Fiji Bati team for the upcoming Melanesian Cup clash against the Papua New Guinea Kumuls at Campbelltown Sports Stadium in Sydney.

The team, features a number of players from the 2017 Rugby League World Cup squad, including Jarryd Hayne, Kevin Naiqama and Suliasi Vunivalu as the Bati looks to win back the Melanesian Cup they last held in 2015.

Tickets for the match are available from Ticketek.

Fiji Bati
1. Kevin Naiqama (c)
2. Suliasi Vunivalu
3. Akuila Uate
4. Tyrone Phillips
5. Marcelo Montoya
6. Jarryd Hayne
7. Henry Raiwalui
8. Kane Evans
9. Joe Lovodua
10. Tui Kamikamica
11. King Vuniyayawa
12. Salesi Junior Faingaa
13. Jayson Bukuya

14. Eloni Vunakece
15. Pio Seci
16. Sitiveni Moceidreke
17. Pio Sokobalavu
18. Mikaele Ravalawa
19. Junior Roqica

09:00

A bizarre video from a Dhimmi Prime Minister "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post A bizarre video from a Dhimmi Prime Minister appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:00

Classic Comedy: Are You Being Served? S02 E04 Big Brother "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wikipedia

Are You Being Served? is a British sitcom created and written by Jeremy Lloyd and David Croft (Croft also directed some episodes), with contributions from Michael Knowles and John Chapman, for the BBC Set in London, the show follows the misadventures and mishaps of the staff of the retail ladies and gentlemens clothing departments in the flagship department store of a fictional chain called Grace Brothers.

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 [] The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:15

Q+A Panel discussing the Simon Bridges interview "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Following the Q+A interview with Simon Bridges there was this panel discussion.

The panel was Josie Pagani, Peter Dunne and Fran OSullivan.

08:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

07:30

Whaleoil sports quiz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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07:00

New Zealand Quiz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Fricative  denoting a type of consonant made by the friction of breath in a narrow opening, producing a turbulent air flow; a fricative consonant; a consonant characterized by frictional passage of the expired breath through a narrowing at some point in the vocal tract.

06:00

Would you like sharia with that? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Longer ago than I care to reveal I would occasionally frequent the Hare Krishnas restaurant just near Melbournes famous Flinders Street Station. The food was always basic and no choice: depending on the day, either a tomato pasta or a potato curry, with a spiced pudding and custard, and cordial. But the main attraction for [] The post Would you like sharia with that? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:50

Q+A: Corin Dann interviews Simon Bridges "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Q+A Panel discussion with Josie Pagani, Peter Dunne and Fran OSullivan is posted here.

Here via Scoop is the TVNZ Press release and transcript:-

Tricky trade-offs and balances on climate change says Simon Bridges.

Nationals leader says the party is committed to tackling climate change but it says there are some scientific questions that needed to be answered about carbon dioxide versus methane.

Mr Bridges was speaking on TVNZ 1s Q+A this morning following an announcement this week his party would offer bipartisan support to the Government on climate change.

The target we set was 50 percent fewer emissions by 2050, he said. Broadly speaking, it is carbon zero on CO2, but it is acknowledging the I think emerging consensus around the science that on methane and the like, they are short-lived gases and thats holding constant, rather than decreasing.

Ive made clear that I do want to prioritise the environment, but I also understand that these things, there are tricky trade-offs and balances here. The reality is food production is still like number one for us.

He did not want to see a huge growth in cow numbers.

I think certainly we wouldnt want to see significantly more cows. I think the reality is actually what we have got to do is weve got to invest a lot more in science and innovation and technology to get those solutions.

Q + A
Episode 14
SIMON BRIDGES
Interviewed by CORIN DANN

CORIN It is been an interesting week for National watching from afar in Singapore.

SIMON Sure has.

CORIN Law and order, climate change. You have made quite an interesting shift on climate change. Why have you done that?

SIMON I think ultimately because it is about demonstrating some leadership, even from opposition and doing what we think is the right and responsible thing and providing certaint...

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