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Saturday, 14 July

21:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

21:25

Labour: a make-up artist, or a more competent swineherd? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Labour has shown they have significant problems managing Government. They seemed like they were significantly under-prepared for the job, they seem to have very loose management, and some ministers are having ongoing problems delivering on policies and promises. So what is Labour trying to do? Polish the surface, when more fundamental management and improvements in []

21:15

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

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

21:08

Pike River re-entry costs escalate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A concept plan for re-entry into the Pike River mine to recover miners bodies has been presented to their families by the Minister responsible for Pike River re-entry Andrew Little (actually three alternative options), but with that is a bigger than previously estimated cost. RNZ: Pike River re-entry: Concept plan presented to families A plan []

21:07

Mid Week Quiz No. 130 Answers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The latest challenge can be done by scrolling down to July 11.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell []

21:00

Sunday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

The thing about being brave is it doesnt come with the absence of fear and hurt. Bravery is the ability to look fear and hurt in the face and say move aside, you are in the way.  Melissa Termino

21:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

21:00

Does your smart phone think it knows more than you? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Big brotherPHIL FITZPATRICK

TUMBY BAY - Have you noticed the new level of scrutiny that seems to accompany everything we do nowadays?

The days when you could safely potter away at something by yourself without causing offence to anyone seem to be well and truly over.

Ive got neighbours who know exactly what Ive been doing on any given day and at any given time of the week. Not only that but theyve got video to prove it.

Talk about big brother Im surrounded by dozens of big brothers, big sisters, big aunts, big uncles and big nieces and nephews.

When I go into town to buy my groceries there are cameras everywhere, even when I walk down the street. It seems they record my every move.

In the supermarket the muzak is routinely interrupted by a jarring voice ordering security to one of the aisles where some sort of grand larceny has been picked up on their monitors.

As they march off a 10-year old with his hand still stuck in an open packet of Cheezels I realise that my confused perambulations in search of the rolled oats or kidney beans are being watched.

When I get home and turn on the computer to check my emails and tomorrows weather forecast Im bombarded with targeted advertising.

Not only do they know that Ive been searching for books Im thinking of buying but theyve got suggestions about others that they seem certain I will find equally if not more interesting.

Not only have they got into my computer, theyve been inside my head.

If I check some fact about, say, the Middle Sepik on the internet, the next time I turn on the computer Im confronted by suggestions that Id probably find a river cruise in Europe much more satisfactory.

Me, on a European cruise? What on earth makes them think Id ever want to be trapped on a floating hotel for two weeks with a bunch of geriatric retirees and no way of escape?

And who are these people making suggestions and parading what they think are alluring pictures of mouldy German castles?

Good grief, they live in London, or is that Hamburg, its hard to tell. And some of the other online touts trying to flog stuff to me come from China and Nigeria of all places. How on earth do they know where I live, how on earth do they know Im retired, who gave them my name and address?

I should have see...

20:48

Is WFF corporate welfare? Would a UBI solve it? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Working For Families has long been referred to as corporate welfare. This month payments were increased, further entrenching it as a means of supporting lower paid workers with children (and also quite well paid workers with children). I dont think corporate welfare is an accurate description. Corporations are generally seen as large companies, often international []

20:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Todays face of the day Phil the fascist Goff is on Q&A this evening. Auckland council may now have to defend the decision to withdraw access to a council venue in court. However, the Auckland councillors have been strangely silent on the issue. Have they been gagged? It is clear that Goff has no respect for [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is Kafkaesque (adj) 1. Of or relating to Franz Kafka or his writings. 2. Marked by surreal distortion and often a sense of impending danger. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Kafkaesque means having a disorienting, confusing, nightmarish quality; feeling surreal and threatening, as, for instance, a form letter [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 15 23 Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time! The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

China Radio seeks to address 'misunderstandings' "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Dr Viola Kuo Huang
Dr Viola Kuo Huang - not possible for China Radio to provide a service targeting a Pacific islands audience

JOHNNY BLADES | Dateline Pacific Radio New Zealand

WELLINGTON - China Radio International is seeking to bridge the gap in understanding about China in other parts of the world. That's according to Dr Viola Kuo Huang, a principal researcher at China Radio International's English Service in Beijing.

China Radio International recently took up frequencies formerly used by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's short-wave service into the Pacific Islands. It broadcasts globally in 65 languages including Mandarin. Dr Kuo Huang spoke to Johnny Blades.

VIOLA KUO HUANG: The English service of China Radio International is trying to braid the misunderstandings between the outside world and China. So we have hourly news about what's happening in the world, what's happening in China and what's happening in some English-speaking regions.

We have feature programs called Studio-Plus. This covers social events and literature, music, film, technology developments and stories of Chinese people and foreigners living in China.

We have language learning programs to learn Chinese in an interesting way and have programs about Chinese literature, telling it in a story-like way so people can understand what's happening. We also have talk shows which are called round-table.

JOHNNY BLADES: Discussions?

VIOLA: Yes discussions. People talk about culture and conflicting issues happening in China and around. We have Chinese panellists and foreign panellists who discuss together, finding out different perspectives, viewing events from different cultural backgrounds, and what is coming out is normally mutual understanding.

Sometimes people need further discussions, even after the topic. This program is really welcome. And we have business programs covering the news globally, what is happening in the stock market, policies, especially what's happening in the world (and how it) could influence China and other regions.

JO...

19:20

Media watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:04

Open Forum Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:00

Nauru ban on ABC journalists is 'dictatorial' "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Nauru
Nauru - once little rich guys, now little big noters profiting from Australia's refugee cruelty

MONG PALATINO | Global Voices | Asia Pacific Report

Read the complete article by Mong Palatino here

SYDNEY - Protests have been gathering force over the Nauru governments ban on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation from entering the country to cover the Pacific Islands forum leaders summit in September.

Nauru has accused Australias public broadcaster of biased and false reporting.

The summit is an annual gathering of Oceanias heads of state, where important matters concerning the region are addressed.

On 2 July, the Nauru government issued a statement restricting the number of people who can attend the summit because of very limited accommodation. But it singled out the ABC and explained why it banned the broadcaster:

No representative from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation will be granted a visa to enter Nauru under any circumstances, due to this organisations blatant interference in Naurus domestic politics prior to the 2016 election, harassment of and lack of respect towards our president in Australia, false and defamatory allegations against members of our government, and continued biased and false reporting about our country. It is our right, as it is the right of every nation, to choose who is allowed to enter.

The ABC aired a documentary in 2016 alleging torture and child abuse linked to Australian governments offshore asylum-seeker processing centres, which are managed by Nauru. It also published a report which alleged that Naurus president and some of his ministers received bribery from an Australian phosphate dealer.

Nauru condemned both reports as racist and biased political propaganda.

The small island nation was a mining site for several decades until phosphate deposits were exhausted in the 1980s. It received aid from Australia and hosted.......

16:30

15:55

The Late, Late Movie: Ride Lonesome with Randolph Scott directed by Budd Boetticher "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Good director and excellent supporting cast including James Coburn and Pernell Roberts

15:38

Small eruption occurs on uninhabited island south of Japan "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A small eruption has been confirmed on an uninhabited island in the Pacific around 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo, the weather agency said Thursday. A Japan Coast Guard aircraft observed brown smoke coming out of a crater on Nishinoshima around 12:24 p.m., according to the Japan Meteorological Agency. The island emerged in an eruption in 2013 but volcanic activity has slowed since August last year, prompting the agency to lower the alert level it issued for areas near the crater. Given that land surface temperatures have remained steady, the agency believes the latest eruption did not lead to the release of lava.

14:59

Perspectives on The Northern Sea Route Project "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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One of the most important resources the Russia possesses is its territory. The Russian Federations unique position, its huge length spanning east to west, and access to the Pacific and Artic Oceans could allow Russia to create on its territory unique transport routes of global importance and become one of the most important centres of world trade.

Amongst the most promising modern transport projects, the Northern Sea Route (NSR) is noteworthy. This transport artery originates in the Pacific waters of the Russian Federation, goes along the entire northern coastline of Russia, and provides access to the territorial waters of northern European countries and the Atlantic Ocean.

In Soviet and modern times, the NSR has been used for the countrys internal needs. Via this route, necessary supplies for inhabitants of the northern territory are delivered along with equipment for workers on industrial site there, who ship out extracted resources. However, in our time the NSR could have another, equally important application. It could become a new and important strategic shipping lane between Europe and Asia.

Against the background of the globalization, trade developing and economic integration of the regions of the world, it is all the more important to assume international transportation routes. Accordingly, governments are considering it more and more important to create and maintain them. So, for example, the Republic of Singapore, a member of the Four Asian Tigers, largely owes its prosperity to it favourable location on the Strait of Malacca the narrow strip of a sea route between Europe, Africa, and East Asia, through which travels up to a quarter of all sea freight on the planet. Its worth noting, that its not just a matter of location (there are other countries with ports on the Strait of Malacca), but also that Singapore has never skimmed when it comes to building infrastructure, and as a result it has one of the four largest sea ports in the world.

The start of the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013 could be called the start of a new epoch in the history of world transport and economic integration. The goal of BRI is to unite in one system the main transport routes of Eurasia, Africa, and, in the end, the whole planet, both land and sea routes (as part of the subproject The Maritime Silk Road of the XXI Century).

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14:05

World view Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

14:01

July 15 in ihstory "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1099 First Crusade: Christian soldiers took the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem  after the final assault of a difficult siege.

1207 John of England expelled Canterbury monks for supporting Archbishop of Canterbury Stephen Langton.

1240  A Novgorodian army led by Alexander Nevsky defeated the Swedes in the Battle of the Neva.

1381  John Ball, a leader in the Peasants Revolt, was hanged, drawn and quartered in the presence of Richard II of England.

1410  Battle of Grunwald: allied forces of the Kingdom of Poland and the Grand Duchy of Lithuania defeated the army of the Teutonic Order.

1573 Inigo Jones, English architect, was born (d. 1652).

1606 Rembrandt, Dutch artist, was born (d. 1669).

1685  James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth was executed at Tower Hill  after his defeat at the Battle of Sedgemoor.

1741 Alexei Chirikov sighted land in Southeast Alaska and sent men ashore in a longboat, making them the first Europeans to visit Alaska.

1779 Clement Clarke Moore, American educator, author, and poet, was born  (d. 1863).

1789 Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette, was named by acclamation colonel-general of the new National Guard of Paris.

1799  The Rosetta Stone was found in the Egyptian village of Rosetta by French Captain......

13:43

Ho Ho Ho "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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When NASA started sending up astronauts, they quickly discovered that ballpoint pens would not work at zero gravity.
To combat the problem, NASA scientists spent a decade and $12 billion developing a pen that wrote at zero gravity, upside down, underwater, on almost any surface including glass and at temperatures ranging from below freezing to 300C. The Russians used a pencil.





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12:16

Public engage with international experts on why APEC matters "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Australian High Commission

Papua New Guineans joined local and international APEC experts on Thursday for a dialogue on the importance of hosting the regions premier economic forum.

The event themed Why APEC matters for PNG? was part of the APEC Discussion Series at the Precinct and included a keynote address from Carlos Kuriyama, senior analyst at the APEC Secretariat in Singapore.
Keynote speaker Carlos Kuriyama, senior analyst, APEC Secretariat (Singapore), speaking at the second event of the APEC Discussion Series at the Precinct.

Kuriyama spoke on the benefits APEC brought to his home country Peru, where he was previously a government official at the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism and served as chief negotiator of the Peru-China FTA negotiation.
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12:09

13 Luxury America the Story Of Us Millennium Worksheet Answers Collection "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

bcm news wire issue 420 america the story of us episode 4 "division" viewing guide the african americans many rivers to cross worksheets for entire the african americans many rivers to cross worksheets for entire millennium park me val manuscripts blog april 2018 american history...

11:12

21 Unique Worksheet Preterite Tense Answers Collection "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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11:00

Amazing Animation by Richard Williams for Charge Of The Light Brigade in 1968 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

These animations were superb,remember Williams talking about them at NFT in late 1960s

11:00

Saturday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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10:30

#WalkAway: How the Left created Dream Machine "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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10:30

Saturday Night At The Movies "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Richard Todd

For Them That Trespass (1949) is an interesting crime drama set in Edwardian times. The black and white photography is excellent and has almost the feel of an Expressionist film in the mould of early German cinema. The script is by J. Lee Thompson, who would later become a famous director in his own right. The scenes involving the railway workers and their work are at times reminiscent of Renoirs La Bte Humaine (1938). The story is about an ambitious young writer from the wealthy suburbs wanting to experience the true raw life in the lower depths on the wrong side of the road. However, the film quickly transforms itself into a crime drama with a revenge motif. Richard Todd is the petty thief wrongly accused of murder who actually becomes the films protagonist. Todd has perhaps a somewhat forced Scottish accent, but many of the scenes from the lower depths have a genuine feel to them. As usual for British films from that period, the minor characters are excellent.

In 1921 Dublin, the IRA battles the Black & Tans, special British forces given to harsh measures. Irish-American medical student Kerry OShea hopes to stay aloof, but saving a wounded friend gets him outlawed, and inexorably drawn into the rebel organizationunder his former professor Sean Lenihan, who has shaken hands with the devil and begun to think of fighting as an end in itself. Complications arise when Kerry falls for a beautiful English hostage, and the British offer a peace treaty that is not enough to satisfy Lenihan.

A spy thriller without the trappings of a James Bond outing, David Hemmings stars as a scruffy spy caught in a web of cynical cold war intrigue. Also starring Ralph Richardson, Clive Revill and some other interesting but unsung, British performers.

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10:30

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When she first got an automatic washing machine, her sister-in-law asked what she was going to do with all the spare time shed have.

I said I hoped shed told her shed be sitting down with a good book.

She didnt but said it didnt take long for her days to fill up and her to wonder how shed ever had time to do everything else when shed had to deal with her old wringer washing machine.

It reminded me of reading somewhere that the washing machine was  the single most important invention that enabled women to stay in or rejoin the paid workforce.

It also reminded me to be grateful for my washing machine and the time it frees for me that was only enjoyed by mother after my brothers and I left home and that her mother never had.

10:00

Classic Crime Drama: Between The Lines S02 E01 New Order "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Between the Lines is a television police drama series created by J. C. Wilsher and produced by World Productions for the BBC. It was first shown on BBC1 between 1992 and 1994, running for three series.

The show centred on the eventful life of Detective Superintendent Tony Clark, played by Neil Pearson. Clark was an ambitious member of the Complaints Investigation Bureau (CIB), an internal organisation of the Metropolitan Police that investigates claims of corruption inside the police force. Along the way Clark had to overcome strong influence from his superiors and problems in his private life, most notably the break-up of his marriage following an affair with WPC Jenny Dean (Lesley Vickerage). Throughout the series Clark was assisted by sidekicks Harry Naylor (Tom Georgeson) and Mo Connell (Siobhan Redmond).

The show became a surprise hit for the BBC, winning a British Academy Television Award (BAFTA) for Best Drama Series in 1994. In 2000 it was voted into the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes by the British Film Institute. The series was reviewed in an episode of the BBC documentary series Call the Cops, which stated the series had found a way of getting to grips with the corruption scandals of the 1990s

10:00

Cyst Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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09:30

You can shout fire in a crowded theatre if there is a fire "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz Very applicable to the free speech fight going on with Aukland mayor Phil Goff.   The post You can shout fire in a crowded theatre if there is a fire appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S01 E10 Goldstein And Son "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From Wikipedia

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

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

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

09:23

Hillsong founder Frank Houston teen victim Peter Fowler aged 15 abused at Lower Hutt Assemblies of God in New Zealand in 1972 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 

The founder of Hilsong Global Church Frank Houston a lifelong secret homosexual and pedophile. Confessed in 1999.

The founder of Hilsong Global Church Frank Houston a lifelong secret homosexual and pedophile while in Christian ministry. Confessed in 1999.

 

Peter Fowler, a teen sex abuse victim of the founder of Hillsong Frank Houston, wrote the following to Pastor Philip Powell of Christian Witness Ministries on 13th July 2003.

Christian Witness Ministries is a prophetic ministry which exposed the corruption of Brian and Frank Houston, the Australian Assembies of God and Hillsong, on 13th July 2003. Pastor Philip Powell passed away in 2015.

AOGNZ is short for Assemblies of God in New Zealand.

Peter Fowlers letter to Pastor Philip Powell:

Dear Philip

I am very pleased to be able to report that I have reached a settlement with AOGNZ and the Lower Hutt AOG. The terms of the settlement are confidential to the parties and the only public comment I can make is the following statement: Peter Fowler and the Assemblies of God in NZ and the Assembly of God Lower Hutt Church have confidentially in a Christian spirit resolved all differences between them relating to the alleged abuse of Peter Fowler by Fran...

09:17

Hillsong Founder the pedophile Frank Houston and boy victim WNZ1, the first known Wellington New Zealand boy victim "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Brian Houston: I'm sorry the victims feel sad, very hurt and alone. I'll remember them in my prayers. Sorry I can't help the victims more.

Pastor Brian Houston the head of Hillsong Global Church. Heartless. Refuses to help the boy sexual  abuse victims of his father Pastor Frank Houston the founder of Hillsong Global Church in any way. Hid and sheltered his secret lifelong pedophile father Frank Houston for five years from 1999 to 2004 from the NSW Police and in doing this deprived the boy victims of Justice. Facing looming pedophile protection charges  Brian Houston: Im sorry the victims feel sad, very hurt and alone. Ill remember them in my prayers. Sorry I cant help the victims more.

09:00

UK Trump protesters are complete idiots "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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09:00

Classic Comedy: Are You Being Served? S06 E02 The Club "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Wikipedia

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

08:30

Classic Comedy: Fresh Fields S03 2/06 A Waiting Game "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From Wikipedia

Hester and William Fields (McKenzie and Rodgers) are a devoted middle-aged, middle-class couple living an idyllic suburban lifestyle in Barnes, London. William works as an accountant while Hester is a housewife who works part-time in local restaurant Lucys Kitchen. The titles meaning, and crux of the show, is that Hester combats empty-nest syndrome by livening up her life with new interests and hobbies, to the exasperation of her hard-working husband who just wants a quiet life. The shows opening credits, featuring silhouettes of the characters, reflect this: Hester rides an exercise bike and plays a drumkit while William relaxes in a rocking chair.

The family home has an attached granny flat in which Hesters mother Nancy (Fanny Rowe) lives following her divorce from Hesters roguish father Guy (Ballard Berkeley); he often tries to win her back. (The pair finally remarry in the last episode.) Hester and William have two children of their own: the never-seen Tom who lives in New Zealand; and Emma, who is usually only heard (voice of Debby Cummings) telephoning her parents at inconvenient times. Emmas husband Peter (Philip Bird) appears occasionally; Emma and Peter later present the Fields with their first grandchild Guy, named after his great-grandfather.

The Fields neighbour Sonia Barrett (played by Ann Beach) pops round in every episode to borrow items; these appearances would irritate William to comical effect. Sonia had the shows only catchphrase: Its only Sonia! shed carol as she rapped at the Fields back door then let herself in. Sonias husband John (John Arthur) appeared occasionally, as did Williams secretary Miss Marigold Denham (Daphne Oxenford).

Fresh Fields ended in 1986 but three years later the series resumed as French Fields, which saw William and Hester relocating to France after William accepted a job there. There were three series of 19 episodes made between 5 September 1989 and 8 October 1991, all written by John T. Chapman and Ian Davidson. Philip Bird appeared as Peter in several episodes, with Emma finally seen on-screen, now played by Sally Baxter. Ann Beach made a guest appearance as Sonia in the final episode.

08:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

08:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

07:30

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

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07:26

Oh Dear, Oh Dear, Oh Dear "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Legbut and David will be cancelling their subscriptions to The Times of London. 

In an opinion piece, self described Liberal Matthew Parris analyses the verbal meanderings of American president Donald Trump and, you know what?   He reckons Trump is a hell of a lot more smarter and more honest than his vocal detractors from the lunatic left and stuck up right.

The nub of the argument is that the detractors don't like the way the President does and says things  but so far, they are unable to identify anything that has gone badly wrong.   The fact is, they don't understand his way of getting things done or his feel for the things that need to be done.

The piece is behind a paywall, as it is at The Australian.

Some extracts to send a shiver down Legbut's leg:-

Kissing Theresa May better after roughing her up was neither contrition nor revision. Donald Trump plays soft cop to his own hard cop. It was that first stomach-punch that was indicative. The president was right first time about a US-UK trade deal and he knows it.......


........Donald Trump doesnt care to think too much before he speaks and has a habit of saying what he thinks. And the trouble with us, not him, is that what he thinks is what plenty of more genteel and considered folk do actually think, but dont like to say.
Hes right, isnt he, about the dangers of European reliance on Russian gas? Its all very well to murmur that if Germany needs to buy, Russia needs to sell but look at the way western reliance on Middle Eastern oil has skewed world politics for half a century. 
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07:00

Auckland peace action needs a new logo: Three "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The anti-free speech activist organisation Auckland peace action has called for the Free speech coalition to be renamed the Hate speech coalition. They have accused the Free speech coalition of being about hate because it supports free speech for everyone (not just those who have the same views and opinions.) In contrast, the Auckland peace action [] The post Auckland peace action needs a new logo: Three appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

Whaleoil world news quiz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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06:59

A forgotten woman genius "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Anthony Dreaver says that We dont often have the chance to hear the music of an almost forgotten genius. The []

06:35

The Australian Governments frenzied plan for a nuclear sacrifice zone in Kimba or Hawker, South Australia- theme for July 18 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Resources Minister Matt Canavan announced that on 20 August, there will be  a ballot to gauge community support for a nuclear waste dump near one of the small towns of Kimba and Hawker, about 450km north of Adelaide. The vote will be confined to the residents in the immediate local area.

The decision will be made in the second half of this year said Canavan We do not want this overlapping with a federal election.

Indeed they dont!  Heck! This nuclear garbage dump idea is a National matter. But Canavan, the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, ANSTO, ARPANSA, and the rest of the nuclear lobby, are pitching it ONLY to the small farming communities of Kimba and Hawker, and resolutely keeping the rest of us in blissful ignorance.

Trekking Lucas Heights highly radioactive nuclear reactor wastes for 1700 km across Australia to become a temporary , i.e. stranded waste dump, is a dangerous idea. And unnecessary Lucas Heights has the necessary space, technology, and expertise.

Nuclear medicine itself,  short-lived hospital radioactive wastes, do not need this. Hypocritically, the government  tells the Kimba and Hawker people that its a medical necessity  theyll be Australias heroes. AT WHAT PRICE now and for future generations?

A Senate Inquiry will report on this on 14 August. Too late to make a difference.  Re...

06:30

Kiwi as "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

John Britten was, without doubt, a keen individual who inspired and surprised.  That he died at such a young age with so much potential unrealised is our loss. Quote. John Britten was a revolutionary motorcycle designer whose home-brewed machine won international plaudits with its stunning design and performance. The 300+ km/h blur of speed, the [] The post Kiwi as appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Terf   trans-exclusionary/ eliminationist/exterminationist radical feminist.

Hat tip: Karl du Fresne

06:16

Pan-African News Wire "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

South African Police Battle Violent Protests Across the Country

2018-07-13 16:35
Christina Pitt

A scourge of protests kept South African police officers busy in three provinces - the Northern Cape, Western Cape and Gauteng.

The situation in Kimberley remains volatile since a service delivery protest flared up on Thursday, police spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mashay Gamaldien said.

Additional law enforcement officers were required to assist in managing the unrest, which led to looting and property damage.

A peaceful march to the municipal buildings turned violent when Sol Plaatje Municipality Mayor Mangaliso Matika addressed the crowd from inside the building.

News24's sister publication Netwerk24 reported that protesters were dissatisfied when a R1.2m contract was awarded to an unknown service provider to send SMSes to residents in relation to electricity issues. It is alleged that the tender was not advertised.

People were also protesting against poor service delivery and high tariffs.

The number of arrest made is unclear however, Captain Olebogeng Tawana said five people were arrested for public violence and business robbery.

In Gauteng, protesters used rocks and burning tyres to barricade the N14 and the R55, affecting traffic in both directions.

Tshwane Metro Police Department spokesperson Isaac Mahamba said all the N12 exits at Olievenhoutbosch in Centurion were also blocked.

"The information that we have at this stage is that they received notices that they are going to be evicted for occupying RDP houses illegally."

"They are protesting against that because they don't want to be evicted," Mahamba said.

In the Western Cape, residents in Zwelihle, Hermanus were up in arms since the arrest of community leader Gcobani Ndzongana on Tuesday.

The protest entered its fourth day on Friday and law enforcement officers continued to battle protesters, who armed themselves with rocks and corrugated iron sheets.

Nineteen people were arrested for public violence, provincial police spokesperson Captain FC Van Wyk said.

Zwelihle Renewal spokesperson Theron Mqhu said that the situation in the community was sti...

06:00

Sticks and stone series: Racist slurs and nicknames for the British "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Bife literally meaning steak, but sounding like beef. A slang term in Portugal. Feminine form, bifa, mainly used to refer to English female tourists. Brit shortened form of Briton. Britisher An archaic form of Briton, similar to Brit, always much more used in North America than Britain itself, but even there, it is outdated. An equivalent of the word [] The post Sticks and stone series: Racist slurs and nicknames for the British appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:49

Australia urgently needs and independent assessment of options regarding its nuclear waste management "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Matt Canavans urgent new nuclear waste dump: The devil is in the detail https://independentaustralia.net/politics/politics-display/australias-nuclear-waste-the-devil-is-in-the-detail,11675 9 July 2018, 

Rather than a hasty new nuclear waste dump, what is urgently needed is an independent and open assessment of the full range of options for managing Australias radioactive waste, writes Dave Sweeney.

IT IS A NATIONAL PROBLEM that has taken 60 years to make and will last 10,000 years, but according to Canberra, it will be sorted by Christmas.

Radioactive waste management has been a challenge for successive Federal governments, with communities across South Australia and the Northern Territory consistently rejecting plans for the dumping and storage of wastes in their region. Now the pressure is right back on regional South Australia, with a concerted Federal push to locate a site either near Kimba on the Eyre Peninsula, or Hawker in the iconic Flinders Ranges.

The plan sounds straightforward: take radioactive waste from around Australia to a central site, where low-level material would be disposed of and higher-level wastes st...

05:44

PREYING ON PEOPLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

People believe what they want to believe and if a latter day 'John Frum' comes along offering the uneducated and the gullible something at a substantial discount over the standard cost that  everyone else has to pay then there are those who will leap at the chance to cook their snook at the Government especially when it is dressed up in the cloak of Maori sovereignty.

Up here in Northland we have a group calling itself the Tikanga Maori Law Society o Nutireni.    It takes it lead from the Exodus Movement lead by a fake Komatua resident in Oz.   You can read his nonsense here.  The organisation arrogates to itself the right to issue drivers licenses, vehicle number plates and warrants of fitness (all for a fee).    It is impossible to have any sort of dialogue with those who choose to believe the garbage pedaled.    I have never held much truck with ex-Labour Party Minister Dover Samuels but he had it right in describing this mob as "thriving on ignorance and intimidation".

You can fairly ask why the Police don't act to pull over and order off the road vehicles with pretend registrations.   Their response ... 'it's just not worth the hassle .... we issue an infringement notice and they don't pay.   We have more important things to do with our time'.

It take issue with that.   The Courts has the power to issue an Attachment Order against a persons wages or benefit payments in order to recover unpaid fines.    That can attract a fee ($102) which is added to the fine.     The Courts have the tools and should be far more proactive in the issuing of such orders.


05:30

Australian company Silex pulls out of U.S. laser uranium enrichment projects "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Silex pulls out of U.S. laser enrichment projects, JUNE 13, 2018

 Silex Systems Limited, an Australian company that own the Silex laser enrichment technology, announced that it will not be participating in the restructuring of the Global Laser Enrichment (GLE), a venture that was set up by General Electric and Hitachi to use the technology to build uranium enrichment facilities in the United States. Canadian company Cameco joined the project in 2008.

In 2012 GLE obtained a license to build an enrichment facility in Wilmington, NC. That project, however, was put on hold as the demand for enrichment services dropped after Fukushima. In 2014, GLE expressed interest in building a facility in Paducah, at the site of the gaseous diffusion plant closed down in 2013. The new plant was supposed to enrich tails of the old enrichment operation to produce natural-grade uranium. In November 2016 GLE secured an agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy to acquire the tails. In April 2016, however, GE-Hitachi announced its intent to leave GLE. Silex Systems considered acquiring the GE-Hitachi stake in the company (which is 76%), but now ti decided against it.

In addition, Silex said it intends to give notice to GLE of the termination of the SILEX technology license unless circumstances change dramatically in the short term. This most likely means that all plans to build a Silex-based commercial uranium enrichment facility in the United States are now terminated.

05:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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05:21

More spent nuclear fuel rods from Lucas Heights reactor to go to France, returned later "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

France signs agreement with Australia on research reactor fuel reprocessing, JULY 9, 2018 Mycle Schneider

On 6 July 2018, the French Official Journal published a decree making formal a 23 November 2017 inter-governmental agreement for AREVA NC (now Orano) to reprocess at La Hague spent fuel from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) research reactor OPAL.

The reprocessing of OPAL spent fuel at the La Hague facility is foreseen to occur between January 2019 and 31 December 2034. The ownership of the extracted plutonium and uranium will be transferred to Orano. The plutonium is to be used in a civil reactor.

The reprocessing wastes are to be shipped back to Australia until 31 December 2035, unless the contract is extended for additional quantities of fuel. In that case, the very last date for waste return is 31 December 2040.

The quantity of spent fuel covered under the agreement and contract is up to 3.6 tons. Under a previous agreement, 0.236 tons of OPAL spent fuel have been reprocessed at La Hague by the end of 2014.

As of the end of 2017, of the...

05:03

Taxpayers pay up for Kimba and Hawker residents to be nuclear-educated at Lucas Heights "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

$350k of flights to get nuclear reactions 
Taxpayers have coughed up nearly $350,000 to fly 225 Kimba and Hawker residents to Sydney to learn about nuclear waste, new figures reveal(subscribers only)
https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/federal-government-flies-225-country-residents-to-sydney-to-learn-about-nuclear-waste-ahead-of-august-20-ballot/news-story/432c509816a37f2918c6b7dd7ac85d9c

Nuclear waste debate soars to nearly $350,000 in tax-payer funded trips   the Australian (subscribers only)

05:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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04:30

Europe learns a lesson in respect and Trump wins again "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

With an increasingly belligerent Putin on their doorstep, youd think the European Union would be eager to cultivate the friendship of the worlds strongest military power. Instead Europeans are doing as they have for 70 years, and sniping at America, even as they hide behind its skirts. Quote: EU commission president Donald Tusk, at a [] The post Europe learns a lesson in respect and Trump wins again appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:17

Planned nuclear dump sites Access denied to Barngarla Native Title Representative Body. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Everybody For A NUclear Free Future, 14 July 18, After claiming there was no aboriginal heritage issues at the proposed Kimba suppositories, DIIS denies entry to Barngarla Native Title Representative Body.

As part of that assessment team, which included some of the DAC board members here. Mr Brandon McNamara, whos a Barngarla elder, invited the department to come along to a board meeting on 3 March and that invitation was declined. There were also statements made to the assessment team that the engagement of Dr Gorring to carry out the assessment was premature, which we find quite surprising. If the department has already issued statements that theres no heritage and not provided information about what heritage assessments of its own it has made, to then make a comment that for Barngarla to carry out its own heritage assessments was premature is a bit surprising.

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04:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

For a better view click on map The Awakening Todays quote: I like mind maps but I absolutely love Saturdays Saturdays are better than mind maps. Well there you go, enjoy whats left of an awesome day :) Mike The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:56

Mangroves and their deforestation may emit more methane than we thought "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Mangroves, the dense tangled forests that buffer land from sea in many coastal areas of the tropics, are renowned for their ability to store carbon and help fight climate change. But new research finds mangroves may emit more carbon as methane than previously estimated emissions made even worse by deforestation. The ability of mangroves to sequester carbon in the ground termed blue carbon is unparalleled, with previous research finding a tract of mangrove can bury 40 times more carbon than a similarly sized area of rainforest. But what exactly happens to this carbon once its in the ground has been something of a mystery. So scientists at universities in Australia decided to find out by examining the soil carbon stored beneath mangroves in Queensland. Dr. Judith Rosentreter, a coauthor of the study, in a mangrove creek in North Queensland, Australia. Her research interest are in carbon cycling and greenhouse gas emissions from mangrove ecosystems. Photo by Jacob Yeo Their results, published in Science Advances, reveal that mangrove soil carbon doesnt remain stored in perpetuity. Some of it is transformed from carbon dioxide (CO2) to methane (CH4) by tiny microorganisims called archea, and is then released back into the atmosphere. Methane has a much bigger warming impact than carbon dioxide 34 to 86 times more powerful so even a bit of methane has the potential to offset mangrove CO2 storage. Ultimately, the team found that the methane released from mangrove soil carbon offsets blue carbon burial

Scientists urge Indonesian president to nix dam in orangutan habitat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

JAKARTA Twenty-five of the worlds top environmental scientists have lambasted plans to construct a hydroelectric dam in northern Sumatra, Indonesia, because it would threaten the rarest species of great ape on Earth. The scientists, members of the Alliance of Leading Environmental Researchers & Thinkers (ALERT), outlined their concerns in a letter addressed to President Joko Jokowi Widodo, which was hand-delivered to the office of the presidents chief of staff, or KSP, on July 10. The scientists said the $1.6 billion hydropower project threatened the Batang Toru forest in North Sumatra province, home to the Tapanuli orangutan (Pongo tapanuliensis). The species was only described last year, but is already teetering on the brink of extinction, as its habitat in the Batang Toru ecosystem continues to be fragmented by infrastructure projects. Over the course of three generations, the population of Tapanuli orangutans has plummeted by 83 percent, leaving fewer than 800 individuals surviving in a tiny tract of forest less than one-fifth the size of the metropolitan area that comprises Indonesias capital, Jakarta. The Batang Toru hydropower project could be the death knell for the Tapanuli orangutan, according to William F. Laurance, a tropical ecologist at Australias James Cook University, who led a major study of the species and described it as the rarest and most gravely endangered great ape on Earth. I cannot imagine anywhere else in the world where a project like this would even be seriously entertained, he told Mongabay by email. The Batang Toru project will slice

03:50

That Viral Video Of A Chimp Hugging His 'Rescuer' Isn't What It Seems "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Inside a home, a baby chimp wearing a onesie jumps up and down as he wraps his little arms around a mans neck for a hug.

He nestles his furry head onto the mans shoulder as they embrace, calling out with loud screams of excitement.

Its a cute scene that has been shared millions of times online but the backstory is anything but heartwarming. Limbani the chimp is reuniting with his supposed rescuer, as the caption states, but its highly likely that he was actually bought from a breeder and torn away from his mother, animal welfare experts say.

Little Limbani has since spent his days living as if he were a pet and posing for selfies with visitors at Zoological Wildlife Foundation, an infamous for-profit zoo in Miami that presents itself as an endangered animal rescue. Guests can pay to pet and take photos with exotic animal residents, including tigers and monkeys a practice commonly associated with abuse and exploitation, and forbidden at true sanctuaries.

Instead of playing and leaping into trees with other chimps his age, which a reputable sanctuary would encourage, Limbani is regularly shown in photos riding around in a human toddler car seat and eating Popsicles.

Credit: Instagram/limbanizwf

Erika Fleury, program director for North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA), says the false way this viral video has been framed as a special moment by major media brands such as CNN and CBS perpetuates the dangerous idea that this chimps lifestyle is acceptable and sustainable in the long term.

Although Limbani was supposedly rejected by his mother after birth, it is a very common practice for animal breeders to remove infant chimpanzees from the mothers shortly after birth in order to more easily handle and sell them, Fleury told The Dodo. [This results] in long-lasting and harmful repercussions throughout the chimpanzees entire life.

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03:36

Urging Government to borrow more to pay nurses and teachers more "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Both nursing and teacher groups are on a roll. They have already been offered pay raises significantly more than average pay raises they say it is necessary to catch up after nine years of neglect and to attain pay parity. They say for the good of children and their sectors the Government must borrow []

03:30

Raid on Entebbe: Part two "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It was Sunday the 27th of June 1976 when Air France Flight 139 arrived in Athens on a scheduled stopover, before departing again at 12.30pm en route to its eventual final destination of Paris. During its brief stay at Ellinikon International Airport, it took on board a number of additional passengers, among them two members [] The post Raid on Entebbe: Part two appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:20

Baby Chimp Refuses To Stop Laughing Even After All He's Been Through "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When a man had the opportunity to get a tiny baby chimpanzee as a pet, it was difficult for him to say no. After all, the little guy was not only adorable he was also helpless and without a family. 

Credit: LCRP

So the man, who lives in Liberia, bought the baby chimp and, because the little animal's family had been killed by wildlife traffickers, named him Survivor. The man said that Survivor's forehead had even been grazed by a bullet when poachers attacked his family. He truly was a little survivor. 

But keeping Survivor as a pet turned out to be much more complicated than the man expected. As Survivor grew, he became stronger. Because he had no trees to climb, he tried to climb all over the house, leaving destroyed furniture in his wake.

The man contacted Jenny Desmond, cofounder of Liberia Chimpanzee Rescue and Protection (LCRP). He realized he couldn't give Survivor what he needed to grow up and wanted to surrender him to LCRP. Desmond, of course, welcomed Survivor with open arms. 

Credit: LCRP

"He immediately jumped into my arms when they got out of the car," Desmond told The Dodo. 

Sadly, what happened to Survivor is not uncommon. Wild chimpanzees are often targeted by hunters and wildlife traffickers who kill adult chimps for bushmeat and sell the baby chimps into the illegal pet trade.

Stories like Survivor's, paired with habitat loss, are wreaking havoc on wild chimps as a whole population. A century ago, it was estimated that there were as many as 2 million c...

03:13

A Fascinating New Heartland Book "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tony Orman feels that with the shift of emphasis to city living, a lot of good, Kiwi values have []

03:11

Little Animal With Sweet Tooth Gets Head Stuck In Nutella Jar "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sometimes, having a sweet tooth can get you into trouble.

That was the problem for one little possum in Loganholme, Australia, last week when he stumbled upon an open jar of Nutella that someone had thrown away.

Hoping to get a taste of what was left in the jar, he stuck his head inside and then couldnt get it back out.

Credit: RSPCA Queensland

A man walking his dog saw the struggling critter, and knew right away he needed help. Brushtail possums typically eat sweet eucalyptus, flowers and fruits so it was no surprise he wanted to snack on the sweet hazelnut spread.

The man called the local RSPCA and wildlife officer Chantel Sibilla was on the scene to help the troubled animal within minutes.

I wanted to call him Nutty the moment I saw him there, she told The Jimboomba Times. You know you have a problem when you end up in a situation like that.

Credit: RSPCA Queensland

Sibilla put some grease around the neck of the jar and gently twisted it off from around the possums head. Theres no way of knowing how long the little guy had been stuck but if it had been much longer, he likely wouldnt have made it.

The most amazing thing was the way he tried to help me out, grabbing the jar with his little paws so he helped me lever it off, Sibilla said. Possums can scream and carry on, but not this little guy. He seemed perfectly happy where he was.

Sibilla wrapped the possum in a towel and brought him to the animal hospital for a checkup. They had to make sure he wasnt injured or dehydrated from his sticky run-in before releasing him back to the wild.
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03:00

Classic Comedy: It Aint Half Hot Mum S03 E04 The Grand Illusion "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It Aint Half Hot Mum was the second of the three sitcom series co-written by David Croft set in the Second World War, the first being Dads Army (19681977) with Jimmy Perry and the third being Allo, Allo! (19821992) with Jeremy Lloyd.

Set during the Second World War (in the period just after the German surrender when the Allies were trying to finish the war by defeating Japan in Asia), the show focuses on a group of British soldiers stationed at the Royal Artillery Depot in Deolali, India, where soldiers were kept before being sent to fight at the front lines. The main characters are performers in the bases Concert Party, which involved putting on comic acts and musical performances (similar to those seen in a music hall) for the other soldiers prior to their departure for the front lines. The soldiers in the Concert Party all love this particular job, as it keeps them out of combat duty, but some do harbour dreams of becoming world-famous actors when they leave the army.

03:00

Welcome to the age of arrogance "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Too right! A regular column by John Black. Rightminds.nz Conservatism is, at heart, a humble philosophy. It engages with reality, not seeking to remake it. It holds that certain things are eternally true. Give government your money and it wont spend it with as much restraint and care as you do. Or, for that matter, [] The post Welcome to the age of arrogance appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:57

Photos of the Week: Alhambra "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Kay and Simon Brown say The Alhambra in Granada has to have been one of the most breathtaking places []

02:55

LO Associations Request No Fly-In, Fly-Out "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Mining Minister Johnson Tuke is bulldozing ahead with Wafi-Golpu but will landowners demands be honoured?

Post Courier | 13 July 2018

The Peter ONeill government is committed to getting off the ground the Wafi-Golpu gold mine project before the year ends, as well is the aspirations of key stakeholders to be met as a precedent to the mine reaching initial production stage.

The two-day Wafi-Golpu development forum ending yesterday in Lae was told.

The main point arising from discussions and presentations between key stakeholders from the government, the landowners and the developer centered on the processes and development stages to the project, as well primarily the benefits and participation of concerned authorities and recognised landowners.

One of the key factors presented to be considered in the Memorandum of Agreement that is deemed to provide a win-win situation to key stakeholder is to put a stop to Fly In, Fly Out...

02:30

Roll up, roll up and put your hand up for more money! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Its a circus with so many people demanding more pay, they must think that this government is a soft touch. We are witnesses to the largest number of people involved in strikes that this country has seen. Quote. The waterfront dispute of 1951 was the biggest industrial confrontation in New Zealands history. Although it was [] The post Roll up, roll up and put your hand up for more money! appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

Stonehenge Builders Had Ancient Knowledge of Pythagorean Geometry "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By Ashley Cowie

A new book, Megalith, claims ancient Britons built Stonehenge and other stone circles with a knowledge of Pythagoras theorem, 2,000 years before the Greek philosopher formalized geometry.

Megalithic researcher Robin Heath, who contributed to the book, told reporters at The Telegraph that he presents evidence of a great Pythagorean triangle in the British landscape and editor John Matineau connects Stonehenge with Lundy Island in Wales and the site from which Stonehenges Preseli bluestones were quarried.

The oldest known depiction of Stonehenge, a giant helps Merlin build Stonehenge. From a manuscript of the Brut by Wace in the British Library. (Public Domain)

The oldest known depiction of Stonehenge, a giant helps Merlin build Stonehenge. From a manuscript of the Brut by Wace in the British Library. ( Public Domain )

The huge stones we see today at Englands Stonehenge were once surrounded by a circle of 56 wooden posts or smaller stones which many archaeologists believe recorded the position of the Sun and the Moon which would help predict eclipses and monitor seasonal changes to assist with agriculture. The bluestone horseshoe at the center of Stonehenge is thought to have contained 19 stones representing the approximate number of solar years it takes for the Sun and Moon to complete a metonic cycle and almost recalibrate.

Depiction of the 19 years of the Metonic cycle as a wheel, with the Julian date of the Easter New Moon, from a 9th-century computistic manuscript made in St. Emmeram's Abbey. (Public Domain)

Depiction of the 19 years of the Metonic cycle as a wheel, with the Julian date of the Easter New Moon, from a 9th-century computistic manuscript made in St. Emmerams Abbey. ( ...

02:18

Free Speech rally: Video, photos & Whaleoil roving reporter commentary "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Auckland Rally: 11.55am Hiya. Bit of a crowd forming. More people at the Falon gong though 12 oclock 12.26 A few idiots trying to yell the speakers down. This hairy guy is the chief shouter downer. Not sure what his brief is. Just opposing people talking it seems. Unfortunately, a few of the Free Tommy [] The post Free Speech rally: Video, photos & Whaleoil roving reporter commentary appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Taken from unit 2 Waterfront Motels, 9 Grove Road, Blenheim. NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic locations. They can be the view from your kitchen window or bedroom window or [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Saturdays smiles "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Newton, Pascal and Archimedes are playing hide and seek.

Archimedes starts to count, Pascal hides in a bush, and Newton draws a square on the ground and steps into it.

Archimedes finds Newton first, of course, but Newton replies, Nope. One Newton on one square meter is equal to one Pascal.

An interesting aspect to humour is that I dont understand the science but I still get the joke.

 

01:54

No One Can Believe Where This Sad Lion Is Being Kept "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A captive lion scurries down a small, narrow corridor of a glass cage in the middle of a busy caf, chasing a little girl as she runs along the length of the cage. In a video of the incident, the little girl giggles with delight, then, presumably, goes back to her parents. But the lion, who looks very frustrated to be confined in a small space, has nowhere else to go.

In another video, the lion, named Khaleesi, is shown to still be pacing back and forth in the same glass cage after the caf (which also operates as a hookah bar) has closed.

These videos were recently posted on the Instagram account of the caf, Mevzoo, which is located in Istanbul, Turkey and the footage has angered animal lovers around the world.

I thought the video of the lion confined behind the Plexiglas was just appalling, and certainly no place for a lion lions belong in the wild, not in captivity, DJ Schubert, a wildlife biologist with the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), told The Dodo. The fact that people ... find it entertaining to eat while a wild animal is suffering is just really disturbing to me. Its bad enough for lions to be kept in captivity at all, but put them in a captive environment like this, where theyre a plaything for people to gawk at while they eat is just very disturbing, and its very unfortunate that its allowed in Turkey or frankly anywhere in the world.

An information panel next to Khaleesis cage claims that she was rescued from a zoo after being abandoned by her parents, and hand-raised by the owner of the restaurant. Even if Khaleesi did grow up in captivity, she still needs to be treated like a wild lion, according to Prashant Khetan, chief executive officer for Born Free USA.

They sit and sleep for large parts of the days, and Im wondering how thats happening here, Khetan said. When you look at this enclosure that this particular lion is in, you can see that she can barely turn around and shes essentially just walking in what looks to be a...

01:32

This Viral 'Shark Attack' Photo Isn't What It Seems "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Instagram model Katarina Zarutskie was in the Bahamas with her boyfriend when she got into the water with a group of nurse sharks while they were feeding. She wanted to connect with nature, she told SBS News. Then Zarutskie floated on her back amongst the sharks, posing for a photo to share on her Instagram page and something unexpected happened.

I leaned back, and then that shark he came and he bit down on my arm and pulled me under," she told BuzzFeed News. "I am lucky to have my hand.

Credit: Instagram/Katarina Zarutskie

After the incident, Zarutskie released photos of the alleged attack, including a photo of her splashing in the water and an image of her injured arm and she told her story to multiple news outlets.

"At that point your body has so much adrenaline going and you just have to get out of the situation, but I stayed extremely calm," she told BBC News. "I think if someone was screaming and flailing around it definitely could have changed the situation."

Yet shark experts warn not to believe the hype surrounding the viral shark attack photo. Despite the slight injury, they say, Zarutskie was never in any real danger. Nurse sharks are very gentle animals who feed on molluscs, stingrays and small fish and theyve never fatally injured a person.

Credit: Instagram/Katarina Zarutskie

The nurse shark is likely to have pulled the woman underwater in taking an exploratory bite out of curiosity, but because they have sharp teeth this resul...

01:30

Wellington business confidence plummets "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Stuff reports that confidence in Wellington has dropped since the new government took over. Quote: The quarterly Wellington regional chambers of commerce business confidence survey found a net 18 per cent of businesses expect the Wellington economy to improve in the coming 12 months, down from 21 per cent in March. A year ago, a net 55 [] The post Wellington business confidence plummets appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:28

Do you understand who we are? Do you understand our essence? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Melania-trump
Couture versus culture. Melan[es]ia Trump in her kumul dress: for Melania just 'pretty'; for many Melanesians pretty offensive

VANESSA GORDON

KOKOPO - East New Britain has been buzzing this week as the South Pacific Export Mask Festival and Tolai Warwagira welcomed visitors from all over the world to experience the magic and wonder of an intricate and unique culture.

The annual festival showcases dances from East New Britain, West New Britain, New Ireland and other provinces in Papua New Guinea.

One of the highlights is the Kinavai ceremony which starts on the beach at dawn. Dukduks and tubuans arrive on canoes just as the sun rises.

Dukduk is a secret society, a sacred part of the Tolai culture. The society represents spirits. The dukduks represent male spirits and the tubuans are female spirits.

The only way to differentiate between dukduk and tubuan is by the mask worn by the dancer. The dancers are always male. Always.

Even though they may be representing a tubuan. the dancer will always be male. Females are not allowed in the society.

As the canoes approach, villagers, residents and tourists congregate on the shore of Omorong Beach.

Hundreds gather and wait in silent anticipation.

I witnessed my first Kinavai in the 1990s. My heart beat in perfect timing with the drums. The chanting was mesmerising. Everyone around me immersed in the perfect rhythm of their heartbeat and the drums pulsating in unison.

The beats lured me into a trance igniting emotions I had never felt before. I was simultaneously fearful, excited, curious, proud and in awe. It was a pivotal moment in my life.

I was home and suddenly my identify was clear and precise. I am a Tolai.

No-one could take this away from me. No-one. Here was my birthright.

It was unfortunate that this year I was unable to attend this incredible festival, instead having to experience it through eyes of others thanks to the internet.

Plenty of video calling. And between video calls....

01:19

Nuclear power advocates are running out of fuel "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Nuclear power advocates are running out of fuel https://johnquiggin.com/2018/07/11/nuclear-power-advocates-are-running-out-of-fuel/

The diminishing band of nuclear power fans had some rare good news recently. Two of the leading designs for new nuclear power plants the AP1000, designed by US company Westinghouse, and the EPR, developed by Areva in France achieved criticality (that is, the state where nuclear fuel sustains a fission chain reaction) in June. Both the plants are in China, at Sanmen and Taishan respectively.

But good news for nuclear power is never unmixed, and thats certainly the case here. The construction process was as overtime and over-budget as usual, though not as badly as in the West, where construction of similar plants is running as much as a decade behind schedule. In the course of this protracted process, both Westinghouse and Areva have gone bankrupt.

These plants will require a fair bit of operating experience before it can be said whether they actually function as designed. Since the design took place in the 1980s and 1990s, the latest nuclear power plants have the unfortunate distinction of being simultaneously untried and obsolescent.

In the decades since the design process of Generation III and Generation III+ nuclear plants began, the technology of renewable energy generation has changed radically. The cost of solar photovoltaic cells has fallen from $30 per watt in the early 1980s to 30 cents a watt today, a factor of 100. The cost of wind power has declined by only a factor of 10 over the same period, but the outcome is costs far lower than that of new nuclear.

Outside China there are now only two AP1000 reactors under construction, both at Vogtle in the US state of Georgia. Another two-reactor plant in South Carolina was abandoned after the expenditure of billions of dollars. There are also two EPR reactors under construction, at Flamanville in France and Olkiluoto in Finland, both far behind schedule. Finally, theres a new plant proposed for Hinkley Point in the UK, which seems unlikely ever to happen, despite an absurdly favorable deal from the UK government.

India has held out the prospect of a...

01:09

Hydrogen energy: It looks like the face of the future "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Most sensible thing our government has said in a long time. Personally I prefer Hydrogen Cell over electric/hybrid for the motor car of the future, so this seems like a positive step. So being a suspicious person I guess there must be something nefarious lurking behind it. If it seems too good to be true []

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01:00

Whaleoil news quiz "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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01:00

Digital image of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This is NOT a digital image. This is a digital image. The post Digital image of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:38

Will the Coalition for Free Speech instead play a part in its muzzling? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


In this guest post, Terry Verhoeven shares his concern that pending legal action in the name of free speech may instead cement in place legal precedents outlawing so-called "hate speech."
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After having spent the week seriously considering contributing to the Free Speech Coalition legal challenge, I want to share my reasons for not contributing. Given how some of the frontmen of the challenge are genuine free speech advocates and the name of the Coalition is advertising itself as being pro-free speech, the motivation to contribute and support the challenge has naturally been a strong one for me.

With Peters recent article, in my mind the case is now clear that the Coalition is not in the right. Equally important though, and what had already been weighing on my mind, is just what the legal ramifications of the Coalition's challenge are going to be, and what they would ultimately produce in terms of impacting free speech in New Zealand. I don't think the outcome will be good.

My thinking is as follows...

As far as I can see the Coalition's legal challenge is likely to end up becoming case law that supports the worst muzzling provisions of the (mis-named) Human Rights Act. My thinking goes like this: 
  1. Goff will most likely argue that his and the Council's actions were intended to uphold the Human Rights Act rather than simply exercise their property right;
  2. the judicial review will most likely find that the Human Rights Act trumps the Bill of Rights (which it does, but shouldnt);
  3. the likely result will be a ruling in Auckland Councils/Goffs favour, with councils and mayors everywhere having thereby obtained a legal precedent and sanction empowering officials to muzzle speech on public "property" everywhere, and to a much greater extent than they would ever exercise by merely acting as a prudent property owner in the interests of ratepayers and taxpayers. 
My concern then is that rightly-motivated folk might be being used to help make this happen: to essentially bringing a ban on so-called "hate speech" by the back door -- one to be exercised by  councils and mayors.

My concern is based simply on the way the law has been framed,....

00:30

Beards of Whaleoil "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I tried a couple of times to grow a beard (and being blessed with lots of testosterone it wasnt hard) but I failed both times due to getting the death stare. The third time was the charm and I now enjoy my bum fluff as my Grandfather calls it. If you wish to contribute to [] The post Beards of Whaleoil appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:29

New Matilda Editor Chris Graham To Report From Gaza-Bound Freedom Flotilla "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The following is a media statement from Gaza Freedom Flotilla Australia.

Gaza Freedom Flotilla Australia is excited to announce that Chris Graham, the publisher and editor of New Matilda and Walkley Award winning journalist, will be on board the Freedom Flotilla Coalition boat Al Awda (The Return) later this month as she challenges the devastating and inhumane Israeli government blockade of Gaza.

This latest Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) campaign to raise awareness of the impacts of Israels illegal blockade on the civilian population of the Gaza Strip is called Right to a Just Future for Palestine. It will not only focus on the right to freedom of movement, as all previous flotillas have done, but it will also focus on the right of return that has been denied to dispossessed Palestinian refugees for 70 years.

Chris said: The job of independent media like New Matilda, is to print truths that some would rather not see exposed. Its also to give voice to the voiceless, and there arent many groups on earth with less of a voice than Palestinians. So, Im looking forward to being part of that process.

New Matilda editor Chris Graham, pictured in Hebron in the West Bank in December 2016.

Im obviously anxious about the response of the Israeli Government to the flotilla they killed 10 members of a Flotilla in 2010 during a raid on the Mavi Marmara. But Im also mindful that the Israeli Governments campaign of misinformation and intimidation of journalists and media organisations has been effective in reducing scrutiny of its actions.

Al Awda and her sister ships Freedom, Falestine and Mairead, are currently undertaking a tour of European ports to build support for the campaign and show Palestinian people and communities that while governments and international institutions may have failed them over the last 70 years, there is growing civil society support for their fundamental human rights.

John Pilger said: The freedom flotillas have achieved extraordinary results in informing the world of the inhumanity and cruelty of the Israelis medieval siege of Gaza. He has officially endorsed Right to a Just Future for Palestine, stating I specially appreciate the words, Just Future justice is the basic human right missing from the media reporting of...

00:29

Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) : strong Aboriginal resistance to nuclear waste dump plan "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

They [Government] are not telling the truth about the consultations, we know damn well they havent got broad community support. Theyre not even talking about the broader community, theyre just talking about the few people in town who support it. There are lots more people out bush who dont want the dump, it wont just affect one area, its the whole of South Australia they need to talk to. 

In areas struggling for funding for basic access to and upgrades of facilities, it is highly likely some community members will be swayed by income they would not otherwise receive.

The Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) (Submission No 71)  welcomes the opportunity to make a submission to the inquiry into the site selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia.

 ANFA does not support the establishment of a national radioactive waste management facility and urges the government to look at all waste production and management options before imposing a facility on any community. 
The Australian Nuclear Free Alliance (ANFA) formed in 1997, bringing together Aboriginal people from across Australia with environmental non-government organisations and public health groups. The Alliance provides a platform for Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginal people around the country to raise their concerns with the nuclear industry. Many people involved are actively contesting the development of high-impact projects on their homelands; from uranium mines to radioactive waste dumps and fracking proposals. Since ANFAs inception the scope...

00:23

Green Finance Is Flowing, From Paris To The Pacific "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Private and public investment in a safe climate future is growing, despite the best and worst efforts of some of the worlds leading polluters, writes Richie Merzian.

On a reclaimed swamp fringing the outskirts of the industrial city of Incheon in the Republic of Korea youll find the G-Tower, home of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). While this purpose-built town is an odd choice for the headquarters of the worlds largest climate fund it is typical of the UN decision-making that defines how the GCF works.

The GCF Board has 24 members split evenly between developed countries (mainly OECD members) and developing countries (mainly non-OECD members) and every decision, from approving the Secretariats pay-scale to billion dollar investments to the location of fund headquarters, has to be by consensus. Climate finance is all about balance and fairness, allowing industrialised countries that have benefited from high greenhouse gas economies to help finance efforts by poorer countries to cut their emissions and adapt to climate change.

Last week, the GCF Board held its 20th meeting and took two days to agree an agenda, failed to consider funding proposals and received the resignation of the Executive Director of the GCF Secretariat. Without background, it sounds like the GCF is in free-fall and Australia should question its AU$200 million investment, especially after American President Donald Trump announced the US would not honour its remaining US$2 billion GCF pledge.

In truth, the GCF has been a major asset for Australia and the international community, by supporting climate action in vulnerable island countries and levering corporate finance for climate change. Australia has been highly influential in the fund, co-chairing the GCF Board for three of the last six years, including overseeing a period of rapid growth in 2016 and 2017. In that two-year window, the GCF Board agreed by consensus to invest in 46 projects totalling US$2.5 billion. Just in our region, eight Pacific island countries succeeded in attracting over US$300 million in GCF investments in renewable energy and climate resilience more than the entire Australian contribution to the GCF.

But its through the GCFs Private Sector Facility that the greatest impact can be made. For example, the GCFs US$250 million investment in the European Investment Banks Global Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Fund will mobilise US$30 billion in renewable energy and energy efficiency in emerging markets. Thats a leverage ratio of 120. One of the largest private investors in the project is an Australian superannuation fund.

The Paris Agreement is built on the understanding that climate finance must come from all funding sources. The goal of raising US$100 billion per annum by 2020, agreed at the Copenhagen conference, should come from both gov...

00:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Good times are here Annette Scott:

Its been a long time coming but sheep farming is where it should be, Federated Farmers meat and fibre chairman Miles Anderson says.

With winter schedules knocking on the door of $8, global markets largely continuing to track along at the solid pace of recent months and global inventories remaining low its a good time to be a sheep farmer, he said.

Confidence at the farmgate in sheep is strongest since 2011. . .

Get picky when buying stock Glenys Christian:

More than 150 farmers at a Mycoplasma bovis meeting in Dargaville were told to choose their breeder rather than their bull.

You need to ask some very strong questions, Chris Biddles, who established Te Atarangi Angus stud on the nearby Pouto Peninsula over 30 years ago, said.

Firstly, farmers looking for service bulls for their herds should choose a breeder with a registered herd. . .

Tractor sales could reach record high :

Tractor and machinery sales could hit a record high by the end of the year, even though rural customers are exercising caution, says an industry body.

Sales of tractors are up more than 25 per cent on this time last year and all sectors are showing buoyancy, said new NZ Tractor and Machinery Association president John Tulloch.

Year-to-date figures to the end of June showed a total of 1876 sales across all HP categories compared with 1448 in 2017: a total increase of 26.1 per cent. . .

Mycoplasma bovis: supposed facts dont add up Keith Woodford:

[With the re-organisation of the New Zealand rural media and the demise of NZ Farmer for which I previously wrote, this is the first of a new series of fortnightly articles I will be writing for Farmers Weekly and also published at http://www.interest.co.nz. Whereas my articles in Stuff  (online and in their....

00:00

NZ must stand up to Trump "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Herald reports: Quote: Its time for Winston Peters and David Parker to call out the United States move to ramp up its trade war with China. But this country should not sit meekly on the sidelines while the international order is disrupted. Foreign Minister Peters, Trade Minister Parker, Agriculture Minister Damien OConnor, and of course [] The post NZ must stand up to Trump appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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23:45

Why Lauren Southern cant be in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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23:30

NZ mainsteam media coverage of Lauren Southern ban "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Rachel Poulain from the Free Speech Coalition has made an amusing and factual video to discuss the New Zealand mainstream medias coverage of the Lauren Southern ban. Watch out for the giraffe and frog confrontation towards the end. The post NZ mainsteam media coverage of Lauren Southern ban appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:25

In other news: Environmental stories from around the web, July 13, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Weve collected a few stories that were published this week by other news outlets. Tropical forests The Forest Code in Brazil could help both agriculture and the environment, if all of its provisions are carried out (International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis/EurekAlert). In just four years, between 2012 and 2016, Australia lost 5,000 square kilometers (1,930 square miles) of forest in the Great Barrier Reef watershed (The Guardian). A Chinese agency allows the trade in the bones of leopards, a species protected under CITES (Conservation Action Trust). Grazing livestock in forests could help boost sustainable agriculture (CIFOR Forests News). Protected forests in India that are farther from roads had 88 percent less deforestation, new research has found (The Hindu). Other news Scientists in Switzerland are combining drone surveys with image analysis to track wildlife in Africa (Swiss National Science Foundation/EurekAlert). A new analysis shows that the chances of contracting Lyme disease are higher in fragmented forests of the eastern U.S. (Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies/EurekAlert). Trumps Supreme Court nominee has acknowledged the role of humans in climate change (The Atlantic). What would the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court mean for environmental laws? (The New York Times). Ammonia could be a renewable source of energy (Science Magazine). Several species of whales may have disappeared from the Mediterranean due to hunting by ancient Romans (New Scientist). After centuries of brewing beer, Belgium is becoming a more hospitable place for wine production, thanks to climate change (Reuters). Scientists ask

23:00

Trump lashes May "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Donald Trump has given Theresa May a right bollocking, not undeserved either. Quote: Donald Trump has launched an extraordinary attack on Theresa May in a scathing interview with the British press. Speaking with The Suns political editor Tom Newton Dunn, Trump slammed the British prime minister over her Brexit plan, negotiation skills and trade stance, even saying [] The post Trump lashes May appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

BBC The Story of Wales: Power Struggles #2/6 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Huw Edwards presents this major television history of Wales, showing our country in ways its never been seen before.

This Story of Wales spans seven centuries from the building of a great frontier to Owain Glyndrs epic struggle for independence. We meet the medieval kings who shape Wales and watch a nation emerge out of their lust for power and land.

Amidst battles with Vikings, Saxons and Normans, Welsh culture flourishes. But the death of our last native Prince is followed by a century of plague and famine. Then, the charismatic Glyndr leads a rebellion against the English Crown

22:50

From #MeToo to #WhatNext? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The #MeToo campaign has done well to raise the profile of the insidious history of sexual abuse, but Jacinda Ardern has made a good point how to translate the initial impetus into ongoing action in New Zealand, The Spinoff: We need to say, OK, what next? Jacinda Ardern on the impact of #MeToo The []

22:30

Minister for Open Government busted in another secret meeting "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Clare Curran has been busted in another secret meeting, this time with a lobbyist for Google at a swanky Wellington club: Quote: At least two Cabinet ministers attended a dinner at an exclusive club hosted by Googles top lawyer under secretive Chatham House rules, but made no notes of what was discussed. National open government [] The post Minister for Open Government busted in another secret meeting appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:15

Most read "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

22:12

Molyneux & Southern V Goff: This was never about free speech "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Having achieved its $50,000 target, NZ's newly-minted Free Speech Coalition has proceeded immediately into battle by demonstrating that it knows very little about free speech.

Free speech does not require that you, or the state, provide anyone with a microphone. It simply means that the state must refrain from banning anyone from using their own.

In the case being litigated by the Coalition, the state (in the guise of the Auckland mayor) has not banned speech. It has simply withdrawn a taxpayer-funded microphone.

That is not a free speech violation. It is a judgement call.

It's true that the issue is more confused because the microphone is ratepayer-funded. But as Thomas Jefferson long ago pointed out,* there is little that is more repugnant than to force people to pay to support views they despise. I, for one, (as I've said here many times) despise everything these two stand for. I would not want a cent of mine to go towards supporting their views. Many others, I'm grateful to learn, feel the same.

And that said, nothing stops these oafs from purchasing their own microphone and continuing their tour. They haven't, perhaps because touring here was never their genuine intention. Their true intention, I strongly suspect, was simply to achieve what they've already achieved: headlines and notoriety and a small degree of public martyrdom by a little bit of astute guerrilla marketing.

You really can't buy the publicity these oafs have garnered in the last few days. Before this spat, there were probably 12 people in the country at most who knew who these two alt-right morons were, and maybe half-a-dozen who may have ever paid to hear them. Now, many thousands do, and might.

Well played Mr Promoter -- because it seems clear that those thousands, and Mr Goff, have been well played. Have been very well played indeed...



But ... but ... the venue they'd booked is "public property," I still hear many of you cry. But ... but ... "the premises in question are public!" screams an anonymous commenter here this morning. Well, since this is perhaps the part of this issue that most confuses free speech supporters, let's have it out.

Do you think there might...

22:00

Tweet for Today "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

22:00

Urgent: Free Speech Coalition update "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

With the Free Speech Coalition achieving its initial fundraising goal, theyve briefed lawyers who are busily preparing papers to serve on the Auckland Council. I donated to the cause, and I know that many Whaleoil readers did too. We did so to stand up to the mayors outrageous banning of people whose views he disagrees [] The post Urgent: Free Speech Coalition update appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:38

12 Russian Intel officials indicted for allegedly hacking Clinton campaign "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The US Justice department has indicted 12 Russian intelligence officials for alleged hacking of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign in 2016. Fox News:  12 Russian Intel officials indicted for allegedly hacking Clinton campaign, DNC emails The Justice Department announced charges Friday against 12 Russian intelligence officers for allegedly hacking the Democratic National Committee, the Democratic []

21:38

QotD: "...the permanent, if not innocent, victims of modern philosophy." "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


"It is in their teens and early twenties that most people seek philosophical answers and set their premises, for good or evil, for the rest of their lives. Some never reach that some; some never give up the quest; but the majority are open to the voice of philosophy for a few brief years. These last are the permanent, if not innocent, victims of [post]modern philosophy."
~ Ayn Rand
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21:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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21:15

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

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

21:14

PRAYER FROM AN ATHEIST "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Guest post from Gezza The only way to cure Islams ills is to educate Muslims out of believing the Quran. To do that, you also have to educate the Jews out of believing the Torah & the Christians out of believing the Bible. All of them derive their basis for belief from the first scribblings []

21:03

Trump protests in London exclusive coverage "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Missy has provided coverage of protests against Donald Trump in London. There were two protests today in London against Trump, both came past my work. I thought the first was big, but the second was massive in comparison. Video this starts looking up Haymarket swinging around to Trafalgar Square Taken about 5 mins later []

21:00

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.

Some peoples idea of free speech is that they are free to say what they like but if anyone says anything back, that is an outrage.  Sir Winston Churchill

21:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

20:30

Faces of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is fizgig (noun) 1. a frivolous or flirtatious girl 2. (Chemistry) a firework or whirling top that fizzes as it moves 3. (Angling) a variant of fishgig 4. (Law) (slang Australian) a police informer Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Fizgig has a very cloudy history. The first syllable, [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:02

Madagascars native fauna defenseless against toxic invasive toads "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Madagascar is facing an invasion. Not military, but amphibian. Toxic Asian common toads (Duttaphrynus melanostictus) have spread rapidly around the port city of Toamasina on the countrys east coast. The invasion has raised concerns that the amphibians could take a severe toll on Madagascars wildlife species, approximately 70 percent of which are endemic to the island. A paper published last month vindicates those concerns: through a genetic analysis of 77 Malagasy species, scientists found that just one demonstrated clear resistance to toad toxins. Our findings stress the importance of the timely investment of resources to monitor and control the spread of this alien species in order to prevent a worsening biodiversity crisis in Madagascar, the scientists write in the journal Current Biology. Asian common toads secrete a milky fluid from special glands behind their eyes when threatened. The fluid contains toxins known as cardiac glycosides, which can kill predators, including humans. Toxin-secreting parotid glands are visible as a large sac behind each eye. Image courtesy of JamesReardon.org. If sufficient cardiac glycosides are present, then the affected individual can suffer from an irregular heartbeat, which can lead to cardiac arrest, and death, study co-author Nicholas Casewell, an expert in snake venom with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in the U.K., told Mongabay via email. The situation has drawn fearful comparisons to a devastating invasion of toxic cane toads (Rhinella marina) in Queensland, Australia. The species was introduced from South America in 1935 to control agricultural pests. No one foresaw

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 14 23 All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:22

Media watch Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

19:10

Open Forum Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

18:37

The sea of death "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By John Loretz | IPPNW | July 13, 2018 The US conducted 105 atmospheric and underwater tests at its Pacific Ocean proving ground from 1946-1962. Massive amounts of radioactive fallout from those tests spread across the Pacific, causing severe health effects that have continued to this day. One of the best-known incidents from this reckless []

17:13

Friday Cephalopod: Up close and personal "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This is my last day out here in Seattle, so I have to leave you with a memento of what Puget Sound is famous for: the Giant Pacific Octopus.

By the way, there is a petition to end octopus hunting at Alki, where this video was shot.

16:15

Our Oceans Are Under Attack, Accumulating Plastic Wastes "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Spawning coral wrapped in waste plastics

Plastic waste threatens coral reefs

From an Article by Katherine Bourzac, Chemical & Engineering News, Volume 96 Issue 5 | p. 7 | News of The Week, January 29, 2018

A photograph of a spawning coral with a piece of plastic wrapped around it.

Coral reefs around the world face an existential threat from overfishing, climate change, nutrient runoff, and ocean acidification. Now researchers have added another hazard to the list: plastic waste. In a survey of reefs in the Asia-Pacific region, marine biologists found that contact with plastic garbage increased corals risk of disease from 4 to 89% (Science 2018, DOI: 10.1126/science.aar3320).

Researchers and environmentalists have been sounding the alarm about the 4.8 to 12.7 million metric tons of plastic that lands in the oceans every year. Still, says Douglas Rader, chief oceans scientist at the Environmental Defense Fund and one of the studys coleaders, the strong connection between coral disease and plastic was extremely surprising. This is striking, particularly in the context of all the other risks to reefs, he says.

The plastics study, an international effort involving researchers from Cornell University and collaborators in Indonesia, Hawaii, and Australia, studied 159 reefs in Myanmar, Australia, Thailand, and Indonesia. Researchers looked for signs of disease, including bands of necrotic tissue on the corals. They also noted whether the corals were in contact with pieces of plastic 50 mm in diameter or larger. Courtney Couch, a coral disease ecologist at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology who surveyed reefs in Indonesia, says she saw many corals wrapped in plastic fishing lines and plastic bags.

This study is the first to show that plastic waste is associated with risk of disease in a marine organism. Although the researchers didnt establish a mechanism to explain the correlation, Couch notes that plastic ocean trash can carry pathogens. Plastic also can wrap around coral, which causes stress and in turn leaves the organism vulnerable to infection.

Marine chemist Tracy Mincer of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, who says he reads studies about plastic in the ocean with a skeptical eye, is convinced. It i...

14:38

Valorizing Places And Things We Love "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

One decade ago I made the journey to Rapa Nui while on an extended project in southern Chile. It was another bit of fortune that came with the occupation I accidentally found myself in. The video above, excerpted by the Atlantic from Max Lowes film, hints at the value tourism can infuse, as well as the perils it can represent, with regard to cultural heritage. We have long used the archaic word valorization to explain what we do as a company and the Celine Cousteau Film Fellowship seems to believe the same, in supporting Maxs film:

Tourism to a Dying Ancient Culture

The modern world has come for our little island, says Heu Rapu Haoa in Max Lowes short documentary, Amo. Heu is one of the 800 remaining speakers of his native tongue. His home, Rapa Nui, known widely as Easter Island, is one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world.

Situated more than 2,000 miles in the southeastern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Chile, Easter Island was once home to Polynesias most advanced megalithic culture. At its peak, from 1100 to 1680 A.D., 20,000 Rapanui people lived on the island. They belonged to a complex society that erected thousands of magnificent stone statues, called moai, to commemorate their ancestors. Then, it all collapsed. By the mid-19thcentury, fewer than one thousand Rapanui remained. Archaeologists still debate the official cause of Rapa Nuis demise. (Realistically, it was probably a confluence of factors, including resource depletion, disease,...

14:05

World view Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

14:01

July 14 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1223 Louis VIII became King of France upon the death of his father, Philip II of France.

1698 The Darien scheme began with five ships, bearing about 1,200 people, departing Leith for the Isthmus of Panama.

1769 The de Portol Expedition established a base in California, and set out to find the Port of Monterey.

1771 Foundation of the Mission San Antonio de Padua  by the Franciscan friar Junpero Serra.

1789  French Revolution: Citizens of Paris stormed the Bastille and freed seven prisoners.

1790  French Revolution: Citizens of Paris celebrated the constitutional monarchy and national reconciliation in the Fte de la Fdration.

1791  The Priestley Riots drove  Joseph Priestley, a supporter of the French Revolution, out of Birmingham, England.

1798  The Sedition Act became law in the United States making it a federal crime to write, publish, or utter false or malicious statements about the government.

1834  James Abbott McNeill Whistler, American painter (d. 1903).

1858  Emmeline Pankhurst, English suffragette (d. 1928)

1865  First ascent of the Matterhorn by Edward Whymper and party, four of whom died on the descent.

1868  Gertrude Bell, English archaeologist, writer, spy, and administrator, was born (d. 1926).

1872 Albert Marque, French sculptor....

13:39

Advancing responsible radioactive waste management in Australia. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF Briefing note: March 2018

Overview:

Radioactive waste management in Australia has been a contested, divisive and ultimately non-productive area of public policy for decades. The timing and circumstances are now conducive for adopting a revised approach that is more likely to advance responsible national radioactive waste management and agreed and lasting outcomes.

This approach to responsible radioactive waste management in Australia is founded on not imposing any federal facility on an unwilling community, acting in a manner consistent with both existing state and territory laws and leading international industry practise and ensuring high standards of extended federal interim storage at the two secured sites where the majority of the waste is sited pending an inclusive and robust examination of the range of long term future management options.

Scale and current context:

Australia holds around 4250 cubic metres of low level radioactive waste and 655 cubic metres of longlived intermediate level waste. Around 95% of this material is currently stored at two secured Federal sites. Nearly all of Australias intermediate level waste is held where it was created at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisations (ANSTO) Lucas Heights nuclear reactor facility in southern Sydney. This material is Australias highest level radioactive waste and is the most significant management challenge. Most of the low-level waste is at the Defence Departments Woomera site in South Australia.

The National Radioactive Waste Management Project:

The current preferred federal plan involves the emplacement and coveri...

13:37

Australian Conservation Foundation: need for nuclear waste dump in Flinders Ranges not proven, alternative options not explored. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The siting of a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility, is an issue of huge national importance. So is it fair that our small community is being asked to make such a serious decision based on limited and, we believe, misleading information?

The Australian Conservation Foundation Submission [no 70] to the Senate Economics References Committee on the selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia, Dave Sweeney | Nuclear Free Campaigner |

The Australian Conservation Foundation is Australias national environment organisation. We stand up, speak out and act for a world where reefs, rivers, forests and wildlife thrive...

13:21

Trumps Choice "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Yes, hes in the UK and causing controversy as per norm. Along with likeness in balloon form: Yes, Trump has openly criticised Theresa May, and why not? Shes earned a little criticism. But who has Trump suggested would be the best choice to run (or should that be ruin?) the UK? Boris Johnson. Who is []

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13:16

Australia and Papua New Guinea partner on transformative high-speed internet project "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


The strength of the Papua New Guinea Australia partnership was demonstrated further this week with the signing of a memorandum of understanding for a trilateral project to deliver the Coral Sea Cable System. 
Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Peter ONeill, Prime Minister of Australia, Malcolm Turnbull, and Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands Rick Houenipwela at the MOU signing in Canberra

The three Prime Ministers from Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Australia led the signing event. 

In Port Moresby today a subsidiary arrangement was also signed.

The Coral Sea Cable System is a showcase of how Papua New Guinea and Australia continue to enhance our bilateral ties and common interests through transformative projects.

The new cable system will better connect Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Australia through the installation of undersea telecommunication cables. ...

12:31

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

130718THOUSAND OF BOUGAINVILLE CATHOLIC YOUTHS WAIT IN VAIN
New Dawn FM News
Thousands of Catholic faithfuls preparation to meet one of the church leaders in Buka did not eventuate because the Plane was diverted due to terrorists threats.
NUNCIO His Excellency the most reverend Kurian was to have arrived in Buka this afternoon and travelled to Arawa to meet the youths of Bougainville.
He will arrange another time to visit Bougainville.
Meanwhile, the Bishop of Bougainville His Lordship BENARD UNABALI travelled this afternoon to Arawa to meet the youths of Central South west and South Bougainville as planned.
He will say mass with the youths at Tubiana Parish tomorrow and return to have mass with the Youths of North Bougainville, West Coast and Atolls on Sunday.

Ends

12:30

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

130718ABG PAUSES TO ADDRESS LAW AND ORDER ISSUES
New Dawn FM News
The ABG today announced that all development activities has been paused to divert scarce resources to terrorist activities on Bougainville that threatens the overall peace process on the island.
President of ABG, Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS made this announcement in a press conference with reporters in Buka this afternoon.
President MOMIS said that the ABG as the peoples government cannot just sit down and allow a minority of so called service providers destroy what majority of Bougainvilleans have paid high price to achieve.
He said from today the ABG will fund the Bougainville Police to address the undercurrent issues threatening peace and stability on the island.
President MOMIS said Police will be armed to address the law and order issue that is undermining the effort of genuine Bougainvilleans who want to see a happy ending to the fight for freedom that our for fathers have started long time ago.
New Dawn FM understands that when the Bougainville Peace Agreement was signed it was declared that Bougainville will create Peace by Peaceful means and not with the use of Guns.
But the first ABG House under the late JOSEPH KABUI government Police were armed to allow Police to address many killings happening nearly everyday.
That decision was rescinded by the second President, JAMES TANIS in 2009 in order for the Presidential team to meet with DAMIAN KOIKES fighters in Konnou.
This made the team by President TANIS meet with the KONNOU Meekamui fighters at LUKAUKO village.
Today President MOMIS and his cabinet have resolved to re-arm the Bougainville Police service to address pressing law and order issues that is once again affecting peace and stability on the island as Bougainville is preparing for the Referendum scheduled for June next year.

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12:27

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

130718MOMIS CONDEMNS ACTS OF TERRORISM
New Dawn FM News

The ABG President Chief DR. JOHN MOMIS has condemned the act of terrorism by Bougainvillean service providers to ground the Air Niugini plane today if it landed in Buka.
The plane did not land in Buka because of the threat and instead did not fly to Buka today.
In condemning the act, ABG President said that terrorist act in AUSTRALIA and other countries can mean persons serving Prison terms of more than TEN YEARS.
He said Police have been ordered to investigate todays incident and arrest ring leaders so that they can face the full brunt of the law.
President said that the same people have disturbed the normal flight services to Buka for the second time and this time they will be dealt with under the laws of the land.
President MOMIS said that the people of Bougainville are fed up with minority who are trying to hijack the hard-work of many Bougainvilleans genuine service providers who are waiting patiently for the ABG to pay them when the funds are available.
He called on the people of Bougainville to know who to blame if Bougainville does not achieve what it wants.
President MOMIS said that even when Bougainvilleans vote 100 percent for Independence the questions of rule of law and good governance can make ratification difficult.
He said our unique window of opportunity is quickly closing on us because of these activities by people who are working against the wish of the people of Bougainville.
Ends

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12:06

Celebrating Indigenous Australian-Papua New Guinea linkages "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Australian High Commission

The Australian High Commission in Port Moresby is hosting a special programme of events through to Thursday July 19 in celebration of the National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee or NAIDOC Week.  

The programme began on Monday July 9 with a ceremony at the High Commission to raise the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags alongside the Australian flag.
Raising of the flags: Australian High Commission second secretary Yasmine Davis raising the Torres Strait Islander flag, chief executive officer of Indigenous Community Volunteers Stephanie Harvey raising the Aboriginal flag and Australian High Commissioner Bruce Davis raising the Australian flag.

This year two exceptional indigenous Australian women have been invited to participate in the programme Stephanie Harvey, chief executive officer of Indigenous Community Volunteers and rising star in the music...

12:00

RNZ: Nurses Strike "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/mnr-20180713-0713-busy_day_for_nurses_back_to_work_after_strike-128.mp3

Nurses around the country are about to return to work. Yesterday 30-thousand nurses walked off the job for 24 hours after their union and DHBs failed to reach agreement on pay and conditions. Our reporter Nita Blake-Persen is outside Auckland Hospital.

11:00

Tweet for Today "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hooton, is in Adams view correct

Those who assume Trump is a political genius might suggest Trump was shoring up May, others might think that Farage prodded Trump to bolster BOJO

11:00

Friday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A video on how fake news is faked. The fake news article in question is here. The post Friday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:00

Golriz and her CV "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

10:30

The plan to save the world "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

10:30

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Patience is a virtue, possess it if you can.

Its seldom found in women and never in a man.

My mother used to recite this to me when I was demonstrating impatience.

All these years later in an age of instant gratification, it can be harder than ever to exercise patience.

But it is no less necessary and today Im grateful that my mothers words came back to me in time to change what would have been impatience into several deep breaths.

10:28

Heather Baldocks sycophantic submission supporting nuclear waste dump for Kimba "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Heather Baldock (Submission No 64) to Senate Standing Committee on Economics Re Appropriateness and thoroughness of the site selection process for a National Radioactive Waste Management Facility at Kimba  

As a long term local farmer of the Kimba district who has been very active in many local and regional community organisations, I am very excited by the opportunities that hosting the National radioactive low level disposal and intermediate storage facility would bring to our area. I was born here and have raised my family in this community, and I have family still living in the Kimba District including grandchildren.

I wish to address the Terms of Reference for this inquiry and am happy for this submission to be made public.

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

The financial compensation for the acquisition of land to be paid to the landowner, who voluntarily nominated property, is reasonable and a long way from excessive.

Calculations suggest that 4 x the land value for 100 hectares would be equivalent to about 10 years of farm production on that amount of land. So after 10 years the landowners would be losing out with this arrangement. For the two Kimba landowners it would not even cover their input costs for one cropping season.

There is also the intrusion of media and people from far and wide, not always in a friendly manner.

This underlines the fact that the landowners nominated their land, not for personal gain, rather as an opportunity for our community to diversify and increase employment in our low rainfall marginal farming area which is experiencing ongoing popu...

10:00

Feline Friday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

09:57

Hawker Community Development Board a staunch supporter of nuclear waste dump proposal "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hawker Community Development Board Inc  (Submission No. 47) to Senate Committe re Selection Process for Nuclear Waste Dump (Subnission No.47) Chairperson Janice McInnis Secretary Chelsea Haywood Treasurer Evelyn de Jong

The Hawker Community Development Board (HCDB) is a community representative organisation that aims to promote the town of Hawker and the surrounding district encouraging tourism, progress and the preservation of items relating to the physical, social and cultural heritage of South Australia. Also acting as a conduit to the local Council and Government Agencies The following is the HCDB response to the Waste Management Facility inquiry

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

Regardless of where the repository is to be built it is only fair that the land owner been compensated accordingly for the land that is taken to be used. It is no different to a person receiving compensation, so a highway can be widened, or an over pass built on what was their property .

b) how the need for broad community support has played and will continue to play a part in the process, including:

  1. the definition of broad community support Broad community support means that most residents in the area considered the community are supportive of the project proceeding. The area considered community is not the entire state of South Australia nor the entire Country. This is a decision to be based on those that will be impacted the...

09:30

Raheem Kassam on Sadiq Khan, Brexit, and free speech. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This is VERY relevant to the battle for free speech that we are currently fighting against Auckland mayor Phil Goff. The post Raheem Kassam on Sadiq Khan, Brexit, and free speech. appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:21

Classic Comedy: Fresh Fields S03 1/06 Do It Yourself "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

From Wikipedia

Hester and William Fields (McKenzie and Rodgers) are a devoted middle-aged, middle-class couple living an idyllic suburban lifestyle in Barnes, London. William works as an accountant while Hester is a housewife who works part-time in local restaurant Lucys Kitchen. The titles meaning, and crux of the show, is that Hester combats empty-nest syndrome by livening up her life with new interests and hobbies, to the exasperation of her hard-working husband who just wants a quiet life. The shows opening credits, featuring silhouettes of the characters, reflect this: Hester rides an exercise bike and plays a drumkit while William relaxes in a rocking chair.

The family home has an attached granny flat in which Hesters mother Nancy (Fanny Rowe) lives following her divorce from Hesters roguish father Guy (Ballard Berkeley); he often tries to win her back. (The pair finally remarry in the last episode.) Hester and William have two children of their own: the never-seen Tom who lives in New Zealand; and Emma, who is usually only heard (voice of Debby Cummings) telephoning her parents at inconvenient times. Emmas husband Peter (Philip Bird) appears occasionally; Emma and Peter later present the Fields with their first grandchild Guy, named after his great-grandfather.

The Fields neighbour Sonia Barrett (played by Ann Beach) pops round in every episode to borrow items; these appearances would irritate William to comical effect. Sonia had the shows only catchphrase: Its only Sonia! shed carol as she rapped at the Fields back door then let herself in. Sonias husband John (John Arthur) appeared occasionally, as did Williams secretary Miss Marigold Denham (Daphne Oxenford).

Fresh Fields ended in 1986 but three years later the series resumed as French Fields, which saw William and Hester relocating to France after William accepted a job there. There were three series of 19 episodes made between 5 September 1989 and 8 October 1991, all written by John T. Chapman and Ian Davidson. Philip Bird appeared as Peter in several episodes, with Emma finally seen on-screen, now played by Sally Baxter. Ann Beach made a guest appearance as Sonia in the final episode.

09:00

Free Tommy Robinson demo: Lets get 50,000 at Whitehall this Saturday the 14th July "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Free Tommy Robinson demo: Lets get 50,000 at Whitehall this Saturday the 14th July appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

08:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

07:51

Free speech rally tomorrow Saturday 14th July at midday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Whaleoil writer and Right Minds blog founder Dieuwe de Boer has organised three Free speech rallies this Saturday 14th July at midday at Wellington Christchurch Auckland The Auckland Rally will be held at Aotea Square featuring: Stephen Berry Act Jordan Williams Free Speech Coalition Elliot Ikilei New Conservative Deputy Leader Dieuwe de [] The post Free speech rally tomorrow Saturday 14th July at midday appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:38

Indonesia Sudah Beroperasi Leluasa di Vanuatu: Di Makanakah ULMWP? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Melanesia Intelligence Service sudah melaporkan sebelumnya betapa NKRI beroperasi dengan berbagai cara untuk mempengaruhi politik di Republik Vanuatu. Mereka sudah berhasil dengan sejumlah politisi Vanuatu sebelumnya dan sekarang dengan Salwai mereka terus berusaha. Seperti dilaporkan sebelumnya, mereka telah mendekati beberapa menteri di Vanuatu, telah membiayai mereka, telah menyokong beebrapa usaha. Salah satu usaha yang mereka

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07:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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07:29

Laurens landed and look at what she is wearing "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The worlds most censored and controversial tour is about to take place and Australia has never seen anything like it. Lauren has landed in Australia and look at what she is wearing. Leftie heads will be exploding RIGHT-WING Canadian activist Lauren Southern has touched down in Brisbane ahead of a speaking tour later this month [] The post Laurens landed and look at what she is wearing appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

Auckland peace action needs a new logo: Two "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The anti-free speech activist organisation Auckland peace action has called for the Free speech coalition to be renamed the Hate speech coalition. They have accused the Free speech coalition of being about hate because it supports free speech for everyone (not just those who have the same views and opinions.) In contrast, the Auckland peace action [] The post Auckland peace action needs a new logo: Two appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:52

Asian shares mostly higher; Japans Nikkei up on weak yen "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Asian shares are mostly higher, rebounding from jitters over the U.S.-China trade disputes for a second straight day.

KEEPING SCORE: Japans Nikkei 225 jumped 1.3 percent to 22,483.13 and South Koreas Kospi gained 0.8 percent to 2,302.32. Hong Kongs Hang Seng index added 0.3 percent to 28,578.86. But Shanghai Composite Index in mainland China fell 0.6 percent to 2,821.73. In Australia, S&P-ASX 200 dipped 0.2 percent to 6,255.10. Stocks in Singapore, Taiwan and other Southeast Asian markets were higher.

ANALYSTS TAKE: Despite recent escalations in trade battles, the sky hasnt fallen just yet as optimism crept back into the market, said Stephen Innes, OANDAs head of trading in Asia Pacific region. The broader market continues to remain in wait and see mode for further details on how China might retaliate on trade.

TRADE: China has yet to give details on what kind of firm and forceful measures it would use to respond to the fresh round of potential tariff hikes on $200 billion of goods announced by the U.S. on Tuesday. But Beijing stepped up pressure on Washington by suggesting that U.S. companies lobby American leaders. The U.S. and China are yet to resume negotiations over the dispute that led to tariff hikes on each others goods.

WALL STREET: U.S stocks finished higher on Thursday led by tech companies. The S&P 500 index rose 0.9 percent to 2,798.29. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 0.9 percent to 24,924.89. The Nasdaq jumped 1.4 percent to 7,823.92, closing at an all-time high. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks added 0.4 percent to 1,690.28.

OIL: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 2 cents to $70.31 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract dipped 0.1 percent to settle at $70.33 a barrel on Thursday. Brent crude, used to price international oils, fell 35 cents to $74.10 per barrel in London. It finished 1.4 percent higher at $74.45 per barrel on Thursday.

CURRENCIES: The dollar rose to 112.65 yen from 112.52 yen. The euro fell slightly to $1.1666 from $1.1672.

Read more at https://www.philstar.com/business/2018/07/13/1833185/asian-sh...

06:30

Finally we know whats wrong with the world: Petro-masculinity "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

For goodness sake, do not let Julie Anne Genter know about this!  All her hot-buttons in one simple unified theory of everything. Cara Daggett has published her oh-so-learned-and-serous paper, Petro-masculinity: Fossil Fuels and Authoritarian Desire. Quote. Abstract As the planet warms, new authoritarian movements in the West are embracing a toxic combination of climate denial, [] The post Finally we know whats wrong with the world: Petro-masculinity appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Bravura   the display or show of great daring; impressive technical skill and brilliance shown in a performance or activity; a musical passage requiring exceptional agility and technical skill in execution; florid brilliant style.

06:00

Mutinous migrants "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Times (UK) reports: Quote: African migrants threatened to kill the crew of an Italian cargo vessel that had rescued them in the Mediterranean, in an attempt to avoid being returned to detention centres in Libya. The Italian coastguard picked up the migrants after receiving a call for help from the ship. They were being taken [] The post Mutinous migrants appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:54

Breaking news: Tommy Robinsons appeal "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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05:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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05:17

Sealegs competitor runs aground in copyright case "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sealegs has won a massive copyright case against a competitor formed by ex-Sealegs staff. NBR reports on the substance of the case: Quote: A High Court judge has found Sealegs International had its copyright infringed by Orion Marine, Smuggler Marine and various other people associated with the rival business. In ruling in favour of Sealegs, [] The post Sealegs competitor runs aground in copyright case appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:14

Partial solar eclipse of July 13, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A partial solar eclipse will take place on Friday, July 13, 2018, but will only be visible in extreme southern Australia and Antarctica. This eclipse belongs to Saros 117 and is number 69 of 71 eclipses in the series. All eclipses in this series occur at the...... Read more

05:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

04:41

Kapiti Coast Airport Open Day Soon "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Kapiti Coast Airport and Kpiti Coast District Council say a community open day will be held at the Airport on Sunday, []

04:30

A curfew for men "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The world has gone completely mad. I seem to say that a lot these days. Men, particularly white men, are blamed for everything by feminists who should use their education to write things that make sense. But no. In the latest in a long line of feminist garbage that has been sprouted, this new idea [] The post A curfew for men appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:22

2 OPPOSITION MPS DEFECT TO GOVT. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

by BRYAN KRAMER
Post Courier reported that two members of National Alliance Party, Member of Maprik John Simon and Member of Usino Bundi Jimmy Uguro tendered their resignation to join the O'Neill Government.
(In case anyone is wondering no I did not buy the papers - it was reported online). An issue I have been tracking for sometime.
What was not reported was that both flew to China with O'Neill Government delegation as members of Opposition. One can only assume it was all in the guise to induce them to join the Government ranks.
So does this mean Opposition is in a weaker position to change the O'Neill Government?
The short answer is No.
While many are of the view that a change in Government would mean Members in Government would cross over to elect an alternative Prime Minister from the Opposition this scenario is far from reality.
Any change in O'Neill Government would come from split in the Government coalition where they would rely on numbers (23) of the Opposition to decide who on that side would be the next Prime Minister.
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04:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Click on map for a clearer view Map Of The 53 Countries That Ban The Corporal Punishment Of Children Bishop Tutu once said: You can tell how healthy a nation is by looking at how they treat their woman, children and elderly. .and that dear readers, was the only good thing he ever said. Mike [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:54

The Fascinating History of Kindergartens "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There was an early pre-school opened in Strasbourg in 1779, but it was Friedrich Frbel who first established a childrens []

03:38

Climate change: Getting rid of petrol cars "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

What does the government's target of zero net emissions by 2050 mean in practice? James Shaw states the obvious: no more petrol cars:

If New Zealand is to meet its zero carbon pledge, nearly all the country's cars will have to be zero-emission by 2050, Climate Change Minister James Shaw says.

As of June, roughly 8700 plug-in cars are on the road of a total fleet of more than four million.

Mr Shaw said achieving the country's commitment to be carbon neutral by 2050 was reliant on significantly boosting the uptake of plug-in vehicles.

"We can't get to the zero-emissions carbon goal without switching over the ground vehicle fleet to electrics. You just can't get there," he said.

"We think that means about 95 percent of vehicles in the year 2050 will be zero-emissions vehicles."


Which is obvious if you think about it. Road transport was responsible for 13.6 million tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2016 - 17.3% of our national total. And if we are to reach zero emissions, those emissions need to be eliminated or offset. Some of that can be done by mode-shifting - getting people out of cars and into electric-powered trains and buses in our major centres. But the car is unlikely to die, so that means getting people to use cars which don't ruin the climate. And on current technological trends, that looks like a massive switch to electric vehicles.

The good news is that its possible. Electric vehicles are a tiny chunk of the fleet at the moment - there are less than 9,000 on the road. But thirty years is a long time for technological change, and New Zealand imports more than 250,000 cars a year. There's about 3.4 million cars registered, and the entire fleet will turn over multiple times before 2050. And while electric vehicles are expensive at present, the price will drop as they become standard, and we'll see greater numbers showing up on the used market (which is where NZ gets about half its cars).

As for how to push that change, rather than ending up a dumping ground for the rest of the world's discarded dirty cars when they switch to electric, the obvious policy is to set a long-term cutoff date on the sale or import of petrol cars. Overseas, dates have been set between 2025 (for Norway) and 2040 (for the dirty UK), with 2030 as the average. For New Zealand, I'd suggest no later t...

03:30

Raid on Entebbe: Part one "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The monocled British statesman stared out of the trains window at the seemingly endless tracts of African expanse. It was early 1903 and Joseph Chamberlain was deep in thought. The one-meter gauge of the railway line he was now travelling upon had been years in the making and had only been accomplished through bitter political struggle [] The post Raid on Entebbe: Part one appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:15

Not all Muslims are terrorists "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When you talk about Islam with non-Muslims, they often respond as if youve made some sort of mistake. They will tell you that most Muslims are peace-loving people and they will think that you are unfairly saying that 1.6 billion Muslims worldwide share the same views as a few crazy extremists. A good all-purpose response to [] The post Not all Muslims are terrorists appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:00

Bigots pile in on Twitter "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Now you may need to sit down and take a deep breath as I am about to admit that I agree with Rachel Stewart.  (Counselling is available for those who are triggered by this revelation. Ph 0800 HARDENUP, 0800 4273 3687) The premise of her article was Lets eat cake and laugh at the Warkworth [] The post Bigots pile in on Twitter appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:00

Classic Comedy: It Aint Half Hot Mum S03 E03 Bang Goes The Maharajah "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It Aint Half Hot Mum was the second of the three sitcom series co-written by David Croft set in the Second World War, the first being Dads Army (19681977) with Jimmy Perry and the third being Allo, Allo! (19821992) with Jeremy Lloyd.

Set during the Second World War (in the period just after the German surrender when the Allies were trying to finish the war by defeating Japan in Asia), the show focuses on a group of British soldiers stationed at the Royal Artillery Depot in Deolali, India, where soldiers were kept before being sent to fight at the front lines. The main characters are performers in the bases Concert Party, which involved putting on comic acts and musical performances (similar to those seen in a music hall) for the other soldiers prior to their departure for the front lines. The soldiers in the Concert Party all love this particular job, as it keeps them out of combat duty, but some do harbour dreams of becoming world-famous actors when they leave the army.

02:30

Right wing politicians must challenge NZ Media "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Its hilarious that New Zealand media commentators claim no knowledge of Lauren Southern and Stefan Molyneux (and likewise Jordan Peterson, Ben Shapiro, Dave Rubin, Milo Yiannopoulos and Paul Joseph Watson) yet they all know that they are controversial and Alt or Far Right which is just their code for Fascist. The mainstream media also quickly [] The post Right wing politicians must challenge NZ Media appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:15

Poll: Do you really believe in free speech? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The post Poll: Do you really believe in free speech? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Blue Sky Meats may adopt small-is-beautiful branding as point of difference to big-budgeted rivals, CEO says  Jonathan Underhill

(BusinessDesk) Blue Sky Meats, which sells chilled and frozen meats under two B2B brands, is on track to roll-out direct to consumer products in 2019 and is market-testing a strategy that may try to make a virtue out of being a minnow.

Sales rose 7 percent to $104.5 million in the year ended March 31 while expenses were little changed at $100.8 million, resulting in pre-tax earnings of $3.7 million from a loss of $2.6 million a year earlier, according to its annual report released at the weekend. . .

NZ Institute of Forestry proposes new national forest policy  Margreet Dietz:

(BusinessDesk) The New Zealand Institute of Forestry proposed the introduction of a new national policy for the industry at the sectors annual conference in an effort to help the government develop sound long-term strategies for forestry development.

David Evison, president of the NZ Institute of Forestry, presented the document, titled Forest Policy for New Zealand, to Forestry Minister Shane Jones, who formally opened the conference today, the group said in a statement. . .

Maize sector buoyant after strong growing season:

Levels of confidence are returning to New Zealands maize sector, with a healthy rise in average yields and prices remaining firm at around $400/tonne.

Reuben Carter, Federated Farmers Arable Industry Group Vice-Chairperson (Maize/Forage), said most growers enjoyed excellent growing weather and harvest conditions in 2018 and this is reflected in the latest AIMI survey. Data from 77 survey farms, scaled up for a national picture, show an average maize grain yield of 12.8 t/ha, compared to 10 t/ha in 2017, and 20.6t maize silage dry matter/ha (18.5t in 2017). . .

02:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Cathederal junction apartments 7th floor looking out over Manchester street, Christchurch. NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic locations. They can be the view from your kitchen window or bedroom window [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:30

Free speech is not cheap "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I used to think that The Spinoff had some interesting views. And then I read this article today. Quote: Its hard to get people to give money to worthy causes. Climate change. Poverty. Fuel taxes. There are so many issues, and were all stretched thin. But this week weve found out theres still one cause that can compel [] The post Free speech is not cheap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:28

Decolonizing conservation: Q&A with PNG marine activist John Aini "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

KUCHING, Malaysia In 1993, fisheries scientist John Aini founded the conservation group Ailan Awareness in Papua New Guineas New Ireland province to help his community and others nearby reverse declines in the marine life they depend upon. The organization helps communities around the provinces islands develop marine resource management plans that are based on local customs and designed to sustainably improve their livelihoods. Aini grew up in New Ireland and is a traditional leader of the Malagan culture in the provinces northern region. He has received numerous international awards, including the Seacology Prize in 2012, for his work in marine and fisheries conservation. The Roviana Solwara Skul, or Saltwater School, is a key project that Ailan Awareness established in 2010 to teach local people about the marine environment, emphasizing both traditional knowledge and Western science. Aini co-founded the school with his brother, Miller Aini, and frequent collaborator Paige West, an anthropologist at Columbia University. Aini believes equal partnerships between indigenous people and researchers in both designing and implementing projects lead to better conservation results in local communities than do projects heavily controlled by foreign practitioners. He gave a plenary talk titled Communities Matter: Decolonizing conservation management on June 26 at the International Marine Conservation Congress, held in Kuching, Malaysia. Mongabay caught up with Aini after the talk. John Aini. Image by Basten Gokkon/Mongabay. Mongabay: Your speech highlighted this idea of decolonizing conservation. Can you explain what exactly that means? John Aini: Historically, we were colonized. All the ideas about

01:20

Choir Singing Old American Songs "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Anthony Dreaver says that enjoyment is guaranteed at the Kapiti Chamber Choir Concert. 2.30 p.m. on Sunday 15 July Kapiti []

01:00

Digital image of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This is NOT a digital image. This is a digital image. The post Digital image of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:56

Christine Scott rejects nuclear waste dump proposal its against South Australian law, and will damage agricultural industry "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Christine Scott Submission No 14 Subject: Senate enquiry into site selection process for a national radioactive waste storage facility

To whom it may concern, I am writing this letter as a concerned member of the Kimba community. I reside in the township of Kimba and have a son, his wife and three young children living and working on the farm which has been in our family for over 100 years, and which is situated approx 17kms from our town centre.

In the 50 years I have resided in the Kimba district (coming here as a teacher in 1968) I have never before witnessed such a divided and hurting community. Before the selection process began I would have described our community as united and supportive of each other and the local businesses. Now many farmers are looking to buy their merchandise only from businesses that support their viewpoint on whether or not there should be a nuclear waste dump in Kimba, even preferring to shop out of town for farm goods, food and groceries than give their financial support to people who they feel have betrayed them and the whole agricultural export industry on which the existence of this town depends.

Resentment runs high towards those farmers who volunteered their land for the dump, when that volunteering comes with an incentive of 3 times the value of their land plus the original value. From my understanding a volunteer is someone who gives of their time, services or possessions for free, but these farmers are seen to be benefiting at the disadvantage of others.

I strongly reject the presumption implied by the Government that one, or in Kimbas case two individuals have the right to decide that:

(...

00:44

Kapiti Players in New Zealand Basketball Team "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Angelo Robinson says this is an amazing opportunity for these players. Heading for Las Vegas Kapiti Basketball Players Rachel Pike []

00:30

New Conservative Deputy Leader Elliot Ikilei cuts through media lies "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Dieuwe de Boer Rightminds.nz As the Lauren Southern controversy has raged, various parties, like ACT and National, timidly expressed their support for free speech but denounced the views of two Canadians they clearly knew nothing about. The hapless Simon Bridges even went so far as to support Phil Goffs right-wing speaker ban. One man, New Conservative Deputy [] The post New Conservative Deputy Leader Elliot Ikilei cuts through media lies appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:30

No logical answer to why? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

On a morning walk I came across a lamb with one leg caught under a fence.

The paddock it had been in had plenty of feed.

The grass in the one it had tried to move to was definitely not greener, nor was it more plentiful.

The paddock it had been in was full of other lambs.

The one it had tried to move to had none.

I wondered why a herd animal would leave its mates and lush grass to seek less green and more lonely pastures elsewhere.

Then I saw these two tweets and realised sometimes the question why  has no logical answer.

00:27

Project Officer, Energy Affordability "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Victoria State Government Environment, Land, Water and Planning

00:22

John Hennessy bubbling with enthusiasm for nuclear waste dump in Hawker "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

John Hennessy Submission (No 7 ) on : Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia

 I am a Hawker resident and business owner. I believe the site selection process was correct, I acknowledge it may have been carried out any number of different ways, but that does not imply something improper with the process implemented. What is really impressive is the extensive consultation which has taken place since day one. All residents have had the opportunity to gather information and express their concerns over a period of almost two years.
Hawker has a great opportunity to become involved with the wonderful work ANSTO perform, which in turn makes a significant contribution to Australias first class health system. We in Hawker will proudly share a sister city type relationship with Lucas Heights, which will allow our children and grandchildren openings into Sydney employment prospects. I am bubbling over with enthusiasm for this project; it is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a small community to obtain a massive injection of investment which will provide an increase in employment and business activity for many years to come. It will guarantee the future of our town.
The terms of reference segment I wish to specifically address is, whether the local or state wide community views should be taken into consideration. I believe the way this has played out to date is not in our communitys best interest. The no campaign ha...

00:12

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

OFFICE OF HAWAIIAN AFFAIRS ELECTION AUG.11TH - PROBLEM OR SOLUTION?


00:05

Steven Taylor believes in nuclear waste dump, as ensuring a future for Hawker "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Steven Taylor SUBJECT:- proposed Nuclear Repository Submission No 5  SUBMISSION Senate enquiry into the process of site selection for the Nuclear Repository in South Australia.

As a resident of the Hawker area I have no issue with the site selection and supply the following in support of my submission.

I have been a resident of the Hawker Township for approximately 14 years and have been fully aware of the process of this site selection at Barndioota. It was advertised in the newspapers and all parties concerned had the opportunity to put land forward.
  In relation to neighbors complaining that they were not consulted is not an issue with the selection process. I as a home owner do not have to consult with my neighbors if I wish to sell my property, why should a land owner. That is an issue with the owners of the property and should not be considered an issue in this matter.
  The compensation offered by the Federal Government of the acquisition of the land is not an outrageous amount. I believe it to be a fair and equitable price for the land and as we are only referring to approximately 100 hectares of land I do not think that the land owner is going to make a huge fortune for the land.
  Broad community support has been considered in this matter and to say otherwise is m...

00:00

The profound wisdom of the Unknown Soldiers silence "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The hypocrisy displayed recently by people who dislike freedom has been very noticeable. I am referring to the reaction towards a proposed speaking platform for Stefan Molyneux and Lauren Southern. Just when I think that the laziness that tends to inhabit our mainstream media cant get any worse, the empty-headed vacuous automatons who comprise a [] The post The profound wisdom of the Unknown Soldiers silence appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

Thursday, 12 July

23:48

Janice McInnis a nuclear waste dump will ensure the future for Hawker town "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Janice McInnis Submission site selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia  I am long term resident of over 40 years and have no problems with the site selection process for our area of Hawker.

 The site selection process was well advertised. All land owners had equal opportunity to nominate their land. Land owners are not required to notify neighbours of what they may choose to do with their land unless it has a direct impact on the neighbours. The financial compensation offered is not extravagant as the land purchase is only a small piece of the total property and will not affect the overall running of the property.
Broad community support means it is supported by a majority of people who live and work in that community. In the case of the Hawker project it should be remembered that the property concerned is in a remote area not accessed by many locals or tourists.
The community members were given an opportunity to have a say in the early stages of the proposed project and will be further consulted once the detailed assessment of the area has been completed.
The local Indigenous support has been sought and will continue to be sought in the same way. Traditional beliefs will be taken into consideration at each stage
The Government Community Benefit Programme payments have been accessed by those both for and against the project. These payments have had a positive...

23:30

Do the government really think that splashing a bit of cash here and there in Taranaki is going to mitigate their economic treason? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Do the government really think that splashing a bit of cash here and there in Taranaki is going to mitigate their economic treason? It appears so: Quote: A Taranaki energy company has received $950,000 from the Provincial Growth Fund to develop zero-emission hydrogen fuel. Acting Prime Minister Winston Peters announced the funding during a visit [] The post Do the government really think that splashing a bit of cash here and there in Taranaki is going to mitigate their economic treason? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:03

Urgent news from West Papua "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Indonesian security forces shoot into Papuan village from helicopters

JULY 12, 2018

https://www.freewestpapua.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Nduga-TNI-shooting-and-bombing-July-2018-1.jpgSUARAPAPUA.com reports Yairus Gwijangge, Regent of Nduga District, Papua, confirmed that there was an attack on Nduga. The attack was carried out by the Indonesian security forces to Alguru village.

The Suara Papua website has been shut down since running this story.https://suarapapua.com/2018/07/11/bupati-nduga-ada-serangan-dari-aparat-ke-kampung-alguru-di-nduga/

When contacted by suarapapua.com from Jayapura, Papua, Wednesday (July 11, 2018), regent Yairus revealed, air attacks that make people fear (terror) by shooting from the top (aerial).Yairus stated that the firing of the security forces was directed to the location where the TPN / OPM, which is located in Alguru area.

He added that the (attack) is the task of defending the people and carrying out the task of defending the country and nation.

We have told the relevant authorities that what is being done today (the shots from the air) is the last time and no more shots from above. Eventually, the people can be traumatized and then can escape to the forest. So no more shooting. We have told the authorities firmly this afternoon, said the regent who is serving for this second period.

People Must Not Run to the Forest

After following direction of the shots, Yairus said, he had asked people not to run into the forest. But he suggested they go inside and stay in the house or find the place where he was.

He added that his side has gathered the community in Kenyam and provided some direction, input and prayer together.

Meanwhile, the unnamed source to suarapapua.com explained that this afternoon at around 12:30pm, Brimob troops utilised the river access to arrive in Nduga from Timika. The situation in Nduga, especially in Kenyam and Alguru was overwhelming because of the presence of officers and attacks by the security forces with the helicopter...

23:00

BBC The Story of Wales: The Making Of Wales #1/6 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Huw Edwards presents this major television history of Wales, showing our country in ways its never been seen before.

Thirty thousand years in the making, this story begins with the drama of the earliest-known human burial in Western Europe. Huw delves into the biggest pre-historic copper mine in the world, and visits the mesmerising site of an Iron Age hill-fort. He reveals the true scale of the Roman Occupation and shows how Welsh Saints carry the light of the gospel to the rest of the Celtic world, and leave a mark on their homeland that we can all still read today.

23:00

Co-ops work for farmers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The co-operative model is credited with making New Zealand farmers the best paid in the world.

New Zealand farmers are getting paid much more than their counterparts overseas and its all thanks to the co-op model, says a corporate farmer and former Fonterra director.

Corporate farmer Earl Rattray, a former Fonterra director with farming interests in NZ and overseas, says the co-op model is working wonders for New Zealand farmers, who get paid much more for their milk than farmers in the other big milk producing and exporting countries.

Rattray points out that with Fonterras forecast milk price of $7/kgMS for this season, NZ farmers are getting about US41c/L for milk. Farmers in the US get 34c/L, in Europe US37c/L and in Australia US34c/L.

Its a good example of the co-op working well for farmers; its a milk price no one can argue with, he told Dairy News. Around the world, farmers are arguing about the milk price, wondering why theirs is going down, while in NZ its going up.

But in NZ, no one can argue with the Fonterra milk price because it is set from externally verifiable prices, set by the market every two weeks at auction. NZ farmers can see what their milk is earning; it means its a milk price Fonterra has to pay farmers before it makes a profit and that puts us in a unique position. . . 

People outside the industry argue for Fonterra to be divided into two but farmers are adamant they must retain ownership of the whole supply chain to ensure they get paid well for their milk.

There are plenty of overseas models which show farmers getting squeezed by milk companies they supply but dont own.

Not all milk companies in New Zealand are co-operatives but Fonterra also has a protective influence on them too. They know they have to offer a similar price to Fonterras to keep their suppliers.

COOP News says co-operatives can make New Zealand the worlds most sustainable nation:

Craig Presland, chief executive of Co-operative Business New Zealand, said: The United Nations has recognised New Zealand as one of the most co-operative economies in the world. Our co-ops and mutuals generate almost one fifth of this countrys GDP, employ over 50,000 people and serve almost one-in...

Dont act all surprised Twyford you reap what you sow "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Phil Twyford is surprised he was accosted by Tauranga residents angry at his obfuscation on fixing one of the most deadly roads in the region. Twyford, of course, is copping flack because he is dragging his feet after pulling the pin on a major roading project and people are over his bullshit. Quote: Transport Minister [] The post Dont act all surprised Twyford you reap what you sow appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:30

Farrar fires up against cash-for-content site The Spinoff "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Yesterday left-wing columnist Hayden Donnell wrote a smear post against many people who are either members of the Free Speech Coalition or who have written in support of their actions. He included me in his smears and, like he did with David Farrar, he misquoted me and quoted out of context. David Farrar has had [] The post Farrar fires up against cash-for-content site The Spinoff appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:30

Nine To Noon: Mobile apps security "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

RNZ

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/downloads/ntn/ntn-20180712-1108-how_to_stay_secure_with_your_devices-128.mp3

Serge Egelman, a privacy researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, who studies the security of mobile apps, has details on how to keep your devices safe.

This was interesting

22:15

Most-read "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

22:00

Chris Trotter exposes the intellectual dishonesty and latent violence of the hard left in NZ "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Yesterday a post that appeared on The Standard attacked Chris Trotter. In that post there were veiled threats of violence and justifications of smashing free speech. Chris Trotter politely exposes the intellectual dishonesty of the writer and the latent violence bubbling away in the hard left of New Zealand politics. As is usual with Chris, [] The post Chris Trotter exposes the intellectual dishonesty and latent violence of the hard left in NZ appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:00

Making the SWP more employer friendly: a work in progress "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Last September the Australian government announced nine measures to improve participation in the Seasonal Worker Programme (SWP). As some of them took effect on 1 July 2018, it is timely to report on progress in their implementation.

The nine measures are: introducing a multi-year visa; streamlining the application process; moving to online lodgement of information; removing the obligation of employers to train workers; increasing promotion to the horticultural sector; increasing engagement with other groups that could use the SWP but dont; and three pilots a 24/7 seasonal worker hotline, helping seasonal workers access their superannuation, and lowering upfront costs for employers.

Three government agencies are involved in delivering the measures: the Department of Home Affairs; Department of Jobs and Small Business (DJSB); and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The Department of Home Affairs introduced a multi-year, multiple-entry visa for returning seasonal workers through the International Relations (Subclass 403) visa (Seasonal Worker Programme stream) on July 1. Seasonal workers will be granted a visa for a period based on the number of seasons they are required for employment, as specified in their employment contract and with approval from DJSB, up to a maximum of three years. Employers will have greater certainty about the dates that return workers can start work, and less paperwork. One visa covering many trips will also represent a significant saving for seasonal workers (the multi-year visa is no more expensive than the single-year one). Rural return workers will need to spend less time and money on accommodation in the capital waiting for their visa approval to come through.

It remains to be seen whether employers will be interested in entering into multi-year contracts. Their preference for returning workers will push them in this direction, at least after a successful first season, but the ongoing requirement of labour-market testing may be a barrier. This reform will, if successful, increase the ratio of return to new workers, which will please employers but may worry sending countries.

Another visa reform is that the period of stay in Australia will now commence upon entry rather than on the date of the visa grant, giving employers and workers more flexibility, and more scope for advance planning. Flights will be able to be booked further ahead, reducing ticket prices.

The new visa for the SWP....

21:54

A hero called Mohammed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Special shout out and a big THANKYOU to Mohammed from Glen Eden branch who used his CPR training today to save a customers life. I doubt any of us could have done anything more worthwhile at ANZ today. Thank you so much! Hero. David Hisco (@DavidHisco_ANZ) July 11, 2018 A fairly typical Kiwi []

21:41

QotD: "I am so old that I can remember when other people's achievements were considered to be an inspiration, rather than a grievance." "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


"I am so old that I can remember when other people's achievements were considered to be an inspiration, rather than a grievance."
~ Thomas Sowell
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21:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

21:15

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

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

21:15

95% of vehicles need to be zero-emission by 2050 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Minister of Climate Change James Shaw has a very ambitious target for the ground vehicle fleet (cars, trucks, buses and trains) he says that 95% need to be zero emission by 2050. That means electric, person powered or powered by some other zero emission fuel. RNZ: Carbon neutral goal reliant on electric cars []

21:13

Damning Evidence: Revealed Documents Prove That Monsanto Deliberately Sold Banned Chemicals for Years Despite Knowing Their Health Risks "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Monsantos atrocious acts were bound to catch up with them some time and it is beginning to look like that time has finally come. Recently revealed documents prove that Monsanto knowingly sold banned toxic chemicals for years after confirming their catastrophic risks to the environment and human health. Bill Sherman, the assistant attorney general for Washington state, reviewed documents from The Poison Papers, uncovering yet another one of Monsantos wicked schemes of mass deception.

PCBs, or polychlorinated biphenyls, are highly toxic compounds known to cause a litany of health problems and theyre prone to persisting and accumulating in the environment long-term. And even when Monsanto learned of these glaring issues, they continued to produce and sell toxic PCB products. Now Assistant Attorney General Sherman is looking to hold them accountable. Sherman is quoted as saying that the Poison Papers have provided previously unknown damning evidence of the companys wrongdoing. The state of Washington is now suing Monsanto, along with several cities from along the Pacific coast.

The PCB Deception

Monsanto first began mass-producing PCBs in 1935. The chemicals were used for a variety of industrial uses, including as coolants and lubricants for heavy equipment, like transformers. The company reportedly stopped producing PCBs on their own in 1977 two years ahead of national bans by the U.S. and other countries. In 1979, PCBs were widely banned due to overwhelming evidence of harm to both humans and the environment.

Now, Shermans digging has revealed a sordid truth: Monsanto had confirmed the toxic effects of PCBs in 1969. A pollution abatement plan from the companys archive describes the hazards of PCBs as virtually unquestionable.

The archived documents section on damage to the ecological system by contamination from PCBs, declares:

The evidence proving the persistence of these compounds and their universal presence in the environment is beyond questioning.

Direct lawsuits are possible the section explained, because customers using the products have not been officially notified about known effects nor [do] our labels carry this information.

Three modes of recourse were described, each with its own profit and lia...

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you put down a good, solid foundation and build one room after another, pretty soon you have a house. You build in your speedwork, your pace and increase your ability to run races and think races out. Then its possible to run the way we do. Rod Dixon who celebrates his 68th birthday today.

21:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

21:00

The last days of the kiap a rare tale of the end of an era "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Northumbrian Kiap coverPHIL FITZPATRICK

The Northumbrian Kiap: bush administration in self-governing PNG by Robert Forster, UK Book Publishing, Whitley Bay, 2018, ISBN: 978-1-9-12183-36-4, 294pp. My copy from the Book Depository UK, AU$25.80 with free postage

TUMBY BAY - By 1960 the training of local indigenous officers for the public service in Papua New Guinea had accelerated dramatically.

These officers were paid the same rates as expatriate officers. As a result the wages bill of the Australian Administration rose rapidly.

In 1962 Minister for Territories Paul Hasluck decided to restructure the public service. His aim was to cut costs by turning it into an essentially territorial service based on local conditions and rates of pay, staffed as fully as possible by indigenous officers and assisted by an auxiliary service staffed by expatriate officers.

This was the beginning of what later became known as localisation and signalled the end of career paths for expatriates in the then Territory of Papua and New Guinea.

This development caught a lot of people by surprise, including a lot of local staff whose salaries were suddenly reduced.

A group of surprised Australian cadet patrol officers about to commence their induction at the Australian School of Pacific Administration in August 1963 were told abruptly that no more permanent positions would be available and they were offered six year contracts instead.

There were further changes to expatriate recruitment as independence loomed.

When I joined in 1967 it was still a requirement that cadet patrol officers be unmarried and under the age of 30.

These conditions then began to be modified. Cadet patrol officers soon gave way to assistant patrol officers with accelerated training.

Then, by the early 1970s, older, married recruits with life experience were being employed. They were colloquially referred to as instant kiaps.

Robert Forster became a kiap in June 1971. His life experience included a stint as a forestry worker at Bundi after being recruited in England by Voluntary Service Overseas, a government-sponsored organisation which recruited restless young.......

20:59

Trump assures NATO Im a very stable genius "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Donald Trumps visit to a NATO summit in Brussels has been controversial, but he has assured them Im a very stable genius. He didnt claim he was modest. Sky News President Donald Trump at NATO summit: Im a very stable genius He also claimed success at NATO Trump claims NATO victory after go []

20:49

Trump visiting United Kingdom "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Donald Trumps controversial visit to the United Kingdom has begun, at the same time a poll has been released saying that 50% of British people polled dont want him to visit, but with Trump claiming I think they like me a lot in the UK. BBC Donald Trump: US president heads to dinner with []

20:46

Indonesia to sign landmark $5.5b deal to increase stake in Papua mine to 51% "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-to-sign-purchase-of-majority-stake-in-papua-mine-on-thursday

Indonesia to sign landmark $5.5b deal to increase stake in Papua mine to 51%

PUBLISHED 5 HOURS AGO
Wahyudi SoeriaatmadjaIndonesia Correspondent

JAKARTA The Indonesian government plans to announce on Thursday (July 12) that it is paying less than US$4 billion (S$5.5 billion) to get the majority stake in one of the worlds largest mining operations based in Papua from US Freeport McMoran and partner Rio Tinto.

The move would be a political boon to President Joko Widodo ahead of the general election next April.

Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati will hold a press conference at 4pm (5pm Singapore time) to disclose details of the sale and purchase agreement of the Grasberg mine, located in the Indonesian province of Papua.

ndonesian state mining holding company Inalum is taking over the majority stake in the worlds second-largest copper mine, which also yields gold, after a long-heralded acquisition negotiation.

After the deal, Indonesia would have a 51 per cent stake in the mine while Freeport would hold the remaining stake. Indonesia currently has a less than 10 per cent stake.

"Indonesia would pay less than US$4 billion (S$5.5 billion) to increase the stake to 51 per cent," a government source told The Straits Times. He declined to give the exact figure.

The landmark deal is expected to be seen as a move by Mr Jokos administration to assert rights to the countrys natural resources.

This could fan nationalist sentiments among voters ahead of the simultaneous legislative and presidential elections on April 17, 2019.

Mr Joko is expected to seek a second five-year term.

Freeport entered Indonesia in 1960s, around the time of a change of leadership from the countrys first president Sukarno to Suharto, who then ruled for the next three decades.

Freeport started developing the Grasberg mine in the early 1970s.

Given the lack of infrastructure development, little industry and a cash-strapped government then, the contract with Freeport involving the extraction of copper and gold helped to improve the countrys economy.

Freeport, however, always had contract terms that were seen as favourable to the company under then authoritarian president Suharto, when the decision-making process was seldom transparent.

Politicians and observers have increasingly been questioning such favourable contract terms since the fall of Suharto in 199...

20:38

Comparing left wing and right wing authoritarianism "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Authoritarianism and extreme tactics are not confined to the right or the left of politics. From the British Journal of Political Science: Similarities and Differences Between Left-Wing and Right-Wing Radicals Although some scholars have argued that authoritarianism is characteristic only of the right and not of the left, persuasive reasons exist for doubting this claim. []

20:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Todays face of the day is what I would call a mild-mannered gentleman; the kind who will repeatedly turn the other cheek until one day he wont anymore. The Spinoff has smeared Cameron in the past and is now getting more and more reckless accusing a number of people of being white supremacists and racists. [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is debonair (adj) 1. Sophisticated; urbane. 2. Gracious and charming in a cheerful, carefree way. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : The adjective debonair, from Old French debonaire, originated in Old French as the phrase de bon aire of good lineage. The aire of that phrase comes from the [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:14

Should controversial Muslims be able to speak at an Auckland venue? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Should two international Muslim speakers be allowed to speak at Auckland city venue the Bruce Mason Centre? If, instead of controversial Canadians Lauren Southern and Stefan Molynuex, a couple of controversial Muslims wanted to come to New Zealand to speak, would the reactions and the arguments be the same? What if Donald Trump wanted to []

20:10

Business and Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Not sure what to make of this at all?

RNZ

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/07/ntn-20180712-0909-60_businesses_commit_to_climate_change_action-128.mp3

CEOs of sixty businesses across the country, collectively responsible for nearly 50% of our emissions, are banding together to combat climate change.  Members of this Climate Leaders Coalition include Z Energy, Fonterra, Westpac, Ngai Tahu Holdings, Vector, Air New Zealand, Spark and NZ Post. By signing the CEO Climate Change Statement, each of the business leaders is committing to measuring and reporting their greenhouse gas emissions to align with the Paris Agreement. Z Energy CEO Mike Bennetts is convening the Climate Leaders Coalition. He talks to Kathryn Ryan along with Westpac CEO Karen Silk.

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 13 23 An unplowed field produces food for the poor, but injustice sweeps it away. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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Friday's Fulminations "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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

Visitors might consider the wisdom of using moderate language.

Regards

Adolf'

20:00

When you invite family to mumu, you dont mumu family "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Our feathered brotherMARLENE DEE GRAY POTOURA

LAE - When my siblings and I were growing up, our mama looked after chooks in a fenced off hut. Her chooks were snobs, but ma and her feathered brood understood each other.

There was a bastard that grew up with attitude because ma reared him in our house.

She named him Brith. A wrong name.

Now Brith was a mean and cruel fictional giant in a childrens book. He lived on a hill and every now and then stumbled down to the houses below and terrorised the villagers.

Brith the giant had flaming ginger hair. Brith the rooster had ginger feathers. And both giant and rooster had similar attitudes. They sucked totally.

Mama indulged Brith who became a spoilt brat. He wandered around the houses everywhere he chose, more like a mute human being than a bird. No one dared touched him, for fear they would get a scolding or, worse still, a whopping from Mama delivered by a guava twig.

So Brith received exceptional favours.

He slept on the special branch that grew from the rambutan tree close to the veranda. Mama always woke early to sweep under the tree, while aunty Aretha continuously scolded mama, to move the spoiled brat back to the fenced off hut.

"Aretha, go feed your malnourished chickens," Mama would frown and waved her sister away.

Then Brith would go to his usual place and at from his distinctive tray while the chooks behind the fence pecked the food that she threw over to them.

Brith grew into a handsome rooster with bright gingery feathers. He was the alpha among the hens and flirted with them shamelessly. The hens laid perfect eggs that made mama proud. The chicks they hatched were big and strong.

But Brith was a bad husband. When dusk came creeping in and his feathered concubines clucked around and waited for him to accompany them to the fenced off hut, he would scurry to the veranda to sleep on his special branch.

My brothers became irritated with Brith and told mama to slaughter him for New Year.

Hes family. We cant eat him, Mama declared.

He disturbs us with his crowing before dawn, Jayrico told her.

Well, thats how roosters are in the Islands, Mama explained.

Look mama, I do not need a rooster...

17:52

Whales in Roman empire days "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This 2017 video is called Gray Whale swimming through kelp forest Recored from a drone in 4k.

From the University of York in England:

Ancient bones reveal 2 whale species lost from the Mediterranean Sea

Ancient bones from Roman archaeological sites reveal 2 whale species lost from the Mediterranean Sea

July 11, 2018

Two thousand years ago the Mediterranean Sea was a haven for two species of whale which have since virtually disappeared from the North Atlantic, a new study analysing ancient bones suggests.

The discovery of the whale bones in the ruins of a Roman fish processing factory located at the strait of Gibraltar also hints at the possibility that the Romans may have hunted the whales.

Prior to the study, by an international team of ecologists, archaeologists and geneticists, it was assumed that the Mediterranean Sea was outside of the historical range of the right and gray whale.

Academics from the Archaeology Department at the University of York used ancient DNA analysis and collagen fingerprinting to identify the bones as belonging to the North Atlantic right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) and the Atlantic gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus).

After centuries of whaling, the right whale currently occurs as a very threatened population off eastern North America and the gray whale has completely disappeared from the North Atlantic and is now restricted to the North Pacific.

Co-author of the study Dr Camilla Speller, from the University of York, said: These new molecular methods are openin...

17:46

Girding For Confrontation: The Pentagons Provocative Encirclement Of China "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

On May 30th, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced a momentous shift in American global strategic policy. From now on, he decreed, the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), which oversees all U.S. military forces in Asia, will be called the Indo-Pacific Command (INDOPACOM). The name change, Mattis explained, reflects the increasing connectivity between the Indian and Pacific Oceans, as well as Washingtons determination to remain the dominant power in both. What? You didnt hear about this anywhere?  And even now, youre not exactly blown away, right? Well, such a name change may not sound like much, but someday you may look back and realize that it couldnt have been more consequential or ominous.  Think of it as a signal that the U.S. military is already setting the stage for an eventual confrontation with China.

17:23

Move over, NASA: New Zealands Rocket Lab is hunting for a U.S. spaceport "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Electron could be taking off from Cape Canaveral.

Rocket Lab, the New Zealand-based, Silicon Valley-funded space launch company, is looking for a new launch site for its Electron rocketand it is targeting the United States.

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