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Monday, 20 August

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.

21:13

Climate change and mental health "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Climate change debates seem to threaten mental health at times, but this is a different angle, on the effects of extreme weather events related to climate change on mental health. Ronald Fischer, from the School of Psychology at Victoria University (I think its still called that) has given a lecture on this. Newsroom: What climate []

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

No language is rude that can boast polite writers. Aubrey Beardsley who was born on this day in 1872.

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.

20:40

Trump in Twitter tirade overdrive whos panicking? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If we were watching this unfold from some other country, wed question the US presidents wellness. Is the president okay? If we were watching this unfold from some other country, we'd question the US president's wellness. "Is the president okay?" pic.twitter.com/9XsHAC9L0f Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) August 20, 2018 Most countries with respectable democracies with appropriate []

20:30

Morning Report: Susie Ferguson talks with Simon Bridges "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Morning Report

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Simon Bridges says the Green Party is losing out being a coalition partner in the government. The Green Party leadership at its weekend AGM dug in their heels saying they wont be reversing any of the decisions theyve made in government. Party stalwarts Jeanette Fitzsimons and Sue Bradford had hoped the caucus might be persuaded this weekend to pull its support from the Waka Jumping Bill. Mr Bridges discusses the Greens, as well as the inquiry into the leak of his expenses, with Susie Ferguson.

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20:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When the United Nations says, jump! Jacinda Ardern asks, how high? Stuff reveals that World Vision launched a campaign on Monday, calling on Ardern to accept all the children detained on Nauru, and their families, into New Zealand.[] While World Vision asked Ardern to prioritise the children on Nauru over the adult men on Manus Island, [] 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 vogie (adj) 1. conceited 2. happy or cheerful. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : The adjective vogie is Scottish through and through, and all the citations of the word come from Scottish authors. Vogie has no good etymology: it is tempting to etymologize the word as vogue plus [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:11

MPs pay frozen pending fairer system "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Prime Minister has announced that MPs salaries and allowances would be frozen for a year while developing a fairer formula for future pay increases: MP pay frozen and fairer system for increases developed Today Cabinet agreed to freeze MP Pay till July 2019, and to reassess the funding formula used by the Authority to []

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 21 24 Mockers are proud and haughty; they act with boundless arrogance. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:20

Media watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

21 August 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 Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

15:50

Tornado filmed in New Plymouth, New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A tornado has torn through a Taranaki road, lifting roofs off houses and downing powerlines this evening. The incident occurred on Belt Road, in New Plymouth, at 5.30pm today, police have confirmed. Police say a number of properties have been reported damaged, however it is too early at this stage to confirm exactly how many. Shaun Hill, from New Plymouth, told 1 NEWS he was on his way home from work when "there was a big rumble and everything went black". "It got a bit scary as it got closer but at first thought I might as well get a video," Mr Hill said.

15:35

Large water spout filmed in Bay of Plenty, New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

An eyewitness says he watched a water spout "sucking water up" as it travelled along the Bay of Plenty coast this evening. Once the water spout hit land it turned into a tornado which struck Ohope, in Whakatane, just after 5.30pm, tearing roofs off homes and downing powerlines. A Ohope resident told 1 NEWS his main concern was keeping his child safe as he watched the water spout move for five minutes before "picking up speed" as it approached the sand dunes, taking roofs off the houses in its path.

14:05

World view Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

14:01

August 21 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1192  Minamoto Yoritomo became Seii Tai Shgun and the de facto ruler of Japan.

1680  Pueblo Indians captured Santa Fe from Spanish during the Pueblo Revolt.

1689  The Battle of Dunkeld in Scotland.

1770  James Cook formally claimed eastern Australia for Great Britain, naming it New South Wales.

1772 King Gustav III completed his coup dtat by adopting a new Constitution, ending half a century of parliamentary rule in Sweden and installing himself as an enlightened despot.

1808 Battle of Vimeiro: British and Portuguese forces led by General Arthur Wellesley defeated French force under Major-General Jean-Andoche Junot.

1810  Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte, Marshal of France, was elected Crown Prince of Sweden by the Swedish Riksdag of the Estates.

1821  Jarvis Island was discovered by the crew of the ship, Eliza Frances.

1831  Nat Turner led black slaves and free blacks in a rebellion.

1863  Lawrence, Kansas was destroyed by Confederate guerrillas Quantrills Raiders in the Lawrence Massacre.

1872  Aubrey Beardsley, English author and illustrator, was born (d. 1898).

1878  The American Bar Association was founded.

1886  Ruth Manning-Sanders, Welsh-English author and poet, was born (d. 1988).

1888  The first successful adding machine in the United States was patented by William Seward Burroughs.

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13:54

Palantir Knows Everything About You "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Peter Thiels data-mining company is using War on Terror tools to track American citizens. The scary thing? Palantir is desperate for new customers. By Peter Waldman, Lizette Chapman, and Jordan Robertson April 19, 2018 High above the Hudson River in downtown Jersey City, a former U.S. Secret Service agent named Peter Cavicchia III ran special []

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13:24

China says will keep pouring money into Pacific nations amid a mounting debt problem in the region "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

China will continue to provide aid to Tonga and other countries in the Pacific to help them achieve sustainable development, Chinas Foreign Ministry said on Monday, amid a mounting debt problem in the region.

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Tongas prime minister on Friday backed down on calls for Pacific island nations to collectively lobby China to forgive their debts, after a source said China had complained about the plan.
Tonga is one of eight island nations in the South Pacific carrying significant debt to China, and had started building support to press China to cancel repayments.
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Pacific nations were due to discuss the plan at a forum of regional leaders scheduled to be held in the tiny island nation of Nauru early next month, Tongan Prime Minister Akilisi Phiva told Reuters on Thursday.
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Phiva said in a statement on Friday that after further reflection he believed the forum was not the proper platform to discuss Chinese debt, and that Pacific nations should each find their own solutions.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said he noted Phivas statement of clarification and his positive appraisal of ties with China.

I would like to stress that China and Tonga are strategic partners of mutual respect and common development, Lu told a daily news briefing in Beijing.

China will continue to provide support and assistance to Tonga and other Pacific island countries in achieving sustainable development to the best of its ability, he added, without elaborating.

A recent Reuters analysis of the financial books of South Pacific island nations showed Chinas lending programs had gone from almost zero to more than $1.3 billion outstanding in a decade.

The debt burden of small economies with little earning power has stoked fears the region could fall into financial distress and become more susceptible to diplomatic pressure from China.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Editing by Robert Birsel

Reuters

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12:09

Regular email news "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Over the fold, my latest regular email. If you would like to receive it, sign up at http://eepurl.com/dAv6sX

Hi everyone

 

As is common for academics of a certain age, Ive been writing lots of book chapters lately, and several of the books have come out recently.  They include:

Wrong Way: How Privatisation & Economic Reform Backfired, edited by Damien Cahill and Phillip Toner, which is going to be launched at Gleebooks in Sydney on Friday 21st September. I have contributed chapters on electricity reform and productivity.

The Coal Truth, by David Ritter  This isnt an edited volume but a great piece of writing by David, with additional contributions from lots of people including Tara Moss and Berndt Sellheim, Adrian Burragubba, Lesley Hughes ,Hilary Bambrick, Ruchira Talukdar, Geoffrey Cousins and me.

The SAGE Handbook of Neoliberalism, edited by  Damien Cahill, Melinda Cooper, Martijn Konings and David Primrose. I have a chapter on Neoliberalism: Rise, Decline and Future Prospects. Given the pricing, this is a book for libraries and academic specialists only.

I hope to be back with more regular mailings once Ive finalised the manuscript of my new book, Economics in Two Lessons.

Best wishes
John

11:30

Nine to Noon: Hooton & Williams on Politics "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

RNZ Nine to Noon

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Matthew and Mike shine a light on the Green Party conference, the Simon Bridges leak and inquiry and Nick Smiths attack on the New Zealand First constitution. Matthew Hooton is the managing director of the PR and lobbying firm, Exceltium. Mike Williams is a former Labour Party president.

As always so much better when Mike Williams is on with Matthew Hooton

11:20

One Step at a Time: Trekking Kokoda at Age 15 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Long days. Cold nights. Fatigue and loneliness. Standing in the harsh sun, Im surrounded by walls of tall jungle. Staring ahead at a steep overgrown path that never seems to end, I hyperventilate. Time passes with each step. My breathing softens as we make it to the summit. I wonder whether Id be better off dead.

The Kokoda Track (or Trail) campaign of World War II took place in Papua New Guinea. The campaign involved a series of battles between the Japanese and Allied forces throughout the second half of 1942, during the Pacific War. The Allies prevailed in pushing the Japanese out of Papua New Guinea, at a substantial cost of lives.

Tourists now flock to Papua New Guineas capital, Port Moresby, for yearly dawn services of ANZAC Day and other war memorial events. I was never really interested in war, but I was up for the challenge.

The track itself has become a novelty excursion for war enthusiasts and fitness junkies alike. Its a single-file foot thoroughfare of 96 kilometres through the Owen Stanley Range. From Owers Corner roughly 50 kilometres east of Port Moresby to the village of Kokoda in the Oro Province, we venture predominantly through the land of the Mountain Koiari people.

If the rugged terrain wasnt enough of a selling point to the adventurous hiker, the tropical climate and risk of disease on the fabled expedition should be the cream. Picture luxuriously humid days dragging your feet through ankle-deep mud for eight hours, before settling in to a gourmet dehydrated meal. Enjoy a freezing nights rest in a makeshift tent; doze off to the sound of torrential rain seeping through to your inflatable mattress, as the early morning sun signals the start of another day.

I cant say that I expected luxury upon my arrival in Papua New Guinea. As restrictions and standards to who can attempt this trek are strict, Id been training with a Victoria Police facilitated program for nearly a year. The trek was the end-game of a 12-month-long community engagement program for young people in Melbournes west. Id been hand-selected alongside my peers, deemed future leaders by their schools and based on their merit.

Yep, thats me. A future leader. A young lady with a bright future and the weight of the world on her shoulders, heading into battle. Yet, Id been fighting a battle in my own head in the lead-up. A battle that was much bigger than Id given credit.

At 15, in the depths of the Papa New Guinean jungle, came my first mental breakdown.

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11:04

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The bunch of daffodils I was given yesterday is brightening the scullery and giving me the scent of spring while Im doing the dishes.

The flowers are a gift which has kept on giving all day and Im grateful for them.

11:00

Monday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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10:45

TEPCO Admits Almost 200 Billion Bq In Undeclared Water Contamination "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Kyodo News wrote about a new admission at Fukushima Daiichi. The ALPS water decontamination systems are not removing almost all

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10:30

TEDx tries to normalise paedophilia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz A new low for Tedx and the Marxist left. The post TEDx tries to normalise paedophilia appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:30

Classic TV Drama: Upstairs Downstairs S01 E03 Board Wages "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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

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

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

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

10:22

SYRIA: The Emerging Reality of the U.S Coalition Regime Change War On the Ground Reporting "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Life and food return to Douma after liberation by SAA from Saudi-backed, UK-promoted Jaish Al Islam terrorists. (Photo: Vanessa Beeley)

David Macilwain
21st Century Wire

The withdrawal of US coalition support for rebels in Syria, portrayed as a failure to achieve noble and humanitarian goals by Western governments and media, should rather be seen as an admission of guilt. The rescuing of violent militants and White Helmets from Southern Syria by Israeli forces actually marked the failure of the covert project to forcibly replace Syrias legitimate government with one of NATOs choice, regardless of the democratic will and lives of the Syrian people.

Before we can ask what if? about the war on Syria, as Ramesh Thakur does in The Strategist, republished here on P&I, we need to understand what actually happened during the Western-sponsored seven-year long assault on the Syrian state, as seen from the perspective of those on the receiving end of this attack. Now that the Syrian Arab Army and its allies are finally prevailing in their defence of the country and its citizens, it is also time for Western commentators to stop repeating the same vapid accusations against the Syrian President, and instead start making accusations against their own mis-leaders.

Rather it appears that many in the West are entrenching their opposition to the Syrian government at the same time as millions of Syrians are confirming their support for it, and the armies that have fought off their enemies chosen alternative.

Ramesh Thakurs partisan view on the Syrian civil war and the benign nature of the Wests intimate involvement in it is evidently shared by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, and one would imagine by many of those in public office who act on its advice. The same innocence could not be assumed for ASPI sponsors, defence contractors Lockheed Martin and Thales who profit from that advice, nor presumably for Australian Intelligen...

10:00

Manly Monday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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10:00

09:30

World peaceDonald Trump style "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz Succinct and to the point.  Why Trump is successful in foreign policy where others have failed.  Remains to be seen, but hes doing a lot better in 2 years than the previous 8. The post World peaceDonald Trump style appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S02 E18 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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

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

09:25

Disturbing allegations of online death and rape threats "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Theres been quite a bit of online comment lately about females getting serious threats of harm. 1 News: James Shaw really furious female colleagues Marama Davidson and Golriz Ghahraman are subjected to threats online I dont face that as a white male Mr Shaw told TVNZ 1s Q+A current affairs programme he was really []

09:00

First ever Monster Jam truck front flip "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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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 of humour here. Dont you hate [] The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:01

The Watchers News Brief: August 18 and 19, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Brutal cold snap, Mt. Buller received 30 cm (11.8 inches) of snow overnight, the most in 14 years, Australia Parts of the Australian state of Victoria have woken up to snow on August 19 after shivering through a brutal cold snap. Mt. Buller received 30 cm (11.8...... Read more

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.

07:45

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1937, Sky Sunlight Saxon (Richard Marsh) singer, songwriter and bass with The Seeds. Born today in 1941, Dave Brock multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, singer, founding and the only constant member of Hawkwind. Born today in 1942, singer and songwriter Isaac Hayes. Born today in 1944, John Povey songwriter and keyboardist [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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07:06

Frozen "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

MP's are rightly well-paid, as a defence against corruption. But their high pay and the fact that they get a pay increase year after year no matter what they do puts them on a different planet from most New Zealanders, and is frankly offensive when they are trying to deny pay rises to others in our society. So now, Jacinda Ardern has said "enough" and frozen their pay:

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced the Government will freeze MPs' salaries and allowances for a year.

The Remuneration Authority recently recommended an incease of about three percent for the coming year, which Ms Ardern said did not feel right.

Urgent legislation will have to be passed in order for the freeze to take effect before the Remuneration Authority's increase comes into force.


This will be a popular decision, because MPs have worked hard to make themselves despised by the public. But its also not unjustified. As I noted above, they are literally not in the same boat as the rest of us, and that's something they need to look long and hard at. As for how they should proceed, indexing their pay to the median wage, so they do no better than everybody else, seems like a good idea. And it sets some solid incentives for them to boost everybody's living standards, rather than just their own.

07:00

Comedy corner: Non-PC jokes guaranteed to offend "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Welcome to politically incorrect Comedy corner: the one place on Whaleoil where you are allowed to read and share naughty and offensive jokes that make us all laugh even though we are not supposed to. If you are offended by these kinds of jokes then please do not read this post. Five Englishmen boarded a [] The post Comedy corner: Non-PC jokes guaranteed to offend appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

The most important problem facing America "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In the midst of an article about the media obsession with Trump and Russia, there was this table of the results of the latest Gallup poll asking Americans the question, What do you think is the most important problem facing this country today? The article was showing that the media beat up over Trump and [] The post The most important problem facing America appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Kinase  an enzyme that catalyzes the transfer of phosphate groups from high-energy, phosphate-donating molecules to specific substrates; an enzyme that adds phosphate groups (PO43) to other molecules.

06:00

316 Resources for agri-environmental schemes "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ive been asked to present a talk in Ireland in two weeks, on the topic The Design of Effective Agri-Environment Schemes. In putting the talk together, it struck me that I (with help from colleagues) have developed quite a few resources in this space, so Ive collected them on a new web site to make them easily accessible.

Agri-environmental schemes (or programs or policies) aim to reduce the adverse impacts of agriculture on the environment. There are many such schemes around the world, but often they are not very efficient or effective. We could often do a lot better if we did a smarter job of designing and implementing these schemes.

Not that its easy. There are so many aspects to consider: the effectiveness of different practices at reducing environmental damage, their attractiveness (or otherwise) to farmers, the mechanisms to be used to promote the best practices, the costs and risks of different approaches, which environmental issues are the priorities, and so on. In my view, most designers of agri-environmental schemes dont appreciate what a difficult task they are trying to do, and make do with relatively quick and dirty approaches to the design.

The resources Ive included on the web site address a wide range of relevant issues, including:

  • Lessons from past agri-environmental schemes
  • The selection of appropriate policy mechanisms
  • Measuring environmental values
  • Ranking projects, including the choice of an appropriate metric
  • Additionality
  • Understanding and predicting farmers adoption of new practices
  • Dealing with uncertainty and including systems for learning from experience
  • The need to pull off that together in a coherent framework

It includes journal articles, books, reports, frameworks, computer tools, web sites, and blog posts, plus links to my free online course on Agriculture, Economics and Nature.

Overall, if an organisation wanted to design and deliver an agri-environmental scheme that would really deliver outcomes, they could benefit greatly from making a serious study of the material on this site. The URL is www.resources4aes.net.

Further reading

Pannell, D.J. (2008). Public benefits, private benefits, and policy intervention for land-use change for environmental benefits, Land Economics 84(2): 225-24...

06:00

We want what theyve got "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The problem with all the strikes lately is that different sectors of public employees are making mileage off the back of previous striking groups. Nurses called off their planned strike on 5 July after the government put an improved offer on the table. Teachers who have already taken one day off to strike, are now [] The post We want what theyve got appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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05:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

04:58

Whitebaiters Warned Off Driving On Waikanae Estuary "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Three separate agencies, and the Police, have given warning theyll enforce laws banning vehicles from the Waikanae Estuary, which []

04:30

Dementia: A lesson in love and patience. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In my lifetime, I hadnt known anyone with dementia, so when my dear mother started behaving strangely soon after turning ninety, it took some time for the penny to drop that she was going down the difficult dementia track.  When my dad died she was 85, so full of life and with a great ( [] The post Dementia: A lesson in love and patience. appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:13

An update from the beautiful Goldfields desert from Walkatjurra Walkabout. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

An update from the beautiful Goldfields desert from Walkatjurra Walkabout. 

The Walkatjurra Walkabout has enjoyed the first fourteen days of walking with Traditional Owners to protect country and stop uranium mining despite freezing overnight temperatures and long hot days.

This week, a group of 55 people gathered at the gates Yeelirrie to support Traditional Owners, Aunty Shirley and Lizzie Wonyabong and Vicky Abdhullah in the 40-year struggle to stop the proposed Yeelirrie uranium mine. The three women have shared stories of the area where they and their families grew up and the connection they have to this land. As we walk, they show us the bush tucker, the plants used for medicine, and the plants used for other purposes. We listen, we learn, and together we enjoy the beauty of this land.

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04:11

The ABC and Australian law enforcement agencies will have this man's blood on their hands "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I've seen their ABC commit some low acts in their push to "legitimise" refugees and show that "refugees" come from all walks of life. Their bullshit about RAN sailors torturing illegal boat people springs to mind, along with countless stories promoting the purported suffering of Manus Island and Nauru detainees....

04:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Todays map was recommended by Lushy WWII Shipwrecks around the World Most were merchant and cargo vessels, of which about 75% were a result of the German U-boats According to the War Shipping Administration, the U.S. Merchant Marine suffered the highest rate of casualties of any service in World War II. Officially, a total of 1,554 [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Dr Blake Mysteries S03 E06 Women and Children "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Doctor Blake Mysteries is an Australian television series that premiered on ABC TV on 1 February 2013 at 8:30 pm] The series stars Craig McLachlan in the lead role of Doctor Lucien Blake, who returns home to Ballarat, northwest of Melbourne, in the late 1950s to take over his late fathers general medical practice and role as police surgeon after an absence of 30 years. Five series aired as of 2017, with a telemovie scheduled to close the program at the completion of the fifth season.

In October 2017, the Seven Network announced they acquired production rights for 2018. Producers later announced production would be suspended pending outcome of the police investigation of the sexual assault allegations directed at Craig McLachlan. He was cleared of the charges In April 2018, Seven Network announced a series of telemovies including all the present cast except Craig McLachlan

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03:32

Destructive Process and Oversold Benefits: New Report questions nuclear dump economic case, as Govt ballot postponed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

20 August 2018  A new report into the claimed economic benefits to regional communities of the Federal Government nuclear waste facility has found the government has exaggerated the benefits, and not properly factored in insurance costs and...

03:30

Pike River CEO Peter Whittall says he is guilt-free "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Pike River has hit the news again, with Chief Executive Peter Whittall claiming to be guilt free, while Andrew Little threatens further action without having any new evidence.  Quote:  Unrepentant former Pike River boss Peter Whittall has horrified the dead mens families by dismissing a looming manslaughter prosecution, saying he has nothing to be ashamed [] The post Pike River CEO Peter Whittall says he is guilt-free appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:26

Its not too late to send a submission about the nuclear waste dump plan its necessary and its easy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

One step pro-forma online submission to DIIS page.
Closing date 24th September 

Send a submission to the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science (DIIS) https://nowastedump.good.do/radioactivewastesubmissiontodiis/radwasteDIISsubmission/

The Department is calling for submissions about the proposed National Radioactive Waste Management Facility in Kimba or the Flinders Ranges and says these will be one of the factors the Minister for Resources and Northern Australia may take into account when determining broad community support for the Facility.

The communities of Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula and the Flinders Ranges are being asked to participate in a ballot to gauge community sentiment about the NRWMF proposal, although the results are not binding on Minister Canavan. Many affected people are ineligible to vote, including Traditional Owners who live outside the ballot area.

Minister Canavan is hoping to select a site in October if you or others who are interested are not eligible to vote in the community you are still able to make a comment and express your view by sending DIIS a submission..

03:24

Australias racist politicians are also mostly Australias nuclear-loving politicians "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Alice Workman No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia August 15  

Heres a list of the politicians who shook hands / hugged / kissed Fraser Anning after his final solution speech calling for an end to Muslim immigration and a return to the White Australia policy.

Minister Mathias Cormann
Minister Bridget McKenzie
Minister Nigel Scullion
Minister Conchetta Fierravanti-Wells
Minister Matt Canavan
Assistant minister James McGrath
Assistant minister Anne Ruston
Steve Martin
Amanda Stoker
Jonathan Duniam
James Paterson
Dean Smith
David Bushby
Wacka Williams
Barry OSullivan
Cory Bernardi
Derryn Hinch
David Leyonhjelm
One Nations Peter Georgiou
Centre Alliances Stirling Griff & Rex Patrick

No Labor/Greens senators congratulated himhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/1314655315214929/

03:21

Legal challenge against nuclear waste community vote for Hawker? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Injunction stalls one nuclear waste dump community voteThe Barngarla people have won a Supreme Court injunction 
against the vote in Kimba, with the Hawker ballot 
still scheduled to open MondayBy Brooke Fryer

A community vote on whether a nuclear waste facility should be built on
South Australias Eyre Peninsula near Kimba has been stalled,
after a group argued the poll was discriminatory.

NITV News understands a similar legal challenge for Hawker is being considered.  

The court heard an example is that a person who owns a property at Kimba
but lives away from the district would be entitled to vote,
but a person who holds native title rights and lives away would not.

Mr Dare says the Barngarla people opposed to a nuclear waste dump
stand alongside the Adnyamathanha people who are also
facing the prospect of a waste dump on their land.

Of course we stand behind them in their pursuit
to not let this waste dump go on their country also.
www.sbs.com.au/nitv/article/2018/08/17/injunction-stalls-one-nuclear-waste-dump-community-vote

03:18

Should there be another nuclear reactor at Lucas Heights? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Siting another reactor at Lucas Heights http://ssec.org.au/our_environment/issues_campaigns/nuclear/info_sheets/1997_oct_1a.htm
Even if we assume that Australia does need a third nuclear reactor, is Lucas Heights the best site?
There are numerous and compelling reasons why it is not.

1. Its not remote

Lucas Heights was selected in 1955, as a site for Australias nuclear industry for the very reason that it was remote from population. Now, 40 years later, it is surrounded by houses, on the edge of Australias largest city. This is no longer in a good site for a nuclear reactor!

2. Its not been the subject of a proper site-selection process

The most recent search for a dump for low and short-lived intermediate level radioactive waste has taken 4 years and has considered criteria such as low rainfall, freedom from flooding, stable hydrology, freedom from cyclones, tectonic, seismic or volcanic activity, as well as socio-economic, ecological and land-use factors.

Selection of a site for a nuclear reactor its production of high, medium and low level waste- should be at least as stringent as that for a low level waste dump!

The McKinnon report said that If a decision were made to construct a new reactor, it would not necessarily best be placed at Lucas Heights. An appropriate site would best be decided after exhaustive search and...

03:17

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull sells out on climate policy, in effort to save his job "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Turnbull dumps emissions from NEG in final act of capitulation, REneweconomy Giles Parkinson & Sophie Vorrath, 

The Turnbull Coalition government has effectively dumped the emissions component from the proposed National Energy Guarantee, in what could be prime minister Malcolm Turnbulls final act of capitulation to the far right forces within the government parties.

Turnbull dumped the emissions component of the NEG in a desperate act to ward off a potential challenge to his 3-year leadership of the Liberals, with home affairs minister Peter Dutton (as we predicted...

03:15

Right-wing in Liberal Coalition causing Turnbull to again weaken climate action "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Malcolm Turnbull plans more changes to energy policy amid pressure from within Coalition, ABC News, By Jade Macmillan , 20 Aug 18  Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has outlined further changes to his national energy policy amid increasing pressure from within his own party.

03:11

Japans 2020 Olympic Games preparing for a Fukushima nuclear disaster cover-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Pay no attention to that radiological disaster behind the curtains  https://globalhibakusha.com/page-2/?permalink=hiding-fukushima-behind-the-curtains-in-official-japan    The government of Japan is clearly intending that the 2020 Olympics will function as a public relations win in which the image of Japan, and especially of Northern Japan and Fukushima are cleansed of images of radiological contamination. Even as the Fukushima Daiichi site itself, and the traces where the plumes of its explosions deposited fallout throughout the area remain un-remediated, the public perceptions will be remediated. This is typical of the behavior of governments in the developed world that suffer radiological disasters. The disasters themselves are so difficult to clean up, and take decades to even begin the clean up, that money is allocated for extensive public relations efforts. These become tasks that CAN be completed and CAN be considered successful. They function both to advance the public image agenda of the governments, and also deliver a sense of agency when the overall tone of nuclear disaster remediation is one of lacking effective agency.

Towards that end, the Japanese government is planning to integrate Fukushima sites and perceptions into the upcoming Olympics media fest. The journey of the Olympic torch through every prefecture of Japan...

03:09

MACKAY Police allege cocaine, cash, weapon parts found in mans car "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Police allege cocaine, cash, weapon parts found in mans car

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Mackay Magistrates Court was told Blaney is currently before the Supreme Court for drug matters. No plea was entered during the bail hearing.

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03:00

Cartoon for Today "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Steve Bell on Chris Grayling, rail fare hikes and staff pay

03:00

Will the courts ever get serious about drunk driving? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Back in the late 80s, when I first became a Ministry of Transport Traffic Officer I was full of hope for the future. I had great plans for making the world a better place. I was going to protect the motoring public by taking one dodgy driver off the road at a time. It was [] The post Will the courts ever get serious about drunk driving? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:46

Nuclear has left its run too late: a response to Ian Hore-Lacy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 ETHOS, 14 August 2018  | Robert Farago  Nuclear as the solution?   There are a number of unresolved problems around nuclear power and questions of whether nuclear energy can grow quickly enough to solve our climate change problem. I will just list some of these problems with a sentence each:

  • Weapons proliferation enriching Uranium for civilian nuclear energy programs can lead to fuel being diverted and further enriched for nuclear weapons programs.
  • Safety although less deaths have been recorded from nuclear power than from coal mining, nuclear accidents such as Three Mile Island, Chernobyl and Fukushima have shaken the confidence of citizens to have nuclear reactors near their homes and food sources.
  • Waste although we have generated nuclear waste for 70+ years we still dont have a solution. Nuclear waste needs to be stored safely for hundreds of thousands of years, longer than settled agricultural society has existed.
  • Decommissioning cost estimates vary wildly and its particularly technically challenging and expensive after nuclear accidents.
  • Water use like thermal coal generators, nuclear needs large quantities of water for cooling, making droughts and heatwaves a problem.
  • Capacity if we moved to a large portion of our global electricity generation to nuclear power, will there be enough Uranium to fuel them?
  • Timeliness can we move quickly enough to a majority nuclear electricity future and meet our global emission reductions?

Assuming the above problems can be quickly resolved, despite decades of not resolving them, and we can somehow scale nuclear by an order of magnitude from today, will it be cheap enough?

When I was a child in primary school (in the late 1970s), I read that in the future nuclear energy had the potential to generate electricity that would be too cheap to meter. That future never came and sadly never will.

Overseas examples are not encouraging. Recent nuclear reactor constructions in Finland,...

02:42

Exaggerated benefits of a radioactive waste dump for rural South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The economic benefits of a radioactive waste dump proposed for rural South Australia have been exaggerated, a new report warns https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/the-economic-benefits-of-a-radioactive-waste-dump-proposed-for-rural-south-australia-have-been-exaggerated-a-new-report-warns/news-story/34bfd2eba14e0b3a9975dc861315112a Peter Jean, Senior Federal Political Reporter, The Advertiser August 20, 2018 

02:30

Jacinda really can do it all "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Shes graced the cover of Vogue magazine. She has boosted the sales of Allbirds tenfold. She wrote the forward for Helen Clarks new book. She has had a baby, took only 6 weeks off, and manages to juggle work and motherhood at the same time. She has scolded the Australians on their attitude towards refugees. [] The post Jacinda really can do it all appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: The Hazards mountains, from Sapphire Lodge, Freycinet, Tasmania NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic locations. They can be the view from your kitchen window or bedroom window or lounge [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Big US beef index job for AbacusBio Sally Rae:

Dunedin-based agribusiness consulting company AbacusBio is rebuilding the selection indexes for the American Angus Association, the worlds largest beef cattle society.

AbacusBio partner Jason Archer, who has specialised in beef cattle throughout his career, was thrilled the company was chosen for the work.

The association has more than 25,000 members across the United States and Canada and the scale of the industry was unbelievable,  Dr Archer said.

In fact, the work that was being done by AbacusBio meant it affected billions of dollars worth of production.

Often, breed societies had selection indexes balancing all the traits that were being measured, and those indexes were both a selection tool and also became a bit of a benchmark when evaluating bulls, he said. . . 

Walk On history pretty amazing Kiwi story Sally Rae:

The establishment of Walk On is a pretty amazing Kiwi story, new chief executive Mark Davey says.

The  company, founded by young entrepreneur Lucas Smith, produces blister protection products using soft merino wool.

It has appointed Dr Davey as its first chief executive as part of an initiative to carry the momentum of Walk Ons initial domestic success into international markets.

Walk On had secured a national distribution deal with outdoor and adventure sports multi-channel retailer Torpedo 7 and was also available in 10 retail stores nationally, Dr Davey said. . . 

01:41

Why the food movement is unstoppable! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

What makes an ethical food future? What kind of agriculture can our planet sustain? How can we reduce demand on global resources? How can you be a change-maker in the unstoppable food movement?

Industrial food systems are key drivers of environmental destruction, from rainforests to reefs, and water supplies to climate change. Farmer and author of Call of the Reed Warbler Charles Massy, US crop scientist and director of the Poison Papers, and farmer, meatsmith, and president of AFSA Tammi Jonas discuss how regenerative agriculture can turn Australias ecologies and economies around, revitalizing rural communities while nourishing land, animals, and people.

Join us in Daylesford on Thursday 30 August for an inspiring and activating evening, or if you cant make it to the central highlands of Victoria, catch Jonathan and Charlie elsewhere on The Food Equation tour of Australia.

The post Why the food movement is unstoppable! appeared first on Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance.

01:30

Cartoon for Today "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Our sport badly needs some publicity. So a big hand for our Mr Trubshaw who has volunteered to go to London and cause a fracas in a nightclub..

01:30

Not so polarised: Review of Cornel West & Douglas Murray "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Too Right! A regular column by John Black Rightminds.nz Polarised the title of last nights public discussion between the academic Dr Cornel West and the writer Douglas Murray, was something of a misnomer. While the differences in their political outlooks were evident Murray the English Oxbridge educated small c conservative, West the black American [] The post Not so polarised: Review of Cornel West & Douglas Murray appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:16

Malcolm Turnbulls NEG change is not good enough "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The governments debacle over the National Energy Guarantee (NEG) has been described in some quarters as an example of the prime ministers inept leadership. If only it was so simple.

Malcolm Turnbulls headache exists because the factions most intent on absolute market liberalisation and big brother style politics, not only continue to have a stranglehold on the Liberal and National parties. They are tightening it.

As their captive and the resulting internal battle, the government is once again caught in a paralysis, where policy transforms into  inaction.  The most reactionary elements within the parties and fitting.

Although he is part of it, this is not just a Tony Abbott thing.

Speculation about the continuing survival of the prime minister as leader has risen again. His enemies are showing that they might be prepared to cross the floor and vote down the NEG. Through their opposition to the latest modest change, shifting the control over the emissions target  from the policy to the minister, they have hung out Malcolm Turnbulls essential weakness for all to see. He is plating into their hands. The reactionaries  are also announcing  a determination to keep on being the champions of the fossil fuel industry.

At the very least, the way he has handled the affair, has ensured that Malcolm Turnbull has made his own contribution to the governments instability. He is a dead man walking.

There is no room for sentimentality in this vision. Government provision of welfare and other services that even out opportunities to an extent, have no place in this, and must be done away with  as far as possible.

They see their rivals in the Liberal and National parties as a barrier against achieving this,  and standing for unwarranted government interference in what should be a free cho...

01:00

Mediawatch on Bridges expenses leak and related matters "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Mediawatch

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Newshub political editor Tova OBrien who previously criticised Simon Bridges for going on the road said the spending was not only unjustified but also contradicted National Party pre-election ads claiming Labour fleeced hard-working Kiwis. And in his own promotional video, Simon Bridges talked about being brought up by parents who knew how to stretch a dollar a long way.

Tova OBrien also reckoned hed wasted the money.

Simon Bridges hasnt announced a single policy based on the feedback he heard from voters yet. It was supposed to be a profile-raising exercise but  . . he hasnt had a bump in the polls, she said.

Since when have leaders travel expenses been linked to the output of fresh policies or positive opinion poll results?

Tova OBrien has performed like a Labour Party spin doctor, rather than a political editor. Can no longer trust Newshub to report political matters truthfully

01:00

Digital image of the day: Green party "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The post Digital image of the day: Green party appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:59

TEPCO to strengthen protections against tsunamis at crippled Fukushima nuclear power station "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Fukushima tsunami plans to be expedited at stricken N-plant   http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0004670847 August 19, 2018

The Yomiuri Shimbun Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc. will strengthen its protections against tsunami at its Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant to prevent water contaminated with high levels of radiation from spilling outside the plant, The Yomiuri Shimbun has learned.

During the decommissioning work, contaminated water has accumulated in the basements of the buildings that house the nuclear reactors. If a tsunami were to hit, this water could flow into the sea.

To prevent water from entering the basements, TEPCO will move up the schedule for work to block openings on the surface and the buildings ground floors, as well as add more spots to be blocked.

Mega-quake seen as imminent

The decision to step up tsunami protections was made after the governments Headquarters for Earthquake Research Promotion released a long-term assessment in December on the possibility of a gigantic earthquake along the Chishima Trench on the Pacific Ocean side of Hokkaido.

The assessment warned that a huge earthquake of magnitude 8.8 or greater was imminent.

...

00:56

From a Harbourside Mansion - Turnbull's blog on energy & Abbott "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Malcolm Bligh Turnbull Harbourside Mansion Sydney Harbour 9 December 2009 While a shadow minister, Tony Abbott, was never afraid of speaking bluntly in a manner that was at odds with Coalition policy. So as I am a humble backbencher I am sure he won't complain if I tell a few...

00:56

High probability of massive earthquake affecting Fukushima region "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

What Is the Probability of a Mega-quake Striking Japan in the Future?, NHK News, 2 July 18,  .. A government panel has released its latest earthquake probability map, which indicates the likelihood of each area being hit in the coming 3 decades by tremors of 6-minus or above on the Japanese intensity scale of zero to 7 about the same level as the one that hit Osaka. A member of the panel says an earthquake of 6-minus could strike anywhere in Japan, and urges people to be prepared.


High probability in the Kanto region and along the Pacific coast. In the Kanto region, the probability of a major quake is highest in Chiba City, at 85 percent. The figure is 82 percent for Yokohama and 81 percent for Mito. Tokyos Shinjuku Ward is located in an area with 48 percent probability.

In the Tokai region, the probability for Shizuoka is 70 percent and Nagoya is 46 percent.

Beware of massive earthquakes that occur in ocean trenches The panel explains that these areas have high probabilities because massive earthquakes centering in the Chishima Trench, Japan Trench and the Nankai Trough have been occurring at intervals of a few decades to a century.

These earthquakes occur around ocean trenches where the oceanic plate is forced underneath the continental plate.

Huge earthquakes have been occurring especially around the Nankai Trough roughly every 100 years. As the last one took place more than 70 years ago, there is a growing probability the next one will happen soon around the Pacific coast of western Japan....

00:51

Tokyo as well as Fukushima Is NOT Radiologically Safe. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Nuclear Resister,  August 13, 2018 Text of the flyer distributed at the Go West Come West memorial for nuclear victims in Hiroshima, August 6, 2018.

Tokyo as well as Fukushima Is NOT Radiologically Safe. The Government of Japan Is Making Tokyo Olympics Radiating Fields of Athletes and Visitors .

We are Go West Come West, an organization of evacuees from the Fukushima nuclear disaster and their supporters. On the 73rd anniversary of the United States atomic bombing, we would like to send greetings of solidarity to all visitors to Hiroshima:

Hiroshima is NOT a story of the past

Even the Japanese governments underestimated data shows that the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant disaster released 168 times the cesium 137 discharged by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, which entailed about 168 times the fallout at Hiroshima. Prime-minister Shinzo Abe declared that with regard to health-related problems (of the Fukushima accident), I (Abe) will state in the most emphatic and unequivocal terms that there have been no problems until now, nor are there any at present, nor will there be in the future. This claim is tantamount to saying that Hiroshima atomic bombing caused no human health problems. It is totally groundless and false!

Fukushima nuclear disaster is NOT over

The disaster is still unfolding. High doses of radioactive materials are still leaking from the tops and the bottoms of the reactor buildings every moment of every day. Air, water, soil, ocean and food, all essentials for human life, are still severely contaminated by ra...

00:50

Chamber Urges Govt To Review Proposed Mining Act Amendments "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Extractive industries are worried their rape of PNG might be about to come to an end.

They pay the government less than 2% of revenue, K400 million from exports of K25 billion in 2017; but they dont want to have to pay a single toea more!

Post Courier | August 19, 2018

The PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum continues to encourage government to undertake an independent review of the proposed amendments to the Mining Act 1992.

The chamber maintained that this was to ensure full understanding of the economic implications of the revised Act on the economy of the country.

President of the PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, Gerea Aopi said stable government policies and favorable investment climate are critical for future growth in the PNG resource sector, and that the proposed changes to the Mining Act would undermine PNGs i...

00:49

Wangan and Jagalingou leaders call on Queensland Govt not to extinguish native title "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

18 August 2018  In the wake of yesterdays adverse Federal Court decision against their challenge to Adanis ILUA,   Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners say yesterdays judgement merely
confirms the limitations of the native title system, and fails to address their right
as Indigenous people to free, prior and informed consent,
which is at the heart of their action.

Mr Adrian Burragubba, one of five applicants in the case, and W&J cultural leader says: 
We are calling on the Queensland Government to rule out
extinguishing our native title in any part of our land.

Once native title is gone, it is gone forever.
It would be a travesty for the Government to wipe out our title for Adani.
If Queensland can stop them dredging the Reef before Adani has money,
or pull the pin on $1 billion NAIF funding, they can surely protect our rights to our land.
They must not hand a private corporation land title at our expense,
based on discriminatory laws.

The Queensland Government has a clear choice here, and yesterdays ruling
in no way forces them to proceed to extinguish our native title.
Dont be fooled, it is up to the Government what happens next.

Adani cant be trusted; how can they say they respect
the rights, history, future intentions and requests of the traditional owners?

We are Traditional Owners, we are the people from that land,
and they have never respected our decisions, or our right to free prior informed consent,
or our aspirations to care for our ancestral country.
They split our people for their own ends and then try to claim they care.
They should walk away in shame for all the damage they have done.

Ms Linda Bobongie, another applicant and chairperson of the Traditional Owners Council, says:

While we respect the decisions of the courts, we arent satisfied by this judgement
and will work with our legal team to prepare an appeal to a higher court.

We know the Queensland Government has no obligation to act on extinguishment for Adani.
They should wait until all our appeals are exhausted.

We held out hope for this legal avenue, but anticipated a conservative judgement
within the Native Title system, and were prepared for the decision.
Our Council has vowed to continue to defend our lands and waters from Adanis destruction.

We call on Adani to immediately withdraw from this damaging project on our land.
No administrative decisions that block our rights will stop us standing our ground
to defend and prote...

00:45

Migrant Workers, Asylum Seekers, Homeless Used To Cleanup At Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Site; UN Experts Raise The Alarm Mining Awareness + "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Workers hired to decontaminate Fukushima reportedly include migrant workers, asylum seekers and people who are homeless, Tens of thousands of workers have been recruited over the past seven years under the decontamination programme. Japans Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare indicates on its website that 46,386 workers were employed in 2016; and the Radiation Worker []

via Migrant Workers, Asylum Seekers, Homeless Used To Cleanup At Fukushima Nuclear Disaster Site; UN Experts Raise The Alarm Mining Awareness +

00:45

Victoria Labor pledges $1.2 billion in rebates, loans for rooftop solar RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Victoria Labor government proposes rebates and zero interest loans to encourage another 650,000 homes to install another 2.6GW of rooftop solar. The post Victoria Labor pledges $1.2 billion in rebates, loans for rooftop solar appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Victoria Labor pledges $1.2 billion in rebates, loans for rooftop solar RenewEconomy

00:43

August 19 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Opinion: Its the end of the Earth as we know it. Read all about it! It is hard to get ordinary people engaged, so hats off to the crack team of Earth scientists, led by climate change professor Will Steffen, whose peer-reviewed report on how emissions are driving the Earth into an irreversible []

via August 19 Energy News geoharvey

00:37

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A PLASTIC FREE HAWAI`I ON VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IS FUTURE"


"Plastic Free Hawai`i - A Visit With Doorae Shin"

It wasnt too long ago when youd bring groceries home from the store in plastic bags. Today, those same bags are being banned around the world as harmful to the environment, yet few realize this movement first started in Hawai`i. We spent an afternoon with Doorae Shin, program manager of Plastic Free Hawai`i  and quickly found out its about a lot more than just bags. Join us in our fascinating visit with Doorae as she shares with us not only why Hawai`i was first in the world to achieve this, but also a few simple things anyone can do to help out no matter where you live -
Watch It Here

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00:30

The problems of being all things to all people "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Under John Key, Steve Joyce and Bill English National tried to be all things to all people in an attempt to get more than 50% of the vote. They never succeeded. In Australia Malcolm Turnbull is also trying to be all things to all people and it is failing.  Joe Hildebrand explains: Quote: Why are the [] The post The problems of being all things to all people appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:29

Nauru is farming refugees "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

World Vision has launched a campaign to get the New Zealand government to resettle refugees from Australia's concentration camp on Nauru in New Zealand:

World Vision national director Grant Bayldon said they were asking Ardern to make the offer directly to Nauru, rather than Australia.

"While there remains an obligation on Australia under international law, it doesn't look like they are going to do the right thing any time soon."

Another element of the campaign was that they were asking for the evacuation of children and their families to be prioritised, Bayldon said.

They should be brought to safety in New Zealand before Universal Children's Day in November, he said.

"These vulnerable people seeking refuge and asylum should be resettled in New Zealand as part of an emergency intake over and above our refugee quota," he said.


Of course we should do this - its the humanitarian thing to do. But I suspect Nauru's response will be a firm "no". And the reason for that is that being Australia's concentration camp is big business for the Pacific despotism. Australia pays Nauru by the prisoner, and releasing any of them has a direct impact on the government books. Last year's budget took a 10% hit from "uncertainty surrounding the number of refugees who will be resettled in the United States" and another 5% due to less tax from foreign concentration camp workers. Once you include the families, rescuing these 120 children would likely have a similar financial impact. The Nauruan government just isn't going to want to give that up.

Of course, refusing to release people because you'll lose money is morally reprehensible. But "morally reprehensible" pretty much describes the Nauruan government these days. In addition to the crime of running a concentration camp, they've jailed the opposition, undermined the judiciary, and banned foreign journalists. So I expect Baron Waqa and his cronies to reject any offer of resettlement New Zealand makes. The only way they'll surrender any of their refugee cash cows is if Australia cuts off the funding.

00:20

As The Turnbull Govt Implodes, Its Still Making Policy. Its Just Really, Really Bad Policy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

With talk this morning of a possible leadership challenge to the Prime Minister by Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton, Ben Eltham reviews what landed the coalition in trouble in the first place.  

Covering federal politics is never the most uplifting of tasks, but the past month has been something else again. 

The dog days of winter have revealed a splintering Australian polity and an alarming resurgence of overt racism, a Liberal government that has all but exhausted any claim to the moniker of liberal, policy stasis bordering on dereliction of national duty, and a rightwards drift of conservative thought that should concern all thinking Australians, especially those who identify as conservatives.

I could talk about the racism about the neo-Nazi on national television, or the Senator flourishing a reference to the Final Solution in a maiden speech and in an accompanying article, I will.

But in this article, I want to talk about policy, because there seems to be less and less media coverage of the substance of policy these days. Thats a problem, obviously, because policy is important. Policy is the sum of the things that the government is doing, in many cases to ordinary citizens. 

Despite all outward indications, the Turnbull government is still actually making policy. 

My Health Debacle

A good example is the My Health Record debacle. Health Minister Greg Hunt is presiding over the wholesale digitisation of Australias health records, against all the advice of IT security and privacy policy experts, and with blithe disregard for the manifest dysfunction and policy mendacity revealed by the systems disastrous roll out.

Health Minister Greg Hunt. (IMAGE: Thom Mitchell, New Matilda).

Explaining the My Health Record disaster in detail would require a Senate Inquiry,...

00:00

Plastic bags: lets revolt "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It hasnt all been plain sailing for the Ban the Bag crusade, with customers in Australian supermarkets taking the news very badly. In some cases, staff are threatened, and in one case, even throttled although I find it hard to understand how anyone can get quite so worked up over a plastic bag. Only in [] The post Plastic bags: lets revolt appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:00

RNZ Mediawatch: Constructive Journalism or CoJo "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

RNZ MediaWatch

An interesting report from RNZ

Its a common complaint that too much of the news is too grim and some people are quite literally turning off. Is there a better way to report news we can use? Stuff reporter Nicola Brennan-Tuparas been to Europe to find out if CoJo is the way forward.

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/mwatch-20180825-0907-publishing_the_positive-128.mp3

Frankly given the poor quality of much NZ journalism this concept of balance whilst having some attraction is likely to lead to even more spin and bias than now.

The article at the link above has some good links.

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23:47

The Daily "Near You?" "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Nelson, New Zealand. Thanks for stopping by!

23:30

Help create the Dear Cicero Debate Forum "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Welcome! I am now in the process of fundraising for an upscale forum to hold in-depth and entertaining debates in Auckland.  New Zealand speakers for a New Zealand audience. Dear Cicero Debate Forum seeks to become New Zealands liveliest platform to debate ideas.  They will be intelligent debates to indulge in our democracys gift of freedom of speech [] The post Help create the Dear Cicero Debate Forum appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:30

My Favourite Chaser the marvellous Anne Hegarty "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

RNZ Sunday Morning

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/sun-20180819-1005-anne_hegerty_quiz_queen_from_the_chase-128.mp3

The formidable Governess from The Chase is in New Zealand to talk about her life before the quiz show and how shes managed to make a living from the quiz circuit. Anne Hegerty is on a whirlwhind trip to promote the popular show. She shares her thoughts on her fellow Chasers and tips for wannabe quizzers.

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23:27

Mandy On Stories with a Message "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

At a meeting of the local Labour Party today (Saturday 18 August) Mandy Hager spoke about the art and []

23:17

Bould Statements on Dubai: 4 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ann and Roger Bould were recently in the oil-rich kingdom on the Persian Gulf. Here is the third instalment of []

23:15

Abolition of Maori seats would spark a civil war "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Was there ever a time when the Maori seats could have been abolished safely? It is tempting to suggest the year 1950, when the first National Party prime minister, Sid Holland, abolished New Zealands upper house, the Legislative Council. Had he tacked-on the elimination of the Maori seats and presented the whole package as a modernisation of the New Zealand constitution, then his government would probably have got away with it. There would, of course, have been an outcry. Maoridom would have protested strongly, reminding Pakeha New Zealanders of the Maori Battalions heroic wartime contributions in North Africa and Italy. Abolishing the Maori seats would have been presented as a pretty poor reward for their peoples sacrifice. Indeed, it is interesting to speculate whether precisely this argument was put forward by the thousands of ex-servicemen in Nationals ranks. Many would remember the Battle of Manners Street of April 1943 sparked by the segregationist impulses of American troops towards Maori. New Zealand in the 1940s was not as racist as many of todays activists would have us beli The post Abolition of Maori seats would spark a civil war appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

You get what you bargain for "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

John Roughan looks at why it is the teachers are tits at industrial relations and as a consequence have tits pay: Quote: My granddaughter is in Year 2 at her nearest primary school and loving it. For that I thank her teachers. They work hard to make schools happy, lively, friendly, healthy and stimulating for [] The post You get what you bargain for appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Jury or science? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Monsanto has been ordered to pay $US 289m to a man who claimed herbicides containing glyphosate had caused his cancer.

Bayer, the parent company of Monsanto, has dismissed the claims.

A Californian jury said Monsanto should have warned users about the dangers of its Roundup and RangerPro weedkillers.

Bayer completed its $66bn takeover of Monsanto in June.

A Bayer spokesperson told the BBC the two companies operate independently. In a statement the company said: Bayer is confident, based on the strength of the science, the conclusions of regulators around the world and decades of experience, that glyphosate is safe for use and does not cause cancer when used according to the label. . .

The jury ruled against the company but courts, and juries,  arent equipped to determine scientific facts:

I could write many lengthy posts about why that ruling is wrong. I could talk about the numerous scientific studies that failed to find evidence that glyphosate causes cancer (e.g., this large, long-term cohort study with over 50,000 participants that wasnt funded by Monsanto and failed to find an association between glyphosate use and cancer among farmers [Andreotti et al. 2017]). I could talk about the well-established fact that the toxicity of glyphosate is quite low. I could talk about the fact that multiple well-respected scientific bodies have examined the evidence and concluded that it does not suggest that glyphosate causes cancer. I could also talk about how the one dissenting scientific report (i.e., WHOs IARC report) cherry-picked their evidence and reached a conclusion that has been widely criticized by the scientific community. Plenty of other pages have, however, already done all of those things, so I wont spend more time on them here. Rather, I want to discuss why trials like this one are inherently problematic. Citing court rulings is an ext...

22:57

Half of Maori prisoners are Ngapuhi? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

That's the claim by Minister for Corrections, Kelvin Davis. The question mark is mine. RNZ reports:


Mr Davis said Mori make up over 50 percent of the prison population, and he wants that number reduced.
"Of that 50 percent, half again, are from Ngpuhi, my own tribe, so this is personal.
That's news to me.

At June 2015 only half of Maori inmates expressed an affiliation.

Of these 24% are Ngapuhi.



At the 1999 prison census Ngapuhi made up 17% of sentenced prisoners and 20% of rendered prisoners. So the percentage is rising.But not fast enough to be at half in 2018.

There may be many more prisoners who express an affiliation with Ngapuhi but not as their primary. Also many who have an affiliation but clearly aren't expressing it.

But what does Mr Davis know that the rest of us don't?

22:30

If the Gunts cant ban something theyll find a way to tax it "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Green party are looking at taxing rubbish: Quote: The Government has outlined a proposal to tackle New Zealands waste management. Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage revealed her plans at the Green Partys annual conference, but National has been quick to slam it as a tyre tax. While MP Julie Anne Genter cycled to hospital to [] The post If the Gunts cant ban something theyll find a way to tax it appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:15

Most read "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

22:00

Winston still pushing for Maori seats referendum "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Winston Peters is continuing his push to get rid of Maori seats: Quote: Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters has reiterated his intent to push for a referendum on the future of the Mori seats in Parliament. Mr Peters told SKY News Australia New Zealand does not need separate Mori seats, and never has. The principle [] The post Winston still pushing for Maori seats referendum appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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.

21:13

Greens confirm they will vote for waka jumping bill "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Green caucus decision to vote for Winston Peters waka jumping bill has been a contentious issue in the party, as they have had a history of strongly opposing similar legislation. They affirmed their decision to vote for the bill at their conference in the weekend. RNZ: Green leadership stands firm on Waka Jumping Bill []

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal that the reader recognises as his own. Salvatore Quasimodo  who was born on this day in 1901.

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.

20:43

Ngpuhi is probably the most incarcerated tribe in the world "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Corrections Minister Kelvin Davis says that Mori make up over 50% of the population, and the Northland tribe Ngpuhi is probably the most incarcerated tribe in the world. Kelvin Davis (RNZ): Ngpuhi [probably] most incarcerated tribe in the world Mr Davis said Mori make up over 50 percent of the prison population, and he wants []

20:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

On brand? Is that or is that not a PLASTIC helmet? The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:30

How Winston controls his cult "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Morning Report

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/mnr-20180817-0750-nick_smith_questions_nz_first_departure_contract-128.mp3

New Zealand First MPs have signed a contract that will require them to pay a $300,000 fine if they are expelled or resign from the caucus but stay on in Parliament. National Party MP Nick Smith has called the move undemocratic and has called for more details of the contract to be released. He tells Guyon Espiner the contract is similar to rules in Zimbabwe.

And still Peters demands Waka Jumping Bill. How is this acceptable?

Why are Greens supporting this?

Why is Andrew Little supporting this?

20:29

Q+A: Justice Minister what we are doing isnt working "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Justice Minister Andrew Little was interviewed on Q+A last night. Andrew Little: after 30 years of tough on crime policy, the reoffending rate has stayed the same, its not making us safe We have to change the public debate on what we do with criminals. If we are doing it right there will be more []

20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is soteriology (noun) The branch of theology dealing with the nature and means of salvation. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : 1847, in reference to health; 1864 in reference to salvation, from German soteriologie, from Greek soteria preservation, salvation, from soizein save, preserve, related to sos safe, healthy, of [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:12

Q+A Marama Davidson and James Shaw "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Colrin Dann interviewed both Green leaders James Shaw and Marama Davidson on Q+A last night. James Shaw on Greens in Government: youre not going to please all the people all the time Marama Davidson: no campaign on c-word, at a rally for racism I talked about the words used against me Davidson may have heeded []

20:03

Very deep M8.2 earthquake hits Fiji region, two M6+ aftershocks "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M8.2 hit Fiji region at 00:19 UTC (12:19 local time) on August 19, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 563.4 km (350 miles). EMSC is reporting M8.2 at a depth of 558 km (346 miles). This earthquake can have a...... Read more

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 20 24 The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way? The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:40

Greens landfill levy (rubbish dump tax) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

On the second and most important day of their annual conference the greens announced an environmental policy a universal landfill levy in old vernacular, a rubbish dump tax. It wont happen until 2020 at the earliest and will be put to public consultation first. I dont know how well this will be received []

19:17

Media watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

20 August 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 []

19:17

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"

20 August 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 []

18:38

RV/Intelligence Alert: "Primary Objective" -- August 19, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Operation Disclosure

RV/INTELLIGENCE ALERT - August 19, 2018


(Disclaimer: The following is an overview of the current situation based on intelligence leaks received from several sources which may or may not accurate. Other confirmed sources may also be included in this overview.)


A Cabal plan to detonate a nuclear device at a specific location under the Pacific Ocean was thwarted.


The nuclear device was located but could not be disarmed. Instead, it was extracted and moved to a different location that would cause less damage. This was done within what little time was left on the timer of the nuclear device.


https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/breaking-powerful-magnitude-82-earthquakes-strikes-near-fiji-no-tsunami-threat-expected/70005824


The nuclear threat was neutralized and all geopolitical operations have resumed including the effort to begin the RV.


The Cabal will not cause another 9/11. Never again. Not on the Alliance's watch.


The Cabal's fiat based financial system is collapsing at an unprecedented speed and is set to be replaced by the QFS prior to a worldwide economic collapse.


Authors of the Plan are now awaiting permission from the Elders to begin the RV.


Possible release tonight between 11:58 PM EDT and 12:01 AM EDT.


Helping humanity with funds acquired through the RV is the primary objective. Nothing else.


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FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE RV/GCR VISIT:

http://www.dinarchronicles.com/intel.html

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18:08

Chinas Xi says military must resist corruption Go in hot pursuit of and strike hard against hedonism and extravagance "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Chinas military must resist the corrosion of corruption and ensure the fight against graft is deepened, President Xi Jinping told senior officers, state media said on Sunday, offering a renewed warning against a deep-seated problem.

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FILE PHOTO: Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects troops at the Peoples Liberation Army (PLA) Hong Kong Garrison as part of events marking the 20th anniversary of the citys handover from British to Chinese rule, June 30, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Chinas military, the worlds largest and currently undergoing an ambitious modernization program, has been an important focus of Xis campaign against corruption since he took power six years ago.

Xi has repeatedly warned about the threat of corruption to the country and the party, and has vowed not to let up in the fight against it.

Dozens of officers have been investigated and jailed, including Xu Caihou and Guo Boxiong, both former vice chairmen of the Central Military Commission, which Xi heads and is in overall charge of the Peoples Liberation Army.

Guo was jailed for life in 2016. Xu died of cancer in 2015 before he could face trial.

Speaking at a three day-meeting of the Central Military Commission, which ended on Sunday, Xi said the fight against graft must remain always on the road and be deepened, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Go in hot pursuit of and strike hard against hedonism and extravagance,  Xinhua cited Xi as saying. The anti-corruption fight must be unswervingly grasped, and will not change direction or form.

There must be no no-go areas and a zero tolerance attitude maintained, with a full and comprehensive supervision system put in place to tackle the problem, he added.

Chinas military must ensure they and their families are upright and clean, and that they can resist the corrosion of unhealthy tendencies, Xi said.

He also said efforts were needed to strengthen the leadership of the ruling Communist Party over the military to ensure a solid political guarantee for the building of a strong military.

Serving and retired officers have said graft in the armed forces is so pervasive it could undermine Chinas ability to wage war.

The anti-graft drive comes as Xi steps up efforts to modernize forces that are projecting power across the disputed waters of the East a...

17:54

Magnitude 8.2 Fiji August 19, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

USGS Event Page
M 8.2 280km NNE of Ndoi Island, Fiji
2018-08-19 00:19:37 UTC
Location: -18.178S, -178.111W

563.4 km depth
  USGS Event Page
M 5.6 35km N of Acandi, Colombia
2018-08-18 19:39:07 UTC
Location: 8.831N, -77.294W
10.0 km depth

USGS Event Page
M 6.3 6km NE of Sembalunlawang, Indonesia
2018-08-19 04:10:21 UTC
Location: -8.325S, 116.577E
7.9 km depth  USGS Event Page
M 6.8 282km ESE of Lambasa, Fiji

2018-08-19 04:28:59 UTC
Location: -16.951S, -178.022W
422.8 km depth  USGS Event Page
M 6.9 4km S of Belanting, Indonesia
2018-08-19 14:56:27 UTC
Location: -8.346S   116.626E
20.3 km depth
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14:30

Cartoon for Today "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

MAC Daily Mail 16082018

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Illegal immigrant? Good heavens, no. Have you any idea what a ticket costs nowadays?

14:18

Fiji Earthquake 8.2 More to Come? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

COMMENT: Ok, this time you were wrong. A major earthquake hit Fiji on the 19th, not the 20th and CNN reported it 3 hours ago which followed your post 8 hours ago. Your slipping!

Cheers

Keep up the great work

PF

REPLY: Well, I never bothered to try to hone in on earthquakes to the day. It was a deep quake at 8.2. Such deep quakes can later trigger more shallow quakes of similar magnitude days or weeks later. But in reality, this week began today the 19th. I am a trader so I label the weeks with the first trading day being Monday 20th. Yet, what I do find most interesting is how everything seems to be correlated together be it nature or markets. I am still trying to figure that one out. I put all of this together because it became clear from ancient times onward, that natural disasters had profound economic impacts.

 

It was the great fire of Rome that necessitated the creation of money. Nero was the first to slightly debase the silver denarius reducing the silver content from 97.5% to 93.5%. He needed more money to pay for the reconstruction of Rome and his new palace.

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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

August 20 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

636  Battle of Yarmouk: Arab forces led by Khalid ibn al-Walid took control of Syria and Palestine , marking the first great wave of Muslim conquests and the rapid advance of Islam outside Arabia.

917  Battle of Acheloos: Tsar Simeon I of Bulgaria decisively defeated a Byzantine army.

1000  The foundation of the Hungarian state by Saint Stephen.

1083  Canonization of the first King of Hungary, Saint Stephen and his son Saint Emeric.

1391 Konrad von Wallenrode became the 24th Hochmeister of the Teutonic Order.

1672  Former Grand Pensionary Johan de Witt and his brother Cornelis were murdered by an angry mob in The Hague.

1778 Bernardo OHiggins, South American revolutionary, was born  (d. 1842).

1794  Battle of Fallen Timbers  American troops forced a confederacy of Shawnee, Mingo, Delaware, Wyandot, Miami, Ottawa, Chippewa, and Potawatomi warriors into a disorganised retreat.

1804  Lewis and Clark Expedition: the Corps of Discovery, exploring the Louisiana Purchase, suffered its only death when sergeant Charles Floyd died, apparently from acute appendicitis.

1858 Charles Darwin first published his theory of evolution in The Journal of the Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London, alongside Alfred Russel Wallaces same theory.

1866 President Andrew Johnson formally declared the American Civil War over.

1882 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovskys 1812 Overture debuted in Mosco...

12:33

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 

Discussion on a farm visit near Dannevirke last week finished with agreement that wed rather frost which gave way to a sunny day than rain which didnt.

This morning I woke to frost in Wanaka and came home this afternoon to a house warmed by sun.

For all of that and the happy dog who accompanied my morning walk, Im grateful.

 

12:01

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11:45

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S02 E17 Shroud Lines "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

.S02 E05 truth or Dare not found

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

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

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

11:40

Significant Seismicity in Indonesia and Fiji Regions "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

KMPH 081902 2 Sembalunlawang, Indonesia Magnitude: 6.3 mww Location: 8.325S, 116.577E [6km NE of Sembalunlawang, Indonesia] Depth: 7.9 km Time: 2018-08-19 at 04:10:21.570 (UTC) Lambasa, Fiji Magnitude: 6.8 mb Location: 16.951S, 178.022W [282km ESE of Lambasa, Fiji] Depth: 422.8 km Time: 2018-08-19 at 04:28:59 (UTC) [USGS] Related Links M8.2 Deep Focus Quake Strikes []

11:32

Philippines Eyes Buying Russian Submarines: U.S. Urges Caution "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Russian Embassy in Manila fired back at its rival United States for warning the Philippines over its possible acquisition of submarines from them, saying it was an acute attack of colonial syndrome.

It is another testament that this sickness as well as propensity to lecture other countries and give unsolicited advice is still prevalent in Washington, the embassy said in a statement posted on its official Facebook page on Saturday afternoon.

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Russia is being eyed as one of the potential suppliers of the countrys planned acquisition of submarines, along with South Korea, France, and Germany.

US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs Randall Schriver told reporters Thursday that the Philippines should be very careful in buying Russian weapons and platforms for it may hurt the decades-long alliance of the two countries.

Buying major platforms was also about investing in relationships and at the same time it may affect the interoperability in ground operations with the long-time ally, he said.

While Russia admitted that interoperability of military equipment may be a problem, the US seemed to have exaggerated it, and instead dismissed it as a case of mental interoperability.

Such a problem does exist but its extent is exaggerated. Experience of other countries shows that this obstacle could be overcome, it said.

The matter that should be of grave concern is mental interoperability. The mentoring of Mr. Schriver is an example of this. The mental interoperability could be only achieved by letting go of outdated clichs, prejudices, and phobias, it added.

The embassy also shot back at Schrivers comments on the nature of Russian regime where he cited the annexing Crimea the chemical attack in UK as part of its laundry list.

It downplayed the claims as preposterous and groundless speculations and instead turned the tables to the US.

We would like Mr. Schriver to be more specific and also give us American laundry list, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya which have not turned out to be beacons of democracy but became a breeding ground for terrorism, it said.

Under the pretext of promoting democracy and protecting human rights countless horrendous crimes against humanity have been committed in those countries, it added.

It also advised the US not to interfere with its affairs with the Philippines.

The Russian Federat...

11:00

Sunday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Watch What Happens When Democrats Run Your State? The post Sunday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:54

Turning a notch on the climatic apocalypse beat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In August 2018, a global heat shock wave saw media turn a notch on the climate change apocalypse beat

[Climatic clippings post no 6 in 2018]


Some of you will think you are too busy to pay attention to this. Others dont want to pay attention because it is too hard, involves too much. Or you might think it is a complete waste of time, because humanitys gloomy destiny has already been sealed  like in one of those movies, where some evil Godfather-like character has already decided that it will be best for humanity if we are cut down to half or a quarter of the numbers of that we are today.

Either way, the fact is that we are in a climate emergency. And you dont have to take it just from climate action advocates like me, as you will see below on this weeks collection of climatic clippings, this is now finally also reported and confirmed by mainstream media.

What mainstrea...

10:36

Easy Wins in the Sydney Double-header "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

All Blacks and Black Ferns dominant By Roger Childs The All Blacks didnt score until the 38th minute and earlier []

10:30

The death of white guilt "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

10:30

Marama Davidsons conference speech "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Co-leader Marama Davidsons speech at the 2018 Green party conference. Karanga Hokianga, ki o tamariki, he uri rtou, he mrehu. Kohikohia r, kei ng hau e wha Krerotia ko wai rtou. Krerotia ko wai rtou. Kei aku nui, kei aku rahi, i te t, i te t tn koutou. Rangitne, ka t Continue reading

10:24

New Caledonias coral reefs "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This video says about itself:

New Caledonia: The Coral Garden | National Geographic

16 August 2018

In the summer of 2013, National Geographics Pristine Seas team embarked on an expedition to New Caledonia. Explorer-in-Residence Enric Sala led a team of scientists and filmmakers to explore the remote reefs and marine ecosystems. They discovered an abundance of underwater life. The teams expedition and resulting scientific publications contributed to New Caledonias 2018 decision to protect 28,000 km of pristine reefs.

10:00

Sunday standup "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The post Sunday standup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:30

Proof the Democrats were more racist than the Nazis "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The one drop of blood rule for Negros. Nazis classified Jews at about 3/4.   The post Proof the Democrats were more racist than the Nazis appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:23

The One That Got Away "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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09:13

Horrifying UN Report Details Widespread Child Rape by High-Level UN Employees "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Catholic Church, politicians, TV personalities, now the UN: Organized sexual exploitation of children is on a scale that is indeed horrifying. The scum always rises to the surface and the truth is being exposed bit by bit. AUGUST 12, 2018 By Matt Agorist A deeply disturbing report has finally been released by the United []

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09:00

Whaleoil Video "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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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 of humour here. The best wingman [] The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:14

Palau: China weaponizing tourism to push allies away from Taiwan "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Empty hotel rooms, idle tour boats and shuttered travel agencies reveal widening fissures in the tiny Pacific nation of Palau, which is caught in an escalating diplomatic tug-of-war between China and Taiwan.

Late last year, China effectively banned tour groups to the idyllic tropical archipelago, branding it an illegal destination due to its lack of diplomatic status.

As China extends its influence across the Pacific, Palau is one of Taipeis 18 remaining allies worldwide and is under pressure to switch allegiances, officials and business people there say.

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There is an ongoing discussion about China weaponizing tourism, said Jeffrey Barabe, owner of Palau Central Hotel and Palau Carolines Resort in Koror. Some believe that the dollars were allowed to flow in and now they are pulling it back to try and get Palau to establish ties diplomatically.

In the commercial center of Koror, the Chinese pullback is obvious. Hotel blocks and restaurants stand empty, travel agencies are boarded and boats which take tourists to Palaus green, mushroom shaped Rock Islands are docked at the piers.

Prior to the ban, Chinese tourists accounted for about half the visitors to Palau. Of the 122,000 visitors in 2017, 55,000 were from China and 9,000 from Taiwan, official data showed.

Chinese investors had also gone on a buying frenzy, building hotels, opening businesses and securing large swathes of prime coastal real estate.

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The decline since the ban was announced has been so sharp, charter airline Palau Pacific Airways announced in July it would terminate flights to China, four hours away, from the end of this month.

The Chinese government was putting an effort to slow or stop tourists going to Palau, said the Taiwanese-controlled airline, which has experienced a 50 percent fall in bookings since the China restrictions began.

China has previously used its tourism clout as a diplomatic tool, last year halting tours to South Korea after Seoul installed a controversial U.S. missile defense system.

Asked if designating Palau an illegal destination was a way....

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.

07:45

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1939 , Peter Ginger Baker drummer with several groups including Cream. Born today in 1940, songwriter and singer Johnny Nash. Born today in 1940, Roger Cook singer and songwriter with Blue Mink, he also wrote songs for many acts including The Hollies. Born today in 1943, Billy J. [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:30

Whaleoil sports quiz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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07:00

Quiz: Simon Bridges: The earlier years "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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06:30

Kiwi as "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This weeks keen individual who inspires and surprises spent years of his childhood in the Wilson Home for Crippled Children after being diagnosed, at the age of nine, with Perthes disease in his hip that left his left leg shorter than the right. But that was no impediment to Bruce McLaren. Bruce spent all of [] The post Kiwi as appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Cere a waxy fleshy covering at the base of the upper beak in some birds; a fleshy, membranous covering of the base of the upper mandible of a bird, especially a bird of prey or a parrot, through which the nostrils open.

06:09

Earthquake & Volcanoes for August/September 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

QUESTION: Mr. Armstrong; In Singapore who warned that there would be continued volcanic activity in the Pacific and that the peak in 2018 appeared to be coming into play August/September. Is that timing still on track?

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ANSWER: Yes. That seems to actually begin this coming week 8/20 and goes into the week of 09/10. This is just a cyclical period but it is not catastrophic so no need to run and hide under the desk. This is a trend that should continue for several years. However, we are entering a period where we can see an increase in activity cyclically speaking. It is just that 2018 was the beginning and we have seen quite a few volcanoes erupted so far this year. It tends to correlate with the downturn in the energy output of the sun.

06:03

Manafort trial judge has received threats "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The jury in the Paul Manafort trial are still deliberating. Theres a pile of papers and 18 charges so its not surprising it is taking a while to arrive at verdicts. In a bizarre twist the trial judge says there have been threats made against him. NBCNews:  Judge in Paul Manafort trial says he has []

06:00

A media man of ethics "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

**This post was written on Thursday. How you do the fake news, and what to expect later today. In 12 hours, or so, the printing presses and screens of America will begin rolling out a coordinated series of simultaneous anti-Trump editorials criticising the presidents attacks on the press. In somewhat of a pep-talk respected instructor [] The post A media man of ethics appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:42

M8.2 Deep Focus Quake Strikes Fiji Region "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

KMPH 081902 Powerful Earthquake Strikes Fiji Region Magnitude: 8.2 mww Location: 18.178S, 178.111W [280km NNE of Ndoi Island, Fiji] Uncertainty: 8.1 km Depth: 563.4 km Uncertainty: 3.6 km Time: 2018-08-19 00:19:37 UTC Strongest Aftershock so far: M5.8;  265km N of Ndoi Island, Fiji; depth of 622.2 km; occurred at T + 2hrs Diagnostics available []

05:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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05:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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04:40

Farewell, Cheeky Darkie "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The butt of Paul Holmes' most famous one liner has died.

The dreadful Kofi Annan, who came to the UN as a penniless bureaucrat and enriched himself and his family from the spoils of the 'oil for food' programme in Iraq.

He will not be missed.

04:30

Heres to your good health I hope you have some "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Brian Rogers Sunlive.co.nz Newsie This week we need to talk about good health. Mainly because there seems to be a bit of a shortage. Maybe its the last throes of winter taking one last final swing, or maybe theres just more bugs and nasties around, not just the swine flu but all sorts of odd [] The post Heres to your good health I hope you have some appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

For a detailed and interactive high-res view click on image Leonards Chronological and Geographical Family Guide to the Holy Bible Created by C.W. Leonard in 1860 A map intended to communicate and reinforce religious values and dense with a great variety of information. Following the schemata devised by Bishop Ussher of Ireland this chart illustrates the [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Dr Blake Mysteries S03 E05 A Night To Remember "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Doctor Blake Mysteries is an Australian television series that premiered on ABC TV on 1 February 2013 at 8:30 pm] The series stars Craig McLachlan in the lead role of Doctor Lucien Blake, who returns home to Ballarat, northwest of Melbourne, in the late 1950s to take over his late fathers general medical practice and role as police surgeon after an absence of 30 years. Five series aired as of 2017, with a telemovie scheduled to close the program at the completion of the fifth season.

In October 2017, the Seven Network announced they acquired production rights for 2018. Producers later announced production would be suspended pending outcome of the police investigation of the sexual assault allegations directed at Craig McLachlan. He was cleared of the charges In April 2018, Seven Network announced a series of telemovies including all the present cast except Craig McLachlan

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04:00

Forgetful "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I dont really have any secrets, she told me once. I just forget a lot of stuff. Forgetful   2016 Brian Andreas  posted with permission.

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03:30

Crybaby MSM "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Stuff regurgitates yet another Washington Post hit piece on the greatest American President since Ronald Reagan: Quote. Trump labelled the news media the enemy of the American people a month after taking the oath of office. In the year that followed, a CNN analysis concluded, he used the word fake as in fake news, [] The post Crybaby MSM appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:22

Magnitude 8.2 earthquake hits Pacific near Fiji "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A powerful magnitude 7.9 quake has struck in the Pacific Ocean, 291 km (180 miles) from Ndoi island of Fiji, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The quake hit at a depth of 570km (354 miles), too deep to cause a tsunami. Its power approaches the strongest deep-focus (over 300km deep) quake on record, the magnitude 8.3 Okhotsk Sea quake of 2013.

Powerful magnitude 8.2 earthquake hits Pacific near Fiji "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A powerful magnitude 7.9 quake has struck in the Pacific Ocean, 291 km (180 miles) from Ndoi island of Fiji, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The quake hit at a depth of 570km (354 miles), too deep to cause a tsunami. Its power approaches the strongest deep-focus (over 300km deep) quake on record, the magnitude 8.3 Okhotsk Sea quake of 2013.

Powerful magnitude 8.2 earthquake hits Pacific near Fiji "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A powerful magnitude 7.9 quake has struck in the Pacific Ocean, 291 km (180 miles) from Ndoi island of Fiji, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The quake hit at a depth of 570km (354 miles), too deep to cause a tsunami. Its power approaches the strongest deep-focus (over 300km deep) quake on record, the magnitude 8.3 Okhotsk Sea quake of 2013.

03:00

My navel-gazing only finds fluff "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Navel-gazing: the self-indulgent or excessive contemplation of oneself or a single issue, at the expense of a wider view. Campus Reform tells us about another queer course: Quote. Princeton University is offering a new course this fall that will teach students about the theory, narrative, and aesthetics of queer literatures. According to the official course [] The post My navel-gazing only finds fluff appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

Rotherham grooming gang survivor speaks out "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

And what she has to say is terrifying. This article was published a few months ago by The Independent, and it should strike fear in the hearts of everyone who is concerned about Islamic immigration into Western countries. It is a story that needs to be heard if we do not want New Zealand to go [] The post Rotherham grooming gang survivor speaks out appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

Coonamble Rain Dance "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

As the drought in New South Wales bites deeper the Coonamble community is bringing people together with a rain dance:

TIMES are tough, drought is all anyone sees on the horizon and across the media, these conditions are affecting not only farmers, but entire communities. 

However a small community in Central West NSW is focusing on the positive and recognising sometimes the best thing you can do when you are down, is come together and celebrate. 

Launched through a viral video of locals dancing up a storm, which can be seen below, the Coonamble Rain Dance is seeking donations and sponsorship to hold a ball and give locals a night off from the drought.  . .

Droughts are like a disease that slowly eats away at health and hope.

Even on smaller farms with neighbours close, its too easy for farmers to isolate themselves and for worry to turn into depression then despair.

The Rain Dance wont affect the weather, but it will bring people together and lift spirits.

 

 

 

02:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: 27/07/18. Looking down onto Surfers Paradise Boulevard. NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic locations. They can be the view from your kitchen window or bedroom window or lounge room [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Sunday Classic Comedy: Folly To Be Wise (1953) short film with Alistair Sim "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Launder and Gilliat film, with Alistair Sim and strong supporting cast

01:30

8/10 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

8/10 in an old (2010 but I stumbled across it today) Stuff farming quiz.

The racing question was one I got wrong.

I include racing stories in rural round-ups because its rural, but is it farming?

01:30

Commenter of the week "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Here at Whaleoil, we have a lot of talented people making comments on our posts all of the time. So, we have decided to shine a light on the person we think has most deserved an accolade in the last 7 days. The brilliant comments continue. It is true that we have a lot [] The post Commenter of the week appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:00

Whaleoil music quiz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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00:52

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Supreme Court issues victory for private land conservation:

The Supreme Court has delivered a historic decision to protect covenanted land against a land developer who bought the property with the intention of carving it up, developing on the beautiful and protected bush and then selling the land for profit.

QEII National Trust Acting CEO, Paul Kirby says this is a victory for conservation on private land in New Zealand and a blow for those who think that they can overturn QEII legal protection of the land. The Supreme Court has reinforced that QEII covenants protect natural spaces against the people who buy a property to divide and develop the land. We are proud to have lead the fight to protect the land against this kind of development. . .

Foresters fear carbon auctions implications Richard Rennie:

Forest Owners Association president Peter Weir is troubled by Government proposals to use an auction system to allocate extra carbon units under a revised Emissions Trading Scheme.

The proposal is for a sealed-bid, single-round auction where bidders submit their bids simultaneously. 

Each bidder can submit multiple bids, ultimately creating a demand curve ranking all bids from highest to lowest. A clearing price is then determined, where supply and demand meet.

But Weir is concerned the proposal is going to cause more problems than it solves.

Fonterra pauses to take stock Hugh Stringleman:

Fonterra dropped another bombshell with the appointment of an interim chief executive, Miles Hurrell, to take over immediately from departing Dutch dairy industry veteran Theo Spierings.

The internal promotion of Hurrell came as Fonterras directors reconsider the companys direction of travel and its needs in a chief executive.

An external recruitment process, started in November last year, is suspended in the meantime, chairman John Monaghan said.

Hurrell has the right mix of talents and experience needed at this time and he will not be paid what former chairman John Wilson called the eye-watering salary and bonuses that Spierings received. . .

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00:34

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

FREE HAWAI`I IN VLEUTEN, NETHERLANDS


00:30

Andrew Sullivan: You can have liberal democracy or mass immigration. Its becoming increasingly clear you cant have both "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Andrew Sullivan makes some interesting observations on the intersection of a liberal democracy and mass immigration: Quote: It seems to me a pretty big indicator of Europes future that a party with neo-Nazi roots is currently surging in the polls in Sweden. Yes, super-liberal, deeply anti-racist Sweden. The election is on September 9, and [] The post Andrew Sullivan: You can have liberal democracy or mass immigration. Its becoming increasingly clear you cant have both appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:14

SocialismWhat Is It Good For? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

CNBC: Democrats view socialism more positively than capitalism, according to a new Gallup poll August 16, 2018 | Jon Rappoport | No More Fake News  To give you an idea of the deception inherent in socialism, here is a quote from none other than Andrew Carnegie, once one of the richest men in America: I []

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00:13

"Fukushima Update 8/18/18: 17,492.4 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow" "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

Updated August 18, 2018: Fukushima Equals 17,492.4 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 August 18, 2018 - 2,712 days since the disaster began - this equals the detonation of 17,492.5 Hiroshima atomic b...

00:00

Audio: What an arrogant Gunt "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Listen to the audio here. Green Party co-leader James Shaw has slammed a Newshub journalist for their reporting of Marama Davidsons use of the word c**t at an anti-racism rally. Ms Davidson dropped the C- bomb repeatedly an anti-racism rally attended by families and children earlier this month. How pathetic. This is like governments who [] The post Audio: What an arrogant Gunt appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

Saturday, 18 August

23:57

TWAS SAD TO WATCH THE GREEN PARTY CONFERENCE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

lord Matiria Turei as some sort of a modern day reincarnation of Mother Teresa when the reality is she's an unrepentant benefit fraudster who wears her rort as some sort of badge of courage.

Continue to demonstrate their not so latent xenophobia and lack of economic understanding by advocating a complete ban on foreign owned companies (read those with 'chinky' sounding names) exporting bottled water.    And 'they' can't even run the 'saving the planet' argument.     Every year NZL uses around 2% of this renewal resource for all purposes (including irrigation).   Total bottled water production accounts for only 0.002% of that 2%.    The Greens are simply windmill tilting ... it's pathetic.

Must have been embarrassing for them to have Jeanette Fitzsimons, co-founder of the their Party and former Green MP, lambaste them on TV1 last night for abandoning all their principles in their support on WRP's waka jumping legislation.  

The Green Party is but a shadow of its former self; Labour's poodle shunned by Labour's coalition partner; fed scraps and reduced to voting cannon fodder.    

23:30

Mere stuff and nonsense and the dishonesty of Philip Matthews "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The first recorded use of the word stuff was in a phrase: mere stuff and nonsense carried in a column by an edition of The Times newspaper appearing in 1827 when commenting on the very low merit of a speech given in parliament at the time. Stuff serving, in the phrase, as the intensifier of [] The post Mere stuff and nonsense and the dishonesty of Philip Matthews appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Just when the public sector unions are pushing for massive pay rises we find out they are useless "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In the private sector increased productivity leads to higher wages, in the public sector the exact opposite is true. While the public sector unions are pushing for massive pay rises perhaps they might like to address their abysmal productivity rates: Quote. Productivity growth in the public sector appears to be poor and some public servants are actively hostile to the [] The post Just when the public sector unions are pushing for massive pay rises we find out they are useless appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:45

If animals arent supposed to be eaten, then why are they so delicious? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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22:30

Things are bad when your former shill says you are wrong "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Shamubeel Eaqub is an economist and was the go to person for Labour when in opposition. They merrily quoted him in question time and asked constantly if John Key or Bill English agreed with him. He was in effect a Labour party shill. However, hes just come out against Labours wonky foreign buyer ban: Quote: [] The post Things are bad when your former shill says you are wrong appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:15

Most read "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

22:00

Proper Greens challenge the Gunts over waka jumping bill "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sue Bradford and Jeanette Fitzsimons are showing quite a bit more integrity than the current crop of Gunts: Quote: Green Party co-founder and former leader Jeanette Fitzsimons still wants the party to pull their support for the Waka Jumping bill but says she has hit a brick wall. Former MP Sue Bradford told The Nation this [] The post Proper Greens challenge the Gunts over waka jumping bill appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:50

National too scared to address cannabis issues "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Peter Dunne has said that National were too scared to address dysfunctional cannabis and drug laws and Labour seem to be barely better. Its widely known that cannabis law (and drug laws generally) are not effective and create more problems than they solve. However successive governments have failed to deal with them. As Associate []

21:33

The Horowhenua Waste Horror "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

by Veronica Harrod Despite the amount of demolition and construction waste generated by land and property development Horowhenua District Council []

21:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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21:15

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

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

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21:08

Land Price Balloon Could Burst "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  Deirdre Kent reports the average Kapiti home owner has gained $146k in 3 years! But writer and activist Deirdre also []

21:06

Trump supports sick behavior online "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In a series of tweets Donald Trump says: that Republican/Conservative voices are being unfairly discriminated against online that Censorship is a very dangerous thing & absolutely impossible to police he supports sick behaviour being able to continue, everybody should be able to participate, good or bad Social Media is totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices. Speaking []

21:03

Mid Week Quiz No. 136 Answers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The quiz can still be done by scrolling down to Wednesday August 15.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or []

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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Be Kind Ephesians 4:32.

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.

20:49

Misogyny only a part of online abuse problem, and sorry isnt enough "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Online abuse that can reach extreme levels is rife online, in New Zealand and internationally. Some label it things like misogyny or sexism or racism or anti-religious or political any of these things can be involved, but the motives can vary, and can often be difficult to define. Abuse can be nasty, it goes []

20:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

[] Annan, one of the worlds most celebrated diplomats and a charismatic symbol of the United Nations, started at the United Nations in 1962 as a low-ranking officer with the World Health Organization in Geneva. He rose through its ranks to become the first black African Secretary General. Annan earned selection to the top United [] 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 sot (noun) A drunkard. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Late Old English sott stupid person, fool, from Old French sot, from Gallo-Roman *sott- (probably related to Medieval Latin sottus, circa 800), of uncertain origin, with cognates from Portugal to Germany. Surviving meaning one who is stupefied with [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:15

Scientists Solve The Mystery of The Long-Lost Eighth Wonder of The World "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

After more than 125 years of mystery, scientists think they have reconfirmed the final resting place of the worlds forgotten eighth wonder, clearing up much of the uncertainty from previous studies. On 10 June 1886, Mt Tarawera blew its top in one of the largest volcanic eruptions in New Zealands history, sending volcanic debris flying []

20:12

Free speech battle brews between feminist and trans-activist groups "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From Gezza: A company has pulled posters commemorating womens suffrage after pressure from LBTGI youth groups who say the feminist blogger behind the poster campaign holds transgender exclusionary beliefs. Phantom Billstickers managing director Jamey Holloway says the company previously hung posters for Wellington writer and activist Renee Gerlich as part of womens suffrage projects. This year marks 125 years since []

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 19 24 Lazy people take food in their hand but dont even lift it to their mouth. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:20

Media watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

19 August 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 []

19:17

FIRE-EARTH Report: Thailand, PNG, NZ, Indonesia, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

CJ IGE OCT TML FIRE-EARTH Report 081802 Countries in Focus: Thailand, PNG, NZ, Indonesia, Australia Report 081802 prepared by FIRE-EARTH Science and affiliated scientists. Details available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. All Groups Latest FIRE-EARTH DIRECTIVES, ALERTS, FORECASTS, BULLETINS and MESSAGES available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. . . . . . .

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.

19:09

Open Forum Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

19 August 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 []

18:28

Second expat vice-chancellor goes as PNG universities turn nasty "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Professor John Warren
Prof John Warren - forced to leave PNG as threats & lawlessness descend on universities targeting senior expatriate administrators

KEITH JACKSON

BARCELONA A letter from the former vice-chancellor of Papua New Guinea's University of Natural Resources and Environment (UNRE) in Rabaul has said senior staff urged him to leave PNG for his own safety after a scurrilous attempt had been made to level trumped up criminal charges against him.

A member of UNRE staff has provided PNG Attitude with a letter to the universitys council which explains to its members exactly why Professor John Warren left hurriedly and without formal ceremony this month, the experience of former University of Technology vice-chancellor Dr Albert Schram fresh in his mind.

Earlier this year, there were attempts to detain Dr Schram in PNG as an act of vengeance following his identification of corrupt practices at Unitech. Dr Schram was later able to leave the country when he realised a conspiracy against him was beginning to take shape and was able to regain his passport and return to Italy.

In his letter to the university council, Prof Warren says he hopes it will clarify the circumstances surrounding the events that led to his sudden departure which occurred after the UNRE chancellor Kenneth Sumbuk accused him of spreading rumours that he (Sumbuk) wanted to take over the university.

15:14

Dan McGarry: Fighting for media freedom & truth in the Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Dan McGarry Vanuatu Daily Post
Dan McGarry of the Vanuatu Daily Post - while News Corp cravenly backed down, McGarry stared Nauru's would-be dictators in the face. That's journalism

LEE DUFFIELD | Pacific Media Centre

When host country Nauru banned pool broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, from the Pacific Islands summit set for next month, the act was condemned widely as an attack on freedom of the media. Lee Duffield recently paid a visit to Dan McGarry, media director of the Vanuatu Daily Post, who took a lead in declaring his outlet would no longer attend.

AUCKLAND -The Vanuatu-based journalist who pulled the plug on the Nauru government for interfering with media freedom was having a typical full day at the office and elsewhere around Port Vila.

Time was being taken up by the major event for his newspapers market, of a Chinese goodwill ship in port giving out free health care to thousands of citizens and a revival of trouble over the earthquake on Ambae Island.

He had joined prime minister Charlot Salwai on board the hospital ship, Peace Ark, together with Chinese rear-admiral Guan Bailin, recognising the visit as both a community happening and another part of Chinas highly active influence-building.

On Ambae, where thousands have had to be evacuated since the earthquake and volcanic eruption a year ago, talk of a need for fresh evacuations was being matched with criticism of government relief efforts by the Opposition.

Dan McGarry characterised this as a day in the life of a Pacific Islands journalist, something like the experience of a country journalist in Australia, where the audience, contacts, critics and personal friends are the same people.

Life is tough enough for many people in the small island states or big ocean states, as some like to say with limited development and economic opportunity.

Add in the deeds of political leaders across the region partial to power without much responsibility, standing on their dignity, adverse to free circulation of i...

13:57

Cracking down on Corruption gets Bougainville Referendum ready "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Autonomous Bougainville Government has sent its strongest message yet that it is cracking down on corruption as part of getting referendum ready.
Chief Secretary Joseph Nobetau, in his six-month update to the people this week said corruption must stop now.
Four more Department Heads have been petitioned for allegations of serious misconduct, matters that are now subject to Independent Boards of Inquiry established under the Bougainville Senior Appointments Act, Mr Nobetau said.
Corruption is not only against the law. It is stealing from Bougainville it is selling out on our dream, our future, and the idea that we are destined for a higher level of behaviour.
The Chief Secretary said one of the biggest issues faced this year has been the uncovering of mass payroll fraud.
An independent audit by the National Departments of Personnel Management and Finance has now revealed our worst fears, Mr Nobetau said.
Bougainvillean public servants have been stealing from government and selling out Bougainville over many years claiming allowances they were not entitled to, paying salaries well in excess of their classification level, paying themselves and not turning up for work.
Mr Nobetau said the administration was standing shoulder to shoulder with the Minister for Public Service, who said the fraud was nothing short of theft.
With just nine months until Bougainvilles target referendum date and the need to demonstrate good governance to the international community, the Chief Secretary has made an impassioned plea to fellow public servants, politicians and the people.
I am committed to ensuring that the fraud squad investigates these matters and that where criminality is found, that individuals be held to account. Nobody is above the law. Nobody has the right to take what is not rightfully theirs. And nobody has to right to steal from law abiding Bougainvilleans. To do so brings shame to the person, to their family and Bougainville as whole.
I want to assure tax payers and proud Bougainvilleans that those responsible for this fraud will be held to account and that we will do better.
Changes had already been made to ensure the payroll fraud never happens again.
The good news is that our eyes are not closed and we will not look the other way. The majority are better than that, the majority want a brighter future for Bougainville.
I expect that in time both disciplinary and criminal charges will be made.
The C...

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