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Saturday, 17 November

02:36

For APECs poorest member, flashy cars point to another boondoggle "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

The Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit that opens in Port Moresby this week is supposed to be a showcase of Papua New Guineas hosting, but the run-up to the event has been overshadowed by fast cars. Italian-made Maseratis, mostly 40 of them, flown in on specially chartered cargo flights as well as three Bentleys. At a reported $148,000 per Maserati, and an estimated freight cost of at least $1.2 million, this outlay by the poorest of the APEC member states has put the government of Prime Minister Peter ONeill in the spotlight. ONeills APEC minister, Justin Tkatchenko, has justified the move, saying in a statement that the cars will provide the level of carriage for [world] Leaders that is the standard for vehicles used at APEC Summits. He also said the cars would be paid for by the private sector, but gave no details. ONeill was reported as saying separately that they would be auctioned off after the summit. But the extravagant spending has struck a nerve in a country where basic infrastructure and services are severely lacking. Thousands took part in an Oct. 26 Maserati Strike, including public bus drivers in the northern city of Lae. The spending on the summit at large has come at the expense of the health system, the education system, rural infrastructure, law and order, government finances and the economy, and employment, Mekere Morauta, an opposition member of parliament, said in a statement. Gary Juffa, the governor of Oro province and

00:16

Quote of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"



"Scott Morrison is Dutton dressed up as lamb"  [Jenny Frecklington-Jones

00:15

GIF of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"


Friday, 16 November

23:12

Neulich so: Boykottiert ACE!1!!Jetzt so:In a tragic ... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Neulich so: Boykottiert ACE!1!!

Jetzt so:

In a tragic moment in the history of human civilization, and the trampling of academic free speech, an academic conference, ACE 2018, The 15th International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology, which was to have been held at the University of Montana, USA has been forced to shut down by anti-free speech groups comprising of mainly academic researchers, who have been acting in a fascistic manner.
Aber nicht doch, mein Herr! Das ist nicht Faschismus, wenn man sagt, es diene der Faschismusbekmpfung!

Ich warte ja darauf, dass der Trump das kapiert, und seine Familientrennungen an der Grenze mit Faschismusbekmpfung begrndet.

Ach komm, Fefe, du wirst doch nicht Leute, die Steve Bannon einladen, als Opfer darstellen wollen, wenn das ganz klar die Tter hier sind!1!! Naja, h,

The words that were used in their email and social postings about ACE Committee members and the ACE 2018 Keynote Speaker include sicko, child-abuser, TOOL, Peadophiles, child-rapist, fraudster, scammers, criminals, horseshit, monkey, prick, Nigerian 419 scammer, druf trafficker, pig, twat, scumbag, 6mm nano penis, conman, fraudster, monster, creepy, hag, criminal, etc. There were also significant racist attacks on our esteemed committee member Prince Akinwale Ojomo (a highly qualified World Economic Forum Global Leader and awardee of the highly prestigious US Presidents Volunteer Service Gold Award), simply because he is African and Nigerian. These anti-free speech people were supported in public statements by the academic societies British DiGRA and DiGRA Australia and the FDG (Foundations of Digital Games) Conference.
Da wei man doch, was man hat! Rassismus ist nmlich auch kein Rassismus, msst ihr wissen, wenn es von Leuten gemacht wird, die blo den Faschismus bekmpfen wollten!1!!

Ich hatte gehofft, dieses Mal knnen wir Schlimmeres verhindern, bevor Bcher verbrannt werden.

Update: Es gibt inzwischen mehrere Reaktionen auf den Text, die ich sehr spannend finde. Die ignorieren nmlich rundheraus den Rassismus sondern machen sich ber ... festhalten! ... das "Opfer-Getue" lustig. Dieser Konferenz-Veranstalter jetzt. Denn das sind ja Nazis, daher steht denen kein Opferstatus rum. Dieselben Leute, die ansonsten ganztgig damit beschftigt sind, auf der Linken Opferrollen zu verteilen und sich gegenseitig zu besttigen, wie marginalisiert sie doch seien, die finden das jetzt unertrglich, wenn diese Konferenz-Veranstalter sich in ihrer angenommenen Opferrolle suhlen.

Ich fr meinen Teil halte Opferrollen immer fr schdlich, egal von wem und war...

22:37

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

161118MEMBER WANTS BOTTLE SHOPS CLOSED
New Dawn FM News

The member for RAMU and Minister for Education, THOMAS MAUROKO PATAAKU yesterday called on the ABG House to close Bottle shops and only allow Taverns and Guest Houses to sell liquor with food only as a means of controlling the disturbances drunkards cause when they drink in public places and on the streets.
He said Bottle shops open during odd hours and continue to allow people to take liquor out into the streets.
MR. PATAAKU said liquor sold in these Specified areas could restrict people taking liquor out and also restrict children from having access to liquor at an early age.

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22:33

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

161118MASAT TALKS ON WALKING GUNS
New Dawn FM News

The member for TONSU, IZIKIEL MASAT has called on the ABG members to work together and stop what he termed as walking guns from their constituencies.
He was speaking during the ABG Parliament house yesterday.
The member said that although constituencies may have declared themselves some walking guns are still moving un-monitored in their constituencies.
Member MASAT said that these are the weapons that must be silenced quickly as part of the weapons disposal program.

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22:32

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

161118 CITIZEN CONCERNED AT SOLOMON COCONUT BEETLE
New Dawn FM News

A local copra buyer is calling on the border crossers between Solomon Islands and Bougainville to stop from carrying plants across the border between the two countries.
He told New Dawn FM that from experience during the Bougainville conflict there is special ant species called SOLOMON ANTS that were taken to Bougainville and are now all over the island.
PAULUS KEPSON said that he was concerned at learning that BEETLES were now destroying coconut trees in the Solomon Islands and does not want these pests to reach Bougainville.
He said Bougainville has the largest coconut plantations and if these pests reach Bougainville it could destroy the industry on Bougainville.
PEPSON also called on the Customs officers to make sure they monitor the travelling public on the border.

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22:25

Israeli Defense Minister"s Resignation Not a Victory for Gaza but a Warning That the Worst Is to Come "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

If Bennett is appointed as Liebermans replacement, it becomes near impossible to argue that Liebermans resignation is a political victory for Gazans. Instead, the high probability of a Bennett-led Defense Ministry would unleash a new, even more brutal wave of extrajudicial murders of unarmed Palestinians, one that would deliberately target children.

22:23

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

161118CUSTOMS CONCERNED AT IMPORTERS

New Dawn FM

Buka customs officials are concerned at Business Houses importing goods into Bougainville and not declaring what they are importing and evading import taxes.

Officials from the Customs office in Buka today gave New Dawn FM pictures of goods that came in one of the Business houses and these goods were not declared.

The officials said they will continue to monitor goods being imported by the business houses to make sure they were not trying to evade taxes to the government.

The Business house concerned will be referred to Police for investigation and will be charged.

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22:15

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

161118BOUGAINVILLE OBSERVED APEC DAY HOLIDAY
New Dawn FM News

Bougainville today joined the rest of PAPUA New Guinea to observe the National APEC day declared by the National Government to coincide with the first arrival of APEC leader to Port Moresby.
The main government and Business houses closed their doors whilst some businesses continued as normal.
Despite the negativities regarding the APEC funding by the Prime Minister, Bougainville continues to go about its businesses as normal.

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22:04

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

151118MIRIORI SUPPORTS MOMIS WITH REGIONAL SECURITY FORCE
New Dawn FM News

The former BIG/BRA Secretary and now Businessman, MARTIN MIRIORI has supported the ABG President CHIEF DR. JOHN MOMIs call to deploy Regional Security Force during the conduct of the Bougainville Referendum vote next year.
MR. MIRIORI said it is important that Bougainvilleans must do everything that is possible to ensure that the outcome of the Referendum is fully credible and therefore no one must be allowed and be given any possible opening and opportunity to question the credibility of the popular peoples final choice.
He said that this International Security Force must be similar to the Truce Monitoring Group and must not be armed.

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22:04

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

151118TONSU CONSTITUENCY READY FOR CHRISTMAS GAMES
New Dawn FM News

The Tonsu Constituency is now on its final preparations to hold its Christmas and New Year Youth Sports Tournament with the THEME UNITING TONSU TOWARDS REFERENDUM.
The tournament is planned for the 26th to the 31st of December, 2018 and will showcase talents in Soccer for men and Volleyball for both men and women.
The Opening will be staged at TUNG village whilst all finals and closing will be done on Petats island.
Teams wishing to participate in Soccer must register only 22 players plus three officials whilst Volleyball must register 12 players and three officials.
Three Prizes for Soccer will be TWO THOUSAND KINA, ONE THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED KINA and third Prize ONE THOUSAND KINA.
For Volley Ball the Prizes will range from EIGHT HUNDRED KINA, FOUR HUNDRED KINA and TWO HUNDRED KINA.
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22:03

Beautiful Christmas message from Sir Elton John. "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Just beautiful. Thank you Sir Elton and John Lewis & Partners.

22:01

World view Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

22:01

November 17 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

284  Diocletian was proclaimed emperor by his soldiers.

1183 The Battle of Mizushima.

1292 (O.S.) John Balliol became King of Scotland.

1511 Spain and England allied against France.

1558 Elizabethan era began: Queen Mary I of England died and was succeeded by her half-sister Elizabeth I of England.

1603 English explorer, writer and courtier Sir Walter Raleigh went on trial for treason.

1659 The Peace of the Pyrenees is signed between France and Spain.

1749   Nicolas Appert, French chef, inventor of canning, was born (d. 1841)

1777  Articles of Confederation are submitted to the states for ratification.

1796 Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Arcole  French forces defeated the Austrians in Italy.

1800 The United States Congress held its first session in Washington, D.C.

1811  Jos Miguel Carrera, Chilean founding father, was sworn in as President of the executive Junta of the government of Chile.

1812 Napoleonic Wars: Battle of Krasnoi.

1820 Captain Nathaniel Palmer became the first American to see Antarctica.

1831  Ecuador and Venezuela were separated from Greater Colombia.

1855 David Livingstone became the first European to see the Victoria Falls.

1858 Modified...

21:55

Russia Accused of Disrupting NATO Drills: Just Another Unfounded Allegation "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

It has become a trend Russia is blamed for whatever goes wrong, without any evidence to support such accusations.

21:53

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

151118BOUGAINVILLE PARLIAMENT ADJOURNS TO DECEMBER
New Dawn FM News

The Bougainville House of Representatives adjourned today to December for the BUDGET SESSION.
The house adjourned after completing business listed for this weeks meeting.
Business listed for this week included the Presidents Statement on a range of issues of relevance to the Peace Process and Referendum, Regional Parliamentary Committee Reports from the respective regions of North, Central and South Bougainville and changes to the Parliamentary Committees to accommodate the newly elected members for TAONITA TEOP, HALIA and KONGARA and the member for Tsitalato and former Minister for Economic Development, FIDELIS SEMOSO as members of Parliamentary Committees.
This weeks meeting also had the three new members made their maiden speeches to the House of representatives.

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21:52

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

151118MASIU CALLS ON MEMBERS TO SUPPORT HIM
New Dawn FM News
The Member for the biggest constituency on Bougainville, Konnou constituency and Minister for Police, Correctional Service and Justice, WILLIE MASIU yesterday called on members of the Bougainville House of Representatives to support him and not to dis unite his people by talking to them separately.
Minister MASIU made the call after the member for TOROKINA, STEVEN SUAKO told Parliament that he was concerned at the Meekamui activity in Konnou and will be talking to the people to get them to support the ABG.
Minister MASIU in welcoming support by other members appealed that if they want to visit his constituency they must make sure him as the local member is present.
He said members must concentrate in their constituencies to make sure they meet the 31st December target to declare their constituencies, Weapons free and referendum ready.
Konnou constituency has three Community Governments of Konnou, Konnou Coastal and Wisai and borders with Kongara, Kokoda, Lule and shares its border with the Solomon islands.
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21:46

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

151118STATUS OF HEALTH SERVICES BY MINISTER
New Dawn FM News
The ABG Minister for Health, DENNIS LOKONAI says that the Health Department has worked diligently to advance the delivery of basic health Services to our people despite critical challenges and unavailability of the required resources.
The Minister made these remarks in his Ministerial statement to the ABG House of Representatives yesterday.
He said that despite these setbacks his department achieved some significant results.
The Minister said that his Ministry and Department is keen to continue the thrust and to drive the changes that are necessary to transform the health system and enhance the quality of healthcare.
Minister LOKONAI said the Ministry and the Department are trying to address the impediments that affect the health sector and dealing with non-performance and addressing corruption in the department.

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21:46

Californian Democrat Senator compares US Border Agents to Ku Klux Klan "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

What a half-wit. I hope that people who are crashing the US border are in fear of the officers-of-the-law who are trying to stop them. These law-officers are keeping the peace! So what if the crooks fear them! Kamala Harris, the dull-witted Democratic Senator from CA, referred to ICE, as...

21:25

Goodbye, and Thanks for All the Fish "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

It surprises me that, in all the discussion and analysis of the withdrawal agreement, there has been so little analysis of the much more important conjoined Political Declaration, which is about the UKs prospective relationships once the divorce is over. It particularly surprises me that so very little has been said about fish.

21:09

Over three days, sport will show that Ireland can divide or unite to the mutual benefit of all "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In a short three day period in sport, well see how two conflicting (paradoxical) dynamics can work well on the island of Ireland. By all accounts, the atmosphere in the ground was warm in the Aviva Stadium in Dublin between the Republic and Northern Ireland last night.

Neither team has been showing great form against other teams, so both are adrift of their ambitions. The internationalisation of the EPL means theyre not picking from the top. But it was a lively game of keen competition with a respectful and friendly rivalry.

Tomorrow, the whole island will be willingly united as Ireland rugby team, presently the second best rugby side in the world rankings, take on the worlds best in New Zealand. Its a fixture no longer mired in long-term pessimism since that memorable game two years ago in Chicago.

Ireland knows it can beat the All Blacks now, and so does the New Zealand team. There are few fans from Holywood to Sundays Well who do not tingle at the prospect of actually beating them at home. And the fan base has been growing larger and wider on the island since the Grand Slam of 2009.

The recognition of individual choice in soccer has allowed us to move away from the bitter resentments of the past, and in rugby that free choice (and the benefits of the professional era) has led us to put out a team thats unrivalled in the history of Irish rugby.

Photo by Torsten Dettlaff is licensed under CC0

21:00

Climate Scientist Who Fled CA Wildfire: We"re Going to Keep Paying Price If We Ignore Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

At least 44 people are dead and more than 200 remain missing as two massive wildfires, fueled by easterly winds and a historic drought, continue to rage in California.

20:55

Why Washington Blows Up over European Army "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

For Washington, despite all the chivalrous rhetoric, Europe is not a partner nor even an ally. It is a vassal. Admittedly, thousands of American troops died while bravely fighting wars in Europe. But they are distinct from the US ruling class.

20:45

US, Britain Push Yemen Ceasefire as Tactic to Defeat Houthis "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

If Washington, London and Paris were really serious about ending the suffering in Yemen, they would simply demand that the aggression stops immediately, so that the Yemenis are allowed to determine their own political future without foreign interference.

20:40

MACKAY Police find miniature cannon in raid at Blacks Beach home "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

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20:25

A little bit of sun "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Queensland turns the corner

To look at the latest employment and unemployment figures you might things haven't been so bright for Queensland, but these are lagging indicators. 

But the latest state accounts for financial year 2018 released today showed gross state product up by 3.4 per cent - behind only Victoria of all the states - for the strongest result since 2011-12, while final demand in the Sunshine State was also up by 3 per cent. 


Source: ABS

Better still, business investment in Queensland recorded double digit growth at 10.6 per cent after a lean five years. 

Provided China keeps importing Australian coal in 2019, the next few years should be better for profits and wages.

Gross income per capita grew in Queensland by 2.3 per cent after an awfully sluggish few years (nothing compared to the Canberra bubble, mind you!).


Finally, 2018 was characterised for the housing market by switching to lower mortgage rates, but with more principal being repaid.

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20:00

BBC Drama: Strangers and Brothers by C.P.Snow #9/13 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Strangers and Brothers is a series of novels by C. P. Snow, published between 1940 and 1970. They deal with among other things questions of political and personal integrity, and the mechanics of exercising power.

All eleven novels in the series are narrated by the character Lewis Eliot. The series follows his life and career from humble beginnings in an English provincial town, to reasonably successful London lawyer, to Cambridge don, to wartime service in Whitehall, to senior civil servant and finally retirement.

The New Men deals with the scientific communitys involvement in (and reaction to) the development and deployment of nuclear weapons during the Second World War. The Conscience of the Rich concerns a wealthy, Anglo-Jewish merchant-banking family. Time of Hope and George Passant depict the price paid by clever, poor young men to escape their provincial origins.

Snow analyses the professional world, scrutinising microscopic shifts of power within the enclosed settings of a Cambridge college, a Whitehall ministry, a law firm. For example, in the novels set in the Cambridge college (a thinly veiled Christs), a small, disparate group of men is typically required to reach a collective decision on an important subject. In The Masters, the dozen or so college members elect a new head (the Master) by majority vote. In The Affair, a small group of dons sets out to correct a possible injustice: they must convince the rest of the college to re-open an investigation into scientific fraud. In both novels, the characters strongly resist letting in the external world, whether it be the press, public opinion, the college Visitor, or outside experts.

The books were adapted by the BBC into a 13-episode television series, which began airing in January 1984. The series starred Shaughan Seymour as Lewis, Sheila Ruskin as his mentally troubled first wife Sheila and Cherie Lunghi as his second wife Margaret. Other actors of note who took part in the series include Anthony Hopkins, Nigel Havers, Peter Sallis and Tom Wilkinson. 

19:55

How George W. Bush Corrupted America"s "News"-Reporting "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In order to understand todays demonization of Vladimir Putin, one must go back to US President George W. Bushs propaganda for regime-change in Iraq and demonization of Saddam Hussein at that time.

19:00

Friday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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18:57

Camping at Tin Can Bay November 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


Black Bittern

An excellent haul of birds during a three-day camp-out to Tin Can Bay included Black Bittern, Radjah Shelduck, Broad-billed Sandpiper, Grey Plover, Sanderling, Eastern Ground-Parrot, Little Bronze Cuckoo and Shining Flycatcher. We camped at the Tin Can Bay Holiday Park in Trevally Street; when we were last here in 2013 we were impressed with the place. Out the back of the van we had Little Bronze Cuckoo after setting up a good start.

Little Bronze Cuckoo
In the afternoon I visited the little-known shorebird roost at high tide at Cooloola Cove, about 1km along the foreshore north of the end of Bayside Road; look for a track through fence posts inland a short distance to the tidal flats. The first bird I saw was a Broad-billed Sandpiper on the water edge. It was joined by a smattering of Red-necked Stint, Sharp-taile...

18:38

Prominent lefty human rights lawyer P15SED as a newt abusing Air India staff for more grog "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

IRISH 'LAWYER FOR THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE' ARRESTED FOR DRUNK, RACIST RANT Simone O'Broin hurled insults and racist slurs at Air India staff who denied her more alcohol. BY AMY SPIRO NOVEMBER 15, 2018 14:51 An inebriated woman who claimed to be an international lawyer and pro-Palestinian activist was arrested after...

18:30

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The first friend we visited has advanced Parkinsons. The second has cancer which he had been told is terminal.

Their bodies might be failing but their minds and spirits are still lively.

Today Im grateful for their example.

18:30

Car-Poole Karaoke 2 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Car-Poole Karaoke 2 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:00

Friday feline "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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17:40

US Can Avoid Afghan Quagmire With Russias Help "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Moscow hopes to work together with its regional partners and Afghanistans friends as well as the broader international community, especially the US, to help launch a constructive intra-Afghan dialogue. The American decision to nominate an observer to the Moscow conference was an encouraging step.

The post US Can Avoid Afghan Quagmire With Russias Help appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

17:30

Brexit Morons "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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17:00

EXPOSED! Islamic Prayer room in Melbourne Airport displays Islamist Extremist books "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz EXPOSED! Islamic Prayer Room in Melbourne Airport displays Islamist Extremist books for the Muslim travellers convenience that teach the jurisprudential Sharia Laws of Jihad, taking hostages, making the infidels pay Islamic Tax (Jizya), and martyrdom. Im not saying Melbourne Airport [] The post EXPOSED! Islamic Prayer room in Melbourne Airport displays Islamist Extremist books appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

16:58

China in South Pacific Region: One Step Away from Absolute Power "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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The South Pacific region, stretching from the shores of Australia to South America and encompassing more than 30,000 islands, has felt Chinas growing influenced since 2000s. By 2018, it had grown so strong that it became a threat to Australias strategic security. It should be noted that in the last 30 years, Australia has viewed itself as a regional leader. Chinas enormous investments, loans, grants, intended for the benefit of thirteen small island-states and another thirteen dependent territories in the South Pacific, belonging to Australia, New Zealand, France, and the USA, have made PRC a key benefactor, but not a strategically important player in the southern part of the Pacific Ocean as yet. Beijings negotiations with the island states on stationing Chinese bases there have been thus far successfully countered by Australian diplomacy. These negotiations are linked with PRCs initiative One Belt One Road, a part of which encompasses the Pacific Ocean. And establishing Chinese military bases in the territory of country-participants is a by-product of the project.

Papua New Guinea could have become a geostrategically convenient location for Chinas first military base in the South Pacific. The country lies only 2,000 km away from Australia and provides a convenient access point to the South China Sea, an area where PRC is pursuing its policy of expansion (including military expansion). Historically, China and Papua New Guinea have had close ties. By the middle of the 20th century the biggest Chinese diaspora in the region (approximately 100,000 people), working in the export of timber and natural resources, had made Papua New Guinea its new home. In 1968, the Chinese established Papua New Guineas second most powerful party. In 1980 (five years after the nation had gained its independence), the leader of this party, Julius Chan of Chinese and Papua New Guinean descent, became the countrys leader. In fact, in the following twenty years he occupied the post of Prime Minister three more times. By the end of the 20th century, the Chinese had settled in South Pacific islands, rich in forests and natural resources, such as the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji, and French territories of New Caledonia and French Polynesia (better known as Tahiti, where from 2006 to 2011 a member of the Chinese diaspora, Gaston Tong Sang was in power three times).

Negotiations, which started in 2014, on a strategic partnership between PRC and Papua New Guinea, and on repair work of four ports in the cities of Wewak (home to Japans largest air base fr...

16:56

Pastor Frank Houston Founder of Hillsong. Pedophile. Criminal mind. Part Four. Prophet of the Lord, Pastor Philip Powell, works hard to out the pedophile Frank Houston "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Philip Powell 1

The criminal pedophile Frank Houston, the founder of Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia in 1977, found the escape haven he sought in Sydney, Australia.

His new nest was undisturbed for a while.

The peace lasted about four years from 1977 before the prophet of the Lord, Pastor Philip Powell, found out Frank Houstons new church address and his new church office fax number.

Once the criminal pedophile Frank Houston escaped the heat and the chasers in New Zealand he settled in to a different lifestyle in Darlinghurst Sydney.

The pedophile Frank Houston the rock-spider

Ive explained in the previous three articles how pedophiles are like spiders. In fact the term rock-spider is Australian jail slang for pedophile.

Pedophiles, like spiders, build nests, cobwebs and layers and layers of complex defences and ploys.

They are amongst the most evil and cunning people on the planet.

Frank Houston was a hardened pedophile by the time he was 20.

He chose Christian ministry as a foil, disguise and cover to maintain a pedophile lifestyle, have an outwardly good and godly reputation, and have ready access to heaps of unsuspecting Christian families and their little children.

Every family has its defences to predators. Acting as a Christian pastor, the evil criminal pedophile Frank Houston was able to breach these defences and gain total trust. Nobody would have suspected an evil pedophil...

16:39

Friday's Fulminations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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16:30

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. Well I guess [] The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

16:30

What Branches of Government Could Help Martin Bryant or Jahar Tsarnaev? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

(L) Justice Michael Kirby,  (R) Trump. Photo: newsmax

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

Jahar Tsarnaev, the Boston non-bomber, has been in prison for 5 years, and Martin Bryant, the Port Arthur non-shooter, has done over 22 years. Many people have tried to get them out of jail by using popular means.

Popular Means for Martin

For Martin, there was a change.org petition to the Premier of Tasmania, organized by Cherri Bonney who also composed a marvelous song for Martin entitled Wish I Kne...

16:30

Trumps withdrawal from the INF treaty could signal a new nuclear arms race "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Trumps withdrawal from the INF treaty could signal a new nuclear arms raceWhile the threat of nuclear war seems like a thing of the past, the reality is that the global nuclear arms race is still dangerously alive. read now...

16:29

Assange has been charged, prosecutors reveal inadvertently in court filing "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This just in from the Washington Post. Somewhat embarrassing error one would think! Julian Assange has been charged, prosecutors reveal inadvertently in court filing By Matt Zapotosky and Devlin Barrett November 15 at 11:19 PM WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been charged under seal, prosecutors inadvertently revealed in a recently unsealed court filing a []

The post Assange has been charged, prosecutors reveal inadvertently in court filing appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

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.

16:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

1.00 AUD = 0.00013 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 0.75 AUD
Converter

15:59

WWI and its centenary highlight leadership weakness "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

When US President Woodrow Wilson tried to belittle Australian Prime Minister Billy Hughes at the 1919 Versailles peace conference by asking who he represented, Hughes replied: I speak for 60,000 Australian war dead.

Hughes may have been bellicose, belligerent and vengeful, but at least he was there, unlike the present Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison.

After four years of having to put up with the jingoism, glorification of war and exaggerated nationalism of the Anzac legend during the centenary of World War I, the one time the real horror and futility of war is marked with quiet dignity, our Prime Minister is missing in inaction. He is on a bus eating pies and drinking beer in Queensland.

Shameful. It was almost as shameful as US President Donald Trumps absence at the first ceremony near Paris because of rain.

It was not enough that the representative in Australia of the British monarchy (which got us into the World War I mess in the first place) attended.

Enough has been written about the centenary. This is about leadership and international co-operation the absence of which led to World War I and allowed it to continue for so long.

The leadership of Emmanuel Macron and Angela Merkel contrasts with that of Trump and Morrison.

Perhaps the three issues that highlight leadership or lack of it most are: foreign aid, climate change and people movement.

They share the trait of being easy to use to stir up xenophobic and nationalistic attitudes: foreign aid is a waste of money when we have so many problems at home; climate change is an international conspiracy to destroy our economy; movement of people presents a threat to our way of life.

Precisely because it is so easy to kindle those fears that it requires good leadership to make sure they are not kindled, and that the issues are dealt with sensibly.

It used to be that other nation states could be the source of easily whipped up xenophobia, which is what happened in 1914. These days, however, it is more fashionable to direct xenophobia at international forces, mainly because foreign invasions are too costly and unworkable, as Afghanistan and Iraq have proved.

So lets start with foreign aid. Generous well-targeted foreign aid would do much to alleviate the poverty and lack of education in developing countries that does so much to fuel hatred and violent attitudes towards developed countries.

But while France and Germany lead...

15:45

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Today in Rock History: Today in 1964, The Animals recorded Dont Let Me Be Misunderstood. Today in 1968, The Jimi Hendrix Experience went to number 1 on the US album charts with Electric Ladyland. Today in 1974, John Lennon went to number 1 in the US singles charts with Whatever Gets You Through The Night. Today in 1985, Starship [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

15:30

Whaleoil Poll: Gender reassignment surgery "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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15:16

Where there is risk there must be choice "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Dr Judy Wilyman speaks at an event in Perth, WA about how vaccines should remain a voluntary medical intervention. Via a Facebook post by Dr Judy Wilyman. On the 10 November an event discussing vaccination choice was held at a council venue in Perth, WA. For the first time in a decade the Australian media []

15:00

Hadith for the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Following on from our ethical dilemma, yesterday, with the problem of deciding whether or not something had been given or was, instead, actually a gift: This seems to be an elegant solution to the problem. The Messenger (PBUH) simply decided it was given to Buraira and was therefore a gift when it got to him [] The post Hadith for the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:49

Political Activists in Cassocks "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Today's Australian carries a couple of interesting headlines.

New Zealand blocks holidaying refugees coming from Nauru

and


Nauru claims refugees are trying to return

The first headline is self explanatory while the second refers to forty or so of the many illegal immigrants resettled in the USA who find life in the States is too tough and want to return to their concentration camp on Nauru Island.  Apparently you have to work for a living in the US.

Nauru - Day 3

(pic stolen from The Australian)

A few weeks ago Adolf sat through a Sunday sermon delivered by a highly educated woman with a pommy accent who told the congregation Australia is running a concentration camp in Nauru.

Some concentration camp.   

Inmates can go on holiday whenever they please, run businesses in the local towns and have their children sent to Australia for medical treatment, the latter paid for by Australian tax payers.

The Anglican Church needs to have a good hard look at the impostors it admits to its pulpits.




14:41

Palm oil supplier to PepsiCo, Mars, and Hershey resumes deforesting in Indonesia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

A palm oil supplier to PepsiCo, Mars, Hershey and Johnson & Johnson has resumed clearing intact forest in West Papua, Indonesia, despite pressure by other major companies, many of which have since severed ties with the producer. The deforestation triggered a series of automatic alerts by Global Forest Watch, a satellite monitoring system operated by the World Resources Institute (WRI). PT Permata Putera Mandiri (PPM), a subsidiary of Austindo Nusantara Jaya Tbk (ANJ), has cleared 4.5 square kilometers (1.7 square miles) of intact forest since May. While this may seem like a relatively small area (in 2017 Indonesia lost 13,000 square kilometers, or 5,000 square miles, of tree cover), it is significant for the location, ANJs previous history, and the fact that this action violates the well-publicized commitments many of its customers have made to not deforest, not develop on peatlands, and not exploit indigenous peoples, also known as NDPE. PPM first began clearing forest in 2014. In response, palm oil giants GAR and Wilmar dropped ANJ from their supply chains, and Cargill followed in 2016. Facing a global boycott, PPM temporarily suspended forest clearing, but resumed operations again in late 2017. The Forest Trust (TFT), a nonprofit organization that helps businesses establish sustainable sourcing policies, has worked with many of the above companies on their NDPEs. In 2014, TFT engaged with its members and ANJ to address the deforestation issue, but reached an impasse when the company said it had to clear the forest for plantation to remain profitable.

14:31

#MeNeither "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

This is from David Solway: Why I Am No Longer a Canadian Writer. And Canadian though I be by citizenship, a Canadian writer I am not, since were I still in the Old Dominion, these would have been the social mores that would be applied to me.

Generally speaking, then, our writers no longer challenge the fashions and superstitions of the day, they defer to them. Our writing culture has for the most part continued its descent into the politically correct dementia of our historical moment, the latest instance being the pronominal madness that has swept through the universities and entered the larger society. We now live in a world of zhis, zhers, zims and eims. It is no surprise that the current office administrator of the Writers Union, Valerie Laws, signs off a communiqu with the parenthetical tag (she/her/herself). Such silliness has become pro forma, and I fear not even the polemical power of a Jordan Peterson can resist it. The problem is not only legally compelled speech, as Peterson says, but socially compelled compliance.

But I am an Australian writer (and citizen), and while it is still not perfect here you will find yourself potentially unwelcome in some venues we are nowhere near what we find there. Bindi Coles apology to Andrew Bolt may be a prime example of why we may be the last place of sanity remaining in the West. It wont last forever, so enjoy it while you can.

14:30

In the battle for the internet the Left are the enemy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

PragerU writes quote. The Left controls our universities. The Left controls our mainstream media. Dont let the Left control the internet too. end quote. For a long time now it has been very obvious that classic liberals like Dave Rubin and conservative content providers like PragerU are being censored online. Even Whaleoils very own wildly creative and talented Classic liberal [] The post In the battle for the internet the Left are the enemy appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Flacon a small stoppered bottle or flask, especially one for perfume; a small usually ornamental bottle with a tight cap.

14:05

Cat Rescued From Wildfire Becomes Instant Friends With The Man Who Saved Him "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Hidden amid the smoldering ruins of a region left devastated by the deadliest wildfire in California's history, rescuers discovered a heartening sign that all was not lost.

And boy, was he happy to see them, too.

Credit: Foster City Fire Department

On Monday, while patrolling areas affected by the Camp Fire that were evacuated due to massive blaze, a crew from the Foster City Fire Department heard a sound they could not ignore the desperate cries of a creature holed up under a bush.

It was a cat, but his species mattered little. First and foremost, he was a survivor in need of help. And the rescuers were happy to offer it.

Credit: Foster City Fire Department

The cat was understandably frightened at first, his seared whiskers and burned paws evidence that he'd had a brush with death. But soon the cat's demeanor changed upon realizing his ordeal was finally over.

Firefighter Geoff Downing was able to coax the cat from his hiding spot, taking him warmly into his arm. In that moment, the rescuer and rescuee shared the same feelings of relief and joy.

They'd both found hope.

"[An] instant friendship was formed," the fire department wrote online.
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14:00

Stuff clouds the truth "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Trying to see through clouds, well; its almost like having the wool pulled over your eyes, just ask any pilot. As for having the wool pulled over your eyes, well just ask any newspaper reader, it happens all the time. Bulls-wool; that is. Last Saturday, 10th November, Donald and Melania Trump were due to attend [] The post Stuff clouds the truth appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

13:35

The Weekend Quiz November 17-18, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Welcome to The Weekend Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention or not to the blog posts that I post. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. Imagine that macroeconomic policy is geared towards keeping real GDP growth on trend. Assume this rate of growth is 3 per cent per annum. If labour productivity is growing at 2 per cent per annum and the labour force is growing at 1.5 per cent per annum and the average working week is constant in hours, then this policy regime will result in:




2. Students are taught that the macroeconomic income determination system can be thought of as a bath tub with the current GDP being the water level. The drain plug can be thought of as saving, imports and taxation payments (the so-called leakages from the expenditure system) while the taps can be thought of as investment, government spending and exports (the so-called exogenous injections into the spending system). This analogy is valid because GDP will be unchanged as long as the flows into the bath are equal to the flows out of it which is tantamount to saying the the spending gap left by the leakages is always filled by the injections.


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13:30

How Two Financial Giants Set the Gold Price "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

There are a few under-the-radar moves happening in the physical gold market.

Gold is in high demand right now.

All this buying yet once again, the physical gold market moves dont reflect whats happening with the gold price.

Given the tetchy geopolitical backdrop, the physical gold price should be rallying.

But it isnt.

Its still shuffling along the US$1,210 mark.

What gives?

Got gold yet?

Never has there been a more important time to become an owner of physical gold. Not the paper stuff. Not the ETFs.

A small part of your money, stored as a hunk of shiny yellow metal.

Why?

That is, the price of physical gold doesnt reflect the demand for the yellow metal.

As of June this year, central banks held a collective total of US$1.36 trillion worth of gold accounting for 10% of the world foreign exchange reserves.

Then, in the September quarter, bar and coin demand for individual investors people like you and me rose 28% compared to the same period the year before.

And Wall Street is coming back into gold by the looks of it.

Exchange traded funds in North America and Europe upped the tonnes under management in October, growing by 3.4%.

All these bumps in physical gold stores, yet the price isnt going anywhere.

Well, I know why.

Wading through technical muck

One of my pet peeves when explaining the gold price action is to blame it on whats happening in COMEX.

While not wrong, COMEX trading does tend to set the gold price in the short-term, it dawned on me that many people dont understand how the COMEX trades affect the gold price.

Its a gripe of mine because some analysts get stuck on using jargon-y terms they barely understand themselves.

COMEX exchange is one of the worlds biggest derivatives exchanges for metals. COMEX is the financial meeting point for speculators and professional traders alike.

This where the BIG money trades. The multi-million dollar gold trades moving in and out.

Here, you can bet on the direction of gold by either going long or short without actually owning the physical metal.

In other words, people can buy or sell a gold contract depending on whether they think the price will rise or fall.

The idea is that if you analyse the COMEX gold trades, outsiders feel like they get a glimpse of how the big mon...

13:30

Part 52H Australias irrelevant Crimes against Humanity. COPS INVESTIGATE MINISTER Page 1 banner heading of The Advertiser "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Chapman-gate is being investigated and Commissioner Grant Stevens is trying to keep a tight lid on the investigation.

Cops Probe

THE ADVERTISER PAGE 1 on the 15TH NOVEMBER 2018

NOTE: The short link URL for this posting is:   https://wp.me/p1n8TZ-1fN

See Part 52 of this Ronalds space posting, on the 19th October 2018, for the 1st Emcott Report complaint.

Below is the next installment of the Emcott Report Complaint to Commissioner Stevens

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Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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13:30

Trivial pursuit "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I cannot understand how these students are taking this exam, when they do not even have a grasp of basic, very basic English.

It is a damning indictment of the eductaion system and of the quality of our teachers, especially as these pupils are presumably supposed to be at higher levels of attainment than the majority.

The issue was made even more appalling by the reported comment of Graeme Ball, Chair of NZ History Teachers Association 

He called the exam a little bit of a snafu on the part of NZQA, and said the language used in questions should be accessible to all

The exam was not testing comprehension, so it was unfair to make that part of the assessment, he said.

I beg to differ with Mr Ball. All eams test comprehension, they are supposed to do so. They are tests of understanding, thus they require comprehension.

Homepaddock

Year 13 secondary school pupils have launched a petition in fear of failing a history exam because they didnt know what trivial meant.

Students sitting the NZQA Level 3 History causes and consequences paper on Wednesday were confronted with the word in a quote from Julius Caesar: Events of importance are the result of trivial causes.

What does this say about the vocabulary of 17 and 18 year-olds?

Is it unreasonable to expect them to know the word trivial?

Is it an indictment on the education system that they dont, or is it just a fact of modern life?

Is knowledge, including students own language, now merely a...

13:11

The highs and lows of podcasting "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

By this time next year the global number of podcasts may likely surpass the population of Queensland, and that's even taking into account the giant melon currently occupying the town of Chinchilla. There are podcasts about inanimate objects, Nicolas Cage, urban mythology, fountain pen addiction, and even podcasts about podcasts -- the latter being a kind of hellish inception far worse than one could ever begin to imagine.

13:00

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.

12:55

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

MAUNA KEA PROTECTORS GET MORE TIME





























Hawai`i Tribune-Herald - November 10, 2018

The state Supreme Court agreed to give Thirty Meter Telescope opponents more time to consider asking for reconsideration of its recent ruling.

The opponents, a mix of Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners and environmentalists, asked for an extension because the dissenting opinion wasnt published along with the majority ruling and a concurring opinion. The dissenting opinion also was published Friday.

Opponents will have 10 days from Friday to make a request for reconsideration....

...In his dissenting opinion, Associate Justice Michael Wilson said BLNR erred by approving the project before impacts on...

12:48

Local environment provides the face of 2018 Black Gully Festival "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

A stylised lizard is the face of this years Black Gully Festival an annual celebration that brings people together to enjoy music, art, the environment and our community. Designed by local artist Simon Mellor, this years logo makes a creative mark while representing many elements of what the Black Gully Festival is all about. Black [...] full article 

12:46

UNE Tamworth Practical Solutions for Reversing Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

[ Tuesday, 20 Nov; 5:30 pm; ] Based on the book "Drawdown The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming" This event aims to educate and inspire individuals and businesses in practical ways we can reverse climate change locally. The night will consist of guest speakers and a Q & A section + light refreshments On Tuesday 20 November 2018 at [...] full article 

12:42

Latham's 8-Point Plan to stop overpopulation in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Ex Labor leader, Mark Latham, recently joined Pauline Hanson's One Nation Party and will be running for the NSW legislative council at the next state election. Here is his 8-Point Plan to "save Sydney suffocating from overpopulation and overdevelopment."

Latham's 8-Point Plan

1. Our immigration program must be framed in the interest of the people who live here now. This is especially true of policies impacting on an over-crowded, increasingly dysfunctional city like Sydney.

2. Permanent immigration numbers should be slashed, bringing them closer to their 20th Century average of 70,000 per annum (down from 190,000 currently). Temporary visas must also be cut back.

3. NSW should not take any more special refugee intakes, given the mismanagement of Syrian refugee settlement by the Baird Government.

4. Sydneys planning laws must be overhauled to make the city more efficient and sustainable. An urban containment strategy is needed. For existing suburbs, One Nation supports development and density restrictions in under-serviced, over-crowded LGAs. The Government should publish a comprehensive report identifying these suburbs (most likely, most of the city).

5. The release of greenfields residential land also needs to be limited to prevent further urban sprawl. Priority should be given to the development of employment land in Sydney to reduce commuter-travelling times, especially in the citys outer suburbs.

6. The Greater Sydney Commission should be disbanded (at an annual cost saving of $18 million) as it has become a mouthpiece for Big Australia immigration and unlimited population growth in Sydney. Political appointments and unrealistic planning strategies have dominated the Commissions work.

7. The Greater Sydney Commissions excessive housing and population growth targets should also be abandoned. NSW Planning should be given the task of containing the citys growth to reasonable lifestyle, infrastructure and environmental limits. Local Councils, as the level of government closest to the people, also have a critical role to play in limiting densities and development in line with local infrastructure/service capacity. One Nation respects this vital local government urban planning role.

8. The State Government should scale back the responsibilities of the so-called W...

12:37

Final day to show us some love & win prizes (and we promise not to mention Subscriberthon for 350 more days) "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

This is it one final appeal to you, dear reader, to put your spare $$ where your love is and take out a subscription sometime in the next few hours. In return, youll go into the prize draw for all our mind-blowing prizes.

12:35

Balance of power games played out by media reports promoting fear and distrust "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

By Denis Bright Having increased its majority in the US Senate at the Mid-term elections on 6 November 2018, the Trump Administration can claim a partial mandate to excuse the Democratic Blue Wave in the US House of Representatives. For Australia, this is a dangerous time in our foreign policy as the mainstream media cheers

The post Balance of power games played out by media reports promoting fear and distrust appeared first on The AIM Network.

12:35

CRIME CULTURE: American Animals "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

CRIME CULTURE: The year was 2003 and a quartet of college idiots were about to set out to their university library in one of the dumbest heists ever planned. Gary Johnston give us his verdict on whether new doco-drama American Animals captures the spirit of their infamous criminal caper. [READ MORE]

12:30

An expert in apologism "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

George Orwell once wrote that one has to belong to the intelligentsia to believe things like that: no ordinary man could be such a fool. He might have added that one has to be an expert. Many people are naturally thick-headed and duplicitous, but some experts seem to have really worked hard at it. Anne [] The post An expert in apologism appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:30

Commemorating 100 Years:midweek Mediawatch from RNZ "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

poppy

 

RNZs Midweek Mediawatch segment

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20181114-2220-mediawatch_midweek_14_november-128.mp3

Mediawatch Midweek is our weekly catch-up with Lately. This week Jeremy Rose chats to Karyn about five years of First World War commemoration coverage and asks why some critical stories barely rated a mention.

Lots of useful links at the RNZ website which amplify the topics covered in the audio

12:30

Book Launch: Locked On! "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

[ Friday, 7 Dec; 5:30 pm; ] Friday 7th December, 5.30 pm Readers Companion, 149 Beardy St Mall This event launches Marty Branagans illustrated novel Locked On! The Seventh and Most Illegal in the Hitchhikers Guide Trilogy. Its a fictionalised account of the Leard Forest blockade against coal mining on the Liverpool Plains, and the blockade against coal seam gas on farmland at Bentley, [...] full article 

12:30

Now is your last chance to go solar before RECs reduce again on 1 January 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The uptake of solar power across Australia continues to be one of the shining lights for sustainability, particularly against the backdrop of drought, deepening climate change and losses to biodiversity. The financial benefits of going solar are as significant for most people as these environmental reasons. St Vincent de Pauls recent annual electricity report (see Sydney Morning [...] full article 

12:27

John Pilger Film Festival Opens Soon "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

A film festival celebrating the work of documentarians and curated by one of the most internationally renowned of them all, John Pilger will open in Sydney at the end of the month.

The Power of the Documentary is a collaboration between the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) and the Riverside Theatres, Parramatta.

The festival presents 26 landmark documentaries selected by Pilger, including a retrospective of his own work.

At a time of information onslaught, much of it repetitive, said Pilger, the documentary remains a powerful way of making sense of the world, of connecting the past with the present and breaking the silence that is so often truth.

The programme runs from November 28 to December 9 and includes the long banned War Game by Peter Watkins, Edward Murrows Harvest of Shame and Peter Daviss Hearts and Minds.

Tickets are available here.

The post John Pilger Film Festival Opens Soon appeared first on New Matilda.

12:20

350.org crowdfunding film: Accelerate "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

This is what it would take to fund the transition to a new world. All of Australia could be converted to renewable energy for 7.7% of the money in the super funds in this country which is how we know 100% renewable energy is 100% doable. Thats one of the messages in the Accelerate film, the [...] full article 

12:11

Nature Conservation Council Top 20 NSW deforestation hotspots exposed "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

A few hours ago, I was in NSW Parliament to launch a new report on deforestation in NSW. Weve exposed the top 20 deforestation hotspots in NSW. Shockingly, 17 of the 20 hotspots are home to koala habitat that is now at risk of land clearing under NSWs new deforestation laws. With fewer than 21,000 koalas [...] full article 

12:06

One year on from the Royal Commission, the NT youth justice system remains broken "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

To mark the anniversary of the release of the Royal Commission into Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territorys final report, the Change the Record Coalition including human rights organisations is calling on the NT Gunner Government to raise the age of criminal responsibility and get children out of harmful youth prisons.

Everyone wants their children to be safe and supported but the Gunner Government is putting children in danger by reopening Don Dale and continuing business as usual after the Royal Commission called for a profound shift from past practice, Co-Chair of the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, Cheryl Axleby said. Tear gassing children is a significant human rights violation and sees the NT Government mark the anniversary of the Royal Commission choosing to subject kids to further trauma and harm, said Ms Axleby.

The Gunner Government reported on 11th November that children who had been locked away in police cells were returned to Don Dale following an incident where tear gas was used against the children in Don Dale.

There's no time to wait: the NT Government can make changes right now to fix this broken system. It urgently needs to raise the minimum age it locks up children from 10 years old to 14, and fund Indigenous-led programs like Balunu, which will support our kids not to end up in the system in the first place, and to stay out of detention, said Rodney Dillon, Indigenous Rights Adviser with Amnesty International.

We need to see more action from the NT Government to get children out of prison, said Ms Axleby. Expediting measures like raising the age of criminal responsibility and appointing a Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young People will be a positive step to keep children out of dangerous prisons like Don Dale, she said.

The Gunner Government cannot just sit on its hands while children continue to suffer. Don Dale is a dangerous powder keg. Just in the last week children have been tear gassed and held in solitary confinement, said Shahleena Musk, Senior Lawyer with the Human Rights Law Centre. Punishment and confinement will not achieve the change we want, the future of youth justice is in supporting children to thrive, with their families and in their communities, she said.

Kids should be supported in the community, including through mental health supports, bail hostels, education and training programs. It is well and truly time for the Gunner Government to show us what progress has been made in this past year in line with the recommendations of the Royal Commission aimed at preventing children being funnelled into prison, said Ms Musk.

For media comment please contact:

For Cheryl Axleby please contact Karly Warner on 0423 610 587

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12:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Countries That Consume More Or Less Electricity Than Bitcoin Mining In Late 2018 The map above is an update on last years look at Bitcoin electricity consumption. Currently, only 38 countries definitely consume more electricity than total Bitcoin mining. Other quick facts: The Digiconomist Bitcoin Energy Consumption Index currently estimates that Bitcoin mining is consuming somewhere between 55.63 and 73.12 TWh of [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:00

Sowell says "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

12:00

Michael Wood: The Domesday Project (1986) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

 

The BBC Domesday Project was a partnership between Acorn Computers, Philips, Logica and the BBC (with some funding from the European Commissions ESPRIT programme) to mark the 900th anniversary of the original Domesday Book, an 11th-century census of England. It has been cited as an example of digital obsolescence on account of the physical medium used for data storage. This new multimedia edition of Domesday was compiled between 1984 and 1986 and published in 1986. It included a new survey of the United Kingdom, in which people, mostly school children, wrote about geography, history or social issues in their local area or just about their daily lives. Children from over 9,000 schools were involved. This was linked with maps, and many colour photos, statistical data, video and virtual walks. Over 1 million people participated in the project. The project also incorporated professionally prepared video footage, virtual reality tours of major landmarks and other prepared datasets such as the 1981 census.

12:00

Government hides truth about koala mortality rates "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Government hides truth about koala mortality ratesNew information on the removal of koalas from the Coomera-Pimpama region reveals a lack of compassion from the Government. read now...

11:51

Fighting breaks out in Sri Lankan parliament "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

I have written before about the Byzantine political intrigues in Sri Lanka that has led to political turmoil. A measure of how things have deteriorated can be seen by a fight that broke out in the Sri Lankan parliament when some members rushed at the Speaker.


The latest chaos followed the abrupt decision by the president Maithripala Sirisena (MS) on October 26 to dismiss the prime minister Ranil Wickremesinghe (RW) and install the leader of the opposition party Mahinda Rajapaksa (MR) in his place. MR had been president and MS one of his cabinet members before MS and some of his supporters defected from MRs party, joined up with RWs party in a coalition, defeated MR in the next presidential election, dissolved parliament and called for new elections in which RWs party became the largest one, and then appointed RW as prime minister. Got that? That kind of shifting alliances is not uncommon in Sri Lankan politics.

The recent falling out between MS and RW has triggered the current state of confusion. RW has said that his dismissal was unconstitutional, but MS went ahead and appointed MR as prime minister and also appointed a cabinet. When it became clear that MR did not have the support of the majority in parliament, MS first suspended parliament, a move that was challenged, and then he brought it back into session to enable MR to show that he had majority support. When that support did not materialize, MS dissolved parliament and called for new elections but then the Supreme Court stepped in and said that he could not do that.

It appears that RWs party then brought a no-confidence vote against MR and it passed on Wednesday. MR addressed the parliament on Thursday and apparently the fight started when the Speaker called for a vote on whether to approve or reject MRs remarks. Parliament has been adjourned until Friday afternoon but it is hard to see how this impasse will be resolved.

It is truly a mess.

11:45

The PERFECT corporate gifts for your staff this Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Whale Meat Company Gifts Your Staff will know that they are appreciated with a lovely gift of Whale Meat Christmas hams. Whale Meat is your easy, no fuss way to order Christmas hams and you know that they taste just divine! You can find a range of meaty gifts that are suitable for a range [] The post The PERFECT corporate gifts for your staff this Christmas appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:37

Frenchman with a forked tongue "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Today in The Australian

Patriotism is the exact opposite of nationalism, Frances President Emmanuel Macron declared on Armistice Day, before adding, in a thinly disguised swipe at US President Donald Trump, those who say my interests first, regardless of others! rob a country of what gives it greatness: its moral value.

11:30

He wants us all to call him Loretta "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From Pauline Hanson donning a burqa, to David Leyonhjelm telling the Greens Sarah Hanson-Young to fuck off, and stop shagging men, the Australian Senate is always a reliable source of political champagne comedy. Elitists like to bemoan this as the result of voting rules that allow too many oiks from the minor parties in the [] The post He wants us all to call him Loretta appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:19

"A serious threat to public health" "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

That's how UK doctors have described that country's benefit system:

Universal credit has become a serious threat to public health, doctors have said, after a study revealed that the stress of coping with the new benefits system had so profoundly affected claimants mental health that some considered suicide.

Public health researchers found overwhelmingly negative experiences among vulnerable claimants, including high levels of anxiety and depression, as well as physical problems and social isolation exacerbated by hunger and destitution.

Universal credit is not only failing to achieve its stated aim of moving people into employment, it is punishing people to such an extent that the mental health and wellbeing of claimants, their families and of [support] staff is being undermined, the report states.

It concludes that universal credit is actively creating poverty and destitution, and says it is not fit for purpose for many people with disabilities, mental illness or chronic health conditions. It calls for a radical overhaul of the system before the next phase of its rollout next year.


This system is profoundly evil. And its entirely intentional. Tories have never supported effective welfare systems. Instead, they want them to be cruel and punitive, pour encourager les autres. Every "suicide" due to universal credit is in fact a murder - a murder committed by a cruel and vicious government wanting to eliminate the poor.

meanwhile it'd be interesting to see similar information on the New Zealand welfare system. But I suspect WINZ refuses to collect any useful information, because it could only make them look bad.

11:18

Live from the 2018 APEC CEO Summit "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Welcome to the 2018 APEC CEO Summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. Business Advantage PNG is following events at the Summit.

 

The post Live from the 2018 APEC CEO Summit appeared first on Business Advantage PNG.

11:17

APRadio podcast 16-11-2018 "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Australian Patriot Radio

Fellow Mushrooms

Harry and Mike Holt present their weekly OZ CHAT program, this week exposing the overkill of Australian Federal security agencies numbering 20 providing spooks under the bed to our 24 million people far exceeding anything like this in the USA. Victorian election and Bourke Street terrorist killings being dismissed AGAIN by politicians..We apologise for some of the audio being being of reduced quality due to internet connection problems.

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11:02

The Jerusalem Tangle: ScoMos Recognition Policy Stumbles "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Jerusalem, deemed a holy city, and seen as trade item, bargaining chip and bartering tool over the centuries. Sought by the major faiths, despoiled at stages by various empires, revived and chalice of poison in international law. Australias Scott Morrison, charmless in his ignorance, has come to realise the problems of relocating the Australian embassy

The post The Jerusalem Tangle: ScoMos Recognition Policy Stumbles appeared first on The AIM Network.

11:00

They dont want human rights; they want special rights "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

People who suffer from mental illnesses like bulimia or anorexia have exactly the same human rights as every other human being in New Zealand. They have the right to vote, the right to public healthcare, the right to use public amenities, the right to be protected by the police, the right to marry, the right [] The post They dont want human rights; they want special rights appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:00

Paul Mertons Birth of Hollywood #2 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Paul Mertons Birth of Hollywood is a 2011 BBC documentary series written, directed and presented by Paul Merton. The three-part series traces the rise of the American film-making industry in Hollywood through from the early years of film-making to the foundation of the major motion-picture studios and the new class of the film star.

Episode one follows the rise of the American industry from its beginnings with Thomas Edison and his Motion Picture Patents Company, and looks at figures such as the Biograph girl Mary Pickford, the controversial film pioneer D.W. Griffith, the origins of Charlie Chaplin, the foundation of United Artistsand the industrys move from New York to the orange groves of Hollywood, California

Moving towards the 1920s, Merton examines how conservative American lobbyists, fresh from obtaining prohibition, now turned their attention to the unregulated film industry. Merton views this through a study of the career of the silent film star Roscoe Arbuckle and how a false accusation led to his expulsion from the industry and as an excuse for instigating film self-censorship. Meanwhile, Merton looks at the effect of the First World War and the flamboyance of directors such as Cecil B. DeMille

The rise of the Hollywood film studios in the 1930s is told through the story of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. MGMs powerful young producer, Irving Thalberg, challenged the power of the director in making films and refused to allow his own name to appear in his films credits

pp

10:55

Privatisation of Centrelink services is making matters even worse "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

It was bound to happen. Privatised outsourcing of customer information provision at Centrelink is giving incorrect information to people.

Not that this is a huge change. What is shows, is that instead of doing something about it, Scott Morrison and his lot, have tried to hide it by handing over the work to private companies.

The problem is not on only misinformation. A stack of other errors, are being made. Calls are being constantly transferred around and there are a lot of mistakes in the processing.

This comes from a Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) survey of Human Services workers.

According to the survey, 85 per cent of respondents say private call providers are having a negative impact on service standards. They report the private call centre staff dont have the training they need, and clients are waiting longer to have their issues resolved, because they cant always be fixed by the private contractors. They say that Human Services workers often have to fix problems caused by the call centres.

Most scary is that private contractors are also working in the compliance area. Human Services staff suggest that appealing to against a decision is being made harder, when it is suggested that an application cannot be made without providing further evidence first. Although this is supposed to be against the guidelines, they are getting away with it.

A consequence is that staff are facing a rise in the number of angry people that they must face, and this is having a negative impact on the quality of the work environment. The use of sacually employed contractors is also creating job insecurity.

 


Photo from the CPSU: Centrelink staff are campaigning against the private call centres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But it is much worse for those who depend on Centrelink to get by. Too many are missing out on the already miserly income provided and are having uncalled for debts imposed on them, and this inevitably adds to the poverty problem in Australia.

Although the governments figures suggest that waiting times on phone calls are going down, this is misleading. There...

10:53

Team Manager (Child Protection) "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Victoria State Government Health and Human Services

10:47

10:30

You cant get me Im part of the Union, til the day I die "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Hypothetically have we ever wondered why local body council employees and government bureaucrats are paid exceptionally well just as most Auckland City Council employees are? Possible contributors are the public sector and service unions: that is, unions who represent public sector and essential services employees.  Its pretty straightforward. First, they capture employees union dues as an [] The post You cant get me Im part of the Union, til the day I die appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:22

Govt Announces Action To Resolve Basamuk Los Concerns "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

Landowners forced to take out media adverts to make Minister aware of human rights and other serious issues relating to MCC and the Ramu mine refinery

Post Courier | November 15, 2018

Minister for Mining Johnson Tuke has announced immediate action will take place to address the concerns of the Basamuk Limestone landowners of Madang Province.

Speaking from Goroka, yesterday, Mr Tuke said he was not aware of the alleged criticisms nor the human rights abuses and complaints made by the landowners until he sighted the one-page overly media release in this paper yesterday.

Mr Tuke said that he would in the next couple of days summon all concerned parties to his office for answers.

I appreciate the concerns of the Basamuk landowners and I am now very aware of the matter so in the coming days I will call up the MCC and Ramu NiCo Management, the Mineral Resources Authority, Department of Mineral Policy and Geo-Hazards Management, CEPA, and other government agencies involved in this matter to sit with me and tell me what is going on, he said.

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10:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Hello from the wettest holiday Ive ever had in Singapore. Must be all that climate change! On the other hand, the northeast monsoon is just kicking in, so one or two heavy rainstorms with accompanying thunder and lightning was always going to be on the [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

McBride to challenge everything Richard Rennie:

Zespri chairman Peter McBrides has not had time to put his feet up and catch his breath as he steps down from 17 years on the kiwifruit marketers board and becomes a Fonterra director.

But a glance over his career path indicates he has never been one to sit around for long and he ruefully acknowledges there will be more than enough to keep him busy again in his new post. He spoke to Richard Rennie.

Peter McBrides time with Zespri has not lacked its share of roller-coaster moments and he is exiting his fifth year as chairman at something of a peak at the top of the countrys most acclaimed primary produce marketer. . .

Investment fund eyes Central cherry option  Sally Rae:

Central Otago cherries are being considered by a $250 million horticulture investment fund, but nothing has lined up yet, Craigmore chief executive Che Charteris says.

Craigmore Sustainables began fundraising for a new Permanent Crop Partnership in 2016, with a target of $250million. It was quickly approaching that target, and expected closing the partnership for new funds next month.

The strategy was to build a diversified business of the best of New Zealand orchards across a range of fruits for which the country already had an established reputation, including kiwifruit, apples and wine grapes, plus emerging crops such as cherries, citrus and avocado. . . 

NZ duck callers do well at world champs :

New Zealand duck-callers have done well against international competitors in the latest world championships.  

They took part in the World Waterfowl Calling Championships at Easton, Maryland, on the American East Coast.

The best results were from Hunter Morrow of Otago, who came second in the Live Duck category, fifth in the Live Goose category, and 3rd in the team events. . . 

09:38

Refugees pick Nauru over US "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

I know I said posts would be light today - and I know I have to knuckle down and get the DPP submission done - but some things just have to be shared. Forty of the 300 refugees who left Nauru to resettle in the US have contacted the island...

09:37

Major Project Agreements Must Be Reviewed To Benefit PNG "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

There have been many complaints of a lack of benefits coming from the LNG project Photo: RNZI/Johnny Blades

The Current Business Model and Tax Concessions are Cheating PNG of Revenues and Landowner Benefits

Post Courier | November 15, 2018

In the period leading up to and eventual start of the multi-billion kina PNG liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in 2014, there was much fanfare and grandstanding of the promise/premise that the project would single-handedly transform PNG.

In fact, the project has delivered some much-needed tangible developments in terms of major infrastructure, additional employment and spin-off business opportunities as well as foreign exchange revenue. However, there are still many unresolved issues that demand National Governments most swift and appropriate remedial action.

On October 30 2018, it was reported (Post-Courier) complaints by Paguale Kekero resources landowners association from Southern Highlands Province over benefits from the PNG LNG project. The report referred to major clans with population of over 2000 people left in the dark on LNG project...

09:32

Launch of Overland editorial intern Magan Magans debut poetry collection! "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

6.30 pm Saturday 8 December VU at MetroWest, 138 Nicholson Street, Footscray Overland editorial intern Magan Magan is launching his first collection, published by Vulgar Press, in Footscray on 8 December.

09:30

Whaleoil parking ticket issued to First Union "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Last year we reintroduced a Whaleoil tradition/prank that was created way back in 2013 called the Whaleoil parking ticket. A Whaleoil parking warden contacted Cam yesterday and shared the following photo with him. SHAME on you First Union, what a terrible sense of entitlement your member has, taking up not one but TWO parking spaces. They couldnt [] The post Whaleoil parking ticket issued to First Union appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:18

Don't be dishonest - Left Testicle's sentence "stern but fair" "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Ex-Labor MP's sentence had to be 'stern' Margaret Scheikowski, Australian Associated Press November 15, 2018 1:53pm Former NSW minister Ian Macdonald's sentence for misconduct in public office was "stern" but not unreasonable nor plainly unjust, five Court of Criminal Appeal judges have been told. "This was a Minister of the...

09:15

Interview 1398 The Lead Up to WWI on Radio Fault Lines "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

[audio mp3="http://www.corbettreport.com/mp3/2018-11-14%20Fault%20Lines.mp3"][/audio]James joins Garland Nixon and Eric Ladny on Radio Fault Lines to discuss the WWI conspiracy, the lead up to the "Great War," and parallels with today.

09:14

Malcolm Turnbull to star at Australian Bar Association conference tonight "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The preeminent legal conference of 2018 rise2018 relevant/resilient/respected is a prestigious two-day conference to be held at the International Convention Centre Sydney. The conference boasts an impressive speaker line-up that will highlight and profile the excellence of the Australian legal profession with a focus on national and international legal...

09:08

Posts will be light today "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

I'll be offline (but checking comments from time to time) for most of today preparing a submission I've been asked to make to the DPP.

09:05

How Australias NRA-inspired gun lobby is trying to chip away at gun control laws, state by state "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

HEARTWOOD INC.

How Australias NRA-inspired gun lobby is trying to chip away at gun control laws, state by state

File 20181114 194500 wwi1je.jpg?ixlib=rb 1.1The SIFA gun lobby is running ads in Victoria targeting Labor in the hopes it can get more pro-gun independent MPs elected.
Dean Lewins/AAP

George Rennie, University of Melbourne

One of the more noticeable ad campaigns in the upcoming Victoria state election comes from a seemingly unlikely source. The Shooting Industry Foundation of Australia (SIFA) seeks to unwind Australias gun regulations, and knows that state governments are as good a place as any to start.

SIFA is a key part of Australias gun lobby, and uses the same tactics as its American equivalent, the National Rifle Association (NRA). Like the NRA, SIFA seeks to co-opt democratic norms to force change, even when it is directly at odds with overwhelming public opinion.


SIFAs Not Happy Dan television ad.

The NRA playbook

A common misconception about the NRA is that its a grass-roots organisation. This implies that policy comes from its many paid members,...

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

RNZ Nine To Noon: A pilgrimage on El Camino de Santiago "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Really interesting item from RNZ

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntn-20181109-1010-a_pilgrimage_on_el_camino_de_santiago-128.mp3

Aucklander Lorraine Thomson describes walking El Camino de Santiago as a physical, mental and spiritual journey.

Shes a former magazine publisher, now independent director, who completed the 800 kilometre trek from St Pied de Port in France, over the Pyrenees mountains into Spain, to the ancient burial place of Saint James in Santiago de Compostela.

Last year 300,000 pilgrims walked the trail. Lorraine has written a book about her trip, called The French Way.

08:47

Brexit: this is it? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Since the Brexit referendum was hailed by many as representative of a new force in global politics, its of interest even on the far side of the planet, and Ive watched the slow-motion train wreck with appalled fascination.

So, as far as I can tell, the Brexit deal Theresa May has come up with is pretty much the super-soft version. About the only immediate change it will produce is a return to blue passports in place of the EU burgundy, which, it appears, were always optional. And, it appears, the new passports will be printed in France.

All that assumes that the deal will go through. In this context, Ive been struck by a lot of commentary supporting the deal on the basis that a second referendum isnt feasible due to the timing requirements of the Referendums Act. Am I missing something here? Isnt Parliament supreme? And given that this issue has consumed British politics for the last two years or more, can there really be any significant ambiguity about the possible choices articulated by May today: her deal, no deal or no Brexit?

Feel free to comment on these or any other aspects of the issue.

08:45

Things that make you go hmm "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I live in Whangaparaoa and Silverdale primary school is not far away from where we live. They recently sent the following newsletter out to families to try to explain why they had cancelled the prize giving part of the end of year ceremony. [] End of Year Prizegiving There has been a lot of talk [] The post Things that make you go hmm appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:45

Customer Experience & Analytics Manager "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Victoria State Government Environment, Land, Water and Planning

08:41

Will robots bring us utopia? An end-of-year debate! "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

6 pm Friday 7 December The Toff in Town, 252 Swanston Street, Melbourne Overland and the National Union of Workers are hosting a lively end-of-year debate on the topic of automation and what it will mean for workers and labour.

08:30

Gresham College: Prof. Chris Budd Mathematics and the Making of the Modern and Future World #8 Maths Goes Into Space "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A fascinating series delivered by Professor Chris Budd, CBE from Bath University

About this lecture

Many of us have been in a medical scanner and benefited from its use in medical diagnostics. But how many of us have considered how it works? The maths behind modern medical imaging (showing how CAT, MRI and Ultrasound scanners work) will be explained, showing how mathematics done in 1915 is now saving countless numbers of lives. 

Recent advances in mathematics are leading to much better images for doctors to use for their diagnoses; and similar methods and ideas are used in diverse applications such as remote sensing, oil prospecting, crime detection, studying bees and saving the whales.

https://youtu.be/prAAIFzXYF0

About the lecture series

In this lecture series by Professor Christopher Budd, the emphasis will be how mathematics gives us a glimpse into the future both of technology and of many other areas of our lives.

Since Newton, we have become used to science making confident predictions about the future, including on the motion of the planets and the times of the tides. However, some things seem very hard to predict, such as the stock market or the weather. Is this a fault in the way we model these systems, or is there a genuine limit to how far we can predict the future? One explanation comes from the theory of chaos, which explains why small changes now can lead to large uncertainty in the future. Professor Budd will describe how chaos theory works and how things can change rapidly.

Climate change is important, controversial, and the subject of huge debate. Much of our understanding of the future climate comes from the use of complex climate models, which are based on mathematical and physical ideas. Professor Budd will describe how these models work and the assumptions that go into them. He will discuss how reliable our predictions of climate change will be and show how mathematics can give us insights into both the past and the future.

One of the biggest advances in modern technology has been the development of GPS systems which allow us to find our position to very high precision. GPS is just the latest advance in the science of navigation, which has had a profound effect on human civilization. Professor Budd will show how mathematics has played a vital role in making navigation as accurate as it is today and the impac...

08:30

Whaleoil poll: Brexit "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The post Whaleoil poll: Brexit appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:30

APEC security and PNG sovereignty "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

The APEC summit in Port Moresby has ignited a firestorm of debate in Papua New Guinea. Observers have highlighted the breathtaking incongruity between the lavish spending associated with APEC including spending on luxury cars, a new freeway, and swanky hotels and conference centres in the capital with the lack of drugs in health facilities, underpayment of teachers, and the return of Polio. Amongst this hand-wringing, some have suggested that the elaborate security arrangements involved in the hosting of APEC amount to the PNG state effectively ceding its sovereignty to external powers.

PNGs fledgling political opposition has pointed to the significant foreign security presence on the streets of Port Moresby during the APEC leaders meetings, comprising around 2,000 military and police personnel, as well as the personal security details of individual leaders and an array of private security providers, operating alongside PNGs own defence and police forces. The ostensible affront to PNGs sovereignty lies in this substantial foreign presence and the legal immunities granted to these external actors under the APEC Safety and Security Act 2017 as amended in 2018. While the legislation provides security forces with wide-ranging powers to search, investigate and use lethal force against civilians, it seeks to mitigate legal liability for foreign security personnel involved in APEC, including those operating outside of PNG (presumably those involved in extraterritorial maritime and aerial activities such as operating drones).

Railing against these legislative provisions, Shadow Justice Minister and member for Sinesine-Yongomugl, Kerenga Kua has said that this arrangement contracts out the countrys security. Our defence force is the only organisation in PNG that protects and defends our boundaries and our sovereignty You cant contract that away to somebody else. In a related vein, Jerry Singirok, former PNGDF commander and instigator of the revolt against the Chan government during the...

08:14

Saturn, Satan and Stargates "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Whats the Elite fascination with Saturn all about? Why is Saturn connected to Satan? Is it all just some esoteric mumbo-jumbo, or should we be concerned about something? How does all this tie in with current events? What are we being prepared for? by Martin Harris Before reading further, I suggest the reader familiarize themselves []

The post Saturn, Satan and Stargates appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

08:09

In which the pond sails on the good ship Britanic with our Henry, the perfidious French, and the bromancer "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


Trust the immortal Rowe to hit the mark this morning, with more immortal Rowe here

With a steady stony glance 
Like some bold seer in a trance, 
Beholding all his own mischance, 
Mute, with a glassy countenance 
       She look'd down to Camelot. 
It was the closing of the day: 
She loos'd the chain, and down she lay; 
The broad stream bore her far away, 
       The Lady of Shalott. (more here, and let's not quibble about creek v stream)

You see, the pond woke groggy, battered and bruised, like a stunned mullet this morning ...after a hard-core night spent binge-watching Theresa May and the British parliament do their thing

What a show, and it has to be said, what a performance. As the good ship Britanic took on water and began to list and sink, May and her small band performed admirably, and the deck chairs were shuffled about with a sense of British aplomb and style

And what a cast the whining Scots, the needy Welsh, the mad Northern Irelanders, and then stood Rees-Mogg, in sinister, angular style, with a lean and hungry look.

Why Shakespeare himself would struggle to conjure a greater villain a perfect ponce, righteous and indignant he clearly thinks too much, but only in the manner of a dangerous fundamentalist

The pond had only one complaint. Being madly infatuated with the British Speaker, the pond had hoped for more one-liners, quips and put-downs, but that maddening British capacity for reserve meant that the baying herd sipped at May's rich blood as if politely dining with the Queen, and so the mighty Bercow only had a few lines

Above all, the pond loves the way the meerkats bob up and down in a futile bid to attract the attention of the Speaker. So many meerkats standing, so many meerkats reluctantly sitting, so few given the Bercow nod

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08:07

Time for the government to pay up "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Primary teachers are on strike this week, secondary teachers are planning the same, and next year there's the prospect of a joint teachers' strike meaning schools everywhere will shut. Meanwhile, other strike action is shutting down the courts, forcing trials to be delayed and clogging an already overstretched justice system. The underlying cause of this? Nine years of National penny-pinching and trying to "do more with less" has left public servants overworked and underpaid, and now they're sick of it enough to actually do something about it.

The government's response has been to claim there is no more money. Bullshit. Whether there's money for public servants or planes is simply a matter of priorities. And this government's priorities are to spend $2.3 billion on war-toys for America rather than making sure basic government services like schools and the courts function. More generally, they get to decide their financial parameters, such as how fast they pay down National's debt, or even whether to raise taxes to gain additional revenue to boost public services. The fact that they're not considering any of this tells us that providing basic services is simply not their priority. What is their priority? Fuck knows - but its looking like as little as possible while collecting their fat salaries. Just like National, really.

But the New Zealand public does care about those services. We care about whether kids can go to school, and we care about whether the courts function. So unless the government wants us to start caring about them, at the ballot box, it needs to change its priorities and pay up.

08:02

Trivial pursuit "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Year 13 secondary school pupils have launched a petition in fear of failing a history exam because they didnt know what trivial meant.

Students sitting the NZQA Level 3 History causes and consequences paper on Wednesday were confronted with the word in a quote from Julius Caesar: Events of importance are the result of trivial causes.

What does this say about the vocabulary of 17 and 18 year-olds?

Is it unreasonable to expect them to know the word trivial?

Is it an indictment on the education system that they dont, or is it just a fact of modern life?

Is knowledge, including students own language, now merely a trivial pursuit?

 

 

08:00

RNZ Nine To Noon: Politics with Morten and Mills "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From earlier this week

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntnpol-20181112-1106-politics_with_mills_and_morten-128.mp3

Brigitte Morten and Stephen Mills look at politics including Winston Peters and Jami-Lee Ross proxy, business confidence and teachers strikes.

08:00

Public servants dont want to serve the public "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is the government that is bringing kindness back. It is also the government that is beholden to the unions. We saw very few strikes under the previous government but, now that Labour is back in control, the unions have an expectation that their needs will be met and their needs are very expensive indeed. [] The post Public servants dont want to serve the public appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

Australian politics for beginners: Part one "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Australian politics for beginners: Part oneStephen Williams gives us a breakdown of how the Liberal Party works and why it's not the ideal party to govern our nation. read now...

07:59

The Trump-Macron Debate "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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Unlike with other allies, periodically, the US relationship with France sours. Even people only half-interested in international affairs are aware of that. What is disturbing this time is that two parts of that relationship are in trouble: the nuts and bolts of defense, and fundamental geo-political concepts.

When French President Macron who will clearly inherit Angela Merkels crown as the leader of Europe when she retires next year referred to the need, shared openly by Merkel, for Europe to take responsibility for its own defense, including, eventually, vis-a-vis the US he was not suggesting that Europe should view the US as an adversary or that the US views Europe as anything but an ally. He mentioned the US to make a point in English, it would have been introduced with the expression for that matter as in anything can happen. Donald Trump made a big deal of what was in fact, an off-hand remark, intended to convey its general nature.

Much more serious is the lack of agreement in terms of political concepts. Macron is the product of an elite French education which rests on a firm philosophical foundation as well as an intimate knowledge of history. Trumps knowledge of political philosophy is null and as for history, in its place are deals. The two were bound to run into trouble, however much each, for different reasons, may wish to cooperate.

Macron correctly stated that patriotism is the opposite of nationalism: pride in ones history and ones countrys achievements, versus disdain for other nations. Trump doesnt do nuance, making the distinction drawn by the younger man all the more crucial. Making America Great Again is, in fact, the mirror image of Charles De Gaulles grandeur. However American superiority is not the same as French rayonnement, and even a typical American president would have to tread softly without carrying a big stick.

Like De Gaulle, Macron wants to retain control of French forces, HOWEVER, unlike the General, he is campaigning for a paradigm shift, his convening of a Peace Forum was intended to actively enroll as many countries...

07:30

Gresham College: Prof. Carolyn Roberts Britain In Troubled Waters #2 The Next Big UK Flood: Britain Under Water "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

About this series

Rivers are all around us, flowing from the rural to the urban and carrying with them traces of all that makes up the modern environmental conundrum that is one of the largest problems facing the UK today. From drought and floods to pollution and urbanisation, this series of lectures takes us on a journey into the heart of the environmental problems facing us all.

About this lecture

What are the odds that events will conspire to put London under water during the next few years? Are the catastrophic Summer 2007 floods in the English Midlands and the recent events of southeast England harbingers of worse to come, particularly as the climate shifts? 

Serious flooding poses major challenges to the UKs security, despite changes in the way we try to manage both water and damage. 

The lecture will review the UKs recent experiences and explore how management and infrastructural improvements are being attempted. Can science, technology and collaboration reduce our vulnerability to floods?

07:30

A relatively well connected expert "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Mike Lee, ex director of Auckland Transport and current Auckland councillor writes an excellent piece in a newspaper:  Quote. Transport Minister Phil Twyfords defence of his unpopular light rail to the airport plan in the Herald recently was heavy on references to experts. He will need to do better than this to convince Aucklanders he [] The post A relatively well connected expert appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:15

Most read "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

07:00

Taxpayer paying business to compete with other business "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An advanced Aviation Hub at Whanganui Airport is the latest beneficiary of taxpayer largesse through a donation from the Provincial Growth Fund.

The Taxpayers Union says the government is picking winners:

The Government should be delivering tax cuts to all businesses, not spending $48 million picking winners says the New Zealand Taxpayers Union, responding to the Governments announcement of Provincial Growth Fund spending in the region.

The Unions Executive Director Jordan Williams says Government should not be in the business of picking winners. Instead of spending $48 million on an array of projects in Manawatu-Whanganui, the Government should give all businesses tax relief.

If the business case for projects receiving funding from the Government stands up, they should be able to secure private finance. Taxpayers should not be forced to subsidise businesses that cannot stand on their own two legs. Taxing more for Shane Jones to play Father Christmas is just a provincial merry-go-round.

Its worse than picking winners its using taxpayers money to fund a business that is competing with another existing one.

An international flight school started operating at Oamaru airport a few months ago.

. . .Students from all over would train in single-engine Tecnam aircraft, with one plane for every five students.

Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher said he was very pleased the airline academy chose the Waitaki district to kick-start their operation.

As therell be a significant number of trainees and staff living and learning here, this is a win-win for everyone.

Ten jobs would be created and up to 50 commercial pilot trainees would be in the Waitaki district over the next three years.

Council chief executive Fergus Power said each trainee would add an estimated $20,000 to Oamarus economy while living in the district for up to a year. . .

If a flight school can be established at Oamaru Airport without subsidies the Whanganui one shouldnt need government assistance and it certainly shouldnt be getting taxpayers money to compete with an existing business....

07:00

No letting fees? No problem. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Stuff reports that there are now no letting fees on rental properties. There are tenancy fees instead. quote. Letting fees are back, now being levied on investors rather than tenants. A law change was passed at the start of this month to ban the fees, which are usually equal to a weeks rent plus GST. The [] The post No letting fees? No problem. appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:56

612 ABC Brisbane radio interview on Qld having nations highest unemployment rate "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Yesterday I had an enjoyable chat with Steve Austin on his 612 ABC Brisbane Drive program about the latest ABS Labour Force estimates, which, as I reported in yesterdays post, revealed Queensland is the only state with an unemployment rate of 6% or more.  You can hear our discussion, in which I comment on various regulatory and policy settings, as well as the loss in the 2000s of Queenslands previous status as the low tax state, from 2:02:55:

Drive Thursday 15 November 2018

While Queenslands unemployment rate is typically higher than the national rate (see chart below), the current 1.1 percentage point difference between the rates is currently above the 40-year average of 0.4 percentage points. If the current difference were due solely to a surge in workforce participation related to strong jobs growth I wouldnt be concerned. Alas, it isnt. Queenslands rate of jobs growth is less than half the national average. The Queensland economy continues to under-perform.

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06:48

Spain moves to go completely renewable by 2050 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Contributed by Jim Hayes

The Spanish governments declared intention to completely switch over to renewable energy by 2050. Its aim is to slash 90 percent off carbon emissions and take a major step towards decarbonising the whole economy, and it is grabbing worldwide attention.

The plan includes installing at least 3,000 megawatts of wind and solar power each year for the next ten years.

The shift to renewables is not sudden. Spain has been a leader in this for some time. The strength of public opinion had been difficult for the pro mining conservative government to hold back the tide. Now that the Pedro Sanchez led Socialist Workers Party of Spain is in a minority government, it has a strong incentive to consolidate its position.

Holding barely more than a quarter of the parliamentary seats, it can only survive if the anti-austerity party Podemos (We Can) and the Catalan and Basque independence parties dont vote against it. The Socialists falied to enter into a left coalition, because an agreement could not be struck with Podemos. In its absence, they do not have a great deal of room to maneuver and faces a high prospect  of political instability, before facing the polls in 2020.

After  being thwarted in an attempt to bring a modest increase to the budget by the conservatives, still wed to cutting back spending, and by those on the other side, branding it as insufficient, the government needs a way out that will win it some political capital to consolidate political support.

This led to successful negotiations in October, which brought an agreement on raising the minimum wage by 22 percent,  raising pensions, increased funding for education and science, increasing disability benefits, more spending on housing and increased paternity leave. This agreement set the ground for progress on renewable energy.  Both the political circumstances and the push within the Socialist Party have created the political conditions for change.

Consequently, Spains efforts to meet commitment to the Paris Agreement has been lifted to a higher level.

Under the plan, there will be a ...

06:30

If it is not about the bodies, then why? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Not being a resident in New Zealand when the Pike River disaster happened, I had a bit of catching up to do on the history. When I saw the excellent graphics on One News @ Six the other night some alarm bells began ringing. (Annotations and arrows mine.) With breathless excitement, the obligatory tears of [] The post If it is not about the bodies, then why? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:21

Blessed relief "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Relief as jobs fire

With the new articles getting more shrill by the day on tighter credit, it's becoming more important than ever to watch the facts closely with a clear head! 

Following on from yesterday's wage price index, there was a tremendously upbeat employment report today, with full-time jobs leaping by +42,300 in October 2018, described variously as a  'jobs boom' and 'beautiful set of data'.

Stepping away from the monthly noise, this takes annual employment growth back up to 2 per cent, or +308,100 (there are six charts to expand below). 


New South Wales again drove the gains in October, with quarterly employment growth for the state booming by +63,100, and annual growth soaring off the charts at +151,000, for a staggering +3.9 per cent annual gain. Wow.


There were also very solid gains for Victoria over the year at +93,100, while at the other end of the scale things have been looking rather messy for the Northern Territory over the past 18 months, with total employment trending ever lower. 

Unemployment rate lowest since 2011

The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate held firm at 5 per cent, confirming that last month's surp...

06:13

QotD: "Ownership of public property is not voluntary; it is compulsory as long as one is a member of the public. To call something 'compulsory' usually is a good start toward condemning it." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"Public [government] ownership must be borne by all members of the public, and no member can divest himself of that ownership. Ownership of public property is not voluntary; it is compulsory as long as one is a member of the public. To call something 'compulsory' usually is a good start toward condemning it."
        ~ Armen Alchian, from his Collected Works, quoted in David Henderson's post 'Wisdom from Armen Alchian'
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06:00

Fiji elections: Bainimarama rebuked but returned "IndyWatch Feed Politics.pg"

Recent reporting indicates that the election results may in fact still be in doubt. An update will be provided when possible Stewart Firth, 10:45am 16/11/18.

Fiji went to the polls on 14 November in its second election since the restoration of democracy in 2014.

Fijis experience with democracy since independence in 1970 has been a tortured one. Three coups have interrupted democratic government in the last thirty years in 1987, 2000 and 2006 and the last was followed by eight years of military rule, with Frank Bainimarama as self-appointed Prime Minister. Bainimarama then led his Fiji First party to victory in the 2014 elections and became the elected Prime Minister under a constitution of his own devising. A kind of stability has since settled on Fiji, though the country has not returned to democracy in its fullest sense, that is with a fully independent judiciary and media. Instead, people who cast their vote on 14 November knew that unless they returned the Bainimarama Government, another coup was possible.

The victory of Bainimaramas Fiji First party was predicted in the polls and likely given the arithmetic of Fiji elections. With a large majority of Indo-Fijians supporting him, Bainimarama needed only to gain the backing of a minority of indigenous Fijians to win. Indo-Fijian voters remain grateful to Bainimarama for overturning a pro-indigenous Fijian government in the 2006 coup, and for abolishing Fijis racially-skewed system of voting under which race was a key category. Instead, under the open proportional representation system, the whole of Fiji is a single constituency and voting is open to all Fiji citizens 18 years or over regardless of race. Bainimarama has also endeavoured to introduce a single name for all Fiji citizens, Fijians, with the term i-Taukei reserved for the indigenous population.

The election result was a mild rebuke to Bainimaramas Fiji First, which looks set to gain a clear majority of about 52%, and a boost for SODELPA (Social Democratic Liberal Party, the successor to the old or Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua), which won about 38% of votes. Fiji First gained 59% of the votes in the government elected in 2014, and SODELPA gained 28%. Led by former coup leader from the 1980s, Sitiveni Rabuka, SODELPA has a pro-indigenous political orientation, and receives most of its votes from i-Taukei. But many indigenous Fijians voted for Fiji First in 2014 and did so again this time.

The opposition split between five parties apart from SODELPA. The National Federation Party (NFP) under Biman Prasad had three seats in the last Parliament and will be returned with a similar number this time. The other parties, none of which will be in the present parl...

06:00

Pike River, Andrew Little & the union that did nothing "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Andrew Little is leading the charge to reopen Pike River mine and to send people into unknown and possibly dangerous conditions to find the remains of the 29 men who died in the mine. It is a tragic situation which has been politicised by the government in a way that is truly disgraceful. Nothing can [] The post Pike River, Andrew Little & the union that did nothing appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Kokoda barricades: Official disengagement leads to Trail unrest "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Kokoda - the fee noticeRASHMII BELL

BRISBANE The words were handwritten on a torn white plastic sheet, and the images appeared on Australias Channel 9 news on Sunday.

Reason for collection of gate fees

  1. You trekkers payed K350.00 to KTA, but that never reach the landowners in terms of service for the last 10 years
  2. For the last 10 years landowners never received ward allocation
  3. The landowners want KTA chairman to step down before gate will be open
  4. For that reason, we are collecting half of that K350.00 which is K175.00 for road to pass through

Plis pay K175.00 cash now to walk

On Remembrance Day, journalist Tim Davies presented a disturbing news story even as companion media were beginning to focus on the exorbitant expenditure of staging the APEC meetings in Port Moresby.

Davies succinctly reported on the modern-day battle that is taking place along PNGs historic wartime Kokoda Trail.

Footage of an expansive lawn, a hauswin and shirtless small children playing were overshadowed by audio of loud voices ricocheting around a quiet village. The camera cut to trek operator Adventure Kokoda staff and several village people engage in strained but peaceful negotiations.

Kokoda barricade
One of the barricades blocking the Kokoda Trail

Davies described how the Papua New Guinea government agency, Kokoda Track Authority (KTA), charged each trekker a fee of K350 (...

05:55

The Facebook fiasco "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Here's the whole incredible story. Kudos to @nytimes. Without it, we'd never know @Facebook execs castigated employees for investigating Russian interference. Then smeared its critics with anti-semitic tropes that it lifted straight from the Kremlinhttps://t.co/mOXJERzFq9 Carole Cadwalladr (@carolecadwalla) November 14, 2018 NY Times Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebooks Leaders Fought Through Crisis []

05:41

Not all Pike river families approve of re-entry "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Pike River families has often been put forward as one unified group wanting re-entry to the mine and recovery of the bodies, but at least one family opposes the re-entry plan, calling it disgraceful. Recent news reports refer to the families collectively: Andrew Little on Pike River: Re-entry is about fulfilling a promise to the []

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