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Thursday, 13 December


Yet another Frydenberg ministerial blunder disclosed which is still reverberating "IndyWatch Feed"

The Guardian, 11 December 2018:

The Australian government has permitted the export of hundreds of rare and endangered parrots to a German organisation headed by a convicted kidnapper, fraudster and extortionist, despite concerns the birds could be sold at a huge profit.

An investigation by Guardian Australia has revealed that the Berlin-based Association for the Conservation of Threatened Parrots received permission to export 232 birds between 2015 and November 2018 more than 80% of all the live native birds legally exported from Australia in the same period.

The exports include threatened species such as Carnabys and Baudins black cockatoos, worth tens of thousands of dollars each.

The head of the ACTP, Martin Guth,...


Centrelink's 'robodebt' headed to the Australian Federal Court? "IndyWatch Feed"

9 News, 10 December 2018:

Centrelinks robo-debt recovery scheme was intended to seek out and destroy debts, but instead its thrown more than 200,000 Australians into financial turmoil.

Now, Victorias former head prosecutor, QC Gavin Silbert, is lending his voice and fighting back against the controversial system which aims to claw back up to $4.5 billion in welfare overpayments.

I think its illegal and I think its scandalous. In any other situation, youd call it theft. I think theyre bullying very vulnerable people, Mr Silbert told A Current Affair. 

If debts are owed to the public purse they should be paid, they should be pursued. These are not such debts, he said.


Wednesday, 12 December



Note from America: Christmas Has Become Yet Another Trigger Word "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Opt for kindness over curtness, and civility over censorship. Choose peace over politics, and freedom over fascism. Find common ground with those whose politics or opinions or lifestyles may not jive with your own.


World view Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


December 13 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

558 King Chlothar I reunited the Frankish Kingdom after his brother Childebert I has died. He became sole ruler of the Franks.

1294  Saint Celestine V resigned the papacy after only five months; Celestine hoped to return to his previous life as an ascetic hermit.

1545  Council of Trent began.

1577 Sir Francis Drake set out from Plymouth, on his round-the-world voyage.

1642  Towards noon the Dutch explorer Abel Tasman sighted a large land, uplifted high. This was the first recorded sighting of New Zealand by a European.

First recorded European sighting of NZ

1643 English Civil War: The Battle of Alton.

1769 Dartmouth College was founded by the Rev. Eleazar Wheelock, with a Royal Charter from King George III.

1816 Ernst Werner von Siemens, German engineer, inventor, and industrialist, was born (d. 1892).

1830  Mathilde Fibiger, Danish feminist, novelist and telegraphist, was born (d. 1892).

1903 Carlos Montoya, Spanish guitarist, was born (d. 1993).

1906 Sir Laurens van der Post, South African author, was born  (d. 1996).

1913  Arnold Brown, English-Canadian missionary, 11th General of The Salvation Army, was born (d. 2002).

1925 Dick Van Dyke, American actor and comedian was born.

1929 Christopher Plummer...


Proof the Mainstream Media is the Enemy of the People "IndyWatch Feed Asia"


You cant make this stuff up: When the president of the most powerful nation in the world, nuclear armed to the teeth, announces that he will save the world from obliteration by partnering with the heads of the two nuclear countries that America sees as enemies, the media rakes him over the coals.

The same media that facilitated much more so than the Russians allegedly did Donald Trumps accession to the White House is so desperate to make up for their mistake that they accuse him of treason for rejecting nuclear war with countries whose only sin is being led by authoritarians.

No longer able to condemn China and Russia for running Communist economies, the press faults them for their socialist principals with respect to war and peace. Pundits retain all manner of complicated facts, but these do not include the best liberal principals that Americans learn in fifth grade, and which since the storming of the Bastille have been those of socialism, as well as Islams injunction that individuals treat each other with dignity, equity and respect.)

Socialists dont label the people as mobs, but as majorities entitled to be heard as part of the social contract. Though not yet a factor in 1789, the right not to be killed in a nuclear inferno is paramount in the twenty-first century. If the US had concrete disagreements with the Russians and the Chinese, they could be worked through, avoiding Armageddon. In reality, the standoff is about ethics, which doesnt tend to make headlines, except when the American President demonstrates a lack thereof in his relations with others. Although Trump doesnt read, he knows that deals can only be made in peacetime. He may not have met with the Russian President at the G20, but apparently he did meet with Putins ally, Chinese President Xi, with whom he had already forged a relationship at Mar a Lago durin...


A very English take on Denmark "IndyWatch Feed"

Heres also why Brexit happened. Europe is a mystery. Europeans come from a faraway land. Australia is nearer.

lead Screenshot. Danish for kids. YouTube.

To understand what the English are about, read Matthew Engel reporting on his trip to Denmark this week in the New Statesman (30/11, print issue). Its great; but most importantly, its honest. He could not avoid mentioning the Brits obsessions about Scandinavia  hygge (cosiness), smorgasbord and a few more (yes, and Hamlet, of course). The three benchmarks of Danishness for the Brits. It made me chuckle. Good writing indeed.

However, parts of it saddened me too. Engel explained things about Denmark, which couldve been applied to any other European country. Obvious things that I always thought didnt need mentioning. But Engel was right in bringing them up they need to be explained when addressing a varied British readership.

Engel wasnt being sloppy. In fact, the 67-year-old didnt get certain things himself, before travelling there; he admitted realising them only now. Lets look at three key passages.

First, Engel said that the Scandinavians certainly dont see themselves as part of some amorphous Euromass. Well, who does? The Spaniards think of themselves as distant. The Italians too, almost cast away on a leg-peninsula that tickles Africa with its toes. Ukrainians feel Russia is breathing down their necks and would only be too pleased to be part of a so-called Euromass. The list could go on and on. But maybe, as seen from England, we do all look the same.

Secondly, Ben Rosamond, a British professor of politics at the University of Copenhagen, was asked about Danish society. Rosamond sees hygge as being about companionship and bonds, but also as an exercise of Danishness with a dark side to it because if you cant get in, its a bit of an issue. This is a society where the entry barriers are quite high.



Despite Macron"s TV Mea Culpa, France Set for Showdown "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

When Macron lectures there is no excuse for violence his words sound trite and hypocritical given the levels of violence that the French state has licensed itself to use.


Report highlights the need for better protection of protest rights in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The need to better protect protest rights in Australia has been highlighted in a major new report by the Human Rights Law Centre.

Launched today at NSW Parliament House, Say it loud: Protecting Protest in Australia, criticises recent attempts by governments to undermine protest rights and outlines ten principles to better protect our rights.

From winning the right to vote for women to saving the Franklin River, the power of protest has been vital in achieving positive change in Australia. Yet governments around Australia are increasingly trying to undermine our rights to gather together and speak out about the issues we care about. This has to stop, said Hugh de Kretser, Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre.

Against the backdrop of the remarkable student strikes across the country for action on climate change and rising community activism on issues from the Adani mine to changing the date of Australia Day, protest rights will be increasingly significant.

Our rights to protest and free speech will be under even great pressure as exploitation of our planet increases in the coming decade. This report shows governments how we should be protecting protest in a healthy democracy, said former Senator Bob Brown.

The report criticises governments in NSW, Tasmania and Western Australia for introducing or trying to introduce harsh and unnecessary anti-protest laws with severe penalties, excessive police powers and broad, vague offences. The laws prioritise vested business and government interests over peoples democratic rights.

While the Tasmanian laws were struck down by the High Court last year, the Hodgman Government has promised to try and resurrect them. NSW anti-protest laws, with penalties of up to 7 years jail for interfering with a mine, including coal seam gas sites, remain in force.

Protest rights are absolutely essential to a healthy democracy. When governments chip away at our protest rights, they erode our democracy. This report provides a blueprint for a democracy where protest rights are protected and promoted, said Mr de Kretser.

The report will be launched at NSW Parliament House at 12.30pm. Speaking at the launch will be:

  • Former Senator, Dr Bob Brown who has dedicated his career to protecting the environment and who, together with Jessica Hoyt, successfully challenged the Tasmania anti-protest laws.

  • Broadcaster and journalist Julie McCrossin, a life-long LGBTI rights advocate who attended countless demonstrations, was arrested many times and participated in the first Mardi Gras........


Intelligence Squared: Face Off with China "IndyWatch Feed"

In the light of current issues with China, this seemed apposite


The War on Huawei "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Trump administration's conflict with China has little to do with US external imbalances, closed Chinese markets, or even Chinas alleged theft of intellectual property. It has everything to do with containing China by limiting its access to foreign markets, advanced technologies, global banking services, and perhaps even US universities.


365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Rotary came to us for dinner this evening.

We enjoyed the fellowship, sang some carols and in lieu of payment we asked people to donate to cancer research.

The generous Rotarians donated more than $1,400 for which Im very grateful.


The Noose Tightens Around the EU"s Neck "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The depth of French anger at the neoliberal globalist policies of President Emmanuel Macron has finally been heard.


IO lending lowest in over a decade "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

IO lending plummets

The flow of new interest-only (IO) loans was only 16 per cent of new residential term loans in the September 2018 quarter. 

While IO mortgages are still an option for some borrowers, the terms are often less attractive, and with the lending slowdown there is also now a smaller denominator, so flows are now very considerably softer than they were. 

With many borrowers also having voluntarily switched to paying down mortgage debt, IO loans were down to 27 per cent of residential loans by value by the end of September quarter, and will be closer to just  today in December.

The chart here only goes back to March 2008, but the stock has never been so low in percentage terms. 

Many of the outstanding IO loans were written under tighter serviceability assessments, while those on IO loans for a longer period probably have a reasonable amount of equity. 

Credit growth to investors is now non-existent.

High LVR lending is the lowest on record, at just 6 per cent of approvals with an LVR of 90 per cent or great...


LifeFlight LearJet 45 VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" and Challenger 604 VH-URR "Ambulance 604" Pop into CQ Airports - Again! "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Late on Sunday 9 December, LifeFlight (Aeromed) LearJet 45 bizjet VH-VVI "Ambulance 451" was noted arriving into Mackay Airport from Townsville.  It later departed to Brisbane before later returning to Townsville in the wee small hours of Monday 10 December.

File photo

Meanwhile, as this post is being written, late on Monday 10 December, fellow LifeFlight (Aeromed) Bombardier CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet VH-URR "Ambulance 604" is due to complete a flight from Brisbane to Emerald Airport.  It is due to then return to Brisbane in the wee small hours of Tuesday 11 December.

UPDATE!  VH-URR "Ambulance 604" was back in CQ in the wee small hours of Wednesday 12 December, calling into Rockhampton Airport, again from and back to Brisbane.


3 Army MRH-90s into Rockhampton Airport - Plus 3 RAAF Super King Airs at Longreach Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Tuesday 11 December was a very busy day for Australian Defence Force (ADF) helicopters and aircraft with multiple visits into various Central Queensland Airports.

At Rockhampton Airport, pair of Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopters flew in from Townsville.  A40-009 as "Warhorse 243", followed a short time later as A40-035 as "Destrier 113".

A40-035 at Rockhampton Airport during a previous visit  (File photo)

The second MRH-90 A40-035 "Destrier 113" continued to Brisbane whereas the first, A40-009 "Warhorse 243" looked to suffer a maintenance issue and did not continue.

As a result, as the sun was setting, another Australian Army MRH-90 A40-028 as "Destrier 112" was noted arriving into Rockhampton Airport also from Townsville.

At the time of writing, both MRH-90s looks to be spending the night at Rocky.

UPDATE!  Repairs made, on Wednesday 12 December, A40-009 "Warhorse 243" departed Rockhampton Airport for Brisbane while A40-028 "Destrier 112" departed Rockhampton Airport for Townsville.

UPDATE!  Also on Wednesday 12 December, another Australian Army MRH-90 helicopter A40-013 passed through Rockhampton Airport, arriving from Brisbane and departing to Townsville as "Destrier 113".

Meanwhile, up at Mackay Airport, also on Tuesday 11 December, Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Canadair CL-600-2B16 Challenger 604 bizjet A37-001 was noted calling in from Melbourne (Tullamarine) as "Wisdom 31".  After a couple of hours on the ground, it departed to the Toowoomba-Wellcamp Airport.

Finally, out at Longreach Airport, also on Tuesday 11 December, three RAAF Beech B350 Super King Air turboprop aircraft and an Australian Army helicopter were all noted visiting from different parts.

RAAF Super King Airs A32-348 as "Hudson 04", A32-372 as "Hudson 02" and A32-339 as "Hudson 08" were all noted arriving into Longreach Airport from RAAF Base East Sale in Victoria.  After taking on fuel, they each continued to Cairns.



Armchair Thriller: Rachel In Danger #2/4 "IndyWatch Feed"

This was the first of ITV`s ARMCHAIR THRILLER serials which would start with the Thames TV landscape logo coming up on screen modified so that instead of being daytime it`d be night time . The title sequence of the show was fairly memorable of a darkened room with a shadow falling across a chair centered in the middle of the room then the shadow sitting in it . Suddenly the camera crash zooms onto the shadows face
If memory serves me right RACHEL IN DANGER is rather contrived . A man bumps into an old associate called Juan ( Played by Stephen Greif who BLAKES 7 fans will know as Travis ) so they go back to the man`s house where Juan murders him and steals his identity . It turns out Juan is an international terrorist whose group is going to assassinate HRH Queen Elizabeth the second a bit like THE NAKED GUN without the humour . It then turns out the murdered man has a daughter called Rachel who he hasn`t seen for many years who just happens to paying him a holiday visit on the day Juan murdered her father . Obviously since she hasn`t seen her dad for several years she won`t be able to recognise him . Being amidst such a dastardly plot involving world proleterian revolution Rachel is in danger of being executed to keep her quiet . The story ends with Juan from BLAKES 7 trying to shoot her majesty at a garden party with a gun disguised as an umbrella which explodes killing comrade Juan . Rachel walks away muttering that she put plasticine in the barrel


Multipolar World Order in the Making: Qatar Dumps OPEC "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Qatars decision is unconnected to the feud triggered by Saudi Arabia against the small emirate. However, it is evident that a host of factors has led to this historic decision.


Malaysia opens old and new wounds with Singapore "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Air and sea disputes have stoked new tensions between the causeway neighbors, revisiting an earlier era of testy bilateral relations

Air and sea disputes have stoked new tensions between Malaysia and Singapore, driving ties between the neighbors to their lowest point since Malaysian premier Mahathir Mohamad notched a shock election victory in May this year.

Earlier this month, Singapore lodged a strong protest over Malaysias plans to extend the limits of a port in its southernmost state, Johor, claiming its territorial waters would be encroached upon. The wealthy city-state also accused Malaysian vessels of repeated intrusions, claims that Malaysias Transport Minister Anthony Loke Siew Fook has contested.

Loke has maintained that the altered ports limits are in Malaysias territorial sea and do not encroach on any part of Singapore. The maritime boundary tiff comes as the two countries wrangle over another dispute involving control of a flight path that passes over Malaysian airspace to a small secondary airport in Singapore.

Malaysia informed its southern neighbor that it intends to take back control of the airspace, which Singapore has managed since 1974. Malaysia made the announcement after the city-state issued a new instrument landing system at its Seletar Airport without Malaysias consent, which Loke said would lead to height limits on building developments and affect shipping operations in Johor.

Read the full story at Asia Times.



Interview 1405 Gerry Docherty on the Hidden History of WWI "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

[audio mp3=""][/audio]Gerry Docherty, co-author with Jim MacGregor of Hidden History: The Secret Origins of the First World War, joins us for an in-depth discussion about the real origins of WWI. In this wide-ranging discussion, Docherty reveals the machinations of the Secret Elite that ensnared Europe, and, ultimately, the world, in war. We also talk about the teaching of history and who controls the historical narrative on key global events.


Study: Indonesias ambitious peat restoration initiative severely underfunded "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

JAKARTA High costs and a lack of funding stand in the way of Indonesia achieving its target for the restoration of degraded peatland across the country, a new study says. The government in 2016 embarked on a program to restore 20,000 square kilometers (7,720 square miles) of degraded peat forest by 2020. The cost for this undertaking, according to a recent study by researchers at the University of Queensland, Australia, will likely exceed $4.6 billion. To date, however, the Indonesian government has budgeted just $200 million for the initiative, according to the study, and the results are telling: only 2,000 square kilometers (772 square miles) of peatland, or 10 percent of the total, had been rewetted by the end of 2017. That funding includes 34 million Norwegian krone ($4.4 million) from the Norwegian government and $134.6 million from the U.S., U.K., Japan, Germany and the Netherlands. For its part, the Indonesian government initially allocated the equivalent of $60.5 million from its 2017 spending budget. The $200 million figure cited in the study, though, used the lowest cost projections available and did not account for the subsequent slashing of Indonesias contribution by half, as part of wider cost-cutting measures by the Ministry of Finance. A peat bog being drained in Kalimantan. The lack of oxygen due to wet conditions in peat bogs prevents the peat from breaking down. When peat bogs dry out they start to decompose and large quantities of stored carbon are released to the atmosphere. Photo credit: Rhett

Extremely heavy rain floods Queensland, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Ex-Tropical Cyclone "Nora" dumped extremely heavy rain on parts of Queensland over the past 24 - 48 hours, causing major floods and emergency evacuations. Many locations exceeded or even doubled their March average rainfall. Exceptional rainfall totals...... Read more

Leopards could reduce rabies by controlling stray dog numbers in India, study finds "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Leopards are among the most widespread of all big cats, with a historical range covering large parts of Africa and Asia. Though humans have whittled away about 80 percent of that area, the big cats still overlap with some of the worlds largest concentrations of people. That convergence can be a recipe for conflict, but a recent study finds that leopards in India could be helping to keep people in India safe from rabies-laden dog bites. While leopards often conflict with people over livestock like cattle and sheep and are frequently persecuted throughout their range, we show that these unique predators can also be beneficial to human societies, Christopher OBryan, an ecologist at the University of Queensland in Australia and co-lead author of the paper, said in a statement. Stray dogs in Mumbai. Photo  Steve Winter/National Geographic. Dog bites exact a heavy toll on people in India, leading to perhaps 20,000 deaths each year from rabies, according to the World Health Organization. OBryan and his colleagues were curious about whether Indian leopards (Panthera pardus fusca) had any influence on stray dog numbers in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, which sits in the midst of Mumbai. With more than 20 million people, Mumbai is the fourth-largest city by population in the world. The team mined past studies for clues about what leopards living in the city park ate, and discovered that stray dogs made up about 40 percent of their diets. Only about 41 leopards are thought to live in the parks vicinity. But according


Wednesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed"

Interesting summary view of the current state of Marxist influence on American college campus The post Wednesday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Researchers Develop Cheap, 10-Minute Test That Can Detect Cancer Anywhere in the Body "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

An extraordinary discovery which can be made simple and universal.  Best yet it separates those with a current problem.  No effort need be spent on false leads.   

With that the patient can start anti tumor protocols and also track the bodies response until it all goes away.  with CBD coming into its own this may well be as simple as having a course of CBD oil..

In fact this makes it possible to imagine it been part of an annual checkup and possibly the whole industry literally going away.  Nothing has ever promised this.

Researchers Develop Cheap, 10-Minute Test That Can Detect Cancer Anywhere in the Body

Australian scientists are being hailed for possibly developing a quick and easy test that can detect any kind of cancer in a matter of minutes.

Cancer is an extremely complicated and variable disease and different types of cancer have different signatures. Up until now, the scientists have had trouble finding a simple signature that was distinct from healthy cells and common to all cancers but the team was finally able to identify a unique biomarker that was common...


Sroubek -> Hardcore -> Ardern pressure builds for full disclosure "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Opposition have been pressuring Iain Lees-Galloway and Jacinda Ardern on the Karel Sroubek deportation issue for over a month. National have obviously been trying to connect Ardern to the original decision by Lees-Galloway not to deport Sroubek after he completed his current prison sentence. Today in Parliament, and immediately afterwards,  some dots were joined. []


British data confirms strong FDI continues despite Brexit chaos "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Wednesday and a shorter blog post so that I have a little more time to do other things. I dont know what topic attracts the most hate E-mails that I receive on an almost daily basis: my position on the Eurozone, my position on the EU generally, my position on Brexit, my position of surrender monkey social democrats (parties and people), or my work on Modern Monetary Theory (MMT). I guess I could count and build up a frequency distribution but I just prefer to delete them these days the first few words give the game away. Save your time. This week, I have had a torrent of such E-mails telling me more or less see, you claimed Brexit would be good, but it is a disaster. Last time I checked Brexit hasnt happened yet. All that we are witnessing is a conservative government of considerable incompetence in disarray after being bullied by the neoliberal, corporatists in Brussels into a ridiculous agreement that changed hardly anything. But there were some interesting data releases in the last few weeks that bear on the Brexit question. I have been looking into them.

A little Brexit reflection

The sense of Brexit chaos in the UK has been amplified by ridiculous new reports from HM Treasury, the Bank of England, and some attention-seeking private research groups who choose to lie and present incredulous analyses as fact.

Which government in their right mind would do nothing while the economy was shrinking 7 per cent? That is what HM Treasury modelled.

Which central bank would put up interest rates by 5 or so percent during a deep recession when they know exchange rate depreciation introduces temporary inflation spikes (if that)? That is what HM Treasury were claiming would happen.

Embarrassing the whole lot of it.

And where are the media reports telling the British people about the boom (yes, you read that correctly there latest data shows a boom) in Foreign direct investment in the UK.


Fakes the lot of them.

On December 4, 2018, the British Office of National Statistics released its updated bulletin Foreign direct investment involving UK companies: 2017.

Now if the world was about to stop because the majority of British people voted to leave the corrupt and innefficient EU then Foreign direct investment should certainly be recording the insecurity associated with that decision.

We distinguish between:

Outward FDI direct investments made by UK-based companies abroad, while inwa...


No planet but this one "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The Voyager 2 spacecraft has just passed through the heliopause and into interstellar space, forty years after it was launched.

On the one hand thats a stunning technological achievement and a reminder of the wonderful universe we live in. On the other, its a reminder that humans will never go out to explore this universe, or even leave Earth in significant numbers.

Although Voyager 2 has passed the heliopause it is still within the gravitational field of the sun. It would take another 30,000 years to fly beyond the Oort cloud which marks the boundary.

These facts could have been computed when Voyager was launched though at the time its mission was limited to five years. But if they had been pointed out as an argument for the impossibility of interstellar travel, the response would surely have been that the problem would be solved by technological progress. Forty years before Voyager was launched, flying across the Atlantic ocean was a major feat. Forty years or so before that, the first heavier-than-air flight was undertaken by the Wright brothers.

Extrapolating one could reasonably expect that forty years more progress would produce massive advances in space travel including human space travel. In fact, though no one knew it at the time, the heroic age had already passed. No one has travelled to the moon since Voyager 2 was launched and, quite possibly, no one ever will. The promise of the space shuttle has been abandoned in favour of the 1950s technology of the Atlas rocket. Meanwhile physicists have closed off just about every possible loophole that might allow us to evade Einsteins conclusion that the speed of light is an absolute limit.

The other achievement of the Voyagers and their successors has been a comprehensive exploration of the planets and moons of the solar system. They have revealed many marvels, but nowhere remotely habitable compared to, say, Antarctica or the Atacama desert.

The biggest lesson of our decades of space exploration is that Earth is the only planet we have.


Macrons Paris riots while Salvinis Rome celebrates! "IndyWatch Feed"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to If and when Jacinda signs the UN Pact I imagine there will be plenty feeling depressed. This has an inspiring message and music.   The post Macrons Paris riots while Salvinis Rome celebrates! appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


The U.S. industrial terrorists? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

There's been a lot of noise with regards to the communications side of the information technology world basically started by the administration of the United States focusing on consumer electronics coming out of China, in particular by Huawei.

The administration of the U.S. told people* of this planet not to use Huawei's routers.

What's all the racket really about?

Let's put aside the fact that Huawei refuses to patch their routers to communicate via the so called secure protocol https, instead of http, as mandated a few years back.

Colonialists are all about control, whether it be on a local or global scale, it's all about control, where this policy is adhered to by the administration of the colony labelled as the "land of the free".

In 2013, the Fairfax publication wrote an article on Huawei of the title 'it's the biggest company that no one has ever heard of'.

In 2015, uSens Inc also wrote on Huawei being 'The Biggest Smartphone Company You Never Heard Of'.

The electronics and telecommunications company was founded in Shenzhen in 1987, where it started out with a total of 20 employees in Australia in 2004.

Today it has customers in over 170 countries, where its technology serves more than a third of the population of the planet

Huawei has knocked off Apple from its perch in terms of smartphone sales.

On the 'global stage' Huawei is a threat to the dominance by U.S corporations, like Apple and Google, based products.


Classic TV: Raffles Anthony Valentine #8 To Catch A Thief "IndyWatch Feed"

About the series

Raffles was a 1977 television adaptation of the A. J. Raffles stories by Ernest William Hornung. The series was produced by Yorkshire Television and written by Philip Mackie. The episodes were largely faithful adaptations of the stories in the books, though occasionally two stories would be merged to create one episode such as The Gold Cup which featured elements from both A Jubilee Present and The Criminologists Club. 

About this episode

Although Inspector MacKenzie suspects that Raffles is the culprit behind a recent string of unsolved society burglaries, Raffles is innocent. Raffles himself deduces that the real culprit is the respectable gentleman Lord Ernest Belville. Raffles learns about Belville, so that he and Bunny can make an attempt to steal Belvilles haul for themselves. During their search of Belvilles flat, however, Raffles and Bunny are caught in the act by the man himself.


Wednesday Weapons "IndyWatch Feed"

The post Wednesday Weapons appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


No confidence vote in Theresa May confirmed "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has made a botch of Brexit since her calling of a snap election backfired. A no confidence vote has been signalled for days. It looks like its about to happen. #BREAKING Tory MPs to hold no confidence vote against Theresa May this evening Laura McQuillan (@mcquillanator) December 12, []


Video: West Papuans arrested for calling for an end to human rights abuses and raising the morning star flag "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

As West Papuans celebrated Human Rights Day on 10 December and took part in ceremonies, where the independence Morning Star flag was raised, theIndonesian occupation forces came in and arrested dozens. So far, about 130 areknown about. A together about 500 people have been arrested over the past week,as the occupation authorities tried to clamp down on the growing frequency of protests.

The morning Star Flag

Human rights day was used to speak out against human rights abuses, and to hand over a petition, urging the Indonesians top accept fact finding missions by the United Nations and the Pacific Islands Forum.

Signing the West Papua petition

The Australian government has been giving support to the occupation and training its forces, which which carried out systematic murder has carried out systematic murder, torture and detentions. It is time for this  to stop this assistance and support the West Papuans to decide their own future.

Video by Free West Papua TV

Video by  thejuicemedia

The post...


The orchestra in my mouth: Tom Thum "IndyWatch Feed"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to The post The orchestra in my mouth: Tom Thum appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats -S06 E01 Domino "IndyWatch Feed"


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

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

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


Climate change is not up for debate "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Climate change is not up for debateThe full effects of climate change are nearly upon us. We can't afford to keep arguing about it. read now...


See Top Secret Bunker Where 7,000 Americans Will Go in Event of Nuclear ... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Climate Change Disaster! In as little as 60 years life above ground may not be possible, where will the wealthy & government officials survive?!


Hybrid cars, hybrid power systems and free fish in the sea "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Someone remind us of the difference in price between standard and hybrid cars. We are putting in place a hybrid power system. Someone explain how that can reduce the cost of hot meals and fresh goods from the coolroom.

I was told at lunch that sun and wind are free. So are the fish in the sea. So how come they charge for them in the shop? On the bright side, when the power fails they will be cheap because the fishmonger will have to give them away or throw them out.


On the passing of internet time. "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Some years ago, New Zealand poet and scholar Michele Leggott was able to date a series of poems by Robin Hyde after noticing that one of the pages of the manuscript bore faint traces of another piece of writing. It was a fragment of a short story that Leggott knew well, and whose date of composition had already been established. What must have happened she realised is that Hyde used


Nigel Farage on the free speech fight in Europe "IndyWatch Feed"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to This video is good at emphasizing Whaleoils message about the UN Migration Compact.   The post Nigel Farage on the free speech fight in Europe appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Melanoma Is a Disease of Office Workers "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

In this interview with the late Dr. Robert Heaney, Creighton University professor of medicine and renowned researcher in the field of bone biology and vitamin D,1 he admits that an embarrassing secret in the field of nutrition is the lack of knowledge of what is really normal.

When the approach to measuring vitamin intake is determining the amount needed to avoid triggering a disease or establishing the highest amount before you experience toxicity, then you dont achieve what is optimal to support biological function.

Vitamin D is a steroid hormone your body produces with the help of cholesterol when you're exposed to the sun. This critical nutrient interacts with a number of different systems in your body and is vital to cell DNA expression. One of the best ways to optimize your blood level is to get sensible sun exposure, taking great care to never get burned.

Although deficiency is very common, not only in the U.S. but also around the world, many believe they are not at risk simply because they eat foods fortified with vitamin D. With advancing technology and research it has become clear vitamin D deficiency is rampant and significantly impacts the development of several health conditions and chronic diseases.

In fact, research estimates2 85 percent of children in industrial cities, and well over half of adults and the elderly, suffer from vitamin D deficiency. Lack of sun exposure has likely been driven by the fear of developing skin cancer. However, office workers actually develop melanoma at greater rates than those who spend more time outdoors.3

Office Work May Increase Risk of Malignant Melanoma

For decades, the message from the medical community has been to avoid direct sun exposure and apply sunscreen when spending any amount of time outdoors. Australia's long public campaign4 to curb skin cancer rates has resulted in 31 percent of Australian adults being deficient in vitamin D, which in turn is linked with a number of deadly conditions, including cancer.

The application of SPF 30 can reduce the production of vitamin D by 97 percent. However, while it's important to reduce your potential for sunburn, it's been known since the 1970s that office workers have a higher risk of malignant melanoma than those who work outdoors.

Interestingly, melanoma appears on body parts that d...


Every Leader Can Learn A Lesson From Nigerias Buhari Denying He Was Cloned "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Leaders must be accountable to their people. Prolonged periods of absence from the public spotlight, particularly if the said leader is abroad for medical treatment to deal with an undisclosed illness, will naturally lead to speculation that only grows more outrageous with time.

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Save your drink containers for CAFNEC! "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

 Donate your drink containers and HELP CAFNEC! 

On the 1st of November the Containers for Change QLD scheme began. This means most beverage containers now have a 10c value that can be redeemed by taking your containers to a depot. 

CAFNEC is excited to announce we have signed up as a registered charity that you can donate to via the scheme and it is so easy! 

Simply collect your eligible containers, take them to a depot and enter CAFNECs scheme ID C10006963, the refund will be sent to us automatically. 

Your beverage containers like beer bottles and cans are now worth money so you can either put them in the recycling bin and give that money to the local council when they collect your rubbish or you could save them up and drop them at a depot and make a donation to CAFNEC!

List of eligible containers here:


Travelling a darling river "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

We came from Melbourne up over the Great Dividing Range to be atop the Barrier Range. Then onward to a river camp in the corner country of northwest New South Wales. The idea was to travel once more to the desert, starting at Broken Hill, then camp, explore, immerse ourselves and stay awhile, not just hop from roadside postcard photoshoot to national pretty park, not to blithely pass through.


Classic TV Comedy: Butterflies S04 E05 Calling with Wendy Craig, Geoffrey Palmer,Bruce Montague, Nicholas Lyndhurst "IndyWatch Feed"

Butterflies is a British sitcom series written by Carla Lane that was broadcast on BBC2 from 1978 to 1983.

The situation is the day-to-day life of the Parkinson family in a bittersweet style. There are both traditional comedy sources (Rias cooking, family squabbles) and more unusual sources such as Rias unconsummated relationship with the outwardly-successful Leonard. Ria is still in love with her husband, Ben, and has raised two potentially fine sons, yet finds herself dissatisfied and in need of something more. Throughout the series Ria searches for that something more and finds some solace in her unconventional friendship with Leonard. In a 2002 interview, Carla Lane explained, I wanted to write a comedy about a woman contemplating adultery.


Daily Roundup "IndyWatch Feed"

Hmm, maybe I should have worn my hi-viz The difference between men and women part 105.   The subject of Cindys next working group. The post Daily Roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Paris: Yellow Vest protest continues despite government scrapping fuel p... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

This is what people power can do if the people have the guts to stand up & say "ENOUGH, NO MORE". What a pitty the majority of Australians don't have what it takes!!! They are so gutless they are prepared to let THE END OF THE WORLD happen without even trying!!! Pathetic!!!


From Oedipus to Morrison "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

They came to him. The Theban citizens, in pain and in prayer. They came to king Oedipus and cried for his help. But, you, too, Oedipus, with your own eyes, you too can see how the whole of Thebes is in the grips of a battering sea storm of troubles and you too can see

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RNZ Sunday Morning: Future-proofing food production "IndyWatch Feed"

RNZ Sunday Morning with Warwick Chapman

A visiting expert on the science of agriculture and food says we need to take action now to ensure the planets growing population can be fed. Professor Louise O.Fresco says science needs to work hard to get the public on board when looking to develop a sustainable agriculture sector in the future which produces healthy and nutrient rich food. The professor believes an intergovernmental panel, similar to the IPCC, should be set up to advise politicians, private sector and farming interests on the best practice in each country. She explains what the issues are if we dont change how we feed the world and what New Zealands role might be.



Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed"

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


Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

1.00 AUD = 0.00021 BTC
0.00100 BTC = 4.75 AUD


How did the American Otto Warmbier Actually Die? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"


On 10 October 2018, several American doctors, who were involved in caring for and treating the fairly well-known Otto Warmbier, confirmed the theory, proposed by the students parents, that Ottos teeth and gums looked as if they had been cut with a saw, and as a result, the US citizen had died from torture inflicted on him. This medical conclusion was sent to a court in Washington.

In response, on 27 October, the Head Doctor at a Pyongyang hospital reminded the public that US doctors, who took part in repatriating the student, gave the North Korean side a medical note stating that at the time of transfer he was in normal state of health. The doctor also referred to an article in the American newspaper USA Today from 21 June 2017, which mentioned the fact that a neuropathologist from the US University of Cincinnati carried out a medical examination of Warmbier, and confirmed absence of any signs of starvation or physical abuse, either in the form of fractures or damage to internal organs. In addition, the doctor said that, according to the report by the US network NBC from 27 September 2017, an expert, who conducted the autopsy on Warmbiers body, also did not find any signs of torture, and an examination by forensic odontologists indicated there was no evidence of any trauma to the teeth.

However, if we distance ourselves from yet another attempt by grieving parents to find culprits, responsible for the death of their son, among the North Korean authorities, a very sad picture begins to emerge.

Based on Warmbiers symptoms, it seems very likely that the young man died from after effects of a stroke, or a serious problem with circulation in the brain, which had gone unnoticed, and the treatment, he had received, was not of good quality. This, of course, is connected to the overall state of North Korean medicine, as it is one of the sectors most affected by imposed sanctions.

As far back as 10 February 2017, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) labelled DPRK as state with forgotten crises, where inhabitants live in crisis situations, in need of actual aid. And the media does not write about this, and discussions about these issues are lacking in political circles. It was reported that 60 % of North Koreans lack food, a quarter of the population do not have access to basic medical services, and 1.7 million North Korean children are in danger of contracting deadly diseases....


Fossil Awards: to Germany over progress on emission targets, and Switzerland over climate finance "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Two Fossil Awards today. The first placed Fossil Award to Germany for failing to make substantial progress on it's 2020 targets, failure to progress phaseout of coal as promised. The second Fossil Award to Switzerland over being on of the loudest and most consistent blockers on climate finance during these negotiations and the provision of new and additional funding. Switzerland Does


(Video) X22 Report -- Episode 1738: Economic Structure Change | Military Tribunals "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Published on Dec 11, 2018

Europe insists that the BREXIT deal will not be renegotiated, it is either the people take the EU deal or else. Australia is warning of a housing crisis. World's largest cleaning service ISS is now laying off 100,000 employees, they number of employees has been declining for years. Trump reports very productive talks with China, big new coming soon. The central bank is trying to control the narrative, you can see via the MSM. The entire economic structure is about to change, prepared and ready for the transition.

Published on Dec 11, 2018

Broward commissioner on elections will do an audit. Nadler pushes the campaign violation, it was not a violation. Obama was fined for a violation in 2013, Trump's occurred before he was running. Trump tweets out that Comey knew the dossier was paid for by the D's.Jim Jordan grills Google. Yellow vests reject Macrons concessions. Q drops more bread, the wall will be build using military funding. The raid on the CF whistleblower was needed, name leaked to unseal docs. Can civilians be on military tribunals, history says yes. The DS is panicking, they cannot impeach the President because the senate will try the impeachment, the target was the Senate.


Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed"

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1943, Forrest Dickey Betts songwriter, singer and guitarist with The Allman Brothers Band. Born today in 1944, Rob Tyner (Robert Derminer ) singer with MC5. Born today in 1946, Dennis Denny Dias guitarist with Steely Dan. Born today in 1953, Bruce Kulick songwriter and guitarist with several groups including Kiss. [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Insect wipes out Qlds worst coral-cactus infestation at Eulo "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

A TINY insect has wiped out a coral cactus infestation at a property north of Eulo, which has been described as possibly the worst such...

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Ex-Tropical Cyclone "Owen" forecast to reform in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Australia "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Ex-Tropical Cyclone "Owen" crossed the coast near Port Douglas at 03:00 local time Monday, December 10, 2018. The storm brought heavy rain and damaging wind gusts to the north tropical coast of Queensland. Meteorologists say it's looking like it the...... Read more

Her Life's a Sprint, Legacy Long Running "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Wilma Rudolph outran poverty, polio, scarlet fever and the limits placed on black women by societal convention to win three gold medals in sprint events at the 1960 Olympics in Rome. By the time brain cancer caught Rudolph, leading to her death Saturday at age 54, she had achieved a stature that made her legend and her sport greater in the long run. The 20th of 22 children of a porter and a cleaning lady, Rudolph lost the use of her left leg after contracting polio and scarlet fever at age 4. Doctors told her parents she never would walk again without braces, but she refused to accept that prognosis and began to walk unassisted at age 9. It wasn't long before she was outrunning all the girls and boys in her neighborhood. At 16, already under the tutelage of Tennessee State University coach Ed Temple, Rudolph won a bronze medal on the 4 x 100-meter relay at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. Four years later, when she was the mother of a 2-year-old, Rudolph won the three golds despite running all three events with a sprained ankle. After being voted Associated Press female athlete of the year in 1960 and 1961 and the Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete in 1961, Rudolph retired at 21, a decision that reflects an era in which lack of financial incentives kept most Olympic careers short. She turned to a variety of humanitarian projects, including goodwill ambassador to West Africa, coaching at DePauw University and working for underprivileged children through the Wilma Rudolph Foundation.

Note: The remarkable woman once commented, "My doctors told me I would never walk again. My mother told me I would. I believed my mother."

Brazilian regulators deny French oil giant Total license to drill near Amazon Reef "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Brazils environmental regulatory agency, Ibama, announced last Friday that it was denying French oil company Total license to drill for oil near the Amazon Reef. The reef system, discovered off the coast of Amap state in northern Brazil in 2016, is known as the Amazon Reef because it lies in the turgid waters of the Atlantic Ocean close to the mouth of the Amazon River. The system of corals, sponges, and a colorful marine algae that resembles coral called rhodoliths extends from French Guiana to Brazils Maranho State and encompasses 9,500 square kilometers (nearly 3,700 square miles). Fabiano Thompson of Brazils Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, who was part of the team of scientists that made the discovery, told Mongabay at the time that the oceanographic conditions of the Amazon Reef are not found anywhere else on the planet, making it an entirely unique ecosystem. Total sought to drill for oil in the Foz do Amazonas Basin, which has been estimated to contain as much as 14 billion barrels of oil. The French oil giant was leading a group of companies, including the UKs BP and Brazils state-owned oil company Petrobras, that acquired the rights to five exploration blocks in the basin in a 2013 auction. BP is reportedly still trying to secure a license to drill in the Foz do Amazonas Basin on its own. One of the first images of the Amazon Reef taken from a submarine launched from the Greenpeace ship MY Esperanza. Photo: Greenpeace. Greenpeace announced

High-impact eruption at Manam volcano, heavy ashfall blocking sunlight, P.N.G. "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A powerful eruption started at Manam volcano, Papua New Guinea around 03:00 UTC on December 8, 2018. Heavy ashfall is falling on the island, blocking out sunlight. Volcanic ash rose up to 13.7 km (45 000 feet) above sea level, according to the Darwin VAAC, forcing...... Read more


Legendary Kangaroo Who Just Passed Away Is Getting So Much Internet Love "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The world is currently mourning the passing of Roger the kangaroo, a resident of The Kangaroo Sanctuary and a beloved public figure for many years. He passed away over the weekend at the age of 12, which is a good, long life for a kangaroo. 

Pictures of Roger and his incredible physique he was 6 feet, 7 inches tall and extremely muscular have been impressing and delighting the internet for years, and this strong, handsome kangaroo is going to be missed by so many people. 

Credit: The Kangaroo Sanctuary

Chris Brolga Barns, the founder of The Kangaroo Sanctuary, announced the news of Rogers passing in a sweet tribute, and ever since then, everyone who loved Roger has been posting their own tributes to him on social media. 

The tributes ranged from sweet

to nostalgic  



Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

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Hiker Spots Something Crazy On Forest Floor "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

A woman in Australia was taking a hike on Mount Majura recently when she spotted something that some people could find very alarming.

But Erin-Claire Barrow writes and illustrates fairy tales about brave female protagonists facing their fears and so when she saw a huge, almost mythical spider on the ground, she was curious rather than terrified.

Credit: Erin-Claire Barrow

Barrow even got closer so that she could take some photos.

"My friend was saying, 'Be careful, what if it jumps!?'" Barrow told The Dodo. "I got really close to take the picture ... I thought it was kind of cute with its little face!"

Credit: Erin-Claire Barrow

Closer inspection revealed the large wolf spider was a mother and dozens of tiny baby spiders were catching a piggyback ride on her back. 

Barrow reflected that even though she was willing to get close to the mother spider, she wouldn't trade places with her: "I wouldn't like for those babies to be crawling on me!"

Credit: Erin-Claire Barrow

Some people who have seen Barrow's photos didn't think the little family was quite as cute as she did.

"I've seen so many awful comments on Facebook about killing spiders in response to the pic," Barrow said. "I love the comments about her being cute and maternal she's not hurting anyone!"


Hadith for the day "IndyWatch Feed"

It would probably be a good idea to warn her first Narrated Ibn `Abbas: The Prophet (PBUH) said, If anyone of you, when having sexual relation with his wife, say: In the name of Allah. O Allah! Protect us from Satan and prevent Satan from approaching our offspring you are going to give us, [] The post Hadith for the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Economic Structure Change, Ready And Prepared (Video) "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Economic Structure Change, Ready And Prepared Video X22 Report Europe insists that the BREXIT deal will not be renegotiated, it is either the people take the EU deal or else. Australia is warning of a housing crisis. Worlds largest...

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William Blum: Anti-Imperial Advocate "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

In the incessant self-praise of the US imperial project, kept safe in a state of permanently enforced amnesia, occasional writings prod and puncture. Mark Twain expressed an ashamed horror at the treatment of the Philippines; Ulysses Grant, despite being a victorious general of the Union forces in the Civil War and US president, could reflect

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The Hobo Guide to Foreign Currency "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Like prizing a half-full goonie from the embrace of a comatose friend, getting a hobo to part with their money can prove to be a difficult task. If its not gonna go towards the elongation of an overseas adventure, then chances are, we dont wanna spend up.

So, with a certain level of arrogance that all writers must embody when writing a list of travel tips, Ive compiled a few small nuggets of advice that may help save the average hobo a few pesos.

This is neither a definitive doctrine nor an essential creed, but rather a compilation of information that might come in handy for anyone (everyone) looking to be savvy with their cash on their travels.

Should I get currency exchanged before or after I arrive at a destination?

To be honest, often it doesnt make a big difference what country you take your money out in. But it does make a huge difference what agency you use. Or rather, the location of that agency.

Places in the centre of a town or city, where there is plenty of competition, are always a safe bet. Supply and demand. Thats basic economics that even an arts graduate can understand.

Similarly, youre likely to get ripped off if youre gonna swap currency over in the middle of nowhere. So its best to be prepared with at least a little bit of cash before you reach your new destination.

Never change over money at an airport, unless its your last resort. The rates are astronomical. The devious hustlers at Travelex and their ilk will prey on the unprepared and those uninitiated in the ways of the Global Hobo.

I recently fell asleep in Barcelona El Prat Airport after a bender and missed my flight to Liverpool. Ten hours and 350 later, I arrived in London with about 12 in cash and the rest of my money tied up in euros. Stanstead Airport tried to give me 62 for 100. You dont need to check to know that rate is daylight robbery.

Moral of the story: I fucking hate airports. But also, do not swap your money there.

Is my bank gonna be, like, super chill about everything?

When I set out on my first overseas adventure, all dewy-eyed and ready to face the world head on, ANZ froze my cards. The cards were not authorised for overseas transactions, and th...


A win for democracy "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

For the past few elections, local authorities have been obsessed with online voting as a way to cut costs. They were planning a trial at next year's local body elections. But now its been cancelled:

The proposed trial of online voting in next years local body elections will not proceed after the working party comprised of nine councils made the reluctant decision to halt the trial. Although the working party had recently selected a provider that satisfied all of the security and delivery requirements, the cost burden for the councils involved ultimately forced the decision.

This is the second election in a row this has happened, but its still good riddance. Online voting is fundamentally insecure, and no election conducted online can be trusted. We need our democracy to be more reliable than Microsoft Windows, and that means keeping it offline, where it can't be fucked with by two-bit script kiddies, political parties, and foreign governments. The bad news is that rather than accepting this, the local government working party still wants to press one and try again in three year's time. It would be better if they simply buried the idea for good.


Executive and Project Support Officer "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Victoria Government Environment, Land, Water and Planning


She would say that, wouldnt she! "IndyWatch Feed"

The other day National Party Leader Simon Bridges and senior National MP Gerry Brownlee were both ejected from the Parliamentary Chamber for disparaging the Speaker Trevor Mallard.

Jacinda Ardern was later questioned about this. Video and commentary at link

Jacinda Ardern has defended Speaker Trevor Mallard over accusations hes biased and protected her during Question Time on Wednesday.

Her comments come after National leader Simon Bridges made the claim following his dismissal from the House yesterday.

Asked by media if the Speaker is biased towards her, the Prime Minister gave a simple response: No.

This reminded Adam of the marvellous comment attributed to Mandy Rice-Davies during the trial of Stephen Ward resulting from the Profumo Affair

While giving evidence at Wards trial, Rice-Davies made a famous riposte. When James Burge, the defence counsel, pointed out that Lord Astor denied an affair or having even met her, she dismissed the denial by stating, Well (giggle) he would, wouldnt he? (often misquoted Well he would say that, wouldnt he?) By 1979, this phrase had entered the third edition of the Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, and is occasionally abbreviated as MRDA (Mandy Rice-Davies applies).


Telling lies for Gaia "IndyWatch Feed"

George Orwell famously observed that One has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe certain evidently foolish things. Half a century later, the intelligentsia are still as cleverly witless as they ever were. Theyve been joined on their ship of fools by a mainstream media which has abandoned even the pretence of dispassionate truth-telling, in [] The post Telling lies for Gaia appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Project Officer, Program Coordination "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Victoria Government Environment, Land, Water and Planning


The Classic: A Childs Christmas in Wales "IndyWatch Feed"


A Childs Christmas in Wales is a piece of prose by the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas recorded by Thomas in 1952. Emerging from an earlier piece he wrote for BBC Radio, the work is an anecdotal reminiscence of a Christmas from the viewpoint of a young boy, portraying a nostalgic and simpler time. It is one of Thomass most popular works.

As with his poetry, A Childs Christmas in Wales does not have a tight narrative structure but instead uses descriptive passages in a fictionalised autobiographical style, designed to create an emotive sense of the nostalgia Thomas is intending to evoke, remembering a Christmas from the viewpoint of the author as a young boy. Thomas searches for a nostalgic belief in Christmases past, for example with, It was snowing. It was always snowing at Christmas, furthering his idyllic memory of childhood by describing the snow as being better and more exciting than the snow experienced as an adult. The comedic dissertation, with exaggerated characters for comedic effect, show how childhood memories are enlarged through youthful interpretation.

Historical Note

Thomas original 1952 recording of A Childs Christmas in Wales was a 2008 selection for the United States National Recording Registry, stating that it is credited with launching the audiobook industry in the United States


Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Mataeology  a discourse that is fruitless, useless or in vain; worthless conversation.

Night falls on European Jewry. Again. "IndyWatch Feed"

For the second time in a century, Jews are fleeing Europe. Even Britain, a haven for Jews for nearly 200 years, has become so hostile that Jews are packing up and leaving. Quote: A leading British lawyer emigrated from the United Kingdom to Israel this week, saying he and his partner were fleeing rising and [] The post Night falls on European Jewry. Again. appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Personal Year Number 2019 Numerology "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

What does your numerology chart 2019 mean for you? Find your numerology personal year number 2019? from psychic medium Ian Scott.

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UN migration pact protest this Saturday December 15th "IndyWatch Feed"

Gday, Following last weekends successful event, the same organisers are hosting a demonstration outside the prime ministers office in Mount Albert. Time: 12 PM 4 PM Place:  658 New North Road, Morningside,  Auckland This weekend will feature people in hazmat suits and a large banner, alongside the yellow hi-vis vests to show solidarity with [] The post UN migration pact protest this Saturday December 15th appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


RNZ: Anne Marie Brady Ardern does something, or does she? "IndyWatch Feed"

From RNZ we have this article

International academics have criticised the New Zealand government over its reaction to the alleged targeting of Canterbury University professor Anne-Marie Brady. MORE AT LINK

Then RNZ reports Ms Ardern has told the Police Minister to tell the NZ Police to make every effort

Professor Anne-Marie Brady claimed her office had been broken into twice, her house burgled and her car tampered with since publishing a paper on the influence of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) last year.

An open letter with 169 signatures from overseas academics, journalists and politicians was published on the Czech website Sinopsis on Thursday morning.

The letter states: We, the undersigned concerned scholars and others with an interest in China, have been alarmed and appalled by the recent wave of intimidation directed against our colleague, Professor Anne-Marie Brady.

It said the New Zealand government had failed to acknowledge a problem existed and was refusing to provide police protection for Prof Brady.

Jacinda Ardern told reporters the government had to be mindful of police independence, but she would ask Police Minister Stuart Nash to follow up on the case.MORE AT LINK

Given much of the coverage re this issue, and in many ways the studied indifference of the government until Ardern looked bad , perhaps Adam might be forgiven for thinking there is some deflection taking place.

Yet there is still a reluctance to confront reality.

In many respects that simple sentence sums up Ardern, she has a major issue with reality.


Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed"

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The people of this country dont want "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Full story: PELOSI, SCHUMER PLEAD TO TRUMP: LETS DEBATE BORDER FUNDS IN PRIVATE. Instead, very public with the best bits in the video above. Might also mention this as well: Pew Survey: Out Of 27 Nations Polled, Zero Want More Immigrants to Move to Their Country and that includes Australia. As for Trump and the Dems, heres the transcript of the relevant bits on border protection:

TRUMP: We need border security. People are pouring into our country including terrorists. We have terrorists we caught 10 terrorists over the last very short period of time. Ten. These are very serious people. Our border agents, all of our law enforcement has been incredible, what they have done, but we caught 10 terrorists. These are people that were looking to do harm. We need the wall. We need more important than anything, we need border security of which the wall is just a piece. Its important. Chuck, did you want to say something?

SCHUMER: Yes. Heres what I want to say. We have a lot of disagreements here. The Washington Post today gave you a whole lot of Pinnocchios because they say you constantly misstate how much of the wall is built and how much is there, but thats not the point. We have a disagreement about the wall, whether its effective or not

TRUMP: The Washington Post

SCHUMER: not on border security, but on the wall. We do not want to shut down the government. You were called 20 times to shut down the government. You said, I want to shut down the government. We dont. We want to come to an agreement. If we cant come to an agreement, we have solutions that will pass the House and Senate right now and will not shut down the government. Thats what we are urging you to do. Not threaten to shut down the government.

TRUMP: If you dont want to shut down the government

SCHUMER: Let me just finish. Because you cant get your way let me say something, Mr. President. You just say, My way or we shut down the government. We have a proposal that Democrats and Republicans will support to do a C.R. that will not shut down the government. We urge you to take it.

TRUMP: If its not good border security, I will not take it.

SCHUMER: Its very good border security.

TRUMP: If its not good border security, I will not take it.

SCHUMER: Its what

TRUMP: Because when you look at these numbers of the effectiveness of our border security and when you look at the jo...


Whooping cough outbreak at Cunnamulla "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

SEVERAL CASES of whooping cough reported at Cunnamulla in the past week have prompted calls for people to be alert to the symptoms to help...

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Meanwhile in another universe: James Bond is an alcoholic medical study "IndyWatch Feed"

Another gem from the wowsers at Otago University. NZs leading killjoys have devoted money, no doubt public money ,to this piece of groundbreaking research.

Source: RNZ Morning Report 10122018

University of Otago researchers say James Bond was an alcoholic who needed treatment. The researchers analysed 007s drinking in 24 Bond movies between 1962 and 2015. Its been published today in the Medical Journal of Australias Christmas issue. With the details of their findings were joined with chief reseracher Nick Wilson.

When Adam first saw this piece, he thought it was tongue in cheek, then he realised these people do not do humour.

James Bond was, is, a piece of escapist fiction. The fictional character is not a real person, nor a role model. Somehow, many academics have totally lost the plot and become bigoted zealots. Or maybe they always were, and Adam did not realise that.


Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed"

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Why should our politicians be the only people who are unaccountable? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Over the last couple of decades, organisations throughout society, whether they be charities, not-for-profits, unions, or corporate boards, have seen increasing requirements for more transparency and accountability The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) was established in December 2012 to, in part, maintain, protect and enhance public trust and confidence in the sector through increased

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WINZ undermines KiwiSaver "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The idea of KiwiSaver was to encourage new Zealanders to save for their retirement. But WINZ is undermining the scheme by demanding that people use their retirement savings rather than giving them benefits:

The number of people looking to dip into their KiwiSaver funds for hardship reasons is rising sharply.

One of the scheme's default providers Fisher Funds said how to access the funds because of financial problems is now the most common query received from savers, with some savers being told to withdraw funds by the Ministry of Social Development.

Fisher chief executive Bruce McLachlan said it is an unfortunate state of affairs.

"We do have very established [social welfare] mechanisms in New Zealand already... I would like to think that is dealing with the real hardship cases, rather than people getting access to KiwiSaver."

KiwiSaver savings are not treated as "cash assets" for the purposes of the accommodation supplement, or (it seems) for the purposes of receiving temporary additional support. So WINZ's response to someone going to them and asking for help is to demand they make themselves ineligible. Its both a terrible incentive, and simply illegal, and the Minister should be telling them to stop immediately.


Joe Branigans award winning paper on the correct use of CBA and economic impact analysis "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Congratulations to my old friend and fellow Queensland economist Joe Branigan of SMART Infrastructure Facility for his award-winning paper on assessing the value of regional public infrastructure (see photo below). In his paper, published in the Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, Joe and his co-author Fariba Ramezani nicely explain the distinction between a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) and an economic impact analysis (EIA).


For instance, Joes paper has an excellent summary of the importance of CBA:

Importantly, CBA provides a solid, comparable framework for estimating the strengths and weaknesses of alternatives by comparing the potential changes in societys wealth due to the project with that of the relevant alternatives (which may include doing nothing, deferring or otherwise varying the project, or proceeding with an alternative project).

For this reason, economists tend to see CBA as having primacy over EIA, but alas economists are not usually the ultimate decision makers, and EIA is typically given a large weight by decision makers who may have regional economic development objectives in m...


12 days of Christmas songs 1 "IndyWatch Feed"

Our lyricist today is  Nutta. Take it away In their first month of government, the coalition bought to me, an expensive fee-free tertiary policy In their second month of government, the coalition bought to me, plans to bring charter schools down to their knees In their third month of government, the coalition bought to [] The post 12 days of Christmas songs 1 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed"

Click the image for a high-res view The Coldest Recorded Temperatures Our houses are full of accolades! We are neither hot nor cold, a temperate people living in a temperate climate. Its the people, its the people, its the people. He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata! He tangata! He tangata! Anyway..its the [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


British walk-out from Europe has been a long time coming "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

British walk-out from Europe has been a long time comingDebate in the British parliament over the Draft Agreement with Brussels has produced above all fresh conflict, confusion and uncertainty. read now...



Whaleoil transcript: Part four of four Leighton Smith & Simon Bridges on state housing, National party solutions, global warming, leaks, Maggie Barry & Jami-Lee Ross "IndyWatch Feed"

Newstalk ZB Part four Starts at 7:12 Leighton Simon, good morning. Caller Simon Good morning Leighton, good morning Simon. Simon Gidday, Simon. Caller Simon Ah two quick questions: previously a national voter wondering where to go at next election, foreign buyers ban I know theres a lot of hot money coming out [] The post Whaleoil transcript: Part four of four Leighton Smith & Simon Bridges on state housing, National party solutions, global warming, leaks, Maggie Barry & Jami-Lee Ross appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Whaleoil transcript: Part Three of four Leighton Smith & Simon Bridges on the UN Global Compact & the foreign buyer ban "IndyWatch Feed"

Newstalk ZB Part three Michael ..on this current United Nations Global Compact on migration.  Im specifically concerned about the fact that aah Winston Peters and the Labour Party have basically been palming it off and saying oh, we havent made up our mind yet when 99% of people believe that they have made up [] The post Whaleoil transcript: Part Three of four Leighton Smith & Simon Bridges on the UN Global Compact & the foreign buyer ban appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Frexit? "IndyWatch Feed"

Legbut has better start packing his bags.   The faceless globalists who run his beloved European Union have a problem. 

France is leaving. 

No the Froggies didn't need a referendum.  They just needed to burn a few cars under Msr Macron's dumb arse.

Sacre bleu!!!!!!!  Macron has announced major measures aimed at placating France's millions of protesters.  Trouble is, those measures flout a number of key EU financial regulations.

It looks more and more as though the EU is the union you have when you are not having a union.


Whaleoil Christmas presents for politicians "IndyWatch Feed"

Everyone deserves a Christmas present, even politicians so the team at Whaleoil have put on their thinking caps and come up with some thoughtful gifts for some of our favourite targets er politicians. Our suggested gift for today is for the leader of NZ First Winston Peters. A must for American whiskey fans this Christmas [] The post Whaleoil Christmas presents for politicians appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Electrification Partnership beginning of new era for PNG Power "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Carolyn Blacklock, the acting Managing Director of PNG Power, says the money that will come from the Papua New Guinea Electrification Partnership established at APEC will greatly assist the roll-out of electricity. She says PNG Power has sharply increased the number of connections and will concentrate on hydropower.

Carolyn Blacklock, acting MD of PNG Power. Source: BAI

The Papua New Guinea Electrification Partnership has been struck with Australia, Japan, New Zealand and the United States. It has the goal of connecting 70 per cent of the population to electricity by 2030.

Currently only about 13 per cent of Papua New Guineas population have reliable access to electricity.

What it says is: if you have good governance, they will back you, Blacklock told business leaders last week.

The PNG Electrification Partnership is not loans; it is not tied aid.

It is real money, starting with US$45 million from January next year. We dont have to go through hoops.

This Electrification Partnership stops PNG Power from having to borrow money.

We will procure, and they will come and check we have done the connections.

Then they will give us the money. It is that simple.




AT WHAT COST? "IndyWatch Feed"

Around mid October one of the gurus employed to try and predict weather for the citizenry made a bold and as now very apparent,  wildly inaccurate prediction of a two month sustained period of hot dry weather to close out 2018.

Now I understand that such reading of weather for these islands sitting  isolated in a vast expanse of ocean is quite fraught even sometimes when only trying to predict hours ahead.
However having travelled from home base to The McKenzie basin where a fortnight fishing lakes and canals was cancelled due to some of the group becoming aware of a rather daunting forecast predicting wintry conditions for at least the first week, then embarking on a slow trip north for a family visit until years end., there is still very little sign of any factual truth of the Mid October prediction.

Now ensconced in a delightful bit of The Bay of Plenty on the shore of Lake Rotoiti following a trip via Nth Canterbury (very wet) in fact so wet we chose, fortunately, to head west via The Lewis Pass, Shenandoah, and The Wairau. I say fortunate as that day,  28th November saw the Pacific highway still under threat of closure from rain events, following its multi million dollar, award winning reinstatement, actually close.
Next day a rearranged earlier sailing with Bluebridge led to a drive to the other Bay via the old haunts of the Wairarapa. A few days R & R and another trip down memory lane via Gentle Annie to here at Rotoiti.
Almost unknown in my years on this planet such a journey during November/ December would have encountered at least one if not more areas, threatened with dry if not actual drought.
Not so, it was green grass in abundance the whole way and too many wet days for enjoyable sight seeing, although to be fair the four big days, Fairlie to home base, Waiau to Blenheim, Wellington to Mangatahi and Mangatahi to Rotoiti all encountered warm clear days. Most of the other days, including today variable weather with low cloud and precipitation ranging from a few mm to many mm.

Being perpetually on holiday and having the luxury of our mobile home for shelter, such adverse weather is but a minor inconvenience,  that said, having spent a lifetime in constant conflict with weather, particularly too many rain deprived seasons where a years production was under threat from early dry conditions, this year is remarkable for its abundance in the east coast regions from Canterbury to Hawkes Bay.
Irrigated systems will be making good profits by being turned off while dryland systems will enjoy the favourable benevolence.
Alas though how many decisions made in the light of the dire predictions from "The Guru" who got it so wrong, in destocking, not planting, and generally being influenced to reduce opportunity to benefit.

All the while these same climate and weather drips un...


Member's Day "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Today is the last Member's Day of the year, but it looks like it will be taken up with local business. First off, the government is ramming through its Muldoonist Tasman District Council (Waimea Water Augmentation Scheme) Bill, designed to steal part of a conservation area to enrich farmers. As if that's not controversial enough, they then plan to do the same with the New Plymouth District Council (Waitara Lands) Bill to effectively impose a Treaty settlement against the wishes of local hapu (in other words, to breach the Treaty of Waitangi).

Finally, there's the Canterbury Regional Council (Ngi Tahu Representation) Bill, which would bypass the usual process for creating Maori wards and electing members and allow Ngi Tahu to directly appoint two members to the Canterbury Regional Council. Which is both undemocratic - they should be elected, not appointed - and creates serious conflict of interest problems. We'd be horrified at the thought of Fonterra being allowed to appoint members to a council responsible for setting policy around water and pollution, but Ngi Tahu's dairy investments and ongoing conversions put it in the same boat. I support guaranteed Maori representation on councils, but they should be democraticly elected and proportionate to population. This proposal does not meet either criteria, and it should either be amended so that it does, or rejected.


Oral questions: 12 December 2018 "IndyWatch Feed"

Questions to Ministers Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Governments statements and actions? KIRITAPU ALLAN to the Minister of Finance: What progress, if any, has been made on implementing the Governments economic policies? Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: Does he stand by all of his statements and actions? Hon JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Housing [] The post Oral questions: 12 December 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


New majority owner of Port Moresby Stock Exchange outlines its plans "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The Port Moresby Stock Exchange has new majority owners. So, whos behind Pacific Capital Markets Development and what are their plans for Papua New Guineas bourse? In this exclusive interview, one of the Principals of Pacific Capital, Frank Dunphy, reveals all to Business Advantage PNG.

Last week, Pacific Capital Markets Development Pty Ltd announced it had reached an agreement to acquire Bank South Pacific 62.5% majority holding in the Port Moresby Stock Exchange (POMSoX).

POMSoX opened for business in June 1999. For most of its life, it has been under the joint ownership of the countrys two licensed stock brokers, BSP Capital (a subsidiary of Bank South Pacific, or BSP) and Kina Securities (part of Kina Bank).

There are currently 14 companies listed on PNGs exchange, including both BSP and Kina.

Next, the exchange badly needs an electronic settlement system.

The new deal will put the future of the exchange in the hands of two experienced capital markets specialists: Frank Dunphy (a former Chair of the POMSoX) and David Lawrence, former Chief Operating Officer of the Sydney Stock Exchange.

Dunphy says the two have plans to broaden the operations of the exchange.

The two banks have done a good job of creating and developing a market, Frank Dunphy tells Business Advantage PNG.

The new Capital Markets Act stipulates that a company listed on the exchange cannot also be a member (or owner) of it. While passed in 2015, the Act has not been fully enacted, meaning there is no current obligation for either bank to sell immediately. BSP has decided to sell now, however; Kina has not.




View from your window "IndyWatch Feed"

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Biography: The Lost Generation "IndyWatch Feed"

American intellectuals in Paris in the Jazz Age


Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Inspirational focus in driving NZ wool business honoured Sally Rae:

Dave Maslen is a reluctant sustainability superstar.

The New Zealand Merino Cos general manager for markets and sustainability was a finalist in the sustainability superstar category in the recent NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards.

The category, won by Waikato dairy farmer Tracy Brown, celebrated people who inspired and led others to make a difference.

Mr Maslens own nomination came as a surprise and he was reluctant to be singled out, saying it was most definitely a team effort. . . 

Leaders discuss sustainable farming Sally Rae:

Agriculture, as a whole, needs to be brave.

That was the take-home message for North Otago dairy farmer Lyndon Strang after attending the annual DairyNZ Dairy Environment Leaders Forum in Wellington recently.

The three-day event was attended by nearly 100 dairy farming leaders who discussed sustainable farming and progressed goals for the future.

Mr Strang and his wife Jane milk 450 cows at Five Forks and run a self-contained operation, wintering all cows, rearing young stock and growing the majority of their supplements. . . 

Waimea Dam to aid eels on journey to Pacific scientist Tracy Neal:

The Waimea Dam will improve the health of the river downstream, and ensure the path of eels to their breeding grounds in the Pacific is not hindered, a freshwater scientist says.

The Tasman District Council recently voted to go ahead with the $105 million irrigation and urban supply scheme, despite levels of public opposition, mainly over cost.

Scientist Roger Young, from Nelsons Cawthron Institute, has been involved in the project since its inception. . .


Local Government Elections; Sarawak can show the way "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Bersih Sarawak views with great concern the hasty announcement by Tun Dr Mahathir yesterday stating that the Federal Government does not intend to implement local council elections despite earlier the Minister in Charge of Housing and Local Government YB Zuraida Kamarudin stating that her ministry is currently conducting a study on the proposal to bring []


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Group Ticket Voting Wrecks 2018 Victorian Upper House Election "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The buttons have been pressed on the Victorian upper house election.  In the end, none of the results were all that close, and all regions have been declared.  If anyone can find a legal basis for challenging the results, they will now have to do so in court.  On that, it would be nice if professional preference harvesting could be deemed to be a bribery offence under Section 151 (3) (d) but I  suspect that it doesn't work like that, and that that section is aimed at bribery connected with how-to-vote cards.  I can only assume what has happened is all legal, but history should record it as another upper house election that was trashed by Group Ticket voting. 

The total seats won are as follows:

Labor 18, Liberal 10, National 1, Greens 1, Derryn Hinch Justice Party 3, Liberal Democrats 2, Transport Matters 1, Sustainable Australia 1, Shooters Fishers + Farmers 1, Animal Justice Party 1, Fiona Patten's Reason Party 1.

Labor should have a cushy time of it, being able to pass anything supported by all the DHJP MPs (assuming that they stay together as a party!) and having various routes for other legislation: left-wing through AJP, FPRP, Greens and maybe others; while also less green paths if needed on environmental matters through the Liberal Democrats and Shooters.  This is to be expected given the magnitude of their Lower House triumph, and it would be foolish to object to a party that won the Upper House so decisively having close to a working majority upstairs.  Nearly all Labor's Upper House wins came on raw quota, with just a couple where they needed a little hand up after polling most of what they needed to win.

Where the results of this election, as expected, go pearshape is in the results for the minor parties.  This election has doubled the representation for parties other than Labor, the Coalition and Greens from five seats to ten.  For the first time in Victoria we have seen parties able to preference-harvest their way to victory even from below 1% of the vote, "beating" parties with as much as fourteen and a half times their primary vote off the back of luck and backroom preference deals.

Below the line voting increased from 6.08% to 8.87%, but it had only minor impacts on the outcomes.  Compared to if all votes had been cast above the line for the same parties, there were only three changes.  The Liberals won in Northern Metro in a situation where the ABC calculator modelled them as losing by 1021 votes, a margin that even a trivial rate of below the line voting would have overturned.  In Eastern Victoria, a preference spiral involving the Aussie Battler Party (1.22%) fell over and the somewhat deserving Shooter...


It is not too late to be the most POPULAR employer ever this Christmas "IndyWatch Feed"

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Climate Change: Forfeiting the profits of fraud "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Since 2008, the New Zealand government has pursued a climate change policy based on fraud, using dodgy or outright fraudulent Russian and Ukranian "credits" to "offset" our ever increasing domestic emissions. And we've banked the "surplus" from that fraud, and are still using it to "offset" our (still increasing) emissions until 2020. But at COP24 in Katowice, Climate Change Minister James Shaw has apparently ruled out using these credits in future:

New Zealand's Climate Change Minister James Shaw has ruled out his nation using carryover credits to count against its Paris climate target, saying such a move would make it challenging for the world to meet the important goal of reducing emissions.

Mr Shaw made the comments to Australasian journalists in a conference call on Tuesday after meeting his Australian counterpart Melissa Price during the climate talks in Katowice, Poland.


Mr Shaw declined to detail his talks with Ms Price. He said, however, it was his government's view no nation should resort to a prior period "surplus" to count against Paris goals. New Zealand would not do so "if we have any units left over".

"Paris is a completely new legal construct," Mr Shaw said, adding it was "never intended" for Kyoto credits to be carried over.

"We would discourage any country from using [them]," he said.

Which sounds good. But the devil is in the details. Shaw could be ruling out using our fraudulent "surplus" entirely, or he could simply be ruling out using it to meet Paris commitments. The former would be good, the latter would effectively be continuing the scam and continuing to profit from it until Paris kicks in. On current projections, we're expecting to use more than 30 million tons of CP1 "credit" to meet our (self-imposed) CP2 obligations - almost half a year's emissions. OTOH, at the least Shaw is committing to erasing ~90 million tons of fake credits, and that is significant. If we are to meet our Paris target, we're actually going to have to reduce emissions, rather than rely on the profits of fraud.


Victorian Upper House 2018: Button Press Day "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


I've decided to bring the Victorian upper house count to the top with a new thread for the day on which all the buttons are pressed, and also for any possible recount news.  My coverage of the count was here.  The schedule is for buttons to be pressed for each division from 2:10 pm at ten minute intervals, in alphabetical order by region name.  However, buttons are being pressed faster than scheduled.  Declarations are scheduled for 6:00 but it is possible that some division will be close enough (either at the end or at a key exclusion point) for a recount to be requested, or that some other issue requiring a recount might be identified.  In 2006 there were two recounts, one because of a 6,000 vote transcription error.

Provisional results will be posted as soon as they are available. I am now reviewing the preference distributions.  There may be some delays in posting analysis (if the distributions are up by then!) as I will be out between 3:45-4:45 but will be online for some of that time.

For all the analysis on the above thread and elsewhere there are some seats that are going to the button in significant doubt.  There are others where what is going to happen appears to be clear but it is possible that all the modelling thrown at these counts might still be wrong and something unexpected will happen.  I should note that at this stage we only have party totals, and do not know if there might be an unusually significant below-the-line vote for any otherwise irrelevant candidate (though there is no reason to think that there is.)

The ABC Calculator gives a model of the count based on the assumption that all votes are above the line.  However there has been an increase in below-the-line voting to 8.87% and this will mean that the calculator model will not always work.  I think the calculator will have the right winners in between four and six of the eight regions (probably five).

Once the results are in I intend to - sometime in the next few days - write a separate article highlighting the undemocratic nature of the result and the farcical extent to which this Upper House election has been corrupted by Group Ticket Voting [EDIT: This is done now - Group Ticket Voting Wrecks 2018 Victorian Upper House Election].  The previous Victorian parliament deserves strong condemnation for letting down Australian democracy by failing to remove Group Ticket Voting following the 2013 Senate election debacle.  However this thread is mainly just for the mechanics of what has occurred (feel free to whinge about the results in comments though!)

A big thankyou to David Jeisman whose help...


Climate policies on the rise globally, but ambition level still lacking "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The latest assessment of country emissions and climate policies aggregated globally shows that there is still a substantial gap to meet, according to Climate Analytics, who have been analysing and tracking country climate policies and global emissions for the last decade on their Climate Action Tracker website. If all governments achieve their largely insufficient climate targets, the world


The pretty dead girl is not public property "IndyWatch Feed"

Social media are overflowing with heartfelt tributes, outpourings of grief and hot, blind fury over the tragic murder of Grace Millane. As I type, talkback radio listeners are calling in non-stop to vent their feelings. The hashtag #HerLightOurLove is trending on Twitter. Users are uploading images of the sky as a way to honour the [] The post The pretty dead girl is not public property appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


The Night of the Long Knives "IndyWatch Feed"

Looks at the time when Harold Macmillan took an axe to his Cabinet, sacking a number of ministers.


Elliot defends supporting encryption law "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Justine Elliot Labor Federal MP for Richmond. Photo supplied.

In the face of overwhelming opposition to the new backdoor encryption-access law, local federal Labor MP Justine Elliot has defended her rushed vote for the bill on the grounds of national security and keeping Australians safe.

Remarkably Mrs Elliot reasoned that the law needed to be rushed owing to Labor being wedged by the cross-bench and the coalition.

Instead of taking more time to deliberate, she said she wanted to ensure that our agencies have appropriate powers over the holiday period.

Law Council concerns

Whether that rhetoric stacks up is yet to emerge; major concerns have been raised by the tech industry and the Law Council, who say there will be unintended consequences for not properly scrutinising the bill and there is a possibility of intelligence agency and law-enforcement overreach.

Under the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018, law enforcement and intelligence agencies will be able to access encrypted private information without a warrant, as well as have the power detain individuals in certain circumstances.

Phone apps like WhatsApp and Telegram would no longer be secure.

After the bill passed on Thursday in federal parliament, a torrent of tweets from industry professionals roundly criticised the Bill, claiming among other things this will lead to Australias IT and software engineering sectors moving offshore.

Of all the Five Eyes counties, Australia has the most onerous and strict cyber laws and perhaps the weakest provisions for the protection of free speech and privacy. 

Five Eyes is an intelligence alliance comprising Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US. These countries are parties to a treaty for joint co-operation in signals intelligence.

This alliance became public knowledge after revelations fr...


Cartoon of the day by SonovaMin "IndyWatch Feed"

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Shaken not stirred "IndyWatch Feed"

Newshub  reports on the story of the decade. Research done by the University of Otago has come up with this stunning conclusion. As reported in the Medical Journal of Australia, normally a serious journal (but this was in its Christmas issue), James Bond has a drinking problem. quote. James Bond has a serious drinking problem, according to [] The post Shaken not stirred appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Reporters At War #2/3 Dying To Tell A Story "IndyWatch Feed"

Series dates from 2003 and is narrated by Jeremy Irons

Reporters At War is a three-part series that takes a long hard look at one of the most dramatic and dangerous careers of modern times, that of the war correspondent. More than 300 journalists have been killed in battle zones in the last dozen years, some 200 of these having been deliberately targeted by their killers. The War in Iraqs rate of attrition is the highest ever. Though 63 died in the Vietnam between 1963-1975, its been estimated that at the above rate around 4,500 journalists would die if the Iraq conflict lasted as long as the Vietnam War. Then theres the psychological trauma of witnessing the brutality of war close-up, constantly, day in, day out, over long agonising periods of time. No wonder nervous breakdowns, marital break-ups, alcoholism, etc affect war correspondents to a degree unexperienced by most ordinary folk. Reporters At War also examines the ever-changing circumstances that the war correspondent must file their stories under and the evolving technology that is supposed to make their job easierthat, at least, is the theory. It also looks at some early examples of how technology aided and abetted the faking of war newsreel footage, the impact that television may have had on the outcome of war and the pressure that reporters now find themselves under in the satellite-driven, 24-hour rolling-news era that they now unwittingly find themselves starring in.

Finally, its often been said that truth is the first casualty of war. Thus the series goes behind those well known, icon stories and images from modern war journalism to scrutinise how such factors as patriotism, censorship, impartiality, propaganda and taste impact on the stories that we get to read, see and hear during times of conflict. If the journalists themselves are rarely happy with what passes for news in such circumstances, how can we ever believe their blood-stained dispatches from the front?


In which the pond finds the usual climate science denialism, endures a bout of bromancer hysteria, and does the long march with nattering "Ned" ... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The pond was delighted that this day it was Ross Fitzgerald experiencing a Malware haunting and it seemed the sighting of the miserable ghost had led Fitzgerald to produce a very silly proposition .seeming to imply that if Shire clapper SloMo (as Gadfly is inclined to call him) loses at the next election, it will somehow be the fault of Malware and will somehow tarnish his NBN-destroying legacy.

Begone miserable ghost, and the idle fantasies you induce

Meanwhile, there were other fish, and a planet, to fry ...

As soon as cartoons of the Toles kind start circulating, you can rely on the reptiles and Lloydie to renew their trolling


Greens bias?

What about rampant climate science denialism bias? You won't find your average Catholic still sticking to the 'natural rhythm' routine - not if they want to avoid pregnancy - but how the reptiles love t...


Beef and Lobsters: The smearing of Jordan Peterson "IndyWatch Feed"

The theatre is booked The dates are set The tickets are sold Jordan B Peterson is coming to Town You better not cry You better not pout Im telling you why Jordan B Peterson is coming to town Crying and pouting is exactly what the progressive media will be doing between now and his February [] The post Beef and Lobsters: The smearing of Jordan Peterson appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Intelligence Squared: Is the Catholic Church a force for good? "IndyWatch Feed"

Debate as to whether the Roman Catholic Church is a force for good!

Debate took place in 2009

Moderator: Zainab Badawi


Cardinal John Onaiyeken

Ann Widdicombe


Stephen Fry

Christopher Hitchens


Does the Labor Party deserve our vote? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Does the Labor Party deserve our vote?Is the Labor Party offering a genuine, inspiring alternative to the current mess of a Government? read now...


"And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you havent found it yet, keep looking. Dont settle." #QotD "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you havent found it yet, keep looking. Dont settle. As with all matters of the heart, youll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Dont settle. 
         ~ Steve Jobs, Apple CEO
[Hat tip Stephen Hicks]


In Syria the Entire Nation Mobilized, and Won "IndyWatch Feed Asia"


Yes, there is rubble, in fact total destruction, in some of the neighborhoods of Homs, Aleppo, in the outskirts of Damascus, and elsewhere.

Yes, there are terrorists and foreign forces in Idlib and in several smaller pockets in some parts of the country.

Yes, hundreds of thousands of people lost their lives and millions are either in exile, or internally displaced.

But the country of Syria is standing tall. It did not crumble like Libya or Iraq did. It never surrendered. It never even considered surrender as an option. It went through total agony, through fire and unimaginable pain, but in the end, it won. It almost won. And the victory will, most likely, be final in 2019.

Despite its relatively small size, it did not win like a small nation, fighting guerilla warfare. It is winning like a big, strong state: it fought proudly, frontally, openly, against all odds. It confronted the invaders with tremendous courage and strength, in the name of justice and freedom.

Syria is winning, because the only alternative would be slavery and subservience, and that is not in the lexicon of the people here. The Syrian people won because they had to win, or face the inevitable demise of their country and collapse of their dream of a Pan-Arab homeland.

Syria is winning, and hopefully, nothing here, in the Middle East, will be the same again. The long decades of humiliation of the Arabs are over. Now everyone in the neighborhood is watching. Now everybody knows: The West and its allies can be fought and stopped; they are not invincible. Tremendously brutal and ruthless they are, yes, but not invincible. The most vicious, fundamentalist religious implants can be smashed, too. I said it before, and I repeat it here again: Aleppo has been the Stalingrad of the Middle East. Aleppo and Homs, and other great courageous Syrian cities. Here, fascism was confronted, fought with all might and with great sacrifice, and finally deterred.


I sit in the office of a Syrian General, Akhtan Ahmad. We speak Russian. I ask him about the security situation in Damascus, although I already know. For several evenings and nights, I have been walking through the narrow winding roads of the old city; one of the cradles of human race. Women, even young girls,...


Build unity to get rid of the Coalition "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

Dont get me wrong. Im all for Labor winning the federal election next year. The alternative of an ongoing Coalition government would be a disaster in many ways. More so, when it is hell bent on transforming the Australian political landscape into an ugly expression of entrenched inequality, exploitation and repression, which is far worse than anything experienced before.

In the course of backing Labor as the next government, sober heads dont have to buy into the hype that Labor would bring in any fundamental change in direction. It wont. The leadership has never claimed that it will. Deep down, they accept the general premise of the Coalition. This is that the fundamental force for the creation of wealth and building society is the big investor.

The departure point is that Labor stands, for a more equal distribution of wealth and a kinder, more benevolent form of government.  This is important, and if we are to go by the polls, most of Australia is agreeing.

Pulling back from the plunge into extreme neoliberalism and new depths of inhumanity would be a welcome change. At least, it would provide some breathing space for the millions of Australians, whose living standards and rights are heading south.

Besides, there is at present none else with the potential to form an alternative government next year. So Labor it must be.

The Greens are important. In many ways they are the conscience of society, and the greater the support for them the better. The Greens exert a healthy pressure on Labor. They are an important expression of the growing disillusionment with the traditional two-party system,  because it is not delivering what a large part of Australia wants. Other than this, there are a number of micro parties and individuals. They are also part of dissatisfied Australia.  

If we want to ensure Australia progresses towards a better future, it is necessary to do much more to break down tribalism and build unity around a common purpose. Broadly speaking, this is an economic policy that puts people first and building greater democracy as the alternative means of governing society.

To be honest, it must be admitted that Labor tends to be contradictory in a range of policy areas. It causes some internal schism. This might be evidenced in the coming federal party conference on 16-18 December. A stoush is shaping up over refugee policy, free trade, the level of Newstart,and the Adani coal mine.  This cannot just be put down to factional rivalries. Ultimately and most importantly, this is a division between the leadership and the ranks. It all boils down to the leadership wanting minimal change and others wanting more.  

This can make Bill Shorten and his team look like a bunch of fence sitters. Whi...


`None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free.Johann Von Goethe "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Thoughts For The Week.
In 1981, frustrated at the propaganda produced hourly the mainstream media academics, I recognised the need for a magazine that could speak out on behalf of Australian firearm owners. With Malcolm Bone as editor, my father William (Bill) Owen thought up the name Lock, Stock, and Barrel, we registered it and our battles against the Oligarchy commenced.
(Definition, Oligarchy a form of government in which all power is vested in a dominant class or clique.)
The magazine produced articles such as the Benevolent Bureaucrat and produced stickers, stressing, Registration Precedes Confiscation. We were criticized even by our own contemporaries, other Australian shooting magazines. They never recognised that we could say, what they were thinking, but were prevented from publishing. The majority of firearm owners were oblivious to what was happening to our society and even 40 years later they still believe that they live in a free country.

`None are so hopelessly enslaved as those who falsely believe they are free.Johann Von Goethe
If the idea of a dual party dictatorship was announced in advance, it would never happen! The people would resist, find leaders, rise up and stop it. But, of course, the loss of personal freedom never happens in one moment of time, but gradually, inch by inch, never moving fast enough to cause too much opposition, taking a backward step now and then, in order to take two forward steps later.
How do we recognise it? And what do we do about it? There is a hundred and on...


Whaleoil transcript: Part two of two Mike Hosking Jacinda Ardern on the UN Global Compact, government reviews & Whanau Ora "IndyWatch Feed"

Newstalk ZB Part two of two Starts at 13.44 Mike Okay, lets deal with some other stuff really quickly if we can.  This UN migration thing in Jacinda Compact. Mike In Marrakesh are we signing it or not? Jacinda So thats a ceremonial event, so the 17th is when it needs to be decided [] The post Whaleoil transcript: Part two of two Mike Hosking Jacinda Ardern on the UN Global Compact, government reviews & Whanau Ora appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Audio: Julie Anne Genter on cycleways "IndyWatch Feed"

She admits that she has no decent data and that its all built on the hope that people will use it. Starts at 7:49 The post Audio: Julie Anne Genter on cycleways appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Is FRESH Christmas ham still on your to do list? "IndyWatch Feed"

Is Christmas Ham still on your list? Why take a risk at Christmas with an unknown ham? Only the Whale Meat Company offers you Restaurant quality cooked on the bone ham that has been taste tested by Oilers AND you can keep it in your fridge for Christmas or New Years! Unopened it will last in your [] The post Is FRESH Christmas ham still on your to do list? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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