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Thursday, 17 May

23:00

Our money not theirs "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Taxpayers Union chair Barrie Saunders calls it a classic Labour Budget:

Robertsons first budget was written in extraordinarily benign circumstances. The economy is growing at a sustainable rate of around 3%, tax revenues for the June 2018 year will exceed Budget 2017 estimates, unemployment is down to 4.5%, employment levels are very high at 73.1%, and public debt at 21.7% of GDP is low and trending downwards. 

The economy is in vastly better shape than any new Government has inherited since 1972. That year Labour leader Norman Kirk won with a thumping majority and an inexperienced team. Labour lost to Nationals Rob Muldoon, with a similar majority in 1975, and no more clues as to how to manage structural problems with the economy, which led to the economic crisis of 1984 and the Lange/Douglas reforms. 

Prime Ministers Bolger, Clark and Key would have been over the moon if they could have assumed office with todays economic fundamentals.

The TU notes two wins for taxpayers.

  1. Fiscal responsibility

It is very encouraging that the Government is remaining within the pre-election Budgetary Responsibility Rules.  We think Steven Joyces allegations that Labour had an $11.7 billion hole (which Labour vehemently denied) had also been helpful in keeping the Government restrained in the face of criticism from some on the left who say they should borrow more. 

  1. Independent election policy costing office

Budget 2018 announced that public consultation will be launched in August on establishing an independent body to better inform public debate in our democracy.   This is something the Taxpayers Union has been pushing for since 2014 for transparency and accountability of what political party policies will cost taxpayers.

For decades political parties during election campaigns have made allegations about expenditure policies of others.  Thats why we worked so hard last year with our election Bribe-O-Meter.  . .

National left the economy in very good shape and the government has at least budgeted to retain surpluses.

But lets not forget its our money not theirs and that a surplus means its taking more in tax than it needs.

Had National still been in power all of us would have been able to keep a little more of what we earn.

This red-green-black gove...

23:00

Budget response: Maori are angry too "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Maori arent happy with Grant Robertsons first budget: Quote: The Mori Party says it is a kick in the guts that Whnau Ora has been overlooked in todays Budget. That goes against the promise that Labour made to voters last year to put $20 million into Whnau Ora over four years, Mori Party president Che [] The post Budget response: Maori are angry too appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:30

Budget response: Teachers are mad as all hell "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is what happens when you over promise and dont even attempt to deliver: Quote: Teachers are angry and could walk out of classrooms after the Governments lukewarm approach to education was revealed by the Budget, a principal has warned. The Post Primary Teachers Association and NZ Education Institute would soon enter negotiations with the Ministry of [] The post Budget response: Teachers are mad as all hell appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:15

Morning Report: Panel discussion on Robertsons budget "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A preliminary look at Robertsons budget, by Guyon Espiner with Sue Bradford, Fran OSullivan, Bernard Hickey and Scott Campbell

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/downloads/mnr/mnr-20180518-0711-budget_2018_analysis_a_missed_opportunity-128.mp3

22:11

Pharmac funding not cut "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Amy Adams and National may have been a bit hasty in claiming that Pharmac funding had been cut. Labour has CUT Pharmac funding by $200m and failed to deliver money for Dunedin hospital, universally cheaper GP fees and put LESS new money into health than National did last year #BrokenPromises in #Budget2018 Amy Adams []

22:00

Budget 2018: The ghost of Bill English "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

You might be forgiven for thinking that Bill English had already written the 2018 budget before he left office, and Grant Robertson simply read it out today. While it is tempting to describe Grant Robertson as Bill English in drag, we all know this is not the case. Tracey Watkins described it as a [] The post Budget 2018: The ghost of Bill English appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is Subscriber Content. You can access subscriber content, including crosswords, polling, commentary and podcasts by subscribing to one of our membership packages. The post Daily crossword appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:15

If you want to UPDATE, UPGRADE or CHANGE any details this post has all the links you will need "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you want to update your credit card details click here. If you want to upgrade or change your subscription click here. You can easily upgrade between subscription levels at any time by visiting your account page. When upgrading your subscription, it will be prorated based on the amount you have already paid and how much time is left on your [] The post If you want to UPDATE, UPGRADE or CHANGE any details this post has all the links you will need appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:14

QotD: "I think the blind passion of political discussions makes it very clear how desperately uninformed and uneducated most of us are today "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"But also, one of my phrases to capture the problem in education today is that children are being taught to look around them and think, 'This is all here, and now our job is just to form opinions about it,' rather than, 'This is all here -- and here is how we got here, and here is where it comes from, and here is what it depends on.' Even just understanding that this world that they know hasn't existed forever is important...    "I think the [blind passion of political discussions] makes it very clear how desperately uninformed and uneducated most of us are today, because we should be bringing to bear on our opinions of politics a vast knowledge of everything that has been tried in the past and whether it succeeded or failed. And most children today are coming into such discussions blind, but also having been told that it's very important to have strong opinions. So they've maybe memorised some floating, disconnected facts and they've been taught to have impassioned convictions about things -- which means their impassioned convictions are based on nothing, ultimately on substance. So, we are trying to give them meaningful, systematic, real knowledge on which to ground judgements in every realm of their life."~ Lisa Van Damme, founder/director of VanDamme Academy
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21:10

Ardern muddled, middle missed "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In an interview just before the election Jacinda Ardern referred to the squeezed middle ordinary New Zealanders feeling the pinch. Stuff: Jacinda Ardern says Budget will also help middle New Zealanders feeling the squeeze New Zealand knows it has poverty issues, and an emerging class of working poor, but were not paying enough attention []

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A hair divides what is false and true  Omar Khayym who was born on this day in 1048.

21:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No [] The post Whaleoil general debate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

Puzzle maestros "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Nine To Noon

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/ntn-20180517-1007-40_years_creating_puzzles_crosswords_and_sudoku-128.mp3

Christine and James Lovatt have been creating crosswords, puzzles and sudoku for forty years. Lovatts Puzzles is now one of the largest independent magazine publishers in Australia. Christine says shes been captivated by puzzles since she was a little girl, when she would devise them for her father. They tell Kathryn Ryan about how they built the business, and what makes a great puzzle.

20:47

Marama Davidson on the budget more grate Greens than great Greens "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Green co-leader Marama Davidsons response to the budget gushed Green greatness, as well as smooching smugness while ignoring why the Government has a healthy surplus with which to invest in some green projects. Let me reassure the Opposition that this is not a dream,there is nothing wrong with their television sets, and the red pill []

20:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Every child, regardless of how wealthy their parents are, what language they speak or their ability to disability, has a right to a world-class education, [] Today, we shift the focus of government from electoral cycles to generational ones. Now, you could say I have a rather more personal reason for doing that, because [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:26

Good budget for the Greens "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This was the first part that the Green Party has played a part in so it is understandably a big deal for them. They deserve credit for some achievements, like the biggest increase in DOC funding for many years. James Shaw has been granted a $100 million Green Investment Fund. The Green Investment Fund will []

20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is mythoclast (adj) An opponent of myths. A destroyer or debunker of myths. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : English mythoclast comes from two familiar Greek words. The Greek noun mthos has many meanings: speech, word, public speech, unspoken word, matter, fact, as in mythology, a set of stories, [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:09

A reasonable first budget for Labour "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

As Minister of Finance Grant Robertson was fortunate to inherit a healthy economy and a growing surplus to play with. From what Ive seen (I was busy yesterday and only caught bits of the budget details) it was a generally prudent and predictable budget. Big dollops of dosh had already been committed in last years []

20:00

Budget highlights foundation for the future "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The budget is more of a preparatory budget rather than the claimed transformative budget but Minister of Finance Grant Robertson acknowledges that. Here is his summary of the 2018 budget. Foundations for the future Health, education, housing and other critical public services receive overdue investments today, says Finance Minister Grant Robertson. Our public services []

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 18 21 The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

Friday's Fulminations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There is mild moderation.  Normal rules of blogger etiquette and courtesy to blog hosts will apply.with serious transgressors being thrown out.

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

Visitors might consider the wisdom of using moderate language.

Regards

Adolf'

19:30

Budget uber irony "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Winston Peters, who rallied against tax breaks for the bloodstock industry during the Winebox inquiry in the late 1990's, asking for and getting tax write-offs for the bloodstock industry in 2018.

Won't he just retire already.

19:20

Media watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

18 May 2018 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []

19:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted

19:09

Open Forum Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

18 May 2018 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

18:39

Marine animals revolution after dinosaur extinction "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This 2015 video from the USA says about itself:

What the heck is a crinoid? They might be one of the most common fossils this side of the Rocky mountains but they are seriously cool.

From the British Antarctic Survey:

Major shift in marine life occurred 33 million years later in the South

May 17, 2018

A new study of marine fossils from Antarctica, Australia, New Zealand and South America reveals that one of the greatest changes to the evolution of life in our oceans occurred more recently in the Southern Hemisphere than previously thought. The results are published today (17 May 2018) in the journal Communications Biology.

The Marine Mesozoic Revolution (MMR) is a key theory in evolutionary history. While dinosaurs ruled the land, profound changes occurred in the shallow seas that covered the Earth.

During the Mesozoic, around 200 million years ago, marine predators evolved that could drill holes and crush the shells of their prey. And although small in comparison to dinosaurs, these new predators, including crustacea and some types of modern fish, had a dramatic impact on marine life.

Among the species most heavily affected were sea lilies or isocrinids invertebrates tethered to the seafloor by...

18:06

EMU Farmer Arrested For Running Illegal Animal Brothel "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

New Zealand police have raided a family-operated emu farm suspected of operating as an illegal animal brothel.

Michael Wilson, 43, and his two sons Phillip, 28, and Andrew, 14, have been arrested and accused of illegally operating an animal brothel.

Twenty-six people were also arrested during the raid for their suspected involvement in sexually related activities with animals on the farm.

It was totally disgusting. They would host these parties where the guests would run around naked chasing the birds all night long, one neighbor told local reporters.

The Wilson family-operated farm had been undergoing financial stress these past years and local neighbors were apparently aware of the unusual activities.

Michael was pretty open about the whole thing. He didnt care if some sick Aussie tourists were into screwing with his birds. He even joked that it made the meat leaner, a local man told reporters under the cover of anonymity.

The Wilson family lawyer, Andrew Goldmann, would not comment the allegations but said that his clients would challenge New Zealands current prostitution laws.

Sex between two consenting adults in exchange for money is legal but a sexual relationship between a human and a bird is not? he argued.

Although the Prostitution Reform Act of 2003 has officially decriminalized prostitution in New Zealand, bestiality and zoosexual activity are still prohibited by law.

The post EMU Farmer Arrested For Running Illegal Animal Brothel appeared first on NotAllowedTo.

14:32

HUMAN-Eating Robots Secretly Deployed? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Formerly dedicated purely to UFO videos, Secureteam10 is putting an interesting variety of subject matter while adhering to its UFO roots. Tylers channel is well worth subbing to! secureteam10 Published on May 16, 2018  

The post HUMAN-Eating Robots Secretly Deployed? appeared first on Uncensored Publications.

14:05

World watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

14:01

May 18 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1048 Omar Khayym, Persian mathematician, poet and philosopher, was born (d. 1131).

1152  Henry II of England married Eleanor of Aquitaine.

1268  The Principality of Antioch, a crusader state, fell to the Mamluk Sultan Baibars in the Battle of Antioch.

1302 Bruges Matins, the nocturnal massacre of the French garrison in Bruges by members of the local Flemish militia.

1498 Vasco da Gama reached the port of Calicut, India.

1593  Playwright Thomas Kyds accusations of heresy led to an arrest warrant for Christopher Marlowe.

1652 Rhode Island passed the first law in North America making slavery illegal.

1763  Fire destroyed a large part of Montreal.

1783  First United Empire Loyalists reached Parrtown, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada after leaving the United States.

1803  Napoleonic Wars: The United Kingdom revoked the Treaty of Amiensand declared war on France.

1804 Napoleon Bonaparte was proclaimed Emperor of the French by the French Senate.

1811  Battle of Las Piedras: The first great military triumph of the revolution of the Ro de la Plata in Uruguay led by Jose Artigas.

1812  John Bellingham was found guilty and sentenced to death by hanging for the assassination of British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval.

1843  The...

12:07

Trump's trying to refill the swamp "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Donald Trump has done such a good job draining the swamp, that it's completely empty and needs to be filled up.

Follow the money. That Watergate meme is now poised to dominate the Donald Trump-Michael Cohen investigation for this news cycle and beyond. The impetus is a document released by lawyer Michael Avenatti, confirmed by the New York Times, that revealed that a shell company Cohen created and used to pay off the porn star Stormy Daniels received $500,000 from a company linked to a Russian oligarch with ties to Vladimir Putin.

Thats not all. Cohens shell company, Essential Consultants LLC, received a total of $4.4 million in payments from a range of sources with an interest in influencing Trump, including the pharma giant Novartis AG, Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. and AT&T Inc., seeking to pull off its merger with Time Warner Inc.

The giant question that follows from the payments to Cohen is what they were for and whether any of the money in the shell company made its way into any entities owned or controlled by Trump himself.
The tremendous irony in all of this, and there are many, is that on the very day this article appeared on Bloomberg, Trump had a rally in Indiana where he led a chant of "Drain the Swamp" (I've tried to embed the video, but clearly my time away from Blogger has made me rusty).

I know, I know.  Trump rejected the money just like Sarah Huckabee-Sanders stated at the press conference, which proves he's draining the swamp.

If you believe that, then the alligators that have come from the swamp that Trump just drained have just flown past your window wearing pink tutus.

11:54

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

My farmer had to pick up a ute today and I volunteered to go with him to bring the other vehicle back.

Instead of driving straight home I called on friends for morning tea then carried on, stopping off to explore the places that time constraints usually force me to drive past.

Today Im grateful for a catch-up with friends and the time to explore some byways off the usually highways.

11:26

Kiwibloggers rejoice....oh hang on "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Over here we have an entire thread of criticism of the Labour budget by supposed right-wing "fiscal conservatives", with their furious writings based on the fact Labour didn't spend as much as National did last year.

Weird.

11:00

Thursday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Freestyle Swing dance, liberals will hate it cos the man leads and lady follows and what a great job she does. Who dominates the dance? the women of course. You dont see the man in some respects because with great leading and following the lady shines like the sun.   The post Thursday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:30

United Kingdom: Truth revolt "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz Stefan Molyneux interviewing Tommy Robinson another shocker on how the UK are using intimidation threats & upping their tactics & laws in shutting down free speech/(hate speech!) & appear to ultimately be aiming for people like Tommy to end up [] The post United Kingdom: Truth revolt appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:23

This One's For Andrei - Some Musings From An Inexperienced Onlooker "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Adolf saw an interesting opinion piece the other day, on the possibility of a rapprochement between the USA and Russia. 

Later in another piece, there were a couple of phrases which, as I like to say, fell out and clattered onto the floor.


"......The Geneva Agreement had all the underpinnings of the Munich Agreement. The comparison is apt. Just as Munich gave Hitler more time to build up his Panzers, the Geneva Agreement gave the mullahs ten years to build the bomb.

Just as in 1930s the world failed to stop Hitler, while the viper was still in its crib, and tolerated Germany's violations of the Treaties of Versailles to allow her to rearm, the world de facto allowed Iran to ignore United Nations Security Council resolutions and continue the development of a nuclear weapon. Just as Britain sold Czechoslovakia out in 1938 to appease Hitler, the United States sold Israel out in 2013 to appease Iran........"

and

"Western democracies that failed to prevent two world wars suffer historical amnesia and appear to be unconcerned with the replay of Munich. Feeling safe under the American military umbrella, the leaders of the UK, France, and Germany have been imploring Trump to salvage the accord with Iran. Just as in the 1930s, the slippery slope of greed and appeasement is driving Europe toward more disasters. Paraphrasing Lenin, they are vying with each other for the rope contract."


For some time now I'v...

10:00

Tech Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A new robot currently in the crowd-funding stage; however, the main thrust appears not to be just a device to purchase. The developers have created the worlds first robotics platform which will allow other developers to create applications, functions and hardware to add-on or improve the robot. In a similar way to the smartphone taking [] The post Tech Thursday appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:30

These revelations about Iran show Obama got played! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co. The post These revelations about Iran show Obama got played! appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:00

Europeans are waking up "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Europeans are waking up appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Just a brief note to those readers who like to add their own contributions to Daily roundup in the comments. PLEASE remember that politically incorrect and offensive (but funny) jokes are only to be enjoyed on Mondays in the Comedy corner post which is specifically for that kind of humour.  Posting that kind of humour [] The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:19

Stateside 5: Rosie the Riveter "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

You could pick a womans weld, because it was neat and even, whereas the mens were a bit rough. American []

08:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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 [] The post Whaleoil backchat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:30

Newshub answers its own question and forgets to tell Tova "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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07:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Gumfiate  to cause to swell; to puff up; to perplex.

07:00

Workers of Whaleoil "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

How well do you know our wonderful Whaleoil workers? Can you match the Whaleoil worker to the photo of their Whaleoil workplace? We have 30+ workers at Whaleoil so for every post I will give you four possibilities to choose from. You will also be given a clue. Yesterdays wonderful Whaleoil worker was B) Suze Clue: [] The post Workers of Whaleoil appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:53

Taxpayers Union analysis of the budget "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Taxpayers Union has a handy analysis of the budget: Government books and the economy looking rosy Robertsons first budget was written in extraordinarily benign circumstances. The economy is growing at a sustainable rate of around 3%, tax revenues for the June 2018 year will exceed Budget 2017 estimates, unemployment is down to 4.5%, employment levels [] The post Taxpayers Union analysis of the budget appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Old white man of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I thought I may come unstuck on the alphabetical appreciation of old white men when it was time for Q, but Barzillai Quaife, who was born at Lenham, Kent, England, on 29 December 1798, seemed like an interesting chap. Quote: [] Quaife was educated at Hoxton Academy, London, and worked as a teacher and Congregational minister [] The post Old white man of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Keeping up appearances while their nation burns "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In 1835 the pacifistic Moriori people of the Chatham Islands off New Zealand were invaded by hundreds of Maori using a hijacked British ship. The Moriori, who had been safely isolated from their cousins on the New Zealand mainland for centuries, had a rigidly non-violent culture. Even when the Maori landed and immediately set about [] The post Keeping up appearances while their nation burns appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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05:00

Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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04:30

If the cap fits "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Sometimes I am truly shocked at the behaviour of people on the left of the political divide. They call conservatives Nazis, and yet, in general, it is their behaviour that can be better described in this way. People on the left claim to stand up for those less fortunate members of society, such as those [] The post If the cap fits appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:30

The Punching Judy puppet show "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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04:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is the Pangea landmass indicating the current international borders. The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Climate ambassadors the next step in dairys plan :

Fifteen dairy farmers have been chosen to profile the climate change cause as New Zealands Climate Change Ambassadors.

This is the next step of the dairy sectors plan to create a culture of climate conscious agribusiness amongst farmers and the broader dairy industry, says DairyNZ Chief Executive Tim Mackle.

These fifteen men and women all represent best environmental farming practice for their farm system, says DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle. They run their farms profitably and sustainably and are serious about reducing on farm greenhouse gas emissions. . .

Savvy couple win at Dairy Industry awards Stephen Bell:

Northland couple Dan and Gina Duncan are technologically savvy and care about people, the environment and cows and while doing very well at dairy farming.

Their efforts were rewarded when on Saturday night they were named the Share Farmers of the Year.

Gerard Boerjan from Hawkes Bay-Wairarapa is Dairy Manager of the Year and Simone Smail from Southland is Dairy Trainee of the Year. 

The judges said the Duncans are passionate, professional and committed. . .

Dairy trainee of the year grateful for employers support Nicole Sharp:

In three years, 24-year-old Simone Smail, of Invercargill, has come a long way in the dairy industry.

Being presented the 2018 New Zealand Dairy Trainee of the Year award at Stadium Southland on Saturday night, Miss Smail was overcome.

She thanked her family for their support, her bosses Steve and Tracy Henderson for giving her a start in the industry and everybody else she had met along the way. . .

Lamb prices expected to stay high Simon Hartley:

Key lamb export markets are paying  14%  more for product so far this season, with record highs  for this time of year,  ASB rural economist Nathan Penny says.

...

03:30

Will Jackson, Henare and Davis make a stand for charter schools? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Back in February this year Willie Jackson, Peeni Henare and Kelvin Davis were all confident that the charter schools they support would be able to successfully transition to state schools. Quote.  [] Employment Minister Willie Jackson says the designated character school model was never flexible enough for those schools which became charter schools. [] Education Minister [] The post Will Jackson, Henare and Davis make a stand for charter schools? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:30

Killing Eve: The Best Brit Thriller in Years "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The UK Daily Telegraph has a laudatory review of Killing Eve

It isnt often a scene in which two characters exchange one-liners over microwaved shepherds pie garners comparisons to Scorsese and Michael Manns Heat. But those are some of the less hyperbolic plaudits rested at the feet of Killing Eve after the latest episode. . see link

The good news is that, believe it or not, TVNZ has this available on line

Adam agrees this is a really great series

03:17

Bonus Quote of the Day: "...the most important weapon in Hamas's arsenal." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"Hamas understood early that the civilian death toll was driving international outrage not at Hamas but at Israel, and that this, not I.E.D.s or ambushes, was the most important weapon in its arsenal."
~ Matti Friedman, from his New York Times op-ed 'Falling for Hamas's Split-Screen Fallacy'
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03:00

Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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02:30

What will National reverse and what will they keep? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Historically the National party do not reverse the policies put in place by the previous Labour government. Labour, on the other hand, have no such hesitation. They slash and burn the previous governments policies with gay abandon. Look at Chris Hipkins who has cancelled national standards before even bothering to find a replacement. He is currently [] The post What will National reverse and what will they keep? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Thursdays quiz "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Anyone who gets a clean sweep in this quiz will win a virtual wedding cake.

1. Who said: Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Admit impediments. Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds, . .

2. What are the four Cs by which diamonds are measured?

3. Its novio in Spanish and marena hou in Maori, what is it in English?

4. Who sang Im getting Married in the Morning and in which musical?

5. The royal wedding is . . .  .?

02:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Lake Hayes. Arrowtown / Queenstown April 30   window@whaleoil.co.nz Please put View From My Window in the subject line. The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:30

Simon Collins pimps poor ahead of budget "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Simon Collins is back at it pimping the poor ahead of the budget. As is usual hes picked the wrong people to use as poster children: Quote: Our outgoings are bigger than our income. That is the daily reality for Manurewa couple Michael and Mina Tamatoa and their four children aged 9, 7, 5, and [] The post Simon Collins pimps poor ahead of budget appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:00

Cartoon of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A good political cartoon arouses a strong response from the audience so I guess this must be a good cartoon. It makes me really angry! I think the cartoonist wants me to be angry at Trump and at Israel but I am angry at the cartoonist for promoting the nonsense that opening an embassy in Israels capital [] The post Cartoon of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:41

Call for clarity on PNG seabed mining project "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Seabed mining machinery Photo: Mike Smith

Radio New Zealand | 16 March 2018

The MP for Namatanai in Papua New Guinea says more information is needed about the impacts and benefits of seabed mining.

The Solwara 1 Project, in which Canadian company Nautilus Minerals plans to extract gold and copper from under the Bismarck Sea, is facing a growing chorus of opposition from local community groups over environmental concerns.

Nautilus has yet to complete equipment requirements for beginning mining, and has seen investors recently withdraw from the project.

The MP, Walter Schnaubelt, said too much remained unknown about the environmental impacts of seabed mining.

Im of the view that of course its going to be something new, yes, maybe some unknowns are going to happen, he said.

But that doesnt mean that we jus...

00:38

Urgent: Rally for a free Palestine 2pm Saturday 19 May, Aotea Square, Auckland CBD "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Palestine Solidarity Network calls on the NZ Government to immediately condemn Israels latest massacre of 60 Palestinian protestors in Gaza and excessive force employed by Israeli troops against unarmed civilians, in the strongest possible terms, and close down the Israeli Embassy in Wellington in protest.

RALLY FOR FREE PALESTINE
2pm Saturday 19 May, Aotea Square, Auckland CBD

Support the Palestinian struggle for human rights & condemn Israeli atrocities.

US/Palestinian author Ramzy Baroud will address the rally, and also give a free public talk on Sunday 20 May from 7pm at the Freemans Bay Community Centre, Hepburn St, Auckland. Free entry donations welcome.

See below for details of Ramzys free public talks in Hamilton, Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin next week. Not to be missed.

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Dr. Ramzy Barouds NZ speaking tour itinerary 18 to 24 May 2018.

Hosted by the NZ Palestine Solidarity Network

Ramzy Baroud brings the authentic voices of the Palestinian struggle for human rights to New Zealand, as part of a world-wide launch of his new book The Last Earth: a Palestinian Story.

Please note that signed copies of Ramzys book The Last Earth: a Palestinian story will be on sale for $35 at each venue cash or EFTPOS (bookshop retail prices may vary). Other merchandise will be available also.

Each event is free entry and open to the public bring your friends & workmates. There will be a collection for donations towards tour costs.

AUCKLAND: FRIDAY 18 MAY

10:30am: A special book signing event at UBIQ Auckland University Bookshop, 2 Alfred Street, Student Commons (off Princes or Symonds Street, City.)
12:00 midday: Listen to 95bFM radio for Kelly Enrights studio interview with Ramzy Baroud on The Wire current affairs programme.

AUCKLAND: SATURDAY 19 MAY

9:00am: Listen to Kim Hills face-to-face live interview with Ramzy on her popular Saturday Morning programme, on RNZ National radio (FM 101.4)
2:00pm: Ramzy will speak at the Nakba Rally for Free Palestine, Aotea Square, Queen St, CBD.

AUCKLAND: SUNDAY 20 MAY...

00:34

Oil Search denies blaming PNG govt for project problems "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

Someone is not happy with Oil Search but this kind of back-tracking is not going to fool anyone!

Truth is they are all to blame Oil Search, Exxon Mobil and the PNG government

Radio New Zealand | 16 May 2018

The oil and gas company Oil Search denies that it blamed Papua New Guineas government for non-payment of benefits from the LNG gas project.

This comes after statements by the Oil Search chairman at its Annual General Meeting last week acknowledging landowner frustrations over project payouts.

Oil Search claimed its chairmans comments were mis-reported.

In a new statement it said that during the annual meeting, the company outlined the need to ensure royalty payments and other benefits owing to landowners were distributed as soon as practicable.

Oil Search said it was worki...

00:30

Do Labour even understand basic economics? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

.@nzlabour logic: 1. Problem: Demand pressure exceeds supply capacity in housing market 2. Propose solution: #KiwiBuild 3. Whoops, thats going to fall to stimulate supply. 4. I know! Lets stimulate demand! Total retards.https://t.co/Q6Hit0RfnK Matthew Hooton (@MatthewHootonNZ) May 15, 2018 Matthew Hooton correctly points out the obvious flaws in the Labour governments idea for shared [] The post Do Labour even understand basic economics? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:30

More on Adrian Orrs verbal incontinence "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Yesterday Adam reblogged an excellent post on Adrian Orr from Croaking Cassandra.

This comment is very relevant . It is by Geof Mortlock , a former RBNZ official.

00:00

Pumped up "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I went to the gas station to fill up yesterday, as I do every week. I have to admit that I dont pay a lot of attention to fuel prices, but I had noticed that I seem to be paying a bit more for a fill than I did a few weeks ago. Could this [] The post Pumped up appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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23:55

More MSM Fearmongering: The Russian Boogeyman and his Hypersonic Weapons! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Invincible? Nothing is invincible. The US secrecy machine and probably Chinas too, have plenty of tricks up their sleeve to deal with these Hypersonic toys (which arent ready yet, take note). I reckon this is another fearmongering exercise. Im sure Uncensored readers are smart enough to see the big picture. US Intelligence=disinformation! Provided by []

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23:50

QotD: "A viler evil than to murder a man, is to sell him suicide as an act of virtue." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"



"A viler evil than to murder a man, is 
to sell him suicide as an act of virtue."

~ Ayn Rand
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23:36

NZ Alpine Fault: Within Our Lifetime "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Planning and Preparing for an Alpine event they say. So watch out for more political shenanigans and hidden agendas revolving around forthcoming seismic events. Take head from the Christchurch scenario, Wellingtonians especially. Heres the MSM story from Newshub: Simulation shows widespread damage if Alpine Fault ruptures Newshub staff Scientists, working as part of Project Alpine []

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23:30

Shane Jones channels Darryl Kerrigan "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Shane Jones has been channelling Darryl Kerrigan with a message to Maori over water rights: Quote: NZ Firsts Shane Jones says Mori are sadly mistakenif they think the Government will hand them over any rights to the countrys freshwater supply. The issue of Mori freshwater rights hit headlines again last year when Labour campaigned on a [] The post Shane Jones channels Darryl Kerrigan appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:15

The pathetic Palestinians "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If ever there were a people who could be described as truly pathetic, it is the Palestinian people.  From go to utter woe, these people have developed no cause, no sense, no decent reason for living - and the victimhood they cling to should make any person with an iota of self-esteem wince. Too many times have they been offered a nation to call their own, but their leaders have always declined the offer, insisting instead on abject poverty and violence from dogmatic superstitious zeal.  Generation after generation has grown up without education and work, without hope, without the will or the intelligence to turn their shabby little lives around, so the only thing they excel at is crying, screaming and pointing the finger of blame at neighbouring Israel for their miserable condition. The post The pathetic Palestinians appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

My heart bleeds for her oh OK, no it doesnt "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Rates bludger Penny Bright has lost her legal battle over her house. Shes a lot like stupid Palestinians, who make all sorts of mistakes over time and then cry a river of tears when things dont go their way. Shes the same. She refused to pay her rates, she grandstanded her claims and claimed she [] The post My heart bleeds for her oh OK, no it doesnt appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

WIll PM keep promise? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Children in great need have been let down by the governments refusal to fund Stand to run its services in Roxburgh.

The closure of the Roxburgh village for vulnerable children has been described as desperately sad.

Yesterday, Stand Childrens Services announced its childrens villages in Roxburgh and Otaki would close.

It would mean the loss of 31 jobs in Roxburgh, about 6% of its population of about 520.

The government has $1 billion to throw into the regional development fund but cant find $3 million to help vulnerable children and save the jobs of about 6% of the Roxburgh community.

Helping these children and keeping existing jobs would be far better use of the money than anything funded so far.

Stand chief executive Dr Fiona Inkpen said the organisation had been topping up the shortfall in government funding from its own funds for many years but reserves were used up and the organisation would need an extra $3million to keep the villages open.

Dr Inkpen confirmed southern children would be unable to attend the only other South Island Stand village, in Christchurch, as the waiting list was long and only Canterbury children could stay there.

Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan said it was a desperately sad day for the children of the lower South Island.

Even though I anticipated this news coming today, I still feel physically sick reading it. Ive got to admit that when we got all the way to the top [Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern] last week, and got turned down, I didnt see how the village could be saved.

The closure would be a huge blow to Roxburgh, but he had faith the town would survive.

Clutha Mayor and chairman of Local Government Zone 6 Bryan Cadogan, who played a major role in trying to keep the service, said it would mean the withdrawal of the treatment service for the lower South Island.

I have contacted other organisations who were supposed to pick up the slack and it was an emphatic no theyre stretched like a violin string.

The government has $1 billion to fund tertiary education for all students, most of whom dont need it, but it hasnt got $3 million for children in desperate need of help.

The Prime Minister keep...

22:30

Dopey Cindy out of slogan ideas already, now stealing Ed Milibands "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

What on earth was Jacinda Ardern thinking when she started channelling Ed Miliband? Quote: New Zealand knows it has poverty issues, and an emerging class of working poor, but were not paying enough attention to the squeezed middle, Jacinda Ardern says. On Thursday, the prime minister and her finance minister, Grant Robertson, will deliver their [] The post Dopey Cindy out of slogan ideas already, now stealing Ed Milibands appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:30

As The Supreme Court Considers Major Free Speech Case, Liberals Cant Have Their Cake And Eat It Too "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

JONATHAN TURLEY

Freedom_of_SpeechBelow is my column in The Hill newspaper on how liberals in New York are supplying the Supreme Court ample reason to rule for a Colorado cake shop owner in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case.  As the Court decides whether a baker can refuse to bake a cake deemed offensive, many liberals are asserting the right to refuse to serve conservatives based on their political views or associations.

Here is the column:

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22:27

Killing and Creating Silence "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A pest worker who worked for Environment Waikato for two years, has termed 1080 poison as cruel and destructive of []

22:18

The Clearest Water "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Great to see pure water! By Sandra Smith The Waikoropupu Springs are just 6 km out from Takaka in Golden []

22:15

Budget Day Panda-ing "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

For Budget Day. The first one Ive missed covering for 22 years. Ah well. Next year. Time and fiscal policy wait for no man. Or panda.

22:00

Budget day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Grant Robertson will present the first Labour-NZ First-Green budget today. It is a big test for Robertson and Labour in particular. All three parties have been playing the PR game in advance. Most of the budget will be mundane business as usual. Some things will probably be laudable. Some will be debatable. And critics will []

22:00

Why cant media and Labour see the crime correlation? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Stuff had a big story yesterday headlined Theres less crime but more people in prison. They have some fancy interactives: Well, duh! It is simple stuff really, but Stuff cant seem to get the correlation. The left just cant figure that crime is going down because more crims are getting locked up not in spite of [] The post Why cant media and Labour see the crime correlation? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:56

7.84% rates rise a normal part of the cycle "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Saying that a 7.84% rates rise will be in the lower quartile wont mean anything to ratepayers who face increases of $200-400. I am horrified by this level of increase and it sounds like it is what much of the country should be expecting. ODT: DCC approves second highest rates increase since 1989 The []

21:35

North Korea far from a done deal "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The celebrations about peace and harmony in Korea was a bit premature. On May 9th, Trump was asked if he thought that he deserved the Nobel Peace Prize because of his North Korea diplomacy. Everyone thinks so, but I would never say it. North and South Korea have been working together despite Trumps undiplomatic approach, []

21:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is Subscriber Content. You can access subscriber content, including crosswords, polling, commentary and podcasts by subscribing to one of our membership packages. The post Daily crossword appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:15

Science versus populist voice on criminal justice "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It is often said that populist public pressure has pushed politicians into tougher penalties, and this has pushed the prison population to the extent that New Zealand has one of the highest incarceration rates in the developed world. David Fisher has a big read at the Herald on Justice path and bulging prisons will []

21:15

QotD: Budget-Day Edition "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


An election is an advance auction of stolen goods. Budget Day is the auction itself, when the formal announcement is made of which goods and their owners are to be parted.  So here, especially for Budget Day, are some thoughts on the nature of taxation by both taxers and tax-victims:

The art of taxation consists in so plucking the goose as to obtain the largest possible amount of feathers with the smallest possible amount of hissing.
~ Jean Baptiste Colbert

"To steal from one person is theft. To steal from many is taxation."
~ Jeff Daiell

Taxation is just a sophisticated way of demanding money with menaces.
~ Terry Pratchett

"I think coercive taxation is theft, and government has a moral duty to keep it to a minimum."
~ former Massachusetts Governor William Weld

For every benefit you receive a tax is levied.
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"It's sad to realise that most citizens do not even notice the irony of being bribed with their own money."
~ Anon.

"[There are dangers in] the disposition to hunt down rich men as if they were noxious beasts."
~ Winston Churchill

"No matter what anyone may say about making the rich and the corporations pay the taxes, in the end they come out of the people who toil. It is your fellow workers who are ordered to work for the Government, every time an appropriation bill is passed. The people pay the expense of government, often many times over, in the increased cost of living. I want taxes to be less, that the people may have more."
~ Calvin Coolidge

"See, when the Government spends money, it creates jobs; whereas when the money is left in the hands of Taxpayers, God only knows what they do with it. Bake it into pies, probably. Anything to avoid creating jobs."
~ Dave Barry

"The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public's money."
~ Alexis De Tocqueville

"A society of sheep must in time beget a government of wolves."
~ Bertrand de Jouvenel

"We shall tax and tax, spend and spend, elect and elect."
~ 'New Deal' luminary Harry Hopkins

"Most of the presidential candidates' economic packages involve 'tax breaks,' which is when the government, amid great fanfare, generously decides not to take quite so much of your income. In other words, these candidates are trying to buy your votes with your own money."
~ Dave Barry

"When Barbary Pirates demand a fee for allowing you to do business, it's called 'tribute money.' Whe...

21:15

If you want to UPDATE, UPGRADE or CHANGE any details this post has all the links you will need "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you want to update your credit card details click here. If you want to upgrade or change your subscription click here. You can easily upgrade between subscription levels at any time by visiting your account page. When upgrading your subscription, it will be prorated based on the amount you have already paid and how much time is left on your [] The post If you want to UPDATE, UPGRADE or CHANGE any details this post has all the links you will need appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:00

HRC An absolute disgrace "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

What happened here? Where was the SSC? Where was the government/ National where were you? Retired Judge Coral Shaw has released a damming report. An absolute disgrace is the situation revealed.

Total failure of governance within HRC and of oversight by SSC and Ministers

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/ntn-20180516-0910-the_toxic_culture_at_the_human_rights_commission-128.mp3

A review of the culture at the Human Rights Commission has found 17-percent of staff have witnessed or directly experienced inappropriate behaviours in the course of their work in the past five years, and relationships at the top of the organisation are dysfunctional and at times unworkable. Judge Coral Shaws report also looks into the mishandling of a harassment complaint by an intern against a senior manager. Kathryn Ryan speaks with Deborah Hart of the Arbitrators and Mediators Institute about what went wrong in that case.

21:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whaleoils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced.  (No [] The post Whaleoil general debate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

 I hope that some day the practice of producing cowpox in human beings will spread over the world when that day comes, there will be no more smallpox  Edward Jenner who was born on this day in 1749.

20:50

Big Alpine Fault rupture due in the next century or two "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Alpine Fault is a big feature of South Island geography and seismic activity. It last ruptured in 1717 and there is a big earthquake, on average, about every 300 years, but the times vary so there is thought to be about a 30% risk of the next Big One in the next fifty years. []

20:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Former Labour deputy Annette King has officially been made a dame in a special, all-female ceremony celebrating 125 years of womens suffrage. The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is misandry (noun) Hatred or mistrust of men. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : 1878, from miso- hatred + andros of man, male human being The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 17 21 It is painful to be the parent of a fool; there is no joy for the father of a rebel. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:20

Media watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

17 May 2018 Media Watch is a focus on New Zealand media, blogs and social media. You can post any items of interested related to media. A primary aim here is to hold media to account in the political arena. A credible and questioning media is an essential part of a healthy democracy. A general []

19:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat? Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted

19:10

Open Forum Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

17 May 2018 This post is open to anyone to comment on any topic that isnt spam, illegal or offensive. All Your NZ posts are open but this one is for you to raise topics that interest you.  If providing opinions on or summaries of other information also provide a link to that information. Bloggers []

18:32

Trade..and lose your shirt? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

What a ride weve enjoyed with the U.S. dollar rally recently.
But for now, I think its time to step off the dollar train. Thats because last weeks key reversal price action in the US Dollar Index (USDI) likely represents a pause or perhaps even an end of the dollars surge these last few weeks.
Heres the USDI chart for reference:
As a reminder, we went long several USD pairs a few weeks ago based on the H-bottom and some bullish key reversals. There was a historical precedent in the GBPJPY which played out almost exactly the way this pattern did: an H-bottom (so called because it looks like a capital H), a couple of bullish key reversals, and then a run to the upside.
USD pairs took off for three straight weeks of profitable gains. We made over 2,000 pips during the run and it was great while it lasted.
However, the party might be over for now.
Thats because USDI has suffered that bearish key reversal right at the neckline of the little double top it made back in October-December last year.
Accordingly, Im recommending getting out of any long USD positions you might have right now. The only exception is a short NZDUSD position (New Zealand dollar against the U.S. dollar), as NZD is very, very weak right now on the back of some recent New Zealand central bank actions and statements. Plus one more pair Im taking a possibly premature short on, as youll see in a moment.
So its time to get flat and wait to see if the USD rally is paused or else well and truly over. If youve read my articles before, youll know I hold long-term bearish views on the USD and fully expect the dollar will be lower and possibly much lower by the end of this year.
Lets look at the one new USD-related trade Im in now (other than staying short in NZDUSD).
Last week I shorted USDJPY (the dollar against the Japanese yen). While th...

14:05

World watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

14:01

May 17 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

152 Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, was executed for treason.

1536  George Boleyn, Viscount Rochford and four other men were executed for treason.

1590  Anne of Denmark was crowned Queen of Scotland.

1642 Paul Chomedey de Maisonneuve  founded the Ville Marie de Montral.

1673  Louis Joliet and Jacques Marquette began exploring the Mississippi River.

1749 Edward Jenner, English medical researcher was born (d. 1823).

1775  American Revolutionary War: the Continental Congress banned trade with Canada.

1792 The New York Stock Exchange was formed.

1805 Muhammad Ali became Wli of Egypt.

1809 Napoleon I of France ordered the annexation of the Papal States to the French Empire.

1814  Occupation of Monaco changed from French to Austrian.

1814 The Constitution of Norway was signed and the Danish Crown PrinceChristian Frederik was elected King of Norway by the Norwegian Constituent Assembly.

1833  James Busby was inaugurated as a British resident of New Zealand.

First British Resident inaugurated...

13:55

Midnight Movie Why Didnt They Ask Evans? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Cast included Francesca Annis,Bernard Miles, James Gielgud amongst others.

12:05

We need a revolution: Carla Ravaioli interviews Guido Rossi "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

What follows is my translation of an interview that Marxist journalist and author Carla Ravaioli conducted with law scholar Guido Rossi in 2010, in the early stages of the eurozones crisis. Rossi was an unlikely person to call for Leninism or revolution: he had spent his career as a financial regulator and business law expert, overseeing major banking acquisitions and working for a time for

11:00

Wednesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Lots of good points, the same probably applies to NZ and our welfare state.  Giving to the rich to give to the poor, but not having enough of the right conditions for the rich to make money to keep the state going, at the same time increasing the sense of entitlement to not just the [] The post Wednesday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:30

Why Hawaiis volcano is so unusual "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Why Hawaiis volcano is so unusual appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Wednesday weapons "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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09:30

Parents explain gender "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz Viral video shows kids confused, upset reactions to liberal parents teachings on gender fluidity The post Parents explain gender appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:00

The Red-Brown zombie plague PART TWO "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is part two of three of a major article to appear in Fightbacks June issue on Fascism and Anti-Fascism. Part one is here. Please contact fightback.australasia@gmail.com for subscription information.

How did we get here?

For an infection to spread, you need both a germ (a virus, a bacterium, a spore or similar) and a vector (something to carry and transmit the germ). It is my analysis that the agent of the Red-Brown plague is a political weakness on the radical Left which is at least as old as the shock of the September 11 2001 terrorist outrage in New York, and has roots going all the way back to the Russian revolution. I also argue that the vector of that plague the reason it has suddenly blown up now has been the weaponization of social media by very well resourced reactionary propaganda organizations, both those belonging to the Russian state and by far-Right Anglo-American moneyed interests. The second story is easier to tell, so well start there.

Vector 1: Information warfare, Russian and otherwise

The story is increasingly coming out of the extremely strong influence on not only the newly ascendant nationalist Right, but of much of the activist Left, of an extremely sophisticated propaganda and messaging operation led on one hand by agencies of the Russian state, and on the other hand by shadowy networks of right-wing billionaires. Recent exposs of Cambridge Analytica, the big data firm owned by the Mercer family (who also own the Breitbart network of white nationalist websites), have exposed its influence not only on the US presidential election of 2016, but on the UK Brexit referendum of the same year. These were the biggest victories for right-wing nationalism in decades, even if some factions of the Left have attempted to claim them as victories for our side (an analysis I have rejected in previous articles WiCL, pp. 33-40).

While the Mercers, and other US activist billionaires such as the Kochs, are mainly interested in dismantling liberal or neoliberal institutions which get in the way of their profitability, the Russian state-owned television news channel RTand a whole network of websites and social media troll farms are openly or secretly devoted to opposing to neoliberal globalisation and to US/EU interventionist foreign policy. US journalist Casey Michel gives an example of how this works in practice:

Consider one of the flagship magazine...

09:00

Students hate Trump quotes but then they learn who really said them "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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08:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Just a brief note to those readers who like to add their own contributions to Daily roundup in the comments. PLEASE remember that politically incorrect and offensive (but funny) jokes are only to be enjoyed on Mondays in the Comedy corner post which is specifically for that kind of humour. Posting that kind of humour [] The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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 [] The post Whaleoil backchat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:30

Coincidence? Hmmmm "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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07:15

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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07:00

Workers of Whaleoil "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

How well do you know our wonderful Whaleoil workers? Can you match the Whaleoil worker to the photo of their Whaleoil workplace? We have 30+ workers at Whaleoil so for every post I will give you four possibilities to choose from. You will also be given a clue. Yesterdays wonderful Whaleoil worker was D) Christie [] The post Workers of Whaleoil appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fen  a low and marshy or frequently flooded area of land; the flat low-lying areas of eastern England, mainly in Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, and Norfolk, formerly marshland but largely drained for agriculture since the 17th century; wetland with alkaline, neutral, or only slightly acid peaty soil; low land covered wholly or partially with water; boggy land; a marsh.

06:30

Old white man of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The very first old white man of the day was Edmund Hillary, today we return to a mountain, Taranaki. (Mt Egmont) Quote: Peter Hinrik Peters, known in New Zealand as Harry Peters, was born on 28 April 1852 in Cleve, a small village near Heide, in Holstein, Germany.[] Little is known of his early life [] The post Old white man of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:16

Some background to Hamas's riots "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Elan Journo, author of the upcoming book What Justice Demands: America & the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, offers some relevant background to understand what you see in the news from the Gaza border.

Israeli citizens, he argues, have a legitimate right to self-defence, which the Israeli Defence force is protecting. Just like us, acknowledges Journo, "Israel has flaws and shortcomings. Yet, also like our society, it protects the freedom of individuals."  So on the one side you have this semi-free society trying to protect itself and its citizens, on the other an Iranian-backed organisation calling for martyrdom of its own people in yet another bid to throw Jews into the sea and, as Hamas leader Yahya Shinwar said recently, to "swarm across the border and tear out their hearts."

Fundamentally, regional hostility toward Israel reflects the ideological currents of the Middle East. Now at the vanguard of that hostility are the jihadists, who Iran has long inspired and funded; Iran also has backed Hamas and Hezbollah, both notorious for suicide attacks, in several wars on Israel. The Tehran regime, which has sought nuclear capability, has long glorified martyrdom in the path of Allah.
This is whom, imperfectly perhaps, the Israeli Defence force is protecting Israeli citizens.

This conflict has been going on for decades, even centuries. But like most things in the Middle East, this ongoing conflict was radically altered in 1979. [Quick quiz question: what happened in 1979?] Prior to this, the opposition was more secular than religious:
For decades, Israel's regional adversaries were neighbouring regimes mainly Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and the Palestinian movement, which those regimes sponsored. Ideologically, these adversaries often justified their desire to liquidate Israel in terms of Arab nationalism or Palestinian nationalism. Leading the charge against Israel initially was Egypt's military dictator, Gamal Abdel Nasser, a self-styled prophet of Arab nationalism; that ideology was a nominally secular blend of socialism, fascism and brute authoritarianism, infused with Islamic tropes and allusions. By the close of the 1960s, however, the spearhead became the Palestine Liberation Organisation (which Nasser instigated and funded) led by Yasser Arafat....

06:00

A science reporter who does not understand science "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jamie Morton is the science reporter for A Newspaper but in a recent column Jamie shows a woeful lack of understanding of even the most basic concepts.  (The word mug came with the photo.) Buildings could be belching out 20 percent of New Zealands carbon pollution and much more needs to be done to [] The post A science reporter who does not understand science appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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05:25

Our Health Camp Tragedy "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

KIN explains why the closure of the Otaki Health Camp ( latterly Otaki Childrens Village) is a national tragedy. New Zealands []

05:00

Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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04:44

Otaki Health Camp Is Closing "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Stand organisation says its closing the famous childrens health camp at Otaki. It says its unique trauma-focused programme at []

04:30

Golly G is New Zealands Sadiq Khan "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Green list MP and immigrant from Islamic Iran, Golriz Ghahraman has a lot in common with the Muslim Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. Both defended men who were responsible for the deaths of countless numbers of people before they moved into politics. Khan has promoted an image of himself as a moderate Muslim but he is actively [] The post Golly G is New Zealands Sadiq Khan appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Noo Zilland as the Gummint sees it. The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:30

Scandals swept under the rug but not forgotten "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Labour and the Greens are no doubt hoping that the public have short memories. Both parties have swept major scandals under the rug that have not been resolved but they kicked the can down the road in the hope that the public would forget all about them. We at Whaleoil have long memories and we [] The post Scandals swept under the rug but not forgotten appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:29

An interesting question "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

For Oral Questions in Parliament Today:-

JUDITH COLLINS to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: Does he stand by all his reported statements and promises?

There is a subtle change from the norm, this suggests Judith Collins has an Exocet targeted on Twyford

03:00

Lets talk "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Should we ensure that everyone has at least a certain basic standard of life regardless of their actions and choices in life? Does society owe a basic standard of living to all its citizens? What is the worst life we are willing to let someone in our country live? Should we create a Universal Basic [] The post Lets talk appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

Phil the super-mayor, super-hero and trail-blazer "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

These are the words of Auckland super-mayor Phil Goff when interviewed by Duncan Garner on the AM show Tuesday morning on the issue of Auckland inequality: We are all part of the problem and we are all part of the solutions. Im scratching my head to work out exactly how we can all be part [] The post Phil the super-mayor, super-hero and trail-blazer appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:24

Oral questions: 16 May 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Questions to Ministers Dr DUNCAN WEBB to the Minister of Finance: What priorities did the Budget Policy Statement 2018 set out? SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Governments policies and actions? AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: Is he confident that each of the decisions made as part of Budget 2018 and all savings made will improve [] The post Oral questions: 16 May 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:16

Southern hemisphere produced its largest wave on record "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A massive 23.8 m (78 feet) high wave has been measured near Campbell Island, New Zealand on May 9, 2018, making it the largest wave ever recorded in the southern hemisphere. A new ocean buoy, installed March 2, 2018 and located about 640 km (400 miles) south of New...... Read more

02:15

Kim trumps Trump? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Has NK been playing with Trump? Are they calculating that Trump needs this summit now, much more than they do and thus they can squeeze him for major concessions just to make it happen.

02:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Okau Rd tunnel by Tongaporutu river, Taranaki   window@whaleoil.co.nz Please put View From My Window in the subject line.   The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Outbreak response criticised Sally Rae:

The Ministry for Primary Industries has not been up to the job when it comes to dealing with the Mycoplasma bovis outbreak, Federated Farmers national board member Miles Anderson believes.

Speaking at Otago Federated Farmers annual meeting in Balclutha yesterday, Mr Anderson said he was a bit disappointed in MPIs response.

Once the outbreak was dealt with, industry needed to have a debriefing with MPI and work out how improvements could be made. Its currently not acceptable the way its going, he said.

There were people with neighbouring properties that were infected who had not been informed, while there were other farmers who had cattle of interest to MPI who were unaware of that.

Communication needed to be worked on initially, Mr Anderson said. . .

Mycoplasma bovis: the ground has shifted with a megathrust Keith Woodford:

Events of recent days demonstrate that eradication of Mycoplasma bovis from New Zealand is no longer a realistic option. The Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) is scrambling to get its messaging together. New strategies are now needed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is apparent from comments by BioSecurity NZ Chief Roger Smith to a Parliamentary Committee on 10 May, that the sudden growth in infected and suspected infected properties has come as a big surprise. That may well be so to the Wellington officials, but it will be much less of a surpris...

01:45

Mothers Day Kids vs Mums Games "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Hoop Club Kapiti on Sunday 13 May Story by Angelo Robinson , photographs by Dawn Ireland-Spicer Every year Hoop Club Kapiti []

01:39

Reassuring or warning? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Homepaddock

Jacinda Ardern made public a letter she wrote to her deputy explaining what will happen when hes acting Prime Minister while shes on maternity leave.

She said she did this because of the public interest in the matter.

It looks like it was supposed to reassure us all shell still be in control.

It could also be taken to be a warning to her deputy.

His body language in the video at Newshub suggests hes not particularly happy about that.

The text of the letter is here

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01:30

King Salmon: Corporate bludgers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A company who made a profit of nearly $16 million in the last six months of last year is on the bludge for $100,000 of taxpayer cash to fix their own screw up: Quote: The countrys biggest salmon-farming company is asking for more than $100,000 of taxpayer money to help figure out how to deal [] The post King Salmon: Corporate bludgers appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:21

Hela governor hits out at LNG project developers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

ExxonMobils LNG Project cuts a swathe of development through Hela province in PNGs Highlands. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades

Governor: corporate giants bullied PNG politicians into a substandard agreement

Radio New Zealand | 16 May 2018

The Governor of Papua New Guineas Hela province has criticised developers of the LNG gas project over lack of payments to his province.

Philip Undialu said when establishing the project, corporate giants bullied PNG politicians into a substandard agreement.

The Governor said Provincial Governments of the LNG Project area lost nearly US$240 million in Development Levies and Royalties over the last four years.

Mr Undialu said there were hundreds of millions more dollars in royalties which Hela people should have been paid.

He called on lead developer ExxonMobil and its project partner Oil Se...

01:19

Mid Week Quiz No. 122 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

  The latest challenge!   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers on []

01:00

Luke and Rr show the Nats how it is done "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is what a bad political Photoshop with mixed messages looks like: Here is how they should have done it:     The post Luke and Rr show the Nats how it is done appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:30

How to Photoshop successfully: A remedial lesson for the National party "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Oh dear. Yesterday I highlighted the woeful Photoshop that the (trying to be hip) old National party used on Twitter the other day. They were attempting to do a hit job on Jacinda Ardern but it failed for two reasons. To be successful a good Photoshop needs to be like a good political cartoon. Some [] The post How to Photoshop successfully: A remedial lesson for the National party appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:29

Very unwise and quite inappropriate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

croaking cassandra

That was my immediate reaction yesterday when someone asked me view of Reserve Bank Governor Adrian Orrs latest public comments, on the Christchurch rebuild, PPPs, government infrastructure spending, and so on.

Here was just a sample of what the Reserve Bank Governor said, as reported by Stuffs Hamish Rutherford

Orr, who is now the governor of the Reserve Bank, made an enthusiastic plea for New Zealand to embrace third party capital a reference to public private partnerships as a means of boosting investment in infrastructure.

This country, weve gone through the lowest ever global interest rates, were in good fiscal health. Why arent we investing? Orr said in an interview.

Personally, as a citizen of New Zealand Im very pleased to see public investment being planned and trying to get underway, and Im even more pleased as a citizen of the world that third party capital is

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00:00

The Fred Astaire of statesmanship "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I just dont get Winston Peters these days. I know there are a few Winston supporters on this blog, but please hear me out. In spite of only winning 7% of the vote, in a twist that only happens under MMP, he got to choose the government. He was able to extract utu against his [] The post The Fred Astaire of statesmanship appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

Tuesday, 15 May

23:50

Chris Hipkins introduces a third option for charter schools UPDATED "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

*UPDATE I was contacted just now by Nick Hyde from Vanguard who told me that Vanguard received its closure notice like everyone else yesterday. Yesterday closure notices were sent to every New Zealand charter school apart from Vanguard military school who has had its application to transition to a designated character school model accepted. This is [] The post Chris Hipkins introduces a third option for charter schools UPDATED appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:35

Tweet of the day: "Seeing Jews & Muslims fighting over the shittiest piece of land on Earth makes me realize how privileged I am here in Canada." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"



"Seeing Jews & Muslims fighting over the shittiest piece of land on Earth makes me realize how privileged I am here in Canada. When you dont have a hard-on for divinely sanctioned real estate allotment, the world is so much more beautiful. Burn your holy books & open your eyes."
Ali A. Rizvi, author of The Atheist Muslim: A Journey From Religion to Reason

23:30

Its not me, its you "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Have you ever tried to end your relationship with Vodafone? Early last year I tried to organise the installation of fibre broadband through Vodafone but, because I live up a private drive, it was not a straightforward matter. For some reason, Vodafone imposed a time limit on the whole process of three months. Unfortunately, we simply [] The post Its not me, its you appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:28

RV/Intelligence Alert: "Consensus" -- May 15, 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Operation Disclosure

RV/INTELLIGENCE ALERT - May 15, 2018


(Disclaimer: The following is an overview of the current situation based on rumors/leaks from several sources which may or may not be truthful or accurate.)


A major geopolitical consensus between the Alliance/BRICS, Israel, Iran. Syria, and other nations was reached yesterday, May 14th.


The new U.S. Embassy opening in Jerusalem was symbolic to Jerusalem being recognized as the capital of Israel.


According to rumors, those above high-level currency groups (Tier 4 as some would categorize them) have finished exchanging/redeeming. No liquidity yet.


High-level currency groups (Tier 3) have been informed that RV exchanges will begin around the time markets open in New Zealand on the 16th.


These high-level currency exchanges/historic bond redemptions will first take place in Hong Kong, Zurich, then Reno and Calgary as banks open in each city.


All high-level groups are expected to have exchanged/redeemed by the times banks close in Reno on the 16th.


If all high-level groups have completed exchanging/redeeming, the toll-free 800 numbers will be released on the 17th at midnight.


Private appointments via 800# will be given for currency holders to exchange/redeem as early as the morning of the 17th Eastern Time.


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FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE RV/GCR VISIT:

http://www.dinarchronicles.com/intel.html

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23:00

Reassuring or warning? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jacinda Ardern made public a letter she wrote to her deputy explaining what will happen when hes acting Prime Minister while shes on maternity leave.

She said she did this because of the public interest in the matter.

It looks like it was supposed to reassure us all shell still be in control.

It could also be taken to be a warning to her deputy.

His body language in the video at Newshub suggests hes not particularly happy about that.

The text of the letter is here

23:00

Alternative budgets: among the most insignificant parades in our polity "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I believe alternative budgets are among the most insignificant parades in our polity. This is especially true in the first year of a new government. There is one obvious and simple reason for this. The public think about politics about as much as I do the National Hockey League. As such, what the Nats have to say about their budgetary priorities one year in opposition will not interest most people one bit. It will generate heat on twitter, and blank looks everywhere else. The post Alternative budgets: among the most insignificant parades in our polity appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:30

New Zealand to tell off Israel for daring to defend its borders "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jacinda Ardern has signalled a return to the anti-Israel stance of the government by calling in the Israeli ambassador to tick him off for Israel daring to defend its borders from rioting hordes of Palestinians intent on breaching the border: Quote: The Israeli Ambassador will be called in again this week by the Ministry of [] The post New Zealand to tell off Israel for daring to defend its borders appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:00

Sexist comments from National bad, sexist comments from Labour OK "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Newshub has made a big deal about a supposedly sexist comment made by a National MP towards Princess Cindy-pants. Theyve conducted an investigation to find out who called Jacinda Ardern a silly little girl. Speaker Mallard took great exception at the time: Quote: In Parliament last week, while the Prime Minister was speaking, a [] The post Sexist comments from National bad, sexist comments from Labour OK appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:47

Review confirms sexual harassment, lack of support at Human Rights Commission "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A Ministerial review has confirmed there was sexual harassment at the Human Rights Commission and there were poor response systems and failure to provide proper support. there are =reports that a clear -out of the Commission seems likely. Justice Minister Andrew Little today released the Ministerial Review of the Human Rights Commission in relation to []

20:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Gloriavales leader has died. Quote: Gloriavale founder and convicted sex pest, Hopeful Christian, has died after a battle with cancer. Formally known as Neville Cooper, Christian began the isolated religious sect in 1969. He served 11 months in prison in 1995 on sexual abuse charges. Massey University religion expert, Peter Lineham says there are still allegations [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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