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Monday, 25 September

00:33

Korea is the US 'Open Door' to China "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

How many citizens have ever asked themselves what the United States is doing in Korea in the first place? In November of 1945, two months after the surrender of Japan, Army Chief of Staff General George Marshall spoke to President Truman and the chief figures of his cabinet about his fears of a "the tragic consequences of a divided China" as Chinese Nationalist forces and Communists resumed their struggle for power and Soviet forces seized control of large areas of Manchuria. The resumption of Soviet power in Manchuria, Marshall emphasized, would result "in the defeat or loss of the major purpose of our war with Japan" (emphasis added). What could the general have meant by such a statement? What WAS the "major purpose" of the Pacific war? Most Americans are taught that the foremost reason the United States went to war with Japan was the attack on Pearl Harbor. But the reality was that the U.S. and Japan had been on a collision course since the 1920s, and by 1940, in the midst of the global depression, were locked in a mortal struggle over who would ultimately benefit most from the markets and resources of Greater China and East Asia. Japan's Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere was steadily closing the "Open Door" to American penetration of and access to the profitable riches of Asia at the critical moment. As Japan militarily took control of East Asia, the U.S. moved the Pacific Fleet to Hawaii in striking distance of Japan, imposed economic sanctions, embargoed steel and oil, and in August 1941 issued an overt ultimatum to quit China and Vietnam "or else." Seeing the latter as the threat it was, Japan undertook what to Tokyo was the pre-emptive strike at Hawaii. The real reason the U.S. opposed the Japanese in Asia is never discussed and is a forbidden subject in the establishment media, as are the real motives of American foreign policy writ large.

00:30

Auckland swung to National "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Despite all the talk of unaffordable housing, unchecked immigration and gridlocked roads, their is no mood for change in our biggest city. Or if there is, none of the other parties are doing anything to capture it. Nationals party vote held firm or increased in all but a handful of Aucklands electorates. The main exceptions []

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00:25

Calls await to discuss forming NZ govt "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is the kingmaker. (wikipedia)

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is the kingmaker. (wikipedia)

National Party leader Bill English expects a call from New Zealand First leader Winston Peters in the next few days.

My staff are in contact with Mr Peters staff to arrange for an individual phone call which we expect will happen in the next few days, and negotiations will begin from that point, he said on Sunday.

National won the most seats in the general election on Saturday but doesnt have a majority in parliament and needs NZ First.

Labour is exploring forming a government with the Greens and NZ First even though governments in the past have always been led by the party with the most votes.

All are awaiting how special votes change election results.

That will be known by October 12.

Mr Peters is the kingmaker.

He went fishing on Sunday and said it was important not to rush things.

Mr English said senior National ministers met on Sunday morning to discuss the election results and the partys approach to negotiations to form a government.

He said a two-party coalition would be more stable.

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00:23

An ode to the PNG Hunters "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

This is a small piece which I wrote on my phone this morning. I hope you like it:

An ode to the PNG Hunters
By MALUM NALU



They came from north of the border
To the colosseum at Suncorp
Modern-day gladiators
Hunters from Papua New Guinea

They carried the hopes and dreams of a nation
Upon their shoulders
So much gloom, doom and despair
A little ray of sunshine was needed

All was lost, it seemed
When in from the cold came Willie Minoga
Like a runaway freight train from Enga
Grounding the ball at the last minute

And for a moment in time
All of Papua New Guinea erupted
A crescendo from the islands to the mountains
As the sons and daughters of this beautiful land arose as one, singing a new song of hope

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Sunday, 24 September

23:55

Museums Combine for Weekend "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Open days in Museums will feature transport history By Dave Johnston, of the Paekakariki Station Museum The Discover Kapiti Heritage Group with representatives from the different museums on the Kapiti Coast, including Mahara Gallery are holding special open days for the first time this coming weekend (30th September and 1st October) The theme []

23:54

Salvation through politics? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


SOME PEOPLE PUT THEIR faith in lotteries to change their lives and transform their dull daily existence. An equal number seek salvation through politics, and for similar reasons.

At least the Lotto buyers mostly keep their delusions to themselves.

The seekers of political salvation however are everywhere, and the last few weeks theyve been insufferable, desperate to change their lives, and ours.

They've been on the streets for weeks, focussed laser-like upon redemption last Saturday night. And on Saturday night, after the votes were counted, they were out on social media in their multitudes, bitching and boasting and gnashing their teeth about what those votes had delivered.

But mostly bitching.

For those hoping this election would deliver the political transformation Jacindamania" were after, and had been reliably told would be delivered, their lot on Saturday night, (as it was for most of the buyers of Lotto tickets), was a very sorrowful one indeed. The results came to them like a kick in the teeth. Where was the missing million who were supposed to front up, hungry for change"? Where was the youthquake the media had promised? What had happened to all the Jacindamania over which theyd salivated? Turns out, it seems, that a majority of New Zealand voters simply didnt buy the narrative about change, and didnt believe the fairytale of political salvation she was peddling.

Sorrowful? These salvation-seekers were apoplectic. In rejecting the illusory salvation she had offered, NZers had voted for greed, they were saying. Theyd not cared about the planet. Or the rivers. Or the homeless. Or the beneficiaries who had to commit fraud to stay alive. Or the 300,000" children in poverty. So they were angry. One offered voters he disagreed with (most of you) the delights of intercourse with barbed wire dildoes. Others just a straightforward punch in the face (it being okay to punch fascists -- as you must be if you voted, or non-voted, in ways not endorsed by this mini-commissariat of bickerers and salvation-seekers).

How dare the blue team, agreed all these bitchers, take a victory that every one knew was supposed to be theirs. You know, like What The Actual F**k! Gosh, these people were angry. How dare the plurality of voters reject the dream and vote instead for "selfishness" and "greed." (Why, I wond...

23:30

English to Seymour: DCM "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Its been a faithful National Government support partner for nine years, but Prime Minister Bill English has told ACT its services are no longer required. ACT leader David Seymour made it back into Parliament off the back of a long-running deal in which National has gifted the party, which failed to register one per cent []

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23:25

Sure. My lab looks just like it. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Behold! Gwyneth Paltrows new retail store, which she calls Goop Lab.

The store, called Goop Lab, opened this week in Brentwood Country Mart, a cluster of boutiques in a plush, celebrity-filled neighbourhood near the Pacific Ocean which likes to call malls marts.

The shop is airy, bright and small, just 1,300 sq feet, with soft music and smiling, white-clad staff a physical embodiment of the online store that inspires devotion for Paltrows vision of wellness and scorn for products such as jade stones which women are invited to insert into their vaginas.

Crap. Her lab is bigger than mine. Much tidier, too. Im also missing out on a profit opportunity here.

The entrance, which mimics a garden, offers buttery and soft deerskin gloves for $48, gold-handled floral scissors for $72 and the prettiest compost bin ever for $175.

Further inside, you find a pair of Portuguese napkin rings with images of sky blue swallows for $56 and a champagne flute for $180. A silk blouse costs $685; a floral dress $795.

Probably the first thing youd see in Myers Lab is a cable rack draped with years of accumulated wires and connectors, some of them antique and artisanal. I should slap some pricetags on them.

On the left, the interior is dominated by a large cattle trough which is used as a reservoir for the flow through water system for the fish tanks. Imagine you hear the lowing of well-groomed happy cows, and the burbling of a brook running through the field. That is the ambience we are going for.

I have nothing to compare with the prettiest compost bin ever, unfortunately. I do have some chemical waste disposal containers, though maybe I should spruce them up with a cheery sprig of heather, and sprinkle some sapphires about the bench.

At least I have some tiny, delicate iris scissors that were a heck of a lot pricier than her floral scissors. How dclass of her.

23:00

In Iran you stone mothers; in New Zealand fathers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When the story first broke about a New Zealand man setting himself on fire outside Parliament my first thought was that it was another mentally ill person like the man who set himself on fire inside a bank last week. In that case, the video footage suggested that he had accidentally set himself on fire []

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23:00

Frdric Bastiat on free trade "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Debate on free trade isnt new.

Frdric Bastiat  wrote this in 1845.

A PETITION From the Manufacturers of Candles, Tapers, Lanterns, sticks, Street Lamps, Snuffers, and Extinguishers, and from Producers of Tallow, Oil, Resin, Alcohol, and Generally of Everything Connected with Lighting.

To the Honourable Members of the Chamber of Deputies.

Open letter to the French Parliament, originally published in 1845 (Note of the Web Publisher)

Gentlemen:

You are on the right track. You reject abstract theories and have little regard for abundance and low prices. You concern yourselves mainly with the fate of the producer. You wish to free him from foreign competition, that is, to reserve the domestic market for domestic industry.

We come to offer you a wonderful opportunity for your what shall we call it? Your theory? No, nothing is more deceptive than theory. Your doctrine? Your system? Your principle? But you dislike doctrines, you have a horror of systems, as for principles, you deny that there are any in political economy; therefore we shall call it your practice your practice without theory and without principle.

We are suffering from the ruinous competition of a rival who apparently works under conditions so far superior to our own for the production of light that he is flooding the domestic market with it at an incredibly low price; for the moment he appears, our sales cease, all the consumers turn to him, and a branch of French industry whose ramifications are innumerable is all at once reduced to complete stagnation. This rival, which is none other than the sun, is waging war on us so mercilessly we suspect he is being stirred up against us by perfidious Albion (excellent diplomacy nowadays!), particularly because he has for that haughty island a respect that he does not show for us [1].

We ask you to be so good as to pass a law requiring the closing of all windows, dormers, skylights, inside and outside shutters, curtains, casements, bulls-eyes, deadlights, and blinds in short, all openings, holes, chinks, and fissures through which the light of the sun is wont to enter houses, to the detriment of the fair industries with which, we are proud to say, we have endowed the country, a country that cannot, without betraying ingratitude, abandon us today to so unequal a combat.

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23:00

Chiba court recognizes nuke disaster evacuees loss of hometown for first time "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Lawyers for the plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking damages from the government and TEPCO for residents who evacuated to Chiba Prefecture following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster hold up banners reading Government not liable, left, and TEPCO must pay portion of compensation, right, in front of the Chiba District Court on Sept. 22, 2017.

When on Sept. 22 the Chiba District Court ordered Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) to pay some 376 million yen in damages to a group of Fukushima nuclear disaster evacuees, it gave concrete recognition to the evacuees loss of hometowns, jobs and personal relationships for the first time.

Six and a half years after the disaster, even in areas where evacuation orders have been lifted, the reconstruction of the communities that once thrived there is still a distant prospect. However, though it absolved the government of legal liability, this court ruling the second

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22:59

Snow white giraffes caught on video for the first time "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Two rare white giraffes have been captured on video in the wild for the first time, reports a wildlife conservancy in Kenya. The giraffes, which are leucistic, meaning they have a genetic condition that inhibits pigmentation in skin cells rather than albino, or lacking melanin throughout their bodies, were first reported back in June by villagers near the Ishaqbini Hirola Conservancy in Garissa county in northeastern Kenya, according to a blog post from the conservancy. Upon hearing of the report, members of the conservancy including Abdullahi H. Ali, the founder of the Hirola Conservation Program hurriedly headed to the scene where they encountered the animals along with a conventionally colored reticulated giraffe. They were so close and extremely calm and seemed not disturbed by our presence. The mother kept pacing back and forth a few yards in front of us while signaling the baby giraffe to hide behind the bushes a characteristic of most wildlife mothers in the wild to prevent the predation of their young, wrote the conservancy in a blog post. While rare, the sighting is not without precedent. In 2016 there was a report of a wild white giraffe in Tanzanias Tarangire National Park. A second sighting was reported in March 2016 in Ishaqbini, according to the conservancy. Other animals, ranging from mammals to birds to reptiles, have also been spotted in the wild with the condition. Nonetheless, the sighting has sparked excitement across the internet and widespread press coverage. Ali says he hopes

Rehabilitating wildlife in the aftermath of Harvey "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When the team at Bat World Sanctuary in Weatherford, Texas, a town about 30 miles west of the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, heard about what was happening to bats as Hurricane Harvey battered Houston, they knew immediately that they had to help. Bat World Sanctuarys lead animal caretaker, Erika Quinzel, headed down to Houston with a boat in tow. Her first stop was the parking garage of a skyscraper close to downtown where hundreds of bats had taken refuge from the storm. Bats are small creatures, typically about the size of a hummingbird, and they simply couldnt fly in the strong winds generated by Hurricane Harvey. By the time Qinzel arrived, the bats were already starving and dehydrated even in a flood, animals can become dehydrated, because most animals wont drink flood water. Amanda Lollar, founder and president of Bat World Sanctuary, estimates that tens of thousands of bats lost their lives during the storm and subsequent flooding. Bats must first drop off of whatever theyre clinging to in order to take flight, but the waters rose so high that many were unable to leave their roosts under bridges. There were bridges that were entirely engulfed by flood waters, where whole colonies drowned. Some that tried to leave their roosts dropped into the water and didnt make it out. Many of the bats that did manage to fly out from their roosts still ended up in the water. Its the equivalent of a human in a tsunami, its inescapable, Lollar

Ecologist wins Heinz environment prize for airborne mapping that informs policy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Its not uncommon to find ecologist Greg Asner flying transects over the rainforests of the Amazon or Borneo. His specially outfitted plane has helped map out the three-dimensional structure of these ecosystems, and its earned him the esteem of his fellow scientists for the insights that this type of data lends to our understanding the health and functioning of tropical forests. But these data also allow policymakers, government officials and conservationists to make decisions with a more complete picture of forests and the threats they face on an unprecedented scale. This is critical, because until now, the hardest part has been the ability to measure and map and discuss and bargain and make policy decisions over areas that are large enough to have real impact, Asner said in a statement. The CAO laser-guided imaging spectrometer data are fully three-dimensional, providing the structure and architecture of the forest, while simultaneously capturing up to 23 chemical properties of the canopy foliage. These colors indicate the diversity of canopy traits among coexisting tree species in the same hectare. Image and caption courtesy of Greg Asner, Carnegie Institution for Science His work has caught the attention of the Heinz Family Foundation, who announced today that they will present him with a Heinz Award of $250,000 in October. By providing us with remarkable detail on the complexity and fragility of our worlds forests, Dr. Asner is pushing us to respond with greater urgency to the need to protect these resources for the health and future

22:59

RLWC2017 Congratulates PNG Hunters on Q-Cup Grand Final Win "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Press Release : Rugby League World Cup

Rugby League World Cup Chief Executive Andrew Hill congratulated the PNG Hunters for a thrilling Queensland Cup Grand Final win today that has kick-started the biggest six weeks of sporting action in the countrys history.

The Hunters, who are expected to provide the nucleus of Papua New Guineas World Cup squad, overcame an early 10-0 deficit and the loss of halfback Watson Boas to snatch a late 12-10 victory over Sunshine Coast Falcons.

The win, which was achieved in front of a record Queensland Cup Grand Final crowd of 11,260 at Suncorp Stadium today(24 September), secures the Hunters a place in the curtain-raiser at next Sundays NRL Grand Final against the NSW Cup winners.

The PNG Kumuls will then host three World Cup matches at the Oil Search National Football Stadium in Port Moresby against Wales on 28 October, Ireland on 5 November and USA on 12 November.

On behalf of Rugby League World Cup 2017, I would like to congratulate the PNG Hunters on winning an historic Queensland Cup Grand Final and look forward to seeing them play on Grand Final day in Sydney next weekend, Mr Hill said.

With the first womens Test match in PNG between the Orchids and Jillaroos and the Prime Ministers XIII playing in Port Moresby on Saturday it has been an incredible weekend of Rugby League for Papua New Guinea.

However, this is just the start of what will be a massive six weeks for the game in PNG, with the Kumuls to host three pool games during the World Cup, and I have no doubt fans will get behind the team during the World Cup with the pride and passion they always display.

The PNG Orchids played their first Test ahead of the womens World Cup against the Jillaroos on Saturday in a double-header with the annual fixture between the PMs XIII and the Kumuls at Oil Search National Football Stadium.

The Jillaroos defeated the Orchids 42-4 but the PNG women won many admirers with a courageous performance, while the PMs XIII beat a team of domestic players in the absence of the Hunters or any NRL stars before a crowd of 13,468 fanatical supporters.

An Oil Search sponsored RLWC2017 Trophy tour of PNG has attracted huge crowds around the country in the past two weeks and will continue until 13 October.

The success of the Hunters, who were also Queensland Cup minor premiers, will provide a significant boost to...

22:57

Over 30Sv / h Along Side of Recently Fukushima Reopened Route 114 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Via Oz Yo

Over 30Sv/h was read along side the recently-reopened Route 114 in Fukushima, September 20, 2017. It is insane for the government to give its green light for people to use that road.
6.5 years mean nothing here. Nothing at all.

route national 144 reopen 7 sept 2017

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22:56

Tepco promises legal safety vow as it seeks to restart reactors "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Promises are meant to be broken

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The head of Tepco Electric Power company Holdings Inc. promised Wednesday to institute a safety pledge as requested by nuclear regulator, as the company seeks clearance to reactivate undamaged, idle reactors located far from its plant crippled by natural disaster in 2011.

has been calling for the company to make such a pledge part of its legally binding reactor safety program because it operates the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the site of a major nuclear disaster in the aftermath of the massive earthquake and tsunami.

President Tomoaki Kobayakawa told the regulator on Wednesday that will stipulate a pledge to build safety culture in its program developed for ensuring safe operation of the Nos. 6 and 7 reactors at the companys power station in Niigata Prefecture on the Sea of coast.

promise will pave the way for the regulators safety clearance for the two

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22:46

The Demise Of ACT - From The Provinces "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The result for ACT was a disaster and one I believe could have been avoided if the people running the Party had taken the time and had the forethought to re establish the provincial Networks and basis which used to be in place. Now in saying this I am not a member of ACT or any other political party but for this election I decided to offer my time to support ACT because of the way National has moved so far left. As a first step on 23 May I emailed ACT Head Office (is there one?) offering to do letter box drops in the area around where I live in Hastings. I received a reply from Danae Smith, General Manager, within an hour or two advising that I would SOON be contacted by their Campaign Manager - lucky I did not hold my breath as I am still waiting. Now I am on ACTS email lists and at one stage they did ask for helpers but having already made my offer I waited for them to initiate direct contact. Given that people in the Tukituki electorate home of the Grasshopper Group were instrumental in the formation of ACT 20 plus year ago it shows how far the Act Party has strayed from its grass roots - to its detriment. Finally I did not see one ACT sign in Hastings and there were no drops to my letter box - disappointing. I still Party Voted ACT, as I have done in every MMP election except 2014, in the hope they might get a second MP but in hindsight there was never a chance of that happening so I wasted my Vote - never again.

22:45

PM O'Neill dismisses Sir Mekere's claims "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Prime Minister Peter ONeill has dismissed claims by Moresby North West Sir Mekere Morauta that the divesting of shares in Oil Search Limited had cost the Government a major loss.

ONeill, speaking from New York where he is attending the UN General Assembly, questioned the integrity of of Sir Mekere Morauta, over comments he has made in relation to the decision by Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited to divest shares in Oil Search Limited, saying it is just typical Opposition politics.

The Prime Minister dismissed the claims that are based on Sir Mekeres imaginary figures, saying instead that on balance the State had made about 100 million from the sale in Oil Search project.

The States investment in Oil Search was the right decision at the time, it helped maintain confidence in the oil and gas sector, but was undermined by unforeseen global factors and baseless political opposition, the Prime Minister said.

This has been a business decision based on anticipated return on investment, and has delivered the most prudent outcome for the State considering the consequences of the earlier energy price lows.

Terminating the collar arrangement has resulted in a recovery of the remaining prepaid interest on the loan.

The balance from this deal will likely be a K100 million gain for Papua New Guinea.

This is nothing like the shady deal by Sir Mekeres friends in the Somare Government, who lost the State hundreds of millions of Kina through the IPIC deal and subsequent losses suffered as result of currency swap on the loan from US dollar to Australian dollar.

The reality is that the Oil Search arrangement did not cost the State a toea from Treasury in repayments or interest.

Repayments were made through the collar and the sale of shares was scheduled over time to repay the loan.

The Prime Minister said in early 2014 that action had to be taken to protect the interests of the State, and investment in the largest resources company was the right move.

We were at risk of a situation where shareholding in one of the largest companies in the country would fall into the wrong hands.

We had seen similar outcomes ten years earlier when a previous Government had allowed this to happen.

The Governments intervention to buy shares in Oil Search had a positive influence in the direc...

22:30

How will we cope as we head towards a drought of polls.? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Politicians like to say the only poll that counts for them is the one that takes place on Election Day. Voters in New Zealand would appear to feel the same way. When it comes to the other kind of election polls the ones that so dominated the related news coverage of the last seven []

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22:00

Was it a greener field, Sam Basil, or something less pleasant? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Sam Basil - still awaiting a payday after being enticed across the aisle by Peter O'Neill

KUNDIAWA - It is now two weeks since nine members of the Pangu Party, including its leader Sam Basil, and four independents left the opposition in search of greener pastures in the Peter ONeills paddock.

It was a move that shocked Papua New Guinea.

Supporters of Pangu and ordinary Papua New Guineans had held Sam Basil in high respect for his personal stand against corruption and his often repeated condemnation of the corrupt government of Peter ONeill.

They found it hard to swallow the new reality of Sam Basils u-turn and to get into bed with ONeill.

Social media commentators had a field day, calling Basil a Judas, liar, opportunist, pretender, hypocrite of the century and more.

In his self-justification through a media statement, Basil said ONeill had invited him and Pangu to join the government and he had thankfully accepted.

I want to thank the prime minister Peter ONeill for seeing value in the calibre of Pangu Party MPs and inviting us to join the PNC led Coalition government, he said.

It was clear then that it was prime minister ONeill who had lured Basil and his party to join the government. If Basil had any other reason for example, the failure to meet his desire for the leadership of the opposition he did not make it clear.

All that was stated was that Pangu was invited by ONeill to join the government.

ONeill, for his part, in welcoming Basil and other opposition MPs into the government said there were no strings attached.

I dont think its about goodies, he said.

So was Peter ONeill really telling the people of Papua New Guinea, including the people of Wau-Bulolo and Pangu Party supporters, the truth?

Was it true that he didnt throw any bait at Sam Basil and his followers? Can the people of PNG trust that ONeill was being truthful?

I did not then and I do not now believe ONeills....

21:30

All this talk about mood for change is rubbish "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Media party are going all in to try and shame Winston Peters into going with Labour AND the Greens into a bare majority government of one. Clearly they have forgotten all their campaigns they ran against David Seymour and Peter Dunne when National had a bare majority. Labour too seems to have forgotten their []

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21:21

Was there a vote for change? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Every election changes things, it brings out new policies, some of which are implemented. Each new government is a different mix of parties, people and priorities. Vote for change has emerged as the biggest justification for Labour and Greens forming the new government. James Shaw has said that people voted for a change of government. []

21:00

Phil Quin on Twyfords folly "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Phil Quin explains, at the execrable Newsroom, where Labour went wrongPhil Twyford: How then to grapple with Labours defeat  and, yes, I know there is no new government yet in place, and that coalition kabuki is notionally ongoing, but if you believe Labour can govern from here, Ive got an airport tram to sell you. []

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21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

As a rule, when we cant find even one good quality in a person, we are prejudiced, and by that rule I must admit my prejudice.  Jessica Anderson who was born on this day in 1916.


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21:00

A brief note on educating girls. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Girls in PNG school (ANU Crawford School)TANYA ZERIGA-ALONE | EmNauPNG Blog

PORT MORESBY - When you educate a girl, you educate a nation.

When you give opportunities to a girl to evolve to something higher than her current state, she inevitably raises everyone around her to that new standard.

Her man or any potential male out there wanting her attention has to raise their standard to meet hers.

The same for other women in her life, be it girlfriends, aunties, mothers.

And when she has her own family she raises them up to the standard she has been exposed to.

She has become a role model.

Change happens just like that one female at a time and when more women get an education, it totally lifts up our game.

If you have a daughter, niece, granddaughter champion her education and personal development.

Your investment will not be wasted.

20:41

Peters as Prime Minister? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There have been suggestions that Winston Peters wants to be Prime Minister. Is that a goer? From Reddit: My Proposal for a Labour/NZ First/Greens Coalition Ive been watching this election from the states with great intensity since Jacinda Ardern took over as leader of the New Zealand Labour Party. In my view, she is a []

20:41

Patriotism, Flags and Referendums "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Robert Frank London 1952-53   Tis the jolly time of elections, referendums, flags and other democracy-related issues. They are all linked in some way or another, even if thats not always obvious. Elections, in New Zealand and Germany this weekend, referendums in Catalonia and Kurdistan the coming week, a looming Party Congress in China, quarrels

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20:36

"Architect goes to jail; world shrugs" "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


"Paul Newman will have some time in jail to read up about architecture. Maybe he can even study for his exam and, no doubt, pass it. He could even emerge as a good contributor to the discipline and the profession. But what worries me more than the presence of a few shady and crafty operators such as Newman is bad architects who, under the cloak of licensure (and without the [architects institute] or anybody else able to do anything about it), commit crimes against our landscapes and lives on a daily basis. Those are the ones that should really go to jail."
~ Aaron Betsky, dean at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin and Taliesin West, on the jailing for seven years of a man for practising architecture without the state's license
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20:32

Labour lost in Auckland "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Labour performed relatively poorly in parts of Auckland, and there are suggestions that is due to the ethnic/immigrant vote. The Chinese sounding surnames misstep as well as their immigration policies will have played a part. Labour recovered from what looked like a slide to oblivion to a creditable result in the circumstances, about 36% []

20:30

Greens wanted to change the government. Why are they hung up on semantics? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Green Party leader James Shaw says everything is on the table as coalition talks begin, but he wont be calling the National Party. Shaw will speak with Labour leader Jacinda Ardern on the phone this afternoon, and will meet with her in person tomorrow. He will approach NZ First leader Winston Peters in the next []

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20:26

What Were Forgetting In March To War With North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Editors Note: The following is an English translation of an article that appeared in the September 19 edition of the Okinawan daily newspaper Ryukyu Shimpo. It was written by Satoko Oka Norimatsu, editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. Norimatsu is also the Director of Vancouver, BC, Canada-based Peace Philosophy Centre.  This article, which the author translated into []

20:14

The worst part about the election "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

One of the more disappointing aspects of politics is how extreme views some people can have of parties and people they disagree with. New Zealand has had largely centrist parties and fairly decent Prime Ministers, parties and governments for decades. Despite this governments and Prime Ministers have been strongly criticised, sometimes to the extent of []

20:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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20:00

Our first cruise to Papua New Guinea, and well be back "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

TIANA TEMPLEMAN | New Zealand Herald

P&O liner anchored in PNG
'Pacific Eden' is greeted by islanders in Milne Bay - "fierce yet friendy"

You can read the full article here

AUCKLAND - Ever run into someone you haven't seen in years and been amazed by how fabulous they look?

That is exactly how my husband and I feel when we board P&O Cruises' Pacific Eden. We have not sailed with P&O since the 1990s, when our South Pacific cruise was memorable for all the wrong reasons, and cannot believe how much the line has changed.

The hard-partying, low-budget vibe of old has been replaced by glamorous bars, upmarket specialty dining, attractive public spaces and family fun.

It had been a long time coming but we decided to give P&O Cruises another try because it was one of the few lines cruising regularly to Papua New Guinea, one of the South Pacific's most stunning emerging cruising destinations.

P&O Cruises launched its first PNG itinerary in late 2013, and the region's growing popularity has seen departures available from Brisbane, Sydney and Cairns, with itineraries of up to 14 nights.

Our route would take us to four ports in the Milne Bay Province, including the area's capital, Alotau, and three stunning and culturally rich islands.

Being first-time visitors to PNG, we decided on a modest seven-night round-trip cruise from Cairns. We agreed this would be long enough to get a feel for the destination (and the new look P&O) but not too long if we didn't like it.

The first stop on our cruise is Alotau, the capital of Milne Bay Province in south-eastern Papua New Guinea, which played a pivotal role in the Battle of Milne Bay in 1942.

War history tours are popular here but other options, such as sightseeing bus trips, cooking classes and village visits, are also available. While there are no formal cruise-ship shore excursions a...

19:50

Three leaders stepped up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

One of the most notable features of this election was that it was turned on its head seven weeks out from election day when three party leaders stepped down. First Andrew Little gave up his battle as Labour leader, then Metiria Turei gave up her green leadership role and effectively her Parliamentary career, and then []

19:30

Face of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Chloe Swarbrick has big ambitions for her first term as an MP. But becoming Green Party co-leader is not one of them. Swarbrick ruled herself out of the contest today, saying that it was too early in her career to take on such a responsibility. I have to get comfortable with being a politician first []

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19:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is moocher (noun) 1. One who begs or cadges; a sponge. 2. A dupe, as in a confidence game. (verb) 1. To get or try to get something free of charge. 2. To wander about aimlessly. 3. To skulk around; sneak. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Beggar, []

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19:05

Indonesia: Dangerous Sharia petition threatens tourists "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Bali is a popular tourist destination, particularly for Australians, even though it has sustained several jihad attacks, prompting Australia and New Zealand to issue travel advisories. Now, an additional threat looms for Western tourists who travel not only to Bali, but to all of Indonesia. Sharia enforcement has been expanding in that country. And now, []

19:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 25 14 A person who promises a gift but doesnt give it is like clouds and wind that bring no rain.

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18:20

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.

18:18

Sunday assorted links "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

1. British people are second only to China in how much they want the government to control the internet, according to this survey.

2. New Zealanders worry about their countrys pristine nature, given the onslaught of tourism and globalization.  By the way, the NZ election results shows how proportional representation can be a bad system when the checks on nutty party opinion are otherwise weak.  Imagine Winston Peters holding the balance of power, and perhaps not even being the nuttiest candidate in the race.  This time, the Maori Party went to zero seats, the semi-libertarian ACT won one seat.  NYT report here.

3. a schools participation in the NCAA Tournament is associated with a 30% increase in binge drinking and a 9% increase in self-reported drunk driving by male students at that school.

4. Ferroequinologists: India has a bunch of them.  Recommended.

5. ESPN profile of Hou Yifan.  And chess grandmaster Lev Alburt advises the financial community in NYC.

6. Political correctness also comes from the Right.

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18:15

Media watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

25 September 2017 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 []

18:10

Open Forum Monday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

25 September 2017 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 []

17:30

Melanesian leaders condemn UN for turning a deaf ear to West Papua atrocities "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/sep/24/melanesian-leaders-condemn-un-for-turning-a-deaf-ear-to-west-papua-atrocities

Melanesian leaders condemn UN for turning a deaf ear to West Papua atrocities

Solomon Islands and Vanuatu leaders want investigation into alleged abuses and support for independence campaign

Ben Doherty

Saturday 23 September 2017 22.12 EDT

Melanesian leaders have accused the United Nations of having turned a deaf ear to human rights atrocities in the Indonesian province of Papua and urged the world to support the regions campaign for independence.

At the UN General Assembly in New York, the prime ministers of the Solomon Islandsand Vanuatu called on the UNs Human Rights Council to formally investigate long-standing allegations of human rights abuses in the provinces.

Vanuatus prime minister, Charlot Salwai,said the people of West Papua must be allowed the right to self-determination, to free themselves of the yoke of colonialism.

West Papua protest: Indonesian police kill one and wound others reports

For half a century now the international community has been witnessing a gamut of torture, murder, exploitation, sexual violence and arbitrary detention inflicted on the nationals of West Papua, perpetrated by Indonesia, but the international community has turned a deaf ear to the appeals for help. We urge the Human Rights Council to investigate these cases.

We also call on our counterparts throughout the world to support the legal right of West Papua to self-determination and to jointly with Indonesia put an end to all kinds of violence and find common ground with the nationals to facilitate putting together a process which will enable them to freely express their choice.

The Solomons leader, Manasseh Sogavare, said the UNs sustainable development goal motto of no one left behind would be synonymous to empty promises unless we in the United Nations take active steps to address the plight of the people of West Papua.

Failing this, we as a family of nations will become complicit in perpetuat...

16:00

Post election prediction "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The country will be shocked when Winston abandons implicit protocol and forms a government with Labour.

He'll do that ostensibly for these reasons I think, none of which is to do with policy as Winston couldn't give a flying monkeys about policy.

  1. Jacinda Ardern and Grant Robertson et al are *so* desperate for power they'll fold much more easily than English/Joyce et al.  Mallard will ensure it so as to become speaker.
  2. Winston knows he will be able to walk all over Jacinda and Robertson and run rings around them in government - he's too crafty for them.  But this absolutely won't apply for English and his team.
  3. Winston's policy platform is very left and interventionist and matches nicely with Labour's.
  4. National has baggage after 9 years, even if their result on Saturday was astounding.  For example, if there is possibly stuff to come on Oravida's involvement with the damaged pipeline; and Jian Yang's problems with his "false" declarations (mind you, Raymond Huo doesn't look squeaky clean either), that will hurt the government and Winston won't want to be tainted by that.  On the other had, Labour comes with essentially "clean" hands.
  5. Winston and the Nats don't see eye-to-eye.  They beat him in Tauranga; they've now just beaten him in Northland; they teamed up with Rodney Hide to kick him into touch in 2008.  Labour, on the other hand, has no such issues.   
Forget what you read in the papers from Shaw and others, like Shaw won't accept second best etc etc.  The Greens will be in government, and have a couple of ministers outside cabinet (so Winston doesn't need to involve them) and he'll give them some candy like healthy homes and some other mush to keep them pleased.

The players in this will be Mallard, Annette King and Helen Clark.  Clark knows Winston better than others and will be in Jacinda's ear daily.

National should get ready for opposition.

14:58

Great white shark attacks boat off Esperance, Western Australia; third such incident in a week "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Anxious Esperance residents have pleaded for government help after a third attack on a boat by an aggressive great white shark this week. The incident occurred near notorious attack site Kelp Beds Beach. More untagged and aggressive great white sharks have been encountered by people in the past two weeks than the two sharks detected by Fisheries' new $100,000 VR4 receivers, installed on Esperance beaches in June. Fishermen Jacob Oversby, 25, and Luke Christian, 25, were fishing in Wylie Bay last weekend when their 6m boat was attacked by a 3.5m great white shark, the same aggressive shark they had seen two days earlier. After taking just 10 seconds of video of the attack, the fishermen fled. Margaret River surfer and animal behaviourist Neil Innes said the video showed the shark giving a warning slap of its tail, before trying to "kill" the motor.

14:01

September 25 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

275  The Roman Senate proclaimed Marcus Claudius Tacitus Emperor.

303 On a voyage preaching the gospel, Saint Fermin of Pamplona was beheaded in Amiens.

1066  The Battle of Stamford Bridge marked the end of the Viking invasions of England.

1396  Ottoman Emperor Bayezid I defeated a Christian army at theBattle of Nicopolis

1513  Spanish explorer Vasco Nez de Balboa reached the Pacific Ocean.

1555 The Peace of Augsburg was signed in Augsburg by Charles V and the princes of the Schmalkaldic League.

1690  Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick, the first newspaper to appear in the Americas, was published for the first and only time.

1694 Henry Pelham, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1754).

1725 Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot, French steam vehicle pioneer, was born (d. 1804).

1764 Fletcher Christian, English Bounty mutineer, was born (d. 1793).

1775  Ethan Allen surrendered to British forces after attempting to capture Montreal during the Battle of Longue-Pointe. At the same time,Benedict Arnold and his expeditionary company set off from Fort Western, bound for Quebec City (Invasion of Canada (1775)).

1789   The U.S. Congress passed twelve amendments to the United States Constitution: the Congressional Apportionment Amendment (which was never ratified), the Congressional Compensation Amendment, and the ten known as the Bill of Rights.

1804   The Teton Sioux (a subdivision of the Lakota) demanded one of the b...

13:37

U.S. B-1B Bombers Fly Just Off Coast Of North Korea: 4 Reasons Why This Time Its Different "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

B-1B Lancer prepares to take off from Andersen AFB, Guam, Sept. 23, 2017

ZeroHedge| Just before North Koreas foreign minister was due to address the United Nations, the Pentagon announced that U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by fighter jets flew in international airspace over waters east of North Korea on Saturday, in a show of force which demonstrated the range of military options available to President Donald Trump. The flight was the farthest north of the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea that any U.S. fighter jet or bomber has flown in the 21st century, the Pentagon added.

According to Reuters, the B-1B Lancer bombers came from Guam and the U.S. Air Force F-15C Eagle fighter escorts came from Okinawa, Japan. The Pentagon said the operation showed the seriousness with which it took North Koreas reckless behavior.

This mission is a demonstration of U.S. resolve and a clear message that the President has many military options to defeat any threat, said Pentagon spokeswoman Dana W...

13:21

PNG Hunters win Intrust Super Cup title "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


While Boas kicked the goal, the scores were tied up with just over a minute to go when big Willie Minoga showed true determination to touch down on a Boas grubber in goal, sending the mostly pro-PNG crowd in raptures.

It was sent to the video referee who confirmed the decision send the crowd off into cheers once again.

In the lead-up to the match-winning try; it was a game characterised by some tough defence with both teams putting their body on the line.

The goal-line starch of Hunters was also a remarkable feature of their win as the side offered the Falcons plenty of chances to stamp their authority on the game by giving up the ball with repeated errors.

The game started ominously for the PNG side with the Falcons showing their class early, posting two quick tries.

The first was set up by impressive fullback Jahrome Hughes (a late confrimed addition to the side) who in the second minute, gave the ball to Matthew Soper-Lawer who went over in their first set of six with the ball.


The Sunshine Coast were moving the ball around, really troubling the Hunters who seemed to struggle to contain especially the left edge, with former Hunter Justin Olam putting in a strong performance.


The Hunters responded with some strong defence and tried to lift their intensity across the field.

However, in trying to rush the play the normally reliable Wartovo Puara knocked on at dummy half, handing the Falcons another chance on the 40m line.

But as was the theme of the day, they were resolute in their defence and a heavy tackle from Wawa Paul forced the ball free from Jeremy Hawkins, and the Hunters had the ball back.

This pattern repeated until halftime with both teams giving up the ball via poor handling when they were given a chance to attack.

PNG kept threatening and were getting closer in attack, but the Falcons defence stood just as strong, with Hughes...

13:05

World watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sunday GMT For posting on events, news, opinions and anything of interest from around the world. Share this:

11:50

Papua New Guinea Hunters win Queensland Cup Grand Final in last minute "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"



by John Coomer, theroar.com.au
September 24, 2017

The PNG Hunters have scored in the final minute to win their first Queensland Cup in a thrilling finish at Suncorp Stadium against the Sunshine Coast Falcons.



Trailing 10-6, Hunters five-eighth, captain and man-of-the-match Ase Boas put through a grubber as their last throw of the dice. Interchange forward Willie Minoga won a desperate race for the ball, grounding it just before the dead-ball line.


The Falcons then went for a short kick-off that didnt work. The hooter sounded seconds later, sparking wild celebrations among the Hunters players and many in the crowd. No doubt the entire population of PNG will be celebrating long and hard for the next few days.

Earlier, the Falcons had a dream start to the match, scoring two tries in the first seven minutes of the first half. The first came in their opening set, when they threw the ball wide to try and exploit the Hunters slide defence. It worked, with winger Matt Soper-Lawler crossing in the corner.

The Falcons scored again five minutes later when halfback Ryley Jacks put hard-running backrower Joe Stimson over.

The Hunters managed to steady their defence for the rest of the half, but couldnt hang onto the ball for long enough to mount any attacking pressure. They went into the sheds trailing 10-0.

They needed to score first in the second half to get some confidence and the Falcons did them a huge favour when they knocked on from the kick-off. In the next set, Ase Boas put in a grubber and his brother Watson Boas ended up scoring from it to get the Hunters on the scoreboard.

Both teams were willing to throw the ball around in very warm September conditions in Brisbane, but were let down by their handling throughout the game. The completion rate of the Hunters, in particular, was poor. They looked very nervous. But the defence from both sides was also very willing. You couldnt fault their commitment or desperation.

The win means the Hunters will play the winner of the New South Wales Cup in the curtain-raiser to the Melb...

11:06

Militarism, Peace and Planet presentations "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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This message has the details of the Welfare or Warfare? Militarism, Peace and Planet public meetings next week in Nelson and Golden Bay, and some information if you or your group would like to organise a meeting with the presentation in your area.

About Militarism, Peace and Planet: The presentation begins with a brief overview of key developments in each of the humanitarian disarmament campaigns Peace Movement Aotearoa provides national coordination for Aotearoa New Zealand Campaign on Military Spending, Aotearoa New Zealand Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, Aotearoa New Zealand Joint Working Group on Landmines and Cluster Munitions, and iCAN (International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons) Aotearoa New Zealand as well as some of our peace projects, such as White Poppies for Peace, White Poppy Peace Scholarships, and the World War One Centenary Peace Project.

The main focus is on the costs and consequences of militarisation in times of peace, globally and in Aotearoa New Zealand, in relation to social justice, the environment, climate change, attitudes towards violence as a means of resolving conflict, and the increasing level of militarisation of children and their education here. There are optional sections depending on the focus of the group organising the public meeting, for example, a section on militarism and human rights or on peace and faith groups collaboration can be included, and the overall presentation can be customised to reflect the topics you are most interested in, for example, climate justice, militarisation of children and their education or any of the national humanitarian disarmament campaigns. If you would like to organise a Militarism, Peace and Planet meeting, please contact Peace Movement Aotearoa email pma to discuss, thank you.

Militarism, Peace and Planet meetings next week
Nelson, Collingwood and Takaka, 27 28 September

* Nelson, 27 September 2017
5pm to 6pm, Friends Meeting House, 30 Nile Street

Welfare or Warfare? Militarism, Peace and Planet: A public meeting and presentation in Nelson with Edwina Hughes, Coordinator, Peace Movement Aotearoa, on the pervasive costs and consequences of militarisation in times of peace which are often overlooked when compared with the attention given to the tragedy of armed conflict and war. The presentation will provide an overview of those costs and consequences ....

10:52

Disgruntled customer "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Dear Lush,

I wish to advise you of the sub-optimal performance of your "Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair" shower gel, purchased from your online shop in the last month.  

While frequent applications have reduced the size of Winston Peters the smell has increased, and stubborn Bill English has hardly budged at all.  David Seymour persists, defying all logic.  I appreciate that Gareth Morgan has largely washed away, but that was always going to be an easy one given the recency and diminutive standing of that particular stain.

Even though it is a shower gel, I used it as a shampoo as well, to increase its potency.

I'm prepared to give your product two more weeks to prove useful.  If it has not had a meaningful impact on National's party vote by October 7th then I will be making use of your money-back guarantee, and I am prepared to pursue my rights under the Consumer Guarantees Act if necessary.

Yours sincerely
etc


10:10

Walkatjurra Walkabout: For country, against uranium. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hi Everyone  This is taken from the amazing Laurens own blog..  (Thanks Lauren)

http://www.riverredgum.com/walkatjurra-walkabout-for-country-against-uranium/

 

*This is my first post in my Real Life Ideas area and I wanted to share this as an idea because what I experienced on over the last month really made me think about different types of activism, what the word really means and how we can connect to the planet in a spiritual way while involving ourselves in activism and campaigning. I also truly hope that the idea of a nuclear free world is one that will spread throughout the world before more beautiful beings are harmed by its dangers.

We sit, encircling a big, warm camp fire, enthralled by the entertaining Uncle Geoffrey Stokes, Wongatha elder as he tells us story after story from his vast deposit of life experiences. We gaze up to the starriest sky wed ever seen as he and Hannah and Zakquisha, Tjiwarl children from this land point out where the giant dark emu lies within the milky river above our heads and tell us t...

09:30

Issues raised by New Zealands sponsorship of UNSC Resolution 2334. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Professor Paul Moon and Dr David Cumin met this week to discuss the issues raised by New Zealands sponsorship of UNSC Resolution 2334. Dr Cumin provided an overview of the resolution and addressed the following questions: How did NZ come to play a central role? What has been the consequence of the resolution for Israel? []

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09:26

Social Change Must Work With How People Actually Think "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In 2011, Auckland University Psychologist Nikki Harre published a book called Psychology for a Better World. In an interview by Kim Hill in October of that year, she talked about what people working towards positive social change can learn from the insights drawn from psychological research. Harre is working on a completely revised edition of the book for release in 2018, according to the books homepage.

Professional liars, usually described using self-generated euphemisms like public relations consultant, have known for decades that psychological principles can be exploited to create or block political-economic changes on behalf of their wealthy clients. Learning how to recognize and counter these manipulation campaigns is essential for journalists, activists in public watchdog groups, and others whose role it is to keep loading truth back into politics every time it drops out. I look forward to the revised edition of Nikki Harres book, and recommend checking it out.

09:18

US bombers stage North Korea show of force "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

BBC News

This picture taken on September 23, 2017 and released from North KoreaA large mass anti-US rally was held in Pyongyang on Saturday. AFP PHOTO/KCNA VIA KNS

US bombers have flown close to North Koreas east coast to demonstrate the military options available to defeat any threat, the Pentagon has said.

It said the flight was the farthest north of the demilitarised zone between the Koreas that any US fighter jet or bomber had flown in the 21st Century.

Tensions have risen recently over Pyongyangs nuclear programme.

At the UN, North Koreas foreign minister said US President Donald Trump was on a suicide mission.

Ri Yong-hos comments to the General Assembly mimicked Mr Trumps remarks at the UN on Tuesday, when he called North Korean leader Kim Jong-un a rocket man on a suicide mission.

Mr Ri added that insults by Mr Trump who was, he said, mentally deranged and full of megalomania were an irreversible mistake making it inevitable that North Korean rockets would hit the US mainland.

Mr Trump, the foreign minister said, would pay dearly for his speech, in which he also said he would totally destroy North Korea if the US was forced to defend itself or its allies.

The US president responded to the speech on Twitter by saying Mr Ri and Mr Kim wont be around much longer if they continue their rhetoric.

...

08:44

ON THE BRINK RADIO #216 IN 4 HRS: WHALE & DOLPHIN UPDATE THE REAL GLOBAL THREATS, introducing HoMoMIMIC ( Holistic Modeling of Marine Impacts from Military-Industrial Civilization) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

To the dolphin alone, beyond all others, Nature has given what the best philosophers seek, friendship for no advantage; yet it is friend to all men and has often given great aid. Plutarch SATURDAYS@ 9AM EST-USA / FRIDAY 3 AM HAWAII TIME / SATURDAY 11 PM MELBOURNE/SYDNEY/TASMANIA TIME AUSTRALIA /1 AM NEW ZEALAND TIME and SUNDAYS @ 8AM EST-USA / SATURDAY 2 AM HAWAII TIME / SUNDAY 10 PM MELBOURNE/SYDNEY/TASMANIA []

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08:30

Sharpes Waterloo "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

One of the best of this series


08:11

The Free Individual is greater than the State "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

by Jon Rappoport September 20, 2017 In a sane society, the Bill of Rights would be studied in great detail, in every school and college. The historical incursions on, and the crimes against, the Bill of Rights would be laid bare and excoriated. Grand juries of students would be formed to investigate, in detail, these []

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08:09

New Zealands Ruling Party Ahead After Poll but Kingmaker in No Rush to Decide "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

WELLINGTON The leaders of New Zealands main parties prepared on Sunday to start talks with Winston Peters, the leader of a nationalist party who emerged as kingmaker after an inconclusive general election, but Peters indicated he was in no rush to pick a side.

Prime Minister Bill Englishs National Party won the largest number of votes in Saturdays general election, securing a comfortable margin over the Labour opposition after what had shaped as one of the closest votes in recent history.

But it was Peters and his often controversial New Zealand First Party who emerged in a position of power, with both National and Labour needing his support to form a government under New Zealands proportional representation system.

TOP leader Gareth Morgan speaks during a television interview at The Opportunities Party election night function at Meow ...

HAGEN HOPKINS/GETTY IMAGES

TOP leader Gareth Morgan speaks during a television interview at The Opportunities Party election night function at Meow in Wellington. Morgan made his concession speech soon after.

The National Party, which has been in power for a decade, secured 46 percent of the vote, while Labour had 35.8 percent and New Zealand First 7.5 percent. A final tally, including overseas votes, will be released on Oct. 7.

The results so far secured 58 seats for National in the 120-seat parliament and 45 for Labour. New Zealand First has nine seats and the Green Party has seven.

Labour and the Greens already have a working agreement, wi...

07:42

More than 40 families pull children from school that forced transgender lesson on 5-year-olds "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Transgenderagender is synonymous with the Transhuman agenda, and its all about taking power away from parents and breaking down the traditional family unit. The following article illustrates one example of the Agenda in action: Source: Life Site News Forty-one families have pulled 73 children from the elite Sacramento-area Rocklin Academy charter schools as the []

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07:30

07:25

Melanesian leaders condemn UN for turning 'a deaf ear' to West Papua atrocities | World news | The Guardian "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Melanesian leaders condemn UN for turning 'a deaf ear' to West Papua atrocities | World news | The Guardian: For half a century now the international community has been witnessing a gamut of torture, murder, exploitation, sexual violence and arbitrary detention inflicted on the nationals of West Papua, perpetrated by Indonesia, but the international community has turned a deaf ear to the appeals for help. We urge the Human Rights Council to investigate these cases.

We also call on our counterparts throughout the world to support the legal right of West Papua to self-determination and to jointly with Indonesia put an end to all kinds of violence and find common ground with the nationals to facilitate putting together a process which will enable them to freely express their choice.

The Solomons leader, Manasseh Sogavare, said the UNs sustainable development goal motto of no one left behind would be synonymous to empty promises unless we in the United Nations take active steps to address the plight of the people of West Papua.

07:24

Spring Is In The Air "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Luke 12.27 In awe of natures interactions By Roger Childs From our dining table we look out at trees of many colours. However, at this time of []

07:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Hypnagogic    of, relating to, or occurring in the period of drowsiness immediately preceding sleep; inducing drowsiness or sleep; soporific.


Filed under: language Tagged: hypnagogic

06:26

PNG and ExxonMobil Working Together to Expand Investment and Create More Jobs "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Papua New Guinea Prime Minister has expressed confidence in the ongoing strength of the commitment by ExxonMobil in Papua New Guineas economy, saying there is scope for greater investment and job creation from the company that is one of the largest foreign investors in Papua New Guinea.

PM ONeill made the comments after meeting ExxonMobil Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Darren Woods, and Senior Vice President, Jack Williams, at the companys global headquarters in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday.
The contribution that the PNG LNG project has made to our economy has been substantial, and this will continue to grow, ONeill said.

ExxonMobil has demonstrated their continued commitment to Papua New Guinea through the delivery and management of the PNG LNG project, together with ongoing exploration activities.
We look forward to continuing to partner with ExxonMobil to advance projects and create more jobs for Papua New Guineans.
ExxonMobil PNG Limited is the operator of the US$19 billion PNG LNG project, the largest private sector investment in PNG to date. Additionally, ExxonMobil is working with partners to expand LNG processing at the existing PNG LNG plant site near Port Moresby.

Papua New Guinea is an important country in ExxonMobils global portfolio, and we are committed to making our business successful for all parties, Darren Woods said.
We are committed to working with the government to support economic growth and provide long-term, sustainable benefits to the people of Papua New Guinea through workforce, supplier and community development programs.

ExxonMobil also congratulates Papua New Guinea on hosting APEC in 2018.
We are working closely with PNGs APEC organizers to make the event a success for the country.
I look forward to returning to PNG to participate in the APEC CEO Summit.

06:03

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

HAWAI`I CHARTER SCHOOLS & PARENTS UPSET AT OHA PLAN TO GIVE $1.5 MILLION TO CNHA

HawaiiNewsNow - September 21, 2017

Every year, the Office of Hawaiian Affairs gives $1.5 million to Hawaiian charter schools. Halau Ku Mana, one of 17 Hawaiian focused charter gets about $50,000-$60,000 of the OHA money.

Recently, OHA awarded the contract to administer the funds to the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement instead of another group called KALO. 


An internal memo shows the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement received a score of 81.3 while Kanu O Ka Aina Learning Ohana (KALO) got 75.

Charter school supporters testified at the OHA board meeting.

I humbly request that you do not give the charter school funding to the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement which is a political organization rather than an educational non-profit," said Healani Sonoda-Pale, parent at Halau Ku Mana.


"I'm worried that after the first year that those resources may decrease. I'm worried that CHNA will leverage the funds for purposes that aren't education related," said Keoni Bunag,  principal at Halau Ku Mana.

The Council favors US federal recognition while many at Halau Ku Mana oppose it.

"I think at the core of the mistrust is the opposition to our position on federal recognition," said Michelle Kauhane, President and CEO of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement.

The new contract hasn't be finalized yet and the OHA board will take up this issue on its September 27th agenda.

06:00

The fraudster says bye, voters say good riddance "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Metiria Turei is finally out of the trough. Metiria Turei has bowed out of politics after 15 years, saying she does not regret telling her benefit fraud story. The former Green Party co-leader stood down six weeks ago and came off the partys list after revealing she had lied to increase her welfare payments in the early []

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05:47

How Do You Solve A Problem Like .......... "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Maria Winston?

September 23rd will go down in history as a day of flippancy in which a flibbertigibbet lost and a will 'o the wisp was made King Maker - yet again!

Winston Peters is the exception to the old financial rule - 'Past performance is no guarantee of future results.'    With him you get a 100% ironclad guarantee that future results will measure exactly past performance.

Who can ever forget the way the charlatan dragged out the process for weeks, milking every last ounce of publicity from it.  The only serious service he provided for his country was to rescue an unhappily married perverted poof from an LAX toilet.

So, what is Blenglish to do?

Here's what Adolf would do.

I'd sit down with the drunken dwarf and slowly offer him the world.  Start low and work up a bit at each meeting.   Let just the smallest hint of the word prime minister intrude.  Then watch the media circus go mad.

Then, when all appears nearly settled, I would call a press conference at which I would announce a coalition deal has been struck with The Greens who, sans Me Tu, will make for a much more stable government than anything which relies on Winston Peters.

The Greens have no chance of being in any government with Labour and NZFirst so they are ripe for the picking.  Two cabinet seats and a couple of their saner environmental policies.




05:32

Dont rule out all Special Vote possibilities "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The current seat allocation (from the Electoral Commission) based on provisional election results: National 58 Labour 45 NZ First 9 Green Party 7 ACT Party 1 TOTAL 120 This means: National + ACT = 59 Labour + NZ First + Greens = 61 There are a lot of assumptions that when the special votes are []

05:30

Lets look at what is on the menu for Bill and Jacinda "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Both Bill English and Jacinda Ardern have a hot date with an older man. The future of New Zealands next government depends on their ability to charm him and to eat whatever Winston Peters orders off the menu for them. Somehow I dont think it will be a scone with jam and whipped cream or []

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05:00

Sue Moroney is still nasty as is the positive Labour party "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Jacinda Ardern keeps going on about relentless positivity, pity her ex-MPs and supporters dont subscribe to that. See  above, the picture of a Labour supporter giving the fingers at their party last night with the old lemon Dianne Yates behind her Then read about how the room was divided at their own election function.   []

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04:59

Navy Man Hurries To Greet Wife, But Sees Pregnant Belly And Realizes She Lied During Deployment "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

[L/T] Chris Daugherty, a US Navy man, was recently deployed to the western Pacific. The following week, his wife Natasha discovered she was pregnant with their fourth child.

At first, Natasha told Chris to call her so she could deliver the news during his deployment. But then she changed the plan, and came up with the sneakiest idea possible.

Natasha decided to keep the pregnancy a secret until Chris returned from deployment six months later.

It was no easy feat, but Natasha made sure to cover her tracks. Shed hide her growing baby bump in Facebook photos. And she kept quiet about the pregnancy whenever she Skyped with Chris.

Then, in June 2017, Chris returned home to California. In the video below, Chris rushes to greet their three kids before Natasha drops her giant sign to reveal shes 7 and a half months pregnant!

You do not want to miss his stunned reaction:

04:33

NZ Election The Media (1) "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

To Adams mind much of the media coverage of the election was really poor.

Many in the media seemed to be more concerned with promoting their preferred candidates. The pretension of objectivity went out the window very early.

Broadcast and print media were all culpable in this regard.

Furthermore, we saw yet again attempts to influence the election by some complaining about choices of moderator.

There is a very thin veneer to freedom of speech and thought in NZ, as elsewhere.


04:30

Winston has rightly claimed the balance of power "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Bill English has paid some respect to Winston Peters, unlike James Shaw who rather arrogantly presumed to be able to dictate to a man who loathes the Greens. It is just as well because it is obvious that Winston Peters has the balance of power. Winston Peters is primed to be the kingmaker again, but []

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04:17

Bills back up again "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Well said Ele. Despite the naysayers Bill has surmounted the odds whatever happens

Homepaddock

When Bill English was asked during a debate what was different about him in 2002 and now, he said, I got back up again.

Theres no better proof of that than Nationals result in the election.

Whatever the outcome of coalition negotiations, he has proved himself and his leadership.

Those, including some in the media who ought to have known better, may well be surprised at how well he, and National, have done.

Those of us who know him arent.

Hes a good man, with a big heart and strong intellect.

Hes warm, witty and wise.

He has a clear vision for New Zealand and its people, plans on what to do to deliver for us all and the drive and determination essential to succeed in that.

Many thought John Keys decision to retire would weaken National and reduce its chances of a fourth term.

Bill English and his team have

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04:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Apollo Missions from harrisonicus on Vimeo.

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03:58

President Trumps special message to Hawaii residents regarding a nuclear attack: Revealed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It appears there may be more to Kim Jong-uns threats than meets the eye

(INTELLIHUB) The Hawaii State Department of Defense and Hawaii Emergency Management Agency released a special message from President Donald Trump titled Nuclear Emergency Preparedness which was put out for the period of September 2017.

The rather ominous paper says that Kim Jong-uns threats of firing weapons into the Pacific are real and that people should plan to better their chances of survival if an attack were to occur.

Page 2 of the paper has the words nuclear detonation on it and instructs people to get inside, stay inside and stay tuned.

Hat Tip: @Tabertronic on Twitter

Featured Image: Christopher Chappelear/Flickr
2017. INTELLIHUB.COM. All Rights Reserved.

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03:30

Misinformation and foul language from Wrongly Wrongson last night "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

As usual Martyn Bradbury AKA Wrongly Wrongson got it wrong last night on social media telling his followers that advance votes are the same as special votes. Advance votes are actually counted first. Only around 20% of them will be considered special votes and only if the people voting had not enrolled to vote before []

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03:14

First they HAARPed You, then Sell You the Catastrophe Bonds "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"



Source: Covert Geopolitics

The Khazarian holdovers on this planet are getting more creative as the situation is getting worse for them. The slew of "natural disasters" hitting Latin America and coastal portions of the US mainland, through the use of HAARP derivatives, indicates how desperate the situation really is for the Cabal.

US Air Force Admits They Can Control the Weather

World Bank Group Issues Its Biggest-Ever Catastrophe Bond

By Mathew Carr | August 4, 2017, 9:00 PM GMT+8

The World Bank Group issued its largest catastrophe bond, providing Mexico with financial protection of as much as $360 million against losses from tropical cyclones and earthquakes.

Mexico is among the countries most vulnerable to natural disasters, the bank said in a statement. Nearly a third of its population lives in areas exposed to hurricanes, storms, floods, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. The coverage is the equivalent of 71 percent of the country's economic output considered at risk from two or more natural hazards.

The bonds were issued in three structures to provide coverage against earthquakes, Atlantic tropical cyclones, and Pacific tropical cyclones. If a natural disaster occurs that's eligible for coverage, some or all of the bond proceeds will be made available to the Mexican Fund for Natural Disasters.

The bank has arranged risk-transfer transactions worth about $1 billion in the past two months, compared with $2.5 billion in the past decade, it said by email. It's ramping up its activities as it seeks to help transfer risk from poorer nations.

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-08-04/world-bank-group-issues-its-biggest-ever-...

02:30

Hutt South falls to National "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Chris Bishop has ended the Labour party mortgage on Hutt South, and now we know why Trevor Mallard ran like the wind from a fight with him. Chris Bishop has worked hard to take that seat off Labour. He has shown candidates that it is possible to overturn a safe seat. I must point out []

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02:30

When its the left, the end justifies the means "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Conan OBrien wasnt expecting his audience to clap when he mentioned that North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un called President Trump mentally deranged. Even for a leftist, the late-night host couldnt understand how even the most ardent anti-Trumper could applaud something like that. But that wasnt the only jab he took at his fellow Democrats in []

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02:00

Your Light "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Your Light

Let me say this clearly because it is time to remember you are always the light you see by; and if it is dark in th eplaces you look it is only because you still pretend the light will have to come from someone else.     2017 Brian Andreas  posted with permission.

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


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02:00

Hawkes Bay Home-wrecker takes one in the chook "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Anna Lorck, the Hawkes Bay Home-wrecker, has lost another election: Former Hastings mayor Lawrence Yule is on the cusp of winning the Tukituki electorate- ripping it from longtime Labour campaigner Anna Lorck. Yule quit the mayoralty earlier this year and announced his bid for the Hawkes Bay electorate, coming into direct competition with Labours Lorck []

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01:31

COUPLE OF OBSERVATIONS POST THE ELECTION "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Marama Fox's comment that the Maori seats going back to Labour is akin to the battered wife going back to the abuser has a ring of truth about it.   Labour have viewed their Maori MPs as voting cannon fodder; generally treated them with disdain and fed them scraps.   Maoridom had a unique chance to establish an independent voice in Parliament.    They blew it.

David Seymour's decision not to be part of any National/NZ First coalition is the right one.   He can now concentrate on growing ACT's vote without the constraints of being in government.   But there will be challenges in doing that.   ACT now is not the ACT of yesteryear.   Come the next election  National will need a strong coalition partner if it is to win a fifth term.   Minor parties in coalition governments tend to perform less well than their senior partner.   Should Winston call it quits the NZ First could well sink without trace.


01:30

Valid questions, stupid principal "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Why is it so bad for kids to ask professional sportspeople why they suck or choke so often? Two pupils at an Auckland school were sent to time out and made to write an apology letter after asking visiting Warriors players why they lost so often. Blockhouse Bay Intermediate principal Michael Malins confirmed the schools []

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01:19

Opportunity Lost "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

At the end of the day some you win some you dont. Justice Crew The triumph of dirty politics? By Roger Childs After nine years of the rich getting fatter, poverty numbers getting higher, foreign investors getting richer and the rivers getting dirtier, the country missed its chance to start turning back the tide of []

00:30

The Maori party is dead "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Maori party is out of parliament, killed off by Tamati Coffey by his winning of Waiariki. The Labour Party could manage a clean sweep of the seven Mori seats, with Mori Party co-leader Te Ururoa Flavell in danger of losing Waiariki. If Mr Flavell loses to Labours Tamati Coffey, and his colleague Howie Tamati []

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23:30

Media party have a lot to answer for "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Youd think that the Media party would have learned from last election and from Hillary Clintons bombing in the election. Katie Bradford famously said on camera at the last election no matter what we talk about, no matter what we do, the polls dont seem to be shifting at all. And so it has transpired []

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23:00

The Green Party survive, the Maori Party dive and NZ First can make a historical change "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I was watching the panel on T.V three last night and their comments on the Green Party really hit home. They pointed out that the Green party have achieved nothing in 21 years because they have never been part of a government. If they were prepared to join National as a coalition partner they could []

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23:00

Bills back up again "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

When Bill English was asked during a debate what was different about him in 2002 and now, he said, I got back up again.

Theres no better proof of that than Nationals result in the election.

Whatever the outcome of coalition negotiations, he has proved himself and his leadership.

Those, including some in the media who ought to have known better, may well be surprised at how well he, and National, have done.

Those of us who know him arent.

Hes a good man, with a big heart and strong intellect.

Hes warm, witty and wise.

He has a clear vision for New Zealand and its people, plans on what to do to deliver for us all and the drive and determination essential to succeed in that.

Many thought John Keys decision to retire would weaken National and reduce its chances of a fourth term.

Bill English and his team have proved them wrong.

The fourth term isnt certain but hes made it a possibility.

Bill rocks!


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22:30

With attitudes towards voters like this it is no wonder Gareth Morgan bombed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Gareth Morgan takes one in a clacker and now joins Colin Craig and Kim Dotcom as wealthy losers. The Opportunities Party leader Gareth Morgan says New Zealanders self-interest is screwing over younger people and the poor as he tips a National landslide early on election night. After 22.5 per cent of the vote was counted []

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22:07

Day to Day Politics: ITS TIME Marriage Equality my final contribution. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Sunday 24 September 2017 At the time of writing the following countries supported marriage equality. This is my final lengthy contribution on the subject. Argentina (2010) Denmark (2012) Greenland (2015) The Netherlands (2000) South Africa (2006) Belgium (2003) England / Wales (2013) Iceland (2010) New Zealand (2013) Spain (2005) Brazil (2013) Finland (2015) Ireland (2015)

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22:00

Thoughts on the election "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Here are some of my thoughts on the election results. 1. Negative Campaigning Works This election has proved that negative but accurate advertising works. Research in the past also proves this. They are simple and effective and they work. Labour can whine all they like, the antidote to negative advertising is to front foot everything. []

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22:00

Oz players on playing league against PNG: I got hit by granite "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australia v PNGJAMES BUCKLEY | Fairfax Media | Edited extract

SYDNEY - Speak to anyone that's played rugby league in Papua New Guinea, and they will all furnish you with unbelievable stories of the insatiable passion the locals possess for their national sport.

PNG is a developing and diverse country with more than 800 languages, high crime and significant unemployment, but rugby league is the constant that unites its eight million people.

But when their Australian heroes come to these shores for the annual Prime Minister's XIII fixture against Papua New Guinea, played yesterday, quite often that lust for the game bubbles over into tragedy.

Cronulla back rower Wade Graham played his first PM's XIII match in 2012 and it's an experience he'll never forget.

"The grandstand collapsed the year I was there and a few people died, it was pretty full on," Graham said.

"It's the passion they have for the league here, it's very unbelievable.

"It's one of those things you can try to explain it, but until you experience it you just don't understand it."

From the moment the Australian contingent lands in PNG until they depart a few days later, the players are treated like rock stars.

Everyone wants a piece of them, from machine-gun wielding security guards who crave nothing more than to pose for a photograph with their idols, to the locals on the street who sprint after the team bus.

But it's the children who leave the most lasting memories, both good and bad.

They know all of the players, and religiously refer to them by their surnames. At a clinic on Friday morning, screaming cries of "Dugan" preceded his swamping by a delighted mob of local schoolkids.

Tedesco, Klemmer, Maloney and co all received the same treatment.

The Australian players are strongly advised not to throw team kit outside the team bus while in transit, particularly when they're surrounded by fans on leaving the airport.

One year a prized piece of merchandise was flung out to the masses and a young boy barely six years old arrived first to haul it in.

Just seconds later an older kid, still not even a teenager, arrived on the scene, landed a few haymakers on the youngster and tried making off with the loot.

Almost instantly...

21:54

Total votes and turnout "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Total provisional votes: 2,169,802 Special votes (about): 384,000 Estimated total votes: 2,553,802 Total votes in 2014: 2,416,479 Approximate increase in votes 2014 to 2017:  137,323 Estimated eligible voters: 3,569,830 Estimated turnout of eligible voters: 71.5% BUT the statistics commonly used are percentage of enrolled voters. Estimated turnout of enrolled voters: 78.8% So that is a []

21:42

General MacArthurs Conspiracy To Start A War With China! New Documentary Release & Interview! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Newsbud is proud to announce, our first DVD release. Available to stream now on Amazon, or secure your DVD today at Newsbud.com.

Only a few years after Hiroshima and the end of World War II, President Harry S. Truman was confronted with the horrifying prospect of another nuclear holocaust. General Douglas MacArthurs anti-communist fervor impelled him to pursue his own war strategy in Asia, conspiring against Trumans official policy to incite Red China by sending the USS Bole on a secret mission three miles off the Chinese Pacific coast. The servicemen who crewed that battleship was recruited to the Generals rogue plan without their knowledge and threatened into silence for decades, until now. This is their story and one we are all lucky they lived to tell.

Told here for the first time is the incredible story of the operation that triggered Truman's removal of Douglas MacArthur: the secret China mission of the US Navy destroyer USS John A. Bole.  Featuring testimonies of servicemen on the John A. Bole and newly declassified documents, this documentary goes behind the scenes in Washington, London, and aboard the Bole to reveal Truman's relief of MacArthur was not a question of choice; it was a matter of desperate necessity.

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21:30

Mood for change? Not so much it turns out "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The left-wing and their media enablers have gone on and on about there being a mood for change. With the election result it seems that isnt at all true and I for one am not at all surprised. National has attained more votes in this election than John Key got for National in 2008.    []

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21:26

What now for forming a government? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

National and NZ First have enough seats between them to form a government if they wanted to Bill English wants to but NZ First may or may not. If NZ First want to play one side against the other, or if they prefer to side with NZ First and Greens then serious negotiations will []

21:15

New to Whaleoil? Come on in "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Welcome to Whaleoil, the election may be over but the fun is only just beginning. Elections always bring many new eyeballs to New Zealands largest and most popular blog and we have noticed you checking us out. We can be politically incorrect but as you have discovered after reading Whaleoil for a while now we []

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21:00

Sunday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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21:00

National in best position to form a government "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The results are in and National has managed to remain well over 40%. To be fair to Bill English his campaign has been a blinder, helped by the low rat cunning of Steve Joyce. Credit where credit is due. The only problem he has now, is that the only party he can deal with is []

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21:00

APEC forum will benefit people throughout PNG: Lepani "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Artists impression of APEC Haus
Artists impression of APEC Haus off Port Moresby's Ela Beach

STAFF REPORTER | Business Advantage PNG | Edited extracts

PORT MORESBY - Papua New Guinea businesses should expect income streams from next month as momentum builds towards the APEC summit in November 2018, director-general of the APEC PNG coordination authority, Sir Charles Lepani, says.

He told a Business Advantage PNG investment summit in Sydney that hotels, small business suppliers and the informal sector throughout PNG will benefit from preparations for next years APEC leaders summit in Port Moresby.

Sir Charles said his authority needed to manage expectations, noting that the summit will not change PNG overnight. But he said it would establish a foundation for stronger growth, bringing in much-needed foreign exchange and raising PNGs profile.

Already, hotels have been paid for senior delegates accommodation.

We intend to go to tender or look for PNG women around the country who make bilums. Each province will make bilums, but not flags, as APEC does not use flags because they are political, Sir Charles said.

We hope to get about 15,000 bilums made by women for each delegate. Not plastic, which would be thrown away afterwards, but real bilums that they can take home with them as gifts.

Regional centres will benefit, he said, because delegates will make day trips to other parts of PNG, including Alotau and Goroka. Air Niugini will earn about K4050 million moving delegates.

The APEC Authority expects 15,000 delegates to attend the 2018 meetings with 9000 attending the summit itself.

...

20:57

Election governing possibilities "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

National have a 10% lead over Labour so have the stronger mandate to form a government, and last night Bill English acted and spoke like a winner, but their options are limited. English said they will work with NZ First to try to form a stable government over the next few days. The outcome of []

20:40

Election key electorate results "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In general the party vote is all important, but some electorate results can be critical. Total provisional numbers of seats: National 58 (60 in 2014) Labour 45 (32 in 2014) NZ First 9 (11 in 2014) Greens 7 (14 in 2014) ACT Party 1 (1 in 2014) Maori Party 0 (2 in 2014) United Future []

20:30

Early voting a big success "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I was one of those who voted early, at the local supermarket, 1,240,739 other people agreed with me that voting early was a good idea. The number of people who cast an early vote this election hit a record high, with 1,240,740 New Zealanders having their say before election day. The number easily surpassed the []

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20:27

Chuck Hagel, James Fanell, and the new strategy to target China via Australia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The dismissal of an unwilling Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense in 2014 was, I think, a watershed in the fortunes of the China hawks, both in the Pentagon and at Pacific Command. Perhaps because it is bad form to explore the possibility that Hagel was purged for insufficient enthusiasm for a pro-active China confrontation agenda, nobody went there. But I did. Natch. In 2015, I buried my analysis in a tediously long piece that was meant to give an overview of the evolution of US China policy, and provide a corrective to the "Chinese aggression" meme that China hawks like to lean on. The narrative of escalating Chinese aggression is central to the China hawks' thesis that we need an escalating response. Rather interestingly, today a lot of this narrative is coming out of Australia. Google "Chinese influence Australia" and you'll get an idea of the barrage of local and global coverage keying on the skillfully shaped message that Chinese influence--though it is not illegal--must be feared. I've recently come to the conclusion that spate of panic stricken reports emerging from Australia concerning the China menace in economics, politics, and academics are a belated and improvised substitute for what was supposed to be the real deal: a pivot from Obama namby-pambyism to steely Clinton resolve to confront China in 2016.

Chuck Hagel, James Fanell, and the new strategy to target China via Australia "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The dismissal of an unwilling Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense in 2014 was, I think, a watershed in the fortunes of the China hawks, both in the Pentagon and at Pacific Command. Perhaps because it is bad form to explore the possibility that Hagel was purged for insufficient enthusiasm for a pro-active China confrontation agenda, nobody went there. But I did. Natch. In 2015, I buried my analysis in a tediously long piece that was meant to give an overview of the evolution of US China policy, and provide a corrective to the "Chinese aggression" meme that China hawks like to lean on. The narrative of escalating Chinese aggression is central to the China hawks' thesis that we need an escalating response. Rather interestingly, today a lot of this narrative is coming out of Australia. Google "Chinese influence Australia" and you'll get an idea of the barrage of local and global coverage keying on the skillfully shaped message that Chinese influence--though it is not illegal--must be feared. I've recently come to the conclusion that spate of panic stricken reports emerging from Australia concerning the China menace in economics, politics, and academics are a belated and improvised substitute for what was supposed to be the real deal: a pivot from Obama namby-pambyism to steely Clinton resolve to confront China in 2016.

20:03

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 89 Answers "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

If you would still like to do the latest challenge, scroll down to September 20.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers below.   What momentous event happened in New Zealand on 19 September 1893? (Women gained the right to vote)   Beautys Reward, Key of Pleasure []

20:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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20:00

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White says US flew nuclear-capable B-1B bombers just off coast of North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The US has flown nuclear-capable B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by F-15 fighters off North Korea's coast venturing the "farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone," separating the two Koreas, in the 21st century, the Pentagon's spokesperson said. "This is the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) any U.S. fighter or bomber aircraft have flown off North Korea's coast in the 21st century, underscoring the seriousness with which we take (North Korea's) reckless behavior," said Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White. The DMZ is a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula near the 38th Parallel, separating North Korea from South Korea. It was created in 1953, following the armistice which ended the Korean War. "This mission is a demonstration of US resolve and a clear message that the President has many military options to defeat any threat. North Korea's weapons program is a grave threat to the Asia-Pacific region and the entire international community. We are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the US homeland and our allies," the spokeswoman added.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White says US flew nuclear-capable B-1B bombers just off coast of North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The US has flown nuclear-capable B-1B Lancer bombers escorted by F-15 fighters off North Korea's coast venturing the "farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone," separating the two Koreas, in the 21st century, the Pentagon's spokesperson said. "This is the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) any U.S. fighter or bomber aircraft have flown off North Korea's coast in the 21st century, underscoring the seriousness with which we take (North Korea's) reckless behavior," said Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White. The DMZ is a strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula near the 38th Parallel, separating North Korea from South Korea. It was created in 1953, following the armistice which ended the Korean War. "This mission is a demonstration of US resolve and a clear message that the President has many military options to defeat any threat. North Korea's weapons program is a grave threat to the Asia-Pacific region and the entire international community. We are prepared to use the full range of military capabilities to defend the US homeland and our allies," the spokeswoman added.

20:00

Foreign exchange restrictions in PNG: costs & remedies "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

US-DollarsROHAN FOX, STEPHEN HOWES, NELSON ATIP NEMA & MARCEL SCHRODER | DevPolicy Blog

CANBERRA - Three years after their introduction in mid-2014, Papua New Guineas foreign exchange restrictions continue to be in place. Unofficial ballpark estimates of excess demand range between US$300 million to 1 billion.

In a 2017 Business Advantage survey of CEOs, 60% nominated access to foreign exchange as the major obstacle more than double any other challenge.

Interviews with businesses reveal that they have to spend significantly more time on finding foreign exchange and managing the credit situation with their overseas suppliers. This increases their administrative costs, which are likely passed on to the consumers.

In addition, firms are piling up dollarised debt when there is depreciating pressure on the kina.

The excess demand for foreign currency has led to a substantial delay in the processing time of foreign exchange orders, which is now reported to be between six and 16 weeks.

The processing duration is a function of fluctuating foreign exchange availability and the priority of an order, which the Bank of PNG (BPNG) sets at its own discretion.

The general pattern is that imports of basic food (especially rice) and fuel are favoured over other consumer goods, or raw materials for construction. Dividends and repatriation are near the bottom of BPNGs priority list and the majority of such orders do not get processed at all.

To grasp the severity of the situation, and the extent of import-compression, consider the share of imports to GDP.

From 1980, the value of imports tends to hover around 50% of GDP, but over the past two years imports have collapsed to 15% of GDP, with the start of the sharp fall coinciding with the imposition of the FX-restrictions in 2014.

This decline in imports is far greater than the one experienced in 1994 when PNG underwent a currency crisis.

The argument could be made that the decrease in imports could be overstated due to the LNG project, which provided a substantial boost to GDP, with no commensurate increase in the demand for imports.

However, imports as a share of non-resource GDP (that is, GDP excluding the mining and oil/gas sectors) have also collapsed to 23%.

The foreign exchange restrictions are a strong indication that PNGs r...

19:57

Election provisional results "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The 2017 election night provisional results (which excludes hundreds of thousands of special votes): PROJECTED Party Votes % of Votes Electorate Seats List Seats Total seats National Party 998,813 46.0 41 17 58 Labour Party 776,556 35.8 29 16 45 New Zealand First Party 162,988 7.5 9 9 Green Party 126,995 5.9 7 []

19:30

Faces of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Its a bit of a privilege to be the first to have your attention this morning. I wont pretend to have any deep insights that are better than yours.  I could have picked any number of people for the Face of the Day and put up some half-baked commentary. I should leave that to Cam []

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19:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The word for today is apocalypse (noun) 1. (a) Apocalypse Abbr. Apoc. Bible The Book of Revelation. (b) Any of a number of anonymous Jewish or Christian texts from around the second century BC to the second century AD containing prophetic or symbolic visions, especially of the imminent destruction of the world and the []

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19:06

New Zealand matters "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


For some reason I've been watching the New Zealand election result with some interest today and found the BBC News website very reluctant to give any news on it. 

They didn't post any updates for nearly a day - unlike various newspapers, some of whom even ran live blogs. A couple of hours ago, however, the BBC did publish an update, though it's never made it onto their Home page, and has only ever been a minor item on their World page. 

It remains curious what interests the BBC, and what doesn't interest the BBC. 

19:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Proverbs 24 14 In the same way, wisdom is sweet to your soul. If you find it, you will have a bright future, and your hopes will not be cut short.

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18:49

Is California next? Concerns increase as a series of killer quakes hit the Pacific 'Ring of Fire' "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In the span of just 24 hours, a series of powerful earthquakes rocked several locations along the Pacific one by one this week, all in a seismic region known as the 'Ring of Fire' - and, others in its path, including California, are now wondering if they could be next. Roughly 90 percent of the world's earthquakes occur in this belt, which loops from New Zealand to Chile, passing through the coasts of Asia and the Americas on the way. Now, after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand on Wednesday followed by temblors off the coasts of Japan (6.1), Vanuatu (6.4), and Indonesia (5.7) early Thursday morning, experts admit the Pacific is experiencing 'unusual' seismic activity, leaving the West Coast on edge. After a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand on Wednesday followed by temblors off the coasts of Japan (6.1), Vanuatu (6.4), and Indonesia (5.7) early Thursday morning, others along the Ring of Fire - including California - are wondering if they could be next. But, experts say offshore quakes happen in the region all the time, and go unnoticed But, this doesn't necessarily mean California or other areas of the West Coast will be affected by the events.

Is California next? Concerns increase as a series of killer quakes hit the Pacific 'Ring of Fire' "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In the span of just 24 hours, a series of powerful earthquakes rocked several locations along the Pacific one by one this week, all in a seismic region known as the 'Ring of Fire' - and, others in its path, including California, are now wondering if they could be next. Roughly 90 percent of the world's earthquakes occur in this belt, which loops from New Zealand to Chile, passing through the coasts of Asia and the Americas on the way. Now, after a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand on Wednesday followed by temblors off the coasts of Japan (6.1), Vanuatu (6.4), and Indonesia (5.7) early Thursday morning, experts admit the Pacific is experiencing 'unusual' seismic activity, leaving the West Coast on edge. After a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand on Wednesday followed by temblors off the coasts of Japan (6.1), Vanuatu (6.4), and Indonesia (5.7) early Thursday morning, others along the Ring of Fire - including California - are wondering if they could be next. But, experts say offshore quakes happen in the region all the time, and go unnoticed But, this doesn't necessarily mean California or other areas of the West Coast will be affected by the events.

18:15

How A Free Grocery Store Is Cutting Food WasteAnd Hunger "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By via Yes Magazine

Each weeknight, The Free Store redistributes up to 1,500 surplus food items to anyone who wants themno questions asked.

On a windy late afternoon, dozens of people have lined up in front of a 20-foot-long repurposed shipping container situated on a church parking lot. Inside, volunteers are unloading food items from custom-built shopping carts and stacking them onto rows of shelves. There are hearty rice meals and healthy salads, thick sandwiches, pies, and other savory and sweet items. This is just another busy day for The Free Store.

We saw the potential in an untapped food supply.

The Free Store is a nonprofit organization that redistributes surplus food from local businesses in New Zealands capital city, Wellington, to those in need. It was inspired by a two-week art project in 2010 where artist Kim Paton filled a shop with surplus food items from bakeries and supermarkets. Anyone visiting the shop could take what they wanted free of charge.

I heard that some of the food in the shop was...

18:10

Open Forum Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

24 September 2017 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 []

17:45

"Fukushima Update: 15,325.2 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow" "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

Updated September 23, 2017: Fukushima Equals 15,325.2 Hiroshima Bombs Today, More Tomorrow; There is No Place On Earth to Escape the Rad: The 3 melted-through cores of the destroyed reactors, now melted together into a single "corium" totaling over 600 tons, at Fukushima daily release the radioactive equivalent of 6.45 Hiroshima bombs directly into the atmosphere and the Pacific Ocean. As of September 23, 2017 - 2,376 days since the disaster began - this equals the detonation of 15,325.2 Hiroshima atomic bombs and it is still going strong, with no end in sight, considering that the half-life of uranium...

17:20

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.

17:15

Media watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

24 September 2017 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 []

16:11

Korea? Its Always Really Been About China! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By Paul Atwood for Counter Punch - How many citizens have ever asked themselves what the United States is doing in Korea in the first place? In November of 1945, two months after the surrender of Japan, Army Chief of Staff General George Marshall spoke to President Truman and the chief figures of his cabinet about his fears of a the tragic consequences of a divided China as Chinese Nationalist forces and Communists resumed their struggle for power and Soviet forces seized control of large areas of Manchuria. The resumption of Soviet power in Manchuria Marshall emphasized would result in the defeat or loss of the major purpose of our war with Japan (emphasis added). What could the general have meant by such a statement? What WAS the major purpose of the Pacific war? Most Americans are taught that the foremost reason the United States went to war with Japan was the attack on Pearl Harbor. But the reality was that the U.S. and Japan had been on a collision course since the 1920s and by 1940, in the midst of the global depression, were locked in a mortal struggle over who would ultimately benefit most from the markets and resources of Greater China and East Asia. Japans Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere was steadily closing the Open Door to American penetration of and access to the profitable riches of Asia at the critical moment.

15:08

ON NORTHLAND "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

12.25 and just got back home from our election party at the Pioneer Tavern at Waipapakauri.    Packed to the rafters with many new (and young) faces.   Some nervous moments but once the Kerikeri/Paihia booths came in  it was all over rover.   Winston's 5,500 majority evaporated into a 1,292 win for National's Matt King.

Must have been a huge gnashing of teeth from the 33 person media contingent at Winston's bash at the Duke of Marlborough.   Clearly they expected him to win but all he did was to pack up shop early and skip back to Paihia on the ferry.   The one journo at our function had a scoop on the King victory.

No concession or congratulatory call from Peters.   Perhaps he was hurting too much having been ejected by the voters from three seats during his time in Parliament.    But the loser becomes a winner per courtesy of MMP ... funny that a Party polling less than it did in 2014 and ending up with two fewer MPs gets to choose who forms the next government.     More about that in later posts.

Good Morning.

14:08

North Korea 3.4 magnitude earthquake caused by an explosion Near nuclear testing site "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

By Harriet Agerholm

Quake centred near nuclear test site but South says tremor could have natural causes

The Independent

Chinas earthquake administration has said it detected a magnitude 3.4 earthquake in North Korea, which it suspects was caused by an explosion.

The report has raised fears that the isolated state has tested another nuclear bomb. The Chinese administration said in a statement on its website that the quake was recorded at a depth of zero kilometres.

Chinas official Xinhua news agency said the epicentre was in roughly the same place as a similar shallow earthquake on 3 September, which turned out to be caused by North Koreas sixth and largest nuclear test.

Yet the Souths meteorological agency which measured the earthquake as magnitude 3.0 said it believed the quake was a natural event.

We use several methods to tell whether earthquakes are natural or manmade, an official, who asked for anonymity, said.

A key method is to look at the seismic waves or seismic acoustic waves and the latter can be detected in the case of a manmade earthquake. In this case we saw none. So as of now we are categorising this as a natural earthquake.

All of North Koreas previous six nuclear tests registered as earthquakes of magnitude 4.3 or above. The last test on 3 September registered as a 6.3 magnitude quake.

A secondary tremor detected after that test could have been caused by the collapse of a tunnel at the mountainous site, experts said at the time.

The US Geological Survey said that it detected a magnitude 3.5 quake in the area of previous North Korean nuclear tests, but that it was unable to confirm whether the event was natural.

North Koreas weakest nuclear test, its first, which it carried out in 2006, generated a magnitude 4.3 quake.

Satellite photos of the area after the 3 September quake showed numerous landslides that were apparently caused by the huge blast, which North Korea said was a hydrogen bomb.

Nuclear proliferation watchdog CTBTO was examining unusual seismic activity in North Korea, it said on Saturday.

Analysts looking at unusual #seismic activity of a much smaller magnitude in the #DPRK, CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo said in a Twitter post, adding more details were set to emerge later.

North Koreas Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho, who is currently in New York for a United Nations meeting, warned on Thursday that Mr Kim could consider a hydrogen....

14:05

World watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

14:01

September 24 in history "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

622 Prophet Muhammad completed his hijra from Mecca to Medina.

1180 Manuel I Komnenos, last Emperor of the Komnenian restoration died after which the Byzantine Empire slipped into terminal decline.

1625 Johan de Witt, Dutch politician, was born (d. 1672).

1645  Battle of Rowton Heath, Parliamentarian victory over a Royalist army commanded in person by King Charles.

1664 The Dutch Republic surrendered New Amsterdam to England.

1667  Jean-Louis Lully, French composer, was born (d. 1688).

1674  Second Tantrik Coronation of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

1717 Horace Walpole, British novelist and politician, was born (d. 1797).

1725 Sir Arthur Guinness, Irish brewer, was born (d. 1803).

1841  The Sultan of Brunei ceded Sarawak to Britain.

1852  The first airship powered by (a steam) engine, created by Henri Giffard, travelled 17 miles (27 km) from Paris to Trappes.

1869 Black Friday: Gold prices plummeted after Ulysses S. Grant ordered the Treasury to sell large quantities of gold after Jay Gould and James Fisk plotted to control the market.

1871  Lottie Dod, English athlete, was born (d. 1960)

1877  Battle of Shiroyama, decisive victory of the Imperial Japanese Army over the Satsuma Rebellion.

1890 The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints officially renounced polygamy.

1892  Adlard Godbout, Canadian agronomist and politician, 15th Premier of Qubec, was born (d. 1956).......

14:01

Australia and U.S. Joined at the Hip: Wheres the Benefit? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has on two recent occasions referred to Australia being joined at the hip to the United States on its defence and national security policies. That phrasing invited some critical commentary, but conspicuously, there was no demurral from the official Opposition Labor Party. To all practical intents and purposes the Liberal National Coalition and the Labor Party are indistinguishable on matters of defence, foreign policy and national security.

Turnbulls remarks, as with the election of the erratic and clearly unfit Donald Trump as US President, should have presented an opportunity for a critical reappraisal of Australias position viz a viz the United States. It did not happen, not least because a supine mainstream media sees no reason to question the fundamental assumptions underlying Australias defence policies since at least the fall of Singapore to the Japanese in January 1942.

Prior to that seminal event, Australia had never challenged its role as a colonial appendage to the British Empire. That status had led Australia into a series of wars, which in common with just about every other military misadventure before and since had only the vaguest connection with Australias national interest, if any.

Australian troops fought the Russians in the Crimean War of the 1850s (the rich irony of which is lost in the current propaganda war waged against Russia for its annexation of Crimea.) Australian troops were slaughtered in large numbers in World War 1, a war planned at least since the 1890s to counter any German challenge to British imperial supremacy (Docherty & Macgregor Hidden History, 2013)

Although Prime Minister Hughes refused a British request to formally join British forces fighting in the Russian civil war 1917-21 against the Bolsheviks, Australian troops nonetheless joined the North Russia campaign as volunteers. A Royal Australian Destroyer HMAS Swan also undertook intelligence operations in the Black Sea in late 1918 directed against the Bolshevik forces.

With the rout of the British forces in 1941-42 by the Japanese, it was obvious to Australian politicians that a new protector was needed, and the Americans required no encouragement to assume that role. The marriage of convenience that occurred in 1942-45 may have suited Australia in its perception of an imminent Japanese invasion, but then, as now, the brides dowry should have be...

12:47

Aussie PM's XIII beat PNG 48 - 8 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tom Trobjevic and James Tedesco have boosted their World Cup selection chances by scoring hat-tricks in the Australian PM's XIII's 48-8 hammering of the Papua New Guinea PM's XIII on Saturday.

It was a clinical performance by the Mal Meninga-coached side in hot and humid conditions in front of 13,468 screaming fans at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby.

Featuring 11 players with Kangaroos experience, the Australians were made to work hard early by a PNG side missing most of their stars who were preparing to play for the PNG Hunters in the Intrust Super Cup grand final in Brisbane on Sunday.

The visitors were behind 8-6 in the first half before running away with victory in a match that leaves Meninga with plenty of questions ahead of naming his squad for the World Cup later this year.

The hosts dominated the opening minutes until Manly fullback Trobjevic, playing in the centres, crossed for a try in his first game in the green and gold and halfback James Maloney landed the conversion.

The crowd went wild soon after when PNG centre Stanford Talita's try was converted by Jason Misian to lock the scores up.

Five-eighth Misian added a penalty goal to put his side ahead and leave the visitors stunned halfway through the first half.

St George-Illawarra back-rower Tyson Frizell soon after raced away to put the Australians back in front and from there it was one-way traffic.

Trobjevic was gifted a second try after nice lead-up work from his brother Jake, while fullback James Tedesco scored from a Corey Norman cross-field kick just before halftime.

The young Sea Eagles star completed his hat-trick early in the second half as Maloney again added the extras

Tedesco and five-eighth Norman combined again for the NSW No.1 to add his second try before he completed his own hat-trick in the dying minutes, a four-pointer that was converted by prop Andrew Fifita.

Maloney finished with a haul of 18 points after scoring late and nailing all seven of his conversions.

Reserve back Dylan Walker had to be stretchered from the field with what appeared to be a dislocated right ankle and is unlikely to play again this year. Source: NRL.COM

12:23

NSW Police Given Power to Kill with Impunity "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Berejiklian government has continued on in the Coalitions tradition over recent years of enacting laws that increase police powers, whilst whittling away at civil liberties, all in the name of a perceived terrorist threat.

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12:07

Amazing locals making a difference as temperatures rise "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Guests in the Sustainable Studio on 20 September 2017 are: Monica Winston, Transition Streets Geelong, Leigh Ewbank from Act on Climate, and Jacqui Bennett from Humans in Geelong.


Listen to The Sustainable Hour no. 187 on 94.7 The Pulse:

http://climatesafety.info/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/sustainablehour187_032kbps.mp3

To open or download this programme in mp3-format,...

10:57

Weapons of mass destruction banned nuclear soon to join the ban theme for Sept 17 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

You might think that its naive to be talking about banning nuclear weapons, in this present climate of international tension. Yes, an international agreement to ban them is not going to get rid of nuclear weapons overnight, or indeed, anytime soon.

BUT as things stand now, nuclear weapons, held by all the so virtuous States  USA, Britain, France, India, China Pakistan, Israel, (- and now North Korea)   are accepted as respectable ,  defensive, necessary. 

The idea of the world recognising weapons of mass destruction as unacceptable is not new.  Its been done before.

Human beings, after all, are social animals, and their greatest successes have been achieved by co-operation. Years of co-operative effort by intelligent and thoughtful people have shed light on the humanitarian horror of mass killings, and mass sufferings of those who survived such attacks.

Under the auspices of he United Nations, the concerted efforts of so many have brought about  the recognition that mass murder is unacceptable, and has been judged to be illegal.  No, these threats have not been completely eliminated. But they have been vastly diminished, and no leader can get away with pronouncing them to be acceptable or necessary.

The United Nations Ban on  the use of chemical and biological weapons in warfare was signed in 1925, and  strengthened in 1997 in the  the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) 

The United Nations Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) came i...

10:30

Saturday Night at the Movies "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Followed by

Waterloo which had another excellent cast Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer and many others

 


10:27

World wonders could N. Korea fire nuclear missile over Japan "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Associated Press

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SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Will North Koreas next nuclear test involve a thermonuclear missile screaming over Japan? Thats a question being asked after North Koreas foreign minister said his country may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean.

The world hasnt seen an above-ground, atmospheric nuclear test since an inland detonation by China in 1980 and North Korea upending that could push the region dangerously close to war. The room for error would be minimal and any mistake could be disastrous. Even if successful, such a test could endanger air and sea traffic in the region.

Because of that many experts dont think North Korea would take such a risk. But theyre also not ruling it out given the Norths increasing number of nuclear and missile tests.

The main reason for North Korea to take that risk would be to quiet outside doubts about whether it really has a thermonuclear weapon small enough to fit on a missile, said Jeffrey Lewis, a U.S. arms control expert at the Middlebury Center of International Studies at Monterey. So far North Korea has been separately testing nuclear weapons and the ballistic missiles built to deliver them, rather than testing them together.

North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho wouldnt have spoken without approval from Pyongyangs top leadership when he suggested to reporters in New York on Friday that the country could conduct an atmospheric hydrogen bomb test to fulfill the vows of the countrys leader Kim Jong Un.

Kim, in an unusual direct statement to the world, pledged hours earlier to take highest-level action against the United States over Donald Trumps threat to totally destroy the North if provoked. Ri didnt elaborate and said no one knew what decision Kim would make.

If North Korea attempts an atmospheric nuclear test at sea, it would likely involve its most powerful ballistic missiles, such as the intermediate-range Hwas...

10:19

The environmental impact of a coal plant on Kenyas coast is being underplayed "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Conversation

An old coal-burning power plant in China. REUTERS/David Gray

China is transforming its sources of energy domestically in a bid to reverse decades of environmental pollution. But the switch to renewable energy has brought about a conundrum: what to do with the jobs and industries that have no future in this new system?

Export them. Several African countries are accepting the poisoned chalice of Chinas subsidised development through the construction of outdated, dirty coal plants.

Kenya is one. Its coastline is a national asset for fisheries, tourism, a growing population and economic development. But Amu Coal a...

10:04

US nuclear carrier conducts naval drills with Japan as N. Korea threatens H-bomb test "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

US nuclear carrier conducts naval drills with Japan as N. Korea threatens H-bomb test | 22 Sept 2017 | The 100,000-ton US Navy supercarrier Ronald Reagan has conducted drills with Japanese warships south of the Korean Peninsula, Japan's military said. Pyongyang, meanwhile, has threatened a further "hydrogen bomb test" over the Pacific.The Japan Maritime Self Defense Force said in a statement on Friday that the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered supercarrier Ronald Reagan, based in the Japanese town of Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, and its escort ships have been holding drills with Japanese Navy vessels in waters south and west of Japan's main islands since September 11. The strike group is also set to stage a separate drill with the South Korean Navy in October, the Defense Ministry added.

10:00

A story of two Attorneys-General "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

An interesting post with several very useful comments in the thread. Not sure I totally agree, but it provides much food for thought.

croaking cassandra

On Wednesday evening I wrote about the despicable conduct of our Attorney-General, senior National Party Cabinet minister, and minister for various intelligence agencies, Chris Finlayson.

Asked why it was appropriate for a (past and   experts say   probably present) member of the Chinese Communist Party and former member of the Chinese intelligence services (both acknowledged facts, neither of which was disclosed to voters when he was elected) to be a member of Parliament in New Zealand, Finlayson simply refused to engage or answer, other than to suggest the journalists raising the issue   journalists from serious outlets including the Financial Times were simply attempting to destroy the mans political career and in the process were engaged in singling out a whole class of people for racial abuse.

Asked about the claims in an important new paper by Professor Anne-Marie Brady (of Canterbury University and the Woodrow Wilson Centre

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09:58

#Election2017 results "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 

The percentage  for the party votes has hardly changed all night 94.3% of the vote counted and National has 46.1%.

Labour on 35.7% would need NZ First and the Green Party to govern.

The large number of early votes mean results should be in much earlier than in the past.

Results so far:


Filed under: politics Tagged: #election2017, Chris Keall ...

09:57

Invasion Of The Giant Mutant Goldfish! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

No, not a B-Grade 50s monster movie: This is for real! Dumped pet goldfish have been found in Australian estuaries, prompting fears the fish could make their way into connected river systems and kill off native species. Last year, scientists from the same university discovered giant, football-sized goldfish weighing more than two kilograms stalking the []

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09:54

China tells Japan not to abandon dialogue over North Korea Russia urges hot heads to calm down "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) Japan talking only about sanctions on North Korea rather than dialogue will be seen as going against United Nations resolutions, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Japanese counterpart.

Tensions have continued to rise since North Korea carried out its sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3, prompting a new round of U.N. sanctions.

Wang told Japan Foreign Minister Taro Kono on the sidelines of a United Nations meeting in New York that the situation on the Korean peninsula was getting increasingly serious and all sides needed to remain calm.

Resuming peace talks was just as much a part of the U.N. resolutions as enforcing sanctions, Wang said, according to a statement issued by Chinas Foreign Ministry late on Friday.

If the Japanese side only talks about sanctions and does not bring up talks, or even goes against talks, it will be seen as contravening Security Council resolutions, the ministry cited Wang as saying.

China hoped that Japan talked and acted cautiously and played a constructive role on the nuclear issue, he said.

Beijing has repeatedly expressed concern about the rise of tensions over North Korea and, while it too has signed up for the increasingly tough U.N. sanctions, it has also urged a return to talks and for all parties to exercise restraint.

On Friday, Russia urged hot heads to calm down as the United States admitted it felt challenged by North Koreas warning that it could test a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific.

Trump called North Korean leader Kim Jong Un a madman on Friday, a day after Kim dubbed him a mentally deranged U.S. dotard who would face the highest level of hard-line countermeasure in history in retaliation for Trump saying the U.S. would totally destroy North Korea if it threatened the United States or its allies.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Edsiting by Paul Tait

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BEIJINGJapan talking only about sanctions on North Korea rather than dialogue will be seen as going against United Nations resolutions, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his Japanese counterpart.

Tensions have continued to rise since North Korea carried out its sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3, prompting a new round of U.N. sanctions.

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09:43

Iran Deals Fate Hovers Over North Korea Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

U.S. disdain for nuclear accord with Tehran saps call for talks with Pyongyang, critics say

Updated Sept. 22, 2017 11:59 p.m. ET

UNITED NATIONSThe burgeoning crisis confronting the Trump administration in North Korea was compounded this week by another top foreign policy dilemma: the Iran nuclear agreement.

World powers lobbied President Donald Trump this week to stick with the Iran deal, saying U.S. disavowal of that agreement would weaken the effort to persuade North Korea to abandon its own nuclear and missile program.

Which state would refrain from developing its own nuclear program if it turns out that negotiated agreements do not endure and confidence in agreements with the international community arent worth the paper theyre written on? asked German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel in an address to the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday. He argued that adherence to the Iran deal was vital to ensuring the credibility of such deals in general.

People in Pyongyang, North Korea, watching earlier this month as a screen shows the launch of a Hwasong-12 rocket.Photo: kim won-jin/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images

That warning, echoed by other leaders both publicly and in private bilateral meetings, came as the U.S. showdown with North Korea escalated dramatically through the week, beginning with Mr. Trumps threat that the U.S. would totally destroy the country if forced to defend itself or its allies, and rising to a sharp exchange of insults with the North Korean leader.

Adding to the standoffs air of unpredictability, North Koreas foreign minister warned late Thursday that Pyongyang might detonate a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean out of defiance.

U.S. officials spent the week scouring the annual gathering of world leaders at the U.N. for support in rolling back North Koreas nuclear program. But the Trump administration als...

09:43

Election 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Voting has closed.

Counting of early votes began this morning.

Like Jenna Raeburn I voted National:

. . . for the New Zealand we all want to live in, where child poverty is rare, our rivers are clean, housing is affordable, and people can meet their aspirations.

On these issues, good intentions are not a substitute for good policy. We need to have both.

Both major parties say they care. Bill English is singleminded about changing lives and I believe hes turned the public service on its head to start making real inroads into poverty, child abuse and dysfunction. And Jacinda Ardern communicates empathy and concern better than any Labour leader in a decade.

But the left wing does not have a monopoly on compassion. We all want a government that works for everyone; we just have different ways of getting there.

Ill always choose to vote for the party that can execute a plan as well as offer a vision. This comes down to experience, depth and leadership. Voters will always respond to a tug on the heartstrings but if its not backed up by detailed policy, a capable team and a clear plan, whats the point?

Platitudes arent policy. . .

. . . I think most New Zealanders know how good weve got it. They also know where their food comes from, and what drives our economy. Despite the so-called rural-urban divide talked about in this election campaign, I believe that when the economy is booming, we are all better off.

This comes back to compassion. I dont want economic growth for growths sake. Growth is good because more jobs and higher incomes lift people out of dependence and poverty. And good economic management gives the government options. This is what sets right wing parties apart: they dont believe we have to limit our opportunities in order to get ahead.

So I dont have to choose between head and heart Im voting for both.

Well get an indication soon of how many others voted for head and heart too.

Whether or not they have, the sun will still rise in the east, albeit an hour earlier than Id like it owing to the too-early start of daylight saving.

 

 

 

 


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09:40

Doomsday Broadcast Alarms Southern California "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Considering the recent earthquake spike (especially the 5.7 mag off the California coast) this fake broadcast was bound to cause anxiety.

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09:10

Electoral Law Breach "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Today Adam was told by a friend that this morning he was door knocked 3 times by Labour activists asking him to vote Labour and so were his neighbours. The door knockers wore red Labour T shirts and rosettes. He lives in Naenae, so probably Hipkins rather than Andersen. However it fits a pattern of behaviour Adam has noted in the past.

My friend will have voted Labour I suspect, but I do not know. However, he was pissed off with this especially as they knocked 3 times.

No point complaining Electoral Commission will pass to Police who will do bugger all. Yet another example of why our election laws are stupid.


09:01

>>> ELECTION NIGHT 2017 Live post "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Join us here as we channel flick between the major networks, keep an eye on Twitter and other social media, and discuss the highs and lows of election night. Preliminary election results will become available progressively from 7:00pm. Targets for release of the preliminary election results are: by 8:30pm all advance vote results by 10:00pm []

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08:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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

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07:39

Notice: Programming Interruption On Saturday For End Of World "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Very funny

JONATHAN TURLEY

download-5We will be suspending blogging today due to the end of the world as predicted by Christian writer David Meade. While Meade is reportedly now hedging his bets on whether we may survive on September 23rd, I have already told my classes that they may disregard the remainder of the term syllabus.   I know that the end may come as something of a bummer for many. However, as stated in Monty Pythons The Life of Brian, if life seems jolly rotten, there is something youve forgotten. There are ten good reasons to welcome the apocalypse.

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07:34

Election night "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Electoral Commission target times for results: by 8:30pm all advance vote results by 10:00pm results from 50% of voting places by 11:30pm results from 100% of voting places 1.2 million advance votes these (less special votes of which there could be up to half a million) may or may not give us a good idea []

07:00

People are stupid, really stupid, just watch the video "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

It seems they walk amongst usstupid people. The man who photographed a sign on a Dunedin beach claiming to prove the earth is flat is in shock after it made the headlines across the world. Stephen Voss noticed the sign at St Kilda Beach while walking to Lawyers Head. The sign questions why the horizon []

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06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Welkin  the vault of the sky; firmament; the celestial abode of God or the gods; heaven; the upper atmosphere.


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06:30

Guest cartoon: Day In A Life "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Guest Cartoonist: Wormwood is a renowned yet mysterious artist. After serving his time-fighting in the Middle East, hes committed to making comics, comics so dark they have a 36% chance of getting aborted. Perhaps youve met him once on a dimly lit train to Budapest, or in a musty opium den in Shanghai. Theyre out []

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06:17

Magnitude 5.7 quake hits off northern California -USGS "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 5.7 quake hits off northern California -USGS Reuters     Bing    Sept 22 (Reuters) A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck on Friday off the coast of Northern California in the Pacific Ocean, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, but there were no reports of damage or injury. It was quickly followed by a second quake []

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06:06

Satanic Fashion Show Inside a Church at London Fashion Week "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Source: vigilant citizen Published: September 22, 2017 Turkish designer Dilara Findikoglus presented her Spring/Summer 2018 collection at London Fashion Week and it was nothing less than a satanic Black Mass. Indeed, the event took place at the altar of St Andrew Church in London and incorporated heavy occult and satanic symbolism. In short, the event summed []

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06:03

Whenever he's Wrong He's Right "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Watching all the davids, legbuts and other assorted lunatics from the left accuse President Trump of everything bad you could ever think of, I'm reminded of the many times they and others have fallen flat on their faces.

Not too long ago it was the shock horror and outrage over the president's tweet concerning surveillance of him and his campaign staff by Obama.   Guess what?  Turned out to be absolutely true.  Trouble is, they thought Hillary would win and nobody would find out.

In recent days the same lunatic left have been all a flutter over the President's speech to the UN in which he threatened to totally destroy North Korea should it attack the US or its allies.  The Norker Porker responded by announcing his intention shortly to explode a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.  I can't recall whether this has been deemed by the President to be an act of war but one thing is for sure.

Unlike the davids and legbuts of this world, China certainly takes president Trump seriously and has just announced restrictions on oil supply to North Korea.   So, once again, results show this president was and is on the right track.

"China says it will limit oil supplies to North Korea under UN sanctions, stepping up pressure on Pyongyang over its pursuit of nuclear and missile technology.The Commerce Ministry in Beijing said on Saturday that China, the Norths main trading partner and energy supplier, would limit supplies of refined petroleum products starting on October 1.It said Beijing also would ban imports of North Korean textiles, one of Pyongyangs last major sources of foreign revenue following repeated rounds of UN sanctions.China has long been the Norths only major ally and diplomatic protector but is expressing increasing frustration with the government of Kim Jong Un.
Beijings status as the Norths main trading partner makes its co-operation critical to the success of economic sanctions."


Does anyone really think China wants a short fat maniac with a big bomb right on its doorstep?

06:00

Why isnt this school named, it is clear there is a systemic problem "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Name suppression can be an evil thing, especially when it involves three teachers, inappropriate relationships and it is all at one school: Parents are worried about their childrens safety after a spate of inappropriate relationships between teachers and students at a high school. The schools name is suppressed after the New Zealand Teachers Tribunal ruled []

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05:43

Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Parent Of A Student At A Hawaiian Charter School?

Click HERE To Fill Out A Short Form Letter To OPPOSE OHAs Shameful Giving Of $1.5 Million Of Hawaiian Charter School Monies To The Council For Native Hawaiian Advancement.

05:30

So, that new pope, that was going to clean the Catholic Church up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Pope Francis acknowledged Saturday that the Vatican has a 2,000-case backlog in processing clerical sex abuse cases and says criticism of the slow pace was justified. But he says more staff are being added and insists the Vatican is on the right path. Francis was making his first comments about the criticism leveled at the []

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05:28

1.2 million advance votes "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

There have been 1,240,740 advance votes this election. In 2014 there were 717,579 so there are nearly twice as many this time. There were 2,416,479 votes in total in 2014, so there nearly 30% advance votes. This time it looks like being closer to 50% advance votes. Advance votes that arent special votes are being []

05:26

Creative Writing Challenge! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Ill have grounds More relative than thisthe plays the thing Wherein Ill catch the conscience of the King. William Shakespeare Hamlet Friends of the Libraries Competition 2017 The theme of The Friends of the Kapiti Coast District Libraries Literary Festival 2017 is The Plays the Thing. In conjunction with the festival we invite you to []

05:02

How To Read The Australian Female Mind "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


They all think the same way, you know.  So when Jo Nurk's city wide discount fashion house has the same outfit on special, here's what happens.

These six broads (literal description) turned up at a friend's wedding only to find their exclusivity was in doubt.

Six wedding guests in identical dresses pose for a photograph with the bride

Adolf understands they all work at the same pie factory in Sydney.

05:02

WORDS FAIL ME "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The news that pupils at Blockhouse Bay Intermediate have been forced by their principal to write letters of apology to the Warriors after apparently asking them 'inappropriate' questions when they visited the school to whit #1 why the team lost so often and #2 where they sat on the competition ladder.

The principal, a Mr Malins, said the questioning was not in keeping with the school's values.

Give me strength ... what values are these?   That thou shall not ask hard questions?    Questioning is an important part of learning  and must not be discouraged.  Those kids are only asking what the whole of the New Zealand Rugby League world are asking.  

To dump on them for that is stupidity beyond belief.

05:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Italian Road Trip Honeymoon from Mike Matas on Vimeo.

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04:30

You cant fix the problem if you arent allowed to talk about it "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

In the West, we are seeing governments, organisations and activist groups put more time and effort into policing what people say about problems than the problems themselves. One example is the reaction to Whaleoils political cartoon about the death of little Moko.   Criticism of abuse is often condemned or censored in New Zealand. Our cartoon []

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04:27

Election Blackout "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

You don't need me to tell you the rules.  Any smart arse seen commenting on any author's blog at No Minister will receive short shrift.

How effective is this blackout anyway?

I can understand a prohibition on physical campaigning on the day and I think I comprehend the reasoning behind the implementation of the original electronic news black out.  This was a time when radio and tv were the only means of electronic broadcast.

However, Australia has no such blackout and the Ockers seem to have survived many elections intact.

Further, in today's Twitter, Facebook, Blog environment, the blackout seems to me to be somewhat anachronistic and ineffectual.  For example, if someone like me, living in Australia, were to produce a blog in which are made countless exhortations to vote for X candidate and give Y candidate a kick in the arse, which then received viral readership in NZ on election day, could I be prosecuted by the NZ Electoral Office?

I don't know but somehow I doubt it.

What do you think.

Remember, keep it clean.

04:00

Map of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Map of Chemistry Click here for larger view Map of Mathematics Click here for larger view Map of Computer Science Click here for larger view

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03:30

Fuel crisis, what fuel crisis? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The fuel crisis in Auckland appears to be over. Trucks have successfully transported small amounts of jet fuel to Auckland Airport following the shortage crisis but a big refill is on the way. Refining NZ spokesperson Greg McNeill said tanker MV Matuku is loading at Marsden Point, and will depart tomorrow morning. Thatll carry []

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03:11

Fuel pipeline repaired "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The fuel pipeline between Marsden Point and Auckland that severely disrupted travel at Auckland Airport has been repaired. RNZ:  Broken fuel pipeline replaced The broken piece of pipeline that carries fuel from Marsden Point to Auckland, and which prompted dozens of flights to be grounded, has been replaced. Since the 170-kilometre pipe was found ruptured []

03:00

2017: The Big Wet "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

I remember the climate scientists telling us that Global Warming (aka Climate Change) would bring increasing amounts of droughts. Some of us have had enough of 2017.  Lakes are overflowing, pasture is sodden, market gardeners have their crops rotting away. In a year of extreme rainfall amounts, a MetService meteorologist is describing 2017 as the []

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02:30

Mel Brooks mourns the erosion of free speech through the loss of free comedy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

(Yes, the video works) If anybody knows how to be politically incorrect and play it for huge laughs, its Mel Brooks. His irreverent comedies, with frequent use of the dreaded N-word, and racial stereotypes such as in his 1974 film Blazing Saddles, are unstoppable classics. But Brooks believes theres no way Hollywood would ever green-light []

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02:06

PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

For those of you who enjoyed the TV program from which this blog derives its name and be aware that Jones2 is running continuous episodes of No Minister/No Prime Minister through until early evening.

02:03

This week nuclear and climate news "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

As nations sign up at present, at United Nations, to the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, the Treaty is due to come into force  later, when 50 signed members have ratified it. 122 countries out of the 193 UN member nations approved the draft treaty in July.

The nuclear weapons nations and their associates oppose the treaty, giving various important strategic sounding reasons. But when this UN treaty comes into force, joining the previous treaties that make other forms of mass destruction illegal, the governments with nuclear weapons will no longer be able to claim the moral high ground.  Their stand will sound hollow, against the growing global consensus that the possessing, threatening, using of nuclear weapons is inhumane and immoral.

Equally importantly, at the UN General Assembly, the urgency of the need to address climate change, is being discussed.

AUSTRALIA

NUCLEAR

02:01

Great Barrier Reef: Queensland Labor may break election vow and allow coal ship loading "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Labor vowed to ban trans-shipping in reef waters after UNs scientific body raised concerns about proposal in 2014, Guardian, Joshua Robertson, 23 Sept 17, The Queensland Labor government has flagged breaking a 2015 election promise by allowing the loading of coal ships at sea in the Great Barrier Reef marine park.

Labor vowed to ban so-called trans-shipping in reef waters after the United Nations peak scientific body raised concerns about a proposal off Hay Point near Mackay in 2014.

But the Palaszczuk government on Friday released a proposal that would allow trans-shipping off Hay Point and three other priority ports, including Adanis Abbot Point.https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/sep/23/great-barrier-reef-queensland-labor-may-break-election-vow-and-allow-coal-ship-loading


02:00

Saturdays smiles "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Knock, knock.

Whos there?

Derby

Derby who?

Derby bluebirds over the white cliffs of Dover


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02:00

Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Boy Wonder Dr Livingstone, I presume? Henry Morton Stanley  There are many extraordinary and inspiring stories about Dr David Livingstone. Livingstone was one of the greatest European explorers of Africa, whose opening up the interior of the continent contributed to the Scramble for Africa. Livingstone wrote that several African tribes ostracised their members for farting in []

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01:59

Would you rather followTony Abbotts gut instinct, or Elon Musks brains? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Tony Abbotts gut v Elon Musks brain and billions: which would you follow? Brisbane Times, 23 Sept 17 By Richard Denniss South Australia has one of the highest concentrations of renewable energy in the world. And its government was recently the first to announce a state-based bank tax. But while Australians have been told these reckless policies will destroy jobs and discourage investment, some of the worlds most-successful entrepreneurs recently chose to invest big in the state. How could this be?

Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, who gave the world PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX, recently secured the bid to build the worlds largest battery-storage plant in South Australia. English billionaire Sanjeev Gupta, whose family fortune was made in good old-fashioned steel, recently bought the Whyalla steelworks. Either these businessmen didnt do their due diligence or what conservative politicians tell us about South Australia is utter nonsense. I know which way Id lean.
Before Tony Abbott began his 23 years as a public servant, he dabbled with being a priest and a journalist. And while he clearly knows how to tell a simple story based on blind faith, there is nothing in his education or experience to suggest he knows anyt...

01:57

170 years since the massacre  and finally its a win for Wirangu people. "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Paul Wiles speaks with Wirangu Elder Jack Johncock & Elliston District Council Chairman Kym Callaghan

Listen to Audio on CAAMA Radio: http://caama.com.au/news/2017/170-years-since-the-massacre-and-finally-its-a-win-for-wirangu-people

A South Australian Wirangu Elder says its a win that the word massacre will be included on a memorial plaque recognising the site where  a large number of his people were shot and driven over cliffs by colonial settlers in 1849.

While the Waterloo Bay massacre remains strong in the memory of the local Wirangu people,
the local Elliston District council has finally acknowledged that the truth must be told  after decades of refusing to acknowledge the massacre.


01:55

Trump not a huge success on the international stage at United Nations "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Trump makes little headway in his first turn on U.N. world stage LA Times, 22 Sept 17 Tracy Wilkinson Contact Reporter

01:53

Leonardo DiCaprio blasts Trump over climate change "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

 http://pagesix.com/2017/09/22/leonardo-dicaprio-blasts-trump-over-climate-change/By Jessica Sager

The Oscar winner, 42, met with then-president-elect Trump, 71, in December, only to have the POTUS disregard their conversation once he took office.

We presented him with a comprehensive plan to tackle climate change, while also simultaneously harnessing the economic potential of green jobs, DiCaprio recalled at the Yale Climate Conference on Tuesday (via The Hartford Courant). We talked about how the United States has the potential to lead the world in clean-energy manufacturing and research and development.

Once in office, Trump pledged to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, which regulates greenhouse emissions, and appointed climate change skeptic Scott Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency.

The moves left staunch environmentalis...

01:51

2017 World Nuclear Status Report released "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A status report on a troubled nuclear industry http://thebulletin.org/status-report-troubled-nuclear-industry11130, By John Mecklin, 22 Sept 17

As in previous years, the reportcoordinated by Paris-based independent nuclear consultant Mycle Schneiderprovides an almost-daunting array of data on almost every aspect of nuclear power plant construction and operation. This years report also includes an assessment of what it calls the financial crisis of the nuclear sector, a status update on the Fukushima nuclear situation, and a chapter that compares investments in, capacity of, and generat...

01:47

Nuclear lobby depending on China to develop Generation IV nuclear reactors "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

the theories behind many of the proposed systems arent new and often date back to the 1950s and 60s. Some experimental plants have been built, such as the fast breeder reactors in the U.K. and U.S. Most suffered from crippling cost or design problems or were abandoned after nuclear accidents.

Most if not all of these so-called advanced reactor designs have been around for decades,

Different designs have different problems. I dont think anyone can be or should be confident that these problems can be resolved merely by throwing money and hiring engineers and scientists.

Nuclear Experts Head to China to Test Experimental Reactors, Bloomberg By 

Stephen Stapczynski September 22, 2017 China is becoming the testing ground for a new breed of nuclear power stations designed to be safer and cheaper, as scientists from the U.S. and other Western nations find it difficult to raise enough money to build experimental plants at home.

01:41

23 September REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

RenewEconomy
  • Australia wind energys record day of production in August
    Wind energy posts record output in August, with renewables delivering 25 per cent of all demand at the evening peak.

01:30

Bloody whinging pomsand teachers to boot! "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

These two whinging poms are also teachers: Two British teachers hired to help fill Aucklands desperate teacher shortage are warning other foreign teachers not to come because of the bureaucratic obstacles to recognising overseas qualifications and experience. Andrew Yiallouros, 38, and Daniel Healy, 48, started at Auckland Normal Intermediate School in July. Both have quit []

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01:14

5.7 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes N. California USGS "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A magnitude 5.7 earthquake in the Pacific Ocean has hit Petrolia in Californias Humboldt County, according to the the US Geological Survey. Following initial reports of two earthquakes, the USGS is now reporting just one occurred on Friday afternoon, a magnitude 5.7. Previously it was reported that the first quake was quickly followed by a second []

00:58

308 Vote yes for marriage equality "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Australians currently have a chance to vote for marriage equality by postal ballot. I know this is a bit off the usual topics for this blog, but its something I feel strongly about. If you have the right to vote, here are six reasons to vote yes.

1. Because its the kind and decent thing to do. It would create joy for many thousands of people without hurting anybody.

2. Because gay people still face prejudice in many forms, and still attempt suicide at higher rates than their peers. Voting yes would be one small step towards turning this around.

3. Because we should not let the religious beliefs of a minority dictate how the rest of us live our lives. There is and should be a separation of church and state in Australia. Nobody should be required to follow the dictates of a religion to which they do not voluntarily subscribe. That is the real issue of religious freedom here quite the opposite of what some no advocates are claiming.

4. Because the position of some Christians against same-sex marriage is not supported by the Bible anyway (Whitaker, 2017). The Bible has vastly more to say about being kind and generous than the few vague fragments it includes on homosexuality. Nowhere does it actually proscribe same-sex marriage. In the Old Testament, it does say that a man lying with another man instead of his wife is an abomination. But (a) this is about adulterous sex, not marriage between a loving couple, and (b) there is an interesting list of other things that the Old Testament also describes as abominations, including wearing mixed-fabric clothing, tattoos, mocking the blind by putting obstacles in their way, and trimming your beard. Why are we not having a postal plebiscite on the trimming of beards? The highly selective focus of some Christians on homosexuality is hypocritical. Neither testament of the Bible says anything whatsoever against lesbians.

5. Because Australia is lagging behind the rest of the civilised world. Same-sex marriage is already legal in The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway, Sweden, Portugal, Iceland, Argentina, Denmark, France, Brazil, Uruguay, New Zealand, the UK, Ireland, the US, Luxemburg, Colombia, Greenland, Finland, Slovenia, Germany and Taiwan.

6. Because this change is inevitable, and saying no now would needlessly delay us doing the right thing. It prolongs the debate and increases the number of publ...

00:52

What Were Forgetting in March to War with North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Editors Note: The following is an English translation of an article that appeared in the September 19 edition of the Okinawan daily newspaper Ryukyu Shimpo. It was written by Satoko Oka Norimatsu, editor of the Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus. Norimatsu is also the Director of Vancouver, BC, Canada-based Peace Philosophy Centre. 

This article, which the author translated into English herself, has been reposted with permission from Ryukyu Shimpo and lightly edited for clarity.

(ANTIMEDIA)  In a joint media conference with the Korean president Moon Jae-in on September 6, Russian President Vladimir Putin raised concerns over the possible impact of a total oil embargo (endorsed by the U.S., South Korea, and Japan) on civilian life in North Korea, including the negative effects on hospitals and other vital infrastructure.

Thankfully, the new set of sanctions that was subsequently approved by the United Nations Security Council approximately a week later did not include the total embargo, yet almost all Japanese media reported this as disappointing news.

Do Japanese people not care if innocent civilians freeze to death in North Korea, where the average temperature during the winter months is below zero?

Japan, hand in hand with the biggest nuclear power in the world, continues to threaten North Korea on a daily basis with their military bases and joint military exercises. Through this provocation, they also threaten Russia and China. The U.S. and its allies call their superpower threat deterrence, and, by comparison, they call the small and isolated countrys desperate effort to protect their sovereignty provocation. Mentions of severe sanctions and military force are made with ease and without any objection. Clearly, the Japanese government, media, and its people do not seem to consider the lives and livelihoods of the people on the Korean Peninsula whether North or South as important or noteworthy.

Even U.S. chief strategist Steve Bannon expressed major concerns over the 10 million...

00:40

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

North Otago water scheme expansion finally turned on Yvonne OHara:

The $57 million pipeline expansion of the North Otago Irrigation Companys project has been turned on this week, a year later than planned.

The first stage of the scheme was completed 11 years ago and the expansion was expected to be up and running this time last year, but was held back by problems with the new pipe.

North Otago Irrigation Company chair Leigh Hamilton said the water scheme has been talked about since the 1980s and the first stage of the scheme was built in 2006. . 

Back in business Tim Fulton:

It was dry for so long Iain Wright started to forget the feel of mud at his feet.

But a fantastic amount of rain since autumn has turned his familys fortunes after three years of Canterbury drought.

Its nice to know you can actually grow stuff.

For so long you couldnt grow anything, the sheep and beef farmer said. . . 

Fonterra fails diversity test says Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Gerard Hutching:

Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner Jackie Blue has given Fonterra a serve for having so few women on its board.

But Federated Farmers vice-president Andrew Hoggard said he couldnt care if board members were transgender or of any race or colour, as long as they advanced the interests of Fonterra and farmer/shareholders.

Fairlie dairy farmer and current board member Leonie Guiney has been not selected to stand as a candidate for a second term, reducing the numbers of women on the 11-person board to two Professor Nicola Shadbolt and Donna Smit. . .

New woolhandling event Yvonne OHara:

One of the most prestigious events on the shearing calendar is only two weeks away and this year it will include a new competition featuring the top woolhandlers in the country.

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00:32

Election 2017 on voting "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Finding my voting place? (Scratches head)

Where was the last place you had it?

Ok, seriously Im currently sitting in a house deep in a mid-Auckland suburb, at the tail end of probably the most interesting campaign I can remember in 21 years in the press gallery.

And most difficult election to predict I can remember.I dont know what the results going to be but there is a feeling that this is very important election.

On the subject of actually casting vote, Im not one of those political journalists who feels I cant or should not vote.

Voting is a sacred act.. People died to give us the right to vote. They died defending that right.

There is blood on those ballots. Human nature and a wicked world being what it is, people will probably have to die to defend that right again.

Which doesnt mean, to use that often heard, simplistic phrase, if you dont vote you cant complain.

You are always allowed to complain. Thats hot the whole point of democracy, or at least one of the points of democracy.

You have a say.

Voting is the tail end of that process in which you have a say. Voting essentially picks who is going to form the government for the next three years.Is about picking people, not policies.

Which means you can complain all you like about policies and people for that matter but if the smorgasbord...

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I think it is time we nuked this fat little dickhead "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Kim Jong-un must have a really tiny penis, because his posturing is getting worse. South Korean media report North Koreas foreign minister has said the country may test a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific. North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho said on Friday he believes the North could consider a hydrogen bomb test on []

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00:25

These 10+ Photos From The First-Ever Comedy Pet Photo Awards Are Amazing "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Animals specifically, household pets dont just make the world a better place, they make it a funnier one, as well. This is particularly evident in the following photos, which were winners in the first-ever Comedy Pet Photography Awards.

First prize went to Nando Harmsen from The Netherlands. The image he submitted shows his horse happily and oddly skipping across a field. And, the rest in the collection are as equally hilarious. The categories included: junior, gone to the dogs, pets who look like their owners, and ancients. 

Though this was the years first competition, submissions from over 2,500 entries from at least 73 countries were received. Some photos were sent from Mexico, the Philippines, Uganda, Kazakhstan and New Zealand. Nature photographers Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE and Tom Sullam were the brains behind the project, in addition to the Comedy Wildlife Photo Awards.

Credit: Axl Marsh/Comedy Pet Photography Awards.

Said Sullam, who is an African landscape photographer:

Although some images had been shot on smartphones most of them were sharp and well composed and, as photographers, both Paul and I were thrilled to see so much quality from entrants using non-professional photographic equipment!

Due to natural disasters and worsening humanitarian crises, the news has been anything but positive lately. While it is intelligent to stay informed of current events, it is also necessary to be reminded of the humor and good which exists in this world. Hopefully, this series inspires more smiles in a time of global discomfort.

Scroll through some of the 2017 finalists and prepare to chortle from laughing so hard:

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00:16

Tuke Optimistic About Mining Act Review "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Post Courier | September 21, 2017

Mining Minister Johnson Tuke says he is optimistic about the outcome of the Mining Act review.

Mr Tuke told the Papua New Guinea Chamber of Mines and Petroleum this during his ministerial meeting yesterday.

He told the Chamber officials that despite his proposal to review the Mining Act which has created a lot of anxiety within the industry, he is optimistic of an outcome that would be accepted by affected parties.

He said as per the review of the Mining Act, his ministry and the National Government were working in line with government priorities to address it.

He said Prime Minister Peter ONeill will meet with the Secretary for Department of Mining Harry Kore for a briefing on the review of the Mining Act this week and that the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) and the Department of Mining will also conduct a power-point presentation next week for all industry stakeholders.

His meeting with the chamber was to enhance the ministrys relati...

00:06

This Sweet Senior May Be The World's Oldest Cat Now "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

An ancient proverb states that cats have nine lives, and that has never been more true than for Nutmeg.

The grumpy tabby who held the title for worlds oldest cat lived her life to the fullest until she passed in September at the age of 32 or 144 in cat years.

Now a new upstart in Werribee, Australia, could be the next feline to hold the title. At 26 years old, Teddy is Australias oldest living cat, and his owner, Fran English, is applying to the Guinness Book of World Records to make it official.

English adopted Teddy in 2014 when his elderly owner could no longer care for him, and was shocked when Teddys microchip revealed that he was born in 1991.

The long-haired black cat is in surprisingly good shape for his advanced age, still finding plenty of time each day to prowl around Englishs garden and play in the sun.

Teddy has a rather unusual secret to his longevity, English notes on his Facebook page. Each day he eats a sprig of rosemary from the garden and then gets nice and clean in the shower.

"He used to try and get in the shower with me so I decided to let him get in one day and it just took off from there," Fran told Yahoo News. Teddys fascination with water has only increased over the years. Now he goes into the shower and waits for it to be turned on, and after his rinse, gets toweled off by his doting mom.

Diagnosed with arthritis earlier this summer, he now takes medicine daily to keep him comfortable and active, along with his normal diet of canned tuna and kangaroo meat. His mom even built him a ramp up to the bed.

But despite a few gray hairs, hes still friendly and outgoing. Teddy loves to go out for a wander according to his moms Facebook posts, gnawing on herbs and drinking from his own little fountain outside. The average life expectancy for an indoor cat is between 12 to 18 years old, while cats...

00:00

Why our schools need to have a Do it in a Niqab charity fundraiser "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Two news stories have inspired my Do it in a Niqab school charity fundraising idea. The first story comes from Australia and the second from an online forum called 4 Chan. Story One: An Australian schools do it in a dress charity fundraiser has raised more than $80,000, after a senator sparked outrage by claiming []

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Friday, 22 September

23:56

PNG Hunters v Sunshine Coast Falcons final showdown set "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The two Captains posing for a photo with the Cup they will fight
out during the grand final match on Sunday.
Will it be the Hunters or the Falcons to lift the Intrust Super Cup on the conclusion of the Grand Final day?

This Sunday will see the culmination of a fantastic season of Intrust Super Cup with the PNG Hunters facing off against the Sunshine Coast Falcons for the chance to hold the trophy aloft this year.

The Hunters are the minor premiers and come into this game having broken their finals hoodoo with a hard-fought win in Week 2 over the Redcliffe Dolphins.

The Falcons however have hit their straps at just the right time winning three finals matches in a row to feature at Suncorp Stadium.

For sure, the best team of grand final day will run home with cup.

The team lists for the   two teams are:

PNG Hunters

1. Stargroth Amean 2. Wawa Paul 3. Bland Abavu 4. Adex Wera 5. Butler Morris 6. Ase Boas (c) 7. Watson Boas 8. Wellington Albert 9. Wartovo Puara 10. Stanton Albert 11. David Loko 12. Nixon Putt 13. Moses Meninga 14. Rahdly Brawa 15. Willie Minoga 16. Enock Maki 17. Brandy Peter 18. Esau Siune

Coach: Michael Marum

Sunshine Coast Falcons

1. Guy Hamilton 2. Matthew Soper-Lawler 3. Justin Olam 4. Christopher Lewis 5. Jeremy Hawkins 6. Scott Drinkwater 7. Ryley Jacks 18. Tui Kamikamica 9. Brandon Smith 10. Lachlan Timm 11. Dane Hogan (c) 12. Joe Stimson 13. Harrison Muller 14. Alex Bishop 15. Jye Ballinger 16. Jon Grieve 17. Louis Geraghty 19. Martin Cordwell 20. Liam McDonald

Suncorp Stadium on Sunday, September 24 3.25pm* (Live on Channel 9 / Livestream)
Referee: Jarrod Cole
Assistant Referee: Nick Pelgrave
Head-to-Head: PNG 4, Sunshine Coast 4
Head-to-Head Finals: Sunshine Coast 1, PNG 0
Finals Experience:  First Clash
Twitter: #intrustsupercup #PNGvSCF

23:52

Choosing a new Kiwi anthem "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Out currently used national anthem is widely disliked. Apart from the tune and the lyrics its not too bad, but @Naly_D is trying to determine a popular replacement from other songs from our past. we're onto the semi finals! 3 upsets!this poll will run until 12pm NZT & the final will run until 6pm NZT.polls []

23:42

Billion kina down drain in illegal Oil Search share deal debacle "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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Sir Mekere Morauta

SIR MEKERE MORAUTA

PORT MORESBY - I was astounded to hear news of the ONeill Governments fire sale of its shares in Oil Search at a loss of more than a billion kina.

We always knew that this illegal deal between the prime minister, Oil Search and Union Bank of Switzerland was a bad deal, a bad investment and a bad use of public money, but we never knew it would be this bad.

The total cost to the people of Papua New Guinea is likely to be more than K1 billion. Prime Minister Peter ONeill must come clean on the exact costs.

He must also come clean on whether the sale was caused by his governments inability to repay the loan. For Sir Moi Avei, chairman of Kumul Petroleum, to say that the decision to sell the shares was a commercial decision taken by the board is not believable.

Selling at a loss announced by Kumul Petroleum as $US254 million - is not a sound commercial decision. The shares were legally owned by the bankers as security for the loan; they were not Kumul Petroleums to sell.

Obviously Kumul Petroleum and/or the ONeill Government could not meet the repayments, and was forced by the bankers to sell, in order to minimise their loss.

Mr ONeill must also tell the nation what the balance of the loan was left to pay.

A full, independent inquiry is needed into the deal, which was initiated personally by the prime minister and the Oil Search managing director, Peter Botten.

It was done in secret in Australia and PNG, without the proper authorisation of parliament.

It was signed, sealed and delivered by Mr ONeill as acting treasurer after the then treasurer Don Polye refused to sign because he regarded the deal as illegal and bad. Don Polye has been proven to be absolutely correct.

The prime minister was also advised by the Office of the State Solicitor that the deal was illegal. Furthermore, Mr ONeill as minister responsible for Kumul Petroleum, and sole shareholder in the company, misused his position by foisting the UBS loan onto the companys books.......

23:33

In which the pond hits a few private casinos in the Cross in company with prattling Polonius and cock Robin ... "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


Say what?

It's all go in the Surry Hills bunker and the reptiles are leaping off their hot rocks with excitement.

The pastie Hastie is top of the digital page, and who knows, a stern defence of a young earth and creationism might be on the cards, as the onion muncher gazes in awe at someone even more devout and barking mad than he is ...


Meanwhile, there were japes and wheezes, dressed up as stern warnings ...


Too rich, too rich.

"I say, old thing, you really have gone a bit too far, wot wot, tone it down a bit, eh old chum, wot wot ... now let's put the warm lettuce leaf aside and practise saying 'no'" ...

Across the Pacific, there was much agitation and excitement at the way that one crazed psycho armed with nukes had out-Englished a tweeting psycho armed with nukes, by delivering the ultimate verbal weapon of "dotard" ...yes WaPo felt the need to go wild with "A short history of the word....

23:30

Turns out Trump was right, he was wiretapped, no apology from media though "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Truth Revolt reports: President Trump was proved right this week that the federal government had indeed wiretapped his phones during the election, a claim for which he was relentlessly derided by the media. But facts are facts. Trumps campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, was spied on under secret orders from a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) []

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23:09

KUDOS TO CHINA IF CORRECT "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The news that the Chinese Central Bank has directed all other Chinese Banks to cease their dealings with North Korea is encouraging ... if true.

That, combined with sanctions on the export of textiles and coal from the rogue state along with the drastic cutting of oil supplies, will impact hugely on the North Korean economy.

I say 'if true' because you never know ... reality has a way of 'trumping' words especially in the murky world of international banking.

But any move short of war to force North Korea to neuter its attempt to develop a fully operational nuclear strike force is to be applauded.

Both President Trump and  Kim Jong-Un are becoming prisoners of their own rhetoric.   The threat by North Korea's Foreign Minister, Ri Yong Ho that they are considering carrying out a nuclear bomb test in the Pacific, if carried through, would probably be the catalyst for military action.  

We live in very dangerous times remembering that New Zealand is still, technically, at war war with North Korea.

23:00

The country is paying for the Coalition's 'adhockery' on energy policy | Chris Bowen "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Political systems decide what and what not to contest on a partisan basis. Surely Australia can be mature enough to agree on climate change The word adhockery, I am told, was first used around 1890. But this term, which denotes an over-reliance on temporary solutions rather than on consistent, long-term plans deserves a renaissance when it comes to energy policies of the Turnbull government. Has it really come to this? We are seriously being told that what we need to do is keep open [...]

22:43

Japans bomb in the basement "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

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Under the guise of a civil nuclear program, Japan has become a de-facto nuclear weapons state without so far having to take that next fateful step.

On Thursday, a shipment of 700 kilograms of plutonium arrived in Japan after a journey by sea from the French port of Cherbourg. Thats enough material for more than 100 nuclear weapons.

The plutonium in the form of atomic fuel known as MOX, a mix of uranium and plutonium oxide is for use in the Takahama-4 reactor, owned by Kansai Electric Power Co. and located on Wakasa Bay, in western Japan near Osaka.

There have been six shipments of such highly toxic cargoes since 1999, the result of an agreement to send radioactive spent fuel in Japan for reprocessing in France and the UK, and then to be shipped back as plutonium MOX fuel for use in Japans reactors.

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22:43

ChristinaMac "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

22 sept evacuees court victory

Plaintiffs and their lawyers enter the Chiba District Court on Sept. 22 to hear the verdict in the Fukushima nuclear accident compensation case.

TEPCO ordered to pay evacuees of Fukushima nuclear disaster

CHIBAA district court here on Sept. 22 ordered Tokyo Electric Power Co. to pay 376 million yen ($3.3 million) in compensation to evacuees of the Fukushima nuclear disaster but absolved the central government of responsibility.

Forty-five people in 18 households who evacuated to Chiba Prefecture following the 2011 meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant sought a total of about 2.8 billion yen from TEPCO and the government.

About 30 similar lawsuits involving 12,000 plaintiffs have been filed at district courts around Japan.

The Chiba District Court ruling was the second so far.

In March, the Maebashi District Court in Gunma Prefecture found both TEPCO and the government responsible for the nuclear disaster and ordered compensation totaling

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22:42

Reprocessed nuclear fuel returned to Japan for reactor use "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

Japan has learned absolutely nothing from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster. This is not going to end well!

This is a mouthful, read this:

Nuclear fuel reprocessed in France returned to Japan on Thursday for use in a reactor as the country tries to burn more plutonium amid international concerns about its stockpile.

The need to reduce its plutonium stockpile adds to Japans push to restart reactors, aside from also needing to generate power. It would require 16 to 18 reactors to burn MOX to keep Japans plutonium stockpile from growing when the Rokkasho plant starts up, according to government and utility officials.

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TOKYO- Nuclear fuel reprocessed in France returned to Japan on Thursday for use in a reactor as the country tries to burn more plutonium amid international concerns about its stockpile.

Kansai Electric Power Co said the shipment arrived for use at the No. 4 reactor at its Takahama

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22:40

TEPCO to delay emptying fuel storage pools at Fukushima plant "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Fukushima 311 Watchdogs

reactor 1 left reactor 2 right 21 sept 2017.pngThe No. 1 reactor building, left, and the No. 2 reactor building at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant

Plans to remove fuel rods from two spent fuel pools at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant will be delayed by up to three years because of difficulties in clearing debris and reducing radiation levels.

The government and plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. originally expected to start emptying the storage pools at the No. 1 and No. 2 reactor buildings in fiscal 2020.

But they plan to move the starting time to fiscal 2023 in their first review in two years of the roadmap for decommissioning the stricken nuclear plant, sources said Sept. 20.

They are expected to announce the revised roadmap later this month.

A survey of the upper levels of the two reactor buildings, where the storage pools are located, found debris piled up in a much

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22:32

Market Talk- September 22nd, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

The Australian ASX was probably over-sold yesterday and therefore stood as the only core that performed today. Closing up +0.5% was a healthy recovery after yesterdays 1% decline. Chinas downgrade put a small dent in confidence for the cash markets which took the Hang Seng down
-0.8% while the Shanghai closed with just small loss. Geopolitical risks remain present after US President Donal Trump signed to expand measurers to target North Korean trade. the Nikkei although closed lower (-0.25%) was off of its earlier lows as news of the speech-plays increased between the two nations. Having seen gold break the psychological $1300 mark yesterday, today we traded comfortably below that level all day. The Yen has dipped back below 112 again as talks of possible missile launches were circulating ahead of the weekend.

A quiet European session with the only action centred around UK Prime Minister Theresa May conference on BREXIT. GBP did rally close to the 1.36 level on expectation but that was shot down once delivered. Most of the evening session played a little over the 1.35 level but next week will be key as we approach month and quarter ends. FTSE liked what it heard finishing +0.65% better on the day but again, was probably more a reflection of sterling at that time. Gold could not breach $1300 and remains heavy even with the possible geopolitical uncertainties over the next couple of days. We did see some good economic data from France and a more broader European PMI which were both better but only tended to support markets rather than push them better. German elections of Sunday and it will be interesting to see where the youth decide to vote. Watch the peripheral groups to see who the coalition fits with.

Despite the lack of volume the price continues to rally regardless of all around it. Earlier in the session we had seen a weaker market which had the potential to run at one stage but the lack of liquidity, coupled with so few players that the follow-through just was not there! The enthusiasm for Apple appears to be weighing on confidence with a 5% price decline this week. Lots of talk about the slack in the IPhone 8 uptake and also slow watch turnover but in all the market is at contract highs so why not! Intere...

22:30

We will now teach you some Whaleoil Commenting-Fu "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

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22:29

Pet Duck Adopts Furry Little Animal Who Lost Her Mom "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

A resident of Adelaide, Australia, recently got a bit of a surprise when he checked his pet duck's little house where she lays her eggs.

Credit: FRSA

"He got a surprise when he reached under the super mum and felt fur!" Fauna Rescue of South Australia (FRSA) wrote on Facebook. The duck seemed quite protective of the little squatter: a tiny brushtail possum who lost her mom. "Little Daisy had been kept warm all night by the duck who had the orphan tucked under her wing."

Maybe the duck could sense that the little possum, who only weighed 12 ounces, needed help. "All by herself in a big scary world, little Daisy the possum sought a warm, safe place to hide," FRSA wrote. "She clearly found the right place when she stumbled across a nesting box and crawled in with the duck. Rather than chasing the orphan away, the duck decided to not only accept her, but made every effort to keep the orphan warm and comfortable."

Credit: FRSA

The man knew, however, that in the long term it would be better to turn Daisy over to people who knew how to raise orphaned possums, so he contacted FRSA for help. Daisy will be brought up there until she can be released back into the wild.

Credit: FRSA

Daisy now has a warm place to sleep and plenty of food at the rescue center. She even has a new friend. Daisy recently bonded with a little boy possum about her age who will be her adoptive sibling as the pair grow up and get stronger.
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22:25

Images of Saturn and Earth "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Just over a week ago the Cassini spacecraft was deliberately crashed into Saturn at the end of its extended mission orbiting the gas giant planet. NASA:  Cassini Spacecraft Ends Its Historic Exploration of Saturn Cassini launched in 1997 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and arrived at Saturn in 2004. NASA extended its []

22:00

Ive been trying to make sense of Donald Trump. Its not easy "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

writes Karl du Fresne Its now 10 months since he was elected president of the United States and eight since he was inaugurated time enough, youd think, to prove that hes fit for office. I know people who have defended him throughout that time and continue to insist that hes the man for the []

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22:00

Wanting to be Brown is a Form of White Privilege "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

My father is a man of colour; an Indonesian with a deep complexion, almond eyes and a smile that, teamed with his bellowed laugh, can light up a whole room. My mothers fair skin enhances her crystal blue eyes that have watched me navigate the twisted road towards adulthood.

Being of mixed race in New Zealand meant Ive never had to struggle for acceptance, and looking predominantly Caucasian inevitably means I havent had to deal with the issues many people of colour have, even though I technically should.

White privilege is something were born into and forced to either acknowledge or deny. You could be one of those tosser politicians who assure themselves it isnt real while sitting in a room full of other old white men who are convinced it took only hard work to get to where they are. Or, you could accept the privilege and not abuse the fact that sometimes the world really does revolve around you.

I used to think I was worldly. That I used my privilege as a reminder to be conscious and grateful for what it brought me. But a young Indian girl selling handmade bracelets on a dusty street in Amritsar exposed my hypocrisy with a simple question: What product did you use to get your skin that colour?

Little did that girl know, earlier that day, I was complaining about my paleness. I wished I could lather my body with the coconut-scented fake tan I had left 10,000 miles away. I wanted to be darker, to have sun-kissed skin like the girls you see when scrolling your Instagram feed. The ones who endorse those shitty teas and wear bikinis that cost more than my weekly wage at Maccas. I want everyone to compliment my bronzed glow because thats what it is, right? Bronze, not brown. Bronze is for white people, and brown brown is something else entirely.

Azealia Banks enters a shit-storm when she admits to using a skin whitening cream, but nobody gives a fuck if Kylie Jenner lathers on four coats of fake tan before a night out.

Racism exists. As much as we want to close our eyes and sing Kumbaya, we cant, because oppression is still here. People of colour are forced to accept their bodies, whatever shade they are, while I can pick being ghostly pale to a glazed doughnut and eve...

22:00

Are our consumer habits killing our own PNG businesses? "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

Rosa Koian
Rosa Koian

ROSA KOIAN

PORT MORESBY - Two stories on Facebook got my attention first thing Monday morning, the day after the 42nd Papua New Guinea independence celebrations.

The first was about women entrepreneurs who manufacture PNG colours feeling the pinch of competition as very cheap overseas colours flood the street markets.

The second was about the infiltration of Bangladeshi entrepreneurs who are taking over small businesses reserved for Papua New Guineans.

Both stories provided an insight into our PNG ways: the way we think about business and the way we operate in the business world.

The first thing we want is cheap.

For many of us it doesnt matter how low the quality as long as the colour appeals to the eye and the price appeals to the pocket. We ask why spend K50 for one when we can get three for K45.

The thing about this consumer behaviour is that we are not thinking about the producer or the value of the colours we wear on Independence Day.

We buy on impulse because everyone is wearing red, black and yellow. The one who really benefits is the Asian trader, and probably not the Asian tailor.

When we wear our red, black and yellow colours it is not just dressing up to say I am a Papua New Guinean.

If we think we are just dressing up because everyone else is doing it then we are like the Asian trader those colours are for the market and for profit making.

When we wear red, black and yellow colours we proclaim the richness of our land and the heritage that has given us an identity.

As Christians we wear those colours to say thank you to our God for this rich and beautiful country and we say thank you that we did not have to lose blood and life to have a nation.

We have allowed profit makers to lock us into a buying mode so that, every Independence Day, Papua New Guineans rush out to buy their colours without a second thought.

The second story on Facebook was about trust and how we fail to support local initiatives.

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21:54

Quote of the Day: On our real poverty "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"


"Art. We're poorer in that regard than in anything economic.~ Yaron Brook

19:06

Trump at the UN "IndyWatch Feed Pacific"

President Donald Trump gave a bellicose, threatening speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) September 19, 2017. In addition to harsh attacks on North Korea and Iran, Trump singled out Venezuela and Cuba, reading a host of cliched lies and traditional US government boilerplate from his teleprompter, delivered to a notably muted response from the assembled delegations.

Trumps address was a shameless display of demagogy that had the political aim of winning allies, especially in Latin America, for a campaign to isolate Venezuela and Cuba, and create the political conditions to implement regime change against both sovereign countries.

It is more likely that Trump, his Administration, and the US government as a whole, will be found politically isolated. The evening prior to his UNGA speech, Trump gave remarks before a dinner with some Latin American heads of state and diplomats. There he tested out his rhetoric, shameless hyperbole and half-truths, and threats against Venezuela. It remains to be seen how many of the conservative and neoliberal governments that Trump is courting in Latin America will be comfortable aligning themselves with the Trump Administration against Venezuela and Cuba.

Also, crucially for US policymakers, there is the overwhelming popular consciousness across the Americas and internationally against these US policies. It should also be clear to Trump and Washington that inside the United States there will also be great opposition and resistance to these policies.

On November 1, the UN General Assembly will again register the stunning isolation of US anti-Cuba policies when it votes overwhelmingly in favor of the Necessity of Ending the Economic, Commercial, and Financial Embargo by the United States of America Against Cuba. Trump will certainly instruct US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley to vote No this year, reversing the 2016 decision of the Barack Obama Administration to abstain. For years the annual UN vote has been a major political embarrassment for various bipartisan US Administrations and Congresses, with lopsided, near-unanimous support for the Cuban government-sponsored Resolution at the General Assembly vote.

Trumps lies and threats from the podium of the United Nations must be answered in the United States, across the Americas, and around the world by protests that are being organized on or around the time of the November 1 vote.

Join worldwide demonstrations in cities around the world to finally bring down the US blockade against Cuba!

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