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Monday, 20 November


The depths to which xenophobia and bigotry has reduced Australia "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Australia began to ignore its obligations under international law in 1992 and its determination to turn back asylum seeker boats and reduce the number of refugees accepted into this country grew apace until this is the situation in November 2017.

The New York Times, 18 November 2017:

Veteran United Nations officials said this month they had never seen a wealthy democracy go to such extremes to punish asylum seekers and push them away.

Papua New Guinea officials and local leaders, enraged at how the camps closure was handled, have demanded to know why Australia is not doing more to help the men.

HuffPost, 18 November 2017:

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia's main medical association called on Saturday for the government to allow independent doctors and other health experts to help more than 400 asylum seekers languishing inside a recently closed detention center in Papua New Guinea.

The asylum seekers have shut themselves inside the Australian-run Manus Island Centre for the past 18 days, defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) to close it in a standoff the United Nations describes as a "looming humanitarian crisis".

Australia has shut access to the cente...


Volunteering levels in Australia and on the NSW North Coast "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

There has been some talk in local media about volunteering levels, with one bright spark suggesting that volunteering be made mandatory.

But are volunteering levels in Australia in such dire straits?

If one looks at available statistics it appears that Australia is fairly well served by people willing to give their time and effort to local communities.

The same can be said for the NSW Mid & Far North Coasts.

Here is a breakdown of volunteering levels.

The 2016 Census revealed that Australias population is 23.4 million people. Of this:

* 3.6 million people or 19.0% of the population aged 15 years and over are engaged in voluntary work through an organisation or group.
  This is a 1.2% increase from the 2011 Census  results, where 17.8% of people responded they were engaged in voluntary work.

Sunday, 19 November


Half of PNG Workers Tested Have Undiagnosed Vision Condition "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Almost half of PNG workers tested under a new charitable initiative had a previously undiagnosed vision condition - according to new figures.

The free healthcare programme funded by Star Mountain Plaza Limited in Port Moresby found that 46 percent of employees had substandard vision.

The vision tests, run by optometrists at the Pacific International hospital as part of an onsite screening programme examined 136 workers.

Almost half of those screened presented with eye conditions, with 46% of employees needing glasses, and a smaller number were referred to an opthamologist for more specialised treatment.

Augustine Mano from Star Mountain Plaza said the feedback from workers who had been part of the screening was encouraging.

We developed this preventative healthcare programme to ensure that our employees had access to the best screening and treatment available.

Many of our colleagues had a condition they were completely unaware of and the diagnosis has giving us the opportunity to restore their full vision.

Each worker identified with poor eyesight has now been provided with free prescription lenses and safety glasses to enhance both their vision and quality of life, he says.

A second stage of the programme will see nominated family members of the employees screened by optometrists.

We have also made the free screening available to the families of our employees as we know the chance to receive free treatment for a vision condition will make a real difference in their lives, says Mr Mano.


Affordable Quality Homes Now A Reality in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Quality, modern homes at affordable prices have at long last become a reality in PNG claimed Andrew Avenell, Co-founder and Director of Rhodes, when he spoke at the recent PNG Real Estate Show.  But Avenell urges families to be cautious and do their homework before they make what is likely to be the biggest investment of their life.  Low quality houses, which wont last the lifespan of a bank loan, are coming on to the market in increasing numbers.  Families who purchase these homes will have the financial burden of not just their mortgage repayments but huge maintenance costs after about 15 years when their houses literally start to fall apart claimed Avenell.

The upside though, is that quality doesnt have to be compromised by affordability and this is the case with Rhodes range of family homes.  The quality of Rhodes homes is achieved through the use of top-grade galvanised steel frames, superior building products, composite materials and technology.  Their affordability is achieved by Rhodes vertical integration and technological advances resulting in a smarter, faster and better way to build. 
Rhodes are prefabrication and modular building specialists, manufacturing their frames, roof trusses and other components on the factory floor and then assembling them on site.  Companies that specialise in prefabricated steel-framed buildings save their customers money because much less time is spent on the actual building site. Building in PNG is expensive due to weather extremes which drag out the building process and the lack of qualified trades people especially in remote locations which means you end up paying top dollar for labour.  The beauty of a pre-fabricated building says Avenell is that it can be assembled quickly by even unskilled workers which means less labour costs and therefore a lower price for home buyers.

Another way families save money by buying a prefabricated steel framed house is through lower ongoing maintenance requirements.  Steel is tough and long-lasting.  Galvanised steel wont rust, and unlike wood, it wont rot, burn or be eaten by termites.  Even the best quality wood that has been chemically treated for termites wont last as long as galvanised steel.  People shouldnt just take my word for it though says Avenell everyone looking to buy a new house should do their own independent r...


Smallholder farmers to drive rice industry in PNG "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Trukai Industries Rice Development Manager Humphrey Saese believes our smallholder farmers can drive the local rice industry to attain a status alongside PNGs most renowned farming crops.

PNG is the world's leading producer of sustainable palm oil and our coffee is highly popular in the US and other markets worldwide, while cacao from Morobe Province has been sought from overseas to produce premium specialty chocolate.

Mr Saese believes home-grown rice can over time evolve its own reputation and contribution to wide-reaching employment and the economy.

PNG has achieved so much despite barely scratching the surface of our potential as an agricultural nation. From sector to sector, it is impossible not to be inspired to raise the bar on the way you do things and what quality of crop you produce. Our rice industry is no different, Mr Saese explained.

But the backbone of our success in all agriculture sectors depends on the progress of our smallholder farmers in PNG. Our smallholder growers are by far the largest group of agriculture producers in the country.  Through a nucleus out-grower system, farmers grow a significant volume of crops for the current established agri-based industries such as oil palm, coffee, cocoa and others.

Ideally this where the bright future of commercial rice farming in PNG resides, he added.

With the right training and infrastructural support to surround them, more of our farmers will be empowered with the necessary skills in farming and management to grow rice on their own. But by working alongside established commercial partners they have a guaranteed access to markets.

Our company is currently undertaking significant upfront investment setting up the framework for our smallholder farmers to succeed, but in future our focus is likely to centre more on processing and the infrastructures required to cater for increased volumes produced by growers.

Trukai Industries has engaged with number of growers and cooperatives across PNG to pilot test concepts under their Rice Development Pilot Concept. They have successfully advanced farmers in the Markham from a pilot stage now to a commercial stage.

Apart from the current proposal of securing 500-plus smallholder rice farmers to work with around the UMI area, we are working with farmers in lower Markham valley in the Huon and Nawaeb distric...


Young Crystal gives our future its voice at APEC forum "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Young Crystal gives our future its voice at APEC forum

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

So said Margaret Mead, the noted American author and speaker of the 1960s and 1970s. The comment still rings true today, which is what made the presence of a small group of thoughtful, committed young Papua New Guineans so integral to the APEC Voices of the Future 2017 forum, held in Da Nang, Vietnam last week.

APEC Voices of the Future is the key youth dialog platform that is held in conjunction with the APEC CEO Summit and APEC Economic Leaders Week.

Trukai Industries Agronomist Crystal Artango was selected to a 6-strong PNG Delegation to speak at the forum along with five other young Papua New Guineans Wilfred Atzier from Newcrest Mining, Charles Wama from Kina Securities, Engineering and Technical professionals Kenny Hampalekie and Noah Pingin and Roberta Morlin, founder and co-owner of KLM Consulting.

The theme to address in their speeches was How to create new dynamism and foster a shared future amongst youth in the Asia Pacific Region.

Basically, we spoke about our economies and economic status. There were 4 sub-themes we had to prepare our speech upon, related to what our country delegations position was, Ms. Artango explained.

The 27-year old Erap resident, originally from Lae, was nominated by Trukai Industries for the life-changing trip.

Crystal said I was nominated by our CEO Mr. Greg Worthington-Eyre and my Agriculture Manager, Mr. Jarrod Pirie, and made it through that phase. I then had to do a write-up and illustrate what I hoped to achieve from the trip and my understanding of the theme. I was lost for words when I was selected by the ABAC (APEC Business Advisory Council) team in Singapore.

I would really like to give a big word of thank you to Trukai Industries for this great opportunity granted.

For her part, Ms. Artango spoke with Roberta Morlin about Creating New Dynamism and Fostering a Shared Future for Youth in PNG and the Asia-Pacific Region.

Our start-up and innovation ecosystem is still in its infancy stage in PNG, and this is a key topic we addressed, said Ms. Artango.

The ability of our youth to learn and later lead in the technology space is essential. We need to e...


World watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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


November 20 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

284  Diocletian was chosen as Roman Emperor.

762 During An Shi Rebellion, Tang Dynasty, with the help of Huihe tribe, recaptured Luoyang from the rebels.

1194  Palermo was conquered by Emperor Henry VI.

1407 A truce between John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy and Louis of Valois, Duke of Orlans was agreed under the auspices of John, Duke of Berry.

1695  Zumbi, the last of the leaders of Quilombo dos Palmares in Brazil, was executed.

1620  Peregrine White, was born first English child born in the Plymouth Colony (d. 1704).

1700 Great Northern War: Battle of Narva  King Charles XII of Sweden defeated the army of Tsar Peter the Great at Narva.

1739 Start of the Battle of Porto Bello between British and Spanish forces during the War of Jenkins Ear.

1765 Sir Thomas Fremantle, British naval captain, was born (d. 1819).

1820 An 80-ton sperm whale attacked the Essex (a whaling ship from Nantucket, Massachusetts) 2,000 miles from the western coast of South America (Herman Melvilles 1851 novel Moby-Dick was in part inspired by this story).

1841  Maketu Wharetotara, the 17-year-old son of the Nga Puhi chief Ruhe, killed five people at Motuarohia in the Bay of Islands.

Mass murder in the Bay of Islands

1845 Argentine Confederation: Battle of Vuelta de Obligado.

1889  Edwin Hubble, American astronomer, was born (d. 19...



Moscow Vetoes Security Council"s Resolution on Syria: Saving Credibility of United Nations "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

There was no reason for President Assad to use chemical weapons. He was winning the war. The UN-brokered peace talks on Syria were to launch on April 4 - the day of the attack. No way could the Syrian government benefit from the use of CW.


Making Sense of the BJPs First List of Gujarat Candidates "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Angry over the list, which is full of repeat candidates, Patidars and Congress defectors, at least 30 disgruntled BJP leaders have submitted their resignations.

File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah. Credit: PTI

Ahmedabad: The composition of the Bharatiya Janata Partys first list of 70 candidates for the upcoming Gujarat assembly polls tells us a lot about the state of play in the most important election to be held between now and 2019 Lok Sabha.

Shelving its no-repeat policy, as many as 49 sitting MLAs have been repeated. New faces to prevent anti-incumbency had been a hallmark of the Narendra Modi-led BJP that won three terms in Gujarat. This time around, the party appears to be playing it safe, at least judging by the first list, with sitting MLAs, Patidars and key Congress defectors dominating the set of names.

Chief Minister Vijay Rupani from Rajkot West seat tops the list. Deputy CM Nitin Patel from Mehsana and state party president Jitu Vaghani will contest from Bhavnagar West.

Noticeably, the BJP has named 15 Patidar leaders. Five turncoat MLAs from Congress Raghavji Patel, MLA from Jamnagar Rural, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja from Jamnagar North, Ramsinh Parmar from Thasra, Mansinh Chauhan from Balasinor, Kheda district and CK Raulji from Godhra get to contest from their current seats.

The prestige seat

Rupani will contest again from Rajkot West, where he is likely to face a to...


Nikki Haley Rage "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Current incumbent Nikki Haley is the worst of the lot, an embarrassment to the office she holds, an over-the-top loose cannon, an imperial lunatic, a geopolitical know-nothing, a Russophobic extremist representing Americas ugly face, its ruthless agenda, its imperial madness.


EP 228: The Scientists "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Ep 228 Instagram

Photo: Mark Louttit

The Scientists

Recorded and mixed by Branko Cosic
Recorded at The Triffid, Brisbane, 4th November 2017

The Scientists first formed in Perth as The Exterminators and then The Invaders in 1977. Once they became The Scientists in 1978, they then released their first single Frantic Romantic/Shake (Together Tonight) in June 1979 on the D.N.A. Records label. After a debut LP (commonly referred to as The Pink Album) and a number of lineup changes, the band relocated to Sydney in 1982.

This change in scenery and lineup also saw The Scientists change musical direction. Pop-infused punk rock was traded in for a more psychedelic style of swampy, blues rock n roll. The band was signed by Au Go Go Records who released two singles as well as the influential Blood Red River LP in the space of a year, making them one of Australias most popular independent bands at the time. But another move was soon on the cards.



PNG Kumuls go down fighting "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Kumuls winger Garry Lo had a strong
tournament in the 2017 World Cup.
Credit: Jeff Crow. Copyright: NRL Photos.
Papua New Guinea lamented their first half performance in a 36-6 quarter-final loss to England but depart the World Cup with their pride intact.

Kumuls coach Michael Marum said they were in trouble after missing so many tackles early, allowing England to power home. Losing their skipper in the second minute also didn't help.

"It started off when we lost our captain David Mead through that first set," Marum said.

"He was our leader on field so we sort of missed him there.

"The past three games we worked hard on our defence and improved back at home but playing here [in Melbourne, against a] stronger side against England, we kept missing tackles and I think in that first half, our contact wasn't good enough. We didn't turn up to play at all."

Marum was proud of how his team kept coming at the more experienced England side throughout the whole match.

"We didn't give up we played right through to the end," he said.

"To get this far is a big achievement for the side. With the players we've got with the NRL experience we've got, I thought we did well. We didn't give up. There were some errors in our game that we could have improved, but is something to work on for future games.

"I think everyone will be disappointed today with the result. Back home for the past three weeks, we've been around in the city. I think there was a lot of talk those kids getting out to one day being a national player and a Kumul. They look up to players like David Mead, James Segeyaro and all those guys."

Segeyaro was confident the Kumuls could continue to improve but called for more Tests.

"A couple of players have only been playing for three or four years and they've picked it up pretty well," Segeyaro said.

"There's so much natural talent there. I think for rugby league and the nation going forward, [we need to] keep having Tests at the end of the year. I'd like to push for that...


South China Sea: Philippine Judge and Frequent Duterte Critic Likes Progress in Talking To China "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

By:   Reporter / @MRamosINQ
 / November 18, 2017

Antonio Carpio

The Philippine governments decision to negotiate with China on its own will not end the protracted territorial claims involving other nations in the South China Sea, Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Antonio Carpio said on Friday.

Nonetheless, Carpio said President Dutertes policy shift to engage Beijing in bilateral talks was a logical step and a positive development in implementing the ruling of the UN-backed Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague last year.

Besides China and the Philippines, Brunei, Taiwan, Vietnam and Malaysia are also insisting ownership over parts of the sea, said to be rich in energy reserves and marine resources.

Clearly, the South China Sea dispute involves both bilateral and multilateral disputes, Carpio said in an emailed statement to the Inquirer.

A bilateral negotiation between China and the Philippines can take up only the bilateral disputes between (both countries) and not the multilateral disputes involving other states, he pointed out.

Carpio, who has been championing the countrys claim to the West Philippine Seathe part of the South China Sea within the countrys 327-kilometer exclusive economic zone (EEZ)noted that even nonmembers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) were interested in finding a final solution to the decadeslong se...


Top NSA Whistleblower Claims "Russiagate" a Fake to Increase War-Spending "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

No one who is promoting the Russiagate allegations is trying to debate William Binneys allegations. Instead, all of the newsmedia are plastered with allegations of Russias meddling in American democracy.


On Her Birth Centenary, We Need to Pay Tribute to the Early Indira Gandhi "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The Emergency may be the most controversial part of her legacy but Mrs Gandhis greatest contribution to India was the way she handled the economic, political and foreign policy challenges the country faced after 1966.

Indira Gandhi and V.V. Giri receiving General Ne Win from Burma, New Delhi, 1974. Credit: Photo Division, GOI

Indira Gandhi is the most controversial prime minister that India has had. A third of a century after her tragic and untimely death, an older generation of Indians remembers her mainly for Indias victory in the 1971 war, and the Emergency. Scholars have also accused her of undermining democracy by splitting the Congress in 1969, repeatedly sacking chief ministers to concentrate power in her own hands, and splitting the party a second time for the same purpose in January 1978. But the poor of India remember her for her programme of Garibi Hatao and still call her Amma. On the foreign policy side, all of us, without exception, remember with pride the way in which she stood up to Nixon and Kissinger during the run-up to the Bangladesh war. . .

The end of the Nehruvian honeymoon

So vivid is the image we have of the later Indira that very few remember the young and unsure, woman who came to power after the sudden death of Lal Bahadur Shastri in January 1966. Even fewer, therefore, appreciate the difficult circumstances in which she did what she did and her immense contribution to stabilising the nascent India she inherited. For in January 1966, the country was in the grip of a multi-faceted crisis, and did not even know it.

The production of food grain had hit a plateau...


Trump's New Afghanistan Strategy Isn't Really a Strategy "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Congress should instead push now for much more comprehensive responses and much more elaborate detail to the Trump omissionseven if in executive sessions. Almost certainly, it will find the new strategy is woefully deficient, no more satisfactory certainly than the plans of Presidents Bush and Obama, which aroused such bitter, sweeping and sarcastic criticism by candidate Donald J. Trump. Congress should insist on a real strategy, author one itself, or else consider getting out of Afghanistan.


How corporate giants are automating the farm "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"



Sydney firm launches major privacy class action "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Media Release A Sydney law firm is expected to launch one of Australias largest class actions in the new and expanding area of privacy breaches. Centennial Lawyers will tomorrow file the lawsuit against the NSW Ambulance Service in the Supreme Court of NSW. The plaintiff alleges that a contractor was allowed to access personal workers

The post Sydney firm launches major privacy class action appeared first on The AIM Network.


Photo Essay: Where There Are No Sewers The Toilet Cleaners of Lucknow "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

On this World Toilet Day, lets turn the spotlight behind the scenes of the sanitation chain, on those who clean out latrines where there are no sewers to carry away the waste.

The toilet cleaners of Lucknow. Credit: C.S. Sharada Prasad

November 19 is World Toilet Day. Enormous progress has been made in the global effort to provide safe and affordable toilets for the worlds poorest citizens since World Toilet Day was first declared in 2001. Significant strides have been made in reinventing toilet designs for low-income, water-short, unsewered urban zones; celebrities like Bill Gates and Matt Damon have brought this once-taboo topic into the open; and the prime minister of India  the country with the highest number of people still practising open defecation has publicly declared that his country needs toilets over temples.

Well over two billion people today lack access to basic sanitation facilities, according to the World Health Organization; about 760 million of them live in India. The goal of this day is to make the global community aware of their right to safe and dignified sanitation and to support public action and public policy to bring this right closer to those who do not enjoy it today. On this World Toilet Day, we focus on the back-end of the sanitation chain, on those who clean out latrines where there is no flush or sewer to carry away the waste. When this work is done without mechanical equipment and without protective clothing, scooping out faeces from dry latrines and overflowing pits, it is called manual scavenging.

Its an ancient profession and...


Open-Minded/Creative People Live In A Completely Different Reality, According to Study "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Sure, there is obviously a big difference between close-minded people and open-minded people, right? But how deep does this difference run exactly?

For this study, one hundred and twenty-three people of different backgrounds were examined thoroughly. They were tested for open-mindedness which was done through five different categories. That being conscientiousness, extroversion, agreeableness, neuroticism, and the ability to maintain an open mind in general. After all of this, they then tested individuals for a phenomenon known as binocular rivalry which is something that occurs when each eye is shown a different image (one red and one green). Most people switch back and forth between the two images but some people merge the two into a red-green patch.

It was found that those who saw both images together were the ones who had also scored higher on the openness test in general. This led the researchers to theorize that open-minded people seem to create new mental routes in their minds and attain higher planes of thought. They also noted open-minded people were more creative thus meaning creative people see the world differently as well.

This seems to match up with several previous studies that suggested open people experienced things differently than most people. ScienceDirect says as follows on the study:

For instance, openness predicts performance on divergent thinking tasks (Kaufman et al., 2016; Silvia et al., 2008), which require one to identify multiple diverse uses for ordinary objects. For open people this seems to happen effortlessly, suggesting a more flexible way of combining information, perhaps even at low-levels of perceptual processing. For example, people high in openness display reductions in latent inhibition (i.e., attenuated attentional processing following repeated stimulus exposure) suggesting individual differences in preconscious attentional mechanisms (Peterson & Carson, 1999; Peterson, Smith, & Carson, 2002). Latent inhibition reflects an adaptive attentional gating system for screening out irrelevant information, but for open people this system appears to be more flexible, resulting in the continued processing of stimuli from which the average individual has disengaged. However, we are aware of no previous research examining whether openness relates to how...


Grave fears for brain-injured refugee on Nauru "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Refugee Action Coalition Media Release Urgent surgery needed for brain-injured refugee on Nauru A 28 year-old Rohingyan refugee injured in a motorbike accident on Nauru this morning around 7.00am has been unconscious in the RON hospital since yesterday afternoon (Saturday 18 November). The accident between two motorbikes, happened on the Fly Camp Rd, the same

The post Grave fears for brain-injured refugee on Nauru appeared first on The AIM Network.


Migrants Are Dying in Detention Centres: When Will Canada Act? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Since 2000, at least 16 people have died while incarcerated in Canadas system of immigration detention, with a shocking four deaths since March 2016.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) poses with airport staff as they await Syrian refugees to arrive at the Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ontario, December 10, 2015. After months of promises and weeks of preparation, the first planeload of Syrian refugees was headed to Canada on Thursday, aboard a military plane to be met at Toronto's airport by Trudeau. Credit: Reuters/Mark Blinch

Canadas Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (L) poses with airport staff as they await Syrian refugees to arrive at the Toronto Pearson International Airport in Mississauga, Ontario, December 10, 2015. After months of promises and weeks of preparation, the first planeload of Syrian refugees was headed to Canada on Thursday, aboard a military plane to be met at Torontos airport by Trudeau. Credit: Reuters/Mark Blinch

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Not Like Religion Clean and Unclean "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The discussion of the category of clean versus unclean, sometimes discussed today, cannot be separated from the larger discussion of the abiding relevance of the Jewish Law.


Carpe diem "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

This interesting story caught my eye:

WITHIN hours of the same-sex marriage announcement on Wednesday, an outspoken No voter who owns a beauty salon in Perth was floored by a gay wedding request.

Belinda received a booking inquiry on her salons Facebook page from gay couple Brad and Chris for a full body wax to make our honeymoon extra special.

My partner Chris and I have started planning our big day for Jan now the vote thing is over, So excited!

 Belinda, who is afraid to use her real name, is certain she is being trolled by gay activists.

Its not genuine. They know Im an active No voter and they think they can goad me

Are they going to turn up at the shop tomorrow? Where do I stand now if there are people out there deliberately trying to force me to participate in gay weddings?

Yes. Well. What to make of this request? First of all why would anyone care why people would want to have a full body wax? Does Belindas business offer that service or not? Given that she now knows its for a wedding she should charge a wedding premium for the service. All other caterers seem to do so.

Nobody is forcing her to participate in anything just do your job. Run your business. Mind your own business.

Then, of course, we have to wonder how smart all of the individuals mentioned in this story really are.

Who would invite someone who they think loathes them to pour hot wax onto their body and rip their hair out by its follicles?

Who would pass up the opportunity to pour hot wax onto somebody they loathe and rip their hair out by the follicles?


Decent Toilets for Women and Girls Vital for Gender Equality "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Being denied access to safe, private toilets is particularly dangerous for women and girls, impacting on their health and education, and exposing them to an increased risk of harassment and even attack.

Girls sit inside the Life Line Trust orphanage in Salem in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu on June 20, 2013. Credit: Mansi Thapliyal/Reuters

Girls sit inside the Life Line Trust orphanage in Salem in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu on June 20, 2013. Credit: Mansi Thapliyal/Reuters

London: This weekend marks World Toilet Day (November 19) and the news is disheartening. One in three people are still waiting for a toilet, still having to face the indignity and often fear of relieving themselves in the open or using unsafe or unhygienic toilets.

It is frustrating that the headline statistics have not made greater progress two years into the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), when having a toilet is such a fundamental boost to gender equality, as well as health, education and economic opportunity.

In Out of Order: State of the Worlds Toilets 2017, WaterAids annual analysis based on WHO-UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP) data, we show that Ethiopia is now the worst country in the world for having the highest percentage of...


What's a little mud, grass, tidy, tickle between friends? "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

White-browed Crake strolls across drying area at edge of Payets Tower pool in Townsville Common, ignoring intruder slopping alongside in mud-enclosed boots. But what's a little mud between friends?

Bit wetter underfoot for Comb-crested Jacana. Not quite in the clear either. But what's a little grass between friends?

Below the tower, Crimson Finch cleans up (as requested) after getting stuck into sticky grass seeds. But what's a little tidiness between friends?


A Lurker An Open Letter to the Liberal Democratic Party, the Liberal Party of Australia, and the National Party of Australia. "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Good Afternoon,

Now that those of you who have agitated for same-sex marriage have received the go-ahead from 61.6% of those who sent back Yes responses to your postal survey, I would ask the following questions of your lawmakers:

  1. What exactly are you planning on doing to ensure that the fundamental freedoms of all Australians, especially those of minority groups (and Christians/Social-Conservatives now could be categorised as a minority group) are not eroded or diminished by same-sex marriage being written into law?
  2. How exactly will you protect and strengthen the following freedoms Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Association, Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Conscience, Freedom of Expression and last, but not least, Freedom of Religion?
  3. How will you ensure that both religious and non-religious Australians will not suffer discrimination, law-fare, violence, bullying and intimidation simply for holding a public view against same-sex marriage?
  4. How will you ensure that families can remove their children/opt out of Government educational programs like and similar to Safe Schools without negative consequences for either the child or the family?
  5. How will you ensure that radical gender theory is not wholesale inflicted on Australian society?
  6. How exactly will you ensure that protections for any and all freedoms that are written into law cannot be easily overturned, rescinded, removed or diluted by future Governments?
  7. In your haste to pass a Same-Sex Marriage Bill, how will you ensure that by passing such a Bill, you will do no further harm to Australian society?


A Lurker


Sunday Stand-up "IndyWatch Feed"

CAUTION:  Bad language and adult themes are common in stand-up comedy

The post Sunday Stand-up appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.


Anuk Arudpragasam wins DSC Prize for South Asian Literature "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The novel is impressive for its intensity and rich detail, and for exploring the tragic heart of war with such quiet eloquence.

Anuk Arudpragasam receiving the DSC Prize 2017 trophy.

New Delhi: Anuk Arudpragasam was announced winner of the DSC prize for South Asian literature 2017 at the Dhaka Lit Fest in Bangladesh for his debut novel The Story of a Brief Marriage on Saturday, November 18.

The Story of a Brief Marriage, is the story of a young man on the front lines between the Sri Lankan army and the Tamil Tigers. Author and jury chair Ritu Menon, calling it an outstanding novel, said, The novel is impressive for its intensity and rich detail, and for exploring the tragic heart of war with such quiet eloquence. It is also a testament to the redemptive power of love, and to the human spirits capacity for hope.

Arudpragasam, who is from Colombo and writes in English and Tamil, was awarded the $25,000 DSC prize by Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, finance minister of Bangladesh.

Also read: The Story of A Brief Marriage Imagines the Life of Persecuted Tamils in Sri Lanka

The other shortlisted authors this year were Anjali Josephs The Living...


Raghuram Rajans Note Advising Against Demonetisation Should Be Made Public: Montek Singh Ahluwalia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Karan Thapar interviews Montek Singh Ahluwalia, former deputy chairman of the Planning Commission, about demonetisation, GST and the overall state of the Indian economy.

Karan Thapar: Hello and welcome to very special interview with the former deputy chairman of the Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia. Over the next 45 minutes, I should talk to Mr Ahluwalia about the state of the economy, about demonetisation and GST, about the governments plans to recapitalise banks, to boost employment and growth, and of course about Fridays upgrade by Moodys.


KT: Mr Ahluwalia, lets start with demonetisation, which earlier this month marked its first anniversary on the 8th. In an essay on his blog, put up the night before, the finance minister said this is watershed moment in the history of the Indian economy, and then he added that this has ended Indias traditional chalta hai attitude about corruption. How do you respond to that boost?

Montek Singh Ahluwalia: Well, I mean, you know, the finance minister is obviously keen to present the most positive picture he can think of. I wouldnt have called it quite that dramatic a development.

KT: Not a watershed?

MSA: I dont think so. I mean, np look. Its been highly, its probably been the most discussed initiative of the government, of any government for a very long time. Primarily because it was, in some sense, a very bold move, because after all, youre taking out 86% of the currency, and thats not a marginal change.  But you know, I go along with the general assessment that  its been quite disruptive, probably more disruptive than the government itself imagined. Its had a negative impact, particularly on the informal sector, which was the most cash dependent. The negative effect is probably now over, so whatever the costs, they are behind us. Whether it affected corruption or not, I have my doubts. Because, you know, I dont think that if you just take away a lot of money and hand back new money, that affects corruption. Its very important to affect corruption, but you need to make some systemic changes that will do that.



Open Letter to President Trump Concerning Jahar "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

(photo PBS)

by Cesar Baruja, MD

August 18, 2017

President Donald Trump

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington D.C. 20500

Re: Reinvestigation of the Boston Marathon Bombing.

Dear Mr. President,

Before my petition to you, I would like to introduce myself. I am Cesar Baruja, an MD Family Physician from Paraguay and an American citizen who has been working in the United States of America since 2005.

I am writing to ask you for a reinvestigation of the Boston Marathon Bombing that occurred on Boylston Street in Bo...


The Veiled Threat: Australias Campaign Against New Zealand Refugee Policy "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Another twist in the farce over the stained treatment of refugees on Papua New Guineas Manus Island has surfaced. New Zealand has been insisting for some time that it is more than willing to welcome some 150 to its shores. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, much to the irritation of Australias Turnbull government, has been particularly

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beeswax a story from hive to candle "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


Most nights, once the children are in bed and the house is quiet, I light a beeswax candle. Its a little ritual Ive had for the past few years and one I look forward to every evening. It signals the end of the day a time to settle in and take rest.

I choose beeswax candles because the alternatives are brimming with chemicals that I dont want in my home. Even natural soy wax? Yes! Its actually chemically bleached, heavy metal hydrogenated (they use nickel) soybean oil a process that is environmentally disastrous. And because it has such an awful aroma, natural soy wax candles are always heavily fragranced. I choose not to wear perfume or burn artificial fragrance because the side effects are awful. This article explains it very succinctly.

But beeswaxbeeswax is a sweet, subtle honey-scented option that iodises the air as it burns. Thats right it purifies the air of dust, germs, particulate matter and viruses. Isnt nature clever!  If you live near a main road or any building works, the air is full of particulate matter burn a large beeswax candle you can actually see the dirt in the pool of wax dirt that could have ended up in your lungs.



Otto Warmbier Law and Other Elements of the US Sanction Policy In Respect of the DPRK "IndyWatch Feed Asia"


On October 24, 2017, the US Congress House approved the draft law by an overwhelming majority (455 deputies for, and two against) on the introduction of the new anti-North Korean sanctions named after the American student Otto Warmbier, who was sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment for an attempt to disrupt the unity of the Korean people after he sneaked into the office of the hotel at night and tore off a propaganda poster from the wall. After 17 months, North Korea extradited him in a state of insensibility to the USA, and the student died 6 days later. Although the coroner did not name the death violent and did not find any traces of torture, the family of the deceased and North Koreas haters are sure that the student was a victim of cruel treatment or torture that leaves no traces.

The draft law stipulates the secondary boycott measures, including the closure of access to the international financial system for foreign financial companies that cooperate with Pyongyang. It also obliges the government administration to strictly perform all the sanction measures.

In addition, the law prescribes the USA to use all the efforts and opportunities (literally their voice and vote) to prohibit the assistance of the World Bank and other international financial institutions to countries that do not follow the anti-North Korean resolutions of the UN Security Council, including other international measures. The companies using the services of the North Korean workers are also subject to the sanctions.

According to the media of the Republic of Korea, the draft law has a peculiar meaning in anticipation of the upcoming visit of the US President Donald Trump to the Asian countries. Trump is expected to persuade China to strengthen the pressure on the DPRK, and Warmbier Law should become instrumental is this issue, as it is primarily aimed at the Chinese companies and banks cooperating with the DPRK. In addition, the US Administration has killed two birds with one stone. Heart-broken relatives and their support group received a visible confirmation that they were not abandoned, and the authorities adopted a very important component of unilateral sanctions enforcing the policy of either you are working with North Korea, or you are working with the United States. This was directly announced by the major sponsor of the law Congressman...


Apology to Lord Eggbutt "IndyWatch Feed"

Hi Lord Egbut

Please don't take the deletion of your comment personally.

I didn't actually read your comment before hitting the deletion button.
Just checking to see if it still works.

You are welcome to comment anonymously on my posts but please don't expect me to bother engaging in a response.

If you wish your views to be more
widely known why don't you start your own blog.

It's not like there is a lot of competition on the Left so you could do quite well.

There will be no shortage of material as you will be guaranteed at least one clusterf*** a week to spin.

To get you started I've found a logo for you. Humble apologies if it's the wrong gender.



Bring Them Here "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

In the West there was panic when the migrants multiplied on the highways. Men of property were terrified for their property. Men who had never been hungry saw the eyes of the hungry. Men who had never wanted anything very much saw the flare of want in the eyes of the migrants. And the mean of the towns and of the soft suburban country gathered to defend themselves; and they reassured themselves that they were good and the invaders bad, as a man must do before he fights. They said, Those goddamned Okies are dirty and ignorant. Theyre degenerate, sexual maniacs. Those goddamned Okies are thieves. Theyll steal anything. Theyve got no sense of property rights.
John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

Sex with underage girls. Rampant violence. Tables awash with gambling money. No, its not the latest Netflix blockbuster, but allegations against the 370 men detained on Manus Island. the claims.... some of them by Australian intelligence - are yet to be proven, or disproven, but it smacks of yet another outrage against vulnerable, desperate people whose only crime is to have sought asylum and a safe haven. You cant help but be sceptical of the claims. Smear campaigns against refugees is nothing new but more of that in a moment. And the timing of the leak is suspect. If this behaviour was rife, how come its only just been revealed hot on the heels of PM Jacinda Ardern offering - to Australias immense displeasure - to resettle 150 of the men in New Zealand?

First up, who are these men? They are asylum seekers who arrived in Australia by boat from various strife-torn countries throughout the Middle East and Asia. In 2012, Australia began offshore processing of those seeking refuge on its shores under the rather chillingly named Pacific Solution. A washing-of-hands, more like, and certainly not a solution for the refugees themselves. The policy was condemned from the start for its ad hoc nature, and for the removal of desperate people to facilities that were barely inhabitable, with unreliable water and power supplies, poor medical facilities, as well as the mental impact that remaining in limbo would have on a population already fleeing dire situations in their home countries.

Since July 2013, about 1500 people have been transferred to Manus, in Papua New Guinea, from Australia. As The Conversation reports, The number of asylum seekers on...


"There Is Nothing I Can tell You..." "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

"There is nothing I can tell you that you do not already know.
There is no question that you can ask me that you yourself cannot answer.
You have just forgotten."
~ David Littlewood


Hooked By A Dame? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The wonderful world of pantomime By Ralph  McAllister Jimmy Logan and Stanley Baxter dragged my brother and me into the world of pantomime. Alhambra Theatre in Glasgow, every Christmas, our gran would treat us to what was a highlight of the year. That was in forties Scotland. The cheers that reverberated as these famous dames []


The Dow v S&P500 v NASDAQ Whats the Difference? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

QUESTION: Dear Mr. Armstrong

Why do you always use the Dow Jones Index? It seems to have the least logical construction of the major indices. Why not use the S&P500?

Many thanks for your informative and thought-provoking blog,


ANSWER: Each index offers a completely different perspective. The Dow Jones Industrials is the big money. You will notice that this index leads the way. It is the first out of a key low because it is typically the foreign capital that comes in based on currency. You will also notice it tend to top out first because the big money tends to start to pull out first also...


How to Define a Statesman "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

QUESTION: You have said that all we have are politicians, not statesmen. What is your definition of a statesman?


ANSWER: A statesman is one who admits when he has made a mistake and has the wisdom to correct it before it does any more harm. This is the same quality required to be a successful hedge fund manager. If you cannot quickly realize when you are wrong and get out of a bad trade, you will lose your shirt, pants, wife, kids, and the dog.


Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. You dont have to stay on topic in these posts like you do in all others. Feel free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. If you havent tried it before, signing up for a Disqus account is free, quick, and it is easy. New []

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Australian Dollar and Bitcoin "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

1.00 AUD = 0.0001 BTC
0.0001 BTC = 1.05 AUD


Political Cartoons One of the best Sharon Murdoch "IndyWatch Feed"

Ms Murdoch draws superb and apposite cartoons. They make you think, take a step back and even like myself if you disagree they make you smile. To my ming the mark of a superb cartoonist.




Video: Angry Mob Of Hillary Clinton Supporters Attack Female Reporter, Attempt To Silence Free Speech "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


Recently released footage taken during a Hillary Clinton event in Austin, Texas shows a vicious group of women Clinton supporters attacking independent reporter Millie Weaver after she asked them a question they did not like.

Weaver, covering the event for, attempted to ask multiple different liberal women what their take was on Bill Clintons documented history of sexual violence against women.

For a group and party supposedly dedicated to womens rights, the response Weaver was given was startling to say the least.

From having her microphone pushed out of her hand to being flipped off directly in her face, the hoard of Clinton zombies showed their true colors, all because Weaver dared to ask them a question that they have purposefully chosen to ignore for years.

Weaver began her report by explaining the planned Clinton event and noting that she had chosen to wear a t-shirt that exposed Bill Clintons long history of sexual violence in the hopes that the female Hillary supporters would be interested in discussing these alleged crimes but perhaps knowing that they would most likely be triggered by the mere mention of them.

Weaver then encountered a security guard who claimed that he worked for the property owner but had actually been filmed doing security for the Clinton motorcade. In other words, a Clinton crony was sent to bother Weaver almost immediately.

Clinton fans then laughably claimed that the documented fact that Clinton helped sell off some of our uranium to the Russians is fake news.

The same women who claimed that a verified fact is fake news also refused to answer a question about how she feels about all the women accusing Bill Clinton of sexual assault by turning her answer into a question itself about disinformation she heard from the mainstream media regarding Alex Jones.

Another Clinton zombie was so triggered that she actually grabbed Weavers microphone in a clear attempt at squashing both free speech and the rights of the press.

Perhaps the most shocking part of the entire exchange between Weaver and the Clinton zombies came when employees of the book store where Clinton was signing her excuses filled book actually came up to Weaver and demanded that she leave under the threat of violence.

Im sorry I need for you to go because you are upsetting people, one of the liberal store employees laughably claimed. (Keep in mind they were on a public sidewalk)

After Weaver replied that she needed them to get o...


Erica Stanfords maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed"

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East Coast Bays MP Erica Stanford delivered her maiden speech this week:

Mr Speaker, can I congratulate you Sir, on your successful election to the role of Speaker.

I look forward to your rigorous application of the rules of this House and of course your great leniency when dealing with this freshly-minted member from the East Coast Bays. 

Under your stewardship Sir, I can see this House is moving with the times.

I was so very pleased to see you bouncing one of the beautiful babies of the House on your knee during a debate last week.

The Member from Pakuranga certainly seemed to enjoy his time on the big chair.

In all seriousness Sir, your commitment to making this a family friendly workplace is admirable and to see you leading, literally from the front, was quite a special moment. 

I would like to start today, by acknowledging and thanking

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The Life of Labour: Fishworkers From Over 50 Countries Meet in Delhi, Centre Delays MNREGA Payments "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

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Illustration by Aliza Bakht

Illustration by Aliza Bakht

West Bengals new ration scheme feeds the tea estate management

Subrata Nagchaudhary writes in about how the Trinamool Congress Khadya Sathi scheme under the National Food Security Act is saving crores for tea estate owners with little benefit for the workers. Previously, according to wage agreements between tea gardens and workers, the estate management provided a portion of wages to their workers in kind in the form of subsidised food grains. But since the new act makes the tea estate management the ration dealers to their employees and provides them food grains at subsidised rates, they do not need to buy from the market anymore. Thus, since February, each estate began to save Rs 660 per worker per month. This roughly works out to Rs 80 lakh a year for a tea garden with 1,000 workers. This saving is not being passed down to the worker in the form of cash wages and even their regular wages are delayed. Instead of subsidising the poor plantation workers, the state governm...


The Passions and Requests of an Earnest Entomophilatelist "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

While many countries have been producing postage stamps with insects of bright hues and with thoughtful scientific annotations, India Posts efforts leave much to desire.

Collectors of postage stamps and related items such as envelopes, postmarks and first-day covers are called philatelists. Of them, those who collect topicals, or thematic stamps and related materials that convey a theme, such as stamps with insects on them, are called thematic collectors. Collectors of insect-related stamps are said to practice entomophilately. Insects are endlessly fascinating creatures, creatures most people think of as nuisances or pests. The importance of insects to human welfare transcends the grand battles we fight against them to manage them for our own ends. Though some are bothersome, they are no less interesting to those who will stop and study them.

All too often, the common insects we encounter in our daily lives like houseflies, mosquitoes, cockroaches, ants, etc., turn out to be uninvited guests in our homes, gardens and at our picnics. However, as uncommon philatelic subjects, they should find a ready welcome in almost anyones thematic collection. Most of us hate them, but some of us entomologists and entomophilatelists love them. Insects have been on stamps for a very long time and in great abundance. From the point of view of thematic philately, insects can form a fascinating study and several sub-themes can be chosen.

For the past four decades, I have been collecting insects, with and without a net. My collections are both a pastime and a profession. The net-collected specimens by me and several of my more avid colleagues are tucked away in neat rows in tidy, wooden drawers in the department of entomology at the University of Agricultural S...


Your pill spies on you The pill reports when its taken "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Your pill spies on you The pill reports when its taken by Jon Rappoport November 15, 2017 Source: NY Times, 11/13, First Digital Pill Approved to Worries About Biomedical Big Brother. Heres the new equation: A medicine is a pill is a sensor that reports when you took the pill. Achtung! Take your medication on []

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One Bad Turn "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A short story that won a recent competition on the theme of road safety.

A short story competition was held to raise awareness on road safety. Credit: PTI

A short story competition was held to raise awareness on road safety. Credit: PTI

India recorded at least 4,80,652 deaths in road accidents in 2016. According a report compiled by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, as many as 413 people lost their lives every day in accidents last year. Half of those who died were between 18 and 35 years of age.

Aiming to increase public awareness on road safety and thereby help lower such deaths, the National Habitat Preservation Centre, a not-for-profit engaged in the promotion, preservation and conservation of Indian art, culture and heritage, came up with an out-of-the-box initiative in mid 2016 in association with Mahindra Bus and Truck Division. Named #HaveASafeJourney, the campaign held a short story writing competition in English on the theme of road safety.

Eighteen of the best stories chosen by the judges have been compiled into an anthology titled Have a Safe Journey. Brought out by Amarllyis Publishers, the anthology also includes short stories on related themes by writers like Shinie Anthony, Vikram Kapur, Ashwin Sanghi, Pankaj Dubey, Anand Neelakanthan, Kiran Manral and Priyanka Sinha Jha.



Teething problems are a small sign of bigger issues "IndyWatch Feed"

Claire Trevett writes about the teething issues that exist within the government, over silly things like a letterhead. As Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern set about her first international mission, a minor imbroglio over letterhead was erupting back at home. In an apparent bid to show Labour and its partners NZ First and the Greens were []

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Bossladies Nest 28: Homeless landlady "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Tuesday looked so promising and Adele was very happy. The only dark spot was the fact that Jay hadnt answered her calls or called back, neither did he respond to her text messages. It wasnt the first time such would happen but she just wasnt feeling too cool about it anymore. By midday, she got really worried. Why wasnt he answering her calls? Could something be wrong? An icy hand grabbed her chest and her heart raced. Jay detested her getting family involved whenever he didnt return home. The last...

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Abbotts down, but is he out? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

By Ad astra Tony Abbott has been on the way down for years. His time in the sun began unexpectedly on the 1st of December 2009 when he became Leader of the Opposition after toppling Malcolm Turnbull in a spill brought about by Turnbulls support for Kevin Rudds Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS). Abbott had the

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Corys Croissants or Religious Freedom In Australia! "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

You may not have noticed it, but one of Cory Bernardis motions in the Senate the other day had to do with croissants. Now, having written satire in the past, its often very hard to point out some of the things that the Liberals and ex-Liberals like Bernardi and Hanson have actually done. Manys the

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Man Charged With Painting Over Sydneys George Michael Mural "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

A man caught on camera painting over Sydneys George Michael mural has reportedly been slapped with a graffiti charge. The artwork, depicted the singer and gay icon as Saint George Michael, was painted by artist Scott Marsh on a building in Sydneys inner-west in the weeks after Michaels death on Christmas Day last year. Video ...

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Donald Trump and economic policy "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Just received this very nice note so thought I would say something about the question asked. Here is the note:

I enjoy reading your contributions to Catallaxy on a regular basis. I cant say I know a lot about economics, but I especially like hearing you arguments to current economic theory. Rational debate is a powerful tool.

Recently, I was at work and a conversation around the lunch room turned to America politics.

Most of my work colleagues are Never Trumpers, but when I pointed out the American economy was currently doing very well, with record high stocks and decade low unemployment, one of my colleagues said something thatade me questions Donald Trumps success. The comment was

The current economic success in American has nothing to do with Donald Trump. It wouldnt matter who was President at the moment. The economy just goes through natural peaks and troughs in a capitalist society...

Knowing that the President has now been in place 12 months, and knowing that the Republicans still have not released their tax plan, is the above statement true?

Nothing like magical thinking to make you believe in the tooth fairy.

The parlous state that Obama left the American economy in will require an astonishing amount of luck combined with a great deal of very well constructed policy to move past. You do know that in the entire eight years Obama was president, the US economy on not a singe occasion achieved a growth rate as high as 3%. Trump has now achieved it twice, with more to come. Obama even inherited the recovery phase following the GFC which is almost invariably an economys period of strongest growth since part of what happens is the recovery of ground lost during the recession. Instead, there were eight years of low growth and stagnant employment. There is not an economic story to tell to his credit, even with interest rates at near zero and public spending at an all-time high, which in standard economic theory are a good thing. Of course, both are harmful to an economys prospects but dont expect your friend to know it or believe it if you tell him.

But why take my word for it. Here is Conrad Black pointing out that Trump is already the most successful U.S. president since Ronald Reagan. And as you can see from the beginning of this excerpt, he is not PDTs greatest admirer, but even so:

He can be a tiresome and implausible public figure at times, and the reservations widely held about him, in the United States and elsewhere, are understandable and not unfounded. He....


Adventures in Chamorro #4 "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople.pacific"

On Facebook I have a regular informal series titled "Adventures in Chamorro." It ranges from stories of speaking Chamorro with my kids, protests, decolonization activism and also teaching Chamorro at UOG. I have not been on a hike in quite a while and so here are two stories dealing with hiking and my students at UOG.


Adventures in Chamorro #234: For my Chamorro language classes I often have them write up some simple love poetry. I normally begin those assignments by talking about most elderly Chamorros refer to as traditional Chamorro courtship rituals. As Spanish Catholic influence made it very difficult for young unmarried men and women to interact with each other romantically, so much of the courtship happened in secret or through intermediaries known as "chule'guagua'" or "basket carriers." It was a time of early-morning meetings down by the riverbank, sneaking away to the blindspots behind churches or nights filled with young men, prowling around homes hoping to get the attention of their beloveds sleeping within. Sometimes these stories ended with the families approving the union, sometimes they did not. Students usually remark how different things are today, although one or two makes a connection with the "drama" in relationships today, joking that we still find Chamorro men lurking around homes, although usually for ekgo' related reasons. Here is one of my favorite poems by a student writing in that theme.

Gaige hao gi fion-a pgo
Humhanao mona gi kareran-miyu
Lao gagaige ha hao gi halom i korason-hu
Hu guaiya hao
Lao mabokbok i ante-ku
Annai un yute yu
Gagaige ha hao gi halom i hinasso-ku
Yan gaige yu pgo gi hiyong i gima-mu

Adventures in Chamorro #207: I recently took my Chamorro classes on a hike to Pgat. For those who couldn't make it, they could be excused if they wrote, in Chamorro, a poem or a reflection paper on the beauty or the importance of the location. Here is an example of a poem which was started by a CM101 student, and then when I shared with with a CM102 student, he added in some extra, humorous details.

Hu hungok na gof bonito i sengsong Pgat.
Ti sia humnao yu para Pgat samachochocho yu.
Bula anti...


Unprecedented, Unconstitutional Action by I&B Ministry to Remove Two Films From IFFI List: S Durga Director "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

In conversation with S Durga filmmaker Sanal Kumar Sasidharan about his latest movie, politics and his time as an ABVP worker.

Sanal Kumar Sasidharan. Credit: Rajeev Ramachandran

Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, the 40-year-old Malayalam filmmaker is no Marxist, nor does he have any Jihadi connection. He had been the unit secretary of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the BJPs student wing, while a student at the Government Law College in Trivandrum. Even though he parted ways with the organisation over political differences, and now believes that the BJP rule at the Centre is nothing but authoritarian and fascist in nature, Sasidharan did not hesitate to support the idea of demonetisation instantaneously. He had his reasons for it, like he has for making the film Durga, which was sexy till the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) struck off three letters.

The CBFC was the first to train its gun on the film, issuing a U/A certificate, with 21 audio mutes and a change in name from Sexy Durga to Durga. Finally the information and broadcasting ministry removed the movie  which has already bagged nine international awards including the Hivos Tiger Award at Rotterdam  from the screening list of the International Film Festival of India (IFFI), along with Ravi Yadavs Marathi film Nude, setting aside the recommendations by a 13-member jury. ...


Terrible child abuse allowed by Western country "IndyWatch Feed"

Imagine a Western country where child abuse is legal if the abuse is done by medical professionals with the permission of the parents. Imagine child abuse that starts when the child is four years old and that treats Puberty as a disease. Imagine child abuse that puts dangerous puberty-blocking hormones into a four-year-olds body that inhibit growth []

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Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Bioluminescent  the production and emission of light by a living organism such as fireflies, glowworms, and certain fish, jellyfish, plankton, fungi, and bacteria

Filed under: language Tagged: bioluminescent


Girls in Afghanistan, and Everywhere Else, Need Toilets "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Lack of access to clean, safe, private toilets is a major barrier around the world and its an issue that disproportionately affects girls.

Girls cover their faces to protect themselves from the stench of a filthy and malfunctioning restroom in their school. at this school, girls have no toilets of their own and their only option is to use the ones on the far side of the buildings where the boys study. They do not have locking doors and are several minutes walk from a water point. 2017 Credit: Paula Bronstein for Human Rights Watch

Girls cover their faces to protect themselves from the stench of a filthy and malfunctioning restroom in their school. at this school, girls have no toilets of their own and their only option is to use the ones on the far side of the buildings where the boys study. They do not have locking doors and are several minutes walk from a water point. 2017 Credit: Paula Bronstein for Human Rights Watch

London/Washington: I never come here, just because of boys, Atifa says, pointing at the door of the stall. Theyre opening the door. Atifa, a sixth grader in Kabul, Afghanistan, attends a school of 650 girls. Since they study i...


Has Jacinda thought through all the consequences of aggravating Australia? "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Just to re-iterate what kind of people Jacinda is paying $3m towards. [Jacindas favourite 150 people]  detained on Manus Island regularly travelled into town to allegedly have sex with underage girls and buy and sell drugs, the Australian government was told last month. Some 161 offences, including sexual assault, assault and aggressive behaviour, allegedly committed by []

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By Age 22, Half of the Women in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Stay Home or Are Married: Survey "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

By community, Dalits (70%) had the highest share of 22 year olds employed in the states in 2016.

Hyderabad. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Hyderabad. Credit: Wikimedia Commons

While three out of four men headed to work, about one in two women stayed at home by age 22 in undivided Andhra Pradesh, according to the preliminary findings (herehere and here) of an ongoing global longitudinal study of childhood poverty.

Not only were fewer women training themselves for the labour market, far more women were married by age 22 in 2016 than men, according to research by Young Lives India the India chapter of Young Lives, a study of childhood poverty funded by the University of Oxford, UK in undivided Andhra Pradesh since 2002.

These data lend weight to other studies that show Indian women are at a significant and possibly widening disadvantage. Gap between men and women has widened on political empowerment, healthy life expectancy and basic literacy, resulting in India slipping 21 places to 108 in 2017 from 87 in 2016 on the Global Gender Gap Index of the World...


As India Rushes Towards Digital Money, Are We Doing Enough For the Elderly and Those With Disabilities? "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A recent RBI circular reminds us that digital banking, welcome as it is in the overall context, does not benefit all sections of society equally.

Are the elderly and differently abled being left out of India's digital banking drive? Credit: PTI

Are the elderly and persons with disabilities being left out of Indias digital banking drive? Credit: PTI

In what has been hailed as a major step in stepping up of their standards of banking service towards the elderly and persons with disabilities, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has issued a circular with instructions to commercial banks.

First and foremost, banks will have to be more sensitive to their needs.Though not original, the RBI has taken off from its fourth bi-monthly credit policy statement in October and compiled a list of dos and donts to meet the obvious requirements of senior citizens and persons with disabilities.

The value of the central bank guidelines lies more in discussing its overall context rather than its individual points. The latter, in any case, are repetitive and merely stating what should have been standard banking practice.

Nevertheless the latest instructions are noteworthy for another reason. Indias financial environment has moved away, as it were, from seniors and people with disabilities. Individual manage...


Upsurge in big earthquakes predicted for 2018 as Earth rotation slows "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Im always wary of earthquake predictions for obvious reasons. Ive heard enough of them that never came to anything more than panickmongering, but still, I berated a number of luminaries for announcing the 2010 NZ Greendale quake to be a once in 16000 year event when another earthquake could occur at any moment. Lulling everyone []

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PNG Kumuls v England Rugby League World Cup live updates, live streaming "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

We will bring the live updates of the Papua New Guinea Kumuls versus England, Rugby League World Cup match here. The match will be played at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium in Australia.  The game begins at 3:00 pm (PNG time) this afternoon. We will use twitter feeds to update the match. We will also post live videos. Refresh the page every time to see the updates.


In the 56th Parliament the main fiscal battle line will be between SEQ and Regional Qld Joe Branigan guest post "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

I am delighted to publish another guest post from Joe Branigan on the upcoming Queensland election. Views expressed are Joes, and are not necessarily shared by me. GT

In the 56th Parliament the main fiscal battle line will be between SEQ and Regional Qld

Guest post by Joe Branigan

The Peoples Forum. Who would be a politician? The ability to say five different things to three different groups of people in the same sentence using exactly the same words, facial expressions and body language without for a nanosecond questioning your own sanity. How are those skills even developed?

Which brings me to regional Queensland.

There are seemingly sharp differences between the wants and needs of SEQ residents vis--vis Regional Queenslanders. But perhaps those differences simply reflect different means to achieve the same ends a comfortable life with secure employment in the community where your family lives. Nothing wrong with that aspiration. The question is: what role should the Queensland Government play in supporting that aspiration, against technological, cultural and economic tides?

In my recent submission to the House of Representatives Regional Development and Decentralisation Inquiry The Contribution of Our Cities to our Enduring Prosperity ( Sub 154 SMART Infrastructure Facility), I presented the arguments in defence of Australias great capital cities. Compared to the regions, cities have lower unemployment rates, higher productivity, higher wages, deeper employment markets, and vastly more private and public goods and services. Public infrastructure services are cheaper to deliver per person. City dwellers have greater life expectancy in part because they are closer to emergency health services. Harvard economist Ed Glaeser has written that cities foster innovation, spur competition and entrepreneurship, and allow for social and economic mobility. In short, cities are a triumph of human civilization.

Theres a trade-off between investing public money in SEQ and Regional Queensland. Simply, within a budget constraint, a dollar invested in SEQ is a dollar not invested in Regional Queensland and vice versa. My friend and colleague Gene Tunny has written previously busting the myths around Regional Queenslanders not getting their fair share of taxpayer funds in relation to infrastructure investment (e.g. see GTs 16 July post). Regional Queensland also benefits from other policies, like the annual payment made to Energy Queensland to meet the Unifo...


Finding the Right Materials for Buildings of the Future "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A civil engineer at IIT Guwahati talks about her research on lightweight concrete.

Indu Siva Ranjani. Credit: The Life of Science

Indu Siva Ranjani. Credit: The Life of Science

It was a sunny but chilly day in Guwahati. Only a week into a new semester, the mood at Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati (IITG) was laid back. At its centre the Serpentine Lake glistened in the winter sun. Its no wonder the sprawling IITG campus is considered one of the most beautiful in the country.

Four years ago, when Indu Siva Ranjani walked into this campus for the first time, everything was completely new and possibly a bit overwhelming. The civil engineer had just taken up a coveted faculty position in the institute; this was the first time she was ever venturing out of her hometown Chennai. Here it is very difficult to survive without Hindi, she told me regretfully, as she hung up on a phone call. Her Hindi had sounded better than mine but as a South Indian who has had Hindi thrust upon her so often, I empathised wholeheartedly.

Ranjani had rebelled with many to come all the way to Guwahati. She had no doubt that the IIT atmosphere would be ideal for her to foster her research. She wasted no time in getting started on her project to develop better building materials for Indian construction.



How Women Bring About Peace and Change in Liberia "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Thousands of Liberian women have banded together to bring about peace and to fight for womens rights. Theyve changed the face of the African nation.

Women wearing their WIPNET T-shirts plan a peace jamboree the day before the Liberian election in October 2017. Credit: Carter Center

Women wearing their WIPNET T-shirts plan a peace jamboree the day before the Liberian election in October 2017. Credit: Carter Center

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf was the first woman to lead an African country. Her two terms in office ended with elections last month since, like the United States, presidents in Liberia are barred from serving more than two terms.

Affectionately known as Ma Ellen, Sirleaf took office at the end of a 14 year civil war in which an estimated 200,000 Liberians were killed.

Sickened and fatigued by war, thousands of Liberian women, through mass action, brought about an end to the conflict in 2003.

These same women took great risks to elect Sirleaf on her promise to sustain peace and make gender equality central to her administrations agenda. Some women hid their sons voter ID cards to prevent them from voting for Sirleafs opponent; others tricked the young men into exchanging their cards for beer; still others managed market stalls while their female owners went to register to vote and watched babies so that mothers could vote on Election Day.

These women, many of whom belong to the Women in Peace Building Network (WIPNET), are identifiable by their white t-shirts with blue WIPNET insignia. They are a powerful, widely respected group for what they have accomplished and continue to fight for.

When Sirleaf came to power in 2005, the world was electrified. On Inauguration Day in January 2006, proud Liberians, world leaders and dignitaries watched as she took the oath of office....


An ego the size of Texas "IndyWatch Feed"

and an intellect the size of a pea, apparently. It takes weapons-grade levels of infatuation with your own sense of self-worth to the universe to pull a stunt like the one Pharrell Williams just pulled. [] The Grammy-winning musician appeared in Shanghai this week to debut a song titled 100 Years, which he described []

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KKK in Bennelong "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Citizens need no better demonstration of the difference in political skills between the Liberal Party and the Labor Party than by looking at the contest for Bennelong.

While the ALP is playing chess in nominating Kristina Kerscher Keneally (KKK), the Liberal Party is playing with themselves in renominating John Gilbert Alexander (Alexander).

KKK is young, experienced and politically astute and has recently moved into the seat (or close enough). Alexander is no so young, not so fresh has has recently moved out of the electorate having recently sold in Bennelong and bought in Wentworth.

Lets take a guess who is going to be the longer term prospect for the seat? KKK or Alexander?

With the Bennelong contest, the Labor party is in a win-win scenario. By having Keneally run, the ALP is forcing the Liberals to spend lotsa resources to defend the seat so as to avoid the government going minority. And these arent exactly resources the Liberal Party is swimming in.

The rumor is, that a former President of the NSW Liberals said when discussing fundraising, you only get one Malcolm Turnbull in your lifetime. Ironic isnt it.

Add to this, the Liberal Party is bleeding members and donations to the Australian Conservatives and it is not certain that Malcolm Turnbull will run at the next election let alone kick in another million or two to bail the party out, again.

Lets get serious here. KKK is in the Bennelong hunt for the long haul.  Its not as if she is trading a rising TV star for a return to politics. Her TV star seems on the decline with SkyTV management sending her to Canberra.  And her lunch time panel partner, Peter Van Onsellen, seems to have disappeared from the Sky 2018 program completely.

The money at Sky seems to be for the evening commentary and KKK has not been in that game for a while.

So even if KKK does not win this time, she will contribute to bleeding the Liberal Party and in doing so, well positioning herself to run next time when the incumbent probably wont run.

And further demonstrating the difference between Labor and the Liberals, guess what policy tickets is KKK running on?  Medicare administratio...


Freedom Frenzy Grips Zimbabwe, But What Happens Next? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

President Robert Mugabe is under intense pressure to resign. But nothing has been heard from the 93-year-old since he appeared at a university graduation on Friday. We want to tell President Mugabe, it is time to rest, Chipo tells us as she continues celebrating with her friends near Freedom Square. This is a new Zimbabwe, []

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Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed"

WANDER IN PORTO from Hang gab Lee on Vimeo.

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In which the pond sprays on some Devine good grace and good faith, as promised ... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Remember that Devine talk of good grace?

It seems like so long ago, an eternity ... and luckily this Sunday Miranda the Devine provided a chance to see how the accepting with good grace was going (sadly Akker Dakker had the good grace to disappear, presumably on a holyday to lick his homophobic wounds) ...

First the pond had to get past another bit of Devine malice ...

Try telling that to the Donald ...

And so to the good grace, as the pond promised ...

That bit of street art immediately sent the right signal to the pond ... the Devine's good grace was going to be malice and vandalism in action ...



Missing Submarines And Missed Calls "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Argentinas defense ministry said seven failed satellite calls that it believes came from a missing naval submarine were detected on Saturday in a likely sign the crew of 44 was trying to reestablish contact. The calls, believed to be from the ARA San Juan submarine, lasted between four and 36 seconds in the late morning []

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Woman of the year Linda Sarsour defends female genital mutilation "IndyWatch Feed"

Glamour magazine has named Linda Sarsour a pro-Sharia Muslim activist their Woman Of The Year. Unsurprisingly there has been pushback on their choice as people are shellshocked. It reminds me of when the UN put Saudi Arabia in charge of a Human rights panel and made them a member of a Womens rights commision despite their countrys []

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Maybe we no longer want long lives "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

So you'd like to live forever.

I'm going to deliver some bad news, straight from this week's conference on the future of Australian lifespans: you probably won't even make 100.

Worse still, your children probably won't make 100, and maybe not even their children.

The massive and unprecedented progress we've made since our first estimates were published in 1867 has blinded us to the fact that  just like regularly squeezing more speed out of computer chips is becoming harder it's becoming harder to squeeze more years out of life.

No one is yet signing off on an upper limit. Some people are talking about 125 years; others 600 years, which is the age by which, even if we could medically live forever, we would be as good as certain to have a life-ending accident.

Getting even a handful of those extra years would require herculean efforts of the kinds at which we once excelled but now find daunting.

Australia's first life table, published in The Sydney Morning Herald a century and a half ago, gave a newborn colonist just 45.6 years. One published today would give that newborn boy 80.4 years and a newborn girl 84.6.

The figures are midpoints, derived from adding up the death rates at each year of life. Some newborns will live longer. In Melbourne's inner east and Sydney's north shore the typical newborn girl can expect 87 years. Indigenous Australians can expect much less, about 70 for a boy and 75 for a girl.

Higher education is associated with an extra four years, according to Melbourne University's Philip Clarke, although it may not be education itself that buys the years, but something that goes with it. Higher income buys an extra five to six years. Perhaps because of that it matters which electorate you are in. People in Labor and National Party electorates get fewer years than those in Liberal electorates.

The early gains were relatively easy. In the 1860s an extraordinary 20 per cent of boys didn't make it to the age of five. Twenty per cent of girls didn't make it to 10. By ensuring that children survived the first few years, we boosted expected lifespans to 67 for boys and 72 for girls.

Then came the cancer years. For two decades from the 1950s right through to the early '70s, life expectancies scarcely grew. Dem...


Quentin Not All Superheroes Wear Capes-Arts Monday "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

quentinQuentin Kenihan, is living proof that superheroes dont need capes, just the right attitude! Quentins warts and all memoir is a story to inspire others to try and live a happy and good life and to chase their dreams. Not All Superheroes Wear Capes reveals how Quentin has faced the many extraordinary daily challenges in his life. Born with a rare bone disorder, osteogenesis imperfecta, Quentins bones broke all on their own.

When Quentin was seven and featured in a TV documentary, Australians fell in love with his wit, and never-say-die attitude. Over the years Quentin grew up before our eyes. But there was a dark side to his painful disability and life in the public eye. The true story was never told until now. A story of abandonment, drug addiction, dark days and thoughts of suicide. Battling through it all, Quentins life journey is inspirational. Quentin is determined to live life the best he can.

Quentin Kenihan is my guest today.

Not All Superheroes Wear Capes by Quentin Kenihan

Published by Hachette Australia

I look forward to your company 10.30am 12.00pm



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Gross State Product. Victoria top, but NSW the real winner "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Victoria has Australia's top-performing state economy, but the real prizes have gone to NSW and South Australia.

The annual Bureau of Statistics measure of state domestic product puts Victoria's economic growth at 3.3 per cent throughout 2016-17. NSW recorded weaker growth of 2.9 per cent, South Australia 2.2 per cent, Queensland 1.8 per cent and Tasmania 1.1 per cent. Western Australia's economy shrank 2.7 per cent.

But the league table takes no account of population growth.

Victoria had by far the strongest population growth during 2016-17. NSW and Queensland were well behind, and the other states even further behind. When adjusted for population, gross state product per resident grew fastest in South Australia (1.6 per cent) and NSW (1.3 per cent). Victoria's gross state product per resident grew just 0.9 per cent.


The Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory did better than the states on all measures. The ACT recorded economic growth of 4.6 per cent and growth per resident of 2.9 per cent and the Northern Territory recording growth of 4 per cent and 3.7 per cent.

Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas brushed aside the per capita measure to declare that the overall 3.3 per cent result was higher than at any point during the previous term of the Liberal National Party government.

"This data once again shows the strength of Victoria's economy, and reinforces the direction we've steered our economy across three successive budgets with a focus on the infrastructure and services Victorians need," he said.

In both big states the growth was broadly based with the production of "professional, scientific and technical services" the biggest contributor.

"For the past five years professional, sc...



Erica Stanfords maiden speech "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

East Coast Bays MP Erica Stanford delivered her maiden speech this week:

Mr Speaker, can I congratulate you Sir, on your successful election to the role of Speaker.

I look forward to your rigorous application of the rules of this House and of course your great leniency when dealing with this freshly-minted member from the East Coast Bays. 

Under your stewardship Sir, I can see this House is moving with the times.

I was so very pleased to see you bouncing one of the beautiful babies of the House on your knee during a debate last week.

The Member from Pakuranga certainly seemed to enjoy his time on the big chair.

In all seriousness Sir, your commitment to making this a family friendly workplace is admirable and to see you leading, literally from the front, was quite a special moment. 

I would like to start today, by acknowledging and thanking the people of the East Coast Bays for their trust and confidence in electing me as their representative to this Parliament.

I am deeply humbled by the support that I have received from my community and I am especially proud to be the first female MP for East Coast Bays.

This is my first rodeo and as a rookie I owe a debt of gratitude to many people for their support on this ride into Parliament.

In particular I would like to thank my electorate Chair, Scott Browne, my high-school buddy and campaign chair Vernon Tava, and my dear friend and right-hand man, Tony Hannifin.

Today I must also acknowledge and thank my predecessor, and former boss of four years, the Honourable Murray McCully.

Murray was first elected as MP for East Coast Bays in 1987, a day after my ninth birthday, with the slim majority of 311 votes.

For 30 years he was a hard-working and well respected local MP, evident in the fact that he left Parliament with an impressive majority of over 15,000, which is a monumental effort and just shy of my very first majority of 16,000.

I jest Mr Speaker, but I am well aware I am fortunate to ride the shoulders of this political giant. 



Alliance time? Greens unseat Labor in historic Northcote by-election landslide "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Alliance time? Greens unseat Labor in historic Northcote by-election landslideA massive swing to the Greens in a Victorian by-election, in a seat Labor had held for 90 years, sends a strong message to Bill Shorten. read now...


Micks Travels with The Rocket Arts Monday "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

mick m 1After six-times Olympic coach Mick Miller was declared free of throat and neck cancer, he embarked on a journey of recovery and discovery around Australia in his trusty Volkswagen Beetle, The Rocket.

Travelling Australia Micks Way follows his journey and captures Micks daily adventures in the backdrop of the awe-inspiring Australian landscape.  His story and photography is real, heartfelt and inspiring. His journey raised funds and awareness for post-cancer recovery and a portion from the sale of each book will be donated to The Tomorrow Trust, helping to support cancer patients and their families who are living with, through and beyond cancer.

For anyone who has ever wanted to explore the beaches, deserts and towns of Australia, Travelling Australia Micks Way is a wake-up call and a reminder that there is no time like the present to follow your dream.

Mick Miller is my guest today.

Travelling Australia Micks Way by Mick Miller and Robyn Ford

is published by Finch Publishing

More info:

mick mI look forward to your company 10.30am 12.00pm


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EU courting us to get ahead of UK in a post-Brexit Free Trade deal "IndyWatch Feed"

European Union Ambassador to New Zealand Bernard Savage talks to Otago Daily Times senior business reporter Simon Hartley about free-trade agreement negotiations. We started New Zealand scoping before Brexit began, [Bernard Savage] said. While being in a race with the UK was not a consideration, although Mr Savage hoped formal talks would begin in the []

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ON ZIMBABWE "IndyWatch Feed"

I have been an interested watcher of Zimbabwe from the sidelines for many years.   Previously known as the 'breadbasket of Africa' it is a country with huge potential properly run.    The last three decades has seen the country driven to its knees by the Mulgabe regime.    And now it appears that Mulgabe has been deposed in what was effectively an Army coup (although nobody wants to admit that for a variety of reasons).

The new President is likely to be the sacked Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwe (aka 'the crocodile')  but before the world community cracks open the champagne it might do well to reflect on this from one of his colleagues from the war of independence who worked with him for many years when he said ... "he is a very cruel man, very cruel" ... or this from a Zanu-PF (ruling Party) official who said "You think Mugabe is bad but have you thought that whoever comes after him could be even worse?"

Interesting times ahead for Zimbabwe.   Lord Egbut knows the country intimately ... I would be interested to read his take on events.


Reject Territorial Sea Act 2012 to safeguard Sarawaks territorial integrity See "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

The state government must be serious in safeguarding Sarawaks territorial integrity by rejecting the application and enforcement of the Territorial Sea Act 2012 in Sarawak, said Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How. It it is only by claiming the full rights to Sarawaks continental shelf in accordance with the Federal Constitution that the state can []


Sarawak govt to table comprehensive Land Code changes next May "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

A comprehensive amendments to the Sarawak Land Code relating to territorial domain and communal forest reserves will be ready for tabling in the May 2018 sitting of the State Legislative Assembly, Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas said today. He urged the indigenous communities, Dayak non-governmental organisations and interested individuals should let the []


Sabah, Swak judicial independence under MA63 breached, says PBS "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) says that interference in the court systems of Sabah and Sarawak, has strayed from the guarantees under the Inter-Governmental Committee (IGC) Report and the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63). In a speech at the PBS delegates conference today, the partys outgoing president Joseph Pairin Kitingan said that under the MA63, Sabah and []


Najib explains federal government stand on Malaysia Agreement "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

Datuk Seri Najib Razak said today the federal government has no intention and right to take anything that rightfully belongs to Sabah and its people as provided for in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63). The Prime Minister said that if anything had been taken inadvertently, it must be returned. This is our struggle. It is []


Call for DBP to fix bible like salt in wound, says Christian group "IndyWatch Feed Asia"

An Islamic councils suggestion for Dewan Bahasa Pustaka to correct Christian bibles in Malay was presumptuous and insulting, said the National Evangelical Christian Fellowship (NECF). The group noted that beyond contesting Christians on their right to use the Arabic word for God, the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) was now seeking to dictate how they []


Jacinderella needs new shoes "IndyWatch Feed"

Jacinderella needs new shoes. We all need to chip in and buy Jacinda some new shoes, she seems to only have two pairs.  And everyone knows shoes maketh the woman. Here we have the black ankle boots.  Perfect for striding down the corridors of power.   They go with everything, any time of the day []

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Modern ministerial sackings (Part 3): Purges over performance and positions "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Modern ministerial sackings (Part 3): Purges over performance and positionsThe Turnbull and Abbott Governments had the most lost ministers per year for performance issues or disputes since the Whitlam days. read now...


A petition to demand that the PNG Gov addresses violence against women "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Sign the petition:  Enough was enough long ago: when the violence is extended to include little girls of six-years-old being tortured by groups of men, we cannot let this continue and call ourselves human.   We the Papua New Guinea Community and the International Community are united in this call to action. We demand the PNG Government takes immediate and sustained action to prevent and protect women and children from torture, murder and all acts of violence and human rights abuses. The latest victim is just six (6) years old. Last week in PNG, in an act of extreme depravity, a group of men burned her with hot metal to persuade her to confess to practising witchcraft she was lucky, she was rescued before she was murdered. Not so lucky was her mother Kepari Leniata, a name you may remember. Five years ago, a group of vengeful men tortured Continue reading A petition to demand that the PNG Gov addresses violence against women


Japan: Soccer v Rugby "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Transforming Japanese soccer By our Japan correspondent, Neil Smith Back when the Japan Football Association (JFA) was preparing to launch the J-League, players developed their skills at primary, junior, and high schools, then at university. This was also the case with rugby and other sports. This is where all the necessary contacts were made and []


Sunday Classic Comedy (26) That Was The Week That Was "IndyWatch Feed"

The classic BBC show that spawned so many other shows and gave a break to much talent. Sadly little survives


Fran OSullivan on Jacindas continued insults against Australia "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Fran OSullivan writes about Jacinda Arderns continued insults against Australia: Jacinda Arderns decision to pick a fight with our nearest neighbour over the Manus Island imbroglio risks inserting a thorn right back in the Aussies paw. Its no secret that successive Australian governments have tended to view New Zealand as freeloaders freeloading when it []

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Lunch & Learn: Women Miners as Change Makers in Papua New Guinea "IndyWatch Feed Enviro.pacific"


Join Earthworks and Community Solutions Program International Fellow, Immaculate Javia, for a Lunch and Learn talk on Wednesday, November 29th from 12 1pm.

Immaculate has more than 7 years of experience, training and working with women in the small-scale mining sector in Papa New Guinea.

She will talk about how empowering women through a policy framework can give a voice to women to advocate for change in the ASM industry in Papua New Guinea.

Lunch will be provided, from Taylor Gourmet

LOCATION: Earthworks, 1612 K St. NW, Suite 904, Washington, DC 20006, United States



Good Prepper/Survival Forums. "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

I have been a member on many survival forums, the American ones are fine for those living in America, but Australia is so different from America that I find it is really of no interest or help to me. Australian survival forums do not impress me at all, many members tend to be narrow minded & set in their ways & spend more time making disparaging comments than actually adding useful information to the topic.
In my search for a forum where I can actually enjoy sharing my knowledge & at the same time learn something new, I came across the "Preppers Forum" based in the UK. Now I fully realise that the UK is also different from Australia, but not as different as America is. The people don't always think in the same way as we do in Australia, but they are more like us than the Americans are when it comes to discussing survival topics.
Right now I am posting topics on this UK forum that is of some use to those in the UK, but if there were more Australian members then I would also post topics that are of interest to Australians. If like me you have found that you don't "fit in" on other forums, forums where Moderators & Managers fail to curb bad behavour by other members, then this could be the forum for you.
You can check out the forum here: (I am now site manager on this forum, so if you have any problems, please feel free to contact me).
Regards, Keith.


Blessed Are The Christian Rock Cakes: The Great Tweets Of Marque Lawyers "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Admittedly, they help keep us out of jail, so were a little biased. But thats not the only reason we love Marque Lawyers.

If you follow the Sydney law firms Twitter account, youll understand that not only do they do law differently, but that they have a somewhat acerbic wit. Nothing is sacred well almost nothing they posted a rather nice tweet recently about banning the climb at Uluru.

From celebrating Mark Latham falling off a chair and accusing The Australian of running ads by Satan, to blessed are the Christian rock cakes for they will be protected from hungry gay mouths , a Sunday morning scanning Marques tweets is a thing to behold.

So, for your sabbath entertainment, here are some of the Great Tweets Of Marque Lawyers (you can follow them on Twitter here, by the way and we should also note, we also love our in-house pro bono lawyer Geoff Holland. But Geoff doesnt tweet. Wake up Geoff).




Photo of the Day "IndyWatch Feed"

Murder at The Savoy Hotel Marguerite Aliberts story is one of gritty survival followed by a lucrative life of prostitution. She pulled herself up from a world of poverty to mingle among Frances elite, and accomplished her goal of turning affairs into large sums of money. She is commonly remembered as Maggie Meller, a surname []

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Fierce Guide "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fierce Guide Prints

Someone asked me today how to stop being afraid of life & I thought of you. So fierce & gentle with the people you meet & I told her what you taught me: let love guide you, in even the smallest things, because thats what all life is hungry for.  Fierce Guide  2016 Brian Andreas posted with permission.

You can buy books, posters, cards, ornaments and more and sign up for a daily dose of whimsy like this by email at Story People.

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Unsmashed Avo Tipped to be Sydneys Next Big Food Trend "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"


A Bondi caf has been awarded five chefs hats and hailed as fucking genius for serving customers whole, unpeeled avocados on toast, a bold departure from smashed avo, which dominated global headlines throughout the year.

The chef said the new creation aligns beautifully with his philosophy of making whole foods whole again.

Smashed avo was really just part of that ridiculous deconstructed food trend, which is so 2017, he said. We wanted to ditch the fads and get back to basics for 2018. Our food is so wholesomely whole we dont even peel off the little sticker that comes naturally from the tree.

Sunday brunch fans have been lining up for the dish since 4am Wednesday morning, with many saying theyre willing to spend all the deposit their parents gave them for their first home on this culinary marvel.


When the right to be forgotten becomes possible on the Ethereum blockchain "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Storing diplomas or data on the blockchain will certainly infringe regulations on personal datas protection. Lexing Alain Bensoussans Legal Opinion analyses compliance of the BCDiploma solution with the GDPR.

The general regulation on personal data (GDPR) will be the new reference text on the protection of personal data, defined as all information related to a physical person. It will take effect on May 25th, 2018. As a new standard in terms of privacy protection, we especially find among its contributions the granting of new rights for individuals whose data are undergoing treatment:

    The right to erasure (i.e. the right to be forgotten).
    The right to portability;
    The right of rectification.

The GDPR has a worldwide scope and applies to all companies having or processing data of EU residents. The regulation gives to the regulator the power to inflict financial sanctions up to 4% of a companys global turnover. As a consequence, one can figure out that the conformity with this new regulation is a major stake for companies, CIOs and lawyers.

Blockchain and the GDPR: An inevitable conflict?

The GDPR also provides EU citizens with a right to erasure: to be able to require that businesses holding their data irrevocably erase the data upon request (also known as the right to be forgotten). (..) This may end up putting the GDPR on a collision course with blockchain technologies in unexpected ways. Luther Martin

New services based on blockchain technologies are created every day, in various domains: finance, insurance, logistic, healthcare, but also education, with diploma certification. However, due to the unalterable character of the blockchain, a data is impossible to erase once it has been written on it. At first glance, blockchain and right to be forgotten dont seem compatible. Inalterability and decentralization not only imply that the register is made of indelible data, but also imply that this register is shared with all user in the network In case of application of the right to be forgotten, we might expect to go against the very principle of inalterability, which lies at the core of the blockchain technology. In order to comply with the blockchain principles, it would be necessary to erase the data from each and every node of the network, and its records, which is technically impossible. For stakeholders and users of the blockchain technology, it becomes urgent to find answers to this issue in order to not slow down the adoption of this technology. All the more since the material and territorial application field of the GDPR is extremely broad.


The cryptographic perspective s...


TOP will be back for 2020 (Fool me once, shame on me) "IndyWatch Feed"

Opportunities Party leader Dr Gareth Morgan today announced the formation of a public policy research unit that the party will use to further develop its evidence-based, best practice policy for the 2020 election. Now that TOP has experienced and survived its first election campaign and as the party continues to evolve, its time to beef []

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What was true in history is true now "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Below is a passage of observation by Theodor Mommsen from his magnum opus; The History of Rome, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1902. This work would have been a major part of the teaching of Classics in many universities of that era. The accrued knowledge ought to have welded itself to

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Massage services "IndyWatch Feed Capricornia"

I'm looking for a massage in Cairns following several weeks working on farms. I've noticed a lot of massage places in Cairns, but which are any good? Are there any to avoid? Especially those which offer a happy ending (gf getting massage too).

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What was true in history "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Below is a passage of observation by Theodor Mommsen from his magnum opus; The History of Rome, for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1902. This work would have been a major part of the teaching of Classics in many Universities of that era. The accrued knowledge ought to have welded itself to our culture, social science and general knowledge, and should be learned wisdom to use and reflect upon through the years. But it is not! It is a waste of knowledge up there with the loss for millennia of the knowledge for making concrete How many mistakes could have been avoided and lives spared if such knowledge was digested with integrity or even was taken seriously.

I, myself, am disgusted and disappointed at the lax attention to such knowledge by those who ought to know better. As a tradesman who was taught the accrued skills of my craft, accumulated over many millennia of a society working with timber and construction..applied and improved upon through the wisdom and knowledge of many times illiterate but astute artisans..I feel disappointed and let down by a clique of higher-educated elite who seem to prove Mommsens observations below to be so accurate.

However, it is neither wit nor wisdom on my part to make these observations, for I am but the messenger. It is however, on the part of those who ought to understand and know better; an utter betrayal of a fine education and a dishonourable disgrace of political knowledge. I would say that those revered institutions of private school education and sandstone tertiary education, that conduct their system of instruction of their charges under a banner of pompous and insincere Latin mottos or logos that preach such lofty aspirations but in truth are little better than the most vulgar colloquial slang spat into a gutter by an inebriated starting-price bookie after a bad day at the races.

Theodore Mommsen:

It is true that the history of past centuries ought to be the instructress of the present; but not in the vulgar sense, as if one could simply by turning over the leaves discover the conjunctures of the present in the records of the past and collect from these the symptoms for a political diagnosis and for the specifics for a prescription ; it is instructive only so far as the observation of earlier forms of culture reveals the organic conditions of civilization generally the fundamental forces everywhere alike, and the manner of their combination everywhere different and leads and encourages men, not to unreflecting imitation, but to independent reproduction.

In this sense the history of Caesar and of Roman Imperialism, with all the unsurpassed greatness of the master worker, with all the historical necessity of the work, is in truth a more bitter censure of modern autocracy than could be written by the hand of man. According to the same law of nature in virtu...


Settling In: How Was The Last Labour-Led Government Doing Two Months Out From Election Day? "IndyWatch Feed"

Entitled The View From The Seventh Floor, this article was published on 26 January 2000, sixty days after the election of the Labour-Alliance coalition government on 27 November 1999. The circumstances and challenges confronting Helen Clarks new government, when set alongside those facing Jacinda Ardern and her colleagues, are at once strikingly similar but also jarringly different. By reproducing my seventeen-year-old article today, I hope to provide the readers of Bowalley Road with an opportunity to compare and contrast these two historical moments of significant political departure. - Chris Trotter

WHAT HAPPENS on the Seventh Floor of the Beehive affects everyone. From a handful of cramped offices thirty metres above Lambton Quay, issue forth the media releases, speech notes, bills and regulations intended to shape - and re-shape - the New Zealand economy. For the next three years, the speed and direction of economic policy will be determined by the two politicians currently occupying the Seventh Floor Labours Treasurer and Finance Minister, Michael Cullen, and Jim Anderton, the Alliances Minister for Economic Development. The success or failure of these two ministers will have an enormous bearing on the fate of the Labour-Alliance Coalition. Voters respond most vociferously to Government decisions which have a direct impact on their material standard of living. If they wish to remain on the Seventh Floor, Cullen and Anderton will have to get it right much more often than they get it wrong.

Five years ago, the idea that Michael Cullen and Jim Anderton might one day be working alongside one another would have been greeted with derision. As Labour and the Alliance staked out their respective economic positions, the responsibility for articulating the issues which divided the two parties fell to the two men who must now somehow unite them. It must be said, that both Cullen and Anderton embraced the former task with all the fervour and vitriol for which the Left is famous. Cullen christened the Alliance Leader Jim Il Sung equating Andertons protectionist predilections with the North Korean command economy. Anderton, not to be outdone...


Could you distinguish a dead person from a mannequin? "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Caitlin Doughty writes about two recent cases where people came across the bodies of dead people but then dumped them, thinking that they were mannequins put out as pranks. She is the owner of a funeral home and she says that part of the problem is that too few people spend any time at all with their deceased loved ones, thinking that they must quickly shunt them off to funeral homes, and thus have little idea of what a dead person looks like.

How could this happen twice in the span of two years? The answer lies in our strained, often non-existent relationship to the dead body. In the Western world, Halloween mannequins are more of a reality than a real dead body. The misidentification of a corpse by civilians is not a surprising outcome, it is the only outcome.

I opened my latest book with the story of a daughter who wanted to keep her mother at home after she died. The hospice nurse, well intentioned though she may have been, erroneously told the daughter that to do this would be illegal, that the funeral home had to come take away the body immediately. The daughter feared that something she desperately wanted for her own healing was morbid and wrong.

Meeting our dead, in their natural state, is something Americans practiced for hundreds of years before the rise of the modern funeral industry (and the chemical preservation and makeup that came with it). Anyone who has cared for their own dead knows it is a simple transition back to that time past. Our dead have almost magic powersan outsized, powerful, and unexpectedly profound effect on the grieving individual. Even if we fear them, we must see them for what they aretreasure, not trash.

If you had asked me before whether I could tell the difference between a dead person and a mannequin, I would have said of course. But after reading this, I am not so sure. When I have been to open-casket funerals of people I have known, they do not look quite like what they did when alive. Given the increasing life-like appearance of mannequins these days, maybe I could get confused too.


Australia the chartered corporation "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Some people may know that Australia's ex prime minister Tony Abbott stated that Australia was started off as a chartered corporation.

Thanking Allah ( or 'fortunately' - for the people in government) the majority of the serf population missed it, where even if they didn't they still would not comprehend what that means.

So let's get straight into the meat of the topic from information contained within UNESCO under the headline;

Deed of Settlement of the South Australia Company 1836

The Deed of Settlement and Royal Charter of Incorporation of the South Australian Company is a key document in South Australias history: it highlights the difference between the manner in which South Australia was established and populated and the foundation of other Australian colonies as penal settlements. It also records British economic expansionism at its peak and illustrates the interconnections between British business interests, the Colonial Office, and social and evangelical activists. In 1834, the British Parliament passed the South Australia Act, which empowered the government to establish and settle a province in South Australia. However, the Colonization Commissioners required 35,000-worth of land in South Australia to be sold before the new province could be established. Initially, only a limited amount of land was bought. The South Australian Company was formed in London on 9 October 1835, to encourage the further purchase of land. On 27 June 1836, the Deed of Settlement was signed by about 300 shareholders of the South Australian Company. The company played a pivotal role in the founding, early survival, and development of the colony, where the company built roads, bridges, ports, warehouses, and mills, and established agriculture, whaling, banking, and mining enterprises.2

The Deed of Settlement and Royal Charter of Incorporation of the South Australian Company is significant as a document representing the history of both imperial Britain and colonial South Australia. In establishing the rights and property of the South Australian Company, it demonstrates the extent of British government, business and social-evangelical interests in Australia.

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Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Further 1000 Mycoplasma Bovis cattle to be culled in South Canterbury Ryan Dunlop:

A further 1000 cattle will be culled in South Canterbury due to the cattle disease Mycoplasma Bovis.

According to the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), that will bring the total cull number up to 5000.

Meanwhile several people have applied to the ministry for compensation for loss of livestock and productivity. 

On Wednesday, MPI confirmed another farm in South Canterbury was infected with the disease, bringing the total infected properties to eight. . . 

Safes distortion of harmless farming practice Jon Morgan:

 Take a look at this video supplied by the animal rights group, Safe. It shows a cow running behind a car towing a trailer holding three calves.

Safe sent the video to TVNZ and it has been picked up by other news organisations and run by them without any attempt to find out what is actually happening.

Safe alleges that this is a distressed cow chasing after her calves, showing a strong bond between them.

However, the overwhelming opinion of dairy farmers who have seen the video is that nothing of the kind is happening. . . 

Wool sale best in a long time Alan Williams:

Prices gained ground across the board at Thursdays special live wool auction at the Christchurch A&P Show.

Best sale in a long time, PGG Wrightson South Island sales manager and auctioneer Dave Burridge said.

He estimated nearly $6 million of wool was sold at the sale, the second auction staged at the show.

First-up at the sale was the New Zealand Merino co offering and auctioneer Mike Hargadon later noted a little more enthusiasm on the buyer bench than at the usual market venue, in what was a very firm market for its fine wools. . . 

Shearing: Tony Coster wins national title at Canterbury Show:



Ready to intervene? Really? What are you going to do luv? Wag your finger? "IndyWatch Feed"

Jacinda Ardern reckons NZ is ready to intervene in North Korea. Really? What is she actually going to be able to do? The Prime Minister says North Korea is absolutely a genuine and real threat and New Zealand is ready to play a role if requested. Jacinda Ardern told Patrick Gower on Threes The Nation []

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has crossed the line "IndyWatch Feed"

A Prime Minister should never use the media to damage a New Zealand business. Regardless of their personal views on a New Zealand business, PMs should not use their access to the press to promote activist activity such as a boycott. Jacinda Ardern in her short time as PM has already crossed that line, acting []

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My granddaughter will be 35 in 2050. I grieve that she will know silent and empty places | Christine Milne "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Australia's white lemuroid possum became my symbol for habitat loss and global warming that will send one-third of species to extinction by mid-centuryIt was 8 November, 2011 and I had just had one of the best days of my parliamentary career. We had made history when the Senate adopted legislation to implement an emissions trading scheme to address global warming. I was both exhausted and excited, having negotiated and shepherded the legislation through the senate for the Greens. It had [...]


In which petulant Peta offers Malware the chance to do some cat-herding ... "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The lizards of Oz always produce wondrous, bizarre sights but this sad reflection reflecting on sad reflections produced so many reflections that the pond was blinded by the light ... cut loose like a deuce, another runner in the night, blinded by the light, mama always told the pond not to look into the sights of the rambling spewman sun, ooh but mama that's where the fun is ...

Moving right along - what, you thought the pond would read rambling doucheman? This pond offers very low standards but it has some - it was time to revert to the Sunday Terror this day and read the thoughts of petulant Peta ...

The aim of this game is to see how she can cause Malware maximum grief, while appearing modest, reasonable, even conciliatory,  and by chance it was the subsidiary column, tucked away out of sight by the Terrorists, that offered the best hope for a classically devious Peta sighting ...

In the last few days, the standard reptile line has always been to conjure up the ghost of Eddie, but petulant Peta is just as interested in giving Malware a big fright ...

There's the obligatory Eddie reference, but then comes a kind of character reference for the wannabe usurper, along with a smiling....


Garner gives Labour a serve over paid parental leave "IndyWatch Feed"

Duncan Garner has given Labour a good kicking for their grandstanding over paid parental leave: Im in that really unlucky cohort that paid for everything and got almost no handouts. No paid parental leave, no 20 hours free childcare and no free university. But there was Alliance MP Laila Harre in 1999. She kicked all []

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Swiss cheesed "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

200,000 more Oz millionaires

2017 saw another large increase in global wealth, increasing by 6.4 per cent or (USD) $16.7 trillion to $280 trillion, driven by equity prices and non-financial assets, including housing.  

Global wealth is projected by Credit Suisse to hit $341 trillion by 2022, driven largely by rapid growth in countries such as China and India. 

The US continued an unbroken run of gains since the financial crisis in 2017. 

The Eurozone saw the creation of 620,000 new US dollar millionaires as the currency picked up, and Australia once again punched above its weight in adding a further 202,000 millionaires, taking the total up from 958,000 to 1.16 million. 

Switzerland's wealth per adult has increased by by a thunderous 130 per cent since the turn of the century in US dollar terms to $537,600, albeit largely due to shifts in the exchange rate, according to the Credit Suisse 2017 Global Wealth Report. 

Among the countries in the world with available figures over the long term, Switzerland stands alone in seeing no decline in wealth inequality over the past century. 

Home to just 0.01 per cent of the global population, Switzerland alone accounts for some 1.7 per cent of the top 1 per cent of global wealth holders, with several thousand ultra-high net worth individuals with personal wealth in excess of $50 million. 

Lucky country

Switzerland is something of an exceptional case as a tax haven, but next in line comes Australia with a mean wealth per adult of $402,600, partly driven by "high property prices in the capital cities", somewhat perversely.

Australian household wealth gains have averaged 12 per cent per annum since the turn of the century, and the average debt to assets ratio is surprisingly low at only 20 per ce...


The Curiously Good End of Year Party "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Curiously Good End of Year Party is just around the corner... Here is a kind reminder with the practical information:

WhenSaturday 25 November

3.00 pm to 5.00 pm: come along with your children for storytime, workshops with Juliette MacIver (from 3 yrs) & Paul Beavis (from 9 yrs),  do some Christmas shopping - The Children's Bookshop staff will give you their best advice!

7.30 pm to late: enjoy drinks (homemade Curiously Good Beer), music, artwork exhibition-sale and good company!

Where: Gecko Press, 9 Holland Street, Level 1, Wellington

Thanks to those of you who have sent an RSVP. For the other ones... you have still time to do it!

We are looking forward to see you on November 25.



Sydney Writers' Festival "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Superstar children's author David Walliams is coming to town in December! Join David and special guests Julia Zemiro (City Recital Hall) and Jay Laga'aia (Riverside Theatres) for hijinks, laughter and storytelling. 
East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil  is not to be missed. Inspired by the music and stories that connected three key individuals in the Nuremberg Trials academic Hersch...


The Roundup with PW "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ridout Resigns From Head of Zeus: CEO Amanda Ridout has resigned from her position, and will be leaving the company at the end of the month.

Donna Tartt Drops Her Agent: The author has left agent Amanda Binky Urban after Urban landed Tartt a $3 million deal for the movie rights to 'The Goldfinch.'

St. Louis Publisher to Begin Again: After 200,000 booksthe publisher's entire stockburned in a warehouse fire in St. Louis on Wednesday, Reedy Press moves on.


Fat Tony weighs in on Winstons utu "IndyWatch Feed"

Mike Fat Tony Williams has some words of wisdom for Bills crew over Winstons utu: For political junkies like me the 2017 poll is turning into the gift that keeps on giving. If anyone doubted that utu (revenge) was an element in Winston Peters decision to back the Labour Party and change the government, the []

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Mining personal grief for political ends "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

When politicians make promises do you take them at their word?

Under MMP thats harder because they can always use the excuse, that was their policy but had to let it go during coalition negotiations.

But if it was a promise made by the two parties in government and their coalition partner outside government that one cant be used.

In August, leaders of Labour, United Future, the Maori Party and the Green Party signed a commitment to reenter Pike River mine.

National, rightly, put lives before politics:

Environment Minister Nick Smith responded to the commitment and said the parties were either making empty promises to the families or proposing to water down a law intended to prevent future workplace tragedies. 

It is a hollow political stunt for parties to promise manned re-entry of the mine by the end of 2018, he said.  

It would be reckless for politicians to override the 800-page detailed assessment that concluded that manned entry deep into this drift was too risky to life.

There is no cover-up. There is no conspiracy. Pike River was a horrible industrial accident that unnecessarily killed 29 men.

The greatest duty we owe the memory of these men is to take the risks of explosions in gassy coalmines seriously and to comply with the new workplace safety laws that stemmed from the Royal Commission of Inquiry [into the Pike River Mine Tragedy].

Winston Peters said hed be one of the first to go back into Pike River and manned entry was one of New Zealand Firsts bottom lines.

Such promises are oh so easy in opposition, but what happens when the reality of government bites?

Pike River Mine minister Andrew Little says he cannot guarantee a re-entry of the mine and has told family members that he will do what he can but safety is the top priority. . . 

Ultimately, and the families are very clear, the first principle of the set of principles that are governing what we do is safety, the safety of anybody involved in the re-entry project....


Sorcery and sanguma are real Ive got some case studies "IndyWatch Feed Niugini"

Men from Goroka
Men from Goroka


PORT MORESBY Gender-based violence has reared its ugly head again. This time, its sorcery-related. The media was quick to label it as fake and called on everyone not to believe in sanguma.

Good and evil are subjective thoughts within our own interpretations. It is entirely up to you whether you believe evil spirits exist or not.

I maintain that good and evil forces co-exist because Ive seen the manifestation.

If you dont believe me, come to my village on Fergusson Island in Milne Bay. Ill get a witch doctor to demonstrate supernatural powers for you to see with your own eyes.

My mum was sick for two years. An envious aunt had taken some of her hair and placed it over a fireplace. So for two years, mum kept feeling dizzy and she had frequents fits.

We happened to live at the Alotau Provincial Hospital and were able to consult specialist doctors but they never found the cause.

Eventually, we decided to engage a witch doctor at the recommendation of an uncle. I was home from school that afternoon and witnessed the witch doctor at work.

He said some words and pointed to my mums tummy. A strand of hair jumped out, hopping like a frog and attempted to escape.

The witch doctor grabbed it and placed it in a coconut shell. He then poured hot water on the hair to kill it. After that, mum felt better and is still in good health today.

A few years back, after my younger sister sold biscuits and candies to raise money for her dinghy fare, she couldnt walk for a month. Her right knee was swollen.

A witch doctor came and removed 10 and 20 toea coins from her swollen knee. She was on her feet a day later.

Ive also seen my grandfather call a reef to surface out of the ocean. I didnt need a telescope to see it.

I could continue with more examples Ive seen firsthand.

Evil spirits exist. We cant see them, but they are there.

I dont believe we should label sanguma...


FixedIt: Invisible child rapists "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

The Independent reporting of the trial of three men who kidnapped a 14 year old girl, drugged her, photographed her and advertised her on a escort website. Twenty men paid to rape her.

Jake Cairns, 21,  Brandon Sharples, 20, and Jack McInally, 21, have all been convicted of facilitating the sexual exploitation of a child but theyre not identified in this article until the third paragraph.

If all you read was the headline, you wouldnt even know they had been on trial, let alone that they were convicted. And once again, the media confuses rape with sex. They are not the same thing. Sex only happens when there is consent. A 14 year old girl who has been kidnapped and drugged by adult men was not consenting to sex. She was being raped. The men who kidnapped her and took money from other men who paid to rape her should not be erased from the headlines, they should be the focus.

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Upcycling workshop "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Some photos from a workshop I ran for Brisbane City Council: recreating clothing.

The workshop was part of the Revive festival, where the speakers addressed the issue of waste from the textile industry and the disturbing phenomenon to junk fashion and throwaway textiles.  These textiles are made from synthetic, polyester and nylon which are plastic and by products of the oil industry. They never break down.

Stallholders were op shops and upcycle businesses from around Brisbane, and there was a re-fashion parade. It was a treasure trove of ideas and retro styling. Refreshing the wardrobe with a visit to the op shop part of town- Annerley and Stones Corner, or dropping into  thrift shops on a road trip gives local charities a boost and allows the environment a well deserved rest.





Aussie woman rides blindfolded to win "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Aussie rider Julia Maguire had to ride blindfolded to win selection to compete at the International BMW GS Trophy in Mongolia next year.

The blindfolded ride was one of many rigorous challenges she faced, along with Brisbane nurse Andrea Box and 21 other competitors from around the world, at the recent four-day qualifying event in South Africa.

Female riders trial for GS Trophy blindfoldedAndrea and Julia

Im so excited, very-very excited. Relieved! Julia said after being selected for one of two three-woman teams to compete at the Mongolia GS Trophy in June 2018.

Australia will also field its first national team consisting of amateur riders Shane Guttridge, Simon Turvey and Michael Haley.

Female riders trial for GS Trophy blindfoldedWinners are grinners (from left): Simon Turvey, Julia Maguire, Shane Guttridge, Andrea Box and Michael Haley

Blindfolded test

The world qualifying event in South Africa included a range of tough challenges including the blind riding test, where the women had to try to reach a target set at the far end of a field while blindfolded.



Trotter has some sound advice for the Greens "IndyWatch Feed"

Chris Trotter has some sound advice for the student politicians of the Green party: WHAT DO THE GREENS think theyre playing at? Their response to the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) has done themselves, and the government theyre ostensibly part of, a huge disservice. Honestly, its the sort of reaction one might expect from a []

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Another family values politician fails and falls "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

We only tend to hear about the transgressors but there seems to be a lot of politicians who promote family values who act the opposite. Cleveland:  Ohio legislator Wes Goodman led secret gay life, made unwelcome advances to younger men, people who knew him say In public, Wesley Goodman was an up-and-coming conservative who championed pro-family and []


Trump pot mocks Franken kettle "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

President Donald Trump has mocked Senator Al Franken after revelations of sexual harassment. The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps? .. Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2017 .And to think that just last []


Gene Editing vs. Alternative Technology "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

By Brian Berletic Ed Yong in his article, New Zealands War on Rats Could Change the World, helped frame an ongoing debate over using genetically...


Day to Day Politics: The Politics of Hate "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

Sunday 19 November 2017 One of the most heartening observations from watching the various gathering of politicians was seeing political opposites openly embracing after the Yes side was announced the winner of the Marriage Equality survey. People in other circumstances who would openly display an avowed hatred of their opponents were sharing the love. I

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Little walking back his Pike Promises "IndyWatch Feed"

Little Now it is Andrew Little walking back Labours election promises. This time it is the promise to re-enter Pike River. Pike River Mine minister Andrew Little says he cannot guarantee a re-entry of the mine and has told family members that he will do what he can but safety is the top priority. Little []

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Mike King predicts a rise in suicide rate "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Mike King, who is closely involved in addressing the high rate of suicide in New Zealand, predicts the numbers will go up. NZH: Mental health advocate Mike King is predicting a rise in our suicide rate We have to understand there are so many suicides that arent recorded. Coroners have to be 100 percent sure. []


New Map Reveals The Safest And Least Safe Countries To Travel To "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

By  Amanda Froelich Truth Theory

Are you planning to travel for the holidays? If so, you may want to reassess the intended destination, for 2018s Travel Risk Map reveals which countries are the most dangerous and which are the safest to visit. It turns out, most of Africa is very dangerous in terms of road safety and security. The safest, on the other hand, are Finland, Norway, and Iceland.

This map, by International SOS and Control Risks, shows the places most likely to put your health at risk. Low risk countries are marked in green, medium in yellow, high in orange, very high in red and those that have a rapidly developing variable risk, such as Brazil and Russia, are marked in light brown

The Daily Mail reports that the countries in the low category for health risks include Canada, most of Europe, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Countries you may want to look out for as they were deemed to have rapidly developing variable risk when it comes to hea...


JT makes some good points about the leak of Winstons private details "IndyWatch Feed"

John Tamihere makes some good points in his Waatea column: Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters and the New Zealand public has every right to find out who used private information for political purposes and benefits. Thats why the main story this week was the serving of legal documents on people involved in breaking the Peters []

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The KIN Mid Week Quiz 96 Answers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The latest challenge can still be done by scrolling down to November 15.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers below.   Which character in Schultzs Peanuts cartoons has a passion for Beethovens music? (Schroeder)   The film Murder on the Orient Express is based on a []


"Thucydides in the Underworld" "IndyWatch Feed Aunews"

"Thucydides in the Underworld"
by J. R. Nyquist
"Master, what gnaws at them so hideously their lamentation stuns the very air?" 
"They have no hope of death," he answered me..." 
- Dante Alighieri, "The Inferno"

"The shade of Thucydides, formerly an Athenian general and historian, languished in Hades for 24 centuries; and having intercourse with other spirits, was perturbed by an influx into the underworld of self-described historians professing to admire his History of the Peloponnesian War. They burdened him with their writings, priding themselves on the imitation of his method, tracing the various patterns of human nature in politics and war. He was, they said, the greatest historian; and his approval of their works held the promise that their purgatory was no prologue to oblivion.

As the centuries rolled on, the flow...


Principal on parental and school responsibility and accountability "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In a senior prize giving speech a Dunedin principal has spoken of increasing pressures, especially from media, on schools on social issues and responsibilities. He said that while most parents did a fantastic job some needed to take more responsibility for their childs behaviour. ODT: Principal bemoans threats to schools A Dunedin school principal is  []

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