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Sunday, 14 January

22:30

Book Review Of The Day Cicero trilogy Imperium, Lustrum and Dictator "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

You can help. Send your book review to books@whaleoil.co.nz and we will put it up when it is your turn. The Whaleoil Book Club is a compilation of recommended books from readers This holiday season we are going to review approximately one book per day so that it gives people a chance to do their []

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22:00

Zero Carbon Act "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In amongst the Christmas rush the following press release was made on 18 December: The Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw, is pleased to announce today the Governments first important step towards creating a Zero Carbon Act. Today the Government is making the first important move to deliver on our commitments to be a world leader []

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21:30

The push to recognise fake genders now being aimed at the census "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The mentally unstable alphabet peoples crusade to have their fake gender preferences recognised is now moving to force the government to include fake genders in the census. The campaign is being assisted by Fairfax pushing the agenda in an editorial: Given the attention now paid to diverse gender identities and ever-growing openness about sexual orientation, it might []

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21:15

Can Bill English Get to 61 Votes After the 2020 Election? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Bill Englishs puff piece in the NZ Womens Weekly suggests he wants to stay leader of the National Party.

At the moment there are no serious contenders to take the leadership from him, although this could change relatively quickly.

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21:00

How much will Molesworth cost? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Department of Conservation is consulting on the Molesworth Station management plan.

Molesworth is an iconic high-country station. It is owned by the public of New Zealand and managed by DOC on your behalf.

The Station became a recreation reserve in 2005. It has many values, including heritage, conservation, cultural and recreation.

Managing Molesworth

Molesworth is currently managed as a working high-country station through a farming lease and grazing licence to Landcorp. The farming lease expires in 2020.

A management plan for Molesworth was approved in 2013. Its intention was to transition Molesworth from its traditional focus on farming to include more recreation and conservation activities.

The plan puts restrictions on public access in order to meet farming requirements. It may be necessary to manage recreational activity to protect conservation goals for natural, cultural and historic reasons, and to protect the recreational experience of other users.

DOC sees potential in working collaboratively with others on landscape-scale restoration in Molesworth. It is a biodiversity hotspot for a wide range of dryland animal and plant species. It also faces challenges from pests and significant weed problems such as wilding conifers. . . 

We were on Molesworth a few years ago and horrified by the spread of wilding pines. The spread of hieracium was also a visible problem.

DOC wants peoples thoughts on

  • how Molesworth is currently managed
  • how you think the range of values on Molesworth should be managed into the future
  • future opportunities or improvements to the way Molesworth is managed.

Youll find the survey here.

Molesworths values include heritage, conservation, cultural and recreation.

Farming fits with heritage, conservation and cultural values and doesnt have to exclude recreation. It also generates income, although that doesnt mean it makes a profit for either Landcorp which leases the proper...

21:00

Bob Marley A look at his life "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From the director of The Last King of Scotland

21:00

Before a single tree is planted the billion tree promise looks dead in the water "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The new government has promised to plant a billion new trees. Not a single one has yet been planted and already the promises look doomed. The Government could be about to fell its own tree-planting plans. Sources say Treasury has drafted legislation that it will put to Cabinet at the end of the month which will []

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20:30

Liberals cant handle the truth "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The snivelling left are out to get Trump, even if they have to lie and cheat to do it. The latest so-called outrage over shitholes is a case in point, along with the WaPo re-publishing scurrilous allegations about Trump and a porn star that both Trump and the porn star deny. George notes: A wee []

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20:00

So glad teacher registration is keeping kids safeoh wait "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Labour party opposes charter schools. One of the reasons (a false one) is that they are allowed to recruit teachers who arent registered. Their rationale is that teacher registration keeps kids safe. Im so glad teacher registration is keeping kids safeoh wait: Drunk drivers, fraudsters and child pornography offenders are among 627 New Zealand teachers who received a criminal conviction []

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20:00

Hoekstra Finally Apologizes To Dutch For False Statements About Muslim Terror in Netherlands "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It would seem Hoekstra has now apologised. Suspect it is too grudging and too late. Any credibility he may have had is now lost.

JONATHAN TURLEY

1200px-Pete_Hoekstra_official_photoWe have been following the train wreck following the arrival of our new ambassador, Pete Hoekstra, to the Netherlands.  The former Republican congressman was confronted by reporters about a false statement that he made in 2015 when he said the Islamic movement has now gotten to a point where they have put Europe into chaos. Chaos in the Netherlands, there are cars being burnt, there are politicians that are being burnt. And yes, there are no-go zones in the Netherlands.  When confronted by the reporters that no such chaos occurred, Hoekstra denied making the statement.  He insisted I didnt say that. That is actually an incorrect statement. We would call it fake news. I never said that its not what I said.  The reporter then played the tape and Hoekstra stumbled with I didnt call that fake news. I didnt use the words today. I dont think I did. If Hoekstra thought that

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19:47

Far too many toys, better options "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Many children are given far too many toys. It isnt good for them, and the costs is not good for families. Simple old fashioned play endures. A toyshop owner in Dunedin who is getting out of the business makes these points in: Toyworld story coming to an end A Dunedin toy shop owner is set []

19:30

Sen. Perdue Denies President Said Shithole Countries Remark "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

So this whole sorry mess sinks further into the foetid swamp of politics. The question of developing a possible immigration policy is subsumed beneath the web of faulty memories,lies and obfuscations of politicians. The whole exacerbated by the extreme polarisation of US politics in 2018. Overheated further by personal animosities between many of the actors in this travesty.

JONATHAN TURLEY

David_Perdue,_Official_Portrait,_114th_CongressAs we discussed yesterday, both Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) have said that President Donald Trump did indeed refer to Haiti and Africa as shithole countries.  However, Sen. David Perdue (R., Ga.) on ABC This Week says that the word was never used. Period. He also said that the meeting was productive and suggested that Durbin is lying (and has lied previously) about such meetings.  PreviouslyTom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Sen. Perdue have said that they simply do not recall.  Now Purdue says that he has a clear recollection and the words were never used.  Sen. Jeff Flake has said that he met with members in the meeting before the words were made public and that members openly discussed Trumps use of these words.

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19:30

One of our readers fisks HDPA "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I was going to write on Heather du Plessis-Allan-Sopers column, but then I checked the General Debate yesterday and saw Wallace Westland beat me to it: Heather du Plessis-Allan pretending she has a balanced perspective on Trump but uses her trashy column to perform another veiled hit job. Think the Muslim travel ban, his progressing []

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19:20

Researchers study largest underwater eruption in Pacific Ocean "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The first close quarters investigation of what was possibly the largest underwater volcanic eruption in modern history has uncovered a carpet of pumice rocks, some as big as motor vehicles, and unexpected ocean-bed lava flows. In a paper published in the journal Science Advances, a research team led by the University of Tasmania in Australia and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) in the US report on the use of two autonomous underwater vehicles to explore the aftermath of the eruption of the 2012 Harve volcano, which lies between New Zealand and American Samoa in the southwest Pacific Ocean. The volcano blew on July 18, 2012, an event noted only when passengers on an airliner flying above the Kermadec Islands (of which Harve is an underwater component) noticed a huge number of pumice rocks floating on the surface of the ocean. The raft of rocks eventually covered almost 400 square kilometres. Three years later, the joint Australian-US expedition headed to the blast site.

19:15

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 []

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19:14

Spotlight on gender pay gap "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

More attention is being given to the gender pay gap in New Zealand since the change of Government. Stuff: Broadcasters silent on pay equity, as Stats NZ plan to measure gender gap The Government has ordered Statistics NZ to begin measuring the countrys gender pay gap. Levelling out salaries in the public sector is something the new Government has []

19:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whale oils 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. []

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19:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation. Molire who was born on this day in 1622.

18:41

Word of the day eucatastrophe "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Now to find a way to use it.

Homepaddock

Eucatastrophe a sudden and favourable resolution of events in a story; a happy ending.

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18:18

Pope on World Day of Migrants and Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Pope has spoken about immigration in a special mass for the World Day of Migrants and Refugees. Reuters:  Fear and doubt should not determine response to immigrants, Pope says Mutual fears between immigrants and their new communities are understandable, but must not prevent new arrivals from being welcomed and integrated, Pope Francis said on []

18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is subside (verb) 1. (a) To become less intense, active, or severe; abate. (b) To become smaller or less prominent, as swelling. 2. To move or sink to a lower or normal level. 3. To sink to the bottom, as a sediment. 4. To sit down slowly; settle down. Source []

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18:00

Merkel may now attend Davos forum "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There could be more attention to the World Economic Forum due to be held in Davos, Switzerland in about two weeks, with US President Donald Trump scheduled to attend. It is seen as contradictory that Trump would want to attend a forum focussed on globalisation given his preference for US isolation. Reuters: Swiss mountain town []

18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 15 18 A hot-tempered person starts fights; a cool-tempered person stops them.

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17:20

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.

17:15

Media watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

15 January 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 []

17:10

Open Forum Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

15 January 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 []

16:18

Meteor fireball seen over Northland, New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Residents of a Far North holiday hotspot were treated to a flashy display of space fireworks late last night. Cable Bay resident Sheryl Day was out on her deck at about 10.45pm when she saw what she described as a "large, intense yellow fireball, tinged with green". "Out of the corner of my eye, I saw something bright, and as I turned, this great thing, almost like a fireball, just whizzed by. "While Day frequently sees meteors when gazing at the night sky, these were typically distant and fleeting. But this object, she said, seemed much closer as it "wooshed down and then just disappeared".

12:05

World watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

12:01

January 15 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

588 BC  Nebuchadnezzar II of Babylon laid siege to Jerusalem under Zedekiahs reign.

69  Otho seized power in Rome, proclaiming himself Emperor of Rome, but rules for only three months before committing suicide.

1493 Christopher Columbus set sail for Spain from Hispaniola, ending his first voyage to the New World.

1559 Elizabeth I was crowned queen of England in Westminster Abbey.

1622  Molire(Jean-Baptiste Poquelin) French playwright, was born (d. 1673).

1759 The British Museum opened.

1842 Blessed Mary McKillop, Australian  saint, was born (d. 1909)

1870  A political cartoon for the first time symbolised the United StatesDemocratic Party with a donkey (A Live Jackass Kicking a Dead Lion byThomas Nast for Harpers Weekly).

1889 The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, was originally incorporated in Atlanta.

1892 James Naismith published the rules of basketball.

1893  Ivor Novello, Welsh composer and actor, was born (d. 1951).

1902  King Saud of Saudi Arabia, was born (d. 1969).

1906 Aristotle Onassis, Greek shipping magnate, was born  (d. 1975).

1909 Jean Bugatti, German-born automobile designer, was born  (d. 1939).

1913  Lloyd Bridges, American actor, was born (d. 1998).

1914...

11:58

Delightful Interlude "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Below, for your sheer enjoyment is one of my favorite pieces of music.  It was played some years ago in our church during the offertory by an elderly retired concert pianist.

Still brings a tear to the eye as I remember this gorgeous, elegant and sophisticated lady of talent.

Here it is.  Arabesque by Robert Schumann.

09:00

Sunday Nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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08:00

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

We were in Wanaka when our dog-sitting duties began.

Before they left, her people and I had dog-proofed the section so when my farmer and I went out for dinner we didnt tie up the dog.

Id taken the precaution of putting my phone number on a label on her collar and at 9:30 got a call to say she was at a pub in the middle of town.

I went straight to pick her up and found her very pleased with herself and her new friends.

I strengthened the dog-proofing but twice more she got out and went exploring. The first time someone rang me, the second she returned of her own accord.

After that I wouldnt let her roam outside unless someone was with her.

Its been several years since weve had a playing dog and I enjoyed the experience. She required at least two good walks a day which was good for both of us and her sheer delight in bounding free, smelling new scents and, when at home on the farm, chasing rabbits was contagious.

Her people have returned home and we delivered her back this afternoon.

Two weeks of dog sitting has been fun and now shes back home happy well and Im grateful for that.

08:00

Sunday Stand-up "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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07:56

ON THE BRINK RADIO #231 IN 2 HRS: THE LEGENDARY JAMES WILKINSON, NEW ZEALAND MUSICIAN PAR EXCELLENCE / MY VISIT TO HAWAII NEXT WEEK :) "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

THE SEA SEEMS TO CONTAIN EVERY FREQUENCY KNOWN TO MAN James Wilkinson SATURDAYS@ 9AM EST-USA / FRIDAY 3 AM HAWAII TIME / SATURDAY 11 PM MELBOURNE/SYDNEY/TASMANIA TIME AUSTRALIA / 2 AM NEW ZEALAND TIME and SUNDAYS @ 8AM EST-USA / SATURDAY 2 AM HAWAII TIME / SUNDAY 10 PM MELBOURNE/SYDNEY/TASMANIA TIME AUSTRALIA/MONDAY MIDNIGHT NEW ZEALAND []

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07:33

First Hot Day of the Year "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Forty degrees Celsius at 1430 hrs and Adolf has just enjoyed his third swim of the day.

The pool is heated by way of a large roof top solar unit with a complicated control unit.   Current water temperature is a refreshing 30 degrees.

I find it quite unpleasant even in the shade, so I'm inside wrapping myself around an ice cold beer while the aircon maintains a civilized 23 degrees.

I wonder how everyone is getting on in that South Pacific ****hole?

07:27

Hawaii Missile Alert: What The Hell Happened? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Having been on the receiving end of a bungled disaster alert myself, I feel for the residents of Hawaii. But really: A single individualby mistake? Clicking through a safeguard even? Either this individual did this wilfully, or were being told porkies. Was this a hack and the authorities are covering up a systems vulnerability? Whatever []

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06:30

Daily Roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Well, thats one way to handle it I guess    

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06:23

Auckland Tennis: Good And Bad "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Great to see the stars, but By Roger Childs The recent ATP Auckland tournaments which are lead ups to next weeks Australian Open, were a mixed bag. World number 10, Roberto Bautista Agut was a worthy winner, and played a semi final which was the match of the two weeks, while last years champion []

06:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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06:00

The Classic Bob Marley Buffalo Soldier "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Bob Marley the real thing unlike Trump.

Per Trump, Bob would no doubt be seen as coming from a shithole. Trump should think,if he can why his forebears came to America, perhaps they left a shithole.

05:06

Pictures Of The Week: Auckland Sun "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Four photos from the same location By Howard Chamberlain Here are four photos taken while was in Auckland on 29 Nov 2017. I was conducting some research for my NZ Korea Roll and started at 5.00 am. The next three were taken at 20.00 then 20.35 the 23.05.      

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Eucatastrophe a sudden and favourable resolution of events in a story; a happy ending.

04:30

04:00

As long as Islam is the belief system the pendulum will always swing back to Sharia "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The protests in Iran are not only about economics and politics, theyre also about Islam. Iran in the 1960s saw mini skirts, smiling women with uncovered hair, men and women freely holding hands on university campuses, and in the air there was a sense that progress was possible. Then the Shah was deposed during the 1979 Islamic Revolution, and the Ayatollah []

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03:53

THE JONES' BOY AND HIS BILLION TREES "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Kiwiblog has a handy little counter which tells you how many trees had to be planted by now were the Jones/Ardern government to fulfill their promise of planting a billion new trees a year.     As it stands right now the total stands at 204.5 million increasing by 2 trees per second.

I guess the 'out' for this mob of losers is that 'they' didn't specify a start year nor did they come clean that their total includes all the trees normally planted by the industry.

But it was instructive that Jones was slapped down by Ardern when he suggested the planing would be done by his cussie bros in some sort of grand 'work-for-the-dole' scheme.    Tree planting is seasonal and hard work with a high attrition rate if they are not planted properly.    Does anyone really think the Jones' boy cussie bros are willing and capable of such work.  

Hat tip ... ask any Forester up here in Northland why much of their workforce is imported Island labour.  


03:30

I love Twitter. its like owning your own newspaper without the losses. Trump "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We know full well that Twitter does not represent the real world but The Donald is having a ball trolling the lot of them according to the Infographic released by Visual Capitalist. Admittedly the figures are US only, but interesting nevertheless: The man that the Twitterati love to hate is mentioned 7 times more often than []

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03:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Ecuadorable Dont worry, be happy and (ecu)adore life ^^ In September 2017 I packed my bag (including camera) and headed off to South-America! I travelled to Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands together with my girl and captured these moments. This video mainly contains clips of Ecuador and the Galapagos, but also a few clips []

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02:30

Bannon has learned the downside of having a wealthy backer "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There is only one revenue model that allows a media site to remain truly independent and free to express the opinions its editor wants to be expressed and that is the subscription model. Mainstream media who rely on advertising for their revenue are wary of upsetting major advertisers so may avoid or downplay any news stories []

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02:30

Washington Post reader writes:- "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A commenter at Washington Post in regard to an article on the contribution made Haitians to USA

One positive byproduct of dts ignorance, which is as vast as his ego, is that every time he says something colossally stupid, someone somewhere comes back with a great answer such as this one. I have learned so much more this year researching what dt says, and finding out how wrong he is about everything. And I am an historian by profession.

01:45

Take the Quiz: Should you pay $49 a month for a GOLD Whaleoil subscription? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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01:30

Miracle schools: Teaching Kids How to Cheat the System "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

My nephew has just finished his secondary schooling experience. He is a classic product of NCEA. It has been a puzzling experience for his elderly parents who forked out a considerable amount for his private school education. My nephew and I have had to reassure them on numerous occasions that his laid-back approach to achievement []

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01:00

Its too late weve missed the bus "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Nearly a year ago Newshub told us about a NZ scientist appointed to help prepare a UN climate change report. Oh wait, let me read that headline again: Kiwi political scientist to help prepare UN climate change report.  (Glad that they are rolling out the heavyweights for this important issue!) New Zealand will be represented []

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00:30

A Washington Post reader writes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Bonespurs McCombover

Heres the bottom line: Trump called a meeting to discuss DACA. When he found that the Democrats and Republicans had worked out a proposal that didnt have his name on it, and that he didnt understand the whole conversation, he acted out in order to show the room that he was in charge.

Thats what insecure, incompetent managers do when they find that theyre in over their head and dont know whats going on around them. They derail the work thats being done in spite of them.

In this case, a couple of the senators in the room had taken enough of his crap.

00:30

Arbeit Macht Frei : Work sets you free "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In an earlier article, I mentioned that we had dinner with a French tourist a psychiatrist who works in a hospital in Berlin. She had been here in New Zealand on a walking holiday for a couple of weeks when we had dinner, in the first week of January. I was very keen to []

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00:28

History of the Russian Revolution "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Just reading Trotskys the history of the Russian Revolution. A large book with huge detail and amazing insight into the psychology and treachery of the counter revolutionary forces, and of course western industrialist interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign nation, surprise, surprise

.

What I find fascinating is the similarity between this and the normal workings of a so-called democracy in an imperialist world with all the usual lies and treachery. While the workings and treachery are nothing new, it gives a great insight and understanding into how it all works and a great education for people interested in changing the world order and achieving a real peoples democracy.

While reading it I took time out to read a small Socialist Aotearoa pamphlet called In Defence of October. This was a debate between four historians on whether Leninism led to Stalinism. An interesting debate with a lot of good points made in it, but by the end there seemed to be one glaring omission and I think this is true in general about the debate on this subject worldwide and that is:

Did western industrialist interference in the revolution lead to Stalinism? Did Churchillism lead to Stalinism? Did Churchillism lead to Hitler? Did it lead to Franco? Did it lead to Mussolini? Did it lead to the Greek generals? Did it lead to Pinochet? Did it lead to Pol Pot?

The list goes on and on. I could list about 50 countries where the US alone has been instrumental in installing horrible dictators, which ultimately has led to the fucked up capitalist world we live in now, with its perpetual wars, starvation poverty, persecution, real threat of climate disaster and nuclear war.

While the academics argue about the deck chairs on the titanic.

The question really should be: if western industrial countries had kept their blood stained hands out of Russias revolution, would Leninism have led to a utopian world socialism? And I think the answer would be, quite likely.

Sometimes I think these academics lack imagination or empathy. They dont seem to be able to fully comprehend the situation Lenin found himself in after the revolution and after the civil war. They dont seem to be able to comprehend the magnitude of being invaded by the most powerful countries in the world, and the devastating effect of this on the revolution and on socialism. They seem to think that Lenin could just...

00:00

Past Due "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Theres so much you can be in your future, once you figure out it has nothing to do with your past. Past Due  2018 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.

00:00

View From Your Window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo was taken a year ago. Our reader writes  Not exactly from the window, as I had an internal facing wall.  This is the view, standing across the road.  The office wifi was good but the air-cond was not: the room was either 35 degrees C []

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23:30

They probably should just get some Abos to dust them up "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There is great deal of fuss and bother in Australia at the moment over African gangs and crime. Our own Australian correspondent disproved the political correct view that the two things are unrelated. Now the Abos are up in arms. ONE of Australias most senior Aboriginal tribal leaders has delivered a sharp message to African []

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23:15

The Classic The Supremes Stop In The Name Of Love "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Useful commentary at the You Tube upload, worth a look

23:04

Different views and racism at The Standard "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Some interesting discussions and reactions about racism at The Standard, triggered by the debate over Donald Trumps shithole comments. Yesterday Bill posted Two Faced Liberalism. Anyone want to lay out what the essential difference might be between picking and choosing between broad categories of migrants and picking and choosing between broad categories of migrants? Whats []

23:00

Will Robots Steal Our Jobs DW doco Future of Work 1/2 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Recent documentary from DW and relevant to NZ given government muttering on this topic

22:34

Sore losers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"


The leading commentator of our country's sizable Grumpy Old White Man demographic, Karl Du Fresne, has some thoughts on what's wrong with our MMP electoral system.  Apparently, the problem is that MMP is different from the FPP electoral system we used to have, which had (to Karl's mind) the awesome feature that it was easily capable of returning National to power with a minority of the vote.

There are various things about MMP you could describe as problems, but I wouldn't have listed "fails to make National the government when they get a minority of the vote" as one of them.  Karl disagrees:

For the first time since New Zealand adopted the MMP system in 1993, the party that won the biggest share of the vote didn't form the government.
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Many insist, bizarrely, that this is an example of MMP working exactly as intended, but I would argue that it points to a gaping void in our constitutional arrangements...
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In a proper rules-based democracy, this whole process would surely have been controlled by the head of state or in our case, her representative, the governor-general.

There are two horrendous pieces of foolishness in there:

1. Let's suppose a rule were to be built into MMP that the largest party gets to form the government.  The pretty obvious effect would be that any voter who didn't want a National government would have to vote Labour, and vice versa.  Voting for any other party would be a waste of your vote.  If that sounds familiar, it's because that's what happened under FPP, and is the reason the country voted to get rid of FPP.  The point of MMP is that your vote should count even if you don't vote for a major party - Karl may not like that, but it's not "bizarre," it's a deliberate feature that the country voted to have.

2. There is no gaping void in our constitutional arrangements.  Just like under FPP, the government is formed by the party or parties that can command the confidence of the House.  What Karl is proposing is a wholesale butchering of our constitution via the removal of that definition of government and its replacement with government by the largest party, as overseen by the Governor General.  Now, that is "bizarre."

What this grumpy-old-man wailing is really all about is being a sore loser.  They try to dress it up in fancy clothes of one kind or another, but none of it disguises the sore loser underneath.

22:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Opuha River flushing to control algae, didymo barely noticeable with river in flood, Opuha Ltd says Elena McPhee:

It may have been barely perceptible to the eye, but releasing water from the Opuha Dam on Friday has hopefully wiped out a large quantity of didymo and other algae in the river, Opuha Water Ltd says.

Operations manager Craig Moore said the dam released a flow peaking about 65 cubic metres per second (cumecs), or 300,000 cubic metres in total during the flushing process in the Opuha River on Friday morning.

The river pulse stayed within river margins, and the wave was not really noticeable as it made its way downstream, Moore said. . .

Farmers make tracing stock hard -Neal Wallace:

Eradication of Mycoplasma bovis is still the Ministry for Primary Industrys goal but farmers appear unconvinced it is achievable.

Another case confirmed on an Ashburton farm this week took the total to 14 but some of the more than 800 farmers who attended packed meetings with MPI officials in Methven and Ashburton last Thursday think that while admirable, eradication is unlikely and they might have to learn to live with the disease.

The ministrys response incident controller David Yard announced plans to test three samples of milk from every dairy farm in the country from February, including milk entering the food chain as well as milk excluded from the vat in a bid to uncover any infection clusters. . . 

Lambs wool in demand Alan Williams:

Lambs wool was in short supply and sold strongly at Thursdays wool sales in Christchurch and Napier.

Buyers pushed up prices as they worked to fill orders, especially for fleece at 30 microns and lower, PGG Wrightson South Island sales manager Dave Burridge said.

Those wools were up to 8% higher in price with 30 to 32 micron lambs wool up to 4% dearer in Christchurch. . . 

22:30

Trump Toon "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Peter Brookes The Times

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Reference is to the hiding of some of the Crown Jewels in a biscuit tin buried in Windsor Castle during WWII

22:30

I hope Nicolas Crosthwaite has retained Dennis Denuto for case "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I hope Nicolas Crosthwaite has retained Dennis Denuto for case. STOP me if youve heard this story before. A local family refuses to wilt to the powers that be in order to keep their home theyve grown up in and forged cherished memories in. Sounds incredibly familiar right? Its effectively the plot of the much []

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22:00

No Gangs in Melbournes Ivory Towers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In an oft-misquoted incident, New York film critic Pauline Kael once said that she lived in a special world, she only knew one person who had voted for Nixon. Kael was poking fun at the insularity of Americas coastal liberal elites, the same elites who were stunned by Donald Trumps victory in 2016. Yet, while []

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NY Times:- Op-Ed compares Trump to Caligula "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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Came across this NY Times piece late yesterday when looking for something else. Funnily, Adam had been thinking had been thinking of Nero using Trumps tweeting as the equivalent of fiddling whilst Rome burns.

However, the points made by Christopher Buckley are interesting and perhaps not such a stretch as one might think.

In this regard, the following clip from the classic BBC series I, Claudius is worth recalling. In the clip Caligula, played brilliantly by the late John Hurt, returns to Rome seeking plaudits for an imaginary victory. Sound familiar?

Buckley references this exchange from the series:-

The Emperor Caligula, played to deranged and very scary perfection by John Hurt, tells his uncle Claudius: Im simply undergoing a change. Its the most momentous transformation that any human being has ever achieved.

Uncle Claudiuss frozen face is right out of Dorothy Parkers What fresh hell can this be? He...

21:29

Flippin heck, exclamations before the BSA "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Flippin heck, some people seem to get upset easily about language used. (I must admit that flippin heck wasnt the first phrase that came to mind when reading about this but I decided to tone down the headline). NZH: Mike Hoskings outburst deemed not offensive by Broadcasting Standards Authority The Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) has []

21:18

GEE KEITH LOCKE ? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



The hard left socialist,  ex Green MP Keith Locke has come out swinging over the hypocricy his successors will exhibit should they line up with the "Preserve Peters Trough bill" currently being highlighted by both Farrar and Slater on their respective blogs.
Strangely a quick scan of current offerings on The Standard where Locke contributes, a big nothing.

As pointed out by the spawn of Elsie and Jack, any political support for the PPTB piddles on the grave of Rod Donald when he was decrying similar threats from the pinstriped dwarf years ago when he, St Rod,  postulated that the then offering would have had the emergence of the once were warriors Greens stopped in its tracks when they left The Troughmaster General's old banger, The Alliance Party.

It really is a two fingere salute to the concience of any MP who might feeel motovated to oppose what they might genuinely see as a  wayward party hierachy. A salient point even the stalinist leaning Locke sees as wrong.
Now that is a real "GEE" who saw that coming.

21:15

NOT IF, ONLY WHEN. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



Farrar has a take on the real reason behind the desire for the lifeboat protection bill that the COL will pass to prevent any Winston First MP acting against their supreme leader.
A list of eighteen MPs who the other little man has seen his political relationship with, crash and burn.

In his post Farrar alludes to the many National MPs who could take his paranoid behaviour, no longer and forced him out of their tent, saying only around four still remain in contact.
That list could be as revealing as the subsequent eighteen of his new 'bestys'  now elevated to non-person status.

Farrar also suggests that the list is around a fifty percent attrition rate, imeho it is rather redundant to suggest that as a factor as his followers fall into two categories, those who have been kneecapped and those still to get a DCM.

Mark (yes another one) Patterson is one currently safe whose profile and reported public views on the NZ body politic seems a rather fragile connect to the 'my way or the highway'  leadership style of the diminutive master manipulator. On the other hand in the total dearth of investigative reporting  and socialist leanings of the pretenders, Patterson was a failed candidate in the scramble to replace English as Clutha MP won by the now destroyed Todd Barclay and who knows what really went down in his "ides of March" but suffice to say his Gore Electorate office supremo also became a new recruit for the WRPF party.
So how long can Patterson stomach the nonsense that the CoL is delivering.

One might wonder how anyone could defend the very dodgy treatment dished out to #16 on Farrar's list who  got his  DCM on the basis of wildly exagerated publicity around a family feud over the estate of his mum, later discredited after official investigation.

I wonder if the GP person charged with scrutinising the right of center blogs will flag the content of Farrar's post and its dangers for their tenuous position at the door of the Winston First Tepee. Paranoia may not be entirely contagious but some mud can contain other life threatening organisms and when it sticks, who knows.

21:00

Shithole countries demand an apology from Donald Trump for calling their countries shitholes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Despite the fact that their countries are actually shitholes, it is apparently an outrage to tell the truth: The organisation representing African countries has demanded that US President Donald Trump apologise after he reportedly called nations on the continent shitholes. The groups mission in Washington DC expressed its shock, dismay and outrage and said the []

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20:58

False ballistic missile alert in Hawaii "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A big scare in Hawaii: But someone on a change of shift apparently pushed the wrong button and sent out an alert accidentally. JUST IN: Hawaii Governor David Ige tells CNN that someone "pushed the wrong button" during an employee shift change, sending out the false alert about an incoming ballistic missile https://t.co/FD1vl6fCzh pic.twitter.com/2zhXLApLcr []

20:30

No mate, a Nissan Leaf is not just the coolest thing, its gay "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A weapons grade bludger seems to think his Nissan Leaf is just the coolest thing: Electric vehicle owner Avner Nahmias calls himself an EV-angelist. The Nelson real estate agent bought a Nissan Leaf in August 2016 for $26,000 and hasnt looked back. Its just the coolest thing, it absolutely is the coolest thing, he said. []

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20:00

Fifty Ways We Can Recover "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Another great parody from Parody Project

20:00

Hey Jacinda, when you said capitalism has failedhas it failed as badly as this? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jacinda Ardern said that capitalism has failed. But I challenge her to show any country in the world where capitalism has failed as badly as socialism has failed, especially in Venezuela: With more oil reserves than anywhere else in the world, Venezuela should be drowning in riches. Instead, the country, and its 30 million inhabitants []

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19:30

Four National leadership prospectswhich one? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The above image is from the latest Womans Weeklyand feature a few women MPs (Yes, Tamati Coffey counts as a woman, hes a big girls blouse). Amongst them there are four National MPs and all have previously been touted as leaders. There is whispers about challenges to Bill and the thought amongst National party members []

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19:25

A weakness of parties, not of MMP "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Karl du Fresne claims that the way coalition negotiations were conducted (with Winston Peters in charge) is a problem with MMP, but I think he has the wrong target. Peters was allowed to run the post election process because National, Labour and the Greens let him. All political systems have weaknesses. It largely comes down []

19:15

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 []

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19:01

Official Information Act reform, or just compliance? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Governments have tended to gradually get more tardy with complying with Official Information Act requests if not deliberately obstructive. The new Government has promised a review. Is reform needed? Or will ensuring that the current act is properly complied with be sufficient? Slowness of supplying information on request is an issue of increasing concern, []

19:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whale oils 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. []

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19:00

Sunday soapbox "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Sundays soapbox is yours to use as you will within the bounds of decency and absence of defamation. Youre welcome to look back or forward, discuss issues of the moment, to pontificate, ponder or point us to something of interest, to educate, elucidate or entertain, amuse, bemuse or simply muse, but not abuse.

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To read in bed is to draw around us invisible, noiseless curtains. Then at last we are in a room of our own and are ready to burrow back, back to that private life of the imagination we all led as a child and to whose secret satisfactions so many of us have mislaid the key. Clifton Fadiman.

18:51

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 104 Answers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

You can still do the second challenge for 2018 by scrolling down to January 10.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers below.   The human foot has how many bones: 16, 20 or 26? (26)   Who was the last viceroy of India? (Lord Mountbatten)   []

18:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Todays face of the day has a new job as a road worker. Good on him. As his Mum said in a comment on a Facebook post he has proved all the haters wrong. When Cropp spoke with the New Zealand Herald previously, he said he wanted to get off the, dole, get a job and put food []

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18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is scrimshank (verb) (British military slang) To shirk work. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : The origin of scrimshank is uncertain. It was first recorded in the 1880s.

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18:04

Preliminary coalition agreement in Germany "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Germany had their elections the same weekend as our general election in New Zealand, in September last year. It took a few weeks to sort out a coalition agreement, a confidence and supply agreement and an functional Government. Jacinda Ardern as sworn in as Prime Minister on 26 October. Its taking a lot longer in []

18:00

ann_telnaes_10012018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Ann-Telnaes Washington Post

During Tuesdays meeting with congressional leaders, Trump at first seemed to say hed sign a clean DACA bill. Then he walked it back.

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18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 14 18 The wise are cautious[a] and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with reckless confidence.

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17:20

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.

17:15

Media watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

14 January 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 []

17:10

Open Forum Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

14 January 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 []

12:05

World watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

12:01

January 14 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

83 BC Marcus Antonius, Roman politician, was born (d. 30 BC).

1129 Formal approval of the Order of the Templar at the Council of Troyes.

1301 Andrew III of Hungary died, ending the Arpad dynasty.

1514  Pope Leo X issued a papal bull against slavery

1539 Spain annexed Cuba.

1639 The Fundamental Orders, the first written constitution that created a government, was adopted in Connecticut.

1724 King Philip V of Spain abdicated the throne.

1761  The Third Battle of Panipat between the Afghans under Ahmad Shah Durrani and the Marhatas. The Afghan victory changed the course of Indian History.

1784  United States Congress ratified the  Treaty of Paris with Great Britain.

1806   Charles Hotham, English-Australian soldier and politician, 1st Governor of Victoria, was born (d. 1855)

1814  Treaty of Kiel: Frederick VI of Denmark ceded Norway to Sweden in return for Pomerania.

1845  Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne, English politician, 34th Governor-General of India, was born (d. 1927).

1875 Albert Schweitzer, Alsatian physician, Nobel laureate, was born  (d. 1965).

1883 ...

11:59

Midnight Movie One Of Our Aircraft Is Missing "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A British war film, the fourth collaboration between the writer-director-producer team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, and the first film they made under the banner of The Archers. Although considered a wartime propaganda film, and made under the authority of the Ministry of Information as part of a series of film productions specifically aimed at morale in the United Kingdom, the story and production values elevated it from the usual jingoistic fare. Today, One of Our Aircraft is Missing is considered one of the best of British films of the era.

08:41

Private property: a silver bullet to socialist vampires, by Jon Rappoport "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fascinating read! The ever perceptive Rappoport turns his attention to Socialism and private property: Private property: a silver bullet to socialist vampires by Jon Rappoport January 11, 2018 Once private property is abolished, the advocates for utopia win. They build their heaven on earth, which means they can take what they want and run civilization, []

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08:30

Saturday Night at the Movies "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Saw this on original release, excellent cast

Then the 1999 remake of Inherit the Wind, made with a good cast

08:30

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The rural mail delivery stops at our gate so theres a line up of mail boxes there, ours and those of people who live further up the road.

Ours is the only one that gets a daily paper.

I can, and sometimes do, read the Otago Daily Times on-line but I still prefer to read the hard copy.

When Saturday mail deliveries were cut, the ODT contracted with the mailman to deliver the paper. He does that every Saturday and because hes not delivering mail as well, it comes much earlier than it does during the week.

It gives me an excuse to linger over a late breakfast, reading news and features, and trying to do the sudoku, crossword, and word builder.

Its a leisurely way to start the weekend and Im grateful for it.

 

08:29

Fry and Laurie foresaw #MeToo and #TimesUp "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Now all too real, very unfortunately what was satire may be about to happen

07:59

Vote For NZs Favourite Sporting Moment "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Choose from eleven 2017 highlights The Halberg Foundation has announced eleven sporting highlights for New Zealands Favourite Sporting Moment of 2017. This is the one category in the Halberg Awards that the public chooses. The sporting moment award gives the New Zealand public the opportunity to choose the nations most exciting, remarkable, or compelling sporting []

07:55

Great Barrier Island residents are fighting plans for a mass 1080 poison drop aimed at eradicating pests. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

New Zealands Department Of Conservation is at it again. 1080 is an indiscriminate and cruel killer of wildlife. Native species die as collateral along with the pests. Sometime it seems the more we protest, the more hellbent DOC is on using this repulsive attempt at pest control. Why? Someone is making a lot of money []

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06:30

Daily Roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

When your cat failed the cat exam Those fist punches are so weak I doubt even the air felt it.

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06:00

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 []

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05:29

Durbin Contests Trumps Denial of Shithole Comment As Press Search For Other Members [UPDATED] "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Turley looks at Trumps shithole countries remark and makes some useful observations.

However, then the racists and Trump trolls piled in with comments on the thread.

It would seem that theres a very evil spirit abroad in America right now. Given licence by the nasty bully residing at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

JONATHAN TURLEY

donald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedPresident Donald Trump is denying that he referred to Haiti and African countries as shithole countries in a meeting with members of Congress.  Clearly someone is lying and it should not be hard to determine who.  One of the members in the meeting, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), says that Trump is lying and that he clearly made the statement.  The question now is recollection of some of the other people in the room, including Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.).

Update: Sen. Graham has now issued a statement that appears to confirm that the President said this and says that he
directly challenged the President after his comment.  Another member has said that Graham told...

04:30

Trumps tax package delivering bonuses to workers already, but Democrats slag off companies offering them "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Donald Trump passed a new tax package, substantially reducing taxes. The dividends to workers have begun flowing almost immediately: Walmarts workers will soon reap the benefits of the recent tax law changes, as the worlds largest private employer raises its starting wage, creates new benefits and distributes bonuses to eligible workers. The big-box retailer announced []

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04:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Auroral  of or like the dawn;  pertaining to the aurora borealis or aurora australis.

04:00

Its time to create some new racist symbols "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Why should the SJWs and SJBs and the NZ Human Rights Commision have all the fun whining about so-called racist symbols? I think that it is about time that we created our own ones to complain about so that we can demand that they stop using them and selling them. But first lets look at []

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03:30

Lets Talk: "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

How would you react if there was irrefutable proof that God doesnt exist? How about if there was irrefutable proof that God does exist? Discuss:

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03:04

NO DOUBT SOMEONE WILL LABEL ME RACIST AND/OR HOMOPHOBIC "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

for posing this question but those with a more balanced view of life will understand my concern ...

Why would NZ Cricket deem it necessary to fly the flag of the 'United Tribes of New Zealand' along with the 'Rainbow' LGBT Pride flag alongside the NZ Ensign and the national flag of Pakistan at the third ODI being played at the University Oval in Dunedin. 

Someone trying to make a point ... what point?


03:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

2Cellos perform AC/DCs Thunderstruck.  For any who may think classical cellists cant challenge the likes of Alan Parsons Project or Dire Straits. [] Luka Sulic and Stjepan Hauser take the stage decked out in old time garb to play for audience of corseted women and powder-wigged men who have come to enjoy some classical cello, []

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02:30

Sum ting wong? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Some people are offended far too easilyit might be just me but I find this extremely hilarious.  Then again, people think Im offensive. A Christchurch restaurant owners defence of his racist menu is insensitive, says a social psychology expert. Asian fusion restaurant Bamboozle has been accused on social media and by a Stuff restaurant reviewer of racism for giving dishes on []

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02:00

RNZ: Bits+Bytes: chip emergency and Spotifys legal woes : 06/01/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This edition looked at a number of new issues

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/bitsnbytes-20180106-0908-bits_bytes_chip_emergency_spotifys_legal_woes-128.mp3

 

Its official, your computer isnt safe! It turns out that most modern computer chips have flaws and are vulnerable to hackers so what do you need to know and more importantly what can you do to stay secure?

Plus as Spotify gets ready to go public, whats the real cost of streaming music? Spotify is being sued for using unlicensed music by The Doors, Tom Petty and Neil Young, and it could cost billions.

Also, why Facial Recognition will be big in 2018, and a question about another faulty Apple product this time an iPad keyboard.

02:00

Map of the day: Where do all the fat women live? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Nauru is the top country by female obesity prevalence in the world. As of 2014, female obesity prevalence in Nauru was 56.1 %. The top 5 countries also includes Palau, Samoa, Tonga, and Tuvalu.[] Overweight and obesity are defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that presents a risk to health. A crude population measure []

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01:30

To be in to win all you need is a Silver sub or higher "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Upgrade your subscription and be in the draw to WIN NZV8 Hotlaps Now is the time to upgrade your bronze subscription as **ONLY Silver, Gold, and Platinum subscribers  are eligible to be in our special draw to win the fabulous prize of a $500 DRIVE1 NZV8 Race Experience gift voucher from our sponsor NZV8 Hot Laps You dont have to be []

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01:00

Convince me: It is not appropriate to build a Muslim community centre (aka the Ground Zero Mosque) near the World Trade Center site "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Islamic mosque at 9/11 Ground Zero Dec. 17, 2009: A new Islamic mosque was planned to open its doors just steps from Ground Zero where Muslim terrorists murdered 2,751 people in the name of Allah on Sept. 11, 2001 and its leading imam, who conducted sensitivity training sessions for the FBI, reportedly blamed Christians for []

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00:57

Saudi Women Spectate At Sports Event For The First Time "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A picture tells a thousand words.  (CNN)Female soccer fans in Saudi Arabia attended their first match ever Friday at the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Jeddah. http://edition.cnn.com/2018/01/12/middleeast/saudi-women-attend-first-soccer-match/index.html?sr=twCNN011218saudi-women-attend-first-soccer-match0610PMStory

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00:30

Youre Not Aboriginal Unless Youre Dirt Poor "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Apparently youre not a real Aboriginal, unless youre poor, illiterate, and live in a humpy out in the desert. GST changes to channel more funding to remote communities Changes to the definition of Aboriginality in distributing GST revenue to states and territories are being considered in a GST review submission by the Yothu Yindi []

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00:24

Southern Sea Heatwave: What Does It Mean? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I can personally vouch for the truth of this news, being close to the beach. The family take a dip frequently, and it really has been like taking a warm bath! Never in the thirty five years Ive lived by New Brighton Beach have I known it to be this tepid. What it means in []

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00:00

Saturdays smiles "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Any stone in a tramping boot always migrates to the point of maximum pressure.

The distance to a given camp site remains constant as twilight approaches.

The number of mosquitoes at any given location is inversely proportional to the amount of repellent that remains.

The probability of a stomach bug increases with the square of the thistle content of the local vegetation.

The area of level ground in the neighborhood tends to vanish as the need to make camp becomes finite.

In a sleeping bag the urgency of ones need to urinate is inversely proportional to the amount of clothing worn. It is also inversely proportional to the temperature and the degree to which the sleeping bag is completely zipped up.

Waterproof clothing isnt. (However, it is 100% effective at containing sweat).

The width of backpack straps decreases with the distance hiked. To compensate, the weight of the backpack increases.

Average temperature increases with the amount of clothing brought.

Tent stakes come only in the quantity N-1 where N is the number of stakes necessary to stake down a tent.

Given a chance, matches will find a way to get wet.

Your side of the tent is the side that leaks.

All foods assume a uniform taste, texture, and color when freeze-dried.
Divide the number of servings by two when reading the directions for reconstituting anything freeze-dried.

The weight in a backpack can never remain uniformly distributed.

All tree branches in the bush grow outward from their respective trunks at exactly the height of your nose. If you are male, tree branches will also grow at groin height.

You will lose the little toothpick in your Swiss Army knife as soon as you open the box.

Enough dirt will get tracked into the tent on the first day out, that you can grow the food you need for the rest of the trip in rows between sleeping bags.

The sun sets three-and-a-half times faster than normal when youre trying to set up camp.

Tents never come apart as easily when youre leaving a site as when youre trying to get them set up in the first place.

When planning to take time off of work/school for your camping trip, always add an extra week, because when you get home from your holiday youll be too tired to go back for a week after.

00:00

View From Your Window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo is a readers site office window view taken at 10:30 am during the Mussel Bar refit at Fishing Boat Harbour, Fremantle, Western Australia. Well done Matt :) window@whaleoil.co.nz Please put View From My Window in the subject line.

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23:30

Smug Bill chasing race based votes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I am not a political expert like Cam but as a conservative/libertarian voter, I can see that what Smug Bill is suggesting wont work. He seems to think that if National recruit a new generation of Mori candidates they will somehow gain race-based votes. One thing I have learned in the 30 years I have been []

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23:15

Trump Toon "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Peter Brookes The Times = 05/01/2018

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22:34

Jacindas Summer Holiday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Things are going swimmingly!

22:30

Book Review Of The Day The One Memory of Flora Banks "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

You can help. Send your book review to books@whaleoil.co.nz and we will put it up when it is your turn. The Whaleoil Book Club is a compilation of recommended books from readers This holiday season we are going to review approximately one book per day so that it gives people a chance to do their []

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22:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Seasonal labour a vital ingredient Mike Chapman:

Research New Zealand recently conducted a survey reporting on the impacts of the RSE scheme, where it has directly enabled:

The area under cultivation to expand consistently over the last three years.

The employment of more permanent and seasonal New Zealand workers.

A more stable workforce, with better and more productive workers.

RSE workers supplement other seasonal employees, and account for roughly one in five of all seasonal workers across the country. In areas where unemployed is very low, more RSE workers are employed, while in areas with higher unemployment, fewer RSE workers are employed. . .

Storm helped cure dry spell for Waikato farmers Ruby Nyika:

The storm that battered the North Island last week left lasting damage for some.

But for farmers, the heavy dump of rain was magic.

The lengthy dry spell that preceded it had been stressful.

I think its been a bit of a relief for every farmer, Waikato Federated Farmers president Andrew McGiven said. Not for the poor townies having their holidays, but for farmers its been a relief to get some moisture back in the ground. . .

MPI and dairy industry extend milk testing programme for Mycoplasma bovis:

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and its dairy industry partners have decided to extend the current Mycoplasma bovis milk testing underway in Canterbury, Otago and Southland into a national milk surveillance programme.

While there is no indication that the disease is present beyond the areas currently identified, checking for other possible regional clusters is essential to building a complete picture of the disease in New Zealand.

The programme will involve testing 3 milk samples from every dairy farm. One sample will be taken from bulk milk as part of the regular sampling process at milk collection. Farmers...

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