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Sunday, 20 May

22:00

Budget 2018: Questions remain over new broadcasting spending "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Colin Peacock

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/mwatch-20180516-2208-questions_remain_over_new_broadcasting_spending-128.mp3

The government has allocated an additional $15 million in the Budget for public broadcasting, but it is not clear where the new investment will go or when the public will see the benefits.

22:00

Medical students upset over Labours blue budget "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I dont think the budget has made anyone happy. The list of those upset with Labours blue budget is growing. This time it is medical students: Quote: Medical students are upset with the Government for not getting rid of a cap on the number of years a student can get a student loan. The National [] The post Medical students upset over Labours blue budget appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:33

Government says it has no plans to reform the Official Information Act "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Concerns of abuse of the Official Information Act by Government Ministers have been growing for years. Last December: Clare Curran is planning a few shake-ups Broadcasting aside, Curran has also been given the newly created role as the Minister in charge of open government. Falling under her Associate State Services portfolio its a natural fit []

21:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

21:22

Another report information wrongly withheld by Auckland Council "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

RNZ reports on a third case where mayor Phil Goff and the Auckland City Council withheld information requested under the Official Information act that required intervention by the Ombudsmans Office Auckland Council stalled release of reports The release of the $935,000 consultants report on a downtown stadium on Friday was the third time RNZ had to []

21:15

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

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

21:05

Trump campaign spy claim refuted "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

As has become normal, Donald Trump made a big claim via Twitter on Friday based on what appear to be nothing more than vague rumours. Reports are there was indeed at least one FBI representative implanted, for political purposes, into my campaign for president. It took place very early on, and long before the phony []

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Punishment is not for revenge, but to lessen crime and reform the criminal.   Elizabeth Fry who was born on this day in 1780.

21:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

20:50

Waikeria mega prison wont be built but Government remains vague "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Decisions on what to do about an escalating New Zealand prison population are still pending, but the government has revealed it has ruled out building a 2.500 bed prison expansion at Waikeria. other options are being considered. Limited measures were announced in the Budget. Grant Robertson: Our goal is to stop the spiralling prison population []

20:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In summary, todays face of the day, along with other journalists, falsely accused President Donald Trump of calling illegal immigrants animals. Trumps remarks, in fact, were directed at gang members from the murderous MS-13. What makes her false accusation stand out from the other journalists false accusations is a tweet from her past. The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:24

China-US trade war on hold, deal pending "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The risk of a trade war between the United States and China has diminished after a deal has been made, which means threatened US tariffs and counter tariffs from China may be scrapped. Avoiding a trade war is better for both countries and for world trade than trying to win a war that []

20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is panchreston (noun) A proposed explanation intended to address a complex problem by trying to account for all possible contingencies but typically proving to be too broadly conceived and therefore oversimplified to be of any practical use. Source : Dictionary.com Etymology : English panchreston comes via Latin panchrstos good for [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 21 21 Whoever pursues righteousness and unfailing love will find life, righteousness, and honor. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:30

Farmers look at options for curbing greenhouse gases "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Insight looks at how farmers are confronting climate change

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/inst-20180518-0810-insight_farming_and_the_fight_against_climate_change-128.mp3

As the interim climate commission begins its work, one of its most controversial tasks is to determine how agricultural greenhouse gas emissions could be included in the Emissions Trading Scheme. At the same time, farmers have an increasing number of options to curb emissions. (More at the link referenced above)

19:20

Media watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

19:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

19:10

Open Forum Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

14:05

World watch Monday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

14:01

May 21 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

293 Roman Emperors Diocletian and Maximian appointed GaleriusasCaesar to Diocletian, beginning the period of four rulers known as theTetrarchy.

878  Syracuse, Italy was  captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily.

879 Pope John VIII gave blessings to Duke Branimir and to Croatian people, considered to be international recognition of Croatian state.

996 Sixteen-year-old Otto III was crowned Holy Roman Emperor.

1502  The island of Saint Helena was discovered by the Portuguese navigator Joo da Nova.

1527 King Philip II of Spain was born (d. 1598).

1554 A royal Charter was granted to Derby School.

1674  The nobility elected John Sobieski King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania.

1688  Alexander Pope, English poet, was born  (d. 1744).

1725 The Order of St. Alexander Nevsky was instituted in Russia by the empress Catherine I.

1758 Mary Campbell was abducted from her home in Pennsylvania byLenape during the French and Indian War.

1780 Elizabeth Fry, British social reformer, was born (d. 1845).

1809 The first day of the Battle of Aspern-Essling between the Austrian army led by Archduke Charles and the Fren...

13:45

Tweet for Today 20/05/2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

 

13:20

11:00

Sunday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In this video, Israeli Micah Avni addresses the UN Human Rights Council about the Palestinian authorities who are paying murderers for killing Jews. Its great that President Trump has stopped payments to the UN group that funds the Palestinian authorities, but still, too many countries, including NZ, have pledged financial support to the Palestinians. The post Sunday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:54

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Waiareka Lions held a dinner last night as the finale for its annual Crop Competition.

They raised more than $47,000 and donated 75% of that to the Otago Rescue Helicopter service and the rest to the new community-owned Observatory Retirement VIllage.

The success of the evening was due to the generosity of businesses and individuals who donated goods and services for an auction, and the people who bid well above retail value, and of course the Lions who put in many volunteer hours organising and running the competition.

It was a wonderful example of community effort for which Im grateful.

 

10:30

Interview with Swedish woman who has fled to Hungary "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz An interesting TV interview with a Swedish woman who has fled to Hungary because Islamic Sweden is now too dangerous. The post Interview with Swedish woman who has fled to Hungary appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Sunday standup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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09:38

Thought for the Day from Rik Mayall "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I wonder if comedy was larger in those days. You could make a bigger, larger, twat of yourself

the late great Rik Mayall on a supposed Golden Age of Comedy.

 

09:30

Quillette: Discussion with founder and editor Claire Lehmann "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz This video is interesting because its Peterson openly trying to help this site increase its Patreon funding.  As a result of Peterson posting the video their monthly funding has increased from 4000 to 7000+ $US (she says on it somewhere [] The post Quillette: Discussion with founder and editor Claire Lehmann appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:19

Update on the Movement Against Water Fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Story at-a-glance

  • Over the past 18 years, the Fluoride Action Network (FAN) has facilitated the removal of fluoride from the water supplies of hundreds of communities in North America, Canada and Europe
  • FAN has filed an historic lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) under a provision in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA)
  • Under this TSCA statute, the judge may not defer to the EPA but must weigh the evidence brought forth in trial. If the judge finds theres an unreasonable risk, he has the authority to order EPA to begin proceedings to eliminate the risk of fluoride in drinking water
  • Earlier this year, EPA tried to limit the scope of what FAN could bring to the courts attention. Its motion was denied, and FAN will be able to request internal documents, submit interrogatories to EPA and depose EPA experts

By Dr. Mercola (see original)

In this interview, Paul Connett, PhD, toxicologist, environmental chemist and the founder FAN, Fluoride Action Network (FAN), an organization that has fought to remove toxic fluoride from water supplies across the world, provides an important and exciting update on FANs progress during this past year.  FAN is an organization that has fought to remove toxic fluoride from the water supply across the world.

Over the past 18 years, FAN has helped hundreds of communities around the US, Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Israel and New Zealand fight the reckless and unethical practice of water fluoridation.

Unprecedented Lawsuit Against EPA

In November 2016, a coalition including FAN, Food & Water Watch, Organic Consumers Association, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, Moms Against Fluorid...

09:00

Higher Trails by NZ artist John Hanlon "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz John is the only NZ artist to win song of the year and songwriter of the year for 3 successive years which he did in the 1970s. Probably his best-remembered song is the song that was written for an advert [] The post Higher Trails by NZ artist John Hanlon appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

08:28

DoC: Stop Killing Birds! "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Conservation Minister and Green MP Eugenie Sage announced the Budget gain of $81.3 million package over four years today, saying []

08:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

07:43

Poetry Pick for KIN Gill Ward "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jennifer Compton: The Threepenny Kowhai Stamp Brooch   If I get lost someone will pick me up and post me. []

07:30

Whaleoil sports quiz "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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07:00

Historical Jerusalem: Quiz "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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07:00

Update on the Movement Against Water Fluoridation "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

By Dr. Mercola

In this interview, Paul Connett, PhD, toxicologist, environmental chemist and the founder FAN, Fluoride Action Network (FAN), an organization that has fought to remove toxic fluoride from water supplies across the world, provides an important and exciting update on FAN's progress during this past year.  FAN is an organization that has fought to remove toxic fluoride from the water supply across the world.

Over the past 18 years, FAN has helped hundreds of communities around the US, Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Israel and New Zealand fight the reckless and unethical practice of water fluoridation.  

Unprecedented Lawsuit Against EPA

In November 2016, a coalition including FAN, Food & Water Watch, Organic Consumers Association, American Academy of Environmental Medicine, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, Moms Against Fluoridation and several individual mothers, filed a petition calling on the EPA to ban the deliberate addition of fluoridating chemicals to the drinking water under provisions in the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).

The petition included more than 2,500 pages of scientific documentation detailing the risks of water fluoridation to human health, including more than 180 studies published since 2006 showing fluoride causes neurotoxic harm and reduces IQ.

"Under the TSCA, the EPA has authority to ban the uses of chemicals that present unreasonable risks to the general public or to susceptible subpopulations. We've brought this case on the grounds that adding fluoride chemicals to drinking water presents an unreasonable risk to the general public, especially to some susceptible subpopulations," Connett explains.

In its February 27, 2017, response,1 the EPA claimed the petition had failed to "set forth a scientifically defensible basis to conclude that any persons have suffered neurotoxic harm as a result of exposure to fluoride." Fortunately, the TSCA statute provides citizens with the ability to challenge an EPA denial in federal court, which is where we are now.

"Water fluoridation needs to end," Connett says. "The United States needs to follow the path of Europe and take fluoride out of the water supply. Those who want it can get it in toothpaste and dental products, which gives everyone the right to choose whether they want to use fluoride or not.

We can apply fluoride in a targeted fashion to the one t...

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06:43

*The Radical Fool of Capitalism* "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Benthamappraised the trophies dismissively dubbed baked heads as technical innovations and recognized their potential for his own plans.  He enthusiastically praised the savage ingenuity.  An 1824 draft of his will was the first to contain the score of his wishes: first, to see the corpse as an inheritance

According to legend, Behtam carried around the glass eyes intended for the Auto-Icon in his pocket in his final years.  (Supposed) attempts to dehydrating body parts in his home oven are said to have yielded satisfactory results.  Bentham believed the [Maori] mokomokai process would discolor facial traits and produce a parchment- or mummy-like appearance (which could be corrected with paint), while maintaining the physiognomy.

But Southwood Smith botched the job.  He sprinkled sulfuric acid onto the head, and in doing so docked Benthams nose.  He used an air pump to aid dehydration, which caused the skin to shrivel.  Benthams face appeared melted, the physiognomy destroyed.  In spring 1833, Smith commissioned a replacement head of wax

That is from the new, excellent, and short The Radical Fool of Capitalism: On Jeremy Bentham, The Panopticon, and the Auto-Icon, by Christian Welzbacher.

The post *The Radical Fool of Capitalism* appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

06:30

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

Since Cook was our very able C man, it is only right that Abel should be invited to join us for T.  Quote: Abel Janszoon Tasman was born, probably in 1602 or 1603, at Lutjegast, Netherlands. [] Tasman, in service with the Dutch East India Company, was first mate of the Weesp in 1634 and later that year [] The post Old white man of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Deuterogamy a second marriage, after the death of the first husband or wife; digamy; secondary pairing of sexual cells or nuclei that replaces direct copulation in many fungi, algae, and higher plants.

06:00

Gaza: Prison or the new Hong Kong? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Disclaimer: The writer has never been to Gaza nor Hong Kong and relies on reports and information presented by others that are all available on the Internet for anyone to check out for themselves. Both countries have large population densities, places for rich and poor, and a tourist trade. Israelis living in Gaza left in [] The post Gaza: Prison or the new Hong Kong? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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05:17

Power of love "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Episcopalian bishop, Michael Curry, gave the address at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

He began:

And now in the name of our loving, liberating and life-giving God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.

From the Song of Solomon in the Bible: Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm; for love is as strong as death, passion fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, a raging flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it out.

The late Dr Martin Luther King once said, and I quote: We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we discover that, we will be able to make of this old world a new world. For love, love is the only way.

Theres power in love. Dont underestimate it. Dont even over-sentimentalize it. Theres power, power in love. . . 

He continued quoting the Bible, Martin Luther King and towards the end quoted French Jesuit Teilhard de Chardin:

. . . he said, as others have, that the discovery or invention or harnessing of fire was one of the great scientific and technological discoveries in all of human history. Fire to a great extent made human civilization possible. Fire made it possible to cook food and provide sanitary ways of eating which reduced the spread of disease in its time. Fire made it possible to heat, warm environments and thereby made human migration around the world a possibility, even into colder climates. Fire made it possible, there was no Bronze Age without fire, no Iron Age without fire, no Industrial Revolution without fire. The advances of science and technology are greatly dependent on the ability and capacity to take fire and use it for human good. . . 

And de Chardin said fire was one of the greatest discoveries in all of human history. And he then went on to say that if humanity ever harnesses the energy of fire again, if humanity ever captures the energy of love, it will be the second time in history that we have discovered fire.

Dr. King was right. We must discover love the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world. . . 

You can read about de Chardin here....

05:00

Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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04:30

Budget 2018: Judith Collins "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Then we have Judith Collins, in full cry and justifying Bridges faith in putting her up instead of Amy Adams

04:30

How do you confuse a music-loving, social justice warrior who is a third wave feminist? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Question: How do you confuse a music-loving, social justice warrior who is a third wave feminist? Answer: You show them, Netta, performing Toy and winning the Eurovision song competition. Nettas style may not be everyones cup of tea but there is no denying her huge talent or her originality. Her song has gone viral and for the [] The post How do you confuse a music-loving, social justice warrior who is a third wave feminist? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A beautiful hand drawn map done in 1854 by Alexander von Humboldt. The map portrays the worlds tallest mountains and longest rivers The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:30

Climate skeptics more eco friendly "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Whod have thunk it. Those who are sceptical about climate change are more eco-friendly than those who make a song and dance about it. Breitbart explains: Quote: QuoteAmericans who are skeptical about climate change engage in personal behavior that is more friendly to the environment than climate alarmists, who support increased government regulation, a new [] The post Climate skeptics more eco friendly appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:00

Lets fix this "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Lets fix this is the Whaleoil alternative to numerous government working groups. Who needs expensive consultants with expense accounts when you can throw the problem to the Whaleoil readership and come up with multiple solutions quickly and easily. Today we will attempt to answer the following questions: What should we do with someone on [] The post Lets fix this appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

Save the fish: Ban plastic bags "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Quote: Its the latest moral panic. Soon, were told, there will be more plastic in the sea than there are fish. The floating island of plastic known as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is now three times the size of France. Fish are becoming so addicted to pollution they actually prefer plastic microbeads to real food. Its killing whales. Etc. Of course [] The post Save the fish: Ban plastic bags appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:15

Budget 2018: Marama Davidson "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is one of the most cringeworthy speeches ever, she lauds the Greens non-achievements and trumpets aspirations as fact, using phrases that make one want to hide in a cave.

Here Adam has just posted the video and Hansard record, but we will return to this rubbish and attempt to fathom the implications in a later post.

From Hansard

MARAMA DAVIDSON (Co-LeaderGreen): Madam Deputy Speaker, Id just like to let the previous member, Jami-Lee Ross, know Ive just ordered him some lunch because he sounded a bit hangry in that whole speech there. Some food is on its way, Jami-Lee Ross. Likewise, the Leader of the Opposition couldnt believe what he was hearing today, couldnt believe the positive turn that this Government has taken, to the point where he had to call it a fake Budget. But let me reassure the Opposition that this is real. This is happening, this is not a dream, there is nothing wrong with their television sets, and the red pill wont do anything, because this is reality.

This is what a real Government looks like: a Government with purpose, a Government which takes positive action, a Government which is united, focused, and getting things done. This Budget begins the process of rebuilding our public services that the previous Government broke, restoring our health and education systems, putting in place the foundations for our future, and, importantly, putting in place the foundations for a green future.

But I can see why some of the members opposite are confused and a bit hungry. You see, a real Government builds houses and actually shelters our people without a home. Instead, National stuffed around as rents and house prices exploded. A real Government funds hospitals to deliver the best healthcare in the world to our people. Instead, National blew smoke rings while mould ruined the walls of Middlemore Hospital, the hospital where I have given birth to three of my babies. A real Government funds front-line family violence services to ensure victims of domestic violence can get help when they actually need it. National stood by while Relationships Aotearoa folded, Shakti Wellington had to beg for funding, and Christchurch lost its only Rape Crisis centre. A real Government gives our kids the best start in life and a world-class education.

Hon Jacqui Dean...

02:00

Home "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ill always be grateful to you who taught me this: we are the ones who make this place home. Home   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.

02:00

View from your window: Competition photo "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? This is the competition photo of the month where the winner wins a one Kilo bag of Coffee Vice coffee beans from our generous sponsor Bluburd. We need you to be as detailed as possible with your answer. Yesterdays photo: Helicopter approaching Everest Base Camp, Nepal, two weeks ago.   window@whaleoil.co.nz [] The post View from your window: Competition photo appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:58

Remembering a Great Man in Raumati "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

John Stewart Murray By Alida Van der Velde On April 11, Mr Max Pedersen,  KCDC Councillor Mark Benton and I []

01:30

Why I love climate change "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A guest post. When I picked up my grandson from football on Saturday he was sopping wet.  I commiserated but his cheerful response was, at least its warm, Pop. And, so it was indeed, unusually warm and pleasant for the middle of May.  No heaters running, no heat pumps chewing through electricity, no open fires [] The post Why I love climate change appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:14

Hawaii Mega Tsunami Warning? Think For Yourself "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Some common sense and perspective. Uncensored does not promote fearmongering. However, this subject needs to be addressed. I received today an Email from one of my many contacts, relating to the Hawaii disaster and its implications, that was most alarmist in nature. Heres some excerpts: that in the first circle, wave heights coming at the []

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01:00

Whaleoil music quiz "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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00:45

We may get a bit longer to kiss our arses goodbye "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Spinoff: What happens to NZ after global nuclear war breaks out? According to various experts, New Zealand would indeed likely be the best place to be in the event of a nuclear holocaust. But best is a relative term, and this belies just how hellish life could become on one of the worlds last []

00:30

When are politicians going to learn voters dont want separate Maori wards? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Another vote, another predictable result. The only people surprised by this outcome are the wombles who put up the proposal for Maori wards in the first place. Quote: Palmerston North people have spoken and more than two-thirds who voted were in opposition to creating separate Mori wards. Results from a binding poll came in on Saturday [] The post When are politicians going to learn voters dont want separate Maori wards? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Too stoned to work Pam Tipa:

Substance abuse problems, timekeeping and the attitude of young people entering workforce must be addressed for the future of the horticulture industry, says Vegetables NZ Inc. chairman Andre de Bruin.

The Dargaville kumara grower says the industry relies on a core of good fantastic seasonal workers but that core is not coming through in the younger generation. There is an occasional gem but they are getting much harder to find.

As de Bruin spoke to Rural News he could see five seasonal workers sitting in a vehicle either stoned or drunk when they should have been at work. . .

LINZ to open up with new high country advisory group Tom Kitchen:

Land Information New Zealand has announced the creation of a high country advisory group to help make better decisions for New Zealands high country regions.

Speaking at this years Federated Farmers High Country Conference in Cromwell yesterday, Linz  deputy chief executive Crown property Jerome Sheppard said Linz needed the group because of the complications and debates around the tenure review process and the influx of tourists in the country.

Were wanting to open up our shop a wee bit more so you can see whats going on we think debate needs to happen. . . 

Wool prices cause disbelief Alan Williams:

Buyers clearly had orders to fill as prices increased again at Thursdays Napier wool sale.

The volumes rose on the floor as buyers tried to outbid each other, PGG Wrightson North Island auctioneer Steve Fussell said. 

There was some disbelief about some of the price gains.

Buyers were especially keen on very good style, new, second-shear wool with prices 6% to 7% up on the May 3 sale in Napier. . .

00:00

Our ignorance of Palestinian jihad "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Quote: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has condemned the devastating one-sided loss of life in Jerusalem after Israeli forces opened fire on Palestinian protesters who opposed the opening of the US Embassy there.  End of quote Perhaps our prime minister would be less critical if the body count was 50/50, half Israeli and half Palestinian. It [] The post Our ignorance of Palestinian jihad appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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23:40

Thoughts on the Harry & Meghan nuptials "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Well, it sounds like the Royal Wedding went off okay. That has to be a relief, Im sure.

I slept through it, as is my own personal tradition for royal weddings, but I know a lot of people were excited and worried about different bits so Im glad everything seems to have been tickety boo.

I suspect people were watching Prince Philip closely at that bit where the minister asks if there is anyone who has any objections to the marriage. I could just see him raising a choleric argument or two.

Anyway, best wishes to the happy broadcasters and dress makers.

Err. I mean, couple.

23:30

$935,000 for what? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Goff said he was going to stop the waste. Yet the latest example of his total failure is this

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/ckpt-20180518-1814-auckland_council_paid_935_000_for_report_with_no_result-128.mp3

Todd Niall reports for RNZ.

Goff is treating Auckland with contempt.

23:30

Recipe of the week "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Pineapple Cheese Cake Base 1 pkt wholemeal malt biscuits 1/2 tsp cinnamon 3 oz melted butter 2 tbsp brown sugar Filling 1/2 to 2 tbsp gelatin 1/4 pint whipped cream 3 oz lemon juice 1/4 cup boiling water 1 tin sweetened condensed milk 1 small tin crushed pineapple 12 oz cream cheese Base: Crush biscuits [] The post Recipe of the week appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:15

Review: Secrets of PMQs "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Times has authors Ayesha Hazarika & Tom Hamilton in to discuss their new book on Prime Minister's Questions, Punch & Judy Politics. The post Review: Secrets of PMQs appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Out-of-control state-sector wages going to become an issue "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Rob Hosking writes at NBR: Quote: That touches on another dubious projection in the budget: the state sector wages bill. That grew 3% in the 2016 financial year, 3.8% in the 2017 year, and is projected to rise 4.7% for the current year before falling back to a 3% increase in 2019. Oh, and then [] The post Out-of-control state-sector wages going to become an issue appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Budget 2018: More reaction to the budget of Broken Promises "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

On Friday night Checkpoint looked at some reactions to Budget 2018. The budget of Broken Promises from the government of student politicians

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/ckpt-20180518-1713-national_attacks_labour_over_tax_and_spend_budget-128.mp3

National was predictable, but essentially correct, then the left hoed in

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/ckpt-20180518-1716-budget_did_nothing_for_workload_or_pay_teachers_say-128.mp3

Plus of course the abject failure to actually do anything for Maori, because racehorses are more deserving

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/ckpt-20180518-1742-budget_criticised_for_not_doing_enough_for_maori-128.mp3

22:57

Q&A Robertson and Adams on the budget "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Both the Minister of Finance Grant Robertson and the Opposition spokesperson in finance, Amy Adams, will be interviewed on Q&A this morning. Robertson was competent on the Nation yesterday but could be pushed more by Corin Dann. National seemed all over the place in their criticisms of a budget that was widely viewed as not []

22:30

Audrey Young points out that Labours promises arent worth the paper they were printed on "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Audrey Young, who has been quite the cheerleader for Jacinda Ardern, has finally spat out the Kool-Aid after the budget. She points out just how few of Labours election promises are being honoured: Quote: National isnt saying Labour should have spent less, nor is it saying it should have spent more. National is essentially saying [] The post Audrey Young points out that Labours promises arent worth the paper they were printed on appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:30

Budget 2018: Simon Bridges responding to Robertsons budget "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Transcript to come.

Bridges was in good form and made some excellent points. He could have gone harder on the lack of moves to grow the economy.

22:28

Budget a ringing endorsement of the Defence Force from the Coalition Government "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It is notable that this refers to Coalition Government Greens are not a part of the coalition. While NZ First and Grant Robertson have tried to talk up the Defence budget it has been described as money for a frigate upgrade cost overrun, some joint training and another 800 LSV trainees. Minister of Defence []

22:00

Tracy Watkins says yeah, nah to so-called transformational budget "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Tracy Watkins isnt impressed with the budget, and is certain it didnt live up to the hype of Jacinda Arderns government: Quote: Beneficiaries are protesting outside the prime ministers office, teachers are threatening to walk off the job, there is a cautious thumbs up from business. So far so normal the day after the Budget. If [] The post Tracy Watkins says yeah, nah to so-called transformational budget appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:00

Classic Comedy: The Steam Video Company E03/06 I Was Hitlers Bookie "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A six-episode TV comedy series from 1984, which parodied the horror film genre and various TV programmes of the day. Features William Franklyn, Barry Cryer and Madeline Smith.

21:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

21:15

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

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

21:00

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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The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works is the family   Lee Iacocca.

21:00

Budget 2018: More money for Christchurch! Why? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Apparently to get the rebuild going according to RNZ? So what has been happening all these years?  A stadium, really!

This is a priority? Or just more middle class welfare instead of spending to relieve poverty!

Bread, circuses, selfies and virtue signalling from the government of Broken Promises

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/ckpt-20180518-1819-christchurch_gets_extra_300m_to_get_rebuild_going-128.mp3

21:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

20:48

Mid Week Quiz No. 122 Answers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

You can do the quiz by scrolling down to May 16.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones []

20:45

Another mass shooting, more prayers, Trump flips "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Mass shootings in the US seem to be about as common as violence in the Middle East, and are far more common and more dangerous than terrorism. Paltry prayers have been offered, demands have been made again that something must be done, but President Trump is now up to a flip flop flip on doing []

20:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I ask every country in this Council: You have all been telling us that Israel should have reacted differently. But how would you respond if a Jihadist terror group sent thousands to flood your borders, and gunmen to massacre your communities? Your failure to admit that Hamas is responsible for every drop of blood spilt [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is omnishambles (noun) (Chiefly British Informal.) A situation, especially in politics, in which poor judgment results in disorder or chaos with potentially disastrous consequences. Source : Dictionary.com Etymology : The first element of omnishambles, omni- all, is familiar in English in omnibus, omnipotent, omnivorous, and omniscient, derived from the Latin [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 20 21 An inheritance obtained too early in life is not a blessing in the end. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:30

Another bloodthirsty moron "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Texas Lt Gov commenting on the school shooting yesterday made this asinine remark:

Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R) suggested on Friday that having too many entrances and too many exits at schools may have worsened the effects of Fridays deadly mass shooting at a Santa Fe, Texas, high school.

We may have to look at the design of our schools moving forward and retrofitting schools that are already built, Patrick, a staunch opponent of new gun control measures, said at a news conference.

There are too many entrances and too many exits to our over 8,000 campuses in Texas, he continued. There arent enough people to put a guard at every entrance and exit. You would be talking 25, 30, 40,000 people.

This person is the Lt Governor of Texas. What is wrong with these people. You do not need more guards, you need proper and effective gun control.

19:20

Media watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

19:15

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

19:10

Open Forum Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

16:10

Passenger Overboard from Princess Sun "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A passenger has been reported overboard from the Princess Sun cruise ship today, according to 9News in Australia. The passenger is an Australian man in his 80's.  

In a statement, Princess Cruises stated that the passenger intentionally went overboard.

The Princess Sun departed from Fremantle, Australia six days ago, and was half way through a 12-day cruise. The overboard occurred when the cruise ship was approximately 100 nautical Princess Sunmiles southeast of Singapore.

Passengers reportedly state that the captain of the ship made an announcement of the passenger's disappearance and turned the ship around to conduct search and rescue operations. It reportedly took an hour to return to the spot where the man went overboard. Another newspaper in Australian reports that that the captain told passengers that CCTV footage confirmed the man went overboard. Indonesian search and rescue authorities released the cruise ship after her crew had searched until dark for the missing man.

A passenger posted a photograph of a rescue boat that had been deployed to search for the overboard passenger. 

According to cruise expert Professor Ross Klein, 311 people have gone overboard from cruise ships in the last 18 years. 

This incident is similar to a situation three and a half years ago when an 84-year-old went overboard from the Sun Princess while it was sailing from New Zealand to Sydney, in November of 2014. 

The last overboard from the Princess Sun occurred around a year ago when a passenger went overboard from the Princess cruise ship. This occurred in February of 2017. There was no explanation how the woman went overboard. The good news is that she was rescued after approximately 45 minutes in the water.

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Photo credit: @michaelrperth on Twitter via 9NEWS

14:05

World watch Sunday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

14:01

May 20 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

325 The First Council of Nicea  the first Ecumenical Council of the Christian Church was held.

526  An earthquake killed about 300,000 people in Syria and Antiochia.

685  The Battle of Dunnichen or Nechtansmere is fought between a Pictish army under King Bridei III and the invading Northumbrians under King Ecgfrith, who are decisively defeated.

1217  The Second Battle of Lincoln resulting in the defeat of Prince Louis of France by William Marshal, 2nd Earl of Pembroke.

1293  King Sancho IV of Castile created the Study of General Schools of Alcal.

1497  John Cabot set sail from Bristol,on his ship Matthew looking for a route to the west (other documents give a May 2 date).

1498  Vasco da Gama arrived at Kozhikode (previously known as Calicut), India.

1521  Battle of Pampeluna: Ignatius Loyola was seriously wounded.

1570  Cartographer Abraham Ortelius issued the first modern atlas.

1609  Shakespeares Sonnets were first published in London, perhaps illicitly, by the publisher Thomas Thorpe.

1631  The city of Magdeburg in Germany was seized by forces of the Holy Roman Empire and most of its inhabitants massacred, in one of the bloodiest incidents of the Thirty Years War.

1733 Captain James Cook released the first sheep in New Zealand.

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12:47

Royal wedding "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The order of service is here.

11:00

Saturday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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11:00

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The most important thing in the world is family and love. John Wooden.

Today Im grateful for family and love.

10:30

Palestinian Deception: Fake action scene, Palestinian militant shoots into an empty room "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz   The post Palestinian Deception: Fake action scene, Palestinian militant shoots into an empty room appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

Cyst Saturday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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09:30

Military enthusiasts find gold bars worth 2m inside tank "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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09:01

Media wont investigate medically caused death numbers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Independent Media bringing a new level of truth? Jon Rappoport tells us how the MSM simply arent presenting the facts: by Jon Rappoport May 16, 2018 Imagine a Congressional hearing held before media cameras, with reporters all over the US and Europe ready with shocking articles about one of the leading causes of death SENATOR: []

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09:00

Why fathers in boys lives are critical "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz I think this is pretty significant stuff. Statistically fatherless boys in our society are the high risk ones. This seems to provide the research findings to back that up and relate the underlying causes. This maybe the biggest cause of [] The post Why fathers in boys lives are critical appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:47

navigation ROYAL WEDDING SPECIAL- Rule By Bloodline? Time To Grow Up The David Icke Dot-Connector Videocast "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

We couldnt let the special day go unreported now could we? And what better way to acknowledge the Royal Wedding than with comment from David Icke? Enough from me, over to Mr. Icke: Forget the Markles who in their right mind would want to marry into the royal family? By Gareth Icke Oooo its so []

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08:35

Royal wedding comment post "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The wedding will be held at St Georges chapel inside Windsor Castle starting at 11pm NZT tonight and the royal family like to run on time. This post is for wedding-related comments. As well as showing on pretty much every TV channel and every news site on the internet, youll also be able to stream [] The post Royal wedding comment post appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

08:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

07:53

UN Human Rights Council votes for investigation into Israels killing of Palestinians "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The UN Human Rights Council has voted strongly in favour of an investigation into Israels killing of Palestinians during protests on the Gaza border this week. For 29 votes Against 2 votes (USA and Australia) Abstained 14 New Zealand must not be on the Human Rights Council. The Times of Israel: UN []

07:30

When the heck did that happen? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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07:22

Increase in oil and gas exploration "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

While the Government has said they wont issue any more oil or gas exploration permits and existing permits can still be used. With oil prices increasing there could be an increase in exploration in the short term. Stuff: Rise in oil and gas exploration activity in Taranaki by early 2019 A flurry of oil and []

07:00

World news quiz "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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06:30

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

There would not be a single reader who has not used or consumed a product that resulted from todays old white mans business endeavours.  George, we salute you. Quote: George Waldemar Skjellerup was born at Cobden, Victoria, Australia, on 14 February 1881 [] George left school aged 12 to be apprenticed without pay to a [] The post Old white man of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Paranymph  bridesmaid or groomsman.

06:28

The wedding "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Im trying to avoid the wedding as much as possible, Im just not in to royalty and celebrity stuff, but some are interested so heres a post to comment on.

06:00

The progressive agenda "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A reader writes: The content of Elizabeth Warrens speech in the U.S. sounds very much like whats emanating from the Jacinda Ardern and the New Zealand Labour Party. The final commentary in the article from the Director of Policy of the Independent Womens Forum is spot on especially the reference to unintended consequences. [] The post The progressive agenda appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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05:00

Budget 2018: Robertsons Statement "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Here is the smug Robertson delivering his Broken Dreams budget. This is the first in a series, unfortunately it means we need to see Robertson in full flow  for context.

Had hoped not really reacting for a couple of days would help, unfortunately it does not

 

Plus here is the initial Hansard text:

  • BUDGET STATEMENT

    BUDGET DEBATE

    Hon GRANT ROBERTSON (Minister of Finance): I move, That the Appropriation (2018/19 Estimates) Bill be now read a second time.

    Foundations for the Future

    Mr Speaker, I move that the Appropriation (2018/19 Estimates) Bill be now read a second time.

    Introduction and 100-Day Plan

    I am delighted to present this Coalition Governments first Budget.

    Budget 2018 sets out the first steps in a plan for transformation a transformation of our economy, a transformation of our public services, and a transformation of the way we work together to improve the lives of all New Zealanders.

    This is a Government that does things differently. You can expect our Budgets to look a little different also.

    We are committed to being responsible not just fiscally, but socially and environmentally.

    Budget 2018 lays the foundations for New Zealanders to have better lives in the decades to come.

    This starts with making sure that all New Zealanders have access to the high quality public services they need and deserve such as health, education and housing.

    It also means shifting the settings of our economy to face the challenges of the future lifting productivity, making a just transition to a more sustainable low carbon economy, and adapting to a rapidly changing world of work.

    ...

05:00

Mental health break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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04:30

What Englands Sentencing Council and the NZ Human Rights Commission have in common "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Our Human Rights Commission has proposed to review the adequacy of current legislation in addressing and sanctioning hate speech and incitement to racial disharmony, including hateful and disharmonious speech targeted at the religion and beliefs of ethnic minority communities. It also argues that the law as it stands is unable to be utilised in respect [] The post What Englands Sentencing Council and the NZ Human Rights Commission have in common appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The meeting of the Mad Hatters! The 80s and 90s were a time of corporate evangelism. I know this because I did umpteen managerial courses. One of these was Edward De Bonos Six Thinking Hats. In a nutshell, he correctly identified that meetings involved varied opinions. All the chairperson was required to do was to [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:49

Tweet for Today "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

 

03:30

The last great raid of the Musket Wars "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The warning from Te Rauparaha to his ally and fellow kinsman Te Puoho had been clear and concise: do not expect the peoples of Murihiku to be sitting in trees with their breasts open like pigeons facing the sun. Te Puoho-o-te-rangi of the Ngati Tama was determined however in his plans and with fifty [] The post The last great raid of the Musket Wars appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:30

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Blame Fish & Game for why I didnt buy a fishing licence Jamie McFadden:

Last year I didnt buy a fishing licence the first time in over 30 years of fishing. When asked by two Fish & Game rangers for my fishing licence I said I had an exemption. I gave them a written document which outlined a number of reasons why I was exempted.

The first reason was inappropriate use of licence holder funds . The exemption noted that Fish & Game have used licence holder monies to run a nationwide media campaign targeting one sector of our society. I have no issue with raising issues about water quality but Fish & Games dirty dairy campaign deliberately and unfairly branding all farmers as environmental vandals has done a huge amount of damage to community wellbeing. Farmers are not the only ones impacting water quality and targeting one sector in this manner is inappropriate conduct for a statutory organisation. . .

Town encroaches on 150-year farmers Heather Chalmers:

 For 150 years the Morrish name and arable farming has been a winning combination, writes Heather Chalmers.

Having farmed the same land near Christchurch for more than 150 years, the Morrish family say encroachment from the nearby town of Rolleston will most likely spell the end of their ties with the original family farm.

Farming at Broadfield, between Lincoln and Rolleston, fourth generation brothers David and John not only farm the same land, but continue the same type of farming mixed sheep and cropping as their ancestors, even if the type of crops and farming methods have changed over the years.

They also believe in long-term farming relationships, having supplied the nearby Heinz-Watties factory with processed peas since the Hornby factory on the outskirts of Christchurch was opened in 1970. . .

Pittance for MPI, biosecurity halved:

For a Government that has been running around telling anyone who will listen that Biosecurity is underfunded, it has allocated an extraordinarily small sum to strengthen the system, Nationals spokesperson for Agriculture Nathan Guy says.

Agriculture Minister Damien OConnor has announced a paltry increase of just $9.3 millio...

03:22

Poem of the Week: New York "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The wonderful Irish band and New York,  by Roger Childs: U2 was formed in 1976 in Dublin and they have been thrilling []

03:00

Lets fix this "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A reader writes: I wonder if it would work to put out a challenge to WhaleOilers each week to fix a problem we see in the current government.  A Lets Fix This post.  We have so many criticisms of what is being done that it might be possible to pass on some good ideas and [] The post Lets fix this appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:36

Clear Cut Rugby Superiority "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

New Zealand 40 Australia 0 By Roger Childs This is not a headline youll see in The Sydney Morning Herald []

02:30

Must have one of these "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A very clever South Island inventor is working on a device to float us up, up and away. I absolutely must have one of these as it would knock 30 minutes each way off my daily work commute. Can you imagine taking off in your back yard, zooming up and over the traffic jams and [] The post Must have one of these appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Saturdays smiles "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Did you hear about the two spiders who just got engaged? I hear they met on the web.

Did you hear about the two cell phones who got married? The reception was terrific.

Two florists recently got married. It was an arranged marriage.

Did you hear about the notebook who married a pencil? She finally found Mr. Write.

Do you know why the King of Hearts married the Queen of Hearts? They were perfectly suited to each other.

Why did Comic Sans break up with Times New Roman? He just wasnt her type.

 

02:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: This was taken from Waerenga Rd near Te Kauwhata, looking south over Lake Waikare, this morning. As far as a visual clue goes, in full-size you can clearly see Huntly Power Station just below and to the right of centre. window@whaleoil.co.nz Please put View From My [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:30

What on Earth possessed so-called peace activists to plant a fake bomb in a theatre? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

So-called peace activists, led by Valerie Morse who was one of those who thought running around in the Ureweras with assault rifles was cool, planted a fake bomb in a theatre in order to disrupt the screening of the film Ben Gurion. Newsroom reported: Quote: In a scene that could have been from a film, [] The post What on Earth possessed so-called peace activists to plant a fake bomb in a theatre? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:29

Inhibition of aortic calcification by policosanol in dyslipidemic rabbits is enhanced by pentoxifylline. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

PMID:  J Cardiovasc Pharmacol Ther. 2018 Jan 1:1074248418775377. Epub 2018 Jan 1. PMID: 29742924 Abstract Title:  Inhibition of Aortic Calcification by Policosanol in Dyslipidemic Rabbits Is Enhanced by Pentoxifylline: Potential Role of PCSK9. Abstract:  Policosanol (POL) is a hypocholesterolemic drug of natural origin and has been shown to reduce circulating levels of proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) in healthy participants. Recently, we have reported that POL can attenuate aortic calcification in diabetic dyslipidemic rats; however, the underlying mechanism is not fully elucidated. We aimed to investigate the effect of POL on aortic calcification and whether PCSK9 has a contributory role and also to examine whether the combination of POL with pentoxifylline (PTX) as anti-tumor necrosis factor would offer additional benefits. Thirty adult male New Zealand rabbits weighing 1.5 to 2 kg were randomly assigned to 5 groups. One group received standard chow diet and served as normal control group (NC). The other 4 groups received 0.5% wt/wt cholesterol-rich diet for 12 weeks and concurrentlytreated with placebo, POL, PTX, or a combination of POL and PTX. Sera samples and aortic tissue were collected for biochemical measurements and histological assessment. Rabbits fed a cholesterol-rich diet demonstrated dyslipidemia, increased inflammatory state, and elevated serum levels of PCSK9, compared to the NC group. Aortic calcification was evident in dyslipidemic rabbits, represented by increased calcium deposition and osteopontin expression in aortic tissue, along with elevated serum levels of alkaline phosphatase and osteocalcin. Dyslipidemic rabbits showed a significant upregulationof wingless-type MMTV integration site family 3A and bone morphogenetic protein 2 genes in their aortic tissue. Policosanol significantly reduced circulating PCSK9 levels, suppressed calcification markers, and attenuated aortic calcification. Combination of POL with PTX alleviated aortic calcification to a greater extent than either monotherapy, which may be attributed to further suppression of PCSK9 and calcification markers. These findings suggested that POL exerted anticalcifying effect partly via inhibition of PCSK9. Combination of POL and PTX offered additional benefits and might represent a promising therapeutic option for aortic calcification.

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01:00

Whaleoil news quiz "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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00:30

On walking down the aisle "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Who is going to walk Meghan Markle down the aisle?

Speculators have been speculating on this since she announced her father is unable to attend the wedding.

The speculation has gone from the traditional (if her father cant be there another man might) through the less traditional but no longer unusual (her mother could escort her) to the trashy (I was listening to the radio yesterday and some of the suggestions are best not repeated).

A father escorting his daughter down the aisle and giving her away is the traditional start to a marriage service but there are plenty of alternatives.

As a marriage celebrant it is my role to create a service that suits the couple and meets the requirements of the Marriage Act.

I give the bride and groom several options and even though its the 21st century, many choose to stick with tradition.

If the brides father is dead or estranged some choose to come in with their mother, brother or grand parent.

Id been away from home for several years before I married and wasnt comfortable with the idea of being given away.

Instead I followed both my parents down the aisle with my best lady at my side and rather than the traditional giving away, the minister asked all our parents if they gave their blessing to our marriage.

A couple whose marriage service I officiated at last year were married on a beach. The groom arrived first with his mother, his father followed with the brides mother, the attendants came next and then the bride walked in with her father.

Alternatives include:

* The groom walking in with both parents and/or other family and/or friends and the bride walking in with her parents and/or other family and/or friends.

* The groom enters with his family and the bride with hers side by side (this needs a wide aisle so works best in a garden).

* The bride and groom enter together with or without parents/family.

Weddings can be much more informal than they used to be and sometimes the couple choose to mingle with guests as they arrive and then come forward together to start the service.

However they choose to start the service and whatever else they say and do during it, I remind the couples that what matters is that they are relaxed and happy and what matters more than the wedding is the marriage.

 

 

 

 

 

00:30

More to do on poverty, but after they help rich kids at university first "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jacinda Ardern is saying the government need to do more on poverty and they plan to do so. Radio NZ reports: Quote: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the government has more work to do when it comes to helping the countrys poorest families. The Child Poverty Action Group has raised concerns about the $5.5 billion [] The post More to do on poverty, but after they help rich kids at university first appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:00

KiwiSaver is racist "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Many of you will know by now that I try to give my articles either clever (?) or downright stupid titles, all designed to draw in the reader. However, this article is based on a piece on Stuff that is so bad I couldnt think of a sillier title than the one it already has. [] The post KiwiSaver is racist appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

Friday, 18 May

23:30

Playing Santa Claus "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A guest post. I once played the role of Father Christmas at a large playcentre. It was great fun with a never-ending run of kids hilarious claims and reactions. It was also very satisfying to be giving out gifts to some very low income families. It didnt seem to matter at the time that it [] The post Playing Santa Claus appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:15

Budget Comments by Amy Adams on Morning Report "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Amy Adams seeks to pan the budget

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/mnr-20180518-0736-budget_2018_full_of_broken_promises_-_amy_adams-128.mp3

The Labour governments Budget has been called National lite by some, but Nationals finance spokesperson Amy Adams tells Susie Ferguson it falls short on spending and is full of broken promises.

23:12

The Nation Grant Robertson a financial asset "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Nation digs into the budget with an interview of Finance Minister Grant Robertson, plus a closer look at the numbers with CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg. (The nation is now officially called Newshub Nation, Im not a fan of this because its supposed to be about the nation, not a media company) . There seems []

23:11

Watch out for a spike in prem babies "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I wrote in my last column for NZCPR that the baby bonus came in on April 1, 2018. It did not. It kicks in on July 1, 2018. Apologies.

Too late for the PM but every other family will receive an extra $60 a week regardless of their family income.

What is a Best Start tax credit?
Best Start tax credit is a weekly payment of $60 (up to $3,120 per year) per child for a baby born on or after 1 July 2018.
For the first year of the baby's life the family's income is not taken into account. For families earning less than $79,000, Best Start will continue at $60 per week until the child turns 3. If the family income is above $79,000, payments will reduce or stop depending on your income.
This is going to get very messy though.

My baby is due after 1 July 2018, what happens if it comes early?
If your baby's expected due date is on or after 1 July 2018 and is born before this date you're still eligible for Best Start. Depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for the parental tax credit and you may choose to receive this instead of Best Start.
Parental tax credit is a weekly payment of up to $220 (total of $2,200) paid for the first 10 weeks after your baby was born. It is only available for babies born before 1 July 2018 whose due date was on or after 1 July 2018.

 There are going to be a lot of calculators out.

The difference between $9,360 (3 years of $60 a week) and $2,200 is large.

Who decides what the official expected date is anyway? Many women can't remember the details required to calculate a specific date. Some do not discover they are pregnant until well into the gestation period. Or has some sort of science emerged since I was a expectant mum whereby an exact official date is declared and written in stone? Neither of mine was born on the predicted date. The first was very early and the second quite late.

Prediction: the number of 'premature' babies is going to rise significantly next month.

23:00

Trump pulls USA from Iran deal some thoughts "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Trump delivered on another campaign pledge with his decision to pull out of the Iran deal. Adam considers that to be a bad decision. There were things wrong with the deal, but it appeared to be working. Even some past critics of the deal questioned Trumps decision.

However, one of the worst aspects of the decision is the message it sends about whether the USA can be trusted to honour any commitment. Arguably that is the most chilling element to emerge from this decision. Concurrently Trump is asking Kim Jong Un to trust the USA. Now Adam would have thought that reneging on one deal, whilst trying for another was not a good look.

RNZs Morning Report recently took several looks at the matter

First was this report with Susie Ferguson in NZ and Simon Marks in the US

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/mnr-20180509-0711-trump_pulls_us_from_rotten_iran_nuclear_deal-128.mp3

One of the most concerning elements is the prospect of sanctions or the threat of sanctions by the US against companies and countries alleged by the US to be aiding Iran. In essence, Trumps US is behaving like the schoolyard bully.

Trumps thuggery is destroying much of the USAs credibility.

Then there was this  piece

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/mnr-20180509-0811-trump_axes_iran_nuclear_deal_-_analysis-128.mp3

followed later by

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/ntn-20180509-0949-the_iran_deal_-_what_now_meir_javedanfar-128.mp3

23:00

Budget response: Midwives quit "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This budget is going down as one of the most unpopular in living memory. Almost no one is happy. Now the midwives are quitting in anger. The NZ Herald reports: Quote: Midwives across the country say they are devastated with yesterdays Budget announcement and are calling it quits. Health Minister David Clark delivered a 8.9 [] The post Budget response: Midwives quit appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:30

Phil Twyford really is a special kind of stupid "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Phil Twyford really does like showing us his special kind of stupid. Radio NZ reports: Quote: Treasury is wrong in halving its forecast of the early impact of the Kiwibuild programme, Housing Minister Phil Twyford says. Treasury expects the governments building programme to add $2.5 billion to the economy over five years, with its real [] The post Phil Twyford really is a special kind of stupid appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:10

Green budget leans towards the environment "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Green parts of the budget lean heavily towards environmental causes, with less addressing the social issues that Metiria Turei would have championed, and who her successor Marama Davidson is passionate about. Perhaps this is at least in part due to James Shaw being sole Green leader through the coalition/confidence & supply negotiations as well []

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