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Sunday, 26 November


Farmers Market Wayville "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Adelaide families now have the opportunity buy fresh food directly from producers from all over SA at the Adelaide Showground Farmers Market. The 20,000 strong crowd that turned up for the farmers market which formed the centrepiece of the 'Go Organic Festival' in September in 2005 encouraged the Royal Agricultural and Horticultural Society (RAHS) to back the foundation of a permanent farmers market by a not-for-profit community organisation. The market opened on October 1st 2006 with a massive crowd of 10,000 shoppers and runs each Sunday (apart from the weeks of the Royal Show) from 9am-1pm.

In the tradition of farmers markets, it is a food market at which both food producers and consumers can get a fair price for food produced in SA and support regional and sustainable land use. The market guarantees that you buy direct from the producer and is known for its strict adherence to the ethics of farmers markets which now number in their thousands worldwide as families seek to avoid overstored food from major retailers who pass on meagre prices to farmers. In Australia, the farmers market movement is represented by the Australian Farmers Market Association and SA's peak body, the SA Farmers Market Association, will soon be launched.

The Adelaide Showground location is superb, with a major bike trail, the Glenelg tram line, a major rail line, numerous bus routes all converging to make it one of the most accessible sites in Adelaide. Parking is also easy and cheap.

120 producers offer their extraordinarily diverse products (everything from oysters to almonds and bread to boysenberries!). It is accessed from the car parks at the Leader Street (southern) end of the Showgrounds.  

Becoming a member brings with it 10% discount on all purchases as well as a right to vote in the management of the market. Details and memberships are available at

The Food Forest is a foundation stallholder at the market and presents a wide range of foods, always including its signature specialty - organically certified pistachio nuts. We are there on alternate weeks (we run short courses on the other weekends).

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Tuesday, 14 November


310 Additionality can be tricky to assess "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Many environmental policies and programs pay public money to people or businesses (or give them tax breaks or discounts) to encourage them to adopt more environmentally friendly practices and behaviours. A seemingly common-sense rule for these sorts of programs is that we shouldnt pay people to do things that they were going to do anyway, without payment. But it can be quite a hard rule to apply in practice.

The idea that we shouldnt pay people to do things that they were going to do anyway goes under the name of additionality. (It is also related to the with-versus-without principle in Benefit: Cost Analysis, and the concept of market failure see PD272).

The idea behind additionality is that, when a program pays money to people to change their behaviours, the environmental benefits that result should be additional to the environmental benefits that would have occurred anyway, in the absence of the payments.

The reason this matters is that, if we are able to target payments to those behaviours that do result in additional environmental benefits, well end up with greater environmental benefits overall, compared to paying for non-additional benefits.

Some environmental programs do a terrible job of checking for additionality. As I noted in PD272, much of the money given to farmers in US agri-environmental programs is not additional. In Australia, the Direct Action program for climate change doesnt seem to consider additionality when selecting the winning bids in their reverse auctions.

So, environmental programs that allocate money to people or businesses should worry about additionality, but how? It can be harder than it sounds. Its all very well to say, only pay people if they would not have done it anyway, but how do we know what they would have done anyway?

Sometimes its reasonably easy. There are cases where we can be pretty confident that people would not have done the environmental action, and will not start doing it in future, without a payment or regulation. I suspect that most of the work on farms to fence off waterways to exclude livestock would not have happened without payments to cover the cost of fencing materials.

In the US, the Conservation Reserve Program pays farmers to remove agricultural land from production and plant environmentally beneficial species. This is probably mostly buying actions that lead to additional outcomes.

The nature of these additional activities is that they are things that are not normally done by farmers. This is largely because they cost the farmer money.



Have a smart phone? Want to help map and save Australian frog species? Then there is an app for you "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The Australian Museum issued another app on 10 November 2017:

FrogID, lets you discover which frogs live around you and helps the Australian Museum count Australia's frogs! 

Visit the project website for more info.

The Sydney Morning Herald, 10 November 2017

Like the stars of stage, screen and Sesame Street, the 25-year-old green tree frog called Godzilla was immediately ready for h...


The American Resistance has many faces and these are just two of them (17) "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

* The woman is this photograph was susequently fired by her employer, government contrator Akima LLC, a subsidiary of NANA Development Corporation


Delhi Smog Reveals Global Failures to Deal With Climate Change "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Visibility has plummeted, a health emergency has been declared, schools shut down and various regional level governments are quarrelling with each other.

Taken by NASAs Goddard satellite on October 20, this picture shows the huge crop burning fires across the Indian states surrounding Delhi.

Taken by NASAs Goddard satellite on October 20, this picture shows the huge crop burning fires across the Indian states surrounding Delhi.

From the beginning of COP23, the issue of loss and damage has cast a shadow over proceedings as developing countries argue for pre-2020 actions to be included. At present, a much more visible gloom hangs over Delhi air pollution.

Visibility has plummeted, a health emergency has been declared, and schools have been shut down. Various regional governments are quarrelling with each other, and with central government agencies. But the solutions seem elusive.

The problem of Delhis air pollution has an obvious  but expensive  fix. Up to 90% of the pollution in northern India is caused by farmers burning stubble to clear fields in the neighbouring states of Punjab and Haryana. The Indian government had a plan to deal with the issue, but it fell apart as the states concerned...

Monday, 13 November


Driven By China, Global Carbon Emissions Rise in 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The projected 2% increase in carbon dioxide emissions comes from growth in Chinas smokestack industries and jeopardises the Paris climate agreement goals, say experts.

The projected 2% increase in carbon dioxide emissions comes from growth in Chinas smokestack industries and jeopardises the Paris climate agreement goals, say experts. Credit: Wikipedia

The projected 2% increase in carbon dioxide emissions comes from growth in Chinas smokestack industries and jeopardises the Paris climate agreement goals, say experts. Credit: Wikipedia

Bonn: Global carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels and industry are expected to rise 2% in 2017, mainly driven by increases in China and other developing countries.

That was the key finding of an analysis by the Global Carbon Project, published in three journal papers on Monday. The increase follows three years of flat emissions.

The slowdown in emissions growth from 2014 to 2016 was always a delicate balance, and the likely 2% increase in 2017 clearly demonstrates that we cant take the recent slowdown for granted, said Robbie Andrew, a senior researcher at Cicero in Oslo and co-author of the studies.

The research comes as negotiators at UN climate talks in Bonn, Germany, work on a rulebook for implementing the Paris cl...


The Curious Disappearance of the Ennore Creek "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Along with the fate of the creek and that of the users, keepers and makers of Ennores place-words, lies our fate. Our language and our gaze make them invisible to us.

Credit: Bhavani Raman

Credit: Bhavani Raman

Bhavani Raman teaches at the history department at the University of Toronto.

Before landscapes die, they first vanish in the imagination.

The Ennore (or Ennur) Creek in north Chennai began to disappear in the 1980s. Things accelerated in the 2000s when, contrary to laws passed to protect coastal zones, large portions of the wetlands were given over to thermal power plants and the Ennore port. Now, rivers of fly ash and intolerable levels of untreated pollutants are killing the wetlands and dispossessing those who live intimately with the sea, the creeks and canals.

But the creek has already disappeared entirely from the imagination. The Coastal Research Centre released an official map they received in response to an RTI filed earlier this year in which a full 6,569 acres of the creek are missing. The map is an effort to cover up an astounding crime. The Government of India, aided by the agencies of Tamil Nadu, is undertaking the greatest possible violation of the law protecting our wetlands. The map is an effort to wipe out this illegal encroachment. It disappears...


Why Complaints About Paul Ryan Ditching Regular Order Are Political Head Fakes "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Last week, Politico published an article talking about how the Republican House of Representatives under Paul Ryans speakership set a new record for the number of bills approved under closed ruleswhich prohibit members of Congress from offering amendments. Although the Politico story didnt use the term, it echoes the complaints of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) surrounding Obamacare repeal-and-replace legislation this past summer: I want the regular order.

McCains comment invites a question: What exactly constitutes the regular order in Congress? Why do people keep calling for it? And if so many people keep calling for it, why doesnt Congress just restore the regular order already?

Unfortunately, the answers often prove cynics skepticism about Washington. Members of Congress support regular order only as long as it delivers the policy outcomes they desire. The second regular order results in a policy defeat, those who would lose in an open vote attempt to jerry-rig the process to achieve their desired outcomeand those who would win in an open vote complain, and call for a return to regular order. Lather, rinse, repeat.


Politico quoted House Rules Committee Ranking Member Louise Slaughter (D-NY): Under Speaker Ryans leadership, this session of Congress has now become the most closed Congress in history. To call Slaughters complaints about a closed process ironic would put it mildly.

Seven years ago, when she chaired the Rules Committee, Slaughter proposed having the Democratic House enact Obamacare into law without voting on it. The House could merely deem Obamacare approved as a result of passing some other measure.

While the House has repeatedly used this deem-and-pass strategy under both Republican and Democratic majorities, the optics of passing such a massive and prominent piece of legislation using such dodgy procedural shortcuts led Democrats to abandon the gambit, but not before conservative bloggers noted that Slaughter, Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and others attacked the deem-and-pass maneuver when Republicans controlled the House in the 2000s.

To sum up: Slaughter was for an open process before she was against an op...


Nice Aeon article on biological individuality "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Siphonophores by Ernst Haeckel

By Ernst Haeckel Kunstformen der Natur (1904), plate 17: Siphonophorae (see here, here and here), Public Domain, Link

Derek Skillings from University of Bordeaux/CNRS has a new article at Aeon about biological individuality:

For millennia, naturalists and philosophers have struggled to define the most fundamental units of living systems and to delimit the precise boundaries of the organisms that inhabit our planet. This difficulty is partly a product of the search for a singular theory that can be used to carve up all of the living world at its joints.

Skillings reviews the deep historical roots of the question, touching on the views of Charles Darwin and his grandfather, both Huxleys (T. H. and Julian), Herbert Spencer, and other 19th and early 20th century thinkers, as well as some more recent authors, including Daniel Janzen and Peter Godfrey Smith.

He argues for a pluralistic view:

But my view is that no such unified theory exists; theres no single answer to the question: What parts of the world are a part of you as a biological individual, and what parts are not? Different accounts of individuality pick out different boundaries, like an overlapping Venn diagram drawn on top of a network of biotic interactions. This isnt because of uncertainty or a lack of information; rather, the living world just exists in such a way that we need more than one account of individuality to understand it.



India Seeks Hefty Dividends From State Firms as Its Revenues Falter "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The demand has been made following a finance ministry assessment on October 25 of the financial health of 14 state companies, including top miner NMDC Ltd and trading firm MMTC Ltd.

Credit: Reuters

The ministry asked 12 of the companies to payout between 30% and as much as 100% of their 2016-17 or 2017-18 net profit in dividends, share buybacks or bonus shares. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: India is demanding millions of dollars in dividends from 12 reluctant state companies to make up for an expected tax revenue shortfall this fiscal year, as a slump in economic growth risks New Delhi overshooting its fiscal deficit target.

The demand has been made following a finance ministry assessment on October 25 of the financial health of 14 state companies, including top miner NMDC Ltd and trading firm MMTC Ltd, according to a government document reviewed by Reuters.

The ministry asked 12 of the companies to payout between 30% and as much as 100% of their 2016-17 or 2017-18 net profit in dividends, share buybacks or bonus shares. The other two companies were exempted.

All state companies evaluated by the government sought ex...


Tripura: ATTF Chief Ranjit Debbarma Held on Sedition Charges "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Representative image. Credit: Twitter

Representative image. Credit: Twitter

Agartala: Insurgent group All Tripura Tiger Force (ATTF) chief Ranjit Debbarma was arrested from West Tripura district on charges of sedition on November 12, police said.

He was arrested from his ancestral house at Sidhai late at night, West district superintendent of police Abhijit Saptarshi told reporters.

Debbarma, who was pushed back from Bangladesh four years ago, allegedly delivered a seditious statement at a public meeting last week at Teliamura in Khowai district, S.P. Krishnendu Chakraborty said.

He also attempted to form a new insurgent outfit with surrendered insurgents of ATTF and National Liberation Front of Tripura, Chakraborty alleged.

A Khowai court remanded Debbarma to police custody for four days.

After he was pushed back by Bangladesh authorities in 2012 at Dawki border in Meghalaya, the ATTF chief was arrested and brought to Tripura. He was granted bail by a court here in 2015.

The post Tripura: ATTF Chief Ranjit Debbarma Held on Sedition Charges appeared first on The Wire.


Russia-India changing relationship: time to reboot "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Latest bi-lateral upswing This year- 2017- Russia and India are celebrating their 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations. Both countries are organizing host of cultural programmes, film festivals and exchange visits among top officials to commemorate this historic event. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi []


Australia - PNG undersea cable to boost Internet speed "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea's internet speed and reliability will soon get a major boost from a new under water telecommunications cable linking Australia and Port Moresby.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his PNG counterpart Peter O'Neill discussed the plans on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders summit in Vietnam.

O'Neill said the new cable will help improve business links between the two countries as well as benefit schools and the healthcare system.

Australia has also been in talks with the Solomon Islands government about a similar project.

PNG will host next year's APEC leaders summit



Global climate financing too small: Vanuatu Climate Change DG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The global climate financing pledged under the Paris Agreement for developing nations like Vanuatu to access and cope with the consequences of climate change, which is USD100 billion per year, is too small.

Director General (DG) of Vanuatus Ministry of Climate Change (MOCC), Jesse Benjamin, will be highlighting this in his presentation on climate financing to delegates at COP23 today (Monday).

US$100 billion is equivalent to 100 trillions of vatu and will be shared by all developing countries across the globe.

Vanuatu alone needs a minimum of US$500 million per year to address mitigation, adaptation and loss and damage, according to the DG.

The strongest cyclone to hit Vanuatu two years ago caused USD270.9million in damage and an estimated US$178.5 million loss, he said.

Apart from cyclones, Vanuatu sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire and is being accustomed to being hit by other volcanic related natural disasters.

Cyclones which are becoming severe and frequent as a result of climate change will cause dramatic flooding and erosion to many communities.

How can developing nations access international climate funding to adjust to the negative impacts of climate change as well as reducing emissions is one of the most important topic debated at the COP23 climate change negotiations underway in Germany.

As part of Paris Accord, developed or rich countries that contributed largely to greenhouse gas emissions have promised to take responsibility for their actions by providing funds for less developing countries to adapt to climate impacts and work towards the international target of cutting emissions.

Vanuatu like other Pacific island nations shared concerns of not being able to access the funds due to complex mechanisms set in place.

The government will be seeking recommendations on how to access funding directly and easily, said the DG.

Vanuatu over the past three to five years has approved only approximately USD 200 million for climate change related activities with most spent on adaptation and very little spent on mitigation, according to the DG.

Vanuatu has strong plans of combating climate change and recently, the Council of Ministers (COM) adopted a policy approved for all climate financing be disbursed through the government system.

This is to ensure an effective manageme...


Jon Huntsman Jr. and Why America-Russia Relations Will Remain Stuck? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"


If you want to know just how sorry relations in between Russia and the United States have become, look for the current Ambassador to Russia. Americas closest connect with Moscow via appointment by President Donald Trump, Jon Huntsman Jr. is the son of billionaire businessman Jon Huntsman Sr. of the Huntsman Corporation. Ill wager very few reading this will have ever heard of Huntsman. So, let me introduce you to U.S. dtente in the Trump era.

has a pedigree that reads like the All-American boy. An Eagle Scout in the BSA, a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity in college, Huntsman was even a Mormon missionary in Taiwan for a spell. The former Governor of Utah (2005-2009), the billionaires son has served in the administrations of five U.S. presidents. He was even a presidential candidate, some of you will remember. Interestingly, for all his high level positions and connections, Huntsman Jr. has not made much of a splash. The only reason this analyst even paid him notice at all is for his connection to a dreadful Washington think tank and the foreign policy numb sculls at the Atlantic Council. There are several reasons this facet is significant.

First and foremost, the key people of the Atlantic Council as former President Barack Obama took office, they soon migrated to key positions in that (notorious) administration. The names James L. Jones, Chuck Hagel, Susan Rice, Brent Scowcroft, and Anne-Marie Slaughter should ring bells for those tuned in to U.S. regime change and covert ops. Now President Trumps administration is filling up with the same brand of people who have ruined international relations for the last thirty years. But Huntsmans associations with murderous policymakers goes all the way back to the Nixon administration when his father was in the game. Henry Kissinger was an early influence according to some, and

The Atlantic Council is a front organization bent on twisting foreign nations to fall in line with the globalist doctrine. Funded by an array of corporate and foreign interests, the think tank also gets contributions from 102 corporations (PDF), 16 foreign nations in some form of conflict with Russia, and NATO. The list of Atlantic Council corporate and state donors can also be found here, via the councils honor roll of funding...


World watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


November 14 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1533 Conquistadors from Spain under the leadership of Francisco Pizarroarrived in Cajamarca, Inca empire.

1770  James Bruce discovered what he believed to be the source of the Nile.

1805 Fanny Mendelssohn, German composer and pianist, was born (d. 1847).

1840 Claude Monet, French painter, was born (d. 1926).

1878  Julie Manet, French painter, was born (d. 1966).

1889 Pioneering female journalist Nellie Bly (aka Elizabeth Cochrane) began a successful attempt to travel around the world in less than 80 days.

1896  Mamie Eisenhower, First Lady of the United States was born, (d. 1979)

1908 Joseph McCarthy, U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, was born  (d. 1957).

1910 Aviator Eugene Ely performed the first take off from a ship in Hampton Roads, Virginia when he took off from a makeshift deck on theUSS Birmingham in a Curtiss pusher.

1918  Czechoslovakia became a republic.

1919 Veronica Lake, American actress, was born (d. 1973).

1921 The Communist Party of Spain was founded.

1921  Brian Keith, American actor, was born. (d. 1997).

1922 The BBC began radio service.

1922  Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Egyptian UN Secretary-General, was born

1923 Kentaro Suzuki completed his ascent of...


APEC leaders to discuss trade reforms "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Senior business representatives from the APEC region have been urged by the APEC Economic Leaders to pursue structural and trade reforms.

The APEC Business Advisory Council or ABAC called on leaders to show leadership on further liberalization of trade in goods and services as well as investment flows.

In a report to the APEC leaders, the ABAC unanimously agreed, the agendas be pursued due to the broad based economic recovery both in the region and globally.

They say this would mean tackling structural reforms and non-tariff barriers, encouraging cross border investment and maintaining the commitment to make the Free Trade Area on the Asia Pacific a reality.
These issues will be discussed by the ABAC members when they meet with the APEC leaders tomorrow. NBC/PNG Today


Do you wish more people could hear the Strong Towns message? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The Strong Towns movement transcends the normal answers to the very complex issues that our communities face... That is what it is going to take to bring real change, and that is why I am drawn to and supportive of this movement.
Brian Ludicke, Lancaster, CA

Our Strong Towns events are gaining momentum and size. Years ago I would speak to groups of two and three people and was thrilled someone was interested. Now we routinely present in front of groups of hundreds, even thousands.

Despite this success, one thing remains constant: every time I speak, people come up to me and say, I wish _______  had been here to hear this. For example: "I wish our mayor had heard this message." "I wish our engineer had been part of this conversation." "I wish my good friend from the bakery had heard this." And on and on.

Heres the exciting thing: they can. And with your support this week, they will.

Today we start our fall member drive. We currently have 1,700 members. Our goal is to get to 2000 members to be #2000Strong by the end of the week. Thats an aggressive leap, but we can do it. You can do it.

Join the movement

When you become a member of Strong Towns, you are saying that you want more people to hear the Strong Towns message. You want us to reach more communities, open up more minds and change more hearts. You want more people talking about the need to make our cities, towns and neighborhoods financially strong and resilient.

Chuck Marohn meets with residents in Santa Ana, California for an event earlier this fall (Source: AHOC)

Chuck Marohn meets with residents in Santa Ana, California for an event earlier this fall (Source: AHOC)

When you become a member of Strong Towns, you are helping grow a movement that is changing the way we talk about our places, from Main Street to Wall Street, from the corner cafe to the White House.

Ive been doing a little experiment lately. Ive been asking people how...


Abel officiates at EPC "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

DEPUTY Prime Minister and Member for Alotau, Charles Abel, was given a traditional Kiriwina welcome when he officiated at the EPC games last weekend at the Bisini Colts Oval.
Abel said it was his first time to visit the tournament and was happy to hear of Alotau teams participating in this years tournament.
Sports is an ongoing development that keeps us busy, fit, teaches us new skills and most of all, allows us to enjoy each others companies. And I am happy to know that since 1977, the Eastern Papua Carnival is the longest running sports organistion.
We can see that sport is getting bigger and better in Papua New Guinea every year and I want to thank my government, our prime ministers investment into sports.
This is evident in the number of events the country has hosted, the current World Rugby League Cup, the 2015 Pacific Games, the U20 FIFA Womens Soccer, we can see in the standard of sports facilities and performances are continuing to improve and we will continue to invest there.
Abel kicked off the match between the mens Galea Oceaners 2 and Maiyela 1.
He also presented a K10,000 support for the running of this years tournament and wished the teams who came from Alotau and Kiriwina success.
EPC President, Bede Tomokita, said the tournament, the longest running competition, was set up for the fostering of friendship and unity among the Milne Bay communities living in Port Moresby.
At this level, we also strive to identify young talent from the province, which has seen many players currently playing in the Port Moresby Soccer Association, the stepping stone for representative soccer.
The EPC is mainly sponsored by the NCD Governor Powes Parkop in an annual package of K30,000, with support also coming from the Kiriwina-Goodenough MP Douglas Tomuriesa of K25,000 and from former Milne Bay Governor Titus Philemon of K10,000 over the past six years.
Otherwise, the EPC generates the bulk of its funds from club affiliations, team registrations and gate takings from its community.
The EPC is in its second week of competition at the Bisini Colts and Bava Park fields.


Trans-Pacific Follies: Australia Asleep as Canada Wakes Up "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

It was as dreary as listening to the formulaic assessments of political economy by an unreconstructed Leninist.  But Sunday morning with Steve Ciobo, Australias trade minister, was such an occasion.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership, withering away on the branch of false optimism, has been an instrument of deserved suspicion and opprobrium from popular movements across countries suspicious about the paternalistic follies of their governments.  It was precisely opposition to such a proposed agreement, negotiated in total secrecy away from the prying eyes of public interest groups, that fuelled the campaigns of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump during the 2016 US presidential elections.

Even Hillary Clinton, whose husband was a vital figure behind initiating the North American Free Trade Agreement during the 1990s, began to chew some of the anti-free trade cud close to her ignominious defeat.

No free trade faith quite matches the monomania of Australian governments.  Since the 1980s, liberalising and opening the economy has been an unshakeable trajectory, a punishing, stripping dogma that insists that being economically open is liberally good, and closed, parochially bad.

While other states have wised up to the idea that total openness is a recipe for local instability, estrangement, and disaster, the Australian response has been unshakeable: keep borders open and corporations content, except when it comes to refugees who arrive by boat.  As Australian Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull has insisted with staid predictability, the TPP creates rules of the road to match the new economic world in which were living.

For all this, Australias own industries have been supplanted.  Energy and banking oligopolies have been given free rein to operate.  Property prices in Sydney and Melbourne are reaching stratospheric heights, and the current government is promising to partly subsidise what will become one of the worlds largest, and environmentally destructive, of white elephants: the Carmichael coal mine in Queensland.

Most telling of all is that the free traders have no interest in considering data of such irrefutable weight it should put an end to that unfortunately lingering religion.  The US-Australian Free Trade agreement remains a matter of considerable loss to Australia, limiting rather than extending markets and access to Australian producers, and showing the countrys diplomatic crew as inept, ill-informed and, in the final analysis, sycophantic.

None of these points concern the bemused Ciobo. Ideology has already set the tone in this field. When the United States announced, through President Donald J. Trump, that it would have no truck with the TPP, the Australian delegation was left baffled but unmoved.  The remaining states would keep the ship steady.

Now t...


Drums of Big War Heard in Middle East "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Summing up the recent events in the Middle East leads to the conclusion that the threat of a Saudi-Iranian war is looking increasingly credible as tensions rise in the Middle East.


Credibility of Supreme Court Has Come Under Serious Threat "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Chief Justice of Indias actions reflect a complete neglect of the rule of law and have put the acceptability and respect the highest court of justice commands in jeopardy.

Supreme Court of India. Credit: Reuters

Supreme Court of India. Credit: Reuters

Chief Justice Warren E. Burger of the US Supreme Court made a profound statement that A sense of confidence in the courts is essential to maintain the fabric of ordered liberty for a fr...


Comic Con Security Break Up Fight Between Jean-Claude Van Damme and Power Ranger "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

In a scene thatll abso-bloody-lutely get you reminiscing about the 90s, the muscles from Brussels, Jean-Claude Van Damme and the Green Power Ranger, Jason David Frank shaped up to each other and aired some grievances at Comic Con.

This news has taken me back to my youth. Jean-Claude Van Damme and the Green Power Ranger facing up like two seagulls fighting over a cold chip; what could be better?

Its f***ing on. Its gonna be a throw-down, its Saturday night and it is, as Elton would say, all right for fighting. Its time for some bloodsport. 

Theres no retreat. Theres no surrender. Theres nowhere to bloody well run.

Van Damme. You can tell by the look on his face that he's got those budgie smugglers on for a reason. Credit: Kung-Fu Kingdom

Van Damme. You can tell by the look on his face that hes got those budgie smugglers on for a reason. Credit: Kung-Fu Kingdom

Now, back in 1995 when Van Damme was somewhere between Street Fighter and Maximum Risk, he attended the premiere of the first Power Rangers movie, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie and thats where he and Jason David Frank, the green power ranger and MMA fighter first developed some beef.

Details on that are sketchy at best, but this time weve got the joy of instantly gratifying internet to keep us posted on all the ins and outs of this near fracas. Apparently, some absolute troll at Comic Con Mexico City arranged for the two and their simmering twenty-year grudge to share a room. Its almost brilliant in its deviousness isnt it?

Not long after getting there, Frank received a request from Van Damme for a photo. When he arrived at the rendezvous point, it became clear that it was a cheeky Belgian setup.

Heres what Frank...


A Strategic View "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

My friend Aaron T. suggested this book to me.

Usually I read military history in an attempt to extract a big picture of events from the details.

Victor Davis Hansons new book is a strategic view of WWII [amazn] treating the war as a set of overlapping strategic problems that are discussed individually. To put it mildly, I find this fascinating. At first I felt a bit put off because some aspects of the war appear to be viewed repetitively I was wondering is this a bunch of articles that have been bound together? before I realized that the intent was to make his arguments stand on their own, in each area. When I read something critically, I am constantly weighing whether the author is pulling any tricks or putting his thumb on the scale and even with my skepticism sensitivity knob on 11 I dont catch anything in Hansons analysis that seems unfair. There are parts that make me uncomfortable, such as frank discussion of the value of the strategic bombing campaign and the question of how much it shortened the war (Hansons answer: it shortened it enough that it was probably a wash, trading dead Japanese and German civilians for dead Jews and Russian and other European civilians).

Im used to reading military history that focuses on a narrow area for example: the North Africa Campaign and the various events and trade-offs that theater commanders had to deal with. From that, I try to draw some conclusions, usually Wow, that was badly run or Rommel was overrated. Then, I check those conclusions against my memory and other things Ive read and see if they hold up. My experience reading this book is very different Hanson drops the conclusions and the facts from which they are drawn, and sometimes digs down to a necessary level of detail, but otherwise maintains his attention at the level of the big trade-offs: the axis did not coordinate its grand strategy effectively because Hitler was an impulsive gambler prone to sneak attacks. Reading an account of the Russia campaign, its pretty easy to see that Hitlers decision-making was bad, but Im not used to thinking about how Hitlers strategic blunders affected Mussolinis which, of course, they did.

When World War I broke out in 1939, Germany did not have a serious plan for defeating those enemies, present of future, that were positioned well beyond its own borders. Unlike its more distant adversaries, the Third Reich had neither an adequate blue water navy nor a strategic bombing fleet, anchored by escort fig...


Ominous Russophobia in America "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

...Intense anti-Russian sentiment in America risks the unthinkable possible catastrophic nuclear war, humanitys survival at stake.


Computer Techs Reveal The Worst Things Theyve Found on Customers PCs "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

This series of Reddit posts gives you a fly on the wall insight into some of the horrifying and debached sh** that the IT guys see on a daily basis.

Righto, ya wankers, we all know you dont complain about the food at a restaurant and have the chef fix it, but some people are a bit more casual about whats on their computers. Long story short, if your PC is going into the shop to be fixed, you probably want to make sure youve deleted your incriminating files and your search history.

This series of Reddit posts should explain why pretty quickly.

We've got that one out of the way. Thankfully these guys are often busted like this. Credit: Reddit

Weve got that one out of the way. Thankfully these guys are often busted like this. Credit: Reddit

Whether its gross porn, general filthiness or just something straight up weird, the nerds who fix computers get to see it all.

Check these out:

Credit: Reddit

Credit: Reddit

Im not sure how I would react after finding pictures of the father-in-law rogering himself with a dildo. Part of me would want to ask for money. The rest?  I dunno man, thats a dark dark place....


First Group of Refugees Evacuated From Libya to Niger by UN "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In June 2015, Royal Navy ship HMS Enterprise replaced HMS Bulwark in the mission to rescue migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy. Credit: Wikipedia

In June 2015, Royal Navy ship HMS Enterprise replaced HMS Bulwark in the mission to rescue migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya to Italy. Credit: Wikipedia

Tunis: A group of 25 refugees have been evacuated from Libya to Niger to have resettlement claims processed, in the first operation of its kind from the North African country, the United Nations said on Sunday.

The move is part of efforts to provide protection for refugees and other vulnerable migrants who travel to Libya, often intending to attempt the dangerous sea crossing to Italy.

Many are trapped in smuggling networks or detention centres where they are exposed to a range of abuses including rape and torture that have been widely documented by human rights organisations and UN agencies.

About 43,000 refugees and asylum seekers registered by...


Saudi Arabia Begins System Reform "IndyWatch Feed Asia"


On November 4, 11 princes of the royal Al Saud Family, 38 active and retired ministers, as well as several dozen senior officials, were arrested in Saudi Arabia. This was formally done under the guise of fighting corruption. In reality, however, this action is part of a purge of the ruling circles in the run-up to the transfer of power from the sick and elderly King Salman to his 32-year-old son and Defense Minister Mohammad Bin Salman. As not everyone in the ruling family supports this, the Sudairi Clan, to which the king and the Crown Prince belong, have decided to strike a preemptive blow to their potential rivals. This is the first time that this kind of mass purges has been carried out. And it is possible that this will further weaken the already fragile situation in the country, which has been undermined by the war in Yemen, the rendering of assistance to extremist organizations in Syria and the low oil prices.

The action taken to combat corruption is, of course, very distant to these realities. It is simply a convenient way to execute some political maneuvers and reprisals under a specious pretext. The detentions and arrests are most directly related to the struggle that took place years ago under King Abdullah to replace the principle of succession to the throne. The former principle introduced by the founder of the kingdom abdel-Aziz Al Saud, where the power was handed over from brother to brother, has exhausted itself; Salman is actually the last of the first generation of the descendants of abdel-Aziz who can occupy the throne, followed by younger generations. The essence of such a system of succession to the throne is directly related to the patchwork nature of the Saudi Arabian assembly, where the different regions of the peninsula and the different clans ruling in these areas were granted access to power in the kingdom through the family hierarchy of the Al-Saud dynasty. To this end, abdel-Aziz arranged several of his own political marriages with representatives of other clans whose descendants were also entitled to the crown. Such a system only works in the first generation, and then is followed by mixing both blood and interests, such that in the future, the ladder to the crown becomes more likely the cause of the growing contradictions than the mechanism for their resolution.

King Salman and his son Muhammad belong to the Sudairi clan, which is the largest, although even the other clans do not appear weak, and also have clan interests and groups....


The Arctic Silk Road: A Huge Leap Forward for China and Russia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Silk Road, renamed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), is developing infrastructure along land and sea trade routes. However, little is known about Chinas initiative in the Arctic Circle, which represents a new route that Beijing is now able to develop thanks to technology together with the strategic partnership with Russia.


Two Years After Paris Attacks, France Frets Over Internal Threat "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

French CRS policemen patrol as tourists walk past in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France August 20, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo

French CRS policemen patrol as tourists walk past in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France August 20, 2016. Credit: Reuters/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo

Paris: Two years after militants killed 130 people in coordinated attacks across Paris, French officials say there remains an unprecedented level of internal threat from both within and outside the country.

With ISIS losing ground in Iraq and Syria, hundreds of French citizens and in some cases their children have started to return to France, leaving the government in a quandary over how...


Texas Church Reopens as Solemn Memorial to Victims of Mass Shooting "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

People wait to tour the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs where 26 people were killed last week in a shooting attack, as the church was opened to the public as a memorial to those killed, in Sutherland Springs, Texas, US November 12, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Rick Wilking

People wait to tour the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs where 26 people were killed last week in a shooting attack, as the church was opened to the public as a memorial to those killed, in Sutherland Springs, Texas, US November 12, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Rick Wilking

Sutherland Springs, Texas: The modest Texas church where a gunman massacred more than...


Why are Niger and Malis Cattle Herders Turning to Jihad? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A Fulani cattle herder walks with his cows outside the city of Tillaberi, southwest Niger, about 100km south of the Mali border, Niger November 1, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Stringer

A Fulani cattle herder walks with his cows outside the city of Tillaberi, southwest Niger, about 100km south of the Mali border, Niger November 1, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Stringer

Niamey/Nairobi: When Doundou Chefou first took up arms as a youth a decade ago, it was for the same reason as many other ethnic Fulani herders along the Niger-Mali border: to protect his livestock.

He had nothing against the Republic of Niger, let alone the United States of America. His quarrel was with rival Tuareg cattle raiders.

Yet on October 4 this year, he led dozens of militants allied to ISIS in a deadly assault against allied US-Niger forces, killing four soldiers from each nation and demons...


Why Niger Proves America's Counterterrorism Tactics Are Failing "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The United States cannot do much capacity building in nations such as Niger. The countrys military forces will fight ISIS once they have a firsthand experience of what that is like, in their own ways.


Turkmenistan: Iran, Saudis Dangle Exits from Energy Cul-de-Sac "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In these lean times, Turkmenistan has been seeking out potential clients and partners for its energy industry, only for two to present themselves at the same time. Sort of. As chance would have it, they are sworn rivals Iran and Saudi Arabia.

The overture from the Saudis was admittedly very noncommittal and came during last weeks Turkmen-Saudi Joint Committee for Economic and Trade Cooperation, which was convening for its fifth session. 

Turkmen deputy prime minister Maksat Babayev led a 40-person team to Saudi Arabia for a five-day trip intended, in part, to build on agreements finalized during President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedovs own visit in May 2016.

At the time, Berdymukhamedov suggested in a meeting with King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud that Saudi companies consider investing in the trans-Afghanistan gas pipeline TAPI for short, as in Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. This energy route will bring warmth to homes of brother-neighbor nations and provide them with great opportunities for further economic development, increase their peoples wellbeing and create jobs, Berdymukhamedov said.

The pipeline is designed to transport 33 billion cubic meters of gas annually for a period of three decades. 

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British Ministers Rally Around Boris Johnson Over Iran Remarks "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Soccer Football - The Best FIFA Football Awards - London Palladium, London, Britain - October 23, 2017 Mayor of London Sadiq Khan speaks during the awards. Credit: Reuters/Eddie Keogh

Soccer Football The Best FIFA Football Awards London Palladium, London, Britain October 23, 2017 Mayor of London Sadiq Khan speaks during the awards. Credit: Reuters/Eddie Keogh

London: British ministers rallied around Boris Johnson on Sunday, saying the foreign secretary was doing a great job and had no reason to resign over remarks that critics say may prompt Iran to extend the prison sentence of a jailed aid worker.

The coordinated defence is part of attempts to shore up the g...


How Runaway Inequality Creates Runaway Global Warming "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The bottom half of humans own next to nothing, but they own as much as the worlds richest 80 individuals do, because though the bottom half are poor, there are 3.79 billion of them.


Iran-Iraq Earthquake: At Least 332 People Killed, 2,500 Injured "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A damaged storefront is seen after an earthquake in Halabja, Iraq, November 12, 2017. Credit: Twitter via Reuters

A damaged storefront is seen after an earthquake in Halabja, Iraq, November 12, 2017. Credit: Twitter via Reuters

Baghdad/Ankara: At least 332 people were killed in Iran and Iraq when a magnitude 7.3 earthquake jolted the region on Sunday, state media in the two countries said, and rescuers were searching for dozens trapped under rubble in the mountainous area.

State television said more than 328 people were killed in Iran and at least 2,500 were injured. Local officials said the death toll would rise as search and rescue teams reached remote areas of Iran.

The earthquake was felt in several western provinces of Iran but the hardest hit province was Kermanshah, which announced three days of mourning. More than 236 of the victims were in Sarpol-e Zahab county in Kermanshah province, about 15 km (10 miles) from the Iraq border.

Iranian state televisio...


Hariri Says Will Return to Lebanon Soon, Warns of Arab Sanctions Risk "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

FILE PHOTO: Lebanon's prime minister Saad al-Hariri gestures during a press conference in parliament building at downtown Beirut, Lebanon October 9, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: Lebanons prime minister Saad al-Hariri gestures during a press conference in parliament building at downtown Beirut, Lebanon October 9, 2017. Credit: Reuters/Mohamed Azakir/File Photo

Beirut: Saad al-Hariri warned on Sunday that Lebanon was at risk of Gulf Arab sanctions because of the Shiite group Hezbollahs regional meddling and said he would return to Lebanon within...


Series of thunderstorms create massive lightning display over Perth, Western Australia "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Western Australia's south was treated to an evening show of light, sound and fury as a series of thunderstorms passed over the southern half of the state, producing hail, lightning and power blackouts. The most severe storm hit Meadow Springs in Mandurah, south of Perth, about 5:30pm on Sunday. Duty forecaster at the Bureau of Meteorology James Ashley said a hot air mass combined with moisture in the atmosphere produced the stormy conditions. "Everything in the atmosphere lined up perfectly," he said. "We had a good upper-level disturbance move over the area and there was just enough moisture and lift to produce some really decent thunderstorms.


2019 Corvette ZR1: Return of the King "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The fastest, most powerful production Corvette ever the 755-horsepower 2019 ZR1.

2019 Corvette ZR1: Return of the King

The fastest, most powerful production Corvette ever retakes its supercar crown

Corvettes ZR1 embodies the best and the worst of America. Its brutally powerful...


The Fall of the House of Saud "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

We can expect the worst in the Middle East in the next few months after the purge in the Saudi royal family.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Credit: Reuters

Saudi Arabias King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Credit: Reuters

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmans apparent purge of royal cousins, high-ranking officials and prominent businessmen over corruption allegations opens a new chapter in the political history of the house of Saud. The arrests come in the wake of a wave of other recent arrests, including of clerics, human rights activists and intellectuals.

It was said that the November 4 decree was created due to the exploitation of some weaklings who followed their own interests rather than the public interest, who attacked public money without regard for religion, conscience, morals, or patriotism. The decree reported that the committee  composed of the crown prince, the head of the Control and Investigation Board, the head of the Natio...


The Mayors of Bolingbrook: Nora Wipfler (1975) (Fiction) "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

In 1975, Bolingbrook celebrated its 10th birthday. Now it was officially the second largest municipality in Will County, and some predicted that Bolingbrook would soon reach 100,000 residents by 1985. If you were young and starting a family, Bolingbrook was the happening Chicago suburb. Old Chicago would open later that year, along with the Fountaindale Library. The future seemed bright.

The Babblers future, at the time, seemed uncertain. Following the loss of paper of record status, publisher John Olson was forced to make cuts. The page count was cut in half, and the number of enhanced photos per issues was reduced. Many believers feared that Chicagolands voice of truth could be silenced.

Though the Babbler was down, it was certainly wasnt out, as our first interview with newly elected mayor Nora Wipfler clearly showed.

Mayor Wipfler speaks: Romeoville wont eat us!

After avoiding the Babbler during the campaign, new Village President Nora Wipfler finally agreed to an interview! While obviously the powers that be prevented her from telling the whole truth about her plans for Bolingbrook, we found her relative openness to be quite refreshing.

Reporter: Thank you for the interview, madam president.

Wipfler: You can call me mayor. Everyone else does.

Reporter: OK. Well Mayor Wipfler, thank you for this interview.

Wipfler: Oh dont thank me. I just want to be able to go to sleep and not worry about a three AM call from your reporters.

Reporter: Fair enough.

Wipfler: But dont think that means Ill put up with any sexist questions.

Reporter: (Tears several pages out of his notebook.) In that case, my first question is, how do you enjoy being the most important mayor in the galaxy?

Wipfler: Galaxy? Oh, thats right. It feels just like being the mayor of a large village in Illinois. I enjoy it.

Reporter: Tell us about your first meeting with a space alien.

Wipfler: Now come on. You know that would be classified. I could tell you, but then a man in purple would have to slap you.

Reporter: Not a man in blue?

Wipfler: I meant a man in blue. Now, how about some questions that I can answer.

Reporter: OK. Our sources tell us that Old Chicago is being built over the Indian burial ground of ancient astronauts. Are you concerned that Bolingbrook could come under attack from a curse, the aliens decedents, or both?

Wipfler: No.

Reporter: Do you care to elaborate?

Wipfler: Old Chicago isnt being built on an ancient nuclear waste disposal site. The de...


Monday nightCap "IndyWatch Feed"

This man tortures tools on purpose!

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Former Intelligence Officials Say Trump Is Being Manipulated by Putin "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a briefing for reporters at the end of the APEC summit in Danang, Vietnam November 11, 2017. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via Credit: Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a briefing for reporters at the end of the APEC summit in Danang, Vietnam November 11, 2017. Sputnik/Mikhail Klimentyev/Kremlin via Credit: Reuters

Washington: Two former top US intelligence officials said on Sunday they fear President Donald Trump is being manipulated by Russian President Vladimir Putin after Trump said he believed Putin was sincere in denying Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Former CIA Director John Brennan and e...


Child Exploitation Rife in Rohingya Refugee Camps "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

About 450,000 children, or 55% of the refugee population, live in teeming settlements near the border with Myanmar, after fleeing the destruction of villages and alleged murder, looting and rape by security forces and Buddhist mobs.


Nirmala Sitharaman Not Concerned With Chinas Opinion on Her Arunachal Pradesh Visit "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

China had said before that the Indian defence ministers tour of the disputed area is not conducive to peace and tranquillity in the region.

New defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Credit: PTI

Defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman. Credit: PTI

Rebuffing Chinas objection to her visit to Arunachal Pradesh, defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday (November 11) said the northeastern state is an Indian territory and the country is not concerned about someone elses opinion on it.

On Monday, China had objected to Sitharamans first visit to the border state on Saturday and Sunday, saying her tour of the disputed area was not conducive to peace in the region.

India had rejected Beijings objection and asserted that Arunachal Pradesh is an integral part of the country. What is the problem? There is no problem. It is our territory, we will go there, she said in a reply to a query on Chinas reaction on her visit to Arunachal Pradesh. We are not concerned with someone elses opinion on this, the minister, who is campaigning for the BJP in poll-bound Gujarat, said in a press conference in Ahmedabad.

Sitharaman had visited forward army posts in the remote Anjaw district of the state bordering China to take stock of defence preparedness. The minister had visited the Nathu...



Even  when they became winners after being selected by a man whose party scored a mere seven percent of the vote and that seven  percent had a never disclosed number of voters who wanted that man to go with National, by far the largest party, Comrade Taxinderella might be just a little nave.

A self opinionated socialist who in a classic case of megalomania calls himself  "Bomber" when in fact Bombastic is as close as he gets to the sobriquet bestowed on the commander of Bomber Command in UK during WW2, Sir Arthur Harris.

In a post at his website The Daily Blog, this small minded  numpty has attacked the National party for their decisive victory in Battle number one of the new Parliament where because the three headed Hydra couldn't do sums, Bridges managed to bluff a dominant position on select committees for that largest party.

Included in his rant Bradbury reverted to Godwin for support and most intelligent people understand that using That "Law" is a first indication the argument is lost.

Herr Schikelgruber came o the chancellorship of Deutschland from President Hindenburg with a vote around  that which Taxinderella gained in election 2017 in NZ but that is where it ends. Nationals 46 percent  in Germany c1932 was equal to a plethora of parties all less than Hitlers Nazi party putting Bradbury's pathetic linkage in never never land context.

Cindy also is sans the "brown shirts" whose unlawful street  intimidation, thuggery and even murder makes another massive hole in Martyn Martin's analogy, rather tenuous.

Within the intended scenario of the Sainte- Lague  system that NZ  MMP has adopted that favours smaller parties over larger, allowing a level of leverage to charlatans to manipulate the system, it is what it is and I wonder if the Bradburys of this world actually comprehend what is happening.

Just because a NZLP led opposition over nine years failed to even dent the program of Key and then English due to interminable infighting, ignorance and pathetic tactics, does not logically mean that National will do similar and what happened last week is but a portent of what may lie in store for the Peters/Ardern outfit with little Jimmy two mums aimlessly following in bewilderment, from a party in opposition with a very large well informed block of 46%

Of course while dwelling in the 1930s and 40s there was another Martin near the very highest echelons of the Nasty Party and his end was never discovered.

Be very careful what you wish for "Bombastic", another oft quoted  homily from the real Bomber Harris is "The Nazis entered this war under the rather childish delusion that they were going to bomb everyone else, and nobody was going to bomb them. At Rotterdam, London, Warsaw and half a hundred other places, they put their rather n...


Wheels in Motion: In Kolkata, the Cycle Rickshaw Is Being Reinvented "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Rickshaw wallas who can afford it are moving to the more expensive and less labour-intensive electric rickshaws.

One electric rickshaw costs around Rs 65,000. Representative image courtesy: Twitter/India CSR/K. Asifa

One electric rickshaw costs around Rs 65,000. Representative image courtesy: Twitter/India CSR/K. Asifa

Kolkata used to be known around the world as a place with abject poverty, where humans performed the demeaning task of hand-pulling other humans on rickshaws. These rickshaws are now all but gone.

What has survived though, in the citys outskirts, is the regular cycle rickshaw, the sort that you see in every Indian habitat of any size. But now a quiet revolution is taking place in this hitherto unchanging corner at the bottom of the pyramid.

The timeless cycle rickshaw is getting a makeover. It is becoming battery operated, the batteries housed in a box beneath the passenger seat. Instead of the jingle of the regular bicycle bell you can now hear a squeaky electrical horn and come nightfall, the rickshaw in its new avatar is lit by multi-coloured little twinkling lights.

I spotted the first of these a couple of months ago, but in the short span of time since then, over half of the cycle rickshaws in my neighbourhood have become battery driven. These are turning many traditional notions about the cycle rickshaw upside down.

The cycle rickshaw was the first point of entry into the job market for the...


Are Conservation Organisations Complicit in Ethnic Discrimination? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Answering this question with an example of blatantly racist and coercive imagery endorsed and propagated by two large players in the conservation world, both internationally and in India.

The main entrance to Manas national park. Credit: Sougata Sinha Roy/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0

The main entrance to Manas national park. Credit: Sougata Sinha Roy/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 3.0

Trishant Simlai, doctoral candidate in geography at the University of Cambridge, is interested in the links between armed conflict, militarisation and conservation in India. Raza Kazmi, a Jharkhand-based conservationist, is interested in conservation militarisation, intersection of forest rights and conservation needs, and conservation in Indias conflict-ridden Red Corridor landscape.

Global wildlife conservation efforts have advocated the exclusion of local people from parks and areas considered to be of great value to biodiversity, often supporting coercive means to achieve this goal. Among the coercive measures often suggested, some dont shy away from even recommending violence towards offenders.

Governments, conservation agencies and aid donors have further legitimised this exclusion by frequently invoking the narrative of an expanding human population destroying pristine landscapes, often ignoring the role of over-consumption by urban actors or of states and corporate interests extracting resources. Such coercive conservation measures often base the...


Antarctic ice tipping point or irregularity "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Summer sea ice in Antarctica dropped significantly last year and remains low. Scientists say time is needed (years) to determine if it is a one-off irregularity, or if a tipping point  has been passed and Antarctica is catching up with Arctic warming. Source: 2017 (blue) is similar to an unusual low on 2002 (green), []


Can't disagree with any of this "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Arrived in my inbox. I didn't steal it.

From The NATIONAL BUSINESS REVIEW October 27th 2017

The Limits of Cleverness versus Capitalism

Hidesight  -  Rodney Hide

I have concluded our new prime minister Jacinda Ardern is clever stupid.
She's quick, has good analytical skills and communicates well. There's no doubt she's clever.
    But she's stupid on how the world works and lacks thought-through principles and values. She bobs along on feelings and sounding good and thereby perfectly in tune with a media that emotes rather than reports and analyses.
    By her own account she grew up Mormon but jumped to socialism, becoming president of the International Union of Socialist Youth. She substituted one whacky religion for another. Her work experience is university and Parliament, first as a Labour Party staffer, then as an MP.
    She's driven by belief, not understanding. She can't argue ideas and must dismiss her opponents as uncaring or not yet enlightened. The shortcoming in opposing ideas is not the ideas themselves but the moral deficiency of those expressing them.
    When asked if capitalism had failed low-income New Zealanders, the prime minister-designate said: "If you have hundreds of thousands of children living in homes without enough to survive, that's a blatant failure. What else could could you describe it as?"
    "Hundreds of thousands of children living in homes without enough to survive." That  means "hundreds of thousands of children" dying because of material want. It's nonsense. There would be UN relief missions and international popstars having concerts to aid New Zealand were her claim true.
It isn't.
    It's part of the media-manufactured Jacindamania that such rubbish claims are passed over. She cares, that's enough. It's as if her nonsensical hyperbole underscores the extent of her caring. "Yes, she might have been out by a few hundred children, and yes, they're not exactly not surviving, but her heart is in the right place."
    The problem of poor and neglected children is not the fault of capitalism but of welfarism.  Generations of handouts have robbed too many of any sense of personal responsibility even for the  care and upbringing of their own children.
     It's perfectly respectable now not to provide for yourself, nor house your family, nor commit in any way to your partner in child-making and to have children without the ability to provide or care  or them.
    It's not your fault. You're a v...


Asmara Anarchy: Regime Change Riots Or Fake News Fabrication? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Conflicting reports have sprung up about a supposedly violent riot in the Eritrean capital of Asmara that allegedly took place late last week. All thats known for certain is that a crowd gathered to unsuccessfully protest the closing down of an Islamist school over the weekend that had long flouted []


Confessions of an Illuminati House Wife Part 1 to 4 Unlimited funding, under the guise of security, corrupts BIG time! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Mrs. Katherine Griggs, wife of Colonel George Griggs (Special Operations) gives an insight of the twisted evil of the American Intelligence community and the methods they use to recruit and control operatives.  

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Darwin was denied a fair catch there "IndyWatch Feed"

One lucky kid.  Hopefully learned enough to never do that again

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Is nuclear a solution to climate change? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


Press-conference of the coalition Dont nuke the climate:
Is nuclear a solution to climate change?

Speaking: Speaking:Kerstin Rudek, BI Luchow-Dannenberg and Dont Nuke The Climate campaign, Germany
Markus Atkinson, Anti-Nuclear Alliance of Western Australia
Vladimir Slivyak, Ecodefense, Russia

Nuclear industry and its supporters became very active inside the UN talks promoting outdated, expensive and dangerous nuclear energy as a climate friendly technology. Russia, USA and several other countries are organizing pro-nuclear side-events at COP-23 and trying to get developing world to believe in nuclear solution. The reality is that nuclear is not carbon free and far too expensive to be any kind of solution. Nuclear waste is another hot problem that doesnt have a solution. Activists from various countries talk on why nuclear is part of problem and not part of solution. Also announcing the demonstration against false solutions for climate change on November 11 in Bonn.


South Australian government: local Aboriginal community has final veto on nuclear waste suppositary "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Tim Bickmore shared ENuFF South Australiapost. No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia, 13 Nov 17 

Oct 24 letter from SA Premier J to the PM regarding proposed radioactive waste suppository in the Flinders Ranges.
.. the South Australian government committed to provide a local Aboriginal community with a final veto right over any future facility proposed on their lands.
I recommend the Commonwealth Government now consider adopting a similar policy position .


Some whataboutery from Tim Nicholls "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Among the tools used to defend the indefensible, the most widely used is whataboutery. When faced with a criticism you cant answer, you point to something allegedly comparable done by someone supposed to be on the same side as your critic, and ask the critic what about

A recent example (Hat Tip Bill Wallace). Presented on ABC TV with my observation that his election promises represent an arithmetic impossibility, Tim Nicholls resorted to whataboutery, suggesting that I had gone easy on Anna Palaszczuk in regards to the use of transfers of debt between the general government sector, GBEs and public service superannuation. Oddly enough, Ill be covering this exact point in an article Im now writing for The Guardian. The relevant para

Labor has been able to improve the accounting performance of the general government sector by requiring public enterprises to make bigger contributions to the budget and by making transfers from the funds hypothecated to pay for public service superannation. This doesnt change the financial position of the public sector as a whole, but makes the budget sector look better. The relevant criteria is public sector net worth and net financial worth, which are unaffected by such manoeuvres. Fortunately, public sector net worth has never been a problem: the Queensland government had net worth of over $170 billion when the Costello Commission reported, a figure that is projected to exceed $200 billion by 2020.

Some broader responses:

* Whataboutery is a very weak defence in a clear-cut case like this. Even if I were an ALP hack (readers of this blog can judge for themselves), it wouldnt invalidate the point Im making

* I dont think Palaszczuk is open to the specific criticism Im making of Nicholls. She hasnt promised to cut taxes or improve the budget balance, and her election spending promises look to be the kind of thing that can be managed within the normal budget process

* Ive already been critical of both sides in this election campaign. My only published opinion piece was a criticism of Palaszczuks pro-Adani policy, which she has subsequently reversed (not claiming cause and effect here, of course). If Nicholls cares to put up an election platform that adds up and protects crucial services from cuts, Ill be the first to congratulate him.

A few more points:

1. The implied assumption in whataboutery is that people shouldnt comment on any issue unless they have a published position on every issue that might be remotely comparable. This obviously isnt feasible for someone writing in spare team, without a team of staffers and researchers to do the....


Nukes on the Dole Radioactive Welfare Queens "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

you cant advocate for nuclear reactors without indirectly advocating for nuclear weapons and radioactive waste.  Thats because nuclear reactors are producers of both weapons material and radioactive waste. Ike was a nuclear conman. Atoms for Peace have always been Atoms for War.

The Real Nuclear Triad: Energy, Weapons and Waste   NOVEMBER 7, 2017 ..Nukes on the Dole Radioactive Welfare Queens

. some strange recent developments.

Nuclear utilities are in trouble, fighting for life against as Amory Lovins once predicted a massive overdose of market forces and the surging economics of renewables.

But wait. Whatever happened to the wisdom of the free market?  Around the country, as aging reactors reach the end of their operational and economic lives, some states like Wisconsin, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Nebraska are letting them die a dignified natural death. But other states, like New York and Illinois are putting their moribund reactors on life support at public expense.  Projections suggest that state-sponsored electric ratepayer handouts in the two states could total as much as $10 billion over 12 years.

Tim Judson, Director of Nuclear Information and Resource Service (NIRS), warns that if other states follow New York and Illinois, ...


November Verse 6 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Verse 6: On leaving at interval
We pays our subs and takes our chances.
Support the arts, put bums on seats,
and if the plays a dud, well, cancers
worse and nothing really beats
the sense of risk when new creations
meet an audience: ovations
(standing)? or polite applause?
Will these two hours throw wide the doors
of hell and heaven? Last night neither.
We all worked hard: director, cast,
designer, writer, punters. Vast
good will drained away and by the
midpoint: Who cares how this ends?
we said, Lets go and eat with friends.

At least we waited until the interval, unlike the occasion in 2010 that prompted the following (heres a link to the original post):

This is just to say
We walked out of your play last night
from front row seats. Wed hung in there
for five whole scenes. The script was tight,
each actor sound, the set though spare
was spot on, and the vocal coach
had nailed the accents no reproach
on that score. All these things were fine
but almost from the opening line
I couldnt, couldnt feel a thing.
Id pay to watch two monkeys fart
if done with two boards and a heart.
Last night had timing, lines that sing
and sting. Its heart that wasnt there.
Sometimes a pause is just dead air.

Filed under: LoSoRhyMo ...


Two Assam Rifles Jawans Killed, Six Injured in IED Blast in Manipur "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

File photo of Assam Rifles jawans. Credit: PTI

File photo of Assam Rifles jawans. Credit: PTI

Imphal: Two Assam Rifles jawans were killed and six injured when a suspected improvised explosive device (IED) exploded early this morning (November 13) at Chandel town in Manipurs Chandel district, police said.

The IED exploded when an Assam Rifles team was patrolling Maha Mani village of Chandel town, about 64 km from the state capital.

One jawan died on the spot while seven others were injured in the blast. An injured jawan succumbed to his injuries on way to the hospital, the police said.

The deceased were identified as riflemen Indra Singh and Sohan Lan. The injured were N. Shyam Kumar, S. Sarkar, Tirendra Nath Das, Ram Govind Singh, Nirmal Roy and Lalnunpuia, the police said.

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What a line "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Kevin Williamson writes for National Review.  He is on of Spartacus favourite writers.  In his latest on the Trump administration and the tax plan, Williamson wrote:

Imagine three sad-faced clowns sitting backward on a drunken mule and trying to march it sideways through a coin-operated carwash without any money and youll have a pretty good idea where the Republican tax-cut plan is right now.

What a wonderful turn of phrase.  But this post is not about the US, but to note that is is an equally wonderful description of the current state of the Australian Parliament:

three sad-faced clowns, Turnbullo, Shoreno and Brandiso, sitting backward on a drunken mule and trying to march it sideways through a coin-operated carwash without any money.

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Digicel budgets K10mil-plus for SIM registration exercise in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

MORE than K10 million has been committed to the ongoing SIM registration exercise by Digicel, the chief executive Valde Ferradaz says.
Ferradaz said that Digicel had 3000 agents around the nation registering subscribers SIM cards as required by the Papua New Guinea National Information Communication and Technology Authority.
We have in excess of 3000 people empowered as SIM registration agents across the country outside our direct channels, Ferradaz said.
Our agents are commissioned, thus we are creating further employment in the informal sector. We are investing in excess of K10 million on the project.
We encourage anyone who have not registered their SIM to do so to avoid disconnection.
Ferradaz also noted comments by Nicta chief executive Charles Punaha that Digicel had registered 1.5 million subscribers with 2.5 million yet to be registered.
All information by Nicta remains the prerogative of the regulator and thus serves as the official report, Ferradaz said.
Minister for Communication and Information, Technology and Energy Sam Basil also mentioned the possibility of an extension of the SIM card registration deadline next year.
The proposed expiry date of SIM registration is Jan 23, but we might push the deadline to March.
We have to make sure that everyone who owns a SIM card in this country is registered.
We will make sure that the operators must work with Nicta to ensure that if we extend the deadline, then that will be the final deadline.
Operators who continue to provide services to customers not registered after the notice period face a K50,000 penalty for each non-registered subscriber, according to the SIM Card Registration Regulation more  on >> PNG Technology News


Australia sells weapons to countries like Saudi Arabia, that perpetrate human rights abuses "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Its a nearly impossible task to discover exactly what Australia is selling and to whom because the federal government refuses to say, but nuggets of information make it clear that Canberra is aggressively selling weapons and defence equipment to countries involved in conflicts where human rights abuses are being perpetrated.

In his seminal 2011 book on the global arms trade The Shadow World, journalist Andrew Feinstein exposes the fallacies of a nations expanding defence sector. The arms industrys economic contribution is undermined by the frequency with which its main players around the world, Lockheed Martin, BAE, Boeing, Northrop Grumman are implicated in grand corruption, inefficiency and wastage of public resources, he wrote.

Feinstein concludes that the arms trade often makes us poorer, not richer, less not more safe, and governed not in our own interests but for the benefit of a small, self-serving elite, seemingly above the law, protected by the secrecy of national security and accountable to no one. 

Murky business: Australias defence industry is growing, but at what cost?  SMH, Antony Loewenstein , 4 Nov 17 

This years Avalon Air Show in Geelong was the...


Selenite Crystal Meaning "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine

Selenite crystal meaning esoteric metaphysical and spiritual. Selenite the angelic healing channelled by psychic medium Ian Scott.

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SC to Hear Plea to Curb Rising Pollution in Delhi-NCR "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The plea is set to be heard on Monday, November 13. Credit: Reuters

The plea is set to be heard on Monday, November 13. Credit: Reuters

New Delhi: The Supreme Court agreed to hear today (November 13) itself a fresh plea seeking to curb rising pollution in Delhi and the national capital region (NCR).

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices A. M. Khanwilkar and D. Y. Chandrachud considered the submission of lawyer R. K. Kapoor that rise in dust particles on roads and stubble burning in Delhis neighbouring states like Haryana and Punjab have led to an alarming rise in pollution levels in the NCR and its adjoining areas.

We cannot ignore the pollution, the bench said adding that it will hear the plea today itself after finishing the matters listed on its board.

The fresh plea seeks direction to the Centre and the states concerned to take measures on curbing road dust and stubble burning.

It also seeks effective implementation of the odd-even car rationing scheme.

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Duncan Storrar: Porter's cruel 'redress' joke for abuse victims "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Duncan Storrar: Porter's cruel 'redress' joke for abuse victimsInstitutional abuse victim Duncan Storrar says the Commonwealth Redress Scheme is a cruel joke which makes victims feel worthless. read now...


Will Move Court Against Infosys for GST Network Glitches, Says Traders Body "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Infosys has said that the Confederation of All India Traders allegations are completely inaccurate.

An employee is seen behind an Infosys logo at the company's campus in the southern city of Bangalore, India, September 23, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Abhishek Chinnappa/File Photo

An employee is seen behind an Infosys logo at the companys campus in the southern city of Bangalore, India, September 23, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Abhishek Chinnappa/File Photo

New Delhi: Traders body CAIT (Confederation of All India Traders), which has blamed Infosys for glitches in the GST Network, on Sunday said if no action is taken against the company, it will have no other option left but to take shelter of the court of law.

In a statement, CAIT said the GST portal has brought much harassment and mental agony to traders by its non-smooth functioning and has proved a major roadblock in success of a good taxation system like GST.

The traders body said that i...


Senator Bernardis Nuclear Fuel Cycle (Facilitation) Bill joins Tony Abbott in pro-nuke fervour "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

  Bernardi seeks to lift ban on nukes, THE AUSTRALIAN,  MICHAEL OWEN, SA Bureau Chief, Adelaide, 12 Nov 17 

Senatorr Cory Bernardi will introduce a bill in parliament today that seeks to lift a ban on nuclear power plants and enrichment and processing facilities.

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill has asked Malcolm Turnbull to give Aborigines the final right of veto over any site chosen by the federal government for the planned national radioactive waste dump.

Senator Bernardi, who plans to run candidates under his Australian Conservatives banner at the South Australian election in March, said he would introduce a bill today to remove bans on an Australian nuclear fuel cycle, particularly as they apply to nuclear power plants...


PNG to Begin Forceable Removal of Asylum Seekers From Manus Island Camp "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Asylum seekers protest on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, in this picture taken from social media November 6, 2017. Credit: Social Media/Handout via Reuters

Asylum seekers protest on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, in this picture taken from social media November 6, 2017. Credit: Social Media/Handout via Reuters

Sydney: Papua New Guinea immigration minister Petrus Thomas said authorities would take steps on Monday to forcibly remove around 450 men who remain in an abandoned Australian detention centre without food or running water.

Hundreds of men have barricaded themselves into the Manus Island centre for more than 13 days without regular food or water supplies, defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea to close the facility.

We will be taking steps with relevant authorities to move the residents based on serious exposure to health risk for the food of everyone that is remaining, Thomas said in a statement issued late on Sunday.

The timetable stokes fears of a potential clash...


Monday Message Board "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

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.


The Winner Of Miss Sportsman Hotel 2017 Has Been Crowned "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The winners of this years Miss Sportsman Hotel drag contest have been announced. On Saturday night, Queensland drag queen Chocolate Boxx took home the top honours at the contest, which this year had a distinctly Australian flavour with the theme Stars of the Southern Cross. After wowing the judges with a performance of Christine Anus ...

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Unusual Trilat President Trump, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, and Australian PM Turnbull "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Some last minute modifications to President Trumps schedule appear to have ended up adding Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to a previously scheduled bilateral meeting with Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull (suspicious cats nemesis down under). I think President Trump wanted Continue reading


Europes radiation cloud is dangerous for those who are near the unknown source. "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Radiation Cloud Over Europe, Not Harmless to Those near Unknown Source, Nuclear Expert Says, bureau EnviroNews World News ,by Emerson Urry , November 11, 2017    An airborne plume of radioactive ruthenium 106 from a nuclear accident was detected in the atmosphere of the majority of European countries, from late September through mid-October, according to Frances Radioprotection and Nuclear Safety Institute (IRSN) but the source is still unknown. As of November 10, 2017, the manmade element has been identified in at least 28 countries.

While many news agencies are calling the cloud harmless and reporting the good news that radiation levels are low and that no health consequences have been observed radiation exper...


The slow, painful, and hugely costly death of the nuclear industry "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


ASEAN Summit Draft Statement Skips Over Rohingya Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi attends the opening session of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines, November 13, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi attends the opening session of the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines, November 13, 2017. Credit: Reuters

Manila: A draft of the statement to be issued after a Southeast Asian summit makes no mention of the exodus of Rohingya Muslims from Myanmars Rakhine state following a military crackdown that has been described by the United Nations as ethnic cleansing.

One paragraph of the communique, seen by Reuters on Monday, mentions the importance of humanitarian relief provided for victims of natural disasters in Vietnam and a recent urban battle with Islamist militants in the Philippines, as well as affected communities in northern Rakhine state.

The statement was drawn up by the Philippines, current chair of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) which includes Myanmar whose leaders met for a plenary session in Manila on Monday.



On shedding the patronym "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

I think about the notable women who have chosen a mononym instead (Cher, Madonna, the French author Colette), but I decide unless I want to join the millennial poets of Instagram and Tumblr, the mononym isnt the right move for me as a writer. Even then, I learn that Colettes mononym was inspired by her fathers surname.

I start to wonder if I am reading too much into the whole thing, then decide that I am not seeking a name that is devoid of gender, just one that feels like mine.


Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed"

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Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
0.0001 BTC = 0.85 AUD


How the peacefulAmerican nuclear industry subsidises the nuclear weapons industry "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The Real Nuclear Triad: Energy, Weapons and Waste   NOVEMBER 7, 2017   .Chasing Nuclear Market ShareIn a recent piece in Foreign Affairs, entitled Will the West Let Russia Dominate the Nuclear Market? What the Westinghouse Bankruptcy Means for the Future, born-again new environmentalists and new nukes enthusiasts Nick Gallucci and Michael Shellenberger argue that US taxpayers should bail out the once-powerful, now bankrupt and Japanese-owned nuclear giant Westinghouse, or risk losing both global commercial and military nuclear primacy.

In the face of documented world-wide nuclear industry collapse, these guys want to revive what they call Eisenhowers humanitarian dream of Atoms for Peace (which spread deadly US nuclear technology around the world in the first place ) in order to, as Ike promised,...


Does Jacinda Ardern lie? "IndyWatch Feed"

Famously she said:-

Yet since she and her regime have been our government we have seen relentless spin. Spin which which would say equals lies. She has spun to be kind over Mallards appointment, APEC, TPP for example. Her dwarves, e .g. Hipkins are arrogant liars  as well.

Yet we see no comment from the MSM. In all this the MSM are the greatest disappointment,

The TPP schemozzle is a prime example, weeks ago it was an egregious affront to NZ sovereignty, but now with the application of Ardern pixiedust it is rebadged with new lipstick as a marvellous triumph.

Media should be ashamed and the gladhanding from business is Adam suspects more from relief than any great support for the voyage of the dammed.


Here is a trick "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Go into your pocket/wallet/purse and take out a bank note. Make sure it is an Aussie note.

Now look closely at it. What do you see? Do you see the 2 signatures in the corner of one of the sides. Do you know whose signatures they are? They arent the signatures of the Prime Minister or of the Governor General. Not the Queen or other representative of the Government or the people.

The signatures on Australian currency belong to the Secretary of the Commonwealth Treasury and the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia. The individuals may change, but signing Australian bank notes remains one of the privileges of the office. That with a large salary, generous superannuation scheme and the eventual Companion of the Order of Australia award for . services in doing the job you are already well remunerated for. Nice work if you can get it.

So basically, Australian currency is signed by 2 senior public servants. How very Australian.

Lets just segue for a moment.

The ever loved Australian banking systems shares an annual profit pool of over $40 billion and probably more. That $40 billion profit pool is highly dominated by the big 4 banks ANZ, CBA, NAB and WBC (in alpha order). Throw in Macquarie, SunCorp and Bendigo and you are probably accounting for over 95% of that profit pool.

The profitability of the big 4 Australian banks is the dream of other international banks yet for some reason, they seem impervious to competition. Could it be that the game is rigged?  Could they really be protected from competition by the imprimatur of Government? After all, $40 billion of profit generates $12 billion of company tax revenue.

But lets just have a look at the membership of the boards of the big 4. Lets just ignore for a moment the cross pollination of senior executives from one bank being on the board of a different bank.  Who are the standout directors on 4 of the big 5:


  • Jane Halton AO, PSM fomer Secretary of Commonwealth Department of Finance


  • Rob Whitfield former Secretary of NSW Treasury


  • Ken Henry AC, Chairman and former Secretary of Commonweath Treasury



Malcolm Turnbull urges Hong Kong to put pressure on North Korea "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Malcolm Turnbull calls North Korea criminals, urges Hong Kong to help, SMH, Lindsay Murdoch, 12 Nov 17,  Hong Kong: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has accused North Korea of being one of the worlds most cunning, sophisticated criminals,  involved in many serious crimes, including drug trafficking, in his strongest condemnation yet of the dictator Kim Jong-un.

And Mr Turnbull told US president Donald Trump and Chinas president Xi Jinping during a leaders retreat in Vietnam that their relationship is one of the single most priorities for the world today, urging them work together to pressure North Korea over is nuclear weapons program


South East Asian Nations Not Taking South China Sea Thaw for Granted, Draft Statement Says "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

From left, Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Brunei Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Cambodia Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesia President Joko Widodo and Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, smile during a family photo before the 31st ASEAN Summit in Manila, Philippines on Monday Nov. 13, 2017. Credit: Reuters

From left, Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak, Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi, Thailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, Si...


13 November REneweconomy news "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

  • Know your NEM: Queensland poll what are the odds?
    Queensland energy politics has something for everyone including a new coal plant but bookmakers are backing the state Labor. Meanwhile, on the NEM


Pope Francis condemns the possession of nuclear weapons: nuclear deterrence is no longer acceptable "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Pope Francis: the possession of nuclear weapons should be firmly condemned    Pope Francis indicated that deterrence is no longer acceptable

The existence of nuclear weapons creates a false sense of security that holds international relations hostage and stifles peaceful coexistence, Pope Francis said.

The threat of their use as well as their very possession is to be firmly condemned, the pope told participants at a conference on nuclear disarmament hosted by the Vatican.

For years, popes and Catholic leaders had said the policy of nuclear deterrence could be morally acceptable as long as real work was underway on a complete ban of the weapons. In condemning possession of the weapons, Pope Francis seemed to indicate that deterrence is no longer acceptable.

Nuclear weapons exist in the service of a mentality of fear that affects not only the parties in conflict but the entire human race, he said.

The conference, sponsored by the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, brought together 11 Nobel laureates, top officials from the United Nations and NATO, diplomats from around the world and experts in nuclear weapons and the disarmament process. They were joined by scholars, activists and representatives of bishops conferences, including Stephen Colecchi, director of the U.S. bishops Office of International Justice and Peace.

Several speakers, including Masako Wada, one of the last survivors of the U.S. atomic bombing of Hiroshima in 1945, were to discuss the suffering wrought by nuclear arms.

Pope Francis told the group that the essential witness of survivors of the bombings in Japan as well as those suffering the effects of nuclear weapons testing are prophetic voices that serve as a warning, above all for coming generations.

In his speech, the pope said that when it comes to the ideal of a nuclear-free world, a certain pessimism exists and brings with it considerable expense as nations modernize their nuclear arsenals.

As a result, the real priorities facing our human family, such as the fight against poverty, the promotion of peace, the undertaking of educational, ecological and health care projects, and the development of human rights, are relegated to second place, he said.

Pope Francis said the existence of weapons whose use would result in the destruction of humanity are senseless even from a tactical standpoint.

What is more, he said, there is the growing danger....


The Vatican calls for integral nuclear disarmament "IndyWatch Feed Aunews" The Vatican is calling for integral nuclear disarmament. According to the preliminary conclusions of a just-ended high level symposium entitled Prospects for a World Free of Nuclear Weapons and for Integral Disarmament, integral disarmament is both an urgent immediate need and a long-term process.

The symposium, organized by the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development got underway as tensions escalated between the US and North Korea.

It saw the participation of eleven Nobel peace laureates, top United Nations and NATO officials, leading experts, heads of  major foundations and of civil society organizations, as well representatives of bishops conferences, Christian denominations and other faiths. Pope Francis addressed the gathering on Friday.

Wrapping up the symposium on Saturday, Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, read out the following preliminary conclusions:

The Dicastery brought together religious leaders and representatives of civil society, officials of States and international organizations, noted academics and Nobel Laureates and students, to illuminate the connections between integral disarmament and integral development, and to explore the links among development, disarmament and peace.  As our Holy Father, Pope Francis, repeatedly reminds us, everything is connected.


ABC staff are suffering stress OMG "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Broede Carmody is reporting in the Fairfax media that ABC staff are suffering stress, at dangerous levels apparently.

But it gets better, the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) plans to enter the ABCs headquarters using their right of entry powers.  Apparently:

About 70 per cent of ABC staff are experiencing undue stress, the union said. The claim comes from a survey involving 770 staff members across the country, with 40 per cent of respondents non-union members.

It must be such a delight to live on Planet ABC.


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XANEMR - HEKIMO "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

World famous Kurdish singer Xanemr celebrated the 30th Anniversary of his singing career with a free concert for Sydney's Kurdish Community. Two camera shoot filmed by MerJa Media was sponsored by the Sydney Kurdish Youth Society. Editing provided free by MerJa Media. Shot on Canon DSLR and Sony PXW-X70


Why India Should Be Wary of the Quad "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Like it or not, the term Indo Pacific seems to be a means of including India in the military calculations of US strategy in the Pacific.

Narendra Modi, Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump, Japanese Prime Shinzo Abe and other world leaders at an ASEAN Summit dinner in Manila on Sunday. Credit: PTI

The second coming of the Quadrilateral alliance of the US, Australia, Japan and India to confront China in the Asia-Pacific may not be the proverbial farce, but it is close enough.

The first time around it collapsed when two of its members found it inconvenient to go ahead. And now, after a decade, in which China has militarily consolidated itself in the very region that the Quad had hoped to challenge, the chimera is once again being chased.

Mooted as an alliance of democracies, it seeks to upend everything we know about international relations, where the drivers are national interests, rather than values. Even that titanic struggle against evil in World War II, pitted a partial democracy (the US), an empire (the UK) and the communist Soviet...


The Two Faces of Allahu Akbar "IndyWatch Feed"

Apologists and moderate Muslims came out in full force after the NYC attack to tell the masses that extremists have hijacked and distorted the glorious meaning of Allahu Akbar uttered multiple times a day by peaceful Muslims and Arab Christians. Surely saying that Allah is greater is not a war cry. But why are they saying greater []

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False Memories, Part 2: I Dont Know Her from Anybody "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

(L)  Teddy Roosevelt, (C) Leigh Corfman, and (R) Judge Roy Moore

by Mary W Maxwell, LLB

This series of articles is mainly about the accusation that mind-control victims are making up the stories they tell of having been subjected to ritual abuse. (Ritual as in part of a rite, usually with human sacrifice on altars, persons in black robes, and so forth.)

Are they telling the truth? Yes, they are. Naturally the CIA could slip a few fakers into the mix just to cause trouble, but we now realize that rituals really do take place and they can terrify children for a lifetime. We should believe the children, as a rebuttable presumption.

That said (and I realize I have not properly defended my claim here), every story told by a child about abuse is not necessarily true. In a custody battle its fairly common for one parent to urge a child to tattle on the other parent. This could include allegations o...


Powerful 7.4 Earthquake In Iraq, At Least 140 Dead: As I Write, Another In Costa Rica Strikes! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"   (CNN) A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake Sunday in the Iraqi city of Halabja, close to the Iraq-Iran border, killed scores of people in Iran, Iranian officials said. State-run Press TV reported at least 130 people were killed in Iran, citing the deputy governor of Kermanshah province, Mojtaba Nikkerdar. Citing the head of Irans []

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Snowflake stress levels at their ABC so bad the union will force entry something....or something "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Unions to force entry into ABC Ultimo headquarters over staff stress The ABC Head Office in Ultimo, Sydney, where 72 per cent of staff have reported dangerous workplace stress levels. The Australian 12:25PM November 13, 2017 STEPHEN BROOK Union officials will seek to force entry to the ABCs Ultimo headquarters...


There is a special place in hell reserved for girls like these "IndyWatch Feed"

A gang of teenage girls urged a 15-year-old special needs student to flash her breasts and then filmed and shared the footage online. [] These bullies should be feeling embarrassed and ashamed of their behaviour.  I dont want to draw any more attention to the victim than necessary, so I wont repeat the details of what they []

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Best way to see the reef? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hi Cairns!

2 friends and I will be visiting for a few days in February. We want to spend a day on the water seeing life in the reef. I'm mostly seeing big tours packed with tourists heading to Fitzroy and Green Island.

We're interested in snorkeling, swimming and seeing life from the boat.

Any tips on how to book with a smaller group that steers clear of the tourist trap feel?

Any recommendations would be much appreciated!


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Roundup November 13 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Breaking news! OMG Dan Mitchell has written a book! Support Connor Court. Buy Dans book!

The media watchdog. The cost, supply and use of power across the states. Cheap power in Tasmania today (2.30 pm). Coal-fired power Units Planned and Under Construction. China 583, Australia 0. Don Aitkin on the Claytons energy policy.

Power prices at 1.50 am. Queensland $64, NSW 69, Vic 74, Tas 78, South Australia 86. The joy of insomnia.

Alternative ideas. From the Centre for Independent Studies. Citizenship, the history wars and the staircase of opportunity for Aborigines. Lets not have a Universal Basic Income. Mark Steyn on line. A roundup from Heterodox Academy, the organization started by Johathan Haidt of The Righteous Mind. Mission: To improve the quality of research and education in universities by increasing viewpoint diversity, mutual understanding, and constructive disagreement. Intellectual Takeout. Accuracy in Academia. The American Scholar Inside the house that Stalin built.

Dan Mitchell. The triumph of communism. 100 years, 100 million deaths. The Senate tax pla...


Abbotts Sister Cops a Dose of Intersectionality "IndyWatch Feed"

Christine Forster, Sydney councillor and sister of former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, got a sharp lesson in intersectionality on Friday night. Tony Abbotts sister Christine Forster has spoken of her fear as she was attacked by an angry group of protesters who surrounded her and her partner outside a Liberal Party fundraiser. Ms Forster, []

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Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Dysphoria  a state of unease, unhappiness or generalised dissatisfaction with life; a state of mental discomfort or suffering; a state of anxiety, restlessness, or fidgeting.

Filed under: language Tagged: dysphoria


Illogical negativism in, logical positivism out "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

I have a post up at Quadrant Online: Weaponising Illogical Negativism. This is how it starts, discussing the base philosophical creed across the media and the left.

The core principle of logical positivism which underpins verification as the basis for scientific investigation of the truth of any statement:

A statement that cannot be conclusively verified cannot be verified at all. It is simply devoid of any meaning.

This then is the principle of illogical negativism, now applied near universally across the media and throughout the Left. It is the principle that denies any need whatsoever to verify any statement that suits the political outcome sought by the person making the statement or hearing it.

A statement that cannot be conclusively denied cannot be denied at all. It is simply true because someone has said it and conforms to what those who hear the statement prefer to believe.

Let us look a little more deeply at this principle, seen everywhere among the empty heads of the Republican Party as much as among Democrats. No evidence or factual underpinnings are required, only that someone says it and it suits others that it has been said.

Or to put it more plainly, they are liars who count on the complicity and ignorance of others. Now go to the link to see what has brought all this to mind.


Maru singles out regulation of electricity industry "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Source: The National

10th November 2017


NATIONAL Planning and Monitoring Minister Richard Maru says a different body needs to regulate the electricity industry.

He said the cost of electricity in the country was among the highest in the world.

He gave K3.5 million yesterday to PNG Power Limited to install a transmission line from Popondetta to Girua Airport in Northern.

I can say that the cost of electricity in Papua New Guinea is one of the highest in the world, Maru said.

And the challenge is how we, as a country, can make electricity cheap so that most of our people can have access to electricity, because it is sad that almost 80 per cent of our people are still without access to electricity.

He challenged PNG Power to come up with strategic reforms which would use the rentable energy sectors.
Producing electricity through generators using diesel is very expensive, Maru said.
We need to do away with that and move to renewable energy sources so that we can reduce the cost. That reduction can be passed onto the consumers to access cheaper electricity.



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MUST READto the end!! The BIGGER picture creates a better understanding of WHYclearing the way for PEACE! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

From Sweet Liberty: AMAZING history not widely known! Keep in mind this is being told by a Jewish defector in 1961, in DC A Jewish Defector Warns America: Benjamin Freedman Speaks on Zionism This should do it! For the second and last time we are updating the transcript of Ben Freedmans 1961 speech at the []

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Correspondence with SA Government regarding Spencer Gulf Port Link EPBC referral "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Response by Department of the Environment and Energy to Dan Monceaux on November 13, 2017.
Dear Mr Monceaux   Please see the attached documents.   Regards   FOI Contact Officer |General Counsel Branch Department of the Environmen...


Carbon emissions are falling but more is needed "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Contributed by Ben Wilson

According to Professor Will Steffen of the Australian Climate Council, global greenhouse emissions have started to fall, because of the growth of renewable energy sources and therefore less reliance on the use of fossil fuels.

He says that emissions growth has flat lined and that this is a significant change for the better, compared to what the situation was a decade ago.

Driving this change has been that the number of solar and wind systems installed, which has doubled every five and a Half years, thanks to those who are taking action for change.  there is also the falling cost of alternatives that is now being eyed by some major corporations as a viable route to profit or savings in energy costs.

This does not mean that there is any room for complacency and that action to step up the turn away from fossil fuels is no longer urgent.

Although at the present rate, a carbon neutral goal can be reached by 2040, this is far from a done deal. It could go off course. There is also a need to go further and apply measures that will protect those parts of the environment that are already under serious threat.

Economies must be restructured, to operate sustainably in the future. This is a big task that requires working towards agreement within nations and across nations, involving a change in the way of thinking on how human beings relate not only to the environment, but within the economy, about decision making processes and how we share what we produce together.

Even in the shorter-term, here in Australia, it is critical to turn around the gridlock existing in the political system that is holding us back, and get some decisive action to get away from dependency on coal, oil and gas  and serving as an  incentive to encourage more use and not less.

The need to protect wilderness areas and farmland is important. Special effort is needed to stop the extinction of the Great Barrier Reef.

There is still a major battle to be fought and won.



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Another city to make cat declawing illegal "IndyWatch Feed"

Cat owners have been sold a pup thinking a declawed cat would be the responsible thing to do if you want to stop Tiger from decimating the local bird population. The Denver City Council on Monday night moved to make Denver the first U.S. city outside of California to ban the practice of removing cats []

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Evaluating the Success of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The success of such cleanliness programmes cannot be measured through factors like waste disposal and no open defecation alone; its role in reducing epidemic outbreak is equally important.

The SBA is one of the largest cleanliness drives in the world, with a workforce of three million government employees who are directly or indirectly attached to the programme. Credit: PTI

October 2, 2017, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, also marked the third anniversary of the Modis governments flagship scheme, the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA). The SBA is one of the largest cleanliness drives in the world, with a workforce of three million government employees who are directly or indirectly attached to the programme. With the SBA now completing three years, it is imperative to evaluate its achievements.

The Swachh Survekshan 2017 was undertaken by the Quality Council of India to check the progress and impact of SBA. The parameters of evaluation included waste collection (sweeping and transportation), municipal solid waste processing and disposal, open defecation and toilets, capacity building and information, and education and behaviour change. For a programme as diverse in impact as the SBA, these parameters will give us an idea of how it has been implemented but to think that they can tell us how the programme has done within a community is illogical.

Simple logic tells us that the single most important impact of the SBA should be on the health of the community. From the era of English physician John Snow, we kno...


Time for Costly Medicine Monopolies to Go From TPP Trade Talks "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The latest plan to get the controversial trade deal up and running again after the withdrawal of the United States involves freezing some of its controversial rules.

New research in the Australian Health Review shows biologic drugs cost Australias PBS over A$2 billion in the year 2015-2016 alone. Credit: e-Magazine Art/Flickr CC BY 2.0

New research in the Australian Health Review shows biologic drugs cost Australias PBS over A$2 billion in the year 2015-2016 alone. Credit: e-Magazine Art/Flickr CC BY 2.0

Negotiators from 11 countries have been racing to resurrect the near-dead Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit this weekend.

The latest plan to get the controversial trade deal up and running again after the withdrawal of the United States involves freezing some of its controversial rules. These include rules for biologic drugs, an expensive class of medicines often used to treat conditions such as cancer and rheumatoid arthritis.

The market monopoly

Biologic drugs are ...


Poem of the Week: The Tide Recedes "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Theres rosemary, thats for remembrance. Pray you, love, remember. William Shakespeare, Hamlet A time to remember By Roger Childs Back in mid October there was a poignant service at the Mary Potter Hospice in Kapiti. Loved ones of those who were helped by the Hospice over the previous five months, before they passed on, were []


ZAP/POOFness Report: "Blowin' In The Wind" -- November 12, 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

"The Office of Poofness"

"Blowin' In The Wind"

Bob Dylan

How many roads must a man walk down

Before you call him a man?

How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, and how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind

The answer is blowin' in the wind.

Yes, and how many years can a mountain exist

Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, and how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, and how many times can a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn't see?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind

The answer is blowin' in the wind.

Yes, and how many times must a man look up

Before he can see the sky?
Yes, and how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, and how many deaths will it take 'til he knows
That too many people have died?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind

The answer is blowin' in the wind



Video: LA cops plant drugs in black suspects wallet "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

This piece by TOM BOGGIONI  (Raw Story 10 November 2017), is a disturbing capture of an incident that looks very much another case of  racial profiling and setting up. The difference is that this time, the deed was accidentally recorded by the police themselves.

An investigation into what is being captured on the body cams worn by Los Angeles police has turned up evidence of officers planting drugs in a suspects wallet while believing their cameras were off.

According to CBS-LA, Los Angeles police are now wearing the body cams, but police officials are withholding the videos from the public. However, the station was able to acquire video of one black man being arrested for a hit and run, with the video showing something quite different from what was documented in the official police report.

The report documents the arrest of Ronald Shields, 52, in April when he was taken into custody for a hit and run. According to the police report, LAPD officer Samuel Lee stated that cocaine was found in Shields front left pocket

But the body cam of a fellow officer showed one officer picking up the small packet from the ground and placing it in the suspects wallet before making a show of discovering it multiple times for the camera.

According Shields attorney, Steve Levine, officer Lee seemed stunned when he was shown the video while on the witness stand, saying the officer, Looked dumbstruck to me. Period. He had really no answer.

According to an expert discussing how the body cams work, the officer may not have realized that the camera was running 30 seconds before he believed he activated it.

Confronted by CBS reporter David Goldstein, both officers involved in the bust refused to comments on the discrepancy between their reports and what was shown on-camera.

Video from GetThePoint




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The Clintons and our millions facing all sorts of scrutiny - just not in Australia. Yet. "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

I had a most encouraging call with a US colleague during the past week or so. The Clinton Foundation frauds are being investigated in a significant donor country - sadly not ours. On 15 November the Clintons face a tax filing deadline in the US. On my read, for the...


The history of NZ's TPP negotiations via cartoons "IndyWatch Feed"

The history of New Zealand's Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement negotiations, via cartoons. The most recent cartoons are first.


The Clintons and our millions facing all sorts of scrutiny - just not in Australia. Yet. "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

I had a most encouraging call with a US colleague during the past week or so. The Clinton Foundation frauds are being investigated in a significant donor country - sadly not ours. On 15 November the Clintons face a tax filing deadline in the US. On my read, for the...


Proud PM applauds Kumuls "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The whole country is with you in heart and mind as you prepare to take on England in the quarter-finals.
Just like every Papua New Guinean, a proud Prime Minister Peter ONeill extended his congratulations to the PNG LNG Kumuls on their whopping victory over USA yesterday (Nov 12).
You demonstrated your professionalism on the field for a spectacular result, says the PM.
From the players, coaches and support staff we have seen the commitment to deliver three straight wins.
It will be a tough match, and we know that you will give it your all as you prepare for the game in Melbourne next week.
The PM further congratulates our friends from the United States for their support for rugby league and travelling to Papua New Guinea to meet our team.
The matches played in Papua New Guinea have been an outstanding success, he says.
Well done to all of our Rugby League World Cup officials and volunteers who organised three great games of the national sport.
Around Papua New Guinea we have enjoyed an outpouring of national pride and emotion.
The success o...


GST Plunges UPs Saharanpur Wood Carving Craft in New Crisis "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Apart from the high taxation rate, what is creating a lot of problems is that people in the trade are unable to understand the working of the new system.

Credit: Reena Mehta

The famous wood carving craft of Saharanpur in Uttar Pradesh had barely started recovering from the severe problems created by demonetisation when it was plunged into a second crisis created by the high rates of GST and the various uncertainties and confusions involving the new tax regime.


Helicopter parenting has turned a generation into virtual prisoners "IndyWatch Feed"

Researchers using GPS and wearable cameras to track the movements of more than 100 New Zealand school children say kids are becoming less independent, and less active. The research by Otago, Auckland and Harvard universities found children aged 11 to 13 spent more than half their non-school time within 500 metres of home, typically leaving []

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Ladakhs Pathways to the Clouds Built by Migrant Labourers "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Many of the labourers who build the mountainous roads in Ladakh are migrants from Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand they brave the extreme weather and risky work because of few livelihood options back home.

Pema brings her three-year-old son Ngodup to work. They live near Lukung village, close to Pangong Tso lake in eastern Ladakh. A few Ladakhi families also work along with the migrants to build the roads.

Pema brings her three-year-old son Ngodup to work. They live near Lukung village, close to Pangong Tso lake in eastern Ladakh. A few Ladakhi families also work along with the migrants to build the roads. Credit: Ritayan Mukherjee

It is possible to travel across Ladakh because of a network of high-altitude roads in this immense region, most of them projects of the Border Roads Organisation. Many of the labourers who build these long mountain roads are migrants from Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand. They come here from May to mid-October every year, ensuring ever-more connectivity for the military to transport supplies, for tourists, and for the people of Ladakh.

I went to Chilling, around 55 kilometres from Leh city, a few weeks ago. The under-construction Leh-Padum highway, which will provide year-long access to the Zanskar...


What matters about the Paradise Papers "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

A cursory glance at the Worlds leading tax havens illustrates the hypocrisy of politicians getting wound up about the revelations in the recently released Paradise Papers and the Panama Papers before them. Many of the havens are within the direct legislative jurisdiction of nations such as the US (which is itself a tax haven) and the UK, for example. And we should not forget that Luxembourg, Switzerland are key European homes of tax avoidance. Remember that the current President of the European Commission spent years in his previous role as Luxembourgs prime minister secretly blocking EU efforts to tackle tax avoidance by multinational corporations (Source) ably supported by the Netherlands, another nation engaged in the practice. If the politicians were truly worried about this issue they could do something about it directly with the stroke of a legislative pen. Britain could, for example, eliminate Jersey, the Isle of Man, and its Overseas Territories from this corporate scam. The US could do similarly. The EU could bring in new rules to stop Luxembourg. But they dont stop it, which tells you everything. But, the problem of tax avoidance and evasion is not fiscal. Progressives get stuck on that point. It is largely irrelevant. The real issues are inequality, power and macroeconomic stability. That is what this blog is about.

I covered my view on many of these issues in these blogs (among others):

1. Progressives should move on from a reliance on Robin Hood taxes (September 4, 2017).

2. Modern Monetary Theory and Value Capture (November 11, 2015).

3. Governments do not need the savings of the rich, nor their taxes! (August 15, 2015).

4. Off-shore tax havens be sure we define the issues correctly (July 23, 2012).

5. Robin Hood was a thief not a saviour (April 1, 2010).

The information in the Paradise Papers is shocking no doubt. But what shocks me and what seems to shock the average progressive (if their voices indicate their impressions) are somewhat different.

The idea that the savings and tax receipts of the rich are in some way important in order for governments to be able to provide high quality services, public infrastructure and jobs to advance the well-being of society is a very dangerous and misguided narrative for prog...


The Staves Announce Australian Tour "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Image Courtesy of The Staves UK trio The Staves have been flirting with an Australian tour for so long now. Originally due to make their debut on our shores back in 2014, The Staves had to pull out of the tour at the last minute. They returned in 2016 to support Bon Iver on his []


Democratic Engineers, Or Neoliberal Mechanics? "IndyWatch Feed"

Storming The "Engine Room" of Government: As the product of a top-down economic and social revolution, New Zealand Neoliberalism far from needing to rein-in the powers of the civil-service mandarinate was determined to re-fashion the state bureaucracy in such a way that it would be able to resist any and all attempts by elected politicians and their parties to dismantle the neoliberal machinery of "governance".

THEYRE THE ENGINE ROOM where ministerial decisions are put through the mill by officials. In that single sentence, the very worst aspects of neoliberalism are laid bare. Its author, political journalist Stacey Kirk, like so many of her generation, have been taught to regard politicians as, at best, necessary evils. Accordingly, Cabinet Committees the engine rooms of government are held up as the necessary correctives to poorly conceived ministerial decisions. Places where the ideas of elected politicians get knocked into a shape acceptable to their unelected officials New Zealands only trustworthy wielders of political power.

Kirks story, inspired by Opposition criticism of the new governments apparent willingness to be guided by and act on its own advice, plays directly to the crucial neoliberal concept of governance. At its core, governance represents the idea that the policies of both local and national government, if they are to meet the fundamental test of effective and efficient public administration, must be professionally crafted and implemented. By this reckoning, the ill-informed amateurism of elected politicians poses a constant threat to the delivery of good governance. Which is why officials putting ministerial decisions through the mill is presented not as an affront to democracy, but a very good idea.

Essentially, Kirk ranges herself alongside the Sir Humphrey Appleby character from the celebrated British television series, Yes Minister. Sir Humphrey represents the haughty mandarinate of the Civil Service: the ones who regard themselves as the gua...


Bring them here "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Last week, Jacinda Ardern rolled over for Australia on refugees, accepting their bullshit story that Donald Trump would somehow take them. Now, she's going to use the East Asia Summit in Manila to offer them a new home in New Zealand:

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull faces further pressure from Jacinda Ardern as the New Zealand leader repeats her offer to take 150 refugees from Papua New Guinea's Manus Island and Nauru.


"I will be raising with Prime Minister Turnbull, as I have consistently done, that we have great concerns over the situation on Manus Island but also for the refugees on Nauru."

She saw no difference in principle between the cases on the two islands.

"Our hope is to lend a hand as far as we are able in helping resolve this situation."

Good. Because what Australia and its PNG proxies are doing here is horrific: torturing people for years, then abandoning them to starve to death in the jungle or be murdered by hostile locals. Its a human rights disaster, contra Gerry Brownlee, we need to help.

The good news is that, in theory (and explicitly in PNG, because they Are Not Being Detained), the refugees are free to leave to any country which wishes to take them. We should call Australia on that. And if they don't like us offering a new home to 150 people, then we should offer one to 500. If they don't like that, we should offer one to all of them, whether on Manus or Nauru. And if they still don't like that, it should be "fine, you're a citizen. The next Australian PM will give us what we want, or get the same".

Because ultimately, this is about who decides who gets to come to New Zealand. And the answer to that question can only be "New Zealand". Not "Australia", and certainly not Malcolm Turnbull or Peter Dutton. To riff on John Howard, we will decide who comes to New Zealand, and the circumstances in which they come - and we will be far less arseholey about it than our racist arsehole neighbours.

And remember, as long as Australia is torturing refugees in concentration camps, don't buy Australian.


In which the pond tries to revive its spirits with a hit of Major Mitchell ... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Perhaps the always reliable Major Mitchell would ease the pond's depression and give Malware something of a bounce ... even a dead cat can have her day ...

After all, there was a nicely ironic juxtaposition in the digital edition of the lizard Oz ...

Almost a weird caricature of a gross clich, this fixation of the reptiles with the ABC ... 

And look, there below the Crabb was the crabby Major, always ready and willing to carry on with his crabbiness ... squealing and moaning and whining and whinging ...

Well yes, the local reptiles shamelessly repeat stories from stablemates such as the WSJ and The Times and the Major can't be found blathering about the disrepute involved in getting into bed with a major American newspaper that has been corrupted by the Chairman Rupert touch, or the cuckoos of England who have suffered the same fate ...

Almost every news organisation has a taint somewhere in the genetic make-up, and Al Jazeera isn't as nearly as appalling as RT, and besides there are the long night hours to fill in, and the BBC u...


Ecstasy, Misery and Revolver Upstairs "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

When I was 22, three things happened that will forever mark the narrative of my life. I graduated from university, I broke up with someone who I loved, and I fell apart.

Adulthood had arrived with an unwelcome suddenness, and, terrified of being rejected by my dreams, I instead retreated into a shimmering expanse of meaningless good times. And by that, I mean I made Melbournes choice den of debauchery, Revolver Upstairs, my home base. I became a mess, and in a way, it was exactly what I had always wanted.

Since the end of my 21st year, I have been kicked out of a club on six different occasions. I would go out at least twice a week, and going out meant getting as fucked up as I possibly could; meant blasting a hole through my consciousness. I wanted to embarrass myself, to have a good story to tell the next morning, to be able to play at self-disgust but really loving every second. Up until this time in my life, I was always afraid that I wasnt brave or interesting enough to disintegrate completely. Well, I disintegrated.

I threw up in bars and on bars, into gutters and into bins; I threw up on the Sandringham Line train so frequently that my friends referred to that act as doing a Jane. I passed out in toilet cubicles and at parties; a friend woke up to me passed out in his backyard with my shirt off on one occasion. I threw glasses across the dance floor and out of car windows; I pissed on the dance floor several times rather than line up for the bathroom. My feet, for a long time, were blistered and rubbed raw and spotted with blood from dancing for hours on end.

I would drink all the time. There was a bottle of wine perpetually next to my bed and I would start drinking out of it as soon as I woke up. I drank at work, either out the back or out of a glass I kept under the counter that I would top up throughout the shift. I would go into work cooked I would go to Revs at 9 or so in the morning, take a pill or two, and start work at 12. It isnt a huge surprise that the store closed down, with employees like me. I got a new job, and spent my first shift struggling through a comedown. My previous job I had quit because my panic attacks had gotten too intense for work.

In my room, dirty clumps of ash sunk into the paint of the windowsill, smeared into a permanent, think black layer. Cigarette butts clogged every available surface. The room the house, in fact stunk of smoke, sweet and stale, but I was in it so much I didnt notice. Plastic wine glasses and ceramic mugs, rimmed with the deep red of old wine, sat for weeks beside piles of dir...


New conservative Bill a Trojan horse to allow unprecedented discrimination "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Today Liberal Senator James Paterson released a conservative marriage equality Bill which seeks to introduce new and unprecedented forms of discrimination.

Anna Brown, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, said the Paterson Bill was a bizarre attempt to entrench unprecedented forms of discrimination against LGBTI Australians.

If there is a Yes result on Wednesday, Australians will have voted for true equality for all Australians not an unfettered right to discriminate for people who voted No, said Ms Brown.

Australians are voting to make our country a fairer and more equal place, not to take us back to a time where people can be denied service at a shop. We call on Australian politicians to reject the Paterson Bill and pass marriage equality without allowing new forms of discrimination, said Ms Brown.

The Paterson Bill appears to propose the following new forms of discrimination:

  • All marriage celebrants could turn away same-sex couples and transgender and intersex people regardless of whether the discrimination is founded in religion or not.
  •  Individuals could refuse to provide goods and services to same-sex couples in relation to their marriage.
  • Immunity from legal claims including criminal offences for people who believe that marriage is between a man and a woman.

The Bill extends protections to those who oppose marriage equality for both religious and moral reasons, enshrining the concept of conscientious objection, which was criticised in the cross-party senate inquiry report that Senator Paterson signed up to earlier this year.  

Allowing anyone to conscientiously object to someone else because of their sexuality, race or disability is unacceptable in modern Australian society it goes against the foundation of equal treatment enshrined in Australian law for decades. The entire purpose of anti-discrimination protections is to ensure that we are all treated fairly and equally in public regardless of who we are or who we love, said Ms Brown.

Exemption for all individuals and businesses in marriage related services

The Bill gives the green light to discriminate in the provision of goods, services and facilities related to marriage by any entity or individual, including commercial businesses.

This Bill will cause chaos and entrench deeply unacceptable discrimination that Australians rejected decades ago. A Muslim taxi driver could turn away a same-sex couple travelling to their wedding. A bank teller could refuse to authorise a personal loan for a same-sex couple for their wedding or possibly even their honeymoon. A hotel could refuse to take reservations of guests in town for their frien...


Can the EU regain its international climate policy leadership lost in Copenhagen? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

This is a guest post from Axel Michaelowa  from the University of Zurich. He is also the lead author of the chapter on international agreements in the 5th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. This is the second in the series from our Bonn panel on leadership in the climate regime. 

For over a decade, the EU was the undisputed leader of the international climate policy process. It had a grand vision for a universal international climate policy agreement modelled on the Kyoto Protocol. This was to be crowned during COP 15 in Copenhagen 2009. So the shock was the greater when the EU was ignominously sidelined by an alliance of Barack Obama and the leaders of the large emerging economies. They did not like grand designs and instead embarked on a road towards a bottom up climate policy system.

Almost a decade later, the US has abandoned international climate policy leadership after it played a crucial role in helping France in the runup to the Paris Agreement. Can the EU now again lead? The answer unfortunately is No.

First, the EU is at the center of the global maelstrom of migration, terrorism and resurgence of populism, and even threatened by internal fragmentation as the case of Catalonia shows. This means that EU leaders are in perpetual crisis mode and cannot properly address long term issues auch as climate policy.
Second, the EU is lacking ambition. Several member states, including self-proclaimed climate policy leader Germany, are likely to miss 2020 emission targets by a wide margin. 2030 targets are generally not seen as very ambitious either.

Second, domestic mitigation policy instruments in the EU are suffering from serious flaws. The EUs climate policy flagship, the emission trading scheme has suffered from systemic overallocation ever since the economic and financial crisis struck in 2008. Thus, prices have remained low. The latest reform agreed just yesterday is a kind of band aid that does not resolve the broader challenge. In the context of renewable energy promotion, the widely successful feed in tariffs have now been replaced by auctions that may be able to reduce costs, but are equally likely to reduce the speed of renewable energy expansion. And many countries face the challenge that...


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Pro-Life University group in California wins case against anti-free speech professor "IndyWatch Feed"

It is not only at Auckland University that pro-life groups are being forced to fight for the right to be treated fairly and for freedom of speech and a  diversity of ideas. What is happening to Pro-Life Auckland is reflective of what is already happening overseas. In fact, the actions against Pro-Life Auckland by the []

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Thanks for the senate slot Pauline - see ya! "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Australia should think about getting a Receiver/Administrator in for a while. This bloke got 19 votes in his own right. From the weekend: 19 votes put Pauline Hansons man in The Australian (@australian) November 13, 2017 Pauline Hanson's ticket put him in the Senate. Now he's in the...


Tonga Takes The Cake "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Busy sporting times By Roger Childs There was plenty of excitement over the weekend in a mixed bag of results for New Zealand. The All Blacks, The Breakers and The Phoenix(!) won, while the Kiwis and Maori All Blacks lost. Meanwhile the All Whites, seeking World Cup qualification, lived to fight another day in Lima, []


The Poet: Rainer Maria Rilke, "A Walk" "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

"A Walk"

"My eyes already touch the sunny hill.
going far ahead of the road I have begun.
So we are grasped by what we cannot grasp;
it has inner light, even from a distance-
and changes us, even if we do not reach it,
into something else, which, hardly sensing it,
we already are; a gesture waves us on
answering our own wave...
but what we feel is the wind in our faces."


NZ Prime Minister Jacinda Arden to reintroduce talks of resettling refugees and more Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden will re-approach discussions about resettling refugees from the closed Manus Island Detention Centre with Prime Minister Turnbull. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden will re-approach Malcolm Turnbull about the Manus Island Detention Centre crisis at the East Asia Summit this week.

Approximately 420 asylum seekers and refugees still remain at the now-closed processing centre, with reports that the Papua New Guinean authorities will soon remove them.

The two leaders discussed New Zealands longstanding offer to resettle 150 men from Australias detention centres more than a week ago.



Grow up dickhead. Embarrassing. Naff. You're the Prime Minister, Clown. We're paying you to be there. You make me sick. "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Backing free trade, more investment and more opportunities with @luke_nguyen in Vietnam The PMO (@thepmo) November 10, 2017 With @luke_nguyen this morning in Vietnam ahead of #APEC2017 Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) November 10, 2017


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"A Foot In Both Worlds - A Visit With Michael A. Lilly"

Most people know Michael Lilly as a former Hawai`i attorney general as well as the lead attorney for Judicial Watch and Grassroot Institute in the recent Na`i Aupuni US Supreme Court Case. Very few however realize that Mike is also a fifth generation Hawai`i resident and a direct descendant of Hawaiian Kingdom Nationals. Even more astounding is that several of his ancestors were advisors and confidants to Kamehameha V, Kalakaua and Queen Lili`uokalani. Join us in our amazing visit with Michael as he brings Hawaiian Kingdom history alive telling us the story of his family before the overthrow, their loyalty and deep dedication to the government and its rulers and why all of them forever remain Hawaiian Kingdom Royalists - Watch It Here



Peter OBrien: Ardern on Manus "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

A week ago I sent the following letter to The Australian:

Your editorial tells us Malcolm Turnbull and Jacinda Ardern  are off to a good start.  Really?  Lets hope not. Here we have New Zealands neophyte PM throwing a grenade into our fractious immigration debate at a particularly difficult time during the Manus stand-off.  Turnbull courteously declined Arderns gratuitous public offer to take 150 illegals, made for no apparent reason other than virtue signalling.  If the offer were genuine, it would have been made in private and not announced until it was accepted and the details threshed out.    Turnbull courteously declined the offer.  It is to be hoped, however, that he made it clear privately, in no uncertain terms, that such interference in our affairs would not be tolerated in future.  That would be hypocrisy on steroids, of course, given Turnbulls cynical ploy, negotiated with the Obama administration on the eve of Donald Trumps inauguration, that saddled the incoming President with an outcome that his public statements made clear he would not have agreed to himself.   But, then, we all know Turnbulls no stranger to hypocrisy.

It wasnt published, of course, because God forbid one should criticize the editor of The Australian. Im now guessing, as predicted, that Turnbull copped it sweet because, barely a week later we have Ardern, in full frontal moral posturing mode , as reported in todays Australian:

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has blasted Australias handling of the refugee crisis on Manus Island as unacceptable as she seeks another meeting with Malcolm Turnbull on the issue.

Thank God weve got Julie Bishop to smooth things over.  Oh, wait.



Dual citizenship: A neoliberal crisis "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Dual citizenship: A neoliberal crisisThe s44 fiasco has highlighted the incompetence and lack of policy and action of the Turnbull Government this is a crisis of neoliberalism. read now...


Finance and Administration Coordinator "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Finance and Administration Coordinator supports EngageMedias Southeast Asia program activities and works closely with EngageMedias Accountant and Operations Manager to ensure the organisation financial and administrative needs are to the highest standard.

Position Aims

  • Provide high-quality financial and administrative support to programs
  • Ensure Southeast Asia administration and office function effectively
  • Ensure the financial integrity of the organisation

Roles and Responsibilities


  • Bookkeeping track, enter and record all expenses
  • Maintain Indonesian banking and assist with Australian banking
  • Complete monthly account reconciliations
  • Oversee the Administration Assistant to prepare payment requests and track cash advances/petty cash
  • Work with the Administration Assistant to process invoices and receipts, ensuring all  are properly documented and recorded
  • Lead the monthly payroll process
  • Working with Operations and Grants Manager to prepare budgets for grant applications, and with grant reporting
  • Track and maintain a variety of budgets
  • Contribute to and uphold financial policies and procedures


  • Be responsible for maintenance of the office including payment of utilities
  • Oversee flight tickets purchasing, accommodation booking and other travel needs
  • Assist with logistics for events and face to face meetings
  • File materials on the EngageMedia intranet
  • Participate in weekly staff and finance team meetings

Selection Criteria

  • Experience with online, cloud-based accounting systems such as
  • Excellent English and Bahasa Indonesia
  • At least 5 years experience in finance and administration
  • Extensive experience with office software
  • Advance bookkeeping
  • Experience in an organisation with large amounts of travel and international communications
  • Open minded with an ability to work across cultures
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Excellent time management skills

Start Date and Remuneration

The position starts as soon as possible. An initial 12 month full time contract will be offered with extensions base...


The disgrace that is Americas judicial system "IndyWatch Feed"

With Trump we see the continuation of the ongoing politicisation of the judicial system. Trump did not begin this, but he revels in the power it gives him.

Time for a constitutional amendment to make the appointees subject to confirmation from an independent commission. The commission members to be non politicians.

Idealistic, impossible, but shit it would be better than the crap we see now.


Landmark Northern Territory Royal Commission findings to be handed down this Friday "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

This week Australia will be given a roadmap to ensure children are never again abused as they were in the notorious Don Dale youth prison. After twelve months of hearing evidence, the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory is due to release its report and recommendations on Friday.

Shahleena Musk, Senior Lawyer at the Human Rights Law Centre, who previously worked as a youth justice lawyer in Western Australia and the Northern Territory and represented many children in Don Dale, said that the Northern Territory Government must implement each and every Royal Commission recommendation.

This is not the time to pick and choose. Childrens lives are at stake. The Northern Territory Government must commit to wholesale implementation and the Federal Government must help fund it. Anything less will be a sign that our governments are not serious about ending the abuse of children in youth jails, said Ms Musk

The Royal Commission was announced after the ABCs Four Corners program aired a shocking expose showing horrifying footage of children in the Northern Territorys youth detention facilities being abused, including being hooded, tear gassed, stripped naked, threatened with dogs and held in solitary confinement.

Children in the Northern Territory are still being detained in Don Dale - a decommissioned maximum-security adult prison, that Ms Musk says is inherently unfit for children.

The Royal Commission laid bare the devastating cost of removing children from their families and locking them away behind bars. Prisons fail children. Governments should invest in small, age-appropriate facilities located close to communities that foster connection to family. All children should have the opportunity to grow up safe and be supported to reach their full potential. said Ms Musk.

Jewel Wheeler, a twenty-year old woman from Darwin who is an advocate for children in out-of-home care, was taken from her family when she was a baby and drawn into the criminal justice system when she was eleven years. Ms Wheeler said the cruelty of the system robbed her of a childhood.

I was so vulnerable. Instead of helping me, the system harmed me. I often wonder how different my life would have been if I had actually been cared for if I hadnt been hauled before the courts and locked up in a concrete cell. I was labeled a criminal before I even knew what that word meant. Children this young should never be arrested and put behind bars. There are better ways to respond to kids who make mistakes and it involves love, care and support, said Ms Wheeler. 

Ruth Barson, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre, who previously represented children in Don Dale, said all states and territories currently have archaic la...


The Ben Mack article, was it wrong? "IndyWatch Feed"

Adam realises that the media in NZ rallied to defend their goddess against the evils of Mack and Bezos, however is his overall thesis really as outrageous as many would have us believe.

The article repays careful reading. It is more nuanced than many kneejerk reactions would suggest.

To some extent, the MSM reaction and that of activists goes some way to supporting his thesis that Ardern, supported by Peters, is in the Trump mold. Trump despite his characterization as a populist is, given many of his comments more in the totalitarian, xenophobic , racist mode of Hitler. Similarly Peters is a a xenophobe, he has a liking for dictators given his desire for a Russian FTA and his anti NZ view for allowing any Chinese dissidents here. His attitude to Asians especially Chinese is eerily reminiscent of Hitlers views of the Jews.

Ardern willingly entered into a coalition with Peters. Her and her partys desire for power trumped any principles they may have had.

Mack wrote:-

The effects of the far rights influence are already being felt. Amid pressure from New Zealand First, the government has vowed to slash immigration by tens of thousands by making it harder to obtain visas and requiring employers to prove they cannot find a qualified New Zealand citizen before hiring a non-citizen. Theyve also put forward legislation banning non-citizens from owning property, the new minister for immigration has equated increased immigration with increased unemployment (while also failing to denounce his partys claims that immigration is a factor in New Zealand having the highest rate of youth suicide in the developed world) and proposed a plan that would require people receiving welfare to work.

Whilst perhaps guilty of hyperbole, depending on your world view, was this materially untrue. Not really. To quote Steven Joyce it was pretty legal.

Mack makes a very pertinent point here, which many ignore:-

Peters who took the roles of deputy prime minister and foreign minister as a condition of working with Ardern and New Zealand First can end t...


Parliamentary Moral Hazard "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Moral hazard is a wonderful thing, when you are the beneficiary of it.  It is a situation where people who make bad decisions or bad choices do not pay the price for those choices.

Consider a child who steals the toys of another child but is not punished for the theft. Rather, it is the classroom or other parents who have to contribute to replace the stolen toy. What message is sent to the child who stole? You are good to go.

Moral hazard has plays out in all sorts of areas in the economy, but it is a big thing in insurance (formal and informal).

Consider 2 houses in a bush fire area; one house has fire insurance and the other has not. A fire destroys both houses. What happens? The owner of the insured house has to fight with the insurance company every step of the way. The owner of the uninsured house will go to Government and then get a bail out. Does this sound familiar? What message does this send to anyone else living in a bush fire area?

Ditto flood insurance. Consider a state that under-insured against the risk of flood and then went to the citizens of other states to bail them out, literally and metaphorically.

It happens all the time, and more often than not, it is government that likes to socialise the costs onto all citizens.  But hey.  The politicians get a great press conference out of it showing how generous and caring the government is.  It shouldnt happen, but it does and it completely distorts the operation of markets. Free healthcare anyone?  Electricity outage anyone?

Which brings us to the political issue du jour, Parliamentarians compliance with Section 44 of the Constitution.

As Sparticus has previously disclosed, he is not a lawyer. He can see his reflection in the mirror. But his question is this.  When replacing a disqualified Senator, the disqualified senator is treated as never having been on the ballot and the next person on the list is appointed.  Why does this not apply to House of Representative replacements?

Why, as in the case of New England, cant the Australian Electoral Commission just pull out the ballot papers from the previous election and just work out who would have won if Barnaby Joyce was not there?

If the Electoral Commission behaved like that, you would think that the political parties would be extra careful in vetting their candidates. Its not like Section 44 was added to the Constitution in the last couple of years or that the High Court has not considered Section 44 issues before.

The price of this stuff up is not paid by those who made the stuff up. It is paid by everyone else.

But what about the cost of the by-election, and by-elections in general.  Why are not the costs....

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