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Wednesday, 10 January

01:30

Politicians on holiday: Social Media Roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

So what have our politicians been up to on social media this month while enjoying their holiday? Our PM acknowledged the passing of Jim Anderton. And so did Deputy PM Winston Peters. National leader Bill English also took time out from his break to send a tweet. His Deputy Paula Bennett shared a pic of []

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01:30

Food, Glorious Food:- A New Series "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Adam loves food. A number of past posts have focused on food and wine. This new series will give more and regular attention to food.

To start, a little whimsy:-


01:00

Convince Me: Should certain breeds of dogs like pit bulls be banned? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Dangerous dogs are a danger to all of us and in the media, there are regular reports of children and adults as well as other breeds of dogs being savaged, killed and maimed by pit bulls. The issue is whether to ban pit bulls, restrict them, take a different approach, or do nothing at all. []

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00:30

A tale of two schools "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

One school has a waiting list, happy teachers, happy students, a happy Principal and provides a top-notch education to at-risk students who were let down by the State school system. Our new government is committed to closing it and others like it because it is ideologically opposed to Partnership schools regardless of who they help []

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00:00

View From Your Window *Competition photo "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Every month we will choose one photo to use as a competition photo. Todays View From Your Window is the competition photo for January 2018. Where do you think todays photo was taken? The person with the most precise location of this window will win the one-kilo bag of Blueburds famous Coffee Vice coffee beans and since this []

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00:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Tests confirm cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis on Ashburton farm:

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) confirms that the bacterial cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis is present on a farm in the Ashburton area.

The Ministrys response incident controller David Yard says milk sampling carried out by the dairy industry just before Christmas revealed a suspected positive result and MPIs Animal Health Laboratory testing has just confirmed this.

The affected farm and an associated property have been under controls since Christmas Eve as a precautionary measure. No animals or other risk goods such as used farm equipment have been allowed on or off the property during this time and these controls stand, Mr Yard says. . . 

Water taxi arrives in North Otago

Its been a funny old year on Gareth and Sarah Isbisters farm, Balruddery, near Five Forks.

Swamped by rain, the cattle farmers finished 2017 beside the Kakanui River with new irrigation and options.

The Isbisters are happy to have the extra water on hand after a difficult 12 months for an irrigation rollout in their area.

Their supplier, the farmer-owned North Otago Irrigation Company, was meant to be pumping high-pressure flow to downland farmers like them in late 2016. Joint faults in pipes put paid to that idea, costing shareholders as the contractor fixed its faulty workmanship. . .

Ruawai farmer survives being trampled by stampeding herd:

Dairy farmer Chris Baker says he is hellishly lucky to have survived a stampede by his 180 cows that left him trampled, unconscious and with broken bones.

The 61-year old Ruawai man has been a dairy farmer for 40 years, and has never before been in such a life threatening situation.

He does admit to being kicked in the chest and elsewhere a few times by cows, but thats just day to day farming.

Baker said...

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Tuesday, 09 January

23:35

The Ventricle of Memory - Review "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


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The Ventricle of Memory: A memoir
by Shelagh Duckham Cox


Born just prior to WW2, the author starts her story with her early memories of growing up then having to be evacuated to North Wales as the attacks on Britain escalated.
  There she spent the rest of the war until in 1945, with her family, she sailed to America where her Father was employed. She describes the wonder of America after the austere years of the war in Britain and then their return to Britain in 1950 where rationing was still in effect and the country still looked drab and bleak.
    In a time when few British fathers envisioned a higher education for their daughters the author studied at St Andrews and describes the life as a student and the freedom within the constraints of social propriety of the time.
  Marriage followed, with a rather disastrous honeymoon in a small hotel and I was rather surprised to read about the unwritten rule that a new bride must talk to no one but her husband till after the honeymoon.
   The author describes her relationship with her beloved mother and father throughout the book and analyses the social norms of the time that made their interactions so very different from today. Even during her mothers terminal illness there were constraints that left a lot unsaid, but emotions were still felt very deeply.
   Work brought her family of now 3 children to New Zealand as part of the 10 pound Pom programme. They settled in Levin and the comparisons between her old life and the new are descriptively written.
   The book is beautifully written throughout as the author remembers and describes small events in her life with great clarity and this increases the richness of the reading.
    She describes historical events that were familiar to me, but living in New Zealand with a more carefree life, they did not have the same impact, apart from the sinking of the Wahine. I felt the horror of that day as I was transported back to where I was and how it affected me, my friends a...

23:30

Time to bomb North Korea? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Edward Luttwak at Foreign Policy writes: Nothing can be known about this weeks talks between North and South Korea other than their likely outcome. As in every previous encounter, South Korea will almost certainly reward North Koreas outrageous misconduct by handing over substantial sums of money, thus negating long-overdue sanctions recently imposed by the United []

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22:48

Publishers Lunch "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


 
Today's Meal
 
At Random House, Caitlin McKenna and Anna Pitoniak have both been promoted to senior editor, while ...

22:30

A BOHICA moment "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Following the Golden Globes and a speech by actress, reality TV host and luvvie Oprah Winfrey

There has been considerable media speculation that Winfrey may seek to run for the US Presidency in 2020.

Pete George at Your NZ takes a look at this.  

Rightly he takes a highly sceptical view likening Trump and the media furore around Winfrey to a 2006 movie

Idiocracy is a 2006 movie, described in Wikipedia:

The film tells the story of two people who take part in a top-secret military human hibernation experiment, only to awaken 500 years later in a dystopian society where advertising, commercialism, and cultural anti-intellectualism have run rampant, and which is devoid of intellectual curiosity, social responsibility, and coherent notions of justice and human rights.

Worth reading the whole post.

He quotes from an LA Times editorial:-

We dont know whether the idea of Oprah Winfrey for president, inspired by Winfreys eloquent speech Sunday at the Golden Globe Awards, will prove an ephemeral excitation or a movement with staying power. But we find it depressing.

We mean no disrespect to Winfrey, who strikes us as much better informed and more intellectually curious and presumably less reckless or dishonest than the incumbent president. But its bizarre that Americans who are appalled by Trumps oafish and ignorant conduct of the nations highest office would gravitate to another television star untested in politics.

Thats what many of them did Sunday evening. Twitter throbbed with speculation that Winfreys speech accepting the Cecil B. DeMille Award was the beginning of a presidential run.

Mainstream media have been alive with speculation about the possibility of Winfrey running

Pete George concludes his comprehensive post:-

Trying to sell common sense and actual relevant experience to the media or the voters could be a tough task. Not all media and not all voters have become obsessed with celebrity, but enough have to make a difference.

The road to Idiocracy may be paved with Celebritoxicity.

Celebritoxicity the degree to which an obsession with celebrities can harm humans.

Adam agrees. He would add that Talleyrands famous comment re the Bourbon Kings of France, and amplified by Albert Einstein comes to mind:-

...

22:30

Book Review Of The day The Vanquished Why The First World War Failed To End "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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22:25

A fan of the Banksy exhibition "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Contrasting with The Auckland Banksy exhibition sucks is a post by Martyn Bradbury praising the Banksy exhibition. The Daily Blog: The Liberal Agenda Banksy Exhibition 5 stars By turning up in your thousands you tell Banksy his work matters and you fulfil the spirit of danger his art exists in by scaring the bejesus []

22:06

Horowhenua Development Frenzy Ahead "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

House building explosion likely By Veronica Harrod, KIN Horowhenua reporter An explosion of at least 2100 new houses for Levin alone will be given the green light if Horowhenua District Council proceeds with new District Plan rules. These allow increased urban density and large scale residential developments. Public notification not needed In December last year, []

22:00

Shut up Peter Dunne, you had your chance, you bottled it "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Peter Dunne should shut up, he had his chance on cannabis law reform, instead he put in place a regime that probably directly led to people dying. The former minister responsible for drug law reform is calling the Governments bill on medicinal cannabis half baked and a pretty sad gimmick that fails to give sick []

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22:00

Reflecting on Jim Anderton "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

An interesting and perceptive look at Anderson, unlike so much of the guff written and said about him in recent days

croaking cassandra

I have a pleasant memory of the only time I met Jim Anderton. One of his daughters was in the same class as me at Remuera Intermediate, and at the end of the year the Andertons hosted a class barbecue at their home just up the street from the school.   I was a youthful political junkie and Jim Anderton was running for Mayor of Auckland.  It was a pleasant evening and he seemed to be a lively and engaged parent (later struck by the awfulness of the suicide of another daughter).

Accounts suggest that Anderton did a good job of helping to revitalise the Labour Party organisation in the late 1970s and early 1980s.  He was, for the time, a moderniser, instrumental in helping reduce the direct influence of the trade unions in the party, and promoting the selection of some able candidates who hadnt served time in the

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21:30

If anyone is showing symptoms of schizophrenia it is the media "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

John Nolte writes at Breitbart: In just 365 days, Trump has turned around a stagnate economy, exploded the number of manufacturing jobs; seen black and Hispanic unemployment drop to record lows; opened up two oil pipelines (and all kinds of exploration); enjoyed victory after victory in the Supreme Court in pursuit of his immigration priorities; []

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21:00

When I rule the world "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

When I rule the world*, all drivers who arent going to pass a slow vehicle will keep enough space between the vehicle in front and their own to allow others to pass them.

Furthermore, all drivers travelling at less than the legal and safe speed will keep to the left when they reach passing lanes and wont speed up so no-one can pass them safely and legally.

*Accepting that weve already attained global health and happiness.


Filed under: When I Rule the World

21:00

A surprise to no one except the muppets in Labour "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Why is this a surprise? Stupid Jacinda Ardern said that capitalism was a failure, and yet here is capitalism working perfectly as intended. The countrys student union is blasting Wellington landlords for allegedly taking advantage of desperate students. The Union of Students Association has had reports of rents being hiked in Wellington after the Government []

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20:30

This is what happens when you raise expectations in opposition "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

  Kelvin Davis crusaded on behalf of Kiwi ratbags in Australiawhile in opposition. Since being made a minister his grandstanding has stopped and now he is caught out with his actions not reflecting his opposition rhetoric. A pressure group is slamming the New Zealand Government, saying it has abandoned Kiwi-born detainees who face being deported []

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20:17

The self destructive left "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

There has been a lot said about Steve Bannon lately, and what could be described as the partially successful but ultimately self destructive right in the US. But the left of politics also has major problems, some of which are also self inflicted, repeatedly. Andrew Doyle: On the self-destructive left Which came first: the alt-right []

20:00

Yet another example that proves the UN isnt fit for purpose "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A ratbag in prison has found himself a crusading lawyer who has run off to the UN to get a verdict, despite said ratbag requesting the time in solitary himself: In 2000, inmate John Vogel was confined to a cell for drug offending; he asked for 21 days six days longer than legally allowed []

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19:30

I wonder how long it will be before Kelvin Davis tries this stunt "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

WATCH: Thailand's prime minister places cardboard cut-out of himself in front of microphone, tells reporters to "ask this guy" if they have any questions, and walks away. pic.twitter.com/tW28YGJ4tv NBC News (@NBCNews) January 8, 2018 I wonder how long it will be before Kelvin Davis, or Jacinda Ardern tries this stunt. Thailands prime minister has []

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19:12

Idiocracy, celebritoxicity, president "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Actors have become successful politicians in the Unites States before for example Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger but Donald Trump has taken US democracy to a new level, where reality TV has become a continuous real life drama being acted out in the White House. And now either Oprah Winfrey or some of []

19:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whale oils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced. []

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19:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

I found one had to do some work every day, even at midnight, because either youre professional or youre not.   Barbara Hepworth who was born on this day in 1903.


Filed under: quotes Tagged: Barbara Hepworth

19:00

Exploring Singapore Cuisine "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Found this interesting as we lived in Singapore for some years


18:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Its been three years since the Charlie Hebdo massacre. To honor them, I dont raise my pen to the air and say Je Suis Charlie, I put it to paper and draw Mohammad. Thats the only way one can truly say Je Suis Charlie. -Bosch Fawstin

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18:24

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

The second challenge of 2018.   Remember that no correspondence, computers or cell phones may be entered into!   Answers on Sunday.   The human foot has how many bones: 16, 20 or 26?   Who was the last viceroy of India?   In the Marty Robbins song what was the name of the west []

18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is pneumatic (adj) 1. Of or relating to air or other gases. 2. Of or relating to pneumatics. 3. (a). Run by or using compressed air: a pneumatic drill. (b). Filled with air, especially compressed air: a pneumatic tire. 4. Zoology Having cavities filled with air, as the bones of []

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18:06

Tori Catherwood: Medicinal Cannabis laws dont go far enough "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Misuse of Drugs (Medicinal Cannabis) Bill introduced on the 20th December 2017 is a baby step in the right direction, but a more compassionate approach towards patients is desperately needed.

These new measures are part of the new Governments 100-day plan promise for medicinal cannabis legalisation in response to Jacinda Ardern replying absolutely yes during the TV3 political debate when asked if Labour would legalise medicinal cannabis.

This new Bill proposed by the Minister of Health, David Clark, says, The measures are intended to improve access to medicinal cannabis and are guided by the principles of fairness, quality and safety, and compassion.

It has three main changes to The Misuse of Drugs Act 1975:

  1. To introduce an exception and a statutory defence for terminally ill people to possess and use illicit cannabis and to possess a cannabis utensil; and
  2. To provide a regulation-making power to enable the setting of standards that products manufactured, imported, and supplied under licence must meet; and
  3. To amend Schedule 2 of the Act so that cannabidiol (CBD) and CBD products are no longer classed as controlled drugs.

So what does this really mean?

The Bill acknowledges the legal pathway for patients to obtain cannabis as a medicine from a doctor to access affordable cannabis products remains problematic for New Zealanders. In an attempt to solve this problem three main changes have been proposed. These changes within the Bill are outlined below and some implications of these changes are discussed.

  1. The first main change is the provision of an exception and a statutory defence for terminally ill (less than 12 months to live) to possess and use illicit cannabis and possess cannabis utensils is intended as a compassionate measure until affordable quality products are available under a proposed medic...

18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 10 18 Hiding hatred makes you a liar; slandering others makes you a fool.

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17:20

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

17:15

Media watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

17:10

Open Forum Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

12:30

Stephen Colbert: Trump is like, really not smart "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Colbert ridiculed Trump superbly,again in this piece from the last couple of hours


12:05

World watch Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

12:01

January 10 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

49 BC Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon, signalling the start of civil war.

1776 Thomas Paine published Common Sense.

1806  Dutch settlers in Cape Town surrendered to the British.

1810 The marriage of Napoleon and Josephine was annulled.

1815 Sir John Alexander Macdonald, first Prime Minister of Canada, was born  (d. 1891).

1834 Lord Acton, British historian, was born (d. 1902).

1838 French Bishop Jean Baptiste Franois Pompallier, a priest and brother of the Society of Mary, arrived at Hokianga.

Catholic missionaries arrive at Hokianga

1863 The London Underground, the worlds oldest underground railway, opened between London Paddington station and Farringdon station.

1901  The first great Texas oil gusher was discovered at Spindletop in Beaumont, Texas.

1903 Barbara Hepworth, English sculptor, was born (d. 1975).

1908 Bernard Lee, English actor was born (d. 1981).

1920 The League of Nations held its first meeting and ratified the Treaty of Versailles ending World War I.

1922...

09:22

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Im old enough to have listened to the radio long before I saw television.

Im also old enough to remember cars which didnt have radios.

That meant people conversed and sang together more than we do now.

But I drive by myself a lot and on long, slow journeys alone save for a dog, as mine home from Wanaka was today, I enjoy listening to the radio.

Today I had the entertainment of Matinee Idle on RadioNZ.

Phil OBrien and Simon Morriss music and musing make me laugh and today provided the bonus of an interview with John Clarkes daughter Lauren and Im grateful for that.

 


Filed under: gratitude Tagged: Lauren Clark, Matinee Idle, Phil O'Brien, Simon Morris

08:25

Dark Journalist & Joseph P. Farrell: Q Anon Deep State Wizard Of? "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Dont miss this exciting, informative and alarming Dark Journalist episode! DarkJournalist Published on Jan 8, 2018 Deep State Trial Balloon/Marketing Op Aimed at Alternative Media? In this fascinating episode Dark Journalist Daniel Liszt welcomes back Oxford Scholar Dr. Joseph P. Farrell the author of the popular Giza Death Star Book Series. Farrell delves deeply into []

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06:56

Julies Book of Sonnets "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A must have for poetry lovers By Roger Childs  Many readers will be familiar with KIN featuring the appropriate Julie Leibrichs sonnet for each month, over the last year. We have had plenty of positive feedback.  (Scroll down to January 1 to see the latest.) A Little Book of Sonnets is a treasure which every []

06:53

Student Debt Slavery: Time to Level the Playing Field "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

We need to free our students from the system of debt slavery that has financialized education, turning it from an investment in human capital into a tool for exploiting the young for the benefit of private investors. by Ellen Brown This is the second in a two-part article on the debt burden Americas students face. []

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06:40

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Lumming  heavy rain; raining heavily.


Filed under: language Tagged: lumming

06:30

Daily Roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Gerald had heard students being described as sheep so he enrolled at STW University with hope in his heart  

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06:05

Georgescu-Roegen vs. Henry George vs. Wakefield vs. Solow "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

For Georgescu-Roegen, the ultimate fixed factor is the laws of physics, due to entropy.  Economic systems cannot receive an ongoing influx of both energy and matter indefinitely, and so eventually they reach limits to growth.  At that margin substitutability breaks down and catastrophe ensues.  To check this outcome, we must find a way to live with slower rates of economic growth, and eventually a zero or negative rate of economic growth.  For him this is as much a criticism of Marxism as of capitalism, and he wrote about making do with agrarianism.  Consistent with this view, his consumer theory portrayed wants as hierarchical rather than smoothly substitutable.  He would have liked this Alex post on not all gdp being created equal.

For Henry George, the ultimate fixed factor is land, due to the nature of space.  There is always enough energy, due to Julian Simon-like arguments that allow capital and ingenuity to be substituted for all other fixed resources, except for  land.  Economic systems cannot create or activate more land indefinitely, and thus the marginal benefits of growth are captured mostly by landowners, to the detriment of social welfare.  At this final margin substitutability breaks down and widespread poverty ensues.  To check this outcome, the returns to land must be redistributed to the rest of society, ideally through a single tax.  Unlike many environmentalists, he wasnt worried about soil erosion because land is land.

For 19th century colonial theorist Edward Gibbon Wakefield, human beings and the positive externalities from human contact are the ultimate scarcity.  If you let people settle the countryside, you will have an underpopulated republic of deplorables there is no substitute for city life!  So the price of external farm land has to be kept high, so that settlers cluster in the city and as wage laborers contribute to ongoing innovation, urbanity, and economic growth.  Wakefield worked in New Zealand did they listen?  If Wakefield were around today, maybe he would want to cut off broadband to large swathes of the Midwest and Appalachia.  Justly or not, he cited rural French Canadians as an example of what he was worried about, whereas Georgescu-Roegen might have appreciated their agrarianism.

For Robert Solow, ultimate fixed factors do not come into play and substitutability reigns at all relevant margins.  If some resources become scarce, just substitute in more capital.  Growth continues forever, though it can be accelerated...

06:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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05:30

BDS groups to get a taste of their own vile medicine "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Israel has compiled a blacklist of BDS groups to be barred from the country and they are going to use it. It is about time they fought fire with fire and I am thrilled that they are going to give those nasty BDS economic terrorists a tiny taste of their own vile medicine. The Strategic []

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05:00

Is my computer rooted? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Do I need to buy a new one? How dangerous is this new security flaw that the media are on about? Your computer is rooted when someone else has root access to the system with a permission level that gives them the rights to do anything. The super-user, or administrator, or root all refer to []

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04:30

A truly free society doesnt just tolerate religious beliefs it also mocks them "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

It has been three years since the cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo were slaughtered by Muslim terrorists for drawing cartoons mocking the prophet Muhammad. Christianity is mocked and criticised freely in Western society but we do not have a problem with Christian terrorists killing people for doing things like putting a crucifix into a bottle of urine, []

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04:00

Poll: Who is the biggest Idiot? *UPDATED as poll wasnt showing "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

According to Lily Allen, white men are the problem even though 222 of 264 convictions related to 58 cases of grooming gangs identified in Britain between 2005 and 2017 or 84 per cent involved perpetrators of Asian origin, despite Asians making up just 7 percent of the population. -Paul Joseph Watson [] In []

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03:30

Eight year Socialist experiment fails like all Socialist experiments "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Lets face it socialism is just state controlled charity where they force others to pay for the poor. With capitalism, the charity is consensual and often more effective and helpful as rich philanthropists are more interested in giving a man a fishing rod than a fish. A cafe called Panera Cares was an experiment in socialism that was set up []

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03:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Wait for Me In 1985, a young man from a well-to-do family took a bicycle trip across southern Europe, wandered into Bangladesh, traveled through India, and vanished while hiking in the rugged foothills of the Himalayas. He was never seen or heard from again. Wait For Me is the story of a mothers spiritual and []

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02:58

Kapiti Mayor Faces Court Case "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Guru being sued for defamation over Waikanae hedge row By the Editor, Alan Tristram The Mayor of Kapiti, K Gurunathan is facing a major trial over remarks he made allegedly defaming a well-known Waikanae couple, Vince and Raechel Osborne, over their macrocarpa hedge.     KIN understands he is being sued for more than $50,000, []

02:30

The majority of attempts to access porn are not deliberate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Yup, and that last shower I came down in was so refreshing There have been more than 24,000 attempts to access pornographic websites in [the UK] parliament since the general election, new figures show, reports Sky News A total of 24,473 attempts to access such material from computers and other devices connected to the []

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02:00

Map of the day: Which countries have the most political rights and freedom? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Political rights index Central African Republic is the top country by political rights index in the world. As of 2015, political rights index in Central African Republic was 7 score. The top 5 countries also includes Somalia, Eritrea, Gambia, and Ethiopia.[] Source: Freedom House. 1 the highest degree of freedom. -knoema.com

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01:30

How did we come to this? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest post: Welcome to Auckland City of Sails, beautiful sparkling harbour, beautiful beaches, just dont swim at the beaches because of raw sewage flushing into the harbour.  How did we come to this? Why has the building of infill housing and large apartment blocks been encouraged when our sewerage system is ill-equipped for the huge []

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01:00

Convince me: A mother should stay at home with her children "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Modern women are told that they can have it all and all at the same time. Convince me that a mother should stay at home with her children and put her career second. Can you make a case that children are better off at home with their mother rather than in daycare? Convince me why it []

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00:30

Do dead tree newspapers have a future? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Credit: SonovaMinThe future of newspapers In 2001, I told my editor I was jumping from newspapers to this new-fangled thing called the internet. Youre being foolish, I was told. Then he actually said these words: This internet thing is a flash in the pan. Fast-forward to today, when, after years of people being essentially trained []

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00:00

View From Your Window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo was taken by a reader working reluctantly in Aucklands CBD at 9.30am at a cafe in Aotea Square. A depressing start to the day, and one of the many reasons I try to avoid this part of the city. window@whaleoil.co.nz Please put View From My []

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00:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Stock killed apparently for target practice John Lewis:

Five farmers are livid after nine sheep, two cattle beasts, a cow and a bull were shot on their properties for what appears to be nothing more than target practice.

Taieri farmer James Adam said he went to check his stock in Otokia-Kuri Bush Rd yesterday morning and found two of his beef cows shot dead.

Another farmers cow was shot and killed on a nearby property in Akatore Rd, south of Taieri Mouth.The night before, a third farmer found five of his sheep shot dead nearby on Takitakitoa Rd. . .

Lake Opuha works around the clock to keep up with irrigation demand Pat Deavoll:

South Canterburys Lake Opuha is getting a workout this summer with an almost unprecedented swing in December weather ramping up irrigation demand.

Opuha Water Limited executive officer Tony McCormick said the shift from extremely wet to extremely dry had resulted in a rapid increase in irrigation from virtually zero in early November to nearly 100 per cent four weeks later.

The sudden dry conditions affected lake storage and required special efforts from our ops team to get the scheme up to full capacity in a short time, he said. . .

Norsewood fabulous place to farm and garden, says land owner Lyn McConchie Christine McKay:

Its quite possible Norsewood is one of the best places in the Tararua to be a farmer or a gardener, local weather watcher Lyn McConchie says.

The average annual rainfal...

00:00

Lund University Professor Under Fire For Refusing To Comply With Gender Quota For Assigned Reading "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The long march of oppression of thought and freedom, cloaked in the mantles of equality and political correctness , but really the spear of intolerance , continues. It is frightening and global.

JONATHAN TURLEY

Lund_University_logotypeWe recently discussed a controversy at the GW International School where the Administration told faculty that panels had to be gender diverse or face cancelation.  Now there is an analogous controversy in Sweden where Professor Erik Ringmar, a senior political science lecturer at Lund University, is under attack for refusing to include an author on his curriculum solely because of her gender.  Critics have objected to the school gender quota as an attack on academic freedom.

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23:30

Bad wog has a really bad dayloses his head after messing with the SAS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Embed from Getty Images Never mess with the SAS, you could lose your headliterally: An SAS soldier decapitated an ISIS terrorist using only a spade after their unit was ambushed by militants during a patrol in eastern Afghanistan. The veteran sergeant is said to have cut-off the gunmans head in one swoop after running out of ammunition during []

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22:41

Barnes & Noble stock falls to near all-time low "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Shelf Awareness

 
On Friday, Barnes & Noble stock fell 13.8%, to $5.60 a share, hitting a 52-week low during the day and closing near its all-time low, set shortly after the company went public in 1994.

The selloff, which occurred on five times the usual volume, was in reaction to B&N's announcement late Thursday that sales during the nine-week holiday period ending December 30 dropped 6.4%, to $953 million, and that for fiscal 2018, it is revising downward its predictions for comp-store sales to mid-single digits from flat and for consolidated EBITDA to a range of $140 million-$160 million instead of $180 million.

B&N noted that sales at stores open at least a year during the period also fell 6.4%. Book sales fell 4.5% and declines in gift, music and DVD categories "accounted for nearly half of the comparable store sales decrease." The company blamed lower store traffic.

The results were all the more surprising to investors because the company had indicated late last year that early holiday season trends were encouraging

22:30

Book Review Of The Day The Art of Racing in the Rain "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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22:24

Joy Cowley Honoured "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Joy Cowley: "extraordinary contribution to national culture"
 

Joy Cowley, made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2018 Honours List, is one of New Zealands best-loved and internationally renowned writers for children. She has been highly acclaimed throughout her career, winning the Prime Minister's Award for Literary Achievement in Fiction in 2010 and the University of Alabama's Maryann Manning Award for Outstanding Literacy Scholar in 2011. 

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22:16

Latest from The Bookseller "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Book industry leaders are divided in terms of their outlook for 2018, with some optimistic about growth and others more cautious about the delicate state of high street retailing and the impact of continued political instability.
...

22:13

The Philippa Pearce Lecture "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

The Philippa Pearce Memorial Lecture: celebrating excellence in childrens literature

January 2018 Newsletter

Happy New Year!

The video for Chris Riddell's 2017 lecture is now live at our website. If you missed this excellent event then do visit the site and listen to it (and its very much worth watching too, as it was certainly the most visually entertaining talk that we have ever hosted).

There was no video made for Allan Ahlbergs 2016...

22:07

Tribute to Workers Champion "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Jim Anderton praised by Trade Unions Council The Council of Trade Unions says the late Jim Anderton stood by workers throughout the neoliberal onslaught and led the charge for an alternative vision for New Zealand. CTU president Richard Wagstaff says this has put communities and working people ahead of the free market, and puts []

22:00

Wheres Wally? Jacinda Ardern was missing in action "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A reader writes: It was like Wheres Wally during that dreadful, destructive storm that hit our country a few days ago.  I was expecting to hear a voice of concern from our Prime Minister or to see her showing support at one of the scenes of devastation, as John Key would have done, but there []

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21:50

I'M JUST ABOUT DONE WITH AMERICAN POLITICS "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

For me President Trump tweeting 'my red button is bigger than yours' in his ongoing war of words with Kim Jong-un is just about the final straw and does call into question his fitness to hold office.    In that context I welcome his intention to check into the Walter Reed Military Hospital for a full medical assessment next week.

And now the news that Oprah Winfrey is considering a tilt at the Presidency in 2020.

Is this what American politics has come down to ... is this the best 'the land of the free' can come up with?   Gueez Wayne ... bit like Colin Craig or Me Tu being appointed Governor-General.


21:30

FFS, first world problems peoplefirst world problems "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Some people just have to whinge and be outraged. This time it is over a Police recruitment videoand the outragecars are parked on the footpath: The video has since drawn more criticism after Andy Smith, the president Living Streets Aotearoa, noticed several vehicles parked on footpaths during the filming. Smith made a complaint to the []

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21:01

Jim Anderton: An Unlikely Left-Wing Hero. "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

1984 And All That: Jim Anderton chairs Labour's Victory Conference in August 1984. His reforms had made the Labour win possible, but the so-called "Free Market" policies of Roger Douglas and his Cabinet colleagues would set Anderton and hundreds of his fellow party members on a collision course with their own government.

MY FIRST, and most vivid, memory of Jim Anderton is of him striding towards me carrying a crate of beer. It was 1982, and hed been sent south by the Labour Leader, Bill Rowling, to quieten down a bunch of rambunctious Labour dissidents.

Theres an irony there, somewhere, because Jim Anderton stands second only to John A. Lee among Labour dissidents. Even so, he had made the trip south to Dunedin to ensure that there was no more public criticism of Bill Rowling for backing Rob Muldoons emergency legislation overturning the Privy Councils decision conferring New Zealand citizenship on Western Samoans born after 1924.

The way he did this always struck me as impressive. Instead of browbeating the young idealists gathered around his rapidly emptying beer crate, he told them, instead, the story of his own doomed attempt to correct what he saw as a great wrong in the Labour Party.

Anderton had joined the Labour Party in 1963 and was immediately struck by how completely it was dominated by the affiliated trade unions. These grim, trench-coated men held the party in an iron grip, ruthlessly wielding their infamous card vote to crush any policy remits considered, by themselves, to be excessively radical. Against this frank tyranny of the affiliated union majority, the progressive branch membership of the Labour Party stood little chance.

With all the impetuosity of youth, Jim told us, hed determined to open-up an...

21:00

Fire & Fury: NBC Meet the Press Michael Wolff "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In an exclusive interview on Meet the Press, Michael Wolff, author of the new book, Fire and Fury, explains his reporting process to Chuck Todd, and describes the mood inside the Trump White House


21:00

And while we are talking about Global Warming, it is snowing in the Sahara "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The world is getting warmercatastrophically soor is it? The Northern Hemisphere is experiencing record lows, but we are told that is just weather. Funny isnt it that when it is a record low it is just weather, but when it is a record high, like that reported in Sydney, or NIWA reported yesterday, then it []

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21:00

Jim Anderton 21.1.38 7.1.18 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

A junior reporter wouldnt normally interview a senior political figure.

But when Jim Anderton came into the newsroom in the run-up to the 1981 election I was the only one there.

He was president of the Labour Party. I dont remember what he said but I do remember that he was immaculately dressed and a relaxed interviewee.

I disagreed with many of his policies so strongly was I opposed to Kiwibank, I didnt go into a Post Office for at least two years after it was established.

But I admired his standing up and working for what he believed in.

And as another member of that club no-one chooses to join bereaved parents I had great sympathy for him after the death of his daughter. It is difficult enough dealing with bereavement privately, it must be so much harder when youre a public figure.


Filed under: life & death, politics Tagged: Jim Anderton

20:49

The Auckland Banksy exhibition sucks "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Off-street art from a famous street artist exhibited by a con artist? From rincewind4x2: The Auckland Banksy exhibition sucks I went Sunday and came out throughly dissappointed. Heres why. First major problem was the cost; $35 (before fees). That is really expensive for any art exhibition, but considering this is an anarchist, anti-consumerist, satirical []

20:31

Publishers Lunch "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"


Today's Meal


John Sargent, ceo of Macmillan -- the parent company of Henry Holt, the publisher of Michael Wolff's FIRE AND FURY -- sent the following letter to the company's employees on Monday morning, provided to Publishers Lunch. (In our full Publishers Lunch Deluxe and at PublishersMarketplace, we have another comprehensive collection of the weekend's Fire and Fury tweets, regrets, piracy, interviews, sales reports and more.)

To: All Macmillan Employees
From: John Sargent

Last Thursday, shortly after 7:00 a.m., we received a demand from the President of the United States to immediately cease and desist from any further publication, release or dissemination of Michael Wolffs Fire...

20:30

Hey Jamesyou need to watch this "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

James Shaw has taken the latest missive from NIWA and a licence to wail on about catastrophic human induced climate change: NIWAs annual climate summary for 2017 sends a clear message that New Zealand is right to be addressing the impacts and risks of climate change says the Minister for Climate Change, James Shaw. NIWAs []

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20:29

20:00

Genocide survivors invite Golly G to Rwanda "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The pressure mounts on Golriz Ghahraman to explain herself over her fanciful claims on her CV and public statements since: A New Zealand lawmaker Golriz Ghahraman who worked on the defence team of notorious Genocide convicts has been invited to visit Rwanda for a constructive dialogue. In November last year, it emerged that Ghahraman who []

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19:30

Fire & Fury: Morning Joe gets confirmation on thrust of Wolff book "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Morning Joe segment highlights how though some elements of Wolfs book are wrong, the thesis is correct. Two commentators confirmed that they have had similar complaints about Trump from people including those likely to have been in the book. Scarborough called out officials for saying one thing supporting Trump in public,whilst denigrating him in private.


19:30

HDPA: Park the outrage "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Looks like Heather du Plessis-Allan-Soper has finally had enough of generation snowflake too: Before we crash headlong into the year ahead, theres something Id love to leave behind in 2017. That is, the propensity of some among us to seize on the tiny indiscretions of others. Then get angry. Really angry. Often. Im not really []

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19:00

Whaleoil General Debate "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Morning everyone, and welcome to Whale oils daily General Debate post (another one called Backchat will start at 6pm). To participate youll need to register a free Disqus account. There are some rules, and if there is one thing about Whaleoil that you need to know is that these rules are dispassionately and strictly enforced. []

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19:00

Quote of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Dont sit back and wait for God to do it all. Ask for His advice, but be prepared to do the hard yards yourself. Morris Gleitzman who celebrates his 65th birthday today.


Filed under: quotes Tagged: Morris Gleitzman

18:30

Face of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

If Ruth Bader Ginsburg has her way, sexual abuse of children 12-years or older would not be a crime, nor would child sex trafficking. Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg turns 84 in February. I am crossing my fingers that President Trump will get the opportunity to nominate her replacement on the Supreme Court. In 1977 when Ginsburg was General []

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18:25

Oprah Winfreys a new day is on the horizon! speech "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Pundits are saying that a speech by Oprah Winfrey at the Golden Globe awards is a clear and deliberate tester for beginning a presidential campaign. The much talked about lines Winfrey spoke: I want all the girls watching here, now, to know that a new day is on the horizon! And when that new day []

18:15

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The word for today is pervious (adj) 1. Open to passage or entrance; permeable. 2. Open to arguments, ideas, or change; approachable. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : The adjective pervious is far less common than its opposite, impervious. Both adjectives come from the Latin root noun via road, street, highway. Latin via []

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18:05

Bannon backtracks bigly "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

After cannoning into the Trump White House, in what looked like a payback for being sacked, Steve Bannon has backtracked bigly in a belated attempt to stem the blowing up of his ambitions. This follows the release of Michael Wolffs book Fire and Fury, which lifted the lid on White House dysfunction revealing details about []

18:00

Daily Proverb "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Proverbs 9 18 But little do they know that the dead are there. Her guests are in the depths of the grave.[a]

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17:20

General chat "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

17:15

Media watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

17:10

Open Forum Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

13:00

Late Night Movie Stalag 17 "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Classic movie with great cast including Otto Preminger


12:05

World watch Tuesday "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

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

12:01

January 9 in history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

475  Byzantine Emperor Zeno wasforced to flee his capital at Constantinople, and his general, Basiliscus gained control of the empire.

681  Twelfth Council of Toledo: King Erwig of the Visigoths initiated a council in which he implements diverse measures against the Jews in Spain.

1127  Invading Jurchen soldiers from the Jin Dynasty besieged and sacked Bianjing (Kaifeng), the capital of the Song Dynasty of China, and abduct Emperor Qinzong and others, ending the Northern Song Dynasty.

1150  Prince Hailing of Jin and other court officials murdered Emperor Xizong of Jin. Hailing succeeds him as emperor.

1349 The Jewish population of Basel, Switzerland, believed by the residents to be the cause of the ongoing Black Death, was rounded up and incinerated.

1431 Judges investigations for the trial of Joan of Arc began in Rouen, France, the seat of the English occupation government.

1768  Philip Astley staged the first modern circus in London.

1773  Cassandra Austen, English watercolourist and sister of Jane Austen, was born (d. 1845).

1793  Jean-Pierre Blanchard became the first person to fly in a balloon in the United States.

1799 British Prime Minister William Pitt introduced income tax to raise funds for the war against Napoleon.

1806  Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson received a state funeral and was interred in St Pauls Cathedral.

1816 Si...

10:57

Nigel Farage Freedom and Direct Democracy Group about Soros corruption: Paradise Papers. "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Nigel Farage Freedom and Direct Democracy Group -Speaking truth about the Zionist Agenda ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zXciNj78g4 Dallas Hills Published on Jan 2, 2018 Nigel Farage Freedom and Direct Democracy Group -Speaking truth about the Zionist Agenda , George Soros funds left wing all over the world and his actions need to be investigated. Hes got this []

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09:45

Environmental Good News In 2017 "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Hitting the headlines By Roger Childs Plenty of bad news featured on front pages and in lead stories on radio and television. Take American alone: Trump pulled out of the Paris climate change accord; a series of devastating hurricanes hit the Caribbean and southern states; and California had two of its worst ever fires. In []

09:28

365 days of gratitude "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Were still dog-sitting a chocolate Labrador.

She needs a lot of exercise which means Im walking more than twice as far as I might usually go.

Both the dog and I are enjoying the walks. Im not sure if shes feeling the benefit of them but I am and Im grateful for that.


Filed under: gratitude

08:27

The Hollywood witch-hunt "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Why am I so agitated by the campaign against sexual harassment building a head of steam in Hollywood, and elsewhere?

The question isn't a mere opener to a post. I put it to myself in order to write this.

I get some easy answers, for instance, I don't like any collectivism at all.

1/ Individuals should fight their our own battles and 2/ Aspersions should not be cast on non-offenders based on the class they occupy, for instance, all men are not rapists.

But it goes further.

Why are these participating women so hellbent on being victims? Hurt is a private matter for me, rationalised and resolved (if ever) at a personal level. (If ever) is a big deal. Maybe historical hurts should be left in the past, in context, and with regard to one's own contribution to the circumstances.

Contribution? But each and every accuser is a non-contributing angel... surely? If you believe that then you haven't lived.

But above all, feminism - which represented a longing for greater freedom when I was a teenager - has evolved into a grotesque PC witch hunt hellbent on robbing freedom from the rightly or wrongly accused. Contextual 'truth' is irrelevant.

If there is an individual who is exploiting and abusing you, walk away. If you are letting them, to further your own interests, then you are a collaborator. Don't sanctify your capitulation retrospectively.


06:30

Daily Roundup "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Rex tried to explain that he wasnt behind the wheel when his favourite toilet was run over.  

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06:00

Whaleoil Backchat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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

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05:58

ON JIM ANDERTON "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I only enjoyed a passing acquaintance with Jim Anderton but he was someone from the political diaspora that I would have happily enjoyed a beer with even though we would probably have to agree to disagree on many issues.

He was a political animal and a 'Labour' man through and through who stood by his principles and nothing like the Labour politicians of today who are mostly of the ersatz variety.    For a quarter of a century plus Jim Anderton was Sydenham/Wigram and Sydenham/Wigram was Jim Anderton.

He was prepared to walk away from his own Party where he had been both President and a Member of Parliament on a point of principle but the electorate stood by him so much so that In the 1993 election and standing for New Labour he achieved a bigger majority (7,476) than when he was first elected as the Labour member to replace John Kirk (7,255) and this despite Labour standing their own candidate who polled a respectable 4,990 votes. 

Jim Anderton was autocratic.   It was his way or the highway as a number of MPs in both Labour and the Alliance Party would testify.    Nevertheless he was, by any measure, a successful politician who leaves behind him a legacy ... Kiwibank ... that no-one can take away from him.  

RIP Jim Anderton.

05:30

Lets Talk "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

What is a challenge you would never want to face? Do you think living in the present is more or less challenging than living in the past? Why? Discuss:

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05:00

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

This word caught the eye. It seemed a very apposite way to describe the political scene in Washington DC.

Homepaddock

Feculent of or containing dregs, dirt, sediment, or waste matter; foul with impurities; filthy; scummy; turbid; muddy.

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05:00

Another hand signal that you didnt know was offensive "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In Afghanistan and parts of Italy, the thumbs up hand signal is regarded as an obscene insult. It is considered very rude especially if it is combined with a sweep of the arms. In those countries, it roughly means Sit on my penis and carries the same stigma as does raising the middle finger in []

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04:30

Misconduct or madness? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Guest Post: By Brian Rogers SunLive.co.nz newsie.co.nz Some articles are timeless and can be enjoyed even years after they were first published. With Brians blessing, we revisit, Misconduct or madness? Kiwi male esteem reaches a new low point in history this week, with the resignation of Roger Sutton. One of the most effective and charismatic []

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04:30

Word of the day "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Feculent of or containing dregs, dirt, sediment, or waste matter; foul with impurities; filthy; scummy; turbid; muddy.


Filed under: language Tagged: feculent

04:00

The Fire and Fury Book is surely the final nail in Hillary Clintons coffin "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The book that is making all the unbelievable claims about President Trump called Fire and Fury is surely the final nail in Hillary Clintons coffin. Or perhaps I should say it is the final stake through her withered heart? If we are expected to take the book seriously as all the Democrats and Hillary supporters []

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04:00

RNZ:- Pants on Fire Ep 4 The Truth about Lies in Fiction "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

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From RNZs series on Lies.

In the arts there is much made of the notion of truth: writers search for the truth in a story; visual artists, no matter what form they work in, are all aiming to reveal or discover some form of the truth; scriptwriters want their work to resonate and to ring true; actors want to be true to their characters. How does all that sit within our concept of lying? More at link

https://adamsmith.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/pants-20171129-1200-pants_on_fire_ep_4_-_the_truth_about_lies_in_fiction-192.mp3

03:30

Big Apple bike boom battered by batteries "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Two recent articles in phys.org highlight issues of intervention by the authorities and unintended consequences. Biking is booming: in New York. Expanding bike lanes, handing out free helmets and making lessons free: New York is making great strides in encouraging pedal power at the expense of exhaust fumes, even if some cyclists are still nervous about []

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03:27

Canadas North Pole Temperatures "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Why we shouldnt grumble about the weather in NZ By Alan Tristram Ive just received an email from our Canadian correspondent, Eribert Loehner, of Vancouver, whos been describing what must surely be a Winter to remember. Heres a few paragraphs which paint the picture: The temperatures in Ontario this week have hit -30 deg C []

03:26

The Kiwibank Legacy "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Michael, Jims beaten back every argument against the bank weve ever put up. For Gods sake, give him the bloody bank. Annette King to Finance Minister, Michael Cullen 2001 The principled Jim Anderton By Roger Childs The country has lost one its most colourful politicians: a man of many parties. Initially inside the big left []

03:00

Mental Health Break "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Mr Bean as a nervous trainee priest officiates at one of the weddings from Four Weddings and a Funeral

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02:51

Never seen anyone crash well "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

THe New Zealand Transport Agency has launched a new video aimed at speeding drivers:

Enforcement has more to do with reducing harm than it does with issuing tickets and fines. This campaign reminds people that the role of Police is to protect those who use the road.

A big challenge in the area of speed is to stop speeding drivers from continuing to defend their perceived right to speed.

A significant proportion of the driving population still likes to travel at speeds that are too fast for the conditions (both on the open road and around town), posing a risk to themselves and to others who share the roads with them. Every week, 11 people are seriously injured or killed in a speed-related crash, but a substantial portion of our society still doesnt see the connection between speed and crashes.

Speed is not often the only contributing factor in a crash, but it is a crucial factor in the severity of a crash. Whether involuntary or deliberate, road crashes occur from a range of mistakes but the outcome will be vastly different at different speeds.

The target audience

The new campaign targets competent male drivers aged between 35-60 years, who regularly drive a bit fast and are not keen on being asked to slow down.

They routinely drive at speeds above the limit and travel faster than the traffic around them. Theyre confident in their driving ability and the fact that nothing untoward is likely to happen. They recognise that speed can affect the outcome of a crash but dont see this as an issue they need to concern themselves with.

They want to see less harm on our roads theyre happy that Police enforce our roads but they believe Police arent focusing on the right things; speed isnt the issue. Theyre convinced that they themselves are very good drivers; they want Police to stop picking on them and focus on the bad drivers who cause crashes.

Our approach

Recent advertising has aimed to shift speeding drivers and the wider publics attitudes about speed, taking the safe system approach with messages about human fragility and the inevitability of mistakes.

The campaign has a role too in reminding people that reducing violations is also a part of the safe system, and that enforcement may be needed to encourage compliance an...

02:30

Why the silence on the Iranian protests? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

In New Zealand, our so-called first Refugee Green list MP Golriz Ghahraman has failed to speak out on behalf of her former country Iran and the United Nations sharing her moral cowardice have also failed to take any action or to condemn with any force Irans actions towards the protestors. Meanwhile, women like Maryam Rajavi []

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02:01

2017 the best year in human history "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Most world news and a lot of international political news we hear is bad or negative. Nicholas Kristof annually looks at the better side of modern life. Why 2017 Was the Best Year in Human History 2017 was probably the very best year in the long history of humanity. A smaller share of the worlds []

02:00

Map of the day: No-go zones in London "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

The acid attack hotspots around London which delivery drivers now steer clear of. Parts of London are now no-go zones because of an epidemic of acid attacks. They have been forced to cut down their hours taking a massive pay cut thanks to the dangers. The House of Commons heard last week that []

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01:54

Solidarity with Fijian aviation workers this Friday 12th, Wellington "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Call out for solidarity with Fijian aviation workers locked out since 16 December

Wellington protest Friday 12 January, 12 noon

International support is mobilising for 250 Fijian aviation ground handling workers who have been locked out since 16 December by Fiji Government-owned Air Terminal Services.

The workers baggage handlers, check-in staff, engineers and caterers are 49% owners of the company through an Employees Trust, and attended a meeting over mismanagement and appalling conditions at the company, including sexual harassment and staff driven into poverty because of an 11-year pay freeze.

After the workers returned from the shareholders meeting on 16th December they were locked out.

International support is mounting for the workers and their union, the Federated Airline Staff Association (FASA), and their national representatives the Fiji Trade Union Congress, including support from the International Transport Workers Federation, the TWU Australia, LabourStart, and E t New Zealand.

Join a protest outside the Fiji High Commission in Wellington this Friday, ahead of a march in Nadi on Saturday, to add your support for the workers. More actions will follow.

Where: Fiji High Commission, 31 Pipitea Street, Thorndon (cnr Pipitea & Mulgrave streets)

When: 12 noon, Friday 12 January 2018

What: Deliver letter of support for Fiji aviation workers to Fiji High Commissioner requesting this is urgently communicated to Fiji government

Contact: CTU Secretary Sam Huggard on 021 462 148

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1962585927339890/

More detail about the dispute is here http://www.ftuc.org.fj/2017/12/30/emergency-national-council-meeting-on-ats-lockout/

For ongoing updates visit the FTUC facebook page https://www.facebook.com/FTUC1/

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01:30

Who is to blame for the road toll? "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

I recently had the misfortune of driving from Auckland to Wellington during holiday traffic.  It was a reminder of why I mostly chose to fly and not drive.  What should have taken just over 8 hours took 9.  Yes it was busy, and yes the weather was awful for some of the trip, but still, []

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01:00

NZ Human Rights Commission protects our delicate sensibilities "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Knitted dolls can be dangerous I hear particularly if they are black. Cloth dolls also can be extremely harmful if they are er black. I am not being Raaaacist when I say this because it is none other than the NZ Human Rights Commission who is so determined to protect the delicate sensibilities of people []

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00:58

A reading wrap up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

Life During Waugh-Time

What is a canty day, Dennis?
Ive never troubled to ask. Something like hogmanay, I expect.
What is that?
People being sick on the pavement in Glasgow.

Not a bad quote to start the New Year with.

Its from Evelyn Waughs The Loved One. Im gradually catching up on some novel reading very gradually. It has not been a good time for relaxed reading.

But anyway, reading takes you out of the day to day issues, and the not-so-day to day issues. I havent read as much as I would have liked this last year, which worries me less than the fact I havent written as much as I would have written.

Anyway, heres some of the best.

Waughs Loved One a black tale about pet cemeteries in Los Angeles isnt his best. Better, much better, is Put Out More Flags, which I also read this year and which is one of the funniest novels Ive read for years.

Almost every page has a gleeful gem. Its set (and written) in the depths of World War Two, and features a bunch of over-privileged bright and artistic but useless young things suddenly faced with having to become useful in t...

00:30

Kiwi left-wing Activist under the microscope: Nadia Abu-Shanab  AKA Nadia Filistin "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Research by Sally Nadia Abu-Shanab is also known as Nadia Filistin on Facebook. Her fellow activist Justine also likes to use two names as she is known as both Justine Sachs and Justine Rose. Having two names isnt the only thing these two very active Kiwi activists have in common. They both like to use []

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00:00

Rural round-up "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

They need to be able to have a life: Mothers plea after farmer sons death Kelly Dennett:

Last month Gail Harris spent a night with her sons watching movies, cooking dinner, and listening to them play video games while she dozed on the couch.

As her youngest, Colby Harris, left the Hamilton home for the Huntly farm he worked on, she said a sleepy goodbye. Opening her eyes shortly afterward she realised Colby was still there, watching her.

I said, Are you okay, Son? And he said, Yup.

It was the last conversation they had. The only inkling of something amiss. . . 

Westland Milk closing the gap on dairys big brother Jamie Gray:

Hokitika-based Westland Milk fell behind its far larger competitor, Fonterra, in 2016. Under new chief executive Toni Brendish, the co-op is closing the gap.
Extreme volatility in world dairy markets has taken its toll on companies around the world, and Westland Milk has been no exception.

The co-op turned in a $17 million loss over 2016/17 and its payout at $5.18 per kg of milksolids was the lowest of all the Kiwi dairy companies. . . 

Farming for the next generation Michael Grove:

The age of acceleration
For anyone wondering what the focus of this years Oxford Farming Conference might be, it was The Archers provided an answer just before Christmas.

Brian Aldridge asked his step-son, Adam, whether he might be attending the conference. Adam replied wearily. I think Ill give it a miss this year. Its probably going to be all about Brexit. I get enough of that at home.

I know how he feels.

I suspect everyone in this room knows how he feels.

And, of course, Ill say something in a moment about the specific opportunities and challenges for agriculture on leaving the European Union. . .

00:00

Trump Again Suggests U.S. Libel Law Need To Change "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

A view on the legal issues arising on Trumps desire to shut down criticism and free speech.

JONATHAN TURLEY

Freedom_of_Speechdonald_trump_president-elect_portrait_croppedWe previously discussed the erroneous portrayal of U.S. defamation laws by President Donald Trump.  Trump has complained previously about the inability to sue his critics due to the protections recognized in the First Amendment.  He has returned to that theme at Camp David this weekend and criticized our libel laws as too protective and restrictive. These comments were made in the wake of the failed effort of Trump to prevent the publication of the Michael Wolffs book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.  As discussed earlier, the threats made by Trumps lawyer were facially weak, if not meritless, in claiming defamation. That was not a problem of our libel laws.  The statements by Steven Bannon leading to the notice letter were clearly opinions and protected under even the weakest defamation law.

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00:00

View From Your Window "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Where do you think todays photo was taken? Yesterdays photo was of Mt Ruapehu and Lake Taupo from NZ8259 in the early afternoon. window@whaleoil.co.nz Please put View From My Window in the subject line.

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Sunday, 07 January

23:54

Pink gumboots found via Twitter "IndyWatch Feed Nznews"

This story seemed trivial at first glance but it shows how social media can work well (in this case twitter), and how not everyone is a negative attacking troll. Very sad we left my daughters gumboots at the park today. They are not only essential on the farm but they were really sentimental cause []

23:30

It seems vegans get offended easily, even with just pictures of lovely delicious meat "IndyWatch Feed Politics.nz"

Seriously, who gets offended by pictures of delicious eggs, bacon and sausages.Vegans do. Vegans getting offended by everything can often be a lazy stereotype  but this person managed to live up to it. A police team in North Wales recently shared a photo of their hard-earned breakfast on Twitter. Not bad eh.not one egg broken.. let the []

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