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Wednesday, 17 January

19:00

RNZ: Dan Slevin looks at Some Like It Hot "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In a good article on RNZ Dan Slevin looks at Billy Wilders marvelous comic movie Some Like It Hot

This film is a masterpiece with key cast of Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis.

Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon in a publicity still for Some Like It Hot (1959)

Tony Curtis, Marilyn Monroe and Jack Lemmon in a publicity still for Some Like It Hot (1959) Photo: MGM

There are some real gems of dialogue in the movie

Finally, probably the greatest closing line in movies:-

19:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A clever conjurer is welcome anywhere, and those of us whose powers of entertainment are limited to the setting of booby-traps or the arranging of apple-pie beds must view with envy the much greater tribute of laughter and applause which is the lot of the prestidigitator with some natural gift for legerdemain.  A.A. Milne who was born on this day in 1882.

19:00

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 []

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18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is autonomous (adj) 1. Not controlled by others or by outside forces; independent. 3. (a) Independent of the laws of another state or government; self-governing. (b) Of or relating to a self-governing entity: an autonomous legislature. (c) Self-governing with respect to local or internal affairs: an autonomous region of a []

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18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 18 18Flipping a coin[a] can end arguments; it settles disputes between powerful opponents.

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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 Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

18 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 Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

18 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 Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

12:01

January 18 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

532  Nika riots in Constantinople failed.

1126 Emperor Huizong abdicated the Chinese throne in favour of his son Emperor Qinzong.

1486 King Henry VII of England married Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV.

1520 King Christian II of Denmark and Norway defeated the Swedes at Lake sunden.

1535  Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded Lima, the capital of Peru.

1591 King Naresuan of Siam killed Crown Prince Minchit Sra of Burma in single combat,  this date is now observed marked as Royal Thai Armed Forces day.

1670  Henry Morgan captured Panama.

1778 James Cook was the first known European to discover the Hawaiian Islands, which he named the Sandwich Islands.

1779 Peter Mark Roget, British lexicographer, was born  (d. 1869).

1788 The first elements of the First Fleet carrying 736 convicts from England to Australa arrived at Botany Bay.

1813 Joseph Glidden, American farmer who patented barbed wire, was born (d. 1906).

1849  Sir Edmund Barton, 1st Prime Minister of Australia, was born (d. 1920).

1854 Thomas Watson, American telephone pioneer, was born (d. 1934).

1871  Wilhelm I of Germany was proclaimed the first German Emperor in the Hall of Mirrors of the Palace of Versailles.

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12:01

Mental Health Seclusion to be Scrapped After UN Condemnation "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

From Stuff: In 2015, the United Nations Committee Against Torture expressed concern at New Zealands use of seclusion against mental health patients. According to a new target set by health authorities, the practice of secluding mental health patients should be abandoned within two years.

Article

11:55

Midnight Movie Monte Walsh 2003 Tom Selleck "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is 2003 remake of the 1970 Movie, with Selleck in the role originated by Lee Marvin.

09:30

Brexit Fun "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Seamus Jennings

09:00

Wednesday Nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Contains a wonderful description of the Electoral System and Ministerial selection.

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08:30

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Im too old to be a digital native but have younger people in my life whove introduced me to apps which make life easier in a variety of ways.

One of these is WhatsApp that enables users to receive and send messages and photos to and from individuals and groups.

This morning I woke up to a message from Paraguay that made me laugh and another from Argentina that started a conversation.

WhatsApp is such an easy way to communicate and share photos with friends and family near and far, and Im grateful for it.

08:27

Jim Carreys Message From The Illuminati "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Is Jim Carreys recent behaviour the real Jim Carrey with a real message, or just another act? Even if this is an act, then perhaps that is itself a message about public perception of what constitutes reality? How real is Reality TV?  Judge for yourself: IS JIM CARREY TRYING TO TELL US SOMETHING? jim carrey []

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07:51

Lonely Planet urges industry to cater better for growing trend "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Lonely Planet calls on the travel industry to do more for solo travellers

 
1 in 3 travellers say they have felt disadvantaged by choosing to travel alone;

Lonely Planet urges industry to cater better for growing trend

 
World leading travel authority Lonely Planet has called on the travel industry to do more to cater for solo travellers. This follows new research revealing that the growing number of solo travellers face higher costs than those travelling with family or friends, including an average of nearly 20% on travel insurance and over 50% on accommodation.

Lonely Planet surveyed members of their dedicated global community of travellers, with more than 1 in 3 respondents claiming to have felt disadvantaged when choosing to travel alone, despite over 4 in 5 of those asked having taken or planning to take a solo trip in the future. Examples given in the survey by solo travellers of poor service from the industry included lack of choice in organised excursions and poor service in restaurants and bars.

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07:46

Latest new2s from The Bookseller "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Short story anthologies are enjoying a boom in sales, rising by almost 50% in value, to reach their highest level in seven years.
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07:45

The Roundup with PW "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Amazon Cuts 58 at Self-Pub Biz: The e-tailer will lay off part of its office staff in North Charleston this summer, a year after it moved its book-printing factory out of the city.

Margaret Atwood Faces Feminist Backlash: The Canadian authors op-ed defending due process for those accused of sexual misconduct sparked online ire.

Hulu Signs Clooney for 'Catch-22': The actor will star and direct in a six-episode limited series based on the classic novel by Joseph Heller.

07:43

Publishers Lunch "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Today's Meal


Rachel Chou will join Celadon Books as associate publisher, leading the publicity and marketing team, starting January 17. Most recently she had been general manager/chief content officer for Open Road Integrated Media, where she as part of the founding executive team.

Beth Inesonwill take over as executive director of the New England Independent Booksellers Association, as Steve Fischer retires. Most recently she was executive director, retail book sales, marketing and operations at America's Test Kitchen.

Jennifer Myersjoined Crooked Lane as a production editor. She was previously an associate production editor at Berkley.

At the Transatlantic Agency, Stephanie Sinclair has been promoted to senior agent, in addition to managing international rights for Samantha Haywood's clients. Sinclair will also manage international sales for Page Two, the separate company owned and operated by Transatlantic agents Jesse Finkelstein and Trena White.

Patricia Stocklandreturns to Capstone as publisher after an 11-year hiatus, most recently serving as...

06:30

Daily Roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

They are not even trying. Shouldnt their hijabs be made of Tartan? After a long and tiring day delivering Easter eggs the Easter bunny had some me time.  

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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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05:30

Lets Talk "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

What do you do to get rid of stress? Discuss

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05:00

Our PM is not as well known as you would think "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I think our PM needs to buy some reading glasses because she shared this embarrassing letter on Facebook apparently unaware that the student who wrote it to her didnt even spell her name correctly. Who is Jacinta?

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04:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Curmuring  grumbling; murmuring; rumbling, especially in the bowels.

04:00

D is for for Diarrhoea, D is for Dysentery "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

My Mum and I ate at a Whangaparaoa cafe next to the warehouse a number of times a few years ago. One day my darling son casually asked me if I had noticed that they had a D rating. D for Diarrhoea, he said laughing, D for Dysentery,! I responded shocked. Is it just me []

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04:00

NZ Literacy rate falling "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/downloads/smrd/smrd-20180117-0930-feature_interview_-_jo_cribb-128.mp3

A very disturbing picture of literacy has emerged as the above segment from RNZ highlights. Some facts:

  1. 40 years ago NZ led the world in childhood reading comprehension according to an OECD study. The latest such study had NZ ranked 30th of 50 countries, a decline not equalled by any other nation.
  2. Furthermore adult literacy is poor. Some 40% of adults do not have functional day to day literacy.

This is unacceptable. No doubt this contributes to our poor productivity and mediocre economic performance in many areas.

No doubt there are many reasons for this, but at the very least questions need to asked of the education sector.

More on this in due course.

03:52

QUESTION, HOW MANY OF THOSE HACKS WOULD HAVE SCORED 30/30. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



President trump had his appointment with the military MD, Vice Admiral Jackson who then did over an hour long stand up where the infantile media that have been shilling to have POTUS disqualified because he is mentally deficient asked some really pathetic questions.
Leaves the question how would the Whitehouse press corp done, they revealed a big deficit on intelligence and health.

Well the news is he is clinically obese, he eats too much junk food, watches too much device delivered information, has a medication for cholesterol and possible hypertension, is cardicaly sound, has his own teeth, and in the opinion of Admiral Jackson who also had the job with George W Bush and Obama, Trump will on current indications be more than capable to run again for a second term.

Oh and as an add-on Trump requested a Cognisance assessment using the MoCA test an industry standard that designates any score over 26/30 as normal.
President Trump scored a 30/30.

  • Trump underwent the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (or, MoCA)
  • It is a 10-minute, one-page test which was designed in 1996, and is now the industry standard
  • The test assesses concentration, attention, memory, language, calculations, orientation, executive functions and visual skills
  • The president scored 30/30

Someone else will give the WAPO/ Clinton News Network take I have nasal hair to remove.
I will guess they will say he had cheat notes or a stand in.


03:30

Yet another Hijabi Hoax and all the politicians jumped on the bandwagon "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Fake hate crimes ( Islamophobia) attacks are commonplace and usually, the story revealing that the original story was a hoax is given nowhere near as much airtime as the first breathless piece of propaganda. New Zealands most famous Islamophobia hate crime so far was revealed to be nothing of the sort when the woman accused []

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03:00

The Classic: Four Yorkshireman "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The original Cleese, Brooke-Taylor, Chapman, Feldman

02:30

Legalised Euthanasia is not the holy grail of medicine "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

David E. Richmond is professor emeritus of geriatric medicine at the University of Auckland and his recent opinion piece rebutted the opinion piece in last Tuesdays Herald by Dr Havill who he has accused of using emotionalism in an attempt to convince the public that legalised euthanasia is the holy grail of medicine. [] He complains his opponents []

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02:00

Map of the day: Where in the world are you most likely to get raped? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Rape rate (cases per 100,000 population) Botswana is the top country by rape rate in the world. As of 2014, rape rate in Botswana was 91.6 cases per 100,000 population. The top 5 countries also includes Sweden, Iceland, the United States of America, and Peru.[] Rape means sexual intercourse without valid consent. (UN-CTS M3.4) -knoema.com

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01:33

Aotearoa Independence Movement National Launch & Waihopai Spy Base Protest, Saturday January 27th, Blenheim "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

AIM NATIONAL LAUNCH

Saturday January 27th

Nativity Centre, 76 Alfred Street, central Blenheim

The launch will be on that afternoon, following on from the Anti-Bases Campaigns:

WAIHOPAI SPYBASE PROTEST

10 a.m. Waihopai spy base outer gate, Waihopai Valley Road

(see below for details of that)

Registration slip for either and/or both activities is at end of this message

The Aotearoa Independence Movement is a campaign, not an organisation. Our purpose is to initiate and drive a nationwide dialogue to advance the case for a non-aligned Aotearoa based on policies of economic, military and political independence.

PROGRAMME

12 start with catered lunch at venue.

1- 2 speakers: Murray Horton on AIM. Keith Locke: What a truly independent NZ foreign policy would look like. Bill Rosenberg: What a people-friendly globalisation would look like.

2-4 people to split into regional groups to discuss how to build and implement the AIM campaign in their city or town. Concludes with report back. Emphasis on organising, not information. This is not a conference.

4-6 John Pilgers excellent 113-minute 2016 documentary The Coming War On China.

Aotearoa Independence Movement
Box 2258, Christchurch 8140

cafca
independence

WAIHOPAI SPYBASE PROTEST

January 26-28, 2018

The disastrous Trump Presidency raises the urgent question why is New Zealand still an active and willing part of the US Empire? The US intelligence and nuclear war machine controls the NZ Government Communications Security Bureau. The GCSB is now legally allowed to systematically spy on New Zealanders; as well as routinely spying on any number of other countries, on behalf of the US National Security Agency (NSA). And the NSA spies on everyone. It is essential that more pressure is put on the Government to put an end to the anti-democratic and destructive activities of this NZ spy agency.

New Zealands role as an American ally is being steadily reconstituted. But our most significant contribution to Washi...

01:30

Collective Nouns Quiz: English terms of venery, by animal "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Venery is an archaic word for hunting. Collective nouns used to describe groups of animals come from a tradition that arose in the Late Middle Ages according to Wiki. You may have heard of a pride of Lions and a flock of sheep but do you know what a group of crows are called?

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01:00

Partnership schools have entered the boxing ring against Hitman Hipkins "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

They are not going to go down without a fight and a letter obtained via the tip-line shows that they are gearing up to take on Hitman Hipkins. The letter is addressed to the Partnership Schools Authorisation Board and it thanks the board for the supportive letter it sent to all the Partnership schools at []

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00:30

One great reason to finally subscribe and one great reason to upgrade "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is Bob. Bob is one of our readers and Bob doesnt mind the ads. He is not interested in paying 32c a day for a Bronze subscription to get rid of the ads or to increase the loading times of Whaleoil on his laptop, ipad or phone because Bob is a patient man. Bob is []

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00:00

View From Your Window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think this photo was taken? Yesterdays photo was taken December 2017 at 8.10 in the morning at Whitby, Porirua. window@whaleoil.co.nz Please put View From My Window in the subject line.

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00:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Sunflower fundraiser set to raise funds for struggling farmers Deena Coster:

Selling a flower which is synonymous with sunshine is helping give hope to struggling farmers.

In mid-November, Taranaki farmer Will Fleming planted about 500 sunflower seeds around the outside of one of his paddocks, and by next week the distinctive flowers will be on sale.

The money raised from selling off the sunflowers will go directly to the Taranaki Rural Support Trust (TRST). . . 

Pacific leader honoured for work in dairy industry and Manawat community Paul Mitchell:

Palatasa Havea is still trying to get his head around what it means to be a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

The Palmerston North man received the honour for a life-time of work in dairy industry research and his selfless dedication to the Pacific community in the New Year Honours List.

Havea was surprised and humbled by the appointment. But he wasnt that familiar with the Royal Honours system, what responsibilities came with it, or that hed done enough to deserve the recognition.

As a senior research scientist at Fonterra his work has resulted in a new manufacturing process for whey protein products and several patents for the company. . . 

Farmers are off to a good 2018 start in spite of unusual weather this summer Bill Wright:

The year has got off to a good...

00:00

Cartoon for Today 17/01/2018; the Class Sketch "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Blower Daily Telegraph

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this reminded Adam of this classic:-

The famous Class Sketch from 1966, starts at 9:20 approx, aired on The Frost Report

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23:32

QotD: On Inequality "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"Inequality is not so much a cause of economic, political, and social processes as a consequence."
~ Nobel-Prize winning economic historian Angus Deaton, from the article at the Human Progress site: 'Why We Shouldnt Obsess Over Economic Inequality'
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23:30

Comment of the Day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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23:23

The KIN Mid-Week Quiz 105 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The third quiz for 2018.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers on Sunday.   Who were the singles champions in the 2017 Australian Tennis Open?   The Treaty of Waitangi established a formal partnership between Maori and the Crown. True or false?   We call them []

23:00

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

All cartoons as seen exclusively on Whaleoil are available to buy as prints directly from SonovaMin.com

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22:30

Book Review Of The Day The Day We Bombed Switzerland "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

Yet another academic activist in New Zealand telling us what to think "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Lecturer outraged as Auckland Confederate flag flyer say its part of history We live in New Zealand not America yet a busybody academic thinks that she can dictate to Kiwis what flags they are allowed to fly. When flags with swastikas are waved in Auckland during anti-Israel protests people like her say nothing. When New []

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21:13

Why Did Americans Pay Billions for a Drug Deemed Worthless in Other Countries "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

By Natural Blaze

Disease awareness campaignsare an effective way for companies to sell a disease to sell a drug.

Why did Americans pay more than $1.5 billion a year in 2016 alone for a drug that potentially does so little, and to treat a condition that many would not even consider to be a disease?

Why are Americans both as patients and taxpayers paying billions of dollars for a drug whose efficacy is so questionable that its not approved in the European Union, Australia or New Zealand?

Restasis is a blockbuster drug sold by Allergan to treat chronic dry eye. It has done $8.8 billion in U.S. sales between 2009 and 2015, including over $2.9 billion in public monies through Medicare Part D, according to a Dartmouth Institute.

Restasis and Allergan have been in the news lately due to the companys novel legal strategy of transferring their patents on the drug to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in order to stave off competition posed by generic drugs. Patents for Restasis were also recently expired so one wonders whether the door is now open for ineffective generics. Lets explain.

In a recently published article in JAMA IM, A Clear-Eyed View of Restasis and Chronic Dry Eye Disease, Lisa Schwartz and Steven Woloshin, physician-researc...

21:00

Gut instinct guides business "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Two Lincoln University researchers have been researching the role intuition plays in farmers decisions and how it can be improved.

Dr Peter Nuthall and Dr Kevin Old, from the Department of Land Management and Systems, have had their analysis of farmers intuitive decision making published in the international rural research journal Rural Studies*.

Data was gathered from over 700 farmers.

Farmer intuition has never been analysed to this extent before, Dr Nuthall said.

Research has shown farmers make the majority of decisions using their intuition. They do not formally analyse each decision, but use their mental powers to decide on what action to take.

Using intuition, or gut instinct, might be unusual for academics but it isnt peculiar to farmers, especially those brought up in the business who learned by watching and working with their parents.

Sometimes the decision is instantaneous, but in others a range of thought levels are brought to bear before acting. Good decision intuition is not a mysterious process, Dr Nuthall said.

Profit and other assessments show some farmers are good intuitive decision makers, others not so good.

Farmers with little experience, whether they have good potential intuition or not, find it difficult to make good decisions.

The handicap of inexperience wont just be the preserve of farmers either.

I dont know any successful business people who havent made mistakes. Theyre more likely when theyre inexperienced and if those mistakes arent learning experiences.

Whats differentiates the successful from those less so, is the willingness to trust their gut, make decisions, act on them and learn from any mistakes so they dont repeat them.

Dr Nuthall said the intuition process often uses what is called pattern matching, where the brain uses experience to match up past events with the current decision problem.

The farmers intuition then comes up with what the brain believes to be the correct action.

However, intuition is more than just pattern matching, he said.

Intuition develops with a farmers thought process, self-criticism and review.

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21:00

All these claims about generational change turn out be nothing more than spin "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The youth-adjacent PM Jacinda Ardern has been waxing lyrical about so-called generational change. It turns out that it is nothing but spin and bluster from a government that is fast developing a reputation of being shallower than a bird bath. The 19-year age gap between Jacinda Ardern and Bill English jumps out at you quite []

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20:30

Government puts clapped out buildings ahead of child poverty "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jacinda Ardern said her government was going to eliminate child poverty. She said it was her priority. Well, they must have done it because not only are they cutting funding to Kidscan, but theyve also found plenty of money for clapped out buildingsironically the same amount Kidscan needs to continue their programme. The Government is []

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20:00

Bad week for Twyford gets worse as he is caught lying like a flatfish "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Last week, @PhilTwyford said he wasnt planning to use the taxes & RUC paid into the National Land Transport Fund by petrol & diesel users for rail instead of roads. Yet, in November, thats exactly what he wrote https://t.co/fkD6PakA3w #NotStudentPolitics #CallingOutPhil Judith Collins (@JudithCollinsMP) January 16, 2018 It has been a bad week for []

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19:32

Green challenges "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

One of the challenges facing the Green Party is to make a significant impact in Government. So far some of their more notable achievements are backtracking on previously strong policy positions, such as the waka jumping bill. This risks them being seen as weak and ineffective a problem faced by most small parties in []

19:30

Bannon subpoenaed by Mueller "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Bannon Is Subpoenaed in Muellers Russia Investigation  

so writes the NY Times in a new article. The details have yet to emerge, but Muellers investigations appear to be accelerating.

19:30

Daily Crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Welcome to our Daily Crossword.

Readers have requested a daily crossword and stated that the only reason they maintained a subscription to the NZ Herald or other newspapers was for a daily crossword.

We have now sourced a quality crossword provider, the same provider who provides many crosswords to media outlets for print. It is available for ALL readers who have a subscription package with Whaleoil.

Now you can safely cancel your newspaper subscription as your final remaining reason to keep it has now gone. Instead, you can sign up for one of our subscription packages and enjoy crosswords online on Whaleoil.

If demand is sufficient we can extend what we offer to other puzzles like Sudoku as well. Let us know.  

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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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19:02

Medical cannabis: Terminal vs Severe and Debilitating? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Medical Cannabis Awareness NZ wants the Governments medical cannabis bill to be expanded to cover people suffering from severe and debilitating illness. It currently only allows an exemption from prosecution for using cannabis for people certified to have less than a year to live (but growing is still illegal, as is the supplying of cannabis []

19:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

If you would have your son to walk honourably through the world, you must not attempt to clear the stones from his path, but teach him to walk firmly over them not insist upon leading him by the hand, but let him learn to go alone. Anne Bronte who was born on this day in 1820.

She also said:

I would not send a poor girl into the world, ignorant of the snares that beset her path; nor would I watch and guard her, till, deprived of self-respect and self-reliance, she lost the power or the will to watch and guard herself.

19:00

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 []

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18:25

Hawaiis missile alert and nuclear panic "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Apparently the false alarm ballistic missile warning in Hawaii was caused by someone clicking on the wrong link on a poorly designed selection screen. This is the screen that set off the ballistic missile alert on Saturday. The operator clicked the PACOM (CDW) State Only link. The drill link is the one that was supposed []

18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is autonomic (adj) 1. (Physiology) (a) Of, relating to, or controlled by the autonomic nervous system. (b) Occurring involuntarily; automatic. 2. Resulting from internal stimuli; spontaneous. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : 1832 (autonomical is recorded from 1650s), self-governing; see autonomy + -ic. Since late 19th century used mostly []

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18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 17 18 Its poor judgment to guarantee another persons debt or put up security for a friend.

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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 Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

17 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 Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

17 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 Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

12:01

January 17 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

1287 King Alfonso III of Aragon invaded Minorca

1377 Pope Gregory XI moved the Papacy back to Rome from Avignon.

1524 Beginning of Giovanni da Verrazzanos voyage to find a passage to China.

1608 Emperor Susenyos of Ethiopia surprised an Oromo army at Ebenat; his army reportedly killed 12,000 Oromo at the cost of 400 men.

1648 Englands Long Parliament passed the Vote of No Addresses, breaking off negotiations with King Charles I and thereby setting the scene for the second phase of the English Civil War.

1773 Captain James Cook and his crew became the first Europeans to sail below the Antarctic Circle.

1820  Anne Bront, British author, was born  (d. 1849).

1852 The United Kingdom recognised the independence of the Boer colonies of the Transvaal.

1853 The New Zealand Constitution Act (UK) of 1852, which established a system of representative government for New Zealand, was declared operative by Governor Sir George Grey.

1863  David Lloyd George, British Prime Minister, was born  (d. 1945).

1865 Charles Fergusson, Governor-General of New Zealand, was born (d. 1951).

1877  May Gibbs, Australian childrens author, was born.

1899 Al Capone, American g...

11:55

11:35

English queen narrowly missed assasination "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A rifle crack was distinctly heard in NZ, when a teenager levelled his rifle at Her Majesty, it missed by inches!

He added that, as the distinctive crack rang out around the area, police attempted to disguise the seriousness of the threat, telling British journalists present that the noise was a council sign falling over.

AN ex-cop has sensationally claimed that a teenager came incredibly close to assassinating the Queen during a 1981 visit to New Zealand and the government tried to cover it up.

At the age of 17, Christopher John Lewis, from Dunedin, joined cheering crowds to watch the monarch pass through during a diplomatic trip, The Sun reports.

...

10:45

Amnesty International Is Barking Up The Wrong Tree, by Paul Craig Roberts "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The violence that has destroyed in whole or part eight countries, murdering, maiming, and displacing millions of peoples, was committed by the Clinton, George W. Bush, and Obama regimes,Trump and his deplorables have a long way to go to match this record of violence. Amnesty International Is Barking Up The Wrong Tree Paul Craig Roberts []

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09:22

A second referendum on the deal with the EU: a multi-option poll "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

More than anything else, perhaps, the UK now needs something which is not just accurate but also inclusive.

lead Ramon Llull/Raimundus Lullus (1232? - 1316. Wikicommons/ from the collection of Friderici Roth-Scholtzii Noriberg. Some rights reserved.To identify the nations collective will, we need to collate the voters individual wills. This cannot be done in a yes-or-no? (remain-or-leave?) vote in which some people say only what they do not  want. So, logically, the 2016 referendum did not and could not identify the will of the people. This is confirmed by the fact that, today, nobody knows what the collective will actually is, and hence all the arguments about whether Brexit is to be soft or hard or whatever? Nobody knows what the collective will actually is, and hence all the arguments about whether Brexit is to be soft or hard or whatever...

If that ballot had been multi-optional something like the UK in the EU, the EEA, the Customs Union or the WTO? each voter could have voted for what they actually wanted, and, if people had voted sincerely rather than tactically to use the terms from social choice science the most popular option could have been identified.

The correct procedure would have been to set up an independent commission, so to determine which options best represented the national debate; this was done in New Zealand in 1992, before they had their five-option referendum on their electoral system.

Multi-option polling

Consider the theory. When the House of Lords debated Lords reform in 2003, they took five majority votes on five options, but lost all of them.

If Brexit had been four majority votes on the above four-options, and if, as in the Lords, voters had cast a preference only once, then in the EU could have got 48% and each of the other three a part of 52%.  In other words, the 2016 referendum should probably have been a victory for remain in the EU. The 2016 referendum should probably have been a victory for remain in the EU...

A second referendum on the deal with the EU: a multi-option poll "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

More than anything else, perhaps, the UK now needs something which is not just accurate but also inclusive.

lead Ramon Llull/Raimundus Lullus (1232? - 1316. Wikicommons/ from the collection of Friderici Roth-Scholtzii Noriberg. Some rights reserved.To identify the nations collective will, we need to collate the voters individual wills. This cannot be done in a yes-or-no? (remain-or-leave?) vote in which some people say only what they do not  want. So, logically, the 2016 referendum did not and could not identify the will of the people. This is confirmed by the fact that, today, nobody knows what the collective will actually is, and hence all the arguments about whether Brexit is to be soft or hard or whatever? Nobody knows what the collective will actually is, and hence all the arguments about whether Brexit is to be soft or hard or whatever...

If that ballot had been multi-optional something like the UK in the EU, the EEA, the Customs Union or the WTO? each voter could have voted for what they actually wanted, and, if people had voted sincerely rather than tactically to use the terms from social choice science the most popular option could have been identified.

The correct procedure would have been to set up an independent commission, so to determine which options best represented the national debate; this was done in New Zealand in 1992, before they had their five-option referendum on their electoral system.

Multi-option polling

Consider the theory. When the House of Lords debated Lords reform in 2003, they took five majority votes on five options, but lost all of them.

If Brexit had been four majority votes on the above four-options, and if, as in the Lords, voters had cast a preference only once, then in the EU could have got 48% and each of the other three a part of 52%.  In other words, the 2016 referendum should probably have been a victory for remain in the EU. The 2016 referendum should probably have been a victory for remain in the EU...

09:00

Tuesday Nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Chinas Sesame Credit system: its not just a Financial Credit assessment system, its a Social Credit system. What if you had a credit score that measured more than just your wallet? What if it took into account your political leanings, Internet traffic, and social media statements and what if the same stuff from your friends could []

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08:05

Be Careful What You Wish For "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I see there's a bit of a hoohaa in the UK because the NHS is treating people according to their registered gender. 

That means if a person is registered as female, invitations and reminders for mammograms and smear tests will be issued.  However, these invitations and reminders will not be issued to those who are registered as male.    Well that's pretty sensible, you might think.  But the LGBT gang is kicking up bobsy dye.    'What about all the gals who think they're guys?'

Well what about them? I say.  Let them count themselves fortunate they'll all receive complementary prostate tests.

08:00

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

He was a family man, a farmer and a community stalwart.

The crowd attending his funeral today overflowed the church, a visible sign of how many lives hed touched.

The service provided an opportunity to reflect on all hed done and a reminder that his was an example we could all follow to make the world a better place.

Im grateful for that.

07:23

Massive flu outbreak? Heres the real story the media wont touch. The lies, the hoax, the scandal. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In case you havent been following the uproar over the flu outbreak, youve missed the fact that Health authorities admit this years flu vaccine is only 10% effective. But of course, they urge you to take the vaccine anyway.. Massive flu outbreak? Heres the real story the media wont touch. The lies, the hoax, the []

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07:00

Skeletons in the Closet Episode 2 Under the Carpet "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Episode 2, Under the Carpet dives under the layers of volcanic ash, lava, sand and embargoes to discover historical information lost and covered up by government decision, designed to keep the truth of New Zealands history away from the people; those that really need it. Its not enough that New Zealands history is being rewritten, []

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07:00

UK air force scrambles 2 fighters to intercept Russian jets "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Russian Bombers near British airspace? Major Incident or much ado about nothing?   LONDON Britains Royal Air Force scrambled two fighter jets to intercept Russian strategic bombers near U.K. airspace on Monday, in another illustration of ongoing tensions. The RAF confirmed that it sent Typhoon aircraft from the Lossiemouth base in Scotland on a []

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06:41

A Chip Off The Old Block "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Browsing various media Adam came across this phrase:-

chip off the old block definition. An expression used of people who closely resemble their parents in some way: Mark just won the same sailboat race his father won twenty years ago; hes a chip off the old block.

Somehow it resonated. Then, he recalled, one of the reasons was this:-

from Wikipedia re Donald trumps grandfathe

In 1891, Trump moved to Seattle, in the newly admitted U.S. state of Washington. With his life savings of several hundred dollars, he bought the Poodle Dog, which he renamed the Dairy Restaurant, and supplied it with new tables, chairs, and a range.[2] Located at 208 Washington Street, the Dairy Restaurant was in the middle of Seattles Red Light District; Washington Street was nicknamed the Line and included an assortment of saloons, casinos, and brothels. Blair, the biographer, called it a hotbed of sex, booze, and money, [it] was the indisputable center of the action in Seattle.[3]:41 The restaurant served food and liquor and was advertised to include Rooms for Ladies, a common euphemism for prostitution.[3]:50Today many would assume, no doubt wrongly, that Grandad exploited women.

Yet, we see :

Billy Bush has pushed back against reports that Donald Trump believes the Access Hollywood tape was a hoax. Writing in the...

06:12

Harriet Bright: Pencil Specialist "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Mid-summer garden By Kate Hartmann Paekakariki based artist Harriet Bright continues to impress with her skill with the pencil. Well known for her beautiful renderings of the human form, this time Harriet has captured the charm and chaos of a summers day in the garden hunting down chickens. Catching Chickens, a framed pencil and conte []

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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05:52

Horo. Pollies of 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

  Horowhenuas Economic Board members win 2017 award (for secrecy) By KIN Horowhenuq correspondenmt Veronica Harrod (Part I of II) My choice for Local Horowhenua Politicians of 2017 goes to members of the Councils Economic Development Board. But this is for all the wrong reasons: Secrecy, lack of democracy and lack of public input. After []

05:30

Lets Talk "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

  Discuss: Is suffering a necessary part of the human condition? What would people who have never suffered be like?

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05:00

A Hash of Tweets "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A pride of lions A murder of crows A troop of monkeys A pounce of cats A bask of crocodiles and now A hash of Tweets

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04:30

Whaleoil History Channel: Posts from the Vault "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Todays post from the Whaleoil vault was written in 2012 Headline: Those Wacky Greens via the tipline A reader of the blog writes: About an hour ago I just finished watching a documentary on Sky called The Mordarvian Truth. Its a New Zealand doco about people called LARPers (Live Action Role Play) who dress up []

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04:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Evapotranspiration  the process of transferring moisture from the earth to the atmosphere by evaporation of water and transpiration from plants; the movement of water to the air from sources such as the soil, canopy interception, and waterbodies; water loss; the total volume transferred by this process.

04:18

Hayley Holt: TVNZs choice to co-host Breakfast "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Holt is the new co-host of TVNZs Breakfast. Here is TVNZs OTT post on their website re Holt:-

Were really excited to announce that talented broadcaster and athlete Hayley Holt will be joining Jack, Matty and Daniel for Breakfast this year.

Hayleys had dozens of jobs on TV from her time on Dancing with the Stars, hosting the Crowd Goes Wild, and showing off her smarts on Back Benches. While were sad to say goodbye to Hilary, we know shell nail it on Seven Sharp.

Hayleys excited to settle in with the team and we cant wait for you all to meet her. See you on Monday!

The hyperbole is bigly! Dozens, really! See below.

BTW TVNZ puts the above up, but their shows tagline at 12:32 pm still had:-

TVNZ_Breakfast_16012018

Also the case at 4:15 pm as well.

TVNZ just cannot manage even their own website.

However, Holts Wikipedia entry reads, as below and as of today This page was last edited on 31 October 2017, at 14:26. was still current and presumably correct.
...

04:00

Political correctness is killing comedy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Veteran comedian Mel Brooks has said that our politically correct culture is killing comedy and if the two recent outrages in New Zealand lead by comedians Oscar Kightley and James Baroque with their attacks on Golliwogs and a funny Asian menu respectively is anything to go by it is happening in New Zealand too. [] Brooks []

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03:30

Another comedian getting his tits in a tangle over raaaaaacism "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

How ironic is it that a Asian comedian should be the one to lecture us all on why Asian jokes arent funny? Making fun of other peoples languages and accents is a staple of comedy yet comedian James Rocque whose stand up comedy in the video below is based on Asian stereotypes has written an []

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03:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a video suitable for the Mental Health Break please e-mail it to video@whaleoil.co.nz and put MHB in the Subject line.

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02:30

How to write a slap-down with class "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

SJB, Rebecca Bright chose the wrong chap to bully on Facebook and got a wonderfully written slap-down for her troubles. She had the temerity to suggest that Mike Rowe should be fired as a narrator because she didnt agree with his world-view. Mike describes himself as Professional Lab Rat, occasional spokesman, perpetual narrator, frustrated writer, []

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02:16

Why the media is losing its mind over DACA "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The MSM's attempt to slam the President over alleged language covers up the real matter that Democrats offered a bum solution for immigration reform For three days now, the MSM has been screaming bloody murder about an alleged (and denied) vulgarity spoken by President Trump in a closed-door meeting about immigration reform and DACA. We have covered this media meltdown extensively in pieces you can link to here and here. But now, let's have a look into what the REAL news about DACA is, and we might even understand why the MSM is having such a meltdown. On January 12th, the American radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh noted during his program that although there was not any detail about this known yet, the apparent issue was that President Trump was outraged over the Democrats trying to hand him a total nothing-burger deal about immigration. We have to remember that one of President Trump's wishes is to get the United States to adopt a "merit based" immigration position, where the US screens people who want to come to live in the USA in regards to what they can and will contribute to the well-being of this nation. This is not a strange or barbarous position to take on immigration. Canada does it. Australia does it, Germany, Hong Kong, Denmark, New Zealand and other nations in the world probably do it as well. In fact, the United States itself ran with such a system up until the year 1952. Such a vetting process may go far in reducing the chance that elements who get in to a given nation will then attack it and its people.

01:54

US, Canada to host world summit on N. Korea, snubbed - Russia and China will receive a brief on results "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Canada and the US are hosting a meeting on the Korean peninsula deadlock, gathering diplomats from 20 nations. Moscow and Beijing, however, are not invited, and will only be "briefed" on the outcome, Russia's FM Lavrov said. The meeting, held January 15-17, seeks to achieve the goal of a "secure, prosperous and denuclearized Korean peninsula," according to its organizers. "The Vancouver group of foreign ministers from across the globe will meet to demonstrate solidarity in opposition to North Korea's dangerous and illegal actions," reads the statement on the event issued by the Canadian government. There are 18 countries in the "Vancouver group" besides the US and Canada, including Denmark, Greece, Norway, New Zealand and others. The two major players - China and Russia - who are the immediate neighbors of North Korea and are definitely not keen on the prospect of a nuclear conflict on their borders, were not invited to the gathering for some reason. The choice of participating countries, a large part of which are at the periphery of the Korean standoff, has reportedly raised eyebrows even among diplomats of one of the closest US allies - Japan. Moscow and Beijing officials, however, were "welcomed" to attend the end of the meeting - basically just to check out its results. The proposal was turned down and criticized by both Russia and China. "We and the Chinese have not been invited, but we've been told 'The meeting will be today in the evening, the main meeting on [January] 16, come alongside with the Chinese on 16 in the evening, we'll tell you what we've agreed upon,'" Lavrov told a press conference on Monday. "It's obviously unacceptable."

01:30

Convince me: Books should never be banned or burned "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

People who believe that parents and other adults should be able to remove or ban books from libraries argue that they have the right to decide what material their children are exposed to and when; that children should not be exposed to sex, violence, drug use, or other inappropriate topics in school or public libraries; []

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01:23

Canada's Public Sector Pension Board gets OIO approval to buy $17.7M dairy farm and block "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

15 Jan 2018 | NBRCanada's Public Sector Pension Investment Board, got a green light to buy a medium-sized New Zealand dairy farm and a neighbouring dairy support block in Canterbury for $17.7 million just ahead of tougher requirements on land sales to foreign buyers.

01:00

Kiwi women treated as a minority, victimhood group by Denizen magazine "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I dont like being patronised and these days with women having achieved equality I dont expect to be treated as if I am sub-human or inferior and unable to make my own decisions. Sadly the people most likely to treat me as a member of a minority victimhood group are the very people who think []

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00:48

I AM GENUINELY FEARFUL OF THE STATE OF US DEMOCRACY "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The rules governing electoral spending in New Zealand are fairly robust.    In the three months prior to the 2017 election individual candidates were limited to $26k (GST inclusive)) in the amount they could spend on their campaign.   Parties too were limited in the amount of broadcasting time they got determined by the Electoral Commission from funds appropriated by Parliament for the purpose (in 2017 the amount was $4.176m) and are capped in the amount they can spend in contesting the party vote ($1.1m ).   The amount spent by third parties in promoting political parties/candidates is also regulated.

Not so in the land of the free.   Unlimited money dominates the electoral process. PACs (Political Action Committees) and now Super PACs dominate with open ended cheque books.   I well remember visiting the office of a Congressman over a decade ago.    You will know that Congressional elections are held every two years with all seats up for grabs.   I was drawn to a bar chart in the office of the Congressman's Chief of Staff.    Short story ... the chart detailed progress in the $10,000 he needed to accumulate each and every week in the period up to the next election as a minimum to running his next campaign.   Two staff members were assigned that task full-time.

I suspect right now the number is close to $25,000 per week.    You can rightly ask is that 'healthy' politics.   What deals are done; what favours ensue from that kind of money.    It matters not Republican or Democrat ... they're both at it although it appears the Democrats hold the edge in both fundraising and spending.

And now the news that Chelsea (Bradley) Manning, hero to some, traitor to many, sentenced to 35 years imprisonment for leaking classified material during her service with the military as an intelligence analyst  (with 'her' sentence commuted by Obama in one of his last actions as President) is to run for the US Senate as a Democrat.    Great advert for that Party not but, given that state of politics in the land of the free, you would have to think 'she' was in with a chance.





00:30

The schools that have solved these issues are being closed down by the government "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Getting your kids ready to go back to school is an expensive time of year for families and the NZ Herald has published an article focussing on a Bay of Plenty school that is trying to reduce these costs. The start of a new school year is an expensive time, so some Bay of Plenty []

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00:00

View From Your Window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo was a readers breakfast view on the 21st of December. Location: Bennetts/Summerhill. window@whaleoil.co.nz Please put View From My Window in the subject line.

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00:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Womens shearing record set in epic sporting feat:

A nine-hour slog to set a new world shearing record is being described as an epic sporting feat.

Kerri-Jo Te Huia sheared 452 ewes in a Wairarapa woolshed yesterday to set a record that no-one has held before: that for the womens nine-hour strongwool ewe category.

Champion shearer Jills Angus Burney watched Ms Te Huia make history and said she did an amazing job. . . 

Growers dilemma: Killing a crop to survive the dry:

After a drought-inducing start to summer, fruit and vegetable growers are pleading for more dams to avoid having to kill off their own crops.

Much of the country has been facing water restrictions after the early dry season, with even the usually rain-soaked West Coast having declared drought conditions.

Canterbury went weeks without rain in November and December, and Wellington was forced to use reserve water two months earlier than usual.

Otago settlement Glenorchy was the latest affected with Queenstown Lakes District Council announcing restrictions this morning, asking residents to switch off all irrigation and automatic watering systems. . .

What does the future hold for NZs largest farm? Alexa Cook:

The Department of Conservation (DOC) is calling for public opinion about how New Zealands largest farm, Molesworth Station, should be managed.

The 180,000ha cattle station is owned by the government farmer Landcorp, which has a farming lease and grazing licence for the land.

A management plan for Molesworth was approve...

Monday, 15 January

23:30

Where do these whinging fools think pork sausages come from, sausage trees? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The wowsers are out bullying private companies again, this time over a social media picture of a pig. Kiwi sausage company Bangerritos has come under fire over an Instagram post featuring a pig in happier times, which followers deemed disgusting. However, the company has denied the image is in poor taste and says people []

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23:24

Do They Read What They Write? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Adolf scans the job ads each day for a part time job.   Today there was some unintentional humor.

Here's a section from a job description:-

".......The duties directly relating to your position will be nominated in mutual agreement with yourself and the Leadership team and may look different on a weekly basis. ....."

Translation:-

We don't have a ****ing clue what we really want you to do.

23:08

Overheard in a bar "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Whats the difference between the KKK and the Taliban?

Dont know!

In the Taliban the women wear the hoods. 

22:40

Undertones "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Found this summation of the week helped. Hope you agree.

The Weekly Sift

The immigration debate has always carried with it an undertone of racism. Im not attributing this to everyone who holds the position, but theres a sense in which [opposition to] immigration is driven by a deep anxiety about the browning of America. That how will we stem the tide?, that this is no longer a white nation. What Trump did yesterday was to make explicit the racist undertone of this debate.

Eddie Glaude, speaking on MSNBCs Morning Joe (1-12-2018).

This weeks featured post is The Real Immigration Issue.

On MLK Day, I always like to link to a piece I wrote in 2013 to warn conservatives against cherrypicking Kings quotes. The real Martin Luther King was a radical: MLK: Sanitized for Their Protection.

This week everybody was talking about shithole countries

(More about this in the featured post.) Even in a

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22:30

Book Review Of The Day A Soul Burned "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

Ignorant Blog headline of the week "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The willful ignorance displayed at the Daily Blog shouldnt still surprise me but occasionally it does. When I read the above headline all I could think of as a genuine comparison to the text warning of an imminent attack that the people of Hawaii mistakenly received was the people of Israel. When rockets are on []

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21:59

Bias only wrong when its right "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Her past candidacy not a problem, unless she makes it one. Have difficulty with understanding what qualifications she has for her role.

Homepaddock

Green Party candidate Hayley Holt is to join Jack Tame as a host on TV1s Breakfast show.

Holt, 36, stood for the Green Party in John Keys Helensville electorate in last Septembers general election. At 17th on the party list, she missed out on a place in Parliament.

A former New Zealand snowboarder, she previously hosted alternative sports news show The Crowd Goes Wild on Prime and the breakfast radio show on More FM. . .

If this was a National candidate there would almost certainly have been an uproar from the left.

They petitioned against Mike Hosking hosting pre-elections debates because of his views but hed never been a candidate.

The left wont be campaigning against her appointment because in their eyes and ears political bias is only wrong when its right and its alright when its left.

Shes not the first former candidate to front such a show

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21:55

Of Lies And Libels: Trumps Problem Is Not With The Lack Of American Values But The Lack Of A Libel Case "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Useful clarification of issues

JONATHAN TURLEY

donald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppeddownload-1Below is my column in USA Today on the renewed calls of President Donald Trump to change our libel laws to make it easier for public officials and figures to sue over publications like the recent book by Michael Wolff.  While the controversy was quickly pushed from coverage by the Presidents alarming statements on immigration policy, it is clear that he remains heavily invested in this ill-considered idea.

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21:30

Hope the owner sends Susan Devoy a thank you card. I would. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The restaurant attacked by Susan Devoy for having a bit of a laugh over Asian fusion menu items has hit the big time, all thanks to Susan Devoy and her lack of understanding about The Streisand Effect. The Christchurch restaurant at the centre of the international media storm over its controversial menu has boasted capacity crowds. While []

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21:15

What National needs to do to win in 2020 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Nikki Kaye & the Monkeys in a tree - why she will never be leader, and why listening to her will doom National to more opposition.

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Nikki Kaye represents is the sopping wet liberal wing of the National party. Under John Key's leadership National became so broad-church it had people who should really have been in the Labour party. Nikki Kaye was one of those, Wayne Mapp was another. She has always been a favourite of Bill English and close to Murray McCully and Michelle Boag. Being closely associated with both of them alone should bring more than enough concern to party members to not want her anywhere near policy for the future.

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21:00

Waiting for the howls of outrage as TVNZ appoints failed political party candidate to Breakfast role "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Ive been waiting for the howls of outrage over the appointment of a former political party candidate to host Breakfast at TVNZ. After all there were huge and ongoing howls of outrage when Paul Henry, a failed National party candidate, was appointed to the show and anything else he did for that matter. TVNZ has []

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21:00

Q: What is a house? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


The house is a machine for living.~ a banality from the very banal Le Corbusier

Oh yes, young man; consider that a house is a machine in which to live, but by the same token the heart is a suction pump. Sentient man begins where that concept of the heart ends.    Consider that a house is a machine in which to live, but architecture begins where that concept of the house ends. All life is machinery in a rudimentary Sense, and yet machinery is the life of nothing. Machinery is machinery only because of life.~ Frank Lloyd Wright, from his lecture To the Young Man in Architecture'

A house is not a machine to live in. It is the shell of man his extension, his release, his spiritual emanation. Not only its visual harmony but its organisation as a whole, the whole work combined together, make it human in the most profound sense  The poverty of modern architecture stems from the atrophy of sensuality.~ architect Eileen Gray, designer of the house that Le Corbusier could never have designed, but nonetheless fell in love with

21:00

Bias only wrong when its right "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Green Party candidate Hayley Holt is to join Jack Tame as a host on TV1s Breakfast show.

Holt, 36, stood for the Green Party in John Keys Helensville electorate in last Septembers general election. At 17th on the party list, she missed out on a place in Parliament.

A former New Zealand snowboarder, she previously hosted alternative sports news show The Crowd Goes Wild on Prime and the breakfast radio show on More FM. . .

If this was a National candidate there would almost certainly have been an uproar from the left.

They petitioned against Mike Hosking hosting pre-elections debates because of his views but hed never been a candidate.

The left wont be campaigning against her appointment because in their eyes and ears political bias is only wrong when its right and its alright when its left.

Shes not the first former candidate to front such a show. Paul Henry who fronted breakfast shows on both TV1 and TV3 once stood for National.

Many years before that, Brian Edwards who had been a Labour candidate, was an interviewer on political programmes.

Bias doesnt necessarily make people wrong for such work and if  they are politically biased its better to be out in the open than hidden.

20:36

The Wonderful Forgotten World Highway "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Stratford to Taumaranui the long way! By Sandra Smith Progress. always progress. The roads and railway lines around us are often superceded by a straighter, faster and more direct route. This leaves behind smaller, now less used roads and sometimes the once thriving towns dwindle. But that is not to say that the communities do []

20:30

No chinky sounding names there then? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Before the election Labour and Winston Peters made much of sales of land to Johnny Foreigner. Here is what Winston has had to say on the sale of farm land to foreigners: New Zealand First leader Winston Peters has slammed a Chinese companys purchase of Lochinver Station as a corporate raid with no benefits to []

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20:00

Reality of government crashes Twyfords party "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Phil Twyford is a gobby bastard at the best of times. Arrogant, condescending, convinced of his own brillianceand screwing up weekly. When in opposition there wasnt a cause he couldnt use for political gain. One of those has bitten him on his self-centred arse and the very things he accused the former government of doing, []

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19:55

Have we started the year off ugly and angry? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Politics seems to have kicked off early this year, largely because of the attention being given to Donald Trump (New Zealand politics is only slowly emerging from holiday time). Anger and affront whether real or an activist tactic is one of the more visible aspects of political discussion, so naturally some people have []

19:30

The Daily Whaleoil Crossword is on its way do you want a FREE taste? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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19:30

Conservative columnist supports Durbin "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The s**thole debate goes on. Senators accuse each other of lying. Cabinet Secretary has memory issues. Now a conservative columnist supports Durbin.

19:22

Satire versus bullying "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I hadnt heard of Terry Pratchett until I saw this quote at The Standard: "Satire is meant to ridicule power. If you are laughing at people who are hurting, it's not satire, it's bullying." Terry Pratchett pic.twitter.com/XxzkXlOpk0 Shaula Evans (@ShaulaEvans) January 13, 2018 There could be some truth in that. Another Pratchett quote on []

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"

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19:05

The Last Left-Wing Mohican. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Indefatigable Campaigner: Murray Horton has been fighting the good fight on the left of New Zealand politics for nearly fifty years. On Saturday, 27 January 2018, outside the Waihopai Spy Base, he and his comrades will launch the Aotearoa Independence Movement. Its time for this country to pull the plug, to finish the business started in the 1980s which saw NZ both nuclear free and out of ANZUS; and to break the chains military, intelligence, economic and cultural that continue to bind us to the American Empire.

MURRAY HORTON really is the last of the Mohicans. I know this because, at one time, I was a member of his tribe. For fourteen years I was the editor and publisher of a left-of-centre periodical, NZ Political Review. Alas, it has been nearly thirteen years since the final issue of that publication appeared on the newsstands. In 2018, the title of the last man standing in left-wing publishing belongs, unquestionably, to Murray Horton.

It was not always so. Thirty-five years ago, there were at least a dozen left-wing periodicals published in New Zealand. From the independent, left social-democratic, NZ Monthly Review, to the Workers Communist Leagues newspaper, Unity, political parties and activist groups to the left of the Labour Party maintained a lively presence on the New Zealand media stage.

Thirty-five years on, only Murray Hortons Foreign Control Watchdog remains. Officially, the journal of the Christchurch-based Campaign Against Foreign Control in Aotearoa (CAFCA), the Watchdogoffers the last substantial paper and ink forum for left-wing commentary and analysis on the vexed question: Who owns New Zealand and why?

Since the first appearance of Watchdog in the mid-1970s, however, the answer to that question has been the same. New Zealanders control less and less of their own country for the very simple reason that they keep selling off large chunks of it to fore...

19:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

No man who really is a man ever cared for the easy task. There is no enjoyment in the game that is easily won. It is that in which you have to strain every muscle and sinew to achieve victory that provides real joy.  Eric Liddell  who was born on this day in 1902.

19:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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18:58

A Holt to impartial Breakfast TV? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

News tellers were again news stories yesterday. Hillary Barry is moving from one TV show to another. Whoop de do. The content of Breakfast and Seven Sharp is largely dictated by producers and their commercial interests. Presenters are more entertainment actors than anything. A more controversial show shift was also broadcast, ensuring pre-publicity for TVNZ. []

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