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Friday, 19 October

01:53

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

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

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Thursday, 18 October

23:00

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

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

23:00

Pandoras political box is wide open "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

22:44

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

 

Press Statement by SIR MEKERE MORAUTA

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

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

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

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

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

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

The details are:

Prados and Land Cruisers 208

HiLuxes 88

Forerunners 11

Rav 4s 30

Hyundai Accents 23

Ford Rangers and Everests 12
 

Maseratis 40
 

Mahindras 80
 

Bentleys 3
 

Mazda BT50s 5

TOTAL 500


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

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

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

22:30

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

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

22:27

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

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

22:00

Sledge of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

22:00

Taxing too far "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

It cost more than $100.

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

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

That is now the reality for too many people.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

21:45

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

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

21:30

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

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

Just listen to the effrontery.

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

21:30

Like nothing ever seen before "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

21:15

Most read "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

21:04

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


"When government does, occasionally, work, it works in an elitist fashion. That is, government is most easily manipulated by people who have money and power already. This is why government benefits usually go to people who dont need benefits from government. Government may make some environmental improvements, but these will be improvements for rich bird-watchers. And no one in government will remember that when poor people go bird-watching they do it at Kentucky Fried Chicken."         ~ P.J. ORourke
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21:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21:00

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

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

21:00

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

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

21:00

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

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

MARTYN NAMORONG

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20:55

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

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

20:48

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

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

20:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This is Subscriber Content. You can access subscriber content, including crosswords, sudoku, polling, commentary and podcasts by subscribing to one of our membership packages. The post Daily crossword appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

......

20:15

How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If your subscription has not automatically renewed it may be because you hadnt ticked for it to automatically renew when you set it up because your credit card has expired because you have removed your credit card details from Paypal. because of insufficient funds If you want to update your credit card details click here. If [] The post How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:11

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

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

20:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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

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

Professor Geddis teaches Law at Otago University.

20:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

20:00

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

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

KEITH JACKSON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19:40

Auckland waterfront stadium proposal "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:38

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

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

19:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:30

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

GreedySIMON DAVIDSON

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

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

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

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

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

19:20

Chinese influence in New Zealand politics "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:00

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

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

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

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

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

19:00

APEC imbibes our countrys wealth "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

40 maseratisJIMMY AWAGL

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday's Fulminations "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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

Visitors might consider the wisdom of using moderate language.

Regards

Adolf'

18:24

Media watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

19 October 2018 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []

18:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

18:10

Open Forum Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

17:01

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


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

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

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

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

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

 But it must be astronomical, he said.

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

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

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

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

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

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

The...

16:36

Morrison is nowhere near Government 101 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16:32

Killings in Kandahar: Implications "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13:55

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

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

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

By Emma Dunkley in Hong Kong

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13:48

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

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

13:44

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13:24

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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13:05

World view Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

13:01

October 19 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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12:30

12:22

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Conspicuously, three th...

12:21

The Day We Lost YouTube ! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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

12:00

Keeping Up Appearances S03 E04 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

Wikipedia

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

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

11:05

Tweet for Today "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

11:04

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

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

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

South China Morning Post

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

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

Blocked in some locations

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

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

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

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

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

10:00

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

Wikipedia

Early episodes had Meg Foster in the Lacey role

10:00

Thursday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

10:00

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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

09:30

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

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

09:00

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

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

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

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

09:00

Tech Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

08:45

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sort of a Democrat

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

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

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

08:37

Life expectancy improvements "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

08:30

Gay Muslim Drag Queen causes confusion "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

08:30

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

Season 3 Episode 5 appears to be missing

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

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

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

08:15

Corrupt Practice "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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

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

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

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

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

08:05

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08:03

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

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

08:00

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

From Wikipedia

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

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

08:00

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

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

07:45

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

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

07:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

07:30

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

Wikipedia

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

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

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

07:15

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

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

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

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

Read the report here

07:14

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

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

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

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

07:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

07:00

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

From Morning Report

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

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

06:45

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

06:32

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

06:31

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

06:30

Just for fun: Political poll "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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06:24

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

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

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06:23

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

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

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

06:19

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

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

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06:18

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

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

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06:17

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

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

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06:16

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

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

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06:15

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

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

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06:15

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

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

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

06:12

Gender and radiation impact project "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

Mary Olson, Founder

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06:11

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

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

You can watch Mr Patersons presentation on 30 November 2018.

06:06

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

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

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

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

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

06:03

Nuclear research reactor removed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

06:00

Hadith for the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

05:31

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

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

05:30

Political train wreck not surprising "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

05:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

05:21

THIS IS NOT A PAID ADVERTISEMENT "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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

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

05:00

Transgender male wins womens cycling competition "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

04:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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04:00

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

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

04:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

03:54

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

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

03:45

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

03:34

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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03:30

The Inception Party "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

03:29

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

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

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03:24

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

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

03:04

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

03:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

03:00

Mad, bad or both? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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

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

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

Maureen Pugh tweeted:

Chris Finlayson said:

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

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

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

David Carter was equally untroubled:

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

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

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

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02:52

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

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

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02:50

Moral standards in politics "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It's odd. I've been around politicians. I know they can be coarse of language, and that they try to bend rules within legal bounds.

Why then am I surprised, even shocked by Simon Bridges comportment?

Simon toured NZ telling us what a wholesome family man he is. Ironically the tour's expenses began (reportedly) this vendetta. (Jamie Lee Ross is well beyond the pale and not the focus of my thoughts.)

This now is his biggest problem.

The persona he was at pains to portray is at odds with the man who we now know casually and crassly passes judgement on those who have stood by him.

There is just something missing in him.He's a sham.




02:38

Benefits of foreign ownership "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Homepaddock

What a very generous donation:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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02:32

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

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

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02:30

Peter Dunnes prophecy comes true already "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

02:30

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

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

The first in a series.

02:00

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

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

01:44

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

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

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01:35

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

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

01:30

The day Youtube went down "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

01:28

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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01:17

Drawn "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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

01:15

Book review of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

01:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Wapiti bull in velvet taken from Spikers bedroom window, near Edgecumbe on the morning of October 16th. NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic locations. They can be the view [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Courses help women add value Annette Scott:

Demand from women for new skills and confidence in their farming businesses shows no sign of abating with a national programme set to scale up for the third successive year.

Funded by the Red Meat Profit Partnership (RMPP) and delivered by the Agri-Womens Development Trust (AWDT), the Understanding Your Farming Business (UYFB) programme builds financial and communication skills that empower farming women to contribute more strongly to their businesses.

RMPP chairman Malcolm Bailey said the programme supports women in their role as critical farming partners by building on their business knowledge, skills and confidence. . .

Hard-working family on Greenvale farm since 1907 -Sally Rae:

Stud breeding is in the Paterson familys blood.

Waikaka Station is home to the fourth and fifth generations to farm the Greenvale property Laurie and Sharon Paterson and son and daughter-in-law Ross and Steph while a sixth generation is looking promising.

Young Ollie (8) cannot wait to get on his motorbike while Emmie (6) is aiming to ride around the stock with her grandmother on horseback this summer.

Leo, the toddler of the family, has his boots on in the morning before his father, Ross quipped. . . .

Founder of stud mentioned in WW1 dispatches Sally Rae:

Back in 1953, Matthew Kirkpatrick founded the Hereford stud that is now Waikaka Hereford.

One of Laurie Patersons earliest recollections of his grandfather was him driving an old, white, badly-dented Dodge car rather like a tank.

So much so that one of the contractors always parked his car on top of the loading bank as he reckoned it was the only place safe from the boss.

Mr Kirkpatricks wartime experiences resulted in him being mentioned in dispatches for his work in the Imperial Camel Corps. . . 

00:42

Wafi-Golpu Project To Lift Economic Growth, Says ONeill "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

ECONOMIC GROWTH DOES NOT MEAN BETTER LIVES FOR ORDINARY PEOPLE

Benny Geteng | Post Courier | October 16, 2018

The Wafi-Golpu project in Morobe province and Papua LNG in Gulf province will help PNG experience a 3 per cent economic growth when productions begin, said Prime Minister Peter ONeill.

Mr ONeill said the two projects, when they start producing will boost the economy of the country at a sustainable rate.

PNG will experience a medium growth of 3 percent. 3 percent is a sustainable growth for a country.

The Wafi Golpu mine will be the basis to deliver infrastructure to the province, he said.

Mr ONeill said with the Papua LNG Project there is good progress to deliver the project and the negotiation team is at fiscal terms of project signing and closing to pass concessions.

He said the economy is looking bright at a good economic projection of 2...

00:37

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

Media Release 17 September 2018 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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00:30

CNN: Cold War #2/24 Iron Curtain "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wikipedia

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

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

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

00:30

Whaleoil Race Teams new friend Murph, in a RHD Camaro! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Well as I alluded to in the last couple of Whaleoil Racing Team posts, I am now pleased to let you all know about an exciting addition to the Targa team. We finally have confirmation that the one and only Greg Murphy, racer extraordinaire, will be coming to play with us again. But this time [] The post Whaleoil Race Teams new friend Murph, in a RHD Camaro! appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:27

Air Niugini operates first ever commercial flight to mainland China "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

National airline, Air Niugini will operate its first direct commercial flight between Port Moresby and Shanghai, China on Tuesday, 23rd October 2018.
A cocktail function has been organized for all Chinese stakeholders on arrival including airport authorities, tourism bureau, top travel agents, wholesalers and tour operators. This will be followed by training seminars and a media forum.

The Port Moresby/Shanghai flight will operate twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Fridays.Flights depart Port Moresby at 7:30pm and arrive in Shanghai at 1am, local time the next morning. The return flights on Wednesday and Saturday depart at 02:30am and arrive in Port Moresby at 11:45am. The flight time from Port Moresby to Shanghai on the new direct flight is 7 hours, 30 minutes and 7 hours,15 mintues on the return service.

Acting Chief Executive Officer, Mr Tahawar Durrani when announcing the new flight in Port Moresby today, emphasized that the inclusion of Port Moresby/Shanghai route is a strategic move as it provides an opportunity for Chinese visitors and business people to travel not only to Papua New Guinea but also to the Pacific and Australia.

Mr Durrani said This service will complement our existing international flights to Asia - Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila and Tokyo as well as our regional network which includes Honiara in Solomon Islands, Nadi in Fiji, Cairns,Brisbane and Sydney in Australia and Federated States of Micronesia.
It also offers convenience for the Chinese and PNG business communities and tourists,delegates attending APEC, as well as hundreds of PNG students studying in various cities in China to fly direct between the two countries.

The Port Moresby/Shanghai flight also reinforces Air Niuginis position as a carrier of choice connecting Asia with the Pacific Islands and Australia and further enhances Port Moresby as the gateway hub in the region.

(Image Source: P2-PXV - Air Niugini - Boeing 767-341/ER)

00:27

Queensland decriminalises abortion "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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

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

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

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


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

00:04

On political donations: "When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators." "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


To paraphrase PJ O'Rourke on political donations:
All the politicians and hangers-on and all the citizens of New Zealand who vote for them are guilty of forgetting one basic rule of business and life: When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.
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00:03

Poll: Which is worse? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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00:00

Cartoon of the day by BoomSlang "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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00:00

Blood on the floor "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Rod Emmerson NZ Herald 17102018

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Emmerson sums up the blood-letting which got well underway in National earlier this year.

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23:36

No Connection Required: How One Dev Sent Bitcoin While Off the Grid "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

goTenna bitcoin transaction

Following a partnership between Samourai Wallet and goTenna, which now allows users to send bitcoin transactions offline, one developer in New Zealand is staying ahead of the curve.

Detailing the feat in a series of tweets, Rigel Walshe used a $27 entry level, Android smartphone and four goTennas (portable devices used to create off-grid radio signals) to successfully send a bitcoin transaction without access to the internet.


Heres how he did it.

Working in Auckland, New Zealand, Walshe used Google Maps to devise a relay route that would respect goTennas stated maximum relay range of 6.4 km (though he notes this region is mountainous, so it was important to find high ground so as to not have any land structures interfere with the signals).

As Walshe set up each goTenna, which has a concealed relay station, he sent a transaction to see if it effectively went through. His girlfriend was waiting on the other side of each transaction, with her smartphone connected to the goTenna mesh network Walshe created. (Although an internet connection was not needed in order to receive the transaction, she was only able to confirm that the transaction was successful by checking the blockchain over the internet.)

The developer was able to send a transaction from two of the three locations he used, citing that the third didnt go through because it was pushing the distance of the goTennas.

A huge takeaway for Walshe was that, from the offline device, there was no way to know if the transaction had been received by the other party. Therefore, he would need to essentially depend upon the party on the other side, in this case his girlfriend, to accurately report back...

23:30

What happened when we removed lifetime licences from shooters? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Once upon a time New Zealand had a lifetime firearm licence system. We carefully vetted the person applying and then checked their storage security and that was that. Once approved they could purchase a basic rifle or shotgun and amuse themselves. The nation enjoyed low gun crime and so the system was fixed in 1992 [] The post What happened when we removed lifetime licences from shooters? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:29

Audio: Leighton Smith & Michael Bassett discuss Jami-Lee Ross & Simon Bridges "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The discussion starts 2 minutes in. The post Audio: Leighton Smith & Michael Bassett discuss Jami-Lee Ross & Simon Bridges appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:24

188*v336428 604952 C O M "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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23:00

PBS/BBC: Peoples Century #6/26 1927 Great Escape "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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

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

23:00

Opinion: Jami-Lee Ross is a broken man "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I have found it very interesting to see and read how people are reacting to the Jamie- Lee Ross/Bridges kerfuffle. Many commenters have voiced an opinion one way or another, with the recent poll here on Whaleoil showing 65% agreeing that they believed Bridges was telling the truth (at time of writing). Interestingly a similar [] The post Opinion: Jami-Lee Ross is a broken man appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:30

Forget the pundits, listen to the lawyers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A whole lot of pundits, commenters and people who called me yesterday were all saying there was nothing in the audio. I told everyone, that they need to understand the law. Now the lawyers are speaking: Quote: An electoral law expert says there is certainly something for the police to look into after listening to [] The post Forget the pundits, listen to the lawyers appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:13

wp Light at end of tunnel for West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

http://dailypost.vu/news/light-at-end-of-tunnel-for-west-papua/article_cb1d8f87-d252-5c6d-9004-52c715f8d14c.html

Light at end of tunnel for West Papua

  • By Len Garae
  • Oct 11, 2018

Pastor Nafuki sees light at end of tunnel for West Papua

By Len Garae

Let me assure the world that I can see the light at the end of the dark tunnel, that now the whole world knows more about West Papua than ever before so this is sure confidence for me which reflects the faith of the population of Vanuatu.

Indonesia can say whatever it wants to say but I am confident to say that West Papua is getting closer and closer and closer to its destiny for our Great God to give them their birthright and He is choosing us one by one to proclaim it to the world.

This is the first interview with the President of the Civil Society Organisations, Presbyterian Church Pastor Allan Nafuki, that support the longstanding struggle for freedom of the Melanesian people of West Papua.

My first message is that Vanuatus support for West Papua has not changed; chiefs, grandparents, fathers, mothers, young people and childrens support have not changed. Our mandate is to help West Papua to achieve self-determination and freedom, he says.

It is the mandate of our Government to continue to lobby with other friendly co...

22:00

Benefits of foreign ownership "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

What a very generous donation:

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

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

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

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

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

I suspect not but sadly this wont be enough to change the minds of xenophobes who are opposed to any and all foreign investment.

22:00

Oh what a tangled web we weave "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you are a fan of Shakespearean drama, particularly the tragedies, you will know that there is one golden rule that is played out every time. Everyone and I mean everyone who has been in any way tainted by the matter that caused the tragedy has to be cleared out before a new [] The post Oh what a tangled web we weave appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:00

Gresham College: Prof. Vernon Bogdanor Postwar Political Crises in Britain #4/6 1982 The Falklands War "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

21:50

Tectonic past of Jupiter's moon Ganymede provides clues for life on active Europa "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ganymede was shaped by pronounced periods of tectonic activity in the past, according to a new paper. It's no longer active and its surface is more-or-less frozen in place now. But this discovery opens the door to better planning for future missions to Jupiter's other frozen moon Europa. Unlike Ganymede, Europa is still tectonically active, and understanding past geological activity on Ganymede helps us understand present-day Europa. Ganymede is one of Jupiter's moons, and it has a sub-surface ocean under a solid layer of frost and ice. The moon shows signs of strike-slip faulting, or strike-slip tectonism. On Earth, this type of tectonic activity created features like the San Andreas fault, a seismically-active region at the boundary between the Pacific Plate and the North American Plate. Europa is considered a prime target in the search for life in our Solar System because of its sub-surface ocean. Europa is exposed to Jupiter's intense radiation, but the icy sphere surrounding...

21:50

RNZ Morning Report: Guyon Espiner discusses with Andrew Geddis the implications of the recording by Jami_leee Ross "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Guyon Espiner discusses the Bridges-Ross recording and its implications with Andrew Geddis, Professor of Law at Otago University

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20181018-0721-is_jami-lee_ross_recording_incriminating-128.mp3

Andrew Geddis seems to suggest the disclosure was probably lawful.

21:46

Audio: Mitchell, Nash and Hosking discuss Jami-Lee Ross "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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21:45

Transcript of the Bridges-Ross phone call "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From Stuff a transcript of the recording released by Jami-Lee Ross yesterday, this may assist people trying to make sense of some of the allegations.

Jami-Lee Ross: How are you?

Simon Bridges: Good buddy, good. What have you been up to? Anything exciting?

Ross: Just been meeting with a few people this afternoon. Malcolm Alexander, your good friend and Stephen Selwood.

Bridges: Yeah, theyre both my mates. Theyve never really done me any favours but thats the way it goes*inaudible*

Ross: Hey you know at Paul Goldsmiths function you saw those two Chinese guys, Zhang Yikun and Colin? You had dinner at their home?

Bridges: Yes.

Ross: They talked to you about a $100,000 donation

Bridges: Yep.

Ross: That is now in.

Bridges: Fantastic.

Ross: What would you like done with it? Its currently sitting in a Botany electorate account.

Bridges: Yeah thats good, Id need to Id say, by the way, on that, just before we get to that. I promised them that we would have dinner at my place, that you should come. I mean, we might as well make a bit of fun of it. The only thing that would be good is if they brought the wi...

21:30

Winston and Jonesy weigh in on Bennetts stupid comments "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Paula Bennett has opened up a can of wup-ass on herself and Winston Peters and Shane Jones oblige: Quote: New Zealand First leader Winston Peters says bringing up the marital status of Jami-Lee Ross is a vicious tactic that shows the National Party has no substantive defence against Ross bombshell allegations. Ross told reporters yesterday [] The post Winston and Jonesy weigh in on Bennetts stupid comments appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:30

BBC Newsnight: The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

BBC Newsnight had this a few hours ago on the disappearance and probable murder of Jamal Khashoggi

21:15

Most read "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

21:06

We desperately need sensible drug law reform. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Chloe Swarbrick: We saw exactly what was foretold by Green MP Kevin Hague. We have seen the proliferation of psychoactive substances and their harm increase as a result of a lack of regulation. The chemicals have got nastier and cheaper to produce and throw together. We are going to be seeing a significant increase in []

21:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

21:00

More about Paula Bennetts inappropriate relationship comment "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sources inside the National Party bunker are saying that senior members of the National Party were aghast with Paula Bennetts recommendation and decision to talk about inappropriate relationships. Everyone knows that politicians root and the press gallery root even more. So the rooters in parliament are exceptionally concerned about Paula opening up all the parliamentarians [] The post More about Paula Bennetts inappropriate relationship comment appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:00

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

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

PAULINE MAGO-KING | Pacific Media Centre

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

20:52

Theres still a Government somewhere "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jami-Lee Ross has dominated the news over the last couple of days and that looks set to continue. However there is a Government still. I have had to go looking for news about them. Dame Annette King to attend Asia Europe Meeting Summit The Honourable Dame Annette King will attend the 12th Asia Europe Meeting []

20:46

Chilean Union Leader Found Dead One Day After Anti-Pollution Demo "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Chilean Union Leader Found Dead One Day After Anti-Pollution Demo: // , The area of the incident is Puchuncavi-Quintero, but the region is better known as one of Chiles four sacrifice zones. It earned this dubious title because several industries have been operating without public monitoring since 1964, dumping different types of toxic chemicals in unknown quantities. The term is used by socio-ecological movements in Chile to characterize geographical areas where industry and waste are so heavy that the whole area and the people living in it are considered sacrificed on the altar of economic growth. But those people are increasingly well informed and actively resisting the scandalous situation. As schools closed and social actions increased, the so-called special forces and the navy deployed an unusual amount of force, with water cannons, rubber bullets and tear gas. Quintero has turned into a battle zone.

20:41

Electoral law wrongdoing doesnt amount to much yet "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This (longish) piece by David Fisher does a good job of dissecting (and critically analysing) JLRs various claims of electoral law wrongdoing against SiBri. TL;DR is that they dont amount to much (just yet, anyway).https://t.co/97PVBaxFXu Andrew Geddis (@acgeddis) October 17, 2018 If there is an end game, it wont come this week. And if []

20:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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20:30

RNZ an initial analysis by Jane Patterson of the Jami-Lee Ross recording "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

On Checkpoint last night Jane Patterson gave an initial reaction to the release by Jami-Lee Ross of his evidence

Patterson has a useful written piece here as well

20:27

Four women claim harassment by Jami-Lee Ross "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

On Tuesday Jami-Lee Ross claimed that Simon Bridges had confronted him with claims that four woman had made allegations against him. Ross suggested he was in a similar situation to Brett Kavanaugh. Paula Bennett was criticised for saying that Ross had acted inappropriately for a married man Paula Bennett stands by claim Ross acted []

20:15

Bridges-Ross Mess: The recording "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Yesterday afternoon Jami-Lee Ross went to NZ Police to make a complaint against Simon Bridges, afterwards he released what he alleges is evidence against Bridges in the form of a recording. There are reports that additional recordings exist.

This from RNZ with useful accompanying article .

The recording had comments about several National MPs. Before people get too precious about this, conversations such as this probably take place wherever there are politicians especially between leaders and key supporters. No party should seek to claim the moral high ground here.

20:15

How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If your subscription has not automatically renewed it may be because you hadnt ticked for it to automatically renew when you set it up because your credit card has expired because you have removed your credit card details from Paypal. because of insufficient funds If you want to update your credit card details click here. If [] The post How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:04

Attack on Bridges, attack on National part of a bigger strategy? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Are we witnessing a planned strategy to get Simon Bridges dumped, disrupt and split National, Trash Nationals healthy polling, drive a wedge between National and Chinese and Asian voters to open the way for a Jami-Lee Ross win in the Botany by-election (an electorate with a lot of Asian constituents)? After two days of all []

20:00

Morning Report (17 October): David Farrar on implications of Bridges-Ross for Bridges "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Bridges-Ross Mess dominated media yesterday, virtually to the exclusion of all else.

On Morning Report there was a useful segment with David Farrar, commentator and longtime pollster for National. In particular Farrar and Guyon Espiner discussed the implications for Bridges.

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20181017-0721-jami-lee_ross_saga_bad_for_bridges_if_it_drags_on_-_farrar-128.mp3

20:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The mark of great sportsmen is not how good they are at their best, but how good they are their worst.  Martina Navratilova who celebrates her 62nd birthday today.

20:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

20:00

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

AgeingPHIL FITZPATRICK

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Or so pointedly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And when I go....

19:45

Garner continues his campaign against Simon Bridges "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Again this morning on The AM Show Duncan Garner continues his campaign against Simon Bridges. Why? Who is Garner seeking to assist here? Is Garner just trying to boost his ratings?

19:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:29

YouTube's Little Snit Fit and Other Inconveniences "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

CAPTAIN'S BLOG

Travel News for the Collective Journey

YOUTUBES LITTLE SNIT FIT & OTHER INCONVENIENCES [VIDEO]

Posted on October 16, 2018

Its 8:56 pm Pacific time and YouTube appears to be back up after a global crash lasting approx. 2 hours. Are we having fun yet?

Cellular phone outages, power outages in California, Internet outages (my personal challenge today) and then YouTube crashed around 6:30 and its been out for awhile.

It wasnt a big deal; I watched Mike Adams latest update on Real.video. I thought it only fitting. Who needs YouTube? Theyre not the only tube in town.

YouTubers were warned that extreme censorship was comingand it arrived. We were urged to secure backup channels in the event our blogs or videos were censored and/or removed.

I am currently publishing on two blogs to keep the channels open. The restrictions will get resolved at some pointhopefully in the not too distant future.

QAnon has not yet broken the week long silence, and there are a lot of things happening in America.

The globalists are still trying to ignite WWIII. They just dont get it. Nothing they do will provoke any nation to launch another war.

As we near the mid-term elections in America, we expect things will get a little dicey. We may see more communication outages, weather wars, false flag attacks, assassination attempts I just hope everyone took the advice offered by the President and many bloggers and independent media outlets to prepare for supply chain interruptions, a possible martial law scenario where we may want to stay home for a few days and off the streets, perhaps temporary curfews we dont know. Prepare for anything, and then you wont need to worry.

The financial situation is unstable at....

19:29

Australian govt lambasted after supporting 'It's OK to be white' 4chan meme as policy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A 4chan meme nearly became official Australian policy after the country's ruling party backed a motion that declared "It's OK to be white." The government claims it mistakenly supported the resolution and called for a re-vote. Some 23 members of the ruling Liberal-National Coalition, including several cabinet members, voted in favor of a motion introduced by Senator Pauline Hanson - the leader of the anti-immigrant One Nation party - which lamented the "deplorable rise of anti-white racism and attacks on Western civilization," while stressing that "It is OK to be white." The Senate ultimately voted 31 to 28 to reject the motion - but the ruling coalition's support for the failed declaration sparked condemnation from opposition parties and commentators, who claimed that the term "It's OK to be white" is a popular slogan used by white supremacists and neo-Nazis. The government immediately went into damage control, claiming that it had mistakenly supported the resolution and agreed to...

19:16

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19:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is copse (noun) A thicket of small trees or shrubs. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : 1570s, small wood grown for purposes of periodic cutting, contraction of coppice. The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 18 14 The human spirit can endure a sick body, but who can bear a crushed spirit? The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:53

Law on audio and video recordings "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This post from June 2017 has had a lot of search hits over the last couple of days in relation to the Jami-Lee Ross recording and threats of releasing more recordings, so worth a re-post: The Todd Barclay saga, in which the Police decided not to prosecute Barclay for making audio recordings of an employee []

18:20

Media watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

18 October 2018 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []

18:18

The Son of Blob is Back! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Yes, its back.

The Blob.   Or at least one of its offspring.

Remember, the BLOB is an area of anomalously warm water in the north Pacific.

If you dare to look, let me illustrate our scary situation.


Here is the sea surface temperature anomaly from normal for today.    A pool of warm water is found over the north Pacific and Gulf of Alaska, with some of it over 2C warmer than normal.  This is the signature of the "son of blob" (or "daughter of blob if you prefer")

Why such warm water?  Because there has been an amazingly persistent area of high pressure over the Gulf of Alaska.   To illustrate, let me show you a map of the average anomaly from normal conditions of the heights of the 500 hPa pressure surface (around 18, 000 feet) for the past 30 days.(see below).  Wow.

A very highly amplitude pattern.  You see the bright reds over the Gulf of Alaska?....that means high heights (equivalent to high pressure) over that area.  There is also a deep trough over the Rockies...that is why they have been getting unusually cold temperatures to the east of us. And another ridge over the eastern U.S--explains the persistent warmth there.

The sea level pressure difference from normal shows anomalously high sea level pressure ov...

18:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

18:10

Open Forum Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

17:03

Israeli effort to punish BDS activists for Lorde cancellation is backfiring "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Last year the New Zealand pop star Lorde cancelled her performance in Israel due to the persuasion of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions activists (BDS), sparked by a letter written by New Zealand activists Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab, who are respectively of Israeli-Jewish and Palestinian background. Sachs was offered the full kapo (Nazi-traitor) treatment in the Israeli press .

Meantime, Israeli lawfare organization Shurat Hadin, an NGO, carried out a legal crusade to sue the activists, even though they were not in Israel when they penned the letter, and even though Lorde made up her own mind and was neither forced to perform nor to cancel. Shurat Hadin represented three teenage girls, demanding damages be paid by the activists for bringing about the cancellation.

Lorde at the 2014 St Jeromes Laneway Festival in Sydney, Australia (Photo: Annette Geneva/ Wikimedia)

Last week an Israeli court ruled that Sachs and Abu-Shanab must pay damages to Israeli teenagers Shoshana Steinbach, Ayelet Wertzel and Ahuva Frogel totaling more than NZ $18,000 ($11,700). The court found the two New Zealand women damaged the artistic welfare of the three Israeli teenagers, and perpetrated damage to their good name as Israelis and Jews.

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, president of Shurat HaDin, who filed the suit called the ruling precedent-setting:

This decision makes it clear that anyone who calls for a boycott against the state of Israel could find themselves liable for damages and need to pay compensation to those hurt by the boycott call, if theyre in Israel or outside it. 

But Shoshana, Ayelet and Ahuva, whose artistic welfare and good name are now damaged beyond recognition, can apparently go and cry themselves a river because Justine and Nadia are...

16:38

International Fluoride Experts to Speak in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

As the people of New Zealand continue to fight a national proposal to take authority over fluoridation away from local councils and put it solely in the hands of regional Boards of Health (beholden to the pro-fluoridation Ministry of Health), an international team of fluoride experts are heading to Otago to publicize the significant health risks associated with the practice.

FANs Director Paul Connett, PhD, is among the group of experts, and has campaigned extensively throughout New Zealand over the years.  During his most recent campaign visit he made a presentation in the New Zealand Parliament entitled, Major U.S. Government-Funded Study Should End Fluoridation Worldwide. Please share this presentation with your local decision-makers and fellow concerned citizens.  Please also click here to quickly like and share Pauls presentation on Facebook.

Below is a newsletter from FAN-NZ with more information about the team of experts heading down under, including ways you can help regardless of where you live in the world.

Stuart Cooper
Campaign Director
Fluoride Action Network


International Fluoride Experts to Speak in New Zealand

We are very excited to announce that, for the first time ever, Toxico-Pathologist Dr Vyvyan Howard and Irish Environmental Scientist Declan Waugh, will be accompanying Prof Paul Connett on a short speaking tour of New Zealand.

This team of world experts on the toxicology of fluoride will share ground-breaking research that every New Zealander needs to hear. Especially, the Minister of Health and those advising him. The effect of fluoride on the brain, thyroid and bones is undeniable.

They will be speaking in Dunedin at St Davids Theatre in the Otago University on Tuesday the 4th of September and in Wellington at the Mecure Hotel on Thursday the 6th September. Both events run from 7pm to 9pm.

Please help to make these events a huge success by contributing to our Give A Little page, sharing these events with all your contacts by forwarding this email, and inviting your friends to the Dunedin Facebook Event page and the Wellington Facebook Event page.

Dr C Vyvyan Howard, MB ChB, PhD, FRCPath, has recently retired as Professor of Bioimagin...

16:29

Experts visit NZ to present the evidence of fluorides neurotoxicity at Otago University "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In an effort to forestall the bill pushing for mandatory fluoridation in New Zealandsparliament, FAN NZ organized a visit of three experts to provide the latest evidence at Otago University that fluoride was neurotoxic and had the potential to lower the intelligence of children even at the doses commonly experienced in fluoridated communities.

Why Otago University? Its located in Dunedin on NZs South Island. It hosts the only dental school in the country and for many years has been the hotbed of fluoridation promotion. But it also has a famous medical school and many relevant science departments. Surely, if we could convince some of the prestigious professors who teach at this school as well as the students that fluoride was neurotoxic with the potentialto reduce the mental abilities of future generations that they would sound the alarm bell and bring the MPs and the new Labor government to its senses. The government is led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern who has just had a baby.

The motto of Otago University is Sapere Aude (Dare to be wise). The former vice-chancellor of the university is Sir David Skegg, now President of the Royal Society of NZ, who was half the prestigious team (other half: Sir Peter Gluckman, former chief scientific advisor to the Prime minister) of the2014 report that whitewashed fluoridations dangers. Despite gross errors, this report has been widely used by the media and the Ministry of Health in their support of this parliamentary bill.

The three experts who visited NZwere

Vyvyan Howard from Northern Ireland, an infant and fetal pathologist;

Declan Waugh, an environmental scientist from the Republic of Ireland who has spent the last 7 years on an intensive study of fluorides toxicity.

and myself, Paul Connett, a retired professor of chemistry and co-author of the book The Case Against Fluoride.

Half page ads were run in major newspapers in both Wellington and Dunedin, promoting our visit and announcing our talks (Dunedin, Sept 4 and Wellington, Sept 6).

The evening arrived. As we approached 7 pm, nearly 300 people began to fill the seats.

You can see videotapes of our three presentations:

Many of you have seen and heard me many times so I recommend tha...

16:23

Amateur scientists narrowly escape being lava bombed by erupting Indonesian volcano "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A team of amateur volcanologists almost fell foul of Krakatoa's wrath, with huge lava bombs crashing into the ocean just meters from their boat. The incredible scene was captured on video by one brave New Zealander. Self-styled 'danger man' Geoff Mackley, the subject of a Discovery Channel documentary of the same name, captured the incredible footage on a recent trip to the volcanic islands on Monday.

14:59

Move over, loversVirginia is for rockets, too! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Virginia will serve as Rocket Labs second dedicated launch complex.

In July, New Zealand space startup Rocket Labs announced it was looking for a U.S. location for its new launch site. (You gotta keep Blue Origin and SpaceX on their toes, after all.) The company has now made its selectionVirginia, home of Smithfield Ham.

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14:57

NZs Priority chemicals list contains 7 fluoride pesticides, a PFOA, and an inert used in Sulfuryl fluoride. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Our priority chemicals list identifies the chemicals we believe are most in need of review here in New Zealand.

The chemicals on the priority list make up part of the larger screened chemicals list, which were screened using our FRCaST screening tool.

The chemicals on the priority list are categorised as either Group A or Group B chemicals.

Find out about how we identified and categorised the chemicals on our screened chemical list.

We are working on reassessing chemicals on the priority list.

We will not necessarily work through the priority chemicals list in the order it appears on our website. This is for many reasons. It is a living list, and may be changed as new information comes to hand, prompting us to reprioritise our focus on chemicals with higher risk profiles.

Note from the Fluoride Action Network:
The following is the table of the 40 priority chemicals. We have highlighted, with links to more information, the chemicals that contain fluorine or fluoride: Bifenthrin, Cyfluthrin, Cyhalothrin, Flocoumafen, Flumioxazin, Lambda-cyhalothrin, and Trifuluralin. Chloropicrin is used as the inert in the fumigant Sulfuryl fluoride. This perfluorinated chemical (PFC) is listed: Ammonium pentadecafluorooctanoate (APFO). It is the PFOA derivative of greatest concern and most wide spread use. One call tell its a PFC as it is perfused with fluorine (see more PFCs structures):

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Chemical name Description
2,4-DB (sodium salt) 2,4-DB is a herbicide mainly used to control broadleaf weeds in an agricultural setting. It has a similar structure to 2,4-D (also an agricultural herbicide). It is categorised in Priority Group B due to its very high score for human health risk and its moderately high score for environmental risk.

14:34

Papua Merdeka antara Makna, Visi, Tujuan dan Cara bangsa Papua Merubah Nasibnya "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

"Papua Merdeka" secara politik dapat dipahami dalam dua perskeptif, yang pertama, "internal self-determination" dan kedua, "ezternal self-determination". Yang pertama maksudnya bangsa Papua merdeka di dalam sebauh negara-bangsa yang sudah ada saat ini, yaitu Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia (NKRI). Makna kedua ialah melepaskan diri secara hukum dan politik dari negara yang ada saat ini dan membentuk

Papua Merdeka antara Makna, Visi, Tujuan dan Cara bangsa Papua Merubah Nasibnya was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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14:23

Papua Merdeka antara Makna, Visi, Tujuan dan Cara bangsa Papua Merubah Nasibnya "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

"Papua Merdeka" secara politik dapat dipahami dalam dua perskeptif, yang pertama, "internal self-determination" dan kedua, "ezternal self-determination". Yang pertama maksudnya bangsa Papua merdeka di dalam sebauh negara-bangsa yang sudah ada saat ini, yaitu Negara Kesatuan Republik Indonesia (NKRI). Makna kedua ialah melepaskan diri secara hukum dan politik dari negara yang ada saat ini dan membentuk

Papua Merdeka antara Makna, Visi, Tujuan dan Cara bangsa Papua Merubah Nasibnya was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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13:30

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

171018HEROMATE SAYS EXPERIENCED OFFICERS MUST BE RECALLED
New Dawn FM News

A former ABG public servant, PATRICK HEROMATE today called on the ABG administration to recall experienced former Government workers to assist the newly recruited officers gain experience in their new roles.
He was speaking on NEW DAWN FM today.
MR HEROMATE said that there were more suspension of officers today because they lack the experience to deal with situations in Bougainville.
MR. HEROMATE who worked for the District Services for more than 30 years said that we need to assist our administration to properly engage with these experienced people for at least two years.

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13:30

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

171018BY ELECTION UPDATE
New Dawn FM News
Voting in the three seats that are having their By-Elections are progressing well.
Polling started on Monday for TAONITA TEOP, HALIA and the KONGARA seats and will end this Friday.
Counting will start on Monday the 22nd of October and will continue until winners are declared.
The Chairman of the Taonita Teop Community Government, HERMAN KITE told New Dawn FM today that all was progressing well.
He said that whilst the attendance of voters was good many discovered that their names were not on the common roll.
The Chairman also questioned why deceased persons names were on the common roll whilst the active and living have missed out again.
MR. KITE said that he does not want this problem to pop up during the Bougainville referendum.

Ends

13:29

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

171018TARGET DATE STILL ON
New Dawn FM News

The special JSB which approved the Questions to be put in the Bougainville Referendum that the target date still remains as June 15th 2019.
This was revealed by Prime Minister PETER ONEIL in his closing speech at the SIR MANASUPE HAUS in Port Moresby.
He said there was no need to defer to another date but continue to prepare for the date.
Meanwhile the Chairman of the Bougainville Referendum Commission, BERTIE AHERN told the JSB meeting that the date will be confirmed once his committee starts work on the final preparations of the Referendum.
He said in the meantime that date is not final.
MR AHERN said that based on his past experience there are many issues that must be addressed before the actual date is announced.
He also repeated his earlier statement at the Welcome dinner hosted by the ABG President last Saturday evening.
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13:19

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

171018BUKA TOWN UNDER THREAT
New Dawn FM news
The temporary headquarter for Bougainville, BUKA town is under threat of sinking as the remaining mangroves that surrounds the town from Sohano and Madehas island and Novah are being cut to develop the town.
And the Director for TULELE PEISA inc which just recently promoted the saving and replanting of mangroves, USURLA RAKOVA said that what is happening in the Buka town and Kokopau is not acceptable as the soil will erode and Buka town can sink with any rise in the sea or even a king tide or a small Tsunami.
MS RAKOVA called on the Ieta and Taiof land owners to stop all these activities as it is putting thousands of peoples lives under extreme danger.
New Dawn FM after receiving this information took some pictures of what is happening and confirmed that the threat was real and something must be done to stop what is happening.
New Dawn FM also understands that the ABG policy on mangroves protection will go through the ABG Parliament in the December session of the ABG House.
If this goes through those people who are destroying mangroves for firewood and other such activities will have to face the law.
Mangroves are very important in the eco system as they are breeding gounds for fish crabs and other living things.

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13:05

World view Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

13:01

October 18 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1009  The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in Jerusalem, was completely destroyed by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, who hacked the Churchs foundations down to bedrock.

1016 The Danes defeated the Saxons in the Battle of Ashingdon.

1081  The Normans defeated the Byzantine Empire in the Battle of Dyrrhachium.

1210  Pope Innocent III excommunicated German leader Otto IV.

1356  Basel earthquake, the most significant historic seismological event north of the Alps, destroyed the town of Basel.

1386  Opening of the University of Heidelberg.

1561  Fourth Battle of Kawanakajima  Takeda Shingen defeated Uesugi Kenshin in the climax of their ongoing conflicts.

1599 Michael the Brave, Prince of Wallachia, defeated the Army of Andrew Bathory in the Battle of elimbr, leading to the first recorded unification of the Romanian people.

1648  Boston Shoemakers formed the first U.S. labour organization.

1748 The Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle ended the War of the Austrian Succession.

1767 Mason-Dixon line, survey separating Maryland from Pennsylvania was completed.

1775  African-American poet Phillis Wheatley freed from slavery.

1851  Herman Melvilles Moby-Dick was first published as The Whale.

1860 The Second Opium War  ended at the Convention of Peking with the ratification of the Treaty of Tientsin, an unequal treaty.

1867  United States took......

12:42

Plastic bottles & Deep State water agenda | The Unavoidable Water Crisis [Part 2/2] 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Great expose of a sickening water control agenda. Edge OF Wonder is becoming a force to be reckoned with in the knowledge and awareness game, please support these guys and spread the word! Water is life. Water is power. Water has become the new oil. [Part one here: http://bit.ly/WaterCrisis1 Sadly, its becoming an increasingly scarce []

The post Plastic bottles & Deep State water agenda | The Unavoidable Water Crisis [Part 2/2] 2018 appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

12:38

APEC minister responds to Maserati query "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Justin Tkatchenko
Justin Tkatchenko
The minister responsible for APEC, Justin Tkatchenko, has responded to the claims made by the members of the Opposition regarding the purchase of 40 Masareti MY 19 Quattroporte from Italy to transport visiting leaders during the leaders summit next month.

According to the Post Courier (October 17), Tkatchenko alleges that all claims made by members of the Opposition are lies and absolute rubbish. He said the there was a certain level of luxury required for the global event, the vehicles will be bought by the private sector at cost and the Maseratis will be priced lower than a Toyota Land Cruiser VX. However, the minister has not addressed questions regarding the procurement process of these vehicles despite saying that it was authorized by the National Executive Council (NEC).

Member for Sinesine-Yongomugl Kerenga Kua on FM 100s talk-back show queried why the procurement of the Maseratis went through a third party in Sri Lanka when there are dealers in the country like Ela Motors, PNG Motors and Boroko Motors who are able to source the vehicles upon request.






The Maseratis were acquired through Sri Lankan company Ideal Choice (PVT) Limited which lists flamboyant cricketer Pinnaduwage Aravinda de Silva as the deputy chairman.

Meanwhile, there are also new revelations in ...

12:00

Keeping Up Appearances S03 E03 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Wikipedia

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

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

11:35

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When fine motor skills were being distributed I was somewhere else.

That doesnt stop me appreciating what other people can do with their hands, be it art, craft or other handiwork.

As I sit at my computer Im overlooked by several paintings. One was a birthday present, another a gift from the artist, the others are of Vejer de la Frontera, the wee town in south west Andalusia where we lived for three and a half months and to which weve returned several times.

Tonight Im grateful for other peoples artistic talent and the happy memories their work inspires.

11:22

PNG adds $320k Bentleys to APEC luxury car fleet "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Papua New Guinea is adding to its APEC luxury vehicle fleet, with the purchase of three new Bentley limousines worth more than $320,000 (US$228,000) each.

The V8 Bentley Flying Spurs will join 40 recently-delivered Maseratis, worth $175,000 (US$124,000) each, in the APEC fleet, as PNG gears up to host the 21-member nation summit next month.

The Maserati purchase outraged many Papua New Guineans as the nation deals with the re-emergence of polio, high rates of tuberculosis infection and ongoing budget challenges.

The Australian has obtained an invoice for the Bentleys, made out to the chief executive of PNGs APEC Secretariat, Chris Hawkins.

Hawkins is also a senior communications adviser to PNG Prime Minister Peter ONeill.

The vehicles were purchased from a Malaysian-based company called South Pacific Ventures Inc., which describes itself as providing business consultancy and services on healthcare development projects in Papua New Guinea and other Pacific Island countries.

The cars are due to arrive in Port Moresby this month by sea freight.

The Australian has sought comment on the Bentley purchase from PNGs APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko, but he is yet to respond.

The Maserati Quattroporte cars were delivered to Port Moresby last week from Milan, Italy, on two privately chartered Boeing 747 cargo planes.

APEC Tkatchenko said last week that the Maseratis had been pre-sold to private sector buyers who would take the vehicles off the governments hands after the summit.

PNG is the poorest nation in the APEC grouping and faces an array of development challenges.

The official minimum wage is about $1.50 (US$1.07) an hour but unemployment is rife, and the majority of Papua New Guineans live outside the formal economy.

Australia is providing at least $130 million (US$92.8 million) in support to help PNG host APEC.

Australian F/A18 Super Hornets and electronic sensor aircraft will patrol the skies over Port Moresby during the November 17-18 APEC leaders meeting, while the helicopter landing ship HMAS Adelaide and several naval patrol boats will protect against maritime threats.

About 1500 Australian Defence Force personnel will also be involved, including special forces soldiers, rounding out the biggest security commitment of any nation in support of PNGs APEC year

SOURCE: THE AUSTRALIAN/PACNEWS

11:20

Australian fighter jets, warships to secure 'vibrant' PNG APEC "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australia will spend $130 million (US$92.8 million) deploying Super Hornet fighter jets, its largest warship HMAS Adelaide and elite special forces troops to help Papua New Guinea deliver a vibrant, Pacific-style APEC when leaders from 21-member economies gather in Port Moresby in November.

Government officials confirmed the ballpark cost of helping Papua New Guinea host more than 10,000 delegates for the annual Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit, which diplomats believe will help the nation unlock its potential as a tourism superpower.

We are providing this assistance because, quite simply, they asked us to as close friends and neighbours.

New Zealand, the United States, China, Canada, Japan and Indonesia are among other APEC nations contributing to security and safety at the largest event Papua New Guinea has ever hosted.

In addition to 500 troops on the ground in Port Moresby, a further 1,500 Australian Defence Force personnel will help enforce a no-fly zone over the island nation from Australia - although officials stress there have been no specific threats to summit security.

Australia has helped the Papua New Guinea Defence Force rehearse counter-terrorism scenarios while firefighters from Queensland will also be on standby in Port Moresby during the gathering, crewing new firetrucks funded by China.

Primary security of APEC venues, motorcades and delegations is wholly on Papua New Guinea, as it should be as the host nation.

While Papua New Guineas Constabulary and Defence Force will lead summit security, it is understood Australian advisors will work alongside local authorities with Australian Federal Police and Army on standby as part of an Incident Response Group.

Security will be similar to that seen in Australia at the recent Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast and the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit in Sydney.

As APEC hosts, Papua New Guinea will secure 500 meetings across the year, culminating with the Leaders Summit on November 17 and 18.

While most leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - will spend at least one night in the host nation, US Vice President Mike Pence is reportedly planning to stay in far north Queensland and commute back and forth to Papua New Guinea by plane for the duration of the summit.

Its underst...

10:30

Classic TV Drama: Upstairs Downstairs S04 E12 Facing Fearful Odds "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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

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

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

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

10:06

Welcoming The New Leaders Of Papuan Voices "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Conference Group Photo (Image via Tweet of SOS Tanah Papua)

Papuan Voices (PV) has been undergoing transformation since 2016. A new life is being infused in the organisation!

PV is a video-activist collective that began as a loose network of activists using video in campaigning for human rights to the people of West Papua in Indonesia. The network has been in operation since late 2011 and has slowly begun its transformation to a full-fledged organisation. It was able to open chapters in distant places of Papua such as Sorong and Wamena. They have also managed to organise the first ever independent documentary film festival in Papua, the Papuan Film Festival, in 2017 with the help of EngageMedia. It was also able to replicate its success with the 2nd Papuan Film Festival this year.

At their first national conference and strategic planning meet in Waena, Jayapura, Papua, from 19 to 22 September 2018, PV members have voted on a new organisation structure to be led by young Papuan activists. A new chapter was also added to the five original chapters of the organisation, and together, a discussion in choosing its coordinator/convener in working towards impact was conducted.

An activist from Jayapura, Bernard Koten has been elected to become the new Papuan Voices Coordinator, succeeding Max Binur who has been with the organisation for the past few years.

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10:00

Wednesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement claims to be a grassroots human rights movement but in reality, it is a carefully crafted continuation of anti-Jewish boycotts predating the state of Israel. The post Wednesday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:30

We dont say that out of these walls. Bredesen staff says he is lying about Kavanaugh vote "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post We dont say that out of these walls. Bredesen staff says he is lying about Kavanaugh vote appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:00

The Charmer: Gorse At The End #6/6 Nigel Havers, Bernard Hepton, Fiona Fullerton, Rosemary Leach "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wikipedia

The Charmer was a 1987 British television serial set in the 1930s, and starring Nigel Havers as Ralph Ernest Gorse, a seducing conman, Rosemary Leach as Joan Plumleigh-Bruce, a smitten victim widow and Bernard Hepton as Donald Stimpson, Plumleigh-Bruces would-be beau, who vengefully pursues Gorse after he has conned her

09:00

Wednesday Weapons "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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08:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S04 E14 Quad Squad "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Season 3 Episode 5 appears to be missing

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

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

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

08:30

Custom 50 Ready Range by Shooting Range Industries "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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08:02

For the Pacific its always about cash: Australian Environment Minister in diplomatic incident over climate change "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Environment Minister Melissa Price has been accused of offending a key Pacific leader by declaring the region was always seeking cash from Australia, sparking a political dispute over her alleged remarks at a Canberra restaurant on Tuesday night.

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Environment Minister Melissa Price

Ms Price is said to have told former Kiribati president Anote Tong, a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, that she had her chequebook ready to deal with his demands for cash.

The ministers office has declared the account to be completely untrue but the contested exchange triggered a rebuke over the ministers treatment of a key friend of Australia in the Pacific.

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Former Kiribati president Anote Tong

Ms Price told Parliament she 100 per cent disagreed with the account of her remarks to Mr Tong.

Mr Tong, who led Kiribati from 2003 to 2016, was dining with Labor senator Pat Dodson, Edmund Rice Centre director Phil Glendenning and Oxfam climate change expert Simon Bradshaw at La Rustica restaurant in the Canberra suburb of Kingston and was introduced to Ms Price, who was dining with staff close by.

Mr Glendenning told Fairfax Media that Ms Price discussed a possible meeting with Mr Tong and then made a remark about demands for cash.

Ms Price asked Mr Tong why he was in Canberra and was told by Senator Dodson that the former Kiribati leader was in Australia to talk about climate change and was hoping to have a meeting with her.

Is it about the cash? Ms Price replied, according to Mr Glendenning.

Its always about the cash. Ive got my chequebook over there. How much do you want?

A spokesman for Ms Price denied this account and said the minister told Mr Tong that Australia cared very deeply about the Pacific, before suggesting they set up a meeting at some point.

Senator Dodson wrote to Ms Price on Wednesday to criticise the discourteous and offensive behaviour and to ask her to apologise to Mr Tong.

In his letter, Senator Dodson relayed his account of the words the minister spoke.

I know why youre here. It is for the cash. For the Pacific its always about the cash. I have my chequebook here. How much...

08:00

Take back Australia: The Bolt Report 10 Oct, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz Mark Latham, former Aussie Labor Party leader, has distanced himself from a lot of the leftist nonsense now going on and has written a book called Take Back Australia.   The post Take back Australia: The Bolt Report 10 Oct, 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

Classic Comedy: Open All Hours Ronnie Barker and David Jason S04 E06 The Mystical Boudoir Of Nurse Gladys "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From Wikipedia

Open All Hours is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke for the BBC. It ran for 26 episodes in four series, which premiered in 1976, 1981, 1982 and 1985. The programme developed from a television pilot broadcast in Ronnie Barkers comedy anthology series, Seven of One (1973). Open All Hours ranked eighth in the 2004 Britains Best Sitcom poll

The setting is a small grocers shop in Balby, a suburb of Doncaster in South Yorkshire. The owner, Arkwright (Ronnie Barker), is a middle-aged miser with a stammer and a knack for selling. His nephew Granville (David Jason) is his put-upon errand boy, who blames his work schedule for his lacklustre social life.

Across the road lives Nurse Gladys Emmanuel (Lynda Baron), occupied by her professional rounds, and her elderly mother. Arkwright longs to marry her, but she resists his persistent pressures. In later episodes, it is explained that the two have actually been engaged for many years but have been unable to go through with a wedding due to the advanced age of Nurse Gladyss mother, for whom she cares at home. Though short-tempered with Arkwright, she is concerned for his and Granvilles welfare.

07:59

Why No One Wins a War over the South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Thats the title of my latest piece in The National Interest. (over the fold)The central point is brilliantly summed up in this clip from Utopia.

A recent near-collision between Chinese and US Navy destroyers has focused new attention on the potential for conflict in the South China Sea and led to the cancellation of a visit to China by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

https://www.stripes.com/news/pacific/mattis-cancels-china-trip-after-chinese-us-navy-destroyers-nearly-collide-1.550089

Chinas naval expansion in the South China Sea puts it in a position to control sea lanes used transport trillions of dollars worth of goods per year, accounting for up to a third of world merchandise trade. China has militarized islands and claimed most of the Sea as its own territorial waters, on the basis of flimsy historical claims and routinely denounced US naval operations in the region as illegal provocations.

Unsurprisingly, the response to Chinese assertiveness from much of the foreign policy community has been to demand a similarly assertive response from the United States. For example, Robert Kagan has argued that the US must resist the extension of a Chinese sphere of influence in its immediate vicinity.

Backing Into World War III

A realist perspective suggests a more cautious approach, and a more careful analysis of the economic issues. A rational assessment suggests that China has far more at stake in this issue than the US.

The crucial, but commonly neglected, fact about trade flowing through the  South China Sea is that the great majority of this trade flows to and from China. That makes control of the South China Sea a crucial national interest for China, since a hostile power could potentially choke off most imports and exports.  But obviously, China has no interest in disrupting its own trade. By contrast, the only direct interest of the US is in the abstract principle of freedom of naval operations.

Moreover, while the US military is far more powerful in global terms, the balance of forces is much more even in regional terms.  Conflict between powers of comparable strength will generally be resolved in favor of the side with the greater commitment.

 

The South China Sea is also important to US allies including Japan and Korea, as it is part...

07:37

U.S. sets January trade talks with Japan, targeting tariff and nontariff barriers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

U.S. President Donald Trumps administration plans to start negotiations for a bilateral trade agreement with Japan in mid-January, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer notified Congress on Tuesday.

In a letter to congressional leaders, Lighthizer suggested the administration will push Japan to address both tariff and nontariff barriers in sectors such as automobiles and agriculture, and to achieve fairer, more balanced trade.

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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer

We intend to initiate negotiations with Japan as soon as practicable, but no earlier than 90 days from the date of this notice, he wrote.

Citing the $68.9 billion U.S. trade deficit in goods with Japan in 2017, Lighthizer said, U.S. exporters in key sectors such as automobiles, agriculture and services have been challenged by multiple tariff and nontariff barriers for decades, leading to chronic U.S. trade imbalances with Japan.

In a meeting last month in New York, Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to start negotiations for a trade agreement on goods, or TAG, between the two countries.

The move is a concession by Tokyo, which dropped its earlier insistence on a multilateral approach to trade issues.

Senior U.S. officials have thrown hardballs even before the start of the trade talks, with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue indicating the United States will push Japan to reduce tariffs on farm products beyond levels agreed to under a free trade agreement between Japan and the European Union.

Perdues call for better terms in a trade deal with Japan than the Japan-EU FTA came despite the understanding between Trump and Abe that Washington would not demand deeper farm tariff cuts than levels Japan has agreed in other trade pacts, also including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, an 11-member regional FTA.

Vice President Mike Pence has described the prospective deal with Japan as a free trade agreement, contradicting Japans assertion that the bilateral accord sought by the two governments will not be as comprehensive as an FTA.

The two governments are arranging a meeting between Pence and Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso in mid-November in Japan to pave the way for the upcoming trade negotiations involving Lighthizer and Toshimitsu Motegi, Japans economic revitalization minister.

Also on Tuesday, Lighthizer notified Congress that the administration intends to initiate negotiations for a trade agreement with the European Union in mid-January, and for a separate pact with Britain as soon as it is ready after it exit...

07:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

07:30

Testament of Youth (1979) #4/5 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wikipedia

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

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

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

07:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

06:43

Vindictive destructive politics "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Im not going to get into where Simon Bridges or the National Party stands on the issue of donations at this stage there is still a lack of solid evidence, and the police are looking into it after a visit from Jami-Lee Ross today. But the overriding sense I get from what Ross has []

06:30

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1941, Jim Seals songwriter, singer and guitarist with Seals and Crofts. Born today in 1941, Alan Howard, bassist with The Tremeloes. Born today in 1942, Gary Puckett, lead singer with The Union Gap. Born today in 1946, Jim Tucker, guitarist with The Turtles. Born today in 1946, Mike Hossack, [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:15

Is this all a cunning ploy by Paula to roll Simon? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This week has been exciting in politics and astonishing to watch. It is also raising all sorts of conspiracy theories. Normally I dont like those as they make you look stupid, ultimately. However, today I have received two phone calls from people who attended a cabinet club meeting with Jami-Lee Ross and Paula Bennett in [] The post Is this all a cunning ploy by Paula to roll Simon? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:15

PETA: People eating tasty animals "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

06:00

Hadith for the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Unfortunately, you have missed that day for 2018, next chance is 10 August 2019; fast then and you have two years redemption. Simple. Could be a cunning plan to reduce the prison population? The post Hadith for the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Hoover Institution: 2018 CISAC Drell Lecture: The Battle for the Soul of the Internet "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

great topic sound at times is poor, and at the start you may need to move through as they have yet to master editing too much explication about the CISAC, rather than getting to the lecture. US locations are especially prone to this verbal diarrhoea. They spent 10 minutes on the intro, most of which was rubbish.

Alex Stamos discusses the difficult balancing act societies around the world are facing dealing with the security and safety impacts of new technology, followed by a moderated discussion with Andrew Grotto. Lecturer: Alex Stamos, adjunct professor at Stanfords Freeman Spogli Institute, a William J. Perry Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), and a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. Moderator: Andrew Grotto, former Senior Director for Cybersecurity Policy at the White House in both the Obama and Trump Administrations. He currently serves as a William J. Perry International Security Fellow at CISAC and a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. About the lecture: The Drell Lecture is an annual public event sponsored by Stanford Universitys Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC), addressing a current and critical national or international security issue that has important scientific or technical dimensions.

05:54

Can social media save great apes? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

An orphaned baby chimpanzee rests his head on his rescuers arm as he takes in the scenery during a special flight destined for a sanctuary in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The pilot, Anthony Caere, cradles Mussa and gives him a soft kiss on the head. Although Mussa was recently ripped from his mothers arms, he appears comfortable with Caere, and even plays with a few of the aircrafts knobs and switches during the flight. Over the past year, a number of great apes have experienced brushes with fame, including Ponso, the loneliest chimp in the Ivory Coast; Lulingu, the laughing baby gorilla; and Mussa, whose mother was killed by poachers. Their viral stories grabbed public attention on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and via large news organizations. Bonobos, gorillas, orangutans and chimpanzees face a fight for survival, and social media offers a new tool to help people connect with these endangered great apes. While great ape advocacy organizations are ready to wield the power of social media, theyre not just aiming for shares and likes, they say. Rather, sanctuaries and advocacy groups want to use those viral stories and social media in general to help save our closest relatives. Footage of a baby chimps rescue flight posted by the Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Center went viral. Shared on social media as well as by media organizations, the video has been viewed more than 2 million times. Image courtesy of Primate Rehabilitation Center. Going viral The Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Center in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)

05:33

Prue Hymans Column "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Prue Hyman marks 130 years since Katherine Mansfields birth with news of two amazing radio programmes featuring those who knew []

05:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Megalomania  obsession with the exercise of power; delusion about ones own power or importance; an unnaturally strong wish for power and control; the belief that you are very much more important and powerful than you really are; a psychopathological condition characterised by delusional fantasies of wealth, power, or omnipotence.

05:30

They like to help. Help child rapists, that is. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Virtue-signalling: To take a conspicuous but essentially useless action ostensibly to support a good cause but actually to show off how much more moral you are than everybody else. Of all the many fashionable left-wing causes, immigration seems to be the one where its advocates propensity for virtue-signalling is not merely useless, but demonstrably malign. [] The post They like to help. Help child rapists, that is. appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:27

Couple Finds Tiniest Animal Abandoned In A Plastic Bag On The Street "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jacqueline Panzo and her boyfriend were walking to the local pharmacy to pick up some cold medicine when they spotted a black plastic bag sitting near the sidewalk. Panzo quickly realized there was some sort of cage peeking out of the bag, so she went over to investigate and found a hamster curled up inside, cold, sick and terrified. 

Credit: Jacqueline Panzo

The door to the cage had been left open, meaning whoever had left the hamster there had intentionally abandoned him, even though there was no way he would be able to survive on his own. 

The first thing that came to mind was, There's no way I can just leave him here, Panzo told The Dodo. I felt so worried about him, and although I wasn't sure he was going to survive, I knew I had to do whatever I could to make him comfortable and warm again. 

Credit: Jacqueline Panzo

The hamster, later named Hamtaro, was a little apprehensive of Panzo at first, but after a short while he let her pick him up, and she and her boyfriend rushed him and his cage back to her place. On their way home, Panzo called her sister and had her pick up some supplies for Hamtaro, so they could make him happy and comfortable as quickly as possible. 

Credit: Jacqueline Panzo

Once Hamtaro was safe and sound in his new home, Panzo and her boyfriend brought him into the bathroom and checked him over to make sure he was doing OK after his ordeal. He had a large patch of fur missing on his lower back, but other than that, he seemed to be in pretty good shape. As she was looking him over, Panzo was st...

05:06

AUDIO: Jami-lee Ross releases first audio recording "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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05:00

Discriminating against gays is OK, when Muslims are doing it "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Marx Groucho, that is once said, Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies. He might also have added, and then pretending to be outraged by your own actions. When Labor were last in government, they passed laws that allowed religious schools [] The post Discriminating against gays is OK, when Muslims are doing it appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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04:27

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04:13

Polisario Front leader speaks on Western Sahara in Wellington on Oct 25 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Institute of International Affairs invites you to an address by

Mr Kamal Fadel, Representative of the
Frente Polisario in Australia and New Zealand
"Western Sahara Africas last colony: The role of natural resources in decolonisation"
Date: 25 October 2018, 5:40 6.40 pm
Venue:Old Government Building, Lecture Theatre 3
Victoria University of Wellington, (Pipitea Campus), 23 Lambton Quay

Registration Required Please register here

Mr Kamal Fadel is Representative of the Frente Polisario (Western Sahara) in Australia and New Zealand. Mr Fadel served as Ambassador of the Saharawi Republic in Timor Leste and in the Saharawi Embassies in India and Iran, as well as the Deputy Representative in the Polisario Mission to the United Kingdom. He is also a senior executive in the Saharawi Republic Petroleum and Mines Authority.

Mr Fadel holds a Master of International Relations from the University of Canterbury in the United Kingdom. He holds a Post-Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the College of Law in Sydney and is admitted as a lawyer in Australia.

This address will highlight the role of natural resources in the decolonization of Western Sahara and will explore the situation and challenges facing the Maghreb region in North West Africa. This is an important region given its great potential and proximity to Europe as well as strong links with Africa and the Middle East. In reflecting on New Zealands positive role in the similar case of East Timor, Mr Fadel will discuss how New Zealand could contribute to peace and stability in this vital region.

Enquiriescontact:AndyWarden, EventsMember,NZIIAWellingtonBranch |Phone:04 917 0539 | Email:andykwarden

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04:02

Is S&P Dow Jones greenwashing conflict palm oil? (commentary) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Last month, S&P Dow Jones Indices, one of the worlds leading financial market index providers, released its annual listing of sustainable companies. The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) considers its yearly process to be the gold standard for corporate sustainability. However, despite touting an increasingly robust methodology, the decision to retain palm oil company Golden Agri-Resources (GAR) on the 2018 Asia/Pacific Sustainability Index indicates there are gaping holes in the DJSIs approach. According to reports and official complaints, GARs operations in Indonesia and Liberia are driving widespread deforestation, human rights violations and theft of communities traditional lands activities that can hardly be seen as sustainable as per the DJSIs criteria. Indeed, the expansion of industrial palm oil alongside other agricultural commodities like soy, cattle and timber is a primary driver of deforestation globally, as well as the second leading cause of greenhouse gas emissions after fossil fuels. In 2017, Asian palm oil producer GAR a subsidiary of the Indonesian agribusiness giant Sinar Mas became the first palm oil company to be listed on the DJSI Asia/Pacific Index. The Singapore-listed company has faced consistent and credible allegations of land grabbing, environmental destruction and violations of international sustainability principles documented through complaints filed with Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) the certification body for the industry. In 2018 alone, GAR and its Liberian palm oil venture Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) were found destroying globally significant rainforests, acquiring communities lands without their consent, and flouting the decisions of the

04:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

03:30

Cockroach by name "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

(sarsour): A cockroach Cambridge English-Arabic dictionary. Its hard to discuss Islams religiously-mandated, systemic deception without sounding like a stone-paranoid, 50s anti-Communist. Yet, just because Joe McCarthy was paranoid didnt mean that he was therefore completely wrong. Communist agents had indeed infiltrated Americas institutions, from the government to Hollywood, at the highest levels. Islam [] The post Cockroach by name appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:12

Opposition Leader: Government blocked FM100 talkback show "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch said yesterday he was dismayed to learn that the ONeill Government had effectively censored the PNG media and threatened one of the pillars of democracy in this country.

Pruaitch said two prominent Opposition leaders, East Sepik Governor Allan Bird and Madang MP Bryan Kramer, had been scheduled to discuss the scandal surrounding the import of 40 Maserati cars from Italy on FM100.

Reports coming in from Port Moresby, Lae and various parts of Morobe indicate these broadcasts were blocked by the ONeill Government in an unprecedented action.

 Pruaitch said: It has long been acknowledged that freedom of the press in PNG is a key pillar of the nations democratic institutions, acting as a safety valve on many issues of public interest.

Freedom of the press and the role of the media has helped PNG retain its reputation as one of the persevering democracies in the developing world, as one political scientist put it.

From this perspective this is a sad day today for all Papua New Guineans.

"It says a lot that no one is surprised by this development because the ONeill Government is the first PNG Government on record that has set out to manipulate the mass media in the past few years.

 Pruaitch said he was adding his voice to the call to all Papua New Guineans, in the public and private sector, to stand up and say, enough is enough, and demand an end to waste and corruption by supporting the nationwide strike on Thursday and Friday initiated by colleagues in the Opposition.

"This government is the recipient of more revenue than any government in the nations history, but it is constantly broke and unable to keep up with budgeted payments for education and health and causing numerous offices to be locked out of their premises for failure to pay rent.

These are problems that have never been encountered on this scale in the past.

The ONeill Government has no trouble paying for luxury cars, without going through normal government tender processes.

03:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Click the image for a high-res view A Map of Superheroes in NYC Wanting to visit New York City? Fear not for you are well protected; apparently, Iron man operates in all areas and can get anywhere fast. The map shows some of the most popular superheroes from comics and film and the areas in which [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

Hoover Institution: Cardinal Conversations Reid Hoffman and Peter Thiel on Technology and Politics "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Peter Thiel and Reid Hoffman share their perspectives on Technology and Politics in a discussion moderated by Niall Ferguson at the Hoover Institution on the Stanford University campus. The discussion was the first of new conversation series Cardinal Conversations.

The introductory remarks by the Provost of Stanford were very interesting and well worth listening to. >specially in the current environement we face

Other academics should listen and cohere with her. Unlike Vice Chancellor Jan Thomas at Massey University in NZ

02:30

I am a vagina hear me roar "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Climate Change used to be Global Warming but then someone realised that, due to a lack of evidence that the globe was actually warming, theyd better change the language rather than admit they were wrong. In other examples, people have tried to make bad things sound better by changing the language. Making offensive, hurtful or [] The post I am a vagina hear me roar appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:13

LGBTI groups, leaders and allies call on Government to protect trans and gender diverse students and teachers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Today 50 organisations called on the Morrison Government to amend outdated anti-discrimination laws to ensure all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people are treated with fairness and equality.

Read the joint LGBTI community statement with the full 50 signatories here.

Last week, following leaks of the 20 recommendations from the Religious Freedom Review, many Australians were outraged to learn that under current anti-discrimination laws, schools and other services run by religious bodies are legally able to discriminate against LGBTI children, clients and workers. 

The Government has committed to repealing discrimination law exemptions that allow religious schools to turn away and expel gay students, however there has been no commitment to protect trans and gender diverse children, or workers in schools. 

Jo Hirst, author, advocate and mother of a trans child, said:

We know that trans and gender diverse students achieve their best academic and mental health outcomes when they are supported by both their families and their school environment. Every student should have the right to be safe and accepted in their school community.

Our trans and gender diverse students just want to be able to attend school with their friends like every other student without fear and discrimination.

Anna Brown, director of legal advocacy with the Human Rights Law Centre and co-chair of the Equality Campaign, said:

Australians voted for fairness and equality this time last year, not discrimination against LGBT people. Kids in schools should be worrying about classes and their homework, not living in fear of mistreatment because of who they are.

All children should be accepted for who they are at school. Every person should be able to do their job without having to hide who they are. Every school should be inclusive of all types of families. We should all be able to access publicly available services free from discrimination.

The very genesis of this inquiry was the deeply flawed idea that equality for LGBTIQ people somehow poses a threat to religious freedom. We reject this utterly, and remain concerned that conservative religious forces within the Coalition will be extracting their price for marriage equality. There should be no price paid for equ...

02:00

Why Action stations report is flawed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tn koutou katoa, The ActionStation report, Theyre our Whnau came out a week ago, and has already been cited by the major networks and the government as being accurate, well researched and likely to be a building block of policy. This concerns me greatly; it confirms that social science has now become more about subjective [] The post Why Action stations report is flawed appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:30

Quiz: Christchurch "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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01:27

The corruption of New Zealand politics "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Michael Reddell at Croaking Cassandra has an excellent analysis of the Chinese connection to the Bridges-Ross Mess. He links it to the broader issue of just how far does Chinas influence now reach into the body politic. Whilst not necessarily agreeing with all Reddells points he makes many very valid points, which our political leaders of all shades have signally failed to address.
Please read the entire post, it is worth it

croaking cassandra

Who knows whether Jami-Lee Rosss allegation around the handling, and disclosure, of a donation to the National Party from one Yikun Zhang are correct or not.  One hopes time, and evidence, will tell.   Frankly, one hopes Ross is wrong, or overstating things.  But at least one observer notes that Jami-Lee Ross has previously been actively involved in such fundraising.

Him again..the former PLA intelligence official, Chinese Communist Party member, and National MP, who admits he misrepresented his past to immigration/citizenship officials, but who is stoutly defended by successive National Party leaders, and

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01:11

The Bridges-Ross Mess, again! MSM bias rampant! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wall to wall media on the Bridges-Ross Mess.

Bryce Edwards had this good summation as of 8:30 last night on the RNZ website

However, the Bridges-Ross Mess has allowed the media to stop looking, albeit half heartedly at the failings of the Ardern Labour led coalition. Instead they have turned the full force of their withering intellect on Bridges and National. Less attention seems to have been paid to Ross ad his motives. The MSM are more concerned to force Bridges out.

This scandal has been tailor made for Ardern and her media sycophants.

Jami-Lee Ross the early Christmas gift for Ardern.

01:03

Oral Questions 17 October 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Questions to Ministers  Dr DUNCAN WEBB to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Governments statements and actions? DARROCH BALL to the Minister of Defence: What recent reports has he received regarding support given by the New Zealand Defence Force?    Hon AMY [] The post Oral Questions 17 October 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: It is of the Martins Bay Lodge, Fiordland, with the Hollyford River and Valley in the background. NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic locations. They can be the view [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:00

Classic Comedy: Ronnie Corbett in Sorry S07 E06 Up, Up And Away (Final Episode) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wikipedia

Sorry! is a BBC television sitcom, that aired on BBC1 from 1981 to 1982 and from 1985 to 1988. Starring Ronnie Corbett, created and written by Ian Davidson and Peter Vincent for the BBC, both of whom had previously written for The Two Ronnies, of whom Corbett was one half.

Sorry! is based around Timothy Lumsden who, 41 years old in the first three series (his age increased to 42 and then 48 in subsequent series Corbett was actually 50-57 during the series run), is a librarian who still lives at home with his domineering mother Phyllis and henpecked father Sidney. Although quite shy around women, Timothy longs to find love and leave home, but Phyllis is always against the idea, and constantly manipulates her son into staying at home. One of the running gags of the series is Sidney frequently shouting Language, Timothy! when he feels Timothy has said something inappropriate (though most times nobody would typically find the words even close to offensive). Timothy usually responds Sorry father, but sometimes snaps Shut up, father! to which Sidney always replies Fair enough.

The writers used this to clever effect in one episode when Timothy is boasting about his acadmeic achievements; I got two passes in English, Literature and the other one, at which point Sidney walks past and says Language, Timothy.

In contrast, Timothys friend Frank and sister Muriel urge Timothy to stand up to his mother once and for all. Muriel had successfully left home, and married Kevin, and as a result is viewed with distrust by her mother.

01:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Big Nelson irrigators line up to complete finance for Waimea Dam as private investor pulls out Pattrick Smellie:

(BusinessDesk) Large-scale Nelson-based agricultural interests have stepped in to provide the final $11.5 million needed to finance the Waimea dam project, after an unnamed private investor pulled out of the deal.

The irrigators, who had previously said they had no resources of their own to complete the project, appear to have found the money and stepped back in, after deciding the private investors demands were becoming greedy.

BusinessDesk understands the Waimea Plains water users, including dairy farmers, horticulturalists and winemakers, became more comfortable about putting up their own capital when they realised they could use the same convertible notes financing formula for reducing their investment risk as the private investor had been proposing. . . 

 Local farmers help fund $102m Waimea Dam plans Eric Frykberg:

Funding details of the revived Waimea Dam scheme near Nelson have been made public. 

They involve 14 agricultural businesses agreeing to provide an extra $11.5 million to Waimea Irrigators Limited for the project.

The proposed dam would be 53m high and store 13 million cubic metres of water in a 70ha lake in the Lee Valley, inland from Richmond. . .

NZ red meat exports top $6.7 billion in 2017-18:

Latest export figures from Beef + Lamb New Zealand (B+LNZ) show New Zealands red meat exports (excluding veal and co-products) were up $1.2 billion (21 per cent) on 2016-17 to over $6.7 billion in 2017-18 on the back of sustained high value per tonne and increased volume for lamb, mutton, and beef.

While the highlights of the season were record high average values per tonne for lamb and mutton, the average value of beef exports remained high since the marked increase in 2014-15, says B+LNZs Chief Economist Andrew Burtt.

Good farm-gate prices and strong average values per tonne for exports occurred throughout the season, even during the fast start to the processing season driven by the dry conditions i...

00:45

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

K34 million for Referendum
New Dawn FM News
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The special JSB meeting has appropriated a budget of K34 million to cater for the referendum next year.

The budget has been formulated with a view to being realistic and achievable in conducting the referendum.

Officials from the ABG and the National Government also agreed that what had been proposed would enable the referendum to take place.

Both President Momis and Prime Minister ONeil indicated their support of the budget with the Prime Minister giving assurances that it would be incorporated into the 2019 National Budget.

Mr ONeil further committed to ensure that previous funds that had been previously committed would be honoured, and be over and above the recently approvedK34 million.

Sourcing funding from the National Government has been a chronic problem for the ABG who have been continuously duped by empty promises from Waigani.

Despite the seemingly positive outcome of this special JSB many are sceptical of the national government to honor its latest commitment to Bougainville.

The recent JSB did not include outstanding grants owed to the ABG by the National Government on its agenda.

The ABG remains adamant that it is owed in access of a billion kina from the Restoration and Development Grand as well as the final payment of the Special Intervention Fund.

New Dawn FM understands that these issues will be deliberated in the next JSB in January next year.

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00:39

Why the TPP-11 benefits corporations at our expense "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

17 October 2018: AFTINET convener Dr Patricia Ranalds explainer article about the TPP-11 was published in The Conversation on October 16.

It explains why the deal does not deliver economic gains, gives more rights to corporations at the expense of the public interest and why Labors pledge to make changes after ratification is unlikely to be delivered.

Read it here >> https://theconversation.com/the-senate-is-set-to-approve-it-but-what-exactly-is-the-trans-pacific-partnership-104918

00:30

Its official: Its not OK to be white in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Im never afraid to admit when Im wrong, and now I have to admit to being very, very wrong. Ive long argued that Australia is not a racist nation, and is most certainly not systemically racist. Ive now learned that that is absolutely not true. This comes from the very top: Australias parliament has officially [] The post Its official: Its not OK to be white in Australia appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:15

Auckland oilers: November gatherings "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Based on the success of our Auckland catch-ups this month, we have had requests for a repeat performance.  Feedback indicated you were happy with the venues, but suggested that the two different locations were held on different weeks in case people want to go to both. Weve also made the start time a bit later [] The post Auckland oilers: November gatherings appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:07

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00:00

Satirical image of the day: Jacinda misinterprets big oil "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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00:00

CNN: Cold War #1/24 Comrades "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wikipedia

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

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

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

Tuesday, 16 October

23:49

Climate Change: More bad faith from Labour "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Remember when Jacinda Ardern called climate change "my generation's nuclear-free moment"? It turns out that she didn't really mean it. At least, that's the impression you'd get from the government's actions in granting foreign oil giant OMV a two year extension on its exploration permit for the Great Southern basin:

The Government has just granted oil giant OMV a two-year extension to drill in the Great South Basin, despite issuing a ban on new oil and gas exploration permits in April.

Greenpeace climate campaigner, Kate Simcock, says the decision by the Ministry for Business, Employment and Innovation (MBIE) to grant the extension is essentially a way to give the oil company a new permit.

The Government is breathing new life into this permit, and the extra two years could be the difference between finding and drilling for new oil and gas reserves, or not, she says.


And drilling for that oil means more emissions at a time when the IPCC is ringing the final warning bell.

If we are to avoid catastrophic climate change and the famine, war and death it entails, we need to end the oil industry - not in twenty of fifty year's time, but now. If the government had refused this extension, that is exactly what would have happened: the permit would have expired in a few months, and (if you take OMV's rhetoric seriously), they would have left the country in a huff, dropping a bunch of other permits in the process. That is exactly what needed to happen. Instead, the government has given them time to organise a drilling campaign, and increased the chance of them finding, exploiting, and most importantly, burning oil and gas - and burning the planet at the same time.

As for what to do about it, MBIE's decision seems prima facie unreasonable given the climate change context, and could potentially be judicially reviewed as such. And if it is upheld, I suspect there will be protests on the water if there is any effort to drill. Because unlike the government, the environmental movement is taking this problem seriously, and will do what they can to stop it.

23:44

Sir Mekere: APEC Bentleys bought through controversial Borneo Pacific drug company "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

APEC Authority documents reveal that the K2.3 million purchase of three super-luxury Bentleys for the Prime Minister, APEC Minister and others was carried out through the Malaysian medical supplies company Borneo Pacific.

An invoice for the cars sent to APEC Authority CEO Christopher Hawkins comes from South Pacific Ventures of Kuala Lumpur, which describes itself as a business consultancy and health services provider in PNG.

Borneo Pacific and SPV are both controlled by a Malaysian family which is close to the Prime Minister, Mr Peter ONeill, and other senior politicians, businessmen and public servants.

The family has extensive octopus-like business interests in PNG, and is currently rumored to be starting a brewery in partnership with the Prime Minister.

Borneo Pacific has been criticised for the provision of over-priced medical supplies and faulty medicines, and hitches in its supply chain.

 It has attracted widespread criticism, including from the Australian Government, for its failings.

The Member for Moresby North-West, Sir Mekere Morauta, says the deal shows the contempt the ONeill Government and the APEC Authority have for proper process if it did not go through an open and competitive tender as required by the APEC Authority Act.

Neither the Prime Minister, APEC Minister Justin Tkatchenko nor Mr Hawkins have been able to provide evidence that the APEC luxury car deals, now worth over K32 million and counting, are legitimate, he said.

There is nothing to show that these dubious deals went through the proper process, including scrutiny by the supposed APEC Authority Probity Auditor.

23:34

Is The Blue Wave Actually a Crime Wave? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Blaze.com recently reported:

Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams said last week that illegal immigrants who are not eligible to vote in elections will be a part of Democrats promised blue wave in this Novembers midterm elections.

Just listen:

The thing of it is, the blue wave is African American. It is white. It is Latino. It is Asian-Pacific Islander. It is disabled, it is differently abled. It is LGBTQ. It is law enforcement. It is veterans, Abrams said.

It is made up of those whove been told that they are not worthy of being here. It is comprised of those who are documented and undocumented, she added.

Undocumented? Isnt that another way of saying illegal?

Perhaps she is referring to what many of the lawless in America are calling the undocumented productive citizenswellexcept they arent citizens?

So just what kind of movement is this blue wave?

You see, until the illegal immigrant is an American, by legal definition they have broken the laws of the land, making them a criminal, and thereby forfeiting their rights to liberty in America.

But criminally entering America is not their only crime.  Before any illegal alien receives his/her first paycheck or cash payment the potential of at least 28 crimes will be committed by him/her.

For example:

1. Conspiring to cross the border illegally. (1 count)

2. Hiring a coyote or a drug cartel for guided passage into the USA. (1 count)

3. Crossing the border with a coyote and in many cases smuggling drugs. (1 count)

4. Traveling, illegally, to their destination or to a destination determined by their smuggler. (1 count)

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23:30

Truck drivers are revolting "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Stuff  reports: quote. A convoy of Auckland truckies battled peak hour traffic to protest against the price of fuel. Trucking company RNB Transport sent around 100 trucks from the North Shore suburb of Silverdale to Fanshawe St, along the northern motorway, on Monday morning. end quote. Good on them for trying. I saw one truck company owner say his [] The post Truck drivers are revolting appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:30

RNZ Checkpoint: Tau Henare on we have never seen anything like this "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Finally Checkpoint enlisted Tau Henare to comment on the whole affair. Tau Henare! Really!

23:15

Tweet of the day: With friends like these who needs enemies? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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23:15

What a coincidence! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Yesterday, ex-National MP Jami-Lee Ross made a series of explosive allegations against National Party leader Simon Bridges, alleging that he had asked him to hide a $100,000 donation from a Chinese businessman in violation of the Electoral Act. But it gets worse - because this businessman was awarded a major honour by National on their way out of office:

Chinese multi-millionaire Yikun Zhang was put forward for a Queen's Birthday honour by the National Party.

[...]

The Herald has learned Yikun Zhang of Remuera - who Ross said had done nothing wrong - was among those put forward by the National Party on its way out of office.

Inquiries have revealed the nomination carried the names of current National MP Jian Yang, former National MP Eric Roy and Auckland mayor Phil Goff.

Zhang, who owns $40 million in Auckland property, was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

[...]

Normal practice general sees the incoming administration sign off those nominated by the previous government. It is understood most of those under National went through in the New Year's Honours but a number - including the nomination for Zhang - didn't go through until the Queen's Birthday Honours.


This looks ugly, because there are a number of other such astounding coincidences, where people who made significant donations to the National Party are awarded honours. If we didn't know that MPs were all by definition "honourable", you might be left with the impression that they were selling the things to line the party's pockets, and wanted to avoid the obvious link a major donation would cause.

23:11

DNA Testing Reveal That The Aborigines Of Australia Have The Most Ancient Culture In The World "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By Mayuk Saha

A study on genetics published in the journal Nature has proved that the Aborigines descended from people who migrated to Australia around 58,000 years ago. Titled A Genomic History of Aboriginal Australia, this is the first time that such a genetic study has been conducted. The results are ground breaking as they show that these ancestors make up the worlds oldest known culture.

Conducted at Cambridge University under the supervision of Professor Eske Willerslev, elders from the aboriginal tribes in Australia were also part of this team. Genetic sequencing with the genes of a number of Indigenous Australians and some natives of New Guinea extracted from their saliva was achieved. Prior to this, the same study had only been conducted on three people. The subjects in the study came from many places, some quite far from each other.

Earlier, experts did wonder if the recent generations of Indigenous communities had descended from the very first set of people to live in Australia. Their theories have now been confirmed. Being the most thorough study of its kinds, it has also proved that all of us are descended from the same group of ancestors who migrated out of Africa.
In Australia, this migration happened when the ancestors of the Papuans and the Aborigines moved along with others a little over 70,000 years ago. They then separated from that group some 14,000 years later and were most likely the first of our kind to make it across a large water body like an ocean. This group landed in Sahul, the landmass that broke into separate pieces to become the plac...

23:06

Kramers shock allegation: 'The plan to have me assassinated' "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Koim exchangeBRYAN KRAMER MP

Sam Koim's response to Bryan Kramer's revelation can be downloaded at the end of this statement

MADANG - Two days ago I was contacted by former chairman of Anti-corruption Task Force Sweep, Sam Koim, to inform me he had received reliable intelligence that individuals with political connections were planning to have me assassinated.

Concerned about my safety Mr Koim went out of his way to contact me so that I would take extra care.

I responded I was banking on it but appreciated the head ups. It was no surprise, when you go after high level corruption it's only a matter time you are permanently silenced.

I accepted that fate a long time ago. The real threat won't come from our corrupt and stupid politicians but the foreign nationals who pull the strings from behind the scenes and profit from them.

I have briefed key members in Opposition that I expect to be killed for doing what I do and it is important they are clear on what to do next when that happens.

I don't normally share this information in the public domain, as any information I do share will only be after I am absolutely certain the information is credible without a question of doubt.

So how is it I never seem to be charged or sued over my reports?

Well provided what you publish is the truth you are protected by the law. However, wrongfully accusing someone, then you face civil and even criminal prosecution.

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Bryan Kramer MP

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23:00

Ross has been rogue for some time "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Newsroom  reports that Jami-Lee Ross was always going to be a problem for the party. It was just a question of when. quote. A small number of power players in the National Party will be kicking themselves for not having acted before last years election on complaints received against MP Jami-Lee Ross for erratic and [] The post Ross has been rogue for some time appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Gresham College: Prof. Vernon Bogdanor Postwar Political Crises in Britain #3/6 1976 The IMF Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

22:38

Fake news from the NZ Herald today "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The New Zealand Herald made this FAKE news claim in an article today. Quote. The Trump Administration turned its back on decades of US policy by recognising Jerusalem as Israels capital and moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv in May. end quote. This is is completely untrue. Jerusalem was recognised in law as Israels [] The post Fake news from the NZ Herald today appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:30

Labour wins 2020 election "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

in October 2018 We have the most incompetent government in living memory. Their combination of inexperience and ineptitude is now really starting to show through the gloss that Jacinda created with her magic wand. She is being seen as the empty celebrity that she is the Kardashian of New Zealand politics. She has [] The post Labour wins 2020 election appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:22

QotD: "It is hard to understand politics if you are hung up on reality. Politicians leave reality to others..." "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


"It is hard to understand politics if you are hung up on reality. Politicians leave reality to others. What matters in politics is what you can get the voters to believe, whether it bears any resemblance to reality or not."
~ Thomas Sowell
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22:15

Can Bridges hide behind Nationals high poll numbers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It is an open secret that Simon Bridges has extremely negative net favourability ratings. Last week Chris Trotter mentioned figures of -16% in Labours internals, and -25% in Nationals internals. These numbers are consistent with the numbers Cam & I have been hearing over the last few months. Simon Bridges has been saying that his personal popularity doesnt matter because National is polling so well. This is an absolutely disgraceful and negligent concept. If National had a half competent leader who was even moderately popular they would be significantly higher in the polls.  The post Can Bridges hide behind Nationals high poll numbers appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:15

Most read "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

22:12

NZ Politics: National put Chinese businessman up for Queens Birthday honour "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Chinese multi-millionaire Yikun Zhang was put forward for a Queens Birthday honour by the National Party. Botany MP Jami-Lee Ross yesterday claimed Zhang made a $100,000 donation to the National Party. By: David Fisher Senior writer, NZ Herald 17 Oct, 2018 5:00am That donation is now at the centre of claims by Ross about unlawful []

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22:05

Poll: Who do you believe? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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22:00

Mud sticks . . . "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Mud sticks to the hand that throws it and yesterday Jamie-Lee Ross left himself splattered with the muck he chucked at Simon Bridges and the National Party.

In making the accusations he did, he appeared to incriminate himself.

His lack of self-knowledge is confirmed by his determination to stand in the by-election he has triggered by resigning.

He had a majority of nearly 13,000 in last years election but that was under the National Party banner and the party vote was at a similar level.

I can think of only four MPs who have left their party and regained their seats.

For each of those there are others who resigned and failed to win the seat again but Im struggling to name more them because without the party backing they lose and sink into obscurity.

The only way Ross could win would be if no other parties stood and supporters of them united to vote for Ross against the National candidate.

 

 

22:00

Lets talk about the elephant in the room "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Depression is a massive problem in New Zealand. Mondays report into compliance issues at schools in relation to the Vulnerable Children Act raised some interesting stats. In the year to 31 March 2018, Oranga Tamariki received 89,651 reports of concern relating to 63,077 children. 46% of those reports required further action, with 34% of those [] The post Lets talk about the elephant in the room appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:00

U.S. Embassy Issues Apology Over Accidental Invites To Cat Pajama Party "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Some things are just too good to be true. Sadly, this is one of them.

Last week, a curious email was sent out by the U.S. Department of State that deviated from the typical subject matter one might expect from the tight-buttoned government institution. The correspondence, labeled "Meeting", contained a photo of an adorable cat wearing a Cookie Monster onesie while holding a plate of cookies.

Recipients of the email were apparently being invited to something called a "cat pajama-jam."

Um, invitation accepted, obviously but then the truth came out.

Credit: Twitter/joshgnosis

Though it's unclear how widespread the email was, it seems regions Down Under may have been the epicenter.

Officials at the U.S. Embassy in Canberra, Australia, later issued an apology calling the invitation a "training error made by one of our new staff testing out our email newsletter platform.

They knew they messed up.

Sorry to disappoint those of you who were hoping to attend this cat pajama-jam party, but such an event falls well outside our area of expertise, Gavin Sundwall, U.S. Mission to Australia public affairs counselor, said in statement.

Needless to say, people were disappointed:

Interestingly, among those who had their hearts set on the "cat pajama-jam" being real, only to wind up having their dreams shattered, was the kitty at the center of it all.

Joey the cat's owner, who tweets under the username ...

22:00

Now it's K2.3 million on Bentleys for APEC: but was there a tender? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

SPV commercial invoice
Extract of an invoice for 3 Bentley Continental Flying Spurs at a cost of K2.3 million - did this deal go through an open & competitive tender as required?

SIR MEKERE MORAUTA MP

PORT MORESBY - APEC Authority documents reveal that the K2.3 million purchase of three super-luxury Bentleys for the prime minister, APEC minister and others was carried out through the Malaysian medical supplies company Borneo Pacific.

An invoice for the cars sent to APEC Authority CEO Christopher Hawkins comes from South Pacific Ventures of Kuala Lumpur, which describes itself as a business consultancy and health services provider in Papua New Guinea.

Borneo Pacific and South Pacific Ventures are both controlled by a Malaysian family which is close to prime minister Peter ONeill and other senior politicians, businessmen and public servants.

The family has extensive octopus-like business interests in PNG, and is currently rumoured to be starting a brewery in partnership with the prime minister.

Borneo Pacific has been criticised for the provision of over-priced medical supplies, faulty medicines and hitches in its supply chain. It has attracted widespread criticism, including from the Australian government, for its failings.

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21:45

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

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

21:04

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is just plain no good "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Contributed by Joe Montero

Among those who know something about it, the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is very unpopular. The suggestion that it is about corporate greed trying to impose a multinational agenda that is not in the interests of the countries concerned is often made.

This is not exactly right. There is more to it than this. Over emphasis on greed diverts form the deeper reason why it has come about.

The TPP is an agreement that has nothing to do with the promotion of real free trade. It is a scheme to impose a tougher regional control of the dominant economy in the Pacific region. This is the United States. Never mind that it is now out of the TPP mark 2. It can be changed down the track, just by stroke of the pen.

Underlying everything, is that the dominant corporations are American based. This is an economy moving to consolidate its hold on global resources and markets. Donald Trump doesnt have to sign up for this to proceed, or for the TPP to facilitate it.  This is taken care of by already existing arrangements and the dominance of these corporations in many of the countries concerned.

What is different about the TPP, is that the purpose is to increase the mobility of labour and capital to a new level.

Arrangements being signed to will in the long-run lead to the circulation of more cheap labour. Some workers in the lowest wage countries might get some benefit. But this will have a detrimental effect in the higher wage countries, and ultimately, drive a race to the bottom for all.

Even more important, is the movement towards the complete freeing of investment flows and leaving no place untouched. This will encourage the further growth of the speculative economy, while at the same time, outlaw governments from taking measures that restrict it.

The move towards consensus politics over this in Australia is wrong, no matter which way you cut it. Talk about changing it afterwards is nonsense. The agreement cedes this. It is the reason why there is now a new groundswell of opposition. The campaign to change Labors most recent position is being led by the unions. The executive of the Victorian Trades  Hall Council, which represents the unions in the state,  unanimously voted last week to oppose and campaign against the TPP. A groundswell of opposition is also growing within the Labor Party.

The TPP will not lead to jobs and economic prosperity for most people. What it will do, is lead to a transfer regional income to the richest and most powerful, and it will tighten the grip of the dominant corporations over the political process. This is a recipe for the escalation of corruption. We already have far too much of it and dont need any more.

This last effect, by courtesy of the hemming in of gover...

17:29

Great moments in Israeli law "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The New Zealand singer Lorde had scheduled a concert in Israel but later canceled it when Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab, two young women in New Zealand, one Jewish and the other Palestinian, started a petition that asked her to not go because of Israels apartheid-like policies against Palestinians in Gaza and the Occupied Territories.

So what happened? Three young Israelis filed a legal case against Sachs and Abu-Shanab, claiming that their artistic welfare was damaged because of the cancellation and that they suffered damage to their good name as Israelis and Jews.

No, really!

Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab

So did the judge in the case burst out laughing before telling the plaintiffs not to waste his time by suing people halfway across the world for what they said and making ridiculous claims about the damage they suffered? No, because this is Israel we are talking about. In 2011, Israel passed a law that allows people to sue anyone who encourages boycotts of Israel and the judge ruled against the two New Zealanders.

Judge Mirit Fohrer ruled that Justine Sachs and Nadia Abu-Shanab of New Zealand must pay damages to Israeli teenagers Shoshana Steinbach, Ayelet Wertzel and Ahuva Frogel totalling more than NZ$18,000 for writing a letter urging the singer to cancel her concert in Tel Aviv, the Jerusalem Post reports.

It is believed to be the first effective use of a 2011 Israeli law allowing civil lawsuits of anyone who encourages a boycott of Israel.

Nitsana Darshan-Leitner, president of the Shurat HaDin NGO, who filed the suit called the ruling precedent-setting.

This decision makes it clear that anyone who calls for a boycott against the state of Israel could find themselves liable for damages and need to pay compensation to those hurt by the boycott call, if theyre in Israel or outside it, Darshan-Leitner told the Jerusalem Post.

We will enforce this ruling in New Zealand and go after their bank accounts until it has been fully realised.

Yes, indeedy, Israelis think that they have the right to sue anyone anywhere i...

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