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Wednesday, 19 September

15:30

Boris caught out "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Christian Adams Evening Standard 18092018

Christian Adams on Downing Street slaps down Boris Johnsons claim backstop border would lead to Brexit write-off

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14:05

World view Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

14:01

September 20 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

451  The Battle of Chalons: Flavius Aetiuss victory over Attila the Hun in a day of combat, is considered to be the largest battle in the ancient world.

524 Kan Balam I, ruler of Maya state of Palenque, was born (d. 583).

1187  Saladin began the Siege of Jerusalem.

1378  Cardinal Robert of Geneva, known as the Butcher of Cesena, was elected as Avignon Pope Clement VII, beginning the Papal schism.

1519 Ferdinand Magellan set sail from Sanlcar de Barrameda with about 270 men on his expedition to circumnavigate the globe.

1633  Galileo Galilei was tried before the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith for teaching that the Earth orbits the Sun.

1697 The Treaty of Rijswijk was signed by France, England, Spain, the Holy Roman Empire and the Dutch Republic ending the Nine Years War (168897)

1737  The finish of the Walking Purchase which forced the cession of 1.2 million acres (4,860 km) of Lenape-Delaware tribal land to the Pennsylvania Colony.

1835  Farroupilhas Revolution began in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

1842  James Dewar, Scottish chemist, was born (d. 1923).

1848  The American Association for the Advancement of Science was created.

1854 Battle of Alma: British and French troops defeated Russians in the Crimea.

1857 The Indian Rebellion of 1857 ended with the recapture of Delhi by troops loyal to the East India Company.

1860  The Prince of Wales (later King...

12:00

Classic TV Drama: Upstairs Downstairs S02 E12 The Wages Of Sin "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Upstairs, Downstairs is a British television drama series produced by London Weekend Television (LWT) for ITV.It ran for 68 episodes divided into five series on ITV from 1971 to 1975.

A BBC Wales and Masterpiece produced continuation also called Upstairs Downstairs was broadcast by BBC One in 2010.

Set in a large townhouse in Belgravia in West London, the series depicts the servants downstairs and their mastersthe family upstairsbetween the years 1903 and 1930, and shows the slow decline of the British aristocracy. Great events feature prominently in the episode but minor or gradual changes are also noted. The series stands as a document of the social and technological changes that occurred between those 27 years, including the Edwardian period, the Suffragettes, First World War, the Roaring Twenties and the Wall Street Crash.

The show was a ratings success for ITV, and received outstanding acclaim worldwide winning multiple awards.

Series had an excellent cast with many well known actors appearing over the life of the series. Some are still active to this day.

11:00

Wednesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Psychologist Elizabeth Loftus studies memories. More precisely, she studies false memories, when people either remember things that didnt happen or remember them differently from the way they really were. Its more common than you might think, and Loftus shares some startling stories and statistics, and raises some important ethical questions we should all remember to [] The post Wednesday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:52

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Theyre nutritious rich in vitamins C, K and E, folate and potassium, full of anti-oxidants and a good source of fibre.

They look good and taste better.

Theyre kiwifruit and Im enjoying them for breakfast on grainy taste like Burgens or Vogels, topped with cottage cheese; for a snack during the day and for an after dinner sweet treat.

Tonight Im grateful for kiwifruit.

10:30

Elliot Ikilei on David Farrars article about Massey University "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz   The post Elliot Ikilei on David Farrars article about Massey University appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:00

BBC Classic Drama: Barchester Chronicles #2/7 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

 

The Barchester Chronicles is a 1982 British television serial produced by the BBC. It is an adaptation of Anthony Trollopes first two Chronicles of Barsetshire novels, The Warden and Barchester Towers. The series was directed by David Giles. Location work was filmed in and around Peterborough Cathedral, using locations such as the Deanery and Laurel Court. The series starred Donald Pleasence as Mr Harding, Nigel Hawthorne as Archdeacon Grantly, Angela Pleasence as Mrs Grantly, Cyril Luckham as Bishop Grantly, David Gwillim as John Bold, George Costigan as Tom Towers, John Ringham as Finney, Barbara Flynn as Mary Bold, Janet Maw as Eleanor Harding, Clive Swift as Bishop Proudie, Geraldine McEwan as Mrs Proudie, Alan Rickman as Obadiah Slope, Susan Hampshire as Signora Madeline Neroni, and Ursula Howells as Miss Thorne.

10:00

Wednesday Weapons "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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09:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S03 E20 Diminished Responsibility "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Season 3 Episode 5 appears to be missing

Water Rats is an Australian TV police procedural broadcast on the Nine Network from 1996 to 2001. The series was based on work of the men and women of the Sydney Water Police who fight crime around Sydney Harbour and surrounding locales. The show was set on and around Goat Island in Sydney Harbour.

Water Rats premiered on 12 February 1996, and ran for six seasons and 177 episodes. Colin Friels and Catherine McClements were the original stars of the series and were instrumental in the shows early success. They both departed the show in 1999. In later seasons, Steve Bisley, Aaron Pedersen and Dee Smart became the shows main stars.

For the sixth and final season in 2001, the show concentrated more on the cops personal lives rather than just focusing on the crimes committed. The Nine Network cancelled the show after six seasons. Executive Producer Kris Noble blamed escalating costs for the cancellation. However, Bisley and Smart had also just quit the show, and the series had already been suffering a ratings battle following the departure of Friels and McClements in 1999. 

09:30

Shut up Serena Williams "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

09:00

Is education a waste of time for married women? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz This is fascinating not so much for the attitudes (probably typical of the time) but the respectfulness of the debate. Such polar views, but respectful nevertheless. The post Is education a waste of time for married women? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

09:00

Classic Comedy:The Darling Buds of May S03 E01 & E02 Cast Not Your Pearls Before Swine "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Not all episodes play in all countries

The Darling Buds of May is an English comedy drama television series, produced by Yorkshire Television for the ITV network, first broadcast between 7 April 1991 and 4 April 1993. It is an adaptation of the 1958 novel of the same name, and its sequels, by H. E. Bates.

Set in rural 1950s Kent, it follows the life of the Larkin family. It starred David Jason as Pop Larkin alongside Pam Ferris as Ma Larkin, with Catherine Zeta-Jones playing their eldest daughter Mariette, who marries tax inspector Cedric Charlie Charlton, played by Philip Franks. A ratings success, it proved to be Zeta-Joness breakout role.

Featuring a total of 20 episodes, it was broadcast as three series of six double-episode story lines in the spring of 1991, 1992 and 1993, plus two single-episode Christmas specials aired in 1991 and 1992

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. Do not post that kind of humour here.   Cam spotted [] The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:18

WORD 2018 Part 2: Get John Campbell to introduce every literary gala "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Reason: he will spend weeks becoming intimately familiar with the work of the writers and come up with a long-form essay introduction that ties all their works together then bugger off back stage and let them do their thing. The gala event is a literary festival at its worst and best. At its worst, it strings writers together for no better reason than their commercial appeal, their ability

08:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. On Backchat, you are free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. To participate youll need to sign up for a Disqus account which is free, quick, and easy. On posts that are not articles like this one, you do not have to stay on topic [] The post Whaleoil backchat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:50

Massey University responds "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Two responses from Massey University today in response to Massey Vice Chancellor appears to have lied over Brash ban Jan Thomas has backed her controversial position, but there two motions of censure have been put to the Massey Academic Board. Not surprisingly that was widely criticised as it didnt really address her misleading or false []

07:45

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Chubby Checker went to No.1 on the US singles chart this day in 1960 with The Twist. Creedence Clearwater Revival scored their only UK No.1 in 1969 with their single Bad Moon Rising. In 1981 The Rolling Stones album Tattoo You started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US charts. Born on this day [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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07:00

Everything about sharia is wrong "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Brace yourselves, people: this was actually published in The Guardian. I read the Grauniad so you dont have to, but sometimes, its actually worth it for more than comedic fodder. This is one of those rare moments. Quote: The recent global day against the imminent stoning of Sakine Mohammadi-Ashtiani in Iran for adultery is an [] The post Everything about sharia is wrong appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

Phthalate Exposure Threatens Human Survival "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

By Dr. Mercola

Infertility has become increasingly pervasive in recent decades. In Sperm Count Zero,1 GQ Magazine discusses this troubling fact, noting the situation has become so dire that within a generation we may lose the ability to reproduce entirely.

The article highlights research2,3 published last year, which found total sperm counts in North America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand dropped by nearly 60 percent between 1973 and 2013. (South American, Asian and African men had no noticeable decline, although this discrepancy could be due to the smaller sample sizes obtained from those countries.)

The paper in question was a meta-analysis of 185 studies and the largest of its kind. In a nutshell, men in many areas of the world are producing less semen overall, and the semen they do produce contains fewer sperm. Whats worse, the researchers found no evidence to suggest this downward trend is leveling off. As noted by GQ:

Sperm counts went from 99 million sperm per milliliter of semen in 1973 to 47 million per milliliter in 2011, and the decline has been accelerating. Would 40 more years or fewer bring us all the way to zero?

Aside from the implications this has on the human species as a whole, reduction in sperm production is also a warning sign that mens health is in serious jeopardy, as poor semen quality has been linked to a number of other health issues, including a higher risk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer and early death. Researchers also warn that men are becoming increasingly less male overall.

Testosterone Levels Are Dropping Too

Along with sperm, mens testosterone levels have dropped in recent decades as well, and exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals in utero and beyond appears to be a driving factor.4 GQ reports:...

06:30

Who doesnt want to be obeyed? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We all know that a lot of people get offended easily these days (very easily in some cases) but this article in a newspaper will really make you wonder. quote: When it comes to break-ups, people often talk of there being a particular moment that made them realise their relationship was over. For one woman, [] The post Who doesnt want to be obeyed? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Suffrage  the right to vote in political elections; a vote given in deciding a controverted question or electing a person for an office or trust; the intercessory petitions pronounced by a priest in the Litany; a prayer, especially a short intercessory prayer or petition.

06:00

2 million Countdown bags in the rivers each year "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Yes, that is the frightening statistic from Countdowns Craig Taylor. 42,000 plastic bags going into waterways every week equals 2,184,000 Countdown plastic bags going into waterways every year.  How many have you seen floating by? The article is not clear whether all stores means all 10 in the Bay of Plenty or all Countdown stores [] The post 2 million Countdown bags in the rivers each year appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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05:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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04:30

Four Days in November JFKs Assasination "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From David Wolper in the aftermath of JFKs assassination.

04:30

Cabinet is now a creche "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The puff pieces from overseas media outlets continue. While the local media are now aware of the considerable shortcomings of our current prime minister, the foreign media still treats Jacinda like the woman who is going to save the world single-handedly. Honestly, it is becoming quite sickening, particularly when you know the truth about our [] The post Cabinet is now a creche appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Click on image for a high-res view Just another day in Paradise Map What is clear is that Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe are not overly ecstatic about life at present. This is a huge generalisation and I am sure there will be many happy souls from these parts. I hope their happiness rubs onto [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:30

A pioneering New Zealand Feminist: Wilhelmina Bain "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Today is the 125th anniversary of the Electoral Act being passed in New Zealand; the first sovereign nation to recognise the right for women to vote. While figures such as Kate Shepherd will be spoken of and remembered on this day, the work and exploits of one of the pioneering spirits of New Zealands social [] The post A pioneering New Zealand Feminist: Wilhelmina Bain appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:00

Please update your banned word list "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Now that the co-leader of the Gunts has reclaimed one of the words on the banned word list, it is time to add a new one and update all the existing lists. Several words will remain in place on the banned word list; there is the n-word, the f-word, the p-word, the h-word, the s-word [] The post Please update your banned word list appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:45

Oral questions: 19 September 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Questions to Ministers Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Governments statements and actions? JO LUXTON to the Minister of Housing and Urban Development: What reports has he seen on the New Zealand housing market? Hon SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Will she release today all communications between herself, her staff, and her Ministers in respect of [] The post Oral questions: 19 September 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

1500 Charter school students have nothing to celebrate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It is a dark day for 1500 Charter school students. There is absolutely nothing to celebrate in Minister Hipkins announcement yesterday that all 12 Charter school operators who applied to establish state schools have been approved to do so. Two additional schools that were previously approved to open have chosen not to, those being Vanguard [] The post 1500 Charter school students have nothing to celebrate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:15

Nelson oilers: Anyone keen to meet up? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In response to the call for Auckland oilers, we had a request for a Nelson catch up. Any Whaleoil readers who are interested in meeting up dont be like the prime minister. Put the details below in your diary now. When:  Friday 21st September at 12 pm Where: Sprig & Fern, 280 Hardy St, Nelson [] The post Nelson oilers: Anyone keen to meet up? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Fat Pigeon Cafe, Pio Pio NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic locations. They can be the view from your kitchen window or bedroom window or lounge room window or [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Question Time today "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There were some testy exchanges in Question Time yesterday see: Bridges versus Ardern in Question Time Shaw, Mitchell question Mark on extended Middle East deployment And Chris Hipkins was told by the speaker to front up today with Clare Curran emails. Hon Dr Nick Smith: I will repeat, as a supplementary, my primary question from last []

02:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

North Island farmers lose 100,000 lambs after spring storm  Gerard Hutching:

Farmers have suffered devastating lamb losses in eastern and central North Island over the last two weeks with an estimated toll of about 100,000.

At current prices of $144 per mature lamb, the economic hit could be $14.4 million.

By contrast Otago and Southland farmers are expected to escape lightly from the impact of snow that has fallen on Monday.

Federated Farmers high country chairman Simon Williamson said lambing would not begin in the areas where most snow had fallen until the beginning of October. . .

NZ maple syrup industry possible and promising Will Harvie:

Canada produces 71 per cent of worlds maple syrup and 91 per cent of that originates from the province of Quebec. But a clutch of New Zealand academics think this country could have a maple syrup industry, despite a mild climate and no sugar maple forests.

Their preliminary research has determined that a plantation of maple saplings for use in commercial production of maple syrup is a possible and a promising endeavour in New Zealand, according to a presentation to be given at a chemical engineering conference in Queenstown on October 1.

The most promising places for maple syrup production are roughly Molesworth Station and inland from Westport, both in the South Island, according to their paper.   . .

Local contract a big arable win :

A big multi-year supply contract to Countdown supermarkets for local wheat and grain is regarded by the arable industry as a breakthrough.

Until this year the in-house bakeries of the more than 180 Countdown supermarkets used premixed ingredients produced here and imported from Australia.

But in a deal Christchurch-based Champion Flour Milling business innovation manager Garth Gillam said is the culmination of years of effort, the supermarkets bakeries have switched entirely to premixes made using locally-grown products...

02:00

Classic Comedy: Ronnie Corbett in Sorry S03 E05 It Never Rained In Those Days "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Sorry! is a BBC television sitcom, that aired on BBC1 from 1981 to 1982 and from 1985 to 1988. Starring Ronnie Corbett, created and written by Ian Davidson and Peter Vincent for the BBC, both of whom had previously written for The Two Ronnies, of whom Corbett was one half.

Sorry! is based around Timothy Lumsden who, 41 years old in the first three series (his age increased to 42 and then 48 in subsequent series Corbett was actually 50-57 during the series run), is a librarian who still lives at home with his domineering mother Phyllis and henpecked father Sidney. Although quite shy around women, Timothy longs to find love and leave home, but Phyllis is always against the idea, and constantly manipulates her son into staying at home. One of the running gags of the series is Sidney frequently shouting Language, Timothy! when he feels Timothy has said something inappropriate (though most times nobody would typically find the words even close to offensive). Timothy usually responds Sorry father, but sometimes snaps Shut up, father! to which Sidney always replies Fair enough.

The writers used this to clever effect in one episode when Timothy is boasting about his acadmeic achievements; I got two passes in English, Literature and the other one, at which point Sidney walks past and says Language, Timothy.

In contrast, Timothys friend Frank and sister Muriel urge Timothy to stand up to his mother once and for all. Muriel had successfully left home, and married Kevin, and as a result is viewed with distrust by her mother.

01:39

Audio: David Farrar interviewed by Leighton Smith about Jan Thomas "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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01:30

Plastic bag ban creates opportunity for advertising "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It hit me yesterday when reading Christies funny post about the rash of missing Countdown baskets that this is a huge marketing opportunity for canny companies. If Countdown and other supermarkets are going to inconvenience their customers and take away their free access to branded plastic bags that advertise their supermarket then other companies can [] The post Plastic bag ban creates opportunity for advertising appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:01

Fake news grows when gatekeepers go "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Homepaddock

Mainstream news outlets have gatekeepers.

Theyre the people who decide what is real news and what is not.

Theyre human and so not perfect.

They can let their bias colour decisions and, not knowing what they dont know, let the wrong story through without at least some balance from the right one.

But they are still there to draft off deliberate and dangerous fake news.

Social media doesnt have gatekeepers and without them fake news grows and spreads.

Lies, defamatory comments and accusations and false statements not only get published they go viral, infecting the world with untruths and fiction purporting to be facts.

In when anti-1080 activism grew  noisy and got uglyHayden Donnell  shows how its done:

. . .What caused the sudden escalation? Part of the answer can perhaps be traced back to October last year, when anti-1080 leaders held a think-tank near Nelson. There

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01:00

Satirical image of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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00:59

Ratepayers report released "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Homepaddock

The Taxpayers Union and the Auckland Ratepayers Alliance have released this years Ratepayers Report, online government league table:

With these league tables, New Zealanders can easily compare their local council performance and financial position against similarly sized councils and types.

By setting out more than two thousand data points, Ratepayers Report provides transparency, so no-one can credibly claim cherry-picking or a political agenda. The league tables set out metrics such as Council debt, assets, spending and staff costs, all on a per-ratepayer basis.

Some councils do very well in the league tables, some not so much. Every council has checked its own numbers and approved it for accuracy.

Across the country council borrowing continues to skyrocket. On average, councils have increased the share of debt for each of their ratepayers by $244  a 5.3 percent increase in borrowing in just a year!

The data shows why Auckland Ratepayers, in particular, have

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00:57

$1 in 3 wastefullly spent by govt "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Homepaddock

The New Zealand Initiatives Fit for Purpose? Are Kiwis getting the government they pay for? shows were not getting value for money.

Dr Bryce Wilkinson explains:

Taxes in New Zealand have risen four times faster than incomes in the 20th century. Taxes now take more of our income than in almost any country outside Europe. We have become a high tax country.

We, the public, need the government to spend our tax money well.

Government is a dominant provider of many activities, including health and education. Poor performance here would harm current and future New Zealanders.

Government also dictates much resource use through ownership and regulation. It is a major landowner, and there are 50 times more Parliamentary Acts now than in 1908.

It should aim to get the best possible outcomes for New Zealanders from its assets. It should also regulate wisely and administer those regulations well.

The

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00:52

A message from the Free Speech Coalition on Massey University "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Last evening Massey University sent us its response to our information requests, filed under the Official Information Act, after Don Brash was banned from speaking on its campus. David Farrar, a member of the Coalition, has blogged his first impressions of the internal email correspondence: Quote: Massey lying over cancellation of Brash speech Since the backlash over Vice-Chancellor Jan [] The post A message from the Free Speech Coalition on Massey University appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:30

Bridges v Ardern: QT today "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Simon Bridges succeeds in exposing Arderns lack of grace

00:30

125 years of womens suffrage "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

When and where did you first vote?

I turned 18 in an election year and was working as a kitchen hand in Omarama during university holidays when I cast my first vote.

I take no pride in saying I did it with little real understanding of the issues or even my own political philosophy.

I doubt if I gave any thought to the idea that voting, and voting freely, is a right not universally available in other countries either. And I knew little of the work that led to New Zealand becoming the first self-governing country in the world to grant the vote to women.

Today the 125th anniversary of that milestone is being celebrated.

. . .On 19 September 1893 the Electoral Act 1893 was passed, giving all women in New Zealand the right to vote.  As a result of this landmark legislation, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world in which all women had the right to vote in parliamentary elections. . .

Artist Kate Hursthouse is marking the celebration with Our Wahine , celebrating 125 extraordinary women.

00:30

Trump-like? You have got to be kidding me "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I cannot believe that the current leader of National, Simon Bridges would think that it was a good idea to compare Prime Minister Ardern to President Trump. Which group of voters is he trying to appeal to? Certainly not voters like me who think that President Trump with all his faults is doing a fantastic [] The post Trump-like? You have got to be kidding me appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:10

Audio: Chris Lynch interview with Don Brash about Massey Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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00:00

Kiwisaver: Bringing kindness back? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Stuff reports: quote: A 39-year-old man with Down syndrome who wants access to his KiwiSaver funds early has taken his fight to Parliament. Tim Fairhall spoke to MPs in Parliament on Wednesday appealing to have access to his KiwiSaver funds before the age of 65 so he could travel overseas to see his brother [] The post Kiwisaver: Bringing kindness back? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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23:51

Horowhenua Council and Maori Appeal Court "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Horowhenua correspondent Veronica Harrod reports the Horowhenua District Council has got  involved in a Maori Appellate Court decision. Business as []

23:31

Qotd: "Any alleged 'right' of one man, which necessitates the violation of the rights of another, is not and cannot be a right. No man can have a right to impose an unchosen obligation, an unrewarded duty or an involuntary servitude on another man. There can be no such thing as 'the right to enslave'. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"If some men are entitled by right to the products of the work of others, it means that those others are deprived of rights and condemned to slave labor. Any alleged 'right' of one man, which necessitates the violation of the rights of another, is not and cannot be a right. No man can have a right to impose an unchosen obligation, an unrewarded duty or an involuntary servitude on another man. There can be no such thing as 'the right to enslave'.
~ Ayn Rand, from her essay on 'Man's Rights'
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23:30

I never tell lies in politics "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In the Mike Hosking telephone interview with Ardern on 18 September, these words were used: Quote. MH: The GDP numbers on Thursday have you seen them? Or got a hint? JA: Sorry the, sorry the .. MH: GDP numbers, Thursday. JA: GDP numbers, well be putting out the audited final results soon. MH: So you [] The post I never tell lies in politics appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Nigel Kneale a documentary "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

BBC Four documentary on the hugely influential writer Nigel Kneale

23:00

Yes Mike, Winston is running this government "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Mike Hosking wonders if Winston is running this government: Quote: Is Winston Peters the political genius of our time? It was with the comment that the Labour Partys workplace reforms were a work in progress that the penny dropped. He is lining himself up to be the voice of middle New Zealand. He is lining [] The post Yes Mike, Winston is running this government appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

$1 in 3 wastefullly spent by govt "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The New Zealand Initiatives Fit for Purpose? Are Kiwis getting the government they pay for? shows were not getting value for money.

Dr Bryce Wilkinson explains:

Taxes in New Zealand have risen four times faster than incomes in the 20th century. Taxes now take more of our income than in almost any country outside Europe. We have become a high tax country.

We, the public, need the government to spend our tax money well.

Government is a dominant provider of many activities, including health and education. Poor performance here would harm current and future New Zealanders.

Government also dictates much resource use through ownership and regulation. It is a major landowner, and there are 50 times more Parliamentary Acts now than in 1908.

It should aim to get the best possible outcomes for New Zealanders from its assets. It should also regulate wisely and administer those regulations well.

The reports focus on value for money is not ideological. Who would not want to see government doing the best possible job for New Zealanders?

This shouldnt be ideological or partisan, but the left does too often mistakenly equate more spending with better spending.

How well is government spending our tax money?
The quality of much government spending is poor. The Productivity Commissions inquiry into public sector productivity showed why. Public sector agencies are not focused on productivity. Measures are too often lacking or neglected.

A 2013 report published by a Canadian think tank, the Fraser Institute, assessed outcomes compared to spending in 192 countries. South Korea came out on top. Its government was spending 27% of GDP to achieve a performance score of 7.5. In New Zealand, government was spending 38% of GDP for a score of 5.5.

Perhaps, one-third of New Zealand government spending is wasteful. That represents around 13% of GDP, or $20,000 per household, annually.

Every cent not wasted is a cent more to spend on something we need, or to leave in taxpayers pockets.

Imagine the positive impact of that money being spent where it has a positive impact instead of being wasted and/or of each household keeping more of what they earn.

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22:45

Seal clubbing resumes as Kiwibuild turns into KiwiKennel "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Seal clubbing resumed in parliament yesterday as Judith Collins hammered the increasingly inept Phil Twyford over key details of Kiwibuild. Meanwhile it turns out that the Kiwibuild plans are actually for KiwiKennels and banks wont lend on them: Quote: Inquiries from 1 NEWS have led to some KiwiBuild apartments being redesigned because theyre too small [] The post Seal clubbing resumes as Kiwibuild turns into KiwiKennel appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:34

QotD: "If what you advocate for is something other than the sovereignty of the individual then what you advocate for inevitably becomes the sovereignty of some individuals over others. You cannot escape this fact." "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"If what you advocate for [in politics] is something other than the sovereignty of the individual then what you advocate for inevitably becomes the sovereignty of some individuals over others. You cannot escape this fact."
    ~ Michael Wharton
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22:30

Massey University VC very,very economical with the truth over Brash ban "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

An interesting post mid-evening last night by David Farrar. Mr Farrar has used the OIA ,it seems, to obtain details from Massey University regarding the circumstances of the recent de- platforming of Don Massey.

It appears that the reasons advanced by the University, especially the Vice Chancellor were spurious.

This whole affair is bad news for Massey and dramatically diminishes the credibility of the VC.

22:30

Bridges got into the seal clubbing too "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Simon Bridges seems to have had a fire lit under him at the moment. He has joined in the seal clubbing and for the first time ever he managed to get under Jacinda Arderns skin by the time Question 3 ended. His performance in the house yesterday puts him into contention for a Whaleoil Hakapik [] The post Bridges got into the seal clubbing too appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:30

Bleg: Is this due to capitalism? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I hear this sort of thing a lot and want to hear your views.  I will give a view in the future.

Also we used to just play Sim City 2000 in economics class at high school and I thought it would be cool if the individuals in the city followed rules something they talked about for the latest Sim City but didnt really do.  So remember any model we build to explain this is sort of like that, just maybe less entertaining with a dearth of colourful sounds.

22:15

Audio: Hosking interviews Ardern about Iraq, the GDP & Derek Handley "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Part one starts at 13:12 Part two The post Audio: Hosking interviews Ardern about Iraq, the GDP & Derek Handley appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:15

Most read "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Our Whats Hot post and Must Read posts up the top of our home page are based on the two articles from the day before that attracted the most comments. This post is to provide you with the links to the top five most read posts as the vast majority of our readership do not comment and the post with the [] The post Most read appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:00

Massey University busted lying over Brash speech cancellation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

David Farrar has busted Massey University and their Vice Chancellor, Jan Thomas, for lying over the cancellation of Don Brashs speech. He writes: Quote: Since the backlash over Vice-Chancellor Jan Thomas cancelling Don Brashs speech to the Politics Society, Massey University has trued to claim it had nothing to do with his views, and it was purely because of [] The post Massey University busted lying over Brash speech cancellation appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:46

DONT LET THE DOOR HIT YOUR ARSE AS YOU DEPART. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



Following the indefensible concerted attacks on Lauren Southern and Stephen Molyneux instigated by long time lefty Mayor  of Auckland with his "deplatforming" tactics, done as a personal assault on Freedom of Speach and movement came an even more disturbing incident at Massey Uni.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Jan Thomas, Queensland educated and intellectually suspect, took it on herself to deny a student political  club doing a series of addresses by some leaders in national politics both  current and former, to prevent ex National leader Don Brash from being involved.

This morning Mr Farrar's Blog has a very revealing summary, assisted by OIA, that leaves Ms Thomas only one way forward.
Those of us who watch with disgust at how socialism and lefty theory failures, dominate so much University current practice in advancing the cause of human progress, must see how this incident unfolded as now revealed by Farrar as a step far to far.
The language, tactical nous, and lying to her fellow senior staff, the media and the public leaves her with one option.
Just bugger off before you do any more damage.

There may have been racist undertones in that  unfortunate unfolding incident but they emanated from the gob and computer of Ms  Jan Thomas, not Donald Brash.

21:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is Subscriber Content. You can access subscriber content, including crosswords, sudoku, 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

How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If your subscription has not automatically renewed it may be because you hadnt ticked for it to automatically renew when you set it up because your credit card has expired because you have removed your credit card details from Paypal. because of insufficient funds If you want to update your credit card details click here. If [] The post How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I never let prejudice stop me from what I wanted to do in this life Sarah Louise Delaney who was born on this day in 1889.

21:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good morning, welcome to our daily Whaleoil General Debate. Our evening General debate is called Backchat and will start at 6 pm On General debate, you are encouraged as a commenter to share your own stories, discuss other news, bring NEW news, catch up with friends or make new friends with other commenters. To participate youll [] The post Whaleoil general debate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:57

James Shaw promoting Green achievements "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Green Party were always going to achieve far more than in their years in Opposition now they are a part of Government, albeit outside Cabinet and the junior party. Small parties often struggle to be seen to be having significant wins in the shadow of the major party in particular, and Greens are also []

20:46

125 year anniversary of women winning the right to vote in New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

New Zealand women won the right to vote on 19 September 1893. 125 years on, the Suffrage 125 celebration is an opportunity to remember the suffragists and what they fought for and reflect on womens rights today Women, the Vote and Activism In the late 19th century women suffragists fought for the right to []

20:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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20:30

RNZ Nine to Noon: Gavin Ellis on Media "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Gavin Ellis talks with Kathryn Ryan on media and looks at how poor legislation can stifle free speech

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntn-20180918-1143-poorly_drafted_cyber-bullying_legislation-128.mp3

Media commentator Gavin Ellis says the legislation against cyber-bullying was so poorly drafted that Sir Ray Averys use of the Harmful Digital Communications Act to stifle Newsrooms investigation of his charitable work was an accident waiting to happen, and the loophole must be closed. 

As usual an interesting take on issues

20:22

Mori Crown agency to be established "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An announcement yesterday from Kelvin Davis, Minister of Crown/Mori Relations: Cabinet has approved the final scope of the Mori Crown portfolio and agreed to establish an agency to oversee Governments work with Mori in a post-settlement era, announced Crown/ Mori Relations Minister Kelvin Davis today. The agency, to be called the Office for Mori Crown []

20:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is littoral (adj) Of or on a shore, especially a seashore (noun) 1. A coastal region; a shore. 2. The region or zone between the limits of high and low tides. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : English littoral comes from the Latin adjective littorlis (ltorlis is more [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:12

Massey Vice Chancellor appears to have lied over Brash ban "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The controversial cancelling of a student political club event at Massey University due to the scheduled inclusion of Don Brash kicked up a lot of discussion about Brashs views (strongly criticised by some), about free speech, and about free speech at universities. The issue has been raised again by David Farrar, who through emails obtained []

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 19 25 If you punish a mocker, the simpleminded will learn a lesson; if you correct the wise, they will be all the wiser. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

Nine to Noon: Andrew Little on the crisis in criminal justice "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

From Nine to Noon:

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/08/ntn-20180809-0908-andrew_little_on_the_crisis_in_criminal_justice-128.mp3

Justice Minister Andrew Little is calling for services for victims of crime to be more professionally-run, rather than relying on volunteers.

Thats just one of his plans for reforming the justice sector, though he admits his ideas will be expensive to implement. More at Link

Little seems to be seeking a legacy as a reformer in the justice sector, however though his aims may be worthy, it is likely that the nature of the issues and political realities may well reduce if not totally negate his efforts.

His claims of crisis may be blunted by voter perceptions that Little and Labour are concerned for the criminal rather than the victim.

19:30

Brexit Fun "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Brian Adcock Independent 18092018

Brian Adcock Christine Lagarde of the IMF does not think Brexit will be very good for the UK economy.shock horror!

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19:20

Media watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

19 September 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.

19:03

Open Forum Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

19 September 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 []

14:02

World view Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

14:01

September 19 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

335  Dalmatius was raised to the rank of Caesar by his uncle Constantine I.

1356  In the Battle of Poitiers, the English defeated the French.

1676 Jamestown was burned to the ground by the forces of Nathaniel Bacon during Bacons Rebellion.

1692 Giles Corey was pressed to death after refusing to plead in the Salem witch trials.

1777  First Battle of Saratoga/Battle of Freemans Farm/Battle of Bemis Heights.

1796 George Washingtons farewell address was printed across America as an open letter to the public.

1862 American Civil War: Battle of Luka  Union troops under General William Rosecrans defeated a Confederate force commanded by General Sterling Price.

1863  American Civil War: Battle of Chickamauga.

1870 Franco-Prussian War: the Siege of Paris began.

1881 President James A. Garfield died of wounds suffered in a July 2 shooting.

1882 Christopher Stone, first disc jockey in the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1965).

1889  Sarah Louise Delany, American physician and author, was born (d. 1999).

1893 The Governor, Lord Glasgow, signed a new Electoral Act into law. As a result of this landmark legislation, New Zealand became the first self-governing country in the world to grant all women the right to vote in parliamentary elections.

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13:38

Must Watch!: The Spiders Web: Britains Second Empire (Documentary) "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Independent POV Published on Sep 14, 2018 Subscribe 18K At the demise of empire, City of London financial interests created a web of secrecy jurisdictions that captured wealth from across the globe and hid it in a web of offshore islands. Today, up to half of global offshore wealth is hidden in British jurisdictions and []

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13:07

Money for writers #6 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Grimshaw Sargeson Fellowship invites applications for 2019. This offers the opportunity to write full-time, free from financial pressure with a stipend of $20,000 for the full year (less if the fellowship is shared, obviously), and stay in rent-free accommodation in the Sargeson flat in Albert Park, between Queen Street and the University of Auckland. Any published New Zealand writer is eligible.

When I was on the Sargeson Trust fellows had access to the university library as well as the nearby Auckland Central library: I am not sure if this still applies.

It is a great fellowship and I can strongly recommend the accommodation, having lived in the flat one August. Back then it was the same bed that Janet Frame, the first Sargeson fellow, had slept in, but we replaced it years ago. This involved me and Graeme Lay test-bouncing on double beds in Farmers at St Lukes Mall. Eyebrows were raised.

Applications close on Friday 5 October, with the tenure due to start on 1 April 2019. You can download the application form here, and there is further information on the fellowship here. There is also a very good book about the whole thing available here.

12:30

Classic TV Drama: Upstairs Downstairs S02 E11 The Fruits Of Love "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Upstairs, Downstairs is a British television drama series produced by London Weekend Television (LWT) for ITV.It ran for 68 episodes divided into five series on ITV from 1971 to 1975.

A BBC Wales and Masterpiece produced continuation also called Upstairs Downstairs was broadcast by BBC One in 2010.

Set in a large townhouse in Belgravia in West London, the series depicts the servants downstairs and their mastersthe family upstairsbetween the years 1903 and 1930, and shows the slow decline of the British aristocracy. Great events feature prominently in the episode but minor or gradual changes are also noted. The series stands as a document of the social and technological changes that occurred between those 27 years, including the Edwardian period, the Suffragettes, First World War, the Roaring Twenties and the Wall Street Crash.

The show was a ratings success for ITV, and received outstanding acclaim worldwide winning multiple awards.

Series had an excellent cast with many well known actors appearing over the life of the series. Some are still active to this day.

11:12

Social contagion? Fears of copycat spread in wake of multiple accounts of strawberries contaminated with needles in Australia "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Australian police are continuing their manhunt for the country's infamous strawberry saboteur as needle-contamination fears spread across the country, bringing the fruit industry to its knees. Police in Western Australia confirmed on Monday that they are investigating the first reported case of suspected needle contamination in the state. Previously, almost a dozen incidents were reported in six brands of strawberries across six states and territories. The crisis has spiraled since a man was hospitalized after swallowing a needle that was hidden inside a strawberry in Queensland over a week ago. Fears of a copycat fruit saboteur emerged on Monday after police reported that a woman was caught inserting a needle into a banana in a Queensland supermarket. However, police confirmed that the woman had mental health issues and said they were treating the act as an isolated incident, with no connection to any other food contamination investigations. It comes as New Zealand food distributors removed Australian strawberries from their shelves as a precaution, further adding to the devastation caused by the unidentified culprit.

11:00

Tuesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Shocking reason Welsh parents are choosing homeschooling. Wales is at war over a dead language. The post Tuesday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

10:40

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A toot came from behind.

I was giving way as I ought to have been and was thinking dark thoughts about the impatience of the driver.

Then I realised I hadnt turned the car lights on. The toot wasnt a get-a-move-on one, it was a turn-your-lights-on-one.

Tonight Im grateful for a friendly toot.

10:30

Tuesday Opera: Vanessa- Barber "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Original video replaced as not available any more

10:30

Not even a year in government and they have made an election video already! "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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10:00

BBC Classic Drama: Barchester Chronicles #1/7 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

 

The Barchester Chronicles is a 1982 British television serial produced by the BBC. It is an adaptation of Anthony Trollopes first two Chronicles of Barsetshire novels, The Warden and Barchester Towers. The series was directed by David Giles. Location work was filmed in and around Peterborough Cathedral, using locations such as the Deanery and Laurel Court. The series starred Donald Pleasence as Mr Harding, Nigel Hawthorne as Archdeacon Grantly, Angela Pleasence as Mrs Grantly, Cyril Luckham as Bishop Grantly, David Gwillim as John Bold, George Costigan as Tom Towers, John Ringham as Finney, Barbara Flynn as Mary Bold, Janet Maw as Eleanor Harding, Clive Swift as Bishop Proudie, Geraldine McEwan as Mrs Proudie, Alan Rickman as Obadiah Slope, Susan Hampshire as Signora Madeline Neroni, and Ursula Howells as Miss Thorne.

10:00

Theological Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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09:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama:Water Rats S03 E19 Let The Dead "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Season 3 Episode 5 appears to be missing

Water Rats is an Australian TV police procedural broadcast on the Nine Network from 1996 to 2001. The series was based on work of the men and women of the Sydney Water Police who fight crime around Sydney Harbour and surrounding locales. The show was set on and around Goat Island in Sydney Harbour.

Water Rats premiered on 12 February 1996, and ran for six seasons and 177 episodes. Colin Friels and Catherine McClements were the original stars of the series and were instrumental in the shows early success. They both departed the show in 1999. In later seasons, Steve Bisley, Aaron Pedersen and Dee Smart became the shows main stars.

For the sixth and final season in 2001, the show concentrated more on the cops personal lives rather than just focusing on the crimes committed. The Nine Network cancelled the show after six seasons. Executive Producer Kris Noble blamed escalating costs for the cancellation. However, Bisley and Smart had also just quit the show, and the series had already been suffering a ratings battle following the departure of Friels and McClements in 1999. 

09:30

For the petrol heads "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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09:25

Bridges versus Ardern in Question Time "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Some interesting exchanges between Simon Bridges and Jacinda Ardern in parliament today. 3. Hon SIMON BRIDGES (LeaderNational) to the Prime Minister: Does she stand by all her Governments policies, statements, and actions? Rt Hon JACINDA ARDERN (Prime Minister): Yes. Hon Simon Bridges: Is it the policy of this Labour-led Government to increase the refugee quota to 1,500 a year []

09:00

Undercover at an anti-free speech panel "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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RNZ Nine to Noon on Business: Rod Oram on the Handley fiasco, the Mainzeal legal action and the electricity market "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

RNZ Nine to Noon

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntn-20180918-1107-scepticism_about_nz_getting_a_chief_technology_officer-128.mp3

Business commentator Rod Oram looks at whether the Government will appoint a Chief Technology Officer, following the Derek Handley debacle, and a look at the state of the electricity market.

08:57

Basketball Lebanon fades in the dying minutes against New Zealand "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A perfect first quarter seemed to put us on track for an excellent win against the Tall Blacks, but the Lebanese players melted in the heat down under and succumbed to 25 offensive rebounds by New Zealand and their last-minute recruit Corey Webster, to lose 63-60 in the dying minutes of a match they had their grasp firmly on.

Contrary to last weeks encounter against China, during which we played catch up for most of the time, it was New Zealand who had to deal with this scenario today, facing a brilliant Lebanese trio composed of Elie Rustom, Ater Majok and Rodrigue Akl. But untimely turnovers and a focus on an outside game, when it was obvious things were not working from that distance (14% of 3 points in), prompted the comeback of the hosts while chaos reigned among our divisions, unable to think clearly and infiltrate one more time the New Zealand defense.

This time around, Ali Haidar and Ahmad Ibrahim, the stars against China, were not in the game. Amir Saoud was sidelined with injury, and Nadim Souaid, whom we hoped would come back with the team today, wasnt seemingly ready enough. Daniel Fares, once again brilliant when it mattered, inexplicably remained in the shadow of Charles Tabet and on the bench for most of the match.

Even when we got a defensive rebound, we rarely were able to translate the fast-breaks (were so bad at as usual) into meaningful points. The ending was a heartbreak, with 3 points slipping through our fingers, which would have seen us on top of the Group E and most certainly qualified for the FIBA 2019 WC.

Nevertheless, we still have a fantastic shot at it, lying in a great second place.  With 4 games to go, we should not rest on our laurels:

  • November 29, 2018: against South Korea (in South Korea).
  • December 2, 2018: against China (in China).
  • February 22, 2019: against New Zealand (in Lebanon).
  • February 25, 2019: against South Korea (in Lebanon).

In 2 months time, we return to play against South Korea. A win would boost our qualification hopes big time regardless of the other results in the group, with the hope of the main actors of our team to recover by then (Jean Abdel Nour, Wael Arakji, Nadim Souaid, Bassel Bawji, Amir Saoud).

Although qualifying on our grounds would be an extremely welcome and amazing feeling, wed rather finish things as early as November, to avoid the stress we felt at the Nouhad Nawfal stadium last week, which this time, could be even worse.

 

Group E

6/18 games played

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08:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Just a brief note to those readers who like to add their own contributions to Daily roundup in the comments. PLEASE remember that politically incorrect and offensive (but funny) jokes are only to be enjoyed on Mondays in the Comedy corner post which is specifically for that kind of humour. Do not post that kind of humour here. Candidate for mother [] The post Daily roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:30

Classic Comedy:The Darling Buds of May S03 E01 & E02 The Happiest Days Of Your Life "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Not all episodes play in all countries

The Darling Buds of May is an English comedy drama television series, produced by Yorkshire Television for the ITV network, first broadcast between 7 April 1991 and 4 April 1993. It is an adaptation of the 1958 novel of the same name, and its sequels, by H. E. Bates.

Set in rural 1950s Kent, it follows the life of the Larkin family. It starred David Jason as Pop Larkin alongside Pam Ferris as Ma Larkin, with Catherine Zeta-Jones playing their eldest daughter Mariette, who marries tax inspector Cedric Charlie Charlton, played by Philip Franks. A ratings success, it proved to be Zeta-Joness breakout role.

Featuring a total of 20 episodes, it was broadcast as three series of six double-episode story lines in the spring of 1991, 1992 and 1993, plus two single-episode Christmas specials aired in 1991 and 1992

08:24

Shaw, Mitchell question Mark on extended Middle East deployment "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In Parliament today Green co-leader James Shaw took Minister of Defence Ron Mark to task after the deployment of New Zealand troops in Iraq and Afghanistan was extended. 4. Hon JAMES SHAW (Co-LeaderGreen) to the Minister of Defence: Is it his intention to continue the deployments to Afghanistan and Iraq beyond 2019? Hon RON MARK (Minister of Defence): []

08:14

Appalling sex offences against children "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ive just seen an item on 1 News about Martin Lawes, Its appalling. Some of the story from Stuff: Sex offender Martin Lawes truly shocking personality behind closed doors He is a husband, a father, a grandfather and a multi-millionaire who live streamed child sexual abuse for his own gratification. Before his downfall, Martin Lawes []

08:00

Humbuggery "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Peter Brookes The Times 15092018

Peter Brookes on humbuggery, Justin Welby and Amazon

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08:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good evening, welcome to Whaleoil Backchat. On Backchat, you are free to share your own stories, discuss other news or catch up with friends. To participate youll need to sign up for a Disqus account which is free, quick, and easy. On posts that are not articles like this one, you do not have to stay on topic [] The post Whaleoil backchat appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:45

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Today in Rock History: Born today in1946, Alan Bam King, songwriter, singer and guitarist with The Action, Mighty Baby and Ace. Born today in 1949, Kerry Livgren, songwriter and guitarist with Kansas. Born today in 1952, Dee Dee Ramone (Douglas Colvin), songwriter and bass with the Ramones. Died today in 1970, singer, songwriter and guitarist Jimi Hendrix, aged [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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07:00

Brexit Fun "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Steve Bright The Sun 08092018

Brighty: What came first? The game of Chicken, or the egg on face?

brighty_08092018

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Fettle  state or condition of health, fitness, wholeness, spirit, or form; to trim or clean the rough edges of a metal casting or a piece of pottery before firing; to tidy; mend.

06:30

Serena Williams is full of it "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

When Samuel Johnson declared that patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel, he wasnt denouncing patriotism in itself (a virtue he fulsomely praised many times). What he was attacking was the sort of insincere tub-thumping shows of virtue that are so often the resort of hypocrites trying to cover up for their moral failings. [] The post Serena Williams is full of it appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Why Douglas Murray is wrong "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Douglas Murrays book, The Strange Death of Europe, is an excellent work. But its title is wrong. Europe isnt dying, its being murdered. Worse, it is being murdered by the very people who are supposed to be custodians of its heritage and its future. Quote: The future of Europe is not Western civilisation. The EU [] The post Why Douglas Murray is wrong appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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05:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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04:30

As thick as two short planks "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

What is it about the whole global warming climate change boondoggle that seems to knurgle the brains of politicians? The EU has decided to promote the use of wood as a renewable fuel. This will likely greatly increase Europes greenhouse gas emissions and cause severe harm to the worlds forests, according to a new paper [] The post As thick as two short planks appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

For a high-res view click here Battleground London Street by street, map reveals the territories of the capitals 80-plus gangs as violence in the capital spirals We thought Whanganui had its problems? London is becoming a lawless war zone. The incompetence of the Mayor is allowing violence and anarchy to escalate and the crims are [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Brexit Fun "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Brian Adcock Independent 14092018

Brian Adcock: Theresa May gambling the Brexit rebels will fall into line before the shit hits the fan.

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03:49

Mike Treen is coming to speak in Hamiton on Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Recently returned from the international Freedom Flotilla that set out to break Israels blockade of Gaza Palestine and deliver humanitarian (medical) aid, Mike Treen, National Director at Unite Union and long term long-time activist says I have a few stories to tell!

Mike Treen has spoken of his experience in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and now he comes to Hamilton. He speaks of the treatment his fellow crew members (women and men) by the recent Freedom Gaza Flotilla experienced were subjected to by the Israeli military.

His presentation is not only an eye-witness recounting of those harrowing events, but is a considered overview of the current situation today. Treens presentation touches on the growing international support for the Palestinian people and includes steps our NZ government could take to promote the conditions necessary for justice and peace.

He has received standing ovations at his presentations these gatherings for his role on behalf of New Zealand as one among the 22 people seized imprisoned following during the seizure of the Al Awda boat by the Israelis in international waters a breach of international law an event that seems to have been ignored by world leaders and our own government.

Not to be missed! Free entry donations welcome.

This Frida...

03:30

Oilers at Omaka: Easter 2019 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

As many of you will know, Classic Fighters will be running a world-class airshow out of the Omaka airfield near Blenheim over Easter next year, from 19th 21st April 2019. This post is for anyone who is interested in going to the airshow and wants to upgrade to a double happy event by meeting [] The post Oilers at Omaka: Easter 2019 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:00

CNN publishes the dumbest, most racist article about Australia youll read "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Denigrating an entire country as racist is an extraordinary call. As such, it requires some extraordinary evidence. This right-on tripe from CNN doesnt even bother trying to proffer extraordinary evidence. In fact, it openly concedes that the claim is a lie. But, having conceded the bailey, the author resorts to some of the weakest motte [] The post CNN publishes the dumbest, most racist article about Australia youll read appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

Cat-atonic "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Everyone knows Im a cool cat. I like to keep my head, and if a human upsets me, Ill just wind myself lovingly between their legs, preferably at the top of the stairs. Im cool like that. No need to panic. Humans are our food suppliers, but nothing more than that. I mean, you dont [] The post Cat-atonic appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:03

Oral Questions 18 September 2018 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Questions to Ministers   KIRITAPU ALLAN to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the New Zealand economy? SIMON BRIDGES to the Prime Minister: Have she and her Ministers lived up to the commitment to be the most open, most transparent Government that New Zealand has ever had in respect of the process for appointing the Governments Chief [] The post Oral Questions 18 September 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Paris skyline from our apartment. NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic locations. They can be the view from your kitchen window or bedroom window or lounge room window or [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Old values and new practices Glenys Christian:

Richard Cookson and his wife Louise Cullen studied at Lincoln University but then went overseas for work at scientists rather than heading for the farm. However, 12 years ago they answered a call to return home and now run a cow and goat dairy unit.

They not only enjoy it but are proud of what they are doing and want all New Zealanders to be proud of farmers as the keepers of Kiwi values. They are leading by example, not just on the farm but also by giving back to the sector and community and setting environmental standards. . .

Lamb prices pushing the limit Annette Scott:

Lamb prices are not aligned with global market fundamentals, prompting a warning of a looming correction.

Procurement prices as high as $8.70 a kilogram are out of whack from a global perspective but reflect the limited number of lambs in the market, Alliance livestock and shareholder services general manager Heather Stacy said.

While the weaker New Zealand dollar is playing a key role in keeping lamb prices up, a push-back is imminent. . .

Better understanding of nutrient movement Pam Tipa:

We need a better understanding of nutrient transport across catchments, says Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment (PCE), Simon Upton.

And he says we also need better understanding of what nutrient models can and cant do to assist in building a picture and better communication of what is happening to water quality. . .

...

02:00

Classic Comedy: Ronnie Corbett in Sorry S03 E04 Spellbound "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Sorry! is a BBC television sitcom, that aired on BBC1 from 1981 to 1982 and from 1985 to 1988. Starring Ronnie Corbett, created and written by Ian Davidson and Peter Vincent for the BBC, both of whom had previously written for The Two Ronnies, of whom Corbett was one half.

Sorry! is based around Timothy Lumsden who, 41 years old in the first three series (his age increased to 42 and then 48 in subsequent series Corbett was actually 50-57 during the series run), is a librarian who still lives at home with his domineering mother Phyllis and henpecked father Sidney. Although quite shy around women, Timothy longs to find love and leave home, but Phyllis is always against the idea, and constantly manipulates her son into staying at home. One of the running gags of the series is Sidney frequently shouting Language, Timothy! when he feels Timothy has said something inappropriate (though most times nobody would typically find the words even close to offensive). Timothy usually responds Sorry father, but sometimes snaps Shut up, father! to which Sidney always replies Fair enough.

The writers used this to clever effect in one episode when Timothy is boasting about his acadmeic achievements; I got two passes in English, Literature and the other one, at which point Sidney walks past and says Language, Timothy.

In contrast, Timothys friend Frank and sister Muriel urge Timothy to stand up to his mother once and for all. Muriel had successfully left home, and married Kevin, and as a result is viewed with distrust by her mother.

01:30

The campaign to make Paedophillia just another sexual orientation "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I was at a buddies place Sunday night. The tv was on and while he and I were catching up his wife was watching a programme about three guys who had been sexually abused. It was on TV One. As I watched them all watching it, I thought hmmm, where is this going and then [] The post The campaign to make Paedophillia just another sexual orientation appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:00

Tory Unity "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

BOB Daily Telegraph 16092018

Bob Moran on Tory Eurosceptics planning a leadership challenge

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01:00

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 The post Cartoon of the day by SonovaMin appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:30

Jacinda Ardern is doing nothing for women in power "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Jacinda Ardern came to power a year ago amid much fanfare about her being a(nother) woman in a premiers role, and how groundbreaking it was for women. It wasnt groundbreaking, of course she wasnt even the first female PM this country has had, although everyone seemed to have forgotten that. She came to power [] The post Jacinda Ardern is doing nothing for women in power appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:00

Public safety & victims will always come first "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I found it interesting to read former Labour Party president Mike Williams recently reference my attitude towards crime as disgusting nonsense. I will not support his governments policies to transfer the responsibility and risk away from themselves, and back into our communities with the early release of serious offenders. Williams struggles to understand why the [] The post Public safety & victims will always come first appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:00

Ratepayers report released "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Taxpayers Union and the Auckland Ratepayers Alliance have released this years Ratepayers Report, online government league table:

With these league tables, New Zealanders can easily compare their local council performance and financial position against similarly sized councils and types.

By setting out more than two thousand data points, Ratepayers Report provides transparency, so no-one can credibly claim cherry-picking or a political agenda. The league tables set out metrics such as Council debt, assets, spending and staff costs, all on a per-ratepayer basis.

Some councils do very well in the league tables, some not so much. Every council has checked its own numbers and approved it for accuracy.

Across the country council borrowing continues to skyrocket. On average, councils have increased the share of debt for each of their ratepayers by $244  a 5.3 percent increase in borrowing in just a year!

The data shows why Auckland Ratepayers, in particular, have cause for real concern, with Council liabilities now $19,537 per ratepayer, up more than $600 since last year. This is second only to Christchurch, and almost four times the national average of $4,876.

Every dollar spent by a Council was earned by a hard working ratepayer. Ratepayers Report allows ratepayers to see how their money is being spent.

Notable Findings:

  • Christchurch City Council has more debt on a per ratepayer basis than any other council in the country ($21,137). Auckland Council is the second most indebted authority, with debt per ratepayer of $19,537.
  • The average debt per ratepayer of all councils is $4,876.
  • Auckland Council pays 2,250 of its staff salaries in excess of $100,000. Auckland Council also employs more staff per ratepayer than any other unitary authority (17 staff per 1,000 ratepayers). Marlborough District Council, another unitary authority, employs 10 staff per 1,000 ratepayers.
  • The highest average residential rates in New Zealand are in Western Bay of Plenty ($3,234 per year).
  • The lowest average residential rates in New Zealand are in the Mackenzie District ($1,637 per year)

The report is here.

This is a valuable resource for ratepayers to check on t...

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23:43

Brits in Coverup of US Tactical Nuke Use in Iraq "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

It appears this guy has been watched and targeted by the Brits for some time: Mainly because of his exposure of the use of DU/Nuke weapons in Iraq by coalition forces, which has poisoned the environment for decades to come and resulted in horrific birth defects. The story appeared in the Mainstream News  for a []

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23:30

A month of black Fridays "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There is an old saying about a month of Sundays, which means a long time. There needs to be a new saying for this government about bad news, and that should be a month of black Fridays. Barry Soper explains: Quote: For most of us Fridays are the best day of the week: the weekends [] The post A month of black Fridays appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:15

Most read "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Our Whats Hot post and Must Read posts up the top of our home page are based on the two articles from the day before that attracted the most comments. This post is to provide you with the links to the top five most read posts as the vast majority of our readership do not comment and the post with the [] The post Most read appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:15

Obama & Biden: Any excuse to not move on "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Obamas favourite puppet, Joe Biden, has said that he and the former President decided to break their silence about President Trumps performance after what happened in Charlottesville a year ago.  Biden stated: We have leaders who at the time when that occurred, when these guys were accompanied by white supremacists and Ku Klux Klan ... making a comparison saying there are good people in both groupsWhat has become of us? Our children are listening. Our silence is complicity. The post Obama & Biden: Any excuse to not move on appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Fake news grows when gatekeepers go "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Mainstream news outlets have gatekeepers.

Theyre the people who decide what is real news and what is not.

Theyre human and so not perfect.

They can let their bias colour decisions and, not knowing what they dont know, let the wrong story through without at least some balance from the right one.

But they are still there to draft off deliberate and dangerous fake news.

Social media doesnt have gatekeepers and without them fake news grows and spreads.

Lies, defamatory comments and accusations and false statements not only get published they go viral, infecting the world with untruths and fiction purporting to be facts.

In when anti-1080 activism grew  noisy and got uglyHayden Donnell  shows how its done:

. . .What caused the sudden escalation? Part of the answer can perhaps be traced back to October last year, when anti-1080 leaders held a think-tank near Nelson. There the lawyer Sue Grey gave a presentation on how to mainstream the movement. Grey has been a leading spokesperson in the medicinal cannabis movement, which has gained political traction and overwhelming public support in recent months, and she drew on her experience with that cause to outline a new anti-1080 strategy. Activists couldnt rely on getting mainstream media coverage, she said. She proposed taking a different tack co-opting stories about issues completely unrelated to 1080 to spread the anti-1080 message.

You dont have to wait for a story about 1080 to put a comment about 1080, she said. You know heres [a story on the fact] the prime ministers in Vietnam well put a comment whats the prime minister telling them about putting 1080 in our food?. And you can actually sort of divert the whole story.

Theres all sorts of things you can do to pick up on momentum and people are going hang on, wheres all this 1080 stuff coming from. . . 

This sort of thread-jack happens on blogs too. An activist sees a post on x and uses it as an opportunity to write a comment that sides tracks with but what about y.

The tactics she outlined almost perfectly match a sea change in how anti-1080 activism...

23:00

Bowtie-wearing loser blames Winston for government woes "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

There is only one thing worse than a useless retired politician. That is a useless retired politician who keeps on commentating from outside of the system he played for over 30 years. Quote: Peter Dunne is a man who was comfortable in any government just so long as he had a job and he is [] The post Bowtie-wearing loser blames Winston for government woes appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:45

Id make a meat pun but Id probably butcher it "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

We know you all would like to get your hands on some delicious non-halal Whalemeat ( made from 100% vegetarian animals) so a competition had to be created. If you havent already got a subscription to Whaleoil now is the perfect time to subscribe because ALL subscribers to Whaleoil will go in the draw to win [] The post Id make a meat pun but Id probably butcher it appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:30

10 years after Lehman "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I have been enjoying the live tweeting of the Lehman Brothers failure with a 10 year delay.

On the day I had this to say.

Then 10 years ago today I tried to provide some predictions.  The terms of trade fell a little more than I expected (to their 2005 levels rather than to their 2007 level), but otherwise they werent that bad credit rationing was predominantly in the construction sector, mortgage rates fell, and in NZ the crisis was nothing like the Great Depression.  But this:

As long as the information transfer between market participants begins to improve again this crisis will be a historical point of interest in a years time rather than the beginning of the end.

Glad I conditioned it on the idea that there were be a recognition of loss between debtors and creditors because once that didnt happen in Europe the crisis just kept on trucking.  With everything calming down by mid-2009 the world was recovering.  Then Greece in May 2010.  Then my goodness just look at this this cluster.  Finally in 2012 there was a recognition of the need for a lender of last resort in Europe.

If you want a retrospective I did one back in 2014 

22:30

Hosking on the hopelessness of the government "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Mike Hosking wasnt impressed with the TED Talk of Jacinda Ardern, not one bit: Quote: It is one of the older tricks in the book, when youre the government and youre in trouble, dump the bad news on Friday. This current Government is excellent at it. And this past Friday was Derek Handley. The previous [] The post Hosking on the hopelessness of the government appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:00

Supermarkets want their baskets back "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

*Humour. Newsie reports that there must be a lot of Whaleoil readers in the Orewa area. quote: Countdown has put out a call for customers to return any green shopping baskets that they have taken home, so that they can be made available for other shoppers. A consequence of removing single use plastic bags from [] The post Supermarkets want their baskets back appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:43

Jacinda Ardern versus Kim Hill "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Kim Hill has just given Jacinda Ardern a grilling on Morning Report, on the Middle East deployment reversal, on Labour-led, and on Winston Peters humiliating her and Labour. "I refute the suggestion there's anything disrespectful about our relationship," Ms Ardern says, responding to question of Mr Peters scuttling Labour's planned policies like 3 strikes repeal []

21:30

Daily crossword "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This is Subscriber Content. You can access subscriber content, including crosswords, sudoku, 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.

21:30

Whats the problem with Labour-led Government? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I think its been fairly normal to describe Governments in New Zealand under MMP as led by the largest party, and led by the party of the Prime Minister. It has been common to hear of the Labour-led Clark Government, or the National-led Key Government. Actually it was common for the last lot to be []

21:15

How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If your subscription has not automatically renewed it may be because you hadnt ticked for it to automatically renew when you set it up because your credit card has expired because you have removed your credit card details from Paypal. because of insufficient funds If you want to update your credit card details click here. If [] The post How to upgrade, renew or change your Whaleoil subscription appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:11

Phil Taueki Wins Lake Horowhenua Case "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An historic decision by the Maori Appellate Court has left the Horowhenua Lake Trust without trustees. KIN Horowhenua correspondent Veronica []

21:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Kindness is in our power even when fondness is not Samuel Johnson who was born n this day in 1709.

21:00

Whaleoil general debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Good morning, welcome to our daily Whaleoil General Debate. Our evening General debate is called Backchat and will start at 6 pm On General debate, you are encouraged as a commenter to share your own stories, discuss other news, bring NEW news, catch up with friends or make new friends with other commenters. To participate youll [] The post Whaleoil general debate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:31

Iraq, Afghanistan peacekeeping and the realities of international leadership "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jacinda Ardern has been promoted (or has promoted herself) as one of a radical new breed of young progressive wanting to lead the world in a new direction. But the realities for a small distant nation is that the leader largely has to follow along with allies, even in war situations. So despite in Opposition []

20:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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 lapidary (noun) 1. One who cuts, polishes, or engraves gems. 2. A dealer in precious or semiprecious stones. (adj) 1. Of or relating to precious stones or the art of working with them. 2. (a) Engraved in stone. (b) Marked by conciseness, precision, or refinement of expression. (c) [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 18 13 Spouting off before listening to the facts is both shameful and foolish. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:20

Media watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

18 September 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.

19:05

Open Forum Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

18 September 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 []

17:51

Needled Strawberries: Food Terrorism Down Under "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There is something peculiar doing the rounds in Australian food circles.  The land down under, considered something of a nirvana of fruit and vegetable production despite horrendous droughts and calamitous cyclones, is facing a new challenge: human agency, namely in the form of despoliation of strawberries.

The results have knocked Australias highly concentrated supermarket chains, with both Coles and Aldi withdrawing all their fruit with a nervousness that has not been seen in years.  A spate of incidents involving contamination, or pins stuck in the fruit, have manifested across a range of outlets.  Strawberry brands including Donnybrook Berries, Love Berry, Delightful Strawberries, Oasis brands, Berry Obsession, Berry Licious and Mals Black Label have made it onto the list of needled suppliers.  There have been possible copycat initiates doing the rounds.  This, exclaimed Strawberries Australia Inc. Queensland spokesman Ray Daniels, is food terrorism that is bringing an industry to its knees.

The game of food contamination, infection or, as Daniels deems it, food terrorism, is the sort of thing that multiplies in fear and emotion.  It targets the industry itself (the strawberry market is already frail before the effects of pest and blight), and ensures maximum publicity for the perpetrator.  Then there is the constant fear of a potential victim, the all stifling terror of legal action that might find a target in the form of a provider.  Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt has already boosted such feelings, ordering the Food Standards Australia New Zealand to investigate the matter.  This is a vicious crime, its designed to injure and possible worse, members of the population at large.

Out of 800,000 punnets of strawberries, notes Daniels, seven needles were found.  Youve got more chance of winning lotto than being affected.  Take your chance, and, as with all food production, hope for the best as you would hope for the arrival of a green goddess.

Others such as Anthony Kachenko of Hort Innovation Australia have also moved into a mode of reassurance, a salutary reminder that Australia remains in the stratosphere of food excellence despite such adventurous despoilers.  Sabotage it might be, but it was surely isolated, a nonsense that could be dealt with surgical accuracy. Australia prides itself on safe, healthy, nutritious produce and we have the utmost confidence in the produce that we grow both for the...

15:00

14:04

World view Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

14:01

September 18 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

96  Nerva was proclaimed Roman Emperor after Domitian was assassinated.

324 Constantine the Great decisively defeated Licinius in the Battle of Chrysopolis, establishing Constantines sole control over the Roman Empire.

1180  Philip Augustus became king of France.

1454  In the Battle of Chojnice, the Polish army was defeated by the Teutonic army during the Thirteen Years War.

1709 Samuel Johnson, English writer and lexicographer, was born (d. 1784).

1739  The Treaty of Belgrade was signed, ceding Belgrade to the Ottoman Empire.

1793  The first cornerstone of the Capitol building was laid by George Washington.

1809 The Royal Opera House in London opened.

1810  First Government Junta in Chile.

1812  The 1812 Fire of Moscow died down after destroying more than three quarters of the city. Napoleon returned from the Petrovsky Palace to the Moscow Kremlin, which was spared from the fire.

1837  Tiffany and Co. (first named Tiffany & Young) was founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Teddy Young in New York City.

1838 The Anti-Corn Law League was established by Richard Cobden.

1850  The U.S. Congress passed the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850.

1851  First publication of The New-York Daily Times, which later becameThe New York Times.

1858  Kate Booth, English Salvation Army, officer was born (d. 1955).

1863  American Civil War:...

13:23

The International Medical Council on Vaccination: Significant Risk Of Harm "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

How safe is vaccination? To hear it from proponents of the vaccine industry, vaccines are based on rock-solid science that proves them to be completely safe and widely effective.    from: https://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/salud/salud_vacunas67.htm (click link for full story) To hear it from proponents of the vaccine industry, vaccines are based on rock-solid science that proves them []

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12:00

Classic TV Drama: Upstairs Downstairs S02 E10 A Special Mischief "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This not S01 E06 the caption on the video is wrong it is S02 E08

Upstairs, Downstairs is a British television drama series produced by London Weekend Television (LWT) for ITV.It ran for 68 episodes divided into five series on ITV from 1971 to 1975.

A BBC Wales and Masterpiece produced continuation also called Upstairs Downstairs was broadcast by BBC One in 2010.

Set in a large townhouse in Belgravia in West London, the series depicts the servants downstairs and their mastersthe family upstairsbetween the years 1903 and 1930, and shows the slow decline of the British aristocracy. Great events feature prominently in the episode but minor or gradual changes are also noted. The series stands as a document of the social and technological changes that occurred between those 27 years, including the Edwardian period, the Suffragettes, First World War, the Roaring Twenties and the Wall Street Crash.

The show was a ratings success for ITV, and received outstanding acclaim worldwide winning multiple awards.

Series had an excellent cast with many well known actors appearing over the life of the series. Some are still active to this day.

11:36

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A text telling you your flight to Queenstown hs been cancelled is not what you want to be greeted with when you land in Auckland after spending the best part of a day travelling.

Wonderful service from Air New Zealand staff to get you on an alternative flight in spite of technical problems helps.

Today Im grateful for calmness when you would be excused for being anything but, and service above and beyond the call of duty.

11:15

Huge late snowfalls in New Zealand build at 10 cm (4 inches) per hour "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The 2018 ski season is in to its final month in the southern hemisphere and a number of areas have already closed until next winter begins in June/July 2019, but New Zealand's South Island is currently enjoying some of the biggest snowfalls of their season. Coronet Peak, pictured above earlier today, says it expects to have 60cm (two feet) of fresh snow waiting by tomorrow morning. Treble Cone (pictured below) reported it had had 50cm of snow and that the snow was still falling at a rate of 5-10cm per hour. Most areas were forced to close today and will assess conditions in the morning top see if it is possible to re-open on Tuesday. This was Cardrona earlier today with 35cm of snow at that point and still dumping:

11:00

Monday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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10:54

North Island farmers in New Zealand lose 100,000 lambs after spring snow storm "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Farmers have suffered "devastating" lamb losses in eastern and central North Island over the last two weeks with an estimated toll of about 100,000. At current prices of $144 per mature lamb, the economic hit could be $14.4 million. By contrast Otago and Southland farmers are expected to escape lightly from the impact of snow that has fallen on Monday. Federated Farmers high country chairman Simon Williamson said lambing would not begin in the areas where most snow had fallen until the beginning of October.

10:30

Hate speech "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

10:30

Keeping Up Appearances S01 E05 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Keeping Up Appearances is a British sitcom created and written by Roy Clarke. It aired on BBC One from 1990 to 1995. The central character is eccentric and snobbish middle class social climber Hyacinth Bucket(Patricia Routledge), who insists that her surname is pronounced Bouquet.[2]The sitcom follows Hyacinth in her attempts to prove her social superiority, and to gain standing with those she considers upper class. Her attempts are constantly hampered by her lower class extended family, whom she is desperate to hide. Much of the humour comes from the conflict between Hyacinths vision of herself, and the reality of her underclass background. In each episode, she lands in a farcical situation as she battles to protect her social credibility.

The show comprised five series and 44 episodes, four of which are Christmas specials. Production ended when star Patricia Routledge moved on to other projects

10:00

Manly Monday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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10:00

BBC Classic Drama: War & Peace by Nikolai Tolstoy #15/20 Moscow "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

War and Peace is a television dramatisation of the Leo Tolstoy novel of War and Peace. This 20 episode series began on 28 September 1972.

The BBC dramatisation of Tolstoys epic story of love and loss set against the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars. Anthony Hopkins heads the cast as Pierre Bezukhov, Morag Hood is Natasha Rostova, Alan Dobie is Andrei Bolkonsky and David Swift is Napoleon, whose decision to invade Russia in 1812 has far-reaching consequences for each of them and their families.

09:30

Does Free speech offend you? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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09:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama:Water Rats S03 E18 Mocha Fudge "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Season 3 Episode 5 appears to be missing

Water Rats is an Australian TV police procedural broadcast on the Nine Network from 1996 to 2001. The series was based on work of the men and women of the Sydney Water Police who fight crime around Sydney Harbour and surrounding locales. The show was set on and around Goat Island in Sydney Harbour.

Water Rats premiered on 12 February 1996, and ran for six seasons and 177 episodes. Colin Friels and Catherine McClements were the original stars of the series and were instrumental in the shows early success. They both departed the show in 1999. In later seasons, Steve Bisley, Aaron Pedersen and Dee Smart became the shows main stars.

For the sixth and final season in 2001, the show concentrated more on the cops personal lives rather than just focusing on the crimes committed. The Nine Network cancelled the show after six seasons. Executive Producer Kris Noble blamed escalating costs for the cancellation. However, Bisley and Smart had also just quit the show, and the series had already been suffering a ratings battle following the departure of Friels and McClements in 1999. 

09:15

Yesterdays Pep Rally: Our Plan for a modern and prosperous New Zealand by Jacinda Ardern aka Jacindas platitudinous pile of piffle (#1) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Note: This will be several posts, to keep matters reasonably short and interesting.

Yesterdays big event was a carefully orchestrated media event with a vetted audience and pre-vetted questions for the Q + A at the end. it was more like a Trump rally than the participants would care to admit. We had the warm up act Winston Peters, the sycophantic backing group led by James Shaw and then the star of the show Jacinda Ardern. Again very Trump like with a speech devoid of any real substance, full of waffle or as Chris Bishop remarked a platitudinous pile of piffle

Some commentators likened it to a product launch. Sorry, product launches are about concrete finite things which can be examined and assessed in a meaningful way.

Similarly there has been talk of this being a blueprint. My dictionary defines a blueprint as a detailed plan. This speech did not set out a detailed plan it was a collection of aspirations laying out very broad and often vague concepts. In the IT industry this is sometimes called vapour ware indeed some software has been characterised by slogans such as runs well on Power Point, this disparaging description seemed peculiarly apt yesterday when the media construct aka Jacinda Ardern revealed her genius.

or as Walter Mondale famously said in 1984 Wheres the beef?

Wheres the beef? is a catchphrase in the United States and Canada introduced in 1984. The phrase originated as a slogan for the fast food chain Wendys. Since then it has become an all-purpose phrase questioning the substance of an idea, event or product The phrase became associated with the 1984 U.S. presidential election. During primaries in the spring of 1984, when the commercial was at its height of popularity, Democratic candidate and former Vice President Walter Mondale used the phrase to sum up his arguments that program policies championed by his rival, Senator Gary Hart, were insubstantial, beginning with a March 11, 1984, televised debate prior to the New York and Pennsylvania primaries.

Anyway here is the speech with Adams comments

Jacinda Ardern said:

After seeing a busy show reel like that, I have a couple of observations.

This appears to be the show reel (released by NZ Labour Party. If not, please inform Adam and show him where the actual one is.)

...

09:00

Why Jordan Peterson only eats meat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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08:48

Jacinda's latest speech "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I could find nothing to say about it.

But ACT has and it's worth repeating:

What Did She Say?
Ardern wants a growing economy that is working for all of us, wellbeing for New Zealanders and their families, and a country we can be proud of....

How to Tell if a Policy is Absurd
If the opposite of a policy sounds absurd, then the policy is absurd. Who would campaign for a shrinking economy that doesnt work, misery for New Zealanders and their families, and a country we should be ashamed of on the global stage? The opposite of ACTs policies are more state control in education, heavier handed regulation of the economy, higher levels of taxation and Government expenditure, and more Government ownership. All inferior opposites of ACTs actual policies, but not absurd.

08:30

Daily roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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08:30

Classic Comedy:The Darling Buds of May S02 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Not all episodes play in all countries

The Darling Buds of May is an English comedy drama television series, produced by Yorkshire Television for the ITV network, first broadcast between 7 April 1991 and 4 April 1993. It is an adaptation of the 1958 novel of the same name, and its sequels, by H. E. Bates.

Set in rural 1950s Kent, it follows the life of the Larkin family. It starred David Jason as Pop Larkin alongside Pam Ferris as Ma Larkin, with Catherine Zeta-Jones playing their eldest daughter Mariette, who marries tax inspector Cedric Charlie Charlton, played by Philip Franks. A ratings success, it proved to be Zeta-Joness breakout role.

Featuring a total of 20 episodes, it was broadcast as three series of six double-episode story lines in the spring of 1991, 1992 and 1993, plus two single-episode Christmas specials aired in 1991 and 1992

08:00

Whaleoil backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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07:55

Party leaders on the election campaign "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Chapters on a Victoria University book reviewing the 2017 election by each of the party leaders. Newshub  Stardust and Substance: the 2017 election through politicians eyes Accounts of political events by politicians themselves can be worse than useless and should be read with great caution. Politicians are simply too close to what happened to really []

07:30

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1944, Robert Leslie Les Emmerson, songwriter, singer and guitarist with Five Man Electrical Band. Born today in 1950, Fee Waybill (John Waybill), songwriter and singer with The Tubes. Born today in 1953, Steve Williams, drummer with Budgie. Died today in 1991, Rob Tyner (Robert Derminer), lead singer with [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:30

Nine to Noon: Politics with Hooton and Mills "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

RNZ with Hooton and Mills

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/ntn/ntn-20180917-1107-political_commentators_hooton_and_mills-128.mp3

Matthew Hooton and Stephen Mills dissect recent political happenings, including the Auckland event where party leaders and MPs from Labour, New Zealand First and the Greens unveiled a blueprint for the rest of this term.

Mills as usual occupies his usual position of abject Labour apologist, Mills is an absolute Labour toady. Hooton can be bad, but Mills is beyond the pale.

07:00

Comedy corner: Non-PC jokes guaranteed to offend "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Welcome to politically incorrect Comedy corner: the one place on Whaleoil where you are allowed to read and share naughty and offensive jokes that make us all laugh even though we are not supposed to. If you are offended by these kinds of jokes then please do not read this post. The post Comedy corner: Non-PC jokes guaranteed to offend appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Atamai  knowing, quick-witted, ready, intelligent; intellect.

(Celebrating Maori Language Week).

06:30

The 2 degree limit "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

How many times have you heard about the two degree limit?  The Paris Accord was all about the two degree limit. When researching another post I wondered what temperature was represented by this two degree limit and was surprised to find that the answer is not easily obtained. The two-degree limit is above pre-industrial because [] The post The 2 degree limit appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

Warren Mundine: Reclaiming work as a virtue "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Nyunggai Warren Mundine is one of the most remarkable Australians living. Instead of sitting on his keester, bitching and moaning, as so many of us do, hes trying to tackle the actual work of building a better life for others, and reignite the spirit of a nation given over to flabby socialist resentment. Theres really [] The post Warren Mundine: Reclaiming work as a virtue appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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05:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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04:30

Handing over control "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Do you want Mercury Energy, Contact Energy or Trustpower etc to decide on your next car purchase? Do you want Google deciding the appropriate time to adjust your thermostat? All this could be coming to an electrical socket near you shortly according to this article from PEI. Quote. For a long time utilities have been [] The post Handing over control appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Click on image for a high-res view Do you feel loved? Later on this week there are more maps reflecting a similar trend. Its about the raw human need for positive relationships and a sense of being regarded and loved. The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:30

Educating our children about sex "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Golriz Ghahraman is the Greens spokesperson for many things, Human Rights, Immigration, Customs, Disability, Global Affairs, Trade, Defence, Security and Intelligence, Corrections, Police, Overseas Development, Courts and Justice. Phew! Thats a long list. Recently, she has been tweeting about SexEd, (short for Sexual Education, not to be confused with sexed).  Im not sure which of [] The post Educating our children about sex appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:15

Monday Meme "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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03:00

The buggered country "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

When Donald Horne wrote The Lucky Country, he didnt exactly mean it as a positive. What he meant was that Australia was lucky enough to be so endowed with resources and dynamic people that it was naturally resilient to the cluelessness of its leadership. Unfortunately, Australias luck could only run so far. Sooner or later, [] The post The buggered country appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

Auckland oilers: Anyone keen to meet up? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

As you may have noticed, there have been a few gatherings of Whaleoil readers around the country recently. Dunedin had a Saturday mid-morning coffee catch-up, Bay of Plenty had a Tuesday after work event at the beautiful Mt Maunganui, and of course, Wellington has its regular last Wednesday of the month gathering, where we slum [] The post Auckland oilers: Anyone keen to meet up? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

Brexit Fun "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Steve Bright The Sun 16092018

Brighty on Theresa May in Salzburg having a chance to try to persuade other EU leaders to bite on her plan for Britains future relationship with the bloc

brighty_16092018

02:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Napier airport NOTE: We prefer photos to be from a window with preferably part of the window in the shot. They do not have to be exotic locations. They can be the view from your kitchen window or bedroom window or lounge room window or car window on [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Rural roundup "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

2018-19 lamb and beef exports forecast to both break $3 billion for the second time:

As the 2018-19 meat export season begins, Beef + Lamb New Zealands (B+LNZ) New Season Outlook 2018-19 report forecasts beef, lamb, and mutton prices to remain firm at historically high levels, helped by an expected weakening New Zealand dollar and strong export demand.

We forecast slight increases in farm-gate prices for lamb and mutton in 2018-19, as prices are expected to remain relatively steady in New Zealands main export markets and benefit from an expected easing of the New Zealand dollar, says B+LNZ Chief Economist Andrew Burtt. . .

NZ sheep & beef farm profits forecast to slip as expenses rise  Tina Morrison:

(BusinessDesk) New Zealand sheep and beef farm profits are expected to decline in the coming year as higher spending outweighs a lift in revenue from the products they sell.

The average farm is expected to earn a pre-tax profit of $129,700 in the June 2019 year, down 2.8 percent from a pre-tax profit of $133,500 in the 2017/18 year, according to industry group Beef+Lamb New Zealand. . .

China is the key market for New Zealand sheep meat Keith Woodford:

Some weeks back I wrote how the New Zealand sheep industry is in a sweet spot, with record prices. I also wrote that China is now easily our largest sheep meat market by volume. Here I share the story of some of the things that have been happening in that market, and how demand for New Zealand sheep meats has potential to further increase.

The starting point is to recognise that Chinas own sheep industry is much bigger than New Zealands.  Whereas New Zealand has about 27 million sheep, China has about 150 million. However, most of these are farmed on arid lands in the west and far north of China, often at high altitude. Much of the product is consumed by the local people and does not reach the big cities. . .

Dry in south but wet up north Annette Scott:

A mild, dry winter and a good start to spring has set Canterbury farmers up well but theres concern of a bi...

02:00

Classic Comedy: Ronnie Corbett in Sorry S03 E03 Bottom of the Class "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wikipedia

Sorry! is a BBC television sitcom, that aired on BBC1 from 1981 to 1982 and from 1985 to 1988. Starring Ronnie Corbett, created and written by Ian Davidson and Peter Vincent for the BBC, both of whom had previously written for The Two Ronnies, of whom Corbett was one half.

Sorry! is based around Timothy Lumsden who, 41 years old in the first three series (his age increased to 42 and then 48 in subsequent series Corbett was actually 50-57 during the series run), is a librarian who still lives at home with his domineering mother Phyllis and henpecked father Sidney. Although quite shy around women, Timothy longs to find love and leave home, but Phyllis is always against the idea, and constantly manipulates her son into staying at home. One of the running gags of the series is Sidney frequently shouting Language, Timothy! when he feels Timothy has said something inappropriate (though most times nobody would typically find the words even close to offensive). Timothy usually responds Sorry father, but sometimes snaps Shut up, father! to which Sidney always replies Fair enough.

The writers used this to clever effect in one episode when Timothy is boasting about his acadmeic achievements; I got two passes in English, Literature and the other one, at which point Sidney walks past and says Language, Timothy.

In contrast, Timothys friend Frank and sister Muriel urge Timothy to stand up to his mother once and for all. Muriel had successfully left home, and married Kevin, and as a result is viewed with distrust by her mother.

01:50

WHO'S SMILING NOW ? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"



Those with a few brain cells still functioning and an ability to see beyond the clear intoxicating effect that has the Socialists (albeit the ones further to the left anyway) in power, will recall the denigration piled onto John Key in a mindless epithet "Smile and Wave".

Watching the propaganda arm of the current occupiers of the Government benches attempting to move a wheel barrow of bovine excrement from the back of the cow bail onto the national stage in a pathetic attempt at " we are one" without the singing, thank all the deities, was I the only one who noticed all the CoL players were making forced efforts to continually smile and wave while the rest of the carefully managed side show presented, not surprisingly, absolutely nothing news worthy.

I suppose while they were doing that wasted effort they were not actually destroying any of the remaining productive sector who must be wondering what is coming down the line next.

01:30

Two very lucky Cops: But it couldve been very different "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Last Wednesday, two of our Police Officers were lucky to make it home. I hope they both buy lotto tickets this week and are just as lucky when the numbers roll out. Newsie.co.nz reports, Police are horrified after a loaded sawn-off shotgun was aimed at two Auckland officers last night and the trigger pulled twice. [] The post Two very lucky Cops: But it couldve been very different appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:10

The Fastest All Black Ever "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Late on Saturday afternoon I was catching up with some random sports coverage in The Herald when I found an article where someone suggested Reiko Ioane was the fastest All Black ever. They compared him with a few relatively recent All Blacks going back to about the turn of the century and over the last day and a half I have been thinking about a few further back than that who may well have been faster. For example Peter Henderson (1950) an absolute flyer, Bruce McPhail (1959) who at age 47 ran 11.7 for the hundred yards so he must have been quick as a young fellow, Rod Heeps (early 1960's) 3 national 100yards titles and clocked at 9.8 plus record try scorer for the All Blacks with 8 in one match in Australia in 1962 and Tony Steel (mid 1960's) selected as a Commonwealth Games (probably Jamaica 1966) sprinter but turned it down for the All Black jersey. I also thought of Terry Wright from the mid to late 80's but on a quick look could not find much info on his athletic abilities and Ron Jarden but his athletic prowess was mainly in the 400yards. Can anyone think of others?

01:00

Satirical image of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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01:00

DW: Medical Marijuana "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A useful look at a topic being considered by many governments

00:30

Kim Hill talks with Jo McColl of Unity Books "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Kim Hill

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/sat/sat-20180915-1106-jo_mccoll_-_a_life_at_unity_books-128.mp3

A very interesting segment on Kim Hills Saturday Show. This is an interview with one of the people behind Unity Books

00:30

Now they are coming for your burger "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Stuff  reports: quote. The Governments looking to ask Big Food companies to stop sponsoring sport. Its a move to tackle soaring obesity rates, alongside calorie counts on restaurant menus. The proposals were contained in a wish list released to Stuff under the Official Information Act. end quote. Fast food is in the governments sights now. quote: Fast food giants [] The post Now they are coming for your burger appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:30

Ignorance kills "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Animal rights activists in Germany killed four cows and left 40 more critically ill:

Idiot  animal rights activists KILLED four cows and left 40 others critically ill after releasing them into a feeding pen where the beasts ate themselves to death.

Suspects are believed to have trespassed onto an organic farm in Germany on Saturday night and released dozens of dairy cows and calves.

The cows then headed straight to the feeding pen where they ate up to 10kg of concentrated feed with catastrophic results.

They are normally fed a maximum of 2kg a day.

Anja Schiemann, the farms managing director, told the Berliner Zeitung: Too much concentrate feed causes the digestive system in the rumen to be severely disturbed.

The damage to the liver is just too much. . . .

Ignorance kills.

A similar accusation could be made against anti 1080 activists. Without it native plants, birds and insects will die.

The ODT opines:

The case for 1080 use in New Zealands forests is overwhelming, no matter the fervent protests of the past two weeks.

Each independent investigation into its use has come to that conclusion. 

Yet, the Department of Conservation and its staff have had to put up with abuse and worse. Tampering with the wheel nuts on vehicles, as has been reported, is downright criminal and dangerous.

Blatant fake news and completely misleading photographs have been spread around the internet, news stories hijacked by activists, and 1080 drops disrupted.

There is, indeed,  no doubting the genuine feelings of the anti-1080 brigade, including the majority who act responsibly in their opposition. But they, like the irresponsible, are sadly and badly misguided.

Some of the fervour is understandable.  Dog owners are fearful of the awful death their charges might suffer should they eat carcasses of mammals killed by the poison....

00:16

Futuna rejects seabed exploration and mining "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Photo: AFP

Radio New Zealand | 14 September 2018 

The kingdoms on the French Pacific island of Futuna have ruled out allowing any work related to seabed mining in their waters, saying their stance is final.

The rejection of any further exploration of the seabed was expressed at a meeting in Futuna with French delegates sent to explain the potential of mining rare earths.

The king of Sigave as well as a leader of the kingdom of Alo told local television that any discussion about land matters had to held with the customary leadership and not with the assembly of Wallis and Futuna.

They said they had seen the negative impact of activities in French Polynesia and didnt want a repeat of them in Wallis and Futuna.

At the beginning of this decade French teams carried out three exploratory missions in the territorys waters without consulting the local kings who are officially recognised by the French republic and on its payroll.

...

00:00

Russel Norman loses all credibility "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Newshub reports that Russel Norman thinks that oil companies are capable of sabotage. quote: The head of Greenpeace says oil companies are as big an enemy today of the environmental group as the French government was when it sunk the Rainbow Warrior. Russell Norman fears oil companies are capable of going just as far. The Rainbow [] The post Russel Norman loses all credibility appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

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22:15

Most read "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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