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Friday, 18 May


Israel takes NZ to task "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I am pleased to see Israel taking the virtue-signalling of Jacinda Ardern and the government to task after the prime minister decided that tut-tutting in support of 50 dead Hamas terrorirsts was preferable to supporting a democratic country protecting its borders. The NZ Herald reports: Quote: Relations between Israel and New Zealand have been further [] The post Israel takes NZ to task appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Peters and a handsome horse called Neoliberalism "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This weeks budget highlights a big contrast between what Winston Peters has said and what he does. Talking the bucking the system bronco talk in opposition, but trotting along with the establishment for a dividend of baubles. In past years Peters speeches has condemned National, capitalism and neoliberalism, but this weeks budget has been described []


Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

If you want to update your credit card details click here. If you want to upgrade or change your subscription click here. You can easily upgrade between subscription levels at any time by visiting your account page. When upgrading your subscription, it will be prorated based on the amount you have already paid and how much time is left on your [] The post If you want to UPDATE, UPGRADE or CHANGE any details this post has all the links you will need appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Budget 2018 Some reactions and commentary "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From RNZ a number of reactions to Robertsons Budget 2018.

There were coalition lamingtons and Budget Day cheese rolls. But was there the promised cash? Finance Minister Grant Robertson promised big spending in health and education and on housing and infrastructure. He also promised to stick to his Budget Responsibility Rules and deliver a surplus. Political reporter Gia Garrick looks at whether he delivered on those promises.

Then on the reduction in some health costs

Half a million people will soon be able to visit the doctor for less, after yesterdays budget announced GP visits will be slashed by up to $30 for Community Services Card holders. 53,000 more children will be able to go for no cost at all, as the age for free visits rises from 13 to 14. Reporter Emma Hatton spoke to Wellington locals just moments after the announcement, to see what they thought.

Community midwives have been telling the government the service is in crisis and rural midwives are getting out. Charlie Ferris who works in Central Otago says the Budget funding boost of $103 million over four years still wont be enough to stop some leaving. She spoke to our reporter Nita Blake-Persen about the increase including the 8....


Saturday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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A prefect marriage is just two imperfect people who refuse to give up on each other.



Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No [] The post Whaleoil general debate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Rice is not food security for PNG; lets focus on our own staples "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Rice cultivation (Trukai)TANYA ZERIGA ALONE | EmNausPNG Blog

PORT MORESBY - A family meal in Papua New Guinea is incomplete without rice. Indeed, rice has fast become a staple for town residents in the four decades since independence.

Rice is referred to as marasin [medicine] and has the same effect on some people. One can never go wrong presenting to relatives back home a bag or packet of rice.

Rice is consumed by nearly half of the entire world population and many countries, especially in Asia, are completely dependent on rice as a staple food.

Rice is said to be the worlds food security, and in PNG there is a rush for rice cultivation.

Indeed, a 10-year domestic rice development policy was approved by the National Executive Council in 2005.

The policy aims to establish a sustainable domestic rice industry that would enhance household food security and nutrition, generate cash income for farmers, and reduce dependence on imported rice. 

The NEC decision stands even though peer-reviewed studies show rice only makes up 9% of Papua New Guineans diet while local staples make up 68% of the diet.

The government has engaged the Philippines, China, Taiwan and Japan to teach Papua New Guineans to cultivate rice, which is now grown in small scale projects in several provinces in PNG.

Hybrid rice has been introduced in the Ramu Valley in the vicinity of the Chinese Ramu Nico Company by the Chinese themselves. According to the miners, the rice is going to be food security for the local people displaced by the mine.

The big question, however, is whether rice should be encouraged as food security for PNG?

I wont deny that I enjoy rice ever so often, especially rice from my grandmothers small rice plot. But, should PNG embrace rice as a food security over our local staple cultivars (like taro, bananas, Irish potatoes, sweet potatoes, cassava, sago and nuts)?

Rice is fast to grow and easy to cook, however, in favouring this faster growing species, we can neglect our local taro and  banana cultivars a legacy passed on from our forefathers. 

Through breeding over thousands of years, these traditional cultivars are suited for this trop...


Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is neatnik (noun) One who is habitually neat and orderly. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Neatnik was formed in opposition to the supposedly scruffy, unshaven beatnik (coined in 1958). The suffix -nik, still unnaturalised in English, is of immediate Yiddish origin, from Slavic (Russian, Ukrainian). English peacenik, also [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 19 21 You can make many plans, but the Lords purpose will prevail. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Factoring the Pacific into Australias approach to China "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Map showing scale of Chinese aid in the Pacific (Lowy Institute)

BAL KAMA | DevPolicy Blog

CANBERRA - The China-in-the-Pacific dilemma has once again hit the headlines in Australia, this time with a proposed naval base in Vanuatu.

It was promptly rejected by the Vanuatu government, but the likelihood of having Chinese military hardware on a long-term basis in the Pacific has raised significant discussion on the strategic implications for Australia and its allies.

Australia has long maintained a well-established and enduring relationship with the people of the Pacific. But Chinas influence is undeniably increasing. Its investment in soft power in particular has been a success, not only in economic terms but also in the lives of ordinary people.

Chinese infrastructure projects, while not always successful, have enabled access to government services, giving people a sense of modernity and development. Chinas growing diaspora in the Pacific is also increasingly active in community engagements and maintain a close influence on local politics.

Chinas people-to-people relations continue to expand as it becomes a first responder to disaster relief efforts, shows goodwill through local charities, and provides scholarships for Pacific students to prestigious Chinese universities.

To bridge the cultural gap, China is currently considering building Chinese language schools in the Pacific, beginning with Papua New Guinea.

Australia believes, as part of its strategic policy, that a secure Pacific means a secure Australia. Chinas emergence in the Pacific is seen by some as a threat to this state of order.

Recent rhetoric in Australia seems to be aimed towards pressuring Canberra to deepen its engagement with the Pacific as a way of countering China and projecting Australia as a partner of choice for the Pacific countries.

But these approaches are not new, considering Australias extensive awareness of Chinas influence in the region. Australias interest in the Pacific has varied over the years, b...


Sonnet 25: Ejaculation is as sure as spit "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Poetry-pencilMICHAEL DOM

There is less lyric in pyric passions
Explosive, explicit, exotic dance
Some syllabic maze to navel-gaze on,
Swallowing a shallow, callow cadence.

When the deeper you feel, the more you drool
And as high as some bird flies in the sky
There's somewhere, somehow, some similar fool
Achieving states of ecstasy as high.

Instead, use emotional propulsion 
Let this be surrendered to the rudder 
Thence to the tiller of our tongue, your pen,
Confer your soul: seek emancipation.

Ejaculation is as sure as spit
Show me your poetry, don't just write it.


Media watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

19 May 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 []


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


Open Forum Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

19 May 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 []


Days "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

First light in PNG (RKH Photography)JEFFREY FEBI

Days are born at first light.
Dead at last light.
Less they care about memories.
Gather, don't they in anniversaries?

Often many a day is grey and boring.
Certainly, a dark day would be raining.
Without winds of determination.
Strong when winds are, it's a confrontation.

But we know a day is ours particularly.
When mild is the heat, wind is airworthy.
Streams refreshing, and noise calming.
A day is great when it's approving.

Many as the stars, may great days be.
And in their last lights, may dark days flea.
First lights herald births of days.


Port Moresby road works near completion "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Friday May 18, 2018

Major road infrastructure works in and around Port Moresby are due for completion before the APEC Leaders Summit in November, according to city manager Bernard Kipit.

In fact, three out of six major road projects will be completed well before the end of August.

Ela Beach is the first major project to be completed on schedule, due to be opened to traffic by the end of July.

That will be followed by Stanley Esplanade in town and Independence Drive in Waigani, both due to be opened for traffic by the end of August.

The rehabilitation of the Freeway, Independence Boulevard, Independence Drive and the Wards Road roundabouts will be completed by the end of October.

All projects are consistent with NCDCs four year plan.

 Kipit said there was no easy way to avoid the traffic congestion caused by the road works.

In the example of the Freeway, traffic could not be diverted around site, as the surrounding roads were not designed for heavy or oversized vehicles," he said.

"So the Freeway has had to be rehabilitated in sections.

But I want to assure the public that the end to our traffic woes is just around the corner.

The cost to NCDC and our people has been minimal as the road projects have been funded by a series of generous non-tied aid grants from China.

In the case of Ela Beach where we originally had to remove 100 trees to make way for the new-look Ela Beach.

"We are planting over 1,000 trees which will transform Ela Beach in to a real showcase for Papua New Guinea, especially with APEC Haus as part of the landscape.

Its a win for our people and a win for the environment. 

Motorists have been patient and their patience will be rewarded with Port Moresby connected with world-class roads infrastructure, the likes we have never before seen in our capital city.

It has been a case of short term pain for long term gain.

The new roads will facilitate the further growth and development of our city for the benefit of all.

I wish to reassure motorists and residents that our major road works will soon come to an end, with world class roads as the reward for our patience, planning and perseverance."


Taiwan: 172 members of the US House of Representatives Urge World Health Assembly to Include Taiwan "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A bipartisan group of 172 members of the US House of Representatives on Wednesday sent WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus a letter urging the WHO to allow Taiwan to participate in the annual World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland.

The letter, which was signed by House Committee on Foreign Affairs Chairman Ed Royce and ranking member Eliot Engel, was also sent to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar.

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Last year, the WHO under pressure from the Peoples Republic of China withheld its invitation for Taiwan to participate in the 70th WHA. With this action, the WHO became complicit in Beijings campaign to keep Taiwan out of meaningful participation in assemblies like these, the letter said.

The decision to withhold the invitation, after eight consecutive years of Taiwans participation, violated the spirit of a key principle set forth in the preamble of the WHO Constitution, which states that the health of all peoples is fundamental to the attainment of peace and security and is dependent on the fullest co-operation of individuals and states, it said.

Global health and safety should not be held hostage to Chinas political objectives, it said. We are all safer when Taiwan has meaningful and unobstructed participation in international health cooperation fora.

The lawmakers urged Tedros to allow Taiwans unconditional inclusion as an observer in this years WHA, as well as in future annual and technical meetings, citing its long history of generous contributions to international efforts to prevent epidemics and provide critical humanitarian aid following natural disasters.

It has been an important participant in global efforts to prevent, monitor, contain, and treat infectious diseases, and has demonstrated its good global citizenship through humanitarian efforts both within the Asia-Pacific region and around the world, they said.

The WHA meeting opens on Monday in Geneva.

Taiwan started its efforts to join the WHO in 1997, but did not get invited to attend the WHA as an observer until 2009. It last received an invitation only days before President Tsai Ing-wen () took office on May 20, 2016, and it came with an unprecedented mention of Beijings one China principle.

The government has used several ways to raise international support for its bid to attend this year, including international media and launching online promotional campaigns to underline Taiwans dedication to public health.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday....


Port Moresby Governor Parkop promotes PNG as a hub for investment, tourism "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

NCD Governor Powes Parkop has flagged the country to visiting naval officers from Russia as an investment and tourism hub despite all the negative publicities overseas about PNG.

Mr Parkop said the visit by the Russian navy officers in their warship was historic, conveying his warm welcome to them.

During a dialogue hosted yesterday in Parliament, he commended them for showing interest in the city which is hosting the APEC Leaders Summit in November.

Mr Parkop said the visit was a testament of Moscow placing value in the Indo-Pacific region.

He added that the countries had a long history dating back to the settlement of Russian scientist and traveller Nikolai Miklouho-Maclay in the country from 1846 to 1888.

Governor Parkop, however, has assured the Russians that the country is full of peace-loving and friendly citizens.

When queried about the aggressiveness of our people, he gave them the assurance that our country is unique and safe.

You all are visiting the country for the first time. All of you can become our ambassador. You have heard stories about us. It is good that you came to find out for yourselves to confirm that, he said.

He stated that the country was rich in tourism spots, adding that it is the next frontier for tourist industry.

You have seen everywhere else around the world but you have not seen everything until you come to PNG, he said.

He admitted that like every other country in the world, PNG has its own share of the challenges.

Apart from tourism, he said, the country is also rich in natural resources and that he extended his warm welcome to Russian businesses to invest in the country, taking their relationship to the next level.

1. Governor Parkop;
2. Russian Navy officers posing for a photo Governor Parkop in Parliament's State Function Room yesterday (Wednesday)


Kenyan reserves tourism monitoring app builds revenue and transparency "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Nature reserves frequently operate with scarce resources, relying on revenue from tourism or donations for their survival. When managers of the Mara Triangle portion of Kenyas renowned Maasai Mara National Reserves assessed the revenue it was losing to cheating by tourist guides and park entry staff, they automated their capacity to monitor tourist payments and ticketing. Giraffe buddies in Maasai Mara in the tall grass during rainy season, before the start of the massive animal migration from Serengeti National Park begins. Photo credit: Sue Palminteri Mongabay-Wildtech spoke with Alfred Bett, Director of the Mara Conservancys wild animal harassment and ticket monitoring section, about an app his team uses to ensure transparency in tourism revenue collection. A wonder-ful natural phenomenon Bett explained that after the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) designated the Serengeti-Maasai Mara massive wildlife migration as one of seven natural wonders of Africa in 2013, tourism to the Reserve exploded. Nearly one and one-half million wildebeest, zebra and gazelles migrate north from Serengeti National Park in Tanzania each year to graze on fresh grass in Maasai Mara, and most of them cross the Mara River. Rushing waters and hungry crocodiles make this a perilous crossing, but the determination of so many animals to reach their dry-season feeding grounds inspires visitors. Entry gate to the Mara Triangle, which makes up the western portion of the Maasai Mara National Reserve in southern Kenya. Photo credit: Sue Palminteri The influx in migration-oriented tourists led the managers of the Mara

Strong and shallow M6.2 earthquake hits south of Kermadec Islands, New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.2 hit south of the Kermadec Islands, New Zealand at 01:45 UTC on May 18, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 10.6 km (6.6 miles). The epicenter was located 544.2 km (338.1 miles) NE of Opotiki...... Read more



Caption Chris Nawa from the South Bougainville Member, High Commissioner Bruce Davies and Aloysius and Maria Laukai from New Dawn FM

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New Dawn FM News



The Australian High Commissioner to PNG, BRUCE DAVIES says Bougainville need to tighten its border with the Solomon islands.

He said after visiting KANGU wharf and seeing how close the border is he noted that Australia can assist Bougainville to work on the much talked about border post.

The High Commissioner was speaking at a farewell dinner hosted by the member for South Bougainville, TIMOTHY MASIU in Buin town last night.

He said that this was his first time to visit Bougainville and also said that it will not be the last time.

Meanwhile the Member for South Bougainville, TIMOTHY MASIU also commended the Australian High Commissioner for having confidence in the people of Buin and staying for two nights in Buin.

He said many just come for few hours and return to Arawa or Buka.

Meanwhile, New Dawn FM understands the National Government allocated TEN MILLION KINA to set up Border Posts at TASMAN, SIROVAI and KANGU to monitor the movement of cargoes and people between Bougainville and Solomon islands through these main border posts.


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By Aloysius Laukai

The member for South Bougainville and Deputy Opposition leader, TIMOTHY MASIU has called on the Prime Minister to scrape off the TFF program and allow parents to pay School fees and Project fees.
Speaking at the Opening of a Double Classroom and a Teachers house at Buin Primary School, MR. MASIU said that it was not fair for the Government to stop parents from paying School fees and Project Fees when it cannot meet its commitment.
MR. MASIU said all his schools in South Bougainville have not received their monies for the 2018 academic year.
He said it was not good to see schools struggle to operate whilst the Government continues to tell the country that funds were ready to be sent to schools.


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New Dawn FM News
The local ABG member for Baubake and Minister for Community Government, JACOB TOKE in welcoming the Australian High Commissioner to Buin said that Buin was safe as Centres like Arawa and Buin.
MR. TOKE said that he was happy the High Commissioner chose to include Buin in his visit to Bougainville.
He said Australia is welcomed in Buin as they also funded the sealing of the Buin town streets lifting the standard of Buin town.
MR. TOKE also requested the Australian government to complete sealing the remaining streets in Buin town to really look like a well planned town.
He said Buin had the potential in becoming a biggest player in the development of Bougainville.
The Minister and local member made these remarks at the Opening of the Double Classroom and a Teachers house at the Buin Primary School yesterday.
Meanwhile, the Member for South Bougainville also wanted the Australian Government to consider completing the remaining unsealed streets of Buin Lewa town.

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World watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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


TABLE-S.Korea's April LNG imports up 38.5 pct y/y "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 SEOUL, May 15 (Reuters) - South Korea's imports of liquefied natural gas
rose 38.5 percent to 3.2 million tonnes in April from a year earlier, according
to customs data released on Tuesday.
Details are as follows:
(In tonnes/ in $mmBtu)
April 2018 April 2017
Qatar 927,250/ $9.63 651,412/ $8.63
Australia 448,145/ $9.51 486,502/ $7.98
Oman 358,856/$10.82 432,344/ $8.53
Malaysia 354,175/ $8.75 177,046/ $8.20
Indonesia 314,857/ $7.92 188,602/ $5.32
Russia 259,336/ $9.02 191,648/ $7.05
Peru 235,830/ $9.68 -
United States 207,252/ $7.86 64,359/ $6.10

Angola 66,451/ $9.56 -
Brunei - 66,583/ $7.92
Guinea - 65,054/ $6.01

TOTAL 3,217,152/ $9.32 2,323,549/ $7.88

Details of the January to April imports are as follows:

(In tonnes/ in $mmBtu)
January-April 2018 January-April 2017
Qatar 5,319,250/ $9.39 4,221,948/ $8.22
Australia 2,559,715/ $9.96 2,673,610/ $8.18
United States 1,668,211/ $9.17 235,794/ $8.25
Oman 1,555,465/ $9.91 1,915,286/ $8.33
Malaysia 1,353,226/ $8.66 1,038,777/ $7.42
Indonesia 1,127,346/ $7.86 1,155,817/ $6.95
Russia 831,761/ $8.94 766,372/ $6.93
Peru 433,419/$10.04 270,661/ $8.74
Brunei 323,843/ $8.92 491,328/ $7.91
France 247,187/$10.75 -
Netherlands 132,182/$10.27 -
Nigeria 132,120/ $8.01 379,343/ $7.23
Angola 129,639/ $9.92 131,278/ $8.41
Spain 68,488/$11.26 -
Trinidad Tobago 64,630/ $9.91 110,579/ $8.22


May 19 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1499  Catherine of Aragon, was married by proxy to Arthur Tudor, Prince of Wales. Catherine was 13 and Arthur 12.

1535  Jacques Cartier set sail on his second voyage to North America with three ships, 110 men, and Chief Donnaconas two sons (whom Cartier had kidnapped during his first voyage).

1536  Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII , was beheaded for adultery, treason, and incest.

1568  Queen Elizabeth I of England ordered the arrest of Mary, Queen of Scots.

1643 Thirty Years War : French forces under the duc dEnghien decisively defeated Spanish forces at the Battle of Rocroi, marking the symbolic end of Spain as a dominant land power.

1649  An Act of Parliament declaring England a Commonwealth was passed by the Long Parliament.

1749 King George II granted the Ohio Company a charter of land around the forks of the Ohio River.

1780 New Englands Dark Day: A combination of thick smoke and heavy cloud cover caused complete darkness to fall on Eastern Canada and the New England area of the United States at 10:30 A.M.

1795  Johns Hopkins, American philanthropist, was born  (d. 1873).

1802  Napoleon Bonaparte founded the Lgion dHonneur.

1828 President John Quincy Adams signsedthe Tariff of 1828 into law, protecting wool manufacturers in the United States.

1846 Thomas Brunner, Kehu, a Ngati Tumatakokiri Maori, and Charles Heaphy reached Mawhera Pa.

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Money for Blood is Good for All "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Economist: For years [Barzin Bahardoust] has been trying to pay Canadians for their blood plasmathe viscous straw-coloured liquid in blood that has remarkable therapeutic powers. When his firm, Canadian Plasma Resources (CPR), tried to open clinics in Ontario in 2014, a campaign by local activists led to a ban by the provincial government on paid plasma collection. Undeterred, he tried another province, Albertawhich also banned the practice last year. Then, on April 26th, when CPR announced a planned centre in British Columbia, its government said it too was considering similar legislation. CPR has managed to open two centres, in far-flung Saskatchewan and New Brunswick. Even these have faced opposition.

The global demand for plasma is growing, and cannot be met through altruistic donations alone. Global plasma exports were worth $126bn in 2016more than exports of aeroplanes.

Only countries that pay for plasma are self-sufficient in it. (Italy, where donors are given time off work, is close to self-sufficiency.) Half of Americas plasma is shipped to Europe20m contributions-worth. Canada imports 80% of its plasma products from America. Australia imports 40% of its plasma products, too.

Its a very odd ethical policy that leads Canadian provinces to ban paying Canadians for plasma but then import paid plasma from the United States. I am one of the signatories (along with Al Roth, Vernon Smith and Gerald Dworkin among others) of a letter that argues for the efficiency and ethics of allowing compensation for blood plasma donation. The Economist riffs of this letter in a very good op-ed:


2018 Human Rights Dinner keynote address by Behrouz Boochani "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Dear distinguished guests, fighters for freedom and supporters of justice. Greetings to you all. I would like to acknowledge everyone and thank you for attending tonight.

This is a wonderful opportunity. It gives me great pleasure to communicate with you from Manus Island and present at this event.

I wish to extend a special thank you to Daniel Webb and the Human Rights Law Centre for giving me this valuable opportunity.

The situation on Manus Island and Nauru over the past five years should be no secret to anyone.

The aim of my talk tonight is to add a new dimension to the debates pertaining to punishment, debasement and dehumanisation of individuals held within these sites.

I will not repeat how Australian politicians have inflicted pain and suffering on the innocent refugees locked up in these prisons. The incarceration of people seeking asylum, in particular the children on Nauru, is remarkably cruel and has been exposed in many compelling ways. 

All of the documentation, witness testimonies and other evidence that have been discussed and published until now have proven conclusively that innocent people have been enduring extraordinary forms of physical, emotional and psychological torment. The fact that ten people have lost their lives on Manus Island, Nauru and Christmas Island since 2013 is a despicable crime that needs to be investigated and the perpetrators brought to justice.

No one can ignore the fact that people have been killed and thousands of lives destroyed as a result of political power plays.

The use of exile as a political tactic against vulnerable refugees is based on the construction of two concepts: national security and the national interest.

Without a doubt, Australian governments have enacted an extensive propaganda campaign which centres on a perverse account of these two notions. What should be a debate about people about human beings, about children and families has been deliberately poisoned to become a debate about borders and security. As a result, the governments playing this game have been able to manipulate and dictate the majority of public opinion, they have been able to strengthen their support base and galvanise others in support of their policies.

Both Labor and Liberal governments have accrued enormous political profit by using this tactic. Creating a false sense of national security by treating innocent victims of war and persecution as a security threat, and saying it is in the national interest to use any means to keep us out.

But how is it in the national interest to undermine Australias international reputation with these policies? And spend almost $9 billion to do it?

The fact is, Manus Island and Nauru are pivotal....


In Gaza, Israel counts on army snipers over non-lethal arsenal "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The world is clearly horrified, as it should be. There seems to be no one, even in the msm, making excuses for Israels repulsive actions, as this item from the Sydney Morning Herald demonstrates: By Jonathan Ferziger 18 May 2018 1:18pm Skunk water, sticky foam, sponge grenades and tear gas-spraying drones are among the []

The post In Gaza, Israel counts on army snipers over non-lethal arsenal appeared first on Uncensored Publications.


New Zealand blue whales research "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This 2017 video says about itself:

See Blue Whales Lunge For Dinner in Beautiful Drone Footage | National Geographic

Scientists filming in the South Ocean off the coast of New Zealand captured this stunning footage of a blue whale eating a mass of krill. The whales can grow up to the length of three school buses and require a lot of energy to accelerate in the water. They speed up to about 6.7 miles just before consuming the krill, and the act of opening their mouth slows them down to about 1.1 miles per hour. They then have to expend even more energy to get back up to speed. All of this energy spent may lead the whales to be picky eaters, if the mass of krill is too small they may swim through without opening their mouth to feed.

From Oregon State University in the USA:

New Zealand has its own population of blue whales

May 17, 2018

A group of blue whales that frequent the South Taranaki Bight (STB) between the North and South islands of New Zealand appears to be part of a local population that is genetically distinct from other blue whales in the Pacific Ocean and Southern Ocean, a new study has found.

The whales show a high level of residency, researchers say, as hydrophones deployed in the region recorded blue whale calls on 99.7 percent of the days between January and December in 2016.

The study, led by Oregon State Universitys Marine Mammal Institute, is important because the Sou...


Cash is king: The fall of Malaysias disgraced first couple "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

With his scandal-tainted career and her reputation as greedy and domineering, Malaysias disgraced former first couple look set to have their names etched in the countrys history books as synonyms for the corruption of power.

AFP/File / by Dan Martin | Former prime minister Najib Razak (C) and his wife Rosmah Mansor were seen as out of touch with ordinary Malaysians

Seemingly secure just a week ago, Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor face a tightening noose as a new government that unexpectedly won elections last week ramps up investigations into allegations of graft and excess that have hung over the pair for years.

The fast-moving developments are a stunning comeuppance for a couple that have towered over Malaysia for a decade but ultimately were brought down by greed and hubris.

The bland patrician son of one of Malaysias founding fathers, Najib, now 64, had been groomed for the prime ministers post from young.

He took over in 2009 but was widely viewed in Malaysia as being heavily influenced by Rosmah, who is two years his senior.

Najib headed the once-invincible ruling coalition that had held power for six decades, but the couple were never embraced by large numbers of ordinary Malaysians.

The UK-educated Najib was seen by many as an aloof elitist with little understanding of Malaysias common citizenry, a perception accentuated by frequent tone-deak gaffes and policies such as the 2015 introduction of a sales tax unpopular with the poor and now set to be eliminated.

Rosmah, meanwhile, has been a constant lightning rod for critics due to her imperious manner and elaborately coiffed mane of hair, which she once complained cost her 1,200 ringgit ($300) per house-call from stylists. Malaysias minimum monthly wage at the time was 900 ringgit.

That and similar episodes caused her to be reviled in a multi-cultural country where most of the population are modest-living Muslims.

Handbag fetish

Opponents would leak flight plans allegedly tracking Rosmahs shopping jaunts aboard government planes to Rome, the US and Australia.

Her luxurious tastes included numerous reports of jewellery purchases costing tens of millions of dollars and a vast collection of designer handbags that has earned comparisons to the famed shoe collection of Imelda Marcos, wife of former Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Rosmahs bag fetish was back in the spotlight on Friday, with officials saying they had seized dozens of high-end Hermes and Louis Vuitton bags, cash, and jewels as p...


Friday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The more often we see the things around us even the beautiful and wonderful things the more they become invisible to us. That is why we often take for granted the beauty of this world: the flowers, the trees, the birds, the clouds even those we love. Because we see things so often, we see them less and less. Joseph B Wirthlin

Tonight Im grateful for the things I see so often, and the reminder not to see them less.


Hatikva national anthem played on restored Jewish Holocaust violins "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Friday feline "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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What male feminists have in common with sneaky male cuttlefish "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to Sneaky males in the cuttlefish world: parallels have been made with human males who pose as feminists. The post What male feminists have in common with sneaky male cuttlefish appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


How Hamas forces civilians to participate in violence against Israel "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A Hamas terrorist who reached the border fence between Gaza and Israel caught on camera explaining how Hamas forces civilians to participate in violence against Israel The post How Hamas forces civilians to participate in violence against Israel appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Mark Steyn: Birth rates and why France cannot survive "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to This talk is really good from Mark Steyn, now 8 years old, but so relevant. Western society has moved so far away from the family, and birth rates so low, compounding by breeding a population that doesnt want to work [] The post Mark Steyn: Birth rates and why France cannot survive appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


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. Posting that kind of humour [] The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Project Administrator "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

CIRCA  Cultural & Indigenous Research Centre Australia


Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You dont have to stay on topic in these posts like you do in all others. Feel free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. If you havent tried it before, signing up for a Disqus account is free, quick, and it is easy. New [] The post Whaleoil backchat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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PNG Kumuls to play four test matches in 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The PNG LNG Kumuls have four tests scheduled for 2018, the Pacific Test, the Prime Ministers XIII to become an sanctioned test match and a two-game tour by an England emerging team.
PNG Rugby Football League chief executive officer Reatau Rau who was accompanied by Kumuls coach Michael Marum made the announcement in Port Moresby yesterday.
The coming test is the Pacific test where on June 23 Papua New Guinea will take on the Fiji Bati. This will be the only test played overseas, Rau said.
He also said the change to dates for the Prime Ministers XIII match that will be held on October 6.
This date has changed from a week before the grand final to a week after the grand final and will be called the Prime Ministers XIII Test.
After the Prime Ministers XIII last year we saw that most of our top players were still in the finals series, Rau said.
The sponsors and the people have spoken about the teams performance against the Australian Prime Ministers XIII and the NRL has heard our request. They have gone back and moved the annual fixture a week after the grand final its good they heard of our views.
He added that the final two test matches will be against the emerging England team, the Knights.
The England Knights are the emerging England side and they are going to have a serious tour. They will be playing two games one on October 27, the first match will be in Lae and the second will be in Port Moresby on November 3 at the Oil Search National Football Stadium. It has been a long time since a team has done a tour in Papua New Guinea, Rau said.
Coach Michael Marum says the last time a team made a serious tour was in 2001 when the French Roosters played in Goroka and in Port Moresby.
The Knights are the future of the England side. They are just knocking on the door at the moment for a shot at the World Cup. We are proud of the England Rugby Football League for having the interest to come to our country. After the success of the World Cup last year and the Hunters and this great stadium and with the international media coverage we have had it shows the passion of rugby league in this country and we are honored to have the team visit us.
Rau added that on October 13 there will be an Emerging Kumuls team to take on the New South Wales Country Under 23 team.
The curtain raiser to that match will be the a match between a Australian Defence Force womens team and a select Confederate womens side while the Oil Search PNG Orchids will face the Australian Jillaroos on October...


PNG congratulates royal couple "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

PAPUA New Guinea has joined the rest of the world in congratulating Prince Harry on his upcoming marriage to American actor Meghan Markle tomorrow.

While many world leaders have sent wedding gifts, Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae sent a congratulatory message through the local media yesterday.

US President Donald Trump and Mrs Melania Trump, for example, would be making a contribution to one of the seven charities the royal couple had designated in lieu of gifts, a White House spokeswoman said.

The royal wedding for the Queens grandson Prince Harry and Ms Markle would be held at Windsor Castle, outside London, tomorrow evening PNG time.

Prince Harry is sixth in line to the British throne and his soon-to-be wife Meghan is an American actress of African American and Dutch-Irish descent.

I wish to convey my congratulations and best wishes to Prince Harry and Meghan on behalf of Lady Hannah, the people and Government of Papua New Guinea. The marriage of Prince Harry to Meghan is important and unique for the human race and especially for the Commonwealth.

It reflects the spirit of oneness and equality among those borne of the royal family and those outside the royal family.

Love is the essential element of a marriage, it knows no borders or boundaries to do with race, status and culture, Sir Bob said.

We thank the Queen and the Prince of Wales (Prince Harrys father Charles) for welcoming Meghan into the royal family and we wish the royal couple joy and happiness and Gods blessing and guidance in their marriage...statement


Shallow 6.2 magnitude earthquake hits near New Zealand coast "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A MAJOR 6.2 magnitude earthquake has hit the coast near the coast of New Zealand, 599km from Tauranga at 1:45pm local time (2:45am BST). The quake was recorded South of the Kermadec Islands. It has a depth of 10.6 km. The earthquake occurred after a series of 15 other quakes hit New Zealand in quick succession, sparking fears that there could be a 'big one' on its way. Four of the 15 had a magnitude of four or higher when they struck Seddon, on the south island over the weekend and are believed to be aftershocks from the destructive Kaikoura earthquake in 2016. Government body GeoNet Science Tweeted "It's been a shaky weekend for the top of the South Island. "These are likely to be aftershocks from the Kaikoura Earthquake."


Workers of Whaleoil "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

How well do you know our wonderful Whaleoil workers? Can you match the Whaleoil worker to the photo of their Whaleoil workplace? We have 30+ workers at Whaleoil so for every post I will give you four possibilities to choose from. You will also be given a clue. Yesterdays wonderful Whaleoil worker was A) johcar Here [] The post Workers of Whaleoil appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Janette Thomas on the biased community consultationon Barndioota nuclear dump plan, seismic and flooding dangers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Janette Thomas Senate Economics References Committee Inquiry into the selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia (Submission No 36)

My name is Janette Thomas, resident of Quorn since 2003. My submission is written to explain the adverse effects of The Federal Government Nuclear Waste Dump siting selection process on my local community, my family and myself. I am deeply concerned that a nuclear waste facility is being considered for a site near Hawker on the Hookina flood plain.

Terms of Reference:

a) The financial compensation offered to applicants for the acquisition of land under the Nominations of Land Guidelines:

The Barndioota shortlisting site was publicly announced in November 2015. It was also mentioned in the November 2015 Community Newsletter of the Flinders Ranges Council by our Mayor in his Mayors Message stating The first Council knew of this was calls seeking information from media outlets.

Attachment 1 FRC Community Newsletter, November 2015

In December 2015, The Department of Innovation, Industry and Science (DIIS) held information drop-in sessions in both Hawker and Quorn. It is not known how many residents availed themselves of this opportunity to learn more, however it is stated in the Mayors Message that only a few residents visited them to find out more about the proposal. I did take the opportunity to go and see what was being displayed, and spoke to the DIIS representatives. I voiced my concerns strongly, however it did not appear that there were any notes taken just an attempt by the representatives to rebut any of the issues t...


Old white man of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The successes of New Zealands old white men, rather than being pilloried by a young(ish) yankee wannabe, should be shouted from the rooftops.  And why not, when our man of the days name is Rafter? Quote: Thomas Athol Rafter (known as Athol) was born in Wellington on 5 March 1913. [] He was educated at [] The post Old white man of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Contubernal  occupying the same tent; living in close proximity; cohabitation; intimate; familiar.


Remembering the Departed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Hawaii Volcano Right of Schedule? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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COMMENT: Mr. Armstrong; I think you have proven time and again that there is a cyclical nature to everything. You said in the report you did on volcanos last year that 2018 would be the beginning of serious eruptions. Well, I live here on the main island in Hawaii. This is by far the worst I have seen here in my life.


ANSWER: I do not believe that people understand that Hawaii is rather unique. The continuous flow of lava made many complacent. This was due to the fact that Hawaii sits on what is called a hot spot which was put forth back in 1963 by J. Tuzo Wilson, a geophysicist, who explained the framework of plate tectonics by proposing the hot spot hypothesis. Wilsons hypothesis has come to be widely accepted. The scientific data on linear volcanic island chains in the Pacific Ocean created the Hawaiian Islands. This hot spot has created a very distinctive linear shape of the Hawaiian-Emperor Chain demonstrating that there has been a linear progressive movement of the Pacific Plate over a deep and fixed hot spot. It is still debated as to how far down this hot spot extends. It is not known precisely if it extends only a few hundred miles or does it go down thousands of miles, perhaps to Earths core-mantle boundary itself

Nevertheless, the Hawaiian Islands are really just that peaks of huge mountains that rise from the floor of the Pacific Ocean. The newest of these islands, Hawaii, is relatively young, speaking geologically of course. The oldest rocks above sea level are less than one million years old. The Island of Hawaii was actually formed by five volcanoes, yet today currently only three are considered active: Huallai, Mauna Loa and Klauea. Because they seem to sit on a hot spot, they have been continuously active which make them the worlds most active volcanoes.

There is a new sister volcano known as Lihi Seamount, which is still underwat...


Apparently, this is not satire "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Out of a desire to not mock the afflicted, I have not included the authors name nor linked to the website where this was first published. Quote: I lose sleep over climate change almost every single night. I cant remember how long this has been happening, but its been quite a while, and its only [] The post Apparently, this is not satire appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Asia or the Pacific: where will we source our agricultural labour? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There are renewed calls for a dedicated agricultural visa. The National Farmers Federation (NFF) has been pushing for it for some time. In a 2017 submission, the NFF called for an agricultural visa with two streams: A short term (six to twelve month) stream to cater for a seasonal or unskilled workforce who may return in subsequent years; and [a] longer term stream to cater for a skilled workforce who may move within industries regions or employer groups.

And now the proposal appears to have political traction, with Nationals leader Michael McCormack at the National Press Club saying that an agricultural visa program was something Agriculture and Water Resources Minister David Littleproud was working on. Its something that we do need to address. Mr Littleproud said.

What about the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP) which provides precisely the short-term stream the NFF is after? The NFF downplays it . NFF spokesperson Ben Rogers says: The seasonal worker program is great, but ultimately it is a foreign aid program. This mystifying remark is expanded on, though hardly clarified, by the NFF 2017 submission: [T]he focus of the [seasonal worker] scheme is not on the labour needs of farmers. Instead, its primary purpose is to contribute to the economic development of the Pacific Island countries.

Its a ridiculous criticism. The SWP is not a form of foreign aid. It is a migrant labour scheme. It aims to contribute to Australian agriculture as well as Pacific development. And the NFF itself pushed for the introduction of the SWP. The NFF also complains that that the SWP is too bureaucratic, but any new agricultural visa would have similar conditions, and the appropriate response to such a criticism is to reform the existing scheme rather than introduce another.

And now there is the Pacific Labour Scheme (PLS), starting in July of this year, which...


Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Nine To Noon: NZ Music "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Nine To Noon on NZ Music Month

The sonically patriotic Grant Smithies is celebrating New Zealand Music Month with great local songs from Carb On Carb, Troy Kingi, Ha The Unclear and Being.


Two Police Alerts "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Police warn of two scams which could affect people in our area fake $50 notes and scam phone calls. Be aware []


365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ive just found Wednesdays gratitude post in drafts so here it is, late but none the less relevant for that.

Earth laughs in flowers. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Autumn is making its mark in my garden but theres still plenty of colour: roses are blooming, naked ladies (Belladonna Amaryllis), are flowering and self-sown cornflowers are flourishing.

Today Im grateful for evidence than the earth is still laughing in my garden.


Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Lithium and Oil Still Happy Hunting for Investors "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Oh how the world could rumble if this forgotten giant starts to flex its muscles

The mainstream press has you distracted by North Korea, Iran and China.

Not me.

Im looking at Japan right now. The central bank there is driving Japanese capital right out on the risk curve.

As Ill explain, this capital could pour out all over the world and come as a huge boost to Aussie investors like you

Interest rates are so low in Japan that banks and insurers cant make money.

The 10-year bond in Japan yields 0.05%.

Its a ridiculously small figure.

But the Bank of Japan pins it there by buying up any supply that threatens to take it higher.

Now what do we see?

Japan Post Bank, a large Japanese lender, plans to launch a US$1.5 billion in-house hedge fund according to the Financial Times.

Japan Post Bank has the second largest level of deposits in Japan. Its a huge bank. But it does still need to generate a return. And now, driven to this outcome by the Bank of Japan, its going to try and do it through speculation.

Japan rose from the ashes of the Second World War to become the richest country in the world by using its banks to provide credit to strategic industries. It built wealth and power through investment and innovation.

This culture is crumbling. Japan is now turning to casino capitalism.

But this seems likely to lead to Japanese money pouring out of the country looking for returns all over the world.

Some of that is going to show up in Australian asset markets. The new hedge fund might even start buying up equity in Australian lithium miners

Competition in lithium is heating up

This week we got news that Tesla Inc. [NASDAQ:TSLA] has entered into a binding agreement with Kidman Resources Ltd [ASX:KDR] for lithium hydroxide.

The catch is that KDR is not in production yet. In fact, its not expected to deliver lithium hydroxide until after 2021. So Tesla is putting deals down for the years ahead.

Thats not the only thing happening in this sector. Chinas Tianqi Lithium is going to buy a US$4 billion stake in Chiles SQM, the worlds biggest lithium producer.

This follows on from earlier in the week when the president of Albemarles (a specialty chemicals company) lithium division said its customers were pushing for 10-year supply contracts.

What this tells you is that the overriding concern in the industry is security of supply.

This suggests the lithium sto...


Classic Drama: Lillie with Francesca Annis E03/13 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sorry this is out of order, due to timing error on my part


Oh, no: Its worser than worse "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Breathless headlines in New Scientist Quote: Worst-case climate change scenario is even worse than we thought The phrase worse than we thought is a clich when it comes to climate change. There are lots of studies suggesting were in for more warming and worse consequences than thought, and few saying it wont be as bad. [] The post Oh, no: Its worser than worse appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


This Fish Has Human Teeth And People Are Freaking Out "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

One look at a sheepshead fish and you might think hes just picked up a sailors lost pair of dentures from the oceans floor.

But dont be fooled: Those pearly whites are all natural.

Credit: Facebook/South Carolina Department of Natural Resources

Native to the Gulf and Atlantic coasts of the United States, the sheepshead is a special fish whos taken the internet by storm after the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources recently posted a photo of one individuals toothy grin.

Credit: Facebook/Lazaro Gonzalez

Some people instantly thought he was creepy, while other commenters were amazed at how bright and humanlike the fishs teeth were.

All internet commentary aside, one things for certain: These guys have some pretty impressive chompers.

Credit: Facebook/Blue Heron Dive Club

Equipped with super strong jaws, sheepsheads are able to easily crush through hard-shelled sea life like oysters, crabs and barnacles, which make up much of their adult diet. Multiple rows of molars behind their front teeth grind up the food into tiny particles as they chew.

Their jaws are so powerful, in fact, that they have even been known to snap metal fishhooks in half.

Credit: Twitter/HoldMyBeaker



Akaku Upstairs on Hiatus until July 12, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

During our hiatus we will be planning for the Thursday Salon Series schedule for July, August and September. We will be back in action on July 12th with a new time 6:00-7:30pm. If you know a person, organization or entity who needs a place to share incredible resources and opportunities with the Maui Community, please

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Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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South Australias battles against nuclear waste dumping won, and now fought again "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

EXTRACT from:  A journey to the heart of the anti-nuclear resistance in Australia: Radioactive Exposure Tour 2018, NUCLEAR  MONITOR  Author: Ray Acheson   NM859.4719, May 2018 The federal government of Australia wants to build a facility to store and dispose of radioactive waste in South Australia, either at Wallerberdina Station near Hawker or on farming land in Kimba.

Wallerberdina Station is located in the Flinders Ranges, the largest mountain range in South Australia, ...


Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wild West meat market Ruby Nyika:

Complaints about food being sold illegally on social media and Trade Me have almost doubled over the past three years.

Illegal online meat sales alone nearly tripled, the Ministry for Primary Industries says. 

Its a way to offload excess home kill and for buyers to shave dollars off meat costs, Tauwhare Home Kills owner Trevor Brunton said. 

But selling unlicensed meat raw or cooked online is illegal, and home-kill meat is particularly risky. . . 

Changes may lead to unforeseen problems Pam Tipa:

Imposing changes on farming without considering wider issues such as economic and community impacts could cause unforeseen problems out ahead, says Robyn Dynes, science impact leader, AgResearch.

He was referring to Minister for the Environment David Parker saying nutrient limits may be used to reduce cow numbers.

Dynes says requirements or targets for reducing nutrient losses on farms are nothing new in many regions; most farmers are already moving that way. . . 

Good surge in strong wool prices heartening Alan WIlliams:

Wool prices made a major advance at Thursdays Christchurch wool sale, on large volume.

Prices remain at a low ebb but the move was heartening following gradual recent improvement, PGG Wrightsons South Island sale manager Dave Burridge said.

The wool pipeline was moving through international markets without any stockpiles building up and a weaker NZ dollar, just below US$0.70, helped underpin the solid demand from a full gallery of buyers. . .


Plastic fantastic or not, its your choice "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Id choose titanium over plastic any day if I had a choice for surgical reconstruction or organ support. Unfortunately, New Zealand women who need bladder or gynaecological repair work dont get that choice. There are very few options available for treating pelvic floor disorders, so we get plastic mesh. Over the years there have been [] The post Plastic fantastic or not, its your choice appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Akaku Mobile Youth Journalism (YBEAM) Announces the Summer Session Dates for 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Akaku Mobile Youth Journalism (YBEAM) Announces the Summer Session Dates for 2018 June 5th July 7th Two Sessions 12 openings Kahului, Hawaii: Akak is Mauis only non-profit TV Station providing mobile video training for Maui Nui youth. Youth Broadband Education Awareness Mentoring (YBEAM) offers youth 12 18 years the opportunity to become

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Ghost houses "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It was bound to happen. Once you have a government that indicates it wants to tax everything that moves, and a few things that dont, journalists crawl out of the woodwork all over the place with new ideas as to how this can be done. This from Stuff today. Quote: The locals call them ghost houses, and [] The post Ghost houses appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


The Tyranny Of Distance: Corporate Harm On The Frontline In The Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Small Pacific nations are easy prey for big business, writes Amy Sinclair.

The natural wealth of Pacific nations is disappearing overseas. Unseen and unheard, the voices of Pacific Island communities on the frontline of deforestation, irresponsible mining and seabed exploitation are being overlooked and human rights abuses are going unchecked in remote rural regions. Voices from the Pacific need lifting to overcome the tyranny of distance and ensure that businesses operating in the region respect human rights.

The Pacific Ocean is a treasure trove of islands, hiding an abundance of precious resources. Cloaked in hardwood forests, rich veins of copper, bauxite and gold lie in its earth and rare mineral deposits sit buried in its sea floor.

Previously untouched, many Pacific Island countries are poised to experience escalating exploitation by foreign-owned companies headquartered in Australia, China, Malaysia and Indonesia. Without regard to international rules requiring respect for human rights in business, this threatens the sustainability of life in the Pacific for future generations.

Revenue streams from natural resources are a key source of actual, and potential, income for many Pacific nations. Cash flows from natural resource extraction can be directed to improving schools, infrastructure and health services, aiding development and relieving poverty and inequality. Many Pacific countries are well placed to fund fairer societies.


And yet, in much of the region, its people face seemingly insurmountable challenges to ensure they receive a fair share of sovereign wealth for themselves, and their children. Their inheritance is being chopped-down, dug-up and shipped-off at an alarming rate.

States keen to attract overseas investment often unwittingly welcome irresponsible companies with open arms, grateful for injections of foreign capital into struggling agrarian economies burdened by debt. Local laws may be conveniently forgotten. Those charged with protecting the local people and enforcing regulation repeatedly turn a blind eye, sometimes colluding directly with the very companies they are employed to control.

The activities of foreign-owned extractive companies can be hugely damaging to local communities, with few benefits flowing. Mining operators are shipping tonnes of earth wholesale, to be processed offshore. Logging, another high-risk sector, occurs both legally and illegally. Licence...


Fridays answers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Thursdays questions were:

1. Who said: Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds, . .

2. What are the four Cs by which diamonds are measured?

3. Its novio in Spanish and marena hou in Maori, what is it in English?

4. Who sang Im getting Married in the Morning and in which musical?

5. The royal wedding is  . . . ?

Alwyn wins a virtual wedding cake for answering them all. Youre right that novio has several meanings, but in the context of the other questions I was looking for bridegroom. I used Google Translate for the Maori, am willing to accept your suggestion.

Answers follow the break

1. William Shakespeare

2.Cut, clarity, colour, carat.

3. Bridegroom

4. Alfred Doolittle in My Fair Lady.

5. The Royal Wedding first and foremost is the commitment to marriage by Harry and Meghan. Its also a celebration for their friends and families, an opportunity for celebration for royal watchers and anyone else who loves a wedding and to carry on with life for those who dont.


View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Big Ben on the Thames from 10th floor Park Plaza Hotel. 1st May 0730. Please put View From My Window in the subject line. The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Senior Arts Officer, Aboriginal Partnerships "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Victoria State Government  Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources


National Geographic now a stooge for the International Church of Nuclear "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wild Edens i s a new documentary series from National Geographic, initiated by Russias Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation

The first film in the series premiered at the X International Forum ATOMEXPO 2018, held on May 14-16 in Sochi (Russia). The documentary will be broadcast on the National Geographic channel in summer 2018.

The premiere was introduced by Ben Heard, from Australia. Pretty much unknown in Australia, Heard is very well known and revered  by the global lobbyists for new nuclear   Small Modular Nuclear Reactors,   by Rosatom, by the South African nuclear lobby, and American companies like Terrestrial Energy.

Wild Edens promises to focus on climate change. Heard is happy to  see a major corporation like Rosatom step boldly forward in this way and claim this issue on behalf of nuclear technologies.

The series is filmed in the worlds most stunning untouched places and their inhabitants wildlife and fauna alike, endangered by the effects of climate change  blah blah

Like a few other recent documentaries ( Pandoras Promise, Twisting the Dragons Tail and a Brian Cox documentary) this will be a very soft sell for the nuclear industry.

It will surely be very beautiful, informative about wild places, and worth watching. Just be aware of the underlying religious propaganda about:

  • nuclear power being the essential cure for climate change
  • nuclear power bein...


Labor prepared to strengthen environmental protections, as grass roots members demand "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Labor considers tougher environmental laws as branches call for new agency
Tony Burke says Labor isnt afraid to strengthen laws as grassroots campaign calls for more proactive protections,
Guardian, Katharine Murphy Political editor @murpharoo17 May 2018 


Community Buying of solar power a very good deal for Australias Non Profit organisations "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

NFPs Encouraged to Make the Switch to Solar   A new campaign has launched aiming to help the not-for-profit and community sector make the switch to renewable energy. Pro Bono,  Luke Michael, Journalist, 15 May 18

Community Buying Group and Moreland Energy Foundation officially launched The Big Solar Switch campaign on Monday.

The campaign aims to facilitate Australias largest switch to solar power by actively reducing barriers of solar installation for the not-for-profit and community sector.

Developed exclusively for charities and community organisations, the initiative uses the strength of aggregated purchasing to reduce the cost and barriers of installing solar PV systems.

Packages contain a best value guarantee which includes negotiated rates for the sector, extended warranties, expert advice and links to funding.

Alison Rowe, the CEO of Moreland Energy Foundation, said unlike individual households and businesses, the charitable sector has not had the benefit of a dedicated program to assist them in the uptake of solar.

Moreland Energy Foundation (MEFL) has a proud history of supporting communities to benefit from solar installations. We are excited by the opportunity to support the NFP and charitable sector to navigate the process of installing solar PV, Rowe said.

MEFL has a wealth of experience having facilitated the installation of over 10 MW (megawatts) of solar. Being an NFP ourselves we understand the resource challenges facing the sector and strive to make the proce...


10 things about the Gaza clashes that the mainstream media wont tell you "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Shalom.Kiwi explains the 10 things the media isnt telling or asking you: Quote: The mainstream media in NZ and elsewhere is currently awash with bias, ignorance and misinformation about the conflict on the Gaza border that resulted in the deaths of 60 Palestinians. Here are 10 points you are very unlikely to hear: This was not [] The post 10 things about the Gaza clashes that the mainstream media wont tell you appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


The very bleak business case for nuclear energy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Nuclear industry urged to address business case, 16TH MAY 2018 ,BY: REBECCA CAMPBELL CREAMER MEDIA SENIOR DEPUTY EDITOR   Decisions on the future energy mix for South Africa need to be forward looking, not backward looking. So affirmed EE Publishers MD Chris Yelland in his keynote address to the National Nuclear Regulators second Nuclear Regulatory Information Conference on Wednesday.

Nuclear power in South Africa was constructed in the 1980s and has served South Africa well for the past three decades, he said. It was the cheapest electr...


White House chaos is the reason North Korea talks are faltering, not a fickle dictator "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Quartz, Heather Timmons,  16 May 18       We have been here before. North Korea, a weaponized family-run dictatorship, seems close to an agreement with Western powers to disarmonly for things to fall apart before that happens.

North Korea is reconsidering holding a summit with Donald Trump, a senior diplomat said May 14. Past deals with the Westin 1985, 1995, and 2005have also fallen apart.

But if Trump and Kim Jong-un fail to get a deal, or even meet, this time around, the Trump administrations incoherent and rapidly shifting messaging will be as much to blame as the fickleness of North Korean leaders, a Korean peninsula expert says.

.. The problem is, its impossible to tell whether Trump and his administration have any strategic plan on North Korea, or if theyre just winging it, he said. Bolton has said he wants a preemptive strike(paywall), while Pompeo, Guase says, is twisting in the wind: One day hes offering a...


Wind power overtakes nuclear for first time in UK across a quarter "IndyWatch Feed Pacific" of milestone comes as MPs say policy changes have caused collapse in investment in renewables, Guardian,  Adam Vaughan, 16 May 18,

Britains windfarms provided more electricity than its eight nuclear power stations in the first three months of 2018, marking the first time wind has overtaken nuclear across a quarter.

The renewable energy industry hailed the milestone as a sign the UK was well on its way to an electricity system powered by cheap, domestic green energy.

Across the first quarter, wind power produced 18.8% of electricity, second only to gas, said a report by researchers at Imperial College London.

At one point overnight on 17 March, wind turbines briefly provided almost half of the UKs electricity. Wind power helped during the cold snaps, too, supplying 12-43% of electricity during the six subzero days in the first three months of the year.

Two nuclear plants were temporarily offline for routine maintenance, while another...


Global 2 degrees C rise doubles population exposed to multiple climate risks compared to 1.5 degrees C "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


New research identifying climate vulnerability hotspots has found that the number of people affected by multiple climate change risks could double if the global temperature rises by 2C, compared to a rise of 1.5C.

The team, led by IIASA Energy Program researcher Edward Byers, investigated the overlap between multiple climate change risks and socioeconomic development to identify the vulnerability hotspots if the global mean temperature should rise by 1.5C, 2C and 3C by 2050, compared to the pre-industrial baseline. Since those in poverty are much more vulnerable to climate change impacts, knowing where and how many vulnerable people are at high risk is therefore important for creating policies to mitigate the situation.

The researchers from IIASA, Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the University of Oxford, and the University of Washington, developed 14 impact indicators in three main sectors water, energy, and food & environment using a variety of computer models. The indicators include a water stress index, water supply seasonality, clean cooking access, heat stress events, habitat degradation, and crop yield changes. They compared the potential risks at the three global temperatures and in a range of socioeconomic pathways, to compare more equitable, sustainable development with pathways characterized by development failures and high inequality.....


Racist work-for-the-dole scheme survives another budget "IndyWatch Feed Pacific" 11 May 2018

The Abbott/Turnbull Governments racially discriminatory remote work-for-the-dole scheme,
the Community Development Program, has survived another federal budget and
will continue to generate profit from the exploitation of Indigenous labour.

Quotes attributable to
ACTU National Campaign Coordinator
Kara Keys:

By standing by this program the Turnbull Government is declaring that they prefer
to create a system of indentured labour which exploits and
punishes Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
over job creation and community development.

The fact that many workers in this program are working for organisations and
for-profit businesses in roles that would be paid anywhere else in the country
is an indication that Minister Scullion and the Turnbull government are once again
turning their back on Indigenous workers in favour of businesses and their profits
who are able to access a pool of free labour.

The Turnbull Government has monetised the exploitation of marginalised Indigenous communities
because it thinks there will be no political consequences. We are determined that there
will be severe consequences for this unconscionable conduct.

Minister Scullion needs to scrap this discriminatory program and
focus on the economic autonomy and the dignity of paid work in remote communities.
Anything other than the abolition of this program is unacceptable.

We welcome the assurances of Minister Scullions office that under these changes there will be
significant protections to ensure penalties are only applied when they are warranted and
the implicit concession that many of the penalties handed out to date
have not met this lowest of all possible standards.

Media contact: Peter Green
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May 17 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Science and Technology: Climate change may complicate fishing. Warming seas will force many of North Americas most valuable fish and shellfish stocks north in coming decades, a major new modeling study finds, potentially creating headaches for the fishing industry and government regulators. Some species that do not move could see their ranges shrink by []

via May 17 Energy News geoharvey


Adanis vain hope global coal market will save Carmichael mine RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Adani pins hopes for beleaguered Carmichael coal mine on the AsiaPacific market. But the Australian governments own resources forecaster is less confident.

via Adanis vain hope global coal market will save Carmichael mine RenewEconomy


wp Photos-West Papua speaking tour "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Photos-West Papua speaking tour

An informative evening. Hearing stories from West Papua and video footage of West Papuans telling their story including the tragic Pania case. The speakers told of a campaign on raising awareness of Australias aid to the Indonesian security forces which will help in raising the whole issue of West Papua.


The Punching Judy puppet show: Episode 1 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Why Chinas debt-book diplomacy in the Pacific shouldnt ring alarm bells just yet "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Talk of Chinese debt trap diplomacy is nothing new, but a recent report by Harvard University researchers has resurrected long-held fears that Chinas debt diplomacy poses a threat to Australian interests in the Pacific.

The crux of the report is that Pacific island states like Vanuatu and Tonga, as well as other nations in Southeast Asia, are at risk of undue influence from China due to unsustainable loans theyve received for infrastructure projects.

The Australian Financial Review quoted the report as saying that while Papua New Guinea in particular has historically been in Australias orbit, its been rapidly taking on Chinese loans it cant afford to pay and offers a strategic location in addition to significant LNG and resource deposits for China.

The story follows a well-trodden path from speculation to suspicion to alarm. Last month, another media report emerged saying China had approached Vanuatu about building a permanent military presence in the South Pacific an assertion Vanuatu quickly shot down.

Interestingly, the students were supervised by Professor Graham Allison, who wrote the book Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydidess Trap?. The Thucydidess Trap in the title relates to whether the US as a hegemonic power can accommodate Chinas rise without resorting to war.

But this so-called trap does not necessarily point to historical inevitability. Therefore, a thorough analysis of the dynamics in the region is needed to fully understand Chinas motivations, and what can be done to avoid conflict.

China has long been accused of using chequebook diplomacy to gain favour with nations around the world. The implication of the new debt-book diplomacy in the Harvard report is that China is using unsustainable loans to gain influence with Pacific island states that arent able to repay them.

Suffice it to say, this form of leveraging takes influence to a different level.

Historical fears

There is a long history of alarmism in Australia over the activities of strategic competitors in the Pacific. During the second world war, Japan...


Book Review: The Aussie Slap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A controversial and daring novel, The Slap uses the iconic scene of a suburban barbeque to examine identities and personal []


Humans are leaving their mark on the worlds protected areas, study finds "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Roads, ranches, mines and cities are spilling into many of the worlds parks, reserves and wilderness sanctuaries, leaving one-third of the worlds total protected area almost three and a half times the size of Alaska with the scars of heavy degradation. Thats one of the conclusions in a new study by ecologist James Watson and his colleagues, published May 17 in the journal Science. What were showing is at least one-third of the protected area estate is relatively worthless, Watson, with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, said in an interview. Giraffes walk past preparations for oil drilling in Uganda. Image by Paul Mulondo/WCS. Scientists know that protected areas form a critical line of defense against the extinction of species. Thats led governments around the world to set aside nearly 15 percent of the Earths surface for conservation, doubling the area of protected land since the adoption of the Convention on Biological Diversity at a 1992 summit in Rio de Janeiro. The conservation community has applauded these gains, arguing that the world is ontrack to meet the goal of protecting 17 percent of the planets land by 2020, one of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets set in Japan in 2010. But in Watsons fieldwork around the globe, he has noticed that many of these protected areas arent giving biodiversity a break from humanity as intended, he said. I saw many, many protected areas just getting smashed, he said. So he and his colleagues set


Thanks McCully, a legacy of law suits "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Murray McCully has left a nasty little landmine, and guess who else is involved? Quote: Taxpayers could fork out more over the Saudi sheep deal with the Government now facing legal action over the troubled project. An Auckland-based company has started legal proceedings against the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Mfat) in the [] The post Thanks McCully, a legacy of law suits appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Natural gas project that promised economic boom leaves PNG in worse state: report "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Isabel Esterman | Mongabay | 17 May 2018

  • Proponents of PNG LNP, an ExxonMobil-led natural gas project in Papua New Guinea, predicted it would bring massive economic benefits to landowners and to the country as a whole.
  • According to two recent reports by the Jubilee Australia Research Centre, PNGs economy is worse off than it would have been without the project.
  • Jubilee Australia also links the PNG LNG project to an upswing of violence in the areas around the plant.

In 2008, when a consortium led by ExxonMobil was drumming up support for a $19 billion natural gas extraction and processing project in Papua New Guinea, proponents of the develo...


Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"



Kelp Forests Under Threat From Acid Seas "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australian scientists have identified a risk to the kelp forests of the oceans, a new way in which carbon dioxide can change the world. Ever more acidic oceans could encourage weedy submarine grasslands to replace the rich habitats of the coastal kelp forests.

Although most climate change forecasts are based on computer simulation, this one has been tested in the real world. The scientists used natural volcanic seeps rich in carbon dioxide to observe the changes to sea floor ecosystems as water chemistry changes with greater levels of dissolved CO2.

Carbon emissions might boost plant life in the oceans, but not all plant life will benefit equally, said Sean Connell, of the Environment Institute at the University of Adelaide.

Weedy species are quicker to capitalise on nutrients, such as carbon, and can grow faster than their natural predators can consume them.

Weedy turf wins

Unfortunately, the CO2 that humans are pumping into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels gets absorbed by the ocean and favours weedy turfs, which replace kelp forests that support higher coastal productivity and biodiversity.

He and colleagues from Australia, the US, New Zealand, Italy and Hong Kong report in the journal Ecology that they made a series of samples of submarine plant growth at natural volcanic vents in New Zealands Bay of Plenty: they looked at rocky reefs on which grew a mosaic of kelp and turf algae, along barren stretches grazed by sea urchins and a native New Zealand mollusc.

They chose the sites because the levels of carbon dioxide and therefore the measures of acidity in the water were roughly what climate scientists would predict for the end of this century, if humans go on releasing greenhouse gases.

They found that ecosystems changed with shifts in water chemistry. While elevated CO2 caused some weeds to be eaten in greater amounts, the dominant sea urchin predator ate these weeds at reduced amounts. This enabled the weeds to escape their natural controls and expand across coasts near the elevated CO2, Professor Connell said.

The slow but inexorable changes in ocean acidity will have inevitable consequences for coastal protection offered by natural ecosystems. Kelp forests provide habitat or nourishment for seals, sea otters, sea lions, whales, cormorants, gulls, terns and shore birds as well as fish. There is evid...


Team Manager (CPP-5.2) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Remember the ninja? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

One of the things the government are looking at, to help people into private housing, is interest-free mortgages. This would take the form of a shared equity scheme, and would provide a second mortgage to first-time home buyers. This from Newstalk ZB: Quote: New Zealanders seeking a home could be given access to a second, interest-free mortgage [] The post Remember the ninja? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


May 18 #OnThisDay in #Australian #History "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1789 - Arabanoo, an Aboriginal man, was captured at Manly on 31 December 1788 by order of Governor Arthur Phillip, caught smallpox whilst caring for others who were sick, and died at Sydney. He was buried in the governor's garden.

1806 - Report in the Sydney Gazette on five men from the wreck of the George who travelled overland from Jervis Bay to Sydney, along the coast

1825 - The Tasmanian and Port Dalrymple Advertiser, Australias first provincial newspaper, ceased publication.

1839 - Sarah Cook, wife of a shepherd at Norrilong (between Beverley and York, WA) and her baby were speared by members of the York tribe to satisfy tribal lore. Two brothers, Doodjeep and Barrabong were arrested and tried for wilful murder in July 1840. They were later hung in chains at the scene of the crime. A year later, a Noongar man named Yambup was also convicted of the same crime and was sent to Wadjemup Rottnest prison.

1849 - The Summary Trial and Punishment of Aborigines Act was passed in Western Australia.

1854 - Keep a lump of sugar in your pocket as a horse-drawn railway started plodding between Goolwa and Port Elliot in South Oz, which was in fact Australia's first public railway.

1859 - The Sydney Evening Mail ceased publication.

1859 - Harry was hanged at Goulburn for the rape and attempted murder of Margaret McMahon near Cooma.

1865 - Angus McMillan, the murderer of untold hundreds of thousands of Aboriginal people, kicked the proverbial bucket in a pub at Iguana Creek in Gippsland.

1877 - George, a Pacific Islander hanged at Maryborough Gaol for the rape of Mrs McBride.

1877 - Tommy Ah Mow, a Pacific Islanders hanged at Maryborough Gaol for the rape of Mrs McBride.

1889 - Intercolonial footy match between Tassie and Victoria was played at the MCG before a crowd of 20,000. The Gum Suckers wore colours of Royal Blue & Old Gold, while the Apple Islanders wore  their colony colours of Rose, Primrose & Black.
Final score was
Victoria - 6 goals, 9 behinds
Tassie - 1 goal, 6 behinds

1891 - James Johnston was hanged at Ballarat for murdering his wife Mary and their four children.

1897 - The original clubs of the newly formed VFL were Collingwood, South Melbourne, Essendon, Melbourne, Fitzroy, Geelong, St. Kilda and Carlton, which played their first matches today.

1901 - Harry Rickards opened his New Opera House, the future Tivoli Theatre, in Bourke Street, Melbourne, on the site of the former Prince of Wales Opera Theatre.

1902 -  William Windeyer took the main part in rescuing young people from a rowing boat capsized in Fern Bay, near his Hunters Hill home, and was awarded a silver medal by the Royal Shipw...

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Inquiry says climate warming is greatest threat to security "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

The  Senate inquiry into the implications of climate change for Australias national security has come to the conclusion that the warming of the climate poses a greater risk to Australias security than anything else.

On top of the list is the threat to food and water security. As well as the obvious impacts on Australian society, it raises the risk of regional and global conflict over these precious resources.

The report highlighted that that global warming is not just a possible risk, but a reality right now, which has the potential to imperil life on Earth. Australia and the region around us is being affected. The Asia-Pacific is the most vulnerable to the security and humanitarian impacts.

Australia is threatened with a heightening of the severity of natural hazards, increasing the spread of infectious diseases, increasing water insecurity and the impact on agriculture.

According to the Climate Council, which made a submission to the inquiry, climate warming is already contributing to increases in the forced migration of people within and between nations, as well as playing a role in heightening social and political tensions, flowing onto conflict and violence.

Given this, and the prior recognition of the Australian government of the threat,  in the seventh national communication on climate change presented to the United Nations in December, which says already experiencing the impacts of a changing climate, particularly changes associated with increases in temperature, the frequency and intensity of extreme heat events, extreme fire weather and drought, why is there so little action?

The report noted that Australia does not have a strategy to deal with the threat.

Research Director for Breakthrough National Centre for Climate Restoration David Spratt, said there was a disconnect between the evidence presented to the inquiry and the recommendations that emerged from it.

Vested interests have been blocking effective action. When the fossil fuel and associated industries are major political donors and have power in the economy, governments resist any movement, and this has been more pronounced in Australia than most other countries.

A consequence is that Australia lags on every front, from embracing alternative energy sources, to investing in the building of a sustainable manufacturing base and overall economy....


Photo of the Week Hawaiian Ukuleles "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hawaiian names Eva and Geoffrey Churchman from Waikanae are in Hawaii and have noticed similarities in place names. No Waikanae []


SOTT FOCUS: Shadow Democracy: Spider at Heart of 'Russian' Election Meddling Lives in London "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The following video presentation by Luke O'Hare for Bella Caledonia elaborates on an article published by the same author a couple of months ago: SCL, Parent Company of Cambridge Analytica, is Military-Intelligence Front For British Establishment [original title: 'SCL: A Very British Coup'] The Guardian and some other outlets continue harping on about Cambridge Analytica and how it was the vehicle for a conspiracy between the pro-Brexit faction of the British elite, one of Trump's backers (Robert Mercer), and 'the Russians'. Just spelling it out reveals how implausible that scenario is.



New Dawn FM News

The ABG President Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS says it is no secret that there is a dangerous undercurrent prevalent in Bougainville today because of shortcomings on the commitment and strategy national Government has adopted on Bougainville.
Speaking at the dinner he hosted for the Australian High Commissioner to PNG, BRUCE DAVIES and his delegation in Buin last night, President Momis called on the Australian Government to intervene and talk with PNG Government to collaborate with the Bougainville Government to fully implement the Peace Agreement.
President Momis said that Bougainville was not asking for PNG to give us things on a golden platter but we do want the National Government to collaborate as both parties are required under the law to collaborate and deal with use confronting us in Bougainville so that we can have a conducive environment in which the parties can sit down and jointly implement the Peace Agreement to the full.
President Momis said that Australia has been involved in the Peace Negotiations and the restoration of services to Bougainville and knows better of our situation as we move towards the referendum that will decide the future status of Bougainville.

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Our money not theirs "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Taxpayers Union chair Barrie Saunders calls it a classic Labour Budget:

Robertsons first budget was written in extraordinarily benign circumstances. The economy is growing at a sustainable rate of around 3%, tax revenues for the June 2018 year will exceed Budget 2017 estimates, unemployment is down to 4.5%, employment levels are very high at 73.1%, and public debt at 21.7% of GDP is low and trending downwards. 

The economy is in vastly better shape than any new Government has inherited since 1972. That year Labour leader Norman Kirk won with a thumping majority and an inexperienced team. Labour lost to Nationals Rob Muldoon, with a similar majority in 1975, and no more clues as to how to manage structural problems with the economy, which led to the economic crisis of 1984 and the Lange/Douglas reforms. 

Prime Ministers Bolger, Clark and Key would have been over the moon if they

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Nationals budget response "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

National ripped into the budget: Quote: Todays Budget was an epic fail, a lolly scramble, and squandered a golden opportunity, opposition MPs say. The Labour-led coalition government has delivered a restrained and cautious Budget in its first year, keeping money in the kitty instead of embarking on a major spend-up. It is investing more money [] The post Nationals budget response appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.



New Dawn FM News
ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS last night thanked the Government and people of Australia for their continued support to Bougainville despite the ominous signs of negativity in Papua New Guinea and more so in Bougainville.
The President said that he believes that together we can overcome these problems and convert problems into prospects of development, prosperity and peace.
He made these remarks at the welcome dinner he hosted for the visiting Australian High Commissioner and his delegation in Buin last night.
PRESIDENT MOMIS said that Australia has stood with Papua New Guinea and Bougainville over a long duration of time of difficulties.
He said he hoped in the future based in our faith that there is something better beyond this life, we can establish a better basis for collaboration between Australia and Bougainville in order to achieve a mutually acceptable peaceful negotiated outcome of the Implementation of the Peace Agreement.
The ABG President said he had to acknowledge the support of Australia to the High Commissioner who was the representative of the Australian Government was in our midst tonight in Buin.


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Our money not theirs "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Taxpayers Union chair Barrie Saunders calls it a classic Labour Budget:

Robertsons first budget was written in extraordinarily benign circumstances. The economy is growing at a sustainable rate of around 3%, tax revenues for the June 2018 year will exceed Budget 2017 estimates, unemployment is down to 4.5%, employment levels are very high at 73.1%, and public debt at 21.7% of GDP is low and trending downwards. 

The economy is in vastly better shape than any new Government has inherited since 1972. That year Labour leader Norman Kirk won with a thumping majority and an inexperienced team. Labour lost to Nationals Rob Muldoon, with a similar majority in 1975, and no more clues as to how to manage structural problems with the economy, which led to the economic crisis of 1984 and the Lange/Douglas reforms. 

Prime Ministers Bolger, Clark and Key would have been over the moon if they could have assumed office with todays economic fundamentals.

The TU notes two wins for taxpayers.

  1. Fiscal responsibility

It is very encouraging that the Government is remaining within the pre-election Budgetary Responsibility Rules.  We think Steven Joyces allegations that Labour had an $11.7 billion hole (which Labour vehemently denied) had also been helpful in keeping the Government restrained in the face of criticism from some on the left who say they should borrow more. 

  1. Independent election policy costing office

Budget 2018 announced that public consultation will be launched in August on establishing an independent body to better inform public debate in our democracy.   This is something the Taxpayers Union has been pushing for since 2014 for transparency and accountability of what political party policies will cost taxpayers.

For decades political parties during election campaigns have made allegations about expenditure policies of others.  Thats why we worked so hard last year with our election Bribe-O-Meter.  . .

National left the economy in very good shape and the government has at least budgeted to retain surpluses.

But lets not forget its our money not theirs and that a surplus means its taking more in tax than it needs.

Had National still been in power all of us would have been able to keep a little more of what we earn.

This red-green-black gove...


Budget response: Maori are angry too "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Maori arent happy with Grant Robertsons first budget: Quote: The Mori Party says it is a kick in the guts that Whnau Ora has been overlooked in todays Budget. That goes against the promise that Labour made to voters last year to put $20 million into Whnau Ora over four years, Mori Party president Che [] The post Budget response: Maori are angry too appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Pravda: Russian ground-based radar systems nullify advantages of USAs F-22 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Russian ground-based radar systems outperform US F-22A fighters depriving them of strategic advantage. Source: Russian radar stations detected US Air Force aircraft that approached  Tu-95MS bombers over the neutral waters of the Pacific Ocean last Friday, the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper wrote. According to commander of long-range aviation of the Russian Air Force, Lieutenant-General Sergei []



New Dawn FM News

ABG President Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS today paid tribute to those who lost their lives on both sides of the Bougainville conflict.
He made these comments in Buin today at the Opening of two buildings funded by the Government and people of Australia.
MR. MOMIS said Bougainville has come a long way since the UDI was declared in the 1990.
He said the ABG recognizes the sacrifices of our people and gazetted May 17 as a Public Holiday throughout Bougainville.
President Momis said that because the communities in and around Buin have been busy with the visit by the Australian High Commissioners delegation he wants the people of Buin to have their public holiday tomorrow.


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Budget response: Teachers are mad as all hell "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This is what happens when you over promise and dont even attempt to deliver: Quote: Teachers are angry and could walk out of classrooms after the Governments lukewarm approach to education was revealed by the Budget, a principal has warned. The Post Primary Teachers Association and NZ Education Institute would soon enter negotiations with the Ministry of [] The post Budget response: Teachers are mad as all hell appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Morning Report: Panel discussion on Robertsons budget "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A preliminary look at Robertsons budget, by Guyon Espiner with Sue Bradford, Fran OSullivan, Bernard Hickey and Scott Campbell


Pharmac funding not cut "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Amy Adams and National may have been a bit hasty in claiming that Pharmac funding had been cut. Labour has CUT Pharmac funding by $200m and failed to deliver money for Dunedin hospital, universally cheaper GP fees and put LESS new money into health than National did last year #BrokenPromises in #Budget2018 Amy Adams []


Aussie rules for humanitarians "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I have always been fascinated by how badly international humanitarians behave in an emergency response. I recognise this is a blanket statement but it seems to me that there is a process of crossing some ethical thresholds as you step off the plane; cross the border; hurry down the walkway into a humanitarian crisis. Recruitment is one of those ethical thresholds. Every agency needs to quickly expand their staff base, have national minds at the disposition of the many international staff that cant speak the language, and have representation at the plethora of meetings required to operate in a humanitarian context. All these needs have repercussions on recruitment. A most notable consequence is that agencies will do almost anything to get the best staff as quickly as possible. Sounds reasonable, right? Except ethics get left at the door and international organisations win the recruitment battle against smaller national and local organisations with bigger salaries and the allure of being part of the international machinery. More than this, international organisations poach staff.

The Australian Football League (AFL) follows rules for the recruitment of players from state football clubs such as the Victorian Football League (VFL). I am no footballer, but my understanding is that the rules are in place to ensure that state clubs (which are smaller and less well-resourced) are recognised for their role in identifying and training talented players, and to ensure that they remain financially viable institutions that continue to contribute to the footballing ecosystem. If a player is recruited from a state club, a compensation or solidarity fee is provided.

Take for example the iconic football player Adam Goodes who started his career playing for the North Ballarat Rebels, before being spotted by the Sydney Swans and being recruited to play in the AFL. As part of the recruitment process, a compensation fee was paid to the North Ballarat Rebels, recognising their role in developing Goodes talent and contributing to a great Australian sporting institution.

Contrast this with the humanitarian ecosystem where the scramble to upscale and outperform results in an ethical void. Experienced staff working in local and national organisations get poached by international organisations (including the UN and international NGOs) just as an emergency is happening at the point that they are most needed within their organisation. Often in the space of a few days, the most senior staff in national organisations hand in their notices to move to an international organisation that promises better salary, training, hours, support and progression.

The impact on national organisations is that they are constantly losing their best and brightest staff at critical moments in the midst of a complex response or as numbers of people in need are skyrocketing. There are also cost...


Budget 2018: The ghost of Bill English "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

You might be forgiven for thinking that Bill English had already written the 2018 budget before he left office, and Grant Robertson simply read it out today. While it is tempting to describe Grant Robertson as Bill English in drag, we all know this is not the case. Tracey Watkins described it as a [] The post Budget 2018: The ghost of Bill English appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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QotD: "I think the blind passion of political discussions makes it very clear how desperately uninformed and uneducated most of us are today "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

"But also, one of my phrases to capture the problem in education today is that children are being taught to look around them and think, 'This is all here, and now our job is just to form opinions about it,' rather than, 'This is all here -- and here is how we got here, and here is where it comes from, and here is what it depends on.' Even just understanding that this world that they know hasn't existed forever is important...    "I think the [blind passion of political discussions] makes it very clear how desperately uninformed and uneducated most of us are today, because we should be bringing to bear on our opinions of politics a vast knowledge of everything that has been tried in the past and whether it succeeded or failed. And most children today are coming into such discussions blind, but also having been told that it's very important to have strong opinions. So they've maybe memorised some floating, disconnected facts and they've been taught to have impassioned convictions about things -- which means their impassioned convictions are based on nothing, ultimately on substance. So, we are trying to give them meaningful, systematic, real knowledge on which to ground judgements in every realm of their life."~ Lisa Van Damme, founder/director of VanDamme Academy


Ardern muddled, middle missed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In an interview just before the election Jacinda Ardern referred to the squeezed middle ordinary New Zealanders feeling the pinch. Stuff: Jacinda Ardern says Budget will also help middle New Zealanders feeling the squeeze New Zealand knows it has poverty issues, and an emerging class of working poor, but were not paying enough attention []


Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A hair divides what is false and true  Omar Khayym who was born on this day in 1048.


Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No [] The post Whaleoil general debate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

Puzzle maestros "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Nine To Noon

Christine and James Lovatt have been creating crosswords, puzzles and sudoku for forty years. Lovatts Puzzles is now one of the largest independent magazine publishers in Australia. Christine says shes been captivated by puzzles since she was a little girl, when she would devise them for her father. They tell Kathryn Ryan about how they built the business, and what makes a great puzzle.


Mr Tomato defamation case back in national court today "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Martyn gagged
Martyn Namorong - gagged for last year's national election


NOOSA The I am not a tomato defamation case brought by Papua New Guinea electoral commissioner Patilias Gamato against writer Martyn Namorong returns to the national court in Port Moresby today.

The case began in an unusual way during last years PNG election when Gamato complained he was defamed in critical social media posts that likened him to a tomato.

The chaotic PNG election had resulted in wide criticism of his commissions conduct of polling and counting.

"He made some defamatory statements and also called my surname, which is Gamato, as 'tomato'," the ABC reported Gamato saying about Namorong at a press conference.

"I don't look like a tomato, I'm a human being. He put a big tomato on my head, what if he did that to you?"

Mr Gamato is seeking punitive and aggravated damages for stress, anxiety and loss of reputation.

National court justice Collin Makail ordered Gamatos statement of claim be published in newspapers and granted an order restraining Namorong from further publishing defamatory remarks the blogger made against Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato on Facebook and Twitter.

Namorong then ceased political commentary for the rest of the election period while publishing a photo of himself in a gagged state.

Gamatos full statement of claim, signed by Kemnonga Robin Kawat of Kawat Lawyers, as published in The National newspaper said in part:

On or about 27 June 2017 in the Defendant wrote or published in his tweeter account by calling the Plaintiff as Mr Tomato, the defendant maliciously wrote and published in his tweeter account and these has gone viral on social media in particular Facebook by tarnishing the surname of the Plaintiff (Gamato) . He is not a vegetable.



Marama Davidson on the budget more grate Greens than great Greens "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Green co-leader Marama Davidsons response to the budget gushed Green greatness, as well as smooching smugness while ignoring why the Government has a healthy surplus with which to invest in some green projects. Let me reassure the Opposition that this is not a dream,there is nothing wrong with their television sets, and the red pill []


iMovie Training with Rick Ortiz of the MacPro Wednesdays in May 16, 23 and 30, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Kahului, Hawaii: Join Rick Ortiz, from the macpro, as he teaches hands-on iMovie training at Akaku! He is going to help you learn the skills to edit your stories with this free application! Get notes on navigation, importing, editing and personal project completion.Three day class series: Day 1: The App: iMovie Navigation Day 2: Importing Content into iMovie

The post iMovie Training with Rick Ortiz of the MacPro Wednesdays in May 16, 23 and 30, 2018 appeared first on Akaku.


Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Every child, regardless of how wealthy their parents are, what language they speak or their ability to disability, has a right to a world-class education, [] Today, we shift the focus of government from electoral cycles to generational ones. Now, you could say I have a rather more personal reason for doing that, because [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


The Ghosts Of The Nephilim, Frater Ex "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Ghosts Of The Nephilim, Frater Ex

The artist formerly known as Frater Ex
The entire human race has been suffering a form of complex post traumatic stress disorder since the time of the great flood, this trauma, made us susceptible to manipulation by psychopaths and indeed may have led to the enslavement of the whole planet under their rule.
But is this just a simple thing about the cycle of indoctrination and abuse run by early secret societies like Freemasonry?
Or are there actually REAL entities out there in the ether trying to influence our thoughts and society?
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Good budget for the Greens "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This was the first part that the Green Party has played a part in so it is understandably a big deal for them. They deserve credit for some achievements, like the biggest increase in DOC funding for many years. James Shaw has been granted a $100 million Green Investment Fund. The Green Investment Fund will []


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is mythoclast (adj) An opponent of myths. A destroyer or debunker of myths. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : English mythoclast comes from two familiar Greek words. The Greek noun mthos has many meanings: speech, word, public speech, unspoken word, matter, fact, as in mythology, a set of stories, [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


A reasonable first budget for Labour "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

As Minister of Finance Grant Robertson was fortunate to inherit a healthy economy and a growing surplus to play with. From what Ive seen (I was busy yesterday and only caught bits of the budget details) it was a generally prudent and predictable budget. Big dollops of dosh had already been committed in last years []


Budget highlights foundation for the future "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The budget is more of a preparatory budget rather than the claimed transformative budget but Minister of Finance Grant Robertson acknowledges that. Here is his summary of the 2018 budget. Foundations for the future Health, education, housing and other critical public services receive overdue investments today, says Finance Minister Grant Robertson. Our public services []


Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 18 21 The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Friday's Fulminations "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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

Visitors might consider the wisdom of using moderate language.




Losing Kokoda: $50 million & dishonouring our military heritage "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Trekking Kokoda (Charlie Lynn)
Crossing a stream on the Kokoda Trail - too little to show for $50 million of Australian taxpayers' money

CHARLIE LYNN | Spectator Australia

SYDNEY - The blackbirding curse is as damaging to Papua New Guineas adventure tourism industry as the resource curse is to mining and exploration.

Blackbirding was a term given to the coercion of native people from PNG to work as cheap labour in Queenslands sugar plantations in the latter part of the nineteenth century. When the extent of the exploitation became known it was outlawed as a form of slavery.

The resource curse refers to the paradox that countries with an abundance of natural resources tend to have less economic growth, less democracy and worse development outcomes than countries with fewer natural resources.

Over the past decade 45,000 Australians from all walks of life have trekked across the Kokoda Trail. Their reasons are many and varied but the wartime significance combined with a sense of adventure in the land of the unexpected is the most compelling motivation.

Kokoda has now surpassed Gallipoli as a priority bucket list item.

Prospective trekkers become self-absorbed as they research trekking companies, camping gear, training methods and the wartime history of the campaign.

They learn of the loyal sacrifice of fuzzy-wuzzy angels those legendary wartime carriers who supported our troops and they look forward to sharing the experience with their descendants who will be employed to get them safely across the trail.

They expect these young guides and carriers will be properly cared for by the trekking company they engage to complete their trek. They expect that government will do its job and put in place rules and regulations to protect them against exploitation.

They expect Australia will ensure the wartime history of the Kokoda campaign will be protected. They expect that local subsistence villagers will receive their fair share of benefits from the emerging trekking industry.



Budget uber irony "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Winston Peters, who rallied against tax breaks for the bloodstock industry during the Winebox inquiry in the late 1990's, asking for and getting tax write-offs for the bloodstock industry in 2018.

Won't he just retire already.


Media watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

18 May 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 []


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


Open Forum Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

18 May 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 []


Is China using 'debtbook diplomacy' to achieve its strategic aims? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Country_vulnerability_mapBEN WESTCOTT | CNN | Edited

HONG KONG - The Chinese government is leveraging billions of dollars in debts to gain political leverage with developing countries across Asia and the Pacific, a new report presented to the US State Department claims.

The independent report, written by a pair of Harvard University scholars, identified 16 countries targeted by the Chinese government for "debtbook diplomacy.

According to the report, in some cases the huge debts grow to a size too large to pay back, allowing Beijing to leverage the loans to "acquire strategic assets or political influence over debtor nations."

This could allow the Chinese government to extend its influence across the Indian Ocean and the Pacific, encircling India and Australia as well as helping to consolidate its position in the South China Sea, the report said.

Last month, Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull said he viewed "with great concern" any foreign military bases being built in the South Pacific, following reports Beijing was in talks with Vanuatu to host Chinese forces.

According to the new report, Vanuatu, just 2,500 kilometers off Australia's coast, has taken at least $270 million in Chinese loans in the past decade, worth 35% of its GDP. Both China and Vanuatu have strongly denied there were ever discussions over a Peoples Liberation Army military presence on the island.

A US State Department official told CNN it encouraged China to promote and uphold internationally accepted best practices in infrastructure development and funding.

"We need to ensure recipients have options that allow them to retain their sovereignty and future control of their economies," the official said.

According to the report, there are a number of ways in which Beijing and state-owned enterprises leverage debt to help China's strategic aims.

In one case, infrastructure built with Chinese loans, has then been leased back to Chinese interests to pay off the original debt.

In 2017, an unprofitable Sri Lankan port built with billion-dollar loans from Beijing was leased to Chinese state-owned firms for 99 years to help repay the country's debts.

The report's co-author Sam Parker said there were concerns these ports could be used by Chinese n...


Marine animals revolution after dinosaur extinction "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This 2015 video from the USA says about itself:

What the heck is a crinoid? They might be one of the most common fossils this side of the Rocky mountains but they are seriously cool.

From the British Antarctic Survey:

Major shift in marine life occurred 33 million years later in the South

May 17, 2018

A new study of marine fossils from Antarctica, Australia, New Zealand and South America reveals that one of the greatest changes to the evolution of life in our oceans occurred more recently in the Southern Hemisphere than previously thought. The results are published today (17 May 2018) in the journal Communications Biology.

The Marine Mesozoic Revolution (MMR) is a key theory in evolutionary history. While dinosaurs ruled the land, profound changes occurred in the shallow seas that covered the Earth.

During the Mesozoic, around 200 million years ago, marine predators evolved that could drill holes and crush the shells of their prey. And although small in comparison to dinosaurs, these new predators, including crustacea and some types of modern fish, had a dramatic impact on marine life.

Among the species most heavily affected were sea lilies or isocrinids invertebrates tethered to the seafloor by...


Natural gas project that promised economic boom leaves PNG in worse state: report "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In 2008, when a consortium led by ExxonMobil was drumming up support for a $19 billion natural gas extraction and processing project in Papua New Guinea, proponents of the development predicted it would underpin the countrys economy for decades. Production began in 2014, and now reaches approximately 7.9 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas per year. However, according to two recent reports by advocacy group Jubilee Australia Research Centre, the PNG LNG project has not only exacerbated conflict and inequality in the Papua New Guinea highlands, it has also failed to produce the promised benefits. According to Jubilee Australias analysis, PNGs economy would be better off if the gas had been left in the ground. Predicted economic impacts of the PNG LNG project compared to actual impacts (based on Jubilee Australias analysis of underlying economic trends). While exports have exceeded expectations, GDP growth has been slower than forecast and income, employment and government spending have dropped. Image courtesy of Jubilee Australia. Big promises When pitching the project, developers made big promises about the economic and social benefits the megaproject would bring to the country. One influential 2008 study, an economic impact analysis commissioned by ExxonMobil and authored by Australian consultants ACIL-Tasman (now ACIL-Allen), predicted the project would bring a tremendous windfall not only to shareholders, but also to the people of PNG. It forecast the overall size of the countrys economy would nearly double, household incomes would rise by 84 percent, and employment increase by 42 percent. Backers of the project


EMU Farmer Arrested For Running Illegal Animal Brothel "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

New Zealand police have raided a family-operated emu farm suspected of operating as an illegal animal brothel.

Michael Wilson, 43, and his two sons Phillip, 28, and Andrew, 14, have been arrested and accused of illegally operating an animal brothel.

Twenty-six people were also arrested during the raid for their suspected involvement in sexually related activities with animals on the farm.

It was totally disgusting. They would host these parties where the guests would run around naked chasing the birds all night long, one neighbor told local reporters.

The Wilson family-operated farm had been undergoing financial stress these past years and local neighbors were apparently aware of the unusual activities.

Michael was pretty open about the whole thing. He didnt care if some sick Aussie tourists were into screwing with his birds. He even joked that it made the meat leaner, a local man told reporters under the cover of anonymity.

The Wilson family lawyer, Andrew Goldmann, would not comment the allegations but said that his clients would challenge New Zealands current prostitution laws.

Sex between two consenting adults in exchange for money is legal but a sexual relationship between a human and a bird is not? he argued.

Although the Prostitution Reform Act of 2003 has officially decriminalized prostitution in New Zealand, bestiality and zoosexual activity are still prohibited by law.

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Silencing Human Rights and Environmental Defenders: The Overuse of SLAPP Suits by Corporations "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

by Jrmie Gilbert of The Corporate Social Responsibility and Business Ethics Blog / IC Magazine

Over the last few years, more and more corporations have used litigation to attack the credibility of human rights and environmental defenders. This phenomenon is part of what has been labelled, Strategic Litigation against Public Participation; more commonly referred to as SLAPP.  SLAPP is increasingly used by corporations against individuals, or civil society organisations, which have criticised or made public allegations against the corporations actions, notably regarding allegations of environmental degradation or human rights abuses. It is not an entirely new strategy as the concept of SLAPP was conceptualised in the United-States during the 1970s, but we have recently experienced an exponential increase of SLAPPs used as a retaliatory mechanism against human rights and environmental defenders. The Business and Human Rights Resources, which is one of the leading international civil society organisations working on issues of corporate responsibilities for human rights violations, recently published...


HUMAN-Eating Robots Secretly Deployed? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Formerly dedicated purely to UFO videos, Secureteam10 is putting an interesting variety of subject matter while adhering to its UFO roots. Tylers channel is well worth subbing to! secureteam10 Published on May 16, 2018  

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Russian Warship arrives in Port Moresby, PNG "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A Russian Navy training ship sailed into Port Moresby with 234 naval cadets aboard yesterday morning.

The visit, a first by Russia, had been described as a historic business port call between Russia and Papua New Guinea.

This is the first time in 50 years that a Russian naval vessel has visited our shores, said Papua New Guinea Defence Force chief of staff captain (Navy) Philip Polewara, who was at port to welcome the 7000-tonne Perekop training ship.

Aboard were fifth-year naval cadets from the St Petersburg naval institute of Russia who are on a two-month navigational training that started in April.

According to Capt Polewara, the 40-year-old ship had passed through the Baltic Sea, Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean and was then destined for Vladivostok in Russia.

The ship arrived at 10.30am and Capt Polewara was left impressed after a brief exchange of pleasantries and a short tour with the captain of the ship and the head of the naval institute vice-admiral Vladimir Sokolov.

They still employ some of the earliest forms of navigation, using the celestial navigation and thats something we the navy can learn, and as people all we know is that Russia is a big country, home of the polar bears, it is up north, he said.

Capt Polewara said Russia was not only in Europe but also extended to the Pacific that was why it was often described by the international media as showing increased interest in the Pacific.

The Perekop cadets three-day visit include city tours, cultural visits, friendly sports with the PNG Defence Force, and courtesy meetings with the government.

According to The Australian newspaper, the training warship Perekop is a part of the Baltic fleet of the Russian Navy and is equipped with a modern radio-technical and navigational equipment as well as combat armament.

The warship, which is here until Saturday, will be open to the public today at 1pm at the old wharf in town. Post Courier/PACNEWS/PNG TODAY


World watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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


May 18 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1048 Omar Khayym, Persian mathematician, poet and philosopher, was born (d. 1131).

1152  Henry II of England married Eleanor of Aquitaine.

1268  The Principality of Antioch, a crusader state, fell to the Mamluk Sultan Baibars in the Battle of Antioch.

1302 Bruges Matins, the nocturnal massacre of the French garrison in Bruges by members of the local Flemish militia.

1498 Vasco da Gama reached the port of Calicut, India.

1593  Playwright Thomas Kyds accusations of heresy led to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe.

1652 Rhode Island passed the first law in North America making slavery illegal.

1763  Fire destroyed a large part of Montreal.

1783  First United Empire Loyalists reached Parrtown, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States.

1803  Napoleonic Wars: The United Kingdom revoked the Treaty of Amiensand declared war on France.

1804 Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed Emperor of the French by the French Senate.

1811  Battle of Las Piedras: The first great military triumph of the revolution of the Ro de la Plata in Uruguay led by Jose Artigas.

1812  John Bellingham was found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging for the assassination of British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval.

1843  The...


Documents Expose New Efforts to Undermine Public Worker Unions "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Several months ago, Maxford Nelson, executive director of a right-wing think tank, the Freedom Foundation, showed up at a Washington state legislative committee hearing to oppose a bill to make dues checkoff easier for the states public workers.

The lawmakers jumped on him, questioning what he was even doing there, since the foundation is supposed to be and advertises itself as non-profit and non-partisan. Federal and state tax rules bar such groups from overt political lobbying.

What the lawmakers didnt know, and what newly revealed documents now show, is the Freedom Foundation, run by anti-union multimillionaire Tom McCabe, is part of a 50-state right-wing corporate State Policy Network with among other items on its agenda destruction of public worker unions.

And that network, funded by the Koch brothers, the Walton and Scaife foundations, and other right-wing multimillionaires, came up with a new way of doing so in their toolkit: Trying to get union members to quit while still taking union benefits.

SPNs get-them-to-drop-out drive is part of the right wings larger effort to defund unions in general de-fund the left, as right-wing leaders put it and grease the skids for their pro-corporate agenda. That agenda includes massive deregulation, smashing unions and workers, and tax cuts for firms and the rich.

Internal SPN documents obtained by the British newspaper The Guardian and published May 15 shed light on the aims and details of the network. Unionists and residents of the Pacific Northwest, however, know the drill already.

SPNs aims, goals and methods mimic those of the Freedom Foundation for the last four years. Ever since McCabe took over in 2013, its stepped up its efforts in Oregon, Washington and California. Now its expanding to other states. Getting workers to dump their union memberships has been one method.

Well-run opt-out campaigns can cause public-sector unions to experience 5 (percent) to 20 percent declines in membership, costing hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars in dues money. This can affect the resources and attention available for union leaders to devote to political action campaigns, the key SPN internal memo says.

To fund such campaigns, the Koch Brothers and other right-wingers have budgeted approximately $80 million for 66 so-called think tanks nationwide, specifically for their campaign to get public union members to quit.

Their method, the Guardian reported, was to use the legal system to get lists of public union members and then hire paid operatives to go door to door, using phony arguments to convince those unionists to drop their memberships and quit paying either union dues or agency fees.

Access to lists of union....


The University of Goroka and Police Department collaboration Project "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This is the beginning of a discourse or discussions between the Human Resources Management Section of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (focusing on the training facility at Bomana) on the one hand, and I'm the other the University of Goroka. This interaction commenced in a humble or modest way (unofficial though)  between Chancellor Joseph Sukwianomb and a couple of Police Officers, (who for reasons shall remain nameless).
A small beggining...
The University Chancellor himself read in recent weeks from the newspaper stories of police recruits who were passed out from training acted in such manner (reminiscent of the Secondary Schools culture of induction into the pack). These trainees who passed out,were to have been deployed were considered dismissed. The Chancellor hinted that  it was perhaps time to consider suggesting in the way police recruitment, training and behavioural change instructions are given to the new intake by the Royal PNG Constabulary. A rethink is now necessary, given all that has been given by so many people and their organisations both from without and within PNG.
The way forward...
It is the considered view of the Chancellor that a collaboration and cooperation between the Police Department and the University of Goroka is necessarily and even urgent ever more than before. There are vital areas to be discussed or explored for the mutual support and benefits to the parties,if some agreements are reached. The Chancellor suggested that the first item to be considered and acted upon is to get the police hierarchy (especially in HR Division)  to meet formally with the Secretary and his officers from the Department of Higher  Education, Research, Science and Technology. The reasons are many  but one thing is clear. That is that since the passing of the Higher Education (General Provisions) Act 2014, all education and training provisions in PNG through any recognised institutions come under the supervision and control or scrutiny of the Board of Control established under the Higher Education Act from the date of the enforcement of the provisions of the Act.
This, the Police Training College at Bomana comes under DHERST in areas of curriculum, staff or lecturers or instructors competencies, certification, career pathways etc. Importantly, is the need to comply with the PNG National Qualifications Framework. There is work to be done in these areas in the three disciplined forces, but first is to start with the police force.
Areas of collaboration and cooperation...
The current areas that could draw the attention of the University of Goroka is to start a preliminary discussions on a number of key areas, and these i...


NSW jobs super-boom continues apace "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Annual employment growth slowing

A solid headline result for employment growth in April 2018, beating expectations of 20,000, with total seasonally adjusted employment up by 22,600 to beyond 12 million for the first time, driven by a substantial 32,700 increase in full time jobs.

There were, however, adverse revisions to take into account for the preceding month. 

Alas, the Coalition's favoured '1000 jobs per month' slogan is going to have to be canned forthwith, with annual employment growth down from a record high of 431,200 in January 2018 to 332,200 (or 2.73 per cent) by April. 

State versus state (NSW superboom)

Employment blazed another 27,600 higher in New South Wales to be up by 46,800 over the quarter, and a thunderous 156,000 year-on-year, casting further doubt on the endless gloomy house price predictions, with first homebuyers also now wading in. 

The New South Wales economy has added well over 300,000 extra jobs over the past three years, something achieved for the first time ever on a rolling 3-year basis in the past few months across more than 40 years of available figures. 



Vanimo Free Economic Zone ( with John Tekwie) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Friday 4 May 2018
This is a statement that follows an initial brief discussions with an officer who is helping with the work related to the Vanimo Free Economic Zone in the Sandaun Province. Many years ago at the University of Papua New Guinea, I and some of my academic colleagues were discussing a proposal where PNG could establish what was thought at that time as Northern Economic Zone or hub.  This hub would free up the idea of provinces in the north consisting of Morobe, Making, East and West Sepik, and even Manus into a political marriage or consolidation into a economic block to harness all the resources that are available. So that infrastructures like the airports, wharves and road network established and operating. A "crazy" idea of building railway network was also discussed even way back in the mid eighties, among these academics. The idea did not gain any ground or did anyone tried to transmit those ideas to ambitious politicians until someone came along years later.
From what I know  is that former Governor for Sandaun, Mr John Tekwei was and early initiator and a great advocate of the revived thinking about the Free Northern Economic Zone. Just there months ago in February I happen to come across  Mr Tekewei who has been rallying support from people in power to revive the idea of establishing the free trading zones in some strategic locations. Vanimo and Lorengau in Manus were the two that Mr Tekwei mentioned, at least to me anyway. I was very interested and hinted that he should continue to pursue his dream,  and he replied  that he would do but he would need inputs from me and others. In the same venue, after talking to Mr Tekewi,  I met Governor for East  Sepik,  who said to me, before I could talk about the reason why I was there in the first place to meet and talk to him. The subject was about early childhood education trying of teachers for East Sepik. The governor said he wanted to introduce Bahamas into the curriculum of early childhood education in the East Sepik in the kiddie schools. In doing so  the Sepik people will be better able to interact in economic activities across the border with the most populous neighbouring country,  Indonesia. This idea from Governor Bird goes to support the idea of economic integration on our part as a country before we can reach out to other larger economies like Japan, Korea, China or even Indonesia.
And so an invitation for me to join like-minded Papua New Guineans on a crusade to find a way, away from the norm is indeed an honour. It is an opportunity so rare to relook at our sovereignty by revisiting and interpreting the preamble of our constitution, the 8 point plan, and the most recent one being the PNG Vision 2050.
In having said in so many words as alluded above, Im indeed very honoured to submit my expression of interest to join people of different professions...


TiikiiembShiiemb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill met today with the Chancellors and Vice chancellors of all state universities, which included the Chancellor said or Chair of Divine Word University. The convener of the meeting was the Minister for Higher Education, Research and Science and technology , Hon. Pila Niningi.

The Prime Minister said that there is not enough money to go around to meet every demand. He urged universities to consider ways of generating income to supplement what little  there is coming from the Government coppers. The Prime Minister also said that there will be no new universities building ,other than the completion of the Western Pacific University at Ialibu. Instead, he said universities must plan for expansion from the existing universities  especially those owned and funded  by the state. The Prime Minister planned to have another follow up meeting, to be arranged by the Higher Education Minister, Hon. Niningi.


Chancellor Sukwianomb says he wants to build Highlands Medical School at the University of Goroka "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The University of Goroka Chancellor, Joseph Sukwianomb on Friday 11 May 2018 made the first public statement in relation to the building of a new Highlands School of Medicine and a Teaching Hospital as part of the School to be the expansion of the University of Goroka long term plan.  This follows  statement and urging from the Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill  when met with the state universities Chancellors and Vice Chacellors on the 18 of January 2018.

The Chancellor made this first public statement at the graduation ceremony held in Mt Hagen when he presided over the 3rd Graduation in Mt Hagen where 14 students  from Western Highlands, Enga and Southern Highlands graduated with Bachelor of Education in School Management.  Students who graduated, they studied by distant mode, under the University of Goroka Institute of Distant and Flexible mode. The students were enrolled in In-service Training that took minimum of two years;  sometimes this can take longer.

The University of Goroka graduation on Mt Hagen was attended by Deputy Governor who represented the Governor for Western Highlands, Hon. Paias Wingti and the Provincial Government of Western Highlands. Chancellor. The Governor for WHP is commended for articulating and realising the Pillar 1 of the PNG Vision 2050, said the Chancellor. Chancellor Sukwianomb further said the Nation of PNG  can not go wrong if every little  from the Prime Minister down do what Governor Wingtips is doing in his province. 


Trump's trying to refill the swamp "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Donald Trump has done such a good job draining the swamp, that it's completely empty and needs to be filled up.

Follow the money. That Watergate meme is now poised to dominate the Donald Trump-Michael Cohen investigation for this news cycle and beyond. The impetus is a document released by lawyer Michael Avenatti, confirmed by the New York Times, that revealed that a shell company Cohen created and used to pay off the porn star Stormy Daniels received $500,000 from a company linked to a Russian oligarch with ties to Vladimir Putin.

Thats not all. Cohens shell company, Essential Consultants LLC, received a total of $4.4 million in payments from a range of sources with an interest in influencing Trump, including the pharma giant Novartis AG, Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. and AT&T Inc., seeking to pull off its merger with Time Warner Inc.

The giant question that follows from the payments to Cohen is what they were for and whether any of the money in the shell company made its way into any entities owned or controlled by Trump himself.
The tremendous irony in all of this, and there are many, is that on the very day this article appeared on Bloomberg, Trump had a rally in Indiana where he led a chant of "Drain the Swamp" (I've tried to embed the video, but clearly my time away from Blogger has made me rusty).

I know, I know.  Trump rejected the money just like Sarah Huckabee-Sanders stated at the press conference, which proves he's draining the swamp.

If you believe that, then the alligators that have come from the swamp that Trump just drained have just flown past your window wearing pink tutus.


365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

My farmer had to pick up a ute today and I volunteered to go with him to bring the other vehicle back.

Instead of driving straight home I called on friends for morning tea then carried on, stopping off to explore the places that time constraints usually force me to drive past.

Today Im grateful for a catch-up with friends and the time to explore some byways off the usually highways.


Kiwibloggers rejoice....oh hang on "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Over here we have an entire thread of criticism of the Labour budget by supposed right-wing "fiscal conservatives", with their furious writings based on the fact Labour didn't spend as much as National did last year.



Thursday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Freestyle Swing dance, liberals will hate it cos the man leads and lady follows and what a great job she does. Who dominates the dance? the women of course. You dont see the man in some respects because with great leading and following the lady shines like the sun.   The post Thursday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Marine animals discoveries in Atlantic ocean "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This video from the USA says about itself:

25 October 2017

Join NRDC senior oceans scientist Lisa Suatoni on an animated submersible tour of the weird, wonderful, and imperiled underwater world of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Monument. The ocean floor off the east coast of the United States is carved with canyons deeper than the Grand Canyon, and, beyond those, extinct volcanoes. President Obama made almost 5,000 miles of this unique area a national monument, but the Trump administration is interested in revoking its monument status to open this pristine area with 4,000-year-old corals to industrial fishing, mining, and drilling. Not many people get to explore these incredible depthsbut once you see whats down there, youll never be the same!

Take action: here.

From the New England Aquarium in the USA:

Diverse and abundant megafauna documented at new Atlantic US Marine National Monument

Rare aerial survey of Northeast canyons and seamounts

May 16, 2018

Airborne marine biologists were dazzled by the diversity and abundance of large, unusual and sometimes endangered marine wildlife on a recent trip to the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Marine Monument, about 150 miles southeast of Cape Cod. Scientists with the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life at the New England Aquarium observed dozens of dolphins mixing with schools of pilot whales plus mo...


Japan and PNG sign Air Service agreement "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Papua New Guinea and Japan officially signed Wednesday the exchange of notes on the revised air service agreement between the two countries.

Papua New Guinea Foreign Minister Rimbink Pato and his counterpart Japan Foreign Minister Taro Kono officially signed the instruments at the Likura House in Tokyo.

Pato in his address to the media and official dinner delegates said that this was a very important document which will improve trade and investment and the overall relations between PNG and Japan.

He said that this will also enable Air Niuginis service to Japan further enhance and strengthen connectivity between Japan, PNG and the Pacific Island countries.

Air Niugini presently has twice weekly services presently to Narita from Port Moresby, Pato said.

This third weekly service will result in inclusion of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) which means many of our exports particularly tuna from FSM and PNG will have accessibility to the markets of Japan and of course inflow of tourists from Japan through to the rest of the Pacific island countries, particularly at a time like this when we move into a closer cooperation with Japan and Pacific Island nations, Pato said.

Japan is a very important partner of PNG and of course Japan is the second largest trading partner for PNG after Australia and in the overall partnership, theres so many issues and challenges that Japan works very closely with Papua New Guinea and together we have an important partnership as we reach out together for PNG.

The signing of the air Services Agreement, the amendments relating thereto will enable our partnership to connect better between ourselves in trade and investment, people to people contract as well as to the rest of the Pacific so I am very well pleased and privileged to be here on behalf of our country, we have been talking to Prime Minister Abe-San and the former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida-San-when we last met in DA Nang in Vietnam, I am so glad, Pato said.

Japan Foreign Minister Kono on the other hand said: With the revisit, we hope the number of flights between Japan and PNG will be increased and also strengthen connectivity between Japan and the Pacific Island countries..



Intense Use Of Digital Technologies Vital "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The ultimate aim of the research and policy presentations during APEC study centers consortium conference (ASCCC) is to enhance peoples livelihood within respective economies.

In concluding the ASCCC yesterday, conference chairman and director of the PNG National Research Institute, Dr Osborne Sanida said the intense use of digital technologies are important for creating opportunities for inclusive growth and social and economic development.

We had good discussions on innovation and technology. Technology is vital for inclusive growth and development so the question is how we can promote opportunities that technology brings and also address the constraints so that we can use it in a positive way.

Going forward, this conference will have both immediate and non-immediate results, immediately, the conference output will be presented as a report to the SOM Chair.

The report will also be given to PNG APEC Study Centre and to Chile as the next host of APEC, said Dr Sanida.

The theme of the conference Inclusive growth opportunities in an increasingly connected region included four sub themes:

Regional economic integration and connectivity;

Structural reform and competition;

Digitalisation; and

Innovation and technology

There were 74 abstracts submitted for the conference, 25 were selected and presented at the two day more on PNG Technology site: PNG eHow


United Kingdom: Truth revolt "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to Stefan Molyneux interviewing Tommy Robinson another shocker on how the UK are using intimidation threats & upping their tactics & laws in shutting down free speech/(hate speech!) & appear to ultimately be aiming for people like Tommy to end up [] The post United Kingdom: Truth revolt appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Setbisio Para i Publiko #37: The 2000 Plebsicite "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

2000 was the last time that Guam had a significant and focused conversation around political status. There had been campaigns, big and small, around commonwealth or constitutions. Each time there were discussions, community events and also sometime of plebiscite. 2000 was the last time that there was a big community push around the issue, as that was the year a plebiscite was scheduled and some funds made available for public education. This came after commonwealth had died or stalled in the US Congress, and it was decided to start the process over by having a new plebiscite to help determine the direction of future political status negotiations. This new start to the process never really came. The 2000 plebiscite was delayed several times and never took place.

I recently went through more than a year of the Pacific Daily News to get a sense of that time, and came across dozens of letters to the editor and articles dealing with the plebiscite and the three status options. Some of the letters to the editor focused on supporting a particular status option, more however were focused on the framework for the discussion and a good portion lamented there not being enough information available to make a decision. A small percentage focused on supporting or challenging the idea of restricting who could participate in the plebiscite.

Almost 20 years later we are at a new sort of phase in the discussion. Much has changed, although some elements remain the same. Now, just as before, there is apathy in the community and in the government. There are concerns that there isnt enough information available. There are worries over the framework. One key difference now is that there is a court case that is currently being appealed, over who is eligible to participate in the self-determination vote.

As part of the educational efforts, the Pacific Daily News published editorials from each of the political status task force chairs. They provided them with space to put forth their best argument about their status. The arguments are similar to the ones we make today. The faces are familiar, with some notable differences. In 2000 the task force chairs were Antonio Artero Sablan, Jose Ulloa Garrido and Eddie Duenas. Sablan and Garrido have stepped down as chairs, whereas Duenas has not.


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This One's For Andrei - Some Musings From An Inexperienced Onlooker "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Adolf saw an interesting opinion piece the other day, on the possibility of a rapprochement between the USA and Russia. 

Later in another piece, there were a couple of phrases which, as I like to say, fell out and clattered onto the floor.

"......The Geneva Agreement had all the underpinnings of the Munich Agreement. The comparison is apt. Just as Munich gave Hitler more time to build up his Panzers, the Geneva Agreement gave the mullahs ten years to build the bomb.

Just as in 1930s the world failed to stop Hitler, while the viper was still in its crib, and tolerated Germany's violations of the Treaties of Versailles to allow her to rearm, the world de facto allowed Iran to ignore United Nations Security Council resolutions and continue the development of a nuclear weapon. Just as Britain sold Czechoslovakia out in 1938 to appease Hitler, the United States sold Israel out in 2013 to appease Iran........"


"Western democracies that failed to prevent two world wars suffer historical amnesia and appear to be unconcerned with the replay of Munich. Feeling safe under the American military umbrella, the leaders of the UK, France, and Germany have been imploring Trump to salvage the accord with Iran. Just as in the 1930s, the slippery slope of greed and appeasement is driving Europe toward more disasters. Paraphrasing Lenin, they are vying with each other for the rope contract."

For some time now I'v...


Ayuda i Maain-ta Dos "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I'm excited to be helping organizing another "Ayuda i Maain-ta" event focused on assisting Chamoru war survivors complete their war claims forms. This semester seems like a never-ending parade of interesting and exciting events and this one will be one of the last ones for the next few weeks. I'm excited at all I was able to accomplish this semester, but eager for some rest this summer.


Independent Guahan organizes Ayuda i Manaina-ta Dos, to assist elders with completing their war claims application ahead of June deadline.

For Immediate Release, April 30, 2018

Last December, Independent Guahan organized the event, Ayuda i Manaina- ta, which assisted 165 elders in the completion of their war claims applications. In response to public demand, Independent Guahan is partnering with the Guam War Survivors Memorial Foundation and others to organize Ayuda i Manaina-ta Dos, which will take place on Saturday, May 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the University of Guam Humanities and Social Sciences Atrium. 

In 2016, after more than seven decades, the US government passed a law providing reparations for Chamoru survivors of the Japanese occupation. While Independent Guahan acknowledges the problematic nature of this law, which deems the majority war survivors ineligible, it still represents a chance for our manamko to receive some compensation for what they suffered and help give closure to this violent period of Guahans history. 

Ayuda i Manaina-ta Dos is an event designed to assist our...


Tech Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A new robot currently in the crowd-funding stage; however, the main thrust appears not to be just a device to purchase. The developers have created the worlds first robotics platform which will allow other developers to create applications, functions and hardware to add-on or improve the robot. In a similar way to the smartphone taking [] The post Tech Thursday appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


These revelations about Iran show Obama got played! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Europeans are waking up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Will the Saudis Try to Drive Down Oil Prices? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Remember US$100 per barrel oil?

Oil prices peaked at US$115 in June 2014. It seems like forever ago. What kind of behaviour did this high price produce?

Many oil producers assumed the US$100 per barrel level was a permanently high plateau. This is a good example of the anchoring bias. Because oil was expensive, people assumed it would remain expensive.

The fracking industry assumed oil would remain in a range of US$70130 per barrel. Over US$5 trillion was spent on exploration and development, much of it in Canada and the US.

This led to a flood of new oil, which reduced the market share of OPEC producers. Saudi Arabia was losing ground both to OPEC competitors and frackers.

But then oil prices crashed.

They fell all the way to the mid-US$20s in early 2016.

Then another human bias began to creep into Wall Street analysis. The same prominent voices that earlier said oil would stay high were now saying it would keep dropping!

Some well-known analysts were calling for US$15 per barrel oil. These low-ball figures were just as much off base as the earlier expectations of US$130 per barrel oil.

The Saudis control the oil market

Today oil is trading over US$70, up from US$46 at the beginning of the year.

Oil surged 3% overnight after US President Donald Trump announced hes abandoning the nuclear deal with Iran. The re-imposed sanctions will limit Irans oil exports, which will limit global supplies.

How did oil prices go from the US$20s a couple of years ago to todays US$70? Lets go back a few years

In mid-2014, Saudi Arabia developed a plan to destroy the US fracking industry and regain its lost market share. The exact details of the plan have never been acknowledged publicly but were revealed to me privately by a trusted source operating at the pinnacle of the global energy industry.

The Saudi plan involved a linear optimisation program designed to calculate a price at which frackers would be destroyed. But the Saudi fiscal situation would not be impaired more than necessary to get the job done.

What makes Saudi Arabia unique among energy producers is that they actually can dictate the market price to some extent. Saudi Arabia has the worlds largest oil reserves and the worlds lowest average production costs. Saudi Arabia can make money on its oil production at prices as low as US$10 per barrel.

This does not mean that the Saudis want a US$10 per barrel price. It just mean...


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.  Posting that kind of humour [] The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Former Uber exec who obtained medical records of rape victim may sue Uber "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Eric Alexander, the president of business in the Asia Pacific for Uber, was fired last year after it was revealed he obtained the medical records of an Uber passenger in India who was raped.

Eric Alexander, the president of business in the Asia Pacific for Uber, was fired last year after it was revealed he obtained the medical records of an Uber passenger in India who was raped. The sexual assault of one of its passengers led to a host of problemsand eventual reformfor Uber in India, but, as Recode reported, Alexander was allegedly among some of the executives at the company who didnt believe the sexual assault incident was entirely true. In order to investigate, Alexander somehow obtained the rape victims medical files and allegedly even shared them with former CEO Travis Kalanick. In 2017 Uber ended up firing Alexander over the incident.

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Stateside 5: Rosie the Riveter "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

You could pick a womans weld, because it was neat and even, whereas the mens were a bit rough  American []


Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Newshub answers its own question and forgets to tell Tova "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Gumfiate  to cause to swell; to puff up; to perplex.


Workers of Whaleoil "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

How well do you know our wonderful Whaleoil workers? Can you match the Whaleoil worker to the photo of their Whaleoil workplace? We have 30+ workers at Whaleoil so for every post I will give you four possibilities to choose from. You will also be given a clue. Yesterdays wonderful Whaleoil worker was B) Suze Clue: [] The post Workers of Whaleoil appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Taxpayers Union analysis of the budget "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Taxpayers Union has a handy analysis of the budget: Government books and the economy looking rosy Robertsons first budget was written in extraordinarily benign circumstances. The economy is growing at a sustainable rate of around 3%, tax revenues for the June 2018 year will exceed Budget 2017 estimates, unemployment is down to 4.5%, employment levels [] The post Taxpayers Union analysis of the budget appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Old white man of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I thought I may come unstuck on the alphabetical appreciation of old white men when it was time for Q, but Barzillai Quaife, who was born at Lenham, Kent, England, on 29 December 1798, seemed like an interesting chap. Quote: [] Quaife was educated at Hoxton Academy, London, and worked as a teacher and Congregational minister [] The post Old white man of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.



Procession by officials to the Stage for the Opening Ceremony today

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Picture of the Three Bedroom Teacher's House at Buin Primary School

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Keeping up appearances while their nation burns "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In 1835 the pacifistic Moriori people of the Chatham Islands off New Zealand were invaded by hundreds of Maori using a hijacked British ship. The Moriori, who had been safely isolated from their cousins on the New Zealand mainland for centuries, had a rigidly non-violent culture. Even when the Maori landed and immediately set about [] The post Keeping up appearances while their nation burns appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Hawaii Volcanic Eruption to Intentionally Generate a Massive Tsunami? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hawaii Volcanic Eruption Intentionally Triggered to Generate Massive Tsunami?


An increasing number of earthquakes under Hawaiis Kilauea volcano preceded the appearance of fissures spewing molten lava in the lower Puna region of the Big Island on May 3. The newly active fissures have led to the destruction of homes, evacuation of residents, closure of roads, and emission of poisonous sulfuric gases that will impact the region for months, if not years, to come.

While most assume that the earthquakes and Kilaueas eruption are due to natural geological processes stemming from a hot spot deep under the Big Island of Hawaii, there is startling evidence linking human intervention to this recent wave of volatile activity. Examination of the fracking practices at Puna Geothermal Power Station, located in the same Puna region affected by earthquakes and volcanic activity, directly raises the strong possibility that the fracking was a direct factor in unleashing what is currently occurring.

What makes such a possibility even more disturbing is the background of the company that owns the power station, which is officially called the Puna Geothermal Venture. The company is financially connected to the Rothschild family which, according to the military intelligence group QAnon, forms the leadership of a worldwide Satanic cult covertly fomenting planet wide catastrophes and wars to maintain global power.

A partial collapse of Kilauea volcano could trigger massive tsunamis that would not only engulf the Hawaiian Islands, but also devastate the U.S. Pacific Coast, as well as the coastal regions of other Pacific rim nations. The possibility that the Puna Geothermal Venture conducted fracking in a deliberate effort to secretly promote earthquakes to trigger such a collapse and thereby generate massive tsunamis, deserves a critical investigation.

I begin my research with some history of the Puna Geothermal Venture, which began operations on the Big Island in 1993. Its worth noting that Kilauea volcano has been in a constant state of eruption since 1983, and that its East Rift Zone has been a prominent part of the lava flows that have destroyed local communities.




The Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Bruce Davies today opened another Double Classroom and a Teacher's House at one of the oldest Primary Schools on Bougainville, the Buin Primary School.

The School is one of the first Government run schools to be established in South Bougainville and today became one of a few schools on Bougainville with a solar powered Classroom.
In his speech today he said Australia will continue assist PNG and Bougainville with infrastructures for Education and Health and Law and Justice sector like in the past.

He said the assistance are delivered according to the priority of local governments.

High Commissioner, Bruce Davies also said that Australia will also assist in areas that can further support the ABG with Programs that the ABG sees as its priorities at the moment.

The team will continue with their visit in South Bougainville before returning to Port Moresby at the end of this week.


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Business journalist says JSCOT report a critique of PACER-Plus "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

17 May 2018: Business journalist Nic Maclellan has analysed the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCT) report into the PACER-Plus trade deal on Devpolicy blog. He writes, although the committee recommends that Parliament should ratify PACER-Plus, the report is a telling critique of the treaty. It concedes that the absence of PNG and Fiji significantly diminishes the utility of the agreement for Australian businesses.

Maclellan observes that Sir Noel Levi, the former Pacific Island Forum Secretary who had involved with the initial drafting of PACER decades ago, condemned the negotiators for failing to seriously consider the concerns raised by PNG and Fiji.

He notes that the JSCT report also raised two other key concerns about the deal. Firstly, that Pacific Island countries already have tariff free access to Australia and New Zealand for their exports (meaning all market access benefits will flow to Australia and NZ). And secondly, that the development assistance in PACER-Plus comes from the existing aid budget.

He then summarises other concerns raised in evidence given to the Committee, including those raised by the Public Health Association of Australia (PHAA) and AFTINET. AFTINET published a media release on the report last week, and you can read it on our website here.


PNG SIM card registration extension "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

PNG Communications Minister Sam Basil has decided to extend the deadline for mobile phone subscriber identity module (SIM) card registration by over two months, to July 31 2018.

This will give more time for citizens to register their mobile phones, thus ensuring that they are able to make phone calls, send and receive texts messages, and so on, after the new deadline is reached.

According to Loop PNG, Digicel, which has the bulk of the customers in the country, has registered over 1.4 million subscribers. This leaves roughly 1.1 million subscribers on that network who are still to register. Digicel has been offering incentives to customers to register, such as free air time.

The other two telecommunication companies are also continuing to register their customers, and attempting to inform customers about the need to register through radio advertisements and other means.

Various countries have introduced mandatory SIM card registration. In neighbouring Indonesia, the deadline was February 28, 2018, and then over 100 million SIM cards were partially blocked, before a further deadline of April 30, 2018. In that case, registration could be done online, through text messaging, at a call centre, or in person. However, in PNG, people need to register in person as the country does not have an identification database. Mobile phone users in PNG need to visit a store or an agent and have their photograph taken as part of the registration process.

According to The National, the devastating earthquake that hit several PNG highlands provinces in February, was one reason why the Minister decided to further extend the registration deadline. The initial deadline was...


Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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If the cap fits "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sometimes I am truly shocked at the behaviour of people on the left of the political divide. They call conservatives Nazis, and yet, in general, it is their behaviour that can be better described in this way. People on the left claim to stand up for those less fortunate members of society, such as those [] The post If the cap fits appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


The Punching Judy puppet show "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Tiny Chimp Saved From Trafficker Can't Stop Smiling At Her Rescuer "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In the wild, mother chimpanzees make eye contact with their babies over 20 times in a single hour and usually go about their days with their babies clinging to them.

Only the most serious disruptions could ever separate them but sadly, mother and baby chimps become torn apart quite often

This is what happened to a baby chimp now named Gaia.

Credit: LCRP

The baby chimp was being sold by a man in Liberia when a tourist, trying to do the right thing, decided to buy her.

In all likelihood her mother had been killed for bushmeat. Unfortunately, buying baby chimps to rescue them only perpetuates the bushmeat trade and encourages people to create more orphans who are sold into the illegal pet trade

Credit: LCRP

Luckily, people are trying to do something to stop this cycle of violence and exploitation that impacts countless chimp families. Jenny and Jimmy Desmond founded Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue & Protection (LCRP) to give chimps orphaned by the bushmeat trade in Liberia a safe place to grow up and to raise awareness about the threats to these amazing animals.

Credit: LCRP

"While we are happy she was saved, money was exchanged, an expat ended up with her, and no report was made to authorities so her seller (and possibly mother's killer) not only got away bu...


Fiji landowners to receive 80% of mining royalties "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Big Win For Landowners

Losirene Lacanivalu | Fiji Sun | 17 May 2018

They will, for the first time, get royalties from mineral mining 80% and Govt retains 20%

All landowners will, for the first time, be able to access a fair share of royalties from mineral mining.

This comes after the FijiFirst Government managed to get the Fare Share of Mineral Royalties Bill passed and enacted in Parliament last night.

Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said under the new Act landowners would receive 80 per cent of all the royalties while the State would retain only 20 per cent.

He said once the Act came into place, the first payment of royalty of around $1m would be made from the Trust to the landowners.

The landowners referred to were owners of freehold land, iTaukei landowners, Rotuman and Rabi Island landowners, he said.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said it had always been known that all minerals belonged to the State and surface land belo...


NAIDOC Family Fun Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Warragamba Silverdale Neighbourhood Centre


Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Climate ambassadors the next step in dairys plan :

Fifteen dairy farmers have been chosen to profile the climate change cause as New Zealands Climate Change Ambassadors.

This is the next step of the dairy sectors plan to create a culture of climate conscious agribusiness amongst farmers and the broader dairy industry, says DairyNZ Chief Executive Tim Mackle.

These fifteen men and women all represent best environmental farming practice for their farm system, says DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle. They run their farms profitably and sustainably and are serious about reducing on farm greenhouse gas emissions. . .

Savvy couple win at Dairy Industry awards Stephen Bell:

Northland couple Dan and Gina Duncan are technologically savvy and care about people, the environment and cows and while doing very well at dairy farming.

Their efforts were rewarded when on Saturday night they were named the Share Farmers of the Year.

Gerard Boerjan from Hawkes Bay-Wairarapa is Dairy Manager of the Year and Simone Smail from Southland is Dairy Trainee of the Year. 

The judges said the Duncans are passionate, professional and committed. . .

Dairy trainee of the year grateful for employers support Nicole Sharp:

In three years, 24-year-old Simone Smail, of Invercargill, has come a long way in the dairy industry.

Being presented the 2018 New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year award at Stadium Southland on Saturday night, Miss Smail was overcome.

She thanked her family for their support, her bosses Steve and Tracy Henderson for giving her a start in the industry and everybody else she had met along the way. . .

Lamb prices expected to stay high Simon Hartley:

Key lamb export markets are paying  14%  more for product so far this season, with record highs  for this time of year,  ASB rural economist Nathan Penny says.



Will Jackson, Henare and Davis make a stand for charter schools? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Back in February this year Willie Jackson, Peeni Henare and Kelvin Davis were all confident that the charter schools they support would be able to successfully transition to state schools. Quote.  [] Employment Minister Willie Jackson says the designated character school model was never flexible enough for those schools which became charter schools. [] Education Minister [] The post Will Jackson, Henare and Davis make a stand for charter schools? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Killing Eve: The Best Brit Thriller in Years "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The UK Daily Telegraph has a laudatory review of Killing Eve

It isnt often a scene in which two characters exchange one-liners over microwaved shepherds pie garners comparisons to Scorsese and Michael Manns Heat. But those are some of the less hyperbolic plaudits rested at the feet of Killing Eve after the latest episode. . see link

The good news is that, believe it or not, TVNZ has this available on line

Adam agrees this is a really great series


The World's Oldest Known Wild Spider Just Passed Away "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When researchers first met her in 1974, she was just a tiny spiderling.

They had no idea then that Number 16, as researchers would eventually call her, was so special.

But year after year, whenever they returned to Australia's North Bungulla Reserve to survey the spider population, she was still there, in the same underground burrow she had built for herself.

Credit: Leanda Mason

This continued until Number 16 was 43 years old and had officially earned the title of oldest known spider in the world. In fact, she was 15 years older than the captive spider who once held that title.

As a trapdoor spider, Number 16 rarely left her burrow for more than a few minutes and with such a complex system of tunnels and secret doors, she didnt really need to. She used the tiny camouflaged doors as easy exit points to catch insects by surprise, and then retreated back inside with her food, sealing the door shut behind her.

It was a method she perfected, which has left scientists with an extraordinary look into the longevity of trapdoor spiders so much so that theyve just published a study about everything theyve learned from her.

Credit: Flickr

Unfortunately, Number 16 was pronounced dead in October 2016 after researchers noticed her burrow had been infiltrated by a parasitoid wasp. Her once magnificent home had fallen to ruins, and it was highly likely she had been killed.

But her impressive life will now be documented forever and will further help the people who knew her for so many years better understand these amazing spiders.

"To our knowledge this is the oldest spider ever recorded," study lead author Leanda Mason, a doctoral candidate at the School of Molecular and Life Sciences at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, said in a statement. "Her significant life has allowed us to further...


Orangutan Thought He Was Finally Rescued But That Was 6 Years Ago "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When Jono the orangutan was rescued in 2012, his life should have started getting better. But instead, Jono spent the next six years locked up in a tiny cage in a transit center, a facility run by the Indonesian government that temporarily holds confiscated wildlife.

It was actually Femke den Haas, founder of Jakarta Animal Aid Network (JAAN), who first discovered Jono on a private property south of Jakarta, Indonesia, back in 2012. Someone was keeping Jono as a pet, despite the fact that orangutans are an endangered species and its illegal to do so.

Credit: Ismutia Rickard

He was taken from the wild as a baby, Den Haas told The Dodo. Its very possible that the mother was killed in a palm oil plantation where people are just hunting them down like pests, even though they are endangered.

When the JAAN team first rescued Jono from his former owner, they couldnt immediately take him into their care they first had to take Jono to the government-run transit center, where Jono was required to stay while the Indonesian government completed paperwork and figured out where to move him.

Credit: Ismutia Rickard

Jono should have only stayed at this facility for a short time, but bureaucracy held things up. Weeks turned into months, and months turned into years. And this entire time, Jono lived in a tiny cage that was no bigger than a transport container. He didnt have access to sunlight or drinking water, and there was nothing to stimulate him.

A foreign correspondent working for Australias ABC News was the one who...


Bonus Quote of the Day: "...the most important weapon in Hamas's arsenal." "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

"Hamas understood early that the civilian death toll was driving international outrage not at Hamas but at Israel, and that this, not I.E.D.s or ambushes, was the most important weapon in its arsenal."
~ Matti Friedman, from his New York Times op-ed 'Falling for Hamas's Split-Screen Fallacy'


Principal Solicitor (PSOL) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Victoria State Government Health and Human Services


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Victoria State Government Health and Human Services


Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Engineering Firms Withdrawal From Adani Coal Project Should Be Final Nail In The Coffin, Says Greenpeace "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

One of the worlds largest engineering firms and a key partner in Indian company Adanis push to open up the Galilee basin in Queensland to coal mining has confirmed it is no longer involved in the controversial project, sparking celebrations among environmental campaigners.

Its another major blow to a proposed mining venture which has been plagued by problems, with major banks in Australia and around the world refusing to provide finance for what would be the largest coal mine in the Southern Hemisphere.

American engineering firm AECOM was the lead partner engaged to design a rail line to run from the Carmichael basin to the coast, providing a way to get the coal from inland Australia to the international market. The rail-line, if built, would also open up the entire Galilee Basin to coal mining, attracting other major mining players like Gina Rinehart. But the project has faced massive opposition from Traditional Owners and environmental groups its carbon footprint alone would unlock more emissions than small countries, such as New Zealand.

Yesterday, AECOM, an international corporation with assets worth almost $6 billion, confirmed it had demobilised from Adani Groups project, joining a growing list of partners and investors who have walked away from the venture.


The deal lasted less than a year, after being signed in July 2017. Overnight, AECOMs share price jumped 1 per cent in the wake of the news.

Greenpeace Australia Pacific Campaigner Jonathan Moylan who made international headlines in 2013 after releasing a fake press release on behalf of ANZ bank announcing a withdrawal of financing for Whitehaven coal mine in the Hunter Valley of NSW suggested the latest blow to Adani should be fatal for the Carmichael coal mine.

Environmental activist, Johnathan Moylan.

This should serve as the final nail in the coffin for this environmentally and economically unsustainable project that most stakeholders have already walked away from, Greenpeace Australia Pacific Campaigner Jonathan Moylan said.

Adani Group have shown time and time...


What will National reverse and what will they keep? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Historically the National party do not reverse the policies put in place by the previous Labour government. Labour, on the other hand, have no such hesitation. They slash and burn the previous governments policies with gay abandon. Look at Chris Hipkins who has cancelled national standards before even bothering to find a replacement. He is currently [] The post What will National reverse and what will they keep? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Haiveta not happy with delay in paying landowners "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The National aka The Loggers Times | May 16, 2018

Gulf Governor Chris Haiveta has called on Oil Search to own up to the fact that it fast-tracked processes in an effort to capitalise on the countrys resources while leaving the landowners stranded with little possibility of receiving royalties promptly.

He said company chairman Rick Lee was out of line during Fridays annual general meeting in Port Moresby when discussing landowner groups and landowner identification processes.

The entire reason we are now facing the issues with the delayed royalty payments is based squarely on Oil Searchs lack of ability to correctly communicate and inform both Exxon and the Government of their experience of the process and the requirements of the Oil and Gas Act, Haiveta said in a statement.

Oil Search must accept that they continue to generate enormous profits from PNG, they receive beneficial tax credits, yet they are trying to push the blame to the Government for their lack of corporate governance in managing the process when it comes to the landowner identification.


Thursdays quiz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Anyone who gets a clean sweep in this quiz will win a virtual wedding cake.

1. Who said: Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds, . .

2. What are the four Cs by which diamonds are measured?

3. Its novio in Spanish and marena hou in Maori, what is it in English?

4. Who sang Im getting Married in the Morning and in which musical?

5. The royal wedding is . . .  .?


View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Lake Hayes. Arrowtown / Queenstown April 30 Please put View From My Window in the subject line. The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Simon Collins pimps poor ahead of budget "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Simon Collins is back at it pimping the poor ahead of the budget. As is usual hes picked the wrong people to use as poster children: Quote: Our outgoings are bigger than our income. That is the daily reality for Manurewa couple Michael and Mina Tamatoa and their four children aged 9, 7, 5, and [] The post Simon Collins pimps poor ahead of budget appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


A Peace Of Fiction: Australia Should Celebrate A National Day Of Violence "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If were going to engage in so much violence, then why not celebrate it, ask Gideon Polya and Richard Hil.

Whats all this talk about peace? Why should Australia celebrate peace when we appear to be such a violence-prone nation? Someone recently suggested that instead of staging peace rallies, Australia should hold a National Violence Day, such is this nations dalliance with this most aberrant of practices. No doubt, such views will upset the Pollyannas amongst us, but can Australia, in light of its past and current predilections, claim to be a peace-loving nation?

Take a look around violence is endemic: on the telly, in the movies, in the language we use, and often in our homes and institutions. And, lest we forget, we have a very violent past: consider our First Nations people, South Sea Islanders, Chinese gold prospectors, convicts, trade unionists, women.

We remain violent towards Indigenous people, locking them up in ever greater numbers, ignoring recommendations in Royal Commission reports (as far back as 1991), denying many the basics of life, and taking away their children at alarming rates (under the justification of welfare and protection).

But its not only Indigenous kids whove been torn away from their families over recent decades (and currently at a record rate). Consider the removal of the Forgotten Australians half a million of them or the thousands of unaccompanied migrant children from Britain treated so appallingly; or the many infants snatched from their impoverished mums the so-called forced adoptees.

Many of our past and present political and economic leaders have wallowed in violence, more often than not for the most spurious and self-interested of reasons. Take todays current crop of political chiefs. So committed are they to exporting the instruments of death and destruction, that the Coalition government has committed over $3 billion to help businesses increase arms sales around the world.

Australias arms exports are, were told, a paltry $1.5 billion per annum. We can do a lot better than that, they insist. And theyre not all that bothered about where we send these weapons.

Weve supplied arms and equipment to some less-than-peaceful countries like Zimbabwe, Pakistan, Israel, Sri Lanka and Turkey, Indonesia, the Philippines, and more recently, Saudi Arabia a country...


Cartoon of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A good political cartoon arouses a strong response from the audience so I guess this must be a good cartoon. It makes me really angry! I think the cartoonist wants me to be angry at Trump and at Israel but I am angry at the cartoonist for promoting the nonsense that opening an embassy in Israels capital [] The post Cartoon of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Akak Upstairs is on a BreakSee you in July! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

During our hiatus we will be planning for the Thursday Salon Series schedule for July, August and September. We will be back in action on July 12th with a new time 6:00-7:30pm. If you know a person, organization or entity who needs a place to share incredible resources and opportunities with the Maui Community, please

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Union Boss Sally McManus Demands Inquiry After Building Royal Commission Charges Collapse "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The nations most powerful union official has demanded an inquiry into why two union officials were charged with blackmail after the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption, only for the charges to be withdrawn almost three years later.

Yesterday, the Victorian Department of Prosecutions asked that extortion charges leveled against Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) officials John Setka and Shaun Reardon in 2015 be dismissed.

Melbourne magistrate Charles Rozencwajg replied, I think its a very sensible decision.

The case stemmed from allegations that during a meeting with senior officials with Boral, the pair asked that concrete not be supplied to Melbourne worksites run by construction firm Grocon, amid concerns about worker safety. Mr Setka is the CFMEUs Victorian secretary, Mr Reardon is the state assistant secretary.

Explosive evidence presented at their committal hearing this week suggested senior figures within the Turnbull and Abbott Governments were speaking directly with Boral executives prior to any allegations being formally raised.


Head of the Australian Council of Trade Unions, Sally McManus, this morning came out swinging.

I welcome the withdrawal of these charges they should never have been laid, Mc Manus said.

The possibility that members of the Abbott/Turnbull Government were closely consulting with Boral over events that led to these discredited charges is deeply disturbing. This possibility should be fully investigated.

This is the same Government that orchestrated the ROC raid, wasted $80 million on a union witchhunt, and is the successor of the Coalition government that conspired to ruin the lives of waterfront workers 20 years ago, she added, a reference to the infamous Patrick Stevedores dispute led by retired Liberal Minister Peter Reith.

It is not acceptable for any government to attack the elected representatives of working people in order to advance their political agenda.

John Setka and Shaun Reardon have stood up for working people in the Victorian c...


Call for clarity on PNG seabed mining project "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Seabed mining machinery Photo: Mike Smith

Radio New Zealand | 16 March 2018

The MP for Namatanai in Papua New Guinea says more information is needed about the impacts and benefits of seabed mining.

The Solwara 1 Project, in which Canadian company Nautilus Minerals plans to extract gold and copper from under the Bismarck Sea, is facing a growing chorus of opposition from local community groups over environmental concerns.

Nautilus has yet to complete equipment requirements for beginning mining, and has seen investors recently withdraw from the project.

The MP, Walter Schnaubelt, said too much remained unknown about the environmental impacts of seabed mining.

Im of the view that of course its going to be something new, yes, maybe some unknowns are going to happen, he said.

But that doesnt mean that we jus...


Urgent: Rally for a free Palestine 2pm Saturday 19 May, Aotea Square, Auckland CBD "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Palestine Solidarity Network calls on the NZ Government to immediately condemn Israels latest massacre of 60 Palestinian protestors in Gaza and excessive force employed by Israeli troops against unarmed civilians, in the strongest possible terms, and close down the Israeli Embassy in Wellington in protest.

2pm Saturday 19 May, Aotea Square, Auckland CBD

Support the Palestinian struggle for human rights & condemn Israeli atrocities.

US/Palestinian author Ramzy Baroud will address the rally, and also give a free public talk on Sunday 20 May from 7pm at the Freemans Bay Community Centre, Hepburn St, Auckland. Free entry donations welcome.

See below for details of Ramzys free public talks in Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin next week. Not to be missed.


Dr. Ramzy Barouds NZ speaking tour itinerary 18 to 24 May 2018.

Hosted by the NZ Palestine Solidarity Network

Ramzy Baroud brings the authentic voices of the Palestinian struggle for human rights to New Zealand, as part of a world-wide launch of his new book The Last Earth: a Palestinian Story.

Please note that signed copies of Ramzys book The Last Earth: a Palestinian story will be on sale for $35 at each venue cash or EFTPOS (bookshop retail prices may vary). Other merchandise will be available also.

Each event is free entry and open to the public bring your friends & workmates. There will be a collection for donations towards tour costs.


10:30am: A special book signing event at UBIQ Auckland University Bookshop, 2 Alfred Street, Student Commons (off Princes or Symonds Street, City.)
12:00 midday: Listen to 95bFM radio for Kelly Enrights studio interview with Ramzy Baroud on The Wire current affairs programme.


9:00am: Listen to Kim Hills face-to-face live interview with Ramzy on her popular Saturday Morning programme, on RNZ National radio (FM 101.4)
2:00pm: Ramzy will speak at the Nakba Rally for Free Palestine, Aotea Square, Queen St, CBD.



The gift that keeps on giving "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Remember sheepgate? Murray McCully's amazing plan to avoid a nonexistent lawsuit by bribing a Saudi businessman with $10 million of public money? McCully may be gone, but his legacy lives on: now, MFAT is being sued over his corrupt deal, by an NZ company angry they didn't get their cut:

An Auckland-based company has started legal proceedings against the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Mfat) in the High Court, the Herald can reveal.

That raises the possibility of more costs related to the controversial, and still unfinished, project.

The company, Laurium Asset Management, helped put the Saudi businessman who now owns the agrihub, Hmood Al Khalaf, in touch with the National Government.

However, it was left out of the eventual deal, and later wrote to Mfat asking why its intellectual property had been used as the basis for the tender.

It's "intellectual property" presumably being the idea of paying a bribe. But I'm not sure you can claim IP over a crime (OTOH, I'm sure the US Patent Office would grant a patent for it - they do for everything else).

Being sued by National's bottom-feeders adds insult to injury, and hopefully it'll be thrown out of court. If its not, MFAT should dump the liability where it truly belongs: with its corrupt former minister.


Oil Search denies blaming PNG govt for project problems "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There have been complaints of a lack of benefits coming from the LNG project. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades project

Someone is not happy with Oil Search but this kind of back-tracking is not going to fool anyone!

Truth is they are all to blame Oil Search, Exxon Mobil and the PNG government

Radio New Zealand | 16 May 2018

The oil and gas company Oil Search denies that it blamed Papua New Guineas government for non-payment of benefits from the LNG gas project.

This comes after statements by the Oil Search chairman at its Annual General Meeting last week acknowledging landowner frustrations over project payouts.

Oil Search claimed its chairmans comments were mis-reported.

In a new statement it said that during the annual meeting, the company outlined the need to ensure royalty payments and other benefits owing to landowners were distributed as soon as practicable.

Oil Search said it was worki...


Women have won nearly half of the House Democratic primaries so far "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Kara Eastman, now the Democrats nominee for Nebraskas 2nd Congressional District, with supporters on election day (via Twitter)

Women have won nearly half of the House Democratic primary races this year in 10 states stretching from the Pacific Northwest to the Tar Heel state.

On Tuesday, 12 women won Democratic nominations in Pennsylvania, Idaho, Oregon and Nebraska primaries. 

Another two female candidates Shavonnia Corbin-Johnson and Judy Herschel were narrowly defeated for Pennsylvanias 10th and 12th districts.

In the four state primaries held Tuesday, 43 percent of the House Democratic primary winners were women. The previous high in those states was 31 percent, which happened in the 2004 and 2014 cycles.

May 15 House primary winners by gender (PA, OR, NE, ID)

Cycle Primary Winners Female Winners Dem Women Rep Women % Fem % Fem Dem % Fem Rep
2018 54 13 12 1 24% 43% 4%
2016 49...


Do Labour even understand basic economics? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

.@nzlabour logic: 1. Problem: Demand pressure exceeds supply capacity in housing market 2. Propose solution: #KiwiBuild 3. Whoops, thats going to fall to stimulate supply. 4. I know! Lets stimulate demand! Total retards. Matthew Hooton (@MatthewHootonNZ) May 15, 2018 Matthew Hooton correctly points out the obvious flaws in the Labour governments idea for shared [] The post Do Labour even understand basic economics? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


More on Adrian Orrs verbal incontinence "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Yesterday Adam reblogged an excellent post on Adrian Orr from Croaking Cassandra.

This comment is very relevant . It is by Geof Mortlock , a former RBNZ official.


Isi Henry Returns As Samarai-Murua MP "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

May 17, 2018

SAMARAI-Murua MP Isi Henry Leonard has remained as MP- elect after defeating close rival Gordon Wesley for the second time at the end of the National Court-ordered recount.

The returning officer presented the recount results on Tuesday afternoon before trial judge Deputy Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika who then endorsed the result, the judges office confirmed this yesterday.

The recount results saw Mr Leonard scoring 6257 votes ahead of Mr Wesley, who was the petitioner and former MP, with 6230 votes.

Sir Gibbs had ordered the recount on March 28 after upholding Mr Wesleys petition on grounds of errors and omissions by the Electoral Commission.

Sir Gibbs then found that at the end of the count for the first preference votes, Mr Wesley scored 5198 votes which was reduced to 5042 going into elimination.

He said the error made without proper explanation would have affected the election result in which Mr Leonard was declared duly elecedt at 6342 votes after passing the absolute majority by 46 votes, ahead of Mr Wesley with 6249 votes.


Someone is breaking the Montreal Protocol "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is one of the global community's most significant environmental achievements - the environment treaty that actually worked. But now, someone is apparently breaking it:

Emissions of some ozone-depleting Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) have shot up in the past six years, despite a decades-old treaty banning them altogether.

Atmospheric detective work has pinpointed a mysterious new source in East Asia that might be responsible for this surge in destructive chemicals.


However, in a new paper published in the journal Nature, an international team of scientists report an unexpected finding of CFC-11, one of the major ozone-depleting chemicals.

The rate of this substances decline in the atmosphere has slowed by approximately 50 per cent since 2012.

This suggests new CFC sources have emerged in recent years, hampering the international effort to completely rid the atmosphere of these chemicals.

"East Asia" probably means "China", and its exactly the sort of behaviour you get in a corrupt state where businesses routinely ignore environmental regulation for profit (see also: melamine in milk). CFCs are cheaper than HFCs to make, so someone is probably just making them and bribing officials to look the other way. A business culture which doesn't care about poisoning children is unlikely to care about destroying the ozone layer.

Except its not just ozone. The CFC they've detected - CFC-11 - is also a greenhouse gas, with a global warming potential of 5350. The Nature article estimates the new production at 135 gigagrams per year, or 13,000 tons. Which is equivalent to almost 70 million tons of CO2 - close to the entire gross emissions of New Zealand. So they're not just cheating on Montreal, they're also cheating on Kyoto and Paris, to the tune of over a billion dollars a year.

Hopefully now that this has hit the global media, this pirate pollution factory will be shut down. But the fact that it even started in the first place suggests certain nations have inadequate environmental monitoring - something they need to fix if the world is to collectively address its problems.


Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"



"HOW 5+1 = 0"

How Can Five Plus One Equal Zero?

Its Simple If Were Talking About The Office Of Hawaiian Affairs.

It Explains How Trustees Can Be Kept In The Dark About Fraud & Corruption.

Watch This To See Why Were Not Talking Fuzzy Math, But Rather About Accusations Of Wrong-Doing At OHA That Do Add Up.

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Pumped up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I went to the gas station to fill up yesterday, as I do every week. I have to admit that I dont pay a lot of attention to fuel prices, but I had noticed that I seem to be paying a bit more for a fill than I did a few weeks ago. Could this [] The post Pumped up appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


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

1770 - Jimmy Cook spied the Glasshouse Mountains in QLD and named them in fond memory of the Yorkshire glass furnace chimneys.

1797 - Survivors of the wreck of the Sydney Cove passed through Illawarra, reaching Sydney on 17 May. They tell of finding coal in northern Illawarra and of being attacked by 'savage natives' near Red Point. In fact, it appears that some of the crew members were the savages and that they may have suffered attacks from members of their own party.

1813 - Two large Norfolk Pine Trees were presented to Mrs. Macquarie by ( a very, very reformed convict) Simeon Lord. They were removed from his garden, and planted at the Gate opposite to Macquarie Street

1824 - The Supreme Court of NSW was birthed.

1824 - A dinner was held at Government House to celebrate the great benefits that the opening of the Supreme Court would bring to the people described as "the inhabitants of Australasia."

1824 - Saxe Bannister became the first person to be admitted to practise as a barrister in New South Wales. His admission was concurrent with his being sworn into the office of attorney general of New
South Wales with a right of private practice at the first sitting of the Supreme Court.

1824 - At the NSW Courts Magistrates, Newcastle Police Court Andrew McColl, John McAuliff and Charles Fagan, runaways from Port Macquarie, were charged with attempting to break out of gaol after having ran from this settlement on the 4th of May, being retaken at Wallis Plains and sent back. The keeper of his Majestys Gaol states - I was going my rounds last night about 8 oclock and hearing an unusual noise in the room where the prisoners are confined in company with Samuel Hart (a notorious gaol breaker) now under committal for a trial for a burglary and William Halfpenny, under sentence for Corporal punishment. I suspected something wrong was going on amongst them. I procured the keys and examined the room. I discovered in one part of it a hole made large enough for a man to creep through. The hole had been made with the iron work of a tub in the room. They had destroyed the tub. The prisoners respectively deny having any knowledge of the hole or how or when it was made. Sentenced to 50 lashes each

1830 - George Thomson was hanged at Hobart for theft of silver plate and two pistols.

1832 - Those wrapping fish were in for a treat when the Sydney Herald became a bi-weekly paper. Price per copy dropped to sixpence!

1838 - Congregational Minister William Waterfield preached the first Congregational Church service in Melbourne to some fifty persons in the little wooden Church of England building in William Street.

1842 - Andrew Petrie fell over the Mary River.

1858 - The Main South Railway Line (NSW) was opened from Liverpoo...

Wednesday, 16 May


More MSM Fearmongering: The Russian Boogeyman and his Hypersonic Weapons! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Invincible? Nothing is invincible. The US secrecy machine and probably Chinas too, have plenty of tricks up their sleeve to deal with these Hypersonic toys (which arent ready yet, take note). I reckon this is another fearmongering exercise. Im sure Uncensored readers are smart enough to see the big picture. US Intelligence=disinformation! Provided by []

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QotD: "A viler evil than to murder a man, is to sell him suicide as an act of virtue." "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

"A viler evil than to murder a man, is 
to sell him suicide as an act of virtue."

~ Ayn Rand


NZ Alpine Fault: Within Our Lifetime "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Planning and Preparing for an Alpine event they say. So watch out for more political shenanigans and hidden agendas revolving around forthcoming seismic events. Take head from the Christchurch scenario, Wellingtonians especially. Heres the MSM story from Newshub: Simulation shows widespread damage if Alpine Fault ruptures Newshub staff Scientists, working as part of Project Alpine []

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Glyphosate Hurts Gut Microbiome, Genes and Sexual Development at Safe Dose "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Roundup Weedkiller Hurts Gut Microbiome, Genes and Sexual Development at

By Heather Callaghan

Glyphosate-based herbicides like Monsantos Roundup are used the world over. In fact, Roundup is still the most popular and widely used weedkiller in the entire world. Pesticide propagandists are fond of leaning on the idea of safe dose, but can there really be a safe dose for a substance that causes breast cancer at parts per trillion?

A new study shows some startling, adverse health affects in mice given glyphosate in doses at levels considered safe by regulatory agencies. This news is more concerning now since recent revelations that glyphosate is in most of our food, FDA emails show.

Three peer-reviewed accepted manuscripts from the pilot phase of the Global Glyphosate Study are available online today (May 16), reports GM Watch. They will be published in the prestigious scientific journal Environmental Health in open access format later in May.



Shane Jones channels Darryl Kerrigan "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Shane Jones has been channelling Darryl Kerrigan with a message to Maori over water rights: Quote: NZ Firsts Shane Jones says Mori are sadly mistakenif they think the Government will hand them over any rights to the countrys freshwater supply. The issue of Mori freshwater rights hit headlines again last year when Labour campaigned on a [] The post Shane Jones channels Darryl Kerrigan appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Climate Justice Forum: Lake Pend Oreille Railroad Expansion Hearings, Rallies, & Chamber of Commerce Speech, North Idaho Flooding, Native Idaho Governor Paulette Jordan Election Victory, Minnesota Tar Sands Pipeline Corridor Denial 5-16-18 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Wednesday, May 16, 2018 Climate Justice Forum radio program, produced by regional, climate activist collective Wild Idaho Rising Tide (WIRT), features news and reflections on upcoming rallies and hearings resisting Lake Pend Oreille railroad bridge and track expansion impacts, a railroad speech at a Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Pend Oreille lake and river flooding, primary election victory for Native, Idaho gubernatorial candidate Paulette Jordan, and a Minnesota judicial report denying a new corridor for tar sands pipeline Line 3.  Broadcast for six years on progressive, volunteer, community station KRFP Radio Free Moscow, every Wednesday between 1:30 and 3 pm Pacific time, on-air at 90.3 FM and online, the show describes continent-wide opposition to fossil fuel projects, the root causes of climate change, thanks to the generous, anonymous listener who adopted program host Helen Yost as her KRFP DJ.


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