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Sunday, 17 June

22:30

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

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

22:15

Top five most viewed posts yesterday "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 viewed posts as the vast majority of our readership do not comment and the post with the [] The post Top five most viewed posts yesterday appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:00

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

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

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

Sensible messages

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

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

Welcome to the fold, Professor Sirs

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

22:00

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

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

22:00

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

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

22:00

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

Interesting BBC series on British Food and its history

22:00

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

MAG 58 Model 60-20 machine gunJERRY SINGIROK | Edited

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The country is stuck and doomed.

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

21:54

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

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

21:41

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

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

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

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

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

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

21:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

21:30

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


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

~ Michael Reddell, from his post 'Economic Coercion PRC-Style'
.

21:19

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

 

Richard Huckle Super Sicko Pedophile

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

 

21:18

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

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

21:15

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

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

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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

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

21:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

21:00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The nex...

20:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

20:00

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

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

NAITHAN H LATI

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

19:20

Media watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:10

Open Forum Monday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:00

Humour in the Morning "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This seems very apposite in todays PC world.

19:00

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

Pardon-coverANNE-MARIE SMITH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Do w...

18:27

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

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

15:55

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

By Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

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

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

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

14:55

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

WWII propaganda film,but not too bad

14:05

World view Monday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

14:01

June 18 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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

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

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

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

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

1778  American Revolutionary War: British troops abandoned Philadelphia.

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

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

1830  French invasion of Algeria

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

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

...

13:06

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Council session can be livestreamed here: ...

12:30

Howard Keel Bless Your Beautiful Hide "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

12:00

Q+A Business Podcast "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

11:43

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Come in and sit by the fire.

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

11:19

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

Truth table

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

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

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

Rose-tinted outlook?

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

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

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

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

11:00

Sunday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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10:30

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

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

10:26

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

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

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By Patrick McGee

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

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

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

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

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

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

Help us find Europes digital transformation leaders

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

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

10:00

Sunday standup "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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10:00

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

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

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


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

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

09:34

Doggies needing good homes "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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

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

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

(Hat-tip Gecko)

09:30

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

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

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

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

09:30

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

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

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09:30

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

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Hannity: Former Obama official is trying to change her tune appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:29

New name for ACT party? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

09:04

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

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

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

Tickets for the match are available from Ticketek.

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

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

09:00

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

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09:00

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

Wikipedia

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

08:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

08:15

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

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

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

08:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

07:30

Whaleoil sports quiz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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07:00

New Zealand Quiz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

06:00

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

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

05:50

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Q + A
Episode 14
SIMON BRIDGES
Interviewed by CORIN DANN

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

SIMON Sure has.

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

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

05:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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05:23

Mori Activist Wins Over Lake Horowhenua "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Police have abandoned a long-running Court battle to bring a trespass charge against a Mori activist, who has been living []

05:18

Answers To The Mid-Week Quiz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

And now the answers to our Mid Week Quiz No. 126 The latest challenge can still be done by []

05:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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04:30

Canada, Australia & our Pacific neighbours support the United States & Israel but we stupidly do not "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Last year the United Nations General Assembly resolution chastising Israel for provoking strife with the Palestinians by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel brought a warning response from the United States ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley. Haley threatened to withdraw United States funding to the United Nations, also saying that they would [] The post Canada, Australia & our Pacific neighbours support the United States & Israel but we stupidly do not appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:05

ON PHIL MICKELSON "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Love my golf although my game can best be described as 'glorious in its mediocrity'.    Phil (the thrill) Mickelson has long been one of my golfing icons.    His short game is amazing.

Ok, the Shinnecock Hills course was tough, brutal even, but what Mickelson did on the 13th ... putting the ball then, when it missed the hole (and moving further away by the second), chasing after it and hitting it back towards the hole while it was still moving (away) was totally reprehensible and a huge breech of golfing etiquette.

For that he incurred a two shot penalty in accordance with rule 1-2.    I stand with those commentators who have it that Mickelson should have been disqualified under Rule 33-7.   His subsequent actions confirm that ... downplaying his action and telling critics to 'toughen up' shows huge disrespect for the game.

Sorry Phil ... you lost it and I will never view you in the same light again.

04:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Imperial Federation Map of the World Prior to Encarta, Google and Wikipedia, maps such as these were designed to create awe, inspire, provide important and accurate information and look good too. This one is certainly a work of art and would have been found in libraries and classrooms. To be able to zoom in [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:54

DO NOT FIRE THE FIRST BULLET, YOU ARE NOT THE ENEMY. THIS GOVERNMENT IS BROKE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

by THOMAS LAKA
PNG is praying for you. Please exercise great courage n strength in the face of adversity. The SHP people are not your enemies. They are fellow citizens with an issue. The assets destroyed in this unrest are replaceable but human life is irreplaceable. The weapons that we see posted on social media and on main media and you will see with your eyes in the hands of our people have been with them for years. They have been kept hidden until now. These tribal people have amassed an armory like an army. All tribes have weapons to protect tribal territory against real n potential tribal enemies.
Tribal members don't normally use weapons for rascal n gang-type activities against innocent people because if they do they know they will create unnecessary tribal enemies. The conflict or unrest today in SHP is not a tribal issue but a political n electoral process one which is involving several tribes from a confined area where the election petitioner n incumbent Governor come from(their village) n where their stronghold support is based.
I doubt if the whole of SHP, Mendi or Nipa are involved in the current. Most are innocent n law-abiding people. SO YOU WON'T HAVE A REAL ENEMY. THEY ARE YOUR BROTHERS

Don't fire the first one bullet. The PNG Government is cash-strapped n with non-existent air support you will be easy targets for snippers from hilltops. These people are tribal fighters n they know their topography. Think of your comrades in your platoon n company. Think of your wife n children. Don't be provoked but be strong-willed in maintaining calm n peace. We are praying for God to you gi...

03:33

Me, You and Him E01/06 Friday the 13th "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From Wikipedia

Me, You and Him is a British television sitcom, that aired on ITV from 30 July to 3 September 1992. It was made for the ITV network by Thames

It was written by and starred Hugh DennisNick Hancock and Steve Punt, all previously known though particularly, Punt and Dennis for their work on the alternative comedy and satirical circuit, especially through the BBC Radio 1 sketch show The Mary Whitehouse Experience, which had transferred to television and made Dennis and Punt into household names

03:30

Senior criminology lecturer says free the weed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Dr Fiona Hutton, a senior lecturer in criminology, talks some sense on drug-law reform: Quote: QuoI started 2018 with an unmistakable sense of optimism after years of procrastinating and avoiding the evidence, a government was going to hold a referendum on legalising cannabis by 2020. Could this be the beginning of an exciting new [] The post Senior criminology lecturer says free the weed appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:24

PETER ONEILL MUST RESIGN "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

by JAMES MAKOP
Joseph Kobol and his supporters have done the unthinkable. They have committed an act which in any ones book would be classified as an act of terrorism. This is not an isolated act as ONeill has termed and downplayed.
The world is watching. They expect the full force of the law to come bearing down on the perpetrators. This is in view of the fact Papua New Guinea will be hosting APEC this year, attended by some of the worlds most powerful leaders. The credibility of the country hinges upon its ability to rein in radical elements and this has now been subject to the test.
Peter ONeills reaction is predictable. He has to be seen to be acting. But his declaration of the SOE has far-reaching ominous implications.

1. Joseph Kobol and his supporters know they have crossed the Rubicon line. There is no turning back. Surrendering would mean the most severe penalty and a very long time in prison. They will not surrender.

2. In suspending the SHP Provincial government, the government has invoke the ire of the incumbent governors supporters. They have now declared war on the State. 

3. There are now two warring factions bristling with military issue weapons. They have been emboldened by the passive reaction of the police and military when they burnt the aircraft. That psychological barrier has now been breached. 

I...

03:19

Laugh All You Like: Theyre REAL! David Icke Podcast Plus John Keel Book PDF "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Its been a while a while since I last heard Icke speak on the subject of reptoids and interdimensionals, and this is a beaut: He sums up the big picture nicely. In case one is inclined to think this something new or just Ickes personal take on things, UFO and paranormal investigator John Keel first []

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03:00

Ho Ho Ho "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"









On his way from NK to Singapore

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03:00

Mr Lester and his bunch of culture warriors "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wellington residents (at least those still buying a hardcopy newspaper) woke on Thursday to find that the shrunken Dominion Post newspaper had given itself a temporary Maori masthead and an, apparently, permanent change of name, to something that looks as though it might be the longest newspaper name anywhere in the world. I guess private businesses can [] The post Mr Lester and his bunch of culture warriors appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

White people are noticing something new "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Gosh. What is it? We burn in the sun? We are the most disparaged race on Earth? White lives dont matter? Of course not. Drum roll Their own whiteness. This from New York Times Quote: Being white in America has long been treated, at least by white people, as too familiar to be of much interest. Its [] The post White people are noticing something new appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:12

WHAT HONEYMOON "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Yep, I'm tribal National but not ever in my wildest dreams did I think that just eight months into the CoL taking the treasury benches elements of the media here would be speculating that this could very well be a one term government.

"Its taken them three minutes to look as shabby, arrogant and as broken down as a third term government suffering rampant hubris and pleading to be put out of its misery."

Ouch and double ouch and I thought 'he' was one of  'theirs'.

02:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Taken from 2nd floor, Riverside Building at Christchurch Hospital, looking east towards the Avon river, Cambridge Terrace and the end of Cashel St.   NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Treasure "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Treasure Prints

We walked together on the beach that day to find some treasure from the sea & the thing I remember best is laughing at how everything we found we threw back so someone else could find it, because we already had all the treasure we could hold. Treasure  2018 Brian Andreas posted with permission.

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

01:47

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A MAUNA KEA MESSAGE FROM PUA CASE


























June 21 is a day for Solstice Ceremonies and is very significant as we all know and recognize to many peoples around the world. 

What an auspicious day to be assigned to come together for Mauna Kea and in that spirit we ask for prayers and support as we present the oral arguments addressing the decision of the Board of Land and Natural Resources to grant the construction permit to build the 18 story Thirty Meter Telescope on the Northern Plateau of the mountain following the second contested case hearing. 

Please stand with us for Mauna Kea from where ever you are. Mauna Kea is sacred and we are still here! 

We are thankful and all in this together. #Forthemountains #Forthesea #Forthelands...

01:43

Consensus government or an awful mess? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Its certainly been a messy week for the Government. Is it a sign of a bigger, awful mess? Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern tried to paper over some of this weeks cracks by claiming it was consensus government in action, but there were worrying suggestions it was the opposite both Labour and NZ First ministers []

01:30

Stuff editorial outlines the governments continued pratfalls "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A Stuff editorial outlines the governments continued pratfalls: Quote: To err is human, to put it on a voicemail message is simply stupid. Health Minister David Clark is considered a bit of a hotshot. Barely a year into his political career, he was shoulder-tapped by then-Labour leader David Shearer to man-mark Nationals formidable Mr Fixit, [] The post Stuff editorial outlines the governments continued pratfalls appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:00

Whaleoil music quiz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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00:57

Is synthetic food going to be safe? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Theres growing interest in things like fake meet laboratory concocted food. It is seen as potentially a better alternative to meat to feed a growing world population. But is is safe? I think its too soon to tell. There was an interesting item about this in Q&A this morning. Fake meat soon on the []

00:45

RNZ Insight on the Mycoplasma Bovis disaster "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

RNZ Insight looks at the Mycoplasma Bovis issue

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/inst-20180615-0810-insight_the_blight_of_mycoplasma_bovis-128.mp3

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

00:30

Tough Talk Resilient Farmer "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Doug Avery, the Resilient Farmer speaks:

00:30

Beards of Whaleoil "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Beards and hair are a strange thing. Considering I was bald and always had a short little goatee since I was able to grow one. People seem to treat me very differently based on facial hair. People are much more accepting of me with longer hair and a full beard.     If you [] The post Beards of Whaleoil appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:00

Whaleoil chats to Facebook killer "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Have you ever wondered what motivates some people to make death threats or to incite murder on social media? Have you ever wondered how they justify it to themselves? Well, wonder no longer because I have a transcript for our readers of my Facebook conversation with one of the people who called for Lauren Southern [] The post Whaleoil chats to Facebook killer appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:00

June 17 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1788 - The name "Sydney" was used for the first time in some new settlement in some strange, far off land where the dregs of society were shipped...no, not 10 Downing St, although that sounded just as promising as Canberra....
The original name/s for Sydney are Djubuguli (Bennelong Point) and Cadi (all of Sydney Cove).

1804 - Some 300 Aboriginal people threw spears at armed Hawkesbury River settlers, who opened fire and returned to Richmond Hill with stolen goods they have retrieved. A military detachment at Windsor shot two Aboriginal people.

1826 - One bloke who does a bit of haunting is Frederick Fisher - he was done a nasty mischief on this day and his ghost has been seen, celebrated and interviewed at length ever since.

1836 - Michael Maloney was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Richard Hamlyn at Goulburn.

1836 - James Hare was hanged at Sydney for burglary from the house of Richard Hamlyn at Goulburn.

1843 - Continuing the grisly theme and today saw The Wairau Massacre take place, the first deadly fight between the Maori and Europeans since the since the Treaty of Waitangi was signed.

1843 - Gov George Gipps ordered the removal from office of Justice John Walpole Willis, resident Judge in the Port Phillip District, after powerful interests in Melbourne petitioned for his recall.


1867 - One of our greatest writers, Henry Lawson, was birthed on the gold fields.

1890 - The Mansfield Railway Line (Vic) was extended a whopping 4.5 kms from Molesworth to Cathkin.

1891 The Labor party first entered the New South Wales Legislative Assembly with 35 members elected.

1893 Prospector Paddy Hannan filed a Reward Claim, announcing the discovery of gold at Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.

1906 - The highly celebrated (go on, admit you raise a glass to it every day!) Prahran to Malvern steam bus service, reputedly the first Victorian use of self propelled vehicles for public passenger traffic, was abandoned.

1911 - Suffrage in Britain
A week before the Coronation of King George V and Queen Mary, Margaret Fisher led Australian and New Zealand women in a London demonstration. Some 40,000 marched in support of a Bill granting women the right to vote. The British government did not enact the suffrage law until 1919.

1912 - William Frederick Ball was hanged at Armidale Gaol for the murder of Louisa Ball at Bingara.

1926 - The coastline of NSW was gently handwashed, rinsed and hung out to drip dry when the effects of a tsunami were felt courtesy of an earthquake in our unofficial 7th state, NZ.

1940 - The Captains Flat Railway Branch Line (NSW) was opened for train business from Bungendore Junction to Captains Flat......

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23:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Infected cattle bring opportunity for study Sally Rae:

It will not be possible to control Mycoplasma bovis if an eradication attempt fails, given the present lack of understanding of the infection and the gross inadequacy of existing diagnostics, Emeritus Prof Frank Griffin says.

Otago-based Prof Griffin, whose career has focused on animal health research, described that as the sad reality.

He believed the Governments decision to attempt eradication first was the correct one, even though it brought considerable public liability for taxpayer funding. . .

TB work will help fight M. Bovis:

Eradication of Mycoplasma bovis could be supported by the 25-year legacy of co-operation between OSPRI/TBfree and AgResearch in tracking and researching bovine tuberculosis.  Richard Rennie spoke to Dr Neil Wedlock, one of the countrys senior bTB researchers on what can be learned.

Collaboration between AgResearch scientists and disease control managers at OSPRI TBfree and its predecessor the Animal Health Board has led to important technical breakthroughs resulting in a drastic reduction in the prevalence of bovine tuberculosis in livestock.

Eradication of TB from the national herd by 2026 will be hailed as a disease control success story but there are some challenges to deal with before that happens. . . .

Trio share their travels through hills and valleys Toni Williams:

You cant go from mountain to the next mountain without going in the valley, says farmer and author Doug Avery.

Mr Avery, along with Paul Pup Chamberlain and Struan Duthie, was guest speaker at a Rural Support Mid Canterbury session at the Mt Somers Rugby Club rooms.

Rural Mid Cantabrians were encouraged to take a break with the trio as they spoke of their life experiences the ups and the downs.

From front-line policing during the 1981 Springbok tour, reaching rock bottom farming in drought-stricken Marlborough to cracking open emotions, they shared it all.

All three spoke of the importance of havin...

23:30

Actually Andrew, that is precisely what Kiwi voters want "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Andrew Little is valiantly trying to convince voters that his catch-and-release policy for criminal justice reform is needed. Quote: Andrew Little has initiated a review of bail, sentencing and parole laws, and better rehabilitation of prisoners. Mr Little told Newshub Nation that the policy followed over the past 30 years could not continue. On the current trajectory [] The post Actually Andrew, that is precisely what Kiwi voters want appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:25

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

160618HANNET HAS DONE HIS CONTRIBUTION FOR BOUGAINVILLE SAYS MOMIS
New Dawn FM News

ABG President Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS said one of Bougainvilles great leaders the late LEO HANNETs passing on the 15th of June, 2018 in Port Moresby which is the Bougainville Day has great meaning to his fight for freedom and empowerment for the people of Bougainville for many years.
He made these remarks in his condolence message to the family and relatives of the late HANNET and the people of Bougainville broadcasted on New Dawn FM yesterday morning.
President Momis said that the late LEO HANNET made a big contribution to the fight for freedom and empowerment to the people of Bougainville.
He said that the late LEO HANNET planned for his death to time the ABG Foundation day to give significance to the anniversary of the ABG which all Bougainvilleans fought hard for it.
President MOMIS said that the late LEO HANNET fought for the rights and freedom for the people of Bougainville since the early 1970s to make sure the government and companies like the Bougainville Copper does not spoon feed the people of Bougainville.
He said himself and those who worked with him had high respect for the late LEO HANNET.
President Momis said that many people knew his strength of expressing his ideas and wishes of the people for Bougainville in writing as he was also a great writer.
The late LEO HANNET was an outspoken writer, outspoken leader in Politics but had strong principles of equality, human rights and had respect for other people in Bougainville and PNG and at the same time was a humble man.
He was a pioneer in the fight for decentralization of powers, Autonomy and finally in Bougainville becoming a separate nation from Papua New Guinea one day.
President Momis said that looking at the day the late LEO HANNET pass on, the Bougainville Foundation Day when the people of Bougainville were in a celebration mood, it just showed that he died when the people were celebrating the result or fruit of his hard work over the years.
He also mentioned other leaders that the late LEO HANNET worked with in setting the foundation for today, leaders like the late DR. SAREI, RAPHAEL NINIKU,AMAO TATO,ALOYSIUS NOGA,RAPHAEL BELE and other great leaders of Bougainville.
President MOMIS also said that the late HANNET was a very good family man who respected his wife and family and one that did not want to use his family as a stepping stone to get what he wanted.
He called on the Bougainvilleans celebrating the Bougainville day to stop for a moment and think about him and what he has done for both Bougainville and Papua New Guinea.
May his soul rest in eternal Peace.
Ends

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23:15

Top five most-viewed posts yesterday "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-viewed posts as the vast majority of our readership do not comment and the [] The post Top five most-viewed posts yesterday appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:01

Q&A Bridges on cross party climate change cooperation "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This morning on Q&A: National says it wants to work with the Government on reducing greenhouse gas emissions. What does that really mean? National leader Simon Bridges will be with us live. This could be interesting. One Nationals decision:National supporting non-partisan Climate Commission One of the more ridiculous comments in response: Climate change is a fraud, []

23:00

Forgiving the unforgivable, or so says Audrey Young "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The bad press for this government continues. Audrey Young has a lash at explaining the ineptness and the stupidity: Quote: A National MP joked this week that the Opposition didnt want things to get so bad under Jacinda Arderns maternity leave that the country was desperate for her return they just wanted a medium [] The post Forgiving the unforgivable, or so says Audrey Young appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:46

Poets To The People With Gill Ward "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Greetings Literature People in Kapiti from the busy world of poetry, books and films. Theres so much happening its hard to accommodate []

22:40

Green & Labour ministers decline mining application "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Green Minister of Conservation Eugenie Sage has released some good news this weekend, but it hasnt shut down criticism of an earl;ier decision on water bottling. along with Minister of Energy and Resources Megan Woods, announced on Saturday that an application to mine coal on conservation land on the West Coast has been declined []

22:30

The second winter of discontent is upon us "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Duncan Bridgeman writes at NBR about the chill of the second winter of discontent that has descended upon the government: Quote: Last week was a pivotal moment in the relationship between the newish government and the business community. Until recently businesses had been feeling uncertain about the future, wary of certain policies and uneasy about [] The post The second winter of discontent is upon us appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:00

Duncan Garners brutal assessment of a dysfunctional government "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Duncan Garner delivers a brutal assessment of a dysfunctional government: Quote: You have to hand it to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern that wide happy smile, no matter how forced, must be getting harder to hold and hide behind. Because for all the good, lofty intentions and talk of compassion, the naivety and inexperience of [] The post Duncan Garners brutal assessment of a dysfunctional government appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:51

Rainbow Over Raumati "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

KINs photo of the  week from Raumati lawyer Peter Corin,  was taken during the rains this week. What a great start []

21:45

The RBA as firm and policymaker "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Here is the Financial Times:

Australia has created 1m jobs over five years and its economy is growing at a healthy 3.1 per cent a year, but for workers the lucky country has lost some of its shine. Wages growth is stuck near record lows and household debt is among the highest in the developed world.

Average wages grew 2.1 per cent in the year to the end of March, below the 3.5 to 4 per cent levels that Australians enjoyed during a decade-long commodities boom that ended in 2013.

This is causing concern at the Reserve Bank of Australia, which has warned that weak household income growth and high debt posed a risk to the economy. The crisis is really in wage growth, Philip Lowe, the RBA governor, cautioned last year as he implored workers to demand higher wages to stimulate the economy.

A few comments:

1. Australia has now gone 27 years without a recession, despite wild swings in the markets for its key commodity exports (iron, coal, food, etc.)  So much for the theory that good monetary policy cannot smooth out the business cycle.  So much for the theory that housing bubbles cause economic instability.  So much for the theory that decade after decade of massive current account deficits are a problem. The naysayers have been telling me you just wait since I began blogging in early 2009.  Im still waiting, and the Australian expansion keeps rolling along.

2.  The RBA is confused.  It is concerned about slow nominal wage growth, but it is the RBA itself that determines Aussie nominal wage growth.  If it wants wages to grow faster, then it should raise the Australian NGDP growth rate.

The consequences of low wage growth are not restricted to workers. Mr Lowe, RBA governor, has warned of a cascade effect whereby it contributes to weak inflation, which keeps interest rates at record low levels a trend that pushes up asset valuations and social inequality.

Weak wage growth also damps spending by households and restricts income tax collection by the government, which is betting on a rapid recovery of wages growth to 3.25 per cent by 2019-20 to meet its pledge to return the budget to surplus.

Nope, low wage growth, low inflation, low interest rates and slow spending are all caused by slow NGDP growth, aka tight money.

It also poses a risk to industrial peace. Last month, Australia stopped printing money for the first time in 107 years due to a strike at Note Printing Australia, a wholly owned subsidiary of the RBA. Workers are demanding a pay rise of at least 3.5 per cent and have rej...

21:36

Tyranny of the minorities "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tyranny by minorities has become a big issue around the world. In New Zealand we have some of this problem, whether it be small bands of online activists dumping on people for speaking out of line on Facebook or Twitter, people leaking private information for political gain, like super overpayment stories, politicians getting heavy handed []

21:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

21:15

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

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

21:00

Sunday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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Stillness is the alter of the spirit. Paramahansa Yogananda

21:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

21:00

After mass that Sunday, I witnessed a tribal fight at Kailge.... "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Kopia-Kubuka warriors in a mock charge as part of a compensation ceremony at Palimung, 1983

FR GARRY ROCHE

DUBLIN - It was while I was stationed in Ulga in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea that I witnessed a tribal fight near a place called Kailge in the Nebilyer Valley.

Kailge was on the other side of the Nebilyer River, more recently the area has been referred to as Hap-Wara (Trans-Nebilyer).

On Saturday 9 December 1972 I went to Kailge planning to have mass there on Sunday.

Father Eddie ONeill drove me as far as the road went and I walked the rest of the way.

But when I got to Kailge I discovered there was trouble brewing. The Kailge clans (part of the the Kopia Kombuka alliance) had discovered that one of their young men had been accused of sending poison to a young man of a neighbouring tribe, a member of the Teia-Dyna and Toka-Waneka alliance.

These two alliances were on very unfriendly terms already and this seemed likely to make things much worse.

On that Saturday night I talked with Numa, the Kopia Kombuka Councillor, who declared that his clan was innocent of the accusation.

On the Sunday I duly conducted the mass at Kailge. Then, soon after the mass was finished, we heard shouts coming from the kunai grassland area below the church.

It quickly became clear that the enemy alliance had come to attack the Kopia Kombuka.

20:30

Faces of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Twitter is not the real world and does not translate into votes. It does give an indication, however, of the mood of the so-called progressives. The post Faces of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is atavism (noun) 1. The reappearance of a characteristic in an organism after several generations of absence. 2. An individual or a part that exhibits atavism. Also called throwback. 3. The return of a trait or recurrence of previous behavior after a period of absence. Source : The Free Dictionary [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 17 22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a persons strength. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

Cartoon for Today "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Steve Bell Guardian

Steve Bell on Theresa May, Brexit and job losses

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20:00

Resources curse, a corrupt elite & landowners with no hope "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Torched Dash 8
"The promises contained in the landowner benefit sharing agreements with the PNG government began to languish, and frustrations simmered"

MICHAEL MAIN | East Asia Forum

CANBERRA - Two recent reports on the massive ExxonMobil-led PNG LNG project have brought renewed attention to the undesirable economic and social impacts of Papua New Guineas largest-ever resource extraction enterprise.

This research shows that PNG LNG has hurt, rather than grown, PNGs economy and that it has inflamed violence and tensions in the PNG highlands region. Papua New Guineas so-called resource curse has hit local communities the hardest.

Violent conflict in the PNG highlands, certainly among the Huli landowners of Hela Province where PNG LNG is based, has been an almost constant feature since before first contact with colonial forces in the 1930s.

Levels of violence have fluctuated markedly in response to historical conditions. The 1970s and 1980s were relatively peaceful, as PNG transitioned from Australian administration into the early independence years.

But local political frustrations combined with the introduction of guns led to high rates of violence in the highlands around the 1992 elections.

Since that decade, Papua New Guineas government services have been in constant decline.

A new generation of Huli has emerged that is less educated than the generation of its parents Huli who were educated between the 1960s and 1980s are more literate and fluent in English than those who were of school age from the 1990s onwards.

Health has deteriorated with a decline in health services and the introduction of store-bought processed food.

By the late 2000s, when the PNG government was promoting the PNG LNG project as a looming economic miracle for the country, the H...

19:20

Media watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:08

Open Forum Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:00

A Simple Poem About Tree Planting "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Png_rainforestJIMMY AWAGL

Tree, perhaps plain in appearance
But always marvellous in beauty
Functionally complete
Contributing selflessly
Every element unique

Our tree contributes
Flowers, leaves
Branches, shade
Moisture, fertility
Home, protection

A living bioengineer
Taking in water
Producing oxygen
The air we breathe
Purifying harmful gases

Branch, bark and trunk
Provide wood and structure
All this to us is gifted
And in return, our obligation
Its very simple to plant trees

17:02

"Fukushima Update 6/16/18: 17,086.05 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow" "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

Updated June 16, 2018: Fukushima Equals 17,086.05 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow; There is No Place On Earth to Escape the Rad: The 3 melted-through cores of the destroyed reactors, now melted together into a single "corium" totaling over 600 tons, at Fukushima daily release the radioactive equivalent of 6.45 Hiroshima bombs directly into the atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean. As of June 16, 2018 - 2,649 days since the disaster began - this equals the detonation of 17,086.05 Hiroshima atomic bombs and it is still going strong, with no end in sight, considering that the half-life of uranium-238 is...

16:13

Strategic partnership between Russia and Indonesia in the Asia Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

For some time now, Russia has been strengthening its position in Southeast Asia by developing partnerships with the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member states, including Indonesia. The Republic of Indonesia is a country with a number of unique characteristics. It is the largest island nation surrounded by both the Indian and the Pacific Oceans. Indonesia is located on a strategically important part of the shipping route between Europe and Asia: between the Indonesian island of Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula lies the Strait of Malacca, used to transport up to a quarter of all the goods shipped by sea in the world. Besides, Indonesia is home to the largest Muslim population in the world, which facilitates ties in the Islamic world. Hence, Russia benefits from a partnership with Indonesia in a number of ways, even outside the scope of its cooperation with ASEAN as a whole. Russia and Indonesia have had friendly relations since the times of the USSR. Soviet - Indonesian diplomatic relations were established in 1950 when the Soviet Union provided development aid to the newly established Republic of Indonesia. In the 1950s and 1960s, the USSR supplied the Indonesian army with weapons and military equipment, including dozens of war ships, submarines, airplanes, helicopters, tanks, missiles and ammunition exceeding $1 billion in value. Aside from this, at the end of the 1950s, thousands of Soviet military servicemen visited Indonesia with the aim of training their Indonesian counterparts on the use of the delivered military supplies. In the 1960s, the USSR helped Indonesia win its territorial dispute with its former colonial power, Holland. Despite help from other Western nations, the Netherlands had to cede part of the New Guinea island to Indonesia.

15:36

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

MR. PAUL NERAU at todays celebrations

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15:18

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Pictures from ABG DAY celebrations in Port Moresby

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15:16

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

160618PORT MORESBY CELEBRATE IN STYLE
Bougainvilleans living and working in Port Moresby commemorated the Bougainville days today Saturday 16th June 2018.
All their groups under the Port Moresby Bougainville Association chaired by PAUL NERAU and his deputy Bruce MALA organised their group to present many items by mainly students from the surrounding schools around Port Moresby and people living and working in Port Moresby.
Like in the previous Years, association members set up stalls and sold different items including clothing and food and drinks and also traditional dishes like the tamatama was also sold.
Famous Bougainville bands like Niuage and Jordan Opeti and Ishmael Toroamas group also entertained the crowd which could have been about Five thousand.
The ABG President, Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS was the guest speaker this year as last year he attended the East New Britains celebrations.
In his Speech to the Bougainville community in Port Moresby carried by New Dawn FM in Buka, the President congratulated the organizers for making the Bougainville Day a very successful one.
President MOMIS said this is the example of what a united people can do to create activities that can help with the changes that Bougainville wants in her efforts to create a Conducive environment for all Bougainvilleans to live in peace and harmony.
Meanwhile, the Bougainville Association chairman, PAUL NERAU said that his association is organized and raises its own funds to stage activities such as the Bougainville Day celebrations.
He said that they raise funds because with no funds you cannot do anything.
The youth representative, MR. NOMUKI said that youths of Bougainville are the future leaders who will carry on from where the old will leave therefore they must not be forgotten by the government.
He called on the Bougainville youths to be proactive and participate in activities that support the development of Bougainville.

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14:54

Indias Foreign Policy For Indo-Pacific Through The Shangri La Dialogue "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The speech by Modi in the Shangri-La dialogue restated Indias desirable role as the spearhead of liberal international order. The speech moreover emphasized on the importance of peace, security, and cooperation through a rule-based order in the Indian Ocean.

The post Indias Foreign Policy For Indo-Pacific Through The Shangri La Dialogue appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

14:04

World view Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

14:01

June 17 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1239   Edward Longshanks, English king, was born (d. 1307).

1462 Vlad III the Impaler attempted to assassinate Mehmed II (The Night Attack) forcing him to retreat from Wallachia.

1497 Battle of Deptford Bridge forces under King Henry VII defeated troops led by Michael An Gof.

1565  Matsunaga Hisahide assassinated the 13th Ashikaga shogun,Ashikaga Yoshiteru.

1579  Sir Francis Drake claimed a land he called Nova Albion (modern California) for England.

1631 Mumtaz Mahal died during childbirth. Her husband, Mughal emperorShah Jahan I, then spent more than 20 years building her tomb, the Taj Mahal.

1691 Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Italian painter and architect, was born  (d. 1765).

1704 John Kay, English inventor of the flying shuttle, was born  (d. 1780)

1773 Ccuta, Colombia was founded by Juana Rangel de Cullar.

1775 American Revolutionary War: Battle of Bunker Hill.

1789  In France, the...

13:32

Dead fin whale washes up in Bolinas, California - 5th for the region since March "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Almost a year to the day since a spectacular 79-foot blue whale washed up on Agate Beach, a 58-foot fin whale wound up on nearby Brighton Beach after meeting the same fate: death by ship strike. On May 22, the dead fin whale was spotted hung up on Duxbury Reef, according to a letter by Bolinas resident Kent Khtikian published in the Hearsay News last week. Researchers with the Marine Mammal Center and California Academy of Sciences found the whale's skull, vertebrae and ribs fractured. It was one of two fin whales, which are among the fastest species in the ocean, that washed up in the Bay Area in the same week, bringing the total to five since March. The species is listed as endangered, with the population in the North Pacific at about 1,600.

13:30

BBC Radio Play: Burglars Bargains a comedy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Great cast with Peter Jones,Bernard Bresslaw,Charles Hawtrey

12:47

Ornithology, Methods & Mystery "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Screen Shot 2018-06-14 at 6.00.13 PMSome contributors to our pages here would likely have much more clear views on this story than I do. I am certain that I favor scientific method, and this scientist followed protocol. And yet, the fallout from his scientific methods was intense. And it was not as simple as trolls gonna troll.

I understand the fallout but instead of outrage I am full of questions about this story about The Ornithologist the Internet Called a Murderer by Kirk Wallace Johnson:

The mustached kingfisher. Robert Moyle

For some time, Id been searching for Christopher Filardi, a biologist with decades of field experience in the Solomon Islands. I wanted to interview him for a book I was writing, but the email system at the American Museum of Natural History, which once listed him as the director of Pacific programs at its Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, bounced back my message.

The auto-reply said that hed moved to another organization, Conservation International. When I wrote him there, another auto-reply informed...

11:30

Trumps lies exposed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman breaks down the numerous false statements President Trump said today to reporters at the White House.

11:15

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Take 11 women with a wide variety of life experiences.

Add tutor poet and memoirist Diane Brown.

Mix with exercises to suit the theme: Muse over Memoir.

Blend thoughtfully for five hours.

Drive home with gratitude for the inspiration and creativity.

11:07

PNG Kumuls team for 2018 Pacific Test "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The PNG LNG Kumuls to face Fiji Batis in next Saturday's (June 23, 2018) Pacific Test in Sydney was named today.
The 18 man team ( in alphabetical order by first name) is:
1. Adex Wera - PNG Hunters
2. Enock Maki - PNG Hunters
3. James Segeyaro - Cronulla Sharks
4. Junior Rau - PNG Hunters
5. Justin Olam - Melbourne Storm
6. Kurt Baptiste - Sydney Roosters
7. Lachlan Lam - Sydney Roosters
8. Luke Page - Burleigh Bears
9. Nene McDonald - St George Illawarra Dragons
10. Nixon Putt - PNG Hunters
11. Rhadley Brawa - PNG HUnters
12. Rhys Martin - Canterbury Bulldogs
13. Richard Pandia - Ipswich Jets
14. Rod Griffin - Townsville Blackhawks
15. Stanton Albert - PNG Hunters
16. Thompson Teteh - PNG Hunters
17. Watson Boas - PNG Hunters
18. Willie Minoga - PNG Hunters
Coach: Michael Marum

11:00

A Tweet for Today "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

11:00

Saturday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Saturday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:32

JACINDA VS SHANE ... AND THE WINNER IS ... "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

My very very good friend, Lord Egbut Nobacon ... soldier, old Africa hand, entrepreneur, UK-NZ solo yachtsman, Inn Keeper, generous host, gentleman, researcher, dog lover and now ex-patriot Francophile ... took me to task a few days ago for alleging that St Jacinda had 'feet of clay'.   I responded.

If the events of the last few days and 'her' refusal to discipline motormouth Shane Jones for comments made attacking the chairman of the countries largest private company and later, her own leadership,  ain't proof positive of feet of clay then I don't know what is.

Ms Ardern said Jones wasn't speaking as a Minister.  FFS, he first made the comments at a function where he was introduced as the Minister for Regional Development.   He then repeated them inside the House.   If he wasn't speaking as a Minister what was he speaking as?

... a failed electorate candidate in the 2005 election.
... a failed electorate candidate in the 2008 election.
... someone who used his ministerial credit-card to access pornographic movies.
... an ex Labour Cabinet Minister.
... a failed electorate candidate in the 2011 election.
... a failed electorate candidate in the 2017 election.
... a shareholder in Fonterra (nah, he ain't)
... a wannabee electorate MP in the 2020 election
... as Shane Jones, motormouth extraordinaire


The cabinet manual makes it clear (2.57) that holding a ministerial warrant is regarded as a full time occupation as is remunerated accordingly.   It follows therefore that you are a minister 24/7 and Ardern is simply wrong to brush aside Jones' comments as having been made in a private capacity.   Members of the Executive don't enjoy that luxury. 

Her failure to act is even more surprising given that on the same day Jones attacked Fonterra he also endorsed the claim by Simon Bridges that the Government (of which he is a part) had set up too many working parties, inquiries, reviews and investigations as a substitute for governing.   That can only be seen as a public shot at the Prime Minister.   

It's clear that Ardern is spooked by Jones (and Winston) and can't/won't act even when her leadership is directly challenged.   Her feet of clay are growing larger. 

Meanwhile the Jones boy will continue to be consumed by his own importance bu...

10:30

Saturday Night at the Movies "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Some interesting films this week:-

First we have Peter Finch in the 1960 film The Trials Of Oscar Wilde

Then we feature Moonrise a film noir from 1948

Finally Alan Bates,Julie Christie,Glenda Jackson,Ian Holm and Ann-Marget Star in 1982s The Return of the Soldier

10:30

Radio Tarana falsely claim that Lauren Southern is a white supremacist "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Radio Tarana falsely claim that Lauren Southern is a white supremacist appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Cyst Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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09:30

Women against modern feminism are in it for male attention "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The creator of this video is a Kiwi whose tweet was featured by us this week. This video is in response to the feedback she received about it.   The post Women against modern feminism are in it for male attention appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:18

YESTERDAY WAS DIFFERENT. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 

Very different in fact.

A few weeks ago while shopping at Halswell New World,  a tray of mushrooms for a planned pizza were included and as per usual the Club Card was scanned during the checkout action.
That was all it took for a very revealing and somewhat surprising subsequent event that we were privileged to enjoy yesterday.

The  surprise followed when that routine retail process resulted in a phone call from a manager at Meadow Mushrooms owned by the Burdon  Family of Philip Burdon ex MP for Ilam,  inviting self and swmbo to visit the enterprise and enjoy a luncheon prepared and served by a local Christchurch Chef.

What a totally gob smacking day eventuated, beginning at 0900 hrs we first travelled to Greendale where in the middle of a dairy farm is situated the composting part of the operation.
Almost totally mechanised, wheat straw is turned into compost in three stages, one includes the addition of chicken manure and if necessary urea,  to then be trucked to the growing operations at Prebbleton and Wigram. Prebbleton is due to be decommissioned very soon with expansion of the Wigram plant. The last stage at Greendale includes addition of the mushroom spore and an additional food source for the resulting mushrooms to extend the harvest period.

Then returning to HQ at Wigram via a coffee break in Rolleston, we followed a large semi trailer of compost to the next stage at Wigram.

The compost arrives by semi trailer at the growing /harvesting sheds where the almost odourless compost including the mycelium already invading the mass is placed on metal trays with a covering of peat under the operation of three people again all automated,  placed in tunnel sheds at computer controlled temperatures where pickers, far and away the most labour intensive process will pick through three cycles lasting a couple of weeks. Then the mass of spent matter is sterilised before departing to a compost producer for sale to the public.

The old saying; fed on BS and kept in the dark still applies except the BS is Chicken Sh*t, The fruits either white or brown, double in size every few hours and the operation runs 364 days a year  producing several grades and product type.
Meadow is the largest producer by any measure in NZ with the entire hundreds of tonnes all  for domestic consumption.

The process is now based on a  Dutch process using turn key plant imported from that European country replacing wooden trays with greater labour and costs incurred being phased out.

Company CEO John,  joined us for a delicious lunch that demonstrated several ways to incorporate the product that we by then had a total awareness of how it gets to Market from the mycelium that totally invades the compost layer.

Thankyou Mark and Meadow...

09:16

Melanesian Intelligence Service: Indonesia Sudah Mengunjungi Vanuatu Beberapa Kali "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Dilaporkan oleh Melnaesian Intelligence Service (MIS) bahwa Indoensia telah mengunjungi Republik Vanuatu beberapa kali dan menghabiskan waktu dengan sejumlah pejabat dan tokoh politik di Vanuatu. Tanpa menyebutkan nama-nama, MIS melaporkan kedatangan Indonesia diketauhui secara umum di kalangan pemerintah tetapi tidak diketahui di kalangan masyarakat biasa. MIS melanjutkan kedatangan Indonesia menaymapiakn banyak paket ekonomi yang ditawarkan

Melanesian Intelligence Service: Indonesia Sudah Mengunjungi Vanuatu Beberapa Kali was originally published on PAPUAPost.com

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09:00

A culture of fear "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz Here at Whaleoil we often receive information that we cannot use because the person providing it is scared of losing their job. We communicate with people who dont want to put their real name on guest posts because if it [] The post A culture of fear appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

08:05

Rugby post All Blacks v The French "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Good evening and welcome to the second game of the All Blacks season in which they host France in Wellington. Please use this post to predict your score and discuss gameplay and all things associated with rugby. Please refrain from mentioning the score or gameplay in the Back Chat post.   Go ahead, jump right in [] The post Rugby post All Blacks v The French appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

07:59

Strategic Partnership between Russia and Indonesia in Asia Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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For some time now, Russia has been strengthening its position in Southeast Asia by developing partnerships with the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) member states, including Indonesia.

The Republic of Indonesia is a country with a number of unique characteristics. It is the largest island nation surrounded by both the Indian and the Pacific Oceans. Indonesia is located on a strategically important part of the shipping route between Europe and Asia: between the Indonesian island of Sumatra and the Malay Peninsula lies the Strait of Malacca, used to transport up to a quarter of all the goods shipped by sea in the world. Besides, Indonesia is home to the largest Muslim population in the world, which facilitates ties in the Islamic world. Hence, Russia benefits from a partnership with Indonesia in a number of ways, even outside the scope of its cooperation with ASEAN as a whole.

Russia and Indonesia have had friendly relations since the times of the USSR. Soviet Indonesian diplomatic relations were established in 1950 when the Soviet Union provided development aid to the newly established Republic of Indonesia. In the 1950s and 1960s, the USSR supplied the Indonesian army with weapons and military equipment, including dozens of war ships, submarines, airplanes, helicopters, tanks, missiles and ammunition exceeding $1 billion in value. Aside from this, at the end of the 1950s, thousands of Soviet military servicemen visited Indonesia with the aim of training their Indonesian counterparts on the use of the delivered military supplies. In the 1960s, the USSR helped Indonesia win its territorial dispute with its former colonial power, Holland. Despite help from other Western nations, the Netherlands had to cede part of the New Guinea island to Indonesia.

After a military coup and a subsequent change of leadership in Indonesia in 1965, the relationship between the Republic of Indonesia and the USSR took a long-term turn for the worse. At the end of the 1980s, the relations improved once again, but the collapse of the USSR that followed decreased the levels of cooperation. Russia and Indonesia started to restore their ties in full in the nineties.

In 2003, Indonesia and Russia signed the Joint Declaration of Friendship and Partnership in the 21st century. After this, frequency in the high-level exchanges between them increased, and the two sides have continued to strengthen their cooperation in various sphe...

07:40

Economics in Two Lessons, Chapter 12 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Thanks to everyone who commented on the first eleven chapters of my book-in-progress, Economics in Two Lessons.

Heres a draft of https://www.dropbox.com/s/seojgihd4mrkcrq/QuigginChapter%2012Draft.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 12 on Predistribution

Comments, criticism and praise are welcome.

Earlier draft chapters are available. These arent final versions, as I am now editing the entire manuscript, but you can read them to see where the book is coming from.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ilqwwru858rihrl/QuigginTwoLessonsDraftTOC.pdf?dl=0>Table of Contents
https://www.dropbox.com/s/d8x2dp5sbxi70er/QuigginTwoLessonsIntroductionRevised.pdf?dl=0>Introduction;.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/ao6s4jaejbrzap1/QuigginChapter1Revised.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 1: What is opportunity cost?
https://www.dropbox.com/s/r1k8iqcpeboosbh/QuigginChapter2Revised.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 2: Markets, opportunity cost and equilibrium
https://www.dropbox.com/s/x4umnbwj4kmihd6/QuigginChapter3Revised.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 3:Time, information and uncertainty
https://www.dropbox.com/s/s2fkdwmbmje6fdo/QuigginChapter4Draft.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 4:Lesson 1: Applications.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/pmml30mkozzj9j5/QuigginChapter5Draft.pdf?dl=0>Chapter 5: Lesson 1 and economic policy.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/44b...

07:30

When the heck did that happen? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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07:15

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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07:00

Whaleoil world news quiz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Valence  relating to or denoting electrons involved in or available for the degree of combining power of an element as shown by the number of atomic weights of a monovalent element (such as hydrogen) with which the atomic weight of the element will combine or for which it can be substituted or with which it can be compared; the chemical bond formation; relative capacity to unite, react, or interact; the intrinsic attractiveness/good-ness or averseness/bad-ness of an event, object, or situation; the degree of attractiveness an individual, activity, or thing possesses as a behavioral goal.

06:30

Who is Amy Adams? Where is she? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Amy Adams is, supposedly the National Partys Finance spokes person.

OK, when did anything she said resonate with you?

She makes no impression. Is she alive?

On Google the last reported pronouncement was this

 

06:00

Remembering Joan Watson "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

a state of ornithological ecstasy. Time Magazine, 1949.   In the early morning hours of Friday the 19th of November, 1948, a small party of intrepid ornithologists boarded the Takitimu en-route to the other side of Lake Te Anau, searching for a seemingly lost echo of a far distant past. Among them [] The post Remembering Joan Watson appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:59

TRWP Berdukacita atas meninggalkan Eliezer Awom: Tokoh Papua Merdeka "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Mendegar berita ini lewat Facebook: Rakyat Papua kembali berduka atas berita kepergian (meninggal dunia) pejuang Eliezer Awom, sore ini (15/6/2018). Saya kenal beliau sejak Summit WPNCL di Vanuatu, 2007 silam. Dia tegas pada apa yang benar. Sikap itulah yang membuat dirinya berani tinggalkan komandan Brimob di era 70 an, bergabung dengan gerilyawan TPN.PB. Memimpin perang

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05:43

Another week in nuclear news Australia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Its getting hard for comedians, to compete as far as international relations go, with real life becoming more ridiculous. Politicians in Norway and USA are recommending Donald Trump for the Nobel Peace Prize. All sorts of reactions to the much vaunted Nuclear Summit between Trump and Kim. My own favourite was Trumps own proud boast about not preparing for the summit he makes decisions by touch and feel.

Accelerating Sea Level Rise is Being Driven by Rapidly Increasing Melt From Greenland and Antarctica.  Leaked UN draft report world is on track to exceed 1.5C of warming.

NUCLEAR

Donald Trump alienates Americas allies, raising the question Should Australia get its own nuclear weapon?

Australias...

05:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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05:08

Need for an Independent Commission of Inquiry into Australias Nuclear Waste Management FOE Submission "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Friends of the Earth , Contact: Jim Green B.Med.Sci.(Hons.) PhD National Nuclear Campaigner Australia SUBMISSION TO SENATE STANDING COMMITTEES ON ECONOMICS Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia Friends of the Earth Australia  www.nuclear.foe.org.au/waste(Submission No. 86)

(Ed note. This copy of this submission does not include the copious references which are provided on the original at the Senate website. )

CONTENTS 

  1. Introduction
  2. The financial compensation offered to applicants for the acquisition of land under the nominations of land guidelines
  3. How the need for broad community support has played and will continue to play a part in the process
  4. How any need for Indigenous support has played and will continue to play a part in the process
  5. Whether and/or how the Governments community benefit program payments affect broad community and Indigenous community sentiment
  6. Whether wider (Eyre Peninsular or state-wide) community views should be taken into consideration and, if so, how this is occurring or should be occurring
  7. Any Other Related Matters Alleged Need for a Dump and Store
  8. Any Other Related Matters Long-lived Intermediate-level Waste
  9. Any Other Related Matters Need for an Independent Commission of Inquiry
  10. Introduction

Friends of the Earth Australia (FoE) welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission to thi...

05:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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04:59

A very casual relationship with the truth "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Chris Cillizza: Donald Trumps Friday morning proves the massive danger of sitting down with Robert Mueller President Donald Trump has a very casual relationship with the truth. To him, facts are fungible. They are things to stretch, pull and sometimes break all in service of the story that he tells himself about his life. []

04:30

Promoting religion in New Zealands secular police force is not okay "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In the same month that an article is published claiming that a New Zealand police officer hid the fact that she was a Muslim, (a police officer who has risen through the ranks to become an inspector) we saw an article where a non-Muslim police commander thought it acceptable to wear a blue tablecloth on [] The post Promoting religion in New Zealands secular police force is not okay appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Language Tree I absolutely love this map drawn by Minna Sundberg. For reasons both poetic and pragmatic, the tree has historically been the designers go-to inspiration for mapping relationships. In the graphic below, Finish-Swedish illustrator Minna Sundberg artfully uses this format to trace the worlds largest language families. All of the languages illustrated here stem from [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:58

Cops Check Stolen Car And Find The Saddest Surprise Inside "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When deputies with the Pasco County Sheriffs Office opened the car door, they werent quite sure what theyd find. But when they looked inside, they were met with a troubling sight.

Clinging to the driver's pink polo shirt was a young monkey, wearing a diaper and attached to a leash.

He should have been with his family, but instead he had just survived an auto crash in a stolen car.

Credit: Facebook/Pasco Sheriff's Office

The tiny capuchin monkey became an unwilling passenger early last Friday when his 23-year-old owner, Cody Blake Hession, allegedly stole an unlocked car and crashed it into a ditch near Holiday, Florida.

According to Hession, the monkey, named "Monk," was purchased from a breeder in South Carolina, where the licensing of small primates, such as chimpanzees, lemurs, capuchins and marmosets, is not required by law. Hession says in police body cam footage that he cared for Monk for three years before moving to Florida.

In the video, as Monk climbs on his owners shoulders, the police inform Hession that owning a Class III wildlife species without a permit in Florida is considered a misdemeanor. But while it's only a minor legal offense to keep a wild animal locked away, for primates the psychological damage can last a lifetime.

Credit: Twitter/Pasco Sheriff's Department

Sadly, Monk's plight is far from unusual. The HSUS estimates there to be 15,000 primates currently kept as pets in the United States, and tens of thousands more kept by private owners around the world.

Often separated from their mothers at a very young age when they're at their "cutest," monkeys in the pet trade are deprived...

03:30

Jack the Ripper? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It was 3:45 am on the morning of Friday the 31st of August 1888, when Robert Paul turned a corner into a dimly lit back street of Whitechapel, on his way to work and unexpected destiny. The storm of the previous night had abated somewhat and the rain had lessened, leaving puddles upon the cobblestoned [] The post Jack the Ripper? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:23

Epileptic boy, 12, who had medicinal cannabis oil confiscated at Heathrow in life threatening condition "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

An epileptic boy whose medicinal cannabis oil was confiscated at Heathrow is in a life-threatening condition, his mother has said.   https://www.standard.co.uk/author/patrick-grafton-green Twelve-year-old Billy Caldwell was taken by ambulance to Chelsea and Westminster Hospital on Friday after his epilepsy seizures intensified, according to a family statement. A batch of the banned drug used to treat []

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03:00

The Oil Hunt That Almost Killed Off Whales "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I know not all that may be coming, but be it what it will, Ill go into laughing.

Herman Melvilles Moby Dick

Its a story about the existence of a higher power. About good and evil. About self-examination. And about even social status. Herman Melvilles literary classic Moby Dick is many things.

Its also a tale of a bloke seeking vengeance on a whale that bit half his leg off.

But you wont catch us sympathising with the half-legged and neurotic protagonist Captain Ahab.

Our allegiance has always lied with Moby Dick, historys most famous sperm whale and chief antagonist.

With good reason, we might add.

You see, the 1800s were a time when whale hunting was considered big business. So big, in fact, that, for a brief period, it accounted for a whopping fifth of the US economy.

In truth, the whaling industry completely transformed the north-eastern United States into one of the richest places on Earth.

Ships numbering in their hundreds would set out from ports across this vast region known as New England, stretching from Maine to Connecticut. They crossed the globe, seeking out and bringing home with them prized whale oil in vast quantities.

It may be hard to imagine now but whale oil was central to life in the 1800s. In an era long predating electricity, whale oil was prized for its use in oil lamps. It was a key component in candles that not only emitted no smoke, but which released no smell.

Yet its importance extended far beyond lighting alone. Not only was it also used to make household necessities like soaps and margarine, it made for an excellent lubricator at a time when the use of machinery was growing.

Of course, obtaining whale oil meant having to actually kill whales, which was much easier said than done.

Prior to Americas arrival on the scene, whaling techniques had been primitive and dangerous.

The British, for one, would hunt for whales by jettisoning smaller boats from ships. Scores of men would row out towing harpoons attached to ropes, sniping at whales like javelin throwers until they surrendered.

Victorious, these hardened men would drag the whales back to ships, tying them to hulls. From there, the whale was stripped of its skin and blubber, which was then boiled to make whale oil.

As you can imagine, this was quite an ordeal. And a deadly one at that.

However, by the 18th century, American seafarers had joined in on the great whale hunt in earnest, leading to a boom in whale oil supply.

New England became ground zero...

03:00

How to stop thinking and learn to loathe the West "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When the Australian National University abruptly kiboshed talks to establish a Ramsay Centre for the study of Western Civilisation, academics were particularly indignant at the suggestion that university Humanities have been taken over by leftists. Anyone whos studied a Humanities at an Australian university knows that the dominance of the left is unmistakable. When my [] The post How to stop thinking and learn to loathe the West appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

Cheating boys meet brain dead girls "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In the United States, a male high school athlete competed on the boys team during the winter indoor track season but ran against the girls in State championships the following summer. It was allowed because hes transgender. Quote. In the CIAC State Open track and field championships last week, the transgender sophomore from Bulkeley [] The post Cheating boys meet brain dead girls appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

THE OTAGO DAILY TIMES "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

On my sojourn down south and every morning delivered to my room was a copy of the OTD.

It was pleasure to read the last of the countries truly great daily newspapers.    World and Dunedin news and sport plus a section devoted to the regions.   Reminiscences of times past ... the last tram to Mosgeil and Norm Kirk's burial at Waimate.  

Quality journalism and a cut above the trashy tabloids.    ODT ... take a bow,

02:15

Common ground on climate change "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Homepaddock

National leader Simon Bridges wants to take the politics out of climate change:

Today I have written to the Prime Minister and Minister for Climate Change offering to work with them to establish an independent, non-political Climate Change Commission which would support emissions reductions by both advising on carbon budgets and publishing progress reports on emissions, Mr Bridges says.

National recognises the importance to New Zealanders current and future of addressing climate change and responsibly playing our part in a global response.

Long-lasting change requires broad and enduring support, so I want to work with the Government to make meaningful bipartisan progress on climate change.

This will be challenging and require compromises on both sides. But the prize is too great not to try, and the consequences on our economy, jobs and the environment are too serious if we dont do so responsibly.

The design of the

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02:02

APPLYING SECURITY FORCES AGAINST CIVILIANS NOT A PANACEA - FIND ROOT CAUSE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

by DON POLYE
Whilst condemning the destruction to state properties, the solution to this incident in Mendi or similar other situations are not emotions or blaming each other!
The solution is to analyse and dig out the root cause of such unprecedented insanity in Mendi! The need to root out the main cause of such a chaotic situation must be the National cry!!!
Applying the security forces against the civilians is not a panacea. Deploying security to appease volatility is good but only a temporary and band aid solution!
The young and the old alike need to assess this situation more intelligently and rationally than emotionally.
For example, this shameful and abhorrent thing has happened in SHP where a lot of money has been going into . The SHP, including Hela Province (same) host the international standard petroleum projects...even more similar projects in the same provinces are in the pipeline.
This province has produced MPs who are now playing the stewardship role of managing PNG's affairs. SHP leaders are captaining MV PNG. This province has come under international sympathy for disaster relief supplies when earthquake struck . ..
...And the same province has horrified the whole nation and the international community when supporters of a candidate burnt down a plane, South West Air hangar, the court house, governor Powi's house and liberating the prisoners.
Commonsense tells us that there is no smoke without fire. It also tells one that in order to reap consequences of such disgrace, there must have been done certain things so detestable and ugly ... There must lie an ugly truth most don't know... that would have created a situation that facilitated a potentiality for such destruction.
The SHP people, their elected MPs, the unelected candidates, the PNG electoral Commissioner, the Returning Officer and the Security forces top hierarchy only WILL NEED to unwind this fiasco the way they patterned it. If these parties are genuine and sincere enough to fix SHP then they will. Otherwise, the spill over effects will reach far and wide.
Covering up systemic and systematic errors and defects by sending security forces will never solve such situation!!!!
Another example is the error is the incompetency and inconsistency of PNG Electoral Commissioner Patilus Gamato's decision and...

02:00

Saturdays smiles "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Before the Battle of Agincourt in 1415, the French, anticipating victory over the English, proposed to cut off the middle finger of all captured English soldiers.

Without the middle finger it would be impossible to draw the renowned English longbow and therefore they would be incapable of fighting in the future.

This famous English longbow was made of the native English Yew tree, and the act of drawing the longbow was known as plucking the yew (or pluck yew).

Much to the bewilderment of the French, the English won a major upset and they began mocking the French by waving their middle fingers at the defeated French, saying, See, we can still pluck yew!

Since pluck yew is rather difficult to say, the difficult consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a labiodental fricative F, and thus the words are often used in conjunction with the onefingersalute.

It is also because of the pheasant feathers on the arrows used with the longbow that the symbolic gesture is known as giving the bird.   And yew thought yew knew every plucking thing

Hat tip: BakerAgs weekly AgLetter.

02:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where do you think this photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: View from Wellington Hospital level 6 looking at rear courtyard. I think that the shadow of the old arches looks like a star wars at-at NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:37

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

KAMEHAMEHA III - KAUIKEAOULI TO STAND TALL AT THOMAS SQUARE IN HONOLULU


















 




Hawai`i News Now - June 14, 2018

Amid the dust and grime of a California foundry sits the likeness of King Kamehameha III, Kauikeaouli.

An unlikely place to find Hawai`is longest reigning monarch, but there, he is of king-sized proportion.

As part of the Citys plans to improve Thomas Square, Hawai`is oldest park, an artist was commissioned to sculpt a statue of Kamehameha III to commemorate the monarchs historical connection to the area.

It started with a call and we received over 80 applicants from all over the country, Tory Laitila, the Registrar of Honolulu Mayors Office of Culture and Arts said. 

Thomas Jay Warren, a sculptor from Oregon, was chosen to craft the $250,000 bronze statue.

The total span of the project is going to 11 months, from the time I started enlarging, from the decision that was created by the commission, 11 months from that enlargement to 12 feet, to finishing the casting, to delivering and installing it in Honolulu, Warren said.

...

01:30

Liar, liar, Phils pants on fire "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Judith Collins has accused Phil Twyford of lying about her: Quote: Housing Minister Phil Twyford has accused his Opposition counterpart of bagging KiwiBuild in one breath, then asking for it to fund developments in her electorate the next. Judith Collins has admitted writing a letter to Mr Twyford asking about a new Papakura apartment blocks [] The post Liar, liar, Phils pants on fire appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:26

Bougainville can be a donor, says Masono "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Bougainville can be a donor to other smaller Pacific countries if it becomes a independent state and operating some major projects in the years ahead.
This was the message given to the people of NOVAH NO.2 yesterday at the gathering to retrieve the remains of a former BRA Soldier killed by PNG DF soldiers in 1995 and buried at Novah.
MR. MASONO said that Bougainville was small but had the resources to become one of the richest states in the Pacific.
The Vice President also commended on the 13th anniversary of the ABG as Bougainville has move a lot of things in the last 13 years.
He said as a child born on June 15th 2005, this year she has become a teenager ready to become an adult and become one of the major players in this part of the region.
MR. MASONO called on the people to be patriotic citizen of Bougainville and contribute meaningfully to the development of Bougainville. New Dawn FM / PNG Today

01:00

Whaleoil news quiz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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00:30

DW: Dirty Games the dark side of sport "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

NB: Online for limited time only expires 4 September 2018 per DW website

 

Even before the FIFA scandal, one thing was clear: International sports are riven with fraud, corruption and manipulation. [Online until: September 4, 2018]

 

The award-winning documentary Dirty Games takes a close look behind the scenes of the glamorous world of sports, focusing on the global games of football, boxing and basketball. From the outside, the world of elite sports likes to be seen as a dazzling spectacle. But there is little fair play there. Top international sports are a business worth billions. Fraud, corruption and other criminal activities have long been the rule. Investigative journalist Benjamin Best reveals the dark machinations within the immensely profitable sports business and talks to some of the people who are speaking out. This exciting documentary features some shocking pictures but its also an appeal to the fans. As spectators watching sports on television and in the stadiums, fans have the power to push back against the corruption and wheeling and dealing that has taken hold in the world of international sports.

00:30

Beards of Whaleoil "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In the winter one must allow more growth than normal in the interests of keeping warm. Grew my first full beard at 15 and have grown it on and off since then. If you wish to contribute to Beards of Whaleoil then please do. Any form of facial hair is considered and you can be [] The post Beards of Whaleoil appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Cube cleans up farm and orchard footwear Hugh Stringleman:

Farm and orchard gate footwear cleaning and disinfection is expected to be a growing business for Jacson3 of Hamilton, which launched its portable biosecurity system at the National Fieldays.

Partners Jackie Humm and Russell Knutson, pictured, showed their Jacson Cube for the first time, after 18 months in development.

The product replaces the messy and often ineffective buckets and brushes that are now used on most farms and orchards. . . 

Regulator says Fonterras asset beta for calculating milk price not practically feasible  Jonathan Underhill:

(BusinessDesk) The Commerce Commission says it is concerned that the asset beta Fonterra Cooperative Group uses to determine the farmgate milk price is too low, meaning it ends up paying its farmers a higher price for their milk than would be warranted under the companys enabling law.

The impact of this is that Fonterra calculates a higher milk price than would be the case if it used a more feasible allowance for risk in the cost of finance, consistent with other processors, the commission said in a statement accompanying an emerging views paper. . . 

Second place still winner for NZ food if branded:

Lincoln University agrifood marketing expert Dr Nic Lees says we need to make more of being second when it comes to international food ratings.

Research from Lincoln University and the University of Florida, showed that most western consumers view New Zealand food as the next best thing to their local products.

However, Dr Lees said we are not taking advantage of this positive perception of the quality and safety of our food products.

Unfortunately we are missing out on this premium because many overseas consumers are unaware their food originates in New Zealand. . .

Deer milk wins Innovation Award a...

00:18

Dark Precedents: Matteo Salvini, the MV Tampa and Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In August 2001, Australias dour Prime Minister John Howard demonstrated to the world what his countrys elite soldiers could do. Desperate, close to starvation and having been rescued at sea from the Palapa I in the Indian Ocean, refugees and asylum seekers on the Norwegian vessel, the MV Tampa, were greeted by the crack troops of the Special Air Services.

A bitter, politicised standoff ensued.  The Norwegian vessel had initially made its way to the Indonesian port of Merak, but then turned towards the Australian territory of Christmas Island.  Howard, being the political animal he was, had to concoct a crisis to distract.  The politics of fear had a better convertibility rate than the politics of hope.

Australian authorities rebuked and threatened the container ships captain, claiming that if Rinnan refused to change course from entering Australias territorial sea, he would be liable to prosecution for people smuggling.  The vessel was refused docking at Christmas Island.  As was remarked a few years later by Mary Crock in the Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal, The stand taken by Australia in August 2001 set a precedent that, if followed by other refugee receiving countries, could only worsen the already deplorable problems facing asylum seekers in the world today.

And so it has transpired. Italys response to the migrant rescue ship, MV Aquarius, eerily evoked the Tampa and its captains plight.  The charity ship, carrying some 629 African refugees, found all Italian ports closed to it under the express orders of Matteo Salvini, who has debuted in stormy fashion as Italys new deputy prime minister and minister for the interior.

Salvini had, at first instance, pressed Malta to accept the human cargo, but only got an offer of assistance with air evacuations.  The good God, he bitterly surmised, put Malta closer to Africa than Sicily.  The result was initial diplomatic inertia, followed by growing humanitarian crisis, and a Spanish offer to accept the vessel.

The situation clearly, as it did in the case of the Tampa, was calculated for maximum political bruising.  One of Salvinis many political hats is federal secretary of the populist Lega party, which capitalised, along with the Five Star Movement, on the shambles of Prime Minister Giuseppe Contes failure to form a government in May.  The nature of that calculation was made clearer by the uneventful rescue of 937 refugees off the Libyan coast who were taken to Catania in Sicily by the Italian warship, the Diciotti on Tuesday. Little fuss arose from that engagement.

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00:17

Donald Trump alienates Americas allies, raising the question Should Australia get its own nuclear weapon? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The irony of the North Korean denuclearisation deal could be that everybody else decides to go nuclear. If it fails and Kim remains in power and countries doubt our commitment, then whats to stop Japan or South Korea or Australia going nuclear?

Trump triggers talk of Australia going nuclear, SMH, By Peter Hartcher 16 June 2018 

Should Australia develop its own nuclear weapons? It seems an outlandishly radical thought for such a safe country to consider. But a former adviser to Malcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop thinks its an idea whose time is fast approaching.

In his book Why Australia Slept, launched this week, Peter Hendy says that Australia needs to consider nuclear weapons because if we could financially afford them, [they] would secure an even more independent foreign policy for the country.

Hendy, a former Liberal federal MP, former head of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and now a consultant, is not the first to raise this delicate subject. The way things are going he wont be the last.

Three former deputy secretaries of Australias Defence Department strategists Hugh White, Paul Dibb and Richard Brabin-Smith have mooted the idea in the past year. Till these most recent months, its been something of a taboo topic in respectable circles.

One big reason? Australia already has the protection of the United States nuclear umbrella. Under this system, the US pledges that if anyone should launch a nuclear strike on one of its allies, Washington would retaliate against the aggressor....

00:16

Philip Fels: a farming family saddened at community disruption, due to unwise Barndioota nuclear waste dump site selection "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Philip Fels   Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia Submission 84

To the Senate standing committee on Economics, Regarding the proposed nuclear waste facility at Barndioota near Hawker S.A.

As a family which has lived and worked the land very near to the proposed nuclear waste facility for more than 130 yrs we are very strongly against this facility going ahead for some of the reasons which we will try and point out in the text following.

The site in question shouldnt have been allowed to be nominated by a person or persons with out any consultation with people whom this may directly effect considering they have only owned the property for a short time and have never lived or worked on the property or are ever likely to.

The land in question is one of the most unstable areas in Australia and we have earth tremors weekly if not daily and the Wilkatana Fault runs right up through this area.

As the soil structure is very porous and their is no granite bedrock in this area seepage or leakage into the local underground water table and then ultimately Lake Torrens is a very real risk.

As well as sustainably farming Merino Sheep and beef cattle for a very long time we also have a successful tourism business which we have been running on the property for 50 yrs which we fear will be severely impacted.

Our biggest worry of this process is the detrimental effect it...

00:12

Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) agreement with IAEA on enhanced protection for uranium workers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

IAEA and Australias Regulatory Body Strengthen Cooperation to Enhance Radiation Protection of Uranium Mining and Processing Workers  https://www.iaea.org/newscenter/news/iaea-and-australias-regulatory-body-strengthen-cooperation-to-enhance-radiation-protection-of-uranium-mining-and-processing-workers  

The IAEA and the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) have agreed on a cooperation agreement outlining plans for joint work to strengthen radiation protection of workers in the uranium mining and processing industries.

This cooperation will address potential harm that could be caused by the higher concentrations of...

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World is on track to exceed 1.5C of warming leaked UN draft report "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Guardian 15th June 2018 The world is on track to exceed 1.5C of warming unless countries rapidly implement far-reaching actions to reduce carbon emissions, according to a draft UN report leaked to Reuters. The final draft report from the UNs intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC) was due for publication in
October. It is the guiding scientific document for what countries must do to combat climate change.

Human-induced warming would exceed 1.5C by about 2040 if emissions continued at their present rate, the report found, but countries could keep warming below that level if they made rapid and far reaching changes.

Under the 2015 Paris climate agreement, almost 200 countries signed up to limit global temperature rises to well below 2C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5C. Climate scientist and Climate Analytics director Bill Hare said the draft report showed with greater clarity how much faster countries needed to move towards decarbonisation under various temperature situations and that the impacts of climate change greatly increased between 1.5C and 2C of warming.

Necessary actions include making the transition to renewable energy, powering the transport sector with zero carbon electricity, improving agricultural management and stopping deforestation.
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/jun/15/leaked-un-draft-report-warns-of-urgent-need-to-cut-global-warming

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Absolutely positively virtuous "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ngati Toa have dug deep into their resources, plundered their asset base and, in an extraordinary act of generosity, have given Wellington a word. (Well two words to be precise) They have given Wellington City Council a name for the city centre. This enables Wellington City Council to tell the nation how culturally sensitive they [] The post Absolutely positively virtuous appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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Accelerating Sea Level Rise is Being Driven by Rapidly Increasing Melt From Greenland and Antarctica robertscribbler "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From 1993 to the present day, global sea level rise has accelerated by 50 percent. And the primary cause, according to recent research, is that land glaciers such as the massive ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica are melting far faster than they have in the past. (Assessment of factors involved in the presently increasing []

via Accelerating Sea Level Rise is Being Driven by Rapidly Increasing Melt From Greenland and Antarctica robertscribbler

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June 15 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Opinion: NRDC, 19 Other Groups Challenge EUs Mistaken Climate Decision EU policymakers agreed on a new Renewable Energy Directive that failed to fix Europes broken bioenergy policies. The decision to continue to label the indiscriminate burning of wood as carbon neutral undercuts the EUs climate targets. [Natural Resources Defense Council] Nuclear Power []

via June 15 Energy News geoharvey

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Solar and wind could provide 60% of UK power without jeopardising reliability, study finds | Solar Power Portal Renewable Energy Tariff UK "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

https://www.solarpowerportal.co.uk/news/solar_and_wind_could_provide_60_of_uk_power_without_jeopardising_reliabilit Solar and wind could provide 60% of UK power without jeopardising reliability, study finds Liam Stoker Solar could play a pivotal role in a future energy system without jeopardising security of supply, a new report has revealed. The report, produced by consultancy Vivid Economics in partnership with Imperial College academic Marko Aunedi, has analysed []

via Solar and wind could provide 60% of UK power without jeopardising reliability, study finds | Solar Power Portal Renewable Energy Tariff UK

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Sunny days ahead in Mayo with investment in community solar RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A Mens Shed group, sporting clubs and a local radio station are among organisations in Mayo benefitting from the Turnbull Governments $5 million Solar Communities Program.

via Sunny days ahead in Mayo with investment in community solar RenewEconomy

23:46

The Nation Jacinda Ardern on brave leadership "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

On Newshub Nation this morning: Prime Minister @jacindaardern talks about brave leadership as she sits down with @lisaowennz in one of her final interviews before her maternity leave #nationnz This interview focussed mainly on criminal justice and the 3 strikes strike out this week. Prime Minister @jacindaardern Ultimately, were all united in the fact []

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Tourists will take a hike "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If it moves, tax it. That seems to be the essence of this governments taxation policy, and it has tourists firmly in its sights. Having already committed to charging foreign visitors for many of the great walks in the country, and Auckland charging a bed tax for hotel visits, now the government is looking at [] The post Tourists will take a hike appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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The Nation: Andrew Little on criminal justice reform "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

One Newshubs Nation this morning: Justice Minister @AndrewLittleMP joins us to discuss why the criminal justice system needs an overhaul, and what will happen if the reforms dont go far enough #nationnz Mike Williams, who now works with the Howard League for Penal Reform, is on the panel so could have some interesting comments. @GraemeEdgeler will []

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Greens bottling it as water fallout continues "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ructions in Green ranks continues after the decision Green MP Eugenie Sage was required to make a water bottling decision as part of her ministerial responsibilities: Overseas investment for Otakiri Springs bottling giant approved in principle Land Information Minister Eugenie Sage, and Associate Finance Minister David Clark, have granted an application under the Overseas Investment []

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Nine To Noon: Politics (11 June 2018) with Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

RNZ Nine to Noon

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/ntnpol-20180611-1107-political_commentators_mike_williams_and_matthew_hooton-128.mp3

New Zealand First puts the brakes on Labours plan to repeal the three strikes law effectively taking it off Cabinets agenda, National holds Northcote, and how will Winston Peters approach his stint as PM-imminent? Matthew Hooton is the managing director of the PR and lobbying firm, Exceltium. Mike Williams is a former Labour Party president and CEO of the Howard League.

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Top five most viewed posts yesterday "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 viewed posts as the vast majority of our readership do not comment and the post with the [] The post Top five most viewed posts yesterday appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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Common ground on climate change "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

National leader Simon Bridges wants to take the politics out of climate change:

Today I have written to the Prime Minister and Minister for Climate Change offering to work with them to establish an independent, non-political Climate Change Commission which would support emissions reductions by both advising on carbon budgets and publishing progress reports on emissions, Mr Bridges says.

National recognises the importance to New Zealanders current and future of addressing climate change and responsibly playing our part in a global response.

Long-lasting change requires broad and enduring support, so I want to work with the Government to make meaningful bipartisan progress on climate change.

This will be challenging and require compromises on both sides. But the prize is too great not to try, and the consequences on our economy, jobs and the environment are too serious if we dont do so responsibly.

The design of the Commission will be critical, but both the Productivity Commission and Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment have offered a clear steer as to what they see as an enduring model to drive long-lasting change.

I am confident that we can work constructively together to establish an enduring non-political framework for all future governments when considering climate change issues.

Mr Bridges also said that simply getting the institutional arrangements such as carbon budgets right isnt enough we also need to address the specific policy choices that will be taken to reduce emissions over time.

Of course there will be ongoing debate and differing views about what steps are appropriate. National want to see sensible, practical solutions, not extreme policies that would damage the economy and unnecessarily drive up costs for Kiwi households.

National have a core set of principles that will guide the work we do on climate change:

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

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Why Simon? No one cares except liberal elites "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Simon Bridges has announced he is willing to work with the government on climate change. Hes confirmed what many have suspected for a long time, that he is as wet as an Amy Adams puddle. The NZ Herald reports: Quote: National leader Simon Bridges has written to the Government offering to work with it on [] The post Why Simon? No one cares except liberal elites appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:58

Why Isnt Anyone Talking About The Israeli Military Coming To Alaska? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Israel will be testing their Arrow 3 weapons system from the island of Kodiak, just off the coast of Alaska. 62 shipping containers that have been renovated into sleeping quarters for the Israeli troops and have already been shipped to the Pacific Spaceport Complex-Alaska, where the missile tests will take place. Yet, weve heard nothing []

The post Why Isnt Anyone Talking About The Israeli Military Coming To Alaska? appeared first on The Last American Vagabond.

21:53

Slower Tropical Cyclones Bring More Mayhem "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tropical cyclones are moving more slowly. As temperatures rise, the pace at which a hurricane storms across a landscape has slowed perceptibly in the last 70 years. But the slowdown means each hurricane has more time to do more damage and deliver more flooding.

Tropical cyclones over land have slowed down 20% in the Atlantic, 30% in the northwestern Pacific and 19% in the Australian region, said James Kossin, of the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrations national centres for environmental information.

These trends are almost certainly increasing local rainfall totals and freshwater flooding, which is associated with a very high mortality risk.

He reports in the journal Nature that thanks to atmospheric warming as a consequence of the profligate combustion of fossil fuels in the last century, the summer tropical circulation has slowed and, along with it, hurricane and typhoon speeds. Overall, since 1940, cyclone movements have slowed by 10%; over some land areas, they have slowed much more.

But as the temperature goes up, the capacity of the atmosphere to hold moisture increases by at least 7% with each degree Centigrade. That means a tropical cyclone a whirling system of terrifying winds bearing huge quantities of water has both more water, and more time to drop it over land.

Harveys warning

And Dr Kossin cites the example of Hurricane Harvey which in 2017 dumped more than 1.25 metres of water on Houston, Texas and the surrounding countryside in just five days. Devastating floods displaced 30,000 people, and 89 died. Economic losses were assessed at more than $126bn.

This shift in what researchers call the translation speed is new and is only the latest study in a procession of alarming findings about the response of the winds in a warming world.

Researchers have already established that hurricanes are gaining in ferocity that is, becoming more intense  at a faster rate than they did decades ago. They have warned that windstorms capacity to damage the worlds economy is on the increase directly because of global warming and consequent climate change, and they have identified a trend in hurricane geography: the storms are moving further north, in the northern hemisphere.......

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Christchurch Airport to transition to electric vehicles by 2030 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Christchurch Airport has become the latest international airport to sign up to The Climate Group's EV100 initiative for electric transport, committing to transition its vehicle fleet to 100% electric by 2030. With 6.5 million people visiting the terminal every year, Christchurch Airport has an opportunity to make electric vehicles a more familiar sight in New Zealand, while demonstrating to airports around the world how it's done, said Helen [...]

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