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Monday, 15 October

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Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-020 "Pegasus 9" at Rockhampton Airport "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

On Monday 15 October, Australian Army NH Industries MRH-90 Multi-Role Helicopter A40-020 was noted landing at Rockhampton Airport from Townsville.  It was heard using the radio callsign of "Pegasus 9".



After taking on fuel, it departed to the Oakey Army Aviation Centre but a few miles out of Rocky, it was heard to return to Rockhampton Airport with a technical problem.

At the time of writing, A40-020 remains at Rockhampton Airport.

Later on Monday 15 October, fellow Australian Army MRH-90 A40-021 was noted also arriving into Rockhampton Airport from Townsville as "Warhorse 244" seemingly on a rescue mission to assist A40-020.

UPDATE!  A40-021 "Warhorse 244" has since departed Rockhampton Airport for Oakey.

Sincere thanks to local plane spotter Trevor H for taking the time to send through this information and photos!

All photos taken by Trevor Hardsman 

21:33

Stability, Promises The PM Who Was Elected Eight Weeks Ago "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

With the Liberal Party, you know what you are going to get,  says the unelected PM who replaced the elected PM causing the surprise by-election. He was speaking to the voters of Wentworth about the dangers of electing an independent. The Liberals are all over the dangers of the wrong result on Saturday. It could

The post Stability, Promises The PM Who Was Elected Eight Weeks Ago appeared first on The AIM Network.

21:30

21:02

Tony Thomas is on fire! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Call 000, call the fire brigade, no call Connor Court and order a copy or two of his latest book on growing up a generation or two ago in the Deep West. Order the other one as well!

He is on fire in The Spectator lately as well, in the current edition it is Marxist education in the schools. He encountered Marxism early when he was in the Young Pioneers and travelled to Sydney for a significant youth festival. The tireless cadres were at work and now we are where we are. Surprised?

Actually there was resistance, check out the archive of Quadrant. And the stirring (partial) success of Santamaria and colleagues versus the communists in the trade unions.

21:00

Keeping Up Appearances S03 E01 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

lousy formatting, audio OK and best viewed full screen. In many ways the audio is the main attraction.

Wikipedia

Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke. It aired on BBC One from 1990 to 1995. The central character is eccentric and snobbish middle class social climber Hyacinth Bucket(Patricia Routledge), who insists that her surname is pronounced Bouquet.[2]The sitcom follows Hyacinth in her attempts to prove her social superiority, and to gain standing with those she considers upper class. Her attempts are constantly hampered by her lower class extended family, whom she is desperate to hide. Much of the humour comes from the conflict between Hyacinths vision of herself, and the reality of her underclass background. In each episode, she lands in a farcical situation as she battles to protect her social credibility.

The show comprised five series and 44 episodes, four of which are Christmas specials. Production ended when star Patricia Routledge moved on to other projects

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20:39

The Fallout from Wentworth "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

It takes a brave pundit to predict the outcome of the Wentworth bi-election just days before the votes are cast, but the actual outcome, either way, will be less interesting than the swing away from the government, the fallout from which, will be what determines its fate between now and next May. A loss in

The post The Fallout from Wentworth appeared first on The AIM Network.

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Classic TV Drama: Upstairs Downstairs S04 E10 The Heros Farewell "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Blocked in some locations Lousy format, but best of those presently available,suggest full screen

Upstairs, Downstairs is a British television drama series produced by London Weekend Television (LWT) for ITV.It ran for 68 episodes divided into five series on ITV from 1971 to 1975.

A BBC Wales and Masterpiece produced continuation also called Upstairs Downstairs was broadcast by BBC One in 2010.

Set in a large townhouse in Belgravia in West London, the series depicts the servants downstairs and their mastersthe family upstairsbetween the years 1903 and 1930, and shows the slow decline of the British aristocracy. Great events feature prominently in the episode but minor or gradual changes are also noted. The series stands as a document of the social and technological changes that occurred between those 27 years, including the Edwardian period, the Suffragettes, First World War, the Roaring Twenties and the Wall Street Crash.

The show was a ratings success for ITV, and received outstanding acclaim worldwide winning multiple awards.

Series had an excellent cast with many well known actors appearing over the life of the series. Some are still active to this day.

19:55

Why the US Mid-Terms Matter "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

What is without question is that an impeachment of Trump and then a trial in the Senate would make for quite compelling American political drama and would rock Washington DC and the American body politic to its foundations.

19:47

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

International Rural Womens  Day, gives me cause to appreciate how much better life is for a rural woman in New Zealand than it is for the many in other parts of the world.

Its not something I take for granted and it is something for which Im grateful.

19:30

19:06

House share "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

I am a male working professional coming to Townsville in November and looking for a place to stay. Ideally in the North Ward area. I will be working in West End out of a friends office.

If anyone has a spare room or knows anyone then please let me know.

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19:05

19:00

Monday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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18:56

CONVOLUTED THINKING FROM HILLARY C "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In a breathtaking example of the double standards that characterize the US political discourse Hillary Clinton made the extraordinary claim in an interview broadcast last night that Husband Bill's extramarital affair with Monica Lewinsky which took place in the White House was not an abuse of power because ..... 'she' was 22 years old at the time.

Give me feekin strength.   The President puts a 'hit' on a White House intern young enough to be his daughter and it's not an abuse of power.

Hillary wouldn't know right from wrong even if it bit her on the bum.    In her lexicon the Republicans eat babies while the Democrats are as pure as the driven snow.

18:30

Must Watch: Climatologist breaks the silence on Global Warming groupthink "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Must Watch: Climatologist breaks the silence on Global Warming groupthink appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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Manly Monday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The post Manly Monday appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:00

The Charmer: Gorse In The Middle #4/6 Nigel Havers, Bernard Hepton, Fiona Fullerton, Rosemary Leach "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

The Charmer was a 1987 British television serial set in the 1930s, and starring Nigel Havers as Ralph Ernest Gorse, a seducing conman, Rosemary Leach as Joan Plumleigh-Bruce, a smitten victim widow and Bernard Hepton as Donald Stimpson, Plumleigh-Bruces would-be beau, who vengefully pursues Gorse after he has conned her

17:53

The Croatian Role In The Destruction Of Yugoslavia In The 1990s (I) "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

During the last quarter of a century, the global mainstream media unanimously accused Serbia and the Serbs of the national chauvinism as the main cause of the bloody wars on the territory of ex-Yugoslavia in the 1990s. However, the role and direct impact of the other Yugoslav republics and nations in the process of killing the common state was not taken into the consideration.

The post The Croatian Role In The Destruction Of Yugoslavia In The 1990s (I) appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

17:45

The predators behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

By Stephen Fitzgerald Most of the problems we face, in Western society, are a result of the ravages of corporate greed. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is another example of corporates expanding their power base to the detriment of the countries they overrun. In the news today, you will hear the distant rumblings of the true

The post The predators behind the Trans-Pacific Partnership appeared first on The AIM Network.

17:33

Hobart mayoral candidate Anna Reynolds offers a practical and economic solar plan "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Climate right for solar plan: Reynolds, HOBART residents and businesses would be able to install solar energy systems with no upfront costs under an initiative proposed by mayoral candidate Anna Reynolds. HELEN KEMPTON, news.com.au   Sunday Tasmanian  OCTOBER 14, 2018

HOBART residents and businesses would be able to install solar energy systems with no upfront costs under an initiative proposed by mayoral candidate Anna Reynolds.

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17:30

What they havent told you about Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post What they havent told you about Climate Change appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S04 E12 Blood Relations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Season 3 Episode 5 appears to be missing

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. 

17:28

Solar and storage for cost of a coffee a day promised in WA VPP offer RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Privately funded VPP project hopes to sign up 1000 homes and businesses in south-west WA to zero up-front cost deal for solar and battery storage. The post Solar and storage for cost of a coffee a day promised in WA VPP offer appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via Solar and storage for cost of a coffee a day promised in WA VPP offer RenewEconomy

17:26

Barnaby Joyce calls the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) wrong and ridiculous about coal "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Barnaby backs coal unless Australians want nuclear power supply, Northern Daily Leader, Chris Bath 15 Oct 18 

17:21

Toxic effects of Maralinga nuclear bomb testing continue "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Menzies immediately agreed to the proposal, without consulting any of his cabinet colleagues or the Australian parliament. Indeed, until weeks before the first test was carried out, only three government ministers knew about it.

The most devastating effects were suffered by two groups: Australian and British soldiers working on the tests themselves, and the Indigenous populations local to Emu Field and the later testing site of Maralinga.

One prominent member of the testing team, Sir Ernest Titterton, later said that if Indigenous people had a problem with the government, they should vote it out, ignoring that Indigenous Australians did not have full political rights until 1967.

an Australian defense ministry report was leaked to the press, warning that large amounts of plutonium left at Maralinga could potentially be a target of terrorists.

those wrongs have not been fully addressed. Health problems stemming from the tests continue for those still living, and while the veracity of Lester and other victims stories has been acknowledged, what exactly happened to them remains unclear, the details of the nuclear test still kept top secret.
To this day we dont know what Totem I did, those records are still classified by the British,
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17:19

The EU is Turning Towards Asia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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The process of reformatting the world order that we can see in progress is a global and comprehensive phenomenon. In particular, it is reflected in the obvious change that is taking place in the relations between the main countries constituting the West. The difficulty of defining the latter with a certain degree of precision has to do with absurd ideologies and mere myths that this very concept has an excess quantity of.

The very usage of the term is currently nothing more than prolonged inertial movement after the Cold War, this global political game that lasted for almost 50 years, ended in 1991.

Apropos, let us note that this term refers to a certain stage in the history of mankind rather than some specific unprecedented event. At various times, in various places, the struggle of that period was carried out by using quite ordinary methods and means that had been employed for millennia: information, diplomacy, military action and the purposes were just as ordinary as well.

The new political game that began after 1991 is different in the leading players, a gradual shift of its geographical focus from Europe and the Atlantic to the Indo-Pacific region, deactivation and unavoidable disintegration (in the long term) of the alliances that had been established during the previous game.

The latter trend is becoming increasingly obvious in the exacerbating issues that can be observed in the relations between the 2 main parts of the West, i.e. the EU and the US.

In this respect, the issues in the trade and economic component of the transatlantic relations that are approaching the conflict stage are merely one of the manifestations of the increasingly evident inefficiency of the whole system of connections between the shores of the Atlantic Ocean that were established during the Cold War. As time goes by, each of the shores will progressively focus on its own geopolitical games.

One cannot help reaching that conclusion (at least, regarding the EU) after familiarizing oneself with the Joint Communication published by the EU headquarters on September 19. This document formulated both the shared vision of Connecting Europe and Asia Building blocks for an EU Strategy by the EU gove...

17:12

Celebrating rural women "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Its the International Day of Rural Women.

This years theme is: Sustainable infrastructure, services and social protection for gender equality and the empowerment of rural women and girls.

Rural women make up a quarter of the worlds population. They grow much of our food, strengthen economies and build climate resilience.

From championing access to clean water in Kyrgyzstan to boosting sustainable agriculture in Ethiopia, rural women are mobilizing to support one another, and their contributions are vital for both rural communities and urban societies.

Yet, on almost every measure of development, because of gender inequalities and discrimination, they fare worse than rural men or urban women. . .

This year, we are calling for better public services, including health care, education, childcare and shelters, on which millions of rural women depend; and laws, policies and budgets to improve their livelihoods and well-being.

We stand in solidarity with rural women and their organizations everywhere as they seek to influence the decisions that shape their lives. . .

17:10

As nuclear power declines worldwide, renewable energy races ahead "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Likening nuclear power to that of a living organism, however, Mycle Schneider, the lead author of the World Nuclear Industry Status Report, told World Finance the industry was like a dying species due to the obvious reduction in new nuclear project launches in recent years.

This is seen clearly in the International Energy Agencys (IEA) annual World Energy Investment report, updated in July, which found that nuclear investment is falling fast.

Nuclear power continues its decline as renewable alternatives steam ahead, World Finance,  Author: Courtney Goldsmith, October 15, 2018

Once thought of as the primary answer to the globes renewable energy requirements, nuclear energy is now viewed unfavourably in comparison to solar and wind alternatives.

Last year, the largest nuclear power builder in history went bankrupt. Japanese conglomerate Toshibas prolific subsidiary Westinghouse filed for bankruptcy after revealing billions of dollars of cost overruns on its US construction projects. At the start of 2018, Toshiba agreed to sell the business for $4.6bn

The high-profile sale followed the French Governments 5.3bn ($6.2bn) bailout of state-owned nuclear company Areva, which went technically bankrupt after a cumulative six-year
loss of $12.3bn.

These distress signals were noted in the 2017 World Nuclear Industry Status Report...

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Classic Comedy: Open All Hours Ronnie Barker and David Jason S04 E04 The Errand Boy Executive "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From Wikipedia

Open All Hours is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke for the BBC. It ran for 26 episodes in four series, which premiered in 1976, 1981, 1982 and 1985. The programme developed from a television pilot broadcast in Ronnie Barkers comedy anthology series, Seven of One (1973). Open All Hours ranked eighth in the 2004 Britains Best Sitcom poll

The setting is a small grocers shop in Balby, a suburb of Doncaster in South Yorkshire. The owner, Arkwright (Ronnie Barker), is a middle-aged miser with a stammer and a knack for selling. His nephew Granville (David Jason) is his put-upon errand boy, who blames his work schedule for his lacklustre social life.

Across the road lives Nurse Gladys Emmanuel (Lynda Baron), occupied by her professional rounds, and her elderly mother. Arkwright longs to marry her, but she resists his persistent pressures. In later episodes, it is explained that the two have actually been engaged for many years but have been unable to go through with a wedding due to the advanced age of Nurse Gladyss mother, for whom she cares at home. Though short-tempered with Arkwright, she is concerned for his and Granvilles welfare.

17:00

John Bolton, US Ambassador to the UN "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz If Ms Ardern actually cared about NZ Inc or even just had a decent political antenna shed realize its the US not the UN she needs to impress. Clearly, her Energy, Foreign and Immigration policies and actions are about her [] The post John Bolton, US Ambassador to the UN appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

16:57

Busting Barry Brooks uninformed propaganda about Fukushima nuclear disaster "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Prof. Brook is probably, in my opinion, clearly very inadequate when he researches things such as nuclear industry. He claims academic privilege when he communicates his mere opinions related to a field he possesses no training or little training or qualifications in. He cant have it both ways. The privilege which springs from his actual qualifications may give him status in other things on campus. Away from the lecture theatre though, his opinions of the nature of nuclear industry have zero academic weight.Im an academic and therefore I am right does not wash with me

2003 saw Prof. Shimazaki speak at the first meeting of the governments Disaster Management Council. This council formed government disaster policy. He urged the council to study the Jogan earthquake of 869 and warned the Japanese Trench could generate earthquakes anywhere along Japans Pacific coast.

since 2008 TEPCO management had been busy suppressing THE SAME CONCLUSION of grave risk of 15 metre tsunamis hitting the Fukushima coast, made by TEPCOs own engineers using simulations and mathematics. 

Expert fore warning of the 2011 Tsunami Ignored and Suppressed by Nuclear Authorities. Nuclear Exhaust 12 Oct 18 

this post is in progress. Not finished.

I am again going to contrast the statements made by Barry Brook in regard to the tsunami defences at Fukushima Daiichi with the facts as presented by Mark Willacy. These facts are published in Willacys book, Fukushima Japans tsunami and the inside story of the nuclear meltdowns, Willacy, M., Pan Macmillan, copyright 2013, Mark Willacy.

An interest...

16:53

Never give up. Never, never, never give up. "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Michael Smith National Australia Bank BSB: 084855 Acct No: 537650476 Dear friends, Over the past 6 or 7 years we've gotten to know each other pretty well. I think you know that when I'm travelling OK I don't ask for your help. When I have enough to live, I let...

16:51

...and the truck you rode in on "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"


Truck drivers mounted a protest in Auckland today, driving in convoy at slow speeds and hindering other vehicles' progress. 

My question is: how the fuck would anyone be able to tell it was a protest?  It sounds like any other day on State Highway 1 to me. 

16:32

Chinas waning nuclear interest "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Nuclear power continues its decline as renewable alternatives steam ahead, World Finance,  Author: Courtney Goldsmith, October 15, 2018

Chinas waning nuclear interest
By a wide margin, China is currently the global leader in the construction of new nuclear plants....

16:32

Great Barrier Reef holiday "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hey guys. Im from sydney and i really want to see the great barrier reef before it basically dies off from climate change. Im planning on going this summer or early autumn.

Ive heard that flying to cairns is the best option so ill do that. Otherwise, where is the best and most pure place to go diving in the reef?

Are there any other exceptionally beautiful places that i should go to?

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Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

16:30

Testament of Youth (1979) #2/5 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Testament of Youth is a 1979 BBC television drama based on the First World War memoir of the same name written by Vera Brittain. It was transmitted on BBC2.

The series stars Cheryl Campbell as Vera Brittain, an independent young woman from Buxton, Derbyshire, who abandons her studies at Somerville College, Oxford University to become a volunteer nurse. It features Peter Woodwardas Roland Leighton, Joanna McCallum as Winifred Holtby and Emrys James and Jane Wenham as Veras parents.

The series won five British Academy Television Awards (BAFTA). As well as her BAFTA, Campbell received a Best Actress awards from the Broadcasting Press Guild

16:30

Coalition's 'very, very weird' policies: A disastrous drain on Australia's net worth "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Coalition's 'very, very weird' policies: A disastrous drain on Australia's net worthA departmental report which the Morrison Government would prefer was kept hidden, confirms the worst fears of former Treasurer Peter Costello. read now...

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Additional risk of diabetes exceeds the increased risk of cancer caused by radiation exposure after the Fukushima disaster. Nuclear Exhaust "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

refer previous post. See original document at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28957385 see also http://www.diabetesandenvironment.org/home/contam/radiation , Diabetes and the Environment Radiation for an accounting of diabetes rates in high fallout areas due to the Chernobyl accident. PLoS One. 2017 Sep 28;12(9):e0185259. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0185259. eCollection 2017. Additional risk of diabetes exceeds the increased risk of cancer caused by radiation []

via Additional risk of diabetes exceeds the increased risk of cancer caused by radiation exposure after the Fukushima disaster. Nuclear Exhaust

16:27

New Antarctic expedition runs on solar and plastic waste RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Liesbeth and Edwin ter Velde are heading to Antarctica in a vehicle named Solar Voyager made from plastic waste and powered by the sun. The post New Antarctic expedition runs on solar and plastic waste appeared first on RenewEconomy.

via New Antarctic expedition runs on solar and plastic waste RenewEconomy

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RNZ Jesse Mulligan: An initial report on the Bridges Ross mess "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is not what National needed.

The website link has links to some useful information.

National Party leader Simon Bridges says the inquiry into who leaked his expenses points to National MP Jami-Lee Ross. Joining us is political editor Jane Patterson who has been listening to the press conference. More at the link

Here is the PWC Report.

Furthermore there may be a positive, Bridges had the courage to:

  • press ahead with an enquiry when Mallard cancelled his, bit didnt as he secretly went ahead
  • publish the results, unlike Labour who have been very secretive over the youth camp report
  • publish the results, unlike Labour who were very secretive over the Meka Whaitiri issue
  • fronted up as soon as he got the report with a media conference

The problem for Bridges is that the media are determined to get rid of him. Perhaps that says more about them, than Bridges.

16:15

Agents of Chaos: Trump, the Federal Reserve and Andrew Jackson "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

It is to be regretted that the rich and powerful too often bend the acts of government to their selfish purposes (President Andrew Jackson, Washington, July 10, 1832). They are three players, all problematic in their own way. They are the creatures of inconvenient chaos. Donald Trump was born into the role, a misfit of

The post Agents of Chaos: Trump, the Federal Reserve and Andrew Jackson appeared first on The AIM Network.

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16:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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.

15:45

Bridges claims Jami-Lee Ross was expenses leaker Ross says not "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The media will love this as will Labour and Winston Peters.

A first report from Checkpoint, but this will run for a while as the vultures gather.

A PWC report concludes the person believed to have leaked National leader Simon Bridges expenses was MP Jami-Lee Ross, but the Botany MP says Bridges has pinned the leak on him and forced him on medical leave so he wouldnt speak publicly.

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ckpt/ckpt-20181015-1709-evidence_points_to_jami-lee_ross_as_leaking_bridges_expenses-128.mp3

There are various theories re this, as yet we do not know all the facts.

The facts are yet to be totally clear.

15:45

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1925, guitarist Mickey Baker (MacHouston Baker), he was regarded as a pioneer in the development of rock and roll. Born today in 1935, guitarist, singer and songwriter Barry McGuire. Born today in 1941, Don Stevenson singer, songwriter and drummer with Moby Grape. Born today in 1942, singer and songwriter [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:43

Sailing into irrelevance "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The sails of the Sydney Opera House were being used as a billboard for a horse race a few days ago. Regardless of the value of the horse race, or the ethics about using a UNESCO listed landmark for promotion of gambling, there is a problem about the way it was done. According to The Guardian,

The post Sailing into irrelevance appeared first on The AIM Network.

15:43

Bridges-Ross-National gets messier "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Simon Bridges was already struggling with the leak issue. This morning Duncan Garner confronted him with another leak, this time over incorrectly filed donations. Bridges set up a press conference for 1 pm and Jami-Lee Ross pre-empted that with a series of tweets, claiming he had an incriminating secret recording with of Bridges. In reverse []

15:39

Recent Media Coverage "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The work of Just Reinvest NSW and the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment project has recently been reported in the following articles:

Unique community policing sees crime rates plunge in Bourke, The Guardian, 9th October 2018:

This article discussed the tangible outcomes being delivered by the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment project in Bourke. This includes the following observations sourced through BOCSAR NSW data:

  • A 72% reduction in the number of young people charged for driving without a license (236 more people now have their licence);
  • A 35% reduction in overall driving offences; and
  • A 39% reduction in domestic violence-related assaults.

https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/oct/09/unique-community-policing-sees-rates-plunge-in-bourke

Brighter futures for Bourkes Aboriginal community and Bourke acts to keep Aboriginal young people out of prison, The Australian, 6th October 2018:

These pieces discussed the progress of Justice Reinvestment in Bourke, including its social and fiscal benefits, and potential to be scaled across other communities.

https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/indigenous/brighter-futures-for-bourkes-aboriginal-community/news-story/ee42df32e65af37f4381711f42eb2fc0
https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/inquirer...

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15:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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15:30

Is the clock finally ticking for PNGs illegal loggers? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

A time traveler from 1988 visiting Papua New Guineas forestry sector today would find it distressingly familiar territory. Three decades ago, Commissioner Tos Barnett was conducting his Inquiry into aspects of the forest industry, published as a two-volume survey of the corruption and illegalities allowing PNGs forests to be felled wholesale and exported, to the countrys economic and environmental loss. Barnetts famous pronouncement that logging companies were operating in Papua New Guinea with the self-assurance of robber barons is as relevant now as it was then. (Indeed, hardly a think piece on the industry can be published without repeating the quote.) What has changed in the interim is that those mostly foreign-backed companies have cut and sold off many millions more cubic meters of PNG timber, in a process that has signally failed to bring meaningful development to the countrys rural and forest-dependent communities.

PNGs ongoing crisis in forest governance has been meticulously documented since Barnetts day, including in a flurry of research published in the last several years. All of it tells the same story. Chatham House estimated in 2014 that 70% of the countrys timber may be produced illegally. The sustainability certification organisation NepCON gave PNG an abysmal score of 3/100 in its 2017 Timber legality risk assessment. In July, my organisation Global Witness published a report that included an analysis of satellite images of eight of PNGs largest logging operations. All of the companies involved in those operations, based on imagery that documented violations of the Forestry Act, appear to have broken the law many times over. None of them have faced any legal consequences, and all continue to sell PNG timber abroad.

For Papua New Guinean communities that depend directly on their environment for their livelihoods and cultural heritage, this devastation of their forests is a legal outrage as well as an existential threat. PNGs customary tenure system grants control over land to the people who have lived on and used it for generations. It should be no surprise that among the legal violations linked to logging that my team has documented across the country, violations of landowner rights are paramount. The people we have spoken with tell...

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Australias death penalty abolition strategy welcomed, but more action needed to address complicity in deaths "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The Human Rights Law Centre has welcomed the Australian Governments new strategy for the abolition of the death penalty, but warned that further action is needed to avoid the risk of another tragedy like the deaths of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

The strategy, released this morning in Canberra, outlines Australias whole of government approach to abolishing the death penalty.

We welcome the strategys unequivocal statement that Australia opposes the death penalty in all circumstances for all people. We are seeing around the world that in a time of populist politics established standards of basic decency can evaporate in an instant. Its vital to entrench our opposition to the death penalty in our laws, in our political culture, in our foreign policy and in our international reputation and identity, said Daniel Webb, director of legal advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre.

Disappointingly, the strategy excludes any consideration of Australias approach to police cooperation and information sharing in a death penalty context. Mr Webb said that omission meant that if the Bali Nine case happened again tomorrow, nothing would prevent the AFP from acting in exactly the same way and sharing information that ultimately facilitates executions.

It was a tip off from the Australian Federal Police that ultimately led to Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran being arrested in Indonesia where they were sentenced to death. If the same set of circumstances were to exist tomorrow, there is nothing to stop the AFP doing exactly the same thing, said Mr Webb.

We must not facilitate what we abhor. We are not executing people, and we are telling other countries not to execute people, but our AFP is still sharing intelligence and information that can lead to executions we are still a link in the causal chain in executions around the world, said Mr Webb.

Figures obtained by Fairfax media under freedom of information laws in 2017 showed that Australian Federal Police assisted in nearly 130 foreign crime investigations, involving more than 400 people since 2015, where a successful prosecution could potentially lead to a death sentence.

In 2016, the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade recommended that the Australian Government seek assurances from foreign law enforcement agencies that the death penalty will not be sought before sharing information.

The Human Rights Law Centres submission to the inquiry is here.

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Whaleoil bookclub book reviews "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

With the holidays coming up Oilers are going to be doing a lot of reading (hopefully under a tree at the beach or tucked up in bed with a cuppa). A commenter recently asked what had happened to our Whaleoil bookclub book reviews. We havent done them for a long time because we have been [] The post Whaleoil bookclub book reviews appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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Meat is murder: Tasty, tasty murder "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We know you all would like to get your hands on some delicious non-halal Whalemeat ( made from 100% vegetarian animals) so a competition had to be created. If you havent already got a subscription to Whaleoil now is the perfect time to subscribe because ALL subscribers to Whaleoil will go in the draw to win [] The post Meat is murder: Tasty, tasty murder appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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Moon landing impossible with 1960s technology "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

by Alex Bruce

The producer of the film A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Moon, Bart Sibrel joins Sean Kerrigan to discuss Fake News, the Apollo Moon missions, SpaceX and YouTubes double standard regarding censorship and demonetization.

Sibrel believes that Alex Jones, for example was taken down to confer him with Street Cred to his millions of fans, in order to be trotted out to promote a big lie later soon.

YouTube hates Sibrels truth-telling about the Lunar Landings and they demonetize his videos. Meanwhile, they allow incredible violence and other violations of purported Community Guidelines by big corporate accounts.

Different shadow angles and NASAs admission it has never had technology to protect astronauts from harm if passing through the dangerous Van Allen radiation belt enroute to the moon have cast serious doubt man has never been there

 

Sibrel easily demonstrates how the photographs of the Lunar surface are fake because the shadows are pointing in different directions. This would not be possible on the Moon, due to the Sun being the only light source and the light being unidirectional. This is to say nothing about NASAs recent admissions that they dont have the technology to protect Astronauts from the enormous radiation of the Van Allen Belts.

Sibrel continues his analysis of motion picture evidence and uses deductive reasoning to show how NASAs claims that they destroyed their hardware and telemetry data as a basis for why...

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CK to save $billions "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Very good solution,will allow PM more camera crews to cover her every photo op

Homepaddock

The government has a new strategy to save billions of dollars relying on common knowledge (CK) instead of research and facts.

The seed for the initiative was planted by Energy Minister Megan Woods.

When asked about advice to back up her assertion that MBIE was wrong to say a ban on oil and gas exploration would have a negligible impact on domestic emissions and likely increase global emissions she said it was very common knowledge that was widely held.

When the Prime Minsiter heard this she said a light went on and she immediately ordered a whole-of-government strategy to base all policy on CK, spokesperson Bright Spark said.

Well be able to ditch all the working groups for a start and that will save millions, but thats only the beginning.

With CK to guide us there will be no need for most of the roles at Treasury and

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Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ascus  a membranous, often club-shaped structure inside which ascospores are formed through sexual reproduction in species of the fungi known as ascomyce.

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Australia Turning Really Authoritative? Is this How a Dark Age Begins? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The greed of governments in their pursuit of money is the single greatest threat to creating a Dark Age. With New Zealand imposing a $5,000 fine for just landing there and you refuse to hand over your pen and passwords to your phone for them to search, now we have Australia going really nuts to the point that they risk tech companies simply banning the sale of their products in the country. The Assistance and Access Bill 2018 in Australia will force Google, Apple, Facebook, and other technology groups to help Australian authorities decode certain forms of encrypted communications on their systems, or face fines of up to AU$10 million. The government says the legislation will help protect against terrorism, fraud and child abuse crimes, claiming it aims to ensure criminals have no place to hide.

The problem that arises that failure to pay taxes they also call criminal. Hence, the hunt for money is greatly aided by this type of legislation far more than any other pretend criminal activity. While the government has stopped short of demanding backdoor access to tech companies systems that would allow the government to tap into end-to-end encryption services such as WhatsApp, it does demand access to data at points where it is not encrypted.

Apple, FOR INSTANCE,  would not be made to create a backdoor for their iMessage where every users encryption key is different. But the government could request access to the single encryption key for its iCloud services. When you send a message to a friend, its encrypted as it travels between the two devices, and when it arrives, its decrypted for your friend to read, which is when the government should get to read it. The Australian government is cleverly demanding not a backdoor, but a side door to gain access to whatever people are sending.

Naturally, the cybersecurity minister claims this will only be allowed under strict guidelines, with companies subject to three levels of escalation: an interception agency requesting the company voluntarily assist; a Technical Assistance Notice whereby the companies are instructed to help; and a Technical...

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Morning Report: Recruiting Overseas Teachers (2) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Earlier, Adam noted how the Ministry of Education was proposing a major campaign to recruit overseas teachers to NZ

As part of that he noticed how Morning Report had a number of segments on this issue.

Previously the blog has considered a MR segment from a teacher who came from overseas

Lets now take a look from another perspective. MR talked to Minister Chris Hipkins about the new initiative, but this was prefaced by some additional comments from teachers, negative on Hipkins initiative

The governments plan to recruit hundreds of overseas teachers in New Zealand classrooms by the beginning of the next school year has been dismissed as a nonsense by some teachers. The government has increased its 2019 target for recruiting overseas teachers from 400 to 900. Immigration New Zealand has emailed 6000 overseas teachers who had registered an interest in working here. Its also trying to lure back New Zealand-trained teachers as it focuses on trying to get the 850 teachers it says it needs for next year. Michael Harvey is a secondary school science teacher who now teaches in Malaysia. He says things would need to change for him to come back. Education Minister Chris Hipkins tells Susie Ferguson the government will be pulling out all the stops to recruit enough teachers.

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20181015-0709-hipkins_responds_to_criticism_of_overseas_teacher_drive-128.mp3

Hipkins was, to Adams mind, less than convincing.

Again Hipkins trotted out the Ardern mantra of nine years of neglect. This mantra, repeated, by Labour is getting very tired.

Some immediate questions:-

  • new overseas teachers will find it hard to be here for a new school year
  • Hipkins says immigration targets not affected given other news re other industries and sectors this seems rather squidgy at best
  • Hipkins did not address the issues raised by McCabe earlier or by Harvey in his brief soundbite.

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Comedy corner: Non-PC jokes guaranteed to offend "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Welcome to politically incorrect Comedy corner: the one place on Whaleoil where you are allowed to read and share naughty and offensive jokes that make us all laugh even though we are not supposed to. If you are offended by these kinds of jokes then please do not read this post Two zebras were walking [] The post Comedy corner: Non-PC jokes guaranteed to offend appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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War breaks out in National as Jami-lee Ross named as leaker "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Im a bit late to this story because of pressing other issues, which may or may not become apparent soon. However it is too big a story to ignore. This afternoon Simon Bridges released the report into the leaker and named Jami-lee Ross as the leaker. This confirms what I have known for more than [] The post War breaks out in National as Jami-lee Ross named as leaker appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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Cambridge University votes against Remembrance Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It is a sad fact that those that do not learn the lessons of history are bound to repeat them. In the UK, the countrys brightest young people have just voted against marking Remembrance Sunday, even though 2018 is exactly 100 years since the end of World War 1, because they are afraid that it [] The post Cambridge University votes against Remembrance Sunday appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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Beating up on someone who's ill "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

On 2 October, Jami-Lee Ross had to stand down due to a serious health issue that made it impossible for him to continue as an MP.

Only a couple of weeks' later, his boss Simon Bridges is bagging him in the media as the person responsible for leaking Bridges' travel expenses.  What an astonishing lack of empathy and basic human decency from Bridges!  What effect is this going to have on poor Jami-Lee's serious health issue?  I can't believe a man with aspirations to be Prime Minister could display such a cavalier disregard for a colleague's health.

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MALAYSIAN POLITICS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Anwar Ihrahim, onetime UMNO Deputy Prime Minister and currently President of 'his' Peoples Justice Party and leader of the Pakatan Harapan coalition government, jailed twice (and beaten while in Police custody) on what many considered to be trumped up charges of sodomy and subsequently pardoned, completed his political comeback on the weekend with a comprehensive victory in the Port Dicksen bi-election where he polled over 70% of the votes cast.

Anwar is expected to become Prime Minister when Mahatair (age 93) steps down in two years time.

Anwar was the driving force behind the exposure of corruption in the UMNO which was the dominant force in Malaysian politics from Merdeka  (Independence) in 1957 until it was defeated earlier this year.    The corruption was endemic and has seen many politicians (including the defeated Prime Minister Najib Razak) and other high government officials either dismissed from office or arraigned before the Courts.     The charges against Najib include money laundering, criminal breech of trust and abuse of power.    His wife, Rosmah Mansoor, has also been charged with seventeen counts of money laundering and tax evasion.

Anwar is a 'different' political animal.    Clearly he is a radical nationalist.   Some have suggested he is a closet Islamist ... I see no great evidence of that.    If I were to try and align him with someone from the NZ political scene I guess I would cast him in the mold of Jim Anderton (although Anderton was never Chair of the Development Committee of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund as Anwar was).    Time will tell.    I wish Anwar well.    I have a great love of Malaysia.   The country deserves better than what they had over the last decade or so.

Updated ... I forgot to add that when the Police raided Rosmah's home they seized 12,000 pieces of jewellery (including 2,200 rings, 1.400 necklaces, 2,100 bracelets, 2,800 pairs of earrings, 1,600 brooches and 14 tiaras); 423 luxury wristwatches (notably Rolex); 234 luxury sunglasses (Versace and Cartier); 567 luxury handbags (notably Chanel, Prada and Versace); 272 handbags from Hermes and the equivalent of MYR 116 million in 26 currencies.    And you thought Imelda Marcos was a tad extravagant.     All this on the PM's salary of MYR 273,920 per a...

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AFTINET remains opposed to the TPP-11 but welcomes ALP Bill for fairer future trade deals "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

15 October 2018: AFTINET welcome the pledges for progressive changes to future trade policy in shadow Trade Minister Jason ClaresBill  announced today, as the TPP-11 implementing legislation is being debated by the Senate. However we remain opposed to theTPP-11 because it restricts the right of future governments to regulate in the public interest and contains:

We welcome the pledge that Labor will attempt to remove ISDS and  reinstate labour market testing for temporary workers in the TPP-11 if it wins government.  But in practice a future Labor government, having endorsed the implementation of the TPP-11 in opposition, would have less bargaining power to negotiate such changes with the other 10 governments once the deal is implemented, and changes will be difficult to achieve, said Dr Ranald.

We welcome the Bills provisions for future trade agreements to ban ISDS and ban the removal of labour market testing for temporary workers, and to include fully enforceable labour rights. We also welcome pledges previously made to improve the transparency of trade negotiations, to publish negotiating texts and final texts of future trade agreements before they are signed, and for independent assessment of their impacts. These are changes long advocated by many community organisations, said Dr Ranald.

Contact Dr Patricia Ranald 0419 69...

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BBC insider takes the red pill "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We live in a time of universal deceit. As in the old Communist societies, the very institutions that citizens should be able to trust implicitly the state, the police and the public media, lie incessantly. Police and politicians lie about the mass-rape of children in Britain, media lie about the criminal anarchy imported along [] The post BBC insider takes the red pill appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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Leaks, dirt, and ethics "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

So, National leader Simon Bridges thinks he has found his leaker: the same MP he granted leave to a few weeks ago for "embarassing" personal health reasons. Given that the leaker supposedly sent text messages to Bridges and the Speaker claiming to be mentally fragile, I'm not sure how much I really want to go near this. But earlier today Jami-Lee Ross tried to pre-empt things with a series of tweets claiming he was being stitched up, including this one:



Which is presumably related to this morning's revelations about a "clerical error" around donations. But if its more than that, and Ross does in fact have such recordings, he should release them. Because sitting on solid evidence of unlawful activities and corrupt electoral practices by a politician, presumably as "insurance" or "leverage", is not just unethical, but also being an accessory after the fact.

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Leniency on motorcycle edge filtering rule "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Queensland is the only state that allows edge filtering on some roads and now riders have been granted further leniency when the speed limit is temporarily changed.

Lane filtering was introduced in 2015 under the former Liberal State Government, thanks to lobbying by the Motorcycle Riders Association of Queensland.

The rules included the unique allowance for riders to filter on the edge of roads marked as 90km/h or higher.

Edge filtering anomaly

However, in a ludicrous anomaly riders were banned from edge filtering if the variable electronic speed limit was reduced for congested traffic just when you need to filter!

The MRAQ has been lobbying to fix the edge filtering anomaly for the past 18 months.

Last month the Labor Government changed the rule to allow edge filtering even when the speed is dropped, unless it is in a tunnel or through roadworks.

The ACT recently made lane filtering permanent after a prolonged trial. It joins all other states with lane filtering laws, except Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

However, rules vary across all borders.

Filtering amendments

MRAQ president Chris Mearns Ride to Work Day RACQ plan defect unfair edge filteringMRAQ president Chris Mearns

MRAQ president Chris Mearns says they have also been lobbying for other changes to Queenslands lane filtering rules....

13:30

Gresham College: Prof Simon Thurley #1 English Architecture: Making England in the Shadow of Rome, 410-113 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Another good  lecture on a very interesting topic as Prof Thurley looks at how English Architecture evolved

13:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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Long live the gender whisperers "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Part of what underlies this debate is that the Yes campaign for marriage equality in 2017, in its most formal organised form (under the banner The Equality Campaign), emphasised LGBTIQ equality in private family life, rather than broader public life. The campaign quite explicitly decided not to defend Safe Schools, gender diversity, or to confront the homophobia and transphobia stirred up by the No campaign.

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Dole Institute of Politics: Decisive Battles #1 Cowpens 1781 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A lecture on a much lesser known battle,at least to Adam, of the American War of Independence

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Australian Mom Acts As Human Shield For Infant Daughter During Monster Hailstorm "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Via NY Post: An Aussie mom took a beating from a monster hailstorm during a desperate attempt to shield her infant daughter and she said shed do it again in a heartbeat. Fiona Simpson, 23, was driving home with her 4-month-old daughter and 78-year-old grandmother during the supercell thunderstorm that battered Queenslands South Burnett []

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Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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Protest NZDF War Crimes & Toxic Culture, Auckland, Tuesday October 16th "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Take Urgent Action Against NZDF crimes & toxic culture
Where: NZDF Recruiting Centre, 284 Great North Road
Time: 12:30-1:30pm

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Auckland Peace Action and Organise Aotearoa are holding a demonstration outside the NZDF recruiting office at 284 Great North Road tomorrow, Tuesday, 16 October at 12:30 to demand justice and an end to the war in Afghanistan. People are invited to bring their own messages and banners in solidarity with the militarys victims at home and abroad.

We are horrified by todays revelations of war crimes by the NZDF, in particular the murder of two teenagers and the violation of the Geneva Conventions relating to medical personnel. Nicky Hagers article in North and South paints a disturbing picture of whats going on inside the military.

This must prompt the Prime Minister to undertake a full and complete criminal investigation, a parliamentary inquiry into the culture of NZDF and more importantly, a recall of all soldiers currently serving in Afghanistan.

We have no confidence in the behaviour of soldiers serving overseas, and we cannot put other countries civilian populations at further risk from them. We have had too many stories about NZ soldiers committing war crimes dating back to 2005. Each and every time, the military seeks to coverup what has gone down and hide it from the public. The only right and proper thing is that NZ troops must leave Afghanistan now.

By the same token, the entire structure of the NZDF clearly needs a total overhaul. The culture of misogyny and homophobia that has allowed the abuse of women soldiers and those thought to be gay is disgusting and completely unacceptable. Again, we have heard murmurs about this behaviour from numerous high profile court cases involving abuse by soldiers, but Nicky Hagers article today shows the extent of it, and clearly NZDF has an institutionalised rape culture.

The military has hidden behind the mythology of protecting national security and has cultivated a noble and untarnished public image. Behind that image, however, are some very grim truths. It is time we held the NZDF to account for its actions and the culture of toxic masculinity that breeds there.

Valerie Morse
Auckland Peace Action
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Engine Block at Devils Leap Paluma "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Does anyone know the history of the engine Block caught between rocks at Devils leap crystal Creek? Saw it there again the other day, and it got me wondering how long it had been there, how it got there and whether there used to be more etc

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Overseas teacher recruitment in overdrive "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It is a year ago now, but remember when both Labour and NZ First campaigned on reducing immigration? It was obvious by 2017 that the sheer number of people coming to live here was putting our entire infrastructure under strain housing, roads, schools and hospitals. No one was suggesting cutting immigration altogether, but many [] The post Overseas teacher recruitment in overdrive appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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Brexit Fun "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Andy Davey 27092018

Andy Davey: That boy , he bobs, he weaves, you never know what hell come up withsneaking off to charm with roses and choccies

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Silver Mazda located in Porirua homicide investigation "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

  Police say they have located the silver Mazda RX8 they are looking for in relation to the homicide investigation []

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Count the Nuclear Money! A New York City Event (and Concert) "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Count The Nuclear Weapons Money logo

By Marc Eliot Stein, October 14, 2018

How can activists call attention to a terrible problem everybody already knows about, a crisis so familiar we are nearly numb to it? Nuclear proliferation is this kind of problem, and this is why a bunch of groups including Basel Peace Office, International Peace Bureau, World Future Council and Parliamentarians for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament are working together on Move The Nuclear Weapons Money, an international project supported by the likes of Roger Waters of Pink Floyd and Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerrys.

I recently heard about this organization from Alyn Ware, global coordinator for Parliamentarians for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Disarmament, who had come to New York City from New Zealand for a United Nations conference on Nuclear Weapons. Alyn Ware is arranging an event called Count The Nuclear Weapons Money which will highlight the horrific truth that nine countries are currently spending a trillion dollars on maintenance and improvement of their nuclear arsenals. To help visualize the scale of this absurdity, Count The Nuclear Weapons Money will be gathering together to literally count out this amount of money in artist-designed million dollar notes, at the rate of $100 million dollars each minute.

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Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham Threatened To Sue Teenager For Calling Him A Bully, Hypocrite "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Just over a year after publicly railing about politicians misusing defamation laws, Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham threatened to sue a teenager for posting comments critical of him in a closed Facebook group with less than 600 members. When the young woman offered to remove the post in exchange for Mr Buckingham agreeing to not sue, he told her it was not a negotiation and demanded she provide a contact email address so his lawyers could serve her with legal papers.

At the time, the young woman was sitting at the beside of her gravely ill mother in the Intensive Care Unit of a far north coast hospital.

And the comments which upset Mr Buckingham? He was accused of bullying, and being a massive fucking hypocrite.

Greens MP Jeremy Buckingham, pictured in August 2011. (IMAGE: Kate Ausburn, Flickr)

Mr Buckingham is coming under increasing scrutiny for his use of lawyers to threaten political colleagues, after launching legal action against four current/former Greens party members who commented on public allegations he sexually assaulted a Greens staffer, Ella Buckland, in 2011. The incident is the subject of an ongoing New Matilda investigation, although Mr Buckingham has strongly denied the assault occurred.

The young woman at the centre of the latest story Vanamali Hermans had met Mr Buckingham in 2014 while she was a Year 11 student on the NSW north coast. She joined the party soon after, but quickly became disillusioned. In December 2016, aged 18, Ms Hermans took to the closed NSW Greens Facebook group total membership less than 600 at the time to vent after being accused by Mr Buckingham of favouring other Greens politicians Facebook posts over his.

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Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Click images for a high-res interactive view and incident stats Sydneys Sexual Harassment Data Map A disturbing map has revealed the spots in Sydney where women are most likely to be sexually harassed. Disturbing data, entered into a mobile app, has revealed more than 2,000 locations across Sydney where women have been physically and verbally [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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Decade long stock market recovery "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

For many investors, the 200709 mortgage meltdown and financial panic are the benchmark for a worst possible outcome.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 54% in the 17 months from 9 October 2007 9 March 2009.

Major investment firms including Lehman Bros, Bear Stearns, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and AIG either filed for bankruptcy or were rescued by government intervention after massive losses.

US unemployment soared from 4.4% in March 2007 to 10% in October 2009.

The Case-Shiller home price index crashed from 182.72 in January 2007 to 133.99 in February 2012, a 27% plunge.

Housing investors with only 10 or 20% equity were wiped out. Numerous hedge funds closed their doors or suspended redemptions. Investor losses were in the trillions of dollars.

The contagion spread to Europe and the Middle East.

Dubai World went bankrupt in November 2009 and a sovereign debt crisis raged in Europe from 20102015. It was the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression.

Decade long stock market recovery

The financial damage did not pass quickly.

From June 2009September 2018, the US experienced the weakest recovery in its history.

Yet the damage did end.

From March 2009September 2018, major stock indexes more than tripled. Unemployment fell from 10% in October 2009 to 3.8% in May 2018, the lowest level in 18 years.

The Case-Shiller home price index rallied to 204.44 in June 2018, a new all-time high.

Investors who did not sell at the bottom in March 2009 and held their positions had recouped their losses and made substantial profits besides by late 2018.

A bank CEO or investment maven like Warren Buffett could practically shrug the whole episode off.

Yet thats not how most investors navigated the meltdown.

Investors bailed out of the stock market in late 2008 or early 2009 to preserve what capital they had left.

They did not come back to the stock market until years later, if at all, missing out on much of the recovery rally.

Bank CEOs got a bonus while Average Joe was bankrupt

Homes were foreclosed, denying the previous owner any participation in the bounce back that started in 2013.

Worst of all was the psychological damage and loss of trust.

Investors who suffered heavy financial losses saw bank CEOs keep their jobs and make multimillion-dollar bonuses by 2016.

There were no arrests for fraud, no trials and no accountability among the....

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Dole bludgers and other urban myths "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Dole bludgers and other urban mythsIt's time to put the dole bludger myth to bed and focus on helping young people down on their luck, writes Tarric Brooker. read now...

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If theres one thing party members hate . . . "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

. . . its MPs behaving badly, acting stupidly and putting themselves before the party.

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Tweet for Today "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

 

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Don't use blu tack in Townsville "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Random as post.

Used blu tack to hang up a poster and obviously with the heat it fell down. That's not the bad part, the rest of the blu tack is stuck onto the wall, I tried using the existent blu tack to roll it off with little luck, a magic sponge, eucalyptus oil, that all didn't work. So I ended up using a chisel which I pulled some of our feature wall paint off. Had to repaint it.

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Mum takes on school bully "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I usually have mixed feelings about a discharge without conviction, but this is one situation where it seems perfectly justified. This from a Newspaper. An Auckland mum lashed out and assaulted a teenage girl who had been bullying her daughter grabbing her by the hair and hitting her repeatedly in the face. But Kingsland [] The post Mum takes on school bully appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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The Daily "Near You?" "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Thanks for stopping by!

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Monday Meme "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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Gold Coast nurse swap a haymaker for Quilpie graziers "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

A WORK SWAP between a nurse from the Gold Coast and a colleague from Quilpie hospital has led to a truckload of hay for the...

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Dog rape culture "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Three intellectuals with a self-proclaimed left political identity pretended to be feminist activists and wrote 20 bogus papers.  Some were submitted and published in top publications in the fields of gender studies, sociology and critical theory.   Quote.  One paper included an investigation into whether transhysteria means men rarely insert objects into their bottoms while another advocated [] The post Dog rape culture appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:59

Hillary on Monica & Bill "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Hillary Clinton: Bill's affair with Monica Lewinsky wasn't an abuse of power because 'she was an adult'https://t.co/ZHS00Chwfw pic.twitter.com/ozCMXmAg9g New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) October 14, 2018

10:58

APEC MINISTER CREATES JOB FOR LOVER SPOILS HIM WITH LAVISH GIFTS "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by ROBERT MARAPE

On the eve of APEC, Minister Justin Tkatchenko the Minister for Lands and APEC under the Peter O'Neill Government stands accused of nepotisim and promoting homosexuality, He brought over his lover and former EMTV News Presenter  Tukana Hasavi Jr on a very lucrative contract to the APEC Authority according to sources inside APEC.

Justin Tkathenko according to APEC Secretariat staff brought this gay lover Tukana Hasavi to APEC Secretariat and created a position that never existed on the structure and placed him on a lucrative contract, as sources tell us, Hasavi is an empty suit someone with no experience.

Tkatchenko rents an expensive apartment for Hasavi across the road off Boroko market, He has a collection of tailor-made suits handpicked and bought of course by his lover Minister Tkatchenko. He shops lavishly, he has a young family from a central wife but that is just a window dressing just like Justin Tkatchenko who is also married with a family but is highly involved in exploiting and having sex with young men from Papua New Guinea.

In 2015 Tkatchenko went under the spotlight again after a rape victim came out publicly to confirm legal proceedings have taken place to claim for damages done to him by the Minister while he was employed at the NCDC Botanical Gardens between 1998 - 2000.

The victim from Wapenmanda district in the Enga Province confirmed he been under duress and he's burdened with feelings of worthlessness, at one point even contemplating suicide and self harm after he was sexually abused by a man who is currently the face of PNG and the Pacific Games.

His intention is to bring to light what happened 16 years ago, The victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons is a father of 4 kids is now in his forties.

When queried by PNGBlogs on the long delay in seeking justice he said he could not hide this anymore after his family and tribe asked him to speak out because on his Anorectal diseases or Anal Disorder, he has been living in shame from his family all these years but decided he has had enough and is seeking damages in Court.

We are told Justin Tkatchenko compensated the victim when the information came out.

10:56

PNGi takes Ockham's razor to APEC Maserati furore "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Tkatchenko-Press-releaseSTAFF REPORTER | The Tokaut Blog

PORT MORESBY - A storm of public criticism and protest has erupted after the publication of photographs showing the delivery of 40 Maserati luxury supercars to the ONeill government.

The white-jacked Maserati Quattroporte cars were shown being off-loaded from two chartered Boeing 747 aircraft at Port Moresbys Jacksons airport.

The luxury cars have been brought to Port Moresby to chauffeur world leaders and other VIP guests around the capital for three days during next months Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.

The public furore has put the PNG government onto the back-foot as locals fume at the highly visible excess in a country where basic health, education and transport infrastructure and services are in a deplorable condition and public health outcomes are among the worst in the world.

The PNG government has made a number of claims to try and justify their apparent extravagance and to deflect criticism. Unfortunately those claims do not stack up to any serious scrutiny.

Lets start with APEC Minister, Justin Tkatchenkos first press statement on the affair.

It doesnt start well. It is dated 10 November 2018. Clearly a mistake. Perhaps someone was in a hurry or it had to be released ahead of schedule?

Maserati Quattroporte sedans have been secured and delivered, and are being committed to be paid for by the private sector, says Minister Tkatchenko in his signed statement.

Having vehicles paid for by the private sector is the smartest way to have use of the vehicles for APEC at no overall cost to the State.

The language is slightly tortured, but the message seems clear? The Maserati supercars have been paid for by some mysterious benefactors and bringing the cars to Port Moresby for use during the APEC summit is at no overall cost to the State.

However, it didnt take long for a different truth to start emerging; one that sheds considerable doubt on the veracity of the Ministers claims. And then, as his story started to unravel, so the Ministers statements to the press started to change

It costs about US$25,000 an hour to operate a Boeing 747. Flight time from Milan in Italy to Port Moresby is around 20 hours, plus a refuel......

10:56

Our racist health system "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

When Don Brash and his ilk talk about "Mori advantage", they're ignoring a hell of a lot of empirical data showing that Mori are in fact disadvantaged. And now there's another data point for the pile: our health system is less likely to try and save the lives of non-white babies, and this is being explicitly blamed on racism:

Babies close to death are less likely to get life saving treatment if they're Mori, Pacific or Indian - and experts partly blame racial bias.

A Weekend Herald investigation can reveal the ethnic divide in resuscitation attempts on very premature infants.

[...]

Resuscitation was tried on 92 per cent of Mori babies, 89 per cent of Pacific and 86 per cent of Indian.

That compared to 95 per cent for "other" - mostly Pkeh and non-Indian Asians - which medical experts say is a statistically significant difference.

"Institutional bias or implicit biases are likely to play at least some part," concluded the Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee, a taxpayer-funded panel tasked with reviewing deaths of babies and mothers.


The Mortality Review Committee is now calling for training to minimise the impact of that bias, and that seems like a good idea. Because this should not be happening. The quality of health care you receive should not depend on the colour of your skin.

10:42

New Bourke goatworks to kick into gear next week "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

CHARLEVILLES Western Meat Exporters faces a gleaming new competitor. The 22-year-old plant, the first in Australia to specialise in goats, is about to be usurped...

10:42

New website design "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Some of my more committed readers may have noticed that this website was unavailable late on Saturday night. Basically an attempt to install a new mobile theme screwed up the website and it took some time to fix the damage.

This prompted me to realise Id had my existing website theme since at least 2010 so have replaced it with a new theme. This new theme is responsive so should work much more smoothly on both mobile and desktop. Youll notice the ad placement has changed somewhat. I hope that this isnt too much of a problem for readers, but the ad revenue is a useful boost in funding my work (and pretty much covers all the costs of actually running the website).

I expect this will improve the website experience for the Wentworth by-election, but if you notice any weird things please let me know.

10:32

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10:30

Whaleoil Sports poll "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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10:29

Prince Harrys Invictus Games, Brought To You By Arms Dealers, Figuratively And Literally "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Its one thing to celebrate the human spirit in the face of great adversity. Its another thing altogether to let the weapons manufacturers who helped create the adversity sponsor the celebrations. Nick Deane explains.

The Invictus Games will be familiar to all who watch the ABC, their promoter and sponsor. The Games will be taking place in Sydney in October, the participants being injured service personnel from 18 countries.

It is highly inspiring to see the human spirit triumph over mutilations of the human body. Who can fail but be impressed by the fortitude of the participating athletes? As the Story of the Games tells us, they have faced life-changing injuries but have somehow found the motivation not to let those injuries define them.

From what we can see, they appear to be in comparatively good health both mentally and physically, despite the terrible wounds they have suffered. This is wonderful. And it is entirely fitting that sport plays a positive role in their rehabilitation.

Admirable also is the skill and dedication of those who brought them back to comparative health and the ability to rejoin society the surgeons and nurses, the technicians who create the equipment and prostheses, and the carers and family members who keep them in their current state of well-being. There is clearly a whole team of people behind each, individual participant.

This part of the story is displayed for the general public in a brilliant light. Under it, we see the heroism of the individuals who have had to face extraordinary misfortune and feel pride in their accomplishments. We are, however, discouraged from exploring the shadows this light casts, where lie aspects that would otherwise complete the picture.

Of the wounded, we only see those who have, to some extent, prevailed over their disabling wounds. Others, out of the bright light, couldnt find the necessary motivation, or are so damaged that seeing them would horrify us.

Are they out of sight, so as to be out of our minds? Besides, there are probably some who are literally out of their own minds, suffering Post Traumatic Stress. We dwell, almost exclusively, on the heroes. An obsession with success takes our eyes away from those who cant or wont recover.

There is a whiff of triumphalism in this (it is in the name of the games). Their spirit may be unconquered, but they have, without exception, been severely beaten. Giving them a special name does not alter that.

All the participants have encountered life-changing trauma that they must endure as long as they live. Telling them they are admirable because they have suffered in the service of their country is inadequate compensation even with the promise of life-long medical and financial support.......

10:28

Welcome to the minority "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The Ruddock inquiry into religious freedom obviously hasnt turned out the way its advocates in the right wing of the LNP expected. Far from securing their rights to discriminate against gays,  church schools are almost certain to lose that right with respect to students, and will probably also lose it in relation to teachers. A recent opinion poll shows overwhelming opposition to discrimination, even stronger than the vote in favour of equal marriage last year.

The situation has now changed, and rethinking is needed, both on the right but on the left. Rather than looking to expand the powers of employers to sack people on religious grounds unrelated to their performance at work, those concerned with religious freedom should be concerned about the possibility that such powers will be used against them in the future. A comprehensive protection for workers against dismissal on the basis of grounds unrelated to their performance at work is what is needed here.

As regards the left, we shouldnt allow large, publicly funded institutions like church schools to practise discrimination. But we need to think more carefully about individuals with religious objections to gay marriage (for example, bakers who dont want to bake cakes with messages of support for gay marriage) in the same light as other religious minorities who seek protection for their beliefs: Jehovahs witnesses who object to blood transfusions, Muslim women who want to remain veiled, and so on. Most of these beliefs seem strange and objectionable to non-believers. But where they can be accommodated without doing any serious social damage, we should do so.

More broadly, as I suggested when the Ruddock review was announced, we should take the opportunity to push for a comprehensive Bill of Rights. Now that they are clearly in the minority on crucial issues, perhaps religious believers might see the merit in a supporting such a measure.

 

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10:05

STRIKE NOW OR LOSE YOUR COUNTRY "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

by RYAN AWAI

You might argue that my son (or daughter) has an exam and I can not allow this strike, or that my manager will not allow me, or I have a vital meeting, etc, etc. BUT yet you want the best for your family, best for this country and always dream of good opportunities for your kids' education, their employment and their bright future....simply put it, you desire for the best socio-economic outcomes to happen ...... but can NOT afford to sacrifice something today against such a corrupt govt for the benefit of the very life you aspire to see today and the years to come?

Then you appear more like a weakling and a free rider on other people's sacrifices (period!). Others will pay the price and you flow through easily. PNG right now is in a desperate SOS or ICU condition and we DO NOT NEED YOU SU, H WEAKLINGS!!!

Bigger sacrifices (spilling of blood through horrible wars, civil unrest & revolutions etc) were made by others in this world for the good of their country and today they are enjoying justice and fairness.

Our three leaders (Juffa, Bird and Krammer) are only asking for a "stay at home strike", which is a NONE violent type and the MOST WISEST approach to take, yet certhe tain type of our population thinks that is too big a sacrifice for their personal plans or businesses?

Logic: What is my grade 8 and grade 10 certificate and my University degree worth if there is no future in education and job opportunities for me??? It's dumb stupid to continue seat quiet and allow our whole good future over the cliff and to allow our certificates and degrees to become a pile of trash.

Let me remind all of us again. When the blood of corruption is profusing out of every part of this govt, draining and emanating out of every public organizations and govt run authorities and the cry for change has reached maximum proportion where the incubator of daily stress and stupidity has become a normal scene here, then we CAN NO LONGER GIVE EXCUSES and not do anything to support this present momentum for a nationwide strike!!! You want to be obedient to this slavery type govt by using exams and private company laws, etc as excuses, so be it !

THE MAJORITY MUST STRIKE NOW! THIS IS THE TIME FOR IT AND IT WILL HAPPEN WHETHER OTHERS LIKE IT OR NOT !

Everyone now MUST sacrifice something to ga...

10:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Travelling north over the Daintree river in Northern Queensland, Australia by car ferry. 3rd (right) lane, drivers side, approx of the way across. NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Classic Comedy: Ronnie Corbett in Sorry S07 E04 Flying Lessons "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Sorry! is a BBC television sitcom, that aired on BBC1 from 1981 to 1982 and from 1985 to 1988. Starring Ronnie Corbett, created and written by Ian Davidson and Peter Vincent for the BBC, both of whom had previously written for The Two Ronnies, of whom Corbett was one half.

Sorry! is based around Timothy Lumsden who, 41 years old in the first three series (his age increased to 42 and then 48 in subsequent series Corbett was actually 50-57 during the series run), is a librarian who still lives at home with his domineering mother Phyllis and henpecked father Sidney. Although quite shy around women, Timothy longs to find love and leave home, but Phyllis is always against the idea, and constantly manipulates her son into staying at home. One of the running gags of the series is Sidney frequently shouting Language, Timothy! when he feels Timothy has said something inappropriate (though most times nobody would typically find the words even close to offensive). Timothy usually responds Sorry father, but sometimes snaps Shut up, father! to which Sidney always replies Fair enough.

The writers used this to clever effect in one episode when Timothy is boasting about his acadmeic achievements; I got two passes in English, Literature and the other one, at which point Sidney walks past and says Language, Timothy.

In contrast, Timothys friend Frank and sister Muriel urge Timothy to stand up to his mother once and for all. Muriel had successfully left home, and married Kevin, and as a result is viewed with distrust by her mother.

10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Big changes coming Neal Wallace:

Farming will change fundamentally if new freshwater quality management rules restricting intensive winter grazing and fertiliser use are introduced.

The Government last week released Essential Freshwater: Healthy water, fairly allocated, a report on how to improve freshwater quality within five years.

While it lacked detail the Government singled out winter grazing, hill country cropping, feedlots and nutrient use as causes of degraded water quality that will be a focus. . .

No rural-urban divide found here Neal Wallace:

Anna Jones never forgot her rural roots when a career in journalism took her to live in some of Englands largest cities. Having experienced life on both sides of the fence she realised she had to do something about the role of the media in the urban-rural disconnect. She told Neal Wallace there are faults on both sides.

ANNA Jones concedes alcohol was involved in a game she created called Farmer Jargon Bingo, played with friends one evening in the English city of Bristol.

A simple concept, it required her urban friends to provide their definition of commonly used farming terms which the farmers daughter, journalist and Nuffield scholar duly recorded. . .

 

Move around world never regretted Sally Rae:

Harry might have met Sally but when Rory met Frank, it was to lead to a move to the other side of the world.

Irish-born Dr Rory OBrien is rese...

09:54

QotD: "If you want to know what politicians want people to want, look at elections. If you want to know what people actually want, look at the market." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"If you want to know what politicians want people to want, look at elections. If you want to know what people actually want, look at the market."  
      ~ Alice Smith. 

09:44

Quarter Of A Century Without A Recession. Shame About The Housing Affordability "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Modern Australia faces a heart-breaking paradox. We continued our world record growth streak in May with 26 recession free years. But many arent benefiting from it, writes Andrew Cairns.

At the heart of the problem is housing affordability. Most of the time Australia was racking up record growth, housing affordability was declining.

Our politicians are digging in over corporate tax cuts. If they aimed a little bigger they could solve our countrys housing crisis. Serious tax reforms can put us on the path to a future with more affordable housing a fairer future for everyone.

But tax reform is hard. Politicians and vested interests make it a fight between rich and poor.

The most frustrating thing is, this fight is a lie. Our tax system can be reformed to benefit all Australians if we invest in solving the housing crisis, we can all reap rewards of stronger communities, local economies, and healthier, happier people.

Sound like a pipe dream? Its not.

As the Australian dream of home ownership spiralled into a nightmare of debt, more people gave up on the dream and started renting. But todays rental market offers little relief. Our May Rental Affordability Index showed extreme pockets of rental stress across the nation.

The housing crisis is undermining Australias economy. Housing stress is making it hard for people to make ends meet theyre being forced to choose between paying rent and essentials, like groceries or medicine. Thats the reality of what housing stress means for people. Do you think those who go without food and healthcare are healthy productive workers? Can they benefit from our economic growth?

What can be done? All politicians need to be brave and aim bigger.

We need serious tax reform with bipartisan and long-term funding commitments to a national plan to build more affordable homes.

Politicians need to wind back capital gains tax exemptions and only apply negative gearing to new builds. After years of declining housing affordability and property stock concentrating in fewer and fewer hands in Australia, this will put us on the path to a fairer future a more affordable future.

We need to encourage innovation in financing not only to build more social and affordable housing but also to enable those of us who are disadvantaged to realise the Australian dream. Innovation like Community Sector Bankings recently launched Unpack For Good pilot, which allows community housing residents to purchase their own home. The program allows residents to co-own their home with their housing provider sharing ownership lowers the cost of purchasing the home for residents, meaning they can buy a home that would otherwise be unaffordable.

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09:36

The "solution" that wasn't "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

In 2013, National introduced its "solution" to housing unaffordability. Its "Special Housing Areas" were basicly a developer's charter, with fast-tracked resource consents and lax oversight. The aim, as stated in the bill's purpose clause, was to "enhance housing affordability by facilitating an increase in land and housing supply in certain regions or districts". Higher supply (via lower standards) was supposed to lead to lower prices. Instead, it raised them:

The previous government's solution to the housing crisis in Auckland actually made homes less affordable, research has found.

Special Housing Areas (SHAs) were created in 2013 and touted as "crucial" in "enabling young Kiwi families to get into their own home".

Developers were offered fast-tracked consents on the proviso a portion of the development would be "affordable".

But the creation of Auckland's SHAs have now been found to have pushed up prices by 5 per cent within the area.

[...]

"The SHA programme simply allowed developers to offer new homes with an additional attribute (a shorter delivery time), which allowed developers to set higher prices," the researchers said.


So, National lowered consent standards, and their greedy developer mates made out like bandits. Why am I not surprised?

The market is not going to provide affordable housing, because there's just no profit in it for them (or rather, less profit than building palazzos for foreign immigrants). The only way it is going to happen is if the government builds those houses for us (and enough of them to crash the market). The current government, at least, is taking the first few timid steps towards this.

09:33

Monday Message Board "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

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09:30

Would you watch women only car races? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

After reading Christies recent post regarding equal funding for Paralympians, I came across an article that got me thinking, on motornews.co.nz It seems that ex-Formula 1 driver David Coulthard and a few others have come up with the idea of creating a brand new international single-seater series that will be only for women. The idea is [] The post Would you watch women only car races? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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09:29

Australias Family Law System: Broken "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

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[Editors note: An exclusive report from journalist and broadcaster, Amanda Gearing.]

by Amanda Gearing

On Monday, October 22, 2018, six years after parliament decided to hold a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Australias new prime minister, Scott Morrison, is going to make an apology to the many victims.

However, even while he is speaking, there is a small army of children who even today are living with someone of whom they are terrified.

Ten years ago, a child of seven left a phone message on my answering machine, delivering a plea so heart-breakingly despe...

09:05

NZDF decorated a war criminal "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Nicky Hager has a new piece in North & South today, with new dirt on the defence force, including drunkenness in the field in Afghanistan, and a systematic failure to investigate a sexual assault. But the worst of it is that they decorated a war criminal:

Investigative writer Nicky Hager says sources from the Defence Force have exposed a culture of bullying, sexual violence, drinking and cover-ups in the military.

In Mr Hager's 12-page investigation, published in the North & South magazine today, he details how a source revealed that an SAS soldier - known as Corporal B for privacy reasons - was awarded the second-highest military honour despite previously being considered for court-martial action for killing two children in Afghanistan.

"The Americans asked the SAS commander if they could take one of the New Zealand medical staff, a medic, on a raid they were doing on a Afghanistan compound," said Mr Hager.

[...]

Mr Hager said the soldier got involved in a firefight and later found he had shot two young boys, who joined the adults in defending the compound.

"And then when he got back to base he became a very unhappy and confused person, because the SAS commander was saying 'well hang on a moment, you've broken all the rules here, we're gonna court-martial you'.


But instead, for PR purposes, they gave him a medal, relying on secrecy to cover up the circumstances (its mentioned as a footnote in Willie Apiata's press release). In this, they're behaving exactly like the NZ Police: rewarding staff who have behaved criminally rather than punishing them. And in both institutions the cause is the same: a secretive institution which believes itself to be above the law.

NZDF and its soldiers need to be held accountable for their actions in Afghanistan. The first part of that is cleaning out the command staff who ran that war and who believe themselves to be unaccountable to the New Zealand public. But there also needs to be a full investigation, followed where necessary by prosecutions. And needless to say, the latter can not and should not be run by NZDF, and probably can't even be run by the police (because their natural instinct is to grovel to power and not rock the boat). Instead, we will probably need a special purpose authority to handle it, independent of NZDF, the police, and the national security state. Its the only way we will be able to get any form of justice.

09:00

Cartoon of the day by SonovaMin "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

All cartoons as seen exclusively on Whaleoil are available to buy as prints directly from SonovaMin.com The post Cartoon of the day by SonovaMin appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:00

The Unknown War: #19/20 The Last Battle "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The greatest battles of World War II, the most colossal encounters of military force, the most devastating human losses which the modern world has ever seen, occurred on Russian soil during 1941-1945, on a battlefield that is unknown to most Americans. The conflict between Hitlers Germany and Stalins Russia claimed more than 30 million lives. On the early morning of June 22, 1941, the Nazi Wehrmacht had amassed 4.2 million crack troops along a front that stretched for 1,800 miles, and Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of the Soviet Union began. The Nazi high command was extremely confident, expecting the total collapse of Stalins Russia within six weeks. In reality, The Unknown War raged on for nearly four years. Before it finished, the Nazis and Soviets fought the single greatest campaign in military history. The Unknown War covers that period of history beginning in June 1941, when Germany launched its surprise attack on Russia, through to the end of the war. The Unknown War was a landmark television series, detailing the drama of the Eastern European front during World War II. Academy Award Winner Burt Lancaster hosts the 20 part series. Film footage from Soviet archives comprises a major portion of the series, supplemented by film from both the United States and British archives. Burt Lancaster spent three weeks in eight cities in Russia, for location filming. The Unknown War was made as a counter to the deliberate distortions in the Anglo-American series The World At War, which chose to give as much coverage to the US in Italy as it did to the Red Army at war from the Arctic to the Black Sea. So blatant was the politically motivated distortion in The World At War that the Soviet authorities ultimately refused to cooperate in its production. Instead they set out to make a documentary series of their own that would tell the real story of the War in the East. The Eastern (Russian) Front of WW2 has been side-lined in the Western media for decades, reduced to just one aspect of the War, if it is even mentioned at all. Certainly there is never any recognition given to the fact that it was the main, decisive arena of WW2, the scene of a titanic struggle that, at the cost of 30 million Soviet lives, saved the world from fascism. Made by the USSRs Central Documentary Film Studios, The Unknown War dealt exhaustively with the war on the Soviet front. Narrated by Burt Lancaster, who also appeared on camera, the series featured interviews with many participants from numerous battles, partisan campaigns and SS massacres. It showed the destruction, the sacrifice and th...

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08:30

Dole Institute of Politics: Niagara, 1814 Dr. Rich Barbuto "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

As the War of 1812 stretched into its second year, President James Madison launched his best troops once more into Canada in a final attempt to win the war he started. American, British and native warriors battled for four bloody, desperate months of fighting along the Niagara Riverexamined here by Dr. Rich Barbuto.

08:30

Madam President Jacinda Ardern "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Too Right A regular column by John Black Rightminds.nz Last week, 1ZB carried a report on possums infesting the walls of the prime ministers residence, Premier House. Of course, it didnt take the possums side. Taking the marsupials point of view, the pests are our prime minister and her male companion. Oh, how the poor [] The post Madam President Jacinda Ardern appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:17

Aussie kids call on PM to act on Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

 

A group of young Aussie kids appear in a new advertising campaign pleading with the Prime Minister to save more than 100 young children in desperate trouble on Nauru.

Doctors who have visited the children are saying they will start dying if the government doesnt save them and bring them to Australia.

The former head of mental services on Nauru called their treatment a form of torture.

The ad has been with the Prime Minister for 10 days, with a request to meet with these children and explain why Australia is persecuting innocent children.

The Prime Minister has not responded to their request for a meeting, although its makers say they are hopeful he understands the message.

President of the Australian Council of Churches, Bishop Philip Huggins, and filmmaker Richard Keddie (Ride Like A Girl, Hawke, Little Fish, Oddball) have helped these children express their fears on film.

The is appearing on social media with the support of a vast network of community groups.

The children in the ad care desperately about the atrocious treatment being handed out by Aussies to innocent children.

A spokespersons said, many of the kids in the ad have been supporting the Nauru children from afar for a number of years and are deeply distressed that children in our care can be tortured like this and perhaps left to die.

They cannot understand that Aussies could do this, and want the kids saved, brought to Australia, where they can heal and recover the enchantment of childhood.

They do not wish to play politics. They just understand the difference between right and wrong.

 

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08:00

Morning Report: Recruiting Overseas Teachers (1) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

As we might have expected Morning Report had several items on the proposed plan to bring in some 1000 teachers from overseas. The number is probably incorrect, but the Ministry keeps changing the numbers.

Leaving aside that this coalition campaigned on reducing immigration which we will deal with another time.

Leaving aside the fact that we did not seem under the prior government to have these strident calls in the media and by teachers for more teachers, again we will look at that later.

Let us turn to the first segment on MR this morning:-

A British teacher who came to New Zealand to work in a secondary school is questioning the governments drive to recruit teachers off shore to shore-up teacher numbers. The government has increased its 2019 target for recruiting overseas teachers from 400 to 900 in a bid to meet the 850 shortfall of teachers expected next year. Steve McCabe, from Britain, is the type of person the government is after. He was hired in 2009 as a physics and science teacher at a South Auckland high school but he says the experience was so depressing he moved into teaching at a polytechnic. Steve McCabe says the recruitment drive is a temporary solution and there needs to be significant changes to the teachers workloads to stop teachers burning out.

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20181015-0639-working_in_nz_classroom_depressing_-_uk_teacher-128.mp3

This raises a number of questions:

  • is NCEA by reliance on assessment causing workload issues?
  • does MOE require excessive paperwork?
  • what did he mean by behaviour management issues?
  • is he suggesting that some form of performance pay should be introduced?
  • he seems to be suggesting that the MOE is geared to feeding new teachers in every year and accepting a relatively high attrition rate

 

08:00

Golriz Ghahramans tale continues to unravel "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The below article is a guest post and an opinion piece. The author has made deductions based on various written sources that have all been linked to. You can decide for yourselves if the conclusions the writer has drawn are logical or reasonable.     Ms Golriz Ghahraman has once again played the refugee card [] The post Golriz Ghahramans tale continues to unravel appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

Will Scott Morrison fix homophobic legislation post Wentworth? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Will Scott Morrison fix homophobic legislation post Wentworth?PM Morrison has bowed to public pressure announcing he will address homophobic legislation but the extent to which he delivers remains uncertain, writes John Passant. read now...

07:58

Empty Seats Plague NFL Stadiums in Week Six of Season (VIDEO + PHOTOS) "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Empty seats plagued NFL stadiums into week six of the season.

Week one of the regular 2018 NFL season kicked off in early September with a wimperthe ratings were at a 10-year low.

Americans are fed up with athletes kneeling during the National Anthem and it showedplenty of empty seats plagued stadiums on Sunday.

Look at those empty seats at the Mercedes-Benz stadium for Falcons vs Buccaneers at kickoff:

Texans vs Bills at NRG stadium:

More photos of Falcons vs Buccaneers:

A sea of empty seats at Cleveland Browns vs....

07:55

In which, on medical advice, the pond restricts its reptile intake ... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Actually the pond only came back to thank the RPA mob, and especially the HITH mob, over which presides the closest thing to an earth mother the pond has come across in recent times, with a another doctor offering attentive, insightful care and a nursing staff (male) so relentlessly cheerful, efficient and professional that attending felt like going to a summer camp for the sick

which is why, when people talk of threatening public health in this country, the pond goes into something of a frenzy.

The pond also came away aware that it had been dangerously over-dosing on reptiles and had paid the psychic and medical consequences

The pond isn't quite sure where the reptile stew fits in the Monash Uni FODMAP, but the medical advice seemed to suggest that only one reptile might be taken of a morning, and perhaps with a balanced diet, things might improve everything in moderation, and understand that even a single reptile is always immoderate.

It turned out it wasn't so hard. All the pond had to do was a headline comparison

It felt that the time the pond was away, everything had stayed preserved in aspic, a kind of reptile Brigadoon, where everything was exactly the same as it had ever been like polling compare the reptiles and the FairFaxians ,..

 

While the pond was away it became fixated on Brexit, with the odd dose of James O'Brien for flavouring, and the Trump circus, and the Kanye thing, and the parrot actually forced to say sorry, and the paying of schools lavish sums to exercise their right to be bigots, and rampant climate denialism and coal lovers clinging to the past, and the sudden realisation by some that Saudi Arabia was just another brutal medieval outpost and so on and so forth, and what do you know?

Not a single thing had changed, there were still the usual idiot reptiles roaming the pages

...

07:30

Fuel costs taking their toll in the Far North "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

TVNZ reports: quote. For those in our most remote communities, prices at the pump are hitting pretty hard. For those living in the Far North like Bridget, it can cost up to $111.52 for half a tank of petrol Bridget lives in New Zealands most northerly settlement of Te Hapua. Every day she spends $50 [] The post Fuel costs taking their toll in the Far North appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:30

07:23

New report highlights human rights abuses caused by SABL land grab "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The appalling human rights abuses being suffered by the victims of the huge SABL land-grab in Papua New Guinea are the focus of a new report published by ACT NOW! and UK based charity, War on Want.

The SABL Land Grab: Papua New Guineas Ongoing Human Rights Scandal highlights the devastating impacts on people living in rural communities and gives a voice to those who have suffered the illegal loss of their land to logging and oil-palm plantations.

People like Peter Tai who says people were threatened, beaten and turned away by armed police and the army when they tried to stop the logging and oil palm planting on their traditional land

When the company uses the police and army, they twist the law and beat us up very badly, to the point where we are afraid to attempt stopping the company again. 

It is not only violence that people have suffered: 

We, the people have lost our God given birth right to our land for 99 years and significantly our traditions, cultures, customs, virgin forest and friendly environment, the eco systems we depend on and our peaceful community living and life setting, explains a landowner from Pomio.  

The report highlights how the SABL land grab, as well as breaching PNGs own land laws and Constitution has breached a whole raft of international laws and conventions.  These include the International Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, and many of the fundamental human rights protected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 

ACT NOW! and War on Want are calling for immediate action to end the land grab and cancel the leases by the PNG government but are also asking the international community to be more proactive in pressuring for action by the authorities.

This includes calling on the UN Special Rapporteurs who have already written to the government expressing their concerns about the human rights a...

07:20

PNG International Nene McDonald joins the Cowboys "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea International, Nene Macdonald will join the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys on a three-year deal beginning in the 2019 season.

The 24-year-old arrives at the club on the back of a stellar season for the St George Illawarra Dragons, which saw him score 10 tries in 23 games.

After debuting for the Sydney Roosters in 2014, Macdonald has played 91 NRL games across six seasons for the Roosters, Gold Coast Titans and Dragons, scoring 31 tries.

A product of Cairns, Macdonald was originally contracted to the Dragons for the 2019 season, but the club agreed to release the winger to allow him to return closer to family.

Macdonald has also played Nine Tests for Papua New Guinea after making his international debut as a 19-year-old in 2013.

Cowboys head coach Paul Green said the club was excited to bring a prodigious North Queensland-bred talent home.

Hes a North Queensland kid and we like North Queenslanders representing this region, Green said.

Nene is going to offer plenty of depth to our backline and had a fantastic year for the Dragons.

I know him on a personal level after coaching him in the under 20s at the Roosters and am confident he will be a good cultural fit for our club as well.

Cowboys Director of Football Peter Parr said recruiting outside backs for 2019 was a major focus for the club after the departure of a number of long-tenured players in those positions.

Hes a very talented athlete and with the retirement of Antonio Winterstein we were keen to add to our outside backs and in particular the wing position, Parr said.

Nene fits the criteria we were looking for and he indicated to us that he had a desire to return home to North Queensland, so we made some inquiries with the Dragons and they have been very cooperative in helping us bring him back to North Queensland.

07:15

Winning before you fight "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It is likely that the hearts and minds of voters are won or lost by Leaders of the Opposition before they become Leaders of the Opposition. Put another way, there is about every successful Opposition Leader an air of inevitability. Politicians who are successful in weaving about themselves a narrative of personal irresistibility and preordained electoral success are almost impossible to stop. The reverse is equally true. Politicians who cannot persuade either their colleagues or the wider public that they have what it takes to win, never do. The most vivid exemplar of this notion is Rob Muldoon. The principle of seniority may have prevented him from stepping into Keith Holyoakes shoes in the early months of 1972, but by early 1974 everybody knew that it was only a matter of time before the incumbent Leader of the National Opposition, Jack Marshall, acknowledged the inevitable and stepped aside.   The post Winning before you fight appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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