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Thursday, 19 July

00:16

Is Philip Gaetjens the consummate public servant or in 2018 has he devolved into a right-wing ideological warrior? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"



On 31 July 2018 Philip Gaetjens will become Secretary to the Australian Treasury reporting to the Australian Treasurer.

Now from 2011 to 2015 he was head of the NSW Treasury under a Baird Coalition Government and before that did a stint at the SA Treasury in 1995 to 1997 spanning the terms of two Liberal premiers, so he will bring some experience to the position.

However, he has also been both chief of staff to former federal treasurer and Liberal MP Peter Costello during the Howard Coalition Government and chief of staff to current federal treasurer and Liberal MP for Cook Scott Morrison in the Turnbull Coalition Government.

There is a question this curriculum vitae raises Is Philip Gaetjens the consummate public servant or in 2018 has he devolved into a right-wing ideological warrior?

Will treasury advice still be seen as authoritative during his tenure?

With Treasury already gaining a reputation as an enabler of Scott Morrisons worst partisan public pronouncements in election years will Gaetjens make the situation even more difficult for ordinary voters trying to decipher truth in the midst of relentless political spin?

...

00:15

It's business as usual as Trump appointees dismantle US environmental law and regulations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"



5 July 2018:

Scott Pruitt, whose tenure at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was tarred by corruption scandals and hostility to environmental regulation, offered his resignation today, effective July 6.

The EPAs new interim administrator, Andrew Wheeler, is a former coal lobbyist, 
profiled by DeSmog.

DeSmog's prior profile of Wheeler reports:

Wheeler is the...

Wednesday, 18 July

21:25

Trump is Right About Who"s to Blame for Bad Relations with Russia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Americas attempt to shape Russias destiny, starting with the Clinton Administrations sponsorship of the feckless, drunk and corrupt Boris Yeltsin, had baleful results. So did the State Departments attempt to manipulate events in Ukraine in 2004 and 2014.

21:01

Welcome to Your Driverless Future! "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

We've all seen the propaganda by now: Like it or not, autonomous driving technology is on the way. But what will that future look like? Should we be concerned about the lack of control implicit in these technologies? How vulnerable they are to hackers, both criminal and deep state? Or the fact that our entire society is about to be re-engineered before our very eyes? Join James for this thought-provoking episode of The Corbett Report as he explores the road ahead on the path to the driverless future.

20:56

RIMPAC-2018: What Makes it So Special This Year? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Keeping such large and powerful navies as that of Russia and China out turns RIMPAC into an event organized to bolster US foreign policy goals and challenge its rivals.

20:25

Is President Trump a Traitor Because He Wants Peace with Russia? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The entire Russiagate hoax is an orchestration by the military/security complex, led by John Brennen, Comey, and Rosenstein. The purpose is to discredit President trump for two reasons. One is to prevent any normalization of relations with Russia. The other is to remove Trumps agenda as an alternative to the agenda of the Democratic Party.

19:55

While His Opponents Cry Treason Trump Sues for Peace "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Remember, the US only negotiates when it knows it is losing. Empires dictate terms, they dont sue for peace.

19:18

Unrest in Southern Iraq "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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As expected, following the victory in the Iraqi parliamentary elections of the Muqtada al-Sadr bloc, together with pro-Communist parties, a serious political crisis has broken out in the country, which has yet to form a government. The winning parties campaigned on a platform based on eliminating Irans dominating influence in the country and on initiating a national and religious peace process. Unsurprisingly, the focus of the unrest is the Shiite-dominated south of the country, where widespread scale protests have broken out over last few days, starting in Basra and then spreading to more and more cities. The protests are focusing on economic and social issues, in particular rampant government corruption, unemployment and the high level of poverty. However, the social protests are rapidly turning into anti-Iranian protests. The protesters have been shouting anti-Iranian and anti-clerical slogans and have stormed and taken control of buildings belonging to the pro-Iranian Hashd al-Shaabi armed group and its key member, the Badr Organisation. Both the army (including, as of July 16, the 9th Armoured Division, equipped with new tanks) and pro-Iranian vigilante groups have been sent in to suppress the protests, and these forces are being transferred from areas in three Iraqi provinces that are, in effect, unofficially controlled by militants from the terrorist organisation DAESH (banned in Russia). However the protestors represent a more serious danger for the government than DAESH, as the loss of the Shiite south would be a catastrophe for Baghdad. Protests are also taking place in southern areas and suburbs of the capital, which have a large Shiite population, who migrated to the area as refugees after the first Gulf War (or Operation Desert Storm) in 1991. These protestors are using the same slogans and tactics. As the majority of Baghdads Shiites support Muqtada al-Sadr. A curfew has been introduced, and the army has been put on high alert.

The sequence of events can be summarised as follows: On June 6, as frequently occurs, a number of residential areas of Basra experienced power cuts. These cuts are a particular problem in summer, when the heat (which frequently exceeds 60 degrees C at this time of year) forces residents to switch on their air conditioning, and as a result the electricity grid gets overloaded. This time the cuts lasted longer than usual and they affected social facilities including schools, kindergartens and medical centres. People went out onto the streets and spontaneous protests broke out. The situation was made worse by the current state of drought: the...

19:13

PMs XIII match between Australian Kangaroos and PNG Kumuls receives Test status "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The annual Prime Ministers XIII match between PNG and Australia has received full Test status beginning this year.

To be now known as the, Prime Ministers X111 Test, it will allow both teams to field their best players.

The Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) sanctioned the test status for the first time since the inception of the PMs XIII concept in 2006.

Also commencing this year, the match will be played on the weekend after the Australian National Rugby League grand final.

The PMs XIII Test match will take place on October 6th 2018.

The curtain raiser to the Test will be the Oil Search PNG Orchids up against the Australian Jillaroos. PNGRLF Media

19:08

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

170718MOMIS SAYS NOMORE WAR ON BOUGAINVILLE
New Dawn FM News

The ABG President, CHIEF DR.JOHN MOMIS says that the Bougainville Peace Agreement was signed in 2001 to end the Bougainville war and Bougainvilleans have had enough of fighting and want peace throughout the island.
President MOMIS said that even the Commanders of all warring factions in the Bougainville conflict now members of the Core group has also assured him that there will be no fighting after referendum and beyond.
The ABG President made these comments when answering questions from a Catholic youth who wanted to know if Bougainville was in safe hands now.
The youth raised questions to President Momis when he went to address their meeting at the HAHELA Catholic Church last Saturday.
The youths told the ABG President that with the current situation they were afraid Bougainville could go back to war.
But President Momis assured them that Bougainvilleans want peace and stability as we go for the Referendum next year.

Ends

19:07

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

170718TOTSI CALLS ON WESTCOAST LEADERS TO MOVE COMMUNITY GOVERNMENTS

New Dawn FM News

A long-time local government member from the MAHARI constituency, JOHN TOTSI is calling on the Community Government Chairman and leaders to make some moves to make changes in the West under the new Community Government system.
He said that the Community Governments must not wait for the ABG to raise funds as they have the power already to do just that.
MR. TOTSI was speaking on New Dawn FM this afternoon.
He said former community governments had the power to raise funds through head-tax, Canteen Licenses, Liquor shop fees etc, which the current community governments can impose and raise funds.
MR. TOTSI said that their community government wanted to start off by building a market but this has not eventuated as the leaders are not leading their people who are ready to support their Community Government.
He called on the Community government members to start work in the west quickly.

Ends

19:06

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

170718HEROMATE QUESTIONS QUESTIONARES BY NGOS
New Dawn FM News

Former Bougainville senior Public servant, PATRICK HEROMATE says that questions being put to the people of Bougainville on what they think of the Bougainville referendum by a Non Government Organization can confuse the people.
MR. HEROMATE told New Dawn FM this afternoon that NGO work in the communities throughout Bougainville must be sanctioned by the Department of Bougainville Peace Agreement Implementation and the Community Development Department.
He said that currently a NGO group is distributing 50 questionnaires to the communities and this could totally confuse the people.
MR. HEROMATE also called on the Government to monitor the activities of the current NGOs operating on Bougainville.

Ends

19:04

NEW DAWN ON BOUGAINVILLE "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

170718HAKENA ON YOUTHS
New Dawn FM News
The Director of the Leitana Nehan Womens Development Agency, HELLEN HAKENA says that she is satisfied at the work youths engaged to the Urban Community Government Elections just completed have done.
She told New Dawn FM that the youths were engaged to monitor and also assess why women and youths are turned away during voting.
MS. HAKENA said main thing that her group found out was many first time voters had no names on the common roll and this turned them away.
She said the full report will be announced by the Bougainville Electoral Commissioner.

Ends

19:03

ON THE BRINK RADIO #253 WHY I LOVE TASMANIA/COSMIC WINDOWS OF TIME/HAWAIIAN VOLCANOS & RIMPAC UPDATES "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Tasmania is not the only place in the world where long-term, careful argument has been defeated by short-term economic advantage. When we look round, the time is rapidly approaching when natural environment, natural unspoiled vistas are sadly beginning to look like left-overs from a vanishing world. This vanishing world is beautiful beyond our dreams and []

The post ON THE BRINK RADIO #253 WHY I LOVE TASMANIA/COSMIC WINDOWS OF TIME/HAWAIIAN VOLCANOS & RIMPAC UPDATES appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

19:00

Wednesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Chinas Leftover Men: Desperately Seeking Wives  As a result of the one-child policy, leading to the preference for sons has led to a gender imbalance between men and women, and women in China becoming picky (as you would expect where supply is plentiful) I dread to think of what this means in India, as families [] The post Wednesday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:55

Super Shuttle ferries they never learn remembering Balbagon 2014 "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Super Shuttle ferries again had an accident.

On July 16, a Super Shuttle roll on roll off (RoRo) passenger ferry from Camiguin Island ran aground near Lapinig Island just out of Balingoan port, Misamis Oriental after being buffeted by strong winds and huge waves Monday afternoon but all 63 passengers and crew, including five children, were rescued by fisherfolk in Balingoan.

Super Shuttle Ferry

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA) had warned that strong winds and huge waves triggered by Tropical Depression Henry will be experienced in the coastal towns of Opol, Naawan, Manticao, Libertad, Tagoloan, Lagonglong and Initao in Misamis Oriental Monday.

News reports state that one or two other Super Shuttle RoRo vessels tried to pull the ferry but the cables broke. This is when local fishermen decided to conduct the rescue operation. Photos below showed passengers wearing their life vests before the rescue.

Super Shuttle Ferry

See here a video clip of what happened when they tried to pull out the stranded ferry

...

18:55

Stripping Away Local Governmental Powers: a Global Rising Tide of Fascism "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Around the world, local governments at the municipal, provincial, and regional levels are finding themselves under siege by central governments exercising what can only be described as fascist grabs for unitary executive power.

18:44

Power over the destiny of others is never given up easily "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

By Tony Andrews Im coming from a perspective of almost complete ignorance about First Nation Australian people. Land rights, native title, pan-Aboriginal relationships, history, culture, political interaction with government in fact, Im pretty bloody ignorant about everything, except that I can clearly see things are not as black and white as were often led

The post Power over the destiny of others is never given up easily appeared first on The AIM Network.

18:30

Jordan Peterson sits down for an in depth discussion "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Jordan Peterson sits down for an in depth discussion appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:00

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Strumming my face with his fingers . . .

That snatch of Killing Me Softly on the radio as I walked past a cafe took me back to Coronet Peak many years ago.

I was skiing with friends when we paused just beside the chairlift where it came quite low.

A man in the lift reached out and pretended to stroke my friends face.

She immediately, and tunefully, sang those words. The man on the chairlift laughed so much he would have fallen out had he not had the safety bar on.

Tonight Im grateful for a song that takes me back and the laughter that comes with it.

18:00

ABC Fact Check: Error-ridden and misleading The fisking edition "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The RMIT-ABC Fact Check unit did a fact check on Chris Berg and my claim in our recent book Against Public Broadcasting: Why and how we should privatise the ABC and repeated in an article in The Spectator and on Sky News.

The verdict

Professor Davidsons claim is flimsy.

I will let readers decide for themselves on this point.

In making the claim, Professor Davidson referred to a study published in 2013 which surveyed 605 journalists from a variety of organisations on their voting intentions.

True. The study was published in the peer reviewed journal Australian Journalism Review and a layperson version published at The Conversation.

Fifty-nine of these journalists were from the ABC, and only 34 of them answered the question on voting intention, with 25 either undecided or electing not to answer.

Correct.

Of the 34 who did answer, 41.2 per cent, or 14, said they would vote for the Greens.

Correct.

But experts told Fact Check that the ABC sub-sample was too small and the rate of undecided and non-response too high to be able to draw accurate conclusions from the survey on ABC journalist voting intention, let alone voting intention of all ABC employees.

This may well be what experts told the RMIT-ABC Fact Check unit. But what did the author of the study say? The author of the study said: It means that even though only a smaller number of journalists answered the voting intentions, which does increase the margin of error, it is still reasonable to conclude that there is a marked difference between the voting intentions of journalists at the three major media organisations.

Upon releasing the findings in 2013, the author of the study himself, Folker Hanusch, inserted numerous caveats about using sub-samples of the survey, including that the margins o...

18:00

Wednesday Weapons "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

17:30

Via ferrata La coriace de Buis les Baronnies en famille "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz ferrata  is a protected climbing/walking route -using a steel rope which climbers can attach to with rope and karabiner while wearing body harness. Via ferrata La coriace de Buis les Baronnies en famille Yep this one is a family [] The post Via ferrata La coriace de Buis les Baronnies en famille appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:27

FORTUNATE INDEED THAT YALTA DIDNT HAPPEN IN 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"


With the Red Army within a hundred kms of Berlin and the western allies about to cross the Rhine the political "Big Three" of Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt met in Crimea at the Lavidea Palace in February 1945 with the military defeat of Germany unable to end in anything other than total destruction of The Third Reich.

One of the monumental outcomes of that meeting was the creation of a Soviet "sphere of political control" in complete absence of any hope of democracy  for the people of Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Greater Yugoslavia and Albania, all consigned to Soviet domination for the next almost half century.
Austria Italy, Greece, Finland, and even France faced serious threat of inclusion in that euphemistically termed  sphere of influence through agitation from strong communist ideological influence amongst the socialist trade union empowered left.
While devastated Germany was partitioned into four "Zones" each under the control of The US, France, The UK and The USSR with the poor wretches eventually locked into East Germany denied any semblance of democracy as western peoples might define it. The other three "Zones" merged into a free democratic state under a constitutional electoral arrangement similar to that now used In NZ for MMP, with a Capital city in Bonn.

Churchill had serious reservations at this locking in of Soviet Hegemony over eastern Europe but Roosevelt supported Stalin and the rest is History.
Now because Donald Trump didn't call out the nasty little scroat currently in charge of the Russian Federation at Helsinki, he  is being compared to Chamberlain in Munich c1938, the perpetrator of a "Pearl Harbour" disaster c 1941 and the greatest Traitor to ever hold the Office of POTUS.

Sheesh people so Trump fresh from reducing tension on the Korean DMZ sometimes erroneously referred to The 38 parallel didn't stick his neck in a noose at Helsinki to satisfy all the sufferers of Trump Derangement Syndrome, merely met with the current dictator of Russia and no war erupted,  why don't we just wait and see down the track

References to his throwing the US security services under a bus, give me strength. The conniptions of Obama, Brennan Comey, Rosenstein, Strzok, and Meuller along with the established traitors currently in the Democratic Party, they should all be tossed under the Amtrack express leaving Washington DC.
The almost total politicisation of the DoJ and The FBI leadership as arms of the Democratic Party make it a fairly reasonable desire for the present POTUS to have a strong urge to assist in the tossing.

Just think for a moment if the deliberations of the  Big Three had been exposed to political motivations and digital communications across the mass media, the widely revered Roosevelt who was elected to the of...

17:11

Limits to government spending are not determined by private bond markets "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Wednesday and a relatively short blog post after two rather long posts in the preceding two days. The first topic concerns the limits to government spending. The second brief topic reports on research where it was found that the music of AC-DC confounds Lady Beetles and soybean aphids. Who would have thought! Which was by far the most interesting research paper I have read this week after dealing with the likes of Stuart Holland on Monday and Tuesday. And then some music from around the world to smooth out the day.

Limits to government spending

There was a tweet being retweeted like there was no tomorrow last week which linked to an article in the Financial Times (July 14, 2018) Fiscal hawks tales of doom do not fly with the young.

The article had a picture of the latest progressive political star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez with the caption that she:

backs the view that restraints on a governments spending are primarily set by the amount it can borrow without fuelling inflation.

Progressive types then thought it was useful to retweet this incessantly for a few days.

My response I certainly hope that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez does not back that construction of the limits on spending for a currency-issuing government.

And I certainly hope that progressives do not embrace it either.

Why?

It is fundamentally incorrect and just reframes the way neoliberals think and uses their sort of language.

The article was questioning the:

warnings from some fiscal hawks about how financial markets would be overwhelmed by the wave of government bonds needed to fund the stimulus.

It noted that the evidence has not supported the fiscal hawk scaremongering.

It asks: Where are the storied bond vigilantes?

It also correctly notes that:

Because the US borrows in its own currency, warnings about too much Treasury issuance are in reality about two spectres: harmful increases in inflation, or a dose of political mismanagement so severe it would lead to a technical default by the US.

The technical default refers to the ridiculous process where the US Congress approves increases in the debt ceiling. The theatre around that process might one day see the US government run out of money because the politicians have legally forced it to.

Of course, that process doesnt negate the fact that the US government can never run out of US....

17:09

Australia - Oberon becomes one of the last NSW towns to fluoridate its water "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

One of the last remaining towns in New South Wales without fluoridation has decided to add it to its drinking water.

The Oberon Council on the state's central tablelands has voted five-to-three to add fluoride to the town's supply after several months of heated debate and campaigning.

It is one of eight local governments in NSW, out of more than 100 local councils in the state, that has been asked to consider fluoridation by Health Minister Brad Hazzard..........
Two women standing outside the Oberon Council meeting.

Anti-fluoride campaigners in Oberon angry at a decision to introduce fluoride

Posted about 5 hours ago

Oberon residents Veronika Cvitanovic and Tracey Watson are disappointed by the council's support for fluoride.

17:00

On detention: Lauren Southern "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz  A new interview with a great interviewer asking lots of challenging probing questions, covering free speech, and how multiculturalism could be the downfall of the West. Lots of details about her arrest, NZ, Aus etc.   Ive been following Lauren for [] The post On detention: Lauren Southern appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:00

Austrailian Indigenous historian Bruce Pascoe says weve got our story all wrong "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Bruce Pascoe says we need to look closer at our history. Picture: Andy Rogers













This is huge of course.  We were all taught that Australia was completely out of contact until Europeans found the place.   That was a difficult sell at best as ample shipping existed in the Indonesian Archipelago to go there continuously.  I think that the real problem was that the northern parts where inhospitable Jungle like Papua New Guinea  and it was a long, even treacherou...

17:00

Controversial Australian study finds no evidence that cannabis helps chronic pain "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


A new Australian study is casting doubt over the efficacy of cannabis as a tool to...


It is hard to determine if they found any evidence when self reporting users actually high scaled the cannabis. The whole study is problematic and 1500 is not a great sample either.  Throw away five somehow and fine detail ends.  We now have a large body of reports that are generally uncovering a benefit for chronic pain.  Even they are far from conclusive though.  What most of this is saying is that the underlying problems require actual healing which CBDs do sometime confer.  If healing is not part of the equation it is hard to think that pain relief is ever enough and all reporting must naturally vary over time as sensitivity fluctuates.  ..
Controversial Australian study finds no evidence that cannabis helps chronic pain

Rich Haridy

July 3rd, 2018
A new Australian study is casting doubt over the efficacy of cannabis as a tool to treat chronic pain despite prior studies suggesting the contrary(Credit: yellow2j/Depositphotos)
 https://newatlas.com/australian-cannabis-chronic-pain-study/55298/
The results of one of the world's longest in-depth studies examining the relationship between cannabis use and chronic pain is raising doubts over whe...

The Donald wouldn't distract the pond, would he ... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


Given all the fun of the reptile fair this day, the pond wouldn't want to be distracted by copper and Lloydie, would it?

And good old Mattie's joke about vegan graziers simply reminded the pond of another Kudelka cartoon that slipped through the paywall


It wouldn't be time for a cartoon-led recovery, would it?


Yep, it's time to throw Montenegro under the bus


Take it away WSJ ...

17:00

Melbourne's #SaveOurABC rally: 'Keep your grubby mitts off' "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Melbourne's #SaveOurABC rally: 'Keep your grubby mitts off'The message at Melbourne's packed #SaveOurABC rally was clear: 'Keep your grubby mitts off OUR ABC'. read now...

16:57

Why some people want a nuclear waste dump in Kimba or Hawker, South Australia "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

As Ive been going through 98 submissions to The Senate Inquiry  on Selection process for a national radioactive waste management facility in South Australia , Ive been able to learn some of the reasons why people support  the idea of the nuclear waste dump .   Almost every one of the the 40 supporting  submissions come from local residents,  several explaining that they have been very thoroughly informed by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, including tours of the Lucas Heights nuclear reactor.  4 submissions spent time praising DIIS and ANSTO  (Ashworth, P , and Baldock B , Baldock H and ANSTO itself)

These are some points that came up as they answered the Term of Reference, especially  (f) Any related matters.

Survival of the town as reason to have the dump:  (submissions from Carpenter I, Carpenter D, Clements, Joyce, J, McInnis, J, Name Withheld, no 91, Stewart)

Opposition to misleading information from anti-nuclear activists (Joyce, J, Koch, D, McInnis, J) 

Need for dump for nuclear medicine (DIIS, SA ARPS)

Dump will have no negative impact (Lienert, M and M, Schmidt)

Dump good for local business (Kemp, SACOME)

Dump important for necessary expansion of Lucas Heights, (Heard,B)

Dump as beneficial to Australi...

16:50

11 Awesome Protein Structure Pogil Worksheet Answers Images "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

amoeba sisters present enzymes and pac man studying enzymes ap biology bozeman videos to biology models and representations business plan writers proteins 1 which of the gated embedded proteins in model 4 allow sodium ions 37 beautiful graph scientific method worksheet answers pin by zak...

16:39

Free speech papers filed in Auckland court "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Free Speech Coalition was formed after Auckland mayor Phil Goff said he wouldnt allow two right wing Canadians to speak at any council owned venue, and Auckland Live cancelled their booking. $50 thousand was raised, and now papers have been filed in court. The Free Speech Coalition has now filed proceedings against Mayor Goff []

16:38

Cruel anniversary for 1650 people including 124 children still imprisoned on Manus and Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Thursday 19 July will mark five years of limbo and suffering for over 1650 men, women and children indefinitely imprisoned in the Turnbull Governments refugee camps on Manus Island and Nauru.

The group includes 124 children, 40 of whom have spent their entire lives warehoused in offshore detention.

Daniel Webb, Director of Legal Advocacy at the Human Rights Law Centre who has visited Manus Island three times, said that after five years of misery, suffering and death, it was well and truly time for the Turnbull Government to move every single person out of these offshore camps.

Five years is absolutely huge in the life of a child. These kids should be free and full of curiosity and hope. Instead, they are growing up surrounded by suffering and despair. Children as young as 10 are trying to kill themselves, said Mr Webb.

Whatever the question, continuing to wreck the lives of these 124 children is not the answer.

On 19 July 2013, the Rudd Government announced that anyone arriving by boat would be deported to indefinite offshore detention. Five years on, the Turnbull Government continues to detain over 870 men, women and children on Nauru and over 780 men are still languishing on Manus Island.

Its been five long, painful years. Women have been sexually assaulted. Children have been so traumatised that they have needed urgent psychiatric care. Twelve people have died. Such deliberate and sustained cruelty to innocent human beings is fundamentally wrong, said Mr Webb.

In November 2016 the Government announced its US resettlement deal with the Obama Administration agreeing to resettle a maximum of 1250 people detained on Manus and Nauru. However, almost two years after the agreement was announced only around 300 people have been resettled and Trump has made no secret of his disdain for the deal.

Mr Webb said that even if the US deal is eventually fully implemented there will still be around 800 people left behind on Manus and Nauru with no end or solution in sight.

When you look at the numbers its clear that the US deal is nowhere near enough. This dark chapter does not close until every single man, woman and child on Manus and Nauru is finally rebuilding their lives in safety, said Mr Webb.

Our Government cant just imprison people on remote islands forever. These men, women and children deserve a future. After five long years, enough is enough.

For interviews please call:

Michelle Bennett, Director of Communications, Human Rights Law Centre, 0419 100 519

16:30

Classic Comedy: Fresh Fields S03 6/06 Alarums and Excursion "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From Wikipedia

Hester and William Fields (McKenzie and Rodgers) are a devoted middle-aged, middle-class couple living an idyllic suburban lifestyle in Barnes, London. William works as an accountant while Hester is a housewife who works part-time in local restaurant Lucys Kitchen. The titles meaning, and crux of the show, is that Hester combats empty-nest syndrome by livening up her life with new interests and hobbies, to the exasperation of her hard-working husband who just wants a quiet life. The shows opening credits, featuring silhouettes of the characters, reflect this: Hester rides an exercise bike and plays a drumkit while William relaxes in a rocking chair.

The family home has an attached granny flat in which Hesters mother Nancy (Fanny Rowe) lives following her divorce from Hesters roguish father Guy (Ballard Berkeley); he often tries to win her back. (The pair finally remarry in the last episode.) Hester and William have two children of their own: the never-seen Tom who lives in New Zealand; and Emma, who is usually only heard (voice of Debby Cummings) telephoning her parents at inconvenient times. Emmas husband Peter (Philip Bird) appears occasionally; Emma and Peter later present the Fields with their first grandchild Guy, named after his great-grandfather.

The Fields neighbour Sonia Barrett (played by Ann Beach) pops round in every episode to borrow items; these appearances would irritate William to comical effect. Sonia had the shows only catchphrase: Its only Sonia! shed carol as she rapped at the Fields back door then let herself in. Sonias husband John (John Arthur) appeared occasionally, as did Williams secretary Miss Marigold Denham (Daphne Oxenford).

Fresh Fields ended in 1986 but three years later the series resumed as French Fields, which saw William and Hester relocating to France after William accepted a job there. There were three series of 19 episodes made between 5 September 1989 and 8 October 1991, all written by John T. Chapman and Ian Davidson. Philip Bird appeared as Peter in several episodes, with Emma finally seen on-screen, now played by Sally Baxter. Ann Beach made a guest appearance as Sonia in the final episode.

16:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

16:30

Book review: Beautiful Balts From Displaced Persons to New Australians "IndyWatch Feed Politics.au"

Book review: Beautiful Balts From Displaced Persons to New AustraliansKevin Bain shares his thoughts on Jayne Persian's book on post WW2 immigration and what we can learn from it today. read now...

16:08

Why the alt-right want to call Australia home "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

On Friday, Canadian alt-right YouTuber and activist Lauren Southern will host the Melbourne leg of her national speaking tour, alongside fellow alt-right YouTuber and compatriot Stefan Molyneux. Southerns video announcing her tour really tries to bring the drama: You guys are at a crossroads. Do you want to retain your culture your borders, family, identity? Or will the boats keep coming, the no-go zones keep growing and will you become another victim of multiculturalism?

16:02

Chinas Soybean Tariffs Wont Succeed With Their Political Purpose "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Trump might even be savvy enough to use the opportunity to promote the narrative that hes the only one who can protect the country from China, which could strengthen his partys support in the swing states most affected by Beijings policies of luring companies away from America and then implementing retaliatory tariffs.

The post Chinas Soybean Tariffs Wont Succeed With Their Political Purpose appeared first on OrientalReview.org.

16:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

15:59

Oceania Countries are Getting Drawn into anti-Chinese Games "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

FORR

On 6 July the Associated Press (AP) Agency referred to official information sources from Australia and New Zealand in its announcement stating that during the upcoming Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in September of this year, representatives from Australia and New Zealand are set to sign a new security agreement with other PIF members, with the agreement factoring in Chinas increasing influence in the region.

However, statements, made by ministers of foreign affairs of Australia and New Zealand, concerning this issue were expressed using fairly general and cautious language towards China and did not contain any concrete information about the future document.

It is worth reminding the readers that the Forum (given with its current name in 2000) was established in 1971 thanks to the efforts by two of its key members, Australia and New Zealand. At present, aside from the previously mentioned nations, it includes16 independent island nations of the Pacific Ocean.

Other than establishing cooperation means in the economic sphere, PIFs key function includes agreeing on joint security measures, whose core document was the so called Biketawa Declaration (named after one of the Kiribati islands), approved during a scheduled Pacific Islands Forum in 2000.

According to this Declaration, Australia and New Zealand, as guarantors of security of PIF members, have the right to base their military forces in any of the PI territories with the aim of ensuring internal political stability there.

PIF continues to bear the hallmarks of an organization established at times of the Cold War, when it was part of ANZUS (Australia+New Zealand+United States), one of the key military political alliances created by the USA in order to contain the spread of communism in the Indo-Pacific.

In 2000s the reasons for retaining the security aspects within PIFs functions were updated and included the need to combat the emerging issue of terrorism.

Notably, at that time Chinas transformation into the second super-power and key US geopolitical rival was in its infancy stages. There was still hope to incorporate China into the US-centered world order, which is why naming Beijing as the key reason for retaining the long-established military political structures in the Indo-Pacific...

15:54

England Knights scheduled to play PNG Kumuls "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

The England Knights will tour Papua New Guinea later in the year for two matches against the Kumuls.

The England Knights consists of players on the fringes ready to make it into the England side.

It has been more than two decades since the Knights had a series in PNG.

The first of the two game series against the Kumuls will be played on October 27 in Lae.

The second a week later in Port Moresby on November 3, 2018.

An agreement was signed with the English Rugby League Board and was endorsed by the RLIF.

Chairman Sandis Tsaka said. Crowds will be in attendance at both venues to watch these two teams play knowing that they will have seen the future England side first hand, Tsaka said.

Meanwhile, an emerging Kumuls Under 23 squad will take on the New South Wales Under 23 in Port Moresby on October 13.

The emerging Kumuls U23 team will be selected from Digicel Cup and Confederations.

The curtain raiser to this game will be between a Australian Defence Force women team and a select Confederate womens side.

PNGRLF Media

15:52

Finding real mental health solutions for rural Australia "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

AUSTRALIAS mental health support services cannot use a one size fits all approach to lowering rates of mental illness and suicide in rural parts of the nation.
 
This is the opinion of Lifeline Research Foundation executive director Alan Woodward, who said there were a number of unique facets to rural living that led to different challenges than those faced in the city.
 
The statistics are not great, it shows the further away from a capital city you live the higher the suicide rate is, Mr Woodward told last weeks Innovation Generation conference in Wagga Wagga.
He said researchers were discovering a range of factors for the poor mental health ratings in rural areas.
 
Read more at: https://www.theland.com.au/story/5532370/finding-real-mental-health-solutions-for-rural-australia/?cs=4932

15:50

Aboriginal kids: a healthy start to life "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

This report was developed in collaboration with the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council and focuses on key improvements in the health of Aboriginal children in New South Wales in the first 5 years of life.

The report emphasises the importance of services and programs being carried out in partnership with Aboriginal people, their communities, the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector and across government. Services and programs that have helped to achieve improvements in Aboriginal child health are highlighted throughout the report.

The report is divided into 3 life stages: before birth, infant health and early childhood.

Aboriginal kids: a healthy start to life (Report of the NSW Chief Health Officer 2018).

15:38

Oh, dear factually challenged again "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

What makes this even more concerning is that Ms Golriz Ghahramen is a lawyer, but seem remarkably deficient in knowledge of the law. especially as she is Justice spokesperson for NZ Greens. This calls into question the degree to which anybody vetted Ms Ghahramen, thus raising questions about whether the Greens really have a place in NZ politics.

15:35

Australias waste crisis: Where are the solutions? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Trash is piling up in Australia as China's ban on waste imports takes effectwhat will the waste and recycling industry do? This is one of the many critical issues that will be discussed at the upcoming Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo.

15:32

Sleep deprived: a third of Australians 'suffering social jetlag' "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Almost one in three Australians suffers social jet lag, according to a researcher seeking an inquiry into the nations sleep deprivation problem. The University of Adelaide sleep specialist Robert Adams said a growing body of research suggested poor sleep was taking a serious toll on Australians health and welfare.

A study led by Adams, published on Monday in the journal Sleep Medicine, found that 31% of survey respondents were suffering social jetlag. That is, the time of their sleep on work nights was more than an hour out of sync with sleeps on weekends or other days off.

Read more at: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/jul/09/sleep-deprived-a-third-of-australians-suffering-social-jetlag

15:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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15:30

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 201617 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

In 201617, 836 publicly-funded alcohol and other drug treatment services provided just over 200,000 treatment episodes to an estimated 127,000 clients.

The top four drugs that led clients to seek treatment were alcohol (32% of all treatment episodes), amphetamines (26%), cannabis (22%) and heroin (5%). The proportion of closed treatment episodes where clients were receiving treatment for amphetamines has more than doubled over the last 10 years, from 11% of treatment episodes in 200708 to 27% in 201617.

Two-thirds (66%) of all clients receiving treatment in 201617 were male and the median age of clients remains at 33 years.

Alcohol and other drug treatment services in Australia 201617.

15:30

ABC Fact Check: Error-ridden and misleading IV "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

So lets have a look at the quality control practiced at the RMIT-ABC Fact Check unit. This is how they self-describe their quality control:

Once the director approves a claim, one of our researchers contacts experts in the field to seek their opinion and guidance on available data.

We may also contact the claimant to ask for the basis of the claim.

The expert opinion and data is written into a draft, which is then reviewed by our chief fact checker, who identifies problems, and challenges the researcher on anything that they might have missed.

The chief fact checker also scrutinises all sources and makes sure the draft is consistent with what the data says.

The researcher continually reworks the draft based on this feedback, and once the chief fact checker is satisfied, the team discusses the final verdict

These discussions are rigorous and much thought is given to the verdict word and the colour that will be used, which is an important part of how we inject nuance into our verdicts.

Our online editor then prepares the final product, which is once again checked by the chief fact checker for any inaccuracies which may have crept up during the editing process.

Once the director signs off on the finished draft, its ready to be released to the world.

Sounds very impressive. The director has to give approval for a fact check and then the chief fact checker checks the facts not once but twice.

It obviously never once occurred to him that there might be conflict of interest problems with the RMIT-ABC Fact Check unit fact checking a criticism of the ABC by a pair of RMIT employees. Certainly that declaration is missing from the body of the fact check.  Youd also think that they do a better job. But no.

Apparently careful thought is given the whole process.

Yet none of this prevented the RMIT-ABC Fact Check unit from identifying Chris Berg as not being from RMIT, but rather an IPA employee.

Yet none of this prevented the RMIT-ABC Fact Check unit from not reporting that appropriate statistical methods were used in testing for differences between sub-samples to take account of the smaller sample sizes in the original study we rely on.

Yet none of this prevented the RMIT-ABC Fact Check unit from not reporting that...

15:26

Participants wanted (Australia only): Perceived persuasiveness and reliability of topical news stories "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Hi, my name is Jai and Im conducting a study about how information is communicated about extreme weather events. If you are interested, please click this link for more information.

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15:24

Priming the pump "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

'Declining moderately'

An interesting little snippet from the Reserve Bank's Board Minutes yesterday. 

One might reasonably expect that the Reserve Bank is quite happy with Sydney prices declining by about 5 per cent over the past year, following a strong run. 

There's been a bit of odd discussion and reporting of these trends in recent weeks.

The most expensive sectors of the housing market by price decile do tend to be 'thinner' and more illiquid, and as such they do indeed tend to be more volatile through the cycle. 

But it's worth noting too that if the median price is down by 5 per cent, then that's the change in the median price; it can't all be driven by the top end or 'prime' properties!

The RBA is obviously clear on this point; not so sure about the burgeoning market commentariat, though!

There was also some interesting discussion of household debt trends, a subject that has been of considerable interest, both in Australia and overseas

Jobs preview

A bit of a slow news day, then, evidently!

But a big release is due out tomorrow morning relating to the labour force, with the market anticipating a modest increase in employment. 

...

15:15

PERTH Woman charged with aggravated robbery over incident in Perth CBD "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

snip .

Woman charged with aggravated robbery over incident in Perth CBD .

July 18, 2018 at 09:26AM .

She will appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today. The victim attended was treated for cuts and bruising to her head at Royal Perth Hospital.

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.communitynews.com.au/guardian-express/news/woman-charged-aggravated-robbery-incident-perth-cbd&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNF70iRqaFWGbjBEfSj9nWLgYmZBvg

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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15:15

PERTH Manslaughter charge after ambulance crash "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

snip .

Manslaughter charge after ambulance crash .

July 17, 2018 at 04:15PM .

A woman has been charged with manslaughter after she allegedly drove through a red light and was on the wrong side of the road when she crashed

https://www.google.com/url?rct=j&sa=t&url=https://www.9news.com.au/national/2018/07/17/16/12/manslaughter-charge-after-ambulance-crash&ct=ga&cd=CAIyGjY4M2YzY2YyMWY0NTY1YTk6Y29tOmVuOlVT&usg=AFQjCNHwB4fJJZmI3SXjnyBBH7q5OvkUmA

https://ifttt.com/myrecipes/personal/23688280 .

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15:00

Auckland peace action need a new logo: Seven "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The anti-free speech activist organisation Auckland peace action has called for the Free speech coalition to be renamed the Hate speech coalition. They have accused the Free speech coalition of being about hate because it supports free speech for everyone (not just those who have the same views and opinions.) In contrast, the Auckland peace action [] The post Auckland peace action need a new logo: Seven appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:51

Plausible Deniability, Concocted Deceptions, and The Enemy Within "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Peter Strzok faces questions (adapted photo from Evan Vucci and CSPAN)

by G5

There are interesting parallels between the Congressional Hearings of DC Swamp Dwellers from 2016 to the present, and those of Mafia characters following the Valachi Hearings of 1963 from bribing, blackmailing and owning the alleged Authority and the alleged upholders of Law and Order.

The Old Wild West were safer eras. At least at that time you could dispense with the enemy (individually or by civil uprising) before what evolved as The State protecting The Enemy of The People under the guise of Protecting...

14:50

Pauline Hanson has Bill Shorten sussed "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

TERRIBLE SHORTEN Bill Shorten wants you to think Labor won't destroy Aussie jobs But as Workplace Minister in the Gillard Government Shorten gave away more than 68,000 Australian jobs to foreigners It's time Bill Shorten's LIES were exposed#auspol #LongmanVotes #Longman pic.twitter.com/6SvfXiDqHr Pauline Hanson (@PaulineHansonOz) July 17, 2018

14:46

Free Speech Coalition files proceedings against Goff and Auckland Council "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Free Speech Coalition has now filed proceedings against Mayor Goff and Auckland Council under the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act. This came after the Coalition presented the Mayor with an open letter suggesting he avoid the cost of litigation by reopening discussions with the promoters of the event in question. The open letter outlined: The [] The post Free Speech Coalition files proceedings against Goff and Auckland Council appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:35

Best friends going through a tunnel: the art of Thom and Angelmouse "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Collaborations are difficult beasts to navigate at the best of times. When collaborators are coming from very different worlds, from very different ways of experiencing and understanding and making, the dynamic becomes all that more complicated, and all that more compelling.

14:33

Bill "no-shame" Shorten in video on selling out workers and contractors "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

This bloke is shameless. Anyone care to help remind Bill of some of his more spectacular AWU efforts on the rates-of-pay / contractors front? Its an early start for the workers at Suez Waste Management - a business which pays labour hire workers the same rates as those directly employed....

14:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

 Pemmican  a pressed cake of pounded dried meat mixed to a paste with melted fat and other ingredients, originally made by North American natives and later adapted by Arctic explorers; a concentrated mixture of fat and protein used as a nutritious food.

14:30

Victoria Police "could" launch investigation into Andrews Govt taxpayer funding rorts "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Woulda, coulda, shoulda. I think I might push a peanut with my nose from Bourke Street to the Sydney Opera House if this gets up. Here's The Australian with Sam Hutchinson's optimistic take on the Ashton sophistry. Victoria Labor could face criminal investigation over Red Shirt rorts Victorian Chief Police...

14:30

Sticks and stone series: Racist slurs and nicknames for the Germans "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Adolf reference to Hitler. Bazi means loveable crook. Pronounced baht-see Boche short for alcaboche or cabbage-head. Blockhead  (My Dad who had German grandparents heard the insult boof head a lot in his family) Bosch Boxhead Chleuh From the name of the Chleuh, a North African ethnicity a term with racial connotations. Fischkopf Fish-head used by southern Germans for northern [] The post Sticks and stone series: Racist slurs and nicknames for the Germans appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:08

"What Causes Chest Pain When Feelings Are Hurt?" "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

"What Causes Chest Pain When Feelings Are Hurt?"
by Robert Emery and Jim Coan

"When people have their feelings hurt, what is actually happening inside the body to cause the physical pain in the chest?" - Josh Ceddia, Melbourne, Australia

"Robert Emery and Jim Coan, professors of psychology at the University of Virginia, reply: "Terms such as heartache and gut wrenching are more than mere metaphors: they describe the experience of both physical and emotional pain. When we feel heartache, for example, we are experiencing a blend of emotional stress and the stress-induced sensations in our chest- muscle tightness, increased heart rate, abnormal stomach activity and shortness of breath. In fact, emotional pain involves the same brain regions as physical pain, suggesting the two are inextricably connected.

But how do emotions trigger physical sensations? Scientists do not know, but recently pain researchers uncovered a possible pathway from mind to body. According to a study from the University of Arizona and the University of Maryland, activity in a brain region that regulates emotional reactions called the anterior cingulate cortex helps to explain how an emotional insult can trigger a biological cascade. During a particularly stressful experience, the anterior cingulate cortex may respond by increasing the activity of the vagus nerve- the nerve that starts in the brain stem and connects to the neck, chest and abdomen. When the vagus nerve is overstimulated, it can cause pain and nausea.

Heartache is not the only way emotional and physical pain intersect in our brain. Recent studies show that even experiencing emotional pain on behalf of another person- that is, empathy- can influence our pain perception. And this empathy effect is not restricted to humans. In 2006 a paper published in "Science" revealed that when a mouse observes its cage mate in agony, its sensitivity to phy...

14:01

GNSS CORS Operations Officer "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

Victoria State Government Environment, Land, Water and Planning

14:00

NZ media provides no context for Israels reaction "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A reader e-mailed me yesterday morning to tell me that they had read on a New Zealand media site that Israel had struck at Gaza but failed to mention that it was in response to TWO HUNDRED rockets sent into Israel over the last weekend by Hamas! Over only 24 hours, over 200 rockets and [] The post NZ media provides no context for Israels reaction appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

14:00

Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

1.00 AUD = 0.00010 BTC
0.00010 BTC = 1.00 AUD
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13:50

New report spotlights financiers of palm oil giant clearing Liberias forests "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"

An Indonesian-owned plantation company operating in Liberia has come under renewed scrutiny for allegedly clearing hundreds of hectares of protected forestland, including chimpanzee habitat, wetlands and river buffer zones. Between 2010 and 2016, Golden Veroleum Liberia (GVL) cleared and planted some 150 square kilometers (58 square miles) of land, according to a recent Friends of the Earth investigation, which found that the firm had cleared or fragmented nearly 7 square kilometers (3 square miles) of ecologically rich forest in Kpanyan, Sinoe County. Investigators found that GVL had damaged streams, wetlands and river buffer zones, that it had failed to compensate local communities for the damage, and that it had taken their land without their free, prior and informed consent, a conclusion supported by a decision issued in February by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). GVL, which has rejected the RSPO decision, is owned by Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), a Singapore-registered palm oil company, through a Cayman Islands private equity firm. The firms ultimate owner is Indonesias billionaire Widjaja family. In 2014, GAR promised to stop clearing forest. Palm oil is one of the most ubiquitous products found in the world today, with estimates suggesting it is used in about half of all consumer goods in the U.S. and Europe. Palm oil firms operating in Africa and Asia often promise to work with local communities to develop the economies of host states, but their investments are routinely accompanied by allegations of deforestation, land grabbing and human rights violations. In 2010, GVL

13:46

Day of Mourning Manus/Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

[ Thursday, 19 Jul; 10:00 am to 11:00 am. 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm. ] Armidale Rural Australians for Refugees are holding two silent vigils on Thursday 19th July. On 19 July 2013, PM Kevin Rudd said "From now any asylum seeker who arrives in Australia by boat will have no chance of being settled in Australia as refugees." As a result many people have been kept on Manus Island and [...] full article 

13:41

Full Moon July 2018 Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Full Moon July 2018 Meaning Astrology and the spiritual and metaphysical influences on a special blood moon lunar eclipse.

The post Full Moon July 2018 Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse appeared first on Thrive On News Spiritual Magazine.

13:39

Australian venture taps 'migrapreneurs' for cleantech solutions "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Migrants and refugees often face bleak job prospects in Australia. Sydney-based accelerator programme Catalaysr wants to coach migrant-run start-ups to create employment and deliver solutions the world needs.

13:30

ABC Fact Check: Error-ridden and misleading III "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

In this third installment (I and II) of the RMIT-ABC Fact Check analysis of Chris and my comment:

A 2013 survey revealed that ABC journalists are almost 5 times more likely to be Greens voters than the average voter and twice more likely to vote Greens than the average journalist.

I want to focus on the downright political dishonesty of the Fact Check.

Sinclair Davidson, an RMIT academic and adjunct fellow at think tank the Institute of Public Affairs, has co-authored a book with fellow IPA colleague Chris Berg, entitled Against Public Broadcasting: Why and how we should privatise the ABC.

Note: fellow IPA colleague Chris Berg. Now as we have pointed out to the ABC several times Chris Berg is an RMIT employee.

It would be very hard for the RMIT-ABC Fact Check unit to not know that Chris is an RMIT employee because they cite our Spectator article in their fact check.

The Spectator article gives our affiliations:

So in other words rather than report that two academics at RMIT wrote a book critical of the ABC, the RMIT-ABC Fact Check misrepresented the affiliation of one of the authors.  When we pulled up Media Watch on the very...

13:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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13:29

Where does profit come from? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This article is part of Fightbacks What is Capitalism series, to be collected in our next magazine issue. To subscribe to our e-publication ($20 annually) or physical magazine ($60 annually) please click here.

Take a KFC store, rented from the corporation by a franchisee. How does the store produce profit? Its just a building.

For Marxists, the material elements of capital are man [people] and Nature.1 Take the window of a KFC drive-through, an element of the capital that is the KFC store. The windows glass began as sand; miners extracted the sand from an open pit; transport workers moved the sand into massive silos; through a complex scientific process in a factory, workers heated the sand, transformed it into liquid glass, flattened it with tin, cooled and solidified it, resulting in glass as we know it; workers cut, transported and installed the glass in the store window; a KFC worker now slides the window open, and hands over a delicious Zinger Burger. At every step of the way, workers transformed and re-transformed natural elements for human need. This is what the capitalists profits from; the transformation of natural elements by workers.

So, there is no productive capital without labour (or Nature). By contrast, labour (not to mention Nature!) without a capitalist is possible. In the Argentinian occupied factory movement, workers took over factories and ran them democratically, instead of accepting redundancies. While these factories still operate within a capitalist market, their victory demonstrates how workers can operate without capitalists whereas the opposite is not true.

But if workers are not reliant on capitalists, where do wages come from? Let us return to KFC. Max Caulfield makes 50 burgers in one hour. Each burger is sold for $5. She is paid $15 an hour. In other words, her first 3 burgers have already covered an hours wages in the first 10 minutes. 7 more burgers cover the price of ingredients, and a share of the stores fixed costs. The remaining 40 burgers in the hour make $200. Stretch that out to 8 hours, and she will be paid $120, while the company will make $1,600 out of her labour. Max was not paid out of profits: rather, the profits were the surplus of the value of produced by her work. (Of course, other steps in the supply chain the slaughter of chickens, the sale o...

13:20

Another transparency failure "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Last month, Regional Development Minister Shane Jones claimed he had received 365 text messages supporting his criticism of Fonterra. But surprisingly, he's refusing to release them under the OIA:

Self-styled "provincial champion" Jones launched a blistering attack on the long-serving dairy co-operative boss last month. Defending his remarks, Jones then claimed 365 people had sent messages supporting his stance.

But the NZ First Minister is now refusing to release those text messages. And that raises questions about the Government's official record-keeping processes.

"The messages I was referring to were received predominantly on my private phone and not in my capacity as a Minister. They therefore do not fall within the scope within the scope of the Official Information Act 1982," Jones said in a letter to Stuff.


As the article points out, that's bullshit. Its not the phone that matters, but the capacity the messages were received in. And when they are supposedly received in response to a statement made as a Minister, that capacity can only be as a Minister. Meaning that they are official information and covered by the Act.

Perhaps in recognition of this, Jones' office is now claiming that releasing them would require "substantial collation and research". Not really. Or rather, as Jones is claiming to have counted them, then he already knows which messages they are, which means most of the work is already done. While there will obviously be substantial work required to redact the identifying details from these messages, that is not part of the "collation and research" process and cannot be used as a reason for refusal.

Of course, the real reason for the request isn't so much the content of the texts, but that a response will show the public whether Jones actually received that level of public support, or whether he was just big-mouthing himself. And that's probably the reason for the refusal as well. But while relatively inconsequential, its another failure of transparency by this government, and another example of how they are all talk and no action on this issue.

13:13

Paul Kelly sings Trumps praises "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Trump flew to the Helsinki summit after his visit to Britain where he trashed every notion of a trustworthy US-Britain alliance and treated his embattled but gracious host, May, with cavalier contempt. This followed his attendance at the NATO summit where Trump attacked alliance partners not just for their inadequate military spending but betrayed something far deeper his disdain for the EU, which he later branded a foe because he thinks it has undermined Americas economic interest over the decades.

Treated Theresa May with contempt? Told off NATO? Disdain for the EU?  Sounds awesome. Yet Paul Kelly seems to think these are all a bad thing.

13:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

13:00

In which nattering "Ned" sounds off ... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


The pond is still brooding over the cowardice of Dame Slap, and her shift to an easy target


and the pond's mood wasn't helped by this cheeky tweet by the wittering, twittering dog botherer


"Strangely enough you have to opt in", and some actual loon retweeted it?

Here's the thing. If you're young, and especially if you have a medical condition with work implications, or you want data that has nothing to do with your health protected, opt out. And while you're at it, opt out of the lizard Oz because they'll want to monetize your information too

Of course the government has made opting out fiendishly difficult, but it can be done, though it means battling a dysfunctional website.

On the other hand, if you're old, and on a pension or such like, it doesn't much matter, because the police state already knows more than enough, and at some point the data it's acquired will be hacked and let loose on the world, because that's what happens to stupid governments, whether using old-fashioned filing cabinets or newfangled digital files. Oh and if you just opt in, you're probably of the right ag...

12:30

France celebrates World Cup win "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Weve been having a few discussions on this blog recently about the benefits of multiculturalism. Winston says he is against it. Chris Bishop is apparently all for it. Some of the comments at the time of the win showed that people thought that multiculturalism was a significant factor in Frances victory and that if the [] The post France celebrates World Cup win appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:26

Lavene Ngatokorua Lifetime Achievement Award winner spoke out against nuclear waste dump plan "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Tim Bickmore No Nuclear Waste Dump Anywhere in South Australia, 18 July 18

Lavene has spoken strongly against the nuke dump. Here is part of what she told the Senate Committee in Hawker earlier this month:

When they had those cultural monitors out thereI will talk really quickly of the cultural monitors that went out thereI wouldnt participate in it, but I was out there when the ground shook four times in that one week that we were there. I watched two of my cousins. They were at that meeting of the 20th saying, Yeah, go for it, but, when they came back after the ground shook, they were singing out to their great-grandparents for help because they thought that they had done something wrong, that they shouldnt have been out there, that the land was speaking to them. Its really hard to understand. People might think thats a whole lot of rubbish, but they wer...

12:22

Australias nuclear testing before the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne should be a red flag for Fukushima in 2020 "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

 https://theconversation.com/australias-nuclear-testing-before-the-1956-olympics-in-melbourne-should-be-a-red-flag-for-fukushima-in-2020-85787 Sue Rabbitt Roff Part time tutor in Medical Education, University of Dundee October 19, 2017 

The scheduling of Tokyo 2020 Olympic events at Fukushima is being seen as a public relations exercise to dampen fears over continuing radioactivity from the reactor explosion that followed the massive earthquake six years ago.

It brings to mind the British atomic bomb tests in Australia that continued until a month before the opening of the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne  despite the known dangers of fallout travelling from the testing site at Maralinga to cities in the east. And it reminds us of the collusion between scientists and politicians British and Australian to cover up the flawed decision-making that led to continued testing until the eve of the Games.

Australias prime minister Robert Menzies agreed to atomic testing in December 1949. Ten months earlier, Melbourne had secured the 1956 Olympics even though the equestrian events would have to be held in Stockholm because of Australias strict horse quarantine regimes.

The equestrians were well out of it. Large areas of grazing land and therefore the food supplies of major cities such as Melbourne were covered with a light layer of radiation fallout from the...

12:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Small asteroids that hit the Earth between 1994-2013 Chelyabinsk-sized impacts (500 kilotons TNT) every few decades Tunguska-sized impacts (5 megatons TNT) every few centuries An event such as depicted below would affect the entire globe not just a city. NASA is building a defense system to alter the path of dangerous asteroids ensuring they miss [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

12:00

Does Putin have something on Trump? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Does Putin have something on Trump?Amid fallout over President Trump's performance in Helsinki, the idea of so-called kompromat is feeling increasingly likely to many. read now...

11:30

What has Iceland got that we dont have? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Iceland has scenery with grandeur, challenge and accessibility and so does New Zealand. We too can walk (with care) in high places. But so often we find visitors frequenting our great outdoors more than we New Zealanders do. What has Iceland got that we dont have? We dont have: A team in the world cup A [] The post What has Iceland got that we dont have? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:28

Decentralised Capital Launches Australias First Cryptocurrency Vault "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Blockchain and investment company Decentralised Capital has announced the launch of Australias first ever cold storage vault for digital assets. The vault was created in partnership with Custodian Vaults, a subsidiary of precious metals firm Pallion Group. According to Stephen Moss, founder and director of Decentralised Capital, the new crypto vault is expected to take Continued

The post Decentralised Capital Launches Australias First Cryptocurrency Vault appeared first on CCN

11:21

Jenny Rowan Sacked From Horowhenua Lake Board "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

  Veronica Harrod says one of Kapitis most respected politicians , Jenny Rowan, has been sacked as chair of the  Lake Horowhenua []

11:09

Wisdom Needed on Waikanae Development "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Another lost cause? By Mike Cardiff On the 5th of July 2018 at Councils Operations and Finance Committee meeting, the []

11:03

When police investigate police "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Another IPCA report is out today, this time into an officer's use of pepper spray in a police cell. The inquiry found that the officer's actions were unjustified, in breach of police policy, and unlawful. So there's the obvious question again: why wasn't the officer charged? Interestingly, his fellow police officers thought his actions were so beyond the pale that the police were forced to launch a criminal investigation. But rather than recommend prosecution, it decided the officer's actions were "commendable". As for the quality of that investigation, and a subsequent employment investigation, the IPCA had this to say:

The Authority considers that both Police investigations failed to critically and objectively analyse the evidence and, therefore, the findings (that Officer Hs actions were justified and lawful, and did not amount to misconduct) are unsustainable when measured against the provisions of sections 39 and 48 of the Crimes Act 1961 and Police policy.

In light of our findings, the Authority finds it particularly disturbing that the criminal investigation concluded that Officer Hs actions were commendable.


But that's what happens when police investigate police. And its precisely why we need to give the IPCA the ability to launch its own prosecutions: because even in egregious cases like this, the police are clearly incapable of enforcing the law against themselves.

11:00

Are you an Islamophobe? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

When you talk about Islam with non-Muslims, they are likely to ask you if you are an Islamophobe. A good all-purpose response to any objection you get is to ask them how they learned about Islam as that question is likely to reveal to both of you how little the other knows about Islam which is [] The post Are you an Islamophobe? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

11:00

Classic Comedy: It Aint Half Hot Mum -S04 S01 Monsoon Madness "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Truncated video, but only copy I could find

It Aint Half Hot Mum was the second of the three sitcom series co-written by David Croft set in the Second World War, the first being Dads Army (19681977) with Jimmy Perry and the third being Allo, Allo! (19821992) with Jeremy Lloyd.

Set during the Second World War (in the period just after the German surrender when the Allies were trying to finish the war by defeating Japan in Asia), the show focuses on a group of British soldiers stationed at the Royal Artillery Depot in Deolali, India, where soldiers were kept before being sent to fight at the front lines. The main characters are performers in the bases Concert Party, which involved putting on comic acts and musical performances (similar to those seen in a music hall) for the other soldiers prior to their departure for the front lines. The soldiers in the Concert Party all love this particular job, as it keeps them out of combat duty, but some do harbour dreams of becoming world-famous actors when they leave the army.

10:51

Advance in medical diagnosis without need of nuclear reactors "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

NO RADIATION NEEDED: 3D TOOL CREATES MAPS OF PATIENTS HEARTS BEFORE PROCEDURES

by Danielle Prieur (WMFE)

A new mapping technology is helping doctors determine where to place life-saving catheters in patients with irregular heartbeats without the use of radiation. Its being used at Florida Hospital. One of these patients is 14-year-old Grayson Abraham who has a heart condition that can cause sudden cardiac death in young athletes. He credits the procedure with helping him get back on the field.

I could play sports again and my heart wouldnt do anything wrong anymore. It was just a week of not doing heavy lifting, it was an easy recovery.

Mayo Clinic says estimates young athletes account for 1 in every 50,000 sudden cardiac deaths a year.

To listen to the full story, please click on the clip above. (AUDIO on original) http://www.wmfe.org/no-radiation-needed-3d-tool-creates-maps-of-patients-hearts-before-procedures/89334

10:49

Yet another bureaucratic report promoting more spending on electricity "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

I have a piece in Quadrant this morning addressing the latest piece of energy market advice and regulation cornucopia of advice and regulatory ground preparation from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).   This is the sixth major report on electricity in the past year.

In my pioece, I draw attention to the massive expansion of transmission that AEMO is planning to accommodate the poor reliability and greatly dispersed nature of renewable energy it sees as coming to dominate the national market.  It takes that view of the triumph of renewables at the very time when the effusive Fatih Birol at the renewable-promoting IEA is worrying that renewable investment is in decline.

With her finely tuned political antennae the head of AEMO, Audrey Zibelman is stressing that coal will continue to have a place for thirty years or more.  But she contemplates no new coal generators, a position that may be at odds with the recent ACCC horse-choker that opened up a window for government support of coal in recognition of the disaster renewable subsidies have created.  And the increased strides for roof-top renewables AEMO contemplates appears to take no cognisance of the ACCC call for removing theirsubsidies.

We have a superabundance of bureaucrats analysing, reporting upon and and pontificating about the electricity market a shifting bunch that has presided over the very situation they now offer solutions to correct!

In todays AFR, a piece by Sarah McNamara, the new head of the generators lobby group, the Australian Energy Council, which attempts to offer a more balanced view of the AEMO report.  The AER article notes that AEMO doesnt actually advocate much immediate spending (nor does it quantify how much its various options might cost).  Perhaps so, but the promotion of the report by Ms Zibelman ensures that its proposals will be widely accepted by politicians, some of whom are even calling for an ending of those pesky analyses that seek to ensure new transmission spending is justified.

10:43

Indigenous peoples control one-quarter of worlds land surface, two-thirds of that land is essentially natural "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

A new study makes a significant contribution to the growing body of research showing that recognizing the land rights of and partnering with indigenous peoples can greatly benefit conservation efforts. The dearth of reliable data on Indigenous Peoples lands in many parts of the world has implications not only for securing their rights but also for the conservation and management of a significant proportion of terrestrial global biodiversity, the authors of the study, led by Professor Stephen Garnett of Charles Darwin University in Australia, write in the journal Nature Sustainability. Garnett and team sought to address this knowledge gap by producing a map of the terrestrial lands managed or owned by indigenous peoples across the globe, which in turn allowed them to assess the extent to which Indigenous Peoples stewardship and global conservation values intersect and provide a first estimation of the overlap between Indigenous Peoples terrestrial lands and protected areas. While recognizing the rights of indigenous peoples to their traditional lands and waters is increasingly coming to be seen as an ethical obligation, the authors of the study say their results provide evidence that it is also essential to meeting local and global conservation goals and that more collaborative partnerships between indigenous peoples and governments would yield substantial benefits for efforts to conserve high-priority landscapes, ecosystems, and biodiversity. An indigenous woman and baobabs in a dry forest near Morondava, Madagascar. Photo by Joan de la Malla. About 370 million people around the world define themselves as Indigenous, are descended

10:42

UK drone pilots are criminals "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

That's the conclusion of a UK Parliamentary inquiry into drone strikes:

British military personnel could be prosecuted for killing civilians in drone strikes and risk becoming complicit in alleged war crimes committed by the US, an inquiry has found.

A two-year probe by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Drones revealed that the number of operations facilitated by the UK in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Pakistan and Somalia has been growing without any public scrutiny.

As well as launching its own strikes, the Ministry of Defence is assisting operations by the US and other allies that could violate both national and international law, it said.

[...]

Because the use of force outside conflicts Britain is directly involved with is not protected by combatant immunity, British servicemen and women can be prosecuted for murder.


As can the Ministers who approve such strikes. And they should be. Because what the UK has is a state policy of murdering its political opponents (some of whom are UK citizens) outside of armed conflict. The only difference between them and Putin's polonium and novichok poisonings is that they do it in Syria rather than Salisbury, and they use even more indiscriminate methods.

The inquiry also found that because the US drone program "appears to be violating international law", and that assisting it was therefore illegal and similarly exposed UK military and intelligence personnel to prosecution for US war crimes. Unlike the US, the UK is a party to the International Criminal Court, so it has an obligation to prosecute these criminals - and the threat that the international community will do it if they won't. Which ought to incentivise the UK government to cease such cooperation.

It also ought to focus the minds of New Zealand's spies - because in 2014 the Prime Minister admitted that their data may have been used for drone murders. Which could put them on the legal hook for murder and war crimes, just as the UK is. Once the Inspector-General of Intelligence and security has finished their report on SIS and GCSB engagement with the CIA (and its torture and rendition program), maybe they could look into this?

10:32

Mid Week Quiz No. 131 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Here is the latest challenge.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers []

10:30

Government brakes on the economy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

On selection night Winston warned us of the dark clouds on the horizon and how the good times were coming to an end. He then added the disclaimer that no one should blame his new government for it. But nine months in, the dark clouds are most definitely on the horizon, but as the rest of [] The post Government brakes on the economy appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:17

Forensic data proves DNC was not hacked by Russia, but another inside job "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

Julian Assange backs up the evidence Russia is clean

by Alex Bruce

William Binney, former Technical Director of NSA goes over the proof that the DNC emails published by Guccifer 2.0 were downloaded locally and not hacked remotely, as perpetrated by the Establishment politicians, the US Department of Justice and in an Intelligence Community Assessment Report by selected analysts from NSA, CIA and FBI issued in January 24, 2017.

Binney says the highest transfer rate was 49.1 megabytes per second, which is much faster than possible from a remote online connection. He says some colleagues challenged this assumption and ran various tests, from the Netherlands, Albania, Belgrade and in the UK and he says, The fastest rate we got was from a data center in New Jerseyto a data center in the UK and that was 12 megabytes per second, which is less than a fourth of the rate necessary to transfer the data, as it was listed from Guccifer 2.0However, it is the perfect download rate for a thumb drive. He says their findings dont prove who did it but they do prove that the data breach was local and did not consist of an overseas hack.

Technical Director NSA William Binney proves the US was not hacked by Russia but was just another inside job. President Trump would have this information but he has recanted his...

10:15

The US Dollar: A Victim of Its Own Success "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Americas most powerful weapon of war does not shoot, fly or explode.

Its not a submarine, plane, tank or laser.

Americas most powerful strategic weapon today is the dollar.

The US uses the dollar strategically to reward friends and punish enemies. The use of the dollar as a weapon is not limited to trade and currency wars, although the dollar is used tactically in those disputes.

The dollar is much more powerful than that.

The dollar can be used for regime change by creating hyperinflation, bank runs and domestic dissent in countries targeted by the US. The US can depose the governments of its adversaries, or at least blunt their policies without firing a shot.

Before turning to specific tactics, consider the following:

The dollar constitutes about 60% of global reserves, 80% of global payments and almost 100% of global oil transactions. European banks that make dollar-denominated loans to customers have to borrow dollars to fund those liabilities.

Those banks do their borrowing in the eurodollar deposit market, or with dollar-denominated commercial paper or notes. Being based in Switzerland or Germany does not allow you to escape from the dollars dominance.

The US doesnt just control the dollar itself. It controls the dollar payments system. This consists of the Treasurys digital ledger of holders of US debt, the Fedwire payments system among US Fed member banks and the Clearing House Association (successor to the New York Clearing House and proprietor of CHIPS, the Clearing House Interbank Payments System) composed of the largest US banks.

A dollar payment going from a bank in Shanghai to another bank in Sydney runs through one of these US-controlled payments systems.

In short, the dollar is the oxygen supply for world commerce and the US can cut off your oxygen whenever it wants.

The victims of financial warfare

The list of ways in which the dollar can be weaponised is extensive.

The International Emergency Economic Powers Act of 1977, IEEPA, gives the president of the United States dictatorial power to freeze and seize assets and block payments.

The Treasurys Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) maintains a blacklist of individuals and companies with whom financial intermediaries, such as banks and credit card companies, are forbidden to transact. Individuals on the OFAC list are like dead men walking when it comes to travel and business.

The Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) can block any foreign acquisition of a US company on national security grounds.

This....

10:02

Petronas asked to consider withdrawing suit on exclusive ownership of O&G in Swak "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Minister of International Trade and E-Commerce Dato Sri Wong Soon Koh was philosophical when asking Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) to consider withdrawing their suit on exclusive ownership of oil and gas (O&G) in Sarawak. According to Wong, asking the Court to interpret the Petroleum Development Act 1974 (PDA74) without first recognising the supremacy of the []

10:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Taken on Tuesday the 26th of June of a plane just after take off from Queenstown airport. NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic locations. They can be the view [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Manyin: Uninterrupted supply of diesel to schools for 10 months "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Research says schools that are depending on diesel-powered generators for electricity supply will not face any interruption of diesel supply, at least for the next 10 months. Its minister Dato Sri Michael Manyin said that almost all the schools had been supplied with diesel as of yesterday, and []

10:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Super grass offers huge benefits and its green! Pity about the GM Point of Order:

Environmentalists should be encouraging NZs development of ryegrass with the potential to substantially increase farm production, reduce water demand and decrease methane emissions.

We are told the grass has been shown in AgResearchs Palmerston North laboratories to grow up to 50 per cent faster than conventional ryegrass, to be able to store more energy for better animal growth, to be more resistant to drought, and to produce up to 23 per cent less methane (the largest single contributor to New Zealands greenhouse gas emissions) from livestock. . .

Dig deep for sheep Annette Scott:

Confidence in sheep is at an all-time high with demand at the Temuka in-lamb ewe fair providing the real proof of industry positivity.

With record processing prices for mutton the sale was always going to be the real test for the market, PGG Wrightson livestock manager Joe Higgins said.

With just 6000 ewes offered and close to 100 registered buyers it was a sellers market with clearly not enough sheep to go around. . .

Wool Summit leads to greater direction:

Key players in New Zealands wool industry are to form a new coordinating group to better tell wools story, says Federated Farmers.

At this weeks Wool Summit in Wellington there was a real sense of urgency to get cooperation and momentum, says Miles Anderson, Federated Farmers Meat & Wool Industry Group Chairperson.

New Zealand wool producers have been under pressure, particularly in the last two years as prices for strong wool hit record lows. . .

Eradicating cattle disease M. bovis may be costly, even impossible, but we must try Richard Laven:

In May this year, the New Zealand government decided that it would attempt to eradicate Mycoplasma bovis, a bacterial disease that affects cattle.

A phased eradication means that an...

10:00

Manyin: Education ecosystem in rural schools still far behind "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Education ecosystem, especially in rural areas, is still far behind in Sarawak due to lack of serious commitment from the federal government but all issues facing rural schools must be solved simultaneously and hollistically because every component is important to provide a decent learning and teaching environment for the childrens development. Minister of Education, Science []

09:51

Red-lored Whistler, Murray-Sunset & Werribee "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Red-lored Whistler

Following the visit with Bernie O'Keefe and Scott Baker to Diamantina National Park and our travels down the Birdsville Track and through the Flinders Ranges, we moved on to the huge expanse of mallee in the Murray-Sunset National Park on the Victoria-South Australia border. We set up camp in a spot the guys knew of at the junction of Pheeneys and Old Bore tracks in remote, old growth mallee deep in the national park. I've always loved the mallee and it was a joy to be back in it.

Camping in Murray-Sunset National Park
Red-lored Whistler is one of the more difficult Australian birds to see and photograph so was high on our wishlist. I found a male whistler three kilometres north of the camp in almost exactly the same spot where Scott saw one many years previously. This was just the second time I've seen this species. At the same time, Scott fou...

09:50

Senator (sic) Kimberley Kitching loses more than half Twitter followers "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Brad Norington in The Australian today: Senator Kitching loses more than half of followers after Twitter purge Labor senator Kimberley Kitching has lost more than half of her Twitter followers. Picture: AAP The Australian 12:00AM July 18, 2018 ASSOCIATE EDITOR @BradNorington Victorian Labor senator and close Bill Shorten ally Kimberley...

09:47

PNG government is proceeding with cancellation of Indonesian fugitive passport, says PM O'Neill "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Papua New Guinea  is taking steps to revoke the PNG passport and APEC card of controversial Indonesian businessman Joko Tjandra aka Joe Chan that was issued illegally by PNG authorities.

Prime Minister Peter ONeill told Parliament Tuesday that people involved in facilitating the processing of his passport would also be disciplined, removed from the public service and face criminal charges.

PM ONeill was responding to questions from Northern Governor Gary Juffa who made reference to an Ombudsman Commission report that was tabled in Parliament in the last sitting naming public servants and politicians who facilitated the illegal issuance of the PNG passport.

When this person of interest came to PNG illegally and was accommodated illegally and was doing business illegally, we have a report here produced by the Ombudsman Commission and given to us on the matter of Joko Tjandra who is listed on the Interpol website as a wanted fugitive, Juffa said.

He said according to the Ombudsman report, the Department of Migration and Department of Police had facilitated the unlawful issuing of a PNG passport under the name of Joe Chen under a different birth date of 27-09-1963, against a Joko Tjandra that entered the country with a passport that listed his birth date as 27-08-1951.

An APEC card was also issued under the name Joe Chan whereby Joe Chens passport has been falsely obtained. A number of people were involved, public servants and ex-members of Parliament, they are all named in this report.

Juffa asked the PM what steps were being taken to ensure this did not happen again, whereby a person comes into the country, who is a fugitive, and obtains a passport illegally and then he is given an APEC card.

He asked what would happen to the people who committed the crime.

Are they going to continue working with the Migration and Police? And where is Joko Tjandra now?

ONeill said the government had taken note of the Ombudsman report and is proceeding to taking steps including the cancellation of the passport and the APEC card.

Let me say that our processes are there. It is the people who are implementing the approval process that have abused the process, ONeill said.

I can assure you that those people who have been named, I have given instructions that they will be disciplined. They will be removed from pu...

09:30

Chris Bishop is another ninny in the wrong party "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Chris Bishop is part of Amy Adams puddle. A legacy of the wet years of John Key. A legend in his fathers mind. And a total waste of space given this Facebook message attacking Winston Peters yesterday: Quote: He could not be more wrong. Rather than harking back to eras long-gone and talking pejoratively about [] The post Chris Bishop is another ninny in the wrong party appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:18

July 17 Energy News geoharvey "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Opinion: As subsidies wane, market forces drive the growth of renewables For twenty years, Germany had a subsidy scheme for renewables. As that was replaced by an auction system, the market has proceeded along a bumpy road. Now, the declining costs of wind and solar power are increasingly competing on their own merits. []

via July 17 Energy News geoharvey

09:18

AEMO report shows only 6 coal-fired power stations will be left: Bandt RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Despite government spin, the electricity market operators plan released today shows a future with almost no coal-fired power is coming, Greens climate and energy spokesperson Adam Bandt MP said today.

via AEMO report shows only 6 coal-fired power stations will be left: Bandt RenewEconomy

09:17

Western Sydney Uni solar car wins first leg of American Solar Challenge RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Students from Western Sydney University Solar Car Team have won the first stage of the biannual American Solar Challenge race.

via Western Sydney Uni solar car wins first leg of American Solar Challenge RenewEconomy

09:17

Investment in nuclear power declined 45% last year "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Investment in new nuclear declines to five-year low, WNN  17 July 2018  Global energy investment fell for the third consecutive year in 2017, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA). Investment in nuclear power declined by nearly 45% last year to USD17 billion. Although spending on new reactors reached the lowest level in five years, investment on upgrades of existing units increased

Of the four new reactors commissioned last year, three were in China. More than 5 GWe of nuclear generating capacity was retired, leading to a net reduction of about 2 GWe in total nuclear capacity worldwide. Capacity was still about 10 GW higher than in 2007. While around 60 GWe of nuclear power remains under construction worldwide, new construction starts totalled just over 3 GWe.

Modernisations and upgrades of existing reactors represented about half of total nuclear investment last year. Large investments have recently been made in OECD countries to extend lifetime operation and power uprates of the existing nuclear fleet, the IEA said. In general, spending on existing plants yields more output per dollar invested.

 Access to both direct and indirect government finance remains vital for investments in nuclear power, the report says. Most investment in new nuclear capacity has occurred in markets where the government retains full ownership or a majority stake in most of the utilities. Investment in nuclear power also remains highly dependent on government involvement in various areas, including market structure, price regulation and financing...

09:15

Concern over nuclear waste transport incident "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Herald 16th July 2018 , AN INVESTIGATION has been launched after a freight train carrying nuclear
material ran a stop signal near to Kingussie on Friday night. The service
was carrying spent fuel from the Dounreay Power Station to the
decommissioning site at Sellafield, Cumbria. It came to a stop after
travelling p...

09:11

ACT wont back NEG in current form, despite intense pressure RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

ACT energy minister Shane Rattenbury says Territory under enormous pressure to agree to NEG, but that wont be happening in the policys current form.

via ACT wont back NEG in current form, despite intense pressure RenewEconomy

09:11

ACT wont back NEG in current form, despite intense pressure RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

ACT energy minister Shane Rattenbury says Territory under enormous pressure to agree to NEG, but that wont be happening in the policys current form.

via ACT wont back NEG in current form, despite intense pressure RenewEconomy

09:10

Bad news for coal-huggers: Renewables at 50% by 2030 RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

King coal to rule? Murdoch media should read the AEMO report again it suggests that even under Coalition and state policies renewables will be around 50% by 2030. And thats without being serious about climate change.

via Bad news for coal-huggers: Renewables at 50% by 2030 RenewEconomy

09:09

Battery recycling could generate billion-dollar industry for Australia, push down prices RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

CSIRO report says Australia could lead world in re-use and recycling of lithium-ion batteries, generating potential billion-dollar industry, and helping to push down costs of EVs and battery storage.

via Battery recycling could generate billion-dollar industry for Australia, push down prices RenewEconomy

09:08

AEMO: Cheapest way to replace coal is solar, wind, storage RenewEconomy "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

AEMO says 70TWh of coal is to retire by 2040, and the cheapest way to replace it is with solar, wind and storage, and just a tiny bit of gas. And no coal. But it wants more transmission lines and renewable zones to manage this transition.

via AEMO: Cheapest way to replace coal is solar, wind, storage RenewEconomy

09:07

Kids fly free on Air Kiribati "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Air Kiribati CEO, Tarataake Teannaki, has announced that Air Kiribati has launched its new fare promotion Kids Fly Free on its international air services to Funafuti and Honiara.

The promotion allows a paying adult to have one child between the ages of 2 and 11 to accompany them free of charge (taxes are applicable) and is valid for travel from Tarawa between 01 August and 27 September with the return valid until 31st December.

We are very excited to launch this new initiative, Teannaki said.

For a family travelling with children the cost saving will be in hundreds of dollars, Teannaki said.

We have said it many times, but since Air Kiribati launched its international services we have been committed to reducing the cost of air fares in and out of Kiribati, and this is another step in our efforts to bring affordable air travel to the people of Kiribati.

This is the second ticket promotion in 2018 after the successful Buy 1 Get 1 free campaign which ends at the end of July.

SOURCE: AIR KIRIBATI/PACNEWS

09:00

ABC Fact Check: Error-ridden and misleading II "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

As Cats know the RMIT-ABC Fact Check unit did a fact check on Chris and my statement:

A 2013 survey revealed that ABC journalists are almost 5 times more likely to be Greens voters than the average voter and twice more likely to vote Greens than the average journalist.

In the last installment I dealt with their overall dodgy analysis getting themselves confused between what Chris and I did and what they thought we should have done.

One of the criticisms that the ABC Fact Check came up with was:

But experts told Fact Check that the ABC sub-sample was too small and the rate of undecided and non-response too high to be able to draw accurate conclusions from the survey on ABC journalist voting intention, let alone voting intention of all ABC employees.

That is a very strange statement to make. The original description of the study found at The Conversation has this note (emphasis added):

Note: This research has been accepted for publication in the June edition of the Australian Journalism Review. The margin of error for the entire study sample is 4%. Sub-samples of journalists responses to some questions such as voting intentions are likely to have a higher margin error, however, appropriate statistical methods were used in testing for differences between sub-samples to take account of the smaller sample sizes. The survey response rate was 89.5%.

The author of the study, Folker Hanusch, has this to say: 

If we disregard the 42.8% of journalists who are undecided, refused to answer or would vote for a party or candidate other than the major three, this is a statistically significant result.

It means that even though only a smaller number of journalists answered the voting intentions, which does increase the margin of error, it is still reasonable to conclude that there is a marked difference between the voting intentions of journalists at the three major media organisations.

So why did the ABC Fact Check not report those statements in its fact che...

09:00

Gavin Ellis on media matters "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Oh dear some rational thought,:

Media commentator Gavin Ellis says the allocation of $15 million in new broadcasting funding does not bode well for the concept of a multi-platform public service media system. And Canadas Globe & Mail has introduced an experimental transparency system on its website aimed at giving readers a clear insight into how its news is gathered and editorial applied. Gavin Ellis is a media commentator and former editor of the New Zealand Herald. He can be contacted on gavin.ellis@xtra.co.nz

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

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