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Sunday, 28 January

00:01

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, January 26, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tropical forests EU blamed for tardy response to death of forest activist in Kenya (The Guardian). Baby okapi to greet visitors at Los Angeles Zoo (The Seattle Times). Gabon arrests 10 in ivory trafficking probe (AP/ABC News). Higher carbon dioxide boosts flowering in tropical forests ( Florida State University). The business of forest restoration and reforestation (Digital Journal). Massacre stimulates overhaul of logging laws in Senegal (AFP/News24). Willfully ignorant consumers avoid or forget information about where the products they buy come from (Woodworking Network). Mexican activist who took on loggers murdered (Los Angeles Times). Hundreds of containers of logs seized by Brazilian authorities (Reuters). Scientists use genetic information to tease apart frog species in Gabon (Smithsonian Insider). Study tracks the biggest threats in protected areas (Thomson Reuters Foundation News). Finland under pressure to cut funding to Kenyas forest service after alleged human rights abuses (REDD-Monitor). Other news Trump administration could still seek to drill for oil off Florida (The New York Times). New emissions monitoring program takes off in France (The Conversation). Australia floats $60 million to save Great Barrier Reef (The Guardian). Tea and elephants collide in Indias Assam state (BBC news). Public and private funding necessary to meet sustainability goals: Davos report (The Guardian). Global list of invasive species will help in the battle against extinction, scientists say (The Guardian). Japan to upgrade whaling mothership in sign that the country will continue whaling (The Guardian). Early signs of bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef (The Guardian). Record-warm year

Earthquake swarm in progress along the coast of NSW, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A seismic swarm is in progress along the coast of northern New South Wales, Australia since Friday, January 19, 2018, raising fears that a bigger earthquake might hit the region. Authorities say that while they can't rule out a bigger one, they don't see it...... Read more

32 waterspouts reported off Corfu, Greece "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A major waterspout outbreak took place early Sunday, January 21, 2018 off the coast of Corfu, the second largest of the Ionian Islands, northwesternmost part of Greece. According to photographer Giannis Gasteratos, who recorded and reported the event, at least 32...... Read more

Shallow M6.3 earthquake hits near the north coast of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit near the north coast of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea at 22:47 UTC on January 26, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 40 km (24.8 miles)....... Read more

The Weekly Volcanic Activity Report: January 17 - 23, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

New activity unrest was reported for 5 volcanoes between January 17 and 23, 2018. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 13 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Kadovar, Papua New Guinea | Kusatsu-Shiranesan, Honshu (Japan) | Mayon, Luzon (Philippines)...... Read more

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Saturday, 27 January

20:30

Spot on Heather, all is forgiven "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Heather du Plessis-Allan-Soper is upsetting road maggots with her column: Finally! Someones seen the light! Cycling is not the future for New Zealand! Auckland Council has made the bold, bold move to slash its budget for cycling projects from $65 million over the next two years to only $6.5 million. Thats 90 per cent. About []

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20:00

Its a new year and Bob Jones lets rip against stupid media "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Bob Jones must have had a restful holiday break because he is back at the NBR and lets rip with an absolute pearler of a column: A classic front page, only in the Dominion-Post heading just before Christmas read, School to pay $3000 for locking autistic boy in room. I imagine most NBR readers with []

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20:00

The great Ilimo farm mystery. Where are 746 cows & their grass? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ilimo Farm
Ilimo Farm - a bit of a mystery about where all those new supplies of fresh milk are going to come from

FRANCIS NII

KUNDIAWA - The announcement by Innovation Agro Industries (IAI) at Ilimo Farm outside Port Moresby that its locally produced milk will find the shelves of PNG supermarkets next month has been received with mixed reactions.

IAI managing director Ian Weiss told PNG News that 746 cows were producing six tonnes of milk a day with production aimed to be ramped up to 12,000 tonnes a day by March.

The quality is in the taste, said Mr Weiss, Ive got years of diary experience and this is the best you can get globally.

To many Papua New Guineans, the announcement is welcome news for the local economy especially at a time when imported milk product prices are high due to the falling value of the kina and government tariffs.

Once the IAI product hits the supermarkets, it will create competition against imports, giving consumers an economical choice.

Furthermore, theres been a K100 million investment in the enterprise which has created employment for locals.

But Papua New Guineans who have been to Ilimo Farm are querying the existence of the 746 cows Mr Weiss claims are producing the milk.

They have to show us where the dairy farm and cows are, Joe Larry Chinau told PNG Today. Ilimo farm has no land for cows. Where is the milk coming from?

The last thing we need is to be putting more chemicals into our kids bodies so can someone confirm that this large herd of cows exists? he asked.

Eragairma Yal confirmed this view. Where could the cattle farm be and how could they manage to raise 746 cows? Is it indoor grazing like the hydroponic farm at Nine Mile?

Other people have raised similar concerns.

Unless its hidden up in the hinterland, there is no notable green grass for cow grazing, said AH Robin.

For the good of the company, its products and its customers, Mr Weiss should answer a straightforward question. Where are the dairy farm and its 746 c...

19:50

Obama and Clinton revisited "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

For those who complain about the attention Trump keeps getting from media, he is not the only one under ongoing scrutiny: On @foxandfriends, @AlanDersh responded to a newly-unearthed photo from 2005 showing @BarackObama posing next to "anti-American" Minister Louis Farrakhan. https://t.co/5gKnJsgIJB pic.twitter.com/dfaKXyfNu5 Fox News (@FoxNews) January 27, 2018 That is looking back ten years. []

19:40

Report: Trump Raised Possible Firing Of Deputy Attorney General In Recent Weeks "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Read some of the thread comments and despair

JONATHAN TURLEY

Rod_Rosenstein_Official_DAG_Portraitdonald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedIn the aftermath of the report that the White House Counsel Don McGahn had to threaten to resign to prevent President Donald Trump from firing Robert Mueller last June, new reports from four sources say that Trump has raised his desire to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.  The story would be particularly worrisome since many have defended the President (who denied the Mueller story) on the basis that the order was given during an early chaotic period where he made a series of missteps.  This story, if true, would suggest that the President is still considering the same type of move against Rosenstein a move that would have obvious and immediate negative impact for him and his Administration.

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19:30

Daily Crossword "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Welcome to our Daily Crossword.

Readers have requested a daily crossword and stated that the only reason they maintained a subscription to the NZ Herald or other newspapers was for a daily crossword.

We have now sourced a quality crossword provider, the same provider who provides many crosswords to media outlets for print. It is available for ALL readers who have a subscription package with Whaleoil.

Now you can safely cancel your newspaper subscription as your final remaining reason to keep it has now gone. Instead, you can sign up for one of our subscription packages and enjoy crosswords online on Whaleoil.

If demand is sufficient we can extend what we offer to other puzzles like Sudoku as well. Let us know.

The Crossword is now only available for subscribers only. 

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19:17

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 106 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

You can still do the fourth quiz of 2018 by scrolling down to January 24.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers below.   In which country was Lego first developed? (Denmark)   In 2017 Australia and South Africa had 10 Super Rugby teams. How many will []

19:15

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

If you want to update your credit card details click here. If you want to upgrade or change your subscription click here. You can easily upgrade between subscription levels at any time by visiting your account page. When upgrading your subscription, it will be prorated based on the amount you have already paid and how much time is left on your []

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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

Sunday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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.

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Marriage is not 50-50. Divorce is 50-50. Marriage has to be 100-100. It isnt dividing everything in half, but giving everything youve got. Dave Wills.

 

19:00

A sensible approach is needed to address the betel nut problem "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Parkop & buai sign
Governor Powes Parkop addresses the media in front of a sign saying: 'Forbidden: You can't sell betel nut here"

BUSA JEREMIAH WENOGO

PORT MORESBY - Social media in Papua New Guinea is again raging with debate around the buai (betel nut) ban.

This is because Powes Parkop, Governor of the National Capital District, announced a plan to reinstate the infamous buai ban.

While there is urgency to clean up Port Moresby in preparation for the APEC summit later this year, there is a lot to be desired about the national government's approach to the buai problem and, more generally, the informal economy.

Experience from last time the ban was imposed points to a critical need for a more sensible approach.

From the outset, some form of stock take needs to be done to determine the impact of the previous betel nut ban towards achieving its desired objective - which was to keep the city clean. This would provide a basis for the next steps in addressing the issue.

As taxpayers' money was used to impose the ban, the public deserve to know the full cost and benefits of its previous implementation. But to this day there has been no report provided for public perusal.

The last time the ban was imposed it cost taxpayers millions of kina, led to loss of life, resulted in the destruction of thousands of kina worth of private property and triggered abuse of power by those entrusted to enforce the law. At the end all this was ignored and it was declared that the ban had few major defects.

Port Moresby deserves to be kept clean, however this should not come at the cost of the livelihoods of thousands of its citizens.

This time, Governor Parkop and the city authorities need to take a different approach, one based on mutual understanding and shared ownership.

The government and the public (including betel nut sellers and chewers) need to work together to promote the good image of our country. The starting point should involve the NCDC reaching out to the producers and vendors and engaging them in a con...

18:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Todays face of the day is an Arty farty superior type named Nancy Spector who decided to insult the President of the United States in the most outrageous way. The emailed response from the Guggenheims chief curator to the White House was polite but firm: The museum could not accommodate a request to borrow a painting by []

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18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is wastrel (noun) 1. One who wastes, especially one who wastes money; a profligate. 2. An idler or a loafer. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Wastrel first appears at the end of the 16th century in the sense something useless or worthless; waste; by the end of the []

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18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 28 18 The blameless will be rescued from harm, but the crooked will be suddenly destroyed.

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17:20

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.

17:15

Media watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

28 January 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 []

17:10

Open Forum Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

28 January 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 []

15:11

New Year, New Turmoil as US Targets Thailand "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

January 27, 2018 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - Washington's Asia-Pacific strategy has gone from maintaining primacy over the region for decades to increasingly desperate attempts to salvage its now waning influence.


This is in part due to China's rise as an economic, military and political regional power as well as the increasing self-reliance of smaller but still pivotal Asian nations. This includes the Southeast Asian Kingdom of Thailand.  

In Washington' Shadow 

The height of contemporary US influence over Thailand was in 2001 when Thaksin Shinawatra became prime minister. His administration eagerly catered to US interests at Thailand's own expense, including sending Thai troops to participate in the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq, hosting the US Central Intelligence Agency's extraordinary rendition programme on Thai soil, attempts to sign a US-Thai free trade agreement without approval of Thailand's parliament and the privatisation of Thailand's natural resources.

He also indulged in a wide spectrum of human rights abuses including a 2003 90 day "war on drugs" that left nearly 3,000 innocent people extrajudicially executed in the streets, a 2004 crackdown on protesters in Thailand's restive deep south that left over 80 dead in a single day, the assassination or disappearance of his political opponents and a concerted campaign of fear and intimidation waged against the Thai media.

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15:11

New Year, New Turmoil as US Targets Thailand "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

January 27, 2018 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - Washington's Asia-Pacific strategy has gone from maintaining primacy over the region for decades to increasingly desperate attempts to salvage its now waning influence.


This is in part due to China's rise as an economic, military and political regional power as well as the increasing self-reliance of smaller but still pivotal Asian nations. This includes the Southeast Asian Kingdom of Thailand.  

In Washington' Shadow 

The height of contemporary US influence over Thailand was in 2001 when Thaksin Shinawatra became prime minister. His administration eagerly catered to US interests at Thailand's own expense, including sending Thai troops to participate in the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq, hosting the US Central Intelligence Agency's extraordinary rendition programme on Thai soil, attempts to sign a US-Thai free trade agreement without approval of Thailand's parliament and the privatisation of Thailand's natural resources.

He also indulged in a wide spectrum of human rights abuses including a 2003 90 day "war on drugs" that left nearly 3,000 innocent people extrajudicially executed in the streets, a 2004 crackdown on protesters in Thailand's restive deep south that left over 80 dead in a single day, the assassination or disappearance of his political opponents and a concerted campaign of fear and intimidation waged against the Thai media.

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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

January 28 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1225 Saint Thomas Aquinas, was born (d. 1274).

1457  King Henry VII, was born (d. 1509).

1521 The Diet of Worms began.

1547 Henry VIII died. His nine year old son, Edward VI became King, and the first Protestant ruler of England.

1573 Articles of the Warsaw Confederation were signed, sanctioning freedom of religion in Poland.

1582  John Barclay, Scottish writer, was born (d. 1621).

1624 Sir Thomas Warner,  founded the first British colony in the Caribbean, on the island of Saint Kitts.

1706 John Baskerville, English printer, was born  (d. 1775).

1724 The Russian Academy of Sciences was founded in St. Petersburg by Peter the Great, and implemented in the Senate decree.

1754 Horace Walpole, in a letter to Horace Mann, coined the wordserendipity.

1813 Pride and Prejudice was first published in the United Kingdom.

1820 Russian expedition led by Fabian Gottlieb von BellingshausenandMikhail Petrovich discovered the Antarctic continent approaching the Antarctic coast.

1827  French explorer  Jules Sbastien Csar Dumont dUrville  sailed the Astrolabe through French Pass and into Admiralty Bay in the Marlborough Sounds.

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10:37

An Eye For An Eye: The Holocaust Revenge Plot That Almost Succeeded "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

An extraordinary documentary by an Israeli film-maker reveals the full story of how a band of 50 Holocaust survivors almost succeeded in wreaking terrible revenge on the defeated German people. Mirror Amy Coles Screened on Holocaust Memorial Day as the world remembers the six million Jewish victims of the Nazis and the millions who []

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10:36

Labour are celebrating? They've done virtually nothing but the boss is hapu! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"



Jan 2018 is coming to and end, which will be 84 days after Labour and the Greens and NZF got married. Haven't we all being patient?

With all of their hullaballoo of pre-election promises of Ima gunnah do this, We gunnah do that .the opposition & competing parties were in hyper-drive with coming up with counter offers to the NZ public with bullshit commitments to build 200,000 Houses! More roads of Significance, Lower Taxes or trying out a bit of comedy with; how the poor are better off being less poor! And slogans of how Hard Working NZers are much better off, yaddah, yaddah, yaddah!
Thank fuck, we didn't buy it this time around . But? What did we get?

Well we didn't get to see these two return to parliament.
Mana-Maori party marriage was more like a fling, a marriage of convenience or, could it have been an arranged marriage?
The Maori party's divorce papers hadnt yet come through from the Nats but they went ahead and hooked up with Hone! Aue! Another three way!
As for the Greens & NZF. They were having to fight for their survival as their pockets were getting picked by their potential suitor party(s) in the next Government.

The new Labour Government got to have first pick due to an old mange dog named Winston Peters. He savoured the moment for a few short weeks before announcing his choice to form a government with which was Labour who then brought along the Greens to make up the numbers.

Then they all managed to make it to December without any major dramas domestic or internationally. The Christmas holiday break had come & they went to ground.
A run for cover I think you could call it. Regroup to figure out what to do now, now that they are in government after 9 long years sitting on the opposition benches. Maybe the reality is sinking in? The shock that theyll have to do some work instead of throwing eggs!?

So what's changed? Nothing!
We still have a Housing Crisis! Oh no that's fallen off the radar!
People are still Homeless and if theyre not living in their cars or sleeping on a park bench. Theyre racking up a massive debt living in flea infested motels costing $140,000.00 per day! Also getting harassed by case managers from WINZ to find accommodation and a job!
The MSD/WINZ Ceo has still got a job! FFS!
I don't think much of Camel suckit-u- pollonie. She said when questioned about this in e...

09:20

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

He had started work as a shepherd on a high country station when he was 17.

It was hard work but he loved it, and the teams of dogs he bred and trained.

He moved down country when his daughters reached high school and carried on working hard.

He came to us 17 years ago when he was 69, still fit and keen to work.

His main job was dagging sheep and when he wasnt doing that hed grub thistles. We used to joke that he was a bit slack because hed always take Wednesday afternoons off to play bridge. He enjoyed the joke because he knew we knew, slack wasnt in his vocabulary.

He was dagging sheep right up to the day in December when he finished work to begin radiation therapy for cancer.

He was 86 and our second oldest staff member  of staff.

He always said hed hang on until he caught up with the oldest.

Sadly that was one goal his determination wasnt enough to reach.

Today, not much more than a month after he hung up his hand piece and took off his work boots for the last time, we farewelled him at a memorial service.

We were privileged to have known him, to have had him in our team and Im grateful for all he was and did.

 

08:33

Womens Finalists Well Matched "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Number 1 seed plays number 2 seed By Roger Childs In any sports tournament when players or teams are seeded, this is the theory. However, it usually doesnt happens. In tennis grand slams in recent years, especially in womens singles, it has been very rare. So it is no doubt gratifying for the those who []

08:01

The Last Valley by Martin Windrow (2004) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Excellent review of a book which details how an arrogant colonial power can lose to a nominally inferior opponent. The USA failed to learn the lessons of this conflict, thus condemning themselves to defeat. Interestingly the British were more adept in Malaysias during the insurgency and again during the Indonesian confrontation.

Books & Boots

While an increasing flow of American dollars, weapons, vehicles and aircraft in the early 1950s did improve the fire and mobility of the CEFEO, they could not offset the fundamental disadvantages of a roadbound army facing a hill and forest army in a country which had few roads but a great many hills and forests. (p.129)

This is a really epic book about an epic battle. Its full title is The Last Valley: Dien Bien Phu and the French Defeat in Vietnam and it does what it says on the tin at immense length and in fascinating detail, clocking in at a whopping 734 pages, including detailed endnotes, bibliography, list of acronyms, no fewer than 21 maps, and a thorough index. It clearly sets out to be the definitive account of this debacle.

1. Background

The first hundred or so pages take us through the origins and early stages of the

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07:38

New Year, New Turmoil as US Targets Thailand "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Washingtons Asia-Pacific strategy has gone from maintaining primacy over the region for decades to increasingly desperate attempts to salvage its now waning influence.

This is in part due to Chinas rise as an economic, military and political regional power as well as the increasing self-reliance of smaller but still pivotal Asian nations. This includes the Southeast Asian Kingdom of Thailand.

In Washington Shadow 

The height of contemporary US influence over Thailand was in 2001 when Thaksin Shinawatra became prime minister. His administration eagerly catered to US interests at Thailands own expense, including sending Thai troops to participate in the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq, hosting the US Central Intelligence Agencys extraordinary rendition programme on Thai soil, attempts to sign a US-Thai free trade agreement without approval of Thailands parliament and the privatisation of Thailands natural resources.

He also indulged in a wide spectrum of human rights abuses including a 2003 90 day war on drugs that left nearly 3,000 innocent people extrajudicially executed in the streets, a 2004 crackdown on protesters in Thailands restive deep south that left over 80 dead in a single day, the assassination or disappearance of his political opponents and a concerted campaign of fear and intimidation waged against the Thai media.

By 2006, Shinawatra had overreached in his ambitions. Between increasingly bold attempts to consolidate his power and the abuse of that power, the Thai military was finally prompted to oust him from office in a swift and bloodless coup.

In the aftermath, he would be convicted for corruption and sentenced to 2 years imprisonment. Rather than face jail, he fled Thailand and has attempted to run his political party remotely as a fugitive since.

Shinawatra, a mult...

07:01

Why the FDA should be charged with murder by Jon Rappoport "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you worked for a federal agency that was killing people at the rate of 100,000 a year, every year, like clockwork, and if you knew it, wouldnt you feel compelled to say or do something about it? John Rappoport January 25, 2018 If you worked for a federal agency that was killing people at []

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06:37

Deliberate Dysfunction? KPFAs Decade of Financial Mismanagement "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Pacifica Radio Network nearly went into bankruptcy this month.  The immediate cause was a court order to pay the Empire State Building $1,800,000, more cash than Pacifica had.  As bad as that may be, its really a symptom of deeper problems in the network.  It goes back a long way.

I attended a KPFA1 Local Station Board (LSB) meeting in 2005 when Max Blanchet (MBA in Finance from UC Berkeley) presented a minority report, warning that KPFA was hiring too many paid staff  The station was living beyond its means, and this couldnt last.  Maxs report and repeated warnings were ignored by the stations power clique, who were represented on the board by a slate which later stole the name Save KPFA, the SK.

Actually, that was not something new even then; it was the path Pacifica had been on since the 1990s, under the Hijacker Regime.  Events of 1999 did bring about important changes in governance, but the existing power clique remained in place, and they worked to continue KPFAs extravagant lifestyle.  Not only that, they allied with a New York faction, the JUC (Justice & Unity), whose poor management and equally poor programming were depleting WBAIs finances and causing a drain on Pacifica. In that unholy alliance, the SK functioned as JUCs enablers and in turn received support on the Pacifica National Board (PNB) for their own dubious practices. Eventually, when crisis hit and Pacifica could no longer afford the waste, the SK loudly condemned WBAI.  To hear the righteous SK-ers tell it, they themselves were innocent of any wrongdoing.

Since 2005, Ive attended a huge number of LSB meetings, watching from a ringside seat, as the SK burned through KPFAs reserves, creating one financial fiasco after another, and generating a tense work environment in which SK friends were rewarded and critics got penalized.  The SK also blocked the hiring of competent and independent General Managers.  What they did wasnt just damaging to KPFA; working with their allies at other Pacifica stations, they.........

06:29

Rocket Labs Humanity Star slammed as space graffiti "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Amidst much media hype, New Zealand has launched its own Secret Payload: A big disco ball. To the consternation of astronomers and UFO spotters alike: Rocket Lab has angered astronomers across the world after putting a glittering disco ball into orbit. New Zealands first-ever successful orbital launch was hailed last week, but on Thursday the []

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06:09

Heartbroken Dog Visits The Grave Of The Rat Who Was His Soulmate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Barlow the dog knows better than most the importance of having a friend and of being one, too.

Credit: Liza McKenzie

A few years back, Barlow had been on death row at an animal shelter, just another homeless dog without a friend in the world. But that all changed when he was adopted by Liza McKenzie and her family and there he found his place.

"He fit into our family so well," Liza told The Dodo.

Credit: Liza McKenzie

Just a few months after bringing Barlow home, the McKenzies were called upon to grow their family yet again. A teacher at the kids' school had adopted a rat who turned out to be pregnant, and the newborn rodents needed a safe place to live.

"We decided to take the three boys Chippy, Dewey and Mud Truck," Liza said.

Of the three rats, Chippy was most unique. He was born hairless.

Credit: Liza McKenzie

Liza wasn't sure at first how Barlow would take to having the rats around, or if they'd be scared of him. So she made sure they were introduced early and often. In this process, the hairless sibling proved unique once more.

"Right from the start I noticed that while Dewey and Mud Truck seemed to veer away from Barlow," Liza said, "Chippy would always make a beeline for him."

Credit: Liza McKenzie

Barlow seemed to understand that the rats we...

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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05:35

Stop Looking For Saviors "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

TheLastAmericanVagabond.com

Day after day my readers from the #MAGA crowd keep hoping Ill be proven wrong about Donald Trump, and day after day all they ever get is more signs that Im right. In a new interview on CNBC, President Trump said that he is now open to supporting the infamous Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, the []

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05:31

Puppy Was Being Sold In Exchange For An iPhone But People Saved Her Just In Time "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The puppys owners didnt want her anymore. What they really wanted, they decided, was an iPhone.

Earlier this month, a friend of Emma Haswell, founder and director of Brightside Farm Sanctuary in Australia, was scrolling through Facebook when she came across an ad.

A friend found [the puppy] advertised on Facebook to swap for a phone, Haswell told The Dodo. She let me know, and I said if she collected her we would take her in.

Credit: Brightside Farm Sanctuary

Haswell, who regularly rescues dogs and farm animals, wasnt too surprised by the ad. She often sees dogs and puppies being advertised for sale online although this was the first time she saw an ad trying to swap a puppy for a phone.

To make the situation worse, the puppy was only 14 weeks old.

It saddened me that she was in this position of having no value as a loved, living being, Haswell said. Commonly these puppies are bought and then re-advertised for sale weeks later.

Haswells friend didnt waste a minute  she got in touch with the seller and asked for the puppy, who is now named Possum. While she had to front some cash to get Possum, she refused to pay the full price of an iPhone.

Credit: Brightside Farm Sanctuary

Once Possum was safe, Haswell settled her into a foster home through the Brightside Farm Sanctuary network. She spayed and vaccinated Possum so she'd be ready to find a new family the kind of family that wouldnt trade her for anything.

Possum didnt have to wait for long. The very first family she met fell in love with her, and quickly decided to adopt.

She is now so adored, Haswell said. She adores the little boy in the family. As soon as he set eyes on her he called her my puppy. The family also adopted a beagle cross puppy [at the same time], but...

05:30

Comment of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Twitter is a digital drug designed to constantly feed our egos. What does it mean when the addict in question happens to be the most powerful man in the world?

Nicholas Carr, an insightful observer of technology and its impacts, in Politico

05:13

Saturdays smiles "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The oldies are often the goodies

Homepaddock

A couple of Scots entered the dining room to be greeted by the Matre dhtel who asked if they were there for a special occasion.

Aye, we won the third prize in the annual Robert Burns Contest, a haggis dinner for two Morag replied.

Matre dhtel: What were the other prizes?

The second prize was a single haggis dinner, Morag said.

And the first prize? asked the Matre d.

Och mon, if you won the first prize, you didnae have to eat any haggis.

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05:12

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Something that Speaker Mallard will be doing as his creche looks after the Ardern baby

Homepaddock

Dandle  to move a baby or small child up and down in ones arms or on ones knee in affectionate play; move something lightly up or down; pet or pamper.

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05:10

More reflections on old hacks "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Adam posted twice recently on the ruminations of Karl du Fresne after 50 years a print hack. Once was on an element of his post re training. Clearly Karl du Fresne regarded his career as one where he learned and practiced a craft. Equally clearly he suspects many so called journalists today do not seem to think craft is important.

One of du Fresnes comments dealt with how back in the day journalists tried very hard to differentiate between personal views and their role as reporters.  There is a key word Reporters, not view promoters.

The purpose of journalism is simply to tell people, as objectively and even-handedly as possible, whats happening in their world. What people choose to do with that information is over to them. 

That was the understanding implanted in previous generations of journalists, and transgressors were quickly pulled into line. Journalists who privately held strongly left-wing views, as many did, were conscientious about not allowing personal opinions to influence their work.

Thinking about this Adam recalled that Colin James has recently marked 50 years as a journalist and commentator. Dimly through the fog of red wine and great food, Adam recalled that Colin James had expressed somewhat similar sentiments:-

Journalists live two lives: the inner and the craft.

When David Lange died and the Greens stood in his memory opening their 2005 election campaign, I the journalist stayed sitting while I the inner person behind the journalist secretly stood. There was the same wrench when the Council of Trade Unions conference in 2015 stood in memory of the fine Peter Conway.

Journalists are close in to events but never part of them. They meet the powerful and the celebrated. Some are seduced into thinking themselves their equals. They are then lost to journalism.

Both men are journalists, who revere their calling and their craft. They were reporters in a true sense of the word.

Now as commentators and as columnists they can, when they wish, express their views. However, when these two professionals do this, they are clear about it.  Another key word professional. Professionals have standards. Old fashioned concepts to many today.

05:00

Sheep Are Packed Into These Crates For The Worst Reason "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The sheep were packed into crates like lifeless cargo. They had no food. No water. And they had a terrifying plane journey ahead of them.

Earlier this month, photographers in Australia got access to an undisclosed airport runway, and took photos of crated sheep as they were being loaded onto cargo planes. While its unclear exactly where they were headed, Kelly Dinham, spokesperson for Suffering Souls, the animal welfare group that published the photos online, doesnt think theyre going anything pleasant as they're some of Australia's many victims of live export.

Credit: Suffering Souls

This particular MASkargo [part of Malaysia Airlines] flight did not provide their destination location on the flight tracker app as planes normally would, Dinham told The Dodo. However, it is likely that they went straight to Malaysia as we [Australia] are sending more sheep there recently.

Once the sheep reached their destination, theyd be slaughtered, probably in a very horrific and inhumane way.

Credit: Suffering Souls

But this is nothing unusual. Each year, Australia exports millions of sheep, cows and goats to Asia and the Middle East. Once the animals reach their destination, often in countries that dont have the same welfare standards for slaughter as Australia, theyre either painfully killed in slaughterhouses or sometimes sacrificed in ritualistic ceremonies.

Most animals leave Australia on live export ships, large vessels in which thousands upon thousands of animals are packed into tight quarters. Many of those animals die due to stress, sickness or heat exposure, w...

04:49

Friend, not foe: Review highlights benefits of predators and scavengers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Predators help humans far more than theyre given credit for, despite the antagonistic nature of the relationship, according to a review of studies. While predators and scavengers are a large source of conflict, such as big cats in Africa and Asia or dingoes in Australia, there are many examples where they may provide benefits to humans, Christopher OBryan, an ecologist at the University of Queensland in Australia, said in a statement. Our paper identifies studies that have shown these benefits across a broad spectrum. If reintroduced in parts of the U.S., mountain lions could help keep the deer population in check, which would likely lower the number of deer-car collisions, one study found. Photo by Julia Larsen Maher/WCS. Predators are typically better known for harassing pets and livestock, or being a source of disease, than they are for the valuable and often less visible services they provide. But predator numbers are down around the world: Leopards are found in less than a quarter of their historical range, for example, and most vulture species numbers are sliding too. Those types of trends have scientists worried that we might not understand predators importance before its too late. So OBryan and his colleagues combed the scientific literature, searching for information about how these animals impact our lives. Their review uncovered many examples of documented benefits from predators, from mountain lions reducing deer-vehicle collisions and bats saving corn farmers billions per year by reducing crop pests, to vultures savings millions in livestock

Mesoamerican Reef gets improving bill of health "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A recent report tracking the health of the Mesoamerican Reef indicates that conservation efforts might be helping to turn the tide for the reef itself and the people who depend on it. Reefs face ever increasing stress which is outpacing that of our management actions, Melanie McField, an ecologist at the Smithsonian Institution, said in a statement. [The] measured improvement in reef health demonstrates our capacity to stem the trajectory of decline. McField directs a consortium of scientific, government, fishing and conservation organizations called the Healthy Reefs for Healthy People Initiative, or HRI, that produces regular report cards on the health of the reef. The most recent one was released in early January and pulls together data from more than 300 sites on the reef that measure the reefs live coral, algae cover and fish populations. Parrotfish are herbivorous and can help keep fleshy green algae on reefs in check. Photo by Francesca Diaco, courtesy of Healthy Reefs Initiative. The Mesoamerican Reef, second in size only to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, stretches through 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) of the territorial waters of four countries: Mexico, Guatemala, Belize and Honduras. Despite some differences in how sections of the reef are doing, the general health of the reef as a whole has risen from poor in 2006 to fair today. HRI shared the report just after Belize passed a moratorium on oil and gas exploration to protect its part of the Mesoamerican Reef in late December 2017. Although HRI says

04:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Dandle  to move a baby or small child up and down in ones arms or on ones knee in affectionate play; move something lightly up or down; pet or pamper.

04:30

Yet another EV gotcha! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Phys.org reports on another looming headache for the electrical grid planners as the uptake of Electric Vehicles (EV) gains momentum. An influx of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) charging without coordination could prove challenging to the nations electric grid, according to research conducted by the U.S. Department of Energys National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). Matteo Muratori, []

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04:27

Guest Post: What's your heatwave plan? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australia's 'deadliest natural hazard': what's your heatwave plan? Andrew Gissing, Macquarie University and Lucinda Coates, Macquarie University Heatwaves are Australias deadliest natural hazard, but a recent survey has found that many vulnerable people do not have plans to cope with extreme heat.Working with the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre and the Bureau of

04:00

PM feels privileged to celebrate the success of students from Partnership schools "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Our PM says she feels privileged to celebrate the success stories of students like Emma Purves, Jeremiah Mahanga, Sapphron Jackson-Marshall and Dominic Elliot and that their stories warmed her heart. It is a great pity that her heart suffers from a split personality disorder as she is quite happy to instruct Hitman Hipkins to close down []

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04:00

Dog Decides To Hitchhike Across Australia All By Himself "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australia is an awfully big continent, but one little dog is doing his best to explore it all on his own.

Credit: Laura Scudamore

Earlier this month, an Australian terrier named Rusty took the road trip of a lifetime, hitching a ride with a truck driver from his home in Goondiwindi, Queensland to South Australia a journey of over 1,500 kilometers (more than 930 miles).

Credit: Wikimedia Commons

The 3-and-a-half-year-old pup usually spends his days on his familys property, romping around with his two Border collie buddies. His thrill-seeking spirit often inspires Rusty to explore outside those boundaries.

Rusty and the work dogs will sometimes disappear around the property looking for adventure, Laura Scudamore, Rustys owner, told The Dodo. They will also sometimes find themselves on the nearby highway having a stickybeak [being nosy].

Credit: Laura Scudamore

When Rustys family is away, however, and hes under the care of his in-laws, who own the property, his curiosity can get Rusty into hot water.

A year and a half ago, Rusty first evaded his caretakers and ran to the highway where he caught a lift to Chinchilla, two and a half hours north of Goondiwindi. His cuddly nature endeared him to a local family, who took him...

03:41

Dishonest scare-mongering linking nuclear medicine and radioactive waste dumps "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

NUCLEAR MEDICINE AND THE PROPOSED   NATIONAL RADIOACTIVE WASTE REPOSITORY , Jim Green 27 January 18, As health organisations, we are appalled that access to nuclear medical procedures is being used to justify the proposed nuclear waste dump. Most waste from these procedures break down quickly and can be safely disposed of either on site or locally.    Dr Bill Williams, Medical Association for the Prevention of War

Linking the need for a centralized radioactive waste storage facility with the production of isotopes for nuclear medicine is misleading. The production of radioactive isotopes for nuclear medicine comprises a small percentage of the output of research reactors. The majority of the waste that is produced in these facilities occurs regardless of the nuclear medicine isotope production. 
Nuclear Radiologist Dr Peter Karamoskos.

Proponents of a national radioactive waste facility (a repository for lower-level wastes and a co-located store for higher-level wastes) claim or imply that nuclear medicine would be jeopardised if the facility does not proceed. There is no basis to such claims they amount to dishonest scare-mongering.

Proponents claim that most or all of the waste that the federal government wants to dispose of or store at a national repository/store arises from medicine, specifically the production and use of medical radioisotopes. However, measured by radioactivity, the true figure is just 10-20%. Measured by volume, the figure may be within that range or it may be higher than 20% but it takes some creative accounting to justify the claim that most or even all of the waste is medical in origin.

In any case, the fact that some waste is of medical origin doesnt mean that a national repository/store is the best way to manage the waste.

If the plan for a national repository/store does not proceed, medical waste will continue to be stored at the Lucas Heights reactor site operated by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and, in much smaller volumes, at hospitals. Some waste is used in hospitals and then sent back to ANSTO (e.g. molybdenum cows that have been milked of the daughter radionuclide, technetium-99m by far the most commonly used medical radioisotope). That is no problem since ANSTO and hospitals continue to produce radioactive waste and thus they have an ongoing need for on-site waste stores and waste management expertise regardless of the options for periodic off-site disposal.

Nuclear medicine is not being adversely affected by the absence of a national radioactive waste repository/store. Nuclear medicine will not benefit from the creation of a national radioactive waste repository/store.

The incessant references to nuclear medicine to sell the...

03:30

Is nothing sacred? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Just when you thought you had heard it all. Just when you thought the world could not get any more depraved! A new drugging scandal has erupted on the world scene. Prepare to be scarred for life.  Those of a nervous disposition should look away now The International Business Times has penetrated the seedy underbelly []

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03:07

Kea Thrive In Non 1080 Poisoned Areas "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Doing well in Mid Burn By Carol Sawyer  Last December the Fiordland Wapiti Foundation sent a letter to members asking for volunteers to capture and monitor Kea as part of a Kea survey. The Wapiti Foundation has since banded 44 Kea in the Mid Burn valley. The Mid Burn is straight across Lake Te []

03:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a video suitable for the Mental Health Break please e-mail it to video@whaleoil.co.nz and put MHB in the Subject line.

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02:30

Heads, I win Tails, you lose "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Two of the high priests of the Global Warming Cult, James Hansen & Gavin Schmidt, have just produced another wonderful piece of settled science essentially claiming that Global Warming could well be continuing in spite of falling temperatures. Abstract. Global surface temperature in 2017 was the second highest in the period of instrumental measurements in the []

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02:07

74 movies shot in Fiji last year "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Altogether 74 movies were shot in Fiji in 2017, up from 57 productions in 2016, according to authorities.

Film Fiji Chief Executive Officer Dallas Foon said Thursday they already approved and confirmed seven major productions for 2018 and were looking forward to another very busy year of film activity in the south pacific island nation.

Foon said it was a stellar year for high-quality productions with a budgetary value of over US$300 million (US$150 million).

Fiji's Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Lands and Mineral Resources, Faiyaz Koya said the industry had seen exponential growth in a short period of time and the success of 2017 was a testimony to the dedication and hard work of all stakeholders involved.

There were 13 major productions last year including the upcoming feature film "Adrift" starring Hollywood stars Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin.

The film was shot in the greater Suva area and parts of Rakiraki.

The movie is based on the true story of Tami Oldham, who, after being knocked unconscious by the largest hurricane in the history of the Pacific Ocean, awakens to find her fianc Richard Sharp badly injured, their boat in ruins and no means of communication or navigation.

Another major feature film shot in Suva and the Western Division in Fiji was the highly anticipated, soon to be released Indian movie "Party," which included Sathyaraj and Ramya Krishnan from the highest grossing Indian movie in history "Baahubali."

U.S. reality show "Survivor" continued its production for another year.

Fiji, especially the Mamanuca Islands, is the most used location in the show.

Jeff Probst, the long-standing host of the show, said in an interview with Entertainment Weekly that Fiji is their home and he hoped that they stay in Fiji forever.

"Survivor" is aired in over 100 countries with a viewership of over 110 million people.

In addition, a popular comedy TV series, Wrecked (Season 2), shot in Sigatoka and Nadi, was aired on popular U.S. cable TV network TBS on June 20 last year to over 1 million viewers.

SOURCE: XINHUA/PACNEWS

02:02

Australia takes over Solomon Islands internet cable amid spies' concerns about China "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australia's spy agencies were so concerned about the security and strategic risks posed by a plan for Chinese firm Huawei to build an internet cable linking the Solomon Islands to Sydney that the Turnbull government will now largely pay for the project itself.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has confirmed it has taken responsibility for the undersea fibre optic cable, including paying for the bulk of the project which will cost tens of millions of dollars through the overseas aid programme.

The cable will provide fast and reliable internet to the small Pacific island nation, which now relies on satellites.

The step is highly significant as it shows the lengths to which the Turnbull government was willing to go to ensure the cable project could go ahead without Huawei's involvement.

The Solomon Islands under former Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare signed up Huawei Marine to lay the cable connecting to Sydney. But Australia made it clear to Honiara that it had security concerns about the Chinese telco plugging into Australia's internet backbone, with Nick Warner, the head of spy agency ASIS, personally warning Sogavare last June.

Huawei has previously been banned on the advice of security agency ASIO from being involved in the National Broadband Network.

Sogavare was replaced as prime minister in November by Rick Hou, a former senior World Bank adviser who is well respected in Australia. Hou had been highly critical of the circumstances in which Huawei Marine was awarded the contract under his predecessor.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs told Fairfax Media the government has entered a contract with the Australian telecommunications firm Vocus to carry out the initial work.

"They will undertake a scoping study and identify potential solutions to bring high-speed telecommunications to Solomon Islands," she said.

"The bulk of the funding for this project will come from Australia's Official Development Assistance programme."

She said the Solomons project would be consolidated with a project to lay a new cable connecting Papua New Guinea with Australia, creating "significant efficiencies on cost". The cost of the Solomons project alone has previously been estimated at $86 million.

According to the federal government's AusTender website, Vocus is being paid $2.8 million for the scoping study for both the Solomon Isl...

01:52

DocumentCloud: Free Code for Journalists Sharing Sources "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Thanks to prolific NZ politics blogger Idiot/Savant of No Right Turn, I just discovered DocumentCloud, a platform for journalists who want to share and annotate the source documents on which they base their articles. From my brief tour, it looks like a fantastic tool, and Im pleased to note that all of the software that powers it is available as free code, currently hosted on GitHub.

On a personal note, Im currently in the process of moving cities, so expect very few new posts on this blog until that transition is complete. Also, Quitter.se has been offline for a number of days, so Ive been unable to do any micro-blogging there. That site has been unreliable for some time, and Ive been meaning to either move to a new host, or start experimenting with self-hosting. In the meantime, I dont really have time to share links or shower thoughts anyway, I just want to reassure folks I havent left the planet ;)

01:48

Worlds most vulnerable countries on track to achieve universal Internet access by 2020 UN report "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The worlds least developed countries are narrowing digital divide, and with millions of people now taking advantage of smart phones and other digital devices, keeping up this momentum can put their societies on the fast track to sustainable development, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

It is vital that all stakeholders governments, civil society, the private sector and UN system continue to build momentum through collaboration and sharing of innovative solutions, highlighted Fekitamoeloa Katoa Utoikamanu, the top UN official for least developed and other vulnerable countries, launching a new report on universal and affordable Internet.

Least developed countries with a strong government commitment, recognising the importance of digital technologies for national development, and backed by enlightened policy and regulatory actions including steps to develop skills, can achieve universal and affordable access to the Internet, added Houlin Zhao, the Secretary-General of the UN International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

The report, Achieving universal and affordable Internet in least developed countries, also states that the progress augurs well for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, as well as the Istanbul Programme of Action, which charts a development course for least developed countries.

A key highlight of the progress is the launch of third generation (3G) mobile telephony and data services in all 47 countries in that category as well as over 60 per cent of the population there covered by a 3G network. Overall, four in five people in these countries have access to mobile-cellular network.

Information and communication technologies are transforming lives everywhere and offering limitless opportunities for sustainable development.

These improvements are already having a positive impact in areas including financial inclusion, poverty reduction and better health services.

Furthermore, the anticipation that these countries will achieve (on average) 97 per cent mobile broadband coverage, making Internet prices relatively affordable by 2020 can translate into strong, home-grown innovation; new business opportunities; and more improvements health and education services, added Utoikamanu, the UN High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States.

While the picture is largely positiv...

01:43

Not Even the Briefest of Pauses for Human-Forced Global Warming Oceans During 2017 Were the Hottest on Record robertscribbler "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where does most of the heat trapped by human fossil fuel and other greenhouse gas emissions ultimately end up? Given our fixation on global surface temperatures, many people would say the atmosphere. But this answer is incorrect. The vast majority ends up in the world ocean. (Global change in ocean heat content through 2015. Image source: []

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01:41

South Koreans still distrustful of Japanese fish products after nuclear meltdown "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

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SEOUL, Jan. 26 (Yonhap) A majority of South Koreans favor banning the import of Japanese fishery products, a survey showed Friday, underscoring lingering safety concerns about possible radioactive contamination.
Radioactive water leaked following the meltdown at Japans Fukushima nuclear power plant in 2011.
The Consumers Union of Korea polled 1,023 adults across the country last year, and the results showed 55.3 percent want stronger import restrictions. Another 37.2 percent said the restrictions should be very heavy.
 
   The results of the survey were released by opposition lawmaker Choi Do-ja, who obtained them from the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety.
South Korea prohibited imports of agricultural and fish products from Fukushima and its adjacent areas after radioactive leaks following the 2011 tsunami disaster in Japan.
In 2013, Seoul took a stronger measure to ban imports from fisheries in eight other Japanese prefectures near Fukushima.
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01:41

Nautilus successfully progressing trials in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Nautilus Minerals Inc. is pleased to provide an update on submerged trials for the Companys Seafloor Production Tools, with the final machine, the Bulk Cutter, due to finish trials next month.

Submerged trials of the Collecting Machine and Auxiliary Cutter were completed late last year.

To date, the Bulk Cutter has completed commissioning of the power and control system, on-shore functions testing, submerged function testing and submerged endurance trials. Remaining trials will focus on overall cutting performance, a key criteria for this machine.

Ongoing analysis of the results to date indicates that the Seafloor Production Tools can perform to design specifications with the machine components all functioning as designed in submerged conditions. The cutting performance of the Auxiliary Cutter has been particularly positive.

Approximately 770 tonnes of material was cut during trials, with the Nautilus site team commenting that the material appears at least three times harder than the mineralised material at Solwara 1, (even allowing for the hyperbaric effect on material located at seafloor depths of the Solwara 1 Project which are far greater than the depths at which the trials were conducted). The Company will provide a comprehensive analysis once all test work and data analysis is complete.

Mike Johnston, Nautilus CEO commented; We are extremely pleased with the progress that continues to be made on the trialling of the Seafloor Production Tools. The results of the trials to date indicate that the machines have been meeting and/or exceeding their key design specifications. These results have been achieved through the dedicated work of our staff, key contractors (SMD and KDI), and support staff (Curtain Brothers, Papua New Guinea), and within a tight budget. The performance of these machines is critical to our seafloor production system, and the results to date significantly de-risk the project. We look forward to providing future updates once the Bulk Cutter trialling is completed, said Johnson.....read more on >> Pacific Mining Watch

SOURCE: GLOBAL NEWSWIRE/PACNEWS

01:41

January 26 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Opinion: Renewable Energy Doesnt Get More In Subsidies Than Fossil & Nuclear Energy Have Gotten, & Continue To Get Fossil fuels have received government subsidies for 100 or so years. They reportedly get about $5 trillion each year, globally. Renewable energy also receives subsidies, but nothing compared to what fossil fuels get. [CleanTechnica] []

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01:40

Can A US President Be Charged With A Crime? Is The President Above The Law? Mining Awareness + "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The President of the United States would be liable to be impeached, tried, and, upon conviction of treason, bribery, or other high crimes or misdemeanors, removed from office; and would afterwards be liable to prosecution and punishment in the ordinary course of law. He is to have power to grant reprieves and pardons for offenses []

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01:33

PNG PM O'Neill Extends Australia Day Best Wishes "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Prime Minister Peter ONeill  has conveyed the best wishes of Papua New Guinea to the people of Australia on their National day.

PM ONeill said the relationship between Papua New Guinea and Australia is stronger today than it has ever been, and this will only continue to improve.

Papua New Guinea and Australia are the strongest of partners and friends, and our country extends our fondest regards on Australia Day, the Prime Minister said.

Over more than four decades we have strengthened our bilateral engagement on many levels.

Australia is the largest investor in the Papua New Guinea economy, and this is creating jobs and stimulating business.

More and more Papua New Guineans are studying in Australia and this not only enhances skills and knowledge in the short term, it also establishes long-term bonds between our people into the future.

The Prime Minister said the close relationship between Papua New Guinea and Australia was in many ways born through the hardship and loss of war.

Our people fought side by side and thousands died in the defence of our two lands during World War Two.

From this shared history we carry mutual respect and affinity that is always present in the interaction between Papua New Guineans and Australians.

PM ONeill further thanked Australia for its ongoing engagement as Papua New Guinea prepares to host APEC Leaders in November.

I look forward to welcoming Prime Minister Turnbull to Papua New Guinea this year when we host the APEC Summit.

The first ever APEC Meeting was held in Canberra in 1989, and nearly thirty years later we have seen exceptional economic growth that has improved the lives for people around the APEC region.

Papua New Guinea appreciates the security co-operation being undertaken with Australia, together with other partners, as we prepare to deliver a successful APEC 2018 summit.

01:30

An Afternoon with Antifa "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When one is polite in German, one lies. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Some years back, in 2006, I decided to move to Germany. Why Germany? Well, lets just say it had something to do with a woman. After several weeks getting used to my new surroundings, I managed to find a job working in a []

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01:13

Social Concerns Notes January 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Compulsory SIM card registration in Papua New Guinea
By Amanda H A Watson on Jan 24, 2018 Devpolicy
The SIM card registration deadline in Papua New Guinea (PNG) has now been extended to April 30. The deadline was to be today, but over a million mobile phones are not yet registered. If consumers do not register in time, either their SIM card will be deactivated or the operator will receive a fine from the regulator NICTA for continuing to operate unregistered SIM cards. A SIM is a Subscriber Identity Module linked to a users phone number and usually looks like a small computer chip.
In various countries, SIM card registration has been legislated. Governments often adopt such a policy in order to help mitigate security concerns and to address criminal and anti-social behaviour. In PNG, similar motivations for the policy have been expressed, including the need to have increased security in time for the APEC meeting in Port Moresby later this year. A concern though is that to date, there has been no empirical evidence that mandatory SIM registration directly leads to a reduction in crime. Indeed, in Mexico, the theft of handsets increased after a similar policy was introduced, likely because criminals stole handsets to avoid the risk of being traced. Mexico subsequently abandoned their SIM registration policy and later introduced a scheme for registering handsets. Several countries in Latin America have opted for handset registration in order to address handset theft.
Proof of identity issues are a major concern, as the majority of people in PNG live in rural areas and do not have written identification such as a drivers licence or passport.
There may be a risk that vulnerable or socially marginalised people are excluded from the opportunity to own and use mobile phones. This policy could lead to an absence of two-way communication in disadvantaged communities in PNG. If the few active mobile phones in certain remote villages are cut off, this could have negative implications regarding time-critical emergency communication, such as for childbirth complications and natural disasters. Citizens in such places may need to overcome further hurdles in order to ensure that they are not left even further behind. (See Devpolicy.org for the full article)

No fees assistance program
January 12, 2018 Post Courier
The Enga provincial governments flagship school free education sponsorship program will be hindered in 2018 due to the current economic situation in the country. The program has been a hallmark of Enga Governor Sir Peter Ipatas political leadership over the last 20 years, however, the education advocate says the current financial situation has affected this years rollout. On average the Enga provincial government assists around 400 of its students, annually, attending various tertiary institutions in the....

01:00

Lets Talk "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Do people have an obligation to help others or should people be responsible for helping themselves? Discuss:

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00:30

STOP calling them conservationists, call them what they really are "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If mining companies didnt have the fortitude they clearly possess theyd close their doors now because its all uphill from here.  And New Zealand Petroleum and Minerals too, because theyre fast becoming redundant.  Potential investors in our resource sector will be running a mile from this government. Since when does a government department, the Department of Conservation, wade into []

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00:00

View From Your Window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo was taken on Christmas day looking from just above Back Beach looking out towards Oakura.   window@whaleoil.co.nz Please put View From My Window in the subject line.

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00:00

Saturdays smiles "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A couple of Scots entered the dining room to be greeted by the Matre dhtel who asked if they were there for a special occasion.

Aye, we won the third prize in the annual Robert Burns Contest, a haggis dinner for two Morag replied.

Matre dhtel: What were the other prizes?

The second prize was a single haggis dinner, Morag said.

And the first prize? asked the Matre d.

Och mon, if you won the first prize, you didnae have to eat any haggis.

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23:30

Sledge of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Well, youre in Government. Whats your solution ? https://t.co/uR7sU5vvt8 Judith Collins (@JudithCollinsMP) January 25, 2018 Julie Anne Genter is a government minister and she was tweeting about the shonky Oxfam report:   Just 8 men own as much wealth as the poorest 3.6 billion people. Thats f*%#d. Our economic model is not working or fair. []

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23:30

David Frum Trumpocracy The Corruption of the American Republic "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Frum looks at the impact of Trump, well worth a look even you disagree

23:07

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

WILL YOU STAND FOR THE RIGHT 
TO SPEAK HAWAIIAN IN HAWAI`I?


22:39

SOMETHING ROTTEN IN THE STATE OF ---------------? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"



Well deep state anyway.

In the declining months of the increasingly exposed dodgy Obama regime that became increasingly focused on preserving the facade of a 'Legacy' by ensuring a successful outcome for Clinton Mk ll, a very politicized Department of Justice cabal embarked on a bizarre and corrupt unlawful path.
Their arrogance and smugness seemed unbounded as the now rediscovered five months of Strzok/Page messaging reveal.

A very well hidden from discovery campaign began with the protection of ex Secstate Hillary Clinton from some questionable activities during her time as head of Obama's foreign policy. Use of an email server, exposed and beyond official channels, Bengazi deaths, permitting the transfer of 25% of US strategic Uranium to a Rusian company, and corrupt garnering of formidably wealth to continue the Clinton dynasty were among many questionable activities all reasonable successfully run avoiding scrutiny from Lawmen and  a complicit media.
While obfuscation and corrupt activities at the very heart of the DoJ and the FBI combined to be employed to first bury Bernie Sanders who had emerged as a credible threat to do an Obama to the Clinton second tilt and derail the Billary show, some very important people became enmeshed either innocently as in Rank and file "Gmen" and corruptly as in top brass.
My incomplete list includes Comey, McCabe, Lynch, Strzok, Page, Rosenstein, Huma Abedin

An Airport apron meeting between Ex Potus Bill Clinton and Head honcho of the DoJ Loretta Lynch was fobbed off to a complacent MSM as talk of social and family matters, when a short time later the HC investigation was down graded by Lynch's department.
The Issue of a FISA Warrant to enable the electronic surveillance of Trump Tower on another illegal concept.
A concerted campaign of FBI activity that included Now dumped FBI Director James Comey, his Deputy Andrew McCabe, and FBI intelligence top man Peter Strzok who in an impressive tranche of emails to his lover and fellow top operative in McCabe's team, Lisa Page, all contributed to a series of moves to assist Clinton to enable the consolidation of the Obama legacy.  How in the hell so called busy high flyers had the time to create the now rediscoverd mind boggling pile of incriminating data is another mystery.

The official inquiry into some of the dodgy acts from her Secstate career and then campaign for Potus was downgraded from 'investigation' to "a Matter".

A decision was taken to find no evidence and effectively "clear" the candidate along with documents saying so  drafted days before Hillary was even "interviewed"??????

In a bizarre twist when Comey, under oath was asked by a senate inquiry if that timeline above was a fact,  Comey said "no", now proven to be false but he then added the kicke...

22:30

Book Review Of The Day The 100 year old man who climbed out the window and disappeared "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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22:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Provincial president reflects on future of farming belonging to those who are good at what they do Pat Deavoll:

South Canterbury sheep and beef farmer Mark Adams has been the provincial Federated Farmers president for the district for almost three years.

His face and opinions are commonplace in online news and the Canterbury farming mags. He farms just north of Fairlie amongst a pleasant, fertile and rolling landscape. In the winter the local ski fields form a snowy backdrop to the farm.

Adams term of office with the Feds comes to a close in April. He is reflective on the past three years and says representing farmers in the district has been satisfying. But theres been a lot to get his head around. . . 

Record temperatures tough on stock Esther Taunton:

With much of Taranaki hit by drought and other parts of New Zealand experiencing record-breaking temperatures, AgResearch scientists say the pressure is on farmers to carefully manage animal welfare.

The soaring temperatures across the country include the hottest recorded temperature in Dunedin and Invercargill over recent days. The increased heat and humidity raises issues around the welfare of livestock as well as production from those animals.

Over the last 15 years, AgResearch scientists have carried out extensive research into how dairy cows cope with heat. That research has provided important insights for animal management, says senior scientist Dr Karin Schtz. . .

Farmers welcome 90 day work trial retention :

Fears difficulties attracting staff to farming would be exacerbated by employment law changes appear to have subsided with the Government retaining the 90-day trial provisions for small businesses.

Federated Farmers employment spokesman Chris Lewis said allowing businesses employing less than 20 staff to retain the trial would give farmers renewed confidence to employ staff, given the main concern for dairy farmers was a lack of available, motivated workers.

Many employ few staff, but because of the small....

22:29

A CONVERSATION WITH PAUL BUCHANAN "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

No Minister enjoys an eclectic readership.     Last week I authored a post 'A Greenie on the Greens'.    It attracted some comment.    I was not aware when I wrote the post that 'Pablo' was the pseudo name of Paul Buchanan.   I was soon put right.

Paul B has joined the fray and posted some interesting comment on the thread developing his original argument as well as postulating the theory that the 'Me Tu' affair was a hit job on Turei orchestrated by her erstwhile co-leader in an attempt to move the Greens to the 'right'.    I offer no comment on that but I commend you going back to the thread for a heads up.  

I will be fascinated to read a response from Psycho Milt.

Have to say I enjoyed the to and fro with PB.   Clearly we inhabit different parts of the political spectrum.   No rancor, no invective, just debate.  Refreshing.  



22:00

Whaleoil Spy reports from Wellington Part II "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The photo and commentary posted yesterday from one of our Wellington based spies were so popular that another one of our undercover spies contacted us after he had visited Grant Robertsons office for a closer look. Our spy had just finished taking photos of the publicly displayed letters when Grant Robertsons office secretary came out []

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21:35

The US Should Not Be Rehabilitating Indonesias Abusive Special Forces "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

https://thediplomat.com/2018/01/the-us-should-not-be-rehabilitating-indonesias-abusive-special-forces/

1) The US Should Not Be Rehabilitating Indonesias Abusive Special Forces

The Indonesian militarys past abuses should not be forgotten.
By Andreas Harsono January 26, 2018

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis was seen laughing and smiling this week as he watched a military exercise in Jakarta in which Indonesian troops drank snake blood, rolled in glass, broke bricks with their heads, and walked on fire. The spectacle would hardly be amusing, however, to anyone familiar with the Indonesian militarys human rights violations, especially the record of its special forces unit, Kopassus.

Mattiss visit was part of U.S. efforts to improve military cooperation with Indonesia. During his staym he discussed with Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu plans to resume U.S. assistance to Kopassus. Assistance to the unit had been halted in large part because of the U.S. Leahy Law, which bars US assistance and training to foreign military units known to have committed gross human rights abuses, unless the government has taken steps to remediate, address the abuses, and hold those responsible to account.

The U.S. military first announced plans to re-engage with Kopassus in 2010, hoping to train newer untarnished soldiers, but in subsequent years remained reluctant to proceed, in part because Indonesia had largely failed to address past abuses.

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There are a whole series of abuses to address. The U.S. government first imposed restrictions on military assistance to the Indonesian military and Kopassus in 1999, after the military committed massive rights abuses during its scorched earth campaign in East Timor. Kopassus members were also implicated in abductions and enforced disappearances of....

21:30

Nikki Haley calls out Abu Mazen at the UN "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Watch the latest video at foxnews.com Nikki Haley has called out Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) at the UN contrasting Abbas with Anwar Sadat. U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley launched a broadside Thursday at Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, accusing him of indulging in outrageous conspiracy theories about Israel and lacking what is needed []

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21:00

James Shaw wants to save us from a problem that he has no idea about "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It seems James Shaw wants to solve climate change but has no idea what he is actually saving us from: Slippery @jamespeshaw admits he does not know the cost of #globalwarming. Had to go to ombudsman to get him to admit that. Maybe he should ask for those projections and considered ministerial advice on the []

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20:45

Clueless or hypocrite? Defense Secretary Mattis actually says out loud with straight face that US doesn't invade other countries "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

US Defense Secretary James Mattis is a Marine's Marine and a respected military scholar. Yet his recent remarks to reporters about US conduct around the world smack of either hypocrisy or woeful misinformation. Mattis is visiting Indonesia and Vietnam this week, as part of a US effort to expand alliances in the Asia-Pacific region. On his way over to Jakarta on Monday, he held a "press gaggle" on board the plane and, according to transcripts provided by the Pentagon, said this: I think that what we're looking for is a world where we solve problems, and we don't shred trust. We don't militarize features in the middle of international waters. We don't invade other countries, in Russia's case Georgia, Ukraine. That we settle things by international rule of law, you know, this sort of thing. Mattis was elaborating on the new US National Defense Strategy, which prioritized "inter-state strategic competition," over terrorism and called out Russia and China as "revisionist powers"threatening the "free and open international order" created by the US and its allies after World War II.

20:07

Fizzling fake news excuse from Sideshow Don "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Politicians have tried to discredit media when they report unfavourable news for a long time. All Donald Trump has done is raise it to new heights of ridiculousness something that has worked in his favour to an extent, but is likely to turn against him over time. Especially when claims of fake news are []

20:00

Government builds new motorway in secret, just in time for long weekend "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Embed from Getty Images The decent journalists, trained and skilled at the NZ Herald have let the cat out of the bag for Julie Anne Genter, who I am sure was going to announce this new motorway as part of the success of the first 100 days of new government: Police are reminding drivers to []

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20:00

Trump role models "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

20:00

When Rev Wilhelm Bergmann met Chief Bongere of Kamaneku "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The heart of Kundiawa today
Bergmann's "pretty flat space" - the heart of Kundiawa town today showing the infamous 'aircraft carrier' airstrip

MATHIAS KIN

An edited extract from Chapter 3 of A History of Simbu, a work in progress

KUNDIAWA - Then we were on a pretty flat space. From that moment we came across the mountains and surveyed the area, I always had this place in mind and also told the others that this could be the station ground.

That is what the Lutheran missionary Rev Wilhelm wrote after he and his team had climbed the hill from Wara [river] Chimbu to todays Kundiawa in May 1934 on a pioneering expedition to identify suitable locations for mission stations.

The large team of  men, including five other white missionaries, made camp near a big garden where todays Kundiawas nationl works compound stands. This was the garden of chief Bongere of Kamaneku and his family. At the time, the corn was ready to be harvested and the patrol wanted some but could not find the owner.

The people of the area had run away in fear of these strange people or were hiding in the bushes. Bergmann and his team took some corn from the garden and at that exact location left an axe and some shells, covering these valuable items with corn leaves. The next day the expedition moved on west.

When Bongere returned to his garden the next day, he found that some people had walked through it and stolen some corn. At the time he did not locate the axe and shells. He was told by people who had witnessed the event from their hiding places that this strange group had entered his garden and stolen his corn.

...

19:35

Claim that Trump tried to fire Mueller "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The New York Times claims Trump Ordered Mueller Fired, but Backed Off When White House Counsel Threatened to Quit President Trump ordered the firing last June of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation, according to four people told of the matter, but ultimately backed down after the White House counsel []

19:30

Daily Crossword "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Welcome to our Daily Crossword.

Readers have requested a daily crossword and stated that the only reason they maintained a subscription to the NZ Herald or other newspapers was for a daily crossword.

We have now sourced a quality crossword provider, the same provider who provides many crosswords to media outlets for print. It is available for ALL readers who have a subscription package with Whaleoil.

Now you can safely cancel your newspaper subscription as your final remaining reason to keep it has now gone. Instead, you can sign up for one of our subscription packages and enjoy crosswords online on Whaleoil.

If demand is sufficient we can extend what we offer to other puzzles like Sudoku as well. Let us know.

The Crossword is now only available for subscribers only. 

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19:17

Hopelessly out of touch poll claim "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Polls are often used to claim things that they dont portray. There is no way of knowing exactly why polls move, and what timeframe cause and effect operates under. Pundits can only guess, or make things up. In New Zealand media companies who publish polls try to make dramatic stories out of their own polls. []

19:15

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

If you want to update your credit card details click here. If you want to upgrade or change your subscription click here. You can easily upgrade between subscription levels at any time by visiting your account page. When upgrading your subscription, it will be prorated based on the amount you have already paid and how much time is left on your []

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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.

Image result for Intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas turly profound education breeds humility

Its a universal law intolerance is the first sign of an inadequate education. An ill-educated person behaves with arrogant impatience, whereas turly profound education breeds humility Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

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

Some thoughts on writing history the Melanesian way "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

British in Port Moresby 1885
British troops observed by Motuan people in Port Moresby, 1885

PHIL FITZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY - Like a lot of expatriates in Papua New Guinea prior to independence, I commenced a university degree through the University of Queenslands school of external studies.

I didnt have a particular goal in mind. My motives were to add some direction to my voracious reading habit and give me something to do in the evenings on the remote patrol posts where I worked.

My vague study plan allowed me to range over many different subjects. The only constraints were the rules of the university. In this way I flitted from one course to another as they caught my interest.

The plan would certainly not provide any particular qualification when my degree was completed. Rather it offered a good general education in the nature of the old style Victorian scholastic era.

What I probably didnt realise at the time, though, was that my approach had a particular Melanesian flavour to it, a sort of laid-back way of learning. It was something, along with a few other bad habits, I must have picked up in that Papua New Guinean water.

Through this make it up as you go along degree, I found myself as one of only a few males tackling Womens Studies and later among hippies absorbing The Politics of Non-Violence.

One thing I did learn from university, no matter what the subject, was that original thinking was a big no-no. It was all about giving the lecturers what they wanted to hear. In other words, echoing their ideas.

I first realised this when an essay on Joseph Conrads Heart of Darkness was returned to me with a low mark. In the essay I had had the temerity to suggest that my location on a remote patrol post on the upper reaches of the Fly River had some relevance to an appreciation of the novel.

I had also dabbled in a few history subjects and made the same mistake. As Pink Floyd declared, I was just another brick in the wall and thats where I was expected to stay.

When I understood this, I settled back to regurgitating the lec...

18:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

More than a decade on from his successful provincial tenure, Sir Graham Henry is returning to help revive Auckland rugby. Henry led Auckland to four successive titles (1993-1996) before moving onto the Blues, Wales, British and Irish Lions and All Blacks. His last elongated coaching post was assisting Argentina from 2012-2013 after their introduction to []

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18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is uncouth (adj) 1. Crude; unrefined. 2. Awkward or clumsy; ungraceful. 3. )Archaic) Foreign; unfamiliar. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Old English uncu unknown, strange, unusual; uncertain, unfamiliar; unfriendly, unkind, rough, from un- not + cu known, well-known, past participle of cunnan to know, from PIE root *gno- []

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18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 27 18 As workers who tend a fig tree are allowed to eat the fruit, so workers who protect their employers interests will be rewarded.

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17:20

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.

17:15

Media watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

27 January 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 []

17:10

Open Forum Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

17:04

Fake News, Fake News: Trump Denies That He Wanted To Fire Mueller In June "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

JONATHAN TURLEY

donald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedAt the Davos conference in Switzerland, President Donald Trump denied the New York Times account that he ordered the firing of Special Counsel in June but was prevented by doing so when White House Counsel Don McGahn threatened to resign.  It is a highly disturbing allegation since such an act would have been catastrophic for the Trump Administration.  Now however President Trump is denying the story responding to reporters with fake news, fake news.  What is curious is that the White House and particularly the White House Counsel did not deny the story.

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15:57

Newsbud Exclusive- The Nuclear Insanity of the Trump Administration. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

President Donald Trump and his generals are ready to use tactical nuclear weapons against North Korea and its hereditary leader, Kim Jung-un.

In early January, the Pentagon sent three B-2 Spirit strategic stealth bombers along with approximately 200 Airmen attached to the 509th Bomb Wing to the Andersen Air Force Base located on Guam in Micronesia in the western Pacific Ocean, according to Business Insider.

The nuclear capable B-2s join an unspecified number of B-1B Lancers deployed to Guam to support the US Pacific Commands (USPACOM) Continuous Bomber Presence mission. B-52 bombers are also stationed at the airbase.

The B-2 and B-52 comprise the air wing of the US nuclear triad. Both aircraft carry nuclear air-launched cruise missiles and also the B-61 gravity tactical nuclear bomb. It is currently the primary thermonuclear weapon in the Enduring Stockpile arsenal established after the Cold War. As of 2004, the arsenal included 5,886 strategic warheads and 1,120 tactical weapons. Of this number, 1,600 are B-61 and B-83 gravity bombs. The arsenal also includes 320 nuclear warheads for Tomahawk missiles.

The B-61 underwent modification and tests in October 2015. The bomb has two key difference from an earlier version, notes Russian military analyst Viktor Murakhovsky. It has the so-called scalable nuclear yield which allows for controlling the yield to a certain extent. In addition, its aerodynamic configuration and control surface makes the bomb extremely high-precision. The previous versions were developed several decades ago. Since nuclear warheads have limited operational time they need to be replaced from time to time. With the new bomb, the US has incorporated high-precision developments with the scalable nuclear yield technology.

Known as a nuclear bunker buster, the B-61 is designed to penetrate underground facilities, making it an ideal candidate for use against North Korea. It is estimated North Korea has hundreds of underground bunkers. In 2009, it was reported the regime planned to build over a thousand of these bunkers, many serving as decoys.

In 2010, it was reported by the Hong Kong bureau of the...

14:16

Just because it is beautiful.....(35) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Green Sea Turtle
Chelonia mydas
Found in tropical and subtropical coastal waters, Pacific Ocean
Nests on a small number of Australian beaches
mid-late October to late March-early April
Listed as Vulnerable
  

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

January 27 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1186 Henry VI, the son and heir of the Holy Roman Emperor Frederick I, married Constance of Sicily.

1343 Pope Clement VI issued the Bull Unigenitus.

1606  Gunpowder Plot: The trial of Guy Fawkes and other conspirators began, ending with their execution on January 31.

1695 Mustafa II became the Ottoman sultan on the death of Ahmed II. Mustafa ruled until his abdication in 1703.

1756 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Austrian composer was born  (d. 1791).

1785 The University of Georgia was founded, the first public university in the United States.

1825 The U.S. Congress approved Indian Territory clearing the way for forced relocation of the Eastern Indians on the Trail of Tears.

1832  Lewis Carroll, English author, was born (d. 1898).
1888 The National Geographic Society was founded in Washington, D.C..

1908 William Randolph Hearst, Jr., American newspaper magnate, was born (d. 1993).

1921 Donna Reed, American actress, was born (d. 1986).

1933  Mohamed Al-Fayed, Egyptian billionaire businessman, was born.

1939 First flight of the Lockheed P-38 Lightning.

1941 Beatrice Tinsley...

11:50

Trump signals may reconsider TPP for better deal "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

But that ship has sailed, remaining TPP members may tell Trump in Davos

The TPP has not been popular among many Republicans and some sectors of the US workforce, giving Trump the ammunition to proceed with withdrawal. People attend a rally protesting the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in Maui, Hawaii, the United States, July 29, 2015 [Xinhua]


US President Donald Trump has told US news network CNBC that he could rethink his withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership if the member nations could offer the US a better deal.

During his interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, and ahead of his speech to the participants on Friday, Trump revealed that he believed the TPP was structured to Americas disadvantage.

In one of his first executive orders after being sworn in as President, Trump ordered the withdrawal from the TPP, which has been a cornerstone of Barack Obamas policy to counter Chinas growing global influence.

Calling the TPP unfair and damaging to US economic prospects, Trump signaled in November 2016 immediately after his election win that he would negotiate bilateral trade treaties with different countries in order to bring jobs back to the US.

Since then, countries which had signed on to the TPP in 2016, such as Australia, Brunei, Vietnam, Canada, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Chile and Japan signaled that they will try and keep it functional and/or modify it into something similar.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull had previously told journalists that there is also an opportunity for China to join the TPP.

Currently, the remaining members are expected to sign a new deal over the next few weeks.

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies

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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09:00

AWKWARD: New DNA Analysis Reveals Original Native Americans Were White "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"




It makes sense that any who actually came through by the northern route would share genetics across the whole sub arctic. That same mix surely filled the Northern woodlands  As can easily be demonstrated by comparing photos of a typical Tibetan crowd shot and similar shots of many native groups.

Then you add in a continuing influx across the Atlantic since at least 2500 BC that was never interrupted at all and all present claims are complete nonsense. only massive DNA meta statisitics will be able to sort it all out and the skills are still in infancy.

Additional movement also took place along the Pacific Rim from Japan at the least back though thousands of years which also support much earlier dates for movement across the Atlantic.. 
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AWKWARD: New DNA Analysis Reveals Original Native Americans Were White 

Posted on January 15, 2018

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08:58

Antologi Cerpen Penulis Wanita Borneo: Perempuan, Cinta, dan Maruah "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Antologi Cerpen Penulis Wanita Borneo: Perempuan, Cinta, dan Maruah

Antologi Cerpen Penulis Wanita Borneo: Perempuan, Cinta, dan Maruah

Judul: Antologi Cerpen Penulis Wanita Borneo: Perempuan, Cinta dan Maruah

Penerbit: Iris Publishing & Distributors, Malaysia

Tahun Terbit: 2017

Tebal: 350 Halaman

Pengantar: Prof. Lim Swee Tin

Penyelenggara: Kathirina Susanna Tati

Penulis

  1. Andriani SJ Kusni (Kalimantan Tengah) Patendu
  2. Asiah Aliszaman (Sabah) Hotel Desa Raya
  3. Dayangku Mastura Pg. Ismail (Sabah) Janganlah Jauh
  4. Dayang Mary Marlini Abg Adeni (Sarawak) Kasih Keringkam
  5. Fatimah Haji Othman (Brunei Darussalam) Pohon Pisang
  6. Haini Karno (Sabah) Sangai-Sangai
  7. Harsanti Sudiharto (Kalimantan Timur) Mata Bara
  8. Inni Indarpuri (Kalimantan Timur) Kedai Kopi Dinda
  9. Jamilah Haji Epin (Sarawak) Pipus
  10. Kathirina Susanna Tati (Sabah) Perempuan, Cinta, dan Maruah
  11. ...

08:00

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When you count 3mls of  rain you know its dry.

When its that dry you welcome even very small amounts of rain, and when, as last nights was, the small amount is followed by a cloudy day which is cool enough to make irrigation effective its even better and Im grateful for it.

08:00

Friday Feline "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Dont Get Between a Cat and Its Ice Cream. **Just a note here that cats are lactose intolerant and should not be fed dairy products, unfortunately, they do seem to have a liking for them

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06:25

James Shaws State of the Planet speech "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

James Shaw gave the 2018 Green State of the Planet speech yesterday:   Five years after the Velvet Revolution that made him President of Czechoslovakia and then the Czech Republic, the former dissident and poet Vclav Havel, said that: There are good reasons for suggesting that the modern age has ended.  Many things indicate that []

06:22

Pacific Cyclone Makes Landfall on Vancouver Island Tomorrow Night "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I have an admission to make.  The weather this winter has been boring, without much major action. 

You know what I mean:  no big windstorms, crippling snowstorms, heavy rain or extensive flooding.  That kind of thing. 

One way to see this is to plot the (sustained) winds at Sea-Tac Airport for the last 12 weeks (below).  One decent event in mid-November (sustained winds reaching 32 knots), and pablum after that.  Boring.


For those of you who like weather action, things will improve late tomorrow ans Saturday, but even the upcoming event will only be a modest blow.  But we must take what meteorological scraps are offered to us by the weather gods.

Let me start by showing you the pressure forecasts for the next day or so.  The forecast for 10 PM Friday night looks promising, with a modest low center (a Pacific cyclone of 997 hPa) off our coast.  A strong pressure gradient on the Oregon coast....the will be ground zero for strong winds tomorrow evening.


By 8 AM Saturday, the low center will be making landfall on south/central Vancouver Island, with lots of pressure gradient and winds along the Washington Coast.

 At 1 PM to low will be moving due north o...

06:15

Green plans for female co-leader "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Metiria Turei resigned as Green co-leader last August, leaving James Shaw as sole leader since then. Shaw has just announced plans for finding a new co-leader. Any female MP or party member can put themselves forward, with Marama Davidson, Julie Anne Genter and Eugenie Sage touted as likely contenders. Timeline announced for Green Party Female []

06:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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05:56

Dog With 'Human' Teeth Helps Her Mom Make Friends Everywhere She Goes "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

As a member of the fastest dog breed on the planet, the quick pace of city life agrees with Salty the greyhound.

The white dappled dog is a fixture in coffee shops and pubs around Melbourne, Australia, and her mom, Lucy Percival, is happy to encourage her social spirit.

Credit: Lucy Percival

We live in Melbourne, which is famous for its bars and cafs, and Salty is a true Melbourite as she loves them, too, Percival told The Dodo. Saltys favorite things are catching the train to go to a bar, or walking to our local cafs for a puppuccino. If she chooses her walk route, she always chooses to walk to the train station!

Most dogs would prefer to head to the dog park rather than a bar but Salty isnt like most dogs, for a number of reasons.

Credit: Lucy Percival

Whenever Salty is contentedly sitting at her favorite spot, something odd happens: She reveals her pronounced front teeth and her jaw starts to chatter. This behavior can draw curious, even concerned, stares from her fellow caf patrons.

Some people think the shaking is because shes sick, scared or cold, Percival said, but she is definitely healthy, happy and warm in the Melbourne summer!

Chattering (chittering or knitting) is one trait that makes greyhounds special. Unlike humans, where teeth chattering is an involuntary form of shivering, greyhound teeth chattering is usually a sign of happiness or contentment, similar to a cats purr.

Though Saltys chattering is not especially uncommon for greyhounds, it still draws attention and can get quite noisy.
 
Salty chatters a lot! She chatters when its breakfast or dinner time, she chatte...

05:56

Artbeat Live 19 January 2018 Fremantle Press CEO Jane Fraser & author Deb Fitzpatrick "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Fremantle Press CEO Jane Fraser & author Deb Fitzpatrick talk about the T.A.G. Hungerford Award and the workshop to help new authors prepare their manuscripts on Artbeat Live at the State Library of WA. 

Play Fremantle Press

 

05:50

Woeful Poms "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

After just 45 minutes play at Adelaide, the Poms have lost FIVE wickets for thirteen runs.

Does anyone know that the record is for the shortest ever ODI?

There will be plenty of people demanding their money back from Cricket Australia after today's debacle.

05:10

A defining act of healing "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Today ANTaR and many of its supporters will pause to reflect on the anniversary of the invasion that started the dispossession and oppression of Australias First People. We will join them in mourning what they have lost to the colonisation of their lands and honour their survival after years of fighting for justice, rights and respect.

Each year ANTaR works to educate and build awareness on the tragic legacy of January 26 and what it means for First People. We encourage the national conversation about our national holiday, knowing that these debates can bring Australia closer to reconciliation.

We believe Australians can rethink our national holiday and that if it helps relieve deeply held trauma and anxieties experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people we should move it too.

Please sign the Sea of Hands Pledge and join us in building awareness.

Thinking of how to mark the day? Weve collated some of the events and rallies led by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that are being held on the 26 January. View the list here. 

Many in our community may think the hurt and the scars held by First People can be overcome. How can we expect this when weve not experienced the ongoing disadvantage that has risen from the legacy of frontier wars, massacres and old racist government policies.

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05:00

Lets Talk "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

What movie can you watch over and over without ever getting tired of? Tell us why we should watch it. Discuss:  

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04:30

#KnitForJacinda (the Anarchist version) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The knitted goods all get donated to worthy causes such as Families with premature or unwell babies, Women escaping from domestic violence, Refugees starting a new life in New Zealand, Young parents without support networks, Families where one parent is terminally ill or struggling with other illness, Families where the key earner has been made []

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04:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Accite  to call or send for officially or by authority; illustrate by example; agitate; stir; awaken, rouse; excite; cause.

04:00

If I was a Union member I wouldnt want this guy negotiating my pay rise "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Question: What kind of a negotiator declares the negotiation over when a couple of things dont go his way? Answer: A bad one a top Palestinian negotiator. Incredibly, Top Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat has declared that the peace process is over He further strained his credibility as an effective negotiator when he stated that []

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03:50

A curious suggestion "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This is an interesting area worth debate, especially in the NZ context. Unfortunately many people, including our politicians have never it seems taken the time to understand insurance, especially the critical role that reinsurance plays

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I think I see what motivated the suggestion.  After the February 2011 quake, AMI failed, but instead of being allowed to close, with losses lying where they fell, the government (backed by   questionable   advice from The Treasury and the Reserve Bank) launched a bail-out.  No policyholder lost anything.   It set a terrible precedent   and wasnt cheap either (final costs as yet unknown).   And the OBR

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03:43

Human Rights Advocates Unite for Porgera Women "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ramcy Wama | Post Courier | January 26, 2018

Four human rights groups have complied with Canadian gold miner Barrick Golds request to unite to seek redress for atrocities committed against women in the past 20 years at Porgera gold mine in Enga Province.

Akali Tanga Association, Human Rights Inter Pacific Association, Porgera Red Wara Women Association and 118 Indigenous Women Association announced their unity in Porgera last Friday

The four had been separately fighting against the negative human rights impacts caused by the Porgera Gold Mine since the mine started its operation in 1989.

They claim to represent victims who were allegedly poisoned from the chemical waste, women and girls who were raped and sexually assaulted by mine workers and related social problems affecting the landowners as a result of the mining operation.

The Barrick Gold Corporation, the joint owner company of Barrick Niuguini Limited (BNL) that currently operates Porgera Gold Mine, asked for the four advocates to unite and claim for the remedy for the victims because of duplicity in separate claims.

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03:38

NYT: Trump Ordered Mueller To Be Fired In June But White House Counsel Refused To Carry Out Order "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

JONATHAN TURLEY

donald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedThe New York Times has posted a blockbuster story that President Donald Trump ordered that Special Counsel Robert Mueller be fired last June but White House Counsel Donald F. McGahn II prevented the order from being carried out by threatening to resign.  If true, it is a chilling disclosure that any president might take a clearly self-destructive and unwarranted act.  The firing would have raised credible calls for an investigation for possible impeachable offenses.  While I have written extensively (here and here and here) on Muellers conflicts of interest and why he should never have been considered for such a post, I have also stressed that any firing of Mueller would be an act of utter insanity in the midst of this investigation.

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03:30

Oxford University: Patronising Girls and Ignoring Boys "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The news that Oxford University has trialled extending the time of exam deadlines in Maths and Computer Science, specifically to help female students get better grades, has generated incredulity and derision. At first, many assumed that female students were given longer time to do the exam, whereas all students were given the extra time. It []

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03:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a video suitable for the Mental Health Break please e-mail it to video@whaleoil.co.nz and put MHB in the Subject line.

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02:32

An Undignified Death "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A journey around my mother By Roger Childs Back in 1981 my older brother and I used to alternate in taking the rail car to Napier. We went up to the Hawkes Bay to see our mother Ethel and support father Henry. Ethel was in Napier Hospital and was not coming out. These were the []

02:30

This photo poignantly reveals both the new and the old Sweden "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The policeman appears to be a blonde ethnic Swede. Bare-chested with an impressive physique he kneels impassively as his fellow officers in uniform bandage his stab wound. He was stabbed by one of the many thousands of migrants who have descended on Sweden like a plague of locusts devouring everything in their path. They have gobbled []

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02:25

The Anti-Nuclear Coalition South Australias survey of political candidates and MPs "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Antinuclear Australia and associated social media will be following with interest the responses of South Australian election candidates to this very important survey

Dear [candidate or MP]

In 2017 South Australians were asked to consider a number of nuclear options for our state.  With a State e...

02:11

Nuclear power proponents fighting a losing battle to get any role in Australias energy future "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Safety risks stall nuclear role in Australias energy mix, SMH, 25 January 2018, Cole Latimer 
http://www.smh.com.au/business/the-economy/safety-risks-stall-nuclear-role-in-australia-s-energy-mix-20180125-p4yyvj.htmlIf Australia is to hit its Paris climate change targets and lower carbon emissions it needs to think seriously about nuclear energy, lobbyists say, but the safety risks coupled with its economic viability have former supporters doubting its future in Australia.

Australias commitment to the 2015 Paris climate agreement which aims to reduce emissions by 5 per cent below 2000 levels has increased the pressure to reduce the electricity industrys emissions levels, and nuclear energy has been put forward as a way to reach decarbonisation of the network.

Robert Parker, who is a current committee member and former president of the Australian Nuclear Association, said nuclear energy could play a major role in Australias decarbonisation if it is used along with renewable generation such as wind, solar and pumped hydro storage.  Mr Parker said there was the potential to replace Victorias brown coal-fired power stations with nuclear reactors once they had reached the end of their operating life. He said the infrastructure was already in place to rapidly build and operate a nuclear power plant..

Friends of the Earth national nuclear campaigner Dr Jim Green said the cost of nuclear power had made it unviable.

With the possible exception of carbon capture and storage, nuclear power would be the most expensive and least effective way of reducing emissions in Australia, Dr Green told Fairfax Media.

The estimated cost of reactors under construction in the UK is $20 billion each. The estimated cost of reactors under construction in France and Finland has risen to $16 billion each. Energy efficiency and conservation programs, coupled with renewable energy expansion, can sharply reduce emissions in Australia far more quickly and cheaply than nuclear power.

Ten years ago, there might have been a debate to be had over the economic merits of nuclear power, when the Switkowski inquiry estimated that a reactor could be built for $4 billion to $6 billion. The Switkowski panel was out by a factor of three and even Ziggy Switkowski himself now acknowledges that renewables are a more economically viable choice.

Nuclear physicist and NBN chairman Ziggy Switkowski, who once said Australia needs 50 nuclear reactors across the nation, believes the window...

02:06

Authorities in Tonga investigate shop fire "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

An investigation is underway into a fire that left one person injured and caused extensive damage to a shop in Kolomotua, Nukualofa.

The fire emergency services suspect the fire started from the cooking area of the building.

On Thursday, 18th January 2018 at approximately 0026Hrs Nukualofa fire station responded to a call for assistance at Kapet, Kolomotua at a corner of Vahaakolo road and Matealona road opposite Queen Slote College, a Fire service spokesperson told Kaniva News.

Upon arrival, the fire crew discovered fire from the Chinese Store.

He said about 70 percent of the store including merchandise goods was affected by the fire.

Approximately 30 percent of properties were saved including cash amount of TOP$5,558.40.

There was huge difficulty in trying to determine the exact cause of fire. It was not able to gain any evidence that would help indicate the heat source. Therefore, the exact cause of the fire is yet to be determined undetermined, as we are still conducting investigations into its exact cause.

The estimated loss is valuated to TOP$200,000.00.

     Source:Kaniva News

01:58

Doomsday Clock moved 30 seconds closer to midnight, "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

CLOSER TO MIDNIGHT: THE DOOMSDAY CLOCK AND THE THREAT OF NUCLEAR WAR, Wired, 25 Jan 18, THE ACCIDENTAL MISSILE alert in Hawaii earlier this month made real for 38 terrifying minutes the vague, low-level dread that permeates American life today: Nuclear war seems closer and more real than it has in a generation. Even the popenot exactly a fear-mongersaid last week that the world now stood at the very limit.That existential fear was affirmed today by the organization of nuclear scientists who have spent seven decades trying to turn humanity away from nuclear weapons: The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists moved its Doomsday Clock 30 seconds closer to midnight, an unofficial barometer of how close the world stands to a man-made catastrophe. It now stands two minutes away.

To call the situation dire is to understate the danger, said Rachel Bronson, the head of the Bulletin, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, Thursday, announcing the clocks new setting.

The clock dates back to 1947, when the scientists who participated in the Manhattan Project wanted to create a mechanism to warn of escalating global tensions and the danger of global Armageddon. The iconic stylized timepiece has since become the global arbiter of dreador hope. It aims to answer two questions: Is the future of civilization safer or at greater risk than it was last year? And how does todays risk compare to the risks weve experienced over the last 71 years?

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01:55

US stealth bombers in Guam preparing for a tactical nuclear strike on North Korea? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

US stealth bombers in Guam appear to be readying for a tactical nuclear strike on North Korea, Business Insider, ALEX LOCKIE, JAN 25, 2018, 

01:52

Many Australians not aware of significance of Australia Day Invasion Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australia Day poll: While many believe date shouldnt offend, many ignore significance of Jan 26 
By Nakari Thorpe : NITV News 18 Jan 2018

While more Australians say that Australia Day should not be celebrated on a day that is offensive to Indigenous Australians,  many do not know the significance of January 26, according to a new poll.

The poll was conducted by Canberra based think-tank, the Australia Institute,
which surveyed 1417 Australians regarding their knowledge about and attitudes to Australia Day.

The polling shows that most Australians dont know what historical event Australia Day commemorates
and most people are not aware it wasnt always celebrated on this date.
Perhaps thats why more than half of Australians say they dont really mind
when we hold Australia Day, as long as we do,
Ebony Bennett, Deputy Director of The Australia Institute said.

Read more of Nakariinformativeinteresting & well-researched article here:
www.sbs.com.au/nitv/nitv-news/article/2018/01/18/australia-day-poll-while-many-believe-date-shouldnt-offend-many-ignore

01:48

The pro nuclear propaganda that Ive been expecting "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Off-the-Shelf Nuclear Plants Could Soon Help Power Electric Cars, Bloomberg, By 
Rachel Morison, January 25, 2018,
  • Small modular reactors more versatile than conventional plants
  • Battery storage still too pricey for large-scale use
Demand for low-carbon electricity to power a future wave of electric vehicles could be provided by small, factory-built nuclear reactors.
The U.K. government pledged 56 million pounds of funding for research and development of small nuclear reactors in December. But policy makers need to move quickly and endorse a design now to enable deployment in the 2020s, Policy Exchange said.  https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-01-25/off-the-shelf-nuclear-plants-could-soon-help-power-electric-cars

01:40

01:37

Kiata wind farm to strengthen Victorias energy network RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A new wind farm in Western Victoria will power more than 20,000 households as part of a jobs boom in Western Victoria with six projects underway or proposed in the area.

via Kiata wind farm to strengthen Victorias energy network RenewEconomy

01:35

FUKUSHIMA: Where are the People? Arnie Gundersen on the Ongoing Human Toll of the Nuclear Disaster "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

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Please go listen his weeks feature on Nuclear Hotseat podcast:
 
Arnie Gundersen, Chief Engineer at Fairewinds Energy Education, focuses on the human toll inflicted by the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi. Recorded December 2, 2017, at DePaul University, at an event sponsored by Chicagos Nuclear Energy Information Service, or NEIS.
 

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01:30

Convince me: Which situations are sexual harassment and which are prostitution "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Since the Harvey Weinstein claims and the #MeToo phenomenon there has been a debate on which situations are sexual harassment and which are a type of prostitution. One actress recently for example said I personally did not suck Harveys d*ck, although he showed it to me and I got out of the room before there []

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01:07

National Native American Veterans Memorial Finalists Announced "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Published January 25, 2018

WASHINGTON The Smithsonians National Museum of the American Indian has announced the five finalists for the design of the National Native American Veterans Memorial. They are:

  • James Dinh
  • Daniel SaSuWeh Jones (Ponca) and Enoch Kelly Haney (Seminole)
  • Harvey Pratt (Cheyenne /Arapaho)
  • Stefanie Rocknak
  • Leroy Transfield (Mori: Ngai Tahu/Ngati Toa)

The design competition is a juried, two-stage process. Stage I was an international open call to submit design concepts. A blue-ribbon jury of Native and non-Native American artists, designers and scholars selected the design concepts from Stage I to advance to Stage IIthe finalist designers.

The museum received 413 registrations from five continents, North and South America, Africa, Asia and Europe. We are exceedingly happy that we received such a wide response to the competition, said Donald J. Stastny, FAIA,FAICP, FCIP, the competition manager. The jury examined each of the 120 completed submittals, and each received a rigorous evaluation resulting in the five design concepts that have been selected for Stage II.

James Dinh is a public artist and landscape architect who founded studiodinh in Los Angeles to explore notions of history, place and ecology within the context of public space. Dan SaSuWeh Jones (Ponca) is a writer, producer and artist and is the former chairman of the Ponca Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma. Enoch Kelly Haney (Seminole) is a sculptor and artist who has served three terms in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and is currently serving in the Oklahoma State Senate. Harvey Pratt (Cheyenne /Arapaho) a multi-media artist and leading forensic artist, retired as the police forensic artist for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation. Stefanie Rocknak is a sculptor and professor of philosophy in upstate New York who focuses on figurative wood sculptures. Leroy Transfield (Mori: Ngai Tahu/Ngati Toa) is a sculptor originally from New Zealand; he studied in Hawaii and founded his own studio in Orem, Utah, where he currently resides.

On Feb. 7, the museum will introduce the Stage II finalists at Meet Your Designers, a public event from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Rasmuson Theater on the first floor of the museum. Each designer will have 15 minutes to introduce themselves, explain why they entered the competition and share their initial concept-design....

01:02

Akaku Upstairs Presents: Maui Food Innovation Center NOW Serving Mauis Foodpreneurs 2/1/18 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  The Maui Food Innovation Center (MFIC) is a unique, first in-state incubator fostering agribusiness and foodpreneurs x-celeration and education. Part of the University of Hawaii Maui College, located in Kahului, Maui, MFIC is helping build a stronger, economically diverse, and sustainable Maui by supporting the ever growing, value added food industry. Chris Speere, Program

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01:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Big drop in Otago farm sales, NZ sales down 21% Simon Hartley:

Otago has recorded the largest decline in farm sales across the country, down by 27 on a year ago while nationally sales dipped 21%, down by more than 100 properties.
Ten of 14 regions recorded declines in farm sales for the quarter ended December, with Otago booking the most substantial decline, down 27 sales followed by Northland down 25 sales, while Southland was one of only three regions with an increase, up three sales.

Overall, farm sales nationally for the quarter plunged 105 from 499 for the same quarter last year to 394, according to Real Estate Institute of New Zealand data.

REINZ rural spokesman Brian Peacocke said the sales were a reflection of two key factors which impacted on the rural sector weather and prices. . .

Is the 20-year white gold rush over for dairy industry? Andrea Fox:

The countrys second biggest dairy manufacturer and exporter Open Country Dairy believes New Zealand milk production growth has peaked and a long run of muscular annual rises is over.

Chairman Laurie Margrain said the privately-owned company did not believe overall milk production would rise much higher than it is today.

There will be seasonal variances due to weather of course but its not realistic to think New Zealand milk production will go through the growth curve its had in the past 10 years. . . .

Warning after homekill prosecutions rise:

A spike in prosecutions for illegal homekill has prompted officials to warn people not to sell homekill on social media.

Information released to Radio New Zealand showed seven people were prosecuted in 2017, compared to one the year before.

And 44 sales of homekill on Facebook were reported to the Ministry for Primary Industries last year, 30 more than 2016.

Selling homekill is illegal, with fines of up to $75,000 for individuals and $300,000 for businesses. . .

01:00

Losing The Argument About Australia Day? Lefties Throw Another Tantrum "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Opinion polls released yesterday show that almost nobody in Australia agrees with the left about changing the date of Australia Day. So, what do they do? Try to put forward reasoned arguments for their case? Accept defeat? No. They have a tanty and wreck stuff. As usual. Captain Cook statue vandalised A statue of Captain []

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00:30

Whaleoil is monitoring the governments election promises: Employment "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Thanks to a reader (who has done all the hard work for us) Whaleoil has a spreadsheet that we are using and updating in order to accurately monitor all the governments election promises. Here is what they promised for Employment: Please help us to update our spreadsheet. Have they achieved or started work on any []

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00:00

View From Your Window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo was taken in Cashmere, Christchurch. My office overlooking Christchurch, Christmas morning.   window@whaleoil.co.nz Please put View From My Window in the subject line.

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00:00

Fridays answers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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23:59

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

ARREST WARRANT DROPPED FOR SPEAKING HAWAIIAN

























Speaking Hawaiian inside a Maui courtroom could have landed a Kula man behind bars. Trial for a Haleakala telescope protester was scheduled to start at District Court in Wailuku Wednesday morning but it didn't get very far.

Fifty-one-year-old defendant Kaleikoa Kaeo identified he was present in court, speaking Hawaiian instead of English. 

When presiding Judge Blaine Kobayashi told Kaeo he couldn't understand him, Kaeo continued to speak in his native tongue. The judge refused to recognize Kaeo's presence in court and issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

Today the Hawaii State Judiciary dropped the arrest warrant.  Judge Kobayashi issued an order recalling the bench warrant.  

Also, a hearing has been scheduled regarding the use of a Hawaiian language interpreter.  The Judiciary will be reviewing its policies regarding the provision of Hawaiian language interpreters.

According to court records, Kaeo was granted a Hawaiian language translator more than a dozen times for past petty misdemeanor proceedings. Kaeo is able to speak English, and in this case, the judge ordered the trial to be held in English and did not provide a translator.

"It's really unfortunate. If I spoke Spanish, if I spoke Filipino or Japanese...

23:56

New Irelanders satisfied with seabed mining campaign "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Nautilus the Protector Solwara Em Laif

Loop PNG | January 25, 2018

Landowners from New Ireland Province are pleased with the result of the campaign against experimental seabed mining.

They noted the overwhelming support from the national, regional and international organisations, including from prominent leaders.

Following the recent resignation of Nautilus chairman Russel Debney and Nautilus vice president PNG Adam Wright, Jonathan Mesulam of the Alliance of Solwara Warriors said:

We are pleased with the recent turn of events and would like to acknowledge the support given by the European Union Parliament, United Nations and reputable l...

23:46

The right to withdraw labour is a fundamental human right "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Editorial comment

Responding to the order made by the Australia Fair Work Commission yesterday over its decision to order members of the Rail Bus and Tram Union in Sydney, to not go on strike next Monday and to lift their overtime ban, has brought to attention the difficulty that unions and their members have with an industrial relations system, become increasingly skewed to favour the employer.

Yesterdays article in The Pen was restricted and is therefore republished at the bottom of this page.

Not since the days of the master Servants act of the nineteenth century, has such a one-sided system been in place.

It marks a significant restriction of the democratic right of workers to have say in the conditions of their employment.

To suggest that there is equality before the law is nonsense. Big employers have the economic muscle and connections to impose their will, which means that the employment relationship is not one between equals. Unions emerged because of this. Only through acting together can workers be heard.

The Fair Work Act and the institutions that administer it, are designed to restrict this right. Nothing proves this more convincingly, than the rarity of orders made against employers, for bringing economic harm to those who work for them and providing an unsafe workplace.

The union peak body in Australia, the Australian Council of Trade Unions, released the following statement yesterday.

ACTU statement

Todays decision by the Fair Work Commission to suspend the action by train drivers is further evidence of the broken rules in Australian workplaces that are driving down wage growth.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions today noted that the right to withdraw your labour is a fundamental human right, that is denied to most Australian workers, most of the time.

Quotes attributable to Sally McManus, ACTU Secretary:

The basic right to strike in Australia is very nearly dead.

Rail workers followed every single rule and law, and still the Minister of the day can get an order to cancel bans on working excessive overtime.

When working people and their union go through every possible hoop and hurdle and are still denied these basic rights, it is no secret why so many workers havent had a pay rise.

Working peoples wages in Australia are so stagnant because the rules are stacked in the favour of the employers.

We need to change the rules, because Australia needs a pay rise.

 

Sydney rail workers pus...

23:45

IRONY Alert: PM presents certificates to students before closing their schools "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I really dont know how Emma Purves, Jeremiah Mahanga, Sapphron Jackson-Marshall and Dominic Elliot were able to keep a smile on their faces. How did they feel I wonder accepting certificates and congratulations from a Prime Minister who is closing their highly successful Partnership schools down? They are only Year 9 and 10 students and they []

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23:40

Crossing Arizona: the perils of colonial forces on Indigenous land... "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Re-posting this map of reported bodies crossing into Arizona from Mexico, 1999-2009. Total over this decade: 1,755. [sparked by recent blog posting on The Standard



Mike Wilson narrates a powerful film, 'Crossing Arizona', on the undermining of Tohono O'odham sovereignty and the destruction of water stations which he and others tried to maintain. Mike's beef was with the Tohono O'odham Nation who he argues were complicit in these murderous acts.

See also http://bsnorrell.tripod.com/id61.html


23:36

QotD: On results, not wishful thinking "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


"The left is so invested in the idea that they are helping the disadvantaged that they seldom bother to check the actual consequences of what they are doing."
~ Thomas Sowell
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23:30

James Shaw is talking about swallowing dead rats "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

James Shaw is talking about swallowing dead rats: Green Party leader James Shaw has warned supporters to prepare to compromise and swallow dead rats if the party is to get what it wants in government. In the annual State of the Planet address, Shaw said he believed New Zealand could be one of the first []

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23:12

Something old, something new "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wellington is still blessed with some very good secondhand bookstores and Ive never read any Henry James.

Ive got to the bottom of the first page. So far its very Jane Austen-ish.

23:09

Premier urged to stop koala-habitat logging near Bellingen "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Eight NSW environment groups have written to the NSW Premier urging her to intervene to protect an area of Gladstone State Forest, near Bellingen, vital to the protection of koalas in NSW.

Logging operations are planned in Gladstone State Forest where hundreds of koala scats were found by community groups in July and August 2017.

The groups say the planned logging operations, on top of operations carried out in August 2017, highlight how the regulation of public native forests is failing to protect koalas.

A National Parks Association spokesperson said that despite Forestry Corporations own ecologists finding extensive evidence of koala scats, and the hundreds of scats found last August by members of the Bellingen Environment Centre and Kalang River Forest Alliance, no steps have been taken to protect Gladstones koalas.

Polling in the north coast seats of Ballina and Lismore in December 2017 showed people were very aware of the plight of koalas, and highly supportive of new national parks for their protection, the spokesperson said.

North East Forest Alliances Dailan Pugh said koala populations on the north coast have declined 50  per cent  in the past two decades.

Logging has been proven to be contributing to this decline. We must protect the remaining breeding colonies to give koalas a fighting chance, Mr Pugh said.

Gladstone has been found to support a significant koala population, including a mother and her joey. This core koala habitat needs to be protected.

Nambucca Valley Conservation Association spokesperson Lyn Orrego said the state government has allowed Forestry Corporation to undertake intensive, clearfell logging, not valid under logging rules, of 23,000 hectares of high-quality koala habitat in our north coast public native forests over the past 10 years.

We implore the premier to take seriously our request for a stay of execution for the koalas of Gladstone State Forest, Ms Orrego said.

Unprecedented high levels of evidence of breeding koala populations in Gladstone State Forest have been found.

Bellingen Environment Centre spokesperson Ashley Love said this is exceptional evidence of occupancy and demonstrates this area of forest is entirely unsuitable for logging.

Forestry Corporations own ecologists have identified the importance of this area for koalas, yet no protections have been put in place. The premier must intervene, he said.

Frances Pike of the Australian Forests and Climate Alliance said not only is our forest wildlife getting hammered by logging, it is driving climate change too.

Forests are the best technology we have for drawing down carbon dioxide...

23:01

Justice denied "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

How are human rights enforced in New Zealand? For a lot of them, such as the right not be discriminated against, or the right to privacy, it is done via the Human Rights Review Tribunal (HRRT). Except the HRRT is so underfunded, it can no longer do its job:

A tribunal set up to hear breaches of human rights has become so overworked and underfunded it can't even schedule a phone conference to plan a hearing, according to an email sent by a staff member.

The amount of work handled by the Human Rights Review Tribunal has doubled over two years even though funding and staffing levels remain the same.

It has meant huge delays for those bringing complaints of discrimination, harassment and privacy breaches.

And for those who have brought cases, the Herald has learned of two that have had a three-year delay in having decisions delivered.


This is a clear case of justice delayed is justice denied. It basicly makes the complaints process a waste of time, and the law meaningless. And all because the penny-pinching previous government refused to fund the HRRT to deal with its full workload.

We've seen this before, with the Ombudsman and OIA complaints. And the answer then was to throw millions of dollars at them to clear the backlog and allow them to resolve complaints quickly and efficiently again. If we want our human rights law to be effective, then we are going to have to do the same with the HRRT. Another example of how National's short-term "savings" end up as long-term costs.

23:00

Cartoon of the day by Dry Bones "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

All the quotes in the cartoon are from Abbass fertile imagination. You cant make this stuff up! (Unless youre the darling of the UN and the fearful leaders of Europe.) Meanwhile, I and the LSW (Long Suffering Wife) invite you to check out our books at Amazon. Please click on Amazon -Dry Bones- Israels Political Comic []

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22:41

Pesticides threaten salmon & whales, too "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Orcas

A new, national report shows that organophosphate pesticides (OPs) threaten the health of aquatic wildlife, notably orca and salmon. Researchers at the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) evaluated malathion, diazinon and the controversial pesticide chlorpyrifos.

Chlorpyrifos was slated for a national ban at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) last spring, due to known health harms to children and farmworkers. Administrator Scott Pruitt reversed course on the decision after a meeting with Dow Chemical, leaving the dangerous insecticide on the market.

Not just bad for children's brains

The NMFS study found that dozens of threatened or endangered species and their critical habitats were in jeopardy. The report focused on species listed under the Endangered Species Act that the Environmental Protection Agency had previously flagged as potentially at risk from pesticide exposure.

Both chlorpyrifos and malathian were found to be especially damaging. The study found both chemicals "likely to jeopardize the continued existence of 38 of the 77 listed species" and negatively impacting "37 of the 50 designated critical habitats" where those species live.

Salmon species and killer whales, or orcas, were found to be threatened by all three OPs.

Broad impacts of salmon loss

Salmon are threatened by a number of environmental factors, such...

22:30

Book Review Of The Day The Most Dangerous Enemy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

You can help. Send your book review to books@whaleoil.co.nz and we will put it up when it is your turn. Please set your submission out with the name of the book, then the author and then describe in your own words what the book is about. Also if you happen to be a commenter please []

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22:30

Rural Delivery reprieve "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Last year Rural Delivery failed to get NZ On Air funding which threatened its ability to continue.

An email from NZ On Air told me:

Rural Delivery was successful in a resubmitted bid for funding at the end of last year. My understanding is the programme will return to screens in 2018. They are securing third party funding in order to receive just under $300,000 funding from NZ On Air.

This is very good news.

Rural Delivery provides a much needed window on the interesting and innovative work being done in rural New Zealand.

22:00

Whaleoil Spy reports in from Wellington "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A reader e-mails Re your article, The Very Strange World of Grant Robertson, attached is a photo of his front office on Willis Street. All of the A4 sheets of paper covering the front window are from various upset renters moaning and groaning about how their rent is going up, how hard it is to []

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22:00

January 26 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1788 - Two French frigates of the Laprouse expedition sailed into Botany Bay as the British were relocating to Sydney Cove in Port Jackson.

1791 - Starting the Aussie tradition of throwing a party for no reason, the flag was flung up the mast to celebrate the beginning of the colony 3 years earlier.

1798 - Explorer George Bass transferred 5 escaped convicts from Glennie Island back to the mainland expecting them to walk back to Sydney.
Strangely they were never seen again....*cue alien music*

1798 - Something that was sighted, although they're fast disappearing, were the first koala and lyrebird near Bargo NSW, by John Price, Governor John Hunter's servant.
The animals didn't rate the Europeans very highly.

1808 - John Macarthur was arrested and gaoled, sparking the Rum Rebellion. Military officers forming the court demand Gov William Bligh granted Macarthur bail and stand down Atkins'; Bligh summons them to appear before him the next day; Major George Johnston signed an order for the release of Macarthur, proclaimed martial law, marched on Government House and arrested Bligh.

1818 - Starting the Aussie tradition of throwing a public holiday for no reason, Governor Macquarie let the populace have a day off from hard slog to celebrate and to build up history and pride.

1818 - Not celebrating on this day was Richard Collyer who was Hanged on the Newtown road, Hobart, for the murder in 1815 of Carlisle and O'Byrne at New Norfolk.

1827 - A public meeting was held in Sydney to demand trial by jury, taxation by representation, and a Legislative Assembly elected on manhood suffrage.

1838 - Waterloo Creek Massacre took place 50kms south-west of Moree.
5 white men were killed while between 120-300 Aboriginal People of the Kamilaroi Nation murdered by police commandant Major James Nunn.

1838  - The foundation stone for Holy Trinity Church North Terrace was laid by GovernorJohn Hindmarsh.

1838 - The 50th Anniversary of the Colony was celebrated with a regatta on Sydney Harbour and a Public Holiday.

1844 - Governor FitzRoy pottered across to NZ and, despite the demands for revenge in the Wairau Massacre of 22 settlers, he decreed the Maori had been provoked by the Europeans' unreasonable actions.
So revenge was off the menu.

1849 The Australasian Anti-Transportation League was formed after a public meeting at Launceston, Tasmania.

1850 - Today saw the first issue of the Irish Exile: Freedoms Advocate newspaper in Tassie.

1855 - Work commenced on foundations of the Victorian Legislative Assembly.

1858 - Adelaide was roasting nicely to the tune of 46.8 degrees C.

1858 - First t...

21:48

Australia in 2018 (Crocodile Dundee grows up) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Walkabout Creek

With a bit of scuttlebutt this week about a forthcoming new Crocodile Dundee movie (fake news, no doubt) let's take a quick look at how Mick Dundee would assess the changes in Australia since 1986, assuming he'd been walkabout Stateside for a few decades...

5 million people in one place

On arrival in Manhattan, Dundee famously exclaimed: "That's incredible. Imagine 7 million people all wanting to live together. Yeah, New York must be the friendliest place on earth!". 

Since 1986, Australia's population has increased very strongly from around 16 million to nearly 25 million. Mick would be surprised to discover Sydney itself taking on more of a Manhattan feel, with well over 5 million residents, from fewer than 3 million back then. 


The population of the Territory remains fairly sparse, however, at under  million in total, with population growth in the Top End now having almost totally stagnated after the recent resources boom.

'A sheila like you?

Mick might also be surprised to find that working women like Sue Charlton are increasingly a force to be reckoned with Down Under.

The female participation rate was under 62 per cent in 1986 but had soared to its highest level towards the end of 2017 at 65.7 per cent - this year will likely see Australia's highest labour force participation rate as a result. 

...

21:46

ON JUDITH COLLINS "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Those of you who know me in real life as well as those you know me as 'The Veteran' will have figured out long before now that I count it as a signal badge of honour to be identified as firmly in the Judith Collins' camp.

Sure she has her detractors ... politicians that stand for something will always have their detractors, but with Judith Collins, you know what you get and it's the real deal ... not of the ersatz variety.   She is someone who punches well about her weight (which is perhaps befitting given that Joseph Parker is her nephew).

It's been my privilege to have known her and husband David for nigh on 16 years.    And what I know above all is that her word is her bond and that counts for much in my book.   Judith has a mind like a razor and the intellect to boot and when she commits to something she gives it 120%.   Her political journey is evidence of the old saying that 'if you aren't a socialist at age 20 you haven't got a heart and if you're not a capitalist at age 40 you haven't got a brain'.    She was a Labour voter until a restaurant business she established with David was dumped on by Union heavies.

Judith is recognised as a very effective electorate MP  and enjoys considerable cross-party support ... Papakura should be a marginal seat ... it's not, it's fortress Collins with a majority of 7,486.   That sez much.

It would be trite not to acknowledge what some might see as mistakes.    You show me a politician who hasn't made a mistake and I'll show you a liar (or alternatively a 'grey' person who, in their time in the House did nothing but eat their lunch and achieve nowt).   But whatever was thrown at her she kept her cool when lesser people might have responded differently and even when some in National distanced themselves from her she remained loyal and conducted herself with dignity and grace. 

So, where to from here for Judith Collins.    She was acknowledged as a very effective minister on top of her brief.   Post the election she was elevated back onto the Opposition front bench and given the shadow transport portfolio where she is already making waves.    Bill English will remain leader for as long as he wants it but it may well be that his deputy may choose to step down in which case Judith would be her obvious replacement....

21:35

The cost of democracy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

An article in The Spinoff yesterday accused the New Zealand Taxpayer's Union - a National Party front group featured in Dirty Politics - of wasting public money by using the OIA and LGOIMA. According to the article, the NZTU was responsible for 5% of all LGOIMA requests to the Auckland Council, at an estimated cost (repeated uncritically by The Spinoff) of $39,100. Which is apparently a Bad Thing. Why, the Auckland Council could buy a whole centimetre of road for the cost of the time wasted by this organisation!

Sure. And how much could they buy if they stopped answering OIA requests from Greater Auckland? Or The Spinoff. More generally, what could the government afford if it refused to answer OIA requests from Greenpeace, the media, or the opposition?

Because that's what The Spinoff is inviting them to do. And by doing so, they buy fully into the bureaucratic narrative that transparency and the ability of citizens to hold government to account is "waste", rather than a core function.

I reject that narrative. Transparency is a right. Public servants work for us, are accountable to us, and must be transparent to us. And that applies regardless of who is asking the questions - whether its the good guys at Generation Zero, or the hacks at the Taxpayer's Onion. Trying to cost-shame your political opponents over transparency falls into the same category as trying to cost-shame people over the cost of elections and referenda: its anti-democratic idiocy. And as a media organisation, The Spinoff should be ashamed they published it.

21:30

More bad news and the excuses are pathetic "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Yesterday the NZ dollar tumbled against all our major trading partners: The New Zealand dollar fell 1 US cent as surprisingly weak fourth-quarter consumer price inflation data dashed expectations the Reserve Bank might lift rates this year rather next. The kiwi dropped to 73.29 US cents as at 12.05pm from 74.30 cents immediately before government []

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21:00

Careless campers country-wide problem "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Queenstown Lakes is banning freedom campers from two areas after continuing problems with rubbish and human waste left behind.

Announcing the measures yesterday, Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult said his council would take a harder line against illegal freedom camping in areas such as Wanakas lakefront.

The measures, which will be put into place as soon as practicable, were a response to significant growth in freedom camping in the district this summer, Mr Boult said.

Enforcement alone was not enough, and the council had resolved to take a harder stand.

These pressure points are seeing overcrowding, risks to public health due to human waste, and potential damage to our environment with people bathing and washing dishes or clothes in the lakes or rivers.

Parts of the district were also being used like a giant toilet. . .

The council would also lobby the Government to put much more funding into building public toilet facilities, and providing more remote freedom camping sites throughout the district.

Too few public facilities is a major contributor to the problem and small councils with lots of tourists dont have the rating base to fund loos in all the places where theyre needed.

The previous government introduced a fund councils could apply to for tourist infrastructure, much more is needed.

He would also be talking to ministers about reviewing the low hurdle required for meeting self-contained criteria for toilets in vehicles. . .

The only acceptable criteria for a self-contained toilet is those built-in ones in camper vans.

Councils can fine people camping where they shouldnt be, but only about 20% of fines issued to freedom campers in the Waitaki District have been paid.

Fines totalling $17,000 were issued to freedom campers across the district. Of the infringement notices issued, each for $200, 15 ($3000) had been paid while 58 ($11,600) were outstanding.

The remaining 12, worth $2400, had been withdrawn

The solution to this would be to make vehicle owners responsible for any fines. That way rental companies would have to pay and then get the money from the people hiring from them which is, I think, wh...

21:00

Shithole countries comment gets Trump a big bounce in the polls "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I had a chat amongst some other political tragics some weeks ago about how big a bounce would Donald Trump get with his shithole countries comments. It turns out a pretty substantial bump in the polls: Once again the media are shown to be hopelessly out of touch with ordinary voters. Those are big changes []

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20:43

Emilia Battles On "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

South North runner making progress By Roger Childs Publisher and philanthropist AH Reed walked from North Cape to the Bluff in 1960 to raise money, and many people have done it since. Doing the off-road Te Araroa Trail is now a target for many adventurers. The legendary ultra-runner Lisa Tamati ran South to North []

20:34

The Gary Null Show 01.25.18 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Dr Suzanne Humphries is a board certified internist and nephrologist, licensed in three states.   In 2011, she left her conventional medical career to study vaccination and practice integrative medicine. Since then, she has traveled and lectured all over Scandinavia, USA, Australia and New Zealand on the subjects of vitamin C and vaccination. Suzanne is also the co author of the very important ...

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20:30

No surprises here as government hands control to unions "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Business confidence has plunged, which comes as no surprise as this government looks to hand over control to the unions: Small business confidence has plunged to its lowest level in nine years. According to ANZs quarterly Business Micro Scope survey, 29 per cent of small businesses were more pessimistic about the year ahead in the []

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20:16

Trump slaps Middle East peace "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In a meeting with the Israeli Prime Minister Donald Trump has given hopes of advances in Middle East peace talks a slap, ruling out dealing with the Palestinians unless they do what he wants. Does this mean his son-in-law Jarod Kushner will be reassigned from his Middle East peace mission? Last month:  Donald Trump has []

20:00

The Spinoff author, Toby Manhire, doesnt believe in transparency or accountability "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Toby Manhire, an author at a small, publicly-funded, Auckland-based millennial website specialising in television listicles, pop-culture, and fake news has attacked the Taxpayers Union for daring to utilise the Official Information Act to find out what sort of sneaky and furtive expenditure councils have been up to. Concerned about the results of an official information request showing []

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19:54

Venezuelan Rebel Cop Oscar Perez Was Massacred by the Government AFTER He Surrendered "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Venezuelan Rebel Cop Oscar Perez Was Massacred by the Government AFTER He Surrendered | Capture5 | Special Interests World News

Note from Jose: This is information compiled by myself and from my trusted sources, who are near the place where this event took place. Some other references are from the Miami Herald and Venezuelan press. The events of January 15 were confirmed to me by the above-mentioned sources. There is a remarkable inconsistency between the information provided by the videos chronology and the official version.

In the 2017 protests, thousands of Venezuelans took the streets, patriotically and initially in a pacificist mood, responding to the call of our nation that cried out for Freedom.

The state security agencies, that both God and the world knows have become no more than a Praetorian Guard of the communist regime, fiercely attacked hundreds of Venezuelans with the intention to stop the demonstrations by force.

Now, it is known that some officials refused the orders to shoot to their own people, and understanding the great historical responsibility they faced, sacrificed their own comforts and careers, and placed themselves on the side of Venezuela.

Who was Oscar Perez?

This was the group led by Oscar Perez, known now as the Rebel Pilot.

19:30

Daily Crossword "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Welcome to our Daily Crossword.

Readers have requested a daily crossword and stated that the only reason they maintained a subscription to the NZ Herald or other newspapers was for a daily crossword.

We have now sourced a quality crossword provider, the same provider who provides many crosswords to media outlets for print. It is available for ALL readers who have a subscription package with Whaleoil.

Now you can safely cancel your newspaper subscription as your final remaining reason to keep it has now gone. Instead, you can sign up for one of our subscription packages and enjoy crosswords online on Whaleoil.

If demand is sufficient we can extend what we offer to other puzzles like Sudoku as well. Let us know.

The Crossword is now only available for subscribers only. 

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19:15

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

If you want to update your credit card details click here. If you want to upgrade or change your subscription click here. You can easily upgrade between subscription levels at any time by visiting your account page. When upgrading your subscription, it will be prorated based on the amount you have already paid and how much time is left on your []

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19:13

How Conservationists Are Using 3D-Printed Turtle Eggs To Eliminate Poaching "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Did you know? Every year in the United States, tens of thousands of sea turtle eggs are stolen from nests. This is a violation of the federal Environmental Protection Act which seeks to protect the sea turtles from going extinct. Poachers will steal the sea turtle eggs to sell on the black market, where they are worth between $5 and $20 an egg.

To prevent the egg poaching from continuing, the conservation group Paso Pacfico is planting 3D printed decoy eggs in sea turtle nests in North and Central America. Because the eggs have a high risk of being poached, they are being used to help crack down on poachers.

The Washington Post reports that the 3D-printed ping pong ball-size eggs are identical to sea turtle eggs. However, they were laid by a printer and inside their silicone shells are GPS tracking devices. The conservationists hope to catch poachers by planting the fake eggs then confronting them.

We want to sneak them into nests that are most vulnerable to poaching,...

19:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

You should open these doors with care and caution-but, first, you must know how to close them. And above all, you must know which doors should be left unopened. Michael Bentine who was born on this day in 1922.

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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18:31

Saving seabirds of Tahiti "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This 2012 video is called Tahiti Petrel Release.

From BirdLife:

23 Jan 2018

Saluting the Natures Heroes who help dazed seabirds

A volunteer network of 75 individuals on the French Polynesian island of Tahiti care for and release grounded and injured seabirds

By Nick Langley

The Groupe des sauveteurs des oiseaux marins is a volunteer network of 75 individuals on the French Polynesian island of Tahiti, who care for and release grounded and injured seabirds, mostly petrels. Most of the sauveteurs are members of the BirdLife Partner SOP Manu, which coordinates their work, and which has nominated the group as Natures Heroes for 2017.

Petrels and shearwaters nest on the steep inland slopes of the volcanic high islands of French Polynesia. They dig burrows in loose soil, or nest at ground level in crevices between rocks. The SOP Manu volunteers most often find themselves dealing with the Tahiti petrel (Pseudobulweria rostrata), which breeds across French Polynesia and beyond.

As on other islands across the world, the main threats to these ground-nesting species are introduced mammal predators, especially rats, feral cats, dogs and pigs that eat the eggs and young. But over the last 20 years, another danger has been identified on Tahiti: light pollution. When the fledglings take flight for the first time, they are often disorientated by the lights of the ever-growing urbanised areas nearby. Some fall to the ground and are unable to take off again, leaving them at risk of starving to death, or being eaten by cats or dogs. Others suffer potentially fatal injuries from collisions with buildings or fences.

Most uninjured birds only need a little help to resume their journeys out to sea. Although they struggle to take off on their own from a flat, hard surface, they usually take to the air quite easily if released on the sea. And thats where the volunteers of...

18:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A reader was throwing out a bunch of old magazines and flicked through this issue of Metro (July/August 2017). It had a lovely spread on Golly G talking about clothes honestly the most frivolous article the Metro has ever done. What self-respecting barrister would do this? Even more interesting is Golriz Ghahramans opinion in the []

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18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is tidings (noun) Information or news. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Tidings news, events, the archaic verb tide to happen, occur, the noun tide, regular rise and fall of ocean water, the verb betide to happen to, befall, and the noun time duration or the measurement of duration []

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18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 26 18 Just as damaging as a madman shooting a deadly weapon

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18:00

Friday's Fulminations "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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

Visitors might consider the wisdom of using moderate language.

Regards

Adolf'

17:33

What Marked the Beginning of 2018 in Indo-China Relations? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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The fundamental influence of Sino-Indian relations, which are constantly under surveillance of NEO, can hardly be doubted, not only on the situation in Indo-Pacific Regions (IPR), but also in the world as a whole.

A month earlier, it was difficult to disagree with the opinion of the experts that 2017 was marked as a worst (over many years) state in these relations. Due to the conflict on the Doklam plateau in the Himalayas, the situation almost resulted in a direct military confrontation between the two Asian giants. Moreover, conducting a regularly scheduled summit of BRICS members was on the verge of failure.

However, on the eve of the New Year, the same experts expressed discreet optimism on the future of the Sino-India relations in 2018. Alas, but international politics has nothing in common with the Christmas tales, and the pattern of the first few weeks of the New Year affirms it.

On 15 January, commenting on the same confrontation fact on the Doklam plateau, Director of the department of South Asia in Shanghai Academy of International Studies (one of the most reputed Chinese think tanks) Zhao Gancheng said that this conflict has damaged the mutual trust and confidence in the both diplomacy and defense as well.

In the article with remarkable title China should prepare for more India border clashes of the mentioned expert it is mentioned that some high-ranking Indian officials showing hostility and consider China as a major threat to India.

Furthermore, in the text of the article, the nameless officials indicates to Indian Army General Bipin Rawat, who has indeed made a number of strong statements regarding Sino-Indian relations in general as well as the situation on the border separating the two countries since his appointment to the current position at the end of 2016.

While often appearing in the Indian media news, General Bipin Rawat broadly manifested himself as a significant public politician. Thus, on January 12, he expressed his concerns over the imminent threats of the use of....

17:20

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 Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

26 January 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 []

15:15

The Pentagon built with mineralized microbes predating dinosaurs "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A new study has found that some of the building blocks of the Pentagon and Empire State Building were made by microbes that lived up to 340 million years ago, predating the dinosaurs.

A new study led by The Australian National University (ANU) has found that some of the building blocks of the Pentagon and Empire State Building were made by microbes that lived up to 340 million years ago, predating the dinosaurs.

The material, known as oolitic limestone, is a popular building material around the world and is almost completely made of millimetre-sized spheres of carbonate called ooids.

Co-researcher Dr Bob Burne from ANU said the new study found that ooids were made of concentric layers of mineralised microbes, debunking the popular snowball theory that ooids were formed by grains rolling on the seafloor and accumulating layers of sediment.

This is a cross section of the ooids inside Rogenstein oolite.
Credit: ANU

We have proposed a radically different explanation for the origin of ooids that explains their definitive features, said

Dr Burne from the ANU Research School of Earth Sciences. Our research has highlighted yet another vital role that microbes play on Earth and in our lives.

Different types of oolitic limestones have formed in all geological periods and have been found around the world, including in the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, the Bahamas, China and at Shark Bay in Western Australia.

Dr Burne said humans had known about and used oolitic limestone since ancient times.

Many oolitic limestones form excellent building stones, because they are strong...

11:55

11:50

Midnight Movie Extra Beat The Devil 1953, stars Bogart, directed by John Huston "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A great cast of character actors supporting Bogart and Gina Lollobrigida. Script by Huston and Truman Capote. Black humour abounds.

10:00

Trump demonstrates again his arrogance "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

And the unkind might say his foolishness

09:30

RNZ: Morning Report on TPP with Parker and Peters "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From Morning Report, David Parker talks on the revised TPP to Morning Report.

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/downloads/mnr/mnr-20180125-0810-tpp_parker_confident_cptpp_to_be_signed_in_chile-128.mp3

Then Guyon Espiner talks to Winston Peters on the agreement. In the course of the interview it emerged that Peters had not read the document.

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/downloads/mnr/mnr-20180125-0736-this_is_not_tpp_this_is_cptpp_-_winston_peters-128.mp3

Frankly the degree of spin from Labour and Peters is nauseating.

There will be more to come on this, as suspect National and Greens will have plenty to say on this.

09:00

More on journalism standards "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Earlier today Adam posted an item relating to changes in journalism standards.

A short while ago he had occasion to recall this when the headlines for evening news on TV1 were announced. The exultant tone, or so it seemed, of Wendy Petrie announcing the changes in employment law appeared to exemplify the issue raised by Karl du Fresne in the article referenced earlier.

08:39

CONGRATS AFGHANISTAN "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Congrats to Afghanistan who dicked the Black Caps in their quarter final match in crickets U19 World Cup to reach the semi final for the first time ever.

There has been some amazing talent on display in the matches so far but you have to take your hats off to the Afghani boys especially given the state of their country today.    From adversity comes success.

And great that cricket can bring nations together.

08:30

Ben Shapiro educates Millennials about Capitalism "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

New Zealand millennials think that life is so much better than 40 years ago. The media is always telling us how kids have it so bad.

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06:33

Policy Officer "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Victorian State Government Health and Human Services

06:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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06:00

The New TPP: Responsible Globalization in Action? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By Denis Bright In the absence of the US, China, and Russia, eleven countries are expected to sign the new Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement in Chile on 8 March 2018. This agreement must be ratified later by the Australian Senate after a likely review by the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties. As reported in the

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05:30

What are your favourite quotes? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

What are your favourite quotes? A reader sent me hers which are: Enthusiasm is energy Show me a basket of ironing to be done and I need a lie-down Remember that children, marriages and gardens reflect the kind of care they get My favourite quotes are:

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05:09

Not good enough "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The government today announced some employment relations reforms, including the restoration of meal breaks and the right to collective bargaining. But they also plan to retain 90 day trial periods for small businesses:

The Government will ban 90 day trial periods for any business with more than 19 employees as part of the overhaul.

The controversial fire-at-will scheme, introduced by the last government, gave employers the right to dismiss workers without cause during a 90-day trial period.

Small businesses - those with 19 employees or fewer - will still be allowed to use trials.

According to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, the latest data from Statistics New Zealand suggests that 97 per cent (487,602) of all enterprises are counted as small businesses, but these employ only 29 per cent (599,880) of all employees in New Zealand.

So basicly the 30% of the workforce who are most vulnerable, because their bosses are the stupidest and crappest and lack institutional expertise, will be left at the mercy of their employers. Yay Labour! Let's do this! Errr...

And apparently we were lucky to get even that. Because despite solid empirical evidence that 90 day trials don't work, Labour wanted to toady to employers and wanted to retain them. The reason they've agreed to remove them for large employers is that NZ First demanded it:
Labour had campaigned on allowing trial-period workers to challenge a dismissal, which would then be decided by a referee service within three weeks, with a $5000 payout cap and no right of appeal.

Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said that would no longer be the case.

"What we will announce will be quite different to that. That's a result of our negotiations with NZ First."

So there you have it: worker's rights, which Labour wanted to ditch, were protected by Winston. Something is seriously wrong with the Labour Party when that happens. But that's what happens when you have a party which fundamentally stands for nothing.

05:00

Lets Talk "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From a reader: My youngest now often thanks me for guiding him , now that he is dealing with issues at work not ishoos !   Also, apparently, I drove him crazy because when he said Im gunna I would say Oh, you are going to are you ?  but he remembers it, and []

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04:59

Truth Behind Viral Video Of Chimp Hugging Dog Isn't Cute "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A video of a baby chimpanzee hugging a dog has gone viral for all the wrong reasons.

Dressed in a bright pink onesie, Limbani the chimp is seen in the recent video hugging and climbing on a dog lying on a leather couch.

While the dog doesnt seem to be bothered, the video shows an underlying problem behind the interaction: Its clear the young chimp is being raised as if he were a pet despite being in the care of the Zoological Wildlife Foundation (ZWF) in Miami, a zoo that claims to be focused on wildlife conservation.  

Credit: Instagram/limbanizwf

Anytime a picture or video of a chimp interacting with a domesticated animal goes viral, its generally not coming from a place that is reputable, Andrew Halloran, care director for Florida-based sanctuary Save the Chimps, told The Dodo. Its a real shame that news outlets like ABC have spread the video around in a positive light.

At the zoo, guests can pay to pet and take photos with exotic animal residents, including tigers and monkeys a practice commonly associated with abuse and exploitation. Despite the zoos supposed mission to educate people and conserve chimps, experts say its doing the exact opposite.

Credit: Instagram/limbanizwf

Chimps, like humans, are born helpless and learn most of their social behaviors from their mothers, Halloran said. This chimp has bee...

04:53

8-Year-Old Boy Films Wild Pigs Doing Something Incredible "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Just before his 9th birthday, a fourth grader living in Arizona discovered a wild pig behavior that scientists had never seen before and its changing the way people think about the emotional lives of animals.

Dante de Kort decided to study a wild type of pig, the collared peccary, also known as a javelina, for his science fair project after his grandparents gave him a special type of motion-sensor camera as an early birthday present. 

"Where we live, in the middle of a forest, we see coyotes and deer and javelina a lot," Dante told The Dodo. "I remember one particular moment. My grandpa had come down to visit us and me and him were just sitting on the couch, and I looked outside the window and about seven javelina were just walking right by our house."

Dante started filming the animals, and his interest made his whole family curious about the javelina. They realized that Dante might be onto something particularly interesting when his mom read an article that mentioned how the collared peccary just goes off into the forest alone to die. This wasn't what Dante had observed.

The javelina around Dante's house seemed to be doing something quite touching when a member of their species died. Rather than showing disinterest in a friend's lifeless body, they gathered around it, sat with it and even revisited it.

Credit: Dante de Kort

This is significant: Generally, scientists see species who mourn their dead as portraying exceptional behavior. It has been traditionally thought that, aside from human beings, only elephants, chimpanzees and marine mammals show these kinds of complex social bonds and emotional behaviors.

But even Dante couldn't have expected what would come of his project. Not only did he win second place for his school and go on to the tri-city science fair competition, he also met someone who would recognize just how important his work on the collared peccary was. 
...

04:30

Its time to join a Whaleoil club "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Whaleoil has always provided FREE content to its readers and will continue to do so. The free content, however, doesnt pay the bills so we have added EXTRA services that only club members can access. We have a club to suit all pockets and each one gives you access to members-only services. The first club []

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04:00

What a difference a baby makes "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

OK,  clickbait I know

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/mnr-20180125-0814-tale_of_two_powhiri_at_ratana_pa-1281.mp3

More to the point this RNZ item highlights an interesting fact.

In many ways National Key, English and Finlayson reached out to Maori  and brought them into the power structure. Despite some major issues, overall it is the fact that Maori prospered under National and had real influence.

Now it is feelz, hugs, Hongi and what?

Why has betrayal attracted Maori? Why return to Labour who marginalised them?

04:00

The Palestinian Authority is a dead man walking "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas flew to Brussels this week to seek recognition of a Palestinian state from the European Union but failed to generate any substantial support. European diplomats and officials told AFP that recognition of Palestine is not an option, that the EU leaves such a move in the hands of individual states[] [] []

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04:00

The Four Yorkshiremen "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Notice: This sketch deals with issues,humorously . If you are likely to be offended by free speech or humour, bugger off.

This sketch is a deserved classic. It remains relevant, in all its versions. Some of which are here.

As for trigger words and safe spaces GROW UP

03:56

Makes You Wonder "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A poncy local accommodation joint is advertising for a part time gardener.   Here's part of their advert.




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03:30

How China is pressuring its people to be model citizens "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Millions of Chinese citizens have been blacklisted by authorities which means that they will be unable to do things like book a flight or a high-speed train ticket. The blacklisting is part of a pilot scheme to rate the trustworthiness of Chinas citizens. [] Actions that can now harm ones personal credit record include not showing []

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03:00

Amazing Technology "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Today I was listening to a long Youtube recording, 'The best of Tchaikovsky' when I heard a piece of music I had never heard before.  A haunting and poignant violin piece.  Because it was in the middle of a collection, I didn't know what it was.

My daughter's 'man' turned up and said "I'll find out what it is for you.'  To understand my disbelief, I need to tell you his taste in what passes for music these days is philistine.  He dangled his smartphone in front of the laptop and after six seconds announced, 'It's the violin concerto in D major.'

Here it is, for your enjoyment.

02:53

Enrolment Team Leader "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Victorian Electoral Commission (VEC)

02:33

In 2018, Fukushima Workers and US Sailors in the Pacific are still Suffering from Radiation, Stigma and Stress "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Around 30 per cent of workers at the plant subsequently displayed high post traumatic stress responses (PTSR), including flashbacks and avoidance of reminders of the terrifying events they experienced, according to lead researcher Jun Shigemura, an associate professor at Japans National Defense Medical Universitys department of psychiatry.

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02:30

Place Your Bets "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A gang of teenagers-of-no-particular-description went on a rampage of terror and violence in Melbourne last week. Their targets seem to have been tourists visiting the Australian Open. THE daughter of a highly acclaimed US doctor who was viciously bashed by a gang of youths alongside his teenage son after leaving the Australian Open says her []

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02:01

Can we save Capitalism or should we save the world? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Capitalism has a problem. This is rather universally believed, with the main dispute being what that problem is.

For many capitalists, the problem is an image problem or perhaps a more substantial problem to do with endless restructuring & staff reductions, outsourcing, commoditisation, price competition driving down wages, declining innovation and slow profit growth. Others think capitalism is under siege with social problems de-legitimising business i.e. businesses have lost their social contract to operate leading to social unrest and popular movements against capitalism.

However, capitalists tend to suggest a tweeking of capitalism is required rather than a wholesale system change: i.e. there is simply a need to re-invent capitalism. At least four of these re-inventions are currently blossoming in the NZ context:

Shared Value - which proposes to transform social problems relevant to the corporation into business opportunities, thereby contributing to the solving of critical societal challenges while simultaneously driving greater profitability. Lion Nathan are strong proponents of Shared Value, led by their parent company in Japan.

Conscious Capitalism - which proposes that the free market capitalism is a powerful system for social cooperation and human progress; and seeks to build on the core foundations of capitalism such as voluntary exchange, competition, freedom to trade and the rule of law, by adding elements like trust, compassion, collaboration and value creation. Starbucks and Patagonia are proponents of Conscious Capitalism.

Capitalism 3.0 which proposes a revolution in management thinking focused on "delighting customers" and redefining managerial roles, coordination mechanisms, values and communications so that everyone and everything in the corporation is oriented towards accomplishing this goal. It proposes starting from what would delight the client and focusing the entire organization on that goal. Amazon and Salesforce are said to be leaders in Capitalism 3.0.

Eco-Capitalism / Green Capitalism which proposes that capital exists in nature as "natural capital" and market-based government policy instruments can be used to resolve environmental problems. Basically, despite the global social and ecological crisis...

01:30

Convince me: Waterboarding is torture "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hitchens in the video is saying that waterboarding, as practised by real interrogators, is torture because unlike in the experiment where he willingly subjected himself to waterboarding it does not stop when the subject decides to stop it. Also, there is also no assurance that the interrogator will stop before the subject literally drowns. The argument []

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01:08

Cape Town and Australia's future "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Cape Town, a city of 4 million people, is about to run out of water and turn off its municipal supply. They've been in drought since 2015, and they've underinvested in infrastructure over the last 20 years. The net result is that the dams are almost empty, and they're going to have to turn it all off:

Cape Town residents may lose piped water to their homes within two months if they do not act to counter the effects of the worst drought to hit South Africas second city in almost a century.

Local authorities have warned its 4 million inhabitants that if they do not reduce consumption by day zero 12 April they will have to queue at 200 standpipes for daily rations of 25 litres (6.6 US gallons).


And that basicly means the end of modern civilisation in Cape Town - because running a modern city on 25l of water per day per person just isn't workable. Quite apart from the personal discomfort, the economic damage, and the logistical issues, modern public health depends on everyone having easy access to clean water. Take that away, and its a recipe for C19th epidemics again. As for the solution, if they don't get a pile of rain soon, basicly people will have to leave. Its like something out of The Water Knife...

As Geoffrey Palmer said, New Zealand is "an irreducibly pluvial nation", so our cities aren't in this sort of danger anytime soon. But its a different story over the ditch. Syndey has had serious water problems in the last decade, and while they're in the past, climate change means a serious risk that they'll happen again. According to the Australian Climate Council, Sydney, Perth and Melbourne are all going to get a lot dryer in the future, and this will impact their urban water supply. If they're hit by another prolonged drought, then they could easily end up like Cape Town. And if that happens, we're going to be getting Australian climate refugees.

01:00

A Green Party bill that I support: Medical marijuana "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  She is young and she is inexperienced but list Green MP Chloe Swarbrick has taken to social media to ask for the publics help in getting the medicinal cannabis bill passed. It was an attempt to get the public to contact their local MPs to encourage them to vote to support it. In her video, []

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00:50

Indigenous Program Producer (STEAM) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

MAAS Museum of Applied Arts & Science

00:31

Nincompoop out-trumps 45 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Strange as it may seem art foresaw Trump This great patter song from Gilbert & Sullivan shows how even idiots have some brains, whilst 45 lacks everything. 45 the American Disgrace.

00:30

Thats not a gift, its a very short barcode "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When you are a new mother everyone and his dog has an opinion about you and your baby. Complete strangers want to touch your tummy and when the baby is born some even feel free to reach out and touch your baby when you are shopping in the supermarket. I imagine that it must be a hundred []

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00:02

Nuclear War: A Thousand Buttons "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The very nature of nuclear weapons requires that the power to use them is decentralized and dispersed. And while it is sobering to think of leaders like Kim and Trump with their finger on the trigger, a nuclear war is far more likely to be started by some anonymous captain in an Ohio-class submarine patrolling the Pacific or a Pakistani colonel on the Indian border.

00:00

Report: Trump Asked McCabe About Who He Voted For While Sessions Recently Pushed Wray To Fire Him "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Useful comment. Though the trolls piled in on the thread

JONATHAN TURLEY

donald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedMcCabeSeveral sources are being cited for a story this morning that President Donald Trump asked Andrew McCabe, then the acting Director of Federal Bureau of Investigation, who he had voted for in the presidential election.  If true, it would be another highly inappropriate question for a president to ask an FBI official.  Such questions undermine the apolitical status of our law enforcement officials. Indeed, for those concerned about
Deep State political bias, the last thing that we want is for officials to be actively questioned about their voting in elections compromising the sanctity of the voting booth for all citizens.  In the meantime, media outlets are also reporting that Attorney General Jeff Sessions pushed FBI Director Christopher Wray to fire McCabe.  While the White House denies that Wray threatened to resign, such an effort would show a remarkably long learning curve for this Administration.

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00:00

View From Your Window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo was taken 4.09pm December 19 in Calgary, Canada window@whaleoil.co.nz Please put View From My Window in the subject line.

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23:43

Sea Bed Mining is an invasion of indigenous livelihoods "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Image: Alliance of Solwara Warriors

 Caritas PNG | ACT NOW! | 24 January 2018

Deep sea bed mining is the extraction of metals such as iron, manganese, copper, zinc, lead nickel, cadmium, silver, platinum gold and rare earths from the sea floor.

The Parliament decision for granting license to Nautilus (Under Sea Bed Mining) in Papua New Guinea waters is a disgraceful act of genocide on all levels of life in PNG history.

According to Caritas Co-ordinator, Chairman of the Indigenous priest association, Kokopo, Fr Mathias Lopa, the awarding license to Nautilus Sea Bed Mining is a preferential choice for more money over the indigenous livelihood.

He said that in a diagnostic view, we should say that, it is political preferential choice for ecological destruction of natural environment and sustainability of livelihood.

He stated that it is a shame for the authorities not listening to the peoples voice and no considerable attention given to the result of the independent scientific research study on the fragility and venerability of life under the sea. The scientific study proves the imminent destructive impact on hu...

23:30

No, Jacinda, youre wrong, check with Andrew Little "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jacinda Ardern has called people smugglers parasites: The Prime Minister has denied New Zealands refugee offer last year encouraged people smuggling, after an allegation surfaced in the Australian media. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said she was advised any heightened chatter among people smugglers who may be targeting New Zealand was not unusual. A story in []

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23:11

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Freddy Rice, Who Brought The Landmark Rice Vs Cayetano Case, Was Descended From Ancestors Who Helped Overthrow Hawai`is Queen.

Yet Freddy Called Himself Hawaiian & Had Reasons For Suing To Vote In OHA Elections That Were Unlike What You May Have Heard.

Watch This For A Very Different Side Of The Story & Decide For Yourself.
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23:11

TPP resurrected as nations get set to sign trade deal "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-24/tpp-resurrected-as-nations-get-set-to-sign-trade-deal/9354502

Australia and 10 other nations have signalled they will sign a revised Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal later this year.

Trade Minister Steve Ciobo called it a great deal for Australia that would really help to boost exports and drive economic growth.

Mr Ciobo said the Asia-Pacific countries were finally at the finish line following talks between officials in Tokyo.

Canada walked away from the 11-nation deal in November, but has since had several issues resolved.

But Mr Ciobo said the Turnbull Government had worked hard to revive the trade pact.

It hasnt been easy, but were finally at the finish line and Aussie businesses will be the big winners, he said.

He said new deal would eliminate more than 98 per cent of tariffs in a free-trade zone, with a combined GDP of $13.7 trillion.

Trade ministers will attend a signing...

23:00

Cartoon of the Day by Wormwood "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wormwood is a renowned yet mysterious artist. After serving his time fighting in the Middle East, hes committed to making comics, comics so dark they have a 36% chance of getting aborted. Perhaps youve met him once on a dimly lit train to Budapest, or in a musty opium den in Shanghai. Theyre out to []

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22:45

Nannas KNAG Deputy PM in Tamworth "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Outside the deputy PMs office yesterday KNAGs Elizabeth OHara, Margaret Scheidler, Tania Marshall, Felicity Cahill and Pat Schultz had a clear message for Barnaby Joyce. Photo Supplied.

Eve Jeffery

Slap bang in the middle of Australias most iconic country music festival, and slap bang in the middle of town, the just as iconic Knitting Nannas Against Gas (KNAG) created a stir yesterday as they staged an event of their own for the Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce on his home turf.

As thousands lined the streets of Tamworth for the annual Country Music Festival, members and supporters of KNAG lined the street outside Australias 2ICs hometown office in Peel Street and sat down for a yarn.

Lismore KNAGs Margaret and Louise wanted Barnaby to se the cloths they had knitted for the generations they are trying to save the plant for. Photo supplied.

KNAGs from all around the countryside converged, aglow in their yellow splendour, from loops as far as Lismore, Drake, Gloucester, Taree, Sydney and Elands with one purpose in mind: to support the New England loop in their quest to send a strong and clear message to Barnaby Joyce about his role in office and his duty of care to farming, indigenous cultures, our wilderness areas and future generations.

The area in Minister Joyces electorate around Tamworth is under direct threat from gas and coal mining and the Nannas have come together to highlight this to the member for New England.

The Knitting Nannas say the  threat to the Great Artesian Basin from both coal and gas mining is enormous and irreparable and they are callin...

22:31

America's Awkward "Pivot" to Asia: US-Cambodia Confrontation Widens "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

January 25, 2018 (Joseph Thomas - NEO) - The so-called "Pivot to Asia" initiated under the administration of US President Barack Obama as a means of reinvigorating US influence across Asia Pacific vis--vis China has resulted in a backlash against tired US policies predicated on "democracy promotion," "rights advocacy" and increasingly meaningless economic and military ties between Washington and the nations of Southeast Asia.


From a "pivot" that was presented as a means to win over allies across Asia through economic trade and regional security underwritten by US military might, under the administration of current US President Donald Trump, US foreign policy has shifted decidedly toward a coercive and punitive posture to reestablish Washington's influence.

It can be argued, however, that the "pivot" was from the beginning, merely window dressing for a policy that was little more than a highly focused effort to coerce and punish nations for moving out of Washington's sphere of influence, and into Beijing's.

In Cambodia, this backlash against US intentions has been particularly acute. The Cambodian government under Prime Minister Hun Sen has shuttered and expelled US State Department-funded fronts posing as nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) including media organisations, as well as arrested opposition leaders and disbanded the opposition's political party.

US Strikes Back 

In turn, the US has imposed visa restrictions on individuals within the Cambodian government involved in the crackdown on US-backed political activity in the country.

Reuters in its article, "U.S. to deny visas to Cambodian officials over opposition crackdown," would report:
The United States said on Wednesday it would restrict entry to people involved in the Cambodian governments actions to undermine democracy, including the dissolution of the main opposition party and imprisonment of its le...

22:30

A good demolition of Oxfams spurious claims on inequality "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Oxfam recently released a shonky report on global inequality that was gleefully picked up by foolish media. CapX and Ryan Bourne from the Cato Institute demolish their claims: Credit to Oxfams communications team. Each year, riding on the coattails of the jamboree in Davos, they manage to make a huge splash about global wealth inequality. And []

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22:00

Whaleoil is monitoring the governments election promises: Health "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Thanks to a reader (who has done all the hard work for us) Whaleoil has a spreadsheet that we are using and updating in order to accurately monitor all the governments election promises. Here is what they promised: Please help us to update our spreadsheet. Have they achieved or started work on any other of []

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21:45

Trumpworld and Jupiter "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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From the Telegraph commenting on reports that Trump plans to invite Macron to be his first guest for a state dinner in the White House:-

Mr Trump reportedly sees Mr Macron one of few world leaders elected more recently than he was as a fellow disruptor who is not afraid to break the moul...

21:30

Wellington Council dunces continue to pour good money into bad corporate welfare decisions "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Singapore Airlines has shafted Wellington Council and their dopey idea to subsidise the airline for flights between Wellington and Canberra. Singapore Airlines has announced that they are canning the flights and instead routing via Melbourneand the stupid council is going to keep on paying. After sixteen months, Singapore Airlines has ditched its experimental capital express []

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21:29

An old hack looks back and thinks about then and now "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Karl du Fresne looks back on his 50 years in journalism.

This is a very interesting post

One particular point stood out when he contrasts how journalists then and now learn, especially :-

the academic takeover of journalism training. There are still journalism tutors with solid newsroom experience. Some of it was so long ago that over time, they have morphed into academics. But of far greater concern are those who come from an academic background, and whose view of journalism is rooted in theory sometimes overtly neo-Marxist theory rather than practice.

Many of the latter type inculcate their impressionable students with the idea that the purpose of journalism is to change the world. Its not. The purpose of journalism is simply to tell people, as objectively and even-handedly as possible, whats happening in their world. What people choose to do with that information is over to them. 

He went on to write:-

That was the understanding implanted in previous generations of journalists, and transgressors were quickly pulled into line. Journalists who privately held strongly left-wing views, as many did, were conscientious about not allowing personal opinions to influence their work.

 

It all seems quaintly old-fashioned now. While many of todays journalism graduates go out into the working world with frighteningly skimpy knowledge of history, geography, science and the English language (supposedly their stock in trade), they are exquisitely schooled in matters of class, race, sexism and inequality. One word they can all be relied on to spell correctly is inappropriate.

How frighteningly true. Read any of todays media and this jumps out at you.

An interesting case in this regard might be Michael Foot, journalist and the left wing Leader of UK Labour in the early 1980s, yet early in his career he worked for Beaverbrook no socialist at all.  Am afraid no NZ examples, especially currently come to mind. Indeed, the opposite is the case, exemplars such as Kim Hill, John Campbell, Patrick Gower and Simon Wilson immediately come to mind.

21:24

Teachers and principals turn on Victorian Coalitions school curriculum changes "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Contributed by a teacher in Victoria

The Victorian oppositions new policy to overhaul the school curriculum, has been given the thumbs down by teachers and principals, who say that it is based on ignorance about what goes on in the classroom.

The  School Education Values Statement, launched yesterday, by leader Matthew Guy and shadow education spokesperson Tim Smith, aims to strip back the state curriculum and impose greater emphasis on Western History, Australian values and national pride.

These words are a thinly veiled code, for the imposition of propaganda to instill in the young, notions of Western superiority, jingoistic nationalism and a narrow view of Australian history and society, which ignores the reality of what happened to the First Australians and that this developed as a land of people from many places and different races and cultures,who contribute to the melting pot of the Australia that is still emerging.

Insisting that Western tradition is somehow superior to others encourages racial and ethnic intolerance. is this what we want? Young Australians should learn about the Enlightment and the striving for more democratic forms of government. It is important.  But it should be studied in the context of the reality that this has been a battle against the existing power structures, which drew from many traditions. This is not what is being talked about.

In its place, is the claim that this land is an outpost of superior Western (read British) civilisation, and that Australian values were born out of participation in the empire and its wars, instead of by millions, battling it out at home, to make this a better place to live, and even rebelling from time to time.

Teachers know better and will resist it. They do teach Australian values. But these are of a different kind,  about respect, inclusiveness, an open mind and questioning.

Within the text, there is explicit criticism that what is taught in mainstream schools is too broad and that they get involved in areas that should be left to families or the community outside the schools. This concerns for example, learning about how babies are made and personal relationships, or learning about issues concerning harmful drug use.

It is subtler too. The division of what should be permitted in the school and what belongs outside, is about effectively outlawing concepts of Australian values that do not tally with what is prescribed.

The new policy, it is claimed, is also supposed to lift what is said to be declining student results. The Statement talks about an emphasis on doing more to lift literacy and numeracy skills. It neglects to mention that these are already at the centre of the curriculum.

This is not to deny that there are problems. There clearly....

21:15

Ardern Intellectual Displacement Syndrome an assessment of the epidemic "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Apparently, according to one writer:-

At last count, 800 stories have featured in traditional print media outlets internationally.

Let alone blog posts, on line web-sites and comments on blogs and news sites.

It could have been worse, but suspect majority were in UK, Australia, NZ and US.

NB: Ardern Intellectual Displacement Syndrome complete loss of capacity to think or reason occasioned by news of or contact with Jacinda Arderns pregnancy symptoms include gushing about how great the news is. Major sites of infection MSM and on social media Twitter. No antidote yet found, though it appears many are immune to the syndrome. Certain segments of population appear especially susceptible. Journalists are warned to be especially careful. Worst cases experience a form of rapture and regard the event as akin to the Second Coming.

21:15

Cam Slater Market failure vs Government failure "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The evidence around the world suggests that contrary to the bald assertions of our Prime Minister that it is socialism that has failed, and capitalism that has succeeded. In fact no capitalist nation on earth has ever failed, yet there is a long list of failed socialist states with the appalling human cost of such failures that simply do not exist in capitalist nations. Venezuela is but the latest example where the average citizen has lost significant wight as a result of the failure of the state to provide for its citizens. I blame the failed state in Venezuela because it is the state which nationalised the means of production, controls wages, prices, exchange rates and oil sales. The blame can fall on no one else.

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21:00

Has Penny (Not too) Bright perjured herself? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Penny Bright stands to lose her house after the Auckland Council moved to recover 11 years of unpaid rates. The veteran rates dodger and bludger claims to the NBR that she cant pay: Perennial activist and self-styled anti-corruption campaigner Penny Bright says she doesnt have enough money to pay $34,182.56 in unpaid rates, considering most []

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05:35

New Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement less problematic "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hallelujah moment: Revised TPP to be signed in March Radio New Zealand, 23 Jan 18 The revised Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is to be signed in March, the Trade Minister has confirmed. Australias Trade Minister, Steve Ciobo, said the 11 nations, including New Zealand, are finally at the finish line following talks between officials in Tokyo

The rebranded the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), covers nearly 500 million people and the 11 countries involved make up 14 percent of global economic activity, or about $US10 trillion.

If the trade pact is successfully concluded, lower barriers and standardised rules are expected, making it easier for businesses to sell their goods and services in these markets.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Canadas Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the agreement the right deal.

The countrys trade minister said it included an improved arrangement on autos with Japan and the suspension of intellectual property provisions that had been a concern.
Trade specialist Stephen Jacobi  said it was a less problematic deal than the initial one.

It suspends a number of the more problematic areas of TPP, particularly intellectual property provisions and some aspects of the investor state settlement that was very controversial in New Zealand.

Its taken the hard edge off TPP in those areas.

Mr Jacobi said [New Zealand] parliament needed to ratify the agreement, but while he did not think there would be major issues passing it in Ne...

05:32

Helen Caldicott on Our Denial of the Threat of Nuclear Armageddon "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 http://www.truth-out.org/progressivepicks/item/42494-helen-caldicott-on-our-denial-of-the-threat-of-nuclear-armageddonNovember 05, 2017By Mark Karlin, Truthout | Interview  Since the corporate media give short shrift to the peril of nuclear weapons, most world residents are unaware of how close we are to nuclear annihilation. So argues advocate and physician Dr. Helen Caldicott, editor of Sleepwalking to Armageddon: The Threat of Nuclear Annihilation, in this interview with Truthout.
Mark Karlin: Despite Donald Trumps insinuation that he might launch a first-strike nuclear attack on North Korea, the anti-nuclear weapons movement is still relatively quiescent. Do you have thoughts as to why most people on the Earth are sleepwalking to Armageddon?

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05:31

Minerals Council lobbying hard for the coal industry "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Minerals Council steps up coal advocacy despite BHP call for neutrality, MCA publicises report asking governments to commit similar resources to carbon capture and storage as to renewables, Guardian, Michael Slezak@MikeySlezak, 23 Jan 2018 The Minerals Council of Australia has stepped up its advocacy for coal power in spite of its biggest member, BHP, saying it will leave the group unless it shifts its stance to become technology-neutral.

05:28

Australian governments repressive action against charities "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Silencing the Poorhttps://probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2018/01/silencing-the-poor/By attacking charities and their ability to advocate, were creating a society where only those with power and access to start with have the ability to influence policy, writes Anglicare Australia executive director Kasy Chambers.   23rd January 2018      Kasy Chambers     @ProBonoNews  Over the past four years, community organisations and charities have gotten used to being under sustained attack. Think of the de-funding (and later re-funding) of community legal centres, the targeting of environment groups, and the...

05:24

Controversial Pacific trade pact revived "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Perth Now Lisa Martin with Reuters | AAP  January 24, 2018   The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, which had been on life support since Americas withdrawal, has finally been resuscitated.

The 11 remaining countries are expected to sign a tweaked agreement on March 8 in Chile, Trade Minister Steve Ciobo has confirmed.

Canada threw a spanner in the works at the APEC summit in Vietnam last year derailing efforts to finalise the deal.

Ottawa has since been coaxed back to the fold following lobbying efforts from Tokyo and Canberra.The TPP 11 is made up of:

 Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam..

 Some opponents of the TPP fear it opens doors for companies to sue governments for changing policies if it harms their investments. The deal has a controversial investor state dispute settlement clause.

* China is not part of the TPP and is trying to get up a rival deal with seven TPP countries, including Australia, and eight others. 

The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnershp is much narrower and less ambitious....

05:19

Critical year for USA nuclear industry "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Watershed year ahead for US nuclear industry 22 January 2018  This may be a watershed year for the US nuclear industry, which must maintain a strong domestic sector by keeping its reactors operating but must also demonstrate it can build new plants, while paving the way for advanced reactors, the Nuclear Energy Institutes (NEI) John Kotek told the US Energy Associations State of the Energy Forum on 18 January

Kotek said the nuclear industry must demonstrate that it can build and complete nuclear plants. He said the decision to proceed with the nuclear construction project at Vogtle in Georgia was significant, offering an opportunity for the US nuclear sector to show it can successfully build new reactors.. http://www.world-nuclear-news.org/NP-Watershed-year-ahead-for-US-nuclear-industry-2201187.html

04:27

RET is met, and Frydenberg concedes more wind and solar will lower prices, improve reliability RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

New data confirms the 2020 RET will be met well ahead of time, and even energy minister Josh Frydenberg says more wind and solar will cut prices and improve reliability.

via RET is met, and Frydenberg concedes more wind and solar will lower prices, improve reliability RenewEconomy

04:26

Rooftop solar plays key role in reducing, deferring peak in heatwave RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Rooftop solar was providing more capacity in South Australia than the old Northern coal generator at the height of Thursdays peak. Solar pushed the peak grid demand into early evening.

via Rooftop solar plays key role in reducing, deferring peak in heatwave RenewEconomy

04:09

2018 to see Third Consecutive Mass Coral Bleaching Event for the Great Barrier Reef? robertscribbler "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

One point two degrees Celsius hotter than average (1.2 C). Thats the temperature threshold where 50 percent of the worlds corals are likely to die off according to a scientific study written in Nature during 2013. The El Nino year 2016 was about 1.2 C hotter than 1880s averages. Meanwhile 2017 was about 1.1 C []

via 2018 to see Third Consecutive Mass Coral Bleaching Event for the Great Barrier Reef? robertscribbler

01:34

Meh "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The trade deal formerly known as the TPPA will be signed by its remaining parties in March. Apparently, there have been some more changes - Canada has kept negotiating, as opposed to MFAT, who was willing to sign whatever was put in front of them, no matter how bad - and the truly obnoxious features of the deal (ISDS and US copyright bullshit) were removed or "suspended" in the previous round of negotiations. So now, instead of a deal which was actively bad for New Zealand, we have one which merely seems a bit meh. Oh, free trade weenies are excited, but for the rest of us, it means squat, more a bullet dodged than anything else. And if that's the best we get from free trade, you really have to wonder why we bother with it at all, given the democratic cost of making these deals.

If we learn anything from this experience, it should be that we need more democracy in our foreign policy. This sort of international agreement needs a solid democratic mandate - and that means transparency. The current process, in which deals are made in secret, and our governments lie to us about what's in them, is simply not acceptable in a democracy. It has to change.

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22:18

Controversial Pacific trade pact revived "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, which had been on life support since Americas withdrawal, has finally been resuscitated.

The 11 remaining countries are expected to sign a tweaked agreement on March 8 in Chile, Trade Minister Steve Ciobo has confirmed.

Canada threw a spanner in the works at the APEC summit in Vietnam last year derailing efforts to finalise the deal.Ottawa has since been coaxed back to the fold following lobbying efforts from Tokyo and Canberra.

Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland overnight, Canadas Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called the agreement the right deal.

Canadas trade minister said in a statement it included an improved arrangement on autos with Japan and the suspension of intellectual property provisions that had been a concern.

Mr Ciobo said the deal would eliminate 98 per cent of tariffs in a marketplace worth close to $14 trillion.

It hasnt been easy but were finally at the finish line and Aussie businesses will be the big winners, he told AAP.

Under the deal Australian exporters will benefit from new trade agreements with Canada and Mexico and greater market access to Japan, Chile, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei.

Theres also a better deal for Australian cheese and beef exports into Japan and new quotas for rice and wheat.Australian sugar will also have better access to Japan, Canada and Mexicos markets.

Mr Ciobo, who is at the World Economic Forum in Davos, hailed the Turnbull governments persistence.

Labor and Bill Shorten declared this trade agreement dead and wanted to walk away, he said.

If it was up to them they would shut Australia out of this historic agreement and the big wins it delivers our farmers, manufactures and services providers.

He expects other countries may wish to join up once the agreement is in force.

There has been ongoing speculation Indonesia may be interested.

The agreement was finalised at a meeting of trade officials in Tokyo on Tuesday, something the Australian Industry Group welcomes.

Its very important this is achieved. Its a good breakthrough, chief executive Innes Willox told ABC radio.

He still hopes the US returns to the pact down the track.

FAST FACTS

* The TPP 11 is made up of: Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

* US President Donald Trump pulled America out of the deal a year ago after describing it as a continuing rape of our country.

* It was a key policy of the Obama a...

21:31

Neil Diamond Parkinsons, Rosanne Lindsay, weaponizing healthy people, Venezuela drug shortage, Advanced Medicine Tuesday! Dr. Rashid Buttar, Willpower abundance, Elderly chronic disease, Flu science ignored, Liver cancer, spasmodic dysphonia and MORE! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

January 23, 7-9PM ET

Tuesday on The Robert Scott Bell Show:

Neil Diamond Parkinsons Diagnosis What Can He Do Now?

Diamond says he has Parkinsons, retires from touring Neil Diamond is retiring from touring after he says he was diagnosed with Parkinsons disease. Days shy of his 77th birthday, the rock legend is canceling his tour dates in Australia and New Zealand for March. He was on his 50th anniversary tour. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer offered his sincerest apologies to those who planned to go to his shows and says he plans to still write, record and work on other projects for a long time to come. Diamonds numerous hits include Sweet Caroline, America, Love on the Rocks and Hello Again. Diamond turns 77 on Wednesday and will get the lifetime achievement award at Sundays Grammy awards.

Special Guest Rosanne Lindsay

Rosanne Lindsay, ND, is a Naturopath, certified by the American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board, and a Tribal Healer with the Turtle Island Provider Network. She holds graduate degrees from Trinity School of Natural Health in Naturopathic medicine and from the University of Chicagos School of Public Health in Environmental Health Science.
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13:46

Magnitude 7.9 280km SE of Kodiak, Alaska January 23, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

USGS Event Page
M 7.9 280km SE of Kodiak, Alaska
2018-01-23 09:31:42 UTC
56.046N   -149.073W
25.0 km depth

Seismotectonics of Alaska
USGS The Aleutian arc extends approximately 3,000 km from the Gulf of Alaska in the east to the Kamchatka Peninsula in the west. It marks the region where the Pacific plate subducts into the mantle beneath the North America plate. This subduction is responsible for the generation of the Aleutian Islands and the deep offshore Aleutian Trench. To read more on the tectonics of Alaska, click here.
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08:07

Study: were going to miss (and overshoot) the 2C warming target "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON and the Well always have Paris department. Global temperature targets will be missed within decades unless carbon emissions reversed New projections by researchers from the Universities of Southampton and Liverpool, and the Australian National University in Canberra, could be the catalyst the world has sought to determine how best to meet

02:03

Open Government: A progress report "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Back in 2016, the government adopted its second national action plan under the Open Government Partnership, committing to seven specific actions to make our government more open. The OGP requires countries to report regularly on progress, and in addition has an Independent Reporting Mechanism (IRM) to counteract their natural tendency to spin and bullshit as a substitute for action. The IRM has just released their latest draft report on New Zealand. So, how'd we do?

The good news is: pretty well. The government has actually been doing what it said it would do (which is more than it did last time), and been making clear progress towards meeting its commitments. Looking at some of the specific commitments, they're expecting a lot more information about where our money is going in this year's budget, plans to get all secondary legislation online and in one place (so we can know what the law is) are progressing well, and we now have some basic OIA statistics and a lot more departments are publicising their responses. Work on open data seems to be going less well, due to being moved to a new agency.

At the same time, the IRM notes that we can do more, and has a host of recommendations on how we could be more ambitious in our commitments and how we could take co-creation seriously (these being two real weaknesses: the previous government regarded OGP as a box-ticking exercise, and SSC was unwilling to engage in real consultation, let alone the co-creation required by the OGP). They also criticise the action plan for completely ignoring their past recommendations. The new government might mean we make some progress in those areas.

Finally, they have five key recommendations for the next action plan:

  • Expand the Expert Advisory Panel to include greater civil society representation
  • Reform official information laws and refocus the Open Data and Information Programme to publish social, environmental, and budget expenditure data
  • Develop standards for public consultation on policy initiatives
  • Include anti-corruption commitments in the next action plan, covering whistleblower protection and a public register of company beneficial ownership
  • Introduce citizenship education to increase democratic participation
We're supposed to be developing a new action plan this year, covering June 2018 - June 2020, so I guess we'll see whether the new government and new Minister will rise to this challenge. You can comment on the draft report here.

01:53

Safety for some: those left behind on Manus and Nauru fearful and despairing "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

After nearly five years of fear and violence on Manus Island approximately 40 men are today flying to safety in the United States as part of the US resettlement deal. For the people left behind in Australian Governments offshore processing regime, hope is running out.

More than 2000 people, including more than 150 children, remain in desperate and dangerous conditions on Manus and Nauru in what the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has called a humanitarian crisis of Australias own making.

Behrouz Boochani, a journalist who has been held on Manus Island for almost five years said, Its a great feeling when you see the faces of the people who were under torture for years who have gotten freedom. On the other hand it's very sad when you see the faces of people who are still living in an uncertain situation and dont know anything about their future.

Over the weekend, the UNHCR reported on a worsening sense of helplessness and hopelessness among asylum-seekers and refugees at all facilities on Manus Island. 

Amy Frew, Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, said, A handful of people have today found relief and hope. The men currently flying to the United States will finally be able to rebuild their lives in safety. But the tragic reality is over two thousand people still remain trapped in endless despair.

This is the second group of refugees to be given safety under the fraught deal, originally struck between Australia and the US under the Obama administration. The agreement, which President Trump called dumb shortly after he first took office, has been dogged by delays and confusion.

More than 1600 refugees have formally expressed interest in being resettled in the US, and the UNHCR have endorsed applications for over 1200 men, women and children. It has widely been reported that only 1250 places will be offered. It's also been reported that a group will shortly depart from Nauru to the US but it is unknown exactly if or when others will follow and what the Australian Governments plan is for those left behind.

There are many questions around the deal, we dont know how many people will be included. But the main question is that what will happen for the people who remain? The Government has not given any details, said Mr Boochani.

Hope for some does not solve the humanitarian disaster the Australian Government has created. This chapter does not end until every last man, woman and child is safe and able to rebuild their lives. Whatever the situation, deliberate cruelty to innocent people is never the answer, said Ms Frew.

Background: approximate numbers

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00:22

The Perth Mints Great Blockchain Upgrade "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Yesterday we began to explore how blockchain technology is going to upend and recreate industries all over the world.

You didnt have to look very hard to see it playing out right in front of you.

The front page of The Australian Business Review yesterday had the news that the Perth Mint is developing its own blockchain-related products.

Gold is losing appeal to bitcoin and crypto investors. The Mints revenue is down 40% on the previous year.

Already, we can see winners and losers forming here.

The management at the Mint know they have to stay relevant as much as they can.

And theres one way they are trying to do exactly that

Perth Mint to implement blockchain?

The chief executive of the Mint says the blockchain means it can offer even greater security and transparency for gold investors.

One concern for gold holders is that whichever bank or firm theyre using (like the Perth Mint) actually has the gold it says it does.

The blockchain can make those concerns redundant. Its an immutable ledger.

But there are more possibilities

You could create a gold fund, for example, where the actual gold was only sourced from companies and regions that operated at a high ethical standard.

Ethical and green investing has become a major driver in investment markets in recent years.

This is especially relevant around the natural resource markets.

The Norwegian sovereign wealth fund has US$1 trillion to allocate. It revealed in November last year that its considering dumping its oil and gas stocks.

Thats the kind of thing you need to pay attention to if youre invested in fossil fuels. And, via your super fund, you probably are.

Conflict diamonds are of major concern in Africa, as are the working conditions of the men and women who mine cobalt in the Congo.

You can see how a blockchain can be used to trace any natural resource from where its extracted, to who handles it, to the end user.

The fishing industry is currently testing it to try and stop illegal and unsustainable fishing in the Pacific Islands.

The blockchain can bring great credibility to major corporations that need to protect and enhance their brand via ethical supply chain management.

It can also bring great profits to companies in the right industries

Increasing revenue and cutting costs worldwide

The Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company is the worlds largest chip....

00:18

Look whos back "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Migration in the news both in the US and here. The ones who are maybe back in the US are the members of Congress who are up against a wall of resistance from PDT who has the majority of the American population on his side. Here it is the boats that are back, thanks to NZs new policy of Swedish compassion. First the US.

 

From the first of the stories:

President Donald Trump says he is pleased that congressional Democrats have come to their senses and abandoned their filibuster that shut down the federal government. Trump says his administration will make a long-term immigration deal if and only if its good for our country.

Trump issued a statement Monday afternoon after roughly 25 senators from both parties helped negotiate an end to the federal government shutdown. It was read by spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders at a press briefing.

Trump said he was glad the government will be funded. He continued: Once the government is funded, my administration will work toward solving the problem of very unfair illegal immigration.

He added: We will make a long term deal on immigration if and only if its good for our country.

Meanwhile, theyre back here too: New Zealand asylum offer fuels smuggle trade.

New Zealands offer to resettle 150 asylum-seekers from Manus Island late last year is believed to have prompted an escalation in people-smuggling operation...

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22:00

January 23 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1788 - Gov Phillip and his men were warned away from the southern end of Botany Bay by Aboriginal People with spears shouting, Wirra, Wirra! . Later that arvo one of Phillip's men was ordered to drop his dacks to answer questions the Indigenous People had about the sex of these white people.

1790 - Fletcher Christian, that dashing daring dude made a BBQ of The Bounty to stop any mutineers from changing their minds....yep, that'll do it Fletcher!

1796 - Blasphemy!!! A general order was issued in the colony that prohibited all distilling of spirits.


1803 - Charles Grimes (Chas to his mates) led a party of sight-seeing tourists from the ship Cumberland, who were exploring the far reaches of Port Phillip Bay, when they decided to climb Arthur's Seat.
Because it was there and they could.

1806 -  George Caley and Daniel Moowattin returned to Sydney from Van Diemens Land.

1825 - Martin Benson was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of his master John Brackfield at South Creek near Windsor.
1825 - Eliza Campbell was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of her master John Brackfield at South Creek, near Windsor.
1825 - James Coogan was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of his master John Brackfield at South Creek, near Windsor.
1825 - Anthony Rodney was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of his master John Brackfield at South Creek, near Windsor.
1825 - John Sprole was Hanged at Sydney for the murder of his master John Brackfield at South Creek, near Windsor.

1833 - And they say those colonials had no sense of fun in the old days....Bathurst was gazetted as a town.

1834 - Patrick Gallagher was Hanged at Sydney for the rape of Ellen Walsh.

1837 - Brisbane Water settler Willoughby Bean was arrested, put in irons and sent to Sydney on the Betsy. Later tried and acquitted of cattle stealing

1839 - Rev. Dr. Lang returned to England and notorious swindler Henry Turner Harrington attempted to escape his creditors on vessel Roslyn Castle.

1855 - The effects of a tsunami, that originated in The Shaky Isles aka Aotearoa aka NZ, was felt in Tassie with a very sudden rise and fall of the Derwent river noted as far as New Town Bay.

1879 - The NSW Government was the first to introduce laws restricting Chinese immigration.

1884 - Henry Benjamin Haynes was Hanged at Perth Gaol for the murder of his wife Mary Ann Haynes.

1908 - Balmain Rugby League Club was launched into the world today.

1922 - The Rozelle - Darling Harbour Goods Line (NSW) was opened from Balmain Road Junction - Darling Island.

1938 - William Cooper urged Christian or...

20:45

'Friend of a friend': Six degrees of separation letters wind up in NZ PM's hands "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern gave the students of New Zealand schools a pleasant surprise by responding to letters delivered to her through six degrees of separation, the idea assuming that a chain of 'friend of a friend'-type associations no longer than six people long can lead one to contact anyone, even people in some very high places. Ardern, the 37-year-old prime minister of the country of 4.7 million, published a post on her Facebook page recently along with a photo of one of the hand-delivered letters she had received. "Going through a few letters and I love how many of these there are!", she wrote, along with an explanation of the rules of the game. The letter to the PM was accompanied by a text, which read that "If you're reading this then it means our experiment has worked. We are testing how connected New Zealanders are, regardless of their place in the world." Most of the letters reportedly asked the prime minister about how she liked her job and what it was like to lead the island country.

19:14

Hawaii charter boat group witnessed explosion in sky on morning of false missile alert "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hawaii charter boat group witnessed explosion in sky on morning of false missile alert

The Event Chronicle Editor Note: Alice left a comment on our website on the 18th, under this article, and said her sons friends witnessed something in the sky, as well:

So glad I found this story. I live on Oahu and experienced the missile alert. Because the message sent out said the alert was coming from Pacific Command (not the state) I paid closer attention. What bothered me, though, was that the sirens were not going off. I later learned from my son that friends of his who live in the north of the island saw something in the sky with a fireball trailing. This story is giving credence to what they may have been witnessing.

Alice

A mans sister told him a group of boaters witnessed an aerial explosion about 100 NM offshore around 8:00 a.m. last Saturday morning

By Lexi Morgan

SOUTH PACIFIC (INTELLIHUB) A man posted a video to YouTube on Sunday in which he claims his sister, who lives on Maui, heard that a group of 9 tour boat guides and about 13 tourists witnessed some type of explosion in the sky about 100 NM offshore (leeward side.)

They said it looked like a meteor and then all of a sudden it was a big boom and it lit up the entire sky, he explained. It was at eight oclock in the morning.

Maybe this wasnt a drill after all, he said. I would think that the United States would not want to cause more panic if they did launch something at Hawaii they would say it was a mistake.

The man also maintains that the story was posted by a local news outlet for a short period of time before it...

19:03

Smart critters - Crows make hooked tools "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The manufacture and use of tools has long been touted as a line of demarcation between humans and non-human animals: our technological prowess is what makes us human, it was thought. But research over the last few decades has blurred that line, as tool manufacture and use, and even the use of tools to make other tools (known as meta-tool use), has been reported in an increasing number of species. Meta-tool use has been seen in numerous primate species, but among nature's most prolific tool-makers and users are the corvids: members of the Corvidae family, such as ravens, magpies and, importantly, crows. Crows in Japan and California, for example, have been observed to use cars lined up at traffic lights to crack open difficult nuts. In 1996 Gavin Hunt at the University of Auckland reported in Nature the remarkable discovery that New Caledonian crows (Corvus moneduloides) manufactured and used tools while trying to catch prey. The tools had features previously seen only in early human cultures after the Lower Palaeolithic period, which ended 200,000 years ago. They were remarkably standardised, came in distinct types with distinct shapes, and, importantly, used hooks.

16:41

Pentagon Unveils Strategy For Military Confrontation With Russia And China "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The strategy accuses China of seeking Indo-Pacific regional hegemony in the near-term and displacement of the United States to achieve global preeminence in the future. Russia, it charges, is attempting to achieve veto authority over nations on its periphery in terms of their governmental, economic, and diplomatic decisions, to shatter the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and change European and Middle East security and economic structures to its favor.

16:39

Why is the Israeli army finally worried that Gaza is on the brink of collapse? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Last week Israeli military officials for the first time echoed what human rights groups and the United Nations have been saying for some time: that Gazas economy and infrastructure stand on the brink of collapse.

They should know.

More than 10 years ago the Israeli army tightened its grip on Gaza, enforcing a blockade on goods coming in and out of the tiny coastal enclave that left much of the 2 million-strong population there unemployed, impoverished and hopeless.

Since then, Israel has launched three separate major military assaults that have destroyed Gazas infrastructure, killed many thousands and left tens of thousands more homeless and traumatised.

Gaza is effectively an open-air prison, an extremely overcrowded one, with only a few hours of electricity a day and its ground water polluted by seawater and sewage.

After a decade of this horrifying experiment in human endurance, the Israeli army finally appears to be concerned about whether Gaza can cope much longer.

In recent days it has begun handing out forms, with more than a dozen questions, to the small number of Palestinians allowed briefly out of Gaza mainly business people trading with Israel, those needing emergency medical treatment and family members accompanying them.

One question asks bluntly whether they are happy, another whom they blame for their economic troubles. A statistician might wonder whether the answers can be trusted, given that the sample group is so heavily dependent on Israels good will for their physical and financial survival.

But the survey does at least suggest that Israels top brass may be open to new thinking, after decades of treating Palestinians only as target practice, lab rats or sheep to be herded into cities, freeing up land for Jewish settlers. Has the army finally understood that Palestinians are human beings too, with limits to the suffering they can soak up?

According to the local media, the army is in part responding to practical concerns. It is reportedly worried that, if epidemics break out, the diseases will quickly spread into Israel.

And if Gazas economy collapses too, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians could be banging on Israels door or rather storming its hi-tech incarceration fence to be allowed in. The army has no realistic contingency plans for either scenario.

It may be considering too its image and defence case if its commanders ever find themselves in the dock at the International Criminal Court in the Hague accused of war crimes.

Nonetheless, neither Israeli politicians nor Washington appear to be taking the armys warnings to heart. In fact, things look set to get worse.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netany...

15:45

Will Canada Screw up a March Pacific Trade Deal? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Japan and Australia are determined to push through a revised TPP in March. Canada is the main stumbling block.

11:11

Jaws off the floor "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A better balance

After a record surge in apartment construction, by the end of September the number of attached dwellings commenced in Queensland was into an 18-month decline. 

This has been Queensland's largest ever apartment construction boom, surpassing even the post-recession surge of the 1990s. 

Housing starts have now clearly switched over to detached houses in the Sunshine State, as shown in the latest available figures released last week. 


At the peak of the construction boom Queensland was commencing a new dwelling for every extra 1.2 persons in the state, as population growth slowed after the resources boom.

On an annual basis that ratio has now returned to a more sustainable 2:1. 


Population growth is now accelerating in Queensland, and indeed the population figures lag the reality somewhat, as I looked at in a bit more detail as it relates to the new apartment sector here

08:03

Why is the Israeli Army Suddenly Concerned About Gaza? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

More than 10 years ago Israel tightened its grip on Gaza, enforcing a blockade on goods coming in and out of the tiny coastal enclave that left much of the two million-strong population there unemployed, impoverished and hopeless.

Since then, Israel has launched three separate major military assaults that have destroyed Gazas infrastructure, killed many thousands and left tens of thousands more homeless and traumatised.

Gaza is effectively an open-air prison, an extremely overcrowded one, with only a few hours of electricity a day and its ground water polluted by seawater and sewage.

Last week Israeli military officials for the first time echoed what human rights groups and the United Nations have been saying for some time: that Gazas economy and infrastructure stand on the brink of collapse.

After a decade of this horrifying experiment in human endurance, the Israeli army finally appears to be concerned about whether Gaza can continue coping much longer.

In recent days it has begun handing out forms, with more than a dozen questions, to the small number of Palestinians allowed briefly out of Gaza mainly business people trading with Israel, those needing emergency medical treatment and family members accompanying them.

One question asks bluntly whether they are happy, another whom they blame for their economic troubles. A statistician might wonder whether the answers can be trusted, given that the sample group is so heavily dependent on Israels good will for their physical and financial survival.

But the survey does at least suggest that Israels top brass may be open to new thinking, after decades of treating Palestinians only as target practice, lab rats or sheep to be herded into cities, freeing up land for Jewish settlers. Has the army finally understood that Palestinians are human beings too, with limits to the suffering they can soak up?

According to the local media, the army is in part responding to practical concerns. It is reportedly worried that, if epidemics break out, the diseases will quickly spread into Israel.

And if Gazas economy collapses too, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians could be banging on Israels door or rather storming its hi-tech incarceration fence to be allowed in. The army has no realistic contingency plans for either scenario.

Nonetheless, neither Israeli politicians nor Washington appear to be taking evasive action. In fact, things look set to get worse.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last week there could be no improvements, no reconstruction in Gaza until Hamas agrees to give up its weapons the only thing, in Hamass view, that serves as a deterrent against future Israeli attacks.

Figures show Israel...

04:27

Low Confidence: theres no DNA test for culture "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

My father is from southern Louisiana and my mother is from Invercargill (on the southern tip of Aotearoa New Zealands South Island). I have never met another person with this combination of cultural groups in their immediate background and I think it unlikely I ever will. I had a DNA test done because I thought it would be interesting and my mother said shed pay for it as a Christmas present.

00:34

From Wallmapu to Nunatsiavut | Warren Bernauer | Monthly Review "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Sunday, 21 January

22:01

January 22 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"



1787 - Oh how simply marvelous old chap, a spiffing good idea for the British Parliament to start a penal colony in that far off land Or-stray-lia.

1809 - Lieutenant William Lawson proceeded to Newcastle on the Estramina to take over the settlement as Commandant. He was accompanied by Charles Throsby.

1836 - A town began to grow, throwing out its tendrils of commerce, when the first land sales were held at Singleton in NSW.

1836 - The South Australian Company was constituted.

1848 - It cost over 2,000 pounds and took a year to complete but they built a powder magazine in the side of Batman's Hill. I'm guessing it's no longer there...

1853 - The Act to establish our own University of Melbourne, for all our clever clogs born in the colony, was passed along with the prunes by the Victorian Legislative Council and Queen Vicky gave it the royal nod.

1866 - James Martin (Premier) and Henry Parkes formed a coalition in NSW.

1870 - The Central Market in Adelaide was officially opened on this day At the early hour of seven in the morning the Mayor and Councillors were at the market when, after a short speech by the Mayor to the assembled crowd of growers, stall holders and citizens, the market was declared open for the sale of produce, marketable commodities, hay and wood. After the formalities the representatives of the Corporation adjourned to the Metropolitan Hotel nearby for breakfast where several toasts were proposed. The Artillery Band provided entertainment throughout the proceedings.

1882 - Royal Commission on employees in shops (Vic) was established.
To ask questions like,
 "Shop employees, can we eat them on Fridays?"
"Do these employees come in other colours to match my haberdashery?
"Can we sell them in pet shops?"

1889 - Louisa Collins was Hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol for the poisoning of her husband at Botany.She was the last woman hanged in New South Wales.

1891 - St Paul's Cathedral in Melbourne was officially consecrated.

1899 Leaders of six Australian colonies met in Melbourne to discuss confederation.

1900 - The Rozelle - Darling Harbour Goods Rail Line (NSW) was opened.

1907 - Cooktown, Qld, was devastated by a tropical cyclone.

1910 - Flinders Street Station that we know and love was officially opened.

1919 -The state of Victoria was declared infected by Spanish Influenza and placed in quarantine. Public meetings were prohibited, travel in long-distance trains was restricted, the NSW government closed the border with Victoria and public buildings were shut. Around 12,500 Australians mostly young, healthy adults died from the highly infectious virus....

21:37

Young penguins learn to climb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This video says about itself:

Hilarious: young penguins learn to climb Wild Patagonia BBC Earth

17 January 2018

Rockhoppers are aptly named for their climbing abilities, but the lesser experienced must master this skill first.

16:16

Hillsong founder child rapist Pastor Frank Houston. Part One. Pastor Frank Houstons pedophile activities "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Apostle of Greed Hillsong Head Pastor Brian Houston about to embark on a 26 American city tour with Hillsong band to promote his new book, There is More.

Hillsong Founder Frank Houstons confession to being a lifelong secret pedophile

A two-year investigation of pedophile allegations going back to the 1960s, ordered by his son, Pastor Brian Houston, at the time head of the Australian Assemblies of God, and conducted by a prominent Australian AOG clergy on the AOG national executive, , Pastor John Lewis, found that the allegations were true. Frank Houston was banned for life from ever ministering in the AOG in Australia and New Zealand in December 1999 aged 77.

Saturday, 20 January

20:39

Indias Pink City gears up to host the worlds largest free literary festival "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The 11th edition of Indias renowned Jaipur Literature Festival will get underway in the Pink City next week, with more than 350 speakers on the programme and nearly 200 sessions spanning a extremely diverse range of topics and genres.

The five-day event, which is held at the Diggi Palace Hotel, and this year runs from January 25 to 29, is the largest free literary festival in the world. This year the speakers hail from more than 35 different countries.

Novelists, poets, playwrights, screenplay writers, translators, and filmmakers will be taking the stage along with environmentalists, politicians, journalists, academics and popular cultural icons.

...

20:30

Bigger and worse than Watergage: FISA Abuse by Senior DOJ and FBI Officials revealed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Breitbart reports on the unfolding scandal that is likely to bring down big name Democrats: Members of the House on Thursday said they viewed a shocking classified memo allegedly detailing abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by senior Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigations officials in relation to the investigation of the Trump []

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20:00

Robbo goes full Muldoon and threatens landlords "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Grant Robertson has gone full Muldoon, threatening landlords and promising to name and shame them over rent increases. Wellington Central MP Grant Robertson says he will make an example of any landlords found to be illegally raising their rents to exploit students. From 1 January, the cap on student allowance and living cost loans rose by []

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20:00

Those PNG colonial conflicts: a short examination of killing "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Rabaul press clipCHRIS OVERLAND

ADELAIDE - Mathias Kin has written about the killing of Simbu warriors by kiaps in the period from around 1935 to the mid-1950s. He has put forward the claims of various informants about the numbers who died in these clashes - and I have expressed reservations about the scale of the killing in a comment attached to the same article.

Perhaps the minds of some readers, this has left the impression that I am bent on preserving the reputations of the kiaps involved in the pacification of the Papua New Guinea highlands. This is not true, but I have to accept that it is what some people will think.

As it happens, I think the work that Mathias is doing in compiling his History of Simbu, is important. It will give a voice to those who were hitherto voiceless and, most importantly, it is history as understood by the powerless, not the powerful. So what he is doing is commendable.

That said, it is fair and reasonable to subject the claims he makes to close scrutiny. The powerless are no more or less capable of distorting history to meet their needs than the powerful, although the latter have most of the opportunities to do so.

So, I thought I might write something on the history and logistics of killing because it will, I think, shed some light upon both Mathias's claims and my and others responses to those claims.

Human beings have a long and lamentable history of killing one another. It is a talent that we have honed to near perfection over the years. Huge resources have been and continue to be devoted to the design, construction and use of devices solely intended for killing other people.

In the course of many centuries of warfare, we humans have also become adept at the use of killing as a political tool. Having a reputation as a merciless killer is a really useful way to terrify people into submission to your will without the necessity of actually killing anyone.

This form of terror was a tool of trade for Genghis Khan or Julius Caesar. If it failed them, then they unleashed their armies and inflicted mass murder upon those who had the temerity to resist them. In this way both almost certainly killed many hundreds of thousands of people, if n...

19:30

Daily Crossword "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Welcome to our Daily Crossword. Readers have requested a daily crossword and stated that the only reason they maintained a subscription to the NZ Herald or other newspapers was for a daily crossword. We have now sourced a quality crossword provider, the same provider who provides many crosswords to media outlets for print. It is []

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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

Duchesses & overlords: an outdated view of China & the Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Samoas prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele (Mick Tsikas AAP)
Samoas prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele

GRAEME SMITH | Inside Story

CANBERRA - Australias international development minister, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, found herself in a fix recently after she claimed that Chinas aid in the Pacific produced useless buildings and roads to nowhere while duchessing politicians.

Australias relations with China, already at their lowest ebb in years, took another blow, and Xinhua Newss Canberra correspondent bestowed on Australia the title of arrogant overlord of the Pacific.

In the region itself, Samoan prime minister Tuilaepa Sailele suggested that the ministers remarks could destroy Australias relationship with island nations. He zeroed in on Chinas willingness to provide aid to deal with the impact of climate change.

The media director of the Vanuatu Daily Post noted that while we are right to question the design, implementation and price of some of these projects these roads are not roads to nowhere. They lead to our homes.

Where did the senators remarks come from? What is fuelling the differences opening up between the Coalition and Labor on our relationship with China, quite at odds with the Liberal Partys traditionally pro-business ethos?

A hint came in an opinion piece by Maurice Newman, former chair of the ABC, the ASX, the AustraliaTaiwan Business Council and the governments now-defunct Business Advisory Council.

Writing in The Australian earlier this month, Newman revealed that his expertise extends beyond his well-known conspiracy theories about the Bureau of Meteorology, and takes in Chinas engagement with the Pacific. The title of the piece China Emerges as All-Powerful New Deity in Pacific Cargo Cult gave an inkling of what was to follow.

Newman may not have chosen the headline or the accompanying cartoon, which features a huge panda ready to devour an uninhabited Pacific island bu...

18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is instauration (noun) 1. Renovation; restoration. 2. The institution or establishment of something. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : English instauration comes directly from the Latin noun instaurtin- (stem of instaurti) renewal, repetition, a derivative of instaurre to renew, repeat, originally to set up stakes or poles (in building), []

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18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 21 18 The wicked are punished in place of the godly, and traitors in place of the honest.

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18:00

Security continues to impair Japanese tourism in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Satoshi Nakajima
HE Satoshi Nakajima

STAFF REPORTER | PNG Today

PORT MORESBY - Japanese Ambassador Satoshi Nakajima says safety continues to be a major issue affecting the number of Japanese tourists arriving in Papua New Guinea.

Despite this, Mr Nakajima described the countrys tourism potential as huge and said Japan had 16.4 million outbound tourists in 2017.

In his first year in PNG, Mr Nakajima visited the four regions of the country and expressed how impressed he was with what the country has to offer Japanese tourists.

Regrettably the number of Japanese tourists coming here is not so much, he said.

I travelled to Wewak, Kokopo, Kimbe, Mt Hagen, Lae and Pomio. When I travelled to Kokopo and the others I saw the huge potential in promoting tourism.

Some locations like Kokopo that are safe to stay, but places like Port Moresby are is not so safe.

Mr Nakajima said numbers were increasing in safer destinations around the country and Japanese citizens are travelling to them.

17:56

China Accuses U.S. Navy of Encroachment in South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

U.S. warship sailed near disputed Scarborough Shoal, damaging Chinese sovereignty, Beijing says

Jan. 20, 2018 9:40 a.m. ET

BEIJINGChina criticized the U.S. Navy for sailing a guided-missile destroyer close to a disputed outcrop in the South China Sea, adding to tensions between the two governments already strained over trade and North Korea.

Chinas foreign and defense ministries, in separate statements Saturday, criticized the USS Hopper for encroaching on what Beijing regards as Chinese territory, saying the ship sailed within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Shoal on Wednesday without permission.

The Chinese frigate Yellow Mountain identified the U.S. vessel, warned it to leave and then drove it from the area, the Defense Ministry said.

The U.S. ships actions damaged Chinese sovereignty and security interests, Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in a statement. He said China would take necessary action to safeguard Chinese territory.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Pacific Fleet declined to comment specifically on the USS Hopper but said the U.S. conducts routine freedom-of-navigation operations designed to challenge excessive maritime claims. The spokeswoman, Lt. Cmdr. Nicole Schwegman, said the operations are designed to comply with international law and not threaten the lawful security interest of coastal States.

Scarborough Shoal, which is also claimed by the Philippines, is a collection of rocks, sandbars and coral reefs roughly 120 nautical miles from the Philippines that sits near valuable fishing grounds and is a flashpoint for contesting claims. China seized control of Scarborough Shoal, also known as Huangyan Island, from the Philippines in 2012one of a series of maneuvers by Beijing to assert its control and sovereignty claims over the South China Sea.

As a consequence, the U.S. military mounted periodic operations to sail or fly near the disputed areas to challenge what the U.S. sees as Chinas excessive claims in strategically and commercially vital seas.

In 2016, the Philippines won an international arbitration case that effectively invalidated Chinese claims to all of the South China Sea. Beijing rejected the ruling, but also moved to cool tensions with Southeast Asian nations, seizing an opportunity after a new Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, said he would put the ruling...

17:26

Newest Cloud Types Seen in the Pacific Northwest "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In  March 2017, an updated International Cloud Atlas was released and several new clouds were added. 

One new cloud is Asperitas, characterized by a complex wave-like base.   This week (January 17th), James Dearman sent me this wonderful shot of an Asperitas cloud that he took near Vancouver, Washington (see below). 

Pretty amazing cloud, with undulations looking like a sea surface turned upside down.


Here is another example from Virginia:


These clouds result from wave-like motions in the atmosphere that distort a pre-existing cloud deck.   Such waves can be initiated by fronts, thunderstorms, or some other type of atmospheric disturbance.  Generally no precipitation or severe weather with these clouds--but they do look scary.

Folks normally don't think about it, but the atmosphere is full of waves.    Generally, the atmosphere is stable, meaning if you push an air parcel upward, it will want to return to where it started.  But like a swing set, the air parcel tends to overshoot and goes into an oscillation.  A pendulum is another example.

17:04

Continuity of Agenda: US Encirclement of China Continues Under Trump "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

January 20, 2018 (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - The United States has pursued a decades-long policy of encircling, containing and if possible, undermining China as part of a larger strategy of achieving and maintaining what US policy papers call "primacy" over Asia.


US policy has led to deeply-rooted networks operating within China's borders and along China's geopolitical peripheries to divide and destabilize the immense and increasingly powerful Asian state. These networks are funded and supported regardless of who occupies the White House. While the rhetoric shifts from president to president regarding "why" the US is providing so-called "activists" and "opposition" fronts aid, the aid and the agenda it serves continues.

Under current US President Donald Trump's predecessor President Barack Obama, this ongoing policy was marketed to the American and international public as the "Pivot to Asia." It was spun as a means for the US to reengage with Asia but in reality constituted an overt attempt to co-opt the governments of China's neighbors and break up the region's growing ties with Beijing.

Obama's "Pivot" was a failure, but one within the greater context of a general decline in US primacy both in the Asia Pacific region and around the world.

Under Trump, this policy of encircling and containing China continues. It is now marketed to the public as an "Indo-Pacific" strategy, with the US forced to court India, Australia and Japan on the fringes of Asia Pacific after failing to make progress within Asia Pacific itself.

It is important to understand just how long-term these polices are so that when Trump announces them to the public, the public understands that it is not "Trump's" policy, but simply Trump continuing to carry out the agenda of the very special interests (the so-called "Deep State") he vowed to resist upon taking office.

Understanding that these policies serve special interests and at the cost of the American public helps inoculate the public to rhetoric claiming that confronting China and destabilizing Asia is somehow part of "making America great again."

Tibet

Tibet is one of the oldest and most clear-cut examples of a political controversy used by Washington to target and undermin...

17:03

Continuity of Agenda: US Encirclement of China Continues Under Trump "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

January 20, 2018 (Ulson Gunnar - NEO) - The United States has pursued a decades-long policy of encircling, containing and if possible, undermining China as part of a larger strategy of achieving and maintaining what US policy papers call "primacy" over Asia.


US policy has led to deeply-rooted networks operating within China's borders and along China's geopolitical peripheries to divide and destabilize the immense and increasingly powerful Asian state. These networks are funded and supported regardless of who occupies the White House. While the rhetoric shifts from president to president regarding "why" the US is providing so-called "activists" and "opposition" fronts aid, the aid and the agenda it serves continues.

Under current US President Donald Trump's predecessor President Barack Obama, this ongoing policy was marketed to the American and international public as the "Pivot to Asia." It was spun as a means for the US to reengage with Asia but in reality constituted an overt attempt to co-opt the governments of China's neighbors and break up the region's growing ties with Beijing.

Obama's "Pivot" was a failure, but one within the greater context of a general decline in US primacy both in the Asia Pacific region and around the world.

Under Trump, this policy of encircling and containing China continues. It is now marketed to the public as an "Indo-Pacific" strategy, with the US forced to court India, Australia and Japan on the fringes of Asia Pacific after failing to make progress within Asia Pacific itself.

It is important to understand just how long-term these polices are so that when Trump announces them to the public, the public understands that it is not "Trump's" policy, but simply Trump continuing to carry out the agenda of the very special interests (the so-called "Deep State") he vowed to resist upon taking office.

Understanding that these policies serve special interests and at the cost of the American public helps inoculate the public to rhetoric claiming that confronting China and destabilizing Asia is somehow part of "making America great again."

Tibet

Tibet is one of the oldest and most clear-cut examples of a political controversy used by Washington to target and undermin...

15:41

'Great surprise': Houthi general says turning point in Yemen conflict close at hand "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The armed forces of the Houthi-controlled government in the Yemeni capital Sana'a have boosted their air defenses to a point where they no longer need to fear airstrikes by Saudi-led coalition forces, army spokesman Sharaf Luqman said, in an interview with Sputnik. Brigadier-General Luqman said that the army now has all it needs to repel "enemy aggression" at sea, on the ground and in the air. "The Yemeni army has taken over many enemy strongholds, which has changed the situation on the battlefield," the general said. "These are depots with arms for the Air Force, night-vision cameras, ballistic missiles and launchers. This answers questions about where we are getting weapons amid the current blockade; who is helping us; and whether Iran is supplying us with ballistic missiles and military advisors," he added.

14:28

Wellington Albert granted UK VISA "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Widnes Vikings have announced that PNG International and Vikings recruit Albert Wellington has been granted a UK VISA to work and live in the United Kingdom.  "We are delighted to confirm that Wellington Albert was yesterday granted his visa to work in the UK, officially beginning his time at the Vikings",the club stated via their website. 


Wellington had his final immigration meeting with the Home Office, where he secured his permit to work with the Vikings. He will proudly wear the squad number 36 this season.

Stanton Albert is scheduled to have his visa meeting in the coming week, and Stronghold Members and supporters will be updated in due course.

Widnes Vikings would like to thank Jeannie's Away Travel, 2018 Player Sponsor of Wellington Albert.

Wellington Albert Fact File

Albert, who was one of the stars of the 2017 Rugby League World quarter-finalists, joins the Vikings from PNG Hunters. At six foot four and eighteen stone, the 23 year old is known for his pace, power and physicality.

In 2014, he rose to prominence when he became the first Papua New Guinean to score an NRL contract directly from PNG, when he joined the Penrith Panthers, amid interest from Wests Tigers and South Sydney Rabbitohs. Albert represented the Panthers at National Youth Cup level and in the Intrust Super Premiership, before joining PNG Hunters this year.

Wellington has impressed both domestically and internationally this season. Playing 20 league games, he was a constant presence in the side that secured the Hunters their first ever Intrust Super Cup premiership. With 37 tackle breaks and an impressive 679 post-contact metres in 2017, as well as 13 off...

14:00

Late Night Movie A Pair of Briefs 1962 Michael Craig "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Plus a cast of British stalwarts such as Ron Moody

13:10

Chicago West: Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West name daughter "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Kim Kardashian West and Kanye West have named their new-born daughter, delivered by surrogate on Monday, Chicago West.

Kardashian West said that not carrying the child herself was "so hard", but that the couple had an instant connection with her.

West was raised in the US city Chicago.

Kardashian West carried and gave birth to her older children but was advised against getting pregnant again because of possible medical complications.

Her daughter North is now four years old and her son Saint is two.

But she suffered from pre-eclampsia and placenta accreta on those occasions.

Pre-eclampsia is a condition that usually occurs in the second half of pregnancy and can cause serious complications including seizures and death if not monitored and treated.

Placenta accreta is when the placenta attaches itself too deeply into the wall of the uterus and remains attached after childbirth.

Kardashian West, a reality TV star, said in a post on her app that "doctors said that it wasn't safe for my, or the baby's, health to carry my own".

The 37-year-old said she and her rapper husband decided to use a "gestational carrier", meaning the baby is "biologically mine and Kanye's".

She wrote: "Having a gestational carrier is definitely different, but anyone who says or thinks it's the easy way out is completely wrong.

"People assume it's better because you don't have to deal with the physical changes, pain or complications with delivery, but for me it was so hard to not carry my own child, especially after I carried North and Saint."

Kardashian West's surrogate was discussed on her reality show Keeping up with the Kardashians, but her identity was not revealed.

   
Source: BBC

12:59

UK urges Tonga to sign human rights treaties "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations has urged Tonga to sign core human rights conventions.

In a statement issued to coincide with the United Nations review of Tongas human rights record, the UK encouraged Tonga to establish a National Human Rights Institution in compliance with the Paris Principles.

It said Tonga should take the following steps:

  • Ratify key International Labour Organisation conventions
  • Ratify the International Labour Organizations Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, 1999.
  • Ratify and implement the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
  • Adopt an open, merit-based process when selecting national candidates for UN Treaty Body elections.

The UK welcomes the positive steps taken by Tonga since the last review, particularly the implementation of reforms to advance democracy, the statement said.

We also welcome Tongas national efforts to promote female candidates in national elections and subsequent increase in female MPs. However, female participation in Tongan politics remains low and we encourage Tonga to further promote the inclusion of women in politics.

The UK remains concerned that Tongan legislation continues to criminalise consensual same sex-conduct. It is encouraging that there have been no recent prosecutions under this legislation, however, we would urge Tonga to repeal all such provisions and ensure anti-discrimination laws also cover sexual orientation.

As Kaniva News reported recently, Tongas human rights record is being examined in Geneva this week.

All UN member states are subject to periodic review.

This will be third time the kingdoms human rights record has been studied since 2008.

Tonga is being represented at the review by the Solicitor General, Sione Sisifa.

     Source: Kaniva News

12:52

Solomon Islands Police records criminal stats for 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Crime Records Office of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force has recorded 5,457 criminal cases throughout the country in 2017.

The record highlights various categories of crimes and in which the highest number of cases recorded was crime against person 1,812; statute offences 1,683; crime against property 1,430; public morality 120 cases and crime against lawful authority 412.

2017 has been a challenging year for the RSIPF organisation due to the high number of reported cases in and around the provinces compared to limited resources available to support the delivery of policing, says Assistant Commissioner Crime, Ian Vaevaso.

AC Vaevaso explains, There are good number of detection, and still there is a good number of cases which are still under investigations, and not to mention cases reconciled or addressed outside of court process.

The Crime portfolio is working hard to improve the capability of investigation in the RSIPF to ensure that cases are properly investigated to standards required by law.

Crime is an ongoing issue in the country, and only if we share the responsibility and working together, we can curb criminal activities from having adverse impact in our country, says AC Vaevaso. 


12:03

Six Environment Stories to Watch in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Human Wrongs Watch

By UN Environment

1. Coral reefs

With three quarters of the worlds coral reefs already at risk due to threats ranging from invasive species to ocean acidification to sunscreen pollution the time for action is now.

Coral reefImage via

The International Coral Reef Initiative has dubbed 2018 the International Year of the Reef. Things have already kicked off in Fiji, with an announcement from the government of a major new protected site.

UN Environment has also just begun a detailed analysis of the status of coral reefs in the Pacific.

Watch out for more news and action on reefs as the year progresses.

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