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Thursday, 20 December

23:00

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

All cartoons as seen exclusively on Whaleoil are available to buy as prints directly from SonovaMin.com The post Cartoon of the day by SonovaMin appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

Gresham College: Prof. Sir Geoffrey Nice Q.C. Law Lectures 2013/2014 #5/6 Burma and North Korea: Avoid the Law unless Convenient "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

About this series

Six public lectures by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, delivered in his role as Gresham Professor of Law.

https://youtu.be/lLM24XIHgNs

About this lecture

Conflicts in both these countries show the real limits of international law when there are powerful neighbours and geo-political interests to worry about. Both conflicts show how easy it is without international legal intervention for such conflicts to stay little known. In this lecture the history of these conflicts, and the atrocities known to have been committed in each, will be summarised and set beside legal actions that have been attempted but that failed.

22:30

Martin Jenkins report for Massey University Council a shonky whitewash "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Free Speech Coalition has said that if the Martin Jenkins report released on Wednesday by Massey University is reflective of the quality of thinking at the University, it is little wonder donations and student enrolments to the institution are declining. Dr David Cumin, a spokesman for the group, said, Weve only just received the report, but [] The post Martin Jenkins report for Massey University Council a shonky whitewash appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:15

Caption competition "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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22:00

RNZ: GCSB establishes links between Chinese state and IP thefts "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

An interesting item on Morning Report today

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mnr/mnr-20181221-0810-gcsb_establishes_links_between_chinese_state_and_ip_thefts-128.mp3

The Government Communications Security Bureau says its established links between the Chinese Ministry of State Security and a global campaign of cyber-enabled commercial intellectual property theft

Media and Political reactions will be most interesting

22:00

Decisions made in the dark after no debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Olivia Pierson oliviapierson.org Far from being the transparent government Jacinda Ardern promised to lead, New Zealand has instead been betrayed after she and Winston Peters decided to vote in support of the UN Global Migration Compact.  The two coalition leaders kept their decision-making hidden in secrecy, far from prying media eyes, stating only as late [] The post Decisions made in the dark after no debate appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:30

Haumaha belittled his staff "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It is amazing how much news is coming out in the few days before Christmas. Honestly, if I didnt know better with our open and transparent government, I would think they are deliberately holding everything back as long as they can so that people will lose interest in the last minute Christmas rush. But we [] The post Haumaha belittled his staff appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:15

Politics and War "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Crises happen because we get to a point in civilisation where several generations are so busy living, begetting, transacting, pursuing happiness and enjoying the offerings of peace, that we fail to pay sufficient attention to issues which may pose a threat [...] The post Politics and War appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:00

The start of the downward slide "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Stuff reports: quote. New Zealands economy has slowed sharply in recent months, recording the weakest quarter of growth in almost five years. Statistics New Zealand said on Thursday that in the three months to September 30, New Zealands gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 0.3 per cent, well below the 1 per cent expansion in [] The post The start of the downward slide appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:00

Nobel laureates dismiss GM food fears "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Overblown fears about genetically modified foods are limiting scientific progress:

Winners of this years Nobel prize for chemistry say overblown fears about genetically modified foods risk preventing society benefiting from the technology.

Prof Frances Arnold, from the US, and Sir Gregory Winter, from Britain, made the comments on Friday ahead of Mondays presentation of the prize.

Weve been modifying the biological world at the level of DNA for thousands of years, Arnold said at a news conference, citing examples such as new dog breeds.

Somehow there is this new fear of what we already have been doing and that fear has limited our ability to provide real solutions.

Arnold argued that genetically modified crops could make food production more environmentally sustainable and help feed the worlds growing population. Genetic modifications can make crops drought and disease resistant. . .

Farmers in Denver and Nebraska have been growing GM corn for years with no adverse affects.

They told us that they need less fuel, fungicide and pesticide than they used to with conventional crops.

Growing GM crops reduces costs and has a lower impact on the environment.

Why is it the people who back the science on climate change are often the ones to deride it when it comes to GM even though it is green technology?

I wonder if they realise that in spite of claims were GM free in New Zealand, most products with corn or soy on our supermarket shelves will come from GM seed?

20:30

An attempt to whitewash from Massey University "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This week Massey University released a report it commissioned from Martin Jenkins titled Cancellation of venue for Dr Brash speaking event: Independent report for the Massey University Council on lessons from this episode. You can read the report here. We had a heads-up that the report was coming, but had been told to expect something that [] The post An attempt to whitewash from Massey University appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:15

Read the top five posts from yesterday "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 Read the top five posts from yesterday appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:00

NZ Firsts immigration policy "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Winston Peters has sold out New Zealand, and the consequences of the poisoned dwarfs actions will be felt for decades to come. Remember this? quote. New Zealand First delegates have voted to support the party introducing a bill that would make migrants and refugees respect New Zealand values. It was a hotly-debated motion this morning [] The post NZ Firsts immigration policy appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

RNZ Mediawatch Midweek "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

RNZ Mediawatch Midweek was a good one. Excellent choice of items and as usual some worthwhile links.

https://podcast.radionz.co.nz/mwatch/mwatch-20181219-1705-mediawatch_midweek_19_december_2018-128.mp3

Specific mention of Duncan Grieves excellent Spinoff series on NZ Media,see here as well

19:57

AND IN OTHER NEWS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In the UK Gatwick Airport has been shut down following repeated incursions by 'industrial' drone aircraft over the airport perimeter.
The incursions have resulted in disruptions to some 760 flights and has affected the travel plans of some 110,000 passengers.   As I write this the airport remains closed and will not reopen until it is safe to do so.    The Army has been called in presumably to help track the drones and/or shoot them down.

Meanwhile the nice Mr Corbyn is facing criticism from within his own party for bottling out on his plan to table a vote of 'No Confidence' on Theresa May's Government.    I guess he was distracted from the task by having to deal with Fiona Onasanya MP (and former Labour Party Whip) who yesterday was found guilty of three counts of perverting the course of justice by lying to to Police.    It is possible she will face jail.    She has been suspended from the Labour Party amid calls for her to resign her seat.

And Putin has called on Americans and Britons to respect the will of the people who voted for President Trump and for Brexit ... I guess he thought he was trying to be helpful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

19:38

Merry Christmas from Parliament "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An Aussie politician with talent and a sense of humour.

19:30

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.

19:29

Massey University review clears chancellor over Brash ban "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Im suspicious of inquiry and review reports being made public just before Christmas a time thought to be good to bury news as people are distracted by Christmas and holidays. Putting something to a review in the first place sometimes seems to have a purpose of defusing and even burying contentious issues. Another review []

19:15

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.

19:05

UN General Assembly officially endorses Global Compact on Migration "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The document, the first-ever negotiated global framework on a common approach to international migration in all its dimensions, was adopted by the General Assembly with 152 votes in favour, 12 abstentions, and five votes against, namely by the Czech Republic, Hungary, Israel, Poland, and the United States of America. An additional 24 Member States were not []

19:01

Peters blames alt-right and NZ First member bewilderment for criticism of UN compact on migration "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Winston Peters goes into irony overdrive in a grumpy interview blaming others of dog whistle politics over the UN migration accord. New Zealands Foreign Minister has blamed a campaign strategy by the alt-right to discredit his and the Governments support of the accord see Government to sign controversial UN Migration Compact and agrees (or []

19:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Life ought to be a struggle of desire toward adventures whose nobility will fertilise the soul.  Rebecca West who was born on this day in 1892.

19:00

Gresham College: The Great Days of Sail John McAleer #2/4 Britains Global Trade in the Great Days of Sail "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

About this lecture

Britains history has been shaped by its relationship with the sea. The possibilities and profits offered by maritime trade were particularly important in defining the countrys development as a global power in the Age of Sail. Richly illustrated with images and objects from the collection of the National Maritime Museum and beyond, this lecture explores how British overseas trade went hand in hand with Britains global empire in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Britains commercial success was built on complex and multifaceted foundations. Trade with colonies in the Atlantic Ocean, initially conducted through chartered companies, was increasingly financed, organised and operated by private merchants. Meanwhile, the East India Company, based in the City of London, jealously protected its monopoly on British trade east of the Cape of Good Hope. And all of this commercial activity relied on the protection offered by the Royal Navy. The systems of global connections and international trade created by these circumstances laid the basis for Britains global empire and continue to affect our world today.

All images featured in this lecture are courtesy of the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

This is part of the Great Days of Sail Mondays at One series. 

https://youtu.be/aNjlcpIyVHU

19:00

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.

18:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Has todays face of the day even read the key aspects of the pact regarding the MSM? It clearly states that media will be punished by having their funding withdrawn if they dont say what the UN wants them to say about migration and immigrants. It also clearly says that those who do as they [] The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is librate (verb) 1. to oscillate or waver 2. to hover or be balanced Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : The verb librate comes from Latin lbrtus, the past participle of lbrre to balance, make level, a derivative of the noun lbra a balance, a pound (weight). The further [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 21 28 A false witness will be cut off, but a credible witness will be allowed to speak. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:00

Friday's Fulminations "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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

Visitors might consider the wisdom of using moderate language.

Regards

Adolf'

17:45

US and UK accuse China-backed hackers of widespread intrusions "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

America, Britain and allies in co-ordinated push against Beijing sponsored espionage

Image result for china cyber, pictures

By Demetri Sevastopulo and David Bond

The US justice department on Thursday charged two Chinese nationals with conducting a global hacking campaign, in a co-ordinated move with US allies designed to send a stark warning to China to stop stealing technology around the world.

Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney-general, and Christopher Wray, the FBI director who earlier this year warned Congress about the growing threat from Chinese espionage, unveiled the action which is part of a new justice department China initiative aimed at tackling rising Chinese cyber espionage.

Image result for Rod Rosenstein, Christopher Wray, pictures

Christopher Wray, left, and Rod Rosenstein

The threat is increasingly raising alarm bells from the US, UK and Canada to Japan, New Zealand and Australia. In the UK, the British government said Chinese state sponsored hackers had been running one of the most significant and widespread cyber intrusions against the UK and its allies, targeting trade secrets and economies around the world.

The move to publicly attribute the two year campaign to a hacking group known as APT10 is part of a co-ordinated push back by the US and western allies against Beijing backed espionage and intellectual property theft.

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: These activities must stop. Our message to governments prepared to enable these activities is clear: together with our allies, we will expose your actions.

Mr Rosenstein said the Chinese nationals were charged with conspiracy to commit computer intrusion against dozens of companies in the US and around the world.

He said they helped the Chinese government target and penetrate managed service providers that store data on servers around the world. It is unacceptable that we continue to uncover cyber crimes by China, said Mr Rosenstein.

We want China to cease its illegal cyber activities. One official familiar with the move told the Financial Times that it would further demonstrate the depths that China has gone to in their quest to cheat their way up the global economic ladder.

The action comes as the Trump administration steps up pressure on China across the board. In addition to attempts to reduce its trade deficit with China, the administration is increasing efforts to tackle everything from the theft of intellectual p...

17:20

Media watch Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

17:15

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.

17:05

Open Forum Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

16:29

U.S., allies to condemn China for economic espionage, charge hackers "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The United States and about a dozen allies are expected on Thursday to condemn China for efforts to steal other countries trade secrets and technologies and to compromise government computers, according to a person familiar with the matter.

Australia, Britain, Canada, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Sweden are expected to be involved in the U.S. effort, according to the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The U.S. Justice Department also is expected later on Thursday to unveil criminal charges against hackers affiliated with Chinas main intelligence service for an alleged cyber-spying campaign targeting U.S. and other countries networks, according to the source.

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The Washington Post first reported the coming action on Thursday.

The suspected hackers are expected to be charged with spying on some of the worlds largest companies by hacking into technology firms to which they outsource email, storage and other computing tasks. The attacks began as early as 2017.

Cloudhopper is considered a major cyber threat by private-sector cyber security researchers and government investigators because of the scale of the intrusions.

Over the past several years, as companies around the globe have sought to cut down information technology spending, they have increasingly relied on outside contractors to store and transfer their data.

When a managed service provider is hacked, it can unintentionally provide attackers access to secondary victims who are customers of that company and have their computer systems connected to them, according to experts.

Image result for Huawei, logo

The timing of the action may further escalate tensions between Washington and Beijing after the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies, in Canada at the request of the United States.

The action also comes just weeks after the United States and China agreed to talks aimed at resolving an ongoing trade dispute that threatens global economic growth.

Reporting by Diane Bartz, Lisa Lambert and Susan Heavey; Editing by Will Dunham

Reuters......

13:03

Dutch preacher against Christmas musical, trees, dinners "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Announcement of Christmas event in Nunspeet, photo by Omroep Gelderland

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

In the Veluwe village of Nunspeet, the preacher of the Gereformeerde Gemeente

a fundamentalist Christian church

and the organizer of a Christmas event argue about the right way to celebrate Christmas.

The reason is the So this is Christmas event. That will be held on the market square this weekend, including a musical about the birth of Jesus. The Reverend Schot has distributed a glossy leaflet in which he condemns the event.

We dont need this in Nunspeet, he says to Omroep Gelderland regional broadcaster.

In the leaflet, the vicar also condemns Christmas trees and Christmas markets: All kinds of things that in our opinion also have nothing to do with Christmas.

The flyer went down the wrong way with Sander Klugt, the organizer of the event. The leaflet is also about Christmas trees and eating together, which is not done, apparently. But to be honest, we are the only ones who actually pay attention to the Christmas story.

Mr Klugts event is not on Christmas day itself. So, one can hardly say it competes with Christmas church services.

12:05

World view Friday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

12:01

December 21 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

69 The Roman Senate declared Vespasian as Roman emperor, the last in the Year of the Four Emperors.

640 Muslim Arabs captured Babylon Fortress in the Nile Delta  after a seven-month siege.

1140  Conrad III of Germany besieged Weinsberg.

1361 The Battle of Linuesa was fought in the context of the Spanish Reconquista between the forces of the Emirate of Granada and the combined army of the Kingdom of Castile and of Jan resulting in a Castilian victory.

1118  Thomas Becket, Lord Chancellor of England and Archbishop of Canterbury was born  (d. 1170).

1598  Battle of Curalaba: The revolting Mapuche, led by cacique Pelentaru, inflicted a major defeat on Spanish troops in southern Chile.

1620 William Bradford and the Mayflower Pilgrims landed on what is now known as Plymouth Rock in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

1682 Calico Jack Rackham, English pirate, was born (d. 1720).

1804 Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, was born (d. 1881).

1815  Thomas Couture, French painter and teacher, was born (d. 1879).

1843 Thomas Bracken, Irish-born New Zealand poet, was born (d. 1898).

...

09:35

CDC Whistleblower case to resurface in 2019? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Representative-elect Mark Green (R) (Tennessee) (twitter and twitter news) pledges to investigate claims that the CDC is fraudulently managing the vaccine-damage data they collect. This story is a developing. by Jon Rappoport December 13, 2018 (To join our email list, click here.) In light of this development, I am re-posting this article of mine from []

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Beef + Lamb NZ announced the annual Beef and Lamb Excellence Awards recently.

The Beef and Lamb Excellence Awards are New Zealands longest running culinary awards originally established back in 1997. For 23 years the Excellence Awards have been acknowledging the skills, expertise and talent of our greatest chefs. New Zealand is renowned for its world-class beef and lamb by locals and visitors alike. The intention of the Excellence Awards is to further extend the remarkable New Zealand food story by seeking out and acknowledging the great work our chefs do to contribute to this. The restaurants who currently hold the 2018 Excellence Award have not been compared with each other in the assessment process. Rather, they have been judged on their individual merits and style of cuisine. So, whenever you see the prestigious gold plate hanging on a restaurant wall, you can expect tasty, skillfully composed and superbly presented beef and lamb dishes.

Among this years recipients, again, was Cucina in Oamaru.

We ate there this evening and, as weve come to expect, received a very warm welcome, excellent service and delicious food using fresh local ingredients for all of which Im grateful.

 

09:30

ON WALLY HAUMAHA "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Does anyone seriously want to argue the toss that, in the year of #Me Too, if Deputy Commissioner Haumaha had been Pakeha with connections to the National Party (as opposed to being Maori with connections to Winston First) he would have been gone by lunchtime?

Just askin.

09:00

Thursday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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08:32

Ten. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

When I started blogging, ten whole years ago, people were already saying that blogging was dead. They were right. Certainly the blogs on which I formed my idea of blogging were all in various stages of slowing down and winding up. By late 2012, they were all gone by which I mean that the authors had moved on to other things. Better things, for the most part. Ive always enjoyed blogging,

08:30

Patreon respond to the #PatreonPurge "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

08:27

Crime down "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

RNZ reports:

The country's first crime and victims survey suggests almost two million crimes were committed last year, about seven times the number reported to police.
This isn't the country's first crime and victims survey. It may be a new format or design but over the years the Crime and Safety Surveys have consistently shown far higher rates of offending than police recorded crime rates. In that respect the results of the latest are barely newsworthy.

What is of interest is comparisons to earlier years. RNZ did not pursue that. The latest shows that:

The survey suggested there were just under 1.8 million criminal offences in the past 12 months - that compares to about 256,000 reported to the police.
The 2014 survey found:

 1.9 million incidents of crime were identified in 2013
down 30% from 2.7 million in 2008.
So the trend is down.

You wonder why the RNZ reporter didn't bother to look for the salient story.

08:00

Tech Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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07:30

Baby Its Cold Outside Controversy explained "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S06 E09 The Thin Edge "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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. 

07:00

Young New Conservative: Esther Phillips on who we are, and why we are "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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06:46

Trump orders full withdrawal of US troops from Syria "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Well, this one woke everyone up: Republicans, Dems, friends and foes alike are all doing double-takes, but while most US MSM sources seem to miss the plot, Al Jazeera considers some likely factors in Trumps shock announcement: Declaration of ISIL defeat in Syria and pulling out of troops angers top Republicans and surprises some foreign []

06:30

Classic TV Comedy: Bread S01 E06 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Bread is a British television sitcom, written by Carla Lane, about a struggling Catholic, working-class family in Liverpool, England. It was produced by the BBC and screened on BBC One from 1 May 1986 to 3 November 1991.

The series focused on the extended Boswell family of Liverpool, in the district of Dingle. The family were Catholic and working class, and led by matriarch Nellie (Jean Boht). Each episode was centred around her children attempting to make enough money to support the family through various means.

The shows title is a reference to bread meaning money; though this is not a Liverpudlian Scouse expression but cockney rhyming slang (bread and honey). A regular scenario in each episode was that of Nellie opening a cockerel-fashioned kitchen egg basket prior to the evening meal into which the family would place money for their upkeep. The amount of money placed in the pot by each depended on how successful a day theyd had. The pot would be at the forefront of the screen at the end of each episode as the credits rolled.

Other frequently-seen scenarios included Nellie answering a cordless phone (a newfangled item in the mid-1980s) which she kept in the pocket of her pinny (she always said Hello yes? when answering); and ensuring the parking places outside the terraced house were kept free for the familys many vehicles, by putting out some illicitly-acquired police traffic cones.

The show featured soap opera-style cliffhangers. This meant that viewers had to watch each week to see how the previous weeks cliffhanger would be resolved. This also meant that each episode was not self-contained, but the plot unfolded as the series progressed. This was very unusual for a comedy at the time, but has been used to great effect by comedies since.

06:30

Daily Roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Auckland Council denies overmanning. The post Daily Roundup appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:00

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.

06:00

Gresham College: The Great Days of Sail -Bernard Stonehouse #1/4 The Greenlanders: Arctic whaleships and whalers "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

About this lecture

From 1750 to the early 20th century, fleets of Greenlanders specially strengthened sailing ships   headed north each spring from Britain to the ice-filled Arctic seas between Canada, Greenland and Spitsbergen. Their business was whaling, their purpose to bring home oil and whalebone raw materials for Britains growing industries. Arctic whaling involved more than 9000 voyages from 35 British ports: Rotherhiths Greenland Dock is a reminder that London was a prominent whaling port. Each voyage involved dangers unique to the trade, demanding extraordinary measures of skills and seamanship. Dr Stonehouse tells of the ships, the men, and the profits and losses of a long-forgotten industry.

This is part of the Great Days of Sail  Mondays at One series.

https://youtu.be/l-mpjysiDyw

Dr Bernard Stonehouse

Dr. Bernard Stonehouse first visited Antarctica in 1946 as a Royal Navy pilot for the Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (later the British Antarctic Survey). He studied penguins and seals on the Antarctic Peninsula, king penguins on South Georgia, and deer, Dalls sheep and other sub-polar species in the Yukon. He taught at universities in Britain, New Zealand and North America and was attached to the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, where, among other things, he edited the prestigious journal, Polar Record. His books include Animals of the Antarctic and Penguins and Sea Mammals of the World.

05:58

THOMPSON & CLARK JUST TIP OF SPYBERGLets Have An Inquiry Into Whole Covert World Of State Spying "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"





These latest revelations about a whole raft of Government agencies contracting Thompson & Clark to spy on New Zealanders on their behalf are just the latest in a long, sordid history of the State spying on the people. Go back a decade and youll find:

  • Thompson & Clark exposed as spying on environmental activists on behalf of the since gone bust Solid Energy
  • Thompson & Clark exposed as spying on animal rights activists on behalf of the State
  • Police spy/infiltrator/agent provocateur Rob Gilchrist exposed as having spied, for money, on a whole raft of activist groups for a decade
  • The release of Security Intelligence Service files on many people (including me) that revealed a long history of obsessive spying on activists. In the case of the only organisation to receive its file the Campaign Against Foreign Control of Aotearoa the file revealed that the SIS had spied on CAFCA for a quarter of a century.


The State, in the form of the Police and the SIS, has always spied on activists. I have been a political activist for no...

05:53

Novels You Should (and shouldnt) Read "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Ralph McAllister asks: What have these four novels got in common? MILKMAN, LINCOLN IN THE BARDO, THE SELLOUT, and []

05:45

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1946, Doug Lubahn songwriter, singer and bassist who has recorded with several acts including The Doors, Ted Nugent and Riff Raff. Born today in 1947, Peter Criss  (George Criscuola) songwriter, drummer and singer with Kiss. Born today in 1948 , Stephen Stevie Wright lead singer with The Easybeats. Born [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:30

Tweet of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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05:19

Come To Waihopai Spy Base Protest: January 25-27 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

New Zealands most significant contribution to Washingtons global effort to manipulate world business and diplomacy is, and has been for 30+ years, the Waihopai electronic intelligence gathering base, located in the Waihopai Valley, near Blenheim. It is controlled by the US, with NZ (including Parliament and the PM) having little or no idea what goes on there, nor any control.

First announced in 1987, Waihopai is operated by the GCSB in the interests of the foreign Powers grouped together in the super-secret Five Eyes Agreement (which shares global electronic and signals intelligence among the intelligence agencies of the US, UK, Canada, Australia and NZ). Its satellite interception dishes intercept a huge volume of civilian telephone calls, e-mail and the likes of Twitter and Facebook, etc.

Five Eyes is the reason for the existence of both the GCSB and Waihopai. Getting out of Five Eyes is vital to NZ becoming a truly independent nation

Join us for the weekend of anti-war protest at this spy base. Come prepared for rou...

05:00

Edinburgh University: Prof. Lord Robert Winston Medicine, Ethics and Society "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Professor Lord Robert Winston delivers an Enlightenment Lecture entitled Medicine, Ethics and Society. This lecture also forms part of this years Our Changing World series at Edinburgh University.

05:00

Hadith of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Only two women out of all the people in the entire world? Why would women even bother? Time to throw off the hijab and tell those superior men to get knotted! The post Hadith of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jlabkafli  the Christmas book flood; the retail cycle in Iceland from the launch of new books to the reading of these books at Christmas.

04:30

Gender ideology is entrenched scientific denial "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In the 80s and 90s fashionable progressives sneered at the religious rights embrace of Creationism and Intelligent Design. At its worst, ID was indeed little more than Creationism gussied up in scientific-sounding prose, but, as philosopher Thomas Nagel argues, its more sophisticated arguments are less easily dismissed, and at least pose a thoughtful challenge to [] The post Gender ideology is entrenched scientific denial appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

Intelligence Squared: Free Speech Is Threatened on Campus "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Protests have erupted on university campuses across the country. To many, these students are speaking out against racial injustice that has long been manifested in unwelcoming, sometimes hostile environments. But to critics, their demands have gone too far, creating an atmosphere of intolerance for opposing or unpopular points of view. Are the protestors silencing free speech, or are they just trying to be heard? And are the universities responding by defending free speech, or by suppressing it?

04:00

No period poverty at WSU; its all free now, guys "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Campus Reform reports: Quote. In an effort to demonstrate its commitment to inclusivity, Washington State University has begun stocking mens restrooms with free menstrual products. The initiative is one of many focusing on improving the transgender community experience on campus, and is currently being tested in three restrooms on the Pullman, Wash. campus. The university [] The post No period poverty at WSU; its all free now, guys appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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03:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This piece of Whaleoil wisdom was brought to you by the Whaleoil Store. Visit us now and find the perfect piece of Whaleoil swag for your collection.   The post Whaleoil wisdom appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

No power for the people "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Many years ago, Australian rock band This Is Serious Mum responded to a question regarding their solidarity with the working-classes: Certainly TISM would support the proletariat if only they werent suck fucking peasants. Typically TISM, the retort had a cutting-edge to its humour: skewering the hypocrisy of middle-class, university-educated leftists who mouth platitudes about [] The post No power for the people appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Click the image for a high-res view Bethlehem map The Birthplace of Jesus Bethlehem lies 10 kilometres south of the city of Jerusalem, in the fertile limestone hill country of the Holy Land. Since at least the 2nd century AD people have believed that the place where the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem, now stands is [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Sowell says "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

01:30

Beijing Billy parties with Shanghai Sam "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The tentacles of Chinese influence in the Labor party slither ever-deeper. Shanghai Sam Dastyari was forced to resign after being caught with a fistful of yuan in his pockets, and Chinese influencers have been turning up in Labor politics at a state level. Now, the NSW corruption watchdog is raiding the offices of the Labor [] The post Beijing Billy parties with Shanghai Sam appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:13

Audio: Elliot Ikilei on the UN Migration compact "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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01:08

Audio: alt-right blamed for criticism of UN migration pact "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Click on the image to listen to the audio. The post Audio: alt-right blamed for criticism of UN migration pact appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:00

I dont understand what the PM said "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Partial transcript of NewstalkZB interview with the PM on the UN Global Migration Pact: Interviewer  The global compact on migration Prime Minister have we made up our mind whether we are going to sign up? PM  Ah, thats ah the decision and the announcement will be made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Um, It [] The post I dont understand what the PM said appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:30

12 days of Christmas songs 9 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Im sure Elvis will forgive me. Wed like a blue Christmas thats so true Wed be so blue having voted just for you Coalitions of red, black and green we now see Wont be the same here, with them in charge you see And when those new snowflakes start wailing Thats when those blue memories [] The post 12 days of Christmas songs 9 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Taken from the Mansion House at Rosario Resort on Orcas Island which is part of the San Juan Islands in North West Washington State, USA, facing south down the East Sound.   window@whaleoil.co.nz Please put View From Your Window in the subject line For a [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Arable farming the silent partner to sheep ,beef and dairy Pat Deavoll:

There is an art and a fair bit of luck to growing arable crops. The water levels, the soils, the temperatures must be optimum. It must rain at the right time, the sun must shine at the right time.

Then its, do I irrigate harder or hold back? Is the crop bulky enough? Will the bees pollinate? South Canterbury farmer Guy Wigley says of the ordeal of closing in on harvest time.

There was a harvest of several years ago when five inches of rain (127mm) and then a further three inches of rain decimated my barley crop. . . 

50,000 cows culledin M bovis eradication bid:

More than 50,000 cows have been culled and 50,000 more may go as New Zealand attempts to become the first country to eradicate the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis.

Faced with a growing number of suspected cases at farms across the country, Kiwi lawmakers this year made a call to attempt what no other country before had managed a costly, part-government-funded mass eradication.

The condition has serious animal welfare implications including causing abortions and pneumonia but poses no risk to humans or to food or milk safety. . .

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23:30

I oppose the Electoral (Entrenchment of Mori Seats) Amendment Bill "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The issue of the Mori seats has divided New Zealand politicians since soon after the seats were created in 1867. This 2006 cartoon shows Mori Party MPs Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples sitting on one of the seats. Then National Party leader Don Brash (second from right) and ACT leader Rodney Hide puzzle how to [] The post I oppose the Electoral (Entrenchment of Mori Seats) Amendment Bill appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

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

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22:42

Higher min wage = higher prices + fewer jobs "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Homepaddock

The minimum wage will go up to $17.70 next April, the highest relative to the average wage in any country in the developed world.

On the surface its good news for workers.

Below the surface there are risks to jobs and the very real prospect of increased taxes and prices eroding any benefit of higher wages.

Wellington Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Milford points out, it needs to be at least matched by an increase in productivity.

Research shows that any minimum wage increase has a cascading effect on workers paid above the minimum wage too. This particularly hits SMEs who are unable to pass on or manage their costs easily.

We urge the Government to accelerate productivity-enhancing policies such as investing in strategically important transport networks, freeing up labour supplies to desperate primary industry employers, and raising the quality of tertiary education graduates.

MBIEs minimum wage

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22:30

The Cannabis Referendum is a distraction "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

No New Zealand government has ever honoured a Citizens Initiated Referenda, and yet today it was announced that yet another Government Referendum will be binding on us all. Which flag is cool, and getting stonedthese are the topics that you are allowed to decide on. Not the UN Migration Pact, not the increase in violence [] The post The Cannabis Referendum is a distraction appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:15

Why is the Hawkes Bay Regional Council protecting polluters? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The Hawkes Bay Regional Council is responsible for protecting the environment in Hawkes Bay. The elected council are largely concerned about protecting the environment, but there is a disconnect between the council and the council staff. This disconnect is best demonstrated by the Hawkes Bay Regional Councils failure to deal with feedlots. Feedlots are the [] The post Why is the Hawkes Bay Regional Council protecting polluters? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

22:15

Caption competition "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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22:00

Gresham College: Prof. Douglas McWilliams The Greatest Ever Economic Event: #1/6 The Greatest Ever Economic Change "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

About this lecture series

Professor McWilliams first series of lectures as the Mercers School Memorial Professor of Commerce at Gresham College addressed The Greatest Ever World Economic Event: How the transformation of two thirds of the worlds population from starvation to moderate prosperity will affect us all:

The industrialisation of much of the worlds previously dormant economy is the greatest transformation since the Industrial Revolution. The changes that follow will have an enormous and frequently unwelcome effect on the West, and the phenomenal pace of these changes means that they are happening more quickly than can easily be absorbed. But despite this, we in Europe seem to be sleepwalking into history.

These lectures will seek to understand the momentous nature of these changes, their developing impact on the global economy, and what can be done to influence or at least mitigate these effects in the West.

Although some of the effects of these changes are beyond our control and indeed difficult to mitigate, we will at least face them with more equanimity if we understand them. And many of them could be mitigated if we think intelligently about how to run our economy, rather than arrogantly believing that we can press ahead regardless of all that is happening elsewhere in the world.

About this lecture

Are we sleepwalking into the most serious economic challenge that we have ever faced without any serious thinking about its scale and implications?  We will examine the industrialisation of two thirds of the world in its historical context, make comparisons with previous major economic challenges and cover some of the implications of the huge speed with which transformation is taking place.

This is part of the lecture series, The Greatest Ever World Economic Event: How the transformation of two thirds of the worlds population from starvation to moderate prosperity will affect us all.

About Professor Douglas McWilliams

Douglas McWilliams w...

22:00

Whaleoil poll: Do you think New Zealand should legalise cannabis? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced that a referendum on the personal use of cannabis will be held at the next general election in 2020. Last week the government made it easier for people with terminal illnesses to get access to medicinal cannabis. The referendum in 2020, however, is NOT about access to medicinal cannabis. It is [] The post Whaleoil poll: Do you think New Zealand should legalise cannabis? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:57

Why the English Speaking World is Destroying Itself "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Why Anglos Are Failing at the 21st Century

Heres a curious fact about the world today. Wherever across the globe you see English speaking societies, youll also see sudden, swift declinemaybe even ruinous collapse. Theres America, with a President installed by the Kremlin, LOL (thats according to the Senate, folks, not me). The worlds first poor rich country, a place where people literally die for a lack of basic medicines, like insulin. Then theres Britainhell-bent on becoming the worlds second poor rich country, Brexiting its way into perma-catastrophe, despair, and ruin. Theres Ontariowhere people elected a cartoon Trump after what they saw Trump do in America. Theres Australia, toohurtling backwards, seemingly by the day.

Do you see how weird, funny, and strange this is? The only exceptionthe one which proves the ruleis gentle, wise New Zealand. So whats the deal? Is it just one of historys biggest coincidences that every English speaking society on planet earth seems to be in sharp decline, at precisely the same moment in historyor is there, as you might reasonably suspect, a common cause?

One way to think about it is that its due to institutionsparticularly, political institutions. America and Britain both share winner-take-all binary voting systems, first-past-the-post, which produce all kinds of well-known maladies, from strategic voting to deadlock. America and Britain both have becameral legislatures where one house is of dubious democratic valueselected in Britain, and elected in proportion to land in America. Another way to think about Anglo decline and collapse is that its due to a foolish, failed, hilarious set of ideaslike Americas bizarre, Soviet notion trickle down economics, an idea which was a utopian faith, without reason or evidence to back it up, yet then spread across the English speaking world.

Now, youd be correct to saybut other cultures have problems, too!! Very true. Take Europe. Its many cultures have all kinds of problems. But these problems arent nearly on the scale, at the level, of Anglo decline. Nobody in Europe has pulled a Brexit. Its not Europeans who beg strangers on the internet for insulin. This kind of epic, surreal, self-inflicted catastrophe is utterly unique to Anglo nations today, and its singular in the history of rich nations, too. (The only real parallel there is for it is Latin American nations, like Venezuela and Argentina, melting downbut even thats a bad parallel, because those meltdowns were largely spurred on by Anglo decisions, like sanctions and debts and so on.)

Underneath all this liespolitics, economics, ideaslies something deeper. Culture. The Anglo world really is different, culturally. That is the one t...

21:46

"The charming aspect of Christmas is the fact that it expresses good will in a cheerful, happy, benevolent, non-sacrificial way. One says: 'Merry Christmas'not 'Weep and Repent.'" #QotD "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


"The secular meaning of the Christmas holiday is wider than the tenets of any particular religion: it is good will toward mena frame of mind which is not the exclusive property (though it is supposed to be part, but is a largely unobserved part) of the Christian religion.
    "The charming aspect of Christmas is the fact that it expresses good will in a cheerful, happy, benevolent, non-sacrificial way. One says: 'Merry Christmas'not 'Weep and Repent.' And the good will is expressed in a material, earthly formby giving presents to ones friends, or by sending them cards in token of remembrance . . . .
    "The best aspect of Christmas is the aspect usually decried by the mystics: the fact that Christmas has been commercialised. The gift-buying . . . stimulates an enormous outpouring of ingenuity in the creation of products devoted to a single purpose: to give men pleasure. And the street decorations put up by department stores and other institutionsthe Christmas trees, the winking lights, the glittering coloursprovide the city with a spectacular display, which only 'commercial greed' could afford to give us. One would have to be terribly depressed to resist the wonderful gaiety of that spectacle."

        ~ Ayn Rand, in answering the question of whether it is appropriate for an atheist to celebrate Christmas.

21:45

The government that has brought nastiness back "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It is hard to know where to begin with this article, so Ill start with this. Stuff reports: quote. Its the week before Christmas but good cheer is yet to visit Parliament, with even Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern getting a telling off after an apparent attempt to call her opponent names. Ardern was made to [] The post The government that has brought nastiness back appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:32

HOW TO COMBAT PC "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

My old mate 'The Realist' is an occasional contributor to the No Minister blog.    I was chatting to him off blog and mentioned I had received a Xmas card emblazoned 'Happy Holidays'.

The Realist's response ... I get those too.   I post them straight back to the sender with the words 'If  you mean Merry Christmas then why don't you say it' ... or words to that effect.   The Realist is renowned for his plain speaking.

Take a bow Realist ... take a bow.

21:30

Sroubek allegedly threatens ex wife to gain residency "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

What a lovely fellow Karel Sroubek is. He is a drug dealer and a wanted criminal in the Czech Republic. Now, the media has uncovered a recording on which he is allegedly heard threatening his ex-wife if she does not give him a letter of support for his residency. What a sweetheart. Newshub reports: quote. [] The post Sroubek allegedly threatens ex wife to gain residency appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:15

Read the top five posts from yesterday "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.20 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 Read the top five posts from yesterday appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

21:00

Higher min wage = higher prices + fewer jobs "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The minimum wage will go up to $17.70 next April, the highest relative to the average wage in any country in the developed world.

On the surface its good news for workers.

Below the surface there are risks to jobs and the very real prospect of increased taxes and prices eroding any benefit of higher wages.

Wellington Chamber of Commerce chief executive John Milford points out, it needs to be at least matched by an increase in productivity.

Research shows that any minimum wage increase has a cascading effect on workers paid above the minimum wage too. This particularly hits SMEs who are unable to pass on or manage their costs easily.

We urge the Government to accelerate productivity-enhancing policies such as investing in strategically important transport networks, freeing up labour supplies to desperate primary industry employers, and raising the quality of tertiary education graduates.

MBIEs minimum wage review estimates the employment restraint impact from todays announcement at 8,000. But Kiwis have already started to see an impact from the significant minimum wage hikes foreshadowed.

The past four quarters added 6,000 new jobs per month on average, a marked slowdown from the preceding two years when over 10,000 new jobs were added per month on average, despite the currently hot labour market. . . 

Milford also points out that without tax reform much of any increase will be clawed back in tax.

The Employers and Manufacturers Association also points to problems if wage increases arent matched by increased productivity.

 The EMAs Chief Executive Kim Campbell says, When you take into account the current rate of $16.50 (up from $15.75 per hour) that came in on April 1 this year, you are looking at a 27 per cent increase in the minimum wage over a four-year period.

That change was 4.8 per cent (75 cents), to be followed a year later by another 7.3 per cent ($1.20) increase on April 1, 2019. New Zealand already has the highest minimum wage in the OECD relative to the average wage.

These are significant costs for business to swallow, particularly for those in the small-to-medium [SME] sector or for tho...

21:00

Callers overwhelmingly against UN Migration Compact "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Now that the great unwashed are finally starting to hear about it, Newstalk ZB reports that the vast majority of its callers on the subject are opposed to New Zealand signing the UN Migration Compact, although it is probably already too late by now. quote. Callers into the Chris Lynch Show this morning were overwhelmingly against New [] The post Callers overwhelmingly against UN Migration Compact appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:30

Backlash against Migration Compact topples Belgian PM "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

For decades, nations have been signing up to UN agreements, declarations and compacts that, piece by piece, erode their national sovereignty, without ever consulting their own citizens. The latest, the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, may be the straw that finally breaks the back of public resentment at this elite clubs anti-democratic [] The post Backlash against Migration Compact topples Belgian PM appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

20:19

Hauhama report to be released today "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This looks like an awkward report being dumped right on the Christmas break. Stuff: High-ranking cop Wally Haumaha belittled staff, report to say The police watchdog has found deputy commissioner Wally Haumaha belittled and acted inappropriately to two women staff. Stuff understands Haumaha faces criticism in the long-awaited Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) report due Thursday, which will find he acted improperly during a []

20:00

Response to Winston Peters support of UN Migration Compact "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

NZ First got voter support due to their hard line stance on immigration. After he announced Government approval of a UN Migration Compact Winston Peters is taking a hammering on the NZ First Facebook page: Peter Evans: NZ FIRST FINISHED. Winston Peters and the greatest act of political TREACHERY in our history. Peters is a []

20:00

KiwiSavers who dont understand markets "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Stuff reports that some people in KiwiSaver have no idea what they are doing and they can cause panic as a result of their own ignorance. quote. Shane Henderson reckons his KiwiSaver account has been collapsing faster than the Black Caps in the 90s. Problem is, hes trying to use it to buy a house. [] The post KiwiSavers who dont understand markets appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

19:30

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.

19:21

Peters claims immigration has fallen quite dramatically under this Government "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Immigration numbers were a big discussion point in last years election campaign. Labour campaigned last on reducing the number of immigrants coming to New Zealand (April 2017): Andrew Littles big call to cut 50,000 immigrants We have typically had inward migration, net migration of 20 to 25,000 you want to target that sort of []

19:15

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.

19:02

Wave of bomb threats prompts hundreds of evacuations in four countries "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

An unprecedented flood of bomb threats prompted hundreds of evacuations and closures of private buildings, transport hubs and offices in four countries on Thursday, causing confusion and in some cases panic. The threats which numbered in the hundreds were issued throughout the day Thursday against businesses, schools, hospitals and media companies in the United States, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. It is the first time in history that such a large wave of bomb threats was issued against so many targets internationally.

Police agencies in the United States and Canada said that most of the threats were emailed, but some were phoned in by unknown individuals. They warned that devices containing explosive compounds such as tetryl or trinitrotoluene would be detonated unless funds were deposited into an international account using the virtual currency bitcoin. The messages also warned that the alleged devices would be detonated if any police activity or unusual behavior were detected. A deadline of one business day was given to deposit the funds. Throughout the day, police agencies across three continents issued notices cautioning people to remain aware of their surroundings and report suspicious messages or behavior. It was eventually determined that virtually all bomb threats were not credible.

However, it was the sheer number and geographical extent of the threats that shocked law enforcement agencies across four countries. In the United States, threats were reported in cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Oklahoma City, where over dozens of specific addresses were targeted. Nearly 30 schools were placed on lockout in the state of Colorado, while numerous buildings were evacuated in Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, Cincinnati and Seattle. Smaller cities were also affected, including South Bend, Indiana, Grand Rapids, Iowa, Charlotte, North Carolina, Norfolk, Virginia, and Park City, Utah. In Canada dozens of bomb threats were issued in Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, and Toronto, where five of the citys subway stations were shut down for several hours. Media reports late on Thursday said it was unclear how many if any of those targeted paid the bitcoin ransoms demanded by the hoaxers.

19:00

Gresham College: Prof Lord Plant Religion and Values in a Liberal State: Trust in Markets? #6/12 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Very interesting lecture, especially in todays world. Well worth watching IMHO.

For NZ viewers, in particular this series has resonance in respect of the ongoing discussion of secular, morality and belief systems.

Fascinating.

About this series

An exploration of some of the central ideas and principles that make up a liberal democratic society and its associated market economy. The lectures look in detail at what a theological understanding can bring to these ideas and principles. Freedom, justice, rights, community, civic virtue, property and charity all of these are vitally important ideas and values in understanding modern society and there is a rich tradition of thought, including theological thought, about what they mean and how these meanings should be reflected in institutions. Thinking further on these values will lead to a better understanding of how we are to understand claims about social justice and injustice, poverty and freedom, community and individuality, and rights and obligations in the context of a liberal capitalist society.

https://youtu.be/2tVM7ltnZ3k

About this lecture

In this lecture we shall concentrate on the issue of the extent to which markets at least implicitly depend on collective values such as trust and civic virtue. Such values are very difficult to analyse and justify in terms of purely rational economic man (sic) models of human motivation and ideas about values being wholly subjective.  Are there ways in which features such as trust can be understood in ways which are wholly compatible with markets?   So for example, can brands and brand franchises be seen as ways of creating trust in a way wholly compatible with markets?  Equally can game theory provide a plausible way of modelling collective agreements as a basis for something like civic virtue in a way that is wholly compatible with market individualism?

This is a part of the lecture series, Religion and Values in a Liberal State

19:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

In the long run, will our community not be a stronger, better balanced and more intelligent community when the last artificial disabilities imposed upon women by centuries of custom have been removed? Sir Robert Menzies who was born on this day in 1894.

19:00

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.

18:32

Government to sign controversial UN Migration Compact "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This looks a bit like a decision dumped at the end of the parliamentary year knowing that it could be controversial Winston Peters has announced that the Government will support a UN Migration Compact after getting advice it wont compromise New Zealands sovereignty. If there is no problem why make the announcement now? Perhaps []

18:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Audio: Winston Peters defends signing the UN Global Compact on Migration. The post Face of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is emblazon (verb) 1. (a) To adorn (a surface) with a prominent marking, such as a logo or heraldic symbol. (b) To inscribe (a prominent marking, such as a logo or heraldic symbol) on a surface. 2. To make resplendent with brilliant colours. 3. To make illustrious; celebrate. Source : [] The post Word of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

18:00

Daily proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 20 28 Unfailing love and faithfulness protect the king; his throne is made secure through love. The post Daily proverb appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

17:20

Media watch Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

17:15

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.

17:10

Open Forum Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

20 December 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 []

14:59

An Open Letter to Not-for-Profit Projects on Your Choice of CreativeCommons License "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Dear not-for-profit community, thanks for all the great work you do in the public interest. As I stumble across your sites in web searches, or check them out on the advice of friends, I note that many of you are using CreativeCommons licenses, which is great. Im a long-time supporter of CC licenses, in fact I spent a number of years doing voluntary work to increase awareness and use of the CC licenses in Aotearoa (NZ). Its always exciting to see people making creative use of CC licenses, placing their work under a Some Rights Reserved model that is more in tune with the digital age than the ARR (All Rights Reserved) copyright automatically applied in many jurisdictions.

13:30

Classic Radio Comedy: Im Sorry Ill Read That Again Electric Time Trousers #2 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

ISIRTA was virtually compulsory listening when Adam was in his teens

12:05

World view Thursday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

12:01

December 20 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

69  Vespasian, formerly a general under Nero, entered Rome to claim the title of emperor.

217 The papacy of Zephyrinus ended. Callixtus I was elected as the sixteenth pope, but was opposed by the theologian Hippolytus who accused him of laxity and of being a Modalist, one who denies any distinction between the three persons of the Trinity.

1192  Richard the Lion-Heart was captured and imprisoned by Leopold V of Austria on his way home to England after signing a treaty with Saladin ending the Third crusade.

1522  Suleiman the Magnificent accepted the surrender of the surviving Knights of Rhodes, who were allowed to evacuate. They eventually settled on Malta and became known as the Knights of Malta.

1803 The Louisiana Purchase was completed at a ceremony in New Orleans.

1832  New Zealands first cricket match took place on the foreshore at Horotutu.

New Zealands first cricket match

1865  Elsie De Wolfe, American socialite and interior decorator, was born  (d. 1950).

1868 Harvey Firestone, American automobile pioneer, was born (d. 1938).

1894  Sir Robert Menzies, 12th Prime Minister of Australia was born (d. 1978).

1898  Konstantinos Dovas, Greek general and politician, 156th Prime Minister of Greece, was born (d. 1973).

1901...

11:00

Whinlayson clocks back in "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Today's bonus Quotes of the Day are observations made by several commenters (mainly at Kiwiblog) on the political retirement of National's Chris Whinlayson, who as former government Treaty Negotiator doled out more millions of dollars than any such minister before him, and as a former (and future) iwi treaty counsel negotiated the receipt of many millions more -- the signing of the Treaty deal for Ngi Tahu in 1997 was, he has said, "the highlight of his legal career":
"One of the smarter than average swamp creatures that fester under the proportional list system. He was trounced whenever he could be bothered facing the people in a fair election. Along with Palmer, he is a key contributor to destroying the rule of law in this country and replacing it with racial apartheid." 
"Not a single redeeming feature as a politician that I ever observed and as for the settlements -well he never settled anything just fueled the greed for more and more money for the iwi elite. What a monument to futility.
A man who was never elected and indeed couldnt get elected, has been paid more than handsomely to give away billions and not solve a problem!"
 
"He would do well with settlements, after all he grew in the legal profession because of them. What a wonderful nest egg to return to." 
"Finlayson is a smart man.His ego gets the better of him. Basically conferring a Q.C upon himself detracts from his career achievements." 
"Given the sweetheart settlement deal he negotiated for Ngai Tahu, it was cheaper for NZ to have Finlayson in Parliament than out of it."
He embodies what the great HL Mencken once said about lawyers:
All the extravagance and incompetence of our ... Government is due, in the main, to lawyers, and, in part at least, to good ones. They are responsible for nine-tenths of the useless and vicious laws that now clutter the statute-books, and for all the evils that go with the vain attempt to enforce them. Every Federal judge is a lawyer. So are most Congressmen. Every invasion of the plain rights of the citizens has a lawyer behind it. If all lawyers were hanged tomorrow, and their bones sold to a mah jong factory, wed be freer and safer, and our taxes would be reduced by almost a half.

09:30

Ronnie Scott and All That Jazz "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Documentary about Ronnie Scott, his club and his times

09:00

Wednesday nightcap "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Winston Churchills election address, 1950. When the Conservatives actually stood for something The post Wednesday nightcap appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

08:30

Selling Divorce to the West "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

08:00

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Today Im grateful for other peoples creativity for instance this which I found at Books Rock My World on Facebook:

 

 

 

 

08:00

Wednesday Weapons "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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07:30

Classic Aussie Crime Drama: Water Rats S06 E08 The Hungry Bear Blues "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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. 

07:30

New type of plastic roads (USA) "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post New type of plastic roads (USA) appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

07:00

Patreon called me to explain why they banned Sargon "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If you have a great Youtube or Vimeo video to share send it to videos@whaleoil.co.nz The post Patreon called me to explain why they banned Sargon appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

06:30

Classic TV Comedy: Bread S01 E05 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Bread is a British television sitcom, written by Carla Lane, about a struggling Catholic, working-class family in Liverpool, England. It was produced by the BBC and screened on BBC One from 1 May 1986 to 3 November 1991.

The series focused on the extended Boswell family of Liverpool, in the district of Dingle. The family were Catholic and working class, and led by matriarch Nellie (Jean Boht). Each episode was centred around her children attempting to make enough money to support the family through various means.

The shows title is a reference to bread meaning money; though this is not a Liverpudlian Scouse expression but cockney rhyming slang (bread and honey). A regular scenario in each episode was that of Nellie opening a cockerel-fashioned kitchen egg basket prior to the evening meal into which the family would place money for their upkeep. The amount of money placed in the pot by each depended on how successful a day theyd had. The pot would be at the forefront of the screen at the end of each episode as the credits rolled.

Other frequently-seen scenarios included Nellie answering a cordless phone (a newfangled item in the mid-1980s) which she kept in the pocket of her pinny (she always said Hello yes? when answering); and ensuring the parking places outside the terraced house were kept free for the familys many vehicles, by putting out some illicitly-acquired police traffic cones.

The show featured soap opera-style cliffhangers. This meant that viewers had to watch each week to see how the previous weeks cliffhanger would be resolved. This also meant that each episode was not self-contained, but the plot unfolded as the series progressed. This was very unusual for a comedy at the time, but has been used to great effect by comedies since.

06:30

Daily Roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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06:00

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.

05:45

Today in rock history "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Today in Rock History: Born today in 1918, songwriter, singer and pianist Professor Longhair (Henry Roeland Roy Byrd) Born today in 1944, Alvin Lee (Graham Barnes) songwriter, singer and guitarist with Ten Years After and solo. Born today in1944, Zalamn Zal Yanovsky songwriter, singer and guitarist with The Lovin Spoonful. Born today in 1947, Jimmy Bain songwriter [] The post Today in rock history appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

05:40

Its Official and Mainstream: China and Russia Using HAARP Tech "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Conspiracy theory no more, Ionospheric heating/modification including HAARP itself, and the potential for weather chaos and more, is exposed in the Mainstream Media, thanks to Chinas bragging, even though somewhat downplayed. Heres the NZ Herald article (thanks to Rose at theConTrail.com for the alert). China and Russia band together on controversial heating experiments to modify []

05:30

Episode 10: Savages & Ubermensch "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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05:06

The Street memories of Archer Street, Soho London "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Archer Street, Soho, was THE place in London for musicians to hang out & pick up gigs in the 40s & 50s. This 30 film features some wonderful 8mm archive footage of Soho, shot by musician Denis Rose, and with commentary and jokes from musicians who knew The Street well. Ronnie Scott, Laurie Morgan, Bennie Green etc. A nostalgic & humorous look back at a lost world.

05:00

Bruce is back and he is off on a road trip "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In October Bruce the Wandering Whale took part in a road race as the mascot for the Whaleoil racing car. Bruce started his adventures in early 2016 and his initial trips within New Zealand eventually took him overseas. Currently, on a road trip within New Zealand Bruce is being taken to his new Oiler host who [] The post Bruce is back and he is off on a road trip appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:30

Choose lies if the truth hurts your fee-fees "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The mainstream media arent even hiding it any more: given the choice between telling the truth or spouting propaganda for their cause, they admit theyll happily lie through their teeth. Seinfelds George Constanza famously said, Its not a lie if you believe. The Guardians Poncey Feminist-Twatt instead says that its not a lie if it [] The post Choose lies if the truth hurts your fee-fees appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Cosmognosis  the natural instinct that tells a creature when to migrate; the imaginary general knowledge or instinct to which the migrations of birds have been attributed.

04:00

Race is real and thats not a problem "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The left endlessly babble about the science!, and evidence-based policy!, but the simple fact is that they are anti-science loons who repeatedly deny objective evidence when it contradicts their idiotic narratives. Any number of leftist orthodoxies are promulgated in defiance of all scientific evidence. Gender ideology is completely without any basis in human biology; any [] The post Race is real and thats not a problem appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

04:00

University of Edinburgh Our Changing World: Professor Christina Boswell on Immigration and the crisis of political trust "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Professor Christina Boswell presents the sixth Our Changing World Lecture of 2017, Immigration and the crisis of political trust. Recorded Tuesday 31th October 2017.

Professor Christina Boswell is the Director of Research in the School of Social & Political Science.

Abstract Voters in advanced democratic countries are increasingly disillusioned with politics and politicians. This crisis of political trust appeared to reach new heights in 2016, which saw electoral breakthroughs for populist movements in a number of European countries and the US. One of the key features of this rejection of mainstream politics appears to be rising anxiety about immigration. Publics in many countries have lost trust in their governments to control immigration whether in the form of limiting EU immigration, managing the refugee crisis, or controlling irregular movement across the Mexican-US border. If we accept this account, it would imply the need for mainstream parties to respond to public concerns about immigration, embracing more rigorous policies on migration control. But is immigration a cause of the crisis of political trust or is it being used as a vehicle for channelling other types of social and economic malaise? This lecture will disentangle the complex relationship between attitudes to immigration and public trust in politics. Through history, immigrants and minority groups have served as a lightning rod for discontent. Yet hostility to outsiders often reflects deeper socio-economic or cultural anxieties, which are not caused by immigration. It therefore makes a big difference how political and media elites represent these wider anxieties. Politicians and the mass media can adopt different narratives to make sense of and articulate the sources of socio-economic and cultural malaise. I suggest that these elites have considerable scope to shape public attitudes to immigration, and craft a more responsible approach to immigration.

03:30

Daily sudoku "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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03:15

Outsiders podcast: It becomes binding on all members of the UN "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Heres a link to the Outsiders Podcast. Scroll down to select the discussion on Sunday, 16 December. It was between Rowan Dean and Piers Akerman and touches on the UN Migration compact. It starts at 7 mins 15. A Whaleoil reader reports that Piers Akerman (an Australian journalist and conservative commentator) passed comment about Jacinda [] The post Outsiders podcast: It becomes binding on all members of the UN appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

03:00

Whaleoil wisdom "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This piece of Whaleoil wisdom was brought to you by the Whaleoil Store. Visit us now and find the perfect piece of Whaleoil swag for your collection.   The post Whaleoil wisdom appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:30

Reclaiming the institutions: Schools "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

One of the lefts most successful fronts on the Long March through the institutions has been education. Left-wing orthodoxy is hegemonic in tertiary education: the humanities are completely dominated by the left, and even STEM is under siege as leftists attack and silence any scientific papers and academics who challenge nonsensical ideologies such as transgenderism [] The post Reclaiming the institutions: Schools appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Maggie muses "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

02:00

Map of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Click image for a high-res view Christmas Celebrations Around the World We have no snow in NZ at Christmas time but plenty of craft beer on tap. IPAs, APAs, Hop Rockers and Stout. Speights, Lion Red and some may even have a few Waikato Drafts. Each to their own I say..who are we to judge? This [] The post Map of the day appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

02:00

Smokey Dives "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Documentary showing how drab post-war Britain was enlivened by the trad-jazz scene, which ballooned into our first mass youth culture, with thousands of young people dancing the night away in dimly light underground clubs, from Sohos infamous Cy Laurie Club to The Cavern Club in Liverpool. George Melly relives his Rabelaisian youth on the road whilst revisiting some the pubs, clubs and concert halls he once played in. His hilarious stories of singing, drinking and sleeping his way around the country, staying in rotten B n Bs and playing to University students are confirmed and embellished by interviews with fellow band members. We learn how 50s Britain saw the emergence of two rival jazz groups the modernist scene centred around professional bebop musicians Ronnie Scott and friends, and the more amateur raucous style of the trads. Trads wore oversized ex-army gear and duffel coats, drank beer and occasionally took speed to keep awake during their all night parties, whereas the modernists wore sharp suits and black dresses and some musicians dabbled with hard drugs. The bouncer from Cy Lauries club, Bill Palmer, and regular club goers describe how hundreds of strangely clad trad fans crammed into the club every weekend. Musician Laurie Morgan explains how Archer Street in Soho was the centre of activity for the emergent modernist scene.

02:00

CHRIS FINLAYSON'S VALEDICTORY "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Those of you who watched/heard Chris Finlayson's valedictory speech in the House will have had it confirmed that Parliament has lost an inherently decent man of undoubted ability, integrity and passion for making New Zealand a better place.

The Neanderthals sought to denigrate his work as Treaty Settlements Minister and did so because they were too thick and stupid to recognise that there were/are genuine grievances that needed to be put right.    The paucity of their argument was such that they were forced to resort to a whispering campaign focusing on his sexuality ... 'Twinks for dessert anyone'.   Sez more about them than it does about CF.

Finlayson was a liberal conservative in the Jack Marshall tradition and a devout Catholic to boot.   He didn't/doesn't stand fools and has a razor sharp intellect.   He will mainly be remembered as having presided over close to 60 Treaty settlements and while I suspect we haven't heard the last of him one thing for sure, history will treat him kindly.

01:30

Interesting things pop up online "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Who knew that in the Bay of Plenty there was someone who was involved in climate change well before we all heard about it? John Maunder blogs on weather and climate-related matters for Sunlive and has written about a meeting that took place three years before the IPCC was formed.  Quote. Among the many climate [] The post Interesting things pop up online appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:01

Oral questions: 19 December 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? WILLOW-JEAN PRIME to the Minister of Finance: What recent reports has he seen on the economy? Hon AMY ADAMS to the Minister of Finance: Does he think New Zealanders are better or worse off this Christmas when, under this Government, petrol taxes have increased, [] The post Oral questions: 19 December 2018 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

01:00

Whaleoil poll: Alternative Santas, yeah or nah? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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01:00

The American Revolution: #5/10 Englands Last Chance "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The American Revolution was a colonial revolt that took place between 1765 and 1783. The American Patriots in the Thirteen Colonies won independence from Great Britain, becoming the United States of America. They defeated the British in the American Revolutionary War in alliance with France and others. Members of American colonial society argued the position of no taxation without representation, starting with the Stamp Act Congress in 1765. They rejected the authority of the British Parliament to tax them because they lacked members in that governing body. Protests steadily escalated to the Boston Massacre in 1770 and the burning of the Gaspee in Rhode Island in 1772, followed by the Boston Tea Party in December 1773, during which Patriots destroyed a consignment of taxed tea. The British responded by closing Boston Harbor, then followed with a series of legislative acts which effectively rescinded Massachusetts Bay Colonys rights of self-government and caused the other colonies to rally behind Massachusetts. In late 1774, the Patriots set up their own alternative government to better coordinate their resistance efforts against Great Britain; other colonists preferred to remain aligned to the Crown and were known as Loyalists or Tories. Tensions erupted into battle between Patriot militia and British regulars when the kings army attempted to capture and destroy Colonial military supplies at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775. The conflict then developed into a global war, during which the Patriots (and later their French, Spanish, and Dutch allies) fought the British and Loyalists in what became known as the American Revolutionary War (177583). Each of the thirteen colonies formed a Provincial Congress that assumed power from the old colonial governments and suppressed Loyalism, and from there they built a Continental Army under the leadership of General George Washington. The Continental Congress determined King Georges rule to be tyrannical and infringing the colonists rights as Englishmen, and they declared the colonies free and independent states on July 2, 1776. The Patriot leadership professed the political philosophies of liberalism and republicanism to reject monarchy and aristocracy, and they proclaimed that all men are created equal. The Continental Army forced the redcoats out of Boston in March 1776, but that summer the British captured and held New York City and its strategic harbor for the duration of the war. The Ro...

00:30

12 days of Christmas songs 8 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Was dreaming of a white Christmas Just like the ones I used to know Where the treetops glisten and children listen To hear sleigh bells in the snow Not dreaming of a white Christmas That is so racist dont you know Father Christmas should now be a female person And all old white men have [] The post 12 days of Christmas songs 8 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:00

View from your window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo: Rekjavik, Iceland. Taken from the balcony of the Radisson Blu Saga Hotel, looking south. window@whaleoil.co.nz Please put View From Your Window in the subject line For a year now Bluburd has sponsored View From Your Window and provided a fantastic prize each month of either a [] The post View from your window appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

00:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Genetic expert loves being back on the farm Sally Rae:

Farming is in Jo Scotts genes. She is the fifth-generation member of the Scott family to be involved in farming and is combining that with her day job,  specialising in animal genetics.

Ms Scott (27) is technical services manager for the New Zealand arm of global animal health company Zoetis.

Although she works out of  the Dunedin office, she lives in North Otago, where both sides of her family have farmed for many years.

After leaving Waitaki Girls High School, Ms Scott headed to Massey University to earn  a science degree, with a double major in agriculture and animal science. . . 

NZ Yarn welcomes Hemp New Zealand as new strategic partner:

NZ Yarn Ltd, a world-leading producer of New Zealand wool yarns for the global soft flooring market, is pleased to announce a major new strategic shareholder and business partner: Hemp New Zealand Ltd.

Under the agreement, Hemp New Zealand has acquired a 15% interest in NZ Yarn, with the objective of installing a hemp fibre processing facility within the NZ Yarn factory in Burnside, Christchurch.

The new partnership will be a catalyst for market-leading innovations in hemp fibre processing, as well as the development of new consumer products made from hemp yarn, wool & hemp yarn blends and non-woven wool and hemp products. . . 

Kiwifruit Industrys big push for Seasonal Labour:

Labour shortage likely for BOP kiwifruit industry in 2019  Kiwifruit Industry launches attraction campaign for pickers and...

Tuesday, 18 December

23:30

The Fun Police target sick kids at Christmas "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

For too many miserable gits, progressive politics are a threadbare excuse for simply being a spiteful inquisitor. Even the womens suffrage movement was tightly aligned with the Temperance movement: those cats-bum-mouthed hags who were the grandmothers of todays vinegar-faced landwhales of feminism. Churches have them, too: busybody wowsers determined to sniff any whiff of fun [] The post The Fun Police target sick kids at Christmas appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:15

Who teaches five year olds how to speak English? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I have an elemental curiosity about the reasons why the government is attempting to force Te Reo on the general populace. PEOPLE ARE SLEEPING IN CARS AND DOORWAYS, YET WE SPEND $600 MILLION ON MAORI LANGUAGE? Perhaps someone could help me out here I have it on various degrees of anecdotal evidence that 99.9% [] The post Who teaches five year olds how to speak English? appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.

23:00

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

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