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Saturday, 03 March

14:30

Farmers Market Wayville "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Adelaide families now have the opportunity buy fresh food directly from producers from all over SA at the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market. The 20,000 strong crowd that turned up for the farmers market which formed the centrepiece of the 'Go Organic Festival' in September in 2005 encouraged the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society (RAHS) to back the foundation of a permanent farmers market by a not-for-profit community organisation. The market opened on October 1st 2006 with a massive crowd of 10,000 shoppers and runs each Sunday (apart from the weeks of the Royal Show) from 9am-1pm.

In the tradition of farmers markets, it is a food market at which both food producers and consumers can get a fair price for food produced in SA and support regional and sustainable land use. The market guarantees that you buy direct from the producer and is known for its strict adherence to the ethics of farmers markets which now number in their thousands worldwide as families seek to avoid overstored food from major retailers who pass on meagre prices to farmers. In Australia, the farmers market movement is represented by the Australian Farmers Market Association and SA's peak body, the SA Farmers Market Association, will soon be launched.

The Adelaide Showground location is superb, with a major bike trail, the Glenelg tram line, a major rail line, numerous bus routes all converging to make it one of the most accessible sites in Adelaide. Parking is also easy and cheap.

120 producers offer their extraordinarily diverse products (everything from oysters to almonds and bread to boysenberries!). It is accessed from the car parks at the Leader Street (southern) end of the Showgrounds.  

Becoming a member brings with it 10% discount on all purchases as well as a right to vote in the management of the market. Details and memberships are available at www.adelaidefarmersmarket.com.au.

The Food Forest is a foundation stallholder at the market and presents a wide range of foods, always including its signature specialty - organically certified pistachio nuts. We are there on alternate weeks (we run short courses on the other weekends).

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Sunday, 25 February

04:00

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Reduplication  an often grammatically functional repetition of a radical element or a part of it occurring usually at the beginning of a word and often accompanied by change of the radical vowel; a morphological process in which the root or stem of a word (or part of it) or even the whole word is repeated exactly or with a slight change;  a word-formation process in which meaning is expressed by repeating all or part of a word (eg crisscross, dillydally; flimflam).

04:00

Youthful politicians "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Guest Post: There is a popular clamour for more youthful politicians to be running our country. I have difficulty in agreeing with this. Young people are normally very idealistic in their views on life, views which usually change as they learn a few life lessons. We need maturity of thought which comes from work experience, []

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04:00

Gorkas vision, is a nightmare for others "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sebastian Gorka, former White House aide to Trump said this in a speech to CPAC 2018

Gorkas speech offered a glowing assessment of Trumps political rise, casting his campaign and first year in the White House as the last hope for Americans to get back our Republic.

He said that Trump has the next seven years to right the ship, suggesting that the president will win a second term in office. After that, Gorka said, the U.S. will have eight years of President Pence, advocating for a potential run by Vice President Pence.

Were going to have you heard it yesterday seven years of Trump, OK, seven more years, Gorka said. And then eight years of President Pence, because we need a minimum of 16 years to get back our Republic.

His idea of heaven is my idea of hell 8 years of Trump followed by 8 years of Pence, no doubt he wants to reintroduce slavery and bring back Smoot Hawley.

Please America come to your sense

03:30

Jim Molan shoots straight "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Donald Trump won the Presidency against the overwhelming opposition of the political elites, both Democrat and Republican, and furious attacks by their media thralls. Former Major General Jim Molan has faced similar opposition in his march to Parliament. Molan is no Trump, but he does have a similarly no-nonsense, get-it-done approach that threatens to cut []

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02:30

Credit where its due: Turnbull refuses to take leftist media bait "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Its not often that I agree with Malcolm Turnbull, but I have to give the Great Waffler credit for astutely refusing to take the bait from Americas leftist media. Malcolm Turnbull has avoided weighing into the gun control debate in the United States after his first Oval Office meeting with Donald Trump, saying Australia had []

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02:30

Were not going to take this anymore "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Parkland students interviewed on MSNBC by Joy Reid

02:28

Dot Island "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


By Moasing Nalu

Oh how peaceful you are
My beautiful island home
Your turquoise seas and lush green hills
Are Mother Nature's splendour

Your colourful reefs and tropical trees
Are the best things I've ever seen
And when the sun goes down
Cool breezes come around

And palm trees sway and swing
As if they're dancing to the wind
And the melody 
The ocean sings

At last when the sun goes down
And brightness begins to fade
From a distance I can see a majestic sight
Which fills me with pride

-Picture by Milen Stiliyanov
PS: Dot Island is in Laukanu, Salamaua, Morobe

02:00

Map of the day: Womens suffrage "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1919 Womens Suffrage Victory Map, Published The Year Before The Passage Of The 19th Amendment As difficult as it may be to believe, the The Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified on August 18th, 1920, less than 100 years ago. It stated that: The right of citizens of the United States to []

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01:30

Kate Hawkesby nails it: Hipkins is deadset useless "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

You know somethings awry when universities are at odds with a Labour government. Information released to the Herald under the Official Information Act regards the governments free fees policy, has revealed tensions in the form of letters between Education Minister Chris Hipkins and the Chair of Universities NZ. In a nutshell, universities claim the free []

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01:24

A WARNING FOR NATIONAL "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

On Tuesday the National Party caucus will elect both a new leader and new deputy leader.   For myself I think Bill English's decision to resign when he did was a mistake.    Labour is still in their honeymoon period and I suspect their poll rating will continue to improve at the expense of National.

I say that in the sense that the Greens current 5% is probably rock bottom for them as is Winston's 2%.    I also think that Bill English added perhaps 2-3% to National's numbers recognising the superb work he did as the countries finance minister.   That  2-3% will evaporate.

English should have waited until well after Labour's first budget was done and dusted and the winter's wind and rain and cold was well and truly upon us (pestilence, locusts and flooding would be better ... I digress).    Instead, and no matter who they choose, the new leadership team will likely face a drop in poll numbers ... that drop will be the focus of media attention and, as a result, the leadership team will be faced with attacking the government from a position of weakness.

In every leadership contest there are winners and losers and so it will be with this one.    The losers have two options ... either to suck it up and get in behind the new leadership regime or engage in internecine trench warfare from the backbenches as Labour did so spectacularly in the case of Messrs Cunliffe, Shearer and Little.      Hopefully 'they' will have learned from that but bruised egos and thwated personal ambition can sometimes result in irrational behavior.

The challenge is there for National.   How they react to that challenge will determine whether the government is to survive more than one term remembering always that oppositions seldom win elections ... governments lose them.


00:30

Women really do have it all "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  We are always hearing about how we should have more women everywhere  in Parliament, in boardrooms, as judges you name it, we need more women there. But there are already women in all of these roles. And women are amply represented in medicine, in aviation, in engineering, in education. Frankly, they are []

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00:01

Arderns bestie Justin Trudeau cops flak for his cringeworthy trip to India "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From The Toronto Star Canadas largest daily paper : Columnist 

If apparel oft proclaims the man, then Polonius who uttered those words in Hamlet would have quite literally given our prime minister a dressing down this week. From the viewpoint of the Shakespearean character, Justin Trudeau would have broken the basic rules: his clothes were as costly as money could buy, but gaudy, too, proclaiming him unserious.

A charitable supposition would be that maybe just maybe since Canada is barely a blip on Indian consciousness, Trudeau decided to lean on his celebrity status to make an impression.

That much he did. So groan-inducing has Trudeaus visit to India appeared thus far that it merits being rated as a cliched Bollywood drama.

Trudeau's trip saw over-the-top sherwanis and kurta pyjamas, Bhangra sequences, overly choreographed family time overdoing the namastes, writes Shree Paradkar.

Trudeaus trip saw over-the-top sherwanis and kurta pyjamas, Bhangra sequences, overly choreographed family time overdoing the namastes, writes Shree Paradkar.  (NARINDER NANU/GETTY)

Omer Aziz, a former adviser at the Department of Global Affairs in the Liberal government is quoted thus, in regard to Canadas Indian community:

Were not going to be treated as any ones vote bank.

We dont need you talking down to us. We dont need you to begin every single speech saying diversity is our strength. What we need is at that beginning point of our conversation we need to be treated as equals, with respect. Then we can have a conversation about policy.

 

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00:00

Pretty Good "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

having a sneaking suspicion that all that putting herself back together wouldve gone faster if shed just stood in front of the mirror & shrugged & said Looks pretty good to me. Pretty Good    2018 Brian Andreas posted with permission.

You can buy books, posters, cards, ornaments and more and sign up for a daily dose of whimsy like this by email at Story People.

00:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Saturday, 24 February

23:30

Try hard Trudeau "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

[] Trudeau, accustomed to being praised for his Prince Charming good looks, is getting a lot of flak on his tour of India, and the latest gags focus on his razzle-dazzle wardrobe, upstaging even Indias flamboyant movie stars. Offending garments include Trudeaus long, multi-coloured sherwanis, usually worn on special occasions such as weddings or in []

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23:19

RNZ Mediawatch: Stuff makes plans for rural retreat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Mediawatch looks at Stuffs plans for its rural papers

Three of the 28 local and rural publications Stuff wants to close or sell by the end of the year.

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/mwatch-20180221-1419-big_publisher_culls_community_papers-128.mp3

There is a useful accompanying article as well

Some papers may be bought by local entrepreneurs and could thrive.

A recent Australian survey of New Zealands independent local newspaper publishers and found them generally buoyant about the future of local papers and pulling $52 million in advertising per year. The 80 plus independent publications also now have a national online platform too: newsie.co.nz

 

22:45

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

NUMBERS DONT LIE - PEOPLE LIE

 

22:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

M. bovis progarmme being speeded up Sally Rae:

The Ministry for Primary Industries is accelerating its tracing and surveillance programme so a decision whether to proceed with Mycoplasma bovis eradication can be made as soon as possible.

It has urged any dairy and beef farmers who believe they may have animals at high risk of infection to make contact immediately.

Right now, we need to hear from any farmers who have bought cows and calves or milk for calf feed from farms that have been publicly identified as infected. If these farmers havent already heard from us through our tracing work, we would dearly like to hear from them, director of response Geoff Gwyn said.

The MPI was particularly interested to hear from those who had received cattle or calves from Southland-based Southern Centre Dairies Ltd at any time after January 1, 2016, and had not already been contacted by the MPI. . . 

Swede seed mix up in human error leaves farmers with wrong variety Brittany Pickett:

A human error in seed deliveries across much of the country has resulted in hundreds of farmers planting the wrong variety of swedes on their properties.  

PGG Wrightson Seeds has alerted farmers who bought the new seed variety, Hawkestone yellow-fleshed Cleancrop swede, that a different line of white-fleshed swede, HT-S57, had been distributed to customers instead.

HT-S57 swede was phased out in 2016 and replaced with the Hawkestone swede variety.

However, the HT-S57 seed was distributed to farmers for planting for winter feed instead of the new Hawkestone swede variety. The company said in a statement that the mistake was caused by human error.. . .

Demand leaves NZ livestock numbers low Sally Rae:

Livestock numbers available for processing over the rest of the season are lower than in any of the previous five seasons, a forecast by Beef + Lamb New Zealands Economic Service shows.

Dry conditions and strong prices for lamb, mutton and beef in the December quarter drove high processing volumes.......

22:30

Book review of the day: Hue 1968 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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22:00

Chris Cahill, firearms and unintended consequences "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Guest Post: Cahill is a union boss, which makes him a god in the eyes of the mainstream media (MSM), and his members are policemen who, by and large, we all respect for the difficult job they do. This article is not about the proven inaccuracy of the figures that Cahill quotes with his near-religious []

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21:30

Forget the lack of a handshake: Rape is Sunna "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

While some of our Labour MPs were shocked, SHOCKED, that the Muslim Iranian visitors to New Zealand chose to disrespect our culture and refused to shake Jo Luxtons hand because of her gender, they would no doubt be astounded to learn that rape is Sunna (not a sin). In Islam, Kafir women taken as slaves in []

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21:18

Quote of the Day: Human progress ... "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


"In other classes of animals, the individual ... attains, in the compass of a single life, all the perfection his nature can reach. But in the human kind, the species has a progress as well as the individual. They build in every subsequent age on foundations formerly laid."
~ Adam Ferguson, from 'An Essay on the History of Civil Society'

[Hat tip Human Progress]

21:00

Labour intent on catch-and-release policy sooner rather than later "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Andrew Little is continuing Labours soft-on-crime stance, signalling a relaxing of bail laws: Former Justice Minister Judith Collins has sent a warning to Andrew Little victims of family violence arent going to have the same protection if he changes the countrys bail laws. Little, the current Justice Minister, on Saturday morning told Newshubs Nation he was getting advice from officials on bail []

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21:00

Alps 2 Ocean Ultra starts today "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When Mike Sandri first suggested athletes from round the world might like to run the Alps 2 Ocean cycleway, and would pay well for doing so, some locals were skeptical.

But months of hard work by him and his team paid off and the race starts today:

A first for New Zealand, the ultra endurance race will involve athletes running self-supported on and around the 300km-plus Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail, which extends from Aoraki Mt Cook to Oamaru, over seven stages in seven days.

As it stands, stages one and two (53.85km) on day one have a 14hr cut-off; stage three (51.34km) on day two a 13hr cutoff; stage four (86.6km) on days three and four a 34hr cut-off; stage five (43.76km) on day five a 12hr cut-off; stage six (52.66km) on day six a 13hr cutoff; and stage seven (28.67km) on the final day a 6hr cut-off. Checkpoints will be set up every 10km to 15km, offering water and electrolytes.

Self-supported runners will have to carry their own food, sleeping mat, sleeping bag and other compulsory items for the entire seven days, while supported runners will have their food and bedding carried for them to the end of each stage.

They will still have to carry all compulsory gear and food for that day. Each team will comprise up to four runners, and each member will carry the same as an individual. Its origins go back to September 2016, when Mr Sandri took part in the Canyon to Canyon Ultra, a self-supported foot race covering about 280km over six gruelling days in testing conditions in the United States.

When talking to his fellow competitors, they queried him as to why there was no organised ultra race in New Zealand.

I thought that was actually a pretty good question, he said.

Mr Sandri believed the terrain from Aoraki Mt Cook to Oamaru would be perfect for such as race, and when he returned from the Canyon to Canyon event, he set his idea in motion.

More than a year later, everything is set to go.

The 126 athletes who will compete hail from 15 countries with a split of about 50-50 between males and females.

Just under half of the field is made up of athletes from New Zealand. . . 

The Alps 2 Ocean Ultra website says:

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20:54

The Face Of Courage: The World Should Note The 75th Anniversary Of The Execution of Sophia and Hans Scholl "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

JONATHAN TURLEY

440px-Sophie_SchollThis week was the 75th anniversary of a sad but inspiring moment.  On this day, Sophia Magdalena Scholl and her brother Hans Scholl were executed by the Nazi regime on February 22, 1943.  These young people were part of the White Rose movement of Germans who resisted Adolph Hitler.  They put their lives at risk to oppose Hitler and, in giving their lives, stood for those Germans who refused to yield to madness of the Nazis.

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20:31

Regulated use of drugs less harmful than alcohol "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Just after 10am Sunday @wallacelchapman talks to @ProfDavidNutt. The outspoken UK drug expert argues for regulated access to any drug less harmful than alcohol, including cannabis and Ecstasy. And he says LSD can treat depression. #drugs #drugreform #Mentalhealth pic.twitter.com/LayzVL6pSD Sunday Morning (@RNZSunday) February 23, 2018 This is the graph that caused all the fuss []

20:30

Anne, are you on the right side of the leadership vote? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Anne Tolley had better make sure she is on the right side of the leadership vote on Tuesday, otherwise she may find her political future is shorter than she expects. A poll conducted in her electorate shows where the loyalties of her voters lie, and it isnt with the people she has previously supported when []

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20:26

Hipkins rush to change education "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Chris Hipkins was critical of the last Governments ideological approach to education policy, but he seems to be trying to  fast track his education ideology. The incoming government rushed in one education policy: Make the first year of tertiary education or training fees free from January 1, 2018. They were under pressure to do it []

20:00

Last letter from Kurt Pfund: Eminent artist chose PNG as his home "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Chimbu Warrior (Kurt Pfund)
Chimbu Warrior (Kurt Pfund)

BILL BROWN

SYDNEY - Kurt Pfund (1935-2017) was born in Switzerland and lived, worked and played in Brazil, Canada and the Caribbean before finding his way to Papua New Guinea.

He was lured there by the ambition to become a crocodile hunter. Instead he developed an abiding love for the country and its people which he expressed through his paintings and his writing.

Kurt was already a significant artist and had held several successful exhibitions at an international level when I first met him in 1973.

He had also published two books, Islands of love: portrait of the Trobriand Islands (paintings and text by Kurt Pfund) and Legends of Papua New Guinea (paintings by Kurt Pfund, text by Jack McCarthy). His studio was on a five-acre property at Sapphire Creek.

We saw a lot of Kurt until we went our separate ways after Independence in 1975. Kurt returned to Switzerland and we returned to Australia for a while. The Sapphire Creek property became an official residence.

We kept contact over the ensuing years, exchanging letters, emails and telephone calls. We visited Kurt in Switzerland several times and he joined us in Sydney for the millennium celebrations in 1988.

In 2012, Kurt published a collection of anecdotes, Titbits von damals: Zeitrume-Zeittrume (Titbits of yesteryear: Periods of time) and he continued to worry about the threats to PNG of global warming and rising oceans. He had lived on the Mortlock Islands off Bougainville for a month in 1973.

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19:51

Different views on the Iranian non-handshakes "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There are contrasting views on the Iranian handshake incident this week at NZ Herald. Heather du Plessis-Allan: Labours no-shake ballsy and deserves respect Two men deserve to be singled out for services to women this week. Theyre Labour MPs Kieran McAnulty and Rino Tirikatene. On Thursday, their fellow Labour MP Jo Luxton found herself in []

19:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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19:23

Possible pressure on business tax plans "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In October Jacinda Ardern said that the Government would consider lowering the company tax rate for small to medium business owners. NZH:  Jacinda Ardern to consider tax breaks for small businesses as minimum wage is set to rise Prime Minister-designate Jacinda Ardern says she will ease the pressure of higher wages on small- to medium-business []

19:15

Has your sub EXPIRED? Need help? "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 or be because your credit card has expired or be because you have removed your credit card details from Paypal. or be because of insufficient funds If you want to update []

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19:00

Truly those whom the Gods wish to destroy they first make mad "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In the video Jordan Peterson sets out his opposition to recent Canadian legislation on use of gender pronouns and is challenged over his views. His fellow debaters deploy some reality weird arguments and statements to support their case. makes you question how they got to be academics

19:00

Sunday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

A screaming song is good to know in case you need to scream. 

19:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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19:00

Cyber ghosts & false hopes: Sam thought revolution would be easy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sam Basil
Sam Basil - social media didn't do for me what it promised

SAM BASIL | PNG Today

PORT MORESBY - Enough time has passed to discuss the issues at the centre of my recent decisions [to move from opposition to government]. I did not take any steps without considerable thought of the future of my political party and my country.

I spent each day imagining the wishes and aspirations of millions of people who advocated for revolutionary change in Papua New Guinea in 2017. I knew that my job was to deliver on some of the dreams expressed to me in emails, blogs, and private conversations and even in popular songs.

However, when everything was said and done many hundreds of thousands of people did not follow through with the support that appeared to be pledged to me mainly through social media.

I too was misled into believing that the growing rhetoric would match the end result.

Like any other Papua New Guinean ahead of the 2017 general election, I had expectations and high hopes for a result I knew I had worked vigorously to achieve with few resources.

I too rested my hopes on the support of millions of people who embraced my messages. I optimistically led a team of committed people who witnessed the expanding crowds and teams of women and children who rallied around our campaign to grant this country the change it was longing for.

I was there I led the charge. But this spirit was not reflected in votes.

My district and my people sacrificed politically so that I could be the voice for the entire country. The people of Wau-Bulolo District accepted the limitations of having their MP in opposition for two terms.

They understood that the resources that developed their infrastructure and delivered services to them came from my own innovation and my willingness to find new and creative ways to access funds and roll out programs in my district with very limited resources from opposition.

Today many voices and faces that were given a chance to commit to lasting change are criticizing my recent decisions and direction. Importantly, I too had......

18:53

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 110 Answers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The eighth quiz of 2018 can be done by scrolling down to February 21.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers below.     What is a billabong? (a water hole/creek)   Which 20th century US president had the middle name Milhous? (Richard Nixon)   Bob Jones []

18:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The boss of Australian weightlifting has demanded that Kiwi transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard be banned from the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games because she has an unfair advantage over female rivals. [] Ultimately, it is our strong view that weightlifting has always been a gender-specific sport, male and female, not a competition among individuals of various levels of []

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18:30

Rubio bought and paid for "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) participates in a town hall about the Parkland high school mass shooting and wont commit to rejecting campaign contributions from the NRA.

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Ann Telnaes WAPO

18:22

The Cultural Revolution hits a Canadian university: grad student teacher bullied for promoting free discussion in her class "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Yet another example of a university oppressing free speech because somebody chose to be offended. Not entirely surprised it was in Canada, although this plague is everywhere these days, eg Auckland University where the students association seeks to oppress those with different views

Why Evolution Is True

Wilfred Laurier University is a public university in Waterloo, Ontario, and has just become the target of international opprobrium after its persecution of a graduate teaching assistant became public this week. The teaching assistant, 22 year old Lindsay Shepherd, is now one of my heroes for standing up for the principles of free speech and pushing back against the bullying of her professors and the University who want Suppressed Speech.  Here she is:

Lindsay Shepherd. Photo by David Bebee

What happened? Well, as reported by several sources, including the Globe and Mail, Shepherd, a graduate student pursuing a masters degree in cultural analysis and social theory, was teaching a tutorial on language to first year students when the subject of personal pronouns arose. As you may have heard, this year Canada passed a federal law that added gender identity and gender expression to the Canadian Human Rights Act (Bill

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18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is doughboy (noun) 1. A piece of bread dough that is rolled thin and fried in deep fat. 2. An American infantryman in World War I. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : U.S. soldier, 1864, American English, said to have been in oral use from 1854, or from the []

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18:07

"Fukushima Update 2/24/2018: 16,363.65 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

Updated February 24, 2018: Fukushima Equals 16,363.65 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow; There is No Place On Earth to Escape the Rad: The 3 melted-through cores of the destroyed reactors, now melted together into a single "corium" totaling over 600 tons, at Fukushima daily release the radioactive equivalent of 6.45 Hiroshima bombs directly into the atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean. As of February 10, 2018 - 2,537 days since the disaster began - this equals the detonation of 16,363.65 Hiroshima atomic bombs and it is still going strong, with no end in sight, considering that the half-life of uranium-238 is about 4.47 billion years and that of uranium-235 is 704 million years. Ther...

18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 25 19 Putting confidence in an unreliable person in times of trouble is like chewing with a broken tooth or walking on a lame foot.

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17:20

Media watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

25 February 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 []

17:15

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.

17:10

Open Forum Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

25 February 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 []

15:58

The Clear and Present Danger of Trump "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

His weekend Twitter outburst calls into question his ability to discharge his powers.

President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang, Nov. 11, 2017.
President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang, Nov. 11, 2017. PHOTO: JORGE SILVA/AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE/GETTY IMAGES

In business, it is said, the customer is always right. Politics is more complicated, because citizens are called upon to be more than consumers.

The people commonly intend the public good, Alexander Hamilton wrote in Federalist 71, but their good sense would despise the adulator who should pretend that they always reason right about the means of promoting it.

In November 2016, 46% of the American people made a mistake, elevating to the highest office in the land a man incapable of discharging its duties. Now our country and our friends around the world are wrestling with the consequence...

15:48

Korea, import radioactive Fukushima fish, WTO demands "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This Associated Press video says about itself:

31 July 2015

South Korea is banning imports of all fishery products from Japans Fukushima region because of what it calls growing public worry over radiation-contaminated food that has reportedly prompted a sharp decline in fish consumption.

The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said on Friday that it made the move because of Tokyos uncertain progress on stopping contaminated water from flowing into the ocean and worries about how the clean-up will advance.

This measure is due to the publics growing concerns regarding the fact that hundreds of tons of polluted water, coming from the recent accident scene of Fukushima nuclear disaster, is flowing into the sea everyday, said government spokesman Shin Joong-don on Friday.

Seoul imposed a partial ban on Japanese fish following the March 2011 earthquake that led to the meltdown of a nuclear reactor in Fukushima.

The new measure now includes all fishery products from Fukushima and seven other nearby Japanese prefectures.

Japan has acknowledged that...

15:02

A Larger Role for Midwives Could Improve Deficient U.S. Care for Mothers and Babies "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Via: ProPublica: In Great Britain, midwives deliver half of all babies, including Kate Middletons first two children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. In Sweden, Norway and France, midwives oversee most expectant and new mothers, enabling obstetricians to concentrate on high-risk births. In Canada and New Zealand, midwives are so highly valued that theyre brought in []

12:05

World watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

12:01

February 25 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

138 The Emperor Hadrian adopted Antoninus Pius, effectively making him his successor.

1570 Pope Pius V excommunicated Queen Elizabeth I.

1778 Jos de San Martn, Argentine general and liberator of South America, was born  (d. 1850).

1793 George Washington held the first Cabinet meeting as President of the United States.

1797 Colonel William Tate and his force of 1000-1500 soldiers surrendered after the Last Invasion of Britain.

1836 Samuel Colt received an American patent for the Colt revolver.

1841  Pierre-Auguste Renoir, French painter, graphic artist and sculptor, was born  (d. 1919).

1845 George Reid, fourth Prime Minister of Australia, was born (d. 1918).

1861 Rudolf Steiner, Austrian philosopher and educator, was born (d. 1925).

1870 Hiram Rhodes Revels becamethe first African American to sit in the U.S. Congress.

1873  Enrico Caruso, Italian tenor, was born  (d. 1921).

1890 Dame Myra Hess, English pianist, was born (d. 1965).

1890  Vyacheslav Molotov, Soviet politician, was born (d. 1986).

1901 Zeppo Marx, American actor, was born  (d. 1979).

1901 J.P. Morgan incorporated the United States Steel Corporation.

1908...

11:24

In Americas absence, Japan takes lead on Asian free trade "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

At a time when Japan is doing more than ever to uphold the post-war international system, it is an extreme historical irony that Imperial Japans Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere is finally being achieved.

Japans leadership towards getting, on March 8, signatures on the final agreement of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), also known as TPP 11, will be a big step towards Asian regionalisation without the United States.

By default, Japans World War II ambition of Asian cultural and economic unity free of Western powers looks close to fruition.

Yet Japans core plan had always been for TPP, and the Asia-Pacific, to include the US until President Donald Trumps withdrawal.

Since the war, Japan has for the most part conceived the ideal regional framework to be an Asia-Pacific fusion in partnership with the US. Refusal to participate in initiatives excluding the US, such as the East Asia Economic Caucus, has been paired with support for US-inclusive frameworks, such as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and East Asia Summit.

The guiding principle was to keep the US in Asia. However, the inauguration of TPP 11 marks the creation of a new, Japan-led pan-Asianism.

Japans chief trade negotiator, Mr Kazuyoshi Umemoto (centre), with other Japanese delegates at the TPP senior leaders meeting in Sydney last year. Japans core plan had always been for TPP, and t...

11:05

Hyperloop Prototype Unveiled "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Virgin has revealed the design for the pods in their high speed Hyperloop One system, displaying a prototype pod as part of the United Arab Emirates Innovation Month. The prototype boasts a futuristic interior, leather seating for 10 passengers and high definition TV screens. The pods will become part of a transport service in Dubai []

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10:46

Study Raises More Serious Questions About The Christchurch Earthquake Who Knew It Was Coming And Why? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By Peter Drew  A report by the New Zealand Earthquake Commission adds to speculation and mysteries surrounding possible foreknowledge of the Christchurch earthquake in 2011 PART ONE What really happened with the Christchurch earthquake which decimated the city in February 2011? Is there more to this disaster than many people realise? Did some people know []

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10:46

Broncos v PNG Hunters Trial Match live updates "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

We are delighted to bring the live updates of Lae Snacks Tigers v Fiji Aviators Melanesian Cup and PNG Hunters vs Brisbane Broncos Trial Match  from the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby. 

We are using twitter feeds for this live updates. Follow the feed below. 



Live feed ended;

Final Score

Lae Snack Tigers  38  beat   Nadi Aviators 22  - Melanesian Cup

Brisbane Broncos 26 beat PNG Hunters 12 - Trial Match


10:43

Police Graduates told to put people first "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

243 graduate probational police Constables were told to put people first before their own interests.

Thats from Civil Aviation Minister Alfred Manase when speaking to the graduates as the guest of honour and reviewing officer after the parade.

The probational constables completed basic recruit training with a parade at the Bomana Police College today to commence to the next phase of 18 months training at the advanced skills branch or Competency Acquisition Programme (CAP) units.

The parade by the Constables Training Wing Intake 1 2017 signified the completion of six months training in the areas of:

-Basic Elements of law & GBV
-Police and Court procedures & Human rights
-Conflict resolution & First Aid
-Community Policing & Report Writing with Physical Skills

The Constables will now undergo the CAP units before confirmed and appointed to the rank of constable in the constabulary through police gazettal notice by the commissioner. PNGFM

10:25

Virtue Signaling as a Vicious Circle "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Worth reading

Science Matters

A recent article reveals how perverse is the trendy pattern of virtue signaling. Ron Ross observes examples of this growing substitute for ethical behavior, adding perspective and raising concerns. His essay at the American Spectator is The Power and Prevalence of Virtue Signaling  Excerpts below with my headings, bolds and images.

Puzzling Events Explained by Virtue signaling

One key to understanding much of the bewildering behavior we see around us is to recognize the power and popularity of virtue signaling. Keeping virtue signaling in mind will help you understand a lot of behavior that otherwise makes no sense.

What, for example, is the point of removing Confederate statues or attempting to disown the countrys Founding Fathers because some were slave owners? It makes sense if your objective is to be sanctimonious. You make yourself feel better by looking down your nose at Thomas Jefferson.

Virtue signaling is the modern

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10:11

NZ - Is fluoridation still a problem? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Is fluoridation still a problem?

February 23, 2018 - By Adrian Erickson

Apparently, it is. People in New Zealand are worried about the constantly changing and updating information on fluoridation.
They believe, that despite the other bigger problems in the country, this can be easily solved.
The new wave of panic has appeared after the series of different researching were made on fluoridation.
One research from the USA suggests that water fluoridation is responsible for lower childrens IQ. Other study claims that fluoridation effects thyroid function, whatever it may be.
According to Professor Paul Connett, whose article 50 Reasons to Oppose Fluoridation provoke new wave of concerns among New Zealanders, there has never been randomized trial which can prove the safety of fluoridation.
Paper says that fluoride which is used in New Zealand is industrial chemical, and not natural. It is toxic, and often contains different heavy metals in it.
While dentists believe that there are benefits for teeth, Health Ministry has published data, according to which over 40 percent of children suffer from dental fluorosis.
Ministry does not recommend fluoride in tablets. Meanwhile, they continue to add fluoride in water. According to official calculation, 500 ml of water is equal to one tablet of fluoride.
Doctor John Colquhoun, an ex NZ Principal Dental Officer, even wrote official statement where he confesses that he has changed his mind about fluoride in the water and its benefits.
People in New Zealand believe that fluoridation of water must be stopped until it will not pass official random trials and its effectiveness will not be proved by specialists.

10:01

Submission to ARPANSA on the draft Code for Disposal of Solid Radioactive Waste "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Submission 1 to  Code for Disposal of Solid Radioactive Waste (RPS C-3) By Noel Wauchope, 24 Feb 18

Regarding the type of radioactive wastes discussed

The big change in this Code is that it now applies to all types of disposal facility meaning that higher level nuclear wastes are planned for. The draft Code states on page 9:

Australia has no high level waste (HLW) and is unlikely to possess any in the foreseeable 108 future

But the plan is obviously to include reprocessed nuclear wastes returned to Lucas Heights, from France, where they are classified as High Level Wastes, not Intermediate Level Wastes (ILW) The vitrified waste we received back from France has a radioactivity over one Billion Becquerels per gram (one GigaBq/gr). France considers this High Level Waste http://inventaire.andra.fr//2006_summar/files/docs/all.pdf

Many people are aware of the approx 10 cubic metres reprocessed spent fuel classed as ILW & returned from France in 2015. Not more generally known is the fact that there is much much more ILW destined for temporary storage above ground (contrary to IAEA best practice) in the proposed repository

Currently there is no official determination about what is actually to be accumulated there hence the delay in remediating the leaking drums at Woo...

09:24

Uncensoreds 50th Issue Is Now Available! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Is The Earths Axis Shifting? What Mainstream Media Wont Tell You about Niburu! This issue features the near totally suppressed story of the Earths axis shifting since 2004, something that is helping to create massively disruptive climate irregularities on Earth. In our new issue we ask Why? Obvious to anyone paying attention, []

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08:30

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The North Otago A&P show used to be held on a Wednesday in November, with shops and many businesses closing at lunchtime and primary schools having a day off.

Over the years fewer businesses and shops closed, schools had other calls on their time as did many of those who used to flock to the show. Numbers attending, and entering competitions dwindled until the committee decided change was needed and moved the show to Friday and Saturday in February.

Crowds havent returned to those attracted in the 1900s but in spite of more than 100 mms of rain forcing the cancellation of the horse jumping and the ground being soft to soggy underfoot, a good number turned out today.

The weather was mild, it was hard to go more than a few metres without running into someone we knew and it was a good opportunity to catch up with people.

It was a relaxing day for us but Im aware that events like this depend on a  big effort from a team of volunteers and Im grateful for the work they do.

07:32

Donna Clarke Finding Balance "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Crafting in stone and bronze By Kate Hartmann Donna Clarkes Finding Balance, a small show of bronze and Oamaru stone works, opens at Tutere Gallery and Creative Space on Sunday March 11. Donna will be here from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm to not only talk about her work but also to demonstrate some of the processes []

06:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You dont have to stay on topic in these posts like you do in all others. Feel free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. If you havent tried it before, signing up for a Disqus account is free, quick, and it is easy. New []

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05:40

The website of UFO Research Queensland Incorporated "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Dear readers,

I am running a couple of days late with this post, due to illness in the family. This week I am continuing my look at the websites of Australia's major UFO groups. Last time it was UFO Research (New South Wales) Incorporated and the UFO & Paranormal Research Society of Australia. Today it is the website of UFO Research Queensland Incorporated. 

UFORQ for short, states on its website that it was established in 1956 and is Australia's oldest UFO Association. There are seven tabs on the home page, namely 'About Us;' 'Sightings;' 'Meetings;' 'Resources;' 'Shop;' 'Blog' and 'Join UFORQ.'

I started off by reading the history of the group under 'About Us.' I should say histories, as there is a short section titled 'History' and a much longer section titled 'A brief history.' I think someone needs to edit this section of the website.

Here we also find out some of the motivation of the group. '...we want to be there when the great body of hidden information is finally brought into the public domain...' Unfortunately, there is no definition provided of what exactly this 'hidden information' might be (I suppose its hidden after all!) Nor is there any indication of who the group thinks might hold this knowledge. It all reeks of conspiracy theory.

My main  interest is not in the body running a website, but in the quality (or otherwise) of the data on it. So I next took a look at the 'Sightings' tab. Here you can either report a sighting or take a look at sighting reports post 1997. This is disappointing as the groups' excellent research works of the 1950's and 1960's - the heyday for unknown Australian sightings, is not available to us here.

As with the sightings area for the websites of the previous two groups, there appears little to no analysis of the sightings. No attempt to provide mundane explanations for the 95% of UFO reports which are universally recognised to be explainable. This is a great disappointment to me.

As...

05:20

The Dam Busters "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

What's happened to Peter Jackson's movie?

Does anybody know?

I haven't seen any commentary or news about this project for a long time.

I sincerely hope when the film is completed, Mr Jackson resists the PC Nazis and calls the bloody dog by it's proper name. 'Nigger.'

05:00

Whaleoil MSM world news quiz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Would you be interested in creating this quiz for Whaleoil on Apester once a week? Contact sb at whaleoil.co.nz

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04:39

ON JUSTIN TRUDEAU "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Seems like Jacinda's best friend has made a right pig's arse of himself during his self prolonged visit to India .... you can read it all here and here and here.    When they laugh at you it's bad.

Does happen though when you start believing you are God's gift to mankind and can do no wrong.

Meanwhile Trudeau's personal popularity and that of his Liberal Party continues to drop with the Progressive Conservatives picked to topple the the Liberals in Ontario where they've held power since 2003 while, in Quebec, the Coalition Avenir Qubec, is favoured to oust the Liberals there too later this year.

04:30

Abbott comes out swinging against his critics "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tony Abbott won his boxing debut at Oxford in 45 seconds. His opponent was on the deck for almost as long. In his short, but very successful career, Abbott also took out a marine and a Sandhurst military cadet. As a politician, Abbott was likewise a formidable pugilist. After his Liberal party colleagues squawked in []

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04:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Bewray  betray; expose; disclose, divulge; point out.

04:00

Trump jumps onto the ban wagon "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Guest Post: Trump jumps onto the ban wagon. On the subject of banning is disappointing to see President Trump falling for the ban panacea in directing the AG propose regulations to ban all devices that turn legal weapons into machine guns. While extreme gun haters like Pelosi & Schumer constantly screech for bans they never []

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03:30

The castrati of the gelded age hate themselves, so you should too "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In Robert A. Heinleins 1964 novel, Farnhams Freehold, he describes a contemporary white American family suddenly transported to a future run by virulently racist black Muslim slavers. While the hero and heroine fight for their freedom, other characters willingly undergo castration in order to live as pampered slaves. Theres not much subtlety in Heinleins message: []

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03:13

Super 15 Kicks Off In Style "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Thriller at Forsyth Barr By Roger Childs The days of cricket giving way to rugby and other winter sports about Easter are long gone. The Black Caps have a limited over series and a couple of tests against the English coming up, but Super 15 always starts in late February. (Two matches were played in []

03:00

Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

No Other Way To Say It from ONE at Optimus on Vimeo.

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02:30

Who am I? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  Guest Post: WHO AM I? I was born Nimrata Randhawa on 20 January 1972 This remarkable woman is also known as Nimrata Nikki Haley. She was born into an Indian American Sikh family. She had always been called Nikki by her family. Her father Ajit Singh Randhawa, and mother Raj Kaur Randhawa, emigrated from []

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02:21

We Want Water Sovereignty for Australia! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

While the process of formulating the MDBP was long and fraught with governance issues, the four affected states (QLD, NSW, VIC & SA) agreed to implement it in 2012 for the health of the river and its many and diverse communities and uses.

It appears that lobbying from Big Ag in particular the cotton industry, which by its own admission uses a staggering 26% of all Australian agricultural irrigation water and then exports 99% of their product resulted in the proposed amendment to take 70GL out of the system further upstream instead of retaining this resource downstream as environmental flows.

Withdrawing more water upstream against community sentiment is deeply flawed and a rejection of the tenets of water sovereignty because its allowing commercial use to quite literally ship our scarce water resources overseas for profit.

When we export cotton, rice, beef, wine any agricultural product we are exporting our water.

Environmental flows control the timing, quality, and volume of water flows to sustain river ecologies and the communities that depend on them. Calling them environmental seems to be part of the problematic discourse that allows governments and the media to pit greenies against farmers, instead of enabling a holistic discussion that acknowledges the importance of healthy river ecologies to all life, including that sustained by farmers.

Removing a further 70GL of environmental flows for the benefit of cotton farms and other big water users (Im looking at you, rice farms) is a threat to the very existence of those downstream. Broken Hill is running out of clean drinking water the issue is critical, and not even about the more complicated questions around water rights for commercial activities and how to balance these with ecological health, recreational use, and basic human needs its the basic human need at stake here.

In a related but separate current issue around the MDBP, works have commenced to run a pipeline from the junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers at Wentworth 300km north to supply fresh drinking water to Broken Hill which f...

02:12

The boondoggle "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When considering the Shane Jones fog descending on the media, please read this rational analysis

croaking cassandra

Earlier this week, Kiwirail released its most recent half-yearly financial result.  Once again, the taxpayer was poorer for their operations.   They make great play of a modest operating surplus but I rather liked this summary table from their latest Annual Report

kiwirail

In other words, no returns to shareholders at all; in fact losses in one year of a third of the (periodically replenished) shareholders funds

Last year, they had operating revenues of $595 million, and an overall loss of $197 million (much the same as the year before).  So roughly a quarter of their overall costs are not covered by income.   As an organisation   and with all due respect to the energies of individual employees (including the five earning in excess of $500000 per annum) it has all the appearance of being a sinkhole, absorbing more of the scarce resources of taxpayers each year.

And

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01:35

To 24 February past week in Australian nuclear news "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Not much has changed this week: the simmering North-Korean -USA nuclear continued to simmer  quietly while the Winter Olympics were on: the global nuclear waste anxieties ratcheted up a little.

We got an insight into Donald Trumps mindset about how to deal with  teenage gunmen, (or anyone difficult?) . He suggests giving bonuses to teachers who carry guns into the classroom. As a former teacher, I shudder to think what might happen in some classrooms with a bunch of obstreperous kids.

Climate change: global sea level rise is inevitable, but more emissions will make it worse. Arctic temperatures soar 45 degrees above normal, flooded by extremely mild air on all sides.

AUSTRALIA

NUCLEAR.  The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency asks for submissions,  by 2nd March, on its draft Radioactive Waste Disposal Code.  So far, theyve published 16 submissions, all opposing the planned nuclear waste dump, except for one, from Denise Carpenter (  member of the Barndioota Consultative Committee....

01:30

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science appoints giant American corporation AECOM to assess nuclear waste dump sites "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

AECOM   (formerly known as AECOM Technology Corporation) is an American multinational engineering firmAECOM traces its origins to Kentucky-based Ashland Oil & Refining Company,

Successful Tenderer To Conduct Site Characterisation    2 February 2018

Successful tenderer to conduct site studies.

THE Department of Industry, Innovation and Science today announced AECOM is the successful tenderer to assess technical suitability of sites being considered for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

The site characterisation works that they undertake under the contract will be conducted on all three of the nominated sites, currently being considered: two in Kimba and one at Wallerberdina Station..

AECOM was the successful tenderer of five applicants, based on factors including its engineering and radioactive waste management experience, combined with specific experience operating in South Australia.

Radioactive waste is currently stored in more than 100 locations around Australia, and the Site Characterisation is part of Phase 2 of a process to establish a single, safe facility to consolidate the waste.

The facility will be the permanent repository for Australias low level radioactive waste, and it will also temporarily store our intermediate level radioactive waste

While these assessments are underway, our extensive community consultation will continue.

Additionally, within the next week we will see the closing of applications for the Community Benefit Program for both communities, on Monday 5th February 2018.

We have the right experts...

01:30

The Ballad of Stan Graham "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  Stan Graham was a man as rough and tough as guts From down Hokitika way, He had a steely stare which meant beware Or so the old cockys used to say, And he was always out working and swinging an arm Even in the hard driving rain, But he never ever seemed to make []

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01:20

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science to set up another pro nuclear Economic Working Group (EWG) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Kimba residents to be involved with nuclear economic investigation https://www.eyretribune.com.au/story/5241635/kimba-residents-to-be-involved-with-nuclear-economic-investigation/

Kimba residents have the chance to be directly involved in investigating economic opportunities and issues relating to the proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility.

As part of the Department of Industry, Innovation and Sciences ongoing consultation, an Economic Working Group (EWG) consisting of local community members will be established to consider the proposal.

 The department is asking community members who want to get involved to submit an expression of interest.

Working group members will consider how economic benefits could be realised, or issues addressed, if Kimba is selected as the location for the national facility.

Opportunities that could come from the facility may include contracting works in construction, ongoing work during operation, and flow on roles in everything from the service industry to tourism.

Head of the National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Taskforce Bruce McCleary said the project had economic potential.

This project has potential to generate significant local economic opportunities and this committee will give locals the chance to directly explore that, he said.

We know that local community members are best placed to highlight where there are local opportunities, and where more opportunities need to be created.

Members of the Economic Working Group will work with the Kimba Consultative Committee and the departments project team to discuss the ways the proposed facility could enhance the local community.

The committee members will also be tasked with identifying any economic activities that could be impacted by the facility.

...

01:19

Landmark Swedish Court Judgment against Nuclear Waste Repository "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Landmark Swedish Court Judgment against Nuclear Waste Repository: Read the English Translation  http://www.dianuke.org/landmark-swedish-court-judgment-nuclear-waste-repository-read-english-translation/

MKG, the Swedish NGO Office for Nuclear Waste Review has made an unofficial translation into English of the Swedish Environmental Court opinion on the power industrys Nuclear Waste Company SKBs license application for a final repository for spent nuclear fuel in Forsmark, Sweden.

The court said no to the application because it considered that there were problems with the copper canister that had to be resolved now and not later. The translation shows the courts judicial argumentation and why it decided not to accept the regulator SSMs opinion that the problems with the integrity of the copper canister were not serious and could likely be solved at a later stage in the decision-making process.

The main difference between the courts and the regulators decision-making was that the court decided to rely on a multitude of scientific sources and information and not only on the material provided by SKB. It had also been uncovered that the main corrosion expert at SSM did not want to say yes to the application at this time that may have influenced the courts decision-making. In fact there appear to have been many dissenting voices in the regulator despite the regulators claim in the court that a united SSM stood behind its opinion.

The court underlines in its opinion that the Environmental Code requires that the repository should be shown to be safe at this stage in the deci...

01:13

America puts a good-looking young woman as nuclear weapons chief "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

She may be very smart, and even have a bit of integrity. I hope so. But are we here seeing the macho nuclear weapons lobby copying the nuke nukes gimmick of appointing a good-looking young woman to front their dangerous operation?

First woman in history takes helm of US nuclear weapons arsenal, Washington ...

01:04

Ok Tedi workers advised they were sacked because of illegal stop work "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The National aka The Loggers Times | February 22, 2018

THE workers of Ok Tedi Mining Ltd sacked on Tuesday were advised in their termination letters that they had taken part in an illegal stop work. A copy of the letter obtained by The National yesterday dated Feb 20, 2018, read: This letter is to inform you that you had participated in an illegal stop work and was absent from duties on Tuesday 20th of February 2018.
As stipulated in our Terms and Conditions of your employment employees resorting to withdrawing their labour or restricting other employees from working will have their employment terminated.
There will be no recourse to appeal. The company is therefore terminating your services effective immediately and you will be advised of your repatriation arrangements.
The letter was signed by the manager mine maintenance and endorsed by acting manager human resources John Kalu. It was copied to Susan Songoa, the senior workplace relations adviser, and Harold Duigu, the manager human resources.

01:00

Are some benefit fraudsters more equal than others? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Guest Post: Yesterday Chelsea Hibben and John Roberts were sentenced in the Napier District Court after pleading guilty to benefit fraud and using a document to obtain a pecuniary advantage.   Both received 5 months of community detention with curfews between 6 pm and 6 am with Hibben receiving an additional nine months of supervision and []

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00:59

Urgency of USAs nuclear waste problem Diablo Canyon Power Plant as an example "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Are Australias radioactive waste experts paying attention to the issues raised here?   The so-called Intermediate Level Wastes (ILL) from Australias Lucas Heights nuclear reactor will face the same problems, albeit on a smaller scale, as Diablos.

What about the type and strength of canisters transporting highly radioacyive wastes from spent nuclear fuel rods?

What about the risks of transport accidents, over a 2000 km trail, past towns?

What about setting up interimnuclear waste dumps -, without any final deep repository existing to become stranded nuclear waste dumps?

...

00:47

MILITARY PLUTONIUM To be manufactured at Hinkley "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 MILITARY PLUTONIUM To be manufactured at Hinkley

The charade of Atoms for Peace, Dr David Lowry , 23 Feb 18, Atoms for Peace ( in reality a cynical project promoting  US  global nuclear technology  dominance launched by President Eisenhower at the UN in New York in December 1953)   using a special atomic train  taking nuclear scientists around the country promoting nuclear power.

But it was a charade. The first public hint came with...

00:41

Lawsuits against USA agencies and companies, over Widespread radioactive contamination in St Louis, Missouri "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

HBO documentary, Atomic Homefront at St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

Lawsuits: Widespread radioactive contamination in north county
The lawsuits seek relocation and financial awards for thousands of people
ksdk.com  Grant Bissell, February 22, 2018 

00:35

Tesla big battery results suggest local storage better than monster projects RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

New analysis says performance of Tesla big battery shows advantages of distributed storage rather than a single monster project like Snowy 2.0.

via Tesla big battery results suggest local storage better than monster projects RenewEconomy

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Battery storage: Are Australian households about to charge into market? RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Further rises in Australias already ridiculously high grid prices, South Australian incentives, and the first battery storage manufacturing plant in the country suggest the battery storage market is about to take off.

via Battery storage: Are Australian households about to charge into market? RenewEconomy

00:30

Guardian angels who deserve our thanks "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Israeli PR machine, if there actually is one, does a pretty stink job. Israels public profile is not rated important enough for serious attention. They just dont care what the rest of the world thinks of them. Presented as the monster of the Middle East, Israel is constantly berated by the UN, labelled a []

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00:14

Alluvial Mining To Be Reserved For Locals "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Post Courier | February 22, 2018

Alluvial mining is now [to be] reserved for Papua New Guineans according to the Minister for Mining Johnson Tuke.

This will also see for regional alluvial (small scale) mining schools to be established in the country and the sector to be funded by the government.

Mr Tuke made this announcement in Milne Bay province during the 2018 alluvial and small scale mining convention and Exposition.

This exposition is a regional initiative of the Esaala district development administration in partnership with the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA), and supported by the Milne Bay Provincial Government.

Since taking office as the Mining Minister, I have been passionately attracted to the growth of the alluvial industry.

My desire is to help Papua New Guineans to train professionally and acquire necessary skills and knowledge on how to mine the alluvial exceptionally well and build up the wealth capital to be able to engage productively in the exploration and mining stages of...

00:11

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS TRUSTEE CALLS FOR FIRING OF CEO

 Honolulu Civil Beat - February 20, 2018

A board member for a state agency dedicated to helping Native Hawaiians is calling for the organizations chief executive officer to step down in light of a damning state audit alleging widespread misspending.

The Office of Hawaiian Affairs is a semi-autonomous state agency that manages a $600 million trust for the benefit of Hawai`is indigenous people.

A state audit recently revealed both the chief executive officer and the members of the Board of Trustees have spent millions of dollars without proper oversight and rules.

OHA Trustee Keli`i Akina, a fiscal conservative, issued a press release Tuesday calling for the removal of Kamana`opono Crabbe, the organizations chief executive officer.

The audit found Crabbe sometimes overrode staff recommendation to approve expenditures. In 2015 and 2016 Crabbe exceeded his discretionary budget for sponsorships by more than $300,000, Akina wrote.

Failure to act decis...

00:00

View From Your Window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Hi Whale Oil, This is a pic from my car window at the rest stop at Inangahua Junction, Buller Gorge on 9 January 2018 at 10.00am. If you think that you have the perfect competition photo please send it to window@whaleoil.co.nz.  Put Competition photo in the subject line. []

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00:00

Saturdays smiles "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A whale swims all day, only consumes fish and water, and is fat.

A rabbit eats only vegetables, runs and hops all day long, and only lives 5 years.

Meanwhile a tortoise doesnt swim, doesnt run and does nothing energetic, yet it lives for 450 years.

And you tell me to eat well and exercise?

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23:36

Did Mueller Withhold Evidence From Michael Flynn? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

JONATHAN TURLEY

440px-Michael_T_FlynnThe court order for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to share exculpatory evidence with former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn has raised intriguing questions about whether evidence might have been withheld from Flynn before his plea deal.  As I stated on air, I do not believe that the issuance of this order by Judge Sullivan should be assumed as evidence of any second thoughts by Flynn. As I state in my column below in The Hill newspaper, I do not see a real option for Flynn in trying to undo his plea deal. However, the disclosure of the evidence could raise questions for Flynn.

Here is the column:

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23:32

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The items on A2 were most interesting. Not anything I had cottoned onto previously

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A2 Milk now a $10B company, eclipsing Fonterra as investors bet on bullish   Rebecca Howard:

 (BusinessDesk) A2 Milk Co is now more valuable than Fonterra, even though the milk marketers sales amount to less than 3 percent of the dairy giants, as investors bet it will continue to beat expectations.

A2 shares jumped 18 percent to $13.87 on the NZX and are trading at more than 50 times forecast per-share earnings the highest price-to-earnings (PE ratio) of any company on the NZX 50 Index. The market capitalisation of a2 has jumped to $10.1 billion, exceeding the $9.76 billion value of Fonterra based on the $6.06 price of the shares that trade in a farmer-only market on the NZX. . . 

NZs largest dairy genetics supplier gets behind A2 market:

Herd improvement and agri-technology co-operative LIC welcomes the announcement from Fonterra and The a2 Milk Company

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23:30

The murder of Rene Duckmanton "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A noticeable lack of grace, empathy and professionalism has once again been displayed on the Stuff news website in its recent reporting into the murder trial of Christchurch woman Rene Duckmanton. Apparently, the reporter in question, Sam Sherwood, seems to find nothing wrong with further besmirching the name of an innocent woman whose only apparent []

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23:27

Whitianga and Cave Creek "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There could have been a tragedy By Carol Sawyer Eugenie Sage, Lou Sanson please remember Cave Creek and do the honest thing by the people of Whitianga whose crime was to not want their water, land and wildlife poisoned. Remember Cave Creek ? Turns out Denis Marshall, Minister of Conservation at the time, actually []

23:23

Social Concerns Notes February 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

7000 positions still unfilled at government health centres
February 12, 2018 The National
PAPUA New Guinea has more than 7000 positions still vacant at Government-run health facilities in the country. According to the 2016 annual health report tabled in parliament last week by Health and HIV/AIDS Minister Sir Puka Temu stated that out of the 17,878 positions available in government-run health facilities, only 9985 positions were occupied.The report said the number of vacancies were due to many reasons, which included funding constraints, rural-urban migration, shifting from clinical to administration and sometimes remoteness of rural health centres which did not attract health workers. Another reason is that the country has only one medical school that produces only 50 doctors a year, so from 2010 to 2016 only 316 doctors graduated, the report said. Also from 2010 to 2016, only 1364 nurses graduated and 2326 community health workers graduated in the country.The report said that the country had only 446 registered medical officers of which 421 were in government-run health facilities.The National Capital District has the highest number of health workers with more than 15 per cent of the total population of the health workforce practising at the Port Moresby General Hospital, followed by Central. And Hela has the lowest with only one per cent of the health workforce practising in the province, the report said.
Better development alternatives (Letters Post Courier, 29 January)
I support the call by one Alphonse Roy to ban all logging operations in PNG (Post-Courier, December 22, 2017). There are now better development alternatives for our forest resources. Consequently, there is no need for landowners to pursue an outdated development option like logging. We can do forest conservation to mitigate climate change and benefit through climate funding. A tree is now worth more money standing than dead, so it is worthwhile to conserve our forests and attain more social, economic and environmental benefits than to earn a few lousy kina from a cubic meter of wood.The Managalas Plateau, an area of 360 thousand hectares in the Oro Province, has recently been declared a biodiversity conservation area along with Yus in Morobe Province. So biodiversity conservation is no longer a myth in PNG but a development option that promises more than just the preservation of peoples culture and natural environment.The Rottock Bay landowners of Kandrian-Gloucester in West New Britain Province are now calling on the PNGFA to action recommendations of an audit that was carried out on logging operations in their forests. They claim they are owed millions of kina by the developer, having been paid in part or not at all since 1991 for many of the development benefits.If the benefits of 60 per cent for infrastructure and the collective 40 per cent levies for education, business, agr...

22:35

The present review considers the literature on the effects of botanicals on BDNF. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

PMID:  Neural Plast. 2017 ;2017:5965371. Epub 2017 Dec 31. PMID: 29464125 Abstract Title:  Botanicals as Modulators of Neuroplasticity: Focus on BDNF. Abstract:  The involvement of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) in different central nervous system (CNS) diseases suggests that this neurotrophin may represent an interesting and reliable therapeutic target. Accordingly, the search for new compounds, also from natural sources, able to modulate BDNF has been increasingly explored. The present review considers the literature on the effects of botanicals on BDNF. Botanicals considered were(L.) Pennell,L.,L.,Maxim.,(L.) Kuntze (green tea),L.,L.,L. (olive oil),C.A. Meyer,L.,Bunge,L.,(L.) Dunal, and(L.) Britton. The effect of the active principles responsible for the efficacy of the extracts is reviewed and discussed as well. The high number of articles published (more than one hundred manuscripts for 14 botanicals) supports the growing interest in the use of natural products as BDNF modulators. The studies reported strengthen the hypothesis that botanicals may be considered useful modulators of BDNF in CNS diseases, without high side effects. Further clinical studies are mandatory to confirm botanicals as preventive agents or as useful adjuvant to the pharmacological treatment.

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22:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A2 Milk now a $10B company, eclipsing Fonterra as investors bet on bullish   Rebecca Howard:

 (BusinessDesk) A2 Milk Co is now more valuable than Fonterra, even though the milk marketers sales amount to less than 3 percent of the dairy giants, as investors bet it will continue to beat expectations.

A2 shares jumped 18 percent to $13.87 on the NZX and are trading at more than 50 times forecast per-share earnings the highest price-to-earnings (PE ratio) of any company on the NZX 50 Index. The market capitalisation of a2 has jumped to $10.1 billion, exceeding the $9.76 billion value of Fonterra based on the $6.06 price of the shares that trade in a farmer-only market on the NZX. . . 

NZs largest dairy genetics supplier gets behind A2 market:

Herd improvement and agri-technology co-operative LIC welcomes the announcement from Fonterra and The a2 Milk Company about their new partnership as it prepares to launch a new team of elite A2 bulls supported by genotype testing that allows farmers to determine the A2 status of each of their animals.

As the countrys largest supplier of artificial breeding services, LICs bulls are responsible for up to 80 per cent of the cows grazing on dairy farms around the country. LIC has been providing farmers with A2 genotype testing for more than 15 years from its laboratory in Riverlea, Hamilton. Its first A2 bull was made commercially available to farmers for AI in 2002. . .

Shearers plan marathon session to support mental health organisations Emma Dangerfield:

Before Mark Herlihy lost his brother to suicide two years ago, mental health was not something the family had needed to discuss.

There had been no signs, no-one had seen it coming.

Were a really bubbly sort of family, Mark said of his parents and seven other siblings.

Michael was just 20. He and his brothers had been preparing for a shearing record, which may have put him under a bit of pressure, but nothing they would have attributed to such a dramatic event. . . 

22:30

RNZ Country Life: Sustainable food production "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Niva and Yotam Kay produce an astonishing 8,000 kilogrammes of vegetables a year from their quarter acre or 1000 m2 vegetable patch in the lush Kauaeranga Valley near Thames.

And they say they can do better.

Last year the tiny market garden grossed sales of $85,000. Now the young couple is aiming to hit $100,000.

Yotam says they farm bio-intensively; giving a lot to the plants and the soil and receiving a lot in return.

The couple grows dozens of lines of vegetables and herbs and once one crop is harvested, another is immediately planted.

Up to six crops might be harvested from the one bed in a season.

Because we are not using tractors or machinery we have the beds closer together, the paths are small so we can yield a lot more per square metre than a big farm, Niva says.

The couple, who try to live as self sufficiently as possible, met while studying peace leadership and environmental studies in the desert in their home country, Israel.

They spent years travelling; visiting eco-villages, intentional communities and permaculture projects.

Basically we took courses in education, environmental economics and lawand we thought whats the most important thing we can do for the planet?' says Niva.

It was, everybody eats and the food system is broken. We need to learn how to grow amazing food in a regenerative  way and thats what we did.

22:30

Book review of the day: The Fighter "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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22:21

WOT A CRACKER OF A GAME "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

to start the Super Rugby season in NZL.   Congrats to both the Highlanders and the Blues.

Now if the ODI against the Poms  is as good as that I can go into Sunday without too much to worry about with the Chiefs sure to smash the Crusaders ... only joking.

Then on Monday morning (our time) go the Cains over the Bulls. 


22:00

Auckland Council spending on overseas travel "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Auckland Council spends a lot of money on overseas travel. Auckland Mayor Phil Goff wants council bosses to end business class travel and fly premium economy on long flights. The revised rule comes as a Herald survey of overseas travel by the chief executives and leadership teams of Auckland Council and the six council-controlled organisations []

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21:30

21:30

Dear straight Cam "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Guest Post: Dear straight Cam, Being a reputable gay man and having helped the so-called gay community in the past, I am becoming profoundly embarrassed about all the ridiculously pathetically absurd political correctness you addressed in your alphabet soup article, et al akin. When the now-called gay pride movement started back in the 70s, it []

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21:15

Review: 538 on the gun debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

As a gun owner I am often asked whether anything can be done in the US about guns, and I am not sure there is a good answer. The combination of partisanship, enthusiasm from the pro gun lobby and the ruthlessly efficient NRA means that it is not easy to see a route for legislative change.

Fivethirtyeights podcast gives the best recent analysis of the problem facing gun reform proponents, analyses the data, the debate itself, and what possibly could happen. It is well worth listening to if you want to understand how difficult gun reform is going to be.

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21:04

One year on "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A year on. Who'd have thought it'd take so long. But how much we have learned. Probably the most educative year of my entire life. Would I recommend it? Not if making money is the goal.


Some before and after shots:





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21:00

Studies Show Treating Depression with SSRI Drugs May Sabotage Your Well-Being "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Anna Hunt, Staff Writer
Waking Times

Mild depression. Situational depression. Anxiety. These dont seem like the types of psychological problems that would lead to aggression, addiction and suicide. Yet, that is exactly whats happening more frequently than ever before.

Thriving Mental Health Market

When Prozac came out in 1988, it was supposed to make everyone happier. Eli Lilly sold us on the idea that Prozac will solve depression and a host of other mental problems. What really happened is the reverse!

Americans went from spending $38 billion on mental health in 1988, to a staggering $201 billion in 2013. Health Affairs, which reported the latter statistic, found that this is more than Americans spent on any other condition.

Even in 2001, when Eli Lillys Prozac patent expired, Statista reports no drop in overall cost, even with cheaper rival drugs available on the market.

Today, more people are taking SSRI drugs than ever before. It is estimated that one in four Americans will experience a mental health condition at some point in their life. If Prozac and all the other flavors of SSRI drugs were working, why are things getting worse?

Side-effects of Treating Depression with SSRI Drugs

A more-disturbing trend surfaces when you take an in-depth look at the effects that SSRI drugs have on people, especially youth.

In a New Zealand study, researchers Read et. al. surveyed 1829 adults who were taking antidepressants. They asked about the side-effects that the individuals experienced. Heres what they found:

Eight of the 20 adverse effects studied were reported by over half the participants; most frequently Sexual Difficulties (62%) and Feeling Emotionally Numb (60%). Percentages for other effects included: Feeling...

21:00

Trade at any price? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hamish Price seems to be intimating that if there is money to be made then we should bend over and take it up the bottom rather than expect our guests to show respect for our culture, customs and the fact that our women have equal rights in our country. Remarkably, instead of commenting on how []

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20:39

Quote of the Day: Music is ... "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


"Music is the cup which holds the wine of silence.
Sound is that cup, but empty.
Noise is that cup, but broken."

~ musician Robert Fripp, in an interview with 'Musician, Player, and Listener' magazine
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20:30

Compare and contrast "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Judith Collins appeared on Seven Sharp speed dating with Jeremy Wells: and there were Simon Bridges and Amy Adams: All candidates were asked and only Judith Collins accepted, until Judith did her appearance. Then they all piled in badly. I mean Tom Cruise? Seriously? And sharing a toothbrush?   -TVNZ

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20:01

Guilty of importing drugs, not guilty of assisting suicide "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In a topical trial in Wellington Susan Austen  has been found not guilty of assisting suicide, but guilty of illegally importing drugs that can be used for suicide but can also be used for alleviating suffering. ODT (NZH): Euthanasia campaigner acquitted of aiding suicide Wellington woman Susan Austen has been found not guilty of []

20:00

Matthew Hooton on the Stockholm Syndrome inside National "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Matthew Hooton writes at NBR: Judith Collins is obviously the best candidate to lead National in opposition but she will be trounced on Tuesday. Stockholm Syndrome afflicts the National caucus. For 10 years, its members have been kept in a straitjacket by a party leadership in total control. As an overwhelmingly popular prime minister, John []

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20:00

Is PNG a lynchpin in Chinas expansion into the Pacific? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Phil Fitzpatrick at mic
Phil Fitzpatrick

PHIL FITZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY - In the ongoing debate about governance in Papua New Guinea and the internal and external forces influencing it, we tend to make certain assumptions as if they are foregone conclusions requiring no further examination.

One of these is that PNG is a very small fish in an extremely large pond and is irrelevant in terms of global geo-politics.

From this we then assert that it has no role in wider events such as globalisation and the rise of China.

Im not sure this assumption is necessarily true, especially when one begins to examine the motives and methods used by the key players in these power struggles.

Late last year both the USA and Australia released strategy documents that attempted to define Chinese ambitions and suggest ways to deal with them.

These documents all concluded that China is a revisionist power that wants to displace the USA in the Indo-Pacific and, using predatory economics, reorder the region in its favour.

Neither the USA nor Australia wants this to happen but both are unsure how to prevent it.

China maintains that its intentions are wholly peaceful. Its chief strategy seems to be finding weaknesses in the affairs of places of interest to it and infiltrating itself into them. This sort of strategy is often called soft power.

The USA, in contrast, has often used its military might to get what it wants. If the Chinese strategy is called soft power the USA strategy could be characterised as hard power. These kinds of opposing forces dont work well together.

Rather than sending in tanks and missiles China prefers to compromise the ruling elites in nations of interest so it can influence the political process and, among other things, entrap the nation in debt exactly what it is currently doing in PNG.

And it doesnt just involve PNGs politicians and business elites, it includes the churches and other institutions like universities.

For instance, a Christian Chinese website in Austr...

19:54

The tech cooperative making tech for good less outlandish "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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When Sion Whellens, a client services director from communications cooperative Calverts, met with Outlandish to help them craft a new way to do business in December 2015, he found Murphy and the other members were already operating as a co-operative. 

Tech tends to bring together people with high level skill sets, so its easier to establish equality, Whellens says. Particularly, the way tech people think in terms of agile projects can be applied to governance. They do project management on Trello or Vimeo day in day out, so that kind of thinking is already familiar.

Outlandish based their organisational structure on the Enspiral Foundation, which started as a group of computer programmers in New Zealand who wanted to put more time and energy into making a positive social impact. Enspiral has grown into a range of ventures, all dedicated to using their time and energy to have a social impact.

[...]

Rather than partners or shareholders extracting profits from the company through huge salaries and dividends, Outlandish members are paid what they consider a fair rate. This ranges from 150 to 350 a day much lower than other private tech companies with surplus going into a fund that members then decide how to spend. In 2016, 5,000 of that surplus went into building the school cuts website.

Read the rest at The Independent

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19:52

National party leadership contest "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

After a lot of initial media attention the contest to become the next National Party leader and Leader of the Opposition seems to have become more of an in-house affair. This isnt surprising given that the contenders only need to convince enough of the 56 National MPs top vote for them. It is now expected []

19:45

Stanford Gender Research Director Declares Space Exploration To Be Another Example of Male Entitlement "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Another example of barking mad statements from activists and denizens of academia

JONATHAN TURLEY

as11-40-5875hreditWe previously We discussed recent publications by academics arguing that math is a form of white privilege and male domination.  Now, Marci Bianco, the communications manager of Stanford Universitys Clayman Institute for Gender Research, has found a new manifestation of patriarchy: space exploration.  In the article on NBC.com, Bianco declares that the patriarchal race to colonize Mars is just another example of male entitlement.  The efforts reveals a Columbusing attitude. The movie The Martian will now be renamed The Patriarch.

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19:30

RNZ Checkpoint: EQC Changes an ominous portent? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Earthquake Commission Minister Megan Woods has announced an independent advisor will be sent in to EQC, at the same time confirming Sir Maarten Wevers has resigned. John Campbell speaks to them both.

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/ckpt-20180223-1708-changes_ahead_for_eqc_as_chair_resigns-128.mp3

There are potentially some concerning issues here:

  • precisely why are these claims unsettled ?
  • who will be the independent adviser?
  • who will be the new chair of EQC?
  • what directions will the minister be giving and why?
  • will it affect EQC ability to obtain reinsurance and / or the terms of that reinsurance ?

On a broader issue are we seeing  an even greater trend towards overt politicisation of government boards and agencies. Already Health Minister Clark has clearly signalled to DHB chairs that it is his way or the highway. Now this. All governments do this to an extent, but potentially this one seems more overt and very prone to crossing the governance boundaries.

Which agency or board will be next RNZ? NZTA? TVNZ?

Where is openness and transparency in all this?

So time will tell if the portent is ominous!

19:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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19:23

Gates to plead guilty "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

ABC News: Former Trump aide tells loved ones of plans to plead guilty, cooperate with special counsel President Donald Trumps one-time campaign aide Richard Gates has told family and close friends in a letter sent this morning he plans to plead guilty Friday in the special counsels criminal case against him, setting up the potential []

19:15

Debate on guns in US schools "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Parkland, Florida shooting last week has stirred up debate about access to firearms and gun violence, a major problem in the United States. From the Gun Violence Archive 2018: Total number of incidents 7,803 Number of deaths 2,138 Number of injuries 3,651 Deaths from mass shootings 34 Deaths from defensive use 224 Unintentional shooting []

19:15

If you want to UPDATE, UPGRADE or CHANGE any details this post has all the links you will need "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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19:00

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.

 

Why Music?

I Music is a science

II Music is mathemtqacial

III Music is a foreign language

IV Music is history

V Music is physical education

VI Music is all these things, but most of all, music is art.

That is why we teach music: not becasue we expect you to major in music.

Not because we expect you to play or sing all your life.

But so you will be human.

So you will recognise beauty.

So you will be closer to an infinit beyond this world.

So you will have something to cling to.

So you will have more love, more compassion, more gentleness, more good in short, more life.

19:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No []

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19:00

Belt and Road to nowhere: Chinas incoherent aid in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Graeme Smith
Dr Graeme Smith

GRAEME SMITH | The Interpreter

CANBERRA - At the tail end of this months episode of The Little Red Podcast, a show I host, Jo Chandler shares a story from her visit to Manus in 2014, when she caught up with Powes Parkop, a native Manusian, current governor of Port Moresby and one of Papua New Guineas most respected politicians:

Manus Harbour was absolutely enormous; it was almost the scale of Pearl Harbour. MacArthur won the Pacific out of Manus. Strategically, it was this enormous resource a million American military went through this tiny little place toward the end of the war and this PNG politician [Powes Parkop] is pointing out to me it wouldnt take too much work to clear some of that rubbish off and youd have those lovely runways back, and if Australias not going to help us out, Im pretty sure the Chinese might like to ... Just put that in your newspaper for me will you?

With this single anecdote, Chandler captures how chance, accident, and a willing Pacific partner can shift the geostrategic game.

When Concetta Fierravanti-Wells railed against Chinese aids white elephants and roads to nowhere in the Pacific, part of her frustration was with the speed and surprise attached to these projects.

Ironically, this feeling is shared by many Chinese diplomats in the Pacific, who often along with their Pacific counterparts first find out about projects in the morning news.

One project that fits squarely in that category is the Pacific Marine Industrial Zone (PMIZ) in Madang, my vote for the worst of more than 200 Chinese aid projects in the Pacific.

When the project was first announced as one of four PNG projects funded by China Exim Banks 2006 Concessional Loan Facility, the economic rationale was clear: PNG needed modern canning facilities to capture more value from tuna caught in its waters. Ten canneries were to be built.

A decade later, there are no canneries, only an access road, a fence, and a gate that cost $1 million.

The PMIZs backstory is murky. I...

Trump Toon "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Donald Trump Jr. dismisses criticism about his India trip, where prospective buyers of Trump Tower condos pony up $38,000 for a conversation and dinner with the first son.

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18:30

RNZ Checkpoint: Susan Austen Cleared "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/ckpt-20180223-1716-susan_austen_cleared_of_euthanasia_charge-128.mp3

There were loud cheers outside the High Court in Wellington today as euthanasia advocate Susan Austen was cleared of involvement in another womans suicide.

18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is decadent (adj) 1. Being in a state of decline or decay. 2. Marked by or providing unrestrained gratification; self-indulgent. 3. Often Decadent Of or relating to literary Decadence. (noun) 1. A person in a condition or process of mental or moral decay. 2. Often Decadent A member of []

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18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 24 19 Dont fret because of evildoers; dont envy the wicked.

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17:52

Find or Create a Chapter or Affiliate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

World Beyond War allows volunteers to create (and assists in the creation) of new local organizations that we call World Beyond War chapters. If you cant find one near you below, you can create one. Its easy!

We also let existing organizations become affiliates. You can do that too. We do not include as affiliates groups that support war or other major forms of violence or injustice. But we do not expect to agree on every topic with every affiliate. An affiliate must be an organization working with us on ending war. If your organization or business wants to endorse ending war without becoming an affiliate, please sign here.

You can also vounteer to be a Country Coordinator.

Heres are some resources and guidelines for chapters and affiliates.

CHAPTERS, AFFILIATES, AND COUNTRY COORDINATORS:

Afghanistan
Country Coordinator: Samira Abrar
Affiliate: Rehabilitee Organization for Afghan War Victims

Australia
Country Coordinator: Robert Salerno

Cameroon
Chapter: World Beyond War Cameroon

Canada
Country Coordinator: Bob Fantina
Chapter: World Beyond War St. Johns
Chapter: World Beyond War Toronto
Affiliate: Canadian Peace Initiative
Affiliate: Anutek Developments Inc.
Affiliate: World Without Fear

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Affiliate:...

17:20

Media watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

24 February 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 []

17:15

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.

17:10

Open Forum Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

24 February 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 []

16:33

Woman severely injured after being bitten by shark off Sydney, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A woman is severely injured after being bitten by a shark off the coast of Sydney. The swimmer was in the water at Congwong Beach in La Perouse at 7pm on Friday when she was attacked by what is believed to have been a shark. In the wake of the attack, the local council has announced all beaches in the area will be closed on 'for at least Saturday'. The woman, who is aged in her 50s, was taken to St George Hospital where she is being treated for severe lacerations to one of her legs. A NSW Ambulance spokesman said it was unclear what species of shark had bitten the woman.

15:56

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, February 23, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tropical forests DRC reissues logging concession licenses, violating its own moratorium (Mareeg). NGOs charge that reinstated logging rights in DRC are on peatlands (Nasdaq/Reuters). No-deforestation pineapples available from Costa Rica (UNDP Green Commodities Programme/PR Newswire). The Amazon rainforest is nearing a tipping point, scientists argue (Science Advances). We have the tools to stop global deforestation, UN official says (UN News). Assessing the state of the Amazon (Ensia). How tropical trees withstand droughts in the Amazon (UCR Today). Drilling down into satellite data to understand seasonal changes in the tropics (Brookhaven National Laboratory/Phys.Org). Illegal avocado plantations discovered in Mexican butterfly refuge (Los Angeles Times). DJ races to record forest sounds before theyre gone in Indonesia (VICE News). Has forest certification failed to protect forests? (Yale e360). Brazil nears a decision on drilling by French oil company Total in the Amazon River basin (Reuter). Other news Investment firm BlackRock to demand contributions to society from supported companies (The New York Times). Scientists claim to have found the worlds ugliest animal in the deep ocean (The Straits Times). Vegetarian and vegan diets could help cut climate-warming emissions by 70 percent (AccuWeather). A profile of modern climate-change activists (The New York Times Magazine). Animals increasingly hemmed in (The New York Times). Pangolins saved in a vehicle crash in Thailand (The Nation). Satellite data reveals the state of Antarcticas ice flow (NASA/Phys.Org). Extinction cascades possible with increasing biodiversity loss, new study finds (University of Exeter/Phys.Org). New research reveals decades of warming in the Pacific near

14:46

Sustainable Population Australia comments on Tony Abbott and Peter Dutton on migration "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australia has no coherent population plan other than to inundate the major cities with people. Instead of a well though-out population policy, the strategy has been to stoke overall economic growth to support big business. This suits the property industry and retailers but GDP per capita growth is stagnating while ordinary Australians are worse off.

Peter Dutton and Tony Abbott have both recently called out for a reduction of immigration to Australia. To quote Mr Abbott: "At the moment weve got stagnant wages, unaffordable housing, clogged infrastructure and there is no doubt the rate of immigration impacts on all of these things.

We support Mr Abbott's comments but it's unfortunate he didn't consider this while he was Prime Minister. Australia is suffering cumulative economic and environmental damage from unconstrained growth.

It is incorrect of Peter Dutton to suggest that in the Labor years the number peaked at about 305,900 in one year which was an enormous number, weve got that number down now below 190,000

While it is true that net overseas migration (NOM) which includes both permanent and temporary long-term residents peaked under Labor (at 315,700), it was still running at 245,500 as at the year to June 2017.

Most importantly, Peter Dutton failed to mention that Australias permanent migrant intake has never been higher than under this Coalition Government, set at nearly 210,000 a year currently.

Currently 60% of Australias growth is skilled migration whereas the humanitarian intake is less than 10%.

Foreign aid has also been significantly cut whilst the coalition has been in power. This is particularly true for overseas family planning services and the access to education that is required to empower women to choose the size of their families.

Paul Hawken, who was the keynote speaker at Melbournes Sustainable Living Festival, stated that family planning and access to education are together the most significant global responses to addressing climate change.

SPA calls for a fundamental change to population policy that addresses population issues both nationally and globally. This should involve reducing total migration to around 70 000 per a...

12:31

Giacometti Exhibition Art Gallery New South Wales 2006 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Giacometti
Giacometti
Sculptures, prints & drawings from the Maeght Foundation
Art Gallery of New South Wales
18 August until 29 October 2006

One of the most original and inventive artists of the 20th century

The Art Gallery of New South Wales brings to Australia for the first time an exhibition of some 79 works by Alberto Giacometti. Renowned for his relentless investigation of the human figure and his unique and singular vision, Giacometti stands beside Picasso and Matisse as one of the towering masters of 20th century art.

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The 35 sculptures, 22 prints and 22 drawings in the exhibition span the two most intense phases of Giacomettis career the surrealist period from 1929 to 1934 and the post World War II period from 1947 to 1965, when he produced the thin and unnaturally elongated figures for which he has become best known.

The works have been drawn from the Marguerite and Aim Maeght Foundation in the south of France, which holds one of the most significant collections of Giacomettis work. In 1947 the Maeght family opened a gallery in Paris specialising in modern French art and were passionate advocates of Giacomettis work, holding exhibitions in the 1950s and early 60s. Aim and Marguerite Maeghts remarkable collection, which also includes work by Bonnard, Braque, Matisse, Miro, Chagall and Calder, is now on permanent display at the Maeght Foundation in Saint-Paul in the south of France.

Edmund Capon, director of the Art Gallery of New South Wales and curator of the....

12:05

World watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

12:01

February 24 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

303  Galerius, Roman Emperor, published his edict that began the persecution of Christians in his portion of the Empire.

1387  King Charles III of Naples and Hungary was assassinated at Buda.

1538 Treaty of Nagyvarad between Ferdinand I and John Zpolya.

1582 Pope Gregory XIII announced the Gregorian calendar.

1607  LOrfeo by Claudio Monteverdi, one of the first works recognised as an opera, premiered.

1711 The London premire of Rinaldo by George Frideric Handel, the first Italian opera written for the London  stage.

1739 Battle of Karnal: The army of Iranian ruler Nadir Shah defeated the forces of the Mughal emperor of India, Muhammad Shah.

1786 Wilhelm Grimm, German philologist and folklorist, was born (d. 1859).

1803 The Supreme Court of the United States, in Marbury v. Madison, established the principle of judicial review.

1804 Londons Drury Lane Theatre burnt to the ground, leaving ownerRichard Brinsley Sheridan destitute.

1822 The 1st Swaminarayan temple in the world, Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, Ahm...

12:00

1964 250 GT/L Berlinetta Lusso "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Only 350 Ferrari 250 GT Berlinetta Lusso were manufactured by Ferrari; they were produced from 1963 to 1964, and the rarity accounts for the 7 figures they regularly fetch at auctions. The car below, #275, was recently auctioned at Sothebys for $1,682,500. It has a 240 bhp, 2,953 cc SOHC aluminium V-12 engine with three Weber

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11:55

Midnight Movie: Sophie Scholl The Final Days remembering The White Rose "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Based on a true story of The White Rose a group of Germans who stood against the Nazis in Germany and paid with their lives.

09:47

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Highlanders 41 Blues 34.

A win of the match and the Gordon Hunter Memorial Trophy is a wonderful way to start a season and brighten a Friday and Im grateful for it.

08:46

Podiatric Laboratory Orthotech Podiatric Laboratory "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Otrhotics manufacturer and supplier in Australia, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, and South East Asia.

08:16

Barnaby Joyce quits as Australian deputy prime minister and National party leader "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Barnaby Joyce has finally caved under pressure and sensationally stepped down as leader of the Nationals and as Deputy Prime Minister.

After a tumultuous month for the beleaguered politician, Joyce announced his resignation in a dramatic press conference in Armidale this afternoon.

Pressure has been mounting on Joyce ever since it was revealed that he had an affair with his staffer Vikki Campion, who is now his partner. They are now living together and their baby is due in April.

The member for New England confirmed he would remain in the seat but would be moving to the backbench

Can I say right from the start, this is never about me, he said in the press conference. Its about the person in the weather board, something that manifestly expressed what the National Party is about.

Its about the person in many places, their right to transcend through the economic and social stratification of life.

Joyce said it has been an incredible privilege to serve as Deputy Prime Minister of Australia.

It went from bad to worse for Joyce this week. Thursday, he denied claims of sexual harassment against him as spurious and defamatory as he faces fresh questions about an 11-day road trip he undertook in December.

The Deputy PM said there has been a litany of allegations none of which have been sustained.

Might I say right here, any person in any political party always says, the leaking, the backgrounding, all that, it will destroy not only our government, it will destroy any government, he said at the press conference today.

Now, might I say, with the last allegation that was in the paper today, I have asked that be referred to the police. Ive asked for the right of the person whos made the allegation and Ive asked for my right of defence that be referred to the police, he said.

But its quite evident that you cant go to the Despatch Box with issues like that surrounding you.

Joyce said the media attention was completely and utterly unwarranted.

He said he came to the decision to step down following the allegations describing it as the straw that broke the camels back.

Obviously, it was confirmed by the allegations that I read in the paper. I just thought that has to be the straw that breaks the camels back, he said.

Just hours ago, Nine N...

08:15

Cyber Ghosts and False Hopes "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Commentary By Sam Basil

Enough time has passed to discuss the issues at the centre of my recent decisions. I did not take any steps without considerable thought of the future of my political party and my country.

I spent each day imagining the wishes and aspirations of millions of people who advocated for revolutionary change in PNG in 2017. I knew that my job was to deliver on some of the dreams expressed to me in emails, blogs, and private conversations and even in popular songs.

However, when everything was said and done many hundreds of thousands of people did not follow through with the support that appeared to be pledged to me mainly through social media.

I too was misled into believing that the growing rhetoric would match the end result.

Like any other Papua New Guinean ahead of the 2017 General Election, I had expectations and high hopes for a result I knew I had worked vigorously to achieve with few resources.

I too rested my hopes on the support of millions of people who embraced my messages. I optimistically led a team of committed people who witnessed the expanding crowds and teams of women and children who rallied around our campaign to grant this country the change it was longing for.

I was there I led the charge. But this spirit was not reflected in votes.

My district and my people sacrificed politically so that I could be the voice for the entire country. The people of Wau-Bulolo District accepted the limitations of having their MP in opposition for 2 terms.

They understood that the resources that developed their infrastructure and delivered services to them came from my own innovation and my willingness to find new and creative ways to access funds and roll out programs in my district with very limited resources from opposition.

Today many voices and faces that were given a chance to commit to lasting change are criticizing my recent decisions and direction. Importantly, I too had beliefs in those in all electorates in PNG that are criticizing me now.

My expectation was that they were going to help me to create change with confidence. Many social media campaigners will never do anything more than sit in the luxury of a virtual reality and criticize.

They will use the thin veil of online chat rooms to analyse and theorize without ever risking anything, not even a vote in a secret ballot......

08:05

New Zealander of the year "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Congratulations Kristine Bartlett 2018 Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year. #bestofus pic.twitter.com/ChBaXKOGGI Kiwibank (@KiwibankNZ) February 22, 2018 That seems like a fair choice. her determination had made a major difference to many aged care workers by getting them decent wage rates for difficult jobs. It should also benefit many of those being care []

07:52

FAKE NEWS "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"



Dopy and Grumpy (wif one eye shut) on the 7pm nzlp election advertorial,  introduced a Jamie Strange as 'the' MP for Hamilton East who was formerly a rock muso.

Very bloody 'Strange'  I thought, didn't a certain David Bennett win the last five elections for National after binning Dianne Yates who managed to be a one term wonder when she defeated Tony Steel in 2002.
2017 Bennett[ 18975,  also-rans including The Strange one[ 16541

I guess it is a minor point if the main focus is to promote the Red team,  any need for a red radio TV station is a relevant question.

07:30

Donald Trumps incredible powers of persuasion "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Long before Trump became president my daughter showed me this video. At the time both my parents were really anti-Trump and didnt think that he had a chance since they heard nothing but bad things from the mainstream media. After watching the video they could see that he actually is a very effective communicator.

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07:22

NZ First pork or overdue help for regions? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I dont think theres any doubt that the regions have been neglected and in some cases allowed to wither by successive governments over the past thirty years. Its harder to work how much the $3 billion over three years regional development fund is an overdue investment in provincial New Zealand, and how much might be []

06:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Put that in your pipe and smoke it Chris Hipkins!    

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06:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You dont have to stay on topic in these posts like you do in all others. Feel free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. If you havent tried it before, signing up for a Disqus account is free, quick, and it is easy. New []

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05:30

Did they mislead the House? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Yesterday Adam had a post on how the Ardern calamity, aka the Labour led government,were unready for power. The main point of the post was the back-track on what had been seen as an electoral commitment by Labour.

Yet in The House

Julie Anne Genter later said Pharmac would fund $5m a year, so not a total back track, but additional questions then arise:-

  • in fact given the reference to the Pharmac Governance Manual below has a formal direction been issued if so by who and when as based on the list of delegated authorities to Associate Ministers, Pharmac is not explicitly listed as within Genters delegations as of early 2018
  • timing of the direction is crucial, was the direction after the question was raised in the media?
  • has additional funding been made available to Pharmac for this funding?
  • if not, what funding has Pharmac had to cut to make this funding available?
  • so whilst it can be argued that the electoral commitment has been met, what has been sacrificed to meet the commitment

Indeed directing Pharmac to provide the funding, if not augmented by additional funding to the agency sits very poorly with past Labour/Greens claims, aka grandstanding, that Vote Health was grossly underfunded and that they would move to increase funding. From that perspective one can legitimately claim that the Ardern calamity have danced on the head of a pin and made a truthful statement to Parliament, but have failed to deliver on the implied promise as instead of additional funding, it can be reasonably assumed that something else has been forgone

At the least more questions arise, Genters clarification has raised more questions and answers need to be given.

Crown agents l...

05:30

Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When did something start out badly for you but in the end, it was great? What weird food combinations do you really enjoy? Discuss:

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05:00

Comment of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

As successful Charter schools full of Maori students face forced closure we can only wonder if Marama Fox had a point. Did Maori parents vote for Labour en-masse? Have they run from the arms of a government that provided their Whanau with a bright future, straight back onto the arms of a Nanny state who want education []

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04:30

School uniform too expensive? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Whine, whine, whine!  Each start of the school year brings parents complaints about the cost of kitting out little Johnny Simpleton in his new school uniform. Its a rip-off, they say. When will they realize they get what they pay for? Schools choose uniforms that are fit for purpose, comfortable, durable and yes, value for []

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04:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Suggestionize   to treat or influence by the power of suggestion; prompt.

04:00

The loneliest tree in the world "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I came across this on WUWT where the climate bods are getting all excited about what a core sample told them but that is all boring.  For those of you who also like quirky facts heres one: Campbell Island is one of those places few people can point to on a map but it []

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03:30

Destroying the foundations of our culture, one holiday at a time "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

You dont have to be a church-going Christian to acknowledge the deep-rooted Christian foundations of Western society. Everything from our artistic treasures, to such fundamental principles as natural law and the rights and dignity of the individual, even despite the misinformed sneering of porch atheists the rise of modern science, sprang in large []

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03:00

Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Growth from Sil van der Woerd on Vimeo.

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02:53

Botten: 2018 a pivotal year ahead for Oil Search "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

2018 is expected to be a pivotal year for Oil Search, with many activities reaching important milestones, Mr Botten said when releasing the companys full year results for 2017 today (February 20th, 2018).

The companys net after tax profit rose 236% to $US302.1 million, buoyed by strong oil and gas prices, and record production.

Oil Search reported a net profit after tax of $US302.1 million, 236 per cent higher than the net profit in 2016, Mr Botten said.

Sales revenue benefited from the rise in global oil and gas prices, with the average realised oil and condensate price increasing by 24% to US$55.68/bbl and the average realised LNG and gas price 21% higher, at US$7.67/mmBtu. This more than offset slightly lower sales volumes, driving a 17% increase in total revenue to US$1.45 billion.

Unit production costs remained highly competitive, at US$8.67 per boe, and the Companys operating margin was a healthy 73%. Other operating costs increased from US$131.7 million to US$141.1 million, primarily reflecting the impact of higher sales on royalties, levies and selling expenses as well as a provision for redundant warehouse stock. Depreciation and amortisation charges of US$11.95 per boe were significantly lower than in 2016, reflecting the impact of higher 2P reserves following the recertification of the PNG LNG Project fields.

Speaking about LNG expansion, Mr Botten said: Productive, high level meetings were recently held between Oil Search, ExxonMobil and Total to discuss the results of the downstream development options that were received by the PRL 15 joint venture partners last December.

The partners have reached broad agreement on the preferred development concept, which will be presented to the PNG Government and other PNG LNG and PRL 3 joint venture partners for endorsement. The development concept that will be proposed is likely to comprise the construction of three LNG trains, with total capacity of approximately 8 MTPA.

Two of these trains are likely to be dedicated to Papua LNG, supplied with gas from the Elk-Antelope fields, with an additional expansion train underpinned by gas from the existing PNG LNG fields and the Pnyang field. We expect negotiations on cost sharing arrangements and the principles governing integration to commence shortly, which will enable the completion of downstream and upstream technical studies.

Oil Search expects that discussions....

02:52

Recognising Oil Searchs brilliant women in science - introducing Velencia Komun, Oil Search Graduate Geoscientist "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Recognising Oil Searchs brilliant women in science - introducing Velencia Komun, Oil Search Graduate Geoscientist


You can be a scientist too!"

Geology was considered a purely male discipline in the 1800s. During that time, women had limited access to educational resources such as libraries, and even classrooms, if men were already seated in them. Those were challenging times for women, but Florence Bascom pursued her love of science and went on to make innovative contributions to the field of geology and is considered to be the first American woman geologist.

Bascom paved the way for women everywhere, including graduate geoscientist Velencia Komun from Western Highlands, who recently joined Oil Search through its graduate development programme.

I was inspired to become a geologist after I read about Florence Bascom, the Pioneer of Women Geologists. Even though she lived so many years ago in America, her legacy lives on to this day, said Velencia who achieved a milestone for herself and her highly supportive family by graduating with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Geology from the University of Papua New Guinea.

Not only was it a significant milestone for me, it opened doors to so many opportunities, each a milestone in itself such as this opportunity I now have with Oil Search, added Velencia who has been affiliated with the Company since 2016.

Little did she know she would also create history for herself by traveling to the country where Bascom was born to experience an exciting area of geological research which included work on structural geology: something that also fascinated Bascom.

Velencia mentioned in an earlier interview that an understandi...

02:44

Akaku Upstairs Presents: Who Survived the Nuclear Bomb? The REAL story behind Hiroshima 3/1/18 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Melinda Clarke is an accidental activist who began marching to her own tune after the Three Mile Island incident in 1979. Having lived in Japan in 1964, she had a calling to move back. Not long after she arrived, Clarke took on a prophecy-fulfilling side project: She started interviewing survivors of the atomic blast in

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02:30

The system works, if youre Muslim, brown and female "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

As recently reported on Whale Oil, one-woman Muslim clownshow, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, was recently made the subject of notorious star chamber, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). Naturally, Abdel-Magied was shocked shocked at such temerity. After all, as she never tires of reminding us, shes Muslim, brown and female and, therefore according to leftist []

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02:00

Map of the day: Bastards "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Percentage Of Children In Europe Born Outside of Marriage The map shows the percentage of children in various European countries born to parents who are not married. While the map is in German, the colours are fairly obvious, the darker the red the greater the share of children born outside of marriage is. The data []

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01:46

Where to Find the Big Stock Trades "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  • Spare a thought for the desperate people of Venezuela
  • Why the good time for Qantas might not last
  • Plus, why a gain is never yours until its in your pocket
 Amidst the happy earnings season here in Australia, we should probably spare a thought for the people of Venezuela right now.

Bloomberg reports that the oil industry the only thing the country has going for it is collapsing from workers too exhausted and weak to do their jobs properly.

Thats because theyre starving. The food supply in the country is minimal and the currency has collapsed from hyperinflation. The regime there has turned the entire country into a failed state.

Its just another tragic example of how a country blessed in natural resources can be reduced to penury under autocratic government.

Poverty is never the natural state of the world. There are only three things we need to create wealth: Land, labour and capital. Only the idiocy of manmade laws and corrupted human nature can turn a country as resource-rich as Venezuela into what it is today

Will China move to save Venezuela?

And yet we hear so little about this. Surely this is a humanitarian crisis? But there no whispers of regime change or help, as far as the powers that be are concerned.

They dont seem to mind interfering everywhere else, so why not here? I have no idea. Presumably, theres no geopolitical significance to Venezuela.

That might say something about the oil industry right now. There was a time when a crumbling energy supply coming out of Venezuela might have caused angst in the world. But the US shale revolution is pouring out so much oil and gas that the US has the luxury of not caring quite so much.

Im not sure how long such a benign state of affairs can last. One concern is that the ongoing tension in the Middle East could cause oil prices to spike. The second is that China and India are going to stay very thirsty for oil in the foreseeable future.

Venezuela with no great love of the US was a handy source of supply here. Lets keep an eye on this to see if Chinese firms or the government do something to stem the chaos happening here.

Its also worth following oil right now because its possible and Im only speculating here that Qantas could be setting up as a great short at some point in the future.

I know, I know. Qantas has just announced a great profit and share buyback. It might ev...

01:34

No "breakthrough" in the Mackenzie country "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

ECan has released a report on the environmental governance of the Mackenzie basin, which they're hailing as some sort of "breakthrough":

After more than 10 years of wrangling between environmental and farming interests, a "breakthrough" report on the Mackenzie Basin proposes everyone comes together if the area is to be properly protected.

While emphasising a need for better collaboration, the 54-page "Mackenzie Basin: Opportunities for Alignment", released publicly this week, stops short of suggesting a formal amalgamation of local council and government departments.

Commissioned by Environment Canterbury (ECan), Land Information New Zealand (Linz), the Department of Conservation (DOC) and the Waitaki and Mackenzie district councils, the report recommends joint consent hearings, clearer plan guidelines, new tenure review guidelines and staff sharing among affected organisations. It also suggests all of the major agencies look into ways of managing the pressures of tourism in the Mackenzie.

Mackenzie District Mayor Graham Smith said the report was a "breakthrough".


Hardly. Because if you read the report, and in particular the issues summary table, its clear that there is a huge divergance in views between farmers (who want to profit by despoiling the area and drowning it in pivot irrigators) and everyone else. While there's obvious potential for government agencies to work more closely together to ensure that e.g. ECan's water consents don't undermine district council efforts to control land use, there's no kum-bah-yah group hug "everyone wins" moment to be found here. As the report itself notes, "a common understanding of the appropriate extent of pastoral intensification compared to landscape / ecological protection has not yet been achieved". And given that that is the central problem, this isn't any form of "breakthrough".

The central idea of the report is a drylands park to protect the natural landscape, now downgraded to a non-contiguous drylands natural heritage area because so much of it has been privatised and destroyed while they've been talking. If we're to have any hope of achieving this, then the first step has to be stopping the corrupt process of tenure review, at least in the northern part of the basin, so the government can work out what land we would need to make it happen. The good news is that the relevant portfolios are both in the hands of Eugenie Sage, so we we now have a Minister and a government which might actually be interested in doing this.

01:30

NZ teachers unions: Keep the Brown Down "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Guest Post: I was just mulling over the reasons the teachers unions hate the Charter schools and a dazzling and obvious reason came to me. I think itd make a great slogan for teachers unions T-shirts   Lets keep the brown down! as, lets face it, Charter schools are overwhelmingly helping Polynesian students, eh! Just []

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01:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Southland eyes oats instead of dairy Baz Macdonald:

Southland is looking into an alternative to dairy farming that taps into surging Asian demand, but uses less capital and water and produces less nitrates and greenhouse emissions. Baz Macdonald reports.

Agriculture represented 4% of NZs real GDP in the 2016 financial year, yet an OECD report released last year showed the sector produced half of our countries greenhouse emissions making NZ the second highest creator of emissions per unit of GDP in the world. The recommendation from the OECD was that we develop alternative measures to counter the pressures of farming. . . 

Gita: Motueka orchards hit hard Alexa Cook:

Orchards in the Motueka area have been hit hard by flooding from Cyclone Gita, prompting fears fruit will not make it to market.

The Nelson region grows a quarter of the countrys apples, and in the past week has started harvesting this years crop.

Apple and Pears Incorporated chief executive Alan Pollard said the flooding came at a bad time and was a big set back. . . 

Cyclone devastates up to 50 percent maize crops Alexa Cook:

The pressure is on for Taranaki farmers to harvest maize crops that have been flattened by Cyclone Gita, before the crop starts to die and rot.

The cyclone hit the region on Tuesday with wind gusts of up to 140km/h.

Southern and coastal Taranaki farmers have struggled with drought this summer, but conditions were just right for growing maize and a bumper crop was expected.

However, Taranaki Federated Farmers president Donald McIntyre said the cyclone might have put an end to that. . . 

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01:22

The journalist, the Human Rights Commissioner, the Prime Minister and the abuses. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By PNG Echo It is, by now, well known that, last weekend, this journalist was refused entry into Papua New Guinea (PNG) by order of the Prime Minister. It was heavy handed, provocative and ultimately an exercise in futility. May I remind the Prime Minister that there have been very successful revolutions enacted remotely the Ayotollah Khomeini effected the Iranian revolution from enforced exile in Paris, for instance.   In PNG, political revolution is not called for the government was democratically elected and ought to be free to do its job. Its the fact that this government is not doing that job; that it is falling down badly in some areas of concern affecting the human rights of half its population. The ill-fortune of women in PNG will not change (and it surely must) until there is effective political leadership with a Prime Minister whos committed to the Continue reading The journalist, the Human Rights Commissioner, the Prime Minister and the abuses.

01:19

REGARDING THE NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY summary of letter to Industry Minister Matt Canavan "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Medical Association for the Prevention of War (MAPW), 23 Feb 18  REGARDING THE NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITY (NRWMF )
1) The process is very divisive. Repeated, highly damaging processes imposed on previously cohesive communities are causing significant harms.
2) Considerable amounts of persistently misleading information have been and continue to be presented to communities. Incorrect and incomplete information does not result in genuine consent.
3) There is a failure to observe international best practice standards for the highly radioactive long lived intermediate level waste (ILW) management. There is no disposal plan whatsoever for ILW, leaving the problem for many future generations.

REGARDING THE EXPANSION OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE PRODUCTION FOR EXPORT
1) There is a lack of demonstrable Net benefit. The proposed 40 year-long expansion of medical isotope production needs genuine cost/benefit analysis to make sure this is not a heavily subsidised product being sold into the global market at the expense of the Australian community both now and in the future. Independent NEA/OECD economic modelling finds only 10-15% cost recovery of isotope manufacture when there is genuine inclusion of all costs.
2) The expansion will create 40 years of significantly increased production of ILW.
3) ANSTO has a narrative of global shortages, yet given falling demand and increasing global supply there is no shortage of Mo99. The NEA/OECD predict a significant oversupply.
4) Again, there is no plan whatsoever for disposal of the additional ILW generated.

Both processes are unacceptably flawed.

Medical Association for the Prevention of War (MAPW)  urges

* A halt to the current NRWMF process until such time as worlds best practice i...

01:11

Longterm slump in uranium industry looks like being permanent "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Very few mines could operate at a profit at current prices. Some mines are profitable because earlier contracts stipulated higher prices, while many mines are operating at a loss.

And with the cost of a single power reactor climbing to as much as $20 billion, proposals to introduce nuclear power to Australia seem more and more quixotic and are now largely limited to the far right in particular, Australians Conservatives luminary Senator Cory Bernardi and the Minerals Council of Australia.

BHP marketing vice-president Vicky Binns said in December 2017 that uranium markets would remain oversupplied for close to a decade, with downward pressure remaining on uranium prices 

Uranium industry slumps, nuclear power dead in the water  Jim Green, Online Opinion,  23 F

.These days, the market exhibits multiple levels of weirdness, all stemming from the growing acknowledgment that nuclear power and the uranium industry face a bleak future.

The uranium market has a subdued outlook and Camecos uranium is now more valuable in the ground according to Warwick Grigor from Far East Capital, because the cost of production is higher than the prices currently being offered. Camec...

00:50

Promoter of war with China to be next US ambassador to Australia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

The United States has appointed Admiral Harry Harris to be the next ambassador to Australia, after his coming retirement from military service.

This should be of serious concern, given his recent call to the American Congress to prepare for the possibility of war with China.

A war to enforce ongoing American domination in the Asia-Pacific region is wrong.  It would bring immense destruction and suffering, and the appointment of a principal champion of the military path is a provocation to China and poses a threat to Australia.

Harris claims that Chinas military might could soon rival US power across almost every domain, and assesses that Beijing aims, to control the South China Sea. What he neglects to say is that up to now, the South China Sea has been under the control of the United States naval presence. To put this into perspective. This is one of the worlds most important shipping lanes, carrying one third of world shipping,  and extends to Chinas mainland border. The Chinese see that American dominance of this stretch of water, poses a major security threat to Chinas sovereignty and international trade.

It is not so strange that China should introduce its own military presence near the border of its own home turf. How would the United States react if the Chinese sent war ships into the Gulf of Mexico? This is no different. We saw during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis that the Gulf became a United States exclusion zone, although there are a number of other nations on the borders and inside the Gulf.

Harry Harris told the House Armed Services Committee that the US and its allies should tackle Chinas rising influence. He talked about the threat to the existing international rules based order.  What are these rules, other than those imposed by the United States after the Second World War, to underline its dominant position and global policing role?

It is clear that the old rules no longer apply and that a new mechanism for the settlement of territorial disputes needs to be put in place. This needs diplomacy and not military threat.

The world has changed, and the United States is a diminishing power. This means other nations are starting to assert themselves and the age of a single dominant power has come to an end. A section of the American elite cannot stomach this an...

00:18

Broncos arrive in Port Moresby "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Brisbane Broncos team arrived today to a packed crowd waiting for them at the Jacksons International Airport, Port Moresby.
They were greeted outside the terminal by die heart fans who waited at the airport for 2-3 hours just to get a glimpse of their favourite players and offcourse the man behind the team Wayne Bennett.
Broncos Captain Alex Glenn was overwhelmed with the reception they received at the airport and he was even surprised to see a placard with his name on it.
As we were coming out, I looked up and there were hundreds of people behind the fence, I saw this small fellow holding an Alex Glenn flag and I was pretty stoked
He said he felt like a rock star walking out of the airport and the atmosphere just gave him that feeling of being an important person.
As soon as we walked out of the doors, we could hear everyone screaming, clapping and the big smile on their faces with hundreds of cameras everywhere, it was a rock star moment
Meanwhile the captain believes it will be a very physical game against the PNG Hunters this Saturday.
I played with the Cook Islands against PNG in the Pacific Test Match and they were very physical and very tough and they played with lots skills, it just not going to be an easy match PNGFM

00:14

PNG Government imposes tough penalties for Illegal Use or Possession of Firearms "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

PNG PM O'Neill
People illegally using or possessing firearms will face jail terms of up to ten years and fines of up to K10,000 under strict new laws to be presented to Parliament in April.

The Prime Minister, Peter ONeill , has announced that the National Executive Council has formally endorsed amendments to the Firearms Act that will increase penalties for offenders, and will work with the Governments commitment to modernise the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

In making the announcement, the Prime Minister said there is no excuse for the illegal use of firearms, so criminals caught with weapons will be sentenced to long periods in jail and pay a significant amount of money in fines.

I am sick and tired of reports of people illegally using weapons who are not sent to jail, the Prime Minister said.

This is not good enough for our families and our communities, so under the changes the law will get tough on weapons offenders.

The illegal firing of a gun, dealing in illegal weapons, or making homemade guns will attract a range of penalties of between one and ten years in jail, and fines of up to K10,000.

Papua New Guinea, and countries around the world, face similar problems with the illegal use of weapons, and we must take action to stop the criminals.

Our Government earlier directed an audit of penalties, and the recommendations are that we must create real deterrents to the illegal use of firearms.

So when the amendments to the Firearms Act are passed into law by the Parliament, anyone holding an illegal gun, or anyone who knows about an illegal weapon, better be ready for serious jail time when they are caught.

The same goes for any misuse of weapons that will bring hefty fines and jail time.

PM ONeill said the review of Firearms Act is also in line with the Governments program to modernise the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

A review of the entire police force is underway that will deliver recommendations for NEC to consider.

This review goes to core element...

Thursday, 22 February

22:16

Premier Jay Weatherill says that South Australias election will be a referendum on renewables "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Weatherill: Why state election will be referendum on renewables, REneweconomy, By Giles Parkinson on 22 February 2018 

20:00

The delicate balance between perception & accountability "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sam Koim
Sam Koim - public perception is not always a reflection of reality

SAM KOIM

PORT MORESBY Papua New Guinea is so politicised that even our simple-minded people are quick to perceive that every decision by any public authority is influenced by politics regardless of its merits.

So too has corruption become so rife in public life in PNG that our people tend to attribute governance decisions to an invisible hand of corruption at play.

Well, unfortunately, such is the state we have come to be in.

Those perceptions have evolved overtime with our unsavoury experiences. Every time decisions on public interest matters are made, we may unwittingly see them as possessing these biases.

We all have our personal prejudices but the one I am talking about is kind of 'national syndrome' of cynicism.

And because we immerse ourselves in such a syndrome, many who are subject of accountability inquiries easily draw out politics and corruption cards to deflect and mask the real issues.

Although these malodorous incidents may cry to high heaven for accountability, the resistance is always ingrained in this syndrome.

It happens everywhere in the world, and I have personally had many experiences to attest to it. Those who are pliable easily fall prey to such perception manipulations. Such manipulators pin our attention to peripheral issues whilst they spin themselves away from the real issues.

Public perception is healthy as it keeps government authorities in check when formal institutions fail.

The unintended consequence, however, is that it can become a source of indecision for those managing and working in public institutions.

Those who fear public perception will never make tough decisions, though the facts may be compelling. Leadership is about decision-making.

I prefer making informed decisions, uncontaminated by private or parochial interests, because that is the best defence against challenge.

19:00

PNG CEOs reveal problems & hopes: foreign exchange still critical "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Port Moresby CBD
Port Moresby CBD - CEO's say forex a big problem into third year but security & communications big improvers

KEITH JACKSON

NOOSA The annual Business Advantage International (BAI) survey of 100 chief executives in Papua New Guinea has found that the shortage of foreign exchange remains the top problem facing business in the country.

The PNG 100 CEO Survey, conducted each year since 2012, included senior executives from a representative sample of PNGs largest companies across all sectors of the economy.

Each year, the survey asks CEOs to identify the important issues they face and also provide information about anticipated profit levels and expectations for investment and recruitment in the year ahead.

For the third consecutive year, access to foreign exchange was the most significant impediment to business, being nominated by 71% of respondents as a first order issue, up from 60% in 2017.

It is considered a critical issue by 42% of respondents and very important by 29%.

Other issues considered to be critical are lack of government capacity, shortage of expertise and skills, unreliable telecommunications, and security and law and order, although telecommunications and security were said to be much improved from 2017.

However, business leaders remain generally optimistic despite the varied economic conditions. Two-thirds believe profits will rise this year, with less than 10% anticipating lower profits.

Investment and employment intentions are useful indicators of business confidence and the survey found that two-thirds of respondents were planning to increase investment this year, despite subdued economic conditions.

Over half were also planning to increase employee numbers this year.

BAI has been involved in promoting business in PNG and the Pacific since 2005. On 6 and 7 August it will host the PNG Investment Conference in Brisbane.

18:55

Amnesty International: Indonesia 2017/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

https://www.amnesty.org/en/countries/asia-and-the-pacific/indonesia/report-indonesia/

Amnesty International Report 2017/2018

INDONESIA 2017/2018

Indonesia failed to address past human rights violations. The rights to freedom of expression, of peaceful assembly and of association continued to be arbitrarily restricted. Blasphemy provisions were used to imprison those who peacefully exercised their rights to freedom of religion and belief. At least 30 prisoners of conscience remained in detention for peacefully exercising their rights to freedom of expression or of religion and belief. The security forces carried out unlawful killings and used excessive force during protests and security operations. Two men were caned in public in Aceh after being convicted by a local Sharia court of same-sex consensual sexual relations.

Background

Indonesias human rights record was examined in May under the UN UPR process. Although Indonesia accepted 167 out of 225 recommendations, it rejected, among other things, calls to investigate past human rights violations and to repeal blasphemy provisions in laws and regulations. These included several provisions of the Criminal Code and Law No. 1/PNPS/1965, which imposed restrictions on freedoms of expression and of religion and belief. 1

Impunity

Despite commitments made by the President, Indonesia failed to address past human rights violations. In February, the Administrative Court in the capital, Jakarta, overturned a decision by the Public Information Commission ordering the government to publish a report on the 2004 murder of human rights defender Munir Said Thalib, which reportedly implicated senior intelligence officers. The Court made the decision on the grounds that the current government had not received the report from the previous government. In August, the Supreme Court upheld the Administrative Courts decision.

During the UPR, Indonesia promised that the Attorney General would finalize a criminal investigation into alleged gross human rights violations in Wasior in 2001 and Wamena in 2003, both in Papua region, and forward the case to the Human Rights Court established under Law No. 26/2000. However, this had not happened by the end of the year.

Freedoms of assembly, association and expression

The authorities continued to prosecute those participating in peaceful political activities, particularly in areas with a history of pro-independence movements such as Papua. Prisoner of conscience....

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