ANITA HILL, REDUX: Kavanaugh Accuser Breaks Anonymity, Is Liberal Professor.
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This is the accusation: that the nominee for the Supreme Court, when he was 17, which is thirty or so years ago, did the following:
One summer in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh and a friend both stumbling drunk, Ford alleges corralled her into a bedroom during a gathering of teenagers at a house in Montgomery County.
While his friend watched, she said, Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed on her back and groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it. When she tried to scream, she said, he put his hand over her mouth.
I thought he might inadvertently kill me, said Ford, now a 51-year-old research psychologist in northern California. He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.
Ford said she was able to escape when Kavanaughs friend and classmate at Georgetown Preparatory School, Mark Judge, jumped on top of them, sending all three tumbling. She said she ran from the room, briefly locked herself in a bathroom and then fled the house.
Ford said she told no one of the incident in any detail until 2012, when she was in couples therapy with her husband. The therapists notes, portions of which were provided by Ford and reviewed by The Washington Post, do not mention Kavanaughs name but say she reported that she was attacked by students from an elitist boys school who went on to become highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington. The notes say four boys were involved, a discrepancy Ford says was an error on the therapists part. Ford said there were four boys at the party but only two in the room.
Notes from an individual therapy session the following year, when she was being treated for what she says have been long-term effects of the incident, show Ford described a rape attempt in her late teens.
In an interview, her husband, Russell Ford, said that in the 2012 sessions, she recounted being trapped in a room with two drunken boys, one of whom pinned her to a bed, molested her and prevented her from screaming. He said he recalled that his wife used Kavanaughs last name and voiced concern that Kavanaugh then a federal judge might one day be nominated to the Supreme Court.
On Sunday, the White House sent The Post a statement Kavanaugh issued last week, when the outlines of Fords account became public: I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or...
Very,very free adaptation of R.D.Blackmores famous novel
By Henry Johnston Auguste RodinsThe Thinker is universally regarded as a symbol of science and philosophy. But Rodin originally called it The Poet as a detail of a larger work known as The Gates of Hell to be used as an entrance to a Parisian museum. Neither the museum nor the bronze doors the
Russia and China appear at least for now to have overcome their historic mutual suspicion and animosity. In the over-heated imagination of many Russians, China often appears to be the modern incarnation of the Mongol hordes of the past that held ancient Rus in feudal thrall. Russians still call China Kitai, or Cathay.
How safe is vaccination? To hear it from proponents of the vaccine industry, vaccines are based on rock-solid science that proves them to be completely safe and widely effective. from: https://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/salud/salud_vacunas67.htm (click link for full story) To hear it from proponents of the vaccine industry, vaccines are based on rock-solid science that proves them 
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170918OBEC ANNOUNCES BYELECTION DATES
New Dawn FM News
The people of HALIA, TAONITA TEOP and KONGARA commemorated Papua New Guineas 43rd Independence celebrations bearing in mind that they now would have their constituency members elected in the upcoming ABG Bye-election announced by the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner last Friday.
The By election would be for the HALIA seat, the TAONITA TEOP seat and the KONGARA seat which remain vacant since 2017.
Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, GEORGE MANU announced that writs would be issued on Friday 21st, September, 2018.
And nominations will be opened for two days starting Monday 24th September and closing on Wednesday 26th September.
Polling will open on Monday 15th October and close on Friday 19th October.
MR. MANU said that Counting will open on Monday 22nd October and close on Friday October 26th, 2018.
And writs will be returned on Monday 29th October, 2018.
170918FIVE WEEKS BOUGAINVILLE BYELECTIONS
New Dawn FM News
The Bougainville By-election announced by the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner, GEORGE MANU will be conducted in only five weeks.
With nominations, candidates will have only three days to nominate their candidacy that is between 24th September and 26th September.
Assistant Returning Officers will be accepting nominations in their districts on the first two days that is on the 24th and 25th September.
Nominations for the HALIA seat will take place at the OBEC office in Buka.
Nominations for Taonita Teop at the Tinputz District Office whilst the Assistant Returning Officer for KONGARA will be accepting nominations at the OBEC Central Regional Coordination office in Arawa.
Nominations on the final day 26th September will take place at the OBEC head office.
Candidates will have to pay their FIVE HUNDRED KINA nomination fees before they complete their nomination forms.
170918 MEMBERS CAR TAKEN FOR OUTSTANDINGS
New Dawn FM News
A vehicle owned by the member for South Bougainville and deputy opposition leader, TIMOTHY MASIU was taken by a person claiming that the member owes him moneys from the 2017 National Elections.
The man identified only as MOSES from Kaitu village in the Konnou constituency in South Bougainville took the car from the member at LOUBAI bridge which is the same area another car was taken by the Konnou Mekaamui last year from former combatants.
The earlier vehicle was donated by the member for South Bougainville to the former combatants to carry out awareness in the Konnou area.
The vehicle was later given to the Konnou Mekaamui to use as their own.
The Konnou constituency remains to be the last place on Bougainville for normalcy to really take place.
The car was later taken over by Konnou Meekamui and brought back to the member this afternoon.
170918BOUGAINVILLE CELEBRATE PNG DAY TODAY
New Dawn FM News
The people of Bougainville celebrated PNG Independence today all over Bougainville although celebrations started last Friday.
Small celebrations were held in villages all over Buka island and in Districts in Central and South Bougainville.
The ABG President, CHIEF DR. JOHN MOMIS and the Bougainville Regional member, JOE LERA attended the big celebrations held at HOKO in the Hagogohe constituency.
Other ABG Members were the Public Services Minister and local member for Hagogohe, ROBERT HAMAL SAWA, the ABG Vice President, RAYMOND MASONO and the member for RAMU and Minister for Education, THOMAS PATAAKU and his secretary for Education, DR.JUSTIN KEHATSIN.
The Secretary for Health CLEMENT TOTAVUN, secretary for Mining, secretary for BPA implementation department and the Secretary for Technical Services, BENARD TZILU.
Other groups from other Provinces also performed activities at the HOKO celebrations.
There were the ASARO MUD MEN which stole the show and the famous MANUS Garamut Dance.
Activities that included Disco, Traditional dances and Gospel items continued till late this afternoon.
In Buin the celebrations were held at the Buin Primary School, and was attended by the Member for South Bougainville and deputy Opposition leader, TIMOTHY MASIU and the ABG member for BAUBAKE and Minister for Community Government, JACOB TOKE and the member representing the women of South Bougainville ISABEL PETA.
The US involvement in European politics is so evident and extensive that talking about Russian meddling sounds farcical.
PRN 091702 M6.5 Quake Strikes South of the Fiji Islands Earthquake Details: Magnitude: 6.5 mww Location: 25.453S, 178.220E Distances: Suva, Fiji 809.9 km (503.2 mi) S Population: 77,366 Depth: 570.0 km Time: 2018-09-16 @ 21:11:48.450 (UTC) [USGS] Diagnostics Diagnostics available via FIRE-EARTH PULSARS. FIRE-EARTH EARTHQUAKE FORECAST FIRE-EARTH Forecast for the region and nearby 
Turkey still does not want to remove al-Qaeda from Syria. It wants to move the group around while keeping it under its own control... It is likely that the situation in Syria will now calm down for a while only to escalate again in two month when the operation to liberate Idelb will get its final go.
Breaking news.well kind of. Company linked to alleged foreign bribery conspiracy in Nauru received $2.5m Australian government contract Shock horror. Our AFP have discovered corruption in Nauru.eventually. Which leads me to repost an article I wrote over two years ago.. August 14, 2016 In June , in an interview with A Current Affair, Naurus Justice Minister
This not S01 E06 the caption on the video is wrong it is S02 E08
Upstairs, Downstairs is a British television drama series produced by London Weekend Television (LWT) for ITV.It ran for 68 episodes divided into five series on ITV from 1971 to 1975.
A BBC Wales and Masterpiece produced continuation also called Upstairs Downstairs was broadcast by BBC One in 2010.
Set in a large townhouse in Belgravia in West London, the series depicts the servants downstairs and their mastersthe family upstairsbetween the years 1903 and 1930, and shows the slow decline of the British aristocracy. Great events feature prominently in the episode but minor or gradual changes are also noted. The series stands as a document of the social and technological changes that occurred between those 27 years, including the Edwardian period, the Suffragettes, First World War, the Roaring Twenties and the Wall Street Crash.
The show was a ratings success for ITV, and received outstanding acclaim worldwide winning multiple awards.
Series had an excellent cast with many well known actors appearing over the life of the series. Some are still active to this day.
Unless more people begin to heed the wise words of individuals like the Dalai Lama and, yes, Steve Bannon, the entire European project will collapse.
A text telling you your flight to Queenstown hs been cancelled is not what you want to be greeted with when you land in Auckland after spending the best part of a day travelling.
Wonderful service from Air New Zealand staff to get you on an alternative flight in spite of technical problems helps.
Today Im grateful for calmness when you would be excused for being anything but, and service above and beyond the call of duty.
The media has been giving a lot of attention in the last week to
the 10-year anniversary of the Lehman Brothers crash which occurred
on September 15, 2008 and marked the realisation, after months of
denial, that there was a financial crisis underway. Lots of
articles have been published recently about what we have learned
from this historical episode. I thought that the Rolling Stone
article by Matt Taibbi (September 13, 2018)
Ten Years After the Crash, Weve Learned Nothing pretty much
summed it up. We have learned very little. Commentators still
construct the crisis as a sovereign debt problem and demand that
governments reduce fiscal deficits to give them space to defend the
economy in the next crisis. They are also noting that the balance
sheets of the non-government sector components households and firms
are looking rather precarious. They also tie that in with flat
wages growth and a run down in household saving. But the link
between the fiscal data and the non-government borrowing data is
never made. So we are moving headlong into the next crisis with
very little understanding of the relationship between government
and non-government. And we are increasingly relying on private
sector debt buildup to fund growth as governments retreat.
Everything about that is wrong.
The recently published book Financial Exposure: Carl Levins Senate Investigations into Finance and Tax Abuse (Palgrave Macmillan) by Elise J. Bean is worth reading. Elise Bean was an investigative lawyer for the US Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI).
The book recounts the workings of the PSI.
We read that the PSI has:
faced down corrupt bankers, arrogant executives, and sleazy lawyers. Wed confronted tax dodgers of all stripes, from billionaires to multinationals. Wed interviewed crooks in prison, North Korean representatives, and tax have operatives. Wed protected whistleblowers, championed victims, and defended honest government employees battling abuses. Wed stood up to dirty tricks, assaults on PSIs bipartisanship, and attacks on our bosses.
Never was this environment more loaded than when they started looking into the financial services sector.
The chapter on Deconstructing the Financial Crisis is particularly interesting, given the current attention the decade-anniversary is receiving.
Elise Bean writes that the investigation was the longest, toughest inquiry the PSI under Carl Levin had ever undertaken.
The facts were tangled, the players powerful, and the stakes huge.
She credits the legislative action that led...
By Neeraj Mahajan
A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra has dropped all charges against Nambi Narayanan a former Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) scientist and directed the Kerala government to pay Rs. 50 lakh as compensation to him, for wrongful imprisonment, malicious prosecution, humiliation and defamation.
There seems to be no way in which the state government can wriggle out of paying the compensation, this time, as the Supreme Court has made it quite clear that the amount is to be recovered from the state government within eight weeks.
The idea behind this is to restore the reputation of Narayanan who hails from a middle-class Brahmin family from Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu.
Expressing deep anguish at the manner in which 76-year-old Nambi Narayanan was labelled as a spy, arrested and subjected to intense torture in the ISRO spy scandal, the Apex Court ordered setting up a panel headed by Justice DK Jain. The Committee headed by the former SC judge has been mandated to probe allegations against Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Kerala police officers including a former DGP, two (now retired) superintendents of police (SPs) and some inspectors for fabricating evidence and misguiding the investigation leading to the scientists illegal arrest.
The liberty and dignity of the appellant, which are basic to his human rights, were jeopardized as he was taken into custody and, eventually, despite all the glory of the past, he was compelled to face cynical abhorrence, a three-judge bench led by CJI Dipak Misra said.
Dignity of an individual is an in-segregatable facet of his right to life with dignity, the CJI said.
Nambi Narayanan the scientist-in-charge of the cryogenics division, another top ISRO official D Sasikumaran, two Maldivian women and a businessman were arrested 24 years ago and subjected to 3rd-degree torture by Kerala police officers to make them confess in a fake espionage case.
The Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Kerala police officials interrogated him allegedly wanted him to make false accusations against the top brass of ISRO and in particular implicate A. E. Muthunayagam, his boss and the Director of the Liquid Propulsion System Centre (LPSC). When he refused, he was tortured until he coll...
An excellent video of a good amateur production
Just as in its relations with Russia, it would serve Britain better to cease posturing and try moderation with China.
Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke. It aired on BBC One from 1990 to 1995. The central character is eccentric and snobbish middle class social climber Hyacinth Bucket(Patricia Routledge), who insists that her surname is pronounced Bouquet.The sitcom follows Hyacinth in her attempts to prove her social superiority, and to gain standing with those she considers upper class. Her attempts are constantly hampered by her lower class extended family, whom she is desperate to hide. Much of the humour comes from the conflict between Hyacinths vision of herself, and the reality of her underclass background. In each episode, she lands in a farcical situation as she battles to protect her social credibility.
The show comprised five series and 44 episodes, four of which are Christmas specials. Production ended when star Patricia Routledge moved on to other projects
War and Peace is a television dramatisation of the Leo Tolstoy novel of War and Peace. This 20 episode series began on 28 September 1972.
The BBC dramatisation of Tolstoys epic story of love and loss set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars. Anthony Hopkins heads the cast as Pierre Bezukhov, Morag Hood is Natasha Rostova, Alan Dobie is Andrei Bolkonsky and David Swift is Napoleon, whose decision to invade Russia in 1812 has far-reaching consequences for each of them and their families.
It is a shame that this fallout occurs, when it is so important to build unity, not only for an end the Coalition government, but to present the Australian people with a clear cut alternative, to the corporate welfare state and misery for everyone else.
It is up to the supporters of the deal to prove that the TPP has something going for it. Theres been a stunning silence on this front. Perhaps, its because it is indefensible.
Some are talking of betrayal, after the caucus voted to agree to pass the enabling legislation. Within its own base, Labors leadership is losing some credibility, in in terms of its sincerity.
Australian Manufacturing Workers Union national secretary Paul Bastian said the TPP would be a disaster for Australian workersIt beggars belief that the Labor caucus would sign off on ratifying the TPP given its against the partys own policy.
The Electrical Trades Union warned Labor it faced a real threat of losing the support of Australian workers ahead of the next election if it failed to reverse its support for the TPP.
In addition to making it easier to turn jobs over to lower paid foreign workers, the TPP will establish a system that will enable for private foreign corporations to sue the Australian government for any action it takes that has a negative impact on their capacity to trade, including funding and providing cheaper services through the public system. There is also concern that it would seriously limit capacity to protect the environment.
Labor has announced a policy to improve h...
Season 3 Episode 5 appears to be missing
Water Rats is an Australian TV police procedural broadcast on the Nine Network from 1996 to 2001. The series was based on work of the men and women of the Sydney Water Police who fight crime around Sydney Harbour and surrounding locales. The show was set on and around Goat Island in Sydney Harbour.
Water Rats premiered on 12 February 1996, and ran for six seasons and 177 episodes. Colin Friels and Catherine McClements were the original stars of the series and were instrumental in the shows early success. They both departed the show in 1999. In later seasons, Steve Bisley, Aaron Pedersen and Dee Smart became the shows main stars.
For the sixth and final season in 2001, the show concentrated more on the cops personal lives rather than just focusing on the crimes committed. The Nine Network cancelled the show after six seasons. Executive Producer Kris Noble blamed escalating costs for the cancellation. However, Bisley and Smart had also just quit the show, and the series had already been suffering a ratings battle following the departure of Friels and McClements in 1999.
As we know from the political puppets and their mouthpieces in the controlled corporate media, Syrian President Basher al-Assad is a bloodthirsty monster responsible for the wanton slaughter of (fill in the number) of his own citizens, and he particularly enjoys dropping chemical weapons on women and children despite knowing that this is the one thing that will bring him universal condemnation and ensure a full-scale assault on his country. . . But why? Why is he such a monster? That is the question, and the New York Times offers its own helpful explainer with predictably comic results. Don't miss this edition of #PropagandaWatch from The Corbett Report.
Note: This will be several posts, to keep matters reasonably short and interesting.
Yesterdays big event was a carefully orchestrated media event with a vetted audience and pre-vetted questions for the Q + A at the end. it was more like a Trump rally than the participants would care to admit. We had the warm up act Winston Peters, the sycophantic backing group led by James Shaw and then the star of the show Jacinda Ardern. Again very Trump like with a speech devoid of any real substance, full of waffle or as Chris Bishop remarked a platitudinous pile of piffle
Some commentators likened it to a product launch. Sorry, product launches are about concrete finite things which can be examined and assessed in a meaningful way.
Similarly there has been talk of this being a blueprint. My dictionary defines a blueprint as a detailed plan. This speech did not set out a detailed plan it was a collection of aspirations laying out very broad and often vague concepts. In the IT industry this is sometimes called vapour ware indeed some software has been characterised by slogans such as runs well on Power Point, this disparaging description seemed peculiarly apt yesterday when the media construct aka Jacinda Ardern revealed her genius.
or as Walter Mondale famously said in 1984 Wheres the beef?
Wheres the beef? is a catchphrase in the United States and Canada introduced in 1984. The phrase originated as a slogan for the fast food chain Wendys. Since then it has become an all-purpose phrase questioning the substance of an idea, event or product The phrase became associated with the 1984 U.S. presidential election. During primaries in the spring of 1984, when the commercial was at its height of popularity, Democratic candidate and former Vice President Walter Mondale used the phrase to sum up his arguments that program policies championed by his rival, Senator Gary Hart, were insubstantial, beginning with a March 11, 1984, televised debate prior to the New York and Pennsylvania primaries.
Anyway here is the speech with Adams comments
Jacinda Ardern said:
After seeing a busy show reel like that, I have a couple of observations.
This appears to be the show reel (released by NZ Labour Party. If not, please inform Adam and show him where the actual one is.)
Regardless of the prognostications of politics in Australia, the message delivered by politicians from the larger parties is always professional, well-rehearsed and well delivered. Even as the dust was settling on the Turnbull/Dutton/Morrison brouhaha recently, Morrison had his message sorted (hes representing us in case you didnt pick up on it). Its just like a
What Did She Say?
Ardern wants a growing economy that is working for all of us, wellbeing for New Zealanders and their families, and a country we can be proud of....
How to Tell if a Policy is Absurd
If the opposite of a policy sounds absurd, then the policy is absurd. Who would campaign for a shrinking economy that doesnt work, misery for New Zealanders and their families, and a country we should be ashamed of on the global stage? The opposite of ACTs policies are more state control in education, heavier handed regulation of the economy, higher levels of taxation and Government expenditure, and more Government ownership. All inferior opposites of ACTs actual policies, but not absurd.
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Not all episodes play in all countries
The Darling Buds of May is an English comedy drama television series, produced by Yorkshire Television for the ITV network, first broadcast between 7 April 1991 and 4 April 1993. It is an adaptation of the 1958 novel of the same name, and its sequels, by H. E. Bates.
Set in rural 1950s Kent, it follows the life of the Larkin family. It starred David Jason as Pop Larkin alongside Pam Ferris as Ma Larkin, with Catherine Zeta-Jones playing their eldest daughter Mariette, who marries tax inspector Cedric Charlie Charlton, played by Philip Franks. A ratings success, it proved to be Zeta-Joness breakout role.
Featuring a total of 20 episodes, it was broadcast as three series of six double-episode story lines in the spring of 1991, 1992 and 1993, plus two single-episode Christmas specials aired in 1991 and 1992
A compromise will probably be reached in the coming future whereby India earns a waiver from the US CAATSA sanctions per the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019s clause that this is possible if it either reduces its overall purchase of Russian weaponry or cooperates with America on other issues critical to its strategic interests.
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Chapters on a Victoria University book reviewing the 2017 election by each of the party leaders. Newshub Stardust and Substance: the 2017 election through politicians eyes Accounts of political events by politicians themselves can be worse than useless and should be read with great caution. Politicians are simply too close to what happened to really 
In 2016, Labour
promised that they would withdraw kiwi troops from Iraq if
New Zealand will extend its military presence in Iraq until June 2019, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced.
Cabinet signed off on five military deployments on Monday.
The deployment in Afghanistan has also been extended to September 2019 alongside three smaller peacekeeping missions.
Today in Rock History: Born today in 1944, Robert Leslie Les Emmerson, songwriter, singer and guitarist with Five Man Electrical Band. Born today in 1950, Fee Waybill (John Waybill), songwriter and singer with The Tubes. Born today in 1953, Steve Williams, drummer with Budgie. Died today in 1991, Rob Tyner (Robert Derminer), lead singer with  The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
Matthew Hooton and Stephen Mills dissect recent political happenings, including the Auckland event where party leaders and MPs from Labour, New Zealand First and the Greens unveiled a blueprint for the rest of this term.
Mills as usual occupies his usual position of abject Labour apologist, Mills is an absolute Labour toady. Hooton can be bad, but Mills is beyond the pale.
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How many times have you heard about the two degree limit? The Paris Accord was all about the two degree limit. When researching another post I wondered what temperature was represented by this two degree limit and was surprised to find that the answer is not easily obtained. The two-degree limit is above pre-industrial because  The post The 2 degree limit appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
In a competitive, capitalist culture, the descriptor brilliant tends to refer to somebody who makes connections others have not, or perhaps to have made them faster, or first. It is to burn the brightest, to out-do, to dazzle to the point of disbelief. Brilliance, in this sense, is the fake currency of the elite humanities academy the fissile defence that protects against wrongdoing; the light that shines so brightly it cannot touch, nor recognise, shadow.
Nyunggai Warren Mundine is one of the most remarkable Australians living. Instead of sitting on his keester, bitching and moaning, as so many of us do, hes trying to tackle the actual work of building a better life for others, and reignite the spirit of a nation given over to flabby socialist resentment. Theres really  The post Warren Mundine: Reclaiming work as a virtue appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
A strong and deep earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.5 hit south of the Fiji Islands at 21:11 UTC on September 16, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 570 km (354 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 588 km (365 miles). According to the USGS, the...... Read more
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Over the weekend the government announced an ambitious plan to
make Waiheke Island predator-free:
Waiheke Island is set to become the world's largest predator-free urban island under a bold new $11 million plan to rid the Hauraki Gulf Island of rats and stoats.
Millions of passengers visit the Auckland tourist destination each year and the head of Fullers ferry company says it will be extremely difficult to introduce biosecurity measures similar to those imposed on other pest-free islands which involve checking visitors' gear, ensuring food is in sealed bags and cleaning footwear.
Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage will today announce plans to make the island, which is already free of possums, free of other pests by 2025.
This would enable North Island kk, kkriki, kerer, t, korimako or bellbird, piwakawaka or fantail, tturiwhatu or New Zealand dotterel, i or grey-faced petrel and koror or little blue penguins to breed safely and increase in number on Waiheke, she said.
Think back to university or high school. Were you or your classmates ever left bored or wondering whether one of your subjects would ever help you get a job? When was the last time most of us wrote an essay on literature or foreign policy, or solved an advanced mathematical equation? Youre not alone: An Australian government survey recently reported that more than a quarter of the nations graduates say their degrees are close to useless for their jobs, while more than half of employers say management and commerce degrees, the most popular field of study, are not important. Yet Australian taxpayers spent about $87 billion on education last year, $31 billion of which is spent on university education. Is that money well spent?
Economics Professor Bryan Caplans provocative, well-written and sometimes witty book, The Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money, argues that taxpayers wastefully sponsor students to study courses that many wont enjoy, dont find relevant, dont learn much from, and dont remember much of after graduation.
So why do students study boring, irrelevant subjects? Graduating from university is valuable because it signals to employers that students are hard-working, capable, and willing to tolerate serious boredom as demonstrated by years of study. Indeed, graduate salaries tend to grow dramatically compared to nongraduates but mostly after they graduate. Thats called the sheepskin effect. The sheepskin effect even works for near-failing graduates, who still earn substantially more than students who drop out with one semester lefteven though theyre often separated by sheer luck. By graduating, students signal their work ethic.
The problem? Taxpayer sponsored education encourages excessive credentialism. Competent high school graduates benefit from a university degree even if it doesnt offer a career path, simply because it allows them to further demonstrate their pre-existing work ethic. But those too poor to enrol in university or complete it are effectively left behind when competing with tertiary graduates in the workforce. Thats because employers prefer to hire university graduates over high school graduates, even though both may be equally capable. State-sponsored higher education punishes university graduates by forcing them to engage in years of make-work while also punishing high school graduates who cannot afford university studies.
Moreover, and contrary to popular belief, students dont gain critical knowledge, reasoning skills, networking, discipline and social skills from studying the humanities. Studies conducted by educational psychologists indicate that most students dont learn these ski...
National's charter schools are now
All 12 of New Zealand's charter schools have been approved for transition to state integrated schools.
It marks the end to a rather short era.
"We have worked with the charter schools to find a way forward for them within the state system and no existing charter schools are closing their doors," Education Minister Chris Hipkins said.
The last two schools to be approved for transition were Tranga Tangata Rite in Gisborne and Waatea School in Auckland.
Te Kura Mori o Waatea will open as a year 1-8 state integrated school in 2019, and Tranga Tangata Rite, which was not yet up and running, will open as a state-integrated school in 2020.
Do you want Mercury Energy, Contact Energy or Trustpower etc to decide on your next car purchase? Do you want Google deciding the appropriate time to adjust your thermostat? All this could be coming to an electrical socket near you shortly according to this article from PEI. Quote. For a long time utilities have been  The post Handing over control appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
Back in March, the State Services Commission began an inquiry
into government departments' use of Stasi-as-a-service firm
Thompson & Clark. But there's one significant group which
appears to have a deep and disturbing collaboration with TCIL which
isn't covered by the inquiry:
There are calls for the inquiry into government agency links with controversial private investigation firm Thompson & Clark to be expanded to also take in the police, after a Stuff Circuit investigation exposed a long history of contact between police and the company.
"It's completely extraordinary that the police are not covered by the inquiry into Thompson & Clark," said Greenpeace executive director Russel Norman.
When police undertake surveillance there is oversight, from the judicial warrant system, for instance.
"Thompson & Clark don't go through any of those processes," says Norman. "They pay people who then turn up at groups and pretend to care about whatever the issue is and then if they're passing that information on to the New Zealand police without ever getting any proper judicial oversight of what the police are up to, that is very problematic."
As Australias tattered yet new government, led by the increasingly oafish and amateurish Scott Morrison trundled into its post-climate phase, states which see their existence as dependent on the cutting of carbon emissions have been more than a touch concerned. Their reality remains divorced from the paper clip conspiracies of Canberra and the energy cliques
Click on image for a high-res view Do you feel loved? Later on this week there are more maps reflecting a similar trend. Its about the raw human need for positive relationships and a sense of being regarded and loved. The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
Holy moly. All eyes in the small cap mining space will be reading the latest announcement from Kidman Resources Limited [ASX:KDR] today. This could set a new tone for the lithium market for the next six months.
Kidman went into a trading halt last week and shocked everyone. Thats because it may lose the right to develop its Mt Holland lithium project in Western Australia over an obscure issue.
This is a nervy wait if you happen to hold any shares. But anyone in any other lithium play will be on their knees, praying it happens. It would make supply even more tight than it is right now. Theres no sympathy in the market.
What gives, anyway? Mining tenements in Western Australia come with minimum spending obligations. A WA state ruling has now recommended refusing Kidmans request for an exemption from this.
Kidman shares sold down as it prepares to fight ruling
Well, these tenements could be under threat from other companies who claim them because of issues with their former owner. As I write this, the stock is down 13% in the first hour of trading.
Kidmans joint venture partner in Mt Holland is Chilean firm SQM. Management there have already issued a statement, saying this may delay the project.
The decision now lies with the WA Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Bill Johnston, who can grant the exemption from his office, regardless of the advice hes now received from his bureaucrats.
Odds are on the minister finding a way for the project to go ahead. Theres a lot of capital spending and jobs at risk here. To cut off a major project over this seems insane.
For example, an investment decision is due before 2019 on Kidmans proposed WA lithium hydroxide refinery. This is part of WAs Lithium Valley idea the state is now trying to push.
This kerfuffle does highlight a major issue when it comes to lithium in general. Thats the assumption that all projected mines and projects will come into being and on time, on budget and with no setbacks.
Thats a dangerous assumption. Already weve seen South American expansion plans be brought into question over water rights and now this.
There are a lot of lithium projects staked out in various forms all over the world. But permits, environmental clearance, financing and competent staff dont just appear from nowhere.
Now, we have the situation where battery especially lithium stocks have sold down hard since late last year, based mostly over fears of an oversupply developing. That means cheaper values.
But is it worth the risk scooping....
Reading some academic literature by warming alarmists on the appropriate way to respond to criticism suggests that we have a shift in the meaning of key concepts in the debate. Cutting to the chase, in this literature the role of human emissions has shifted from likely one of the causes of warming in 1988 through discernible human influence in 1995 to causing most of the Earths warming since then.
So the image or the connotation of human-generated CO2 has shifted from traces of plant food added to the air by human activities that could have some influence on the climate to a global emergency that calls for trillions of expenditure to fix although it might be too late.
The technical term for this kind of thing is semantic drift or shift.
Awful Originally meant inspiring wonder (or fear), now usually
has negative meaning.
Demagogue Originally meant a popular leader from the Greek dmos people + aggs leading, guiding. Now a politician who panders to emotions and prejudice.
Egregious Originally meaning good from the Latin egregius illustrious, select, literally, standing out from the flock, now really bad or flagrant.
Gay Originally meant (13th century) lighthearted, joyous or (14th century) bright and showy, it also came to mean happy.
Disinterested, once even handed or objective, now not interested.
In Climate scepticism and the manufacture of doubt [Ref below for nerds] we read Since at least the mid-1990s there has been a consensus that most of the Earths warming over the last half a century is likely due to increases in greenhouse gas emissions. In 1988 James Hansen testified [that it is] very likely on one of the causesIn 1995 the IPCC Second Assessment concluded that the balance of evidence suggests that there is a discernible human influenceand since that time the debate within the field of climate science [re the dominant contribution of human emissions] has largely been settled.
Observe the drift from likely one of the causes (1988) through discernible (IPCC 1995) to most of the Earths warming and debate largely settled since that time. Moreover the warming is alarming and it is mostly CO2 that is to blame.
Observe how the drift is propagated by the Reuters report on the 97.4% consensus paper by Cook and others. Incidentally the paper itself, read closely, indicates that most of the climate scientists think like most climate realists, that there has been some warming in recent times and there is a human influence (magnitude of both unspecified).
The Reuters item leads off with a summar...
I have a piece in The Guardian under the headline Adanis rail line cut shows project is on life support but still a threat to climate, starting with the observation
The recent announcement by Adani that it will halve the costs of its rail line to the proposed Carmichael coalmine by building a shorter, narrow-gauge line raises an obvious question: if such a massive cost-saving is feasible, why didnt Adani go that way in the first place?
I also address the broader question
If coal is doomed, why has the price recoverd
Golriz Ghahraman is the Greens spokesperson for many things, Human Rights, Immigration, Customs, Disability, Global Affairs, Trade, Defence, Security and Intelligence, Corrections, Police, Overseas Development, Courts and Justice. Phew! Thats a long list. Recently, she has been tweeting about SexEd, (short for Sexual Education, not to be confused with sexed). Im not sure which of  The post Educating our children about sex appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
Another Monday Message Board. Post comments on any topic. Civil discussion and no coarse language please. Side discussions and idees fixes to the sandpits, please.
This is the Instapundit post which already has more than 1300 comments. If the right is going to fold every time some woman makes an accusation from decades before, they are not only sensationally vulnerable but fantastically stupid. Not one Democrat believes any of it, but they know some Republicans will, or at least will pretend to. Remember Roy Moore?
ANITA HILL, REDUX: Kavanaugh Accuser Breaks Anonymity, Is Liberal Professor.
STILL MORE: Thread.
When Donald Horne wrote The Lucky Country, he didnt exactly mean it as a positive. What he meant was that Australia was lucky enough to be so endowed with resources and dynamic people that it was naturally resilient to the cluelessness of its leadership. Unfortunately, Australias luck could only run so far. Sooner or later,  The post The buggered country appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
Report shows raising Newstart & Youth Allowance will boost jobs, state taxes
South Australias total disposable income would increase by $288 million if the Federal Government raised Newstart, Youth Allowance and related payments by $75 per week. This is according to a report by Deloitte Access Economics, released today by The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), with support from SACOSS and the state and and territory councils of social service.
As you may have noticed, there have been a few gatherings of Whaleoil readers around the country recently. Dunedin had a Saturday mid-morning coffee catch-up, Bay of Plenty had a Tuesday after work event at the beautiful Mt Maunganui, and of course, Wellington has its regular last Wednesday of the month gathering, where we slum  The post Auckland oilers: Anyone keen to meet up? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
Waste Control Specialists has been lobbying federal officials to establish an interim high-level waste repository
Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Napier airport NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic locations. They can be the view from your kitchen window or bedroom window or lounge room window or car window on  The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
As the 2018-19 meat export season begins, Beef + Lamb New Zealands (B+LNZ) New Season Outlook 2018-19 report forecasts beef, lamb, and mutton prices to remain firm at historically high levels, helped by an expected weakening New Zealand dollar and strong export demand.
We forecast slight increases in farm-gate prices for lamb and mutton in 2018-19, as prices are expected to remain relatively steady in New Zealands main export markets and benefit from an expected easing of the New Zealand dollar, says B+LNZ Chief Economist Andrew Burtt. . .
(BusinessDesk) New Zealand sheep and beef farm profits are expected to decline in the coming year as higher spending outweighs a lift in revenue from the products they sell.
The average farm is expected to earn a pre-tax profit of $129,700 in the June 2019 year, down 2.8 percent from a pre-tax profit of $133,500 in the 2017/18 year, according to industry group Beef+Lamb New Zealand. . .
China is the key market for New Zealand sheep meat Keith Woodford:
Some weeks back I wrote how the New Zealand sheep industry is in a sweet spot, with record prices. I also wrote that China is now easily our largest sheep meat market by volume. Here I share the story of some of the things that have been happening in that market, and how demand for New Zealand sheep meats has potential to further increase.
The starting point is to recognise that Chinas own sheep industry is much bigger than New Zealands. Whereas New Zealand has about 27 million sheep, China has about 150 million. However, most of these are farmed on arid lands in the west and far north of China, often at high altitude. Much of the product is consumed by the local people and does not reach the big cities. . .
Dry in south but wet up north Annette Scott:
A mild, dry winter and a good start to spring has set Canterbury farmers up well but theres concern of a bi...
Sorry! is a BBC television sitcom, that aired on BBC1 from 1981 to 1982 and from 1985 to 1988. Starring Ronnie Corbett, created and written by Ian Davidson and Peter Vincent for the BBC, both of whom had previously written for The Two Ronnies, of whom Corbett was one half.
Sorry! is based around Timothy Lumsden who, 41 years old in the first three series (his age increased to 42 and then 48 in subsequent series Corbett was actually 50-57 during the series run), is a librarian who still lives at home with his domineering mother Phyllis and henpecked father Sidney. Although quite shy around women, Timothy longs to find love and leave home, but Phyllis is always against the idea, and constantly manipulates her son into staying at home. One of the running gags of the series is Sidney frequently shouting Language, Timothy! when he feels Timothy has said something inappropriate (though most times nobody would typically find the words even close to offensive). Timothy usually responds Sorry father, but sometimes snaps Shut up, father! to which Sidney always replies Fair enough.
The writers used this to clever effect in one episode when Timothy is boasting about his acadmeic achievements; I got two passes in English, Literature and the other one, at which point Sidney walks past and says Language, Timothy.
In contrast, Timothys friend Frank and sister Muriel urge Timothy to stand up to his mother once and for all. Muriel had successfully left home, and married Kevin, and as a result is viewed with distrust by her mother.
Those with a few brain cells still functioning and an ability to see beyond the clear intoxicating effect that has the Socialists (albeit the ones further to the left anyway) in power, will recall the denigration piled onto John Key in a mindless epithet "Smile and Wave".
Watching the propaganda arm of the current occupiers of the Government benches attempting to move a wheel barrow of bovine excrement from the back of the cow bail onto the national stage in a pathetic attempt at " we are one" without the singing, thank all the deities, was I the only one who noticed all the CoL players were making forced efforts to continually smile and wave while the rest of the carefully managed side show presented, not surprisingly, absolutely nothing news worthy.
I suppose while they were doing that wasted effort they were not actually destroying any of the remaining productive sector who must be wondering what is coming down the line next.
Two nuclear power plants are in the track of deadly Super Typhoon Mangkhut, which is projected hit mainland China as early as Sunday.
located in Wilmington, NC Global Nuclear Fuel Americas is powered by three giants: GE Energy, Toshiba, and Hitachi. As part of the Global Nuclear Fuel joint venture formed in 2001, it combines the design, manufacturing, and marketing operations of its parent companies to manufacture light-water nuclear reactor fuel. It serves customers in Europe, Mexico, Taiwan, and the US. Global Nuclear Fuel Americas operates a plant in Wilmington, North Carolina. The company works with affiliate Global Nuclear Fuel Japan, and they both work with GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy, which designs nuclear reactors.
Sea level rise could inundate coastal reactors, with catastrophic consequences
Last Wednesday, two of our Police Officers were lucky to make it home. I hope they both buy lotto tickets this week and are just as lucky when the numbers roll out. Newsie.co.nz reports, Police are horrified after a loaded sawn-off shotgun was aimed at two Auckland officers last night and the trigger pulled twice.  The post Two very lucky Cops: But it couldve been very different appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
The comments came in an interview on Sky News on Sunday night,
and little more than a week after Taylor told radio stock jock Alan
Jones that there was already too much wind and
solar in the grid.
On Sunday, he went even further: Asked by Skys Chris Kenny what he thought of Labor leader Bill Shortens comment that Labor was still thinking about adopting some aspects of the National Energy Guarantee, now dumped by the Coalition government, Taylor trotted out all the usual diatribe about...
Late on Saturday afternoon I was catching up with some random sports coverage in The Herald when I found an article where someone suggested Reiko Ioane was the fastest All Black ever. They compared him with a few relatively recent All Blacks going back to about the turn of the century and over the last day and a half I have been thinking about a few further back than that who may well have been faster. For example Peter Henderson (1950) an absolute flyer, Bruce McPhail (1959) who at age 47 ran 11.7 for the hundred yards so he must have been quick as a young fellow, Rod Heeps (early 1960's) 3 national 100yards titles and clocked at 9.8 plus record try scorer for the All Blacks with 8 in one match in Australia in 1962 and Tony Steel (mid 1960's) selected as a Commonwealth Games (probably Jamaica 1966) sprinter but turned it down for the All Black jersey. I also thought of Terry Wright from the mid to late 80's but on a quick look could not find much info on his athletic abilities and Ron Jarden but his athletic prowess was mainly in the 400yards. Can anyone think of others?
The short answer is this is the latest in a string of changes that have massively downsized both the Carmichael project and the bigger plans to develop the Galilee Basin. The longer answer is that, despite optimistic talk about a long-term future for coal, the writing is on the wall. The only way to make money out of coal is to do so quickly, before the present gradual decline turns into a collapse.
The original Adani proposal, put forward in 2010, was for a mine producing 60m tonnes of coal a year. The coal would be transported along a completely...
From the wisdom of Thomas Sowell:
What socialism, fascism and other ideologies of the left have in common is an assumption that some very wise peoplelike themselvesneed to take decisions out of the hands of lesser people, like the rest of us, and impose those decisions by government fiat.
If there is ever invented a proven and working potion of youth, Spartacus would vote that Sowell be the first recipient if he wants it that is.
Recently I was tagged on Facebook for one of those things
where you post favourite albums
Janes Addiction had come to my attention via Mountain Song on Rage and I still regret not accepting an invitation to see them perform at the Hordern Pavilion in 1991.
It follows pressure within the Labor Party for the State Government to hold off sealing Adanis takeover of the Carmichael mine site, which would permanently wipe out a native title claim by the Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) people.
Last month, the Federal Court upheld Adanis ILUA, but mine opponents in the W&J who unsuccessfully argued it was a sham agreement filed an appeal on Wednesday
W&J spokesman Adrian Burragubba has previously declared they would take their fight to the High Court.
The ABC asked Mr Lynham if the Government would insist on Adani reaching financial certainty before it extinguished native title rights on the mine site.
In a statement, the Minister repeated the wording of the Labor conference resolution.
The Government has maintained that Adani needs to prove they can reach financial close [certainty] before we finalise processes for this project, he said...
Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners opposing Adanis Carmichael Mine have this week served notice of a Federal Court full bench appeal. (See ABC today: Adani mine site to remain under native title until finance confirmed, Minister says). The Traditional Owners strongly reject last months decision of a single Judge of the Federal Court and will seek to have the decision reversed and the Adani Indigenous Land Use Agreement (ILUA) thrown out.
Mr Adrian Burragubba, a Traditional Owner of W&J country, and W&J Council spokesperson says: We will not abide a ruling that says its legal to have our ancient laws and culture, and our enduring rights in our lands and waters, merely voted away by a group of people who do not have the traditional authority to surrender our native title.
In a new development, the Queensland Government has confirmed that it will only act to take W&J native title for the Adani project when it has the financial capacity to complete it. This follows a resolution of the Queensland ALP state conference in early September 2018.
Mr Adrian Burragubba says, We are not conceding our rights under our laws and customs to this court decision. We are resolute in putting a stop to the pretense that the Adani ILUA amounts to the consent of the Traditional Owners of Wangan and Jagalingou country to the extinguishment of our native title.
Whilever we have this court case running in the higher courts, whether it takes many months or years, Adani has not achieved conclusive registration of its ILUA. The Government should refuse to act on it, and banks should refuse to finance the project.
Adani engineered this pretence, the Government chose not to side with us, and their lawyers and the Native Title services bureaucrats provided the paperwork for an act of betrayal. Nothing changes those facts for us. They refused to accept our original decisions and interfered in our business, he said.
Ms Linda Bobongie, Chairperson of the W&J Council says: The State ALP has gone some way in passing a resolution calling for financial cl...
Call on Qld Government to prosecute any unlawful activity by Adanis coal operation
Revelations yesterday that Adani Mining may have breached environmental laws while operating on Wangan and Jagalingou country has deeply disturbed Traditional Owners.
The Wangan and Jagalingou (W&J) Traditional Owners Council are calling on the Queensland Government to investigate and prosecute any illegal activity on their homelands.
Mr Adrian Burragubba, a traditional owner of W&J country and spokesperson for the Council says: The Queensland Government has licensed this unscrupulous corporation and now they must take responsibility for any destruction that is occuring on our country. They must investigate and prosecute Adani for any unlawful activity.
We are very concerned about the impacts on our cultural heritage and ancient story places from Adanis land clearing and other industrial disturbance. It is a grave matter for us that their works could do permanent damage to our sacred Doongmabulla springs.
We have been concerned about activity by Adani contractors on our country over some months now. We will be making our own investigations into what Adani have been doing there and will hold both the company and the Government to account.
Adani have been camped on our country hoping to one day build their mine. Starting work illegally only adds insult to the injury that they are there without our consent. We will continue to pursue them through the courts, and with our demands on the Government.
We have seen the report from the lawyers at the Environmental Defenders Office, and it appears that coal seam dewatering bores and other extensive groundwork is being done in breach of Adanis environmental license, and that Adani may have lied to the Queensland Government about it.
We have known all along that Adani cant be trusted with our country, to respect our rights, or be custodians of the environment. The Government can restore some faith by interrogating Adanis conduct and taking whatever action needed to safeguard our country and culture, he concluded.
A very interesting segment on Kim Hills Saturday Show. This is an interview with one of the people behind Unity Books
Stuff reports: quote. The Governments looking to ask Big Food companies to stop sponsoring sport. Its a move to tackle soaring obesity rates, alongside calorie counts on restaurant menus. The proposals were contained in a wish list released to Stuff under the Official Information Act. end quote. Fast food is in the governments sights now. quote: Fast food giants  The post Now they are coming for your burger appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
Animal rights activists in Germany killed four cows and left 40 more critically ill:
Idiot animal rights activists KILLED four cows and left 40 others critically ill after releasing them into a feeding pen where the beasts ate themselves to death.
Suspects are believed to have trespassed onto an organic farm in Germany on Saturday night and released dozens of dairy cows and calves.
The cows then headed straight to the feeding pen where they ate up to 10kg of concentrated feed with catastrophic results.
They are normally fed a maximum of 2kg a day.
Anja Schiemann, the farms managing director, told the Berliner Zeitung: Too much concentrate feed causes the digestive system in the rumen to be severely disturbed.
The damage to the liver is just too much. . . .
A similar accusation could be made against anti 1080 activists. Without it native plants, birds and insects will die.
The ODT opines:
The case for 1080 use in New Zealands forests is overwhelming, no matter the fervent protests of the past two weeks.
Each independent investigation into its use has come to that conclusion.
Yet, the Department of Conservation and its staff have had to put up with abuse and worse. Tampering with the wheel nuts on vehicles, as has been reported, is downright criminal and dangerous.
Blatant fake news and completely misleading photographs have been spread around the internet, news stories hijacked by activists, and 1080 drops disrupted.
There is, indeed, no doubting the genuine feelings of the anti-1080 brigade, including the majority who act responsibly in their opposition. But they, like the irresponsible, are sadly and badly misguided.
Some of the fervour is understandable. Dog owners are fearful of the awful death their charges might suffer should they eat carcasses of mammals killed by the poison....
Nuclear is too slow and gets in the way of real solutions
Radio New Zealand | 14 September 2018
The kingdoms on the French Pacific island of Futuna have ruled out allowing any work related to seabed mining in their waters, saying their stance is final.
The rejection of any further exploration of the seabed was expressed at a meeting in Futuna with French delegates sent to explain the potential of mining rare earths.
The king of Sigave as well as a leader of the kingdom of Alo told local television that any discussion about land matters had to held with the customary leadership and not with the assembly of Wallis and Futuna.
They said they had seen the negative impact of activities in French Polynesia and didnt want a repeat of them in Wallis and Futuna.
At the beginning of this decade French teams carried out three exploratory missions in the territorys waters without consulting the local kings who are officially recognised by the French republic and on its payroll....
Australian Bianca Talevska recently volunteered at a refugee camp on the Greek Island of Lesvos. She met many people with uncertain futures. One of them in particular stood out.
Mohammed Sharife sits down to talk with me. The intense look in his eyes slowly fades to that of innocence and desperation. He is eager to tell his story, in the hope those reading can get even the slightest glimpse into his short life.
From the Parwan Provence of Afghanistan, Mohammed, aged 16, could be like any teenager. Yet, his place and time of birth set him considerably apart from boys his age in the west. The discrepancy in his age (he tells me he is 16, but has no birth certificate to prove it) means he has spent the last three months sleeping on an exercise mat on the floor of a refugee camp on the Greek Island of Lesvos.
They call this section: new arrivals. It is meant to be a temporary area of stay (one night) for those arriving via boat that day, but the sheltered area is filled beyond capacity with people like Mohammed who have spent up to three months calling it their home.
Due to Mohammeds unproven age, there is not enough space in section B, otherwise known as unaccompanied minors, so his only option is to sleep on the overcrowded floor of the new arrivals area. Barricaded with barbed wire and checkpoints at most gates, the camp looks more like a prison.
When I go out [of the gates]I get attacked. I dont feel safe, he says. Within days of arriving at camp, Mohammed had his only source of communication with his family, his mobile phone, stolen.
The situation in here is not suitable for me. He has not made contact with his Mother, who remains in Afghanistan, since arriving. My mother is very sick. We do not have the family or the money to take her to the hospital.
That family he refers to is his father. Five years ago, Mohammeds dad, a government employee, was killed by the Taliban. Just months earlier his 32-year old cousin was also brutally murdered by the extreme fundamentalist group. The reality of mortality has become far too common for children in Afghanistan. If the loss of his father and other family members wasnt traumatic enough, at the age of 14, Mohammed was taken hostage.
They [Taliban] come and find me. They know that my father worked for the police so they capture me. For three days they take me and keep me in a dark room and torture me. I escaped them. When I escaped I fell off a wall and hurt my stomach on a fence.
To this day, Mohammed visibly wears the scars of his upbringing.
They [doctors in Greece]tell me I need surgery, but they tell me I can only stay in the hospital for two days, then I must come back and sleep on the floor again. How can that be? I am in so much pain....
Drug overdoses will no longer be a problem at youth music festivals in NSW after a dramatic intervention by Premier Gladys Berejiklian overnight, following the deaths of two people at a Sydney music festival, and the hospitalisation of at least three more.
NSW police report that during the Defqon.1 music festival in western Sydney over the weekend attended by around 30,000 people as many as 700 festival goers also sought medical assistance.
A 21-year-old Victorian woman and a 23-year-old man from Edensor Park collapsed during the evening. They were airlifted to nearby Nepean Hospital, but died soon after.
Im absolutely aghast at whats occurred, I dont want any family to go through the tragedy that some families are waking up to this morning, its just horrible to think about, Ms Berejiklian told media on Sunday.
The Premier also said she would shut the festival down, thereby further eliminating the potential for drug overdoses amoung youth.
Ms Berejiklian said her government would not bow to pressure to introduce pill testing where festival goers can test party drugs without fear of police sanction after a landmark trial in Canberra earlier this yearat the Groovin The Moo festival saw zero deaths.
That trial saw 128 participants. A total of Eighty-five samples were tested by the STA-Safe Consortium, two of which were found to be deadly.
Ms Berejiklian said the government will not consider introducing pill testing, as it has a zero tolerance to drugs.
Anyone who advocates pill testing is giving the green light to drugs, that is absolutely unacceptable, there is no such thing as a safe drug, she said.
I want to send a strong message to every young person. You should not take drugs at these events or anywhere else, and last nights tragic consequences demonstrated this.
Ms Berejiklians zero tolerance stance is based on the tried and tested reality that if she tells young people not to do something, they will listen to her.
In other news scientists have confirmed that the Liberal Party of Australia is now so out of touch with community sentiment that it has actually travelled full circle, and is back in touch and just waiting for the rest of us to catch up.
Conversely, scientists have also confirmed that millennials are now actively waiting for enough old politicians to die off so that the community is dominated by people who actually care about their welfare, before seizing power and changing drug laws to reduce future deaths.
Newshub reports that Russel Norman thinks that oil companies are capable of sabotage. quote: The head of Greenpeace says oil companies are as big an enemy today of the environmental group as the French government was when it sunk the Rainbow Warrior. Russell Norman fears oil companies are capable of going just as far. The Rainbow  The post Russel Norman loses all credibility appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
The Australian Government should not be allowed to pick and choose what detention facilities can be scrutinised under the UN anti-torture treaty, the Human Rights Law Centre said in a submission to the Human Rights Commission.
Ruth Barson, a director of legal advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said that the independent oversight body not the Government should decide what places of detention should be the subject of inspections.
It would be very cynical of the government to commit to the anti-torture treaty, yet at the same time undermine it by keeping its deepest darkest places of misery hidden from scrutiny. Half-baked implementation of the treaty risks undermining the whole purpose of it, said Ms Barson.
The Australian Government ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture (OPCAT) a mechanism to prevent cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment in places of detention in December last year. At the time, the Australian Government denied its obligations extended to Australias offshore facilities on Manus Island and Nauru.
The Australian Human Rights Commission is tasked with holding consultations and advising the Government on implementation. The HRLCs submission addresses how OPCAT should be fully and properly implemented and recommends the following basic principles be applied:
Australias offshore facilities on Manus Island and Nauru should be included and subject to independent inspections;
The decision of whether or not a facility constitutes a place of detention should be left to the independent inspector to determine;
There should be stand-alone legislation safeguarding the inspectors independence and containing whistle-blower protections; and
There should be a commitment to establish stakeholder working groups to consult with the government on proper implementation of OPCAT.
Ruth Barson said that the Australian Government should keep its promise and fully implement the anti-torture treaty and the principles that underpin it.
"The whole purpose of this treaty is to prevent abuse through transparency. It defeats that purpose if the Government can just deliberately shield politically inconvenient places of detention from public scrutiny, said Ms Barson.
The Human Rights Law Centre's submission can be found here.
For interviews call:
Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519
Complete with a new leader, this Government remains in complete disarray merely keeping the seat warm for Labor. read now...
Too Right! A regular column by John Black Rightminds.nz The annual government enforced Te Reo week has prompted the usual high-minded musings from media and academic worthies. Some made sense Te reo as taonga that needs some protection from government much like the Kiwi or the kakapo others did not. These invoked the  The post Wanker word of the week: Decolonisation appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
Originally aired on EMTV's Olsem Wanem program, SPICES: The Forgotten Commodity is a short film on the potential of the spice industry in Papua New Guinea.
Although small now, the industry has the potential to earn the country more than K100 million a year. What it lacks though is any proper government support.
Despite this neglect, spices are a perfect example of how ordinary people can use their customary land for small and medium sized businesses that sustain their families and develop their communities.
Such enterprises also support the national economy, reduce our dependence on foreign imports and help make Papua New Guinea a strong, vibrant and independent nation.
This is the future envisioned for us in our Constitution!
As soon as the Rotacyclists heard of the Rotary Ride Against Drought, the International Fellowship of Motorcycling Rotarians Australian Chapter (IFMRA) were keen to donate $500.
Members have also been challenged to join the ride from Brisbanes Rocklea Showgrounds on 6 October 2018.
Lionel Cansdale of the IFMRA says Rotary International is made up of 1.2 million ordinary folk.
Since 1905, Rotary has provided humanitarian aid through charitable donations, and hands-on service.
Ordinary folk join their local Rotary club to meet a personal desire to selflessly help others both in their own community and further afield, Lionel says.
A Rotary club is a meeting place; an enabler for likeminded people drawn from all walks of life, to pool their skills and strengths. Importantly Rotary is non-religious and apolitical.
A personal benefit from Rotary involvement is the enjoyment of lifelong friendships and networking opportunities with people that share the same core values; best described as ethical, honest and helpful.
Lionel says Rotary isnt just about hard work and fundraising....
On 6 July 1912, the Liberal Party had been governing New Zealand for a staggering 21 years. In the general election of the previous year it had lost its majority, but remained in office with the support of a handful of independents. By July of 1912, however, the Opposition Reform Partys aggressive leader, Bill Massey, had lured away enough government supporters to carry a Vote of No Confidence on the Floor of the House of Representatives. The Liberal Government of Thomas Mackenzie fell 8 votes short of a majority, and Bill Masseys Reform Party took its place on the Treasury Benches. Though no election had been held, the Governor had agreed to swear-in a new government. New Zealanders would not go to the polls again until 10 December 1914. The post The 1912 Option appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
The media havent bought the sweetness and light Ted talk of the prime minister. They are mostly scathing, including Tracy Watkins:Quote: Were no dysfunction junction, Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters declared after his and Jacinda Arderns unity extravaganza, promptly handing the Opposition a new name to roast them with. Since over-egging media expectations usually goes badly in politics Prime Minister  The post A desperate attempt to manufacture good news appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.
Jacinda Ardern has bowed to Winston Peters her big speech yesterday talked not of a Labour-led governs but either this government or the coalition government.
The speech was an attempt to show coalition unity after the recent shambles, and told us very little new.
She talked of 12 priorities, but when it came to details, it was mostly the what with little how, and the what was more about what theyve done or already announced than what they will do.
It was full of platitudes like:
. . .We will:
A. Ensure everyone who is able to, is earning, learning, caring or volunteering . .
And the plan? It was a whole lot more about where they want to go with little about how theyll get there.
A good government knows where its going, and how to get there, from the start, not nearly one year into a three-year term.
The plan such as it is, is here.
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