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Saturday, 17 February














Looking for someone to go sarging with. "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

I don't know if PUA community is a thing here in Cairns. I just started learning game. Hit me up.

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365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

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

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

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



Sarva Kahi Samashtisathi, a Day-Long Literature Festival Celebrating Namdeo Dhasals Legacy "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Many young political activists also used the space to discuss issues of atrocities and discrimination faced by Dalits and the need to launch a national movement.

Disha Shaikh, a trans-rights activist and poet, at the festival. Credit: Namdeo Dhasal literature festival

Mumbai: The first ever rally for the rights of the trans community and for prostituted women was not by any funded-NGO but by a maverick poet from Kamathipura. Even decades before our lives had managed to capture the mainstreams imagination and political partied had thought of us as their vote-banks, Naama had rallied for our most basic issue of survival for our rationing card, announced Disha Shaikh, a trans-rights activist and poet, standing on the stage set up for a day-long festival organised to celebrate Namdeo Dhasals contribution to the Ambedkarite movement in India on February 15.

For the rest of the day, young emerging artists, mostly belonging to Bahujan communities, used the platform to exhibit their work and recalled Dhasals contribution through their songs, paintings, poetries and acting.

Dhasal (February 15, 1949-January 15, 2014), who emerged from the wretched landscape of Mumbais red-light district Kamathipura had single-handedly changed the vocabulary of Indian literature through his poignant writings which he began in the 1970s and continued until his death. Dhasal wrote nine anthologies of poems and several prose writings, which included a novel.

But it was his first poetry collection Golpitha published in 1971 that shook the literary world, which was until then only as Brahmin bastion. He radicalise...


Saturday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed"

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

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Sex Ratio at Birth Dips in 17 Out of 21 States, Gujarat Records Fall of 53 Points "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Haryana, too, registered a drop of 35 points, followed by Rajasthan which saw a drop of 32 points, says a report released by NITI Aayog.

Girl Child Day being observed in Bikaner, Rajasthan. Credit/PTI Files

NEW DELHI: The sex ratio at birth (SRB) saw a decline in 17 out of 21 large states of the country, with Gujarat recording an alarming dip of 53 points, a report released by the Niti Aayog stated, while stressing the need to check sex-selective abortion.

According to the report, among the 17 states which recorded substantial drop of 10 points or more, in Gujarat the SRB fell to 854 females from 907 females per 1,000 males born registering a drop of 53 points from 2012-14 (base year) to 2013-15 (reference year) in this indicator.

Gujarat is followed by Haryana, which registered a drop of 35 points, Rajasthan (32 points), Uttarakhand (27 points), Maharashtra (18 points), Himachal Pradesh (14 points), Chhattisgarh (drop of 12 points ).

There is a clear need for states to effectively implement the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act, 1994 and take appropriate measures to promote the value of the girl chi...


Tastes May Change, but the Classics Remain: the Best Albums of 1968 "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A landmark year for music, 1968 gave the world spectacular albums like The Beatles White Album and Simon and Garfunkels soundtrack for The Graduate that will remain forever young.

Jimi Hendrix (left), The Beatles (centre) and Cream (right). Credit: Wikimedia

For any rock music aficionado tracing the history of popular music, 1968 was a landmark year. There were an immense number of outstanding albums released during that pre-Woodstock year that have earned their place in musical pantheon of the best of the best. These include debut albums by Jethro Tull, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and Fleetwood Mac, to name just a few.

The year was a proving ground for many artists and yet others to giant leaps forward. Among the albums that are now considered classics are Music From Big Pink by The Band, Astral Weeks by Van Morrison, Beggars Banquet by inimitable Rolling Stones, Pink Floyds A Saucerful Of Secrets and Iron Butterflys iconic In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.

Since its easy to get carried away, to ensure conformity in picking a top five, this list uses Billboards album chart as a reference. Here are five of the best albums of that momentous year:

1. White Album, The Beatles

Tracing the career of the Beatles, one finds that each album of theirs, since debuting in 1963 with Please Please Me, is a landmark in its own way. Besides achieving...


Einstein on the NRA and insanity "IndyWatch Feed"

The Tagline in the cartoon is Albert Einsteins famous quote.


In response to Jacqueline Maley "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

After reading this piece by Jacqueline Maley titled The Barnaby Joyce affair: when men make abysmal choices women pay the price, Im more than a little exercised. Yes, it is true that Joyces lover, Vikki Campion, may well find herself unemployable whilst Joyce seems (at this moment, who knows about the next) relatively secure in

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Huge Wild Boar Caught Rummaging Through a Bin "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

We all know that wild boars can get pretty bloody big, but new footage from Hong Kong has revealed just how gargantuan they can get. The video footage, which you can view down below, was filmed outside a school in Hong Kong.

As Ozzy legend Steve Irwin would say, have a go at this bewdy.

It is one solid mountain of bacon, one colossal stack of pork chops, and one behemoth mound of sausages in one massive wild boar, and it is intent on getting a feed from that bin.

Captain Bacon and the (not so) little chipolatas. Credit: Facebook/Tu Dong

Captain Bacon and the (not so) little chipolatas. Credit: Facebook/Tu Dong

The bloody big pig, who I think well name Captain Bacon, has taken the kids for some fast food, and the three chipolatas are keeping watch while she rustles up some din dins. You can picture it now.

Captain Bacon would be all like, Right, you little sh**-stains, keep an eye out and Ill score us some food.

The little sh**-stains, who arent actually that little are like, F*** yeah, Mum, I love bin-food. Its so juicy and fragrant. Bouyed by their enthusiasm, she stands up on her hind legs and towers over the f***ing skip bin.



Going To The Gym Is a Sign of Being Gay, Says This Malaysian Newspaper "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

In a timely reminder that not everywhere around the world is as sophisticated as us here in Ozzyland, a Malaysian newspaper has published a gay-spotters checklist thatll help gay dudes work out who is and who isnt up for some gay sexytime.

The checklist, published in Malaysian daily newspaper Sinar Harian, is pretty confusing.

Its debatable whether its genuinely trying to be helpful or whether there are ulterior motives at play.

The fact it ran alongside a piece featuring an Islamic Cleric preaching homophobic hate-speech only makes things more confusing.

Turns out Malaysia has mindlessly dumb tabloids too. Credit: Sinar Harian

Turns out Malaysia has mindlessly dumb tabloids too. Credit: Sinar Harian

Homosexuality is still illegal in predominantly Muslim Malaysia, but that hasnt stopped the LGBT community from growing there. So, yep, thats another confusing point in the article.

Bearing all of that in mind, I think the best way to make sense of the checklist is to use it as fuel for banter. If you have mates who have beards or are gym junkies, then youre gonna love this.

The gay-spotting checklist starts off by saying, [They] like going to the gym but not for exercising, but to ogle others. This is one of those comments that are so stupid and ill-informed you cant help but laugh at it.

As funny as it is though, it pales in comparison to this one, women who talk disparagingly about men are clearly lesbians. You can almost hear the hair on the back of feminist necks rising.




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

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In which the reptiles do a Daily Mail ... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The pond is much amused by, and hugely enjoying, the reptiles' paywall activities of late ...

Take this story, holding up the gold bar as a ransom demand  ...

Google it and you end up with this ...

Click on it, and you hit the paywall ...

That's right, the reptiles are paywalling a report that they lifted from the New Yorker ... as if it's impossible to click on the story at source ...

The pond happens to pay money to the New Yorker for access, but as it is, it's currently outside the paywall here ... and what an entertaining read it is too ... and if it ducks behind the paywall again, why not pay to access that source? The database of back catalogue stories is extensive and easy to search ...

Foolish, foolish reptiles ... they started off with a ransom demand, and here's the pond promoting a different brand ...


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

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

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Tripura Elections 2018: High Unemployment Has CPI(M) Fighting with Its Back to the Wall "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

We travelled to Tripura where the Left Front government has been in power for the past 25 years. Watch what voters have to say about CM Manik Sarkars governance and the problem of unemployment.

The post Tripura Elections 2018: High Unemployment Has CPI(M) Fighting with Its Back to the Wall appeared first on The Wire.


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

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

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

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

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

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

Mr Bannon is chairman of the Flinders Loc...


The Weekend Quiz February 17-18, 2018 answers and discussion "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Here are the answers with discussion for this Weekends Quiz. The information provided should help you work out why you missed a question or three! If you havent already done the Quiz from yesterday then have a go at it before you read the answers. I hope this helps you develop an understanding of modern monetary theory (MMT) and its application to macroeconomic thinking. Comments as usual welcome, especially if I have made an error.

Question 1:

If the growth in wages (the money you get paid) keeps pace with inflation which is accelerating at the same rate as labour productivity is growing then the wage share in GDP remains constant.

The answer is True.

The wage share in nominal GDP is expressed as the total wage bill as a percentage of nominal GDP. Economists differentiate between nominal GDP ($GDP), which is total output produced at market prices and real GDP (GDP), which is the actual physical equivalent of the nominal GDP. We will come back to that distinction soon.

To compute the wage share we need to consider total labour costs in production and the flow of production ($GDP) each period.

Employment (L) is a stock and is measured in persons (averaged over some period like a month or a quarter or a year.

The wage bill is a flow and is the product of total employment (L) and the average wage (w) prevailing at any point in time. Stocks (L) become flows if it is multiplied by a flow variable (W). So the wage bill is the total labour costs in production per period.

So the wage bill = W.L

The wage share is just the total labour costs expressed as a proportion of $GDP (W.L)/$GDP in nominal terms, usually expressed as a percentage. We can actually break this down further.

Labour productivity (LP) is the units of real GDP per person employed per period. Using the symbols already defined this can be written as:


so it tells us what real output (GDP) each labour unit that is added to production produces on average.

We can also define another term that is regularly used in the media the real wage which is the purchasing power equivalent on the nominal wage that workers get paid each period. To compute the real wage we need to consider two variables: (a) the nominal wage (W) and the aggregate price level (P).

We might consider the aggregate price level to be measured by the consumer price index (CPI) although there are huge debates about that. But in a sense, this macroeconomic price level doesnt exist but represents some abstract measure of the general movement in all prices in the economy.......




In response to Jacqueline Maley. "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

After reading this piece by Jacqueline Maley titled The Barnaby Joyce affair: when men make abysmal choices women pay the price, Im more than a little exercised. Yes, it is true that Joyces lover, Vikki Campion, may well find herself unemployable whilst Joyce seems (at this moment, who knows about the next) relatively secure in []


Peggy Lee Sorts Out Mueller "IndyWatch Feed"

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

"Is That All There Is?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

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


Libya: 7 Years since February 17 "IndyWatch Feed Asia"


On February 17 it will be 7 years since the start of the events in Libya which led to the overthrow of its leader Muammar Gaddafi. These years have been full of dramatic and often bloody events, which, according to a number of different indices (effective sovereignty, stability, commercial activity etc.), have left the country much worse off.

Since 2014 the country has been in chaotic situation- divided into two sectors, with opposing capitals in Tripoli and Tobruk, each of which have their own government, parliament, and security services. The balance of power between them is changing.

In the last year the area controlled by the National Army, led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar (i.e. the eastern, or Tobruk, sector) has expanded. That sector includes the oil crescent (the oil wells and the main ports for oil exports). The Government of National Accord, headed by Fayez al-Sarraj, has an unsteady hold over the country.

For three years the United Nations and a number of neighboring Arab countries have tried, without success, to persuade the two opposing parties to comply with the peace agreement that they signed in Morocco (which called for the creation of unified national transitional state structures, elections to the new parliament etc.) The Shkirat Agreement expired at the end of 2017.

Many experts consider that the negotiators meeting to discuss issues arising from the treaty lack the authority to make any decisions, and the military groups who they represent are heterogenous, each split into a number of camps, divided along regional and tribal lines.

To save the negotiating process, the UN special representative for Libya, Hasan Salam has presented a three-stage plan for the next year. He proposed that the Shkirat Agreement be amended, the Tripoli-based government be restructured, a constitution be drawn up and elections be held in the new parliament.

The question is, how can fair, impartial and democratic elections be held, when there are two governments? And how important are elections to the average Libyan, living in a delicate security situation and suffering from disorder and social and economic problems?

The falling value of the Libyan dinar and annual inflation of 30% are causing a fall in his standard of living. Before the revolution a dinar could be ex...


Real Estate v Quantitative Easing "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

QUESTION: Hi Martin,
I just finished your new NYSE Boom/Busty report. This is excellent work and as always extremely fascinating. Thank you for continuing to share these profound views with us.
My question relates to your view that we are looking at a complete collapse of Quantitative Easing and that will likely see a massive capital flight to the dollar and the major safe haven will be EQUITIES. In the context of this possibility, are you able to comment on how this may relate to Real Estate. Your ECM seems to be calling for Real Estate to top out and structurally fall in 2032. Is it not possible that with the collapse of QE and potentially economies that we will see more negative rates in the short end and with the government powers to seize assets in bank accounts, would it not be prudent to have zero cash in hand and hence we see a massive capital flight to Real Estate too? Or will the collapse of QE lead to significantly higher rates across the curve and hence blow all leveraged exposure sky high?

Many thanks as always,


ANSWER: The problem with real estate has been that its value depends upon lending. This was what the government did as part of the New Deal by creating 30-year mortgages. This was a scheme to get prices up by extending the period people could pay off the loan. Typically, the duration was 5 years previously.

The collapse in Quantitative Easing will have the effect of causing rates to rise on the long-term. However, there will be a shift toward private assets and this will help to a large extent. However, keep in mind that many institutions will be trapped and unable to shift to private assets. Many boards will not understand the shift and still believe, wrongly, that unsecured government debt is best.

Prices of real estate will decline in proportion to the decline in mortgage availability. We are already witnessing banks beginning to withdraw from lending on real estate.

I have provided the guide-posts for what is to come...


Black Caps Squander The Advantage "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed"

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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Sitrep "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

I was travelling for most of Thursday, was picked up at the last of 3 airports for the day and then whisked away and out of wifi range. I now have permission to identify my host. Former WA Police Detective Sergeant Dave McAlpine - the man who was responsible for...


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

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

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

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

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

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

These submissions come from:

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

    I have skimmed through the...




Screen Themes: Get Out vs Three Billboards Outside Epping, Missouri "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Screen Themes: Get Out vs Three Billboards Outside Epping, MissouriAs Oscar time approaches, entertainment editor John Turnbull checks out two of the best picture nominees. read now...




Astrology is where the universe points to our own reality
Steven Forrest
January 2018 was an exceptional month exploring the beauty of the full moon twice.  If you had a chance to walk out to see the night sky, perhaps you were at the beach or a park, and you looked up to only witness the beauty and the power of the moon, then at some level you felt a transformation inside.
The moon represents our feminine energy, reminding us to continuously tap into that which needs nurturing or expressing in the most wild, graceful and emotional way. The moon, She is our closet celestial neighbour, smaller than the sun. She waxes and wanes (to go stronger and weaker), constantly allowing the tides of our planet and ourselves to pull and push what needs to be revealed to us.
Why does She have a powerful impact on us? Well, for many thousands of years, our ancestors have studied the moon through observation. They had no distractions, such as light, wifi, smart phones, and masses of populations, only small communities that would look at the night sky as if it was a canvas revealing something cryptic and magical to us. During these times, they recorded the phases of the moon, such as the 28-day cycle and noticing the impact it had on our emotions, psyche, reproductive system and crops.
Those precious moments of studying the phases of the moon we learned of its power. And today, She has the same influence on us. We can find it difficult at times, to tap into her subtle pull and pushes because, most of us are busy and disconnected from the universe. Were living in crowded cities, working way too hard, jumping in and out of relationships like a ping pong ball, and not spending enough time with ourselves to notice the subtle or powerful impacts She has on us.
The moon is dark, and needs the suns light to shine. And in the same way, she reflects that light to reveal our deepest emotions and psyche, depending if she is waxing or waning and which zodiac sign she is travelling through on the ecliptic track of the cosmos. She represents our unconscious desires and the underlying causes behind our actions and responses to the world. She dives deep into our subconscious and reveals to us own buried, hidden emotions such as jealousy, hatred, pain, struggles, insecurities and mos...


Whaleoil world MSM news quiz "IndyWatch Feed"

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

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

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

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

Fast forward to Australian federal politics in 2018.

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

I kid you not.



Imagine No Country Claims You, and Your Own Country Wants to Throw You Into the Sea "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Rohingya refugees in India are trying to make a better life for themselves while fighting the threat of deportation.

Ten-month-old Shafiqa plays with her mother in their hut in a settlement in Narwal, Jammu. Credit: Rohini Mohan

Ten-month-old Shafiqa plays with her mother in their hut in a settlement in Narwal, Jammu. Credit: Rohini Mohan

Jammu/New Delhi: In the centre of a ramshackle snack shop in the Narwal settlement in Jammu, India, ten-month-old Shafiqa sat atop a plastic coffee table and clapped her hands. Her grandfather Mohammad Rafik, who had just poured eggs into oil smoking on a wok on the stove, shot a quick look at her and yelled in Rohingya, Wait for two minutes, you bossy monster!

It was nearly 1 pm on a Friday, and Rafik had work to finish before afternoon prayer. A shirtless six-year-old sucking on an orange popsicle walked confidently inside and lifted Shafiqa to his waist. Ill watch over the kid and the shop, uncle, he offered.

Nearby, the grocery store, fish stall and barbershop were hurriedly closing up. As men in skullcaps rushed to the mosque, the half a dozen shops and over 100 huts in the Rohingya refugee settlement suddenly seemed taken over by children, little guardians of the limited but precious possessions their elders had gathered bit by bit since fleeing Myanmar years earlier. Mothers and aunts sat in a tea shop, their eyes glued to a small television playing the Hindi dubbed ver...


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


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

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

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By Underfunding Its Own TB Control Plan, Centre Shoots Itself in the Lung "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Chronically low investments have made our public health systems fragile and overburdened, such that they have become incapable of reversing Indias TB crisis by themselves.

Credit: centralasian/Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Credit: centralasian/Flickr, CC BY 2.0

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the biggest scourges of modern India as well as among its toughest public health problems. According to the WHO and Indias Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) both, about 2.8 million people contract TB in India every year. About 87,000 of them are co-infected with HIV.

Not only does the disease affect the health, employment and economic condition of the patients, it also kills almost 480,000 people per year (about 1,400 per day). In recent years, India has also become home to the largest numbers of people suffering from multi-drug-resistant (MDR) TB: about 147,000 people have the MDR strain.

Indias TB control efforts have thus far been guided by the National Strategic Plan 2012-2017. An evaluation in 2015 observed that the plan did not achieve the projected increase in case detection, possibly because it did not have the requisite funds to do so. Although almost half of all TB patients sought care from the private sector, the programme fa...


Overland 229 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Jacinda Woodhead (editor), Overland 229 (Summer 2017)

overland229My blog post about Overland 228 ended with a lament that I had lost my copy before I could finish reading it. To my surprise and delight, a couple of days after my blog post went up, I received a replacement copy in the mail with a friendly note from Jacinda Woodhead. I dont know what pleased me more, the kindness of the gift or the fact that someone on Overlands staff had read my post all the way through. (I realise just now that I didnt write to thank her. Better late than never: Thank you, Jacinda, especially for the chance to read Jennifer Mills conversation with Peter Carey.)

Theres lots of good stuff in issue 229, but Im travelling and have to be brief. So heres a list of things I found particularly wonderful:

  •  Indefatigable Wings by Allan Drew, which argues the case for the continuing influence John Milton, of Paradise Lost fame, the argument didnt convince me, but its refreshing.
  • Napalm, guns & underwear, in which Aotaroan / New Zealander Mic...


Paper road "IndyWatch Feed"

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

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The BJP Is Killing Our Institutions "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The battle in 2019 is not just to remove the BJP it is to detox our democracy.

Credit: PTI

Recent statements by Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) functionaries mocking and undermining the Indian Army come in a context. They symbolise the willingness of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government and its ideological partners to brush aside cherished national and constitutional institutions to order to promote a divisive political agenda. They represent a cultural war against what the Indian nation-state stands for. In a country with an official military and legitimate police forces, why would a private and supposedly non-political organisation be speaking about armed mobilisation by non-state actors and militia?

And yet even ministers of the government rushed to defend RSS opinions on the army. Many of the so-called bright, modern and liberal faces of the council of ministers happily became ministers of sangh, rather than ministers of state. They came out with convenient and specious logic to defend this crazy world view.

Trinamool Congress (TMC) workers were not surprised. In Bengal, we have seen the RSS taking over institutions, or at least attempting to. The latest is the mess that the BJP government has made of...


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

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


History: Thatcher on Socialism "IndyWatch Feed"

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


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

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


Recognition of enemies "IndyWatch Feed"

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

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The Ramaphosa Moment: Another Messiah for South Africa? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Cyril Ramaphosa is no messiah, and when the post-Zuma champagne corks stop popping, South Africans need to assess him as a mere mortal.

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Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a rally to commemorate Nelson Mandelas centenary year in Cape Town. Credit: Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa forgive me, President Ramaphosa is self-evidently a private and reserved human being. Since his decision to contest the leadership of the African National Congress (ANC), he has been the subject of an endless series of think-pieces, more or less informed including by this author, as well as a year or more of attack videos and smears from those he ultimately defeated at the 2017 ANC elective conference. His private life has been examined, and people have tried to double-guess every move he has made, or should have made, or is about to make.

The man must be squirming. Worse than the attention, however, is his recent elevation to messiah status in the media and the popular imagination. He maketh Zuma to bugger off. He maketh the currency to rise and pessimism to fall; he will cleanse where others defiled; and he may lead South Africans towards the promised land or, for the non-believers, will it be down the garden path?

Messiahs are an expression of the need for the yoke of oppression to be lifted, by a god-anointed action man (there are precious few female Messiahs in history) who does what mere mortals cannot. Nelson Mandela was South Africas first messiah, but was seemingly born for the role, relished it, and given the massive damage to economy and society in late apartheid, almost everything he did was inevitably positive. The economy grew, rainbows were believed in, the national football team Bafana Bafana were football champions. Anything was possible.

In Ramaphosas case, the context is horribly similar. The economy has been smashed by the labyrinthine tendrils of corruption and state capture that have insinuated themselves into every aspect of public life, compounding those already present in th...



Creative Labour, the Private University and why the Attendance Fracas Is Not Just a JNU Issue "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Educational institutes adopting practices from the corporate and industrial worlds to measure accountability is a serious problem. Its worth considering why our education system makes us feel and behave like criminals.

Credit: File photo

We can safely say, that we are now deep in the throes of a crisis of education, across the country. The crisis has been brewing for a long time, but our attention has been recently drawn to it by way of the new regulation mandating minimum 75% attendance for Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) students.

If this change comes about, JNU will join the majority of higher education institutions in enforcing disciplinary measures to monitor students whereabouts. The question of regulating attendance, however, merits a wider discussion, as it moulds our vision for education at large. The present crisis therefore is not just a JNU issue.

Over the last three decades, the educational landscape of India has transformed dramatically. Private institutions and universities have emerged in large numbers.

The out-of-date figures published on the MHRD website reveal that presently, there are 45 central universities, 318 state universities, 185 private universities, 129 deemed to be universities, and 52 institutions of national importance, in the country. In addition, there are 37,204 colleges...


Legend Says This Is Going To Send The Price Of Gold Surging Above $2,000 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Legend Says This Is Going To Send The Price Of Gold Surging Above $2,000 from King World News With stock markets trading higher and the US dollar attempting to stabilize, today a legend in the business sent King World News a powerful...

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In which Polonius saves the day and turns the pond away from Barners into the path of righteousness ... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Oh how they snidely sniggered ... oh how they chortled with calumnious joy ... actual documentary evidence discovered and recorded by the pond ...

Realising the vast extent of the conspiracy - aye Jim lad, it's off to hellfire and damnation for you, and lickety-split too - the pond immediately put in call to brave Catholic warrior, prattling Polonius, who routinely looks like the prune and bran diet isn't working ...

Thank the long absent lord for prattling Polonius.

At last a chance to take a stand against the Barners situation, at last a chance to smite mightily the wretched Fairfaxians and the vile cardigan wearers at the ABC, all heathens and heretics and socialists and destined to an eternity of hellfire for their secularist, sectarian ways ...

Remember when it comes to defending the tykes, Polonius is the pond's man ...

Now there's an important point, just there in that google splash. It's not just the Catholics that accumulate wealth compulsively, the Jews do it too ...

The bloody Jews! They probably...



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

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

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

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

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


Emperor Mals Sharri law bans office bonking "IndyWatch Feed"

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

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New blog "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

This blog is defunct.

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

Thanks for reading.


The truth bomb that terrifies Turnbull "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

There is mass outrage today at the news that Turnbull has pressured the ABC to take down and censor parts of an article by Emma Alberici which analysed how little tax some of Australias largest companies pay. This story reeks of a scandalous government intervention in a publicly owned free press. But this isnt the

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Military now a Gay Mardi Gras "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Although this paper by Ray Starmann is directed to the US Army, it mirrors the Australian ADF. 

The new military replacing the Anzacs has been sealed with a kiss and hand shakes replacing combat capabilities expected of any defence force basic requirement to defend their country. 

This article pulls no punches and quotes it as it is today in our Armed Forces and replace US Army with Australian Defence Force for that is what we have protecting this nation.


 In the Army, Its Death by a Thousand PC Cuts

By Ray Starmann

The warrior culture in the US Army is dying every day, in a hideously slow death by a thousand lacerations of social engineering, diversity and political correctness lunacy, abated by senior army leaders who are too gutless to raise even a finger in protest.

From Green Beret training standards lower than ROTC camp in the 80s to Mommy Rangers, lactation memos, pregnancy simulators during physical training and a parade of cadets in red high heels, its more than apparent that this isnt your fathers army anymore.

Heck, it isnt even your older brothers army anymore.

The Army, like the rest of the military is evolving into a farce, a Potemkin Village built on lies, hidd...


How not to help tenants "IndyWatch Feed"

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

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Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Disease has two hubs Annette Scott:

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

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

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

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

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

Lamb and wool marketers confident Sally Rae:

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

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

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

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

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


PERTH Legal employee steals $1.9 million, including from deceased estates "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

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Legal employee steals $1.9 million, including from deceased estates .

February 17, 2018 at 08:52AM .

Major Fraud Squad detectives have charged the 45-year-old woman with nine counts of stealing as a servant and shes due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on March 12. Originally published as WA woman stole $1.9m from law firm Share this on Facebook Share this on Twitter Share this by .



PERTH Woman stole $1.9m from Perth law firm "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

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Woman stole $1.9m from Perth law firm .

February 16, 2018 at 07:22PM .

the money from a solicitors trust account, including funds held for distribution to deceased estates, between 2013 and 2017. Major Fraud Squad detectives have charged the 45-year-old woman with nine counts of stealing as a servant and shes due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court on March 12. .


PERTH Perth lawyer accused of stealing $1.9m from solicitors trust account "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

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Perth lawyer accused of stealing $1.9m from solicitors trust account .

February 16, 2018 at 06:03PM .

and 2017 while working for a city law firm. The money, which included funds held for distribution to deceased estates, had been held in trust for clients of the law firm. The woman has been charged with nine counts of stealing as a servant and is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court next month. .



PERTH Woman alleged to have stolen $1.9 million from Perth law firm "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

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Woman alleged to have stolen $1.9 million from Perth law firm .

February 16, 2018 at 05:52PM .

than $1.9 million dollars from a solicitors trust account. The money, which included funds held for distribution to deceased estates, had been held in trust for clients of the law firm. The woman is facing nine counts of stealing as a servant, and is expected to front Perth Magistrates Court on March 12. .



Reflections As I Come to the End "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

I figure I am reaching the end of my life as this DEW weapon is wearing down my body. That is what it does as it fucks with the nervous system- causing strokes and heart attacks. Or at least that is what the patents our government has on these things detail. I am wearing down- and there is no way around it.

So today I went through the collection of pics I have that have been taken throughout my life and I experienced a sincere appreciation for the life I have had.

The difference between Doug Mesner, Michael Aquino, and myself is that I havent lived my life hiding in the shadows. I havent needed a million aliases- I havent had to hide who I am by living a life full of lies- in fact I realized that this is why this group is so jealous and threatened by me.

And they are. It explains the YouTube channels designed to trash me- and the myriad of articles Mesner and his sad little group have written about me- for what would be the point otherwise? It is pretty obvious they are both threatened and jealous of me.

The truth is however that it has made me feel sorry for them- like it did my sister Cindy. One night- after our mom had died- she left at 3 am in the middle of a raging snow storm the night before our moms memorial. The reason why was because I had expressed how sorry for her I felt.

She spent her life telling these outrageous lies about herself and I pointed out how difficult it must have been for her to have any self respect and how all her lies prevented her from appreciating the truth about herself and her life. And more so how sad that must have been for her.

The same is true for Doug Mesner and Michael Aquino- for no matter how many times you tell a lie- or how loud you tell it- or how many people you convince- it NEVER becomes truth. The ONLY thing it does is make you a deceptive liar.

And when you wear one mask for yourself and another for others- which they ALL do- the result is always that you lose sight of the truth of who you really are- and worse- how can you have any REAL self respect knowing you have to hide yourself in such a way from others.

Judging by the way the are- the way my sister Cindy was- the end result is you become bitter and hateful- distrusting all those around you as you distrust yourself. Inevitably you spend your life hurting and betraying all those around you- blaming everyone for the misery and falsehood your life has become as you have lost the ability to trust the very person you need to trust. Yourself.

I have lived out in the open- for better or worse. And more than that- as I come to the end- I have been able to see myself as I really am- flaws and all. Something they and their group will never achieve. I am grateful for this life and the things I have learned- and no matter what they do- w...


Did Chemical Weapons and W80 Nuclear Warheads Sneak Out of Atlanta During Blackout? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

A CAL cargo plane and a screenshot from the LACHS site (overview tab). LACHS is owned by CAL Cargo Airlines.

by G5

CAL Cargo Airlines, based at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv, began operations in June 1976, with two 747-200Fs leased from El Al.

In 1997 CAL purchased LACHS (Liege Airport Cargo Handling Services) Terminal which CAL operates as a Hub. Now jointly with Airlines Belgium and its owner ASL Ireland Airlines.

In early 1999 CAL received Israeli Government Licences for particular types of freight.

From 2007 it operates three known airc...


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

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


Glaciers and gender "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

While Steve Kates is showing some very interesting science with the photo of an atom, there has been some more profound science (from 2016) conducted at the University of Oregon. I will let the abstract speak for itself

Glaciers are key icons of climate change and global environmental change. However, the relationships among gender, science, and glaciers particularly related to epistemological questions about the production of glaciological knowledge remain understudied. This paper thus proposes a feminist glaciology framework with four key components: 1) knowledge producers; (2) gendered science and knowledge; (3) systems of scientific domination; and (4) alternative representations of glaciers. Merging feminist postcolonial science studies and feminist political ecology, the feminist glaciology framework generates robust analysis of gender, power, and epistemologies in dynamic social-ecological systems, thereby leading to more just and equitable science and human-ice interactions.

One of the authors, Mark Carey, explains in a video the inspiration for this seminal research. Perhaps the ARC can fund further research into this important topic?


Defiant Joyce calls Turnbulls bluff in #Bonkgate soap opera "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Defiant Joyce calls Turnbulls bluff in #Bonkgate soap operaThe explosive confrontation between PM Turnbull and his deputy, Joyce, is not entirely without precedent. But, as political editor Dr Martin Hirst writes, the comparison is not one Fizza or the Beetrooter will enjoy. read now...


Disadvantages of thorium reactors "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

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

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

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


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

DNA tests for UKs nuclear bomb veterans 16 February 2018 



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

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

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


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

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

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No fix required: The Daily Telegraph gets it right "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

So heres a thing. The Daily Telegraph reported on Barry Bennells conviction on 43 charges of sexually abusing children.

The headline put him at the front of the sentence, made no mention of career fame or success, correctly identified his crimes as abuse and rape, and implicitly praised victims for speaking out. I might make a minor quibble about calling it sexual abuse rather than sex abuse but other than that, its pretty much exactly the headline youd want on this story.

The article itself described the abuse accurately without being salacious and gave plenty of space to the victims experiences in their own words. It described the grooming process as part of the crime and put the blame for all of it exactly where it belongs: with the perpetrator. There was not even the slightest touch of but he was such a nice guy commentary, no lauding him as a football hero and it finished by giving context of ongoing abuse allegations in British soccer.

In an ideal world this kind of reporting would never need to exist, but while these crimes are still occurring this is exactly how they should be reported.

Hopefully this is a sign of change and well see this kind of reporting much more often, even when the victims are not men and boys.

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

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

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What conservative triumph looks like "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Conservatives within the Coalition should be enjoying their moment of triumph. They have negated a supposedly progressive Prime Minister and tethered him to the unpopular and disastrous policies of his conservative predecessor. They have cast off all but two of those pesky state governments, with their namby-pamby health and education and human services, and have command of the high ground of the federal government. They stand poised to deliver tax cuts, to hold forth against Aboriginal claims through the Uluru Statement, and for welfare crackdowns.

This is the moment Australia's conservatives worked so hard for so long to achieve. Why, then, is everything crumbling around them? Could it be that what Donald Horne called "second-rate people" are part of our defences against tyranny?

The press gallery started the year by trumpeting a 1% rise in polls as "a strong start to the year" for the government, and we now see why that was not merely wrong but fundamentally stupid. It simply had no basis in fact. It was wishful thinking masquerading as analysis.

There Can Be Only One

Turnbull and Joyce have been at one another's throats for a week now, and today it came out into the open.

Malcolm Turnbull is the first Prime Minister since Gorton and McMahon whose parents were not married before and throughout his childhood. Keepers of the sacred flame of Leather Jacket Malcolm, closet liberal, overlook and cannot reconcile his absolutely fustilarian attitudes toward marriage and adultery. It may explain why his approach to the same-sex marriage debate convinced both sides he wasn't with either. The amendments to the ministerial code are in line with that aspect of the man: if you ever wanted an authentic response from Turnbull's heart to a public policy issue, that will have to do.

Barnaby Joyce has rallied his party around him (see below) and acts like he's invincible. In 2009, Joyce's lower-key predecessor Warren Truss helped sink Turnbull's first term as Liberal leader when he all but declared he wouldn't work with him. Joyce is trying to reprise that when he called Turnbull "inept", but the stakes in government are higher than they were back then. He has reached the stage where Nobody Tells Him What To Do, what the Greeks called hubris - and you don't need a classical education to know what comes next.

From time to time the Nationals have to stand up to the Liberals to protect their distinct identity, and to assert the interests of rural constituents. This is not one of those times. Any National who dies in a ditch defending Joyce - come to think of it, they seem awfully quiet at time of writing - gets nothing from this government. Even Christensen has retreated into the arms of his white supremacist buddies than defend the man who stuck his neck out for him.

Joyce is the minister in...


FixedIt: There is no such thing as child sex "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The Australian reported on the bail hearing for four of the seven people charged with a total of 127 offences relating to alleged rape, kidnapping, assault and abuse of three little boys at a circus training school in the Blue Mountains.

Unsurprisingly, given they are pleading not guilty, lawyers for the four people denied the accusations and claimed evidence reported in the media does not exist. These claims have yet to be tested in court.

The Australian chose to call the alleged rape of the little boys child sex.

To be clear, the case has not yet been heard by the court, therefore this commentary is nothing to do with the accuseds guilt or innocence, it is entirely about the way the charges against them are described in the media.

Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.

The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children, by de...


Reversing climate change: The middle gets it "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

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

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

More info below.

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



FixedIt: Its not child sex its child rape "IndyWatch Feed Aunews" reported on the bail hearing for four of the seven people charged with a total of 127 offences relating to alleged rape, kidnapping, assault and abuse of three little boys at a circus training school in the Blue Mountains.

Unsurprisingly, given they are pleading not guilty, lawyers for the four people denied the accusations and claimed evidence reported in the media does not exist. These claims have yet to be tested in court. chose to call the alleged rape of the little boys child sex.

To be clear, the case has not yet been heard by the court, therefore this commentary is nothing to do with the accuseds guilt or innocence, it is entirely about the way the charges against them are described in the media.

Children cannot have sex. Sex requires consent, children cannot legally or morally give consent so it is not sex. Rape, sexual abuse and sex are not the same thing and they can not be used interchangeably in headlines.

Here are the reasons this matters, in every case, with every headline.

The victim impact statements from child abuse trials are harrowing, a testament to the lifelong injuries suffered by people who were sexually abused as children. They are the litany of drug addition, alcohol dependence, gambling problems, depression, crippling anxiety, relationship breakdowns, suicidal thoughts, shame, self-hatred, mistrust of others and long term emotional damage so common in survivors of child sexual abuse. Children who have been abused are also significantly more likely to suffer further abuse, both as children and as adults.

The effects of sexual abuse of children then lead to the cycle of horror where victims become unreliable witnesses to their own abuse.

When the media, as it so persistently does, labels sexual abuse of children as child sex, we are weakening the public understanding of the extent and effect of such abuse. This has serious effects. A study conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse found that juries who have a better understanding of the facts of child sexual abuse are less likely to make mistakes in their assessment of evidence given in court.

Children cannot have sex with adults. Sex requires consent and children,....


Free Hawai`i "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"


West Hawai`i Today - February 14, 2018

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

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

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

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

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


View from your window "IndyWatch Feed"

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

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Saturdays smiles "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

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

Why do you want me to throw them at you?

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

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

But why?

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



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

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

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Struggling To Find A Leader "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


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

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

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

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

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

They had learned nothing and forgotten nothing.

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


It has to be Judith "IndyWatch Feed"

For the simple reason

If Jacinda is stardust

Judith is concrete


Judith Collins maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

Who are they and what do they stand for?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Barnaby Joyce, religious freedom and moral outrage "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The implosion of Nationals Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyces political career, amid the growing scandal over his adulterous relationship with a female staffer comes at a fortuitous time. The Religious Freedom Review, an inquiry set up to examine whether Australian law adequately protects the human right to freedom of religion, has just closed

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

Fishing monitoringKEITH JACKSON

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Trotter on Judith Collins "IndyWatch Feed"

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

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Market Talk- February 16th, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


Most of Asia are closed due to holidays and so it was left to Japan to reflect Wall Streets strength. The Nikkei closed with a positive return of 1.2% for the day. The news that BOJ Governor Kuroda, is to sit for another term was taken as positive news as he supports continued easing. We saw strong gains in utilities with TEPCO and Chubu Electric Power Company closing +4.4% and +6.5% respectively. TOPIX also helped sentiment with a 1% gain on the day. However, much of the talk surrounded the continued Yen strength as it hit near six-month highs. The Australian ASX was the only other core market open and that closed small down. Having opened at the days highs and spent most of the day in positive territory, it was the final hour that prices traded heavy resulting in a small (-0.1%) loss. SENSEX lost around -0.9% in todays trading as long liquidation and the Trade deficit continues to weigh on markets.

Reflecting Asias performance we saw positive momentum all across European core indices. Again, the CAC and IBEX were the stars of the core registering a 1.2% and 1.3% gains in todays trading. The DAX and UKs FTSE both around +0.8% but will be interesting to see the press over the weekend after May and Merkel meeting in Germany today. BREXIT will dominate headlines for sure and has been talked in Europe as one of the reasons the US Dollar has benefited in todays trading. All this as we have seen largely mixed earnings reports, but ahead of a long weekend in the US also much is being revaluated. Worth keeping an eye on Allianz next week. They reported a 22% decline in net numbers for Q417 blaming the US Dollar and US tax changes for affecting results.

The US started the session climbing around 200 points but was hit upon the indictment news. The headline and news conference initially cost the rally around 250 points which took us into negative territory. Guess many will spend their time on Twitter watching for updates. However, even within the final 30 minutes of the weeks trading, we tested both sides of that range yet again. The long weekend, continued uncertainty and the Weekly technical level took their toll on settlement prices as we drifted back to almost unchanged on the day. NASDAQ finished...


Dads Everywhere: We Need to Talk About Your 20-Minute Poop Breaks "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

MOTHERS: KEEP READING Theres a nationwide possibly global problem frustrating moms every and it needs to be addressed. Meet Elle Beattie, an Australian award-winning radio producer and mother of 1-year-old baby boy, Lang. Now more than ever, she is your fellow mom-in-arms whos spearheading the problem and has gone viral doing so! Elle... View Article

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Simon Bridges maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

Who are they and what do they stand for?

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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


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

Interviewed the other day by Guyon Espiner

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


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


Albert Schram
Professor Albert Schram

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

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

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

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

He received the homecoming of a hero.

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

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

The reasons stated in the forum for my dismissal were:

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

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



Technical Note "IndyWatch Feed"

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


In which Rome falls and Visigoths and Huns roam Peel street, and even venture over to Westies ... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


The pond's exhausted; the poor reptiles look exhausted too, what with the unceasing, unrelenting uproar in the herpetarium ...

Was it only yesterday that Shanners was hinting at war?

Only a day and the war has come ...


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

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

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Malcolm Turnbulls overreach exposes the PM to his enemies "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Heres my weekly column for The New Daily. You can receive analysis like this on a daily basis during parliamentary sitting weeks by signing up to become one of my Patreon supporters for as little as $1 a month!


Quotes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

"And so it turns out that not only is Barnaby Joyce a shocking hypocrite, he's also a repulsive cliche."  [Journalist Clementine Ford describing Australian Deputy Prime Minister and MP for New England Barnaby Joyce, The Sydney Morning Herald, 7 February 2018]

Barnaby Joyce has a history of screwing over women.  [Journalist Kasey Edwards writing about Australias deputy prime minister in The Sydney Morning Herald, 12 February 2018]

"During the 2016 presidential campaign and into the White House, Trump and his aides have defended a male aide accused of domestic violence, a male Senate candidate accused of pursuing inappropriate relationships with teens and a male campaign manager accused of assaulting a reporter. In each case, Trump and his top staffers used strikingly similar language to defend the accused, noting that he had denied it, defending his integrity and casting doubt on the women's claims."  [Journalist Ryan Teague Beckwith writing in Time magazine, 8 February 2018]



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

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

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

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

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Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

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

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Amy Adams maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

Who are they and what do they stand for?

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

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

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

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

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

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



Video Friday: Boston Dynamics, Autonomous Drone, and Robot Drum Man "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Your weekly selection of awesome robot videos Photo: Boston Dynamics

Video Friday is your weekly selection of awesome robotics videos, collected by your Automaton bloggers. Well also be posting a weekly calendar of upcoming robotics events for the next few months; heres what we have so far (send us your events!):

International Symposium on Medical Robotics  March 1-3, 2018  Atlanta, Ga., USA
HRI 2018  March 5-8, 2018  Chicago, Ill., USA
US National Robotics Week  April 7-17, 2018  United States
Xconomy Robo Madness  April 12, 2018  Bedford, Mass., USA
NASA Swarmathon  April 17-19, 2018  Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA
RoboSoft 2018  April 24-28, 2018  Livorno, Italy
ICARSC 2018  April 25-27, 2018  Torres Vedras, Portugal
NASA Robotic Mining Competition  May 14-18, 2018  Kennedy Space Center, Fla., USA
ICRA 2018  May 21-25, 2018  Brisbane, Australia

Let us know if you have suggestions for next week, and enjoy todays videos.

Awww, a SpotMini using its face-arm to help a buddy...adorable!

Now, its starting to get a bit frustrating that every new Boston Dynamics video makes the Internet blow up with OMG-ROBOTS-ARE-GOING-TO-KILL-US  headlines and tweets. Perhaps Boston Dynamics could release some behind-the-scenes footage (or outtakes!) to show whats going on here? Theres an appearance of autonomy, and if its actually autonomous, BD should say so, but if its remote controlled by a human, they should make that clear. A bit more context for thes...


Better to kick banks while they are up "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

NOW that the banking Royal Commission is under way, it is a good time to reflect on the Australian financial system over the past decade and be grateful that we are kicking the banks while they are up, not down. Far better to have obscenely profitable banks than grotesquely bankrupt ones.

The popular mythology is that Australia was saved from the Great Recession of 2008 by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Treasurer Wayne Swan following Treasury advice to increase public spending and to get cash into peoples hands.

But that is only part of the story. Remember, the US Government did a similar thing, pushing $700 billion into the economy, but it did not save the US from recession. Similarly with Britain.

Rudd did the correct thing. It was a necessary thing to save us from recession, but of itself not sufficient. He was able to hand out the cash easily because the Howard Government had not totally squandered the proceeds of the mining boom on tax breaks for the well-off.

But more importantly, the real genesis of Australia dodging the recession was Paul Keating as Treasurer and Prime Minister bucking the US trend of permitting laissez-faire capitalism to capture the banking and financial system.

He made it clear he would not accept takeovers or mergers among the big four banks the four pillars. He also insisted on liquidity measures to help ensure the banks would stay afloat in the case of high defaults or a run.

Importantly, the banks went along with it. And the regulators, the Reserve Bank and the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority, while not perfect, at least kept their eyes on the ball and the banks under scrutiny to ensure they had sufficient liquidity.

In the US, on the other hand, Republicans and Democrats laid the groundwork for a financially deadly cocktail the removal of regulation, as sought by Republicans, and the easing of credit vetting of the poor so they could get into the housing market, as sought by the Democrats.

This in turn led to the creation of a lot of sub-prime mortgages, no-doc loans and NINJA (No Income No Job) loans. The marketers got paid commissions on these so sold as many as possible and in 2005 started writing mortgages with enticing very low interest rates for the first two years before the real rate cut in.

These were on-sold to the banks and financial houses.

Then the newly freed banks entered the bond and derivative markets. They created new bonds by collecting bunches of sub-prime mortgages. The ratings agencies, Moodies and Standard &...


Labour moves to legalise abortion "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


Newshub now acting as bad as CNN "IndyWatch Feed"

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

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A silly ACT "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


APRadio Harry and Mike Oz Chat "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Mike HoltMike Holt and Harry Palmer present this weeks Oz Chat segment discussing The Spy Network of Australia covering from Echelon back in 1990s to pine gap and the fiasco we uncover on a regular basis involving the spooks and their clown princes in your parliament dishing out bulldust how they are protecting you and your family from the bad guys when they cannot protect their own back yards.

Mike is in hospital for an operation and will not be broadcasting next week but will be back soon.

To listen to this podcast Click Here



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

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

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Day to Day Politics: When two egos butt heads. "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Saturday 17 February 2018 What a week it was in Australian politics. And to finish it off the Prime Minister gave the Deputy Prime Minister and the Parliament a lecture in private and public sexual morality. Something for which no one has an ownership of other than the standard society itself sets. Sexual morality is

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

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


Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed"

Welcome to our Daily Crossword.

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

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

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

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

The Crossword is now only available for subscribers only. 

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Taylor-made failing of local democracy "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Adriana Taylor, Huon Valley Council Commissioner ie, one-person Huon Valley Council sat mostly in silence at the Huon Valley Rate Payers and Residents Association candidates forum at Huon Town Hall on Tuesday evening. But then she stood up and said something incredible: that local councillors were unnecessary The second point was the issue of local democracy: a single person deciding the fate of the controversial project instead of nine councillors. Again, this was blithely dismissed. Taylors jaunty logic, such that it was, was that she would simply abide by the advice of the council planning department. As this, in her view, was simply what responsible councillors should do, she saw no difference in one person making this decision instead of nine democratically-elected councillors. Trouble is, she was wrong again. Good councillors will interrogate a proposal, ask for more information, reject some assertions, seek clarification in short, do everything they can to assess, analyse and consider a proposal to ensure that its in the best interests of the local area


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

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


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

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



Saturday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

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Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed"

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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84% of Tasmanians want donations disclosed before the election "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

New polling ( HERE ) released yesterday by The Australia Institute Tasmania shows that voters want all parties to disclose the donations they have received before people go to the polls on March 3rd


Australia: I mean to take as many of them down as I can Muslim teen planned maximum fire jihad massacre "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Australia: I mean to take as many of them down as I can Muslim teen planned maximum fire jihad massacre
His jihad group wanted to kill as many unbelievers as they can and impose Sharia law. Do Australian authorities ever stop to ponder where young Muslims keep getting the idea that this is a good thing to do? Do authorities in any non-Muslim country? Do they really think that showering money on Tamim Khaja and []


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




More on US school shootings "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

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

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