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Sunday, 18 February


Florida Shooting: MSM Doesnt Miss Opportunity to Attack Trump "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

US President Donald Trump has called the suspect in the mass school shooting in Florida mentally disturbed as he vowed to help local jurisdictions tackle mental health issues, but he made no mention of stricter gun control laws. Thats because stricter gun control wouldnt have made a difference. []Trump pledged his administration would help tackle []

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Changing room nudity "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Debate has apparently been sparked over pool changing room etiquette. An uncomfortable incident in a pool changing shed has sparked debate about how appropriate it is for adults to strip naked in front of children. Engineer Shabbir Ahmed was at the Lido Aquatic Centre in Palmerston North in February when he saw a child become []

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Pipes Skirl At Weka Park "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

leave a homeland we have lost, to make a new beginning beneath the Southern Cross. Scottish balladeer, Steve McDonald Scottish heritage alive and well  Story by Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs Twelve pipe bands playing in Raumati were a reminder of New Zealands proud Scottish heritage. Saturday 17 February saw the annual Wellington, []


How free are we really? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I was telling my husband that Lordes concerts in Miami might be cancelled because Florida law states that they will do no business with anyone involved with the BDS movement. He said, In a free society, I am amazed that there are laws like that. My reply to him surprised me. If you really think []

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China offers $1.3 million paanga relief fund to help Tonga recover from cyclone Gita "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

His Excellency Wang Baodong, Chinese Ambassador to Tonga meeting with Honorable Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva. Photo/Supplied
China is offering an initial relief fund of more than $1.3 million paanga to support Tonga following the ferocious winds of Tropical Cyclone Gita.

The offer was confirmed this morning after Prime Minster Akilisi Phiva met with His Excellency Wang Baodong, Chinese Ambassador to Tonga, a statement released to Kaniva News by the Chinese Embassy said.

The Chinese Government has provided US$500,000 of emergency humanitarian assistance by remittance to the Tongan Government.

The Red Cross Society of China pledged US$100,000 of emergency humanitarian assistance by remittance to the Red Cross Society of Tonga. The Chinese Embassy in Tonga has offered $40,000 Paanga by remittance for the relief work.

Furthermore, the Chinese side will continue to actively help the Tongan government and people fight against the disaster and rebuild the country according to the need of the Tongan side, Chinese Ambassador to Tonga said.

Prime Minister Phiva welcomed the Chinese assistance, the statement said.

Hon. Phiva was quoted as saying Tonga looks forward to Chinas participation in the post-disaster reconstruction of Tonga and is ready to keep communication with the Chinese side on the recovery effort.

Before the meeting, the embassy sent a message expressing its heartfelt condolences to those affected by the category 4 storm in Tonga.

Honorable Wang Yi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of China sent a message to Honorable Akilisi Pohiva, Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tonga on February 13, extending heartfelt sympathy to the Government and people of Tonga, vowing that China is ready to provide emergency disaster relief assistance within its capacity, and believing that with the joint efforts of the Tongan government and people, Tonga will be able to overcome the disaster and rebuild the country.

source: Kaniva News :  Photo: His Excellency Wang Baodong, Chinese Ambassador to Tonga meeting with Honorable Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva. Photo/Supplied


Peggy Lee Nails Robert Mueller "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Today when I read the reports of Robert Mueller's indictments of thirteen Russians, the first thing to cross my mind was this opening line by the wonderful Peggy Lee

"Is That All There Is?

The most extraordinary thing about these so-called indictments is that nobody seems to know whether the trolls were ever in the USA.   It is clear that if they ever were, they are no longer, so the whole farrago is meaningless.

The Keystone Cops even gave them a hand.  The Russkis organised a couple of pro-Trump rallies which were well attended but, just to show they are even handed, they then put on a couple of pro-Hillary events, also well attended.

Mueller and Co have spent gazzillions of dollars to establish that Russia tries to undermine western countries.  Just ask any of the hairy old lefties from NZ's "Peace" Movement of the 60s and 70s.  They would never admit it at the time but they were financed by Moscow.

Funny thing is, Mueller had nothing to say about Obama's blatant and illegal interference in the elections of Israel, were he attempted to bring about the defeat of Netanyahu.

So, all in all, this Mueller circus is the Mother of all Nothingburgers.

Due to the 'dossier' revelations it now appears likely Mike Flynn will never be taken to court as the evidence against him is tainted.  So, one wonders what is really going on here?

I'm inclined to think Mr Mueller has a pretty good idea what is heading for him over coming weeks and today's phony indictments will give him an excuse to wrap up and disappear, while the going is good.


Not quite last, but cross country placing still a victory for Tonga, says ski boss "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tongan Olympian Peter Taufatofua has successfully completed the 15km mens cross country freestyle competition at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Taufatofua came 114th in 56 minutes and 41 seconds.

He finished 23 minutes behind Swiss skier Dario Cologna, who took gold, but still ahead of four other competitors.

Head of Sport for the Royal Tonga Ski Federation, Steve Grundmann, said his result was a success for Tonga.
It was never about what position he would finish, Grundman said.

Before the race Taufatofua told the BBC his ambitions were to finish before they turn the lights off and not ski into a tree.

Taufatofua said he did not expect to win gold, but hoped he would inspire others from the Pacific Islands to compete.

As Kaniva News reported earlier, he is only the second Tongan to compete in the Winter Olympics. Bruno Banani completed in the luge at Sochi.

He began training as a skier only a year ago, after competing in taekwondo at the Rio Games.

Earlier this week Taufatofua expressed sympathy for people in Tonga affected  by Cyclone Gita, which he described as devastating for the country.

The main points

Tongan Olympian Peter Taufatofua has successfully completed the 15km mens cross country freestyle competition at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Taufatofua came 114th in 56 minutes and 41 seconds.
Head of Sport for the Royal Tonga Ski Federation, Steve Grundmann, said his result was a success for Tonga.

Source: Kaniva News


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View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo was taken around 8:30 in the morning at Wanaka. If you think that you have the perfect competition photo please send it to me today to Put Competition photo in the subject line. We need one full of visual clues.

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Saturday, 17 February


Morobe Students awaits scholarships "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

More than 1,200 tertiary students from Morobe Province are still out of school awaiting the Morobe Provincial Government GersonSolulu Scholarship.

The scholarship process is said to be finalized this week however many students are worried of them missing out on school registration.

Anthony Bok the president of Morobe Tertiary Students Union said two name list have been processed so far but had exceeded the provincial government budget.
He said the Provincial Government is yet to clarify how much money will be allocated for the scholarship and how many students would be in or out of the scholarship.

Furthermore, Morobe students at UPNG have been evicted from the school campus with many finding and renting accomodation around Port Moresby.

Also Levi Arof a parent whose son is yet to enter Don Bosco Technical College said Morobe Governor Ginson Saonu should walk his talk and have these students be at school on time.
Meanwhile Deputy Provincial Administrator Robin Bazzinuc, who is also a member of the Special Scholarship Committee set up by Governor Ginson Saonu, said the scholarship review process has just completed and students with qualified GPAs would be in class anytime sooner.

Mr Bazzinuc however stopped short of saying how and when the provincial government and administration will find several more millions of kina to cater for all students.

NBC News  : Pic: Morobe Students outside Morobe Provincial Administration.


Whooping Cough hits Morobe "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A total of10 babies lost their lives while more than 142 are under treatment after an outbreak of whooping cough in the Burum Kuat Local level Government area in Finschaffen, Morobe Province.
According to the Morobe Provincial Health office, the outbreak of Pertussis disease or whooping cough was reported in Mindik, Wagezareng and Sopa Valley in the Finchaffen District of Morobe Province.
The pertussis desease has infected more than 59 babies and reports have stated that this babies were not being immunized.
Health Advisor Micha Yawing confirmed that this part of Finschaffen District was left without basic health services due to its remoteness.
Mr Yawing said Health workers have been deployed to the area to contain the disease despite few logistical hiccups.

This whooping cough outbreak in Finschhafen has also seen 59 infections being reported at Yus LLG area in neigbouring Kabwum District.

NBC News/PNG Today


Julie Anne Genter has called a press conference "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Theories are swirling as they say.

Adams pick, she is no longer running for co-leader.


99% of New Zealanders have too easy a life "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I see complete and utter amazement time after time on Whaleoil as to what are they thinking and/or doing? This is aimed mainly at the political classes, and then moves on to the left in general. People suspect a one-world government, or a destruction of Western civilization to be at the core of these seemingly []

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Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Honolulu Civil Beat - February 14, 2018

The state has no immediate plans to clear out a well-established homeless encampment near the Wai`anae Boat Harbor, according to state homeless coordinator Scott Morishige. 

But community members and residents of Pu`uhonua O Wai`anae fear a sweep is increasingly likely. 

About 15 of them gathered at the Capitol on Wednesday to defend the camp after recent criticism from some city and state leaders.

The village is a safe and stable place to live, said Twinkle Borge, the camps leader. 

We want to dialogue with people to make a decision about our future. We want to keep our `ohana together as much as possible. We are open to exploring all options including relocation.

She said more than half of the roughly 200 camp residents are Native Hawaiian.


plus a change, plus cest la mme chose "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

We have been here before, as Rubens noted in his famous painting



Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Are you bogged mate? Mary OBrien Rural:

I spend a lot of time raising awareness about spray drift but recent events have compelled me to talk about something that disturbs me even more than spray drift.

I have spent my whole life working in rural and remote Australia and always around country blokes; working with them, for them, and beside them. My father was one, my brother is one, and most of my dearest friends are country blokes. I have always worked in male dominated occupations and that certainly doesnt make me special but I believe it has given me a good understanding of rural men and it has definitely given me a deep and profound respect for them.

So when I see country blokes facing challenges like never before, I need to say something because I know none of them will. Im talking about rural mens mental health and more specifically, rural male suicide. Yes, that mongrel black dog that sneaks in when you least expect it, grabs all of your rational thoughts, buries them somewhere you cant find them, and without you or those close to you noticing, it gradually pulls you into a hole, a bog hole. . . 

Taupo Beef and Lamb starts exporting its meat range to Japanese supermarkets Gerald Piddock:

Taupo Beef and Lamb has begun exporting its meat range to Japan.

The company, established by farmers Mike and Sharon Barton, sent the first container load of product in December which went on sale at five high end supermarkets east of Tokyo in mid-January.

The response from shoppers so far had been great, said Mike Barton at a field day at Onetai Station.. . 

NZ Ireland collaboration confirmed Nicole Sharp:

Similarities between Ireland and New Zealand are leading to collaborations on research and development in the dairy industry.

Southland dairy farmers Tim Driscoll and Tony Miles travelled to Ireland recently with DairyNZ research and development general manager David McCall and AgResearch scientist Jane Chrystal.

The aim of the visit, which had funding from the two organisations and the Ministry for Primary Industries, was to cement the collaboration between the t...


Massive swing against Auckland Future "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The merry band of halfwits running Auckland Future told donors they were expecting good things on election day 2016. When the results came in Auckland Future managed to get about half the votes of former Labour candidate Richard Hills and former Alliance MP Grant Gillon in North Shore. They managed to lose in Albany against []

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You Need To Hear This: Epic Radar/Visual/Multiple Witness UFO Event "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This one is set to become a classic in the annals of ufology! secureteam10 Published on Feb 16, 2018 You Need To Hear These FAA Tapes From That Oregon UFO Incident That Sent F-15s Scrambling New evidence offers great detail of the bizarre event and provides unprecedented insight into how such a unique incident is []

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Quote of the Day: "May"? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

As manufactured credit balloons, savings disappear and the marginal productivity of debt collapses

"The Austrians may have had it right all: ...ineffective central bank policies, which cause interest rates to remain too low for too long, resulting in excessive credit creation, speculative economic bubbles and lowered savings.
~ Lance Roberts from his post (and tweet) 'There Will Be No Economic Boom'


Follow the money - it won't make you communist "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Anyone would think I'd gone communist. Along with John Howard.

As soon as the Treasury released its tax expenditures statement last week, I and others who reported it were accused of wanting to ape Eastern Europe, of going "Peak Orwellian".

"The author has raised an interesting concept, everything belongs to the government and one has no individual rights or assets," wrote one of my kinder correspondents.

"The left regards tax not gouged as government spending," wrote another. "Since when has retaining your earnings been a government handout?"

The short answer is: since at least 1998. That's when Howard made it mandatory for the Treasury to report tax expenditures as if they were cash expenditures.

On taking over as Coalition prime minister after 13 years of Labor government, he set up a Commission of Audit to tell him what to cut.

It told him that government programs were delivered in two ways: as direct payments which hurt the budget, and as tax breaks which also hurt the budget.

Although often functionally identical (parents don't care whether they get the family tax benefit as a payment or a rebate, patients don't mind how they get the private health insurance rebate, and most wouldn't know whether the baby bonus was a payment or a tax break) the two get treated quite differently.

Payments get put in the budget of individual ministers as a line item to be scrutinised and reviewed in the lead-up to every budget.

Tax breaks go on no one's budget and become part of the furniture. As the Henry tax review reported later, they can be "difficult to contain".

Accounting for them once a year, in the same way as direct payments are accounted for twice a year in each budget and budget update, lets us know what they are and what they are worth.

It doesn't mean (necessarily) that they are at risk, any more than accounting for the annual cost of the pension means it...


How Labour undermine themselves "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Gwynn Compton takes a look at how Arderns Government constantly undermines the positivity and kindness she trumpets all the time, as aided and abetted by a fawning media pack. Unsurprisingly he chose Chris Hipkins as an exemplar

Whats more, the whole announcement around forcing Charter Schools to close from Hipkins is indicative of an ongoing issue from Jacinda Arderns Government (and one that plagued the Labour Party in opposition too), and that is their uncanny knack to do something good at the start of a news week, then spectacularly shoot themselves in the foot by the end of it

Compton goes on to suggest:-

The net result of Chris Hipkins bully-boy tactics towards Charter Schools is that its taken all the gloss off the Governments successful visit to Waitangi. Instead the narrative for the week ahead will be people asking what students in Charter Schools did to deserve to be so directly threatened by Chris Hipkins, and where did Jacinda Arderns promise to be kind get lost over the summer?

Adam agrees, but for many in the media the fairydust still seems to be working.

There were a number of other points in Mr Comptons psot which Adam will address later.



February 18 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1793 - The first school in the new colony began thumping learnin' into young heads in an unfinished church building in Sydney with the first teacher being one Mr Stephen Barnes.

1796 - One of the Scottish martyrs, Thomas Muir, did a bunk and successfully escaped on an American ship Otter.

1804 - The first Russian to become an Aussie resident - before we were known as Aussies - was John Potocki who was given the Grande Tour of Tassie as a transported convict.

1815 - George Wood and others were lost en route from Illawarra to Shoalhaven to pick up cedar.

1844 - The foundation stone of the monument to Surveyor-General Colonel William Light, over his grave in Light Square, was laid on this day.

1856 - A bovine lad by the name of King Oscar was pupped on this day; being of a lowly state his fate was in the hands of others and, thus, he was sold to Mr Broadie and travelled to Oz where he spent the remainder of his days.

1858 - The HMS Sappho may have been armed with sixteen cannon but she still managed to disappear on her voyage from England ; she was last sighted a few miles off Cape Otway, Vic, on this day and then not seen again. Despite an extensive search in Bass Strait and a report that the masts of a ship were seen protruding from the sea near Wilsons Promontory, no definite trace was ever discovered.

1862 - Margaret Coghlan was Hanged at Campbell Street Gaol, Tassie, for the murder of her husband.

1865 - John McDonald was another Melbournian who chose to chance it aboard the CSS Shenandoah; he popped out of his hiding place after the ship had sailed, becoming another of the OZ & NZ veterans of the American Civil War.

1869 - A transported Fenian, JB O'Reilly, took his unlawful leave from Fremantle in the American whaling ship Gazelle and sailed off into the sunset for USA.

1874 - Little Nell was a steam launch whose boiler exploded during a race with the tug Tamar, off Coulson, Tasmania.  In an attempt to beat the powerful tug, the safety valve of the launchs boiler was clamped down and more fuel thrown on the fire. Eleven on board; the river cutter Margaret rescued three passengers, one dying a few days later, the other two badly scalded.

1874 -  I say, What!
That earnest explorer chappy Ernest Giles was nearly killed by one of his horses when he was thrown and dragged along, only narrowly escaping being killed.

1883 - Jessie Litchfield, a fantastically inspirational woman, was found in the tulip patch. She was an author, poet, Aussie and international journalist and editor of a NT newspaper, who helped push tourism in the Top End.

1893 - The Marlborough Express succinctly stated how both Tamworth and Toowoomba were out of railway and telegraph communicat...


ABC of Nationals contenders "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Unlike the keyboard worriers, Audrey Young actually interviews real people and has written a great piece on Adams, Bridges and Collins. The answers are revealing.   Q. What is the Governments greatest weakness and how would you counter it? AMY ADAMS: The lack of any real thinking about how they will actually deliver on their motherhood []

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A tick from the IMF but company tax cuts no sure thing "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When the International Monetary Fund boosted its forecasts of world economic growth on the back of better prospects in the US this week, Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison was quick to claim it as an endorsement of company tax cuts.

"These new global growth forecasts demonstrate yet again that the move that's been taken in the United States, but also in other countries, the United Kingdom and France and other parts of the world, to drive their economies and to see their businesses grow, is going to generate growth and jobs," he said.

"Labor is stopping us."

The Fund lifted its forecasts of global growth for this year and the next from 3.7 to 3.9 per cent. It said half of the jump was due to the Trump tax cuts. Its US 2018 US growth forecast climbed from 2.3 to 2.7 per cent and its 2019 forecast from 1.9 to 2.5 per cent.

But much of that boost wasn't due to the most impressive and expensive ($US1.3 trillion) part of the cut; the slicing of the rate from 35 to 21 per cent. It was due to another, cheaper measure: a temporary instant asset write-off. Firms that install new buildings and equipment will be able to deduct the full cost straight away without depreciating it over years. It is similar to, but larger than, capped schemes introduced in Australia by both Labor and the Coalition to boost investment after the global financial crisis and the demise of the mining boom.

Like those schemes, it will be temporary, lasting for five years. Like those schemes, much of it will bring forward investment that most likely would have happened anyway, but later, meaning that when it ends US growth will slump, which is what the IMF expects and one of the reasons it is forecasting weaker US growth down the track.

Australia isn't proposing such a scheme. What the Turnbull government is proposing is a cut in the headline company tax rate from 30 per cent to 25 per cent for all companies, not just those with turnovers of up to $50 million, whose cuts to 25 per cent have already been approved by the Senate.

Will the US cut to 21 per cent, and other cuts including Brtiain's cut to 18 per cent, leave Australia uncompetitive?

It depends on how you calculate competitiveness.

These days John Fraser heads the Commonwealth Treasury. Until 2013 he was head of UBS Global Asset Management and responsible for its worldwide investments. He told a budget forum in Australia in 2015 that while he understood the argument for cutting company tax, his own experience told him that the tax was a "second or third order issue" for would-be investors.

"Generally the internal rates of return that are required the hurdle rates are so high it would be false to say the taxation rate,...


Fran OSullivan on the leadership struggle "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Fran OSullivan writes a column about the leadership struggle in the National party. Jacinda Ardern can thank Judith Collins incisive political attack for reminding her of her biggest job: get on her game as Prime Minister. The media-endorsed mother of the nation celebrification which has been wall-to-wall since Ardern announced her pregnancy could []

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US Pacific Command Admiral prepared for war with China, hopes it won't happen "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The next US ambassador to Australia and the current Pacific Command (PACOM) Admiral Harry Harris addressed Congress with a hardline proposal to deter China's growing influence in the Asia-Pacific region. In his speech, Harris commended regional non-NATO ally Australia for its role as a hub for PACOM's military prowess in the Pacific Ocean. "Australia is one of the keys to a rules-based international order," he asserted, signaling that the country would play an increasing part in America's new doctrine. "China's ongoing military buildup, advancement, and modernization are core elements of their strategy to supplant the U.S. as the security partner of choice for countries in the Indo-Pacific, but China also holds clear global ambitions," Harris continued. "At the end of the day the ability to wage war is important or you become a paper tiger. [We will] cooperate where we can, but remain ready to confront where we must," he remarked. "I'm hopeful that it won't come to a conflict with China, but we must all be prepared for that if it should come to that." However, Harris' rhetoric may not be so well-received, as Canberra's interests remain intrinsically linked to the Chinese.


Bridges hopeless off-script "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Simon Bridges stood for the deputy leadership of the National Party after John Key stepped down in December 2016, and failed. He has now put himself forward for the leadership position being left vacant by Bill English. RNZ: National leader vote: Bridges touts generational change Simon Bridges has made a pitch for leader of the []


Another head on a pike for Vlad Newman "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Aucklands most formidable campaigner, Councillor Daniel Vlad Newman took another Labour party head in the Manurewa Local Board by election. Vlads ticket, Manurewa Action Team, ran Dave Pizzini, a former local cop and highly regarded local candidate. Labour ran Brooke Loader, who was head girl of Manurewa High School and is a local lawyer, who []

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Mike Williams on the leadership race "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Mike Fat Tony Williams offers up his opinion on the National party leadership race: At the time of writing there are three confirmed contenders; Amy Adams, Judith Collins and Simon Bridges. The only nominee I havent met is Amy Adams, the MP for Selwyn since 2008 and an experienced minister in the Key/English Government where []

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Gina Rineharts son petitions for Barnaby Joyce to stop wearing Akubra "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The writer of this blog-site Donald Elley of Bellingen

Akubra hats are fantastic hats the best you can buy in Australia, and possibly the best in the world. These rough tough Aussie hats, which you can crunch up in a bag and theyll bounce back (better not to), go through a rainstorm and theyll dry out (theyll shrink a fraction) and keep the blazing sun off your fair Anglo-Saxon skin, are great hats.

I see people wandering around Bondi with trendy caps, straw hats, Panama hats and floppy hats, but nothing beats the Akubra.

As for Barnaby Joyce I hope he stays on as Australian Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Nationals. Barnaby is a goof-ball, thick as a brick, self-serving and possibly corrupt. But hes O so entertaining please stay on Barnaby Joyce purely for your unique highly entertaining out-there personality, and nothing else please stay

As for cheating on his wife and getting his much younger female staff member pregnant only Barnaby Joyce could do itgo Barnaby.



Refreshing taking fight to Arderns celebrification "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jacinda Ardern has taken celebrity politics to a whole new level since. This began before she became Labour leader and Prime Minister. Her media management had already included celebrity style magazine coverage. That has continued, with the latest example being Ardern featuring in a US magazine, Vogue. In general the New Zealand media has both []


'Worst case scenario': Kikai volcano set to erupt and could kill 100 million people "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A magma reservoir potentially hidden behind an underwater volcanic crater could have civilization-ending results if it ever erupts, according to Japanese scientists. Experts from the Kobe University Ocean Bottom Exploration Center (KOBEC) have confirmed that a giant caldera or large crater exists in the Japanese Archipelago. The crater, measuring 32 cubic kilometers, is said to be the largest of its kind and the result of an explosive underwater eruption 7,300 years ago, according to their latest study. Sitting between the Pacific and Philippine Sea Oceanic plates, Japan is a hotbed for seismic activity, which is why scientists are keen on updating methods of predicting natural disasters. The KOBEC team has been carrying out detailed surveys of the area and published their findings in Scientific Reports. READ MORE: 'This is crazy': Antarctic supervolcano melting ice sheet from within


Hooton on the leadership challenge "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Matthew Hooton wrote at NBR about the National party leadership challenge: Before they choose from Amy Adams, Simon Bridges and Judith Collins, National MPs may want to ask themselves some more fundamental questions. Its undoubtedly important which of the candidates has the best nose for the populist issues and potential scandals necessary to more quickly []

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Russian collusion of hoax? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The indictments announced this week by the FBI special investigation into Russian interference into US elections have shown that probably some Russians did try to interfere in to 2016 election. This would hardly be a surprise, both the US and Russia have long records of interfering in the democracies of other countries. So the hoax []


Garner says pick Collins "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Duncan Garner can see sense: Contemplating Judith Collins as Nationals next leader must have some in the caucus shaking in their sensible mid-priced shoes. If Collins is the answer as Nationals next leader then what the hell is the question again? The great white hope wears her ambition with pride. Her philosophy: Why step over someone []

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My fight for my job: Unitech council is denying me due process "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Happier days
Happier days - Dr Schram after winning his first battle to remove him from Unitech in 2014. He now faces a new struggle over his academic credentials

ALBERT SCHRAM | Vice Chancellor, Papua New Guinea University of Technology

LAE To understand my predicament, people need to understand that allegations about my credentials reaching back to 2014 and 2015, and which were not an issue a year ago during my annual performance assessment, are the product of political infighting and nothing else.

The only ones who have treated me as a convicted criminal without giving me the benefit of the presumption of innocence are those who seem to have, for whatever reason, a personal interest in my removal.

With the gracious help of the press, I created an opportunity for the University Council to give me access to my personal file and provide me with a few more weeks to refute all the allegations in detail.

Regrettably, the Council seems impervious to any influence from outside: staff, press or students. All this has nothing to do with logic or the truth. The agenda was set in advance and seems to be driven by narrow personal interests.

My request to get an extension of time has been denied by Chancellor Jean Kekedo. I also received an email from Deputy Vice Chancellor Dr Ora Renagi to stay away from the office and all my requests to the Registrar to get access were not answered.

My question to the Registrar of whether a recent copy of my certified doctorate were available was never answered.

My case is going to focus on the Registrar not submitting key evidence that I complied with Councils request upon contract renewal in 2015 to produce a certified copy of my degree.

At this time, I had immediately sent an email, with a copy to the Registrar and Deputy Vice Chancellor, to the renowned European University Institute and asked that certified copies be sent to Lae and Cairns.

When the copy arrived in Lae, I walked to the Registrar with the envelope and gave it to her. With this, for me, the matter of my credentials was finished after having to deal with a stream of s...


National leadership safe option or risk? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

National support stayed remarkably high throughout their three terms in government, barely changing when John Key stood down and Bill English took over. This was partly due to the performance of National voters tend to prefer steady, sound and predictable governance and partly due to the weakness of the Opposition, especially Labours failure []


China wants to name 142 ocean features near the Philippines If The Two Nations Cans Agree On Names, Just Wait Until They Try To Share Natural Gas and Oil "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


A map, viewed using mapping tools from the National Centers for Environmental Information, shows the location of the undersea features in Benham or Philippine Rise that were named by China from 2014 to 2016. Details on undersea feature names were sourced from the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans.

Janvic Mateo (The Philippine Star) February 18, 2018 12:01am

MANILA, Philippines The Chinese names given to five undersea features in Benham or the Philippine Rise were just the tip of the iceberg, The STAR has learned.

In what some quarters see as a bid to cement its status as a maritime power, Beijing has proposed names to other undersea features in the South China Sea (SCS) and the Pacific Ocean, including in areas where China has territorial disputes with other countries.

Documents from the Sub-Committee on Undersea Feature Names (SCUFN) of the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) showed that China has proposed names to 142 undersea features worldwide since 2013.

The number of proposals made by China significantly increased in recent years, rising from 10 in 2013 to 19 in 2014, 21 in 2015, 50 in 2016 and 42 last year.

Most of the features are located in the Pacific Ocean, although a number are also in the South China Sea, Atlantic and Indian Oceans.

Out of the 142 proposals, the SCUFN approved the names for 84 u...


Why child poverty targets make no sense "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Published in NBR, Friday, Feb 9, but behind a paywall:

Why child poverty targets make no sense

The new coalition government intends to set targets to reduce the proportion of children living in low income homes, and impose them on future governments. It's feel-good stuff from a fledgling Prime Minister who's made fighting child poverty her own personal crusade.

It's feel-good but definitely fraught, and probably futile and foolish. Let me explain by way of example.

My family is 2,2 (two adults, two dependents). That's the coding description used in the Household Incomes Report, the official  source of child poverty statistics.

For argument's sake, our income could be $100,000.  Because, according to the report, "... a larger household needs more income than a smaller household for the two households to have similar standards of living... " a process called equivalisation is applied. That means  $100,000 is scaled down to $50,000 for comparative data purposes.

Equivalised incomes provide the median from which thresholds are set. Children in poverty are usually deemed to live in households with incomes under the 60 percent threshold of the equivalised median.

Your eyes are glazing over.

But the point to make is that in 2017 our 2,2 family reduced to a 2,1 group after 1 left home to study in Dunedin. Immediately we got 'richer' due to the equivalisation process artificially bumping up our income.

In fact we got 'poorer' because 1 in Dunedin required more financial support than when part of our 'official' household.

The current statistical measurement does not capture what is actually happening in our household. We apparently got richer but actually got poorer. Of course this is just a one-off example of how surveyed statistics can't accurately measure what is happening in individual households.

At the macro level, let me pose a circumstance whereby children in poverty could also apparently get 'richer'.

The ageing population and reducing home ownership means that increasingly, more elderly will rely solely on Super. That means more will be poorer. As they move into statistical ranks of poverty, fewer children can occupy those ranks (remembering all measured poverty in New Zealand is relative).

The Household Incomes Report - a meticulous and honest piece of work -  highlights how various circumstances can throw up misleading outcomes:

" times of good economic growth with rising real wages, rising employment and reducing unemployment, median income (and therefore the poverty lines which are simply a proportion of the median) can rise more quickly than the incomes in the lower parts of t...


Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Welcome to our Daily Crossword.

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We have now sourced a quality crossword provider, the same provider who provides many crosswords to media outlets for print. It is available for ALL readers who have a subscription package with Whaleoil.

Now you can safely cancel your newspaper subscription as your final remaining reason to keep it has now gone. Instead, you can sign up for one of our subscription packages and enjoy crosswords online on Whaleoil.

If demand is sufficient we can extend what we offer to other puzzles like Sudoku as well. Let us know.

The Crossword is now only available for subscribers only. 

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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 []

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The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 109 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  The seventh quiz of 2018 can still be attempted by scrolling down to February 14.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers below.   Which two American states feature in the titles of the following songs: Sweet Home Alabama, Hotel California.   What is the family []


Poem of the Month "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  Do you remember? By Gill Ward Do you remember the streamers the ones we threw from the ships? And the crowds on the old wooden wharves who grasped them as we threw.  That boy I was leaving to get 12,000 miles away from I just had to hope that he was on the []


Sunday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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What makes heroic? To face simultaneously ones greatest suffering and ones highest hope. Friedrich Nietzsche



Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Be kind to animals or "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Faces of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  Former students of South Auckland Middle School (completely off their own bat) decided to make and share this video on Facebook in response to Jacinda Arderns governments decision (as articulated by Education Minister Chris Hipkins in his recent press release) to close all Charter schools. We love South Auckland Middle School and the Foundation []

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Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is doodlesack (noun) The Scottish bagpipe. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Doodlesack, a respelling of German Dudelsack bagpipe, literally bagpipe sack, is a rare word in English. The German word is, or seems to be, a derivative of dudeln to tootle (unless the verb is a derivative of []

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Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 18 19 An offended friend is harder to win back than a fortified city. Arguments separate friends like a gate locked with bars.

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Habitat loss and hunting have eliminated more than 100,000 Bornean orangutans, report states "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Photo courtesy of the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation.

The number of orangutans on the Southeast Asian island of Borneo plummeted between 1999 and 2015, according to a new report.

The population decreased by more than 140,000 over the period, scientists have deduced, and the causes range from land clearance for industrialised plantations to hunting.

The most severe population declines occurred in areas in which habitat had been removed, the researchers concluded. However, most orangutans were lost from forests, which, the scientists say, suggests that hunting is a major cause of the decrease in numbers.

The researchers say habitat degradation and loss is happening in response to the local and global demand for natural resources, including timber and agricultural products.

In their report, which was published in Current Biology, the researchers point to what they call the unsustainable use of natural resources.

They say their modelling indicates that, between 1999 and 2015, half of the Bornean orangutan population was affected by logging, deforestation, or industrialised plantations. They estimate that there were 1...


Daily Digest 2/17 - Central Banks Will Let The Next Crash Happen, The Return Of Dubai's Ultimate Folly "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Daily Digest 2/17 - Central Banks Will Let The Next Crash Happen
  • Central Banks Will Let The Next Crash Happen
  • Intel chief: Federal debt poses 'dire threat' to national security
  • Government sneaks through APRA bail-in law, but fuels anti-bank revolt
  • Not the end of The World: the return of Dubai's ultimate folly 
  • The Dollar and Gold for 2018 
  • How Schools Stopped Recent Shootings Before They Happened
  • Shadowy criminals are prowling the seas and putting food supplies in danger
  • Why Silicon Valley billionaires are prepping for the apocalypse in New Zealand

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Media watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

18 February 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 Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

18 February 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 []


Avoid condoms, theyre not pleasurable, Duterte tells Filipinos "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech to overseas Filipino workers (OFW) that arrived in Manila from Kuwait are at the Manila International Airport on February 13, 2018.

Outspoken Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has once again courted controversy for an off-the-cuff remark in which he advised Filipinos not to use condoms, as they arent pleasurable.

Avoid condoms because condoms arent pleasurable,Duterte said at an event with overseas Filipino workers from Kuwait on Tuesday. The Philippines leader advised instead that women use free contraceptive pills, a point which he illustrated using a wrapped piece of candy. Here, try eating it without unwrapping it,he said. Eat it. Thats what a condom is like.

Duterte is well-known for his outlandish remarks, which have included rape jokes and politically incorrect humor about religion. As with his previous bizarre asides, the president came under intense criticism at home and abroad for advocating reckless behavior with regard to sexual health.

Not only has the Philippines long-struggled with the issue of unwanted pregnancy, owing to fierce opposition to contraceptives in the predominantly Catholic country, but it is also grappling with the fastest-growing HIV epidemic in the Asia-Pacific region, with cases more than doubling from 4,300 in 2010 to 10,500 in 2016, according to Rappler.

President Duterte should stop making thoughtless, reckless, and irresponsible statements at the expense of public health, said Senator Risa Hontiveros in a statement published Thursday. President Duterte seems to be overly concerned with pleasure. There is nothing pleasurable or funny about the rise in our cases of HIV and teen pregnancy.

Instead of criticizing condoms as a pleasure inhibitor, Duterte should take meaningful action to protect the health of Filipinos by backing urgently needed policy changes to expand the accessibility and use of condoms in the Philippines,said Carlos Conde, researcher for the Asia Division of HRW.

Two out of three new HIV infections occur among 15- to 24-year-old males who have sex with males, or MSMs. Condom use among MS...


"Fukushima Update 2/17/2018: 16,273.35 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow" "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

Updated February 10, 2018: Fukushima Equals 16,273.35 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow; There is No Place On Earth to Escape the Rad: The 3 melted-through cores of the destroyed reactors, now melted together into a single "corium" totaling over 600 tons, at Fukushima daily release the radioactive equivalent of 6.45 Hiroshima bombs directly into the atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean. As of February 10, 2018 - 2,523 days since the disaster began - this equals the detonation of 16,273.35 Hiroshima atomic bombs and it is still going strong, with no end in sight, considering that the half-life of uranium-238 is about 4.47 billion years and that of uranium-235 is 704 million years. There is no techn...


Aircraft Carrier USS Carl Vinson Operating in the South China Sea "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

ABOARD THE USS CARL VINSON: With a deafening roar, the fighter jets catapulted off the US aircraft carrier and soared above the disputed West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), as its admiral vowed that the mighty ships presence was proof America still had regional clout.

SHOW OF FORCE An F-18 Hornet fighter jet prepares to land on the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson as the carrier strike group takes part in a routine deployment mission in the South China Sea, one hour away from Manila. AFP PHOTO

US presence matters, Rear Admiral John Fuller told reporters on board the USS Carl Vinson. I think its very clear that we are in the South China Sea. We are operating.

The Carl Vinson, one of the US Navys longest-serving active carriers, is currently conducting what officials say is a routine mission through the hotly contested waters where years of island reclamation and military construction by Beijing has rattled regional nerves.

Following criticism that the Trump administrations commitment to the Asian region has been distracted by North Korea, reporters were flown onto the ship Wednesday as it sailed through the sea.

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In a rapid series of take-offs and landings, F18 fighter jets roared off the deck, traveling from zero to 290 kilometers (180 miles) per hour in a dizzying two seconds.

Fuller, commander of the Carl Vinson Strike Group, said the 333-meter-long ships presence was a way to reassure allies.

The nations in the Pacific are maritime nations, he said. They value stability Thats exactly what we are here for. This is a very visible and tangible presence. The United States is here again.

Strategic competitor

But the location of the strike group which includes a carrier air wing and a guided-missile cruiser is also a very direct message to China, whether US officials admit it or not.

Its voyage comes just a month after the Penta...


West coast of South Island, New Zealand hit by 9000 lightning strikes "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The West Coast had around 9000 lightning strikes as a thunderstorm and heavy rain worked its way up the South Island. Rain earlier in the day caused a number of slips on State Highway 6, including between Whataroa and Haast, Westport and Greymouth, and at Barrytown, but the road is now open. MetService forecaster Cameron Coutts said most of the lightning strikes were out to sea. He said the the heavy rain warning for Buller was lifted at 5pm, but the West Coast was in for more heavy rain on Sunday, particularly around Fiordland. The downpours came ahead of warnings of gales and heavy rain from Cyclone Gita, expected to make its way to New Zealand early next week.


Human Rights Watch Says Philippine President Dutertes Condom Joke was Not Helpful in Light of HIV/AIDS Growing Epidemic in the Philippines Philippines has the fastest growing epidemic of HIV in the Asia-Pacific region. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By:  Reporter / @jgamilINQ
 / 06:36 PM February 17, 2018
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President Rodrigo Duterte (File photo from an RTVM video)

International rights watchdog Human Rights Watch took President Rodrigo Duterte to task for his latest off-color joke telling returning overseas Filipino workers to use birth control pills and not condoms as contraceptives because condoms arent pleasurable.

In a statement on Saturday, Human Rights Watch Philippines researcher Carlos Conde said it was irresponsible for the Philippine president to downplay the importance of condoms at a time when the Philippines is experiencing the fastest growing epidemic of HIV [human immunodeficiency virus] in the Asia-Pacific region.

Conde cited the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome) as having identified condoms as one of the most cost-effective tools for preventing sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.

Policies restricting access to condoms are a threat to public health. International law obligates states to ensure access to condoms and related HIV prevention services as part of the human right to the highest attainable standard of health, Conde said.

Instead of criticizing condoms as a pleasure inhibitor, Duterte should take meaningful action to protect the health of Filipinos by backing urgently needed policy changes to expand the accessibility and use of condoms in the Philippines, Conde said. /atm

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Lae City Dwellers miss out on home final but not out "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

OFC Champions League debutants Nalkutan used home ground to their advantage as an impressive second half performance saw them overcome the favoured Lae City Dwellers 4-1 to claim the top of Group A at Korman Stadium in Vanuatu yesterday.

Lae City Dwellers coach Peter Gunemba was unhappy his side wouldnt be offering their supporters a home match for the quarter final, but said the most important thing was qualifying, which they did.

We were supposed to play our best but something went wrong, he said.

We were thinking we would play better in the second half, even though in the first they raided our defence a few times. I know we can play better but I think they went in and went to sleep.

The goal went in and the boys just lost concentration and they need to be on all the time at this level.

Gunemba said the mind-set switches to the quarter final now and making sure the side is as prepared as possible.

Nalkutan coach Moise Poida praise his side for the outstanding performance and said executing was near perfect.

The top two teams in Group A, the fans who trickled into Korman Stadium knew they would be in for a tight match, and for the first 45 minutes they were.

Both sides had chances, although the home side appeared to enjoy much more possession, and were inseparable going into the break.

However Nalkutan came out of the sheds much more prepared for the second half and almost caught Lae sleeping as Azariah Soromon netted just two minutes after the restart.

A second came in the 58th minute followed a minute later by substitute Richard Manurikis well placed strike.

Lae City Dwellers answered back through Nigel Dabinyaba who latched onto a great pass before chipping it into the net. Soromon rounded out his hat-trick and put the game to bed in the 90th minute to send the crowd into frenzy.

After a fairly even first half where both sides enjoyed chances in a high-pace, test of strength and stamina, Poida said the instructions at the break were clear.

We analysed the first half and changed a bit the way we played. We had to take them behind the back so the combinations in the final third were really important.

We managed to get it right in the second half pretty quickly, and that early goal gave us confidence and put them under a lot of pressure.



World watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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


February 18 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

3102 BC Epoch of the Kali Yuga.

1229 The Sixth CrusadeFrederick II, Holy Roman Emperor signed a ten-year truce with al-Kamil, regaining Jerusalem, Nazareth, and Bethlehem with neither military engagements nor support from the papacy.

1268 The Livonian Brothers of the Sword were defeated by Dovmont of Pskov in the Battle of Rakvere.

1478 George, Duke of Clarence, who was convicted of treason against his older brother Edward IV of England, was executed.

1685 Fort St. Louis was established by a Frenchman at Matagorda Bay thus forming the basis for Frances claim to Texas.

1745 The city of Surakarta, Central Java was founded on the banks ofBengawan Solo river, and became the capital of the Kingdom of Surakarta.

1797 Trinidad was surrendered to a British fleet under the command of Sir Ralph Abercromby.

1814 The Battle of Montereau.

1841 The first ongoing filibuster in the United States Senate began and lasted until March 11.

1846 Beginning of the Galician peasant revolt.

1861 Jefferson Davis was inaugurated as the provisional President of the Confederate States of America.

1861 King Victor Emmanuel II of Piedmont, Savoy and Sardinia assume...


365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Yesterdays sore throat is still here and its been joined by a runny nose.

People say its only a cold but theres nothing only about feeling like youve swallowed razor blades and have a tap on your nose.

But Ive eaten three oranges over the course of the day.

Whether or not the vitamin C is effective, I felt marginally better after each one and Im grateful for that.



Atlantis against Mu "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The names are essentially wrong but this does not matter.  The narrative is similar to Indian scriptures as well.

I do think that our future will be much different than this as we will empower the natural community and the true wisdom of humanity were all strive for true wisdom and mastery.

Otherwise a cycle of continuing human folly is not to be recommended.

Most important do observe the passing of these narratives and the limits in what can be shared.  What is science and a spaceship except loan words to confuse us?


Testimony of a Hopi Indian on MU and its fall

"Survivors of Mu"

There exists little information about the continent of Mu and practically no serious reporting about the war opposing this continent of the Pacific to the inhabitants of the island of Atlantis The lines which follow are likely to touch a fair number among you. It is about the testimony of an Indian Hopi (Polar Bear) who reports with much generosity the history of his ancestors that was transmitted from generation to generation and this during thousands of years Polar Bear tells the history of its people the Hopis and the relations which he succeeded to keep with the celestial creator and his auxiliaries the different Kachinas. It reveals us the absurd war which opposed his ancestors who lived on Mu (Ksskara) with the people of Atlantis (Talawaitichqua) and the destruction of these two worlds. The world of Atlantis is described like a society in full decline. 

Polar Bear reports this way the painful exiles of its people towards the American continent 80.000 years ago which fully discredits the thesis of the arrival of the Indians there 10 to 12.000 years ago by the Bering Strait 

Here thus a remarkable testimony in many regards! This document has never been translated in English. It comes from a German book published in 1979 and entitled Ksskara und die Sieben Welten (Ksskara and the Seven Worlds). We translated for you only the pa...


Saturday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hilarious! Readers will love the opening scenes of Christchurch at 38 seconds, complete with its Sky Tower. Apparently NZs second largest city Lots more stupid mistakes. Great New Plymouth low-cost housing at 3:55 and Wgtn housing at 4:43 Hilarious name pronunciations from a yank who has obviously never been here

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Philippines wont recognize Chinese names for Benham Rise ocean features China stole most of the South China Sea and Philippine EEZ; But now the words matter "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


We will not accept it, thats why we used the word object and protest, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said.


Pia Lee-Brago (The Philippine Star) February 17, 2018 12:01am

MANILA, Philippines The Philippines will not recognize foreign names for undersea features in the Philippine Rise (Benham Rise) regardless of what the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) would say, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said yesterday.

He also said the Philippines has already informed China of its position.

We will not accept it, thats why we used the word object and protest, Cayetano said.

The IHO is the international body that documents and compiles names of underwater features.

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The Philippines invited the Chinese ocean survey ship to do research at Benham Rise and by all accounts the Chinese acted in accordance with international law

He said the Philippines is preparing to give Filipino names to undersea features in the Philippine Rise and will submit its list to IHO.

We have communicated to China that we understand for them it is purely scientific. But it is not a good time to have Chinese names in the features because we have a live dispute in the South China Sea, Cayetano added.

Jay Batongbacal, director of the University of the Philippines Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea, said the IHO approved the names proposed by China last year.

He said three of the features were reported to have been discovered during a 2004 survey by the Li Shiguang Hao of the China Navy Hydrographic Office, which submitted the names for consideration by the IHO in 2014.

As this developed, a battalion of Marines was deployed in Cagayan Valley to help secure the countrys northern maritime border.

The deployment by the Northern L...


Einstein on the NRA and insanity "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Tagline in the cartoon is Albert Einsteins famous quote.


To 18th February the week that has been , in Australian nuclear news "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A thaw in North Koreas attitude, with the Winter Olympics. Cynics dismiss this as propaganda, but it has obviously brought some calm to the situation in the two Koreas, and perhaps even changed the equation North Korea v USA.


Banana Republic? The ABSOLUTE STATE OF AMERICAN DEMOCRACY "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Good analysis I think of the Nunes / FISA Memo. Gives big picture background and lead up to election noting Hillarys form in use of the system against enemies like Bernie Sanders. As assisted by Obama. Is it just me or is the local MSM very quiet on the whole Nunes / FISA Memo release? []

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Mueller: Russians entered U.S. to plot election meddling (But no US collusion!) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There is no allegation in this indictment that any American was a knowing participant in this illegal activity, Rod Rosenstein Democrats say the indictment proves Russian meddling is no hoax, while Trump allies say charges of Trump campaign collusion with the Kremlin remain baseless. By MICHAEL CROWLEY and LOUIS NELSON (Politico) Special counsel Robert Mueller []

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Despite local opposition, Australian government still planning for nuclear waste dump in rural South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Planning is continuing for a nuclear waste disposal site in the South Australian outback, despite opposition from local residents.

  ABC North and West By Gary-Jon Lysaght 17 Feb 18  The Federal Government has shortlisted two sitesat Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula and one at Barndioota, south of Lake Torrens, near Hawker. The site that is chosen will become a permanent facility for low-level nuclear waste, and will temporarily hold intermediate-level waste.

The intermediate-level waste is currently being held at Lucas Heights, in Sydneys south.

Barndioota is a gazetted area, and was a town between 1883 and 1929. Locals from Quorn and Hawker, the two communities closest to the Barndioota site, have been vocally opposing the site since planning began in 2015.

We can see no reason why youd bring stuff thats temporarily stored somewhere else to a completely new site that hasnt even been built, resident Greg Bannon said.

Mr Bannon is chairman of the Flinders...


Father pledges second walk to Canberra to support Manus Island refugees "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Father pledges second walk to Canberra to support Manus Island refugeesCompelled by human rights and a desire to teach his son valuable life lessons, Adam Richards will make his second trek from Sydney to Canberra to raise awareness to the plight of refugees and asylum seekers. Story by Chris Mordd Richards. read now...


Black Caps Squander The Advantage "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Big score, poor bowling By Roger Childs The T20 matches are the most exciting form of cricket. This is crash and bash stuff and not for the purists. There is plenty of hit, miss and snick, and consequently runs aplenty. You havent got time to play yourself in and need to make the big hits []


Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Update on Submissions to the Australian Senate Inquiry on Nuclear Waste Dump Site Selection "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The National Radioactive Waste Management Facility Project seems hellbent on keeping this matter in the family the family being itself and a small group of local supporters in the sites already volunteering.

So, it could be a bit of a spanner in the works, for the Australian Senate to be having a Committee of Inquiry into the process. That seems to be inviting outsiders to have a say on the subject of transporting radioactive trash, particularly spent nuclear fuel rod trash 2000 km across Australia, to sit in above ground canisters temporarily near Kimba, South Australia.

Who are the Committee members?  We dont know.  When will it report back?  Thats on August 14th, which might be too late the site selection might have been made by then.

Anyway, people can send in Submissions by April 3rd, and I urge you to do so.

Four pro nuclear submissions are already published on the Senate Committee site.

These submissions come from:

  • Denise Carpenter   member of the Barndioota Consultative Committee. This Committees role is to help determine which is the best site for a National Radioactive Waste Dump.
  • Ian Carpenter is an enthusiastic member of  the Hawker Economic Working Group set up t0 investigate how local people at Barndioota, near Hawker and Quorn, 330km north of Adelaide could benefit if radioactive waste is stored there.
  • Chelsea Haywood
  •  Janice Alex McInnis

    I have skimmed through the...


7.2 magnitude quake strikes Mexico near Pacific coast "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 has rocked southern and central Mexico. The tremors reportedly shook buildings across the country's capital. The quake hit the southwestern Mexican state of Oaxaca, United States Geological Survey (USGS) reports. Situated closest to the epicenter is the municipality of Pinotepa de Don Luis, with a population of some 6,700. Tremors were felt as far as Mexico city, with locals posting videos of shaking trees and buildings to social media. Alarms went off across the capital and thousands of people flooded into the streets.


Whaleoil world MSM news quiz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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When You Make Rules........ "IndyWatch Feed Pacific" have to police them.

That is why, when I managed a sales team for nine year, I made as few rules as possible.  I got rid of a rule which said 'you cannot authorize discounts.'   I was being inundated with requests for discounts so I introduced a revolutionary discretion for the sale people.

'You can authorize any discount you like.  For every two dollars of discount you authorize, your commission will reduce by one dollar.'

The commission was set at a level where, if all of it was used to offset discount, the company still broke even.

Fast forward to Australian federal politics in 2018.

Australia's Prime Blunderer has ruled that henceforth Ministers must not bonk members of their staff.

I kid you not.



Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Pornification  the prevalence and growing and acceptance and normalisation of sexual themes and explicit imagery in popular or mainstream culture; the perceived pervasion of society in general or an aspect of it by the imagery, language, and attitudes associated with pornography.


Which is our PMs real Twitter account or are all three a joke? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  I expect the Prime Minister of New Zealand to have a professional social media presence and to not treat their office as a joke. I have three Twitter screenshots of three Jacinda Ardern twitter accounts. They could all be parodies or one of them could be real. Are all three a joke? Have a look []

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Paper road "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  Well theres a one thing a Kiwi Cockey hates and thats missing his alarm bell and waking up late cause the cows cant milk themselves you know and those Townies they wont wait, So I ran out the back to the shed one day as Im hopping on the tractor to pick up all []

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Is a list leaning Government an issue? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Does it matter that the Government has more list MPs that electorate MPs? Alasdair Thompson @ajthompson13 asked: Interesting, but does it matter? NZ Govt consists of 34 List MPs & 29 electorate MPs. Opposition consists 15 List MPs & 42 electorate MPs. All MPs have equal voting status within the parliament. I dont think that in []


History: Thatcher on Socialism "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Clip from her last speech as leader to the Commons in 1990.


Recognition of enemies "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Guest Post: As a child in England during WW2, like everyone else, I was aware of the threat of our enemy. As they over-ran Europe, the Germans were but 22 miles away from us, across the English Channel. So, apart from the always threatened invasion, and of course air-raids, our fears were absent. Why? Because []

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NO SEX PLEASE ... I SAID SO "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

One suspects that St Jacinda won't be in too much of a rush to reprocate the directive from Malcolm Turnbull forbidding sex between government ministers and parliamentary employees. 

Were she to do so the actions of a certain high ranking married minister and his ongoing pursuit of members of the parliamentary stenography pool  might cause some embarrassment.

If Turnbull thinks that a directive from on high is sufficient to shut the gate on such behavior then he is more out of touch with the real world than I thought he was.

Oppositions don't win elections; governments lose them.   A government in disarray with the PM and his Deputy at loggerheads and that's a triple whammy.    They will be breaking out the chardonnay at 5/9 Sydney Avenue, Barton, ACT (Labor Party Headquarters) as I write this. 


Emperor Mals Sharri law bans office bonking "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From Utegate on, it seems that there is never a political scandal that Malcolm Turnbulls arrogant ineptitude cant blow up into full-scale crisis. Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals leader Barnaby Joyce has been shellacked for the past week, after journalist Sharri Markson broke the news that Joyce had knocked up a staffer, and dumped his wife []

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New blog "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This blog is defunct.

Im now blogging on policy, politics, and data viz at and on Australian football at

Thanks for reading.


Tropical Cyclone 10S (Kelvin) to make landfall over Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tropical Cyclone 10S has formed just off the coast of northern Western Australia on February 16, 2018. The cyclone, still named Tropical Low 1 (17U) by BOM and soon to be internationally known as Kelvin, is expected to reach hurricane strength before making landfall...... Read more


How not to help tenants "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Im going to bore you all to death again with another article about taxation although it may make a change from the discussions about the National Partys leaders race. But this is something that, with all the noise about possible leaders for National and the Prime Ministers Vogue photo shoot, seems to have slipped []

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Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Disease has two hubs Annette Scott:

Cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis has been in New Zealand for at least two years and is spread wider than first thought, Southland veterinary clinic Vet South says while Biosecurity Minister Damien OConnor says there are now two infection hubs.

The Winton practice sent an email to clients on Thursday urging people whose stock or properties might have been linked to Southern Centre Dairies to come forward.

Southern Centre Dairies, the hub of infected properties in Southland, is owned by Gea and Alfons Zeestraten.

Vet South director veterinarian Georgette Wouda said Ministry for Primary Industries surveillance work indicated the disease was limited to a relatively small group of farms but more needed to be known.

Down in our region all of the infected properties to date have links with Alfons Zeestratens farms. . .

Lamb and wool marketers confident Sally Rae:

Farmers visiting Alliance Groups tent at the Southern Field Days had mostly one burning question how long could lamb prices be sustained.

And the response? We feel market fundamentals around the world give us some confidence, chairman Murray Taggart said.

The North Canterbury farmer acknowledged that his position was a bit easier than what it was when he first took on the role.

The mood among farmers was pretty positive and, despite climatic conditions, he was really chuffed with market prices.

Youve done a bloody good job, a long-time shareholder told Mr Taggart on the way past, but Mr Taggart said the company was not resting on its laurels. . . 


Magnitude 7.2 37km NE of Pinotepa de Don Luis, Mexico February 16, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

USGS Event Page
Magnitude 7.2 37km NE of Pinotepa de Don Luis, Mexico
2018-02-16 23:39:42 UTC
16.646N   -97.653W
24.7 km depth
USGS Seismotectonics of Mexico

Located atop three of the large tectonic plates, Mexico is one of the worlds most seismically active regions. The relative motion of these crustal plates causes frequent earthquakes and occasional volcanic eruptions. Most of the Mexican landmass is on the westward moving North American plate. The Pacific Ocean floor south of Mexico is being carried northeastward by the underlying Cocos plate. Because oceanic crust is relatively dense, when the Pacific Ocean floor encounters the lighter continental crust of the Mexican landmass, the ocean floor is subducted beneath the North American plate creating the deep Middle American trench along Mexicos southern coast. Also as a result of this convergence, the westward moving Mexico landmass is slowed and crumpled creating the mountain ranges of southern Mexico and ear...


Interview with Cristine Hong: What's happening on the Korean Peninsula "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In this podcast interview inside, Christine Hong speaks about the Korean history not told in corporate media, present day moves towards peace on the peninsula, and more. The interview is by journalist Eva Bartlett.

Christine Hong is an associate professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and an executive board member of the Korea Policy Institute. She has spent time in North Korea, including as part of a North American peace delegation.

She specializes in transnational Asian American, Korean diaspora, critical Pacific Rim, and comparative ethnic studies.

She is a board member of the Critical Ethnic Studies Association, an executive board member of the Korea Policy Institute, a coordinating committee member of the National Campaign to End the Korean War, and a member of the Working Group on Peace and Demilitarization in Asia and the Pacific.

Web Sites:

Korea Policy Institute

National Campaign to End the Korean War

Working Group for Peace and Demilitarization in Asia and the Pacific

Legacies of the Korean War

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2017 2018 the the trends in nuclear construction "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A year in review: the trends in nuclear construction By DAN BRIGHTMORE Feb 12, 2018 


Disadvantages of thorium reactors "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

High start-up costs: Huge investments are needed for thorium nuclear power reactor, as it requires significant amount of testing, analysis and licensing work. Also, there is uncertainty over returns on the investments in these reactors. For utilities, this factor can weigh on the decisions to go ahead with plans to deploy the reactors. The reactors also involve high fuel fabrication and reprocessing costs.

High melting point of thorium oxide: As melting point of thorium oxide is much higher compared to that of uranium oxide, high temperatures are needed to make high density ThO2 and ThO2based mixed oxide fuels. The fuel in nuclear fission reactors is usually based on the metal oxide.

Emission of gamma rays: Presence of Uranium-232 in irradiated thorium or thorium based fuels in large amounts is one of the major disadvantages of thorium nuclear power reactors. It can result in significant emissions of gamma rays.


Britains nuclear test veterans to be DNA tested "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

DNA tests for UKs nuclear bomb veterans 16 February 201...


Shameless: Cheap energy option for consumers still being buried RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

AEMC blasted for not providing robust signals for demand response technologies clearly the smartest, cleanest and cheapest option to solve many energy issues, but not one favoured by generators.

via Shameless: Cheap energy option for consumers still being buried RenewEconomy


Labor MP calls for climate change action #auspol #qldpol #StopAdani #TorresStrait jpratt27 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Queensland Labor MP Cynthia Lui has called for action on climate change during her maiden speech. Queensland Labor MP Cynthia Lui has called for more to be done about climate change in an emotional maiden speech to Queensland parliament. Ms Lui is the first Torres Strait Islander to sit as an MP in any Australian []

via Labor MP calls for climate change action #auspol #qldpol #StopAdani #TorresStrait jpratt27


What happens when you cant trust the media? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Well for starters, you stop watching national TV and reading the NZ Herald for news.  They cant even give that thing away.  This I know from turning down free subscriptions on a regular basis over the last few years. Most of what is passed off as news in mainstream media are facts buried so deep []

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Reversing climate change: The middle gets it "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The middle gets it. The middle is happening.
~ Paul Hawken, American author

Architect Alvyn Williams from Soft Loud House Architects about passive houses and star rating systems.
Councillors Susan Rennie and Trent McCarthy about the worlds first municipal climate emergency plan.
American Drawdown author Paul Hawken about how the middle is happening.
Leigh Ewbank about Friends of the Earth Melbournes act on climate campaign.
Rebecca Lee from the Alternative Technology Association about the coming EV Expo in Melbourne.

More info below.

Listen to The Sustainable Hour no. 203 on 94.7 The Pulse:



Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


West Hawai`i Today - February 14, 2018

The state agency responsible for improving the well-being of Native Hawaiians spent nearly double the amount on pet projects than on competitive grants, the state auditor said in a report released Tuesday. 

Office of Hawaiian Affairs discretionary spending included $1,900 to send someone to a rodeo competition in Las Vegas and $1,000 for a trustees sons medical expenses.

The agencys discretionary spending totaled $14 million in fiscal years 2015 and 2016. Thats compared to $7.7 million for competitive grants. Over the same period, the agency withdrew $6 million from its fiscal reserve.

The agency doesnt rigorously vet and monitor this discretionary spending as its own formal grant process requires, the auditor said. Its administration approves some discretionary spending without the Board of Trustees voting or even knowing about it, the report said.

Agency Chairwoman Colette Machado said in a statement the agency was committed to making changes necessary to best serve Native Hawaiians. She said she already proposed moratoriums on the use of fiscal reserve funds and trustee sponsorships. ...


View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? We asked the reader who sent us yesterdays competition photo who provided the most accurate answer in her opinion and she awarded the prize to Rantykiwi. Congratulations Ranty. Please send your delivery address to and put Competition Winner in the subject line. We will pass it on to Bluburd so he can []

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Saturdays smiles "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Pete had an awful day fishing on the lake, sitting in the blazing sun all day without catching a single one. On his way home, he stopped at the supermarket and ordered four gurnard fillets.

He told the fish salesman, Pick four large ones out and throw them at me, will you?

Why do you want me to throw them at you?

Because I want to tell my wife that I caught them.

Okay, but I suggest that you take the orange roughy.

But why?

Because your wife came in earlier today and said that if you came by, I should tell you to take orange roughy. Shed rather have that for dinner tonight.


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Sue Bradford on the Greens coalition cock-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sue Bradford is on the money: A former Green Party MP turned party critic says the Greens negotiating team was inept and the party should take a deep look at itself and its leadership. Sue Bradford became a vocal critic of the party despite spending a whole decade as a list Green Party MP. She []

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Struggling To Find A Leader "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Desperately Seeking National By Roger Childs Even the most diehard Tory supporter would be dismayed at the field lining up to replace Bill English as leader. Judith Collins has a lot of baggage; Simon Bridges is not easy to listen to; and Amy Adams had a flawed run as Justice Minister. There is nobody to []


A thought for National MPs as they consider the contenders for Leader "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

UK journalist Hunter Davies interviewed Willie Whitelaw in 1992 after his retirement from politics. The interview was published in The Independent. It is well worth reading.

I think I would have been a fatal choice if I had won the leadership election in Opposition. Im not a rabble-rouser or inspirational. Im not good at always being against things, which you have to be in Opposition. And the right wing of our party would have made it hard for me, picking on my weak points, such as economics. In power, with a strong Chancellor I could trust, who knows, I could have done it. But I have no regrets.

In the context of the contest for Nationals Leadership the above quote is very pertinent. It would repay National to think carefully about their choices and to consider where they are now and the task ahead. Plus they will need to consider the deputy role very carefully. The appointment of Kelvin Davis, no doubt for balance and placating Maori has not been a success for Labour.

National needs to learn from history and not emulate the Bourbon Kings of France, of whom Talleyrand said, it is believed:

They had learned nothing and forgotten nothing.

The quote is attributed to Talleyrand in speaking about the restored Bourbon dynasty after the abdication of Napoleon, and subsequently used against the French socialists and others. It comes close to Einsteins definition of insanity as doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.


It has to be Judith "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

For the simple reason

If Jacinda is stardust

Judith is concrete


Judith Collins maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Three MPs have entered the race to be the next National Party leader.

Who are they and what do they stand for?

Some of the answers to those questions are in their maiden speeches.

I am posting each of them this morning, in alphabetical order.

JUDITH COLLINS (NZ National-Clevedon): Since this is the first time that I have spoken in Parliament, I take this opportunity to congratulate the Speaker on his
appointment, an appointment, I note, that was made with the full support of this House.

I am proud to represent the electorate of Clevedon on behalf of the New Zealand National Party. Clevedon is a diverse electorate, located both to the south and to the east of Auckland. It is 80 percent urban and 20 percent rural. Included in its boundaries are the historic township of Papakura, the rural areas of Clevedon, Orere Point, Kawakawa Bay, Brookby, Alfriston, Whitford, and Ardmore-which, incidently, is home to the busiest airport in New Zealand. It encompasses the coastal townships of Maraetai and Beachlands, and to the north, New Zealands fastest-growing residential areas: Dannemora, Somerville, Shamrock Park, Point View, and Shelly Park.

The people of Clevedon are ethnically diverse. The population includes European New Zealanders. Maori New Zealanders, Pacific Island New Zealanders, and, increasingly, New Zealanders who have migrated mainly from Taiwan, Korea, India, China, South Africa, and Fiji. It is an electorate of schools with the highest decile ratings, and schools with the lowest decile ratings.

Clevedon is an electorate of old and new traditions, of Christian churches and Buddhist temples. On the one hand it is the home of the present Minister of Justice; on the other hand it was the home of Michael Choy until he was brutally slain. It is New Zealand as it is today.

I am the youngest of six children born to Percy and Jessie Collins of Walton in the Waikato. We were dairy farming people. We were not wealthy people but we were not
poor. We were and are middle New Zealand. In a way, we were very privileged. We had two parents, discipline, responsibilities, plenty of love, and, more than anything else, we had security-a family in reality, not just in name. I decided to become a lawyer. I did not know any, but I had seen them on television and I knew that lawyers could, if they wanted to, do a lot of good for people.

That vague ambition was made solid when someone made the mist...


On the trail of the missing PNG fisheries observers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Fishing monitoringKEITH JACKSON

NOOSA The other day I tweeted an alarming story that had been raised in the Papua New Guinea parliament by East Sepik Governor Alan Bird.

The latest observer lost was James Numbaru, an employee of PNG's National Fisheries Authority, who went missing in mysterious circumstances in the sea near Nauru last year, Radio New Zealand had reported.

My tweet read: In recent years 18 official #PNG fisheries observers have disappeared from foreign fishing vessels. Eighteen! Their job is to look out for illegalities. Only now has the matter been raised in the PNG parliament.

Well this brief note had a big reaction: so far it has reached more than 5,000 people and triggered over 160 interactions with readers.

This morning Ive received an email from Philip Flipper Brown, a Hawaii-based American Fisheries Observer whose beat is North Central Pacific.

Aloha, wrote Flipper. I read a retweet from you about the disappearance of 18 PNG fisheries observers.

The Association for Professional Observers is very interested in keeping track of such things, and I am trying to track down the source of your statistic or where I might find any records of these deaths.

We only have records of six deaths(thats what it means when someone disappears at sea) - all good well-intentioned people trying to make a living and protect our resources.

Anything you could do to point me in the right direction would be appreciated .

Illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing accounts for at least 14% and up to 30% of the total world seafood catch, so we are up against a huge financial interest that will kill an observer with impunity.

If four mailmen were to disappear the reaction would be immediate. Any help would be appreciated.

Ive sent on Flippers request to Radio New Zealand, but any assistance readers are able to offer will be taken up by Flipper and his colleagues to help keep the Pacific safe for fisheries observers and environmentally secure.

You can email Flipper here [] or respond through the Comments link below.


Trotter on Judith Collins "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Have a heart for the hobbit National party MP in Dunedin, Michael Woodhouse. Hes a loyal Amy Adams supporter and the photo above shows what he would have woken up to yesterday. Chris Trotter explains why it has to be Judith Collins and neither of the other two: ITS GOT TO BE JUDITH COLLINS. There will be []

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Reactions to New Zealands first Muslim terrorist are not original "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

New Zealand, in 2018, had the dubious distinction of having its first publicly acknowledged Islamic terrorist or Muslim jihadist (whichever term you prefer.) His plans to massacre New Zealand citizens on this occasion have been thwarted but the reactions to his evil plans and his malevolent intentions towards non-Muslims have been met with bog-standard reactions from our []

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February 17 On This Day in Australian History "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Today is the Fornacalia in Ancient Rome; the festival of ovens, bread and the oven goddess, Fornax, who taught us how to bake that yummy goodness that is bread.

1788 -  Rev. Johnson celebrated the first Communion in the colony. The service was held in Lieutenant Ralph Clark's tent, borrowed for the occasion. The event was recorded by Clark in his journal.
'I will keep this Table also as long as I live for it is the first Table that ever the Lords Supper was eat of in this country'

1788 - Lord Howe Island was innocently sitting in the ocean, soaking up the sun when Lieutenant Henry Ball (wonder what his mates called him? Ballsy Hal? Hank le Billiard? Crystal Ball Gypsy Harry?) tripped over it whilst commanding the ship HMAS Supply en route to that popular holiday resort Norfolk Island and promptly named it after some bloke.

1802 - Matthew Flinders was a busy chap, flinging names for all the features willy nilly on this day.
Pt Whidbey / Whidbey Isles were named after a friend of Flinders, the Master-Attendant at Sheerness, England.

1802 - French Explorer Nicholas Baudin was an equally busy bloke tossing titles all over the shop on this day.

1802 - Fortescue Bay was named Dolomieu Bay by Baudin after Deodat Guy Silvain Tancrede Gratet de Dolomieu (1750-1801), French mineralogist.

1802 - Cape Hauy was named after Ren Just Hay (1743-1822). French mineralogist, born at St. Just, in the department of Oise, educated at the colleges of Navarre and Lemoine, became a teacher at the latter and turned to natural history. He founded the science of crystallography.

1802 - Waterfall Bay was named Monge Bay by Baudin, 17.2.1802, after Gaspar Comte de Peluse Monge (1746-1818), French mathematician.

1802 - Forestier Peninsula named after Henry Verdean Forestier (1755-1806), French Minister for the Navy and administration.

1802 - Cape Surville was named after Louis Charles de Hautefort, Marquis de Surville (1658-1721), French Admiral.

1802 - Greenly Island was named by Flinders after Elizabeth Greenly of Titley Court, the lady to whom Sir Isaac Coffin was engaged. They were married in 1811 and Sir Isaac Coffin assumed the name and arms of Greenly as his wife didn't like the idea of being known as Lady Coffin.

1802 - Avoid Bay was thus dubbed by Flinders from its being exposed to the dangerous southern winds and there are rocks and breakers on each side of the entrance."

1803 - Cape Wilberforce was titled by Matthew Flinders on this day who named it after the Reformer, William Wilberforce.

1803 - The Bromby Islands were named by explorer Flinders on this day after Rev John Bromby of Hull who officiated in the marriage of Flinders to Anne Chappell.



Simon Bridges maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Three MPs have entered the race to be the next National Party leader.

Who are they and what do they stand for?

Some of the answers to those questions are in their maiden speeches.

I am posting each of them this morning, in alphabetical order.

SIMON BRIDGES (NationalTauranga) : Nearly every maiden speech that I have read has begun with the member congratulating Mr Speaker on his appointment to high office, and I congratulate you, Mr Deputy Speaker, and also Mr Speaker, the Hon Lockwood Smith. I congratulate the Hon Lockwood Smith not only as a matter of professional courtesy but because of our personal friendship, going back to a beer we shared at Auckland Universitys Shadows bar when he was getting a hard time as education Minister and I was a pimply young Nat.

Indeed, I joined the National Party at a young age, not because of any longstanding family connection to the greatest political party in the history of our nation but because then, as now, I believed in less not more government, in individuals doing as much for themselves as possible, and in reward for hard work and enterprise. Then, as now, I was generally economically dry and socially conservative, but never unthinkingly or uncaringly so. We need to do what works, not what sounds good in theory. In human affairs matters are often shades of grey, and not simply black or white. In economic times like these, rigid adherence to orthodoxies may not solve things for ordinary Kiwis. World-class health and education systems are essential. New Zealanders clearly understand this, and voted on 8 November for a John Key led Government and the fresh approach to our nations challenges that it brings; they voted to move away from a slavish adherence to ideology, towards a new style of politics that is inclusive, dignified, and decent, and that believes that politics can be noble and deliver greater justice.

Can I today in this hallowed hall acknowledge my wonderful family and my amazing wife. My mother is from Waih dairy-farming stock and my father from Frankton in Hamilton. Like so many in this nation, my mothers ancestors came from England, while my fathers mother, Naku Joseph, was Ngti Maniapoto and came from rural prure, near Te Kiti. She remained in an unhappy relationship with her hard-living husband, Alf Bridges, because in those days early last century she thought that marriage to a Pkeh man was bettering herself and her childrens prospects. She continually told my father that she wanted her children and grandchildren to have letter...


RNZ Morning Report: Amy Adams tells Susie Ferguson why shes the one! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Amy Adams respected, competent but speaks in jargon, says a lot, but much of it is waffle and fluff, she will not cut against Ardern in the only race that matters, the 2020 election based on what Adam has seen so far. More directness would help.


Quote of the day: "The gravest danger to the west ... " "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

"The gravest danger to the West has come not from hardworking Latino farmhands, [Indian students] or conscientious Chinese engineers, but from the import of postmodernist European intellectuals.
...."Offshore citizens have risked even death to escape tyranny. Individuals must be free to move, but governments are not instituted to secure the individual rights of citizens not their own.
...."Human beings have a conceptual and rational faculty that determines the content of their minds. Many read and absorb the ideas of the Enlightenment and move themselves to a mental state compatible with the values of Individualism; indeed, those who have done so despite their culture could well be stronger in their convictions than those born into such values. They also have raw negative emotion tied to a fear of, and memory of, a culture that alienated them.
...."The culture they bring with them is the content of their minds."

~ Vinay Kolhatkar, from his post 'The Case for Unbounded Immigration'


RNZ Morning Report: Simon Bridges on why he is the right person to be Nationals leader "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Interviewed the other day by Guyon Espiner

Frankly did not do it for Adam. Talking about himself in the third person is ridiculous. He may be bright, but PM at this time Not for Adam.


The trials of Professor Schram: Beyond facts, logic or truth "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Albert Schram
Professor Albert Schram

NOOSA It was a brief response from Albert Schram that I received last night: Thank you for your support. This has gone beyond facts, logic or truth.

Now, as regular readers of PNG Attitude will know, Professor Schram is vice-chancellor of the University of Technology in Lae, Papua New Guinea.

In 2013, as he tried to revitalise an ailing institution, Schram was booted out of the country because hed discovered a nest of vipers in his own institution and in PNGs higher education sector.

But sanity eventually prevailed and in 2014, to the delight of Unitech staff and students, he was allowed to return to PNG and to his post.

He received the homecoming of a hero.

And now, as his institution rebuilds and begins to make real progress, it is all happening again.

I must admit I dont fully understand the background to the most recent moves against Dr Schram. But here, in his own words, is what he says just happened and why.

The reasons stated in the forum for my dismissal were:

1 - Failure to present credentials. This is untrue. I presented the proof to the Registrar who destroyed it.

2 - Travelling six months a year. This is true. Two months leave and four months travel. Ive done that each year since 2014 to restore the reputation of Unitech. And why was this not an issue at my performance review of 26 August 2016?



Technical Note "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Adam has enable the Reblog function on this blog. Presently this is not working the fault has been reported. It appears to be affecting other blogs as well. Apologies for any inconvenience.


Pull your head in Theresa before someone lops it off "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I note with some amusement Theresa Gattungs comments regarding the Fletcher Building debacle in which she is alleged to have said, If a woman had been chairing Fletchers, that wouldnt have happened. Fletcher Building wouldnt have hit its recent bout of trouble, had it had a woman in charge, one of New Zealands highest-profile businesswomen []

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Shouldve kept it in your pants, Barnaby "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A week may a long time in politics, but for the Turnbull government, a week is just the time from one crisis to the next.

A week ago, Malcolm Turnbull was riding a high on the back of an unexpected opinion poll bounce. A week later, the Coalition is mired in a new scandal, and Turnbulls leadership and judgement are under a dark cloud again.

This weeks millstone for Turnbull is his Deputy Prime Minister, Nationals leader and briefly-Kiwi Barnaby Joyce.

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Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Funniest phone call to the Papakura Office today from a good Labour supporter. Shed like me to stop backstabbing Jacinda. No problem. I stab from the front #Stronganddecisive Judith Collins (@JudithCollinsMP) February 15, 2018 That, ladies and gentlemen, is what a National party should be doingattacking the government, not virtue-signalling over Maori and []

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Amy Adams maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Three MPs have entered the race to be the next National Party leader.

Who are they and what do they stand for?

Some of the answers to those questions are in their maiden speeches.

I am posting each of them this morning, in alphabetical order.

AMY ADAMS (NationalSelwyn) : It is with a great deal of respect that I rise to present my maiden speech in this Chamber, and I offer my congratulations to you, sir, on your election. I stand before this House as the representative for the newly formed Canterbury seat of Selwyn, and I am conscious of the great debt that I owe to the people of my electorate for the faith they have shown in me. I would like to begin today by pledging to them my commitment to work in their interests and for their advancement for the time I am here.

I would also like to pay a personal tribute to the Prime Minister, the Hon John Key. Our Prime Minister is a man of great honour and real charisma, and a man with a heartfelt empathy for the people of New Zealand. He has been an inspiration to me, my electorate, and all New Zealand, and I am especially honoured to be serving in his Government.

We seem to raise strong politicians on the Canterbury plains. I come from the same part of the country as the great Sir John Hall, a farmer, and former Premier of New Zealand, who in the 1870s formed and maintained a Government in a period of great change and instability. Sir John is particularly to be remembered for one of his final acts of public life, which was to successfully shepherd the womens suffrage bill into the House in 1890.

In the passage of time we seem to have lost sight of the enormous contribution Sir John made, and, as a woman now representing his home area, I take a moment to acknowledge his legacy. As a farmer, he and his brothers formed one of the first large-scale sheep runs in the South Island, which later became Terrace Station. As a politician for the original Selwyn seat, he was respected for his integrity and huge contribution to the developing nations landscape. Sir John was a staunch conservative who felt that women would bring more decorum and civilised behaviour to politics, and who would be least likely to countenance official extravagance. Women, he noted, instinctively possess a far keener insight into character than men, and the result of giving them a vote would be that a candidates chance at election would depend more on his character, for trustworthiness, for ability and for straightforwardn...


Labour moves to legalise abortion "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

New Zeaslands laws that cover abortion are a sham they are effectively largely ignored, although they make women go through a demeaning process. But they may soon be addressed by Parliament, something thats long overdue. Past governments have chosen to sweep the sham under a big rug. Newsroom: Labour moves to legalise abortion Andrew []


Newshub now acting as bad as CNN "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Newshub are fast emulating the fake news outlets from the US and have launched a fake news attack on Judith Collins based on her awesome tweet yesterday. National MP and party leader hopeful Judith Collins claims she told a Labour supporter she stabs people from the front. Ms Collins says she made the comment over []

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A silly ACT "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

David Seymour getting desperate for attention? Stuff Below the Beltway: The ups and downs of the political week DOWN David Seymour  The ACT leader is going to be on Dancing With The Stars. He needs to find 15 hours a week to train, which will no doubt cut into the time he has for his []


Fake news attack by Newshub and Lloyd Burr "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Yesterday Lloyd Burr put up an article at Newshub that purported to outline who was in which camp in the leadership challenge of the National party. Anyone who knows anything about National party politics could see that it was simply a case of activism on the part of Lloyd Burr and that his sources were []

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Cyclone Gita warning highly impactful likely in NZ "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Metservice Severe Weather Outlook Cyclone Gita is expected to approach New Zealand from the northwest early next week.There remains uncertainty with regards to the speed and track of Gita, but the passage of this system across New Zealand on Tuesday and Wednesday is likely to bring a period of highly impactful severe weather. There is []


Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Welcome to our Daily Crossword.

Readers have requested a daily crossword and stated that the only reason they maintained a subscription to the NZ Herald or other newspapers was for a daily crossword.

We have now sourced a quality crossword provider, the same provider who provides many crosswords to media outlets for print. It is available for ALL readers who have a subscription package with Whaleoil.

Now you can safely cancel your newspaper subscription as your final remaining reason to keep it has now gone. Instead, you can sign up for one of our subscription packages and enjoy crosswords online on Whaleoil.

If demand is sufficient we can extend what we offer to other puzzles like Sudoku as well. Let us know.

The Crossword is now only available for subscribers only. 

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Has your sub EXPIRED? Need help? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If your subscription has not automatically renewed it may be because you hadnt ticked for it to automatically renew when you set it up or be because your credit card has expired or be because you have removed your credit card details from Paypal. or be because of insufficient funds If you want to update []

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13 Russian nationals indicted for interfering in US elections "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The FBI investigation into Russian interference in the US elections in 2016 has made a major move. From Fox News: 13 Russian nationals indicted for interfering in US elections A federal grand jury in the District of Columbia on Friday indicted 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities accused of interfering in U.S. elections, a []


Has Turei paid back the WINZ money? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Metiria Turei promised to pay back the money she received (allegedly fraudulently) from Work and Income NZ (WINZ) in the 1990s. The self revelation blew up on Turei in July 2017 and led to her resignation as Green party leader, and her decision to withdraw from the Green Party list. She stood in the Te []


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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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 []

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US Deploying Thousands of Marines to Deter China "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

US Deploying Thousands of Marines to Deter China | marines-to-china | Military Pentagon Special Interests US News

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Pentagon may send a combat marine expeditionary force to deter growing Chinese influence while drawing down Middle East force levels.

Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Logan declined to elaborate, saying (t)he Department of Defense continually evaluates how we employ our forces throughout the globe but it would be inappropriate to discuss any ongoing planning.

Defense Priorities analyst/retired army Lt. Col. Daniel Davis/believes the move plays directly into the concerns and the fears of North Korea that were actually preparing for an attack, adding:

Effective diplomacy (with China) cant take place if you have a hammer hanging over the head of your negotiating partner.

He supports drawing down US forces in the Middle East, calling the region a money pit and blood pitwith no (US) gain.

US forces should be brought home, not sent to East Asia where they could potentially be used in a ground war there that would be even more catastrophic.

Marine expeditionary forces include about 2,200 combat troops, operating from amphibious assault ships with their own warplanes, tanks and other heavy weapons.

Washington already has about 50,000 troops in Japan, another 30,000 in South Korea, 40,000 in Hawaii, thousands in Guam, along with smaller numbers in Australia, Thailand, the Philippines, Singapore and elsewhere regionally.

With scores of ships, nuclear-powered submarines, warplanes, and 20,000 sailors, Americas Yokosuka, Japan-based Seventh Fleet is the US navys largest deployed sea force.

The Trump administrations National Defense Strategy prioritizes countering Russia and China. According to the WSJ, bolstering Americas East Asia marine force aims to persuade Pacific nations to stand with the US.

According to Commandant of the Marine Corp General Robert Neller, the National Defense Strategy and other guidance requires us to adopt a more global posture and this will shape our future naval presence, especially in the Indo-Pacific region, adding:



More on US school shootings "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Following yesterdays post: Florida school shooting (PartisanZ): Open letter from shooting victims aunt: We dont want your prayers NZHerald Powerful stuff My friends and fellow citizens, your guns are not protecting you. Your guns are killing our kids Why is your hunting hobby more important than my nieces life? Dont you []


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is enfant terrible (noun) One whose startlingly unconventional behavior, work, or thought embarrasses or disturbs others. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : In French enfant terrible means terrible child, one whose language and behavior are embarrassing to adults. From the beginning of the appearance of enfant terrible in English []

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Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 17 19 Anyone who loves to quarrel loves sin; anyone who trusts in high walls invites disaster.

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Anonymous Patriots: Truth News Headlines -- February 16, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


FEBRUARY 16, 2018 | 8:06 AM

Source: Aim 4 Truth | By ANONYMOUS PATRIOTS

To our friends in New Zealand. We are counting on wide-awake patriots to get the word out to your citizenry about these crazed tech lords.



Check out other great Romney memes at this website created by a fellow patriot who knows Romney is not good for the restoration of the Republic.




Census Bureau to Count Prisoners Home as Prison "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

McCarthyism Inc: Introducing the Counter-Terror Experts Hyping Russian Threats and Undermining Our Civil Liberties (Trevin)

Max Blumenthal takes a look under the hood of the Alliance for Securing Democracy, the go-to pundits for mainstream reporters seeking expert opinions on Russian online meddling. ASD was cited by the New York Times as its source for the assertion that the widely popular #taketheknee Twitter hashtag that promoted NFL protests against racial injustice was, in fact, a Russian influence campaign spawned by Kremlin operatives.

How Australia Fought Mass Shootings (Reader Steve)

Australia reformed its gun laws after a mass shooting 20 years ago, drastically reducing gun violence. Could similar laws work in the US?

Admiral Warns US Must Prepare for Possibility of War With China (Jimmy)

The author writes, The navy admiral nominated to be the next US ambassador to Australia has told Congress America must prepare for the possibility of war with China, and said it would rely on Australia to help uphold the international rules-based system in the Asia-Pacific.

Merkels Slow and Silent Decline (Dan)

Many look at Germany as the lynchpin that holds the European Union together. This position of power, dependent on German domestic stability in the form of Angela Merkel, is on increasingly shaky ground.

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10 Years Ago The Inquiring Mind was established "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

17 February 2008 marked Adams first post and the inception of The Inquiring Mind.

As of today some 9,150+ posts have been published.

The blog has changed over the years. Features have come and gone. At times posting has been infrequent, reflecting both Adams mood and circumstances at the time.

Hopefully, it will go on for a while yet.

Thanks to all those who read the blog, mark their appreciation of posts and comment. It is much appreciated.

It has been fun and a learning experience.


Bloomberg and Forbes Take on the Saipan Casino "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Two international media stories about the Saipan casino have been making the rounds on social media recently.  Forbes has a story, One Of Hong Kong's Richest Women, Cui Lijie Is Losing Her Bet On Saipan Casino.  It basically says things aren't going well for the casino, and that they aren't making any money or progress on construction.  Bloomberg's explosive piece is titled, A Chinese Casino Has Conquered a Piece of America."  This story is packed with so many accusations that I decided to make a list.  These are the highlights I was able to gleam from the story:
  1. Workers knew they were working illegally under tourist visas, hence why they invented a story for the accident at the worksite.
  2. The casino is a backdoor to the U.S. financial system.
  3. The casino hasn't been following safety protocols, from being provided safety goggles or proper foot wear, to lack of training.
  4. The casino is a giant money laundering scheme.
  5. Laws have been changed to suit the casino's needs.
  6. Contracts requirements have been ignored to suit the casino's needs.
  7. The governor's family has received millions of dollars in payments from the casino.
  8. The governor and other politicians formerly opposed the casino, but changed their tune after a "fact finding trip" to Hong Kong and Macau which was paid for by individuals linked to the casino.
  9. Imperial Pacific had no experience in casino construction or operation prior to their bit to operate the casino.
  10. Government officials did not do their due diligence in selecting the Imperial Pacific proposal.
  11. People listed as casino consultants had not had serious discussions with the casino prior to being listed as consultants.
  12. The $15 million annual fee rescued the CNMI economy from the brink.
  13. The casino is a junket operator whose purpose is to move hard currency out of China.  Wealthy individuals borrow money from the operator, and then cash out in non-Chinese currency.  The debt is collected back in China in Chinese currency.  The operator gets a cut.
  14. Cui Lijie, a Chi...


Media watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

17 February 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"

17 February 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 []


Friday Cephalopod: So thats what octopus porn is like "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The photograph is, I think, tastefully provocative.

A male and female giant Pacific octopus mating in captivity at the Aquarium of the Bay (San Francisco, California, USA). The male is on top. The arrow points to the insertion of the males hectocotylized arm into the mantle cavity of the female. (Photo by Kevin O. Lewand.)

Its the accompanying text, describing multiple observations of mating, that gets hot and heavy.

A female was placed in a 12,000 l display tank and the male was added 10 min later. The female weighed 18 kg and the male weighed 20 kg. The female was sitting motionless in a lower corner of the tank when the male was added. She was oriented horizontally, facing outward from the corner. As he swam to the bottom, the male inked. He jetted directly to the female and enveloped her with his web and arms. There was then an active intertwining of arms for 2 min. At the end of this period, the female was facing into the corner and the male was on top of her facing the same direction, with his dorsal arms wrapped around her head and mantle. The hectocotylized arm of the male was inserted into the right mantle opening of the female. He was a mottled gray/pink color with frontal and mantle white spots apparent. The mantle was papillose. The female was dull red and smooth. The males respiration rate was 5.9 sec/breath, and the volume was judged deep breathing.

At 78 min after first contact, there was an increase in the intensity of the mottling and the brightness of the white spots on the mantle of the male as he raised his body up off the female slightly and then settled onto her again, whereupon the intensity of the mottling and white spots dulled. This was likely an arch and pump. At 3 hr 43 min, the male removed the hectocotylized arm. He moved away from the female at 4 hr 1 min. At this point, he was smooth and bright red; she was smooth light pink.

After 17 min apart at the opposite corner of the tank, the male again approached the female. She was in the same corner facing outward. He mounted and grasped her as before and turned mottled and papillose with mantle and frontal white spots apparent. After 3 min, she turned toward the corner as before, so they were facing the same direction. He again held her with his dorsal arms. His hectocotylized arm was inserted into the mantle of the female. They maintained this position for another 4 hr 12 min. He then moved off....


Carnival Security Tries to Cover-Up Ship Brawl "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Carnival Legend BrawlA video of a brawl on the Carnival Legend shows Carnival security officers and other security personnel kicking passengers while they are on the floor. Carnival officers are also shown trying to prevent other passengers from videotaping the violence.  

The video, which was taken by a passenger and aired by Australia's 3AW693 Talk Radio, is circulating on social media. It shows as many as six officers and a equal number of personnel wearing dark colored shirts with "SECURITY" on the back fighting with unruly passengers on the Carnival Legend

The news article also states that passengers reported that ship security staff attempted to "censor the situation." A father who received a telephone call from his son on the ship said that "the security came in and took his phone, and deleted a lot of images from his phone.

We have reported on many such ship brawls, which have primarily occurred on the Carnival brand of ships over the years. 

This latest incident occurs just a few days after a violent brawl on the P&O Pacific Explorer

We first wrote about the problem of violence on cruise ships back in 2009 in Cruise Ship Brawls - A Problem that Will Get Bigger with Bigger Ships, where we covered a "mini-rampage" on the P&O cruise ship Ventura and a brawl involving Carnival passengers who punched, scratched and bit it out with police in Antigua. The following year, we covered another violent brawl on another Carnival ship in More Carnival Legend BrawlCruise Ship Violence - A Drunken Brawl On Carnival's Dream. We also wrote about this problem in Another Brawl Breaks Out on a Carnival Fun Ship. YouTube is filled with videotapes of violence on Carnival ships.

The problem arises when the "wider audience" (a term coined by Carn.........


Korean Olympic Diplomacy Moves Forward Despite U.S. Intransigence "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By many accounts, the Koreans North and South have prevailed over the disruptive desires of the United States, coming together in a series of very public actions, clearly meant to turn down the political heat generated by President Donald Trump and the U.S. pressure for military action. This pressure can be seen as a continuation of President Barack Obamas Asia Pivot, a policy that called for full U.S. dominance in the region, including by containing China and the new emerging regional powers through a set of expansive, coordinated, and aggressive military alliances with Japan and other Pacific Rim countries.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Uns sister Kim Yo Jong as they watch a concert by Pyongyangs Samjiyon Orchestra at a national theater in Seoul on February 11, 2018. (AFP/Getty Images)

The high-profile actions taken by the North and the South both acting independently of Washington left U.S. Vice President Mike Pence pouting and twiddling his thumbs on the sidelines during some very effective international diplomacy. In this regard, there does indeed seem to be a new and genuine desire on the part of the president of South Korea to forge a more peaceful and cooperative relationship with the North, even though U.S. officials and commentators seem to be dead set against it, portraying the warming relations between North and South as an attempt by the North to subvert the long and close relationship with the South.

In congressional hearings this week, the moves toward North-South de-escalation were dismissed by a leading Republican, Sen. James Risch of Idaho, as a smile campaign.

The South Korean people seem to have been charmed to some degree, some of them seem to have been captivated by it, Risch fretted.

Meanwhile, on the media front, CBS reported that its rival network NBC was forced to fire one of its Olympic analysts after he inexplicably said Koreans are grateful for Japans role in their economic development while ignoring the one-time imperial powers brutalization of the peninsula.

I spoke to writer and regional expert, K.J. Noh, about the Olympics and the big-power politics swirling around the Olympic Games in Seoul. Noh is a special correspondent for Flashpoin...


World watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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


February 17 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1500 The Battle of Hemmingstedt.

1600 The philosopher Giordano Bruno was burned alive at Campo de Fiori in Rome for heresy.

1801 An electoral tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr was resolved when Jefferson was elected President of the United States and Burr Vice President by the United States House of Representatives.

1809 Miami University was chartered by the State of Ohio.

1814 The Battle of Mormans.

1819 The United States House of Representatives passed the Missouri Compromise.

1848 Louisa Lawson, Australian suffragist and writer, was born  (d. 1920).

1854 The United Kingdom recognised the independence of the Orange Free State.

1864  Banjo Paterson, Australian poet, was born  (d. 1941).

1864 The H. L. Hunley became the first submarine to engage and sink a warship, the USS Housatonic.

1867 The first ship passed through the Suez Canal.

1873  Emily Hancock Siedeberg-McKinnon, CBE MB ChB BSc, first woman to graduate from the University of Otago Medical School, was born (d. 1968).

Emily Hancock Siedeberg


1873 The editor of the Daily Southern Cross,...


Australian venomous spiders, new research "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This 2015 video says about itself:

Australian hospitals are in desperate need of live funnel web spiders to make anti-venom. Spider expert Stacey Denovan shows the safest way to catch them.

From San Diego State University in the USA:

Worlds most venomous spiders are actually cousins

Study finds the deadly Australian funnel-web spiders and mouse spiders are more closely related than previously thought

February 15, 2018

Two groups of highly venomous spiders might be seeing more of each other at family reunions. A new study led by San Diego State University biologist Marshal Hedin has found that two lineages of dangerous arachnids found in Australia long classified as distantly related in the official taxonomy are, in fact, relatively close evolutionary cousins. The findings could help in the development of novel antivenoms, as well as point to new forms of insecticides.

The spiders in question are those from the families Atracinae and Actinopodidae and include Australian funnel-web spiders and eastern Australian mouse spiders, respectively. One member of Atracinae, Atrax robustus, is considered by many to be the most venomous spider in the world.

A reasonable number of people get bitten every year, but basically nobody dies from it anymore because of the wide availability of antivenom, Hedin said.

Historically, the spiders were thought to have diverged from a common ancestor more than 200 million years ago and therefore were only distantly related. Based on their anatomy and other traits, funnel-web spiders and mouse spiders closely resemble other species of spiders known to be distantly related. Yet based on their highly similar venom the same antivenom can treat bites from both Atricinae and Actinopodidae many biologists suspected these spider groups might be more closely related than previously thought.

The funnel-webs always were an uncomfortable fit in their taxonomic place, Hedin said. I could see the writing on the wall.

So he and colleagues, with help from biologists in New Zealand and Argentina, collected new spiders from both branches throughout Australia, sought out museum specimens...


Government at sea over fisheries "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The governing coalition is all at sea over fisheries monitoring: Evidence given to the Environment Select Committee from the Department of Conservation (DOC) today just goes to show the deeply divided factions occurring within the Coalition Government, Nationals Fisheries spokesperson Gerry Brownlee says. Speaking at DOCs annual review, the Director General Lou Sanson was asked []

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A Sobering Look at the Antifascist Response at Red Square "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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The following is a report back and analysis of recent antifascist and anarchist struggles in the Pacific Northwest.

On Saturday, February 10th, multiple groups of fascists and far-right conservatives converged in Seattle, WA (occupied Duwamish territory) at Red Square in the center of UWs campus. A call for anarchists and anti-fasciststo oppose this gathering was posted nearly a week prior. The occasion for such a gathering was a Freedom Rally that the UW College Republicans had invited Joey Gibson and his group Patriot Prayer from Vancouver, WA to attend. The fascist creep that has been edging its way into the patriot movement for the last several years in the pacific northwest has been well documented by Rose City Antifa, among others. With this in mind, anarchists and anti-fascists took it upon themselves to organize last-minute efforts to sabotage this gathering of fascists and their more center-leaning accomplices. Sure enough, a handful of different fascist and fascist-leaning right-wing groups converged together on campus; The Cascade Legion, Proud Boys, Patriot Prayer, UW College Republicans and various groups of militia-wannabes who patrolled the perimeter of Red Square in their olive-green army fatigues.

The rally was scheduled to happen from 1pm-4pm on Red Square, and attendees were spotted parking their cars in the surrounding neighborhood hours before the event. The police were well amassed for this gathering, they understood that counter-protesters would wish to swarm the rally and shut it down. Metal barricades were laid out throughout Red Square early into the morning, setting up multiple barriers preventing any counter-protest from physically reaching the so-called Freedom Rally. Signs were set up outside of Red Square alerting attendees and counter-protesters alike that weapons were prohibited from being taken any further. Ana Mari Cauce, the president of the UW administration, had sent out an email in the days leading up to the rally, declaring that the college administration was anticipating violence from groups outside of UWs community, and had canceled every other event happening on campus that day (including multiple Black history month events). It should be clear to the reader the iro...


Suspension of Federal Law Given to Dominion Energy for ACP Pipeline "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Large diameter pipe has been in storage for months

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Suspends the Law

By Beth Little, Mountain State Sierran, Volume 44, Number 2, Spring 2018

The Atlantic Coast Pipeline could not be built through the Monongahela National Forest without violating the law, so the law has been suspended.

I will explain. I say suspended because the amendments to the forests Land and Resource Management Plan included in the permit issued by the Forest Service are project-specific plan amendments. They apply only to construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.

The Land and Resource Management Plan is law. It contains the regulations for how the forest is to be managed. It was developed by the staff of the Forest Service, including scientists and technicians, who are charged with protecting the forest from the ravages of the late 1800s and early 1900s, when a frenzy of logging resulted in massive flooding, huge fires, loss of life, destruction of local economies and disappearance of wildlife. Unregulated practices left a wasteland that took more than a century to recover significant productivity.

The Monongahela National Forest includes the highest mountains in West Virginia and the origin of major rivers in the East. These rivers have been cutting their channels for millennia, resulting in ravines with startlingly steep slopes. To truly appreciate how steep they are, you have to stand at the top and look down what appears to be a straight drop of hundreds of feet to rushing water. It is hard to believe trees can grow on slopes so steep, but then its the trees that maintain the slopes by holding the soil on them.

The forest also gets some of the highest rainfall in the continental U.S. So, if the trees (and all other vegetation) are removed, and a heavy rainfall comes, the soil is washed away, making the rivers run with sediment.

There are four standards in the forests management plan to be modified for the pipeline construction. The shortest example: Standard SW06: Severe rutting resulting from management activities shall be confined to less than 5 percent of an activity area.

This language is specific and easy to enforce. The modified standard reads: Standard SW06: Severe rutting resulting from management activities shall be confined to less than 5 percent of an activity area w...


So far, 4 pro nuclear Submissions to Senate Committee on nuclear waste dump selection. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

My advice to those writing submissions is to take your time, and do it properly.


I have skimmed through the 4 submissions already published, and they are pretty crummy, repetitive pro nuclear stuff   all emphasising that the writer thinks that the Federal Nuclear Waste Dump is really a matter for the local, not the wider, community


The writers are: Denise Carpenter, Ian Carpenter, Chelsea Haywood and Janice Alex McInnis


Bye,bye Marco Rubio "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Thoughts and prayers are not enough


Remembering Fallujah: War Crimes Committed Under Jim Mattis and Jim Molan "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Bagdhad (AHT) Ross Caputi, a former Marine who was witness and accomplice to the atrocities committed in Fallujah in November 2004 during Operation Phantom Fury, wrote this about his units entry into the city:

Perhaps it was just too painful of a realization for many of us to make, because we saw ourselves as the liberators, the good guys, and to admit that we were hurting innocent people would have contradicted everything that we claimed to stand for. I can only speculate about what the motives were for the people who dreamed up that mission and decided to make the people of Fallujah flee into the desert. Was it also too painful for the decision makers to admit to themselves that we were hurting innocent people? Or were they so evil that they just did not care who we were hurting? Whatever their reasons for doing it were, the fact of the matter is that our entire command was aware that we had forced the majority of the citys population, about 200,000 people, into refugee status, but nobody took responsibility for their wellbeing, as international law required of us.


Central to that command was Major General Andrew Jim Molan, an Australian who was seconded to the US military in 2004 and took overall command of US coalition forces in Iraq, alongside the current US defense secretary Jim Mattis.

What happened in the so-called second battle of Falluja however, went far beyond a failure to attend to the needs of the civilian population who were able to flee...


Russian warship catches fire in Far East port, crew members safely evacuated "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A Russian Navy destroyer has caught fire in the port of the Russian Far Eastern city of Vladivostok. Images of the vessel shared on social media show clouds of smoke spewing from the ship's deck structures. The Marshal Shaposhnikov, a destroyer from the Russian Pacific Fleet, caught fire on Friday morning while anchored in Vladivostok. Eleven fire trucks and 48 personnel were dispatched to the port to fight the blaze. All 106 crew members on board were safely evacuated. Despite the impressive amount of smoke billowing from the ship, a local shipyard representative said the fire didn't cause any significant damage, according to RIA.


Russian warship has caught fire in Far East port of Vladivostok "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Russian Navy destroyer has caught fire in the port of the Russian Far Eastern city of Vladivostok. Images of the vessel shared on social media show clouds of smoke spewing from the ships deck structures.

The Marshal Shaposhnikov, a destroyer from the Russian Pacific Fleet, caught fire on Friday morning while anchored in Vladivostok. Eleven fire trucks and 48 personnel were dispatched to the port to fight the blaze. All 106 crew members on board were safely evacuated.

Despite the impressive amount of smoke billowing from the ship, a local shipyard representative said the fire didnt cause any significant damage, according to RIA.




School Shootings in The USA "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A recent study of World Health Organization data published in the American Journal of Medicine that found that, among high-income nations, 91 percent of children younger than 15 who were killed by bullets lived in the United States And the trends are only growing more dire. On average, two dozen children are shot every day []

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Laser scanning reveals lost ancient Mexican city had as many buildings as Manhattan "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Archaeology might evoke thoughts of intrepid explorers and painstaking digging, but in fact researchers say it is a high-tech laser mapping technique that is rewriting the textbooks at an unprecedented rate. The approach, known as light detection and ranging scanning (lidar) involves directing a rapid succession of laser pulses at the ground from an aircraft. []

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By Aloysius Laukai
The ABG Vice President and member for Atolls and Minister for Mining, RAYMOND MASONO says mining and Independence cannot be separated.
He said only mining can enable the ABG to meet its 3rd pillar that is Fiscal
Self-reliance in a short period of time.
MR. MASONO said other economic activities like agriculture will take years and will not reach the amount needed by the ABG to govern as an Independent nation.
The Vice President made these remarks when thanking KOKODA constituency for the launch of their Exploration licence at Aropa recently.
MR. MASONO said he has been talking mining since day one, but now KOKODA will lead Bougainville if their exploration is successful.
A local company SRMI Bougainville Limited has started its exploration work in the KOKODA area whilst ISINA and TOREMANA and KALI Resources are yet to start with their exploration work.
The Vice President said that KOKODA is leading the way forward to move Bougainville into its previous glory days before the Bougainville conflict.




By Aloysius Laukai
The Bougainville Electoral Commission has lost a very senior and reliable officer and would take time to find another such officer.
These were the words of the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, GEORGE MANU when farewelling the body of the late DORCAS AUASI at PAGHUI village in the WISAI area of BUIN last night.
The Bougainville Electoral Commissioner his wife and officers from the Electoral Commission office escorted the body to PAGHUI where they handed the boy to the family.
MR. MANU was lost for words in describing his officer who worked with him since 2008 at the then PEACE office and later moving to the Office of the Bougainville Electoral Commission when MR. MANU was appointed as the Acting Electoral Commissioner.
Earlier at the Funeral ceremony at the UNITED CHURCH in Buka town, MR. MANU called the late DORCAS AUASI as an IRON lady who mediated between the warring WILMO and Mekamui fighters in the Konnou area.
He said that she silently contributed a lot to the Bougainville Peace Process as the Bougainville Peoples Congress member and later as an officer of the Peace office and the Office of the Bougainville Electoral Commission.



By Aloysius Laukai
The ABG member for Konnou and Minister for Police and Justice, WILLIE MASIU yesterday thanked the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner and his staff for making arrangements to get the body of the late DORCAS AUASI to her final resting home in PAGHUI, WISAI.
Speaking at the Funeral Service in Buka, MR. MASIU said that as the member for Konnou he was happy that the Department of Peace and Obec officers have moved quickly to make funeral arrangements and including the airlifting of her coffin from Port Moresby.
MR. MASIU also acknowledged the work that the late DORCAS did in Konou and Wisai to bring peace and reconciliation to Konnou and Bougainville as a whole.




By Aloysius Laukai

The ABG President Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS is calling on the ABG members not to threaten the Manager for the Bougainville Ombudsman Commission office regarding the Constituency Support Grant saga.
In a media release yesterday, the ABG President that it was not appropriate for some ABG members to make threats to the Ombudsman Commission Manager in Buka regarding this issue.
President MOMIS said that he was working with the Ombudsman Commission to resolve this matter as quickly as possible.
He said that a formal submission will be made to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission to reach a resolution on this important allowance to support members of the House of Representatives in the work they undertake.
He also called on the Ombudsman Commission to maintain open communication channels with the ABG Parliament so that members remain informed of the work to resolve this matter as quickly as possible.
New Dawn FM last year ran a story on the concerns raised by the Ombudsman Commission on ABG members banking the Constituency Support Grants to the members personal accounts.




By Aloysius Laukai
The South Bougainville fastboat, MVSANDY ROSE TOURUKA was officially welcomed to South Bougainville last week.
The ONE MILLION KINA boat bought with funding from the DSIP funds of the member for South Bougainville failed to arrive at the KANGU wharf where the celebration was staged due to strong winds and bad weather.
The boat left TOROKINA the previous night but took refuge at MAMAGOTA and could not travel to Buin due to strong winds.
Despite this the launce was staged at the KANGU wharf and officials came from BANA, Siwai and Buin to witness the boats arrival.
Speeches at the beach was made by the member for the South Bougainville former combatants, Women member for South Bougainville ISABELL PETA and the ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS.
The ABG President, Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS said that the coastal villages of South Bougainville will now be serviced by this boat once it starts operating.
He said that the ABG was not able to service these areas in the past as it had no money. And he thanked the member for South Bougainville, TIMOTHY MASIU for working with the ABG to serve the people of Bougainville.




Newly elected President Cyril Ramaphosas acceptance speech "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The National Assembly has elected African National Congress president Cyril Ramaphosa as the President of South Africa. Business Day South Africa Sees Fresh Start for Economy, With the Same Challenges In the nearly quarter-century since apartheid ended in South Africa, the dominant African National Congress party has lost some of its moral authority as a []

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BY Aloysius Laukai

The new UN Resident Coordinator for Papua New Guinea,
GIANLUCA RAMPOLLA arrived in Buka today for an official visit to Bougainville.
MR RAMPOLLA was accorded a Bougainville traditional welcome and was welcomed by the ABG Vice President, RAYMOND MASONO, ABG leaders, senior Government officials and UN and UNDP Bougainville officials.
The UN team then proceeded to meet the ABG President, Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS than later meet with the Bougainville House of Representatives Deputy Speaker FRANCESCA SEMOSO and Chairman of the Bougainville Referendum Committee and member for Selau, Joseph Watawi.
They will then meet with women parliamentarians tomorrow morning.
The UN leader will also meet with former combatants before meeting with the Minister for Peace Agreement Implementation, ALBERT PUNGHAU and the Secretary for the Peace Agreement Implementation, JAMES TANIS.
Also tomorrow the UN team will later meet with the Bougainville chief Secretary, JOSEPH NOBETAU at the Bougainville administration conference room.
Before departing for Port Moresby on Thursday the UN leader will meet with the Gender and Youth Promotion Initiative for a round table consultation.




By Aloysius Laukai

The ABG President Chief DR.JOHN MOMIS today paid tribute to the late PAUL AKOITAI the big brother of SAM AKOITAI of TOGARAU in WAKUNAI.
President Momis in his condolence message to the family of the Late PAUL AKOITAI said that on behalf of his wife Lady Elizabeth Momis And the people of Bougainville he extended their most sincere condolences on the passing on of the late PAUL AKOITAI.
He said that the late PAUL AKOITAI was a leader and Commander of the Wakunai Resistance Force but also known to other resistance forces on Bougainville.
The late PAUL AKOITAI contributed greatly to peace negotiations and agreements.
He was a great supporter of Peace and the Autonomous Bougainville Government.




By Aloysius Laukai
The former Bougainville Revolutionary General SAM KAUONA said that the Bougainville Mining law protects the rights of landowners and they should organize and find investors to develop their land.
MR. KAUONA made these comments at the launch of the KOKODA Exploration program at TUNANIA near Aropa on Monday.
He said that 28 years ago he joined the militants to remove oppressors from Bougainville which led to the Bougainville conflict.
MR. KAUONA said that those days are gone and now with the ABG and Bougainvilles own Mining act the landowners are well protected to move forward and raise their standards of living.
He said with the change in the land laws the landowners are powered as they own their land with resources under their land.




By Aloysius Laukai

The ABG member for KOKODA, RODNEY OSIOCO says KOKODA constituency will support the ABG meet the Pillar for Fiscal Self Reliance of Bougainville under the Bougainville Peace Agreement.
Speaking at the launch of the KOKODA Exploration launching in Tunania on Monday, MR.OSIOCO said that the Autonomous Bougainville Government has wasted Millions of Kina in the hope of kick-starting the now closed Panguna Mine.
He said each time new funds were injected to Panguna another new problem would emerge making it more difficult for the ABG to realize its dreams.
MR. OSIOCO said that the granting of an Exploration license to SR METALS INC Bougainville has made it possible for the company to start exploration in the KOKODA area and eventually establish a mine that would support the ABG with the much needed funds.
He called on the people of KOKODA to forget their differences and support the project that would benefit the landowners and the people of Bougainville as a whole.
The ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS officially launched the exploration program for KOKODA .
The ABG last year granted another exploration license to the ISINA Resources Limited also in the KOKODA and Kongara area of Central Bougainville.



365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The science isnt settled on whether manuka honey is helpful for sore throats or not.

Im not ruling out the placebo effect, but have been sucking pure manuka honey lozenges today, am finding theyre reducing the soreness and Im grateful for that.



Greens may have to support waka jumping bill "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Greens have long been staunchly opposed to the waka jumping (party hopping) legislation, but due to their confidence and supply agreement commitments they may be obliged to back the bill prompted by NZ First. They have been caught out because NZ First did not campaign on this policy (voters would have good cause to []


Something must be done, this is something, therefore this must be done "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Otherwise known as "The National Party's approach to drug testing, in a nutshell." National, being a party of stuffed shirts, likes nothing better than sticking it to people who use drugs other than alcohol or tobacco.

 Yesterday saw them playing to the dumbass market (nothing new there) by demanding that a stuffed shirt's bill to implement roadside saliva testing be introduced. Fortunately, the excellent Julie-Ann Genter was having none of it, and the sight of a minister of the crown telling the braying Tory jackasses that her government prefers evidence-based policy to knee-jerk virtue-signalling was a glory to behold:

I ask all our right-wing readers out there this question:  if random roadside breath-testing by the Police only indicated whether you'd drunk alcohol within the last couple of days, and the cops could confiscate your keys and charge you if it gave a positive result, how enthusiastic would you be about a bill to introduce that testing, and how keen would you be to vote for the party that pushed for it?  If the answer is "Not very,"  do some thinking about whether you'd vote for a party with Chris Bishop and Alistair Scott as MPs.


MRA and PNGTPA collaborate on initiative "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Papua New Guinea is set to add a new product onto its existing list of tourists attractions and products.

The PNG Tourism Promotion Authority (PNGTPA) and the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) have begun initial discussions on the concept of Geo-Tourism as a new product development initiative. This is an addition to the traditional tourism products such as culture, diving, surfing and bird watching among others.

The two agencies will soon sign an MOU to cooperate in developing the concept. Officials from the two agencies have had several meetings to agree on the details of the MOU.

The concept capitalises on the countrys tropical and natural geographical landscapes including rocks, caves and springs, which carry unique historical stories such as origins and formation.
The idea is to survey and identify these distinctive features, research and write about the scientific aspects behind their formation, and present them as tourism products. In addition some of these features may have cultural significance. Not only will these features and their stories be able to attract tourists for leisure and entertainment purposes, but they are also natural habitats that can be used to provide training and educational opportunities for researchers, students and surrounding communities to learn about the environment they live in.
The pilot project will be developed initially in the National Capital District, Central and the East New Britain provinces after the first quarter.

Besides the concept being an opportunity to earn direct revenue for local communities and villagers in terms of tourism Kina, it will be the first for concerned communities to appreciate the science behind how their villages and surrounding environment was formed.


ExxonMobile PNG thanks its community development partners "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

More than 100 organisations attended a community partner thank you event, hosted by ExxonMobil PNG on Thursday 15 February in Port Moresby.

ExxonMobil PNG Managing Director Andrew Barry acknowledged the many development partners the company works with including community organisations, government agencies, NGOs and aid agencies.

Our approach has always been to build partnerships to identify, define and prioritise potential programs to deliver results that meet stakeholder needs said Barry.

Through a range of innovative and strategic community programs we are using our combined talents to improve access to education and health care, elevate womens initiatives, enhance livelihoods and protect the countrys extraordinary biodiversity.

Witnessing the achievements of our partners have been some of my greatest moments at ExxonMobil PNG. The results speak for themselves and support a shared vision to contribute to societal development in line with the countrys sustainable development goals.

A number of organisations showcased and spoke about the work they were doing in partnership with ExxonMobil PNG.

Esmie Sinapa said it was a unique opportunity to partner with ExxonMobil to help improve living standards in their respective community development sectors. Ms Sinape developed and is implementing an innovative leadership and governance training program for school boards of management in Central Province under a Public Private Partnership arrangement, between ExxonMobil PNG Limited, the Central Provincial Government and Esmie Sinapa Development Consultants. The journey is rewarding and one of growth for many of us, she said.

Mr Barry concluded by thanking everyone present. On behalf of ExxonMobil PNG, I would like thank you for your support and partnership throughout 2017. 2018 will be an exciting and busy year with APEC coming up, we must continue to work together to deliver programs that are efficient, drive positive development and will benefit the livelihood of Papua New Guineans for the long-term.

Since 2014, ExxonMobil PNG has invested over K820 million in community and infrastructure development programs focused on education, health, womens empowerment, environment and agriculture.


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 []

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Bridge Building At Whareroa Farm? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Needs but no action By Roger Childs Back in May 2015 the Kapiti area suffered severe flooding and several houses had to be evacuated. Less well known was the damage caused in Whareroa Farm. Near the start of the Farm Road that runs inland from the Shelter, a stream began running across the road, and []


BCL wants to bully Bougainville into reopening Panguna "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Has BCL not learnt from history that Bougainvilleans do not like being bullied!

BCL takes Bougainville Govt to court over licence non-renewal

Radio New Zealand | 16 February, 2018

Mining company Bougainville Copper Ltd is taking an arm of the Bougainville government to court.

This came after the autonomous government in the Papua New Guinea region announced late last year a moratorium on mining at Panguna, which had been abandoned in 1989 after the civil war started.

Two companies are vying to re-open Panguna but Bougainville President John Momis said to get the nod, the successful company must first win the trust of the people and BCL is yet to do this.

Meanwhile a mining wardens meeting in central Bougainville in December turned down BCLs request for its exploration licence to be extended.

But the company is not...


Lets Talk "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

How would you describe your personality? How would other people describe your personality, the same or different? What is the best aspect of your personality? How about the worst aspect? Discuss:

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#BarnabyJoyce does not own #NewEngland: @burgewords comments on #auspolbarnaby "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The man who once had a home base at Tamworth, but now seems to belong nowhere. AS I approached the polling station at the Tenterfield Memorial Hall on by-election day in December 2017, I suspected Barnaby Joyce would put in an early appearance. If Mr Joyce was going to cover New England glad-handing and holding babies, finishing in triumph at Tamworth, hed have to start early in this town at the far reaches of the electorate that had recently been stripped of its sitting member.  Despite being a local boy, Mr Joyce had been found by the High Court to be a dual citizen of New Zealand and dumped from parliament under the []

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Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 Interstices  intervening spaces, especially a very small or narrow ones, between things or parts; tiny gaps; the cracks and crevices of life.


A forum with decorum "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Guest Post: Its times like these that we can and should appreciate Whale Oil. This blog represents a community of a diverse range of people with largely similar but at times somewhat divergent opinions. It is here that we can express our opinions freely in a considerate manner. A forum with decorum if you like. []

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Nuclear waste dump? A new abuse for Brewarrinas Aboriginal people? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Brewarrina, or Bre as it is known, is an historic and fascinating town on the Barwon-Darling River. New South Wales.With 68% of the local population identifying as indigenous it is essentially an Aboriginal town. .
It is hard to underestimate the importance of the Aboriginal stone fish traps which, at 40,000 years old, may be the oldest man-made structures on the planet.

Brewarrina was the scene of a huge massacre of Aboriginals. They rounded them up like cattle, old and young, on the Quantambone plain, and shot them. It is said that there were about 400 and that was how Hospital Creek got its name



Diver Was Just About To Surface When She Spotted The Rarest Thing "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

People used to think that there were only a couple dozen individuals left of the red handfish, considered one of the rarest fish in the world.

Scientists thought that this critically endangered fish a distinctive-looking fish whose fins, shaped like hands, walk along the ocean floor lived in just one little nook of the sea, Frederick Henry Bay, off the southeast coast of Tasmania, Australia. But what divers discovered on a plunge late last month surprised everyone. 

Credit: Antonia Cooper/Reef Life Survey

After a person off the coast of Tasmania thought he glimpsed the rare fish, a team of divers from the University of Tasmania's Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and the Reef Life Survey (RLS) went looking to see if this sighting was fact or fiction. 

Credit: Antonia Cooper/Reef Life Survey

After a while searching the water, there was no sign of the colorful fish. And the divers were just about to give up. 

We were diving for approximately three and a half hours and at about the two hour mark we were all looking at each other thinking this is not looking promising, Antonia Cooper, IMAS technical officer, said. My dive partner went to tell the other divers...


The North Korean Olympic thaw- unwise to treat this with cynicism "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The West risks missing a chance at peace if it continues to treat North Koreas change of heart with cynicism  Could it be that Trumps bombast over the airwaves cut through in Pyongyang in a way that conventional diplomacy had failed to do? The Independent UK, Mary Dejevsky  @IndyVoices 16 Feb 18

The mixed messages about the North Korean skaters, however, highlighted or so it seemed to me something else: a reluctance on the part of the foreign policy establishment, including the media, to look good news in the face, especially when it has not been expected.

How long ago was it in fact, a bare six weeks that Kim Jong-un and the US President were trading very public, very macho, insults, culminating in Donald Trumps memorable boast that his nuclear button was much bigger and more powerful than Kims and, what is more, my button works.

Even the most hardened pessimist would have to admit that between then and now there has been something of a mood swing. Less than three weeks after the big button exchange, North Korea suddenly acted on overtures in Kims New Year address to broach talks with the South, and even participated in the Olympics. The IOC delayed its deadline for entries, permitted North Koreas participation, and the next thing we knew was that North and South were concocting a joint ice hockey team, the Norths nonagenarian de facto head of state was on his way to Seoul, and Kim announced that his sister his sister would be going to the opening ceremony, too.

Far from haili...


Safety of nuclear waste containers in doubt,as Kobe Steel firm suspected of nuclear waste data falsification "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Kobe Steel firm suspected of nuclear waste data falsification, By MASANOBU HIGASHIYAMA/ Staff Writer,February 15, 2018 

A subsid...


South Australia a global leader in clean energy: Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

IEEFA: South Aust among world leaders in transition to wind, solar, ECO News, By David Twomey -February 14, 2018 


Olympics 2020: the nuclear terrorism threat for Japan "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Japan, IAEA agree to cooperate on Tokyo 2020 nuclear counterterrorism, Nikkei Asian Review, 16 Feb 18, VIENNA (Kyodo) The Japanese government and the International Atomic Energy Agency signed an agreement on Thursday to work together to keep the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics safe from the threat of terrorism involving nuclear materials.
 According to the Japanese Foreign Ministry, the agreement includes measures to support IAEA experts participation in events relating to the Tokyo games, the exchange of information on nuclear security issues and the loan to Japan of equipment to detect radiation.

Foreign Minister Taro Kono and IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano observed the signing in Vienna before holding a meeting at which Kono said they agreed to flesh out cooperation in thwarting nuclear terrorism.

We want to thoroughly cooperate with the IAEA to make sure the Olympics are safe, Kono said at the outset of the meeting.....


Ooops she did it again: Three requirements only for Charter schools says PM "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I cant help but wonder if the left-hand knows what the left hand is doing in the Labour party. This is at least the second public announcement from Jacinda Ardern that contradicts her Education Ministers stated intention in a press release to terminate Charter schools. Apparently, all they have to do to avoid being assigned []

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Driver drug testing some questions "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

NZTA is running ads on the dangers of driving whilst under influence of drugs . So NZTA believes this is an issue.

The AA seems to concur.

Stuart Nash, Police Minister, seems to agree, but Green Julie Ann Genter, Associate Transport Minister responsible for Road Safety disagrees over the tests proposed, citing amongst other issues costs.

Chris Bishop, National Hutt South, questioned this in Parliament. Interestingly Gareth Hughes felt it necessary to run interference for Genter.

RNZ said Bishop was seeking to drive a wedge between Greens and Labour. Of course he was, that is what functioning oppositions do. Indeed, Nash and Genter are clearly not on same page. Genters opposition to saliva testing for drugs needs more explanation.


Frances nuclear giant EDF plans a whopping radioactive garbage pool "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

EDF plans to build a giant nuclear garbage pool in Belleville-sur-Loire instead of stopping producing unmanageable waste! release of February 13, 2018

On February 13, 2018, the Reporterre site revealed the new EDF project. In view of the prolongation of the operation of nuclear reactors and to unclog the four basins of the La Hague plant where used fuel is stored, the electrical firm wants to build a giant new pool of deactivation near the Belleville plant -sur-Loire (Cher). We strongly condemn this imposed, dangerous and expensive project. Rather than create a new trash, EDF must turn off the tap and dry up the production of unmanageable radioactive waste!

In France, spent fuel is stored in deactivation pools for the time needed to cool them (between 3 and 5 years). If each nuclear power plant has its own pool adjoining the reactor building, the La Hague plant (Manche) hosts 4 pools in which are immersed more than 10,000 tons of spent fuel, representing a hundred reactor cores waiting for a improbable reprocessing. Supposedly temporary, storage in these pools has been going on for 40 years. Consequences: the pools are full and the space is running out. Instead of starting a decline in spent fuel stocks by stopping the production of electricity from nuclear power, EDF is stubborn and plans to build an additional pool in Belleville-sur-Loire. But the experience of La Hague shows that the use of these pools goes hand in hand with disproportionate risks.



Fukushima 7th Anniversary Events List Fukushima 311 Watchdogs "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This is the list of the events organized in various countries and towns worldwide for the commemoration of the March 11 2011 beginning of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, ongoing for 7 years now. I will complete this list little by little by adding to this list any additional event about which the people will inform []

via Fukushima 7th Anniversary Events List Fukushima 311 Watchdogs


Home battery storage uptake tripled in 2017 in Australia, as costs tumble RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

New report suggests household battery storage set to boom in Australia, with uptake predicted to have tripled in 2017, and costs of the key technology expected to halve in less than seven years.

via Home battery storage uptake tripled in 2017 in Australia, as costs tumble RenewEconomy


New-build homes with solar and storage? Its going to be the norm RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Including battery storage and rooftop PV in new home packages is soon just going to be the norm, says home builder Metricon. Already, theyre putting them in around half of the new homes they build.

via New-build homes with solar and storage? Its going to be the norm RenewEconomy


IKEA flags selling solar panels at cost in Australia, industry reacts RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Flat-pack solar? IKEA says it wants to retail solar panels in Australia, at cost, as it has done in the UK and other EU countries. Is this a good thing?

via IKEA flags selling solar panels at cost in Australia, industry reacts RenewEconomy


Oral health expert Robin Whyman slams claims made by fluoride critic Paul Connett "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

DHB clinical director for oral health Dr Robin Whyman says evidence shows fluoride can help reduce dental decay. Photo / File

DHB clinical director for oral health Dr Robin Whyman says evidence shows fluoride can help reduce dental decay. Photo / File

Fluoridating drinking water is about protecting the health interests of the wider population, a dental expert says.

This comes in response to a Fluoride Free meeting held on Wednesday, where prominent critic Dr Paul Connett told a 100-person audience about water fluoridation and the harm he argued it posed to health and the environment.

However, Hawkes Bay District Health Board clinical director for oral health Dr Robin Whyman said the board supported fluoridation as evidence showed its effect on reducing dental decay, particularly in children.

We think its good for our community, and we think it has a positive health benefit which will reduce peoples need for treatment and reduce cost both to the DHB and to peoples pockets.

Their position was consistent with that of the Ministry of Health, and other DHBs around the country. It was based on research which had been repeatedly backed up in both national and international studies, he said.

The Wednesday meeting was part of a New Zealand speaking tour featuring Dr Connett, a retired professor of environmental chemistry and toxicology at St Lawrence University, as the guest of Fluoride Free NZ.

His presentation touched on a number of ar...


If his Charter school is not making a difference then why is he guaranteeing its future? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Did Willie Jackson just admit that his own Charter school is making no difference? Watch the video and decide for yourself.   At 2:05 following a question from Goldsmith. If he doesnt think that his Charter school is making a difference then why is he guaranteeing the future of it but not others? All the Mori side []

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Chinese looking to cut costs for Frieda river mine "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

What will be the costs for the environment and the mighty Sepik river as PanAust looks to decrease capital expenditure?

Frieda River upside options explored

PNG Industry News | 16 February 2018 

THE Frieda River copper-gold project in Papua New Guineas Sandaun Province represents PanAusts long-term strategic growth opportunity.

This was said by PanAust managing director Fred Hess when he presented the companys quarterly report for December 2017 this week.

[PanAust is wholly owned by Chinese State company, Guangdong Rising Assets Management Co. Ltd (GRAM)]

In 2017, we made strides towards making the project a reality through identifying opportunities to increase the value of the project, decrease capital expenditure, and reduce its overall risk profile. 

We will continue to evaluate these opportunities in 2018, Hess said. 



Tonight: Partial solar eclipse on February 15 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By Bruce McClure

The new moon will take a bite out of the solar disk to stage a partial eclipse of the sun on February 15, 2018. This eclipse is visible from southern South America (Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, far-southern Brazil and far-southern Paraguay), Antarctica, and the far-southern extremities of the South Pacific and South Atlantic oceans. If youre in a position to watch this eclipse, remember to use proper eye protection.

On a worldwide scale, the partial eclipse of the sun starts at sunrise over the South Pacific Ocean, and then the moons penumbral shadow moves eastward across the globe, to finally end at sunset nearly four hours later over the South Atlantic Ocean.

The animation and map below help illustrate the February 15 eclipse path. In the animation, every place within the moving gray shadow can see varying degrees of a partial solar eclipse.

The animation helps illustrate this eclipse, whereby every place within the gray shadow can see varying degrees of a partial solar eclipse.

From South America, this partial solar eclipse happens in the late afternoon on February 15, placing the sun low in the west at eclipse time. The farther south you live in South America, the deeper the partial solar eclipse.

Map of February 15, 2018, partial solar eclipse vi...


Jerking to music no one else can hear "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In 1374, dozens of villages along the Rhine River were in the grips of a dancing plague called choreomania. By the hundreds, villagers took to the streets leaping, jerking, and hopping to music no one else could hear. They barely ate or slept, and just danced, sometimes for days on end, until their bloodied feet []

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Map of the day: Countries Where The Capital Is Not The Largest City "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  While London is by far the largest city in the UK, the former British Dominions of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan all have other cities that are bigger than their respective capitals

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Gwynn Compton looks at National "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Some thoughts from a former National media manager.

Overall they make quite a lot of sense but details can be quibbled with.

this is the flavour, but take the time to read the whole piece

A few thoughts on Nationals future direction

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Im not endorsing any of the candidates for National Party leader. Im sorry to disappoint, but Ive been very fortunate to work with all of those who are either in or are thinking about contesting, and I dont think itd be appropriate for me to declare a preference one way or the other. While I have my preferences on who Id like to see, and I have my reckons on who I think will win, what is ultimately more important to me is to see an change in the direction and tone that the National Party takes in the two and a half years leading up to the 2020 election.


Learn to make shoes day #5 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

  Day 5 last day of shoe school and the day we get to see the final results of our work.  I started the day by applying the rand to the second shoe.  We had all joked that one shoe would always be better than the other, as we had generally learnt from scratch []

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Nationals Leadership Preliminary Thoughts 5 Amy Adams "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Amy Adams, the last to declare of the three declared contenders. She has held senior posts and is seen by many as a competent minister. Seems to have a tendency to speak in management speak. Like Collins and Bridges she is a lawyer.

Adam questions whether she has the necessary cut-through. Interestingly at her launch she was supported by Nikki Kaye, Chris Bishop both seen as on the socially liberal wing of the party and proven vote getters and Tim McIndoe former Chief Whip and from the more socially conservative element within National.

At present do not see her as the winner with the party at large nor the broader electorate.


A column to fill? Make stuff up. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jo Moir conjures up conjecture with Nationals ten first-term MPs could decide the next leader. Ten virtual unknowns in the National Party could decide the next leader. Lawrence Yule is hardly a virtual unknown after the Hawkes Bay water issue. The first-term MPs, who have only been at Parliament for about two months since they were []

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Principal Advisor, Policy and Strategy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Victorian Government Environment, Land, Water and Planning


Save Us Judith "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Maybe Im getting old but I needed to look up what in fact a Mimosa is: A Mimosa cocktail is composed of one part champagne (or other sparkling wine) and one part chilled citrus juice, usually orange juice unless otherwise specified. It is traditionally served in a tall champagne flute at brunch, at weddings, or []

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Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Honolulu Star-Advertiser - February 15, 2018

This is a time of tremendous need for Native Hawaiians, who are disproportionately beset by poverty, homelessness, imprisonment and social problems. Now would be the time for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs and its trustees to focus their considerable funding resources to help the beneficiaries of that trust.

But as all can see from the stunning report released Tuesday by the Office of the State Auditor, quite the opposite has happened. OHA, according to the latest audit, has misspent millions in discretionary funding that should have been properly vetted and directed to the people who need it most.

The agency was authorized in the 1978 Constitutional Convention for the deployment of resources set aside for those of Native Hawaiian ancestry, and the first board of trustees was elected in 1980. Revenues gleaned from the ceded lands dating to the kingdom days are legally reserved in part to benefit the indigenous people of the state. The money is gathered into an investment trust overseen by OHAs nine elected trustees.

OHA protested when a draft of the audit was leaked a few weeks prematurely, and now its painfully clear why.

The final report indicated a lack of fiscal controls over the Native Hawaiian Trust Fund, a laxity that goes back decades but persis...


PNG to sign free trade agreement "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Papua New Guinea will sign the Free Trade Agreement as soon as the leaders resolve some of the outstanding domestic trade-related issues.
Incumbent chair of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) and Prime Minister Peter ONeill said this in his address during hand over take over with Solomon Islands Prime Minister Rick Nelson.
Mr ONeill said MSG has already made great inroads into sub-regional trade through the MSG free trade agreement. The signing of this agreement by some of our member countries is a milestone achievement.
He called on all leaders to work together to strengthen Trade and Sustainable Development for an inclusive Melanesia.
Papua New Guinea will be signing the free trade agreement as soon as we resolve some of our domestic trade-related issues.
MSG has stood the test of time, and in solidarity, we continue to honor the Melanesian spirit of consensus as is contained in our establishing agreement.
This agreement forms a solid foundation which guides the work of our organisation well into the future.
The theme for this years summit is strengthening Trade and Sustainable Development for an inclusive Melanesia, he said.
The theme reminds us as MSG members we all have a responsibility in advancing our shared future.
We all have responsibility to work together we to achieve our goals and objectives for all our countries.
Through MSG, we will continue to address the many challenges we are now faced with in our region.


Fridays answers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Teletext gets my thanks for posing Thursdays questions and can claim a virtual bunch of red roses for stumping us all by leaving the answers below.


View from your window ** COMPETITION photo "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Once a month I select one of the photos submitted to View From Your Window and make it the competition photo. The first person to correctly guess where the photo was taken with the most accuracy will win a 1 kg bag of Blueburds famous Coffee Vice coffee. We want not just the area shown in the competition photo identified, we want []

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Thursday, 15 February


...and on whistleblower protection "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Abortion isn't the only area where Labour is moving to act on its promises. last year, the newly elected government suggested it would strengthen whistleblower protections. Now, they're doing that too:

Work has begun on a review of the Protected Disclosures Act 2000, Minister of State Services Chris Hipkins said today.

The Government is exploring whether the law and procedures to protect whistle blowers need to be strengthened. The review will start with a series of targeted workshops next week.

Getting this right is critical to building public confidence in the integrity of government and business in New Zealand, Mr Hipkins says.

It is crucial that employees feel safe to report cases of serious misconduct. Anyone who raises issues of serious misconduct or wrongdoing needs to have faith that their role, reputation, and career development will not be jeopardised when speaking up.

The first step in this review is to identify possible gaps and weaknesses in the current Act.

There are a couple. Firstly, that whistleblowers can't go to MPs or the media if their reports are ignored by their proper reporting chain. Secondly, that (thanks to National) it is literally a criminal offence for staff in some departments (notably those with significant intrusive powers) to pass on evidence of wrongdoing. Thirdly, that it is not currently a criminal offence to retaliate against whistleblowers. All those things need to change. Hopefully this review will be the first step in that process.


Joyce affair reveals Australias corrupt and crony political culture "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Contributed by Joe Montero

In many ways, the controversy over Barnaby Joyces affair is a distraction. The focus on the personal affair with a former journalist, who became a staffer in the media has the flavour of tabloid journalism about it. Personal relationships are much more complex and only those involved really know what is going on. Besides, he has done much worse then get his girlfriend pregnant and this is what the focus should be on.

Joyce has consistently been in the front line, attacking those on Centrelink benefits as welfare cheat.  her has played a leading role in  bringing in a list of measures, engineered to make life more difficult for the most vulnerable Australians.

While doing this, he has not been too shy to dip his own hands into the governments coffers.And he is accused of using public funds to cultivate an extramarital affair. And when he finally leaves Canberra, there will be no guilt about walking away with a bag of life-long perks and a pension that would provide a comfortable life for a whole bunch of other pensioners. You can bet he wont be calling himself a welfare cheat, even if this comes on top of his reputed wealth of around $18 million.

Time and time again, Barnaby Joyce has betrayed the ranks of the National Party, siding with Tony Abbott and then Malcolm Turnbull, to champion cut backs in services and privatisations. He once claimed to stand against this. No wonder that some in the National Party took to calling him Turncoat Barnaby. This has contributed to the shifting of a section of the partys base of support to One Nation.

Many more sins could be written about. At every turn, when a new measure that hurt ordinary Australians came, Barnaby was there, playing the role of the most reliable sycophant of a brutal  government without compassion and prepared to do anything to serve its own interests. .

If there is one positive thing to come out of the present affair, it is that it has given us a glimpse of the murky waters of the embedded culture of corruption and cronyism that envelopes Canberra.

This  is the most pressing political issue of our times. Corruption and cronyism is what is determining the type of government that we have and what lies behind so many measures are being put in place, which are hurting ordinary Australians.

The flip side is that  this situation has plunged trust in the political system to the lowest level ever. Before the Barnaby Joyce affair broke out, not many had any great trust in parliament, leading politicians and the big parties.  But now, the stocks have sunk even lower, and this has mainly goner...


Economics in Two Lessons "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ive finally committed to delivering a manuscript of my long-overdue book Economics in Two Lessons. As part of the process, Im going to post the chapters, one at a time, and ask for comments, criticism, encouragement and so on. To begin at the beginning, heres the Introduction.


Simon Bridges own electorate doesnt support him "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sun Live is a local news outlet based in Tauranga. Theyve been running a poll for the leadership contenders and the news is not good for Simon Bridges, in his own electorate: That has got to be pretty devastating. Now theyve added in their other local boy, Todd Muller. He doesnt do so well either. []

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Ayn Rand advises the National Party "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ayn Rand offers advice on choosing a political candidate:

In view of the general confusion on this subject, it is advisable to remind prospective voters of a few basic considerations, as guidelines in deciding what one can properly expect of a political candidate, particularly of a presidential candidate.
....One cannot expect, nor is it necessary, to agree with a candidates total philosophy only with his political philosophy (and only in terms of essentials). It is not a Philosopher-King that we are electing, but an executive for a specific, delimited job. It is only political consistency that we can demand of him; if he advocates the right political principles for the wrong metaphysical reasons, the contradiction is his problem, not ours.
....A contradiction of that kind, will, of course, hamper the effectiveness of his campaign, weaken his arguments and dilute his appeal as any contradictions undercut any mans efficacy. But we have to judge him as we judge any work, theory, or product of mixed premises: by his dominant trend.
....A vote for any candidate does not constitute an endorsement of his entire position, not even of his entire political position, only of his basic political principles
....It is the basic and, today, the only issue by which a candidate must be judged: freedom vs. statism.
....If a candidate evades, equivocates and hides his stand under a junk-heap of random concretes, we must add up those concretes and judge him accordingly. If his stand is mixed, we must evaluate it by asking: Will he protect freedom or destroy the last of it? Will he accelerate, delay, or stop the march towards statism?
So, a serious question: is there any candidate for National Party leader who you could support? Or are they all little more than a junk-heap of random concretes.


Australian Constitution Fraud "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Putting aside the Barnaby Joyce affair, the people in the Australian Government have a much more serious issue that is not on a domestic scale but rather has global ramifications, that being a "Constitutional Crisis" that is (deliberately?) hidden in plain sight.

Please also note that a book from 1999 called AUSTRALIA The Concealed colony  by F.J. Coningham Ph.D. has been removed from bookshelves.  

From the video below (6m50s), these are the topics mentioned;

  • Australia is a colony as defined within the Constitution, therefore cannot have a matter in the International Court of Justice.

  • Royal signature (of QEII) a must for any law to be valid, where the signature is given by the Vice-Regal representative -> Governor-General.

  • A passport can only be issued by a nation and not a colony of the U.K.
  • No action has been taken by the Australian government on the Stern Hu matter as this could expose Australia's Constitutional issues.

  • In the 1990's Australia's Governor-General was appointed from a forged document.
  • U.K. chancellor Baron Falconer confirmed signature was a forgery,
  • Date of the document is after the design of the Royal Seal was changed.
  • Custody of the Royal Seal
  • The Australian people are governed in secrecy.
  • Australia given vast territories in the Antarctic by the United Nations.
  • The U.S. has bases on Australian territories searching for resources.
  • The Japanese are whaling in Australian territories as they comprehend that if the matter was to play out publicly in the international courts where it would be exposed that the U.N. cannot give territories to a colony.
The people in government will not do anything about this, due to the cushy government entitlements, where they'd rather keep the masses in the dark.


Disturbances in Whitianga 3: Who Assaulted Whom? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

We continue our series on the bizarre events in the Coromandel back in late 2017. Next week the trial begins of a man who was assaulted but then charged with assault! (To read 1 and 2 scroll down to February 14 and 15.) A Kafkaesque Turn of Events By Stephanie McKee Then in November 2017, []


NZ political cartoon roundup: Who is completely ignored and who is seen as the biggest threat? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Political cartoons reveal a lot about what the Media party are thinking. Amy Adams didnt even rate her own cartoon. Of the ones left, ask yourself which candidate the Media party are dedicating the most time to and why?    

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Food, Glorious Food: Beggars Pudding 1773 recipe for Bread Pudding "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This recipe is very similar to one my grandmother and my mother used, though used milk not sherry and dark sugar and sultanas as well as currants. However, the virtue of many of theses old recipes, especially ones such as Bread Pudding is their adaptability. Will try this soon.


Retaliation feared for Sydney bikie hit "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Mahmoud Mick Hawi.

The brazen shooting murder of notorious former bikie boss Mahmoud Mick Hawi as he sat in the drivers seat of a luxury 4WD is feared to spark a new round of Sydney underworld revenge attacks.

The ex-leader of the Comancheros was shot multiple times outside a Fitness First gym in Rockdale in Sydneys south about midday on Thursday and later died in St George Hospital.

His 4WD was peppered with at least half a dozen bullets in the underworld hit.

Two men in dark clothing were captured on CCTV fleeing the scene after the attack.

Witnesses identified a man wearing a balaclava as the gunman.

Shortly afterwards, a Mercedes Benz station wagon was set alight on a nearby street.

Police described the daylight murder of the 37-year-old as a serious, brutal and callous.

This was a planned and targeted attack, Assistant Commissioner Mal Lanyon told reporters.

He said detectives are investigating Mr Hawis underworld links and who may wanted him dead, while full resources are also being deployed to prevent retribution for the murder.

Its essential, when we believe there could be links to organised crime, that we take action to prevent that, Mr Lanyon said.

Hawi served time in prison for his role in the killing of Hells Angels associate Anthony Zervas who was bashed with a bollard during a brawl between the rival clubs at Sydney Airport in 2009.

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Joyces slow, agonising spiral down "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.

Hair by agonising hair, day by painful day, the bandaid was pulled off.

It didnt have to be this way.

Barnaby Joyce and coalition MPs had about 24 hours where they thought he had pulled out of a death spiral that began nine days ago.

Nationals MPs were lined up behind their leader.

The flood of revelations about his affair with staffer Vikki Campion had dried up.

His party didnt want him gone.

Joyce leads 21 Nationals MPs in parliament and they are the only ones who can remove him, not the prime minister.

They see him as an electoral asset, a man who bombastically stands up for the regions, delivering money and votes.

His style isnt for everyone, but it does just fine for many, many people in the country.

After a testy week, Joyce looked to have avoided the death spirals his colleagues had taken.

Speaker Bronwyn Bishop lasted 18 days before her inevitable resignation over taking a helicopter to a Liberal fundraiser.

Sussan Ley lasted 10 days before quitting the front bench over claiming travel expenses to buy a house on the Gold Coast.

Liberal MPs privately said they thought this scandal was going to end the same way, until Joyce appeared to pull it out of the fire on Wednesday.

Despite his mistakes, one MP summed up his worth to the coalition:Were better with him than without him.

Then Malcolm Turnbull pulled the bandaid off a bit further, ripping out some hairs with it.

He told parliament Joyce would be taking personal leave next week instead of being acting prime minister while Turnbull was in Washington.

Turnbull had not appeared fully confident in Joyce all week but that decision took him to the brink.

More questions then began to be raised about a rent-free townhouse Joyce was given to live in for six months, thanks to a rich business friend Greg Maguire.

Then there were questions about a function his department paid for at Maguires Armidale hotel.

And it was revealed Joyces push to move the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority to Armidale meant taxpayers have spent almost $15,000 putting staff in that same hotel.

A passionate and strident Turnbull waited unt...


Nationals Leadership Preliminary Thoughts 4 Mark Mitchell "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Mark Mitchell is seen as the dark horse candidate. He has an excellent track record, having served in the police , as an international hostage negotiator and has run his own business. Furthermore, some reports suggest he has a positive relationship with Winston Peters. In addition he is seen as having good relationships across parties, an important consideration in an MMP environment. A key question will he be able to counter Ardern and push back on the weak links in the coalition.

Should he choose to enter the race than he could well be a late finisher as he is likely to appeal across the party and the aisle.


Soper eviscerates some contenders "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Barry Soper had a brilliant column yesterday. Sometimes he is well off the boil but he seems to have a good grasp of the issues in this case: There was no need for the rounded vowels of Simon Bridges to front up to the media with a flashy support party like the showy Amy Adams []

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#Seattle: A Sobering Look At the Anti-Fascist Response at Red Square on 2/10 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

On Saturday, February 10th, multiple groups of fascists and far-right conservatives converged in Seattle, WA (occupied Duwamish territory) at Red Square in the center of UWs campus. A call for anarchists and anti-fascists to oppose this gathering was posted nearly a week prior. The occasion for such a gathering was a Freedom Rally that the UW College Republicans had invited Joey Gibson and his group Patriot Prayer from Vancouver, WA to attend. The fascist creep that has been edging its way into the patriot movement for the last several years in the pacific northwest has been well documented by Rose City Antifa, among others. With this in mind, anarchists and anti-fascists took it upon themselves to organize last-minute efforts to sabotage this gathering of fascists and their more center-leaning accomplices. Sure enough, a handful of different fascist and fascist-leaning right-wing groups converged together on campus; The Cascade Legion, Proud Boys, Patriot Prayer, UW College Republicans and various groups of militia-wannabes who patrolled the perimeter of Red Square in their olive-green army fatigues.

Originally published by Puget Sound Anarchists.

Note: Enough is Enough is not organizing any of  these events, we are publishing this text for people across the US and Europe to be able to see what is going on and for documentation only.

Seattle: A Sobering Look At the Anti-Fascist Response at Red Square on 2/10

On Saturday, February 10th, multiple groups of fascists and far-right conservatives converged in Seattle, WA (occupied Duwamish territory) at Red Square in the center of UWs campus. A call for anarchists and anti-fascists to oppose this gathering was posted nearly a week prior. The occasion for such a gathering was a Freedom Rally that the UW College Republi...


South Korea's Ahn Hee-Jung on coal trade: after Paris 'everything should change' "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australia sells South Korea $6bn of coal a year, so Canberra unease over the governor's anti-coal message is unsurprisingFor a South Korean presidential hopeful, Ahn Hee-Jung is not what you would expect. Related: Energy economics group says export market for Australian coal will decline Meeting South Korea's Governor An Hee-jung to discuss working together to meet regional challenges & #WinterOlympics2018 ~ Continue reading...


West Papua MSG Membership Close "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

West Papua MSG Membership Close
5/02/2018 Meriba Tulo

West Papuas application to become a full member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group has gained traction, with MSG Leaders referring the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) to the MSG Secretariat for deliberation.

Prime Minister & MSG Chair, Peter ONeill, made this known at the conclusion of the Leaders Summit Wednesday afternoon.

According to Mr ONeill, the leaders of Melanesia have approved new criteria guidelines for observers, associate members and full members to the sub-regional grouping.

Currently, the ULMWP has an observer status to the MSG, with Indonesia already an associate member to this sub-regional grouping.

However, with this new move, West Papua, or the ULMWP at least could be one step closer to becoming a full member of MSG.

ULMWP Leader, Benny Wenda, was present at the closing of the MSG Leaders Summit, and was pleased with the outcome.

When addressing Melanesian Leaders, Wenda called on the MSG to support West Papua, in the same way that the MSG had shown support for the FLNKS in New Caledonia in their push for independence.

Indonesia, however, called on the MSG to respect its sovereignty, calling the West Papuan issue an internal matter their comments not go down well with Mr Wenda, when speaking to EMTV.

West Papua Is a Melanesian issue, which must be dealt with by Melanesians Indonesia is not Melanesia.

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