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Friday, 19 October

22:42

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, October 19, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tropical forests Insect numbers plummet in Puerto Rico, alarming scientists (The Independent, Gizmodo, Nature, The Scientist). Cameroonian authorities have approved the countrys first combined marine-terrestrial national park (Rainforest Trust). The expansion of oil palm in Indonesia could be threatening subsistence farming for 150 million people, a new study has found (CIFOR Forests News). Two tropical countries, Ghana and Ecuador, are working together to develop their forestry sectors (Peace FM). Food giant Nestl says it will publish evidence of deforestation that it has gathered on its website (Swiss Info). A new report from Global Witness finds that logging, driven largely by demand from China, is wiping out forests on the Solomon Islands (Radio New Zealand). Given a choice between reducing emissions and halting deforestation, scientists agree that we need to do both (The Guardian). The Rakhine crisis in Myanmar leads the U.K. to pull funding from an effort to reform the countrys timber industry (Frontier Myanmar). Scientists could miss the warning signs of the extinction of some species because of the compounding effects of the wildlife trade and deforestation (Science Daily). A unique skin disease could be adding to the decline of giraffes in Africa (Business Daily Africa/The Conversation). Beef is off the menu on select flights by Virgin, in a test that the companys founder says could reduce its climate footprint (The Australian Financial Review). Investors are increasingly valuing zero deforestation (Brink). Agriculture giant Wilmar pledges to be deforestation-free by 2020 amid criticism (Eco-Business). Other news U.S. President Donald Trump

21:04

More claims of women crushed by Ross "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Earlier in the week Jami-Lee Ross tried to claim some moral high ground and denied having harassed or treated women badly. He also complained about claims and insinuations by Simon Bridges and Paula Bennett that there were many women not pleased with Ross behaviour. He said he had been threatened with up to 15 revelations, []

21:00

What happens when you fail to kill Mr Kaplan? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There is a television show called The Blacklist, about a master criminal called Raymond Reddington. Wikipedia explains the basic thrust of the show: Quote: Raymond Red Reddington, a former U.S. Navy officer turned high-profile criminal, voluntarily surrenders to the FBI after eluding capture for decades. He tells the FBI that he has a list of the most dangerous criminals [] The post What happens when you fail to kill Mr Kaplan? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:00

CNN: Cold War #4/24 Berlin "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wikipedia

Cold War is a twenty-four episode television documentary series about the Cold War that aired in 1998. It features interviews and footage of the events that shaped the tense relationships between the Soviet Union and the United States.

The series was produced by Pat Mitchell and Jeremy Isaacs, who had earlier in 1973 produced the World War II documentary series The World at War in a similar style. Ted Turner funded the series as a joint production between the Turner Broadcasting System and the BBC, and was first broadcast on CNN in the United States and BBC Two in the United Kingdom. Writers included Hella Pick, Jeremy Isaacs, Lawrence Freedman, Neal Ascherson, Hugh OShaughnessy and Germaine Greer. Kenneth Branagh was the narrator, and Carl Davis (who also collaborated with Isaacs with The World at War) composed the theme music. Each episode would feature historical footage and interviews from both significant figures and others who had witnessed particular events.

The series excluded several Cold War issues and topics, including the Communist takeovers of South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in 1975, the subsequent unification of Vietnam and Vietnamese refugee crisis, the failed Communist revolution in Indonesia in 1965, China after Maos passing, from the trial of the Gang of Four to the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, Bulgaria, Albania, and more details on the Dominican crisis of 1965.

21:00

For PNGs sake, lets hope hosting APEC is for the better "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

APEC Haus, Ela Beach (Post-Courier)

BUSA JEREMIAH WENOGO | PNG Informal Economist

PORT MORESBY - In August, under a headline that read APEC is for you PNG, APEC minister Justin Tkatchenko said the benefits of hosting APEC would last for many years and would strengthen many sectors in the economy.

The ministers statement seems to portray APEC as a defining event in Papua New Guineas history with its impact to resonate for many years to come.

As the date for the APEC leaders forum draws nearer, Papua New Guineans will get a chance to assess whether APEC 2018 lives up to its hype and transforms our fortunes for the better.

Or will it instead become a shadow that will haunt us for many years to come. For PNGs sake, lets hope for the former.

APEC is a regional economic forum established in 1989 to leverage the growing interdependence of the Asia-Pacific. APEC's 21 members (including PNG) aim to create greater prosperity for the people of the region by promoting balanced, inclusive, sustainable, innovative and secure growth and by accelerating regional economic integration.

Among its 21 economies PNG is described as the smallest and poorest. In this regard PNG hosting the APEC is fascinating and intriguing to its citizens and the world at large.

Nobody knows how PNG is going to fare in this although the government is adamant it will be a success.

The sheer weight of ensuring the safety of some of the worlds most powerful leaders is in itself a monumental task at a time when there is heightened fear of geo-political tensions and terrorism.

Already Port Moresby is described as one of the most dangerous cities in the world therefore success may help to change this perception. It alone will mean another leap forward in PNGs relatively short history. At the same time failure to deliver will be catastrophic.

Although claims by the government of massive benefits in investment and trade from hosting APEC remain to be seen, the event will at least put PNG in the spotlight.

The APEC summit is already by far the biggest event to date for PNG after it played host to the Pacific Games in 2015, the FIFA Under 20 Womens World Cup in 2016 and the Rugby League World Cup in 2017.

Preparation for the summit so far is experiencing a roller coaster ride.

While the government is trying to sel...

20:44

How Jami-Lee Ross stands in Parliament now "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

On Tuesday Jami-Lee Ross stated that he intended resigning from the National Party and from Parliament (he said on Friday). He has since reneged on that commitment. What is his current position in Parliament? Sitting date: 16 Oct 2018 SPEAKERS RULINGS Jami-Lee Ross SPEAKER: Under Standing Order 35(1)(c), I have been advised by the senior Opposition whip []

20:30

Gresham College: Prof. Vernon Bogdanor Postwar Political Crises in Britain #6/6 2003 The Iraq War "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This series from 2015 is most interesting, even if you do not necessarily accept Bogdanors perceptions and interpretations of the events.

20:30

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.

20:15

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.

20:08

Children Suffer Because of Govt. Inaction "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  Waikane school teacher Lisa Geraghty says children are suffering because the Government says NO To Our Tamariki. Lisa, a Kpiti []

20:01

Gayford could become a PR liability for Ardern "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Apparently operating outside the Prime Ministerial PR loop Clark Gayford could become a PR liability for Jacinda Ardern. Arderns partner Gayford and her baby Neve have been an asset to her image, but Gayford keeps intruding on her job. He gets himself involved in Arderns political life and this could cause her some problems. It []

20:00

Saturday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

Without music life would be a mistake. Friedrich Nietzsche 

20:00

RNZ Focus On Politics: Mallard cancels Bridges leak investigation (August 24, 2018) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hard on the heels of establishing an inquiry, Speaker Mallard pulls the pin, effectively saying it was a National Party issue. Again many people, including Adam, thought this unlikely, but how wrong we were.

This audio sets the scene for what has now happened

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/fop/fop-20180824-1830-focus_on_politics_for_24_august_2018-128.mp3

20:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

20:00

Big health donors defraud patients by ignoring corruption "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Silver Fox's Den

The Silver Fox's Den - a diagram not directly related to this article but kindly provided by the folk at PNGi to show the network of companies established by David Johnson, the subject of our story earlier this week, Silver Fox goes to ground after APEC intervention goes awry

STAFF REPORTERS | The Tokaut Blog | Extract

You can read the complete PNGi article here

PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guineas health system is in crisis.

Tuberculosis is at epidemic levels, polio has re-emerged, maternal and child mortality rates are among the worst in the world, malaria infections have increased nine-fold in just three years, no radiology treatment is available for cancer patients, rural health clinics lie empty and abandoned.

The list goes on and on.

Yet this is a health system that for decades has been financially and technically supported by some of the worlds largest multilateral agencies, the World Bank, the United Nations, the World Health Organisation, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and many others.

Why is their assistance so manifestly failing?

This year Australia will provide $572 million in overseas direct aid to PNG, 18% or $103m is being targeted at the health sector.

In addition, Australia has just announced an extra K24 million in funding to combat vaccine preventable diseases, starting with Polio.

Australian Minister-Counsellor based in Port Moresby, Benedict David says, under the leadership of Minister Temu and the National Department of Health, this additional support will help protect PNGs children from polio and other childhood illnesses.

It is a worthy aspiration but about as far from reality as it is possible to get. Benedict David is either in...

19:34

Ardern Prime Ministerial (apart from lame kindness), Peters petty "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In a week in politics dominated by the ongoing Jami-Lee Ross train wreck, Jacinda Ardern has declined to get involved and did not try to score cheap political pot shots, as a good Prime Minister should. NZH:  New Zealanders want a different political environment, Jacinda Ardern says Ardern again refused to be drawn into the []

19:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is forbearance (noun) 1. Tolerance and restraint in the face of provocation; patience. 2. (Law) The act of giving a debtor more time to pay rather than immediately enforcing a debt that is due. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : 1570s, originally legal, in reference to enforcement of debt [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 20 26 A wise king scatters the wicked like wheat, then runs his threshing wheel over them. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:00

RNZ Focus On Politics: The leak of Simon Bridges travel expenses (17 August 2018) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Given all that has happened this week in NZ politics it seemed appropriate to look back to the distant past, i.e. August 2018, and look at where recent events started to take shape.

This audio is about the initial leak of Simon Bridges travel expenses

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/fop/fop-20180817-1838-focus_on_politics_for_17_august_2018-128.mp3

Some of the conjecture then seems rather interesting in the light of events

19:00

How China can help save Papua New Guineas forests "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Governor Gary Juffa
Governor Gary Juffa

GARY JUFFA | The Diplomat

ORO - This summer, my country, Papua New Guinea, became the newest member of Chinas Belt and Road Initiative. This global program already spans dozens of countries and represents over a trillion dollars of planned investments in infrastructure development.

Meanwhile, Chinas aid to PNG is surging: only recently, it committed around $4 billion to developing PNGs national road network.

These initiatives mean that bilateral trade is set to increase but if China does not make significant changes in the way it sources raw materials abroad, the outcome is likely to be a bad one for PNG.

PNGs forests are among our most valuable natural resources. Some 70% of the country is covered in forests that support hundreds of rare and endemic species, making PNG a megabiodiverse country.

These forests are also directly critical to the lives and well-being of most of our people, including the communities in my province. But for decades, weve struggled to responsibly manage this vital resource.

The PNG forest sector has long been marked by corruption and illegality, making the timber we produce considered high risk by independent international groups that monitor this. And were losing money on it: the policy think tank the Oakland Institute has estimated that tax evasion in the sector may be costing PNG over $100 million per year.

Despite these problems, PNG exports a lot of timber over three million cubic meters of logs in 2017. Most of that wood is bought by China, where it is made into commodities like furniture and flooring. Research from the watchdog group Global Witness showed that some of these products are ending up in places like the United States.

Although China doesnt have a law that bans the import of illegal timber, the United States and other major markets like the European Union do, making this trade a risky one for China. In fact, China is falling behind other major economies in not enacting such a law, and continuing to source risky timber from cor...

18:40

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

191018PRESIDENTS VILLA COMPLETED IN TIME FOR OPENING
New Dawn FM News
The Bougainville Presidents VILLA or official residence has been completed just in time for its official opening next Thursday.
The keys were handed over to the ABG Deputy Chief Secretary, Policy and acting Secretary for Technical services, THOMAS RAIVET this afternoon.
In his speech, MR. RAIVET thanked the local contractor GENIC INVESTMENTS for completing the project and also for confirming that Bougainvillean companies can bid for projects that normally are given to outside companies.
He said this proves that if the ABG gives contracts to locals they can also do it and also raise their standards.
He said he was happy that the technical team under, BENARD TZILU took the risk in awarding contract to GENIC INVESTMENTS but now they have proven themselves.
MR. RAIVET called on other Bougainvilleans operating in different fields to show their talents so that they can have such opportunity to prove their worth.
He said that many local talents are still hidden and they must come out to move Bougainville forward.
The Deputy Chief Secretary Policy said Bougainvilleans destroyed everything and they must stand up now and rebuild Bougainville into a most prosperous region.
The contract was awarded to GENIC INVESTMENTS in 2015.

Ends

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18:36

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

191018MUNEI CALLS ON BOUGAINVILLEANS TO STUDY QUESTIONS
New Dawn FM News

A chief from Siwai who lives in KOKOPAU , JOHN MUNEI today called on the people of Bougainville to study the sample ballot paper and educate themselves how they will vote in the coming referendum.
Speaking on New Dawn FM this afternoon, MR. MUNEI said that this referendum vote is very different because the questions to be put are already out for the people to see and decide their choice.
He said there is no excuse for anybody to make their vote invalid as ample time has been given to study the ballot paper.

Ends

18:35

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

191018PNG MEDICAL BOARD TO VISIT ARAWA NURSING SCHOOL
New Dawn FM News

The PNG Medical board which licenses Nurses and Doctors to practice is to visit the Arawa School of Nursing next week.
The Registrar for the School of Nursing, MELCHIOR DARE told New Dawn FM this afternoon that the School will also have its first graduation of pioneers of the Arawa School of Nursing on the 5th of December, 2018.
MR.DARE said he was happy that the School has continued despite the problems it faced since its inception.
He also thanked the National members past and present for their contribution in supporting the School.

Ends

18:35

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

101018POLLING ENDS TODAY
New Dawn FM News
Polling for the three constituencies having By elections ended this afternoon.
The three constituencies are HALIA, TAONITA TEOP and KONGARA.
According to the official program, Counting will be done at the HUTJENA SECONDARY SCHOOL HALL starting 4pm on Monday.
In the morning the counting officials will go through a counting training to make sure they know what they must do once counting starts.
The counting officials for both shift one and two are requested to be at the Hutjena Secondary School hall by 9 am on Monday.
New Dawn FM will update its listeners and its followers on bougainvillenews, bougainville typepad and on 93.9 on FM Band.

Ends

18:34

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

181018MASIU SENDS CONDOLENCE
New Dawn FM News

The member for South Bougainville and Opposition leader, TIMOTHY MASIU today sent his heartfelt condolences to the family of the late PATRICK DUFFY who passed away in London yesterday.
He said that although he met with PATRICK just for few hours in Port Moresby on Monday night, he knew that he was a very experienced man and would really support the chairman to do his work.
MR. MASIU said that on behalf of the people of South Bougainville he wishes to say thankyou for their meeting this week which was the first and the last.
He said that despite the cultural differences and international boundaries people from far and wide are willing to help Bougainville to rise up tall and higher from the ashes of war.
He will go down in the history of Bougainville as well.
May his soul rest in eternal peace.

Ends
Picture of Bertie Ahern, President Momis and Patrick Duffy taken at Buka by Aloysius Laukai

Ahern Momis Duffy

18:29

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

181018PASSING OF PATRICK DUFFY
New Dawn FM News
The ABG President Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS has also sent his condolences to the family and relatives of the late PATRICK (paddy)DUFFY who was the special adviser to the Bougainville Referendum Commission Chairman, the Honourable Bertie Ahern.
President MOMIS said that he only met MR. DUFFY for a short time, but during that time it was clear that he was passionate supporter of peace and had a genuine desire to assist Mr. Ahern in his role as BRC Chairman.
He was engaging, had sharp wit and quickly became a dear friend of Bougainville.
The President extended his sincere condolences and those of Lady Momis and the Government and the people of Bougainville to Mr Duffys family and his dear lifelong friend MR Ahern.
The world is poorer for his passing and may the lord give comfort to loved ones left behind and all those who knew and loved Mr. Duffy.

Ends

18:28

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

181018LOIO WANTS BOUGAINVILLE TO OWN PRISTINE
New Dawn FM News

A former Primary Industry officer, FRANCIS LOIO today called on the management of Pristine 101 not to sell the copra mill in Buka to CPL but let Bougainvilleans own it.
MR. LOIO made these remarks on NEW DAWN FM today after learning the CPL which has been operating in Buka for many years was trying to take over from Pristine again.
He said that as Bougainville was preparing to become a nation it must secure such factories to start raising her own funds.
MR. LOIO called on the ABG to support locals who can run and manage this company.
Our attempts to talk with the management of Pristine 101 on this issue were unsuccessful.

Ends

18:27

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

181018LOIO WANTS BOUGAINVILLE TO OWN PRISTINE
New Dawn FM News

A former Primary Industry officer, FRANCIS LOIO today called on the management of Pristine 101 not to sell the copra mill in Buka to CPL but let Bougainvilleans own it.
MR. LOIO made these remarks on NEW DAWN FM today after learning the CPL which has been operating in Buka for many years was trying to take over from Pristine again.
He said that as Bougainville was preparing to become a nation it must secure such factories to start raising her own funds.
MR. LOIO called on the ABG to support locals who can run and manage this company.
Our attempts to talk with the management of Pristine 101 on this issue were unsuccessful.

Ends

18:26

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

181018ADVISOR DIES
New Dawn FM News

The special advisor to the Chairman of the Bougainville Referendum Commission, has died.
The late PATRICK DUFFY was an advisor to MR. Ahern since 1977 until his sudden death yesterday.
He died at the Heathrow airport in London as he was returning from Papua New Guinea after he and MR AHERN were welcomed by the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea, PETER ONIEL and the ABG President, Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS at the last JSB in Port Moresby.
The two then attended the JSB meeting that approved the questions to be put in the Bougainville referendum.
The late PATRICK DUFFY accompanied the BRC delegation to Buka last Saturday and was welcomed by the ABG President at a special dinner he hosted for the team.
The delegation returned to Port Moresby on Monday afternoon after the BRC Proper sat for the first time in Buka.

Ends

18:20

Media watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

20 October 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 []

18:15

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.

18:10

Open Forum Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

20 October 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 []

16:17

#ClimateStrikeAustralia: Students walk out of school "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you want to join us in striking, you could walk out of school, like us, in November and go and sit outside a politicians office with your own climate strike sign, writes Harriet and Milou, who inspired by the 15-year-old Swedish student Greta Thunberg and her #ClimateStrike which has spread in numerous European countries  now hope to see a similar youth movement rise on Australian grounds.


Hi everyone,

Our names are Milou and Harriet, and we are fourteen. We live in Castlemaine and are in Year 8 at school. And we care about our futures.

We have decided to go on strike from school to make our politicians do something about the climate emergency. Weve been inspired by Greta, a fifteen year old girl in Sweden, who has been striking from school in front of the Swedish parliament.

Climate change is one of the biggest problems facing the world and it isnt being addressed quickly enough. We are striking because in Australia, education is viewed as immensely important, and a key way to make a difference in the world. But just going to school isnt doing anything about climate change. And it doesnt seem that our politicians are doing anything, or at least not enough, about climate change either.

As people, we have a tendency to think only of the present impacts of our actions, and not the ones that follow after. We, the children and teenagers, are going to be living in this after and we dont like to look of the way this climate is heading. This has to change!

So, as our contribution to the changes we would like to see, we are organising a strike from school. We are temporarily sacrificing our education in order to save our futures.

If you feel the same way, find a way to join us. If you dont feel confident enough to come on strike, but still care, there are numerous other ways to help, like telling others about the climate emergency.

So, if you want to join us in striking, you could walk out of school, like us, in November and go and sit outside a politicians office with your own climate strike sign. The biggest day for walking out of school will be Friday 30th November, when we hope lots of kids will join us at the steps of Parliament House in Melbourne at midday.

Yours truly,

Harriet and Milou

......

15:37

Swiss cheesed! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Swiss ousted as world's richest

If you were ever looking for evidence that money alone can't make you happy here it is: Credit Suisse confirmed that Australia's households are now the wealthiest in the world. 

While for obvious reasons Switzerland edged Australia into second place in terms of mean wealth per adult, the median wealth per Australian adult beat out all comers at US$191,453 this year. 


Switzerland's average wealth per adult of US$530,240 remained well ahead of Australia in second place at US$411,060 (still placing Australia well ahead of the United States, Japan, Canada, Norway, Singapore, New Zealand, France, Belgium, Netherlands, and the United Kingdom). 

1.32 million Australians had a net wealth of over US$1 million - in spite of a weaker currency than we had at the peak of the resources boom - while 1.6 million Aussies are within the world's richest 1 per cent of households. 

The number of millionaires in Australia is expected to increase by more than 40 per cent over the next five years. 

Resilient Australia: 'low inequality'

As everyone is so lightning fast to point out, property prices have played a significant part in Australian household wealth, although gross debt is only 19 per cent of assets. 

It's also common to suggest that Aussies have benefited unequally - which of course is by definition always true.

Yet Credit Suisse reported a Gini coefficient of just 66 per cent, w...

13:05

World view Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

13:01

October 20 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1548 The city of Nuestra Senora de La Paz (Our Lady of Peace) was founded by Captain Alonso de Mendoza by appointment of the king of Spain and Holy Roman Emperor, Charles V.

1632 Sir Christopher Wren, English architect, was born (d. 1723).

1740 Maria Theresa takes the throne of Austria. France, Prussia, Bavaria and Saxony refused to honour the Pragmatic Sanction (allowing succession by a daughter) and the War of the Austrian Succession began.

1781 Patent of Toleration, providing limited freedom of worship, was approved in Habsburg Monarchy.

1803 The United States Senate ratified the Louisiana Purchase.

1818 The Convention of 1818 signed between the United States and the United Kingdom which, among other things, settled the Canada United States border on the 49th parallel for most of its length.

1827  Battle of Navarino  a combined Turkish and Egyptian armada was defeated by British, French, and Russian naval force in the port of Navarino in Pylos, Greece.

1859  John Dewey, American philosopher, was born (d. 1952).

1873  Nellie McClung, Canadian politician and activist, was born (d. 1951).

1883  Peru and Chile signed the Treaty of Ancn, by which the Tarapac province was ceded to the latter, bringing an end to Perus involvement in the War of the Pacific.

1891  James Chadwick, English physicist and academic, Nobel Prize laureate, was born (d. 1974).

1904  Anna Neagle, English actress, was born (d. 1986).

1910  The hull of the...

12:35

Rebelling Against Extinction "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When governments abandon us, we must step up

By George Monbiot, published in the Guardian 17th October 2018

 

It is hard to believe today, but the prevailing ethos among the educated elite was once public service. As the historian Tony Judt documented in Ill Fares the Land, the foremost ambition among graduates in the 1950s and 1960s was, through government or the liberal professions, to serve their country. Their approach might have been patrician and often blinkered, but their intentions were mostly public and civic, not private and pecuniary.

Today, the notion of public service seems as quaint as a local post office. We expect those who govern us to grab what they can, permitting predatory banks and corporations to fleece the public realm, then collecting their reward in the form of lucrative directorships. As the Edelman Corporations Trust Barometer survey reveals, trust worldwide has collapsed in all major institutions, and government is less trusted than any other.

As for the economic elite, as the consequences of their own greed and self-interest emerge, they seek, like the Roman oligarchs fleeing the collapse of the Western Empire, only to secure their survival against the indignant mob. An essay by the visionary author Douglas Rushkoff this summer, documenting his discussion with some of the worlds richest people, reveals that their most pressing concern is to find a safe refuge from climate breakdown, economic and societal collapse. Should they move to New Zealand or Alaska? How will they pay their security guards once money is worthless? Could they upload their minds onto supercomputers? Survival Condo, the company turning former missile silos in Kansas into fortified bunkers, has so far sold every completed unit.

Trust, the Edelman Corporation observes, is now the deciding factor in whether a society can function. Unfortunately, our mistrust is fully justified. Those who have destroyed belief in governments exploit its collapse, railing against a liberal elite (by which they mean people still engaged in public service)....

11:30

Newsroom: again the online voting spin from NZ media "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Another piece of online voting spin. This time from Newsroom. 

Note the conclusion:

I stand by my prediction that well eventually be able to vote online in our general election, but as I said it wont be in the next election or the one after. It could be a decade or more away, judging by the current period of trials and cautious monitoring.

Alternatively: BOHICA

Adam posted about this a few days ago. In that post Adam linked to this:-

Prof Thomas looks at this with an open mind and comes up with a number of conclusions.

Make up your own mind.

Adam is not convinced, that in a NZ context, that online voting is desirable.

11:07

China plans to launch artificial moon bright enough to replace citys streetlights by 2020 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

China is reportedly in the process of creating three artificial moons that would light up the south-western city of Chengdu, saving $240 million in annual electricity costs. 18 October 2018 China is reportedly in the process of creating an artificial moon that would be bright enough to replace the streetlights in the south-western city of []

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11:00

Keeping Up Appearances S03 E05 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

lousy formatting, audio OK and best viewed full screen. In many ways the audio is the main attraction

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Wikipedia

Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke. It aired on BBC One from 1990 to 1995. The central character is eccentric and snobbish middle class social climber Hyacinth Bucket(Patricia Routledge), who insists that her surname is pronounced Bouquet.[2]The sitcom follows Hyacinth in her attempts to prove her social superiority, and to gain standing with those she considers upper class. Her attempts are constantly hampered by her lower class extended family, whom she is desperate to hide. Much of the humour comes from the conflict between Hyacinths vision of herself, and the reality of her underclass background. In each episode, she lands in a farcical situation as she battles to protect her social credibility.

The show comprised five series and 44 episodes, four of which are Christmas specials. Production ended when star Patricia Routledge moved on to other projects

10:35

Most winningest blog post of the year "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


No contest - this will never, ever get old.  In a post on Kiwiblog, David Farrar writes:

National should trigger the waka jumping law.

Do you know how many posts David Farrar has written about what a disgraceful affront to democracy the waka jumping law is?  No, I don't either, I got sick of scrolling through the Google results list.

It sure would be funny if National did trigger this law.  After all their huffing and puffing about it, they'd be the first to use it, and that only a couple of weeks after it became law. Oh please, do it do it do it....

10:30

Classic TV Drama: Upstairs Downstairs S05 E01 On With The Dance "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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

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

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

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

10:00

10:00

Friday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Mike Rowes Prostate Exam Thank you Mike Rowe for showing men how easy it is to get their prostate checked. Mike teamed up with ZERO for this hilarious video of him getting his prostate exam on camera. Please share and help spread the word! The post Friday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:30

Range Rover Classic. Real world review of 71 Suffix A & 90s Vogue "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Range Rover Classic. Real world review of 71 Suffix A & 90s Vogue appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:00

Friday feline "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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09:00

Classic Drama: Love for Lydia #2/13 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Lydia Aspen, a seemingly shy girl from a wealthy but isolated background, is encouraged by her aunts, her new carers, to discover the delights of growing up. They entrust her education to Mr Richardson, the young apprentice for Evensfords local newspaper, who is sent to their house to get a story about the recent death of Lydias father.

Richardsons access to the Aspens is unusual, as they are rarely seen by anyone from the town and hide behind their stone walls and perimeter of trees; introducing Lydia to the towns inhabitants gives Richardson a great sense of pride. Visiting the Aspen estate also allows Richardson the chance to escape from the great engulfing vacuum of Evensford, with its endless stretch of factory roofs and back alleys.

As Lydia and Richardson spend more time together, he realises that his initial concept of Lydia was wrong, that she is far from being shy, and is often impetuous and demanding and enjoys captivating the young men who become her companions. Richardson soon discovers that his promise to love her, no matter what she does to him, is going to push him beyond the pain and feelings he thinks he is capable of experiencing

08:30

Jacinda Ardern & the media: What you need to know after the UN speech "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz A brilliant compilation of the hypocrisy in Arderns UN speech kindness in contrast to the hatred and totalitarianism and intolerance of the socialist left towards Molyneux and Southerns existence. Ironically, the latters ideas on preserving traditional western values [] The post Jacinda Ardern & the media: What you need to know after the UN speech appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S04 E16 Mother Love "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Season 3 Episode 5 appears to be missing

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

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

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

08:00

Undercover: Crashing Hawaii Socialist Protest! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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07:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

07:30

07:21

Asia air cargo market gets e-commerce boost as US-China trade war yet to bite "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Strong e-commerce demand is fueling Asias air freight market, with the US-China trade war having minimal negative impact so far and in some cases even boosting shipments, industry executives said on Friday.

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E-commerce is growing at pace in populous Asia, driven by Chinese behemoth Alibaba Group and rival JD.com, as well as others such as Japans Rakuten, sponsor of Spanish soccer giants FC Barcelona.

Large Asian cargo carriers including Cathay Pacific Airways rely on freight for around a quarter of revenue. (AFP)

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But the flow of goods has been threatened this year by the United States imposing import tariffs on billions of dollars worth of Chinese goods to redress what it regards as unfair trade relations with Chinas government responding in kind.

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I think right now we are probably going to see a pretty strong fourth quarter, Randy Tinseth, Boeing Cos vice president for commercial airplane marketing, said on the sidelines of an industry conference.

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The economy today has been very, very strong. Frankly in anticipation of this geopolitical situation I think people are just going out and moving (cargo) quickly.

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Asia-Pacific air cargo volume rose 4.8 percent in January-August, showed data from the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines (AAPA). That was lower than last years 9.8 percent but came off a higher comparison base at a time of record shipments, said AAPA Director-General Andrew Herdman.

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Given this short-term effect of scrambling to meet deadlines for tariff imposition and so on we are seeing pockets lanes and channels where demand is stronger than expected. For the next several months the cargo picture remains relatively robust. The question is what will the outlook for next year be.

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Asian airlines have an outsized role in air freight, accounting for nearly 40 percent of the global market as the region is a major manufacturing hub and e-commerce is growing.

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E-commerce is changing the way people are buying stuff, especially in countries such as Indonesia and the Philippines, said Jean-Francois Laval, Airbus executive vice president, Asia sales. It is coming from China, from Korea, it is coming from other parts of the region. You need a huge amount of cargo space.

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Boeing on Monday forecast air cargo traffic would double over the next 20 years, growing at an average rate of 4.2 percent a year.

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To meet that demand, the airc...

07:07

Senior Leadership Opportunities Wimmera South West Area "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Victoria State Government Health and Human Services

07:00

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.

06:45

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1944, Peter Tosh songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist with The Wailers and solo. Born today in 1946, Keith Reid principal songwriter for Procol Harum. Born today in 1948, Patrick Simmons singer, songwriter and guitarist with the Doobie Brothers. Born today in 1960, Daniel Woody Woodgate drummer with Madness Today in 1973, David [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:45

RNZ Morning Report: Anne-Marie Brady warns against interference after National revelations "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From RNZ Morning Report today, Anne-Marie Brady an academic who specialises in studying Chinas political influence in New Zealand says politicians need to upskill to prevent foreign government interference and especially the influence of Chinese money in NZ politics

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20181019-0814-anne-marie_brady_discusses_chinese_political_donations_in_nz-128.mp3

As Ms Brady notes:-

University of Canterbury professor Anne-Marie Brady told Morning Report politicians needed to look deeper into the connections of donors.

The real threat that Im paying attention to in this story is the failure of our political parties to prevent foreign government interference into our democratic political processes.

The matters we need to look into is the connection of some of these donors, not all of them to the Chinese party state. The Chinese Communist Party is an elite party and they have a tactic, which was set by Lenin and its called the United Front. Its a way to influence non-party members and in the case of foreign policy, foreigners.

Listen to the clip and read the article, it is well worth doing.

Whichever side of the political spectrum you support these questions must be asked.

06:32

Jami-Lee Ross apologises for affairs, makes more threats, doesnt resign "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Its sad but unsurprising to see more chaos from disgraced MP Jami-Lee Ross he has decided not to resign from Parliament, saying he wants to stay and dish out dirt. He has admitted having two affairs, including one with an MP, and has apologised to the four women detailed in the Newsroom article yesterday, []

06:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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06:30

CSIS: Great Powers in Asia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The fates of China, Russia, and the United States, are profoundly bound to the Asian continent. Historically, these powers have shaped and been shaped by Asia, and it is clear that Asia continues to factor centrally in their strategic thinking. In recent years, both Russia and the United States have paid more attention to Asia as a central theater in 21st century geopolitics. With its Belt and Road Initiative and expansive activities in maritime Asia, China is also playing a more active role in Asian geopolitics today. Yet all three powers also face significant uncertainty. The election of Donald Trump thrust uncertainty into the future of US foreign policy, including in Asia. The recent 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party was widely interpreted as a prelude to a more assertive China. Russias own relations with Beijing and Washington are in flux, and Russia will have its own election in March 2018. Where does Asia fit in the grand strategic visions of China, Russia, and the U.S.and what are the implications for regional security? Where is there room for cooperation, and where is there a real possibility of confrontation? What form might either of these take?

06:00

Hadith for the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It is Friday, so this instruction from the Messenger (PBUH) is appropriate for today. It is presumed but not stated explicitly that every male should take a bath on Friday whether they need it or not. It makes sense that this is done before Friday prayers (although again not explicitly stated) as one would not [] The post Hadith for the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Epistemophilic  one who loves knowledge; someone who excessively strives for, or is preoccupied with, knowledge.

05:30

New Zealand politics: A circus for self serving highly paid clowns "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

What we have seen from the Labour Party during their term in opposition and what we are now seeing from the National Party brings into question the state of New Zealand politics. One only has to view Question Time to find the answer. To start with the speaker, an ex-school teacher, runs the house like [] The post New Zealand politics: A circus for self serving highly paid clowns appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:25

The Poet: David Whyte, "Sweet Darkness" "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 "Sweet Darkness"

"When your eyes are tired the world is tired also.
When your vision has gone no part of the world can find you.
Time to go into the dark where the night has eyes
to recognize its own.
There you can be sure you are not beyond love.
The dark will be your womb tonight.
The night will give you a horizon
further than you can see.
You must learn one thing:
the world was made to be free in.
Give up all the other worlds
except the one to which you belong.
Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness
to learn anything or anyone that does not bring you alive
is too small for you."

- David Whyte,
"House of Belonging"

05:22

No "compensation" for those who want to destroy the planet "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The government is currently progressing legislation to ban offshore oil exploration. The oil industry doesn't like this, because its the first step towards putting them out of business. And now they're outrageously demanding "compensation" for the violation of their "property rights":

A body representing seismic testing companies is demanding more than $100 million in compensation for its members if the Government passes a ban on issuing new exploration permits.

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IAGC members claim they have invested heavily gathering data on areas not covered by exploration permits. While this has led to claims that the business model is highly speculative, MinterEllison partner Rachel Devine, representing IAGC before the environment select committee, said the Government encouraged companies to seek data to make the block offer process competitive.

"They've spent money in reasonable expectation that the regime would be the way it is, it's been set up to entice them to come in and do these things for the benefit of the New Zealand government," Devine said, claiming that the legislation would strip the companies of property rights they had spent $104 million acquiring.

"Passing this bill will put New Zealand on a blacklist of countries with sovereign risk," she said.

Get that? If this law is passed, they might sulk and not "invest" here. Which is the point of the bill, because "investing" in destroying the planet isn't an "investment" we want anybody to make.

As for the idea of "compensation", its as odious as Britain's compensation of slaveowners when they abolished slavery, and as justifiable as the idea of compensating some Saudi wide-boy for banning live sheep exports. There should be no "compensation" for people whose business model is literally the destruction of the planet. Democracies are entitled to change their minds, and that's exactly what we're doing. If companies doing business here haven't factored that risk in, then they're simply fools. Our right to govern ourselves and set policy according to the will of the people is not subject to a foreign financial veto, and isn't actionable in any court. And again, if foreign companies don't like it, they can just fuck off. In fact, the quicker they do that, the safer the world will be.

05:00

The left cant meme: NPC edition "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Meme culture is the lingua franca of todays internet-connected youth and, as is so often the way with youthful patois, the old folk mostly just dont get it. If you have to ask what it is, youll never know, as Louis Armstrong once said. Even worse is when uncomprehending codgers painfully try to ape the [] The post The left cant meme: NPC edition appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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04:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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03:30

The truth about the BDS : Part one "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I have always considered the BDS organisation to be an economic terrorist organisation that at its core is completely anti-semitic despite all their false protestations that they are anti-Zionist and that being anti the Jewish people having their own homeland is not anti-Semitic at all. They are assisted of course by useful idiots like BDS [] The post The truth about the BDS : Part one appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:30

Kansas City Public Library: What to make of the age of Donald Trump Thomas Frank "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The day after Donald Trump was elected president, The New York Times recommended six books for those trying to understand the political, economic, regional and social shifts that drove one of the most stunning political upsets in the nations history. Among them: Thomas Franks Listen, Liberal: Or What Ever Happened to the Party of the People? Frank, a Kansas City native, has followed up, embarking on a 13-city barnstorming tour to talk to Trump voters, union leaders, and progressive activists across the Midwest in conjunction with Listen Liberals release in paperback. On his last stopin Kansas Cityhe discusses what he has learned.

03:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Click the image for a high-res view NATHAN World Map of Natural Hazards Since 2011, NATHAN World Map of Natural Hazards has been a component of NATHAN Risk Suite, our comprehensive risk assessment service for natural hazards. The global wildfire hazard map is a new feature. The World Map of Natural Hazards has been developed [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:00

PBS/BBC: Peoples Century #7/26 1929 Breadline "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Peoples Century is a television documentary series examining the 20th century. It was a joint production of the BBC in the United Kingdom and PBS member station WGBH Boston in the United States. The series was first shown on BBC in the 1995, 1996 and 1997 television seasons before being shown elsewhere in the world and before being broadcast in the USA in 1998.

The 26 one-hour episodes examined the socio-economic, political, and cultural movements that shaped the 20th century. The series represented a departure from documentaries that present history through recounting the actions of great men; Peoples Century considers the century from the perspective of common people. Most of those interviewed were ordinary men and women who closely witnessed various events and who give personal accounts of the manner in which the developments and disruptions of the 20th century affected their lives.

The opening credits depict various images from the century, accompanied with a theme music score by Zbigniew Preisner. The documentary won an International Emmy Award, among others.

02:30

Sex, lies and audiotape "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The rolling grenade continues. It is like a Catherine Wheel that never stops. By the time this article is published, there will be a whole new chapter to this saga. Nobody can keep up. We would have to keep our proofreaders up all night to stay current with this stuff, and well that isnt [] The post Sex, lies and audiotape appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:15

Hey! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Mafia Requests To No Longer Be Called 'The Mob' Because Of Negative Association With Political Activists

02:00

Beggars demand to be choosers: Indonesia furious with Australia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australia hands over about half a billion dollars in foreign aid to Indonesia every year. Exactly why isnt apparent: Indonesia is one of the highest-GDP nations on earth, only slightly behind Australia. Meanwhile, in return for our generosity, Australians get the privilege of having to constantly dance around the hypersensitivities of yet another glass-jawed Muslim [] The post Beggars demand to be choosers: Indonesia furious with Australia appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:54

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell responds to claims co-op is a failed experiment:

This week, the Herald published an article by industry observer Tony Baldwin, which argued in some depth that Fonterra has been a failed experiment. What follows is a response from Fonterra CEO Miles Hurrell to that article.

I took the job of CEO of Fonterra because I believe in the Co-ops potential and the positive difference it makes to New Zealand and consumers around the world.

Its clear the challenge is big and we dont always get everything right. Ive been open about that with our farmers, unit holders, employees and the New Zealand public.

Now our focus has shifted to rolling up our sleeves and getting on with the job. We are well underway with our business review, which will deliver a balanced portfolio of high-performing investments, aligned to strategy and delivering returns across the short, medium and longer term. . .

Hands-on hard yards training Hamish MacLean:

Colderidge Downs, in the Rakaia Gorge, looks like paradise, but the Coleridge Down Training Farm is home to hands-on hard-yards-style training for youth with a passion for agriculture and the outdoors.

Covering extensive hill country to intensive irrigated pastoral land, the group of central Canterbury farms cover about 10,000ha, run 42,000 stock units, and take on three cadets a year to ultimately gain level 3 and 4 qualifications through primary ITO in a two-year course.

Lachie Mee (18) finished at Waitaki Boys High School as a year 12 pupil last year and started at Coleridge Downs in January along with two other first-year cadets.
And when he started, he quickly learned he had entered the workforce. . . 

 

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01:53

The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: October 10 - 16, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

New activity/unrest was reported for 8 volcanoes between October 10 and 16, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Cuicocha, Ecuador | Gamalama, Halmahera (Indonesia) | Piton de la Fournaise, Reunion Island...... Read more

01:47

Reminder: Saudi Arabia kidnapped people from New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Earlier this month, journalist Jamal Khashoggi visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. He was then beaten, drugged, and dismembered - apparently while still alive - by a 15-man Saudi kill team who had been specially flown in for the purpose. Its a horrific act, and one which should make Saudi Arabia an international pariah. But Khashoggi is not the only victim of the Saudi regime. As Stuff reminds us, in 2014 they apparently kidnapped a refugee from New Zealand:

Friends of Khalid Muidh Alzahrani, who they called Daniel, know what the Saudi regime is capable of.

Four years ago, the refugee disappeared from his sparse flat in Redwood, Christchurch, and they haven't spoken to him since. They fear he's been executed.

Daniel had converted to Christianity - a crime in Saudi Arabia - and his friends believe he was forcibly repatriated, possibly with his family's help.


The original media stories are here and here. And as this story makes clear, Alzahrani wasn't the only one: in May 2013 an unnamed Saudi refugee was apparently snatched off the street in Auckland and rendered to Saudi Arabia, where he was reportedly tortured.

The New Zealand government owes a duty of care to those we have granted refugee status, and we have an obligation to protect them from this sort of shit. The Stuff article argues that we should be demanding "proof of life" of these snatched refugees from the Saudis, and they're right. And if they don't provide it, we should cut ties with that tyrannical monarchy.

01:37

PNG POWER CEO REMINDS PNG THAT WE ARE STILL IN "THE STONE AGE" "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

by ROBERT T MARAPE

PUMA ENERGY which is owned by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and currently supplies diesel to PNG Power conspired with Carolyn Blacklock to sell off the gas powered gensets because they pose a threat to Puma. It's in exchange for writing off Inter Oil K4b tax owed to the PNG government. Some PNG consortiums are interested in buying the gensets to establish gas power stations to supply power to PNG Power at a cheaper rate than that of diesel power. There seems to be conspiracy and conniving between certain top elements in government, Carolyn Blacklock and expatriates in Deloitte, Puma Energy, PNG Power to rob PNG further by selling the gensets that originally cost K50m each or total K100m. Obviously, they will sell to their preferred buyers under shady deals for a private commission

The government has transferred the two GE generators to PPL to utilise local gas for power generation. Under the controversies over APEC spendings etc, PPL, in particular, Carolyn Blacklock and Bruce Colbert have decided that PNG doesnt deserve gas fire power generation and have secretly assigned Delloites to tender these generators to overseas buyers at a huge loss to PNG people.

We have lost huge money in purchasing it and to...

01:30

Tracey Martin on the warpath "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

For reasons known only to herself, New Zealand Firsts Tracey Martin still has an axe to grind with charter schools. All New Zealand charter schools have lost their battle to remain charter schools and have been railroaded by the coalition government into becoming state schools. She won, they lost so why is she still displaying [] The post Tracey Martin on the warpath appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:15

Book review of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Book reviews are suggested by readers and commenters. Please send your own book reviews to books@whaleoil.co.nz Todays review comes from Miss Mcgerkinshaw A body in the Dales (A Yorkshire murder mystery) By J.R. Ellis Im not an as educated reader as the rest of you but enjoy a good murder mystery and have lived in [] The post Book review of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: This one is sunset at Glenelg beach in Adelaide. NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic locations. They can be the view from your kitchen window or bedroom window or [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:50

Time to ban gag clauses "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Yesterday, we learned that the National Party was arseholes all the way down. They'd known about bullying and sexual harassment by Jami-Lee Ross for years, and their response had been to sit on it, cover it up, and ultimately try and use it as leverage in their internal political squabbles rather than doing the decent thing and getting an arsehole harasser out of their party. And yesterday afternoon, we learned they'd gone further, explicitly gagging Ross' victims to keep them silent. Its a story we've seen time and again from overseas, where gag orders are used to silence victims and allow their abusers to keep on victimising. But we've also seen the solution: ban them. California for example prohibits confidentiality clauses in civil settlements for sexual assault. And just a few months ago, they went further, banning them in sexual harassment cases. Settlements can be used to protect victims, but never to silence them.

Isn't it time New Zealand, as a progressive country, followed suit?

00:34

Thoughts prompted by the tape "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Very pertinent comments by Michael Reddell which deserve wide consideration

croaking cassandra

What to take from Jami-Lee Rosss tape of his conversation with his (then) boss?  Im not interested in Bridgess vulgar and insulting talk about his own MPs (although being, like him, a child of a Baptist manse, I can only surmise that he wasnt raised to use that sort of language) or even that interested in the minutiae of whether and how donations are recorded and disclosed, including to the party hierarchy itself (significant as those issues probably are generally).

As compared to the situation a few days ago, we know that there was a $100000 donation to the National Party, initiated apparently (whatever final form the lesser components took) by Auckland businessman Yikun Zhang who (despite apparently coming here as a poor former PLA soldier 18 years ago) doesnt speak English.   The first person I asked the other day about Yikun Zhang responded along the lines of bad

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00:30

RNZ Mediawatch: Investigative Journalism in todays world "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

RNZ Mediawatch had a lengthy segment on the issues and dangers facing investigative journalists in to days world. It is worth listening to. The website article has useful links as well.

This past week, the grisly killing of a TV reporter overseas  Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova  and the alarming disappearance of another journalist  Saudi Arabian Jamal Khashoggi  offered further evidence that investigative journalism this days is a risky business.

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20181014-0910-investigative_journalism_in_an_age_of_danger_and_netflix-128.mp3

If no-one gives a shit, youve failed. Before heading home to Sweden after six months off in Gisborne, award-winning investigative TV reporter Joachim Dyfvermark told local reporters theyre up against the likes of Netflix, HBO and YouTube.

00:30

Its okay to cover up or be complicit in a criminal act "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Over half the respondents in the recent Whaleoil poll said that they thought taping a conversation was worse than either covering up a crime or being complicit in it. This is a staggering result which begs the question, have over half of us lost our moral compass? Or are we so swayed by political bias [] The post Its okay to cover up or be complicit in a criminal act appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:26

Mad, bad or both? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ross was, based on my memory of meeting him, a somewhat shifty person.

Homepaddock

Is Jami-Lee Ross mentally ill, just behaving really badly, or both?

Amateur diagnosticians are using terms like manic depression, bipolar and narcissism to describe his behaviour.

Former colleague, Mark Mitchell, who is in a better position to know spoke to Mike Hosking yesterday about mental illness and said: He has to take responsibility for his actions, but he must look after himself first.

That was before the release of the tape that didnt appear to be the smoking gun Ross said it would be, but did needlessly insult other people, all of whom responded with dignity.

Maureen Pugh tweeted:

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00:25

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

AND AWAY WE GO!

































The Garden Island - October 18, 2018

ANAHOLA Prominent Native Hawaiian activist Robin Danner and her son were arrested Wednesday during a confrontation with state Department of Hawaiian Home Land enforcement officers and officers of the Kaua`i Police Department over a disputed campsite near Anahola Beach Park.

Danner, 55, and her son, Garrett, 34, were booked at KPD headquarters on trespassing and government obstruction charges for allegedly interfering with a DHHL raid on an encampment linked to an ongoing dispute between the agency and the Anahola Hawaiian Homestead Association.

The controversy centers...

00:24

POM GEN RUNS OUT OF ANTIRETROVIAL DRUGS WHILE APEC FANTASY SPENDING SPREE CONTINUES "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


From Dr. Glen Mola...

Not always good news! Today we heard at our PMGH staff meeting that we have run out of antiretroviral (ART or HIV drugs) medicines. We have many thousands of HIV positive people on treatment in NCD (and several more thousand around the rest of the country) and they may not have any medicine to take unless new supplies arrive in the very near future. People on ART must take their medicine every single day: they they stop and start again they are very likely to breed resistant HIV. This is not only bad (in fact life-threatening) for the patient, but life-threatening for everybody else in the community who might catch the HIV from them.

We also don't have any Syphilis test kits in the country. Syphilis used to be the commonest cause of stillbirth (babies dying inside their mothers) in our audit stats.- and after we started routine testing of all mothers coming to AN clinics (and treating the positives) we virtually eliminated this scourge from our pregnant mums. But now with no test kits available, the syphilis problem will come back again and many babies will die.

And this week we ran out of Oxytocin, the drug that prevents women from losing too much blood when they deliver their babies. The commonest cause of death when oxytocin is not available is post partum hemorrhage (or excessive bleeding after the birth); so we are probably now going to see a lot more mothers dies even when they come to hospital to have a supervised birth.

And we are very short of surgical sutures - the special thread and needle that surgeons use to sew up their patients during and after operations.

Every day we don't have some essential item that is critical to save medical practice.
And the PNG government does not even pay for any of the Family planning commodities - Pills, Depo, Implants etc. - they are all donated to us by UNFPA and other overseas donor agencies. Eventually this will stop, because PNG has recently been upgraded to a "Middle Income Country" because of our oil and gas extractive industries. And if the government does not step up and buy the FP commodities that we need to assist people to plan their families.....??

Most doctors and nurses still try to keep positive about their work, but in the face of a government that does not support the health system - it is becoming more and more difficult.

And then we wee that there are millions of kina available...

00:23

Taxing too far "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In a rational economic sense if you believe in climate change there are valid reasons for upping petrol taxes. However,reality is different, in real life people are affected not economic constructs. Something many of our so called leaders of all ilks signally fail to recognise.

Homepaddock

The petrol tank was around a quarter full when I stopped for more fuel.

It cost more than $100.

As I paid I said to the woman serving me, Im pleased this doesnt mean I cant buy the groceries, it must be hard for a lot of people.

She agreed, said her children were on the minimum wage and one sometimes had to toss up between fuel for the car to get to work and food for her family.

That is now the reality for too many people.

The government can cast blame on fuel companies but it has to take some responsibility.

The extra taxes it has already introduced and the additional tax in the pipeline makes the governments share of the price we pay at the pump too big a proportion of the total cost.

Just like tobacco tax, the extra fuel tax (and GST on top of

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00:22

QotD: "When government does, occasionally, work, it works in an elitist fashion. That is, government is most easily manipulated by people who have money and power already." "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


"When government does, occasionally, work, it works in an elitist fashion. That is, government is most easily manipulated by people who have money and power already. This is why government benefits usually go to people who dont need benefits from government. Government may make some environmental improvements, but these will be improvements for rich bird-watchers. And no one in government will remember that when poor people go bird-watching they do it at Kentucky Fried Chicken." 
         ~ P.J. ORourke
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00:15

Political poll: If there was an election tomorrow "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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00:07

Dear Wentworth Voters: Heres 123 Things Our Leaders Did To Confront Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A recent ReachTel poll commissioned by Greenpeace Australia found that for the voters of Wentworth former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbulls old seat tackling climate change was their number one priority. With the Wentworth by-election to be staged on Saturday, Liam McLoughlin thought it timely to help the good voters of the eastern suburbs focus their minds on the Liberal Partys action on climate change over the last five years. Its a long list actually, its a long Shitlist.

 

Tony Abbott eats an onion. Just because.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott*

  1. Abolishes key ministerial positions of climate change and science  16 September 2013
  2. Abolishes the Climate Commission  19 September 2013
  3. Denies there is a link between climate change and more severe bush fires and accuses a senior UN official of talking through their hat  23 October 2013
  4. Abolishes the Antarctic Animal Ethics Committee which ensured research on animals in the Antarctic complies with Australian standards  8 November 2013
  5. Cuts 600 jobs at the CSIRO  8 November 2013
  6. Abandons Australias emission reduction targets  12 November, 2013
  7. Downgrades national environment laws by giving approval powers to state premiers  9 December 2013...

00:00

Satirical image of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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00:00

CNN: Cold War #3/24 Marshall Plan "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wikipedia

Cold War is a twenty-four episode television documentary series about the Cold War that aired in 1998. It features interviews and footage of the events that shaped the tense relationships between the Soviet Union and the United States.

The series was produced by Pat Mitchell and Jeremy Isaacs, who had earlier in 1973 produced the World War II documentary series The World at War in a similar style. Ted Turner funded the series as a joint production between the Turner Broadcasting System and the BBC, and was first broadcast on CNN in the United States and BBC Two in the United Kingdom. Writers included Hella Pick, Jeremy Isaacs, Lawrence Freedman, Neal Ascherson, Hugh OShaughnessy and Germaine Greer. Kenneth Branagh was the narrator, and Carl Davis (who also collaborated with Isaacs with The World at War) composed the theme music. Each episode would feature historical footage and interviews from both significant figures and others who had witnessed particular events.

The series excluded several Cold War issues and topics, including the Communist takeovers of South Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia in 1975, the subsequent unification of Vietnam and Vietnamese refugee crisis, the failed Communist revolution in Indonesia in 1965, China after Maos passing, from the trial of the Gang of Four to the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, Bulgaria, Albania, and more details on the Dominican crisis of 1965.

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23:30

CNN: Jamal Khashoggis last column for Washington Post "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A CNN piece reading Jamal Khashoggis last article for the Washington Post

23:30

Whatever happened to diplomacy? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The 2014 election campaign was the dirtiest we had ever seen in New Zealand politics. Rap artists, funded by NZ on Air, wrote a song about raping the prime ministers daughter. Kim DotCom went around the country, stirring up students with chants of F**k John Key. Nicky Hager wrote a book, using private material that [] The post Whatever happened to diplomacy? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Gresham College: Prof Simon Thurley #5 English Architecture: The End of the Old World Order, 1530 to 1650 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Another good  lecture on a very interesting topic as Prof Thurley looks at how English Architecture evolved.

23:00

Pandoras political box is wide open "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

One thing has become very clear to me during the latest political shitstorm. Overall Oilers are not afraid to call out and condemn bad behaviour from their own side. Whenever there is a left-wing scandal the left-wing blogs fall over themselves to try to justify and excuse the bad behaviour. They always play a defensive game [] The post Pandoras political box is wide open appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:57

Rank cynicism: Australian government dangled Jerusalem embassy move because it needs Jewish votes in crucial by-election "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Dearest subjects of Her Majesty's Crumbling English empire: be warned! One of your brethren realms - namely, the Federation of Australia - is sliding away from the beloved civilising influence of Westminster, and is headed for utter chaos! On saturday 20th October, a by-election in the Sydney electoral division of Wentworth, the seat of former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull, will decide the fate of current caretaker prime minister Scott Morrison (affectionately, and not-so-affectionately, known as 'ScoMo'), whose Liberal-National Party coalition government is barely hanging on. With a single-seat majority in the House of Representatives, a failure to retain this critical piece of furniture will see the current parliament well and truly hung, thus opening the door to a (gasp!) Labour government. But never fear; loyalists have mobilised all available reinforcements to prevent such a disastrous outcome! The by-election conveniently falls on the same day that English-American royal...

22:44

500 cars procured by APEC in free-for-all "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 

Press Statement by SIR MEKERE MORAUTA

APEC Authority documents show that at least 500 vehicles have been procured by the ONeill Government for APEC, many of them Land Cruisers and Prados similar in luxury to the Bentleys, Maseratis and Mahindras.

The astonishing total indicates that a free-for-all of greed is taking place under the guise of APEC, Sir Mekere Morauta, Member for Moresby North-West said today.

Many of them have been claimed by the Prime Minister, the APEC Minister and top APEC Authority officials, who already have vehicles allocated to them as part of their contracts.

Others have gone to Ministers and their outriggers, public servants and the heads of statutory bodies who are also allocated vehicles as part of their contracts.

Sir Mekere said the APEC Authority documents do not reveal the total cost of vehicle acquisitions. But it must be astronomical, he said.

Nor do the documents indicate whether public competitive tenders were called for all these vehicles, as required by the APEC Act, whether their procurement was scrutinized by the APEC Probity Auditor, as required by the Act, or whether they are to be disposed of after APEC by competitive public tender as required by the Act.

The details are:

Prados and Land Cruisers 208

HiLuxes 88

Forerunners 11

Rav 4s 30

Hyundai Accents 23

Ford Rangers and Everests 12
 

Maseratis 40
 

Mahindras 80
 

Bentleys 3
 

Mazda BT50s 5

TOTAL 500


This vehicle procurement by APEC highlights the greed and self-indulgence of the Prime Minister and the APEC Minister, Sir Mekere said.

It highlights their twisted priorities - spending tens of millions of kina on luxury vehicles at a time when ordinary Papua New Guineans are suffering unprecedented hardship, and the nation is almost bankrupt. What is the total cost of vehicles purchased for APEC? K100 million? Or more?

That money should have been spent on health and education and other essential services, not a giant party for foreigners and PNC cronie...

22:30

Now they are coming for your family bach "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

While Jami-Lee Ross is throwing grenades out in all directions, the government is getting away with murder. Nobody is looking at them, especially not the media. They can do anything they like at the moment; everyone is watching the National party implode. Here is just the sort of thing that just might slip under the [] The post Now they are coming for your family bach appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:27

Real-time plantation map aims to throttle deforestation in Papua "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

JAKARTA The developers of a new interactive map hope to shine a light on deforestation in Indonesias easternmost region of Papua, where industrial-scale agriculture threatens one of the worlds last great expanses of untouched tropical forest. The Papua Atlas is developed by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), with financial assistance from Britains Department for International Development (DFID) and is scheduled for publication in 2019. While other platforms are already available that can track deforestation, including Global Forest Watch, the Papua Atlas is set to differentiate itself by tracking the actual progression of plantation areas and road developments. As a result, users will be able to see the number and extent of oil palm or pulpwood concessions or roads cut through the forest over time, says David Gaveau, a research associate with CIFOR whos developing the map with his colleague Mohammad Agus Salim. Combined with a function to search for concessions in various ways, such as by looking at the identity of a parent company of a concession holder, this makes the Papua Atlas a powerful tool to increase transparency in the plantation sector, Gaveau says. The Atlas links this land use and land cover change map that we derive based on satellite imagery with [a] land ownership map, Gaveau tells Mongabay. So one is able to query, not only at individual concessions, but also big groups [behind them]. Gaveua says the map was conceived to address the current lack of information on how concessions are being farmed

22:00

Sledge of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Yesterday Winston Peters said this about Chris Finlayson: Quote: I always knew that Finlayson the greatest legal mind the Commonwealth has ever seen was going End quote. To which Chris Finlayson retorted via Facebook: Quote: I am humbled by Winston Peters assessment of me as the greatest legal mind the Commonwealth has ever seen on nzherald.co.nz. That [] The post Sledge of the Day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:00

Taxing too far "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The petrol tank was around a quarter full when I stopped for more fuel.

It cost more than $100.

As I paid I said to the woman serving me, Im pleased this doesnt mean I cant buy the groceries, it must be hard for a lot of people.

She agreed, said her children were on the minimum wage and one sometimes had to toss up between fuel for the car to get to work and food for her family.

That is now the reality for too many people.

The government can cast blame on fuel companies but it has to take some responsibility.

The extra taxes it has already introduced and the additional tax in the pipeline makes the governments share of the price we pay at the pump too big a proportion of the total cost.

Just like tobacco tax, the extra fuel tax (and GST on top of it) is taking tax too far.

Its not just that people are now having to toss up between fuel and food, its compounded by the inflationary impact of fuel tax because all goods and every service have a fuel component. The extra taxes are making that fuel too expensive and inflating the cost of everything else.

That doesnt just impact on households and businesses. It is over-stretching budgets for hospitals, schools and the myriad providers of social services, whether or not they are not-for-profit.

The politicians encouragement for people to use public transport more doesnt help these organisations.

They cant get their supplies delivered by foot, cycle or bus and their staff cant use those modes of transport to carry out their work.

Theyre not an option for many people on shift work nor for anyone who  lives or works too far from bus routes.

When you live in the country you can do your best to minimise the times you need to go somewhere, but some travel is necessary and that requires driving your own vehicle.

When the government has a $5 billion surplus even if big-cost items in this years Budget arent included in it it shouldnt be introducing any extra taxes.

It should be having a very careful look at its spending, taking a very sharp knife to every excess, and not just forgetting any more fuel tax, it must remove the extra its already imposed.

 

 

 

21:45

Christchurch oilers: Free ham tasting this Sunday 21st "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Oiler Sump at the Quarry, Halswell on Sunday 21 October from 1 pm! This coming weekend there is a good excuse to get out and about. You are invited to come along to the Halswell Quarry on Kennedys Bush Road from 1 pm and try some Whale Meat Christmas Ham and decide for yourself [] The post Christchurch oilers: Free ham tasting this Sunday 21st appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:30

Morning Report: Peters says Bridges-Ross is a new low in NZ Politics "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Winston Peters just couldnt help himself. RNZ Morning Report runs a truly bizarre segment of Peters in a standup at Parliament yesterday.

Just listen to the effrontery.

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20181019-0637-jami-lee_ross_saga_a_new_low_-_winston_peters-128.mp3

21:30

Like nothing ever seen before "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Winston Peters says hes never seen anything like this ever before. Hes right, it is worse than when his tight five shafted him for cushy jobs: Quote: Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters says New Zealand politics has hit a new low in the wake of the Jami-Lee Ross tape saga and his public feud with [] The post Like nothing ever seen before appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:15

Most read "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

21:00

Bel Isi PNG: a world first "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Can family and sexual violence (FSV) be more than the humanitarian concern that we know it to be? The answer is yes. In Papua New Guinea (PNG) FSV has been quantified as a significant cost to business. For example, for one company recently surveyed in Port Moresby the cost was three million kina in one year alone.

One common story is of a person, most often a woman, who experiences family and sexual violence, and is distracted at work, worried about her safety and that of her children. She may miss days at work because of injury or mental stress. She is concerned that disclosing her situation will only create more problems, so she remains silent and is increasingly exhausted from pretending that everything is fine. Her job performance suffers, she is disciplined by her supervisor and this causes even more stress.

Now let us propose a different scenario. The same woman walks into a workplace that is actively committed to providing immediate, practical support to staff. She has access to safety planning, counselling, legal advice and, if required, to a safe haven. She is aware, as are her colleagues, that her company will help her and that there is a safe space to share her situation.

Such is the direction chosen by Bel Isi PNG (Peaceful PNG): to tackle the problem from the angle of the economic impact on the workplace. The initiative has the dual purpose of benefiting both individuals and companies.

Bel Isi PNGs innovation is three-fold. First, it takes a strong partnership approach involving all sectors government, private sector, and community. Second, it increases resources for support through asking companies to pay subscription fees. Finally, it galvanises leadership, both male and female, to prevent violence and improve services. Combined, this model is a world-first public-private partnership to address family and sexual violence.

Bel Isi PNG started with donations a building from Bank of South Pacific to be used as a safe house and an office space from Steamships Trading Co for a case management centre, both in PNGs capital, Port Moresby. The Oil Search Foundation agreed to design, manage and help fund the project, and the Australian Government stepped in with significant financial backing. Since the initiative was launched, G4S a local security firm has donated 24-hour free transport from an unsafe location to a safe one; Nine Mile Farm and Stop and Shop local producers have donated regular food supplies; Brian Bell   a local homeware store is giving furniture and cleaning supplies; and PNG Power all of the power. The operation of Bel Isi services by Femili PNG, a PNG NGO, will assist survivors and support the existing network of s...

21:00

Gresham College: Prof. Vernon Bogdanor Postwar Political Crises in Britain #5/6 1992 Leaving the ERM "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This series from 2015 is most interesting, even if you do not necessarily accept Bogdanors perceptions and interpretations of the events.

21:00

Nationals had their best shot and failed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

National and especially Paula Back Door Bennett decided to get involved in personal stuff. They thought this would end everything. Instead Jami-Lee Ross let them have a day where they thought they had won, and ruined it with a late afternoon tweet. Quote: Rogue MP Jami-Lee Ross has released a text message exchange relating to [] The post Nationals had their best shot and failed appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:00

What should be the values of the people running PNG? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Martyn Namorong 2017
Martyn Namorong - PNG's Constitution provides guidance for a clear alternative pathway to the future

MARTYN NAMORONG

PORT MORESBY - At independence, Papua New Guinea adopted Christian values from missionaries who said Jesus was our saviour who would provide for us heaven.

Post-independence, the miners and loggers came along with other neoliberal capitalist missionaries from the World Bank, the IMF and other multilateral institutions and told us capitalism was the way to heaven.

Our forefathers believed in the message of Christ and gave their land and resources to the churches.

Today their children believe in capitalist economic development and are giving PNG's land and resources to the capitalists.

Whereas Christian missionaries called for repentance and behavioural change to attain salvation, nowadays we talk of foreign direct investment and economic growth to attain deliverance.

It is these pathological ideologies that shape the mindsets of Papua New Guineans and which we need to rid ourselves of.

Who is to say, for instance, that if are rid of the O'Neill regime that it will be replaced with something better? We once rejoiced when Peter ONeill replaced Michael Somare.

If the mindsets of those who run PNG now, and who will do so in the future are enslaved by pathological ideologies, we will continue to face the same issues.

The challenge now is to change the narrative and articulate an alternative model of development that is relevant to PNG.

Fortunately for PNG, the alternative model was already in existence for 50,000 years before colonisation.

This model is people-centred and based on the strengths of every citizen of this country.

It is a development model articulated in the PNG Constitutions five national goals and directive principles.

For 50,000 years, our societies were able to survive in this land because of the strength and contribution of every member. That is why, at independence, our people stated through the Constitution that empowering eve...

What should be the values of the people running PNG? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Martyn Namorong 2017
Martyn Namorong - PNG's Constitution provides guidance for a clear alternative pathway to the future

MARTYN NAMORONG

PORT MORESBY - At independence, Papua New Guinea adopted Christian values from missionaries who said Jesus was our saviour who would provide for us heaven.

Post-independence, the miners and loggers came along with other neoliberal capitalist missionaries from the World Bank, the IMF and other multilateral institutions and told us capitalism was the way to heaven.

Our forefathers believed in the message of Christ and gave their land and resources to the churches.

Today their children believe in capitalist economic development and are giving PNG's land and resources to the capitalists.

Whereas Christian missionaries called for repentance and behavioural change to attain salvation, nowadays we talk of foreign direct investment and economic growth to attain deliverance.

It is these pathological ideologies that shape the mindsets of Papua New Guineans and which we need to rid ourselves of.

Who is to say, for instance, that if are rid of the O'Neill regime that it will be replaced with something better? We once rejoiced when Peter ONeill replaced Michael Somare.

If the mindsets of those who run PNG now, and who will do so in the future are enslaved by pathological ideologies, we will continue to face the same issues.

The challenge now is to change the narrative and articulate an alternative model of development that is relevant to PNG.

Fortunately for PNG, the alternative model was already in existence for 50,000 years before colonisation.

This model is people-centred and based on the strengths of every citizen of this country.

It is a development model articulated in the PNG Constitutions five national goals and directive principles.

For 50,000 years, our societies were able to survive in this land because of the strength and contribution of every member. That is why, at independence, our people stated through the Constitution that empowering e...

20:55

Problems for National as J-LR fallout continues "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

National have a number of problems in the Jami-Lee Ross aftermath (or ongoing attack), so Ill put some in one thread. Bridges & Ross horsetrading the value of Indians, Chinese and Filipinos is one of the many dirty aspects of the Nat party saga. We all miss out from this token & opportunistic approach to []

20:48

Media add to pressure on victim of harassment "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It is reported that one of the women alleging harassment by ex MP Jami-Lee Ross may be involved in a confidentiality agreement with the National Party. I dont think we should rush to conclusions here. But appears this is exactly what the media has done, without considering the impact on the victim of them flying []

20:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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20:15

The AM Show: Garner talks with David Farrar ( Thursday 18 October) about Bridges-Ross Mess "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

On The AM Show,yesterday morning, Garner spoke with David Farrar, video here, substance below

New Zealand finally has a political scandal worthy of Australian politics, according to blogger David Farrar.

The Jami-Lee Ross affair reached boiling point this week, with Mr Ross accusing National Party leader Simon Bridges of breaking the law, and releasing a recording in which they discuss donations, f**king useless MPs and whether it would be better to have more Chinese or Indians standing for Parliament.

In turn, National booted Mr Ross out of the party, and on Thursday morning Newsroom published allegations from four women, accusing Mr Ross of using brutal sex and intimidation in his lust for power and control.

Mr Farrar, a long-time ally of the National Party, told The AM Show on Thursday the claims and counter-claims have been incredibly explosive.

Earlier in the week I compared this to a typical Tuesday in Australian politics. But I think this is now actually going to exceed the worst of Australian and British politics. It just keeps growing.

Most shocking is the timing of it all only a year into Opposition when the party remains the most-popular in the country.

Youd sort of understand this if they were in their seventh year in Opposition in the mid-20s, like Labour did. You have to give Labour credit they only did stuff this stupid when they were desperate.

He thinks Mr Bridges job as leader might have been saved by Newsrooms bombshell report.

The last thing [National MPs] want to do is be seen to be rewarding Jami-Lees tactics. But also, politics is about electability. Any party that goes through a period of damage and someones trying to take out the leader, it does do damage.

Any caucus, whether its Labour, National, Greens maybe not NZ First at some stage if they feel, Shit, we cant win with this guy, they may make a change. But in the short-term, theres absolutely nothing there.

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20:15

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.

20:11

Cash-for-candidates claims and party funding "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Jami-Lee Ross saga has raised to issue of whether candidates can influence candidate selections with donations. I think that Colin Craigs and Gareth Morgans money may have influenced their candidacy, but they are extreme examples. It is difficult separating financial interests from political interests these days. Prospective candidates wanting to stand especially for National []

20:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

El trabajo del novelista es hacer visible lo invisible con palabras. (The work of the novelist is to make visible the invisible with words)   Miguel ngel Asturias who was born n this day in 1899.

Andrew Geddis writes on Bridges-Ross "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Andrew Geddis has useful a piece on Bridges-Ross at the RNZ website. It repays careful reading.

Professor Geddis teaches Law at Otago University.

20:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

20:00

Transparency demands full disclosure of APEC vehicle purchases "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Bentley
Three Bentleys, 40 Maseratis and many luxury SUVs are said to have been purchased for the 3-day APEC forum in Port Moresby

KEITH JACKSON

PORT MORESBY The Papua New Guinea chapter of Transparency International (TIPNG) has said the only way to stop allegations of corruption is for the government to be honest and transparent in its procurement processes.

Late yesterday TIPNG called for the government and the APEC Authority to publicly disclose the total cost involved in the purchase and import of 40 Maserati and three Bentley sedans and other luxury vehicles which generated controversy in PNG and internationally this week after it was estimated the purchases amounted to at least 40 million kina.

The organisation also said that the government needs to demonstrate that it had complied with public procurement processes.

APEC minister Justin Tkatchenko MP said the government had procured the vehicles in the expectation they would be later sold to private sector buyers after next months APEC leaders forum in the national capital.

We have heard only vehement denials of corruption by the government and the APEC Authority, but they have not been forthcoming with procurement documents, such as an invitation for bids or receipts of purchase, let alone a list of private sector entities willing to purchase the vehicles, the TIPNG board said in a statement.

It is therefore not surprising that the public is suspicious of these purchases.

To assuage these legitimate concerns, the government, particularly the APEC ministry and the Department of Finance, must publicly release these procurement documents, otherwise it may be necessary for the relevant agencies such as the Police or Ombudsman Commission to compel them to do so by investigating the matter.

The statement said that the Government had recently passed the National Procurement Act along with other recent public finance reform legislation which was intended to strengthen public trust in procurement.

However it is difficult to see how the general public can have confidence in a system which, in the absence of tra...

Transparency demands full disclosure of APEC vehicle purchases "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Bentley
Three Bentleys, 40 Maseratis and many luxury SUVs are said to have been purchased for the 3-day APEC forum in Port Moresby

KEITH JACKSON

PORT MORESBY The Papua New Guinea chapter of Transparency International (TIPNG) has said the only way to stop allegations of corruption is for the government to be honest and transparent in its procurement processes.

Late yesterday TIPNG called for the government and the APEC Authority to publicly disclose the total cost involved in the purchase and import of 40 Maserati and three Bentley sedans and other luxury vehicles which generated controversy in PNG and internationally this week after it was estimated the purchases amounted to at least 40 million kina.

The organisation also said that the government needs to demonstrate that it had complied with public procurement processes.

APEC minister Justin Tkatchenko MP said the government had procured the vehicles in the expectation they would be later sold to private sector buyers after next months APEC leaders forum in the national capital.

We have heard only vehement denials of corruption by the government and the APEC Authority, but they have not been forthcoming with procurement documents, such as an invitation for bids or receipts of purchase, let alone a list of private sector entities willing to purchase the vehicles, the TIPNG board said in a statement.

It is therefore not surprising that the public is suspicious of these purchases.

To assuage these legitimate concerns, the government, particularly the APEC ministry and the Department of Finance, must publicly release these procurement documents, otherwise it may be necessary for the relevant agencies such as the Police or Ombudsman Commission to compel them to do so by investigating the matter.

The statement said that the Government had recently passed the National Procurement Act along with other recent public finance reform legislation which was intended to strengthen public trust in procurement.

However it is difficult to see how the general public can have confidence in a system which, in the absence of t...

19:40

Auckland waterfront stadium proposal "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The recent claims of a plan to build a waterfront stadium in Auckland have been confirmed with the plan now going public. NZH:  Aucklanders being asked to support a $1.8 billion stadium on the waterfront The stadium will cost $1.8 billion and could be built within 10 years at zero cost to ratepayers and taxpayers, []

19:38

Paradise Lost: how China can help the Solomons protect its forests "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tropical timber across the Solomon Islands is being harvested on an unsustainable scale, much of it illegally, says an investigation.

19:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

[] National Party President Peter Goodfellow facilitated a gentlemens agreement with a woman who complained about Mr Ross bullying behaviour. The agreement required her to not speak publicly about Mr Ross conduct.  The complaint is believed to have been made a couple of years ago, which is when the agreement was also signed. [] -RadioNZ [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:30

Once upon a time in the Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

GreedySIMON DAVIDSON

A man controlled by self-inflation
Did bring great sadness to a nation
Bounteous coffers somehow breached
Untold millions to somewhere leached

Many people deprived of future wealth
Cleverly done, probably by stealth
Then, later, it became more rank
When a whole country became his bank

The peoples wealth became his millions
Which soon enough were untold billions
Then seeking praise and lavish fuss
A feast announced for them not us

By squandering the national treasure
Wasting our wealth in dreadful measure
An insane display of needless luxury
Astounding those with eyes to see

This story of a strange and mythic land
Its wealth disappearing into sand
Caused thoughts of ousting tyranny
And people living in peace and prosperity

Once upon a time in the Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

GreedySIMON DAVIDSON

A man controlled by self-inflation
Did bring great sadness to a nation
Bounteous coffers somehow breached
Untold millions to somewhere leached

Many people deprived of future wealth
Cleverly done, probably by stealth
Then, later, it became more rank
When a whole country became his bank

The peoples wealth became his millions
Which soon enough were untold billions
Then seeking praise and lavish fuss
A feast announced for them not us

By squandering the national treasure
Wasting our wealth in dreadful measure
An insane display of needless luxury
Astounding those with eyes to see

This story of a strange and mythic land
Its wealth disappearing into sand
Caused thoughts of ousting tyranny
And people living in peace and prosperity

19:20

Chinese influence in New Zealand politics "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The issue of political donations in return for political influence and even candidacy has come up in the Jami-Lee Ross saga, even though it now seems that Ross has not come close to delivering on his accusations. The related issue of Chinese influence in New Zealand (and world) politics has also come up. I think []

19:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is cyclopean (adj) 1. (often Cyclopean) Relating to or suggestive of a Cyclops. 2. Very big; huge. 3. Of or constituting a primitive style of masonry characterised by the use of massive stones of irregular shape and size. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : English cyclopean comes from the [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 19 26 Children who mistreat their father or chase away their mother are an embarrassment and a public disgrace. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:00

The Bridges-Ross Mess just got worse for National "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

RNZ Checkpoint had this segment last evening, plus an accompanying article.

It is alleged that some in Nationals hierarchy were aware of some issues with Ross at least 2 years ago. Precisely who knew and what did they each know is not clear. These latest allegations are not good.

Furthermore, why was Ross not eased out as soon as possible. It raises the spectre of Ross possessing some very damaging information on either someone or multiple someones.

National need to front this, else it will fester and infect the entire party.

19:00

APEC imbibes our countrys wealth "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

40 maseratisJIMMY AWAGL

APEC brings beauty to Moresby city
At great expense to the peoples funds
Pay cuts, medicine cuts, budget cuts
Pay for greater glory of glorious leaders
With health and education falling apart

Maserati sedans at excessive cost
Sucking scarce resources of the nation
Government desires to appear classy
To impress a sceptical global elite
Notwithstanding some dubious deals

APEC minister indulges in three days joy
While the nation suffers for decades
A PM dedicated to celebrity hospitality
Entertaining foreign dignitaries we do not know
In the hope they may plunder our resources

For the good of the nation, quoth the PM
While the people wail in bitterness
As this government of crooks and cronies
Says theres no money like borrowed money
And foreign banks laugh and applaud

We know not about these deals
For personal gain or national good
We fear there is high level corruption
And ask when will our government step away?
While watching a goat serve APEC as a sheep

Our kina growing worthless by the day
Our schools bashed, smashed, trashed
Our people die needlessly of ancient disease
Our teachers pay cut, public servants on their knees
While leaders look only at Moresby, their citadel

APEC imbibes our countrys wealth "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

40 maseratisJIMMY AWAGL

APEC brings beauty to Moresby city
At great expense to the peoples funds
Pay cuts, medicine cuts, budget cuts
Pay for greater glory of glorious leaders
With health and education falling apart

Maserati sedans at excessive cost
Sucking scarce resources of the nation
Government desires to appear classy
To impress a sceptical global elite
Notwithstanding some dubious deals

APEC minister indulges in three days joy
While the nation suffers for decades
A PM dedicated to celebrity hospitality
Entertaining foreign dignitaries we do not know
In the hope they may plunder our resources

For the good of the nation, quoth the PM
While the people wail in bitterness
As this government of crooks and cronies
Says theres no money like borrowed money
And foreign banks laugh and applaud

We know not about these deals
For personal gain or national good
We fear there is high level corruption
And ask when will our government step away?
While watching a goat serve APEC as a sheep

Our kina growing worthless by the day
Our schools bashed, smashed, trashed
Our people die needlessly of ancient disease
Our teachers pay cut, public servants on their knees
While leaders look only at Moresby, their citadel

Friday's Fulminations "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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

Visitors might consider the wisdom of using moderate language.

Regards

Adolf'

18:24

Media watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

19 October 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 []

18:15

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.

18:10

Open Forum Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

17:01

Sir Mekere:500 cars procured by APEC in free-for-all "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


APEC Authority documents show that at least 500 vehicles have been procured by the ONeill Government for APEC, many of them Land Cruisers and Prados similar in luxury to the Bentleys, Maseratis and Mahindras.

The astonishing total indicates that a free-for-all of greed is taking place under the guise of APEC, Sir Mekere Morauta, Member for Moresby North-West said yesterday.

Many of them have been claimed by the Prime Minister, the APEC Minister and top APEC Authority officials, who already have vehicles allocated to them as part of their contracts.

Others have gone to ministers and their outriggers, public servants and the heads of statutory bodies who are also allocated vehicles as part of their contracts."

Sir Mekere said the APEC Authority documents do not reveal the total cost of vehicle acquisitions.

 But it must be astronomical, he said.

Nor do the documents indicate whether public competitive tenders were called for all these vehicles, as required by the APEC Act, whether their procurement was scrutinised by the APEC Probity Auditor, as required by the Act, or whether they are to be disposed of after APEC by competitive public tender as required by the Act.

The details are:
Prados and Land Cruisers 208
HiLuxes 88
Forerunners 11
Rav 4s 30
Hyundai Accents 23
Ford Rangers and Everests 12
Maseratis 40
Mahindras 80
Bentleys 3
Mazda BT50s 5
TOTAL 500

This vehicle procurement by APEC highlights the greed and self-indulgence of the Prime Minister and the APEC Minister, Sir Mekere said.

It highlights their twisted priorities - spending tens of millions of kina on luxury vehicles at a time when ordinary Papua New Guineans are suffering unprecedented hardship, and the nation is almost bankrupt. What is the total cost of vehicles purchased for APEC? K100 million? Or more?

 That money should have been spent on health and education and other essential services, not a giant party for foreigners and PNC cronies.

Just as the need to solicit donations from Australia, China, New Zealand, the USA, Japan, Canada, Indonesia and Korea demonstrates that Papua New Guinea cannot afford APEC, if we really needed 500 cars to host APEC, that also shows that Papua New Guinea cannot afford to host the event.

The...

16:36

Morrison is nowhere near Government 101 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This is just Government 101: carefully consider the issues in front of you and make the best possible judgments about the way forward, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said about the reason for the Government withholding the Ruddock report on religious freedom. It presumes basic university-level learning. Alas, this Governments behaviour belongs in primary school.

The reference to 101 is to the way universities label their subjects. Government 101 would be the subject Government in first semester of first year.

I daresay no university course in good government, as distinct from base politics, would say it was good government to withhold for five months a report paid for by the public into a matter of great public interest.

Nor would such a course advocate members of parliament voting unquestioningly according to party instructions. That all Coalition senators did so this week to support a blatantly racist motion without any of them raising the alarm bell is not Government 101. It is primary school stuff: Do it because I say so.

Holding 90 children in indefinite detention in hellish concentration-camp conditions as an example to people smugglers is not Government 101, rather it is Totalitarianism 101.

Changing significant foreign policy (on Iran and the location of the Australian Embassy in Israel) against the national interest for dubious short-term gain at a by-election is not Government 101. Rather it is Expediency 101.

Morrisons statement about carefully considering the Ruddock Report does not sit easily with the perfunctory way in which he dropped the National Energy Guarantee without even a party-room or Cabinet meeting and a dozen other off-the-cuff dismissals of policy proposals. This is not Government 101. Rather it is Hypocrisy 101.

The whole ideological Coalition cocktail of policies since Tony Abbott as the newly installed climate-change-denying leader of the Liberal Party began to verbally abuse Prime Minister Julia Gillard in unacceptably sexist ways well before Trump verbally abused Hilary Clinton is now unravelling: on religious freedom; freedom of speech; refugees; climate-change inaction; subsidising futureless energy sources while cutting those with a future; undermining academic freedom in universities; undermining public broadcasting; polluting the pubic space of the iconic Sydney Opera House; over-funding of religious schools; tax breaks for the wealthy despite growing inequality; slashing foreig...

16:32

Killings in Kandahar: Implications "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The news out of Kandahar is pretty awful: the top leadership of the province was killed in an apparent attempt to kill General Austin Miller, the commander of US and NATO forces in the country.  There is not many details, but the WashPost account is suggestive of some key dynamics and challenges.

First, it sounds like the killer was apparently part of the provincial governors security team.  Not great.  It does seem like the primary threat in Kandahar to elites are their security teams, as I seem to remember it was also a member of Ahmed Wali Karzais security team that killed him.

Second, and, more importantly, the focus is on Abdul Razik the police chief of Kandahar.  Why?  Because (a) the inability to build institutions meant that the US, Canada and the rest of NATO bet on individuals.  That if we had the right individuals in place, we can manage things and even perhaps improve them.  The story focuses on Raziks own networks and his own capabilities, not that of his office.  That he is hard to replacebecause we have relied on individuals.  And, yes, individuals come and go.

Third, the focus is on the police chief, not the governor.

Among those reported killed in the attack inside the governors compound
in southern Kandahar province were the countrys top police general, Abdul Raziq, who was seen as the most powerful man in southern Afghanistan.

That says something about how little progress has been madethat it is still very much about who controls force, not who governs.  If progress had been made, the focus would be more on the political sidethe assassination of a governor.  If we think about this happening in most other places, wouldnt we note the political leader first and foremost?

Fourth, um, about Razik, the discussion of his strengths reflects some desperation on the part of the outsiders:

Amrulleh Saleh, a former Afghan national intelligence chief, tweeted that Abdul Razik had been an architect of stability in Kandahar who had established deep political networks in
support of the government. This is a pan-Afghan loss, he wrote.
Abdul Razik, a lieutenant general in the Afghan National Police, was a controversial official who had been repeatedly accused of torturing detainees and other abuses during his rise to power in Kandahar. At the same time, he earned a r...

13:55

Chinas currency fell on Thursday to its lowest level since the start of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

U.S. stops short of labeling China a currency manipulator

Chinas currency dropped on Thursday to its lowest level since the start of 2017

By Emma Dunkley in Hong Kong

Chinas currency fell on Thursday to its lowest level since the start of 2017. Investors watched nervously as it moved towards Rmb7 per US dollar a level not seen since the global financial crisis and analysts fear it could be a tipping point for further weakness. What has happened to the renminbi?

The renminbi has been among the worst-performing currencies in Asia Pacific this year. Both the onshore (CNY) and offshore (CNH) currencies are down about 6 per cent, although they have not fared as badly as Indias rupee, which has weakened about 13.5 per cent over this time. The sell-off gathered pace from mid-June in tandem with escalating trade tensions between China and the US.

The onshore currency has weakened about 8.4 per cent since then. What is the difference between the onshore and offshore currency? Each weekday morning the Peoples Bank of China sets a rate for CNY, allowing the market to trade in a band 2 per cent either side of this midpoint value.

The PBoC opened Hong Kong as an offshore venue in 2010 for investors to access renminbi-denominated assets, as a way for foreign companies and banks to raise funds using CNH. The offshore currency has traditionally lagged behind its onshore counterpart, as the relative lack of CNH assets left holders with few options to invest their cash, damping demand for the currency. What has driven the sell-off? Trade tensions with the US, as well as deteriorating fundamentals, has increased pressure on the Chinese economy and currency.

Monetary policy differentials with the US have widened this year: the Federal Reserve has raised rates and China suffered its first current account deficit since 2001 in the first quarter. Economic data published in the past few months have indicated a slowdown in growth. A report on Wednesday from the US Treasury that reiterated its concerns about weakness of the renminbi stopped short of labelling China a currency manipulator.

The recent depreciation could boost Chinas trade surplus with the US, but the report said direct intervention by the PBoC this year had been limited. The Treasury report was more positive than expected, so although CNY weakened it was not as aggressive as it could have been, said Jackit Wong, an analyst at MUFG.

There is some irony here: market watchers agree that China is working to limit the pace of the currencys fall, but the US is typically more concerned about countri...

13:48

BDS supporters come out fighting after Israeli court attempts to silence them "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Apartheid Israel has long sought to criminalise boycotts against its occupation of Palestine. In 2011, Amnesty International called its new anti-boycott law "a blatant attempt to stifle peaceful dissent and campaigning by attacking the right to freedom of expression". And now, an Israeli court has ruled against two Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) supporters for their role in getting a concert cancelled. But Israel is probably wishing it hadn't tried to silence these campaigners. Because they've come out fighting. High-profile BDS success and backlash from occupation-defenders In late 2017, New Zealand-based campaigners Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab (of Jewish and Palestinian descent respectively) asked singer Lorde to cancel a concert in Israel out of respect for the non-violent BDS movement.

13:44

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13:24

China, US defence chiefs meet on sidelines of Asean meeting in Singapore "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Chinas Defence Minister Wei Fenghe held talks with his US counterpart James Mattis at a key regional security summit on Thursday, after a meeting between the two men scheduled for earlier in the month was cancelled due to growing tensions between the two countries.

U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis with Chinas Defence Minister Wei Fenghe, Thursday, October 18, 2018, in Singapore. Associated Press Photo

The officials talked for almost 90 minutes on the sidelines of the annual Association for Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) defence ministers meeting in Singapore, the main focus of which was the disputed South China Sea.

Randall Schriver, a US assistant secretary of defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, told reporters after the meeting that Mattis described the meeting as straightforward and candid and that he had made clear Washingtons views on Chinas increased militarisation of the strategic waterway.

Thats an area where we will continue to have differences and talk through, Schriver said.

On the possibility of Wei visiting the US for more talks, he said there was a commitment on both sides to try to find a time.

The high-level meeting came after planned talks between Mattis and Wei were cancelled by Beijing, apparently in retaliation for Washington sanctioning a unit of Chinas military for buying Russian fighter jets and missiles in September.

It also came amid rising tensions between the two powers, the temperature of which rose still further when a Chinese warship and a US destroyer almost collided in the South China Sea last month.

In another move that could escalate tensions, the US Pacific Air Force conducted routine exercises over the South China Sea on Tuesday, operations that have previously drawn Beijings ire.

Chinas foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Beijing was verifying the situation, but reiterated it would take resolute measures when necessary to defend our sovereignty and security interests.

China always respects and safeguards freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea that all countries enjoy under the international law, he said.

...

13:05

World view Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

13:01

October 19 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

202 BC  Second Punic War: At the Battle of Zama, Roman legions under Scipio Africanus defeated Hannibal Barca, leader of the invading Carthaginian army.

439  The Vandals, led by King Gaiseric, take Carthage.

1216  King John of England died and was succeeded by his nine-year-old son Henry.

1453 The French recapture of Bordeaux brought the Hundred Years Warto a close, with the English retaining only Calais on French soil.

1466 The Thirteen Years War ended with the Second Treaty of Thorn.

1469   Ferdinand II of Aragon married Isabella I of Castile, a marriage that paved the way to the unification of Aragon and Castile into a single country, Spain.

1512  Martin Luther became a doctor of theology (Doctor in Biblia).

1789 John Jay was sworn in as the first Chief Justice of the United States.

1813 The Battle of Leipzig concluded, giving Napoleon Bonaparte one of his worst defeats.

1822  In Parnaba; Simplcio Dias da Silva, Joo Cndido de Deus e Silva and Domingos Dias declared the independent state of Piau.

1850  Annie Smith Peck, American mountaineer, was born (d. 1935).

1864 Battle of Cedar Creek  Union Army under Philip Sheridan destroy the Confederate Army under Jubal Early.

1864  St. Albans Raid  Confederate raiders launched an attack on Saint Albans, Vermont.

1879   Emma Bell Miles, American writer, poet, and artist was born (d. 1919).

1882......

12:30

12:22

Agenda 2030 marred by MDG mindsets on steroids "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Business as usual is bad news for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, arguably the greatest human endeavour ever attempted to create just, equal and sustainable societies.

Clarke Gayford, partner of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, holds their three-month-old baby at the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN headquarters in New York on Sept. 27, 2018. (Xinhua/Wang Ying/PA Images. all rights reserved

This years United Nations General Assembly had its usual share of highs and lows. Headlines contrasted between the drama, nervous laughter and pessimism of US President Trumps speech and hopes of a new kind of political leadership offered by New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern who urged renewed commitment to gender equality and multilateralism.

Now that the motorcades have departed, its back to business as usual at the UN.

But business as usual is bad news for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, arguably the greatest human endeavour ever attempted to create just, equal and sustainable societies. As is the norm, several new initiatives were launched by billionaire philanthropists and the UNs leadership.

Decision makers and technocrats still appear to be stuck in a Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) mindset, albeit on steroids.

Notable among these is a new partnership initiative involve youth in Agenda 2030. Nonetheless, decision makers and technocrats still appear to be stuck in a Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) mindset, albeit on steroids. Too many of them continue to see poverty and exclusion as economic problems to be solved rather than as governance failures and grave human rights violations.   

Conspicuously, three th...

12:21

The Day We Lost YouTube ! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

So as we all know, YouTube went down worldwide for over an hour yesterday. 911 calls were made, panic ensued, and then peace and video streaming were restored to the galaxy. Strange thing is, no advance notice was given, nor any explanation afterwards. And in the absence of  explanations, speculation and conspiracy theories breed and []

The post The Day We Lost YouTube ! appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

12:00

Keeping Up Appearances S03 E04 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

lousy formatting, audio OK and best viewed full screen. In many ways the audio is the main attraction.

Wikipedia

Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke. It aired on BBC One from 1990 to 1995. The central character is eccentric and snobbish middle class social climber Hyacinth Bucket(Patricia Routledge), who insists that her surname is pronounced Bouquet.[2]The sitcom follows Hyacinth in her attempts to prove her social superiority, and to gain standing with those she considers upper class. Her attempts are constantly hampered by her lower class extended family, whom she is desperate to hide. Much of the humour comes from the conflict between Hyacinths vision of herself, and the reality of her underclass background. In each episode, she lands in a farcical situation as she battles to protect her social credibility.

The show comprised five series and 44 episodes, four of which are Christmas specials. Production ended when star Patricia Routledge moved on to other projects

11:05

Tweet for Today "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

11:04

US B-52 bombers fly over South China Sea ahead of Asean defence summit, Mattis meeting with Chinas defense chief "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

General Wei Fenghe, Chinas defense minister, meets with his US counterpart James Mattis in Beijing, June 27, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

B-52 exercise over disputed waters risks Beijings ire as Pentagon chief James Mattis is expected to meet Chinas defence minister Wei Fenghe in Singapore

South China Morning Post

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 October, 2018, 11:45am
UPDATED : Thursday, 18 October, 2018, 2:37pm
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10:30

Classic TV Drama: Upstairs Downstairs S04 E13 Peace Out Of Pain "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Blocked in some locations

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

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

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

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

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

10:00

Classic TV: Cagney & Lacey -S04 E20 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wikipedia

Early episodes had Meg Foster in the Lacey role

10:00

Thursday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

For the past 70 years, scientists in Britain have been studying thousands of children through their lives to find out why some end up happy and healthy while others struggle. Its the longest-running study of human development in the world, and its produced some of the best-studied people on the planet while changing the way [] The post Thursday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters. Albert Einstein

Tonight Im grateful for family and friends who can be trusted with matters of importance great and small.

09:30

New Zealand reporter Patrick (Patty) Gowers attempt to redeem himself goes wrong! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post New Zealand reporter Patrick (Patty) Gowers attempt to redeem himself goes wrong! appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:00

Classic Drama: Love for Lydia #1/13 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Lydia Aspen, a seemingly shy girl from a wealthy but isolated background, is encouraged by her aunts, her new carers, to discover the delights of growing up. They entrust her education to Mr Richardson, the young apprentice for Evensfords local newspaper, who is sent to their house to get a story about the recent death of Lydias father.

Richardsons access to the Aspens is unusual, as they are rarely seen by anyone from the town and hide behind their stone walls and perimeter of trees; introducing Lydia to the towns inhabitants gives Richardson a great sense of pride. Visiting the Aspen estate also allows Richardson the chance to escape from the great engulfing vacuum of Evensford, with its endless stretch of factory roofs and back alleys.

As Lydia and Richardson spend more time together, he realises that his initial concept of Lydia was wrong, that she is far from being shy, and is often impetuous and demanding and enjoys captivating the young men who become her companions. Richardson soon discovers that his promise to love her, no matter what she does to him, is going to push him beyond the pain and feelings he thinks he is capable of experiencing

09:00

Tech Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Graphene on The One Show The post Tech Thursday appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:45

Mattis to meet Chinese counterpart amid tensions "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis is set to meet his Chinese counterpart Thursday after earlier talks were scrapped amid soaring tensions between the nuclear powers over trade tariffs and sanctions.

The much-anticipated meeting between the Pentagon chief and General Wei Fenghe on the sidelines of a regional security summit in Singapore is expected to see the men pursue more durable military relations that can better withstand political and economic crises.

General Wei Fenghe, Chinas defense minister, meets with his US counterpart James Mattis in Beijing, June 27, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

The fact that Mattis is meeting with Minister Wei is some evidence that the Chinese are interested in keeping things normal and stable as are we, Randall Schriver, the Pentagons assistant secretary of defence for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, told reporters.

We need to make sure that when we step on one anothers toes it doesnt escalate into something that would be catastrophic.

A meeting between Mattis and Wei was supposed to take place in Beijing last weekend, but it fell through after China declined to make Wei available.

China had reacted angrily after Washington imposed sanctions following Beijings purchase of Russian fighter jets and missiles, and a close encounter between warships in the South China Sea raised the spectre of a mishap.

Beijings other actions have included scrapping a planned port visit of a US warship to Hong Kong and cancelling a meeting between the head of the Chinese navy and his American counterpart.

If Mattis does strike a conciliatory tone, it will stand in contrast to the anti-Chinese rhetoric from the White House.

President Donald Trump has frequently assailed China over its economic policies and earlier this month, US Vice President Mike Pence issued a litany of complaints, accusing Beijing of predatory trade practices and military aggression, among other charges.

Sort of a Democrat

Mattis has made eight trips to what he calls the Indo-Pacific region as Pentagon chief, and a primary mission has been to encourage countries to stand up to Chinas vast claims of sovereignty in the strategically vital South China Sea.

Schriver indicated that countries arent doing enough on this front, and said Mattis would be encouraging them to assert a presence in the areas which Beijing claims.

We will fly sail and operate where international law allows but we are also looking for partners to give voice to keeping internationa...

08:37

Life expectancy improvements "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This shows how much life expectancy (at birth) has improved around the world over the last two centuries. While they have improved a lot quite a few countries still lag behind developed countries by quite aa margin.

08:30

Gay Muslim Drag Queen causes confusion "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Gay Muslim Drag Queen causes confusion appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S04 E15 Unauthorised Entry "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Season 3 Episode 5 appears to be missing

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

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

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

08:15

Corrupt Practice "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

National's supporters are making much of the fact that Jami-Lee Ross' tapes of his conversations with Simon Bridges don't prove Bridges was involved in a breach of electoral law re the $100,000 donation by Chinese businessman Zhang Yikun.  They're right, but it's worth noting what the tapes do reveal.

1. Selection as a National Party candidate is for sale, possibly for as little as $100,000. ("...at the dinner they did discuss candidacy, and another Chinese candidate." "Two MPs, yeah.")

2. Dodgy tricks with donations are routine in the National Party ("We need to tell them, I get that. I get that. I'm going to tell him [Goodfellow]I think he'll accept it I just need to explain to him what it is I want it for. [Funding attack ads against the government]")

3. Racism ain't no thang in the National Party. ("two Chinese are worth more than two Indians").

4.  Chinese Communist Party influence over NZ political parties continues to grow.  National is worse afflicted than Labour, but that isn't saying much, given that Labour recently made this guy who doesn't even speak English a member of the NZ Order of Merit.

Much as I'm enjoying the public humiliation of the National Party this week, that point number 4 cuts across party lines and needs both major parties to be punished in the polls until they stop being bought so cheap.  It's pretty ridiculous when you have to rely on the Green Party as the one not under the thumb of communists.

08:05

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08:03

National Party candidate claims harassment by Jami-Lee Ross "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

One woman has gone public about what she claims was harassment by Jami-Lee Ross. This is in relation to the Howick Community Board where Ross campaigned for his wife to be appointed board chair. others have complained about Ross behaviour over this too, including the person who became chair. It wasnt sexual but was serious []

08:00

Classic Comedy: Still Open All Hours David Jason S01 E01 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From Wikipedia

Still Open All Hours is a British sitcom created by Roy Clarke for the BBC, starring David Jason. It is the sequel to the sitcom Open All Hours, which both Clarke and Jason worked on throughout its 26 episode run from 1973 to 1985, following a 40th Anniversary Special in December 2013 commemorating the original series.[1] Like the original series, the story focuses on the life of Granville as he continues to run his uncle Arkwrights shop, with the assistance of his son Leroy, while seeking to be with his love interest. Unlike the original series, the cast includes a more regular group of characters and additional side-plots concerning them, and features the return of Lynda Baron, Stephanie Cole, and Maggie Ollerenshaw as their respective characters in Open All Hours.

Following the 2013 special, the show has run four full-length series, with the first of them premiering on 26 December 2014. A fifth series commenced broadcast on BBC One in October 2018.

08:00

Secret recording of bullying and shutting down free speech in the Army "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Secret recording of bullying and shutting down free speech in the Army appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:45

A new video series by Lindsay Perigo: Episode three "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Lindsay Perigo and Bruni Turner discuss the Dems War on Civilisation, the Mid-Terms, and a sparkling reappearance by Leonard Peikoff: The post A new video series by Lindsay Perigo: Episode three appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

07:30

Testament of Youth (1979) #5/5 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wikipedia

Testament of Youth is a 1979 BBC television drama based on the First World War memoir of the same name written by Vera Brittain. It was transmitted on BBC2.

The series stars Cheryl Campbell as Vera Brittain, an independent young woman from Buxton, Derbyshire, who abandons her studies at Somerville College, Oxford University to become a volunteer nurse. It features Peter Woodwardas Roland Leighton, Joanna McCallum as Winifred Holtby and Emrys James and Jane Wenham as Veras parents.

The series won five British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA). As well as her BAFTA, Campbell received a Best Actress awards from the Broadcasting Press Guild

07:15

Ocean Pollutants Guide Toxic Threats to Human Health and Marine Life "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Marine pollutants are impacting the health of our oceans, their inhabitants and those dependent on oceans for food, culture and their very survival.

Everyday an ever-increasing cocktail of intentional and unintentional chemical releases, as well as an unrelenting tidal wave of wastes, particularly plastic waste, enters our waterways and the marine environment.

This toxic threat endangers human health, marine life and the environment.

Read the report here

07:14

Fungal control of Giant Parramatta Grass chemical-free "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Beechwood NSW farmers Cathy Eggert and Jeremy Bradley have established a chemical-free solution to Giant Parramatta Grass.  A widespread native soil fungus, Nigrospora oryzae, causes crown rot disease in these species and has been spread by transplanting diseased plants without off-target impacts for nearly 20 years.  An innovative farm-based enterprise has now cultivated the fungus so it can be applied more safely and effectively.  The organism has not been modified and is sold as Parra Trooper.  Read more at the Beechwood Biological Solutions website.

However, access to this product is now in doubt. An article in The Australian on October 11th illustrates how, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has blocked and delayed the sale of this non-toxic biological controls for some of Australias worst weeds.
The APVMAs product registration system is tailored to chemicals and its staff lack experience in assessing biological alternatives, critics say.

The post Fungal control of Giant Parramatta Grass chemical-free appeared first on Byron Shire Chemical Free Landcare .

07:00

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.

07:00

Morning Report: More recordings? The Bridges-Ross Mess continues "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From Morning Report

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20181018-0817-more_damage_to_come_from_secret_recordings-128.mp3

National Party leader Simon Bridges believes MP Jami-Lee Ross has secretly recordered not only him but other MPs for many months. And Mr Ross has said he intends to release some of those recordings. So will the National Party leadership survive this stealth attack? Bryce Edwards is a political commentator from Victoria University and Ben Thomas is a former National Party press seretary and is now with Exceltium, Matthew Hootons public affairs consultancy. They talk to Guyon Espiner.

06:45

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1926, singer, songwriter, guitarist and rock and roll pioneer Charles Chuck Berry. Born today in 1949, Gary Richrath guitarist and songwriter with REO Speedwagon . Born today in 1949, Joe Egan keyboardist, songwriter and singer with Stealers Wheel. Today in 1979, Buggles went to number 1 on the UK singles [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:32

PM Scott Morrison interested in nuclear electricity prices -NOT in health, safety, environment (idealogical) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

PM totally open to nuclear power if economics stack up  https://www.sbs.com.au/news/pm-totally-open-to-nuclear-power-if-economics-stack-up  The prime minister says he will consider lifting the prohibition on nuclear power in Australia if research shows it can be done well.  Prime Minister Scott Morrison says hes open to the idea of nuclear power if research emerges showing it stacks up economically.

Nuclear power has been banned in Australia since 1998, but Mr Morrison says he would consider lifting the ban if research proved it could be done on a commercial basis and bring power prices down.

Im totally open to that work, he told Sky News on Tuesday.

But what we need to do is make sure it can stack up and we can successfully move in that direction.

Mr Morrison said the source of Australias energy doesnt bother him and he isnt interested in an ideological debate.

What matters is that its reliable, it can be contracted, it can be priced at lower than what were getting currently, because thats what brings peoples power prices down.

06:31

Police to call Krammer in for questioning "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Police Commissioner, Gari Baki
The claim of an assassination plot by Madang MP, Brian Krammer, has resulted in Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, stating that the parliamentarian and former Task Force Sweep chairman, Sam Koim, would be called in for questioning.

According to the Post Courier (October 18), this is in relation to the 2017 murder of former Border Development Authority (BDA) chairman, Fred Konga, which is subject of an ongoing investigation.

Konga was killed in August 2017. He was allegedly followed and ambushed by 2 vehicles that blocked his way along the Poreporena Freeway in Waigani as he was heading to his home in Hohola.

Baki said the social media post by Krammer preempted some very sensitive information which was of interest to police.

Meanwhile, Koim has come out publicly to clarify that his private message between Krammer was to ensure the politician took precaution when moving around, and did not specify an details.

I did not tell Brian that he would be assassinated as I did not receive such. I told him that according to a source, something might be planned against him. I only conveyed a veiled threat I received from a source, only for him to take personal precautions. I did not tell him that it was connected to his politics or political activities. I did not have that information either.


In Krammers Facebook post, he states that he validates his information from several sources and only makes it public when he is absolutely certain about it.

06:30

Just for fun: Political poll "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The post Just for fun: Political poll appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:24

PM admits Australia Paris target toothless, Coalition completely at sea on energy RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Prime Minister Scott Morrison confirms Australia will not be pulling out of Paris climate agreement: Why? There is no need, because it will have precisely zero impact on anything. The post PM admits Australia Paris target toothless, Coalition completely at sea on energy appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via PM admits Australia Paris target toothless, Coalition completely at sea on energy RenewEconomy

06:23

Oh Dear. What a Shame. How Sad. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When you're running for president and South Park takes the piss out of you it is time to give the game away.

I present to you, Senator Elizabeth Warren, the one percent descendant of any particular minority victim group you'd care to name.

06:19

Origin shareholders deliver stunning statement on anti-climate lobbying RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Resolution calling on Origin to review membership of business groups lobbying against climate change initiatives receives 46 per cent support. Massive, say activists. The post Origin shareholders deliver stunning statement on anti-climate lobbying appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Origin shareholders deliver stunning statement on anti-climate lobbying RenewEconomy

06:18

Renew Estate wins approval for 120MW solar farm and battery near Wagga Wagga RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Renew Estate wins development approval for a 120MW solar farm near Wagga Wagga, with plans to add 40MWh of battery storage, The post Renew Estate wins approval for 120MW solar farm and battery near Wagga Wagga appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Renew Estate wins approval for 120MW solar farm and battery near Wagga Wagga RenewEconomy

06:17

Grid choice for S.A.s Eyre Peninsula locks out mega wind projects RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Electranet decision on grid upgrade on Eyre Peninsula kills prospects of mega wind farms on west coast, and also rejects battery and micro-grid alternatives. The post Grid choice for S.A.s Eyre Peninsula locks out mega wind projects appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Grid choice for S.A.s Eyre Peninsula locks out mega wind projects RenewEconomy

06:16

Network approval paves way for solar and storage at some of Australias biggest mines RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Alinta gets approval for new transmission line in Pilbara, paving way for new solar farm and battery storage to help power some of the biggest mines in the country. The post Network approval paves way for solar and storage at some of Australias biggest mines appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Network approval paves way for solar and storage at some of Australias biggest mines RenewEconomy

06:15

Billionaire calls out total BS on Morrisons views of wind and solar RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Mike Cannon-Brookes he of the original Tesla big battery Tweet calls total BS on Scott Morrisons Sky News comments about wind and solar. Twitter does its thing. The post Billionaire calls out total BS on Morrisons views of wind and solar appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Billionaire calls out total BS on Morrisons views of wind and solar RenewEconomy

06:15

Spains government blocks Western Australian companys bid to open uranium mine "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Spain to block Berkeley uranium mine project sources, CNBC , Beln Carreo, 16 Oct 2018  The Spanish government has decided not to deliver the permits necessary to open the European Unions only open-cast uranium mine near Salamanca, dealing a serious blow to Australian mining company Berkeley Energias plans.

The project was granted preliminary approval in early 2013 but has since faced local opposition
A neighbouring mine run by public company ENUSA was previously in operation near the site in Retortillo in Salamanca province, but closed in 2000 after it failed to turn a profit.
The price of uranium fell heavily following Japans Fukushima nuclear disaster of 2011 and for years struggled to recover.

06:12

Gender and radiation impact project "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

For too long, girls and women have been invisible in the construction of radiation standards to protect heath. We are ready to expand the research base and collective will to change this starting right now.

Mary Olson, Founder

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06:11

Nuclear lobby is targeting women with propaganda "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

ANSTO CEO Says There are Real, Lasting and Meaningful Careers for Women in Nuclear   https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/multimedia/videos/ansto-ceo-says-there-are-real-lasting-and-meaningful-careers-for-women-in-nuclear  Adi Paterson, CEO of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organization (ANSTO), talks about his vision of the future of nuclear science and technology and what role women could play in it.Mr. Paterson will be a speaker at the upcoming IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Science and Technology: Addressing Current and Emerging Development Challenges, in Vienna, Austria, from 28 to 30 November 2018. The event will be livestreamed at iaea.org.

You can watch Mr Patersons presentation on 30 November 2018.

06:06

Japan will flush unsafe water from Fukushima nuclear plant into sea "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 https://www.independent.ie/world-news/asia-pacific/japan-will-flush-unsafe-water-from-fukushima-nuclear-plant-into-sea-37429128.html, Julian Ryall, October 17 2018 Water the Japanese government is planning to release into the Pacific Ocean from the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant contains radioactive material well above legally permitted levels, according to the plants operator.

The government is running out of space to store contaminated water that has come into contact with fuel that escaped from three nuclear reactors after the plant was destroyed in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that struck north-east Japan.

Its plan to release the approximately 1.09m tons of water stored in 900 tanks into the Pacific has triggered a fierce backlash from local residents and environmental organisations, as well as groups in South Korea and Taiwan fearful that radioactivity from the second-worst nuclear disaster in history might wash up on their shores.

Tokyo Electric Power Co (Tepco), which runs the plant, has until recently claimed the only significant contaminant in the water is safe levels of tritium, which can be found in small amounts in drinking water, but is dangerous...

06:03

Nuclear research reactor removed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Arkansas    final removal of the rector core. This what should happen to Australias Opal nuclear reactor at Lucas Heights

06:00

Hadith for the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Well, that just put Western Union and all the online international foreign exchange companies out of business. The post Hadith for the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:31

City of Melbourne supports Australia joining UN Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The City  of Melbourne, birthplace of ICAN, just voted unanimously in support of a motion calling on the Australian government to join the UN treaty!  

05:30

Political train wreck not surprising "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In the light of the farcical behaviour in the last couple of days from a party that should damn well know better, questions now have to be asked of both senior National MPs and the National Party Board: How the hell did you allow the situation with Jamie-Lee Ross to get to this diabolical point? [] The post Political train wreck not surprising appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Barm  the froth on fermenting malt liquor; yeast formed on malt liquors while fermenting.

05:21

THIS IS NOT A PAID ADVERTISEMENT "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Self and Mrs Veteran have just signed up with SolarCity to have solar panels installed.   No capital cost.    We pay a fixed monthly 'rental' of $125 + GST.   That figure can never be increased regardless of inflation.   It covers the cost of installation, insurance, warranty, maintenance and repairs while any power generated by the system in excess of the expected energy production is credited back to us. 

As there is no capital outlay we start saving the moment the sun shines.   Currently we are paying around $2,640 per annum for power.    We are projected to save about one-quarter of that and, one thing you can be certain of, power prices will continue to increase.

This will not be for everyone and Solarcity have their own bottom lines against which they assess every application.   Not all potential customers make it through 'their' gate.    Well worth a look though ... go to their website at www.solarcity.co.nz and this could be your lucky day.

05:00

Transgender male wins womens cycling competition "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Pink News reports: quote. A trans-identified male, Rachel McKinnon, has won another womens cycling title, the UCI Masters Track Cycling World Championships. end quote. Trans-identified? Is this yet another gender? A trans person who identifies as a trans person, but is not a trans person? Is that what this means? Who knows? Or, for that matter, [] The post Transgender male wins womens cycling competition appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The post Daily sudoku appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Gresham College: Prof Simon Thurley #4 English Architecture: Coming of Age, 1408-1530 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Another good  lecture on a very interesting topic as Prof Thurley looks at how English Architecture evolved.

04:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

03:54

Horowhenuas draft plans cost nearly $8 million "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Horowhenua District Council has spent almost $8million over the past two years on consultant fees and internal spending for two []

03:45

Melanie Reid at Newsroom: Ross and the Women "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It has been reported that Simon Bridges and Paula Bennett had met with Jami-Lee Ross to discuss concerns over inappropriate behaviour for a married man. Some have said it was wrong for National to say this and for Paula Bennett to comment to the media on this. Winston Peters stoked the fires on this as well, as reported by the NZ Herald

This morning Melanie Reid, at Newsroom, has a substantive piece on Ross and his relations with women. Note the first sentence. Ms Reid has been pursuing this story for the past year. This is not an article put together as a rapid response to Rosss allegations. Unlike some of the accusations on Twitter:-

But the reaction from the left was only to be expected, but to return to Ms Reids piece

Over the past year, Newsroom investigations editor Melanie Reid has been looking into the background and behaviour of former National MP Jami-Lee Ross. She has talked to a number of people who have given detailed accounts, recordings and documents of their close working and personal relationships with the controversial politician.

Some felt manipulated and intimidated by the way he goes about his politics and his social interactions. Others felt pressured not to speak out.

Today Newsroom presents, on the condition of anonymity, the stories of four women and the relationships which they now believe saw them variously groomed, used for access to information and power, and abused.

Each saw the MP speak out on Tuesday denying his leaders allegations of harassment, saying he was raised to respect all women.

Yesterday Ross, who is married with children, told journalists he was happy with how he had conducted his personal life and w...

03:34

Coal seam gas needs tighter controls in NSW "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Greens have condemned the paltry fine given to gas company Santos for not having appropriate approval for using treated coal seam gas water and called for an increase in penalties for breaches of licences or misconduct.

NSW Greens MLC and Resources spokesperson Jeremy Buckingham said, Santos has today received an inadequate fine for using treated water from its Narrabri coal seam gas operations for irrigation at Leewood without the appropriate approval.

In practice, a $1,500 fine is a slap-on-the-wrist for a big gas company like Santos who see the weak penalties for breaches as merely another cost of doing business.

AGLs attempts to irrigator saline treated coal seam gas water at Gloucester ended in failure. The Santos attempts, even if legalised, will also end in failure.

In the United States, they call irrigating land with coal seam gas water land farming. They basically contaminate the land and let salt tolerant weeds grow.

There are serious questions that remain unanswered about the use of coal seam gas in NSW. The safe disposal of the large amounts of salt and wastewater generated by coal seam gas operations is a massive issue and one companies like Santos have yet to be resolved.

The regulation of coal seam gas is not up to scratch in NSW, with this breach at Narrabri the latest in a long line of breaches and pollution incidents involving various coal seam gas projects.

The Greens call on the Government not to grant any approval for the use of treated coal seam gas water until it can be proven safe and for an increase in penalties for breaches of licences or lack of appropriate approvals, he said.

The post Coal seam gas needs tighter controls in NSW appeared first on Echonetdaily.

03:30

The Inception Party "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Politics is all about having friends and allies, and in an MMP environment, nothing could be more true. As the National party has recently found out, if you have no friends, or more accurately, no potential coalition partners, you will probably not make it into government. Even if your party gets the most votes out [] The post The Inception Party appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:29

Benny Wenda: TRWP, TPNPB, TPN OPM Sudah Bersatu! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tujuan kita hanya satu "Papua Merdeka, lepas dari NKRI", Ya, benar. ULMWP merupakan hasil dari perjuangan kita selama 50 tahun lebih, dan inilah ujung tombak West Papua yang sudah kami siapkan untuk membawa bangsa Papua keluar dari "neraka NKRI". Sebuah pertanyaan: - Apakah kami orang asli Papua ini punya masa depan "hidup" dalam 50-100 tahun

Benny Wenda: TRWP, TPNPB, TPN OPM Sudah Bersatu! was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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03:24

Radioactive, but safe? Japan to dump Fukushima wastewater in Pacific despite objections "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

RT | October 17, 2018 Running out of space to store water contaminated by fuel that escaped during the Fukushima meltdown, the Japanese government is preparing to release it into the Pacific Ocean despite the presence of radioactive elements. Currently, 1.09 million tons of contaminated water is stored in 900 tanks near the Dai-Ichi []

03:14

Client Services Officer "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australian Taxation Office Adelaide,  Brisbane & Gosford

03:11

Client Services Officer "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australian Taxation Office Hobart, Melbourne & Sydney

03:04

Greens Takedown Their Own MP Jeremy Buckingham Over Multiple Defamation Threats "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Greens NSW has issued a rare public rebuke to one of its own elected members amid revelations the MP has directed multiple legal threats against party members, despite publicly calling for defamation laws to be reformed so that politicians cant abuse them.

In 2015, Greens MLC Jeremy Buckingham and radio shock-jock Alan Jones were sued by then Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner for comments they made in the course of anti-coal seam gas campaigning.

The lawsuit was eventually dropped, prompting Mr Buckingham to publicly call for sweeping changes to defamation laws.

Australia is a robust democracy and criticism of public representatives is an important part of our democratic system. There should be a much higher bar set for politicians to sue for defamation, such as what exists in the United States, he said at the time.

Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham, pictured with Sydney shock-jock Alan Jones. Both were the subject of a defamation action launched by Deputy Premier Andrew Stoner in 2014.

But since then, Mr Buckingham has issued legal threats against at least four current or former members of his own party, three of which are centred around recent allegations that Mr Buckingham sexually assaulted a former Greens staffer, Ella Buckland in 2011.

Mr Buckingham strongly denies the allegations, although Ms Buckland is standing by her claims.

One of those being sued is Tom Raue, the Greens NSW candidate for the seat of Summer Hill. It appears to be unprecedented in NSW political history for a member of a political party to be suing colleagues in the shadow of an upcoming state election.

The fourth legal threat issued by Mr Buckingham just over a year after his public criticisms of defamation laws was against a teenager who described Mr Buckingham as a massive fucking hypocrite in a closed Facebook forum...

03:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Click the image for a high-res interactive view This is Ann . . . She drinks blood! How awesome is this map? Drawn in 1943 by Theodore Geisel, later famously known as the beloved author, Dr Seuss. Collectors comments are as follows A U.S. Army poster produced to educate the troops about areas of [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:00

Mad, bad or both? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Is Jami-Lee Ross mentally ill, just behaving really badly, or both?

Amateur diagnosticians are using terms like manic depression, bipolar and narcissism to describe his behaviour.

Former colleague, Mark Mitchell, who is in a better position to know spoke to Mike Hosking yesterday about mental illness and said: He has to take responsibility for his actions, but he must look after himself first.

That was before the release of the tape that didnt appear to be the smoking gun Ross said it would be, but did needlessly insult other people, all of whom responded with dignity.

Maureen Pugh tweeted:

Chris Finlayson said:

Any suggestion that I am upset about the tape is just wrong, he said.

Finlayson noted he had said plenty of nasty things about people himself over his career that thankfully had not been taped.

I can wound with my tongue at 100 paces, Finlayson said. . .

David Carter was equally untroubled:

Mr Carter also said he was not in the slightest bit bothered by comments made about him by Mr Bridges.

Mr Carter said Mr Bridges was clearly set up by Mr Ross in the phone call.

Looking at renewal thats inevitably needed by all political parties, I take no offence at all about what was said by Simon Bridges.

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02:52

Nauru Is this a Mexican Stand-Off ? If not, it will do until one comes along ! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There are about 119 children currently detained with their families on Nauru this number fluctuates, as children are often taken from the island temporarily for emergency medical treatment ; many of these children were born on Nauru. Back in 2013, John Key, the then prime minister of New Zealand offered to break the Australian

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02:38

Benefits of foreign ownership "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Homepaddock

What a very generous donation:

Secretive American-born billionaire Ken Dart plans to donate the popular and sprawling Wairoa Gorge Bike Park, near Nelson, to the Crown.

It will be managed by the Department of Conservation, with public access run through the Nelson Mountain Bike Club (NMTBC).

He has also sold South Canterburys 4046-hectare Lilydale Station, which includes the land used by Fox Peak Ski Field, to local conservationists.

The 860-hectare Wairoa Gorge will be donated to the Crown by the end of the year, to be managed as a conservation reserve. Dart bought the land in 2010 through his company RHL Holdings and had more than 70km of mountainbike trails built through the mixed native beech and plantation pine forest. . . 

Would this have happened had the land been owned by a local?

I suspect not but sadly this wont be enough to change the minds of xenophobes who are opposed to

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02:32

Tidak Puas dengan Kerja ULMWP? Kritik dan Perbaiki ULMWP, bukan Bikin Organisasi Saingan "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Contents1 ULMWP Jalan Kepastian Papua Merdeka2 ULMWP Gagal?3 Mas "Ego", ULMWP dan Ganti ULMWP4 Suara Kami dari Kampung New Guinea5 Apa artinya Menggantikan ULMWP dan Memperjuangkan Papua Merdeka di luar ULMWP? ULMWP Jalan Kepastian Papua Merdeka Ada satu hal yang jelas dan pasti, dan tidak dapat disangkal secara hukum nasional West Papua, hukum internasional di

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02:30

Peter Dunnes prophecy comes true already "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Just two short weeks ago, Peter Dunne made a prophecy, Another clean-out of Parliament on the way.  Did he expect his prophecy to be fulfilled so soon? Quote. With the average tenure for MPs just a little over six years, and with a large number of current senior MPs set to depart, former minister Peter [] The post Peter Dunnes prophecy comes true already appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

Gresham College: Prof Chris Budd -Can Maths Predict The Future? The Maths Behind Chaos Theory and Sudden Change "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This was a witty and thought provoking lecture. Well worth looking at .

The first in a series.

02:00

Sir Toby Curtis says Hipkins & Teachers unions are treating Maori differently "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Urgency is being sought for a hearing to address Maori being prejudiced by the Crowns destruction of Kura Hourua Partnership Schools Claimants Sir Toby Curtis, Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi, Dame Tariana Turia and Pem Bird have filed for their Treaty of Waitangi claim, Wai 2770, to be heard by the Waitangi Tribunal with urgency. Their claim, [] The post Sir Toby Curtis says Hipkins & Teachers unions are treating Maori differently appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:44

Turut Berdukacita atas kepergian Mama Pejuang pembebasan bangsa Papua, Mama Abina Wasanggai "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Turut Berdukacita atas kepergian Mama Pejuang pembebasan bangsa Papua, Mama Abina Wasanggai (28 Nov 1956 - 16 Oct 2018). Tuhan menyertai Mama sampai di rmh Bapa di Surga. Terima kasih Mama atas pengorbananmu bagi pembebasan bangsa dan tanah West Papua. Tuhan menyertai dan memberi damai bagi keluarga dan sermua sahabat2 dlm masa2 yang sulit ini.

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01:35

Oral questions: 18th October 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Credit: Woolf Photography via parliament.nz Questions to Ministers Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: Is it a goal of this Governments economic policy to make it easier for New Zealand families to get ahead? Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: Is he confident that the proposals included in the reform of the Residential Tenancies [] The post Oral questions: 18th October 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:30

The day Youtube went down "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Youtube went down yesterday and hilariously some idiots rang the poor New Zealand police to complain about it. The New Zealand police are IT specialists? Who knew. Now excuse me one moment while I make myself a tinfoil hat because I am going to speculate on why Youtube went down as well as predict what [] The post The day Youtube went down appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:28

Royal Flush: Rain Soaks Drought Tour As Dubbo Cops Try To Shield Prince From Embarrassment Of Our Cruel Immigration Policies "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

He may be a direct descendant of the family that created the first wave of boat people to Australia, but according to Dubbo Police, Prince Harry shouldnt have to read about Australias cruel and inhumane immigration policies. At least not in the form of a protest banner in the main street of a country town. Chris Graham reports.

Dubbo is perhaps best known internationally for its world class open plains zoo. But yesterday, the eyes of the globe were on the iconic Australian country town for an entirely different reason the arrival of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex (also known as Harry and Meghan) as part of their Royal Tour of Australia to support the Invictus Games (helpfully sponsored by major weapons manufacturers).

The newly wedded couple were in Dubbo to see first-hand the effects of the drought gripping large parts of NSW. That was somewhat spoilt by an untimely downpour, although in a few weeks time Dubbo and surrounds will likely be back where they started before the Brits brought the rain.

Even so, the wet didnt dampen the spirits of Dubbo residents (from an official population of 39,000, an estimated 30,000 turned out for a community barbecue). That job, at least in the minds of Dubbo Police, was left to local resident Laura Volkofsky, who decided to mark the visit by reminding local residents the Royal Tour probably wasnt going to extend to other parts of the Pacific namely Manus Island and Nauru. You know, where we jail men, women and children seeking asylum. Indefinitely.

A screen cap of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, pictured in Dubbo yesterday as part of their Royal Tour.

And thats how Ms Volkofsky came to hang a protest banner from her apartment window in the main street of Dubbo, only to have local police arrive and ask her to take it down. Because, while it may still be legal in Australia to express a political opinion, the Royals shouldnt have to read about it. Right?

Ms Volkofsky who lives above a florists shop in Talbragar Street in the CBD hung the offending sign up on Tuesday night. It read, ARE MANUS AND NAURU ON THE ROYAL ITINERARY? BLOOD ON OUR HANDS. By Wednesday morning, local police were on the case.

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01:21

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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There Was Plenty Of Talk About It At The Recent Council For Native Hawaiian Advancement Convention.

They Didnt Just Say What The Losses Could Be.

They Also Said Who Hawai`is Biggest Losers Will Be If It Passes.

Watch This For Details & The Surprising Decision About It By The CNHA.


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

01:17

Drawn "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A ballot for one Member's bill was held this morning, and the following bill was drawn:

  • New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income (Fair Residency) Amendment Bill (Mark Patterson)
The bill is typical NZ First racism, seeking to make it harder for immigrants to gain access to superannuation. A similar bill proposing a pro-rate entitlement based on residency (rather than simply extending the residency qualification) was defeated in 2015. Though the bad news there is that both Labour and the Greens voted for it. Hopefully they will refuse to vote for this piece of racist shit.

01:15

Book review of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Book reviews are suggested by readers and commenters. Please send your own book reviews to books@whaleoil.co.nz Todays review comes from Anita. Uncommon People: The Rise and Fall of the Rock Stars 1955-1994 By David Hepworth Published May 18th 2017 Lots of Oilers are Baby Boomers and I sure youll enjoy this book as much as [] The post Book review of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:37

AFTINET disappointed at Senate majority approval of TPP-11 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Media Release 17 September 2018 

AFTINET is deeply disappointed that the Senate looks set to pass the TPP-11 implementing legislation, AFTINET Convener Dr Patricia Ranald said today.

Progressive civil society groups, including public health, environment, aid and development groups, churches and unions have played a leading role in exposing the dangers of the TPP-11 in what has been an eight-year public debate.

This has been reflected in the opposition to the TPP-11 from the Greens and Centre Alliance, ALP policy against many TPP-11 provisions, and a fierce internal ALP debate. We thank all parliamentarians who have spoken out against the TPP.

We remain deeply disappointed that the ALP caucus majority decided to support the TPP-11 implementing legislation." 

People are concerned because the TPP-11 is not mainly about traditional trade issues like tariffs. It has an unprecedented 30 chapters, including ones on temporary workers, trade in services, financial services, telecommunications, electronic commerce, competition policy, state owned enterprises and regulatory coherence. Most of these treat regulation as if it were a tariff to be frozen and then reduced over time, and not to be increased.

This structure suits global companies but restricts future governments from regulating in the public interest. Our experience of the global financial crisis, the banking royal commission, escalating climate change and the exploitation of vulnerable temporary workers tells us that governments need to have the capacity to change regulation in the public interest.

The TPP-11 also includes special legal rights for foreign investors to bypass national courts and sue governments in unfair international tribunals if they can argue that a change in law or policy harmed their investment, known as Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS).

The agreement will also mean increased numbers of vulnerable temporary migrant workers from six TPP countries without first testing if local workers are available.

We recogni...

00:27

Queensland decriminalises abortion "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When running for election, Labour promised to take abortion out of the Crimes Act. That promise has been shunted off to the Law Commission for the moment, but while Labour is pissing about and covering its arse, over the Tasman Australians have stolen a march on us, with the Queensland state parliament voting for decriminalisation:

Nineteenth-century laws making abortion illegal in Queensland have been scrapped, in one of the state's biggest legislative reforms.

The government's controversial plan to decriminalise pregnancy termination passed through state parliament with a comfortable margin of 50 votes to 41.

The laws mean abortion will be available, on request, at up to 22 weeks' gestation.

It also allows an abortion to take place after 22 weeks if the medical practitioner performing the termination has consulted with a second medical practitioner and both agreed that "in all the circumstances" the abortion should be performed.


So how long will it take in New Zealand? The Law Commission says they will be providing a response to Andrew little "within eight months of the Ministers 27 February 2018 request", which is around the end of this month. Which means we should see legislation passed next year.

Wednesday, 17 October

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21:00

Why Indonesia is right to limit NGOs post-disaster "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The devastating earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi, Indonesia, have shocked people around the world. Images of the earth liquefying, the terrifying screams as people watch a tsunami engulf the shore, and the wreckage left behind have led to a global outpouring of support and responses from aid agencies and NGOs.

Last week, Indonesias disaster coordination agency (Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana, or BNPB) issued guidelines on the involvement of foreign aid workers, stating that they needed to conduct all activities through local partners, and be registered with government agencies.

The announcement has surprised the humanitarian sector at large, and some have called it confusing. World Vision Australias Tim Costello said it was very strange. Amnesty International Indonesia have labelled it a sad example of bureaucracy trumping humanity.

The official announcement is helpfully written in English in an infographic on Twitter.

The same Twitter account has posted images of shelter tents with Chinese characters on them, retweeted World Food Program photos of Australian aid shipments, celebrated Canadian aid supplies arriving, and been thankful for JICA supplies. The World Bank and UN have visited, with the former offering a US $1 bn package. Its not a response that is turning its back on international relief, contrary to some commentators.

Following criticism, the policy on foreign aid workers and volunteers was further...

21:00

40 luxury Maseratis (& counting), but little effort on climate change "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

One of the controversial Maserati cars
One of the controversial Maserati cars for APEC 2018. The market value is about reportedly about K229,000 each (EMTV News)

PAULINE MAGO-KING | Pacific Media Centre

AUCKLAND - Early in March, Papua New Guinea began its chairmanship of next months Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit by receiving many senior officials for the opening set of planning meetings.

The lead-up to the APEC summit, expected to become a key opportunity for PNG to unlock its economic potential, has been inundated with talks on trade and investment.

As the smallest and poorest member of APEC, Papua New Guinea has framed its chairmanship as an opportunity to cash in on the digital revolution and its benefits in connectivity and employment.

The chair of APEC Senior Officials, Ambassador Ivan Pomaleu, underlined PNGs participation in APEC as leverage to maintain its domestic policies according to the group.

The work that has come out of APEC has allowed investors to come on shore and be part of our business community, Pomaleu told APEC Bulletin.

You really need to think in terms of what sort of structural reform and ease of business activities weve been doing and that have made it possible for new investments in PNG. Those are pegged on important APEC principles.

He added that conversations surrounding connectivity, particularly in sustainable development and climate change, were important to PNG.

A month before the summit, however, this agenda has seemingly been neglected with the import of 40 Maserati Quattroporte luxury sedans to be used by APEC leaders.

The revelation of the PNG governments purchase of these vehicles, which range in cost between $209,000 and $345,000 in Australia, has been widely condemned as an example of poor governance at a time when the country faces pressing health, education, law and order, and environmental issues.

While PNGs APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko has told media that the costs of the Maseratis will be recovered via prospective buyers, this....

20:00

Last week I was a teenager but just look at me now "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

AgeingPHIL FITZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY - About eighteen months ago a friend and I were talking about walking the Heysen Trail in South Australia.

It runs for a mere 1,200 kilometres from the bottom of Fleurieu Peninsula, south of Adelaide, through the Mount Lofty Ranges and on to Parachilna Gorge in the Flinders Range.

Its not an arduous walk, nothing like the Kokoda Trail, just a bit longer. There is, however, some magnificent scenery along the way and, fortuitously, some great wineries.

The trail is named after the South Australian landscape painter, Hans Heysen, famous for his portraits of statuesque gum trees.

Unfortunately my friend got sick and weve had to shelve the idea until he gets better.

In the meantime we have both clicked over into our eighth decade.

No big deal, it was bound to happen, just not as quickly as we had anticipated.

Or so pointedly.

My friends illness is one of those nasty diseases that seem to particularly afflict older people and which require prolonged treatment.

I havent had his bad luck but Ive noticed the rather sudden onset of uncomfortable and unexplained aches and pains.

For some reason Ive developed a crick in my neck that gets worse when I drive too far.

My right knee also seems to have lost some of its padding and tends to grate a bit when I take the dogs for a run.

If I sit on the couch for too long I produce audible snaps, crackles and pops when I stand up.

Ive still got most of my hair but there are some very suspicious grey streaks there that I didnt notice until I looked in the mirror with my reading glasses on.

I thought I still had a blond mop. Not so it appears. My newly grown and very trendy goatee came out 95% white for goodness sake.

Ive taken to wearing a hat when I go out in the sun because the liver spots on my face seem to be getting worse.

I also now wear a long sleeve shirt in the sun to cover the skin on my arms which seems to have got a lot thinner and crinkled; just the slightest knock will produce a purple bruise.

I wish Id known this was going to happen because I would have taken notice of all the exhortations of the medical profession and started covering up a lot earlier.

And when I g...

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