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Tuesday, 11 September

01:09

African Rainbow Minerals considers Wafi-Golpu buy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Since selling the jointly held Lubambe operation in Zambia, ARM is still scouting for copper opportunities

Alan Seccombe | Business Day | 10 September 2018

African Rainbow Minerals (ARM) is assessing the undeveloped Wafi-Golpu copper and gold deposit half-owned by Harmony Gold, but the diversified miners executives declined to be drawn on any further details on its copper strategy.

Since selling the jointly held Lubambe operation in Zambia, ARM is still scouting for copper opportunities, with much speculation in the market that the company could join Harmony, in which it holds a 14% stake, in the multibillion-rand investment in Papua New Guinea in the large Wafi-Golpu project.

01:00

Cartoon of the day by SonovaMin "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

All cartoons as seen exclusively on Whaleoil are available to buy as prints directly from SonovaMin.com The post Cartoon of the day by SonovaMin appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:56

Overseas Security Adviser (Specialist) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

00:54

Security Project Officer (Specialist) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

00:43

ROTTEN JUSTICE ROTS MT. HAGEN CITY "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

by JUSTICE SEEKA

Once upon a time, the township of Mt Hagen was considered as one of the beautiful towns in PNG. Sadly, that is history as we speak. The now Mt Hagen City has turned into a pigsty. The streets are adorned with rubbish. Pocket pickers, rascals, drunkards, and the like riddle the streets and disturb city dwellers, locals and the general public. The informal sector has seen a rapid growth in the last 2years and is slowly but steadily outnumbering business by local farmers and business houses who have contributed largely to the city's initial development.

Tribes living on the outskirts of the city, Jigas, Moges, and the like (once owners of the land upon which the city was built) have been grabbing the land acquired by the State from their forefathers and have set up mini structures (illegally on State land) to conduct business. Amidst all this, the sale of pigs in town has become a norm. It is now a major commercial activity! Half of the multi-million kina market facility funded and donated by Aus-Aid has been occupied by marijuana and home-brew sellers. As if that's not enough, the market management now dumps their rubbish just outside the market gates onto the conjoining streets. Now, who should be blamed for all these?

Justice Kenneth Frank. 

As absurd as it may sound, the judge is actually responsible for this. Unfamiliar for the headlines he is, but his subtle inaction in adjudicating and resolving disputes has seen the demise of a once cohesive society where laws were respected, and order was maintained. He is the resident judge of Mount Hagen and is sitting on more than 37 court decisions dating back years. Some of these decisions are very very simple applications that would take less than 30 minutes to determine but has taken him ages. When the formal judicial system fails to resolve a dispute and administer justice, anarchy brews, and this is exactly what is looming as I am jotting these notes.

Amongst the impending decisions, there is an outstanding decision yet to be handed down by the judge in a proceedings in which the newly created Mt Hagen City Authority and the old creature Mt Hagen Local Level Government have taken to invoke the judiciary's function to interpret their respective functions and draw a clear demarcation on their respective roles. It has been almost 4years since the matter was heard by the judge and reserved for...

00:30

Then the job has no purpose "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tom Pullar-Strecker thinks Derek Handley will be missing out on the CTO role he craved, after a sh*t storm of criticism was heaped upon Handley by top technology identities. Not even this Government is so tone deaf that they couldnt hear the mounting concern that the top technology adviser to the government shouldnt be a [] The post Then the job has no purpose appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:23

Landowners oppose Sinivit mine reopening "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Pollution from the mothballed Sinivit gold mine

Hosea Kaelam | 9 September 2018

In respond to the news politicians want the Sinivit gold mine reopened, we the principle landowners of the Uramat Incorporated Land Group opposes the idea of the ENB leaders until all the environmental issues are addressed.

Also the leaders are not utilizing the ILGS set out by the National Government as per Land Amendment Act ( 2009 ) in negotiating development in the customary land.

We the people of the Uramat ILG are against the leaders idea of re opening the mine.

There should be compensation first the the landowners for all the chemical pollution.

As per the environmental report the treatment pond for cyanide and other chemicals used at the mine contained 20 parts per million of chemicals while the vats contain 20 parts per million as well. This is...

00:21

Lecturer in Indigenous Studies "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Swinburne University of Technology

00:00

125th anniversary of Womens Suffrage "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It has become increasingly clear that any semblance of neutrality within the Fourth Estate towards certain factions of political ideology in this country has been well and truly abandoned. I am referring to the recent announcement made by an Auckland newspaper that the current Prime Minister will be acting as a Guest Editor on the [] The post 125th anniversary of Womens Suffrage appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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Monday, 10 September

23:38

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

DONT GET CONNED BY THE "CON-CON"

 

23:37

QotD: "The fifth lesson I teach is intellectual dependency: only I, the teacher, can determine what you must study, or rather, only the people who pay me can make those decisions which I then enforce, punishing deviants who resist what I have been told to tell them to think." "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


"The fifth lesson I teach is intellectual dependency: Good [students] wait for a teacher to tell them what to do. It is the most important lesson [I teach]: that we must wait for other people, better trained than ourselves, to make the meanings of our lives. The expert makes all the important choices; only I, the teacher, can determine what you must study, or rather, only the people who pay me can make those decisions which I then enforce ... punishing deviants who resist what I have been told to tell them to think. This power to control what children will think lets me separate successful students from failures very easily... 
    "Of the millions of things of value to study, I decide what few we have time for, or actually it is decided by my faceless employers. The choices are theirs, why should I argue? Curiosity has no important place in my work, only conformity.... Fortunately there are procedures to break the will of those who resist; it is more difficult, naturally, if the kid has respectable parents who come to his aid, but that happens less and less in spite of the bad reputation of schools. No middle-class parents I have ever met actually believe that their kid's school is one of the bad ones. Not one single parent in twenty-six years of teaching. That's amazing and probably the best testimony to what happens to families when mother and father have been well-schooled themselves, learning the seven lessons... 
    "We've built a way of life that depends on people doing what they are told because they don't know how to tell themselves what to do. It's one of the biggest lessons I teach." 
    ~ John Taylor Gatto, (retired) award-winning teacher and author of Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling, from his article on 'The 7-Lesson Schoolteacher'.

23:36

Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Thomas ShackladyESTATE OF THOMAS SHACKLADY MBE BEM

Port Moresby lawyer and PNG Attitude contributor Oala Moi would like to contact a representative of the estate of Thomas Shacklady, composer of O Arise, the national anthem of Papua New Guinea.

(Read more here about the career of Chief Superintendent Shacklady, pictured left.)

If you are able to assist in any way, Oala would be grateful if you could get in touch by emailing him here.

 

23:30

Soper on the lack of leadership from Cindy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Barry Soper is another of the many media who are less than impressed with her leadership over the Clare Curran embarrassment: Quote: History repeating itself or karma? Well for Clare Curran it was history but for her predecessor David Benson-Pope in the Dunedin South seat she holds it was karma. There are a lot [] The post Soper on the lack of leadership from Cindy appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:15

Kevin07 and Jacinderella: How political fairy stories go bung "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

[...] A few sour goblins in the press begin to mutter that the fairy queen is spending too much time on fatuous displays of wish-granting, and not enough on the boring tedium of governing. The pots of gold are vanishing at an alarming rate. The hard-working gnomes in business begin to lose confidence. [...] The post Kevin07 and Jacinderella: How political fairy stories go bung appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:14

APEC faade hides a law & order crisis ready to ignite "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tawali
Tawali Dive Resort where 20 tourists were taken hostage at gunpoint recently. Milne Bay and its many beautiful locations have become a tourism mecca over the last few years. Have PNG's raskols begun to work out that where there's tourism, there's lucrative pickings?  

SAFUA SIUNE *

PORT MORESBY Our promise to the world that Papua New Guinea will provide a safe and secure APEC has been undermined by a recent increase of criminal activity including serious incidents at some of PNGs supposed safest locations.

More than 20 tourists were taken hostage and robbed at gunpoint at Tawali Dive Resort in Milne Bay over the Repentance Day long weekend and on Saturday a group was held-up at Varirata National Park just outside Port Moresby.

Tawali, an East Cape resort only accessible by boat, has been the target of three robberies in as many years an example of the decline of law and order in Milne Bay previously considered one of the safest destinations for local and international tourists.

At Varirata at the weekend, raskol opportunists targeted a young family and stole their belongings and their car.

Varirata
The magnificent Varirata national park overlooking Port Moresby has been a great picnic spot for over 50 years. But not far enough from the capital to be safe

W...

23:13

Police minister will "personally fix" crime issues during APEC "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jelta Wong
Police minister Jelta Wong says crime will drop during the APEC summit - but its what follows that has many Papua New Guineans deeply concerned

YUAN MENGCHEN, WANG HONGYU & LEVI J PARSONS | Xinhua

PORT MORESBY -- Papua New Guinea's police minister Jelta Wong says there should be no concerns about safety for the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meetings in November and participants will have the "best security" for the event.

The APEC economic leaders' meeting brings together 21 member economies as well as thousands of media representatives, delegates and support staff.

With such a huge logistical undertaking, PNG police and its armed forces have spent over a year performing drills and training exercises to make sure everything is "perfect" when APEC participants arrive.

According to the minister, equipped with the latest security surveillance gear and communications technology from China, authorities now have the capability to detect incidents before they happen.

"PNG wants to see, touch and embrace the world leaders because this is the first time they've come to our country," Wong told Xinhua.

He said domestic crime rates will fall during the summit. He said if there is any issue during the event, he will personally travel to the location and make sure it is fixed, 24 hours a day.

23:00

Is one of those lessons that you are pants at your job? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jacinda Ardern reckons there are lessons to learn from the Curran sacking/resignation. Quote: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says on reflection she could have handled some aspects of the Clare Curran controversy differently. Ms Curran resigned as a minister late last week, citing relentless and intolerable pressure. Ms Ardern said ministers have been reminded of their obligations to [] The post Is one of those lessons that you are pants at your job? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Micro matters not minor matters "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

BusinessNZ says the Employment Relations Amendment Bill is harmful and oppressive:

None of the provisions that most concern business have been removed by the select committee considering the Bill. . .

55% of submissions were against the Bill and thousands of emails sent to Parliamentarians by concerned businesses. EMA, Business Central, the Canterbury Employers Chamber of Commerce and Otago Southland Employers Association ran a high-profile campaign asking the Government to explain the reasoning for the Bills harmful provisions.

Given current low levels of business confidence, especially among small business, it is unfortunate that the Government has neither listened nor explained its justification for the Bill.

Low business confidence is not political pique. Its based on genuine concern about policy like this which will make it more difficult, and expensive, to run a business.

Business cannot support this Bill and will be making our position clear as this Bill progresses through Parliament.

BusinessNZ is also considering pursuing a claim to the International Labour Organisation or International Court of Justice on parts of the Bill which are contrary to international law.

Business strongly objects to this Bills ability to harm employment relations, jobs and commercial value in New Zealand enterprises.

The EMA is bitterly disappointed no heed was paid to concerns raised:

The EMA, along with its fellow regional associations, actively lobbied and campaigned for four key areas to be modified as it believed these will not deliver to the Governments stated aims of a high wage and high performing economy, nor help businesses to be more productive. The joint Fix The Bill campaign resulted in at least 2254 emails being sent to Government MPs seeking clarification on how the changes will help their business succeed.

The four aspects of the Bill that were particularly worrying for business were:

Employers with 20 employees or more will lose the right to include 90-day-trial periods in employment agreements. However, findings from a...

22:58

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

100918MASIU CALLS FOR COMMUNITY GOVERNMENT SUPPORT
New Dawn FM News

The ABG minister for Police and Justice and member for Konnou, WILLIE MASIU last week called on the Community Government Minister, JACOB TOKE to make sure that Community Government members are put on salaries.
Speaking during debate at the ABG House of representative meeting, MR. MASIU said that his Constituency has the largest population and with three Community Governments it was difficult to fund them.
He said he wants the elected Community Government members must be put on payroll as they were mandated by their people to represent them at the Community Government level.

Ends

22:57

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

VICE PRESIDENT THANKS APEC COMMITTEE FOR INCLUDING BOUGAINVILLE
New Dawn FM news

The ABG Vice President and Minister for Mining, RAYMOND MASONO thanked the APEC secretariat for including Bougainville as one areas the delegation had to visit.
Speaking at the farewell ceremony at the KURI village last Saturday, MR. MASONO said that their trip to Buka has connected these countries to Bougainville and these connections can be used for economic and political gains to Bougainville in the future.
MR. MASONO said that Bougainville was ready to partner with countries that would like to work with the Autonomous Bougainville Government to move Bougainville into the next level.
The Vice President also called on the delegates to talk to their countrymen/women about the hospitality they saw when in Buka for the short hours.

Ends

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22:56

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

100918DELEGATES HAPPY WITH BOUGAINVILLE HOSPITALITY
New Dawn FM News
The APEC delegation that visited Buka last Saturday went back to Port Moresby overjoyed and said they would return to Bougainville one day.
Before departing for Port Moresby women delegates from the United States, Russia, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, China, Australia and the APEC secretariat told the Kuri gathering that they were impressed by the action packed information and entertainment that was presented to them in their five hours stay in Buka last Saturday.
They said Bougainville indeed was a tourist destination ready to be developed and tapped.
They all wished the people of Bougainville best wishes for the future.
They commended the people of Bougainville for their kindness and friendliness to the visitors.
The woman who represented the United States said that the food they had in Buka was the best meal they had whilst in PNG.
Apart from visiting Cocoa and Coconut blocks they also bought and tasted Bougainville Chocolate which were on sale at the SME stalls in Hahela.

Ends

APEC DELEGATION VISIT 080918 149

22:53

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

100918PRESIDENT WELCOMES APEC DELEGATION
New Dawn FM news
The ABG President, CHIEF DR.JOHN MOMIS officially welcomed the APEC delegates to Buka last Saturday.
Speaking at the Presidents official residence where the delegates went for breakfast, President MOMIS said that Bougainville is coming out of the ashes of war and will definitely rise up and fly high.
President Momis told the delegates that Bougainvilles struggle to break free from Papua New Guinea goes back to the 17 hundreds.
He said even so, the people of Bougainville will continue to honour the Bougainville Peace Agreement even though the National Government has been letting the people of Bougainville down in many situations.
President Momis said that what Bougainville wants is for the PNG Government to jointly implement the Bougainville Peace Agreement as it is a joint agreement.

Ends

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22:30

Left Youtube is overusing the labour theory of value "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

While I have been MIA over the last four years a lot has changed on the internet and in terms of economic and social discourse.  The weird infatuation of the alt-right with globalists and nonsensical economic arguments is particularly upsetting and Ill be discussing how the decline in persuasiveness of economists has helped these types of people fill the void in the future.

My concern four years ago was that the non-rationalist identity politics of the left would open this type of negative nationalistic politics on the right or would at least be used as a foil for it.  The refusal to actually state our assumptions and values is a failure irrespective of the intentions we hold.  In that way, when exploring Youtube Ive been pleasantly surprised by the leftist video blogs and their willingness to fully articulate their views.  Key examples of this are Shaun, Contrapoints, and Philosophy Tube.

However, these channels are distinctly anti-capitalist in terms of wanting sizable change in the status quo.  I am a mainstream economist that believes in incremental change.  A full discussion of this would be interesting but give me time.  But to do so we need to get something clear about the labour theory of value that I am hearing them describe it doesnt make sense as a justification for anything let alone as a theory of value.

Note: The actual labour theory of value has been defined many ways and the most profitable Marxian interpretation Ive seen is trying to understand LTV as part of a subsistance wage argument on factor income shares.  That isnt the focus here.

Here is the theory being used recently on Philosophy Tube [Note: In his Marx video he says there is debate about it but I was of the impression that Marxists didnt rely on the specific assumption articulated here, and economists have would not find this particularly useful for description or as having normative significance after all Joan Robinson did call the whole LTV tautological and a silly verbal game, and she is one of the most historically left leaning people in the economi...

22:30

The good news and the bad news on capital gains tax "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The good news is the tax working group hasnt recommended the implementation of a capital gains tax and the bad news is Grant Robertson really, really, really wants one: Quote: The Tax Working Group is understood to have stopped short of recommending a broad-based capital gains tax in an interim report, but Finance Minister Grant [] The post The good news and the bad news on capital gains tax 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.

22:05

Misuse of Harmful Digital Communications Act? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Is this a legitimate use of the Harmful Digital Communications Act? Or a businessman being held to account by media using it to punish journalism? Newsroom: Avery targets Newsroom over digital harm Former New Zealander of the Year Sir Ray Avery has laid a complaint against Newsroom.co.nz under the Harmful Digital Communications Act over a series of []

22:00

As spineless as a jelly bone "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Mike Hosking says Jaciinda Ardern lacks a spine: Quote: I assume no one is missing the irony that poor old Clare Curran could see what needed to be done, but her boss once again couldnt. And because of that it raises once again the question as to just what, in Arderns mind, you have to [] The post As spineless as a jelly bone appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:00

Walking the adaptive talk "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Aid programs are increasingly called on to be flexible, adaptive and to think and work politically. In DFAT, barely a program is approved without this terminology being peppered through the design document. But what do these ideas mean in practice? How can implementers, tasked with bringing designs to life, deliver on their promise meaningfully? And how do donors need to manage adaptive programs differently to conventional ones?

In a series of three blogs over the coming weeks, the Institute for Human Security and Social Change will set out some ideas about what it take to program adaptively. These are drawn from our experience of working alongside primarily DFAT and DFID funded programs in the Pacific, Africa and Southeast Asia that have sought to integrate adaptive ways of working. Most recently, this includes working with the PNG-Australia Governance Partnership and the Solomon Islands Resource Facility, but also extends to domestic work with organisations like the Central and Northern Land Councils.

Each blog will deal with a different component of the challenge first adaptive implementation; then adaptive monitoring and evaluation; and finally the role of research and learning.

A lot has been written already on what examples of adaptive programming look like (see here, here and here, for instance). In requires hiring the right staff, putting in place regular sessions to reflect and redesign, increased risk appetites, and so on. But when the rubber hits the road, programs that seek to be adaptive run into several areas of confusion, which we try to clarify here.

  1. Adapt theories of change, not (just) activities

There is often confusion about the level at which adaptation is to occur. Often, programs point to changes in their activities as demonstrating adaptation. For instance, participant fee...

21:48

New York step aside - Hong Kong is now home to the world's wealthiest "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A study by research firm Wealth-X has found that the number of ultra-rich people rose 13 percent worldwide in 2017, totaling about 256,000 individuals with combined assets of $31.5 trillion. According to the report, Asia saw the fastest growth, driven by mainland China and Hong Kong. The growth in the number of people worth $30 million or more (the so-called ultra-high-net-worth individuals) surged 19 percent in Asia, twice the growth rate of North America. "Asia-Pacific is forecast to close the ultra-wealth gap with other regions over the next five years, but is expected to remain behind Europe, the Middle East and Africa in absolute terms," the report said. Asia's financial hub Hong Kong saw its ultra-wealthy population explode by 31 percent in 2017 to more than 10,000, overtaking New York's 9,000 super-rich residents for the first time. Tokyo ranked third with 6,800 multimillionaires. China is home to 26 of the world's 30 fastest-growing cities for the ultra-rich.

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.

21:23

Tax Working Group throwing CGT football back at Labour? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It is reported that the Tax Working Group may throw the Capital Gains Tax football back at Labour, deeming a decision on it being too political for them. Perhaps it is more of a hot potato. While the CGT was a prominent part of Labour policy the WTG was limited in what they could recommend. []

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.

21:05

Hurricane "Olivia" approaching Hawaii. Prepare for intense flooding rainfall, damaging winds, large and dangerous surf, and storm surge "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hurricane "Olivia," the 15th named storm of the 2018 Pacific hurricane season, is intensifying as it tracks toward Hawaii. Little change in strength is forecast through late Monday (HST), with gradual weakening possible starting sometime Tuesday, September...... Read more

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From our vantage point in a time when muck is being raked (and flung) vehemently and constantly twenty-four hours a day, the question of effectiveness is overwhelmed by the question of whether any person in America with access to the media remains shockable or persuadable. Jessica Mitford who was born on this day in 1917.

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.

20:55

Should I learn te reo Mori? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When I went to primary school in the 1960s I was taught virtually nothing on Mori related history of this country, and no te reo Mori at all. I can remember doing Po Karekare Ana in singing one year, but that was a minor curiosity only, similar to The Volga Boatmen and Frere Jacque. I []

20:30

Faces of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is agora (noun) 1. A place of congregation, especially an ancient Greek marketplace. 2. An Israeli unit of currency equal to 1/100 of the sheqel. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : In Greek agor originally meant assembly, especially of the common people, not of the ruling class. Agor gradually [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:12

Compulsory te Reo Mori in schools? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Te Wiki o te Reo Mori  (Mori  Language Week) is being used to promote wider use of the language, and calling for compulsory te reo Mori in schools. There has been some teaching of te reo Mori in schools for years, like days of the week, counting in Mori and other basics alongside cultural awareness []

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 11 25 The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

Affront to the protection of human rights: UN Human Rights chief slams Morrison Governments cruelty to refugees in maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, has used her maiden speech at the UN Human Rights Council to condemn the Australian Governments indefinite offshore detention regime. In a powerful piece highlighting some of the worlds worst human rights abuses, Ms Bachelet described the Governments detention centres in Nauru and Manus as an affront to the protection of human rights.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who will travel to Geneva next week to address the Council, said that Ms Bachelets comments reflected growing international shock at the Governments sustained cruelty to refugees.

Our Government masquerades as respecting human rights on the world stage but its hypocrisy is being called out at the highest level. No government can truly stand for human rights while choosing to destroy the lives of innocent men, women and children, said Mr Webb.

Ms Bachelets speech comes amid an unprecedented health crisis faced by people, including children, detained on Nauru for over five years. There are increasing reports of children self-harming and refusing food and water because of severe psychiatric disorders. Senior medical experts contracted by the Government have publicly warned that children could die.

Our Government has detained 100 children in an island prison for over five years. Some of these children have never known a single day of freedom in their entire lives, and now kids as young as 10 are trying to kill themselves, said Mr Webb.

These kids should be free and full of curiosity and hope. Instead, they are growing up surrounded by suffering and despair. The situation is absolutely untenable.

Ms Bachelet begins a four year term as High Commissioner for Human Rights, replacing Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein of Jordan. Ms Bachelet is herself a former refugee. When she was in her early twenties, she was tortured by the right-wing Chilean dictatorship and forced to flee to Australia, where she lived briefly. After several years in exile, she returned to Chile and rose to be twice-elected president.

For interviews call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519

19:35

VANUATU MAKES HISTORY "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

http://dailypost.vu/news/vanuatu-makes-history/article_0ea87441-cf59-5e8e-b035-7c187184b895.html

VANUATU MAKES HISTORY

  • 2 hrs ago

(L-R): Ambassador of Mauritius in New York, Jagdish D. Koonjul, Jennifer Robinson, Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Noah Patrick Kouback, Professor Robert McCorquodale and Nicola Peart

For the first time in the history of Vanuatu, last week the Government made submissions in a case before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations (UN).

The purpose of this ICJ case is to provide an Advisory Opinion in respect of the Legal Consequences of the Separation of the Chagos Archipelago from Mauritius in 1965.

Vanuatu is appearing to argue its principled position on the right to self-determination, consistent with its long history of support for peoples struggling for their freedom from colonisation, including East Timor and West Papua. As Walter Lini said in 1982:

[The] Pacific is one of the last regions of the world where the heavy hand of colonialism continues to be played. [] These remnants of the past must be lifted from our ocean, for, in all truth, and as I have remarked before, until all of us are free, none of us are.

This issue was referred to the ICJ for an advisory opinion by the UN General Assemb...

19:29

We Love the CIA! How the Left Lost its Mind "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Resistance is steering so much of the left into a hard-right turn including even Pacificas KPFA Radio-Berkeley.

On July 22 this year, nearly two years after Trumps election and the rise of The Resistance, I tuned in to KPFA-Berkeleys Sunday Show and heard host Philip Maldari speaking to The Nations national affairs correspondent John Nichols:

Philip Maldari: John, just last Monday we had this fabulous press conference in Helsinki, Finland, where these two heads of state [Trump and Putin] had a chance to speak to the world. Do you want to decode what happened there?

John Nichols: Do I want to what?

PM: Decodeexplain.

John Nichols: The press conference in Helsinki was so important that ultimately books will be written about it. And it is because this was the point at which we came to understandwithout a question, and honestly most people didnt have questionsthat Donald Trump is in the throes of some sort of relationship with Vladimir Putin. And, yknow, people will define it differently depending on their partisanship, their ideology, their interest in psychology, their interest in statecraft, whatever, theyll have all sorts of things they want to say about it. But theres simply no question, at this point, that when Donald Trump gets around Vladimir Putin, he is trying to impress the Russian president. He is trying to be chummy about it. And hes willing to do that at the expense of basic statecraft, of basic diplomacy, and also of basic sense of responsibility to the country that he leads. And this is a big deal.

Nichols went on to say that its a big deal because Trumps advisors had asked him to ask Putin a questionwhether or not he had interfered in the 2016 presidential electionand that he did so, but decided to trust the Russian president when he said no. This, he said, made their perfidious relationship crystal clear.

How could body language, facial expression, and Trumps decision to take Putins word possibly constitute crystal clear proof or, as a lawyer would say, incontrovertible evidence? None of this is hard evidence of anything except how unhinged the American leftor at least the Democratshave become. Its mere speculation about Trumps psyche, and yet Philip Maldari responded with more of the same:

Well, I have obviously attempted to understand what was going on there as well. And one conclusion, one suspicion that I have, is that he [Trump] so desperately wants to imagine that the elec...

19:20

Media watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:10

Open Forum Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

11 September 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 []

18:55

Petition and Events to Say No to an 18th Year of War on Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The United States is threatening sanctions against judges at the International Criminal Court should they continue their years-long investigation into the U.S. war on Afghanistan a war which, in less than a month, will begin its 18th year.

A long list of prominent U.S. citizens and organizations, and thousands of additional signers, have put their names to a letter asking President Donald Trump to live up to his campaign promises and get the U.S. military out of Afghanistan. The coalition will be gathering signatures through October 2nd and delivering them to the White House that day.

Candidate Trump said this: Lets get out of Afghanistan. Our troops are being killed by the Afghans we train and we waste billions there. Nonsense! Rebuild the USA.

Two events are planned for Washington, D.C., on October 2, 2018:

rally with speakers at 12 noon in front of the White House

panel discussion from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Busboys and Poets, Brookland Location, 625 Monroe St NE, Washington, D.C. 20017

Speakers confirmed include:

Sharifa Akbary, Afghan-U.S. writer, speaker.

Medea Benjamin, Co-Founder of CODE PINK: Women for Peace.

Matthew Hoh, resigned in protest from his post in Afghanistan with the U.S. State Department over the U.S. escalation of the war in 2009.

Liz Remmerswaal, Coordinator of World BEYOND War in New Zealand.

David Swanson, Director of World BEYOND War.

Brian Terrell, Co-Coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

Ann Wright, retired U.S. Army colonel and U.S. State Department official.

These free events are listed on the World BEYOND War website and on Facebook.

The post...

18:35

Magnitude 6.9 New Zealand September 10, 2018 and Magnitude 6.5 Solomon Islands September 9, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

USGS Event Page
Magnitude 6.9

61km SW of LEsperance Rock, New Zealand
2018-09-10 04:19:02 UTC
Location: -31.842S, -179.334W

111.1 km depth

Seismotectonics of the Eastern Margin of the Australia Plate

USGS Event Page
Magnitude 6.5
65km NW of Kirakira, Solomon Islands
2018-09-09 19:31:34 UTC
Location:
10.008S, 161.533E
64.5 km depth

Seismotectonics of the New Guinea Region and Vicinity

...

18:07

Strong M6.9 earthquake hits SW of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.9 hit south of the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at 04:19 UTC on September 10, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 111.1 km (69 miles). EMSC is reporting Mw7.0 at a depth of 130 km (80.8 miles). According to the...... Read more

17:46

Anna Von Reitz -- The Intent of Evil "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Monday, September 10, 2018

The Intent of Evil



Source: Paul Stramer | By Anna Von Reitz

Look around. Think. Everyone.

When we started our work, the Evil in High Places was very well advanced.

Only a very small handful of nations on Earth were still operating as sovereign unincorporated governments --- the Holy See, North Korea, Iraq, Iran, Libya, a handful of Pacific Island Kingdoms --- and The United States of America [Unincorporated]--- but nobody counted us, because we'd been asleep so long.

You think it's a mistake that the "US" has been constantly involved in efforts to pick fights with and undermine these exact same governments?

Iraq was attacked under false pretenses.

Then Libya fell and their leader was murdered by American Troops who were unknowingly being used as cheap mercenaries to do the dirty work of the Cabal.

And what have we had ever since? Still more threats against North Korea and who else? Oh, Iran.... and what other sovereign government has been taking it in the shorts lately? The Holy See.

You still think that is all just "coincidence"?

It's not. It's pre-meditated and criminal.

And it's not coming from "America"---it's coming from the "United States"--- the British-backed Territorial United States.

What was the purpose of all this? The establishment of the "New World Order" --- a world without land or soil rights at all, a world governed by and for corp...

14:03

World view Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

14:01

September 11 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1185 Isaac II Angelus killed Stephanus Hagiochristophorites.

1297 Battle of Stirling Bridge: Scots jointly-led by William Wallace and Andrew Moray defeated the English.

1390  Lithuanian Civil War (13891392): the Teutonic Knights began a five-week siege of Vilnius.

1541  Santiago, Chile, was destroyed by indigenous warriors, lead byMichimalonko.

1609  Expulsion order announced against the Moriscos of Valencia; beginning of the expulsion of all Spains Moriscos.

1609  Henry Hudson discovered Manhattan Island.

1649  Siege of Drogheda ended: Oliver Cromwells English Parliamentarian troops took the town and executed its garrison.

1697  Battle of Zenta.

1709  Battle of Malplaquet: Great Britain, Netherlands and Austria fight against France.

1758  Battle of Saint Cast: France repelled British invasion during the Souven Years War.

1773  The Public Advertiser published a satirical essay titled Rules By Which A Great Empire May Be Reduced To A Small One written by Benjamin Franklin.

1776  British-American peace conference on Staten Island failed to stop nascent American Revolutionary War.

1777  American Revolution: Battle of Brandywine   British victory in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

1786  The Beginning of the Annapolis Convention.......

13:28

Rejection is Good for Citation (maybe) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A paper in Science covering over 80 thousand articles in 923 scientific journals finds that rejected papers are ultimately cited more than first acceptances.

We compared the number of times articles were cited (as of July 2011, i.e., 3 to 6 years after publication, from ISI Web of Science) depending on their being first-intents or resubmissions. We used methods robust to the skewed distribution of citation counts to ensure that a few highly cited articles were not driving the results. We controlled for year of publication, publishing journal (and thus impact factor), and their interaction. Resubmissions were significantly more cited than first-intents published the same year in the same journal.

The authors argue that the most likely explanation is that peer review increases the quality of manuscripts. Rejection makes you stronger. Thats possible although the data are also consistent with peers being more likely to reject better papers!

Papers in economics are often too long but papers in Science are often too short. Consider the paragraph I quoted above. What is the next piece of information that you are expecting to learn? How many more citations does a resubmission receive! Its bizarre that the paper never gives this number (as far as I can tell). Moreover, take a look at the figure (at right) that accompanies the discussion. The authors say the difference in citations is highly significant but on this figure (which is on log scale) the difference looks tiny! This figure is taking up a lot of space. What is it saying?

So whats the number? Well if you go to the online materials section the authors still dont state the number but from a table one can deduce that resubmissions receive approximately 7.5% more citations. Thats not bad but we never learn how many citations first acceptances receive so it could be less than 1 extra citation.

Theres something else which is odd. The authors say that about 75% of
published articles are first-submissions. But top journals like Science and Nature reject 93% or more of submissions. Those two numbers dont necessarily contradict. If everyone submits to Science first or if everyone never resubmits to Science then 100% of papers published in Science will be a first submission. Nevertheless, the 93% of papers that are rejected at top journals (and lower ranked journals also have high rejectan...

12:00

Case Histories: When Will There Be Good News S01 E05 & E06 with Jason Isaacs "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Case Histories is a British crime drama television series based on the Jackson Brodie novel series by Kate Atkinson. It stars Jason Isaacs, who had also narrated the abridged audiobook adaptation, as protagonist Jackson Brodie. The series is both set and filmed in Edinburgh.] Initially each episode was aired in two 60 minute sections. The first series premiered on 5 June 2011, on BBC1 in the United Kingdom, and in October 2011 on PBS in the United States. A second series aired in 2013. Initially commissioned as two feature-length episodes in September 2012, the BBC reported that the format of series two would be different, encompassing three stories, each self-contained, at a running time of ninety minutes per episode. The first episode was revealed to be an adaptation of Atkinsons novel Started Early, Took My Dog. Filming for the second series commenced in October 2012. The second and third episodes of the series are original stories, written exclusively for television

11:55

From 1996: Antarctica Is Atlantis Presentation "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Thought this would make an interesting contrast to the new Antarctica vid I embedded recently. Rand and Rose Flem-Ath were pioneers of the Atlantis/Antarctic link, and the inspiration for Graham Hancocks landmark work Fingerprints Of The Gods that rebooted the Alternative Archeology/ancient mysteries scene. An important piece of archival resource right here: Gregory Musewski Published []

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11:20

Not Just Catholics, Rabbi Exposes Rampant Child Sex Abuse by High-Level Jewish Clergy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Netflix documentary, One of Us, released in 2017 exposed what whistleblowers have been saying for years. Just as the Catholic Church maintained, protected, and allowed a pedophile ring of hundreds if not thousands of Catholic priests to rape and abuse children for decades, so too, has the Ultra-orthodox Jewish community in NY been accused []

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11:00

Classic Aussie Crime Drama:Water Rats S03 E11 Run For The Money "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Season 3 Episode 5 appears to be missing

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

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

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

11:00

BBC Classic Drama: War & Peace by Nikolai Tolstoy #9/20 Leave of Absence "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wikipedia

War and Peace is a television dramatisation of the Leo Tolstoy novel of War and Peace. This 20 episode series began on 28 September 1972.

The BBC dramatisation of Tolstoys epic story of love and loss set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars. Anthony Hopkins heads the cast as Pierre Bezukhov, Morag Hood is Natasha Rostova, Alan Dobie is Andrei Bolkonsky and David Swift is Napoleon, whose decision to invade Russia in 1812 has far-reaching consequences for each of them and their families.

11:00

Monday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I love art, but not this (ahem) art. Its quite an amusing video which could give us a little light relief. And after spendthrift Goffs ludicrous already damaged hanging mirror, I think we can agree with the commentator! The post Monday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:30

Claire Lehmann: Are you ready for mandatory white privilege training? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Claire Lehmann: Are you ready for mandatory white privilege training? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:08

Liberals loss of Wagga Wagga will have nationwide repercussions "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Contributed by Joe Montero

The massive swing against the Liberals in the Wagga Wagga by election is much more than a loss for the New South Wales government of Gladys Berejiklian. It has been clear rebuff of vote the federal Coalitions direction and leadership of Scott Morrison.

Having this occur in a seat that has not changed hands for more than 60 years is telling. It shows how widespread the dissatisfaction has become. A swing in the vote of some 30 percent is highly significant. So much so that it will have national implications.

This is a seat where a significant part has connection to the military and is traditionally died in the wool pro-Liberal. Not any more. Across thew board, locals see that their concerns have been ignored for far too long, and when the local member was found to be corrupt, it was the last straw.

Local factors were Important.  But they do not account for the size of the swing. If anything, even remotely like this is repeated throughout Australia, the Coalition is going to be decimated.

A state election is due in six months in New South Wales and a national election next year. Victoria Faces one this year. The coalition could not be in a  much worse place than this.

Independent, Dr Joe McGirr, is set to take the seat, unless preferences from the Fishers and Farmers Party, hand it over to Labor. As the counting continues however, this is becoming less likely.

New south Wales premier Berejiklian has berated her federal colleagues over the loss. Sher misses the point. All of them are part of the problem.

This nightmare for Scott Morrison is the result of a long-term decay, brought about by the pursuing of neoliberal economic and social policy, and the resulting dissatisfaction it has caused. The big picture is that the shift from trusting politicians, the traditional party system and institutions is continuing.

Currently, the Liberal and National parties are receiving the main blow. Australians are looking for new answers, and this political force is causing internal party divisions and warring factionalism.

Part of the fallout has been the emergence of maverick parties. Another part is that Labor and the Greens have been handed an historic opportunity to capture the mood and offer a new course. T

Whatever happens at the coming elections, there will be no return to the politics of the past.

People from all walks of life are paying the price for the damage of an unfair economic system, robbing those less fortunate to line the pockets of those at the top of the pile. It affects those depending on wages, those thrown into dependency on Centrelink, Indigenous Australians, small business owners and many of those trying to make a living in this....

10:00

Manly Monday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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10:00

Classic Comedy: The Darling Buds of May "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Darling Buds of May is an English comedy drama television series, produced by Yorkshire Television for the ITV network, first broadcast between 7 April 1991 and 4 April 1993. It is an adaptation of the 1958 novel of the same name, and its sequels, by H. E. Bates.

Set in rural 1950s Kent, it follows the life of the Larkin family. It starred David Jason as Pop Larkin alongside Pam Ferris as Ma Larkin, with Catherine Zeta-Jones playing their eldest daughter Mariette, who marries tax inspector Cedric Charlie Charlton, played by Philip Franks. A ratings success, it proved to be Zeta-Joness breakout role.

Featuring a total of 20 episodes, it was broadcast as three series of six double-episode story lines in the spring of 1991, 1992 and 1993, plus two single-episode Christmas specials aired in 1991 and 1992

09:42

Magnitude 6.5 earthquake hits Solomon Islands "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A magnitude 6.5 earthquake has hit the Solomon Islands, the US Geological Survey reports. The quake, which occurred at 7.31 (NZT), was located between the islands of Malita and Makira at a depth of 65 kilometres. There was no tsunami risk, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said.

09:33

Cluster of small earthquakes shake New Zealand as M6.8 quake rocks Kermadec Islands "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

An earthquake expert says a cluster of small quakes which has rocked parts of the country is unlikely to be related to a major shake near the Kermadec Islands. A Geonet spokesman said there is no definite way to tell but Kiwis should not think the shaking throughout the country is related to the Kermadec quake. The spokesman also told the Herald there should be little concern the Kermadec quake would trigger a big quake in New Zealand. "You can't make any guarantees but there's no reason to think this would trigger something on the Alpine Fault or any other major fault in New Zealand," the spokesman said. A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck south of the Kermadec Islands at 4.19pm and the Ministry of Civil Defence warned it could trigger a tsunami. However, the Ministry was quick to quash any possibility of a tsunami impacting New Zealand as a result of the earthquake.

09:30

Why there are no bluish-yellow crayons: The forbidden colour experiment "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Why there are no bluish-yellow crayons: The forbidden colour experiment appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:22

Minister criticises two Cabinet colleagues over lack of interest in Whnau Ora "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Peeni henare, Minister of Whnau Ora, has criticised Cabinet Ministers David Clark (Health) and Chris Hipkins (Education) for their lack of interest in progressing the Whnau Ora programme. Maori Television:  Ministers lack of interest a barrier for Whnau Ora Minister of Whnau Ora Peeni Henare says a lack of invested interest from the ministers of health and education is proving to []

09:00

God creates things *NSFW "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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09:00

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If polyglotinous was a word, it would fit the English language well.

English has borrowed words from many languages and enriched itself by doing so.

It also has many varieties which have their own distinctive words.

New Zealand English is far richer for the addition of Maori words. Maori Language Week is an opportunity to appreciate that and add to our vocabularies.

Today Im grateful for the richness Maori adds to our language and culture.

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 post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:18

Despite Trumps Tweet, Ford Wont Build Hatchback in U.S. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

WASHINGTON Ford wont be moving production of a hatchback wagon to the United States from China despite President Donald Trumps claim Sunday that his taxes on Chinese imports mean the Focus Active can be built in America.

Citing Trumps new tariffs, Ford on Aug. 31 said it was dropping plans to ship the Focus Active from China to America.

Trump took to Twitter Sunday to declare victory and write: This is just the beginning. This car can now be BUILT IN THE U.S.A. and Ford will pay no tariffs!

But in a statement Sunday, Ford said it would not be profitable to build the Focus Active in the U.S. given forecast yearly sales below 50,000.

For now, that means Ford simply wont sell the vehicle in the United States. Kristin Dziczek of the Center for Automotive Research said that Ford can make Focuses in many other plants around the world, so if they decided to continue to sell a Focus variant in the U.S. market, there are several options other than building it in the United States.

In April, Ford announced plans to stop making cars in the United States except for the iconic Mustang and to focus on more profitable SUVs. It stopped making Focus sedans at a Wayne, Michigan, plant in May. The plan, said industry analyst Ed Kim of AutoPacific, was to pare down the Focus lineup to Active wagons and import them from China. Without the tariffs, the business case was pretty solid for that model in the U.S. market, Kim said.

The tariffs changed everything. The United States on July 6 began imposing a 25 percent tax on $34 billion in Chinese imports, including motor vehicles. Last month, it added tariffs to another $16 billion in Chinese goods and is readying taxes on another $200 billion worth. China is retaliating with its own tariffs on U.S. products.

The worlds two biggest economies are clashing over U.S. allegations that China deploys predatory tactics including outright cybertheft to acquire technology from U.S. companies and challenge American technological dominance.

08:15

Maori language week: Word for the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In honour of Maori Language Week, we at Whaleoil have decided to dedicate one post each day to highlight a Maori word that has particular significance to Maoridom. Todays Maori Word of the Week is: Herehere. Definition: Whare Herehere, noun, Jail or Prison. Usage: Very common. The proportion of people in New Zealand who identify [] The post Maori language week: Word for the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

07:45

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1942, Danny Hutton co-vocals with Three Dog Night. Born today in 1946, Don Powell  drummer with Slade. Born today in 1949, Barrie Barriemore Barlow drummer with Jethro Tull. Born today in 1950, Joe Perry songwriter and guitarist with Aerosmith . Born today in 1952, Chris Wilson songwriter, singer and [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:30

Political gif of the day: Opposition Ale "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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07:24

Nuclear waste returning to Australia is really High Level Waste "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Dan Monceaux shared a link http://www.radioactivity.eu.com/site/pages/Vitrified_HA_Waste.htm.Nuclear Fuel Cycle Watch South Australia 10 Sept 18, Some people in South Australia have been given the impression that spent nuclear fuel, reprocessed and vitrified in France, is returned to Australia or other countries as intermediate or even low-level nuclear waste. Im yet to find any examples of other countries classifying this material as anything other than high level nuclear waste.https://www.facebook.com/gro...

07:23

Strong Earthquake Strikes near LEsperance Rock, New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

KMPH 091002 M 6.9 quake occurs 61km SW of LEsperance Rock, New Zealand Tsunami Evaluation: Based on the depth of this event, NO destructive tsunami expected. EQ Details: Magnitude: 6.9 mww  [USGS] Location: 31.842S, 179.334W Depth: 111.0 km Time: 2018-09-10 at 04:19:02.420 (UTC)

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. The post Comedy corner: Non-PC jokes guaranteed to offend appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

BBC: Biased belief compliance "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Carbon Brief reports that the BBC, one of the worlds largest and most respected news organisations, has issued formal guidance to its journalists on how to report climate change. Quote. Carbon Brief has obtained the internal four-page crib sheet sent yesterday to BBC journalists via an email from Fran Unsworth, the BBCs director of news [] The post BBC: Biased belief compliance appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Paheko  to combine, cooperate, join.

(For Maori Language Week).

06:18

Anonymous pro nuclear engineers lobbied Canberra ministers and premiers. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Steve Dale, 8 Sept 18  In the lead up to the leadership spill, there has been a concerted push for nuclear power. A letter written and financed (supposedly) by 5 veteran engineers was sent to all Canberra ministers and premiers.

. There have also been a series of articles in the Australian ne...

06:13

Australias Liberal Coalition government abandons plans to combat climate change "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Josh Frydenberg says government will focus on power prices over emissions reduction, Canberra Times By Stephanie Peatling, 9 September 2018 Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has conceded the Australian Parliament has failed to deal with the challenge of climate change as he confirmed the new Morrison government will concentrate on lowering power prices ahead of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

What you will hear from us, which you will not hear from the Labor Party, is that we will put reducing peoples power bills first, over emissions. You will not hear the Labor Party say that, he said..

Mr Frydenbergs comments on Sunday followed those made by Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Saturday when he said he would formally ask the Liberal party room to ditch the policy when it meets this week.

Mr Morrison repeated his commitment to Australia meeting its international greenhouse gas reduction targets under the Paris agreement but said the target would no longer be legislated.  New Energy Minister Angus Taylor is working on a revamped energy policy to take to cabinet.

.Mr Frydenberg said the issue of climate change was one which had bedevilled Australian politics for more than a decade.

Mr Frydenberg said he was confident Australia would still meet is international greenhouse gas reduction targets but people wanted to see the government acting on power...

06:12

Three Too Many "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

An hour ago came the horrific news from Perth.  The bodies of five people were discovered in a house in the suburb of Bedford.  Not much information is available but is appears some of the victims are children and the alleged perpetrator is 'assisting police with their inquiries.'

The bodies of up to five people, including women and children, have been discovered at a home in Perth.
Police raided the house on Coode St in the Perth suburb of Bedford after a man gave information at a police station in regional Western Australia this morning. The man, aged in his 20s, is in custody and is assisting police with their investigation.

This is the third such 'mass killing' in Western Australia in just the last five months.

The first involved a severely mentally ill man who legally owned a bloody arsenal of weapons.   Seven people - his family- were murdered.

The second also involved a mentally ill man who had access to firearms - I'm not sure whether legally.

Not much background yet is available on today's disaster.   No, I won't use the 'tragedy' euphemism.  In the first two cases, if the authorities had been doing their jobs, neither person would have had access to firearms.  This is not a tragedy.  It was avoidable.

06:08

Climate change brings a global heat crisis "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Japan Crushed by Godzilla-Like Deluge, Floods, and Landslides

GLOBAL HEAT CRISIS  September 5, 2018, Alex Smith,  Radio Ecoshock New high temperature records set all over N. Hemisphere

Download or listen to this Radio Ecoshock show  [link on original  at https://www.ecoshock.org/2018/09/global-heat-crisis-new.html

..Nobody alive or dead has ever seen anything like what just happened in the past few months. No human has ever lived with carbon dioxide levels this high in the atmosphere. And that carbon load continues to climb as motorized life and fossil-powered electricity spread across the globe. The human cloud of greenhouse gases found an echo as forests released their carbon on every continent.

Here in British Columbia, on the west coast of Canada, we had our second year of fire emergency. Over 700 large fires burned through the mountains. Gigantic out-of-control blazes lit up the night, and then buried the whole sky with thick smoke, turning the day into night. Thousands were evacuated, t...

06:03

Community Radio Support Officer "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Media

06:00

Removal of Eklutna Dam Complete "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The dam removal was a four-year project. Photo courtesy of The Conservation Fund

Published September 10, 2018

Historic effort allows salmon passage for the first time in nearly 90 years

ANCHORAGE, Alaska   The Conservation Fund announced the completion of the four-year, $7.5 million effort to remove the Lower Eklutna River dam in Southcentral Alaska. For the first time in 89 years, the five species of Pacific salmon that live in the Eklutna River, located 20 miles north of Anchorage, can now move upstream to additional spawning habitat.

The Conservation Fund partnered with the Native Village of Eklutna and the Eklutna Native Corporation on the work to remove the dam. This has been an exciting and rewarding project for the Eklutna Denaina people who still live and fish along the river, said Curtis McQueen, CEO of Eklutna Incorporated. Eklutna River salmon are an important part of our culture and we are hopeful that this is the first big step toward the recovery of the salmon runs that our people once relied on for subsistence.

According to Brad Meiklejohn, project director for The Conservation Fund: This was the fastest and most efficient major dam removal effort ever completed in the country. We had tremendous support from the public, from all levels of government and from a wide array of funders.

Project support was provided by the Rasmuson Foundation, the Open Rivers Fund of Resources Legacy Fund, the M.J. Murdock Trust, the Marnell Company, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation through its Alaska Fish and Wildlife Fund and ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation Program, the Alaska Community Foundation, Patagonia, Trout Unlimited, New Belgium Brewing, and Wells Fargo.

Removing the Lower Eklutna River dam is the first step in the recovery of the Eklutna River.

We waited a long time for this moment.  The Eklutna people are still here and we are anxiously awaiting for the salmon to return, said McQueen.

A public celebration will be held on September 22nd at Eklutna Lake.  For more...

The Gay Cop Car is here to stay "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Back in February this year, the venerable Mister Slater wrote a post on a Gay new initiative from Commissioner Bush on behalf of the New Zealand police. In an attempt to show that the police can be just as gay as any other business, they blew ten thousand dollars of our easily wasted taxes by stickering [] The post The Gay Cop Car is here to stay appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:53

Will France import 4 tons of nuclear waste from Australia? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Liberation 8th Sept 2018, Will France import and process 4 tons of radioactive waste from Australia?
It is spent uranium and plutonium that has been used in a research reactor.
They will be treated at the Hague and returned to Australia.
http://www.liberation.fr/checknews/2018/09/08/la-france-va-t-elle-importer-et-traiter-4-tonnes-de-dechets-radioactifs-venant-d-australie_1676296

05:50

Over 4,000 liquidators at Chernobyl died from radiation-caused cancers, "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 THE MELTDOWN AT the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in northern Ukraine on April 26, 1986 was a massive tragedy that ultimately claimed at least 9,000 lives and affected millions more. It also created a toxic mess. Radioactive particles choked the atmosphere and rained down on cities, forests, and roads. In the immediate aftermath, fires had to be put out, debris cleared, contaminated waste buried deep underground.It was, obviously, not an easy task. Remote-controlled bulldozers and other robots proved too weak for the job, their circuitry fried by radiation. So the Soviet Union sent in humans600,000 of them. These brave firefighters, soldiers, janitors, and minersthe so-called liquidatorsdid everything from hosing down streets to felling trees to building a concrete sarcophagus around the exposed reactor all the while charged subatomic particles ravaged their cells and shortened their life spans.

No personal sacrifice was too much for these men and women, says photographer Tom Skipp. Moved by their story, he visited Slavutych, Ukraine in April to photograph survivors, now in their golden years. The portraits make up his haunting series The Liquidators.

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05:46

Thousands march across US to call for action on climate change "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Rise for Climate: thousands march across US to protest environment crisis https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/sep/08/rise-for-climate-protests-san-francisco-new-york. 9 Sep 18

Protests spearheaded by march in San Francisco ahead of climate change summit in the city next week

Tens of thousands of people took part in marches and other events across the US on Saturday, calling for a swift transition to renewable energy in order to stave off the various perils of climate change.

05:41

Australia stands to REALLY lose face on climate change at coming international summits "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Morrison will face mounting pressure from the vocal band of conservatives in his party room not to commit to anything on climate change, be it symbolic or tangible.
What the government chooses to do next could have reputational repercussions for years to come.
Climate policy is clearly a threat to our domestic politics and to the job security of Australian prime ministers. With further missteps it could upend our diplomacy as well.
Lack of climate policy threatens to trip up Australian diplomacy this summit season https://theconversation.com/lack-of-climate-policy-threatens-to-trip-up-australian-diplomacy-this-summit-season-102845 Christian Downie Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow, Australian National UniversitySeptember 10, 2018 Australia has navigated a somewhat stormy passage through the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru. Scott Morrisons new-look government faced renewed accusations at the summit about the strength of Australias resolve on climate policy.

Australia is neither a small nation nor one of the most powerful, but for many years it has been a trusted nation. H...

05:35

Dr Joe McGirr, independent and supporter of climate action, is set to win Wagga Wagga by-election "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wagga Wagga by-election: Antony Green calls it for Dr Joe McGirr ABC News , By Nick Sas and Jennine Khalik  9 Sept 18, ABC election analyst Antony Green has called the Wagga Wagga by-election for independent candidate Dr Joe McGirr.

Speaking on ABC News on Sunday night, Green said he felt safe calling Saturdays by-election, slightly more than 24 hours after the polls closed.

He is a certain winner, Green said.

The race for the seat, which had been vacated by disgraced Liberal MP Daryl Maguire, became a two-man battle between Labors Dan Hayes and Dr McGirr after the Liberals were hit with a 29 per cent swing against them..

Dr McGirr, a medical doctor and academic at the University of Notre Dame Australia, has lived in central Wagga since 1991 and only decided to run for the seat three weeks agohttp://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-09/antony-green-calls-by-election-for-joe-mcgirr/10219584

05:32

Julian Assanges future safety hangs in the balance "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

WikiLeaks Whistleblower Awaits Fate, American Free Press , September 7, 2018   The fate of gutsy WikiLeaks founder and whistleblower Julian Assange rests in the hands of the government of Ecuador, first reported here in AFPs Issue 33&34. Assange has lived at the Ecuadorian embassy in London since 2012 and will be instantly arrested by the UK if he leaves the building. Just-released news that his health is deteriorating rapidly makes even more urgent Ecuadorian actions even more urgent. 

By S.T. Patrick   As  the future of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange twists in the political winds, the United States, Great Britain, and Ecuador continue to negotiate over the life of the Australian computer programmer and hacker.

The white-haired Australian, Assange, 47, founded WikiLeaks in 2006, but his presence in the global...

05:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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05:27

On Small Modular Nuclear Reactors, nuclear lobbyists, like Dr Pangloss, unrealistic optimism "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Panglossian puffery, says David Lowry. The report ignores the security and nuclear waste problems of small modular reactors.

The Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) says this is yet another attempt to promote the benefits of SMRs despite large and quite possibly insur...

05:06

Flexibility of Renewable Energy Systems is Shifting the Power Balance "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 By 2040 Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts that more than half of global energy capacity will come from renewables and flexible sources, such as battery storage and demand side response

 NuClear News Sept 18   Tom Greatrex of the Nuclear Industry...

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Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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04:56

September 9 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

World: Climate change: Protests held ahead of California summit Organised by New York-based group 350.org, environmentalists held protests around the world demanding stepped up action on climate change, ahead of a summit in California. Thousands took part in Paris, days after Frances environment minister quit over perceived policy failures. [BBC] Dirty Reality Catching []

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04:55

Against Identity Politics: The New Tribalism and the Crisis of Democracy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By Francis Fukuyama

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Against Identity Politics Francis Fukuyama

Beginning a few decades ago, world politics started to experience a dramatic transformation. From the early 1970s to the first decade of this century, the number of electoral democracies increased from about 35 to more than 110. Over the same period, the worlds output of goods and services quadrupled, and growth extended to virtually every region of the world. The proportion of people living in...

04:52

Slow down, comrades! Theres more than one way to strike "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In May 1925, Australian seaman and returned serviceman Noel Lyons was deported from New Zealand. His crime: encouraging fellow workers to slow down. The quality of food served to trans-Tasman seamen had always caused discontent, especially when compared to the fine dining lavished upon first-class passengers. The situation came to a head aboard the Manuka when the crew refused to leave New Zealands capital of Wellington until their food was improved.

04:30

The end of the pussy hat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If the expression I wouldnt be seen dead in was ever true for me, it would definitely apply to a pussy hat. I would come back and haunt anyone who even thought about it. As for the er ladies in the above photo, not only did they voluntarily photograph themselves in pussy hats [] The post The end of the pussy hat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:47

More than Florence: The Latest on Helene, Isaac, Olivia, Paul, and Mangkhut "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

More than Florence: The Latest on Helene, Isaac, Olivia, Paul, and Mangkhut | 09 Sept 2018 | Hurricane Florence will be deservedly in the spotlight this week, but there are other threats roaming the Atlantic and Pacific as the Northern Hemisphere hurricane season hits a seasonal crescendo. With rapid intensification forecast, Florence is predicted by the National Hurricane Center to reach the North Carolina coast on Thursday as one the strongest landfalls so far north in U.S. history. Massive rains could occur for days afterward. In the meantime, theres plenty else to track in the tropics, including a hurricane and a typhoon that will both affect U.S. territory.

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Bonus QotD: It is not enough for the teacher to love the child. She must first love and understand the universe. She must prepare herself, and truly work at it. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


It is not enough for the teacher to love the child. She must first love and understand the universe. She must prepare herself, and truly work at it. 
          ~ Dr Maria Montessori, from her 1949 book The Absorbent Mind 
[Hat tip the Maria Montessori Education Foundation (NZ)]
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03:43

Australia to boost Internet connectivity in Port Moresby ahead of APEC in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

(Image: DataCo officers working on the satellite installation at Gerehu.)

Investments in Information Communication and Technology (ICT) play a critical role in advancing economic growth, and increasing the reach and quality of service delivery. As the transition to an increasingly intensive knowledge-based global economy accelerates, it is critical for all countries to harness the opportunities offered by ICT to remain competitive.

This is why the Australian Government is working in partnership with the Government of Papua New Guinea to deliver a new satellite internet system at Kumul Telikom Holdings sites in Gerehu and Boroko, Port Moresby. This includes new satellite tracking terminals and support Infrastructure, which will enable Papua New Guinea to access up to six gigabytes per second of additional internet capacity via medium earth orbit satellites.The project is valued at approximately PGK20 million.

The new satellite system, which will improve there liability, speed and capacity of internet in Papua New Guinea, has the potential to deliver significant economic and development benefits for Papua New Guineans into the future.
Delivery of the satellite system by late-October 2018 will also ensure the project improves internet connectivity during APEC Leaders Week, supporting the Government of Papua New Guineas focus on the digital economy as this years APEC theme.....read more on  PNG eHow

03:42

Centre Alliance, Greens oppose TPP-11, Labor under pressure "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

September 10, 2018: The Australian reports that Senator Rex Patrick has said the Centre Alliance will block the implementing legislation for the TPP-11 unless the deal is significantly amended, which would require re-opening of negotiations with 10 other countries.

The Greens have publicly opposed the TPP-11. The Katter Australian Party have also said they will oppose it, meaning that if Labor says no, the legislation will not pass the Senate.

The Australian Council of Trade Unions opposes the TPP-11, arguing it will weaken labour-market testing and empower multinational companies to sue governments using investor-state dispute settlement.

ACTU president Michele ONeil told The Australian on September 9: We believe its a bad deal for working people and encourage all parties to vote against the enabling legislation.

Two Senate inquiries into the TPP-11 are due to report on September 18 and October 10.

The Morrison government is pressing Labor to support the legislation. Labors caucus is debating a formal position on whether or not to support the TPP-11 this week. If the implementing legislation is not passed, Australia would not ratify the TPP-11 which the Turnbull government signed in March this year.

03:39

World Leaders to dine on Traditional PNG Cuisine at APEC "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

World leaders and foreign dignitaries attending the APEC Forum will dine on a range of traditional Papua New Guinean foods including; mud crabs,organically farmed beef and hand-caught Spanish Mackerel. The food, cooked in a three metre earth oven, styled on a traditional mumu, will be served to hundreds of dignitaries from 21 countries attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) in Port Moresby later this year.

APEC is an economic forum established in 1989 to leverage the growing interdependence of the Asia-Pacific region. Around 50 local chefs and 100 wait staff will work around the clock to prepare meals under the direction of Hilton Port Moresby executive chef Paul Brown.
Mr Brown says he will be taking his culinary inspiration from traditional Papua New Guinean food preparation but adding his own modern twist. Sago, cassava, yams, sweet potato (Kau Kau) are just some of the local staples he will be utilising along with coconut cream, clay pots and a ground oven (mumu) to bring out the flavours.

The mumu menu will be driven by the concept of mixing technical platedentres, shared plates, large cuts and sides. We will create two or three menusthat will guide guests through a dining experience of modern and traditional dishes, he says.

Mr Brown says the area is fortunate to have an abundance of wild greens(kumu) and these include watercress, pumpkin shoots, aibika, pak choy, bokchoy, Klang Kung and taro leaf. This produce along with chicken, prawns and other foods, will all be chosen from local suppliers with a limit on any imports to keep the cuisine authentic but also support the local economy, says Mr Brown.

Our brief is to obviously use as much from PNG as we can to show case the unique food offering we have, but to also ensure that we are supporting our Local farmers and producers, he says.

Mr Brown says APEC provides a unique opportunity to showcase PNG food as the country is still in the early stages of its hospitality offering.

Its not a situation as in other parts of the Pacific where most chefs create Thai and Vietnamese food for guests. We have the chance to use some of these more traditional recipes and cooking techniques and take them to a new level and turn some of the foods into a fine dining dish, it's a challenge bu it's a really exciting one, he says.

Along with management of the menu, Mr Brown is responsible forover seeing and training the team...

03:30

Marama Davidson goes feral again "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Marama Davidson opened her mouth and let the wind blow her tongue around again. She recently brought shame and ridicule to the Green party with her completely bizarre quest to reclaim the c word.  We never did hear any sensible explanation for why anyone would want to reclaim the word, what that actually meant, [] The post Marama Davidson goes feral again appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:15

Monday Meme "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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#Fukushima #Nuclear testimony, #OHCHR #UNHRC #CRIN #Safecast September 2018 Part 1 Fukushima 311 Watchdogs "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Originally posted on nuclear-news: Posted to nuclear-news.net Posted by Shaun McGee aka Arclight2011 posted on 5th September 2018 The plight of the internally displaced people (IDPs) of Japan has largely gone unrecognised by most media sources. IDP`s though, have been recognised in the last UN Plenary session concerning Japan, here is a link for that;

via #Fukushima #Nuclear testimony, #OHCHR #UNHRC #CRIN #Safecast September 2018 Part 1 Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

03:06

South Australia offers up to $6,000 grants for home battery installations RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

South Australia government to offer $6,000 subsidy per household for battery storage, with CEFC adding another $100 million to offer cheap loans to assist with purchase of rooftop solar and storage. The post South Australia offers up to $6,000 grants for home battery installations appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via South Australia offers up to $6,000 grants for home battery installations RenewEconomy

03:00

Call to censure broadcasters who cant speak Mowdee words proper! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Newsie.co.nz had an interesting article on Friday.  Apparently there are a bunch of elite Maori academics from the University of Waikato who would like to see our esteemed news readers dragged over the coals if they dare to mispronounce Maori words during the upcoming Maori language week. You may have noticed the Maori language week before. They [] The post Call to censure broadcasters who cant speak Mowdee words proper! appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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People & Culture Manager "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

National Centre of Indigenous Excellence

02:30

Auckland Antifa exposed by new star on the block "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Dieuwe de Boer Rightminds.nz Theres a new star on the block. I first read her name on the Free Speech Coalition representatives list. As I was organising our first ever free speech rally, it was suggested that I should invite Rachel as a speaker. Shes a self-described classical liberal, an artist, and animal rights, activist. She also has a Youtube [] The post Auckland Antifa exposed by new star on the block appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:22

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

WHO OWNS THIS LAND WITH ROUTH BOLOMET ON VOICES OF TRUTH - ONE-ON-ONE WITH HAWAI`IS FUTURE"


"Who Owns This Land? - A Visit With Routh Bolomet"

Imagine you discovered youd been overcharged on your property taxes and when you questioned it, you were told youd never owned your property even though you bought it years ago and had been paying property taxes all those years. Then imagine not one official in the city, county or state was willing to help you get it all straightened out. Much to her surprise thats exactly what happened to Hawaiian land owner Routh Bolomet. Watch our amazing interview with Routh as she describes how these shocking events unfolded and why this dispute ultimately caused her to go all the way to the United Nations for help -
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02:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: View from my window Maketu 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 window or [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tasman District Council U-turn on Waimea dam draws mixed reaction  Cherie Sivignon:

The Tasman District Council decision on Thursday to revoke its earlier in-principle agreement to effectively end the Waimea dam project has received a mixed reaction.

Nelson MP Dr Nick Smith welcomed the 9-5 vote to proceed with the $102 million project after a new funding model was presented to councillors, calling it the right decision for the regions future.

The big gains from this project are environmental and economic, Smith said. It will enable the minimum flows in summer in the Waimea River to be lifted five-fold and fully meet the national standards for water quality. It will also enable another 1200ha of horticulture, creating more wealth and jobs. . .

Tough job to get staff Neal Wallace:

Labour hungry farmers and primary industry employers face stiff competition for school leavers with regional unemployment below 5%, secondary school teachers are warning.

Mid Canterburys unemployment rate is 2%, creating a competitive job market with school leavers having multiple offers and attractive wages and employment conditions, Ashburton College principal Ross Preece said.

So the days of farmers offering youth rates or minimum wages and expecting them to work 50-hour weeks are gone. . .

Better understanding of nutrient movement Pam Tipa:

We need a better understanding of nutrient transport across catchments, says Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE), Simon Upton.

And he says we also need better understanding of what nutrient models can and cant do to assist in building a picture and better communication of what is happening to water quality. Upton highlighted several gaps and faults in this information to a recent Environmental Defence Society conference.

The PCE is analysing Overseer as a tool for measuring water pollution from agricultural sources. Upton told the conference he is not yet in a position to preview findings on his Overseer report.

But the need for better...

01:44

Of course we need rental warrants-of-fitness "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Surprise, surprise: National, the landlord's party, opposes rental warrants of fitness, spouting the usual bullshit about how they'll drive up rents and see people sleeping in cars. Of course, what they're really worried about is that landleeches (like their very own Jian Yang, and other National MPs before him), will no longer be able to profit by renting out cold, damp, and unsafe homes. This is about them privileging their own profits over people's health.

But think about it: in virtually every other transaction, the goods you buy or rent are required to be of "acceptable quality": fit for purpose, free from defects, durable and above all, safe. And if its not, they're required to fix it. If its not safe, the government can impose safety standards, recall it, or even prohibit its sale.

Or, to put it another way: shops can't sell you products which are fundamentally unsafe or unfit for New Zealand conditions. So why do we let landlords do it?

Rental warrants-of-fitness are just basic product standards, and we shouldn't allow landlords to escape something so fundamental, especially when it imposes costs on the rest of society. Instead, houses should be regulated like any other product. And if landleeches don't like a warrant-of-fitness scheme, there's a much simpler solution: amend the definition of "goods" and "trade" in the Consumer Guarantees Act to apply to rental properties and landlords. Then let the Commerce Commission sort them out.

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Assistant Director, Security Investigations (Specialist) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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Assistant Director, Security Risk (Specialist) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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Overseas Security Adviser (Specialist) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

01:30

Should the moon be American? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Too Right! A regular column by John Black Rightminds.nz Last week one of those controversies that could only exist in the age of the Twittersphere set the American commentariat briefly alight. First Man a biopic of Neil Armstrong currently doing the festival circuit irked the patriotic by not depicting Americas proudest moment the planting of [] The post Should the moon be American? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:30

Technical Security Officer (Specialist) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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Assistant Director, Security Communications (Specialist) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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Personnel Security Vetting Officer (Specialist) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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Technical Security Officer (Specialist) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

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Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Devilish Slaughterhouses of the 1970s
LEVI MUKARATI
Zimbabwe Sunday Mail
SEPTEMBER 2, 2018

During Zimbabwes struggle for Independence, the settler regime imprisoned countless people suspected to be aligned to liberation fighters. Prisons became slaughter houses for blacks.Between 1969 and 1979, Roman Catholic priest, Father Emmanuel Ribeiro, was Chaplain-General of Prisons, Army and Police. He witnessed first-hand Ian Smiths killing machine. People were hanged, buried or burnt; most of them without even a pretence of going through the justice system. This week we publish the first part of a conversation between The Sunday Mails Deputy News Editor Levi Mukarati and Fr Ribeiro, in which the latter narrates the horrors he witnessed at Harare Central Prison.

Q: Can you tell us how you ended up chaplain during the Ian Smith era?

A: A little bit about myself: 1968, I was here at St Marys Old Highfield Roman Catholic Church in Highfield. The Archbishop of Salisbury, Francis Markall asked if I could volunteer to be chaplain of the prisons and I said I could do that.

That also entailed I would be chaplain of prisons, police and the army. The police, prisons and the army did not have African chaplains to be exact. Chaplains then were all white. So that was the beginning. It was myself, Edward Munyatwa, Reverend Isiah Mapondera and Madangure Moyo. We were brought in as officers.

By using the word officer it means we were of the rank of white people. Back then, the black wardens, it didnt matter if he is sergeant or what, the white officer who was below his rank would not salute him.

We were officers with one bar at first but we went up very quickly and I ended up as Chaplain-General. So even whites below me would salute because I had become a very senior officer. That became my advantage. I could make certain decisions or influence how the prisoners were treated. It is unfortunate that three of my colleagues with whom I worked with are now late. This has motivated me to unearth some of the things that were happening in prison, particularly the executions between 1962 and 1979 during the Ian Smith era.

Executions had been taking place, but this perio...

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Satirical image of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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00:44

Greenpeace tells PM to get your hand off it "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Greenpeace Australia Pacific climbers have taken to the flagpoles outside Parliament House to send a message to new Prime Minister Scott Morrison as he returns for the first day in parliament since taking over as leader of the country. Photo supplied

CANBERRA Greenpeace Australia Pacific climbers have taken to the flagpoles outside Parliament House to send a message to new prime minister Scott Morrison as he returns for the first day in parliament since taking over as leader of the country.

The climbers unfurled a banner depicting the now infamous time Morrison brought a lacquered lump of coal into parliament and waved it around ordering his colleagues and the opposition dont be afraid.

Two weeks ago we saw a coal coup that successfully installed a new prime minister, Greenpeace Australias Pacific program director, Dominique Rowe, said.

This is a PM who waved around a piece of coal gifted to him by the Minerals Council, who boasts a former deputy CEO of the Mineral Council as his chief of staff, who made a former mineral industry lawyer his environment minister and whose energy minister is an anti-wind farm activist.

Today he returns to Parliament with literally no climate policy, which is a slap in the face to the 96 per cent of Australians who want renewable energy solutions, not coal pollution. This irreverent message from the more than one million Greenpeace supporters is here to remind the government who theyre really accountable to their voters.

Rowe said Greenpeace Australia Pacific is calling for Australias federal parliamentarians to examine the influence and intrusion of the coal lobby in politics.

Former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has stated it is impossible for the current government to take meaningful action on emissions due to the influence of lobby groups on parts of the federal coalition, she said.

These powerful groups have now managed to topple three sitting prime ministers and stopped the Minerals Resource Rent Tax which would have seen a fair share of revenue flow to all Australians instead of lining the pockets of a few billionaires.

The coal industry and their lobbyists have taken over parliament house and the people of Australia will n...

00:30

Turf wars and Greens, both very ugly "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Turf wars are ugly whether on an international or a personal level. Typically they will descend to the most bitter hatred and sometimes, unfortunately, the most dreadful of all consequences. They are to be avoided altogether or cauterised very early by submission to a negotiated outcome. Philosophical turf-wars are much harder to constrain, can be [] The post Turf wars and Greens, both very ugly appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:23

PNG Yet To Sign Global Treaty On Mercury "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Post Courier | September 7, 2018

PNG is yet to become a signatory to the Minamata Convention on mercury, a global treaty designed to protect human health and environment from the adverse impacts of mercury and its compounds.

The objective of the Minamata initial assessment project is to ratify and implement the convention on mercury, facilitated by use of scientific knowledge and tools by stakeholders in the country.

However, PNG is working to be a party to the convention next year by implementing the development of MIA project.

In a presentation at the alluvial mining convention in August in Lae, Patricia Torea of PNG Conservation and Environment Protection Authority said the articles of the convention cover provisions that relate to the entire-life cycle of mercury.

This includes control and reductions across a range of products, processes and industries where mercury is used, released or emitted. The convention also addresses the direct mining of mercury, export and import, safe storage and its disposal once as waste, she said.

The MIA proje...

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My culture, my pride "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Mt Hagen women
Women from Mt Hagen, Western Highlands

TANYA ZERIGA-ALONE | EmNauPNGs Blog

PORT MORESBY - No-one can teach you how to be a Melanesian. There are unspoken nuances we intuitively know: they are in our blood, the blood of a proud people - warriors, headhunters - refined over thousands of years.

Our Melanesian culture grounds us in our environment, it was built for us and suits us and served our ancestors and is still serving us today. In our domain we maintain our own   the Sepik is as good as New Ireland is as good as Enga and so on.

On a bigger stage, our culture is as good as any in the world. We can take our stand proudly in the tribal council. We are survivors, for we have survived as one nation made up of a thousand tribes.

But the fact of the matter is that western culture has taken over the world. Its domination of the world is so thorough that other cultures must be westernised to even register as a nation.

The western way of life has merits and demerits. The thrust of the western culture is to homogenise all cultures from clothes to language to unit of transaction.

Cultures are judged harshly for not fitting in. For instance, nations are ranked by their stash of cash. If yours is low, then you are a failed nation. But what is money to cultures which have no need for it? Cultures are judged using alien criteria criteria built on an alien value system.

The demise of our culture is perpetuated further when we  shun it as kanaka because we have been brainwashed that ours is primitive and the glamour of the west is the standard.  In our haste to fit in, we are found wanting because we will never become westernised enough.

But the fact remains, our culture is our culture, suitable for us and defining who we are. Our culture can only be as strong as we make it.

Our challenge now is to give prominence to our own culture regardless of pressures from outside.

When people come to our land, let us show them that we are proud of our culture because it is our iden...

00:09

Great minds and small minds "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Great mindsSIMON DAVIDSON

PORT MORESBY - It is mental greatness that separates the great souls of history from the mediocre. Great mind accomplish great things.

The great minds in history like Mandela, Einstein and Newton engaged the power of their minds to change history, while small minds drifted with lifes vicissitudes.

I want to posit here the contrast between great minds and small minds. Its an analysis that may help us develop our mind, change our life and become an agent of change in the world.

Change is hard. Painful at the beginning, but glorious in the end. Change your thinking. Think like a great minds. The world needs more great minds, and less small minds.

The future belongs to those who dare to dream big, think big, think differently and change the world.

Great minds dream big. Small minds think small.

Great mind built empires. Small mind built anthills.

Great minds talk about ideas. Small minds talk of other people.

Great minds exercise. Small minds love idleness.

Great minds eat the finest food. Small minds eat sugar coated fare.

Great minds read. Small minds watch TV

Great minds treat their mind as an asset. Small minds poison their minds.

Great minds are thought leaders. Small minds are gossip leaders.

Great minds post literary master pieces on viral spaces. Small minds post selfies.

Great minds are proactive. Small mind react.

Great minds are industrious. Small minds are lazy.

Great minds see sand, as the ingredients for building castle. Small minds see it as dirt.

Great minds are intrinsically motivated by lofty goals. Small minds are induced by rewards.

Great minds save money. Small minds are spend rifts.

Great minds make things happen. Small minds watch things happening.

Great minds influence. Small minds coerce.

Great mind hate corruption. Small minds entertain corrupt systems.

Great minds are autodicts. Small mind like being spoon fed.

Great minds believe in...

00:00

More misery for landlords "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Stuff reports that the government has a whole new raft of proposals for rental properties that are just going to make life harder for landlords. As if the lot of the average landlord is not hard enough. I think it is important here to acknowledge that landlords in popular and expensive places such as Auckland, Tauranga, [] The post More misery for landlords appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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23:56

Illustrator Reveals the Sad and Shocking Reality of Modern Society in This Animation "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Every so often we come across an artist who uses their incredible talent to make a difference in our world, opening our eyes to the realities of the world around us. Creative and insightful, they help us to see the problems that we are otherwise blind to.

As is the story of British artist Steve Cutts. Originally employed by an advertising agency with such well-known clients as Google, Toyota, Virgin, Coca-Cola, and Reebok, Cutts felt as though his talent wasnt being used to its full potential. Rather than continuing to run the rat race as part of the corporate world, he left his job to start his career as a freelance illustrator and animator.

Pushing the boundaries, Cutts uses his talent to highlight situations in our society that demand attention. The dark side of humanity, his images and animations touch on such controversial topics as the killing of animals for sport and consumption, the production of items no one really wants or needs, environmental destruction, the global totalitarianism of corporations, and more.

His work triggers much-needed conversations, in the hope of fixing our worlds greatest struggles. In fact, those who love the London-based artist would argue that he operates under the belief: the more controversial, the better!

I see a lot of insanity in the way we live, and to progress, I think we need to become more aware and look at the options we have as a society more clearly, so if I can add to the discussion surrounding that, then all the better, Cutts stated. The themes I choose to focus on are fundamental aspects of modern society that surround and affect all of us, so naturally they are the subject of much of my work. I see it as part of my role as an artist to comment on the times we live in, the things that affect us on a daily basis and the aim of my work is to get people thinking and talking more about these aspects.

With over 500,000 people currently following his Facebook page, his incredible work has made its way around the globe. His most popular film was titled MAN. Created in 2012, the animated short has been viewed by over 28 million people on YouTube to date. Discussing important environmental and animal rights issues, it depicts the relationship between man and the natural world. Steve Cutts popularity only grew further with the help of a Cutts couch gag on season 27 of The Simpsons, in January 2016.

In October 2016 Cutts was given the opportunity to illustrate a music video for Moby and the Void Pac...

23:54

The dangers of being idle "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Samuel Kafugili
Samuel Kafugili

SAMUEL LUCAS KAFUGILI

Its hazardous to be idle,
To let golden hours pass,
And exert no energy,
And do no work.

Idleness: the deadly habit,
Has the power to lure the young,
To waste youthful energy and ambition,
And do nothing.

The idler shuns industry,
Loves more lengthy sleep,
Craves more day dreaming,
And does nothing,

Then the mind becomes dwarfed,
The muscles lose their vigor,
The bones become brittle,
The blood sluggish.

The idler like an ailing old man,
Grows weak from inactivity,
Drags along like a snail,
And becomes frail.

Then poverty invades the sluggard,
Like an armed man,
It reduces him to pittance,
And makes him poor.

Then caught in the web of idleness,
The idler regrets golden hours,
Squandered on sleep,
And modern gadgets.

By imbibing idleness deceptive lies,
The idler wastes his golden chance,
To maximize opportunities,
To live a prosperous life.

23:46

QotD: Keeping your capital: not as easy as falling off a log "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


"The idea that capital is a permanent asset, which provides its lucky owners with a continuing stream of effortless benefits like apples falling off a tree is also mistaken. In fact, capital takes time, money and effort to preserve. It must be maintained and protected. And to keep its value in a changing and competitive world, it must be applied with constant diligence and focus." 
        ~ Eamonn Butler, from his excellent new book Capitalism: An Introduction
[Hat tip Cafe Hayek]
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23:30

HDPA pretty much says Cindy needs to HTFU "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It is a weak argument to cry sexism when someone gets held to account, in the same way that some brown people cry racism when they get held to account. The left-wing are far too quick to cry sexism, especially when they are the ones demanding equality at the same time. Heather duPlessis-Allan says as [] The post HDPA pretty much says Cindy needs to HTFU appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:15

And isnt it a long way down? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The problem with very high pedestals is that when you inevitably fall off them the damage can be severe. Jacinda Ardern saved Labour from what was shaping up to be its worst result ever. She did that by becoming a very special sort of politician: the sort into whose care people are willing to entrust their hopes and dreams.   The post And isnt it a long way down? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Are the wheels coming off the coalition trolley? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Audrey Young looks at the troubles the coalition of losers have landed themselves in over the past week. Quote: Jacinda Ardern is as much to blame as Winston Peters for the debacle last week over refugee numbers. Both the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister should be admitting to their colleagues at tomorrows cabinet that [] The post Are the wheels coming off the coalition trolley? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Governments dont have magic money tree "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Taxpayers Union correctly points out that doling out public money will destroy jobs not create them:

Shane Jones spending in Kawakawa will destroy jobs, not create them, says the New Zealand Taxpayers Union.

Taxpayers Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke says, Taxpayers might think that $2.4 million for three jobs is a bad deal. Actually, its far worse than that. Taking this much money out of the private sector destroys jobs. Its $2.4 million fewer dollars that taxpayers could have spent in their communities.

Thats money that individuals could have used to create, expand or support businesses; provide for their futures, give to charity or simply choose to spend as they wished.

Whats most terrifying about the Provincial Growth Fund is that, so far, Shane Jones has only spent four percent of his $3 billion. There is so much more spending to come that the public risks becoming desensitised to Shane Jones flagrant waste, when we should be outraged.

It looks like Shane Jones actually has far more money in the Provincial Growth Fund than he knows what to do with. In that case, he needs to simply give the money back.

Councils and businesses in the provinces are doing their best to come up with ideas to get their share of this money and they cant be blamed for that.

If money is being given away, why wouldnt they try to get some for their pet projects?

But governments dont have a magic money tree. Every dollar a government spends comes from taxpayers.

The $2.4 million being splurged on the Kawakawa cultural centre in Northland will create just three jobs.

It could have been spent on health, education, crime prevention, infrastructure or any number of other ways that would give better value for money and a better return on investment.

It could also have been left in the pay packets of the people who earned it.

22:45

We dont just meat expectations we exceed them "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

22:35

Poll: Osaka versus Williams "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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22:30

Angry Andrew Littles Ngapuhi negotiation style "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This photo was taken during recent Ngapuhi treaty negotiations at the Copthorne Hotel on 11 August at Opononi and has been passed around numerous people in Ngapuhi as an example of the way Andrew Little is handling negotiations. The body language on display is telling. The furrowed brow, the angry eyes, the hard set mouth [] The post Angry Andrew Littles Ngapuhi negotiation style 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.

22:06

Te Wiki o te Reo Mori (Mori language week) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Te Wiki o te Reo Mori   He mauri te reo Mori n Aotearoa mu, m ttou katoa MAKE TE REO MORI AN ESSENTIAL PART OF NEW ZEALAND FOR YOU, FOR US ALL Ahakoa iti, kona, krerotia Learn a little, use a little  

22:00

Intellectual property in the Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The most lingeringly poignant, almost elegiac sentences and paragraphs in Miranda Forsyth and Sue Farrans Weaving intellectual property policy in small island developing states relate to what the authors find when they go to visit the government offices responsible for administering this complex machinery of laws and frameworks. They find titles and nameplates but often not much more than that.

The books argument is that what gleams as modernity and progress may not be as shiny and wonderful as it appears for the nations of the Pacific. By signing up for bilateral and multilateral free trade agreements, and joining bodies like the World Trade Organization, countries of the Pacific enrol themselves into a set of obligations vis--vis intellectual property that few understand, and which all struggle to adequately administer. The desire to be seen as important and legitimate, perceived to come from signing up to treaties or membership of international bodies, blinds governments to questions of whether what they are signing up to is feasible, affordable and appropriate. Moreover, these frameworks are at least in their current form limited in terms of their ability to protect traditional knowledge, which is frequently cited by governments of the Pacific as their chief benefit. Worse still, clauses and consequences of many free trade agreements risk leaving countries worse off. The authors cite possible adverse consequences in terms of access to medicine. Never sign up to something you dont understand is a good legal dictum but yet, writ large, this seems to be what many countries in the Pacific have done vis--vis intellectual property obligations. As I read the book, I wondered how many more instances of poorly understood and complex agreements there could be. Is knowledge of the detail of PACER Plus likely to be any deeper?

But this is not a book that focuses on deficit, but rather suggests that there are alternative, better, more grounded ways of thinking about intellectual property.

At its core, this involves thinking beyond the frame that the State is the quintessential solution each and every time. Instead, this involves blending better or weaving to use the authors favoured metaphor state and non-state methods of regulation. The book ends with three practical examples of doing intellectual property differently: sharing boat-building expertise, trademarking Pacific cultural products, and regulating traditional medicinal knowledge. None of the stories are clear-cut or have the easy output indicator of a signing ceremony or a press release. They involve a multitude of actors and are all a bit messy, but demonstrate that it is possible to develop a more appropriate system of intellectual property....

22:00

Jacinda doesnt like to be called Cindy. Good to know "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It seems that Jacinda Ardern doesnt like to be called Cindy. We know this because she has done yet another interview with an overseas news outlet. Quote: I wonder if she worries that she will do something to evoke Trumps wrath and get a nickname hurled at her. Ive been given so many, itd [] The post Jacinda doesnt like to be called Cindy. Good to know appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:59

Currans emails an ongoing issue "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Clare Curran resigned as a minister last week, but issues remain and look like continuing to receive attention. Andrew Geddis (@acgeddis): Re Claire Currans gmails I think people are barking up the wrong legal tree. The question isnt direct application of the OIA, but rather whether she complied with the Public Records Act 2005. []

21:46

Ardern risks being hoist by her own celebrity PR petard "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jacinda Ardern has received international attention since becoming Prime Minister. Some of this is legitimate news, but some of it seems to be jacked up PR, usually more personal pap than political analysis. This probably shouldnt be unexpected, international media seems more interested in superficial celebration of so-called celebrities generally, and there is usually little []

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.

21:23

Sunday Sermon: Regime Change "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The US regime will never fully abandon its slave-keeping ways until it has been 1) disarmed, 2) dismantled, 3) reconstructed with a constitutional government that respects its own rules and does not vote-suppress, red-line, commit crimes against humanity, or slavery.

That may seem like an extreme statement, but the US, in the 1960s, had military troops firing live ammunition at protestors, police storming and beating masses of protestors, internal deportations, and glibly and openly talks about vote suppression and the influence of money in politics as if those are normal things in a democracy. They are not normal things.

Yet, the US fought its famous civil war and, practically before the bodies had cooled, it was establishing Jim Crow an organized, government-supported, racist program designed to maintain an agrarian under-class of laborers that had been politically disempowered to the point where working nearly for free was their only option. Sure, working for wages that are immediately owed to your share-cropper, or being a prison laborer, or subsisting on tips and public assistance those arent chattel slavery but theyre a set-up for a captive under-class. And, the US regime didnt hesitate to bring in labor (to keep labor costs down during WWII) from Mexico; the Bracero program which rotated 5 million migrant workers who were then expelled when the war ended. (The American Thank You) And then there were the Japanese-Americans who were interned in prison camps, but that casual description, no matter how horrible it is, hides a deeper wrong: they were economically pillaged, as well; they were forced to sell farms and businesses for basically nothing, or had their assets otherwise seized. Stories of the Braceros are stories of how the US Government itself acted to create a temporary economic underclass, to fill in for the long-established underclass that it had decided to send to fight for the superclass freedoms in Europe and the Pacific.

Right now there are prisoners strikes ongoing in the governments privatized, for-profit prisons. Because prisoners are getting paid $4/hr (or less) in prison-run sweatshops, making cabinets for free peoples homes. [ipi]

This is a perversion. The capitalists spew propaganda about market fairness, but notice how they immediately glom onto the market advantage of having a captive labor pool? In a rational world, prison laborers would be paid more because they didnt need housing, or to commute they are cheaper ev...

21:15

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

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

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Animals praise a good day, a good hunt. They praise rain if theyre thirsty. Thats prayer. They dont live an unconscious life, they simply have no language to talk about these things. But they are grateful for the good things that come along. Mary Oliver who celebrates her 83rd birthday today.

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.

20:31

Creeping Aotearoa (whakamokamoka Aotearoa?) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Our country is increasingly being referred to as Aotearoa, and particularly as Aotearoa New Zealand. Political parties, unions, public organisations use the term. Aotearoa New Zealand is also popular for company names. Searching the companies register shows 85 match aotearoa new zealand. It appears that our country is gradually being renamed. Some of this is happening by []

20:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Embed from Getty Images Naomi Osaka, 20 years old, just became the first player from Japan to win a Grand Slam. Yet rather than cheer Osaka, the crowd, the commentators and US Open officials all expressed shock and grief that Serena Williams lost. Osaka spent what should have been her victory lap in tears. It [] 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 adulation (noun) Excessive flattery or admiration. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : If adulation makes you think of a dog panting after its master, youre on the right etymological track; the word ultimately derives from the Latin verb adulari, meaning to fawn on (a sense used specifically of [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 10 25 When the storms of life come, the wicked are whirled away, but the godly have a lasting foundation. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

Dear politicians, get your heads out of the coal pit and into the real world | Peter Holding "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

As farmers we're dealing with increasingly extreme weather as a result of global warming. We need meaningful action nowAs a third-generation farmer from Harden in New South Wales, I've weathered climate extremes my whole life. It's simply part of doing business in one of the most variable climates in the world.The truth is, Australian farmers are good at what they do, and we know when things are changing. Related: The land falls silent: Australian farmers battle life without rain Related: [...]

19:20

Media watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

10 September 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 []

19:18

China joins Australia's largest maritime exercise for 1st time amid South China Sea row "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Chinese troops are taking part in Australia's largest maritime exercise for the first time, despite recent tensions between the nations. They are among 3,000 personnel from 27 countries taking part in the drills. The biennial naval operation, 'Exercise Kakadu,' is hosting 23 ships and submarines from across the Indo-Pacific region off the strategic northern port of Darwin with the aim of training the navies to cooperate effectively at sea. The drills have been lauded as building understanding and trust between the nations, just months after Chinese, Australian and US navies were close to a stand-off over the disputed South China Sea. In April, Australian vessels had a challenging encounter with China as it passed through the waterway, while in May the US reacted to what it describes as Beijing's militarization of disputed areas there by expelling it from joint naval exercises off Hawaii.

19:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:10

Open Forum Monday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

10 September 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 []

18:21

Mysterious 'footprints' measuring over 6 feet long discovered on Pacific Ocean floor "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Seventy percent of the Earth's surface is hidden beneath the ocean, yet 95 percent of it remains unexplored to the human eye. Strange footprints have been found on the bottom of the ocean floor by a deep-diving robot as part of a British study from the National Oceanographic Center in Southampton. Scientists ruled out the possibility of the mysterious tracks, measuring 6.5 feet in length and 13 inches deep, discovered 2.4 miles below the surface of the Pacific Ocean between Mexico and Hawaii, being the result of mining or scientific operations. They also said that the tracks were too large to be created by fish or any other deep-sea creatures. "Analysis revealed that the depressions were not randomly distributed," lead author of the research, Dr. Leigh Marsh, told the Express, adding that the most likely culprits are "deep-diving whales."

18:13

Two Hunting Websites Hacked "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

from Unoffensive Animal

anonymous report:

The sites for hunting safaris www.ballaballa.com and www.mashambanzousafaris.com have been hacked and erased.

Animal Liberation has no borders

balla balla safaris ==> Zambia South Africa
Bow Hunting & Rifle Hunting

Mashambanzou Safaris ==> Mozambique
Rifle Hunting

17:29

Huge trash tube that collects sea garbage launched in ambitious eco-project in San Francisco Bay "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Scientists have launched the Ocean Cleanup - a 2,000-foot trash-catching tube that could get rid of half of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in just five years - receiving a big thumbs-up from inventor Elon Musk on social media. The innovative device was launched on Saturday in San Francisco Bay. It is hoped that it will collect 5.5 tons of plastic waste each month, and will eventually be released in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch - a trash mass two times bigger than Texas, which is made up of 1.8 trillion pieces of rubbish, according to a recent study. Dutch entrepreneur Boyan Slat originally came up with the idea after a scuba-diving holiday in Greece when he was just a teenager. "I actually saw more plastic bags than fish around me," said the now-CEO and founder of Ocean Cleanup. Slat went on to set up the organization in 2013, and has so far raised $35 million through crowdfunding campaigns to help tackle the pollution issue in the world's oceans.

15:44

Action Alert: Papuan Activist Charged for Posting FB Video "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

UA: 165/18 Index: ASA 21/9048/2018 Indonesia

Date: 7 September 2018

URGENT ACTION

PAPUAN ACTIVIST CHARGED FOR POSTING FB VIDEO

A peaceful pro-independence Papuan activist, Agustinus Yolemal, was detained and charged for posting a video on Facebook. He was charged with disseminating hostility against the state ideology under the Law on Electronic Information and Transaction. If convicted, he would face a penalty of up to six years imprisonment. He is a prisoner of conscience and should be immediately and unconditionally released.

On the evening of 23 August, Agustinus Yolemal, a Papuan pro-independence activist, was in his house in Timika, Mimika District, Papua Province with his wife, his 6-year-old son and his sister-in-law. Dozens of police personnel arrested Agustinus, without showing an arrest warrant, the police brought all four people to a local police station for interrogation. The police also interrogated the 6-year old boy. After hours of interrogation, the police released three of them, while detaining Agustinus. The police named Agustinus as a suspect for disseminating video containing hostile messages against Indonesias state ideology. In the video that Agustinus posted on his Facebook page a few months ago, both Agustinus and his son can be seen and heard jointly voicing slogans including Papua, independence, referendum, yes, Indonesia, go home, Indonesia, stupid and Indonesia, animal. At the end of the video, Agustinus said that some of the slogans were too evil and told his son not to repeat them.

Article 45A(2) of Law on Electronic Information and Transaction (ITE Law), under which Agustinus has been charged, carries a maximum sentence of six years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to one billion rupiah (around US$66,700) for [a]ny person who deliberately and without right disseminates information aimed at inflicting hatred or hostility on individuals and/or certain groups in the society based on ethnicity, religion, race and membership of inter-groups (antar-golongan) as provided in Article 28(2) of the ITE Law. Although these articles of the ITE Law speak of information aimed at inflicting hatred or hostility on individuals and groups, in practice it has been used to prosecute individuals who use social media or other online platforms to criticise or ridicule abstract entities such as religion or state ideology. Thus, the vague and overbroad legislation has often been used to arrest, prosecute and punish persons for peacefully exercising their freedom of speech. Please write immediately in English, Bahasa or your own language urging Indonesia authorities to: Immediately and unconditionally release Agustinus Yolemal who has been solely detained for peacefully exercising their human rights, and withdraw any char...

15:09

Masses Around Globe Demand Action on Climate Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Environmental activists protested Saturday in 90 countries and 800 cities across the globe and the United States against inaction on the climate crisis in the runup to a major climate conference in San Francisco. Wednesdays conference was organized by California Gov. Jerry Brown in the wake of President Trumps violation of the Paris Climate Accord. The events were organized by 350.org and allies among non-governmental organizations.

Many of the rallies or demonstrations explicitly rejected the presidents high-carbon policies.

Global carbon dioxide emissions have continued to rise since the Paris accord, to 32.5 gigatons last year, though the rate of growth has slowed because of all the wind farms and solar panels people have installed around the world. Humans burning coal, gas and petroleum release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, a potent greenhouse gas that is heating the earth but also having other dire effects.

The U.S. rallies culminated in some 30,000 protesting in San Francisco, which is threatened by sea level rise. A prominent part was played in SF by native peoples, whether on the North American mainland or from Pacific islands, including Hawaii. Islands are in particular peril from the climate crisis, since sea-level rise will sweep away their beaches and low-lying lands.

West Coast demonstrators wanted to put pressure on Brown and California, which despite a relatively progressive record, still allows hydraulic fracturing throughout the state.

In Paris, as many as 50,000 demonstrators came out Saturday afternoon, for, as they said, the sake of the human species. Even in a smaller city, Lyons, there were 10,000. Organizers said that throughout the country, 115,000 protesters came out.

In France, the event took on a special urgency in the wake of the resignation in August of the Minister for Ecological Transition, Nicolas Hulot, a prominent environmentalist. President Emmanuel Macron gives pretty speeches about the climate crisis, but his government has few achievements to its credit, and Hulot began to feel that he was by serving on the cabinet engaged in a sort of greenwashing, with this presence making the Macron government look better than it is. Some of the organizers of Saturdays demonstrators in Paris were keen to hold the....

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

September 10 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

506  The bishops of Visigothic Gaul met in the Council of Agde.

1385 Le Loi, national hero of Viet Nam, founder of the Later L Dynasty, was born (d. 1433).

1419  John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy was assassinated by adherents of the Dauphin, the future Charles VII of France.

1509 An earthquake known as The Lesser Judgment Day hit Istanbul.

1547 The Battle of Pinkie Cleugh, the last full scale military confrontation between England and Scotland, resulting in a decisive victory for the forces of Edward VI.

1659 Henry Purcell, English composer, was born (d. 1695).

1798 At the Battle of St. Georges Caye, British Honduras defeated Spain.

1813  The United States defeated the British Fleet at the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812.

1823  Simn Bolvar was named President of Peru.

1844 Abel Hoadley, Australian confectioner, was born (d. 1918).

1846 Elias Howe was granted a patent for the sewing machine.

1852  Alice Brown Davis, American tribal chief , was born(d. 1935).

1858 George Mary Searle discovered the asteroid 55 Pandora.

1897  Lattimer massacre: A sheriffs posse killed 20 unarmed immigrant miners in Pennsylvania.

1898  Empress Elizabeth of Austria was assassinated by Luigi Lucheni.

1898  Waldo Semon,....

14:00

Midnight Movie: Battle Of The River Plate (1956) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Excellent movie made by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, with a uniformly excellent cast. An account of the hunt for the Graf Spee and her scuttling off Montevideo

11:00

Sunday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

WotW weighs the pros and cons of Western democracy and calls for new ideas to address the unique problems of our time. The post Sunday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:30

BBC Classic Drama: War & Peace by Nikolai Tolstoy #8/20 A Beautiful Tale "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wikipedia

War and Peace is a television dramatisation of the Leo Tolstoy novel of War and Peace. This 20 episode series began on 28 September 1972.

The BBC dramatisation of Tolstoys epic story of love and loss set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars. Anthony Hopkins heads the cast as Pierre Bezukhov, Morag Hood is Natasha Rostova, Alan Dobie is Andrei Bolkonsky and David Swift is Napoleon, whose decision to invade Russia in 1812 has far-reaching consequences for each of them and their families.

10:30

Why liberals should never own a gun store "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz A short clip showing why liberals should never own a gun store. Cam and Spiker might like this one. The post Why liberals should never own a gun store appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Sunday standup "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Case Histories: One Good Turn S01 E03 & E04 with Jason Isaacs "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Case Histories is a British crime drama television series based on the Jackson Brodie novel series by Kate Atkinson. It stars Jason Isaacs, who had also narrated the abridged audiobook adaptation, as protagonist Jackson Brodie. The series is both set and filmed in Edinburgh.] Initially each episode was aired in two 60 minute sections. The first series premiered on 5 June 2011, on BBC1 in the United Kingdom, and in October 2011 on PBS in the United States. A second series aired in 2013. Initially commissioned as two feature-length episodes in September 2012, the BBC reported that the format of series two would be different, encompassing three stories, each self-contained, at a running time of ninety minutes per episode. The first episode was revealed to be an adaptation of Atkinsons novel Started Early, Took My Dog. Filming for the second series commenced in October 2012. The second and third episodes of the series are original stories, written exclusively for television

09:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama:Water Rats S03 E10 Old Dog, Old Tricks "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Season 3 Episode 5 appears to be missing

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

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

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

09:30

How to talk Australians : Episode 1 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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09:25

China engages in Australias largest maritime drill for first time "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

China is participating for the first time in Australias largest maritime exercise as more than 3,000 personnel from 27 countries engage in joint training off the strategic northern port of Darwin.

Exercise Kakadu is hosting 23 ships and submarines from across the Indo-Pacific region, enabling them to establish familiarity which helps to prevent conflict on the high seas and to coordinate disaster relief efforts.

Commander Anita Sellick of the Australian frigate HMAS Newcastle said two Royal Australian Navy sailors were accepted onto Chinas naval frigate Huangshan during the drill.

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China guided missile destroyer Huangshan

Two of our Australian navy sailors are across actually, right now in the Chinese ship. So theyve both been able to integrate within each others navy and learn a little bit of what life is like for them today in Exercise Kakadu, Sellick told Reuters on Saturday.

Commander of the Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead, told reporters in Darwin in a televised interview on Friday that there were mutual benefits in building understanding and trust during the exercise.

The joint military practice, which will continue until Sept. 15, is supported by the Royal Australian Air Force and involves 21 aircraft.

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Royal Australian Navy sailors stand with officers from the Chinese Navy aboard the Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Newcastle during Australias largest maritime exercise Exercise Kakadu being conducted off the coast of Darwin in northern Australia, September 8, 2018. Picture taken September 8, 2018. REUTERS/Jill Gralow

Darwin, on the doorstep of Asia, is Australias most strategically important city and has been home to a contingent of U.S. Marines since 2011 making it the logical place for the exercise.

Integrating the Peoples Liberation Army...

09:00

Classic Comedy: The Darling Buds of May "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Darling Buds of May is an English comedy drama television series, produced by Yorkshire Television for the ITV network, first broadcast between 7 April 1991 and 4 April 1993. It is an adaptation of the 1958 novel of the same name, and its sequels, by H. E. Bates.

Set in rural 1950s Kent, it follows the life of the Larkin family. It starred David Jason as Pop Larkin alongside Pam Ferris as Ma Larkin, with Catherine Zeta-Jones playing their eldest daughter Mariette, who marries tax inspector Cedric Charlie Charlton, played by Philip Franks. A ratings success, it proved to be Zeta-Joness breakout role.

Featuring a total of 20 episodes, it was broadcast as three series of six double-episode story lines in the spring of 1991, 1992 and 1993, plus two single-episode Christmas specials aired in 1991 and 1992

09:00

Dave Rubin returns with guest host Ben Shapiro "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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09:00

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

As disappointments go, its a minor one but none the less disappointing for that when desserts look better than they taste.

Its a delight, and the child in me still considers it more than a minor one, when the deliciousness of a dessert at least equals its eye appeal.

Tonight Im grateful for dessert that delighted.

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. Owl says hi [] The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

07:45

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1946, Doug Ingle keyboards and vocals with Iron Butterfly. Born today in 1946 , Bruce Palmer bassist with Buffalo Springfield. Born today in 1947, Freddy Weller (Wilton Frederick Weller)  songwriter, singer and guitarist with Paul Revere and The Raiders. Born today in 1952, Dave Stewart guitarist, songwriter and producer [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:31

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ebullition  the state or process of boiling or bubbling ; a sudden outpouring of violent or intense emotion.

07:30

Whaleoil sports quiz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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07:00

Quiz: Remembering 9/11 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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06:30

Memorable memes "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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06:23

Native Title Authorisation Meeting Widi People "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


The Native Title Claim Group is described as those Widi People (Widi language People of the Nebo Estate) who are the biological or adopted descendants of the following people:

1.  Jean White, mother of Albert Butterworth;
2.  Mr Clark (of Sutter Station) & Jinny (of Stockton Station) whose know children are Charlie Clark and Dick Clark
3.  Jinny (of Stockton Station) whose know child (with Mr Watson) is Charlie Watson;
4.  Siblings Tommy Emmerson/Iffley and Arthur Emmerson;
5.  Roger (of Nebo district), whose know child is Emily Rogers;
6.  Ned Thorney, whose know child is Sarah Mate Mate nee Throney/Sauney;
7.  Sophie (of Nebo), whose known children are Jack Skeen, William Skeen and Norman Skeen;
8.  Dick (of Nebo), whose known child is Sam Murray;
9.  Billy (Nebo) & Molly (of Oxford Downs Station), whose known children are Jessie and Billy Sullivan;
10. Harry Monsell Snr ( of Lake Elphinstone) whose known children are Lily Sullivan, Flora Doyle and Harry Monsell Jnr;
11. King (of Fort Copper) & Meg (of Fort Copper), whose known children are Johnny, Mick, Mitchell Dalton, Paddy, Emma and Annie;
12. Ida (from Mackay), whose known child is Rene Hess;
13. Maggie, whose known children are Norman Brown Snr, George Duke' Barker and Ina Darwin.

Appeared in the Courier Mail of September 8, 2018

06:06

New Study Islands are Growing not Sinking with Global Warming Conspiracy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This theory of Global Warming and the oceans will rise and places like New York City and Miami will sink beneath the waves is just so childish it is beyond contemplation that anyone coming up with such a theory would ever understand a complex system. They must have cut class during Physics probably because it was too far above their head. I have written before that the real experts on the oceans and how they function were at the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory at Columbia University. It was in 1956 when they published A theory of ice ages by Maurice Ewing and William Donn, which these Global Conspiracy theorists obviously never read.  The stupid assumption that if the ice all melted the oceans would rise demonstrates they are incapable of understanding the planetary forces or are too corrupt to come up with a theory that is sufficient to convince weak-minded politicians.

 

These pretend scientists have been surprised by the recent findings, which show that some islands in the Pacific have actually grown by almost one-third in size over the past 60 years and have not sunk beneath the waves as predicted by the Global Warming conspiracy crowd. Indeed, the island chains to have increased in land mass such as Tuvalu and neighboring Kiribati. Both islands have attracted attention at last years Copenhagen climate summit. In this new study, researchers compared aerial photographs and high-resolution satellite images of 27 islands taken...

06:00

Leighton Smith slams the climate fraudsters "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Leighton Smith has always been of the few out there calling out the fraud that is climate change. His recent column on the topic has led to Greg Presland at The Standard calling for him to be attacked for daring to have a different view, the commenters of course all pile in and plenty of [] The post Leighton Smith slams the climate fraudsters 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.

04:30

Kiwi as "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It would be hard to find someone more kiwi as than a half Maori, half Scots who said of himself, Half of me wants to go to the pub and get pissed, and the other half doesnt want to pay for it. Quote. Billy T Jameswas a Kiwi entertainment icon, known to thousands of New [] The post Kiwi as appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Click on image for a high-res view The National Debt Pizza: How Much Is Your Slice? The people at HowMuch.net call it the Snowball of Debt, but honestly, it looks more like a pizza. Or a vast, boiling vat of paella. The ingredients are country-shaped. The biggest countries are near the centre, the smallest ones [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:45

Trail of Woe: Bucks versus benefits; the ugly side of Kokoda "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Bell 1 - Kokoda Trail entry
Kokoda trail or trial? Rashmii Bell's 10-day trek investigated who benefits from Kokoda tourism and why there's a need for urgent corrective action

RASHMII AMOAH BELL

The first of a series of articles about the need to improve the conditions and sustainable development of the tourism industry on the Kokoda Trail. The articles document my observations and conversations with Papua New Guinean guides, carriers, campsite owners and communities as I trekked the Trail from 617 August.

BRISBANE - In 2017, I was invited by the Australian-based social enterprise, Kokoda Track Foundation (KTF), to facilitate two rural school book-making workshops in Oro Province.

While designated to act only in as a volunteer, all research, design, delivery and facilitation was assigned to me by the Foundation. On both occasions I achieved the assigned outcomes.

And so, having donated my time and talent to this organisation, it was with disappointment and regret to have it deny my sole and rightful authorship of Butterflies along the Track, the KTFs Kokoda75 commemorative childrens book, funded by Australias foreign affairs department.

Exacerbated by KTFs resistance to engage in public dialogue (nor to issue a formal apology) on this matter, my frustration increased at witnessing what I perceived as a conscious act of perpetuating the aid-dependent narrative of many projects in PNG.

Perhaps such strategies to insert oneself between aid funder and aid receiver are necessary for institutional survival masked as making a contribution to nation-building activities in PNG.

This incident shifted my attention to examining other activities of foreign entities in PNG. I was particularly on the lookout for acts of exploitation and dispossession of Papua New Guineans, especially in the rural and remote regions.

I saw an urgent need to critique the operations of such ent...

03:30

Facts are facts. More Muslim immigrants, more rapes. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Daniel Greenfield reports the stats: Quote:Sweden has one of Europes highest rates of sexual assaults. At 120.79 violent sexual assaults per 100,000 people, and 56 rapes per 100,000, the otherwise bleak socialist country ranks as having the second highest rate of sexual violence in Europe. What makes Sweden so exceptionally dangerous for women? Its militant [] The post Facts are facts. More Muslim immigrants, more rapes. appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:00

Transcribed exactly as spoken: For immediate release "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Satire Statement of the Prime Minister; the Honourable Jacinda Kate Laurell and Hardy Ardern on falsehoods. Transcribed, exactly as spoken, by her loyal staff. For immediate release: Uhm. look, I dunno. People are being mean. I did not, uhm, ah, lie to the public yesderday. It was not the public, it was a man, it [] The post Transcribed exactly as spoken: For immediate release appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

What will a Wellbeing Budget look like? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

You may remember that the Budget of 2018 would be the last normal budget and that the government was going to use a number of benchmarks other than purely fiscal ones in their future budgets. As there does not appear to be a model anywhere in the world that we can look to for guidance, [] The post What will a Wellbeing Budget look like? 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: View from my office window today, 25th June. Looking south at the eastern edge of The Remarkables. This mornings snow has melted, waiting for more tonight. NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Whole Life "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Whole Life Prints

There are things that happen when you finally stop fighting & trust the whole way. Time slows down & you see a world that no one else but children notices & when they see you paying attention their eyes get wide because theyd come so close to believing they were the only ones who remembered the secret to life is seeing it/feeling it/tasting it with your whole self. Whole LIfe   2016 Brian Andreas  posted with permission.

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

01:55

Te Wiki o te Reo Mori "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

He mauri te reo Mori n Aotearoa mu, m ttou katoa REO MORI AN ESSENTIAL PART OF NEW ZEALAND FOR []

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. Please note this is not about just one comment. We are looking [] The post Commenter of the week appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:10

The Global Nuclear Waste Crisis theme for September 18 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Its a crisis NOW. Already there are many hundreds of thousands of metric tones of radioactive trash piled up in the nuclear countries.  A crisis that rivals climate change. A crisis that means more sickness, more danger, more terrorism risks, more secrecy and security heading to police states.

Its time that the world faced up to it

Its a massive and pressing problem in USA because America was the first to develop nuclear power and nuclear weapons in a big way, and because there is freedom of speech in USA so people know about the problem.

Anxiety about the nuclear waste problem is growing in Britain and France, and some European countries.

Russia undoubtedly has a massive radioactive waste problem, but you dont get to hear about it in a totalitarian state.

And China? China has huge pollution problems from industry but little public acknowledgment of its nuclear waste. Still there are protests   nobody wants the waste in their backyard.

And smaller non-nuclear countries like Australia still face the radioactive horrors from uranium mining, and the threat of nuclear waste dumping.

01:00

Whaleoil music quiz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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00:51

The Fall Transition "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Summer is over west of the Cascade crest.  Heat waves are done.  Dense smoke in western Washington is finished. 

Take out your sweaters and rain gear.   You will need them.   A reason to be thankful we are living in the Northwest rather than central and southern California, which the threats of fires and smoke will continue for several months more.

Let's take a look at the latest ensemble prediction of the NOAA/NWS GFS model for surface air temperature at Sea-Tac Airport (remember an ensemble is when we run the model many times using different initial conditions or model physics).  The black line is the mean of the ensemble (generally a very good forecast) and you can see the prediction of the various ensemble members. The forecasts go through September 16th.

No heat waves..in fact, we expect cooler temperatures, with Monday and Tuesday barely getting into the 60s!    Then a very modest warm up with highs in the 60s.



And with the cooling temperatures, there will be multiple opportunities for light rain (see ensemble predictions for 3-h precipitation).  
Why all the changes?  Because of a major reconfiguration of the atmosphere with the development of a persistent upper level trough over the northeast Pacific.  

To illustrate, here is the upper-level map (500 hPa, about 18,000 ft ASL), showing a major trough right off our shore.

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00:48

00:33

Most peaceful countries 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

New Zealand ranked 2nd in the 2018 Global Peace Index. Most peaceful countries, 2018. 1. Iceland 2. New Zealand 3. Austria 4. Portugal 5. Denmark 6. Canada 7. Czech Republic 8. Singapore 9. Japan 10. Ireland 121. United States 154. Russia 157. Libya 160. Iraq 162. Afghanistan 163. Syria (last) This is the twelfth edition []

00:30

Recipe of the week "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Secret Red Pepper Sauce Given to me by a friend 6 large red peppers 4 cups white vinegar 4 cups sugar Deseed, cut up peppers and whizz in food processor to fine chunky mix Put peppers in a pot with white vinegr and boil until soft, let it cool a bit Whizz again until smooth [] The post Recipe of the week appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:26

The trees that ooze metallic sap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Heavy metals like nickel and zinc are usually the last thing that plants want to grow next to in high concentrations.But a specialised group, known as hyperaccumulators, have evolved to take up the normally toxic metals into their stems, leaves and even seeds. Researchers have been studying Pycnandra acuminata in particular - a tree that grows on the island of New Caledonia in the south Pacific. They think it may use the nickel to defend against insects. Its latex has an unusual blue-green colour as it contains up to 25% nickel. "Pycnandra acuminata is a large (up to 20m tall) rare rainforest tree, restricted to remaining patches of rainforest in New Caledonia," says Dr Antony van der Ent, a researcher at the University of Queensland who has been studying the tree.

00:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Make jobs attractive to youth Neal Wallace:

Farmers need to change their approach to employment conditions to encourage more people to work for them, Federated Farmers employment spokesman Chris Lewis says.

Low regional unemployment is making staff recruitment more challenging but there are already fewer people choosing agricultural careers.

To be competitive farmers need to consider more than just pay but also rosters, hours of work, housing, the workplace environment, pressure of the job and ensure they meet their legal payroll and time-recording obligations. . .

Annual results will put Fonterra under microscope Sally Rae:

Scrutiny from farmers is expected next week when new chairman John Monaghan and recently appointed interim chief executive Miles Hurrell front Fonterras 2017-18 annual results presentation.

While commodity price fluctuations were part and parcel of the reality of being a dairy farmer, grumblings about Fonterras corporate performance have been growing, Westpac senior economist Anne Boniface said.

From an historical perspective, prices remained at relatively robust levels and, at $6.50, most farmers would be in positive cashflow territory. . . 

FENZ urges caution on controlled burns John Gibb:

Large, controlled burn fires at Northburn Station, near Cromwell, produced huge smoke clouds on several days this week, but burned without any problems, Fire and Emergency New Zealand said.

Otago principal chief rural fire....

00:00

Dumb as a bag of hammers and still digging "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Someone needs to tell Clare Curran to put down the shovel: Quote: Just hours after resigning from her role as broadcasting minister, Clare Curran came out swinging at the political editor of a state broadcaster on Twitter. And since then Curran has taken down her Twitter account.    Currans resignation followed a horror week in [] The post Dumb as a bag of hammers and still digging appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

Saturday, 08 September

23:45

Breaking news: More mass arrests of peaceful protesters in West Papua during demonstration over Pacific Islands Forum "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

https://www.freewestpapua.org/2018/09/08/pif2018_mass_arrests/

Breaking news: More mass arrests of peaceful protesters in West Papua during demonstration over Pacific Islands Forum

SEPTEMBER 8, 2018

Breaking news from Bintuni Bay, West Papua. Reports that colonial Indonesian police have arrested at least 15 more people for supporting Pacific Island leaders to take West Papua to the UN. Saturday 8th September, 2018.

TELUK BINTUNI- The Bintuni community again held a demonstration supporting Vanuatu to push for a Resolution for West Papua in the Pacific Islands Forum and the UN, Saturday (08/09/2018).

The long march with a West Papuan flag began at the Tubi Bridge at 08:00. Indonesian police officers arrived immediately and dispersed the crowd and seized the West Papuan flag. The crowd then sat on the spot while singing a Christian hymn.

Indonesian Bintuni police chief headed to the location of the action and negotiated with indigenous elders. Negotiations are still ongoing.

The Indonesian military, police and plainclothes thugs were in heavy presence carrying around 40 weapons.

The number of people who still demonstrating is believed to be more than 50 people.

Names of those arrested by Indonesian forces.

1. Boy P Kadop,
2. Wiliam Ayorbaba,
3. Alfredo bisay,
4. ndarias ayomi,
5 Eljon Agaki,
6. Alex aronggear,
7. wakil gub wpna wilayah doberay Tuan Makus umpes.,
8. Agus kutumun,
9. Yoke Madepa,
10. Victor Makamuke,
11. Aser Paratoi,
12. David Suanburaro,
13. Yeri Fimbay,
14. Kristin Paratoi,
15 Yafet

Story still developing.

West Papua needs international intervention to stop these human rights violations.

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23:30

More wasted money on road maggots from Auckland Council "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Aside from the reported $23 million to $35 million cost, I see that the Grey Lynn and West Lynn types are complaining about their cycleway and the impacts on residents and the community during construction and the apparent lack of a solution for business parking.  I would note that they also point to meagre usage [] The post More wasted money on road maggots from Auckland Council appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:15

Top Ten posts of the week "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This Sunday morning post is to provide you with the links to the top TEN most read posts of the past week so that you can easily catch up on the most interesting and popular posts written by our Whaleoil writers over the past 7 days ( Sunday to Monday). JacindaAir CEO starts explaining huge cost for [] The post Top Ten posts of the week appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Karl du Fresne on neo-wowsers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I like how Karl du Fresne has labelled pontificating academics who want to stop us enjoying life in our own way: Quote: So the latest word from health researchers is that no level of alcohol consumption can be considered safe. Lets set aside the fact that were constantly bombarded with health and diet studies [] The post Karl du Fresne on neo-wowsers appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:46

Massive Floating Boom Will Corral Pacific Oceans Plastic Trash "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

SAN FRANCISCOEngineers will deploy a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the worlds largest garbage patch in the heart of the Pacific Ocean.

The 2,000-foot (600-meter) long floating boom will be towed Saturday from San Francisco to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch an island of trash twice the size of Texas.

The system was created by The Ocean Cleanup, an organization founded by Boyan Slat, a 24-year-old innovator from the Netherlands who first became passionate about cleaning the oceans when he went scuba diving at age 16 in the Mediterranean Sea and saw more plastic bags than fish.

The plastic is really persistent and it doesnt go away by itself and the time to act is now, Slat said, adding that researchers with his organization found plastic going back to the 1960s and 1970s bobbing in the patch.

The buoyant, a U-shaped barrier made of plastic and with a tapered 10-foot (3-meter) deep screen, is intended to act like a coastline, trapping some of the 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic that scientists estimate are swirling in that gyre but allowing marine life to safely swim beneath it.

Fitted with solar power lights, cameras, sensors and satellite antennas, the cleanup system will communicate its position at all times, allowing a support vessel to fish out the collected plastic every few months and transport it to dry land where it will be recycled, said Slat.

Shipping containers filled with the fishing nets, plastic bottles, laundry baskets and other plastic refuse scooped up by the system being deployed Saturday are expected to be back on land within a year, he said.

The Ocean Cleanup, which has raised $35 million in donations to fund the project, including from Salesforce.com chief executive Marc Benioff and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel, will deploy 60 free-floating barriers in the Pacific Ocean by 2020.

One of our goals is to remove 50 percent of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in five years, Slat said.

The free-floating barriers are made to withstand harsh weather conditions and constant wear and tear. They will stay in the water for two decades and in that time collect 90 percent of the trash in the patch, he added.

George Leonard, chief scientist of the Ocean Conservancy, a nonprofit environmental advocacy group, said hes skeptical Slat can achieve that goal because even if plastic trash can be taken out of the ocean, a lot more is pouring in each year.

We at the Ocean Conservancy are highly skeptical but we hope it works, he said. The ocean needs all the help it can get.

Leonard said 9 million tons (8 metric tons) of plastic waste enter the ocean annually and that a solu...

14:40

More on fluoride "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

THE University of Otago appears to be losing its way as the conscience of society with respect to preventing IQ loss in children from water fluoridation.

Although academics were criticised, by Emeritus Prof Paul Connett, for not attending the recent public lecture on fluoridation and childrens IQ and engaging in debate (ODT, 6.9.18), university staff do not have to rely on public lectures by visiting experts to learn about cutting edge research. The lecture emphasised the 2017 paper by Morteza Bashash and others published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, available online to university staff members.

Similarly, knowledge can be considered to advance best by cool, reasoned, logical arguments, based on evidence, rather than by heated rhetoric and the cut and thrust of debate.

Knowledge in science is never settled, and the substantial evidence presented by Prof Bashash in 2017 cannot be selectively countered, as Prof Paul Brunton attempted (ODT, 6.9.18), by referring to reports from recent decades which did not consider the Bashash work. The public deserve a reasoned answer to the specific concerns raised by Prof Bashash, and elaborated on in Fluoride 2017;50(4):385392, which indicate that fluoridated water is unsafe for pregnant women.

Bruce Spittle

Ocean View

*Original letter online at https://www.pressreader.com/new-zealand/otago-daily-times/20180908/282900911477070

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